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YMMV / Ergo Proxy

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  • Awesome Music: The whole soundtrack, but particularly the opener, Monoral's "Kiri", "Centzontotochtin", "Shampoo Planet" and the closer, Radiohead's "Paranoid Android."
  • Bizarro Episode: Smile Land. Nightmare Quiz Show / Who Want to Be in Jeopardy.
  • Cult Classic: Not a particularly successful or popular show, but it maintains a loyal fanbase who still try to interpret the philosophical themes to this day (or how relevant those themes are to the plot).
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  • Cry for the Devil: Happens with Raul towards the end of the series, showing him as more complex than his Smug Snake personality would suggest although it's hinted earlier, an episode reveals that the woman and child killed at the mall at the beginning of the series were his wife and child, and that Pino was his daughter/Morality Pet. What makes this affecting, is that his android (gynoid?) assistant scolds him for losing his temper at the mall - a perfect citizen should apparently be stoic even when his family is killed in front of him; and you can understand why he hates Vincent so much—he blames Vincent for the deaths of his family, and is hurt even more when he sees that Pino now treats Vincent as her father. (It should be noted though, that in the second to last episode, Pino's drawings do depict both Vincent and Raul, and in her monologues she widely addresses them both.)
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  • Epileptic Tree: Since Real turns out to be the clone of Monad, many have speculated that Re-L is also an imperfect clone of her.
  • Hype Aversion: The American release didn't sell too well; might be because it was a Mind Screw-type series, but might also be because it was advertised inside of every single Geneon DVD case for about two years.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • The series is so often recommended along with other, more famous cyberpunk anime that some viewers can find it boring and weird in comparison to them. It doesn't help that there is actually very little cyberpunk on it and that some of its more conventional points (like the Cogito virus storyline, a classic Zeroth Law Rebellion) don't receive much attention in favor of Vincent's quest and the story of the more fantasy-oriented Proxies.
    • Viewers desiring to see Gnosticism portrayed are often disappointed too, as the only real references to it in the series are Monad Proxy's name and a speech about the Creator and his traps that runs dangerously near Big-Lipped Alligator Moment field.
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    • The series is more of a slow-paced psychological thriller rather than an action show, so many who come in expecting flashy fights are often left disappointed.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Like you would really kill Re-L when a significant portion of the last episode is spent saving her; not to mention, a likable support character gives his life to do so.
  • Narm:
    • Some shots are too silly to take seriously (like the one of a Proxy's head on a human baby).
    • The Collective's members being named "Lacan", "Derrida", "Husserl" and "Berkeley" (see What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolical below). There's no obvious connection between the series' themes and the beliefs and writings of these men, so it can seem like the production team grabbed random philosopher names and slapped them on four characters to make the show more bookish.
  • Nightmare Fuel / Nausea Fuel: In Episode 2, the squishy noises as the Proxy knocks people aside at such a speed that their bones apparently shatter. Oh yeah, and a baby dies in this way.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Pino, The Girl With A Smile. Her cuteness keeps the somber series from descending too deeply into Grim Dark territory.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The Cogito virus. When it is introduced, it is hinted it will be a huge part of the main storyline and will serve to explore the foundations of conscience and what separates humans from artificial intelligences. However, this point goes almost unaddressed, and the biggest influence of the virus in the series ends up being just to create the character of Pino and give Iggy some drama later on.
    • Re-L being a possible clone of Monad Proxy. There are so many interesting ways that the nature of Vincent and Re-L's relationship can be explored with this plot point in mind. Namely, how the love between Ergo and Monad is so great that any versions of them will be drawn to one another. Re-L doubting her past would also make a for a nice parallel with Ergo's fake identity and makes the couple more relatable to each other.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Daedalus Yumeno tends to invoke this at the beginning of the series.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?:
    • Too many to count. At one point, a character even lampshades the pretentiousness of calling a nuclear missile "Rapture."
    • Why don't we start with the Council members? We have Derrida, Lacan, Berkeley, and Husserl. Speaking of pretentious...
    • The Cogito virus.
    • Raul's AutoReiv, Kristeva.
    • Daedalus, and his autoreivs Deleuze and Guattari.
    • In the very last scene of the show, as the spaceships of The Creators break through the dark clouds and descend to the earth, their tiny shadows against the sunlight look very much like falling angels. And considering the guy standing in the foreground...
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: This is a show that suddenly becomes a stereotypical Japanese game show for one episode without any explanation of how everyone gets there. Need we say more?

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