Western Animation: Generator Rex
An animated series from the creators of Ben 10
, premiered on Cartoon Network
on April 23, 2010. The plot and characters are based on a two issue comic book, called M. Rex
. When Man of Action Studios
decided to turn this into an animated series, the title had to be changed to Generator Rex
when they found out that M. Rex
was already trademarked.
The plot focuses on a 15 year old boy named Rex, who gains the ability to produce bio-organic machines from his body due to an accident called "The Event", that spreads nanomachines called Nanites
all over the world and causes random mutations in people, animals and plants. The central story is based around the organization called Providence that is tasked with the job of protecting civilization from the mutants called E.V.Os. Rex is used by Providence because of his ability to control his Nanites to produce machines from his body to fight the E.V.Os and cure them of their mutations so they can go back to being regular functioning members of society.
Due to Rex's mysterious past involving the initial outbreak of the Nanites he has amnesia and works with providence while trying to uncover what really happened to cause the event and his abilities. Rex is hunted by an evil scientist named Van Kleiss
who has connections to The Event and is trying to capture and use Rex for his own means. Rex is assisted by his talking chimp, lazy, wisecracking E.V.O sidekick and a mysterious Providence agent named Agent Six.
Like all of Man Of Action's shows Generator Rex
normally does not take itself seriously even when dealing with very serious subjects, such as the theme of people not being very fond of Providence, their methods and lack of transparency sometimes taking it to extremes such as creating their own E.V.O hunting groups and outright attacking Rex due to him being an E.V.O and his "messy" way of dealing with E.V.Os. Rex often does not listen to his superiors - especially not to the head of Providence, White Knight. Instead, Rex decides to run away and try to spend as much of his life as he can as a normal teenager but seemingly normal situations often lead to altercations with E.V.Os.
The show had a notable Crossover episode with Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
in the form of a special titled Ben 10 Generator Rex Heroes United
Has a Character Sheet right this way.
And a Recap
After three seasons the storyline concludes with the 2-part special "End-Game". An unrelated one-shot
, "Rock My World", was released out of order afterwards.
The complete series, including the Bonus Episode
, is available on iTunes and Netflix
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- Aborted Arc: NoFace's ramblings about "the before".
- The before might be the Providence Agents who crashed earlier in the episode, or the people who were evacuated when the city was contained.
- Things have continued on from "Written In Sand" as if the episode never happened. Rex isn't wary of Cesar and ZAG-RS isn't seen or mentioned ever again.
- ZAG-RS had been around since early in the series; her death/reboot effectively ended her arc. As for Cesar, his questionable actions and motivations have been a plot point since his introduction. (See the notes for "Black and White" under Wham Episode, below — not to mention the episodes right after the time skip).
- Quarry showed up with some Providence Tech used to control EV Os (It's unknown how he got them, he may have stolen them, or Providence secretly gave it to him to test out), and caused lots of chaos. After the tech is destroyed, Rex states that it was lucky they stopped the menace. At the end of the episode, a warehouse is shown with hundreds of mind control devices, foreshadowing an entire army under providence, not just domesticated, but under direct control. Nothing ever comes of this revelation, because the series ended.
- Accidental Public Confession: During "Black and White" Black Knight tells White she'd betray The Consortium without a second thought. White makes sure to record her saying this, keeping it as a trump card.
- Action Girl: This series gives both genders time to shine, even if the men (excluding Bobo) have a better overall record, due to their lion's share of front-line fighters.
- Action Survivor: By "Badlands", Noah surely counts.
- Adaptation Expansion: The original comic was only two issues long and never really got off the ground.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: ZAG-RS, a reoccurring computer program villain, is a pre-Nanite Event computer that was created to destroy all escaped Nanites. Naturally, this would kill every living thing on Earth except White Knight.
- Alpha, the Big Bad of the Ben 10 Crossover "Heroes United", is a Nanite with the same ability to control other Nanites as Rex, and like ZAG-RS also wants to destroy the world.
- A House Divided: John Scarecrow attempts to pull this on Rex, Holiday and Six after stealing information from them for New Providence. He actually succeeds.
- Alliterative Name: Subverted and lampshaded by Rex. Due to a bit of confusion, Rex briefly assumes Rylander is his father. When Rylander tells him this isn't the case, Rex decides this is probably for the best, as "Rex Rylander" is a silly name.
- Played straight with Noah Nixon.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Episode 21 in its entirety.
- All Just a Dream: Zig-zagged in "Frostbite".
- All of the Other Reindeer: Rex gets this treatment in the first episode after he stops giving people free stuff from vending machines.
- Almost Kiss: Between Rex and Circe. Six and Holiday get one in "Family Holiday".
- Ambiguously Brown: Six was asian in the M-Rex comics, Holiday is often headcanon'd as asian, and Breach's original name was "Ting-Ting".
- Word of God says Six is Chinese and Holiday is white.
- Ambiguously Gay: Gatlocke. Effeminate, and continuously repeats how he really loves Rex.
- He made it pretty clear that he "loved" Rex's powers, and was jealous. Still...
- And I Must Scream: Van Kleiss in his hibernation chamber. Hundreds of years passed every time he used it (for a total of about 4000 years), and he was aware during every second of it.
- And the Adventure Continues: The E.V.O threat may be over, but the world still needs a hero.
Rex: There's always going to be something, isn't there?
Six: Yes, there is.
- Animal Wrongs Group: The Green Fist. Bobo even refers to them as "People for the Ethical Treatment of E.V.Os."
- Animesque: While it has the art design of shows like Ben 10, the concept itself coupled with the action camera work and look of the characters themselves favor past and present anime more than a bit.
- Anti-Villain: Garan-Set, who just wanted to things just like they used to be in his time. Even Rex has sympathy for him.
- Apple of Discord: Van Kleiss tries this on Rex in regards to his recently-discovered brother. Seems to have worked, at least a little.
- Possibly subverted, as subsequent events made it so that one of the victims could only benefit from the gambit. Van Kleiss sowing suspicion on Rex's part may have prepped him to take Cesar's eventual betrayal in stride.
- Apocalypse How: A Class 0, with millions dead worldwide after The Event. And, in thesis, it could escalate all the way up to a Class 4 - maybe even Class 6 - at any moment.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: At the end of "Rock My World", Rex lists the crimes Sebastian will be charged with:
"Attempted murder, assault and battery, construction without a permit..."
