YMMV / Cyberchase

  • Angst? What Angst?: A minor case overall, but Season 10's Scanner, after losing his video game during the first episode via the events of personally stopping Hacker, is pretty darn chill about it. Straight priorities are definitely one thing, but considering how attached to the hip he was to that game throughout most of the episode, one would think he'd be a tad more disappointed at it breaking apart than he was, even with his newly-discovered blessings of physical activity.
  • Broken Base: Starting with Season 9, the show no longer discussing mathematics, focusing on environmental problems. Some fans don't like this change, as the math sections were what made the show unique, though other stated it's not bad, as the show would've either repeat the same issues they tackled before, or go to a harder level of mathematics, which the demographic would get more puzzled (plus, because the kids are still around elementary/middle school age).
  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Slider, Creech, and Shari Spotter.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ledge.
  • Narm: Motherboard being deconstructed in "A Battle of Equals".
    Motherboard: Hacker Alert—-FIND FIND FIND—-I am Motherboard—-FIND FIND
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ledge "Hackerizing" a majority of the cast with Inez being the only hold out. This includes Matt and Jackie who aren't even native to Cyberspace. Inez missed being Hackerized too by luck alone...
    • Motherboard's appearance is this for some due to falling into Uncanny Valley by having two entirely different shaped eyes.
    • The Frog in Trick or Treat also counts. Especially when the group are crawling around looking for it and it appears above their heads bearing a Slasher Smile.
  • Periphery Demographic: It's an Edutainment Show about elementary school math concepts. It has a trope sheet. In fact, a decent amount of high schoolers and college students have admitted they watched it.
    • There was also a formerly-active message board that required members to be over 18.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 9 is this due to no longer discussing mathematics, focusing on environmental problems. Season 10 continues this by having stock edutainment morals. The low-budget flash animation for both seasons is a downgrade for fans as well.
    • Also, "For Real". Harley failed to appear at all and Harry's Character Development was completely undone, but also Bianca returned only to share segments with Harry and have her signature childishness be drastically toned down.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Happily Ever Afterville. Good lord, Happily Ever Afterville.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with a Cybersite called "Helping Hand Land" that mercifully only appeared in "Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green", which was as child-friendly as humanly possible and populated by a Barney expy. Granted, this seems to have been the point, and everything turns green and mean quickly.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: After having five seasons being traditionally animated, switching to Flash in season 6 seemed very, VERY wrong.
  • Toy Ship: Matt/Inez and Slider/Jackie are the most popular.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Flash seasons of the show are sometimes animated as badly as Johnny Test.
    • The main trio (and to a certain extent Motherboard, Hacker, Buzz and Delete) look very Off-Model in the seventh episode of the series, "The Poddleville Case". Justified as it was the pilot, originally produced and aired as a "sneak peek" on WNET-13 (the New York PBS station that produces the series) in March of 2000 before becoming part of the series proper after its debut in 2002.
    • Hacker's AI when he replaces Motherboard on her main screen in "The Snelfu Snafu"; it's positively Nightmare Fuel.
  • What an Idiot!: When the Cybersquad and Dr. Marbles finally retrieve the Encryptor Chip from the ancient pyramid, Hacker sends Buzz and Delete down to steal it. What does Dr. Marbles do? He just stands there as they yank it from his hand.
    • In another episode, Hacker is wrongly accused of taking too much land for himself in Sensible Flats, and the Cybersquad agree to vouch for him in return for the antidote to Motherboard's virus. Unfortunately, nobody stops to realize that Hacker had only given them a small dosage of it, which Hacker brags about to his two lackeys after the crew has already left.
    • In one episode where Hacker takes control of Radopolis, Matt impulsively agrees to a competition against Hacker where he agrees that if they lose, the Cybersquad must never return to Cyberspace! He does this over the entire gang's protests and naturally this leads to big trouble when the squad fares poorly in several of the first rounds. Worse still, Hacker makes it a condition that if they lose, Inez must become Team Hacker's cheerleader! It doesn't take long for Matt to realize how badly he screwed up.
    • The auctioneer in "The Snelfu Snafu"; In an egregious case of Ungrateful Bastard, the citizens of Cyberspace hold an auction for the encryptor chip, the only thing that can rid Motherboard of the virus. Nobody at the time realized that Hacker had sabotaged the chip to replace Motherboard with himself once the chip had been restored to her possession; the citizens of Cyberspace simply had no problem in selling the one thing that can eliminate the threat posed by Hacker. Compounding this is the fact that nobody on the squad inspected the chip to make sure it was safe once they got it back. Suffice to say, the battle is very nearly lost and Laser-Guided Karma kicks for the citizens of Cyberspace in the short time Hacker takes control.
    • Hacker in "Codename: Icky"; Desiring to steal an energy-hungry slug from Aquari-Yum, Hacker listens in on a new code the Cybersquad creates to secretly track down Icky using Digit's old cookbook as a source for their clues. When he corners them, he boasts of his be able to crack their code due to also having a copy of said book, which you'd think would make the code useless to him when the kids manage to escape his trap. Instead, he still counts on them using the old code to find Icky, and is easily misled when they lure him with bogus coordinates. Compounding this stupidity is that he acts completely shocked about this, even though he had bragged about learning their trick to them earlier.
  • The Woobie: Delete often crosses into this territory such as when Hacker rejected his bunny themed invention in "The Fairy Borg Father".