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  • Awesome Music: The guitar duel between Bob and Megabyte in season 1.
  • Badass Decay: Matrix in season 4.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Not everything about this computer world really makes sense as related to how we use computers. It is just an interesting setting, as well as way to bypass fan comments related to the computer limitations. Like "Why are there no shadows?" "Uh...It's inside a computer!"
    Hexadecimal: Nevermind, it will be glorious!
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  • Cliché Storm/Troperiffic: Certain episodes have their plot built on a long string of cliches, but it is either done as an Affectionate Parody or otherwise knows what it is doing.
  • Complete Monster: Megabyte, an order-obsessed virus, loses all his positive qualities after season 2, as shown when he uses an Eldritch Abomination's invasion as a way to trap Bob in an Eldritch Location. With Bob out of the way, Megabyte tries to capture Mainframe, with the end goal of infecting the Supercomputer and the entire Net. To that end, he lets his sister Hexadecimal get crushed with the side of a game cube, then has her rebuilt with a Shock Collar so she is forced to power his Death Ray. He makes it incredibly difficult for Enzo to continue beating game cubes, dooming thousands of binomes to A Fate Worse Than Death and causing untold destruction for the sake of driving the kid into a Heroic BSoD. When he gets into the Central Office, he decapitates Phong and tortures his severed head not only for information, but for his own sadistic amusement. His minions, Hack and Slash, are terrified of him, and he often breaks Herr Doctor's fingers as punishment. Even after being defeated, he's caused so much damage Mainframe can't recover and the heroes are forced to deliberately cause a crash for a chance at rebirth. Later, he returns to Mainframe and impersonates Bob, turning everyone against Glitch-Bob before proposing to Dot and almost marrying her for no reason other than to amuse himself.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Hexadecimal.
  • Epic Riff: The episode dealing with Enzo's birthday sees Megabyte roll up with an electric guitar and play an absolutely face-melting solo. It then turns into a Power of Rock showdown between him and Bob for even more epicness. Megabyte even lampshades how awesome the whole thing is.
    Megabyte: I've always wanted to do that!
  • Epileptic Trees: Quite a few fans like to believe that Megabyte and Hexadecimal merging is what caused Megabyte to become more vile, crazy, and dangerous later in the series. It would certainly explain the stark contrast between "give Enzo a guitar" Megabyte of season 1 and "try to commit genocide" Megabyte of season 3 but that's about the extent to which it makes sense.
  • Evil Is Cool: Megabyte. Everything about the character just exudes frightening badassery, from his voice to his look.
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  • Evil Is Sexy: Daemon qualifies for this. Also Hexadecimal, until her Heel–Face Turn later on. And Megabyte.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Little!Enzo tells Infected!Matrix to embrace his hate and use it to defeat Daemon.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans leave out season 4, due to the somewhat disappointing conclusion to the Daemon arc and the fact that it, and thus the show, ends on a massive cliffhanger (contrasted with season 3, which gives a pretty satisfactory ending due to the fact that it was originally intended as such).
  • Foe Yay: Bob and Hexadecimal, with Hex seemingly unable to decide if she wants to kill him or flirt with him, and after her Heel–Face Turn, she kisses him and performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save him and Mainframe. As well as Dot and Megabyte, with Megabyte posing as pre-glitch Bob to trick her into marrying him, and even forcing a kiss on her.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Megabyte and Matrix's brutal fight at the end of season 3 makes the earlier moment where Megabyte gives Enzo a guitar for his birthday seem a lot less funny than it originally was. Really, all of Megabyte's antics in the first season become a hell of a lot darker in tone after the later seasons.
    • "Talent Night" in general. It's kind of depressing watching Dot plan so much for Enzo's birthday knowing that thanks to unfortunate circumstance, she'd miss getting to see him grow up completely.
  • Genius Bonus: The more you know about computer hardware, computer software, computer programming and CGI, the more entertaining the show becomes. Several character's names are rooted in technical terminology. In particular the character designs for Phong (phong shading) and Ray Tracer (Ray Tracing) actually demonstrate the CG principles they are referencing.
    • There are a few, mostly relating to binomial sequences. The punchline to one joke is told in binary and when Daemon orders Deacon to recite Code 101. He proceeds to recite a series of binomial numbers; the code translates to five, four, three, two, one, zero.
    • Daemon's name itself is its own genius bonus. A daemon is a background process which is why Daemon had such a passive process during her infection of the net, simply sitting back and monitoring all of her guardians is her function.
      • In "The Tiff", Dot refers to Bob as Game Boy. Seems like an innocent reference to the handheld gaming device, right? Take a look at what's written above the screen of an original model Game Boy. While this may or may not have been intentional, it's clever nonetheless.
  • Growing the Beard: The first two seasons were fun and entertaining, but excessively hampered by Moral Guardians that hindered the growth of a more mature show, they weren't allowed to cut to a commercial with someone in immediate peril (like falling off a cliff) for fear of upsetting the children. The final four episodes of the second season started up some more thematically interesting stories with a continuing storyline that fed through the rest of the series, which really hit its' stride in the first few episodes of the virtually censor-free third season.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Bob sending Glitch away rather than let Gigabyte have it. At the time, it was just a way to prevent Gigabyte from absorbing some more energy, but Season 3 confirmed that keytools are sentient, so Bob was actually protecting a friend even if it meant leaving himself completely defenseless.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Nintendo announced that their next console would be called the "Nintendo GameCube". The fact that the console's default color was purple did not hurt.
    Mouse: "Wow! Now THAT'S what I call a bug zapper!"
    Dot: "I don't believe it! We've been saved by a game cube!
    • Another episode featured a brief gag (aired in 1997) that had a battleship called the SS Cameron catching fire and sinking. This was in reference to the obscenely overbudget fiasco of Titanic (1997) and what people were predicting of James Cameron's career...
    • "I am become Gigabyte - destroyer of systems!" - terrifying until you find out there's a computer parts manufacturer with the same name- a creator of systems if you will. Go figure.
    • The episode Bad Bob, while an Affectionate Parody of The Road Warrior actually somehow bears more resemblance to Mad Max: Fury Road despite being made almost a decade earlier. The "Mega Truck"'s elaborate design, which, being a CGI cartoon was not constrained by a prop department's budget, looks much closer to Furiosa's War Rig than the hastily modified tanker truck from the earlier film, the episode's guitar-heavy soundtrack bears an uncanny resemblance to the music of the Doof Warrior rather than the orchestral score used for the classic trilogy and both this episode and Fury Road feature turning the rig around and returning to their starting location as a major plot point. Also notable is the fact that there's finally a real Mad Max computer game.
      • As it turns out, Bad Bob is actually the reason Fury Road exists in the first place.
    • Several times in the show, "BASIC" is used as an insult, essentially being ReBoot's equivalent of "stupid" or "idiot", but y'know, using computer terms, like everything else in the show. In the 2010s, "basic" became an actual insult used in real-life.
  • Iron Woobie: When Enzo becomes Matrix, he nose-dives into this trope. He survives untold amounts of games, and as he spends more and more time searching for Mainframe, it hardens his heart and makes a mess of his psyche. Hell, he might've gone straight-up crazy without AndrAIa and Frisket there for support. Also leans toward Jerkass Woobie in his more aggressive moments.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Megabyte, the Big Bad of the series, is a ruthless, yet charming Virus who intends to siege control of the entire system. Frequently coming up with genius schemes that come within a hairsbreadth of taking over Mainframe itself, Megabyte later allies with the hero Bob to prevent a Web invasion before betraying Bob and ejecting him into the Web, taking over Mainframe to remake it in his image. Eventually, Megabyte plots to simply abandon it to infect other systems before being overthrown. Later returning disguised as a second Bob, Megabyte organizes the complete takeover of Mainframe yet again. The most brilliant foe that Bob and his friends ever face, Megabyte is equal parts sophisticated and vicious, rarely at a loss and quick to recover, intending on bringing all he he can dream of under his control.
  • Memetic Molester: Hexadecimal to Bob, especially in the Daemon Arc where she is constantly making unwanted advances on him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Megabyte betraying Bob and banishing him from the Mainframe so he could take over. Especially cruel when one realizes that the only reason Megabyte wasn't turned to dust years ago was because of Bob was certain that he could be redeemed.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 4 is not as well-liked as the previous seasons, particularly the "My Two Bobs" arc (originally broadcast as a single TV movie). The fact that it ends on a cliffhanger makes it worse. The "Daemon Rising" arc is liked by some though.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The CGI itself. It was mind blowingly cool when the show first premiered but was still very stilted and awkward because of the technical limitations. It didn't help that Toy Story premiered the following year with a film budget and time table that made some people believe that ReBoot was a cheap, inferior CGI product. This is in addition to the rampant Executive Meddling that hampered the show. The truth is that this show and Beast Wars laid the groundwork for CGI television and regardless of the technical limitations the story and scripting was of excellent quality.
  • Special Effect Failure: Regrettably, animation goofs weren't only isolated to the first season where you'd expect it to be perfectly normal for the team and editing staff to get their bearings. Some silly things in plain sight seem to manage to slip past quality control, like virals having normal uninfected eyes, or character's anatomy interactions going a little bit haywire.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Of TRON.
  • Squick: The nulls are slimy, multi-colored crosses between maggots and slugs that can make little noise beside a squeaky screech. Aside from Nullzilla which is Fridge Horror unto itself, there's a notable incident where an army of nulls devour one of Megabyte's Armoured Binome Carriers, with two henchmen still inside, and it's gone in seconds. Cringeworthy stuff.
  • Uncanny Valley: Hex's Dot impression in the video game looks right, but maintains or even exaggerates Hex's signature walk with the swinging arms and the sashaying hips. When Hex's mask is removed in the form of Bob pulling off Dot's face, it's complete with squick sound effects.
    • In the early seasons Dot especially came across rather doll like, which the creators commented on. Kathleen Barr's fantastic voice work helped minimize the uncanny valley, making her feel more lifelike.
    • The CGI in general, being an obvious 90s product.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The first two seasons are this on a somewhat superficial level - they were very, very obviously animated in the mid-1990s.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Mike the TV. In principle, Mike could easily fall into a number of scrappy tropes, but he is considered obnoxious by pretty much everyone else in the show. This made his antics skew on the side of endearing to the fans rather than smug goofiness. It helped too that the one episode to give him any serious focus ("Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsor") had him rebooting in a game where everyone had to work together to win, and Mike did his part admirably.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: At the time, at least, pretty much every part of Reboot was this. Now, not so much. Several of the models still hold up well though, at least when they aren't moving, and the crazy camera movements proved what an All-CGI Cartoon could do. The Art Evolution of the show is also fun to watch.
  • Villain Decay: Inverted. Over the course of the series, Megabyte became progressively more dangerous and went from concocting subversive schemes to eventually taking over Mainframe and preparing an invasion of the Supercomputer. Even when the heroes seemed to have defeated him at last, Megabyte comes back in season four; stronger than ever and completely psychotic, to boot. He's still as vicious and cunning as he was in the past, but now has the ability to impersonate binomes and sprites. Oh and any sense of restraint or morality he may have had before is now totally gone.

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