Western Animation: Code Lyoko
"Can you keep a secret?"Code Lyoko
is an Animesque
show that was written and produced in France in English and French for simultaneous release in its home nation as well as the US — and about 160 other countries, including Japan (a rarity for a foreign animated show).
It follows the adventures of a group of students at a Boarding School
who discover a supercomputer in the basement of a nearby abandoned factory. The computer has modules that allow people from the real world to "virtualize" into the Cyberspace of Lyoko, where an evil A.I. named XANA is apparently hunting down a good A.I. named Aelita. The computer also has the ability to effect a temporal recursion (in Layman's Terms
, rewind time) up to 24 hours in the real world.
XANA manifests in Lyoko indirectly through a variety of monsters with various attacks and tactics, trying to capture Aelita and repulse her protectors from the real world. XANA also attacks the real world, which at first resembles the results of The Cracker
, doing damage through various interfaces, but these attacks slowly gain a supernatural edge, including summoning monsters in the real world, and possession of students and teachers
The students often use the Return to the Past
function to repair damage and effect a kind of Masquerade
to protect Aelita, however with the knowledge that death is permanent -- not even time travel will bring them back
The five main characters
(Aelita and her protectors) are occasionally referred to as "The Lyoko Warriors" or Team Lyoko
. See the character sheet
for individual descriptions.
The recap pages
of all the episodes is in construction.
There is a short (5 minutes long) film made in 2001 by the creators of the show, Garage Kids
, that is considered a test pilot
for the series. It introduces the main characters and some future elements of Code Lyoko
, though there are differences both visually and plot-wise. Code Lyoko
began broadcast in France in 2003 on France 3 and Canal J, and in the United States in 2004 on Cartoon Network. The TV series ended in 2007 after four seasons and 97 episodes (including a two-parter prequel).
As of summer 2011, a new twenty-six episode series was confirmed to be in production
, titled Code Lyoko: Evolution
, and it was released in fall 2012. Evolution
is a continuation of the original show
, with live-action
replacing the 2D segments. All tropes relating to this series should go on the Code Lyoko: Evolution
Between the two TV series, a novel series was produced by Atlantyca Entertainment. The series, originally written in Italian, takes place in a heavily expanded Alternate Continuity
which promises to tie up some of the plot threads left hanging by the show. The series is officially
available in 11 languages, not including English. The series includes the following books:
- The Underground Castle: March 2009 (Italy), September 2010 (France)
- The City with No Name: November 2009 (I), March 2011 (F)
- The Return of the Phoenix: April 2010 (I)
- The Army of Nothing: November 2010 (I)
Another project tentatively planned for the franchise is a MMORPG, which is still in the works
despite a projected release in 2010 (but it was cancelled). A Code Lyoko
stage show was also produced and performed in Spain in March of 2011.
"Transfer: Tropes. Scanner: Tropes. Virtualization!"
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Though it should be noted that his particular series is set in France, so it's not quite as unusual as usual. Also, the tunnel regularly used by the heroes is more of a storm drain than a sewer, since the water flows directly in the river.
- Achilles' Heel: Megatanks are potentially the most powerful of all of XANA's monsters. However, because they're so big and bulky, they have trouble controlling their momentum, and this sometimes leads to them plunging straight into the Digital Sea. In fact, if you get enough running momentum going, you can literally push them to their doom. Consequently, they're the one kind of monster most frequently taking a dive in the show. Yet they are also seen repeatedly stopping instantly to aim at one of the heroes.
- Adults Are Useless:
- On most of the occasions that adults become aware of XANA's actions, they attempt to barricade the heroes for their own safety, often at times in single room at the school. On the odd occasion they actually do help the kids, the Reset Button abuse result in them forgetting everything after they find out just what the kids were really doing. In fact, adults are often XANA's targets when he decides to possess someone, and one of the side effects of Specter possession is total memory loss for its duration.
- In the 9th episode, "Satellite", one teacher's class is interrupted by every single student's phone ringing at the exact same instant, and it's implied that this has happened to the entire boarding school campus. Her reaction (and the reaction of every seen faculty member) is not to investigate what on earth caused such a thing, but to confiscate the cell phones of every single student in school (because they had them on in class), and then try to deactivate the signal tower so that nobody can use their phones even if they steal them back. Even in a universe where XANA isn't trying constantly to get people killed, this is an astronomically unsafe thing to do, and could quite plausibly result in one or more students dying because of an emergency in which they find themselves unable to get help.
- Affectionate Nickname: Odd, Urich, and Yumi often call Aelita "Princess", and Jérémie "Einstein".
- Alice Allusion: A rather odd example, but do you think Odd's Lyoko form is a "giant purple cat" just because? Do note the one episode where teleportation in-Lyoko causes cloning... Maybe Mr. Cheshire can do that.
- All Deaths Final: Time Travel does not change this.
- All There in the Manual: A lot of the "game" mechanics in Lyoko are rarely if ever explained in the show itself (and are often contradictory there); we only know about them because of supplementary material. And even then, despite figures given about every combatant's weapons and Life Points, everything defaults to the Rule of Drama. Any shot fired will either miss wildly, bring its target to a ridiculously low amount of Life Points, or inflict a one-hit kill. The monsters' laser beam can be stopped by the Lyoko Warriors' defenses, though. In addition, it's stated elsewhere that Aelita loses half her life points every time she uses her Creativity, despite the fact that in-universe there's no evidence to suggest this is true.
- All Your Powers Combined: William's Super Smoke is Ulrich's Super Sprint combined with Aelita's flight with the added bonus of making him invulnerable. He can also deflect attacks (like Odd), use telekinesis (like Yumi), fire energy (like Aelita), and use at least one form of Aelita's Creativity (i.e. manipulating electronic locks). Finally, he can enter the Code: XANA in the towers.
- Almost Kiss: Between Ulrich and Yumi in "Routine". Real badly-timed Return to the Past, there.
- Always Save the Girl: Particularly in Season 1, when Jérémie would rather risk XANA destroying the world than turning off the supercomputer and losing Aelita.
- Ambiguous Gender: XANA. Though it makes sense that XANA is an A.I. and thus neither male nor female. Still, characters tend to refer to XANA as "he" or "it".
- Animals Lack Attributes: Averted. Odd's dog Kiwi is most definitely not neutered, as evidenced by the two lumps between his hind legs.
- Animesque: Not especially in style, though some of the episodes' plots could have come from a Shounen manga.
- Applied Phlebotinum: In spades.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: William, in episode 40 "Attack of the Zombies", having just accepted that the cafeteria is being attacked by zombies, refuses to believe Jérémie's explanation that it's being caused by an evil supercomputer and that they have to get to the factory right away.
- Art Evolution:
- Lyoko looks a lot different in Season 1 than from Season 2 onwards. In Season 2 they removed the lighting effects, made the colors a lot brighter and removed various background details.
- The 2D animation changed too, in the earlier episodes the colors were darker and the movement and the design of the characters was different. In Season 2, the colors became lighter and the designs straightened, and in Season 3 the movement of the characters became sharper.
- Artificial Human: Played straight with Polymorphic Clones; eventually subverted with Aelita.
- Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: Most of episode "Seeing Is Believing", and any episode thereafter that mentions the nearby nuclear power plant.
