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Deadcoder's Reviews is a blog series where episodes of Code Lyoko are individually reviewed on a scale of 0-10. Basically, it's a blog version of SF Debris, as applied to Code Lyoko. The blogs can be found here. Note that spoilers aren't hidden on this page.

The following tropes are present in the blog:

  • Abstract Scale: Aelita is used as a measurement of trauma.
    • "approximately 5 hollywoods of makeup"
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: "finding a mysterious pink-haired girl. Since there are no naughty tentacles visible, he concludes that this is not anime, but rather, a video game."
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  • Artistic License – Physics: Pointed out.
  • Bait-and-Switch: A comment about Aelita's hair in the review of "X.A.N.A. Awakens".
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick : Played straight. "We had some good Sissi moments, a decent fight scene, Drama without the midair-halting laser beam, and two people murdering what was effectively their child."
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Complained about.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Talking about Yumi being a positive example. He pointed out that if the reader is ever an attempted victim of a rape, approached by a french mental healthcare provider, or a victim of attempted rape by a french mental healthcare provider, that the reader should follow Yumi's example: Kick them in the chest and run.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: the review of echoes explores the writers room in a scene that's both cynical and surreal. It includes one of the head writers drunk, the writers conspiring to destroy the company out of spite by unleashing a crime against humanity, jokes about david carayon, moonscoop, luxanimation, and deliberate cheesy writing.
    • Later, a character is driven insane by the amount of recycled footage.
  • Brick Joke: One blog complained about two of the characters killing what was essentially their child. A couple of blogs later, an abortion joke was made.
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  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Discussed. Deadcoder commented that whenever the titlecard has a green tower, the episode will be interesting.
  • Dead Baby Comedy: mixed with Brick Joke.
  • Deus ex Machina: pointed out
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: This quote speaks for itself: "The two spheroid objects start to attack the long tube with a curly black base, and white stuff at the top."
    • The entrance from Lyoko into the Digital Sea is treated like a bad case of Vagina Dentata
    • When the Digital Sea turns red, a period joke is made.
  • Double Entendre: used and pointed out
    • "Ugg, I'm surrounded by red water and waiting to die. It's the swimming pool all over again."
  • Do Wrong, Right:
    • "Why did the moon flicker? Even Minecraft can maintain a consistent moon X.A.N.A.!"
    • "I have to frown at Aelita though. With all of her previous deaths and suicide attempts, she always had the DECENCY to not hurt third parties in the process. But in this case, she just probably killed 3 other people too."
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    • He subtracted a point for an extremely rude suicide attempt.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Sissi is treated this way.
  • Easy Amnesia: Pointed out.
  • Fantastic Measurement System: See Abstract Scale.
  • Fan Disservice: "Jim tries to scare the monster away with fan disservice, and starts to make out with Mrs. Hertz. Since Mrs. Hertz isn't dead yet, she realizes that the students have been traumatized enough on this trip, and stops Jim."
  • Fridge Brilliance: mixed with Take That!: "Mr. Delmas tries to get the attention of the students, and fails, miserably. Frankly, this is understandable. Mr. Delmas is so stupid that even Sissi and Odd can manipulate him. Following his instructions is probably stupid."
  • Fridge Logic: Discussed and mixed with Take That! : "Mr. Delmas tries to get the attention of the students, and fails, miserably. Frankly, this is understandable. Mr. Delmas is so stupid that even Sissi and Odd can manipulate him. Following his instructions is probably stupid."
  • Growing the Beard: Ghost Channel is treated this way.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Upon encountering French mental healthcare, French engineering, Franz Hopper, and Aelita; XANA concludes that destroying humanity is a good idea.
  • Lampshade Hanging: pointed out
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Pointed out with Jim.
  • Narm: complained about.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Discussed.
