Western Animation / Galaxy High

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Galaxy High School was a 1986 TMS Entertainment Sitcom Saturday Morning Cartoon on CBS. It lasted only one season. Despite its short run, the show has since become a cult favorite.

Aimee and Doyle were originally at a human high school together. Aimee was a bookworm, Doyle a jock. They get transferred to Galaxy High, a boarding school, where they are the only Earthlings in attendance. Aimee finds herself one of the in-crowd because of her past academic record and the fact that the student body has significantly more males than females. Doyle is at the bottom of the social ladder — they don't do football at Galaxy High — but he can't leave because this is his last chance to graduate (he was not getting good grades). Naturally, most episodes are about his misadventures.

The laws of physics and every other known science are broken repeatedly, and there was Mood Whiplash at times. Rule of Funny and Rule of Cool are trying to be in effect.

It was created by Chris Columbus (Yes, THAT Chris Columbus) and one of the character designers was a pre-Ren and Stimpy John Kricfalusi.

Contrast to the Tabletop Game Teenagers from Outer Space which is this premise in reverse: Aliens attending human high schools.

Provides Examples of:

  • Alien Lunch
  • Aliens Speaking English
  • An Ice Person: Literal example, Prof. Icenstein.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In It Came From Earth, Doyle, who had been bragging of returning to Earth as a "big man", dreams that he's become a 400-foot giant.
  • Audience Surrogate: Doyle and Aimee are the only humans on the show.
  • Beach Episode: "Beach Blanket Blow-Up".
  • Beautiful All Along: Aimee looked pretty hot in that sweater vest, but Doyle didn't seem to notice until she got pimped-out galactic style.
  • Book Dumb: Doyle.
  • Brainless Beauty: Booey Bubblehead, a literal airhead.
  • Break the Haughty: Pretty much the entire series' point, as Doyle had to learn his lesson again and again and again.
  • Broken Record/Title Scream: The "Galaxy High!" chant during the opening acts as both.
  • Butt-Monkey: Doyle. There's Break the Haughty, and then there's this.
    • Booey also leaves herself open to this trope, purely because of her literally absent mind:
      Booey: I tried (the brain-enhancing drug) once and nothing happened.
      Milo: First you gotta have a brain.
  • Catch-Phrase: Doyle is prone to say "I'll get you for this, Aimee/Beef!" whenever he suffers pain, humiliation or both at the hand of either of them. He never actually does get them back, though.note 
    • Reggie Unicycle is very fond of telling people that "I can't stand it!" Usually what he can't stand is his own perceived wonderfulness.
    • Each member of the Bonk Bunch has his own Catch-Phrase:
      • Beef: "It stinks!" and variations thereof. He's also prone to call people "dimbo."
      • Rotten Roland: "I love it, I loooove it!"
      • Earl Eccchhh: "I ain't no <whatever the others have mistaken him for at the time>! I'm a poy-son!"
    • Myrtle Blastermeier is always likely to tell her literally joined-together-with husband, Harvey, "Oh look Harvey, it's that nice young creature from Earth!" whenever she sees Doyle.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: If Doyle has a complaint about something, he is wrong. Doesn't matter if that something is dangerous, unnecessary, actually against the rules, whatever, he ultimately just needs to shut up and listen to Aimee.
    • When he is right about something - that Fort Lauderoid's star is about to go nova - nobody listens to him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: The Creep started out as a Stalker with a Crush to Aimee (see below), but ended up as this fairly quickly.
  • Drugs Are Bad: The Brain Blaster. The show was up for an award because of it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In The Brain Blaster, Doyle's addiction to the brain-enhancing drug reaches such extremes that even the drug dealer warns him not to overdo it.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Two kids will be chosen from Earth, to go to school at Galaxy High!
  • Fantastic Racism: There seems to be a good deal of animosity toward humans ("Earth-people"), and in the case of Beef, outright bigotry.
    • It even goes the other way around with Aimee when she doesn't want to date any of the aliens on the beach during her Spring Break.
  • Fish out of Water: Doyle, who's no longer the Big Man on Campus and paying the price academically for goofing off in his old high school.
