- Adaptation Name Change: From the Lyoko Warriors to the Garage Kids.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: How William is involved earlier than otherwise; he's part of the main cast after the first encounter with Mirror M.
- Age Lift: Whereas most of the time this is instead used to either make characters within the legal laws for sex in their country (Digimon Re: Adventure's cast), or to simply make a certain part of the cast Older and Wiser (Kazuto and Asuna of Sword Art Online: Special Edition), here there's an Age Lift for a different reason. With Yumi there was always the love triangle with her, Ulrich, and William even if it was clear Ulrich was the winner. Now, however, there's more drama regarding her relationships considering she's 23, Ulrich's 18, and William is 34. Yumi is more neutral at first, but it's definitely clear both Ulrich and William quickly develop an attraction to her.
- Debut Queue: It takes multiple chapters to debut the whole main cast, even if some of them get minor appearances early. William is the first major lead outside of Hiroki to debut.
- Heroic BSoD: All of them except for Yumi freak out upon seeing Mirror M's true power being unleashed before them on-screen in Code Lyoko's core.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: How they start off knowing each other before they form the team; Jérémie is a social recluse, Odd is a casanova constantly trying to get into every girl's pants, Ulrich is cold and emotionless, Yumi just got transferred here, and William only recently got here as well but for different reasons than Yumi.
Debut: Reflection Code
- Adaptational Heroism: Some of his grayer shades from the series proper are downplayed here, considering he doesn't want to do anything bad at all, and seems much more like an innocent kid going through Sanity Slippage due to being put into circumstances he didn't ask for.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While it's true his grayer shades of morality are downplayed, his own Jerkass tendencies from the canon are played up more. Once someone gets to know him more, he has the tendency to be a Control Freak about everything he gets involved with while possessing some kind of control of the situation.
- Age Lift: Approximately 16 to 18, no older than the latter.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He's quickly stated through a conversation between Yumi and William to be a special needs kid, even prior to his physical appearance in the fic proper.
- Autism is listed as being one of them right off of the bat.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- Before Jérémie is even physically seen in the fic proper, he's stated to be a special needs kid.
- His speech and analysis of Freak's Phase 3, comatose body being examined. While his intelligence on Frealliean's statistics is unparalleled due to the previously unknown nature of Freak Phase 3 in general, his reckless decision making due to this selfish desire to communicate with Aelita is also the cause of the entire problem as to why Frealliean even showed itself to begin with, as we also see Jérémie's skittish behavior very quickly once William has too many red flags about Jérémie register in his head and accidentally sets off a Freak Out from him.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: How he starts off.
- It's All My Fault: Literally his first major involvement with the group is admitting he's responsible for a Phase 3 Freak having caused a Broken Masquerade by the time William witnesses a Return to the Past and deals with Jérémie in the aftermath.
- Nice Guy: Once you're close to him, though he's too shy to really trust anyone.
- Non-Action Guy: Maintains this role from the canon.
- Sanity Slippage: The first arc gradually shows him going from a relatively stable nerd who is merely lonely, to having to deal with the numerous amounts of stress regarding Phase 3 Freak and a strange dream he later discovers was Real After All.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Uses the original spelling for his name prior to when the English material changing it to Jeremy.
- Wham Shot: Or lack-thereof. Jérémie is nowhere to be found in the supercomputer room underneath the Hermitage, and Keiko from Sword Art Online: Special Edition appears with his role instead. Despite this, Jérémie is still sneaking out at night, but whatever it is, it has nothing to do with Lyoko...
Debut: Reflection Code
- Adaptational Badass: In spades.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: A few entries discussed under Code Lyoko's Fridge pages are actually taken into account with Aelita's introduction in Chapter 7. Specifically, the idea of her living on Lyoko forever had Franz's intent of hiding there with her and Anthea gone off without a hitch.
- Age Lift: Approximately 18, but Chapter 2 implies that both she and Jérémie could be 16. She's 16 as far as Odd and Ulrich can tell, both physically and mentally.
- Broken Bird: She doesn't even struggle against Megalodon's abuse towards her; she does scream in terror, but she doesn't resist it even though she should. Mainly this is to avoid getting further harmed by him, considering Megalodon is a very large, fully grown man. Meanwhile, Aelita has perpetually lived on Christmas Day of 1945 for almost 90 years, and she hasn't even batted an eye about it even despite the implied Sanity Slippage going on with her. She even doesn't actively warp herself out of the facility like she has Odd and Ulrich do so, flat out refusing to do so much to Odd and Ulrich's confusion, albeit with very clear psychologically damaging reason behind it...
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Aelita can't use Liberation more than once every 120 hours or else she'll put herself into near fatal levels of cardiac arrest if she does.
- Establishing Character Moment: The final half of Chapter 7 of Reflection Code basically establishes crystal clear of a certain scenario from the canon Code Lyoko actually having happened in her backstory and how adversely it has affected her in the process.
- Foil: To Suguha of Sword Art Online: Special Edition. She fills the female lead role and Love Interest of the trope, but instead of being the one not majorly involved in the fighting, Aelita is the fighter out of her and Jérémie. Not to mention she's effectively a Gender Flipped Chronicler.
- Girl of My Dreams: Is this to Jérémie in their first meeting.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Subverted. She's actually NOT a true human in this one, since here she actually is indeed an AI; Franz Hopper created her to effectively serve as his daughter he could cherish forever in response to Chronicler's existence having him treated the same way at the time. Not to mention both this and Franz's involvement with Mirror M's creation via Project Carthage ultimately fit the Mad Scientist bit, and since Aelita is very attractive, she definitely fits the beautiful part.
- Reality Warper: Hoo boy... Her Creativity power from the canon is amplified Up to Eleven here, with it being able to perpetually lock her and her surroundings on Christmas Day of 1945 merely due to literally interpreting Franz's parting words to her. She's effectively warped all of space and time around her to keep herself and her room from aging the almost 90 years she's been in containment.
- Shout-Out: See under Super Mode.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Has this towards the facility that contains her and her fellow A.I.s, due to being perhaps one of the strongest entities in there, but refusing to fight back against her captors in stark contrast to Mirror M or Chronicler. She lacks Chronicler's aggression and desire to prove himself, so she's an Extreme Doormat to her captors in comparison, and she isn't outright bloodthirsty like Mirror M to want to escape so badly or wish ill intent on her captors.
- Super Mode: Liberation, which unshackles Aelita's soul from her physical form into a Energy Being Physical God whose simple touch can inflict immense amounts of damage to a target. While her soul is in this Energy Being form, she also cannot be harmed at all due to her perpetual intangibility in this state. Aelita becomes so powerful in this temporary form that she registers as Phase 5, and once the timer for the skill ends, she becomes completely disorientated from the power high she had just experienced. This is a Shout-Out to the move Liberate from Parasite Eve, which effectively does the same thing for Aya all the way down to the disorientation at the end of using it.
- Wham Episode:
- Her Establishing Character Moment in Chapter 7 really hammers home how insanely different she is here than in the canon.
- First of all, she's terrified of Odd and Ulrich; two people whom in the canon she's best friends with, and is even playfully teased by the two in regards to their personal nickname of Princess for her. Not only that, but she's rather... automatic, in terms of how she speaks, and super polite as well, and she doesn't appear to desire to escape from the facility even though in the canon it was the opposite desire. Not helping matters is that it appears to be a Logical Fallacy of her own naivety that leads to her wishing to stay, since she honestly has no idea that Franz is long dead due to Aelita being convinced that it's still Christmas of 1945, and always has been ever since Franz told her to forever cherish that day, and even though she's abused verbally and physically by Megalodon, she still doesn't escape while she has the perfect chance to do so.
- Her Establishing Character Moment in Chapter 7 really hammers home how insanely different she is here than in the canon.
- Wham Shot:
- Her materializing out of thin air the day after the Lyoko Warriors meet her, not because she has the ability, but because elsewhere Mirror M and Chronicler are both having their fight where AIs are getting thrown across space and time because of their antics.
