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A comic book series by Lewis Trondheim that was turned into an animated series, which told the story of two aliens who travelled the galaxy and try to conquer any planet they came across.

The Animated Adaptation was seen on Teletoon in Canada and Nicktoons Network in the United States.


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  • The Ace: If the tour guide in Alpha-Pictoris is anything to go by, Ghandizen is a benevolent leader who has made massive contributions to develop Alpha-Pictoris. And he can easily crush an invader with just a push of a button, as Kaput and Zosky found out.
  • BFG: A lot of the alien races tend to carry enormous weapons. Our heroes, on the other hand, are armed with relatively small handguns.
  • Blood Knight: As opposed to Zosky, who tends to be more about pragmatic domination and enslavement, Kaput usually just wants to crisperize people.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Kaput's gun and hair are coloured red, which fits since he's a Blood Knight. Zosky's gun and antennae are yellow, the colour of caution (since he's the strategist of the duo).
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  • Cool Ship: Averted with the duo's ship, which is tiny and seems to barely fit the two of them (though it seems to have some degree of Hammerspace built into it).
  • Does Not Like Spam: Neither of them can stand carrots, which proved to be a problem when they went to a planet where carrots were everyone's Trademark Favorite Food... and most prized possessions
  • Eldritch Location: Apparently, aside from the one galaxy the duo knows, the universe consists of black voids, white voids, and places that are fairly terrifying.
  • Escape from the Crazy Place: Kaput and Zosky nearly inevitably discover that the planet they have chosen to invade happens to be either batshit crazy or deceptively competent enough to warrant a retreat.
  • Evil Brit: Zosky in the TV show, going by his accent.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Needless to say, the two of them have had about as much success in conquering worlds as Pinky and the Brain. They have actually succeeded on some occasions, but it never seems to stick and by the end of an episode they're always back to roaming the galaxy.
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  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: Apparently not a good idea in this universe (that, or Kaput and Zosky's signature bad luck made it seem so).
  • Fat and Skinny: Kaput (fat) and Zosky (skinny).
  • Flat World: One planet the duo visits is coin-shaped. And its gravity is relative to the side of the planet.
  • Harmless Villain: As the protagonists! This show could pretty much have been called Harmless Villains: The Show.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Without this trope, there would be no series.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The duo's ship can carry them, their guns, their personal belongings, ample food supplies, and various guides and manuals despite barely being able to accommodate them alone.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: Not really, but the places Kaput and Zosky end up after coming OUT of hyperspace... they ARE scary.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: In spite of seemingly effective weaponry and often supremely evil intentions, the duo appear to have never actually conquered anything.
    • While their weaponry is effective, it doesn't help that most people they run into, if armed at all, have guns bigger than theirs. Not to mention bigger ships. And usually bigger brains.
    • While very rare, they did conquer some planets. Though they were always forced to leave them due to diverse factors, occasionally even complete boredom.
  • Language Barrier: Kaput and Zosky once visited a planet in which its inhabitants speak a babbling language completely different from Standard Galactic (the name given to the English language in the Kaput and Zosky universe). Frustrated by the language barrier, Kaput and Zosky leave the planet. It turns out that the inhabitants CAN speak Standard Galactic; they use the babbling language to confuse and frustrate any invaders.
  • Mythology Gag: An episode of the TV series had the duo meet a comic book artist (with a French accent) who wrote stories about them. The original comic was published in French.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Planet Jobi-Joba is a planet Obstructive Bureaucrats. The planet's denizens tell all visitors to fill out a series of many pointless forms... especially if their purpose is to take over Jobi-Joba. In fact, any invader who refuses to fill out those forms gets easily defeated.
  • One-Winged Angel: Inhabitants of the planet Pax turn into gigantic monstrosities when angered.
  • Paper People: They had an entire planet of these in one episode. It turns out they were that way because every evening, night literally falls.
  • Planetville Of Hats: Every. Single. Planet.
  • Potty Emergency: Kaput had one during an episode where they went to a planet that seemed to be a barren wasteland. It's only after he starts relieving himself that he and Zosky realize that they've landed on Isn't That Precious, a planet full of invisible aliens. At the end of the episode, as they're flying away in their ship, Kaput says he needs to go pee again.
  • Ray Gun: The duo's Crisperizers.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After witnessing Ghandizen crush one of his many would-be assassins, a panicky Zosky says that he and Kaput have lost their luggage in the astroport and are looking for the lost and found, and Kaput asks for some orange juice. Without any hesitation, Ghandizen asks his assistant to help the duo out (and give Kaput some orange juice).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Color-Coded for Your Convenience, except in this case Zosky is Yellow as opposed to blue.
  • Single-Gender Race: A planet of magicians that made all known women (and rabbits) on said planet disappear in their magic acts.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The inhabitants of the planet Syracusa love carrots so much that it's illegal to eat anything else there.
  • Villain Protagonists

Alternative Title(s): Kaput And Zosky

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