Fridge / Code Lyoko
This page is for showcasing noteworthy moments of Fridge Brilliance
or Fridge Horror
in Code Lyoko
. Note that any Fridge Logic
examples do NOT belong here — put them on the series' Headscratchers page, instead.
- Aelita's first materialization at first raises the question, "Where'd she get the clothes?" Then comes the reveal that she's human, and suddenly it makes sense.
- Jérémie said that one's appearance on Lyoko likely corresponds with one's own subconscious desires; Aelita's childhood toy — an elf named Mr. Puck — explains her elfin appearance.
- Sometimes when Aelita deactivates a tower, we see her doing a backflip as she ascends to the next panel. At first this seems to be just for show, but it turns out that it has a purpose after all. Think about it — the second panel is directly above the first, and Aelita has to walk into the centre before she can ascend. If she didn't do a backflip, she'd smack into the bottom of the panel!
- Why do the uncontrolled towers in Lyoko glow blue earlier on, and white in later seasons? Simple: White is Franz Hopper's color. After Franz Hopper reveals himself, Lyoko recognizes its master.
- Yumi's status as the Designated Victim makes a bit of sense - She's the only one who lives off-campus. So thus, she's an easier target for XANA to pick on. If she goes missing? It's much much harder to cover since there can't be an easily-fashioned cover story explaining her absence.
- When Aelita tells the principal that she's an orphan to protect her cover in the episode "Wrong Exposure", she's not actually lying. Since her father is trapped in the internet and later dies and her mother's whereabouts are unknown, she is an orphan.
- As pointed out in the main page, Lyoko is Gratuitous Japanese for "travel." This makes sense when one thinks about it: Franz Hopper created Lyoko and XANA to stop Project Carthage. Lyoko was probably the program he used to let XANA travel into Carthage, as a sort of bridge to destroy the program. Even after Lyoko was repurposed as a virtual world, XANA's ability to use it as a means of sending spectres out into the real world seem to evoke this.
- Why are there 3 scanners? It's because Franz Hopper intended to not only go to Lyoko with Aelita, but also his wife Anthea too.
- Ulrich, Yumi(her attempted possession wasn't shown on-screen),and Odd are able to resist being possessed. This could be because, when a human is possessed by a specter, their body becomes virtual. Ulrich, Odd, and Yumi can't be possessed by a specter because their bodies are used to being virtual from their trips to and from Lyoko!
- The Protagonist-Centered Morality in Season 1 is actually not entirely out of character when you take into account that the characters are essentially in Middle school - Children, especially those with developing minds (like say, Middle schoolers) often have centric moralities.
- XANA sends Kankrelats to the real world: once in "False Start" and again in "Hard Luck". Their appearance in each bear a number of differences from the other, from the shape of XANA's eye to how their lasers are depicted firing. Since the episodes in question aired in Seasons 1 and 4, respectively, it could easily be explained as nothing more than Art Evolution. But then consider how they were sent to Earth: the "False Start" Kankrelats were physically materialized through the scanners, while the "Hard Luck" ones were "translated" on site via polymorphic specters.
- At the end of the Season 4 episode "I'd Rather Not Talk About It", a Jim-centric episode, Jérémie accepts Jim's offer to come to his next boot camps, even if he was unfit for the first one. His friends don't understand why he would go through this tough training again. However, it makes more sense if you take into consideration that: 1. He and Aelita organized this session with Jim so the whole group would become physically better in the real world, in case of a potential XANA attack, and 2. A few episodes earlier, he mentions that XANA knows the Lyoko-Warriors can barely make the Supercomputer work without Jérémie, thus the destructive AI has centered its attacks on the brainy teen. With this in mind, Jérémie likely realized he needs this physical training, as for the moment he's the one in the group least capable of fending off a XANA attack in the real world, and it could help him during future encounters to be a little more trained on the physical side.
- In Marabounta, Jeremy explains the Marabounta turning against Aelita because of the virus XANA put inside her at the end of season 1. Season 2 finale reveals she had no virus to begin with. Then why did the Marabounta turn against her ?
- Word of God admitted it was a scenaristic mistake, but said you could assume Aelita had a special connection to Lyoko, which might explain what happened.