- Artistic License – Physics:
- In "Zero Gravity Zone", Jérémie proposes that XANA's anti-gravity power-of-the-week works by offsetting "the magnetic attraction of the Earth".
- In "The Trap", Odd grabs a metal bar to defend Jérémie and himself against a possessed robotic arm in the factory. The arm then grabs the bar and twists it all to heck, while Odd is still holding it.
- Any time someone throws a skateboard ahead of them so that it starts rolling, while in the same motion jumping onto it (legs offscreen).
- If Aelita disables a tower the instant before something hits something else in the real world, both somethings will come to an instant stop and the collision will be avoided by about half a centimeter.
- Art Shift: Some flashbacks (mostly of Aelita's previous life) are rendered with still frames in a graphic style more pronouncedly Animesque than the rest of the show.
- As You Know: Rather frequent, especially in Season 1, since the series starts In Medias Res. Jérémie is usually the one stuck with frequently reminding his friends about information that they would already know — like the basic properties of the world of Lyoko, the monsters' stats, the fact that they couldn't let anyone die before a Return to the Past or that their main goal is to materialize Aelita.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
- XANA gets an A for creativity with this one, turning a teddy bear into a giant, murderous monster.
- The Season 4 episode "Cold Sweat" introduces the Kolossus, a giant creature in Lyoko, who continues to harass the main cast until the penultimate episode.
- Attack Reflector:
- The Frickin' Laser Beams of the monsters can sometimes be reflected by Ulrich's swords, Yumi's fans or Odd's shield (and even by the landscape in the Ice Sector). Though not the most common tactic, it is occasionally used by the heroes (most often Ulrich) to destroy monsters, especially when they're out of immediate striking range.
- In episode "Music Soothes the Savage Beast", a mirror is used to send back the lightning attacks of XANA's specters.
- Author Avatar: As noted on the fan forum Lyoko Freak, the SubDigital's members bear a striking resemblance to the executive producers of the show.
- The Bad Guy Wins: This show is an extreme example. Every season except the last ended with a victory for XANA, and the heroes spent most of the next season trying to undo their loss, only to be handed another crushing defeat at the end of that season. In fact, in the end, it is Franz Hopper, not the protagonists, who took most of the credit for truly defeating XANA.
- Bare Your Midriff: A popular trope among Kadic's female students, but in the main cast we have Yumi and Sissi. And Odd for some reason, although he wears a second shirt underneath that covers him up, unless there are coloring errors◊...
- Batman Gambit: A few of XANA's plans fit in later seasons.
- The first example is in "Missing Link", where the Scyphozoa attacks Yumi and steals her DNA code, making her unable to rematerialize. Aelita volunteers to give Yumi her DNA code, unwilling to let Yumi become the same prisoner of Lyoko that she was... But this was exactly what XANA wanted her to do, because if she had done so, Aelita's memories would have become exposed and easier to take. Fortunately, the team stops her in time, and gains Yumi's code back another way. This may have elements of a Xanatos Gambit too. Taking Yumi's DNA gave her the same vulnerability as Aelita (meaning she would vanish forever if her life points ran out) so XANA likely targeted her specifically as part of a back-up plan to eliminate Yumi if the first plan didn't work. After all, he had given a lot of attention to her before. (See Designated Victim below.)
- A large part of his plan in Season 4 is a Batman Gambit. William seems determined to subdue Aelita and throw her into the Virtual Sea; the other heroes assume that this is simply XANA's way of eliminating her for good until he actually succeeds in "Distant Memory". Franz Hopper appears to rescue her, at which point a mob of XANA's monsters springs out and attacks him. It is all part of a plot to lure him into an ambush, as XANA knows he would rescue his daughter. Fortunately, the heroes learns from this, and Aelita is even able to use her Decoy Getaway trick when William tries it a second time.
- Battle Couple: Ulrich & Yumi
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: In the episode "Valentine's Day", XANA slips Aelita a Hypno Trinket. To force him to relinquish his grip on her, Odd shoots her repeatedly, until she is within an inch of her life. XANA surrenders, as he needs her alive as much as the children do.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Yumi with both Ulrich and William.
- Berserk Button:
- Never question Milly when having an interview.
- Don't insult Odd with food.
- Yumi has two, both related to her roots: do not mistake her nationality, and do not trash-talk Japan (Jim got a Death Glare from her when he called manga "Japanese mahn-goes").
- Don't tell Aelita to forget her past (Jérémie got an earful by advising her to "think like [he does].")
- Beta Couple: Jérémie×Aelita as a more stable parallel of the Sissi/Ulrich/Yumi/William Love Tetrahedron.
- Between My Legs: Happens twice with Aelita, first with Sissi in "Unchartered Territory" and then with William in "Wreck Room".
- BFS: Avatar William's big fragging sword.
- Big Eater: Odd. And he seems to have a metabolism like a blast furnace, because he never gains any weight.
- Bigger Bad: Project Carthage and the Men in Black.
- Bilingual Bonus:
- Yumi's teacher speaks Italian in "Tidal Wave".
- Odd sometimes uses Chinese when greeting Yumi (which ticks her off because she's Japanese).
- Odd appears to be quite proficient in Italian as evidenced in "Attack of the Zombies".
- The names of the days in the time-skip episode appear in French on screen (Lundi, Mardi, Mercredi...).
- Bittersweet Ending: Although XANA is eventually destroyed, Franz Hopper goes down with him.
- Blade Brake:
- Ulrich does this in "Bad Connection" to prevent both himself and Yumi from falling in the Mountain sector.
- Odd in "TeddyGozilla" with Aelita, only with his claws in the Desert sector.
- Boarding School: Interestingly, the school the children go to is heavily visually based on real locations in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. It isn't a boarding school in real life though; the writers consciously changed that to keep the characters together (even though one does live off-campus).
- Body-Count Competition: Ulrich and Odd have the friendly competition kind ongoing about who kill the most of XANA's monsters. In episode "The Pretender", backed up by statistics, Jérémie declares the winner of the month to be... Aelita, to Odd and Ulrich's dismay.
- Body Horror: Don't put two living beings inside one scanner at the same time. Just don't.
- Boot Camp Episode: In episode "I'd Rather Not Talk About It", the Lyoko Warriors go to boot camp under Jim to get in shape.
- Bottomless Magazines:
- Subverted with Odd. He clearly does not have an unlimited supply of Laser Arrows. In the fourth season, however, Jérémie upgrades his Lyoko form so that he has a far greater supply (still not unlimited, but the magazine can hold several hundred at once).
- The Trope is played straight in "False Start" where Jim uses a nail gun to fight Xana's monsters, and never has to reload it.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: The Lyoko Warriors go to boot camp under Jim in one episode to get in shape. It isn't much help on Lyoko, but learning to run faster and farther in the real world is quite helpful when faced with physical threats from XANA.
- Brick Joke:
- In "Image Problem", Jérémie makes a passing, non-serious remark about the scanners becoming a health problem (in reference to Yumi/XANA being unable to tell the rest of the group what happened before getting devirtualized unconscious). In "Franz Hopper", XANA masquerading as Franz "confirms" that the scanners are having a negative effect... on Yumi.
