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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 Space-Flair with a simple Space-Addition since the Space 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.) And clearly, if Space Is an Ocean, the same principle must apply here.

Compare the various Thememobiles, and Hold Your Hippogriffs. A type of Hyperaffixation.

See also 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 Real Life rocket company SpaceX (originally put in this name space, but eventually moved to its full official name to simplify managing the Wiki Word).

For Space-named Tropes, see Tropes in Space.

Space Examples IN SPACE!

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    Space Anime & 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 Sgt. Frog. The ending of the Dark Keroro movie features "Space Fuyuki" and "Space Natsumi". In the show itself, Keroro is apparently a big fan of Space Kumiko Watanabe, and an episode of the flash series features a Space Zoo with various Space creatures, and a dangerous Space Cerberus.
  • The infamous SPACE LANCE in the dub of Tekkaman. Or by the series' Japanese name, Tekkaman the Space Knight.
  • The mice in GoLion, 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!"
  • Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! 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.
  • Space Battleship Yamato measured its velocity in "space knots". In addition, the show's title itself is an example of this trope.
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP has the Galaxy Police with main character Seina even going to the Galaxy Police Academy.
  • Parodied in Space Patrol Luluco, which tacks the word in front of regular words to the point of absurdity, bringing us such gems as "space-auction" and "space-cheating"
  • For all the Dragon Ball Z Abridged references, the original Dragon Ball engaged in this at least once. When Akira Toriyama wrote expanded backstory information for the Updated Re-release of the manga, he revealed that the Ginyu Force's Jeice was a pitcher in the Galactic Little League when he was a kid, which is where he developed his signature Crusher Ball attacknote .
  • Cowboy Bebop:

    Space Comic Books 
  • In the far-future science-fantasy dystopia of Metabarons Universe, 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.
  • Silver Surfer: The Giraud Expanse aliens and their space-french.
  • The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis:
    • When the Nimbus shows up to capture those who are on the Planet Express ship, someone from the Planet Express crew (it's not shown who says that) exclaims "Oh, space crap!"
    • When Smithers explains that he staged a mutiny on the Nimbus, he calls it a "space mutiny".
    • At the end, after several building in New New York have been destroyed by the giant Homer, Bender comments it's no worse than the last time the city had a case of the space crabs.
  • Wonder Woman (2006): ISpace is some kind of extraterrestrial social media interface with an apple product refrencing name, on which Kho Kharhi uses the handle Neko.

    Space Comic Strips 

    Space Fan Works 
  • A very long-running gag in Dragon Ball Z Abridged; virtually everything that exists on Earth apparently has a Space- equivalent. Mentions exist of Space Ducks, Space Australia, Spacebook, Old Space Yeller, and Space Triple-A, to name a few. In fact, this is so ubiquitous that in the sequel series, Raditz gets confused at hearing about a cow, and has to ask if it's anything like a Space Cow.
  • Rosalina in The 3 Little Princesses mentions using cosmic duct tape to fix her observatory.
  • In Dahlia Hawthorne Escaps From Pirson, one subplot involves Brexit causing Britain to fly off into space in order to leave Europe. After this point, the country is referred to as Space Britain, with a mention of an airport cafe serving toast with Space Jam.
  • Rocketship Voyager. Used with some (but not all) of the officer ranks, such as Space Lieutenant Tom Paris and Space Commander Chakotay, but officers in specialist divisions have "Tech" instead, e.g. their astrogator Tech Lieutenant Annika Hansen. Also a hardshell spacesuit is referred to as "space armor", and there's the requisite Space Madness, though the latter is a catch-all phrase for any number of psychological conditions.

    Space Films — Animation 

    Space Films — Live-Action 
  • Spaceballs. Spacebucks, among other things. Though most of the time it was "Spaceballs the X".
  • Suburban Commando references "Galactic NARC Duty".
  • And of course Space Mutiny, which also has the villain calling the Love Interest a "space bitch".
  • Godzilla has Godzilla, a basic mutant dinosaur and Spacegodzilla, whom is Godzilla's extraterrestrial clone fused with an alien crystal.
  • In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, the evil aliens claimed Mechagodzilla was made of Space Titanium. Whatever it was, it was strong enough to withstand Godzilla's Atomic Breath.
  • Machete Kills begins with a trailer for the sequel: Machete Kills Again...IN SPACE!, including Content Warnings about 'space violence'.
  • Mars Needs Women. One of the women targeted by the Martians for Alien Abduction is Dr. Marjorie Bolen, said to be an expert on space medicine and space genetics. The first is an actual field of medicine; the latter is just rubbish they made up.
  • Star Wars is not usually that bad with this trope, but falls directly into it with its warships for some reason: Star Destroyers, Star Cruisers, Star Dreadnoughts (also known as "Super Star Destroyers"), and in one particularly wonky case in the RPG sourcebooks, Star Galleons.
  • The ship in The Ice Pirates gets space herpes.
  • Amazon Women on the Moon. The Captain tells his crew they're going to land their Retro Rocket on the dark side of the Moon, " don't forget your space beams!" (brandishes an ordinary aluminum torch).
  • In Howard the Duck, Howard threatens to bite someone and give them "space rabies".

