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"Cyberchase! We're moving, we're beating Hacker at his game..."
Opening theme

Cyberchase is an Edutainment Show that has aired on PBS from 2002 to 2020 for twelve seasons; until 2006, the show was a co-production of WNET New York and Nelvana of Canada; WNET had produced the show on its own since then.

The series revolves around a trio of kids, Jackie, Inez, and Matt, and their robotic bird friend (known as a "cyboid") Digit, who go Inside The Internet. They have been called upon by Motherboard to help defend and repair Cyberspace from the evil schemes of The Hacker, who is not a playful one, or even human, but an evil cyborg whose goal is to conquer all of Cyberspace and spread chaos. The Hacker used to be Motherboard's assistant; however, he tried to destroy her by downloading a virus into her. Luckily, her firewall was able to stop the damage from being too severe, but still left her in a weakened state, thus forcing her to recruit Jackie, Matt, and Inez from Earth to help defend Cyberspace.


Most episodes involve the children traveling to a unique "Cybersite" (a planet-like body in Cyberspace) to thwart the Hacker's latest scheme. The original general Story Arc involved the kids trying to retrieve a new and rare Encryptor Chip (a device of Motherboard's destroyed by Hacker's virus, that would enable her to completely recover). Recent seasons have shifted focus to Hacker trying to reverse his decayed villain image, and a newer villain, Ledge, trying to usurp Hacker's spot as the top villain in Cyberspace.

On PBS airings, the episodes end with a live-action segment (called "Cyberchase For Real"), where a pair of recurring characters, Harry (played by Matthew Wilson) and Bianca (played by Bianca Degroat) and their recurring nemeses (Harley and Sleazé) demonstrate how the episode's math lesson can be used in their own lives.


After a 3 year hiatus, the series premiered its ninth season in November 2013. The episodes for this season focused on environmental and ecological themes. It continued to occasionally air new episodes until May 2020.

Has no relation to Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.

Includes examples of:

  • Alien Sky: Many cybersites have unusual sky colors, but usually aren't too strange. Stranger is cyberspace itself - as shown in the above image, everything exists in a green void, with vast strands of binary code, strange indeterminate structures, and floating masses of matter resembling printed circuit boards strewn throughout.
  • All There in the Manual: The crab prince's friends are identified as Stringie and Bow in the captioning and nowhere else.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: A bit of a Broken Aesop in that no character is ever seen going from 'evil' to 'good' for real. Justified in that that would complicate the plot and not make it a show about math and science.
  • And Call Him "George"!: Delete wants a bunny he can love, keep, and call George.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: From "Lost My Marbles":
    Motherboard: I am Motherboard. (...) I am protector of all Cyberspace.
    Inez: Right. And I'm Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • Art Evolution: Inverted; the sixth season transitioned to Flash animation, causing the movements to end up getting rather cheap-looking and stilted.
  • Bad Boss: Hacker frequently yells at and insults his henchmen.
  • Badass Pacifist: Master Pi comes up with a plan to drive off Hacker without resorting to violence.
  • Big Damn Movie: The Cyberchase Movie.
  • Big Good: Motherboard is essentially the god of cyberspace. Unfortunately, her position has been somewhat compromised.
  • Berserk Button: Mainly by Inez, but Matt sometimes:
    • Inez being called "short" or "tiny".
    • Inez being called "Nezzie," although this usually only applies to Matt.
      Matt: "Okay, okay Nezzie!"
      Inez: "Don't call me Nezzie...Matthew."
      * beat*
    • Matt, whenever Slider shows him up.
  • Continuity Nod: Lots of recurring characters and the story arcs that are actually present always reference earlier ones.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: The bad guys Motherboard invited to Control Central in "The Case of the Missing Memory"
  • Cowardly Lion: Digit acts the most freaked out about everything in general, yet still plows headlong into dangerous situations when needed.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Played for dark laughs in the episode where Hacker sets up a noisy, annoying robot so as to make various worlds surrender. The kids notice the cassette playing the sound is guarded by lasers, and they calculate the exact amount of rope that Digit needs to hover just above them. Hacker comes to bust them, and reveals the off-switch for the lasers. As Matt puts it, "Why didn't we think of that?"
