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->''[[TagLine They've got gizmos up the wazoo.]]''

''Inspector Gadget'' (1999) is a LiveActionAdaptation of the [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget namesake animated series]] from Walt Disney Pictures, directed by [[Film/CoolAsIce David Kellogg]] and starring Creator/MatthewBroderick, Michelle Trachtenberg, Joely Fisher and Rupert Everett.

The movie opens with an origin story for the titular hero (Broderick). Originally a human security guard named John Brown, he dreams of one day being a respected police officer, though he is continually rejected due to his lack of experience. He also has designs on Brenda Bradford (Fisher), a scientist that works at the cybernetics lab he's employed for. After the lab creates a prototype for a computer chip that can control lifelike robotic limbs, Brown's life changes as CorruptCorporateExecutive Sanford Scolex (Everett) breaks into the lab, kills Brenda's father, and makes off with the prototype foot. When Brown pursues him, the resulting car chase ends with Scolex blowing up his car and leaving him with extensive tissue damage. In the aftermath, Scolex's left hand is crushed, leading to him getting a selection of cybernetic replacements. His favourite replacement [[RuleOfCool (because it looks cool)]] is a metallic crab-claw. He dubs himself "Claw." As for Brown, Brenda decides to make him the prototype for the "Gadget Program" and repairs his damaged body by converting him into a cyborg with numerous odd and zany functions. Now dubbed "Inspector Gadget," he realizes his dream of joining the police force - though his generally goofy and awkward nature and lack of control over his new hardware makes him something of a walking disaster area. Meanwhile, Scolex still has designs on the technology that created him, as he plans to use it to build an unstoppable robot army to take over the world...

It was successful enough for Disney to produce a direct-to-video sequel, ''Inspector Gadget 2'' (2003), though none of the original cast returned (except for D.L. Hughley who reprised his role as the Gadgetmobile).

!The film provides examples of:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Happens a few times to Gadget.
* AdaptationExpansion: We actually learn both Gadget and Claw's real names (okay, Claw's name was eventually revealed in the cartoon) and backstories, with the story of how they got their robotic add-ons taking up the better part of the first act.
* AdaptationNameChange: In the original cartoon, Claw's birth name was [[spoiler:Edward Claw]]. Here, it's Sanford Scolex.
* AdaptationOriginConnection: Granted, the original cartoon never really gave origin stories for Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw to begin with, but this film chose to make John Brown's conversion into a cyborg have a connection with Sanford Scolex's hand getting crushed and having it replaced with a robotic claw. John Brown is injured in an accident caused by Scolex. However, the explosion also sends a bowling ball flying out of Brown's car and crushes Scolex's left hand as he is closing the sunroof. Yet another thing to note is that Brown was rebuilt as a cyborg as part of the Gadget Project and Scolex's interest in using the technology for his own ends was what caused Brown's accident in the first place.
* AdaptedOut: Dr. Claw was the leader of an international crime syndicate known as M.A.D. in the cartoon, but his evil organization is nowhere to be seen in either movie. Instead, he is aided by a thug named Sykes and a bumbling scientist named Kramer in the first film, and in the second film is aided by two goons named Brick and [=McKibble=] and later hires the assistance of Squint, Jungle Bob, and the Ninja.
%%* AffablyEvil: Claw.
%%* AIIsACrapshoot: Robo-Gadget.
* AllThereInTheManual: Used InUniverse for a joke: the manual is at least two feet thick.
* AlliterativeName: '''S'''anford '''S'''colex.
* AlternateContinuity: It is clearly not canon to the original cartoon because of the huge amount of differences from the source material. The second film might as well be another alternate version, given the huge amount of differences between the movies (Gadget's even more of an idiot, Claw no longer seems to be Scolex, practically everyone else looks different...)
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Robo-Gadget apparently has gone berserk in the downtown Riverton area... reports indicate that he has already caused a major traffic accident, destroyed private property, and set fire to an elderly man's beard."
* ArtificialLimbs:
** Interestingly, in the film, Gadget takes some time to get used to them and even comments "it doesn't feel like me." Shortly after being activated, he accidentally extended his neck into the hospital ceiling.
