- So, uh...are you really...Star Fox?Yeah, sure. Whatever.
A Fox in Space (originally known as Star Fox the Animated Series) is an animated series by Matthew Gafford that serves as a Darker and Edgier adaptation of Nintendo's Star Fox series, primarily drawing inspiration from the SNES original and Star Fox 64. Thus far, the series consists of one episode out of a planned six episode season, with the second one being worked on as we speak. Gafford regularly livestreams his animation progress on the second episode, Fixing a Hole.
Tropes present in the series include:
- Artificial Limbs: James has a prosthetic left arm. He is shown to use the hooks on the end as a slingshot.
- Bad-Guy Bar: Despite being apparently neutral, the Sargasso Space Station lounge is a favorite haunt of Venomian mercenaries and outlaws alike. Wolf warns Fox that they don't take kindly to Cornerians.
- Berserk Button: Calling Fox "Star Fox" proves to be one of these.
- Venomian Mercenary: See? I told you it was Star Fox!
Fox: Oh for God's sake!
Wolf: What did I tell you?
Fox: My name is Fox McCloud! Star Fox is my team! Not my name!
- He later elaborates:Fox: No I'm serious! Is this permanent? Is everyone just forever gonna not learn my name?
- Big Bad: Andross, per the original series. Here however he is not yet a disembodied head and pair of hands.
- Big "NO!": Young Fox lets one out when he loses a video game that is so dire, it causes his voice to permanently deepen.
- Blatant Lies: Wolf claims that he stacked Fox's clothes neatly in the cargo bay, while Pisci and Weeber threw them out...as flashback footage shows the exact opposite taking place.
- Cool Shades: James McCloud has them as usual, but they're less opaque than usual.
- Dark and Troubled Past: James McCloud went on the Venom mission because General Pepper called in a favor. James reveals to Peppy that he made a mistake that Pepper covered him on.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Wolf worries that Fara's father, who is running for Cornerian Premier, will disapprove of him and would rather set her up with a "dandy cadet."
- Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: Beltino Toad is warned that ROB 64 will suffer if he doesn't reveal what he knows about the Arwing.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Fox, Andrew and Wolf at least all went to the Cornerian academy together. Slippy was very likely there at the same time.
- Evil Is Petty: Wolf's first impulse upon capturing Fox is to humiliate him by dumping his clothes on Papetoon. Plus he lies to Fox about someone else doing it later.Fox: That is so childish!
Wolf: Heh heh. Yeah.
- Evil Laugh: Sonny and Segan unleash one when they incapacitate ROB. Again, this is taken pretty much verbatim from the Nintendo Power video.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Fara vows to name her first ship "Dandy Cadet," after Wolf uses the phrase to describe the sort of man her father would prefer she date.
- I Am Not Shazam: In universe. Star Fox is Fox's team, not his name, and this is a sore spot for him. Funnily enough, while he's head of the similarly named Star Wolf, Wolf is spared from such confusion and is referred to as either O'Donnell or simply Wolf by those around him.
- Loose Lips: The Nintendo Power promotional video homages continue when ROB 64 wakes up.ROB: Beltino, you did not tell them about the G-Diffuser, did you?
Sonny: No, ROB, you just did!
ROB: I did?
Beltino: You did.
- Mistaken for Gay: One of the Venomian mercenaries picks the exact wrong moment to walk in on Fox proving to Wolf that he doesn't have robotic legs.
- Moment Killer: Wolf kills his own moment with Fara, who is commenting on his unusually sweet behavior, by honking her boob.
- Mythology Gag: Several:
- Wolf has heard rumors that Fox has robotic legs, which Fox reluctantly demonstrates is false. This references a theory based on SNES era artwork that the Star Fox team are amputees in order to allow more blood to remain in the brain under the strain of g-forces.
- Slippy speaks with a stutter, which is true to the original SNES game.
- The Great Fox is nowhere to be seen, instead the Star Fox team's headquarters is the one from the first game.
- The second episode sees Beltino Toad captured by a pair of thugs: Segan the hedgehog and Sonny the bandicoot, who want information on the Arwing. They threaten to harm ROB 64 if he doesn't talk in a parody of an infamous Nintendo Power promotional video for Star Fox 64.
- Papetoon is a planet that originated in the Nintendo Power comic as Fox's homeworld before being referenced in the Japanese manual of Star Fox 64 and one of the endings of Star Fox Command.
- Caiman is referenced in the graffiti on the walls of the Sargasso lounge.
- Fara Phoenix, a character exclusive to the Nintendo Power comic, appears.
- The Star Wolf team's injuries from their fight with Star Fox on Fortuna seem to match their appearence on Venom II.
- The motto "Leave Luck to Heaven" on the back of James McCloud's jacket, is what "Nintendo" loosely translates to in English.
- Naked People Are Funny: Well, half-naked. But this is presumably why Wolf dumped Fox's shoes and other clothing items.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever happened on Titania mentioned above in James' past.
- Oh, Crap!: Falco's reaction to finding Fox's clothes on Papetoon.
- Previously On: The first episode opens with one of these, revealing that the Star Fox team has recently completed a security detail on Fortuna where they defeated Star Wolf, setting the events of the episode in motion.
- Speech Impediment: Slippy stutters and has an even harder time speaking when he gets excited, needing to take a deep breath and slow down in order to communicate.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Wolf grumbles about Fox playing with his "Fami tapes" when Wolf's father is watching Fox.
- We Used to Be Friends: Parodied.
- Mercenary: Didn't you used to be friends with that Fox guy?
Andrew: *sigh* I dunno...
- Played straight in that the Previously On opening reveals that Oikonny and Fox bunked together in the academy, and Fox reveals that his and Wolf's rivalry goes back to their academy days.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Wolf rounds on Fox for making a scene at the Sargasso lounge.