A charismatic 15-year-old, Dan Zembrosky, from the bizarre town of Iron Bay suddenly receives strange, cryptic packages from an unknown alien planet.The packages arrive in various forms and Dan and his two best friends (Amanda and Troll) use them to their own advantage, whether it be to make the soccer team, pass a test to avoid summer school or get out of trouble, all while keeping the mysterious contraptions out of the hands of Copernicus, an evil alien who is plotting to take over the world.
Ambiguously Brown: Troll, though he seems to be something along the lines of Pacific Islander (could be Hawaiian, Samoan, Filipino, or Native American, considering he had a dream-catcher heirloom...)
Amusing Injuries: The hijinks of the alien packages leave all of the characters suffering from these, but Dan is a particular example. Especially in "Dan TV", where his injuries keep viewers watching to see what stupid stunts he will perform - and fail at - next.
Copernicus: Agh! you find my one weakness, common tap water.
Copernicus: No, not really.
Lego Body Parts: Dan used a sticker package to swap his leg to get better results at soccer tryouts.
Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded in "The Iron Crown Affair", where a male stylist accuses Troll and Dan "wearing the same tired outfit for months".
Living Shadow: In "Shadow Boxers", the package creates these that attack the original
Made of Iron: Out of the heroes, Dan is the obvious choice (especially in "Dan TV" where he hurts himself on many occasions and receives an electric shock from a floating alien camera whenever he loses a viewer), but all of the characters take their share of abuse - and shake it off - at some point
MacGuffin Guardian: A heroic example as The Hero keep the Packages away from Copernicus (with them even having a vault filled with packages.)
Metaphorgotten: In "Truth or Scare" Copernicus tells Dan that he doesn't plan on cutting the head off of his golden goose, then says that he already made that mistake once; the camera then pans to the head of a literal golden goose mounted on the wall.
Out of Order: "Return to Sender" was aired as the premier in Canada.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted since Dan only impersonated someone with the same build. Played straight when Troll impersonates Copernicus to get past Calamary. Copernicus even says this since aside from the face, they don't even have the same build.
Copernicus often wears one when he learns of a new package. As Dan and his friends rarely seem to notice him, it seems to work. Calamary also counts, to Dan and Troll but NOT Amanda.
Power Fist: Copernicus was able to get these and was ready to go on a rampage. Luckily, the heroes got to him first and were able to destroy the package before he got there.
Plot Coupon: "Return to Sender" has this in the form of the device that brings the package and the rare material it needs to fix it.
Prehensile Hair: A hair monster created from a scissor package is a living embodiment of this trope.
Properly Paranoid: If the first two episodes are to go by Amanda believes there might be more aliens than Copernicus in hiding, and considering that he's able to look human she might not be that far off. Averted, as this usually ends up unfounded.
Sweet Tooth: The only reason Copernicus's race hasn't destroyed Earth? They like saltwater taffy.
Temporary Blindness: A Package gives you the ability to identify aliens or alien tech. However, it blinds you for a while, preventing you from telling who it is if you're looking at a large crowd.
The B Grade: Amanda did not enjoy getting that in kindergarten. And when she learns she was wasting her time (using a Package power) due to kindergarten no longer giving out letter grades... she was not amused. She also goes so far as to complain about an A not being an A+.