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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 -- for instance, the episode where AppliedPhlebotinum creates seven Marions, [[Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs one happy, one bashful, one grumpy, and so on]].
!!This series contains examples of:

* AliensOfLondon: Pretty much all the aliens speak British English, including several with regional accents (such as the very Scottish Professor Notgerman).
* 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]]?
* 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.
* BadassAdorable: Yes, Marion is played for laughs and he's a cute little hamster like creature. He's also capable of kicking some serious butt when he needs to.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: In "Bringing Up Baby", Marion gets badly battered while looking after an alien baby that keeps randomly changing ages.
* BagOfHolding: Marion's cheek pouches have an apparently infinite carrying capacity and contain all kinds of useful objects.
* BalloonBelly: Cassie gains one for a short time in "Chin Raiders" after eating lots of pancakes.
* BarBrawl: The first episode has a PA system announcing a "spontaneous bar-room brawl in three minutes."
* BerserkButton: '''Never''' call Marion "cute". This even includes any word that has "cute" in it (eg. "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}}: There is one as a supporting character in "Fashion Victim", who goes SweetOnPollyOliver.
* BountyHunter: Several appear as recurring characters, including Marion himself and the Horse With No Name. "Night Of The Hunters" features a large number of bounty hunters who mistake Cassie's ads seeking information about her father for wanted posters.
* BrickJoke: Lampshaded in "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable". A group of cute critters accidentally 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.
* CatchPhrase: "Don't... call... me... CUTE!"
* ClipShow: In "The Trial", the last episode produced, Marion has to face a bounty hunter licensing tribunal in a trial heavily illustrated with clips from other episodes. Even the frame story makes heavy use of recycled and redubbed footage.
* ConspicuousCG: Cel-shaded CGI is used for spaceships and other detailed objects which are required to move very fast.
* CrowdSong: "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable" is set on a planet of crowd-singing creatures.
* CuckooNest: In "School's Out", Cassie is just an ordinary schoolgirl on Earth, daydreaming about space adventures with a roguish hamster -- or is she?
* CuteCrittersActChildlike: The adorable critters in "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable" are cute, innocent and helpless.
* CutShort: The series was cancelled before Cassie could find her father.
* DisguisedInDrag: In "Fashion Victim", Marion disguises himself in drag in an attempt to rescue Cassie from a deranged fashion designer.
* DontTryThisAtHome:
** In one episode featuring the Galaxy of a Million Suns, Marion escapes using an electric fan that he switches to "turbo". A message then pops up saying: "Never try to escape the Galaxy of a Million Suns with an electric fan, it is dangerous and [[TooDumbToLive stupid]]".
** A similar warning appears in "Save the Whale" when the SpaceWhale has to fly close to the sun to melt some ice trapping Marion and Cassie.
%%* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Cassie, occasionally.
%%* EnergyWeapon
* EvilLaugh: In "Lonely Planet" Cassie and Marion laugh evilly while [[ScaryFlashlightFace 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 ''Film/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?
%%* 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" 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.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Cassie always does the right thing and gets angry with Marion when he doesn't. She was also able to ask a question of the All-Seeing Chin, 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 ''Franchise/IndianaJones''.
%%* IdiosyncraticWipes
%%* IdiotHero: Marion
%%* IntelligentGerbil
* InterspeciesRomance:
** In "Save the Whale", Marion got married to a Space Whale, who broke it off and hooked up with a defrosted, eloquent saber-tooth cat.
** In "Just Deserts", Marion 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: In "Off to Work", AppliedPhlebotinum creates seven Marions, [[Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs one happy, one bashful, one grumpy, and so on]].
* LostHimInACardGame: In "Just Deserts", Marion loses Cassie in a card game to the outlaw Abnormality Jane.
* LotusEaterMachine: In "Wish You Were Here", Cassie is apparently reunited with her father, and Marion with his parents, but it's only an illusion caused by a being that wants them to stay and keep it company.
