Recycled IN SPACE!

"At last we have Jason X, a movie that comes right out and says: "Look there's nothing left to do, so fuck it, it's Jason in outer space!"
James Rolfe's review of Jason X

Stories are often recycled from other shows, with the setting changed with just enough of a gimmick to make it look different. The characters will have the same character types, sometimes even the same voice actors. Sometimes these will be direct spinoffs, with the same characters with one major time or setting change. Later varieties included "AS KIDS!"

Putting the series into space, though, is the big one. This is because space has captured the public's imagination at least since the start of the space race, and science fiction authors and fans have been fascinated even longer.

Thus it's not unreasonable to think "Wouldn't that show be even better in outer space?".

Note: Please make sure you understand what this trope means before posting examples. It does not refer to a normal sequel, a remake, an adaptation, or to something that is simply like something else in the same genre.

Some common things to avoid.
  • This trope is not literal. Just because you can define something as "in space" doesn't mean it counts. It still needs to be recycled from an older idea. Even if it has "In Space" in the title. Zap In Space, for example, was removed, because there's no Zap NOT-in-Space.
  • A game stealing mechanics from earlier games is Genre Launch if enough people do it, Follow the Leader otherwise; a story using tropes from something earlier is probably also Follow the Leader. Most platformers are not "Mario In Space", and most fighting anime are not "Dragon Ball Z In Space".
  • It's not enough that an idea seems to be ripping off another idea. It needs to be blatant in its advertising that it is a copy for it to count. You could argue that "Eragon was better when it was called Star Wars," but since nothing ever advertises the similarities, it doesn't count as this. (Note that it also doesn't count as Better by a Different Name unless it's said by a fictional character in-universe; tropes are not for Complaining About Shows You Don't Like.)
  • Similarly games stealing mechanics or gameplay styles from other games is Follow the Leader and not this trope. (for example, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is not Metroid IN A CASTLE.) However, if a game shifts genres it might be this in the opposite direction. However, with few exceptions, you should cite the genre, and not claim that it's stealing from a specific game. (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is Castlevania as a Metroidvania game [but not AS METROID])
  • If an idea seems to be crossing two different ideas it's X Meets Y.
  • As a setting trope, this is distinct from Whole Plot Reference. The two may overlap, but it is possible to be either one without being both. For example, The Flintstones is, by Word of God, The Honeymooners recycled in the Stone Age, but is not a Whole Plot Reference because Fred isn't literally intended to be Ralph Kramden, only to resemble his mannerisms.
  • If the story has just been moved into modern time, but is otherwise more or less the same it's Setting Update.
  • If the "gimmick" is more than 6 words long or includes the word 'and', think hard before adding it. It might still count, but it might be too stretched to fit.

Also remember that Tropes Are Not Bad, so when listing something, do not be derogatory towards the newer media (for example if you had something that was Pokémon IN SPACE you do not need to list it as Pokémon IN SPACE AND WITH UGLIER MONSTERS)

A Sub-Trope of Recycled Premise.

A Sister Trope to Like That Show but with Mecha, Space Is an Ocean.

Compare SpaceX.

Examples Subpages IN SPACE!

Other Examples IN SPACE!

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  • In the United Kingdom, Mars had a popular advert for Milky Way that involved an (anthropomorphised) blue car racing a red car. A year or two later, they revamped their campaign by remaking the same advert...but now with blue and red spaceships racing IN SPACE!
  • Pizza Hut's "Pizza Head" commercials are Saturday Night Live's Mr Bill AS A SLICE OF PIZZA.

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  • Inspired by Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Big Nate is Calvin in sixth grade
    • Frazz is Calvin in his twenties note 
    • Phoebe and Her Unicorn is Calvin as a girl, and Hobbes as a narcissistic unicorn (also, she's real and other characters can see her).

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  • Byzantium is The Roman Empire IN THE EAST!
  • The computer programming language C++ was originally called (and originally was) C....WITH CLASSES!
  • Hubble is a telescope... but IN SPACE!
    • And it's repaired by space shuttles, which are airplanes IN SPACE!
  • The Gyrojet series of rocket weapons are just like regular firearms that can be used IN SPACE!
  • The OCR Physics A level in England. A levels have two sections; AS and A2. When asked what was covered in A2, one troper's teacher replied, "It's basically AS module one IN SPACE."
  • New Orleans' French Quarter is Paris IN AMERICA!
  • Patents for common software algorithms aren't that novel and won't be easily obtained. However, you can instead obtain patents for common software algorithms ON THE INTERNET!
  • Space solar power. Gigawatt-scale solar-panel arrays didn't work out? Okay, let's try gigawatt-scale solar-panel arrays IN SPACE!
  • Space weather. It's weather. IN SPACE! Except it's actually life-threatening radiation.
  • St. Vladimir was King Manasseh IN RUSSIA!
  • Tang is orange juice that only became popular after astronauts drank it IN SPACE!
  • This article/video describes the light show made when you explode an H-bomb. IN SPACE!
  • This sort of premise has been seen in venture capital investing, in which it becomes shorthand to describe some new idea as "X for Y" where X is some preexisting thing and Y is some new demographic. (For example, "Groupons for Moms".) Venture capitalist Ethan Kurzweil has written an article decrying this tendency as lazy and possibly detrimental to creativity.
  • Undergraduate math is made of this trope:
    • Many universities have three semesters of calculus, where Calculus III is Calculus I and II IN 3D SPACE!
    • After learning about vectors on a plane comes vectors IN SPACE!
    • Similarly, multi-variable calculus is calculus IN 3D SPACE!
  • Zero-G Spot is, as the Laconic page says, sex IN SPACE!
  • The Other Wiki has an entire template dedicated to topics... IN SPACE!
  • As described by Senator John Madigan: "Submarines are the spaceships of the ocean."

Alternative Title(s): INSPACE, Recycled In, Spess, In SPESS