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[[caption-width-right:350: The story of the original cyber BattleCouple.]]

''Appleseed'' is a four volume CyberPunk/Mecha manga written between 1985 and 1989 by Creator/ShirowMasamune, of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' fame. It led to OVA and feature film adaptations. Set in [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] 22nd century, the story follows the ActionGirl Deunan Knute and her [[BeastAndBeauty cyborg partner and lover]] Briareos Hecatonchires. The two join the special forces of the Olympus city, an enclave of peaceful life on the planet devastated by the WorldWarIII (and recovering from World War ''IV''), whose population consists equally of both normal humans and "bioroids", {{Artificial Human}}s with genetically suppressed aggressiveness who act as emotional buffer for the former.

The original manga saw Deunan and Briareos join Olympus's counter-terrorism unit ESWAT after being discovered in the wastelands and offered a life in {{Utopia}}n city in exchange for their combat skills (both were formerly SWAT operatives). The manga follows them as they protect their new home from enemies, both foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell other projects]] and the loss of much of his notes in a 1995 earthquake left the manga as an OrphanedSeries.

The one-shot OVA[[note]]a co-production between StudioGainax and {{AIC}}[[/note]] was produced in 1988 and has little in common with the original manga except the setting and the characters. The plot concerns a colleague of Deunan and Briareos, who feels that instead of Utopia, Olympus is a GildedCage designed to prevent humans from living a fulfilling life. To destroy this cage, he conspires with a professional terrorist and it's up to Deunan and Briareos to stop them.

Sixteen years later, the first feature film was released, directed by Shinji Aramaki. Just like the OVA, it shares little with the original manga and diverges even in the premise: instead of joining ESWAT together, Deunan and Briareos are separated by accident long before coming to Olympus and have to regain mutual trust over the course of the film. The main plot centers on the struggle of two equally extremist [[FantasticRacism racist]] factions in Olympus, each desiring to destroy either the original humanity, or the bioroids to make way for the other. The movie featured a unique for that time style of animation that seamlessly blended traditional anime designs and [[AllCGICartoon CGI]] and which was later reused in the sequel and an unrelated movie ''{{Vexille}}'', produced largely by the same people.

''Appleseed Ex Machina'', the OddlyNamedSequel to the 2004 movie, is set two years after it and sees the idyllic relationship between the protagonists challenged by the introduction of Tereus, a SuperPrototype bioroid who is for all intents and purposes a clone of Briareos minus the fact that he didn't have his entire body replaced with cybernetic prosthetics. The situation is worsened when all cyborgs in Olympus (including Briareos) start getting hijacked by a KnightTemplar seeking to unite humanity once and for all... in quite an unsettling manner. The producer of the second movie was JohnWoo. Yes, ''[[HeroicBloodshed that]]'' John Woo[[note]]Which explains the pigeons and the extreme akimbo.[[/note]].

It also has a CGI anime series named ''Appleseed XIII.'' The series was produced in 2011 by Jinni's Animation Studios in association with ProductionIG and under the direction of Takayuki Hamana with Junichi Fujisaku as script supervisor. All 13 episodes of ''Appleseed XIII'' can be seen on Funimation's official Youtube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwazKLaN7rLi2U2hzVjSfcBZVLN_hSV3P here]]. An English dub of the series was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in June 2013.

A third CGI film titled ''Appleseed Alpha'' was released on July 15, 2014, directed once again by Shinji Aramaki. It is a {{Prequel}} film that focuses on Deunan and Briareos before they arrive in Olympus, as they are living in the ruins of [[BigApplesauce New York City]] doing mercenary work for a local crime boss named Two Horns, until one day on a mission they encounter a MysteriousWaif and her cyborg bodyguard claiming to be on a mission for Olympus.

Not to be confused with JohnnyAppleseed, or anything else named after the man.

Has a character sheet in need of some [[NeedsWikiMagicLove wiki magic love]].

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AMechByAnyOtherName: "Landmates".
* ActionGirl: Deunan.
* AdaptationNameChange: "Sokaku" from the manga is now called "Two Horns" in ''Alpha.''
* AffablyEvil: Two Horns in ''Alpha'' is BigFun and loves to joke around and have a good laugh. He also leads the most dangerous criminal gang in New York.
* AllCGICartoon: The three movies and ''XIII''.