- She's the actual final result of Project Carthage and not Mirror M; she is chronologically the last of the A.I.s created for the purpose of the project until X.A.N.A. was designed to destroy all of them, but with mixed results because long before Aelita even existed, X.A.N.A. had a huge resume of A.I.s to kill by then.
Debut: Reflection Code
- Adaptational Badass: Can lift Jim over his shoulder and carry him with ease; Odd's Jaw Drop sums it up best since he hasn't seen somebody so strong. Also can push Mirror M after initially taking a powerful knock back in a grappling match, and he's strong enough to grab Stalka's tongue and rip out its insides to kill it His avatar is also beefed up as well, effectively giving him the exact same powerset he had while under X.A.N.A.'s control in Season 4 of the canon Code Lyoko.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Comes with the fact he's an Ascended Extra; in the original show he was non-existent in Season 1 and didn't appear at all until Season 2's opening episode, and even then he didn't even go to Lyoko until Season 3's finale. In Reflection Code, he appears as the lead protagonist as an Audience Surrogate who ends up going to Lyoko almost almost as soon as he first shows up in the story.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the canon he becomes Brainwashed and Crazy by X.A.N.A. and becomes his Dragon, but here William doesn't have anything of the sort happen and instead he's more closer to an Audience Surrogate having to be introduced to the already established Garage Kids who already know the way things work with Garuda and X.A.N.A..
- Adult Fear:
- Very clearly concerned about Jérémie's safety in regards to his witness of Freak on the security footage. In general he's concerned over the fact animal control had been called in numerous times over incidents relating to Freak only for nothing to get solved and Freak to be a Karma Houdini for the most part with its kills near Kadic Academy.
- Age Lift: Allegedly 34 years old. Confirmed by the narrative at the very least; it has been 20 years since he last was at Kadic prior to Chapter 1.
- Ascended Extra: As mentioned below, William did not debut until Season 2 in the canon Code Lyoko, but here he's among the first to debut and is promoted to the main character role at that.
- Ascended Fanon: Some fan fics (as well as general Fanon regarding him anyways) have portrayed William as being Scottish, even though his background wasn't made clear on the show proper. This is because among the many real-life people named William Dunbar that exist, one of them is a Scottish parliament member, and the fact his last name, Dunbar, is of Gaelic origin, specifically from a town originating in Southeastern Scotland of the same name as Dunbar.
- Audience Surrogate: A vast majority of the perspective in the narrative of Reflection Code focuses on him. There are exceptions to this, however, but it's much more noticeable with William above any other major character in the other entries of Citadel of the Heart.
- The Big Guy: Very tall, and definitely very strong.
- The Bore: He's kind of a killjoy in terms of how seriously he takes things nowadays.
- Breakout Character: In the canon series, he's not introduced until Season 2 in which he proceeds to become a Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Here he takes over Ulrich and Jérémie's roles as the main character, due to the canon series showcasing William to be the strongest physically, and the fact the author needed someone with incredible physical strength for the role in Reflection Code.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He insists he legitimately trains 14 hours a day; 100 hours per week at minimum total, but nobody believes him, not even when he shows video proof of it. William is not aware he actually Subverts this trope; he's technically part of a bloodline that has a reputation for having near superhuman level physical strength.
- The Comically Serious: Humor around him tends to come from the fact he's a Naïve Newcomer more so than anything else, or sometimes having a lapse in judgment regarding choices of questions he has.
- Dead Guy Junior: Subverted; named after his grandfather, first and last name, but his grandfather is still alive.
- Establishing Character Moment: Chapter 1 of Reflection Code doesn't waste time with showing William as not only very tall, but also incredibly strong; being able to lift Jim over his shoulder and carry him with ease.
- Foreshadowing: He apparently knows of Ulrich's father despite being unfamiliar with Ulrich himself.
- The Hero: Takes the title from Ulrich due to a change in context as to how this story starts off. To give William some credit here, though, he's the oldest member of the canon cast who isn't already an adult from the original source material, only being beaten out by Jim, Mr. Delmas, and a few others.
- Identical Grandson: Very literally; he looks so much like his grandfather at his age that Jim, Yumi, and Jean mistook him for his grandfather. The narrative also implies it apparently runs further in the family because of a throwaway line suggesting even William's father was a lot like him in appearance, due to Jim's comment of "like father like son" regarding William's growth and behavior.
- Idiot Ball: Played With. Sometimes his Naïve Newcomer status has him ask questions which even he admits are stupid questions to ask, but otherwise he handles himself with his questions just fine.
- Irony: In the canon, William claimed to not be a fan of the spotlight, even though the canon also heavily focused on William in later episodes and much of Season 3 and 4 were almost entirely about his side of the story. In Reflection Code, William is an Ascended Extra right from the start rather than being someone who became that over time.
- Made of Iron: When Yumi uses telekinesis by accident to push him against the elevator wall, William feels like he had just been hit on the back with a metal baseball bat, but otherwise he manages to recover not too very long afterwards, even if he does feel sore by the time he meets Yumi in her dorm.
- Mythology Gag:
- Him getting in trouble when he was younger because of putting up posters references an incident in the canon which is ultimately what caused him to attend Kadic in the first place.
- His Scottish heritage is based off of some implications with William due to the fact he shares his name with a Scottish parliament member and the fact his last name is of Gaelic origin specifically referring to a town of the same name located in southeastern Scotland.
- His strength is based on the fact due to being implied to be the oldest of the main characters not one of the adults, he's typically noted to be the strongest physically when it comes to the main leads. That's not even including the Zweihänder's weight as noted under Shown Their Work below.
- Not So Stoic: Downplayed; He and Jean are treated to the same Jumpscare that zooming in on Freak shows on the footage, but it only lasts for a few seconds with neither he nor Jean shaken up too much.
- One-Hit Kill: His Greatsword's passive allows him to pull this off if it completely incapacitates a monster's ability to function with a single slash.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Wants to have a word with Jérémie regarding the whole issue with the fact he's sneaking out at around the same time some monstrosity is lurking the campus grounds, but it's clear that William doesn't have any ill intent towards Jérémie and just wants to keep him safe.
- Scotland: His accent is described as Scottish when we first hear him speak, and Keiko even calls him a Dobber during her first meeting with him.note
- Shown Their Work: Not directly, but in the Author's Note of his debut, Willaim's strength has nothing to do with the Zweihänder or its real-life counterpart; an actual greatsword in real-life doesn't tend to get heavier than 10 lbs./4.5 kg, with fictional greatswords being the ones notorious for weighing a lot (such as Cloud's Buster Sword at 80 lbs./36.3 kg). What the author means by this is that, rather than using his weapon as a means of showing his strength, he had William pick up and lift Jim over his shoulder since he knew regardless of which weight you would use for his sword, Jim was already going to be heavier regardless. A lower estimate for Jim's weight, just to give you an idea, would be 300 lbs./136.078 kg, which is more than thrice the weight of Cloud's Buster Sword, and is absolutely heavier than the real world Zweihänder by a long shot.
- Surrounded by Idiots: When he's confronting Mirror M getting into a fight with Grandis, he can't tell who is remotely going to win except that they're both one-sided against themselves and calls their whole fight pointless.
Odd Della Robbia
Debut: Reflection Code
- Adaptational Wimp: Rather nervous talking to William at first, but then again considering he overheard William's false accusation about him to Jim, he feels he left a bad impression with William due to William's prior knowledge of the school. Also Justified in the fact William is 16 years Odd's senior, let alone just how much larger and physically stronger William is, so naturally Odd's going to feel at least intimidated by William on the first meeting anyways.
- Age Lift: Older than his canon self, but how much isn't clear. Eventually confirmed in Chapter 2 to be 18.
- Artificial Limbs: Hands, anyways, since the Author's Note of Chapter 3 confirms Odd lost his original hands in an accident, and now has hands which allow him to use his laser arrows in the real world as a replacement. Originally that function wasn't intended to be given, but dire circumstances with Tripod during which caused the laser arrow mechanics to be implemented.