- Considering XANA was using a data fragment that contained her past memories to connect her to the A.I., the Marabounta likely detected this connection and sought to eliminate any trace to XANA as it was programmed.
- Same episode, why would XANA choose to leave and even show some form of respect through it's monsters after the fight instead of trying again to kill most of the crew and steal those memories it needed? Perhaps grudging respect for Jeremy having created something about as horrifically destructive as itself. XANA being a very twisted, manipulative, and generally destructive intelligence may actually have seen some beauty in the Marabounte.
- Why exactly did they decide to shut down the Supercomputer at the end of the series ? At this point, XANA was gone, making the machine harmless. While there was no use to keep it active either, they still act like it was dangerous...
- The thing works with nuclear fuel (don't remember if uranium or plutonium). Having no idea on how to deal with leaks or trust into the government to not abuse of it, they shut it off while they learned how to safely take apart the nuclear reactor.
- Probably the symbolism of their job being done. The Supercomputer was basically their weapon, so once the war was over, they no longer needed to be armed.
- The show treats programming and software realistically. Now imagine, one day, while an empty Lyoko is running, it suddenly runs into a bug. Reality: Broken.
- Also Marabounte was kind enough to show us that emergent intelligence is relatively easy to accomplish in Lyoko, from a simple program designed to search and destroy to full blown independent being in one afternoon, the last thing they need is another XANA taking for naturally when they haven't bothered to watch Lyoko in years or some backup program comming online.
- In the season 1 episode "Just in Time", Aelita gets deleted after deactivating the tower because of bugs in the system. However, they bring her back by virtualizing a strand of her hair (which Jérémie had successfully materialised at the beginning of the episode), which supposedly contains her entire genetic code. But if that's true, they wouldn't really be bringing back Aelita at all; rather, they'd be making an exact clone of her. Now, at the time, this wouldn't be such a big deal, but when we discover that she's really human, this opens up a lot of awkward possibilities...
- She was reformatted, not deleted. Scanning the hair simply allowed the computer to salvage her from the system, separating her from the data belonging to Lyoko itself.
- Not to mention that you can actually salvage a lot of what you delete from your computer. Even if it says "permanently deleted", it's just been removed from the registry and cannot be retrieved easily.
- Speaking of which, it has been stated that Aelita would have "disappeared forever" if she had been killed (which could have happened to Yumi too in "Missing Link" and possibly all of them when the scanners are disabled... Just what would that mean, exactly? think about it.
- Code Lyoko has enough Nightmare Fuel as it is, especially regarding falling into the Digital Sea, but the show becomes even more horrifying when you consider how the five protagonists must feel about the whole thing, especially from season three onwards. After all, they're constantly at risk of being murdered by XANA — he could attack at any moment at all, and they have to be ready to fight him. Consequently, they can never truly relax. Also, whenever the gang are exploring the network in the Skid, there's always the considerable risk that something might go wrong with it, or one of them might become "lost at sea". If that happens, eventually the Skid would run out of energy, and then they'd end up in the Digital Sea, which as mentioned previously, isn't a good idea. And of course this is happening whilst the main characters are right in the middle of puberty, so you can imagine the turmoil they must feel. Just to finish all of that off, they also aren't allowed to tell anybody about XANA in the hopes of getting some help, because that would break the Masquerade. How they made it through the show without becoming mentally ill is a mystery...
- This opens up a bit of Fridge Logic: Given that they're probably been stressed horribly because they know that an evil computer that they can't shut off is trying to kill them, why is it that in the final episode, all but Yumi hesitated to turn off said evil computer when they were finally able to, after two years.
- Not necessarily; they all give perfectly good reasons to feel hesitant about it. Moreover, XANA, the real evil inside the computer, was gone at this point, making the Supercomputer technically harmless. Plus, would you really just go back to normal life after living that kind of Sci-Fi adventure for two years and acting like all of this never happened ?
- It's not a mystery why that didn't happen. Aelita has uncontrollable flashbacks including seeing her mother kidnapped, hallucinations, numerous suicide attempts, etc. She clearly at least has PTSD, Dissociation, and probably other mental problems. I always thought that Jeremie had Asperger's Syndrome, "not really a major mental problem, but the stress clearly brought out some symptoms." On top of that, Jeremie actually did suffer mental deterioration in one season 2 episode. There's how Aelita and William both reacted to seeing the scyphozoa after the first time, hello tentacle mind rape flashbacks. They DID have mental problems.