* AlternateContinuity: All of the franchise's works (manga, OVA, films, & anime). Only ''Ex Machina'' is directly related to something else, being a sequel to the 2004 film. ''Appleseed Alpha'', even though it's a {{Prequel}}, still has problems fitting into any of the existing continuities. It is only loosely based off of the manga (only the first chapter bears resemblance to the movie, and it's mostly the tank battle in the urban city), and it certainly doesn't work with the 2004 film & consequently ''Ex Machina'', since in that continuity Deunan & Briareos were separated before coming to Olympus, while in ''Alpha'' they are surviving together in the post-war wasteland.
* ArmCannon: Nyx in ''Alpha'' has a machine gun built into the palm of her right hand.
* ArmorIsUseless: In this universe, cyborgs are surprisingly fragile, with pistol rounds being able to take down even largely metallic ones pretty easily ([[spoiler: Talos is almost completely metal, yet Deunan's M1911 does severe damage to him with just a few shots]]). You'd think becoming a cyborg would make you tougher.
* AssholeVictim: Some of the "vampire" victims in ''XIII'' Episode 5 are war criminals from Eris (said to have committed genocide and ethnic cleansing).
* AssimilationPlot: [[spoiler: Kestner in ''Ex Machina'' wants to pull this off.]]
* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Yoshino]], the unctuous Posiedon delegate, and her equally sinister entourage in ''Ex Machina''. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[GoodAllAlong they're actually trying to hunt down the BigBad, and are only too happy to lend our protagonists a hand]].]]
* AndIMustScream: Briareos in Ex Machina when he's being affected by the nanomachines. Try as he might, he's largely unable to fight against it without help. Also anyone affected by the signals, as prior to the mind control kicking in, they grab their head in pain and usually fall to their knees as well.
* AntiGravity: The Hermes System.
* AntiMutiny: In the manga, Athena launches one of these against the Elders once they propose to expand bioroid behavior modification to humanity (sterilization in the movie). Gaia gets the same idea about bioroids in general.
* ArcWords: From ''XIII'': "Vengeance belongeth unto me."
** Also "paradise", to the point of becoming way overused. See the YMMV page.
* ArtificialHuman: Bioroids.
* BadassArmy: ESWAT and Olympus Police in general are extremely competent; Deunan and Briareos are just exceptional cogs in an excellent machine.
* BadassBiker: Deunan.
* BattleButler: Nike.
* BattleCouple: Deunan and Briareos.
* BeastAndBeauty: Deunan and Briareos, though in the OVA (and ''Ex Machina'', shown in a flashback) they've been a couple since before he had his cybernetic upgrades.
* BetaCouple: It's mentioned a few times in ''Ex Machina'' and ''XIII'' that [[GenkiGirl Hitomi]] and [[TheEngineer Yoshitsune]] are an item.
* {{BFG}}: Briareos in Volume 4 uses a gun that resembles a sawn-off M1 ''Main Battle Tank'' cannon.
* BladeRun: Deunan vs. that construction mecha in ''Ex Machina''.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows The opening sequence of ''Ex Machina'', in fine JohnWoo tradition.
* BulletTime: Used extensively in the movies, especially ''Ex Machina''.
* ButNotTooForeign: Averted, Deunan once spells out her ancestry for Hitomi and there is a lot of variety (she's mixed-race African on her mother's side), but no Japanese. Shirow has mentioned that she won the genetic lottery as far as physical skills go, which is why her employers and colleagues put up with her eccentricities.
** Also subverted in that Shirow Masamune has said in the official databook that he never thought of making Deunan Japanese or partially Japanese
* CatGirl: Artemis Alpeia from the manga.
* CavalryBetrayal: There's a bit near the end of ''Ex Machina'' where we're led to believe that the Poseidon special-forces are pulling this. [[spoiler:Turns out it just took them a while to spot the protagonists in need of rescue, and they turn up shortly afterwards.]]
* CelShading: The 2004 movie is entirely in CG with a blend of motion capture and cel shading. Both ''Ex Machina'' and ''XIII'' also utilize this method.
* ChainsawGood: Briareos wields a freaking chainsword in ''Ex Machina''.
* ChekhovsGun: The broken machine Matthews is trying to fix at the beginning of ''Alpha'' [[spoiler: (it's a Landmate)]].
* ChickenWalker: The [[http://appleseedalpha.tumblr.com/image/91180984233 "Ostrich" mechs]] in ''Alpha'' have this style going on.
