An Amusing Alien is a sci-fi, fantasy, or otherworldly character whose main purpose is to amuse the audience.
While the Amusing Alien might have a mundane purpose in the story, a character belongs in this trope only if comedy is their primary reason for existing in the work. Most of the time, the Amusing Alien will be a secondary or background character, to avoid excessively derailing the plot with their antics. The primary exception is in comedies, where casting an Amusing Alien as the main character leads to lots of easy jokes.
May overlap with Funny Foreigner, but the two tropes are not identical. An otherworldly Funny Foreigner elicits laughs from their ignorance and bizarre behavior; an Amusing Alien, on the other hand, can be anything from The Smart Guy, a Deadpan Snarker, or a Genre Savvy Fourth-Wall Observer. As a general rule, if the Amusing Alien is of a race or species that's common in the work, the trope is Funny Foreigner instead.
Given the subjective nature of comedy, the risk is high that an Amusing Alien can end up becoming a Scrappy if not handled carefully. This trope documents alien characters that were intended to be funny; whether or not they succeed is another matter...
- Mikitaka Hazekura from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable... maybe. Even among a cast as, well, bizarre as Jojo Mikitaka still manages to stand out as a major cloudcuckoolander.
- Mokona from Magic Knight Rayearth, until it's revealed that he's actually the creator of both Cephiro and Earth.
- 7-Zark-7, from Battle of the Planets, the American adaptation of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, is an alien robot who acts as a Greek Chorus and comedy relief. He also serves to assure American audiences that nobody actually got killed in action scenes.
- America's little buddy Tony of Axis Powers Hetalia, provided you find his habitual cursing and severe hatred of the English amusing.
- Sgt. Frog is about a band of silly-looking frog-like aliens, their Odd Friendship with their Earthling hosts, and their various inept attempts to "invade" the Earth.
- From the DC Universe:
- From the Marvel Universe:
- Before he became Darker and Edgier, The Awesome Slapstick certainly qualified. The guy dunked a bucket of water on Ghost Rider's head,◊ fer crissakes...
- The monsters of Fin Fang Four (Gorgilla, Fin Fang Foom, Elektro and Googam) probably qualify: they're former monsters who are "rehabilitated" and do mundane jobs (window washer, parking lot attendant) at the Baxter Building.
- From the X-Men, there's Kitty Pryde's pet dragon, Lockheed. He mostly flies around as a background pet, with occasional pantomime reactions to the events around him.
- There's also Doop from the mutant team X-Staxix, a floating green blob who talked in alien wingdings. From later X-Men comics, there's Broo, the outcast Brood, who's adorable as well as amusing.
- Wally Wood's Sally Forth was a comic about a squad of US soldiers and their Innocent Fanservice Girl... along with the martian Snorky, who provided wry observations of their actions.
- Men in Black has several:
- Frank the Pug is an alien who looks like a dog, speaks in a heavy New York accent and wears sunglasses. His main scene in the first movie? Being interrogated by K. By being shaken. Tommy Lee Jones is barely keeping a straight face.
- The Worm Guys can frequently be found in MIB headquarters drinking coffee.
- Star Wars:
- The Presger ambassadors in Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy, being completely unaware of human culture, biology and psychology, tend to act out in a funny way as a result. On the flipside they serve as a reminder of just how terrifyingly alien the Presger are, in that they're able to make 'humans' to communicate with that still act in some ways terrifyingly inhuman.
- Ax falls into this trope when in human form. Being unused to having a mouth, he tends to play with sounds of words and put odd things in his mouth.
- The Iskoort are a species of amusing and annoying aliens.
- An entire species of Amusing Aliens: the Hokas. For reference: they look like living teddy bears, and they spend all their time reenacting various Earth concepts, not really understanding them. Hilarity Ensues.
- An hilariously out-of-the-ordinary example of this trope occurs in Diane Duane's Young Wizards novel Wizard's Holiday, when Dairine attempts to lead her three alien wizard guests on a trip to the mall. Considering that one of them is a tree, one a giant centipede, and the third a sun prince who looks like an anime character, you can guess what kinds of Amusing Alien antics will happen.
- Doctor Who: Sontaran Combat Medic Strax, an ally of the Doctor's. Also, after his death and resurrection, a complete Cloudcuckoolander who is incapable of distinguishing genders, declared war on the Moon and has terrible bedside manner. And a Large Ham, which was a trait he possessed from the beginning.
- Dex, also known as the Masked Rider, has traces of this at times. In one example would be that his race, Eltarians, derive from insects instead of apes. Now guess what he answered on an Earth biology test on the subject of human origins...
- Mork from Ork, probably the Trope Codifier and best example.
- Uncle Martin from My Favorite Martian. Also the film and Saturday Morning Cartoon versions.
- Everybody in Hidden Hills on The Neighbors, though whether the Zabvrons or the Weavers are the "aliens" depends on how you look at it.
- Star Trek:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pakleds start off as a straight example of this trope but actually use their ignorant appearance to deceive others. They are slow - just not quite as much as people tend to think.
- Morn, the perpetual barfly at Quark's Bar on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is a meta example; he's described as an extremely talkative being who knows the funniest joke in the universe, and others have attributed various fantastic feats to him. Even so, he's never shown talking on-screen on the show despite clearly being able to.
- And there's the puff-nosed alien from the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Counterpoint". At one point, Kate Mulgrew is visibly on the verge of corpsing.
- This was also the niche the Ferengi eventually settled in, after failing to be convincing as the new top villains in their earliest TNG appearances.
