* ArchivePanic:
** It can be a bit daunting figuring out how to get into Richard D. James' music, considering all of the aliases and styles of music present. Many (including [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/4chanmusic/images/b/b4/APHEX_TWIN.jpg this flowchart]]) suggest to start with 1992's ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'', then branch to ''Richard d. James album'' and ''SYRO'' (all released under the Aphex Twin name), and finding what one likes from there.
** This trope occurred again when James started up [[http://soundcloud.com/user18081971/ his SoundCloud page]], uploading 200+ songs spanning his entire career, and making nearly all of it freely downloadable.
* CreepyAwesome: "Come to Daddy", and its video.
* EarWorm:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_-99eBBhFc "Donkey Rhubarb."]] Click at your own risk.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkFBQ6sIcc "Digeridoo"]], likewise.
* FandomRivalry: With the fandom of {{Skrillex}}. Odd, because Skrillex himself is a '''HUGE''' fan of Aphex Twin, so much he declared him as his main influence. Becomes even more odd if you consider that Aphex openly stated he doesn't know much of Skrillex to give an opinion of him, but also said that he respects the more mainstream electronic music artists, finding them as a {{gateway|Series}} to electronic music in general.
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' is considered one of the greatest electronic music albums ever recorded.
* HellIsThatNoise:
** "Ventolin", which combines a piercing tone with crunching and discordant beats. The tone was described by James as what one hears when overdosing on Ventolin, aka Salbutamol, an asthma medication.
** The remix of "We Have Arrived" that he provided for Mescalinum United. They and "Ventolin" are the most migraine-inducing pieces in James' career.
** The robotic voice in "Come to Daddy" chanting about how much they're craving your soul. Special mention goes to [[CarefulWithThatAxe that scream.]]
* MemeticMutation:
** Variations of the titles of his first two albums have seen widespread homage, especially from ambient artists.
** COME TO DADDY!
** His infamous grin has been used/shopped quite a few times.
* MisattributedSong:
** Subverted with ''VideoGame/PacMan'', which he released under the alias "Power Pill".
** Averted with being credited to making a {{Tetris}} remix.
** A handful of songs on [=P2P=] networks from the early 2000s were generally attributed to him. One of the most famous ones, "outside (kick ass violin solo)", is actually a song by Outside called "To Forgive But Not Forget (Lim'chol V'lo Lishkoach)".
* MostWonderfulSound:
** A lot of his ambient tracks, especially those found on ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II''. "[rhubarb]" is a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvfbIU8LYyY shining example of this.]]
** When the distorted bass comes in at the end of "Windowlicker".
** For some, the "Come to Daddy" scream might even be this.
* {{Narm}}: While "Come To Daddy" is still an awesome song, some of the lyrics are a bit over-the-top. '''[[EvilIsHammy "I WILL EAT YOUR SOOOOUUUUL!!!"]]'''
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: One may listen to ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' and find nothing particularly special about it, not taking into account that the sounds on this album were revolutionary and never before heard when it came out in 1992. (It's still unclear whether the dates in the title are truthful considering James' history with the press, but if true, actually ''rewrite the history of electronic music.'') Aiding this trope along is that, over 20 years later, the album ''does'' sound a bit dated.
* SignatureSong: "Come to Daddy" and "Windowlicker" are his two greatest commercial hits, although songs like "Avril 14th" and "Flim" are deemed by fans to be some of his best works.
* SongAssociation:
** Most racing game fans would associate "Come To Daddy" with ''[[VideoGame/ProjectGothamRacing Project Gotham Racing 3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Motorstorm}} Motorstorm Pacific Rift]]''.
** Of course, "Windowlicker" is in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''.
* SweetDreamsFuel:
** ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' and ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'' are full of these - see the trope page.
** To say nothing of "Flim" and "Avril 14th."
** "Goon Gumpas" and "Logan Rock Witch" both sound like something that would fit extremely well on a Disney soundtrack.
** "IZ-US" is a pretty relaxing song if you don't mind a little percussion.
** The sections of "Girl/Boy Song" that don't have the erratic percussion. It's actually a very beautiful orchestral song that wouldn't sound too out-of-place in a cartoon and is even accompanied by a xylophone riff near the end of the song.
** "Piano Un10 It Happened"
* TearJerker:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfYl6_f2Mdg "Avril 14th"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7pzBtRLED8 jynweythek]], with both being desolate piano pieces on ''Drukqs''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvfbIU8LYyY "Rhubarb"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goDd02TTxBA "Stone in Focus"]], with both being ambient ''SAW Vol II'' pieces.
** "Nannou", a song dedicated to his girlfriend composed wholly from music box samples.
** Richard made the Aphex Twin name as a memorial of sorts to his older brother, also named Richard, who died at birth. The ''Girl/Boy EP'' cover is a picture of his grave decorated with flowers. And likewise, "Girl/Boy Song" is a pretty heavy listen despite being a thematically and aesthetically whimsical track.
** The utter SweetDreamsFuel that is "Flim" and "Fingerbib".
** "Piano Un10 It Happened"
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