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    Bob 
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Voiced by: Michael Benyaer (Seasons 1, 2 and 4), Ian James Corlett (Seasons 3 and 4), Alfonso Obregón Inclán (Latin American Spanish dub)

The Hero. Bob is a Guardian. The Guardians are the net's equivalent to a police force, based in the Super Computer. Their purpose is to mend and defend: repairing damage caused by tears and fighting viruses. Assisted by his Keytool Glitch, Bob has been assigned as the Guardian of the small system of Mainframe, defending the locals from their two resident viruses: Megabyte and Hexadecimal. In Mainframe, Bob is looked up as some sort of Super Hero, especially by young Enzo, who dreams of becoming a Guardian himself. Bob is more prone to the Indy Ploy in comparison to Dot's The Chessmaster approach. Had a Will They or Won't They? thing going with Dot, until they decided to get married.


Tropes associated with Bob:

  • Better Than New: Both Bob and Glitch come back from their near death experience tougher.
  • Big Good: Being a Guardian, he's technically the highest ranking of the good guys, but Phong's the local ruler.
  • Big Brother Mentor: For Enzo.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Bob's so heroic, his skin is blue.
  • Brought Down to Badass: On the occasions he has Glitch taken away from him, he relies on his wits and fighting skills alone to save the day.
  • Butt-Monkey: He was a bit of this during the first two seasons as a result of his frequent bad luck, but moved past the role after the show's Cerebus Syndrome and his Web-induced character development. When his doppelganger (actually Megabyte) was introduced, this one briefly reassumed the role during his impersonation of Bob as a way of driving home the notion that the old Bob was truly back.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I don't think so!"
    • "This is bad. This is very bad"
    • "Not good! This is not good!"
    • "Stay frosty!"
    • And when he's really perturbed, (like when he's stuck in a parody of Pokemon) "THAT'S SICK!"
  • Character Development: Many fans noticed that Bob's portrayal after returning in Season 3 was a bit different. He was noticeably less cocky and impulsive than in earlier seasons, and comes off as a bit Older and Wiser. Considering the events of the Season 2 finale and Season 3, this makes perfect sense.
  • Characterization Marches On: Prior to Season 4, Bob had never displayed his Thou Shalt Not Kill attitude toward viruses, nor had shown any intentions in reforming them. In fact, he outright attempted to delete Megabyte in Infected. He did save Megabyte and Hex on occasions, but he chalked it up to his programming, rather than any belief that they could be reformed.
  • Chick Magnet: Dot, Mouse, and Hex have all expressed interest in him to varying degrees.note  At least one female binome has come on to him too.
  • The Chosen One: According to Turbo, keytools select their guardians, and few are chosen. This makes Bob and Matrix Chosen Ones among the Chosen Many that are the Guardians, as they were both accepted by Glitch.
  • The Chosen Many: The Guardians are an entire organization of chosen heroes.
  • City Mouse: He has to be reminded on multiple occasions that Mainframe is not the Supercomputer, both in terms of technology and its sense of community.
  • Cloning Blues: Glitch Bob in My Two Bobs when another Bob (who looks exactly like Bob originally did) arrives in Mainframe and everyone assumes this Bob to be the original. It turns out, however, that the other Bob is just Megabyte being a dick and pretending to be him.
  • Determinator: "He is a Guardian. He will find a way to survive the Web, but he needs us to show him the way home."
  • Deus Exit Machina:
    • His forced departure at the end of Season 2 is actually just one of several problems facing the heroes, but it makes the situation seem that much more hopeless and further emboldens Megabyte and Hexadecimal.
    • His sudden abduction by Hexadecimal at the end of "Megaframe" leaves the others without extra muscle during the assault on Megabyte's forces.
  • Deuteragonist: In the latter half of season 3, with Enzo becoming Matrix and taking more of the lead role.
  • The Hero: For the first two seasons. As of season 3, he becomes more of a Messianic Archetype.
  • Hero's Classic Car: Bob cruises around Mainframe in a red 262 convertible hovercar. When it's not having engine trouble, that is. When it reboots in a racing game, it takes the form of a 50s-style hotrod.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: He's a terrible singer. Yet an incredibly proficient guitar player.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Glitch can do pretty much anything that it needs to do for the plot, including deciding for itself what it needs to do to advance the plot.
  • Indy Ploy: Bob's favored method of dealing with any given situation.
  • Last of His Kind: During season 4, Bob is the last Guardian that still has a Key tool. Additionally, he was the last Guardian to be infected by Daemon.
  • Martial Pacifist: He repeatedly advocates trying to rehabilitate viruses rather than deleting them.
  • My Car Hates Me: His is the type of car that just won't turn over in the most dire of situations.
  • Messianic Archetype: While he was always a Guardian sent by the more slick Super Computer to "mend and defend," to protect Mainframe from games, glitches, and viruses... After he is betrayed and banished to the Web by the treacherous Megabyte in the Season 2 Finale, most characters speak of his memory with reverence, believing that "only Bob" can save them from Megabyte and the Supercomputer from Daemon. Most characters even destribe his possible return as "believe in Bob" and "have faith in Bob."
    • His return to the show is treated almost like a Second Coming. His first act is to save the deathly ill AndrAIa by giving his life force to hers. His demeanor is much more humble, patient, and compassionate than his previous goofy, hot-headed persona. When he fuses with Glitch, he's bathed in gold and white. His primary powers become fixing and healing rather than fighting. In the final battle, his compassion cures Hexidecimal of her insanity, and it's his idea to allow the User to win the Game in Mainframe to allow the system crash and get rebooted by the User, which creates a kind of Rapture that restores Mainframe to its former glory and brings back all the sprites that were killed.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His bickering with a superior kept Kilobyte from being deleted, giving him time to break free, upgrade to Gigabyte and escape to Mainframe where he split into Megabyte and Hexadecimal.
  • Only Friend: Or rather “the closest thing to a friend” to Hexadecimal. Despite her craziness and previous threats, Bob seemed to be the only character in the show to actually treat her with some sort of decency (leaving Mike the TV to help her recover after nearly getting deleted healing her and rendering her sane after simply fixing her mask).
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 2, he's rocketed into the Web by Megabyte; he's absent for most of Season 3 as a result, and Matrix and AndrAIa make it part of their mission to find him.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Post-time skip, Bob becomes the Sensitive Guy to Matrix's Manly Man. Matrix still hero-worships him, though.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Considered a radical among Guardians for his advocacy of rehabilitation for viruses. It works for Hex, but by the end of "Code of Honor" even Bob's starting to get tired of letting Megabyte live.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Expresses annoyance in "AndrAIa" over two Binomes who attempted to "help" him in game by setting off an Earth-Shattering Kaboom (while still inside the given planet) and spouting irrelevant commands, respectively. He ends up teaching a refresher course to help other Mainframers learn what they should be doing in games.

    Glitch 
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Glitch is Bob's Keytool. It has the ability to become any object on command, as well as other powers such as analyzing the rules of a game. The exact limitations of Glitch's Imagination-Based Superpower abilities: it can only do one thing at a time, it's implied it cannot duplicate some of the rarer weapons Bob requisitions from Phong, it doesn't seem capable of turning into a sophisticated or large vehicle (though it can manage a hang-glider or a helicoptery thing to pull Bob out of a fall), and it does not have unlimited energy. Glitch is sentient, though it seems only a Guardian can understand its beeping language. Glitch was damaged at the end of season 2, making it unable to morph and project energy but still capable of scanning anything and everything. Later it merged with Bob, and was later unmerged and upgraded into Glitch 2.0 (whose exact capabilities are unknown).


Tropes associated with Glitch:

  • The Chooser of The One: Glitch will only allow those with the potential to be great Guardians to wield it.
  • Empathic Weapon: Glitch is sentient and capable of activating on its own to protect its Guardian.
  • Everything Sensor: Shows the rules of any game cube. It can also detect viruses.
  • Fusion Dance: With Bob in season 3.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: It is extremely loyal to Bob. It accepts to merge with him so they can return to Mainframe and stop Daemon. Glitch' decision to abandon Bob to join the other Bob in My Two Bobs seems to seal the deal on which Bob is the original. Glitch is actually knowingly joining the fake Bob because in doing so it can retrieve the real Bob's missing code, and repair him, while revealing the fake as Megabyte.
  • No-Sell: Like all Keytools, Glitch is immune to viral infections, including Daemon's. When merged with Bob it confers its immunity to Bob. The rest of the Keytools abandoned their guardians when they became infected.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Glitch can morph into a ridiculous range of tools and weapons. And a lamppost one time.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: Glitch's default form is a small device that is mounted on Bob's wrist.
  • The Unintelligible: Though it rarely speaks, Glitch's speech consists of beeps and whirring sounds.
  • Take Up My Sword: Glitch was Dixon Green's (Bob's partner and mentor) Keytool. It passed to Bob when an upgrading Kilabyte killed her.
    • After Bob was cast into the Web, Glitch passed to Enzo (heavily damaged, see Wrecked Weapon) until they reunited with Bob towards the end of Season 3.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Glitch is crushed by Megabyte at the end of season 2, rendering most of its functions useless. Until repaired by the other Keytools after unmerging with Bob.

    Dot Matrix 
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Voiced by: Kathleen Barr, Pilar Escadón (Latin American Spanish dub)

The leader of Mainframe (she took over the position from, according to Word of God, an unseen sprite whom Phong represented sometime between the end of season 2 and the end of season 3). Dot is for most of the series The Chick and Bob's main love interest. She owns Dot's Diner, a small diner that often served as headquarters to the heroes in the early seasons. Enzo is her little brother. Dot is known to be very organized and almost incapable of doing anything unless she has a plan. However, once she does have a plan, things usually go right.


Tropes associated with Dot:

  • Badass Bookworm: More often than not, the brains of the operations.
  • Big Good: From season 3 onward, Dot takes over from Phong as Mainframe's Command.Com, leading the war effort against Megabyte's tyranny, and later, heading up Mainframe's resistance against Daemon.
  • Big "NO!": In "Game Over" when Enzo, Frisket and AndrAIa lose a catastrophic game and are lost in the web because of it.
  • Broken Bird: Was briefly hinted to be this in Season 2, but she became a more obvious example in Season 3, after losing Bob and Enzo.
  • The Chick: Definitely the heart and soul of the good guys for the first two seasons.
  • Cool Big Sis: For Enzo, until the time skip. Then she doesn't look so big to him anymore.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Mouse. Dot initially can't stand Mouse due to her nearly getting Enzo deleted and her obvious thing for Bob, but they reach an understanding when they're forced to work together in "Gigabyte."
  • Heroic BSoD: At the end of Season 2 when Bob gets shot into the web, she begins to go through this. And went further down after she believed Enzo was nullified. Even though she's happy to see Bob, Enzo (Matrix), AndrAIa, and Frisket back, she doesn't know if she has any fight in her left.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Late Season 3, when Bob returns, Dot doesn't try to pursue him because she feels guilty for having given up on him ever coming back. Mouse snaps her out of it.
  • The Lancer: In the early seasons mostly. In Bob's absence, she moves to Big Good.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the My Two Bobs movie, when she realizes she chose Megabyte (who was impersonating him) over the real Bob for rather shallow reasons (basically he looked like Bob used to) and very nearly married him. Doubles as Took a Level in Jerkass for some fans.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being usually one of the most levelheaded members of the main cast, she was shown to enjoy pulling the occasional childish prank ("Racing the Clock"), and on the few occasions she has an argument with Bob, she adopts an attitude and behavior that even Season 1!Enzo finds childish ("The Tiff", "Wizards, Warriors and a Word from Our Sponsor").
  • Promoted to Parent: As confirmed by the Season 4 flashbacks, Dot had to go from Cool Big Sis to Parental Substitute for Enzo following Welman's ultimately disastrous experiment in the twin city.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Later on Dot adopted a pair of glasses despite no evidence that she actually needs them. They would pop up occasionally when she was reading early in the series but a lack of consistency kind of killed the idea.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: In "Web World Wars".
  • The Smart Girl: Her main role, though in "The Tiff" she and Bob switch so she becomes the Action Girl and he becomes The Smart Guy.
  • The Strategist: Dot is always the one who comes up with a plan.
  • Team Mom: For Enzo on a personal level, and as a guiding force for the rest of the cast.
  • Wet Blanket Wife: Dot is Bob's Love Interest and Enzo's Cool Big Sis, but she's very serious and practical while the two boys start off more goofy and impulsive. In the first two seasons she's always the one to remind everyone they need a plan before rushing off into danger, and is pretty much the only sprite who seems to remember how dangerous Games can be (until poor Enzo lost an eye).
  • What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: She doesn't take any pleasure in a victory over the virals in "Game Over".
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    Enzo Matrix 
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Voiced by: Jesse Moss (season one), Matthew Sinclair (seasons one and two), Christopher Gray (young Enzo and young duplicate in season three), Giacomo Baessato (young duplicate in season four), Danny McKinnon (flashback in season four), Paul Dobson (adult), Carlos Díaz (Latin American Spanish dub, young, Seasons One and Two), Eduardo Garza (Latin American Spanish dub, young, Season Three), Octavio Rojas (Latin American Spanish dub, adult)

Originally Dot's Bratty Half-Pint brother. He hero-worshipped Bob. Later in the 3rd season, he underwent a Plot-Relevant Age-Up into a super strong badass with a short fuse, a hatred of viruses, and a homicidal hatred of Megabyte in particular. The adult Enzo has a copy of Bob's Guardian code, meaning that he has technically all the immunities a Guardian has to the web and viral infections, although he never had any Guardian training. The lack of training, however, does not make him any less dangerous (Heck, it probably makes him more dangerous). At the end of Season 3, Enzo accidentally left his icon in Game Sprite mode, causing the system to "re"-create him from an earlier backup(right after Bob "updated" him to a Guardian cadet just before the Web invasion). The original Enzo usually goes by the name "Matrix", which he picked up while traveling the games.


Tropes associated with Enzo:

  • Always Save the Girl: Deconstructed.
    • AndrAIa and Frisket probably would have had better luck defeating the User together in that Mortal Kombat style game, if Enzo hadn't insisted on protecting them by fighting alone...
    • In late Season 3, when AndrAI's energy is stolen by a Web creature, Matrix's bull-headed determination to save her no matter what nearly gets himself and the crew killed multiple times.
  • All Up to You: The first arc of Season 3 deconstructs this. He's Mainframe's only hope against Megabyte, but he's just an inexperienced kid that virtually everyone thinks isn't up to the task. He frequently suffers self-doubt and depression over not measuring up. Megabyte even exploits this to further crush the townspeople's morale and sap their will to resist. Enzo does start to turn it around, though.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Deconstructed. Enzo grows from a cheerful, naive young sprite into the big, tough badass Matrix, but everybody keeps telling him how being a big, tough badass does not compensate for being a jerk, and his hotheaded actions put AndrAIa, the love of his life, in mortal danger. A recurring theme of season three is the fact that, for all his efforts to reunite with his family and Mainframe, they would be disgusted and repulsed by what he has become.
  • Badass Baritone: As an adult, Matrix sports a deep, guttural voice that adds to his Anti-Hero demeanor.
  • Badass Beard: After growing up, he gets a beard and becomes a very formidable fighter.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As a kid, he loves games and thinks they are fun despite the many dangers they bring. When he becomes a full-time guardian, he loses an eye inside a game. Then he gets lost in the Net for a year, playing nothing but games to try to return home. By the time he finally does, he no longer considers games fun. His younger copy still loves them, however.
  • Big Little Brother: Averted, sort of. It's implied that because of the time difference in games, Matrix is actually older than Dot.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Little Enzo was this, to the point that when we got the Plot-Relevant Age-Up, it was a pretty big shock.
  • Break the Cutie: Losing Bob, being promoted to Guardian, and enduring a hopeless PR battle against Megabyte was hard enough on poor Enzo. But then losing a Game (and an eye), and being lost in the Web for years sealed the deal.
  • The Big Guy: Matrix is big and strong enough to punch a dent in Megabyte, or a wall.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: After everything he went through in the games, Matrix is tough enough to fight Megabyte evenly.
  • Child Soldier: Out of necessity once Megabyte banished Bob and began conquering Mainframe; he was the only sprite with the Guardian protocol and the only one who could use Glitch.
  • The Chosen One: Turbo calls Matrix one upon seeing Glitch with him, as keytools select their guardians, and few are chosen.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Mostly in his "interactions" with Megabyte dents his chest, gouges his gut, breaks his claws, and punches him in the gut wound, repeatedly and that is when he doesn't just shoot 'em.
    • Although he did get an Honor Before Reason moment when Megabyte goaded him into putting down his gun and just using fisticuffs. This quickly ended when he saw that Megabyte had no intention of fighting fair.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted with the back-up Enzo; he shows zero angst at being a copy. He even tries to reassure Bob when it might be that he's not the original.
  • Cutting the Knot: Post-time skip, Matrix doesn't have much patience for fuss and deliberation. Special mention goes to ignoring Ray Tracer to follow a Web creature through an electrical storm that his nearly destroys the Saucy Mare.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: To himself, no less. In "Number 7," Matrix has a dream in which his younger self confronts him about becoming just like Megabyte, and accuses him of not loving or caring about anyone. Matrix can only weakly respond, "That's not true! I love AndrAIa!"
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Martix has the looks of a dark themed Anti-Hero, but he is still the same Enzo.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Post-time skip, he really hates when people call him Enzo.
  • Electronic Eyes: Matrix's prosthetic eye lets him detect viruses, aim his gun, and use telescopic vision.
  • Eyepatch After Time Skip and Eyepatch of Power: Cybernetic eye instead of an eyepatch, but the trope is still in full effect. Those games were not kind to him.
    • Kind of a variation in that Enzo losing the eye happens on-screen, in his last scene before the time skip.
  • Eye Scream: What led to the trope above. Note that the scene where his eye was cut out was surprisingly relatively bloody...and happened when he was still a little boy...
  • Fantastic Racism: The adult Matrix has a vicious hatred for viruses, at one point scoffing at a felled virus's pleas for mercy before deleting him. That said, Megabyte gave him many a good reason to hate viruses.
    Virus: Please, renegade! Mercy!
    Matrix: Mercy? To a virus? Never. [Boom, Headshot!]
  • Foreshadowing: In Dot's Bad Future sequence from "Identity Crisis, Part 2," viewers see an older Enzo that's all muscled up and more of a jerk. He even has a scar over his right eye and wears an earring.
  • Friendless Background: The destruction of the twin city left him the only small sprite in Mainframe, so he's often lonely whenever Bob and Dot are busy.
  • Gentle Giant: According to AndrAIa, Matrix is this once you get to know him. Those who had to face him as an enemy would beg to differ on the gentle part, though.
  • The Glomp: Enzo does this to Bob so often that it's a Running Gag. Even as Matrix, he wanted to do it, though Bob sensibly pointed out he was too big for that now.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As Matrix, he's a bit of a jerk.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He is extremely jealous of Ray's attraction to AndrAIa in season 3.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He never took the presence of Megabyte too seriously, until Megabyte finally took over Mainframe, exiled Bob into the Web, and pushed Enzo into despair until he was trapped in the games. When Enzo came back much older and much more serious, killing Megabyte was all he could think of. In the episode "Number 7," he ended up in a simulation of Mainframe, where he rebooted in Megabyte's body and easily played the part unconsciously.
  • The Hero: In Season 3, including after Bob comes back. Firmly The Lancer in season 4 though.
    • Sociopathic Hero: Matrix has moments like this, but that's more due to trying to hide his softer side. Still, Matrix has no qualms about killing his enemies, much to the dismay of both his allies and younger self.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Early in Season 3, thanks to Cyrus' propaganda and the general unwillingness of the Mainframers to accept anyone other than Bob as a Guardian. He and AndrAIa manage to turn this around somewhat, though.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Both versions of Enzo look up to Bob. In season four, little Enzo latches on to his original self.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In "Icons," he delivers "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the binomes of a devastated system for being too scared to go into games and then storms off. When AndrAIa catches up with him, he asks how many signed up. Apparently, the tactic works great in getting people to join the cause.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: He justifies becoming a muscle-bound renegade as a means to defend his loved ones and home. However, "Number 7" reveals he actually carries around a lot of self-loathing about what he's become and fears he's really just a selfish, unloving sprite driven by hatred. The same episode also shows him succumbing to despair over his lack of control in game-hopping, though he shakes it off in the end and takes charge.
  • I Got Bigger: Holy crap did he ever. Enzo was half the size of Bob while Matrix is taller than all but Megabyte.
  • I Hate Past Me to Future Me Scares Me: Over the course of season 4, the pair start as one before moving toward the other. As a result of his previous failure to protect Mainframe back when he was a kid, Matrix finds his past self to be an embarrassment and a load. Despite this, Enzo has a huge case of Hero Worship toward his future self, demanding to be called "Little Matrix." Over the course of the season though, Enzo realizes just how jaded and bitter his adult self as become and stops emulating him, while Matrix starts to become nostalgic for his time with Bob and has trouble fitting into a peaceful Mainframe.
  • Irony: Enzo had to became the ruthless Anti-Hero Substitute Matrix to survive the Games to return home to Mainframe... yet his new ruthless antihero nature is exactly what prevents him from fitting in in the very home he's trying to return to.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself after AndrAIa falls deathly ill, since his jealousy prevented him from being there to protect her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the time skip he becomes one.
  • Keet: Before growing up, he was pretty energetic.
  • Last-Name Basis: Matrix is so ashamed of the goofy kid he used to be that he insists that everyone refer to him by his last name rather than Enzo.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Matrix's bike.
  • Morality Chain: AndrAIa
  • More Dakka: Gun's "Death Blossom" mode consists of the gun tagging everyone in the room, before spinning in mid-air on its own randomly.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Matrix is big and buff, and it shows when he takes on Megabyte and wins.
  • My Greatest Failure: Losing a game and failing to protect Mainframe when it needed him the most, which leads to him becoming disgusted by his weakness and turning himself into the muscular, gun-toting Matrix.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When his golden eye glows red, he's Gunning for you.
  • Running Gag: His typical reaction upon seeing Bob was to shout, "Bob!" and tackle the Guardian to the ground. When they reunite in the Web, Matrix nearly did so again, but Bob stopped him and pointed out he's too big for that now.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Matrix nicknamed his gun Gun. Yeah.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: After he gets trapped in one of the games, he develops this outlook on life.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: While searching for a way back to Mainframe, Matrix worries that the ruthless renegade he's become won't fit in with the home of his youth. Subverted once they return Mainframe, which is reduced to a post-apocalyptic hellhole thanks to Megabyte's tyranny. Double-subverted when the system crashes and Mainframe is restored to its pristine old self. The Season 3 Series Fauxnale implies, and the Un-Canceled Season 4 confirms, that while Matrix is happy to be home, he will never feel truly comfortable or fit in there the way he did as a kid.
  • Stealth Pun: It was all fun and Games until Enzo lost an eye...
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: That orange stripe on Matrix's shoulder? That's from the Guardian uniform he got as Enzo.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aside from a few different accessories (and, of course, his size) Matrix looks almost exactly like his father, Wellman Matrix.
  • Super Strength: For starters, he punches Megabyte with enough force to send him flying across the room and bash a big dent in his chest.
  • Take Up My Sword: Becomes Mainframe's Guardian after Bob is lost in the Web. And he fails.
  • Taught by Experience: Enzo was able to survive as a replacement Guardian thanks to his always tagging along on Bob's adventures. Taken to the extreme while he was Game Hopping, where he spent several years worth of time fighting for his life, coming out stronger for it.
  • That Man Is Dead: Matrix repeatedly refuses to go by his first name because he's ashamed of the goofy kid he once was.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Matrix went from being the series' Bratty Half-Pint to being tough enough to take Megabyte on in a straight-up fight.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During "Daemon Rising" he goes from Renegade with a Hidden Heart of Gold, to a trigger-happy spoiled brat. Thankfully, he gets better by "My Two Bobs".
  • Trigger Happy: Matrix is quick to draw his gun and this sometime leads to Family-Unfriendly Death.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Averted! You'd think this would be the case with Matrix considering his size and proportionate strength but he's seen competently wielding many different weapons after the Time Skip, when he isn't using Boxing, Kung-Fu, or even Wrestling to put the hurt on his enemies. Assuming he doesn't just shoot them, considering how much of a Combat Pragmatist he is.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Matrix isn't to be provoked. Megabyte does it and ends up being tackled through a wall and having a dent punched into his chest.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When Matrix was a kid, he was upbeat and enthusiastic. After he compiled into an adult, he became a brooding violent renegade.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Shows traces of this after Bob is rescued. While he is thrilled to see Bob again, he is concerned that the Guardian will judge him harshly for what he had to do to survive. Unsurprisingly, Bob is actually proud of him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Matrix gets chewed out by other characters many times for his jerkish, reckless, and/or ruthless behavior.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: His favored response to most situations, though he doesn't get to actually do it most of the time. This is used to set up an Austin Powers-themed Game where Matrix, in the form of Dr. Evil, decides to forgo the deathtrap and just put a bullet in the User.
    • "Gun, command line: full delete" has been the last words heard by many a virus.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He gets beaten up by a degraded sprite in Web Riders on the Storm when he would soon take Megabyte in hand-to-hand combat, but that's because he had donated probably most of his blood-analog to AndrAIa.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: In "Number 7."

