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Xavier: Renegade Angel is an American CGI fantasy-comedy television series created by John Lee, Vernon Chatman, Alyson Levy and Jim Tozzi. Lee and Chatman are also the creators of Wonder Showzen. The show is produced by PFFR, with animation by Cinematico. It premiered at midnight on November 4, 2007 on Adult Swim and November 1, 2007 on AdultSwim.com.

The show features a style characterized by a very loosely formed, noncontinuous plot and the ubiquitous use of surrealist, absurdist humor through a pseudo-shamanistic/New Age lens. The program is also normally rated TV-MA for intense, graphic, often bloody violence, as well as strong sexual content, use of racially/ethnically offensive language and grotesque depictions in a comedic manner. According to PFFR at the Adult Swim message boards, the show has been cancelled.

According to PFFR, Renegade Angel's production group, RA is dead. Mayhaps his heart will be pumped by some good fortune, but the death rings out in the ears of the listening. The show is officially cancelled.

Main Characters[]

  • Xavier: A self-absorbed and oblivious, faun-like wanderer with delusions of grandeur, Xavier is the eponymous main character of the program, often shown to be a deeply insecure, near-sociopathic and child-like individual who can quickly turn against others if interactions with them lead to negative feelings about himself. His left hand is a snake from the elbow downwards. It usually acts like an ordinary hand, but in the episodes The 6th Teat of Good Intentions and El Tornadador, it appeared to have a life of its own and spoke to Xavier directly. His knees bend at the joints backwards, he is covered in brown fur and has ocular heterochromia, having one brown eye and one blue. Instead of a nose, Xavier has a raptor-like beak, though he also has a mouth. He has six nipples and a giant eye in place of his genitalia. He typically wears tennis shoes and a loin cloth embroidered with varying symbols. Xavier's purpose seems to change slightly with each episode, with the initial plot setting him as a wandering philosopher, aspiring wise man or sage of sorts whose intent on hermit-ism seems to give references Northern California Corns and Beaners. At first hand and of initial importance seems to be Xavier's drawn-out search for an answer to the abstract question, What doth life? This can broadly be interpreted existentially as a spiritual inquiry of the most fundamental type, such as, What is the meaning of life? Or, What is the nature of reality? Etc. Later on in the series, however, the original plot seems to alter slightly into a more personal and less transcendent search: Xavier announces his reasons for roaming the world as the means to which he can help others, his purpose being to improve the quality of human existence and generally speaking, do good. Much of the first season focuses on his search for the person who killed his father while the second season puts focus on his search for his mother.
  • Chief Master Guru: This supposedly Indigenous shaman took Xavier in after he became orphaned, taught him mystical and spiritual practices (One such teaching being the power to heal others with the use of a fictional instrument called a shakashuri). The Shaman features frequently in flashbacks and—despite Xavier's adulation—is shown to be abusive, bullying and cruel. He eventually fakes his own death in order to get rid of Xavier, but it's later revealed that he gave Xavier the loin cloth and the inspiration to help people in order to get rid of him.
  • Xavier's Father: Being dead, Xavier's father only appears in flashbacks and visions. Xavier says he wants to avenge his father's death, but in one such flashback his father insists that Xavier himself killed him. Xavier's father seems to have been just as neglectful as his mother. In a flashback, for instance, (One which Xavier later denies as being true), his father takes Xavier to a remote location and abandons him as a child, only leaving him with a bicycle as a means of compensation.
  • Xavier's Mother: Xavier's mother is generally seen in flashbacks as constantly either drunk, drug-addled, or having sex with other men or animals. In Haunted Tonk, it is revealed that Xavier went back in time and told his younger self to give his mother only apple juice and sugar pills instead of alcohol and medication. Xavier's mother seems to have hated him for his appearances, calling him a demon child, among other names. In Braingeas Final Cranny, it is revealed that Xavier's mother tried to abort Xavier, though she found out that she was too far along into the pregnancy in order to do so. She instead allowed the abortionist doctor to torture her child while inside her womb. In several episodes, Xavier is shown searching the world for his lost mother.
  • Computer: Computer is a sentient computer used by Xavier for analysis and information. He appears as a jerkily-edited live-action actor set in front of a jarring black and white background. Played by John Flansburgh, half of the band They Might Be Giants.

Style and Content[]

The computer-generated animation of Xavier: Renegade Angel resembles that of video games such as Second Life and The Sims. The show features ribald wordplay, nonchalant violence and transgressive sexuality, in deeply-nested, often recursive plots. These plots are often very nonlinear in their chronology; however, each episode seems to contain similar themes and motifs, as well as a single opening scene that has recurred in every episode of Xavier: A depiction of the titular character wandering through a desert (Likely a reference to the 1970s television program Kung Fu) as he narrates a semi-spontaneous, often nonsensical philosophical thought that many times connects with the episode at hand, whilst the title card of the show itself flies overhead, usually varying in action or position. An opening theme presumed to be played by Xavier on his shakashuri is present during these.

Co-creator Vernon Chatman called the show a warning to children and adults about the dangers of spirituality. The show has been known to mock Christianity, Islam, Middle America, redneck stereotypes and anarcho-punk subcultures.

Xavier often incorporates underlying themes and concepts based outside of, though interconnected with, the plot of each episode. Philosophical or political concepts are often juxtaposed with the surrealistic and aleatory nature of the show. Society and cultural psychology and phenomena, the meaning of life, the existence of sentience and the nature of reality have been examined in one form or another throughout the program's several seasons.

Jokes and humor tend to be oriented towards Xavier's own philosophical inquiry and the deep, zen-like diction of wisdom quotes from various spiritual systems (Particularly Native American and Hindu or Eastern spirituality) that Xavier seemingly attempts to mimic. These are many times lightly mocked with Xavier's misuse of the phrases, reflecting on contemporary humor and taking the often circular logic of such statements far out of context.

Taboo topics such as necrophilia, homophobia, abortion, pedophilia and racism may be hinted at, with Xavier ignorantly making light of such situations when trying to carry on conversation or simply speak to others. As well, racial and other epithets are frequently used by Xavier in a spontaneous and often non-meaningful way. In these aspects of Xavier: Renegade Angel, the program could be seen as containing a substantial amount of black comedy.

Home Media[]

Seasons 1 and 2 were released to DVD on November 10, 2009. Bonus material include Xaviercise!, Fan Commentary and Contest Submissions. Madman Entertainment released the DVD in Region 4 in Australia on the 10 February 2010. It is rated MA15+ for Strong Themes, Violence and Sexual References.

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