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Work In Progress
Almost finished, actually…but since the english version of the website was recently updated, which indicates that a translation is going on, I thought my work would go to waste if I didn't post soon what I have done until now. I'll edit this message later when my task is done.
A few hours later : Finished !
Oh, and I met more difficulties than usual. Difficulties I encountered :
“ Il peut parfaitement utiliser des coups latéraux et horizontaux” > “Though he can cut with the side of the blade” I didn't keep the distinction between vertical and horizontal cuts, since I didn't find it very relevant, given the context.
“Ayant une dent contre William et des épées pour contenir sa flamberge” > flamberges are swords. I think there is a pun, but I quite didn't catch it.
“Auprès des fans, c'est bien entendu le beau gosse qui doit faire rêver les filles et laisser les garçons en admiration !” > “beau gosse” is a hard one :\ It means both “beautiful” (in a seduction context) and “badass/cool guy” (in fights); it can even be pejorative ! What's more, I'm not into unnecessary sexism, so in my translation girls and boys may share the same dreams, whatever their gender.
“les mises à l'épreuve sportives” > “mettre à l'épreuve” means putting to the test, checking whether one is good enough or not. But there is a pun with “épreuves sportives” that means “tournament”, “sports competition” It's not really funny, but it somewhat adds more information…
“son camarade de chambre lui sort parfois par les oreilles” > another distorted phrase. We usually say : “sortir par les trous de nez” (this is getting out through my nostrils = I'm fed up with this) ; but because of the episode in the example, the nose is replaced by ears. I translated : “he has had it up to ears with his roommate” (here > the ears) to keep the pun.
“il se met alors à fréquenter une autre fille” > “fréquenter” can mean frequent, “hang out” (with buddies), or even “go out with” Since the relationship between Ulrich and Emily is unclear, I translated “hang out…and they see each other”
“Ulrich crachera sa bille” > OMG WHY IS THIS PAGE SO HORRIBLE T____T
Hum…I translated “to split one's bile/rancor”. A cautious translation would be: “to give somebody a piece of one's mind” put it's a little soft.
Notes for Shaka : (or why a Falcon shouldn't be allowed to translate )
J'ai remarqué que tu orthographiais “événement” “évènement”
“Si en croit cette seconde théorie”
“D'autres questions se posent sur cette prise” > le triplicata est une “compétence” (en mode RPG ) mais pas une “prise” d'arts martiaux…
“faisant croire qu'il y a trois clones de lui (…) répartis en triangle” > Comment, pas en carré ?
“lui infligeant d'ailleurs de sérieuse défaite” > sérieuses défaites
“Ses sauts d'humeur peuvent être de grand moment” > (saute d'humeur + grands moments)
“il aime les défis, la challenges” > les challenges. Ou “la challenge” si tu veux franciser (ce qui serait plutôt original)
“comme toute ses personnes qui possèdent un cœur renfermé” > toutesces
“Certes il se plaignait des attaques incessante de XANA” > incessantes
“seront amenés à dépenser beaucoup de temps ensemble...” > Dépenser ? Moi, j'aurais traduit “spend a lot of time” : “passer beaucoup de temps”
“Ulrich crachera sa bille à Yumi” > bile, il me semble
“Ulrich restera ébahi devant le pic lancé par celle qu'il aime” > la pique ?
“ne manquant pas de soulager ses désirs sur le lit d'Ulrich !” > Besoins plutôt. Enfin, peut-être que Kiwi est un obsédé sexuel et qu'on ne nous le dit pas
“D'un sourire vengeur, Ulrich va subjuguer Kiwi dans la chambre d'Odd” > subtiliser ?
“mais les héros s'en relève toujours plus fort !” > relèvent
“D'autres crises le travaille parfois comme des embrouilles avec Yumi” > travaillent
“Le rôle d'Ulrich dans les tumultes restent simples.” > reste simple
We can point out that Ulrich is scared of heights, which sometimes causes complications on Earth, as in episode 44 “Vertigo”…
He practices Pencak Silat, a martial art from Malaysia and Indonesia. He sometimes uses this combat sport to block XANA's attacks, even on Lyoko (episode 51 “Revelations”).
