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.
Jossed. Kirb teams up with Archy
Zetto/ Ruri (assuming that is her name in this iteration)
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.
A Hacker team will show up. Possibly with an Early-Bird Cameo of characters from the original series.
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.
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.
Gemini Tournament match ups
First Round (only one we can possibly guess for now)
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
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.)
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)
has strict and/or abusive parents or family members who would prevent him meeting up with the others in person.
lives in isolation.
Is just really shy.
is only quiet and reserved online. Outside of TOME he's a regular guy.
is intentionally taking up the role of the The Quiet One to be mysterious.
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".
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Them entering the tournament together is confirmed. 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, and also 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.
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.
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.
Too obivous though.
Not like they haven't gone the too obvious route before.