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  • In the pilot, after he, Penny, and Brain are dropped out of a skiing gondola, Gadget summons his Gadgetphone out of his hat to complain about what had just happened.
    Gadget: I'm calling the maintenance department! This gondola probably hasn't been serviced for months!
    • Gadget's last bit of advice in the end of episode segment? "Never bring your dog to the ski slopes."
    • Brain's instincts kicking in when Gadget attempts to throw away a torch made of dynamite, leading to an impromptu game of fetch that ends with Gadget proclaiming that he has everything under control right before it detonates in his hand.
  • In the episode "A Star Is Lost," after Gadget telling her about his new assignment to protect rock star Rick Rocker from MAD, the usually calm and level-headed Penny briefly turns into a squeeing fangirl, shaking Gadget by his collar to get him to take her with him.
    • Mad Cat's reaction to the brainwashing record is also funny.
  • Gadget acting drunk after someone drugs his drink in "A Race To The Finish," to the point where he starts doing donuts on the racetrack.
    Gadget: Yoo-hoo! Look at me! I can do a donut!
    • Here's another:
    Gadget (after the Gadgetmobile loses its rear wheels, causing him to go literally nowhere on the track): I'd better make an emergency pit-stop!
    Penny: Good idea!
    • Yet another: One of Claw's weapons is a smokescreen deployed from the rear. He tries to use it on Gadget, but Gadget clamps it shut, causing the smoke to pour into Claw's cockpit. Thinking his foe is on fire, he then deploys the snow-gun. All while being blissfully unaware that it's Dr. Claw.
  • Gadget's horrifically bad attempt at flying a rickety airplane in "Photo Safari," starting with this exchange:
    Penny: Are you sure about this Uncle Gadget?
    Gadget: No problem, Penny! The nice mechanic said any fool could fly this plane!
    • And fly it he does. Upside down, sideways, through buildings and nearly into the ground, all before leaving the runway area. What really makes it hilarious it is Penny and Brain's shell shocked reactions, though - while Gadget's whistling and singing, completely oblivious to the danger they were just in as usual, Brain's freaking out and Penny frozen to her seat looking like she's having trouble not joining him.
  • From "Haunted Castle", Gadget's response to Penny noticing Brain seeming to be scared by the stories of ghosts is to use one of his hat-hands to tap Brain on the shoulder.
    • The first thing Gadget does after rescuing Penny and Brain from falling off a cliff in the Gadgetmobile is to phone in a complaint about the quality of the roads.
    • Gadget's response to a tennis ball rolling down a flight of stairs is to begin wondering if MAD is starting an evil tennis team. He then wonders how small the court is if it's in the tower.
  • Don't forget this scene from "All That Glitters"
    Dr. Claw: You're supposed to be disposing of Gadget.
    Mook: I've only got two hands.
    Dr. Claw: What!? HOW DARE YOU!
  • Most of Claw dealing with his idiot henchmen, but especially this from "Haunted Castle," after a backfiring trap sends a minion into the drip.
    Dr. Claw: What were you doing in the moat?
    Henchman: "Well... uh... Well, I... uh...
    Dr. Claw: What happened to Gadget?
    Henchman: Well, uh... I don't know, sir...
    Henchman: Well, I'm not sure...
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  • Gadget getting offended at the beginning of "Busy Signal" when Penny tells him his gadgets have been surpassed.
    Gadget: What's that you're reading, Penny?
    Penny: I'm doing the research for my report on the history of computers. It says here that most of the gadgets the doctor put in your body have now been surpassed.
  • Anytime Gadget tries to teach Penny something but ends up messing it up and embarrassing himself instead.
  • This scene speaks for itself.
  • The episode "Quiz Master" has a funny bit where a M.A.D. agent disguised as a bearded caveman in a stovepipe hat tries to waste Gadget, only for the bumbling detective to avoid the attack and say "Sorry, Mr. President".
  • This exchange from "Gadget's Clean Sweep".
    Dr. Claw: You must get the Crown Jewels. I wanted them since I was a child.
    Thelma Botkin: You were a child?
  • In the "Volcano" episode, Gadget's following Brain, who is disguised as a hula girl and gradually shedding the disguise. By the time Gadget finds the skirt, the look on his face is absolutely priceless.
  • The M.A.D. Agents mistaking the real Gadget for his robot duplicate in "Doubled Agent", especially when Hilarity Ensues once the real Gadget asks the agents if they can stop for ice cream.
  • The second episode featuring the Great Wambini and the Lesser Wambini has the Lesser Wambini attempt to stall the rich pet owners at the phony seance by doing shadow puppets. When the Great Wambini hears the cops coming and drags his assistant with him to their escape, the Lesser Wambini is still doing shadow puppets and is apparently oblivious of what is happening around him.
  • "The Infiltration" has Gadget confronting Presto Changeo, each insisting that he's the real Gadget. The real Gadget stands near Chief Quimby, and then Gadget's mallet activates by itself and bonks Quimby on the head. Needless to say, this helps Quimby Spot the Impostor:
    Quimby: (Pointing at Presto Changeo) Arrest that man! (Points at Gadget) This has got to be the real Gadget.
    • Gadget's Leitmotif playing as Quimby says this makes it all the funnier.
    • Gadget wondering how people keep seeing through his Paper-Thin Disguise.
    • The end of episode safety tip has Gadget talking about the dangers of bad parking. He notices a van blocking the road, and criticises the driver. He has to be informed that it's the Gadgetmobile, and he can't remember parking there.
  • Dr. Claw's reaction as Gadget is about to flood MAD's underwater base is a combination of Oh, Crap! and Freak Out!, verging on Villainous Breakdown as he realizes that the base is doomed.
  • By far the most hilarious of Dr. Claw's minions, however, has to be Macho Miguel from "The Emerald Duck". The guy is CMOF personified; he's so flamboyant and over-the-top he's laugh-out-loud hilarious every time he's in a scene. Some notable entries:
  • "The Japanese Connection" had some pretty funny bits:
    M.A.D. Ninjas: Konichiwa, Gadget-san. We are about to do away with you!
    Gadget: Ah so!
    • Later on in the episode:
    Sumo Wrestler: Ohayou!
    Gadget: Oklahoma!
  • At the end of "Did You Myth Me", after Dr. Claw's plan to obtain a formula to turn lead into gold is ruined, we find out that he had gotten too ahead of himself and had begun stocking up on lead, and now his castle is filled with piles of huge lead bars! For extra hilarity, the M.A.D scientist who was leading the operation had discovered that the formula didn't turn lead into gold, just changed it to the color of gold, meaning that his plan was doomed from the start, and Dr. Claw would've been stuck with tons of worthless lead either way!

