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->''"Meanwhile, on the other side of the universe..."''

Bounty Hamster (2003-2004) is a British animated science fiction comedy series.

Teenaged girl Cassie and her father were separated when their space ship was attacked by space pirates; she made it to an escape pod, he didn't. Now, she's off to find him again, with the assistance of the biggest, meanest bounty hunter money can hire -- but the biggest, meanest bounty hunter ''her'' money can hire is a small, blue-grey, hamster-like critter called Marion, who has enough attitude for several regular-sized bounty hunters but not a lot to back it up with. He does, however, have two special advantages: he has all kinds of useful stuff stashed in his cheek pouches (now, [[RummageFail if only he could find what he needed when he needed it]]...), and he goes into an UnstoppableRage whenever [[BerserkButton someone calls him "cute"]].

Each episode is packed with {{homage}}s and {{shout out}}s to earlier works of animation, science fiction, and comedy (the episode where AppliedPhlebotinum creates seven Marions -- one happy, one bashful, one grumpy, and so on -- is ''classic'').
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!!This series contains examples of:

* AliensOfLondon
* AllJustADream: In the season finale "School's Out" it turns out the whole series is just a comic Cassie is drawing in class... [[OrWasItADream or is it]]?
* AppliedPhlebotinum
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "You stand accused of breaking [[Franchise/StarTrek the Prime Directive]], 5000 speed limits, and a really nice vase!"
* {{Autocannibalism}}: In one episode, Marion discovers his BagOfHolding cheeks are actually a portal between dimensions so, in order escape the dimension they're trapped in, he eats Cassie then himself.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: "Bringing Up Baby"
* BagOfHolding: Marion's cheeks.
* BalloonBelly: Cassie gains one for a short time in "Chin Raiders" after eating lots of pancakes.
* BarBrawl: "Bringing Up Baby"
* BerserkButton: "Don't... call... me... CUTE!"
** This even includes any word that has "cute" in it (ie "acute")
* BluffTheImpostor: In "Twin Cheeks" Cassie realises Alt!Marion isn't the real one when she calls him cute and he doesn't flip out.
* {{Bouncer}}: "Fashion Victim"
* BountyHunter
* BrickJoke: Lampshaded in "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable". A group of cute critters accidently take off on a huge rocket engine and fly around the entire planet returning just in time to run over the BigBad at the crucial moment, whereupon Marion pops up and says, "[[BreakingTheFourthWall Bet you forgot about those guys, huh?]]"
* BunglingInventor: Professor Notgerman
* CaptainErsatz: A silver [[Franchise/StarWars C-3PO]] sometimes shows up out of nowhere to [[NeverTellMeTheOdds point out their odds of surviving, with Marion beating him up in response]]. On at least one occasion Cassie wonders who he is.
* ClipShow: "The Trial"
* ConspicuousCG
* CrowdSong: "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable" is set on a planet of crowd-singing creatures.
* CuckooNest: "School's Out"
* CuteCrittersActChildlike: The critters in "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable".
* DisguisedInDrag: "Fashion Victim"
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Cassie, occasionally.
* EnergyWeapon
* EvilLaugh: In "Lonely Planet" Cassie and Marion laugh evilly while shining flashlights in their faces.
-->'''Cassie:''' I have no idea why we did that.
* EvilTwin: Alt!Marion in "Twin Cheeks". Alt!Cassie looks evil, but she's more of a JerkAss.
* EyepatchOfPower: Marion, one of several shout-outs to ''TrueGrit''
** Alt!Cassie from "Twin Cheeks" also has one.
* {{Fartillery}}: In "Somewhere That's Green" when they're eaten by a man-eating plant, Cassie gets Marion to pull her finger, causing her to fart and the plant to spit them out.
-->'''Cassie:''' If we ever do find my dad, don't you dare tell him that I did that!
** She tries it again later without Marion's help, but it doesn't work.
--->'''Cassie:''' Why doesn't it work when you pull your own finger?
