History WesternAnimation / InspectorGadget

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.
15th Jul '17 7:29:37 AM N8han11
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** Actually happens quite a bit. In "Race to the Finish", Inspector Gadget gets drunk when a M.A.D. agent gives him a funny drink. In "Busy Signal", he comes across a woman in a bathrobe, who calls him a "pervert".
*** Actually, he gets called a pervert several times throughout the series.

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** Actually happens quite a bit. In "Race to the Finish", Inspector Gadget gets drunk when a M.A.D. agent gives him a funny drink. In "Busy Signal", he comes across a woman in a bathrobe, who calls him a "pervert".
*** Actually, he gets called a pervert several times throughout the series.
pervert.
15th Jul '17 7:29:07 AM N8han11
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* BadassNormal: While overshadowed by Gadget's superhuman powers and those of some of the opposition (and her own HollywoodHacking), Penny's demonstrated physical feats throughout the series add up to special forces-level athletics. She can [[OlympicSwimmer swim]] for long distances underwater (and in her clothes), climb ropes and mountains alike with little effort, sneak into fortesses, pull up [[LiteralCliffhanger literal cliffhangers]], pick locks, is basically an EscapeArtist, can shoot accurately at [[ImprobableAimingSkills long distances]] with a bow or blowdart gun ... In fact, about the ''only'' commando-like thing she ''cannot'' do is fighting.
** Actually, she ''has'' beaten M.A.D. agents hand-to-hand. Mostly because ''they'' could not fight very well, but still ...

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* BadassNormal: While overshadowed by Gadget's superhuman powers and those of some of the opposition (and her own HollywoodHacking), Penny's demonstrated physical feats throughout the series add up to special forces-level athletics. She can [[OlympicSwimmer swim]] for long distances underwater (and in her clothes), climb ropes and mountains alike with little effort, sneak into fortesses, pull up [[LiteralCliffhanger literal cliffhangers]], pick locks, is basically an EscapeArtist, EscapeArtist and can shoot accurately at [[ImprobableAimingSkills long distances]] with a bow or blowdart gun ... In fact, about the ''only'' commando-like thing she ''cannot'' do is fighting.
** Actually, she ''has'' beaten M.A.D. agents hand-to-hand. Mostly because ''they'' could not fight very well, but still ...
gun.
3rd Jul '17 2:03:13 PM Bissek
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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Despite what Penny says, Dr Claw's plan in one episode to get a formula to change lead into gold would ''not'' destabilize the world economy, as most of the world is not on the gold standard. However, giving the enormous amount of lead that Dr Claw had been stockpiling, if [[ShaggyDogStory the formula had actually worked]], he'd have ended up with enough gold to seriously distort its market value.
30th Jun '17 3:13:49 PM snichols1973
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* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: In "Follow That Jet", the pilots at Pancake Flats A.F.B. play "Dodge the Claw", a mysteriously addictive video game, which pricks their finger and sends them into a zombified trance. Later on, when they take the stolen jets to a M.A.D. lair, one of the M.A.D. agents injects them with a mind control drug to keep them under Claw's control.


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** In "Follow That Jet", Gadget is dropped through a chute riding a missile in a way similar to Film/DrStrangelove.
15th Jun '17 5:35:48 PM Anddrix
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* GenreSavvy: Quimby will panic EVERY time Gadget tosses him the self-destructing messages, whereby, TheScottishTrope [[MadeOfExplodium comes into play]].
** In one episode, he even tries to deliver Gadget's assignment in a ''helicopter'', landing on a ledge to keep Gadget away from him. Needless to say, this backfires on him.
** In "M.A.D. Trap" Brain tries to get Gadget to follow him by disgusing as a crook, knowing he will once again mistake him for the real deal and give chase. Ironically it takes a while for Gadget to notice.
13th Jun '17 6:34:13 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Actor Don Adams provided Inspector Gadget's voice, and much of the inspiration for the character was drawn from Adams' live-action portrayal of bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in ''Series/GetSmart''. Also carried over from the live-action show was the manner in which Gadget received his orders from his superiors. Chief Quimby would contact Gadget on a [[ShoePhone built-in telephone]] and arrange a meeting, giving Gadget his intelligence on a self-destructing sheet of paper. Later on in the series veteran voice actor {{Maurice LaMarche}} would take over the role of Gadget.

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Actor Don Adams provided Inspector Gadget's voice, and much of the inspiration for the character was drawn from Adams' live-action portrayal of bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in ''Series/GetSmart''. Also carried over from the live-action show was the manner in which Gadget received his orders from his superiors. Chief Quimby would contact Gadget on a [[ShoePhone built-in telephone]] and arrange a meeting, giving Gadget his intelligence on a self-destructing sheet of paper. Later on in the series veteran voice actor {{Maurice Creator/{{Maurice LaMarche}} would take over the role of Gadget.
10th Jun '17 2:35:53 PM nombretomado
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** In "Birds of a Feather," Gadget does a sort-of impression of WoodyWoodpecker.

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** In "Birds of a Feather," Gadget does a sort-of impression of WoodyWoodpecker.WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker.
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