Inspector Gadget's Last Case

  • The running gag of Dr Claw using aliases such as "Mr Claw" or "Senor Claw".
    Gadget: Whom I expect could be our arch-nemesis, Dr Claw, using a clever alias!
  • "I don't know the meaning of the word capitulate! However, I plan on looking it up."
    • The brief Scooby-Dooby Doors sequence that occurs during the opening car chase, only for the Gadgetmobile to suddenly be alone in the street. There's a beat just long enough for Gadget to look around in confusion before the MAD agents speed past again.
    • Gadget's reaction to Gadgetmobile hitting a pothole while he's trying to climb out using his Gadget Suction Cups. He ends up standing on the side of the door.
    • Gadget's response to Gadgetmobile's steering wheel coming off in his hands as they're about to crash into an oncoming truck? He throws the wheel in the backseat with a defeated expression.
  • Once they find the transformation formula the agents dropped, Gadgetmobile calls Gadget out for claiming he's always said something he never has.
    Gadget: It's just like I always say. Evil may run up a flagpole, but the law will never be caught saluting it.
    Gadgetmobile: No, I've never heard you say that.
    Gadget: That's because I just started. But I'll be saying it a lot from now on.
  • The fact that Penny got a surprise cake for Gadgetmobile.
  • Dr Claw's evil laugh being interrupted when he realises MAD Cat has been shedding, clogging the joints of his claw. It happens again.
    Claw: Again with the shedding?! I warned you!
    • Dr Claw's fury at being interrupted in the middle of "an Anti-Gadget Rant", only for the MAD agent to inform him that his soap opera is on. Claw is then furious that he missed the start of it.
  • Gadget gets trapped in a snowman by the Abominable Snowbot. After being upstaged yet again by Devon Debonair, his only response is "Go-go Gadget Carrot Nose." It works.
  • Gadget's reaction to learning that Devon Debonair is actually an alter-ego of Dr Claw is to respond with "or vice versa" every time someone says it aloud.
    • Penny makes the connection when she realises that the number on Debonair's calling card in Gadget's hatband is the same as the number one of Claw's lackeys had dialed to call him earlier.
    Gadget: You don't think it has cooties, do you?
  • Quimby, angry over Gadget's continual upstaging at the hands of Debonair, is then bewildered that Gadget is hoping for a Crimie Award for Best Crimefighter, despite his job being on the line.
    Quimby: What do you, of all people, need a tuxedo for?!
  • After realising that Claw escaped with the transformation formula, Gadget immediately thinks he's taken Chief Quimby's form and arrests Quimby. After being fired and nearly destroyed, the newly reinstated Gadgetmobile is in no mood to help him out.
    Quimby: You can run bioscans, voice comparisons! Prove I'm the real Quimby!
    Gadgetmobile: Talk to the steering wheel, because the engine ain't listening.

