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ReBoot Trivia & references from Wikipedia

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Character referances
-The character Dot Matrix is named after the method of using an array of dots to generate characters, symbols and images. ---The dot matrix was once widely used in the form of dot matrix displays and dot matrix printers.

-frisket (′fris·ket)
(graphic arts) A mask used to protect the portions of photographs and artwork that are not be be airbrushed.

-The character Phong is an obvious allusion to the game Pong. Phong has a rule that any who seek his advice must first play him in a game of physical Pong. However, phong shading is also an interpolation method used in three dimensional graphics rendering.

-The villain Megabyte is named after the unit of data measure which represents 1,048,576 bytes (a megabyte). Near the end of the second season Hex and Megabyte are fused, creating the new virus Gigabyte. Furthermore, in Daemon Rising, he is revealed to have evolved from a virus named Killabyte (a play on words, referencing a Kilobyte). The power of the virus reflects the magnitude of the unit used as its name. 1,024 kilobytes make 1 megabyte, and 1,024 megabytes make one gigabyte.

-Hexadecimal, the benign virus, is named for the base-sixteen numerical system, otherwise known as the hexadecimal system.
A mostly unseen character known as Al may be a reference to A.I. programming. Because Al and A.I. are nearly indistinguishable in sans serif typefaces and A.I.s generally take a long time to develop even the "slowest" intelligences.
For references to computer terminology in the episodes, see List of ReBoot episodes.

-Scuzzy, hexadecimals fammiliar is a referance to SCSI.

- Hack and Slash are obviously refeances to the keyboard charachters / and \

-Mouses' name refer to a computer mouse

Pop Culture Referances

-At the start of the episode The Tiff, Dot’s business associate tells Dot the download from the first national data-bank is late. This is a reference to the First National Bank.

-In the same episode, Bob receives a hologram which is introduced by Mike the TV. The video message begins with Mike saying, “When you care enough to send the best, use Holomark”. This is a reference to the company slogan of Hallmark Cards: "when you care enough to send the best, use Hallmark."

-In the episode "Talent Night", Dot and a binome named Emma Fee are giving auditions for the birthday party show. Emma Fee is a program censor who keeps rejecting nearly every act for trivial reasons, to preserve morality or prevent depictions of violence. She heartily approves, however, of a group of male binome singers and dancers called the "Small Town Binomes", who are an obvious parody of the Village People and sing in the style of YMCA. In addition, "BSP" happens to be the initials of Broadcast Standards and Practices, ABC's censors. BSP was used in a season one episode to move Bob through a stained-glass window rather than shattering it, a technique BSP felt children would emulate (also could refer to a Binary Space Partitioning (BSP) symptom). Further references to the American networks dropping ReBoot were inserted in the "Web World Wars" episode when Megabyte's Armored Binome Carriers ("A.B.C.s") betrayed the Mainframe C.P.U. fighters in mid-battle ("The A.B.C.s have turned on us! Treacherous dogs!") and in the first episode of the third season, a tombstone inside the "Malicious Corpses" game cube read "Here lies the Mainframe joint venture, an unholy alliance."

-In this same episode, when Megabyte and Bob guitar duel, Megabyte turns his volume to eleven, a reference to Spinal Tap. Bob also refers to the guitar form of Glitch as "B.F.G.", a reference to the BFG9000 ultimate weapon of the Doom game series.
The two worker characters from the 1985 Dire Straits music video "Money For Nothing" make a cameo appearance in "Talent Night", which is fitting since they were designed and animated by the creators of ReBoot. Primitive by today's standards, the "workers" could be considered celebrities of the computer-generated character set.

-The series has numerous references to a sector of Mainframe named "Kits" this is most likely a reference to the real neighborhood of Kitsilano in Vancouver.

-"Talent Night" also featured a comedian named Johnny O. Binome, whose binary joke translates as "Take my wife, please", a cyclops-like robot that served as the YTV logo (although in airings outside of Canada, the YTV logo, but not the robot, is omitted), and Captain Quirk, an obvious Captain Kirk / William Shatner impersonation who did the first verse of "Rocket Man" in the style Shatner himself used at the 1980 Science fiction awards ending with Quirk bowing, causing his toupee to fall off, and disappearing in the style of a Star Trek transporter. When Megabyte makes his appearance, he turns the amps on his guitar up to 11. When he leaves, Mike the TV announces that "Megabyte has left the building!".