  • Crapsaccharine World: All the worlds fit in their own cozy niche and feature relatively happy citizens, but are constantly being threatened by Hacker.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Slider's father Coop. He had to go on the run from Hacker and couldn't put his son in danger.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Delete got to have at least one in the Fairy Borg Father.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Played With in the odds episode, as the Hacker is deceived in this manner. When Matt's yo-yo outside one of two doors, the Hacker believes the Cybersquad had been launched into cyberspace and chooses to go through the other door. He winds up getting launched into cyberspace instead as the protagonists watch from a safe distance before admitting they were merely guessing which door would launch the unlucky opener into cyberspace at random.
  • Depending on the Writer: Is Hacker's wig gel used for styling his wig or gluing it to his head? Does it come in cubes or a tube? Considering what Hacker's like, this inconsistency might actually make sense.
    • Magnetite has this on certain occasions. While we're told the stuff has varying effects on cyber citizens, in at least one episode, it has the effect of making any cyber citizen that isn't Digit fall asleep. However, the Magnetite in that episode was a different color than the Magnetite that first appeared, so Magnetite may come in different varieties.
  • Deranged Animation: Everything in Poddleville is this. Jackie even notes on it.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Hacker does this during a racing challenge and a cooking challenge. However, during the latter competition, it ends up backfiring on him since the last part of the competition doesn't allow cellphone service so he can simply have someone else make the souffle for him.
  • Dilating Door: In the episode where the Cybersquad meets Ava, the very impractical door that they use to get into the factory.
  • Disappeared Dad: Slider's father Coop. Eventually fixed when the Cybersquad helps Slider rescue him.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Part of the design for all the characters and especially evident in the non-humanoid ones.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: On a few occasions, Digit will be restricted from flying. Notably, he is the first to fall victim to Hackerization, which would naturally prevent him from shutting off the device at the top of a mountain.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The original pilot, "The Poddleville Case" is full of this. It's full of Deranged Animation and bizarre jazz music, Digit doesn't appear (he is mentioned, however), and the Grim Wreaker has a black front window, instead of an orange one. Also the "Cyberchase For Real" segment is hosted by an unnamed African American host and not by either Bianca or Harry. It was produced at least three years before the show debuted (tested in 1999, aired as a sneak peek in March 2000 on WNET).
    • Season one is the only season where Motherboard isn't CGI; the font for some of the end credits is different (and a lot harder to read), and the Nelvana logo is a still print logonote .
  • Easily Conquered World: Cyberspace is typically in danger of being conquered by Hacker. On one occasion, he didn't even need to lift a finger in order to conquer cybernates. Nowadays, other villains have threatened to take over Cyberspace, such as Wicked or Ledge.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Hacker in one episode, when he became the King of Happily-Ever-After.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Inez hates it when Matt calls her "Nezzie".
  • Endangered Soufflé: Matt and Digit are competing in a televised cooking competition with Hacker and Delete. Delete tries to sabotage Matt and Digit's soufflé by creating a loud noise to make it fall flat, but Digit, who has repeatedly been stated throughout the series to have some degree of cooking skill, says that it was possible to re-inflate the soufflé by using a certain number of drops of water on it at a certain rate.
  • Enemy Mine: The final episode of season 8 has the Cybersquad teaming up with Hacker to defeat Ledge.
  • Exposed to the Elements:
    • Inez and Jackie. In certain episodes when they travel to very cold or snowy cybersites, both girls are well protected at least from the waist up, but Inez still wears shorts. And if you thought that was bad, Jackie still wears an even tinier skirt, which leaves the majority of her legs open to freezing temperatures!
    • Even Cyber-citizens have this too sometimes.
  • Expy: Anyone who's watched Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog will notice how similar Hacker is to Robotnik. They're both the Large Ham Big Bads of their respective series, and Hacker's lackeys are also expies of Scratch and Grounder. Granted, Hacker is still a pretty funny villain.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Before the events of the pilot, Hacker turned against Motherboard.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In one episode, the Cybersquad has Digit disguise himself as a robotic double of Hacker when the latter is attempting to destroy Symmetria. The guise they assemble for him is almost perfect......except they forgot about Hacker's pocket protector, allowing the real Hacker to expose Digit as a fake to his cronies.
