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''Alien Nation'' (1988) is a [[BuddyCopShow Buddy Cop movie]] with a {{Sitcom}} twist: the minority partner is a space alien, part of a ship of "Newcomers" who ended up on Earth when the slave ship they were being transported on crash-landed. After Det. Matthew Sykes' partner is killed in a shootout, he is partnered with Sam Francisco (whom he insists on calling "George"), the first Newcomer detective. While investigating the death of Sykes' partner, they uncover a dangerous Newcomer drug.

The film was adapted into the 1989 TV series ''Series/AlienNation'', which lasted for one season and five TV movies.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AdaptiveAbility: The Newcomers were a slave race bred to adapt to ''any'' environment; Earth is a tough one for them, though...
* AlienAmongUs: The Tenctonese[=/=]Newcomers are refugees and slaves. In this case it was over 250,000 aliens, who form their own community in Los Angeles. Therefore the cultural misunderstandings went both ways, as humans learned to deal with odd newcomer traditions.
* AlienLunch
* AppliedPhlebotinum
* BallsOfSteel: Sykes groin-kicks an alien, who laughs it off. Later, George tells him that he'll get the result he was looking for by hitting an alien in the side of the torso. Sykes tries this out later, and it proves as effective as a groin shot.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Saltwater burns Newcomers, they also require any meats they consume to be raw, can get drunk on sour milk, require a member of their third sex to catalyze pregnancy, and have a nerve cluster under their arm that has the same effect on them as a GroinAttack
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: See BulletProofVest below.
* BrakeAngrily
* BuddyCopShow
* BulletProofVest: Worn by Sykes' partner during the armed robbery. It doesn't help at all.
* CoolGuns: One of the first film appearances of the Freedom Arms .454 Casull Magnum, at that time, the world's most powerful handgun.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Played with: Bullets pierce all the way through a car (and the guy hiding behind it), but are revealed to be special, industrial-strength {{Dakka}}.
* DeadPartner: Bill Tuggle.
* DrugsAreBad: The Newcomers' former alien overlords kept them under control by feeding them a blue substance. Sam/George Francisco keeps this a secret from his human buddy-cop partner because he fears what humanity would do to the Newcomers if we ever found out they were a bunch of drug addicts. Near the end of the movie, a rogue Newcomer consumes an entire giant tube full of the concentrated drug and [[spoiler:turns into a mutated rampaging monster.]]
* DrunkOnMilk: The Newcomers.
* ExploitedImmunity: A Newcomer drug lord has his human henchmen pull another Newcomer into the ocean to kill him.
* FantasticRacism
* FantasticSlur: Human bigots refer to Newcomers as "slags" or "spongeheads".
* ForeignCussWord: Inverted, in that in the Tenctonese language, "Sykes" roughly translates as "excrement cranium" ("shithead").
* GRatedDrug: Newcomers get intoxicated on sour milk. The yeast-fermented stuff that we humans prefer has no effect on them.
* HandCannon: Sykes upgrades from his police-issue sidearm to a Freedom Arms Model 83, a 5-round .454 Casull revolver, in order to combat the Newcomer gang that killed his partner. At the time the film was made, this was the most powerful handgun/cartridge commercially available.
* HumanOutsideAlienInside: Although they look moderately similar to humans, Tenctonese cannot metabolize cooked protein, so most of their diet consists of raw animals.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: A lot of them are racist towards the Newcomers, however the movie runs with NotSoDifferent.
** Many of the Tectonese, especially George, believe that HumansAreSpecial because they welcomed The Newcomers into their world, gave total freedom to a species bred to be perfect slaves, and asked no more of them then they would themselves. Racism aside that's pretty damn impressive.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: The newcomers get drunk on sour milk.
** That's not their heroin, their heroin is a blue substance that tastes like detergent to humans, but has the (nearly) same or a stronger effect on Tenctonese than heroin would on humans, including deadly side effects. This dope was used to keep them docile as slaves, more work equaled more dope, to the bitter end, literally.
*** And to understand how bad the drug really is, one has to remember, that taking out the drug and the dealer was enough for George Francisco to walk into the [[BigBad Big Bads]] club with a C4 charge in his hand and [[DeadManSwitch the finger on the button]], [[TakingYouWithMe prepared to take drug and dealer with him, if necessary]].
* InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: As a slave race, that wasn't their ship or their tech. Thus, they end up no more advanced than humanity.
* InvisiblePresident: Averted; the film uses a clip of the "If not us, who? If not now, when?" quote from UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's second inaugural address to reference the legislation that recognized the aliens as refugees (and future citizens).
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Murder of a cop during a robbery -> re-introducing a devastating alien drug.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: Bigots refer to the Newcomers as "Slags".
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: The Newcomers may eat weird stuff, like raw beaver, but it's all Earth-originated.
* OminousFloatingSpaceship: The Newcomers' spaceship for its first appearance.
* PoliceProcedural: With a twist.
* PunBasedTitle
* PunnyName: Most of the Newcomers, including George (whose human name officially was "Sam Francisco"). Explained as the immigration authorities getting burned out assigning names to the Newcomers and resorting to a form of sarcastic humor.
* PunyEarthlings: The Newcomers have great strength, stamina, durability, ability to survive in environments humans can't, extra hearts, and if they overdose on an [[FantasticDrug extraterrestrial]] [[PsychoSerum narcotic]], they transform into [[AxCrazy murderous, supercharged berserkers]]. But they do have a [[WeaksauceWeakness strange weakness]] or two: [[KillItWithWater water with high salinity burns them like sulphuric acid burns naked mole rats]] and they get [[AlienLunch stinking drunk from sour milk]].
* RubberForeheadAliens
* StarfishLanguage: Tenctonese.
* SuperStrength: The Newcomers were bred for it.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* WeaksauceWeakness: Newcomer flesh dissolves on contact with ''[[KillItWithWater salt water]].''
** [[Series/AlienNation The Series]] suggests that this weakness may have been introduced artificially into the genome of the Tenctonese to make them more easy to control. It's also gradually going away, and will probably be gone within a generation or two at the ''most''.
* YourMom: A really nasty Tenctonese insult: "Your mother mates out of season".
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