- Art Shift: The "Where Are They Now" montage at the end of "Without A Paddle" is done in a cartoon-ier style than the usual show.
- A bit of exposition in "A Brief History of Time" is conveyed through graphic novel-style stills.
- Rex's struggles with a recalcitrant bull in "Hermanos" are depicted in chibi-style art.
- Ascetic Aesthetic: Providence are big fans of this, in contrast to the various gribbly weirdnesses they battle.
- As You Know: The second season opener pretty much spells out the first season finale in a couple of minutes, just in case you forgot or just started watching.
- Ax-Crazy: Breach, Breach, and, oh yeah, Breach.
- Biowulf also counts, strangely enough. Whenever he has a run-in with Rex or anyone else from Providence, the first thing he does is resort to violence. Check out how he freaks on Bobo when the Pack comes to New York. At this rate, it actually seems like Skalamander is the most stable member of the pack (if one doesn't count Circe). I mean, at least Skalamander tried to talk things out with Rex by saying "hey, we're on your side" before everything falls apart, in contrast to Breach or Biowulf.
- Aside Glance: In "Badlands", when Rex tinkers with the radio and a song by Orange (the band that made the Generator Rex theme song) starts playing, Bobo looks directly at the audience.
- Back from the Dead: Van Kleiss, in episode 15. Oh, don't act surprised.
- It was actually more surprising that it took him this long.
- Rex himself, in the following episode.
- Rylander, who went with Kleiss, gets this treatment. Kind of.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Rex and Van Kleiss in "Written in Sand". Also lampshaded.
Rex: Back to back!
Van Kleiss: What?
Rex: Back to back! Haven't you ever read comic books?
- Badass: Pretty much everyone on the show, from the agents to the scientists to the talking chimp and even Noah.
- Badass and Child Duo: Six and Rex were temporarily a prime example of one before Rex discovered his powers, as seen in a flash back in in "Promises, Promises".
- Badass Boast: Oso, the South American Providence agent, gets snared with bolos around his arms, he declares them to be toys and attacks.
- Badass Bookworm: Cesar.
Hunter Cain: Who're you? An E.V.O?
Cesar: No. I'm a scientist.
- More notably, Holiday, who, despite mainly being in a 'mission control'/scientist role, can throw down like the rest of them if needed.
- Badass Normal: Six definitely qualifies
- As well as his four other numbered counterparts
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Rex invokes this on Robo Bobo to be more like the real Bobo in his titular episode, but Robo Bobo exaggerates it in order to cause trouble.
- Bash Brothers: Rex and Six.
- Batman Cold Open: Used almost as frequently as the Trope Namer.
- Batman Gambit: Primary tactic used by Van Kleiss.
- Rex pulls off one in "Alliance," even getting complimented on it by Van Kleiss.
- As of "Black and White", White Knight has joined the club.
- Beach Episode: In episode 3, they head to Cabo Luna, which Bobo describes as the greatest place for spring break... and bikini babes.
- Beat: Right after Noah asks Rex if he would rather hide from a giant bunny than go on a date.
- Betrayal Insurance: White Knight uses a mechasuit when he is forced to leave his sanctuary in Providence to help Rex with a world wide problem. Rex realizes that the suit was in fact originally designed to take him out if he ever went rogue on Providence.
- Big Bad: Van Kleiss in the first and second seasons, Black Knight and the Consortium in the third.
- Bigger Bad: The Consortium, who are behind Providence and have their own agenda.
- Big Brother Instinct: Cesar.
- Big Brother Mentor: Re does this alot, the episode "Lions and Lambs" comes to mind.
- Bilingual Bonus: In Episode 2, "String Theory", the kid who trys to stop Rex is speaking fluent Latin American Spanish while in the season 2 premiere, Rex is seen watching a Mexican soap opera during his downtime.
- The Blank: No-Face.
- Blessed with Suck: E.V.Os in general. Those that turn are lucky to be anything more than feral monsters, even luckier not to be Body Horror-incarnate, and before Rex would have just been captured and vaporized for study. After, they may not be curable by Rex. For bonus points, there's a small but noticeable amount of Fantastic Racism that goes with the territory. Even Rex, who has the most stable batch, has frequent memory loss.
- Though there are some E.V.Os with complete control over their abilities and subvert this trope.
- Big Applesauce: Episodes 2 and 7, the latter focusing on the area around the United Nations building.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Between Circe and Rex in "Assault on Abysus". Right before she lets herself get captured in order to save him.
- Big "NO!": By ZAG-RS in episode five.
- Big Red Button: Used by Holiday in "Double Vision" to fry some EVO vines.
Holiday: Always go for the big red button... unless you don't want to drain the batteries to zero.
- Black and Gray Morality: Van Kleiss is your garden variety Card Carrying Evil Overlord. Providence is mostly staffed by well-meaning and good-hearted people, but its obnoxious leader, White Knight...
- While White Knight has redeeming factors, his hands-off superiors are borderline villains.
- Later gets into Grey and Black Morality when Black Knight replaces White Knight. Policy changes from "Cure, Contain, or Kill" to "Cure or Mind Rape into obedience". And that policy goes for any employees who won't get with the program.
- The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Six's sleevespace blades tend to do this.
- Blinding Bangs: Breach
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Bobo jokingly says this of Noah in "Guy vs. Guy". There is a certian slug girl from "Breach" who tried to kill Rex. Roswell from the Consortium counts too. Weaver from "Frostbite". Braden Moses from "A Family Holiday".
- Blood from the Mouth: Briefly seen on White Knight in "Promises, Promises". Also happens to Van Kleiss in "Leader of the Pack", when Rex punches him without using his powers.
- Body-Count Competition: Rex and Bobo have one in "The Swarm".
- Body Horror: Lots of it. Some of which is actually quite surprising for a show on the Cartoon Network (at least on its kid-friendly hours).
- Bond Villain Stupidity:
- Lampshaded and averted in "Payback" by Biowulf. When Rex is Brought Down to Normal and Biowulf is told to get rid of him, Biowulf goes for the nearest airlock. When asked if a more elaborate death trap would be more appropriate, Biowulf simply says "No" and drops him.
- Played straight by White Knight in the same episode. He traps Biowulf in an electromagnet, which could rip the Nanites right out of his body if it were set at maximum. When Biowulf asks why he didn't just do that, White Knight, having donned his Powered Armor, more or less kicks him in response. He just wanted a good fight.
