[[quoteright:210:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/reboot_logo.jpg]]

->''"I come from the Net. Through systems, people, and cities, to this place - Mainframe. My format, Guardian: To mend and defend. To defend my new found friends, their hopes and dreams, and to defend them from their enemies. They say The User lives outside the Net and inputs games for pleasure. No one knows for sure, but I intend to find out. [[TitleDrop ReBoot]]!"''
-->-- '''The OpeningNarration'''

The first TV cartoon to be [[AllCGICartoon fully computer generated]], this show is actually set ''[[InsideAComputerSystem inside]]'' [[InsideAComputerSystem a computer]]. It was produced by MainframeEntertainment, the same Canadian production house that made ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' (''WesternAnimation/WarPlanets''), and several other shows.

Premiering in 1994, ''[=ReBoot=]'' was the story of Mainframe, a city in {{cyberspace}}, and the various "programs" (people) that lived within. Filled with its own mythology and unique phrases that references a lot of computer terminology, it was a very successful show wherever it was shown. Of particular note was the phenomenal vocal work, and the visual design by renowned ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' artist Brendan [=McCarthy=].

In the beginning, the story was primarily about Bob, a Guardian (security program) from "The Supercomputer" who is assigned to protect the relatively backwoods city of Mainframe. His two main friends are his love interest (and smart businesswoman) Dot Matrix, and her younger (and hyperactive) brother Enzo. He is also aided by the system administrator Phong, who fills the role of a vaguely [[{{koan}} Confucian]] [[TheObiWan mentor]].

The first season introduced the primary villain, the virus Megabyte, who serves as the BigBad for almost the entire series. His attempts to take over Mainframe or travel to the supercomputer forms the backbone to most of his plans. He has a 'sister' named Hexadecimal, who he continually tries to destroy, and who tries to destroy him right back (She describes this as simple "sibling rivalry"). She is more interested in chaos than actual destruction, so while being vastly more powerful her plans are less focused and is usually less of a concern. A unique feature are her harlequin masks; they will change expression depending on her mood but they remain static, never mouthing out her words. Both viruses had huge fanbases, with Megabyte being a well-drawn MagnificentBastard.

Besides dealing with a power-hungry virus, Bob is there to win the "games" that are sent by "The User" (a never really seen entity who fills the equivalent role of their God). The games are purple cubes that descend from the sky and envelope an area of the city. If the user wins the game, that section of the city is "nullified" and those inside are turned into mindless, energy-draining slug-like creatures called "nulls." To combat the User, Bob and his friends must enter the game and "reboot" themselves into forms adapted to compete within it.

Other characters in the show include the inhabitants of Mainframe, mostly binomes, who are shaped like ones and zeroes; the lack of more sprites (Humanoid characters) besides Dot and Enzo was ascribed to the destruction of the sister city of Mainframe, which occured before the start of the series and also killed Dot and Enzo's father. The decision to use simple shapes for background characters resulted from the technological limits of the time, and more human-like characters appeared as the production hardware was upgraded.

Midway through the second season, the show discarded its episodic nature and began introducing a long term StoryArc that reached through the fourth season. New characters like [=AndrAIa=] were introduced; she was originally a game character, and became Enzo's [[ToyShip love interest.]] The hacker Mouse appeared several times before settling in as a regular character and resident [[TheSmartGuy smart girl]].

As part of the show's growing mythology and story, the Guardians from the Supercomputer proved to be more KnightTemplar than previously let on, pushing Mainframe into an uneasy [[StrangeBedfellows alliance with both viruses]], and after two unexpected losses for the good guys, a TimeSkip had Enzo and [=AndrAIa=] grow into young adults as TheLancer and an ActionGirl.

The series ran for three seasons before being canceled in 1998, causing them to let go of a story arc introduced a few episodes earlier and make up a thrown-together HappyEnding. After an {{Uncanceled}} fourth season in 2001 consisting of two movies and a more deliberate CliffHanger, it now sits in limbo, awaiting another conclusion that may never come... or, with the announcement of a trilogy of movies in the works [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zscrv7OJ3TU and a trailer]], that well might.

Now continued in a webcomic format on [[http://www.reboot.com the official ReBoot site]], which has been declared as {{Canon}}. Creator/ShoutFactory [[http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/ReBoot-The-Complete-Series/14499 released the show on DVD in 2011]].

A reboot of [=ReBoot=] has been [[http://www.bringbackreboot.com/1/post/2013/10/press-release-reboot-in-development.html announced]], tentatively titled ''ReBoot: the Guardian Code''. It is listed as "In Development" on the [[http://www.rainmaker.com/?/site/TVseries/InDevelopment Rainmaker website]].

Has an [[WebVideo/ReBootTheAbridgedSeries Abridged Series]].

----

!!Tropes:

* AbortedArc: The OpeningNarration mentions that Bob intends to learn about The User and why he plays the games. This is never addressed in the show and line about the User is dropped from later versions of the Narration.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Mainframe has one that's large enough for a group to maneuver through at high speeds on zipboards. It's also used as an emergency shelter once.
* ActionGirl: [=AndrAIa=] from season 3 onward, and Mouse. Dot can hold her own, but prefers to make battle plans and direct forces instead of doing the fighting herself when she has the option.
* AffablyEvil: Megabyte and Hexadecimal. He covers his violence with suave sophistication, she just never seems to actually bear anybody any ill will, she is just [[AxCrazy crazy]].
** Daemon as well. She's just so sweet and innocent. [[DarkMessiah It's little wonder she gained such a following.]]
* AffectionateParody: Nearly every episode is chock-filled with references to popular films, but done in such a way that it helped propel the storyline instead of wallowing in the parody. Among them include ''PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', the ''Film/JamesBond'' film series and ''Franchise/EvilDead''.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Megabyte takes over the Principal Office ''three times''.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Sprites and viruses can come in any colour. An extra appears once who has ''striped'' skin.
* AmazonChaser: [=AndrAIa=] is a beautiful, lithe woman who [[TheDulcineaEffect has men falling over themselves to die for her]] after they see her kicking ass in combat. Captain Capacitor actually comments that her boldness and bravery are part of what would make her so hard to lose.
* AndNinetyNineCents: Mike the TV.
--->Free. For only ninety-nine, ninety-nine, '''ninety-nine!'''
* AndIMustScream: The fate of a sprite or binome who is nullified in a game.
* AntagonistInMourning: A unique variation. Hack and Slash actually considered that with Bob gone, there was no one to stop them from doing anything ''too'' bad. Hack and Slash are overjoyed when Bob returns, as if they were always friends to begin with.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: Deconstructed. Enzo grows from a whiny, naive young sprite into the big, tough {{badass}} Matrix, but everybody keeps telling him how being a big, tough badass does not compensate for being an arrogant, pompous jerk, and his hotheaded actions put [=AndrAIa=], the love of his life, in mortal danger. A recurring theme of season three is the fact that, for all his efforts to reunite with his family and Mainframe, they would be disgusted and repulsed by what he has become.
* ArcWelding: The Web creatures' appearance in ''Nullzilla'' marked the very first multi-episode story arc of ''[=ReBoot=]'', and it lead directly into the following four episodes and, by extension, all of season three, but it was originally a random event within the story and isolated from other plotlines. However, in ''The Episode With No Name'' of season three it is revealed that Daemon, a supervirus that would become the BigBad of season four, deliberately sent the Web creature to Mainframe as part of her EvilPlan to infect the entire Net.
* AreTheseWiresImportant: Enzo does this in Megabyte's fortress in Season 1.
* ArtEvolution: Midway through Season 2 they had a hardware upgrade that allowed much fluid and naturalistic movements, such as shoulders swaying forwards and backwards while walking (before the most expressive movement was Hexadecimal's SexyWalk). Season 3 jumped forward with textures like eyelashes and background items, as well as ''shadows'' (You would be surprised how much you miss them). Season 4 had a much more realistic sense of weight, instead being either too fast or too slow when jumping around.
** The regular Bob design changed in the fourth season, largely giving him sharper cheekbones that could rival JohnnyDepp. It's possible the reason was that Glitch-Bob had the scales but normal Bob was not that different facially from Matrix (besides the PermaStubble and [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation coloring]]).
* TheArtifact: Hack and Slash became this around season 3 as the show started to become DarkerAndEdgier. After that point they were pretty much just kept around for easy comic relief and because, frankly, it's hard to imagine the show without them.
* ArtShift: In "Enzo the Smart," the colors and shading gets primitive when Enzo changes the clock speed of Mainframe when he tries to become twice as smart as everybody else. It doesn't affect Enzo, and he even comments on it.
--> '''Enzo:''' ''Dude, everything's gone 8-bit!''
** In a fourth season episode they encounter a game that has them reboot into CelShading characters. Before they reboot it has them personally in normal CG shading with the background cel shaded, which makes it a bit of a MediumBlending.
* AsideGlance: Frequently.
* AuthorAvatar: Ian Pearson was one of the creators of the show, a character sharing his name happened to be [[spoiler: one of the biggest [[RetiredBadass Retired Badasses]] in Mainframe.]]
* AxCrazy: Hexadecimal definitely counts for this.
* BackToBackBadasses: [=AndrAIa=] and Ray get one of these moments in ''Return of the Crimson Binome'', much to Matrix's annoyance.
* {{Badass}}: Matrix, who explicitly refers to himself, and is referred to by others, as a being of unstoppable brute force. Frisket is a badass dog that ''nobody'' wants to mess with.
* BadassBoast: "We could either do this the hard way, or '''''my way!'''''"
* BadassGrandpa: Old Man Pearson AKA [[spoiler: Codemaster Talon]]
* BadFuture: Seen in the two-part episode 'Identity Crisis,' the first episode to become [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]] than the normal lighthearted tone of the series.
* TheBadGuyWins: Megabyte scores several major victories at various points, one without even trying.
* BareYourMidriff: Multiple one-off costumes within the games, but some characters had it for their standard outfit.
** [=AndrAIa=] after the time skip.
** The female Guardian in "The Episode With No Name."
** Daemon
* BatmanGambit: "Medusa Bug" revolves around different Gambits by different characters. Hex prepared the bug itself in utter secrecy, denying its very existence every step of the way, letting nothing leak of her preparations; she knew it would drive Megabyte crazy and that he would stop at nothing to steal it. He does precisely that and becomes the Bug's first victim, just as Hex intended. [[spoiler: After Hex has essentially won, Bob, with no allies left standing, can only fix the Medusa Bug by using Hex's obsession with chaos against her.]]
* BattleCouple: [=AndrAIa=] and Matrix. They met on the shows equivalent of a battlefield, and they have been watching each others backs ever since. They even frequently flirt while kicking the User's butt in games.
* BeardOfEvil: Cyrus has a small goatee.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Not the norm for Bob and Dot's relationship, but the season one episode ''The TIFF'' featured them bickering and arguing to such an extent that their hidden feelings became all the more apparent.
* {{BFG}}:
** Played with in "Talent Night." Bob gives the command for a "BFG" and Glitch transforms into a Big Friggin' ''Guitar''. In the Playstation game, Glitch turns into an ''actual'' BFG.
** [[http://www.inwap.com/mf/reboot/episodes/images/episo23a.jpg Dot carries a gun]] [[SmallGirlBigGun which is literally bigger than she is]] in "Web World Wars." She wonders if it makes her look "too butch."
* {{BFS}}: The leader of the Web Riders carries a sword so big he can actually knock out the main guns of the ''Saucy Mare''.
* BigBad: Megabyte, always and forever. Daemon steals the spotlight for a short time, but it doesn't take long for Megs to grab it back in truly monstrous fashion.
* TheBigBoard: There is a map of the entire city of Mainframe in the Principal Office, which Dot and Phong use to coordinate their war against Megabyte.
* BigDamnHeroes: Right when the Web Riders are about to slaughter everyone on the Saucy Mare (Yes, even [[{{Badass}} Matrix]]) Bob shows up and orders the Web Riders to stop. Having previously gained the Web Riders' trust and friendship, it works.
* BigDamnKiss:
** Bob and Dot in the season three finale.
** Mouse and Ray, ''during'' the reconstruction of Mainframe, lampshaded by Ray afterwards.
-->"What a way to go."
* BigGood:
** At the beginning of the show, Phong. The torch later goes to...
** ... Dot, even more than Bob (TheHero). When Bob is lost in the Web and Enzo is fighting games, heralded as the savior and protector of Mainframe, it is explicitly stated that these are essentially small-scale battles and Dot needs to stay out of them because she is the one person who is able to counter-act Megabyte on a large-scale setting.
* BigNo: Used extremely effectively by numerous characters, who utter them at moments of great personal loss throughout the series.
* BikerBabe: [=AndrAIa=] reboots into a literal BikerBabe on numerous occasions, and retains a fascination with motorcycles and hover-bikes throughout the entire series.
-->'''Matrix:''' "What is it with you and bikes?"
* BilingualBonus: If you consider ASCII a language.
* BitingTheHandHumor
** The BS&P song in "Talent Night" (see ExecutiveMeddling). There is also the character of Emma from the same episode, who was apparently based on a real person from the BS&P.
** When ABC dumped them at the end of season 2, Megabyte's army's vehicles were dubbed "Armored Binome Carriers."
-->"The [=ABCs!=] They've turned on us!"
-->"Treacherous dogs!"
* TheBlank: Hexadecimal has a series of masks that she quickly swaps out behind her hand to change expressions. Her real face is not shown until halfway through the second season, when Bob removes her mask and reveals that there's absolutely nothing beneath. [[spoiler:This also happens in the PlayStation game]].)
* BlatantLies: Megabyte is rather fond of these, as we see in the very first episode, where he has spent some time [[{{blackmail}} convincing]] Bob to open him a portal to the Supercomputer for what would be an entirely benign visit.
-->'''Bob''': *raises an eyebrow and jerks his thumb to the side* "And these?"
-->(Cut to large army of infected sprites snapping to attention)
-->'''Megabyte''': "Oh, just some, ah, colleagues, to make my visit, shall we say, comfortable."
* BlessedWithSuck: Post-Daemon Glitch-Bob. His powers aren't needed anymore and they will eventually kill him, and he doesn't look "normal" enough to compete with the other Bob for Dot's affection.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Megabyte infects and controls whatever binomes fall within his power. Later, every resident of Mainfraime succumbs to this because of Daemon; also has traces of BrainwashedAndCrazy in it as well.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The occasional AsideGlance, but most blatantly the following moment.
-->'''Enzo''': (while they're in a FPS based on the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film series) "The next level the sprites are ''zombies''... they have '''''flesh''''' on their bones!"
-->'''Dot''': "I don't even want to ''think'' about that! I mean, what kind of sick creature gets enjoyment out of playing this sort of game?!"
-->''[Dot and Enzo [[DeathGlare glare]] at the viewers]''
* BridgeLogic: Megabyte does this while in a Military/Dinosaur game when running away from a Tankasauourous Rex. (MakesSenseInContext). It does not help him escape.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Web-creature-controlled-Megabyte attempts to merge with Hexadecimal to create what is, in her own words, "the next generation." The MoralGuardians were also afraid of encouraging incest in RealLife, so they ordered the producers to remove a scene where Dot kissed Enzo on the cheek at his birthday party (See ExecutiveMeddling in the Trivia section). Ian Pearson, one of the creators, stated that he found the reasoning behind that decision "one of the sickest things I've heard."
** Even without the Web Creature's influence Megabyte seems to have a bit of an incest kink. He ''did'' dress Hex up as a bondage slave while she was in a coma. Enzo even [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything expresses shock and disbelief that Megabyte would do such a thing to his own sister]]. [[spoiler:Also, his plan to marry Dot might count, since he thinks of Wellman Matrix as his "father".]]
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: The series title is the command for becoming an NPC in a Game, a process that re-outfits, re-equips, or outright transforms the character into something that fits within the game rules.
* TheCameo: [[WallaceAndGromit Feathers Mcgraw]] appears during ''Identity Crisis (Part 2)'' in a direct ShoutOut. [[WordOfGod The animators loved him so much]] they slipped him into other episodes later on. Since this bordered on copyright infringement the animators [[ExecutiveMeddling were ordered]] to delete the character from their computers. In Reboot terminology, they killed Feathers Mcgraw.
* CampGay: The rollerblading waiter of Al's Wait & Eat.
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQK4CV0zMxU This is bad.]] This is ''very'' bad," "Not good. This is ''not'' good!" "I don't think so!" and "StayFrosty" were used by numerous characters, predominantly Bob, who would occasionally claim that it was his line when somebody else said one of them.
** Phong's CatchPhrase was "Yadda, yadda." When he is tortured for the system password it appears character by character in binary on the wall; savvy watchers can translate them by their ASCII codes into: [[spoiler: yaddayadda]].
** The often-used "This is bad. This is ''very'' bad" has an amusing variation in the ''ReBoot'' Playstation game: "This is good. This is ''very'' good."
* CensorDecoy: The creators gave the female characters massive breasts, knowing that the censors would force them to shrink them. This allowed them to give them the cup size they wanted in in the first place
* {{Cephalothorax}}: The zero binomes and Mike the TV.)
* CerebusRetcon: Season 4 revealed that [[spoiler:Mainframe was a controlled experiment to test Bob's theories of "reprogramming viruses for the greater good." That's right. Though contained, Megabyte and Hexadecimal were allowed to run free.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: A good thing in Reboot's case.
* ChekhovsGun: The Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}-esque portal Megabyte built in the second season turned out to be significant to the overall mythology, both in the past and the future.
* ChekhovsGunman: Megabyte's pet Null Nibbles turns out to be [[spoiler:Wellman Matrix, Enzo and Dot's father.]]
* ChessmasterSidekick: Herr Doktor becomes much more prominent as Megabyte becomes more darkly villainous, and is far better at his job (and willing to indulge in villainy) than Hack and Slash. Herr Doktor eventually replaces them as Megabyte's favored minion.
* ChickMagnet: Bob, no question about it. He attracts Dot, Mouse, and Hexadecimal along with other female characters.
* TheChosenMany: The Guardian Collective.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Megabyte doublecrosses whomever he pleases.
* CliffHanger: The ending of the entire series.
* CloningBlues: ''My Two Bobs'' takes the 'Blue' part literally
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The icons - white for normal, yellow for Guardian, green for infected. The BadFuture version of Enzo (seen in ''Identity Crisis Part II'', and the Playstation game) has a unique variation that is a cross of the latter two, with a [[http://www.c4vct.com/reboot/gamestills/countintro07.jpg pale green / yellow shade]].
* CombiningMecha: Parodied. The insect based vehicles do not even fit together, and when they finally do combine the resulting robot looks nothing like the vehicles used to make it.
* CompellingVoice: Daemon
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The protagonists use a lot of outside abilities to beat the User, including Matrix using his gun to threaten a pair of FunnyAnimal golfers in a golf game, attacking the opponent handler in a Pokémon-inspired game, and even hiding the ammo crates and power-ups in an ''Franchise/EvilDead'' FPS. Bob constantly uses his [[GreenLanternRing keytool]] Glitch in games, which lets him be TheAllSeeingAI. However, cheating in games is not as common as it could, and for good reason; an early episode shows what happens when you exceed the Game's parameters too far when a bomb goes off inside a racing game: an infinite loop forms, which starts sucking in everything and everyone in the Gamespace, eventually crashing the Game.