** Also Dr. Claw's, well, claw.
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: Lampshaded by Claw when he has Gadget at his mercy:
-->'''Claw''': COMPRENDE!?\\
'''Gadget''': Yeah. I comprende.\\
'''Claw''': No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I ''comprendo''. Yo ''comprendo''. [[GrammarNazi Conjugate the verb, for pity's sake! Pull out his NSA chip before he butchers another language]].
%%* AshFace
* AsideGlance: Gadget [[LamePunReaction reacting to his own bad pun]].
-->'''Gadget ('''to Robo-Gadget's [[AlasPoorYorick disembodied head]]'''):''' You should've quit while you were ahead.
* AuthorAppeal: The bizarrely hyper quick cuts and odd [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big Lipped Alligator]] interludes seem to be a favorite of David Kellogg.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Sanford Scolex.
%%* BadGuyBar: The Blue Monkey.
* BerserkButton: Mayor Wilson and Chief Quimby press Gadget's BerserkButton when he learns that G2 is to be deactivated. Fortunately for them, this BerserkButton doesn't see Gadget take his anger out on them; rather, it merely revitalizes his sense of justice and gives him new motivation to redeem himself by capturing Claw by rescuing G2 and the Gadgetmobile, taking a lead from Brain, and foiling Claw's EvilPlan with the help of Penny, who they rescued from Claw's grip after a long chase. As Gadget himself puts it after G2 tells him there's nothing he can do to help her:
-->'''Gadget''': Nothing I can do? ''Or is there?''
* BetterThanNew: Brown was originally human. Then his body was busted and he was remade into a SuperSoldier.
%%* BigDamnHeroes
* Between My Legs: When G2 separates in half to dodge the ninja kick and her torso flies out, the camera focuses on Squint and Jungle Bob between G2 legs tapping her foot impatiently.
* BolivianArmyEnding: At the end of ''2'', a gag scene occurs when [[SomethingElseAlsoRises a rocket accidentally deployed by Gadget as he made out with G2]] lands in front of Chief Quimby and Mayor Wilson. They panic for a while, then realize it was a false alarm. They were wrong. "GAAADGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!"
* BreakThemByTalking: [[LargeHam "Have a cocktail! Don't you know bad robots have more fun?"]]
%%** [[ShutUpHannibal "Never!"]]
%%* BrainlessBeauty: Robo-Brenda.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** The Gadgetmobile tells Gadget to buckle up, because "It's a Disney movie!"
** There's also the scene where Claw tells Gadget that he's been watching too many Saturday morning cartoons... and then looks directly into the camera, followed by Gadget doing the same thing, ''and then'' Kramer leans into the shot ''[[BetterThanABareBulb for no other purpose than to look into the camera as well]]''.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Most of Gadget's equipment and other related items bears a stylized "G"- presumably the symbol of the Gadget Program.
* CaliforniaDoubling: UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, PA in the first and Brisbane, Australia in the second; both for Ohio. Still, the use of Pittsburgh is at least justified--PPG Place ''is'' Dr. Claw's castle.
* CallBack: "Our relationship is strictly professional."
* TheCameo:
** A post-credits gag has [[{{Mooks}} Mook #1]] Sikes attending [[TropaholicsAnonymous Minions Anonymous]], where other attendees include "[[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Hat Throwing Minion]]," "[[Series/FantasyIsland Minion Who Identifies Seafaring Aircraft]]," [[Franchise/TheGreenHornet Kato]], [[Franchise/TheLoneRanger Tonto]], [[Film/YoungFrankenstein Igor]], "[[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Minion with Metallic Teeth]]," and Creator/MrT.
** Don Adams has a vocal cameo as the voice of Brain in mid-credits scene.
* CreatorCameo: Andy Heyward- head of Creator/DICEntertainment and one of the original series' co-creators- makes a cameo as a party guest, credited (appropriately enough) as "Mr. D.I.C.". He and his wife Evelyn (credited as "Trophy Bride") can be seen in the background when [[ItMakesSenseInContext the camera zooms onto Gagdet's tethered ear stuck onto a sculpture]].
%%* CarFu
%%* CheckPlease
* TheCheerleader: For [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders some reason]], [[TheDitz Robo-Brenda]] is this.
