[[caption-width-right:300:"Ack ack ack ack! ACK ACK!"]]

-> ''[[BlatantLies "Don't run, we are your friends!"]]''

''Mars Attacks!'' was originally a trading card series from Topps published in the early sixties. Created by Wally Wood, this series depicted an AlienInvasion in the style of Creator/ECComics horror and science fiction stories at the time. The series was quickly discontinued due to MoralGuardians who were horrified by the series' violence. The series would later be continued by Topps in the form of new trading cards and a comic series. A movie soon followed.

This movie was directed by Creator/TimBurton and depicted gleefully destructive Martians as opposed to the more violent and terrifying versions seen in the trading cards or comics. Notable for its all-star EnsembleCast, including Creator/JackNicholson, Lukas Haas, Creator/AnnetteBening, Jim Brown, Creator/PierceBrosnan, Creator/SarahJessicaParker, Creator/GlennClose, Martin Short, Creator/MichaelJFox, Creator/JackBlack, Creator/NataliePortman [[note]]Do not confuse the below examples of Natalie the character with her[[/note]], Creator/PamGrier, Creator/DannyDeVito, Music/TomJones and Creator/JackNicholson (again). HilarityEnsues as most of them are jokingly killed off with bizarre weaponry as cheesily as possible.

Was not very popular with critics or audiences at the time of its release, probably because they didn't get the joke. Has now become a cult favorite of the movie viewers community.

In 2012, Creator/IDWPublishing launched a new ongoing ''Mars Attacks'' comic series. This later led into a {{crossthrough}} event where, in one-shots, the Martians attacked such characters as ''TheTransformers'', Music/{{KISS}} and even ''{{Popeye}}''.


'''This movie contains examples of:'''

* TheAce: Billy-Glenn is made out to be this at first. In reality, he's just as much of a dim-witted redneck as his parents are.
%% * AchillesHeel
* AdaptationDistillation: The PlotTumor giant bugs aren't included in the film.
* AdaptationExpansion: The film was based on a series of rather gruesome trading cards from the 1960s.
* AdvertisedExtra: Danny Devito has top billing and gets a grand total of five minutes of screentime.
* AffablyEvil: See "BlatantLies".
* AffectionateParody: 1950's science fiction B movies, as well as ''Film/IndependenceDay'' and ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''.
* AliensAreBastards: ''Funny'' bastards, too. Why they're being such bastards is never explained, which is [[DontExplainTheJoke probably]] for [[FanDislikedExplanation the best]].
%% * AlienHair: "Tenctonese."
%% * AlienInvasion
%% * AliensSpeakingEnglish: Massive aversion.
* AliensStealCattle: Parodied in the opening scene, where the Martians set an entire herd of cows on fire.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Martians, though in their case they seem to be always LaughablyEvil.
* AlwaysKnowAPilot: Byron Williams rescues Tom Jones from Martians. He needs a pilot to fly him to Washington D.C., and it turns out that Tom Jones knows how to fly a plane!
* AnyoneCanDie: And does! All those people in the cast list at the top of the page? Most of them die.
** Though ''awesomely'' subverted with [[spoiler:Byron.]]
* ArmiesAreEvil The Martians' army is no doubt this.
%% * AsHimself: Music/TomJones.
* AssholeVictim:
** Many of the characters are portrayed as stupid or sleazy, particularly Billy-Glen, his parents, Jerry, and Land. This helps make their deaths part of the jokes.
** This is also enforced pretty strongly with Danny [=Devito's=] character who is a BitCharacter that only gets about five minutes of screentime. Within those five minutes, he reveals he is [[AcceptableTargets a lawyer]] and offers his services to a Martian who quickly zaps him. They really wanted to make sure the audience didn't sympathize too much just before bumping him off.
%% * AxCrazy: The Martians and the overly hawkish General Decker.
* BadassFamily: Byron Williams [[spoiler: single-handedly kills the martian ambassador in a boxing match and survives the beatdown that apparently left him for dead]] and his sons [[spoiler: who take ray guns from a fallen martian and start attacking the invaders so the president can be led to safety]].