  • Fake Defector: Almost every (if not all the) time that Digit goes back to Hacker's side. Similarly Delete has claimed he wants to join the heroes on a couple of occasions; it's never true and usually a trap.
  • Fantastic Measurement System: The show occasionally refers to distances or lengths in "cybermiles" and "cyberinches", and weights in "cybergrams". However, the occasional mention of "inches", "meters", etc. (without the "cyber-" prefix) is seen.
  • Fat and Skinny: Buzz (short and stout) and Delete (thin)
  • Foreshadowing: The events of "Hackerized" don't seem so out of the blue when you remember that it was repeatedly shown that the Earthlings can eat and drink various foodstuffs in Cyberspace.
  • For Want of a Nail: If the kids didn't argue over who uses a library map, then Hacker wouldn't have infected Motherboard and the whole show wouldn't have happened in the first place.
  • Glitch Entity: Cyberstatic is a large amount of electrical energy that can scramble the data that makes up a Cybersite and reduces the site to a glitchy mess. In "Battle of the Equals" Hacker infects three Cybersites with cyberstatic and infects Motherboard's Control Central with a far heavier dose.
  • Grim Up North: The Hacker's home is the Northern Frontier.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Happens frequently so. One of the later episodes featured several of the most recent characters teaming up with the regular Cybersquad, effectively tripling the cast. They had to be divided into multiple teams to defeat Hacker's challenges.
  • Halloween Town: Castleblanca, complete with creepy organ soundtrack and The Night That Never Ends. Naturally, it's the setting of the show's first Halloween Episode.
  • Harmless Villain: Buzz and Delete aren't very dangerous despite Buzz being fairly intelligent. Hacker himself has these moments from time and time.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Digit used to be one of Hacker's henchmen along with Buzz and Delete, but he left Hacker and joined the heroes' side after he betrayed Motherboard.
  • Home Field Advantage: In one episode, the gang visit Radopolis and compete in a skate-off with the villains, where they find themselves losing at first because the competition rink is different from the practice rink due to Hacker's villainous meddling.
  • Identity Amnesia: Hacker in "Raising the Bar." He gets better.
  • Idiot Hero: Matt, at times, though it's more a result of his recklessness than him actually not being bright.
  • I Have Your Wife: Capturing Marbles has no leverage for Motherboard, since if he's released then he can repair her with an encryptor chip. The kids on the other hand, would be easy pickings to make Motherboard relent to Hacker or at least bargain with him. Fortunately, negotiations never go past the "I have your wife" video call on the rare occasion that Hacker manages to nab them.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Inverted with the Hacker. Just look at that thing.
  • Large Ham: Hacker. Jackie also has a habit of announcing that they're "DOOMED!" very loudly.
    Jackie: Cyberspace is doomed, doomed I tell you, DOOOOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-OOMED!
  • Leitmotif:
    • Listen for a soft techno beat when the kids go into educational mode. Familiar to those with dial-up Internet.
    • The victory theme.
    • Crisis Zone.
    • Buzz and Delete's theme.
  • Licensed Game: Quite a few were made on the PBS Kids website.
    • There's also two Cd-rom games released, Cyberchase- Castleblanca Quest and Carnival Chaos.
  • Lots of Luggage: One of the Cyberchase For Real segments had Bianca going camping with her friend. The friend mocks her for taking three bags. Bianca says it's nothing, only for the friend to open one bag and remove a sequined party dress.
  • Lucky Rabbit's Foot: One episode had Hacker attempting to kidnap a rabbit to complete his lucky charm collection.
  • MacGuffin: the Encryptor Chip, at least in the early seasons. Some episodes or arcs will have specific items that the heroes need to obtain to resolve the plot.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Part of Wicked's plot in "A Broom of One's Own".
    • In "Spellbound", she casts a spell on all the citizens of Pompadoria to make them adore her and do whatever she says.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: In one episode, the Monster of the Week [Kaiju Choocrocca]] turns out to be a mother protecting her baby. They use the baby's body proportions to figure out how tall the mother is from her footprint, and use that to narrow down which cave she's hiding in.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Digit used to work for Hacker, but joins Motherboard's side when he learns of Hacker's evil doings. Expanded material on the website reveals that Hacker forcibly dragged him onto his exile ship, so he was always a Minion with an F in Evil and tried to sabotage Hacker.
