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Space Bees looking for Space Flowers to make Space Honey.

Krillin: Wait, hold on. You’re from Australia?
Jeice: Space-Australia. Or more specifically, Space Brisbane. Go Space Broncos!
Krillin: So... it’s like... Australia—
Jeice: In space. Gotta be careful though, Burter. Space-Dingo will eat your Space-Baby.

Taking regular words and giving them appropriate futuristic flair with a simple addition since the 1930's.

A Sub-Trope of Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit", rarely played straight these days but still used often when parodying or hanging a lampshade on a certain setting's Recycled IN SPACE! trappings. Constructions like "Batharian hound" or "Ar'ha'sds'gdian bat" also qualify.

Of course, this kind of construction rests on an inherent geocentric bias. Contrary to how the word is often used, "space" does not refer to everything in the universe except for Earth; it refers to everything in the universe, Earth included. So a creature from another planet is no more "spacey" than a creature on Earth is - unless, of course, the creature can somehow exist in the vacuum of space without breathing gear. (Another possible meaning for "space" is everything rather far away from a celestial body, such as outside its atmosphere. This use, however, means that nothing alive can be "spacey" — except, perhaps, Space Whales and such.)

There is, believe it or not, a Real Life precedent for this. Consider all the Sea Lions and Sea Anemones and Sea Horses and Sea Stars and Sea Robins and so on and so forth, not to mention all the Catfish, Dogfish, Parrotfish, Lizardfish, ad infinitum. (The reason for this, if you were wondering, is that in the early days of biology, it was thought that every land animal had an undersea equivalent. Obviously this theory didn't quite work out, hence a pretty epic level of Calling Smeerps Rabbits.)

Compare the various Thememobiles, and Hold Your Hippogriffs. See also Recycled IN SPACE!, Space Jews, and Sci Fi Name Buzz Words. Not to be confused with the material from which brand-name Latex Space Suits are made, nor the rocket company SpaceX.

For Space-named Tropes, see Tropes in Space.


Space Examples IN SPACE!

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    Anime and Manga 
  • This exchange from episode 12 of Pani Poni Dash!:
    "Captain, you've got a package by Galaxy Delivery. It's from our home planet."
    "A package by Galaxy Delivery?"
    "It looks like a package from Galaxy Mail Order."
    "Oh, it must be what I ordered from Galaxy TV Shopping! Put my Galaxy Personal Seal on the Galaxy Payment Slip and get the package for me."
    "But it's Galaxy COD."
    "Just go ahead and do a Galaxy Advance for me, will you?"
    "But it's before Galaxy Payday. I don't have any money on me..."
    "Didn't you just get a Galaxy Advance?"
    "I'm sorry... I Galaxy-lost all my money on Galaxy Pachinko, so I'm totally Galaxy-Broke right now."
    "You're Galaxy-hopeless, moron!"
  • "Galactic Whales" from Macross Dynamite 7.
  • Both Galaxy Angel universes (anime and games) have things like "space roses" and "alien hamsters". The first three games have a dwarf space whale that allows the player to read the girls' heart meters. Yeah. It's a psychic whale.
  • Shows up a few times in Keroro Gunsou. The ending of the Dark Keroro movie features "Space Fuyuki" and "Space Natsumi".
  • SPACE LANCE.
  • SPACE THUNDER
  • The mice in Go Lion, and possibly Voltron, were called space mice.
  • in Sailor Moon S Sailor Uranus obtains an ancient talisman called the Space Sword, culmulating in her attack, "Space Sword Blaster!"
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san uses this gag in the same way as, and about as often as Dragon Ball Z Abridged does. All the alien characters in the story attended space kindergarten, space elementary school, space college, or are members of the Space Police, practice space CQC, etc. Eventually Mahiro, the Only Sane Man male lead, has enough and says "You can't just add 'space' to everything!"
  • Space Dandy is a dandy guy. In space.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Jodoverse (which includes such series as The Incal, The Caste of the Metabarons and The Technopriests), a far-future science-fantasy dystopia, characters sometimes refers to persons and use exclamations familiar to contemporary readers, but qualify them with the prefix paleo-. One has to wonder why they feel the need to refer to Paleo-Marx and Paleo-Christ instead of simply using their names, call someone Paleobitch and so on, unless there are several versions of these persons and concepts, which are in turn associated with different eras. There is nothing to indicate that the latter is the case.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws: The All-Caste, with their home in All-Where, fighting with their All-Swords.

