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    Tari 
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"This place is incredible... but, why does it seem so familiar?"
Click here to see her pre-Season 2 appearance 
Voiced by: Celeste Notley-Smith
First appearance: "Wrong Warp"
The main protagonist. She bears a cybernetic arm worn commonly by a "Meta Runner", one of many professional gamers who have enhanced themselves with cybernetics. Unlike other Meta Runners, she has the unique ability to warp into the video games she plays.
This Alternate Universe version of Tari is different from the character found in the SMG4 Bloopers; any tropes that apply to that Tari go on their character page.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the SMG4 Bloopers, her fighting skills are... subpar, to say the least, and the only thing she has going for her is being a gamer. In the trailer for Meta Runner, she leaps across platforms like Mario and goes head-to-head with Belle Fontiere, said to be the prize gamer for TASCorp, in a scene that wouldn't look out of place in RWBY. Justified, since those take place within their respective in-universe game worlds.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Downplayed. While Tari's sweetess and kindness had not been diminished in the slightest, as well as shyness, she lacks her optimism and confidence from Super Mario 64 Bloopers, as well as her passion for gaming. She is also far more somber and mature, lacking any of her childishness and cowardice. Justified in being that she is clearly older, is amnesic and has darker origins in this universe, and depending on how one interprets the vague hints of her backstory and strange abilities, she could very well be an highly advanced AI/android/clone who just came online, albeit with enough of a developed mind to possess a personality. However, she's slowly starting to become gradually more optimistic, and already has a love of ducks, so, it's possible she will eventually become more akin to her original self.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Hinted at in the Season 1 trailer. In the first episode proper, she wakes up with no memory at all other than her name, and a few snippets as well.
  • Animal Motifs: Tari's appearance is inspired by bluejays. In particular, her symbol and the designs on her jacket's shoulders resemble wings.
  • Artificial Human: Fatal Error reveals that her AI derived from Lucinia's fractured and digitized consciousness, essentially making them twins. This AI was later put inside a body to make Tari...
    Theo: Wait, Tari? You're like...me?
  • Blue Is Heroic: She is the main protagonist of the series and sports blue hair, a blue jacket (or starting in Season 2, a blue jumpsuit), and her Meta Runner symbol is blue as well.
  • Damsel in Distress: Spends most of Season 2 in the captivity of TASCorp.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her Adaptational Personality Change allows for more cynical moments, particularly when she's dealing with Evelyn.
  • Despair Event Horizon: As shown in the Season 2 premiere, Tari has fallen into this ever since joining TASCorp. Even putting aside the tragedy she experienced in the Season 1 finale, she’s been largely unhappy despite her six-month winning streak, between the coldness of her teammate Belle and the constant aggressive coaching from Lucks. Even when she’s allowed to see Theo, she knows that their situation is pretty hopeless even when she promises him that they’ll see MD-5 again one day.
  • Drop the Hammer: Is briefly seen wielding a pineapple-shaped one in the Season 1 trailer. It's shown properly in Episode 2. Uses it again in episode 20 when she faces off against Evelyn.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She made her debut as a recurring character in SMG4's Mario Bloopers, which teased her appearance as the main character of Meta Runner.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Turbo Artificial Rapid Intelligence.
  • Glowing Eyes: When Tari warps into a game, her real body’s eyes glow a bright blue. This also happens when she uses her info vision but it is much more subtle, being a darker shade of blue and limited to her iris/pupil.
  • Gamer Chick: Her main character trait. She's also become a Meta Runner to get better at the games she loves.
  • I am Very Australian: Like SMG4's Mario Bloopers, Tari has a gentle, but thick Australian accent.
  • Instant Expert: Zig-Zagged. Despite having no experience to playing video games, or barely any memory at all, she was able to quickly adapt to playing Ultra Jump Mania, and easily manages to drive a car after watching Lamar using the controller for it. However, she has more trouble adapting to multiplayer games, since the presence of human players introduce uncertainties to the game.
  • Meaningful Name: Doubles as a Shout-Out. Her name is derived from Atari, a video game company and former video game hardware manufacturer that had a major role in popularizing home video game consoles in the late 70s and early 80s. In-universe, however, it is revealed to be an acronym for Turbo Artificial Rapid Intelligence in Fatal Error.
  • Nice Girl: Tari is just as pleasant and polite as her SMG4 self.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her right eye is covered by her hair. This highlights her timidness.
  • Precision F-Strike: Nothing too vulgar, but Tari lets out an irritated "Dammit!" in the very first episode while trying out Ultra Jump Mania, something she has yet to say in Super Mario 64 Bloopers.
  • Reality Warper: Her ability to warp into the games she plays seems to be a downplayed one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the soft, humble and shy Blue Oni to Belle's more confident and strong-willed Red Oni. Their hair color also match.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Of a sort. Forcing her out of Ultra Jump Mania causes her body to unleash a blast that works similar to this, sending nearby scientists flying.
  • Split-Personality Team: Not outright stated, but it's implied that Tari overpowering Evelyn was thanks to assistance from the pieces of Lucinia that were in the TASCorp servers and had leaked out during Sofia’s data transfer.
  • Volcanic Veins: Tampering with Tari’s arm while she’s warping causes glowing, circuit-like designs to start spreading from her eyes and arm until her shockwave is triggered. This foreshadows the fact that Tari is a hyper-intelligent AI in an artificial body.
  • You Don't Look Like You: She's still the duck-loving Gamer Chick we all know and love, but some parts in her design look just a bit different from the SMG4 bloopers, mostly around the facial area. Lampshaded when she passes by a funhouse mirror-like screen that briefly mimics her movement using her SMG4 model in the first episode. An episode of the SMG4 bloopers reveals it was actually a two-way screen, as SMG4!Tari sees her Meta Runner counterpart on a malfunctioning television, and decides she's played enough games that day.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Just like her SMG4 counterpart, her hair color matches her blue jacket.
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    Theo 
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"Well, if you're not here to kill me... Welcome to Simple Flip Island! I am Theo! King of all the land!"
Click here to see his pre-Season 2 appearance 
Voiced by: Robyn Barry-Cotter
First appearance: "Wrong Warp"

The protagonist of the in-universe game Ultra Jump Mania.


