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15th Nov '16 10:08:46 PM JackDavid
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[[WMG: TOME is meant to be a reconstruction of virtual reality stories.]]
9th Aug '16 9:01:07 PM LavaringX
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[[WMG: The world of ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' takes place in an alternate universe where Rubirules got his way.]]
* After being defeated in the Season 2 Finale, Rubirules's description of what he was trying to accomplish sounds an awful lot like the world of 20XX in the Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man NT Warrior franchises, which WordOfGod acknowledges in the final Fact Bubble Special. Who's to say Rubirules's work with SOFDTI didn't influence Dr. Hikari on some level, and help create [=NetNavis=] as we see them in the MMBN series?
** This would even make sense from a timeline perspective - TOME takes place in the years 2020 and 2021, and MMBN takes place in the undefined year of 20XX. Who's to say that Dr. Hikari didn't notice SOFDTI shortly after Rubirules's hypothetical victory, and that Lan was born in the later part of the 21st century (say, the 2070s or 2080s?) By then, the world Rubirules was trying to create would have long since happened.




[[WMG: The world of ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' takes place in an alternate universe where Rubirules got his way.]]
* After being defeated in the Season 2 Finale, Rubirules's description of what he was trying to accomplish sounds an awful lot like the world of 20XX in the Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man NT Warrior franchises, which WordOfGod acknowledges in the final Fact Bubble Special. Who's to say Rubirules's work with SOFDTI didn't influence Dr. Hikari on some level, and help create [[=NetNavis=]] as we see them in the MMBN series?
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9th Aug '16 8:55:06 PM LavaringX
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[[WMG: The world of MegaManBattleNetwork takes place in an alternate universe where Rubirules got his way.]]

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9th Aug '16 8:54:22 PM LavaringX
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* While it may be unlikely to happen from a production standpoint. We know The Forbidden Power was created when SOFTDI was influenced by negative thoughts and emotionss. That's why she's made to sleep in episode 00. But what If she woke up and was suddenly aware while she was interpreting all the player's negative thoughts? That could overwhelm her, and cause an even bigger problem. Perhaps virus counterparts of the players instead of herself?

[[WMG: Zetto's character model is specially adapted for [[spoiler: Christopher's paralyzed arm.]] ]]
* In episode zero, Zetto's player reacted as if his own arm was cut off by the forbidden power and even his character needed a prosthetic. This could mean that, since YourMindMakesItReal in TOME, [[spoiler: Christopher]] would lose control of his left arm in real life as well. As a token of good faith, the other netkings would have given Zetto a special interface to continue playing despite his disability. [[spoiler: This would also partially explain the significant skill gap between Kirbopher and Zetto, despite being played by the same person. Kirbopher was Christopher's anonymous character that likely wouldn't have a special interface, meaning that he was literally fighting Alpha one handed.]]
** Jossed. Word of God states that the pain, while he feels it, is just an illusion, and that he didn't lose control of the arm.

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* While it may be unlikely to happen from a production standpoint. We know The Forbidden Power was created when SOFTDI was influenced by negative thoughts and emotionss.emotions. That's why she's made to sleep in episode 00. But what If she woke up and was suddenly aware while she was interpreting all the player's negative thoughts? That could overwhelm her, and cause an even bigger problem. Perhaps virus counterparts of the players instead of herself?

[[WMG: Zetto's character model
herself?
**Episode 15 shows us that SOFDTI
is specially adapted for [[spoiler: Christopher's paralyzed arm.]] ]]
* In episode zero, Zetto's player reacted as if his own arm
perfectly aware of what she is capable of and is sympathetic to whatever her creators decide is best. As Gamecrazed, SOFDTI is shown to have learned much about human nature, and is a very aware, intelligent and capable individual. As such, SOFDTI was cut off by technically "awake" the forbidden power and even his character needed a prosthetic. This whole time, operating Gamecrazed so that she could mean that, since YourMindMakesItReal in TOME, [[spoiler: Christopher]] would lose control of his left arm in real life as well. As a token of good faith, help defeat the other netkings would have given Zetto a special interface to continue playing despite his disability. [[spoiler: This would also partially explain the significant skill gap between Kirbopher hackers and Zetto, despite being played by the same person. Kirbopher was Christopher's anonymous character help keep her home safe. That's not to say that likely wouldn't have a special interface, meaning that he was literally fighting Alpha one handed.]]
** Jossed. Word of God states that the pain, while he feels it, is just an illusion, and that he didn't lose control of the arm.
SOFDTI's capablities couldn't necessarily open up potential future story arcs, however.



