Western Animation: Cybersix
But deep in my heart, I feel love so alive Cybersix
In the depths of my soul, I know we will survive.
was an Argentinian comic book that had its rights bought by a Canadian company, who then passed the animation duties off to a Japanese company
, and the result was this cartoon. The series lasted from September to November, 1999. A total of 13 episodes in a single season.
By night, Cybersix is a female superhero dressed in leather fighting the creations of her own Mad Scientist
creator, and putting to rest the bizarre schemes of his son. By day, "Adrian"
, a male
high school literature teacher, fending off one of 'his' amorous students and trying to hide her Secret Identity
from her best friend and love interest, Lucas. With him, her black panther Side Kick
Data 7, and street urchin Julian, Cybersix defends the city of Meridiana while fighting monsters for the sustenance she needs to survive.
With gorgeous animation, a likable and interesting plot and characters, the show only had 13 episodes, different networks that aired them (i.e. Teletoon in Canada and Fox Kids
in America), and did not recieve a DVD release until almost 15 years after it aired. For years, it aired irregularly in Canada and France, so other viewers have largely had to depend on the kind souls that Keep Circulating the Tapes
. The English version went live on Hulu in 2013
, and it finally recieved a DVD release in late 2014 thanks to Discotek Media
If you were looking for the article about the comics, it can be found here
This show provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Cybersix.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Lori and Lucas receive this treatment, having a more pleasant appereance than their comic book counterparts. Here is a comparison of Lori.
- The title character herself is also considerably different looking between the comics and cartoon. Cartoon!Cybersix is much less busty and voluptuous and has more of a gymnast's figure, which is what you'd expect for a woman who gets around by jumping across rooftops. Whether or not this counts as a straight example or an inversion is a matter of personal taste.
- All There in the Manual: There are certain things that you have to research or read the comic book to understand: where Cybersix got her costume, how she escaped from Von Reichter, and other Back Story things. It also helps if you want to understand exactly what the Cybers are and how Von Reichter created them, as well as the Technos, Fixed Ideas, and other creatures mentioned on the show.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The Fixed Ideas are green, with blond hair. In the comic, however (which is monochrome), they're implied to have normal skin tones.
- Adaptation Distillation: The cartoon to the comic. They removed much of the extraneous Navel-Gazing among many other things, which makes this also a fine example of a Pragmatic Adaptation.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original comics, Lori is stated to be a blonde, whereas her hair is red in the cartoon.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Julian.
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: Lucas, whenever he turned into a werewolf in episode 10.
- Apologetic Attacker: Once Yashimoto confronts Cybersix with the intention of capturing her, he asks her to forgive him.
- Art Evolution/Progressively Prettier: Lucas is fairly ugly-looking in the first episode. As the series progresses, his design changes slightly to be a little more handsome as befitting his role of Love Interest.
- Artificial Human
- Asian Buck Teeth: Yashimoto and his sister.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Cybersix as "Adrian" is actually quite good-looking.
- Badass Cape: It can rival Batman's in pure awesome swishiness.
- Badass Longcoat: Lucas wears this from time to time, and usually is more effective when he does. Yashimoto also dons one.
- Badass Normal: Lucas would probably count. He can't do too much against the various monsters that attack, but he's still able to tackle a Fixed Idea that he found strangling Cybersix and has helped in various other ways (along with having no qualms about rushing into dangerous situations to help). He can order Data7 around; now, that's badass.
- Don't forget Yashimoto, who's able to keep up with Cybersix's rooftop escapades and hold off two Fixed Ideas (although he really didn't beat them).
- Big Bad: Von Richter.
- Big Brother Instinct: When Adrian is being accosted by students that were mad at him rejecting Lori, Lucas comes in to put a stop to it. He doesn't even do anything and the bullies run away from Adrian. That was just after knowing Adrian for a few minutes.
- Big Eater: Lucas. Look at him scarf down that food in the opening! Cybersix even cracks a joke in Episode 7 when she finds him at the diner not eating as "a newsworthy event". And the server claims the chef loves cooking for him because if he wasn't there, "he would get out of practice".
- Bleached Underpants: The original comics are very adult. The show, on the other hand, is tame enough for a Saturday morning cartoon even with the mature themes present.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Josť is plenty bratty himself. However, his tantrums and annoying behaviors are actually done on purpose, for laughs.
- Chekhov's Gun: In the episode The Eye, Adrian watches Lucas show his chemistry students the effects of liquid nitrogen. Lucas picks up a tennis ball and bounces it on the desk, before spraying it with nitrogen. When he tries bouncing the ball again, it shatters. Cybersix later uses this information to ultimately destroy the episode's Eye monster.
