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->''"Heh. Dumb alien. That's good material."''
-->-- '''Stan Smith''', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''

An Amusing Alien is a sci-fi, fantasy, or otherworldly character whose main purpose is to [[RuleOfFunny amuse the audience]].

While the Amusing Alien might have a mundane purpose in the story, a character belongs in this trope only if comedy is their primary reason for existing in the work. Most of the time, the Amusing Alien will be a secondary or background character, to avoid excessively derailing the plot with their antics. The primary exception is in comedies, where casting an Amusing Alien as the main character leads to lots of easy jokes.

May overlap with FunnyForeigner, but the two tropes are not identical. An otherworldly FunnyForeigner elicits laughs from their ignorance and bizarre behavior; an Amusing Alien, on the other hand, can be anything from TheSmartGuy, a DeadpanSnarker, or a GenreSavvy FourthWallObserver. As a general rule, if the Amusing Alien is of a race or species that's common in the work, the trope is FunnyForeigner instead.

If there's a multi-character party, the Amusing Alien will probably be the TeamPet, the NonHumanSidekick, or the TokenNonHuman.

Given the subjective nature of comedy, the risk is high that an Amusing Alien can end up becoming a {{Scrappy}} if not handled carefully. This trope documents alien characters that were ''intended'' to be funny; whether or not they succeed is another matter...

Also see AlienAmongUs, PetMonstrosity, PluckyComicRelief, FantasticAnthropologist, and CrazyCulturalComparison. Supertrope to FunnyRobot.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Mokona from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', until [[spoiler:it's revealed that he's actually the creator of both Cephiro and Earth.]]
* 7-Zark-7, from ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets'', the American adaptation of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', is an alien robot who acts as a GreekChorus and comedy relief. He also serves to assure American audiences that [[NeverSayDie nobody actually got killed in action scenes]].
* America's little buddy Tony of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', provided you find his habitual cursing and severe hatred of the English amusing.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is about a band of silly-looking frog-like aliens, their OddFriendship with their Earthling hosts, and their various inept attempts to "invade" the Earth.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

%%* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' had loads
%%** The Gronk in ComicBook/StrontiumDog
%%** The trio of heros in ''Ace Trucking Co'' were all amusing aliens
%%** Grobbendonk in ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''
* From the Franchise/DCUniverse:
** Mr. Mxyzptlk, a RealityWarper from AnotherDimension whose favourite pastime in life is coming to the main universe and pranking Superman and his friends.
%%** Bat-Mite
%%** Don't ferget SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}, ya bastiches!
** Starfire in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', broken English aside, is more {{Stripperiffic}} than anything else in the comic.
* From the Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
%%** The Impossible Man.
** Before he became DarkerAndEdgier, ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick certainly qualified. The guy [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0_ynVlwAg9U/RgXoGtCU7pI/AAAAAffAAABW0/eWYHK-O8dM0/s1600-h/9d.jpg dunked a bucket of water on Ghost Rider's head,]] fer crissakes...
** The monsters of ''Fin Fang Four'' (Gorgilla, Fin Fang Foom, Elektro and Googam) probably qualify: they're former monsters who are "rehabilitated" and do mundane jobs (window washer, parking lot attendant) at the [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Baxter Building]].
%%**There's also Doop from the mutant team X-Staxix, a floating green blob who talked in alien wingdings. From later X-Men comics, there's Broo, the outcast Brood, who's adorable as well as amusing.
%%** Lockheed of the Comicbook/XMen.
* Wally Wood's ''[[ComicBook/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]]'' was a comic about a squad of US soldiers and their InnocentFanserviceGirl... along with the martian Snorky, who provided wry observations of their actions.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Jake, the title character from ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'', can be quite the DeadpanSnarker.
%%* Bubo the mechanical owl from the original ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' was this from time to time.
%%* Gimli the Dwarf in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' live-action movies.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has several:
** Frank the Pug is an alien who looks like a dog, speaks in a heavy New York accent and wears sunglasses. His main scene in the first movie? Being interrogated by K. By being ''shaken''. Creator/TommyLeeJones is barely keeping a straight face. It's one of the [[FunnyMoments funniest moments]] in the entire movie.
** The Worm Guys can frequently be found in MIB headquarters drinking coffee.
%%* The main character of ''Film/{{Paul}}'' is this. He ''is'' voiced by Seth Rogen.
%%* Pizza the Hutt, Yogurt, Barf the Mawg, Dot Matrix, and the Dinks in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ANewHope'' has Greedo, the unfortunate Rodian that Han shoots in the cantina. Note that he wasn't ''trying'' to be funny, but his only purpose in the film was to be a punchline for Han Solo.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has Jar-Jar Binks and [[Creator/BrianBlessed Boss Nass]], who are more deliberately amusing but less successful.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* [[ArtificialHuman The Presger ambassadors]] in ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Ancillary Sword]]'' and ''Ancillary Mercy'', being completely unaware of human culture, biology and psychology, tend to act out in a funny way as a result. On the flipside they serve as a reminder of just how terrifyingly alien the Presger are, in that they're able to make 'humans' to communicate with that still act in some ways terrifyingly inhuman.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** Ax falls into this trope when [[VoluntaryShapeshifter in human form]]. Being unused to having a mouth, he tends to play with sounds of words and put odd things in his mouth.
** The Iskoort are a species of amusing and annoying aliens.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Rincewind's Luggage, though the humor tends to be more... violent.
** The Death of Rats. Regular [[TheGrimReaper Death]] can often be TheComicallySerious, but has plenty of dramatic moments as well.
* An entire species of Amusing Aliens: [[Literature/{{Hoka}} the Hokas]]. For reference: they look like living teddy bears, and they spend all their time reenacting various Earth concepts, not really understanding them. HilarityEnsues.
* An hilariously out-of-the-ordinary example of this trope occurs in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/YoungWizards'' novel ''Wizard's Holiday'', when Dairine attempts to lead her three alien wizard guests on a trip to the mall. Considering that one of them is a tree, one a giant centipede, and the third a sun prince who looks like an anime character, you can guess what kinds of Amusing Alien antics will happen.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