- The Casanova: Due to being a tad older doesn't go through the same Kidanova trope as he usually does, so he's instead the more "grown-up" version of the trope.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He's so spooked out by his first contact with Aelita that it doesn't take Yumi any more than a few seconds of witnessing Odd at lunch to realize something very much has him disturbed and Not Himself. Odd is normally a joking fool at times of a Hormone-Addled Teenager; what Yumi sees in the light of the prior events is a well-behaved Odd who is too quiet for anyone's own good.
- Out of Focus: He's the least developed of the characters by the time Chapter 6 rolls around and William is a part of the team, though admittedly he lacks much of the issues his friends like Ulrich or Yumi have that would make him stick out more.
Debut: Reflection Code
- Age Lift: Isn't stated outright, but it's implied he's younger than Yumi; by how much, however, he chooses not to say.
- At Least I Admit It: He doesn't sugarcoat the fact his great-grandfather is was a Nazi when he was still alive, considering the fact his entire family were innocent victims to his great-grandfather's madness, it lead to Ulrich developing his stoic nature because of how his own father is the reason his great-grandfather is dead; he personally murdered him, went on the run and eventually married and settled down to have Ulrich in solitude, where Ulrich was molded to be a lot like his father because of how Ulrich had too much difficult talking to his mother.
- Broken Ace: His kill count against Garuda's monsters is the second highest, but he hides the fact he has severe PTSD issues regarding Garuda's monsters, even the weaker ones such as Freak, due to having had way too many brushes with death because of them.
- Broken Pedestal: Regardless of whether he asks for it or not, but Dr. Devoniak by default hates him for being a German who abandoned the glory days of the Nazis. With Ulrich he admits that had it not been for the Nazis, most of Germany would still be lively than the wasteland it is now.
- The Hero: Oddly not this in this case, since this role goes to William.
- Heroic BSoD: Seeing Mirror M in person completely causes his mind to shut down on the spot.
- Last of His Kind: Part of one of the last few German families remaining, no thanks to Mirror M wiping out much of the potential lineages when sacking Nazi Germany in World War II. Subverted with the fact half of his lineage is from British descent, so he's not purely German.
- Likes Older Women: Odd brings this up questioningly when he's asking Ulrich if he has an attraction to anyone, to which Ulrich replies with Yumi indirectly. Considering Yumi is approximately 23 years old, and Ulrich is implied to be 18, this definitely would be the case.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's had one time too many a Near-Death Experience that it rendered him as having PTSD issues over Garuda's monsters, even to the point of fearing Freak because of it. Despite this, he tries his best to not let this overcome him during battles against Garuda's monsters.
- The Stoic: It's in the name. He gets it from his father, whom was extremely stoic due to the fact he was a runaway from the fact he murdered Ulrich's great-grandfather, a former Nazi, out of cold blood stating that the "reptile's wrath would've never happened" had it not been for his existence. Ulrich was never directly told about his great-grandfather, but when he's confronting Dr. Devoniak, he doesn't hesitate revealing the information towards him.
- Super Speed: How William mistook him for an incoming monster in Chapter 3; Ulrich almost got himself killed because he didn't realize that William became a Shell-Shocked Veteran in record timing, and the fact Ulrich moved too fast for William to notice he also took the trapdoor entrance down into the supercomputer area of the Hermitage instead of being simply a super fast monster lurking in the caverns.
- Wham Line: Not spoken by himself, but shared with Dr. Devoniak, as the two both contemplate on whether or not the two are possibly related, as the mere idea of such gets Dr. Devoniak to call off his entire attack against the group so he could see if this was true or not.
Debut: Sword Art Online: Special Edition
- Adaptational Badass: Has the Telekinesis from her Garage Kids incarnation, as in, within the real world.
- Adaptational Context Change: She boards at Kadic Academy part-time, meaning she's not solely living with her parents. Justified in that Yumi's an adult, as well as actually being part of Kadic's staff this time around.
- Age Lift: Allegedly 23 years old.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Her appearance in Sword Art Online: Special Edition.
- Foil: To Mirror M. Both of them are actually two completely different attempts to create an Ultimate Lifeform; Mirror M was intentional, and created using science, whereas Yumi was by complete accident, and created through paranormal means. Mirror M's background is also extensively documented by his creators, but Yumi's own background is deliberately left incredibly vague to the point that, aside from her upbringing being supernatural, nobody knows the exact details of where she came from other than just "appearing out of nowhere". Also, whereas Mirror M has no true grasp of subtlety and a crass personality, Yumi is more of The Stoic who while having some Not So Stoic moments, she's actually a Nice Gal when you view her as an ordinary person. One last thing was that Mirror M relishes his own power, but Yumi hates her powers she has because it ultimately prevents her from being normal and destroys her from the inside out; Mirror M's own power does not harm himself at all by comparison.
- Foreshadowing: She knows Jérémie's name before she ever met him.
- Mind Rape: A power she possesses the ability to do, but rarely uses it.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe this is what she considers having to Mind Rape Mirror M into a HeelFace Turn to be, considering from all of the information she has been able to gather on Mirror M, it was the absolute only way to prevent complete disaster as Mirror M would've outlived all of the other combatants involved and would've destroyed everyone unopposed otherwise.
- Mysterious Past: Her powers did not originate from her experience with Lyoko; she's always had an insanely strong Telekinesis, with nobody able to precisely gauge just how strong it actually is. The only one who seems to have any idea as to how strong Yumi's unstable telekinesis is would be Hiroki, but even he admits if he told anyone about the truth of her background, everything they know of her will be put into an entirely different light than what is already known.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Played for Horror. She's either blatantly hiding or flat out lying about what she is or isn't capable of doing with her psychic abilities, and a majority of the time she's still learning exactly what extent her telekinesis functions. Literally every time she displays a new variation of her telekinesis, she freaks out everyone in the room with her because of her established emotional instability causing her to lose control over her telekinesis.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Where exactly Yumi came from or how her Telekinesis developed is given deliberately contradictory explanations that ultimately shroud Yumi in an inexplicable background of unanswered questions and outright paranoia.
- Psychic Powers: She has them, plain and simple; the exact nature of her abilities has been unverified as far as limits or harmful effects to anyone, including herself. Yumi appears to be pretty on edge whenever she uses this power in any capacity, indicating a potential tie to her emotions for her to be able to use it and, when she uses this ability unknowingly in Chapter 6 during a Freak Out, she appears to be borderline unstable at times regarding her ability to control this power.
- Telekinesis: Flat out confirmed and shown in Chapter 2 of Reflection Code, in which she's capable of at least mind reading and space manipulation.
- Wham Line: "Memory Restructure Initiative!"note
- Wham Shot:
Debut: Sword Art Online: Special Edition
- Age Lift: Averted with Hiroki; he's still the same age as he was in the canon.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: More like protective younger sibling; he isn't too keen on the fact there's a significant age gap between Yumi with either Ulrich or William. He states Ulrich is too young for her, but also how William is too old for her, which worries him especially once he learns what both rivals are like towards Yumi.
- Ascended Extra: A minor character in the show, a major character in this verse instead.
- Godzilla Threshold: Him being an ally to the Garage Kids ends up giving them the Ultimate Lifeform Mirror M into action, as in, the same guy they had to beat up big time in the first arc.
- I Owe You My Life: By the time Hiroki finds Mirror M, Mirror M is heavily injured to the point his already heavily weakened Phase 1 form might end up killing him from the injuries he sustained from the wild animals trying to attack him. Hiroki insists that due to Mirror M having saved him first, that Hiroki should be loyal, but Mirror M insists that it's honestly a bigger debt he owes because he feels "why would any sane human dare save a monster like me?"
- The Immune: Telekinesis fails on him entirely, at least when it comes to tampering with his mind or forcing him to do things. He's Yumi's Secret Keeper regarding her true origins because he's too innocent for Yumi to want to target, and Hiroki sees a personal benefit with Yumi's telekinesis to some capacity...
- The Kid with the Remote Control: Effectively has Mirror M on a leash for him to control; those who can influence Hiroki's decisions or if he flat out agrees to help the heroes will inevitably invoke Mirror M's wrath against whatever Hiroki's orders are to him.
- Morality Pet/Morality Chain: Is well established to be this to Mirror M in the long-run.