  • Blood Knight: He's very enthusiastic when it comes to dangerous parkour, giant enemy crabs, or evil bosses. He also seems to be disappointed when Tari doesn't turn out to be one of said bosses.
    Tari: We can't take that many [monsters]!
    Theo: Sure we can! WHO'S READY TO DIE?
  • Breakout Character: Proved popular enough to inspire his own series.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Due to Theo being in the real world, he no longer has his superhuman jumping ability. He retains his coconut throwing skills, however.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Crackerjack!"
    • "Take that, foul beast!"
  • Cartoonish Companion: A video game character with a cartoony design accompanying the heroes in the real world.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: From thinking Belle's disembodied voice is God to casually starting a live-stream while trying to hide from TASCorp, Theo doesn't seem to have a train of thought that most would consider typical.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He goes barefeet in his game and in the real world.
  • Distressed Dude: Ends up being held hostage and imprisoned for most of Season 2 as collateral by Lucks to force Tari to work with TASCorp and for MD-5 to never interfere with his plans again.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: His interactions with Tari and co. made him more than a video game character, with his ability to actively resist Belle's inputs in Transfer Student being a prime example.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Episode 2, he says Tari shouldn't be able to perform a certain jump because she's wearing sandals, while he himself isn't even wearing any footwear, so jumping should be just as hard for him, yet, can perform impressive jumps just fine.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His main attack is throwing a half-coconut shell at monsters.
  • Kid Hero: The protagonist of "Ultra Jump Mania", and only a child.
  • Leitmotif: Ultra Jump Mania, of course.
  • Medium Awareness: In-Universe, Theo's well aware that he's in a video game as heard in Episode 1, and is even aware of his game's age rating as well.
    Theo: Oh. Well, non-comical violence is looked down upon for an E-rated game.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He has a more cartoony appearance than the rest of the cast, notably being roughly half the height of an ordinary human, his head being the size of the rest of his body and having larger rounded eyes. Justified since he is from a video game.
  • Refugee from TV Land: For the majority of Season 1, he's been unintentionally brought to the real world after Tari was forcibly brought back.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He can be quite naive, and doesn't seem to understand how Tari's world works compared to his game, especially after being brought to Silica City.

TASCorp

    Derek Lucks 
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"I no longer just want her abilities for TASCorp. I want her."
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Voiced by: David J.G. Doyle
First appearance: "Wrong Warp"

The cold, ruthless, and opportunistic CEO of TASCorp. He dies at the hands of Dr. Sheridan controlling Masa's arm at the end of Season 2.