What's more, Ulrich is a bloody good football player, whose skills and abilities are beyond those of any student in Kadic ! We can witness his prowess in episode 21 “Zero Gravity Zone”
At the beginning of the series, Ulrich, in the 8th year, is pretty much what you may call a bad student : his grades are pretty low and close to being unsatisfactory, in spite of some efforts that we can witness. Eventhough he sometimes revises for an important test, this young man can't help it : he is absolutely not into lessons and he'd rather isolate himself and watch the horizon…He manages a shy average of 10,75/20, which makes his parents quite resentful, so they make him go through private lessons (episode 3 “Holiday in the Fog”)
He is a boarding-school pupil in 8th, then 9th grade.
His parents are quite demanding and not the demonstrative type : to them, academic success is essential ! Their invisible pressure constantly makes Ulrich feel uncomfortable. Their first appearance is in episode 21 “Zero Gravity Zone” Ulrich is thought to be an only child. Like the other heroes, he only sees his parents during holidays (Episode 82 “Distant Memory”), and that is when he does not scheme to get a week of detention…
There is all reason to believe that Ulrich's father was a very good student and has a high status in society.
He visits his son once, in episode 65 “Final Round” : we can then witness how narrow-minded he is and that all he cares about is academic success.
He gets so angry that he even implies that Ulrich's friends have a bad influence over him ! That is the precise moment when his relations with his son get out of hand. Ulrich completely loses his temper when he hears his father's criticisms towards his close friends and he ditches him in the headmaster's office, saying that he has finished listening to him. Time is not sufficient to let those tensions subside : family meetings are always gloomy, as we can see in episode 82. All that Ulrich wants then is to jump at any chance to get back to his friends.
- Supersprint! This ability allows Ulrich to be one of the fastest of the group. As you can guess by the name, this power enables Ulrich to run at a speed beyond belief, even in a virtual world : it almost equals that of he vehicles! He is so fast tat sometimes the can climb vertical surfaces by running long distances…
This technique is characterized by an immediate acceleration when Ulrich says the world “Supersprint” Then, he crossed great distances so fast that his legs turn invisible, and he can also jump further. In this wake, he leaves a long orange trail than fades away little by little.
It is a one-shot skill and it is very efficient for tasks like flash attacks, short missions (such as the activation of the key) or a quick run to save Aelita from the Scyphosoa.
Combined with the next power, it makes Ulrich a first-rate Lyokowarrior.
- Triplicate : this ability allows Ulrich to split into three!
This power is pretty much unclear, compared to the previous one and the nature of the three clones thus generated raises issues.
The first season does not leave any room for doubt about the fact that two of the three Ulrich are but harmless dolls that can be taken away by a single shot, and whose purpose is solely to create a diversion and protect the real Ulrich who retains all his skills and aptitudes.
But in the two next seasons, Ulrich's mimics do not seam to be mere decoys anymore! In episode 47 “Tip-Top Shape”, each of the samurais does fight and destroys monsters : they even pass to each other a Kankrelat before finishing it off…
According to these facts, we can emit a second hypothesis : that Ulrich divides into three instances of “himself”, each one being able to think by himself, feel as only one of them would…
This ability raises other questions, like : “What happens to the clones when the original one is devirtualized? Are lifepoints equally allocated to each clone? Etc.”
Nonetheless, triplicating remains a key advantage in close combat against foes when there are too many of them, or when they re too powerful…And yet, it turns unefficient against William (Episode 67 “Double Take”).
The effect of this skill can be easily cancelled by the samurai who just has to shout “Fusion”, then all the remaining Ulrich become one again.
- Triangulate : it seemed appropriate to treat this skill aside, though it is affiliated to the Triplicata…
When Ulrich executes this technique, he stands near to a monster – most often, a Blok or a Megatank – and starts running at the highest Supersprint speed. He thus creates an illusion that makes it look like there are three clones of himself that surround the monster, drawing an equilateral triangle ; but actually, there are not three Ulrich : there is only one, who runs at full speed on the three sides of the triangle. The monsters do not know which way to turn anymore and get shred into pieces!