- Wham Line: How his first meeting with Mirror M goes, he casually gives Mirror M two hints as to what he was doing while he was zoning out and fumbling around, as well as the fact Yumi might have some similarities to Mirror M somehow.
Debut: Reflection Code
- Age Lift: Played for Drama. He's older here and his memory is not what it had used to be, and thus he doesn't notice which William he's referring to at first.
- Big Fun: He's got a tiny bit of jerkish qualities to him, but he's a nice guy as demonstrated by his reunion with William. He's irritable at times, but even then he's also past his prime as well.
- Feeling Their Age: He's clueless that he's talking to the grandson of one of his former students, despite the fact both William and his grandfather both were former students of his. It isn't until William refers to Jim as Jimbo does Jim get the picture of whom he's referring to.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Gives the full rundown to William regarding the latter's concerns over Odd considering the last time William was at Kadic with a Bishōnen type of guy in classes along with him.
Debut: Reflection Code
- Age Lift: Played for Drama. Much like Jim he's significantly older than his canon self; however, Jean was already old to begin with. As stated in Chapter 1 by both Jim and then Jean himself, the year beginning in Reflection Code at Kadic University is his last year as the principal before he retires.
- End of an Age: The current school year at Kadic is going to be the last with him as the principal. He's held the job for so long that he's well beyond the earliest window of opportunity he had to retire, which really details how reluctant he truly is about the idea.
- Feeling Their Age: Has trouble walking on his own without a cane, out of shape but still somewhat strong in appearance, and doesn't have as alert of an ability to notice minor details like William still does.
- Old Master: Implied, considering he's described as still being strong despite being out of shape. Further reinforced with the fact he needs a cane to walk, and when William insists he doesn't need to get out of his chair to come stand next to him directly to speak with him, Jean still gets up and walks over to William to greet his old student turned fellow staff member. Also the fact it's heavily implied that because of Freak's resistance to Yumi's telekinesis as Phase 3, that he personally had a hand in subduing Freak with his own devices in his entire school.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He admits that while Jérémie is still leaving out after curfew, he notes that because Jérémie is a student who works hard to keep his grades to an incredibly above average score, he notes he would really only intend to give Jérémie a slap on the wrist if even that because he feels that so far, aside from the obvious curfew issues, Jérémie to his knowledge hasn't done anything worthy of an actual punishment. He does agree with the idea of trying to talk to him with William, though that's really out of concern for Jérémie's safety once William informs Jean of Freak being caught on camera around the same times in which Jérémie leaves the campus at night.
- Reluctant Retiree: He's going to retire once the school year ahead comes to an end. From the sound of it, he seems like he'll very much miss his job. He's held it for over 20 years which is well over the time he would've had plenty of window to retire much earlier than he plans to.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Rather bluntly and casually tells Yumi to execute the captured Frealliean once he finally becomes bothered by its continued living presence, although it seems he had Jérémie's sanity in mind rather than truly acknowledging the AI nature of Frealliean itself as anything noteworthy.
Debut: Reflection Code
- Adaptation Name Change: Xenobiological. Artificial. Non-baryon. Analyzer.Explanation (Spoilers)
- Adaptation Personality Change: In spades; X.A.N.A. in the original kind of had no personality that made it come across as a massive Generic Doomsday Villain at times. Here X.A.N.A. is revealed to have obeyed its original programming intent, and only begins targeting the Garage Kids once it becomes under the assumption they've betrayed it and have allied with Mirror M, whom X.A.N.A. was designed to destroy.
- Adaptational Badass: By Proxy of Mirror M being the infamous ultimate result of Project Carthage; X.A.N.A. was designed with the intent of completely sacking Mirror M.
- Adaptational Heroism: It's sole goal is to kill Mirror M, and nothing else. All schemes relating to what X.A.N.A. normally does in the canon are instead tied to Garuda. However, despite that, this is Subverted by the fact X.A.N.A. still goes to kill the other protagonists, if merely because X.A.N.A. comes to the conclusion later on that they're working for Mirror M.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Its Tarantula monster is the first of its own monsters to appear; much like William's example of this above, the Tarantula didn't appear at all until Season 2's opening episode; in fact, it didn't even exist yet until then because its entire Establishing Character Moment has it as a brand new, never before seen monster.
- Attack Its Weakpoint: X.A.N.A.'s monsters get taken out via the insignia present somewhere on their bodies. Ironically enough X.A.N.A. is designed to scan life-forms for such places and attack them in their weakspots.
- Foreshadowing: Its true intent and what its name stands for makes it easy to understand in hindsight why it's able to determine the weakness of Dragora Galaxia, Stormcloud, and many other Phase 4 entities that are comprised of almost entirely non-baryonic matter.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Averted initially, even to the point X.A.N.A. actually isn't strong enough to take on Mirror M in the present, because Mirror M played this trope straight to the point X.A.N.A. comes across as forgetting to level grind to even the odds.
- It's Personal: If a X.A.N.A. attack happens over a Garuda attack, then it's due to the heroes doing something to X.A.N.A.'s end that rendered it threatened by the heroes and thus X.A.N.A. engages in hostility out of self-preservation for itself.
- Poor Communication Kills: X.A.N.A. is not a very sociable being; Aelita can actually talk to it on Lyoko, but she can't exactly get a response from X.A.N.A. much of the time; if X.A.N.A. is actively helping out because of Garuda, however, there's a very small window of opportunity to communicate at those times.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- Doesn't attack the protagonists at first until it deduces they're working for Mirror M in some way or form; until then, Mirror M is the sole target of its actions. Considering Mirror M is the ultimate result of Project Carthage, from which X.A.N.A. was designed to destroy...
- Since Garuda is also a part of Project Carthage, but not the acknowledged primary target, if X.A.N.A. has monsters in the real world at the time a Garuda attack is going on, the monsters will be defending the innocents from Garuda's own much more malevolent intents.
- X.A.N.A. doesn't attack Garuda's monsters blindly because of the fact X.A.N.A. is capable of acknowledging the fact Garuda's monsters have the higher advantage against X.A.N.A.'s own monsters 8 times out of 10 much of the time.
- Shown Their Work:
- It's able to analyze beings like Dragora Galaxia properly because one of its specifications is for non-baryonic matter, of which Dragora Galaxia's entire body is comprised almost exclusively of.
- Likewise the spectral form of Mirradium isn't anything special in that regard either, since Mirradium is entirely non-baryonic matter. Only problem X.A.N.A. didn't take into consideration was that Mirradium, due to being purely non-baryon in composition, is essentially off limits in terms of anything X.A.N.A. has on hand to destroy him with.
- Suddenly Voiced: Speaks much more often when needed while possessing someone than it did in the original, so it can come across as this trope when compared to its rather subdued for the most part canon self.note
- Super Empowering: Those possessed by X.A.N.A. have all of their attributes boosted to ludicrously superhuman levels of power.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Since Mirror M is the ultimate result of the superweapon project known as Project Carthage, X.A.N.A. wants Mirror M dead no matter the cost; it doesn't even want to harm the innocent, and only goes to attack the others when X.A.N.A. perceives them to be working for Mirror M after a certain point. X.A.N.A.'s monsters are also this due to two things; they're both defending their territory from what they believe are invaders, and they're also trying to protect Lyoko as a whole from what they perceive to be threats to it.
- Wham Shot: The very first scene in which X.A.N.A. is made known, Yumi and William spot a Tarantula monster made by it, only for the Tarantula to acknowledge them but promptly ignore them. Yumi states that X.A.N.A.'s a neutral party that none of them need to worry about, so long as you don't attack X.A.N.A.'s monsters first. Eventually X.A.N.A. does become an antagonist once X.A.N.A. comes to the conclusion that the Garage Kids are working with Mirror M later down the road.
- The Worf Barrage: Pulls out all of the stops to try and terminate Mirror M on the spot; all of it is just taken like it was a joke as Mirror M overloads X.A.N.A.'s systems with Ultracell Pulse.
- Establishing Character Moment: While they're effective in their job, they're absolutely hopeless against Mirror M.