  • Ascended Meme: David J.G. Doyle introduced Lucks with his famous "I want her" line for both "Meta Runner Voice Actors Read Memes" videos.
  • Asshole Victim: Given how Sociopathic he's been toward everyone, no one mourns his murder in the Season 2 finale. They're more worried about the effects it'll have on his "killer."
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Lucks is a capable fighter, proven when he easily overpowers Masa in S01E10 when the latter tries to attack the former.
  • Big Bad: This for the first two seasons.
  • Bad Boss: While not outright violent, Lucks is quite callous in his treatment of his right-hand woman Belle, and makes no secret of his disappointment when she fails at competitions. He also sees no problem with threatening to decommission her and even angrily manhandles her when she mouths off to him. He doesn't prove to be much better to Tari once he has her, as he's constantly pushing her to meet his sky-high expectations.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: As of Episode 10, Lucks backs MD-5 into a corner by blasting off Masa's bionic arm and threatening to kill him unless Sofia surrenders herself. She does so and Lucks orders her data deleted. He agrees to an offer from Tari to let the team go in exchange for her joining TASCorp and promising that they'd no longer interfere in his business, but in order to ensure this, he crushes the Ultra Jump Mania cartridge, causing Theo to disappear from the real world and leaving him trapped in his microchip, therefore holding Theo hostage. He warns Tari and MD-5 that if they go back on their word, then he will effectively erase Theo. With that, Tari is now under his thumb as a Meta Runner, and Masa, Sofia, and Lamar's hands are tied in helping her.
  • Character Death: The first character in the series to unambiguously die.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: His goal is to acquire Tari to further strengthen TASCorp, no matter how many others get hurt in the process. As of Season 2, he's succeeded in doing so. He's also done a lot of shady dealings, which MD-5 are determined to expose to the public and tarnish his reputation with.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The original goal was to expose his company's illegal practices and put him in jail, but Sheridan has other ideas.
  • Dying Smirk: He sports one of these in final moments, realizing he hasn't given Sheridan enough credit.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Lucks has a very deep and almost menacing voice, which matches his cold and callous disposition.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When facing down the barrel of his own pistol from Masa, all he does is smirk and congratulate the one behind taking control of Masa's arm (possibly referring to Sheridan) before he takes a point-blank shot to the head, as seen below.
  • Famous Last Words: "So... you are behind this. Hm. Well played."
  • Faux Affably Evil: He maintains a relatively calm and measured demeanor and tries to more or less gently convince Tari to join TASCorp, but given that his treatment of her while her mind was in the game wasn’t too far away from Cold-Blooded Torture, not that he was bothered by it anyway, as well as being somewhat cold, ruthless and dismissive towards Belle, it's pretty clear he isn't a nice person.
  • For Science!: Has no qualms with cold-bloodedly torturing a girl if it meant that he could use her enhancements for TASCorp.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Masa punching him in the eye not only gives him a black eye, but a scar as well. Keep in mind that it was Masa's Meta Runner arm—i.e. the one made of metal—he was hit with.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Had Lucks checked on what Dr. Sheridan was doing and/or had be honest about what happened to Lucinia rather than be concerned about protecting TASCorp’s image, he could have avoided a lot of trouble down the line and saved both his company and his life.
  • Irony: He's in charge of the Meta Runners, the "top of the food chain" in video game tournaments, yet isn't good at video games himself.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Lucks appears to be heavily modelled after his voice actor, David J.G. Doyle, albeit much slimmer and taller.
  • Jerkass: If his harsh and dismissive treatment of Belle, his valued right-hand woman and prized associate is any indication, the guy's kind of a dick. Subverted, as he does show some moments of kindness towards her, reacting petulantly but not unfriendly when she playfully needles him for playing games while she's working, showing he's not prickly 24/7.
    • He ends up being this to Tari once he has her under his thumb, as he's constantly pushing her to improve her skills, even with her six-month winning streak. In fact, in the Season 2 premiere during the car ride back to TASCorp, he criticizes her last performance immediately after finishing a call where he talks about her joining his main line-up soon.
  • Karmic Death: His ignorance of Dr. Sheridan’s experiments and subsequent cover up of Lucinia’s fate comes back to bite him in the ass when Sheridan takes control of Masa’s Meta Runner arm and shoots him dead... with the same gun he used to shoot off Masa’s original arm, no less.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gets shot in the head by Sheridan controlling Masa's arm in "Fatal Error".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever he's present, things are bound to get serious. Him dying only shifts this to Dr. Sheridan, who orchestrated his death.
  • Large and in Charge: He's the Big Bad for Seasons 1 and 2, the head of TASCorp and is quite a bit taller than Belle. It also helps him put up a decent fight with Masa in both of the season finales he appears in.
  • Last-Name Basis: Lucks is always addressed by his last name. It's not until "Soft Lock" that we learn his first name is Derek.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lucks claims to have noble intentions, but he has done a lot of unscrupulous things, up to directly hurting people, such as allowing Sheridan to enact Project Blue and almost kill Lucinia in the process, lying to and manipulating everyone so they wouldn't leave him because of the truth, abusing all of his employees, and even willing to kill a child, all for his own benefit.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has this reaction when he realizes that Belle found out that he knew what happened to Lucinia.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: For all of his villainous traits and actions, he only seems to resort to extreme measures when someone refuses to cooperate with him. If someone is willing to cooperate with him, he'll be more than happy to negotiate instead. This is best shown in Episode 10 where, despite having the MD-5 crew dead to rights, he still lets them go once he strikes a deal with Tari for her loyalty to TASCorp.
    • Another example in Episode 12. Lucks talks it up with Theo in his cell, saying that, as much as Theo's been bored with it for six months, it was necessary for him to survive, otherwise he would still be glitching out or lifelessly floating in a void within his microchip.
  • Precision F-Strike: Kinda like Belle, shouts "Goddammit!" when frustrated at lack of progress with researching Tari's powers and the game controller she used, despite his calm demeanor most of the time.
  • The Sociopath: Whatever good intentions he might have according to Belle, Lucks' willingness to experiment on a prone Tari's arm, even though it puts Tari in excruciating pain, and not even batting an eye at Tari's screams or Belle's disgust and pleas for him to stop does not at all imply "stern humanitarian". He just gets worse from there, culminating in Episode 10 by putting a gun to Masa's head after blasting off his robotic arm to force Sofia to surrender with Tari and Lamar unable to help due to being held at gunpoint by the guards. Despite this, he is more than willing to back down when Tari offers to work for him, as he wanted from the start, and he agrees to let them go provided they not interfere. But to ensure this, he smashes the Ultra Jump Mania cartridge and thus traps a hapless Theo, with his life on the line if they go back on their word, reinforcing this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cold and calculated Blue Oni to Belle's hotheaded Red Oni.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He usually speaks in a mild tone, only ever raising his voice above a half-whisper when he's angry, and has absolutely no qualms about resorting to cruel and violent means to get what he wants.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled as "Lux" in the description of the first trailer on YouTube, but he's credited as "Lucks" in the series' credits.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He wants to acquire Tari for her ability to warp into games, but the way he puts it makes it come off as creepy. This is lampshaded by Belle.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While this isn't SMG4's Mario Bloopers, the world of Meta Runner still has some charm to it. That charm goes away in every scene Lucks is in.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Subverted. While Lucks generally managed to keep his dirty deeds hidden from the public and media up until his final moments, as Sofia points out in “Friendly Fire”, that hasn’t stopped some people from suspecting that some things were amiss, as she shows him a collection of news and social media posts speculating on various things he was involved with, from the sudden “early retirements” of Masa and Lucinia, to people claiming to have seen him at Gamma Tech Stadium during the events of “Shutdown”.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Incites agonizing pain on Tari when his scientists were experimenting on her robotic arm. He also roughly manhandles Belle very early on. The Season 1 finale also gives the implication that Lucks would be willing to shoot her if he felt justified in doing so.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In order to ensure Tari's cooperation and MD-5 staying out of his business, Lucks crushes the Ultra Jump Mania cartridge, forcing Theo out of the real world and trapping him within his microchip, threatening to erase him for good if Tari or MD-5 step out of line.