- Book Ends: The series begins with Rex diving out of a airship to attack a giant EVO. The final scene mirrors this, except against a giant robot.
- Boot Camp Episode: In "Basic", Rex and Noah agree to go through Providence basic training to prove they are tough enough to make it.
- Bottomless Magazines: The non-energy firearms are shown to spit out an obscene amount of spent shells, but we rarely see anyone reloading. Also, the magazines themselves are ludicrously tiny.
- Breather Episode: Episode 20, "Badlands," taking place between the heavy Almost-Whole Episode Flashback "Promises, Promises" and the epic episode "Payback."
- Most of the episodes centering Rex and Noah count as this.
- Brought Down to Normal: One of Rex's powers is to do this to other E.V.Os, but subverted since it only works if they are mindless or want to be cured. If they want their mutation, they can resist. Animals are also harder to cure. Some are also simply incurable, and thus can only be killed or contained.
- Rex spends most of "Lockdown" with his Psychoactive Powers on the fritz. Happens more literally in "Payback", when Van Kleiss steals his Nanites. Fortunately, all it accomplished was a Discard and Draw.
- In "What Lies Beneath" Rex cures Van Kleiss. It doesn't last long, and Van Kleiss comes back with a vengeance and obtains arguably even more dangerous (and certainly less geographically limited) powers.
- In "Payback" Van Kleiss figures out a way to cure Rex by taking his Nanites to become an evil opposite to Rex, while Rex is just a teenager now. Naturally it doesn't last.
- A completely different case in "A Family Holiday" where Holiday's sister, Beverly, formerly an incurable E.V.O, gets turned back to an average human teenager.
- Yet again in "Deadzone", due to a nebbishy fellow who functions as a Power Nullifier.
- "End Game" has a World-Healing Wave do this to virtually every EVO on the planet. Bobo, Van Kleiss and the Pack, and the Consortium are likely the only living EVOs, not counting Rex himself.
- Bubble Boy: Or rather man. White Knight lives in a hermetically-sealed room to keep him nanite-free, since he's the only trustworthy leader of Providence (no random mutation).
- Bullying a Dragon: A large crowd harasses Rex in "The Hunter" because they learned he was an E.V.O from the news. Never mind that said news spot is him fighting a giant monster. Taken to suicidally insane levels when Rex gets tired of their crap and brings out the Power Fists to scare them off, only to accidentally backhand someone when the crowd doesn't back down. Despite this, they just get more violent. It's hinted that it might have been a set-up to make Rex look bad, however, so it may be justified.
- By-the-Book Cop: Six. However, he'll make exceptions if the orders are jackass-y enough.
- Chekhov's Armoury: The first Season Finale. In order to fight off the Pack, we have White Knight's Powered Armor, Dr. Holiday's E.V.O sister, and most importantly, the nanite that Rylander injected into Rex halfway through the season. On the other side, Van Kleiss is able to carry out the attack in part because Rex cured him a few episodes earlier.
- Chekhov's Gun: The earplugs in "Rock My World."
- Chess Motifs: White Knight being replaced by Black Knight. Lampshaded even by Rex in "Back in Black" when he fights Providence's new elite black pawns. Even more justified in "Endgame" after White Knight took back Providence, while the black pawns still remain loyal to Black Knight
- Chick Magnet: Rex has managed to attract his fair share of women. Too bad the only ones he has a chance with are the one he ignores and the one working for the enemy.
- Clock Roaches: Van Kleiss believes he's being pursued by one in "A Brief History of Time". It turns out its a formless Breach, who keeps getting pulled to Van Kleiss due to her time travel rig being connected to his nanites. Rex manages to restore her physical form and remove the machine.
- Close-Call Haircut: A variation happens with Agent Six's tie in the premiere.
- Code Emergency: Rex has problems keeping his codes straight. He once tells some friends not to worry as it's "only a Code 2". When a giant EVO crashes through a building, he remembers that "the lower the number, the worse the situation".
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Rex's original weapons (the Boogie Pack, the Smack Hands, etc.) are colored orange, grey, and silver, but his new makes, which are centered around Rylander's control nanite, are blue and black.
- Conspicuous CG: The spent shells from Providence's automatic weapons are the most obvious example. Some vehicles may be animated using computer generated imagery, especially in scenes where the plot requires many identical vehicles at once.
- Continuity Nod: A couple in "What Lies Beneath", to events from the first and ninth episodes.
- "Basic" featured captured E.V.O specimens from all throughout the series, used for practice at Providence's basic training facility. These included Weaver from "Frostbite", and a gluttonous businessman who was captured while attacking a grocery store. Finally explaining what's done with incurables who are too big and/or too dangerous to keep in the Zoo.
- Rambaur from "Basic" appears in "Moonlighting", albeit with a few extra pounds.
- A big point of "Alliance" is fixing the Force Field around the Bug Jar from "The Forgotten", and at the end, Rex advises Circe to head to Hong Kong, a la "Rabble".
- "Grounded" brought back the teenagers from the first episode, as Noah's Jerkass classmates.
- In "Enemies Mine" when Gatlocke is interviewing a kid to join his gang he asks "by the way can you fly" because as we found out in "Badlands" that is the major difference between him and Rex.
- Contrived Coincidence: Breach, in the episode that bears her name, dropping the smashed ice-cream trucks directly on top of the giant scorpions that were menacing Six and Bobo. What are the odds?
- Cool Old Guy: Agent Martello in "Outpost".
- Cool Old Lady: Abuela, Rex and Cesar's adopted grandmother, in "Night Falls". She faces off against Hunter Cain without batting an eye.
- Cool Shades: Agent Six. Rex's goggles may also count.
- Cool Sword: Never mind Rex's BFS; Six owns a pair of katanas that fold up to store in his sleeves, with a spring-launch for easy access. They can even be snapped together to form a car-lifting electromagnet.
- Let us not forget, the things are springloaded to work underwater. Through a wet suit. Yeah.
- Crapsack World: As cool and fun as Rex's adventures may appear, the fact that every single living thing on the planet has been infected with Nanites and could potentially mutate into a hideous abomination at any time, without any warning or knowledge of what they could turn into, makes it a rather bleak place to live for your average person. What's worse, while Rex may be able to cure E.V.Os, it doesn't work with all of them, so those who mutate may never turn back. On the bright side, things seem to have improved somewhat from the flashback scenes in "Promises, Promises", since at least now people who turn have a chance of being cured, and it really looked like humanity might just outright go extinct before Rex.
