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[[caption-width-right:281:Fan art of Widget Hackwrench.]]

'''The Nowakverse''' is probably the most famous FanVerse in the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fandom. It started with John Nowak's FanFic ''Under the Bridge'' which was followed by another two stories by the same author, ''Icarus'' and ''Sovereign''. Several other authors at least used elements from the ''Nowakverse'' in their stories, be it only the main original character, Gadget's [[LongLostRelative long lost sister]] Widget Hackwrench, be it Widget's self-made submarine Albacore including the entire crew, [[spoiler:her husband]], Kapitänleutnant Jürgen Jürgen, [[spoiler:and their son, Gimcrack]]. Widget actually managed to build up so much of a fame of her own that no other original character from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' FanFic has ever been subject of more FanArt.

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!!'''The stories in the ''Nowakverse'' contain examples of:'''

* ArtificialLimbs: Widget was born without a left arm. Fortunately, she grew into a [[WrenchWench skilled mechanic]] and made herself a spring-driven artificial arm.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: These stories hammer ''heavily'' on "Byronic" and "pelagic" (the latter of which is [[YouKeepUsingThatWord completely misused]]).
* BadassCape: Widget wears one. It's not flowing freely, though; she wears it to hide her mechanical left arm.
* BambooTechnology: Even Albacore falls victim to this. Mr. Fenton, a bat, is not only the sonar operator, ''he is the actual sonar''.
--> "PING!"
* BattleBallgown: Widget's wedding dress is made of Kevlar.
* {{BFG}}: The Darned Nearly Recoilless Rifle is pretty huge if operated by mice. .22 rimfire cartridges might be small for humans, but for rodents they're large enough to require a big weapon which, despite Widget's efforts, isn't entirely recoilless.
* BigNo: Dale in ''Under the Bridge''.
--> "No," gasped Dale. Then, a howl: "[=NOOOOOooooo=]!"
* BreakTheCutie: Gadget. After Widget attacked the Rangers trying to kill her and turned into a permanent threat, she transforms from the kindest and most compassionate Ranger to a [[spoiler:cold-blooded killer and plans to hunt down and kill Widget first by attacking and sinking her submarine, all hands aboard or not, her weapon of choice illegal or not]]. It is in fact an exaggeration of Gadget's only [[{{Canon}} canonical]] BerserkButton, but this time it's taken so far that some consider it OutOfCharacter.
* ByronicHero: Widget [[HeelFaceTurn turns into one]] in ''Under the Bridge''. She also refers to herself as one over and over and over again since her HeelFaceTurn.
* TheCameo: WesternAnimation/DangerMouse and Penfold appear in ''Sovereign''.
* CatsAreMean
* CirclesOfHell: Tailor-made for the Rangers in Chip's afterlife dream in ''Under the Bridge''. Monty's Circle of Hell is a gigantic fondue into which he has been dropped, Dale's Circle of Hell is a software development office in which he has to rid a GUI operating system of all bugs. Chip himself ends up in ''Gadget's'' Circle of Hell: her marriage with him.
* CoolBoat: Albacore is so this.
* CharacterDevelopment: In particular, Widget in ''Under the Bridge''.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: [[spoiler:Gadget's raid on the prison]] in ''Sovereign''.
* DarkActionGirl: Widget.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Widget's {{Backstory}}.
* DarkerAndEdgier: A lot.
* {{Emoticon}}: Mice put an 8 in front of their emoticons in e-mails to identify themselves to their readers as mice.
-->8:-)
* EnemyMine: Widget when she needs Rescue Rangers help in ''Under the Bridge''.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: At least during the first chapters of ''Under the Bridge'', nobody aboard Albacore knows Widget's name, not even Jürgen; they all call her "The Gray Mouse" (which refers to her gray hair). In fact, neither do readers who haven't been filled in on the story before reading it.
* EvilAlbino[=/=]HeroicAlbino: Widget has been both.
* EvilCounterpart: That's what Widget starts as.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Darned Nearly Recoilless Rifle. Except that what recoil is left will still knock a single gunmouse over backwards.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Chip's afterlife dream has Monty end up in a hot fondue cauldron for retribution.
* ForeignSoundingGibberish: Appears in ''Sovereign''.
-->"Ich bin Muenster von Kublewagen-Nebelwerfer, der family solicitor."
* FurryFemaleMane: Widget has got white fur but long gray hair tied up in a ponytail.
* GibberishOfLove: Chip falls victim to this in his afterlife dream sequence involving Gadget in ''Under the Bridge''.
-->He had to say something to express his love.\\
"Hominahominahomina..."\\
That wasn't it.
* GondorCallsForAid: The massive help mission which the Rangers launch in ''Under the Bridge'' after they've received Widget's call for help.
* GratuitousGerman: Despite speaking English fluently, Jürgen keeps slipping back into his native German.
** Widget also isn't immune, shouting the German command (Los!) right after specifically reminding herself ''not'' to do that.
* HeelFaceTurn: During the fateful events of ''Under the Bridge'', Widget develops from the BigBad to a ByronicHero.
* KillItWithFire: Gadget's choice of a self-defense weapon against Widget is a disposable lighter, modified so that she can hold and operate it horizontally and use it as a flamethrower.
-->'''Jürgen:''' "Flammenwerfer!"
* LeftHanging: ''Sovereign'' Part 4 is still missing. According to WordOfGod, it had partially been written already, but it shall be rewritten entirely.
* LongLostRelative: Gadget didn't even know she has a sister until Widget showed up. On a similar note, neither did Widget for quite a long time.
