SPY Fox is a series of point-and-click children's games made by Humongous Entertainment. The first installment was released in 1997, with the series ultimately spanning three Adventure Games and two arcade-style shooter Gaiden Games.
The series follows unflappable superspy SPY Fox on his adventures, most of which involve stopping some kind of evil mastermind from conquering the world in one way or another. The series is an Affectionate Parody of spy films in general and James Bond movies in particular.
The Adventure Games, in order, are:
- SPY Fox in Dry Cereal (1997)
- SPY Fox 2: Some Assembly Required (1999)
- SPY Fox: Operation Ozone (2001)
The shooter Gaiden Games, in order, are:
- SPY Fox in Cheese Chase (1998)
- SPY Fox in Hold the Mustard (1999)
The series also spawned multiple children's books (which may not have been published), including SPY Fox: The Official SPY Manual and SPY Fox: Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Sea, as well as a SPY Fox Comic-Book Adaptation.
In SPY Fox in Cheese Chase, Russian Blue returns and steals the Limburger cheese from the Museum de Fromage. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to recover the cheese.
In SPY Fox 2: Some Assembly Required, Napoleon LeRoach has hidden a Giant Evil Dogbot at the World's Fair. SPY Fox travels to the fair in order to turn off LeRoach's Dogbot.
In SPY Fox in Hold the Mustard, King Konglomerate sends his army of robots to steal all the tomatoes in the world. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to destroy the robots and protect the tomatoes.
In SPY Fox, Napoleon LeRoach returns and has stolen all the compost in Britain. SPY Fox breaks into LeRoach's secret headquarters in order to recover the compost.
In SPY Fox: Operation Ozone, Poodles Galore has launched a giant, ozone-depleting aerosol can into orbit. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to destroy the aerosol can.
A demo version of Dry Cereal can be downloaded from Infogrames.
Now available on Steam.
Tropes in the SPY Fox series:
- 555: Fox enters the Spy Mobile Command Center via a phone booth with this number.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Professor Quack.
- Absentee Actor
- Monkey Penny is absent from Cheese Chase.
- Operation: Ozone is the only main game not to feature Walter Wireless.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Napoleon LeRoach has a secret base built in one, including an escape pipe to Fiji. And one to SPY Jail, of course.
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Captain Drydock in Dry Cereal.
- Accidental Misnaming: It's William, not Billy!
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Cheese Chase and Operation Ozone.
- Affectionate Parody: Of the spy film genre, mostly James Bond with a little bit of Get Smart.
- Air-Vent Passageway: In SPY Fox 2, there is one point where you have to jump down a fan room using a cape and land on an air vent to make it to the next room. He also does this during the prologue of the third game, ending up in the bathroom of an enemy base.
- Ambiguous Syntax: Is the title character a vulpine who also happens to be a secret agent or is his given name actually Spy Fox? If it's the former, then for some reason he feels the need to introduce himself by his profession.
- Animation Bump: The graphics got better with each installment, both with their color pallet but also with the number of drawings in the character animation. Fox himself went from a Perpetual Smiler to having a broader range of facial expressions.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
- The Society of Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling (S.M.E.L.L.Y.), the villains of Some Assembly Required.
- Russian Blue's crimes (in which she was acquitted for) include "jay-tangoing" and "tangoing out of season."
- Assembly Line Fast-Forward: In the Venus flytrap path in "Some Assembly Required" has a worker inside the Dogbot doing some assembly work on a conveyor belt. Fox needs to press the speed button to make it go fast so he can snatch the goggles from the worker without looking, as he would be too busy on the assembly line.
- Astral Finale: Operation Ozone's final areas all take place above Earth, with Poodles Galore's orbiting space station and her secret moon base.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: LeRoach's plan for the Giant Evil Dogbot in Some Assembly Required. He pulls it off, but SPY Fox is narrowly able to deactivate it before its rampage gets too out of hand.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: A handful of the main characters. Fox himself is probably the most jarring example, wearing a full tuxedo without shoes.