* BerserkButton: The Martians really don't like birds. While they are violent and sadistic, note how the Martian [[spoiler:that had the President hostage and was using him as a HumanShield]] immediately took its focus off its hostage and the men who had it at gunpoint as soon as it saw the bird.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Byron Williams, while he is a Boxer, he's pretty much a NiceGuy who just wants to go home and see if his wife and kids are ok, [[PapaWolf especially when there are Martains Attacking.]] He prefers to leave his fighting in the ring, but has often broken this rule to defend his friends in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. The first time, he just knocks a Martian headfirst into a slot machine. The second time, he challenges the Martian Ambassador to a one on one fist fight, to distract them from his friends escaping via plane. [[spoiler: Even though we think his efforts killed him, we later see him arriving home to see his family.]]
* BigBad: The Martian Emperor leads the invasion.
* TheBigBoard: The floor of the President's war room is this, with many models showing the Martian invasion.
* BigShutUp: The President, when General Decker tries to get him to order a nuclear strike on the Martians.
-->'''Gen. Decker''': We have to strike ''now'', sir! Annihilate! ''Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill -- ''\\
'''President Dale''': '''SHUT UP!''' Shut-up-''shut''-'''up!'''
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Most of the main cast is dead, including the entire American government (sans Taffy Dale), and the destruction has taken a huge toll on America but at least Richie and his grandmother were able to stop the Aliens and Byron is able to survive and reunite with his family.]]
* BlackHumor: There's several moments of this throughout the film but [[spoiler: Creator/JackBlack being killed horribly, it being caught on every camera and it cutting to his parents frantically flipping through channels to try and escape the image but being unable to do so because it's on EVERY channel]] probably takes the cake.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst:
** General Casey is the first human to die when the aliens attack. Later in the film, Byron Williams makes a HeroicSacrifice and fights the aliens off so Barbara, Music/TomJones and a colleague can escape in Barbara's plane. When they fly over, it looks like the aliens have beaten him to death. [[spoiler: It turns out he was OnlyMostlyDead and makes a triumphant return to Washington D.C. to reunite with his family.]]
** In the novelization, [[spoiler: Byron is KilledOffForReal.]]
* BlatantLies:
** The Martians yelling "Don't run! We are your friends!" as they are chasing humans with a big freaking disintegrator ray.
** Although what they were actually saying may have been entirely different; the alien translator machine never working right was sort of a RunningGag. It's also possible that the Martians realized this and chose to cart it around because they thought it was funny. Note that after the first attack, when the Martian's receive the President's message seeking reconciliation, the Ambassador takes it to the Emperor who reads it out loud... then both promptly burst into laughter.
%% * BloodKnight: General Decker
%% * BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Martians, period.
%% * BrainInAJar
* BrainMonster: The invading Martians are the acranial type. Their brains visibly pulsate and explode inside their clear helmets when exposed to their WeaksauceWeakness: really bad singing.
* BrandishmentBluff: When the Martian Leader addresses congress he yanks out his speech as if he's about to pull out a gun. The second time, when congress is lulled into a more relaxed state...
* BrickJoke: One reporter asks the President "if the Martians have two sexes, like we do." Later, Kessler performs an autopsy on a Martian and finds that they lack genitalia.
* BrownNote: The aliens are defeated by [[spoiler:the playing of the Slim Whitman song "Indian Love Call".]] Probably a {{homage}} to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', in which the rampaging aliens are defeated by a similarly minor effect (germs), and possibly to ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', in which the tomatoes are slain by a suspiciously similar song.
* TheCasanova: Press Secretary Jerry. At least he considers himself one. This eventually [[spoiler:gets him killed by the Martian "Girl".]]
* CelebritySurvivor: Singer Music/TomJones (AsHimself), and last but not least, Byron Williams, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis HEAVYWEIGHT! CHAMPION!]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome OF THE WORLD!]]
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: An example so completely over the top, it could only possibly be a parody. Granted, the US fell for the same trick three times.
* ChekhovsSkill: Byron's kids are seen early in the movie shooting the aliens in a video game. Guess what happens later on? [[spoiler: During their field trip in the White House they are attacked and they save the day by taking some Martian guns and saving the president. Whether this is good or bad thing is your decision.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Florence Norris (possibly due to senility and/or dementia), and Barbara.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: After witnessing the massacre in Pahrump, Barbara tries to convince her husband that what the Martians did was no misunderstanding, but he won't listen. She then plans on packing up and heading to a remote location in Tahoe.
* CrapsackWorld: A side effect of making just about everyone an AssholeVictim. Earth is depicted as pretty sleazy, and a lot of the people populating it are clueless idiots or greedy jerks.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Subverted; it's only a disguise. Also she looks really really creepy, check out the picture at the top of the page. She also moves in a completely inhuman way: She walks like she's rolling on wheels, and has a very disturbing left-right arm motion while doing so.
* DeadHandShot: [[spoiler:Jason]]'s death.
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler:Michael J. Fox]] dies astonishingly early in the film without much fanfare, probably to let you know that the gloves are off. [[spoiler:Danny [=DeVito=]]] also gets little screentime and meets his end pretty quickly.
* DeathByIrony: Art Land is crushed beneath his hotel's giant globe.
* DefiantToTheEnd: General Decker continues ranting about America even as he's shrunk by the Martian leader.
* DenserAndWackier: While the original card series had moments of dark humor, the movie was entirely comedic with a lot less gore.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** The President of the United States apparently crosses this line by the time he finally gives in to his General's request to fight back against the Martians using nuclear weapons. [[spoiler:This is probably because his daughter has gone missing and his wife has been killed.]]
** Barbara, after the Martians first attack. Early in the movie, she was convinced the Martians came to help the Earth. But later, in her sorrow she's gone back to drinking and believes humanity are being eradicated as punishment for destroying themselves.
* DeusExNukina: Parodied and averted. After a long time setting it up, all it does is allow the Martians to do a HeliumSpeech gag and showcase their technology to be too superior for them to be taken out ''that'' way.
* DirtyCoward: Billy-Glen, during the first Martian attack, quite stupidly charges at one with intent to kill it. He hit the magazine release by mistake. He then picks up an American flag and shouts "I surrender!" [[spoiler:He dies anyway, but since no one heard what he actually said, he's honored as an American hero. This fuels his trailer trash parents' blatant favoritism of him over his less aggressive, smarter brother.]]
%% * DisasterMovie: PlayedForLaughs.
* DisintegratorRay: The Martians' ray guns, that only leave behind someone's skeleton.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Prof. Donald Kessler is constantly shown smoking one.
%% * DisturbedDoves: Subverted.
* DonutMessWithACop: Several cops were seen running out of a doughnut shop before it was destroyed.
* TheDragon: The Martian Ambassador, wearing a red cloak. He leads the attack at the desert, blows up Congress, and even enters into fisticuffs with Byron at the end of the movie. He takes orders from the [[BigBad Martian Leader]], wearing a purple cloak (and pictured above).
* DreadfulMusician: Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call" (and its high amounts of yodeling) is the Martians' WeaksauceWeakness.
* DualWielding:
** During the siege of the White House, a Martian is seen with two rifles just before being shot by a secret service agent. This allows the boys to grab his weapons and start shooting. A few moments later, a second Martian is briefly seen doing the same (see Stock Footage).
** General Decker wields two pistols when he attempts to shoot the Martian Leader. [[spoiler:They do nothing.]]
* DudeNotFunny: InUniverse, the Martians do their invasion ForTheEvulz, but when one of their own gets [[{{Hypocrite}} killed]] and [[TheyWouldCutYouUp autopsied,]] they break out the giant Mech simply for that reason.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/IndependenceDay'', which was released six months earlier.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Jason Stone can't comprehend his vapid girlfriend somehow managing to outdo him: her show was contacted before his with the news that the President was cutting into everyone's airtime, and later, Donald Kessler appears on her show to discuss the Martians. She's on a ''fashion'' show. Even Natalie's dog won't listen to him.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For Richie and the other characters who survive the invasion.
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: [[spoiler:Yodeling. Making this the most absurd example ever.]] CrowningMomentOfFunny ''and'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome of Awesome]]. It's both great and hilarious.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: They make for good bowling pins.
* EmergencyPresidentialAddress: This is parodied in the President's address to the U.S. after the Martians destroy Congress, in which he assures the public that a "very real response" will be coming "soon".
* EventTitle
* EvilDetectingDog: The president's dog started barking as soon as he saw the Martians, before anyone besides the General realized that they were dangerous.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Mars attacks Earth!
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''Mars Attacks!'' is the title of this movie.
* ExploitedImmunity: [[spoiler:When the Martians hear recordings of Slim Whitman singing "Indian Love Call" their heads explode. The humans take advantage of this to destroy them.]]
* {{Expy}}: General Casey is one of Colin Powell (back in his roles prior to that for which he is most recently and well known).
* {{Fainting}}: Natalie, upon [[spoiler:Jason]]'s death.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: How [[spoiler: First Lady Marsha (Glenn Close)]] dies. [[spoiler: It was her much-cherished Nancy Reagan chandelier, too.]]
%% * FatIdiot: Richie's brother and parents.
* {{Fingore}}: Jerry's finger gets bitten off by the Martian girl. To add insult to injury, it lands in the fishtank and the fish nibble at it.
%% * FirstContact: Of the worst kind possible.
* FlyingSaucer: The Martians' spaceships. Even gets name-dropped.
* ForTheEvulz: The Martians are not out to invade Earth, but destroy it because they seem to find it funny.
%% * FriendToAllLivingThings: Unusually enough, Tom Jones.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Right after the Pahrump massacre, as the president and his advisors argue over what to do next, the First Daughter, for some reason, is grinning like an idiot, clearly loving the carnage.
* FutileHandReach: Natalie and Jason reaching for each other in the massacre.
* GeneralRipper: General Decker, who wants to go into Martial Law the moment the Martians arrive and keeps on trying to get nukes approved for use. Unusually for this kind of film, he turns out to be absolutely right about the Martians being a threat.
%% * GranolaGirl: Annette Bening's character.
* HandSignals: When the Martians invade the senior citizen center where Richie's grandmother is staying, one of them silently beckons a large DisintegratorRay device forward so it can destroy her.
* HeliumSpeech: The Martian leader. [[spoiler:With an absorbed ''nuclear blast''.]]
* {{Homage}}:
** To ''Earth vs. The Flying Saucers'' and ''DrStrangelove''.
** The final scene on the Capitol steps to the final scene in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV Film/ANewHope''. Becomes incredibly HilariousInHindsight because Natalie Portman went on to play Queen Amidala in the prequel trilogy, where she plays the same role in paying homage to the same scene.
* HopeSpot: The first contact scene. The Martians say they've come in peace, everything seems to have worked out... and then they see one bird flying overhead, at which point shit immediately hits the fan.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Almost all of the humans except General Decker when it comes to the Martians. They even fall for the Martian "apologies". [[TooDumbToLive Multiple times!]]
%% * HotScientist: Parodied by Pierce Brosnan's Donald.
%% * HotScoop: Natalie, played by Creator/SarahJessicaParker.
* HughMann: The Martian girl acts very strangely and Jerry doesn't notice [[spoiler: until it bites his finger off]].
* HumansAreDiplomats: Humans try to make peace every chance they get, [[AllForNothing for all the good that does.]]
* IKnowMortalKombat: Kids practising rail shooter games give them a leg up when they happen upon some real ray guns from a fallen Martian warrior.
* ISurrenderSuckers: The Martians love this trope. They have a habit of calling truces, only to attack moments later.
%% * IvyLeagueForEveryone
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Marsha Dale throws the skull of their dog at the alien assassin who infiltrated the White House, moments after the dog was killed.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The Martian emperor uses a shrink-ray on a general and squashes him.
* JerkAss: Every single fucking Martian. And many humans, especially Danny [=DeVito's=] character, most of Ritchie's family, the President, and Barbara's husband (the last two played by Creator/JackNicholson). The president is perhaps simply clueless.
* JerkAssHasAPoint: General Decker was quite right to not trust the Martians, but this gets subverted when he pleads to use nuclear warheads that turn out to be useless. FridgeLogic comes into play when you realize, had the President listened to Decker and used the warheads much earlier, the Martians would've probably invaded much faster.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: When a soldier runs screaming towards a rifle, points it at a Martian -- and hits the magazine release. Possibly justified because said soldier is played by Jack Black.
* KillEmAll: Put it this way; out of the top '''nine''' cast members, [[spoiler:Annette Bening is the only one who survives]]. Burton, told that he couldn't kill Nicholson's character, gave him two characters (Art Land and the President)... and killed [[spoiler:''both'' of them.]]
* LargeHam:
** Danny [=DeVito=]'s character. "Rooollexx!"
** Glenn Close as First Lady Marsha Dale. "The Nancy Reagan chandelier!"
%% ** Jack Nicholson as Art Land too.
