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  • Ascended Fanon: "Lyoko-Warriors" ("Lyoko-Guerriers" in French) originally was a name given to the protagonists by the French fans. Starting with season 3, the characters in-story started using it as their official name.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Barbara Weber-Scaff as Ulrich and Kiwi, and Sharon Mann as Jérémie — and that's just the main cast.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ulrich, Jérémie, Odd, Yumi, Milly, Tamiya, and Kiwi popped up in a short produced a year before Garage Kids called "Les Enfants". The only one with noticeable design differences is Ulrich.
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  • Executive Meddling: The reason why the show was so formulaic in Season 1. Executives thought that a serial plot-line would confuse viewers. Also, look below at What Could Have Been concerning the Garage Kids concept.
  • Fan Nickname: One particular week in North America, every episode of Code Lyoko featured XANA targeting Yumi. This became known as the "Pick on Yumi Week". Notable in that this term became so expressive, it was even noted on The Other Wiki for awhile!
  • He Also Did: Storyboard artist Thomas Astruc was also a storyboard supervisor on Totally Spies! and would later go on to create another French CGI cartoon, Miraculous Ladybug.
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  • Inspiration for the Work: According to an interview with Word of God, it was inspired by Serial Experiments Lain. Yeah.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Until 2011, only Season 1 and the first five episodes of Season 2 were out on DVD before Funimation quietly dropped the title. (Funnily enough, the Season 2 DVD advertises a further volume that was never released.) Due to the popularity of the series and the rarity of the DVD, it was ultra expensive. So you were pretty much on your own until all four seasons were put out on iTunes in late 2010/early 2011. Eventually (as of December 2011) all four seasons were released on DVD, but considering the last airing of the show was 4 years prior, it was a long wait for many fans.
    • During the summer of 2015, however, an official YouTube channel was set up, uploading an episode every week, though this became rather sporadic and inconsistent during the uploading of Season 2. After that, the channel returned to weekly updates for Season 3 and remained consistent for Season 4, finishing up the series in mid-July.
  • Missing Episode:
    • Eight episodes — including the last seven — wound up not making broadcast and were shown only on Cartoon Network's online video service. Executive Meddling is suspected.
    • In the Cartoon Network run, a major plot element was left unexplained because of a missing episode. "Lab Rat" was the episode where Jérémie developed the technology to translate the Lyoko Warriors' avatars into the physical world, but it was never officially shown for reasons only known to the people at CN. Thus, as far as the viewers were concerned, Ulrich and Yumi teleporting into XANA's factory looked like a complete Ass Pull.
  • No Export for You: Only two of the CL novels have been released in French, the show's mother tongue, and they were in no language but Italian for a year and a half. An English release will likely never occur, and fans have taken it upon themselves to translate it.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Although Matthew Geczy is most remembered as Odd's English voice actor, he was voiced by Christophe Caballero in the episodes "Teddygozilla" and "Log Book".
    • Although Jodi Forrest is most remembered as Sissi's English voice actress, she was voiced by Christine Flowers in earlier episodes.
    • This also occurs when different voice actors voice the same background character between episodes. For instance, Barbara Weber-Schaff, Mirabelle Kirkland, Sharon Mann, and Jodi Forrest have all voiced Heidi Klinger.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: The last seven episodes wound up not making broadcast and were shown only on Cartoon Network's online video service.
  • Screwed by the Network: At the end of the fourth season, Cartoon Network, with no reason given, dropped the show, leaving eight episodes to be killed off on their horrible online video service. They then gave the show a brief 6 AM slot for reruns a few months later before killing it off entirely. And it got them good ratings. A Cartoon Network executive confirmed on his Twitter that he personally disliked the show.
  • Talking to Himself: Egregiously, given that there are only so many English voice actors in France:
    • All of the voices are done by seven people, each of whom has one main role and then several minor roles (with the exception of Paul Bandey, who is only Franz Hopper). Jérémie and Aelita are the same person, for one. So are Jim and William. Sharon Mann, as both Jérémie and Aelita, is not just talking to herself, she's romancing herself!
    • All background characters are quite noticeably major characters with a slightly different inflection. The only exceptions are Ben of the Subdigitals, who is voiced by Noam Kaniel (who also sings the theme song), and a purported background cameo in "The Secret" by three fans who visited the studio during recording.
  • Throw It In!: In the episode "Tidal Wave", Odd's final line, "I'm so hungry!", was ad-libbed by his dub actor.
  • Trope Namer: For Super Smoke.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Garage Kids, in spades. One YouTube user who commented put it best:
      I would have liked to see how the series would have turned out if it were done this way. Edgier art in the world, more detail in Lyoko, Ulrich as a badass silent protagonist, and epic music? Yes please.
      • Major details would've been a murkier dividing line concerning the real and virtual worlds, as the characters were meant to retain their powers in both, along with a serial story-line that would've lasted for 26 episodes. Due to Executive Meddling, this did not come to pass. Thomas Romain would eventually clarify that had the original premise been made, it would've been akin to a mix of Lain and Dennou Coil, and following on that, would've been darker than what Season 1 turned out to be.
    • Combined with Early Installment Weirdness, the Season One show bible contains many different ideas than what was provided in latter seasons.
    • William's original name was going to be Orlando, but it was quickly dropped.
    • Some concepts that were planned for Season 4, such as Ulrich having a visor on his outfit and Odd having larger claws, were scrapped, along with several proposed monster designs. Two Replika-based episodes were also cut from the season.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Code Lyoko Wiki.


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