    Belle Fontiere 
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"You'd be surprised what people would do to be number one."
Click here to see her pre-Season 2 appearance 
Voiced by: Jessica Fallico
First appearance: "Wrong Warp"

The prize gamer of TASCorp and Tari's first rival. You can also find her Alternate Universe self used for the SMG4 Bloopers on this page.


  • Action Girl: As expected from one of, if not the most skilled gamers in the current in-universe standings, as she was able to defeat Masa in battle during the Tempest tournament. Granted, it was through forcing him to stop fighting in order to defend Tari from her, but still rather impressive.
    • This is even symbolically shown in her Meta Runner arm, which is her right arm (the one that pushes the face buttons on a controller, usually used to jump, attack, or do any number of versatile commands) while every other Meta Runner in Season 1 has their left arm replaced (which is relegated to the movement-oriented joystick or directional pad).
  • Affably Evil: Though she can be snarky or arrogant at times and isn't above the use of force, she is still much more sympathetic than Lucks, notably during her conversations with Tari.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Nothing explicitly confirmed, but the way Belle interacts with Tari, especially giving her cute pet names like "babe" and "honey", or leaning in close when lecturing her about her methods and goals, it'd makes you wonder what she's into.
    • Not to mention her traumatized reaction when she found out about Lucinia's possible death. It's made clear that there's SOME history behind the two of them, albeit without specifics.
  • Anti-Villain: As TASCorp’s highest-ranking gamer, she obeys Lucks’ orders and justifies his actions as being Necessary Evil, but she has scruples, or even complain about being sent on a mission while she could be playing video games instead (which to be fair, is literally her profession). Also, even while capturing Tari, she doesn't go out of her way to hurt or be unpleasant, rather casually chatting it up with her.
    • This trope becomes more prevalent in the first half of Season 2 before she does a full Heel–Face Turn. While the season starts out with Belle being largely anti-social to Tari, she later helps bail Tari out when Evelyn catches Tari trying to get the scientist's phone and expects Belle to turn her in to Lucks for violating Lucks' rule against his Meta Runners having personal gaming systems, instead handing Tari the phone and making her swear to keep it secret while Evelyn isn't looking, while straight up telling Tari that she doesn't think highly of Lucks' rules. She's also attempting to unravel the mystery of Project Blue and Lucinia in her spare time, even taking hacking classes, as she attempts to unlock Sofia's phone containing the incriminating evidence against TASCorp, and later using her knowledge to sneak back into Sheridan's lab and obtain a file possibly containing info about Lucinia's involvement with the help of Theo.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her top exposes part of her belly.
  • Berserk Button: Don't try to tell her lies about Lucinia's demise. Especially when she's got a fireball right next to your face.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When she has Tari at her mercy in the Tempest tournament, she doesn't take the chance to eliminate her, wanting immediate answers to what became of Lucinia (ignoring Lucks's statement that Tari can be interrogated once captured, and refusing to believe Tari when she says she doesn't know what happened, or who Lucinia is). Naturally, Tari escapes and goes on to perform the mountain glitch. The only reason this doesn't lead to MD-5 winning is due to Lucks having a Plan B.
  • Boobs of Steel: Seems to be rather well-endowed and has a fiery, tomboyish disposition to match.
  • The Dragon: More-or-less acted as the second-in-command to Lucks in Season 1.
    • In Season 2 Episode 5, Lamar refers to her as "Lucks' Right-Hand Dragon Lady". Belle admits it's a pretty cool title.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Unless it pertains to gaming, Belle's got some dry wit.
    Belle: (to nearby guard) Yo, Frank! I fell off my motorbike yesterday. Almost broke three bones.
    (Guards don't respond)
    Belle: I got a personal best of 33:18 in Dragon Kart just this morning.
    (Guards give a thumbs-up; Belle gives Tari a smug look to illustrate her point)
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Evil is a stretch. Really, Belle is just a professional gamer and competitor at heart who just happens to work for a shady MegaCorp. As opposed to Lucks, she's horrified and loudly objects when his experiments on Tari's robotic arm while her consciousness is in Ultra Jump Mania are inflicted debilitating, excruciating pain on her. However, if sufficiently pissed off, Belle ends up losing such compunctions and ends up doing the same to Tari to get answers on what her relation is to Lucinia.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has bright red hair and is strongwilled and confident.