- Then there's Kiev, Ukraine. When the event happened, the unlucky bastards living there were hit with the single largest concentration of Nanites (because Earth's magnetic field funneled a huge amount to it). The whole city went E.V.O, and lacking the resources to deal with the problem (Providence didn't even exist), the world decided to do the only rational thing: put a giant spherical containment field around that hell-hole and never speak of it again.
- On the bright side, Alpha kills everything there and absorbs their Nanites in "Heroes United". It's "just" a ghost town now.
- Crazy-Prepared: White Knight's Mini-Mecha and Powered Armor (yes, he manages both at the same time) will have a weapon for the situation, and will keep him safe from Nanites. Period.
- Really, Holiday? You either had ready, or set up in under 8 minutes, an interrogation room with hand scanners, trapdoor, descending wall-thingy, Breach-sized restraints, and PROBE CANNON?
- Creator Cameo: Man of Action Studios' founders had two. The teenagers who teased Rex in the first episode and return in the episode "Grounded" are modeled after and voiced by them. They even lampshade it by calling themselves "The Men of Action".
- Creepy Child: One of Breach's "dolls". The fact that she isn't laughing at Rex's jokes is, according to him, a clue that she's an E.V.O. Which she is. Oh so much.
- Crossover: One with Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, entitled "Heroes United."
- Cryptid Episode: In one episode, the creature turns out not to be an EVO but is instead a (perfectly natural) chupacabra.
- Cure For Cancer: The nanites.
- The nanites could be the cure for ANYTHING: Cancer, AIDS, genetic malformations, lost limbs, you name it. That would be of course if they had actually been finished before The Event
- Cute and Psycho: Breach has characteristics of this. She also likes cute, shiny things... and then there's her "dollhouse".
- Cute Monster Girl:
- Breach, of course.
- While the vast majority of E.V.Os tend to be slavering monsters that look like they just left a Body Horror pageant, Cricket from "Rabble" manages to mutate into a fairly attractive cricket-hybrid. She easily stands out in comparison to her companions, a squid-faced guy and living mummy bandages.
- Darker and Edgier: In the first episode alone, we get to see a small army of dead Red Shirts, and the hero actively try to kill the Big Bad. Rex himself also isn't as squeaky clean as other Man Of Action heroes, demonstrating selfish and utterly reckless behavior.
- Dark Magical Girl: Circe.
- Dating Catwoman: Rex and Circe. This show demonstrates why it is BAD.
- Deadpan Snarker: Circe, Bobo Haha, Six, and sometimes Rex.
- Add the Russian scientist Volkov to the list in "Gravity".
- White Knight as of "Plague".
- Determinator: One, the most dangerous man in the world. With nothing more than sheer mental strength and his techniques, he resisted losing himself to his E.V.O transformation for five years.
- Diplomatic Impunity: Van Kleiss arrives at the UN as a representative of Abysus in episode 7. It's safe to say he lost it by the end.
- Discard and Draw: Rex and Van Kleiss do this to each other. Rex takes Kleiss' powers, so Van Kleiss steals Rex's powers. Rex takes in some unprogrammed Nanites, which are then programmed by Rylander's injection to give him a new powerset, as well as getting the old ones back.
- Downer Ending: Combined with Downer Beginning and a Hope Spot for good measure. In "Assault on Abysus", Rex's old crew in Hong Kong appears to be captured wholesale, except for Circe. She goes to Rex, then joins him in a mission to Abysus, which is now under Biowulf's control and serves as a safe haven for Evos who don't want to be controlled by Providence. Providence attacks and they manage to hold their own, then Black Knight corners them anyway. Circe, Biowulf, and Skalamander are all caught, and Rex is the only one to make it out.
- Rex's old crew managed to escape, so that at least is a plus.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Though lacking the actual rank, the drill instructor in "Basic" qualifies. As an example, he randomly throws a flash-bang at Rex and Noah for poor marksmanship.
- Dynamic Entry: The Killer Rabbit in "Operation: Wingman" tackles Rex from off-screen no less than four times.
- Dysfunction Junction: Six is the closest thing Rex has to a proper father. Which makes Doc Holiday his "mom". His mom who he has been known to hit on
- Elite Mooks: Black Knight's Providence ninjas.
- Emergency Transformation: Implied to have happened with Rex. Rylander claims that Rex had an accident and an alternate nanite strain (not the worldwide unstable kind) was used to save him.
- Enemy Mine:
- Happens briefly and reluctantly in "What Lies Beneath" with the Pack and Rex. Then again in "Written in Sand" between Rex and Van Kleiss.
- Providence and White Knight's splinter group have been forced into teaming up in numerous episodes.
- "Enemies Mine", obviously, though not how you'd think. Gatlocke, Valve, Hunter Cain, and No-Face team up to kill Rex. Rex calls Hunter out on teaming up with an Evo.
- Epic Fail: Said word for word by Rex to Van Kleiss in "Payback". And to Breach in "Hard Target."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Gatlocke.
For us there are no rules. Mook:
Except no cursing... Gatlocke:
[Angrily grabs Mook, then a Beat
and grins] ...True. We're anarchists, not animals.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: In "Deadzone", Rex and company attempt to escape from Providence at an airport by stealing a mobile stairway. The mobile stairway explodes when it crashes into a hanger wall.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Bobo Haha, Rex's sidekick. Specifically, he's a grizzled, eyepatch-wearing, gun-toting, snark-talking, monkey sidekick.
- Actually he's a chimp... There must be a trope based on this misunderstanding.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Several of Rex's powers invoke this trope. Being Psychoactive Powers, it could be seen as Fridge Brilliance; Rex is the kind of guy who would see spinning things as cooler.
- Evil Brit: Van Kleiss
- Evil Counterpart: After Kleiss steals Rex's Nanites, he becomes this to Rex. Rex can cure E.V.Os, while Kleiss creates them.
- Further more, Van Kleiss controls nature; while Rex's powers are all technology based.
- As of End Game: Part 1, Black Knight appears to have gained all of Rex's powers...just eviler.
- Evil Is Not Well Lit: Black Knight's office.
- Evil Only Has to Win Once: Ever since the meta-nanites have been introduced special nanites which can bestow the power over things like matter, antimatter and the like, if the Consortium (Providence's higher ups who intend to use them and become gods) or Black Knight who intends to acquire their power for herself, gets their hands on them it's game-over. However, it is revealed in the finale that the meta-nanites were programmed to work only for Rex, so Black Knight's or the Consortium's efforts to gain their full power were actually futile from the start.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The Black Pawns.
