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Packages from Planet X is an animated sci-fi comedy series that began airing in 2013.

Dan Zembrosky, a charismatic 15-year-old from the Quirky 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.


Tropes from Planet X:

  • Adorkable : All three main characters show this, but Amanda takes the cake with her obsession with studies.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Amanda is often called "Mandy Pants" by Dan or Troll.
  • Aliens are Bastards: Copernicus is definitely this.
  • All Cloth Unravels: Troll pulls a thread on Dan's shirt and hoodie and Dan is left topless. He fixes this by using a fast food bag. This later happens with a couch.
  • 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.
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  • Anthropomorphic Food: Of the evil monster variety.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The alien packages often fall under this.
  • Beauty Contest: Amanda joins one when a package reveals that one of the people competing might be an alien.
  • Berserk Button: Amanda's fear of dolls causes this.
    • Another for Amanda is someone taking and losing her uncle's journal.
  • The B Grade: Amanda did not enjoy getting that in first grade. And when she learns she was wasting her time (using a Package power) due to them no longer giving out letter grades... she was not amused. It's also implied that her initial reaction to that grade back then is the reason why they stopped using grades. She even goes so far as to complain about an A not being an A+.
  • Big Bad: Copernicus.
  • Body Horror: "Fitness Crazed" has a really tame example as the package at first gives people muscular forms and later it mutates their bodies so that they have huge tumor-like growths for certain body parts.
  • Brown Note: Troll on the Bagbone.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dan, all the time.
  • Catchphrase: WAH-BAM!
    • Dan usually says "Sweetness" when a new package arrives.
    • Amanda's mother will usually end up saying, "Amanda! You're embarassing... whoever your mother is."
  • Charles Atlas Super Power Troll may look fat, but is strong as hell.
  • Circling Birdies: Dan sees circling soccer balls after a hard fall during a soccer game.
  • Clone Degeneration: One of the packages makes copies of things it scans, but though the copies look like the original they are severely lacking in flavor for food and intelligence for living things.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens sometimes in the show, "Big Dan on Campus" has this happen to Dan.
    • "Fitness Crazed" has minor damage.
    • "Brain Briefs" has Dan only wearing underwear by the end.
    • "Squirelly Dan" once again has Dan only wearing underwear by the end.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dan and Troll are this, with Amanda being more of a Only Sane Man, but can fall into this as well.
  • Creepy Doll: Amanda has fear/hate of dolls due to being traumatized by her doll whose eyes glow red in the dark.
  • Combat Tentacles: Calamary has these.
  • Crossdresser: Copernicus once disguised himself as a female cop writing tickets to spy on them.
    • For some reason, Troll was dressed as a cheerleader (relax, he's wearing shorts).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Amanda
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Amanda
  • Dartboard of Hate
  • Disappeared Dad: Of the three main cast members' parents, only Amanda's father has not been seen. Amanda's uncle might also count, if she saw him as father figure.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Troll, generally in terms of hugging his friends. When Dan and Troll switched bodies, Dan was surprised when he punched a hole in the wall with Troll's arm.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Copernicus can induce this by touch on any sentient package.
  • Fan Disservice: In "True North Strong& Freezing" Copernicus is in a pink speedo.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Amanda invokes this trope in a attempt to expose Copernicus, but due to Package hijinxs the whole town was breathing fire. Does this again in a cartoon short.
  • Fond Memories That Could Have Been: Dan and Troll had these with the school mascot.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The mind licorice switches the two minds of whoever eats it.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: A subtle one from the Christmas Episode
    Dan: I'm full of Christmas spirit! Ask anyone!
    Troll: He is!
    Amanda: (sarcastic) So full of it.
    • In "Party Out of Bonds", Amanda goes to a party and walks of screen. The package of the week shoots goo through speakers and snares several of the guests. Amanda walks back on screen takes some punch, looks at the cocoons of goo and puts the punch back.
    Amanda: Whoa. What's in this punch?
  • The Ghost: Amanda's Uncle, who appears to have been an old enemy of Copernicus and seems to have knowledge of some of the packages. We finally see his face in "Return to Sender".
