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  • Author Existence Failure: Tony Jay's death means that Megabyte got a new voice for The Guardian Code, Timothy E. Brummund, who actually does a damn good impression of Jay.
  • Casting Gag: Michael Donovan voices the Barbarian User in the episode titled Icons. Appropriate since he voiced Conan in Conan the Adventurer.
    • Mike the TV's rebooting into a barbarian warrior in "Wizards, Warriors and A Word From Our Sponsors" may also be considered one as well.
  • The Danza: A unique example; the City of Adventure itself is named after the animation studio that created the show. In a more straightforward example, AndrAIa's original voice actress was Andrea Libman — different spelling, but pronounced the same way.
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  • Dawson Casting: Averted. Young Enzo was played by a real kid and the production replaced the voice actor with another kid as their voice changed. One voice actor returned several years later to portray a different character.
  • Development Gag: In "The Medusa Bug" Phong explains that extended period being Taken for Granite by the Medusa Bug will eventually decompile low energy programs and up to high energy programs, showing an evolutionary chart of sorts displaying the hierarchy (street lamps - binomes - sprites). On the chart is a step between humanoid sprites and binomes of more blocky-looking humanoid form, which was the intended appearance of the main characters before they had the graphical power at what the show was eventually produced at.
    • Enzo's design has some assets from Bob's earlier incarnation such as his shoulder pads and red robotic like shoes.
  • Development Hell: The show's concept was conceived in the early 80s but due to the underdeveloped CGI and limited technology at the time the show was only seen in concept until the early-90s when the show began development until the desired graphical look and episode producing speed.
    • The revival movie was announced on June 1st, 2008. As of April 2013, all that's come of that has been a teaser trailer and a single concept image, both released in 2009.
    • The Guardian Code project seemed to have been stuck in here for a while, finally releasing on Netflix in March 2018.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Preceeding the Pixar revolution, the series was created as part of an untested medium. There were no animation or special FX studios at the time that could handle the rigors of a completely CGI series. Mainframe Entertainment was created for ReBoot, there was no Pilot episode because the cost of equipment and other things required either a full season or nothing.
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    • During late production of season 2, Michael Benyaer who voiced Bob, moved to L.A. to pursue his movie career. That didn't stop him from returning to Vancouver to record his lines, with all the expenses coming out of his own pocket.
  • Executive Meddling: Many aspects of the show had to be changed due to censorship issues from the Broadcast Standards and Practices department at ABC. The creators understood at least some of the changes, even if they did not agree with themnote . However, some of the requirements were downright ridiculous. When celebrating Enzo's birthday, Dot (his sister) was not allowed to kiss him on the cheek since it was thought to be too incestuous. Ian Pearson, one of the creators, stated that he found the reasoning behind that decision "...one of the sickest things I've heard."
    • The show frequently lampshaded and lampooned the ABC censors and their decisions, with explicit references to the BS&P. There was even a song about it, set to the tune of YMCA by The Village People with lyrics that represented the writers' rants about Executive Meddling.
    • Also lampshaded in the note above. Instead of trying to figure out how to get Bob through the sheet glass, they have the glass open around him by having Bob say "Glitch, BS&P."
    • When ABC dropped the show (it was fortunately picked up by other networks for the third season), they reference it in the Season Two finale during the Web War.
    Binome #1: The ABC's have turned on us!
    Binome #2: Traitorous dogs!
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  • Fake Nationality: Cécil's voice actor isn't French.
  • He Also Did: One of the show's executive producers is Steve Barron. You may remember him from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie or for Aha's music videos.
    • The Star Trek-inspired episode "Where No Sprite Has Gone Before" was written franchise regular by D.C. Fontana.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: "The Trias Effect", a filler mini-arc shown via Ad Bumpers, has never aired again and was left off the DVDs. Four out of five of the clips have been uploaded to YouTube, but all that remains of the third clip is the transcript and a handful of screenshots.
  • Name's the Same: Dot Matrix isn't the same Dot Matrix from Spaceballs, though they are both named after the dot matrix printers of old. Also, Dot shares the same name of a character from another hit show from 1993 called Animaniacs.
  • The Original Darrin: Michael Benyaer returns to voice Bob in Season 4, taking the role back from Ian James Corlett.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Ian James Corlett takes over voicing Bob in Season 3, after Michael Benyaer left the role due to relocating in-between seasons, and Bob briefly being Put on a Bus.
    • As a child, Enzo has been voiced by no less than five different actors. This was done because the creators wanted to have a child voice Enzo, so he had to keep getting re-cast. The fifth voice actor was used exclusively for the very young Enzo seen in flashbacks during season four.
