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No job is too big, no pup is too small![1]

PAW Patrol is an animated preschool series created by Spin Master. It premiered on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block on August 12, 2013 in America, and on TVO Kids on August 27, 2013 in Canada.

Currently in its seventh season, the show follows a 10-year-old boy named Ryder, who, along with his pups Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, and Skye, help out the citizens of Adventure Bay. The PAW Patrol are later joined by Everest, Tracker, twin dogs Tuck and Ella, and Rex, who respectively debuted in Seasons 2, 3, 6, and 7.

Despite being aimed at preschoolers, it has a surprisingly big fan base among teenagers and adults.

A theatrical movie is currently in the works and is aiming for a release on August 20, 2021.

PAW Patrol Contains Examples Of:

  • Accidental Hero: A mild example from Ultimate Rescue: Pups Save the Movie Monster. While the PAW Patrol were the ones who saved the day by stopping the monster from setting all of Adventure Bay on fire, it was Daring Danny X who saved the movie by following the PAW Patrol and recording their adventure with his helmet camera.
  • Adults Are Useless: Adults in this series rely on the PAW Patrol even for some small things, including the mayor of Adventure Bay.
  • Agony of the Feet: Jake sprains his foot in Pups Save Jake.
  • All CGI Cartoon
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The episode Pups Save Friendship Day has the residents of Adventure Bay celebrate the titular holiday. What many don't realize, however, is that there actually is such a thing as Friendship Day, but the day it happens each year varies in every country.
  • Animal Jingoism:
    • Averted; the pups are shown to be fine with kittens, especially Rubble. Although Precious in Pups and the Kitty-tastrophe was afraid of Zuma at first.
    • A recurring villainous group is the Kitten Catastrophe Crew, but the pups don't mind them as long as they don't cause trouble.
    • The Copycat hates the PAW Patrol, but it's not because they're dogs. Rather, it's because he believes that they take the attention of his owner, Hailey Daily, away from him.
  • Amusing Injuries: Marshall is especially prone to them. He almost always ends up colliding into the other pups.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Tracker is rather large for a Chihuahua. On the other hand, Flip-Flop of God says he's a Potcake dog, and he has the suitable size for that.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: In Pups Save an Outlaw's Loot, when Ryder, Chase, Rubble, and Everest find Wild Wilbur's treasure, they find long johns inside a treasure chest. And then it's revealed that there is another chest buried beneath that one containing the real treasure.
  • Art Evolution: The animation becomes noticeably better starting with the Season 2 premiere, Pups Save the Space Alien. And it just keeps gradually becoming more detailed and fluid as time flies by.
  • Art Shift: When Ryder calls the team to the Lookout, the mission briefings shown on the Lookout screen are 2D-animated.
  • Artistic License Animal Care: Copycat eats a bunch of rhubarb pie in his second appearance. Rhubarb can kill cats in real life. Not to mention, cats shouldn't eat pie, period. Downplayed in that he did get indigestion from it, he just wasn't as sick as he should've been.
  • Artistic License Biology: Rubble is shown to be able to swim in a few episodes, most notably in the Sea Patrol sub-series. Real bulldogs can't swim because of their robust bodies and short legs.
  • Aside Glance: Done by Rocky right before he falls into the sea in Pups Save a Windsurfing Pig.
  • Balloon Belly:
    • Mr. Nibbles got one after eating a lot of rhubarb pie in Mighty Pups: Charged Up: Pups Vs. the Dome.
    • Rubble had a pudgy gut after eating popcorn in Pups Save the Corn Roast.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Whenever Alex is shown wearing only his swim trunks, he has no nipples.
  • Base on Wheels:
    • The PAW Patroller, introduced in Season 2's The New Pup.
    • Beginning with the Season 4 episode Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown, the Mission PAW Cruiser is used during Mission PAW rescues.
    • The Dino Patroller introduced in Dino Rescue: Pups and the Lost Dino Eggs helps the pups travel to the Dino Wilds.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: One appears during the appropriately titled Pups Save a Ghost. Said ghost turns out to actually be Marshall sleepwalking.
  • Big No: Rocky sometimes screams this when he's about to get wet.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: In Pups Save the Spider Spies, while the pups are busy getting Cap'n Turbot and Francois unstuck from a giant spiderweb, a huge shadow of a spider appears... but the spider itself is then revealed to be about the size of a tarantula.
  • Bindle Stick: Marshall carries one when he has a Ten-Minute Retirement from the PAW Patrol in Pups Save a Friend.
  • Black Bead Eyes: The characters on the mission briefings when Ryder calls the pups to the Lookout have these eyes.
  • Book Ends: Pups Save a Toof begins and ends with Chase knocking his fang loose.
  • Break the Cutie: Marshall in Pups Save a Friend when he feels like a hindrance to the team. He's so sad that he temporarily leaves the PAW Patrol.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done by Chase in Pups Save the PAW Patroller.

