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** Ray doesn't appear until the fifth episode.

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** Ray doesn't appear until the fifth episode. He also has a different voice.

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* EvolvingCredits: Beginning in Season 2, the credits would have updates such as:
** Season 2: Pam (Amber Nash) is added into the main cast, and is credited in between Cheryl/Carol (Judy Greer) and Cyril (Chris Parnell). Pam's silhouette is seen following the bouncing bullet with her dolphin puppet.
** Season 4: "FX Presents" was added to the center of the clock and jet at the beginning.
** Season 5 (Archer Vice): Krieger (Lucky Yates) is added into the main cast, and is credited in between Lana (Aisha Taylor) and Malory (Jessica Walter). Krieger's silhouette is seen grabbing the bullet Lana shot with his sex robot, before flinging it aside. Beginning with ''A Kiss While Dying'', the backgrounds are changed to represent the Archer Vice theme.
** Season 6: Reverts back to the original spy themed backgrounds, except Archer's credit is heavily edited to cover up any mention of ISIS due to the real life ISIS.
** Season 7: The backgrounds are changed to represent the private investigation theme, and the new Los Angeles location.
** Season 8 (Archer Dreamland): The backgrounds are changed to represent the 1940's film noir theme, and the theme song is changed to a jazz band cover. In addition, some of the character's silhouettes are changed to fit their roles:
*** Pam's Dreamland counterpart is seen smashing her credit naming down a peg with her fists.
*** Cyril's Dreamland counterpart is holding a radio instead of a cellphone.
*** Lana's Dreamland counterpart sings into a microphone loud enough for the bullet to fly off her credit naming.
*** Krieger's Dreamland counterpart grabs the bullet with a cocktail mixer, shakes it for a bit, and then tosses it.
** Season 9 (Archer Danger Island): The backgrounds are changed to represent the jungle theme, and the theme song is changed to a island themed cover. As with the previous season, some of the character's silhouettes are changed to fit their roles:
*** Pam's Danger Island counterpart is seen smashing her credit naming down a peg with a beer bottle, though only for Amber Nash's last name.
*** Cyril's Danger Island counterpart is using a morse code reader.
*** Lana's Danger Island counterpart is dancing, before hitting her credit naming with her hips to knock the bullet off.
*** Krieger's Danger Island counterpart grabs the bullet with his beak before tossing it to the left.

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** Cyril's peer evaluation of Lana in "The Wind Cries Mary" is indeed scathing. Among other things, apparently Lana often fails to wash her hands after using the restroom.


* FiveManBand: The ISIS field agents form one quite nicely now that there's five of them.
** TheLeader: Archer, "The World's Most Dangerous Spy".
** TheLancer: Lana, who works closest with Archer and is his direct foil.
** TheBigGuy: Pam, who has superhuman strength, practices bare knuckle boxing and is generally batshit crazy.
** TheSmartGuy: Ray, who is the only one who consistently knows what he's doing.
** TheChick: Cyril, who is the most sensitive and least skilled of the five.

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The ISIS field agents form one quite nicely now that there's five of them.
** *** TheLeader: Archer, "The World's Most Dangerous Spy".
** *** TheLancer: Lana, who works closest with Archer and is his direct foil.
** *** TheBigGuy: Pam, who has superhuman strength, practices bare knuckle boxing and is generally batshit crazy.
** *** TheSmartGuy: Ray, who is the only one who consistently knows what he's doing.
** *** TheChick: Cyril, who is the most sensitive and least skilled of the five.five.
** In Season 5, the group changed tactics to become a drug cartel rather than a spy agency, resulting in a shuffling of roles.
*** BigBad: Malory, who runs the cartel and ultimately makes most of the decisions.
*** TheDragon: Archer, working directly under his mother and acting as a primary enforcer.
*** TheBrute: Pam, who's constantly making foolish decisions that endanger the cartel but also contributing with muscle when the chips are down.
*** TheEvilGenius: Shared by Cyril, who's typically making smart choices and decisions on jobs, and Krieger, who takes a non-action job by working out the mechanics of their drug operation.
*** TheDarkChick: Shared by Charlene, who's mostly uninvolved with the drug cartel and only working with the group to become a country music star, and Lana, who's forced by her pregnancy to take a non-action role in the group.