* ChekhovsGun: when Robot-gadget is first activated, a close-up of him shows a tarantula in a plastic sphere in his body. During his fight with Inspector Gadget, he unleashes this tarantula as a weapon.
* ChekhovsSkill: Gadget puts the training he received from the guru to good use in the film's climax. His skill with a pen-gun ''would'' have counted as this in an earlier draft (at least if the novelization is anything to go by), but the relevant scene was either cut or not filmed at all.
* ChewingTheScenery: Coincidentally while Claw is screaming about eating brownies... [[ItMakesSenseInContext and waffles.]]
* ChubbyChaser: Brenda implies that she was one: she tells Scolex that "she liked him better fat."
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Brenda Bradford is not mentioned in the sequel.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: From Gadget during his fight with Robo-Gadget. Thankfully, he's wearing boxers.
** Also from Scolex, who loses his briefs to Brain while escaping with Brenda.
* CoolCar: The Gadgetmobile. Now a 1960s Lincoln Continental, it can talk, it has a giant booster rocket and a ''Skittles compartment''.
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Scolex/Claw.
* CoveredInGunge: Used so much (toothpaste, gum, batter), you wonder if it's a private fetish on the part of a producer/director.
%%* CrashingDreams
%%* CreativeClosingCredits: That's one thing the second film does better than the first film.
%%* CreditsGag: A few.
%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* CutAndPasteNote: Gadget gets one in the sequel, and assumes the writer used this trope because he had terrible handwriting.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Double subverted. Claw ''does'' plan on selling the gadget technology so anyone with enough money can have an army of obedient SuperSoldiers but decided to send the first to terrorize the city 'and have some fun'.
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler:Brenda in the final act of the first film and Penny in the final act of the second film.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: At least one person gets killed and another critically injured in a series of violent acts that set the plot in motion. Is there any wonder why the MPAA rated the first film PG? (Aside from the accidental language, namely, "[[InnocentInnuendo obtaining the balls]]", and other innuendo, of course.)
* DemotedToExtra: Penny in the first film; despite being the true hero of the original series and frequent appearances throughout the movie, she rarely plays a part in the main plot of the film until the actual climax, with most of the screentime going exclusively to Gadget, his love interest, or Dr. Claw. This is averted in the second film, however.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The opening credits sequence in the original ''and'' the sequel.
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: An early scene has Sykes crash Scolex's car into a Yahoo! billboard. A "Yahoo!" jingle even plays during the scene.
%%* DetachableLowerHalf: G2.
%%* DetachmentCombat: G2.
%%* DiabolicalMastermind: Claw.
%%* DistaffCounterpart: G2.
* TheDitz: Inspector Gadget, but slightly less so than in the cartoon. The Mayor of Riverton also has shades of this.
* DreamSue: At the beginning of the movie, Gadget imagines himself as a super cop. Apparently this happens regularly, as pointed out by Penny.
* DullSurprise: "Dull" is stretching it a bit, but Brenda nonetheless reacts remarkably well at the appearance of her robotic lookalike, designed by the man who hired her. And this is all before she even finds out what he did to her father.
%%* DynamicEntry
%%* EmergencyTransformation
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Claw's reveal.
* EnormousEngine: The jet engine deployed by the Gadgetmobile.
--> '''Gadgetmobile:''' Better buckle up, Penny. This car's got only two speeds. 'Fast' and [[LudicrousSpeed 'Whoo! What was that?']]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[{{Jerkass}} Quimby]] in the sequel actually tries to argue with Mayor Wilson when she orders the Gadget Program discontinued in a fit of rage [[YouHaveFailedMe after G2 failed to stop Claw's latest crime in front of her]], and when breaking the news to G2, he actually sounds as though he doesn't like the idea.
* EvilIsHammy: You can tell Rupert Everett is having an absolute blast as Claw in the first film.
%%* EvilKnockoff: Robo-Gadget.
* EvilPlan: The first one is about acquiring Gadget Technology so he can sell it on the black market and acquiring his crush. The second is revenge.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Scolex's tower, portrayed by the highly ornate One PPG Place in Pittsburgh.
* ExactWords: Gadget uses this tactic a couple of times while going undercover. It backfires on him the second time. Also, the "100 yards" business. Gadgetmobile himself falls victim to this with the word "citation".
* {{Fingore}}: Claw has the fingers of his right hand crushed early in the first film.