  • Femme Fatale: Downplayed, but Belle shows an alluring, manipulative side towards Tari at first, telling her she'd be far better off joining TASCorp.
  • Gamer Chick: A very skilled one at that.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After acting as the secondary antagonist in Season 1, Belle defects to help MD-5 halfway through Season 2 once she learns Lucks had been lying to her about what happened to Lucinia.
  • Heel Realization: In Season 2, after she uncovers footage of Project Blue's aftermath proving that Lucks was hiding the truth about Lucinia's death all along, Belle finally recognizes the full extent of Lucks's corruption and switches to MD-5's side almost immediately, both to ensure her friend gets the justice she deserves, and to make amends with Tari (whom she blamed for Lucinia's death) and Masa (whom she disbelieved over Lucks's coverup).
  • Hypocrite: When Lucks has his scientists tinker with Tari's arm when she's entered a game, and it ends up putting her in excruciating pain, Belle is immensely bothered by this and asks him to stop. However, in Episode 10, immensely angry and having a relapse of grief over Lucinia and having reason to believe Tari was responsible, Belle coldly begins burning Tari with pyro spells to get answers, and doesn't seem uncomfortable with it. Although, she is in a very irrational and vulnerable emotional state, but proves that when the chips are down regarding her loved ones, Belle's reservations are eschewed and shows that her emotions get the better of her better judgement.
  • I am Very Australian: Much like her rival Tari, Belle has a thick Australian accent.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end of Season 2, while the rest of MD-5 make their getaway, Belle stays behind with a traumatized Masa after Sheridan controlled his arm to shoot Lucks. Her reason?
    Belle: I don't belong with you guys anyway. After all, I still got dirt on my hands from working with TASCorp.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Aside from having red-orange hair, Belle seems to bear heavy resemblance to her voice actress Jessica Fallico.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Hangs a huge one when Lucks talks about "wanting" Tari, and not just for her game-warping abilities, and comments on how creepy that sounds. Which's funny when you notice that nearly all of her quite tender interactions with Tari appear to border on flirting.
  • Lady-Swears-A-Lot: Belle's got one foul mouth on her, as can be seen from the many times she gets frustrated. She even almost lets out a "What the f-" when Tari performs a crazy driving-on-the-wall maneuver to escape the TASCorp blockade. This is carried over to the SMG4 Bloopers, where "dammit" is one of Belle's voice clips.
  • Leitmotif: Red Hot Champion.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: She's devoted to TASCorp and fulfilling her bosses' goals, even though she admits Lucks' actions have hurt others, including herself. That all ends in Season 2 when she finds out he knew about Lucinia's fate and was hiding it from everyone, including herself, the very beginning.
  • No Indoor Voice: She frequently yells when she's angry or launches an attack.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair partially covers her left eye.
  • Pet the Dog: In The Stinger for the first season, Belle finds the phone of Sofia, the sister of her late friend Lucinia, containing the backup of the incriminating TASCorp data. Rather than turn it in to Lucks, she keeps it for herself, and is now attempting to hack into it as of Season 2.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She is loyal towards TASCorp, and while she can be as menacing as Lucks, she is however not as malicious as he is, as she notably has a Friendly Rivalry dynamic with Tari, at least until she realizes the connection between her and Lucinia's demise, and showed heavy concern for her when the TASCorp scientists were causing her unbearable pain, to the point of objecting to Lucks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The determined and passionate Red Oni to Tari's meek and demure Blue Oni. Their respective hair color even match.
    • Alternatively, Belle also has this dynamic with Lucks, with Belle keeping her role as the hotheaded Red Oni while Lucks is the cold and calculated Blue Oni.
  • Sore Loser: She really doesn't appreciate seeing Tari have much more skill than her. Or messing up in her gameplay overall.
    Belle: (In response to seeing Tari jump the TASCorp roadblock in Lamar's car) God DAMMIT! Where the hell did she learn to do that?!
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit for her in-game avatar in Tempest reveals her shoulders, part of her top and thighs.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In "Unreal Engines", when Belle catches Tari in Evelyn's room trying to get the scientist's phone, it initially seems she's going to turn Tari in to Lucks, but instead gives her back the phone while Evelyn isn't looking.
    Tari: You’re... not gonna tell Lucks?
    Belle: Please... he and his rules can go suck it for all I care. Besides, it’s just some weeby dating sim. What’s the worst you could do with it?

