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Most character names and place names are puns on computer-related names. See the Glossary for details. With the exception of Bob and Phong, the citizens of Mainframe have a white and black diamond icon. (Top half: white triangle with black background, bottom half: black triangle on white background.)
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Bob is a Guardian, number 452. His goal is to mend and defend. He has to mend ruptures in the interface, and defend his friends from their enemies and from the User's games. Bob is human shaped with a blue face, hair that is the shiny gray of pure silicon, and wears an all-purpose device called Glitch on his armband. Bob's diamond icon is upside down compared to everyone else, has a gold background instead of white, and is shiny instead of flat.
His "hot shot" attitude has caused problems with the relationship between him
and Dot (which appears to be strictly platonic). He has an apartment
down by the docks, where he works on his car (which looks like a cross
between a hovercraft and a 1950's Cadillac with fins).
Dot owns Dot's Diner, the place where most of the stories start. She
is a successful business woman, and either hates Bob for being such a macho and
insensitive protector, or loves having a man around. She is human shaped
with green skin (same as her kid brother, Enzo) and black hair.
Enzo hates being the little kid, but can't help acting like one. ("Can I go with you to Level 31, Bob? Can I, can I, can I, please.") He is human shaped with green skin and usually wears blue pants, a white shirt with the number 01 on it, and a baseball cap. He was spotlighted in "Enzo the Smart", and grows up in "Talent Night". (That's when his outfit changes to say 10 instead of 01.)
In Season III, Enzo is a lot bigger, goes by the name of Matrix, and has a big tattoo.
See the Glossary for info on
A red and yellow dog the size of a pony. His jaws are so strong that
he can catch cannonballs in mid air, hold down an armored tank, and has a V8
with supercharger under the hood. He takes orders only from Enzo. The episode
"In the Belly of the Beast" centers on Frisket.
Phong is the "ancient one" for the show; he knows everything.
His body looks like something that came out of the Stanford AI Lab
in the 1970's; primitive locomotion (single roller), rudimentary hands
(three-pronged grabber). His gold head is bald on top and he wears
a port-red tunic with Chinese dragons embroidered on it. Instead of the
usual diamond icon, Phong has a Chinese Yin/Yang symbol. To obtain his
wisdom, the seeker has to play him at is favorite game, Pong.
Instead of a tv announcer, Mainframe has an announcer TV. Mike has
all the bad qualities of an obnoxious announcer and won't shut up. (In fact,
he is so unbearable that his remote ran away and now no one can shut him off.
In one episode (Wizards...), Mike gets to prove that he is an asset
to the community.
Cecil typifies the snotty French waiter, and appears to have decended
from the original Macintosh computer. His name may have derived from the
server software "CSIL" (pronounced: See-Sil) at Simon Fraser University's
Computer Sience undergraduate lab.
AndrAIa is a game sprite that piggybacked her way into Mainframe
using Enzo's icon in the episode titled "AndrAIa". She is the only person
in Mainframe that is Enzo's age.
Mouse is a human shaped character with lilac-colored skin, flaming red hair, a white shirt and black pants. She has intricate tattoos around her eyes and forehead and speaks with a pseudo-Texas drawl. She has a reputation of being able to sneak into and out of places without being noticed. On her finger she wears a ring with her Mouse signature. This ring appears to be as powerful as Bob's Guardian Tool. Her collectable trading card says "Mous is an adventurous, inter-modal anti-hero for hire."
She was mentioned in passing in "The Crimson Binome" and is the
main character in "The Great Brain Robbery".
Bob has tangled with her before; when she tried to hack into the Supercomputer
while Bob was on duty. Her actions in "Gigabyte" did not make it clear
whether she is a good guy or not. And in "Trust No One", she inadvertantly
triggers the disaster known as "Web World War". No one but Bob trusts
her, although she has become a "good guy" in the third season.
Most of the inhabitants of Mainframe are Ones and Zeros.
Data Sprites are highly evolved energy forms like Bob, Dot, and Enzo. The keep the Mainframe functioning by operating services such as buses, shops and restaurants.In "Medusa Bug", there are at least two other Data Sprites the same size and shape as Dot, but with different hair styles.
Rasta Mon was seen at Al's place in "Quick and the Fed".
He has no lines, so we don't know if he is for or against Bob and the gang.
Rasta Mon has small purple shades, long dreadlocks (that have what appear to
be knives or "control points" tied to the ends). He has a scarlet face that
looks like a typical computer programmer.
Stripe is another character seen in Al's Diner. She has orange, white
and black strips on her shirt and hair. She also has no lines, but is listed
by name in the collectable cards, along with Rasta Mon.
720 x 576 69K Bob, Dot, Enzo, Frisket 610 x 720 50K Bob's face 576 x 720 29K Dot's face 720 x 540 33K Enzo and Frisket running from HD 999 x 750 69K Frisket in warehouse 720 x 540 32K Phong in his game room 720 x 540 51K Mike the TV 720 x 576 48K Cecil in door of diner 720 x 540 65K AndrAIa's claws 720 x 576 31K Mouse, the female hacker 511 x 727 65K Group of binomes