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* DrinkBasedCharacterization: Daly is fond of vanilla lattes, which mirrors his real-life personality (vanilla -- timid). He also orders them with skim milk since he wants to make the appearance that he's losing weight (though he freely eats pizza and drinks chocolate milk in private). This causes Nate, the intern, to mock him for his weight.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Daly has complete power over his digital co-workers and subjects the women to horrific amounts of humiliation and abuse, but he never uses his power to get sex out of them. Contact is limited to strictly closed-mouth kisses.


->'''Nanette''': This is a dream. ... It has to be.
->'''Walton''': It's more like an eternal waking nightmare, from which there is no escape.

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->'''Nanette''': This is a dream. ... It has to be.
->'''Walton''':
be.\\
'''Walton''':
It's more like an eternal waking nightmare, from which there is no escape.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Daly has complete power over his digital co-workers and subjects the women to horrific amounts of humiliation and abuse, but he never uses his power to get sex out of them. Contact is limited to strictly closed-mouth kisses.


* {{Narm}}: Invoked. The digital clones have hammy, over-the-top reactions to Daly's "adventures" in the Space Fleet mod.

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* {{Narm}}: Invoked. The digital clones have hammy, over-the-top reactions to Daly's "adventures" in the Space Fleet mod. After all they are just his office co-workers, and being made to act under threat of force besides.


* DrinkOrder: Daly is fond of vanilla lattes, which mirrors his real-life personality (vanilla -- timid). He also orders them with skim milk since he wants to make the appearance that he's losing weight (though he freely eats pizza and drinks chocolate milk in private). This causes Nate, the intern, to mock him for his weight.

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* DrinkOrder: DrinkBasedCharacterization: Daly is fond of vanilla lattes, which mirrors his real-life personality (vanilla -- timid). He also orders them with skim milk since he wants to make the appearance that he's losing weight (though he freely eats pizza and drinks chocolate milk in private). This causes Nate, the intern, to mock him for his weight.


->'''Nanette''': This is a dream... It has to be.\\
'''Walton''': It's more like an eternal waking nightmare, from which there is no escape.

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->'''Nanette''': This is a dream... dream. ... It has to be.\\
'''Walton''':
be.
->'''Walton''':
It's more like an eternal waking nightmare, from which there is no escape.



* BitingTheHandHumor: Early on, Robert takes a hit at Creator/{{Netflix}}, and the show's move to the platform, by saying he has the VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray versions of his favourite TV show and snarks that it doesn't matter since "everything's on Netflix now". Though, of course, he's a dick, so it's kind of an InUniverse TakeThatTitForTat that Netflix wins because nobody will agree with the dead asshole.

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* BitingTheHandHumor: Early on, Robert takes a hit at Creator/{{Netflix}}, and the show's move to the platform, by saying he has the VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray versions of his favourite TV show and snarks that it doesn't matter since "everything's on Netflix now". now." Though, of course, he's a dick, so it's kind of an InUniverse TakeThatTitForTat that Netflix wins because nobody will agree with the dead asshole.



* BlueIsHeroic: An early signifier that Nanette and Walton are the heroes is their blue shirts, especially when the crew shirt colours don't have anything to do with their role.

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* BlueIsHeroic: An early signifier sign that Nanette and Walton are the heroes is their blue shirts, especially when the crew shirt colours don't have anything to do with their role.



* TheCameo: Both Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/AaronPaul have ones in the episode, with Dunst being a FreezeFrameBonus and Paul playing the role of [=Gamer691=]. Dunst and Paul worked with Creator/JessePlemons in ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' and ''Series/BreakingBad'', respectively.

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* TheCameo: Both Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/AaronPaul have ones in the episode, with Dunst being a FreezeFrameBonus and Paul playing the role voice of [=Gamer691=]. Dunst and Paul worked with Creator/JessePlemons in ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' and ''Series/BreakingBad'', respectively.



** This is not the first time Creator/JimmiSimpson finds himself in an [[Series/{{Westworld}} artificial environment with his co-worker]].
** Likewise, this is not the first time Creator/CristinMilioti becomes the latest and pivotal arrival in an [[Series/HowIMetYourMother already established bunch of characters]].
** This is also not the first time Creator/JessePlemons has appeared as a shy, reserved PsychopathicManchild [[Series/BreakingBad hiding his worst impulses under a gentle exterior]].
** This is not the first time Michaela Coel plays a [[Film/TheLastJedi communication officer on a star ship]], though it's more likely coincidence since both works were released around the same time (though the ''Franchise/StarWars'' film was also more than likely finished a long time before).
** In ''Film/GameNight'', released in 2018 but made earlier, Jesse Plemons (Daly) plays a creepy nerd who is just outside of the main friend group and jealous of Billy Magnussen's (Valdack) cool guy, with the movie part-way through revealing that a lot of the turmoil the main group has gone through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game, when they thought it was real life. The tagline was even "This is not a game."

