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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/legion_4.jpg]]²%%[[caption-width-right:350:Someone should put the Legion posters to a art museum.]]²->''"He believes he's mentally ill, but he may be the most powerful mutant we've ever encountered."''²²''Legion'' is an Creator/{{FX|Networks}} television series based on the ComicBook/XMen character [[ComicBook/LegionMarvelComics of the same name]], created and executive produced by Creator/NoahHawley (''Series/{{Fargo}}''). The show was designed with a three-season run in mind, running from 2017 to 2019.²²David Haller (Creator/DanStevens) is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who has struggled with mental illness since his late childhood. When he meets a similarly-troubled woman (and fellow patient) named Sydney Barrett (Rachel Keller), he's confronted with the disturbing possibility that there's more to his schizophrenia than he believes: that the voices he hears and visions he sees are actually real. Creator/AubreyPlaza and Creator/JeanSmart also co-star.²²Despite being a co-production between Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'') and Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} (the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse), ''Legion'' is said to be set in neither of those continuities, but rather, its own {{parallel universe}}. Despite references to outside continuity, the series is designed to stand on its own.²²Previews: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SZ3rMMYBLY Trailer 1]], [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=31I8Y_ET9xI Trailer 2.]] [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HmBIn9De-Yc Season 2 Trailer]]²²The series' [[Recap/Legion2017 recap]] page NeedsWikiMagicLove, urgently.²²----²!!''Legion'' contains examples of:²* AccidentalMurder: Lenny is a victim of this when Syd is stuck is David's body, being overwhelmed by David's mutation. ²* AcidTripDimension: The Astral Plane, {{Justified|Trope}} since the ones with the most control over it are all either AxCrazy or {{CloudCuckooLander}}s.²* ActionGirl: Kerry is the brawn in her BrainsAndBrawn duo with Cary. She seems to have superhuman fighting abilities and can fight off several {{mook}}s at the same time, but her power level is still pretty low.²* AdaptationalBadass: All the mutants in the series exhibit their special abilities from birth (i.e. Ptonomy remembers when he was inside his mother's womb, Syd couldn't be touched by her mom because she could change bodies with her, David could hear voices when he was a child, the Loudermilk siblings being one and then separate themselves when they were just kids, and so on). This is in contrast with how usually mutants have to go through a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening or a PubertySuperpower age lift.²* AdaptationDyeJob: Legion is black-haired in the comics, but his TV counterpart's hair is light brown. He's also missing the comic character's ''towering'' 'do.²* AdaptationalNiceGuy: [[spoiler:AmbiguouslyEvil aside,]] this David is much calmer, more rational and more approachable than his comic counterpart.²* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Zig-zagged with David. [[spoiler:The comic book version of David Haller is genuinely mentally ill, with facets of his powers controlled by his multiple personalities. The show, while initially characterizing him as schizophrenic, quickly asserts that his "madness" is actually the manipulations of a foreign invading intelligence living in his mind. However, by the end of season two, it's officially acknowledged that, whatever else is happening with his mind, David ''also'' genuinely has mulitple personalities]].²* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: While by no means an AdaptationalWimp David hasn't shown quite as large an arsenal of superpowers as his [[SuperpowerLottery comic counterpart.]]²* {{Adorkable}}: When David sees Sydney for the first time, his instinct is to grab Lenny's Twizzlers so that he can offer Syd one as an excuse to speak to her, much like a schoolboy who gives candy to a girl he has a crush on. As David waits for Syd to finish taking her pills, he looks somewhat shy and nervous. As a kid, he was an astronomy geek, and his bedroom is full of toys, books and posters related to the subject.²* AlternateTimeline: "Chapter 14" focuses on this, showing all the ways David might have developed if he'd never gone to the Clockworks [[spoiler:and Farouk hadn't killed his sister Amy]]. Some are good (for him at least), others [[EarnYourBadEnding not so much]]. Ultimately the point is, even though David has the power to choose his reality, for [[MiseryBuildsCharacter good or ill]] he chooses to live in the one [[spoiler:and remember the Amy]] that made him the person he is today.²* AmbiguousGenderIdentity: Lenny is played by a woman, but the character's gender is complicated. Lenny is often very androgynous and only expresses sexual interest in women. It's revealed that [[spoiler:David's real druggy buddy whom he and Sydney remember as the female Lenny might have actually been "Benny," a man]]. When in the guise of [[spoiler:the Demon With the Yellow Eyes, Lenny appears to have a male face and frame, but with slender, feminine arms. Another one of her personas, "The World's Angriest Boy in the World," is also male]]. Lenny was originally written as a man, but after Noah Hawley gave the role to Aubrey Plaza, she convinced him that Lenny should be [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/02/aubrey-plaza-legion gender-neutral,]] being inspired by Music/DavidBowie. [[spoiler: Season 2 confirms that while Lenny was alive she was, in fact, a woman. Any ambiguity on that point was entirely Farouk's doing.]]²* AmbiguousTimePeriod: The time period is kept ambiguous, with occasional glimpses of technology that appear current or futuristic contrasting with styles or references to events that suggest a much earlier setting. This keeps the world feeling strangely unbalanced and unreal, much like a person who doubts his sanity might find it.²** Some of the hairstyles and clothing are from the '60s. The Eye wears a 1960s perm and retro green suit. Amy Haller's outfits and hairstyle are straight from the 1960s. Oliver's style is even more overtly from the 1960s, but it's implied that this is because he's been in the Astral Plane for decades.