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A satirical 1967 film starring Creator/JamesCoburn as Dr. Sidney Schaefer, who is recruited to be the eponymous individual; the stress of the job soon sends him on the run, with the knowledge gained from his sessions making him the target of every intelligence agency on the planet. Not to mention the most sinister and feared entity of all: '''T.P.C.'''

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!!Contains examples of:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: The movie is packed full of zaniness and ridiculous over-the-top satire, but it ''opens'' with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnvWH85gaMk an emotional, painful monologue]] from Godfrey Cambridge about a childhood experience with racism.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: The Phone Company]] and most of the secret agents in the movie are actually quite friendly people. Ruthless, but friendly.
* CanadaEh: ''Every'' intelligence agency.
* ChekhovsGun: Once the final villain is revealed, go back and watch the movie again: Much of the seemingly random events that drive the plot will make perfect sense.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: Inverted. The names were changed because the FBI didn't like how they were portrayed in the film.
%%* CreditsGag
* CreepyMonotone: Arlington Hewes [[spoiler:, president of The Phone Company,]] speaks in a measured, friendly, even-tempered tone that stays disturbingly constant even as the situation starts getting tense. [[spoiler: Turns out he's an animatronic robot.]]
%%* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure
* DeadpanSnarker: The two FBR agents sent to kill our hero, one of whom is enormously bitter over the other being given a license to kill.
* {{Eagleland}}: Gleefully, enjoyably Type I.
%%* EtherealChoir
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: And it's about how the psychoses of everyone else around him - from the President on down - is driving ''the analyst'' crazy.
* FacelessEye: A now-deleted scene.
* FictionalCounterpart: The US Government spy-agencies are renamed. The head of the "FBR" is named Lux, after a then-popular brand of vacuum cleaner (a StealthPun on the name Hoover).
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction / FunWithAcronyms: The "CEA" and "FBR".[[note]]Expert lipreaders will notice that the characters' voices were redubbed, and they were originally saying "CIA" and "FBI"[[/note]]
* HypocriticalHumor: William Daniels as the "liberal" Everyman, as just one example.
--> The Bullocks? Next door? Real fascists. They should be gassed.
* InvisiblePresident: Schaefer is depicted leaving the President's office or room, but is never seen inside with the man.
* TheMenInBlack: The FBR agents sent to kill our hero.
* MilkmanConspiracy: The ultimate villains and greatest threat? TPC: [[spoiler: The Phone Company.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The fake Beatles in one sequence.
* OnlySaneMan: Schaefer, and even he starts to lose his grip at times.
* OrWasItADream: Schaefer blacks out at one point, just catching a glimpse of his girlfriend unexpectedly brandishing a gun; when he comes to, he's not sure it actually happened.
* PhoneBooth: Schaefer gets kidnapped by [[spoiler: The Phone Company]] while trying to use one. They [[spoiler: load the whole booth with him in it onto one of their trucks.]]
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: FBR agents display a little bit of this.
* ProperlyParanoid: Everyone ''is'' spying on everyone else. [[spoiler:The trick is not minding it.]]
* PunchClockVillain: The main CIA and KGB agents are good pals. They also [[spoiler:figure out they have a common enemy: the Phone Company.]]
* RogueAgent: Kropotkin is supposed to capture Sidney but ends up rescuing him.
* SingleIssuePsychology: Schaefer analyzes Kropotkin's problems as stemming from his unacknowledged hatred of his own father.
* SinisterSurveillance: Played straight but then subverted by the AmbiguousEnding where [[spoiler:the analyst and all the other major characters seem happily oblivious that they're still being watched by the Phone Company.]]
* TheSixties: The movie hits pretty much every possible stereotype of the era, from
* SlippingAMickey: Our hero has this done to him at one point, during the "acid trip" sequence.
%%* SoundEffectBleep
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Schaefer has this done to him by [[spoiler: The Phone Company]].
* YouAreNumberSix: [[spoiler: The Phone Company wants to make it the law that the only legally recognized name would be a phone number.]]
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