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** This is not the first time Creator/JimmiSimpson finds himself in an [[Series/{{Westworld}} an artificial environment with his co-worker]].
** Likewise, this is not the first time Creator/CristinMilioti becomes the latest and pivotal arrival in an [[Series/HowIMetYourMother an already established bunch of characters]].
** This is also not Nor the first time Creator/JessePlemons has appeared as a shy, reserved PsychopathicManchild [[Series/BreakingBad hiding his worst impulses under a gentle exterior]].
** This Lastly, this is not the first time Michaela Coel plays a [[Film/TheLastJedi communication officer on a star ship]], though it's more likely coincidence since both works were released around the same time (though the ''Franchise/StarWars'' film was also more than likely finished a long time before).
** In ''Film/GameNight'', released in 2018 but made earlier, Jesse Plemons (Daly) plays a creepy nerd who is just outside of the main friend group and jealous of Billy Magnussen's Creator/BillyMagnussen's (Valdack) cool guy, with the movie part-way through revealing partway through that a lot of the turmoil the main group has gone through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game, when they thought it was real life. The tagline was even "This is not a game."



* ChristmasEpisode: The climax takes place at Christmas, though it's not particularly relevant besides making [[TwistedChristmas the experiences of the crew, and Robert's probably real life death]] [[FromBadToWorse that much worse]]. There's also the fact that "Silent Night" is very appropriately playing in the background when Daly's mod of the game is being deleted, and continues over to seeing him in real life right after. The fact that it's Christmas also makes what happened to Daly more horrifying, as Callister Inc. was on a 10 day Christmas break and it's implied that no one really cares about Daly outside of work, meaning that no one will notice that he's gone for at least 10 days and he will most certainly die.

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* ChristmasEpisode: The climax takes place at Christmas, though it's not particularly especially relevant besides making [[TwistedChristmas the experiences of the crew, and crew (and Robert's probably real life death]] real-life death)]] [[FromBadToWorse that much worse]]. There's also the fact that "Silent Night" is very appropriately playing in the background when Daly's mod of the game is being deleted, and continues over to seeing him in real life reality right after. The fact that it's Christmas also makes what happened to Daly more horrifying, as Callister Inc. was on a 10 day ten-day Christmas break and it's implied that no one really cares about Daly outside of work, meaning that no one will notice that he's gone for at least 10 ten days and he ''he will most certainly die.die''.



** Daly orders takeout from Fences Pizza, a company that later also appears in the episode [[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile "Crocodile."]]
** Elena is seen using the dating app on her phone that utilises The System algorithm from [[Recap/BlackMirrorHangTheDJ "Hang the DJ."]]

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** Daly orders takeout from Fences Pizza, a company that later also appears in the episode [[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile "Crocodile."]]
** Elena is seen using the dating app on her phone that utilises uses The System algorithm from [[Recap/BlackMirrorHangTheDJ "Hang the DJ."]]



* CouldSayItBut: An unusual example. During their last confrontation, Walton tells Daly that he feels like he should say that he's sorry for the way he exploited and insulted Daly in the real world... and [[BaitAndSwitch then clarifies]] that he feels like he ''should'' say that, but he's not going to, because after [[DisproportionateRetribution all that Daly has done to him]] he's not the least bit sorry anymore.
* CruelMercy: Valdack, when shot by Daly, asks for a MercyKill. Daly says that killing in cold blood is against the Space Fleet code, but he didn't kill him because he is another digital clone and it would free him from his "AndIMustScream" state.

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* CouldSayItBut: An unusual example. During their last confrontation, Walton tells Daly that he feels like he should say that he's sorry for the way he exploited and insulted Daly in the real world...world ... and [[BaitAndSwitch then clarifies]] that he feels like he ''should'' say that, but he's not going to, because after [[DisproportionateRetribution all that Daly has done to him]] he's not the least bit sorry anymore.
* CruelMercy: Valdack, when shot by Daly, When Daly shoots him, Valdack asks for a MercyKill. Daly says that killing in cold blood is against the Space Fleet code, but he didn't kill him because he is another digital clone and it would free him from his "AndIMustScream" state.



* DeconstructiveParody: Of VideoGames as power fantasy. How much of a monster would a person have to be to inflict VideoGameCrueltyPotential on video game characters who are smart enough to pass the Turing Test?

