On a planet out in space, there exists a race of Martians that seem pretty happy with their lot in life — except for one, who is quite bored with his society's happiness. He decides to relieve his boredom by visiting a new planet, Earth, only to mistakenly cause panic and be declared a monster.
- Bowdlerization: Most TV airings of this short (such as on ABC, Nickelodeon, the defunct WB network, Cartoon Network and Boomerang) would cut the moment in which the Martian runs through an abstract hell of people yelling and screaming, holds his ears to block out the noise, and tearfully putting his space gun to his head, with the narrator encouraging him to commit suicide if he truly feels that no one loves him.
- Whereas ABC, Nickelodeon and the WB would cut the scene completely, using a fake black-out to delete the entire line and scene, Cartoon Network and Boomerang would leave in the Martian running through the chaos of people panicking and holding his ears, but paused on the shot of the Martian fearfully wincing to cover up the offending scene of the Martian about to blow his brains out while the narrator's line, "If you're a monster, what are you going to do? Commit suicide? Why not? If nobody loves you..." was cut down to "If you're a monster, what are you going to do? Nobody loves you..."
- Driven to Suicide / Lemony Narrator: When the Martian learns that he is the monster, the narrator speaks to him directly, asking what he will do. The Martian takes out his atom rearranger and puts it to his own, planning to commit suicide. The narrator urges him to do so if he is that unloved, but then the Martian remembers the sexy female Martian he had turned down.
- Hypocritical Humor: Two men read in the newspaper about the escape of the monster from prison, with one commenting on the alleged chaos and destruction the monster is causing. The second man chastises the first for his words, only to use those exact same words when he spots the Martian and runs away.First man: Terrible thing, this ravening alien monster, roaming the countryside, devouring innocent people, bringing terror into the hearts of millions, and leaving a wake of chaos and sheer horror behind him.
Second man: If you can't say something nice about someone, you shouldn't say anything at all.
(The Martian then walks up)
Second man: (seeing the Martian and freaking out) IT'S THE RAVENING ALIEN MONSTER, ROAMING THE COUNTRYSIDE AND BRINGING TERROR TO THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS! (runs away)
- Last Note Nightmare: For some reason, the last note in this cartoon is a dissonant flute trill.
- The Noseless: The Martians don't have noses. Apparently, according to the kid's comic book, it's the easiest way to identify a monster. The Martian tries to fool the kid by putting his antenna on his nose, but to no avail.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: A female Martian shamelessly flirts with the Martian, but he's so bored by life he just spurns her advances. She's so disappointed she slumps down in an amorphous heap. Ultimately averted, however, when, after he is as unhappy on Earth as he was on his home world, he remembers the female Martian and returns home to her.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Thinking that a steam shovel is the monster everyone fears, the Martian shoots his atom rearranger at it, turning it into a dragon that casually licks the steam shovel operator (who is quite stunned at what just happened) and saunters off.
- Through a Face Full of Fur: After the taller man who was reading a newspaper that includes info about the Martian flees when he sees him nearby, the shorter man who was also reading about it turns around and notices him reading his copy of the paper. The shorter man goes ashen, including his clothes, stricken with fear and does the same.
- A steam shovel operator has the exact same reaction (his body and clothes turning white) when the Martian turns his shovel into a dragon.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Subverted: after everyone freaks out at the sight of the Martian as "a monster", the Martian is confused as to who or what the monster is, until a young boy reading a comic book spots the Martian and, more casually than anyone, calls out to him, "Hello, monster." He then shows the Martian a picture in the book that a monster doesn't have a nose. The Martian tries to put the antenna placed on his head on his face, but the boy isn't fooled, saying, "Goodbye, monster."