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[[caption-width-right:256:What could possibly go wrong? [[note]]...[[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Apparently MOST things, Mr. Bobcat.]][[/note]]]]

->''"[[CatchPhrase What could]] [[TemptingFate possibly go]] [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong wrong?]]"''

A series of {{Platform Game}}s released in the early- to mid-1990s by Creator/{{Accolade}}, starring a [[MascotWithAttitude bobcat with attitude]] meant to [[FollowTheLeader capitalize on the popularity]] of SonicTheHedgehog. Bubsy can jump up to about twice his height, and can glide to slow himself down when he falls by holding out his arms like an airplane. It is, as the description implies, rather cartoonish.

Four games were released in the series, along with a [[WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}} pilot for an animated series]] [[OneEpisodeWonder that never materialized]]. The list of games is as follows:
* ''Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind'' (1992, multiple systems)
** ''Super Bubsy'' (1996, PC UpdatedRerelease)
* ''Bubsy II'' (1994, multiple systems)
* ''Bubsy in: Fractured Furry Tales'' (1994, UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar)
* ''Bubsy is 3D in Furbitten Planet'' (1996, UsefulNotes/PlayStation)

The 2-D games received good reviews from critics back in the day and they sold fairly well, although it was frequently considered a Sonic rip-off as well. Afterwards, the franchise transitioned to 3-D with ''Bubsy 3D'', which [[FranchiseKiller killed any goodwill the series had]] as it was considered [[ObviousBeta very bad]] by critics and fans alike.

The franchise thus lay dormant until 2015, when [[http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=553404370 a Greenlight campaign]] to bring a CompilationRerelease of the first two games on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} began. It succeeded in December 2015, under the title of ''Bubsy Two-Fur''; once released, however, it turned out to be merely a ROM emulation of the two, rather than the games being truly ported to PC like many expected.
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!! ''Bubsy'' tropes:
* AccordionMan: This would happen to Bubsy in the first game if he [[FallingDamage fell from a high distance without gliding]].
* AdaptationalVillainy: Hansel and Gretel in ''Fractured Furry Tales''. Sure there are a few versions that make them seem a little more... questionable, but this is one of the very few that makes them outright villains. As opposed to the original story, where they only killed the wicked witch after she tried to kill them first, here they apparently kidnapped the witch and locked her in a cage for no reason, and they try to kill Bubsy too when he shows up... by throwing apples at him. Also, it turns out the witch is actually Mother Goose.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: In ''Bubsy 3D'', the level "Catatomic Catastrophe".
* AdorableEvilMinions: The Woolies, especially Professor Nylon.
* AmusingInjuries: Bubsy gets these often.
* AnimalStereotypes: Bubsy is a type of cat, and therefore instantly [[SuperDrowningSkills drowns if he touches water]].
* AnimatedActors: Bubsy is an animated actor in a cartoon world starring in his own games that are also movies. Movie-like game titles allude to Bubsy being not only a character ''in'' the game, but also ''starring in'' the game as an actor. The titles of stages are often parodies of epic movies, with different stages representing different movie genres. Bubsy has even threatened to walk off the set multiple times. In the intro to "Rock around the Croc", Bubsy says, "Next time, I get a stunt cat." In the intro to "No Time to Paws", Bubsy says, "Oh, I can give up show business?" In the ending to the first game, Bubsy leaves the set, and drives off in a limo.
* AsideGlance: In the title screen of ''Bubsy II'', Bubsy is facing his back towards the audience, but then turns his head to look directly at the player, does something with his hand, and rolls his eyes and gives a thumbs up, wiggles, and says "I like it" before looking back at what he was looking at.
* AWinnerIsYou: ''Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind'' has a particularly infuriating one: "I win! I win! Well... I guess you helped out a bit too."
* TheBadGuyWins: The Woolies win if you don't collect everything in ''Bubsy 3D''. If you do, [[spoiler:they still win anyway. You're destined to lose from the word "go".]]
* BandLand: Musicland in ''Bubsy II''.
* TheBattleDidntCount: In ''Bubsy 3D'', even though you defeat Polly and Esther, the story has them defeat Bubsy and capture him. At least, [[RashomonStyle that's how the Woolies see it.]]
* BigBad: The Wooly queens, Polly and Esther, in ''Claws Encounters'' and ''Bubsy 3D''.
