History WesternAnimation / InspectorGadget

11th Dec '17 1:38:40 PM WillKeaton
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* AcademyOfEvil: The episode "M.A.D. Academy" has gadget assigned to take down one of these.
11th Dec '17 1:35:29 PM WillKeaton
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Indeed, Penny's role in the cartoon's plot is so vital that the show actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6MR14mFtIw works pretty well if you remove Gadget himself from it and focus only on Penny]].

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Indeed, Penny's role in the cartoon's plot is so vital that the show actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6MR14mFtIw works pretty well if you remove Gadget himself from it and focus only on Penny]].
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9th Dec '17 7:21:52 PM tropower
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A light-hearted mix of Franchise/RoboCop and [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]], ''Inspector Gadget'' was an animated crime-fighting police detective who traveled the world "solving" crimes.

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A light-hearted mix of Franchise/RoboCop Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan (sort of) and [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]], ''Inspector Gadget'' was an animated crime-fighting police detective who traveled the world "solving" crimes.


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* AdBumpers: As with most syndicated series. However, the ones before the safety tip segments (and the closing credits) would have Dr. Claw take over the first bumper[[note]]"Inspector Gadget, ''may'' return after these messages..."[[/note]], although the second bumper would still have Frank Welker[[note]]Normally using his normal voice.[[/note]].
30th Nov '17 8:25:11 PM PrimeEvil
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* ManChild: In the Christmas special, Gadget believes that Chief Quimby-disguised as a MallSanta--actually ''is'' the genuine article, and holds up the line while he details a long Christmas list of new machine parts and things. This has carried over into ''Gadget and the Gadgetinis'' and ''Gadget 2015''.
28th Nov '17 4:44:45 PM KnownUnknown
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: "Snakin' All Over" starts in winter, with the Gadget household covered in snow. To which Gadget quips:
---> "I haven't seen this much snow since that episode in the Arctic!"
26th Nov '17 2:23:35 PM MaxWest2
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* GameShowAppearance: "Quizmaster"


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** "Quizmaster" involves some of the Quizmaster game show winners later going to prison after being framed for armored car robbery. We never learn if they were exonerated after Gadget solved the case.
26th Nov '17 2:07:44 PM MaxWest2
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* OffscreenKarma: Discussed in the episode "School for Pickpockets"; Chief Quimby tells Gadget when congratulating him that the other pickpockets have been arrested.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Usually the M.A.D. agents would be arrested at the end of each episode (at least during the first season). However, a few like Amazon Annie from "The Amazon" and the Rat from "M.A.D. Trap" are never shown being apprehended. What became of those agents is never revealed.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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Usually the M.A.D. agents would be arrested at the end of each episode (at least during the first season). However, a few like Amazon Annie from "The Amazon" and Amazon", the Rat from "M.A.D. Trap" and Labella from "King Wrong" are never shown being apprehended. What became of those agents is never revealed.revealed.
** In "School for Pickpockets", one of the pickpocket students, Runt, twice flunks out of said school and fails trying to steal from Gadget. His fate is unknown as Chief Quimby never confirms if Runt was [[OffscreenKarma one of the pickpockets arrested]] at the end.
19th Sep '17 10:31:00 AM PrimeEvil
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "The Invasion," Gadget insists that there are no such thing as Martians. He concludes that the invasion force in Metro City (actually MAD henchmen) are ''Venusians''.
4th Sep '17 1:04:51 AM Luppercus
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* VillainExclusivityClause: Might very well be the TropeCodifier, it's impossible to think in an episode ''without'' Dr Claw and his schemes.
7th Aug '17 10:50:02 AM WileK209
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* OffModel: The first season split most of the animation between TMS and Creator/WangFilmProductions (some episodes were animated by Creator/{{AIC}}, Creator/ToeiAnimation[[note]]uncredited[[/note]], Creator/OhProduction and Creator/AjiaDo). The second season's animation was largely done by [=DiC=] themselves with help from some minor Japanese studios that were never heard from again ([[Creator/NakamuraProductions except one]]). This trope, of course, comes to play because of this.

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* OffModel: The first season split most of the animation between TMS and Creator/WangFilmProductions (some episodes were animated by Creator/{{AIC}}, Creator/ToeiAnimation[[note]]uncredited[[/note]], Creator/OhProduction and Creator/AjiaDo). The second season's animation was largely done by [=DiC=] themselves with help from some minor Japanese studios that were never heard from again ([[Creator/NakamuraProductions except one]]). This trope, of course, comes to play because of this. (The Wang episodes had noticeably lower-quality animation compared to the Japanese-animated ones.)



** "Health Spa" and "Gadget's Replacement" are the only episodes without a self-destructing message. Quimby lampshades it in "Health Spa":
---> '''Quimby:''' At last, an assignment that didn't blow up in my face.

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** "Health Spa" and "Gadget's Replacement" are the only episodes without a self-destructing message.message, though Quimby still ends up hurt due to Gadget's incompetence. Quimby lampshades it in "Health Spa":
---> '''Quimby:''' At last, an assignment that didn't blow up in my face. ''(gets whacked in the face by Gadget opening the door)''



* StockSoundEffects: The first-season episodes created some unique sound effects for Gadget's gadgets, the Gadget Van turning into the Gadgetmobile (and vice-versa), and Penny's computer book and communication watch. Many familiar Creator/HannaBarbera and Creator/WarnerBros sound effects were also utilized. The second season dropped most of these effects, and often used more unfamiliar {{Animesque}} sounds for Gadget's gadgets and generic beeping for Penny's devices.



** Penny and Brain also do this in "So It Is Written."



* TrrrillingRrrs: The Clock Maker in "The Coo-Coo Clock Caper", it gets more exaggerated as the episode goes on.



* VanityPlate: All first season episodes ended with a customized "D.i.C." logo where Gadget clumsily dots the "i" with his Gadget-mallet[[note]]This is similar to another logo used for Literature/TheLittles, which premiered the same year, in which Dinky dots the "i" with a button[[/note]].

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* VanityPlate: All Many of the first season episodes ended with a customized "D.i.C." logo where Gadget clumsily dots the "i" with his Gadget-mallet[[note]]This is similar to another logo used for Literature/TheLittles, which premiered the same year, in which Dinky dots the "i" with a button[[/note]]. Early episodes and the second season used DiC's standard "Vortex" logo of the time.



* WouldHurtAChild: While she was usually just BoundAndGagged, there were at least two M.A.D. Agents who actually tried to ''kill'' Penny. The first was the Archaeologist in "All That Glitters", who tried to throw Penny off a cliff and only stopped because she pointed out that too many people would see. The second was the Clockmaker from "Coo-Coo Clock Caper", who tried to crush Penny with a mannequin wielding a mallet set to strike at 5:00.

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* WouldHurtAChild: While she was usually just BoundAndGagged, there were at least two three M.A.D. Agents who actually tried to ''kill'' Penny. The first was the Archaeologist in "All That Glitters", who tried to throw Penny off a cliff and only stopped because she pointed out that too many people would see. The second was the Clockmaker from "Coo-Coo Clock Caper", who tried to crush Penny with a mannequin wielding a mallet set to strike at 5:00. The third was the hired agent to create diamond suits in "A Clear Case," who tied Penny up on a ConveyorBeltODoom leading to a laser.
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