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- Voiced by: Michael Benyaer (first two seasons, Megabyte's impersonation and Glitch-restored Bob in season four), Ian James Corlett (seasons three and four before Glitch restores him to how he was before he went to the Web)"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."
The Hero. Bob is a Guardian. The Guardians are the net's equivalent to a police force, based in the Super Computer. Their purpose is to mend and defend: repairing damage caused by tears and fighting viruses. Assisted by his Keytool Glitch, Bob has been assigned as the Guardian of the small system of Mainframe, defending the locals from their two resident viruses: Megabyte and Hexadecimal. In Mainframe, Bob is looked up as some sort of Super Hero, especially by young Enzo, who dreams of becoming a Guardian himself. Bob is more prone to the Indy Ploy in comparison to Dot's The Chessmaster approach. Had a Will They or Won't They? thing going with Dot, until they decided to get married.
Tropes associated with Bob:
- Better Than New: Both Bob and Glitch come back from their near death experience tougher.
- Big Good: Being a Guardian, he's technically the highest ranking of the good guys, but Phong's the local ruler.
- Big Brother Mentor: For Enzo.
- Blue Is Heroic: Bob's so heroic, his skin is blue.
- Brought Down to Badass: On the occasions in which he has Glitch taken away from him, he relies on his wits and fighting skills alone to save the day.
- Butt-Monkey: He was a bit of this during the first two seasons as a result of his frequent bad luck, but moved past the role after the show's Cerebus Syndrome and his Web-induced character development. When his doppelganger (actually Megabyte) was introduced, this one briefly reassumed the role during his impersonation of Bob as a way of driving home the notion that the old Bob was truly back.
- "I don't think so!"
- "This is bad. This is very bad"
- "Not good! This is not good!"
- "Stay frosty!"
- And when he's really perturbed, (like when he's stuck in a parody of Pokemon) "THAT'S SICK!"
- Character Development: Many fans noticed that Bob's portrayal after returning in Season 3 was a bit different. He was noticeably less cocky and impulsive than in earlier seasons, and comes off as a bit Older and Wiser. Considering the events of the Season 2 finale and Season 3, this makes perfect sense.
- Characterization Marches On: Prior to Season 4, Bob had never displayed his Thou Shalt Not Kill attitude toward viruses, nor had shown any intentions in reforming them. In fact, he outright attempted to delete Megabyte in Infected. He did save Megabyte and Hex on occasions, but he chalked it up to his programming, rather than any belief that they could be reformed.
- The Chosen One: According to Turbo, keytools select their guardians, and few are chosen. This makes Bob and Matrix among the rare chosen ones among Guardians, as they were both selected by Glitch.
- Chick Magnet: Dot, Mouse, and Hex have all expressed interest in him to varying degrees.note At least one female binome has come on to him too.
- The Chosen Many: The Guardians are an entire organization of chosen heroes.
- City Mouse: He has to be reminded on multiple occasions that Mainframe is not the Supercomputer, both in terms of technology and its sense of community.
- Cloning Blues: Glitch Bob in My Two Bobs when another Bob (who looks exactly like Bob originally did) arrives in Mainframe and everyone assumes this Bob to be the original. It turns out, however, that the other Bob is just Megabyte being a dick and pretending to be him.
- Determinator: "He is a Guardian. He will find a way to survive the Web, but he needs us to show him the way home."
- Deuteragonist: In the latter half of season 3, with Enzo becoming Matrix and taking more of the lead role.
- The Hero: For two seasons.
- Hero's Classic Car: Bob cruises around Mainframe in a red 262 convertible hovercar. When it's not having engine trouble, that is. When it reboots in a racing game, it takes the form of a 50s-style hotrod.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: He's a terrible singer. Yet an incredibly proficient guitar player.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Glitch can do pretty much anything that it needs to do for the plot, including deciding for itself what it needs to do to advance the plot.
- Indy Ploy: Bob's favored method of dealing with any given situation.
- Last of His Kind: During season 4, Bob is the last Guardian that still has a Key tool. Additionally, he was the last Guardian to be infected by Daemon.
- Martial Pacifist: He repeatedly advocates trying to rehabilitate viruses rather than deleting them.
- My Car Hates Me: His is the type of car that just won't turn over in the most dire of situations.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His bickering with a superior kept Kilobyte from being deleted, giving him time to break free, upgrade to Gigabyte and escape to Mainframe where he split into Megabyte and Hexadecimal.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 2, he's rocketed into the Web by Megabyte; he's absent for most of Season 3 as a result, and Matrix and AndrAIa make it part of their mission to find him.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Considered a radical among Guardians for his advocacy of rehabilitation for viruses. It works for Hex, but by the end of "Code of Honor" even Bob's starting to get tired of letting Megabyte live.
Glitch is Bob's keytool. It has the ability to become any object on command, as well as other powers such as analysing the rules of a game. The exact limitations of Glitch's Imagination-Based Superpower abilities: it can only do one thing at a time, it's implied it cannot duplicate some of the rarer weapons Bob requisitions from Phong, it doesn't seem capable of turning into a sophisticated or large vehicle (though it can manage a hang-glider or a helicoptery thing to pull Bob out of a fall), and it does not have unlimited energy. Glitch is sentient, though it seems only a Guardian can understand its beeping language. Glitch was damaged at the end of season 2, making it unable to morph and project energy but still capable of scanning anything and everything. Later it merged with Bob, and was later unmerged and upgraded into Glitch 2.0 (whose exact capabilities are unknown).
- Empathic Weapon: Glitch is sentient and capable of activating on its own to protect its Guardian.
- Everything Sensor: Shows the rules of any game cube. It can also detect viruses.
- Fusion Dance: With Bob in season 3.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: It is extremely loyal to Bob. It accepts to merge with him so they can return to Mainframe and stop Daemon. Glitch' decision to abandon Bob to join the other Bob in My Two Bobs seems to seal the deal on which Bob is the original. Glitch is actually knowingly joining the fake Bob because in doing so it can retrieve the real Bob's missing code, and repair him, while revealing the fake as Megabyte.
- No-Sell: Like all keytools, Glitch is immune to viral infections, including Daemon's. When merged with Bob it confers its immunity to Bob. The rest of the Keytools abandonned their guardians when they became infected.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Glitch can morph into a ridiculous range of tools and weapons. And a lamppost one time.
- Super Wrist-Gadget: Glitch's default form is a small device that is mounted on Bob's wrist.
- The Unintelligible: Though it rarely speaks, Glitch's speech consists of beeps and whirring sounds.
- Take Up My Sword: Glitch was Dixon Green's (Bob's partner and mentor) keytool. It passed to Bob when an upgrading Kilabyte killed her.
- After Bob was cast into the Web, Glitch passed to Enzo (heavily damaged, see Wrecked Weapon) until they reunited with Bob towards the end of Season 3.
- Wrecked Weapon: Glitch is crushed by Megabyte at the end of season 2, rendering most of its functions useless. Until repaired by the other Keytools after unmerging with Bob.
- Voiced by: Kathleen Barr"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."
The leader of Mainframe (she took over the position from, according to Word of God, an unseen sprite whom Phong represented sometime between the end of season 2 and the end of season 3). Dot is for most of the series The Chick and Bob's main love interest. She owns Dot's Diner, a small diner which often served as headquarters to the heroes in the early seasons. Enzo is her little brother. Dot is known to be very organized and almost incapable of doing anything unless she has a plan. However, once she does have a plan, things usually go right.
Tropes associated with Dot:
- Badass Bookworm: More often than not, the brains of the operations.
- Big "NO!": In "Game Over" when Enzo, Frisket and AndrAIa lose a catastrophic game and are lost in the web because of it.
- Broken Bird: Was briefly hinted to be this in Season 2, but she became a more obvious example in Season 3, after losing Bob and Enzo.
- The Chick: Definitely the heart and soul of the good guys.