--> "Huh. It's an infinite data ELSE/IF loop."\\
"... What does that mean?"\\
"It means... RUN LIKE YOU'VE NEVER RUN BEFOOOOOOOOOORE!"
* ConflictBall:
** Matrix hates Ray Tracer right from the start because...well, because he ''does''. Before Ray and [=AndrAIa=] began their lite flirting, before Ray attached himself as a member of the ''Saucy Mare'', before he had done ''anything'' except ask to be freed from a prison cell, Matrix promises to kill him the next time they meet.
** The Web Riders attack the Saucy Mare because... well, for no apparent reason.
* ConflictKiller: Subverted. When the threat of the Web arrives in season two [[StrangeBedfellows Bob and Megabyte team up to prevent an invasion]], but instead of putting their current conflict on hold until the greater threat is past Megabyte betrays Bob ''during'' the fight, ''using'' the situation to finally make a change in the long, drawn-out struggle over Mainframe.
* ContinuityDrift: Later seasons firmly establish that nothing can penetrate the outer wall of a game cube. However, in 'Identity Crisis (Part 2)'' Phong was [[MagicalSecurityCam watching]] Bob and Dot's progress in the game and later entered the game himself. This is never reconciled and promptly ignored.
* CoolBigSis: Dot to Enzo, so very much.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: Not exactly a prequel, but the game ''Pantsu Hebi X'' in season 4 is among the most advanced looking games in the series (being cell-shaded and having better animations than earlier seasons), despite the fact that Matrix says it was already an old game when he was a kid.
* CowboyCop: Matrix describes himself as a "Renegade" and never received any training at the supercomputer academy, even though his programming includes the Guardian protocol.
* CrazyPrepared: In an episode that marked the beginning of AnArc in ''{{Reboot}}'', "Nullzilla," Phong ''just happened'' to have a plan to deal with an out-of-control Godzilla-sized villain/Null amalgamation-thing running amok. It involved HumongousMecha and an extended parody of {{Sentai}}, ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'', and ''PowerRangers''. This was appropriately [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
-->'''Dot:''' "Well, we know physical force can't hurt nulls. We'll have to try containment."
-->'''Phong:''' "Do not worry. I have prepared something for just such an emergency."
-->'''Bob:''' "You're prepared for a giant monster made entirely of nulls STOMPING AROUND MAINFRAME?"
-->'''Phong:''' "That is correct!"
-->'''Bob:''' "How do you plan for that?"
-->'''Phong:''' "Ah, lucky guess?"
** Later in the episode, Phong tells them to finish the monster with a weapon, but realizes that it is still in its glass case. The case reads "IN CASE OF GIANT NULL MONSTER THREATENING CITY -- BREAK GLASS"
** Phong in general, if we're to assume that the city is his design. In season 3, the town is armed to the teeth (even a public postal box has a cannon hidden in it.) The only thing Phong wasn't prepared for was the Medusa Bug, and neither was anyone else.
* CreepyChangingPainting: Hexadecimal's mask can change expression, but only when offscreen (or behind her hand). This gets ''really'' unsettling when her personality goes from "cracked" to "broken;" she can have a sad frown on and be cozying up to someone, and be one flash-frame perspective-switch away from a horrible glare, fangs, and death threats.
* CurbStompBattle: Vehicular version. The Megatruck and a large grounded airplane on wheels are driving towards each other in a narrow canyon (ItMakesSenseInContext) and a collision is inevitable and it looks like both vehicles are going to be destroyed. The Megatruck plows right though the airplane without slowing down and proceeds to run over the mooks on motorbikes right behind it. The Megatruck is not damaged at all and just keeps on trucking.
* CuteBruiser: Young [=AndrAIa=] counts for this, then as adult she becomes a mix of this and AmazonianBeauty.
* {{Cyberspace}}
* DarkerAndEdgier: From the end of Season 2 on. A surprisingly effective execution, partially because the darker third season did not have the same limits of ExecutiveMeddling as in the first two seasons.
* DeathGlare: Matrix has a literal one of these after the time skip; his cybernetic eye is tied into his gun and has a target-lock function.
** Dot, his sister, is no slouch at letting either Enzo or Bob know that she is not one to mess with!
* DefiantStoneThrow
* DetachableLowerHalf: Megabyte does this on occasion, usually to sit in his CoolChair.
* DeusExMachina: Invoked by Bob at the end of the third season. Mainframe was torn to shreds and there was no possible way to repair the city. When a game arrives, Bob formulates a risky BatmanGambit where a lost game would force a total system crash and the User would reboot the entire city. The risky part was whether or not the User would do a system restoration rather than a complete reformatting.
* DeusExitMachina: Used to prevent Glitch-Bob from [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] Megabyte in ''Showdown''. He is dealing with Hexadecimal for most of the episode.
* DeusExNukina: Standard Guardian Protocol for dealing with Web creatures in systems like Mainframe: Destroy the system with a nuke stand-in and take the Web creature with it. Bonus points for the nuke being small enough to be disguised as a communication device for the unaware bomb smuggler. In fairness, it's less overkill than it sounds; a creature like the one they were dealing with is very dangerous, can reproduce rapidly, and can spread to other systems under its own power.
* DigitalAvatar: The User in his(?) many forms.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: The Crimson Binome, who arrives to plunder Mainframe for wealth and booty in ''The Crimson Binome'', is explictly identified as a "software pirate." However, instead of being evil, he promptly abandons piracy once he discovers just how much money there is in legitimate trade between systems, and he returns in later episodes as an ally and muscle for the main cast.
* DoAnythingRobot: The Guardians' keytools and Matrix's gun to a lesser degree. Twice Bob actually gives Glitch the command of "''Anything!''" when he could not think of what tool was needed at the moment; it used to be the page quote.
* DontAsk: When the female Guardian asks [=AndrAIa=] what happened to her men in "The Episode With No Name," [=AndrAIa=] simply tells her not to ask.
* DonutMessWithACop: The binome police officers in "Trust No One" are sitting in Dot's Diner eating donuts as people are being abducted off the streets.
* DownerEnding:
** The last episode of Season Two, if you didn't get a station that aired Season Three or never found out it continued. For many viewers, [[spoiler: Megabyte banishing Bob to the Web and locking the gateway behind him was the last they ever saw of the series, at least for many years.]]
** "Game Over. ''User Wins''." [[spoiler:Enzo, [=AndrAIa=] and Frisket are presumably nullified.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Robert Cursor, who was actually a parody of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]].
* TheDulcineaEffect: Both Ray Tracer and Captain Capacitor are willing to risk their lives and the lives of all their friends for [=AndrAIa=] the same day they meet her, and they both explain how they would brave any danger to keep her safe, despite having no personal connection to her at all. Of course, [[AmazonChaser she did make quite an impact when she met the two of them]].
* DungeonCrawling: The episode ''Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsors''.
* {{Egopolis}}: '''Mega'''frame
* EldritchAbomination: Most seen Web creatures are usually smaller and, while bizarre-looking, do not drive anyone insane just from looking at them like a traditional EldritchAbomination should, but the Web still seems to have a rather Lovecraftian feel to it: it is outside normal space and hazardous to life-as-we-know-it, organic and gross in comparison to the Net's smooth clean lines, associated with tentacles, and full of bizarre creatures vaguely evoking sea life. There are hints that there are ''true'' Eldritch creatures somewhere in the Web, since there are numerous occasions of seeing parts (Like the aforementioned tentacles) that are much too big to have come from any of the witnessed creatures, but they have only been seen [[http://www.c4vct.com/reboot/gamestills/bevlose02.jpg in the video game in a ]] BadEnding.
* EldritchLocation: The Web. Simply being exposed to to the Web degrades Sprites until they are unrecognizeable, and it is filled with beings and monsters that do not conform to the rest of the Net.
* EpicTrackingShot: They made full use of the liberating camera angles for CGI. Most episodes begin this way.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Matrix's attitude disgusts even Hexadecimal. [[spoiler: Bob!Megabyte is absolutely disgusted 'mon fighting. Megabyte considers reformatting "a fate worse than deletion".]]
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Not quite OnceAnEpisode, but occasionally the story would end with a classic rendition of this trope.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Subverted with Princess Bula; she is not a real princess, but no one is willing to tell her otherwise. Subverted again in a game with a traditional "[[DistressedDamsel rescue the princess]]" storyline that implied that Dot would be the princess, but instead placed her in the role of one of the rescuing knights and had ''Enzo'' reboot as the princess.
* EvilLaugh: Megabyte and Hexadecimal like to do this a '''lot'''. Although, Hex's laugh leans towards LaughingMad on several occasions, and pretty much every single time she laughs during season 3 (after she ''completely'' loses it) is more [[LaughingMad insane laughter]] than evil.
* EvilOverlord: Megabyte's style.
* EvilPlan:
** The two main villains have an OrderVersusChaos contrast. Megabyte wants to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Mainframe as a stepping stone to reaching the Super Computer]] but Hexadecimal [[ForTheEvulz just wants to screw with its inhabitants.]]
** Daemon's plan is to incorporate every program into her HiveMind, [[spoiler: then [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the Net]].]]
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler:My Two Bobs]]
* EvilVersusOblivion: Megabyte wants to rule over Mainframe, while Hex wants to watch it burn. A rare case where the OmnicidalManiac is the more sympathetic of the two villains.
* EyeScream: "Game Over." [[spoiler:Poor Enzo.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: Pretty much Megabyte's defining characteristic. Voiced by the late Creator/TonyJay who was famous for [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastard characters.]]
* FacePalm: In ''Number 7'' Matrix does this after rebooting as Megabyte when Hack & Slash appear to serve him.
* FanservicePack: Season 3, when they ditched ABC's broadcast restrictions.
* FantasticRacism:
** The Mainframers, on learning the identity of their new Guardian, invariably remark that "Green's no colour for the defender of the system!" It's a bit odd, because these comparisons between Enzo and Bob are the only time anyone even comments on a sprite's colour.
** Season four reveals that Guardians have a more than professional dislike for viruses, describing them as "dirty" and "no use."
* FantasticVoyagePlot: "The Great Brain Robbery." Ends comically when [[spoiler:Enzo appears to sneeze out an Armored Binome Carrier]].
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** Sprites inside a game that the User wins get reduced to mindless, wormlike creatures that drain energy.
** When Bob explains to Megabyte his beliefs on deletion, [[HeelFaceBrainwashing and his plan to re-program him]], Megabyte refers to no longer being a virus as "a fate worse than deletion."
* FirstGirlWins: Despite all of the girls that fell for Bob, in the end he stays with Dot.
* FishOutOfWater: [=AndrAIa=], for a rather literal example.
* FiveManBand: Characters switch around at various points, but they do fall into approximate groups:
** Bob: TheHero, and arguably a MessianicArchetype, especially during Daemon Rising.
** Enzo: BrattyHalfPint before becoming TheLancer, but more often used as TheBigGuy.
** Mouse: Began as a SixthRanger, but CharacterDevelopment helped her become [[TheSmartGuy the smart girl]].
** [=AndrAIa=]: Difficult to pinpoint, but is pretty much TheLancer to Matrix, especially during their side quest. Is essentially a second Lancer in the fourth season.
** Dot: TheLancer and TheSmartGuy during early seasons with shades of TheChick. Became the BigGood in season three, when everybody else was out playing games and fighting invidual battles but she was leading the city in its overall war against Megabyte.
** The real SixthRanger of the group would have to be [[spoiler:Hexadecimal]] in the fourth season.
** TeamPet: Frisket, a really big dog.
*** Special mention goes to a single episode plot where the heroes go into a Dungeons and Dragons-esque game, and the five man band becomes a 4 man band: Dot remains [[TheSmartGuy the smart girl]], Enzo the BrattyHalfPint, Bob becomes TheLancer (despite wanting to be TheHero), and comic-relief Mike the TV becomes TheHero (but for the most part, he acts like TheLoad).
* {{Flanderization}}: Matrix got hit with this in season 4. In the previous season he had become a bitter person who has an intense (if justified) hate for viruses and shows no compassion for them, not even when they beg for mercy. But he also displayed regret at what he had become, and as a result of CharacterDevelopment, decided to stop letting his hatred consume him, going as far as to [[spoiler: spare the life of Megabyte, the virus he hated the most.]] Then season 4 ignored his character development, not only reverting him back to his virus-hating merciless self, but also [[TookALevelInJerkAss taking it to a new level]]. In it, he had no qualms about killing infected but innocent guardians, and was extremely reluctant to [[spoiler: save the life of Hexadecimal (who was an ally of the good guys by that point)]], only agreeing to do it after [=AndrAIa=] pointed out that doing so would help them in the war with Daemon.
** To be fair, [[spoiler: meeting his former innocent self and remembering what he was before Megabyte destroyed his world probably re-ignited his hate for viruses - along with the desperate need to keep little Enzo from turning into him all over again.]]
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: Averted. During season 4 the flashbacks to pre-season 1 give Bob his original voice actor, while outside the flashbacks he has the replacement voice actor.
* FollowTheBouncingBall: SCSI serves as the bouncing ball during the musical number which closes the third season.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** At the end of "Bad Bob" in season two, Megabyte makes the standard villain threat that this is the last time Bob will foil his plans. However, shortly after this episode came "Web World Wars" and then the season three time-skip, which completely changed the character dynamics and roles of the heroes and villains. Megabyte was being completely honest, for the entire rest of the series Bob never again foiled his plans.
** "The web" was mentioned several episodes before the appearances of the Web Creature in "Nullzilla," where several binomes were talking about how they had heard that the web was expanding and conquering systems.
** [[spoiler: Enzo]]'s EyeScream is foreshadowed ''twice'' before it actually happens: In the BadFuture witnessed in season one's "Identity Crisis, Part 2," his future self has a scar running through his right eye. Later, in season three's "To Mend and Defend," shortly after he reboots into a zombie, his right eye falls out, hanging by an optical nerve.
** By the same token, a line in "To Mend and Defend" doubles as foreshadowing the EyeScream and the boundary of the show growing DarkerAndEdgier: Dot whips the User's gun away and it slams into a wall near a talking deer head, which says (with a Scottish accent): "It's only fun until someone loses an eye."
** [[spoiler:Megabyte and Hexadecimal being siblings]] was hinted at several episodes before it was revealed.
** In season two's "Nullzilla," Megabyte addresses his pet null, Nibbles, as "father." The reason for this isn't revealed until season four.
** During "My Two Bobs," while rebooted as Bobzilla, Bob slips up and begins to call Matrix Enzo, but he also says it with [[OohMeAccentsSlipping a slightly different accent]] [[spoiler: more suited to Megabyte]].
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: The [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot]] from ''Nullzilla'' was never used again after that episode, despite how many other {{Call Back}}s appear in the show. Of course, it would have broken the plot had they used it again.
* ForTheEvulz: Megabyte flat-out admits in his return that he no longer cares about conquest or control, that he has abandoned his aspirations on the supercomputer, and he is now doing what he does because he ''can'' and because he ''wants to.''
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** While Bob is begging Phong to give Hexadecimal an icon, we can see Ray sampling Hexadecimal's biscuits [[IAmAHumanitarian made out of Herr Doktor]] while Mouse tries to stop him from eating one.
** In season 4, Mike gives a TV report and in the background, you can spot Matrix and the gang at the Diner. Matrix tries to order something, but Cecil keeps ignoring him. Matrix gets angry and start chasing Cecil, while [=AndrAIa=] tries to calm him down.
* FutureBadass: Enzo, twice.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Played with when a backup copy of young Enzo is created during a system restore. At first, Little Enzo looks up to Matrix and wants to be just like him, while Matrix is irritated by Enzo as a reminder of how weak and naive he used to be. As time goes on, Enzo despises Matrix for the bitter and cynical AntiHero he has turned into, and Matrix realizes how much he has strayed from his more idealistic youth.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Like a lot of American shows hampered by excessive censorship, this show took a particular delight in finding ways to sneak some mature content in.
** In the {{Pokemon}}/{{Dragon Ball Z}} parody episode, the Mons are called Pantsu Hebi X. Pantsu Hebi is GratuitousJapanese for "Trouser Snake." To make it even funnier, Matrix describes one as "A mutant creature. I keep you in that tiny container and release you to fight for me."
** When dicussing keeping Hexadecimal a prisoner and pawn of Megabyte:
-->'''Herr Doktor''': I think she ''likes'' being tied up!
-->'''Megabyte''': Let us not even ''think'' about that.
** Ray Tracer's line, "You should try logging off every once in a while, it relieves pressure." It seems innocuous at first, until you think about what "logging off" could be a euphemism for...
** During season four:
-->'''Hexadecimal''': "She [Dot] expects too much from people. You need some down time. [[DoubleEntendre We... could go down together.]]"
-->'''Bob''': "Uh...that's a good idea, but I can't."
** In the penultimate episode of Season 4, after Little Enzo gets a copy of "The Duties of the Best Sprite" just prior to [[spoiler:Dot's wedding to Fake-Bob]]: "Bob? What's a 'stag night'?"
** Season three introduced the in-universe curse of 'ASCII.' It is a computer term, so it is allowed as an in-joke, but given that it is pronounced 'ass-key,' GUESS what it means in the world of ReBoot...
** Enzo has on more than one occasion said "What a couple/bunch of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIP_switch dipswitches]]," which sounds A LOT like something else entirely.
** In "Between A Raccoon and A Hard Place," we have... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgenRZvn8ik this scene]], featuring a Binome flasher, who opens his trench coat... and [[GagPenis something unseen and presumably very large hits the floor]]...
** In "The Crimson Binome", there's some graffiti on the jail cell's wall, one of which reads "Capacitor is flacider."
** When the wedding between Dot and [[spoiler: Megabyte disguised as]] Bob is prepared, Dot, Mouse, and AndrAIa are at one point seen at what is blatantly a strip club. To elaborate, they are seen watching four male binomes dance suggestively with hats over their crotches.
** It's a miracle the censors didn't notice this but Mike the TV's mouth is located between his legs. His mouth is his crotch.
* GilliganCut: In TheCrimsonBinome, when word breaks that something bad is going down at the docks, Enzo says that Bob lives out that way and whatever's happening, he'll be on top of it. Cut to panic in the streets as the raiding pirates take everyone prisoner, and meanwhile Bob is completely oblivious, working on his car and [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation listening to music on a large pair of headphones.]]
* GlassShatteringSound: The Web/Mainframe conflict is partly kicked off by Mike the TV showing Hexadecimal an opera program. The opera singer's shrill voice shatters Hex's mirror, allowing a Web creature to invade the city.
* GodzillaThreshold:
** Standard Guardian protocol when a Class-5 Web Creature is discovered in a system like Mainframe is to [[NukeEm destroy the entire system]]. Class-5 Web Creatures are capable of creating portals, potentially forming a bridge for a full Web invasion of the Net. Compared to that, the loss of a single system is a minor consideration.
** When faced with the threat of Daemon, Matrix, [=AndrAIa=] and Enzo allow Hexadecimal to enter Mainframe's core and regain her powers. Even as the two viruses are fighting, Matrix is scared of what is going to happen if Hexadecimal wins.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Megabyte takes a break from evil scheming to rock out with Bob at Enzo's birthday party.
-->"I've ''always'' wanted to do that."
* GoodCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Hexadecimal goes from red and black to white and gold after becoming a Sprite.]]
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Megabyte provokes Matrix to give this a try, and comes to regret it [[spoiler: prompting him to use his retractable weapons, Wolverine Claws]]
* GrandFinale: Season 3 ended with all the immediate plot threads concluded and a happy ending for every good character, full of emotional well-being and joy that only left the vaguely-referenced Daemon plot unresolved. Then it was [[PostScriptSeason continued in Season 4]], which ended the show with a CliffHanger that has not been resolved for ''years''.
** CutShort: It should be noted that Season 4 was originally supposed to be three MadeForTVMovie[=s=] plus a one-episode musical to wrap things up at the end. It was cut to two movies instead, thus the cliffhanger.
* GreenLanternRing: Bob's Keytool, Glitch. The keytool even shows initiative at some points; in one episode Bob desperately shouts, "Glitch: Anything!" and Glitch turns into a necessary piece of equipment (Namely, a lampost). On another occasion, when Bob was falling from a great height, the keytool flew ahead of him to the ground and turned into a springboard he could jump off to safely land. The keytools seem to have a degree of intelligence and can think and communicate, serving only Guardians that they choose to serve, and even offering advice and suggestions. It overlaps with GadgetWatches.
** When Bob merged with Glitch he seemed to have an array of powers not entirely unlike Green Lanterns themselves, including energy powers. When they unmerged in season 4, Bob's first fight with an upgraded Glitch had him using solid light constructs as well.
* GroinAttack: "Identity Crisis: Part 1," in which Bob recieves a tank turret to the groin.
* GrumpyOldMan: Old Man Pearson, although it is later revealed that he is also a RetiredBadass.
* GunsAkimbo: Dot during the game featured in "The TIFF."
* GutPunch: "Web World Wars," where Megabyte (being Megabyte) turns on Bob during the Web creature invasion, and launches him into the web, stranding him there and leaving Mainframe with no guardian to defend against Megabyte's impending takeover. It was the show's first major example of TheBadGuyWins.
** And it quickly went FromBadToWorse (boy, did this show get dark in a hurry). Enzo stepped up to the plate to defend the city, and four episodes into his run as guardian, he loses a game, and he (along with Andraia and Frisket) has to leave with it in order to avoid being nullified. The next time we see him, he's grown into a renegade, gun-toting AntiHero, and the next time we see Mainframe, it's a veritable wasteland. And when he encounters Megabyte, he gives him a literal one of these in one of the most awesome moments in the show.
* HappinessInSlavery: It turns out that some of the infected binomes ''liked'' being controlled by Megabyte, since they enjoyed causing mayhem and terrorizing their fellow Mainframers. When Megabyte returns, they eagerly surrender themselves to his control.
* HappyEnding: When it was thought ''[=ReBoot=]'' would end at season three the writers wrapped up as many storylines as they could, and gave the characters the happiest ending possible. Everybody has a romantic interest, the city has been restored, Megabyte has been defeated [[BackFromTheDead and dead people have been returned to life!]]
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Bob does not believe in deleting viruses, and would rather find some way to re-program them into non-hostile programs. Megabyte, however, [[FateWorseThanDeath considers that worse than deletion]] and claims it is more monstrous than his own designs.
* HeelFaceTurn: Captain "Gavin" Capacitor, Mouse, Cyrus, Hack and Slash, [[spoiler:Hexadecimal]].
* HeroicSacrifice:
** In the episode ''High Code'' Bob plans to let the User win a game and be nullified so the Codemaster is nullified along with him; [[SubvertedTrope he is forced to change his plans at the last minute when he learns Enzo followed him into the game]].
** [[spoiler:Hexadecimal]].
-->Bob: [[spoiler:Hex,]] you won't survive it. It's a one way trip. Total fragmentation.
-->[[spoiler:Hexadecimal:]] But ''you'' will survive.
* HeroesGoneFishing: In the middle of a war game during ''Identity Crisis (Part 1)'', Bob is seen taking a nap while fishing. With the games being life and death situations, Bob must be very confident that the [[ThisLoserIsYou User sucks]] at this particular game. Of course, he was correct.
* HerrDoktor: Herr Doktor, [[CaptainObvious of course]]!
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Matrix's hatred for and obsession with Megabyte risks making him almost as cruel and vicious as the virus. He even comes to realize this in ''Number 7''.
* HolodeckMalfunction ''Bad Bob'' features a game cube that gets corrupted when Megabyte stole Mainframe's core energy. Normally the destruction a game cube can cause is limited to the area it landed on, but since this game landed on the Principal Office if the User wins [[ApocalypseHow the entire system crashes]]. However, if anyone else wins the game, the core energy leaves with the game, and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the entire system crashes]]. This problem forces Bob to keep the game going until he can get the core energy back into the Principal Office to stabilize the game and let it leave without crashing the system.
* {{Homage}}: Every episode was full of {{Shout Out}}s, computer science and gaming in-jokes, and {{Whole Plot Reference}}s. However, starting with middle of season two several episodes were essentially other series with [=ReBoot=] characters: ''Bad Bob'' was MadMax; ''[=NullZilla=]'' included homages to ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', SuperSentai and Series/{{Thunderbirds}}; ''Trust No One's'' main guest stars were essentially [[Series/TheXFiles Mulder and Scully]] ("Fax Modem" and "Data Nully"); ''Firewall'' was a ''Film/JamesBond'' film both in and out of the game in the episode, complete with altered opening titles; "Where No Sprite Has Gone Before" was a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' episode written by D.C. Fontana, a long-time Trek alumni dating back to the Original Series; "Number 7" was [[MindScrew in the style of]] ''Series/ThePrisoner''; and "The Episode With No Name" was a SpaghettiWestern to make Creator/SergioLeone proud.
* HonorBeforeReason: The crew of the ''Saucy Mare'' have always loyally followed the Crimson Binome on whatever path he chose for them, whether it was piracy or honest trade, because he always took them towards the profit. However, when he meets up with Matrix after losing contact with Mainframe he decided to bring his ship and his crew to the aide of Matrix and Dot and, when his first mate asks where the profit is in any of this, he explains that there are things more important in life than profit. The entire crew is shocked to a stand-still, and he mentions repaying a debt to an old friend and helping those in need. Despite the dangerous waters they are going into, and the lack of any benefit to themselves, the entire crew follows him onward anyway.
* HopelessAuditionees: The long string of weird, inappropriate or otherwise talentless characters applying for Enzo's birthday show. Even Phong himself gets rejected after [[{{Irony}} forgetting the lyrics to "Unforgettable."]]
-->'''Dot:''' Is it just me or are these acts just getting worse?
* HotterAndSexier: After the end of season 2, when the show left ABC, the creators had some more freedom with the female character models. Breasts became more defined rather than just a curved bump on the front, sashaying became a little more defined, and that's to say nothing of [=AndrAIa=] and Hexadecimal. Still, this trend is mostly noticeable in Dot. The first game of season 3 has her reboot into a Vampira/[[Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]] outfit with the plunging neckline and has her ripping the dress to walk easier and to ShowSomeLeg. By Daemon Rising, she's also gotten a bit bouncier.
* HulkSpeak: Princess Bula.
* HumansAreCthulhu: To the inhabitants of the Net "The User" has the power and skills of a deity, but is unknowable, unfathomable, [[HumansAreBastards and something of a jerk]]. Guardians will especially question "The User's" motive for introducing viruses into systems. Like a true EldritchAbomination they are not actively malevolent or helpful, but are simply so far beyond the ken of Sprites, Viruses and Binomes as to upset their world without even knowing it.
* ICallItVera: Matrix has named his gun. Unfortunately, he is not exactly a creative genius, and he simply named it Gun.
* IHatePastMe: After the time skip, Matrix feels that he was "a weak little boy" and insists on not being referred to as "Enzo." When the back-up copy of Enzo first emerges, Matrix is initally put off by him and refuses to admit that they are more similar than different.
* TheIgor: Herr Doktor's assistant, Bunnyfoot.
* ImOkay: Done epically by the Surfer in the "Mousetrap" episode.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Almost everything that happened across the MythArc can be traced back to the simple act of Bob loaning Mike The TV To Hexadecimal in "Painted Windows". Before that, the show was episodic.
* InsultBackfire: From "Web World Wars":
--> '''Mouse:''' ''(regarding Hex)'' Just tell the witch to be ready!
--> '''Hexadecimal:''' ''(angered)'' I heard that! ''(happily)'' What a sweet thing to say!
* IntrepidReporter: Mike the TV, believe it or not. When the Web creature has posessed Hexadecimal and is advancing on him he continues to report, even in the face of his own certain doom, and relates the publics right to know.
* ItIsBeyondSaving: In the season 3 finale, Mainframe has been trashed so heavily by Megabyte's rule that even Bob finds it hopeless to actually save the city. His solution is to intentionally lose a Game, corrupting the system past the brink and causing a total systems failure, gambling that the User reboots the system from backup, restoring things to the way they were, instead of reformatting, which would annihilate everything completely. It works.
* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: As explained in "Trust No One," the Guardians won't take any chances upon finding a Web Creature in a Mainframe-type system. They'd rather destroy a whole system rather than risk a Web invasion into the entire Net.
