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''Cyberchase''[[note]][[EarWorm we're moving, we're beating Hacker at his game...]][[/note]] is an EdutainmentShow that aired on Creator/{{PBS}} from 2002 to 2014 for nine seasons.

The series revolves around a trio of kids, Jackie, Inez, and Matt, and their robotic bird friend (known as a "cyboid") Digit, who go InsideTheInternet. They have been called upon by Motherboard to help defend and repair Cyberspace from the evil schemes of The Hacker, who is not a [[PlayfulHacker playful one]], or even human, but an evil cyborg whose goal is to conquer all of Cyberspace and spread chaos. The Hacker used to be Motherboard's assistant; however, he tried to destroy her by downloading a virus into her. Luckily, her firewall was able to stop the damage from being too severe, but still left her in a weakened state, thus forcing her to recruit Jackie, Matt, and Inez from Earth to help defend Cyberspace.

Most episodes involve the children traveling to a unique "Cybersite" (a planet-like body in Cyberspace) to thwart the Hacker's latest scheme. The original general StoryArc involved the kids trying to retrieve [[MacGuffin a new and rare Encryptor Chip]] (a device of Motherboard's destroyed by Hacker's virus, that would enable her to completely recover). Recent seasons have shifted focus to Hacker trying to reverse his [[VillainDecay decayed villain]] image, and a newer villain, Ledge, trying to usurp Hacker's spot as the top villain in Cyberspace.

On PBS airings, the episodes end with a live-action segment (called "Cyberchase For Real"), where a pair of recurring characters (Harry and Bianca) and their [[GoldfishPoopGang recurring nemeses]] (Harley and Sleazé) demonstrate how the episode's math lesson can be used in their own lives.

[[Characters/{{Cyberchase}} Character sheet]] currently in construction.

After a 3 year hiatus, the series premiered its ninth season in November 2013. The episodes for this season focused on environmental and ecological themes.

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!!Includes examples of:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Hacker uses this a whole lot.
--->'''Hacker''': "I'm a potent powerhouse of perpetual pestilence!"
* AffectionateParody / NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[DrPhil Dr. Bill]]
** [[HarryPotter Shari Spotter]]
* AIIsACrapshoot
* AlphabetSoupCans
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: A bit of a BrokenAesop in that no character is ever seen going from 'evil' to 'good' for real. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that that would complicate the plot and not make it a show about math and science.
* AndCallHimGeorge: Delete wants a bunny he can love, keep, and call George.
* ArtEvolution: The sixth season transitioned to [[AdobeFlash Flash]] animation.
* BadBoss: Hacker
* BareYourMidriff: Creech, Bianca on a few occasions.
* BigGood: Motherboard is essentially the god of cyberspace. Unfortunately, her position has been somewhat compromised.
* BerserkButton:
** Inez being called "short" or "tiny".
** Inez being called "Nezzie," although this usually only applies to Matt.
--->'''Matt''': "Okay, okay Nezzie!"
--->'''Inez''': "Don't call me Nezzie...Matt''hew''."
--->*{{beat}}*
** Matt, whenever Slider [[HilarityEnsues shows him up]].
* BagOfHolding: Matt's backpack, Digit himself
* BatmanGambit: Hacker bids against the kids for the Encryptor Chip at an auction, but the kids manage to take it. Then they find out that [[spoiler:Hacker modified the chip to infect Motherboard, replacing her with a copy of himself]].
* ButtMonkey: Harry in the ''Cyberchase for Real'' sketches. Toned down in the later seasons.
* CaptainErsatz: [[Literature/HarryPotter Shari Spotter and Professor Stumblesnore]].
* CatchPhrase: Jackie's "Make room! I gotta pace!" when she needs to think.
** Not to mention her "Am I having a moment, or...?"
** And who could forget "Ew! Ew! And double EW!"
** Inez's "This is not good. This is not good at all!"
** Also, Hacker's "That's [[SpellMyNameWithAThe THE Hacker]] to you!"
** Buzz and Delete take turns with "The Boss isn't going to be happy about this!"
* ChekhovsGun: Matt and his yo-yos. Jackie and her hair scrunchy.
* ChekhovsSkill: Digit is a cook. Slider is good with tools.
* ChildProdigy: Inez mostly, but (occasionally) applies to Matt and Jackie as well
* ClingyJealousGirl: Wicked
* ContinuityNod: Lots of recurring characters and the story arcs that are actually present always reference earlier ones.