* ForTheEvulz: In revealing his evil plan, Claw seems quite eager to see the raw chaos that would be unleashed through his robotic warriors upon selling them to the highest bidders; Aside from exacting revenge on Gadget for the loss of his hand, he has no other deeply personal motivations for his crimes.
* GadgeteerGenius: Brenda and her father.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: DoubleEntendre is the preferred choice.
** In the sequel, Gadget talks about how he and G2 can be partners. He can be [[GoodCopBadCop Good Gadget]] and she can be ''Bad Gadget''.
** "She certainly is well-equipped, isn't she?"
** Later Gadget and G2 exchange chips. Gadget protests briefly: "But G2, you might get the glitches!"
** "Hey, I have heat sensors. I know what you were thinking when she gave you that smile..."
** The first film is one of few PG-rated movies to refer to testicles using a vulgar term, albeit accidentally--the guru was pointing to metal balls on the floor in front of him when he mentioned "obtaining the balls", but Gadget grabs ''his'' balls accidentally instead. The MPAA still rated the film for language because of it.
** When the newly operated on John Brown lands on top of Brenda Bradford, she starts talking about how all this was new to him, and he nods sheepishly in agreement. Brenda means having John having the added parts now and being Inspector Gadget, of course. However, given the position they are in, could John be assuming that Brenda meant, well, what two adults usually do in that position- and that he has not done it yet?
** Robo-Brenda, designed to resemble the woman Claw is obsessed with, is programmed to be a cheerleader.
%%* GladIThoughtOfIt
* GroinAttack: John Brown AKA Inspector Gadget mistakenly does this to the guru while trying to train his new cybernetic body (he was blindfolded for some reason), after the guru tells him to focus on "obtaining the balls" -- as in the metal balls on the floor.
'''Chief Quimby''': Well, I guess [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan six million dollars]] doesn't buy what it used to.\\
'''Brenda''': Excuse me.\\
''[As hospital workers put the guru in an ambulance, with an ice pack on his crotch]''\\
'''Guru''': He is not a man, you know. He is a monster!
* HeartSymbol: Appears on Gadget's hat in both films.
%%* HeroesWantRedheads
* HollywoodNerd: Gadget, Brenda.
* HookHand: Dr. Claw.
** "No no, just... Claw... one word. Like Music/{{Madonna}}".
** "Too bad [[Literature/PeterPan Hook]]'s already taken, huh?"
%%* HotScientist: Brenda.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Inspector Gadget's robotic clone Robo-Gadget does this to scare a child that mistakes him for the real Gadget.
%%* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere
%%* IdeaBulb
* IdiosyncraticWipes: Scenes are transitioned with various technological things, like wireframe versions of Gadget's equipment or various mechanical objects.
* ImagineSpot: Done with thought balloons in the first. DeliberatelyMonochrome in the sequel.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: Used by Claw and Gadgetmobile.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Robo-Gadget, who isn't so much impersonating a police officer as he is downright smearing the police officer's good name by committing all sorts of crimes–and takes it so far that [[spoiler:Chief Quimby would've arrested the real Gadget had Penny and Sikes not revealed that detail about Claw's EvilPlan]].
* InNameOnly: Save for a few shared names and the fact that the main character has bionic implants, but otherwise bears little-to-no resemblance to [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget the 80s cartoon]]. The DirectToVideo sequel is somewhat more faithful, for better or worse.
* InspectorOblivious: He wouldn't be Inspector Gadget if he weren't. In his first day back on the job, he unwittingly helps two escaped convicts break into a Dodge Viper.
%%* InstantExpert
* InsultBackfire: Claw, when told he looked better fat.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Gadget would like to say something heroic like 'in the name of justice' to activate his gadget abilities. Brenda says he could (thus fullfilling this trope) but it wouldn't activate the gadget abilities.
* IWorkAlone: Gadget resists Penny's help. G2 quotes the trope verbatim. TWICE.
** Gadgetmobile says this in the first one... before promptly working with Gadget to stop some car thieves.
%%* JeopardyThinkingMusic
* {{Jerkass}}: Chief Quimby, but only in the sequel. In the main film, he's more JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** In the first movie, Quimby is an ObstructiveBureaucrat who refuses to let Gadget work on the Bradford case. However, he makes the very true point that, contrary to the name he was given, Gadget is ''not'' actually a police inspector, or even a trained officer. He is just a security guard turned into a publicity stunt that Quimby now has to put up with.
