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  • Awesome Art:
    • Much of this series has much fluidity with its style and the design of the background and the characters itself.
    • The space backgrounds are all photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Enter One" by Sol Seppy playing at the end of Chapter 6 during Avocato's Heroic Sacrifice.
      • But on a lighter note, and from the same episode, the rock score that plays when Gary and Avocato free-fall to, and then planet-jump between, the two planets of Zetakron Prime, really signifies the rescue of Little Cato that's about to happen.
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    • Chapter 4 gives us a space opera version of "Gallows" by Shelby Merry when Gary and Mooncake venture out to gather energy from a nearby dying star.
    • The radio song that Gary And Mooncake cry over in chapter 7 is a more somber version of “When The Darkness Comes” by Shelby Merry.
    • The opening theme tune is also pretty epic.
    • And then there's the haunting "When the Night is Long" by Shelby Merry on chapter 9 just as the Earth is being slowly destroyed.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Nightfall: Several find her a mysterious, cool character with lots of Fanfic Fuel potential. That being said, she has her detractors since she ditched the Galaxy One crew in Chapter 8, because she believed they didn’t need her anymore when in fact they still did. Because of this, the events of Chapter 10 cause the whole crew to experience catastrophe and result in the Lord Commander almost killing Gary, which is the exact thing Nightfall is trying to prevent. Plus she showed off a lot of confusing behavior, greeting Mooncake amicably in Chapter 2 and then trying to kill him five episodes later.
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  • Catharsis Factor: After everything he's done, it's very satisfying to watch Gary and his father take advantage of time freezing to deliver an absolutely savage beatdown on The Lord Commander. Although he is still Jack at the time, he was already set to become who he is now once time unfroze.
  • Cliché Storm: Everything, from the plots to the characters to the dialogue. Naturally, it's all an Affectionate Parody.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The Lord Commander is a tyrannical overlord bent on harnessing the powers of Specimen E35-1—otherwise known as Mooncake—in hopes of prolonging his life. The Lord Commander establishes his viciousness by physically contorting the body of a man he was interrogating and tops this by ordering his minions to eat the remains. The Lord Commander would continually demonstrate his madness throughout the series whether by ordering his lieutenants to kill their firstborn children as a display of loyalty; massacring an entire crew in order to retrieve Mooncake; manipulating a portion of the Infinity Guard to his cause; or overseeing the construction of a laser designed to expand a breach to space-time. Becoming fierce enemies with the Galaxy One after maiming Gary Goodspeed, the Lord Commander lures the team to a prison planet. He then tries to force a possessed Little Cato to murder his own father culminating in Avocato performing a Heroic Sacrifice when the Lord Commander plants a sticky bomb on Little Cato's back. Believing himself to be a harbinger for the Titans, the Lord Commander traps Mooncake in a laser machine which painfully forces him to create a portal to Final Space. A psychotic despot with a god complex, the Lord Commander would risk the destruction of the universe itself in his pursuit of power.
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    • Invictus, the Greater-Scope Villain of the series, is an ancient, malevolent being whose only desire is destruction on a mass scale. In the beginning, it poisoned the Titans' minds, turning them against their creators, before being sealed away in Final Space. Spending millennia calculating escape, Invictus corrupts the Lord Commander and uses him as a means of opening Final Space, making it indirectly responsible for the Lord Commander's worst crimes. Upon his death, Invictus takes Quinn hostage—as well as killing alternate reality versions of Gary to make them apart of its morbid collection—and possesses Gary, using him to try to kill Avocato and Little Cato. Sensing Avocato as being stronger, Invictus takes him as a vessel, forcing Little Cato to shoot his own father to save Gary. Invictus returns in the second season finale making several attempts on the lives of the Crimson Light in order to prevent them from releasing Bolo.
    • Werthrent, the Serpent God of Ash's homeworld, from season 2's "The Grand Surrender", is a cruel being who demands endless sacrifices. Devouring countless innocents, including children, Werthret keeps them alive and suffering within himself, draining their minds and turning them into agonized zombies who remain in agony forevermore.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics have been mixed to favorable towards the series; fans and members of online animation communities, however, have been far more positive with the series, especially once it more clearly started to develop into a more serious plot driven show, and because of it not relying on the formulas that many other adult cartoons have used in the past.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The entire scene where Gary wears the skin of a dead alien mother in chapter 2 is seen as one of the most messed up moments in the show, especially when that alien’s two children accidentally tear it up.
    • The Galaxy One running over a school of baby sea turtles while heading to New York. Even KVN lampshades on it.
    • Gary crying Tears of Joy upon seeing KVN die before his very eyes in episode 10.
