"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."
"This is bad. Very bad."
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.
Catch Phrase: "I don't think so!", "This is bad. This is very bad", "Not good! This is not good!" and "Stay frosty!".
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.
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."
The Other Darrin: Michael Benyaer voiced him in the first two seasons. Ian James Corlett took over in Seasons 3 and 4. However, in the fourth season, Benyaer returned to voice Bob for flashbacks, and also to voice the "second" Bob in the latter half of that season.
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.
GlitchFormat: KeytoolGlitch is Bob's keytool. It has the ability to become any object on command, as well as other powers such as analyzing 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.
The Unintelligible: Though it rarely speaks, Glitch's speech consists of beeps and whirring sounds.
Dot MatrixFormat: Command.Com
"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."
"Rule number one: know more about your enemy than they know about themselves!"
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.
Heroic BSOD: 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.
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.
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.
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 strongBad Ass 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). Also, because of a fluke involving a system restore, there is both a young Enzo and the Adult Enzo (usually just called Matrix to differentiate) running around Mainframe. The former annoys the latter to no end.
Badass: Both of them. Especially for the younger Enzo in season four, after defying Dot's orders and winning the game that he was supposed to lose and escape Mainframe from, and convincing his infected older brother to change his icon. This cured him, and he quickly then cured most of the others including Hexadecimal, who was the only one who stood any possible chance against Daemon. It may not sound like much, but because of this Enzo was instrumental in saving the entire net from complete annihilation, which was only mere moments away if he hadn't intervened when he did.
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.
Electronic Eyes: Matrix's prosthetic eye lets him detect viruses, aim his gun, and use telescopic vision.
Eyepatch After Time Skip: 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.
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.
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.
I Got Bigger: Holy crap did he ever. Enzo was half the size of Bob while Matrix is taller than all but Megabyte.
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 Sprites to join the cause.
The Other Darrin: As a child, Enzo has been voiced by no less than five different actors. This was done because the creators wanted to have a child voice Enzo, so he had to keep getting re-cast. The fifth voice actor was used exclusively for the very young Enzo seen in flashbacks during season four.
"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.
(Bob's mangled hover board is tossed through the window.)
Bob: Ever hear of a Frisket?
Enzo's dog. He has been known to chew tanks and growl at Bob.
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".
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.
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.
PhongFormat: System Administrator
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."
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.
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.
AndrAIaFormat: Game Sprite (A.I.)
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.
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.
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: Somewhat. 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.
Spock Speak: As a child. She grew out of it during the timeskip.
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 every other female in the series...
Unwilling Pawn: Twice, which cemented her decision to join the good guys.
Format: Web SurferA type of enhanced Search Engine, Ray meets Matrix and AndrAIa in a desert system where he is being detained by the authorities. He ends up joining their group because he can guide them through the Web, although he simultaneously causes Matrix much grief by flirting with AndrAIa. But in the end, Matrix accepts him. Ray later becomes the love interest of Mouse.
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.
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.
"I come from the Net. Infecting systems, people, and cities, to this place, Megaframe: my domain. My format, Virus: To corrupt and conquer!"
The Big Bad. A virus that styles himself after an Evil Overlord. He alternatively seeks to take over Mainframe or enter the Super Computer, where he could infect its vast resources to take over the entire Net. He is The Virus, having the ability to infect Binomes and turn them into his Mooks. He is very powerful, so much that only three people would dare face him one-on-one in direct combat: Bob, Matrix and Hexadecimal. Oh, and speaking of Hexadecimal, she is his sister.
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.
Oh Crap: After Matrix punches him across the room, he looks down and sees a dent in his chest. The look on his face is him realizing that Matrix throwing his gun away wasn't overconfident pride, it was leveling the playing field.
Pet the Dog: As horrible a being he is, his rock-off at Enzo's birthday was nice and awesome.
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.
Wolverine Claws: He sports two mean sets of these, one from his fingers and one from his knuckles.
Hack and Slash
Format: RobotMegabyte's two bumbling henchmen who often screw up their given tasks. Both are rather fond of Bob despite being his enemy and have aided him on occasion. Not willing to cross the Moral Event Horizon by deleting a binome on Megabyte's orders (because Bob wasn't there to stop them, in their own words) or left for dead, they later join the side of good. Hack, the red one, has a higher-pitched voice (the voice of Rattrap, to be precise) and tends to be rather callous, while Slash, the blue one, has a deeper voice and is more sensitive and kind than Hack.
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.
"I infect the entire net. I have spread through systems, peoples, and cities, from this place: mainframe. My format? Virus; the Queen of Chaos."
A benign virus and Megabyte's sister who lives in the ruins of Mainframe's former twin city, now known as Lost Angles. Essentially chaos incarnate, using the title of The Queen Of Chaos, with unpredictable mood swings and a flair for art and drama. Starts out rather villainous, but mellows out under Bob's influence, and in fact joins the heroes as a Sixth Ranger during season 4. Hexadecimal is powerful. REALLY powerful. As in she can single handedly massacre Megabyte's entire forces on her own without breaking a sweat, and Megabyte knows better then to engage her in a straight-on fight.
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.
Berserk Button: Unless she is the one doing this, harm Bob, and she'll make you suffer. Just ask Daemon.
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.
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.
Format: ApplianceMike 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.
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.
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.
ScuzzyFormat: Viral System InterfaceScuzzy 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.
The Speechless: The only noises he makes are little purring-type sounds, and the occasional screech.
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.
CécilFormat: Dedicated ServerCécil 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.
Catchphrase: "Wait at ze bar, wait at ze bar." "I am not a nanny." "That's Ceh-cil!" (After someone pronounces it Cee-cil).
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.
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."
Daemon is by far the most powerful virus to ever hit the Net. She's a kind and gentle person when you talk to her, but she can enslave entire systems with a touch, will sacrifice any number of troops to achieve her goals, and is out to crash the entire Net.
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."
Big Bad: She took over the entire Net at one point.
You Have Failed Me: When one of her infected aides 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.
The UserFormat: N/AThe 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".
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:
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 PirateCaptain Capacitor (Or, as he likes being called, "The Crimson Binome") is the captain of the Saucy Mare and its crew of pirates. He is a one binome and a fairly honorable man. Originally dealt in piracy, until Dot convinced him that legal business was more profitable (the damage done to his operation by kidnapping Bob, who subsequently escaped helped drive the point home). He later became an ally of Mainframe, especially Matrix, whom he helped search the web for Bob. His crew includes his nerdy accountant Mr. Christopher, and Princess Bula, an Amazonian giant one binome.
Captain Capacitor: Aye, lad, perhaps so, but there be other reasons to set sail besides profit!
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.
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.
Binomes of NoteGeneric Parody
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.