Secret agent extraordinaire Aeon Flux was introduced to MTV viewers in 1991 in a series of short animated films that appeared during the MTV series Liquid Television
. The character quickly reached cult status and, in 1995, MTV aired half-hour episodes of Aeon Flux
as a stand-alone series.
Created by Peter Chung, Aeon Flux
was praised by fans and critics alike because of its avant-garde approach to both animation and science fiction storytelling.
The mysterious, amoral and acrobatic Aeon Flux was tall, angular and dressed like a dominatrix. Some of Aeon Flux's signature moves included catching a fly with her eyelashes and passing secret messages on her tongue while French kissing.
's plots revolved around the adventures of the fierce and unpredictable female assassin and her sometimes nemesis, sometimes lover Trevor Goodchild. Each episode had its own independent storyline, which involved a secret mission Aeon Flux had to complete. One thing episodes had in common was the guarantee that there'd be kick-ass action and gore galore.
was set in the dark, futuristic country of Monica, which was filled with mutant creatures, out-of-control robots and anarchists. Aeon Flux's mission usually involved infiltrating the neighboring country of Bregna, a police state ruled by Trevor Goodchild. The two countries were separated by a wall and an abundance of deadly booby traps, which Aeon Flux would nimbly navigate in her spider-like style.
The reasons behind why Aeon Flux embarked on her bloody, bullet-ladened missions to Bregna were often ambiguous or non-existent. No matter what the mission was, though, Aeon Flux always managed to rack up an astonishingly high body count.
Aeon Flux had no fear. She didn't wait to see who or what was lurking behind the next corner, she'd run straight for it, guns blazing -- no matter the consequences. Not only would Aeon Flux kill anyone that crossed her path, she would do it with style.
The early shorts of Aeon Flux
focused completely on visual elements. There was no dialogue -- only breathing, grunts and mumbles -- and Aeon Flux always met a violent death at the end. However, when Aeon Flux
developed into a half-hour series, the characters talked and Aeon Flux survived each episode. Nonetheless, the series continued to be highly stylized and oozed with gratuitous violence and sexuality.
In 2005, Aeon Flux
was made into a live-action movie
starring Charlize Theron.
Although Aeon Flux often faced an untimely demise during her missions, she'll live forever in the hearts of die-hard fans ... and on MTV.com.