- They refer to their boss as "Big G".Explanation (spoilers)
- Kirigaya Ken used to know some of these guys, and notices their overall moods have taken an improvement than they were the last time he had crossed paths with them, to the point they actually appear human to him. Ken is just reminded of the fact prior to Grandis taking over the pack, than his own father Enric was in control over these guys instead.
Debut: Sword Art Online: Special Edition
- Actually a Doombot: Many alleged appearances made by Garuda aren't actually the real deal, and many of which have the same reoccurring traits of being larger, very heavily built constructs in his image. While the actual Garuda is no slouch since he's 14 feet tall fully upright, he's barely known as his true form over any other impostor of him he frequently loves to use over himself.
- Animal Mecha: Cyberorganic in nature, it continuously evolves further as both machine and nature achieve harmony with each phase further Garuda progresses through. Initially it actually averts this trope, due to its earlier bodies being too primitive to better incorporate the organic nature of his design.
- Animal Motif: Cassowaries.
- Bishōnen Line: Its different phase forms end up becoming progressively more streamlined than the last.
- Blood Lust: Considering it brings upon warfare solely for profitable reasons for whomever is controlling it...
- Dirty Coward: Garuda himself rarely appears in person, but on the times where he actually does...
- Evil vs. Evil: Frequently butts heads with X.A.N.A..
- Expy: Of Adolf Hitler, once his backstory becomes more apparent.
- Feathered Fiend: Especially in its later forms.
- Foil: To Mirror M. Both were created with warfare in mind, but whereas Mirror M eventually wakes up and only was Just Following Orders, Garuda gets high off of continued warfare since in Garuda's design, it was designed for military companies who only seek profit through warfare with other nations.
- Foreshadowing: Exodus succeeds it in terms of creation, and thus Garuda's number is only 998 as a result; Omnicron succeeds both of them, and thus is AI Millennium as a result.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Because of Garuda actually being controlled by someone else at first, it lacks an actual motive of its own initially. Once it becomes free to do whatever the fuck it wants, it decides to try and focus on killing the Garage Kids and Mirror M just to finally be rid of them, as it's had to deal with an angry madman screaming in rage against Garuda for failing to kill them repeatedly, which made Garuda trying to kill them on its own merits rather personal because of how annoying their presence started to become for it.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War.
- Just Following Orders: During the first arc it's presented as this; following the orders of a madman who has it out against Kadic as a whole. Once the infamous breakout incident happens, Garuda breaks free from control and becomes its own self-aware warmonger who takes orders from nobody.
- Knight of Cerebus: Garuda's backstory of having originally been a native to Ultimoria proper, and revealing that he was a very strong warrior who caused an Assimilation Backfire from a technological virus in his own favor to grant him ultimate power. He proceeded to view his newfound fusion of technology and nature as nothing short of perfection, viewing himself as the only worthy Ultimorian indigenous to ever exist, before proceeding to wage war against the other breeds and enslave or outright purge them. In the end of it, Garuda replicates his own being to create more akin to him, but they were all failures that Garuda cannibalized out of sheer anger alone.
- Lean and Mean: His true design showcases this as pictured above.
- Money, Dear Boy: The motivation behind its creation; to cause continued warfare to generate increasing profit with.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis:
- He wants William dead because of the fact William is viable to the Garage Kids as a new recruit, considering William's physically adept in almost every category. Garuda cannot afford to allow such a powerhouse to fall into their hands, so it sends out numerous Freaks, a Stalka, flying monsters, and has Tripod stationed in the background all in an attempt to kill William.
- And then he sends himself in as a Trojan into Kadic to snuff out every single human present to figure out which one of them knows where Mirror M is. Once he materializes in the boiler room where Jim is having a meeting with some of the new security, Garuda doesn't waste time in utterly massacring the new blood, all the while gutting Jim in rapid succession.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to wipe out everything; not just humans, not just the Earth, not just the solar system, everything.
- Revenge: Goes after the Garage Kids even after becoming free solely out of spite after all of the failures (and angry screaming) it had to put up with because of its inability to kill the group while it was under someone else's control. It's apparently all an attempt to one-up the man who used to control it, as Garuda desires to present the Garage Kids' bodies to him and show him that it's not a failure of an AI after all.
- Shout-Out: 2D General Grievous comes up a lot both by those who see his true design, and is flat out mentioned by the author to be the Intended Audience Reaction upon seeing Garuda and noticing the homages to Grievous.
- Shown Their Work: Just about everything regarding his true form and even his personality is reflected in cassowaries. Cassowaries are notoriously shy in the wild, and only display their infamous fatalities against humans when they're far too close in proximity for the bird's comfort. Garuda's tendency to hide behind doppelgangers of himself or flat out impostors altogether reflects that, much like a real cassowary, he's a shy prick in a Dirty Coward sense, and that whenever he's in close proximity of humans or other threats, he will not hesitate in the slightest to attack with lethal force.
- Super Prototype: It's the last of the A.I.s produced before the breakout occurs and renders the lab useless to create more with.
- Ultimate Lifeform: Considered enough of this to give Mirror M severe trouble against him. And for good reason; both of them are eternal rivals who originated from Ultimoria, with Garuda having been the usurper to Mirror M's original species status as Apex Predators of Ultimoria. Garuda would slay the species from which Mirror M originated, and proceed to then slaughter his own kind out of sheer spite and believing them inferior to himself.
- Wham Shot:
- Garuda materializing inside of Kadic after originally having infiltrated the school as a Trojan.
- Franz' diary contains illustrations of Garuda in physical form long before Garuda could've possibly existed. Mirror M has one look at it, and says "Ultimorian", indicating that Garuda has a very similar background to Mirror M more than anyone initially thought.
- Winged Humanoid: In its later forms, living up to its name.
- Actually a Doombot: Chapter 5 appears to have an in the flesh appearance by him, who gets knocked out with a tooth popped out by William, but as William attempts to call the authorities, Megalodon is the only one on the other line and tells William to check the body, from which Freak Phase 2 awakens from the heavily costumed humanoid form.
- Adult Fear: The fact he can manage to successfully enter Jérémie's dorm by manipulating Delmas into willingly giving him the key to the dorm in question, and doesn't even have a remote issue with being able to do so repeatedly from this point onward, it demonstrates that the 16 year old Jérémie, who is tied with Aelita for the youngest main character aside from Hiroki, that Jérémie's privacy and shelter from the outside world is now prone to being invaded very casually by a heinous man.
- Animal Motif: Megalodon.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His artwork is drawn in a more realistic take on a human's face, minus of course the exaggerated grin, and said giant grin makes him look like a real-life take on the memetic Troll face, something just to make him look unsettling overall. Not only that, but in addition to the shark-like grin, he's also got the other aspect the real Megalodon is known for; he's huge, very physically fit as well.
- Badass Normal: A major selling point with Megalodon is that unlike his counterparts Roy, Devoniak, or Vincent, he has no powers at all.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: He disguises Freak Phase 2 as himself to appear before William after the return to the past happens in Chapter 5.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Lowell often wonders if the entire reason the staff meeting rooms also double as a workout gym is because Mago specifically wants Megalodon to keep watch of everyone the other facility staff say or do, considering Megalodon is so physically strong and agile that nobody can realistically take him out. Ken's tried to take him out, but he lost his organic legs in the process due to Megalodon snapping them like twigs...
- Character Filibuster: It's part of his Character Tics in which he tends to reminiscence about a past heinous deed of his at seemingly random times and at varying lengths. It gets Subverted by Keiko in Chapter 5, in which she tells him to "shut the fuck up".
- Character Tics: His reminiscing of a past heinous deed at seemingly random times, as well as his giant grin he sports a times.