- Exact Words: "I said the Keep is returning to Base. I didn't say we'd be on the Keep."
- Rex could be considered one for Jaime Reyes, the third Blue Beetle from DC Comics, though it's mostly based on the fact that theyr'e both hispanic teenagers with machine-based superpowers.
- His character design (especially the memetic red jacket)is very similar to Travis Touchdown's, his mechanisms have a similar aesthetic to Travis' Beam Katanas, and they have very similar thrillseeking personalities (ignoring Travis' bloodlust and perversion, thankfully). His design and powers are also reminiscent of another Man of Action character. His powers are also similar to Alex Mercer.
- Breach might make one think "...Sadako?"
- Van Kleiss is possibly an expy of X-Men's Magneto. They're both Well Intentioned Extremists with a Quirky Miniboss Squad of super-humans trying to destroy humanity before they destroy them.
- Agent Six looks dangerously close to Agent Smith from the Matrix with a dash of The Men in Black as mentioned above, and also looks like he was transplanted◊ from Invader Zim. This one might reflect The Men in Black having an "anonymous" look though.
- The Bunny E.V.O. Well, considering it's a bunny with a vicious streak and a nearby soldier, when it's first seen, comments that "That is no ordinary rabbit!" in a British accent. Well, it doesn't take a genius to figure it out.
- Five is pretty much completely Haruko with a Cockney accent.
- Faceless Goons: Ironically, it's the good guys that use this trope, being a large organization. The Big Bad has a Quirky Miniboss Squad. They're making an effort to subvert it by introducing a couple of recurring grunts that occasionally show their faces. Played straight and justified moreso now that Providence has become corrupt under Black Knight's leadership.
- Face-Heel Turn: Subverted. In "What Lies Beneath", Van Kleiss blackmails Rex into doing one by threatening to suffocate Six, Holiday, and Circe. Rex agrees... so Van Kleiss will let Rex get close enough to cure him.
- The Faceless: The leader of the E.V.Os from the Bug Jar, previously know as Kiev, Ukraine and the main villain of episode "Forgotten". And he's called NoFace.
- Fake in the Hole: In "Badlands", Rex throws a can of soda at Gatlocke's gang; pretending it's a cannister of unstable nanites.
- False Flag Operation: Hunter Kain buys a batch of cloned E.V.Os, releases them to prove Providence is worthless, then has his men save the day. Except he cloned so many that their special E.V.O-killing ammo ran out, and Kain wrote them off since he was too busy fighting Rex. Rex, of course, saves the day.
- The scientist from episode 36 does something similar. He says he's made a device that can cure incurable EVOs. Turns out he did, but he couldn't complete the last step because 1: he wasn't smart enough, and 2: It wasn't cost-effective. So he made the machine supercharge the nanites of incurables instead, and also implanted some sort of conditioning in them so he could sell them as superweapons to the highest bidder. He deserved those punches and slaps Holiday gave him in the episode.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Zig-zagged schizophrenically. On one hand, Providence Soldiers generally use what just about anyone will identify as some sort of machine gun, some of which have what looks like grenade launchers mounted underneath. They have the distinctive muzzle flash, and even eject shell casings most of the time. On the other hand, these guns are referred to as "blasters", and being the Red Shirts they are, Providence Soldiers never accomplish anything with them. The presence of microwave energy weapons that actually do something would seemingly make this show a straight example of this trope, except for the fact that they caused their targets, a bunch of giant insects, to explode into a red splatter. Honestly, Generator Rex could get its own folder on this page regarding the degree to which Family-Friendly Firearms applies, since the above examples covers about half of the zig-zags the series makes on this trope.
- Also, in another episode, two cops are shown using generic looking automatics with visible shell casing ejection.
- In another, there is a very realistic pump-action shotgun shown being cocked.
- Family-Unfriendly Death
- Fantastic Racism: The subject of "The Hunter".
- And loads of it sprinkled liberally throughout the series, running the gamut from simple fear all the way to all-out hate.
- In episode 36, it starts out with the scientist who says he can cure "incurables" averting this trope, insisting that EVOs (or ones that were human at least) have loved ones and deserve to be cured. He also says that Providence's "military solution" is not the answer, because they're essentially killing people who are sick. It's played straight when he reveals that he's actually supercharging the EVO's nanites, making them harder to cure, and also conditioning them to be superweapons he can sell to the highest bidder, treating them like animals.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Rex has a helmet when riding his hoverbike - but not when flying.
- Fertile Feet: Van Kleiss. A rare evil version of the trope.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Garan-Set from "Riddle of the Sphinx". His villainy throughout the episode is nothing more than a twisted attempt to make things the way they were in his time. Rex tries to reach out to Garan-Set when he realizes this and offers to help him adjust. Garan-Set refuses, believing the world has no place for people like him and Rex, and crumbles to dust as his Nanites break down.
- Five-Bad Band
- The Pack: A group of powerful E.V.O.s led by Van Kleiss.
- The Six: A group of mercenaries comprised of the most dangerous people in the world. note
- Big Bad: One (Though it's debatable how bad he was. Turned E.V.O. Deceased.)
- The Dragon: Dos (The team's current Big Bad. His name is Spanish for 2.)
- The Brute: Trey (Not actually his real name. Stands for 3.)
- Evil Genius: IV (Roman numeral for 4. Read as "Ivy".)
- Dark Chick: Five (Despite what her trope implies, is actually quite the opposite of "dark"note .)
- Sixth Ranger: Six (Joined Providence to find a cure for the now E.V.O. One.)
- Five-Man Band
- Providence: A high tech global military organization dedicated on curing, containing or killing hostile E.V.O.s.
- Five Rounds Rapid: Mostly played straight with the Providence Red Shirts. They tend to stick to shooting things with conventional weapons. Subverted in episode 7 during a fight with a giant worm. When the bullets they have on hand don't work, they call in gunships and tear that thing apart.
- The concept is subverted in "Basic," where one of the Mooks-in-training realizes that they use Five Rounds Rapid not to kill the E.V.Os, but as a distraction so Rex can deal with them.
- Floating Continent: The town of Greenville in "Breach".
- Fluffy the Terrible: The Maximum Fun Chamber full of E.V.O plants and animals is called "The Petting Zoo".
