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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • XANA, because little is actually established about him/her/it, can be translated anywhere from misunderstood, going for some vague goal in its programming, bugged, to a monster. XANA might have gone insane from the horrors of humanity. This blog explains it further around 12 paragraphs in.
    • Jérémie. He's either an Adorkable, well-meaning guy or a selfish Designated Hero who treats his friends like crap and is obsessed over his goal.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Fighting a megalomaniacal computer virus for so long may have desensitized the Lyoko Warriors. No matter how horrific XANA's latest attack is or how close the program comes to successfully offing a member of the team, the main characters will never lose their cheerful disposition, even cracking jokes once the problem has been dealt with.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme song, despite having rather cheesy lyrics, is extremely catchy. Both the English and French versions are total Ear Worms.
    • The credits song has some rock vibes and is just as catchy.
    • Everyone loves the awesome virtualization theme.
    • "XANA Attacks!" is the ominous and oppressive-sounding leitmotif of the Big Bad in the series that signifies when things are getting dangerous, and the melody appears in other fast paced battle themes like "XANA's Monsters" and "Facebook Battle 2".
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    • William's battle theme. Very much the Theme Music Power-Up.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • William is either a cool badass worthy of being a Lyoko Warrior or a pointless piece of ship interference. This decreased as the show went on and developed him more, with him joining the group and getting possessed by XANA into becoming The Dragon.
    • In the novels, Eva Skinner is either a badass American girl who deserved to be with Odd, or XANA and later Odd's pointless Satellite Character, only here to give Odd a girl after breaking up with Samantha. Her detractors often go as far as to say that her role could've been easily filled by William, who was Demoted to Extra instead.
  • Complete Monster:
    • XANA is a rogue multi-agent program living on the virtual world Lyoko that evolved to the point of achieving sapience. Gaining a desire to rule over and/or destroy humanity, XANA tries to kill its creator, Franz Hopper, as well as his daughter Aelita. Trapped inside the supercomputer for a decade, once revived, XANA regularly launches many vicious schemes upon the real world, not caring about the sheer amounts of potential casualties that would result from the attacks. XANA shifts strategies to absorbing Aelita's memory to gain the power to leave the supercomputer and into the network, the success of which nearly killing Aelita in the process. Using the internet to access supercomputers across the world, XANA gradually builds a robot army to rule over humanity. In the mean time, XANA tries and almost succeeds in destroying Lyoko, taking William as a slave. When Lyoko is revived, XANA decides to lure out and kill Franz Hopper by using Aelita as bait and plans on keeping the latter as its eternal prisoner. In the one episode where it appears before the heroes, XANA shows sadistic enjoyment in trying to kill them.
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    • Chronicles (Alternate Continuity novels): Hannibal "The Magician" Mago, born Mark James Hollenback, was a soldier from a poor background who became the founder of a terrorist organization, Green Phoenix. He kidnapped Anthéa Hopper to force her husband Waldo Schaeffer to restart working on Project Carthage. When this failed, he brainwashed Anthéa for 20 years, abusing her in the meantime. Introduced shooting a horse on a racetrack so that he can win a bet, Mago has his henchman kidnap Jérémie to force him to work for him, or he will kill Anthéa. He has no empathy for his men, merely lamenting that they lost their usefulness when they became insane upon virtualization. When X.A.N.A. offers to help Mago in exchange for helping X.A.N.A. become human, Mago accepts, while having no intention of keeping his promise, planning to keep X.A.N.A. as his weapon to Take Over the World, uncaring about the innocent lives lost in the process, and even planning to send France into chaos should it refuse to submit. He has X.A.N.A. attack Kadic Academy, so that he could retrieve taken a file containing part of Waldo's Code Down. Despite his friendly demeanor, Mago stood out as a perfect foil to X.A.N.A., who obtained the humanity Mago had long lost.
  • Cult Classic: The show has gone down in some circles as one of the best shows in the history of Cartoon Network, even though it never became very well known to the general public and it's easy to find long time CN fans that have never watched it (and newer fans who have never heard about it at all). It maintains a solid fanbase today, especially in Europe and Latin America.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Aelita was this for the first two seasons due to the fact that she was completely useless in battle and was mostly escorted safely to deactivate towers while the others fended off attacking monsters. In fact, it's very easy to make a drinking game out of how many times she gets endangered in the series as a whole. While she does Take a Level in Badass in the third season via Energy Fields, she still manages to get in a lot of trouble due to either: A) The Scyphozoa, or B) XANA-William (though it is justifiable in both cases, given that the Scyphozoa is Nigh Invulnerable and XANA-William is basically a tank) and requires rescuing from the other warriors.