Chase: It's nice to have someone else do the driving!

  • Bring My Brown Pants: Not present in the original English dub, but in the European Spanish dub of Pups and the Pirate Treasure, a nervous Rubble says he's so scared, he's about to wet himself. He doesn't, though.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Princess of Barkingburg loses her respect for Chase in Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown after Sweetie tricks her into believing that Chase stole the crown. Turns into a Rebuilt Pedestal when she learns he wasn't the culprit.
  • But Now I Must Go:
    • Fuzzy migrates with his flock at the end of Pup Pup Goose, to Marshall's dismay.
    • In Pups Meet the Mighty Twins, Tuck and Ella leave Adventure Bay to catch Ladybird, although they still show up when the PAW Patrol needs them.
  • Cats Are Mean:
    • Downplayed with Cali, who isn't evil, but is naughty and can be a little mean-spirited.
    • Played straight with the Kitten Catastrophe Crew and the Copycat, especially the latter. While the KCC were just naughty but ultimately not dangerous, Copycat almost destroyed Adventure Bay in just his first appearance alone.
  • Cats Hate Water: When Rubble tries to give Precious the kitten a bath in Pups and the Kitty-tastrophe, she reacts predictably and starts jumping away.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In Pup Pup Goose, it was said that Marshall would see Fuzzy (who had migrated) again someday. Fuzzy never shows up again, save for a cameo in Pups Save a School Day.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each of the pups has a differently colored uniform:
    • Marshall is red.
    • Zuma is orange.
    • Rubble is yellow.
    • Rex is chartreuse and cerulean.
    • Tracker is olive green.
    • Rocky is green.
    • Everest is teal.
    • Tuck and Ella are both sky blue and silver.
    • Chase is dark blue.
    • Skye is pink.
  • Cool Airship: The Air Patroller, introduced in Season 3's Air Pups.
  • Denser and Wackier: While it was never really a realistic cartoon to begin with, it wasn't until either the second or third season that the plots and rescues began to become more outlandish and bizarre in nature.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: In-Universe example: Even though Mayor Humdinger's kittens usually follow his orders, Rubble thinks that they're cute.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience, as well as Mayor Humdinger, Harold, and the Ladybird, are well aware that Mr. Nibbles is the Copycat, but neither the PAW Patrol nor Hailey knows this.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The animation in Season 1 has a brighter and more plasticky look compared to the rest of the series.
    • Chase originally had an allergy to both kittens and feathers. His feather allergy seems to have disappeared after the Season 2 episode, Pups Save the Penguins[2].
      • Chase would also usually say "Ready for action, Ryder, sir!" in Season 1, instead of "PAW Patrol, ready for action, Ryder, sir!"
    • In some of the earliest Season 1 episodes, when ever Ryder called the pups, the pups would respond with "Ryder's calling!" instead of "Ryder needs us!"
    • In the first 2 seasons, Apollo was grey. But as of Season 3, he is now white.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Zuma in Season 1. He gradually loses it as the series goes on, however. After he gets a new voice actor in early/mid-Season 4, he loses it completely.
  • Enfant Terrible:
    • Mayor Humdinger's nephew, Harold Humdinger, who appears to be about the same age as Ryder, from the Mighty Pups/Super PAWs episodes.
    • Sweetie, who plans to usurp the throne.
    • Copycat. He wants all the power in the world so he can outdo the PAW Patrol.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Mandy is one goofy, energetic monkey.
  • Evil Brit: Sweetie.
  • Evil Counterpart: Mayor Humdinger and his Kitten Catastrophe Crew are this to Ryder and the PAW Patrol.
  • Expressive Ears: Some of the pups show this at times.
    • Chase's ears droop in nervousness several times in Pups Save a Toof.
    • Tracker's ears similarly droop from anxiety in his debut.
  • Face Your Fears: Happens quite often.
    • Pups Save a Toof was all about the PAW Patrol facing theirs to calm a nervous Alex down.
    • Several episodes deal with Skye's phobia of eagles, Rubble's arachnophobia, and Rocky's aquaphobia.
    • In Tracker Joins the Pups, Tracker has to go into the mysterious temple to find the others despite his fear of the dark.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Somehow, Hailey fails to notice that Mr. Nibbles has a Gold Tooth that wasn't there before.