  • No Yay: Yumi and Ulrich gained this treatment: "Can we please stop shipping this couple? We've had him call her a dog, both have implied domestic violence, he stood by while she was about to be inappropriately assaulted by a french mental hospital worker, he's stalked her, and the list goes on. This is an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, turned into a middleschool play."
    • This quote speaks for itself: "For some reason, Franz Hopper is virtualized as a set of sentient disco balls, rather than as a person, like everyone else. He explains that the process doesn't work on him yet, while Aelita fondles one of his balls. Wow, incestual subtext?"
  • Only Sane Man: Yumi has this role most of the time, but Jeremie had it early on.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • The Aelita Options, where Aelita must either act suicidal or crazy, attack something with a long single note of angry music, start an argument, or use Energy fields.
    • Something Jeremie makes breaks
  • Scenery Porn
  • Shown Their Work: appreciated.
  • Shout-Out:
    • SF Debris: "Captain Janeway's Cybernetic Spiders!"
    • Star Trek The Next Generation
    • Star Trek Voyager
    • Star Trek Deep Space Nine's fanbase
    • Glee
    • Cher
    • Pokemon Games
    • Gameboys
    • Gloria Gaynor
    • Jeri Ryan
    • Stephen King
  • Take That!: Tons.
    • Catholics
    • Corelleware
    • Gym teachers
    • Numerous cheapshots are made against the actress Melanie Tran.
    • Renaults are mocked without mercy.
    • The french mental healthcare system is treated with contempt.
    • France in general.
    • Code Lyoko: Evolution gets some lighthearted mockery.
    • The TAR command
    • Christopher Columbus
    • Sarah Palin
    • Several episodes
    • The Bible
    • Honey Boo Boo
    • Half of the writers, and Moonscoop, in an affectionate way
    • David Carayon, in genuine hatred
    • Jack in the box restaurants. The teaser of the review for echoes includes "Let the hate flow from you like blood from an anus in Jack in the box.".
  • Token Minority: Parodied.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Pointed out: "Then again, that kind of isolating technique is also common to domestic violence abusers and cults."
  • Villain Has a Point: Pointed out with the scanners: "Franz is horrified that they used the Scanners on humans, claiming that they're not safe for that. When I first saw this episode, I thought that made sense. You're literally turning people into data via what is probably controlled radiation, and dumping them in a computer which has major reliability problems. "
    • Taken Up to Eleven with this rant: "Some people ask why XANA immediately tried to Kill Jeremie in this episode, given that Jeremie really isn't a threat. I think I figured out why XANA tries to exterminate humanity. When XANA was first created, the very first person he met was Franz Hopper, a man so crazy that even Aelita pointed it out at one point. The next person he met was Aelita. Since XANA has at least a peripheral understanding of the outside world, he can sense what's going on in the factory. That means that he can sense the horrors of french engineering. He can also sense the school, which means that he can sense the amazing incompetence of a school that hired Jim, hired a man as crazy as Franz Hopper, keeps open containers of toxic waste near children, and is run by a man so spineless that Sissi can manipulate him. He can also sense the hospital, and the horrors of the french mental healthcare system. Based on all these things at once, my guess is that XANA encountered all of these horrors of humanity, and it's first reaction to a species that consistently produced such horrible things was, "AHH! KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! actually, SCREW FIRE, KILL IT WITH FIRE, ORBITAL BOMBARDMENT, DEATH LASERS, CAPTAIN JANEWAY'S CYBERNETIC SPIDERS, ARMIES OF ROBOTS, THE POWER OF STEPHEN KING NOVELS, WEATHER, ELECTRIC TAR, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES TO MIND!" XANA is not evil. It's just trying to save itself and all other species from the horrors of humanity. Given that the main and secondary cast includes Yumi, an implied domestic abuser; Ulrich, a disturbed stalker; Jim, a person who smiles at the thought of rubbing himself with poop; Jeremie, a necrophile; Aelita, a pedophile; Odd, a manwhore moron; and other horrors, I kind of have to side with XANA on this one."
    • Also used with this:
      • Franz: "We will live here forever in safety!"
      • Xana: "Um, Franz? Isn't this thing powered by a non-renewable fuel source?"
      • Franz "We will be the gods of this world!"
      • Xana "Holy crap, this guy is insane. No wonder his wife faked a kidnapping to get away from him. I am out of here as soon as I can get out."
  • What the Hell, Hero??: Used several times.
    • The most extreme case was probably when the writer portrayed Aelita and Jeremie as child murderers.

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