1999 Film

  • While Gadget is battling the evil Robo-Gadget, hanging over the edge, holding on by his tie:
    Robo-Gadget: Hey, Gadget, it's a clip-on!
  • "Somebody's been watching too many Saturday morning cartoons!" Cue Gadget, Claw, and Kramer looking at the camera.
    • This is followed by a shot of Sikes shaking his head and going "Huh?"
  • During Robo-Gadget's rampage across the city:
  • And how can we possibly forget the part of Inspector Gadget's training session where his guru tells him to focus completely upon "obtaining the balls." More specifically, a pair of balls on the floor in front of him. Gadget's cybernetic hand extends as desired...and then it keeps going, rocketing straight at another pair of balls...
    [The Guru screams like a little girl; cut to the observation room, where the onlookers wince in sympathy]
    Guru: (In the highest-pitched voice imaginable) Ungrip! Ungrip! Turn it off! TURN IT OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!
    Chief Quimby: Well, I guess 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: (Still in the highest-pitched voice imaginable) He is not a man, you know. Oh! He is a monster! (Sobs in pain)
  • After a captive Gadget asks why Claw is creating robots:
    Kramer: To make teachers!
    Claw: SHUT UP!
  • Doctor Claw, Grammar Nazi.
    Claw: Comprende?!
    Gadget: Yeah! I comprende!
    Claw: (shuts his eyes in annoyance) No, no, no, no. I comprendo, yo comprendo. Conjugate the verb, for pity's sake!
  • Claw going batshit crazy after Brenda yells at him that she liked him better when he was fat.
  • As Gadget is stuck on the bottom of the helicopter, Claw takes the time to mockingly call down to him "Hi, John, how are you doing down there?" and then mimic Brenda screaming John's name.
  • When Brown wakes up after the operation and sees all sorts of stuff (pencil, bubble wand, lighter, etc.) coming out of his hand, his response is "What have they got me on?"
  • Sikes trying to dispose of the robotic foot by shoving it down the toilet, like it were a goldfish. Penny catches him in the act, and is less than impressed at this. She then strikes up a friendly conversation with the guy while being held up at gunpoint. And it works.
  • Robo-Gadget's We Can Rule Together speech after his head is separated from his body and Gadget replying "Should've quit while you were ahead," followed by him shrugging at the camera.
    • Fridge-Funny: Gadget's "You should've quit while you were ahead" counts as a Stealth Pun, since Robo-Gadget is literally a head anyway.
  • Claw and Sikes's expressions after Brenda punches Claw in the face.
  • Claw screaming like a woman as Brain bites his ass and tears his pants up.
  • Claw begging Brenda to not jump out of the helicopter to help Gadget.
  • Claw mimicking Kramer's "Why would we do that?" after the latter questions him about stealing Brenda's research.


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