- Inverted on Star Trek: Discovery, where Klingons consider humans who can speak Klingonese to be amusing, "like a dog on water-skis".
- The Super Sonic Robotic Comic in The Party Zone is a meta example — his lines are unintelligible gibberish, but everyone else reacts with uproarious laughter.
- In Rocket Age Europan Emissaries insert themselves into cultures they have no real understanding of, meaning they often commit such faux pas such as wearing men's and women's clothing on alternate nights or giving themselves inappropriate names. They also can latch themselves onto social outcasts and take on their mannerisms.
- The Elcor from the Mass Effect series. They are large, quadrupedal aliens who can only speak in a low monotone, and thus have to precede every sentence with the corresponding emotion behind it.
- Xenoblade Chronicles X has L, an alien who learned English from watching archived American films and has a questionable grasp of metaphors.
L: [Ambushed] "It's a horse-eat-horse world!"
L: [Enemy reinforcements] "What a nice hot welcome!"
L: [Asking for healing] "Could someone get our party started?"
L: [KO'd] "This number has been disconnected."
L: [Low HP] "It's not over until the fat baby sings!"
- Ahem in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!. A sort of three-legged jellyfish, he's described as a useless, cowardly slacker, but one who is fun to hang out with.
- The Aliens in It's Walky!, so-called because they come from the planet Alien, are ostensibly trying to take over the world, but in reality they're lost on Earth and their activity consists of random hijinks that result in them being slaughtered in chunky droves. Their leader, the Head Alien, is originally treated as a Harmless Villain (and described as sounding like Jon Lovitz), until Cerebus Syndrome hits and suddenly he was a terrifying mastermind all along, though even when his plans are at their most gruesome, he comes across as Laughably Evil much of the time.
- Div from Penny Arcade, an alcoholic Deadpan Snarker DivX player.
- Even though he abducts Thaddeus, Gwog from The Petri Dish is actually pretty comical. His species doesn't have a nudity taboo and he thinks people at Comic Con are freaks despite looking weird himself. His pet is also comical, insisting that he's not his pet and it's a "symbiotic relationship".
- Kiki from Sluggy Freelance, if a talking ferret is considered "otherworldly".
- Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum and the Vacuum Consortium. SUBMIT WILLINGLY!
- Capt'n Crazy. Actually, this was a late development - for a long time, even the author wasn't sure WTH the Capt'n actually is.
- Space Goofs has a goofy group of aliens crashing on Earth. They settle in a house for rent and try to find a way to get back to their far away planet. The funniest of the bunch are Gorgeous (a Big Eater), Bud (The Slacker) and Candy (a Camp Straight Neat Freak).
- Invader Zim has been sent to conquer the Earth to get him out of the way, as he is both incompetent and incredibly egotistical. And not only is he terrible at invading, he's utterly incapable of disguising himself as a human.
- The Lilo & Stitch franchise has plenty:
- Stitch himself is quite a Comedic Sociopath.
- As well as his older cousin Reuben (625), whose entire existence is mostly based around sandwiches and Deadpan Snarking.
- Pleakley is also one for being a Crossdressing Know-Nothing Know-It-All (for one thing, he believes that mosquitoes are an endangered species) who's fascinated by Earth life and culture.
- Peridot from Steven Universe is this, in a show already heavily populated by (for the most part more Earth-smart) aliens. She briefly barricaded herself in the bathroom at Steven's house and tried to escape by flushing herself down the toilet, has an affinity for Earth clothes such as boxer shorts and is obsessed with a daytime drama called Camp Pining Hearts despite her lack of understanding of its content (when two characters kiss she thinks they're "attempting fusion"). She once pushed Steven's father off a roof, apparently out of sheer curiosity.
- Her official Twitter account details such antics as running across the countryside for hours with a pizza because she had no idea what to do when the delivery guy showed up.
- Also, Rubies play this role whenever they show up. Most of them are ditzy, brutish, and way too naive for their own good. A squad of them put their mission at risk over a baseball game, and then promptly left Earth when told a very obvious lie that their target was on Neptune. There are two exceptions: Crystal Gem Ruby does have some of these quirks, but her appearing usually means Garnet has some sort of internal conflict, so she's not used for laughs as often. The other exception is Eyeball Ruby, who seems as harmless as the other Rubies until she reveals unsettling details about Pink Diamond's fate, and an episode later tries to stab Steven to death.
- Teen Titans: Starfire's odd Tamaranean customs and fish-out-of-waterness is the show's main source of funny.
- She drinks mustard as if it were soda and...
- Confuses the familiarity levels of social greetings and...
- Thinks it's a good idea to give spine-snapping hugs to nearly every new friend they make and...
- Misinterprets Earth Slang ("You diggin' the scene?" "I... did not know we were supposed to bring shovels!") and...
- is allergic to chromium (The reaction is sneezing star-bolts).
- The Venture Bros. had a pretty amusing example with the very tall alien who just shows up one day. He had a very scratchy translator, like someone speaking too close to an old microphone. His Catchphrase was a very loud "IGNORE ME!"
- Quark from the first Danger Mouse series (1981-92) spoke in a Scottish accent and had an obedient robot who he had the verve to name Grovel. When he arrives on Earth to take charge (through a cosmic charter he inherited), his first thought is to make the Mediterranean Sea his own private swimming pool.
- The Propulsions from Ready Jet Go! may as well be the prime example for this trope. They talk in a rather eccentric English (for example, they say "way the by" instead of "by the way"), cook odd dishes such as deep-fried lollipops, think that Valentine's Day decorations are scary enough to put in a haunted house. Overall, they are just very wacky.