- Berserk Button: William the Kid being called "Billy."
- Big Bad: William the Kid in Dry Cereal, Napoleon LeRoach in Some Assembly Required and the Comic-Book Adaptation SPY Fox, King Konglomerate in Hold the Mustard, and Poodles Galore in Operation Ozone.
- Big Good: Monkey Penny.
- Bigger on the Inside: The Mobile Command Center in SPY Fox 2.
- Blatant Lies: When Mr. Udderly details how he was kidnapped by Kid's nappers, he paints himself as far braver than the actual footage of his kidnapping shows.
- Bond, James Bond: Fox always introduces himself this way. "The name's Fox, Spy Fox." Of course, this implies that he's either introducing himself by his profession (see Irony) or that's his real name.
- Bound and Gagged: Both Mr. Udderly and Plato Pushpin are first seen like this, with Spy Fox having to rescue them from the main antagonist of their respective game.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Fox is a Deadpan Snarker with a somewhat juvenile sense of humor about everything, but he's darn good at his job and always gets the bad guy.
- Quack comes up with some weird gadgets, but they all work spectacularly.
- Camera Spoofing: SPY Fox has to do this in Some Assembly Required's regenerator path, using a postcard. Despite text on the postcard being plainly visible, the guard never catches on.
- Card-Carrying Villain: S.M.E.L.L.Y. stands for "the Society of Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling." That should give you a good idea what the organization is like.
- Catch-Phrase: Fox: "I'm in there like swimwear!"
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Occasionally it's said by other characters and lampshaded by Fox.
- Continuity Nod
- During the boat chase scene in the opening of Operation Ozone, the Dogbot from Some Assembly Required is seen buried in garbage on a trash barge.
- In the final cut scene of Ozone, Fox says he knows Cockadoodle Foo, a call back to a puzzle on the "white water" path in Dry Cereal.
- Comic-Book Adaptation: SPY Fox, which was published in the British magazine Planet PC.
- Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: Talking to Monkey Penny will cause SPY Fox to ask a pointless question, followed by her asking why he isn't doing what he should be.
- Cool Car: SPY Fox's Asti Spumoni SPY Car from Dry Cereal and Operation Ozone.
- Cool Ship: The M.E.S.S. (Multiple Environment SPY Ship) from Hold the Mustard. A giant version (M.E.S.S. II, the Super SPY M.E.S.S.) appears in Operation Ozone.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: William the Kid in Dry Cereal, King Konglomerate in Hold the Mustard, and Poodles Galore in Operation Ozone.
- Cultural Translation: The UK dub of Dry Cereal changes the President of the United States to the Prime Minister and, in a rare visual change, the White House to the Houses of Parliament.
- Cutscene Incompetence: The opening cutscene of Cheese Chase.SPY Fox: She won't get away with this. Not with Fox, SPY Fox, on her trail.
(Russian Blue zooms away in her car)
Professor Quack: Uhh, it appears that she's getting away with it, SPY Fox.
- Cutting Off the Branches: While they aren't needed, of the paths you randomly get from "Dry Cereal" imply that they are canon to the later games. Walter Wireless mentions about being cat scratched (referring to the Car Chase path) in "Some Assembly Required" and Fox mentions about Cock-a-Doodle Fu (if Hong Kong Doodle is blocking the path) in "Operation Ozone".
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Monkey Penny.
- Walter Wireless, particularly in Some Assembly Required.
- SPY Fox himself. He always seems to have some kind of quip for any situation.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Some Assembly Required's Dummied Out cutscene.
- A Dog Named "Dog":
- A fox who is a spy named "SPY Fox." Though this might possibly be a code name.
- A monkey named Monkey Penny.
- A poodle named Poodles Galore.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Used as a puzzle in Operation Ozone; in the path where you have to get the Secret Donut XY as an ingredient, there will be a cop in the donut shop who will excitedly run up to eat every donut you try to order, and the player has to figure out how to get rid of him.