  • Flat Character: "Flat" Freddy Fender (in the middle in the above picture) is this in both appearance and characterization, having almost no personality at all.
  • Future Slang: Or maybe Space Slang; "gweeji" means roughly "awesome," and "dimbo" is an insult.
  • Gossipy Hens: Gilda Gossip is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. She even has more than one mouth!
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Wendy Garbo. She's green only when jealous.
    • In the first episode, Aimee gets her skin dyed blue at a beauty salon. (Before the episode ends, she goes back to her normal color.)
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Or half-alien hybrid, or... well, the PE teacher is some kind of centaur.
  • Human Aliens
    • Milo de Venus, as human as you or I save for having six arms.
    • Luigi, who just has weird hair and pigmentation. (Well, and sometimes he spouts steam from the holes on his neck.)
    • Wendy Garbo.
  • Humans Are Special: How special, and in what way, is sometimes open to interpretation.
    • Justified by the sheer novelty of it: most of the aliens have never seen a human before.
    • There was one episode with a Martian flu epidemic that was wiping out the capacity for emotion. Humans can't catch it. And a human acting sufficiently jerkish can cure it!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Milo De Venus's name is a pun on the Venus de Milo statue, which has no arms, while Milo has six of them.
  • Ironic Echo: Earlier in the first episode, Doyle asked Aimee to leave him alone so the other girls won't think they're dating. Later, when she and her friends were eating pizza at the place where he works to pay for his education, Doyle asked her why she was ignoring him and she reminded him that he was the one who asked her to leave him alone.
  • Jerkass: Beef.
    • Though he comes pretty close to Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory in the The Brat Pack, when teaching a class of elementary school kids how to behave. Not that he'd want to admit it, mind:
      Aimee: I never knew you had such a wonderful way with children. You really do have a heart.
      Beef (scoffs): Hey, you don't have to insult me.
  • Jerk Jock: One of the major themes of the series is Doyle getting his cosmic comeuppance for it.
    • Strangely, Beef is a far bigger jock and a far bigger jerk, and in general he magnifies all of Doyle's negative traits many times over... but suffers for it less.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Doyle, who is at his most jerkish in the first episode but softens up considerably in subsequent ones. In "Where's Milo?" he guilts the rest of the group into helping Milo by pointing out the absurdly nice things Milo's done for all of them.
  • Karma Houdini: In The Brain Blaster, Doyle uses performance-enhancing drugs and steals from his friends to support his habit. But since he learns his lesson, he never faces jail time or even gets punished by the school.note 
    • This is mostly because his opponent in the game 'did' get exposed for brain blasting, thus ending up in trouble with the school and the law. It pretty much made Doyle grateful that he stopped brain blasting.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: Aimee, whose good grades and good looks make her an instant celebrity among Galaxy High's student body. She even bails Doyle out of trouble on numerous occasions.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Wendy. She may be extremely shallow, conniving, bitchy and open to dating anything that walks (even live pizzas), but is virtually always there for her friends, and plays a crucial part in a plan to rescue Milo.
  • Mad Scientist: Prof. Icenstein.
  • Meaningful Name: Inverted. Doyle Cleverlobe is almost the stereotypical dumb jock.
    • However, Aimee's last name is Brightower, and she's certainly bright. More obvious examples are Gilda Gossip, Booey Bubblehead, Professor Icenstein, Ms. McBrain, Reggie Unicycle, and Coach Frogface.
  • Mood Whiplash
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Aimee certainly is. Averted with Milo, though.
  • Nerd Glasses: Milo has 'em, of the "chunky black plastic" type.
  • Never My Fault: Beef blames Doyle for everything, especially for things that are blatantly Beef's own fault.
    • Averted in The Brat Pack, where he, Doyle, Aimee and Milo have broken numerous rules so that Beef can fulfill his promise of taking a group of once-troublesome kids to a theme park. When the gang are caught by Ms. McBrain, Beef steps forward and says he will take whatever punishment is thrown at them. Fortunately, she decides to let everyone go to the park anyway.
