Phong knew all along that Enzo, AndrAIa and Friskit survived.In "Number 7", Matrix's dream/nightmare was created by Phong through some psychic connection, similar to with Dot in "Identity Crisis, Part 2". The dream Phong is the REAL Phong. This may have happened inadvertently while Phong is being tortured by Megabyte.
Mainframe's User is a little kid.Plays games all the time, never erased the RAM which spawns the game characters in System Crash, only updated the system files once, never ran a virus scan before the system crashed, didn't even try to fix the system when Megabyte destroyed it, and after the system crashed he only types YES when the computer asked for a system restore. The user was simply to young to know how to do anything on a computer other than play games.
Games are only harmful to systems that already have a viral infectionThat is, games only compound the system errors caused by Viruses, the most common and prominent of which is Nullification. Systems that are clean don't have anything to fear from losing games but viruses are so prevalent and the effects of their infestation are so ingrained into public consciousness that no system dares running the risk of losing a game.
Mainframe does not have one UserBut several, it's a family computer that everyone is taking turns using and playing with. This is why the User seems so inconsistent, there is actually one one tech-savvy person in the family and everyone else is screwing around, playing games, downloading viruses from the net and generally causing problems for everyone else.
ABC was afraid that CGI would take over Western Animation.All the Executive Meddling ABC did to ReBoot was an attempt to force the show to fail and kill the medium before Follow the Leader took effect and spawned a wave of CGI shows that would replace traditional Western Animation. While ReBoot survived the meddling, ABC succeeded in preventing Follow the Leader and delayed the wave of CGI shows for about a decade. ABC's motive for this was to maintain the Animation Age Ghetto by preserving the Status Quo of Western Animation.
The User is a genuine Eldritch Abomination.And I don't mean on a Humans Are Cthulhu scale. Nothing the User does and nothing about the Net and the Web make any sense when applied to our computers. It's easier to believe that sprites and binomes are human-scale entities in a universe run by creatures that would drive real-world humans mad on sight.
Hexadecimal isn't a true virusShe's a living viral upgrade. When Kilobyte upgraded to Gigabyte it was stated to have skipped a generation. However, as it was upgrading it was teleported away by Welman Matrix and seperated into two viruses. Megabyte is the real virus, the skipped generation, strong, persistent and infectious. Hexadecimal is the interrupted upgrade, she's raw power given form, her chaotic behaviour is due to a lack of purpose. Notice how, throughout the entire series, Hexadecimal lacks a function, no other character has this problem. Every single virus we see is on a mission to infect or destroy but Hexadecimal just sits around until she gets bored and then stirs up some trouble, not even seeming particularly bothered when she is ultimately thwarted and even switches sides without much thought or effort. Further notice that Gigabyte really is little more than Megabyte with Hexadecimal's powers.
Mainframe's User rents all of his/her games.Assuming all of those games run off a disk and are not installed into the computer this explains why the User rarely plays the same game twice. He/She rents a game, plays once and loses, says WTF this game sucks, and returns the game immediately.
Number 7 Wasn't a dream.That system was really a Playstation and The User had loaded the ReBoot video game for the console. But since Matrix was in the game Recursive Canon kicked in and destabilized the game code. As Matrix derailed the game looking for the Number 1, the game code continued to deteriorate and all sense of logic was lost, resulting in a Mind Screw. Matrix's "chat" with young Enzo finally crashed the game and rendered Matrix unconscious while the User went back to playing a golf game. Being a game sprite AndrAIa's memory was reset when the ReBoot game crashed and had no idea why Matrix was unconscious, and decided to tease Matrix by saying he was knocked out by a golf ball.
Daemon was the Y2K bug.Think about it; a virus threatens the entire net and is going to cause the entire thing to crash, at a specific time. At the end of the day the virus disappears and no systems crash at all.
