* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** James's debut album ''Selected Ambient Works 8592'' is [[MagnumOpus his most fan- and critically acclaimed work to date]], with Allmusic calling it "[[GenreBusting a watershed of ambient music,]]" and Warp Records stating it to be "the birthplace and benchmark of modern electronic music," and that "every home should have a copy." [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnTFKWAT-XE Just listen to the opening track!]]
** "Flim" is [[SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel pure bliss,]] and has been cited as {{Skrillex}}'s favorite song of all time.
** The opening track to ''...I Care Because You Do'', "Acrid Avid Jam Shred", is one really catchy and funky IDM track.
*** The closing track, "Next Heap With" is pretty awesome as well. Try listening to it and NOT feeling like a badass, with those swelling horns.
** Combined with it's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrKQTi4SoMI stop motion video]] "On" looks and sounds like something Creator/SalvadorDali would've been proud of.
** Even the NightmareFuel-rific "Come to Daddy" wholly deserves a spot here.
** "Windowlicker" is so highly acclaimed that when Warp Records assembled a 20th anniversary box set and let fans vote on the top 10 songs the label had ever released as part of it, "Windowlicker" won the #1 spot with more than twice the votes of the #2 song, "Roygbiv" by BoardsOfCanada.
*** Are you a fan of Aphex Twin and of GrandTheftAuto? Rejoice. "Windowlicker" is on GTA V!!!!
*** And of course, 'Z Twig' was on the soundtrack of GTA IV.
** "Milkman"; at least, if you look past its [[LyricalDissonance questionable lyrics]] and the [[{{Squick}} true meaning]] of the modulated gibberish at the start.
* CreepyAwesome: The song and video for "Come to Daddy".
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: On the lyrics sheets for the ''Come to Daddy'' EP, the loud, 34-second, anguished wail of the opening track is simply transcribed as [[spoiler:"[[{{Narm}} Aargh.]]"]]
** Some guy made [[https://soundcloud.com/david_rees/sets/aphex-swift an album]] of Aphex Twin[=/=]Music/TaylorSwift mashups. Because why wouldn't you.
* 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.
* HellIsThatNoise: "Ventolin", which combines a piercing tone with crunching and discordant beats. Has been known to cause migraine.
* MagnumOpus: ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' is often considered this by the fandom, although ''Come to Daddy'', ''Drukqs'' and ''Syro'' are commonly-cited contenders as well.
* 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/{{Pac-Man}}, which he released under the alias "Power Pill".
** Averted with being credited to making a {{Tetris}} remix.
** A handful of songs on [=P2P=] networks 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)".
* {{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!!!"]]'''
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/AphexTwin Now has its own page.]]
* 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.
* 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.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uhTwxqE4Co "nanou2"]], 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".
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