²** Many set designs are influenced by the '70s, though this makes more rational sense for Summerland, which was built decades ago. ²** Clark has a futuristic-looking tablet computer when interviewing David in the first episode. ²** In "Chapter 1," Lenny mentions CNN, which wasn't a network until 1980.²** Ptonomy has a noticeably retro taste in suits, often wearing flat caps and waistcoats. He couples that with a preference for the [[CoolGuns Thompson submachine gun]], which was used by the US military until 1971, with production ending in 1945.²** Most vehicles are at least fairly modern looking. Melanie's car is a vaguely 90's looking black limo - weirdly, it's also ''right-hand'' drive, very unusual for most cars in the United States.²** In "Chapter 4," Oliver Bird, who has been trapped in the Astral Plane for 20 years, asks David if the 'Summer of Love' was still going on, which occurred in 1967. ²** Oliver Bird is said to have inherited Summerland in the 1940s. Even considering that he hasn't aged for 20 years, if the current year were 2017, he would have had to have inherited it in infancy in 1949 for him to look anywhere near the age of his actor, 43-year-old Jemaine Clement. ²** The Clockworks facility has very large flatscreens on the walls, but they play old-timey black and white films.²** Philly has a iMac G4 on her desk in "Chapter 4", which were only made in the early 2000s.²** Ptonomy remembers that Nena's "99 Luftballons" (released in 1983) was playing when his mother died, when he was five years old.²** David plays [[Film/TheMuppetMovie "The Rainbow Connection"]] on his guitar at one point, a song which wasn't released until 1979.²** The psychiatric drugs Kerry/Cary are playing a game about in chapter 6 are from a few time periods: Chlorpromazine, 1954, Flupentixol, 1956. Clozapine, 1972, Effexor, 1993. Geodon, 2001, Abilify and Escitalopram, 2002, Duloxetine, 2004, and, finally, Brintellix, 2013. ²** Clark has a husband and a black adopted son, neither of which he tries to hide from society, suggesting a fairly late time period or an alternative time line with more tolerance. ²** One of the flashbacks has a bunch of security guards blazing away with [[CoolGuns the Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle]] (which started production in 1996).²** Amahl Farouk mentions Music/JohnLennon's "BiggerThanJesus" quote, which came from an interview in August, 1966.²** It's mentioned that Farouk's inert form has been hidden away for several decades. The hearse we see moving it to the temple of the Mi-go monks has tailfins, a style of automobile accessory that peaked between the years 1955 and 1961.²** David's parents were adults during World War 2 and still fairly young at his birth, putting David's birth date somewhere in the 1950s, meaning the show would take place somewhere in the 1980s.²* AnachronismStew: In season 3, when Syd lives a second childhood with Melanie and Oliver, the setting seems to be a mixture of fairy tale, Victorian era, and late 20th century.²* AnachronicOrder: There can be numerous jumps between the past and the present in a single episode.²* AndIMustScream: Lenny, the real Lenny, trapped in the astral plane with Farouk.²* AndStarring: The end credits has "with Katie Aselton and Jean Smart."²* ArcSymbol: Production designer Michael Wylie states in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2kgaM3pl7U this featurette]] that the sets have a circle motif.²* ArcWords: "What did the stars say?"²* ArtShift: ²** The body movements of [[spoiler: Lenny's horrifying murder of The Eye]] is done in a jumpy, jarringly-edited StopMotion style, which makes it even [[UncannyValley more]] [[MarionetteMotion disturbing.]]²** The Time Before Time is presented as a montage of static images, much like the Time Eaters.²* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Happens to Switch in the final episode, which allows her to resolve the situation with the Time Eaters.²* BadFuture: [[spoiler: The orb that kidnapped David in the season 1 finale was apparently sent from the future to send David a message. In Chapter 11, David is able to use Mental Time Travel to see future Syd, who says that they must team up with the Shadow King to fight a bigger threat. In season 3, the characters time travel back to the 1950s, and from that perspective, the current timeline is the "bad future" that they're trying to prevent]].²* BadassBoast: Clark gets a pretty awesome one while refusing desk duty in episode eight.²-->'''Clark:''' Here's the deal. I have burns over 40 per cent of my body and I spent six weeks with a tube jammed into the head of my dick while my husband cried himself to sleep every night. We were ambushed at the pool. Men died. And I am going to finish what I started. So if you want me behind a desk, you better find a portable one. Because the second I walk out of this room, I'm going to war.²* BagOfHolding: The little yellow box [[spoiler: which is somehow able to hold a fully assembled sniper-rifle.]]²* BalefulPolymorph: While storming Division 3 base in Season 2, Shadow King in Oliver's body vaporises all soldiers except two, who he turns into a pig and a fish simply ForTheEvulz.²* BattleRapping: Oliver does this against Wolf in the Astral Plane.²* BiTheWay: Though we've never really had much of a look at Lenny's sexuality before, Chapter 17 confirms that she is into girls and guys.²* BittersweetEnding : [[spoiler:David goes back in time to prevent Charles from leaving him as a child, creating a new timeline where he'll have support from his parents to face his mental illness. In the past, Farouk is visited by his future self and convinced to stop being so evil in the new timeline. Meanwhile, Switch ascends to a higher plane of existence. Everyone who has died over the course of the series will be alive in the new timeline. However, all of the characters we've been following through the series are wiped out of existence when their timeline is prevented from happening]]. ²* BigNo: Sydney shouts this many times after she unintentionally swaps bodies with David in the first episode.²* BlatantLies:²** In the series premiere, when David searches for Syd, he tells the person on the other end of the phone, "I'm her father, Max."