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Pet Alien (2005) is an All-CGI Cartoon cartoon that follows the life of young man Tommy Cadle and his alien houseguests Dinko, Extreme Omnivore Gumpers, Deadpan Snarker Swanky, Cloud Cuckoolander Flip and Team Pet Scruffy. A total of 52 half-hour episodes were produced, though a number of them were left unaired in the original broadcast.

This show provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Gabby for Tommy.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: One possible explanation for the Mind Screw below, as Swanky called Dinko and Gumpers nincompoops for it.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The French dub of the show uses different themes for both openings.
  • Berserk Button: Hoo boy, Dinko has a few: Don't put Tommy in danger, don't try to take the title of best friend out from under Dinko (He is absolutely obsessed about that and will go into a bunch of hair-brained schemes to reestablish himself as Tommy's best friend), and as listed below don't call Dinko by the wrong name.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Tommy, Granville, and Swanky, the latter of whom easily gets it the most thanks to the other aliens' antics.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Dinko's entire species hat is based around this, he's often able to make amazing things just by digging around Tommy's lifehouse.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Despite being obviously English, Granville is often mistaken for being Norwegian.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Next to Gumpers, Dinko is the most powerful alien in the group and as shown in the cast picture he's the second smallest. He can also kick soccer balls hard enough to give Easy Amnesia, throw boulders several times his size and weight, and carry tommy around while running if he has to.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Dinko does not like being called by the wrong name, in 'the thing that took tommy's brain' Dinko lets off an absolutely terrific rant after being called 'thinko' by the amnesiac Tommy.
  • Real After All: Some episodes ended like this. Like the one where the aliens thought balloons were other aliens.
  • Inventor Species: Dinko is definitely one, he says that all of his inventions run off of 'instinct' and his inventions don't have off switches! If one of them goes wrong it's Gumpers of all aliens that can figure it out but only when he whacks himself in the head.
  • The Scapegoat: Characters would always blame Tommy for things that obviously weren't his fault.
  • Square-Cube Law: In an episode where Tommy becomes giant size, he's much slower and tires out much more quickly.
  • Super Strength: Gumpers is this, it's even listed in the theme song. The other one surprisingly is Dinko, who can lift up a massive boulder and throw it with enough strength to crush Granville's mansion which is far away up on a hill!
  • Weirdness Censor: No one realises Tommy's friends are aliens even though they don't wear disguises. They just call them his friends or his "things".


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