- “Oh, I love her. What a perfectly beautiful little Lady.”
Lady is the titular female protagonist of Walt Disney Productions 15th animated feature film, Lady and the Tramp, and a minor character in the 2001 sequel Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. She is the pet Cocker Spaniel of Jim Dear and Darling who falls in love with a stray mutt named Tramp.
One evening in 1937, storyman Joe Grant invited Walt over to his house for dinner and while they ate, he showed him a drawing he'd made of his pet springer spaniel, who was also named Lady. Walt loved the drawing and suggested that Joe make a storyboard out of it. So, Joe Grant put together a pitch for a new animated film, simply titled "Lady".
This film was about a dog whose perfect life became threatened when her owner's aunt and her two cats came to stay at her house, due to the fact that the cats constantly let her take the blame for mischief that they caused. Things got further complicated for Lady after she saved her family's baby from a rat because they thought she had been trying to attack the baby and kicked her out of the house. However, after they discovered the rat's body, Lady's owners quickly brought her back home and all ended well. However, upon seeing the pitch for "Lady" in 1943, Walt, ultimately disliked the story, because he thought it was too simplistic.
Lady is rather demure and naive but makes a good friend to those who know her and is very faithful to her family. She is not completely helpless it is shown that she can be brave and protective. She was not afraid of the rat and would chase it away from her home and she took on the responsibility to protect the baby. By the sequel, she has become less naive and more motherly and responsible due to being a mother.
Lady is an American Cocker Spaniel with dark brown colored ears and brown eyes (which she passes down to her children). Most of her body is beige, with a tan muzzle and belly. Her tail is docked, as it is unnaturally short for her breed. As an adult, she wears a light blue collar with a diamond-shaped license.
Lady, as a young puppy, was given to Darling as a Christmas present from Jim Dear. She is named Lady due to her good manners and ladylike personality. When Lady is six months old, she is given a beautiful blue-collar and a license. She has a family and is friends with two neighboring dogs, Jock and Trusty.
One day, Lady is saddened because Jim Dear and Darling have been treating her coldly. After talking with Jock and Trusty, she learns that Darling is going to be having a baby. The Tramp, a stray dog, overhears the conversation and gives Lady his own opinion, but is ordered out of the yard by Jock and Trusty.
Later, Jim Dear and Darling introduce Lady to the new baby and then leave to go on a trip. While they are gone, Lady and the baby are looked after by Aunt Sarah, who takes an immediate dislike to Lady. After a run-in with Aunt Sarah's cats, Sarah takes Lady to be muzzled. A terrified Lady escapes but soon runs into some stray dogs. Thankfully, she is rescued by the Tramp, who not only assists in getting the muzzle off but takes Lady out on the town to show her how he lives. After an Italian dinner at Tony's Restaurant and a romantic night together, Lady and Tramp fall in love. The next morning, Tramp accompanies Lady home, but when they come across chickens, Tramp encourages Lady to chase them with him, causing her to be picked up by a dogcatcher and taken to the pound. Due to her license, Lady is picked up by Aunt Sarah, but while at the pound, Lady learns of the Tramp's many prior girlfriends.
At home, Lady is tied to her doghouse, when the Tramp comes to apologize. Lady refuses at first, citing his many girlfriends from the past. She calls him back, though, when she spots a rat going into the baby's room. The Tramp goes to stop the rat, and Lady is able to follow him after breaking free of her doghouse. Aunt Sarah comes and thinks the two dogs tried to attack the baby. Tramp is taken off to the pound, while Lady is locked in the basement, she struggles to break free.
Jim Dear and Darling return as the dogcatcher leaves, and they release Lady, who shows everyone the dead rat, revealing the Tramp actually saved the baby. Lady then leaves with Jim Dear, as the two rush to go get Tramp. The dogcatcher is stopped thanks to the combined efforts of Jock and Trusty, though Trusty is injured.
At Christmas, it is revealed that Tramp has been made a member of the family and that Lady and he have become mates and are the proud parents of a litter of four puppies.
