Western Animation / Xyber 9 New Dawn


Xyber 9: New Dawn is a Science Fiction animated show by Saban Entertainment and aired on Fox Kids.

Terrana once was a utopia of technological advances and living in peace, but that age ended long ago. Amid the ruins, King Renard pushed his troops out and all over the land, while Queen Tatania tries her hardest to win her country back. King Renard is too powerful, because he is an ally of Machestro, an evil lord of the underworld thought only to exist in myth. Jack, The Chosen One and a 15-year-old orphan, is called upon by the people of Terrana. In order to become king, he needs to kill Machestro. Jack would be nothing without Xyber 9, a scepter-like "thinking machine" or superintelligent computer, the last of the Xybers. Machestro tries to get Xyber 9 from Jack to make him vulnerable. The series follows Jack's adventures and struggles.

The show itself got screwed over badly by the network. In 1999 the first ten episodes were shown, only for the show to be completely dropped in favor of the likely better sponsored NASCAR Racers. In 2007, the next 12 episodes were shown after the first 10 in one Jetix block, but the series ended on a less than satisfying note. Fans have risen again on the Internet, who admire the story for its well-developed plot.

Tropes used by the series:

  • After the End: The civilization that produced the Xybers ended in fire probably centuries before the series starts.
  • Aggressive Negotiations: Renard pulls this in the third episode.
  • Agony Beam: Machestro's battle armor allows him to throw these around.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The HMS Independence.
  • Airstrike Impossible: Jack does quite a few of these, though the last one ends up with his plane destroyed.
  • Alien Sky: Terrana has two moons, with both usually visible in the night sky at the same time.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Honk, the little wild boar thing that follows Jack around. Most other critters on Terrana are an aversion.
  • Apocalypse How: The Eye of Darkness would've ended up as at least a partial Class 3a, if not a Class 4.
  • Archaeological Arms Race: A lot of the series is Jack's party attempting to dig up or control various bits of the Lost Technology before Renard or Machestro manage to.
  • Base on Wheels: Renard's command ship, essentially a tank the size of an aircraft carrier with a huge main gun.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, do NOT call Jack "boy".
  • Bling of War: All of the faction leaders have fairly cool suits of armor.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Anakonda and Roselyn both have their moments of this, though Roselyn does it a little more.
  • Conspicuous CG: Most of the vehicles were done this way; it did not age well.
  • Cool Plane: Lots of them, though YMMV in regards to the Spider Fighter...
  • Cute Little Fangs: Anakonda, unless she's pissed off and hissing at someone.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jack, Xyber 9, Mick; the entire cast of heroes have their moments, though.
  • Faceless Goons: The standard Machina uniform is full body armor, including a face concealing helmet.
  • Fangs Are Evil: These, along with every other part of his look make Machestro seem rather cat-like.
  • Feed the Mole: Renard does this, once he figures out he has a spy.
  • Feudal Future: There's kingdoms, empires and lots of peasants, and yet there's also hoverbikes, Airborne Aircraft Carriers, and various forms of energy weapons.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: Jack himself and most of his crew have no home, but eventually make one out of the New Valley and defend it ferociously.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: The Ancients did this by giving Xyber 9 free will and sealing him away from the cataclysm that destroyed nearly everything else they built.
  • Ghost City: There are tons of ruins like this scattered around Terrana.
  • Great Offscreen War: We get hints of it in the opening but other than that, not much else is told of the war that ended the Ancients' world.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Jack has it, just another way to show his purity and nobility.
  • Hellish Pupils: Machestro's eyes are slitted like a cat's, strangely enough so are Anakonda's. Though in her case, 'snake-like' would probably be a better descriptor.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: The Machina uniforms are usually some shade of maroon or red, compared to the more drab uniforms of Tatania's or even Renard's military.
  • Kid Hero: Jack is 15 and it shows, though with the help of his team he starts growing up a little.
  • King Arthur: A lot of the plot is taken from it, and so are some of the characters.
  • Lost Technology: Xyber 9, the Garden of the Ancients, battle medallions/battle armor, and probably most of the tech in the Underworld.
  • Love Triangle: Anakonda and Princess Roselyn go at it over Jack in a way that would make most harem anime females proud.
  • Man Behind the Man: Machestro and his Machina are probably the only things keeping Tatania from winning the war.
  • Master Swordsman: Ikira is this, dual-wielding two katana-like blades.
  • Modest Royalty: Roselyn's usual dress really isn't all that fancy.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Mick has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with treasure . . . doesn't stop him from blowing up a statue that his rival managed to steal, though.
  • The Night That Never Ends: Machestro tried to bring this about with the Eye of Darkness, a device that polarized every particle of the atmosphere.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: Renard focuses more on ground based combat, Tatania's forces attack from the air. Also, he's more likely to just dump infantry on an area than she is.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Queen Tatania, Princess Roselyn does the same eventually.
  • Scavenger World: An odd example; lots of things are scavenged from the ruins, and yet Tatania's scientists manage to come up with a new fighter plane design.
  • Scenery Gorn: Between the ancient ruins and the near endless deserts, there's plenty of this.