- Another one, only this time focused on a single episode rather than the show as a whole. At the end of "Bad Connection", Odd shows his latest mini-film, which reveals Sissi wrapped in a duvet, and emerging "as a beautiful butterly". That's cute and all... until you realise that in order to film that footage in the first place, he'd have to have stuck a camera in her room without her knowledge. Here's where the Fridge Horror comes in — what else could Odd have filmed? How do we know he didn't keep some of it for "personal use"? Oh, and considering that Odd is a G-rated pervert, who's to say that Sissi is the only girl he's done this too? (Oh, and on top of all that, Sissi's father was watching the film, and he just assumed that Sissi was OK with this? It's amazing that Odd didn't get expelled...)
- Similarly, in the Season 1 episode "Big Bug", the group tricks Sissi and Hervé into a compromising position together, taking a photo of it and joking about selling it to Milly and Tamiya to put in the school paper. Well, evidently they were just joking and didn't go through with that idea, because it is highly unlikely Hervé would still be at that school if they did, as the photo would make it look like he sexually assaulted Sissi...and since this is prior to her Character Development, Sissi wouldn't hesitate to throw Hervé under the bus and agree with that outlook if she was questioned about it.
- The William Clone (Muffin II, if the fan nickname ever caught on), being deleted at the end with no apparent remorse. Not to say it wasn't neccessary; just changing his DNA would still leave a double or a stranger with an unusual personality roaming the campus. And fixing that would make it hard to shut down Lyoko if he chose to defend it. But it seems strange that Jérémie, Aelita, or even William don't give any thought to a being they created to resemble a person he could never actually become, in the form that Jérémie once thought Aelita was. Not to mention he helped Jérémie protect the supercomputer in "A Lack of Goodwill", either to save his creator (adds a sad note to the horror), save his data (which would mean he had a survival instinct), or to destroy the real William (emphasizing that his whole purpose is to become someone who already exists and is not him). And now for where the horror comes in: Jérémie updated the clone using some of the data used to make XANA's A.I. Emergent Qualities might not matter anymore if his capacity to learn is intact.
- Jérémie did update the clone, but after the Return to the Past, he confirmed that he had deleted the update to William's clone personality. The clone itself (in "Down to Earth") said "to be specific, I'm a digitally generated random polymorphic energy field controlled by a basic non-evolving behavioral program". Non-evolving meaning anything not programmed into its artificial intelligence would not be done or even considered, because it was a rigid program.
- In "Ghost Channel", Aelita proves able to, more or less, do exactly what XANA did in the first season if she wanted to, and she has the potential to be far deadlier if she had the same lack of morals he did. (She has no need for the towers, meaning she could do so unopposed. Combine this with the fact that Aelita was incredibly powerful during the "Valentine's Day" episode, where she was possessed by XANA (likely just as powerful as William eventually would become.) The Fridge Horror here is when you consider what she and XANA might have been able to accomplish if he had been able to control her more often.
- It's mentioned several times throughout the series that returning to the past won't revive anyone who has died. How did the main characters figure THAT one out?
- It could have been no one they knew; a report over a news network or newspaper or the like.
- OR they didn't know it'd leave people dead, and just didn't want to take the risk.
- Maybe it was mentioned somewhere in Franz Hopper's notes?
- The reason is kind of self-explanatory if you are to believe the techno-babble explanation of the physics for the return to the past program, in extremely simple terms they are not traveling through time, they are reverting the universe back to the way the computer recognizes it prior to the attack up to 24 hours. In other words time hadn't technically changed, they just rebuilt the preexisting environment therefore if someone dies they "literally" are still are dead.
- It has also been suggested that the supercomputer keeps a backlog of everything that happened since it had been turned on in order to do so, therefore it can be assumed that when the return to the past program is implemented the Lyoko Warriors aren't actually capable of remembering but it is the computer that helped them retain their memories when it activated. This brings across a kind of Fridge Horror when you think about the fact that anyone is capable of programing the computer to reinsert there memories, proven to be true in Code Lyoko Evolution.
