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Inspector Gadget: What I Am by Caretaker-of-Myth Inspector Gadget: What I Am by Caretaker-of-Myth
He hates his lucid moments, because then he feels the pain of what he is.


...Inspector Gadget sat on the edge of his bed, staring at his hands. There was a clarity in his eyes that Penny had never seen before. Not since the operation, at least. As she watched, the tips of her uncle's fingers opened, revealing just a few of his many gadgets: a pencil, corkscrew, and lighter among them. Penny watched with wide eyes: She had never witnessed her uncle control his gadgets with such quiet finesse. Maybe it had something to do with the odd look in his eyes...

She was about to say something, but before she could, she heard her uncle mutter to himself.

"...Stupid gadgets..."

And now, suddenly, Penny could tell he was quietly crying.

Gadget stared at his hands--or rather, his gadgets. Scissors, syringe, lockpick--all very useful, everything someone could ever want, right here at his fingertips. Except fingertips. Except the most important things of all.

He couldn't feel. He couldn't touch. Though normal to the eye, inside his gloves his hands were hollow shells. What he wouldn't give to be able to run his fingers through his niece's hair, and feel it again. What he wouldn't give to feel the warmth of her hands as they hugged...

"...Stupid gadgets," he muttered, sniffing. He'd been crying for some time now; at least he was still human enough for that. Tears dripped onto his gloves, and he felt a slight tugging in his head as his hat flipped open to reveal one of his many hands, helpfully holding a tissue. It prodded his shoulder gently, offering its gift. He ignored it.

'Gadget,' he thought. ''That's all I am...gadgets. Even my name, now...' He paused, blinking away the tears. 'God, if there is a Hell, it must be like this...'

He hates his lucid moments, because then he feels the pain of what he is.


Sorry for the overwrought scene. I was compelled. I tried to make this piece fairly sophisticated, despite the (once again) lame background...

I wanted to see something like this done with Gadget, so I did it. I'm not too familiar with the cartoon; in the cartoon he probably can feel, but logically I don't think he'd be able to, and I think that would cause a normal person a lot of grief. Then I got to wondering whether his tendency not to notice important things could be interpreted as a defense mechanism to keep him oblivious to the full impact of the change that's been wrought on him; hence this picture. I'm not sure how I feel about the mechanical hand--it adds somewhat of an air of humor to the otherwise serious piece, so I left it in. I'm totally in favor of seeing dark/angsty Gadget, but I like the dash of the old cartoon feel with it too.
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Poor Gadget! :( (Sad) I wanna hug him.
Nostera49 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2015  Professional Writer
This is inspirating... I wish I could write a fanfic in the same tone than your piece... That would be actually great... 
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i always said he was just like Robocop
AvengersApprentice Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I... I just... What the hell man... Not cool.. I love this art but just... ow...
OffClaireBlue2001 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Poor Inspector Gadget:( (Sad) +fav Crying 
Kakhi-dot-dot-dot Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, I'll also wish this kind of introspective-pondering scenes could have happened in the series, too... but actually, it can't, even if it is to bad :( (Sad) .
To be clear, all plots and characters in this series were only shown as plain cartoony-characters, with no real feelings and emotions -and by the way, I've never found the cartoon-style-jokes that funny in this show, as they were to much more repetitives -each episodes seeming to follows the sames twist-plot again and again -really depressive, in my point of view :disbelief: .
(And to add things worse, I was really unimpressed each time the inspector's young nephew, Penny (Sophie, in french) get abducted by the villains -in nearly each episodes, this happens - and each time she don't/won't even try to kick that hard nor really bites her aggressors, even if it could be useless, it's matter of survival instinct, anyway - "Come-on little girl, stop being as good as gold for this time being, as your life is endangered, you should know ? -And by the way, no more ritalins for you, etc..." -that should be the moral conclusion advice of this fictive episode Wink/Razz .
That was my feeling of the day ;) (Wink) . Thanks to this more "positive" vision on the original serie. Clap 
arielthehedgehog114 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The poor thing. He looks like he could really use a hug.
burntuakrisp Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
poor Gadget
TohruIchi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE FEELS I HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish there was more.
Lanydx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Writer
Even if your body is metal, you still have a human soul. Your body is a tool, something all humans can use. You bring justice in spite of bumblling and a lot of help from your Penny and Dog.
DelDiz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
And in the cartoon he really does try his best and he has his moments
Lanydx Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Writer