* LoveTriangle: Gidget, Bertie and David in ''Under the Bridge''. Who they are doesn't matter because David is only mentioned by name, and Gidget and Bertie are mere decoration for the cruise ship Minuscule which is sunk by the Albacore a few paragraphs later.
* MeaningfulName: [[{{Canon}} Hackwrench]], Jürgen, etc.
* MistakenIdentity: Two-way. Gadget and Widget have a mail conversation in ''Under the Bridge''. However, neither does Widget know that her opposite is the very same sister she wants to kill, nor does Gadget know that her opposite is her sister (or that she has a sister at all), let alone that said sister is out to kill her.
* {{MST}}: ''Under the Bridge'' was [=MSTed=] by Nowak himself, along with Matt Plotecher of ''Fanfic/ChipNoirDalesRescueRangers'' fame. Not the only [=MSTing=] they wrote together, but the only ''CDRR'' fanfic [=MSTed=] by its own author.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Gadget is pretty much [[{{Fanon}} addicted to the stuff]].
* MythologyGag: Before she first encounters the Rangers, Widget lets off her anger on Gadget dolls made by Applause, known among Rangerphiles as "[[FanNickname Gadget plushies]]" and for being outrageously expensive nowadays. The only hints at their identity are their make, their size, and that Jürgen asks Widget if they should travel to Orlando[[note]]as in Walt Disney World[[/note]] to get more.
* PoorCommunicationKills: All of this could have been avoided if only [[spoiler:Gadget talked with Widget after the fateful science fair competition.]]
* PowerFist: Widget's spring-loaded left hand.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Gadget when Monty says she sounds just like Widget as she reveals her plans to kill her sister.
-->"I. Do. Not."
* PurpleProse: The third chapter of ''Under the Bridge'' starts out with this in the short scene with Bertie and Gidget aboard the R.M.S. Minuscule. It ends when the story cuts to aboard the Albacore which prepares for an attack on the Minuscule.
* RedRightHand: Widget's mechanical left arm which she hides under a black cloak and in a black glove.
* RepetitiveName: Kapitänleutnant Jürgen. His family name is Jürgen, his first name is Jürgen, [[spoiler:and his middle name happens to be Jürgen, too]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: Two-fold, even. Widget built a sophisticated attack submarine, hired a crew for it and even sinks a rodent ferryboat just to exact revenge on her sister Gadget. [[spoiler:Gadget, in turn, after finding out that Widget is out to kill her, builds a torpedo out of an illegally imported Russian machine gun round to sink Widget's submarine with everyone aboard.]]
* RuleOfCool: All over the place.
* ScavengedPunk: WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers is this already, but Widget takes it to all new levels. It helps that she planned her revenge on Gadget when she was living on a junkyard.
* SelfDeprecation: In the aformentioned {{MST}}ing, (which, remember, Nowak himself co-wrote) Mike & the Bots frequently poke fun at the story's dark tone and the overuse of Technobabble. Later, Nowak shows up and depicts himself as a "dark ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}" who always over analyzes things.
* SharedUniverse / FanVerse: No Rangerverse saw as many guest writers as the ''Nowakverse''.
* ShoutOut:
** The Exterminator is based on a [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]] toy.
** Kapitänleutnant Jürgen could be one to ''Film/DasBoot''. He is even addressed as "Herr Kaleun" like Jürgen Prochnow's character.
** Although not explicitly mentioned, Albacore is one to the [[TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Nautilus]] (although the latter's Disney live-action version has a full-blown [[TheCameo Cameo]] in the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "A Creep in the Deep").
-->Large saw blades ran from bow to the top of the forward part of the bridge, and along the sides and bottom of the bow. The blades would cut fishnet and gave the black vessel a strangely familiar appearance.
** Widget has a "[[IndianaJones Temple of Hate]]" aboard Albacore.
** Dale quotes Darkwing Duck in ''Icarus''. Take a wild guess what exactly he quotes.
** Widget is initially known as [[Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser The Gray Mouse]].
* SpeakOfTheDevil: In ''Under the Bridge''.
* SpyCatsuit: Widget's black wetsuit.
* StuffBlowingUp: Especially in ''Sovereign'', but also the remarkable scene in ''Under the Bridge'' when [[spoiler:Widget tries to kill the Rangers for the first time]].
* SubStory: ''Under The Bridge''.
* TankGoodness: The Exterminator from ''Under the Bridge''.
* TechnologyPorn: John Nowak managed to describe the contraptions in his stories at such a high level of detail that it's almost possible to rebuild them in RealLife unless the RuleOfCool is involved.
* {{Thememobile}}: What'd Widget be without Albacore?
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Darned Nearly Recoilless Rifles designed by Widget. .22 Rimfire might be small for humans, but they are described in ''Under the Bridge'' as the rodent equivalent of 150mm artillery. Nevertheless, they were conceived and are used mostly as anti-personnel rifles.
** Also in ''Under the Bridge'', Gadget herself builds [[spoiler:a magnetic homing torpedo out of an illegaly imported Soviet 14.5×114 anti-tank machine gun round to sink her sister's submarine]].
* ThoseWackyNazis: Averted. Using a surprisingly subtle bit of character reference, Nowak makes it clear Jurgen wasn't one.
* TookALevelInKindness: Widget takes several ones.
* TheUnFavorite: Widget thinks she is one.
* TheVoice: In Chip's afterlife dream.
* WrenchWench: Widget, maybe even more so than Gadget.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Pelagic" means an open zone in the deep ocean. It has nothing to do with cats. Given that Nowak cowrote the MST of ''Under the Bridge'', presumably he looked up what the word meant at some point after writing the story, because the MST beats him up ''heavily'' for misusing the word.
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