  • Designated Villain: Sissi Delmas often during the first season. While she was the Alpha Bitch, several of the heroes were as guilty of just as reprehensible behavior, including against her and her cronies, yet we are supposed to root for them and against Sissi for no really defined reason. The prequel makes this worse, as it reveals that the heroes' feud against Sissi was their fault to begin with and she became the Alpha Bitch in response. Thankfully, Character Development for both parties in the progressing seasons fixed things.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • William was despised by some fans for getting in the way of Ulrich and Yumi's relationship (not that they needed the help). A few defected after Season 4, but he is still largely a disliked character. Even many people who don't like shipping weren't high on William for this reason, as they felt Ulrich and Yumi's relationship was already a convoluted Romantic Plot Tumor that William's inclusion only made even more complicated.
    • Also Sissi for some in the fandom, even though she was barely ever a threat to said Ship. To be fair to these fans, the writers DID give Ulrich and Sissi some pretty big damn kisses in "Frontier" and "Ultimatum", all the while cutting Yumi and Ulrich's kiss short in "Routine" and "Echoes".
    • Theo Gautier, a one-shot character who displayed interest toward Sissi then toward Yumi, is either used to get Sissi out of the way while averting this trope, or portrayed as a Jerkass and abusive boyfriend toward Yumi so she can run into Ulrich's arms (despite the fact he is even less of a threat than Sissi is).
    • The treatment that Jérémie gets from a lot of Odd×Aelita supporters in fanfiction. Good luck finding Oddlita fanfiction that doesn't feature Jérémie as physically, verbally, emotionally, or sexually abusive towards Aelita. At best he's retroactively revealed to have been possessed by XANA the entire time, or dead before the story starts.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Clone William is very popular with the fans. His popularity skyrocketed when he defended Jérémie from the real William in "A Lack of Goodwill".
    • While more major than Clone William, Sissi and Jim are strictly secondary characters who ended up becoming much more popular with both the fans and the show's own staff as time went on.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • XANA is fondly remembered as one of the coolest villains in a kid show, helped by the fact that he remained an utterly nightmarish threat throughout the entire show that actually won when it counted.
    • William after he's Brainwashed and Crazy while acting as XANA's second in command.
  • Evil Is Sexy: William, once he becomes The Dragon to XANA, gains all black sensual spandex and the appearance of a Final Fantasy warrior.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Some fans prefer to put Sissi with Odd due to the occasional Ship Tease and to get her away from Ulrich.
    • William×Sissi also has its fair share of fans. Generally, it's also a couple preferred by William and/or Sissi's detractors, in order to get them away from Yumi and Ulrich. That is, when William isn't paired with a random OC, which is also quite common.
    • Odd×Aelita also has its share of fans, for those who enjoy their lighthearted banter and good teamwork. It's so popular it's even been addressed by the writers (albeit in a Ship Sinking way, via saying Odd won't get a girlfriend on the show).
    • On the Ho Yay side, Ulrich×William, Odd×William and Odd×Ulrich are fairly popular.
  • Fanon: The name "Team Lyoko" was never used in canon in the actual show; the fans came up with it. Same was true for the name "Lyoko Warriors" initially, but it became Ascended Fanon.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Odd and Sissi, increasingly moreso as the show goes on. Their banter toes the line of flirting way too often to be anything else.
    • Also, XANA and Aelita. At one point in the second season, he sends a polymorphic spectre into the real world to separate the team by... kissing people. But the only Lyoko Warrior he actually kisses, on the lips no less, is Aelita, in order to convince her to leave with him. At another point in Season 2, one of his plots involves giving her a Valentine's Day gift, which she likes (even before she thinks it's from Jeremie). Oh, and it's also worth noting that XANA's main objective for Season 2 involves downloading a special code from Aelita's memories using, effectively, a tentacle monster. Even after he succeeds in getting her memories, Seasons 3 and 4 show that she is still critical to XANA's plans. In Season 3, he brainwashes her four times with the Scyphozoa so that she'll delete the surface sectors for him; in Season 4, he uses William to throw her into the digital sea, and some of his dialogue (particularly during Episode 85, where the XANA-possessed William says that it's just the two of them at last and that XANA will have her company for good) indicates that after Franz Hopper is dead, XANA intends to keep Aelita at his side.
