troperville

tools

toys

SubpagesAwesome
Characters
FanficRecs
Film
Fridge
Funny
Haiku
Headscratchers
Heartwarming
Main
Trivia
WMG
WesternAnimation
YMMV

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
YMMV: Inspector Gadget

The cartoon:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some people say that Gadget isn't stupid, he's willingly being a distraction so Penny can accomplish the mission, since when Penny's safety is threatened, he suddenly becomes a lot more competent.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the episode "Gone Went The Wind", Inspector Gadget finds Chief Quimby in the frozen chicken isle at the supermarket, but before Quimby appears, one of the frozen chickens inexplicably gets out and walks away.
  • Ear Worm: "Doo-doo-doo-doo-doot, Inspector Gadget..."
    • The theme song often plays in the background. No matter what locale Gadget goes to, the local music is simply the theme song reworked to that particular country's musical style. This further ingrains the theme song in your ear and also saves the sound people from having to worry about copyrights. It's so catchy that even the characters frequently hum or whistle it.
    • The French version has a theme song with lyrics, making it one in its own right.
  • Evil Is Cool: Claw. Who wouldn't want that voice?
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans feel this way about the second season.
  • First Installment Wins: The first season and series are possibly the most parodied out of the franchise.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A MAD agent couldn't dare sneak blunt objects on a plane today, nor could Penny and Brain sneak into the cargo hold to get to destinations under Gadget's nose without plenty of TSA office visits and permanent inclusion on the no-fly list. Not to mention the chances of Gadget ever getting past airport security what with all the metal and potentially deadly equipment he's got inside him (Go-go gadget scissors, anyone?)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Gadget biting and destroying his pillow during a nightmare in "Bad Dreams Are Made of This" becomes even funnier and more disturbing if you're familiar with the honeymoon scene from a certain infamous vampire love story.
    • The idea of an assassination attempt via grenades disguised as milk bottles, and the assassin disguised as a milkman, would later be reused in The Living Daylights.
  • Memetic Mutation: Gadget appeared to give instructions on a lot of early DiC DVD menus (even in series that had nothing to do with him), and some of the things he says have caught on due to a review by James Rolfe. Move the glow around the button you want to select!
    • Next time, Gadget! NEEEEEXT TIIIIIIIME!
  • Nightmare Fuel: There's a lot of potential for Fridge Horror in Gadget's robotics, but occasionally it's less implicit than usually.
    • For example, in "Magic Gadget," the second-season premiere episode. In their attempts to murder Gadget, the Great Wambini (stage magician cum ruthless M.A.D. agent) and his flunkies in turn transfix him with swords, drown him, and finally cut him in two at about mid-stomach height, trying to effect a Rasputinian Death. Gadget, of course, survives everything with only mild discomfort, and continues his investigation in his usual bumbling fashion — both halves of him. Wambini and company (and Brain) are, naturally, horrified.
    • From Season 2, "Gadget and Old Lace". The villains hired by Claw to get rid of Gadget are two cute but murderous old ladies, Sadie and Viola, and their ward Franklin, a mute giant wearing a boys' sailor suit several sizes too small, who immediately starts digging a fresh grave for Gadget among all the tombstones in the family garden...! Without Gadget's comedic antics, this would be pure horror material. As it stands, it's still disturbing, and also features one of the most graphic (and closest to successful) attempts on Gadget's life throughout the series. (It involves electrocution.)
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: While the games based on this franchise aren't necessarily terrible, they're very forgettable with a few exceptions.
  • The Scrappy: Corporal Capeman. Not only was he even stupider than Gadget, he would often be a total ass to Brain for no reason at all.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The second season, which has a different film look to it, most of the action takes place around Gadget's neighborhood, many of the voices are different and the plots... Nelvana wasn't involved with this season.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Gadget is a pretty darn awesome superhero in concept, but he spends the entire series gleefully clutching the Idiot Ball and generally being useless. A lot of people say that Penny's a lot better as The Protagonist, and wish that she was the series' primary focus.

The films:

  • Broken Base: The fans are divided between those who despised the first film for not being close enough to the cartoons, those who hated the second film for not being enough like the first, people who hated both and prefer to stick to the cartoons, and the people who liked both films. All of the above is without taking onto consideration the people who liked either of the movies, but disliked the cartoons.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As a few memes have pointed out, the "Sore Guru" bears more than a passing resemblance to Osama bin Laden.
  • Ho Yay: That Kramer really seems to get off on Claw's abuse... while Claw praises Kramer in comparison to constantly dumping on Sikes. Not to mention:
    Claw: "Ok. Turn me on, Kramer..."
  • Informed Wrongness: Through the second film, Gadget continually tells Penny that she can't help in the case because it's dangerous for a child. When one of her clues ends up being critical in finding out Claw's location after she's been kidnapped, he relents and says he should have given her a chance...Even though he was completely right about it being dangerous for her.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Scolex crosses it in his very first scene. Interestingly, John Brown (the future Gadget) thinks Scolex's MEH wasn't the murder of Dr. Artemus Bradford, but having his henchman track oil behind his limo, thus causing Brown's '87 Chevette to flip onto its roof and slide into a Yahoo! billboard. What makes that worse is that Scolex enjoys watching Brown suffer for going after him.
    John Brown: Now you've crossed the line! Pull over, you!
    Sanford Scolex: Stop the car, Sikes, I want to enjoy this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Gadget with all of his robotic parts exposed.
    • The tarantula coming out of Robo Gadget.
  • Overused Running Gag: The gag of the hearts popping up on Gadget's hat showing he's in love pops up in both movies, several times.
  • Sequelitis: The direct-to-video sequel dropped most of the better aspects of the film adaptation, the high-quality cast and the large budget was cut drastically. On the other hand, it was given props for following the cartoon's formula more closely than its predecessor.
  • Squick : In hindsight, let's face it: Robo-Brenda was basically a sex doll.
  • Strictly Formula / Cliché Storm: Yyyyyyyyyyyeah.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ironically used with Robo-Gadget. The shifty eyes and fake teeth are scary without trying. One could argue that Broderick made a better villain than a hero.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The original is worth watching just for Stan Winston's realisations of Inspector Gadget's gadgets.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: One of the main complaints in regards to the first film.

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
16790
25