- Double Take: The worms in Dry Cereal do this in the White Water path.
- The Dragon: Russian Blue in Dry Cereal.
- Dragon Their Feet: ...who subsequently steals the prized Limburger Cheese in Cheese Chase.
- Dual Boss: Hold the Mustard's eighth and final Florida Swamp Lands level.
- Dummied Out: As with almost every Humongous Entertainment game, messing with the INI files accesses some unused content.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Dry Cereal is the only game set in a (mostly) real geographical location, where as the other games had him in an Everytown, America setting. Even the other locations in Operation: Ozone are simply known as "the jungle" and "the desert." It's also the only game not to show the villain's backstory and the only "official" game in which Fox is voiced by Robert Zenk rather than Mike Madeoy.
- End-of-Series Awareness: Downplayed. Operation: Ozone, the third and final game, ends with Spy Fox saying that he's thinking of taking a vacation.
- Eternal Engine: The inside of the Dogbot in Some Assembly Required.
- Even the Rats Won't Touch It: When Spy Fox asks if the food in the cantina is any good, Bea responds there's a reason there aren't any rats in that part of town.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Hold the Mustard.
- Evil Laugh: Lampshaded by William the Kid near the end of the first game.
- Expanded Universe: The Tie-In Novels (if they were even published) and Comic-Book Adaptation.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In Spy Fox in Dry Cereal, the weasel who is accepting invitations to the deck party on the S.S Deadweight gets a pretty surprising one when Fox shows his (forged) invitation. This comes after he turned him away the first time.Weasel: Not you again! How many times do I have to tell you? This is a private party and without an invitation, you are not allowed to go on board! Sheesh! (Cue Spy Fox theme when Spy Fox whisks out his invitation) The nerve of some people. You'd think they would... (sees invitation) YEEHEE!!! Let me see that. Signed, Russian Blue. (Cue HeelFace Turn) Oh sir! We are ever so honored to have you on board with us today. Please, feel free to come and go as you wish.
Spy Fox: (dryly) Why thank you. How gracious of you. (to the player) What a weasel.
Weasel: I trust you will have an enjoyable visit. Aand if there is any way in which I can kiss up to you any more sir, I trust you will let me know.
Spy Fox: But of course!
- Expy: SPY Fox for James Bond, Monkey Penny for Money Penny, Quack for Q, SPY Corps for MI-6, S.M.E.L.L.Y. for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. - the list goes on and on.
- Extreme Omnivore: Professor Quack devours every blueprint that he shows to you that instructs how to use a particular gadget. Various comments from Quack about the blueprints suggest that they may be edible stationary.
- Falling Into Jail:
- In the True Ending of Dry Cereal, Spy Fox reprograms William the Kid's robot pilot to send his blimp to Spy Corps. Jail and sets of William's pilot ejector seat. Spy Fox escapes safely on the blimp's only parachute, while William falls and lands in a cell at Spy Corps Jail.
- In the true ending of "Some Assembly Required", Spy Fox meddles with the sewer's pipe system so that LeRoach's planned escape route to Fiji will instead lead him to a prison cell. Spy Fox then flushes LeRoach down the pipe, sending LeRoach into a prison through the cell's faucet.
- Fan Boy: Elmo.
- Femme Fatale: Russian Blue would be a good candidate. She basically seduces SPY Fox with a tango, even in a red dress.
- Freudian Excuse: LeRoach's reason for coming up with the Giant Evil Dogbot plot? Because he was made fun of for being too short for a particular ride at the World's Fair, after having waited over 12 hours to get onto the ride.
- Fun with Acronyms: The M.E.S.S. (Multiple Environment SPY Ship), as well as SPY Corps' nemeses N.O.G. (Nectar Of the Goats) and S.M.E.L.L.Y. (Society of Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling).
- Furry Confusion: The main plot of Dry Cereal revolves around the dairy industry. Feral cows exist and are used to provide milk. The CEO of the dairy company is an anthropomorphic bull.
