- “He's a Tramp...”
Tramp is the titular male protagonist of Disney's 1955 animated film, Lady and the Tramp, and the tritagonist of the 2001 sequel, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He is a stray mutt who falls in love with a Cocker Spaniel named Lady and they embark on many adventures together.
In early versions of the script, Tramp was called Homer and although he was first conceived as Lady's suitor, competing with an early incantation of Boris for her affections, he ended up as her ex-dog pound mate in the final 1943 storyboard pitch. A few years after that version was scrapped, Walt read a short story called "Happy Dan the Cynical Dog" in Cosmopolitan Magazine and decided that such a character as him was just was needed to enhance the film. Although Walt wanted his new character to be called Tramp, the animators feared that audiences would take offense in such a name, due to the word's sexual connotations ("the lady is a tramp".) So, they first called him Rags, then Bozo, before Walt insisted that Tramp would be fine.
Tramp is a medium-sized mutt, scruffy-looking dog. He is mostly medium brown with a light tan muzzle and stomach. He has a cream-colored stripe that comes down from his muzzle to his chest (which he passes down to his son Scamp and daughter Danielle). After he is taken in by Jim Dear and Darling, he wears a red collar with a diamond-shaped license.
In the first film, Tramp is a very laid-back character and he's more like a kid. He enjoys his rapscallion lifestyle without a family and home. It's implied that he's flirtatious, given his history of having a multitude of girlfriends. He's known for his street smarts, able to both avoid dog catchers and deal with junkyard dogs. He initially seems cynical about humans, saying how the arrival of a baby is likely to lead to the family dog being pushed aside.
In the sequel, after he and Lady have married and now have a litter of puppies, Tramp's grown accustomed to being a house pet, but still retains his street smarts. He is also portrayed as being a loving yet firm father to his son, Scamp, and his three daughters, Annette, Collette and Danielle.
Tramp is introduced as a wise-cracking, stray mutt who admires the life of a rogue loner. Often seen alone, the Tramp doesn't appear to have family or friends outside of the local mutts he runs into from time to time, such as Peg and Bull, or Tony and Joe; two Italian restaurant owners. Nevertheless, he lives his life with a carefree aura and rascally-fun nature. While out and about in New England, where he regularly rests and feasts at various restaurants, he overhears Jock and Trusty attempting to explain what a baby is to Lady. Tramp gives his opinion on the matter, which is somewhat negative. Annoyed with Tramp, Jock and Trusty order him out of the yard.
Later on, Tramp rescues Lady, whom he calls "Pidge" from a pack of alley dogs. Lady reveals that she has been muzzled, and so Tramp attempts to help her take it off. He takes her to the local zoo when he is able to manipulate a beaver into removing the device, by claiming it will help the beaver haul logs. That night, Tramp takes Lady out for a night on the town. he reveals that he goes to different houses each for scraps and that he has a different name at every one of them. That night, he takes Lady to a small Italian restaurant, where they are served spaghetti and meatballs by the owner, Tony. Tramp takes Lady home, but on the way back, she is picked up by the dogcatcher.
After he finds Lady, who has been released from the pound, he attempts to apologize, but Lady angrily confronts him on rumors she heard at the pound regarding Tramp's multiple past girlfriends. She forced him to leave, and Tramp was very sad, no thanks to her rejection, and left dejected. However, he soon hears Lady barking furiously as if she was in trouble and rushes back. Lady reveals that a rat has gotten into the baby's room, and so Tramp rushes to stop it. During the fight, Tramp accidentally knocks over the crib, making the baby cry. He is able to successfully kill the rat but is found by Aunt Sarah who decides to call the dogcatcher to take him to the pound. However, Tramp is released due to the combined efforts of Jock and Trusty, who had overheard the humans talking after they discovered the rat that Tramp had killed.
The next Christmas, it's revealed that Tramp has been made a member of the family by Jim Dear and Darling as a reward for his heroism. He and Lady have become the parents of four puppies; three girls that look identical Lady and a son that looks identical to him. Tramp was happy to be a house dog instead of a stray, now that he's with Lady.
The second film shows that Tramp's relationship with his son, Scamp has become somewhat strained due to Scamp's desire to be a "wild dog". One day, Scamp makes a mess in the living room and is chained outside. Even though, Tramp makes an accident to him since he can't stop acting wild on the street. Tramp comes to talk to Scamp, but they soon get into an argument and Tramp leaves.
Later on, Scamp runs away from home and Tramp blames himself for his son leaving home because he was too harsh with him. He realizes that he needs to understand Scamp better. After Scamp joins a dog pack known as the "Junkyard Dogs", Scamp learns of his father's infamous reputation. Unknown to Scamp, the pack's leader, Buster, was once Tramp's protégé, and now seeks revenge on Tramp. Buster later learns that Scamp is his son.