- Cool Big Sis: For Enzo, until the time skip. Then she doesn't look so big to him anymore.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: At the end of Season 2 when Bob gets shot into the web, she begins to go through this. And kept doing down after she believed Enzo was nullified. Even though she's happy to see Bob, Enzo (Matrix), AndrAIa, and Frisket back, she doesn't know if she has any fight in her left.
- The Lancer: In the early seasons mostly.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the My Two Bobs movie, when she realizes she chose Megabyte (who was impersonating him) over the real Bob for rather shallow reasons (basically he looked like Bob used to) and very nearly married him. Doubles as Took a Level in Jerkass for some fans.
- Not So Above It All: Despite being usually one of the most levelheaded members of the main cast, she was shown to enjoy pulling off the occasional childish prank ("Racing the Clock"), and on the few occasions she has an argument with Bob, she adopts an attitude and behavior that even Season 1!Enzo finds childish ("The Tiff", "Wizards, Warriors and a Word from Our Sponsor").
- Promoted To Parent: As confirmed by the Season 4 flashbacks, Dot had to go from Cool Big Sis to Parental Substitute for Enzo following Welman's ultimately disastrous experiment in the twin city.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Later on Dot adopted a pair of glasses despite no evidence that she actually needs them. They would pop up occasionally when she was reading early in the series but a lack of consistency kind of killed the idea.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: In "Web World Wars".
- The Smart Girl: Her main role, though in "The Tiff" she and Bob switch so she becomes the Action Girl and he becomes The Smart Guy.
- The Strategist: Dot is always the one who comes up with a plan.
- Team Mom: For Enzo on a personal level, and as a guiding force for the rest of the cast.
- What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: She doesn't take any pleasure in victory over the virals in "Game Over".
Format: Renegade & Guardian
- Voiced by: Jesse Moss (season one), Matthew Sinclair (seasons one and two), Christopher Gray (young Enzo and young duplicate in season three), Giacomo Baessato (young duplicate in season four), Danny McKinnon (flashback in season four), Paul Dobson (adult)"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."
Originally Dot's Bratty Half-Pint brother. He hero-worshipped Bob. Later in the 3rd season he underwent a Plot-Relevant Age-Up into a super strong badass with a short fuse, a hatred of viruses, and a homicidal hatred of Megabyte in particular. The adult Enzo has a copy of Bob's Guardian code, meaning that he has technically all the immunities a Guardian has to the web and viral infections, although he never had any Guardian training. The lack of training however does not make him any less dangerous (Heck, it probably makes him more dangerous). At the end of Season 3, Enzo accidentally left his icon in Game Sprite mode, causing the system to "re"-create him from an earlier backup(right after Bob "updated" him to a Guardian cadet just before the Web invasion). The original Enzo usually goes by the name "Matrix", which he picked up while travelling the games.
Tropes associated with Enzo and/or Matrix:
- A Boy and His X: And his super-powered, tank-chewing dog.
- Badass Beard: After growing up, he gets a beard and becomes a very formidable fighter.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: As a kid, he loved games and thinks they are fun despite the many dangers they bring. When he became a full time guardian, he lost an eye inside a game. Then he got lost on the Net for a year, playing nothing but games to try to return home. By the time he finally did, he no longer consider games fun. His younger copy still love games however.
- Big Little Brother: Averted, sort of. It's implied that because of the time difference in games, Matrix is actually older than Dot.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Little Enzo was this, to the point that when we got the Plot-Relevant Age-Up, it was a pretty big shock.
- The Big Guy: Matrix is big and strong enough to punch a dent in Megabyte, or a wall.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: After everything he went through in the games, Matrix is tough enough to fight Megabyte evenly.
- The Chosen One: Turbo calls Matrix one upon seeing Glitch with him, as keytools select their guardians, and few are chosen.
- Combat Pragmatist: Mostly in his "interactions" with Megabyte dents his chest, gouges his gut, breaks his claws, and punches him in the gut wound, repeatedly and that is when he doesn't just shoot 'em.
- Although he did get an Honor Before Reason moment when Megabyte goaded him into putting down his gun and just using fisticuffs. This quickly ended when he saw that Megabyte had no intention of fighting fair.
- Cloning Blues: Averted with the back-up Enzo; he shows zero angst at being a copy. He even tries to reassure Bob when it might be that he's not the original.
- Electronic Eyes: Matrix's prosthetic eye lets him detect viruses, aim his gun, and use telescopic vision.
- Eyepatch After Time Skip and Eyepatch of Power: Cybernetic eye instead of an eyepatch, but the trope is still in full effect. Those games were not kind to him.
- Kind of a variation in that Enzo losing the eye happens on-screen, in his last scene before the time skip.
- Eye Scream: What led to the trope above. Note that the scene where his eye was cut out was surprisingly relatively bloody...and happened when he was still a little boy...
- Foreshadowing: In Dot's Bad Future sequence from "Identity Crisis, Part 2," viewers see an older Enzo that's all muscled up and more of a jerk. He even has a scar over his right eye and wears an earring.
- Gentle Giant: According to AndrAIa, Matrix is this once you get to know him. Those who had to face him as an enemy would beg to differ on the gentle part, though.
- Good Is Not Nice: As Matrix, he's a bit of a jerk.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He is extremely jealous of Ray's attraction to AndrAIa in season 3.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He never took the presence of Megabyte too seriously, until Megabyte finally took over Mainframe, exiled Bob, into the Web, and pushed Enzo into despair until he was trapped in the games. When Enzo came back much older and much more serious, killing Megabyte was all he could think of. In the episode "Number 7," he ended up in a simulation of Mainframe, where he rebooted in Megabyte's body and easily played the part unconsciously.
- The Hero: In Season 3, including after Bob comes back. Firmly The Lancer in season 4 though.
- Sociopathic Hero: Matrix has moments like this, but that's more due to trying to hide his softer side. Still, Matrix has no qualms about killing his enemies, much to the dismay of both his allies and younger self.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Early in Season 3, thanks to Cyrus' propaganda and the general unwillingness of the Mainframers to accept anyone other than Bob as a Guardian. He and AndrAIa manage to turn this around somewhat, though.
- Hero-Worshipper: Both versions of Enzo look up to Bob. In season four, little Enzo latches on to his original self.
- I Got Bigger: Holy crap did he ever. Enzo was half the size of Bob while Matrix is taller than all but Megabyte.
- I Hate Past Me to Future Me Scares Me: Over the course of season 4, the pair start as one before moving toward the other. As a result of his previous failure to protect Mainframe back when he was a kid, Matrix finds his past self to be an embarrassment and a load. Despite this, Enzo has a huge case of Hero Worship toward his future self, demanding to be called "Little Matrix." Over the course of the season though, Enzo realizes just how jaded and bitter his adult self as become and stops emulating him, while Matrix starts to become nostalgic for his time with Bob and has trouble fitting into a peaceful Mainframe.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the time skip he becomes one.
- Jerkass Façade: In "Icons," he delivers "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the binomes of a devastated system for being too scared to go into games and then storms off. When AndrAIa catches up with him, he asks how many signed up. Apparently, the tactic works great in getting people to join the cause.
- Keet: Before growing up, he was pretty energetic.
- Last-Name Basis: Matrix is so ashamed of the goofy kid he used to be that he insists that everyone refer to him by his last name rather than Enzo.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Matrix's bike.
- Morality Chain: AndrAIa
- More Dakka: Gun's "Death Blossom" mode consists of the gun tagging everyone in the room, before spinning in mid-air on its own randomly.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Matrix is big and buff, and it shows when he takes on Megabyte and wins.
- My Greatest Failure: Losing a game and failing to protect Mainframe when it needed him the most, which leads to him becoming disgusted by his weakness and turning himself into the muscular, gun-toting Matrix.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When his Golden glows red, he's Gunning for you.
- Running Gag: His typical reaction upon seeing Bob was to shout, "Bob!" and tackle the Guardian to the ground. When they reunite in the Web, Matrix nearly did so again, but Bob stopped him and pointed out he's too big for that now.
- Shaped Like Itself: Matrix nicknamed his gun Gun. Yeah.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: That orange stripe on Matrix's shoulder? That's from the Guardian uniform he got as Enzo.