- Game Within a Game: The three SPY Watch games featured throughout the series.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar
- Attempting to use the X-Ray Gum on Monkeypenny in the first game will normally result in her telling you that she's busy and doesn't want any distractions. If you try to use the X-Ray Gum on her chest...Monkeypenny: Do you want me to slap you, SPY Fox?
- Fox's first encounter with Russian Blue, in which she grabs him by the bowtie, pulls him nose-to-nose with her and speaks in a low, seductive voice about how "it takes two to tango." Cue Fox stumbling away and pulling at his collar to let out the steam.
- Russian Blue's crimes include "indecent tangoing."
- Attempting to use the X-Ray Gum on Monkeypenny in the first game will normally result in her telling you that she's busy and doesn't want any distractions. If you try to use the X-Ray Gum on her chest...
- Glad I Thought of It: In "Some Assembly Required", after Agent Grace Fully gives Spy Fox the S.M.E.L.L.Y. trash bag she states it needs to get to Spy HQ. He states he has a better idea, he should get the bag to Spy HQ.
- Government Agency of Fiction: The SPY Corps organization to which SPY Fox and his team belong.
- Hamster-Wheel Power: William the Kid's fortress is powered by this, shown in the Diode path. Getting the right diode first requires turning off the fortress' power, by removing carrots that were dangled in front of the hamsters.
- Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: The bosses in Hold the Mustard are all about a fifth of the length of the normal levels, and all it takes to beat them is to stand in one spot and hit their weak spot, highlighted on the radar. Their only way of attacking is by their robots, but on most of the bosses, you'll end up destroying it before they can even make it to you.
- High-Class Glass: William the Kid from Dry Cereal wears a monocle.
- Honor Before Reason: In Operation Ozone, Spy Fox feels the need to dramatically declare himself to Poodles Galore before sabotaging her space station. Naturally, this gets him captured. Fortunately, after freeing himself, he learns his lesson for take two.Spy Fox: This time, I'll keep my actions to myself!
- Hub Level: The first two games have a sort of central square where most of the other areas can be accessed from. Averted in Operation Ozone, where you instead use your SPY Car to fly around the world.
- Humongous Mecha: The Giant Evil Dogbot in Some Assembly Required.
- I Broke a Nail: This is how Monkey Penny manages to defeat Poodles Galore.
- Idiot Ball: William the Kid in Dry Cereal, who after getting his ascot caught in the door leading to the kidnapped dairy cows while trying to escape his facility just leaves it there to make his getaway. Spy Fox himself lampshades how absurdly easy William just made things for him.
- I Know Kung-Faux: In Dry Cereal SPY Fox must learn Cock-a-Doodle-Fu to get past a certain N.O.G. guard. This becomes somewhat of a Running Gag in the later games.
- Impact Silhouette: A rare inversion happens in Dry Cereal — when you use the laser toothbrush on the steel door, Spy Fox cuts it out exactly in his outline for when he's standing still. Weaponized in the second game with one of the ways Fox can evade the Mooks from S.M.E.L.L.Y during the ski chase scene.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Spy Fox is not very physically strong, and most parts of the game where he can don a disguise have an option of feminine clothes or a feminine name, without him reacting negatively (or reacting in any way, really).
- In "Operation Ozone," receives a message in a lipstick tube. His automatic response is: "Sorry, that's not my shade. I'm an 'autumn.'"
- Also in "Operation Ozone," Spy Fox has to paint his nails as part of a puzzle. His response is, "The machine painted my nails. And they look pretty!"
- Invisible Wall: Hold the Mustard's Outer Space levels each have one at the top and one at the bottom.
- Iris Out: At the end of Dry Cereal.
- Irony: The main character openly admits to being a secret agent whenever he introduces himself, despite the fact that the entire point of spying is to conceal your identity. Of course, this being the kind of game that it is, either nobody intuits that he's admitting to being a spy or Spy Fox is his actual given name.