²** The GovernmentConspiracy interrogating David over what happened at Clockworks in the pilot initially dismiss Sydney as part of his delusion. They're ''very'' much aware that she's real, and are attempting to use David to find her.²** After David accidentally smashes a lamp in his sister's basement, Amy takes away the sharp gardening tools to remove the risk of him potentially hurting himself, but the fake reason she gives for doing this is, "Ben, he's gotta get to the garden tomorrow morning, you know?"²* BlessedWithSuck: ²** David's incredible mutant powers are accompanied by mental instability.²** Sydney steers clear of any physical contact because it triggers her body switch ability, which is a traumatic experience for her.²* BrainsAndBrawn: Cary and Kerry. He's a brilliant scientist and she has superhuman fighting abilities. ²* BookEnds :The series begins and ends with a scene of Baby david in his crib. The who song Happy jack is heard from the first scene of the series to the last ²* BrokenBird: David. [[spoiler: Some think that because of this and how powerful he is he wants to destroy the world.]]²* CallBack: In Season 1, Syd tells David that she loves him, and he's so stupefied that she has to prompt him to say it back. In Season 2, David tells Syd that he loves her and has to prompt her to say it back. She playfully makes him wait before doing so. ²* CallingTheOldManOut: David gets a chance to call out his father, [[spoiler:Charles Xavier]], for abandoning him. Ultimately [[spoiler:the fact that David convinces his father to ''not'' leave the family is what will prevent David from becoming a supervillain]].²* CantHaveSexEver: Because Sydney wants to avoid causing a FreakyFridayFlip with her mutant power, she can never know physical intimacy. Even the simple act of kissing leads to numerous complications, as demonstrated by the premiere episode. [[spoiler:After David creates a mental projection in which they can have sex without body-swapping, he asks if it's her first time and she replies that when she was 16 she swapped places with her passed-out mother to have sex with her mother's boyfriend. We see this in the second season]].²* ChekhovsGunman:²** Rudy, Summerland's telekinetic, spends most of episodes 6 and 7 catatonic and drooling. [[spoiler:In episode 7 it's revealed to likely be because he was fatally stabbed by the Eye. However even this isn't enough to stop him from pulling a Big Damn Heroes late in episode 7 to rescue Syd and Kerry from the Shadow King)]].²** At the very end of chapter 7, David's interrogator (Clark), whom we are left to assume died in the explosion at the end of the first episode, returns at the head of a Division 3 tactical team, badly burned all along one side of his body, just in time to throw a wrench into the team's impending happy ending [[spoiler:as well as giving Farouk one last opportunity to escape his prison in David's mind]].²* CheerfulChild: Before David began HearingVoices, his memories show that his boyhood was a happy one.²* ChocolateBaby: Ray and Irma Whitecloud were expecting a Native American girl, so when Irma gave birth to a white boy, Ray thought his wife had been unfaithful and left the family. In fact, Cary Loudermilk is a mutant and shares a body with Kerry Loudermilk, who was the expected daugther.²* ColdBloodedTorture: David mentally tortures a person he believes is Amal Farouk, believing that he's abducted Syd. In his mind, David drills into his kneecaps with a power drill and seems to enjoy it. ²* CompositeCharacter: Division 3 appears to be a combination of the Mutant Response Division and Department H from the comics in terms of their goals for mutantkind.²* ConnectedAllAlong: The documentary-like scenes that have been scattered throughout season 2, though very different from one another, all relate back to each other. The whole series of shorts is about how a single insane thought born in one person's head can build into a society spanning catastrophe.²* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler:In trying to prevent David from going down the path to evil, his friends and allies seem to push David down the path to begin with]].²* CreepyBlueEyes: ²** The Eye's piercing gaze is extremely unsettling, and his cloudy eye adds to his sinister demeanor.²** Aubrey Plaza's large brown eyes are a very distinguishing feature, so when Lenny acquires blue eyes in Season 2, they look strangely wrong. They serve to indicate [[spoiler:that her body is not her own]]. ²* CruelAndUnusualDeath:²** Lenny's death by {{Telefrag}} in the first episode. Made even ''worse'' in season 2 when she reveals that she was ''completely aware of what was happening''.²** Once he tires of David's friends, [[spoiler:the Shadow King causes the Eye to spindle and fold in upon himself in a highly gruesome, gory manner]]. It translates from the Clockworks mindscape to the real world, in something of an inversion of YourMindMakesItReal-- since the real world is currently frozen in time, it takes even longer in reality, finally catching up all at once when normal time snaps back. It's not clear if [[spoiler:the Eye]] remains alive or conscious throughout the experience, and if anything his unnerving behavior in [[spoiler:David's mind]] makes him even less sympathetic, but it's horrific nonetheless.²** [[spoiler: Amy. Farouk used a device to destroy her and replace her soul with Lenny. If her reaction to the process are anything to go by, it was excruciatingly painful.]]²* DanceOff: David does this against Oliver and Lenny who are controlled by Farouk to represent a psychic battle. ²* ADayInTheLimelight: Several in Season 2.²** Chapter 12: Sydney.²** Chapter 13: Lenny and Oliver.²** Chapter 14: Amy.²** Chapter 17: Melanie, Lenny, Cary and Kerry.²* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Syd, and later the entire Summerland staff, agree to ally with Farouk against David to prevent him from becoming an even worse villain]].²* DecompositeCharacter: In chapter 5, [[spoiler: the voices in David's head reveal themselves as a parasite, rather than other personalities, which would separate "Legion" into two different characters. However, the second season reveals that, while the parasite is real, David ''also'' has multiple personalities]].²* {{Delinquents}}: David was once arrested for underage drinking.²* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The series features a children's book called ''The World's Angriest Boy in the World''.²* DistressedDude: In the first episode, David is seized by government agents, and he has to be rescued by Sydney and her team.²* TheDogWasTheMastermind: ''Literally.'' [[spoiler: David's childhood dog, King, is revealed to have only existed as an illusory form of the parasite, aka The Shadow King.]]²* DoubleStandardRapeSciFi: Overlaps with DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale. Sydney Barrett reveals that she once took over the body of her mother to have sex with her mother's boyfriend. Sydney isn't treated as a rapist even when the event in shown in season 2.²* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: [[spoiler:David uses his powers to wipe Syd's memory after Farouk manipulated her into believing he was the real villain, then subsequently has sex with her, which is rape. Syd meanwhile used her own powers to have sex with her mother's boyfriend under false pretenses, which is also rape. David's crime is used an indication of his descent into complete villainy, while Syd's is used to illustrate of how broken and difficult her life is. The show demonstrates that neither David or Syd believe they've done nothing wrong with Syd actually framing her incident with her as the victim when she meets her teenage self in season 3.]]²* DrivenToMadness: Subverted. It's suggested that David's mental problems resulted in not being properly equipped to handle his psychic powers. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:he has a psychic parasite living in his mind]], which is suggested to be the source of his problems. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:he simply has a family history of mental illness and didn't get proper treatment as a child]].²* DrivenToSuicide: Shortly after David is expelled from college, he hangs himself, but the suicide attempt isn't successful.²* EasilyForgiven: For all that she knew something more than madness was going on with him and still said nothing when everyone treated him like he was insane, David bares his sister no ill will.²* EmotionalPowers: David's telekinesis becomes active when he's extremely agitated.²* EnemyMine:²** In Season 2, the Divisions and the Summerlanders join forces to combat Farouk.²** [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to the former, David has agreed to help the Shadow King because a future incarnation of Syd warned him they need his help to fight something even ''worse''.]]²** And the season 2 finale sets up [[spoiler:Farouk working with Division 3 and the Summerlanders to fight David, as he takes his first steps towards becoming Legion]].²* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: King, Lenny, and every single one of the people David saw in his head were actually all just the parasite presenting itself to David in a form he could recognized while trying to take control of its hapless host.]]²* EvilFeelsGood: [[spoiler:The thing that most convinces Syd that David will become evil without some intervention is seeing how much he enjoys inflicting pain on Oliver and Farouk]].²* FaceHeelTurn:²** [[spoiler:Oliver becomes inhabited by Amal Farouk at the end of Season 1, and thus becomes one of the primary villains in Season 2. Some part of him is rebelling, however]].²** [[spoiler:David starts out as a sympathetic protagonist fighting to regain control of his sanity and free himself from a psychic parasite. Later, he begins a descent into villainy and becomes a anti-villain protagonist, still sympathetic, but in need of stopping]].²* FakeShemp: In season 3, many scenes in David's mind show him as a [[MesACrowd mob of Davids]]. Some of these crowds are portrayed by groups of extras dressed like David with their faces obscured.²* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:While conversing on morality in episode 13, Oliver warns Farouk that he is going to kill him, and that his plan is already in motion. An amused Farouk asks for a hint, but whether he's ''unable'' to probe Oliver's mind for what he intends, or simply declines to so as not to spoil the game, is unclear.]]²* FoodPorn:²** As a ShoutOut to ''Series/TwinPeaks'' David has a great love of cherry pie, which we see at the Clockworks cafeteria in loving close-ups.²** Division 3 has an absolutely ''spectacular'' mess hall, complete with huge bowls of ice cream, waffles, and Chinese food all floating past on little rafts in running water.²* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Amy is well-adjusted and has a normal, suburban middle-class life with her husband Ben. David is mentally ill and has to be institutionalized at a psychiatric hospital.²* ForcedSleep: Ptonomy can induce sleep in others, and David is subjected to this after he panics during their first memory work session.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: Oliver tells Farouk that he's going to kill him, giving him the clue, "What is one plus one?" Farouk answers "Two," but is told that this is wrong. [[spoiler:Oliver is referring to Lenny being merged with Amy, becoming a single person. During David and Farouk's battle, she fires a sniper rifle at a tuning fork and tips the battle against Farouk]].²* FreakyFridayFlip: This is Sydney's mutant ability, and it's triggered by skin-to-skin contact. The effect is only temporary, and they eventually switch back automatically. Oddly enough, rather than their consciousnesses going back to their own bodies, their bodies somehow go to their consciousness.[[note]]David escapes the mental hospital while in Syd's body, since she was discharged. When they switch back, ''Syd's'' body somehow transformed into ''his'', rather than his consciousness going to wherever Syd was with ''his'' body.[[/note]]²* FreezeFrameBonus: When Lenny is forcing Amy to remember the day her parents brought David home, [[spoiler:Charles Xavier's wheelchair briefly flashes up on the screen]].²* FrenchJerk: Amal Farouk speaks English with a French accent and peppers his speech with French, among other languages.²* FunnyBackgroundEvent: ²** During the Bollywood-style dance sequence, the patient who is dressed like the shrubbery also sways his head and hands to the music.