    • Not to mention XANA and Jérémie. Two of his schemes involve using Yumi and Aelita, both who try to seduce Jérémie by either kissing him on the cheek or on the lips.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show used to be HUGE in Spain. It was a perennial ratings mainstay not only for Cartoon Network, but also for every channel that broadcasted it, including RTVE and several regional TV stations, and over time it became a well remembered classic. Tellingly, Spain is one of the few countries in the globe where all the four Lyoko novels have been released.
  • Growing the Beard: The first season was, for the most part, a Strictly Formula Monster of the Week-type show, with the exception of the two-part finale. Come season 2, the show became much more plot-focused (whilst still having some filler episodes), there were various changes to the status quo, and there was a lot more Character Development.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Most episodes in season one are Strictly Formula - hit the Reset Button right before things get bad. Unfortunately, in season 2 we learn that this makes XANA stronger, making every previous victory a pyrrhic one in hindsight.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Code:Earth", Yumi is trying to get her parents to agree to letting Aelita stay at their house. When they ask what her parents do, Yumi makes up on the spot that they "work with computers". And who should have created the supercomputer other than Aelita's father, Franz Hopper!
    • When William finds out about Lyoko in "The Secret", Jérémie calms down Ulrich by saying they just make him forget with a Return to the Past. William, not understanding what they are talking about, answers he never forgets anything. We later find out he indeed remembered this episode's events even after the Return to the Past, though only as a dream.
    • "End of Take" has as the Monster of the Week being a rip-off of the Xenomorph, but the funny is that the snippet of James Finson's film that appears at the very beginning has a false-Xeno that resembles the "Deacon".
    • In the Japanese dub, Aelita's nickname of "Princess" came as this since her dub voice actress Yu Shimamura went to voice many of them years later (in The Wings of Rean, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Gundam: Reconguista in G, Go! Princess Pretty Cure...).
  • Hollywood Pudgy: In "Tip-Top Shape", Sissi is told by the nurse that she's 5 pounds overweight, but she's just as skinny as always. (The scale read 110.7 lb [50 kg]. If she was 5 pounds overweight she'd have to be 4'7" [137 cm], but she is a bit taller than Ulrich who is 5'1 [156 cm].) Lampshaded by Aelita.
  • Ho Yay: A wide variety of moments between Ulrich and Odd, and surprisingly Yumi and Sissi during many XANA attacks. Some of the more notable examples include:
    • "Triple Trouble" — After Jérémie tells Odd that he's developed a new power for him on Lyoko, Odd says, "You're the best, Einstein! If you were a girl, I'd propose to you immediately!"
    • "Replika" — Nicolas initially asks Aelita if she'd like to go on a "fantastic and breathtaking experience in the moonlight". She ends up pulling out, so instead Nicolas ends up spending the night with... Hervé.
    • "Music to Soothe the Savage Beast" — Yumi tells Aelita she looks beautiful and winks at her, prompting Aelita to smile and blush.
  • Iron Woobie: Ulrich when it comes to his relationship with his father.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sissi on several occasions, particularly during XANA attacks and especially after the prequel reveals that a stupid misunderstanding and Ulrich's hurt feelings contributed to Sissi being a Jerkass to begin with; otherwise, she's kind of nice.
  • Lost in Medias Res: This was easily the show's biggest flaw of season 1 next to the Filler. Very little is established in the first few episodes of season 1. While it did add to the mystique of the show, it made just as many viewers confused and think there was no real Myth Arc due to the constant use of the Reset Button.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Chronicles: XANA is the Big Bad of the original series and Aelita's childhood friend. Having mysteriously survived Season 4's events, XANA possess a young American named Eva Skinner. Going to France, XANA-Eva joins the Lyoko-warriors with the intent of destroying them from the inside before killing all humanity. Successfully seducing and brainwashing Odd, XANA has both Odd and Eva act like their usual selves to remain under the radar, while planning to virtualize itself in the First City to reach Lyoko and regain its power. Revealing its presence once Odd and Eva are virtualized in the Mirror and the First City respectively, XANA takes advantage of Jeremie unlocking the wall separating the First City and Lyoko to regain its power. Dissatisfied with Aelita, XANA joins Green Phoenix, hoping that they would help it become human. Even when its attack on Kadic is thwarted, XANA manages to steal half of the Code : DOWN, thus preventing the heroes from killing it. Reconciling with its childhood friend, XANA pulls a Heel–Face Turn and helps the heroes against the Green Phoenix. Sacrificing itself to destroy the First City, XANA is later revived and finally becomes a human.