- The Comically Serious: Has a comical personality, but his actions are anything but comical in nature.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Roy Oshiro and Dr. Devoniak. Megalodon is a Played Straight Badass Normal, whereas Roy and Devoniak both have some form of superpower going on for them in comparison. In addition to that, but whereas Roy's motivations are omnicidal and Dr. Devoniak's agenda is For Science!, Megalodon only truly cares about Money, Dear Boy, in which his heinous crimes are caused by him gleefully willing to do whatever deeds necessary to get money. The only OC antagonist he resembles is Ken Kirigaya, but that's solely because of the Badass Normal attributes alone. Ken at least has loads of standards for what he does and actually does seem to care about Kazuto at times, and even relents to the fact Chronicler is going out with his own daughter, but Megalodon has no such standards in place.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Badass Normal he may be in person, just the sheer scope of how he planned everything that would happen on William's first day on the job to completely either backfire on the heroes and lead to two of them getting captured, but also manipulating each of them into dropping their guards when they should've paid more attention to the fact Megalodon knows a lot more about what he's controlling and what he's experimenting with using Mirror M's DNA, and thus is able to catch them completely by surprise when Phase 2 Freak is ultimately a ruse; a distraction; bait for Odd and Ulrich to take for the trap so they would be far too late to notice Phase 3 Freak at Kadic. Phase 2 Freak wouldn't have been powerful enough to also knock the power out in the supercomputer; something Phase 3 Freak wouldn't have had any issues with at all in comparison, simply just framing is Phase 2 counterpart to further fool Odd and Ulrich. Yumi suffers a huge Heroic BSoD Freak Out when she realizes they had all walked right into Megalodon's numerous traps place at every corner that day.
- Deep South: He's written with the accent in mind.
- Elephant in the Living Room: He's generally off in a corner of any given meeting group with the other staff of the facility, just casually lifting dumbbells and working out like it's no big deal... if it weren't for the fact he's casually lifting 900 lbs. worth of weight like it's nothing special, and everyone in the room just tries their best to ignore him since aside from Megalodon's presence, he's usually not all that important to the meeting; what matters more is is he listens in on something that he could use as ammo against you.
- Establishing Character Moment: How casually he speaks about his heinous past deeds and just wants to find amusement rather than being completely serious to the point he bores himself through it.
- Evil Is Hammy: How he prefers to talk nowadays.
- Expy: Of Rourke from Atlantis: The Lost Empire in terms of overall motives and physical appearance. One could argue the two are a case of an Alternate Company Equivalent, considering just how much of the central characterization is when it comes to Humans Are the Real Monsters and their insatiable Greed.
- Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: Except the only thing missing is that he isn't anywhere fat enough to otherwise play this trope straight, but every other part he still fits.
- Faux Affably Evil: How he talks very politely all the while calmly reminiscing on his past heinous deeds as if it wasn't a big deal.
- The Giant: Perhaps about 7' tall or more, and weighing over 300 lbs. of nothing but refined muscle mass. Despite his size, he's by no means slow be it land speed or in intelligence.
- Gonk: Something just screams hideous when you have a face as deformed and with such a big ass jaw set as he does...
- Greed: His Fatal Flaw and biggest motivation; he wants to use Garuda and his monsters to sell for warfare purposes, and he wants to be swimming in money long before he turns old from his efforts to experiment with Garuda to get his meal ticket he's long been waiting for. He has committed many, many heinous deeds solely for his ambitious greed, to the point he literally does make Ken look pleasant by comparison considering the two actually have a conversation and... well...Ken: You, you sick fuck of a hick, are a twisted madman who wants to ultimately destroy the world because you're too busy lining your pockets with cash in hopes of gaining infinite wealth; I once was there myself, except when I did it, I was a low class runt who was nobody important to the entire world until I sought the various tactics I did to acquire wealth just to ensure my future and my legacy would survive and not suffer in poverty like I myself did once! What do you honestly have to say for yourself in comparison? Why endanger the entire world for more than your fair share?!
- Heroic Build: Very large in his torso, but his lower body isn't any slouch either, meaning he's by all means massive.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: An idea he seems fascinated with unlike most of his other counterparts in Citadel Of The Heart, who all strived to remove their humanity from their beings.
- Irony: He's actually lower on the chain of command than Ken is, but due to a recent demotion Ken got from Mago, both Megalodon and Ken both equally report to Mago first above all else, although Megalodon is still somewhat unnerved by Ken's forcefulness.
- Karma Houdini: He tells William the story about how this trope was almost Averted, but a Return to the Past happened which allowed him to not only get away with the murder, but also nobody even remembering it aside from himself.
- Knight of Cerebus:
- Subverted on a characterization level; he behaves anything but serious, but his role is actually indeed serious in nature.
- His introduction is only predated by the fact Freak transforms spectacularly into Phase 2 by virtue of Mirror M's Hyper Evolution cells, which Megalodon admits is his own doing due to having all but outright stated he stole cells from Mirror M.
- The kid gloves come off with his overall mood by the time Chapter 7 rolls around, considering he's kind of uncharacteristically pissed though not without good reason.
- Leitmotif: "Next Big Thing"
- Manipulative Bastard:
- There's a reason Kirigaya Ken of all people flat out admires Megalodon as an In-Universe Magnificent Bastard especially after he's told about what all Megalodon did over the course of Chapters 3 to 5 spent getting the Garage Kids busy with a Garuda attack that's meant to break each of them, capture Odd and Ulrich, and put emotional stress on Keiko and Yumi as to demoralize them in attempting to stop him so soon in the aftermath. However, no matter how much Ken respects his brilliant IQ, he absolutely hates every other aspect of Megalodon with an absolute burning passion.
- His infiltration of Kadic in a nutshell. He walks into the premises with Odd's phone still in his possession, manipulates Jim into believing that Megalodon is part of the board of education, using knowledge he himself knows about the Garage Kids to his advantage and trying to ask around various staff members for information on Jérémie Belpois, and actually succeeding in duping just about every staff member he comes across due to his possession of very crucial knowledge that makes his infiltration of Kadic go without question. In addition, with William and Yumi off campus, and Odd and Ulrich exhausted of their ability to fight, Megalodon has free reign of Kadic unopposed, and Keiko isn't even a remote threat since she almost never shows up on campus grounds and wouldn't even be sober enough to do anything even if she did. Also the fact he actually manages to demonstrate that he can access Jérémie's dorm as though it's no big deal, despite the fact Jérémie's dorm has all but been exclusive to certain staff of Kadic with both Jim and Delmas themselves being the one major exception.
- Megalodon: His namesake.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Indirectly; because of stealing Mirror M's DNA and surviving more or less completely intact, and being able to use Garuda as a pawn of his, keep in mind Megalodon does not have any kind of actual powers; he's simply experimenting with things he shouldn't and keeps getting successful results.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Take a guess. Though Ken does call him "Mitch" in Chapter 7, but that's to be expected since Ken would easily already know Megalodon's full name.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Considering Ken is technically his boss during the events of Chapter 7, Megalodon immediately becomes his whipping boy for a moment or few as Ken scolds him immensely for his recklessness with Mirror M's cells. However, the moment that's all done with and he goes to deal with Aelita, he's beyond super pissed and takes his pent up anger towards Ken out against Aelita.
- Reality Ensues: His physical strength and surprising agility makes it impossible for Ken to defeat him in a head on confrontation; even with Ken's revolver in mind, he can't ready it fast enough before Megalodon already has him disarmed and pinned.
- Sadist: He seems to take great pleasure with his past deeds considering how much he fondly calls back on them.
- Slasher Smile: So far the only defined part of his appearance is this.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Part of his Establishing Character Moment.
- Unperson: During his alleged appearance before William in Chapter 5, he reminiscences about the time he got caught red handed in a murder and when a Return to the Past activated, his hands become completely cleaned because the person he had murdered effectively no longer existed in the aftermath.
- Villain Has a Point: Regarding his information of Kadic posing as a member of the board of education, he brings up very solid points regarding Jérémie that it's uncannily scary how easily he manages to get the information he needs from his visit.
- Wham Line: The entry under Unperson above details the fact that, as the canon established but didn't elaborate on, that the Return to the Past function in Reflection Code cannot bring back those who died prior to it. At first William actually doesn't buy it because of Megalodon being an Unreliable Narrator In-Universe, but once Yumi gets him to realize that's he's been correct on that part...
