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Gnome Alone is a 2018 CG animated film by Cinesite that centers around a centuries-old war between Gnomes, who protect the earth and "Troggs" whom would consume everything they can.

When high school student Chloe discovers that her new home’s garden gnomes are sentient and their mission, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life or taking up the fight against the Troggs.

This film has nothing to do with Home Alone.

Tropes Associated With Gnome Alone:

  • Alpha Bitch: Brittany, the leader of the BTCs, a Girl Posse who look down on those less popular than her and, while she initially takes a liking to Chloe, is still condescending towards her and turns vindictive when Chloe breaks off their friendship.
  • Animal Motif: Cats for Chloe, as four of her belongings have cat images, and she supposedly shares a name with Brittany’s pet cat.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Chloe’s basketball shooting skills come in handy when she takes down the Mega-Trogg.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The gnomes dress in red hats while the Troggs are all purple.
  • Commonality Connection: Liam is an avid Combat Captain player as Chloe is.
  • Cyberbullying: While trying to get back a MacGuffin necklace from Brittany at the school dance, our heroine Chloe has to make the choice between her Nerd friend Liam and Brittany's approval. When Liam tries to storm off, one of Brittany's groupies trips him with her foot and causes him to Face Plant onto the floor. For further humiliation, she snaps a picture and posts it online with her phone so they can all laugh about it over and over again.
  • Disappeared Dad: There’s no mention of what happened to Chloe’s father, but he’s out of the picture.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Chloe doesn’t like broccoli, and neither does the Trogg she tries to feed.
  • High-School Dance: There’s a dance at Chloe’s new school, but there’s not much dancing and Chloe ends up leaving early.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Chloe and the BTCs are the only characters that get a change of clothes, but even then they have one other outfit each.
  • Meaningful Name: Zamfeer, the flute playing gnome is a nod to noted Romanian flautist Gheorghe Zamfir.
  • Montage: Of Chloe and Liam zapping the Troggs throughout the house, set to the tune "Our House" by Becky G.
  • Motor Mouth: Tiffany is rapid in speech, despite not having too many lines.
  • Mr. Exposition: It’s Alpha that explains why his gnome brethren protect Chloe’s house.
  • No Social Skills: Introductions and social graces aren’t Liam’s strong suits.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Liam’s not a nosy neighbor in the usual sense, but it was his curiosity that got him involved with Chloe and the gnomes.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While they are portrayed as chaotic and destructive, the Troggs don't look at first like a lethal threat, as they content themselves with causing mayhem inside the house. However, if left unchecked, they can fuse into a Mega-Trogg that will consume everything.
  • Only One Name: None of the characters are given last names.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: The gnomes that occupy Chloe’s new home can pass for garden gnome statues if they stay still long enough. They are also in a centuries old war against creepy little monsters with voracious appetites. There’s also no female gnomes shown.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Chloe’s introductory scene shows her scrolling her phone listlessly, but Brittany and her sidekicks really take the cake.
  • Skyward Scream: Chloe lets out one when she finds out Brittany threw away her keystone necklace.
  • Toilet Humor: Zamfeer had to hide his scent with feces to survive in the Troggs realm.
  • Toilet Teleportation: Chloe, Liam, and the gnomes somehow escape from the Troggs this way.
  • Totally Radical: The BTCs talk in very stereotyped teenager speak and obsessively take selfies.
  • The Voiceless: Chelsea doesn't have any spoken lines.
  • Youthful Freckles: Upon close inspection, Chloe has a light dusting of freckles across her cheeks.