  • The Movie: Season 9 featured The Cyberchase Movie, a two-part, hour-long special in which the Cybersquad learn about the importance of living space in animals' habitats. They also re-encounter Dr. Marbles; and yes, they once again get the better of Hacker.
  • Moving the Goalposts: When engaging in a skating competition against Hacker in Radopolis, Hacker reveals there's a rule that allows him to change the real arena if he wins a current round. The kids figure out that while the perimeter is the same, the area is smaller after the first two rounds. Jackie bombs her segment, Matt does fairly well despite faceplanting, and Inez eventually realizes that she needs to do small tricks to fit in the arena, getting a full score. They then turn the tables on Hacker and use the rule to make the area even smaller and mess with his last skater.
  • Never Say "Die"
    Digit: Excuse me! We're talkin' life and d- you know what here!
    Hacker: Oh, just a swarming cloud of envy and disease; death and destruction; wickedness and misfortune - and there's nothing that Motherboard can do to stop it!
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Digit idolized the current champion of "The Fearless Chef" (a cross between Iron Chef and The Amazing Race) but when Jackie and Inez tried to rescue him after he was kidnapped, he was quickly revealed as a bit of a Jerkass. And a coward.
  • The Napoleon: Inez does not take kindly to being called small or any of its synonyms.
    • Interestingly, in an episode about proportion, she has no problem whatsoever with calling herself the smallest (the kids were comparing footprints).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the very first episode, "Lost your Marbles", we learn that it was the kids' attempt to use a library map that allowed Hacker to breach Motherboard's defenses.
    • After Hacker's first attempt to destroy Motherboard, Dr. Marbles elected to banish him to the Northern Frontier rather than decommission him. This would come back to bite them all back later when Hacker returned with the virus that crippled Motherboard.
    • In "The Snelfu Snafu: Part 1" the group enters an auction to win a copy of the Encryptor Chip that will fix Motherboard's virus. It turns out that the contest was actually set up by Hacker who created a fake Encryptor Chip. Once inserted into Motherboard's computer she is overwritten and replaced by Hacker, allowing him to take over Cyberspace for the first time!
  • No Ending: Because of how the show seems to keep coming back after several years, it never ended with either Hacker being arrested or Motherboard being fixed from the virus.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Hacker will shift between this and Harmless Villain depending on the occasion and how dire the show gets.
  • Notzilla: Chewcrocca
  • Out-of-Character Alert: In the episode featuring Merlin's Maze, a letter from Matt Sherri finds really from Hacker has three, all of which are pointed out after the fact: 1) Matt hates his full name so he'd never sign anything as "Matthew", 2) being your average 11-year-old boy, he would never sign anything with a heart and 3) he has no idea what Merlin's Maze is or where it is.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Hacker often uses transparent disguises to trick the protagonists. As fair play goes, he also sometimes falls for them.
  • Pet the Dog: Anytime Hacker decides to show he has a heart.
    • Buzz and Delete overall have a lot more of these than Hacker, including a literal dog petting moment when they watch over and play with Presto, the magician's dog, and grow quite attached to him.
  • Pig Latin: In "Codename: Icky" when Matt (attempts) to use a code to talk to Inez and Jackie; Hacker quickly proves he understands it just fine, forcing them to try something else.
  • Pilot: Episode 7 "The Poddleville Case" was created as the series pilot in 1999, evident from having different character designs and music from the rest of the series. The 1999 version was released on the Internet Archive in 2021, and still has some differences from the version that aired as part of the series in 2002, including:
    • The show's logo was different originally.
    • In the original version of the episode, everyone had a different voice actor.
    • Jackie serves as the narrator during the pilot, presenting the episode like it was a flashback. Additionally, two scenes at the beginning and end of the episode featuring her were removed, the opening one shows her about to make breakfast before being summoned to Cyberspace, and the closing one shows her resuming her breakfast and deciding she'd rather have cereal than eggs.
    • Certain lines were redone, removed, or added between the original version and the aired version. Notably, the power pods are always referred to as "eggs" in the original.
    • The portal sequence was redone between the original and aired versions to have it look more like the one used in other episodes.
    • Motherboard looked completely different in the original version, more like a sine wave with blue eyes. The aired version uses her official design.