* LastKiss: Donald and Natalie, as the Martian mothership goes down into the sea.
* LeeroyJenkins: When the Martians open fire in Nevada, Billy-Glenn blindly charges across half the field, grabs a gun from a dead soldier, and prepares to unleash hell on the alien invaders - but accidentally hits the magazine release instead.
* LighterAndSofter: The movie was a BlackComedy but a comedy nonetheless. While the trading cards and comics had its moments, they were much darker, bloodier, and all around more serious.
%% * LittleGreenMen
* LittleNo: The President after watching [[spoiler:miniaturized General Decker being squashed under a Martian's foot]].
* LondonEnglandSyndrome:
** In one scene ''Music/TomJones'' comments that he saw another character box "...in Cardiff, Wales once". Jones, being a native Welshman, would probably just say "Cardiff" in real life. Surprising he didn't pick up on this one, really.
** [[JustifiedTrope He was talking to Americans.]] Most people outside the UK don't even know if Wales is even its own country, let alone the name of its cities.
* LosingYourHead: Donald and Natalie's heads are severed. Donald's survives in a jar on hanging wires. Natalie's is [[MixAndMatchCritters swapped with that of her chihuahua]].
* LoungeLizard: Music/TomJones sings "It's Not Unusual" in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. Part of the way through the song, his backup singers are replaced by Martians, and everything goes to hell.
* MamaBear: How Byron's wife is introduced. While out on her usual route, she sees her sons have skipped school. She immediately pulls over, and goes to yell at them and drags them onto her bus, where she receives applause from the passengers.
* MilitariesAreUseless: Completely, even taking into account the technology gap. In the "first contact" scene, there are multiple riflemen in the background who clearly have a clear shot at the Martians, but ''are not shooting''.
* TheMillstone: The hippie that releases the dove, which sets off the Martians' BerserkButton and leads to the initial massacre in Nevada. Of course, they could've been planning all along to vaporize everyone there, regardless.
* MisterMuffykins: Natalie's chihuahua, Poppy. At no point he stops barking, not even when its head is put on a human body.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Natalie's head is later put on her chihuahua's body (and vice versa).
* MonumentalDamage:
** Destroying Big Ben, melting the Eiffel Tower, bowling with Moai, carving their heads in Mount Rushmore, blowing up Congress, attempting to crush Boy Scouts with the Washington Monument...
** A RealLife example behind the scenes: The Landmark Hotel and Casino in UsefulNotes/LasVegas was being scheduled for implosion while the movie was being filmed. Burton, who was quite fond of the place, wanted to film its implosion and immortalize it by using it during the aliens' attack on Vegas. Special pyrotechnics were added to the implosion where special effects would be added in post. So when you see it being destroyed in the movie, it actually got destroyed.
%% * MoodMotif: Parodied.
* MsFanservice: A Las Vegas showgirl follows the main characters while still wearing her stage outfit. She doesn't get many lines and seems to be there just to bounce around in a revealing outfit. She was the waitress Art Land was flirting with at the beginning of the film.
%% * MyBrainIsBig: The Martians.
* NotNowKiddo: Art Land's investors try to point out that the Martians are getting closer, but he keeps brushing them off.
* {{Novelization}}: Written by the film's screenwriter, Jonathan Gems.
* NukeEm: Attempted against the Martians, but fails massively. The Martians actually capture the explosive force of the nuke, and smoke it! They actually get high on radioactive explosives. This is both funny and badass. It gives them ''helium voices''. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you remember that nuclear fusion produces helium.
* OhCrap:
** Jack Black's character about to go LeeroyJenkins on the Martians when the clip falls out of his gun.
** The President when he hears that the French are about to negotiate a peace treaty with the Martians...[[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter or so they think]].
* OnlySaneMan:
** Richie in a family of rednecks. Another reason why they don't like him, except his grandma.
** Also, General Decker, despite his warmonger attitude, is the only member of the President's staff who seems to understand that the Martians are ''not'' interested in peace. Unfortunately, he gets ignored until it's practically too late.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Parodied, as with everything else. The lone Martian soldier that Danny [=DeVito=]'s lawyer comes across doesn't spare so much as a snicker when killing him.
* OppositesAttract: Pierce Brosnan's brainy (if ridiculously utopian) scientist and Sarah Jessica Parker's airhead fashion show host.
