"I'm going to help you, even if it kills us both!"
Describe ''Xavier: Renegade Angel'' here.Oh boy...Created by PFFR (the minds behind Wonder Showzen) for [adult swim], Xavier: Renegade Angel is ostensibly about an angel defected from Heaven; good luck finding out what it's really about, though. The eponymous Xavier is either an actual fallen angel or just some sort of cosmic abomination that was abandoned at birth. Forced to Walk the Earth 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 towards the common goal of beating him senseless.Probably the weirdest show Adult Swim has ever produced, the show was largely one huge Mind Screw, with Xavier speaking in a near-continuous, stream-of-consciousness...well, stream of narrative/conversation/wisdom/puns/portmanteaux/"unintentional" double-entendre/callbacks. The show's only real narrative story is a ongoing subplot involving Xavier's incredibly screwed-up childhood and the death of his adoptive mother. Xavier was able to talk to himself as a child via a tear in the fabric of space-time, and this meeting caused Xavier's younger self to become a clingy freak of nature towards his apathetic adoptive mother, which drove her to drink and take pills to cope with life. Xavier convinces his younger self to switch his mother's pills with placebos, but just a few years later, Xavier tells his mom what he did; this causes her to think that she is hallucinating Xavier's existence. At this point, Xavier causes a fire to spread from the present into the past, which ends up killing his mother (since she believed the flames, like Xavier, were a mental hallucination).Xavier is uniquely abstract, showing concepts in a way that — instead of using aspects 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 strangeness; it's all pretty damn trippy, in any event. Do not take this as license to Watch It Stoned: it might make more sense, but it's just as likely you'll be utterly terrified from the sensory overload. A third season was rumored to be in development after the second season's end, but those plans seem to have fallen through.
Abusive Parents: 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 a giant sperm in "Escape from Squatopian Freedom", though he learns to love it just before it kills itself.
A God Am I: 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.
Ambiguously Gay: Xavier's frequent Double Entendre and Accidental Innuendo (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 decidedly straight.
Bedlam House: Xavier sends the poor kid in a dolphin costume there, and ends up meeting his long lost mother. It just descends into Brain Bleach territory from there.
Cartwright Curse: 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.
Contest Winner Cameo: Adult Swim hosted a contest to make a couple of short films (animated or live action) based on Xavier. The winners were shown in an episode that had Xavier traveling to different dimensions.
Deranged Animation: Cranked Up to Eleven and damaging the knob with "Damnesia Vu", the episode where the winners of a contest get their films shown in an Excuse Plot where Xavier goes to different dimensions to figure out his identity. Styles include:
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."
It turns out to be a Red Herring, though, as when Xavier tries to lure the Doctor after he becomes a sentient explosion though a lake with some cake, nothing happens.
"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.
Gainax Ending: Every. Single. Episode. Perhaps the weirdest was "Bloodcorn", in which the Earth spawns a giant eye, which then starts bleeding profusely.
Grand Finale: It's over. He's human. There can't be a third season.
"Groundhog Day" Loop: Sort of. The residents of one town eventually end up individually trapped in extremely short (like a second or two at most) loops after being infected by a computer virus in the water supply.
Hypocritical Humor: "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."
Ice-Cream Koan: 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.
I Just Want to Have Friends: The crushing loneliness Xavier experiences leads him into most of the bizarre adventures he experiences in the desperate search for even a single friend.
Kangaroo Court: Xavier is given a gun to protect the mayor of a town, only for the person who gave him the gun to shoot the mayor and say Xavier did it. He goes to court, where he's actually on trial for being on trial, and that by claiming that he's innocent, it proves that he is on trial. Xavier's then sentenced to three glimpses into his own soul, which is immediately extended to seven when he scoffs at how easy it is.
Magical Native American: Chief Master Guru parodies this, and also has Asian Indian traits (A Bindi and a Vishnu Statue on top of his Totem Pole)
Mike Nelson Destroyerof Worlds / Person of Mass Destruction: 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".
Mind Screw: 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 Screws, 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.
Word Of God half-jokingly claims that the show was meant to warn viewers about the dangers of spirituality.
Mirror Match: Two Xavier's engage in an insult battle and a "Shakashuri Blowdown" during the season 1 finale. Its ultimately judged a tie.
Miscarriage of Justice: 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 he is actually on trial for being on trial, and that by saying he's innocent, it proves that he is on trial.
News Travels Fast: 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.)
Noodle Incident: 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!"
The Obi-Wan: In flashbacks, Xavier is frequently seen with 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.)
Tragic Hero: 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, it fails horribly.
You Killed My Father: The series starts out with Xavier looking for the man who killed his parents completely oblivious to the fact that he was the one who did it by accidentally burning his house down.