- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Demanding respect from people who continuously ridicule you is wrong.
- Jerkass Woobie: Gordon.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Gordon. He gets tired of the other engines teasing him and starts demanding respect, although he does it in a bossy manner and this leads him into a nasty accident with the jam tankers, in which the engines teased him for it. After coming back from the works, he apologizes to the other engines, though the other engines didn't apologize for their teasing him about his rattling firebox.
YMMV / Thomas The Tank Engine S 9 E 7 Respect For Gordon