[[spoiler:When he went OOC in episode 5, he said he was "just an ordinary chap" outside of TOME.]] Plus, it's a tad odd that such a seemingly energetic character would have an ice sword and element, instead of something else like fire. Perhaps the element is foreshadowing it?

[[WMG: [[spoiler: SOFDTI can possess people just like The Forbidden Power can.]]]]
* This isn't a prediction about future events so much as curiosity over whether or not she can do it too. She might prefer not to do it unless she had to, such as [[spoiler: possessing Flamegirl, who carries part of SOFDTI's antivirus power, in order to confront the virus]]. But even then, she might be a bit hesitant or guilty about doing so, especially without proper permission.

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[[spoiler:When *When he went OOC in episode 5, 6, he said he was "just an ordinary chap" outside of TOME.]] TOME. Plus, it's a tad odd that such a seemingly energetic character would have an ice sword and element, instead of something else like fire. Perhaps the element is foreshadowing it?

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**It seems as though Nylocke, while certaintly not without his troubles, is genuinely happy while playing TOME with his friends (in episode 15, he even tells the Netkings in his true voice that TOME is one of the best things he'd ever had the honor of being part of).

[[WMG: [[spoiler: SOFDTI can possess people just like The Forbidden Power can.]]]]
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* This isn't a prediction about future events so much as curiosity over whether or not she can do it too. She might prefer not to do it unless she had to, such as [[spoiler: possessing Flamegirl, who carries part of SOFDTI's antivirus power, in order to confront the virus]]. But and even then, she might be a bit hesitant or guilty about doing so, especially without proper permission.


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[[WMG: The world of MegaManBattleNetwork takes place in an alternate universe where Rubirules got his way.]]
* After being defeated in the Season 2 Finale, Rubirules's description of what he was trying to accomplish sounds an awful lot like the world of 20XX in the Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man NT Warrior franchises, which WordOfGod acknowledges in the final Fact Bubble Special. Who's to say Rubirules's work with SOFDTI didn't influence Dr. Hikari on some level, and help create [[=NetNavis=]] as we see them in the MMBN series?
20th May '16 8:03:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** There are numerous examples in played-straight Tournament Arcs where the protagonist team does not win, DragonBall, YuYuHakusho and Pokemon among them. And again, having no underlying plot to the tournament is playing it straight, not subverting or deconstructing it.

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** There are numerous examples in played-straight Tournament Arcs where the protagonist team does not win, DragonBall, YuYuHakusho Manga/YuYuHakusho and Pokemon among them. And again, having no underlying plot to the tournament is playing it straight, not subverting or deconstructing it.
26th Dec '15 8:02:59 AM Uxantro
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**Jossed. Word of God states that the pain, while he feels it, is just an illusion, and that he didn't lose control of the arm.
24th Oct '15 4:15:48 PM nombretomado
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*** What about Sniperwheel and someone voiced by PeanutButterGamer? He works with JonTron a lot, and doesn't have Ego's criticism of the show (as far as I'm aware.) Although, they wouldn't be able to make WebVideo/GameGrumps references, which would be the main reason for having Egoraptor there in the first place.
*** It should be noted that Chris O'Neill (aka Oney), who ''also'' criticized the early episodes of TOME very harshly, made a cameo appearance in "Infectuation", and since he (like JonTron) is a close collaborator with Egoraptor, that might (emphasis on ''might'') be a good sign for Arin's chances of making a cameo himself.