This skill is efficient only on a very narrow space, against monsters like Bloks.
Vehicle, weapons and equipment
Weapon : Ulrich's weapon is a digital sword that looks pretty much like a Japanese katana if you examine the shape, the length and the design. It allows Ulrich to execute short-range, very powerful attacks, by focusing all the power of his digital muscles in his strikes. Though he can cut with the side of the blade, he is more inclined to thrusting the blade in the eye of the monsters in order to destroy them quicly, which he sometimes does while shouting : “Impact!”
His sword is both an offensive and a defensive weapon since the digital samurai uses it to block normal laser shots with quite a great accuracy, or other attacks (with less success…)
But this sword is not invulnerable : it can be devirtualized by repetaed shots (as in episode 57 “Aelita”), or simply break under the pressure of more powerful attacks such as a Megatank's attack…
Ulrich was seen throwing his sword and getting it back immediately only one, in espide 53 “Straight to the Heart” ; else, when he throws his sword, he is unarmed as long as he does not get it back! This problem is partially dealt with when Jeremy reprograms our heroes' avatars : Ulrich gets a second sword. Which enables him to do more katas, faster combos and to block more easily violent attacks such as those of his XANA-warrior rival.
However, those twin blades do not cope with Ulrich's major weakness : flying monsters, which are quite hard to reach with sword(s). What's more, his blade(s) can get stuck in a foe.
Another major weakness is that anyone can use a sword, and there has been occurrences when a virtualized xanatified foe took away one of Ulrich's weapons and used it against its rightful : William, in episode 70 “Skidbladnir”, and Aelita in episode 90 “Wrong Exposure”
Vehicle : Ulrich rides the Overbike!
Basically, it is a variation of a motorbike, except that it is green, one-wheeled, and equipped with a small jet engine at the back, which can be activated using the acceleration handles, like in one of our scooters…The seat is long and can take a second occupant. The sheath of his sword can be hung on the sides, which allows Ulrich to pull out his weapon quickly or to sheathe it back during the hih speed races.
Role in the series
Ulrich is a fighter, he would rather not touch computers and stuff! He does not seem to be comfortable when Jeremy tries to initiate him to the arts of computing in episode 72 “Crash Course”.
On Lyoko, he is an unrivalled fighter, maybe the best of the group. Like he says in episode 51 “Revelations”, Odd has never beaten him (but is he really objective?) That's why he is ofter the one who has to clean up the passage to the tower with a deadly assault! It is not uncommon that, arriving late, he makes an amazing entrance and accomplishes what Odd and Yumi had failed.
That's what happens in episodes 36 “Marabounta” and 35 “The Chips are Down” : Ulrich, apologizing for being late, saves the day. This impression is brought to fever pitch by episode 12 “Swarming Attack”, when Ulrich wipes out by himself a whole squad of Hornets that had previously made fools of Yumi and Odd. From that perspective, Ulrich's role is crucial in action scenes. He is the key combatant, while Yumi is rather a tactician and Aelita a methodical element.
Since he holds a grudge against William and has swords to express himself, it is not rare to see him fighting his (love) rival. Yet it takes pretty much time before Ulrich is finally able to take William down all by himself. The girls of the team take away the pleasure to be the first one to defeat the dark fighter ; Odd takes away the glory of striking the final blow to Dunbar when our heroes rematerialize him in episode 93 “Down to Earth”. Generally speaking, Ulrich is the one who manages best when it comes to fighting William, and he often inflicts painful defeats at the end of the battle. But William frequently turned the situation round when Ulrich was apparently dominating it. Indeed, Ulrich's a tendency to rush headlong that plays tricks on him: he is often surprised by an unexpected use of Supersmoke. Even during their last battle, William evades Ulrich this way.
On Earth, his grumpy mood and bad temper make him an unpredictable character, which can make an episode more suspenseful! His mood swings can be intense scenes, especially when William is around…
Not to mention that Ulrich is the reason of Sissi's half-assed schemes!