When Scamp is asked by Buster to steal a chicken from his family's picnic, Tramp soon arrives and talk softly to him. He asks Scamp to come home, but Scamp confronts him who he was as a stray and chooses the junkyard life. Tramp feels sad and brokenhearted that Scamp does not want to be a house dog. However, later that night, one of the Junkyard Dogs (Angel) arrives and tells him and Lady that Scamp is in trouble. He and Angel race to the dog pound and Tramp saves Scamp from getting killed by a vicious bull mastiff named Reggie. Later, Scamp apologizes to his father for running away from home, and Tramp in return apologizes to Scamp for being too hard on him. He was thinking that he and Scamp can go to the river to howl, promising to lighten up. Afterward, the dogs reconcile and head home after Scamp retrieves his collar from Buster back at the junkyard. In the end, the family adopts Angel as a member of the family and Tramp was happy that Scamp became a house dog instead of being a stray after all.
Tramp makes several appearances as a guest in the television series House of Mouse, usually sitting with Lady. Most of their scenes mimic the spaghetti scene from the film.
In "Dining Goofy" Tramp and Lady were used as examples for Ludwig Von Drake's new dining options.
Tramp was referenced in the episode "The Mouse Who Came to Dinner", during the celebrity roast; as the joke went, Lady was looking for him, to which Goofy exclaims, "Hey, Lady, I found the Tramp!" as a jab at Mortimer Mouse.
Tramp and Lady make cameo appearances at the end of "This is Your Life, Donald Duck".
Tramp and Lady 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 Tramp and Lady appears during a montage of heartwarming moments from Disney films playing in Olaf's song "I Am with You".
Tramp, portrayed by Garry Garneau, 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. Tramp shares the famous spaghetti kiss with Lady, herself 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 Tramp.
Tramp first appears exploring the world around him in a train yard where a railroad foreman wards him off as he could be a distraction to them. Escaping from him, he wanders around the streets and sees a person eating a sandwich to which she distracts a woman in order to get the sandwich from the person (causing her to break up with him) just as he decides to eat lunch. Hearing two stray dogs sad and hungry, Tramp gives the sandwich to the puppies. Afterwards, Tramp sees a dogcatcher telling people alerting them that any unlicensed dog will be immediately impounded to which he hears two captured dogs named Bull and Peg captured for trying to steal meat from butcher a shop despite them being hungry, while the dogcatcher asks a storekeeper to put a poster about the alert on his window to which he refuses to. Tramp manages to rescue the dogs while the dogcatcher and the storekeeper continue their conversation. As Bull and Peg talk to Tramp, he tells them that the two would always get caught whenever they grab meat from the butcher shop just as the dogcatcher arrives towards his carriage and prepares to take Tramp to the dog pound to which Tramp tricks him and rescues Bull and Peg from the pound to get meat from the butcher shop. Having rescued the dogs, Tramp talks to two poodles to know if they are twins to which the poodle talking to him is the female poodle's husband. The dogcatcher chases him across the street to which he escapes from him and ends up in Jim Dear's family's home. There, he meets an upset Lady whom she thinks he is Trusty where the dogcatcher overhears their argument to which he tells Jim Dear that he is looking for the stray dog he is attempting to capture to which after Jim Dear and the dogcatcher's conversation ended, she asks for advice from Tramp who tells her that a baby in Jim Dear's family will replace her to which she hears Jacqueline telling Lady to stay away from Tramp to which Tramp continues his conversation with Lady. Trusty and Jacqueline arrive telling Lady that they will take care of the problem by warding off Tramp to which Lady calls him a street dog. Offended, Tramp leaves without provoking anyone.
After Lady is given a muzzle to keep herself from being a nuisance to Jim Dear's family, Lady encounters Isaac, a street dog trying to keep her away to which Tramp intervenes with him. In order to rescue Lady, Tramp whispers to his ears telling Lady is infected by rabies to which Lady pretends to be an infected dog to scare off Isaac. Having rescued Lady, she offers Tramp to remove the muzzle to which he and Lady go to the park to remove the muzzle. Arriving at the park, Lady suggests Tramp to remove the muzzle from her mouth by using a beaver statue to pull it off.
Having pulled the muzzle off her mouth, Lady asks Tramp to take her back to Jim Dear's home to which Lady has trouble finding her way home to which Tramp warns her that the city is very dangerous because of vehicles that can accidentally run over dogs. Thinking about Jim Dear and Darling missing her, Lady and Tramp plan to escape from the dogcatcher to which the two use a steamboat to escape from him.
