Video Game: James Pond

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 Super Mario World-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:

  • Abnormal Ammo: 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.
  • All There in the Manual: 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.
  • Cheesy Moon: 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.
  • Continuity Nod: 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: Isn't it obvious by now?
  • Mascot with Attitude: It was the 90s, after all. The very heyday of the animal-mascot platformer started by a certain blue rodent.
  • Multiple Endings: Three of them in Operation Starfi5h, two of them bad:
  • Nintendo Hard: 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.
  • Opening Shout-Out: The first thing you see in Underwater Agent is a parody of the MGM Studios logo, complete with Pond impersonating the roaring lion.
  • Product Placement: Robocod frequently plugs Penguin Biscuits, a real-life candy in the UK. Later releases of the game remove the marketing.
  • Super Drowning Skills: 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.
  • World of Pun: The Pond games are filled with puns, from those aimed at the 007 franchise (the first game) to dairy puns (Operation Starfi5h).