I loved Code Lyoko as a kid! I really liked the idea of the show, the music, and everything! Odd and Aelita were my favorites! Odd because he's... odd, and Aelita because her hair was pink and she was a really deep character. I remember wishing that I could go to Lyoko. What about you? What was your favorite character and part about the show?
Code Lyoko happened for me at a time before I did a lot of the meta-analysis that I do currently, so I think for the most part I just kind of absorbed it. It also doesn’t help that I’ve never really done a comprehensive watch-through of the series; it was just whichever episodes were on when I happened to be watching TV.
Off the top of my head though, I think I really liked Yumi, but I was also super interested in XANA, and exploring them as a character rather than just a lurking presence. (Ironically I don’t think Odd stood out to me that much despite being everything young me adored- purple, a cat, the Funny One)
I think that really started when I saw the episode where Lyoko’s battery was dying and XANA overtook someone to save both themselves and Aelita- without really even the pretense of calling a ceasefire, just sort of grabbing Jeremie and going “Fix this. I brought what you need.”
That, and the episode with the Marabounta intrigued me. Like, again, I don’t recall if there ever was a time I felt like we ever really “met” XANA as much as just saw them interacting indirectly, but there always felt like there was a consciousness there- and not even one that was particularly angry at the warriors as much as inconvenienced by them and a little puzzled.
I remember doodling a lot of designs of what I thought XANA might look like if they manifested their own body in Lyoko or out of it- I sort of arbitrarily decided XANA was female, and my take on her was very tall, with a huge cleaver-type sword. I associated her a lot with the color orange, also, even though those signature specters are black.
hunk: i consider myself to be a pretty laid-back, easy-going, nice guy! i prefer making friends, not enemies, y’know? i don’t like stepping on people’s toes. i feel like everything would be better if everyone learned to chill out.
Even though Harry is my favorite actor from the cast, I think his acting is a little over the top in the sneak peek from next episode. I mean I know Magnus is dramatic, but he is sort of coming across as a caricature of who Magnus actually is in that scene.
You know, it’s interesting you point this out because I personally don’t believe this is a misstep on Harry’s part; I think this is a deliberate choice in terms of how Magnus behaves with various people. The reason I say this is because I’ve noticed it’s been a very consistent trait Harry has given Magnus when he’s around those he doesn’t fully trust or know.
I think in S1 and throughout most of 2x01, we see him largely around Alec, someone he’s willing to be more genuine with (Clary, too). But watch him in 1x04 (with Elias where he twirls like 3x in the scene, but also when he’s flirting with Alec while Jace is watching – when he flips that table with his foot, please), 1x07 where Jace and Luke are both present (Jace’s presence is usually the main factor because Magnus isn’t especially fond of Jace), 1x12 during the Institute meeting and when they’re going to find Ragnor (again, Jace (and Hodge) are present). Even the way he approaches Jace and Clary in 1x12 after the kiss is over, there’s a swagger you don’t see when his focus had been Alec.
You’re right, it’s an exaggeration and it’s not representative of who Magnus actually is. But I think that’s the point: it’s a deliberate front he puts up, a way of deflecting people from seeing the real him. Magnus does not like to be seen as who he really is. He’s an extremely guarded individual, and the hair, the makeup, the clothes, the gestures, even his speech patterns – that’s all there to shield him. The real Magnus is a privilege reserved for the rare few who have managed to sneak their way into his heart. At the time of that scene, Simon isn’t one of those people.