-Later episodes featured direct parodies of films (the James Bond oeuvre; Toy Story; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Jurassic Park) and TV classics such as Thunderbirds, Star Trek and The Prisoner. Other binomes to have had quick cameos included Kiss, Sailor Moon, Indiana Jones, an Elvis Impersonator, and Fax Modem and Data Nully (the latter of which was voiced by The X-Files actress Gillian Anderson).
Although the "User" opponents featured in early episodes were usually invisible or designed with a minimalist appearance, increased computer rendering power allowed the third and fourth season game cubes to feature users who were parodies of known game characters and actors. These included:
A Sonic the Hedgehog/Crash Bandicoot hybrid "Rocky Raccoon", a Beatles reference, no less.
Ash Williams, in the "Malicious Corpses" game, a parody of the Evil Dead film series, which is furthered by constantly muttering "Groo-vy" , when the User is killed, hollering out, "I'm dead before dawn! I'm dead before dawn!" which is part of the running title for the Evil Dead II.
Mike Myers in an Austin Powers-style game.
Brendan Fraser in a game reminiscent of The Mummy. (This same game references the user as 'Raiding the Tomb' and Dot hopes for a pair of .45's when she reboots, both references to the game and later movie Tomb Raider.)
An Asian game sprite resembling Bruce Lee appears in a sports game, wearing the yellow and black jump suit from Game of Death
A trio of golfers made of a shark, tiger and sombrero, referring to the real life golfers Greg "The Shark" Norman, Lee "The Merry Mex" Travino and Tiger Woods.
Enzo rebooting into Scorpion of Mortal Kombat fame.
A Pokémon/Dragonball Z parody in which Matrix became a gym leader resembling a cross between Ash Ketchum and Goku, Frisket rebooted into a Pikachu lookalike, and Bob was trapped in a little dodecahedron (itself a Star Trek reference) that was supposed to be a Poké Ball of sorts. The User himself looks like Super Saiyan Gohan.
A Game Cube containing characters from Wacky Races.
Other Game Cubes included parodies of a variety of action figures from G.I. Joe to Barbie.

-One of the brands in the city of Mainframe is "Calvin Spline", a reference to Calvin Klein. An advertisement in the subway reads "Picadilly Circuits", an obvious reference to London's Piccadilly Circus.

-The season three episode, "To Mend and Defend" featured a parody of the Michael Jackson music video "Thriller", where Enzo reboots into a zombie that wore the same clothes as Michael Jackson in the "Thriller" video. Also, he performed some of Michael Jackson's signature dance moves (such as the moonwalk) to Michael Jackson-esque music to get the User to waste ammunition on him. In the same episode there is a reference made to the Adobe program Photoshop, when Mouse says, "Uhh, sorry to break up this Photoshop moment..."

-In the season two episode, "Nullzilla", Bob, Dot, Enzo, Frisket, and Mike the TV parody series such as Voltron and Power Rangers as they don alike suits and pilot insect-like giant robots to fight the giant monster. "Nullzilla" also pokes fun at the way these shows feature machines which don't really have a plausible way to fit together.

-In Season three, Episode sixteen, one of Megabyte's ex-sprites exclaims, "Great Norton's Ghost!" a reference to a piece of software of the same name used for imaging computers.

-In one episode, you can view a screen that says "Media Offline" which is an error message given to users of the Video editing software AVID when it can not find your file (Usually due to being disconnected from the server)

-The episode "Trust No One" has a pair of binomes who introduce themselves as C.G.I. special Agents Fax Modem and Data Nully. They are obvious direct satires of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully from the Fox series X-Files.

-The gateway Megabyte builds in the episode "When Games Collide" resembles a Stargate.

-In the episode "Bad Bob", a binome, upon seeing Mainframe's core corrupted, explains "Maniacs! They blew it up!" - a reference to Planet of the Apes.


-Glitch, Bobs keytool is referance to a computer glitch

-Copland, Turbos keytool is a referance to Apples Copland OS which was never released

-CPU's The main defense of mainframe is referencing the Central Processing Unit
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