      Ms. McBrain: Mr. Bonk, you've taught these children devotion and responsibility. That's far more important than a silly old rule!
  • Nice Guy: Milo is without question the nicest guy at school, to the point of becoming an Extreme Doormat at times.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Doyle's open scoffing at Reggie's shallow platitudes for Aimee succeeds only in triggering Aimee's decision to "hyperspace" it with her rich suitor to the Platinum Planet.
    Doyle: He's not serious. What a load of cackalack (chicken) feathers.
    Aimee: Oh really?! Just because you've never noticed, Doyle Cleverlobe?
  • No Accounting for Taste: Harry and Myrtle, constantly bickering and literally joined together!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mick Maggers is a near-miss.
    • Also, Bobbi Babbel, your "roving reporter from Earth", is a pretty obvious take on Barbara Walters.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Creep. The girls even specifically say in the first episode that this is a nickname they've given him because of his Stalker with a Crush tendencies, but we never find out what his real name is.
  • Pardon My Klingon: It doesn't take much imagination to figure out what the alien cuss words really mean.
  • Punny Name: Oh, where to begin? Al Gatori, Bobbi Babbel, Mick Maggers, Olivia Neutron-John, William Quarksphere, Molly Ringwallet, James T. Smirk, and so on...
  • Right in Front of Me: Applies to Booey in Those Eyes, Those Lips, where she spends the entire episode trying to meet Mick Maggers. While on his ship, she meets a guy named James and talks about how awesome Mick is. Later, James reveals that he's actually Mick in disguise.
  • Rule of Funny
  • Short Runner
  • Shout-Out: Dingy Harry of the intergalatic police, with his "Make my lunar year" catchphrase and second pair of sunglasses underneath, is an obvious one, as is Mick Maggers.
  • Slapstick: One should expect nothing less from a Chris Columbus vehicle.
  • Smug Snake: James T. Smirk from Martian Mumps. Totally. His smugness, inflexibility and obsessive anti-Martian stance (he refuses to believe in even the possibility of a cure for the Martian Mumps) make him utterly insufferable to just about everyone. Hence, when he catches the disease himself and becomes a Martian, his own crew, rather than cure him, decide to give him "one last rule to follow... (to) take every Martian in the area to Mars!"
  • Small, Annoying Creature: The Creep. The "annoying" part is a sentiment shared by most of the girls, because the moment one of them is kind to him, he tends to turn into a...
    • Stalker with a Crush: The Creep latches on to Aimee in the first episode after she is the only girl in school to be nice to him, and begins his series-long worship of her. He's usually played for laughs, and portrayed more sympathetically than most male examples of the trope (probably because he's so small and harmless), and becomes more of a Dogged Nice Guy as the series progresses.
  • Starfish Aliens: Most of the delightfully bizarre supporting cast.
  • Techno Babble: Shows up when Prof. Icenstein explains to Doyle why the inhabitants of the planet Cholesterol would choose a cheater like Beef for their king.
    Prof. Icenstein: So they can gain dietetic sustenance by digesting his metabolic calories and converting them into energetic substances for molecular propulsion! In sort...
    Doyle: Come again?
    Prof. Icenstein: They eat the guy.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Doyle delivers one of these in Where's Milo?, skilfully reminding the gang that when they needed help, Milo was steadfastly loyal to them above all else.
  • Too Many Mouths: On tentacles.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Prof. Icenstein
  • Tsundere: Aimee.
  • Tube Travel
  • Verbal Tic: The Creep sings half his lines in a vaguely Frank Sinatra-like voice.
  • Very Special Episode: The Brain Blaster.
  • Visual Pun: The Tractor Beam that takes the school in one episode has a literal tractor on the end.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Doyle, when learning of Beef's likely fate on Planet Cholesterol, suggests that the gang should "send barbecue sauce" to the planet. It takes Aimee reminding him that "it could have been you" to shut him up.
    • And again in Where's Milo?, when he sells his best friend out in front of everyone for breaking a soap dispenser. Thank heavens he comes to his senses later and rallies the group round.
    • Doyle also swats what he thinks is just a fly only to find out this was a sentient alien fly. Oddly, this is played for laughs.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Doyle and Aimee.
  • Yes-Man: Rotten Roland, to Beef.