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  • Adaptation Displacement: The Disney movie.
  • Anvilicious: While the TV series has An Aesop in most episodes, they never jammed them into your head. The episode "Smoke Detectors"[1], on the other hand, falls right under this.
  • Creator's Pet: Spot is mostly disliked because she's a main character and Ensemble Darkhorse Two-Tone isn't (or Patch, thus filling out the four characterized puppies from the original book.)
  • Ear Worm: Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil... if she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will...! Arguably justified in its catchiness in that Roger's a musician.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Two-Tone.
    • In the animated film Sgt. Tibbs was quite popular, possibly for being almost Keet and subverting Cats Are Mean.
    • Patch, through and through. 95% of all merchandise features him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: You should never give a second chance to anybody. He will most probably become evil again if he's anywhere near the Big Ben, anyway.
  • Fan Dumb: After the release of the live-action version, people rushed to get Dalmatians as pets. Dalmatians are highly energetic and need plenty of room and time for exercise, and are prone to hearing problems. Many of the Dalmatians adopted during this craze ended up surrendered to shelters or dumped.
  • Foe Yay: Cadpig and Mooch had this going on for a while.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Mr. Skinners wheezing.
  • Love to Hate: Cruella.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I'll get even! Just wait! You'll be sorry, you fools! You... YOU IDIOTS!!!" (SLAM!)
  • Misaimed Fandom: Many fur fans actually like Cruella, especially the animated version, for her huge fox coat. And a lot of the mentions of fur, like sleeping between ermine sheets in the book, often just seem like a sybaritic Pretty in Mink.
  • Moment of Awesome: The TV series had its fair share, but one in particular from the episode "Full Metal Pullet" has Spot being the only member of Lucky's group standing up to Lt. Pug after she was Picked Last out of everyone.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-story, Missus claims that biting a human is always this for a dog. Of course, she is perfectly willing to bite Cruella or the Badduns, but she justifies that on the grounds that they aren't really human (and in Cruella's case, at least, she may be right, as the book does take the liberty to imply that her last name might just be meant literally....)
  • Needs More Love: The TV series
  • Nightmare Fuel: Cruella ("-De Vil"), Cruella ("-De Vil, if she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will..."). And more.
    • Plus THIS FACE.
    • Likewise, the part where the dogs are hiding in the coal shed and suddenly Cruella is right there at the window, driving past really slowly and glaring in at them. gets even worse when, shortly thereafter, this is repeated with Cruella going the other way.
    • A very important example that combines with Fridge Horror. She's ordered her henchmen to kill puppies and in the most painful ways possible to have them skinned into a fur coat which is scary enough; now, consider the following: it's implied they were her regular employees, so they do work for her all the time, but acquiring fur illegally -- by stealing and killing puppies -- IS the only work she ever gives them, and we are shown that she already had about fifty fur coats made up by the time the police caught her. Oh, God, those poor hundreds of puppies...
      • Of course, all but Pongo and Perdita's litter were actually bought and paid for. Doesn't excuse the killing of those poor puppies, but it does seem to lighten the blow just a wee bit.
    • Just look Pongo and Perdita's faces when they are facing off Jasper and Horace. They don't look so sweet anymore...
    • Mr. Skinner in the first live-action movie (the name alone says it all...)
    • Ivy's regular face is cute and adorable, but when she gets angry or sinister, then her face truly lives up to this trope.

  Ivy: "I'm cute as a button, and ready for war!"

  • The Scrappy: Lt. Pug.
    • And Dumpling.
    • One episode did portray Dumpling in a somewhat positive light and she did save Cadpig. So maybe she could be exused from this.
  • Sequelitis: Patch's London Adventure makes this the third version to have a sequel.
    • But as far as Disney sequels go, it's one of the better ones.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Polly, with his blue collar.
    • From the TV series, how many here didn't know Spot the Chicken was a female until her gender was actually mentioned?
  • Villain Decay: Cruella in the TV series, who is still a greedy criminal who hates dogs but is more of a conniving cartoonish villain than the nasty piece of work she was in the films. Also, even after the events of the film (which presumably are still part of this canon in some form), nobody else seems to hate her as much as they should (except Roger).
    • Moral Guardians were likely opposed to the idea of vicious murder on kids' cartoon series.
      • She was also noticably less menacing in the second live action movie than she was in the first.
  • WTH? Casting Agency: It may not be six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close's most profound role, but she makes a really good Cruella and it would appear she's having a ball hamming it up.
  • The Woobie: This varies, but Rolly and Spot usually qualify for this.


  1. The pups have to try and get Cruella to stop smoking so she can move back to her house instead of living with them because the fire from her cigarettes burnt down parts of her house from smoking and sleeping at the same time
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