- The Replikas are generated from lab supercomputers infected by XANA all over the world. Of all those labs, only the one generating the Forest Replika had its (xanafied) original workforce shown. What exactly did XANA do with the workforces from the other labs ? Even worse, when Odd and Yumi visited the lab in Russia, they find out XANA is experimenting on what appears to be brains.
- Even worse when you consider the fact XANA can activate towers in his Replikas without any interruption, since the Lyoko-Warriors are miles away. The people inside the labs probably went through the same Nightmare Fuel the Lyoko-Warriors live with everyday... except with no virtualization, no way to fight back, no way to disactivate the towers, and no return to the past to fix the mess.
- Aelita's fate if she and her father had succeeded in living safely on Lyoko. Sure, she and her father would be safe from the threat of the government, but think about it: She would live forever, in an empty world with only her father, with no chance of returning to Earth. She would never age, and, more tragically, never have a normal life, being forever locked in another world with her dad. Basically a case of And I Must Scream when you think about it.
- That being said, Aelita and Franz both had a substantial measure of control over the world of Lyoko, either by using the supercomputer or just being present in Lyoko itself. Xana, who has just about the same control as Aelita, created monsters, made specters (AND said monsters) in the real world, and even took over William for quite a while. Franz has, from my knowledge, taken over Xana's monsters, protected his daughter from death with NO form of virtual generality, and even changed things in Lyoko while living on the World Wide Web. (I think I am getting that last one wrong, though.) Like a comment I saw above, Aelita doesn't require a tower like Xana, she could have made millions of Clone!William-esque people without having to lift a finger. This way, she wouldn't technically be lonely. She wants a boyfriend? Boop! He's sneaking in the tower at night. This does, however, add to the Horror. She felt lonely so she MADE a boyfriend, wanted some fun with people her age so she MADE friends, and even MADE a mega-bitch rival/bully to feel at least little like a normal girl. Side note: an above comment said that there were three scanners because Franz planned on bringing Anthea. If it all went the way Franz wanted, Aelita would have the two of them with her. If not, that would mean that she would probably make an virtual fill-in of her own mother. I guess that adds even more.
- Literally the only reason that the Warriors are endangering the entire world is to save one human being.
- Which becomes a horrible form of Fridge Brilliance when you think about how that probably explains Aelita's Martyr Without a Cause tendencies. The rest of the gang has decided that it's perfectly acceptable to put the world at risk to save one person they know and care about, but Aelita hasn't. She becomes less impulsively selfless as time goes on because she's no longer connected to the supercomputer and no longer feels indirectly responsible for the XANA attacks.
- Let me top that: they're endangering the entire world to save what they thought it was an artificial being. Again, this explains even further Aelita's Martyr Without a Cause: since she thought she was an artificial being, she thought her existence wasn't worth a "true" human being, and wasn't willing to let the others to take so many risks for her. For example, remember the episode when Xana pulled a Batman Gambit by stealing Yumi's DNA code?
- Going to Lyoko is treated as a form of travel. But Lyoko is a computer generated world made of data. You can't travel to data, you can only add a virtual copy of your consciousness to perceive it. So every time the Lyoko Warriors are virtualized, a virtual copy of themselves is placed on Lyoko. Fair enough. But when the scanners open afterward, it shows their bodies are not there. So it appears that every time someone goes to Lyoko, a copy of themselves is placed on Lyoko while their body is destroyed, and every time they are devirtualized, that copy is deleted while their body is rebuilt in the scanners. It seems to work out for the Lyoko warriors, but it's kind of unsettling that they're pretty much killed and brought back to life every time they go to Lyoko and back.
- In "Echoes", Jeremie reveals that he had no friends before Lyoko; sad but understandable. Then he follows it up with explaining his fears that the rest of the gang will abandon him once the Supercomputer is no longer part of their lives. How badly was he bullied to believe that the kids who would risk their lives for his sake (and have proven it numerous times) would drop him like a rock the minute XANA was out of the picture?
- In "Claustrophobia", it was pure luck that Jeremie and Yumi left the cafeteria before it got sealed off. If they hadn't, there would have been no one to stop XANA.