Their spaceship broke and they fell into this place
They've gotta get out but they don't know how
So they're waitin' and waitin' in a creepy, creepy house..."
Space Goofs (Les Zinzins de l'espace in French, Home To Rent in Britain) is a French animated series produced by Gaumont Film Company, Gunther-Waul Productions and Xilam for France 3 that first aired in 1997.
It tells the story of five aliens, the intelligent Etno, couch potato Bud, clean freak Candy, gluttonous Gorgious and two-headed Stereo, who have crashed on Earth and have taken residence in the attic of an old house. Their main tasks are to chase away anybody who takes residence in the old house and try to get back home.
Most might remember this played on Fox Kids during the late 90's; as such, it was part of the first batch of programming seen on the newly-formed Fox Family Channel. The show's main theme was written and performed by Iggy Pop, of all people.
Stupid Invaders, a video game based on the series was released a few years after the show itself ended.
This series provides examples of:
- Acid Reflux Nightmare: After eating too many sweets, Gorgious has a nightmare where he gambles for his teeth.
- All There in the Manual: The titular aliens finally return to their home planet at the end of Stupid Invaders, a spinoff video game, with the animated series simply having No Ending.
- Aliens Speaking English: The aliens have no problem talking to humans, even when they're not disguising themselves.
- Amusing Alien: The premise of the show - watch five silly aliens get into all sorts of hijinks on Earth.
- Ambiguously Gay: Candy.
- Word of Gay: Made more blatant in the video game.
- Animesque: Parodied in the episode "Manga Mania".
- Art Evolution: Between the first season in 1997 and the second in 2005, the increase in quality is really obvious. The main cast were given slight redesigns to appear somewhat more rounded, and human designs were overhauled entirely to better match the updated visuals. They did reuse characters from the first season as background characters, some were given a different voice and personality. (For example, the bespectacled wart-ridden British-accented TV gardening show host became a professional-sounding news anchorman.)
- Ascended Extra: Bolok, a One-Shot Character from the first season, appears as one of the major villains in Stupid Invaders.
- Audience Shift: The video game Stupid Invaders is targeted for teenagers.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Averted in "Maybe Baby".
- Big Eater/Extreme Omnivore: Gorgious. Candy's flower from "Flora and Feast" had an appetite that outdid Gorgious, even eating the house and part of the screen.
- Bowdlerise: While the Latin American Spanish dub for season 2 reverted Candy's gender back from female to male, the dub also went out of its way to remove most, if not all, of Candy's Camp Gay moments. This is particularly noticeable in the episode "Other World Champs", where Candy's initial fear, followed by intrigue of showering with "big, sweaty thugs", as well as him flirting with the basketball team's manager, and his comment near the end of the episode of how he's "always been attracted to bad guys" are all cut from the Latin American Spanish dub of the episode.
- Bungling Inventor: Etno's spaceships have a tendency to explode.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor Candy! If you count Bud, Gorgious, and Stereo as well, Etno might be the only character who isn't a Butt Monkey.
- The Cameo: In the episode where Etno becomes a Phony Psychic, the antagonists from the video game make an appearance in the line to get their reading.
- The show also isn't shy about characters from Xilam's other shows getting cameos. A show that Bud watches on TV in an episode is clearly Oggy and the Cockroaches, right down to using the theme music, and Joey, Marky and Dee-Dee make a quick cameo at the start of "Space Sailors". Bud also briefly transforms into Razmo from Ratz near the start of "Buffalo Blues".
- Character Exaggeration: In the video game, Candy goes from crossdressing to actually wanting a sex change operation.
- Christmas Episode: "Holiday Heave Ho".
- Contrived Coincidence: In the second season, whenever they needed Stereo in the plot, he would happen to crashland back on Earth again.
- Deranged Animation: And that's putting it lightly.
- Denser and Wackier: The second season takes it even further than the first one.
- Don't Try This at Home: In the Christmas Episode, the aliens are trying to drive Santa Claus away. He tries to slide down the chimney but they shock him with electricity. Before they do, they all (including Santa) urge the viewer not to try this at home.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In the video game, the aliens accidentally blow up the Earth as they escape.
