Ryder is the leader of the titular team and main protagonist in the TV series PAW Patrol. He is a 10-year-old human boy, but he is mature. His followers are Marshall the Dalmatian, Chase, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, and later, Robo-Dog, Everest and Tracker. Being the leader, when he gets a message about an emergency, he summons the Patrol to The Lookout (which is some kind of spiral slide) and explains the emergency. He summons specific members to do a specific task.
Ryder, though unable to fit in any of the Patrol's vehicles, was the one who instructed each puppy to drive a specific vehicle. This was proven in "Pup Pup Boogie," especially when Ryder trained Chase to operate Rubble's digger.
In the North American version, he is voiced by Owen Mason, who was eventually replaced by Eli Hammil in mid-Season 2, who in turn was replaced by Jackson Mercey in late-Season 3. In the British version, he was voiced by John Cambell until mid-Season 2, when he was replaced by Sam Brown and he will be voiced by Beckett Hipkiss in the upcoming animated film.
Ryder has fair skin, gelled up dark brown hair, and brown eyes. He wears a red, white, yellow, and blue vest, which contains the PAW Patrol logo, that covers a white long-sleeved shirt. He also wears blue jeans and has blue and white shoes. He is not as tall as the adult characters.
During missions, Ryder wears a high-tech jacket which has the same colors like his vest. During an underwater mission, Ryder wears a scuba diving suit that also has the same colors as his vest.
In "Pups and the Ghost Pirate," Ryder wears a knight costume for Halloween. Although different from what Ryder usually wears, the knight costume still contains his life vest, which inflates when Ryder was traveling over the water on his ATV.
- With helmet
- Scuba-diving outfit
- Knight (Halloween only)
- Adventure Bay All-Stars basketball uniform
- Tobbogan and gloves
- Snowboarding gear
- Flying suit
- Mission PAW
- Sea Patrol jacket and shirt
- Ultimate rescue
- Mighty Pups
- Jet Rescue