* [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I've Always Wanted To Do That]]: During the festivities at Enzo's birthday, BigBad Megabyte crashes the party, and brings out... a guitar, with a [[UpToEleven dial turned to 11]]. Megabyte begins jamming, almost painfully because of how loud it is. Then Bob steps up to face him, seeming angry at him for crashing the party. Then he commands his [[GreenLanternRing keytool]] to turn into a guitar and thus begins a rocking '''guitar duel''', between [[GoKartingWithBowser the Hero and the Big Bad!]] After finishing, Megabyte gives Enzo his guitar, says the line (with emphasis on the "always"), and [[ThatsAllFolks leaves]].
* JustFriends: Bob and Dot spend a lot of time in the WillTheyOrWontThey stage, and even when they finally express their feelings they ''still'' spend a lot of time claiming that they are "just friends." It is not until Daemon has infected both of them that they admit they are deeply in love with one another.
* KidHeroAllGrownUp: Partway into season three, when Enzo enters a game he can't win, he, [=AndrAIa=], and Frisket change their icons to game sprite mode and rode the game out of Mainframe. The game's accelerated time causes a time skip, bringing them to adulthood. The following episodes focus on them, Enzo, now going by Matrix, is a muscular {{Badass}}, and [=AndrAIa=], now an ActionGirl, searching for Mainframe.
* KillerRabbit: Daemon is a cute, sweet woman with a friendly demeanor. She is also a super-virus looking to destroy the entire Net.
* KnightTemplar: Daemon originally appears to be one of these, as her infection instantly brainwashes people and turns them into docile pawns, and her goal is to use the infection to create unity throughout the entire net. However, [[spoiler: it turns out the only reason she wants to unite the whole net is because she is a time-delayed virus. When her timer is up, she's set to destroy everything and everyone she had infected, effectively triggering an apocalypse.]]
* LargeHam: Mike the TV, Hexadecimal
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler:Megabyte and Hexadecimal being siblings]] came as a surprise in the late second season. Any biography of them will list this fairly early on, including the introduction on this very page.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The [[QuickDraw duel]] between [=AndrAIa=] and the female Guardian in "The Episode With No Name" lasts one minute and thirteen seconds before either character draws their weapon.
* LeftHanging: The GrandFinale at the end of season three concluded all important and current storylines (Megabyte defeated? Check. Love interests together? Check. City repaired? Check. Dead characters returned to life for joyful reunion? [[ResetButton Check]]), but the Daemon storyline was left open. Introduced earlier in season three, it revealed the existence of Daemon, a supervirus, and laid at her feet a lot of the previously-thought-random occurences that lead to the current situation. The Daemon arc had little bearing on the immediate quest of the characters, the reclaiming of Mainframe from Megabyte, so it fell by the wayside once they left Guardian-controlled territory and was only resolved in [[PostScriptSeason season four]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: Some characters, such as Megabyte, Hexadecimal and Mouse each have their own distinctive themes. The show's theme tune also crops up in-episode on a few, brief occasions.
* LetsGetDangerous: Bob is relatively laid back and somewhat clumsy until the need arises, and then he turned into a prime action hero.
* LimitedWardrobe: Played generally straight in that their normal outfits are used constantly and later in the series you see them shift up to maybe three different variations. But rebooting in the games shifts their appearance into something appropriate to the game so we do regularly see them in something other than their standard clothes.
* LiteralAssKicking: Megabyte on Matrix
* LiteralGenie: In "Enzo the Smart," Enzo tries to become twice as smart as everybody else. The computer tells him to go to the clock-speed room to adjust it, because the clock speed determines how fast sprites can run and process things. It asks him if he wants to be twice as smart as everybody else in Mainframe now or later. When he changes the clock speed, it slows down…keeping Enzo at his current IQ and making everybody else in Mainframe dumber.
* LiteralMinded: When Matrix orders the crew of the Saucy Mare to fire at will, one of the binomes in the background softly says "who's Will?"
* LittleNo: Dot utters one of the third variety right before her BigNo, after Enzo is lost in the game.
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: Hexadecimal.]]
* MadScientist: Herr Doktor.
* MagicAIsMagicA: The general mechanics of how this universe works is well defined. The Net is the universe, containing everything and everyone in existence, and each system is a self-contained "planet." The web is an EldritchLocation; contained within the universe but not touching any inhabited planet and filled with [[EldritchAbomination beings that do not conform to natural law as it applies within the rest of the Net]]. The only flimsy issues are related to portals; at some points in the series they are simply the direct equivalent of internet connections, linking two distant systems that are connected through the Net, but at other points they seem to be almost magical within the series, linking systems that do not have any sort of Net-connection and bypassng any sort of firewall or other defenses set up between the two systems.
* MagicalEye: Matrix in the third season. When he uses his MagicalEye, '''watch out''', it usually means he is about to delete something. ''Messily.'' Can also be seen as a form of CallingYourAttacks, as its animation is used as a warning to the audience that he is going into Badass Mode.
* MagicalSecurityCam: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''My Two Bobs'' when Mike recaps Hex's [[spoiler:sacrifice and mysterious change to Enzo's icon]] using show footage. "Just where ''do'' we get this footage from?"
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: The post-TimeSkip episode "Icons." Matrix and [=AndrAIa=] find themselves in a rundown computer system and have to [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers teach the inhabitants to win games]] to ensure the system's survival. When Matrix finds that the TagalongKid has brought their makeshift team to seven, he utters a sarcastic "[[LampshadeHanging magnificent]]."
* MajorGeneralSong: Season three closes with a performance by the Mainframe Strolling Players giving a summary and recreation of the preceding season and the end of season two, all to the tune of Gilbert & Sullivan.
* MaleGaze: In ''The Great Brain Robbery'', Megabyte leans to the side for a better view of Mouse's backside, with the cameraman focusing along with him.
-->'''Mouse:''' Let's get this show on the road, my meter's running.
-->'''Megabyte:''' (leans over and ogles her) ''[[LampshadeHanging Indeed.]]''
* [[MentorArchetype Mentor]]: Phong
* MerryChristmasInGotham: In one episode, BigBad Megabyte goes to great lengths to infiltrate Enzo's birthday party, with no more heinous goal than to play electric guitar, put on a rocking show (including a duet with [[TheHero Bob]]), and leave.
* MindScrew:
** "Identity Crisis," which was interspersed with "temporary distortion[s] of reality."
** The episode "Number 7." It was a {{homage}} to ''Series/ThePrisoner'' and [[UpToEleven it did its inspiration proud]].
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Hack and Slash, who are actually upset that Bob is gone because now nobody will stop them from actually doing bad things.
* TheMole: Cyrus was the only binome ever seen to cooperate with Megabyte ''without'' a viral takeover. As such he was often used undercover, since he could pass where Megabytes normal troops could not.
* MomentKiller: Dot's reaction to seeing Matrix alive and well is one of the series' great TearsOfJoy moments, and it threatens to get even better when Matrix says he kept his promise and brought Bob home. And the first time Dot sees Bob... Mouse has him bent over in a big smooch. Cue DeathGlare from Dot.
-->'''Bob:''' (flustered) ...it's nice to see you too, Mouse.
* MonsterClown: The User character from ''Identity Crisis''.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The majority of the episodes feature a Game, each with a unique User to be defeated.
* MoodWhiplash: Near the end of ''My Two Bobs'', you get scenes alternating between [[spoiler:Dot and Mega-Bob's wedding]] and [[spoiler:reports of Glitch Bob dying in the Supercomputer hospital]].
* MsFanservice: Any episode in which Dot sings.
** In "To Mend and Defend" when Dot wears an [[Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]]-like costume (and several other post-ABC occasions).
** [=AndrAIa=], after she grows up. And man, does she grow up.
** Mouse, pretty much any time she opens her mouth to speak.
** Hexidecimal.
* TheMusical: The final episode of the series before its [[UnCanceled uncancellation]] had a great one reenacting the events of the entire show, sung to the tune of [[MajorGeneralSong Gilbert & Sullivan's Modern Major General]].
* MyCarHatesMe: A RunningGag was that Bob's car would never cooperate with him. Apparently it had a bad interociter and clogged Daniel's tubes.
* MythArc: There is always the idea of what is really out there in the net. The second season introduced the hellish Web and the third season showed many new cities and started to get involved in the greater realms of the net. Mainframe does not have much by way of online capabilities until the fourth season, and that is when the supervirus Daemon is [[TakeOverTheWorld trying to take over the net.]]
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Megabyte is AdolfHitler and his minions are Nazis. Herr Doktor calls him "mein fuhrer." The alternate universe Megaframe has everyone given a bar code. If this wasn't obvious enough, minions still loyal to him after his defeat are called "neo-virals."
* NeverSayDie: Played straight for the first two seasons and change; "delete" and "erase" were used instead, in line with UnusualEuphemism and GettingCrapPastTheRadar. However it was later averted, starting with Matrix's fairly subtle [[CallingYourAttacks Death Blossom]] and growing more prevalent after. This was to be expected, as the later seasons are DarkerAndEdgier.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Mike the TV. Granted, he is not much of a hero and he had ''absolutely no idea'' that playing the opera would break the mirror and open a portal to the Web, but doing so gave Daemon the chance to send the web creature to them, which caused Nullzilla, Gigabyte, the web war, and eventually Megabyte taking over complete control of Mainfr--sorry, of ''Mega''frame. '''Bob''' can be blamed for the whole mess as well, as his decision to leave Mike to entertain Hex at the end of "Painted Windows" explains why Mike is in Hex's lair in the first place.
** When facing Gigabyte, Hack and Slash try to distract him so he does not notice that the sector they are standing on is separated from the rest of Mainframe. When Gigabyte manages to attack and drain Hack it makes Slash so angry that he punches Gigabyte--and sends Gigabyte flying all the way back into Mainframe.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Near the very end of Season 4. Bob would have been stuck in his Web-corrupted form if Megabyte hadn't decided to be a colossal dick.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The episode "When Games Collide" does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, involving a war game merging with a dinosaur-hunting one, with the result that Megabyte and Bob are attacked by a T-Rex with a tank turret on its head.
* NintendoHard: Inverted - the game ''Funhouse'' has a fabled reputation for being absolutely deadly to anyone who enters it, but given that this is from the point of view of the people ''fighting'' the User, presumably from the usual point of view the game is very ''easy''. However, this effectively makes every other game in the show Nintendo hard, since during the course of the series the User only wins 3 games onscreen. Phong mentions that before Bob, their win ratio was less spectacular.
* NobodyPoops: Averted.
** In "The Tiff" there is a montage of Bob passing the time in his apartment; at one point, he disappears from the screen and after a second we hear a toilet flush.
** There is a baby 1-Binome that is frequently shown with a full diaper, [[BringMyBrownPants often to show how terrified the chld is]].
* NoEnding
* NoFlowInCGI: All the clothing is tight and the hair is generally short and/or rigid. As they introduced characters with longer hair (like adult [=AndrAIa=] and web damaged Bob) you can see the difficulty, although with Daemon the unnatural flow of her hair added to unnatural look and behavior.
* NoFourthWall: An obviously non-canon "Making Of" episode, which involves Megabyte finding a wormhole thingy that allows him to look in on the ''creation of the show he appears in.'' And he is not fazed by it at all. What the hell?
* NoHuggingNoKissing: In the first two seasons the show was to forced to do this by merciless ExecutiveMeddling (especially if the display of affection wasn't meant to be romantic, like Dot kissing Enzo). Once they were freed up, the creators happily averted this trope.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Happens ''twice.''
* NotSoDifferent: Matrix had to confront his fears of becoming like Megabyte in the episode "Number 7."
* OhCrap: An absolutely '''epic''' one when Matrix faces off against Megabyte. He [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzSNrwNpw0g taunts Matrix into throwing his gun away and fighting with his fists]], which he does, and while he's shaking his head at how stupid Matrix was for taking the bait, the "boy" knocks the [[SuperStrength obscenely powerful villain]] across the room. The OhCrap is Megabyte's reaction to seeing a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome dent in his chest.]]
* OmnicidalManiac:
** Hexadecimal created the Medusa Bug to turn everyone to stone, and it would eventually degrade the infected to dust. She is also perfectly willing to destroy the Principal Office; when Megabyte informs her the entire system will be destroyed (including them both), she replies, "It will be glorious."
** [[spoiler:Daemon, who as a kindness starts with herself. Nightmare fuel is added as every infected being counts down to their own death. ''Happily''.]]
* OneHitPointWonder: The user of "Treasure of Atlantis" ([=AndrAIa=]'s home) seems to die quite easily. Good for him that he's given 15 ExtraLives.
* OneWheeledWonder: Hack and Slash, Megabyte's minions.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Played for laughs in "Nullzilla" when Slash says something so monumentally stupid that even [[MotorMouth perennial chatterbox]] Mike the TV is struck speechless.
* OpeningNarration: The page header is the primary narration, which opened every episode from seasons one and two, but different characters took over the duties in seasons three and four, with one narration for each mini-arc. In the original Bob talked about finding [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: The User ]]
, but this was never addressed directly in the show. The Toonami broadcasts did not include these narrations. Other narrations include:
-->'''Megabyte'''- ''"I come from the Net. Infecting systems, people, and cities, to this place, '''Mega'''frame: my domain. My format, [[TheVirus Virus]]: To corrupt and conquer!''"
-->'''Matrix'''- "''I live in the games. I search through systems, people, and cities, for this place: Mainframe; my home. My format? I have no format. I am a renegade, lost on the Net.''"
-->'''Matrix (2nd narration)'''- "''I come from the Net. I search through systems, people, and cities, for this sprite: Bob; my friend. My format? I have no format. I am a renegade, lost on the Web.''"
-->'''Dot'''- "''I look to the Net. I search though systems, peoples and cities for these sprites: my family. My format: Command.Com of what was once Mainframe.''"