* CosmopolitanCouncil: The bad guys Motherboard invited to Control Central in "The Case of the Missing Memory"
* CowardlyLion: Digit acts the most freaked out about everything in general, yet still plows headlong into dangerous situations when needed.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Duh
* ADayInTheLimelight: Delete got to have at least one in the Fairy Borg Father.
* DeadHatShot: PlayedWith in the odds episode, as the Hacker is deceived in this manner. When Matt's [[IconicItem yo-yo]] outside one of two doors, the Hacker believes the cybersquad had been launched into cyberspace and chooses to go through the other door. ''He'' winds up getting launched into cyberspace instead as the protagonists watch from a safe distance before admitting [[GambitRoulette they were merely guessing which door would launch the unlucky opener into cyberspace at random]].
* DependingOnTheWriter: Is [[RunningGag Hacker's wig gel]] used for styling his wig or gluing it to his head? Does it come in cubes or a tube? Considering what Hacker's like, this inconsistency might actually make sense.
* DiabolusExMachina
* DilatingDoor: In the episode where the Cybersquad meets Ava, the very impractical door that they use to get into the factory.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Part of the design for all the characters and especially evident in the non-humanoid ones.
* TheDitz: Delete
* DoAnythingRobot
* EasilyConqueredWorld
* ElevatorFloorAnnouncement
* ElvisImpersonator: Hacker in one episode, when he became [[PunnyName the King]] of Happily-Ever-After.
* EndangeredSouffle
* EnemyMine: The final episode [[spoiler:due to the series no longer in production at least according to PBS Kids Go! despite getting a relaunch on their website]] has the Cybersquad teaming up with Hacker to defeat Ledge.
* EvilRedhead: Wicked
* ExposedToTheElements:
** Inez and Jackie. In certain episodes when they travel to very cold or snowy cybersites, both girls are well protected at least from the waist up, but Inez still wears shorts. And if you thought that was bad, Jackie still wears an even tinier skirt, which leaves the majority of her legs open to freezing temperatures!
** Even Cyber-citizens have this too sometimes.
* {{Expy}}: Anyone who's watched WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog will notice how similar Hacker is to Robotnik. They're both the LargeHam [[BigBad Big Bads]] of their respective series, and Hacker's lackeys are also expies of Scratch and Grounder.
* EyeGlasses: Inez
* FaceHeelTurn: Before the events of the pilot, [[BigBad Hacker]] turned against Motherboard.
* FakeDefector: Almost every (if not ''all'' the) time that Digit goes back to Hacker's side.
* FantasticMeasurementSystem: The show occasionally refers to distances or lengths in [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements "cybermiles" and "cyberinches"]], and weights in "cybergrams". However, the occasional mention of "inches", "meters", etc. (without the "cyber-" prefix) is seen.
* FatAndSkinny: Buzz (short and stout) and Delete (thin)
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Matt.
** TheSmartGuy: Inez.
** TheLancer: Jackie.
** TheBigGuy / TheMentor / TeamMom: Motherboard; not dumb, but essentially useless thanks to the virus except for in the PortalNetwork where she completely ''annihilated'' the Grim Wreaker when Hacker set up his portal statues; occasionally Dr. Marbles.
** TheChick: Motherboard, Jackie is occasionally TheChick as well, but [[TropesAreNotBad that's not a bad thing]].
** TheHeart / KidAppealCharacter: Digit.
** SixthRanger: Slider, Fluff, Creech, Sheri, Jules, or whoever decides to accompany the Cybersquad on any given adventure.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Baskerville
* GambitRoulette: A heroic example in the odds episode.
* GhostPirate: Ivanka the Invincible
* GilbertGottfried: as Digit
* GlobalCurrency: Snelfus.
* GrimUpNorth: The Hacker's home is the Northern Frontier.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Happens frequently so. One of the later episodes featured several of the most recent characters teaming up with the regular Cybersquad, effectively tripling the cast. They had to be divided into multiple teams to defeat Hacker's challenges.
* HarmlessVillain
* [[HoYay/WesternAnimation Ho Yay]]:
** Jules and Matt, one-sided on Jules' part
** There's some strong tension between Matt and Slider too.
** Lots of it between Delete and "his Buzzy", especially in "A Perfect Fit" and "Raising the Bar".
* HomeFieldAdvantage: In one episode, the gang visits Radopolis and compete in a skate-off with the villains, where they find themselves losing at first because the competition rink is different from the practice rink due to Hacker's villainous meddling.
* IdentityAmnesia: Hacker in "Raising the Bar." He gets [[StatusQuoIsGod better]].
* IdiotHero: Matt, at times, though it's more a result of his recklessness than him actually not being bright.