    Evelyn Claythorne 
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”Belle, be honest, would you rather play with me, or her?”

Voiced by: Elsie Lovelock
First appearance: "Hard Reset"

Belle’s fellow Womanchild, not so skilled Meta Runner at TASCorp, and the second rival to Tari.


  • Alpha Bitch: She openly insults Tari after a training session with her and chastises a TASCorp scientist for playing Pocket Gakusei, even taking his handheld away from him.
    Evelyn: Pocket Gakusei? Well, that explains your mask. I'd hide my face too if I played an online anime dating sim.
  • Attention Whore: In her first appearance, Evelyn expresses her frustration with the fact that Lucks has been giving much more attention to Tari than her.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: While Evelyn isn't that comedic at all, her incompetence and being slow on the uptake when trying to give Tari a setback can make her capable of making things worse for Lucks. When she is loyal to Belle, she is easy to listen to and Belle was able to help Tari due to Evelyn being unaware of this.
  • Colour-Coded Emotions: Evelyn has color-changing lights on her headband, dress, and even in her hair, similar to gaming equipment with RGB lighting. They change with her emotions with green signifying happiness and red signifying anger, with orange as a more calm/neutral state.
  • Daddy's Girl: Seems to be close with her "daddy", as shown in The Stinger for "Fatal Error" when she gets a phone call from Dr. Sheridan.
  • The Dragon: With Belle's morals (and ultimate Heel–Face Turn) causing her to fail in the role, Evelyn effectively serves as this to Lucks in Season 2, serving as Tari's main foe in video game environments. It's heavily implied she will become one to Dr. Sheridan in Season 3.
  • Expy: With her pompous, spoiled, attention-whoring disposition, pink hair, and immense jealousy issues, all that's missing is the homicidal bloodthirst and you have Meta Runner's equivelent of Saiko Bichitaru as she was before her reformation.
  • Hate Sink: Evelyn's only purpose thus far has been to make the viewer want to reach through the screen and strangle her.
  • I Am Very British: Evelyn has a very noticeable British accent.
  • Insufferable Imbecile: Due to her being a completely mean-spirited and obnoxious Womanchild, she is pretty impulsive with being prone to have foolish behavior while mad or irrationally enraged (especially towards Tari) and is pretty slow on the uptake like when she got hoodwinked by Tari, Sofia and Lamar in "Soft Lock" due to her being a complete and utter Sore Loser. Also moments of her stupidity can easily make her clearly evil as well.
  • Irony: After all her "effort" to get recognized by the world, Evelyn ends up being locked in her gaming pod (because of her own faults) after being hoodwinked by Tari, Sofia and Lamar in the "Soft Lock" episode, away from being seen.
  • It's All About Me: Evelyn appears to be very jealous at Tari for all the attention she's been getting from Lucks despite the both of them on the verge of being inducted into TASCorp's new line-up of Meta Runners:
    Evelyn: Belle... does Lucks hate me?
    Belle: (sighs) Seeing as how he's about to bring you into the main line-up, I would doubt it.
    Evelyn: Then why doesn't he give me exhibition matches, like he does to that... blue-haired science expirement?!?
    • Episode 13 reveals she gave herself an autograph.
      Tari: And I’m the one whose brain they’re studying....
  • Leitmotif: Any time Evelyn is on-screen, a distinct musical theme plays.
  • Meaningful Name: You know a character is a pain when "thorne" is part of her last name.
  • Moral Myopia: Hates Tari because of how she seemingly gets the spotlight despite her efforts.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: She becomes this in "Friendly Fire" willing to attack Tari's friends (in a game mind you) just to spite her, and her personality is almost akin to a spoiled teenage girl at best and a petulant tantrum-throwing child at worst.
  • Remember the New Girl?: Evelyn first appears in Season 2, but Belle appears to have a history with her when she first appears. Justified, as Belle mentioned Lucks has other Meta Runners in the previous season.
  • Sore Loser: Perhaps even moreso than Belle. It doesn’t help both of her defeats were at the hands of Tari, whom she absolutely loathes.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Subverted. Her Leitmotif is unusually happy for someone as obnoxious as her, but it contains some unnerving parts to it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Evelyn does not take her defeat in "Soft Lock" well, as she ends up a screaming wreck and briefly tussling with Tari as she's trying to retrieve MD-5's cartridge.
    Evelyn: This was my special day, and you! Ruined! EVERYTHING!
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    Dr. Sheridan 
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"My life's work is almost complete! Lucks is finally going to see the fruits of my research, and more importantly, I'm not going to be fired! (laughing) Wait, I probably shouldn't have said that..."
Click here for his Season 2 appearance 
Voiced by: Anthony Sardinha
First appearance: "Wrong Warp"

A TASCorp scientist who seems to have some sort of involvement with Tari's past.


  • Affably Evil: It's unclear to which extent he is actually evil, but as far as we know, he seems like a genuinely Nice Guy. Seemingly subverted as of "Fatal Error".
  • Ambiguously Brown: He has a fairly dark complexion.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He was a scientist for TASCorp responsible for Project Blue, which aimed at creating the perfect Meta Runner, likely to the benefit of his company. However, his true intentions are somewhat vague, and while his work ethics can be questionable, his behavior suggests he might be just as nice as he seems, if slightly deranged. Fatal Error throws out ambiguous when it turns out he's alive, hacked into Masa's arm, and used it to shoot Lucks in the head. And if that's not all, he contacts Evelyn at the end of Season 2, nefariously offering her help as he had Lucinia.
  • Expressive Mask: His helmet in season 2 features a mask with a glowing blue, emoji-esque face that can display various expressions.
  • Facial Horror: "Fatal Error" reveals Sheridan to have suffered burn marks over the left side of his face.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Seemingly stated to be this at the very end of Season 2. Not only is he revealed to still be alive and going under several aliases, including Masa’s Nosy Neighbor, but he planted a hacking device on Masa to take control of his arm and kill his former boss Lucks, while making Masa take the blame, and he put another on Evelyn so he could contact her and offer her a chance to get back at Tari for humiliating her.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Not only is he revealed to be the “Annoying Neighbor” from “Firewall”, but he made several blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos throughout the rest of the season in that disguise. Two of the most important ones: in “Soft Lock”, he bumps into Masa while Horizon Stadium is being evacuated, which implies how he put the hacking device on his Meta Runner arm, and earlier in “Fatal Error” when he looks towards the camera as Tari and MD-5 flee from the crime scene he orchestrated.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Kills Lucks at the end of "Fatal Error." This would've been a complete favor for MD-5, had Sheridan not framed Masa in the process.
  • Laughing Mad: He was seen laughing uncontrollably while trying to put together Project Blue. This is likely due to stress, excitement, fear of getting fired, too much coffee, or some combination.
  • Mad Scientist: Downplayed. He is clearly very passionate about his Project Blue and was working on it for a shady corporation, but he still shows a pleasant personality and is only stressed out from being overworked. Played straight following the revelations in "Fatal Error".
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Downplayed. Lucks' death allows Sheridan to take center stage as the Big Bad of Season 3, but based on Lucks' Famous Last Words, Sheridan was acting behind the scenes from the start.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Most of his appearances in season 2 are spent wearing a helmet, with his face (and identity) obscured by an emoji-like mask.
  • Mr. Exposition: He is the one who explains how the world of Meta Runner works through a flashback at the very beginning of the first episode.
    Dr. Sheridan: Video games are everything! Jobs, entertainment, lifestyle, it’s the engine that powers society itself and to make it in this society, you need to win, a lot. Be it in FPS games, platformers, Battle Royales, you name it. There are gamers who train every waking moment of their life in hopes of becoming the best. And at the top of the food chain, you have Meta Runners. People who are willing to replace their limbs just for a boost in accuracy, dexterity and performance. With legions of fans who adore them, Meta Runners are the best of the best.
  • Must Have Caffeine: He has a serious coffee addiction. When putting together Project Blue, we see that he has empty cups of coffee scattered across his office. When talking to Evelyn at the end of Season 2, we see that he's still on it.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Stinger for "Fatal Error" reveals that he has survived the explosion and is now working with Evelyn to get revenge on Tari.
  • Sanity Slippage: The explosion has not been kind to him as he has gone insane as a result as seen in The Stinger in "Fatal Error"—which is saying something given the implications that he was slowly becoming unhinged already.
  • Walking Spoiler: Seriously, look at all the blocked out entries.
  • We Can Rule Together: He persuades Evelyn to join him so she can have her revenge on Tari. Lampshaded in the title of the song for this scene in the soundtrack, which is "Pairing".

