* ArchivePanic:
** It can be a bit daunting figuring out how to get into Richard D. James' music, considering all of the aliases and styles of music present. Many (including [[http://i.imgur.com/IOS3qYW.png this flowchart]]) suggest to start with 1992's ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'', then branch to ''Richard d. James album'' and ''SYRO'' (all released under the Aphex Twin name), and finding what one likes from there.
** This trope occurred again when James started up [[http://soundcloud.com/user18081971/ his SoundCloud page]], uploading 200+ songs spanning his entire career, and making nearly all of it freely downloadable.
* BrokenBase: ''...I Care Because You Do'' became this over time. Is it an underrated masterpiece full of interesting experimentation, or an awkward transition between his early ambient oeuvre and his later forays into acid and IDM? It's a rather touchy subject amongst Aphex fans.
* CreepyAwesome: "Come to Daddy", and its video.
* EarWorm:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_-99eBBhFc "Donkey Rhubarb."]] Click at your own risk.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkFBQ6sIcc "Digeridoo"]], likewise.
** Pretty much all of ''Syro'', but "Minipops 67" and "[=CIRCLONT6A=]" stand out.
* FandomRivalry: With the fandom of Music/{{Skrillex}}. Odd, because Skrillex himself is a '''HUGE''' fan of Aphex Twin, so much so that he declared him as his main influence. Becomes even more odd if you consider that Aphex openly stated he doesn't know much of Skrillex to give an opinion of him, but also said that he respects the more mainstream electronic music artists, finding them as a {{gateway|Series}} to electronic music in general.
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' is considered one of the greatest electronic music albums ever recorded.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: "Nannou", off the ''Windowlicker'' EP, is a song dedicated to his girlfriend composed wholly from music box samples.
* MemeticMutation:
** Variations of the titles of his first two albums have seen widespread homage, especially from ambient artists.
** COME TO DADDY!
** His infamous grin has been used/shopped quite a few times.
* MisattributedSong:
** Subverted with ''VideoGame/PacMan'', which he released under the alias "Power Pill".
** Averted with being credited to making a {{Tetris}} remix.
** A handful of songs on [=P2P=] networks from the early 2000s were generally attributed to him. One of the most famous ones, "outside (kick ass violin solo)", is actually a song by Outside called "To Forgive But Not Forget (Lim'chol V'lo Lishkoach)".
** Contrary to popular belief, there is no song by him called "Rubber Johnny"--what they're thinking about is probably the song "[=afx237 v7=]" from ''Drukqs'', which was used in a short film by Chris Cunningham which ''was'' called ''Rubber Johnny''[[note]]In the 30-second original commercial version, at least. The actual short film used a special "[=w19rhbasement=] remix" done by Cunningham himself[[/note]].
* MostWonderfulSound:
** A lot of his ambient tracks, especially those found on ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II''. "[rhubarb]" is a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvfbIU8LYyY shining example of this.]]
** When the distorted bass comes in at the end of "Windowlicker".
** For some, the "Come to Daddy" scream might even be this.
* {{Narm}}[=/=]NarmCharm: While "Come To Daddy" is still an awesome song, some of the lyrics are a bit over-the-top. '''[[EvilIsHammy "I WILL EAT YOUR SOOOOUUUUL!!!"]]'''
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: One may listen to ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' and find nothing particularly special about it, not taking into account that the sounds on this album were revolutionary and never before heard when it came out in 1992. (It's still unclear whether the dates in the title are truthful considering James' history with the press, but if true, actually ''rewrite the history of electronic music.'') Aiding this trope along is that, over 20 years later, the album ''does'' sound a bit dated.
* SignatureSong: "Come to Daddy" and "Windowlicker" are his two greatest commercial hits, although songs like "Avril 14th", "Rhubarb", and "Flim" are deemed by fans to be some of his best works.
* SongAssociation:
** Most racing game fans would associate "Come To Daddy" with ''[[VideoGame/ProjectGothamRacing Project Gotham Racing 3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Motorstorm}} Motorstorm Pacific Rift]]''.
** Some of his music has been used in the [[Radio/GTARadio radio stations]] of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games; "Z Twig" was featured in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', and "Windowlicker" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' (albeit edited to cut off around the 2.5-minute mark).
** Also, his songs [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEs68gVqlXo "Fenix Funk 5"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZCX7A4NqHo "Naks 11 [Mono]"]] have been featured in ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}} Pulse'' and ''Pure''.
** "Omgyjya-Switch 7" was used in ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''. As "zen music", no less.
* SweetDreamsFuel:
** ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' and ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'' (when it isn't being NightmareFuel) are full of these - see the trope page.
** To say nothing of "Flim" and "Avril 14th."
** "Goon Gumpas" and "Logan Rock Witch" both sound like something that would fit extremely well on a Disney soundtrack.
** "IZ-US" is a pretty relaxing song if you don't mind a little percussion.
** The sections of "Girl/Boy Song" that don't have the erratic percussion. It's actually a very beautiful orchestral song that wouldn't sound too out-of-place in a cartoon and is even accompanied by a xylophone riff near the end of the song.
** "Piano [=Un10=] It Happened".
** "Aisatsana", the closing track to ''Syro''. It even includes birds chirping and other nature sounds for maximum relaxation!
** Something from his soundcloud, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gNtuY4VAOA "5 Just Fall Asleep"]]. The sound is alien in nature, but it's still relaxing and can induce sleepiness. It's also very reminiscent of ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'', so, that's a plus. And also, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGkKEEGiZ9o "7 lsb [slo]"]] deserves a special mention.
*** Want more ambient-focused tracks? Well, kids. Here's the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_MyNOWZ6Tk "Phantoms (A Soundcloud Journey)" mix!]]
* TearJerker:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfYl6_f2Mdg "Avril 14th"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7pzBtRLED8 "jynweythek"]], with both being desolate piano pieces on ''Drukqs''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvfbIU8LYyY "Rhubarb"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAufvkHj16g "Lichen"]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goDd02TTxBA "Stone in Focus"]], all of which are ambient ''SAW Vol II'' pieces.
** Richard made the Aphex Twin name as a memorial of sorts to his older brother, also named Richard, who died at birth. The ''Girl/Boy EP'' cover is a picture of his grave decorated with flowers. And likewise, "Girl/Boy Song" is a pretty heavy listen despite being a thematically and aesthetically whimsical track.
** The utter SweetDreamsFuel that is "Flim" and "Fingerbib".
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlqE-g-D1b8 "Piano [=Un10=] It Happened"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFk6LRRUoLA "Blue Carpet"]], which sounds like it came from the ending of VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 but more synth-focused.
* VindicatedByHistory:
** While initial reception to ''Selected Ambient Works Volume II'' was somewhat mixed, it has since been Vindicated by History and received as a timeless classic in the ambient genre. The song "Rhubarb" has gone on to become a fan favorite and has been acclaimed as one of the best Aphex Twin songs ever created.
** ''Drukqs'' came off the trail of ''Come to Daddy'' and ''Windowlicker'', and it was at the time dismissed as unimpressive, unrefined, and mediocre. But after the dust settled a few years later, fans and critics eventually warmed up to the album's abrasive sound and melancholic tone, garnering high praise for the very same things it was once panned for.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: To this day, people are praising the effects in "Come to Daddy", "Windowlicker", and ''Rubber Johnny'' as holding up and still being realistic and disturbing.
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