''James Pond'' is a video game series created by the British developer Vectordean Ltd. and has been released on a number of consoles, most notably the Amiga computer and Sega Genesis.
An obvious spoof of the James Bond franchise, the titular character is an anthropomorphic fish named (surprise) James Pond who is secret-agent Double-Bubble 7 of the organization F.I.5.H. and has a "license to gill" in his battles against the evil J.A.W.S. organization and its leader Dr. Maybe (a spoof on the infamous 007 villain Dr. No). His adventures begin in ''James Pond: Underwater Agent'' (1990), in which he defends his watery home and its denizens from polluters and enemy agents. His next adventure, ''James Pond 2: Codename Robocod'' (1991) sees Pond wearing robot armor as he sets out to save Santa Claus and his toy workshop, and ''James Pond 3: Operation Starfi5h'' (1993) sends Pond into space to save the moon and its cheese supplies from Dr. Maybe in a ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''-like adventure.
James Pond also appears in the spin-off ''The Aquatic Games'', in which he is one of the playable characters in an Olympic-styled sports event. Most recently, Pond has been seen in the iPhone game ''James Pond in the Deathly Shallows''.
!!Tropes associated with James Pond:
* AbnormalAmmo: In ''Underwater Agent'', Pond shoots bubbles to trap enemies so that he can pop them away. ''Operation Starfi5h'' gives him a gun that shoots fruit.
* AllThereInTheManual: For the first two games, you get barely a screen's worth of dialogue at best telling you what the game's all about. Averted in ''Operation Starfi5h'', which opens with a lengthy story sequence explaining the plot.
* CheesyMoon: The entire plot of ''Operation Starfi5h'' is that Dr. Maybe wants to mine the moon and cripple the cheese market with his ill-gotten dairy gains.
* ContinuityNod: In the opening cutscene of ''Operation Starfi5h'', Dr. Maybe is seen leaving Santa's Workshop where he had just been defeated in the previous game.
* Expy: [[Film/JamesBond Isn't it obvious by now?]]
** The sequels parody other movie franchises, specifically ''Franchise/RoboCop'' and ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* MascotWithAttitude: It was the 90s, after all. The very heyday of the animal-mascot platformer started by [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog a certain blue rodent]].
* MultipleEndings: Three of them in ''Operation Starfi5h'', two of them bad:
** Fail to close up all the cheese mines and [[DownerEnding Dr. Maybe laughs at your shoddy attempt to shut him down.]]
** Shut down the mines but forget to destroy the stiltonium machines and [[ItsAWonderfulFailure Dr. Maybe attacks the Earth with incredibly-smelly cheese bombs.]]
* NintendoHard: The first game... wooo, where do we begin? Enemies that rapidly appear and attack, invisible jellyfish that suck your life without you knowing, and no mercy-invincibility means that Pond will die very fast, especially in the later stages.
* OpeningShoutOut: The first thing you see in ''Underwater Agent'' is a parody of the MGM Studios logo, complete with Pond impersonating the roaring lion.
* ProductPlacement: ''Robocod'' frequently plugs Penguin Biscuits, a real-life candy in the UK. Later releases of the game remove the marketing.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Inverted. Being a fish, Pond can't breathe on land. In ''Underwater Agent'', he can find a special helmet to keep his gills wet when he must surface. The sequels give him specialized suits as part of the plot.
* WorldOfPun: The Pond games are filled with puns, from those aimed at the 007 franchise (the first game) to dairy puns (''Operation Starfi5h'').