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->''"Fellow citizens! The time is now to consume. Why skimp, when you deserve more? Fellow citizens! Do your part, and make waste. Life is easier when you lighten the load. Fellow citizens! The time is..."''

This 23 episode sci-fi anime from Creator/{{Manglobe}} is set in a [[AfterTheEnd ravaged, blasted future]] where humans have confined themselves to [[DomedHometown domed cities]] in order to survive. ''Ergo Proxy'' is the story of an amnesiac immigrant named Vincent Law and the intelligence operative Re-l Mayer, as they are caught up in the tangled web of secrets surrounding the [[CityInABottle city of Romdeau]] and the truth behind the chaos. Central to all of this is the nature of the utopia of Romdeau and the powerful, mysterious monsters known as Proxies.

''Ergo Proxy'' is notable for its beautiful animation as well as its love of MindScrew. It contains elements of PostCyberpunk, {{steampunk}}, and FilmNoir; and draws motifs from advanced psychology and philosophy.

Has a [[Characters/ErgoProxy character page]].

Compare ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'', ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' and ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''.
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!!Tropes:
* AchillesHeel: The [[spoiler:Proxies and UV light.]] [[JustifiedTrope There's a good explanation for it]], as [[spoiler: the "Creators" intentionally designed the Proxies that way to prevent [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters rebellion]] and to destroy them once their tasks of ecological cleanup and human regeneration were complete.]]
* ActionGirl: Re-l Mayer, some of the time.
* AdventureTowns: Not always in a good way.
* AfterTheEnd: Most humans live in domed cities to escape the diseases in the wasteland outside.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Every robot apart from Pino and arguably [[spoiler:Kristeva]]. While there are a number of Cogito-infected [=AutoReivs=] that ''don't'' go on murderous rampages, they ''do'' inevitably go insane.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Vincent and Re-l both have feelings like this. Vincent feels that he'll never become a Fellow Citizen, while Re-l just feels that she's too different from all of the other residents of Romdeau.
* AllThereInTheManual: Some nigh unreadable text in the opening credits actually reveals most of the backstory.
* AlwaysNight: A thick grey cloud covers the entire Earth throughout each day.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Iggy. Later episodes reveal that Re-l deliberately chose him to sound this way.
* AmnesiacGod: [[spoiler: Vincent Law.]]
* AntiVillain: The Walt Disney CaptainErsatz, Will B. Good, in Smile World.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 1.
* ArcWords:
** The Pulse of the Awakening.
** "Raison d'Ítre."
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: A possible interpretation of the fate of [[spoiler:Daedalus' Monad]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Vincent Law. "Vincent" is derived from the roman "vincere", to conquer. So, his name is basically "Conquer the law". Anyway, Vincent Law. C'mon, say it aloud. You know you want to.
* BadassLongcoat: Re-l and [[spoiler:Ergo Proxy.]]
* BeautifulAllAlong: Vincent starts the series looking kind of short and dumpy. Once he opens his eyes and lets his hair down, however, he's revealed to be rather attractive. After [[spoiler:leaving Romdeau]] he also seems to grow a couple of inches, though this could just be down to him walking more upright. FridgeBrilliance hits when one realizes that [[spoiler:as a Proxy, Vincent is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter.]]]]\\\
The [[spoiler:game show]] episode is particularly good for showing these changes; Vincent starts in his "I am meek and small" appearance from the beginning, and gradually returns to his later look as his confidence improves.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: In the last episode, when Romdeau is collapsing, the platform that Re-l is standing on crumbles beneath her and she is clinging for her life to some debris above the fire below. But then Pino and Kristeva come in the Four-hundreds Rabbit JustInTime before the the rest of the platform falls.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: MCQ spends half the [[spoiler:game show]] episode addressing the viewer.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 16, "Busy Doing Nothing." The episode is taken from the point of view of Re-l as she suffers from CabinFever after their ship is stranded for several days from lack of wind. She keeps a diary of her observations as well as her intent to busy herself with almost meaningless tasks to prevent herself from going crazy. As the episode goes on, Re-l begins to loosen up as she sees Vincent and Pino making the most of their situation by just being laid back.