- Would Hurt a Child: For the moment implied. Eventually confirmed for Hiroki in particular, indirectly at least; he's got a confirmed kill count of a few dozen "6-10 year olds" according to Yumi based off of the wreckage a Phase 3 Freak caused while they were both preoccupied with Lyoko.
AI#404 "Player Four"
An extradimensional entity that has no ties to physical or virtual planes, and can likewise give this ability to literally anything and everything that is otherwise constrained by the realm of fiction so long as they possess a visual or audio form of existence prior. It can summon entities from fiction to do its bidding, such as the shark from Jaws, the titular birds from The Birds, even summoning its own weaponry from fiction such as Megatron's Fusion Cannon, a Jaeger, The Death Star, among other things. Currently lacking a body, AI#404 has been successfully contained and in storage for quite some time, having initially been created at some point during The '90s, and has been archiving media for it to use as a reference point in its mind ever since.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of Shout-Outs.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Via its Take That, Us nature against the author, it's casually launching Take Thats at Grandis as well.
- Four Is Death: "Player Four"
- Medium Awareness: It seems rather self-aware of what it does and the many gratuitous Shout-Outs it makes via it's Summon Magic at times, and some of what it says are even not so subtle jabs at the author.
- Meet Your Early Installment Weirdness: Not for Citadel of the Heart, but for Code Lyoko. He represents the Season 1 version of X.A.N.A. who was more akin to a Generic Doomsday Villain; no true characterization, next to no strategy to his plans aside from the end goal always being to kill the Lyoko Warriors, even trying to kill Aelita as well, and X.A.N.A. would simply try and try again only to ultimately fail in his schemes once more. This is in contrast to Reflection Code X.A.N.A., who while being characterized differently, is effectively the later season versions of X.A.N.A. from the start.
- Self-Deprecation: Aimed towards the author more often than not.
- Shout-Out: As a living, breathing Anthropomorphic Personification of the concept.
- Summon Magic
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Apparently loves to take jabs at the author.
Debut: Reflection Code
- A Dog Named "Dog": Defied; nobody knows the name of Freak's actual species, but considering Freak's name is also Shaped Like Itself considering he does indeed look like a genuine freak of nature...
- Animal Motifs: Anomalocaris.
- Eldritch Abomination: Putting it mildly there.
- Foreshadowing: He wasn't a part of the breakout and yet despite that is clearly a malevolent entity that functions similar to the AIs.
- The Goomba: To the other monsters known to lurk near Kadic at the beginning. At least until a unique specimen acquires Phase 2.
- Horrifying the Horror: It actually didn't Jumpscare William or Jean on purpose; it was terrified of the hi-tech functions of the camera since it couldn't comprehend what just spotted it and so it panicked and looked around to try and find what was nearby.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Death.
- It Can Think: It knows how to use the terminals on the doors to break into Kadic unnoticed.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Doesn't have any grasp of morality or intelligence other than a need to survive and a need to feed.
- Psychic Powers: It uses this as a means of detecting whether something is nearby or as a self-defense mechanism to being spotted by anything it has deemed a threat to itself. Zeta Freak gains an partial resistance to Telekinesis as well for that matter.
- Starter Villain: Since X.A.N.A. isn't introduced yet, he's the first directly confirmed antagonist of Reflection Code. Also the fact he's Killed Off for Real by the time the breakout happens anyways.
- Super Mode:
- Phase 2 Beta Freak.
- Phase 3 Zeta Freak.
- Shaped Like Itself
- Shown Their Work:
- He's an analog to Anomalocaris, which at the time it still lived on Earth, was absolutely gigantic for its time period, but at the same time was still an incredibly primitive life-form despite the massive size for its time making it an undisputed super predator. Freak's species is essentially very massive compared to what else exists in his native environment, considering everything else borders on the size of polecats or even smaller. Despite being near human-size, however, Freak is just as primitive in function and mentality as the Anomalocaris, meaning that despite giving the appearance of an advanced life-form, it's a far cry from what would succeed him later down the road in his universe of origin.
- Achilles' Heel: It cannot make sharp turns, and when it's charging, it has an even harder time turning.
- Animal Motifs: Pelican eels.
- Animalistic Abomination: Horse-like body, human-like face, mouth so big it can be mistaken for the neck when its mane covers the lips from view.
- Attack the Mouth: Its armoring is rendered null when attacking its (fully) open mouth, but it has to be significantly into the mouth to damage it and not just the very front of it where armor persists.
- Expy: Of Parasite Eve 2's Chaser enemies, but with a significantly different head structure due to Stalka's gigantic mouth which can be mistaken for its neck.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Famine.
- No-Sell: To Yumi's Telekinesis.
- Ramming Always Works: How it attacks.
- Super Mode:
- Animal Motifs: Pyrococcus furiosus.
- Attack Its Weakpoint: The energy core within its chest is what keeps the entire life-form stable, and if it's destroyed, the metallic goop surrounding it becomes harmless and disintegrates.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Silicon-based, liquid based colony organism. Considering what it demonstrates when materialized into the real world, this type of creature is never meant to exist naturally in the physical plane. A kernel sphere, borderline indestructible at that, controlling a molten liquid metal mass that constantly takes the shape of a Raptor Attack type of Velociraptor, and lacking all of the Required Secondary Powers needed to keep it from being an uncontrollable nightmare in the real world. It basically graduates from The Goomba to a Boss in Mook's Clothing with this particular specimen.
- Chrome Champion: Its entire body is composed of liquid metal that's boiling hot.
- Expy: The real world specimen is one of the Marabounta.
- Grey Goo: How the Liquiraptor that materialized into the real world functions.
- Mundane Utility: Its powerset is basically that of the T-1000, and yet it continuously opts to utilize a Velociraptor-esque form and overall appearance instead of taking advantage of how deadly its liquid metal attributes could make it. Unfortunately, when the materialized specimen does utilize said abilities, it uses it in ways that make one wish it was just like the T-1000 and nothing more...
- My Blood Runs Hot: Their bodies deal damage upon touch if they still have life points left.
- Off the Rails: The entire facility, Garuda, and the Garage Kids find themselves teaming up against a Liquiraptor that materialized into the real world because its unique biology caused it to become a drastically bigger threat in the real world than any of them could've ever realized prior.
- Raptor Attack: Lacks feathering, but Justified in that the entire creature is made of liquid metal.
- Reality Ensues: Very literally at that, beginning with the second to last major blow to the facility's integrity; the materialization of a Liquiraptor in the real world. On Lyoko, Liquiraptors are effectively The Goomba because of them being relatively weak in life points and doing only so much damage directly even when in contact with their liquid metal forms. In the real world? Said liquid metal forms, which are already boiling hot, cause toxic gases to be emitted from it which poison the nearby atmosphere it wanders through, and its molten metal body actually does even more damage to real entities than it could've otherwise done on Lyoko by a long shot. Its kernel sphere, which is normally very weak in life points on Lyoko, is borderline Made of Indestructium in the real world. It ultimately takes getting frozen solid to absolute zero to finally take out this particular Liquiraptor.
- Shapeshifter: Can transform into a raptor-like shape when attacking directly, but most often move as a living floor of slime that sacrifices offensive power to be nearly indestructible until it manifests as a raptor.
- Shout-Out: Not directly to the T-1000, but close enough to where it still counts. The actual reference Liquiraptor is a direct reference to is an obscure enemy from Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly called an "R-1000" which is a liquid metal Velociraptor type of Riptoc, which itself is a direct Shout-Out to the T-1000.
- Dreadful Dragonfly: To the point that they're The Dreaded because of Keiko's fear of killer insects leading her to be uncomfortable with researching them more.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Most of Garuda's monsters typically obey commands even if they have their own inherent behaviors and quirks; "Spears" are known to disobey commands upon the immediate detection of X.A.N.A.'s Hornets, in which entire legions of "Spears" will gang up on Hornets and tear them to shreds.
- Animal Jingoism: In the ancient past they were the prey species of space reptiles, so it's only natural they suffer a Curb-Stomp Battle from Mirror M in the present.
