One day, the utopian planet Shlorp was destroyed by an asteroid. Before this, 100 adult Shlorpians and their "replicants" were given living supercomputers called Pupae and escaped into space searching for uninhabited worlds to take refuge. One group (consisting of Korvo, Terry, Jesse, and Yumyulack) lands, of course, on Earth in a suburban area somewhere in America. After settling in, they disagree on whether this is awful or awesome while trying to outwardly fit in as your regular garden-variety nuclear family.
What's the worst that could happen?
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Tropes associated with this series
- 0% Approval Rating: The family to the neighborhood, and they make things worse by trying to figure out why.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Yumyulack's suit releases spikes when under threat.
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Korvo and Terry mishear the word man cave as "Manc Ave".
- Accidental Murder: Pretty much the norm for the Shlorpians, and every other unfortunate human that comes across them.
- Aerith and Bob: The aliens consist of two Aeriths (Korvo and Yumyulack) and two Bobs (Terry and Jesse). Interestingly, the trope seems to be in effect for the sake of further conveying that the former two dislike being on Earth, while the latter two enjoy it.
- Alien Abduction: According to Yumyulack, the Shlorpians had been examining humans for thousands of years. As evident by the fact that he didn't know what a brain was or how it worked, not much progress had been made.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Korvo discusses this, writing off their unintentional destruction of the town in order to give life to a fictional character as a case as them being aliens with a different set of morals that humans couldn't understand. Except that he says this to avoid responsibility for said destruction.
- Alien Blood: The Shlorpians blood is blue.
- Aliens Speaking English
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Gooblering. Or the Shlorpian equivalent to sweating where they pop out small creatures called Gooblers when under extreme stress. Apparently, too much Gooblering will cause Shlorpians to overheat and die. Before that they might cough up a rare red goobler, which is larger and is driven to torment the parent shlorpian until the stress turns their brain into a baby, killing them.
Korvo: Are you using your abraca-dactals like a baby? What-What are you, 80?
- They can also taste with their feet. They like to flavor their sidewalks back on Shlorp.
- The children got to choose which gender they would become at a certain point.
- At one point Terry sprouts several finger-appendages from his wrists to count percentages.
Terry: Ah! Now i have to start over.
- Black Comedy Rape: Implied in episode 5, "The Lavitic Reactor". Yumyulack and Jesse are threatened with military school if they get expelled, and the bullies raping them (or fucking them, as the show describes it) is named as one of the negatives. This gets no reaction from them.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: The family (except Terry) are aware that humans hate them. So they perform experiments on them, which is why they hate them.
Terry: Do you feel like maybe we're the bad people in all of this?
- Korvo, insincerely discusses this after the events of episode one.
Korvo: We're aliens. Our ways are mysterious. We can't be judged by human standards. Now let's get out of here before we get arrested for all this shit.
- While the family show that they do have a conscience, they dont have much of a problem with the Pupa eventually reaching its final form, destroying and rebuilding the planet, which... would be just a little step above the shitstorms they usually cause.
- Black Comedy: The man who made Rick and Morty pulls no punches here.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Terry is the only one who doesn't see that humans have a problem with them at first.
- Couch Gag: Korvo narrates the intro, but he ends each episode intro with a different reason on why he hates Earth.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Why some (implied to be most) of the people in The Wall are put there by Yumyulack. Cherie, the Benihana chef, is punished for serving Yumyulack unwanted shrimp (he justifies this to Jesse by stating he could have died if he had allergies). The (mouse) milk man was the CEO of AT&T, before he farted in an elevator and blamed "The small blue alien boy". Tim, shrunk at the end of episode 2, was taken because he was wearing a red shirt (Yumyulack claims he needs a red shirt to complete his collection of every color).
- Face Death with Dignity: When Stephen returns to the farm to save Molly the mouse, he tragically learns that Molly can't fit and must stay behind so everyone else can survive. Molly appears to accept this by moving away from the hatch and leaving her bow for Stephen to remember her. She swims over to see him one last time before kissing the glass reassuringly and drowning peacefully.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Korvo: Melancholic
- Terry: Sanguine
- Yumyulack: Choleric
- Jessie: Phlegmatic
- Healing Shiv: The Shlorpians have access to medical weapons that inject a serum that heals both the wounds they create and the Hate Plague infecting their targets. Terry's comment lampshades that this is entirely because of Rule of Cool.