* CompositeCharacter: Tereus from ''Ex Machina'' has elements of both Briareos and Fang from the manga. Makes sense, seeing as [[spoiler:he's a clone of the former]].
* ConspicuousCG: ''XIII'' contains a rather strange variant of this - the characters and objects are CG, while several backgrounds are rendered through traditional means.
* ContinuityNod: The final episode "Paradisius" in ''Appleseed XIII'' directly references the plot of the 2004 movie.
** In ''Appleseed Alpha'', Talos is [[spoiler: searching for a prototype Spider Gun Platform, the same weapons that will eventually defend Olympus.]]
* CowboyCop: Colonel Hades was one during his LA SWAT days; this factored into his expulsion from the group by Deunan's father, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope which fueled his ultimately suicidal revenge scheme against the Knutes]].
** Played straight by Deunan, her exceptional combat ability is the only thing that keeps her from getting killed on multiple occasions. And, not surprisingly, she gets chewed out by both Briareos and her ESWAT platoon leader for it several times.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: the cyborg Sokaku, Ex-SAS, Mercenary, EOD specialist... and total tool. While a total genius in his area of expertise, his showboating and comic relief nature trip him up more often than not.
* CyberCyclops: Subverted. Briareos actually has ''eight'' eyes: Four in his face arranged around the big central sensor, two at the bases of his "rabbit ear" sensors, and two at the tips, which allow him to safely look around corners. Oh, and the big central sensor mentioned earlier? That's actually his ''nose''.
* DaChief: Athena.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Briareos takes his promise to Karl Knute in ''XIII'' very seriously, so much that it causes problems in his relationship with Deunan.
* DisturbedDoves: Would ''Ex Machina'' be a John Woo movie without them? However, there is also a twist to them in this case.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In 1988, the Cold War came to a peaceful resolution with the formation of the Russo-American Alliance, composed of the 13 colonial states, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska.
** After the 2nd American Civil War in 2016, the United States was once again divided. The United States of America was now comprised of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorodo, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North & South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The extreme right-sided military industrialistic [[TheEmpire American Empire]] aka Imperial Americana, took everything else, including Washington D.C.
*** E-SWAT ended up fighting alongside with the Russo-American Alliance forces against Imperial Americana in the manga.
* TheDogBitesBack: It's implied in the 2004 film that [[spoiler:General Uranus ratted out the Elders while surrendering to Athena, who quickly confronts the Elders just as they're about to bring about the gradual extinction of humanity.]]
* TheDragon: Nyx to Talos in ''Appleseed Alpha.''
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Subverted, as with Ghost in the Shell (which shared a similar Timeline if not outright happening in the same universe), despite ''two'' world wars, one of which was nuclear, civilization just kept right on chugging along, without even a die back. That said, the world is still a very chaotic place, and you probably wouldn't want to live there.
* [[SWATTeam ESWAT Team]]
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Talos, Nyx, and their cyborg underlings in ''Alpha'' follow this design aesthetic, complete with Talos's body being [[LightIsNotGood uniformly white]] while Nyx is [[DarkIsEvil solid black.]]
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: [[spoiler:Serves as the villain's primary motivation in ''Ex Machina''.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Deunan gets one after damaging one eye of hers during a training accident in Volume IV. She also gets a much more girly, frilly lace eyepatch for civilian wear when she's off-duty at the end of the book.
* TheFaceless: Talos, Nyx, and their soldiers all have opaque helmets. [[spoiler: Averted with Talos at the end, after Deunan shoots him [[BrokenFaceplate through the faceplate]], we get a disturbing look at what's behind the mask.]]
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: ''Appleseed Alpha'' takes place in New York City, which is now a bombed out wasteland crawling with renegade cyborgs and other lowlifes.
* FalseReassurance: In the first movie the BigBad (well, one of them) says "no human life would be taken", but that does not mean they won't unleash a virus upon the world that causes sterility; rather, it means no human would die immediately as a direct consequence.
* FantasticRacism: Humans vs. bioroids, and, to a lesser degree, humans vs. cyborgs, but only in the adaptations: practically non-existent in the original manga.
* FlawedPrototype: The [[spoiler: prototype Spider Gun Platform]] in ''Appleseed Alpha'' is incomplete and difficult to control.
* FlyingCar: Sort of: They float above ground.