    Fan Works 
  • Raditz does this in Dragon Ball Z Abridged. It comes back with a vengeance during the Namek Saga:
    • Krillin enacts a survival strategy of hiding and quacking. Dodoria admires the majestic sound of the "space duck."
    • Freeza uses Space Twitter to brag about blowing up planets, contacts the Ginyu Force via Space Skype, and even mentions a "space Mexico", going completely beyond all other examples (Space Mexicans also show up in Sailor Moon Abridged).
    • Vegeta compares Gohan's bowlcut to Moe Howard. How does he even know who that is? Space Hulu.
    • Jeice comes from Space Australia - or, more specifically, Space Brisbane. Go Space Broncos!
    Krillin: So...it's like...Australia...
    Jeice: In space. Gotta be careful, though, Burter. Space-dingo will eat your space-baby.
    • The episode following includes advertisements for a Space restaurant chain called "Spacey's" ("It's good food, in space") and a Space Australian lager called "Space XXXX" ("Space XXXX - because Space VB is piss").
    • When Freeza learns that Gohan and Krillin are from Earth, he comments on how he'll stop there to pick up some space eggs, space milk, and blow it the f*ck up!
    • Piccolo tells Nail he switched to Spacebook in episode 25 (from... myspace.)
    • Freeza: "It's kind of like putting down Old Space Yeller." Krillin: "How is that a thing?!"
    • Salza brings it up again in Revenge of Cooler Abridged: "I'll see you in Space Hell, cousin Jeice."
    • Episode 32 mentions several space electronics stores, namely Space Radio Shack, Space Best Buy, and presumably Space Circuit City (Freeza was malfuntioning at the time, and didn't actually include the "Space" prefix before the word).
    • In episode 33, King Cold decides to call 'Space Triple-A' so they can be towed home. (To explain, their minions are dead, and Cold insists that driving is for the help)

    Film 

    Literature 
  • In The Hitchhikers Guidetothe Galaxy, every Earth animal seems to have an "Arcturian Mega-" counterpart, with the same role in similes ("Talk all six legs off an Arcturian Megadonkey"; "Knee-high to an Arcturian Mega-Grasshopper"). There's even a spacecraft called an Arcturian Megafreighter, though this actually is an extremely large cargo transport from Arcturus. The game of Brockian Ultra-Cricket, played by extradimensional beings, is eventually justified.
  • Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus features the V-frogs: they're from Venus, and they look sort of like frogs.
  • The Potter Verse has many examples of "Wizard X" and "Wizarding X": wizard chess, wizard crackers (as in Christmas crackers), Ordinary Wizarding Levels, etc. The collective term for magical society is the "Wizarding World".
  • In his 1976 how-to-write-SF article "Living the future: You are what you eat!", Gardner Dozois gave a good tirade that culminated with this (cue the author's Sarcasm Mode):
    "Well, after all, science fiction is pretty easy to write, isn't it? It's just a matter of using fancy names — just change the names, apply a thin layer of technologese and jargon, right? Say 'helicar' instead of car, 'helipad' instead of driveway, 'tri-vid' instead of television, 'feelies' (or 'smellies,' or 'grabbies') instead of movies. Better still, use the word 'space' as a prefix for everything: spacesuit, spacegun, spacehelmet, spacehouse, spacedog, spacecow. ... Right? Just change the names and you can write a confession-magazine love story, a cowboy story, a gothic, or a nurse novel, and sell it as science fiction. Right?"