To fans, Ulrich stands as a cool, handsome guy who makes us dream.
Character and behaviour
In my opinion, there are two sides to Ulrich's personality : what is mysterious, and what is predictable.
Mysterious because he never was the confiding type; predictable because he undeniably has some character traits that you can easily read, and sometimes his reactions are subsequently easy to guess!
On Earth like on Lyoko, Ulrich is determined and he always takes his decisions seriously. Even though he is sometimes in awe in front of XANA's attacks, as in episode 1 “Teddygozilla”, Ulrich is courageous; therefore, most of the time, he is the one who does not dive into Lyoko and stays on Earth to deal with XANA's threats. He is quite daring and does not hesitate to take the risk of being electrocuted in episode 76 “The lake” to allow Aelita to escape from XANA's trap and go to the factory.
Ulrich has the character of a young, proud teenager. He is short-tempered and you can easily make his blood boil with a single comment, even if it is just a joke. In which cas he can be so aggressive that he would immediately start a fight (episode 39 “A Bad Turn”) or tell his parents where to get off! But if he manages to contain himself, he is likely to mock the person he is speaking to without hesitation – Sissi, in most cases.
If he is humiliated, Ulrich is generally seen to be unreachable as he tends to seek for solitude, in order to put up with his humiliation alone (episodes 36 “Marabounta” and 44 “Vertigo”). He keeps on sulking until a great event or a crisis (often caused by XANA) shows up. However, as time passes, Ulrich seems to get more and more mature and causes less and less worries to is friends.
Sadly, on top of that, Ulrich is and remains a hopeless jealous (see below)!
His pride is not only visible when he violently reacts to problems, it affects his whole personality. Ulrich is a very competitive person, he enjoys challenges and tests, especially in sports or even in Lyoko, if you consider the slaughter of monsters to be a form of sports.
During action scenes, he does not hesitate before running in, especially if Yumi's life is at stake! However, (pretty much) unlike Odd, he sometimes takes the time to plan carefuly, which only makes his fights more impressive! [Translator's Note : iterally: go at a hellish pace]!
But what makes him really enthusiastic is the idea of a good fight; so sometimes, he does not stop for a tactical pause…
As for his behaviour, he often appears with his hands in the pockets, with a far-away look in his eyes, playing the role of the good-looking guy who does not notice the effects of his presence on women's hearts and would not care about it anyway.
Ulrich really appreciates calm and discretion. So it's surprising to see him develop friendly ties with Odd, though there are times when he has had it up to ears with his roommate (episode 18 “Killer Music”).
Indeed, even when he is not worked up, Ulrich still is a grouchy person, as the end of episode 38 'Temptation” puts it. He would generally complain about classes, heavy weather or XANA.
But Ulrich's male pride rises calls for another word : mystery.
In episode 21 “Zero Gravity Zone”, Odd says that asking Ulrich to tell his secrets is like asking Jeremy to run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds! Ulrich is a silent character, therefore he is really mysterious. You never know for sure what is really going on in his mind or what he feels.
However, like many withdrawn persons, Ulrich is actually big-hearted and sensitive. We can witness that in episode 18 “Killer Music”, in which he feels guilty for getting angry against Odd and leaving, which left the way open for XANA to attach his friend. Eventhough he tries not to show his feelings for Yumi, he is devastated when she dies in episode 6 “Cruel Dilemma” or when he thinks that William kisses her (episode 39 “A Bad Turn”). And when the Japanese girl is lost in the Network, he is so distressed that he won't listen to Jeremy (episode 77 “Lost at Sea”).
