That Little Alien GuyCharacter Bio:
That Little Alien Guy

Real Name: He gloats over the fact that his true name is supposedly unpronounceable to humans. He first insisted that his name was "PMS-375", but since that is simply the Pantone printing color code for his particular shade of green, he was probably just making another of his usual obscure jokes. He'll answer to "Alien", "Greenie", and "Hey, you!"

Height: 4'
Weight: 98 pounds
Eyes: Black and buggy
Hair: None
Skin: Green

History: Many believed in the last years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Many feared that across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. But early in the twenty-first century came the great disillusionment.

The fact is, the Earth had indeed been studied from afar by alien neighbors, and had been deemed to be not worth the bother. In fact, the Earth was actively avoided for centuries in fear that its inhabitants would be a bad influence... a view of human nature attested to by the many aliens who had the misfortune of intercepting human radio and TV broadcasts. It was only at the dawn of the twenty-first century that humanity's newly-appearing "super heroes" inadvertently made first contact with Earth's alien neighbors. Open trade and communication between Earth and the surrounding alien worlds has continued to grow, against just about everyone's better judgement.

One outcome from this new human/alien arrangement is tourism, which is where That Little Alien Guy enters the story. Unemployed and hitchhiking his way through the solar system, That Little Alien Guy was sightseeing in New Viras City when he was accidentally swept into the New Crew's first adventure. Having nothing better to do, and enjoying the fact that being surrounded by shallowly simple-minded humans made him look smarter by comparison, That Little Alien Guy stayed with the team and soon became one of its most valuable members.

There are still some questions regarding the legal status of his residency in the USA, but his teammates have provided a thick wall of lawyers that have so far kept all INS inquiries lost in red tape.

Powers: That Little Alien Guy possesses superhuman intelligence, and carries a seemingly limitless number of high-tech gadgets. He also possesses limited telekinetic powers, which provides a weak anti-gravity field to help his frail body remain mobile in Earth's (relatively) heavy gravity.

Notes from the author's original series proposal:

The brains of the team, or at least their "gadget man". He's an alien vacationing on earth who accidentally got involved with the team's first adventure and decided to stick around. He possesses super-scientific knowledge and very limited psychic powers. He builds the team's vehicles, weapons, tools, gadgets, etc.

He joined the team purely out of condescending sympathy: he feels that these (somewhat) well-intentioned heroes are so pathetic that they'd get themselves killed without his help. He's probably right.

The alien thinks that his human teammates are laughable, and he is staying around to see how far the joke can go before the rest of the silly earthlings catch on to this fact. Since he is quite open with his views on this subject, his teammates try to keep him away from the media at all costs.

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