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*** What about Sniperwheel and someone voiced by PeanutButterGamer? He works with JonTron WebVideo/JonTron a lot, and doesn't have Ego's criticism of the show (as far as I'm aware.) Although, they wouldn't be able to make WebVideo/GameGrumps references, which would be the main reason for having Egoraptor there in the first place.
*** It should be noted that Chris O'Neill (aka Oney), who ''also'' criticized the early episodes of TOME very harshly, made a cameo appearance in "Infectuation", and since he (like JonTron) [=JonTron=]) is a close collaborator with Egoraptor, that might (emphasis on ''might'') be a good sign for Arin's chances of making a cameo himself.
30th Jul '15 9:12:34 PM Willbyr
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** Zetto/Kizuna vs Nylocke/Gamecrazed (To mirror the final match in the original version)

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** Zetto/Kizuna Zetto[=/=]Kizuna vs Nylocke/Gamecrazed Nylocke[=/=]Gamecrazed (To mirror the final match in the original version)



** Alpha/Flamegirl vs Nylocke/Gamecrazed (Possible; A good-hearted match to close out beating Zetto and/or whatever hacker threat that arises)
** Zetto/Kizuna vs Asterob/Sniperwheel (Less possible; A decisive, depressing and dismissive win to further drive home the loss of both remaining protagonist teams)
** Alpha/Flamegirl vs Asterob/Sniperwheel (Yeah, no.)

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** Alpha/Flamegirl Alpha[=/=]Flamegirl vs Nylocke/Gamecrazed Nylocke[=/=]Gamecrazed (Possible; A good-hearted match to close out beating Zetto and/or whatever hacker threat that arises)
** Zetto/Kizuna Zetto[=/=]Kizuna vs Asterob/Sniperwheel Asterob[=/=]Sniperwheel (Less possible; A decisive, depressing and dismissive win to further drive home the loss of both remaining protagonist teams)
** Alpha/Flamegirl Alpha[=/=]Flamegirl vs Asterob/Sniperwheel Asterob[=/=]Sniperwheel (Yeah, no.)



* Basically a rebuttal to the "obvious" conclusion that Kirb joined the FiveManBand to scout for the Forbidden Power. I think he honestly wanted to put the "drama" of his time as Zetto behind him and enjoy hanging out with some other players. (I think the ending of episode 10 supports this - Kirb really seems content with being there.) Obviously he wants to avoid fighting the hackers because they're with Kizuna (and ''they're'' the ones looking for the Forbidden Power), but I think he was more than happy to let them do their thing until it latched onto Alpha, which forced his hand (and Zetto didn't show up until immediately after Kirb was attacked by Demon Alpha - it was the only way to keep him under control at that point). There are still plenty of unanswered questions, though - like how Gamecrazed is involved (was he genuinely curious about him in "Mansion Midnight" or was there more to it?), and what would have happened if Kirb ''did'' get Alpha to partner with him for the tournament. Surely at some point Alpha/Kirb would have gone up against Zetto/Kizuna - how would ''that'' have gone down?