* OutOfFocus: The President's daughter, after the White House attack. But came back to award Richie and his grandma.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: The President tries it with the Martian leader. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* PistolWhipping: During the annihilation of Congress, Donald Kessler is knocked out by a blow on the back of the head from the butt of a skeleton beam rifle wielded by a Martian soldier.
%% * PoorCommunicationKills
%% * ThePowerOfRock
* ProlongedPrologue: The aliens only start attacking Earth about halfway through the movie.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "It's ME! Byron WILLIAMS! [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome HEAVYWEIGHT! CHAMPION! OF THE WORLD!]]"
* PurpleIsPowerful: The [[BigBad Martian Leader]] has a purple cape.
* RaygunGothic: The Martians' ships and equipment, [[CaptainObvious including the rayguns]].
* RefugeInAudacity: The last shot of the film, in which Music/TomJones apparently summons a bunch of woodland creatures like he was Disney/SnowWhite.
%% * RooflessRenovation
%% * RuleOfPerception
* RuleOfThree: The Martian Leader makes three attempts on the President's life. [[spoiler: He finally succeeds the third time.]]
* RushmoreRefacement: The Martians use their ship lasers to change Rushmore so it shows the faces of various Martians (probably some famous ones to them).
* ScatterbrainedSenior: Richie's grandmother calls both of her grandsons (Richie and Billy Glen) "Thomas".
* {{Schadenfreude}}:
-->'''Florence Norris''': They blew up Congress!
* SchizoTech: 80's cell phones, 50-60's military hardware, etc, cars from the 70's-80's.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: "Now, even in times of so-called 'intergalactic emergency,' people still wanna roll them bones!"
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: A heroic example. Richie deciding to go save his grandmother Florence from the nursing home during the alien invasion. His parents tell him to forget about her and call her a nut and then criticize him again for not being like his [[spoiler:dead]] brother, at which point Richie decides enough is enough and goes anyway, [[spoiler:avoiding certain death.]]
* SedgwickSpeech: General Decker's DefiantToTheEnd EagleLand speech (which apes Winston Churchill's "We will fight on the beaches, we will fight in the fields" speech). The Head Martian shuts him up by stepping on him.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Art Land selling the investors on building his casino while the Martians blow up real estate all around them.
-->'''Art Land:''' Just five more minutes.
* ShoutOut: Multiple examples, particularly to old alien invasion movies. Burton also adds a self-reference by including the fat clown killed by the Penguin in ''BatmanReturns'' inside a UFO.
* SkewedPriorities: When evacuating the White House, the Secret Service diverts the First Family away from one room because there's a tour group in it.
* StockFootage:
** Possibly in keeping with the traditions of B-movies, Burton reused footage here. The first example involves identical Martians dual weilding lasers before dying in the White House and the second involves the first invasion fleet which involves footage from the opening credits.
** There is also stock footage of [[Film/{{Baraka}} people praying at Mecca]], implying it's about to be destroyed by Martians.
%% * StabTheSalad
* StarfishLanguage: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in that they are making vocalizations, it's just that they sound to human ears like an endless stream of "Ack ack, rack ACK ACK!"
* StrippedToTheBone: The effect of the Martian DisintegratorRay. Colorized, too. Possible FridgeBrilliance with the color effect: the Martians may be keeping score.
* StupidScientist: The Scientist figures the Martians are peaceful. He was wrong.
** He also asserts that they breathe Nitrogen, despite the fact that Earth's atmosphere is primarily Nitrogen, and the aliens die so quickly when their helmets are shattered that the atmosphere is obviously poisonous to them.
** [[FridgeBrilliance If a human tried to breathe a primarily-oxygen atmosphere pressurized to over 100 atmospheres (Mars' atmospheric pressure is less than 1% of Earth's), they'd die pretty fast too!]]
%% * SwissCheeseSecurity: The underground Presidential hiding place.
* {{Tagline}}: "Nice planet... '''''we'll take it!'''''"
* TapOnTheHead: Jerry Ross is knocked unconscious by a female Martian assassin when she hits him on the back of the head with a statuette. It seems as though this blow [[spoiler: kills him, as we never see or hear from him again afterwards. Confirmed by the Novelization.]]
* TemptingFate: "Gentlemen, there is no way that we can lose!" Art, just before [[spoiler:the Martians blow up his hotel with him in it.]]
* {{Theremin}}: Used extensively on the soundtrack, mostly as a LeitMotif for the Martians.
* TheDogBitesBack: As the Martian mother ship starts to go down, [[MixAndMatchCritters Natalie's dog, whose head was surgically implanted on her body,]] grabs one of the Martians, and strangles him while yapping in his face.
* TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste: It's clear the unlikable characters and overall over-the-top nature were intentional.
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity: Grandma Norris, who calls both of her grandsons "Thomas".
* TooDumbToLive: Virtually all humans, who continue trusting the Martians after they've consistently vaporized their most important dignitaries.
%% * {{Troll}}: The Martians' general attitude.
* TwoOutOfThreeAintBad: Capitol Hill is vaporized early on, but at least the White House and the Supreme Court are okay....for the moment.
--> Dale: ''"I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain't bad."''
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler:The President's daughter, played by Natalie Portman.]]
* UniversalTranslator: The humans build one before formally meeting the Martians. Subverted in that it doesn't really work (or the Martians are intentionally spouting gibberish half the time just for the fun of it).
* TheUnfavorite: Richie to the rest of his family, who dote on his older brother, Billy-Glen. The only exception to this is his grandmother. [[spoiler: Both survive the end of the movie.]]
* VillainBall: The Martian's weakness would likely never have been discovered, had one not halted to [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill set up an enormous death machine to deal with Grandma]] and opted to [[JustShootHim shoot her instantly.]]
%% * ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption
* VillainsOutShopping: In addition to killing all humans, the Martians are also shown enjoying Playboy, martinis, Godzilla, and taking tourist pictures.
* VivaLasVegas: A washed-up boxer, a compulsive gambling lawyer, a huckster casino developer, copious showgirls and Music/TomJones.
* TheWarRoom: Located on the President's last-resort bunker, including such things as a tactical map spread on the floor and concealed monitors to view the nuclear missile launch.
* WarHawk: General Decker. His EstablishingCharacterMoment is to demand for Martial Law to be enabled once the Martians arrive and pushes for an immediate preventive strike when the Martians still appear peaceful, and wishes to escalate to full-blown nuclear warfare after the FirstContact attempt goes pear-shaped. Unusually enough, even if appearing to be a jingoistic BloodKnight of epic proportions from first appearance to unceremonious death, he was pretty much right about the aliens.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Martians are defeated by [[spoiler:country music]] of all things!
%% * WeComeInPeaceShootToKill
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Natalie Portman's character, '''Taffy''' Dale.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Richie's parents make it blatantly clear that are very ashamed of him for not being like Billy-Glen.
%% * WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings
* WiperStart: While trying to start the plane, Tom Jones accidentally turns on the radio...and is dumbfounded when he hears Slim Whitman being played.
-->"Who put ''that'' on?"
* WordSaladHumor: The Martians' first message to Earth?
--> "All green of skin, 800 centuries ago, their bodily fluids include the birth of half-breeds. For the fundamental truth self-determination of the cosmos, for dark is the suede that mows like a harvest."
* TheWorfBarrage: Up until "Indian Love Call" starts broadcasting, the efforts of the U.S. military to stop the Martians at best only kills individual Martians. Even using nuclear weapons is completely useless (and only makes the Martians mock them).
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler:The Martians when they hear the BrownNote.]]

[[folder:Original Cards]]
!!Tropes of the original cards:

* CanonImmigrant: The Martian Spy Girl from the Tim Burton film is this as of the 2013 Invasion set- an Early Missions card depicts a version of the character.
* ChildSoldiers: The required age to join the army in defeating the Martians is 13 and up.
%% * {{Deconstruction}}
* {{Bowdlerized}}: The card series was planned to be repainted and reissued in order to meet moral standards at the time, but the project was cancelled after only 13 cards were redone.
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: Even though the Martians kick the humans' asses in nearly every battle on Earth, the humans are somehow able to fly to Mars and destroy several Martian cities before pressure in the planet's core blows it up.
* EnemyMine: Even the mafias and street gangs join in the battle against the Martians.
%% * EarthShatteringKaboom
* FanService: A few cards pictured martians carrying away scantly clad women.
* FreezeRay: A one off weapon used by the Martians.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: The Martians shoot a special ray at the ocean to cause a huge tidal wave.
