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Amusing Alien

He's got the whole world in his hands... and no clue what to do with it.

"Heh. Dumb alien. That's good material."
Stan Smith, American Dad!

An Amusing Alien is a sci-fi, fantasy, or otherworldly character whose main purpose is to 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 Funny Foreigner, but the two tropes are not identical. An otherworldly Funny Foreigner elicits laughs from their ignorance and bizarre behavior; an Amusing Alien, on the other hand, can be anything from The Smart Guy, a Deadpan Snarker, or a Genre Savvy Fourth-Wall Observer. As a general rule, if the Amusing Alien is of a race or species that's common in the work, the trope is Funny Foreigner instead.

If there's a multi-character party, the Amusing Alien will probably be the Team Pet, the Non-Human Sidekick, or the Token Non-Human.

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 Alien Among Us, Pet Monstrosity, Plucky Comic Relief, Fantastic Anthropologist, and Crazy Cultural Comparison. Supertrope to Funny Robot.


Anime & Manga
  • Mokona from Magic Knight Rayearth, until it's revealed that he's actually the creator of both Cephiro and Earth.
  • America's little buddy Tony of Axis Powers Hetalia, provided you find his habitual cursing and severe hatred of the English amusing.

Comic Books


  • Discworld:
    • Rincewind's Luggage, though the humor tends to be more... violent.
    • The Death of Rats. Regular Death can often be The Comically Serious, but has plenty of dramatic moments as well.
  • An hilariously out-of-the-ordinary example of this trope occurs in Diane Duane's Young Wizards 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.
  • Animorphs
    • Ax falls into this trope when 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.
  • The Presger ambassadors in 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.

Live-Action TV
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pakleds start off as a straight example of this trope 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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 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 always shown in stoic silence on the show.
    • This was also the niche the Ferengi eventually settled in, after failing to be convincing as the new top villains in their earliest TNG appearances.
  • Dex, also known as the Masked Rider, 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…
  • Everybody in Hidden Hills on The Neighbors, though whether the Zabvrons or the Weavers are the "aliens" depends on how you look at it.
  • Doctor Who has recently acquired one in the shape of the Sontaran bonehead Strax. He has difficulty telling the difference between human genders and once declared war on the moon.

  • The Super Sonic Robotic Comic in The Party Zone is a meta example — his lines are unintelligible gibberish, but everyone else reacts with uproarious laughter.

Tabletop Games
  • In Rocket Age 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.

Video Games
  • The Elcor from the Mass Effect 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.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum and the Vacuum Consortium. SUBMIT WILLINGLY!
  • Capt'n Crazy. Actually, this was a late development - for a long time, even the author wasn't sure WTH the Capt'n actually is.

Western Animation
  • Teen Titans: 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 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 sneezing star-bolts).
  • The Venture Bros. 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 "IGNORE ME!"