- In "A Fine Mess" (which, as mentioned below, is Code Lyoko's "Freaky Friday" Flip), Jérémie points out that if Odd and Yumi go back into Lyoko and are devirtualized, the program might mess up again and they'd end up with no bodies at all. In season 3, "Nobody in Particular" sees exactly this happen to Ulrich (complete with XANA taking over his Lyoko-bound body...).
- Brown Note: The song XANA made in "Killer Music". Causes slowed heart rate, coma (though eyes remain wide open), and a Joker Gas-like creepy smile.
- Butt Monkey:
- Sissi and her gang. She's supposed to be the Alpha Bitch, but you would be hard pressed to find a character outside her cronies and father that doesn't enjoy constantly insulting her to her face. This gets awkward when the prequel comes around and it's revealed that she's basically involved in a kind of Vicious Cycle, acting like the Alpha Bitch in response to the bad treatment she gets from everyone else, which is essentially a response to her Alpha Bitch behavior. The Lyoko kids do manage to break this cycle in the finale, and Sissi does prove that she's been a Jerk with a Heart of Gold all along.
- Odd from the same show also gets little respect and is constantly failing at various goals he pursues, such as holding on to a girlfriend (though, to be fair, it doesn't help that he dates multiple girls at the same time). He also is notoriously bad at school that even the teachers mock him for it publicly. Let's not forget the constant dissing he gets from his friends, most infamously them stealing his own virtual pet toy and giving it to Yumi's little brother, who soon afterwards breaks it. And also, as he himself lampshades, he's the sole character whose Lyoko form "looks like a nitwit".
- Of course, neither of the two above examples combined could make the Butt Monkey magnitude of the show's resident gym teacher, Jim Moralés (but he'd rather not talk about it).
- Calling Your Attacks:
- Odd: "Lazer Arrows!"
- Ulrich: "Impact!"
- Aelita: "Energy Field!"
- Can't Live Without You: Aelita with the Supercomputer in Season 2. XANA ensures the kids can't Cut the Juice on him by linking Aelita to it. She lapses into unconsciousness whenever the machine is turned off — and a too long interruption can make her heart stop.
- Car Fu:
- Ulrich on his Overbike.
- And William with a car vs. Krabe battle in "A Bad Turn".
- Casanova Wannabe: Odd. He claims to be a ladies man, but every girl that he's dated (which includes most girls in his age group at the school) say otherwise.
- Cast from Hit Points: The bulk of Aelita's powers cost half her life points per use until she gains the Energy Field attack and wings (both free).
- Catch Phrase:
- Aelita: "Tower deactivated."
- Jim: "I'd rather not talk about it." This is even lampshaded at the beginning of the third season.
- Odd: "I'm not scrawny, I'm svelte."
- They have further catch phrases in French that didn't necessarily cross over the English version:
- Cat Girl: Both Odd Della Robbia's virtual Cat Boy avatar, and Odd-as-Yumi Cat Girl cosplay (see "Freaky Friday" Flip).
- Character Development: Many characters on the show.
- Aelita goes through the most out of all of the characters, becoming increasingly less naïve, less impulsively selfless, more worldly-wise and much more of an Action Girl as time goes on.
- The never-seen XANA. Initially, all he tries to do is wreak havoc with little to no forethought. From season two onwards, he has clear objectives which he puts a lot of thought into fulfilling. In addition, he becomes more powerful with each season.
- Sissi gets a lot as well. In "Frontier", she can't stand the thought of helping Yumi, and insists that Ulrich date her for several weeks. Later, in "Missing Link", she's prepared to help Yumi for no reward whatsoever. Her role in the two-part prequel further helps develop her character, her relationship with the heroes improves throughout the series, and by the end, her becoming an "official" friend just feels RIGHT.
- More subtly, the group as a whole become a lot closer throughout the four seasons. In earlier episodes (especially before Aelita was materialized), the group are often very disjointed to the point where it's questionable if they even like each other. By season four, they've managed to evolve into True Companions (partly out of necessity), and while there are still frequent Teeth-Clenched Teamwork scenarios (Rule of Drama at play), they always forgive each other in the end.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first episode, Milly was insecure to the point of coming across as psychotic, getting emotional at the drop of a hat and talking to her teddy bear when she's alone. For most of the series afterward, she's a perfectly normal girl.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- The one-shot materialization program in "Cruel Dilemma".
- Aelita's hair in "Just in Time".
- The Supercomputer reboot procedure in "Wrong Exposure".
- Class Trip:
- "Lyoko Minus One"
- "The Lake"
- Clip Show: "Echoes"
- Color-Coded Characters:
- Ulrich — Green (Yellow in Lyoko)
- Odd — Purple
- Aelita — Pink
- Yumi — Black (Red in Lyoko)
- Conspicuous CG: Some CG are mixed with the real-world animation, notably computer displays or water effects. In a strange inversion of the trope, the real-world CG effects become more obvious with each passing season (a couple CG door swings in Season 3, for example).
- Convenient Color Change: Ulrich's katana usually glows blue when striking or parrying, but in the hand of a XANA-controlled warrior (like a Polymorphic Clone, a brainwashed Aelita, or William), it glows red instead. The color change also happens in reverse during "Revelation" when Ulrich steals his Doppelgänger's katana and kills him with it.
- Cool Bike: Ulrich's Overbike.
- Cool Boat: The Skidbladnir in Season 4.
- Cosmic Keystone: The Lyoko Core in Sector 5.
- Cultural Translation:
- Despite Euro coins floating about, hacked military databases emblazoned with derivatives of the French flag, and even a frigging zoom in from a satellite showing exactly which country they are in, the English dub is adamant about the show taking place somewhere other than a French suburb. The euros are called dollars. Hilariously, in "Attack of the Zombies", Milly mentions a foreign exchange program with France.
- The Cantonese dub for "A Fine Mess" specifies the type of Chinese into Mandarin that Odd speaks to Yumi's parents and Yumi's reaction to Odd's Cat Girl outfit.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- The first Tarantula to show up beat the whole team at once. Possibly a Justified Trope due to the computer-game-like nature of Lyoko. Think about how many times you played a game and the first few bosses later show up as common enemies... It might not even have taken a stat hit, it's just that the Lyoko Warriors now know the weaknesses and powers of the Tarantula so all future encounters fall a lot easier.
- When the group fights Xanafied William the first time, he devirtualizes them easily.
- Also, the first time Ulrich and Aelita encounters the Kolossus, they are devirtualized within seconds. And all it does to take them out is swing its arm.
- Cut-and-Paste Translation:
- Averted: The cartoon series was translated into English by the same company that produced the series (MoonScoop), so aside from a feeble attempt at convincing us the show took place in America (calling Euros "dollars", a character proposing an exchange program with France [England in the original], etc.) the English script is fairly faithful.
- But played completely straight with the Subdigitals CD, where all but three or four of the songs had their lyrics junked and rewritten for English release, with less than stellar results.
- Cut the Juice: During Seasons 1-2, XANA's schemes aim at preventing the heroes from doing this.
- Cyberspace: The virtual world of Lyoko, and the Digital Sea in Season 4.
- Darker and Edgier: If compared to the more idealistic song, "Un Monde Sans Danger", the closing credits for the later seasons come off as this.
- A Day in the Limelight: Jim gets this in two episodes, "False Start", and even more so later in "I'd Rather Not Talk About It", two rare times when the Adults Are Useless Trope does not apply.