- Pretty much any trick that Jillian has shown at the beginning of the episode he will use later.
- Circus of Fear: Episode 11.
- City of Adventure: Meridiana. Everything seems to happen in Meridiana. In fact, there's only one episode that spends time outside Meridiana, and that was only because the villain of that episode found out that Adrian was Cybersix, and stalked his/her field trip.
- Sort of justified in that Von Reichter and Josť know that Cybersix lives in and protects Meridiana and thus continue to send monsters and weapons there to catch or kill her.
- Not to mention that the comics strongly hint they were there originally, and she purposely hunted them down.
- Clark Kenting: Cybersix wears no mask, so Adrian brushes his/her hair differently and wears glasses. Not to mention the cross-dressing.
- Combat Stilettos: Cybersix wears them in her superhero persona. She is often shown using them as weapons, stomping on goons and so on. Justified in the comic in that she stole the costume off a prostitute.
- Cool Big Sis: While she knows that he can take care of himself during the day, Cybersix doesn't neglect Julian, occasionally visiting him and keeping him safe when needed.
- Cool Teacher: Lucas. He's Badass enough to intimidate the worst delinquents at his (pretty tough) school, easygoing enough to laugh at himself and joke with the students, conductor of fun science experiments in the classroom and he genuinely likes his pupils, bonkers though they may be. Interestingly, he's one of the few teachers in the media we see preparing for class, setting up lessons and adhering to health and safety regulations (in the liquid nitrogen/Giant Flying Eye episode).
- Surprisingly, Cybersix's "Adrian" persona is not a Cool Teacher. While extremely academic and clearly fond of his subject, he's pretty dry, has little tolerance for antics, and meets Lucas when certain students ambush him for turning down Lori's attentions. No doubt he'd be promoted to Cool Teacher if the students realised what "Adrian" was up to in his free time...
- Creepy Good: Cybersix and Data 7.
- Crush Blush: Cybersix herself sports one in "Terra" after fantasizing about dancing with Lucas.
- Cute Bookworm: Cybersix as Adrian, given that (s)he's a lit teacher and often seen quoting poetry.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Josť.
- Delinquents: Lori is the head of her own gang.
- Did They or Didn't They?: In "The Bluebirds of Horror", Cybersix spends almost a full 24-hours holed up with Lucas in his apartment. What were they doing that whole time?
- Do Androids Dream?: Explained in the books. Referred to as "resistored dreams" in the first chapter.
- The Dragon: Josť is this to Von Reichter.
- Dragon Ascendant: The last scene of the last episode implies that Josť has become this.
- Dramatic Thunder: Usually played straight, but played with in episode seven, where a thunderclap that could be seen as Thunderous Underline to the villain's plotting actually startles the villain, because it's a sunny day outside. It turns out to be the precursor of a rainstorm later in the evening.
- Dumb Muscle: The Fixed Ideas.
- Embarrassing Slide: Provides the only bit of background the audience got on Lucas: that he was once an anorexic boxer.
- Empty Piles of Clothing: Left behind when an artificial human dies.
- Epic Fail: Josť tries to intimidate someone with his fighting style, only to trip and knock himself out.
- Everything Fades: The show used with some odd videogame references that are almost certainly unintentional. When defeated, the Fixed Ideas evaporate, leaving behind a pile of clothes & a "Sustenance" vial (what actually keeps them alive). What makes this weirdly video-game like? The vial they drop is something Cybersix desperately needs to stay alive. It's literally a health powerup for Cybersix.
- Another variant occurs in the episode Blue Birds of Horror, when Data 7 destroys the Monster of the Week by throwing it into an electrified transmission tower, causing it to literally be burned to ash.
- Evil Versus Evil: In the final episode, Josť reprograms the bomb that his father Von Reichter sent to destroy Meridiana, because Josť doesn't want to lose his position as crime lord. The base is blown up and seemingly kills Cybersix; making it seem like a The Bad Guy Wins scenario...but it is implied that Cybersix is still alive later.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Most of (if not all) the Monster of the Week candidates are creatures that Von Reichter created. Josť seems to be heading along the same path as well.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Even when this animated series was notably Lighter and Softer than the original comic, it was still able to get away with several stuff quite...uncommon for a TV-Y7 show.
- For starters, Josť goose-steps everywhere.
- When Cybersix first suits up we get many teases of her showing something revealing as she strips her Adrian clothes. Prior to her putting on her suit, we get a brief glimpse of a silhouette of her naked upper body.
- Whenever Elaine is in Werewolf form, she is practically nude with the fur covering her body. The only time it's covered up is when she changes back to her human form.