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* Basically a rebuttal to the "obvious" conclusion that Kirb joined the FiveManBand to scout for the Forbidden Power. I think he honestly wanted to put the "drama" of his time as Zetto behind him and enjoy hanging out with some other players. (I think the ending of episode 10 supports this - Kirb really seems content with being there.) Obviously he wants to avoid fighting the hackers because they're with Kizuna (and ''they're'' the ones looking for the Forbidden Power), but I think he was more than happy to let them do their thing until it latched onto Alpha, which forced his hand (and Zetto didn't show up until immediately after Kirb was attacked by Demon Alpha - it was the only way to keep him under control at that point). There are still plenty of unanswered questions, though - like how Gamecrazed is involved (was he genuinely curious about him in "Mansion Midnight" or was there more to it?), and what would have happened if Kirb ''did'' get Alpha to partner with him for the tournament. Surely at some point Alpha/Kirb would have gone up against Zetto/Kizuna Zetto[=/=]Kizuna - how would ''that'' have gone down?
7th Jul '15 11:01:59 PM LavaringX
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[[WMG:Gamecrasher will appear in Season 2]]
* If he's ever going to show up, it's then, since he showed up in Season 2 in TTA.
** Actually, with season 2 of the remake seemingly following the remainder of season 1 of TTA, Gamecrasher will most likely show up in season 3 instead, if there is one.
* Gamecrasher may be the reboot's version of [[spoiler: The Forbidden Power]], if [[http://lavaringx.deviantart.com/art/TOME-Gamecrasher-Meme-WARNING-POSSIBLE-SPOILERS-516564553 this theory]] is anything to go by.
** Not such a far-fetched theory anymore now that it's revealed that [[spoiler: the Forbidden Power was created due to SOFDTI not being able to understand negative human emotions. If Gamecrazed really is a splinter of SOFDTI (See the bottommost "Gamecrazed is" theory WMG below), it would make sense that Gamecrasher could be the Forbidden Power - being the evil to SOFDTI's good, it is like a metaphorical brother…]]
* [[MetaphoricallyTrue Technically Confirmed?]] [[spoiler: It's heavily implied that the Forbidden Power is a composite character of Kagemamoru from the original series and Gamecrasher, as it IS a metaphorical brother to SOFDTI as the evil to her good.]] However, in the literal sense, Crash appearing in TOME's second season is Jossed.
[[WMG:Gamecrazed is...]]
* An advanced AI, apparently capable of passing any and all [[TuringTest turing tests]], who is either...
** a pawn of Netking Software (which explains why he seems to know so much about the game and how it works)
** or independently programmed and sent by his designers to "playtest" TOME. Either way, he inadvertently learns ThePowerOfFriendship after he joins the FiveManBand, leading to [[PinocchioSyndrome the usual AI amongst humans plots]].
*** It would seem unlikely that Gamecrazed is an AI made by Netking software since he has a player ID number and won a lottery with it. If he didn't have a player they'd hint at that by having his ID number be missing.
* [[HauntedTechnology Some kind of ghost or spirit "haunting" the TOME servers]], inspired by the RealitySubtext that the person on whom Gamecrazed was originally based has since passed away.
** became a virtual AI because his human form was killed by the Forbidden Power (which [[spoiler: is the motivation for Zetto to defeat/contain the Forbidden Power so it "wouldn't hurt anyone else"]].)
* Or, simply, a flesh-and-blood human who...
** has an AmbiguousDisorder.
** is a GeniusCripple or is otherwise InspirationallyDisadvantaged.
** has strict and/or abusive parents or family members who would prevent him meeting up with the others in person.
** lives in isolation.
** is just ''really'' shy.
** is only quiet and reserved online. Outside of TOME he's a regular guy.
** is intentionally taking up the role of the TheQuietOne to be mysterious.
** [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent lives/grew up on a space station.]]
** is just a normal person who's in a country where passports are harder to come by.
** is a "White or Gray hat" hacker.
** Is actually a girl IRL and is too embarrassed to let people find out her crossplaying habits
* [[spoiler: A splinter of SOFDTI, created as an avatar that allows her to interact with the players of TOME while still continuing to function as the game's engine. She may have subconsciously still wished to protect people, so she created Gamecrazed to do so. Through GC, she is relatively safer from negative thoughts than she typically is, but still cannot come into contact with the virus even with a different avatar. SOFDTI's voice actor is credited as "Ryan Gillmoon," whose last name is an exact anagram for that of GC's voice actress (Casey Mongillo). (Remember when Chris used the name "Tony A. Campbell" for Zetto until the big reveal about his dual identity?) The hard-and-fast rule in TOME voice casting is that each voice actor is limited to one "player" - and since "Gillmoon" is so obviously Mongillo they're barely even bothering to hide it, SOFTDI and GC have to be connected somehow.]]
** [[spoiler: Gamecrazed's user ID could even hint at this because it's rather unique. His user ID is 001234567. It's a lot easier to count up from 1 instead of making up your own user ID , but what's especially meaninful about this aside from being easy to think of is how many parents (programmers) does SOFDTI have? Seven, and that would make the user number meaningful to her. It'd be easy for her to save that number if she knew there weren't 1.2 million players at the time she took it.]]
** [[spoiler: GC being a splinter or alter-ego of SOFDTI also explains his talent for reading the other characters - he literally ''is'' reading their thoughts, just like SOFDTI can. (This also explains how he can always sense people who are trying to sneak up on him, and can dodge or parry enemy attacks ''just'' in the nick of time.)]]
* Confirmed to be a splinter of SOFDTI, created to protect herself and stop [[spoiler: Rubirules]]'s plans.