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Well... [[spoiler: AfterTheEnd (or just before) the human race went into space to flee from the dying Earth, although they realized that given enough time and some help the world could be healed. They created the Proxies for this specific task, and at the end of the series when the clouds open (signalling the world has mostly been healed) you can see the spaceships returning home.]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Robots are Autoreivs, though that's pretty much the only example.
* CampGay: Iggy. He's even billed as "Iggy, the gay robot" in the Japanese commercial included on the special features disc.
* CharacterTitle
* CheekyMouth
* ChildProdigy Daedalus Yumeno who is a doctor at 13 or 14.
* CityInABottle: Romdeau.
* TheComicallySerious: Re-l keeps a diary of their journey, recording daily occurrences with utmost gravity. It is SeriousBusiness.
* CoolBoat: The Four-hundred Rabbits. It hovers!
* CoolGuns: Re-l's gun looks somewhat like a sawed-off shotgun.
* CrashingDreams: Vincent, when he's sick and unconscious at the Commune.
* CreepyChild:
** Pino, before she left the city.
** Also the [[spoiler: child clone of Re-l, which is especially creepy in the sense that Daedalus made her to, um, "[[WifeHusbandry replace]]" Re-l.]]
* CyberPunk: Well, it appears to be from the first few episodes, at least. "PostCyberpunk" is another option, [[spoiler: come the finale, at any rate]].
* DeadlyEuphemism: Rapture. After all, it is a great ''sin'' to give a name like rapture to a [[spoiler:thermonuclear bomb - one of the few things Raul Creed states correctly. TruthInTelevision, too; have a look at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiling_Buddha Operation Smiling Buddha.]]]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Re-l's condescension knows very few limits.
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler: To Re-l.]]
* DeathSeeker: Several of the proxies; notably, the super-cheery MCQ seems keen on ending it all.
* [[spoiler: DeathTakesAHoliday]]
* DecoyProtagonist: Both marketing material and the first four episodes make Re-l out to be the main character. It's actually Vincent; Re-l is simply there along for the ride.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "I'm no longer conducting examinations anymore."
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The Proxy-killing bullets. [[spoiler: Fairly useless unless it hits the vitals though. Ergo takes one in the arm, rips the arm off, ''grows a new one'' and keeps going.]]
* DidYouJustHaveSex: [[spoiler: Oddly, it's likely the viewer thinking this, as towards the end of the series, after months of UnresolvedSexualTension, Vincent and Re-l abruptly start being nice to each other and acting somewhat couply.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Vincent [[spoiler: tackles Re-l to the ground to and declares his undying love for her]] to get her gun away from her. Re-l responds by [[spoiler:kissing Vincent]] to distract him long enough so she can get her gun back.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Vincent to Re-l.
* DomedHometown
* DoomMagnet: The first eight episodes at least everyone around Vincent Law dies and in ''Light Beam'' his has a montage of thinking he might be the angel of death. [[spoiler: He is, in fact, the ''Agent'' of Death.]]
* DrivingQuestion: "What are the Proxies?"
* EmotionlessGirl: Re-l gets ''very'' close to this a lot of the time. She is, however, very well acquainted with anger and exasperation.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: By the end of the series, Raul is on the wrong side of sanity, but he still comments that Daedalus is over the edge [[spoiler: for cloning Re-l and raising the toddler clone as part of WifeHusbandry]].
* EyesAlwaysShut: Vincent Law in his "harmless immigrant" persona.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Re-L isn't evil, but she does apparently keep a large container of that dark blue eyeshadow with her at ''all'' times. The only times she isn't shown wearing it are when she's just gotten out of bed.
* FlashStep: Any Proxy fight; often taken to extremes. Completely justified, but still, extreme.
* GambitPileup: This show is a good example of what can happen when you plan ''too'' much. It's possibly the only case of a Xanatos Gambit ''accidentally'' turning into a GambitPileup. [[spoiler:The human "Creators" planned on coming back on their own after the Proxies finished cleaning up their mess. But if they didn't make it, the plan was to have the Proxies create their own batch of humans to repopulate Earth with. If the regrown humans didn't work out, the Cogito Virus was designed to make the [=AutoReivs=] take up the role. The "Creators" didn't really think about what would happen if ALL of those things happened at the same time. And they certainly didn't think a Proxy would still be alive when they came back.]]
