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  • Acclaimed Flop: Despite the show's apparent massive popularity with critics and audiences, the actual ratings are shockingly low. The second season dipped substantially below one million viewers for most episodes, putting it behind USA shows like Chrisley Knows Best, which achieve no pop culture penetration at all. However, the prestige that the show receives kept it from being canceled, and it was renewed for a total of four seasons.
  • Acting for Two:
    • Christian Slater, since technically, Mr. Robot and Edward Alderson are separate characters.
    • Rami Malek also technically counts as he plays both Elliot and Mr. Robot, and we see him act as both.
    • Unless you're willing to plant some Epileptic Trees, Mabel Tyler plays both the girl Angela meets in the season two finale and a younger Angela in season 3.
    • The ending of eXit, where the alternate Elliot finds the "main" Elliot at his computer in his apartment.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Sam Esmail has stated that his admiration of Joey Bada$$'s music greatly influenced his desire for the rapper to play Leon. Bada$$, in turn, accepted because he was very intrigued by the show's premise.
  • Big Name Fan: Expect Jimmy Kimmel to bring up this show a lot on his show.
  • Casting Gag: B.D. Wong playing a transgender woman. Wong is known for playing a similar but distinctly different character in the title role of M. Butterfly.
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  • Career Resurrection: To put it plainly, this show reminded a lot of people as to why Christian Slater was considered "it" early in his career.
  • Dawson Casting: Sunita Mani, who played Shama "Trenton" Biswas (aged 18) is 32 in real life
  • I Knew It!:
    • The fact that Mr. Robot is a Tyler Durdenesque hallucination/split personality of Elliot's. Some fans managed to guess the twist as far back as the first few episodes due to the fact that Mr. Robot initially doesn't interact with anybody but Elliot. The show even attempts to throw the audience off the scent by having Mr. Robot engage in a few conversations with other characters in the middle episodes of the first season, only for the ninth episode to confirm that the character is in fact a hallucination and that when he interacts with other people, it's Elliot doing so.
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    • The reveal in season 2 that Elliot is actually in prison and not staying with his mother as previously established was also predicted by fans. Many of the clues included the highly regimented nature of his day, as well as him watching basketball games (when his character has never shown an interest in sports) and Leon having just discovered Seinfeld, among other things.
  • Playing Against Type: Ray is a far more serious role than Craig Robinson is known for, as his regular roles are comedic in nature.
  • Romance on the Set: Rami Malek and Portia Doubleday.
  • Too Soon: USA Network postponed the first season finale after two news reporters from Virginia were shot and killed by an ex-employee from the station they worked for while their story was being broadcast on live TV. The plot had a similar event: An Evil Corp executive shoots himself during a press conference.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the first episode, Mobley was portrayed by Jason Rees and in an unaired pilot Romero was portrayed by Michael Buscemi.
    • Young Elliot was always portrayed by Aidan Liebman until season three, where he was replaced by Alex Bento.

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