[[folder:Trivia Examples]]

* ExecutiveMeddling: The writers wanted the [=ExoFrames=] to be fully-enclosed, but the executives insisted on being able to [[InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace see the characters' faces]] inside.
** TropesAreNotBad. While it doesn't make a lot of sense to have the front of the E-Frames so poorly protected, being able to see the pilots does do a lot from a dramatic standpoint.
* PlayingAgainstType: For Universal Animation as a whole; it mainly tended to make adaptations of other media, most often Universal movies (all those sequels to ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon, etc.), and tended to not be very serious. This was a completely original property, and was pretty much uncomedic.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Despite the fact that it was produced by the mighty Universal and had a toyline backing it up, the show only lasted two seasons because of stations relegating it to undesirable timeslots- according to Will Meugniot, one station put it on at 4AM! Though it did receive reruns on Creator/USANetwork later on, one wonders why they just didn't move it there and continue it (considering they had done a similar thing with ''[=TekWar=]'' after its' initial run as part of Universal's ''Creator/ActionPack'').
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120208054548/http://www.storyboardpro.com/exosquad/exosquad_landing_01.html/ these storyboards]] for the series pitch-film from Will Meuginot's old website, the series was originally titled ''[=Exoforce=]''; TheOtherWiki says it was changed for trademark reasons when Playmates got the toy license.
** A third season was planned that would have shown the surviving Exo-Squad humans and Neosapiens joining forces to battle an invasion from another alien race but the series was unfortunately canned before that could happen - on a cliffhanger no less. They also planned a concurrent series called ''Exo-Pirates'' to run with the third season and link up at the end. After that, they pitched a movie idea, but Universal's feature dept. was "cool" to the idea, which was then dropped. (One wonders why they didn't try to make it direct-to-video, or even on the Creator/USANetwork- after all, that's where reruns aired and Universal had previously moved ''[=TekWar=]'' from their Creator/ActionPack to USA...)

[[folder: Historical Allusions]]
''Exo Squad'' contains many allusions to historical events, particularly, the history of warfare, which an educated viewer can easily discover.

* "Blitzkrieg" (episode 1.04 title) is a tactic invented by the UsefulNotes/NaziGermany for UsefulNotes/WW2, which involved very rapid combined arms assaults (it literally means "lightning war"). This is just one of many allusions used in the show to liken Phaeton's regime to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's rule.
* "Scorched Venus" (episode 1.08 title) is a pun on "scorched earth", a military tactic of denying the enemy valuable resources by destroying ("scorching") them.
* Sean Napier's words "One thing you can say for Phaeton, he makes [[TheTrainsRunOnTime the magnotrains run on time]]" in episode 2.06 ("Mindset") is a direct reference to the famous quote about UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini.
* Nick Tyree's one-word-answer "Nuts!" to Shiva in episode 2.21 ("No Surrender") is a reference to General Anthony [=McAuliffe=]'s refusal to surrender after his 101st Airborne Division was surrounded by Germans during the Battle of Bastogne.
* "The Lost Patrol" (episode 2.24 title) may be a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_19 Flight 19]] (lost in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945), seeing how it is the first episode where Terrans come in contact with [[spoiler:alien technologies]].
** This more likely a reference to film of the same title, which the plot of the episode loosely mirrors.
* "The Art of War" (episode 2.33 title) is a reference and somewhat of a pun on the famous BigBookOfWar by [[TheArtOfWar Sun Tzu]].
* "One Small Step" (episode 2.34 title) is a reference to Neil Armstrong's first words during his very first EVA on the Moon. In context, it refers to the reconquest of the Moon but it is also symbolic, seeing how the Tranquility Base is featured prominently in the episode.
* "Abandon Hope" (episode 2.38 title) is a reference to famous quote from Dante Alighieri's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''. Dante had it inscribed at the entrance of hell, Phaeton had it on his bunker. Guess what it makes Phaeton [[{{Satan}} himself]], then.
** This was likely a deliberate effort on Phaeton's part; Another infamous quotation that any Neo-Sapiens would find significant is, "[[Literature/ParadiseLost It is better to reign in Hell than it is to serve in Heaven]]."