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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.

[[AC:{{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 ''BattleOfThePlanets'', the American adaptation of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''.
* America's little buddy Tony of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', provided you find his habitual cursing and severe hatred of the English amusing.
* A good deal of the cast in ''KeroroGunsou''

* From the MarvelUniverse:
** The Impossible Man.
** Before he became DarkerAndEdgier, 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]].
** Lockheed of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}.
* From the DCUniverse:
** Mr. Mxyzptlk
** Bat-Mite
** Don't ferget {{Lobo}}, ya bastiches!
* Starfire in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', broken English aside, is more {{Stripperiffic}} than anything else in the comic.
* ''[[TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' had loads
** The Gronk in StrontiumDog
** The trio of heros in ''Ace Trucking Co'' were all amusing aliens
** Grobbendonk in ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''

* Greedo from ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope''. 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 [[TheScrappy Jar-Jar Binks]] and [[BrianBlessed Boss Nass]], who are more deliberately amusing but less successful.
* Jake, the title character from ''TheCatFromOuterSpace'' can be quite the DeadpanSnarker.
* Several in the ''Film/MenInBlack'' franchise, including Frank the Pug and the Worm Guys.
* Pizza the Hutt, Yogurt, Barf the Mawg, Dot Matrix, and the Dinks in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.
* Gimli the Dwarf in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' live-action movies.
* Bubo the mechanical owl from the original ''ClashOfTheTitans'' was this from time to time.
* The main character of ''Film/{{Paul}}'' is this. He ''is'' voiced by Seth Rogen.

* Rincewind's Luggage from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, 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]].
* 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.
* ''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.

* [[MorkAndMindy Mork from Ork]], probably the TropeCodifier and best example.
* ''Series/{{Alf}}''
* [[SaturdayNightLive The Coneheads]]
* Tom, Dick, Harry, and Sally from ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''
** Along with their Supreme Leader, the Big Giant Head (as portrayed by Creator/WilliamShatner).
* All the eponymous ''Aliens In The Family''.
* Uncle Martin from ''MyFavoriteMartian''. Also the film and SaturdayMorningCartoon versions.
* V.I.C.I. from ''SmallWonder''.
* Alpha 5 from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* The [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Pakleds]] start off as a straight example of this trope [[spoiler:but actually use their ignorant appearance to deceive others.]]
** ''Double'' subverted by the Pakleds, actually: [[spoiler:they're bright enough to steal technology and kidnap Geordi [=LaForge=] but not bright enough to actually ''use'' their stolen technology without the help of a kidnapped engineer...nor to see through the technobabble and bad acting the Enterprise crew uses to effect a rescue.]]
** And 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 always shown in [[TheStoic stoic]] [[TheVoiceless silence]] on the show.
* Meego, the ShapeShifter alien from the CBS sitcom of the same name.
* Angelo from ''Mike And Angelo''.
* Twiki from ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''.
* George Sunday/Thermoman from ''Series/MyHero''.
* Jeannie from ''IDreamOfJeannie''.
* Brian and Sophie Johnson, the titular parents of ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens''.
* Hymie from ''Series/GetSmart''.
* Tom Servo and Crow from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (and Gypsy when she isn't running the ship).
* ''[[Series/MisterEd Mr. Ed]]''
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' and ''TheMunsters''.
* Dex, also known as the ''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…
* Tripitaka's dragon-cum-horse-cum-human from ''Series/{{Monkey}}''.
* 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/DoctorWho'' 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.
* Anya in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.

* Like ''Deep Space Nine's'' Morn, above, the Super Sonic Robotic Comic in ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' is a meta example -- his lines are unintelligible gibberish, but everyone else reacts with uproarious laughter.

* Hans the winged pig in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''.
* 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.
* Most of the aliens in {{Deadlock}} fall under this category.

* Kiki from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', if a talking ferret is considered "otherworldly".
* Div from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', an alcoholic DeadpanSnarker [=DivX=] player.
** Also from ''Penny Arcade'', the Fruit Fucker.
* 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.
* ''Webcomic/ZorphbertAndFred''
* Molly The Peanut Butter Monster from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''

* 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.
* Bob of [[Creator/OlanRogers New Prime]]
* Utkon Mai of ''TheGunganCouncil'', a tiny, spice-addicted Jawa. Returned from being assumed dead by singing "[[Music/LadyGaga Bad Romance]]."
* Rumble Red and Nebulon from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.

* Mr. Mxyzptlk from the {{DCAU}}, appropriately [[ActorAllusion voiced by ]] Creator/GilbertGottfried.
* Roger from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* Pleakley from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''.
** Stitch himself is also [[ComedicSociopathy a good example]].
** As well as his older cousin 625, who's entire existence is mostly based around sandwiches and [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]].
* ''InvaderZim''
* There's a variety in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg plus Zoidberg]].
* ''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]]).
* Uni the unicorn from ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* Slimer in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''.
* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.