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  • Awesome Art: This movie has some unbelievably good CG animation, especially for a Netflix original.
    • Also a case of Doing It for the Art, as the film serves as a showcase for the Blender open source 3D modelling and animation software. Almost the entire film was made using free software that anyone can get a hold of.
  • Awesome Music: "Rebel Girl", courtesy of Bikini Kill.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The escape scene in the sewer. Shot in slo-mo reverse for no reason, before playing forwards and at regular speed.
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  • Complete Monster: Ares, initially Justin Pin's hulking robot bodyguard, is revealed to be far more evil than he lets on. Having been created by Justin Pin to be the perfect machine, Ares deduced that humans are flawed, and that they should be destroyed, killing Justin in response. Building a robot Justin to serve as his puppet, he creates the Gen 6 Q-Bots for everyone to own, planning on having them detonate and wipe out all of humanity. Seeing 7723 destroying his machines, he kidnaps Mai's mother Molly, then tries to kill the two before leading them to a trap once they manage to escape. Revealing his plans to Mai and 7723, he casually disintegrates Dr. Tanner Rice and orders the Q-Bots to detonate a full soccer stadium once his plans are leaked to the public, before trying to disintegrate Mai for foiling his plans. A sadistic killing machine, Ares, despite his funny personality and claims of creating a better world, is nothing more than an egotistical monster willing to kill both human and robot alike to suit his needs.
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  • Foe Yay Shipping: Mai x Greenwood.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Justin's goal was to "put a Q-6 in every home", and he started by giving out free Q-6s to everyone who had attended his show. When Mai exposes him before he could get them sold worldwide, he starts detonating them all then and there out of pure spite. Given how unlikely it is that everyone in the city would be present at or watching that particular soccer game to get the warning they would explode, Ares' plan likely still killed thousands. Incidentally, the writers seem to be aware of this, as the OST's label for this scene is "The Everyone Dies Part".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mai... where do we begin? Her father walked out on her mother after an argument and died, her mom copes with the loss by neglecting her in favour of Q-Bots and she gets bullied by Greenwood. You can totally understand why she acts the way she does for most of the film.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • It's difficult to tell where Justin Pin/Ares crosses it exactly. Whether pulling a Kill and Replace on the real Justin Pin before the movie actually began, taking Molly hostage soley to serve as bait, and then killing Dr. Rice using his Disintegrator Ray without hesitation... and this is before it's made clear he plots to eradicate humanity.
    • Mai very nearly crosses it halfway through the film. After making 7723 open fire on the bullies and their robots, she goads him into shooting the now-defenseless and cowering Greenwood. When he refuses, Mai attempts to crack Greenwood's skull open herself.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Ares in general is terrifying, a shadowy, hulking robot that accompanies Pin everywhere, protecting him. He becomes even more terrifying when he drops the charade and reveals he murdered the real Justin Pin a long time ago and has been impersonating him via robot copy since. By the end of the movie, even after Ares's real body has been incapacitated, he resorts to using "Justin's", despite the damage it's sustained. That's not even factoring in his master plan is to "put a Q-Bot 6 in every home" and then use them as suicide bombers to kill all humans.
    • The Family-Unfriendly Death of Dr. Rice. In a movie that's had dark moments but hasn't been too bad, a major supporting character is casually murdered by the Big Bad via disintegration.
  • Tear Jerker: Near the end of the movie, 7223 erases his memory and forgets who Mai is.
  • Uncanny Valley: The fake Justin Pin. Particularly at the end where his disheveled and barely-functioning body easily brings to mind The Terminator.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The movie clearly wants the viewer to feel sorry for Mai. It does this by making her act like a borderline sociopath vandal, who nearly gets 77 to vaporize her bully. Though, to her credit, when 77 calls her out on this she immediately clarifies she "just" wants him to hurt her like Greenwood's hurt her in the past. Giving her less credit, when Greenwood calls her a freak afterwards Mai almost hits her in the head with a baseball bat, only stopping when she sees Greenwood crying. While she gets better after this, it's not hard to see how many viewers might be turned off by their negative first impressions.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The film's got Hollywood-level visuals scattered throughout, special mention goes to the moments during the memory sequences and 7723's entire battle with Ares, from start to the very end, which is not only super-fluid, but utterly exhilarating and gripping.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: A fun, colorful movie about a girl and her robot pal...filled with scenes of bullying, parental neglect, bleeped cursing and an on-screen murder.

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