- Eats Babies: Gorgious attempts this in "Maybe Baby", earning the disgust of the other aliens, who try to study or care for the baby they find. He loses interest when the baby soils himself.
- Europe: Where the series takes place, as the currency used is euros, rather than dollars, as shown in several episodes in season 2, such as "Other World Champs" and "Get Off My Couch".
- Everything's Better with Cows: The intro and the farming episode. Even Stereo becomes a cow.
- Expository Theme Tune: By none other than Iggy Pop. It's titled "Monster Men".
- Theme Tune Extended: There's an extended version of "Monster Men" that runs just under four minutes.
- Expy: Bud could bring Stimpy to mind, despite the fact that he resembles a buglike version of Ren.
- F--: Combines with only 1 trope below this in the school episode, but technically not showing a grade.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Because of the characters being aliens. Even lampshaded in the school episode:Teacher: How much is 5+5?
(Candy is nervous)
Random Girl: Use your fingers.
Candy: Hmmmm. EIGHT!
- Also lampshaded near the end of the episode "Don't Monkey With Me!", where all of the aliens, sans Gorgious, panic and freak out over humans potentially touching them with their five-fingered hands.
- Genius Ditz: Bud is the stupidest of the bunch...except when it comes to stuff he learned from watching TV.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Because of it being an European show. There's been literal cases.
- It got away with cigars, like in "Bats in the Belfry".
- At the end of "Doodle", Gorgious thinks the last plan Etno came up with is "retarded", a word you don't normally hear on a kids' show.
- At the start of "Get Off My Couch!", Gorgious threatens to beat up Candy, saying that he's "gonna kick [his] little, green a--", only to be interrupted by Bud. And yes, he does get the first syllable out before getting cut short.
- The episode "First Love" has a couple that move into the aliens' house and Gorgious has to approach the girlfriend in human form, telling her she's in private property and for her to leave. She proceeds to flirt with him, telling him he has "such a big... muscle." What really gives the impression is how it looks like he's quickly checking his groin as she's saying it.
- Hairy Girl: In "Bollywood Aliens" an Indian woman stays in the house and in one scene she can be seen shaving her legs in the bath.
- Have a Gay Old Time: Poopy The Bear's catchy little ditty.
- Have a Nice Death/The Many Deaths of You: The video game has loads of possible amusing ways to die.
- Heart Beats out of Chest: Happens to Bud after falling in love with the broken-up lady from the episode "First Love".
- High-Pressure Emotion: Including having set up during the moment Candy becomes Driven to Madness from "Bats in the Belfry".
- Ho Yay: Candy and Gorgious share quite a number of these moments. In "Inside Gorgious", Candy is very eager to care for Gorgious when he's sick, even massaging his feet and saying that he feels much closer to him. When Candy asks to be pinched near the end of "Welcome!", Gorgious does so off-screen, with Candy's surprised reaction suggesting it was someplace tender, and in Stupid Invaders, Gorgious asks Candy if "anyone's told [Candy] that [he's has] a nice bum?".
- Humans Are Bastards: Just about every human that comes to the house is either stupid, a jerk or both. Not that the aliens are much better.
- Ironic Name: Gorgious's name is one letter off from and is pronounced "gorgeous". He's anything but.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Invoked with Etno. He actually is quite intelligent, but most of his alien knowledge is useless on Earth.
- Little Green Men: Candy's skin is green.
- Manchild: Bud easily has the least mature mind out of all the aliens.
- Market-Based Title: The 1997 season was retitled Home to Rent in the UK. When the show was revived and aired on Nicktoons they retained the original title.
- Multi-Part Episode: The episodes "Once Upon a Time" and "Toon In, Drop Out" are split into two parts.
- Multiple Head Case: Stereo is two-headed, and said two heads bicker occasionally.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- A bat talks like Christopher Walken.
- When a rock band invades their house, Etno disguises as Slick Stagger.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Bud's biker disguise from the episode "First Love". Here he wears shorts, a green hat and a black small jacket, but no shirt.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The episode "Doodle" features a boy in a different art style. Considering he was drawn by someone else In-Universe, it's Justified.