%%* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' and ''Series/TheMunsters''.
* ''Series/{{Alf}}''
%%* All the eponymous ''Aliens In The Family''.
%%* Twiki from ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''.
%%* Anya in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Sontaran CombatMedic Strax, an ally of the Doctor's. Also, after his death and [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]], a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who is incapable of distinguishing genders, declared war on the Moon and has terrible bedside manner. And a LargeHam, which was a trait he possessed from the beginning.
%%* Hymie from ''Series/GetSmart''.
%%* Jeannie from ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''.
* Dex, also known as the ''Series/MaskedRider'', has traces of this at times. In one example would be that his race, Eltarians, derive from insects instead of apes. Now guess what he answered on an Earth biology test on the subject of human origins...
%%* Meego, the ShapeShifter alien from the CBS sitcom of the same name.
%%* Alpha 5 from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
%%* Angelo from ''Mike And Angelo''.
%%* ''[[Series/MisterEd Mr. Ed]]''
%%* Tripitaka's dragon-cum-horse-cum-human from ''Series/{{Monkey}}''.
* [[Series/MorkAndMindy Mork from Ork]], probably the TropeCodifier and best example.
* Uncle Martin from ''MyFavoriteMartian''. Also the film and SaturdayMorningCartoon versions.
%%* George Sunday/Thermoman from ''Series/MyHero''.
%%* Brian and Sophie Johnson, the titular parents of ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens''.
%%* Tom Servo and Crow from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (and Gypsy when she isn't running the ship).
* Everybody in Hidden Hills on ''Series/TheNeighbors'', though whether the Zabvrons or the Weavers are the "aliens" depends on how you look at it.
%%* [[Series/SaturdayNightLive The Coneheads]]
%%* V.I.C.I. from ''Series/SmallWonder''.
* ''Francise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The Pakleds start off as a straight example of this trope [[spoiler:but actually use their ignorant appearance to deceive others. They ''are'' slow - just not ''quite'' as much as people tend to think.]]
** Morn, the perpetual barfly at Quark's Bar on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', is a meta example; he's described as an extremely talkative being who knows the funniest joke in the universe, and others have attributed various fantastic feats to him. Even so, he's [[TheVoiceless never shown talking on-screen on the show despite clearly being able to]].
** This was also the niche the Ferengi eventually settled in, after failing to be convincing as the new top villains in their earliest [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] appearances.
%%* Tom, Dick, Harry, and Sally from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''
%%** Along with their Supreme Leader, the Big Giant Head (as portrayed by Creator/WilliamShatner).


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* The Super Sonic Robotic Comic in ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' is a meta example -- his lines are unintelligible gibberish, but everyone else reacts with uproarious laughter.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Europan Emissaries insert themselves into cultures they have no real understanding of, meaning they often commit such fauz pas such as wearing men's and women's clothing on alternate nights or giving themselves inappropriate names. They also can latch themselves onto social outcasts and take on their mannerisms.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

