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Western Animation / Gadget Boy & Heather

Wow, he always had a propeller there!

Yet another short-lived spin off of Inspector Gadget, this time featuring the adventures of a kid version of the bumbling inspector known as Gadget Boy.

Along with his assistant/nanny Agent Heather, and his robotic dog G9, they fight crime and save the world from the evil villainess Spydra.

This series, created by DiC, premiered in 1995, part of a Saturday Morning block called Amazin' Adventures 2, and later aired on Toon Disney until around 2001. An educational series aired on The History Channel entitled Gadget Boy's Adventures in History in 1997 as well.

Gadget Boy & Heather contains examples of:

  • Action-Hogging Opening
  • Animation Bump: The Adventures in History season goes through this full-stop, with some episodes having more fluid animation than others.
  • Artificial Human: Thanks to some negative continuity, some episodes imply Gadget Boy to be this rather than Inspector Gadget in his childhood.
    • In fact, the first episode says that he was given the personality of a "perfect adult detective", implying that he's been programmed with Gadget's personality and intellect rather than just being Gadget when he was younger.
  • Badass Adorable: On rare occasions when he's actually competent fighting the bad guys, Gadget Boy can be this.
  • Belly Dancer: Some are created as part of a mirage and a couple others are shown to be real in "Valley of the Vulture".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Boris, Spydra's talking pet vulture frequently speaks to the audience:
    Spydra: My lovely cold-proof head sack keeps me immune to the uncommon cold!
    Boris: (under his breath, to camera) And me immune to her ugly face!
  • Butt Monkey: Chief Stromboli. Even when Gadget Boy leaves him be, the guy can't go a minute without suffering an accident. Boris the Vulture is also one, even without Spydra abusing him all the time.
  • Catchphrase: "Zowzers bowzers!" is Gadget Boy's version of the Inspector's traditional "wowzers!" catchphrase. He's also prone to quoting Maxwell Smart's "would you believe..." and "missed it by that much."
  • Creepy Twins: Mulch and Hummus, Spydra's none-too-bright henchmen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Boris, so much.
    • Agent Heather also became one in the Adventures in History season.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "He gets himself out of danger with some kind of gadget Dabble made".
  • Expy: Nearly all the characters are an expy of a main Inspector Gadget character: Stromboli is Chief Quimby, Heather is (an older) Penny, G9 is (a robotic) Brain, and Gadget Boy is... well, that's kinda obvious.
    • Mulch and Hummus even bear somewhat of a close resemblance to some of the recurring M.A.D. agents in Inspector Gadget.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Spydra.
  • Evil Knockoff: Bad Gadget Boy. Subverted in that he does a Heel–Face Turn at the end of his episode.
  • The Faceless: Spydra. The only time she takes off her mask on-screen (gleefully lampshading it in the process), she's polymorphed into Heather.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "The Time Land Forgot", you can see for a split-second a golden female statue with visible nipples.
    • Another episode that had the gang go back in Ancient Greece had Agent Heather go to a sauna for males so she can change and disguise herself as a man to sneak into the first Olympics. We do not see her changing, but we do hear many exclamations from the men in the sauna.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Stromboli usually has them exposed by some means Once an Episode, usually due to something exploding.
  • Hartman Hips: Heather.
  • Idiot Kid Hero
  • Interpol Special Agent
  • Kid Detective
  • Killer Yoyo: Gadget Boy has a yoyo in his hat that can be used as a bolas.
  • Lame Rhyme Dodge: Boris would often say one after insulting Spydra under his breath, but one notable example of Boris being the one insulted occurs in the episode "Boris for President".
    Mulch: Just wait until Spydra catches up with you!
    President!Boris: What was that?
    Mulch: Er, I said, "I'll use catsup to do it!"
  • Large Ham: Spydra, who often speaks in alliterative dialogue.
  • Leitmotif: Spydra and Agent Heather both had their own theme music.
  • Mad Scientist: Myron Dabble, creator of Gadget Boy. Okay, so he's not really mad, but hey, you've got to have a pretty odd mind to go and create a small child cyborg stuffed with hoard of crime-fighting equipment.
  • Monster Mash: In the episode "Gadget-Stein", Spydra goes back to Geneva in 1816 and forces Mary Shelley to create an army of monsters that oddly all resemble Boris the Vulture. The monsters are a werewolf, a skeleton, a centaur, a fat humanoid, a cyclops satyr, a Bride of Frankenstein-esque monster, a gorilla, a mummy, a Loch Ness Monster, and even Frankenstein's Monster himself.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Spydra.
  • Negative Continuity: It varies in every episode whether Gadget Boy is a cyborg and G-9 is a robot, Gadget Boy is a robot and G-9 is a cyborg, or if both of them are robots or cyborgs.
  • Off Model/ Limited Animation: Well, it was a DiC cartoon from the mid nineties...
  • Parent Service: Agent Heather and Spydra seem to exist solely for this purpose.
  • Robot Dog: G9.
  • Spin-Off Babies
  • Taken for Granite: Apparently the face under Spydra's mask is so terrifying, anyone who sees it will turn to stone from the shock. No, you never get to see what it looks like on screen.
  • Talking to Himself: Maurice LaMarche, who voiced most of the characters in the series. The only recurring characters he didn't voice were Gadget Boy, Heather, and Spydra.
  • Transforming Mecha: G9 can transform into just about any tool or even vehicle the team needs.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Anyone turned to stone by Spydra's ugliness is back to normal the next time they're seen, even if they're smashed to pieces.
  • Vague Age: It's never clear exactly how old Gadget Boy is. He is implied to be an infant in the first episode, but occasionally seems more likely to be a ten-year-old.

Alternative Title(s): Gadget Boy And Heather