    • New scrolling sequences were added in the aired version, possibly to compensate for time lost when certain scenes were removed.
    • Since Digit was added later in the show's production, he doesn't appear in either version. However, the aired version has Inez mentioning his absence.
    • Certain scenes were digitally redone in the aired version.
  • Punny Name: For starters, we have the Wild West-themed town of Sensible Flats. The people are sensible and the land is flat, but the phrase "sensible flats" usually refers to women's shoes (i.e. the opposite of impractical high-heels).
  • Putting On My Thinking Cap: Jackie paces, Inez does a headstand, Matt plays with his yo-yo. Occasionally, Digit's little ball floating above his head will flash.
  • Put on a Bus: Dr. Marbles was extremely prominent in the first three seasons, but he's only appeared twice since then. The common explanation is that he's in hiding, trying to develop a cure for Motherboard under the radar, and it's always a special event when the heroes or villains find him. Lampshaded in "The Cyberchase Movie," when he's been gone long enough to grow a beard.
  • Race Against the Clock: Notice how in nearly every episode the kids had to stop Hacker within a particular amount of time?
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: ReBoot... WITH EDUCATION!
  • Remember the New Guy?: Subverted with Wanda in "Designing Mr. Perfect." While Wicked's wand has been around for as long as Wicked, everyone seems to already be aware that the wand is a sentient being (and know her by name) with no introductions necessary.
  • Reverse Psychology: In an episode where the trio have to beat Hacker in a game similar to Nim, the kids have figured out that they can get a guaranteed win if they go first and make the right moves but they know that Hacker will refuse if they ask to go first. So they tell Hacker to go first, which succeeds in making Hacker grow suspicious and insist that they go first instead to which they cheerfully agree.
  • Running Gag: Hacker's wig gel, all of the Earth kids' catchphrases, Wicked's jealousy, Sam Vander Rom and Erica Ram.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness:
    • Inez is about as sesquipedalian as a nine-year old can get.
    • Creech can get like this too. In fact, it's how they met in the Tikiville race episode. Matt and Jackie decided to make fun of Inez's vocabulary which led to her quitting the Cybersquad temporarily and working with Creech for most of Creech's introduction episode.
    • Buzz and Delete in "Trading Places" when they're made extra-smart.
  • The Shangri-La: Literally appears as a Cybersite, complete with the unflappable, all-knowing Master Pi. There are also dragons. Lots of dragons.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: In Sherri's introduction episode, she refers to Inez and Jackie as Matt's girlfriends. He's quick to say that no; no they're not.
  • Shout-Out: Swipe is reported to have stolen the ram from King Ramalamadingdong and the dip from Queen Dipdedipdedip, both references to "Who Put the Bomp" by Barry Mann.
    • Mr. Zero laments that people think he is a nowhere man.
    • In "Hugs and Witches" Digit exclaims that the world he and the Cybersquad are currently on is scary and that he keeps waiting for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to show up.
    Inez: Uh, they were the same person, Didge.
    • The title/cybersite of Episode 2, as well as Motherboard's statement "Here's lookin' at you, kids" is a Shout-Out to Casablanca
    • In the episode "Send in the Clones", Hacker tells Delete's clones to go forth and multiply.
    • Let's not forget that in the very first episode, when Motherboard introduces herself to the kids, Inez responds with, "Yeah and I'm Xena: Warrior Princess." Also in the same episode, the kids end up on an island and Matt doesn't know where to go. Inez asks if someone will please just vote her off this island. Jackie replies, telling Inez not to worry because they have a way to survive.
    • Shari Spotter and Professor Stumblesnore; also the episode title "Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green"
    • Ada Lovelace → Lady Ada Byron Lovelace
    • "The Borg of the Ring"
    • In "The Poddleville Case", Jackie remarks that Poddleville looks like "Jane Jetson meets Martha Stewart."
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Well, Buzz is shorter and smarter than Delete, but neither of them are smart compared to the other characters. Additionally, Inez is The Smart Guy of the the three main characters and the smallest (but she doesn't like being reminded of that), but in this case, all of them are smart.
  • Sixth Ranger: Slider, who appears occasionally with the others.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Falls firmly on the idealistic side, with occasional forays into cynic territory for about 5 minutes.