  • Fountain of Youth: In Pups Save Baby Humdinger, Tracker dreams that Mayor Humdinger turns into a baby after drinking coconut milk from an abnormally colored coconut. Tracker gets stuck babysitting him while his owner Carlos and Marshall return to the jungle to find another golden coconut to change Humdinger back.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: All the humans have three fingers and a thumb.
  • Foreshadowing: At the beginning of Ultimate Rescue: Pups Save the Movie Monster, the directors have put Danny to work by having him record footage with his helmet camera. Guess who ends up saving the movie?
  • Frame-Up: In the Original 5s short "Pups Vs. a Copycat Marshall", he disguises himself as Marshall and nabs Marshall's Mighty Vehicle to blame him for causing trouble.
  • Freaky Friday Flip: Chase dreams that this happens to him and Chickaletta in Pups Save a Freaky Pup-Day.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: The spiders in Pups Save the Spider Spies don't bite; they only tickle.
  • Giant Spider: Subverted in Pups Save the Spider Spies. The spider is assumed to be huge, until it's revealed that it's tarantula-sized.
  • Growling Gut:
    • Happens to Rubble in many episodes due to being a Big Eater.
    • To Zuma in Pups Save a Talent Show while watching Mr. Porter juggle pies.
    • Copycat's stomach gurgled from gorging himself on pie in Mighty Pups, Charged Up: Pups Vs. the Dome.
    • Cali gets this five times in Pups Save a Train.
    • Mayor Humdinger had a gut feeling in Pups Save a Baby Octopus.
    • A Running Gag throughout Everest's debut episode The New Pup is her stomach growling, causing everyone to mistake it for bears. This happens again at the beginning of Pups Save the Phantom of Frog Pond.
    • In Mighty Pups, Charged Up: Pups vs. Three Super Baddies, Mayor Goodway hears the rumbling of a giant snowball (actually the meteor) and mistakes it for Chickaletta's stomach.
  • Grudging Thank You: Mayor Humdinger often says this to the PAW Patrol when they save him or his kittens.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: In Pups Vs. Three Super Baddies, Mayor Humdinger is forced to help pick up a bell, even though, as he pointed out, he didn't have much to do with the Villain Team-Up (aside from being the one who came up with that idea).
  • Hell Is That Noise: Everest's Growling Gut throughout her debut is repeatedly mistaken for a bear. And in Pups Save the Phantom of Frog Pond, it's mistaken for thunder.
  • Here We Go Again: In Pups Save a Toof, Chase gets a loose fang. The episode ends with him getting another loose fang.
  • Heroic Dogs: Duh.
    • Sweetie and Arrby, however, avert this trope. The former's main goal is to become queen of Barkingburg, while the latter, while more of an Anti-Villain, takes orders from his owner, Sid Swashbuckle the Pirate.
  • Home Base: The Lookout.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Pups Save a Stinky Flower, a Smelly Skunk walks out of a store with a clothespin around its nose to block out the stench of the titular flower.
  • Identical Stranger:
    • Sylvia to Chase in Pups Save a Herd.
    • Captain Blackfur to Rubble. His hat even fits Rubble's head.
  • Implausible Deniability: In Pups Save the Cat Show, Mayor Humdinger insists that Meow-Meow's not a robot...even though he's flying above everyone with his rocket paws.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: What Sweetie does to try to excuse the fact that she remote-controlled the "ghosts" in the castle in Mission PAW: Royally Spooked.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: Al and Yumi kiss in Pups Save a Wedding, but Al covers them both with his hat.
  • Lost in Translation: Some of Marshall's jokes when he falls into the elevator can be lost in foreign dubs.
  • Loud Gulp:
    • Marshall and Skye do this in Pups Save a Toof right before they have to face their own fears. Chase also does this near the end right before he goes into the dentist's office.
    • Katie does this due to Performance Anxiety in Pups Save Luke Stars.
  • Manly Tears: Chase sheds a couple in Pups Save a Wedding, though he denies it.
  • Mundane Fantastic: The dogs being able to to talk is perfectly normal in this universe. Dogs are considered equals to humans, to the point where they can even see the dentist.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: In Sea Patrol: Pups Save a Frozen Flounder, Francois tries to communicate to the PAW Patrol using flag semaphore, but hilariously fails, resulting in this exchange:

 Francois: It... was not... Francois'... fault!