* FragileSpeedster: Nyx turns out to be this in ''Alpha'' when she fights [[LightningBruiser Briaeros]] near the end. She is no match for him physically, so she has to rely on a lot of SheFu and jumping around to dodge his hits. When she ''does'' try to match him blow for blow, the results [[AnArmAndALeg speak for themselves.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Some close-ups of Talos in ''Alpha'' show that his body has the word [[http://appleseed.wikia.com/wiki/Poseidon "Poseidon"]] stenciled on it, making it extremely likely that he, Nyx, and their team are from that country.
* FriendOrFoe: The IFFs of the autonomous combat drones in ''Alpha'' either don't work, or nobody remembers how to designate themselves as a friend. Either way, the drones attack everybody.
* FutureCopter: The transport helicopter that appears in the beginning of the 2004 movie looks very much like a heavily upgraded, futuristic V-22 Osprey. ''Ex Machina's'' aircraft seem to use AntiGravity rather than rotors. Meanwhile, in ''Alpha'', Talos and his team make use of a more contemporary looking V-22 that seems to have had all its design flaws ironed out and is equipped with a chin-mounted machine gun and rocket pods that can launch a MacrossMissileMassacre.
* GambitPileup: Even after repeated rereads, it can be difficult to pick out the specifics of Athena vs. the Council.
* GangBangers: Two Horns and his crew.
* GatlingGood: ''Very'' good. The giant siege platforms have at least four gatling guns the size of buses in addition to their WaveMotionGun.
** TheMovie has Deunan pursued by two tanks mounted with gatling guns. These tanks are lifted directly out of the manga's designs.
** The ''Appleseed Alpha'' movie demonstrates this again with the urban tank that chases Deunan & Briareos around the ruins of New York City, as well as the gatling guns mounted on the "Ostrich" mechs and [[spoiler: the prototype giant spider tank.]]
* GentleGiant: Briareos when he's off-duty. [[spoiler:Makes his predicament in ''Ex Machina'' all the more disturbing.]]
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The eyes of Briareos and other cyborgs changed in colour from red to green between the first and second movies, so that we could see when they were BrainwashedAndCrazy thanks to the ominous red glow.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Argus, the Poseidon officer from ''Ex Machina'', has a long scar covering his permanently-closed left eye that makes him look rather sinister. [[spoiler:It's misdirection, though - he's not that bad a guy, and even helps save the world (and, later, our protagonists) by the end of the movie.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Both Deunan and Briareos did that when fighting battle-androids: They ripped off an arm and proceeded to beat the android with it.
* GunKata: Briareos pulls this off every time he gets more than one gun in ''Ex Machina''. Justified in his insane reflexes and multiple eyes.
* GunsAkimbo: in fact, Briareos can shoot ''three'' guns at once in ''Ex Machina'': two with his mecha's hands and one with his own.
** Just one with his hands because it's a Landmate sized one. He could theoretically use hundreds of weapon systems wired directly to his "brain". His cyborg chassis is named after the Hecatonchires, the hundred-armed giants of Greek mythology, for a reason.
* GunShipRescue: Happens in the beginning of the film for Deunan after she gets trapped.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: In ''Alpha'', [[spoiler: Briaeros defeats Nyx after he is able to retrieve his sniper rifle and blows her in half at point-blank range. Later, Talos comes back for one last act of revenge against Deunan, but Iris drops an automatic door on his spine and chops him in half.]]
* HandCannon: Deunan's "Gong" in the manga.
* HeelFaceTurn: A bit of a delayed one in ''Alpha'' when [[spoiler: after Nyx tries to kill Two Horns, he still goes after Briareros and Deunan. It's not until after he gets his rear end handed to him again that he decides it would probably be a better idea to [[EnemyMine team up with our main duo]] to take down the Triton commandos.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tereus]] saves Deunan from being impaled by [[spoiler:Xander's]] CombatTentacles. [[spoiler:And survives]].
** In ''XIII'', [[spoiler:Kottos]] saves the [[spoiler:ill bioroid child]] from being blown up by an RPG charge [[spoiler:[[HarmfulToMinors and dies right before her eyes]]]].
* HeroTrackingFailure: Occurs at the start of the first movie, and receives a brief CallBack in the opening fight of ''Ex Machina'', though that huge gatling gun looked pretty difficult to maneuver even for a cyborg. ''Alpha'' does this again during the chase in New York between Briareos and the tank, but not unexpected since Two Horns is on the gun, and he wasn't expecting Briareos to be able to move so fast considering how sluggish he was just the day before.
