Posté le: Ven 21 Mar 2014 01:07 Sujet du message: [Terminée] Code Lyoko - Personnages - Franz Hopper
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C'est tout chauuuuud ! 10 points pour Serdaigle !
Still using WordReference to fill the blancks and seek inspiration
About inspiration…I couldn't resist adding the phrase « Deus in machina » somewhere (Role in the series)…of course, I guess this addition can be removed…
I'd rather not if I were you…
I often replaced the perfects by presents in the « Story » part because I'm not sure that going back and forth between past and present is as easily accepted in English, and I was always told that History is to be told using present at school
PS : what an idiot ! I didn't even see that the quotes had already been replaced !… (I handled the Occupation one differently, though).
And I also translated the Appearance section, all in vain.
To Shaka : I think that the hyothesis conerning the chronology or Franz' involvement in the Carthage Project are asserted too clearly in french (for example, the fact he didn't know from the start that it was a military project, or the idea that he most probably entered the Carthage Project after Anthea's disappearance*). * Evangelyne agrees that the page on Franz Hopper doesn't make a clear enough difference between facts and guesses. Well, she most likely does. Maybe. I hope. Well, it's just an hypothesis, you get the picture…
Also, in spite of the corrections, one error remained : « Quand Aelita meure »
« I'm Franz Hopper. I'm the one who created Lyoko » #49 Franz Hopper
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Franz Hopper's diary is a key element of season 2.
Our heroes lay hands on it in a station locker, using a key that was inside Mister Pück. It is burned on 13 encrypted Cds, in the form of video clips recorded by Franz while he was working on the Supercomputer, in which he tells the progresses he makes in his research. But it is only much later that the heroes are able to read those files. First, as a security measure, Jeremy saves the diray's data in the Supercomputer. A salutary move, since XANA, who doesn't appreciate to see the diary fallen in its ennemies' hands, xanafies Jeremy and destroyes the CDs !
Jeremy spends much of the 2nd season trying to decode the content of the diary, using data recovered from Sector 5. For instance, it's in the diary that he finds out how to use the neuronal headset (episode 38 « Temptation »). It's in episode 51 « Revelations » that Jeremy finallytakes the plunge and activates a tower in order to decode the diary. Though the attempt was brought very close to a big failure by XANA, Franz Hopper lends a hand and the mission is a great success ! Jeremy then learns much about Franz Hopper and Aelita. Indeed, that's the moment when he understands that there was no virus, but that instead, Aelita was missing a fragment.
« He was a science teacher, right here at Kadic academy. » #28 Uncharted territory
As our heroes learn in episode 28 « Uncharted Territory », Franz Hopper used to be a teacher at Kadic academy when our heroes were still very young : when she sees a photo of Hopper, Sissi remembers seeing him. In the original (french) version, the discipline he teaches is not specified right away, but one can deduce that it was a scientific discipline or mathematics.
Indeed, Franz suddenyl left his job and was replaced by Miss Hertz. The circumstances of his departure are fuzzy, but it is likely that the date matches his departure to Lyoko with Aelita. In episode 90 « Wrong Exposure », the headmaster says that he « disappeared one day without a trace »
Franz also fulfills less official functions since he was part of « project Carthage » before he understood that it was a military program. Once again, it's a part of his life we don't know much about, except that at this time, he still used his actual first name (Waldo) and last name (Schaeffer).
« But that’s impossible! If Hopper’s daughter were on Lyoko, I would’ve definitely known !… » #51 Revelations
The great revelation of the second season is about Hopper's family since we learn that Aelita has never been an artificial program, but the « natural » daughter of Hopper !
We still lack information about Aelita's mother : we don't even know if they were married. If they were, it is when he moved in the Hermitage that Waldo changed his name using his wife's maiden name : Hopper. This woman, named « Aèl » in the writers' documents, looks pretty much like Aelita, especially because of her pink hairs. We are quite sure that she conceived Aelita with Franz and raised her until she was around five years old…and then suddenly disappeared ! The reasons of her disapprearance are also unknown. We can guess that it is somehow connected with her husband's secret activities, although some elements indicate that he started his research and work later. Franz continued to raise his daughter alone, before he had to flee to Lyoko with her. For his utmost misfortune, he also lost her when he had to deactivate the Supercomputer.
In the end, Aelita finds out about her kinship with Hopper and gets back her memories of their past life when she is given back the missing fragment (episode 52 « Reminiscence »). However, she never gets back her everyday life with her father.
« XANA is too powerful. (…) I've got to shut down the Supercomputer. » #57 Aelita
Saying that Aelita and XANA are the two entities who ruled Lyoko is untrue…there is one more, that is to say Franz Hopper !