- Strong Family Resemblance: aside from a few different accessories (and, of course, his size) Matrix looks almost exactly like his father, Wellman Matrix.
- Super Strength: For starters, he punches Megabyte with enough force to send him flying across the room and bash a big dent in his chest.
- Take Up My Sword: Becomes Mainframe's Guardian after Bob is lost in the Web. And he fails.
- Taught by Experience: Enzo was able to survive as a replacement Guardian thanks to his always tagging along on Bob's adventures. Taken to the extreme while he was Game Hopping, where he spent several years worth of time fighting for his life, coming out stronger for it.
- That Man Is Dead: Matrix repeatedly refuses to go by his first name because he's ashamed of the goofy kid he once was.
- Took a Level in Badass: Matrix went from being the series' Bratty Half-Pint to being tough enough to take Megabyte on in a straight-up fight.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: During "Daemon Rising" he goes from Renegade with a Hidden Heart of Gold, to a trigger-happy spoiled brat. Thankfully, he gets better by "My Two Bobs".
- Trigger Happy: Matrix is quick to draw his gun and this sometime leads to Family-Unfriendly Death.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Averted! You'd think this would be the case with Matrix considering his size and proportionate strength but he's seen competently wielding many different weapons after the Time Skip, when he isn't using Boxing, Kung-Fu, or even Wrestling to put the hurt on his enemies. Assuming he doesn't just shoot them, considering how much of a Combat Pragmatist he is.
- Unstoppable Rage: Matrix isn't to be provoked. Megabyte does it and ends up being tackled through a wall and having a dent punched into his chest.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When Matrix was a kid, he was upbeat and enthusiastic. After he compiled into an adult, he became a brooding violent renegade.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Shows traces of this after Bob is rescued. While he is thrilled to see Bob again, he is concerned that the Guardian will judge him harshly for what he had to do to survive. Unsurprisingly, Bob is actually proud of him.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: His favored response to most situations, though he doesn't get to actually do it most of the time. This is used to set up an Austin Powers-themed Game where Matrix, in the form of Dr. Evil, decides to forgo the deathtrap and just put a bullet in the User.
- "Gun, command line: full delete" has been the last words heard by many a virus.
- Worf Had the Flu: He gets beaten up by a degraded sprite in Web Riders on the Storm when he would soon take Megabyte in hand-to-hand combat, but that's because he had donated probably most of his blood-analog to AndrAIa.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: In "Number 7."
Format: System Administrator
- Voiced by: Michael Donovan
The oldest and wisest Chinese sprite in Mainframe, who lives in the Principal Office and oversees the system. A frequent target of Megabyte's schemes, nevertheless he does what he can in order to stop him with the help of the others.
Tropes associated with Phong:
- Big Good: In seasons 1 and 2; Dot later takes over this role.
- Catch-Phrase: "Oh dear." and, to a lesser extent, "Yadda yadda."
- Crazy-Prepared: He had a set of Power Rangers-esque robots built in case of a giant null monster attack, which later happened.
- Determinator: "I will fight you to the last, virus."
- Gambit Roulette: Apparently, he let Enzo use the Read-Only Room knowing full well what would probably happen to Mainframe, in order to teach him a lesson.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the flashbacks to "Megaframe," as the virals break into the Principal Office, Phong stays behind to give Dot and the others time to evacuate. He doesn't die, of course, but he didn't know that and appeared quite ready for the worst possible result.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In a way; as read-only memory he's totally immune to infection from all but the most powerful viruses.
- Mission Control: His main function for the good guys.
- Non-Action Guy: Most of the time. When he does participate in something, it is usually because the situation is dire.
- Trickster Mentor: In non-serious cases in earlier seasons, the person seeking advice would have to win a game of Pong against him first.
Format: Game Sprite (A.I.)
- Voiced by: Andrea Libman (young), Sharon Alexander (adult)
Originally a game sprite, AndrAIa met young Enzo in an aquatic game and they became friends. As the game ended, she attached a copy of her data to Enzo's icon so that said copy would leave the game with Enzo and could stay with him. Aged up along with Enzo, becoming an Action Girl and Love Interest. Has a thing for motorcycles.
Tropes associated with AndrAIa:
- Action Girl: She was already this in the game where she originated, but growing up with Matrix made her even more this trope.
- Bare Your Midriff: Grown-up AndrAIa.
- Biker Babe: Has a tendency to reboot into one, eventually leading to her taking a like to bikes.
- The Chick: Took over up role from Dot in Season 3, after this one was (temporarily) removed from the cast and developed into more of a Broken Bird.
- Fish out of Water: Almost literally. Her original form is that of an aquatic mermaid-like creature. She also displays the trope properly in her child form, though after the timeskip she's grown out of it.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Again, adult AndrAIa.
- Literal-Minded/Spock Speak: "Now all we can do is sit and wait". "I will stand, if that's okay with you." Grew out of it over the timeskip.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: After the time skip, her fins have grown strong enough to stop shrapnel and such, on top of being able to extend them
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Young AndrAIa is at least borderline, in a Toy Ship kind of way; she's not as energetic or spontaneous as a typical Manic Pixie Dream Girl but she's perky, has a number of odd quirks due to her origin as a Game Sprite, and is devoted to Enzo from the beginning. As an adult, though, she no longer fits the personality type, having become too calm to qualify and lost her Fish out of Water idiosyncrasies.
- Meaningful Name: She's a sentient game sprite with the "AI" in her name in caps.
- Morality Chain: Downplayed. It's heavily implied that she's the only reason Matrix didn't become a complete and utter psychopath during the timeskip, and any time she's separated from him or incapacitated, he gets really, really ill-tempered, even compared to his normal self. At one point he is seen working this frustration off in a Game. This was a bad time to be a User.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: When they first met, Enzo claimed to be a Guardian to impress her and was very reluctant to tell her the truth. Despite the obvious, though, she always referred to him as "Guardian." In Season 4, however, AndrAIa reveals that she always knew the truth on account of her superior hearing. She just pretended to believe the lie because she was in love.
- Prongs of Poseidon: She picks up a trident either from a game or from somewhere in the net in between games.
- Sarcasm-Blind: She didn't understood the concept of sarcasm when she was little. After she's grown into an adult, she's no longer blind to it.
- The Smart Girl: As an Artificially Intelligent Game Sprite, she's designed to learn and adapt quickly.
- Stripperiffic: Adult AndrAIa's skintight outfit has gotten a fair bit of Male Gaze.
- Super Senses: Her hearing may be on par with Frisket's.
- The Paralyzer: Her nails, which break off like a bee's barb to increase the effect. As she grows older she learns to shoot them.
- Took a Level in Badass: While she was designed to be an Action Girl in the game that originated her, her very first scene had her getting one-shotted by the User within seconds. After the time skip, however, she was shown to be far more capable, as a result of being older and more experienced, as well as gaining a trident and the ability to shoot her fingernails.
- Undying Loyalty: Devoted to Enzo through thick and thin.
- Voiced by: Louise Vallance
Mouse was probably not intended to be a recurring character, being first mentioned as an old friend of Bob's before showing up as a mercenary working for Megabyte. She was quick to join the heroes, however, after Megabyte double-crossed her. She managed to simultaneously be an Action Girl while mostly taking Dot's place as The Smart Girl.
Tropes associated with Mouse:
- Action Girl: Just like practically every other female in the series.
- Amazonian Beauty: Mouse has rather pronounced musculature on her arms, especially in later episodes.
- American Accents: Either Dixie or Texan.
- Cool Ship: Not like Capacitor's, hers is more an airborne warship.
- Cute Little Fangs: Odds are if you're seeing these, Mouse is pretty pissed off.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Code of Honor webcomic kills her and Ray off in a fairly mean-spirited manner, without much of a sendoff past "Where's Mouse and Ray? Crap."
- Although the two of them, as well as Turbo, turn out to be not really dead. They're still never seen again in the comic, but it's implied that the three of them came back after Gnosis was dealt with.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The name of her ship? "Ship".