* TheHighQueen: Athena.
* HotScientist: Deia Cides in ''XIII.''
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: SelfExplanatory.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Who else? Deunan and Briareos.
* HumongousMecha: A 13-foot tall death machine appears in volume 4 of the manga, but is taken apart by just two veteran landmate pilots (and a [[{{BFG}} Tank Cannon]]).
* IgnoredEpiphany: After Briareos delivers a KirkSummation to the Regular Army, everyone realizes what they had almost gotten themselves into... save for Colonel Hades ("I've heard enough--''and I'll be damned if I let some machine tell me what to do!''").
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Briareos. Of course, he's a {{Cyborg}}.
* IronicEcho: From ''Alpha'': "Hope. What a concept." Interestingly it's said on two different occasions by two characters, both of which could not possibly have known the other said it. And even funnier is that the phrase is directed at the same target, Two Horns.
* ItsPersonal: What blinds Colonel Hades to the fact that [[spoiler:his vendetta against Deunan's father for booting him off of LA SWAT, which he hopes will destroy the Bioroids, could actually lead to humanity's extinction]].
* KarmaHoudini: Prime Minister Athena in the movie never has to answer for having mercenaries kill all Deunan's comrades in the wasteland, and trying to capture her alive, and later sending outright assassins after her. She was trying to prevent a genocide, that she feared Deunan could unwittingly partake in, but it seems that Deunan never even gets to learn the truth, let alone decide what she decides to do with it.
** The Manga also has her drug the food of a bunch of ex-soldiers brought into the city to gauge their reactions. Of course, given that their ultimate reaction was to jump into their landmates and go on a rampage after Tartarus put the question of her wrongness into doubt.
** Likewise General Uranus; he was trying a coup ''and'' a genocide, but apparently calling off your attempt at the last minute and saying "sorry" is all that it takes to be forgiven. [[spoiler:On the other hand, it was implied that the Elders were manipulating him into taking action and that it was his own race that he was unwittingly endangering (and not the Bioroids like he had thought for most of the film), which might have factored into his rather lenient sentence.]]
* KnifeNut: Deunan grabs her knife when going for the ubercyborg during the ChurchShootout in ''Ex Machina''... and kicks his ass badly. She takes out three guys with a very large knife (she insists it's a sword) in the manga, too. In the last episode of ''XIII'' she also uses a large folding knife in her Landmate to take out an enemy Landmate. Finally, on foot she also uses a large combat knife to stab a prototype combat robot wrestling with Briareos. Let's just say Deunan really likes her knives.
* LadyAndKnight: Talos and Nyx are a villainous variant of this in ''Alpha'', with Talos being a ManInWhite and Nyx being a WomanInBlack.
* LandOfOneCity: Olympus.
* LethalChef: Deunan in the manga.
* LightningBruiser: Briareos uses (or, more accurately, is built into) the Hecatonchire-class full-body cyborg chassis, a towering juggernaut of a military prototype that is amongst the strongest, toughest rigs ever to exist, and boosts his reflexes to superhuman levels as well.
* MayContainEvil: [[spoiler: The Connexus]] in ''Ex Machina''.
* MayDecemberRomance: In addition to the relationship quirks of dating a cyborg, Briareos is a solid nine years older than Deunan.
* MeaningfulName: Several, but Briareos has the most obvious - he's named after one of the three Hecatonchires, the hundred-armed giants who overthrew the Titans. He's also a hulking LightningBruiser of a cyborg with sufficiently sophisticated targeting software to wield dozens of weapons at once. In case you missed it the first time, the model name of his chassis spells it out for you.
* MechaExpansionPack: In the fourth volume of the manga, Briareos uses a series of attachments that basically turns him into a Landmate.
* MegaCorp: Poseidon in ''Ex Machina.''.
** They seem to be OneNationUnderCopyright, to boot, in ''XIII.'' They even have national boundaries and territorial waters.
* {{Meganekko}}: Chiffon, the DarkSkinnedBlond who befriended Deunan, was part of the human insurgency and [[BoomHeadshot killed brutally]] by Deunan in the manga's first volume.
* MercyKill: Deunan does one [[spoiler: to Xander]] in Ex Machina.
* MidSeasonTwist: Episode 7 of ''XIII'' has [[spoiler: the pilot of the rogue Hecatonchires Landmate turn out to be Deia.]]
* MiniMecha: Landmates (kinda).
