- Anvilicious: Charlie Brooker's never been one for subtlety, but this is extreme even by his standards. However, that's not to say that you can't enjoy the episodes despite that.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: The whole point of the series is to apply this trope to technological possibilities.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Nothing will ever turn out well for anyone, so why bother?
- This came into play in an interesting manner after the release of Season 3, regarding San Junipero, a Breather Episode between two extremely dark episodes. Though it was critically acclaimed, it wasn't immune to criticism from fans who found it too saccharine to fit the rest of the show. The episode still had some depressing moments, but it goes to show that the fact it wasn't dark enough made it less popular among some fans.
- China Loves Black Mirror: The show has a pretty big following in China, where the series has been subject to rave reviews, including the claim that it's "better than a masterpiece".
- It's also apparently quite popular in Hollywood.
- Memetic Mutation: In Brazil, "Isso é tão Black Mirror." ("This is so Black Mirror.") Whenever something on the internet reminds them of the series, they say the line.
- Retroactive Recognition: Jem (Tuppence Middleton) from "White Bear" is known best as Riley in Sense8, while Selma (Hannah John-Kamen) from "Fifteen Million Merits" is Dutch in ''Killjoys".
- Uncanny Valley: A big part of how the series gets its creepy, unsettling vibe.
- Many of the episodes are set in a reality very similar to our own, many featuring technology that is about 20 Minutes into the Future, while others (most prominently "The National Anthem") is based on the use of technology that is already available in the present. That's the main source of Fridge Horror.
- It's probably intentional, but in "The Waldo Moment" for all that Waldo is clearly an exaggerated blue cartoon bear, he's still incredibly creepy to look at and listen to. And that's even before he becomes the symbolic figurehead for what's hinted to be a covert global fascist / authoritarian movement.
- The second series trailer starts off as a parody of iPhone / iPad-style commercials, but even before the 'gritty' imagery starts being threaded through, the fake and hollow Stepford Smiler nature of the shiny happy people using the technology is increasingly creepy enough by itself. There's also a computer generated voice that is modified to sound almost, but not quite, like a man's voice, making the repeated mantra of '[Something] more' delivered in a blandly emotionless voice gradually unsettling.
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