- Impossibly Compact Folding: She uses a full length katana. Which she keeps in an ankle holster. Somehow.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Her weapon of choice.
- Leitmotif: A rising four-note sequence.
- Lovable Rogue: Her initial characterization.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Ray's feminine boy.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While it was very satisfying seeing her send Megabyte into the web, instead of letting him infiltrate the Super Computer, this allows him to come back disguised as Bob and with Trojan Horse abilities.
- Playful Hacker: She hacks the Principal Office to take down its shields with a wink, mostly for fun.
- Sexy Walk: Which Megabyte takes note of.
- Shaped Like Itself: Mouse's ship is called "Ship". Go figure.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Is this to Dot at first, before Mouse settles down in Mainframe and they become friends.
- The Smart Girl: Which makes her a good sidekick for Dot.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: A talent of hers. Bob used something she left behind to pull a similar trick in "The Crimson Binome".
- Unmoving Plaid: A variety. her hair and eyebrows have a constant orange-colored "white noise" pattern.
- Unusual Eyebrows: They appear to be attached to her hair.
- Unwitting Pawn: Twice, which cemented her decision to join the good guys.
- (Bob enters through a window)Dot: Ever hear of a door?(Bob's mangled hover board is tossed through the window.)Bob: Ever hear of a Frisket?
Tropes associated with Frisket:
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Frisket can't speak at all (the closest he ever comes is a human-like snicker once in a while) and acts like a dog in most respects, but occasionally displays problem-solving abilities comparable to the humanoid sprites. For instance, there's the below example of him driving a car through a minefield in "Bad Bob".
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Goes with his incredible sense of smell.
- Made of Iron: Frisket's tougher than any of the other heroes.
- The Nose Knows: Can sniff out a virus under any circumstances.
- In Bad Bob, he sniffs out land mines, and steers around them. At the same time.
- Super Strength: He once got a hold of an Armored Binome Carrier and repeatedly smashed it around like a chew toy. On more than one occasion he anchors AB Cs from taking off by sinking his teeth into the bumper, up until it tears right off. He also caught a cannonball with his teeth once.
- Team Pet: Possibly one of the most intimidating examples of this trope ever.
- Undying Loyalty: Enzo once referred to him as feral, and he really does do as he pleases in general, but when it comes to Enzo? Not only would he face Megabyte, he'd face his superpowered upgrade, Gigabyte.
Format: Web Surfer
- Voiced by: Donal Gibson
Tropes associated with Ray:
- Awesome Aussie: Where he got the accent isn't explained.
- Captain Ersatz: Ray (especially when flying through the web) is an obvious homage to the Silver Surfer.
- Demoted to Extra: Season 4. Seriously, the only times he appears on-screen are brief, silent cameos. This was largely due to his voice actor being unavailable. And that his powers were plot breaking in the Daemon struggle.
- The Dulcinea Effect: One episode after meeting AndrAIa, he says he'd do anything to save her. Including some borderline suicidal actions. Like disagreeing with Matrix.
- Empathic Weapon: Or rather, Empathic Surfboard- er, Surfbaud.
- Love Triangle: Sort of. AndrAIa either doesn't notice he likes her or doesn't really care. Either way, it's fairly obvious that she stays with Matrix.
- Also note that while Ray initially and genuinely flirts with her, that's before he sees she's in a committed relationship. He otherwise backs off save some compliments, but Matrix misinterprets it out of jealousy.
- Nice Guy: In sharp contrast to Matrix.
- Product Placement: He has Motorola logo on his waist.
- Sky Surfing: Has flown his surfboard all over the Net and even through dangerous corners of the Web.
- Synchronization: Whenever his surfboard is hit, he will be incapacitated.
Mike The TV
"For only ninety-nine, ninety-nine, ninety-nine!"Mike is Bob's TV. Bob could never turn him off because the remote ran away. Mike talks a LOT. All the time. Usually reciting Stock Phrases, or advertisements he used to show. Around Mainframe, Mike is the closest thing to a news anchor, presenting news, narrating documentaries, and other such jobs in the visual medias (including speaking with the drawl often associated with televangelists, while infected by Daemon). Mike has a great talent at annoying other characters (although the Supervirus Daemon seemed to enjoy his company). He's a coward who will constantly remind people that he's a personal friend of Bob.
Voiced by: Michael Donovan
Tropes associated with Mike:
- ...And 99¢: The Bucket'O'Nothing ad has him state that it's available for only ninety-nine, ninety-nine, ninety-nine.
- Butt-Monkey: He often gets scared out of his wits to put over the threat(s) of the episode.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment/Fate Worse than Death: From "Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsor":Mike: Don't touch that dial! You're tuned to the Commercial Channel! All commercials, all the time. (Darkly) An eternity of useless products to rot your skeevy little mind forever.Mirror Bob: Aaaahhhhh!!!
- Cowardly Lion: Mike can actually be braver than most people give him credit for. Whether it's willingly helping Bob with his plan to stop Hexadecimal from wrecking Mainframe with the system's paint program, staying in Lost Angles to provide her with "therapy" for her after Bob removed her mask, or destroying a shadow monster, getting rid of Bob and Dot's Evil Counterparts and eventually winning the game of A Dungeon Deep, Mike's come through for the heroes more times than you'd think.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsor" sees Mike get trapped in a game with the main cast. To their surprise, he actually shows some ingenuity and becomes The Hero for once.
- Disability Immunity: In Enzo The Smart, Enzo attributes how Mike seems completely unaffected by the system-wide stupidity caused by Enzo's messing with the clock speed program to him not being able to get any dumber.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance, in "The Tiff," his voice sounds filtered like an old radio. It was dropped for all subsequent appearances.
- Kent Brockman News: Way too eager for ridiculous dramatics to take seriously as a reporter. But they let him do it anyway.
- Large Ham: "Surprise your friends! Amaze your family! ANNOY PERFECT STRANGERS!!!!!!... it's obviously nothing." Bob can't turn the volume down either.
- Motor Mouth: Mike talks at a thousand miles a minute when he gets a good head of steam. So don't let him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Often speaks in different impressions when doing Shout Outs. His regular voice also appears based on Phil Silvers.
- Out of Focus: For the Darker and Edgier Season 3.
- Phrase-Catcher: Everyone else tends to shout MIKE! at him when annoyed.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He knows Bob, you know!
- Unwitting Pawn: As part of her larger plan to infect the Net, Daemon arranged for a Web creature to enter Mainframe through Hexadecimal's looking glass. Mike accidentally shattering it with a loud opera show gave Daemon the opportunity she needed.
Format: Dedicated Server
- Voiced by: Michael Donovan
Cécil is a stereotypical French waiter at Dot's Diner. He is a video screen with arms and very French-looking facial features, although he has no legs. Instead he movies around on a pole attached to slide tracks in the ceiling. That is, until the diner is destroyed and his pole gets attached to a zipboard, allowing him to move more freely. He tends to be rude but is nevertheless loyal to his boss Dot.He resembles an old Macintosh computer, complete with a rainbow-coloured icon.
- "Wait at ze bar, wait at ze bar."
- "I am not a nanny."
- "That's Ceh-cil!" (After someone pronounces it Cee-cil).
- Camp Straight: Very prim, proper and finicky.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is especially snide towards Bob.
- French Jerk: Towards everybody.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a prick, but he's loyal to Dot.
- National Stereotypes: Specifically, French ones.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Usually serves as this, despite being a sprite of few smiles.
- He lights up the mood during the otherwise devastating system crash in End Prog. While others are comforting each other and just watching the chaos, a furious Cécil tries to deal with the drunken pirates.
- Voiced by: Gary Chalk
Turbo is the Prime Guardian, the leader of the Guardian collective operating out of the Super Computer and head of the Guardian council. Turbo's keytool is Copland.
- American Accents: A Southern one.
- Big Good: He's in charge of protecting the Super Computer and borderline systems.
