Deus ex Machina, Machinima series
- Arc Fatigue: As the finale drew nearer and nearer, the videos became shorter and shorter and split into "parts" and even "acts".
- Cliché Storm: Being a "dark and edgy" superhero series will lead to a lot of cliches being present, including but not limited to the hero having bad publicity, the villain asking the hero to join him, said villain being a figure of high authority, etc.
- He's Just Hiding!: A lot of people assumed that the brief nightmarish shot of Michael's decapitated corpse indicated this. Jon confirmed that it meant nothing and that Michael was indeed dead.
- Everyone is in MJOLNIR armor, even old homeless guys.
- Despite wearing helmets with their entire head clearly covered, characters will spit at others in spite.
- The use of barrels as gravestones.
Deus Ex Machina, Video game
- Awesome Music: The game's main draw. The singing has an almost hypnotic quality to it.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: This line in the Soldier stage. Violence in video games wouldnt become a serious conversation until eight years later.Killing is wrong. Even pretend killing on little screens. The people who sell violent games to children should be put away somewhere safe 'til they get better.
- The violent games line above, even if mainly due to Values Dissonance.
- "Imagine if this were all just an electronic game."
- The final stage, when its not being depressing, with a dissonantly silly-sounding trombone in the background, and... well, its hard to take any song that has the word farts in its lyrics seriously.
- Nightmare Fuel: The bizarre, unnatural laughter that backs the Soldier stage.
- Tear Jerker: The final stage, in which The Defect is slowly dying of old age and is in serious pain. Especially bad in the last moments of the game before the epilogue; he desperately calls out for the mother he doesn't remembernote , his voice pitching up until it's that of a child as he succumbs to dementia and dies. The narrator isn't helping, trying to be reassuring about the Downer Ending but giving a very nihilistic speech while doing so.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: The Mysterious Mr. Enter got this impression during his playthrough, and considering that most of the backstory information and gameplay instructions are not at all obvious, one can't really blame him. He did try to search for a guide, but he only found the manual for Deus Ex instead.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Even if you do understand what's happening, it's still a very strange game with psychedelic visuals and audio.