- Genius Bruiser: Lucas again. He seems to be not only a biology, but a chemistry teacher as well, a published writer, and some scenes suggest he's trying to replicate Sustenance. He's also a skillful brawler who has no qualms about taking on Fixed Ideas, and winning.
- Have a Gay Old Time: The regrettably similar-sounding word "cybersex" had not yet passed into common usage when this series was titled.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Julian, and even Cybersix to an extent.
- Heel-Face Turn: Data 7.
- Heroic Bystander: Lucas, Lori, and Julian all step into this role in different episodes.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Terra. And boy is it a Tear Jerker.
- Also the monster who could turn invisible, who let herself fall off of a bridge to her death so that Cybersix could survive an oncoming train. Cybersix herself could count, when she goes to confront Von Reicter in the final episode and is fully prepared to die. The ending implies that she does survive though.
- In the series finale, Von Reicter releases all of his created monsters from their tanks to attack Cybersix... but they promptly attack him instead, buying her time to escape.
- High-Class Glass: Von Reichter's monocle.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Pretty much a Running Gag with Josť.
- In the end, this also happens to Von Reicter.
- Hot for Teacher: Lori, probably for two even!
- Knight of Cerebus: Episodes featuring Von Reichter, rather than Josť, as The Heavy are noticeably higher-stakes. Invoked by their differing Leitmotifs: Josť's is lighter and features an accordion, while Von Reichter's is far darker and incorporates funeral bells
- Leeroy Jenkins: By the end of the first episode it becomes fairly apparent that Von Richter will never be able to create a monster scary enough that Lucas won't try to fight it head-on. By the third episode Cybersix resorts to having Data Seven guard Lucas in his apartment to try to keep him out of harm's way. The man does not seem to even have the concept of a survival instinct. Fortunately he's a bit more Bad Ass than most Leeroys.
- Leitmotif: Everybody in the show. Even one episode characters. The most consistently recurring ones, though, are Cybersix's (which is based on the opening theme), and another for Josť, both of which are used so consistently and well that they become musical heads-ups as to who is currently in a scene.
- Oddly, Lucas is the only major character who lacks one. The composer indicated that this was a deliberate choice, as Lucas was basically the ultimate bystander, always getting swept up in the action.
- Lighter and Softer: The animated series is way softer than the original comic, which was more violent and had high sexual content.
- Lightning Bruiser Both Cybersix and Data7. Lucas is pretty agile too for such a big guy.
- Made of Iron: Lucas, who takes tons of punishment throughout the series, sometimes even more than the heroine herself. We're sure he's totally human, right?
- Make Me Wanna Shout: One Monster of the Week was a flock of flying goblins that could fire sonic blasts from their mouths.
- Meaningful Rename: Cyber 29 —> Data 7.
- Minion with an F in Evil: The Fixed Ideas. They are simply dumb muscles following commands, when not following commands they are usually just looking at the things as if a child does.
- Mooks: Called 'Fixed Ideas', they have green skin and red eyes. Mostly employed by Josť as bodyguards and movers, and to assemble various devices. When Cybersix knocks them out, they disappear and leave a vial of 'Sustenance' (see Everything Fades above).
- Mythology Gag: The helmet Josť wears to pilot his Drill Tank in episode 5 is the same one that he dons at one point in the comic — only in the comic he wore it while pursuing Cybersix in the guise of a toddler riding a tricycle.
- The Napoleon: Josť.
- Nazi Nobleman: Von Reichter.
- Nice Hat: Cybersix's hat is fantastic.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Cybersix/Adrian is a genetically-engineered crime-fighting cross-dressing lit teacher.
- One Name Only: Von Reichter. His first name is probably some variation of Joseph, given that his son/clone is named Josť, and it would also be a reference to another famous Nazi Mad Scientist who fled to Argentina, Josef Mengele (who fled Argentina after Adolf Eichmann was captured under the name "Josť Mengele").
- No Ontological Inertia: In one episode, Lucas is infected by a werewolf monster and turns into one himself. When Cybersix destroys the monster, Lucas's scars immediately heal and the infection disappears.
- Semi-justified in that one of the ways to cure werewolf-ism was to kill the original werewolf. Doesn't explain the scars, though.
- Also semi-justified in that the episode implied that those infected by the original werewolf only transformed through her will of it rather than simply transforming every full moon.
- Not What It Looks Like: In "Lori's Missing" Lori manages to find out where Adrian lives. When going there, she overhears a conversation between Cybersix and Data-7. When she looks through the keyhole, she can only see Six and not Data-7. So she assumes the person Cybersix is talking to, is Adrian. Rather than assume that the woman, who sounds suspiciously similar to her crush, is one and the same; She thinks Adrian is standing her up for Cybersix and tells Lucas about it, who then confronts Adrian about it. Adrian denies the girlfriend part, but stumbles when being questioned about his knowing of Cybersix, which prompts some bitter distrust from Lucas.