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* DeconstructiveParody: Of VideoGames as power fantasy. How much of a monster would a person have to be to inflict VideoGameCrueltyPotential on video game characters who are smart enough to pass the Turing Test?TuringTest?



* DenserAndWackier: This is undoubtedly one of the least realistic episodes of ''Black Mirror'' thanks to its exploration of fully immersive VR and its many cheeky sci-fi [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]]. It's also the most humorous episode since "Nosedive."

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* DenserAndWackier: This is undoubtedly one of the least realistic episodes of ''Black Mirror'' thanks to its exploration of fully immersive VR and its many cheeky sci-fi [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]].ShoutOut[=s=]. It's also the most humorous episode since "Nosedive."



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The twist that Callister is a virtual reality game is revealed only four minutes in.

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The twist that Callister ''Callister'' is a virtual reality game is revealed only four minutes in.



** Confirmed when he changes Lowry an Arachnajax and responds to Nanette's horror with the line, "You know what makes me happy? The look on your face right now."
* ForWantOfANail: If Daly hadn't been distracted by Walton flirting with Nanette, he wouldn't have unintentionally authorized the update patch to be delayed until Christmas Eve, giving the crew of the Callister enough time to plot a way to escape.

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** Confirmed when he changes Lowry into an Arachnajax and responds to Nanette's horror with the line, "You know what makes me happy? The look on your face right now."
* ForWantOfANail: If Daly hadn't been distracted by Walton flirting with Nanette, he wouldn't have unintentionally authorized the update patch to be delayed until Christmas Eve, giving the crew of the Callister enough time to plot a way to escape.



* FreezeFrameBonus: In each and every scene she's shown, real Elena is wearing teal lacquer on her fingernails. It's the exact same shade as the skintone of her digital, [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe space-babe]] copy.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: In each and every scene she's shown, real Elena is wearing teal lacquer on her fingernails. It's the exact same shade as the skintone of her digital, [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe space-babe]] copy.



** Right before the end of the episode when the crew break through into the online version of the game & their character models update, Helmsman Packer can be seen checking his trousers for genitals and grinning at what he finds. Even better -- he and Lowry then smirk at each other.

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** Right before the end of the episode when the crew break through into the online version of the game & and their character models update, Helmsman Packer can be seen checking his trousers for genitals and grinning at what he finds. Even better -- he and Lowry then smirk at each other.



* GenreDeconstruction: In any other movie that is solidly sci-fi, the Daly character would be written as the sympathetic underdog who had his dream creation stolen from him by his boss -- but this episode instead shows how a character like Daly can be just as bad as the people who have tormented him. This is explicitly referenced when Walton tells Daly that he feels like he "should" apologize for how he treated him, but then refuses because Daly threw his son out of an airlock.

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* GenreDeconstruction: In almost any other movie that is solidly sci-fi, sci-fi movie, the Daly character would be written as the sympathetic underdog who had whose boss stole his dream creation stolen from him by his boss -- but this episode instead shows how a character like Daly can be just as bad as the people who have tormented him. This is explicitly referenced when Walton tells Daly that he feels like he "should" apologize for how he treated him, but then refuses because Daly threw his son out of an airlock.



** The episode inverts the premise of Harlan Ellison trope maker for the AndIMustScream. In that story a mad AI torments a group of humans, whereas in the episode a mad human torments a group of AIs. It doubles as a Star Trek reference due to the most famous original series episode City on the Edge of Forever being an adaptation of Ellison's novella by the same name.

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** The episode inverts the premise of Harlan Ellison Creator/HarlanEllison trope maker for the AndIMustScream. In that story a mad AI torments a group of humans, whereas in the episode a mad human torments a group of AIs. It doubles as a Star Trek reference ''Star Trek'' reference, due to the most famous original series ''Original Series'' episode City [[Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever "City on the Edge of Forever Forever"]] being an adaptation of Ellison's novella by of the same name.



* IHaveYourWife: A variant. Daly not only has access to all of the digital crew's DNA (to make new clones even if they die), he has DNA from Walton's son Tommy.

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* IHaveYourWife: A variant. Daly not only has access to all of the digital crew's DNA (to make new clones even if they die), he has DNA from Walton's son Tommy.



* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Played for drama. This is how Daly expects all of the female Space Fleet members to act, putting them in revealing clothes, chastely kissing them without tongue, expecting them to adore and desire him. However, he's completely freaked out and lost when Nanette strips off and gets in the pool to distract him,
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: All of the Americans in the cast have starred in shows/films where Jesse Plemons or Cristin Milioti were main characters before, adding to the postmodern romp of the episode. Plemons and Milioti were both in ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', Jimmi Simpson was in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' with Milioti, Billy Magnussen was in ''Film/TheBrassTeapot'' with Milioti and both ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'' and ''Film/GameNight'' with Plemons, Aaron Paul in ''Series/BreakingBad'' with Plemons (where he was a larger character) and Kirsten Dunst in ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', too.