- Foil: The Stoic Agent Six and The Empath Doc Holiday.
- Follow the Leader:
- A show about a young man who gains superpowers and travels the country/world in a team of three, fighting monsters-hey, wait a minute!
- It's made by the same people; looks like they weren't done with making adventures.
- The series main character, his powers and the title may seem rather familiar for anyone who's seen Generator Gawl, though the overeaching plots of the two series are wildly different.
- And there are many similarities to Cybergeneration - ongoing global nanotech apocalypse, heavy-handed government agencies, and most of the EVOs with human intelligence are teenagers.
- Forklift Fu: Noah slams Van Kleiss with one in episode 22.
- Freudian Slip: Noah in the episode "Lockdown". When in danger of being killed by a spider E.V.O, he accidentally blurts out his affiliation with White Knight, thus forcing him to spill the beans.
- Fun with Acronyms: "E.V.O" is short for Exponentially Variegated Organism; basically, a living creature that can look like and do any number of things - a living wild-card.
- Game-Breaking Injury: White Knight suffers these in pretty much every fight he's in. A single hairline fracture in his faceplate is enough to put him out of a fight entirely.
- Genius Loci: Van Kleiss's little sanctuary is literally a part of him. The entire place is seeded with his Nanites. This comes back to bite the team when Kleiss dies; without him around, Abysus' Nanites go out of control and threaten to spread everywhere.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "Lost Weekend", right before he's about to spew ink at an E.V.O., Skwydd says "payback's a — blehhch".
- Giant Spider: The main threat of "Lockdown". Happens to be Dr. Holiday's sister.
- Other giant arachnids include the nest of scorpions in "Breach".
- And another spider is seen during the flashbacks in "Promises, Promises".
- Gladiator Games: Van Kleiss is sold into the arena after being captured by the Romans in "A Brief History of Time".
- A God I Am: The goal of the Consortium.
- A God I Am Not: Rex in the finale.
- Godzilla Threshold: Rex uses a new version of his Humongous Mecha in the finale, despite the fact that it may cause him to lose his memory and Six is supposed to kill him if he does. Thankfully, Rex turns out fine and even White Knight considers the situation so dire than he revokes the termination order.
- Good Is Not Nice: Providence may exist to protect people from E.V.Os, but they are very much a big picture organization. Soldiers are expendable and are taught as much, and even Rex, their one method of curing E.V.Os, is at best seen as resource they could do without if necessary. To be more specific, Providence's doctrine is "Cure, Contain, or Kill." Since Rex is currently the only person in the world capable of making E.V.Os revert back to human, the second episode makes it clear just how far they're willing to go if he can't deliver.
- This is especially true as of season three, since Black Knight has taken over Providence in Rex's absence and White Knight's Freak Out.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Rex has motorcycles, according to Holiday in "The Swarm".
- The Glasses Come Off: Played straight and inverted. When Rex puts his goggles on, it's time to kick ass (or do something generally risky). Sometimes, he keeps them on though.
- Six does this, but in a sympathetic reason.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Subverted. Given that Rex's powers revolve around heavy machinery, it only makes sense for him to wear goggles.
- They also double as aviator goggles whenever he's riding his Cool Bike or flying his jetpack.
- And as of "Double Vision" his new goggles have several different view modes. Infrared, microscopic, and so on.
- Caesar is seen using goggles while working, also in situations where their use makes sense.
- Gone to the Future: Rex, as of "Lions and Lambs".
- Gotta Find Them All: The Meta-Nanites. Nanites which possess the dominion code. They possess control over things like matter, antimatter, gravity, electromagnetism etc. and would essentially make the people in control of them Gods.
- Grand Finale: "End Game" and "Rock My World". The latter is a Bonus Episode episode that happens to be the last episode aired, but the production team seems to have pulled out all the stops to make it end the series on a high note.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Letting the audience know that Rex is Latino, he occasionally says things like:
¡Hola, feo! (Hiya, ugly!)
¡Vamanos! (Let's go!)
¡Belleza! (Very pretty!)
Que pasa, jefe? (What's up, boss?)
- Great Escape: Valve, Gatlocke, Hunter Cain and No-Face bust out of what is supposed to be The Alcatraz at the start of "Enemies Mine".
- Groupie Brigade: Rex and Noah get hysterical screaming girls kissing them and tearing off their Letterman jackets when Rex joins Noah's school table tennis team.
- The band TrendBenders has one in "Rock My World" that become a running gag when Rex has to do security for the band.
- Guns Akimbo: Bobo's and Holiday's attack method.
- Hair-Raising Hare: When Rex runs afoul of an E.V.O bunny.
- Healing Factor: Rex's Nanites can cure poison and destroy any foreign objects in his body.
- Heel-Face Turn: Kinda-sorta. Circe does quit the villainous The Pack and cease following Van Kleiss, but she doesn't join Providence, either. Instead, shes joins the rag-tag bunch Rex used to lead in Hong Kong, who are just out to survive... do we have a trope for going from evil to neutral?
- Hidden Elf Village: The village in "The Architect" is protected by a cloaking device.
- Hidden Eyes: Van Kleiss' four-armed schoolgirl minion Breach has the typical "black hair covering face" look going. But considering what she is, seeing her face might be more frightening than the four-armed thing.
- Averted. Her face has been seen multiple times now, and she's definitely a Cute Monster Girl. Insane, but cute.
- High School Dance: Noah ropes Rex into being his wingman for one. Given who he's paired with, he was probably safer with the evil rabbit trying to kill him.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Subverted in the finale. Van Kleiss takes control of the meta-nanite project and combines all of the meta-nanites in himself to become God... but it doesn't work. Turns out the "god nanite" will only work inside Rex.
- His Name Is...: Rylander is impaled by Van Kleiss before he can spill Rex's backstory. While this doesn't kill Rylander, the effect is the same.
- Horror Hunger: Van Kleiss has to feed on the Nanites of E.V.Os to survive. The victims of this process are petrified and make nice statues in his garden.
- Hot Scientist: Dr. Holiday.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: Dr. Holiday to Agent Six in "A Family Holiday".
- Humanoid Abomination: Van Kleiss gives off this vibe.
- Humongous Mecha: Seen in a flashback in "Promises, Promises". It's Rex.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Played with and perhaps deconstructed by Rex, whose job it is to stop the very thing he has become. His position as a Providence agent means that other sentient EVOs are distrustful or even openly hostile towards him. He gets called on this several times.
- Hypocrite: An old woman, seeking to prove that E.V.Os and humans cannot work together, works with an E.V.O to drive other E.V.Os crazy. She's defeated by Rex, obviously an E.V.O himself, who works with humans. Rex does not hesitate to draw attention to this.
- Hunter Cain is also likely this, he says in the episode he debuted in that he created and cloned those E.V.Os near the end of the episode himself, despite the fact that his goal is to rid the world of E.V.Os, he says he was doing it to prove Rex wasn't as good a protector everyone thinks he is, and did that just to kill Rex, which makes it worse.
- I Call It "Vera": Hunter Kain's E.V.O-killing BFG is called "Sweet Caroline".
- I Did What I Had to Do: Cesar and the other scientists who were working on the nanite project. When the Consortium tried to take the Meta-Nanites, they caused the Nanite event(yes THAT Nanite Event) in order to scatter them across the globe lest the Consortium use them to become Gods. Still what came after Mass Super-Empowering Event / Body Horror abound wasn't his goal but still....
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Dr. Rylander injects Rex with a new nanite. Turns out it can control other Nanites... And bring Rex back from the dead.
- Identity Amnesia: Rex. His personality has changed in the past between his amnesiac blackouts, such as his self-serving traitorous nature when he was in Hong Kong, as opposed to his current, more heroic personality. It is currently unknown whether Rex's current personality matches with his personality before the amnesia set in.
- Idiosyncratic Wipes: Usually done such that if a character moves out of frame, they take the image with them, revealing the next scene behind it.
- The giant cog flash and nanite Stock Footage are also part of the scene changing.
- If It Swims, It Flies: Van Kleiss controls an E.V.O whale-blimp.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Rex, being a teenager forced into fighting monsters for a living, naturally has some shades of this. One of the villains, Circe, also feels this way. Strangely, Circe looks completely human, yet feels her powers (which do make her look like a freak when she uses them... voluntarily) prevent her from doing this even though she could logically fit in anywhere. Instead she works for the Big Bad. She does mention that she's a Weirdness Magnet, however, though it's not clear if it's an active or passive facet of her powers.
- Not explained is why Circe didn't just get Rex to cure her. Maybe she's one of the E.V.Os that he can't cure, but it's not even been tried. And she must know he can by know, even if she didn't at the start.
- I'm Taking Him Home With Me: Breach does this with Rex in the episode named after her. It does not end well.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: Sebastian claims to be this to the Trendbenders in "Rock My World". He not only considers himself their biggest fan, but their only genuine fan, as he liked their original stuff, which no on else has ever heard. He ends kidnapping them in an attempt to force them to go back to their roots.
- Infodump: A large one comes when Rex meets his brother.
- Insistent Terminology: Bobo's "simian undergarment".
- Instant Expert: Briefly averted in End Game Part 1, when the consortium are all fighting Rex. He mentions explicitly that he has had much more practice with his Nanites and kicks some ass. Of course, then they fuse...
- Intrepid Reporter: Diane Farrah, the (for a while nameless) reporter who appeared everywhere.
- I Resemble That Remark: Stated word-for-word by Bobo in "Gravity" in reference to ZAG-RS destroying all E.V.Os.
- Ironic Echo: In Rampage, "Here's where you must be thinking: Did I think this plan through?", first said by Rex to Van Kleiss, then Van Kleiss to Rex after EVOing Noah.
- It Tastes Like Feet: Said almost word for word by Bobo in "Badlands" when he drinks an expired can of soda:
"This tastes like feet! And not the clean kind!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Agent Six. He may stick to orders to a fault, but even he has his limits. Despite orders to "bleach" NYC, he took the bomb's activation key to prevent it from detonating, giving Rex a chance.
- Jesus Taboo: Averted in the second episode where the current E.V.O Rex was fighting was a priest, a rare example of a modern cartoon averting the trope.
- The Jinx: Annie, who has the nickname "The Blonde Widow". Her every action precipitates Disaster Dominoes. This is played down in the second appearance.
Noah: Every guy who's ever gone out with her has ended up in the hospital, or worse!
- Joker Immunity: Van Kleiss. The show actually kills him off for a fair bit when Rylander throws him into a nanite reactor, but he eventually comes back. Thankfully, Rex was able to find a way to bring him down to normal.
- Just Before the End: Five years after its outbreak, the E.V.O plague has devastated the world, reshaped its ecosystem, and even changed its political structure. Without a cure, it'll eventually wipe out the human race.
- Underside Ride: In "Back in Black", Rex clings to the underside of a Providence transport to learn where Black Knight is having the captured EVOs shipped.
- Unfazed Everyman: Noah seems to fulfill all the requirements. Except he's, you know, an agent of Providence hired to be Rex's friend and keep him in line without letting him know. He ends up blowing that last part thanks to a stress-induced Freudian Slip.
- Played Straight after Lockdown
- The Unfavorite: Rex's main issue in "Breach" in dealing with the title-character's parallel dimension occupant.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Used excessively in "Black and White", using plans within plans of varying levels of unspokenness.
- Unstoppable Mailman: In "Double Vision", a massive E.V.O. plant is threatening to convert every living thing into copies of itself. While all this chaos is going on, a delivery girl is just driving around, apparently oblivious to the carnage surrounding her.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: New Providence has this mindset. To curb the Evo problem, all Evos are getting collared and brainwashed, even the intelligent ones who aren't a danger to anyone.
- Villainous Breakdown: Happens both literally and metaphorically at the end of "Breach".
- Villain Takes an Interest: Rex and Van Kleiss.
- Villain with Good Publicity: New Providence. Their method for controlling Evos makes them very popular with the world, since said Evos can be put to work doing menial labor, but there's more going on than the public knows.
- Viral Transformation: What all E.V.Os undergo, often with bonus Body Horror.
- The Virus: The Nanites that mutate living beings/creatures into E.V.Os.
- Also, Meecham's effect on others. Which is, of course, a form of controlling the Nanites.
- A better example would be Patient Zero in "The Plague", the source of the coma-inducing mega-virus that affects every non-E.V.O on Earth.
- Hell, as of season 2, Van Kleiss!
- Walking Techfix: One of the many uses Rex has for his Nanites. Almost causes The End of the World as We Know It when he uses this talent to help his engineer friends build the transmitter in "The Architect".
- We Have Reserves: It takes a special kind of Jerkass to tell this to the faces of his own men, and even says that they already knew.
- Weirdness Magnet: Circe claims to be this, but it's not clear if it requires her to actually use her powers. It being passive is the likeliest reason, else she could just, y'know, not use her powers. It also has some interesting implications for her relationship with Rex, who is, you'll recall, an E.V.O himself.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Van Kleiss, if he buys his own propaganda. Circe is probably a better example, since she definitely does.
- Wham Line: Cesar: "The day everything changed, we never imagined what would happen when we released the nanites."
- Wham Episode: Episode 6. Just, episode 6.
- And now episode 9.
- Episode 15 has a handful of crazy-intense moments.
- Episode 19. We learn a heck of a lot about everyone, particularly White Knight, and what most of them were intending to do with Rex.
- Episode 33 Cesar reveals he created ZAG-RS and her voice is based of his and Rex's mother.
- Episode 36. There's a working cure for the Incurables, and Holiday's sister Beverly is its first successful test subject.
- While that's impressive on its own, there's also Rex finally getting over his attraction to Doc Holiday and Six actually asking Holiday out on a date. Someplace very hot just froze over, people.
- Episode 40: Long story short, Rex is sent ahead in time six months, where White Knight has tried (and failed) to take over Providence completely, and has been replaced by a woman named Black Knight. And Six, Holiday, and Bobo are all missing, with Cesar the only one having stayed.
- "Black and White". Black Knight and the Consortium behind Providence want the meta-nanites, which essentially contain the base code for the universe. Whoever collects them all would have control over the building blocks of the universe. Cesar and his team also deliberately triggered the nanite event, because it was the only way to keep the meta-nanites from the Consortium.
- "Assault on Abyssus" Circe comes to Rex when his Hong Kong pals are captured by Providence. The reason Van Kliess wanted Rex was to get to a meta-nanite under his castle, which no one else could do. Rex gets it before Providence, but Circe and the Pack, all of whom were helping him, are put under mind control.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- After the Time Skip when Rex got sent six months into the future, the disappearance of the former Van Kleiss minion who pulled a Heel-Face Turn and joined Providence left a lot of fans asking this. A later episode reveals that he's still around, and that he was doing covert ops missions the whole time which is why we never saw him. Rex does Lampshade it, though: when he sees the guy again he's forced to admit that he forgot he even existed.
- Also, whatever happened to Beverly Holiday, Dr. Holiday's sister? After she's cured Rex admits that Dr. Holiday is too old for him and becomes a Shipper on Deck for Holiday and Six, and implies that he's interested in Beverly instead... but then we never see her again.
- She is seen attending a concert with Rex in one of the last few episodes. It seems she just lives a normal life away from Providence.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: White Knight sees Rex as a weapon with which to fight other E.V.Os, and nothing more.
- This also occurs in the way E.V.Os are dealt with. If it was once human, Rex will go out of his way to cure it. If it wasn't, he'll go out of his way to kill it. Partly justified by animal E.V.Os apparently lacking the mental capacity to be cured, which normally requires the consent of the E.V.O.
- White Knight, in fact, sees everyone as either a tool or an enemy, since every single human except himself is either an E.V.O or a potential E.V.O.
- What You Are in the Dark
- Rex, when he ran away from Providence, spent his time stopping random E.V.O attacks. And he saved White from being infected by Nanites when his suit started breaking down.
- White Knight, when he saved Rex from falling to death.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Abysus is supposedly somewhere in Eastern Europe, but your guess is as good as anyone's as to where exactly it is.
- Whip It Good: Valentina in "Outpost".
- Whole Episode Flashback: "Promises, Promises", though it is interspersed with some present scenes of Rex's "birthday" party.
- Who Is Driving?: Bobo lets go of the wheel of the truck in episode 20 to ogle girls with Rex and Noah, cut the truck drifting off the road and into a large tree.
- Wilhelm Scream: Something of a Running Gag for unfortunate Providence soldiers, further establishing that they're a Red Shirt Army.
- Both the original actual Scream, and several times what sounds like someone trying to imitate it.
- World-Healing Wave: In the finale, Rex uses the combined Meta-Nanite to initiate one, curing every EVO on the planet. Bobo is exempt thanks to being shielded by his proximity to the reactor, the Consortium may have managed to retain some of their power, and Van Kleiss and the Pack (not including Circe) are rescued by Breach (whose pocket dimension probably protected them). White Knight also points out that nanites are still floating around, though whether or not they can cause mutations isn't made clear.
- World of Badass: Everyone in this show is Badass at some point, even Doc Holiday when she's feeling particularly protective.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Six, short and to the point in "End Game", upon discovering that the Black Pawns are Robots:
- "I hold back against people. You're not people."
- This also sheds light on why he is only ranked the Sixth dangerous man alive, yet he can beat his fellow higher ranked assassins.
- Would Hit a Girl: In Six minus Six, Six kicks Five in the face after slicing her guitar in half.
- X Meets Y: Ben 10: Alien Force meets Prototype.
- Yandere: While Breach has shades of this, a definite example is her "doll", that little girl in Greenville.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: If Six ever calls Dr. Holiday 'Rebecca' instead of 'Holiday', then you know that something really serious is going down.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Van Kleiss has an entire garden of dead E.V.Os that either refused to serve him, or weren't particularly useful. They were probably very filling though.
- Kleiss hires a new E.V.O in episode 9 to replace Breach. The fool accidentally messes up Kleiss' nanite dirt suit. He's a statue by the next scene, with barely enough time for an Oh, Crap facial expression before the scene shift.
- White Knight implies this will happen to Rex if Six can't keep him in line.
- At one point Rex implies that if White Knight goes too far, he might outlive his usefulness, and that a sealed room wouldn't be enough to protect him.
- Not to mention Breach's habit of throwing away her broken "toys"...
- Quarry says this almost word for word when an E.V.O henchman of his gets cured by Rex.
- You Make Me Sic: In "Enemies Mine", Gatlocke complains about Valve misusing the phrase "begging the question", although he immediately claims to be joking and says only a total pedant would get upset about something like that. Being Gatlocke, it's hard to know if he was being serious or not.
- Your Other Left: In "Exposed", Holiday is watching an EVO on the monitors and guiding Rex and Bobo as to where it has gone. At one point, she tells them it went "Right" and they take off in the wrong direction. She immediately adds "Camera right!". With embarrassed looks, Rex and Bobo turn around.
- Zerg Rush: The bugs in "The Swarm".