  • Memetic Badass: Franz Hopper. According to the Lyoko Freak forums, any time Franz Hopper removes his glasses, the world is split in half.
  • Memetic Loser: Aelita is this in the eyes of the fandom and newcomers for mostly being remembered as the useless Faux Action Girl who required rescue from her friends in every episode during Seasons 1 and 2. While she did Take a Level in Badass in the second half of the show, many viewers still remember her as the Damsel in Distress she was for the first half of the series.
  • Memetic Mutation: The characters' enormous foreheads are subject to many, many jokes.
  • Moe: All of the Lyoko warriors are considered Badass Adorable by fans.
  • Narm:
    • Some of Jérémie's loving interest in Aelita may come across as laughably weird instead of romantic.
    • It may take some getting use to seeing the characters having enormous foreheads.
    • In the English dub, a lot of the grunts, yells, and cries of pain made by Yumi and Aelita have a rather suggestive sound. It crosses from mediocre acting to ludicrous, however, when expressions of horror sound like orgasms.
    • Almost every time Yumi yells in the English dub is hard to take seriously, either because of the emotionless delivery or because (as said above) it sounds more like she is moaning. "Bragging Rights" provides possibly the best example of this: when Yumi is ambushed by the cybernetic spiders, she lets out three incredibly bored screams in the span of a single scene.
    • In "Cold War", there is a scene where Yumi does a spinning jump to deflect the Hornets' lasers in the Mountain Sector. Just try to listen to her Kiai with a straight face.
    • In the first season, many episodes juxtapose scenes of a character about to die during XANA's attack with Aelita calmly strolling inside the tower. The contrast between the victim's desperation and Aelita's nonchalant and very, very slow walk speed is darkly comical. Later seasons remove this by having Aelita frantically run to reach the tower's panel.
    • The Kolossus is frightening... until you notice that his stubby legs make him look really goofy. The lava pattern on his crotch being suspiciously similar to a g-string doesn't help either.
    • Some of XANA's attacks are laughable in concept, yet are treated seriously by the show. Examples include weaponizing a teddy bear, chasing the heroes as a pile of food, and mass producing an army of toy dog robots. It gets even more hilarious when you realize some of these happened after XANA had displayed abilities that verge on reality warping, like gravity manipulation or control over the weather.
  • Narm Charm: The Tarantulas needing to kneel in order to fire their lasers can be seen as a design error by XANA, but it does make them look surprisingly professional when they fire.
  • Never Live It Down:
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The games based off this series either range from decent at best to a lesson in masochism at worse. The DS action game verges on Fake Difficulty thanks to nearly all the monsters operating under "Instant Death" Radius, the RPG that followed as decent, albeit slow and uneventful in gameplay, and the Wii game was alright, albeit extremely biased towards ranged characters over melee characters since melee characters deal pitiful damage by comparison.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Starting around mid-season 1, Sissi and Jim got much more noble moments and even some awesome ones, and they became mostly very well-liked. Jim also started to become a bit more humorous as time went on, as seen in Season 2 when he started using his "I'd rather not talk about it" catchphrase.
    • Aelita was considered a major Damsel Scrappy for most viewers for half the series, but after she Took a Level in Badass and got a hefty amount of character development fans finally started rooting for her when she defended herself.
    • William was hated by the fandom in Season 2, for Die for Our Ship reasons. His Stalker with a Crush tendencies in Season 3 didn't help either, but things started to change once he started to help the heroes several times in the same season, eventually being deemed worthy of joining the team as a Lyoko Warrior. But he only truly became popular in Season 4, as a result of returning as XANA's unwilling Dragon.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In the Japanese dub, Aelita was one of the earlier roles Yu Shimamura did before her Star-Making Role as Annie Leonhart.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Ulrich and Yumi's Unresolved Sexual Tension got ridiculous by Season 2, and was soon toned down because MoonScoop had received many complaints about it.
