YMMV: Ĉon Flux
The animated series:
- Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The "War" short is clearly meant to deconstruct The Protagonist trope, but it can also be seen to say how War Is Hell. We see both sides of the eponymous war from the various "protagonists," and all of them are shown to have sympathetic motives.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Some fans have theorized that the main characters might actually suffer from schizophrenia, hence their behaviour about wanting to achieve their missions and kill each other one moment, and fraternizing and bedding each other the next.
- Designated Hero: Ĉon is the main character of the series, but some of her actions will make you question her morality, most poignant would be her acts of terrorism, using her allies (without telling them) to achieve her goals, getting them upset when they find out they've been had, and not being apologetic about it. The only indicator that Ĉon's a "hero" at all is that Trevor, her rival, is set up as an Evil Overlord from the get-go.
- Les Yay: Between Ĉon and Una. No longer the case at the end of the episode.
- Love It or Hate It: The show will grasp you in one of two ways: It's either an artistic and philosophical foray in animation with an interesting ambiguity of morals, or an ugly, pretentious mess that makes no sense. In the case of the latter, it really doesn't help that not even the creators know what actually happened in "Chronophasia".
- Spiritual Adaptation: In the talkie episodes, Ĉon and Trevor are pretty much Gender Flipped versions of Jerry Cornelius and Miss Brunner from The Cornelius Chronicles.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In "Ether Drift Theory", a new character with a very interesting design is introduced as Trevor's bodyguard and a possible Worthy Opponent to Ĉon Flux. No sooner than two seconds later, she is taken out by a swarm of bees, and never seen or referred to again. What the?!
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Peter Chung believes so: "For me, a degree of ambiguity, or mystery, is the key ingredient of any artistic statement."
- Uncanny Valley: It may be the art style, but Ĉon's character design looks less sexy and more dangerously anorexic these days. You will also see things like a character with fingers where her toes should be, another with a spine that are capable of twisting themselves around gates and a Gross-Up Close-Up of people eating cabbages.
- What an Idiot:
- There are quite a few moments in the show, but two that stand out are: Ĉon attempting to do acrobatics on a plane in flight (which causes her to fall to her death, something which she lampshades by giving herself a Face Palm), and Sybil attempting to escape Bregna through a passage that was Trevor was already aware of (and even says so a few scenes before), which results in her losing both of her legs when the latter places traps there.
- Trevor can come across as this as well, often leaving gaping holes in his security that Ĉon and others have taken advantage of over and over again, that could easily get him killed if Ĉon was more competent. With that said: Who makes air vents in a prison that are big enough for a person to walk through, with poor lighting along the patrol corridors that allows for easy concealment in the shadows?
- The Woobie: Sybil from "Thanatophobia".
The live-action film:
- Inferred Holocaust: At the end of the film, people who have lived 400 years within Bregna decide to leave the city for the untamed jungle. And even with fertility reoccurring, there is no guarantee that everyone of child-bearing age is fertile. (In fact, it was only about 20 women in the whole city who had become pregnant in Goodchild's sample group.)
- In Name Only: Pretty much the only things the film has in common with the animation are that the two main characters are an assassin named Ĉon Flux and a scientist/dictator named Trevor Goodchild, and that cloning occurs.