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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In Mighty Pups, Charged Up: Pups vs. the Copycat, when Copycat was going to get a meteor that would be large enough to crush Adventure Bay, he didn't appear to consider the fact that Hailey would be threatened. Did he just forget, or had he become so power-mad that he didn't even care about her anymore?
  • Angst? What Angst?: For someone who's lived alone in the arctic for God knows how long (and without any friends or family), Everest is quite well-adjusted.
  • Ass Pull: As awesome as it otherwise is, absolutely nothing ever implied that the PAW Patrol could get new powers by having two pups high five each other.
  • Base Breaking Character:
    • Chase. While he's popular with a good amount of fans, some feel that he hogs the spotlight too much and leaves less often-used pups like Zuma and Rocky Out of Focus.
    • Alex. He's either a cute, well-meaning kid or an annoying millstone who can't do anything right depending on who you ask.
  • Broken Base: The newer seasons are Denser and Wackier compared to the older seasons. Some fans dislike this and wish that the show would just stick to more realistic rescues. Others find the new direction to be just as fun, if not more fun, than the earlier seasons, and sometimes point out that the earlier seasons were never really all that realistic to begin with.
  • Continuity Lock Out: It's not as bad as other examples, as this show is pretty episodic, but it can still happen a bit if you don't watch the show regularly:
    • Whenever a new character is introduced, it can potentially confuse those who randomly watch a pre-character debut episode and a post-character debut episode back-to-back (Example: New viewers might be confused watching a pre-The New Pup episode and a post-The New Pup episode back-to-back, because The New Pup was the episode that introduced Everest, leading new viewers to wonder where she came from).
      • A similar scenario happens whenever new gadgets or vehicles are introduced as well.
    • If you haven't seen the hour-long Season 5 special Mighty Pups, you'll be confused with the Mighty Pups, Super PAWs arc of Season 6. Specifically, you'll be left wondering why the PAW Patrol suddenly has a glowing, golden meteor and why the pups have superpowers given to them by the meteor that they somehow already know how to use.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sid Swashbuckle remorselessly steals things, but people often romanticize him into being an anti-hero because of his relationship with Arrby.
    • There's also an in-universe example, with Rubble thinking that Mayor Humdinger's kitties are cute even though they usually follow Humdinger's orders.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Ever since her debut, Everest has proven to popular among fans. She was even given a bigger role from Season 3 onwards.
      • Tracker too, except he started appearing more often in Season 4 rather than Season 3.
    • Sweetie, the Princess of Barkingburg's puppy from the Mission PAW specials; mainly due to the fans finding her motives cool.
    • Sylvia from Pups Save a Herd. Despite only briefly appearing and not speaking at all, she's quite popular.
    • Sid Swashbuckle only appeared in three episodes and disappeared after that, but he's beloved among the fandom for his Pet the Dog relationship with Arrby.
    • Arrby, for being an Affably Evil sidekick to Sid as well as a good Straight Man.
    • Tuck and Ella don't appear outside of a few Mighty Pups episodes, but they're popular for their loving relationship as siblings.
  • Fan Dumb:
    • There are some fans who believe that everything made after Season 1 is automatically inferior, which is disturbingly similar to the way Genwunners think.
    • When Everest was introduced, a small but vocal group of fans accused the writers of ripping-off their OCs. Never mind that every episode is made many months in advance, and that if anything, any similarities were completely unintentional.
      • A similar accusation was made when the Kitten Catastrophe Crew was introduced.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Not a big one, but fans commonly prefer to ignore the pups' canon ages.
  • Franchise Original Sin: A common complaint from one portion of the show's fanbase is how the show's rescues and plots have become increasingly bizzare as time went on. However, the earliest instance of something unrealistic happening in the show can be traced all the way back to the Season 1 Halloween special, Pups and the Ghost Pirate. Just as everyone gets off the ship they were riding for the Halloween party, the ghost that was supposedly haunting the ship (actually just Cali, Chickaletta, and Wally fiddling around with said ship) is hinted to be Real After All, as ghostly moaning can be heard just before everyone decides to celebrate their party at the Lookout instead. And just before the episode ends, the same ship is seen flying in front of the full moon.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • In Sea Patrol: Pups Save Their Pirated Sea Patroller, Sid and Arrby are last seen going off on a rowboat to find their old ship. We haven't seen them since, so it's possible that they could've drowned, died of starvation, or worse.
    • Younger Rubble mentions in Pups Get a Rubble that he's often gone days without food. If he hadn't met the PAW Patrol, he could've ended up with serious health problems.
  • Gannon Banned: It's NOT Paw Patrol, it's PAW Patrol. All the letters in "PAW" are capitalized.[1]
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is made in Canada, but it's arguably more popular in the United States than it is there.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Ladybird's voice. Sharing a voice actress with Caillou (Bryn McAuley) doesn't help much either. It's even worse in the UK dub, where her voice is very whiny, especially when she screams.
    • Speaking of the UK dub, pretty much everyone's voice in the UK dub could apply to this. The worst offenders are Sid Swashbuckle (who sounds like he's on crack) and Danny (who sounds like he inhaled too much helium while having a head cold). And whenever they sing...
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • On the opposite side of things, Everest's Scottish accent in the UK dub is rather calming to listen to.