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* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Played for drama. PlayedForDrama. This is how Daly expects all of the female Space Fleet members to act, putting them in revealing clothes, chastely kissing them without tongue, expecting them to adore and desire him. However, he's completely freaked out and lost when Nanette strips takes off some of her clothes and gets in the pool to distract him,
him.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: All of the Americans in the cast have starred in shows/films where Jesse Plemons or Cristin Milioti were main characters before, adding to the postmodern romp of the episode. Plemons and Milioti were both in ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', Jimmi Simpson was in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' with Milioti, Billy Magnussen was in ''Film/TheBrassTeapot'' with Milioti and both ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'' and ''Film/GameNight'' with Plemons, Aaron Paul in ''Series/BreakingBad'' with Plemons (where he was a larger character) and Kirsten Dunst in ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', too.



* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: In Infinity, Shania attempts to help Nanette after Daly has discovered and foiled Nanette's plan to escape (and take the others with her). Daly is threatening to torture Nanette horrifically, but instead, after Shania tries to help, he turns her into a giant bug.

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* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: In Infinity, ''Infinity'', Shania attempts to help Nanette after Daly has discovered and foiled Nanette's plan to escape (and take the others with her). Daly is threatening to torture Nanette horrifically, but instead, after Shania tries to help, he turns her into a giant bug.



* KarmicDeath: Daly's rogue videogame and his actions lead to him having his mind trapped in the oblivion of a deleted video game and probably dying in the real world, thanks to an update.

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* KarmicDeath: Daly's rogue videogame video game and his actions lead to him having his mind trapped in the oblivion of a deleted video game and probably dying in the real world, thanks to an update.



-->'''Daly''': Over there. A naked lady.

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-->'''Daly''': Over there. there! A naked lady.lady!



* MaliciousMisnaming: Nanette calls Daly's Sci-Fi simulation "Space Force bullshit". He reacts in a FandomEnragingMisconception way [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne that it's "Space ]]''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Fleet]]''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne "]] -- like angry nerd fandom gatekeepers who get offended at people who don't remember if they like ''Franchise/StarTrek'' or ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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* MaliciousMisnaming: Nanette calls Daly's Sci-Fi simulation "Space Force bullshit". He reacts in a FandomEnragingMisconception way [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne that it's "Space ]]''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Fleet]]''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne "]] -- like angry nerd fandom gatekeepers who get offended at people who don't remember if they like ''Franchise/StarTrek'' or ''Franchise/StarWars''.''Franchise/StarWars'' (that is, assuming they like only one of them rather than neither or both).



* NerdsAreVirgins: Downplayed. Nanette, a computer programmer, is shown to have sexy pictures and boyfriends. Played ''very'' straight in Daly's case (who is also noted to be the most intellectual member of Callister), although he also has a ''lot'' of other potential reasons to still be a virgin.

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* NerdsAreVirgins: Downplayed. Nanette, a computer programmer, is shown to have sexy pictures and boyfriends. Played ''very'' straight in Daly's case (who is also noted to be the most intellectual member of Callister), although he also has a ''lot'' of ''many'' other potential reasons to still be a virgin. virgin still.



* NobodyPoops: In true ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fashion, but {{justified}}, since the digital clones don't come with an anus.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup:
** Defied by Daly. The crew tells digital Nanette that even if they escape and die, then Daly could still use their DNA to bring them back from the dead and do worse. So she has to get the real Nanette to steal the DNA, to prevent that scenario from happening.

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* NobodyPoops: In true ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fashion, but {{justified}}, {{justified|Trope}}, since the digital clones don't come with an anus.
have anuses.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup:
NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup:
** Defied by Daly. The crew tells digital Nanette that even if they escape and die, then Daly could still use their DNA to bring them back {{back from the dead dead}} and do worse. So she has to get the real Nanette to steal the DNA, to prevent that scenario from happening.



* SmoochOfVictory: Invoked. After a successful mission Daly urges all the female members of the crew to kiss him as a reward for "saving the day". Needless to say it is very creepy, but it also hints at Daly's [[PsychopathicManchild arrested development]]; the kisses are closed mouth and the digital copies have no tongues or genitals, so the smooches really are just power plays for him.

