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'''''Grave Robbers from Outer Space''''' is a card game released by Z-Man Games spoofing the making of low-budget horror movies. The idea is to have the highest Defensive Strength when someone plays a ''Roll The Credits'' card or the draw pile is empty. Defensive Strength is increased by playing ''Character'' (such as ''The Prom Queen'' or ''The Aged Vampire Hunter'') cards into your "movie" and giving characters ''Props'' like ''The Chainsaw'' or ''Big-Ass 'Fro'', and from ''Location'' cards (''The Funhouse'', ''Camp Lake Zirconia'', etc.) Other players try to lower each others' defense by killing characters with ''Creatures'' (''Dracula,'' ''Demonic God Up to No Good'', ''Killer Vegetables,'' etc.), negative Locations, and using ''Special Effects'' cards that can be used to perform things like doubling a Creature's strength or destroying another player's Location.

Basically if someone made a card game based on this wiki, [[{{Troperiffic}} this would be it]].

The series is made up of nine games, each covering a different genre of movies:
* ''Grave Robbers from Outer Space'' makes fun of horror and sci-fi movies like ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' ("Grave Robbers from Outer Space" was that film's original title), ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'', ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'', The Franchise/UniversalHorror series, and ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes''. ''Grave Robber's 2: Skippy's Revenge'' is an expansion with more horror/sci-fi. ''Grave Robbers 3: Suburban Slashers of Sunnydale Street'' is another expansion with more horror/sci-fi.
* ''Cannibal Pygmies in the Jungle of Doom'' makes fun of pulp-style jungle movies like ''Film/KingKong1933'', ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''AllanQuatermain'' and ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}''.
* ''Kung Fu Samurai on Giant Robot Island'' covers Asian cinema. Mostly it's kung-fu and Hong Kong action flicks, but there's a bit of {{Kaiju}} and {{Anime}} thrown in too.
* ''Bell-Bottomed Badasses on the Mean Streets of Funk'' covers "70's action movies," but mostly it's ''Blacula'' and all the movies they were making fun of in ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''.
* ''Berserker Halflings from the Dungeon of Dragons'' spoofs swords and sorcery flicks like ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'', ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Film/HawkTheSlayer'', ''Film/{{Beastmaster}}'' and ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.
* ''Scurvy Musketeers of the Spanish Main'' spoofs {{Swashbuckler}} movies like ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}'', ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers'', ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and the Creator/RayHarryhausen ''Sinbad'' movies.
* ''Bushwhackin' Varmint's Out of Sergio's Butte'' for Westerns.
* ''Silent... But Deadly Night'' covers Christmas classics like the ''[[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph]]'' movies, ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'' and ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians''.

A Kickstarter campaign to fund a new run of the game in 2015 sadly failed to meet its goals.