-->'''Daemon'''- "''I am Daemon. I am the Word. My format: Super Virus. My function: to bring unity to the Net. All must hear... the Word.''"
** The season 4 episode "Sacrifice" had a ''Closing'' Narration.
--->[[spoiler:'''Hexadecimal'''- "I infect the entire Net. I have spread through systems, peoples, and cities, from this place, Mainframe. My format: Virus: The queen... OF CHAOS! [[EvilLaugh Ah ha ha ha ha ha!]]"]]
* OrbitalKiss: Bob and Dot in the season 3 finale.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: The PlayStation game, which has numerous CGI cutscenes originally intended for a pilot episode, is full of these. Bob [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmg7lL0b6vg knocks the bejeezus out of Megabyte]] after winning their boss encounter, Hexadecimal [[DeadGuyOnDisplay practices taxidermy on Bob and Dot]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU5AB-3Aowo a game over cinematic]]. Most notably, Hex has a HughMann scene before the final battle, masquerading as Dot and seducing Bob with so much FanService that it is a shock to the typical ReBoot fan when first seen.
* ParentalAbandonment: Both Dot and Enzo's parents are gone, [[spoiler: because of their father Wellman Matrix's failed project that deleted most of the sprites.]]
* ParentalBonus: Mike the TV once organized an elaborate musical number... dressed as James Brown.
* PacManFever: Averted. The games were generally based on real, popular game genres. The ''Franchise/EvilDead'' inspired game was even parodied long before the official one came out.
* PairTheSpares: Mouse and Ray Tracer, introduced as alternate love interests for Bob and [=AndrAIa=] respectively. Once both were done hassling their respective love triangle counterparts, the two naturally get together.
* PaperThinDisguise: The viral binome Agent Twelve, who wears the classic "fake-glasses-and-moustache" disguise, along with a fedora.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Bob to his car in "The Medusa Bug" after he claims that he has it working. Done later in the episode by Dot when the group is trying to escape the titular bug but [[MyCarHatesMe Bob's car once again won't start]].
* PirateGirl: Princess Bula. The largest Binome in the show, and has the other pirates too scared to tell her she is not really a princess.
* {{Pirates}}: The Crimson Binome and the crew of the ''Saucy Mare'' arrive to plunder Mainframe for booty in ''The Crimson Binome'', but abandon piracy once Dot shows them just how much money there is to be made in legitimate business. They become honest traders between ports and Dot's business partners, even if they never do abandon their pirate trappings, and return in season three as supporting characters and muscle for Matrix, [=AndrAIa=] and the Mainframe revolution
** ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Averted.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Enzo Matrix and [=AndrAIa=] were trapped in the Games, where time moves faster. The YearInsideHourOutside nature of game-time was even referred to before the TimeSkip, albeit only in the immediately-preceding episode.
* PoirotSpeak / BilingualBonus: Herr Doktor, on occasion.
* PortalCut: One of Bob's time-locked portals does this to a guardian ship.
* PostScriptSeason: The planned fourth season was canceled, causing them to make a Grand Finale and happy ending at the end of the third; later, they got the opportunity to make a fourth season, and promptly ended it on a cliffhanger.
** CutShort: It should be noted that it was not intended to end on a cliffhanger. Season 4 was originally supposed to be three MadeForTVMovie[=s=] plus a one-episode musical to wrap things up at the end. It was cut to two movies instead (with the creators being unsure whether or not they'd get to make the final movie), thus the cliffhanger.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "Okay, big boy, let's ''party''."
* PromotedFangirl: Creator/GillianAnderson voices an {{Expy}} of [[Series/TheXFiles Dana Scully]] in "Trust No One" because she was a fan of this series.
* PunchClockVillain: The Crimson Binome and crew are committed software pirates, but this is not because they are evil, but because they enjoy the profits. The instant Dot makes them realize just how much money they can get in legitimate trade they drop piracy and [[HeelFaceTurn move to honest work.]]
* {{Pun}}: In "The Episode With No Name," Matrix visits a cantina. The name of the place? "Sibedar."
* PunnyName: Killabyte.
* QuickDraw: [=AndrAIa=] and the female Guardian have a classic [[ShowdownAtHighNoon showdown]] in "The Episode With No Name."
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Hack and Slash.
* RandomTransportation: Enzo, [=AndrAIa=], and Frisket had no control over where the Games would take them. They could only hope to eventually find a system that had a way to get them back to Mainframe.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The producers originally wanted to hire an actual Asian voice actor to play Phong, and hired Mike Donovan to play Mike the TV instead. However, after the auditions they found that none of the actually-Asian actors sounded Asian enough, and Mike was hired to do both characters.
* RentAZilla: Nullzilla
* ReplacementScrappy: In-universe, in the eyes of the binomes at first when Enzo replaces Bob as Guardian.
* ResetButton: [[InvokedTrope Quite literally]]. Mainframe crashes and the User, like anybody with a computer would, resets the system and restores from the last backup. The city is rebuilt, virus-infected files are cured and it even restores deleted files, meaning that dead characters come back to life. The season three finale is the [[HappyEnding happiest possible ending]] that could have been written for the series at that time.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: Courtesy of the online revival.
* RuggedScar: Enzo in "Identity Crisis" has one over his eye. It serves to emphasis just how bad this BadFuture really is. [[spoiler:And to foreshadow our Enzo losing his eye in a game]].
* RunningGag: "You can't talk in these things!" (Except for the one time it was a MeaningfulEcho.)
** Enzo pouncing on Bob to get his attention.
** To a lesser extent: "(Insert object name). Ya gotta love 'em."
** As Herr Doktor is the only Binome to have actual fingers, there has been more than one occasion in which they have been flattened or damaged in some way, and remaining in bandages for a long time afterwards.
--> '''Herr Doktor:''' Mein digits!!
** The baby One binome, who often [[BringMyBrownPants completely fills his diaper]] when he sees something that scares him.
** Binky and Sir, [[StiffUpperLip calmly facing the impending fiery crash of whatever they happen to be driving.]]
--> '''Sir:''' Crikey Binky, I think we've bought it!
--> '''Binky:''' Oh... Jolly good.
** Bob constantly reminded that "[Mainframe] is not the Super Computer".
* ScannableMan: Used in the alternate future depicted in 'Identity Crisis'.
* ScaramangaSpecial: The original appears as the rebooted form of Matrix's gun in "Daemon Rising," when they are in an AustinPowers themed game.
* SealedEvilInACan: The heroes ''try'' to do this to Megabyte with a firewall. It works for a while, but he got out.
* SexyWalk:
** Hexadecimal. I mean, just '''watch''' her. The censors let this pass because Hexadecimal is evil. Apparently they wanted children to believe [[EvilIsSexy Sexy Is Evil]].
** Most of the female sprites in the show were given a distinctive "wiggle" in their hips as they walked. Watch Dot walking away from the camera in "Identity Crisis: Part 1."
*** Mouse upon her introduction in "The Great Brain Robbery".
* SheCleansUpNicely: While Dot is normally seen in business casual clothing, that red dress she wore for Enzo's birthday left him and Bob in shock.
* ShipperOnDeck: ''Everyone'' in-universe ships Bob and Dot together, Mouse even goes right from giving Bob a ''very'' enthusiastic "Welcome Back" kiss, to basically giving Dot a WhatTheHellHero speech about how she should tell Bob how she feels and stop wasting everyone's time.
* ShooOutTheClowns:
** In ''Game Over'', the ending of which marks the beginning of truly DarkerAndEdgier, Megabyte decides that he has finally become tired of the eternal bumbling of Hack and Slash. Once they they return from their current mission (Which they fail, by the way) Megabyte resolves to put them at the forefront of his next assault on the Principal Office to get rid of them once and for all.
** Mike the TV appeared in only three or four episodes of Season 3 - far less often than in the other seasons.
* ShoutOut: Many and varied.
** The agents "Fax Modem" and "Data Nully", homages to [[Series/TheXFiles Mulder and Scully]], who arrived to investigate strange occurrences at the end of the second season; the latter of which was actually voiced by Gillian Anderson.
** The show is positively loaded with in jokes related to the greater Vancouver area. The different sections of Mainframe are named for Vancouver locations with the exception of G Prime, which is an [[{{Dune}} entirely different reference.]]
** In the episode ''The Crimson Binome'', a classic "KilroyWasHere" sketch is on the wall of the cell they lock Bob in.
** "[[Literature/BhagavadGita I am become Gigabyte - destroyer of systems!]]"
** The third season episode "Where No Sprite Has Gone Before" is littered with ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references. It was written by the story editor of The Original Series: D.C. Fontana.
** Matrix's gun's "Death Blossom Mode" and TheLastStarfighter.
** "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName Mainframe neo-virals.]]" "[[TheBluesBrothers I]] ''[[TheBluesBrothers hate]]'' [[TheBluesBrothers Mainframe neo-virals.]]"
** The opening to the third season episode "Firewall" is a deadly sharp parody of the openings to the various ''Film/JamesBond'' films
** The last part of the ''Game Over'' episode, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHI0pwCAtos here]], counts as a shout out as a whole. It even ends with a Fatality... [[EyeScream of sorts.]]
** In "Daemon Rising," the game witnessed seems to be AustinPowers without even the bother of changing the superficial details. Matrix reboots into Dr. Evil, Enzo reboots into Mini Me and Frisket reboots into Mr. Bigglesworth. Austin himself appears as the User, saying the word "Karma" instead of "mojo," and Matrix kills his enemy with one shot from ''the'' [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun golden]] ScaramangaSpecial.
** During the System Restore, one of the Virals restored from backup exclaims (after being de-infected) "Great Norton's Ghost!". ''Norton Ghost'' is a computer backup software, used to perform essentially what just happened.
** In the ''Franchise/EvilDead''-inspired game Dot reboots into [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Morticia Addams]]. Then trips over the dress and [[ActionDressRip tears it open]] to become [[Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]]. Enzo, meanwhile, reboots into MichaelJackson from the "Music/{{Thriller}}" video, and even performs some of his signature dance moves. In the same episode, Hexadecimal says [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} "Say hello to my little friend!"]].
** Bob's car is always having trouble with its [[Film/ThisIslandEarth interocitor]].
** In "Cross Nodes," when Bob and Dot enter a game Bob describes the user as somebody who is "raiding this tomb." When Dot reboots she pats her hips looking for something and remarks to Bob that [[VideoGame/TombRaider she was hoping for a pair of .45s]]. Also, the User in that game resembles Rick O'Connell, the protagonist of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''.
** In the Playstation game, Hexadecimal says [[Film/TheShining "Heeeeere's Hexy!"]].
** In "Infected," Dot battles Megabyte in a [[Film/{{Aliens}} yellow robotic exoskeleton]]. In the same episode, while Dot is crushing Megabyte underfoot with said exoskeleton, [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} his red pupils start to dim]]. Later on, [[Film/{{Predator}} Megabyte activates a self-destruct mechanism on his wrist]].
** In "Firewall" in addition to the overall ''Film/JamesBond'' {{Homage}} mentioned above, has several other references. The episode's game itself has a ''WackyRaces'' theme to it - the User is Penelope Pitstop, and Cyrus and Frisket reboot into Dick Dastardly and Muttley respectively. The T-rex attack on Cyrus' vehicle resembles the famous scene from ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' when the T-rex escapes, and there is also a reference to ''Literature/TheIndianInTheCupboard'' when Enzo is plummeting through the air. And to round out the homage, is Cyrus' ''[[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice gyrocopter]] afterwards.
** In "Icons," [=AndrAIa=], after rebooting, wears an outfit very reminiscent of [[XenaWarriorPrincess Xena's]]. In keeping with the ''Xena'' theme, the binome who tags after her is a blatant Gabrielle expy (she's even named Gabby). Also, the game shown at the beginning of the episode has Matrix, [=AndrAIa=] and Frisket rebooted as ''MarsAttacks''-style Martians. Also, a much more subtle shout out occurs when Backup jumps into the group and says "Make that seven" - Matrix sarcastically responds "[[TheMagnificentSeven Magnificent]]."
** In the Pantsu Hebi X game, [[spoiler: Mega]] Bob tells Matrix to [[Film/TheMatrix "Stop trying to hit him and hit him!"]]
** In "Life's A Glitch," characters reboot into a Barbie doll, a GI Joe, [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]], and TheMentor Phong turns into [[Film/SpaceBalls a cup of Yogurt]]. At one point, Enzo utilizes cans of soda in a ShoutOut to Anakin's Pod Racer from Episode 1 of ''Star Wars''.
** The episode "Talent Night" has a reference to ''Tron.'' It also contains many references to songs, music videos, and musicals -- including one to ''Singin In The Rain''!
** In the episode "Talent Night" there is a scene when Enzo is backstage where he passes a large purple cyclopian robot doing ballet. This is a reference to the YTV Station bumper, on which the series originally aired.
** In the episode "Gigabyte", Dot [[spoiler: performs a Canopy-Rescue of Mouse]] like the one [[{{Robotech}} Rick Hunter]] [[spoiler: used with Lynn Minmei]] in the Robotech episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ3K98i02UE "Countdown"]]
** A couple of binome extras in various episodes have worn [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek-style uniforms]]. One with captain's pips even says "[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact The line must be drawn]] '''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact heeyah]]!'''" as a statement of defiance in the episode "Between a Raccoon and a Hard Place".
** The Web Creatures in ''Web World Wars'' look like organic versions of the Vorlon ships from ''BabylonFive''.
** Towards the end of ''Showdown'', while watching [[spoiler: the flaming wreckage of ''The Saucy Mare'' flying across the sky and then crashing,'']], Capacitor asks "MyGodWhatHaveIDone?" To which [=AndrAIa=] responds, [[Film/StarTrekIII "What you always do, Captain. Turn a hopeless situation into a fighting chance."]]
** The game in the episode "Between a Raccoon and a Hard Place". Enzo essentially reboots into Elmer J. Fudd (complete with accent) and the TitleCard references the Looney Tunes / Merry Melodies [=Title Card=].
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: [=AndrAIa=] and the female Guardian have a classic QuickDraw duel in "The Episode With No Name," drawing heavy inspiration from the works of Creator/SergioLeone.
* ShownTheirWork: One 0-Binome on the ''Saucy Mare'' covers up one of his two eyes with an eyepatch, even though it is not damaged. This is something RealLife pirates often did, and is what lead to the eye-patch wearing pirate image in the first place: Many pirates wore an eye-patch while going into batle so that that eye would become accustomed to seeng in the dark so, if they suddenly had to fight beneath decks (Which would have had no lights at all, since candles and lamps would be exinguished for fear of starting a fire during combat) they would not need time to adjust to the different light levels, but could just remove their patch. The 1-Binome with the patch over his ''only'' eye, [[RuleOfFunny on the other hand...]]