    Mouse 
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Voiced by: Louise Vallance, Rocío Prado (Latin American Spanish dub)

Mouse was first mentioned as an old "associate" of Bob's before showing up as a mercenary working for Megabyte. She was quick to join the heroes, however, after Megabyte double-crossed her. She managed to simultaneously be an Action Girl while mostly taking Dot's place as The Smart Girl.


Tropes associated with Mouse:

  • Action Girl: Just like practically every other female in the series.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Mouse has rather pronounced musculature on her arms, especially in later episodes.
  • American Accents: Either Dixie or Texan.
  • Ascended Extra: Makes a one-off appearance in Season 1 before returning in the concluding arc of Season 2.
  • Catchphrase: Tends to call everyone "Sugah".
  • Cool Ship: Not like Capacitor's, hers is more an airborne warship.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the Season 2 Finale, Mouse informs Megabyte that she's not only fixed the glitch to the Web, but sealed it so nothing can find its way back in. Then Megabyte sends Bob into the Web. Most characters hold out hope that Bob will find a way back in Season 3, but it isn't until the party tries to return to Mainframe through the Web that they encounter one of Mouse's traps.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Odds are if you're seeing these, Mouse is pretty pissed off.
  • Dating Catwoman: It's suggested that Mouse and Bob had this relationship before he arrived in Mainframe. He arresting her when she tried to hack into the Supercomputer and Mouse flirts with him constantly.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Code of Honor webcomic kills her and Ray off in a fairly mean-spirited manner, without much of a sendoff past "Where's Mouse and Ray? Crap."
    • Although the two of them, as well as Turbo, turn out to be not really dead. They're still never seen again in the comic, but it's implied that the three of them came back after Gnosis was dealt with.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In "The Great Brain Robbery," she had no problem helping Megabyte hijack Bob's (then Enzo's) brain to access the Supercomputer. But learning Megabyte intended to delete a little boy, and her with him? Nu uh, sugar.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The name of her ship? "Ship".
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Dot. Dot initially can't stand her, and Mouse was only too happy to troll her, but they reach an understanding when Dot saves her life.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Never exactly evil, but she went from a thief with some standards to a loyal ally.
  • Impossibly Compact Folding: She uses a full length katana. Which she keeps in an ankle holster. Somehow.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Her weapon of choice.
  • Leitmotif: A rising four-note sequence.
  • Lovable Rogue: Her initial characterization.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Ray's feminine boy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While it was very satisfying seeing her send Megabyte into the web, instead of letting him infiltrate the Super Computer, this allows him to come back disguised as Bob and with Trojan Horse abilities.
  • Noodle Incident: Bob once arrested her for hacking into the Supercomputer. Whatever she did to be thrown in Captain Capacitor's brig and did to escape are given even fewer details.
  • Number Two: In the war against Megabyte, Mouse ends up becoming Dot's right-hand woman.
  • Playful Hacker: She hacks the Principal Office to take down its shields with a wink, mostly for fun.
  • Sexy Walk: Which Megabyte takes note of.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Mouse's ship is called "Ship". Go figure.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Is this to Dot at first, before Mouse settles down in Mainframe and they become friends.
  • The Smart Girl: Which makes her a good sidekick for Dot.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: A talent of hers. Bob used something she left behind to pull a similar trick in "The Crimson Binome".
  • Unmoving Plaid: A variety. her hair and eyebrows have a constant orange-colored "white noise" pattern.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: They appear to be attached to her hair.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During the Web invasion, Mouse set up a series of booby traps to protect Mainframe from further incursions. It's not a problem for the heroes, unless they happen to be on a pirate ship covered in dead Web creature scales.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Twice, which cemented her decision to join the good guys.
  • Wild Card: Originally she was a truly neutral party, working for whoever paid her. Enough betrayals by Megabyte turned her fully to the side of good.

    Phong 
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Voiced by: Michael Donovan, César Arias (Latin American Spanish dub)

The oldest and wisest sprite in Mainframe, who lives in the Principal Office and oversees the system. A frequent target of Megabyte's schemes, nevertheless he does what he can in order to stop him with the help of the others.


Tropes associated with Phong:

    AndrAIa 
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Voiced by: Andrea Libman (young), Sharon Alexander (adult), Christine Byrd (Latin American Spanish dub, young), Connie Madera (Latin American Spanish dub, adult)

Originally a game sprite, AndrAIa met young Enzo in an aquatic game and they became friends. As the game ended, she attached a copy of her data to Enzo's icon so that said copy would leave the game with Enzo and could stay with him. Aged up along with Enzo, becoming an Action Girl and Love Interest.


Tropes associated with AndrAIa:

  • Action Girl: She was already this in the game where she originated, but growing up with Matrix made her even more this trope.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She grows up to be very muscular and statuesque.
  • Badass in Distress: She can hold her own in a fight, but every now and again she needs help.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Grown-up AndrAIa.
  • Beta Couple: In contrast to Bob and Dot's Will They or Won't They?, Matrix and AndrAIa become a committed couple during the Season 3 time skip.
  • Biker Babe: Has a tendency to reboot into one, eventually leading to her taking a like to bikes.
  • The Chick: Took over the role from Dot in Season 3, after this one was (temporarily) removed from the cast and developed into more of a Broken Bird.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She and Enzo are close friends as kids, and become lovers post-time skip.
  • Dude Magnet: Pretty much every guy who meets her post-time skip openly admires or lusts after her.
  • Fish out of Water: Almost literally. Her original form is that of an aquatic mermaid-like creature. She also displays the trope properly in her child form, though after the time skip she's grown out of it.
  • Foreshadowing: In a few season two episodes, she reboots into biker chicks. Post-time skip, she grows up into a Biker Babe.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: In her debut episode, she helps Enzo win the Game so he can return to Mainframe with his friends, knowing she'll be deleted with the Game and without any guarantee that a backup of her AI data will reboot into his world.
    • Later, she stops Mouse from testing an adaptor pin in a Game, reasoning that if it doesn't work AndrAIa can survive in game environments as a game sprite, while Mouse would just be deleted or nullified.
  • The Glomp: Enzo gets a taste of his own medicine in "To Mend and Defend" when AndrAIa glomps him the way he used to do to Bob.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Again, adult AndrAIa.
  • Ill Girl: Falls into a near-fatal coma in mid-season three due to having most of her energy and code eaten by a Web creature.
  • Literal-Minded: "Now all we can do is sit and wait". "I will stand, if that's okay with you." Grew out of it over the time skip.
  • Love at First Sight: Falls in love with Enzo very soon after meeting him.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: After the time skip, her fins have grown strong enough to stop shrapnel and such, on top of being able to extend them
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Young AndrAIa is at least borderline, in a Toy Ship kind of way; she's not as energetic or spontaneous as a typical Manic Pixie Dream Girl but she's perky, has a number of odd quirks due to her origin as a Game Sprite, and is devoted to Enzo from the beginning. As an adult, though, she no longer fits the personality type, having become too calm to qualify and lost her Fish out of Water idiosyncrasies.
  • Meaningful Name: She's a sentient game sprite with the "AI" in her name in caps.
  • Morality Chain: She's the only reason Matrix didn't become a complete and utter psychopath during the time skip. (Something he practically admits near the end of "Number 7.") Any time she's separated from him or incapacitated, he gets really, really ill-tempered, even compared to his normal self. At one point he is seen working this frustration off in a Game. This was a bad time to be a User.
  • Morality Pet: She tends to bring out the best in the men around her. Matrix, the Crimson Binome, and Ray Tracer (though he's a Nice Guy anyway) are all on their best behavior around her, and often act uncharacteristically selfless for her sake during Season 3.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When they first met, Enzo claimed to be a Guardian to impress her and was very reluctant to tell her the truth. Despite the obvious, though, she always referred to him as "Guardian." In Season 4, however, AndrAIa reveals that she always knew the truth on account of her superior hearing. She just pretended to believe the lie because she was in love.
  • Official Couple: With Matrix post-time skip.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: She picks up a trident either from a game or from somewhere in the net in between games.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: She doesn't understand the concept of sarcasm when she's little. After she's grown into an adult, she's no longer blind to it.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Averted. Narratively, she was created so Enzo could have a friend his own age. In-universe, she's a game sprite who joined the Mainframe crew just to be with Enzo, and admits she considers "home" wherever he is. Yet, she quickly becomes a main character in her own right, and post-time skip she develops a strong, amiable personality and moral compass outside of Enzo. She isn't afraid to challenge or disagree with him, split up when necessary, gather information and resources herself, and even make friends and allies when he's not around (much to his jealousy).
  • Statuesque Stunner: Post-time skip, she becomes very tall and very fit. She's only shorter than Matrix, but that's only because he's huge.
  • Stripperiffic: Adult AndrAIa's skintight outfit has gotten a fair bit of Male Gaze.
  • Super Senses: Her hearing may be on par with Frisket's.
  • The Paralyzer: Her nails, which break off like a bee's barb to increase the effect. As she grows older she learns to shoot them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While she was designed to be an Action Girl in the game that originated her, her very first scene had her getting one-shotted by the User within seconds. After the time skip, however, she was shown to be far more capable, as a result of being older and more experienced, as well as gaining a trident and the ability to shoot her fingernails.
  • Undying Loyalty: Devoted to Enzo through thick and thin.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Downplayed. While she never has to resort to violence, any time Enzo is threatened pre-time skip (usually by Metabyte), she doesn't hesitate to stand between him and trouble with a weapon drawn.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She loves Matrix completely, but she isn't above telling him off when his jerky behavior goes too far.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has them, despite having a more reserved personality than most examples (ironically, the far more hyper Enzo doesn't have them). They're still there after the time skip.

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Supporting Cast

    Frisket 
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Enzo's dog. He has been known to chew tanks and growl at Bob.


Tropes associated with Frisket:

  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Frisket can't speak at all (the closest he ever comes is a human-like snicker once in a while) and acts like a dog in most respects, but occasionally displays problem-solving abilities comparable to the humanoid sprites. For instance, there's the below example of him driving a car through a minefield in "Bad Bob".
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Goes with his incredible sense of smell.
  • Made of Iron: Frisket's tougher than any of the other heroes.
  • The Nose Knows: Can sniff out a virus under any circumstances.
    • In Bad Bob, he sniffs out land mines and steers around them. At the same time.
  • Super Strength: He once got a hold of an Armored Binome Carrier and repeatedly smashed it around like a chew toy. On more than one occasion he anchors ABCs from taking off by sinking his teeth into the bumper, up until it tears right off. He also caught a cannonball with his teeth once.
  • Team Pet: Possibly one of the most intimidating examples of this trope ever.
  • Undying Loyalty: Enzo once referred to him as feral, and he really does do as he pleases in general, but when it comes to Enzo? Not only would he face Megabyte, he'd face his superpowered upgrade, Gigabyte.

    Ray Tracer 
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Voiced by: Donal Gibson, Gerardo Reyero (Latin American Spanish dub)

A type of enhanced Search Engine, Ray meets Matrix and AndrAIa in a desert system where he is being detained by the authorities. He ends up joining their group because he can guide them through the Web, although he simultaneously causes Matrix much grief by flirting with AndrAIa. But in the end, Matrix accepts him. Ray later becomes the love interest of Mouse.


Tropes associated with Ray:

  • Amazon Chaser: Two women he's shown attraction to: AndrAIa and Mouse.
  • Awesome Aussie: Where he got the accent isn't explained.
  • Captain Ersatz: Ray (especially when flying through the web) is an obvious homage to the Silver Surfer.
  • Damsel in Distress: Apparently loves rescuing these. Uses the phrase verbatim when he first sees AndrAIa.
  • Demoted to Extra: Season 4. Seriously, the only times he appears on-screen are brief, silent cameos. This was largely due to his voice actor being unavailable. And that his powers were plot breaking in the Daemon struggle.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: One episode after meeting AndrAIa, he says he'd do anything to save her. Including some borderline suicidal actions. Like disagreeing with Matrix.
  • Empathic Weapon: Or rather, Empathic Surfboard- er, Surfbaud.
  • Love Triangle: Sort of. AndrAIa either doesn't notice he likes her or doesn't really care. Either way, it's fairly obvious that she stays with Matrix.
    • Also note that while Ray initially and genuinely flirts with her, that's before he sees she's in a committed relationship. He otherwise backs off save some compliments, but Matrix misinterprets it out of jealousy.
  • Nice Guy: In sharp contrast to Matrix.
  • Pair the Spares: He and Mouse hook up in the Season 3 Series Fauxnale.
  • Product Placement: He has Motorola logo on his waist.
  • Rescue Romance: Averted. He rescues and flirts with AndrAIa when they first meet, but she's in a committed relationship with Matrix, and Ray doesn't pursue her further (beyond some friendly flirting) after learning she's taken.
  • Sky Surfing: Has flown his surfboard all over the Net and even through dangerous corners of the Web.
  • Synchronization: Whenever his surfboard is hit, he will be incapacitated.

    Mike the TV 
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Voiced by: Michael Donovan, Ernesto Lezama (Latin American Spanish dub, Seasons One and Two), Martín Soto (Latin American Spanish dub, Season Three)

Mike is Bob's TV. Bob could never turn him off because the remote ran away. Mike talks a LOT. All the time. Usually reciting Stock Phrases, or advertisements he used to show. Around Mainframe, Mike is the closest thing to a news anchor, presenting news, narrating documentaries, and other such jobs in the visual media (including speaking with the drawl often associated with televangelists, while infected by Daemon). Mike has a great talent at annoying other characters (although the Supervirus Daemon seemed to enjoy his company). He's a coward who will constantly remind people that he's a personal friend of Bob.


Tropes associated with Mike:

  • ...And 99¢: The Bucket'O'Nothing ad has him state that it's available for only ninety-nine, ninety-nine, ninety-nine.
  • Butt-Monkey: He often gets scared out of his wits to put over the threat(s) of the episode.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: After "Painted Windows," Bob gives Mike TV the unenviable task of keeping Hexidecimal entertained so she won't cause havoc around Mainframe. It works for a while... until he accidentally shatters her looking glass.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment/Fate Worse than Death: From "Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsor":
    Mike: Don't touch that dial! You're tuned to the Commercial Channel! All commercials, all the time. (Darkly) An eternity of useless products to rot your skeevy little mind forever.
    Mirror Bob: Aaaahhhhh!!!
  • Cowardly Lion: Mike can actually be braver than most people give him credit for. Whether it's willingly helping Bob with his plan to stop Hexadecimal from wrecking Mainframe with the system's paint program, staying in Lost Angles to provide her with "therapy" for her after Bob removed her mask, or destroying a shadow monster, getting rid of Bob and Dot's Evil Counterparts and eventually winning the game of A Dungeon Deep, Mike's come through for the heroes more times than you'd think.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsor" sees Mike get trapped in a game with the main cast. To their surprise, he actually shows some ingenuity and becomes The Hero for once.
  • Disability Immunity: In Enzo The Smart, Enzo attributes how Mike seems completely unaffected by the system-wide stupidity caused by Enzo's messing with the clock speed program to him not being able to get any dumber.
  • The Dreaded: Parodied in "Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsor." Bob actually tries hiding, and he Dot, and Enzo scream in terror when Mike approaches them. No virus ever prompted such a reaction from these three.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance, in "The Tiff," his voice sounds filtered like an old radio. It was dropped for all subsequent appearances.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He annoys the others so much that no one is surprised to learn that his own remote control ran away.
  • Kent Brockman News: Way too eager for ridiculous dramatics to take seriously as a reporter. But they let him do it anyway.
  • Large Ham: "Surprise your friends! Amaze your family! ANNOY PERFECT STRANGERS!!!!!!... it's obviously nothing." Bob can't turn the volume down either.
  • Motor Mouth: Mike talks at a thousand miles a minute when he gets a good head of steam. So don't let him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Often speaks in different impressions when doing Shout Outs. His regular voice also appears based on Phil Silvers.
  • Out of Focus: For the Darker and Edgier Season 3. Lampshaded in "System Crash."
    Mike: Hey, is there room in this crowded show for a cameo by everyone's favorite, talking television?
    Everyone else: NO!
  • Phrase Catcher: Everyone else tends to shout MIKE! at him when annoyed.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He knows Bob, you know!
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Nullzilla," Mike TV tries to entertain Hexidecimal with a program of a viking opera star hitting a note that shatters glass. This shatters Hexidecimal's looking glass, which allows a Supercomputer virus to infect her and make her Nullzilla. Said virus also later causes Megabyte to merge with Hex, and the fusion removes what little honor and mercy he had, which eventually leads to the show's Cerebus Syndrome.
  • Unwitting Pawn: As part of her larger plan to infect the Net, Daemon arranged for a Web creature to enter Mainframe through Hexadecimal's looking glass. Mike accidentally shattering it with a loud opera show gave Daemon the opportunity she needed.

    Cécil 
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Voiced by: Michael Donovan

Cécil is a stereotypical French waiter at Dot's Diner. He is a video screen with arms and very French-looking facial features, although he has no legs. Instead he movies around on a pole attached to slide tracks in the ceiling. That is until the diner is destroyed and his pole gets attached to a zipboard, allowing him to move more freely. He tends to be rude but is nevertheless loyal to his boss Dot.

He resembles an old Macintosh computer, complete with a rainbow-colored icon.


Tropes associated with Cécil:

  • Catchphrase:
    • "Wait at ze bar, wait at ze bar."
    • "I am not a nanny."
    • "That's Ceh-cil!" (After someone pronounces it Cee-cil).
  • Camp Straight: Very prim, proper and finicky.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is especially snide towards Bob.
  • French Jerk: Towards everybody.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a prick, but he's loyal to Dot.
  • National Stereotypes: Specifically, French ones.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Usually serves as this, despite being a sprite of few smiles.
    • He lights up the mood during the otherwise devastating system crash in End Prog. While others are comforting each other and just watching the chaos, a furious Cécil tries to deal with the drunken pirates.

