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Villain Overview

In the very beginning, it was a program that I designed to counter a military project, based on a multi-agent system.
~ XANA himself while posing as Franz Hopper.
A super dangerous program, like a virus, which can control electricity, and activates Towers on Lyoko in order to gain access to your world.
~ Aelita

XANA is the main antagonist of Code Lyoko. It is a sentient and dangerous computer virus that infects the Supercomputer that holds Lyoko. It seeks world domination and to eliminate the obstacles that stand in its way, the Lyoko Warriors.

When possessing Jeremy in the episode "Canal fantôme" ("Ghost Channel" in English) it was voiced by Raphaëlle Lubansu and by David Gasman in the English dub.

Personality

XANA is a dangerous computer virus with a mind of its own, displaying the simple mindset of a hostile force among its vessels. It craves destruction and displays no mercy to those who stand in its way. XANA's computing intellect can calculate attacks and even understand human feelings. It is also cunning, often hiding its intentions until the last moment. But, it can only know theories and logical patterns, making it predictable.

Despite its chaotic and destructive nature, XANA is also logical. It would put survival and greater goals above everything else, even team up with enemies against a bigger threat, and would not risk destroying vital parts in its plans.

Powers and Abilities

XANA is a multi-agent system that acts like a virus. It has taken over the Supercomputer that maintains Lyoko and exploits its advanced capabilities. It was formerly bound to the machine, but escaped into the network after stealing the Keys to Lyoko, infecting other supercomputers with Replikas, copies of Lyoko, to survive.

Lyoko Towers

To act on Earth, XANA activates structures in virtual worlds, called Towers. The only way to stop its actions is by deactivating them.

  • Spectres: Using Towers, XANA manifests physical extensions of itself as virus impulses inside networks, which also emerge from outlets as ghostly spectres into the real world at will. Through them, XANA is capable of many dangerous powers.
    • Ghostly Form: Its spectres are floating, polymorphic energy fields controlled by XANA. They can shape their forms, are immune to physical harm, and can interact with solid objects.
    • Electromagnetic Powers: XANA can control any form of electromagnetic phenomena, mainly to manipulate electricity and cause short circuits. It can also affect the environment with magnetism, ultrasound, or hypnotic waves.
    • Possession: Its most used ability, XANA possesses objects or living things (networks, machines, inanimate objects, chemicals, natural forces, plants, animals, etc.) like a virus to modify and exploit to its will. After increasing its power, XANA can now possess humans to serve as pixelized vessels that do its bidding on its behalf. Only Lyoko Warriors cannot be controlled by XANA. They return to normal when the Towers deactivate and people remember nothing that happened.
  • Polymorphic Spectres: XANA can also manifest spectres that can take human forms, either as clones or shapeshifters. They have powers like possessed humans and disappear when their Towers deactivate.

Other capabilities include materializing or teleporting Lyoko minions to Earth through Scanners or Replikas, controlling special devices it has built, or showing psychic visions to those linked to the Supercomputer.

Monsters & Programs

XANA's monsters

On Lyoko, XANA creates monsters of many varieties to fight enemies and attack targets. It also created the Scyphozoa to steal digital memory or possess warriors on Lyoko. Using its Replika network, XANA is capable of sending the titanic Kolossus, its largest and most powerful monster, to any of the virtual worlds.

It can also alter sectors to manipulate the environment, program illusions and false objects, and open portals, create virtual prisons, plant bugs and viruses, modify incomplete warriors, or retrieve deleted ones to bind to itself. It can also program equipment and vehicles for its own warriors.

Physical Incarnations

XANA is a computer virus in the Supercomputer that keeps an unseen presence in its systems. It has no actual physical form, other than the spectres that it generates into the real world to perform actions using a simple part of its multi-agent system, while its core self remains anchored to the Supercomputer.

The "first" physical incarnation of XANA as seen in "Ghost Channel".

In the episode "Ghost Channel", XANA appears for the first time inside a virtual simulation of the real world as XANA knows it. This manifestation is theorized to be XANA's true self, since it acts with more anger and sadism than any of its programs and considering its behavior when it broke down trying to compute a logical fallacy. The manifestation is a demonic caricature of Jeremy that acts as the controller of its simulated world, and it was destroyed when Aelita dispersed the bubble with her powers.

XANA later manifested through a Polymorphic Spectre resembling Franz Hopper in the episode "Franz Hopper". Unlike most spectres, this imposter was capable of articulate speech and used deception rather than brute force, implying Xana was in direct control of it. However, the disguise wasn't flawless, as he showed distain towards Jeremie for letting "XANA destroy my diary"; in truth, XANA had tried to destroy it, but failed due to the intervention of the real Franz Hopper.

The second direct appearance of XANA was at the end of "The Key", where an enormous mass of a spectre was seen spiraling into the sky from the factory as the program escaped Lyoko. This is only form of XANA to be confirmed in-universe as its true form, since it was seen leaving the Supercomputer as a collective force rather than a weaker part of itself.

XANA's true form as it is dying.

The third and final incarnation of XANA was the spectre that appeared in "Fight to the Finish". The spectre itself had the unique ability to possess William in the real world, despite him being scanned by the supercomputer. The other unique feature is the misshapen Eye of XANA that appears on its torso, of which no other spectre has had. This spectre is assumed to be XANA's real-world form since it expressed pain that went in tandem with XANA's ultimate destruction.

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