[[WMG: Like the rest of the FiveManBand, Gamecrazed will sing at some point]]
* It's entirely possible, considering [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJd1m034V9Y his voice actress has sung before]].
* Sadly, Jossed.
[[WMG: The third missing piece of the weapon]]
* When Kizuna mentions the "secret weapon" for which the virus is needed, she also points out that the other two pieces will be in close proximity when Zetto confronts Alpha. Behind her are images of the purple flame and a silhouette of a dragon, which likely alludes to the D-Bug from TTA. The flames are already with Flamegirl, and the only other person there was Nylocke, who refers to himself as a dragon and has special dragon attributes.
* The missing pieces were revealed to be the Antivirus Weapon's head and power source in Episode 14, [[spoiler: both given to them by Rubirules for safekeeping until the time was right]].

[[WMG: The main characters will join with Zetto and Kizuna in order to find the virus]]
* Still possible, but [[The FiveManBand (Minus Kirbopher and Gamecrazed) team up with Neomutant to [[StormingTheCastle infiltrate the hacker's base and therefore will likely fight against Tigerlilly and Zetto]] in Episode 13. We'll have to see how that arc ends up to confirm or joss this WMG.]]

[[WMG: In Season 2 The Forbidden Power will "go viral"]]
* spoiler: After (if it) breaking out of the drain edge it will be free to wreak havoc however it wants the forbidden power will split apart and infect many players to ramp up the conflict instead of just affecting one. Leading to a fad of cheating and abuse in TOME by ordinary players, which would be encouraged by rambunctious hackers like Rockoon, and players obsessed with the rumors like Thorment.
** As of Episode 13, the Forbidden Power has broken out of the drain edge but has not been shown to have done anything. It is more likely that the Forbidden Power will just turn into a monster like in TTA and [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant force all the characters in the show to team up and fight it.]]
* The Forbidden Power is confirmed to actually be a monster named Kajet in Episode 00, which breaks out of its containment in Episode 14. It DOES end up running rampant throughout TOME, but does not become an infection.

[[WMG: Flamegirl used to be a Hacker]]
* She has a drive to fight against the hackers like Nylocke, but it looks and feels more like a personal vendetta than an actual act of goodwill. She was also implied to have some sort of past relationship with Neomutant, and even offered to work with the D. Bug Organization but refused due to how shady they work (as well as how shady of the info Neo was to her).
* Jossed - she was a programmer, not a hacker.

[[WMG: The voice in the "About TOME" video, the buffering jokes during the tournament, and the [[spoiler: Narrator of Episode 00]] will be an important character]]
* Namely the reboot's version of Blitz128, based on the similar voice and style of humor
** Can't be Blitz128 because he's voiced by Todd Haberkorn here, but it could easily be somebody else.
** Maybe he's the reboot's answer to Giga from TTA? Edwyn Tiong was Giga in the original and could easily reprise his role, and considering the name of Episode 00, "/File:Zero", it's possible that the episode and the "About TOME" video are police documents created by him to keep tabs on the heroes and the Netkings.
* Confirmed to be Giga, a government official from the Cyber Protectorate Department.
[[WMG:Real names of the FiveManBand]]
* Kirb/Zetto's real name will be Christopher (basically canon already), Nylocke's real name will be Colin, and Gamecrazed's real name (assuming that he is - or was - human in this iteration) will be Nate. This gives every main character the same real name as their TTA counterparts.
* Gamecrazed is really [[spoiler: SOFDTI]], but other than Micheal and Stephanie's names no other real life names are ever given.
[[WMG:Season 2 will introduce the Ranks of Sanctuary]]
* In TOME, the Sanctuary Region is only used for social networking and not combat, and we weren't shown any of it in the first season. However, [[spoiler: with the Forbidden Power currently there, it's influence may spread to the uses in the region and hack the system, allowing for combat]]. While the Ranks of Sanctuary were super-elite players in the original TTA, they may end up being [[spoiler: ordinary users corrupted by the Forbidden Power]] here.
** But then that begs the question: Where were these super-elite players when the hackers were out and about?
*** They didn't exist yet - the super-elite players are from TTA, and these "ordinary users corrupted by the Forbidden Power" (emphasis on '''ordinary''') would be the TOME versions of them. Since the Forbidden Power didn't make it to Sanctuary until the end of the first season, they wouldn't have been corrupted yet - they'd just be ordinary players, presumably with ordinary powers.
* Jossed - only one of TTA's ranks, [=ChaseAce=], is shown to appear in TOME, and he is just a regular Moderator with no connection to the Forbidden Power.