* GenreShift: The first few episodes are straight-up CyberPunk and FilmNoir, but as soon as [[spoiler: Vincent leaves Romdeau]] those themes are downplayed in favor of the post-apocalyptic setting. Then another GenreShift occurs towards the end of the series [[spoiler: when Vincent and Re-I return to Romdeau]], and the CyberPunk and FilmNoir themes return at full throttle.
* GreenEyedMonster: The main reason [[spoiler:Daedalus]] ends up [[SanitySlippage losing it big time.]]
* GreenEyes: Vincent, used to great effect artistically. His file in episode three may say that they're blue, but [[UsefulNotes/GreenIsBlue there's a reason for that.]]
* HarmfulToMinors: [[spoiler:Timothy's death might count, although Pino is too naÔve to realise he's dead.]]
* HospitalHottie: Swan in Vincent's dream.
* HumansAreBastards: [[spoiler: The original human race abandoned the Earth, but not before they engineered a race of sapient, godlike posthumans to fix the dying world, with a killswitch built into them which would cause them to die upon the completion of their task. The plan was also to wipe out any surviving clone populations on the surface. Nice plan. No shortage of genocide there at all.]]
* IcarusAllusion: One of Daedalus's creations is given wings and is expected to die from exposure to the sun, [[spoiler:not because of wings melting, but because she was a Proxy and sunlight is their AchillesHeel]]. What exactly happens however, is very much left to interpretation, see: AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence above, for instance.
* {{Industrial}}: The entire soundtrack barring the opening and ending themes.
* InMediasRes: A staple of the show's MindScrew is how often episodes begin like this, skipping over events with no explanation of HowWeGotHere.
* InstantIllness: When Re-l goes to the commune outside of Romdeau to retrieve Vincent, she immediately gets sick from contamination exposure when she takes off her protective suit.
* IronicEcho: When Vincent first encounter [[spoiler: Proxy One]], he said, [[spoiler: "I am Ergo Proxy - the agent of death."]] This was said when Vincent was not sure of himself or what he even was, but by the end of the series, he says the exact same thing only with more confidence and assurance, making it his BadassCreed.
* {{Jerkass}}: Re-l. She starts to get better after [[spoiler: Iggy's death.]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Too many to count.
* KilledOffForReal: Good God, where to ''start''? The majority of the secondary characters don't survive to see the end of the series, including [[spoiler: all of the citizens at the commune, the soldiers stationed at Halos, and Re-l's grandfather]]. As far as the main cast goes [[spoiler: Iggy, Raul and Daedalus]] don't survive to the end either. [[spoiler: Re-l also dies at one point, but she got better.]]
* LectureAsExposition: Technically, Game Show as Exposition.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Two Proxies in the same room? They have to fight. At least one Proxy is shown to be tired of having to kill his kindred every time they meet.
** This was mostly because [[spoiler: some Proxies wanted to wipe out the human race to spite their creators, others wanted to save the human race their reason for living. Two Proxies with similar views, Proxy of Sunlight and Proxy of Moonlight for example, can easily coexist.]]
*** [[spoiler: Lampshaded when the proxy in charge of smileland spends an entire episode giving Pino a message via a dream that Vincent shouldn't come to his town because Vincent will kill him and indirectly kill all the people living there if he goes there.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Re-L lampshades this at one point ("I've been wearing this for twenty-four hours" [[spoiler: after her apartment is destroyed]]); Iggy tries to take her clothes shopping. She ends up wearing that exact same outfit [[spoiler: for at least several months, and who know if there are any other clothes left in the world by that point.]]
* LiteralMetaphor: All over the place, to the extent where it's hard to tell whether some things are actually happening.
* LotusEaterMachine: A tactic frequently employed by battling Proxies. It is never directly stated, but the fact that [[spoiler: Ergo appears to use this on Vincent to get him to recognize that he is Ergo Proxy]] implies that this is a power that all Proxies have, possibly to limit to collateral damage of their battles.
* LuminescentBlush
* KryptoniteRing: UV bullets.
* MagicPants: [[spoiler:Vincent's clothes.]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Re-L Mayer and Vincent Law, Vincent is easily more emotional while Real is usually expressionless, impatient, or angry.
* MaleGaze: Taken literally in a flashback from Vincent's perspective [[spoiler:when he barges into Re-l's room.]] Somewhat {{Narm}}ful.