* InsideTheInternet: The basic setting of the show.
* InsistentTerminology: "That's ''THE'' Hacker to you!"
* JackassGenie: Warren the Wayward Genie
* LanternJawOfJustice: Inverted with the Hacker. Just ''look'' at that thing.
* LargeHam: Hacker. Jackie also has a habit of announcing that they're "DOOMED!" very loudly.
-->'''Jackie''': Cyberspace is doomed, ''doomed'' I tell you, [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOOOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-OOMED]]!
-->'''Matt''': [[LampshadeHanging And the award for best dramatic outburst of the day goes to... Jackie!]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Listen for a soft techno beat when the kids go into educational mode. Familiar to those with dial-up Internet.
** The victory theme.
** Crisis Zone.
** Buzz and Delete's theme.
* LotsOfLuggage: One of the ''Cyberchase'' For Real segments had Bianca going camping with her friend. The friend mocks her for taking three bags. Bianca says it's nothing, only for the friend to open one bag and remove a sequined party dress.
* LuckyRabbitsFoot: One episode had Hacker attempting to kidnap a rabbit to complete his lucky charm collection.
* MacGuffin: the Encryptor Chip, at least in the early seasons
* MagicSkirt: Jackie's small blue skirt/skort.
* MassHypnosis: Part of Wicked's plot in "A Broom of One's Own".
* {{Meganekko}}: Inez and Shari Spotter.
* MookFaceTurn: Digit used to work for Hacker, but joins Motherboard's side when he learns of Hacker's evil doings.
* TheMovie: Season 9 featured ''The Cyberchase Movie'', a two-part, hour-long special in which the Cybersquad learn about the importance of living space in animals' habitats. They also re-encounter Dr. Marbles; and yes, they once again get the better of Hacker.
* NeverSayDie
--> '''Digit''': Excuse me! We're talkin' life and d- you know what here!
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Digit idolized the current champion of "The Fearless Chef" (a cross over between ''Iron Chef'' and ''The Amazing Race'') but when Jackie and Inez tried to rescue him after he was kidnapped, he was quickly revealed as a bit of a {{Jerkass}}.
* TheNapoleon: Inez does ''[[BerserkButton not]]'' take kindly to being called small or any of its synonyms.
** Interestingly in an episode about proportion, she has no problem whatsoever with calling herself the smallest (the kids were comparing footprints).
* {{Nelvana}}
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the very first episode, "Lost your Marbles", we learn that it was the kids' attempt to use a library map that allowed Hacker to breach Motherboard's defenses.
* NoEnding: The last episode ever made of Cyberchase was the good guys and Hacker teaming against a new villain, Ledge.
* PaperThinDisguise: Hacker often uses transparent disguises to trick the protagonists.
* PetTheDog: Anytime Hacker decides to show he has a heart.
* PigLatin: In "Codename: Icky" when Matt (attempts) to use a code to talk to Inez and Jackie
* PlanetOfHats: Pretty much every cybersite. Perhaps {{justified|Trope}} in that they're based off websites.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone
* PowerCrystal:
** The Crystal of Kalmoor.
** The Prism of Penguia.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PowerTrio and TokenTrio, varied by having two girls.
* PullTheThread
* PuttingOnMyThinkingCap: Jackie paces, Inez does a headstand, Matt plays with his yo-yo. Occasionally, Digit's little ball floating above his head will flash.
* PutOnABus: Dr. Marbles was extremely prominent in the first few seasons, but his last appearance was in the sixth season, and he hasn't appeared at all in the last two.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Notice how in nearly every episode the kids had to stop Hacker within a particularly amount of time?
* RunningGag: Hacker's wig gel, all of the Earth kids' catchphrases, Wicked's jealousy, Sam Vander Rom and Erica Ram
** And most of these eventually get [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
** Inez is about as sesquipedalian as a nine-year old can get.
** Creech can get like this too. In fact, it's how they met in the Tikiville race episode. Matt and Jackie decided to make fun of Inez's vocabulary which led to her quitting the Cybersquad temporarily and working with Creech for most of Creech's introduction episode.
** Buzz and Delete in "Trading Places" when they're made extra-smart.
* TheShangriLa: The cybersite Shangri-La and Master Pi
* ShoutOut: Swipe is reported to have stolen the ram from King Ramalamadingdong and the dip from Queen Dipdedipdedip, both references to "Who Put the Bomp" by Barry Mann.
