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''Widget, the World Watcher'' is a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon. The show originally ran in {{syndication}} from September 29, 1990 to December 3, 1991; reruns continued until 1997.

The show focused on Widget, a 4-foot-tall purple alien from the Horsehead Nebula who could shapeshift. He and three young human friends, Brian, Kevin and Kristine, would go through a number of adventures to protect Earth's natural environment. Widget is frequently accompanied by the Mega Brain, an extremely intelligent but somewhat clumsy being who appears as a floating head (with a transparent cranium) and floating hands.

The show was produced by Calico Creations to teach children about the dangers of pollution. In each episode, Widget contended with a villain wishing to exploit Earth's environment or natural resources, like Dr. Dante, Mega Slank and Widget's evil twin, Ratchet the World Trasher. In this respect, ''Widget, the World Watcher'' is very similar to ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', both heroes attempting to save the Earth from ecological harm.

Not to be confused with WidgetSeries. Aside from the premise, it's not ''quite'' out-there enough to be one.

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!!This show has examples of the following:

* AccidentalMisnaming - In almost every episode, Widget gets a message from two of his planet's elders that give him his mission. The male elder almost never gets Widget's name right, and the one time he DOES, Widget can't believe it.
-->Male Elder: World Watcher Widget...
-->Widget: At your servi...Jumping Jupiter! You got my name right!!
-->Male Elder: Huh? Oh...
* AchillesHeel - Widget [[WeaksauceWeakness can't shapeshift when being held upside down]].
* ArtisticLicenseBiology - In one of the episodes, red kangaroos are said to be endangered species.
* BigBad - Widget faces many villains, but the ones that appear the most frequently are Ratchet, Mega Slank and Flim Flam [=McSham=].
* BrokenAesop - One episode featured Widget and his friends releasing a domesticated whale that had never known the ocean from its tank in a marine park. As the lesson of [[DownerEnding real-life whale Keiko taught us]], this... wouldn't end well...
** More of a case of ScienceMarchesOn; nobody ''knew'' that would happen when this show was made.
* DastardlyWhiplash - Although it's more in appearance. Both heads of Flim Flam Mc Sham indeed look like a cross between [[WackyRaces Dick Dastardly]] and [[DudleyDoRight Snidely Whiplash]].
* EvilTwin - Ratchet
* FairyCompanion - Well, more like a Fairy Hero with Human Companions.
* GreenAesop - There are enough other things going on in the show for this not to be ''totally'' {{Anvilicious}}.
* HandyRemoteControl: Some characters carry these around.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Megabrain has that.
* HeyItsThatVoice - Widget is Gonzo from Muppet Babies (Russi Taylor), and Mega Brain is Darkwing Duck (Jim Cummings).
* HoldYourHippogriffs - Widget likes that with space-based alterations.
* HowDoIShotWeb - In the first couple episodes Widget seems to still be figuring out his shapeshifting powers, or at least what Earth animals are like so he can change into accurate ones.
* JekyllAndHyde - Human villain Dr. Dante's a subversion. His normal "Jekyll" side is still a villain, but his "Hyde" persona takes things UpToEleven and is AlwaysChaoticEvil.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Bonkula who shows up in one episode acts a lot like a nasty punk, but does save Kevin when he's seriously in danger, admitting he's just a joker and doesn't really want anyone to get hurt.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Ratchet's minions, the Half-and-Half Mutants.
* MorphicResonance - Widget is always purple, and sometimes retains other features, no matter what he otherwise looks like. Except when he isn't... (See below.)
* MultipleHeadCase: Flim Flam [=McSham=].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They're aliens from the planet Bonklavania, they have PsychicPowers of MindControl and MindOverMatter, and their teenagers, known as "Bonkulas", are notorious as good-for-nothing intergalactic goofoffs.
* PaperThinDisguise - See below.
* RoguesGallery: Recurring villains included the alien bandit Mega Slank, the human poachers Bob and Betty, human MadScientist Dr. Dante, the alien circus maestros Flim Flam [=McSham=] and Widget's EvilCounterpart Ratchet the World Trasher.
* TalkingAnimal
* VoluntaryShapeshifting - Widget's special ability, which was also...
** MisappliedPhlebotinum - You know all those ShapeShifting aliens who hang out in human form for no reason (outside of [[CoconutSuperpowers saving a bunch of money on special effects]])? Yeah. Well, instead of hanging out in human form, Widget would disguise himself as a human by [[RummageFail wearing a goofy disguise]]. The fact that Widget doesn't change color when he changes shape was probably [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith for the very young viewer's benefit]]. Nobody on Widget's side of the screen seems to notice his coloration, no matter what form he takes. Even when he uses it to impersonate a bad guy's henchman now and then.
*** [[GlamourFailure They do when notice his hair ("topnotch") and tail don't transform]], though, and it was even a PlotPoint in a few episodes.
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