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, if only he could find what he needed when he needed it...), and he goes into an Unstoppable Rage whenever someone calls him "cute".Each episode is packed with homages and shout outs to earlier works of animation, science fiction, and comedy (the episode where Applied Phlebotinum creates seven Marions — one happy, one bashful, one grumpy, and so on — is classic).
Brick Joke: 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 Big Bad at the crucial moment, whereupon Marion pops up and says, "Bet you forgot about those guys, huh?"
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?
"Freaky Friday" Flip: "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.
Interspecies Romance: 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.
Missing Mom: 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 Word of God, Cassie's mother is dead, and the Lotus-Eater Machine chose not to bring back someone Cassie knew was dead in order to maintain the illusion that it was real.
No Name Given: Cassie and Marion are being pursued by another bounty hunter (a horse with a poncho and Clint Eastwood 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.
Up to Eleven: 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.