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|“||Welcome to the Space Jam!||„|
|~ Al-G to the audience.|
|“||Yo, King. You’re about to lose your family, your friends, those TUNES, and everything you love!||„|
|~ Al-G taunting LeBron James after upgrading himself.|
He is a malicious and deceitful computer algorithm who rules the Serververse, a virtual reality in the cyber space which houses different worlds based on Warner Bros. properties. When he kidnaps Dominic "Dom" James, the son of LeBron James, he forces LeBron to play a basketball game with the Looney Tunes against the Goon Squad. He is the boss of Pete as well as the archenemy of both Lebron and Dom James, alongside their friend Bugs Bunny.
He was portrayed by Don Cheadle.
At first glance, Al-G is a hardworking AI who wishes to be recognized for his hard work at the Warner Brothers servers. He also seems to show sadness over how no one ever acknowledges what he does.
Al-G is shown to be quite manipulative and deceiving, as he easily convinces Dom that his father was more interested in basketball than him and used his technology to lure people into the server and create the Goon Squad. Even before the events of the film, he persuades the Tunes (except for Bugs) to leave Tune World and explore the other worlds in the Serververse, much to Bugs' sadness.
He is arrogant and narcissistic, as he took a liking to Dom when he praised the ad that he made when not even the executives at Warner Brothers would (because LeBron didn't like it and they did not want to look foolish). This adds to his short temper, as he becomes incredibly angry when things do not go his way or if others disagree with him. This brought his somewhat father-son relationship with Dom to an end after the Goon Squad begins to lose to the Tune Squad in the second half of the game and after LeBron apologized to him.
Al-G is also revealed to be a hypocrite. After Dom leaves to play with his father and the tunes after reconciling with him, he takes his place on the Goon Squad and transforms into a giant, muscular basketball player. He then bends the rules of the game and cheats by rewinding the points the Tune Squad scores and breaking past LeBron. When Bugs uses a move that temporarily glitches the game at the cost of his life and Dom throws a jump pad so his father can score the final point, Al-G screams "That's cheating!" even though he cheated first.
Sometime before the events of the film and after the original film, Al-G confronted the Looney Tunes on Tune World. Wanting to separate them in case they get in the way of his future goals, he offers them the chance to explore different worlds in the Serververse. All of the Tunes, except for Bugs, are excited and accept it. They then leave Tune World in a rocket and ignore Bugs as he attempts to convince them to stay. He then watches in sadness as they leave.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
In the film, Al-G plans to have LeBron James as his replacement while he enters the real world. During the trip to the studios, he kidnapped LeBron and his son Dom to the Serververse. Holding Dom captive, Al-G made a deal with Lebron of playing a basketball game, and if he loses the game he will be forced to stay in there forever. Al-G had his assistant Pete to send LeBron to the Tune World.
LeBron then met Bugs Bunny, the only remaining resident of the world. Bugs revealed that Al-G took all of his friends away to the other worlds. LeBron then started his journey of finding Bugs' friends, such as Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote etc. which also involved with stealing Marvin the Martian's spaceship to travel around the Serververse.
Meanwhile, Rhythm had manipulated Dom into turning against his own father by creating the Goon Squad and upgrading himself as an unstoppable basketball player.
LeBron and Bugs successfully find their friends and assemble the Tune Squad. Despite Bugs' objections, LeBron insists on teaching them the fundamentals of basketball. The Tune Squad then met Al-G and the Goon Squad, led by Dom, to further the stakes, Al-G livestreams the game and abducted the countless viewers into the virtual world, which included LeBron's family, and if they lose the game, the viewers will get to stay in here forever with the Tunes being deleted permanently. As Dom appears, LeBron tries to warn him that AL-G is lying to him, but Dom refuses to believe him, thinking AL-G Rhythm is his friend, as AL-G manipulates him again how LeBron still doesn't appreciate him as a basketball player now.
As the Goon Squad dominate the first half of the game, LeBron and his friends start planning a way to beat them. At one point, Sylvester suggested to recruit the former member Michael Jordan (the protagonist of the first film); however, it turns out he got Michael B. Jordan (the actor that played Erik Killmonger) instead of the player. Realizing his mistake, LeBron allows Bugs to devise the strategy of using cartoon physics in the second half of the game. As the Looney Tunes gained the upper hand, LeBron eventually apologizes to Dom for interfering with his dreams, and Dom forgives his father by joining the Tune Squad and after finding out his dad was right about AL-G Rhythm when he berated Dom for failing to get more points, selfishly saying that being himself was a mistake and finally seeing now that AL-G was never his friend and that he only cares about himself.
Angry and disappointed by Dom's abandonment, Al-G takes control of the game and turned himself into a giant basketball player and was ready to defeat the Toon Squad in the final seconds. During the third half Lola scores a point but AL-G cheats by taking two points away. Dom then realizes the only way to win the game and defeating Al-G is to use the move that LeBron had done in his video game which caused it to glitch out. With the cost of being erased, LeBron proposed to do it, but instead Bugs sacrificed himself to do the move and weakened the Goon Squad. In the last stand and with seconds left, Al-G tried to grab LeBron and prevent him from dunking the ball, but Dom tosses an extra jump boost to his father allowing him to literally "posterize" Al-G before being shredded by Pete, deleting him and the Goon Squad once and for all. For the tunes, however, the people were saved at a terrible cost as Bugs has been glitched. Happy that his friends are back in his world again, Bugs accepts his fate before disappearing.
One week after the Tune Squad wins and LeBron and his family return to the real world, LeBron takes his son to E3 rather than Basketball Camp. Despite this, Dom continues to enjoy basketball. Afterwards, LeBron surprisingly met Bugs once again in his world, seeing that he's okay as Toons cannot die. He then invites him with all of his friends (who somehow entered the real world) to his house.
- His name is an evident pun on "algorithm".
- In contrast to Mr. Swackhammer, the main antagonist of the original Space Jam film, Al-G Rhythm is a live-action character, whereas Swackhammer is an animated character. Interestingly, Swackhammer was originally planned to be a live-action character as well before it was decided he'd be an animated one to save time.
- That said, Al-G Rhythm is much more evil than Mr. Swackhammer. While Swackhammer only wants Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes to be the attractions for his park, Al-G wants to separate LeBron James from his family, trapping all the viewers in the Serververse forever and even vowing to delete the Looney Tunes for no apparent reason. All of his deeds can be considered crossing the Moral Event Horizon, easily making Al-G one of the most evil Looney Tunes villains.
- When Bugs and LeBron try to recruit Lola Bunny for their basketball game, she rejects their offer at first while stating that she's been training under Wonder Woman for years. This means that Al-G separated the Tunes quite some time ago.
- Al-G is the second main antagonist in a Looney Tunes-centric movie to be a live-action character, after Mr. Chairman from Looney Tunes: Back in Action.