What about Sniperwheel and someone voiced by Peanut Butter Gamer? He works with Jon Tron a lot, and doesn't have Ego's criticism of the show (as far as I'm aware.) Although, they wouldn't be able to make Game Grumps references, which would be the main reason for having Egoraptor there in the first place.
It should be noted that Chris O'Neill (aka Oney), who also criticized the early episodes of TOME very harshly, made a cameo appearance in "Infectuation", and since he (like Jon Tron) is a close collaborator with Egoraptor, that might (emphasis on might) be a good sign for Arin's chances of making a cameo himself.
Since Jon and Game Grumps are splitsville now, it looks like the odds of Arin making a cameo have pretty much evaporated.
Jossed. Kirb teams up with Archy
Zetto/ Ruri (assuming that is her name in this iteration)
Seemingly confirmed, judging by this teaser art◊ for Episode 8 posted to the series' Facebook page
Rockoon/Doubling : Niosi has stated that he enjoys their dynamic, and in episode 4 Rockoon said that he misses Doubling.
But they've both been identified by several people as hackers.
Confirmed in the new short "Rockoon's Modern Strife". In a twist Doubling is playing as a different character. A fighter named "Skeight". He joins Rockoon in the tournament, with Rockoon being unaware he's secretly Doubling.
A Hacker team will show up. Possibly with an Early-Bird Cameo of characters from the original series.
Confirmed. See above
Serpentine/A Gamecrazed Evil Counterpart. or Serpentine/A Hacker. And they'll be paired up against Nylocke/Gamecrazed.
The Gamecrazed counterpart would likely be Splat, or TOME's version of Gamecrasher.
Doubling is also an evil Morphological, but both he and Splat have been ID'd as hackers, so that's a no-go on either of them competing.
Until episode 8 or Word of God confirms it though, them being excluded just for being hackers is just an assumption.
Serpentine/Demonking (hey, he did say Nylocke would pay)
I really doubt he'd go straight to the guy who harassed him through the entire region for knowledge he said he can't teach to get "revenge" for one small misunderstanding.
She works for D-Buggers too, and he could get with her to get over Flamey.
Splat, like Neomutant, has been outed as a hacker. Asterob was contracted by the admins to make the mansion that she broke into, so he'd probably be good enough testimony to bar her from competition.
Again, public use of hacking is not likely to give him permission to participate in public events.
He got around his hacker reputation by making a new bright red character "Rackoon".
A quick and easy way to confirm Zetto's affiliation with d-buggers.org. Also, it provides an It's Personal angle for both Alpha and Flamey at the same time.
A more direct form of help from D-Buggers.
Jossed, the pairing is Neomutant and a new hacker, Dustbunny.
Basically confirmed from their appearance in the Cameo Event video; they're lined up next to each other, just like every known pairing for the tournament.
Gemini Tournament match ups
Nylocke /Gamecrazed vs Saturndiva/Whyti (GC fought SD in the original, and it's likely they'll maintain at least some of the fights there if they can)
Alpha/Flamegirl vs Neomutant/Partner
Kirbopher/Archy vs Zetto/Partner
The only WMG on this list to be confirmed...and it's only partial. Archy gets taken out in the first round and for some reason is not allowed back in, and Kirb essentially gives up when the battle starts, making this a fight in name only.
Kirbopher/Archy vs Alpha/Flamegirl (Kirb did say he'd kick their ass.)
Nylocke/Gamecrazed vs Neomutant/Partner
( Reasoning: At the end of episode 7 Tigerlilly says Neomutant's next mission is to retreive an "item that's eluded them". Neomutant's next mission might be to steal the drain edge from Nylocke and Gamecrazed so that they can store the forbidden power inside it.)
Alpha/Flamegirl vs Cameo Event Winners
Nylocke/Gamecrazed vs Cameo Event Winners
Kirbopher/Archy vs Cameo Event Winners
Zetto/Partner vs Cameo Event Winners
Rockoon/Skeight vs Cameo Event Winners
Nylocke/Gamecrazed vs Asterob/Sniperwheel (Their matches in Round 2 are against nameless mooks, and Demonking, who only advanced to that round because they fought other nameless mooks)
Finals (in order of most likely to least likely):
Zetto/Kizuna vs Nylocke/Gamecrazed (To mirror the final match in the original version)
Alpha/Flamegirl vs Nylocke/Gamecrazed (Possible; A good-hearted match to close out beating Zetto and/or whatever hacker threat that arises)
Zetto/Kizuna vs Asterob/Sniperwheel (Less possible; A decisive, depressing and dismissive win to further drive home the loss of both remaining protagonist teams)
Alpha/Flamegirl vs Asterob/Sniperwheel (Yeah, no.)