* ShowSomeLeg: [=AndrAIa=] uses her [[{{Stripperific}} skin-tight, revealing outfit]] to distract the guards and free the prisoners in ''Return of the Cimson Binome''.
* SiblingYinYang: Megabyte and Hexadecimal.
* SignatureStyle: Once you know that Brenden [=McCarthy=] also did work on ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', it is clear to see the visual similarity between the Guardians and the Judges.
* SixthRanger: In Season 4, [[spoiler:Hexadecimal]]
* SlasherSmile: Hexadecimal has a mask that depicts one of these.
** But the most frightening one has to come from Megabyte, just before he launches Bob into the Web. He truly relished that moment.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace Played completely straight. Bob appears at the wedding right after Phong says the line and objects. Even when Dot convinces Bob to leave, this trope appears ''again'' when Phong asks if the couple has any objections, and then ''Glitch'' interrupts the wedding to [[spoiler: reveal that groom-Bob is Megabyte.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: When Mike the TV meets Daemon he is expecting large gloomy spikes to display her evilness, and is very surprised at the sweet, cute woman facing him.
* SpySpeak: Parodied. Megabyte cannot understand his own lackeys' code, which is complete gibberish.
-->"The monkeys are restless and my dog has fleas!"\\
\\
"If you can't stand the heat, go to the dentist and get it fixed!"
* StandardPoliceMotto: Bob's motto, "To mend and defend," is essentially this.
* StarfishLanguage: The Web Riders speak in the audio code of a dial-up modem.
* StarSpangledSpandex: Bob's reckless experimentation in his attempt to separate from Glitch causes him to be frozen in some sort of unbreakable shell that has a texture resembling deep space.
* StatusQuoIsGod: All of the first season and roughly the first half of the second is an example of this, but everything soon changes after that... The second half of the fourth season could be seen as a sort of TakeThat against that line of thought; supposedly everything is back to normal and the way it should be, but what if you had the chance to return to the memories before everything went to hell? You, and everyone you love, have changed.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: In "High Code", the User releases the load of a train car carrying logs over a trestle, knocking the Codemaster off the bridge and train. This is how the Codemaster makes his way back up to the train.
* StrangeBedfellows: Bob and his friends had to team up with the viruses against an invasion of monsters from the Web; [[spoiler:Hexadecimal]] later helped the good guys out against Megabyte and Daemon.
* {{Stripperific}}: [=AndrAIa=]'s outfit post-TimeSkip is sure is ''something''.
* StylisticSuck: The "True Stories Of Mainframe" were reinactments of previous episodes with very poor production values played by binomes.
* SugaryMalice: Daemon.
* SuperStrength: Megabyte, Hack and Slash, and Frisket are all ''freakishly'' strong.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Megabyte was prone to this. The old ''[=ReBoot=]'' trading cards explained for Hack and Slash that "...Megabyte loaded them up with so much firepower that they only had a couple kilobytes to share between them." Alternatively, the video game offers the interpretation that Hack and Slash were once a 'family heirloom,' which broke into the individual pieces of Hack, Slash, and SCSI. Could explain what happened to any intelligence they might have had…
* TheTag: The final episode of the third season, which was the GrandFinale [[PostScriptSeason until the fourth season appeared]], plays with this trope. The actual episode is over before the 15 minute mark and the credits start rolling. Mid-way through, static blurs in and Mike the TV explains that they are now going to have a musical, with all the main characters sitting in the theatre.
* TagalongKid: Enzo in seasons one and two (and four), he gets his own in season three's ''Icon''.
--> '''[=AndrAIa=]''': "Did that kid remind you of anybody?"
* TakeANumber: Bob needs to get "slow food" from Al's Wait-And-Eat, and is told to take a number. Bob's number is "1000000000000," but since it's in binary, Bob remarks "4096? Must be the lunch rush..." But still, Al's waiter calls out "Now serving number 3..."
* TakeThat:
** In one of the ChooseYourOwnAdventure books we find out Bob hates ''SuperMarioBros'' (Sega having been far more popular in the United Kingdom at the time, where the books were released.)
** In ''Talent Night'', the guys from the ''Money For Nothing'' video by DireStraits are booed off-stage. A case of CreatorBacklash.
** The show responded to David Duchovny's moving of ''Series/TheXFiles'' filming from Vancouver to L.A.''' [[{{Weaksauceweakness}} because of the rain]]''' by blowing his Binome parody character up in ''System Crash''.
** In response to ABC not renewing their contract, we hear this exchange: "The [=ABCs=][[note]]Armored Binome Carriers[[/note]], they've turned on us!" "Treacherous dogs!"
** In 'My Two Bobs' we have Matrix, Bob, and Frisket play in a game that closely resembles {{Pokemon}}, where Bob is shocked and disgusted by how both the gang and the user have to capture creatures and have said creatures fight each other in order to win.
* TakeUpMySword: Enzo at the end of the second-season finale, when he picks up Glitch after Megabyte exiled Bob to the Web.
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking The Viral Tentacles]]: Phong.
* ThankTheMaker: Phong occasionally exclaims, "Thank the User!" The other sprites view the User as a mixed blessing.
* ThatPoorCat:
** In "The TIFF", Bob throws Mike the TV down the garbage chute, and he apparently crashes into a cat on the way down.
** In "Identity Crisis: Part 2", as Phong digs through junk in the back of a wooden box, some cat gets disturbed in the process.
** In "Bad Bob", Bob's malfunctioning car drops out of the air, down out of frame, and disturbs that poor cat.
* TheMovie: Commence [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cKoRx9XuaA squee]].
* TheRemnant: The Neo-Virals remain loyal to Megabyte despite being de-virused, largely because they miss the respect/perks. And then there's Herr Doktor, who isn't allowed to be a MadScientist anymore.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* TheVirus: Well, it is inside a computer...Megabyte and Daemon are near perfect examples.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Matrix is practically the poster boy - just look at [[http://starman-imaging.com/reboot/episodes/daemnrsg/daemnrsg1621wa.jpg his bike.]]
* ThereIsNoTry: "Matrix! Stop trying to hit him and hit him!" from the Pokemon knock off game, Pantsu Hebi X.
* TheyDo: Bob and Dot.
* TheyveComeSoFarSong: Season three ends with a large-scale Gilbert and Sullivan-style musical number that summarizes the entire series up to that point.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hack and Slash in the beginning.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Hack and Slash after the time skip.
** The binomes [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman Algernon Cholmondley-Worthington III]] and [[TheJeeves Binky]].
* TimeSkip: Between ''Game Over'' and ''Icons'', where Enzo and [=AndrAIa=] go from young sprites to battle-hardened adults. It is later revealed that this was not a ''complete'' skip, [[YearInsideHourOutside only they passed so much time]], so other characters remained largely (Though not completely) the same.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Specky and Princess Bula, during the last two episodes of season three.
* TitleDrop:
** "Reboot" is shouted whenever characters enter games.
** Season four is made up of two movies, the first of which is called Daemon Rising. When Mike the TV sings "Cross Nodes", he says "I've seen Daemon rising!" As it turned out, the movies were split up into half-hour episodes, and while the first retained the title Daemon Rising, the title drop ended up in the episode Cross Nodes, so it's more of an artifact of a title drop.
* ToiletHumor: When the baby One binome gets scared, his diaper quickly and considerably expands...
* TookALevelInBadass: Enzo, who demanded people address him by the tougher name of Matrix. Bob as well, after [[spoiler:fusing with Glitch.]]
* TookALevelInDumbass: This happens to everyone in Mainframe during ''Enzo The Smart''. Except for Enzo, who was exempt from the process, and Mike the TV, who had already maxed his dumbass level.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Rabid Raccoon faces this immediately out of the subway in ''"A Raccoon and a Hard Place"'... sans the torches.
** An episode later, '''''Enzo''''' faces one in ''"Firewall"''. [[spoiler:However, Frisket convinces them not to]].
-->A Lady with her baby: A [[LampshadeHanging riot is an ugly thing]], but, [[OhCrap MY]]! [[BigDamnHeroes that's a big dog]]!
* TotallyRadical: When Bob initially presented his theories of virus rehabilitation to the Prime Guardian he was told that the idea was "radical." Bob took it as a compliment, but Turbo clearly meant it in its more traditional meaning of drastic and outside the norm.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: The season three episode "Icons" had Matrix and [=AndrAIa=] training the inhabitants of a broken down system to win the Games so that the system could survive after they left.
* TrashTheSet:
** As season two progressed, several of the more frequently visited locales in Mainframe are destroyed as the series moved into more serious and arc-based territory. Bob's apartment was crushed by Nullzilla, and Dot's Diner was destroyed during the battle between Mainframe and the Web.
** The conclusion of season three features so much destruction of Mainframe in the war with Megabyte that the system is rendered unrecognizable and ultimately crashes.
* {{Tsundere}}: Hexadecimal; of course she is like that around everyone, it just takes a new level of danger around Bob.
* {{Tuckerization}}: A lot of characters and devices are named after people who worked on the show. Captain Capacitor's first name is Gavin after show creator Gavin Blair and Old Man Pearson is named after show creator Ian Pearson.
* {{Uncancelled}}: After the GrandFinale at the end of season three the show was on hiatus for three years, when it was suddenly brought back for [[PostScriptSeason season four]].
* UnderwaterBossBattle: The one User Bob admitted he could not beat was in the underwater game, where he and Dot had become Mer-people and Enzo commanded a small submarine. Mostly due to FakeDifficulty because this was the only User with over 20 lives and would receive '''more''' lives on the final level. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard The User was a cheating bastard]] in this game.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Bob and Dot.
* UnusualEuphemism: Many, mostly computer terms. Doubles with GettingCrapPastTheRadar at times. A particularly fun one...
-->'''Ray:''' "Told you I had it covered."
--> '''Matrix:''' "Covered my ascii!"
* UpToEleven: Megabyte's electric guitar in direct reference to ''ThisIsSpinalTap'' when he crashes Enzo's birthday party.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Every User character that appears in ''System Crash'' since they are all undeleted RAM saved from their previous appearances and simply did not have the opportunity to level grind. Case in point [[spoiler: Zaytan easily beats Enzo. Matrix easily beats Zaytan.]]
* VillainousHarlequin: Hexadecimal, although her powers and sociopathic tendencies (not to mention her more frightening masks) push her toward MonsterClown territory.
* VillainousIncest [[spoiler: While Megabyte's attempt to marry Dot may not seem like incest at first glance, it counts if you understand his origin. He was "born" from an explosion triggered by an experiment [[GoneHorriblyWrong gone wrong]] made by Wellman Matrix (Dot's father), so technically he is Megabyte's father as well. Megabyte even calls the nullifed Wellman "father" and Hexadecimal (Megabyte's sister) calls Dot her sister late in the series. So Megabyte marrying Dot falls under this trope.]]
* TheVoice: Al. The only thing he ever says is "''What?!''"
* VomitDiscretionShot: In the third season, a very, very drunk crew member of the Saucy Mare is seen (and heard) vomiting profusely after drinking a ''little'' too much.
* TheWarRoom: The Principal Office has a large-scale map of the entire city which Dot and Phong use to coordinate their war against Megabyte.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never see SCSI or Cyrus again after they meet on opposite sides of the Firewall in "Game Over." That is, until it is revealed that they are employed by the Mainframe Strolling Players as the [[FollowTheBouncingBall bouncing ball]] and supporting dancer, respectively.
* WhamEpisode: "Web World Wars," the second season finale, is a slap in the face to conventional WesternAnimation, and "Game Over," the fourth episode of the third season: it seems to be a BreatherEpisode establishing the [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore new status quo]] of [[spoiler:Guardian Enzo]], and then [[EyeScream someone loses an eye]].
** WhamLine: [[spoiler:"GAME OVER. THE USER WINS."]]
* [[WhatMeasureIsAMook What Measure Is a Viral Binome?]]:
** Bob really does not care about Megabyte's mooks at all. He lets them fall from the top of the Tor, crushes them in their [=ABCs=] at the junkyard, blows up their ships in Games, even runs them over with a Megatruck at one point. Even in season 3, when the mooks are no threat to Glitch-Bob, he still takes the time to blow up an ABC. [[RetCon No Deletion Ever]], my ASCII.
*** That said, and unusually for a children's program, the show makes clear (especially when it gets DarkerAndEdgier) that mooks are ''dying,'' not just getting knocked out.
** In "Showdown," after the climactic fight with Megabyte, Matrix lets him live with the admonition that he was not worth killing. Apparently the dozens of viral binomes that Matrix killed to ''get'' to Megabyte, binomes that were infected by Megabyte and had no choice in the matter, ''were'' worth it.
** Enzo wipes out an entire squad of infected Guardians in the middle of a parlay. This is especially jarring since in a previous episode he went so far to make sure the drones he and Turbo proceeded to wipe out didn't have personality chips.
** Dot at least averts this. After destroying a huge chunk of Megabyte's fleet, she dejectedly says "well done, people", before going off to mourn for them.
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is a Non-Sprite?]]: Bob holds unconventional beliefs about the treatment of viruses, especially as a member of an order like the Guardians, where everybody else has a "Delete on Sight" policy and he believes in the potential for rehabilitation.
* WhatTheHellHero: Pulled on Matrix several times.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom:
** Hexadecimal has a whole bunch of masks that she can switch freely between at a moment's notice. [[spoiler: Removing it would cause her transfinite power to overload and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt take out all of Mainframe]]. ]]
** Hexadecimal's mask-shaped bomb in ''Racing The Clock''.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: The Game that shows up in "Daemon Rising" casts Matrix, Frisket, Little Enzo, and [=AndrAIa=] as characters in an Austin Powers-themed game. After [=AndrAIa=] drags in the User (Powers), she wonders aloud how to win the game and Matrix (As Dr. Evil) then shoots the user with the ScaramangaSpecial.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Bob and Dot. TheyDo.
* WolverineClaws: Megabyte's weapon of choice. Unfortunately for him they are not made of adamantium [[spoiler: and appear to cause him a great deal of pain when shattered]]
* WonderfulLife: Minor variation in the two-part ''Identity Crisis'' episode - Dot, despairing after Megabyte pulled a KansasCityShuffle and enslaved the Binomes she tried to free, can not bring herself to fight in the game; she then gets a vision of [[BadFuture what will happen if she does not]] (Bob reduced to a Null, Megabyte takes over Mainframe, etc.)
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Matrix's speech against Megabyte in their fight near the end of season three.
* WorldHealingWave
-->[[/folder]]