* TheMasochismTango: Oh, yes. Right down to shotguns being waved in people's faces, and stalking someone across most of a continent because they didn't bring you on their awesome wasteland adventure.
* MaybeEverAfter: In the end, [[spoiler: Vincent/Ergo Proxy chooses Re-l over Monad, and they both escape from Romdeau unscathed, and Re-l, Pino, and Kristeva are about to pick Vincent up in the Four-Hundred Rabbits. Vincent also implies that he may wish to ''have words'' with the returning human "Creators" about the rotten mess they put everyone through.]]
* MeaningfulName:
** Pretty much everybody's name either has a meaning within the show [[spoiler:(like the Proxies being literal proxies of "the creator")]], is a reference to a well known story [[spoiler:(like Dr "don't fly so high" Daedalus and "I want to be a real girl" Pino (Pinocchio))]], has a meaning within the context of the show's philosophical psychobabble [[spoiler:(like Re-l (Real) and Monad (which in philosophy is the one God and embodiment of reality), which is all even more symbolic given that Daedalus' Monad is a clone of Re-l)]] or are a reference to notable philosophers and psychologists. The extensive proliferation of meaningful names would be insufferable if they didn't reference how pretentious such a naming scheme was in the dialog.
** Vincent "Law" is key in exploring the boundaries of the established laws, and fails at his own quest to obey the law to the letter.
* MediumBlending: The live action pigeons in the intro.
* MindScrew: Too many to count.
* MiniMecha: Or maybe PoweredArmor; some (?) of the "armed autoreivs" seem to be controlled by a human riding on their backs.
* MrAltDisney: Will B. Good
* MsFanservice: When she's in bed, Re-L only wears a pair of white panties and a camisole-style top that isn't even a bra. Her SpyCatsuit also qualifies. Still fairly mild by anime standards, since she at least tends to wear a coat.
* NietzscheWannabe: Raul becomes one of these with some DarkMessiah pretensions.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Our introduction to the city of Romdeau: "Romdeau City. This place is undoubtedly our final paradise. Today is just another day here. Nothing changes for the better in this cradle...A boring paradise."
* NoticeThis: The glint on Swan's pendant.
* OminousLatinChanting: tends to pop up when Re-l is ever conversing with the statues in the chamber.
* TheOutsideWorld: Re-l actually makes it to the Outside World, [[spoiler: only to find that it is effectively a dark, very dark, CrapsackWorld]].
* [[spoiler:OurVampiresAreDifferent]]: Proxies.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Re-l, taken to Amy Lee extremes--but with the permanent overcast and all it's not like there's a lot of sunshine to bask in.
* PersonalityChip: The '[[http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/turing-test/ Turing]] Program' that houses [=AutoReivs=]'s personality can be turned off should it get inconvenient.
--->Chat mode off!
* PlatonicCave : The domes.
* PrettyInMink: Re-L Mayer wears a white fur jacket half the time.
* QuiveringEyes
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Done by Raul, and then later Vincent.
* RealSongThemeTune: The ending theme is a heavily cut version of "Paranoid Android" by Music/{{Radiohead}}.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When [[spoiler:Iggy gets infected with the Cogito virus]] he ''really'' let Re-l have it. And he loves the phrase [[spoiler: "useless bitch"]] far too much. After that, her character progressively improves. And by "progressively", we mean [[DefrostingIceQueen a really slow defrosting stage.]]
* RecapEpisode: The odd [[spoiler:game show]] episode functions as this, except that the rest of the cast who aren't traveling in the PowerTrio [[spoiler:get to see the ClipShow elements as well, and thus learn plot important information.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** [[spoiler: Iggy]] is shown in darkness with red eyes in one scene [[spoiler: after he's infected with the Cogito virus, and before he kidnaps Re-l.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Kristeva]], who is also shown with red eyes at times [[spoiler: after getting the Cogito virus, and is an Entourage class like Iggy, but doesn't go {{Yandere}} and escapes Rondo with Re-L and Pino, assigning herself as Pino's guardian as her final order from Raul.]]
** Uninfected Autoreivs tend to have red eyes when being overridden remotely.
* RedStringOfFate: The [[spoiler:fake Re-l]] has a red ball of wool.
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:Daedalus]] attempts to clone the woman he is infatuated with.