** Oinker P. Hamm in ''Bubsy II''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you didn't press any buttons, Bubsy would eventually knock on the TV screen and yell at you.
--> ''"Hello?!"''
** In ''Bubsy 3D'', he starts messing with your TV settings.
* ButtMonkey: Most of Bubsy's lines in the first two games imply he's a struggling actor who can't catch a break. Given what happened to his series, it's oddly prescient.
** In the second game, his sidekick Arnold the Armadillo took this role.
** In ''Bubsy 3D'', the end-of-level animations have Bubsy getting hurt in some way.
* {{Cameo}}: Supporting characters of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}'' cartoon appear in ''Bubsy II''. Bubsy's niece and nephew appear on the title screen, and appear in the ending with Arnold the Armadillo.
* CatchPhrase: "WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong."
** Also the name of the pilot episode itself.
** Since the release of Bubsy 3D, the most common answer to that is "This."
* CatsHaveNineLives: You start with nine lives in the first game. You will lose them fast if you don't know what you're doing, and sometimes even if you do.
* CirclingBirdies: This happens if Bubsy hits a wall after running into it too fast. (This is one of the ''very'' few injuries you can inflict on Bubsy that is ''not'' fatal to him).
* CoversAlwaysLie / BlatantLies: ''Bubsy 3D'' featured presumably fake critic quotes on the front cover from "EGM" and "[=PSExtreme=]", the latter of which awarding the game their "Gold X Award" as "one of the sleeper hits of '96". In reality, Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the game a negative review, scoring it 3.25 out of 10. Contrary to popular belief, [=PSExtreme=] magazine [[http://www.retromags.com/magazines/category/usa/psextreme really did exist]]; however, it never had a "Gold X Award", nor is there any evidence it ever even reviewed ''Bubsy 3D''.
* CuteLittleFangs: Bubsy, his nephew Terry, and his niece Terri all have them.
* DifficultySpike: Every third chapter in the first game threw every obstacle at you that it could, and doesn't ease up.
* FakeDifficulty: Discussed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTAlr5raV2U this]] WebVideo/JonTron. For those who don't feel like watching, in the first two games, your field of vision is very limited, making it hard to tell where you should go and what's just offscreen trying to kill you.
** SomecallmeJohnny also delved into other problems: Level design not built around Bubsy's abilities, platforming sections that are hard due to Bubsy's obscene speed not matching the platforming, frailty combined with the above problems leading to the multiple deaths, sprite sizes being too huge causing said accidents to happen, and inconsistent ideals about how to play the game. It's hard to be slow and methodical with a character as fast as Sonic. Likewise, he couldn't (and he tried) play it safe with level design created with the intent of murdering the bobcat.
* FallingDamage: The first two games have falling damage, which can be neutralized by gliding.
* FanSequel: ''[[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/13/your-mind-is-not-ready-for-arcane-kids-bubsy-3d/ Arcane Kids' Bubsy 3D]]'' is a surrealist send-up of one, but it does star the long-lost cat, and uses him as a vehicle for some seriously high-minded parody.
* FracturedFairyTale: The premise of ''Fractured Furry Tales'' is that Bubsy goes around "humbling" the bad guys from storybooks like ''Jack and the Beanstalk'' and ''Alice in Wonderland''.
* FunWithAcronyms: The plot of ''Bubsy 2'' revolves around the WOMPUM -- the World Origination and Matter Projection Unification Machine.
* GoombaSpringboard: A very useful tactic to rank up a ton of points and clear large gaps (and the whole stage if you're so inclined).
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: In ''Bubsy II'', Bubsy falls to his death by standing in midair, staring at the audience, looking down, back at the audience, opening an umbrella, and falling. In ''Bubsy 3D'', Bubsy stops in midair, stares at the audience, waves goodbye, and then falls.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Bubsy wears a white shirt with a red exclamation mark. Bubsy's nephew Terry wears a red shirt and no pants.
* HaveANiceDeath: Death animations are situational and attempt to evoke the cartoony style of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. In ''Bubsy 3D'', this is taken further, with an animation for falling into bottomless pits, and cutscenes for falling into water and green goop. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5NIYbELwiY And more]].
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy
* HurricaneOfPuns: Bubsy spews these a lot, though he's adamant that [[WhoWritesThisCrap he didn't write them]].
* IdleAnimation: Bubsy will smirk at the screen, tap his foot, and eventually knock on the TV. In ''Bubsy 3D'', he messes with your television settings.