* MotionCaptureMecha: Landmates.
* MoreDakka Spider Gun Platforms in the manga and OVA, Mobile Fortresses in the first movie.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Landmate arms typically act on a Master-Slave system: The Landmate's arms mimic the motions of the operator's real arms, which are usually external (and safely armored). When Briareose hooks into his MechaExpansionPack as mentioned above, he can actually control all four arms independently (as any Hecatonchires cyborg could).
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: The entire Triton team in ''Alpha'', who are all [[TheFaceless faceless]], professional, and relentless in their pursuit of Olson and Iris. And aside from Nyx and Talos, they're all [[TheVoiceless voiceless]] as well.
* NoFlowInCGI: Deunan's hair is animated as a number of locks, which moves according to physics, instead of animating every strand separately. Extras and Background models are simpler, and have completely un-animated hair.
* NonActionBigBad: Talos leaves any fighting to be done to Nyx and his troops.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Talos in ''Alpha'' when [[spoiler: after downloading the information he needs out of Olson's brain, Talos doesn't waste any time gloating about it but simply draws his pistol and empties the mag into Olson, then drops him out of the V-22 at high altitude.]]
* OhCrap: When the first police team busts through the to arrest the terrorists, just to walk in front of a gatling gun ambush.
* ObviouslyEvil: Poseidon in ''Ex Machina''. They're a MegaCorp and OneNationUnderCopyright, their executive and diplomat is an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette in a [[SpyCatsuit black leather catsuit]] with [[CreepyMonotone a soft, smooth voice]], and their battle commander has a [[GoodScarsEvilScars rather ugly scar]] covering one eye. They're also so polite and smooth about cooperating with Athena and Olympus that any GenreSavvy viewer would expect that they're up to something ''seriously'' devious. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Nope.]] While they did accidentally leave some dangerous experimental AppliedPhlebotinum lying around, they cooperate fully with the protagonists when it comes time to clean everything up, and their offer to surrender control of their weapons to Olympus is entirely genuine.]]
* OddlyNamedSequel
* OminousFloatingCastle: The [[spoiler:Halcon base]] is a giant floating Borg-Cube-esque giant laboratory floating above an artificial island.
* OrphanedSeries: The manga. Apparently, most of Masamune's notes for ''Appleseed'' were destroyed in the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and he has expressed little interest in continuing the series.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Eris molecular weapon (probably nano-machines) "Erinyes" turns people into vampires (they got enhanced strengs and regeneration at the price of having to suck blood).
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: [[spoiler:Hitomi]].
* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity: In ''Ex Machina'', Briareos would likely have found unearthing the movie's central conspiracy much easier if the lingering nanite poisoning they used to temporarily take him over hadn't compelled him to take the most stupid, pointless, and needlessly violent actions possible whenever his adrenaline levels spiked. [[spoiler:Luckily for him, there's a treatment.]]
* PointDefenseless: Averted in ''Appleseed Alpha'' with the [[spoiler: prototype Spider Gun Platform]], which is bristling with weapons, including dozens of CIWS Phalanx cannons that shoot down the vast majority of the missiles launched at it.
* [[PostScriptSeason Post-Script Episode]]: The final episode of ''Appleseed XIII'', "Paradisius," is a rather strange change in tone and has absolutely nothing to do with the main plot thread of the rest of the series, especially since the main plot was already wrapped up in the 12th episode.
* PoweredArmor: Protectors, Landmates (kinda).
* PrecisionFStrike: "You son of a bitch... ''[[DoubleAgent you betrayed us!]]''"
** "Don't fuck with me!"
* RaceLift: Though it's nearly impossible to tell in the manga due to the lack of a... well, a FACE, Briareos is apparently African-American originally, as seen in some artwork Shirow has done (including a very odd-looking beach-scene). In the 2004 film and ''Ex Machina'', Briareos is retconned to be a rather Japanese-looking {{Bishonen}}.
** WordOfGod is that Briareos was Black Caribbean (where, he never specified).
** ''XIII'' makes him black again. Not just Briareos either; Deunan's mother was white in the 2004 film, but black in ''XIII'' (also an indicator that ''XIII'' is an AlternateContinuity). This one's a plot point in her DeathByOriginStory: she was gunned down for crossing an apartheid line.