- Heroic Build: A bit more muscular than Bob.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He was willing, albeit reluctantly, to follow the Guardian Council's decision to destroy Mainframe when a web creature was confirmed to have made its way there. Though he added a few more minutes on the bomb to give Bob time to get rid of it.
- Defector from Decadence: He was the only guardian to resist Daemon's infection (for a time), looking to find Bob, the only uninfected guardian, to see if he could help.
- Voiced by: Tony Jay, Timothy E. Brummund (Guardian Code)"I come from the Net. Infecting systems, people, and cities, to this place, Megaframe: my domain. My format, Virus: To corrupt and conquer!"
Tropes associated with Megabyte:
- Affably Evil: He's quite evil, but he's quite pleasant and refined, and even spared Bob and Dot's life because Bob saved him in a game. Not to mention the Rock Off mentioned under Pet the Dog. This is most notable during season 1, though as the show progresses, he becomes more and more Faux Affably Evil.
- Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice, courtesy of Tony Jay.
- Bad Boss: Megabyte doesn't treats the virals under his command very well. The same goes for Hack and Slash. Physical punishments is the order of the day for failures and everyone is considered expendable to him.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Taunts Matrix into putting down his gun and fighting him with his bare hands "like a real Sprite". Matrix obliges.
- Big Bad: Of Mainframe.
- Big Bad Wannabe: It's later shown that his dreams of infecting the Supercomputer were pure delusions of grandeur. The Guardians could have exterminated him any time they wanted, but Bob insisted on keeping him alive because he believed Megabyte could be reformed. Oops.
- The Chessmaster: His various schemes, especially his spectacular betrayal of Bob & takeover of Mainframe (both times)
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: And proud of it.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What he does to Hex in season 3 to force her into being a weapon for him. He has Herr Doktor install a pain collar around her neck, which Megabyte can activate via a control panel attached to his arm.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Everything that serves Megabyte is dark blue, with neon green markings. Even the sprites that bear his infection are dark blue, with neon green markings and green PIDs.
- The Comically Serious: A result of being Surrounded by Idiots.
- Demoted to Dragon: In Reboot: the Guardian Code, Megabyte is forced to serve the human hacker "the Sorcerer" to serve his mission in bringing humanity back to the dark ages.
- Determinator: He survives a trip into the web, just like Bob.
- The Dreaded: He's definitely the one spoken of in the most dire tones by the main heroes.
- Easily Detachable Robot Parts: While we never actually see Megabyte do it, his legs come off when he sits on his throne.
- Egopolis: His ultimate plan is to turn Mainframe into "Megaframe."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even with his goals, there are a couple things Megabyte finds barbaric: 'Mon fighting and reformatting viruses into sprites. Also, at one point, he's about to dissect Frisket and explicitly orders his minions to take Enzo away so he doesn't have to see it; of course, he still twists the knife by refusing to let Enzo say good-bye.
- Evil Brit: He speaks with a British accent and is the Big Bad.
- Evil Is Petty: In addition to his grand machinations, he disguises himself as Bob and almost manages to marry Dot just to screw with her and everybody else.
- Evil Laugh: Uncommon, but spectacular whenever he chooses to do one.
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Plan: It seems like he wants to take over Mainframe but it's actually a stepping stone to reach the Super Computer. Though he had smaller scales ones too.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Very deep, and he wields it well.
- Evil Versus Oblivion:
- The primary conflict between himself and Hexadecimal. Megabyte wants to rule over Mainframe with an iron fist, while Hex is so intent on burning it to the ground that she doesn't even care if she dies too. Given Megabyte's actions and Hex's obvious insanity, it's a rare case where the "oblivion" side is the more sympathetic of the two.
- This is why he assists in fighting off Web Creatures in season 2; he can't conquer a deleted system (especially since he'll be deleted along with it). It also presents him with a fantastic opportunity to take out Bob, which goes off without a hitch.
- Faux Affably Evil: From season 2 onwards. While still polite and Wicked Cultured, he's also more vicious, doing such things as gleefully torturing Hexadecimal and being willing to sacrifice his own minions to get what he wants. And when he gets really angry, he drops the act completely, running on all fours and roaring like a big cat.
- For the Evulz: Convinces everyone he is the real Bob and very nearly marries Dot because he could.
- Fusion Dance: Forms Gigabyte with Hexadecimal and the Web Creature. When that happens, you're dealing with Apocalypse How.
- Genius Bruiser: He has The Plan to manipulate and the muscles to intimidate.
- Graceful Loser: He's quite calm about his ruse being exposed in "My Two Bobs."Megabyte: (nonchalantly) I see my charade is at an end. A pity.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: He shows up for Enzo's birthday party in one episode, and not to wreck the place, but to perform an awesome guitar solo and give Enzo the guitar as a present.
- It Amused Me: When Bob demands to know why he went through with the "My Two Bobs" scheme, he freely admits that he did so for fun, even quoting the trope name word-for-word.
- Jerkass: Why did he decide to impersonate Bob and nearly marry Dot? Because he's a dick, that's why.
- Large and in Charge: He's huge compared to binomes and extremely large compared to most sprites, though Matrix is almost exactly the same size.
- Large Ham: Has his moments - with a voice like that, how can you not - though he can't quite compete with Hexidecimal.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Subverted; in Season 3, Megabyte convinces Matrix to throw his gun away and "fight like a real sprite." This gets Megabyte Punched Across the Room— which leaves a dent in Megabyte's armored chest (cue Oh, Crap! expression from Megabyte)— and then tackled through a wall, at which point Megabyte pulls out his Wolverine Claws. Then AndrAIa throws her trident at the two of them for Matrix to use.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can outrun his armored Binome Carriers despite attempts to go full speed, and when he catches up to it he can throw it around like a rag doll.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Made of Iron: He can take a lot of hits before he starts to slow down. His skin is even literally metallic.
- Motive Decay: As of season 4, he's gone from conquest of Mainframe to only caring about revenge. He even lampshades it:Megabyte: You're probably looking forward to one of my erudite speeches about me, Megaframe, the new viral dawn, et cetera et cetera. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to disappoint you. There is no grand scheme here. This is about revenge.
- It later becomes a complete inversion, when he ultimately mentions his function right from the start was just to prey on sprites and destroy everything. It turns out he decayed his motive a long time ago and is finally getting down to business.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Just because he sounds refined doesn't mean he won't fight like an enraged bear when pressed.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In early episodes, he was typically involved in humorous situations and rarely caused any permanent damage. However, this was largely due to Executive Meddling; after the show left ABC, Megabyte became far more evil and threatening.
- Oh, Crap!: After Matrix punches him across the room, he looks down and sees a dent in his chest. It's one of the first times anyone is ever seen as anything close to a direct physical match for him, and his expression is one of utter shock at the idea that Matrix could actually injure him without his Gun.
- Order vs. Chaos: The Order to Hex's Chaos. Megabyte is a dictator bent on domination.
- Pet the Dog: As horrible a being he is, his rock-off at Enzo's birthday was nice and awesome. He even gave Enzo his guitar as a birthday gift. He even turned the amp Up to Eleven!
- Post-Mortem Comeback: When Bob enters the core to save data and force a system restart, he encountered a program left behind by Megabyte, who was launched into the Web. It's a simulation of Megabyte, which can self-replicate, but all it does it taunt Bob.
- Psychotic Smirk: While most expressions of his beyond contempt range into this territory on an episodic basis, he gives his most terrifying one right before he rockets Bob into the Web.
- Punny Name: Has a huge jaw full of More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Hexadecimal.
- Slasher Smile: He gives one during his first fight with Bob in the fourth season.
- Super Strength: On par with Hack, Slash, and Frisket; Megabyte has overpowered giant Exo-Skeletons and thrashed armored tanks barehanded.
- Take Over the City: He'd prefer the Supercomputer, but until he gets access he'll take what he can get.
- The Virus: He has the power to turn a machine a deep steel blue (like himself) after which he can manipulate it at will. He turns things around quite handily this way in "Infected."