- Karma Houdini: Russian Blue is this in the first game, having left the scene before Spy Fox could confront her. She eventually gets her due in Cheese Chase.
- Lampshade Hanging: From the second game:Walter Wireless: And the 74 million dollar question is...who invented the retractable TV?
- Level Editor: Cheese Chase. Like with all over Junior Arcade titles, it is limited, with only three of eight possible level themes selectable, the level terrain being unmodifiable outside of simple pieces, among others.
- A level editor for "Things From Space" in Some Assembly Required exists, but can only be accessed through the game's debug mode.
- Limited Loadout: Spy Fox can only carry four spy gadgets at a time. He has to either return it to the vending machine or consume it to get another. He will however leave some on the ground for puzzles that would otherwise require the gadget many times.
- Literal Surveillance Bug: Walter Wireless, who is also an expy of Tom Brokaw.
- Logo Joke: Cheese Chase has a different intro to the Humongous Entertainment logo at the beginning of the game.
- Long Song, Short Scene: "Chase Scene a Go-Go!" is surprisingly much longer than what is actually heard in-game. Thankfully, the whole theme gets played in Cheese Chase.
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: Played with. In Operation Ozone, Professor Pushpin is counting on Spy Fox to bring him four objects to form his congeal pill. One of the paths in the game is a Prickly Pear Pizza. After Spy Fox gallivants all across the world to get the prickly pear to make it and brings it back, Pushpin eats it. When Spy Fox asks, Pushpin spouts an Expospeak Gag saying he was hungry and glad that Spy Fox could deliver it.
- Mad Libs Dialogue: Used for a handful of puzzles. SPY Fox is one of the few Humongous games to actually use dialogue for puzzle solving.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: In Hold the Mustard, halfway through the bonus Atlantis levels, King Konglomerate is revealed to be some sort of rodent (possibly a gerbil or guinea pig) piloting a gorilla robot. He then has to abandon his robot suit due to it getting wet and breaking, and he doesn't get it back for the ending.
- Marathon Level: Hold the Mustard has a reputation for being full of these, sans the boss levels mentioned above. They are about 4 to 5 minutes early on, and for a game with 101 levels, that is outrageous. Then you get to the ones with double the amount of enemies.
- Master of Disguise: Parodied in each of the adventure games, where SPY Fox has only to don the appropriate uniform to go incognito.
- Match Cut: In a parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the third game's intro ends with the SpyCar destroying a monkey's fruit stand whilst driving off a dam, during a car chase. The monkey then angrily tosses a banana into the air, which morphs into Poodles Galore's space station.
- Mini Mook: The Gyro Grub, Gnat, Red Oy, and (to a lesser extent) Spry robots from Hold the Mustard.
- Misguided Missile: In Dry Cereal, after putting the fuses together, the missile flies off, and we hear SPY Fox say, "I guess that guided missile was misguided." Then it flies back, crashing into the door, and then he says, "Of course, I planned that. I like a dramatic pause."
- Mission Control: Every game but Cheese Chase has Monkey Penny play this role, joined by Professor Quack in Hold the Mustard.
- Most Common Card Game: In Dry Cereal, one mini-game has SPY Fox play a game of Go Fish for trinkets with a big pig, Artemis J. Bigpig, a parody of Kasper Gutman in The Maltese Falcon.
- Multiple Endings:
- All three of the Adventure Games have two endings: one where the Big Bad gets away, and another with a few more screens of gameplay culminating in the capture of the Big Bad (see Press X to Not Die below). Which ending you get slightly affects the last cutscene: SPY Fox gets a smaller award in the inferior endings, and during the end credits of Dry Cereal William the Kid has an extra line.
- Hold the Mustard always ends the same way, but finding the bonus Atlantis levels gives the ending a visual difference (see The Man Behind the Curtain above).
- Musical Nod:
- One of the two pieces of waltz music from Dry Cereal is a remix of the Sam's Room theme from the Pajama Sam games No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside and SockWorks.