²** The PA system at Summerland has a couple of unusual announcements:²--->"Reminder: the dining hall is a levitation-free zone."\²"Dr. Vacon's Advanced Time Travel class has been cancelled."²* GlassCannon: David is the most powerful mutant that the government has ever observed, but he's not immune to sedative gas or 100,000 volts of electricity, and he's unable to escape from his captors on his own.²* GoryDiscretionShot: In the tragic tale of Albert A., who [[spoiler: cuts his own leg off with a saw because he believes it isn't his.]]²* GottaGetYourHeadTogether: David often does this whenever he feels overwhelmed, whether it's from his inner turmoil or external stress. ²* GroinAttack: Non-painful version. In episode 6, "Lenny" softly and playfully places her foot on David's groin to mess with him, much to his discomfort.²* {{Hallucinations}}: David has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.²* HappyDance: The Parasite, in its form as Lenny, does one of these near the beginning of chapter six. [[spoiler: Why shouldn't it after all? Everyone who even knows it exists is locked in a nightmare made from David's powers and it can spend eternity with them as its playthings.]]²* HappyFlashback: Some of David's memories from his early childhood (before the onset of his psychiatric problems) are pleasant and idyllic.²* HatesBeingTouched: Sydney detests her body swap ability, and because it's activated by touch, she has developed a strong aversion to physical contact. The flashbacks to her birth and childhood in Episode 12 reveal that she's ''always'' had this aversion, even before her mutant powers manifested.²* HearingVoices: David periodically hears voices in his head since he was a child (as shown in a flashback).²* HeelFaceTurn: ²** Clark is originally introduced as an opponent of David's who is subjecting him to rather cruel interrogation. Clark eventually reveals that he's a good guy, and his Division 3 joins with the Summerlanders to help David.²** Discussed by [[spoiler:Amal Farouk]], who muses that "the villain" might be "the hero" all along. In the final episode, [[spoiler:Farouk reveals that he has become bored with villainy and instead embraces the affection he has built up for David by living inside him for over 30 years. He convinces his younger self to do the same]].²* HellIsThatNoise: Most of the time when the yellow-eyed devil appears onscreen, his presence is accompanied with the sound of a loud, blaring trumpet.²* HiveMind: Admiral Fukuyama...sort of, he claims to have cybernetics in his brain and speaks through a trio of [[AmbiguousRobots seemingly robotic]] [[GirlsWithMustaches mustachioed]] [[RobotGirl female attendants]] which SpeakInUnison all in the same ComputerVoice.²* HowsYourBritishAccent: David is played by an English actor (you might recognize him for his previous role on Series/DowntonAbbey), but he has an American accent. Until episode 7, that is, where [[spoiler:his superego manifests to him as... him, but with a classy English accent]]. Bonus points for David putting on an exaggerated version of the accent while talking to [[spoiler:his superego, and saying something he imagined his biological father saying, which is something of a call-forward to the reveal that his father is Charles Xavier, an Englishman]]. ²* IcyBlueEyes: When David's in an especially bad mood, his blue irises take on a ''very'' cold sheen, and it's usually a sign that he'll either lash out with his powers, or he's self-destructive (like when he had tried to hang himself).²* InnocentBlueEyes: When David's in an especially good mood, his baby blues reflect his endearing boyishness, and they mainly appear when he's around Sydney or Amy. They're also prominent during his pre-schizophrenic youth.²* LetsGetDangerous: Episode 7; the entire scene with David's rational voice builds into this.²* LotusEaterMachine: The virus that makes its victims' teeth chatter is revealed to do this. [[spoiler: Ptonomy, the psychic with a PhotographicMemory, goes to a paradise where he has amnesia, for example.]]²* LoveConfession: At the end of the series premiere, Syd admits to David that she loves him. He stares at her with a goofy smile for several seconds before she prompts him to return the sentiment.²* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: [[spoiler: The show initially sets up Brubaker and his Division 3 as the main antagonists, with the Devil With Yellow Eyes as a [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger fish]] lurking in the background. But in Chapter Five, the Devil takes control of David's body and ''immediately'' curbstomps Brubaker and his goons off-screen, reducing them -- save the Eye -- to the status of DiscOneFinalBoss. When Division 3 returns in the final episode, David non-lethally curbstomps them in a heartbeat and begins sowing the seeds for peace between human and mutant]].²* ManChild: David's schizophrenia is debilitating, so he's dysfunctional as an adult. He exhibits certain childlike behaviours, such as sleeping while his rocket ship lamp (which he had since he was a baby) is on, and its constellations-shaped lights seem to comfort him. In the scene where he's eagerly devouring waffles at his sister's house, Amy and Ben watch him warily as if they were parents who are concerned about how they should treat their emotionally volatile kid.²* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: David and Syd swap bodies when her power activates after he kisses her. When the initial disorientation wears off, David takes a moment to feel himself up in front of a mirror while he's trying to figure out what the hell just happened. Lenny's personality mocks him for it later after their bodies switch back. To be fair, Syd also implies that she [[ADateWithRosiePalms took advantage]] of his body in much the same way.²* ManOfWealthAndTaste: ²** Amal Farouk manifests as a man of Middle Eastern ancestry with a French accent who speaks multiple languages, wears stylish old suits from the 60s, perpetually wears sunglasses and daintily sips on coffee or cocktails.²** Oliver, when inhabited by Amal Farouk, maintains his high-brow personality.²* MesACrowd: In David's mind, his various personalities are portrayed walking around as separate versions of himself. He even mobs Farouk with his many selves during a psychic battle.