    Space Literature 
  • Abundantly common in both the defunct Star Wars Legends as well as the current rebooted Star Wars Expanded Universe of comics and novels.. To whit, "I've been doing this since before you were in space diapers" from Aftermath, among others.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the 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.
  • Isaac Asimov:
    • "The Encyclopedists": Mayor Hardin has some tobacco imported from the Vega star system, so it's called a Vegan cigar.
    • "I'm in Marsport Without Hilda": Just before arriving in Marsport (a port in orbit around Mars), the main character got a spacegram (telegram, in space) that his wife, Hilda, wouldn't be there to meet him. After he arrives, though, he has to find contraband Spaceoline (a Fantastic Drug to cure space-sickness).
    • Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus: The V-frogs, so named because they are a native species to Venus and appear somewhat froglike (although having six legs, frills, and a beak for a mouth doesn't match).
  • Harry Potter 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". Fred and George Weasley's shop, "Weasleys' Wizard Wheeze," doubles as a pun, as "wizard" is used as an adjective in the UK meaning "cool".
  • 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?"

  • Xandri Corelel: The Naftas, a race of borderline-sentinet aliens that resemble large weasels, are referred to as space pigeons because they get into everything and tend to irritate everyone else.

  • In the Lensman series, the men of the Galactic Patrol are space-hardened veterans who wear space-armor of space-tempered alloy, wield space-axes, and fight space-pirates while swearing deep-space oaths and invoking their space-gods. On parade they wear dress uniforms of space-black and silver, and when off duty they worry about being a space-louse when it comes to their relationship with women.

    Space Live-Action TV 
  • Inverted in an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun where the cast attends a sci-fi convention. Mary, who's gotten into the whole thing, role-plays an alien ("Uma, from the Planet Thurman") and tells Dick "Drop your Earth pants and prepare to be boarded."
  • Terry Nation's Blake's 7 suffered from this. Travis has the rank of "Space Commander"; there's also Space Surgeon, Space Major, Space Assault Force, space hours, space fatigue, spacecast, space heater... OK, that last one is real.
    • When the RAF was formed, one suggestion was to take naval ranks and prefix them with "Air". So someone now called a Wing Commander would have been an Air Commander (not to be confused with Air Commodore, which is a thing). With that precedent, Travis would probably have been answerable to a Space Group Captain.
  • Doctor Who:
    • 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).
    • The Third Doctor had Venusian Aikido, and once sung a Venusian lullaby (consisting of made up words sung to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"). Given that the Venera 7 probe had already confirmed that Venus wasn't capable of supporting any form of humanoid life, it's obvious the writers just stuck the word "Venus" in there with no more thought than usual for this trope.
    • Amy occasionally throws in "space" on her own. In "The Time of Angels", after the Doctor bites her hand hard to break an illusion: "Blimey, your teeth, have you got space teeth?" By "The Doctor's Wife", she uses 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 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.
    • This trope is discussed in "Sleep No More".
      Clara: Looks like a Japanese restaurant. Oh! Have you brought me to a space restaurant?
      The Doctor: People never do that, you know?
      Clara: Do what?
      The Doctor: They never put the word space in front of something just because everything's all sort of hi-tech and future-y. It's never space restaurant or space champagne or space, you know, hat. It's just restaurant, champagne or hat. Even if this was a restaurant—
      Clara: What about spacesuit?
      The Doctor: Pedant.
      • Later:
        The Doctor: Theories?
        Nagata: Could be anything. Meteorite strike. Space pirates.
        Clara: Ah, see? Not just pirates, space pirates.
  • Firefly:
    • In the DVD commentary for one of the episodes, Nathan Fillon and Alan Tudyk 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.
    • An in-universe example:
      Mal: Kaylee, what the hell's goin' on in the engine room? Were there monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys maybe got loose?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lister on Red Dwarf once caught space mumps. Since all life forms in this show ultimately originate on Earth, it's possible that space mumps is a strain of Earth mumps which developed on a spacecraft or colonized planet.
  • Star Trek TOS did this with "star" a lot.
    • Across the franchise, alien plants, animals and foodstuffs tend to have names following the pattern , 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 necessary; 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.
    • In the original series, Dr. McCoy once claimed to be a specialist is "space psychiatry" (in "Court Martial"), which sure sounds like this trope even if it's a legitimate subdiscipline in the Star Trek verse. Then again, in "The City on the Edge of Forever" he says he's a surgeon, not a psychiatrist, so maybe "space psychiatry" is something completely unrelated to actual psychiatry, like astronomy and astrology...
  • 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.
  • On a Season 41 episode of Saturday Night Live, in the "Mafia Meeting" sketch, mobsters in a club are interrupted by Peter Dinklage and Gwen Stefani singing a New Wave song called "Space Pants." One look at the pants (for Gwen, shorts) they're wearing confirms that why, yes, they are indeed wearing pants which are covered in outer space.
  • Ultra Series: Many of the Boss Subtitles given to the franchise's aliens and extraterrestrial kaiju fit this naming scheme, such as "Space Ninja" Alien Baltan, "Space Dinosaur" Zetton, "Space Robot" King Joe, "Space Fisher" Alien Valky and "Space Sea Monster" Reicubas.

    Space Music 
  • The Lonely Island song: Space Olympics. "SPACE DISC! is totally cancelled."
  • From Jonathan Coulton's Future Soon
    I'll probably be some kind of scientist
    Building inventions in my space lab in space
  • The prog-metal supergroup Star One has an album called Space Metal. It's just what it sounds like.
  • "Press your space face close to mine, love" from the David Bowie song Moonage Daydream.
    • Similarly, the Starman probably doesn't think of himself as a "Star" anything.

    Space Pinball 

    Space Podcasts 
  • In the Cool Kids Table game Star War, Kip wears space pants, a space cowboy hat, and a jacket made from spleather (space leather).

    Space Tabletop Games 
  • Spelljammer:
    • The setting has giant space hamsters. At least one miniature breed of the species went on to become a famous animal companion. 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 are to blame, naturally.
    • Other creatures found in Wilspace include asteroid spiders, astrosphinxes, feesu (space-going moths), gossamers (space jellyfish), mortiss ("termites of wildspace"), space mimics, space owls, spacesea giants, space swines, star selkies, stellar dragons, stellar undead, zurchins (star urchins)...
  • Starfinder has space goblins.
  • Warhammer 40,000's Space Wolves Space Marine Chapter are Boisterous Bruiser Horny Vikings IN SPACE!, but despite the galactic-scale setting, few other organizations come with a "space-" prefix.

    Space Video Games 
  • Plucky Comic Relief/terrifying Berserker Minsc, true protagonist of early 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" which is odder still as the game is set in the Forgotten Realms.
  • The little known BEMANI game Toy's March has a song called "Space Merry-Go-Round".
  • Possibly justified with the Rikti monkeys in City of Heroes; Rikti are mutated humans, so they may very well be (Riktified) monkeys.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth has a variety of regional powers and coalitions that managed to send out colony ships during "The Seeding". Fans affectionately refer to them by appending "space" to the names of civilizations in Civilization 5. Thus "Brasilia" becomes "Space Brazil", the Kathvian Protectorate becomes "Space India", and so on.
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn has the mini-boss of the obligatory shooter level, a dark version of Kracko called... you guessed it, Space Kracko.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Metroid:
    • Ridley is described as a space dragon, and the leader of the Space Pirates.
    • A digital schematic for the E.M.M.I. seen in the introduction of Metroid Dread shows the emblem for a company called "Exelion Star Corporation" complete with a stylized star logo.
  • According to Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, Ratchet & Clank like to spend their off-time watching Spaceflix.
  • Ninjala has Space Ninja, who make up most of the common enemies fought in the story mode.
  • 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 × 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!
  • In Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, Vendra is referred to as a space witch, and Ratchet is commonly called a "space rat".
  • Various stages in the Rhythm Heaven series are random things set in space, usually with "Space" or "Cosmic" added to it. Examples include Space Dance, Cosmic Dance, Cosmic Rhythm Rally, Space Soccer (and Space Soccer 2), and Spaceball. Note that them being set in space bears zero gameplay relevance in any of them—they could've all been set on the ground and would play exactly the same. There is also a downplayed example with Air Rally in Rhythm Heaven Fever, a badminton match set in the sky where the players ride on separate planes. In this case, there is a gameplay element to the setting, as the distance between the players changes drastically, and you can't retrieve a birdie you've missed.
  • 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."
  • Sonic Colors has Eggman claim via PA announcement that the starships of Starlight Carnival are definitely not held together by duct tape, but rather a "special space-age polymer" called "space tape".
  • In Space Channel 5, Space President was visiting Space Park when he was kidnapped for 6.6 trillion Space Dollars ransom. There's also the Space Police, space elementary school class, space DJ, space chefs, space barista. Oh, and can't forget Space Michael.
  • Space Food Truck, which is just what it sounds like.
  • Star Wars Legends:
  • Warframe has space Ninja, a space virus, and a space Mega-Corp.
  • The Wonderful 101 does this with some of your items. Space peppers, space eggplants, etc.
  • X: played straight with "Space Weed", which is a drug of some kind, illegal across all of Commonwealth space except Teladi-controlled areas. Subverted with "Space Fuel", though... it's not fuel at all, it's a type of booze (so named due to jokes that transport ship pilots cannot function without it).