** In the sequel, Quimby demoting Gadget to toilet cleaning duty becomes easier to support when you remember that Gadget unintentionally sabotaged G2's stakeout, allowing Claw's minions to escape with stolen goods and enabling Claw to continue working on his evil plan.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: After Gadget brings up the point that the department ''needs'' him while defending his job after "assisting" G2 at the stakeout, Quimby acknowledges that very fact to him... right before assigning him to toilet duty.
%%* JumpedAtTheCall
* KarmaHoudini:
** Averted in the first film, when Claw gets arrested and according to one novelization gets a life sentence handed down on him. Played straight in the sequel, when Gadget, G2, and Penny merely run him out of town. Both instances incorporate a variation of Claw's catchphrase, "I'll get you next time, Gadget! NEXT TIME!"
** Discussed in the first film by Claw when he has Gadget at his mercy: "[[ThisIsReality In the real world, ]][[TheBadGuyWins evil quite often prevails.]]"
%%* KickTheDog
* KidDetective: Penny in the sequel, despite her uncle's objections.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Artemus Bradford, courtesy of Scolex]].
* LamePunReaction: In addition to the instance between Gadget and [=RoboGadget=] (see AsideGlance above), there's this exchange between Scolex and Kramer.
-->'''Scolex:''' Now all I need is a dashing appellation.
-->'''Kramer:''' What's that? A hillbilly in a tuxedo?
-->'''Scolex:''' No, you idiot! It's a nickname.
* LargeHam:
** Rupert Everett as Claw, so very much.
** And Robo-Gadget. Who knew Matthew Broderick could be such a wonderful LargeHam?
* LeanAndMean: Claw himself, who as we find out was formerly a FatBastard; by the time of the sequel, he is back to being the latter.
%%* LetsGetDangerous
* LightIsNotGood: Claw in the sequel is primarily dressed in white and muted gray.
%%* LiveActionAdaptation
* LogoJoke: The Walt Disney Pictures castle is completely mechanical at the beginning of both films; in addition, the arc of light that draws itself behind said castle is replaced by the top half of a cog.
%%* LosingYourHead
* LuckyTranslation: As lame as Gadget's "You should've quit while you were ahead" pun is, its Polish translation, taking advantage of a well-known if somewhat rarely used phrase that can be roughly rendered as "Dreams of a severed head" (meaning aspirations expressed long past deadline), is arguably pretty funny.
* MeaningfulName: A Scolex is the front end of a tapeworm.
%%* MadScientist
* MayorPain: Mayor Wilson in ''2'', as seen in a deleted scene where she flat-out states that she'll have G2 deactivated if Claw's next crime succeeds if that's what it takes to ensure her re-election.
** According to her in the first movie, Chief Quimby was calling her "[[Film/{{Gidget}} Evil Gidget]] behind her back.
%%* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Sikes.
%%* MissionImpossibleCableDrop
%%* MoodWhiplash
%%* {{Mooks}}: Sikes and Kramer.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Gadgetmobile lets Gadget know the two men he helped break into a Dodge Viper (because he thought they had locked themselves out) were actually jailbreakers, he says, "Wait a minute!" before he and the Gadgetmobile go after them.
** In the sequel, Gadget gets a HeelRealization when he learns that Penny really ''was'' more competent than he had anticipated and that she had willingly risked herself to further his investigation of Dr. Claw after Brain tells him via translator that Penny had gotten kidnapped by Claw.
-->'''Gadget''': Penny was right... I should have listened to her.
%%* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat
%%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* NeverSayDie: Kramer's reaction to the mention of Scolex having nearly killed Gadget.
* NiceHat: Dr. Claw's hat in the second film.
* NoFourthWall: "It's a Disney movie!"
** There's also the extremely awkward AsideGlance to the audience Scolex and Kramer make to the audience while mocking Gadget.
* NoodleImplements: Part of the rebuilding sequence involves a wheelbarrow of garden hoses.