Having escaped from the dogcatcher, Lady and Tramp explore a park at night. Lady tells Tramp that she is sure she has a home to which she can return. Tramp shows empathy for her.The dog proposes Lady to eat something. For this purpose, the couple goes to Tramp's favorite restaurant, called "Tony's Restaurant" where he barks at a chef named Joe to serve food for him and Lady where Joe gets his assistant Tony to serve food for the dogs. Having a romantic dinner at Tony's Restaurant, Tony and Joe perform the musical number "Bella Notte" to serenade the two dogs for their dinner. After a romantic dinner, Lady and Tramp walk around the park in a quiet night and fall in love with each other (a scene by the fountain where Lady hugs Tramp).
Tramp tells her that he wants to show her something. The two dogs race down the hillside laughing where Tramp shows the city view from the hill. Lady is enchanted with him. Tramp howled and wanted Lady to do the same; after the initial failure, she succeeds. Lady tells her beloved that she feels bad about having left her family During a romantic moment in a quiet night, Tramp explains to Lady that he knows how much it hurts to be abandoned. Lady guessed that Tramp had a home, and the dog says, "Yeah, I did.". During the flashback, it is known that Tramp once had a home - his owner took him for a car ride and abandoned him. Tramp waited in that spot all day and all night for his owner to come back, but he never did it. After the flashback, Tramp explains to Lady that if he was still with his owner, he would have never met Lady. However, their romantic moment is suddenly disrupted when Elliot prepares to capture Tramp once again as the dogs end up in the train yard to which while losing the railroad foreman and dogcatcher, Tramp only notices that Lady is being brought to the dog pound, separating Lady from Tramp once again.
When Lady finds herself in the dog pound, she talks with Peg who knows about the dog who rescued her from the dog pound once to which the dog who encountered her and Bull is known as "Tramp".
Lady is taken from the pound by Jim and Darling. Although everything is going well, Lady is beginning to miss Tramp.
The dog also feels longing as Tramp falls into depression. Just then, he suddenly finds out that Peg and Bull have found homes. Talking with them, Tramp grieves about Lady wanting to see her again to which he decides to apologize to her. Some time later, Tramp arrives in Lady's garden and apologizes for leaving her aside as Lady is happy to have her and Tramp reunited together again. Tramp tells her to go on new adventures to which Lady tells him that she is part of Jim Dear's family as she should stay with them.
Tramp reacts sadly, saying that Lady deserves it. Lady states that Tramp deserves love. She then regrets that they can't be together to which Tramp walks away, heartbroken.
However, Lady sees a rat in her owners' house and warns Tramp to take care of the rat to which Tramp plans to do what Lady asked him to do. Tramp goes to Lulu's room to take care of the rat to protect Lulu. As the dogcatcher notices this while trying to take care of the rat only to find out that Tramp killed the rat, Tramp is captured to be brought back to the dog pound once again. Lady, Trusty, and Jacqueline arrive to help rescue Tramp to which Lady causes the horses on the dogcatcher's carriage to escape just as the carriage collapses and Lady walks over to Tramp's motionless body.
Jim Dear and Darling look at Tramp who was badly injured due to his fight with the rat. Jim and Darling talk to the dogcatcher that Tramp helped saved Lulu from the rat to which Tramp and Lady are finally reunited just as Tramp is accepted to be in Jim Dear's family. Some time later during Christmas Day, Tramp and the other dogs become part of Jim Dear's family.
At the Magic Kingdom, Tramp and other characters from the film are prominently featured at Tony's Town Square Restaurant. In the same park, Tramp and Lady briefly appear in Once Upon a Time, during Mrs. Potts narration.
In the spring, Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival feature Lady and the Tramp topiaries.
At Disney's Pop Century Resort, a section of the resort is dedicated to Tramp and Lady in the form of statues.
- He is street smart like Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats. The contrast is O'Malley married Duchess and became the stepfather of her three kittens while Tramp married Lady and had puppies of his own.
- Tramp's growls and snarls heard during his fight with the rat would later be reused in Old Yeller when its title character had rabies.
- When Tramp tells Lady about the downsides of having a baby in the family, he says he's "the voice of experience". When he says that, it implies that he may have been disowned by his original owners because of a baby. This was explicitly shown in the 2019 remake.
- Tramp's breed is possibly Schnauzer.
- His name means a person who travels from place to place on foot in search of work, or as a vagrant or beggar.
- It would also fit into his lifestyle on how he admired the life of a rogue loner and enjoyed his freedom before settling down to become a house pet.
- Both Tramp and Lady have eyes that are resembling that of Bambi's eyes.
- In Italy, Tramp's name has been established as Biagio il Randagio (literally Biagio the stray dog), which is also the name Tony and Joe call him in this translation.