%%* MadScientistLaboratory
* MeaningfulName:
** Marion is a homage to the character played in the 1969 film ''Film/TrueGrit'' by Creator/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: In "Twin Cheeks", Marion and Cassie meet their counterparts from an alternate universe where Cassie is a hardened bounty hunter and Marion is a criminal she's pursuing.
* 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 is very short and hot-tempered, though he's less touchy about his height per se than about being considered cute.
* NoNameGiven: Cassie and Marion are being pursued by another bounty hunter (a horse with a poncho and Creator/ClintEastwood mannerisms) who calls himself "[[Music/{{America}} The Horse With No Name]]". Cassie points out that if he's called "The Horse With No Name" then that ''is'' his name.
* OpeningNarration: Each episode opens with a narration from Cassie recapping the fact that she is looking for her father with Marion's help.
* OpeningShoutOut: In "Twin Cheeks", when Alt!Cassie gives her backstory, it's done in the style of Cassie's opening narration.
* ParentalBonus: The series includes a lot of pop culture references the presumptive audience would be too young to recognize.
* ParentsForADay: In "Bringing Up Baby", when an alien mother asks Cassie and Marion to look after her baby for a while.
%%* TheProfessor: Professor Notgerman
* RaisedByWolves: In "Wish You Were Here", when Cassie and Marion are (apparently) reunited with their respective families, it's revealed that Marion was raised by an actual pack of wolves. (Or talking wolf-like aliens, anyway.)
* RecapByAudit: In "The Trial", the final episode to be produced, Marion has to face a licensing tribunal when he's accused of conduct unbecoming his bounty hunter license. Cue ClipShow. (In the end, [[spoiler:the tribunal does strip him of his license -- and awards one to Cassie, having concluded that she's done more to earn one over the course of the series than Marion has]].)
* RummageFail: Commonly happens when Marion attempts to retrieve something from his cheek pouches.
* ScaryFlashlightFace: In "Lonely Planet" Cassie and Marion give an EvilLaugh while shining flashlights in their faces.
-->'''Cassie:''' I have no idea why we did that.
* ShoutOut: Tons, especially in "Lonely Planet".
-->'''Cassie:''' [[LampshadeHanging Don't you just love gratuitous film references?]]
* SmallUniverseAfterAll: As per the opening narration, the series is set "on the other side of the universe".
* SpaceIsAnOcean: Complete with {{Space Whale}}s, in some episodes, and space cruise liners in others.
%%* SpaceIsNoisy
* SpaceWestern: "Just Deserts" is set on a desert planet with lots of Western tropes. Cassie gets abducted by the outlaw Abnormality Jane.
* SuperSargassoSea: On the search for Cassie's missing dad, Marion and Cassie find themselves in the world of the lost. Not only are lost objects there, but people too: there's a room of lost dads and even the antagonists that the duo 'lost.'
* TemporaryBulkChange: Cassie in "Fashion Victim", while being fed up by an alien that's planning to eat her.
* ThisAintRocketSurgery: In "Off to Work", the split Marions set out to earn some money for needed repairs on Marion's ship. Dopey Marion is seen cheerfully remarking "It isn't brain surgery!" ''while performing brain surgery''. At another point in the episode, the same thing happens with rocket science.
%%* ThisBananaIsArmed: "Hah! You didn't think that banana was loaded!"
%%* {{Tomboy}}: Cassie
* TooDumbToLive: In "Somewhere That's Green", while Marion is trying to hang up a banner he accidentally steps on a button that ejects all their food supply. When Cassie asks him, he demonstrates by pushing the button again and ejects all their water supply.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Parodied in "The Good, the Bad, and the Adorable", most notably in the scene where the cute alien villagers decide that the best solution is to steal their saviour's spaceship and run away en masse.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Cassie is this towards Marion at times.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: In "Mutiny on the Bounty Hamster", Cassie and Marion are trapped on a space liner where the robot staff have revolted.
* UnstoppableRage: Marion's reaction to being called cute.
* 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.