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* SmoochOfVictory: Invoked. After a successful mission mission, Daly urges all the female members of the crew to kiss him as a reward for "saving the day". Needless to say Of course, it is very creepy, but it also hints at Daly's [[PsychopathicManchild arrested development]]; the kisses are closed mouth and the digital copies have no tongues or genitals, so the smooches are really are just power plays for him.



--->'''Walton''': Have you ever seen an unsuited body compress in space? They freeze... and [[LiterallyShatteredLives crack like a porcelain doll.]]

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--->'''Walton''': Have you ever seen an unsuited body compress in space? They freeze...freeze ... and [[LiterallyShatteredLives crack like a porcelain doll.]]



* StackedCharactersPoster: The episode's poster looks like an homage to the Star Wars posters with all the characters stacked into a column with the villain right in the center.

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* StackedCharactersPoster: The episode's poster looks like an homage to the Star Wars ''Star Wars'' posters with all the characters stacked into a column with the villain right in the center.



* TakeThat: Daly is an obvious swipe at current entitled nerd culture, with many taking their newfound social acceptance to the point of being just as bad as the people who used to torment them.

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* TakeThat: Daly is an obvious swipe shot at current entitled nerd culture, with many taking their newfound social acceptance to the point of being just as bad as the people who used to torment them.



** We also don't see Walton after the ship passes through the wormhole, which leaves his fate uncertain: did he survive along with the rest of the crew (and if so, is he still horribly burned), or was he deleted?
* WrongGenreSavvy: Invoked and played for drama throughout. Daly forces everyone onboard the USS Callister to comply with his 1970s-era fantasy of the Space Fleet's NarmCharm world against their will. Nanette tries to trick him throughout more modern means, but ultimately succeeds by invoking Daly's favourite tropes.

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** We also don't see Walton after the ship passes through the wormhole, which leaves his fate uncertain: did he survive along with the rest of the crew (and if so, is he still horribly burned), burned?), or was he deleted?
* WrongGenreSavvy: Invoked and played for drama throughout. Daly forces everyone onboard the on USS Callister ''Callister'' to comply with his 1970s-era fantasy of the Space Fleet's NarmCharm world against their will. Nanette tries to trick him throughout more modern means, but ultimately succeeds by invoking Daly's favourite tropes.


* LaserGuidedKarma: When Daly accepts the pizza Nanette ordered, he shuts the door in the deliveryman's face without paying, promptly activating a "do not disturb" sign. Come the end of the episode, once his mind is trapped in the game, the sign ensures that, since his company has just gone on a 10-day holiday break, no one will find his body before he dies.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: When Daly accepts the pizza Nanette ordered, he shuts the door in the deliveryman's face without paying, tipping, promptly activating a "do not disturb" sign. Come the end of the episode, once his mind is trapped in the game, the sign ensures that, since his company has just gone on a 10-day holiday break, no one will find his body before he dies.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: When Daly accepts the pizza Nanette ordered, he shuts the door in the deliveryman's face without paying, promptly activating a "do not disturb" sign. Come the end of the episode, once his mind is trapped in the game, the sign ensures that, since his company has just gone on a 10-day holiday break, no one will find his body before he dies.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: In each and every scene she's shown, real Elena is wearing teal lacquer on her fingernails. It's the exact same shade as the skintone of her digital, [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe space-babe]] copy.

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* StackedCharactersPoster: The episode's poster looks like an homage to the Star Wars posters with all the characters stacked into a column with the villain right in the center.


* EvilLaugh: Valdack has it. Nanette rolls her eyes at this antic programmed in by Daly.
* EvilNerd: Daly, who finds it easier to use his technical skills to force clones of his coworkers to act out his adolescent sci-fi fantasies than to actually learn how to get along with them in real life.


* EvilNerd: Daly, who finds it easier to use his technical skills to force clones his his coworkers to act out his adolescent sci-fi fantasies than to actually learn how to get along with them in real life.

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* EvilNerd: Daly, who finds it easier to use his technical skills to force clones his of his coworkers to act out his adolescent sci-fi fantasies than to actually learn how to get along with them in real life.

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* EvilNerd: Daly, who finds it easier to use his technical skills to force clones his his coworkers to act out his adolescent sci-fi fantasies than to actually learn how to get along with them in real life.

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* CharacterShilling: Forcibly invoked by Daly, who under the threat of inflicting more suffering upon them, makes his captives constantly sing his praises whenever he comes up with or excutes a plan, no matter how clichéd or uncreative it is, much to their chagrin.

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* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: In Infinity, Shania attempts to help Nanette after Daly has discovered and foiled Nanette's plan to escape (and take the others with her). Daly is threatening to torture Nanette horrifically, but instead, after Shania tries to help, he turns her into a giant bug.

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