[[WMG: GC didn't know that Zetto was Kirb at first, but figured it out on his own]]
* The premise that GC was not involved with the hackers' plot is a corollary to this theory. GC and Zetto interact verbally only once: at the end of "Awaken the Beast". Their entire exchange is as follows:
--> '''Gamecrazed''': What transpired here?
--> '''Zetto''': Oh, this? We were just playing. He lost.
--> '''Gamecrazed''': ''Lost?!''
* This is the only time in the whole series we ever really see GC not knowing what's going on - if he had ''any'' idea, about ''any'' aspect of it, that exchange wouldn't have gone down the way it did. But GC is very clever, insightful, and sneaky - he probably made it his mission to figure out what the deal was. My guess is that he figured it out sometime between his dialogue with Kirb in "Dragon Drama" (an episode which is filled with examples of how perceptive GC is), and their brief little exchange in "Gemini Tournament Yin" ("What do ''you'' have to be upset about?"). Judging from Kirb's reaction, by that time [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he knew that GC knew]], as well.
** Alternatively, given that Kirb was spilling his guts in "Dragon Drama" he could very well have let slip that he was Zetto at that time. But I think it's more likely that GC figured it out and bluntly confronted him about it, similar to how he did with Nylocke in that same episode (although probably not quite as politely).
** If this was the case, then why didn't GC decide to help when he figured out Kirb's identity? If this was before Episode 6, he could've given up the Drain Edge, which would've probably made the whole sealing of the virus at least a bit easier. Might've at least saved Kizuna whatever it cost to hire Dustbunny and Neomutant to steal the shield.
*** Simple - by the time GC figured it out, he'd already given up the Drain Edge to Nylocke. As far as not helping - GC didn't have the Drain Edge anymore, so how could he? And if GC did confront Kirb/Zetto, I suspect he was asked to not tell anybody, so he remained neutral (which is why he doesn't fight any more hackers from episode 7 on). This ties into the implied reason for GC's absence from the showdown in "The Warring Demons" - he didn't want to come between his friends. (Although he was probably watching the whole thing anyway - in the shadows.)
*** But this isn't a matter between friends, this is a matter between Kirb and the virus with Alpha and the rest caught in crossfire. GC at least cares about them and TOME even if he doesn't want to get into personal matters, and the virus is (allegedly) a very real problem for TOME as a whole, so even if he'd already given it to Nye, why not just inform him of the situation? Nye's a bragger, but he knows when things are serious enough to warrant an organized front. Then again, Kirb should've also done the same with Flamey once they were sure about the virus and the effectiveness of the anti-virus.
*** GC obviously had misgivings about Kirb/Zetto's plan (which is probably part of where the scorn in the "What do ''you'' have to be upset about?" comes from) but the timeframe was pretty brief - for all we know, GC only put it all together ''right before'' the Gemini Tournament, he confronted Kirb, who assured him that he had a plan - and even a backup, assuming that it fell through. Remember that Flamey's pretty sure she can keep Alpha under control with the anti-virus (even if she doesn't quite understand what it is), and Alpha only becomes vocal about his internal struggle with the Forbidden Power in the last episode, after which Zetto immediately contacts him and promises to resolve it. By this time, GC definitely knows what's going on, and presumably he trusts Zetto to successfully extract the virus from Alpha - which he does, more or less, even when he's in his Demon form. What would have happened to Zetto if Nylocke weren't there to use the Drain Edge is another question - although it's interesting that Nylocke knew exactly how to use the Drain Edge the way he did, but that's a whole other WMG.
*** But he ''didn't'' have a back up. And would it not be more proficient to make sure the person that you're giving a prototype of an ''experimental anti-virus'' for a ''highly dangerous and unpredictable program that makes you feel pain in a virtual environment'' knows what the hell they're up against and why they were chosen? She's already at great risk by being right next to their target, so he might as well give her all the information he has. And even if Kirb some how convinced GC not to get involved, that doesn't answer why he didn't let Nylocke in on the plan. Even if he was completely assured that his perfected program would work (which it didn't), what harm would there be in having a back up? Maybe if Nye knew what he needed to do, he would've disposed of the virus in better way than ''throwing it in a random direction''.
*** Yes, he did have a backup - the shield couldn't absorb the Forbidden Power directly, so Zetto hijacked the absorption code from it to use instead - which (after a fashion) ''did'' work. As far as the rest of your questions, they really don't address the WMG so much as ask why Zetto did what he did - and to be honest, I don't think he (or d-buggers.org, for that matter) is intended as some grand Xanatos-style schemer - some of his strategizing simply didn't pan out, and that's the way it goes. And yes, the Forbidden Power is still out there, but there wouldn't be a season 2 if it wasn't.
* It's eventually revealed that GC knew Kirb was Zetto because he was really a splinter of SOFDTI and could literally read minds, meaning he probably knew Kirb was Zetto from the beginning.