    Lucinia Porter 

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"And besides, you're one of the most talented speedrunners I know... Hell, you're a lot better than me, that's for sure."
Click here for her Season 1 appearance 

First appearance: "Wrong Warp"

A TASCorp Meta Runner and Sofia's sister who went missing about a year prior to the start of the series; was once thought to be killed by Lucks; she is later revealed to be alive even after nearly getting killed by an explosion during Dr. Sheridan’s Project Blue experiments, but part of her mind had been fused with Sheridan’s Turbo Artificial Rapid Intelligence (T.A.R.I), which gave it sentience.


  • Fake Arm Disarm: When Tari saw Lucinia in episode 10, she was seen missing her Meta Runner arm.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Seems to greatly resemble her voice actress Amber Lee Connors.
  • Morality Pet: For Belle.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Lucinia volunteered for Sheridan's experiment because she wanted to help out. We all know how that went down.
  • Not Quite Dead: "Fatal Error" reveals that after the explosion, she was physically healed, but her mind was shattered into several pieces, with some being sent into TASCorp's servers while others merged with Tari.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her assumed demise led to Masa forming MD-5, and she is later revealed to be alive and enfused with Tari.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She hasn't had a major role in the story so far, but her disappearance kickstarted the whole plot by causing Masa to leave TASCorp and found MD-5 to fight them back.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lucinia has purple hair.

MD-5

    Masa Shimamoto 
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"Get up. Take a deep breath. Games are all about making the right decisions at the right time. Clear your mind and focus. The right actions will come to you."
Click here to see his pre-Season 2 appearance 
Voiced by: Brendan Barry-Cotter
First appearance: "Sequence Break"

The leader of MD-5.


  • The Ace: He shows a lot of skill during his Battle Blaze match in Tari, barely giving her a chance to fight back for the first couple of matches. He also holds his own extremely well in the Tempest tournament, only being beaten out by Belle in battle, and even then it was through distracting him by forcing him to defend Tari from her.
    • In Episode 11, Masa is forced to use a one-hand controller after Lucks shot his Meta Runner arm off, and still cleans house in a War Tech Fighters match.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a very deep voice that helps establishing him as a serious, strong and experienced leader.
  • Body and Host: A downplayed, technological example: Dr. Sheridan hijacks Masa’s arm at the ending of season 2, using it to kill Lucks while throwing off the matter of blame for the murder. Arguably, Masa himself did this to Marco earlier in the season, as while he didn’t explicitly take control of Marco’s extra arms, both he and Sheridan used the same strategy of sneaking a “Meta Bug” onto their victim’s mechanical implant.
  • Broken Pedestal: Subverted. As implied in episode 10, then revealed in Episode 12, what kindness he had towards Tari and Theo went out the window upon learning about Tari’s involvement with the Project Blue incident, and in turn, Lucinia’s apparent death (despite Tari stating she had no idea about it), and Theo being (unwillingly) used by Lucks to spy on MD-5 and expose Operation Silent Demon to him, which adds to his initial reluctance to rejoin Lamar and Sofia when they find him.
    Lamar: “What about them?” They’re stuck at TASCorp being used by Lucks as human shields! They’re our friends, and they’re in danger!
    Masa: They are not our friends! Theo was a spy, and Tari was involved with that... Project Blue and Dr. Sheridan!
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: His willingness to cheat in order to win himself a new arm comes back to bite him in the ass by the end of Season 2, thanks to Sheridan. To be fair, MD-5 was on a mission to rescue Tari from TASCorp and he didn't really have a lot of options.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is willing to fight dirty when the need arises. During his match against Marco, he activates a device to disable the latter's extra arms to buy enough time to land a killing blow.
  • Defector from Decadence: He used to work at TASCorp as a team captain, but later turned against the company after suspecting Lucks of murdering the recently missing Lucinia. His attempt to hack into Lucks' private servers for evidence against him led to him being decommissioned, leading to him forming MD-5.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: Ends up losing the lower half of his Meta Runner arm after Lucks shot it off in Episode 10.
  • Freudian Trio: Excluding Tari and Theo, with the MD-5 group, he is the down-to-earth and fairly strict Superego.
  • Heroic BSoD: As revealed in the Season 2 premiere, he took MD-5's defeat at the hands of Lucks hard; he quickly abandoned Lamar and Sofia, and six months later, is now dueling low-tier gamers for money with a one handed controller.
    • And he goes through this once again at the end of the same season when he loses control of his arm and ends up unintentionally killing Lucks... right after MD-5 talked him out of shooting him.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is possibly derived from Nintendo greats Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He always keep a serious attitude and doesn't smile very often.
  • Rock Bottom: Is vary clearly here in the beginning of Season 2, to the point that he runs away and makes a living off of dueling low-level gamers, and resorts to cheating to get a new Meta Runner arm in episode 3.
  • Serious Business: Your first clue that Masa's like this is that he replaced his entire arm with an enhanced prosthetic, rather than just from the elbow down.
  • Stern Teacher: While he is rather merciless against Tari in their Battle Blaze match, he's more than willing to help her get into a proper mindset for the match once she teleports into the game.