- Decoy Getaway: Aelita has used this trick more than once, creating an illusory clone of herself (or Yumi, in one case) to fool an enemy. It has proven effective on Mooks, the Scyphozoa, and even William.
- Deflector Shields:
- Odd gains a personal shield in Season 2.
- In Season 4, the Skidbladnir and Navskids are protected by deflector shields.
- Aelita also creates a Beehive Barrier in "Replika".
- Depending on the Writer:
- The level of sympathy Sissi is treated with changes from episode to episode. She was mostly sympathetic throughout Seasons 2 and 4, while mostly unsympathetic in Seasons 1 and 3 (though she still had noteworthy moments in Season 1).
- Whether or not the gang find Odd's jokes funny.
- When the scanners are offline, losing all your life points either: a) does nothing, and you remain virtual OR b) leads to your death.
- Demonic Possession: XANA does this frequently to people, animals, and even teddy bears, through the Specters.
- Demonic Spiders:
- From the group's perspective, Megatanks.
- Tarantulas started this way, but as the Lyoko Warriors gained experience with them, they stopped being so threatening.
- Descending Ceiling: This kind of Death Trap is all-too common in Sector 5, with a few The Walls Are Closing In in for good measure. All of the heroes except Aelita falls victim to it at least once, and it happens to poor Odd twice. (The first time, he compares it to being run over by a steamroller.)
- Designated Victim:
- Aelita is XANA's primary target, although for a different reason each season:
- Season 1: Stopping her from deactivating the towers.
- Season 2: Cracking her Neuro-Vault for the Lyoko keys.
- Season 3: Possessing her so that she'd enter the Code: XANA and delete the Lyoko Sectors.
- Season 4: Throwing her in the Digital Sea to lure out Franz Hopper.
- Yumi too, for no plot-related reason. It runs throughout the entire series, but it's most obvious in the first half of season 1 (a batch of five consecutive episodes of her being targeted was dubbed "Pick on Yumi Week") and season 3. Of course, maybe XANA does have a logical reason for wanting to "pick on Yumi": she is the Cool Big Sis figure of the team, the most mature of the group, Ulrich's crush (and nearly as good at fighting as him), the least enthusiastic about fighting XANA (she was reluctant to do it in the pilot, and was the most willing to shut down the computer in season 4 finale) and an isolated target due to her living with her parents whereas the others are all boarders at Kadic. This not only makes her a much easier target than the others, but also means something happening to her will easily crush the morale of her teammates. Given the manipulator XANA is, it makes sense.
- Deus ex Machina: In "Cruel Dilemma", Odd drops some candy on Jérémie's keyboard, which somehow types out the exact line of code he needed to finish his materialization program. This is, however, portrayed as not entirely positive: the code seems to work, but Jérémie can't check, edit, or duplicate it because the dropped candy also caused it to compile, and some angst is had in the course of the episode as a result.
- Digital Avatar: The characters become this when they enter Lyoko, complete with Medium Blending to 3D.
- Disney Death:
- Yumi — once ("Cruel Dilemma");
- Franz Hopper — twice ("The Key", "Final Round");
- Aelita — thrice straight ("Just in Time", "The Key", "Distant Memory") and a few cases of Can't Live Without You (in Season 2) or Decoy Getaways with her clones.
- Doppelgänger Attack:
- Doppelgänger Spin: Ulrich's Triangulate power.
- Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend: Jérémie writes a program to calculate "points" scored by defeating monsters. Guess who wins...
- The Dragon:
- The Scyphozoa, being a unique monster central to XANA's schemes, fits the role in Seasons 2 and 3.
- Replaced by William in Season 4, though he's Not Himself.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Aelita in the penultimate episode.
- Drool Hello: Happens to Sissi in "End of Take", from the Xenomorph-lookalike animated by XANA.
- Dumb Muscle: Nicolas, albeit with more emphasis on the "dumb" part of the description.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Not only is Season 1 almost completely different to the rest of the series, complete with a Strictly Formula format for all but the two-parter at the end of the seasonnote , but the very earliest episodes also feature some strange nuances. The voice acting is very different, for a start (Odd and Sissi had different voice actors, and Jérémie's voice actor hadn't found the right pitch for the boy yet), and certain aspects of Lyoko act differently, such as Ulrich's clones being able to fight (rather than just being decoys), and Megatank lasers not being one-hit kills.
- Elevator Action Sequence: Several times.
- Elite Mooks: The Tarantulas.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Yumi's (dressed as a pink fairy for Halloween) in "Cold Sweat".
- Enemy Mine:
- The gang cooperating with XANA's monsters to destroy the runaway "Marabounta". XANA even manages to end the encounter without starting another fight.
- The situation is much different when XANA must recruit Jérémie's help in "Common Interest"; with the supercomputer's batteries dying from extended use, XANA possesses a hardened fugitive to kidnap Jérémie and direct him to replace it. (This time, however, XANA regards it as temporary, and fully intends to order the fugitive to kill Jérémie afterwards.)
- Enforced Cold War: In Season 1 and Season 2, destroying the Supercomputer would both destroy XANA and kill Aelita, so actually destroying the Supercomputer or Lyoko is out for both sides. Afterward, XANA can attack it.
- Epic Fail: Without exception, Jérémie causes a disaster whenever he tries to do something outlined in Franz Hopper's journal — like when he tried to do so in "Marabounta" and a few other episodes. He eventually attributes this to Hopper being such a genius that his notes are just too complicated for him to comprehend properly.
- Epileptic Flashing Lights: Any wound on XANA's monsters.
- Everybody Do the Endless Loop:
- The girls in Odd's music video.
- Yumi at the dance during Aelita's first stint as a DJ in "Final Mix".
- Everybody Knew Already: Pretty much every student knows that Odd is hiding Kiwi in his room in defiance of school rules, even though the faculty are clueless. Sissy threatened to tell on him in one episode, but she apparently decided against it.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: A few times.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The principal's last name ("Delmas") was not revealed until the second season; his first name (Jean-Pierre) was a mystery until the third.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French
- Everyone Meets Everyone: The prequel episode "XANA Awakens".
- Everything Is Online
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: "Attack of the Zombies"
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: XANA shows this in "Ghost Channel" when he tries to trick Odd, Urlich, and Yumi by posing as Jérémie. When Jérémie shows up and it turns into a case of Spot the Imposter, XANA insists that Jérémie wouldn't come to Lyoko because he'd be too afraid to; however, this is actually what gives him away, because the rest of the team is certain that Jérémie would do so, despite being afraid, if their lives were in danger. Note that XANA does eventually prove capable of Comprehending Good in later episodes, and even trying to take advantage of it. See Batman Gambit above.
- Evil Only Has to Win Once: Played straight in Season 1, subverted in Season 2. Afterwards, there are multiple victory conditions for XANA, and not all of them lead to a final Game Over.
- Executive Meddling:
- In-universe example: In "Opening Act", Chris of the the Subdigitals points out that this is why they're looking for an opening DJ and why they changed their name from the Subsonics.
- In "TeddyGozilla", the school newspaper wanted to take a picture of the area for the school dance, but they weren't allowed to.