An advanced AI, apparently capable of passing any and all turing tests, who is either...
a pawn of Netking Software (which explains why he seems to know so much about the game and how it works)
is ust a normal person who's in a country where passports are harder to come by.
is a "White or Gray hat" hacker.
Nylocke receiving the drain edge is foreshadowing for something big that will happen during/after the tournament arc
Since the drain edge is a very powerful item it could be foreshadowing for something that will happen in a battle during the tournament, or possibly set up how he could win the tournament. Or some unknown event during/after the tournament. And if it's any of those things you know he's going to do something badass with it.
The fact that it's in on an actual sword which can hypothetically be separated from the character, rather than a blade that seems to literally be the character's arm, means that it might be able to store Alpha's "forbidden power".
Jossed. They were after Asterob's shield and the Forbidden power cannot be contained by Asterob's beta items.
Also the fact that it seems impervious to any damage, and that it can unleash ChargedAttacks the same way Asterob's shield does, seems to suggest that it could even absorb Zetto's KiAttacks, and send themback at him. Gamecrazed himself said breaking it was "impossible".
Confirmed that he uses it to absorb Zetto's Ki attacks.
The story will completely diverge from TTA after the tournament
We've already had two filler episodes that were longer than the ones with adapted material, and the tournaments already been changed to a tag-team one, so it's safe to say it's going to be entirely different by the time we finish with that arc
Flamegirl will get virus powers instead of Kirbopher
Aside from being Alpha's love interest in the show Niosi hasn't been able go much of anywhere with her character arc so far. This has been noted in episode 5 when Kirb and Flamey argue with each other. And Niosi clearly wants to make her more of a Bad Ass this time around. Giving her unique powers is one way he could do that. So in an effort to figure out what's going on with Alpha she'll stumble upon a virus power that puts her into a similar situation to the one Alpha's in. Also the D-bug in TTA has purple FLAMES. c'mon! It totally makes more sense for her to have it!
She's shown to be using some sort of power with a purple flame around her in episode 7. Niosi also states in episode 7's commentary that it was planned all along before episode 1 was even made for Flamegirl to get the purple flame's powers in the reboot.
That, however, was confirmed to be the result of Ravenfreak planting that violet flame power on her back in Episode 3, specifically as a means of keeping Demon!Alpha in check. Whether this implanted power will result in virus powers is anyone's guess, but if a Cooldown Hug is all it takes, I doubt the Hackers would intentionally give Flamey that extra power.
Well they call it a power themselves in the show, but aside from that it's practically Word of God by this point. Chris has stated in a commentary of episode 07 that it was always intended for flamegirl to get the violet flame power instead of Kirbopher. And the script supervisor Liz mentions her getting "a power of her own" in a fanart for the show.
The Five-Man Band will patch everything up by the end of Episode 08
This is because "Fraggedquest" was originally intended as Episode 08 (before Niosi rescheduled it for Episode 04 to serve as a suitable finale in case he decided to end production on the series), and all is well with them at the beginning of the episode (in fact, questing together could be interpreted as a whole "burying the hatchet" gesture). Because "Fraggedquest" being moved to fourth bumped everything after it, this makes the original Episode 07 the new Episode 08.
Jossed. They actually seem more divided than ever.
is being sent by Ruri or whatever her name is in the reboot. Being Zetto's likely partner in the tournament, she may be sending them after potentially strong competitors to test them, as well as provoke the virus within Alpha.
Could be the random red cat seen in Episode 03 and 05 with transformation powers. It could also be a player since it appears to log in to the game like one in Dragon Drama.
Or the cat IS Ruri, who can transform like Ravenfreak did.
I am 90% sure that this is the case. In this early concept art of TOME done by Kirbopher, not only is Ruri's color scheme the same as the cat's, but she also has the same bell on her tail that the cat has.
In the episode 3 Commentary Blake Swift says the Dbuggers.org logo "looks like a Kitty" the logo also has four circles for eyes, just like the Tigerlilly's four eyes. A cat also appears earlier in the same episode (one episode after the icon was first shown). And a red cat appears in episode 05 before Tigerlilly attacks. Tigerlilly might be the leader of the Hackers, observing the main characters and hacker henchmen in the form of a small red cat, and testing if the main characters have the Forbidden Power in the Robotic Cat form.
is this reboot's version of Voltarius. Tigerlilly is the confirmed leader of the Dbuggers.org group, like how Voltarius was leader of the D-Bug (and D-Bug II) in the original series, and appears to be some mecha suit hiding a character inside, much like Voltarius was with TTA!Zetto.
Since at least two characters have shown that you can make new characters by creating different accounts. It's likely that Tigerlily could be anyone else introduced in the show playing the Tigerlilly character.
Zetto is Kirbopher using Multiple Accounts (Multi-Boxing)
At least one person who commented on Newgrounds believes this, and it's actually possible in some games to run two game clients on the same computer. In other games you have to run them on multiple computers. The only question would be if there are any restrictions on Multi-Boxing in TOME that make it impossible. In fact there's plenty of details that suggest Zetto and Kirbopher are the same person, such as:
Along with Kirbopher, Zetto was another name that Niosi used on the TV Tome forums that TOME is inspired from. They also have the same voice actor in both the original and the reboot of the show; in fact, they're the only named characters who share a voice actor. Even most of the extras have their own individual voice actors!
We know that Demon Alpha's attacks cause the people they affect to log out. Moments after Kirb was knocked from the game, Zetto signed in.
Upon signing in, Zetto's first words are "Well, it's about time" which are the words Kirb greets Alpha with in episode 1.
Zetto has some apparent familiarity with Alpha.
Some time after Zetto retreats from the crater he left Alpha in, Kirb signs back in.
They both love PvP, so much that they end up seeming like the online gaming version of a BloodKnight.
Finally In episodes 2 and 4 Kirbopher is passionately against giving any real life information about himself to other players, even his friends. Instead of being simply paranoid, the real reason for this is because he's really someone else, and revealing his real self would reveal his other identity!
Or he could just be naturally suspicious of giving personal information to people he's never met in real life, which anyone in their right mind would be.
Still, the personalities between the two are different, from friendly competitive and borderline obsessive. If the virus power causes a change to the person in real life instead of giving them head trauma upon kicked out, it might be a believable case. Especially if Kirb vaguely remembers what happened and is actually beat up about not just pushing Alpha off the deep end, but thoroughly handing his ass to him.
Their personalities being slightly different is also believable if they're roleplaying. Which a multiboxer might do anyway if they didn't want their multi-boxing to be obvious.
This theory makes more sense if Zetto is the main account. He could be the Inspector Javert using Kirbopher as a molecharacter to investigate the "forbidden power". Note that Zetto doesn't even have to be The Mole or Inspector Javert intentionally. For all we know he could be a famous player or a Netking, who draws a crowd, and originally created the Kirbopher character so people wouldn't bug him with questions while he's playing. Meaning all of Kirb's character development up to "Awaken The Beast" and after that would still be real.
Also if Zetto has the same backstory as in TTA. Feeling the pain inflicted from the forbidden power on the Kirbopher character would likely provoke him to sign in as Zetto. Since it hurt him in the past, if he's not still obsessed with it in this version he'd likely want to protect other people from being harmed by it.
Jossed. Kirb and Zetto appear in different areas at several points in Episode 8, and eventually are matched against each other, with Zetto the winner.
Not really. As noted earlier in the first entry it's possible to run two accounts at the same time in some MMO's, or you can use multiple PC's as well to play two characters in the same place. In fact if it were one person controlling both characters the fact that Kirb let Zetto kill him, and barely even moved, and didn't even speak, during the match makes sense, because it's harder to control two characters at once, and make a convincing fight because of the amount of multitasking it takes, and possible lag that would come with it.
Zetto's angry rant towards Nylocke seems quite personal as a "Reason You Suck Speech", with "awkward social antics" and "pathetic coping mechanisms". Plus, as the first time being genuinely pissed off in his showing thus far, he sounded a LOT like Kirb. The only thing that stays my vote is how in the previous episode, Zetto was listed with a different voice actor: Tony A. Campbell.
d-buggers.org's identity is...
...Hyprelynx! Clearly the logo looks just like her head and their names are both computer puns! Or it could just be Zetto again like in TTA.
Rockoon. The logo looks a bit like him.
Rockoon has also never been seen conferring with d-buggers.org, despite being by far the most frequently-appearing hacker.
Tigerlilly. The logo "looks like a Kitty", has four circles for "eyes" just like Tigerlilly, the logo is reddish, and so far this is the only other antagonistic character to appear in TOME, aside from Rockoon and the "Forbidden Power", that frequently interacts with the main characters.
Seems to be confirmed in Episode 7
Or alternatively maybe it just looks like a cat because d-buggers.org thinks cats areevil
Alpha and Flamey are going to hook up in Episode 07.
Either as a Relationship Upgrade, or just as partners in the Gemini Tournament, or both. Niosi has been implying that 07 is going to be an Alpha-centric episode, and the romance has mostly been on the back-burner since "Highest Form of Flattery", so he'll probably want to revisit that. He's also stated that we're going to learn a bit more about the personal lives of the players in 07, and one of the easiest ways to do that is establish a relationship between two of them that (presumably) carries on outside of TOME.
Considering pretty much all of their development as a romantic couple apparently happened before the series started (and all of Flamey's development is dependent on Alpha), the only thing left for them to do is kiss.
Also worth noting is that Alpha has yet to appear without Flamey (whereas she at least got her own short), so that dependency goes both ways to an extent. Therefore, an Alpha-centric episode would most likely feature her anyway.
Partnership confirmed. Relationship seemingly upgraded, but isn't much different from how it was before.
Actually there is a small difference now. Now they're a Battle Couple.
Again, how is that different than before?
Actually, Niosi says he doesn't consider it to be a relationship upgrade in episode 07's commentary!
So...does that mean this WMG is Jossed?
Their Relationship Upgrade is Jossed because: in their words it's "heavily implied, to happen but they haven't officially gotten together yet."
If Alpha and Flamey ever go on a "date", that's when we'll finally see ;Sanctuary
This also applies to any other potential romantic pairings, like Nylocke/Whyti.
The "lush green groves" make the most sense for a romantic venue in TOME, and since there's no battling there, it's a good opportunity for the characters to just talk. And since Kirb, GC, and Nye are all pretty battle-happy, it's an easy way to ditch them in ;Mechcity or ;Lavendera so that they don't tag along.
Kirbopher, and Flamegirl's "Rivalry" over Alpha will come up again in Episode 07
Basically Flamegirl and Kirbopher's rivalry over Alpha that Nylocke implies in episode 05 will come up again. I also don't think Niosi would just leave his own character hanging, after what happened in Episode 06, and would at least touch on the plot point of Alpha needing to chose one of them as partners for the tournament. So maybe Kirb overhears Flamegirl ask Alpha to be her partner first. Maybe Kirb will try to apologize, or get into another argument. Although they might make up by the end of the episode or in episode 08 too.
Kirb's conflict is addressed in a rather direct, but subtle way.
The "New Characters" Niosi said will be appearing in episode 07 is...
An original character?
Gamecrasher: Gamecrazed's brother (in the original) who will become the sixth member to solve the problem of their not being enough people to all get partners
Jossed. The new character is "Archy" formerly Ericho in TTA
Any of the large cast of hackers or other characters in TTA could appear as Early Bird Cameos.
There will be good, or at the very least neutral, hacker characters at some point
Hacking is not an inherently evil act. Sure, it's usually associated with going into people's computers and stealing information, but it's actually more in and of itself about creativity than simply antagonizing people and being a bully. Hacker culture does certainly focus on lack of authority, but it also is about sharing creative uses of software. In fact, one could argue the internet and video games as a whole came from hacking old hardware that would eventually become the basis for that. Point is, it would be interesting for TOME to show the other side of hacking and not just use it as an interchangeable word for "evil forbidden magic that only bad guys use because they are bad". In fact, it would be a huge waste not to. And no, Demonking doesn't count unless he actually uses his hacking ability for good purposes now that he is "reformed".
Does Neomutant count? His motives seem somewhat sympathetic/personal.
I meant ones that were completely unaffiliated with D-bug, but one that's not just out for himself is certainly a step in the right direction. Though it makes you wonder why he needed the group at all when he was already plenty skilled at hacking.
perhaps he joined them to get more information about the forbidden power from them? If the end of the episode is any indication the Big Bad seems to know something about it.
Neomutant will be barred from competing in the tournament because Flamegirl and Alpha will call him out on being a hacker
Because that would make sense. But then again, none of the hackers have yet be actually persecuted for their actions, so...
So, Tigerlilly just sent him to the tournament to be banned? How does that help them?
I'd think it wouldn't? I'm not sure how that fits in the context I'm talking about. It doesn't necessarily have to be Zetto who bans him.
It's not about whether it's Zetto or not, it's just that they seem to be using a fully capable minion poorly, if they are in fact sending him to his doom.
I don't think it's part of their plan to send him to get banned. If someone did ban him during the tournament it'd probably because of a mistake Neomutant or his partner would make. Or perhaps he'd be banned for a completely different reason. Like Cyberstalking.
Well, that too, but I would think that hacking would be enough to warrant that, considering everyone who's not a bad guy has dismissed it as a game-ruiner.
Flamegirl's violet flames were a counter measure put in place by Tigerlilly through Ravenfreak in Episode 03
When Ravenfreak reports in at the end of the episode, he mentions doing something to her while pretending to be Alpha. The plan might be to encode a program which impedes the virus within the person Alpha, the carrier, feels closest to, thus making capture that much easier.
Flamegirl's haircut is the beginning of some sort of transformation from whatever's inside her
Because why else would virtual hair get singed by virtual fire?
Jossed. Word of God says the in-story reason her hair was burnt short was because Ravenfreak planted her powers in her hair when he got in contact with her character in Episode 3.
Because Niosi got frustrated with animating all that hair?
Confirmed in the episode 7 commentary. Niosi states again that he really just couldn't animate all that hair anymore, so he placed the reason for burning it short in Episode 3.
The Drain Edge is one of a kind and a key component to d.buggers.org plans
This appears to be the most likely explanation as to why the group has been targeted by hackers even when Alpha is absent from the party. The hackers are trying to steal the Drain Edge possibly as a means to acquire or counter the forbidden power. This would explain why Asterob has not been targeted again by hackers since Episode 2, as well as Tigerlilly's motivation for attacking Nylocke and Gamecrazed in Episode 6.
This might have been hinted at at the end of episode 07 when Tigerlilly says Neomutant's next mission during the tournament is to "retreive an item that has so far eluded them"
It's also the only item that has ever been introduced in the show, so that kind of narrows it down.
Half Confirmed, half Jossed. The item they steal is actually Asterob's Shield with the same ability. They seem to not be aware of the drain edge as they never saw GC receive it in the episode it was introduced.
Sniperwheel's partner (whether voiced by Arin or not) will reference the "WHAT IS THIS" moment from Game Grumps when they lose
Because this show loves references. Alternatively, there will be a telekinetic character saying "IT'S NO USE".
Nye and GC will win the Gemini Tournament
For a number of potential reasons. First and foremost, Nailock was the winner of the tournament arc in the original TTA. This puts Nylocke in the prestigious position of having past canon on his side, and in turn GC as well. Second, out of story, it does make a certain amount of sense to have the most popular character take the tournament, which leaves Alpha free to have his re-match with Zetto not being center stage, but somewhere else. Third, in-story, Nye and GC have been playing specifically as a duo for over half a year now. Besides both being powerful in their own right, they've been mastering teamwork from the very beginning. No inner demons to overcome, no burdening relationships to put aside, no secret mission to focus on. They even have the Drain Edge on their side as a clincher to overcome enemies like Zetto. By all means, this is the duo with the highest chance to take it all in my opinion.
Alternatively the duo's combined strength could easily be a set up for The Worf Effect against the Hacker or Zetto teams.
Jossed Nylocke throws the match to make a point to Zetto, making the win feel hollow
Tigerlilly/D-buggers.org Is a girl
High voice, Cats.
