YMMV / Exosquad

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Phaeton ever truly care about helping his fellow Neosapiens, and was he ever truly The Atoner for what he did at the end of the first rebellion, or was he just an evil, power mad tyrant manipulating everyone to further his own ambitions? Was he one of these things all along or did he start as the former and gradually transform into the latter as a result of repeated failures of his regime and his own deteriorating health?
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Utterly averted: this show was aimed at both kids and adults, the latter gaining precedence.
  • Complete Monster:
    • General Draconis. From his death camps on Venus, starving the populace, to being personally responsible for Nara's parents deaths. Genocide, betrayal, nothing is too much for him. He even betrayed Phaeton when he was relatively sane, and was about to kill Thrax, an honorable Neosapien Warrior who wouldn't kill civilians.note  Draconis is so bad that even Phaeton, who is based on Hitler, doesn't seem as bad at first. Of course, Phaeton eventually surpasses Draconis' evil after going insane from Automutation Syndrome.
    • Phaeton, the ruler of Neo-Sapien empire. He uses words like "equality" and pretends to care about the well being and future of the Neo-Sapiens, but his actions prove this is nothing more than manipulative rhetoric. Before the series start, Phaeton sold out the Neo-Sapien rebellion to save his own skin, and rises to power by initiating genocide on humanity, establishing death camps and killing any who resist-and even those who don't. His tactics include forcible starvation, forced labor or just nasty executions. Not even his own men are exempt. Phaeton is very keen on executing them for minor failures and cloning them. Phaeton's ego and hypocrisy are manifest in how he sends so many of his loyal men to their own deaths on suicidal missions and at the end, even his most loyal aide Livia deserts him for his plans that would have wiped out his own race to secure his own victory. If Phaeton ever held noble ideals, they're gone by the time he enacts his plan at the start of the series and he grows more and more evil and he degrades physically and mentally. He is nothing more than a murderous, power hungry coward by the end and one who would see the entire galaxy burn for the sake of his own power and advancement.
    • Dr. Albrecht Ketzer turned an entire village of natives in the Amazon and himself into half-plant monstrosities, turned Medusa into a half-plant/half-Neo-Sapien freak, and injected Nara Burns with the same serum. He views her only as an experiment, and wanted to kill all the humans AND Neo-Sapiens in the nearby city.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Not much from this show, but "Target: Earth" has the whole "Amanda Live" bit which parodies talk shows- in this case it's a vehicle for the Neospaien rule- and a random Neo, Stentor, is the announcer. Seeing a Neo wearing a tuxedo and speaking into a floating microphone just gets this troper. It's fairly surreal to see in this show, which already has a fairly high tolerance for the absurd.
  • Foe Yay: Even though he's asexual, Phaeton seems to spend a lot of time obsessing over Marsh. Some of his interactions with Marsala have quite a bit of Ho Yay as well.
  • Genius Bonus: Some of the things the characters say don't make a lot of sense if you aren't familiar with, say, World War II or even the Vietnam War. For example, when Able squad realizes they're about to be buried by a landslide caused by Marsala shooting the cliff above them , Maggie screams FRAGGED!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Executive Producer of the show, Will Meuginot, once compared Exosquad to Gundam, noting that both invoked World War II campaigns. Several of the voice actors in Exosquad would go on to dub various Gundam series.
  • Idiot Plot: The Earth Resistance captured the Neo-Sapien scientist that allegedly invented the GRAF shield. Marsala and some Resistance member start arguing over their next course of action. Diana take advantage of this to untie the scientist who escaped with no one noticing.
  • Nightmare Fuel: If you stop to think about it, quite a bit for a saturday morning cartoon. Aside from the normal carnage of war (shooting and explosions and what not), we see characters get exposed to hard vacuum, starved half to death, put in cargo containers and launched towards the sun, and the effects of the Graf Shield, which crushes starships (and their occupants) like soda cans. That's just the first season, by the way. The second season gets much worse.
    • They outright call what Draconis is doing to the humans a genocide.
  • Propaganda Piece: The entire episode "Mindset" was dedicated to Neosapien propaganda and Terran collaborators.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The Exo-Scouts may be this for some fans.
    • Captain Marcus, for being an outright incompetent Hot-Blooded Jerk Ass who consistently makes the wrong decisions by being overly aggressive and refuses to listen to others who point out flaws, earns a lot of fan-flack. Even his death, normally of the kind that would invoke Alas, Poor Scrappy, generally fails; most viewers only wished he'd gotten killed sooner, it probably would have been better for Exofleet if he had.
  • What an Idiot: Not putting Melee Weapons onto the Exoframes to deal with the Neo Warriors and Neo Lords, thus the Exoframes being mostly helpless whenever they get to Melee Range (This may be due to Executive Meddling).
    • The making of the NeoSapiens. Leaving aside the ethical concerns of creating a Slave Race aside, maybe making it so said slave race both is physically superior to humans and even has an intellect on par with them, and having them perform forced menial labor wasn't such a good idea guys.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor, Xenobius...

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