The User is The Angry Video Game NerdI can just picture the user being AVGN reviewing awful games. He could be complaining about The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard and Game Breaking Bugs. That also explains why he never plays the same game twice: he destroys the ones he thinks are bad
Hex isn't exactly deadI mean, how can she make the closing narration if she's dead? In memory of Hexadecimal. Format - Virus: Savior of the Net.
Matrix's Eye can read sprite codeThat's why he took an instant dislike to Ray Tracer. He was hope to stop him from meeting AndrAIa, since what he would do then was written all over his code.
There was no retcon of Bob's backstoryJust because he originally went to Mainframe earlier than we thought doesn't mean he stayed there. We saw the other Guardians show up shortly after he followed Kilobyte's signal. They likely cleaned up the damage caused by the explosion and took Bob back to the supercomputer to finish his training. Bob finished his training and went on to be a great Guardian, catching Mouse and earning himself a great reputation which in turn caused Turbo to grant him the opportunity to test his theory in Mainframe.
Matrix spared Megabyte in Showdown because of the episode Talent Night.Because in that episode, Megabyte gave Enzo a guitar for a birthday present. After rocking out with it for absolutely no reason other than "I've always wanted to do that". It was just barely redeeming enough to justify sparing Megabyte one time.
Mouse is the avatar of a UserIf I recall correctly, Mouse was stated to be a hacker. And if we assume that Reboot terminology is consistent with real life terminology, that would make Mouse a true hacker. (leap of logic goes to Trinity from The Matrix before she woke up?) As a result, she IS a user and her appearance is merely an avatar to prevent the denizens of Mainframe from effectively looking at an Eldrich Abomination.
Mouse is MouseStemming from the above, Mouse in reboot could be an avatar of Mouse from The Matrix. It's already shown that he likes to program female characters.
The User in "Game Over" was using a cheat codeTake a look at that fighting game, and tell me that Zaytan wasn't the final boss. Which would make Enzo managing to go all three rounds against him at that time all the more impressive.
Mouse is a Game SpriteLet's look at the signs:
There were no backups of Mainframe or its sister city prior to the sister city's destructionHow do we know?
Bob wanted to reform Megabyte because viral infections last beyond the death of the virus.There's a lot of callous behavior toward the viral binomes while Bob wanted to spare Megabyte. However, there might be a good reason: when virals lose their commander, they still try to live up to their standing orders. Megabyte's army would likely be in open revolt and try to exterminate their infector's killers. However, if Megabyte could be reformed, then they could cleanse Megabyte's army in short order.
Hex's gift hasn't completed its functionNull creature body and voice just isn't glorious enough to be all it did. When the time is right, little Enzo will go viral and save the day as a virus.
The Spectral System is a MacNote that the inhabitants are different from ordinary people often seen in the series (Spectrals instead of Sprite and Binomes) so the way that system operates isn't like the others. Then note that it isn't used games, so some of the inhabitants needed to go further than normal to adapt.
The thing about AndrAIa and bikes is:She's an amphibious game sprite. There was probably a level in the game she came from where the User encounters her on land, and she's a biker babe there. Either that, or Mouse did it.
The Matrixes are from the Twin CityThis is actually supported by the show, and a basic knowledge of binary. In Talent Night it's said to be Enzo's 1st birthday, but his shirt already reads "01" (1). Flashbacks in My Two Bobs show Enzo wearing a shirt with with "00" on it. He compiles to "10" (2) in the episode mentioned, and in season 3 Turbo mentions he should only be "11" (3). So it was Enzo's first birthday in Mainframe.
Hexadecimal will be resurrected at the next system restoreThe only question is, will she come back as a virus or as a sprite?
Gigabyte is more powerful than DaemonHexadecimal was an equal match for Daemon, and he has many useful powers that she lacks, such as generating portals. Gigabyte was only ever shown in a severely weakened state and with an energy parasite (the web creature) strapped to his back. At full power he was likely more dangerous than Daemon, at least 1 on 1, and if he ever got to full strength it might be impossible to stop him.