- Part of "Chase Scene a Go-Go!" from Dry Cereal and Cheese Chase seems to be a remix of one of the level themes from Pajama Sam's SockWorks.
- The Name Is Bond, James Bond: "The name is Fox, SPY Fox."
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Bea the bear is seen with a different job in each of the adventure games; She runs the Greek Cantina in Dry Cereal, is a masseuse at the World's Fair in Some Assembly Required, and a bee keeper in Operation Ozone. She's also mentioned being a former "Cockadoodle Fu" fighter and a figure skater. She does explain in Operation Ozone that Mr. Big Pig bought the cantina and Le Roach's Dogbot crushed her massage stand when it went on a rampage at the end of the game.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed
- Artimice J Bigpig is heavily modeled after actor Sydney Greenstreet, and his voice actor even says "Gad!" like Greenstreet's character in The Maltese Falcon.
- Fox's vocal characterization is not a shout out to Get Smart. It's Maxwell Smart's voice, coming out of a fox who is not Maxwell Smart, spoken by an actor who also is not Don Adams. Mind: blown.
- Mr. Udderly's voice is based on Don Knotts, complete with him quoting a line from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.
- In Operation: Ozone, the doughnut shop is staffed by aspiring actress Pia Zadoughnut. It's safe to assume that her namesake is a comment on the character's acting abilities.
- Parental Bonus: More prominent in this series than most of the others by Humongous Entertainment. In addition to all of the shout outs listed below, a lot of the wordplay might be a little too sophisticated for grade school-aged players to pick up on right away.
- Permanently Missable Content: Once you complete the quests that require you to use the ID-Card and Name Tag machines in Some Assembly Required and Operation Ozone respectively, attempting to reuse either machine will cause it to self-destruct.
- Piranha Problem: Mr. Udderly first appears tied up over a tank of pirahnas. Spy Fox quickly points out how odd it is to have such a tank in the middle of a Feta cheese factory.
- Potty Emergency: In Dry Cereal, Sal, the sailor on the S.S. Deadweight won't let you look at the map in the control room. During his conversation, he mentions that he needs to use the restroom as the result of drinking 17 bottles of prune pop, but he can't leave his post until his shift ends and his replacement arrives. You have to change the time on the time clock according to the time Bea tells you, then show up in a sailor hat in order to get Sal to leave.
- Power Perversion Potential: Averted with the X-Ray gum, where if you try to use it on Monkey Penny she will snark at you.
- Press X to Not Die: Or more accurately Click Here To Not Let The Bad Guy Get Away, near the end of each adventure game, you'll get the bonus ending if you succeed.
- The Professor: Professor Quack.
- Psycho Poodle: The main antagonist of SPY Fox 3: Operation Ozone is Poodles Galore, a poodle who wants to destroy the Ozone layer with a giant aerosol can-shaped space station to heat up the planet Earth so people will be forced to buy her SPF 2001 sunscreen.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Every Mook in Dry Cereal.
- Piranha Problem: In Dry Cereal and Cheese Chase.
- Punny Name
- The (fictional) Greek island of Acidophilus is named for the bacteria which causes milk to turn into yogurt. Appropriate for a game involving dairy products.
- Pia Zadoughnut, the waitress at the pizza place or doughnut place, depending on the path you're on.
- Reality Ensues: William the Kid in Dry Cereal vows that jail will not be able to hold him for long......until he realizes he has no idea how to escape, ensuring that he will not be able to strike again.
- In Operation Ozone, Spy Fox discovers the hard way that dramatically announcing your presence to the villain before sabotaging her evil plan is... unwise.
- Recycled Premise: Elements from the previous games would be reused in the later installments.
- "Some Assembly Required": The Amazing Caped Cod acts similar to Captain Drydock as he lost his lucky charm, and Fox needs to get that charm back.