** Where do you think the toothpaste comes from? Now, the Slinkies, Tinketoys and mousetraps on the other hand...
* NoodleIncident: Gadget mentions taking dance lessons at one point, but he's forced into some fancy footwork when Robo-Gadget fires at his feet before he can elaborate any further.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Penny's science teacher, as revealed in a deleted scene. He was certainly embarrassed when Penny busted him for stealing ice cream from the cafeteria, but he promised to let the principal know he was responsible right away, telling his students to concentrate on their studies as he left the classroom.
%%* OffhandBackhand
* OffWithHisHead: Claw to Kramer when ordering him to remove Gadget's chip (though he gives him points for at least locating the chip before fainting):
-->'''Claw''': Do it, or you'll be building yourself a new head.
* OhCrap: John utters "Oh, boy..." before Scolex's cigar explodes right near his Chevette.
%%* OilSlick: Toothpaste, actually.
* OnlyOneName: "Just Claw. One word. Like Music/{{Madonna}}."
* [[OverprotectiveDad Overprotective Uncle]]: Gadget goes to great pains to keep Penny away from detective work in the sequel.
* ThePenIsMightier: During the climax, Gadget manages to thwart Claw's escape by throwing a pen into the latter's helicopter, hitting his claw hand and forcing it shut, crushing the chopper's control stick.
* PoliceAreUseless: The cops are completely helpless to stop Robo-Gadget's rampage across Riverton.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: When Penny [[YouAreNotAlone reaches out to Sikes]] near the end, prompting his HeelFaceTurn.
* ThePowerOfLove: Gadget is brought back to 'life' with a kiss.
* ProductPlacement:
** YAHOOOOOO-OOO! ''That's right, Disney actually used the Yahoo yodel as the billboard falls on the limousine near the start of the film!''
** The Gadgetmobile also dispenses Skittles and Coke products.
** [=McDonald's=] is in both, actually. It's more prominent in the 2nd though.
* PromotedUpstairs: John Brown, a security guard with two years of experience and not the brightest bulb around, is promoted to Police Inspector upon his lifechanging revival.
* RealityEnsues: Brown asks Chief Quimby when he'll be put on the big case in the first film. The chief assures him he has something for him to "cut [his] teeth on". Cut to a newspaper montage of Brown being a crossing guard and helping the sanitation department. Remember, Brown is a security guard who was rejected from the police academy early in the film, and is markedly incompetent even ''after'' being upgraded. In fact, it's the central joke of the character.
* ResearchInc: Bradford Labs
* RetractableAppendages: Gadget retracts his head into his body to duck a punch in the face in ''Inspector Gadget 2''.
* {{Revenge}}: Inadvertent when presented onscreen, inverted when Gadget and Claw bring up that particular incident that "made" them:
-->'''Gadget''': I owe you one, Scolex. You blew up me ''and'' my Chevette. And I really liked that car!\\
'''Claw''': Well, you crushed my ''hand'', and I really liked that hand. ''So Go Go Get over it.''
* TheReveal: Claw's face is fully seen by the audience all throughout the movie, as opposed to it being constantly obscured in the cartoon. In his first scene, it is ''barely'' concealed by the shadows before he emerges with it fully uncovered.
%%* RightHandCat
* RobotGirl:
** G2
** Robo-Brenda..!
%%* RobotNames
%%* RollerbladeGood
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: In a deleted scene from ''2'' Penny says she doesn't care that Gadget doesn't take her seriously as a detective as long as he has a sense of justice, which Claw obviously doesn't. [[WeCanRuleTogether When Claw tempts her to his side after capturing her]], [[ShutUpHannibal she basically tells him to go fuck himself]] (but not in those words, thankfully).
* ShotgunDance: "You know how to dance, don't you?"
* ShoutOut:
** The knob for the helmet voltage [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap goes up to 11]].
** Franchise/{{Godzilla}}; when Robo-gadget is rampaging through the City, he imitates Godzilla with his shadow. The scene also had a Japanese man running away from Robo-gadget, while screaming that this is why he left Tokyo.