- Villains Want Mercy: After Matrix defeats him in season 3 and has him pinned down, facing the business end of AndrAIa's trident, Megabyte, while he doesn't outright beg, wheezes that Matrix can't kill him, as it would go against everything he stands for. Matrix ultimately decides to spare Megabyte on the grounds that he's Not Worth Killing.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: At the end of season 4, having become a Trojan Horse virus.
- Underestimating Badassery: He taunts Matrix into disposing of his gun and fighting hand-to-hand... and realizes what a bad move that was when Matrix punches him across the room.
- Wicked Cultured
- Wolverine Claws: He sports two mean sets of these, one from his fingers and one from his knuckles.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: One such example: in "The Great Brain Robbery" from season 1, he's aghast to find that his plan to shrink down Mouse, Hack & Slash to get into Bob's brain (so he can have access to the Supercomputer) has gone awry when they wind up in Enzo's brain instead. But once he realizes Enzo was brought into the Principal Office, past all the security, he immediately initiates plan B: getting into Mainframe's central system core.Megabyte: It's no Supercomputer, but not a bad catch either.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: From "Firewall": Enzo and AndrAIa exit a game and are confronted by Megabyte:Megabyte: "I have a message for your sister.Enzo: "I am a Guardian! I'm not your messenger!"Megabyte: *picks Enzo up by his throat* "You are what you have always been: a mere delivery boy. Do not provoke me further; it is by my will alone that you survive this encounter."
Hack and Slash
- Voiced by: Phil Hayes (Hack, first two seasons), Scott McNeil (Hack, last two seasons), Gary Chalk (Slash)
Tropes associated with Hack and Slash:
- Bash Brothers: Their raison d'etre.
- Butt-Monkeys: Initially, though they became less this after joining the good guys.
- The Ditz: Yeah, uh, if it hasn't already been established yet, they're idiots.
- Dumb Muscle: They're not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed, but they can punch someone the size of Gigabyte a significant distance.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Game Over," Slash saves Cyrus from deletion and lets him escape.Slash: I cannot do this. It is bad.
Hack: That's the whole idea!
- Heel–Face Turn: In season 3, they become good.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: Prior to their Heel–Face Turn.
- Jet Pack: This makes them slightly more useful.
- Made of Plasticine: Quite often, usually for comedic effect.
- Usually. Eventually Hexadecimal damages them to a point where they could no longer be fully repaired. Until the reboot.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Especially apparent come season 3 when their conscience catches up with them. They were perfectly happy doing Megabyte's bidding because they knew they wouldn't do any real harm because they knew Bob would always show up in the nick of time to twart them before they did anything bad. With Bob gone and Megabyte winning, they couldn't stomach what they were being made to do.Hack: Now you've done it... Megabyte is gonna be mad!
Slash: Ah, what's new? I miss Bob.
Hack: What? You crazy?
Slash: Bob always stopped us before we could do anything really bad... Now, nobody does...
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Both have numerous hidden extra weapons and arms, but usually to little effect.
- This is parodied when Matrix and AndrAIa are infected by Daemon. Hack holds AndrAIa back with both hands while Enzo talks to Matrix, and when AndrAIa is about to shout at Matrix, Hack pops a third arm out of nowhere to cover her mouth.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hack is, quite literally, the red to Slash's blue.
- Super Strength: Slash once punched Gigabyte clear across the energy sea back into Mainframe.
- Punch Clock Villains
- Those Two Bad Guys: Until their Heel–Face Turn, then they're just, well, Those Two Guys.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Hack and Slash bicker constantly. The sad thing is, that's just one reason they aren't so great at being henchmen.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness/You Have Failed Me (for the last time)Megabyte: Remind me next time we breach the firewall that Hack and Slash are to take point. I'm weary of their incompetence!
- Voiced by: Shirley Millner"I infect the entire net. I have spread through systems, peoples, and cities, from this place: Mainframe. My format? Virus; the Queen of Chaos."
Tropes associated with Hexadecimal:
- All-Powerful Bystander: She's able to do things that Megabyte strides for the entire series, such as invading the Principal Office or Finding the Supercomputer with just Her Whim. In her own words, while Megabyte got the smarts and crafty intellect from the fission into two viruses, she got the raw power and destructive lion's share of viral power.
- Ax-Crazy: The queen of chaos has several screws lose.
- Back from the Dead: In the tenth episode of The Guardian Code, she is alive, living in Lost Angles, and just as wicked as she was at the show's start. No explanation is given for her resurrection whatsoever.
- As it is implied that Austin's father owns Mainframe, he probably put in some algorithm to back it up from a much earlier state when it powered back on. So Hex would still be a virus committing acts of chaos "because it's fun".
- The Blank: She 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. This also happens in the PlayStation game.
- The Beastmaster: She can control nulls.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She's always had a thing for Bob, but her insanity would get the best of her. After he repaired her mask to emulate a real face, she felt whole for the first time, gaining a sense of perspective. Hex is still joyfully mad, but Bob is now more important to her than ever.
- Berserk Button: Unless she is the one doing this, harm Bob, and she'll make you suffer. Just ask Daemon.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Dot's Betty in season 4.
- Beware the Silly Ones: As delightfully hammy as Hex is in her antics and mood swings it is still pretty obvious that she can be a viable threat when she wants to be.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: After becoming a Sprite, she mellows out and begins to act less Axe-Crazy and more like this.
- Dark Action Girl: Easily one of the most physically powerful characters, well above Megabyte's level. If her insanity didn't hold her back, she'd be a cataclysmic threat rather than a capricious nuisance. When she joins with Megabyte and forms Gigabyte, we see what that power coupled with a sharp and sane mind can actually accomplish.
- Even Chaos Has Standards: When your attitude is bad enough to disgust the Queen of Chaos, it's time to take a good look at your code.
- Evil Laugh: Often, although it tends to lean towards Laughing Mad on more than one occasion (especially during season 3, in which she becomes even more insane than before).
- Expressive Mask: Averted, mostly. Her face is utterly static, and to change expression, she changes masks, though this happens instantly and generally happens any time her face is obscured from the viewer. Played straight once she gets defragmented — her mask becomes a fully expressive face.
- Fad Super: Her different looks over the course of the series have shades of this. Her original form comes off as a sort of evil East Village Bohemian who really played up the Mad Artist angle, whereas her second "Red Queen" costume has more of a goth/emo/BDSM vibe, which was just starting to become more mainstream around the time it debuted. Her "White Queen" Sprite form is less influenced by real fashion as it is by fantasy art, but by the time that rolled around fantasy was starting to become more mainstream, too.
- Femme Fatalons: She has razor-sharp claws.
- Flying Brick: She has those powers, as well as numerous others.
- Fusion Dance: Forms Gigabyte with Megabyte while infected by the Web Creature. When that happens, you're dealing with Apocalypse How.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes are always like this except when she's a sprite. Usually green, but tend to turn red when she's angry and/or psychotic. They have also been yellow, orange and blue on rare occasions.
- Go-Go Enslavement: In season three. However, she likes the outfit and keeps it even after breaking free.
- Good Costume Switch: After becoming a Sprite, her outfit changes from one with a red and black colour scheme to one of white and gold.
- Heel–Face Turn: By the end of season 3, much to Phong's discomfort.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In order to take down Daemon in season 4 and rid the Mainframe of her suicide Virus, she sacrificed herself because that would mean Bob still gets to live.
- Insane Equals Violent: She's completely psycho and has some very violent tendencies.
- Large Ham: Even static faces don't keep her from chewing scenery to bits.
- Love Redeems: For Bob, who despite all her madness, she never stopped having feelings for. It's what gives her incentive for her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Mask Power: Inverted; according to "Painted Windows," her mask actually keeps her transfinite power in check so she doesn't overload, making it a Power Limiter.
- Milking the Giant Cow
- Mood-Swinger:Hex: Ohhh, Bob. I don't know if I should talk to you or kill you!"
- Morality Chain: Bob is this for her.
- Enzo also proves to be this before her Heroic Sacrifice.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Reverses the Medusa bug when she realizes that with everything in eternal, unchanging stone, Mainframe was as unchaotic as it could get.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Even when she's not actively Ax-Crazy, she still acts pretty creepy.
