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|“||I come from the Net. Infecting systems, people, and cities, to this place—Megaframe, my domain. My format: Virus. To corrupt and conquer!||„|
|~ Megabyte's opening monologue for episodes 24, 25, and 27.|
|“||Impressive. Now, to corrupt and conquer.||„|
|~ Megabyte after testing his new enhanced body in The Guardian Code.|
Megabyte is the main antagonist of the ReBoot series.
He served as the main antagonist of the original series, and one of two main antagonists of the 2018 critically panned Netfilx sequel Reboot: The Guardian Code, alongside the enigmatic hacker known as the "Sourcerer".
Megabyte is a sentient virus from Mainframe who was the arch enemy of main protagonist Guardian Bob and a hated terror to the other Mainframers.
Megabyte's main plan through most of the original series was to conquer all of the system, reformat it in his own image and invade the Super Computer. When he returned in the new Netflix series, he became more upgraded and dangerous, as he now wanted nothing more than to conquer all of cyberspace with his new army of sentinels that he made out of corrupted code.
He was voiced by the late Tony Jay, who also played Judge Claude Frollo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Monsieur D'Arque in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. After Tony Jay's death in 2006, he is now voiced by Timothy E. Brummund, who mimics Tony Jay's voice for the role in the Netflix sequel.
Megabyte, alongside his sister Hexadecimal, was created during an accident where a virus (the recently upgraded Kilobyte, now known as Gigabyte) was caught in a Gateway Command originating from Mainframe's Twin City, which pulled him right into a demonstration Welman Matrix was doing with his Gateway Command invention, which in theory could link with other systems. Upon arrival, Gigabyte unwittingly overloaded the gateway and caused an explosion which destroyed the entire city.
The explosion nullified everyone in the Twin City and split Gigabyte, creating two new viruses.
Walking away from his sister's side and immediately after his birth, Megabyte began infecting the city, turning all of the city's binomes into his loyal servants and turning buildings into factories to build more that would aid him in his conquest.
Megabyte: Oh, that would be her now.
Hexadecimal: You lie! You lie! I was a fool to trust you!
Megabyte: How true.
|~ Megabyte chats with her sister Hexadecimal.|
However, Megabyte hadn't completely left his sister, and entered a brief partnership with her, though it was all a ruse so he could obtain her stock of powerful weapons, such as the Medusa Bug he stole from her, which was actually a trick from Hexadecimal, a bug that could infect and turn Megabyte into stone, as well as Megabyte's tower, the Silicon Tor, in a matter of seconds. The effects were eventually reverted, albeit off-screen.
Some time later, after several consecutive attacks on the Principal Office in attempts to steal the Mainframe's System Operating Core, Megabyte succeeded in getting past the CPU Forces and began siphoning the core's energy into a containment module. He was turned into a truck after a Game Cube loaded into the system and brought him in with the Core Energy still in his hands. Once the game is finished and Megabyte is returned to his original state, he escapes from a squadron of CPUs.
Megabyte returned with Hexadecimal once again working by his side, the two created a fake Upgrade in order to sneak into the enemy's defenses by having Megabyte hidden in an upgrade canister, to infiltrate the Principal Office and enter the Core Control Chamber (gaining access via copying Phong's memories). He was eventually defeated when he was tricked into entering a deletion chamber, believing it was a portal generator. Megabyte started a self-destruct program to take Mainframe with him but the program was stopped and Megabyte was ejected from the Principal Office and into his tower.
Web War & Viral Wars
In the episodes "Nullzilla" and "Gigabyte", Megabyte was briefly infected by a Web Creature, becoming a darker and more brutish version of himself, obsessed only with merging with her sister to reform Gigabyte. Gigabyte was reborn but was soon separated into Megabyte and Hexadecimal once again.
Shortly after these events, a Web Portal opened over the city, presenting a massive threat to all who lived there, including Megabyte and his sister. They both agreed to an alliance with Bob and the CPUs, but this little game he was playing allowed Megabyte to get close enough to Bob to send him to the portal within a missile. A blast is shot and the portal is closed, with Megabyte finally getting rid of Bob.
With the portal closed and the large threat averted, Megabyte resumes his conquest, ordering his forces to destroy the remaining Web Creatures and blow the exhausted CPU fleet out of the sky. After a Game Cube landed on Hexadecimal, Megabyte retrieved what remained of her obnoxious sister in his tower and decided to repair her, since she was still of much use to him. She had a pain collar installed on her, which was activated once she awakened so she would know she was not allowed to leave.