    Live Action TV 
  • Old shows have such things as "space binoculars" and "space-o-phone" in them.
  • Star Trek TOS did this with "star" a lot.
    • Across the franchise, alien plants, animals and foodstuffs tend to have names following the pattern <adjectival form of alien planet> <common earth word>, such as "Romulan ale", "Aldebaran whiskey", "Altarian chowder", "Delovian souffle", etc. Diseases get the same treatment; for instance, "Rigelian fever". These could be a case of the "duck test": "When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck." See also such things as New England Clam Chowder, Bordeaux Wines, and Philly Cheesesteak in the real world. Besides, some differentiation is neccessary; one would rather not be treated for "Rigelian Fever" when they tell the doctor that they have "a fever"; racial names are as good a differentiator as any.
      • There was an attempt to justify this: A progenitor species seeded thousands of Minshara Class (M-Class) Planets with a common genetic source code, leading to parallel developments on many worlds. As such, many alien plants and animals are genetically very similar to Earth species; a Rigellian bat is simply a bat native to Rigel. However, the justification doesn't quite work, since evolution doesn't work that way. Constant monitoring and selective breeding would be required to produce multiple humanoid species on hundreds of separate planets at roughly the same time, billions of years after the original seeding. Otherwise, the evolutionary paths would just go in any which direction the environment dictates, no matter what kind of genetic material was dumped into the planets' oceans. (Then again, this is Star Trek. Living species aren't subject to real evolution, they experience Hollywood Evolution instead.)
    • Voyager used the prefix "iso" quite often to accomplish the same thing: "iso-rem", "iso-gram", "iso-modulator", and "iso-convective oven" to name a few examples.
  • Original series Doctor Who does this a lot. Venusian Karate, etc.
  • In the DVD commentary for one of the episodes of Firefly, Nathan Fillon and Alan Tyduk reveal that this was a recurring joke on the set: The setting isn't a farm, it's a SPACE farm! Inara isn't a hooker, she's a SPACE hooker! That postal guy from "The Message" is a SPACE Jew! And so on.
  • The Doctor Who new series episode "The Big Bang" has a throwaway reference to a trip the Doctor and Amy took to "Space Florida". But then, a previous episode had established that at some point in the future, all the nations of Earth took off on starships.
    • Amy occasionally throws in "space" on her own. In "The Time of Angels", after the Doctor bit her hand hard to break an illusion: "Blimey, your teeth, have you got space teeth?" By "The Doctor's Wife", she used the term "spacey wacey" for one of the Doctor's technobabble explanations, although it isn't clear whether the phrase was originally hers or the Doctor's.
  • The NewsRadio episode set in space used this to good comic effect. When Dave and Lisa were arguing over whose "space pod" to stay at, Lisa complains that Dave's is cold and drafty. Dave says, "Fine, I'll get a space heater!"
    • And who could forget that they're not reporting on the news... they're reporting on the space news.
  • Terry Nation had a habit of using "space" attributively in his science fiction stories. Noticeable in his work on Doctor Who (especially the stories he wrote for the Doctor Who and Dalek annuals).
    • TN's Blake's 7 suffered from this in places as well. Travis has the rank of "Space Major".
  • The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Manhunt In Space" had numerous space-tools, space-phones, space-clothing, et cetera. It even gets brought up in a host segment.
    Joel: Movies like this are always trying to show how futuristic they are by putting the word 'space' in front of everything.
    Tom Servo: Well, that's a classic overuse of what's known as a modifier. And in this movie, our grammatical friend the modifier puts in triple-overtime.
    (later, during the movie)
    Joel(impersonating Vena): Let's work on your space-math. Space-two plus space-two equals space-four.

  • Lampshaded on Trailer Park Boys:
    Ricky: [playing 'Spacemen'] Breaker breaker, come in Earth, this is Rocket Ship 27, aliens fucked over the carbonator on engine four, I'm gonna try to refuckulate it on Juniper. Uhh, and hopefully they've got some, space weed there, over. How... how was that buddy? I don't fuckin' know.
    Bubbles: Ricky... that's not very good. Use space words, real ones, not talking about space weed.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Spelljammer's setting has giant space hamsters. At least one miniature breed of the species went on to become a famous animal companion.
    • Oh no, it's better than that. Thanks to the encyclopedic syntax of the early books, it was listed as "Hamster, comma, giant space," as though "giant" and "space" are just traits a hamster can have, and this happens to have both.
      • At least one source said that that was exactly what they were: hamsters modified to be giant and more suited for Spelljammer-voyages. The Tinker Gnomes were to blame, naturally.
      • That's "Gnomes, Tinker" to you!