* ImMelting: One of Bubsy's death animations is melting into a puddle.
* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: In the intro for "Claws for Alarm", Bubsy says, "Is there a veterinarian in the audience!?" In ''Bubsy II'', one of Bubsy's death quotes is "Is there a doctor in the house?"
* LargeHam: The narrator in ''Super Bubsy''. Also Bubsy himself.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: One of Bubsy's death animations in 3D.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Bubsy has a death animation for every kind of obstacle, sometimes ''multiple'' ones. Most of them are Bubsy smiling, then falling down, but the rest can be rather funny. It's probably the main reason why most players didn't [[NintendoHard throw their controllers through the television]].
* MascotWithAttitude: Bubsy was one of many, and is also one of the most infamous.
* MediumAwareness: In ''Bubsy 3D'', "Now, what would a platform game be without platforms? Hmm, I wonder if there's any extra lives up there," and "Oh look, an arrow, aren't these game designers wonderful?"
* MultipleEndings: In ''Bubsy 3D''. If you beat the game without collecting everything, Bubsy's rocket ship doesn't have enough power to make it to Earth, and he ends up stranded in space. This allows the victorious Woolies to continue their galactic conquest. If you do find everything, [[spoiler:Bubsy's rocket ship has too much power, and he accidentally puts himself in Pre-Historic times. This allows the victorious Woolies to continue their galactic conquest.]]
* {{Narrator}}: ''Super Bubsy'' added one to explain the story and introduce the levels. Bubsy's chatter was kept.
* NoFourthWall: Bubsy regularly stares at and makes comments to the player.
* NotInMyContract: "My contract does ''not'' mention pain!"
* ObviousBeta: Bubsy 3D was given such a rushed development cycle, that it only got a finished ''alpha'' done that was shoved out the door in order [[FollowTheLeader to play catch up to]] VideoGame/SuperMario64. The result was a clunky to play, sloppy looking and all around embarrassing rush job that killed the franchise dead.
* OneHitPointWonder: The first game only. The sequels gave him an [[HitPoints idiosyncratic health meter]]. This is taken to ridiculous levels in one stage where he'll die by jumping onto a platform that's covered by an inch of water.
* PolygonCeiling: The 2D games were made competently enough, but having to work with an extra dimension made ''Bubsy 3D'' a clear ObviousBeta. Almost every texture was a solid color, the levels were lifeless, Bubsy moved like a heavy tank with choppy animations, and the game was generally a chore to play for the most part.
* ProductPlacement: In ''Bubsy II'', you have the ability to buy Nerf Bazookas and shoot Nerf Balls at enemies.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PunBasedTitle:
** In ''Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind'' (''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''), in the level titles "Forbidden Plummet" (''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''), "A Bridge Too Fur" (''Film/ABridgeTooFar''), "Fair Conditioning" (Hair conditioning), "Our Furless Leader" (Our fearless leader), "The Good the Bad and the Woolies" (''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''), "A Fistful of Yarn" (''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''), "Dances with Woolies" (''Film/DancesWithWolves''), "Beavery Careful" (Be very careful), Rock around the Croc (''Rock Around the Clock''), "Claws for Alarm" (Cause for alarm), "Eye of the Bobcat" (''Eye of the Tiger''), "No Time to Paws" (No time to pause), "Lethal Woolie" (''Film/LethalWeapon''), and "A Farewell to Woolies" (''Literature/AFarewellToArms'').
** In ''Bubsy II'', in the level titles "Drown and Out" (Down and out), "Star Boars" (''Franchise/StarWars''), "C Sharp or B Flat" (See sharp or be flat), "Fleece Academy" (''Film/PoliceAcademy''), "My Penguin for a Horse" ("My kingdom for a horse", ''Theatre/RichardIII''), "Aporklyps Now" (''Film/ApocalypseNow''), "Richard the Swinehearted" (Richard the Lionhearted), "Mighty Morphin Bobcat Dangers" (''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''), "The Lion The Switch and The Hoardroom (''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''), "Pig Trouble in Little China" (''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''), "2 Live Shrew" (Music/TwoLiveCrew), "Surely You Joust" (Surely you jest), "Wild Boar Yonder" (Wild blue yonder), and "Mars Needs Bobcats" (''Mars Needs Women'').