** Minion Kramer's hair is reminiscent of [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} another Kramer]].
** Mayor Wilson says that Chief Quimby calls her "[[Film/{{Gidget}} Evil Gidget]]" behind her back.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Among other things, Gadget's hat-based rocket launcher, which blows up a car when Brenda arouses him; his head, when Brenda shows up to the gala; and his foot-based rocket launcher, in the final pre-closing credits scene. Also his hat when he first sees G2.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Gadget, after Mayor Wilson and Chief Quimby press his BerserkButton (deactivating G2), which he directs toward capturing Claw and redeeming himself, and he and G2 find out that Claw had pressed his ''[[PapaWolf other]]'' BerserkButton (kidnapping Penny). Claw does ''NOT'' see Gadget, G2, and Penny coming when the former two rescue the latter and the three work together to stop his EvilPlan and run him out of Riverton.
%%* SuperCop
* {{Swirlie}}: Gadget gives himself one through sheer clumsiness.
* SwissArmyAppendage: Claw can take off his mechanical pincher-hand and replace it with cosmetic ones for different occasions. Claw only uses one of them once, much preferring the titular claw.
* TalkingApplianceSidekick: The Gadgetmobile
%%* TelevisionGeography
%%* ThemeTuneCameo
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When John pursues Scolex in the first film, Thelma says "This isn't going to end well."
* TimeStandsStill: Claw's evil plan in the sequel.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Robo-Brenda, so much so that she actually flips herself off the ''roof of a skyscraper''.
** Also Gadget himself in the sequel; it's a miracle he can survive toilet duty! In fact, it's even more of a miracle he can successfully explain away how he put a hole in a wall separating the bathroom from the main lobby.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Inspector Gadget, naturally. In the first film, he is clearly in over his head but does his damnedest to do what is right. In the sequel his stupidity is played totally straight.
* TranslatorCollar: Which they for some reason forgot about and had to re-invent for the second film.
* TropaholicsAnonymous: Sikes' minion support group seen during the credits.
* TurnInYourBadge: In the sequel, after Gadget causes a scene at the science convention. Of course, it wasn't his fault, seeing that Claw's minions, disguised as nerds, stuck a tiny device to him so Claw could use his remote control on him to wreak havoc at the convention. Gadget shows the evidence to Quimby as a last resort, but all that Quimby gives a shit about is the damage that Gadget has unintentionally caused.
** Gadget, being a full-body cyborg, got off easy compared to G2, being a completely robotic android, who got deactivated, pending recycling, despite being clearly sapient.
* VerbalTic: In the sequel, Gadget gets this, spouting a CatchPhrase nearly every five seconds, particularly "wowsers".
* VillainHasAPoint: During the car chase in the sequel, Claw is pretty much spot-on when he informs Gadget that the true detective in his family is Penny, not him: While Penny managed to legitimately investigate Claw and figure out his plan, Gadget spent a lot of his time blundering around, failed to make any headway in stopping the supervillain at best, and at worst actively impeded efforts to apprehend him (the Concentrated Industries stakeout).
* WeCanRebuildHim: Gadget is basically an experimental cyborg.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Robo-Gadget to the real Gadget in the first film, Claw to Penny in the sequel.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Claw was captured, Sikes went to rehab... so what happened to Kramer?
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted. Unlike the original series' ambiguous location of Metro City, this one is set in the equally fictional city of Riverton, Ohio (though it's actually Pittsburgh- [[WildMassGuessing perhaps it's the Pittsburgh equivalent of an alternate universe?]]).
%%* WickedCultured: Claw.
* AWizardDidIt
** Dog translator collar? Supercop cybernetics? Cybernetic control chip? Dr. Bradford and her father did it. Even Kramer's work is based on duplicating her work. It even turns out that Dr. Claw's whole reason for losing weight, getting rich, and being a supervillain was to find a way to impress her (he's fancied her since they went to boarding school together).
* WorstAid: In an early trailer for the first live-action film, he codes during the transformation surgery. What do they do to revive him? Administer the most scientifically-proven medical treatment known to man: [[Film/TheAbyss The Miraculous Bitchslap of Life]].
* YoureInsane: Brenda say this to Claw near the end of the film. [[InsultBackfire He calmly agrees]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: Mayor Wilson orders G2 deactivated after her embarrassing failure to stop Claw from stealing the ruby.
* YouKilledMyFather: Quoted during the climax:
--> '''Claw''': So what's new?
--> '''Brenda''': Hel-LO, you killed my father!