- No-Sell: In her viral form, she's immune to Daemon's infection.
- No Face Under the Mask: Without the mask, her head is blank.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In "To Mend and Defend," she is perfectly willing to destroy the Principal Office - knowing full well it would destroy the entire system, including herself."Never mind. It will be glorious."
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Saves Bob and Mike from Scuzzy in Painted Windows, reminding her pet that the Guardian "belongs to her."
- Order vs. Chaos: The Chaos to Megabyte's Order. A Reality Warper who does everything and anything on a whim.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: In a way, she gives off that vibe in the first two seasons considering that she has no ulterior motives with her unlimited powers other than to simply cause chaos and how she never considers how her schemes could backfire (ie The Medusa Bug), almost like an unruly child who similarly acts out when they're bored and want attention.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: After becoming a Sprite.
- Reality Warper: In Painted Windows when she gets control of the paint tool.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes usually turn red whenever she's angered or just in plain psychotic mode.
- Right-Hand Cat: Scuzzy is essentially her pet.
- Sanity Slippage: She was insane to begin with, but her horrific injury at the beginning of Season 3 and subsequent torture at the hands of Megabyte only serve to make her even more psychotic.
- Sexy Walk: Even moreso than Mouse!
- Sibling Rivalry: With Megabyte. They don't get along and it is revealed that they are brother and sister.
- Sixth Ranger: After Bob defragments her, she joins the heroes.
- Slasher Smile: Her "Homicidal Glee"◊ mask is this, the source of many childhood nightmares.
- Get made Up to Eleven when infected by the Web Creature.
- Stalker with a Crush: Occasionally acts this way towards Bob.
- Story-Breaker Power: After she makes a Heel–Face Turn, she's so powerful that she would render Matrix, Bob and the rest of the cast useless. Hex was then depowered in season 4 so Daemon could still be menacing though she is temporarily repowered for a fight against Daemon. She was ultimately killed so a returning Megabyte could become an even bigger threat.
- Stripperiffic: Her default outfit consists of essentially bondage gear starting from season 3. Even when she gets a Good Costume Switch she keeps her corset, garterbelts, and stiletto heels.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Since Hex is so powerful she often has to be talked out of her plans, such as in The Medusa Bug:Bob: Peace and silence forever.
- Telekinesis: Enough to toss Bob around like a rag doll if she so chooses.
- Tsundere: Especially toward Bob. With a dash of Yandere, just for fun.
- Victory Is Boring: There was one time where her Evil Plan actually worked. She won. There was nothing Bob or anyone could do about it. "Peace and silence forever" as Bob put it. She had a panic attack and reversed the damage. Though it was less "Victory Is Boring" and more "That particular victory would be boring", because with everything in eternal, unchanging stone, she was now in a stagnant, predictable, orderly world, which as a self-described Queen of Chaos, was anathema to her.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Though she retains her powers after having her head unscrambled, leading her to do things such as teleport an entire invading army out of the city because Bob asked her nicely.
- When she gets depowered in Season 4 though, she mellows out even more. And when changed back, even more powerful than before, she goes right back to being crazy.
- Hex's madness may in fact be a subversion, believe it or not. Her fusing with Megabyte into Gigabyte implies that she could be a lot more destructive if she wanted to, but she finds fighting Megabyte and causing chaos in Mainframe to be a lot more fun. Gigabyte shows what happens when a No-Nonsense Nemesis gets ahold of that kind of power.
- Worf Had the Flu: Is unable to fend off a Web-infected Megabyte in Gigabyte due to having much of her power drained in the previous episode, Nullzilla.
- Yandere: As she softens towards Bob she becomes sweeter towards him, though she's still dangerous to anyone else around. Especially towards anyone trying to hurt Bob.
Format: Super Virus
"I am become Gigabyte, destroyer of systems!"
Voiced by: Blu Mankuma
Gigabyte is the combined form of Megabyte and Hexadecimal forced together by the Web creature. When he first appeared, his only stated goal was to absorb energy and reach his full potential. It's revealed much later that Gigabyte came first, and an accident split him into Megabyte and Hexadecimal. Originally a virus named Kilabyte who had failed to take over the supercomputer, he was set to be deleted before receiving a "viral upgrade" into the monster he is now. Dr. Matrix's experiment to contact other systems pulled Gigabyte into Mainframe, which had the effects of destroying the twin system into Lost Angles, and splitting him into his two composite pieces.
Tropes associated with Gigabyte
- Big "NO!": The defeat he suffers in his eponymous episode leads him to make one of these.
- Catchphrase: The above quote is used in both of his appearances in the series.
- Energy Absorption: In his first appearance, he's unable to use Hexadecimal's Reality Warper powers, and goes about stealing the energy from anything he can get his claws on to unlock his full potential.
- Fusion Dance: Between Megabyte and Hexadecimal. It's later revealed that he was the original.
- Greater-Scope Villain: As Megabyte and Hexadecimal split off from him, he's indirectly responsible for most events of the series, save Daemon, and is actually the reason Bob came to Mainframe in the first place.
- The Juggernaut: Gigabyte is nigh-on invulnerable to everything, and this is in his weakened state.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Gigabyte doesn't have Hex's madness nor Megabyte's ego or greed. He sets himself to a goal and sticks with it. When Bob tries to bait Gigabyte away by sending Glitch off, the larger source of energy, he simply remarked that taking the energy from two Sprites would do just as well.
- Red Right Hand: His right hand is a grizzly three digit claw with long yellow nails.
- Shout-Out: His above quote is a modified line from Bhagavad Gita."Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
- Top-Heavy Guy: Has a very bulky upper body.
- White Mask of Doom: His face is white, an allusion to Hexadecimal.
Format: Viral System Interface
Scuzzy is Hexadecimal's familiar. He is a small, cat-like creature who lives with his mistress in her lair, and serves as her pet and spy. He has a domed view screen on top of his head that can record anything he has witnessed, and is small enough to sneak into any area undetected (even Silicon Tor). He is very cunning, sly, and extremely loyal to Hex - although he isn't ignorant of the fact that she's crazy.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Painted Windows", Hex uses Mainframe's paint program to greatly increase his size.
- Cats Are Mean: It looks like a robotic cat.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Shows a lot of fangs whenever it opens its mouth.
- Out of Focus/What Happened to the Mouse?: He seems to completely disappear after "Game Over", until he appears as the bouncing ball during the musical number of the Season 3 finale. He also doesn't appear in Season 4 at all.
- Punny Name: Anyone ever heard of a SCSI (pronounced "scuzzy") interface?
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Scuzzy is small and kind of adorable.
- Right-Hand Cat: Scuzzy is Hexadecimal's pet.
- Silent Snarker: He gets a lot of use out of those eyebrows.
- The Speechless: The only noises he makes are little purring-type sounds, and the occasional screech.
- Undying Loyalty: For Hex, even though she's a particularly special kind of crazy.
Format: Super Virus
- "I am Daemon. I am the word. My format: Super Virus, my function; to bring unity to the net.""I am not an entity, I am a time. My time is now."Voiced by: Colombe Demers
Tropes associated with Daemon include:
- Affably Evil: Her personality is no act; she's a truly nice and angelic person who just happens to also want to cause the apocalypse.
- A God Am I: In contrast to Megabyte, who ran his throng of Viral Binomes like a totalitarian dictatorship, Daemon's organization is more akin to a religious cult. Amusingly, she even gets a (literal) TV Evangelist and a chorus of Faceless Goons singing gospel music about her.
- Apocalypse How: She would have crashed the entire Net. For the people in the series, that would likely be equivalent to Galactic or Universal on the trope's scale of scope.
- Baddie Flattery: She's very polite and considerate, and speaks admirably of the main character's love... Though some things she cannot tolerate.
- Berserk Button: She seems to despise Viruses turned Sprites, given her reaction to Hex. It should be noted, however, that her "berserk" never rises above mild annoyance (though she does trash Hex in the process). It's just weird because otherwise she's never seen to be anything but completely happy and polite, even when ordering her followers to commit suicide or getting shot at.