- Operation Ozone: Elements from the first game were reused, such as Spy Fox using a code number on a machine to access Spy Mobile Command Center, saving the guy who was captured by the bad guys and important to stop them, and one of the areas has a safe guarded and Fox needs to use a gadget that would capture them.
- Recycled Soundtrack: Cheese Chase reuses music from Dry Cereal while Operation Ozone reuses music from Some Assembly Required.
- Regional Bonus: Operation Ozone got an additional two songs. The Music CD page of the American version's help file mentions "two funky, hip SPY Fox bonus tracks" which were supposed to be available from Humongous Entertainment's website but were ultimately never offered; these are likely the same two songs.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The first game's plot takes California's Got Milk? campaign and runs with it to cartoonish proportions. William the Kid even jokingly quotes the ad during the game's introduction, and set up a conspicuous "Goat Milk?" billboard in his fortress. It also hides the entrance to the area containing the kidnapped dairy cows.
- Running Gag: In the second game: "Well of course it's smelly if you got it out of a trash bag!" "No, not smelly, S.M.E.L.L.Y.!"
- Same Language Dub: Much like other Humongous Entertainment games, there exists a UK dub, which makes the James Bond references much more apparent.
- Script Swap: Russian Blue only dances the tango, but the only music played at her deck party is waltz. Spy Fox slips in a sheet of tango music to distract her into dancing long enough for him to plant Walter Wireless in her purse.
- Sequel Hook: SPY Fox tries this on Monkey Penny during their chat upon Fox landing on Kid's blimp and Monkey Penny telling him not to let Kid get away:SPY Fox: But what about the sequel?
Monkey Penny: There are plenty of other villains out there. We'll be fine.
- Shoe Phone: Every single gadget is this. Laser toothbrushes, X-ray gum, booby trapped coins, cheese and safe cracker kits...And that's only in the first game!
- Shout-Out: Mostly to James Bond. The ridiculousness of the gadgets is a nod to Get Smart.
- In the second game, Monkey Penny asks Spy Fox if he's alright after a crash landing, to which he coolly replies "Shaken, but not stirred."
- Fox's Cool Car is an Asti Spumoni, a take off on Bond's Aston Martin (and also the name of a sparkling champagne).note
- Poodles Galore's name is a cross between Pussy Galore from Goldfinger and Toodles Galore, Tom's most frequent love interest in Tom and Jerry.
- And speaking of Goldfinger, both the "white water" path on the first game and the "beauty clay" path of the third game require Fox to wear a wetsuit. Both times, he removes it to reveal his perfectly dry dinner jacket underneath, a nod to the opening of that movie when Bond does the same.
- In Dry Cereal, the cutscene where three mooks eye a recently dropped coin is reminiscent of the three-way duel at the climax of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- On the non-spy-related references, Captain Drydock's voice characterization in Dry Cereal is a reference to Captain Kirk, right down to his speech about the sea being "the final frontier". And his boat is called the "SS Winaprize".
- "A spoonful of LeRoach's fingerprint makes a steel door go down."
- Most of the songs on the jukebox in the bowling alley in Operation Ozone are named after various Bond films, including Moonbaker, The Man With The Golden Bun, From Poodles With Love, For Your Pies Only, and Live And Let Fry.
- Operation Ozone begins with Fox bungee jumping off a dam into an air vent and exiting the vent into a bathroom stall. Sound familiar?
- Doll and Lee. See "Single-Minded Twins" below.
- Single-Minded Twins: Some Assembly Required has Doll and Lee, twin sheep sisters who run the food cloning exhibit. Considering their profession, as well the fact that they're named after Dolly, the first sheep to be cloned, one of them might possibly be a clone.
- Skewed Priorities: After receiving the pizza or doughnut from Pia, SPY Fox comments that it may be the key to saving the planet. She then asks in a horrified manner if he's referring to Planet Hollywood. When he explains he's referring to Earth, she doesn't really care as much.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Can happen in Hold the Mustard.