- Now Which One Was That Voice?: The show uses a combination of a list of names (season 1) and listing the main characters to their actor (season 2). Any and all one-off characters that appear are simply uncredited for their role.
- The video game, Stupid Invaders, zig-zags around this trope, as the in-game credits is a simple list of names, but the credits in the instruction manual lists most of the main characters roles with their actor, with the exception of Stereo, who is strangely uncredited, despite Jeff Bennett being credited for Bud.
- Obsessed with Food: Gorgious has a food fetish, quite clearly.
- Only Sane Man: Etno tries to keep his cool in most situations while the others panic easily.
- Put on a Bus: Stereo in the second season, although he then came back in 2 episodes.
- Retcon: The opening for the second season shows the aliens crashlanding sans Stereo, even though he comes back in other episodes.
- Running Gag: When one or more of the main characters use the transforming machine to become humans or whatever, they always pass three different forms before the final transformation—with the third usually being something outrageously over-the-top. In an episode they remain aliens, but Candy becomes huge and muscular with the others looking in awe, in another, Gorgious becomes an egg laid by a chicken who came out of nowhere, in another, the whole group becomes a color coded set of vacuum cleaners and in another they become four Chinese stereotypes stacked on each other... the list goes on.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Candy is essentially the Sensitive Guy to Gorgious's Manly Man. Candy acts like a hammy house-wife, while Gorgious is usually the Jerkass.
- The Smart Guy: Etno is the group's brains.
- The Smurfette Principle: Double Subverted as Candy is the only character that has both male and female instead of Always Male.
- She's a Man in Japan: In the Latin American Spanish dub of the first season, Candy is female.
- Shout-Out: In "Manga Mania", when an obnoxious manga character named Panda Manga moves in and refuses to leave, they disguise themselves as European comic book characters to scare him off. Specifically, Tintin, Obelix, Lucky Luke and Papa Smurf.
- Slapstick: Used in "Toon In, Drop Out".
- Smart People Play Chess: Etno plays chess in two episodes.
- Sphere Eyes
- Springtime for Hitler: The aliens try making the house look as much a dump as possible to dissuade people from moving in. A farmer and his animals then take interest.
- Status Quo Is God: Both episodes where Stereo came back in the second season ended with him accidentally being launched off the planet while testing a ship.
- Team Mom and Team Dad: Candy and Etno, respectively.
- Teens Are Monsters: In one episode, Bud befriends a rather obnoxious human teenager.
- The Song Remains the Same: Literally every single version of the show keeps the opening theme song in English. Although the show had first premiered in French and English, Iggy Pop (the artist) never recorded a French cover.
- Foreign dubs of season 2 combine this with Non-Dubbed Grunts.
- The Last Straw: In "Bats in the Belfry", Candy snaps after being bullied enough by bats. When he chases them away, he chews out the other aliens as well. This moment also counts as a Berserk Button, Unstoppable Rage or a Driven to Madness example.
- From the Prison Episode, the aliens attempt to get out of the prison built around their house. One attempt involves the aliens making a bridge. When Ernie comes, he is holding an anvil, which is enough for the alien-bridge to collapse and fall.
- They Look Like Us Now: The gang have a machine that makes them look like humans, Earth animals, or even inanimate objects.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Most of Candy's diguises are women.
- Vocal Evolution: Compare how Candy sounds in season 1 and season 2.
- Vulgar Humor: The video game adaptation Stupid Invaders features adult humor with strong language and a lot of gross moments.
- The Wiki Rule: It's right there.
- You Can't Get Ye Flask: Happens in the episode "We Robot", where all of the other aliens want Etno's robot, even though at first he says it is programmed only for him. To get out of this trope, Etno's robot does what they wanted.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Part of the trope's name is used for an episode title. Averted at the end of Stupid Invaders, but played straight at the end of "Welcome!", where it's revealed that all of the humans that the aliens have inadvertently or intentionally sent away using one of Etno's "failed" spaceships ended up sending them to their home planet. Needless to say, the humans are not amused, prompting the aliens to return to earth, instead.