      Gary: It's so beautiful!
    • The opening scene of "The Happy Place." Little Cato "reclaiming" the ship by marking his territory in urine: funny joke. Clarence and his team following suit: predictable. Both groups getting in a literal pissing contest: eyeroll-worthy. The extremes to which the showrunners take the joke in a matter of seconds: laugh until you piss yourself!
    • “The Grand Surrender” Episode has two such occurrences:
      • The first has KVN dress up as the Serepentian goddess Sentella and tricking hundreds of cultists into falling off a cliff to their deaths
      • The second involves Fox accidentally pushing the alien groom off the Crimson Light without a parachute, which results in the groom being killed while his remains and blood get splattered all over the woman he intends to marry. As a final touch, HUE throws a traditional handful of rice over the ceremony so that the birds can die, too.
    • “The Lost Spy” is full of this trope. For example:
      • Not only does Ash want to add Gary’s heart to her collection, she “reassures” him that his would be the only heart there. The rest are spleens.
      • An informant demands to be stabbed in exchange for information because “it might be cool.” Repeatedly. To the point where he gushes blood goes into another alien’s drink, and they still drink it.
      • Clarence plays gold digger and marries a squid-like queen he finds repulsive, then has sex with her, accidentally poisons her with a suicide capsule, and hides in her uterus before she comes to and “gives birth” to him.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • John Goodspeed, Gary's dad, is surprisingly popular for a minor Posthumous Character.
    • As of Chapter 6, Avocato is Killed Off for Real, which was pretty early in the show's run but that hasn't stopped fans from loving him as much as they do the other main characters.
      • For a character that doesn't show up in a major way until after episode 6, Little Cato has a disproportionate amount of fan-art and is probably the second most popular character after his father, Avocato.
    • The sassy gatekeeper in Bolo's mind from Chapter 8 has been rather well-received by fans as well.
    • Bolo himself also qualifies due to having a cool demonic looking appearance, being on the side of the good guys, and having a brilliant baritone voice due to Keith David being his voice actor.
    • Shannon Thunder has gained popularity amongst the fandom as well for her crush on Tribore and formatting like the Distaff Counterpart of Gary.
    • The early pilot and Gary Space versions of the characters tend to get more fan art than a lot of early conceptual versions of other cartoon characters get, even managing to find a way to intertwine the two prototypes into this show's canon in fanworks.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Avocato was really rocking that uniform he wore when he was working for the Lord Commander.
    • Gary's mother, Sheryl, looks pretty sexy in her spandex and has a huge rack.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Gary and Avocato, thanks to all the Ho Yay and heartwarming moments between them.
  • Genre Turning Point: Final Space has gone in many different directions despite at first glance appearing to be another animated "sci-fi spoof" comedy. First off, while it's blended comedy and drama together and delivered many tear jerking moments in a short span of time similar to many other animated comedies, but unlike almost any other adult animated program, it already killed off a main character within 6 episodes of the first season. Plus, it's a rare animated comedy that doesn't rely on real world politics and issues, pop culture references, or gross out humor for its humor, preferring to define itself by story alone, even compared to the likes of even Rick and Morty and Futurama. It's also a rare animated series where the setting never resets itself and any changes in the characters are permanent. Many fans agree that the success of this show, combined with the aforementioned Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman, has ended the notion that All Adult Animation Is South Park.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Suffice to say, the show was a hit in the UK when it arrived on Netflix; David Tennant voicing the Lord Commander might have something to do with it.
    • It's gained a noticeable cult following in Japan, complete with fanart and doujinshi. Not too surprising considering it's a weird sci-fi cartoon with cute characters and lots of drama.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Tom Kenny voices a character that has to always keep an eye on a character named Gary. Does it sound familiar?
  • It Was His Sled: Avacato dies in Chapter Six, go to any Final Space forum thread or clip online and you're guaranteed to see at least one person mention it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: More incredibly impulsive and irresponsible than outright malicious, but Gary could count. Having to re-experience his father's death in Chapter 8 just pushes him farther into the Woobie status rather than the Jerkass variant.
  • Memetic Mutation: Bolo is Eren. note 
  • Moe:
    • Mooncake! Planet-destroying aliens have never been cuter.
    • Gary, being the Adorkable Woobie Keet he is, is especially this as a child.
    • Quinn is also plenty cute herself.
    • And then there's Little Cato...
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Lord Commander crossed it somewhere before the series started by ordering his generals to kill their firstborns as a show of loyalty.
    • Todd from the Season 2 episode "The Happy Place" is revealed to have crossed it a long time ago when he lured dozens of crews onto his ship to drain them of their life essences as a means of fueling the galaxy.