- Spy Catsuit: Monkey Penny wears one, though it's really only visible in Operation Ozone. The rest of the time, it just looks like she wearing a black shirt.
- Stern Chase: Inverted in Cheese Chase, which has SPY Fox follow Russian Blue around the world for 100 levels.
- Stopped Numbering Sequels: Operation Ozone (the third game) is unnumbered.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: If you ask Mr. Udderly about Russian Blue, he'll think you're talking about an Umbrella Drink. If you ask Professor Quack the same question, he'll give you the same answer.
- Sweatdrop: If Mr. Bigpig is losing at Go Fish, he will start very obviously sweating like a pig.
- Take Your Time
"Am I falling or is the ground just coming towards me?"
- Fox will fall for as long as it takes while you're choosing which gadget to make a safe landing once he jumps out of the airplane in the opening of Dry Cereal, thankfully sparing us a very, very dark opening to what would otherwise be a short game. He'll even start cracking jokes after a while.
- Later, once you've disarmed the Milky Weapon of Destruction, you can take absolutely as long as you like to get to the room where the dairy cows are being held in spite of the fact that Billy the Kid is escaping all the time.
- Tie-In Novel: May not have been published.
- Title Drop: Lampshaded at the beginning of Some Assembly Required:SPY Fox: On the side it says "'Some Assembly Required.'" Sounds like a excellent title for one of my adventures.
- Trash Landing: SPY Fox does this in the opening cutscene of Cheese Chase. The stunt seems to have been planned out, as seconds later the dumpster collapses to reveal Fox ready for action on his SPY Scooter.
- Tuxedo and Martini: SPY Fox is a parody of these types. Doubles as Limited Wardrobe, as he almost NEVER changes into anything else that he can't just wear on top of it.
- Unreliable Narrator: See Blatant Lies above.
- Unwinnable: Some Assembly Required's Dummied Out cutscene replaces the Restructo-Lux room's only exit, so if you unlock the cutscene, the room can only be escaped by using the game's debug mode or ScummVM's debugger.
- Video Game Caring Potential: In Dry Cereal, it's possible to go back to the Feta Factory after rescuing Mr. Udderly and turn the piranha pool's temperature back to a comfortable level. This has no effect on gameplay, though.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can keep dropping Mr. Udderly into the pool of piranhas without consequence, minus a quip from Spy Fox. The same can be done with Plato Pushpin; before you acquire the right gadget needed to save him, you can hit him with the bowling ball as many times as you like.
- Villain Ball: Le Roach keeps sending you back to the jail you have already escaped from. You can go and talk to him as many times as you want.
- Waxing Lyrical: Played with towards the end of Some Assembly Required, when Napoleon LeRoach finally gets his dinner after Spy Fox gives the Julia Child expy the fork, a line is sampled from Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'":LeRoach: Spit Roasted Boot Bearnaise! My favorite dish!
Hippo Cook: This boot was made for eating.
LeRoach: Then that's just what I will do!
Hippo Cook: Pretty soon, that boot is going to be inside of you.
- When greeting the sheep sisters, Spy Fox tells them: "Hello, Doll, Lee! So nice to have you back where you belong!"
- What's an X Like You Doing in a Y Like This?: Spy Fox asks Bea this in the cantina. Bea says she asks the same question every morning.
- What the Hell, Player?: Monkey Penny dislikes it if you call her while you are in Mobile Command Center.
- Also if you try to use the X-ray gum on her.
- World of Funny Animals: Every single character in these games is a half dressed or Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal.
- World of Pun: As an Affectionate Parody of James Bond, this was inevitable, considering that series' reputation for puns.
- Wraparound: In Hold the Mustard, horizontally but not vertically (even in the Outer Space levels, which prevent vertical wraparound with Invisible Walls).
- You Meddling Kids: In Dry Cereal, after being caught, William the Kid spoofs the classic Scooby-Doo villain line: "I would've gotten away with my evil plan, if it weren't for that pesky Spy Fox!"