[[folder: ]System Crash: ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: ]Restart Y/N?: ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Yes ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: ]Restore Y/N?: ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Yes ]]

* WorldOfPun:Various character names, locations and occupations are named for computer-based puns.
* YearInsideHourOutside: Time moves much faster inside a game relative to the outside world, which itself runs at a high rate compared to the world The User comes from.
** [[FridgeLogic Which makes no sense, when you think about it.]]
*** This is very much subject to point of view. Games are typically high-priority processes, after all.
* WorldWreckingWave: When the Twin City is destroyed. The Gateway command first overloads from transporting a super-virus. It destroys the system operating core. Then explosion spreads out from the city, nullifying all the resident sprites, destroys Gigabyte, [[DisasterDominoes and the shock-wave badly damages Mainframe]].
* YouBastard: See NoFourthWall earlier.
* YouCanPanicNow: Mike the TV [[spoiler:(Megabyte in disguise)]] to everyone in Mainframe in the final episode.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Much of the 3rd season revolves around Matrix and [=AndrAIa=] game-hopping around the net in the hopes of finding Bob and returning to Mainframe. Because they don't have any kind of transport beyond the games, they just have to hope that one of them eventually leads them back there. Given the vastness of the net (even by '90s standards), if they hadn't [[spoiler: hooked up with Ray Tracer and The Saucy Mare]], it's entirely likely they never would've found their way back home.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Hair colour is as variable as [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation skin color]] for sprites. [=AndrAIa=] and Daemon's hair is literally blue, Bob's is metallic silver, and Mouse's is a luminescent, staticky orange.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Megabyte makes frequent references to the punishments he metes out to those who fail him, [[AvertedTrope but we never do see him delete anybody for failure.]] Ironically, [[InvertedTrope he did unformat one of his troops for succeeding.]]
** When Deacon reports to Daemon that he has been unable to breach Mainframe's firewall, Daemon explains that it is okay and she forgives him. However, when he goes to her later and says he failed ''again'', she activates her infection and causes him to delete himself.
* YouRebelScum: Utered by one of Megabyte's guards in "Megaframe."
* YouWillBeAssimilated: Essentially what Daemon eventually does to everyone on the Net. Explicitly Borg-like is "Between a Raccoon and a Hard Place," which references ''Star Trek: First Contact'' - When Megabyte intends to takeover a nullified sector, a binome resembling Captain Picard resists, saying "The line has to be drawn here!" After the binome is deleted, Megabyte tells the witnesses, "As you can see, resistance is futile."
* ZeroesAndOnes: The Binomes; "1"s are three cubes in a stack with legs and one eye; "0"s are two-eyed and short with round [[{{Cephalothorax}} head-bodies]].

->'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Statler]]:''' You've got to admit, it's very impressive that ''Reboot'' was the first AllCGICartoon.\\
'''Waldorf:''' I'm more impressed that it wasn't the last!\\
'''Both:''' Doh-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
----