    Video Games 
  • Knights of the Old Republic played this straight a couple of times: for instance, "space-tramp."
  • Mass Effect 2, another Bioware game set in space, gives the player the option of buying a Space Hamster for their quarters.
    • The ESRB rating described one of the reasons for the game's M rating as "unzipping a future-blouse". In a later sentence, it says: "Actual sex is never depicted—the camera cuts away to space furniture and ceilings." Space furniture! Space ceilings!
    • The Mass Effect universe has also got a species of monkey-like pests called Pyjacks, referred to on occasion as — you guessed it — space monkeys.
    • Space Cows are found on a few worlds in the first game and on Aite in the second.
  • Plucky Comic Relief / terrifying Berserker Minsc, true protagonist of earlier Bioware title Baldur's Gate, had a pet hamster named Boo. According to him, Boo is a genuine "miniature Giant Space Hamster." Not only is ME2's Space Hamster a shout out to this, Boo was himself a shout out to the Dungeons and Dragons setting Spelljammer, in which players really can have hostile encounters with a genuine "Hamster, Giant Space."
  • Ridley is a space dragon, and the leader of the Space Pirates.
  • Possibly justified with the Rikti monkeys in City of Heroes; Rikti are mutated humans, so they may very well be (Riktified) monkeys.
  • A variant form of this structure appears in Left 4 Dead 2. One level takes place inside a 'Tunnel of Love' ride, which quickly becomes an in-joke among the characters, and Ellis begins to suffix all of his item declarations with "...of love" so that for example "Grabbin' pills!" becomes "Grabbin' pills of love!" and so on.
  • In Space Channel 5, Space President was visiting Space Park when he was kidnapped for 6.6 trillion Space Dollars ransom.
    • Not to mention the Space Police, space elementary school class, space DJ, space chefs, space barista...
  • The Simpsons Hit & Run features space-ratings and space-viewers, since the whole plot is kicked off by Kang and Kodos turning Springfield into an intergalactic reality show. The Simpsons Game features a space-rake, unfortunately for Sideshow Bob. The Simpsons Game also features a discussion between Kang and Kodos which eventually ends with one of them saying "Sounds good to space-me."
  • Portal 2 has the Space Core (whose name derives from its obsession with space, not its presence in it). It constantly babbles about space. And things in space. And space.
    "Play it cool. Play it cool. Here come the space cops. Here come the space cops. Help me, space cops. Space cops help."
    "Space. Trial. Putting the system on trial. In space. Space system. On trial. Guilty. Of being in space. Go to space jail."
    "Orbit. Space orbit. In my spacesuit."
  • When you have Frank West, Lei-lei/Hsien-Ko, and pair them up with Ulala after finishing an enemy off in Project X Zone:
    Ulala: Ulala: That’s all for today, folks. I’m Ulala, the space reporter.
    Frank West: And Frank West, the space journalist.
    Lei-Lei/Hsien-Ko: And Hsien-Ko, the space jiang-shi!
  • According to Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, Ratchet & Clank like to spend their off-time watching Spaceflix.
  • The Wonderful 101 does this with some of your items. Space peppers, space eggplants, etc.
  • Warframe has space ninja, a space virus, and a space Mega Corp.

    Web Animation 
  • Lampshaded in Weebl & Bob:
    Weebl: Word.
    Bob: You are so out of date! Nobody says "word" anymore. This is the future!
    Weebl: Oh. What we say now?
    Bob: Space word!
    Weebl: That... is so space hot.
  • Space Tree. (full title: Space Tree the space tree IN SPACE!) In addition to the name of the show, loads of things in the show are examples of SpaceX, including the names of the first 10 episodes.

    Webcomics 
  • Perry Bible Fellowship has this (NSFW).
  • Parodied constantly in Starslip, where adding "space-" in front of things is their version of Future Slang, such as "Good Space Heavens!" and "Space-cool your space-jets!" It becomes truly absurd when 'air-space' becomes (you guessed it) space-space.
  • Darths & Droids does it with weapons (including the famous "laser sword"), and hangs a lampshade on it right out of the gate:
    Qui-Gon: Let's see. Electro-axe. Energy mace. "Plasma bow"?? You just took a D&D equipment list and stuck techy words in front, right?
    GM: Don't be stupid.
    Qui-Gon: Ten foot laser pole...
  • Nedroid: In space, Beartato runs into an alien that looks like Reginald with antennae and calls him "Space Reginald". The alien replies "How did you know my name?"
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has this:
    Bob: But here! These are from this planet! They're space flowers!
    Jean: They're tulips.
    Bob: Space tulips!