- Eye Catch: One for each member of Team Lyoko in each episode.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: In "Replika", Odd and Aelita do this to protect the secret of the Factory from Hervé and Nicolas. Since the two are pretending to be cousins, this would give them an excuse for doing so off campus. (It works too. When Hervé and Nicolas tell Sissy later, she thinks that they're crazy, more so when Aelita and Odd continue the charade by pretending to be angry with each other.)
- Fan Disservice: Any "fanservice" provided by Jim Moralès.
- Fanservice: Oh God, the fanservice. Nearly every main character has had a shirtless/underwear scene of some sort. And yes, it's all in the dub. Which was run on Cartoon Network. In the afterschool slot. With a TV-Y7FV rating. Remember, though, this is a French television series. The United States (viewing area of Cartoon Network) views nudity and partial nudity as much more risqué as opposed to the French culture.
- Despite this, Aelita's first two civilian outfits include Magic Skirts; for reasons known only to MoonScoop, she has never had an underwear scene (except that time her heart was restarted and she appeared to be wearing a slip). Instead, she is seen stepping into a shower and standing under the water in Season 4.
** There is even Sissi in her cheerleader outfit, with several frames of animation in which you can clearly see up her skirt (she's sitting down and crossing her legs). She is also seen walking around her room in her underwear in early episodes — including the first episode, 6 minutes in; how's that for quick to please?
- To recap, we have: Bare Your Midriff, Censor Steam, Furo Scene, Lingerie Scene, Modesty Towel, Panty Shot, Pool Scene, Sensual Spandex, Shirtless Scene, Shower Scene, Zettai Ryouiki (Yumi in "TeddyGozilla")...
- Fate Worse Than Death: Falling into the Digital Sea. Yumi and Aelita have fallen in but subsequently been saved, but if there's nothing to save you, you remain virtualised forever, lost in the vast realms of the Internet. XANA-possessed William seems immune to this, however. He can actually use the Digital Sea as an escape route if he has to.
- Feathered Fiend: Creepy Ravens in "The Pretender".
- Female Gaze: Played for Laughs. Tamiya zooms in on Ulrich's butt while filming his soccer game. Milly is not too pleased about the quality of her coverage.
- Fetal Position Rebirth:
- Aelita on her first materialization in "Code: Earth".
- William after his Evil Costume Switch in "Final Round".
- Fictional Video Game: Various video games played by Odd or Hiroki.
- Find the Cure: Season 2's main plot.
- Flying Seafood Special: The Mantas and Scyphozoa.
- Forehead of Doom: Gratuitously so.
- Foreshadowing: The show is very clever about its foreshadowing, repeatedly putting in hints that will only be glimpsed in hindsight. For an example, one episode has Yumi's parents fighting... the next, Yumi's dad lost his job and they might be going back to Japan. The prequel has a couple references to the first episode as well, which would be counted as foreshadowing if the prequels had aired before season 1.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Odd and Yumi in "A Fine Mess".
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The monsters' primary projectile weapon.
- Friend or Idol Decision:
- Conducted in Season 1's "Cruel Dilemma" when Jérémie (with assistance from Odd's candy) creates a one-shot program to materialize Aelita, but must use it to extract Yumi from the Digital Sea.
- And then the tables turn in Season 4's "Hot Shower", in which Aelita gets herself devirtualized to make XANA choose between letting an incoming asteroid destroy the Supercomputer (and her with it) or destroy it with the good old Kill Sat to give both of them another day (as XANA needs Aelita to lure out Franz Hopper).
- Future Spandex: In Season 4, the new Digital Avatars of the heroes have a serious Future Spandex look. They were apparently designed by Jérémie, a 13-year-old Teen Genius (except for William, who got his custom-made by XANA). You have to wonder what was going through their minds... though on the other hand, maybe that makes it a Justified Trope.
- No Ontological Inertia: Nothing that XANA controls has any ontological inertia. Once the code "Lyoko" has been input into a tower, anything XANA is controlling (and only what XANA is controlling) will suddenly stop, and then time will reset. At one time, this even applied to a laser that was being fired at Yumi and suddenly halted inches from her face.
- Noodle Incident:
- Given the amount of times Jim would "rather not talk about it", the man seems to be made entirely of this trope. It is slightly subverted in the episode "I'd Rather Not Talk About It" (of course), in which Jim does talk about it, although it's only with Jérémie and we don't get to hear it. Nevertheless, it causes Jérémie to gain a healthy respect for Jim. Even better, at a skate demo, when Jim showed he was knowledgeable about skateboarding, it was a time when he did want to talk about it; rather, he was a little busy and didn't have time to talk about it right then.
- Two minor ones are also referred to in the episode "Crash Course". (What exactly DID happen in the gym and at the swimming pool?) Three if you count whatever led to the protocol moniker "Big Fat Cheese-Head".
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup:
- Jérémie's one-shot materialization program in the first season. Saving a copy to a disk is apparently out of the question.
- Lyoko's temporary destruction is a subversion. While the Lyoko Warriors didn't possess a backup, Franz Hopper did, which he happily provided (it wasn't all of Lyoko, just the core, but it gave them a base to restore the rest on). In this instance, at least, one could reasonably assume that storing a backup copy of Lyoko would take an obscene amount of storage space, given the revolutionary hardware hosting it.
- Nothing Is Scarier: XANA is a Third Variation Example; somewhat subverted because the heroes know that he's there and he's trying to kill them. Still, he's an enemy that they can't see or hear, but one that is still more terrifying than any that they can.
- Official Couple: Jérémie and Aelita is the only couple officially backed by Word of God.
- Off Model: It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's almost always crossed eyes.
- Once per Episode: Season 1 is defined by this: Virtualization on Lyoko... Tower deactivation... Return to the Past, regular as clockwork. Later seasons toned the last part down.
- One-Wheeled Wonder: Starting in Season 2, Ulrich has the Overbike, which also flies.
- Only Six Faces: Eyebrow shapes and hairstyles vary, but the all the faces are pretty much the same. Except for the adults like Jim and Delmas.
- Orgasmic Combat / Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: In the English dub, a lot of the grunts, yells, and cries of pain made by Yumi and Aelita just can't be interpreted as anything but sexual moans. It crosses from mediocre acting to ludicrously bad, however, when expressions of horror at virtualisation errors sound like orgasms.
- Other Me Annoys Me:
- In "Triple Trouble", when Odd is split into three, they fight over who gets to go to lunch, and who has to go to P.E. class. They also ruin a joke by inadvertently repeating it.
- Another example in "XANA's Kiss". Odd complains to the clone he's fighting, telling it that if it's going to keep changing form, it should turn into a wimp next time. Its next form: Odd.
- In "Revelation", another Polymorphic Clone pulls a similar move on Ulrich, this time for strategy rather than mockery.
- Override Command:
- Pac Man Fever: Largely averted; not surprising, since the relationship between kids and video games is a big inspiration for the series. The fictional video games discussed in the show are realistic for modern games (though rarely seen on-screen). However, the "penguin cup-and-ball" game played by Jean-Pierre Delmas do use Pac-Man music — but here it's more of a shout-out.
- Pair the Smart Ones: Jérémie & Aelita
- Parody Sue: Brynja Heringsdötir
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: The password to deactivate the towers is the name of the virtual world. However, only Aelita can enter it properly, because she holds the keys to Lyoko.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: Statistically rare considering how often the scanners are used; nonetheless, sometimes the problems faced by the heroes aren't due to XANA's sabotages but to some bug of the Supercomputer or wrong manipulation. Notably:
- A botched virtualization that stuck Jérémie in the limbo between Earth and Lyoko in "Frontier".