DelDiz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
This makes perfect sense. The obliviousness is all part of the denial.
TikiMille Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
me: dont be sad gadget... maybe am i nor... a kind of normal... but i cant feel the greatest feeling i ever feeled when i was... alive... *crys with tears of blood* i would do everything to die... or at last be abult...
Newsiefan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice. I've always thought he must have mental blocks (programming?) in place to keep him from thinking too much about what was done to him.
PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Photographer
poor guy
Donni-Cee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I've read it and I love it; it's like Spider-man meets Inspector Gadget as he comes to grips with who--or what--he's become! This is exactly what i was wondering what would be like if Gadget really had these abilities and to do the whole show like this...
jess06 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Aww, poor Gadget. (Gives him a hug)
I wanna hug him too, sorry for bad english.
Poppystream Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
DameALana Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Oh poor Gadget... great work!
Animeking1357 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Dammit I loved the cartoon now I feel said. Great job on this though.
Aaren-kun Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student
My god that story is heart breaking... And yet so nicely written. I love emotional short stories and this if something takes the cake. Brrh, I'm feeling this for the rest of the day... Great job :)
charchar1999 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
very moving piece
JefimusPrime Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Way to make the bumbling gadget depressed.
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Actually, this owes a lot more to the 1999 movie than the cartoon.

In the 1999 movie, this was pretty much John Brown's reaction to being turned into Inspector Gadget. In fact, he was a lot less sedate: he ran away from the operation room, screaming at the top of his lungs and shooting out several gadgets, and he had to be pacified by Dr. Brenda Bradford (the scientist who turned him into Inspector Gadget in the first place).
Caretaker-of-Myth Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I remember that movie. I disagree with the idea about what this piece "owes" to anything, though. As you say, in that movie he was mainly just panicky and comical about it. I'd argue that this is quite different. (Also, the movie version didn't seem quite as oblivious to a lot of things as the cartoon version.)
chimera385 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
can you draw more like this and a story to it it is very good
chimera385 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I'm sitting here crying while I'm reading this very moving piece
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Very moving pic here poor Gadget
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent one.
backtothefuturegirl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
you should make this a story i like it
kittycat5678 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
*hugs gadget* its ok i still wove you no matter wut!
Belldame Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
*:hug:s Gadget* It's ok man, everything will get better. Besides, if they could do this to you, shouldn't they soon be able to come up with synthetic nerves or something? ^^;
Maki-P Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
This is making me cry. This is why I don't go for stories like this, even if they're great.
William-The-Kat-On Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
I am "crying" too.
GillyTheArtist Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
very touching
Lun-Sei Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Ah, so I'm not the only one who thinks that Gadget acts so distracted and all because he hasn't been very clear since being turned into a cyborg. :P
Emeowrald Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Awww. Poor Inspector Gadget.
Cute job though.
wolfjmk Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
DX> it's so sad but the picture is epic.
SharazDestler Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Awww, poor Gadget. Someone bake this guy a nice big birthday cake, even if it isn't his birthday. And a subscription to "Popular Science"...some scientists are working on artificial hands that CAN feel things.
Divine-Fire-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Filmographer
Oh wow, an interesting take on one of my favorite characters. I can only image how horrible it must be to touch and never feel. :tears:
Haru-chii Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Good grief, I never considered this. Then again, I haven't thought of the series in years. But not being able to feel when you pet a cat or shake someones hand, only sensing that you're touching something...that would be hell.
xdigiartistx Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
This is the kind of thing most people don't think about when watching cartoons!
Lightspeed042 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I've been a real fan of the original series forever (and I mean forever.), and always lamented how the series was little more than just a simple kid's show, when really, it could have been so much more. I suppose it was because of the restrictive nature of the ratings and censors of the time…

Anyway, I think this raises a very interesting question, and makes for a very compelling story! It's all about verisimilitude, and I really think you understand how to make him cooler without making him dark and edgy! Even if you've never even seen the show!

If they were to make a revival series, they should totally explore this concept! :-)
Caretaker-of-Myth Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
I'm always amazed at the pretty consistent flow of favorites and views this piece gets. I think it's the most viewed piece in my gallery! I guess it's testament to the spread of fans this show gets, and the nostalgia it left behind. :) I wasn't a kid myself when it aired, so I've only seen it on Youtube. It's nice to see people looking back at it though and viewing it through a more adult lens.

And yeah...Gadget doesn't necessarily need to be darker to be more adult. He just needs a little more depth, more difficulties that come from other sources besides Dr. Claw. As far as I can recall, he mostly had it pretty easy in that department, so he was always cheerful and comedic. More varied emotional depth could fix that right up into something more profound for all those who remember Gadget nostalgically :)
Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That brings some ideas. He still has his face, lips, tonuge (to eat) and who knows if any certain parts bellow the waist work.
J-M-Smith-Artworks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Cry* Oh very well done! I did ever wonder about the darker side of it all, the cartoon was always happy...
pocketpython Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
What can I say, I'm impressed!
The fanfic puts into words the one thing that always kind of nagged at me about this show... not at the time (all a Kid cares about is "cool, gadgets!" and "this is funny!"), but later when I was older and occasionally thought back on the show.
Keep up the good work.
SaharaPorter Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
awwwwww *sniffle*
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