!!''Grave Robbers From Outer Space'' provides examples of:
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: ''Kung-Fu Samurai'' has a "Hentai Tentacle Monster" who has to take a female victim if he makes a successful attack.
* AmbiguousGender: The Way Too Pretty Elf from ''Berserker Halfings'' has the Male trait, but his special thing is that cards that normally only work on females also work on him.
* AntagonistTitle: All the games are named after the most powerful Creature card they contain.
* CampGay: The Stereotypically Flamboyant Gay Guy from ''Bell-Bottomed Badasses''.
* ChainmailBikini: In ''Berserker Halflings''. It actually gives a respectable defensive bonuse AND makes the wearer immune to death by special effects cards. Assuming the wearer is female.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Subverted in ''Cannibal Pygmies'', where there's a card by that name, but well...
--> That's either a very ugly girl or a very pretty monster.
* ChineseVampire
* TheChosenOne: The Predestined Hero from ''Berserker Halflings''.
* DastardlyWhiplash: The "Dastardly Villain" from ''Bushwhackin' Varmints'' embodies this.
* DeaderThanDead: In a lot of cases a character who's been killed can be brought back by special effects cards. If someone's killed by the title monsters in ''Cannibal Pygmies'', though, they're specifically gone forever except for one specific card (from the same deck).
* DeathBySex: A few cards let you cause this to happen to your opponent's Characters, including Only the Virgin Survives and Let's Go Skinny Dipping.
* DistressedDamsel: From ''Scurvy Musketeers.''
* EldritchAbomination: The Demonic God Up To No Good from ''Berserker Halflings,'' who's about as tough as Creatures get and gets nastier for every magical Character he's attacking.
* {{Elfeminate}}: See Ambiguous Gender above.
* EvilVizier: The Grand Vizier in ''Berserker Halflings''. Complete with flavor text asking [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter why the King even trusts this guy]].
* FlavorText: On virtually ''every'' card.
* FurBikini: There's a card in ''Cannibal Pygmies'' that assumes all the women in your movie are wearing these by the end of the game, and they're worth extra points.
* HeroicDog: Skippy the Wonder Dog is a character in every single game. He's a Creature in a few, though.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: In ''Bushwhackin' Varmints''. Even provides the page image.
* HumongousMecha: In, where else, ''Kung-Fu Samurai''.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: "Why are you smiling?"
* KillerRabbit: The Berserker Halflings; who expects halflings to be dangerous, even if they ''are'' from The Dungeon of Dragons? Also "Killer Toys" in the original Grave Robbers From Outer Space.
* KingIncognito: Literally the exact name of one of the characters from ''Berserker Halflings''.
* LongTitle: As you probably noticed from the page description, all the expansions have these. There's a few individual cards with them as well, including [[TitleDrop every game's title Monster]], "Demonic God Up To No Good," "The Guy Who Dies Just to Remind Everyone This Isn't a Picnic" and "The Re-Interpreted Historical Figure Who Probably Wasn't As Bad As All This." (And reading the whole title of a card you play is required by the rules!)
* MixAndMatch: Arguably the real fun of the games comes from them being completely compatible with each other and shuffling the different decks together for truly chaotic games.
* NeverSayDie: While the other games describe the act of removing characters from play as killing them, the Christmas game just calls them "removed."
* OfCorsetsSexy
* PimpDuds: In ''Bell-Bottomed Badasses''
* ThePowerOfActing: Making another player's character a "3rd-Rate Actor" lowers their Defense.
* {{Pun}}: Several cards have them in flavor text. For example, on a Crossbow, "What's a crossbow?" "Like a regular bow, but angrier."
* RedShirt: "The Guy Everyone Knows Will Get Killed" from ''Grave Robbers'' and "The Guy Who Dies to Remind Everyone This Isn't a Picnic" from ''Berserker Halflings''. They have to be killed before anyone else.
** The Security Guard will always be killed first if Zombies attack.
* RedundantParody: From time to time, perhaps most obviously in the cards from ''Kung-Fu Samurai'' that are obviously taken from ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''; the "Clueless Gaijin" is clearly Jack ("Relax, it's all in the reflexes"), the "Crazy Old Wizard" is clearly Egg ("You will come out no more!"), and the "Magic Potion" is, well, Egg's magic potion. ''Bushwhackin' Varmints'' has a Creature card that just outright is Mongo from ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
** Stealth-Jack's card also reflects the IndecisiveParody nature of the movie itself, since he has the "Dumb" trait, can't be the recipient of any card that makes a character a martial arts expert, and can't be equipped with any martial-arts style weapons. Nonetheless he has an absolutely unheard of base strength of 6, making him the biggest badass of any character card in any game in the series.
* RunningGag: Nearly every game has a card with "Say, is that a tentacle?" in the flavor text. Every game has a Skippy the Wonder Dog card, though in a few he's one of the Creatures. There's also generally a priest or occult-knowledgeable character who gets extra defense against "Supernatural" Creatures.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: ''Bell-Bottomed Badasses'' has the "Huge Wad Of Cash" card which can cancel any other card by being given to the player using the offending card.
* ShoutOut: It'd be easier to list what ''isn't'', though one of the more noticeable shout outs is that the Guy Who Dies To Remind Everyone This Isn't a Picnic is obviously meant to be [[LordOfTheRings Boromir]].
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: This, on the Killer Toys card:
-->"It's a ''doll''. Why don't we just kick it across the room?"
-->"You can do that?"
* StopMotion: The only actual "monsters" in ''Scurvy Musketeers'''s Creature selection are a stop motion sea serpent and a generic stop motion mythological creature.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks
-->'''"Hey Pierre, what's that little bitty sword going to do to me all the way over there?"'''
-->'''WHOOSH, THUD!'''
-->'''"Who knew you could throw a sword?"'''
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes
* YouAllMeetInAnInn
* YouFailHistoryForever: Subverted with the Re-interpreted Historical Figure Who [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Probably Wasn't As Evil As All This]] in ''Scurvy Musketeers''. (Which is almost certainly a reference to how ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' adaptations treat Cardinal Richelieu.)
* ZorroMark
--> '''"What is that, senor?"'''
--> '''"It's a 'Z'."'''
--> '''"Look more like a '2' to me."'''