²* MeaningfulName: David's childhood dog is named King. [[spoiler: We later find out that he never had a dog, and "King" was actually Amahl Farouk, AKA the Shadow King.]] ²* MessyHair: ²** David as seen in this [[https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/9RGoBNX4JF6v7AHw8DDLWg--/aD0zMDAwO3c9MjAwNDtzbT0xO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/http://media.zenfs.com/en-us/homerun/deadline.com/f53012430f489afc8beff6689e24e109 production still.]] It's a visual cue that he has mental health issues.²** Lenny's hair is also unkempt for the same reason.²* MindOverMatter: ²** David's psychic powers have mainly manifested as telekinesis so far. He so powerful that while Sydney is in his body, she accidentally removes all of the doors in a building as if they never existed.²** Rudy, the telekinetic who helps David escape in the pilot, has this as his mutation and is quite powerful, being able to casually fling cars, rocks, and humans around without straining himself.²* MindScrew: The show is told from David's point of view, and as such has a surreal approach to story.²* MindScrewdriver: Chapter 7 clarifies several vital questions before the season finale, with David's rational mind spelling out the nature of the Parasite for him, along with its role in ruining his life. This is done in [[LampshadeHanging an actual university lecture hall]] in animated drawings of stick figures drawn by David himself, while his rational brain-- [[SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish David again, but with Dan Stevens' natural British accent]]-- leads him by the hand, catching up the non-comic book readers in the audience with a brief explanation of what fans of the comics were already guessing. Earlier in the episode, Syd also rattles a bullet-points synopsis of the story thus far, cutting off Cary just as he's about to do the same for her.²-->'''Syd:''' ''[smirking]'' I've been paying attention.²* AMinorKidroduction: The series starts with a montage of David's childhood.²* MythologyGag:²** Like David, Professor X (who in the comics is David's father) in the movie-verse also thought he was going crazy when his mutant ability first manifested because of the voices in his head, as revealed in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Charles' 1973 self also had MessyHair to denote that he was psychologically unstable, and they've both engaged in substance abuse. Their live-action adaptations are given sister figures (Amy for David and Mystique for Xavier) even though they didn't grow up with a sister in the original source. In an early scene from the pilot episode, David is pushed in a wheelchair.²** Lenny is fused into a wall, much like a Cairo vendor in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.²** The most dazzling display of a mutant power in the series premiere takes place in a kitchen with various utensils, food items and water droplets floating in the air, similar to ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.²** David's inability to be physically close to Sydney mirrors Iceman's struggles with his girlfriend Rogue in ''Film/X2XMenUnited''.²** The scene where David as a boy is stargazing with his father serves as an allusion to Cerebro, with the night sky resembling a dome shape, and the stars that talk to David bringing to mind the lights which represent other minds.²** David's (in)famous towering hairdo from the comics is referenced a number of times:²*** The official poster for the series, with rainbow energy streaming straight up from David's head, references the common image from the comics of psychic energy emanating from David's tower of hair. ²*** During a hallucination, Lenny runs her hands through David's hair, spiking it upwards. ²*** A vision of a possible future in Episode 2.10 shows David in full villain mode, with his hair sticking straight up.²** When Carey and Kerry speculate on the origin of the orb that captured David at the end of season 1, Carey muses about it not being Shi'ar technology.²* {{Mythpunk}}: Chapters 16-19 revive the myth of the The Labyrinth from Greek Mythology, even featuring a Minotaur with a skull for a head and on crutches and in a wheelchair.²* NeverTrustATrailer: The promo for the season one finale shows David smugly asking "Isn't that the history of the world?" after Clark says that one day mutants will realize they don't have to listen to humans anymore and rise up. It comes across like an implied threat in the promo, but in the actual episode, David follows it up by specifying that the "history of the world" is really about different people learning to live together. ²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:All of Syd and Summerland's attempts to prevent David from turning into a villain (threatening to kill him, imprisoning him for forced treatment, etc.) just anger and alienate him from them, possibly pushing him on the path to evil in the first place]].²* NightmareOfNormality: [[spoiler: During the apparent final confrontation with the Devil With The Yellow Eyes in "Chapter 5", David and his allies are plunged into a mental recreation of the asylum from the beginning of the series and convinced that they are mundane, powerless human beings. Completely assimilated by the illusion, they remember nothing of their real-life experiences and regard any idea of their powers as facets of mental illness; amusingly enough, David actually seems quite content with his new life, believing himself to be well on the way to recovery.]]²* NoInfantileAmnesia: Ptonomy can recall his birth and what it was like in his mother's womb.²* NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler: Farouk is a monster and that's not in question, but he's not responsible for the teeth-chattering plague.]]²* NothingIsScarier: The Devil With Yellow Eyes never does anything except for hiding in the background and slowly walking towards the protagonists. This does not stop it from being [[NightmareFuel completely horrifying.]]²* NotSoSmallRole: Creator/AubreyPlaza as Lenny, who dies in the first episode, but keeps showing up [[spoiler:as a form taken by the BigBad of the series, The Shadow King.]]²* OfficialCouple: David's and Sydney's romance is the most prominent of the show.²* OhCrap:²** This is Dr. Kissinger's and David's (who's stuck in Syd's body) reaction whey they notice the doors are missing from the patients' rooms. They are especially horrified when they realize that Lenny has been merged into a wall.