Uncle George (by Billy)
Your Clawfulness (by his henchmen in Inspector Gadget 2)
Irving Balonious Claw Jr. (in the 2015 series)
|Occupation|| Leader of M.A.D.|
|Family||Maryland Claw Mother Dr Thaw Twin Brother Billy Thaw Nephew, Talon Nephew (2015 series)|
|Location|| Metro City|
Riverton, Ohio (in the live-action films)
|Portrayed By|| Frank Welker|
Rupert Everett (1999 film)
Tony Martin (2003 sequel)
Martin Roach (2015 series)
Dr. Claw is the main antagonist of Inspector Gadget and it's subsequent spin-offs and movies. He is the leader of M.A.D., a criminal mastermind, a mad scientist, a multimillionaire, Gadget's arch-nemesis, the M.A.D. agents' boss, and M.A.D. Cat's owner. He is voiced by legendary voice actor, Frank Welker.
Claw always sends his group of agents after Gadget to eliminate him, only for his plan to backfire when his men get arrested. This soon drives him to hiring new agents in each episode.
Claw is evil, menacing, dark, sinister, sadistic, and a threat to all of Metro City. He is a criminal mastermind and will stop at nothing to destroy Lt. Gadget and take over the world. Most of his plots are terrorism and global attacks. Even though he is an evil mastermind, he thinks Gadget's stupidity is an act and views him as his worst enemy, and has no idea that Penny and Brain did all the work. As revealed in the first live-action film, he lost his left hand in a accident, giving him a mechanical claw. In Gadget and the Gadgetinis, it is shown that he has had his claw since he was a baby, so he probably lost his arm when he was young or he was born without his right arm.
He is usually at a computer terminal where he monitors his various schemes, often in a creepy old castle. Although he's aware of Gadget's idiocy, he believes the Inspector to be his greatest enemy, never realizing that it is actually Penny and Brain who foil his plots in each episode (although he or his M.A.D. agents have captured Penny and sometimes Brain a number of times). He is usually seen with his fat pet cat M.A.D. Cat, who reaps the benefits of his brief victories and bears the brunt of his defeats. Claw's catchphrase at the end of every episode is, "I'll get you next time, Gadget! NEXT TIME!!!".
In the 2015 CGI series, he isn't as malicious, or as cruel or as evil as he used to be, and seems almost as incompetent as Gadget, even though he stil retains a certain evilness and cruelty that characterizes him. He is presumably either out of practice or losing his touch.
Throughout the entire series, Claw is an unseen character, only just his arms and gloved hands are visible, leaving the viewer to guess as to his face and body, though a shadow of his body can be seen in Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas.Though his face is never shown, evidence suggests that he has the appearance of a mad scientist. Despite sitting down in an executive chair for most of the series, it is clear that he possesses an intimidating physical stature (as others are usually shown cowering when he stands).
There were only 5 instances where his face was visible:
- On his action figure in the 1992 Inspector Gadget toyline (the packaging had his face hidden by a sticker, meaning that you'd have to buy the toy if you wanted to see his face).
- In the first live-action film (it was partially hidden in the sequel).
- In the SNES game where he is fought as the final boss.
- In the Gadget and the Gadgetinis episode "The Weather Machine," the viewers get to see a closeup of his face while he wakes up from his nap. This version of Claw has a muscular body and a square-shaped head. His face is usually hidden in shadow with only his glowing yellow eyes visible, but in "The Weather Machine," the outlines of his nose and mouth are visible.
- In the iPhone game Inspector Gadget's M.A.D Dash as an unlockable puzzle. It has the appearance of the face used for the action figure and video game.