    Space 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 Space X, including the names of the first 10 episodes.
  • Bravest Warriors has Space Chickens ... which are actually just pigeons.
  • A Deleted Scene from Red vs. Blue's third season has Tex mock O'Malley's use of a weather control machine in space by asking if he'd fight with space hurricanes, space tornadoes, space rain and space hail.
  • In the short CAPTAIN YAJIMA, Yajima and her friends search for a rogue alien by going into a "space bar", but they instead find a "space metal" alien band performing.

    Space Webcomics 
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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?"
  • 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.
  • The main characters of Star Trip, Jas and Khut, play what the former calls Space DDR when visiting an alien arcade.
  • In Grrl Power, when Sydney gets found by Dabbler's friend after getting lost in space, they get mugged in an alley for their technology. The hover-over text states that that's the space alley where space Batman's space parents were space killed.

    Space 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 SBASAF (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".
  • Episode 67 of Let's Play Minecraft just runs with this trope.

    Space Web Video 
  • The Auralnauts' Star Wars Saga parodies this liberally throughout their videos, including Uncle Owen telling "Duke" that he needs to come inside because it's "Space-Thirty" at night.
  • Solid jj: According to "Darth Vader Changes His Mind", apparently there is a Space Olive Garden in the Star Wars universe, and Palpatine tries to place a reservation there for him and Vader, only to fail because of Space COVID restrictions.

    Space 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 catchphrase. "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 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. For example, in "Proposition Infinity":
    Farnsworth: Need I remind you that robosexual marriage is illegal?
    Leela: Not in Space Massachusetts.
    Bender: You mean Space Taxachusetts? No chance, stretch pants!
    • 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, a lizard-like alien. There's also been mention of a religion called Space Catholicism.
    • 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 copied it!
      Yancy: You're not the president of it!
    • A catch-all version in a freeze-frame joke: the Slurm Factory contest fine print (in the show's "alienese" substitution cipher) forbids entry by "space wasps, space beavers, any other animal with the word 'space' in front of it, space chickens, and the elusive yak-face."
    • In "Leela's Homeworld", one of the photos that Fry, Leela, and Bender discover is of them at "Space Mardi Gras".
    • This was discussed by the writers on one of the DVD commentaries (for The Beast With a Billion Backs):
      David X. Cohen: That's like, the easiest way to make a Futurama joke but also the worst is you take anything and put the word "space" in front of it. "I gotta go to the space museum."
      Mike Rowe: "I gotta go to the space bathroom first."
    • "Robot X" gets a similar treatment (the Robot Devil, the Robot Mafia, etc.) to the point where Bender, upon ascending from Robot Hell to Robot Heaven, complains that he wants to go back to "Robot Earth—I mean regular Earth."
    • The Hulu revival episode "All The Way Down" hangs a lampshade on it when the Professor creates a simulation based on their universe in where the simulated Fry, Leela and Bender make a delivery to Space Italy.
  • 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.
  • Viva Piñata: In one episode, 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.
  • Not space, but definitely a nod to this trope: In the year 207̃012 (pronounced twenty sñeventy-twelve) of the Gravity Falls universe, a lot of things have "time" in front of their name, often for no reason at all besides it's the future and time travel is a thing that exists. The episode "Blendin's Game" even ends with a cryptogram that translates to "DON'T DO THE TIME CRIME IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME TIME".
    Blendin Blandin: Ow, my time-knee! Oh, time-dangit!
  • Several things in SpacePOP have 'space' thrown in front of them, like SpacePOP itself, the Space Bus, space princesses, the Space Pets, etc.
  • Archer employs this trope hard in its 10th season, Archer 1999, with this series set as a space adventure, and the term "space-phrasing" coming up several times.
  • Wander over Yonder has its share of this, of course:
    Wander: We live wherever the stars take us!
    Sylvia's Grandmother: ...They're space hobos.
  • In Rick and Morty, apparently there's literally everything in Space. A good example would be the encounter the eponymous duo have with space snakes in the episode "Rattlestar Ricklactica".

    Space Real Life 
  • When things are made to function in space, they have good reason to have this kind of naming.
    • Spacesuitnote 
    • Space Shuttlenote 
    • 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.)
  • SpaceX, the world's first private Space Truckers.
  • The United States Space Force became independent from the Air Force in December 2019. Previously it had been the USAF Space Command.


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In their pursuit for a wandering rude alien, Captain Yajima and co. visit a seedy Space Bar, and discover the joys of a music genre called Space Metal.

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