** FiveBadBand: In Season 5, the group changed tactics to become a drug cartel rather than a spy agency, resulting in a shuffling of roles.
*** BigBad: Malory, who runs the cartel and ultimately makes most of the decisions.
*** TheDragon: Archer, working directly under his mother and acting as a primary enforcer.
*** TheBrute: Pam, who's constantly making foolish decisions that endanger the cartel but also contributing with muscle when the chips are down.
*** TheEvilGenius: Shared by Cyril, who's typically making smart choices and decisions on jobs, and Krieger, who takes a non-action job by working out the mechanics of their drug operation.
*** TheDarkChick: Shared by Charlene, who's mostly uninvolved with the drug cartel and only working with the group to become a country music star, and Lana, who's forced by her pregnancy to take a non-action role in the group.


** In the ''very first season'', and every season after, Sterling Archer's [[spoiler: phone ringtone plays the lyrics "Mulatto Butts - Black Ass Momma, White Ass Daddy". The lyrics (whilst catchy) seem to refer to a mixed race baby with a Black mother and White father. Cue Season 5, in which Lana's pregnancy is revealed to be a mixed race baby from Archer's donated sperm.]]

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** In the ''very first season'', and every season after, Sterling Archer's [[spoiler: phone ringtone plays the lyrics "Mulatto Butts - Black Ass Momma, White Ass Daddy". The lyrics (whilst catchy) seem to refer to a mixed race baby with a Black mother and White father. Cue Season 5, in which Lana's pregnancy is revealed to be a mixed race baby from Archer's donated sperm.]] Not to mention in "The Papal Chase", when Archer points out (much to Lana's chagrin) that Lana appears to have gained weight, making a crack about her "lately almost overly ample butt"; a few episodes later, the Season 5 finale [[TheReveal reveals]] that [[spoiler: Lana is pregnant]].

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* DeconstructiveParody: The show is a [[PostModernism Post-Modernist]], [[BuffySpeak lampshady]] joke at the expense of UsefulNotes/ColdWar-Era SpyFiction, most notably the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise.

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** In "Skorpio," Pam explains the love triangle between Archer, Lana, and Cyril is why she doesn't sleep with her coworkers. [[ReallyGetsAround She has since slept with everyone but Ray.]]

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** After sex with Conway Stern in the third episode, Cheryl says she hopes she's pregnant. This seems a much stranger line after its established that she's a fervent ChildHater.


** [[InvertedTrope Inversion]]: Malory got GenreSavvy and assumed Archer, in a call, was another of his messages leading her on before faking her out, only to be told the recordings don't call ''her''.

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** [[InvertedTrope Inversion]]: Malory got GenreSavvy and assumed Archer, in a call, was another of his messages leading her on before faking her out, only to be told the recordings don't call ''her''.


* GeniusDitz: Sterling is pretty incompetent in most things, but he's the best field agent there is. He's also incredibly slow on the uptake on a number of occasions, but he also displays a surprisingly hefty education, apparently coming from his years at a boarding school. In one exchange that exemplifies the dichotomy, he overhears two mooks on a space station make an ''AnimalFarm'' reference. Archer knows that ''Animal Farm'' is "an allegorical novella about Stalinism by George Orwell," but thinks they were talking about an actual animal farm. On another occasion he references Creator/HermanMelville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" and is surprised that no one gets it. [[WordOfGod According to Adam Reed]], he's often being willfully obtuse just to see what will happen.

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* GeniusDitz: Sterling is pretty incompetent in most things, but he's the best field agent there is. He's also incredibly slow on the uptake on a number of occasions, but he also displays a surprisingly hefty education, apparently coming from his years at a boarding school. In one exchange that exemplifies the dichotomy, he overhears two mooks on a space station make an ''AnimalFarm'' ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' reference. Archer knows that ''Animal Farm'' is "an allegorical novella about Stalinism by George Orwell," but thinks they were talking about an actual animal farm. On another occasion he references Creator/HermanMelville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" and is surprised that no one gets it. [[WordOfGod According to Adam Reed]], he's often being willfully obtuse just to see what will happen.

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* GunPorn: There are loads of different types of firearms represented from various time periods over the second half of the 20th century, each of which is lovingly detailed and [[ShownTheirWork often depicted with]] [[CountingBullets the correct magazine sizes]].

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** One example [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Lana - "You don't know your own blood type, but you know who discovered them?"

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: In "On The Carpet", as Krieger reveals to the others the undetectable submarine he built in the Tunt mansion's indoor pool:
-->'''Krieger''': Thoughts?
-->'''Lana''': How are you going to get it out of here?
-->'''Krieger''': Hmm?
-->'''Lana''': How does that ''thing'' leave ''this room?''
-->''[beat]''
-->'''Krieger''': GODDAMNIT!

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