    Turbo 
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Voiced by: Gary Chalk, Salvador Delgado (Latin American Spanish dub)

Turbo is the Prime Guardian, the leader of the Guardian collective operating out of the Super Computer and head of the Guardian Council. Turbo's Keytool is Copland.


Tropes associated with Turbo:

  • American Accents: A Southern one.
  • Badass Baritone: It helps to sell his image as an experienced, senior Guardian.
  • Big Good: He's in charge of protecting the Super Computer and borderline systems.
  • Defector from Decadence: He was the only guardian to resist Daemon's infection (for a time), looking to find Bob, the only uninfected guardian, to see if he could help.
  • Heroic Build: A bit more muscular than Bob.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He was willing, albeit reluctantly, to follow the Guardian Council's decision to destroy Mainframe when a web creature was confirmed to have made its way there. Though he added a few more minutes on the bomb to give Bob time to get rid of it.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Bob's philosophy on reprogramming viruses for the good often puts him at odds with his superior, believing Megabyte to be beyond redemption for what his genesis did to Mainframe's Twin City, and Bob's partner, Dixon.

    "The Crimson Binome" and the Saucy Mare Crew 
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Voiced by: Long John Baldry (Capacitor), Kathleen Barr (Princess Bula), Michael Donovan (Mr. Christopher)

Captain Capacitor (Or, as he likes being called, "The Crimson Binome") is the captain of the Saucy Mare and its crew of pirates. He is a one binome and a fairly honorable man. Originally dealt in piracy, until Dot convinced him that legal business was more profitable (the damage done to his operation by kidnapping Bob, who subsequently escaped helped drive the point home). He later became an ally of Mainframe, especially Matrix, whom he helped search the web for Bob. His crew includes his nerdy accountant Mr. Christopher, and Princess Bula, an Amazonian giant one binome.


Tropes associated with Capacitor's Crew:

  • Action Girl: Princess Bula is very big and does a lot of fighting.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Knows how to keep the brooding, violent Matrix in lin
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He could make more money as a legitimate merchant than as a pirate. When Dot points this out to him and backs it up with her business savvy, he immediately gives up piracy for honest work.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: "Is she really a princess?" "No! You want to tell her different?"
  • Expy: Capacitor and Mr. Christopher are very reminiscent of Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
  • A Friend in Need: Captain Capacitor always comes through for these. He pretty much admits he's helping Matrix get home (and putting up with his horrible behavior in the meantime) out of love for his friend and business partner Dot, and furthermore agrees to chart a dangerous course in the Web to save AndrAIa.
  • Good Pays Better: They give up piracy at the end of their debut episode to go into honest business with Dot after she explains how much more money they can make.
  • Huge Girl Tiny Guy: The Princess falls in love with Specky, the nerdy one binome working in the Principal Office.
  • Large Ham: Capacitor. Again, he's Robotnik after all.
  • Nice Hat: Capacitor's pirate hat.
  • Pirate Booty: Profit is their main concern.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: At first averted, but once the Pirates leave piracy for legitimate business, they fall into this trope, never being seen to do anything but act pirate-like.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Princess Bula has this effect on most people, although Specky seemed to warm up to her toward the end of Season 3.
  • Only in It for the Money: The Saucy Mare crew are pretty much only interested in profit (especially Mr. Christopher), but Captain Capacitor can also be motivated to help A Friend in Need. See Screw the Money, I Have Rules!.
  • Reality Ensues: Piracy seemed like a great way to make a quick profit, till Dot pointed out they spend so much on weapons, ammo, damages, etc on every raid that they barely break even after they sell their ill-gotten loot. She offers them a way to make good money transporting goods without spending most of their existing funds just to take it by force.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: When Mr. Christopher mentions that they'll return from their voyage through the Web without a cent to their names...
    Captain Capacitor: Aye, lad, perhaps so, but there be other reasons to set sail besides profit!
    Crew: *GASP!*
    Captain Capacitor: ...like repaying a debt to a friend, for one! Sometimes, doin' the right thing, lads, is worth more than all the booty a swab can carry! *turns to Mr. Christopher with a Death Glare* Be I makin' meself clear, lad?
  • The Stoic: The 1 Binome who's constantly peeling potatoes, no matter the level of danger surrounding.
  • Tuckerization: Capacitor shares his first name with one of the show's co-creators.
  • Verbal Tic: Yarrrrr!!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of Season 3, the crew is in Mainframe and seems poised to further help the Mainframers against Daemon. However, in Season 4, they are never seen doing so and - outside of a cameo - most (including Capacitor himself) never appear. A quick shot of a vid window in "Daemon Rising" suggests Capacitor at least has been captured, but it is never made clear through dialogue and the whole crew goes unmentioned.
    • Several of them are seen at Dot's wedding though.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Capacitor to Matrix, when Matrix refuses out of hand to release Ray Tracer from prison while breaking out the crew of the Saucy Mare.
    • Does it again after Matrix almost gets everyone on the Saucy Mare killed by steering them through a web storm against Ray's express instructions.

Villains

    Megabyte 
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Click here to see Megabyte's appearance post-Season 3. 
Voiced by: Tony Jay, Federico Romano (Latin American Spanish dub)

The Big Bad. A virus that styles himself after an Evil Overlord. He alternatively seeks to take over Mainframe or enter the Super Computer, where he could infect its vast resources to take over the entire Net. He is The Virus, having the ability to infect Binomes and turn them into his Mooks. He is very powerful, so much that only three people would dare face him one-on-one in direct combat: Bob, Matrix, and Hexadecimal. Oh, and speaking of Hexadecimal, she is his sister.


Tropes associated with Megabyte:

  • And Now You Must Marry Me: In My Two Bobs he disguises himself as Bob and seduces Dot entirely For the Evulz. It works, and they are almost married before Glitch strips the disguise from Megabyte. What makes it even more depraved is that for him, its Brother–Sister Incest, because Hex and he always viewed Welman Matrix as their father after the Twin City disaster.
  • Affably Evil: He's quite evil, but he's quite pleasant and refined, and even spared Bob and Dot's life because Bob saved him in a game. Not to mention the Rock Off mentioned under Pet the Dog. This is most notable during season 1, though as the show progresses, he becomes more and more Faux Affably Evil.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice, courtesy of Tony Jay.
  • Bad Boss: Megabyte doesn't treat the virals under his command very well. The same goes for Hack and Slash. Physical punishments are the order of the day for failures and everyone is considered expendable to him.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Taunts Matrix into putting down his gun and fighting him with his bare hands "like a real Sprite". Matrix obliges.
  • Big Bad: Of Mainframe.
  • Body Horror: His time in the Web didn't do his looks any favors, warping Megabyte's once streamlined appearance into a hellish, semi-organic, bestial form.
  • The Chessmaster: His various schemes, especially his spectacular betrayal of Bob & takeover of Mainframe (both times)
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: And proud of it.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: What he does to Hex in season 3 to force her into being a weapon for him. He has Herr Doktor install a pain collar around her neck, which Megabyte can activate via a control panel attached to his arm.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Everything that serves Megabyte is dark blue, with neon green markings. Even the sprites that bear his infection are dark blue, with neon green markings and green PIDs.
  • The Comically Serious: A result of being Surrounded by Idiots.
  • Crown-Shaped Head
  • Dark Is Evil: Megabyte's color scheme is primarily dark blue, and anything he infects takes on a similar coloring.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In Reboot: the Guardian Code, Megabyte is forced to serve the human hacker "the Sorcerer" to serve his mission in bringing humanity back to the dark ages.
  • Determinator: He survives a trip into the web, just like Bob.
  • The Dreaded: He's definitely the one spoken of in the direst tones by the main heroes.
  • Easily Detachable Robot Parts: While we never actually see Megabyte do it, his legs come off when he sits on his throne.
  • Egopolis: His ultimate plan is to turn Mainframe into "Megaframe."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even with his goals, there are a couple things Megabyte finds barbaric: 'Mon fighting and reformatting viruses into sprites. Also, at one point, he's about to dissect Frisket and explicitly orders his minions to take Enzo away so he doesn't have to see it; of course, he still twists the knife by refusing to let Enzo say good-bye.
  • Evil Brit: He speaks with a British accent and is the Big Bad.
  • Evil Is Petty: In addition to his grand machinations, he disguises himself as Bob and almost manages to marry Dot just to screw with her and everybody else.
  • Evil Laugh: Uncommon, but spectacular whenever he chooses to do one.
  • Evil Overlord
  • Evil Plan: It seems like he wants to take over Mainframe but it's actually a stepping stone to reach the Super Computer. Though he had smaller scales ones too.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Very deep, and he wields it well.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion:
  • Faux Affably Evil: From season 2 onwards. While still polite and Wicked Cultured, he's also more vicious, doing such things as gleefully torturing Hexadecimal and being willing to sacrifice his own minions to get what he wants. And when he gets really angry, he drops the act completely, running on all fours and roaring like a big cat.
  • For the Evulz: Convinces everyone he is the real Bob and very nearly marries Dot because he could.
  • Fusion Dance: Forms Gigabyte with Hexadecimal and the Web Creature. When that happens, you're dealing with Apocalypse How.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has The Plan to manipulate and the muscles to intimidate.
  • Graceful Loser: He's quite calm about his ruse being exposed in "My Two Bobs."
    Megabyte: (nonchalantly) I see my charade is at an end. A pity.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: He shows up for Enzo's birthday party in one episode, and not to wreck the place, but to perform an awesome guitar solo and give Enzo the guitar as a present.
  • It Amused Me: When Bob demands to know why he went through with the "My Two Bobs" scheme, he freely admits that he did so for fun, even quoting the trope name word-for-word.
  • Jerkass: Why did he decide to impersonate Bob and nearly marry Dot? Because he's a dick, that's why.
  • Large and in Charge: He's huge compared to binomes and extremely large compared to most sprites, though Matrix is almost exactly the same size.
  • Large Ham: Has his moments - with a voice like that, how can you not - though he can't quite compete with Hexidecimal.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Subverted; in Season 3, Megabyte convinces Matrix to throw his gun away and "fight like a real sprite." This gets Megabyte Punched Across the Room— which leaves a dent in Megabyte's armored chest (cue Oh, Crap! expression from Megabyte)— and then tackled through a wall, at which point Megabyte pulls out his Wolverine Claws. Then AndrAIa throws her trident at the two of them for Matrix to use.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can outrun his armored Binome Carriers despite attempts to go full speed, and when he catches up to it he can throw it around like a rag doll.
  • Literal Split Personality: He and Hexadecimal were originally one being, Gigabyte.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Made of Iron: He can take a lot of hits before he starts to slow down. His skin is even literally metallic.
  • Motive Decay: As of season 4, he's gone from conquest of Mainframe to only caring about revenge. He even lampshades it:
    Megabyte: You're probably looking forward to one of my erudite speeches about me, Megaframe, the new viral dawn, et cetera et cetera. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to disappoint you. There is no grand scheme here. This is about revenge.
    • It later becomes a complete inversion, when he ultimately mentions his function right from the start was just to prey on sprites and destroy everything. It turns out he decayed his motive a long time ago and is finally getting down to business.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Just because he sounds refined doesn't mean he won't fight like an enraged bear when pressed.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In early episodes, he was typically involved in humorous situations and rarely caused any permanent damage. However, this was largely due to Executive Meddling; after the show left ABC, Megabyte became far more evil and threatening.
  • Obviously Evil: He's a hulking brute with a dark coloration, a suave British accent, and a deep voice. Even without all of his various schemes, it's not hard to tell at a glance that Megabyte's the bad guy. It's even more obvious after he returns from he Web, with his new, warped appearance making him look more monstrous than ever.
  • Oh, Crap!: After Matrix punches him across the room, he looks down and sees a dent in his chest. It's one of the first times anyone is ever seen as anything close to a direct physical match for him, and his expression is one of utter shock at the idea that Matrix could actually injure him without his Gun.
  • Order vs. Chaos: The Order to Hex's Chaos. Megabyte is a dictator bent on domination.
  • Out-Gambitted: In "The Medusa Bug" he believes Hexadecimal is keeping a powerful virus from him and steals it from her lair. Turns out she wanted him to do it since she couldn't risk opening it herself.
  • Pet the Dog: As horrible a being he is, his rock-off at Enzo's birthday was nice and awesome. He even gave Enzo his guitar as a birthday gift. He even turned the amp Up to Eleven!
  • Post-Mortem Comeback: When Bob enters the core to save data and force a system restart, he encountered a program left behind by Megabyte, who was launched into the Web. It's a simulation of Megabyte, which can self-replicate, but all it does it taunt Bob.
  • Psychotic Smirk: While most expressions of his beyond contempt range into this territory on an episodic basis, he gives his most terrifying one right before he rockets Bob into the Web.
  • Punny Name: Has a huge jaw full of More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
  • Sibling Rivalry: He's technically Hexadecimal's brother and is fighting her over rulership of Mainframe.
  • Slasher Smile: He gives one during his first fight with Bob in the fourth season.
  • Sore Loser: "Do you want to see how much I hate to lose?"
  • Super Strength: On par with Hack, Slash, and Frisket; Megabyte has overpowered giant Exo-Skeletons and thrashed armored tanks barehanded.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Always seems that way. Hack and Slash are the worst of it, but many of the foot soldiers are goofy bumblers (though the Binomes up their game in Season 3). Even Herr Doktor (for all his usefulness) has goofy quirks that contrast with Megabyte's serious demeanor.
  • Take Over the City: He'd prefer the Supercomputer, but until he gets access he'll take what he can get.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever he works with Hexadecimal, due to their conflicting styles and quirks. She's often amused by it all, but he just expresses irritation.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As of the season 2 finale, he just gets worse and worse, spending the third season as an increasingly sadistic monster who shamelessly taunts his enemies over the suffering he causes them. Upon his return in season 4, he's become so twisted that he'd pose as Bob, win over the real Bob's friends, and convince Dot to marry him, all just to be a dick. He follows this up by whipping Mainframe into a frenzy, seizing control of the Principal Office, and preparing to engage in a sadistic hunt to take revenge on the heroes for defeating him so many times before.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Hexadecimal lures him into stealing, then opening a virus of hers that turns everything into stone.
  • The Virus: He has the power to turn a machine a deep steel blue (like himself) after which he can manipulate it at will. He turns things around quite handily this way in "Infected."
  • Villains Want Mercy: After Matrix defeats him in season 3 and has him pinned down, facing the business end of AndrAIa's trident, Megabyte, while he doesn't outright beg, wheezes that Matrix can't kill him, as it would go against everything he stands for. Matrix ultimately decides to spare Megabyte on the grounds that he's Not Worth Killing.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: At the end of season 4, having become a Trojan Horse virus.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He taunts Matrix into disposing of his gun and fighting hand-to-hand... and realizes what a bad move that was when Matrix punches him across the room.
  • We Can Rule Together: He makes such a pitch to Bob in the first episode.
    Megabyte: You don't have to fight me, Bob. Think about it. We could be a great team.
    Bob: I'd rather be erased.
    Megabyte: Your choice. [extends claws]
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Wolverine Claws: He sports two mean sets of these, one from his fingers and one from his knuckles.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the first arc of Season 3, he says Enzo is more useful to him still processing than deleted, but he quickly adds "for the moment." Not to mention him being perfectly fine with letting Enzo fry in the Core, and doesn't hesitate to choke him or let him get into dangerous situation.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: One such example: in "The Great Brain Robbery" from season 1, he's aghast to find that his plan to shrink down Mouse, Hack & Slash to get into Bob's brain (so he can have access to the Supercomputer) has gone awry when they wind up in Enzo's brain instead. But once he realizes Enzo was brought into the Principal Office, past all the security, he immediately initiates plan B: getting into Mainframe's central system core.
    Megabyte: It's no Supercomputer, but not a bad catch either.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: From "Firewall": Enzo and AndrAIa exit a game and are confronted by Megabyte:
    Megabyte: "I have a message for your sister.
    Enzo: "I am a Guardian! I'm not your messenger!"
    Megabyte: *picks Enzo up by his throat* "You are what you have always been: a mere delivery boy. Do not provoke me further; it is by my will alone that you survive this encounter."

    Hack and Slash 
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Hack is voiced by: Phil Hayes (Seasons 1 and 2), Scott McNeil (Seasons 3 and 4), Alfonso Obregón Inclán (Latin American Spanish dub, Seasons 1 and 2), Carlos Íñigo (Latin American Spanish dub, Season 3)
Slash is voiced by: Gary Chalk, Carlos Del Campo (Latin American Spanish dub)

Megabyte's two bumbling henchmen who often screw up their given tasks. Both are rather fond of Bob despite being his enemy and have aided him on occasion. Not willing to cross the Moral Event Horizon by deleting a binome on Megabyte's orders (because Bob wasn't there to stop them, in their own words) or left for dead, they later join the side of good. Hack, the red one, has a higher-pitched voice (the voice of Rattrap, to be precise) and tends to be rather callous, while Slash, the blue one, has a deeper voice and is more sensitive and kind than Hack.


Tropes associated with Hack and Slash:

  • Bash Brothers: Their raison d'etre.
  • Butt-Monkeys: Initially, though they became less this after joining the good guys.
  • Co-Dragons: In the first two seasons, they were both this by default because the rest of Megabyte's army was made up of nameless, interchangeable Binomes. Early on in Season 3, though, Herr Doktor takes The Dragon spot.
  • The Ditz: Yeah, uh, if it hasn't already been established yet, they're idiots.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: They start off so similar in terms of temperament and quirks that the only difference between them is coloring. Over time, Hack becomes more snarky and the one that's smarter by comparison (and only by comparison), while Slash demonstrates more ethical standards.
  • Dumb Muscle: They're not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed, but they can punch someone the size of Gigabyte a significant distance.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Game Over," Slash saves Cyrus from deletion and lets him escape.
    Slash: I cannot do this. It is bad.
    Hack: That's the whole idea!
  • Heel–Face Turn: In season 3, they become good, though they weren't really bad in the first place.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: Prior to their Heel–Face Turn.
  • Jet Pack: This makes them slightly more useful.
  • Made of Plasticine: Quite often, usually for comedic effect.
    • Usually. Eventually Hexadecimal damages them to a point where they could no longer be fully repaired. Until the reboot.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Especially apparent come season 3 when their conscience catches up with them. They were perfectly happy doing Megabyte's bidding because they knew they wouldn't do any real harm because they knew Bob would always show up in the nick of time to twart them before they did anything bad. With Bob gone and Megabyte winning, they couldn't stomach what they were being made to do.
    Hack: Now you've done it... Megabyte is gonna be mad!
    Slash: Ah, what's new? I miss Bob.
    Hack: What? You crazy?
    Slash: Bob always stopped us before we could do anything really bad... Now, nobody does...
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Both have numerous hidden extra weapons and arms, but usually to little effect.
    • This is parodied when Matrix and AndrAIa are infected by Daemon. Hack holds AndrAIa back with both hands while Enzo talks to Matrix, and when AndrAIa is about to shout at Matrix, Hack pops a third arm out of nowhere to cover her mouth.
  • Redemption Promotion: The show a notable increase in competence after switching to the heroes' side. They were still dim and bickered, but were less likely to screw up their part in any plans.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hack is, quite literally, the red to Slash's blue.
  • Super Strength: Slash once punched Gigabyte clear across the energy sea back into Mainframe.
  • Punch Clock Villains: It's implied early on that Hack and Slash are not really evil, they're just working for Megabyte. After Megabyte launches Bob into the Web at the end of Season 2, Slash laments that there is no one around to stop them.
    Slash: I miss Bob, [he] always stopped us before we could do anything really bad, now nobody does...
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Until their Heel–Face Turn, then they're just, well, Those Two Guys.
  • Token Good Teammate: They quickly become this. They are not mean-spirited, generally spooked by Megabyte's eviler acts, and even like Bob.
  • Undying Loyalty: Their most redeeming value. Whether working for Megabyte, Phong, or Dot, they are consistently loyal.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hack and Slash bicker constantly. The sad thing is, that's just one reason they aren't so great at being henchmen.

    Hexadecimal 
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Voiced by: Shirley Millner, Nancy McKenzie (Latin American Spanish dub)

A benign virus and Megabyte's sister who lives in the ruins of Mainframe's former twin city, now known as Lost Angles. Essentially chaos incarnate, using the title of The Queen Of Chaos, with unpredictable mood swings and a flair for art and drama. Starts out rather villainous, but mellows out under Bob's influence, and in fact joins the heroes as a Sixth Ranger during season 4. Hexadecimal is powerful. REALLY powerful. As in she can single-handedly massacre Megabyte's entire forces on her own without breaking a sweat, and Megabyte knows better than to engage her in a straight-on fight.


Tropes associated with Hexadecimal:

  • All-Powerful Bystander: She's able to do things that Megabyte strides for the entire series, such as invading the Principal Office or finding the Supercomputer on just her whim. In her own words, while Megabyte got the smarts and crafty intellect from the fission into two viruses, she got the raw power and destructive lion's share of viral power, but not the sanity to make proper use of it.
  • Anti-Hero: After Bob thoroughly heals her damaged face (and her insanity), she ends up becoming an ally. Even then, she only contributes to the war effort against Daemon's forces when Bob asks her to.
  • Ax-Crazy: The queen of chaos has several screws lose.
  • Back from the Dead: In the tenth episode of The Guardian Code, she is alive, living in Lost Angles, and just as wicked as she was at the show's start. No explanation is given for her resurrection whatsoever.
    • As it is implied that Austin's father owns Mainframe, he probably put in some algorithm to back it up from a much earlier state when it powered back on. So Hex would still be a virus committing acts of chaos "because it's fun".
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the Veronica to Dot's Betty when it comes to the Love Triangle between the three.
  • The Blank: She has a series of masks that she quickly swaps out behind her hand to change expressions. Her real "face" is not shown until halfway through the second season, when Bob removes her mask and reveals that there's absolutely nothing beneath. This also happens in the PlayStation game.
  • The Beastmaster: She can control nulls. This is the only ability she keeps after she turns into a sprite.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's always had a thing for Bob, but her insanity would get the best of her. After he repaired her mask to emulate a real face, she felt whole for the first time, gaining a sense of perspective. Hex is still joyfully mad, but Bob is now more important to her than ever.
  • Berserk Button: Unless she is the one doing this, harm Bob, and she'll make you suffer. Just ask Daemon.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Dot's Betty in season 4.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As delightfully hammy as Hex is in her antics and mood swings, she still poses an obvious, viable threat when she wants to.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Hexadecimal has enough power to pretty much destroy a firewall or access the Super Computer at will, but she's more interested in staying in Mainframe to fight Megabyte and cause chaos for the people of the city.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: After becoming a Sprite, she mellows out and begins to act less Axe-Crazy and more like this.
  • Chaotic Evil: Per Word of God. She even calls herself the Queen of Chaos!
  • Crown-Shaped Head
  • Dark Action Girl: Easily one of the most physically powerful characters, well above Megabyte's level. If her insanity didn't hold her back, she'd be a cataclysmic threat rather than a capricious nuisance. When she joins with Megabyte and forms Gigabyte, we see what that power coupled with a sharp and sane mind can actually accomplish.
  • Dating Catwoman: In the beginning, Bob and Hexadecimal have a Friendly Enemy-dynamic with the occasional flirting, though that isn't to say that Hexadecimal would not try to do away with him if he was ever in her way. Later she holds him hostage, alternating between enjoying her "date" with him and threatening to kill him. After Bob heals her face (and by extension her mind), she becomes much more interesting in pursuing something with him, even going so far as to help him fight off Daemon's invading hordes because he asked her to.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When your attitude is bad enough to disgust the Queen of Chaos, it's time to take a good look at your code.
  • Evil Laugh: Often, although it tends to lean towards Laughing Mad on more than one occasion (especially during season 3, in which she becomes even more insane than before).
  • Expressive Mask: Averted, mostly. Her face is utterly static, and to change expression, she changes masks, though this happens instantly and generally happens any time her face is obscured from the viewer. Played straight once she gets defragmented — her mask becomes a fully expressive face.
  • Fad Super: Her different looks over the course of the series have shades of this. Her original form comes off as a sort of evil East Village Bohemian who really played up the Mad Artist angle, whereas her second "Red Queen" costume has more of a goth/emo/BDSM vibe, which was just starting to become more mainstream around the time it debuted. Her "White Queen" Sprite form is less influenced by real fashion as it is by fantasy art, but by the time that rolled around fantasy was starting to become more mainstream, too.
  • Femme Fatalons: She has razor-sharp claws.
  • Flying Brick: She has those powers, as well as numerous others.
  • For the Evulz: Hexadecimal's main goal in life is just to have fun. She enjoys the chaos that comes from her constantly fighting with Megabyte and her giving Bob and the other Mainframers fits.
  • Fusion Dance: Forms Gigabyte with Megabyte while infected by the Web Creature. When that happens, you're dealing with Apocalypse How.
  • Gallows Humor: Has a habit of it. In particular, she jokes about loving children... But not being able to eat a whole one. Given her great power, the jokes don't always register to others as jokes.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes are always like this except when she's a sprite. Usually green, but tend to turn red when she's angry and/or psychotic. They have also been yellow, orange and blue on rare occasions.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: In season three. However, she likes the outfit and keeps it even after breaking free.
  • Good Costume Switch: After becoming a Sprite, her outfit changes from one with a red and black colour scheme to one of white and gold.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By the end of season 3, much to Phong's discomfort.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In order to take down Daemon in season 4 and rid the Mainframe of her suicide Virus, she sacrificed herself because that would mean Bob still gets to live.
  • Insane Equals Violent: She's completely psycho and has some very violent tendencies.
  • Large Ham: Even static faces don't keep her from chewing scenery to bits.
  • Literal Split Personality: She and Megabyte started life as one being, Gigabyte.
  • Love Redeems: For Bob, who despite all her madness, she never stopped having feelings for. It's what gives her incentive for her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Mad Artist: Hexadecimal is a literal example when she hijacks Mainframe's paint program and turns the city into a surreal nightmare with her bizarre art, which is full of Shout Outs to real-world artists.
  • Mask Power: Inverted; according to "Painted Windows," her mask actually keeps her transfinite power in check so she doesn't overload, making it a Power Limiter.
  • Mask of Sanity: Inverted. Hexadecimal really is crazy, but she can also be lucid and businesslike when she wants to be. In "The Medusa Bug", she cleverly tricks Megabyte into stealing the title artifact so he'll destroy himself. In "Infected", she demands control of half of Mainframe once Megabyte takes over, and makes it clear she'll be paying close attention to what Megabyte is doing.
  • Milking the Giant Cow
  • Mood-Swinger:
    Hex: Ohhh, Bob. I don't know if I should talk to you or kill you!"
  • Morality Chain: Bob is this for her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Reverses the Medusa bug when she realizes that with everything in eternal, unchanging stone, Mainframe was as unchaotic as it could get.
  • Nightmare Face: Mostly because she doesn't have one under her masks.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Even when she's not actively Ax-Crazy, she still acts pretty creepy.
  • No-Sell: In her viral form, she's immune to Daemon's infection.
  • No Face Under the Mask: Without the mask, her head is blank.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In "To Mend and Defend," she is perfectly willing to destroy the Principal Office - knowing full well it would destroy the entire system, including herself.
    "Never mind. It will be glorious."
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Saves Bob and Mike from Scuzzy in Painted Windows, reminding her pet that the Guardian "belongs to her."
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the episode Gigabyte, her power has been greatly reduced and she is left weakly begging Bob to save her from Megabyte corrupted by the web virus. He fails.
  • Order vs. Chaos: The Chaos to Megabyte's Order. A Reality Warper who does everything and anything on a whim.
  • Pet the Dog: Even Hexadecimal has her own, brief moments:
    • As she is talking to Megabyte via Vid Window in "Infected", she is shown having Scuzzy on her lap and petting him.
    • Letting Bob (who she kidnapped shortly after his return) go after he fixes her mask.
    • Even after reverting back to her former, psychotic self in "Sacrifice", Hex says a quick goodbye to a distraught little Enzo before her Heroic Sacrifice where they share an inside joke between them and Hex gives Enzo a gift on his icon, which turned out to be a mech suit to allow the nullified Welman Matrix to be able to walk and properly communicate.
  • Properly Paranoid: She agrees to help Megabyte on a couple occasions, but she always keeps an eye on him. She's crazy, not stupid.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Especially in the first two seasons. Considering she has no ulterior motives with her unlimited powers other than to simply cause chaos and never considers how her schemes could backfire (ie The Medusa Bug), her behavior is similar to that of an unruly child who acts out when they're bored and want attention. This is driven home in Painted Windows when she crows about finally getting the recognition she deserves for her artistic talents.
  • Reality Warper: In Painted Windows when she gets control of the paint tool.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes usually turn red whenever she's angered or just in plain psychotic mode.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Scuzzy is essentially her pet.
  • Sanity Slippage: She was insane to begin with, but her horrific injury at the beginning of Season 3 and subsequent torture at the hands of Megabyte only serve to make her even more psychotic.
  • Sanity Strengthening: After Bob (having merged with Glitch) uses his new powers to heal the crack in her mask, he ends up taking it a step further and making it a moving, functional face, as well as making her completely sane.
  • Sexy Walk: Even moreso than Mouse!
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Megabyte. They don't get along and it is revealed that they are brother and sister. Hex even explains their attempts at killing each other with the words.
  • Sixth Ranger: After Bob defragments her, she joins the heroes.
  • Slasher Smile: Her "Homicidal Glee" mask is this, the source of many childhood nightmares.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Occasionally acts this way towards Bob.
  • Story-Breaker Power: After she makes a Heel–Face Turn, she's so powerful that she would render Matrix, Bob and the rest of the cast useless. Hex was then depowered in season 4 so Daemon could still be menacing though she is temporarily repowered for a fight against Daemon. She was ultimately killed so a returning Megabyte could become an even bigger threat.
  • Stripperiffic: Her default outfit consists of essentially bondage gear starting from season 3. Even when she gets a Good Costume Switch she keeps her corset, garterbelts, and stiletto heels.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Since Hex is so powerful she often has to be talked out of her plans, such as in The Medusa Bug:
    Bob: Peace and silence forever.
  • Telekinesis: Enough to toss Bob around like a rag doll if she so chooses.
  • Victory Is Boring: There was one time where her Evil Plan actually worked. She won. There was nothing Bob or anyone could do about it. "Peace and silence forever" as Bob put it. She had a panic attack and reversed the damage. Though it was less "Victory Is Boring" and more "That particular victory would be boring", because with everything in eternal, unchanging stone, she was now in a stagnant, predictable, orderly world, which as a self-described Queen of Chaos, was anathema to her.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She's loved Bob pretty much from the beginning. As she says, she enjoys the chaos he brings into her life. She'll still try to delete him if he wrecks one of her plans.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: As of Season 4, Hex's motivation boils down to "save Bob at all costs", including returning to her viral, insane self without hesitation and performing a Heroic Sacrifice in order to keep him alive.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Though she retains her powers after having her head unscrambled, leading her to do things such as teleport an entire invading army out of the city because Bob asked her nicely.
    • When she gets depowered in Season 4 though, she mellows out even more. And when changed back, even more powerful than before, she goes right back to being crazy.
    • Hex's madness may in fact be a subversion, believe it or not. Her fusing with Megabyte into Gigabyte implies that she could be a lot more destructive if she wanted to, but she finds fighting Megabyte and causing chaos in Mainframe to be a lot more fun. Gigabyte shows what happens when a No-Nonsense Nemesis gets ahold of that kind of power.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Is unable to fend off a Web-infected Megabyte in Gigabyte due to having much of her power drained in the previous episode, Nullzilla.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for laughs; she jokes that she loves children but could never eat a whole one.
  • Yandere: As she softens towards Bob she becomes sweeter towards him, though she's still dangerous to anyone else around. Especially towards anyone trying to hurt Bob.

    Gigabyte 
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Voiced by: Blu Mankuma

Gigabyte is the combined form of Megabyte and Hexadecimal forced together by the Web creature. When he first appeared, his only stated goal was to absorb energy and reach his full potential. It's revealed much later that Gigabyte came first, and an accident split him into Megabyte and Hexadecimal. Originally a virus named Killabyte who had failed to take over the supercomputer, he was set to be deleted before receiving a "viral upgrade" into the monster he is now. Dr. Matrix's experiment to contact other systems pulled Gigabyte into Mainframe, which had the effects of destroying the twin system into Lost Angles, and splitting him into his two composite pieces.


Tropes associated with Gigabyte

  • Big "NO!": The defeat he suffers in his eponymous episode leads him to make one of these.
  • Catchphrase: "I am become Gigabyte, destroyer of systems!"
  • Energy Absorption: In his first appearance, he's unable to use Hexadecimal's Reality Warper powers, and goes about stealing the energy from anything he can get his claws on to unlock his full potential.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Gigabyte's voice is just as deep and menacing as Megabyte's, with his lack of Megabyte's affected charm making him, if possible, even more threatening.
  • Fusion Dance: Between Megabyte and Hexadecimal. It's later revealed that he was the original.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Gigabyte is dangerous enough for Bob to broadcast an alert across the entire Net to warn his fellow Guardians about the super virus and call for help.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As Megabyte and Hexadecimal split off from him, he's indirectly responsible for most events of the series, save Daemon, and is actually the reason Bob came to Mainframe in the first place.
  • The Juggernaut: Gigabyte is nigh-on invulnerable to everything, and this is in his weakened state.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Lacking Hex's lunacy or Megabyte's charm, Gigabyte is played as an absolutely terrifying, dire threat, a prelude to the Darker and Edgier tone the series would fall into after his appearance.
  • Near-Villain Victory: He comes this close to claiming the energy in Mainframe's core.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Gigabyte doesn't have Hex's madness nor Megabyte's ego or greed. He sets himself to a goal and sticks with it. When Bob sends Glitch, a considerable source of power, away, in an effort to keep it from Gigabyte, the virus simply remarked that taking the energy from two Sprites would do just as well.
  • Red Right Hand: His right hand is a grizzly three digit claw with long yellow nails.
  • Shout-Out: His above quote is a modified line from Bhagavad Gita.
    "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Has a very bulky upper body.
  • White Mask of Doom: His face is white, an allusion to Hexadecimal.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Phong and Bob note that Gigabyte is lacking enough energy to use Hexadecimal's higher-level powers, probably because Hex herself was drained of energy by the nulls before her Fusion Dance with Megabyte. He spends all his time trying to gain enough energy to use Hex's powers, and even in his weakened state the heroes have to take drastic actions to beat him. If Gigabyte had been at full power when he fused, the heroes likely wouldn't have stood a chance.

    Scuzzy 
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Scuzzy is Hexadecimal's familiar. He is a small, cat-like creature who lives with his mistress in her lair, and serves as her pet and spy. He has a domed view screen on top of his head that can record anything he has witnessed and is small enough to sneak into any area undetected (even Silicon Tor). He is very cunning, sly, and extremely loyal to Hex - although he isn't ignorant of the fact that she's crazy.


Tropes associated with Scuzzy:

    Daemon 
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Voiced by: Colombe Demers

Daemon is by far the most powerful virus to ever hit the Net. She's a kind and gentle person when you talk to her, but she can enslave entire systems with a touch, will sacrifice any number of troops to achieve her goals, and is out to crash the entire Net.


Tropes associated with Daemon include:

  • Affably Evil: Her personality is no act; she's a truly nice and angelic person who just happens to also want to cause the apocalypse.
  • A God Am I: In contrast to Megabyte, who ran his throng of Viral Binomes like a totalitarian dictatorship, Daemon's organization is more akin to a religious cult. Amusingly, she even gets a (literal) TV Evangelist and a chorus of Faceless Goons singing gospel music about her.
  • Anti-Villain: She wishes to spread her influence so that she can unite the entire Net. Unfortunately, her idea of unity involves infecting everybody with her fanatical brainwashing abilities and commanding all of them to self-destruct, creating a total system crash in an "All Are Equal in Death" sort of way.
  • Apocalypse How: She would have crashed the entire Net. For the people in the series, that would likely be equivalent to Galactic or Universal on the trope's scale of scope.
  • Baddie Flattery: She's very polite and considerate, and speaks admirably of the main character's love... Though some things she cannot tolerate.
  • Benevolent Boss: Being Affably Evil, not that much phases her, so when Daecon apologizes for his failures in conquering Mainframe, she easily forgives him. With that said, Daecon eventually finds out that she has her limits and will tolerate failure up to a point.
  • Berserk Button: She seems to despise Viruses turned Sprites, given her reaction to Hex. It should be noted, however, that her "berserk" never rises above mild annoyance (though she does trash Hex in the process). It's just weird because otherwise she's never seen to be anything but completely happy and polite, even when ordering her followers to commit suicide or getting shot at.
    • She'll also apparently easily retract her feelings if the "offense" is changed. When Hex becomes her viral, psychotic old self again and fights Daemon, Daemon says "Why do you wish to stand against me? You are a virus; we should be friends."
  • Big Bad: She took over the entire Net at one point.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Due to her function, she's unable to feel love or go against her programming, which compels her to infect and destroy all systems.
  • Compelling Voice: Up to Eleven. Sprites and Binomes inside a system she infects will happily go to their deaths for her sake.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Following Megabyte, an Obviously Evil beast of a virus who embodied Dark Is Evil carried out atrocities with an affable façade and never had any illusions of his actions serving any greater good than his own twisted ego, we have Daemon, an angelic, petite woman who is an example of Light Is Not Good, whose affable qualities are genuine, and who sees her goals as beneficial for the Net. Furthermore, Megabyte was an extremely personal enemy for Mainframe, which he is obsessed with conquering, while Daemon is a far more distant figure who sees Mainframe as just one more system among the countless she's already infected.
    • Also to Hexadecimal. While Hex is a Chaotic Evil virus who has the power to destroy but lacks the sanity and will to do so, Daemon is a Lawful Evil virus with no such qualms and just as much power.
  • Dark Messiah: Mike even acts as her televangelist as she seeks to cause the end of the Net.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: She calls Mike Michel, and has a french accent.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: When she fights Hexadecimal. She is the oblivion, Hex is the evil.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: She looks more like a Sprite than a supervirus. However, she is far stronger than her appearance suggests.
  • Flying Brick: She flies, her finger can block the attack from a Mech that smacked Megabyte across the room, and she can go toe to toe with a super-powered Hexadecimal.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: In this case, it is more like getting ":-D" Copied and Pasted Into Your Code, which is a secondary part of her infection. All of her brainwashed slaves are blissed out.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Evil variation - her servants will prefer non-violent methods, no matter how deadly the opposition. Of course, she can afford the losses.
  • Interim Villain: Fills in for Megabyte as the main antagonist until he returns from the Web.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: She is an angelic woman with a French accent waging her own "Holy crusade" to unite the Net, complete with her own eventual "martyrdom".
  • The Juggernaut: Daemon is nearly unstoppable. She doesn't even react to threats with physical force because she's almost impossible to damage and just mind controls them instead. It takes an empowered Hexadecimal to even slow her down.
  • Karma Houdini: Daemon dies fulfilling her function; her plans are only defeated by the skin of the heroes' teeth, and Daemon herself is never made to pay for her crimes.
  • Knight Templar: She thinks the only surefire way to eliminate pain, war, and fighting is to eliminate all existence.
  • Light Is Not Good: She's pretty and angelic, with a sweet and polite nature. But she's also out to destroy the entire Net.
  • Mind Control: Her main ability is to enslave people to her whims.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: She's effectively indestructible. When Mouse tries to cut off her head with her sword, it not only fails to hurt Daemon, it doesn't even cut her hair, while Mouse's sword shatters on contact.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Her plan basically involves committing genocide.
  • Reality Warper: When shot at with an exploding bullet, she reserves its explosion and reassembles the bullet. Note that this took place in the infected super computer.
  • The Virus: She takes over the entire Net.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Her followers love her, but only because of the infection. Daemon is thus fascinated by what AndrAIa tells her about the love she and Matrix have for each other.
  • You Have Failed Me: When one of her infected aides, Deacon, fails in his attempt to invade Mainframe, Daemon whispers a series of "ones" and "zeros" to him in binary code. He then continues the sequence, before ending with a final "...oh". He then explodes.

Other Characters

    The User 

The User is the owner of the computer that is Mainframe. He is He Who Must Not Be Seen because he's a human living in the real world, but he still plays a major role in the series, acting as an antagonist during the games. He is viewed by most of the inhabitants of Mainframe as some sort of god. Capable of both great evils (such as the sector-nullifying games) and goods (new files). The User is generally seen in game cubes under the guise of a Player Character which the inhabitants of Mainframe have to stop from winning.


Tropes associated with The User:
  • Ambiguous Gender: The use of male pronouns is purely conjectural, as we only ever see the User's input into the computer system. Most of the User's game avatars are male or have no discernible gender (pilotless vehicles, for instance), with the notable exception of the Barbie doll User from "Game Over".
  • Cavalier Competitor: The user of Mainframe appears to be a casual gamer, never playing the same title twice nor bothering to familiarize themselves with quirky control schemes of older games.
  • Collective Identity: It isn't exactly clear whether every game is played by the same User, so there may be more than one.
  • Deus ex Machina: Or rather, god outside the machine. His game cubes fill that role often; when they don't, they serve only to make a situation worse by dropping at the worst times possible. The User himself performs that role more directly at the end of season 3 when he initiates a system restore to save Mainframe after a system crash. His role is even lampshaded by Dot:
    Where's a game cube when you NEED one.
    • At least Turbo sees the User as a godlike being, as exemplified when Daemon infects Mainframe:
    She's here. User, have mercy on the Net.
  • For the Evulz: The writers of Gigabyte and Daemon. Using their knowledge not to profit, but to create dangerous viruses that would crash all computers (including their own) around the globe, thus rendering themselves obsolete in the wake of the impending information Dark Age.
  • Game of Nerds: The user of the system seen in episode Number 7 is obsessed with golf. Matrix finding himself stuck there, and in a fatalistic slump, was soon sick of the sport.
  • God in Human Form: In the games they'll, depending on the game itself, control a playable sprite, but for them it's merely an avatar.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Their negligence over maintaining and updating their computers often, cause viruses to spread and infiltrate many networks, tears to crop up, and of course, inevitable crashes.
  • The Ghost: The User never makes a physical appearance. All we ever see are the characters' interactions with his player characters.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: The User is a dangerous implacable foe in the games, a creator of viruses that plague the Net, provider of upgrades, and repairer of the system.
  • Obliviously Evil: The User obviously has no way to know that just playing a game on his computer can cause all sorts of suffering for the people living within. Guardian Bob is also of the opinion no user would ever knowingly release a killer-virus upon the Net (poor naive Bob).
  • Spirited Competitor: The user of the Supercomputer, much like the user of the ruined system in the episode Icons are hardcore gamers, and will only play the hardest and fastest titles on the market.

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