Skye: What's he saying with the flags?

Ryder: It looks like he's signaling, "My cheese needs a hat?" What?

  • Never Trust a Title:
    • The episode Pups Save Alex actually involves the PAW Patrol saving Cali with Alex's help.
    • Pups Save Chickaletta's Egg is actually about Jenny's egg going missing, not Chickaletta's. Mayor Goodway just thought the egg belonged to Chickaletta.
  • Non Standard Character Design:
    • Ella has a pink nose, unlike all the other pups, who have black (or dark brown) noses.
    • Mr. Nibbles/The Copycat from the Mighty Pups Charged Up sub-series has a very different design from the other cats we've seen in the show (here's a pic of Cali for reference). He's much leaner and his tail is not fluffy.
  • Off-Model:
    • A frequent animation error is the pups being depicted without their pup packs.
    • At one point in Pups and the Ghost Pirate, Zuma is drawn with a weirdly-shaped nose.
  • Oh Crap:
    • Happens many times in Pups Save a Toof, understandably. First, Alex has this expression when Mr. Porter reminds him that his dentist appointment is soon. So does Chase when Ryder suggests seeing a dentist. As well as Marshall and Skye when they're told to deal with flying and eagles, their respective phobias.
    • Rocky always reacts this way when he's about to be splashed for the umpteenth time, often combined with a Big No.
  • Once Per Episode: The pups getting called to the Lookout (or some other place, like the Air Patroller), resulting in Marshall crashing into the elevator.
  • Only One Name: It is very rare for characters to have given full names in this show.
  • Origins Episode: Pups Get a Rubble reveals how Rubble joined the PAW Patrol; they met him in the park and he later saved Jake. This proved to Ryder that Rubble was real PAW Patrol material.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: In fact, they're mermaid dogs who can't speak, unlike the normal pups! They also only come out under a certain moon and can turn other dogs into merpups by tapping noses.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: In Pups and the Werepuppy, Uncle Otis tells Ryder and the pups a story about werepuppies. According to the story, in order for a pup to become a werepuppy, they have to be standing in water under the full moon, and to change back to normal, the werepuppy has to sniff a special sunflower. Rocky then proceeds to have a dream where he becomes a werepuppy after washing a marshmallow off of his nose.
  • Palette Swap: Sylvia from Pups Save a Herd looks just like Chase, but with blue fur and purple eyes.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In the Original 5s short Pups Vs. a Copycat Marshall, Copycat disguises himself as Marshall by wearing a red suit. Everyone falls for this.
  • Parental Abandonment: It's honestly easier to list the characters who do have parents. Most of the kids we see don't have any parents, in particular Alex, who lives with his grandfather.
  • Plank Gag: Arrby accidentally smacks Sid in the rear with a mop in Sea Patrol: Pups Save Their Pirated Sea Patroller.
  • Precious Puppy: Obviously.
  • Rascally Raccoon: Maynard, who steals a bag containing friendship cards in Pups Save Friendship Day.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Series-wide, even though Rocky often temporarily faces his fear of water, it doesn't mean that his fear is permanently gone. A fear can take a long time to get over.
    • In Pups Bear-ly Save Danny, Danny tries to distract some bears by throwing them a granola bar. This only makes them want to come even closer to him.
    • Tracker Joins the Pups! shows the drawbacks of having such good hearing, as Tracker can hear what he can't see in the dark, causing him to become rather paranoid.
    • Copycat makes a very tall tower in his debut. Unfortunately for him, it was made of random junk, and as such, it eventually collapsed.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: After the princess of Barkingburg learns that Chase wasn't really the one who stole the crown in Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown, she says he's her favorite PAW Patrol member again.
  • Running Gag:
    • Rocky getting wet.
    • Marshall comically crashing into the elevator.
  • Sand in My Eyes:
    • Rubble says this word-for-word when he cries after the baby whale reunites with its mother in Pups and the Very Big Baby.
    • Chase tears up during a wedding in Pups Save a Wedding. When asked about it by Rocky, he said he had something in his eye.
  • Same Language Dub: There's a Canadian/US dub and a UK dub.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: No pun intended.
    • Despite Rocky's best efforts to avoid getting a bath in Pups Make a Splash, he ends up getting one in the end after falling in a mud puddle.
    • Mr. Porter's emergency of the plot in Pups Save a Surprise is getting out of a stump before a skunk sprays him. He manages to get unstuck, but he is sprayed by the skunk anyway.
  • Shoo the Dog:
    • Marshall ends up having to set Fuzzy the gosling free at the end of Pup Pup Goose so he can migrate with his own kind.
    • At the end of Pups Save a Hoot, Chase lets Little Hootie go to stay with his own family.
  • Show Within a Show: Some episodes feature Apollo the Super-Pup, a show the PAW Patrol, especially Rubble, are fans of.
  • Sick Episode:
    • Chase gets a cold in Pups Save a Show.
    • Every pup in Pups Save a Sniffle gradually catches a cold. The ending implies that it's even happening to Ryder.
    • Downplayed in Parroting Pups. Rocky isn't exactly sick, but he does have laryngitis.
  • Single Tear:
    • Mayor Goodway sheds one of the Tears of Joy variety during the "A Pup Like Me" song in Pups Save the Woof and Roll Show.
    • Rubble sheds a tear in Pups Save a Super-Pup when the tunnel entrance is blocked.
  • Sixth Ranger: Everest, Tracker, the twins, and Rex are usually only called for missions respectively involving either snow, jungle, superhero, or dinosaur rescues.
  • Sleepwalking: Marshall does this in Pups Save a Ghost. He even manages to ride a skateboard in his sleep.
  • Smelly Skunk:
    • In Pups Save a Surprise, Mr. Porter has to be freed from a stump before a skunk gets to him. The skunk ends up spraying him anyway.
    • One is a major plot point in Pups Get Skunked, where Everest is sprayed by a skunk, which she names Bayberry.
  • Talking Animals: The dogs. Curiously, none of the other animals have the same ability, not even the merpups. Until the introduction of Mr. Nibbles/The Copycat, that is.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • Chase does this after Al and Yumi kiss in Pups Save a Wedding, although he passes it off as Sand in My Eyes.
    • Rubble gets teary-eyed when witnessing the young whale reuniting with its mother in Pups and the Very Big Baby, and he similarly passes it off as sand in his eye.
    • Mayor Goodway tears up while smiling in Pups Save the Woof and Roll Show during the song "A Pup Like Me".
  • Tearful Smile: Mayor Goodway smiles and sheds a Single Tear in Pups Save the Woof and Roll Show when Luke Stars is performing with Rubble.
  • Ten-Minute Retirement: Marshall decides to temporarily resign from the PAW Patrol in Pups Save a Friend when he feels like a nuisance to them. He does return in the end when they tell him that's not true.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Rocky has this face when reluctantly asking Marshall to spray him in Pups Save a Toof.
    • Rocky gives an annoyed glare just before slipping and falling into the water in Pups Save a Windsurfing Pig.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • In Pups Save a Stinky Flower, Mayor Goodway gets a whiff of the titular flower and says that maybe she shouldn't feed Chickaletta so much corn.
    • In the European Spanish dub of Pups and the Pirate Treasure, Rubble says he's about to pee himself while being lowered into the cave. He ultimately doesn't.
  • The Tooth Hurts:
    • Chase accidentally knocks his fang loose in Pups Save a Toof. Twice.
    • In Sea Patrol: Pups Save a Wiggly Whale, driftwood gets stuck between a whale's teeth.
    • In Dino Rescue: Pups Save a Sore Dino, a T-Rex has a branch caught between its teeth.
  • Tooth Strip: Everyone (save for a few animals, like the crocodiles) has this.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • Sweetie does this in Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown, when she plays the victim and blames Chase for stealing the crown.
    • Mayor Humdinger fakes a broken foot in Pups Save a Hum-Mover to get free things from people in Adventure Bay.
  • You Fail Physics Forever: Tends to happen a lot, most notably whenever Marshall goofs up.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant:
    • In Pups Save the Parrot, Ryder's friend Carlos gets a pet parrot named Mateo. But when they discover that "he" laid an egg, Carlos renames his parrot Matea.
    • In Pups Save Chickaletta's Egg, it's revealed that Francois' alligator Jimmy laid eggs some time ago. Upon discovering this, Francois renames her Jenny.

Notes

  1. Clockwise from the middle: Chase, Marshall, Everest, Skye, Zuma, Rocky, Tracker, and Rubble. Not pictured: Ryder, Tuck & Ella and Rex.
  2. Season 2, Episode 2A
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