** ''Fractured Furry Tales'' (''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Fractured Fairy Tales]])''.
** In ''Bubsy 3D'', titled ''Furbitten Planet'' (''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''), in the level titles "Claws for Alarm" (Cause for alarm), "Clawstrophobic" (Claustrophobic), "Woolie Bully" (''Wooly Bully'' by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs), "Missing Lynx" (Missing links), "Dome Sweet Dome" (Home sweet home), "Das Bobcat" (''Film/DasBoot''), "Domicidal Maniac" (Homicidal maniac), "Crimson Hide" (''Film/CrimsonTide''), "Mortal Bobkat" (''Franchise/MortalKombat''), "Zzzotz Nice" (That's nice), "Daze of Thunder" (''Film/DaysOfThunder''), "Woolieville Horror" (''[[Film/TheAmityvilleHorror1979 The Amityville Horror]]''), "Bright Light Big Woolies" (''Bright Lights, Big City''), and "[=Escape From WooL.A.=]" (''Film/EscapeFromLA'').
* PungeonMaster: In the intro to "C Sharp or B Flat", Bubsy says, "Go for Baroque". Bubsy also says, "Remember, I'm a trained purrfessional."
* PunnyName: All of the Woolies in the game are named after types of material. The queens are named Polly and Esther, and their assistant is named Professor Nylon.
* QuoteMine: The reviews on the case for Bubsy 3D go even beyond this as it sports [[BlatantLies entirely falsified reviews and awards.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Upon seeing the level title "Eye of the Bobcat", Bubsy says: "That's it, I'm outta here, you can't make me...", and runs off the screen.
* SequelHook: ''Bubsy 3D'' ended with this. With Bubsy TrappedInThePast, the Woolies plan to invade Earth and take all of the wool for themselves.
* ShoutOut:
** In the intro to "Night of the Bobcat", Bubsy says, "Hey I thought I saw Elvis back there."
** In the intro to "The Good, the Bad and the Woolies", Bubsy says, "Well, it worked for [[Creator/ClintEastwood Clint]]."
** In the intro to "A Fistful of Yarn", Bubsy says, "[[Film/DirtyHarry Go ahead, make my day]]."
** In ''Bubsy II'', Bubsy says "[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} I'll be back]]".
** In ''Bubsy 3D'', the intro to "[=Escape From WooL.A.=]" shows Bubsy dressed as Snake Plissken.
** At the end of ''Bubsy 3D'', the Woolie leader says "Bubsy has left the planet", as Bubsy is dressed in an Elvis outfit.
** At the end of ''Bubsy 3D'', Bubsy says, "Hey, how did I end up in [[Franchise/JurassicPark Triassic Park]]?"
* SoundtrackDissonance: Especially in ''Bubsy 3D'', carnival music, playing regardless of any fun, during menus, saving, loading, during levels, cutscenes, and when Bubsy is kidnapped by aliens in a cutscene before facing a Woolly Mammoth.
* SpacePirates: The space level in ''Bubsy II'' has a distinct pirate theme to it, including treasure chests, hooks, and pirate-esque BGM.
* SpaceZone: The final level of the first game, which takes place on the Woolies' mothership.
* SphereEyes: Bubsy has these.
* StealthPun: Bubsy's catchphrase, given he doesn't stress the wordplay like he normally does.
-->[[spoiler:What could ''paw''ssibly go wrong?]]
* SuperDrowningSkills: In the first game and ''3D'', Bubsy will drown if even his toes touch water.
* TagalongKid: Bubsy's nephew Terry, and niece Terri in the second game. They could be controlled by a second player.
* TechnoBabble: In ''Bubsy 3D'', the Woolie scientist Professor Nylon attempts to explain how Bubsy constructed a rocket ship, harnessed the power of atoms, and traveled through time, while being interrupted by a rowdy audience.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: In ''Bubsy II'', Bubsy's niece Terri wears eyeshadow and a blue skirt. Bubsy's nephew Terry wears a red shirt and no pants.
* ThirdIs3D: Not counting ''Fractured Furry Tales''.
* UranusIsShowing: In ''Bubsy 3D'', Bubsy's first words are, "I knew I should have taken that left turn at Uranus."
* WhatNowEnding: ''Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tails'' ends like this.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In ''Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind''. "Woah, are you still playing this thing?" says Bubsy, before the final level.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: When Bubsy is referring to the punny level titles. In the intro to "Beavery Careful", Bubsy says, "Hey, I didn't write this stuff." One of the sound bytes heard before a level in ''Bubsy II'' is "Who wrote this stuff?!"
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