[[WMG: Webmaster will be eventually revealed as main villain, and/or creator of the Forbidden Power]]
* It is possible the Forbidden Power was created by the Webmaster as some sort of world domination tool or such, but then the virus either became self aware, or somebody on the inside *cough GC cough* hid it in the depths of TOME. Imagine the amount of power someone who could effectively control the Forbidden Power would have. The ability to cause great amounts of pain to anybody on any computer would leave most of the civilized world at your mercy.
* This would also explain why all the admins appear to be so horribly incompetent at their job. It isn't that the reports about the Forbidden Power are being ignored because they are assumed to be false, but instead are being ignored because the admins are in on the Webmasters conspiracy, and will be beneficiaries assuming the Webmasters plot is successful.
* Heck even webmaster's name sounds like he has villainous intentions. It literally implies he wants to dominate the world wide web. And all you would have to do is paint him black instead of white and he'd look like a main villain. Name-wise Execk's name also implies he's primarily identifies with his job and is motivated by business and money and is colored in dark colors like a villain. In addition, Rubirules is a shapeshifter and shapeshifters tend to be [[TheTrickster tricksters]] in TOME judging from past characters (Ravenfreak, anyone?). BItshrum has an unusual tendency to proclaim himself "THE KING" (although this is largely PlayedForLaughs, especially when Kirbopher [[MemeticMutation usurps his throne]].) Kindarspirit is the only outlier so far here, but she's so goofy and giggly that it's hard to see her as anything but [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pureness incarnate]].
* Alternatively, Execk alone will be the main villain. He is the only Netking to be fought in Episode 11 rather than 12, reacts in many suspicious ways during the climactic conversation when Alpha asks who was responsible for putting the Forbidden Power in the game, and let's not forget that EXE was the main villain of Season 2 in TTA as well. He might even be secretly controlling the hackers on a level above Zetto and Kizuna, as the hackers generally engage in activities that seem to conflict with Zetto and Kizuna's goals. The fact that "EXE was the one really in charge of the D-Bug Organization" in the original would work even better in his current incarnation, as he alone worked on the Battle System (whereas he worked together with Zetto to design it in the original; Zetto worked on the original VR tech in TOME instead) and may secretly be manipulating Zetto and/or Kizuna here with the prospect of capturing the Forbidden Power instead of just "ULTIMATE VIRTUAL POWER!" like in the original.
* For the most part, Jossed. Although it is still technically ''possible'' that the Netkings are evil, none of them created the Forbidden Power, [[spoiler: SOFDTI did on accident when she was exposed to too much negative human emotion.]] Even Execk, who to some appears ObviouslyEvil, seems to be more of a Determinator and a true businessman than a villain in that he wanted to complete the game even though they had already created A.I., as that was what Plan.Net hired them to do. [[spoiler: Execk's attitude towards violence in video games, however, may have helped create the negative emotions in SOFDTI that it couldn't understand, but it's still nothing that the Netkings did on purpose or with malicious intent.]]
* [[spoiler: one of the Netkings DID turn out to be evil, but it wasn't Webmaster OR Execk - it was RUBIRULES, who wanted to control SOFDTI to kickstart a technological revolution so he could become a pioneer in the field of computer science. He fed the mods misinformation to keep them off his scent, and was using Zetto and Kizuna to accomplish greater things than just destroying the Forbidden Power.]]
[[WMG: The secret weapon mentioned by Kizuna is the reboot's answer to the original's D-Bug Dragon.]]
* As she refers to it the view focuses on the conspicuous two-tone silver background object that resembles a segment of the original's draconic body. Kizuna also drops the fact that they "know it works", which is obviously referring to the antivirus software that they attached to Flamegirl--which is represented in the game by purple fire, much like the D-Bug's power in the original. Here in the reboot the dragon would seem to be a potential good counterpart to the Forbidden Power.
On that note, related: the Forbidden Power will get its own body at some later point (perhaps distorting a Shadowguard Beast quest mob?) and they'll send the dragon at it. Virtual reality program kaiju fight anyone?
* Confirmed - the secret weapon is the Dragon Bug, the reboot's version of the D-Bug from TTA.