  • The Scrappy: Whenever Ulrich's father is on-screen, a bit of happiness vanishes from the Code Lyoko universe.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 3 is often considered this. Among other things, it was only half as long as other seasons, Yumi's Designated Victim status became exaggerated, the tone was Darker and Edgier than even season 2 due to XANA slowly succeeding in his plan to destroy Lyoko (and, by contrast, the comic relief became less funny, especially when it involved the usually-reliable Jim).
    • Season 4, while usually considered a step up from Season 3, also gets flak for being too long, not capitalizing on the huge potential of the season 3 finale, having too much boring Filler episodes, and generally not reaching the heights Season 2 did in events and character development.
  • Serial Escalation: Both XANA and the Lyoko Warriors considerably up their game as the show progresses. XANA's power level doubles every time the Reset Button is used and he escapes the supercomputer to the internet. Jérémie's computer skills exponentially increase, allowing him to give his friends better weapons and equipment in Lyoko. And of course, they all get a lot better at fighting XANA both in meatspace and on Lyoko.
  • Ship Mates: Most shippers that support Ulrich×Yumi also support Jérémie×Aelita, and vice versa. Those same shippers will generally ship Odd with either Sam (a one-shot girlfriend of his) or Sissi (a frequent subject of Ship Tease with him).
  • Signature Scene: XANA appearing personally in "Ghost Channel", which is often remembered as one of, if not THE most terrifying moment in the series.
  • Spiritual Successor: Has anyone else gotten vibes of VR Troopers from this show? It's got teenagers who travel into a virtual realm and transform into warriors to battle a digitally-based overlord who desires world domination. Unlike VRT however, it's not a Toku show that suffered from Cut-and-Paste Translation. (Ironically, Noam Kaniel, who wrote and sang the theme song, did a lot of work for Saban Entertainment, producers of VRT, in the 80s and 90s.)
  • Squick:
    • In the novel continuity, Odd falls for a girl named Eva... who is possessed by XANA. He's pretty horrified when he finds out.
    • Also in the novels, at one point the heroes need to get through the flooded sewers to the factory. The solution? Swimming through the sewage water. Sure, they're wearing "liberated" scuba-diving equipment, but ewww.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • News of the new project, Code Lyoko: Evolution, being live-action and with little involvement of the original creators, were met with fervent hatred in some places. Even fans who were willing to give the show a chance were harsh about its quality.
    • The novels have also been criticized for the liberties they take with the source material; the details of how the group found Lyoko, the fight against XANA, and the Hermitage's location are all markedly different. Because of these changes, for instance, William never joined the Lyoko Warriors and plays an almost non-existent role in the story, and the cast are a year younger. Also, Aelita and Anthea's hair is red instead of pink.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Season 4 is seen as mostly a missed opportunity amongst the fanbase due to the plot getting shafted for Filler throughout a majority of the season when it could have been used to further the exploration into the digital sea or digging deeper into XANA's Lyoko replicas, with only a total of four being visited. The sudden, out-of-nowhere, series ending didn't help matters either.
    • Perhaps the largest case of this would be Project Carthage, an enigmatic military project that Franz Hopper desired to destroy, due to its ability to affect world-wide communication networks. Basically put, this project is the very reason the show's plot exists at all, and yet very little attention was ever given to it after Season 2, when any chances for it to be mentioned throughout the story are dropped for the most part. Not even the sequel series, Code Lyoko: Evolution directly mentions it; only the novels have ever dealt with the subject.
    • William joining the Lyoko Warriors left a lot to be desired. His first virtualization into Lyoko resulted in absolute disaster for him by forcibly becoming a minion to XANA, which on its own was actually a neat direction to take the character. However, even after the team finally manages to free William from XANA's control, the series was pretty much over at that point. As a result, William never gets any opportunity to actually show off how he can contribute to the team to possibly make up for his past failure, or at the very least, get some well-deserved Revenge on XANA. Even weirder is the obvious Foreshadowing in the form of a 4th Nav Skid vehicle for the Skidbladnir that went completely unused; the most educated guess is that it was supposed to be for William if it ever got to a point where he would take on missions with the rest of Team Lyoko, but since the series came to an end, such a case never came to fruition. At the very least, you finally get to see William fighting as a true member of the team in Code Lyoko: Evolution.
    • William being demoted to a mere cameo in the novels was disliked even by some of his detractors. It is agreed by several fans that William could've easily replaced Eva Skinner.