In the sequel, Lady and Tramp are portrayed as loving parents, caring for four puppies, notably more developed since the Christmas spent together at the end of the first film. Their daughters—Annette, Collette, and Danielle—are quite spoiled and snooty, while their son, Scamp, is portrayed as somewhat of a rebel and trouble-maker, wanting to live a life similar to that of his father's past. Scamp's behavior causes tension for both Lady and Tramp, and the growing disconnect prompts their son to run away and live amongst the dogs of the junkyard. A search party ensues involving Lady, but after a while, Scamp returns with a change of heart, and a new member of the family: Angel. Angel is warmly welcomed by Lady, who celebrates the reformation of her family.
Lady along with the Tramp make cameo appearances out in the street during the Twilight Bark sequence of One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Lady and Tramp make cameo appearances at the end "This is Your Life, Donald Duck".
Lady has made a few non-speaking cameos on House of Mouse, always seen alongside the Tramp. In Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, she and the Tramp were seen singing along during the ending song, and during The Ludwig Von Drake Song in Ask Von Drake.
Lady and Tramp make a cameo in the forms of silhouettes at the end of The Lion King 1½.
In the series finale of At Home With Olaf, a short clip of Lady and the Tramp featuring Lady and Trump appears during a montage of heartwarming moments from Disney films playing in Olaf's song "I Am with You".
Lady, portrayed by Catherine Bogdanova, makes a cameo in human form, in the Season 4 episode "The Apprentice" as a customer of the Italian restaurant where Emma Swan and Captain Hook share a romantic dinner. Lady shares the famous spaghetti kiss with Tramp, himself in human form. Knowing that other animals like Jiminy Cricket and Gus are transformed into humans by the Evil Queen's curse, it was plausibly effective also for Lady.
Lady is introduced where Jim Dear gives his wife a puppy for Christmas in order to keep his family company. The next day, Lady grows up into an adult dog where she explores the world around her where she makes friends with her family's neighbor's dogs, Trusty and Jacqueline. One day during Darling's birthday party, she receives a large pottery jar from Aunt Sarah, Lady jumps on Sarah and Darling's laps, infuriating Darling as she yells at Lady thinking she almost caused the worthless gift to shatter. Afterwards, Lady felt upset about herself as Sarah suggested Darling to have cats as a better pet instead of a dog. Upset about herself, Lady unintentionally talks to Tramp about her feeling unhappy of what Darling did to her. While discussing with Tramp, the dogcatcher overhears Lady arguing with Tramp for being unwelcome to her owners' property just as Jim Dear and the dogcatcher have a conversation about finding Tramp. Continuing their conversation, Tramp explains that Jim Dear and Darling are about to have a baby, thinking the baby will replace Lady just as Trusty and Jacqueline arrive to keep Lady safe. Upon calling Tramp a street dog, he feels offended as he walks away, warning Lady that she would be replaced when Darling gives birth to a baby.
Some time later, Darling gave birth to a newborn daughter named Lulu as Lady feels amused about the baby until she feels distracted upon seeing a rat. Trying to warn Jim Dear about the rat, he tells Lady to stay quiet to mean that she might wake the baby, much to Lady's unhappiness of trying to warn Jim about this. The next day, Lady was unaware that Aunt Sarah brought in two cats to keep the family company by noticing the basket in the family's home. Upon encountering the cats Devon and Rex, the two mischievous cats perform the musical number "What a Shame" to put Lady in trouble by causing a big mess around the house, even destroying the gift Darling received from Aunt Sarah. As a result, Aunt Sarah decides to give Lady a muzzle to keep herself from biting by going to the pet store. Upon going to the pet store, the pet store owner gives Lady a muzzle but suddenly escapes from Aunt Sarah and stumbles across a street dog named Isaac preparing to fend her off with Tramp trying to defend Lady from him. Pretending she is a dog infected with rabies, Isaac immediately retreats just as Tramp remembers Lady calling him a street dog. However, during the conversation, Lady suggests Tramp to remove the muzzle from her mouth so she can feel comfortable. Tramp and Lady go the park to help Lady remove her muzzle by using a beaver statue to pull it off. This wasn't in the original animated version, since in the original, Tramp distracted a police officer and a professor to cause them argue that Tramp is the professor's dog in order for the dogs to get into the zoo just as Tramp finds several animals, including a beaver named "Mr. Busy", who attempt to get the muzzle off her mouth.