  • Gilligan Cut: In "Feast Beast", Dan proudly proclaims that he is not useless in the kitchen, only to display in the scene just how useless he is in the kitchen.
  • Glowing Eyes: Amanda's doll when she was younger had this, causing her to fear/hate dolls.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Copernicus' human guise.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Poor Dan gets zapped by many of his alien packages, or by Copernicus, with no lasting damage.
  • Harmless Freezing: Played with in "Brain Freeze Party".
  • Hartman Hips: Amanda.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: One short, "Hiccup Yours", had Dan getting hiccups on the same day as a school play. Troll and Amanda try various packages to cure him, but no luck. They also end up catching them. Fortunately, everyone still liked the play regardless.
  • Hostile Terraforming: A pogo stick package (while fun) inadvertently planted alien plants (who attack people and are quick healers).
  • Humanoid Abomination: Copernicus.
  • I Am A Cephalotarian: Copernicus thinks squid is delicious, something Calamary (who is part squid) does not like.
  • Impact Silhouette: Troll made one when he couldn't process the thought of summer school.
  • Improbable Weapon User
  • Jerk Jock: Terrence. In a variation from the western norm, his sport of choice is soccer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Dan can be a bit of a jerk sometimes, but his heart is in the right place.
    • Amanda may be strict and no nonsense, but she cares for her friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Copernicus.
  • Jetpack
  • Kill It with Water: Averted:
    Copernicus: Agh! you find my one weakness, common tap water.
    Dan: Really?
    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: The packages of course.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: A heroic example as The Hero keep the Packages away from Copernicus (with them even having a vault filled with packages.)
  • Mars Wants Chocolate: The main reason the aliens of Planet X haven't just blown up the Earth instead of trying to take it over is because they love saltwater taffy.
  • 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.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Calamary is this, and Copernicus's plan was to do this to an entire zoo.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Amanda.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Happens a few times, a major one being Amanda damaging Curt, the first package they ever got, and he's been a bit screwy ever since.
    • Many packages are destroyed by the end of the episode.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dan was being interviewed by Ron Burgundy in "Squid Pro Quo".
  • 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.
  • Power Trio: The main characters, of the Token Trio and Two Guys and a Girl variants.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: Calamary.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: One alien was hiding itself inside a dog.
    • Hell, Copernicus has a room full of three-eyed alien parasites (with one taking control of Troll). In fact, those are his species' young!!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Copernicus has these in his true alien form.
    • BuRT and Captain Cuddles also gets these once turned evil by Copernicus.
  • Robot Buddy: CuRT.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Copernicus's true form is a green skinned alien with long claws.
  • Shrink Ray: A shrink bomb is the package Dan receives in "Squid Pro Quo".
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Amanda.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: To a much lesser degree that Dan and Troll, but Amanda occasionally meets her fair share of abuse, too.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Troll think he's this, but whenever he tries seem to make animals want to attack him.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: CuRT has this.
  • 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.
  • They Look Like Us Now: Due to Copernicus' shapeshift to be human, the three (usually Amanda) are suspicious of some of the people in town.
    • Subverted in the episode "The Iron Crown" where an alien was secretly hiding inside a dog.
  • This Is a Drill
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Dan, Amanda and Troll.
  • Translator Collar: The power of one of the packages was this in the form of a helmet.
  • Two-Teacher School: So far, only one teacher has been seen.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Happens in the episode "Squid Pro Quo".
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • Weirdness Magnet: Dan is literally this since the Packages comes his way and can only be open by his handprint.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Dolls?: Amanda hates dolls ever since she was a little girl, when she had a doll with glowing red eyes.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Whenever Dan gets electrocuted.


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