    • Clarence tazing and nearly killing Fox in "The Set Up".
    • Sheryl Goodspeed planned to sell her son off to be tortured to death by a grudge-driven psychopath out of petty spite, and attempts to kill him herself when he confronts her in "Descent Into Darkness", actions which caused even fans who viewed her in leather pants to lose all sympathy for her.
  • Popular with Furries: Unsurprisingly, Avocato and his son Little Cato are very popular with the Furry Fandom.
  • Signature Scene: Avocato dying within the closing minutes of Chapter 6 is one of the most famous scenes in the series, due to the powerful moment associated with it, the suddenness of the death, and showing the audience the series' willingness to kill off a main character.
  • Stoic Woobie: Avocato, usually one of the more level-headed and Crazy-Prepared characters, really tends to lose his cool whenever the subject of Little Cato comes up, especially when he's in danger. Episode Six hints that he's also haunted by what he did in the past when working as the Lord Commander's right-hand man.
  • Strangled by the Red String: A few people have this opinion about Gary and Quinn. While a few episodes to go from can't stand him to be madly in love with him isn't unusual in the medium, the fact that it takes 5 episodes for both to consider each other the most important thing in their lives was pushing it a little.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This show, having a serialized format tries to give many of the characters decent screentime but there are a couple of examples.
    • Bhero, the alien cyborg who is The Dragon to the Lord Commander. He only appeared in 5 episodes and did not have much screentime in each appearance. It is never explained how he became a cyborg or why he is working for the Lord Commander. Also he is never mentioned by name in the show. He even gets killed by Little Cato in the season 1 finale.
    • Shannon Thunder, the Abhorrent Admirer towards Tribore, is never introduced by name on the show and only had a few scenes of screen time in chapters 9 and 10. To make matters worse, she is one of five characters whose fate in unknown by the time of the season 1 finale.
    • Many viewers feel this way about Avocato, believing that he tapped out way too early in the show. And though he did come back, he was possessed by Invictus in the very next episode, and is presumably hiding in Final Space. Finally, this was remedied when he came back seemingly for good in the Season 2 finale.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Little Cato joining a gang of bounty hunters could have been explored more, since it lasted only one episode and the only meaningful thing that came out of it was Gary adopting Little Cato. Even still, the rest of the plots of the episode felt more self-sufficient aside from Sheryl teaming up with Todd, with even Clarence getting his clothes back after leaving without them at the end of the episode.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Todd from the season 2 episode "The Happy Place." He resents Gary for the death of his family when the Earth was destroyed by one of the Titans. However, this does little to excuse the fact that he mass drains organic beings of their life energy to fuel the galaxy.
  • The Un-Twist: The "twist" that the Infinity Guard is corrupt and works for the Lord Commander is so blindingly obvious that even Gary sees it coming and lampshades it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The animation is quite fluid and detailed, particularly the space backdrops.
    • Special mention goes to the "lightfold" sequence of every starship featured in the series so far, such as the Galaxy One.
    • Mooncake's signature energy blast also never fails to look dazzling.
  • The Woobie:
    • Little Cato. Dear lord, that boy has been through a lot because nothing seems to ever go right for him. Having been kidnapped by the Lord Commander, he has been imprisoned for 3 years, abused and fallen victim to Mind Rape. He has also been put into multiple life threatening situations nonstop even after he was rescued. Plus when things were starting to look up for him in episode 6, he loses his father.
    • Mooncake is nothing but friendly and sweet and even though he's capable of destroying planets, he's just an innocent and somewhat helpless Ridiculously Cute Critter who's hunted by the Big Bad for the latter's own wicked ends.
    • Gary cannot catch a breather. His dad seemingly died when he was young, and his own mother neglected him after. In his adult years, he finds himself imprisoned on the Galaxy One for 5 years, with nothing but annoying robots to talk to. Fast forward, his arm is ripped off by an evil alien dictator, and his friend is killed. Virtually all pressure is on Gary to stop the Lord Commander, and he fails pretty hard, even losing Quinn and the Earth in the process. Enter the second season, and things still aren’t looking good for him. He is enslaved by his Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Clarence, and everyone who isn’t apart of the Crimson Light is pretty much gunning for him. The evil Titan god Invictus, who possesses a revived Avocato and severely wounds Gary, an evil maniac named Todd Watson who wants to kill and blame Gary for the destruction of Earth, his criminal mother Sheryl who is trying to steal the dimensional keys from Gary and hand him over to Todd, and so on so forth. Despite all the crap he has put up with, Gary still remains a relatively headstrong fellow throughout the series.

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