    Web Original 
  • The guys in Unskippable mentioned that a spaceship full of slaves should have them all rowing... with "Space oars. Duh."
  • Dave and Joel's Fast Karate For The Gentlemen once had a podcast entited "Not in my SPACE Jurisdiction", about Cyber City Oedo.
  • When Strong Bad introduces a space program for Strong Badia, he names himself "Space Captainface" and claims that he has "space cocktails with hot '60s-looking girls".
    • After watching a PSA for SPASAF (The Strong Badian Association of Some Aluminum Foil), Homestar asked the odd question of whether "Spaceman" would explode if he were to urinate in his pants.
  • Two Best Friends Play note the important role of Space Confessionals in the plot of Assassin's Creed while playing Catherine.
    • They went significantly overboard with this in Dead Space 2, including references to Space AIDS and Space Rape Showers. In a later video they mused they should have used a "Space" counter.
    • In their Borderlands 2 episode, they discuss the idea of "space hicks", referencing the above Strong Bad Email by saying their leader is named "Space Captainface".

    Western Animation 
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, Lisa is babysitting Rodd & Todd Flanders, and telling them a bedtime story about robots named Rod & Todd (per Todd's prayer).
    Lisa: Once there was a robot named Todd.
    Todd: Did he have a brother?
    Lisa: Yes, he had a brother named Rod, who was two space years older than him.
    Todd: frightened, pulling up his blanket I don't like this story!
  • The Family Guy episode "Peterotica": One of Peter's erotica writings mentions an alien's 'space-horniness'.
  • The Jetsons' Nimbus the great had it as a Catch Phrase. "It's Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace MAGIC!"
  • Transformers, especially the early series, regularly used this trope, giving us "turbo-foxes," "petro-rabbits," and the particularly brilliant "roboto-possum." In The Movie, Sharkticons crop up and look less like sharks and more like giant mechanical tadpoles with big legs, stubby arms, and rows of sharp teeth, and can transform into tubby-looking robot modes.
    • And let us not forget the titanium moose-bot.
  • Transformers Animated has now brought us space barnacles. Mutant space barnacles, at that.
    • The 'Allspark Almanac' even calls Lockdown's 'Fistful of Dollars' getup a 'space poncho'. Not kidding.
  • This is a long-running Futurama in joke. Examples:
    Farnsworth: Need I remind you that robosexual marriage is illegal?
    Leela: Not in Space Massachusetts.
    Bender: You mean Space Taxachusetts? No thanks!
    • Fry is initially confused by the concept of Space Pirates, until Leela helpfully explains that they're like pirates, but in space. There are also the dreaded Space Banditos ("Did you hear maracas?").
      • "Electronically transfer over all yer Space Dubloons!"
    • Futurama has actual space bees with a space honeycomb where the crew collects space honey.
    • "You missed a great delivery to Space Earth!"
    • Space Pope.
    • From an exchange between Fry and Yancy:
      Fry: Kareem's got the sky hook, but Philip J. Fry's got the space hook!
      Yancy: Yancy drives; he goes up with his patented space hook!"
      Fry: Hey, that's my patented space hook! You stole it!
      Yancy: You're not the president of it!
  • Lampshaded in the South Park episode "Pinewood Derby."
  • Invader Zim has, amongst other things that probably also adheres to this trope, Spaaaaace Meaaaaat. It's meat... In space.
  • In one episode of "Viva Piñata" Professor Pester uses an overly complicated scheme to catch a pinata by tricking Pinata Central into launching Hudson Horstachio into what they think is the first party in space. When Hudson questions the logic and difficulty of this plan as opposed to just catching him on earth, Pester justifies it by explaining that everything is cooler when you add space to it. He then goes on to demonstrate that a Chair is not as cool as a SPACE-CHAIR! Ice cream is bested by SPACE-ICE CREAM! And his evil plot becomes an evil SPACE PLOT! Hudson concedes the point after he realizes that he is now SPACE HUDSON!
  • Sokka makes a space sword in Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "Sokka's Master", forged from a meteorite that fell. He gets a pass on calling it "Space Sword" due to it being the only known object in the series that comes from space, and the unusual properties it possesses due to that. Also, he's a dork.
    • He gives the leftover "Space Earth" to Toph as an earthbending toy.

    Real Life 
  • When things are made to function in space, they have good reason to have this kind of naming.
    • Spacesuit
    • Space Shuttle
    • Space Station
  • Space Blankets. They were developed by NASA for use in, you guessed it, space, but now have a number of uses on Earth as well.
  • Space Weather.
  • Space Food Sticks were allegedly developed for the space program, then marketed under that name to the general public. (Later, they were renamed simply "Food Sticks", which sounds eerily vague and generic, like opening a can of People Food.)
  • There is a real company called SpaceX


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