As the war continued, Megabyte organized propaganda against Bob's replacement, his good but inexperienced friend Enzo. He was unable to breach the Principal Officie's shields, but Megabyte made sure as he visited the "boy" Enzo to deliver a message, that they may feel safe behind those shields, but the citizens of Mainframe were defenseless and at Megabyte's mercy. They hid, while others suffered, and Megabyte would make sure they suffered a lot.
|“||Megabyte: I have a message for your sister.
Enzo: I am a Guardian, I'm not your messenger!
Megabyte: You are what you have always been: a mere delivery boy. [grabs Enzo by the throat and lifts him to face level] Do not provoke me further; it is by my will alone you survive this encounter.
|~ Megabyte and Enzo.|
The forcefield was reinforced with a firewall, created to imprison Megabyte inside. Megabyte used his sister's power to open a small rift in the wall and his forces were able to move through in pairs, but the Principal Office had enough firepower to make Megabyte's ABC soldiers run back the rift, losing one of his lieutenants in the assault.
After Hexadecimal broke free and shattered the firewall (as well as destroying a good portion of Megabyte's army), Megabyte broke free and captured the only one who hadn't escaped from the Principal Office, Phong. He decapitated him and kept him in a jar to retrieve information in order to control Mainframe's Core. Having completely taken over the city, he renamed it Megaframe.
Eventually, Bob returned, making Megabyte aware that Megaframe was back on the Net. Having ruled the city for far too long, he ordered the portal command codes to be extracted from Phong's head, so he could leave that dying system.
Before he could escape, Bob and a small army of rebels attacked his base at the Principal Office. He found himself facing Enzo, now an adult sprite known as Matrix, saying he will enjoy killing him. After fighting Matrix and AndrAIa, Megabyte gained the final codes from Phong and opened a portal leading to the Super Computer. Matrix managed to defeat Megabyte but decided to be merciful to show he was better than him.
|“||Megabyte: You can't do this... It goes against everything you stand for...
Matrix: You took away my life, destroyed my home, caused nothing but pain and suffering to everyone I held dear! [strikes to the side of Megabyte's head, to his surprise] Surprised? Don't be. You're not worth it. Mainframe will always endure. Remember this defeat, this humiliation. Remember you can never win.
Megabyte: No. YOU remember, boy. How I turned defeat into victory! How I left you with a dying system!
|~ Megabyte and Enzo/Matrix's "final" confrontation.|
Megabyte got away, injured, and prepared to enter the portal. However system hacker Mouse hacked into the portal and redirected its destination to the Web. The Web Creature then pulled Megabyte in, never to be seen again.
The Return & The Hunt
Megabyte had secretly returned to Mainframe shortly after the demise of the super virus Daemon, now transformed into a Trojan Horse virus. Having become more dangerous than ever thanks to his ability to adopt the appearance of any person he has come in contact with (to the point of fooling system scans), Megabyte smartly used this ability to torment Bob, using his appearance to flirt with Dot and eventually propose to her. The real Bob managed to crash the wedding in the very last second.
After having his true identity revealed, Megabyte and Bob began to fight, destroying the wedding chapel. Bob asked Megabyte why he had done all of this, to which Megabyte simply replied:
|“||Hehe... It amused me.||„|
Before Bob could attempt anything, Megabyte blinded him with acid aimed at his eyes. He went back to where Dot was, to give her one final kiss, before changing shape and escaping unnoticed among the binomes.
Megabyte got back to business while Mainframe's leaders were at a loss for words regarding the virus' return, impersonating the living appliance Mike the TV and telling the entire city to panic. He encountered a few of his former military leaders and forced them to join forces with him again, showcasing his new powers to convince them not to refuse his offer.
While a copy he created distacted the Mainframers, Megabyte took control of the War Room and the Principal Office, warning the entire population of Mainframe for what was coming.
|“||Attention. As you are no doubt aware, the Principal Office is now under my complete control. You're probably looking forward to one of my erudite speeches about me, Megaframe, the new viral dawn, et cetera et cetera. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to disappoint you. There is no grand scheme here. This is about revenge. Viruses are predatory by design, and it is time for me to follow my function. Prepare yourselves... for the hunt!||„|
|~ Megabyte ends the series on a cliffhanger.|
ReBoot: Paradigms Lost
In the non-canon comic Reboot: Paradigms Lost, we see the events following "the Hunt", which have left Mainframe devastated and overrun by murderous zombinomes, to the point where the entire System had to be evacuated to the Super Computer. Megabyte placed a spyware device in the Super Computer and so was able to prepare a defense against the Code Master antiviral weapon known as Gnosis, but this failed and Megabyte was seemingly destroyed.