* {{Gorn}}: The cards' major selling point.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The Martians would use growth rays to make giant insects.
* MarsNeedsWomen: It doesn't seem as though they '''need''' Earth women but they obviously take great interest in them anyway.
* NoNameGiven: Averted. The warlike Martians are called Gnards and the peaceful, intellectual ones are called Paecs.
* KickTheDog: Or rather, shoot the dog. One of the most iconic images of the series was a martian soldier randomly shooting a farm dog in front of its helpless owner. The image can be seen on the AliensAreBastards trope page.
* PlotTumor: The Martians ''vanish'' from the cards in favor of the giant insects around #27.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Earth is burning, a majority of the human race is dead, and the survivors are still dealing with giant insect attacks. What is mankind's response? Why, take every available soldier, tank, and nuke on Earth, go to Mars on MASSIVE rocket ships, and ''tear every living thing on the planet limb from limb,'' before abandoning the planet right before the EarthShatteringKaboom.
* ShrinkRay: Another one off weapon used by the Martians.
* TouchOfTheMonster: A few of the fanservicy cards displayed Martians carrying off scantly-clad women.

[[folder:Comic Series]]
!!Tropes of the comic series:

* AdaptationExpansion: The series had multiple story lines which expanded the universe beyond the original comic series.
* BlatantLies: In ''Mars Attacks ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', the Martians inject a mob boss with ninites claiming they would allow him to understand their language. In addition the Martian adds this disclaimer:
-->'''Martian:''' It's DEFINITELY not also a bomb.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The Martians vivisect some of their victims.
* CrossOver: They had one with Creator/ImageComics. As far as ComicBook/SavageDragon continuity goes, this crossover actually had major repercussions which is unusual in a crossover.
* CrossThrough: In January 2013 IDW had the Martians individually attack the Franchise/{{Transformers}}, ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters[[note]]Yes, they do specifically mean the animated series of that name, not any other incarnation of [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} the franchise]].[[/note]], ''Zombies vs. Robots'', and... Music/{{KISS}}.
* EnemyMine: You can [[NiceJobFixingItVillain thank the Martians for this one]] in "Mars Attacks the Transformers," where their actions cause the Autobots and Decepticons to team up against the little green aliens.
* ExactWords: In Mars Attacks Judge Dread, Dread makes an deal with a crime lord to have his record wiped clean in exchange for transport in his antique, gasoline-powered car after the Martians set off an EMP which renders all other forms of transportation inert. Once the Martians are taken care of, Dread arrests the crime lord anyway since, despite wiping his ''past'' crimes from the record as agreed, driving a gas powered vehicle violates Mega City's anti-pollution laws and counts as a new crime unaffected by the bargain. While this usually results in an extremely minor fine, judges are allowed to issue any sentence they see fit and Dread gives him a life sentence.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Mars Attacks Popeye''.
* ShoutOut:
** Many of the images from the original cards were remade in the comics, including the aforementioned crossover with Image. The "Destroying A Dog" card was redrawn with Raphael from the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles in the background instead of the farm boy (the turtles were being published by Image at the time).
** Also in this crossover, the Martians were defeated when [[spoiler: the Savage Dragon invaded their planet, used a growth ray to become a giant, and destroyed Mars]] in a similar fashion to the original trading card ending. Keep in mind that the "Image Comics version" were from an AlternateReality. The "real" Martians made a brief appearance to observe their counterparts, realized they were not able to fight [[SuperHero super heroes]], and left the universe.
** The [[http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads//2012/10/i68.jpg?848685 cover]] for IDW's ''Mars Attacks Classics Vol. 3'' collection features what appears to be a human version of Applejack from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', whose [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW tie-in comic]] is also published by IDW.
* UntouchableUntilTagged: Byron, fending off Martians until they mobbed him.
* VillainTeamUp: You can thank the Sea Hag for this one in "Mars Attacks Popeye," where she immediately intercepts the Martians upon their landing and hypnotizes them into attacking Popeye for her instead of invading Earth. [[spoiler:Then the spinach-powered beatdown breaks their hypnosis, and they betray her through DefeatByModesty (ItMakesSenseInContext) before leaving Earth out of a new found [[TheDreaded fear of Popeye.]]]]
* WouldHurtAChild: In one training card, a little girl is implied to be Murdere by a Martian after she asks if he will be her friend.