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"I can't believe I let these idiots come with me..."
Ralph Zinobop

Melonpool (originally/alternatively titled The Adventures of Mayberry Melonpool) was a newspaper-style Science Fiction Webcomic created by Steve Troop. It updated fairly regularly from early 1996 to late 2005 and infrequently, though with full story arcs, through 2012. It featured the incompetent crew of the Steel Duck, usually stranded on Earth with a broken ship, which they repair and set off...only to wind up back on Earth with a broken ship again, which they then repair... As well as having full stories, usually involving duplication and Time Travel (most Time Travel Tropes end up being used), it features affectionate parodies of a wide range of Science Fiction works and classic TV shows.

After a two year hiatus, the strip's setting was rebooted in October 2014 under the original name; the original series is still available in collected, printed form as Old School Melonpool.

The author has also created a puppet show version, and has plans for a Muppet-esque Motion Picture.

Crew members include:

  • Mayberry Melonpool, the Star Trek and Star Wars obsessed and incompetent alien captain from the planet Melotia.
  • Ralph Zinobop, a bad tempered Mad Scientist (he built the Steel Duck) that looks down upon the rest of the crew. He's also an exiled prince from the planet Zinobop.
  • Sam T. Dogg, an telepathic dog and the pilot of the Steel Duck. One of the only crew members with any common sense. From the planet K-9.
  • Sammy the Hammy, a giant hamster (one of Ralph's experiments) that serves as the engine (runs in a hamster wheel) and is always hungry. Not very intelligent.
  • Ralphie Zinobop, an opposite-personality nice clone of Ralph. Ralphie is very kind but also a nervous worry-wart.
  • Roberta Smeffinfeffer, a female Melotian and the ship's doctor, despite having almost no medical experience. The Heart, though she did leave the group temporarily out of frustration. Has an on-again, off-again romance with Ralphie.
  • J-LB8/Jalea Bates, a former protocol droid that was turned into a singing fembot by Ralph; she later obtains a human body in a bizzare accident and becomes much more likeable.
  • An Earth duck and Maddie the cat, who are occasionally given a crewmember's job despite being normal animals (or at least appearing to be normal...).

Contains examples of the following tropes: