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->''"Unload your troubles unto me, even if it's tough to swallow. [[AccidentalInnuendo I'm used to swallowing huge loads.]]"''

->''"I'm going to help you, even if it kills us both!"''

[[DescribeTopicHere Describe]] '''''[[DescribeTopicHere Xavier: Renegade Angel]]''''' [[DescribeTopicHere here]]?

[[AcidTripDimension Oh boy]]...

Created by PFFR--the minds behind ''Series/WonderShowzen''--for Creator/AdultSwim, ''Xavier: Renegade Angel'' is, on the surface, about an angel who has defected from Heaven. Good luck finding out what it is ''really'' about, though. The eponymous Xavier is either an actual fallen angel or just a cosmic abomination that was abandoned at birth. Forced to WalkTheEarth because everyone hates him, Xavier tries to help people--but at worst, he invents problems where none exist and causes tons of carnage, and at best, he somehow gets ''everyone'' to put aside their differences and join together for the common goal of ''beating him senseless''.

Probably the weirdest show [adult swim] has ever produced ([[Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob and]] [[WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse that is]] [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce saying]] [[WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever a]] [[Series/TheHeartSheHoller lot]]), ''Xavier'' was largely one huge MindScrew, with the title character speaking in a near-continuous, stream-of-consciousness...well, ''stream'' of dialogue ranging from narrative and conversation to puns and portmanteaus to "unintentional" double-entendres and callbacks. The show's only real coherent narrative revolves around a subplot involving Xavier's incredibly screwed-up childhood and the death of his adoptive mother.

''Xavier'' is uniquely abstract, showing concepts in a way that--instead of using thematic devices such as plot--creates connections in various patterns to prove a point. A good example is the episode "Signs From Godrilla": This episode explores the aspects of choice and free will by using various themes, including recursion and mind/body dualism, to aid in its expression.

The show was animated in 3D with (some) motion-capture all done in {{CGI}}, which allowed for a vast range of [[UncannyValley strangeness]]; [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs it is all pretty damn trippy]], to say the least. Do not take this as license to WatchItStoned--it might make more sense, but it is just as likely that you will be utterly terrified from the sensory overload.

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!! What Doth Tropes?

* AbusiveParents: Xavier had these. In "Vibracaust", he tells his mother that his pet parakeet feeds her children every day, and then asks why she doesn't do the same thing. Xavier himself acts this way to [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a giant sperm]] in "Escape from Squatopian Freedom", though he learns to love it [[spoiler:just before it kills itself]].
* AGodAmI: The kid from "Weapons Grade Life" eventually declares after creating life ''(life, life)'' in a petri dish that he ''does'' believe in God after all, because he believes in ''himself''.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The AI running the information kiosk in the first episode after Xavier asked it [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "What doth life?"]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Although he does display some heterosexual tendencies (like peeping in on a showering woman in the first episode), Xavier's frequent DoubleEntendre and AccidentalInnuendo (as well as having sex with a coworker while crossdressed as a gigantic black woman in the same episode where he marries the widow of a man he kills) leaves it entirely unclear what his true sexual orientation could be. His snake hand, however, is referenced to be bisexual. Though it's only characterised this way in one episode ("El Tornadador"), but considering how confusing the continuity of the show usually is...
* ArcSymbol: The weird symbol in the "R" of the stylized title appears in every episode. In the GrandFinale we learn [[spoiler:it is simply an inkblot on a Rorschach test a psychologist is showing Xavier in a metal institution, implying the reason it appears so frequently is that the whole show is merely Xavier's elaborate hallucination as he stares as it.]]
* ArcWords: "What doth life?"
* BedlamHouse: Xavier sends the poor kid in a dolphin costume there, and ends up meeting his long lost mother. It just descends into BrainBleach territory from there. It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Xavier has actually been in one the whole time and the entire series was actually his hallucinations.]]
* BlackComedy: Tons.
** BlackComedyRape: Xavier mentions in the GrandFinale that "this is my first time, not counting rape". It's unclear if this is meant to be interpreted as him being a rape victim or a rapist. And then he finds out that [[spoiler:the woman he's having sex with is his mother.]]
** DeathAsComedy: Many, many characters die in hilarious ways throughout the series, including two episodes (possibly 3 depending on what actually happened in the GainaxEnding of "Bloodcorn") ending in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt PlayedForLaughs.
* BloodyMurder: One episode ends with an army of killer indians made out of blood when a rich old man [[InsaneTrollLogic tries to mine an indian burial ground for blood to inject into himself so he can legally own an indian casino.]] After Xavier gets involved, armies of cowboys and terrorists show up.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "Fate. Destiny. Fatestiny. People throw these words around like tennis balls. But I eat balls for breakfast."
** "Other kids could be cruel. They'd call me names. Dweeb. Chimp. Honkey. Dweeby Chimp. Honkey Dweeb. And worst of all, Chomsky Honk. Did you know there's over 87 combinations of those soul-scalding words? I found out the hard way."
* BreakTheHaughty: Xavier does this to the spoiled child of the above mentioned rich old man to teach him humility and charity.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: In "Bloodcorn", a farmer fires a gun into the sky and hits God. The resultant blood rain causes the crops in the city to come alive and take vengeance on humanity.
* CaptainObvious: "This sign is some sort of... '''sign.'''"
* CartwrightCurse: Woe to anyone who befriends Xavier. Dying horribly would be the ''best'' possible outcome of their situation, considering that Xavier could easily destroy the entire planet or ''collapse reality as a whole'' as a result of finding a friend.
* CatchPhrase: Xavier has "Frittata".
* ContinuityCavalcade: Several characters from past episodes return near the end of "Signs of Godrilla".
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In "World of Hurt, BC", Xavier reasons that, [[InsaneTrollLogic since every cigarette you smoke takes 17 minutes off your life and every slice of bacon you eat takes 9 minutes off your life, smoking and eating bacon really quickly would allow you to go back in time.]] It works.
* DerangedAnimation: The entire show looks like it was rendered through a UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. Cranked UpToEleven and damaging the knob with "Damnesia You", the episode where the winners of a contest get their films shown in an ExcusePlot where Xavier goes to different dimensions to figure out his identity. Styles shown in the episode include:
** Puppetry with Green Screening
** Atari 2600-esque Graphics
** VideoGame/GarrysMod
** Live-Action
** 60's Style Animation like WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine
** Squigglevision done with paper and pencil.
* DoomMagnet: If Xavier tries to help you (whether you need it or not), ''you will die horribly.''
* DrivenToSuicide: Many, many characters, often caused by Xavier himself. He even managed to talk a non-suicidal window cleaner he thought was about to kill himself into jumping off the building.
* EatsBabies: There's an ''entire episode'' dedicated to this.
* EverythingMakesAMushroom: Including [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe tobacco pipes]].
* EvolvingCredits: During season 2, the first vanity plate in the credits has a sound added to it each episode. By the end, it's just a cluster of random noises from all the episodes.
* Expositron9000: Computer. Computer is featured in two episodes and has absolutely no explanation whatsoever. When Xavier needs a particularly difficult piece of exposition he simply calls "Computer!" and asks his specific question. Computer does some calculations and gets the answer back to him. I find it particularly funny because it's a trope seen so often I didn't even realize how illogical it was until watching again and thinking "Hey wait... why would some kind of magical psudo-shaman like Xavier have access to an AI computer he can call on at any time?" He isn't Batman or James Bond and you never learn anything about it, how it works, or why it's there. Computer is specially credited though.
* EyeScream: One episode features a vulture ripping out a dying man's eye and then flying away. The camera then briefly switches to perspective of the eye as the crow flies away.
** There's also an earlier Season 1 episode that [[MakesJustasMuchSenseinContext features a mosquito sucking out someone's eye]] (?).
* FalseDichotomy: When [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext a guy with a barcode for a head]] holds a gun to Xavier and asks him "Do you believe in God?" he demands Xavier answer yes or no. This results in Xavier, for once, being actually insightful about the loaded nature of that question and eventually manages to overload the shooter so badly he [[DrivenToSuicide pulls the gun on himself.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lampshaded in the first episode, where Xavier warns a group harassing him that they may some day need his help. Cue the camera focusing on a truck driving by with ''''FORESHADOW'''' written on the side.
** Lampshaded again in "Weapons Grade Life" (bolding where the camera suddenly zooms in on the character's lips)
--> '''Christian Doctor''': "I'd '''swim through a lake of water''' for these cakes! That's the only way to '''quell the raging fire''' in my belly for these cakes."
--> '''Cake Shop Owner''': "That's an '''odd thing to say'''."
*** [[spoiler:It turns out to be a RedHerring, though, as when Xavier tries to lure the Doctor after he becomes a sentient explosion though a lake with some cake, nothing happens.]]
** A surprisingly subtle example in the very first episode. When a redneck dies after [[ItMakesSenseInContext drinking a giant bottle of AIDS]], he sees a vision of his dead grandmother....whom he then proceeds to [[{{Squick}} make out with.]] In the final episode of the series, [[spoiler: Xavier sneaks into an asylum and does the same to his own mother.]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou
** "Going Normal": The company Xavier works for makes a hot dog chain to the Moon and back, which stops the rotation of the Earth, causing the Earth to freeze over. The show ends with Xavier informing you that your TV screen has frozen solid just before it cracks.
** "Kharmarabionic Lotion": The town of Lotion, New Mexico makes so much money off of oil that they buy the network which makes the show, then sell it to Arabs at a profit. As a result, for the last minute or so of the show, all the dialogue is in Arabic.
* GainaxEnding: Every episode has one. Yes, '''every''' episode. Perhaps the weirdest was "Bloodcorn", in which the Earth spawns a giant eye, which then starts bleeding profusely.
* GrandFinale: [[spoiler:Xavier's human....and everyone else is Xavier apparently]].
* GrossoutShow: Oh yeah.
* HoldMyGlasses: It starts with someone who's about to fight Xavier having his friend hold his pile of books. By the time they get to the actual beating, his friend is also holding his wallet, sunglasses, contact lenses, shirt, prosthetic leg, dentures, tattoo, and robotic arm. But he gets upset when his friend asks if he wants him to hold his toupee, too.
* HypocriticalHumor: "Weapons Grade Life" has Xavier encounter a boy in a wheelchair and his friends. He immediately accuses said friends of picking on the boy, while at the same time making as many backhanded insults towards him as possible.
** In "Shakashuri Blowdown": "You look so superficial, you probably judge things by their appearances."
* IceCreamKoan: Xavier speaks this as a primary language. And he believes every word of it. And he has an obsession with actual ice cream cones on top of that.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Repeated over and over like a MadnessMantra after he causes the deaths of a group of [[HumanPopsicle cryogenically frozen people]] by [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattering their partially frozen bodies.]]