- Animal Motifs: Dunkleosteus.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Replace "3 Blue-Eyes White Dragons" and "Exodia" with "Diatrex" and "Mirror M Phase 2" and you've basically got the ordeal behind Diatrex's mortal Arch-Enemy and predator species.
- Expy: Of the Carnivores Tyrannosaurus rex. It's deliberate In-Universe as well; somebody commissioned for an Implacable Man AI and the guy who designed it was so frustrated at the Carnivores Tyrannosaurus rex to the point he modeled Diatrex after it on purpose.
- Implacable Man: As an Expy of the Carnivores Tyrannosaurus rex, it's this by default if you can't aim for the eyes at all; it nullifies any damage that hits any other part of its body.
- Mythology Gag: They were part of the earliest drafts of Mirror M's design as a Disc-One Final Boss for Mirror M's original story arc, because as Mirror M Phase 2, the Diatrex were his first opponents as this form, and every prior encounter with Mirror M was a Curb-Stomp Battle in their favor until Mirror M Phase 2 turned out to completely be capable of overpowering them.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Its only weakpoint are its eyes.
- Shout-Out: To Carnivores in that its eyes are its sole weakspot that can be damaged.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: It's in the name.
- Wham Shot: Everyone gets a Mass "Oh, Crap!" when a Diatrex is materialized into the real world by Garuda during the breakout... only for it to be utterly demolished by Mirror M, whose blows flat out leave massive punctures and cracks in Diatrex's diamond armor. This is what ultimately convinces Yumi that Mirror M is effectively invincible the whole time and why she opts to Mind Rape him as a Godzilla Threshold measure because literally no other option exists.
- The Worf Effect: Its entire armor becomes a moot point to Mirror M considering not only are Diatrex smaller than Phase 2 Mirror M, but they're also at the bottom of Mirror M's food chain, meaning their diamond armor is torn to shreds by Mirror M's own natural abilities.
- Animal Motifs: Cookiecutter shark.
- Behemoth Battle: Against Phase 2 Mirror M in the climax of the first arc of Reflection Code.
- Bloodier and Gorier: Its death when compared to every other death of an antagonist so far; Mirror M rams his dorsal spikes into its underbelly and guts it alive, but Omega Diatrex survives long enough to give one final attempt to kill Mirror M by biting him on the neck. Seeing Omega Diatrex to still be alive, Mirror M suddenly grabs Diatrex's jaws and forces them open as he completely tears off the skull and part of the spine.
- Crippling Overspecialization: While having the same advantages of the Diatrex before it, the sheer amount of Super Strength it relies on for its unconquerable bite means that even remotely being paralyzed in its jaw movements will render its infamous attack near useless, which leaves the rest of the creature vulnerable due to lacking a direct attack at this point.
- Eye Scream: Mirror M's Power Roar stuns it for a while, but the debris of buildings being blown away from the blast stab into Omega Diatrex's eyes and leave them completely red up until Omega Diatrex goes blind altogether very rapidly.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Gets inflicted with multiple of these across its whole fight with Mirror M that gradually make its Phase 4 state a moot point against Phase 2 Mirror M.
- Godzilla Threshold: The Garage Kids hold off on trying to dispose of Mirror M since they know they can at least do something to Mirror M considering his gouged out eye, but they can't do anything at all to Omega Diatrex but they quickly realize that's not going to be an issue for Mirror M.
- SNK Boss: The Phase 4 state of Omega Diatrex is what gives it the edge against Mirror M the majority of the fight and even almost manages to kill Mirror M until Mirror M does indeed overpower it due to a more varied arsenal and lack of too many game breaking injuries, unlike what Omega Diatrex suffers the whole fight.
- Super Mode: Phase 4 of one of the most dangerous A.I.s in existence.
- Breath Weapon: Its head can fold open and reveal an energy cannon inside. A mere blast of air from it is enough to kill a person on the spot in this state.
- Expy: Of the Tarantula X.A.N.A. monster, in terms of its introduction anyways.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The reason for its creation and the biomechanics of which it functions are a last warning to Megalodon for him to stop tinkering with Garuda's toys, since Garuda is getting kind of annoyed with Megalodon at this point. Literally the only reason Garuda doesn't immediately call attention to this is to demonstrate Steamjaw's power against the Garage Kids on his own merits first.
- Hell Is That Noise: It's "roars" are akin to train whistles going off full steam, and considering the reputation it quickly develops among the Garage Kids, this very much causes alarm for all involved when one of them shows.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Absurd durability, strong resistance to telekinesis, unmatched firepower, and so far the fasted Garuda monster excluding Garuda itself. Unfortunately, it's got exactly one weakness; it's about as smart as a sack of hammers.
- SNK Boss: It's very first outing with the Garage Kids has it absolutely wreck house with all of them. It's so loaded with armor and weapons that Garuda actually launches an attack on a tower merely to materialize a single one of them into the real world as a field test alone!
- Trainstopping: Discussed in regards to attempting to stop Steamjaw would be like trying to stop a train. Once Steamjaw starts to run, next to nothing except for itself will be what stops its charge.
- The Worf Barrage: Delivers one spectacularly to a Phase 3 Freak in the midst of transforming into Phase 4, in which Steamjaw just blasts it with its air cannon and vaporizes it on the spot.
Debut: Sword Art Online: Special Edition (as Silver Naotolis)
- Bishōnen Line: From a rusted regular Naotolis, into the Silver Naotolis, into Minerva.
- Faux Affably Evil: It manipulates Jérémie into trying to free it from its own rust. Once Silver Naotolis from underneath is freed, she makes it clear that she's a much more vile entity than she made herself out to be.
- Handicapped Badass: Covered head to toe in rust but clearly still functions like a normal Naotolis.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest.
- Humanoid Abomination: A walking, razor sharp, yet heavily rusted mechanical life-form that lets out agonizing calls from the pain its own rust is causing it.
- Starter Villain
- Tragic Villain: Averted; the mere instant the rust is forcefully shed from itself, Silver Naotolis underneath shows how much of an Ungrateful Bastard she truly is about it, especially once she awakens Mirror M in the midst her rampage.
- Walking Spoiler
- Xenomorph Xerox: Has the type of movement and build as one. Fitting since Naotolis and likewise Silver Naotolis also fit the part.
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- And Now For Something Completely Different: Whereas Sword Art Online: Special Edition currently only has a mere cameo from Yumi and her family, Keiko is flat out a main character in Reflection Code. Justified in that she's originally from Japan but she's explicitly stated to be studying abroad in France at numerous occasions whenever she's mentioned. Reflection Code flat out confirms this to be the case as she attends Kadic as a college student and part-time staff as well. As for her fitting this trope as well, her reveal as part of the cast is a Wham Shot because of the fact it basically means Jérémie's role in the fic thus far currently has nothing to do with the others for the time being.
- All Deaths Final: He's the reason the Return to the Past program can't reverse death even though it can flat out reverse time otherwise; he designed it this way solely to allow it so that he himself would be erased from existence upon his planned Cessation of Existence.
- Cessation of Existence: Something he deliberately inflicted upon himself since he knew too many secrets from which he did not want anyone knowing of, so he took those secrets with him to the grave permanently.
- He Knows Too Much: Something he deduced for himself and subsequently rigged the Return to the Past to completely erase himself from existence over.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He ends up influencing a lot of how the breakout occurs while being long dead before it even remotely happens.
- Crazy Enough to Work: Fires the piano cannon of his aimed at Mirror M and manages to smash the guy's head in with a grand piano hurled at immense speed. At first, Mirror M doesn't budge an inch... before ultimately toppling over onto his side, as if needing to register the fact he just got hit with a major concussion.
- Coat Cape: Has a plaid, green jacket wrapped around his waist.
- Dare to Be Badass: He is fearless when it comes to this.
- Expy: Of Gankoomon.
- Fearless Fool: His Fatal Flaw.
- Significant Anagram: "Grandis"
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Needless to say, his training of Jim is part of the reason why Jim doesn't want to talk about his past.
- Meaningful Name: A Dare to Be Badass type of guy who actually was one of Jimbo's many mentor figures.
- Piano Drop: Has a cannon which (somehow) materializes entire grand pianos to launch at opponents.