²** David and Syd share one in Chapter 3, when they realize ''The Eye can see them'' even when spying on the Division from the Astral Plane.²** Melanie and Ptonomy have their turn when they realize The Eye is leading the hunt for David.²* {{Omniglot}}: Amal Farouk peppers his speech with a wide variety of languages, though French seems to be his favorite. It's implied that, over his long life, he's learned quite a lot of languages. The actor Navid Negahban is himself fluent in four languages, though ironically only began learning French for the role.²* TheOner: Although not a true example, the escape sequence that ends the first episode is edited to look like one of these.²* OnlyFriend: Before Sydney's arrival at Clockworks, Lenny is this to David.²* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Eye, so named for his cloudy eye, is billed by this name, though he's also once referred to as Walter.²* OneManArmy: Several characters.²** Division 3 fears that David's powers will make him one of these, [[spoiler: and they're right, as shown in Episode 5 when he ''[[CurbStompBattle wipes them out]]'' off-screen.]] Although this may be only when [[spoiler: the Shadow King is in the driver's seat.]]²** Kerry beats the shit out of squads of Division 3 soldiers on multiple occasions with little to no effort on her part.²** Summerland's telekinetic, Rudy, is shown smashing entire squadrons of Division 3 guys to bits with little more than a flick of his wrist (and creative application of giant boulders.) This is most likely why [[spoiler: the Eye disposes of him first before attempting to kill the others.]]²* OrWasItADream: Not only does the series take advantage of AmbiguousTimePeriod, but it's left ambiguous whether or not the events are ''even happening at all''. Hawley himself has hinted the entire series could very well be taking place inside David's head.²* PhotographicMemory: Ptonomy claims that he remembers everything.²* PluckyComicRelief: Lenny starts out like this, but [[spoiler:gets killed in the first episode. Her appearances thereafter are often humorous, but also quite darker]].²* PowerIncontinence: ²** David has a lot of trouble controlling his mutant ability. For instance, in the pilot episode, when he experiences a nightmare, he unconsciously causes the entire bed to levitate before it crashes back down and breaks into pieces.²** Sydney is incapable of controlling her power, which causes her to switch bodies with whoever she touches, however briefly.²* PowerPerversionPotential: ²** David admits to Syd that he felt her up while inhabiting her body (mainly out of shock and confusion). She says it's not a big deal, and suggests that she masturbated while in his body. He's shocked, but then she admits she was joking.²** Sydney used her power to switch places with her mother and have sex with her mother's boyfriend.²* PreviouslyOn: Chapter 13 (Episode 5 of Season 2) starts with [[UnreliableNarrator “Apparently, on Legion...”]].²* ProductPlacement: David and Lenny both like Twizzlers and eat them in a few scenes.²* ProlongedPrologue: Chapter 12 (Episode 4 of Season 2) takes it to the extreme. The opening titles are delayed until about 30 seconds before the episode ends.²* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Season 2 is this for David. What's worse, it's because of a SelfFulfillingProphecy.²* PsychicPowers: A number of characters have psychic abilities, most notably David.²* RealityEnsues:²** In "Chapter 11", Kerry finds out that if you eat a lot of food, you'll have to use the bathroom, something that she hasn't done before.²** In "Chapter 12", the following episode, has the after effects of [[spoiler:the Monk's virus]] by having Clark state that ''300'' or so people needed to use the bathroom after being [[spoiler:under the virus' effects]].²** When David is first captured by Division 3, he's entirely at their mercy because he doesn't understand the extent of his powers or how to use them. By the time Division 3 [[spoiler:attack Summerland]] in the first season finale, David now knows what he can do and how to do it. [[CurbStompBattle It's not even a question of who'll win, it's how quickly David will take them down.]]²* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Episode 3; the head of Division 3 forces Amy to admit she knew there was more to David than schizophrenia and did nothing when they treated him like he was insane.²-->"He's a god, and you let them turn him into a fool!"²* RedShirts: The halls of Summerland always seem to feature a few security personnel standing around in SWAT uniforms and never contributing anything.²* ResetButton: [[spoiler:The series ends with one. The cast goes back in time to prevent David from being abandoned by his parents, creating a new, better timeline]].²* TheReveal: ²** In Season One: [[spoiler:David's insanity is the result of a psychic parasite that has been with him his whole life]].²** In Season Two: [[spoiler:David's insanity wasn't just the result of the parasite. He has actual mental disorders]]. ²* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ²** David's attack on Division 3, after everything they'd done to him and Amy. It's part of the reason he [[spoiler:gave control over to The Devil with the Yellow Eyes.]]²** [[spoiler: David swears to do this to Farouk after he realizes Farouk killed Amy.]]²* SayMyName: In the first episode, Sydney is trapped inside of David's body ''and'' trapped inside of his room at the Clockworks hospital, so she repeatedly yells out "DAVID!!!", hoping that he can somehow help her.²* SceneryPorn: The forest and the body of water surrounding Summerland are ''beautiful'', and David himself lampshades this in the second episode.²* SchrodingersCanon: Whether or not this takes place in either the ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' film continuity or the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (or neither. Or ''[[RealityWarper both]]''), or ''[[OrWasItADream even whether it's taking place at all]]'' remains to be seen, and is purposely kept ambiguous.²* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: David's entire goal during Season 3. [[spoiler: He ultimately succeeds]].