One again, we lack facts (yeah, I know, it's recurrent!)
As he says in episode 57 « Aelita », Lyoko is still supposed to change and it seems that Hopper intended to do this from within the virtual world.
We don't know exactly to what extend he would have modified this world because the creator was overthrown by his creation, XANA, and its rebellious minions don't leave us a very bright image of Franz Hopper. His avatar doesn't even allow him to fight back XANA's monsters and he has to hide in the Network to get away from them.
However, Hopper has more than one string to his bow. We learn later that like XANA, he has the ability to activate Towers (episode 50 « Contact ») and that those activations have priority over XANA's (episode 51 « Revelation »). He can ever « hoppery » people the way XANA xanafies. Moreover, we saw Hopper take control of two of XANA's mantas (episode 52). He was also able to bring Lyoko back to life and give back her missing fragment to Aelita, which is not a petty achievement !
As we said, he is not dit to attack XANA's creatures, but on the other hand, his digital avatar is resistant enough to endure many shoots. Furthermore, it keeps its shape in the Network's infinite energy flows that usually crush anything that falls inside.
XANA seems to know less than he does. While Hopper created Lyoko and shows Jeremy how to do it (episode 65 «Final Round »), it was only able to create mimics of these Territories : the Replikas.
Still about knowledge, it's Hopper who gives to Jeremy the elements he needs to complete his anti-XANA program.
Therefore, concluding that he matches up XANA would be inaccurate. Hopper is a full-fledged master of the digital world.
Vehicle, weapons and equipment
« And you’re the one who let XANA destroy my diary ! » #49 Franz Hopper
As I previously explained, Hopper doesn't have any shaped avatar on Lyoko. Since XANA hadn't rebelled yet, he probably didn't need any weapon.
As for the vehicles, on one hand they were programed by Jeremy, and on the other hand he doesn't need any, since he levitates.
Role in the series
« Franz Hopper ! Franz Hopper’s helping us ! » #51 Revelations
Franz Hopper is, since the beginning of season 2, a vast mystery.
Reading his story may look simple, however our heroes struggled hard to find out what we know about this character. It's only when Aelita gets back her memory that we really understand how deeply he is connected with Lyoko, XANA…and Aelita !
When XANA gets the upper hand and our heroes are in a dire pinch, Franz Hopper appears as a savior, one might say, a « Deus in machina » Without him, episodes 51 or 52 would have met a tragic conclusion ! He appears chere nobody expects him to do so and turns the situation upside down in a spectacular turn of events. Since episode 50 « Contact », the heroes know that he whishes to establish contact.
When Aelita becomes human again, Franz gets a little less mysterious and is now to weakened to help our heroes, so our heroes decide to bring him back. It is vital to Aelita and what's more, Franz Hopper carries weight to fight XANA.
Franz reappears as a savior again after the cataclysm of episode 65 « Final round » by enabling our heroes to bounce back. After they discover the Network, XANA's destruction becomes a top priority, even above finding Hopper. As for XANA, it's the other way around : Hopper's death is now its first objective.
In spite of this crucial importance, Hopper keeps a very low profile and only comes back at the climax, as usual : one time to save his daughter, another time to provide our heroes with the key of XANA's death.
Ultimately, Hopper embodies the tragic aspect of the series when he dies, taken away by this major mistake that was XANA.
Character and behaviour
« Somone is watching me ! Someone wants to get rid of me ! » #52 Reminiscence
Hopper's psychology evolves quite a lot depending on which part of his life you look at and he was never seen in the series in flesh and blood excepted through flash-backs, so it's complicated to give a precise and unerring view of his personality.
When he lived with his wife, it seems Franz Hopper was a warm, unworried man who was caring towards his daughter ; quite a happy man ! We was see him playing piano with his daughter.
The shadows were quickly cast on those days. After the disappearance of his wife, the diary shows us a new Franz. Darker, more nervous, more mysterious. The more his works progressed, the more it seems his psychological condition seemed to worsen.
Hopper becomes quite a disturbing person : megalomaniac, having delusions of grandeur when he mentions his « Great Project » ! He looks agitated, develops signs of paranoia, endlessly repeats that someone tries to make attempts on his life…His psychological degradation is likely to be caused by his constant stress : he surely suspected the men in black who threatened his life and his daughter's. We can also think of the neuronal headset : remember Jeremy in episode 38 « Temptation » !
He probably still found some reassurance at home with his daughter. We know that he never dropped the piano that may have been his way of escape.