- Oh, Crap: In the first episode, when Jose confronts Cyber Six for the first time, he at first just saw her as some vigilante nuisance. However when she shows her identification number, he's the only one who seems terrified of her at first as he, much like Von Richter, thought the Cybers were wiped out.
- Older Than They Look: We are never given his age, but Josť is insistent that he is not a child and even shows interest in Lori in one episode. (In the comic, he is a genetic copy of von Richter, with a more or less adult mind in a child's body.)
- Pass the Popcorn: Josť gets popcorn when he is watching Cybersix drown.
- Panthera Awesome: Data 7. Just look at the picture!
- Parental Abandonment: Let's see, Julian is an orphan, Yashimoto acts as both Ikiko's brother and guardian, and Cybersix and Data 7 have some... issues with their "dad."
- The only character shown to have two living parents is Lori; they are briefly seen in the finale.
- Patricide: In the finale, one of Von Reichter's creations finally kills him. Although he may have technically been killed by one of his no-name monsters, he was doomed to die anyway by the hand of none other than Josť.
- Phlebotinum Dependence: All of Von Reichter's creations are dependent on the enigmatic Sustenance to survive, including Cybersix herself. Having no direct supply, she's forced to feed on Sustenance contained in the very creatures that Von Reichter sends after her.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Cybersix was created to be a Nazi style Ubermensch, but steadfastly defends humanity against Von Richter.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Lucas and Adrian, to their students.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Cybersix, for one.
- Running Gag: For all the scenes that start with Lucas eating at a restaurant, he never finishes a single meal. It's a shame, too, because the food always looks absolutely delicious.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Josť, occasionally.
- Scenery Porn: While the whole show is beautifully animated, one scene features a breathtaking waterfall as the backdrop.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Generally averted (see Thou Shalt Not Kill).
- Self-Made Orphan: By the end of the series; Josť, who blows up his father's seaside lab...with him in it.
- She-Fu: Cybersix is an expert in it, with most of her combat consisting of flips and bounces off the scenery, Goomba Stomping Mooks with her Combat Stilettos.
- Shout-Out: One of the robotic animals in the Circus is a flying monkey.
- Smug Snake: Josť.
- Stock Footage: Lucas is always watching the same soccer game.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Inverted in that her civilian identity is the male one.
- Technicolor Science: Sustenance, the fuel that Cybersix and Von Reichter's other creations run on is glowing neon green.
- Topheavy Guy: The Fixed Ideas.
- The Big Guy: Lucas, amusingly enough for a show's main Love Interest. He's big enough and strong enough to be able to go toe-to-toe with Fixed Ideas and actually hurt them, though he never wins any fights with them, and he's shown to be capable of taking a lot of punishment.
- The Cowl
- The Trickster: Compared to the other genetic creations, Cybersix is weak and outdated. She stays alive and topples her assailants through trickery and wit (and some good friends.)
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Generally averted. Data 7 destroys a giant humanoid bird by throwing it into an electrified transmission tower, Yashimoto poisons a giant squid-like monster with toxic gas grenades and then Cybersix crushes it under a giant folding bridge, Cybersix and Data 7 expose the flying goblins to sunlight, and Cybersix and Data 7 eventually kill the werewolf monster that infected Lucas.
- And, in order for Cybersix to gain Sustenance, she needs to kill Von Reichter's creations, with Fixed Ideas being the easiest prey.
- Incidentally, in the much grittier comic, she avoids killing those she takes Sustenance from, even though she has no empathy for them.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Specifically said in the comic, but only subtext in the show, Von Reicter was a Nazi. Josť's constantly doing the trademark Nazi goose-walk in the show, too.
- Timm Style: It is based off a comic book.
- Truly Single Parent: Von Reichter and Josť.
- Two-Person Love Triangle: Cybersix/Adrian and Lucas. Amusingly, at times, it sure seems like Lucas likes the male identity as much as the female.
- Turned Against Their Masters: All the Cybers, including (obviously) Cybersix herself, but it seems that Von Reichter is incapable of creating anything with the slightest bit of intelligence (which excludes fixed ideas and monsters of the week) that does not turn on him in the end. This includes his own son, Josť.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Cybersix is rather attractive as both a man and a woman. Lucas is a blonde shaven gorilla. He does get better as the series goes on, though, and his personality and loyalty are his most attractive features.
- The Vamp: Elaine in Full Moon Fascination.
- Whole Plot Reference: "Bluebirds of Horror" is pretty much Cybersix meets The Birds.
- World of Badass
Episodes of this series provide examples of: