Western Animation: Captain Star
Captain Star (1997-1998) was a quirky Anglo-Canadian cartoon parody of Star Trek that ran for only 13 episodes. Captain Star's mission is to visit exotic planets, name them after himself, and sell stuff. However his superiors have stuck him on a nameless planet at the ragged edge of the universe where he naively waits for his next orders, his ego oblivious to the implications that he has been Kicked Upstairs.The actual work is done by his second in command Dana Scully-Ersatz (just look at that hair), Only Sane Woman First Officer Scarlette. She is sort of helped by the multi-limbed, multi-headed engineer "Limbs" Jones and navigator Black, a fish-obsessed cook.Not to be confused with the Tugs character of the same name.
Captain Star provides examples of:
- Acme Products: Captain Star carries and sells goods by one of these companies, called "Arc".
- The Ace: A parody of such. Captain Star is called the "greatest hero any world has ever known", and a legendary captain and explorer with hundreds of worlds named after him. Despite being effectively exiled to a remote corner of the universe, he still manages to save the day on numerous occasions. On his Show Within a Show, he's even more so.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Captain Star is a raging egomaniac and seems at times completely oblivious to the events surrounding him. However, he is still the best captain in the fleet. In Written In The Stars, with the planet about the be destroyed and Scarlet depressed that her first tenure as acting captain is going to result in them all dying, she asks for a hint on how to save the day, and he easily points her in the right direction.
- Bystander Syndrome: In Written in the Stars, Captain Star dismisses the planet's imminent destruction because he can go back to space.
- The Captain: Star, in functioning as one of these, also doubles as a skewed parody of Captain Kirk, though an oddly asexual one.
- Chickification: In-universe. Scarlette is portrayed as a bimbo in the Show Within a Show that dramatises Star's adventures. Subverted in that the actress dislikes having to play her that way and is in fact an avid reader of Scarlette's scientific works.
- Chronic Pet Killer: The crew have killed hundreds of Sputniks, due to their dangerous missions and not particular forward thinking.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Black. Fairly low key by the standards of this trope, but he's still very "out there". And there is that strange obsession with his fish...
- Cool Ship: The Boiling Hell, along with virtually every other ship we see.
- Dismissing a Compliment: In "Day of the Zooties", the carpet entity claims to be a "Deep Pile Speak Your Weight Bedroom Carpet" and tries to flatter Scarlette by telling her she weighs 60 kg (132 lbs) and has an IQ of 280. Scarlette responds by spraying it with a neutralizing chemical.Scarlette: "Liar, my IQ is twice that."
- Expository Theme Tune: Narration plays over the instrumental theme song, explaining the basic back story of the show"This is the story of Captain Star... the greatest hero any world has ever known.
Captain Star journeyed the universe in his ship, the Boiling Hell.
His orders: to discover new worlds, name them after himself, and then sell them things.
One day the Boiling Hell arrived at the Ragged Edge of the Universe where Captain Star and his crew
Atomic Engine Stoker "Limbs" Jones
and First Officer Scarlette waited for orders from Mission Control.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Star is Choleric, Scarlett is Phlegmatic, Black is Sanguine and Jones is Melancholic.
- Genius Ditz: Jones. An extremely talented engineer and inventor; a bumbling moron and complete idiot in every other aspect of life, with a particularly horrible track record on pets.
- In Medias Res: It is never made clear just how long the crew have been waiting for their orders, but by the time we join them on the Nameless Planet, it's clearly been quite a while. The nearest hint we get is in the episode with everybody's birthdays - which would seem to indicate they've been waiting for less than a year. (In the original comics from which the series was adapted, they've been waiting for eleven years).
- The Kirk: Captain Star, obviously.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone in the crew, despite having adventured together for decades. It's often lampshaded that they know very little about each other personally, and don't much care for each other either.
- Local Hangout: Black's Cafe, if only by default.
- The McCoy: Black.
- Mega Corp.: Mission Control appears to be the military arm of one of these, known only as "Arc". Presumably "Arc" is also One Nation Under Copyright, though this is never explicitly stated. Note that this also makes Mission Control the opposite of the Federation, which is often described as Communistic.
- Multiple Head Case: Jones has nine heads and a few extra arms, potentially as a result of spending too much time around a highly radioactive engine.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In a few episodes, Star seems to indicate (through his actions, if never explicitly in words) that he is aware of Mission Control effectively marooning him on the Nameless Planet, and that his orders will never come. Perhaps he keeps up the charade for the benefit of his crew, who all seem genuinely unaware of this (even the otherwise very intelligent Scarlette).
- Only One Name: Scarlette and Black.
- Only Sane Woman: Scarlette.
- Planet Spaceship: Mission Control is implied to be this from the image shown on the atomic alarm clock, and Scarlette's description of it as "the largest object in Creation".
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Many of the villainous characters will disparage Jones as a "nine-headed freak", or similar.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: The conceit of the series is that the crew has befallen this trope, but none of them seem to have realized it.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: In The Gravity of the Situation, Star receives a teddy bear which he thinks has his orders, and spends the episode interrogating the stuffed animal, while everyone else assumes it's because the captain is suffering from boredom-induced depression. At the end of the episode when Star cheers up, he throws the bear away, and it turns out the bear was a scout for an alien invasion; so everyone was wrong about the bear, but Star's attempted interrogation was right anyway. The bears then have their own example when the scout tells his commanders that Star is a major Badass and should be avoided; he's right that Star is a badass, but was wrong in thinking Star was onto them.
- Show Within a Show: Star of Space, a televised depiction of the crew's adventures. Generally inaccurate in both historical recreation and characterization, but the crew watch anyway.
- Stellar Name
- The Spock: Scarlette.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Halibut Surprise, which appears to be the only dish served at Black's Cafe.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Mission Control seems to think this of those over a certain age, whether or not it's actually true. In days of yore, they had a mandatory retirement policy; eventually they switched to Reassigned to Antarctica.