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YMMV: Ergo Proxy
  • Bizarro Episode: Smile Land. Nightmare Quiz Show / Who Want to Be in Jeopardy.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole soundtrack, but particularly the opener, Monoral's "Kiri", "Centzontotochtin", "Shampoo Planet" and the closer, Radiohead's "Paranoid Android".
  • Cry for the Devil: Happens with Raul towards the end of the series, showing him as more complex than his Smug Snake personality would suggest although it's hinted earlier, an episode reveals that the woman and child killed at the mall at the beginning of the series were his wife and child, and that Pino was his daughter/Morality Pet. What makes this affecting, is that his android (gynoid?) assistant scolds him for losing his temper at the mall- a perfect citizen should apparently be stoic even when his family is killed in front of him; and you can understand why he hates Vincent so much—he blames Vincent for the deaths of his family, and is hurt even more when he sees that Pino now treats Vincent as her father.
    • It should be noted though, that in the second to last episode, Pino's drawings do depict both Vincent and Raul, and in her monologues she widely addresses them both.
  • Hype Aversion: The American release didn't sell too well; might be because it was a Mind Screw-type series, but might also be because it was advertised inside of every single Geneon DVD case for about two years.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Raul Creed.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Proxy One.
  • Narm:Some shots are too silly to take seriously (like the one of a Proxy's head on a human baby).
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Regardless of what you thought of her character, Pino is thrown into (and rescued from) a literal scrap heap.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Pino, The Girl With A Smile. Her cuteness keeps the somber series from descending too deeply into Grim Dark territory.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Daedalus Yumeno tends to invoke this at the beginning of the series.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?:
    • Too many to count. At one point, a character even lampshades the pretentiousness of calling a nuclear missile "Rapture."
    • Why don't we start with the Council members? We have Derrida, Lacan, Berkeley, and Husserl. Speaking of pretentious...
    • The Cogito virus.
    • Raul's AutoReiv, Kristeva.
    • Daedalus, and his autoreivs Deleuze and Guattari.
    • In the very last scene of the show, as the spaceships of The Creators break through the dark clouds and descend to the earth, their tiny shadows against the sunlight look very much like falling angels. And considering the guy standing in the foreground...

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