    • Whenever any of the pups bark or howl, it's kind of cute.
    • Jake's chill, smooth voice, courtesy of Scott McCord.
    • Luke Stars's singing.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: This happened to the show in June 2020 after the protests against police brutality began that month, with some people calling for the show to get canceled due to the positive portrayal of Chase, the police pup (and that is all we will say on that subject).
  • Periphery Demographic: As mentioned on the show's main page, it's as hugely popular among teens and adults as it is among the targeted preschool audience. It's almost as big as the Periphery Demographic for My Little Pony.
  • Rescued From the Scrappy Heap: Danny seems to be going down this path in Season 5 and onward, when his stunts and Too Dumb to Live-ness were toned down.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Neither Chase nor Skye have any kind of feelings for each other in any direction outside of a sibling-like relationship. Hasn't stopped a majority of the fandom from misinterpreting their interactions with each other as Ship Tease, though.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The Ladybird from the Mighty Pups, Super PAWS episodes. She pretty much replaced Sid Swashbuckle as the Evil Redhead who feels the need to steal things (except in her case, she only feels the need to steal shiny things). Her grating voice doesn't help either.
  • Ruined FOREVER: In June 2016, it was announced that Season 4 would introduce the Kingdom of Barkingburg. This announcement did NOT fly with a lot of fans, who assumed that Barkingburg was gonna be some kind of magical kingdom where the pups originated from, which, to them, would be completely against the premise of the show and, in turn, would lead to the show's demise.[2]
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Some fans ship Sylvia (from Pups Save a Herd) and Chase together, even though they've never interacted one-on-one, and with Sylvia being forgotten about by the writers, they most likely never will.
    • Arrby and Sweetie are often portrayed as a Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy couple due to being the first (and currently only) villainous pups, but they've never even appeared onscreen together.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Marshall saying goodbye to Fuzzy near the end of Pup Pup Goose. You can just hear the tremor in his voice as he says, "Ya silly goose."
    • Another one involving Marshall is in Pups Save a Friend. After a particularly bad day, he's heartbroken when he overhears his friends talking about how a villain in a show they're watching "can't do anything right", mistakenly believing it to be about him. He even decides to temporarily resign. Later, when the pups go on the elevator, they even note how empty it feels without Marshall before whimpering sadly.
    • Anytime Rubble tears up.
  • They Just Didn't Care: This British dub is essentially this, with many of the child characters sounding way too old because the people who voice them stick around far after they have started puberty, and they don't even try to sound a bit younger.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Some people are upset that Tracker never got to be a Mighty Pup. That he has his own Mighty Pup action figure despite it not happening in the show just adds more salt to the wound.
    • On the subject of Mighty Pups, the fact that we may never see Tuck and Ella again after Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups vs Three Super Baddies hasn't sit well with fans. They never gained their own PAW Patrol gear, got new owners, or even became charged-up. What are they gonna do now?
    • Sylvia. Unlike all other pups, she never had a very important role and only appeared in one episode without saying a word.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: They never revealed Zuma's fear in Pups Save a Toof.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Although Spin Master later made other preschool series such as Little Charmers, Shimmer and Shine, Rusty Rivets and Abby Hatcher, and they have seen moderate success, none of them were nearly as successful as PAW Patrol.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Zuma is occasionally mistaken for his girl because of his voice and name. Heck, the Portuguese dub initially turned him into a girl until they realized their mistake and redubbed early episodes.
  • Vindicated by History: When Drew Davis[3] was originally cast as Marshall, the fandom cringed at how he didn't even remotely sound like Marshall's original VA, Gage Munroe. Nowadays, his performance as Marshall is better received, and the fandom was sad to see him go when Season 5 ended.
  • What Do You Mean It's for Preschoolers?: The show is preschooler-friendly overall, but there have been countless times where the characters who need rescuing could have died if the PAW Patrol had not rescued them in time.
  • What the Hell Casting Agency?:
    • Justin Paul Kelly, Chase's voice actor since Season 5, has gotten this reaction from fans, saying that he doesn't sound a bit like Chase's first 2 voice actors, Tristan Samuel (Chase's VA from Season 1) and Max Calinescu (Chase's VA from Season 2-Season 4, and in Mighty Pups).
    • Ace Sorenson's Season 3 VA, Megan Fahlenbock, was criticized for making Ace sound a bit too old.
    • There's also the disastrous British dub (see They Just Didn't Care above).
  • The Woobie:
    • Marshall, whenever his clumsiness makes him feel insecure, especially in Pups Save a Friend, when he mistakenly believed that his friends thought of him as a nuisance.
    • Everest could be seen as such in her debut episode, when she admits that she's lonely without anyone but penguins to talk to. Thankfully, she gets to stay with Jake. Who knows how long she had to stay in the arctic alone?
    • On a more minor note, Rocky can be one if you don't find the Running Gag of him constantly getting wet (which he hates) funny.

Notes

  1. Word of God is that the letters in "PAW" stand for either "Pups At Work" or "Protect And Wag."
  2. This idea thankfully died out completely when Barkingburg turned out to be just a regular kingdom based on the UK.
  3. Marshall's voice actor from Season 2-Season 5
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