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: The crushing loneliness Xavier experiences leads him into most of the bizarre adventures he experiences in the desperate search for even a single friend.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Xavier runs on this.
-->'''Xavier:''' I'm not violent at all, look! ''(Blasts a laser and kills a group of people playing volleyball)''
-->'''Ink Blot:''' But you killed those people!
-->'''Xavier:''' Did I? ''(AsideGlance)'' What he doesn't know is that I'm using reverse psychology on him.
-->'''Ink Blot:''' I can tell you're trying to use reverse psychology on me.
-->'''Xavier:''' That ''proves'' he doesn't know!
* KangarooCourt: After being framed for killing a mayor and going to trial (for being on trial), Xavier is faced with a jury of his mental peers. Xavier is proven guilty of being on trial, and then sentenced to [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind three glimpses into his own soul]], which is immediately extended to seven when he scoffs at how easy it is.
* LampshadeHanging: Quite a bit of it. But a notable example is Xavier's boss in the episode "Going Normal". ''"I think I get what he's saying. He means we just gotta take wild leaps in interpreting his mundane statements and come up with our own ideas!"''
* LeftHanging: the Season 1 finale.
* MagicalNativeAmerican‎: Chief Master Guru parodies this, and also has Asian Indian traits (A Bindi and a Vishnu Statue on top of his Totem Pole)
* {{Malaproper}}: When Xavier isn't pronouncig words extremely oddly, he's doing this.
-->"Look buddy, know when you're defeated. Accept your defecation."
* TheMentor: In flashbacks, Xavier is frequently seen conversing with Chief Master Guru, an old Native American shaman-type character who acts as his abusive spiritual guide before dying and sending him off into the world (though he was really just playing dead to get him to go away.)
* MikeNelsonDestroyerofWorlds [=/=] PersonOfMassDestruction: Xavier is this in spades. Among the damage he's caused either directly or indirectly: burning down his own house and killing both his parents, turning an entire town into an infected computer in "What Life D-d-d-Doth", creating a massive living explosion which cannot dissipate in "Weapons Grade Life", wounding ''God'' causing a rain of blood in "Bloodcorn", blowing up the Burning Person effigy and killing all but 2 of the people at the festival in "Escape from Squatopian Freedom", turning the Earth into one homogenous mass and then destroying it in "Vibracaust", making a massive tornado in "El Tornadador", literally tearing a hole in the fabric of space time in "Haunted Tonk", and stopping the rotation of the Earth thus causing the entire world to freeze over in "Going Normal".
* MindScrew: The entire point of the show. If you are sober (or drunk on plain ol' liquor), prepare to be confused. If you have taken any other kind of mind-altering substance, prepare to be wowed, terrified, or both.
** It's almost a parody of {{Mind Screw}}s, while it may seem completely nonsensical, each episode can be attributed to different philosophical themes, but in the end of pretty much every situation, the moral of the story is, "Don't read too deeply into things or fucked up shit like this happens!" Seriously, every problem he creates can be attributed to him trying TOO HARD to be philosophical and spiritual.
** WordOfGod half-jokingly claims that the show was meant to warn viewers about the dangers of spirituality.
* MirrorMatch: Two Xavier's engage in an insult battle and a "Shakashuri Blowdown" during the season 1 finale. Its ultimately judged a tie.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: In Damnesia Vu, Xavier ends up being given a gun in order to protect a new mayor, a donkey, only for the mayor to be shot by the guy who gave Xavier the gun, who then says that Xavier did it. When he goes to court to plea for his innocence, he learns that [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext he is actually on trial for being on trial]], and that by saying he's innocent, it proves that he is on trial.
-->'''Xavier:''' What sort of law is this?
-->'''Judge:''' Laws? Laws are ''illegal'' here! Guilty!
* MismatchedEyes: Xavier has a brown eye and a blue eye.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Xavier is covered in thick fur, has six nipples, a beak, backwards bending legs, and a snake for an arm. Not even Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s sure what he's supposed to be.
** When he gets a finger cut off, it grows back. As a ''snake''. While that may account for his snake arm, it entirely fails to address ''why'' it happens.
* NewsTravelsFast: When a man blows himself up and turns into a sentient explosion that doesn't dissipate, within ''seconds'' bystanders are already setting up tourist traps around the "Eversplosion" (and when the Eversplosion goes berserk, an army tank is already there to try and shoot at it.)
* NoodleIncident: When a man takes off most of his own body in preparation to beat down Xavier, his friend remarks:
--> "I han't never seen him this heated since The Incident!"
* OncePerEpisode: See GainaxEnding.
* OrganAutonomy / EvilHand: Xavier's left hand is a snake with a mind of its own - and a taste for eating ''babies.''
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: In "Weapons Grade Life", Xavier makes a lot of ableist comments towards the unnamed kid in a wheelchair. He's also made some politically incorrect remarks about Arabs and women. He's also a rapist and or necrophiliac, if some of his comments are to be believed.
* PsychopathicManchild: While it's fairly clear Xavier's intentions are usually noble, he is a freaking lunatic. There's not a problem he's come across that he hasn't just made worse.
* QuarterHourShort
* RepetitiveAudioGlitch: Sort of. In "What Life D-d-doth", the residents of one town eventually end up glitching this way after being infected by a computer virus in the water supply.
* RunningGag: When someone says "life", the word echoes, almost every single time, no matter who says it.
** Xavier also uses "ramble" in place of "wander".
** "Take that!" "Taste the pain!" in the same voice every time Xavier gets beaten up for "being a freak", regardless of the character saying it.
** The occasional mentions of Grinders.
** Dialogue is often subject to ManipulativeEditing, with WebAnimation/YoutubePoop style sentence mixing, where characters will say things in other characters voices, and certain words being obviously replaced.
* SchmuckBait: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "You don't want to drink that."]]
* StylisticSuck: Invoked, as it adds to the weird and [[UncannyValley uncanniness]] of the show.
* StableTimeLoop: In "World of Hurt, B. C.", Xavier sees a news broadcast on the discovery of the oldest known cave painting, which depicts a being that looks very similar to him, and goes back in time to find out how it got there. Xavier tries to ask a caveman if he's seen it, but isn't sure how to describe it, so he makes a drawing of it on the cave wall. It turns out that drawing he made was the painting that was just discovered.
-->'''Xavier:''' I'm looking for a painting on the cave walls. Have you seen it? It looks like this. ''(Draws it)''
-->'''Nimgok:''' Yeah! ''You'' just made painting!
-->'''Xavier:''' [[BorrowedCatchphrase Ooga booga!]]
-->''(Cue freeze-frame and sitcom credits music)''
** PlayedWith in another Season 2 episode, involving Xavier imagining himself going back in time to talk to his past self. MindScrew ensues.
* StuffBlowingUp: One episode ends in a car chase with a ''sentient explosion''. ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Xavier has a penchant for this.
* ThirdEye: Except Xavier's is where his penis should be.
* TokenNonhuman: Xavier is a FallenAngel in a world of humans. Even his parents are humans.
* TragicHero: Despite all the wacky stuff that happens, you have to feel sorry for Xavier. His entire goal is to find out what he is, who killed his father, and to help people. And no matter what happens, [[StatusQuoIsGod it fails horribly]].
* UndercoverCopReveal: Don Ho's singing henchman, Disgratzio, from the episode "Xavier's Maneuver". His high-pitched voice and candy-obsessed singing are just an act, one that he's had to stick with for twelve years due to making some poor choices as a rookie.
* UnexplainedAccent: The characters that Xavier encounters in the first episode all have southern accents, yet he's in Burbury, Connecticut[[note]]Possibly a play on Danbury, Connecticut[[/note]].
* VertigoEffect: Played with when a man points at Xavier from far away. After the zoom effect is done, we get a side view showing that the camera didn't zoom out, and the guy's arm just stretched so his hand is right in Xavier's face.
* VocalEvolution: Xavier's voice is more of a direct parody of a MagicalNativeAmerican in the earlier episodes, but steadily becomes more lilting and atonal to fit with the ever-increasing MindScrew of the series, becoming like a combination of the MagicalNativeAmerican and the SurferDude.
* WalkingTheEarth: A parody of these kinds of shows, specifically ''Series/KungFu'' and ''WalkerTexasRanger'' (with a dash of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'').
* WhosOnFirst:
-->'''Xavier''': Who did this to you?
-->'''Xavier's father''': Our... son...
-->'''Xavier''': I know it was arson dad, but who?
* '''[[WidgetSeries WHAT Series]]''': The weirdest Adult Swim can ever give you. It makes other WidgetSeries look tame in comparison.
* XtremeKoolLetterz DOWN UNDA!
* YouKilledMyFather: The series starts out with Xavier looking for the man who killed his parents. He is completely oblivious to the fact that ''he'' was the one who did it by accidentally burning his house down.
-->'''Father:''' Son! It was ''you'' who killed me!
-->'''Xavier:''' What kind of stupid name is Yoohoo? Well, when I find that demon I shall slay him! To death! Yoohoo? Yoohoo!?

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