%%* Most of the aliens in VideoGame/{{Deadlock}} fall under this category.
* The Elcor from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. They are large, quadrupedal aliens who can only speak in a low monotone, and thus have to precede every sentence with the corresponding emotion behind it.
%%** The Volus and the Hanar, among others, fulfill this to a lesser degree.
%%* Hans the winged pig in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Ahem in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.'' A sort of [[StarfishAliens three-legged jellyfish,]] he's described as a useless, cowardly slacker, but one who is fun to hang out with.
%%** Also, Molly The Peanut Butter Monster.
* The Aliens in ''[[Webcomic/RoomiesItsWalkyJoyceAndWalky It's Walky!]]'', so-called because they come from the planet Alien, are ostensibly trying to take over the world, but in reality they're lost on Earth and their activity consists of random hijinks that result in them [[RedShirtArmy being slaughtered]] in [[BloodyHilarious chunky droves]]. Their leader, the Head Alien, is originally treated as a Harmless Villain (and described as sounding like Jon Lovitz), until CerebusSyndrome hits and suddenly he was a terrifying [[TheChessmaster mastermind]] all along, though even when his plans are at their most gruesome, he comes across as LaughablyEvil much of the time.
* Div from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', an alcoholic DeadpanSnarker [=DivX=] player.
%%** Also from ''Penny Arcade'', the Fruit Fucker.
* Kiki from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', if a talking ferret is considered "otherworldly".
%%* ''Webcomic/ZorphbertAndFred''


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* WebVideo/AgamemnonTiberiusVacuum and the Vacuum Consortium. SUBMIT WILLINGLY!
* ''ComicStrip/CaptnCrazy''. Actually, this was a late development - for a long time, even the author wasn't sure WTH the Capt'n actually is.
%%* Rumble Red and Nebulon from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
%%* Bob of [[Creator/OlanRogers New Prime]]
* Utkon Mai of ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'', a tiny, spice-addicted Jawa. Returned from being assumed dead by singing "[[Music/LadyGaga Bad Romance]]".


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%%* Roger from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
%%* Mr. Mxyzptlk from the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, appropriately [[ActorAllusion voiced by]] Creator/GilbertGottfried.
%%* Uni the unicorn from ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons''.
%%* There's a variety in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg plus Zoidberg]].
%%* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs'' has a goofy group of aliens crashing on Earth. They settle in a house for rent and try to find a way to get back to their far away planet. The funniest of the bunch are Gorgeous (a BigEater), Bud (TheSlacker) and Candy (a CampStraight NeatFreak).
* WesternAnimation/InvaderZim has been sent to conquer the Earth to get him out of the way, as he is both incompetent and incredibly egotistical. And not only is he terrible at invading, he's utterly incapable of [[PaperThinDisguise disguising himself as a human]].
* The ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' franchise has plenty:
** [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]] himself is quite a {{Comedic Sociopath|y}}.
** As well as his older cousin [[WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie Reu]][[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries ben]] [[WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch (62]][[Anime/{{Stitch}} 5)]], whose entire existence is mostly based around [[SatiatingSandwich sandwiches]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]].
** Pleakley is also one for being a [[{{Crossdresser}} Crossdressing]] KnowNothingKnowItAll (for one thing, he believes that mosquitoes are an endangered species) who's fascinated by Earth life and culture.
%%* Slimer in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''.
* Peridot from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is this, in a show already heavily populated by (for the most part more Earth-smart) aliens. She briefly barricaded herself in the bathroom at Steven's house and tried to escape by flushing herself down the toilet, has an affinity for Earth clothes such as boxer shorts and is obsessed with a daytime drama called ''Camp Pining Hearts'' despite her lack of understanding of its content (when two characters kiss she thinks they're [[FusionDance "attempting fusion"]]). She once pushed Steven's father off a roof, apparently out of sheer curiosity.
** Her official Twitter account details such antics as running across the countryside for hours with a pizza because she had no idea what to do when the delivery guy showed up.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Starfire's odd Tamaranean customs and fish-out-of-waterness is the show's main source of funny.
** She drinks mustard as if it were soda and...
** Confuses the familiarity levels of social greetings and...
** Thinks it's a good idea to give [[{{Glomp}} spine-snapping hugs]] to nearly every new friend they make and...
** Misinterprets Earth Slang ("You diggin' the scene?" "I... did not know we were supposed to bring shovels!") and...
** is allergic to chromium (The reaction is [[PowerIncontinence sneezing star-bolts]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' had a pretty amusing example with the very tall alien who just shows up one day. He had a very scratchy translator, like someone speaking too close to an old microphone. His {{Catchphrase}} was a very loud "[[NoIndoorVoice IGNORE ME!]]"
* Quark from the first ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' series (1981-92) spoke in a Scottish accent and had an obedient robot who he had the verve to name Grovel. When he arrives on Earth to take charge (through a cosmic charter he inherited), his first thought is to make the Mediterranean Sea his own private swimming pool.
* The Propulsions from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' may as well be the prime example for this trope. They talk in a rather eccentric English (for example, they say "way the by" instead of "by the way"), cook odd dishes such as deep-fried lollipops, think that Valentine's Day decorations are scary enough to put in a haunted house. Overall, they are just very wacky.