- She'll also apparently easily retract her feelings if the "offense" is changed. When Hex becomes her viral, psychotic old self again and fights Daemon, Daemon says "Why do you wish to stand against me? You are a virus; we should be friends."
- Bishounen Line: The most powerful Virus seen by far and the one closest resembling a Sprite.
- Big Bad: She took over the entire Net at one point.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Due to her function, she's unable to feel love or go against her programming, which compels her to infect and destroy all systems.
- Compelling Voice: Up to Eleven. Sprites and Binomes inside a system she infects will happily go to their deaths for her sake.
- Dark Messiah: Mike even acts as her televangelist.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The real reason Daemon has a French accent is because she's set up to be like Joan of Arc.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: She calls Mike Michel, and has a french accent.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: When she fights Hexadecimal. She is the oblivion, Hex is the evil.
- Expecting Someone Taller: She looks more like a Sprite than a supervirus. However, she is far stronger than her appearance suggests.
- Flying Brick: She flies, her finger can block the attack from a Mech that smacked Megabyte across the room, and she can go toe to toe with a super-powered Hexadecimal.
- Getting ":-D" Copied and Pasted Into Your Code: A secondary part of her infection.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Evil variation - her servants will prefer non-violent methods, no matter how deadly the opposition. Of course, she can afford the losses.
- Interim Villain: Fills in for Megabyte as the main antagonist until he returns from the Web.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: Complete with eventual "martyrdom".
- The Juggernaut: Daemon is nearly unstoppable. She doesn't even react to threats with physical force because she's almost impossible to damage and just mind controls them instead. It takes an empowered Hexadecimal to even slow her down.
- Knight Templar: She thinks the only surefire way to eliminate pain, war, and fighting is to eliminate all existence.
- Killer Rabbit
- Light Is Not Good: She's pretty and angelic, with a sweet and polite nature. But she's also out to destroy the entire Net.
- Mind Control: Her main ability is to enslave people to her whims.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: She's effectively indestructible. When Mouse tries to cut off her head with her sword, it not only fails to hurt Daemon, it doesn't even cut her hair, while Mouse's sword shatters on contact.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Her plan basically involves committing genocide.
- Reality Warper: When shot at with an exploding bullet, she reserves its explosion and reassembles the bullet. Note that this took place in the infected super computer.
- The Virus: She takes over the entire Net.
- You Have Failed Me: When one of her infected aides, Deacon, fails in his attempt to invade Mainframe, Daemon whispers a series of "ones" and "ohs" to him in binary code. He then continues the sequence, before ending with a final "...oh". He then explodes.
YES.The User is the owner of the computer that is Mainframe. He is He Who Must Not Be Seen because he's a human living in the real world, but he still plays a major role in the series, acting as an antagonist during the games. He is viewed by most of the inhabitants of Mainframe as some sort of god. Capable of both great evils (such as the city-leveling games) and goods (System Restore and new files). The User is generally seen in game cubes under the guise of a Player Character which the inhabitants of mainframe have to stop from winning.Tropes associated with The User:
- Ambiguous Gender: The use of male pronouns is purely conjectural, as we only ever see the User's input into the computer system. Most of the User's game avatars are male or have no discernible gender (pilotless vehicles, for instance), with the notable exception of the Barbie doll User from "Game Over".
- Collective Identity: It isn't exactly clear whether every game is played by the same User, so there may be more than one.
- Deus ex Machina: Or rather, god outside the machine. His gamecubes (not the console) fill that role often; when they don't, they serve only to make a situation worse by dropping at the worst times possible. The User himself performs that role more directly at the end of season 3 when he initiates a system restore to save Mainframe after a system crash. His role is even lampshaded by Dot:Where's a gamecube when you NEED one.
She's here. User, have mercy on the Net.
- At least Turbo sees the User as a godlike being, as exemplified when Daemon infects Mainframe:
- The Ghost: The User never makes a physical appearance. All we ever see are the characters' interactions with his player characters.
- Finally subverted in The Guardian Code, where it's revealed that Mainframe is a literal mainframe server that people log onto remotely to play games. We see at least one User, who promptly dusts off his copy of "Starship Alcatraz" from "The Tiff", implying he's the very same User who was thwarted all those years ago. Another User is implied to be Austin's father, since Mainframe was in his possession the whole time.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: The User is a dangerous implacable foe in the games, a creator of viruses that plague the Net, provider of upgrades, and repairer of the system.
- Obliviously Evil: The User obviously has no way to know that just playing a game on his computer can cause all sorts of suffering for the people living within.
Captain Gavin Capacitor (and his crew)
Format: Software Pirate
- Voiced by: Long John Baldry (Capacitor), Kathleen Barr (Princess Bula), Michael Donovan (Mr. Christopher)
- Action Girl: Princess Bula is very big and does a lot of fighting.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He could make more money as a legitimate merchant than as a pirate. When Dot points this out to him and backs it up with her business savvy, he immediately gives up piracy for honest work.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: "Is she really a princess?" "No! You want to tell her different?"
- Expy: Capacitor and Mr. Christopher are very reminiscent of Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
- Huge Girl Tiny Guy: The Princess falls in love with Specky, the nerdy one binome working in the Principal Office.
- Large Ham: Capacitor. Again, he's Robotnik after all.
- Nice Hat: Capacitor's pirate hat.
- Pirate Booty: Profit is their main concern.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: At first averted, but once the Pirates leave piracy for legitimate business, they fall into this trope, never being seen to do anything but act pirate-like.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Princess Bula has this effect on most people, although Specky seemed to warm up to her toward the end of Season 3.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: When Mr. Christopher mentions that they'll return from their voyage through the Web without a cent to their names...Captain Capacitor: Aye, lad, perhaps so, but there be other reasons to set sail besides profit!Crew: *GASP!*Captain Capacitor: ...like repaying a debt to a friend, for one! Sometimes, doin' the right thing, lads, is worth more than all the booty a swab can carry! *turns to Mr. Christopher with a Death Glare* Be I makin' meself clear, lad?
- The Stoic: The 1 Binome who's constantly peeling potatoes, no matter the level of danger surrounding.
- Tuckerization: Capacitor shares his first name with one of the show's co-creators.
- Verbal Tic: Yarrrrr!!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of Season 3, the crew is in Mainframe and seems poised to further help the Mainframers against Daemon. However, in Season 4, they are never seen doing so and - outside of a cameo - most (including Capacitor himself) never appear. A quick shot of a vid window in "Daemon Rising" suggests Capacitor at least has been captured, but it is never made clear through dialogue and the whole crew goes unmentioned.
- Several of them are seen at Dot's wedding though.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Capacitor to Matrix, when Matrix refuses out of hand to release Ray Tracer from prison while breaking out the crew of the Saucy Mare.
Other Binomes of Note
- The WWII Pilots, Binky & Sir
- Specky, Dot's nerdy assistant.
- Cyrus, colleague of Dot, secretly working for Megabyte.
- The Star Trek Nerds: Not actual characters, just fanboys.
- Herr Doktor (His actual name!) and his Igor-esque assistant Bunnyfoot, both extremely loyal to Megabyte.
- Al, his waiter, and his roller skating waiter.
- The Viral supremacists.
- The Binome family - Jimmy, the unnamed female zero binome, and their baby one binome.
- Afro binome."Oo-er."
- Sailor Scouts (Sailor Moon)
- Jean-Luc (Star Trek: The Next Generation) has two: a 1 very much like the genuine article and a one-off 0 that acts like a Picard fanboy.
- Shatner (Star Trek)
- Fax Modem and Data Nully (The X-Files)
- Data Nully was actually voiced by Gillian Anderson because she was a fan of the series.
- Indiana Jones binome (once even seen running from the giant 8-Ball, Indiana Jones)
- Leave it to Beaver Family (Leave It to Beaver)
- Hue (James Bond)
- The Blues Brothers
- Village People (or rather, "The Small-Town Binomes")
- Lieutenant Chauncy.