  • Speak in Unison: In "A Broom of One's Own", Wicked's brainwashed army says "Wicked is our leader, we do what she says" in unison very often.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": "That's "The Hacker" to you!" Serves as one of the page quotes.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • Try as they might, the Cybersquad are never able to get the cure for Motherboard's virus, which is a necessary Plot Device to keep the show going. The debilitating effects of the virus were the reason that Motherboard had to recruit the Cybersquad to help her; and if Motherboard got cured, then she wouldn't need to summon her "Earthlies" to Cyberspace anymore.
    • Immediately after major events (like Hacker taking control from Motherboard for a time), everything goes straight back to the kids foiling Hacker's plans.
    • In addition, Hacker's been the recipient of any number of misfortunes following the destruction of his plans - he's suffered potent viruses, been blasted off into Cyberspace, even bewitched good by Wicked - yet at the beginning of each new episode, he's somehow exactly back to normal.
  • Stock Audio Clip: A clip of Hacker screaming is used in several episodes in the first season.
  • Strawman Political:: Matt tries this when Hacker goes up for election. It doesn't end too well.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: Three Earth kids sent Inside The Internet.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Hacker to Buzz and Delete.
  • Tempting Fate: From "Return to Sensible Flats":
    Buzz: Hey, Boss! An angry mob is coming this way fast!
    Hacker: Relax, you neurotic numbskull! It would take a herd of wild buffalo to knock down that gate!
    (A herd of wild buffalo knock down the gate)
    Delete: Did you say "buffalo", boss?
    Hacker: Zip it.
  • Thick-Line Animation: As it was a show made from the early 2000s, it’s bound to be this.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Except in this case, it's made up of two girls and one boy.
  • Title Theme Tune: "C-Y-B-E-R-Chase!"
  • Totally Radical: Radopolis's hat.
    • More. If you read the kids' profiles Matt's favorite music is "anything by Will Smith". Seriously?
    • Basically, this show is from the early 2000s and it shows.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts for Buzz.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: When Hacker seizes control of Radopolis, Matt steps in and strikes a deal with Hacker that if they beat him in a skateboard competition, he'll be forced to leave. If he wins, the Cybersquad must never return to Cyberspace. Matt accepts the deal, much to the horror of the others. It isn't until they come dangerously close to losing and Hacker demands that Inez be made his cheerleader that he realizes how foolish his actions were.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Dr. Marbles built Hacker, who turned against Motherboard and him. Ironically, Hacker built Digit, who turned against him for Motherboard and Marbles.
  • Up the Real Rabbit Hole: Cybercitizens will call Earth "the real world" and it's kind of logical in a way. Since they're generally in the company of or are speaking to Earthlings when they do this, it is the real world to those same Earthlings and they wouldn't want to confuse them. Possibly a case of Pandering To The Audience.
  • Vetinari Job Security: The reason why Motherboard needs Doctor Marbles so badly? He's the only one that can fix her, providing the Ultimate Job Security. Not that this prevents him being Put on a Bus...
    • In one episode, the drum player from one of the best bands on Mount Olympus was kidnapped and convinced by Hacker that he'd be better appreciated as a solo act. The rest of the team were already thinking of of dumping him, as they didn't think that he added anything to the band. Turned out, he was the most important member, since he seems to be the only one who can keep the proper rhythm pattern (the day's lesson) and without him, the music was awful. The drummer is eventually convinced to come back and he reunites with his bandmates, who finally realize how important he is.
  • Villain Decay: After running for so many years and having Hacker defeated so many times by the kids, this eventually was lampshaded heavily into the show that Hacker is now trying to renew his evil image because no one in Cyberspace is afraid of him anymore. Their new plotline involves a humanoid borg named Ledge trying to outsmart him as a villain; Ledge being Hacker's former fan until becoming disillusioned when Hacker dismissed him for his failure.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: In "The Dumas Diamond", Harry imagines himself receiving a yacht as a reward for returning the titular lost diamond to its billionaire owner — and shows up to search for it in a ridiculously over-the-top captain's hat and blazer.
  • Wily Walrus: Walter is a crafty prankster walrus who guards the Ice Palace. He stalls the marching penguins and refuses to let them enter unless they solve a problem.


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