Having pulled the muzzle off her mouth, Lady decides to go home to which Lady has trouble finding her way home where Tramp warns her that the city is a very busy and dangerous place because of vehicles that can accidentally harm dogs along the way. Thinking about Jim Dear and Darling about her missing them, Lady and Tramp plan to escape from the dogcatcher. She and Tramp use a steamboat to escape from the dogcatcher (this wasn't in the original animated version, as no scene featuring the aforementioned scene in the remake appeared in the original animated version).
Having escaped from the dogcatcher, Lady and Tramp explore a park at night where they initially discover an Italian restaurant called "Tony's Restaurant" where the two dogs fall in love with each other with a spaghetti dinner served by Tony and Joe. After a romantic dinner, Lady and Tramp walk around the park in a quiet night and fall in love with each other over a hill to see the world around them. Tramp also tells Lady about his tragic flashback before he met her to which if he wasn't separated from his owner, he would have never met her. However, their romantic moment is disrupted when the dogcatcher arrives preparing to capture Tramp as the dogs arrive at the same train yard Tramp was at to which upon escaping, Lady is taken to the dog pound as punishment for her involvement with Tramp. Taken to the pound, Lady introduces herself to the pound dogs, including Peg, to which the street dog that was almost captured is known as Tramp where Peg performs the musical number "He's a Tramp" in front of the pound dogs, including Lady. The dogcatcher releases Lady from her cell and takes her back to her owners. With Lady's owners happy to have her back, Jim Dear introduces Lady to Lulu, their newborn daughter.
Talking with Trusty and Jacqueline, Lady talks about her life changed with Lulu in her owners' family. After talking, Lady feels that she wishes to see Tramp again. Some time later, Tramp arrives towards Lady and apologizes to her for abandoning her as Lady is happy to have Tramp reunited with her. Telling her to go on new adventures, she explains that she is part of Jim Dear's family as she explains that her owners are more important than him. However, one night, Lady discovers the rat preparing to tumble down Lulu's crib just as she warns Tramp for help to stop the rat from waking up Lulu; Tramp chases against the rat, but ultimately kills the rat to save the baby, unintentionally causing a mess around Lulu's room. However, as the dogcatcher takes Tramp to the dog pound, Lady, Trusty, and Jacqueline arrive to stop the dogcatcher from taking him to the dog pound to which during the chase, Lady causes the two horses Elliot the dogcatcher is using to panic as the dogcatcher carriage topples (also injuring Tramp in progress). Talking to Tramp to wake up, it is also known that Tramp received injuries during his fight against the rat. Lady and Tramp are finally reunited once again. By next Christmas, Tramp is finally accepted into Jim Dear's family as Lady and Tramp spend their holidays with their newly perfect family.
At the Magic Kingdom restaurant Tony's Town Square Restaurant, Lady can be found in decor. Also in the Magic Kingdom, both Lady and Tramp briefly appear in Once Upon a Time, during Mrs. Potts' narration.
During the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, topiaries of Lady and Tramp are featured in the Italy Pavilion.
- Like Duchess in The Aristocats, Lady marries a street smart individual at the end of her story. The contrast is all of the puppies were born to both Lady herself and Tramp while Thomas O'Malley became a stepfather to the three kittens at the end of his story.
- Some of her whimpering (as a puppy) would later be reused for Young Yeller at one point in Old Yeller and the Dalmatian Puppies from One Hundred and One Dalmatians during the climax.
- In an early version of the film, Lady was much more developed as a character and instead of Tramp, Lady was going to be the one to kill the rat in the climax.
- In one of the movie covers for Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, her collar is red instead of blue like Tramp.
- Jock calls Lady "lassie", which is a common Scottish term for a young girl. This also is a reference to the age difference between the two.
- It could also possibly reference Lassie, a female Rough Collie.
- Coincidentally, the breed, Rough Collie, originated in Scotland.
- It could also possibly reference Lassie, a female Rough Collie.
- After breaking free from the doghouse, Lady remains silent for the remainder of the film.
- Her name means to address a woman in a polite or old-fashioned manner and that of a superior social position, especially one of noble birth.
- This would also fit with Lady's personality and lifestyle at the era she lives in.