Zetto's girlfriend in the original was Ruri, a catgirl. Added with the fact that the mysterious cat, which is likely Tigerlily's animal form, has the same design as Ruri's in the promotional art, and you can pretty much call this confirmed already.
To wit, there's build-up to the tournament, but is divided into two episodes to further symbolize the "Yin" and "Yang" aspect (and avoid that most tourneys have episode counts longer than that). The only new characters introduced are Neomutant and Zetto's partners, the Webmaster, and the refs (aside from cameos that we don't really see). Fights are pretty simplistic and rapid fire to keep the (in-verse) audience entertained. They're made as brief as the rest of the previous fights in the series thus far: some were actually cut off from the GT episodes, due to either a buffering joke or Alpha's ambush scene happening at the same as Team Nye vs Team DK. There's no framing device or conspiracy going on other than the hacker attempt that resolves itself without disrupting the tourney's conclusion.
Not introducing that many new characters and rushing a lot of time between matches isn't really a subversion. One could say it's just bad pacing. Plus, making it "Just A Tournament" is basically playing it straight as it gets. It's the Not Just A Tournament trope that's the subversion, and even if it's become the norm now, taking it out does not make this a deconstruction.
But most importantly, it was not central for the main protagonists to "win" the tournament. They and their friends all entered it for fun (except Team Neomutant that had an agenda to keep on Alpha). Only Zetto was serious about winning, and was disappointed that his opponents were either too weak, too hindered, or not even taking the fight seriously. There was no real conflict to win or lose other than that Flamey was missing her partner (which lead to the early events of Yang) and even then, Team Alpha and Team Nylocke were just enjoying themselves. It really breaks away from the number of Tournament Arcs that had something serious for a conflict, and yet bring another one entirely with Zetto's attitude. This is also a far cry from the original TTA series, where Zetto lost to Nailock to knock him off his high horse of being the best in one tourney, or had tied with Alpha due to an interruption in another. Here, Zetto gets what he wants, but is left to ponder if it's what he really wants.
Kirbopher is arguably another character who wasn't in the tournament for fun or at least (judging by his gloomy attitude during it) had no expectation of having any fun at the tournament. Mostly because he didn't trust Archy at all to support him through the rounds, and felt like he was wasting everyone's time. In fact he spent most of the time between matches without his partner, warning his friends about the other players, and that they should watch out for them so they could win. His arc through out part Yin was also centered around building his character through misery, which is a huge contrast to the rest of the main characters.
There are numerous examples in played-straight Tournament Arcs where the protagonist team does not win, Dragon Ball, YuYu Hakusho and Pokemon among them. And again, having no underlying plot to the tournament is playing it straight, not subverting or deconstructing it.
In Episode 10 Zetto will seek out Alpha because of his "interest" in the Forbidden Power
It's implied by Alpha that Zetto wants something with Alpha's Forbidden Power in a similar vein to the hackers. Maybe just in interest to have another fight with Alpha in his demon form. Or perhaps to take the power for himself somehow. And the hints like Zetto claiming he organized the tournament and not webmaster seem to indicate it's following TTA somewhat.
Which character Happy Harry is voicing in episode 10
Giga, the Inspector Javert character from the TTA series, who debates that Alpha is a hacker himself fighting other hackers.
Woah! Nice theory! If that happened it would turn the episode into a three way conflict between The Hackers, Zetto, and the Inspector Javert, all going after Alpha. That would certainly raise the stakes of the finale by A LOT.
Not sure that'd be a very sound argument, since Alpha hasn't used the virus willingly since Episode 4.
He'd believe in a virus that's strong enough to hurt people in a virtual setting, but not one that's strong enough to do things autonomously?
Of course not. The context of the original post about Giga was that he believes Alpha is a hacker hacking to fight other hackers. He wouldn't be aware of the virus. I was saying he wouldn't believe in Alpha and his friends who would be making that claim. Hence the link to Cassandra Truth. To an Inspector Javert character he'd think that's just them trying to find an excuse to get out of trouble.
To be fair, SELF-DEFENSE is a pretty good "excuse". Plus the Harry Patridge character is clearly referring to the virus in the trailer, so whoever this is, Giga or not, they are very much aware of it.