However, Franz' determination doesn't decrease : he still intents to go and live with Aelita in his digital paradise ! When the men in black finally find him, he remains impassive and stoic during their escape to the factory. We cannot say the same thing for the moment when he learns XANA's rebellion : he sounds completely panicked because he knows that his daughter's future is in jeopardy, and his even more.
All that psychological instability leaves us with uncertain ideas of the state in which Franz Hopper would have been seen if Jeremy had managed to bring him back to Earth.
« You mustn’t forget me. Ever ! Never forget, Aelita… » #57 Aelita
Franz Hopper's love may be double : he feels love towards his wife, and paternal love towards his daughter.
We already mentioned how little we know about his wife in the « Family » part so we won't dwell on that. Let's just underline that she and Hopper look deeply in love. The plain look of happiness we can see on his face in the credits' photos is a proves it ; what's more, this happy look doesn't apear anymore in his diary.
Like any good father, Hopper loves his daughter. The unwilled ordeal he makes her go through by virtualizing her and exposing her to XANA might make you think he his an unworthy father, but all he wanted was for her to be safe from the men in black and living happily in whathe initially intended to be a safe digital paradise. One can figure how great his courage must have been when he decided to sacrifice all this and to shut down the Supercomputer…
He later makes up for his mistakes when he brings Aelita back to life and gives her the missing fragment by putting his life on the line, since he uses almost all his energy ; it's only by miracle that he survives.
He is ready to risk his life for his daughter and XANA is well aware of that. He uses Aelita as a bait to force the scientist into showing himself and to get rid of him (episode 82 « Distant Memory »). Hopper barely gets away. However, he ends up sacrifying himself in episode 94 « Fight to the Finish » to provide Jeremy with the missing energy he needs to put an end to this destructive battle.
« I just received a coded message. A message directly from the Internet, and it’s signed…Franz Hopper » #65 Final Round
If Franz Hopper's recent past is cloudy, his distant past is totally unknown. Given his intellecual abilities, he is bound to have been a bright student, though…genius are known for being sometimes under-rated…
We don't know when he met his wife or if they got married mut theyboth seem young during the ending credits.
Their child Aelita brought much happiness into their life until she was around 5 years old. They are sometimes seen in a chalet in Switzerland, which implies they spent some time cut out from the world, or that they simply could afford holidays. But while everything is fine, destiny strikes. Aelita's mother disappeared. Death ? Disappearance ? Still unknown…only one thing is for sure : it's a serious blow for Franz.
Though it remains a mere guess, one can suppose that it is the moment when Hopper started his mysterious works within a team of « the Carthage Project » Hopper was most likely a low-ranking scientist who didn't know about the true nature of the program : a military program. It is likely that he was manipulated.
Then one day, Hopper finds out that the « Carthage Project » was a program aiming at blocking ennemy communications. Surely upset and furious, he sets himself free from his team by fleeing in all likehood. Then he created Lyoko, the well-known digital world, using the Supercomputer, in a deserted factory in which his laboratory was hidden. All those elements fit in a period of 5 or 6 years, until Aelita was 12.
Franz Hopper learned many things on the Supercomputer and its abilities. He created XANA, a multi-agent program, in order to destroy Carthage.
Ulfortunately, he couldn't escape his dark past forever and he soon had to face the facts : someone was watching him and wanted to get rid of him ! One day, the frightening men in black showed up at his place. Giving up on his terrestrial life, Franz escaped with Aelita to the factory. After dealing with the last details, he virtualized himself with his daughter, which he had had in mind for quite some time, in order to life as absolute master on Lyoko, far away from his past, with all that he still had : Aelita. If only everything hadn't changed…
Once he set foot on Lyoko, Franz explained to Aelita that he still had to work on that world. But his explanations were brief : XANA rebelled against its creator straight away and attacked Aelita using Kanrkelats. Franz tried to negotiate to convince XANA that they could coexist peacefully, yet he failed and was also attacked by Hornets.
So he shut down the Supercomputer, puting himself, his daughter and XANA in some kind of deep, inactive sleep…
We don't know what Hopper did all the time when the Supercomputer was inactive and after but it seems he was a prisonner of XANA, we don't know where nor how he managed to set himself free in order to interviene.
During this long period (over a year), the heroes found some leads and followed it. They (and we) learned how important Franz Hopper was in episode 49 « Franz Hopper » during which XANA sent them a polymorphic specter that gave them some precious information under the professor's traits. A little focus :
In this episode, XANA activates 5 towers. When our heores get to the factory, they find a man who is deactivating the towers without going on Lyoko. When they ask him to identify himself, he answers : « I'm Franz Hopper. I'm the one who created Lyoko ! » Then he tells them that he had created Aelita (as the guardia of Lyoko), Lyoko and XANA but that he had lost control of the lattest. When he is asked where he has been all that time, he says he was « some kind of prisonner » After listening them explining their fight against XANA, he says he is worried by their extended exposure to scanners. Indeed, he says, scanners can cause cell degeneration. By examinating Odd, Ulrich and Yumi, he « finds out » that Yumi has some problems and risks cellular disintegration.