- Switching Odd and Yumi's minds in "A Fine Mess".
- Toying with a teleportation power that results in three Odds in "Triple Trouble".
- Melding Kiwi with Odd in "Dog Day Afternoon".
- A random bug causing spontaneous devirtualizations in "Hard Luck".
- Really, just about any time Jérémie tries out a new program he's hacked together, it will screw up somehow.
- Picture Day: "Missing Link"
- Pillar of Light:
- One appears on Lyoko whenever a monster or hero falls in the Digital Sea (save for William).
- Also occurs at the beginning of a return to the past sequence, when an expending pillar of light bursts from the holographic display in the lab.
- Playing Sick: A standard excuse to get out of class and go save the world. Oddly enough, the teachers almost always fall for this, except on one occasion. Of course, they don't remember most previous incidents thanks to the Return to the Past.
- Poster-Gallery Bedroom: Including the obligatory Einstein pic in Jérémie's room.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Jérémie in "XANA's Kiss".
- The Power of Friendship: Despite frequent Teeth-Clenched Teamwork scenarios, the only reason the gang don't simply shut down the supercomputer in the first two seasons is because they don't want to lose Aelita.
- Powers as Programs
- Powers That Be: Until the very end of the show, we do not see XANA, just his influence.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang:
- Prima Donna Director: James Finson in "End of Take".
- Princesses Prefer Pink:
- Aelita is often said to be the "princess" of Lyoko (hence Ulrich and Odd's nickname for her), and she sure seems to like pink. Even her hair and Energy Balls are pink.
- Sissi is a self-proclaimed princess with pink clothes and underwear.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: William in Season 4.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: During the first season, before the show completely found its groove, the heroes could suffer from this. Potentially justified as the characters are young teenagers.
- In one episode, Sissi tricks Ulrich by writing a note pretending to be Yumi, and that's considered terrible. In a different episode, Ulrich and the gang trick Hervé by writing a note pretending to be Sissi, and that's considered perfectly OK!
- Another episode put it even further by centering morality around Yumi alone: in this episode, Odd inadvertently publish a embarrassing photo of Yumi in Kadic's newspaper, understandably making her pissed off. Scared of Yumi's wrath, Odd convinces Ulrich to take the blame for him without telling what the blame is. After Ulrich learned it and ended up with Yumi angry at him, he attempts to convince Odd to tell the truth to her, until Yumi assumes he did it because of their Unresolved Sexual Tension and forgives him, causing him to keep the silence after all. In the end, Odd finally tells the truth to Yumi, and how does she react ? By being pissed off again for them "tricking her" and taking her revenge on both Ulrich and Odd by publishing a compromising photo of them in the newspaper. Yeah, because Ulrich was so nasty by taking wrongly all the blame for the sole sake of helping his best friend....
- Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Aelita and possibly William.
- Psychic Powers: Aelita's second sight, Odd's future flash and Yumi or William's telekinesis.
- Puppy Love: Hiroki×Milly
- Real Place Background:
- Red Herring: In Season 4, the fourth Navskid (obviously prepared for William) ends up never being used.
- Reset Button: Nearly every episode, via Mental Time Travel. The main kids aren't affected by it, but students and faculty who discover them (and become allies or enemies) go back to being ignorant. It's used more sparingly in the second season, after they discover that using it empowers XANA. Even after the link to XANA is severed at the end of Season 2, the Return to the Past is still employed conservatively, if mostly to prevent mucking with the narrative (see Just in Time above).
- Rivals Team Up: In "The Robots", the team enlists Hervé's help to create a device to fight XANA's androids, and he actually does a pretty good job. Unfortunately, the Return to the Past trip erases Hervé's memory of the event, and ruins any chance of them becoming friends permanently.
- Robo Cam: XANA's monsters, robots, Polymorphic Clones, and Specter-possessed people.
- Robot War: XANA is preparing one, but is shut down just as he starts production.
- Role-Playing Game Terms: Characters under attack by XANA's monsters in Lyoko will lose Life Points, de-virtualizing when they reach zero.
- Salt and Pepper: Milly and Tamiya
- Sarcasm-Blind: In "Final Mix", Sissi is banned by her father from going to the dance party because she didn't study for her exam. Naturally, she ignores this and goes to the dance anyway. Cue the following exchange with Nicolas:
Nicolas: You snuck out?
Sissi: No, no. My father said, "You're gonna repeat the year, but it's no big deal sweetie. It doesn't mean you can't have a good time."
Nicolas: Is that what he said?
Sissi: (agitated) Oh you're such an idiot! Of course I snuck out, what do you think?!
- Sauna of Death: In "New Order", for a Getting Hot in Here moment.
- Save Both Worlds
- Saying Too Much: The fake Franz Hopper criticizes Jérémie about letting his diary be ruined, something the real Franz Hopper would have had no way of actually knowing, thus revealing himself to be XANA in disguise. This, however takes a bit to register in Jérémie's mind because his whole group effectively turned against him.
- Scenery Porn: Frédéric Perrin's work on the backgrounds used almost endlessly in the animated sequences fits this to a capital "T".
- School Newspaper Newshound: Milly & Tamiya
- School Play:
- Science Fiction
- Secret Diary: Twice, in the episodes "Logbook" and "Lost at Sea". Thrice if you count Jérémie's video logs in the last episode, "Echoes".
- Shock and Awe: Lightning is a common weapon of Specter-possessed people and Polymorphic Clones.
- Shoot the Dog:
- The first time that the party dematerialized one of their number with their weapons, it looked like this, with Yumi sounding grimly resolute and Badass when she suggested it. Later on, as the gang becomes more experienced, it becomes more of an accepted way of salvaging the mission when Jérémie is unable to act.
- Aelita intentionally invoking Code: XANA and nuking the Ice Sector in "Sabotage", saving the rest of the Supercomputer.
- Kadic Academy was named after Philip K Dick (look at his middle initial and last name); this is confirmed by MoonScoop themselves.
- Several times, a Totoro plush toy can be seen in Yumi's bedroom.
- At the end of episode "Vertigo", Odd comments that he would love to turn invisible, like Susan of the Fantastic Four. Note that MoonScoop also produced Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, although this comment predates it.
- In episode "The Secret", the demolition worker controled by XANA distinctly looks like Mario. William even calls him a "super-plumber".
- XANA accusing Jérémie of being "the sorcerer's apprentice."
- In one episode, Odd comments on being great with women; immediately, a girl walks up to Odd and smacks him; he has just finished commenting on "not knowing what this is about" when another girl, seeing the first, walks up and smacks him for being seen with the other girl. Odd then admits he might have deserved that one.
- The icons on Jérémie's computer are Aurebesh, the writing system from Star Wars.
- In the episode "Attack of the Zombies", Bruce Willis himself gets name-dropped.
- Show Within a Show: Hospital of Horrors. Though never shown on-screen, it sounds like a mix of Medical Drama and cheesy horror B-movies.