** Mr. Zero laments that people think he is a [[Music/TheBeatles nowhere man]].
** In "Hugs and Witches" Digit exclaims that the world he and the Cybersquad are currently on is scary and that he keeps waiting for [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]] to show up.
-->'''Inez''': Uh, they were the [[ItWasHisSled same person]], Didge.
** The title/cybersite of Episode 2, as well as Motherboard's statement "Here's lookin' at you, kids" is a ShoutOut to ''{{Casablanca}}''
** In the episode "Send in the Clones", Hacker tells Delete's clones to [[Literature/TheBible go forth and multiply]].
** "I think so boss, but where are we going to get [[PinkyAndTheBrain a bunny who wears rubber pants?"]]
** Let's not forget that in the very first episode, when Motherboard introduces herself to the kids, Inez responds with, "Yeah and I'm XenaWarriorPrincess." Also in the same episode, the kids end up on an island and Matt doesn't know where to go. Inez asks if someone will please just [[Series/{{Survivor}} vote her off this island]]. Jackie replies, telling Inez not to worry because they have a way to survive.
** [[Literature/HarryPotter Shari Spotter and Professor Stumblesnore]]; also the episode title "Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green"
** Ada Lovelace → Lady Ada Byron Lovelace
** [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "The Borg of the Ring"]]
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Well, Buzz is shorter and smarter than Delete, but neither of them are smart compared to the other characters. Additionally, Inez is TheSmartGuy of the the three main characters and the smallest (but [[TheNapoleon she doesn't like being reminded of that]]), but in this case, all of them are smart.
* SixthRanger: Slider, who appears occasionally with the others.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Falls firmly on the idealistic side, with occasional forays into cynic territory for about 5 minutes.
* SpeakInUnison: In "A Broom of One's Own", Wicked's {{brainwashed}} army says "Wicked is our leader, we do what she says" in unison very often.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: "That's "''The'' Hacker" to you!" Serves as one of the page quotes.
* StatusQuoIsGod:
** Try as they might, the Cybersquad are never able to get the cure for Motherboard's virus, which is a necessary PlotDevice to keep the show going. The debilitating effects of the virus were the reason that Motherboard had to recruit the Cybersquad to help her; and if Motherboard got cured, then she wouldn't need to summon her "Earthlies" to Cyberspace anymore.
** Immediately after major events (like Hacker taking control from Motherboard for a time), everything goes straight back to the kids foiling Hacker's plans.
** In addition, Hacker's been the recipient of any number of misfortunes following the destruction of his plans - he's suffered potent viruses, been blasted off into Cyberspace, even bewitched good by Wicked - yet at the beginning of each new episode, he's somehow exactly back to normal.
* StrawmanPolitical:: Matt tries this when Hacker goes up for election. it doesn't end too well.
* SummonEverymanHero: Three Earth kids sent InsideTheInternet.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Hacker
* TeamPet: Digit to a certain extent.
* ThreeAmigos: Except in this case, it's made up of two girls and one boy.
* TotallyRadical: Radopolis's [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
** More. If you read the kids' profiles Matt's favorite music is "anything by WillSmith". Seriously?
** Basically, this show is from the early 2000s ''and it shows''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Donuts for Buzz.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Dr. Marbles built Hacker. Hacker built Digit.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy
* TwoferTokenMinority: The entire human cast. We've got a black girl, a Hispanic girl, and -- oddly enough for this genre -- the sole male human is also white.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Motherboard, Dr. Marbles
* UnholyMatrimony: Wicked and Hacker are like this
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee
* UpTheRealRabbitHole: Cybercitizens will call Earth "the real world" and kind of logical in a way. Since they're generally in the company of or are speaking to Earthlings when they do this, it ''is'' the real world to those same Earthlings and they wouldn't want to confuse them. Possibly a case of PanderingToTheAudience.
* VanishingVillage
* VetinariJobSecurity: The reason why Motherboard needs Doctor Marbles so badly? He's the only one that can fix her, providing the UltimateJobSecurity. Not that this prevents him being PutOnABus...
** In one episode, the drum player from one of the best bands on Mount Olympus was kidnapped and convinced by Hacker that he'd be better appreciated as a solo act. The rest of the team were already thinking of of dumping him, as they didn't think that he added anything to the band. Turned out, he was the most important member, since he seems to be the only one who can keep the proper rhythm pattern (the day's lesson) and without him, the music was awful. The band player is eventually convinced to come back and he reunites with his bandmates, who finally realize how important he is.
* TheBadGuyWins: In Snelfu Snafu.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: A few times.
* WithAFriendAndAStranger
* YouMeanXmas: "Starlight Night"
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