Because of this, the rest of the team turns (except Aelita) against Jeremy who has told them that the transferts were harmless. Franz continues working at the factory in order to find a cure. He manages to do so and organizes an expedition to Carthage to get the necesary data. Jeremy wants to help but Franz rejects him.
When Jeremy finally puts two and two together and figures out that Franz Hopper is just one of XANA's polymorphic specters, he manages to stop it with the help of Aelita. At the end of the episode, he reveals that the real Franz Hopper is actually a prisonner somewhere on Lyoko, but the exact location is not mentioned…
XANA hoped to get rid of our heroes in thsi attack that is amongst the most subtle of the series ; however, its ennemies made it out after it had given away vital information…Should they be able to make good use of it…
The occasion to do so is soon provided ! In episode 50 « Contact », our heroes witness Sissi being controlled by some mysterious entity. Sure that XANA is not involved, they however discover a white tower in the Forest Sector, which XANA tries to deactivate at all cost using Megatanks. Even more : it xanatifies someone to get rid of Sissi. She gives to our heroes a coded message before the deactivation of the white tower and then passes out. When he decodes the messages, Jeremy understands that the mysterious entity that tried to contact them was none other than Franz Hopper, who says that he wants to help them.
The reason why Hopper didn't appear before still remains unknown. One again, several possibilities : either he has just set himself free from XANA's clutches, either he finds a way to communicate in spite of his inprisonment…
From that point, he helps out our heroes more and more ofter. First in episode 51 « Revelations » Jeremy, who wants to decode once and for all the data in the diary, activates a tower without anticipating that if XANA was able to control it, it would be able to access to all of Jeremy's data. At the very moment when XANA's attempt is about to succeed, Hopper takes control of the tower without any difficulty and runs the decoding program at full speed.
When Aelita dies, we see the incredible scene of Lyoko's Apocalypse, when the digital world shuts itself down completely, from Carthage to the extremity of the fours other Sectors. Fortunately, Hopper didn't see things this way, and at that moment he reveals how great his power is ! He activates all of the Towers of Lyoko and brings the digital world back to life, as well as his daughter to whom he gives back her memories : an incredible achievement that costs him, according to Jeremy, all o his energy, to the very last drop.
We don't hear anything about Hopper until the middle of season 3, when Aelita brings back the subject and asks Jeremy if he could rematerialise him. In the end, after a few fights and disagreements, Jeremy and Aelita discover a trace of the scientist in Carthage (episode 57 « Aelita ») !
He is still alive, though very weak. Jeremy needs time to develop a new program to localize Franz Hopper but he manages to do so ; when the program is finally ready, it finds Franz Hopper, Jeremy launches the rematerialisation procedure, and…too late !
William destroys Lyoko before Jeremy can finish the job.
We don't know how Franz Hopper survives but he does so by taking refuge in the Network. What's more, he seems to be in better shape than he was on Lyoko, since he is able to send a coded message to Jeremy (episode 65 « Final Round »)
This mail saves the day by enabling his daughter and Jeremy to reprogram Lyoko.
After that, he remains silent as the tomb for some time. Maybe he just keeps a low profile since XANA, now controlling the Network, is most likely to dream of getting rid of its creator on top of planning the world domination.
Yet Franz has to resurface (wow, this is what I call a pun !) to save Aelita when XANA drops her into the digital sea. Holding Aelita's data inside of himself, he draws her out of the water and brings her back on dry land, where XANA's troops are waiting for him and try to kill him. With the help of his daughter and her friends, he barely escapes with his life by diving into the digital sea.
Hopper was probably valuing his digital life less than his desire to see his daughter's sufferings and the threat of XANA brought to a conclusion : he comes back for a last stand. When Jeremy finalizes the multi-agent program to eliminate XANA, Hopper reappears in Lyoko and helps him to complete the code. But when they try to launch it using Carthage's interface, it appears that they lack energy to end the fight ; Hoppers then provides the missing energy. However, while doing this, he remains a sitting duck for the Mantas that fire on him right before his daughter's eyes.
Aelita was most probably the last image he sees because the flying monsters finally kill him, a few seconds before the program is launched and eradicates every trace of XANA in the Network.
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