* RealMenWearPink: Implied by way of FridgeLogic in ''Ex Machina'', when Deunan receives a top-of-the-line and very, ''very'' pink Landmate from the Poseidon assault team she's working alongside. Meanwhile, the Poseidon commander, Argus, uses the ESWAT model that she turned up in. Now, normally, one would expect him to use his own suit... unless, of course, he'd given it to someone else to pilot instead. Perhaps bubblegum pink is a signifier of rank in Poseidon?
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Athena tries to get Deunan killed at the start of the film; however, in truth she didn't know Deunan's role in what was going on at the time, and when the Regular Army comes close to committing genocide she sends her, along with the rest of Kudo's ESWAT unit, on a mission to retrieve the Appleseed (which can save the Bioroid race and was long thought destroyed by Dr. Gilliam until an Elder revealed its existence at an emergency meeting called by Athena to discuss the implications of a terrorist attack on the Bioroid day care center).
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Possibly; it's been theorized that [[spoiler:the Elders, realizing that Deunan's determination to preserve the future of humanity came from possibly a purer motive than they had, had entered the last letter of the Mobile Fortress password with the last of their strength, allowing Deunan to save humanity with the push of a button.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In ''Ex Machina'', a cyborg's eyes turning red is your cue to run away very, very fast.
* RedShirtArmy: Pretty much anyone not named gets killed off rather nonchalantly. And even the lesser named characters may not make it either, particularly if they start sharing their backstory or show any character development. The main characters survive largely thanks to PlotArmor.
** As an example, when Deunan, Briareos, and Tereus attack the abandoned research center in Ex Machina, there are a few non-named characters that go with them. The minor characters get killed off rather brutally, while Deunan survives long enough to crash her suit (after jettisoning from it) into one of the enemy suits.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Inverted in ''XIII''. While Deunan still has feelings for Briareos, Bri seems rather [[ObliviousToLove clueless]] as to how much she cares about him.
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:Kestner's [[SystemShock SHODAN]]-esque cyborg replica of his dead project leader]] is a particularly creepy example.
* RobotBuddy: Kotus, especially in his DayInTheLimelight episode in ''XIII''.
* SamusIsAGirl: The shocking reveal in ''XIII'' [[spoiler: of the pilot of the recurring terrorist Landmate. Especially effective since in previous episodes, the mech's loudspeakers used a deep, male voice to speak.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: In the original manga, Briareos was black before becoming a full-body cyborg.
** Two Horns in ''Alpha'' is a ruthless cyborg crime boss with a face like an oni mask.
* SchizoTech: In this universe cyborgs and typewriters exist side by side.
* SherlockScan: All Nyx has to do in ''Alpha'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDgPcrhfiDE simply wave her hand]] over a few spent shell casings to obtain an absurdly detailed picture of a battle that was just fought half an hour ago.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Ex Machina'' has a scene very similar to the shooting range scene in ''Film/RoboCop1987'', but takes it UpToEleven by showing Briareos's multitasking capability.
** The drones guarding the [[spoiler:Halcon]] facility in ''Ex Machina'' look and behave VERY similar to the Sentinels from Franchise/TheMatrix.
** The Ostrich mechs in ''Alpha'' look oddly similar to the Gekkou from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', minus the bio-organic legs.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Deunan is the only on-screen female in ESWAT, but she is TheHero and leads a team of elite soldiers.
** Not so much "only" in the manga.
** Nor is she the only woman in ESWAT in ''Ex Machina''. At least one other woman is shown on the team.
** At least in the OVA she is the only female Landmate pilot, or at least that's implied.
** ''XIII'' has another woman on the squad named Gina, who speaks with a rather [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent strange accent]] that seems to [[OohMeAccentsSlipping vanish and return]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: In ''Appleseed Alpha'', Iris & Olson are very much on the idealistic scale, believing they can build a better world, Deunan is somewhere in the middle, while Briareos is firmly cynical. [[spoiler: This flips a bit halfway through after they find Olson's corpse, where Deunan briefly loses hope in finding Olympus, but this leads Briareos to adopt a more idealistic viewpoint if only to keep Deunan's spirits up. The villain, Talos, is far on the cynical scale, believing that Olympus's ideals are nonsense and that humanity needs war to continue existing.]]
* SpiderTank: Spider Gun Platforms, and smaller Spider Drones.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''{{Vexille}}'', to the first movie.
* TheStinger: ''Appleseed Alpha'' has a post-credits scene where [[spoiler: it's revealed Iris was a bioroid clone based off of Hitomi, and she doesn't plan to send any forces from Olympus to pick up Deunan & Briareos - [[SequelHook at least, not yet.]]]]