²* SettingUpdate: Zigzagged. The Legion was created in the late '80s and reached his peak popularity in the mid-90s, yet the series takes place in an AmbiguousTimePeriod, at times feeling more like a Silver Age story.²* ShellShockedVeteran: Both Syd and David are this, proud survivors of every trial and trauma life could possibly throw at them. Syd's fantasy confirms this, as this is what makes them strong enough to do what needs doing to protect the world and each other.²* ShoutOut:²** The psychiatric hospital is called Clockworks, which is a nod to ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.²** A scene in season 2 is an almost shot-for-shot remake of the scene in ''A Clockwork Orange'' where Alex and his droogs abuse a homeless man, only this time with David as the homeless man.²** The blond woman David meets at Clockworks is named Sydney Barrett, a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Barrett Syd Barrett]], a founding member of Music/PinkFloyd who is widely believed to have been schizophrenic.²** David has a love of cherry pie, referencing Agent Dale Cooper from fellow surreal drama ''Series/TwinPeaks''.²** Kerry mentions having a dream that reminded her of "that old movie, ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea.''" ²** In Chapter 11, the Monk lays David out on a large black "6" on a white circle background, the exact font and shape of Number Six's badge from ''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}''.²* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler:How the Shadow King acts in the guise of Lenny, presumably to confuse and freak David out]].²* StalkerWithoutACrush: [[spoiler:The Shadow King to David, helped by the fact that he lives in Davids mind.]]²* TheStinger: After the credits in the season 1 finale is a scene wherein David [[spoiler: is abducted by a small metal sphere and carried off]].²* StrongGirlSmartGuy: Kerry (the girl) has superhuman fighting abilities, while Cary (the guy) is a genius inventor. ²* SuperCuteSuperPowers: With Syd growing to accept her powers, she's begun practicing with them by swapping bodies with a cat. While in cat shape, she retains her sentience but takes on some of the cat's instincts, such as playing with dangling strings and enjoying being petted. It's as cute as it sounds.²* SurrealHorror: David's grip on reality is often tenuous at best, and there are very scary things in his head.²* SweetTooth: ²** David is often seen eating sweets. He loves cherry pie, gorges on waffles in various scenes, eats a chocolate cupcake for his birthday, eats Twizzlers and expresses interest in ice cream. ²** Lenny is seen snacking on strawberry Twizzlers, and she requests that Sydney mail her a new candy bar that has nougat, chocolate and a crispy wafer. [[spoiler:In season 2, when David visits the "new" Lenny, he smuggles in some Twizzlers for her]].²* TeleFrag: ²** A really gruesome version occurs when Syd enters David's body for the first time and loses control of his power. The mental hospital they were in gets completely reality warped, and poor Lenny gets phased ''into a concrete wall''. David later discovers the Lenny-Wall hybrid and the image is disturbing to say the least.²** When David [[spoiler:actually the Shadow King in control of David's body,]] infiltrates Division 3 by himself, he terrifyingly uses this as a method to kill a large number of guards.²* {{Telepathy}}:²** David's telepathy begins to emerge in the second episode.²** Ptonomy is a psychic whose specialty is accessing a person's memory; he styles himself as a "memory artist."²** Oliver is also a telepath.²* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: It's intentionally difficult to determine what's real and what isn't. Time is shuffled so as to make it somewhat confusing if a given scene is a memory or not.²* TransformationRay: Division 3 had one. [[spoiler:Farouk-in-Oliver steals it in season 2 and then makes him use it on Amy, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes transmogrifying]] her into a new body for Lenny, whose consciousness is then placed inside it.]]²* TryingNotToCry: In the second episode, David can barely contain his tears when he recounts to Melanie and Ptonomy that his father had died last year, and he wasn't permitted to visit his dad because he was still confined at Clockworks.²* TwoPersonLoveTriangle: Syd is genuinely bothered by the idea of David kissing [[spoiler:her future self.]]²* UnreliableNarrator: David's perception of reality can't be trusted because he's prone to delusions and hallucinations.²-->'''David''': I'm insane, you idiot. This is my delusion. It's not real.²* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Everyone except David treats Admiral Fukuyama having a wicker basket on his head and speaking only through a HiveMind of androgynous {{fembot}}s as totally normal.²* WhamLine:²** In Episode 4:²---> '''Philly:''' [David] had this friend, [[spoiler:Benny.]]\²'''Syd:''' You mean [[spoiler:Lenny?]]\²'''Philly:''' No, [[spoiler:''Benny''.]]²** And:²---> '''Amy:''' [[spoiler:We didn't have a dog.]]²* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: A CentralTheme of the series. Being superhuman means existing in a world utterly different from ordinary people, and in ways that the creators often use to parallel real world psychological conditions. The psychics really can hear voices that for normal people aren't there. Mutants like Syd and the Loudermilks spend every day experiencing types of dissociation "well adjusted" people don't. And when you reach the power level of superhumans like David and Farouk, things like mortality and even reality itself are far more up to their own subjective opinion than the normal "sane" human's conception of them.²* YearOutsideHourInside: [[spoiler: David is inside the orb that kidnapped him at the end of season 1 for a year, but he only perceives it as a day.]]²* YellowEyesOfSneakiness: The Devil with the Yellow Eyes haunts David in his visions. ²* YouCanSeeMe: An OhCrap moment ensues when David and Syd, spying on the Division interrogating Amy from the Astral Plane, realize ''The Eye can see them''.²* YourMindMakesItReal: The Astral Plane functions like this. While inside it, your mind can create anything you want.²----²->''"I have to know. Is this... is this real?"''²----

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