    Sofia Porter 
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"You went into the video game! That's unheard of!"
Click here to see her pre-Season 2 appearance 
Voiced by: Hayley Nelson
First appearance: "Sequence Break"

The tech-savvy member of MD-5.


  • Break the Cutie: Ends up suffering from this in Episode 10 upon learning about her sister, Lucinia's, death. This is rather viciously notable, as aside from a brief moment in Episode 5, we never see Sofia emotionally down.
  • Freudian Trio: Forms one with the other MD-5 members except Tari and Theo, in which she is the enthusiastic and usually cheerful Id.
  • Genki Girl: She seems pretty excitable, as seen during her first interaction with Tari in the fourth episode.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Downplayed. She does wear her goggles on her eyes while she's working on Masa's cybernetic arm, but most of the time she wears them on her forehead, or, starting in Season 2, around her neck.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Outside of a punkish half-buzzcut, Sofia pretty much looks dead on like her voice actress Hayley Nelson.
  • Large Ham: Because of her energetic nature, she can get quite intense.
    Sofia: We call ourselves MD-5, and our mission is to... TAKE DOWN THE EVIL CONGLOMERATE TAAAAAAASCOOOOOOOORP!
  • Playful Hacker: She programmed the defense systems of a bunker, and happens to mod games in her spare time. One such mod displays character information, such as age, health and temperature. In a First-Person Shooter.
    Tari: Why do I need to know what his breath smells like??
  • Your Makeup Is Running: When she finds out the truth behind her sister's death.
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    Lamar Williams 
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"I'm a bit of a player, you know what I'm sayin'?"
Click here to see his pre-Season 2 appearance 
Voiced by: Anthony Sardinha
First appearance: "Bad Split"

The anime-loving third member of MD-5.


  • Big Brother Instinct: Acts rather protectively of both Tari and Theo, usually being the first to worry when either of them are in danger, and often spending time with and working as a tag team with Theo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He rescues Tari from TASCorp in the fourth episode.
  • Cool Car: Has one he uses in Episode 4, decorated with Nova Explorers decals, bright orange neon lights, and also comes with hard light bumpers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He falls into this from time to time.
    Theo: Tari's a super genius!
    Lamar: Well... you're driving on the wrong side of the road, super genius. Can I have the controller back?
  • Freudian Trio: Of the MD-5 members without Tari and Theo, the easygoing but capable of being serious Ego. Although he leans more towards Id than Superego.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: He does this during Episode 6.
    Lamar: NANI?! What the hell just happened?!
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Theo "little man". He also sarcastically referred to Tari as "super genius".
  • Otaku: Is a big anime fan, from his streaming username being "AnimeKing20" to playing anime games (Such as one called Nova Explorers and another called Pocket Gakusei) to owning a lot of body pillows. One might say he's the Meta Runner version of Fishy Boopkins.
    Tari: How many do you have, exactly?!
    Lamar: Don't worry about it.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Uses rather coarse language on several occasions, on a wider variety than Belle for reference. Though he's much kinder than her.
    Lamar: Damn, that's an interesting way to say thank you to someone who just saved yo' ass.

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    Marco 
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"Well, it's been a pretty good game, boys, but all good things must end eventually..."

Voiced by: Jason Marnocha
First appearance: "Unreal Engines"

The four-armed boss of the Rustworks, an arena where players compete for a chance to win big, at the risk of losing more than their pride.


  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up at the end of "Fatal Error" to help MD-5 escape the police, although it's ambiguous what his intentions are due to the episode's cliffhanger.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: Implied to be a common event in his arena, with his Establishing Character Moment having a nameless Meta Runner beg Marco not to take his arm before being taken away and Lamar gambling his own arm to win a new one for Masa.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Marco's face resembles that of his voice actor, Jason Marnocha.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Always equipped with two extra robotic arms attached to a machine on his back.
  • Multi-Armed Multitasking: Playing co-op games without a partner doesn't slow him down, his robotic arms act as his Player 2. Masa exploits this by disabling the arms at a critical moment, leaving Marco's car unable to move as Masa drops a boulder on it.
  • Sore Loser: He doesn't take his defeat by Masa well, and that's before he suspects he cheated.


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