- Hero of Another Story:
- Yumyulack opted out of the gender-based plots in "The P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A. Device" and ended up having to return a bunch of koalas to the zoo after accidentally freeing them.
- In "Terry and Korvo Steal a Bear", we only see brief glimpses of the family's adventure, as the focus is mainly on the residents of the wall.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Subverted, Korvo wants to get off Earth as quickly as possible while Terry at least tries to assimilate with humanity. Both are still learning and are quick to misunderstand basic human mannerisms or use their technology in the wrong way.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is named after an invention in the episode (usually beginning with a "The"). The only exception is the season's penultimate episode "Terry And Korvo Steal A Bear" which is actually referring to a vague sub-plot in the episode while nearly the entirety of the episode is about the people in The Wall.
- In Medias Res: The series takes place about a year after the aliens crashed on Earth.
- Karma Houdini: Jessie and Yumyulack have imprisoned a bunch of humans in their closet full of terrariums called The Wall. At first, it was just mean adults, but then Yumyulack started doing it for petty crimes. He's never punished for this.
- Killer Robot: P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A ... unintentionally. Korvo created her just so that he and Terry could have a wife to complain about their new Man cave. The reason she has freaking rocket launchers and a bunch of other weapons is because robots are apparently hard to make without them.
- Also, she was made from recycled parts from another robot Korvo made to exact vengeance o some kids who threw a cup of pee at him.
- Narrator All Along: Played for Laughs in the intro. As if it wasn't obvious by the time the intro happens Korvo is the one narrating. He even lampshades it just before the Couch Gag.Korvo: We crashed on Earth, stranding us, on an already overpopulated planet. That's right, I've been talking this whole time! I'm the one holding the Pupa. My name's Korvo. This is-this is my show. I just dropped the Pupa. Do you see me?
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: In "The Quantum Ring", two of the magicians who came to visit the family were non-speaking caricatures of Penn and Teller. They later get killed for trying to kill Korvo.
- Not So Above It All: Korvo hates Earth, and pretty much wants to get their mission over with and leave. Despite that, he and Terry cook up convoluted schemes to fit in with the population.
- Oblivious to Hatred: Terry.Korvo: You know Terry this is why everyone hates us.
Terry Oh speak for yourself man - I am extremely likable. I mean, why do you think everybody gives me more room when I'm walking down the street?
Korvo: They're avoiding us!
- One Steve Limit: Averted with the Stacys being the popular girls at school.
- Out of Focus: Despite the title, "Terry and Korvo Steal A Bear" is actually about the people living in The Wall, and how they are planning to take down The Duke once and for all.
- Pink Is Feminine: Jesse wears a bowtie on her head and a pink dress with white polka dots.
- The Smurfette Principle: Jessie is the only female member of the Shlorpian family.
- Shrink Ray: Yumyulack uses one of these on people they think are bad so he and Jesse can keep them as pets.
- The Stinger: Averted, unlike Justin's other show the episodes don't have post credits scenes.
- Tyke Bomb: The Pupa. His purpose is to evolve into a form that will terraform the planet into the image of planet Shlorp using data stored in his DNA by consuming everything.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: While everyone else wears the same clothes every episode, Terry always appears with a different nerdy shirt.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Much like its sister series, no human is shocked at all the crazy sci-fi rigmarole, only that they cause nothing but trouble on Earth.
- Wham Episode: "Terry and Korvo Steal a Bear": The Duke escapes The Wall via a secret tunnel leading to the outside world. When Cherie suggests using the tunnel to get everyone else out, Tim kills her and becomes the new ruler.
- Subverted in "Retrace-Your-Step-Alizer", where, right at the end, Terry acknowledges that the events of the episode are so extreme and alarming that they can't be really happening, and he turns out to be right.