    • Phillip Hayes voiced Hack in Season 1 and for most of Season 2. Scott McNeil took over from there and for the rest of the series.
  • Production Nickname: According to The Art of ReBoot, Daemon was known as "Joan of Arc" internally, and Welman Matrix's null body was known as "Jelly Welly".
  • Production Posse: The third season seems to have a thing for DC Comics writers, with Dan DiDio, Marv Wolfman, and Len Wein all writing multiple episodes.
    • Creators Gavin Blair and Ian Pearson and executive producer Steve Barron had previously worked with each other on Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" and Def Leppard's "Let's get Rocked".
  • Prop Recycling: Thanks to the high costs of CGI, models and backgrounds originating in ReBoot were reused in fellow Mainframe series Beast Wars (as well as follow-up Beast Machines) and Shadow Raiders.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Screwed by the Network: Once Disney bought ABC, this show and Sonic Sat AM were kicked out- and they soon underwent a transition to One Saturday Morning.
    • Got this big time from ITV in the UK, with episodes being pulled due to complaints from viewers about content during a children's TV slot, and the series finally getting dropped completely (it's never aired on British TV since then).
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot:
    • Enzo's upgrade in the episode "Talent Night" was due to his original character model being difficult to animate.
    • Megabyte crushing Glitch at the end of Season 2 later provided the writers the chance to give an in-universe explanation of the Darrin-ing of Bob's voice actor when Micheal Benyaer returned in Season 4, while still respecting Ian James Corlett's time as Bob's voice actor.
  • Un-Canceled: After the Grand Finale at the end of season three the show was on hiatus for three years, when it was suddenly brought back for season four.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The show went through a lot of changes in development because of technology limitations and other reasons as you can see in this pitch pilot and promo video.
      • In this early promo test animation from 1990, the show was more of a wacky comedy than a (soon to be) dramatic comedy. The characters spoke in technojargon more casually. Bob's name was Chip in early development and he had a more robotic design. Mainframe was a generic motherboard instead of a cyber city inside of a computer. Megabyte had a Chicago accent and was a less intimidating villain before Tony Jay was cast and he was legless. Viruses were only referred to as "Bad Data". Megabyte had a partner named Hacker who looked like Frankenstein's Monster, he eventually evolved into Hack and Slash.
      • In this pitch pilot from 1992, the show was going to have a more stylised look (as you can seen in this concept poster), and was going to have more slapstick humor. The sprites looked more human in appearance with human skin colors, which was changed to not confuse audiences into thinking the show took place in the future. Bob was not a guardian but instead a Game Champion. Dot was originally going to be a "ditsy waitress," but that idea was soon scrapped. Dot's Diner was originally called The Chip n' Sip Diner. Binomes were referred to as 1's and 0's and were more seen as construction workers. Most notably, the sprites possibly were helping the User beat the game, instead of going against the User; also, the Games were not seen as fatal to their world if the User wins— in fact, it seems like they were a pastime for the characters (or possibly seen as fatal if the user loses), as opposed to a giant purple cube that randomly lands in random areas of Mainframe.
      • This Third Video Promo of the series has Bob with a much more simplistic version of his final design and a Hexadecimal also with a more simplistic version of her final design also her pet Scussy having a more monster-ist design, Enzo has a slightly younger and bulkier design. The promo even maintains the same logo design from the previous promo.
    • There was going to be a pre-school spinoff series based around the Binomes, but the idea was ultimately scrapped.
    • There were some episodes and movies that were planned but either changed, scrapped, or never aired.
      • The original plans for season 4 was to make 3 TV Movies broken up into 12 parts capt off by a 13th musical epilog but due to budgetary reasons, the season was reduced to 2 TV Movies broken up into 8 parts leaving the show on a cliffhanger, With some bonus scenes cut entirely.
      • A film called TeraByte Rising was planned after the Season 2 finale but was scrapped when the 3rd season was greenlit.
      • The episode "Talent Night" was drastically different mainly for budget reasons, it took place in Dot's Diner on Enzo's birthday on a rainy day.
      • There was a making-of episode that never aired, but it can be found online.
      • The Art of Reboot features concept art for a scrapped episode that would feature a Wizard of Oz parody, with Hexadecimal as the Wicked Witch.
  • Word of God: While not explained in the show until the fourth season, it was revealed by Gavin Blair after the second season episode "Gigabyte" that Megabyte and Hexadecimal were originally one supremely powerful virus, split into two more manageable forms. It makes the events of that episode a little more understandable.
  • Writer Revolt: Towards the end of Season 2, the show began to become more serialized and less concerned with censorship rules. According to Gavin Blair, this was because the writers knew ABC was intending to drop the show, so they felt they had no reason to play by the network's rules anymore.
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