* SuperPrototype: Tereus is the first bioroid designed for combat.
* SuperWindowJump: Through a stained glass window in ''Ex Machina'', no less.
* TemptingApple: The titular MacGuffin is a technology that allows [[ArtificialHuman Bioroids]] to have a lifespan just as long as humans.
* ThemeNaming: Many characters are named after characters from Greek mythology.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In the Manga, Kotus takes down a terrorist with a leaping double axe-handle strike that leaves the poor sap as a smear on the floor.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: When we're first shown Olympus city.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Deunan and Hitomi.
* TooDumbToLive: The whole plot of ''Ex Machina'' is solely driven by lots of highly stupid decisions by anyone involved. [[spoiler: Possibly hundreds of thousands of deaths could have been avoided if the [=PSAs=] not said "might pose a risk to health" but "will turn you into cyber-zombies and might force the police to kill you".]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Funimation's trailer for ''Appleseed XIII'' spoils who the big bad is, which itself is a huge PlotTwist.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The master computer Gaia in the second volume of the manga. Ironically, it was trying to protect mankind.
* TurnInYourBadge: [[spoiler:General Uranus in the movie does so without being told to after Briareos warns him that he and the Regular Army were really the {{Unwitting Pawn}}s to the Elders.]]
* UnorthodoxReload: Briareos has spare magazines stored ''in'' his forearms in ''Ex Machina''.
* TheUnreveal: In ''Alpha'', it's uncertain exactly why Briareos's software was malfunctioning at the beginning of the film. They float two possibilities about whether Matthews may have sabotaged him deliberately to keep him indebted to Two Horns, or if it was just normal wear and tear. But Deunan and Bri don't spend much time dwelling on it, figuring it doesn't matter so long as the problem's fixed. [[spoiler:At least, in that part of the film. In the final arc Matthews flat-out admits that Two Horns made him do it, but since he's arriving as part of TheCavalry, bringing Duenan a rebuilt Land-mate with him, the matter is quickly dropped.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:The Regular Army in the 2004 film.]]
* TheVerse: ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' and ''Appleseed'' both take place in the same continuity, despite being more than a hundred years apart in the setting (and Appleseed's comparable downgrade in technology since it was written first.) Appleseed established numerous geo-political settings and details used in Ghost in the Shell, such as the existence of the Human Liberation Front organization, the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica United States of America, Imperial America, & the Russo-American Alliance]], Bioroids, and animal-themed mecha and vehicles (though this is a staple of Creator/ShirowMasamune in general), among other things.
* VillainousBreakdown: Talos starts losing control of the situation in ''Alpha'' when [[spoiler: he forces Iris to activate the prototype spider tank, but 1) it's only about 2/3 complete and extremely difficult to control and 2) it's on a pre-programmed course to go straight to New York City and self-destruct.]]
* VillainousLegacy: Overlapping with a touch of MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning due to the circumstances of the demise in question in ''Ex Machina.'' [[spoiler:The BigBad dies halfway through the movie. It doesn't slow his plans down one jot.]]
* VisionaryVillain: Talos in ''Alpha'' has a grand vision to rebuild the world and bring order to a shattered globe, though exactly how he plans to do that is a bit muddy. Said vision would also entail [[OrderVersusChaos getting rid of undesirable elements]] such as Two Horns and his gang. [[spoiler: His plan at least definitely has something to do with a superweapon from the pre-war period, specifically an Arachnoid-class land battleship that was under construction by the U.S. government that was halted when America lost the war.]]
* WeCanRebuildHim: Briareos in the OVA.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Maybe not friends, but Olson and Talos knew each other before the events of ''Alpha'' by way of working on the same project [[spoiler: to find and disarm pre-war superweapons such as the American land battleship.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A large part of the hatred humans in the army have for the bioroids.
* WorkOffTheDebt: This is the major reason why Deunan and Briaeros are working for Two Horns in ''Alpha'', as he was apparently responsible in some way for saving Briareos's life and getting him a cyborg body.
* WorldWarIII: And IV, for that matter.
* ZombieApocalypse: not exactly, but the BrainwashedAndCrazy mob in ''Ex Machina'' looked much like it, right down to the ZombieGait.
** You can see one on TV in the second volume of the manga, but it was never explained. Presumably people are still making horror movies in the future.
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