- Smart People Play Chess: Aelita & Jérémie
- Snap to the Side
- Sorcerer's Apprentice Plot: Invoked at one point, when Franz Hopper accuses Jérémie of being "the sorcerer's apprentice" and screwing everything up by using the Supercomputer. Actually, it's XANA trying to get Jérémie out of the way for his latest plot.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Xana, XANA or X.A.N.A.? Jeremy or Jérémie? Sissy or Sissi? Herb or Hervé? Antea or Anthea? And should you use the accented letters? This one'll put fans up in arms faster than tying Ulrich or Yumi down to a permanent love interest.
- Spike Balls of Doom: Three of these defend the International Space Station taken over by XANA in Season 4.
- Spinning out of Here: The teens rotate in the scanners before being transported to Lyoko.
- Spot the Imposter: Happens frequently with the Polymorphic Clones.
- The first occurrence was with XANA himself impersonating Jérémie in "Ghost Channel".
- Aelita could tell Jérémie apart from his double in "XANA's Kiss". It happens a second time in the same episode: Odd has to decide between the Polymorphic Clone and Yumi, and figures it out because the real Yumi called him "pea-brain".
- Jim isn't so lucky with his nephew Chris in "Opening Act".
- Stepping-Stone Sword:
- Happens a few times with Ulrich's katanas; sometimes for himself, sometimes for other characters.
- Everyone also seems to use William's BFS for this whenever he gets it stuck in a wall.
- Stock Footage: To the point where even the first episode has reused scenes (see Garage Kids below). It gets really obvious at certain points. A good example is Season 2, where the footage from Season 1 of Aelita deactivating Towers is used, despite the Art Evolution having taken place, with the difference between the old and new footage very clear. It's until Season 3 where new footage of Aelita in the Towers is used, showing her deleting the sectors of Lyoko. Even then, some Season 3 episodes still use the Season 1 footage when she deactivates towers. In addition, battle sequences on Lyoko are very frequently recycled between episodes.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!:
- A variation is used where Aelita's friends threatened to kill her before the Scyphozoa could Mind Probe her (which would kill her too), forcing XANA to order the monster to release her.
- In "Hot Shower", Aelita sets up a situation where the Supercomputer can't be destroyed without killing her, and XANA aborts his Colony Drop attempt (as he needs her alive, so he can lure out Franz Hopper from the Digital Sea.
- Strictly Formula: For the first season only though, then it gets better. See Once per Episode above. The plot of just about every episode is:
Something strange happens around the school (blatant Foreshadowing optional). → Jérémie thinks it's XANA, Odd doesn't. Heads up: It's XANA. → Jérémie and one or two of the Lyoko Warriors go to the factory. The remaining one or two of the three must stay behind in danger to heighten the drama. → The virtualized Warriors fight 3-5 monsters, while Aelita takes her sweet time getting to the tower. (Life Points are referenced only for Rule of Drama as well.) → The in-danger team members are saved Just in Time by the tower de-activation plus a Return to the Past. → The team returns to a scene from the beginning of the episode, usually Played for Laughs.
- Super Drowning Skills: Falling into the Digital Sea is immediately lethal for the Lyoko Warriors or the monsters. The backstroke in ordinary bodies of water, however, is perfectly fine for the heroes (but terrestrial monsters can't swim). Although it is confirmed in Season 4 that the Digital Sea is not a literal sea, but rather the edge of Lyoko. Also, it's implied in "Cruel Dilemma" that the person wouldn't actually die, but simply be trapped, unable to return.
- Super Smoke:
- William is the Trope Namer, as he uses this power extensively.
- Also a talent for Polymorphic Specters.
- Superstition Episode: In the episode "Hard Luck", Odd accidentally breaks a mirror. Ulrich tells him he'll get seven years of bad luck. Odd doesn't believe it and rants about how various superstitions are ridiculous. However, a series of unfortunate events plague him and eventually the rest of the team starts to consider him bad luck. At the end of the episode Odd finally admits he is jinxed, only for Aelita to tell him jinxes don't exist and he has to wait for his luck to change. It does.
- Tagalong Kids: Hiroki; Johnny
- Tagline: "Can you keep a secret?"
- Taken for Granite: XANA tries a something like this in "Triple Trouble", unleashing a fog on the whole city that can do it. (Which is sort of strange, seeing as it more resembled his MO from the first season, rather than anything related to his goal in the third.)
- Taking the Bullet: It's frequent in Season 1, especially for Odd. Considering who this series is aimed at, of course, the bullets in question this time around are Frickin' Laser Beams.
- Team Pet: Kiwi
- Techno Babble: Second nature to Jérémie and Aelita.
- Teen Genius: Two, Jérémie and Aelita. Two and three-quarters counting Hervé.
- Teens Are Short
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Every other episode due to some sort of betrayal, XANA-mitigated or otherwise.
- Teleporter Accident: The scanners technically don't "teleport" the team, but similar accidents have happened:
- In "Frontier", Jérémie tries to go to Lyoko to apologize to Aelita after an argument, but Yumi makes a mistake trying to send him there, resulting in him trapped in limbo between Lyoko and the real world, and in danger of disappearing completely. (Rescuing him ultimately requires Ulrich to kiss Sissy and go out with her for a month.)
- In "Dog Day Afternoon", Odd tries to take Kiwi with him to Lyoko, only for the scanner to merge them into one body, giving him no end of trouble until Jérémie can reverse the problem.
- In "Triple Trouble", Jérémie programs a new ability for Odd’s Lyoko form to replace the precognitive visions he had lost; unfortunately, this causes the scanners to malfunction when he returns to Earth, causing three of him to emerge. (And they can’t get along or cooperate with each other at all.)
- Tempting Fate: Way too often. Those kids should learn to shut up....
- Tentacle Rope:
- In "XANA Awakens" and "Ghost Channel", XANA possesses electrical cables which then restrain Jérémie.
- Also, with the Season 3 episode "Sabotage" and the creeping vines, particularly for Yumi.
- The Scyphozoa's tentacles, however, don't quite touch Aelita when they wrap around her, which happens several times (plus once to Yumi and William each).
- Thanks for the Mammary: Jérémie accidentally "touches" Aelita while she's invisible in "Vertigo".
- Theme Tune Cameo: The end credits song beginning season 2 is an in-universe song by the Subdigitals.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Happens regularly, despite Odd just hating this trope.
- Those Two Guys:
- Sissi's sidekicks and fanboys, Hervé and Nicolas.
- Also Milly and Tamiya.
- As well as Hiroki and Johnny starting with Season 3.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Ulrich and William are very guilty of this. Ulrich's katana even wanders into Precision-Guided Boomerang territory at times.
- Title Theme Tune: Both in French and English.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Yumi & Aelita — or Yumi & Sissi as rivals (sort of) go.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- William initially appeared to be a secondary character to build tension for Yumi and Ulrich's relationship, merely getting in the way and even stalking Yumi. Then he enters Lyoko, where he gets a giant sword, although he gets an evil makeover as well after being possessed by XANA. He even has awesome music accompanying his fights throughout Season 4.
- Also in season 4, after being corrupted by the Scyphozoa, Aelita takes a katana right out of Ulrich's hand mid-attack, and proceeds to wipe the floor with him.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Aelita uses her Decoy Getaway trick to escape the Scyphozoa. The monster is fooled, and tries to use its memory-draining powers on the clone... which results in it becoming sick.