[[WMG: Armoora is the reboot's version of Ichinar from TTA.]]
* It's quite possible, since we haven't seen any other kind of admin aside from Webmaster, and Ichinar was the admin of Mech City in the original.
** Episode 11 shows that Armoora's character model is a generic template character that multiple moderators use. It seems more similar [=ChaseAce's=] character (AKA [=PaperAceChase=] in TTA) than anyone really. Jossed.
[[WMG: Gamecrasher is...]]
* An alt account for Gamecrazed. In the original TTA, they both had similar skin colors but with a difference in powers (Crazed with full-on darkness, and Crasher with codes and combos mixed in). If possible, GC might create or switch to this account which is similar to his original one.


[[WMG: Zetto will reveal his true identity during the infiltration of the hacker base.]]
* After the upcoming 'boss rush' of hackers (because we ALL know it's going to happen), the heroes will come across Zetto and Kizuna. Alpha and Zetto will get into a fight over the Antivirus program, with Zetto trying to explain things and Alpha refusing to listen. When the battle is about to end and Alpha is preparing his final attack, a beaten and tired Zetto will say "You're never gonna let me win, are you?" This'll clue Alpha into Zetto's secret and he might go into a HeroicBSOD because of it.
* Alternatively, some unforeseen action or event will occur, invoked by the virus itself, that forcibly reveals Zetto's secret to Alpha and the others. The virus may attack Zetto as he's switching between accounts, causing his avatar to "glitch" between Zetto and Kirbopher. Alpha's reaction to Zetto being Kirb will parallel Rockoon's reaction to Skeight being Doubling, only instead of crying, Alpha will get incredibly angry. ("Why didn't you TELL us?!")
** Something unforseen might occur, but Zetto doesn't phase between the characters when he switches between them. When he switches his eyes gray out signifying that he's not in control of his character and is using the other character in a different location. So glitching like this seems a bit farfetched. The unforeseen thing might end up being that Gamecrazed told Nylocke who he is.
* Jossed - he doesn't reveal his identity during the Infiltration Mission, but instead waits until later.

[[WMG: The authorities will get involved due to [[spoiler: the dangers of the forbidden power.]] ]]
* [[spoiler: People are actually being hurt IRL by the forbidden power.]] The government will surely hear about this, and the FBI or a variation of it will get involved, possibly resulting in the FiveManBand, the hackers, the netkings and some others getting detained IRL for questioning. If this is true, it will likely allow us see what they actually look like for the first time.
* Confirmed. Giga, a government official and member of the Cyber Protectorate Department, shows up near the end of Episode 15 to arrest [[spoiler: Rubirules]] once he sees things are getting out of hand.





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\n* Possibly combined with the Forbidden Power in this version, considering that SOFDTI is also Gamecrazed in the reboot. Not 100% Confirmed, however.









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\n\n* The lyrics do hint towards events that occured in Season 2, but are less of a prophetic code so much as they are mere foreshadowing.
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