Megabyte acted as the spokesman for Gnosis, though this was later revealed to be a backup created by Gnosis. However, after the defeat of Gnosis, it was stated by Bob that "even Megabyte was brought back".
Reboot: The Guardian Code
Twenty years after Mainframe was shut down, a User named "The Sourcerer" hacked into the system and reanimated Megabyte, as well as altered the virus' appearance and enhanced his abilities, though despite these upgrades, he has lost nearly all battles against the Guardians in almost every single one of his missions.
To keep the virus under his control, The Sourcerer installed a delete code into Megabyte's new body, occasionally used to incapacitate and even threaten to destroy Megabyte with in the event the virus goes rogue or fails to do the Sourcerer's bidding.
After being pulled from Mainframe by The Sourcerer, Megabyte breached the mobile game "Fortress Command" and hijacked the game's fortress, turning it into his new lair and infecting several of its game sprites, turning them into viral sentinels with an Alpha Sentinel in command (which is often destroyed either by Megabyte or by the Guardians and replaced).
Megabyte later plotted to free himself from The Sourcerer's control, which he succeeded. Megabyte began a ruthless quest to infect Social Media City, terrorizing the "Users" of the human world. Megabyte was temporarily thrown into Virusylum, a prison for viruses, though he later managed to escape alongside Hexadicemal.
|“||Megabyte: Now that I command Hexadecimal's power, none can stand against me!
Enzo: You did that?! To your own sister!?
Megabyte: Yes, yes, yes, it's rather good, isn't it?
|~ Megabyte proud of his enslaving his own sister Hexadecimal.|
Megabyte is a manipulative mastermind through and through, and knows just how to manipulate others into doing his bidding. He presents himself as a calm, respectable, patient, sophisticated, refined, obsequious, trustworthy, and capable gentleman almost all the time, even whenever he commits crimes. However he is also cruel, callous, sadistic, unsympathetic, manipulative, monstrous, vicious, megalomaniacal, fearsome, and wicked by nature, and has virtually no redeeming or even comical qualities whatsoever.
Several of his cruelest schemes included shooting Bob into the web and holding his own sister Hexadecimal prisoner to exploit her power to help him conquer the system. Megabyte also displays cunning through his devastatingly vast intelligence where he shows to charismatic, persuasive, competent, and perspicacious.
Megabyte's biggest flaw is his lust for power which Bob used against him in the episode "Infected" when Megabyte craftily invaded the Principal Office and forced Bob to open a chamber containing a portal to the Super Computer. However he was tricked into stepping into a chamber for the deletion of viruses and was ejected from the Principal office.
He also underestimates his enemies, this was revealed in the episode "Showdown" when he encountered a now older Enzo Matrix and perceived him still as a mere delivery boy who couldn't stop him. He was proven wrong when Matrix knocked him down with a devastating punch that put a huge dent in his chest, leaving him speechless and leading to the start of a fierce battle which led to his ultimate defeat.
All in all, Megabyte started off as a power-hungry and ambitious virus who wanted to take full control of Mainframe as well as the Super Computer and would let no one stand in his way. Later on after being trapped in the web and changing, his motives were then just purely for revenge, however when he was brought back by the Sourcerer in the Netflix sequel, he then set objectives to take control of the whole cyberspace, and not just Mainframe alone.
Powers and Abilities
Megabyte is incredibly strong and durable (within his computer existence) and, with the addition of his extractable claws from his knuckles and fingertips, his hover control throne (which he uses when he detaches his legs, but is able to reattach them any time he wishes) and imposing force in close combat. Megabyte could also control non-sentient "machinery" by touching it. Despite this he frequently assigned important tasks to his henchmen Hack and Slash or his seemingly endless supply of like-colored binome underlings.
After being defeated by the mainframers and stranded in the web, Megabyte changed into a trojan horse virus and was able to copy a complete likeness of anything he touched. He was then wiped out by a powerful delete command, but it would seem even that was not enough to destroy Megabyte for good.
- As ReBoot is the first CGI show made in the US (Geometric Fables and Insektors from France debuted first, though ReBoot is still the first half-hour computer animated TV series), that makes Megabyte the first CGI villain in US television history.
- Megabyte's name is a reference to the unit of information of the same name, the megabyte (MB) which is equal to 10⁶ (one million) bytes (B) of computer memory.