    • The Season 3 episode, "Triple Trouble", has Jérémie invent a "Teleportation" ability for Odd due to the latter feeling depressed that he hasn't been keeping up with the rest of the team based on their last battle. In the end, Odd decides that he likes the way he is, and doesn't want the ability. However, no-one else chooses to try out the "Teleportation" ability, which just leaves it to go completely unused despite the obvious potential having such an ability could be.
    • One thing the show never made clear, and which fans have discussed countless times, were XANA's motivations for turning evil in the first place. In the first three seasons, this was forgivable, as he almost never interacted directly with the heroes or even appeared. In the fourth, however, he has William acting as his right hand; that would have been the perfect chance for XANA to use him as a proxy to engage in conversations with the Lyoko Warriors, and from there delve into his side of things. Instead, all we get are a few lines in Episode 85 indicating XANA wants to keep Aelita around if he wins. Like Project Carthage, it's expanded on in the novels, so there's that at least.
    • The destruction of Lyoko by the end of Season 3 doesn't leave much of a lasting impact as one might expect going into Season 4. Any potential story elements dealing with the loss of Lyoko was resolved almost immediately. Sector Five is quickly rebuilt without any issue in just the first episode, and the desert sector already reappearing in the following episode provides heavy implication that the four original sectors had already been rebuilt by that point without any issue as well. This means that after the high stakes of XANA spending a whole season destroying Lyoko sector by sector, Season 4 ends up jamming Lyoko's entire reconstruction in just its first two episodes with very little of its reconstruction actually shown.
  • Values Resonance: The episode "The Satellite", despite featuring some pretty outdated phones, does cover issues that a lot of school faculty had with the growing popularity of students owning mobile phones later in the decade and The New '10s. At the time it aired, it was uncommon for students to have phones, especially to the degree in the class. The pushback against having phones confiscated definitely rings true for a lot of kids who grew up in the 2000s and The New '10s.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Odd has often been mistaken for a female. Even more so in the French dub, due to his voice.
  • Vindicated by History: The novels, since the release of Code Lyoko: Evolution. While there are still those who disagree with the liberties it takes with the source material, people have become more appreciative of its good points, like the deeper exploration into Project Carthage, reuniting Aelita with Anthea, Character Development for the main cast and side characters like Professor Hertz, and providing proper closure instead of maintaining the status quo. It helps that, despite its many changes, they're still more faithful to the original show than Evolution, and they're typically preferred as the ending for the franchise.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The entire school staff during the episode "The Satellite", as detailed under "Adults Are Useless" on the main page. Seriously, they reach near Lethally Stupid levels during the episode.
      • You'd Expect: For them to investigate why all the cellphones on Campus go off at the same time. Considering how crazy coincidental it is, you'd think the staff would check to see if there isn't something going haywire with their tower, right?
      • Instead: They apparently think all the kids just have that many people who call them on a regular basis, and thus confiscate all the kids phones. Not only is this dangerous even without X.A.N.A floating around, since the kids can't call for help in a dangerous situation, but...
      • Bonus Points for Added Stupidity: They try to deactivate every single tower in town. Not only would such an idea be shot down immediately in real life because of how idiotic it'd be, it's not unreasonable to believe the parents could sue the school at that point for child endangerment!
    • Aelita in season 3.
      • You'd Expect: After deactivating a tower, she would wait inside, safe from all threats, until Jérémie triggered a return to the past.
      • Instead: She almost always leaves the tower, leading to the Scyphozoa appearing out of seemingly nowhere to possess her.
      • Result: As Jérémie cannot activate a return to the past or devirtualize Aelita while she is brainwashed, this ends either with a part of Lyoko being destroyed or a fight between Aelita and another Lyoko warrior.
  • The Woobie:
    • Aelita. Big time. To recount everything that's gone wrong in her life: she lost her mother at a young age, spent her life on the run with her father, and when they were virtualized on Lyoko to hide from their pursuers, watched him be attacked by XANA. The supercomputer was then shut down for ten years, during which she slept and lost her memory, so when it was reactivated she thought she was just a computer program. And that's before the show even starts. The events of the show drive her to attempt suicide.
    • Also, to an extent, William at the end of the show. Poor guy spent entire months as a Brainwashed and Crazy minion for a malevolent AI, fighting the very people he wanted to help (including the girl he's in love with), and when he attempts to redeem himself, the Lyoko Warriors, feeling still uncomfortable about the time they were fighting him, reject him. And then he gets possessed again and used to fight them in the finale.

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