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Trading Spaces" is an entire episode full of body-swaps. A criminal steals a body-swapping device and uses it to go joy riding in other people's bodies. Highlights of the episode are Cassie stuck in the body of a humanoid rhino, a body-swap conga line with over half a dozen body-swaps in a row and the criminal, Cassie and Marion all being stuck together in the same body, where they try to beat each other up. The insanity ends with the criminal's mind trapped inside of a cactus.
* TheFuture
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: From "Somewhere that's Green":
--> '''Marion:''' Let's go skinny dipping!
** "Beached" has Cassie say "What the... [[LastSecondWordSwap fog]]?"
** After Marion reveals that he is a man to the security guard attracted to him at the end of "Fashion Victim", he says [[AmbiguouslyGay he doesn't mind]]. Marion reacts appropriately.
* GrandTheftMe: "Trading Spaces"
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Cassie always does the right thing and gets angry with Marion when he doesn't.
** She was also able to ask the All-Seeing Chin a question that only answers those pure of heart, and it does.
* HatesBeingTouched: Alt!Cassie.
* HerrDoktor: Parodied with Professor Notgerman, who isn't.
* {{Homage}}: Many, including one to IndianaJones.
* IdiosyncraticWipes
* IdiotHero: Marion
* IntelligentGerbil
* InterspeciesRomance: Marion once got married to a Space Whale, who broke it off and hooked up with a defrosted, eloquent saber-tooth cat, and he once gambled Cassie away while trying to flirt with an alien like a multi-eyed, four-legged bird-woman.
* IWillFindYou: The OpeningNarration has Dad shouting "I'll come back for you!" as Casey drifts off in an EscapePod. A GilliganCut then has Cassie saying "But he didn't...so I went looking."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Marion
* LimitedWardrobe: It seems that there weren't any extra outfits in that escape pod.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Did we mention the episode where AppliedPhlebotinum creates seven Marions?
* LostHimInACardGame
* LotusEaterMachine: "Wish You Were Here"
* MadScientistLaboratory
* MeaningfulName: Marion is a homage to the character played in the 1969 film ''TrueGrit'' by JohnWayne, whose real name was Marion Michael Morrison.
** Cassie is short for Cassiopeia, named after the constellation. Her surname is Harrison, after Creator/HarrisonFord.
* MediumAwareness
* MirrorUniverse: "Twin Cheeks"
* MissingMom: Cassie's mother does not appear, even in Cassie's fantasy in "Wish You Were Here" where she's reunited with her father. According to WordOfGod, Cassie's mother is dead, and the LotusEaterMachine chose not to bring back someone Cassie knew was dead in order to maintain the illusion that it was real.
* TheNapoleon: Marion.
* NoNameGiven: Cassie and Marion are being pursued by another bounty hunter (a horse with a poncho and Creator/ClintEastwood mannerisms) who calls himself "The Horse With No Name". Cassie points out that if he's called "The Horse With No Name" then that ''is'' his name.
* OpeningNarration
* OpeningShoutOut: In "Twin Cheeks" when Alt!Cassie gives her backstory.
* ParentalBonus
* ParentsForADay: "Bringing Up Baby"
* TheProfessor: Professor Notgerman
* RaisedByWolves: In Marion's case, literally.
* RecapByAudit: "The Trial"
* RummageFail
* ShoutOut: Tons, especially in "Lonely Planet".
-->'''Cassie:''' [[LampshadeHanging Don't you just love gratuitous film references?]]
* SmallUniverseAfterAll: See the quote at the top of the page.
* SpaceIsAnOcean: Complete with {{Space Whale}}s, in some episodes.
* SpaceIsNoisy
* SpaceWestern: Several episodes.
* TemporaryBulkChange: Cassie in "Fashion Victim".
* ThisAintRocketSurgery: "Actually sir, it is!"
* ThisBananaIsArmed: "Hah! You didn't think that banana was loaded!"
* {{Tomboy}}: Cassie
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Parodied in "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable".
* {{Tsundere}}: Cassie is this towards Marion at times.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: "Mutiny on the Bounty Hamster"
* UnstoppableRage
* UpToEleven: During the Body Swap episode, when the villain (in Cassie's body) complains about Marion's ship going too slow, he takes out a marker and writes "12" on the speed controls. ''It actually works.''
* UsedFuture
* WigDressAccent
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Cassie looks and sounds like she's in her late teens, but she's actually 13.
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