** [[spoiler: Actual sequence of events: Daedalus attempts to clone Monad Proxy, but fails and creates Re-l. He falls in love with her, but when she leaves he creates another clone of her, this one a complete Proxy.]]
** Vincent subconsciously is drawn to Re-l because Re-l is [[spoiler: [[MindScrew a human clone of the Proxy who was his lover]] before [[LaserGuidedAmnesia he asked her to remove all of his memories.]] ]] It is heavily implied that Re-l [[spoiler: look exactly like Monad's human form]].
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots:
** The Cogito infected [=AutoReivs=]. Mind you, they weren't built like that on purpose; they gain souls when infected with Cogito.
** [[spoiler: They were however designed to respond to the Cogito virus as an alternative, by gaining souls the 'reivs would replace humanity's role in the plan. It wasn't a last resort but due to everything going down the toilet, it activated while the humans were still viable, therefore causing Cogito infectees to be AxCrazy. Kristeva drops this one to Pino near the end.]]
** Kristeva is a robot that, for some reason, wears lipstick.
* RobotKid: Pino.
* RobotReligion: Apparently, the first thing a Cogito-infected Auto Reiv does is pray.
* RoyalWe: Re-l's grandfather, the regent of Romdeau, speaks in this manner through four Auto Reivs.
* TheRuinsICaused: The last scene shows [[spoiler: Vincent standing at the top of the ruins of Romdeau, with his caplet billowing in the wind.]] It's a very badass ending.
* RuleOfCool: When asked why he named the show "Ergo Proxy," those being two words that would never otherwise be next to each other in a sentence, the writer, Dai Sato, said, "It sounds cool."
* ScavengerWorld: The settlement outside Romdeau.
* SceneryPorn: Either that or SceneryGorn, YMMV, but you can't deny it's beautifully done.
* SelfParody: A brief one; when Vincent is sick and hallucinating, he has a nightmare where Re-l's already-copious eyeshadow expands to exaggerated proportions.
* ShoutOut:
** Pino is named after the creation of a certain [[Manga/BlackJack Japanese Doctor]], who was herself named after "Pinnochio."
** Vincent also bears similarities to the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' character Vincent Valentine. Aside from having the [[NamesTheSame same name]], both wear red capes and [[spoiler:have demonic alter-egos, Ergo Proxy and Chaos respectively, who have a passing resemblance to each other.]]
** Episode 15:
*** Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey
*** While it could be referencing any number of game shows, the chair setup and lighting for the final quiz is clearly based on WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire, and the episode title is presumably a reference to Series/{{Jeopardy}}.
** [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Rogi the Cricket]] needs little explanation.
** Re-L Mayer's citizen Number is 124c41, HugoGernsback wrote a novel with the title ''Ralph 124C 41+'', see the similarities?
** One episode, named "Sacred Eye of the Void", takes place inside a character's subconscious, referencing the novel [[Creator/PhilipKDick Eye in the Sky]].
* ShrinkingViolet: To an extent, Vincent is one.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: So gritty that you can't even see the picture half of the time.
* SmarmyHost: In the game show episode, Vincent and co. end up trapped by a Proxy who acts as a gameshow host and has this personality to a T, and delivers exposition in the form of quiz questions.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Happens twice; the first time with the Gameshow episode, and the second with the ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' -esque episode. Both utilise a completely different format of telling the story; the first with a gameshow/clipshow, and the second by seeing Toon World from Pino's perspective.
* SouvenirLand: Has its own episode.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Re-l vs Real, Romdo vs Romdeau, and countless others.
** Seeing Re-l's name on a computer in one episode suggests that both spellings could be correct, as it shows "REAL" with "RE-L" superimposed on it.
* SpoiledBrat: Re-L pulls this off when she first joins up with Pino and Vincent on The Thousand Rabbits. She gets better eventually.
* SpoilerOpening: Both [[spoiler: Iggy's red eyes]] and [[spoiler:Vincent turning into a Proxy when the camera zooms out.]]
* SteamPunk: A majority of the series is set around the wind machine the 400 Rabbits.
* SpottingTheThread: In the episode "Ophelia" [[spoiler: Re-l was able to tell the real Vincent from the imposter Vincent because it didn't leave a reflection on the water.]]