- Traveling at the Speed of Plot: The amount of time until XANA's current plot completes is always just long enough that the Lyoko Warriors will beat it with a couple of seconds to spare, if that. Same with the Sector 5 countdown or the second layer of the Core shield. They rarely run out of time, either; if XANA wins, it's nearly always by defeating the heroes, not just running out the clock.
- Triang Relations: Overlaps with Hopeless Suitor and Romantic False Lead like crazy:
- Ulrich and Yumi perennially fit as the B and C of a Type 4, with Sissi and William taking turns as the A (Ulrich's the B in the former, Yumi in the latter).
- Ulrich gets stuck as the B in a Type 5 a couple times in Season 1 (Émilie and Milly being the As, Yumi as the C).
- Hervé as the perennial A in a Type 5 with Sissi as the B and Ulrich as the C.
- True Companions: Largely averted until the end of Season 2; the Lyoko Warriors only start to qualify afterward (and it still doesn't prevent some Teeth-Clenched Teamwork moments).
- Turned Against Their Masters:
- XANA rebelled against his creator, Franz Hopper.
- And Jérémie walked in Franz's footsteps with the "Marabounta".
- Twice Shy:
- Ulrich and Yumi.
- Also Jérémie and Aelita, to a lesser extent.
- Unknown Rival:
- Sissi. She considers Yumi her rival, but Yumi for the most part barely acknowledges a rivalry, most likely knowing Sissi is a Hopeless Suitor anyway.
- Also, Hervé seems to consider Jérémie a rival in school achievements. Jérémie doesn't notice.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Ulrich and Yumi, to the greatest excesses possible in Western Animation. Sissi and Odd to a far lesser extent.
- The Unreveal: So just what does Jérémie look like when he's on Lyoko? Big source of Epileptic Trees among fans.
- Villain of Another Story: Project Carthage was essential for the back story on Franz Hopper, but the Lyoko Warriors don't seem to care about them.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
- Odd and Ulrich, definitely. Emphasized most in "Killer Music".
- Hervé and Nicolas probably qualify too. Nicolas has actually slugged Hervé on at least two occasions, but they're still friends for some reason.
- Vocal Dissonance: One of the government agents in "False Lead".
- Volcanic Veins: The Kolossus
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The premise of the series. This is one time where the heroes sometimes benefited from this trope — Time Travel is a good way to make up a missed class.
- Watching a Video Game: Most sequences on Lyoko plays like this. The heroes even sometimes treat going to Lyoko like Deep-Immersion Gaming, something that Jérémie doesn't always approve of.
- Weapon of Choice: According to Jérémie, the gang's weapons were selected based on subconscious data extracted in their initial virtualizations.
- Wham Episode: "Final Round" and, to a lesser extent, "The Key".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Mister Puck is demoted from the mysterious subject of Aelita's nightmares to a doll in her flashbacks. Perhaps the latter was his intended role all along, but the scenes in which Aelita sees related visions while awake in the episodes "New Order" and "Mister Puck" would suggest otherwise.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Subverted; when Aelita is first materialized she often gets confused by emotions such as embarrassment, and by physical feelings such as hunger. In "Cruel Dilemma", though, Aelita is confused when Jérémie starts blushing when she says, "We can finally be face to face in the same room, touch each-other, and even kiss."
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Twice over.
- Ulrich suffers from vertigo every now and then, and some spots involving him and high places are particularly rocky. It's not that he's afraid of heights, it's that high places are more likely to agitate his condition. He tries his best to suppress this, though.
- Aelita has a bad thing for wolves. They frequently show up in her dreams or hallucinations.
- Will They or Won't They?: Ulrich and Yumi, to such a ridiculous extent that it makes their own shippers cringe. Though the last episode hints that they will. Eventually.
- Wink Ding: Aelita seems to be fond of these.
- World in the Sky: The four main sectors of Lyoko are composed of floating islands above the Digital Sea. The Mountain Sector, in particular, evokes this trope.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Kankrelat, Blok, Krabe, Kongre, Rekin, Kalamar, Kolossus... Justified in-show by Odd coming up with most of these.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aelita's pink hair is sort of justified at first because she's actually a computer program, so her hair could be any color. But then it turns out that she was human after all, so this makes little sense. Especially since, except for Odd's big purple spot (which could have easily been dyed like that), almost everybody else has regular hair colors — but seem to find Aelita's hue perfectly normal. The few exceptions are: Aelita's mom; William's mother (whose hair is conspicuously green); Odd's mother (who has purple hair; the show seems to like applying this trope to moms for some reason); a girl candidate at the Subdigitals' talent audition; and Chris Moralès.
- Your Mind Makes It Real:
- Justifies the phantom pains felt by Yumi, Ulrich, and Odd upon taking damage, since they're non-natives to Lyoko. In one episode, a virus uploaded into the computer by XANA makes it TOO real, with one shot hitting causing immense pain.
- Jérémie has also theorized that a person's Lyoko form is reflective of his personality, subconscious desires, and dreams. For example, Yumi's pride in her heritage gave her the appearance of a Geisha, while Ulrich's lionhearted nature gave him the form of a Samurai. (Odd insisted that he never dreamed of "big, purple cats", but it may have something to do with his reputation as a Deadpan Snarker; see Alice Allusion above.)
- You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: Played with in "Mister Puck"; Odd tells Hervé to take off his glasses as he's about to punch him.
- Zeroes and Ones: Constantly filling up blue squares inside the Lyoko Towers, within the tunnels between the sectors, or over the surface of the Celestial Dome in Sector 5.
- Zombie Apocalypse: "Attack of the Zombies"
Garage Kids provides examples of:
The games provide examples of:
- Camera Screw: The first DS game is very bad about this, especially since you can fall off nearly any platform and have a quarter of the health of that character lost for the effort.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The game Quest for Infinity has at least one instance. While battling a boss, one weak spot they show is a rather large golden sack-like thing hanging off the monster... Clearly they took cues from the Gonarch in Half-Life.
The novel series provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: Yes, it can be this and Compressed Adaptation at the same time! The story focuses more on the backstory that was only touched on in the show.
- Alternate Continuity
- Ax-Crazy: Eva. Being an incarnation of XANA will do that to a person.
- Break the Cutie: Implied with XANA. In the "Mysterious City" flashback, he was a token cutie, while in the present, he is clearly already broken.
- Canon Foreigner: About ten of them — Eva Skinner/XANA and Grigory Nictapolus, most prominently. Most of them are featured for a chapter, then disappear.
- Compressed Adaptation: Only bits of "XANA Awakens", "Code: Earth"/"False Start", and "Fight to the Finish" still exist in this continuity. Everything else in the show is erased and replaced with the plot that ties those three together, occurring in maybe half the time. The major plots of Seasons 2, 3, and 4 are solved in one battle.
- Darker and Edgier
- Dirty Old Woman: Heavily implied with Marie Lemoine.
- In Medias Res
- Love at First Sight: Odd, with Eva Skinner (who he doesn't know is XANA).
- New Transfer Student: Eva Skinner
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: The sailor's knot pendant might qualify.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Suzanne Hertz's name is changed to Susan, and Antea's name is writen as Anthea (or Anthéa?). Jeremy, Sissi, Herve, and XANA are written in those forms.
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