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The Proxies. [[spoiler:At least, Ergo Proxy, at any rate.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids:
** Averted with the "civilian" robots who die incredibly easily; the military robots are entirely distinct.
** Also averted in several specific cases with Pino, a companion-type [=AutoReiv=], having no useful features whatsoever, except for being mind-bogglingly adorable.
** The Proxies themselves are ludicrously potent, possessing honest-to-God superpowers, when their job was [[spoiler:to fix the atmosphere and maybe grow and/or manage some pseudo-humans. Hmm... come to think of it, that last part might have justified the superpowers.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: Depending on your perspective, either Vincent or Re-l could be this.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish:
** The opening, "Kiri" by Japanese duo Monoral, is sung entirely in perfect English. Both members of the band are fluent.
** Anytime English shows up in the episodes (the "fellow citizens" broadcast or just in the grocery store) it's also very good.
* TakeMyHand: Pulled a few times. The crowning moment came from [[spoiler: Pino when she rescues Re-l in the last episode.]]
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler: "I am Ergo Proxy, emissary of death."]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Vincent is Ergo Proxy, who erased his memories in an attempt to live as a human.]]
* TooDumbToLive: A mall full of people and [=AutoReivs=] come across as having the worst reaction times in the second episode. So they'll just gawk at an immigrant running hurriedly by them, ''firing a gun'', and won't even look back at the long-haired freak chasing him in a very noisy FoeTossingCharge? Sure, they finally start reacting and getting the hell out eventually, but only after the Proxy's already cut a bloody path through half the main hall ''right in front of them.''
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Vincent Law.]] Several.
* TroubleFromThePast: The whole purpose of [[spoiler:the Proxies]] is to clean up Earth's ruined environment for humanity [[spoiler:at large to be able to return from space. And then the Proxies are supposed to die.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Re-l can be quite unpleasant to Vincent (when she's not threatening to shoot him that is).
* UnexpectedGenreChange: One episode features the characters on a game show, albeit the questions are relevant to the plot. Later in the series, there is an episode that seems like something out of Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit. This is also mind-bogglingly canonical and relevant.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Complicates things between Re-l and Vincent. [[JustShootHim Better keep that pistol handy]].
* UterineReplicator: All citizens are born from artificial wombs.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The Proxy Project.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Philosophical, literary and even programming references. A lot of fansubs give a crash-course in philosophy at the end of almost all episodes. Thanks!
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: Averted; computer terminals are just as cluttered with windows as any of ours would be, although depressingly blue-tinted.
* WalkingTheEarth
* WastelandElder: Hoody and a bunch of others in the Commune.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Completely averted with the immortal Proxies.
* WhamEpisode: Nightmare Quiz Show / Who Want to Be in Jeopardy, with its InfoDump about the Proxies and their purpose.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman
* WhiteMaskOfDoom / CoolMask: Ergo Proxy himself with his half-face, Harlequin-esque... thing.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The episode "Ophelia" starts out with the Vincent, Re-l, and Pino bickering over something that previously happened. The rest of the episode flashes back to what had happened.
* WifeHusbandry: It's heavily implied that this was one of Daedalus' goals in creating Re[[spoiler:a]]l.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Vincent and Re-l.
* WingedHumanoid: [[spoiler:Monad]] in the last episode.
* WorthLivingFor: Deconstructed. With the theme of ''raison d'etre'' in the story, characters presented with them are willing to go outstanding lengths in order to achieve it - even if it means losing their sanity over it.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Re-l spends the first six episodes thinking she's in an espionage thriller. Vincent spends that time thinking that he's in Kafta-meets-Lovecraft story, and Iggy thinks that it's his duty to make Re-L's life a rom-com with her and Vincent's encounters as {{Meet Cute}}s.
* {{Yandere}}:
** The Cogito virus makes infected [=AutoReivs=] experience human emotions. Entourage-class robots can arrive at psychotic jealousy from their initial quiet obedience
** [[spoiler:Daedalus]] also qualifies, especially when [[spoiler:Re-l runs off with Vincent, and he decides to ''clone himself a new Re-l'' as a replacement. He then completely breaks after that Re-L begins showing more interest in Vincent as well.]]
* YouCallThatAWound: Upon taking a UV shell to the arm, [[spoiler:Ergo Proxy tears off the affected limb and [[HealingFactor instantly regrows]] a new one.]]

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