Ulrich also has a dreamy side, which explains why he does not fit exactly for school. He does make some efforts, probably because of this parents' pressure, but he feels more at the right place when he is on Lyoko saving the world, or at least on a soccer field trying to save Kadic. The last episode of the series (95 “Echoes”) echoes back to this aspect of his personality: though he has been complaining about XANA's non-stop attacks, though he had been hoping for the end of the war…in spite of that…well…he somewhat enjoyed this hazardous life more than a chair in a classroom. [Translator's Note: “seyait” (veb “seoir”) generally means: “This piece of clothe looks beautiful on you” or, in this case “It is suitable for me”]
Ulrich's love story begins at his first martial arts lesson at Kadic Academy, when he meets Yumi Ishiyama! Very soon, he blushes before the beautiful face of the Japanese girl! Then, they are caught up in the Lyoko adventure and they get to spend a lot of time together…
Indeed, Ulrich feel in love with the young Japanese. This is pretty clear in episode 4 “Log Book” because Ulrich writes down his feelings in his private diary. Whn you watch this episode, you can feel his love and the even says to Yumi that some day, he will tell her about it! He and Yumi continue to hope and to tenderly glance at each other while Sissi does everything she can to damage their relationship.
One of Sissi's worst dirty tricks happens in episode 12 “Swarming Attack”: she writes to Ulrich a fake love letter pretending it is from Yumi. Then, Ulrich tries to do a clumsy declaration, but it turns really awkward and embarrassed, Yumi replies that she never wrote any letter to him. Therefore, Ulrich enters one of his famous sulking fit until the climax on Lyoko. After the return to the past, he rewards Sissi with a nice humiliation, and everything is back to normal.
But the relationship between Ulrich and Yumi just does not seem to evolve: sweet glances, sweet little words, then suddenly some big event, good or bad…and then, back to a quite tiresome routine!
One day, this routine becomes unbearable for Ulrich who feels that he is nothing but a friend to Yumi. As a reaction, he hangs out with an other girl he likes, and they see each other more and more often! This new bind (episode 22 “Routine”) does not fail to make Yumi mad: in a bitter row, Ulrich splits his bile to Yumi and leaves her on the verge of crying! On Lyoko, the atmosphere is also very tense since XANA launches an attack that would kill them in case of devirtualization. In front of this new danger, the rancors quickly fade and our friends help each other; Ulrich saves Yumi from falling into the digital sea. At the moment when Aelita enters the tower, while Odd is elsewhere and Jeremy unconscious in the factory, Ulrich and Yumi indulge in a natural pulsion, their eyes close, their faces slowly move closer to each other and their lips…don't join because of the white light of the Return to the Past!
Nonetheless, for Ulrich, even if he and Yumi agreed not to mention the event to their friends, the routine is no more: he has got his answer…
It is quite difficult to guess why the two teenagers choose to keep their relationship a secret when you see how unsure and fragile it was from the start! Constantly threatened by Sissi, who manages to bargain Ulrich into kissing her in episode 19 “Frontier” (which Yumi never actually know anything about…) it will get even more fragile when a new faction joins the battle.
William, a newcomer at Kadic Academy (episode 27 “New Order”) soon falls completely in love with Yumi, so a deadly competition begins between him and Ulrich…
Since Ulrich is into Yumi only, he often bumps into William pretty much everywhere: stalking whenever he is in Yumi's company (episode 27 “New Order”, episode 36 “Marabounta”), imagining that she is late because she was meeting with him in secret : anything becomes an excuse to make trouble about William! In a quite ironic way, Ulrich turns out to be much more jealous than Yumi.
However, William's presence does somewhat improve things because it forces Ulrich to be more open towards Yumi, at risk of seeing William reveal his feelings in his place!
In episode 39 “A Bad Turn”, encouraged by his other friends, Ulrich is even about to make a declaration to Yumi. Unfortunately, when he arrives in front of her home, she is in the company of William who she did not expect: he runs away with a heartache…
What William calls “the race for Yumi” actully turns into a mini-war including provocations, challenges, teasing, and even fights.Ulrich has no idea that he still holds his positions in Yumi's heart and that William has no chance for now!
As for Sissi, she does everything she can to worsen the situation with hurting observations and again, she steals a kiss to Ulrich (Episode 41 “Ultimatum”), about which Yumi never finds out! By the way, we can see that this kiss feels less disgusting that the one from season 1 to Ulrich.
There is another misunderstanding at the beginning of episode 52 “Reminiscence”, but Yumi makes it crystal clear that Ulrich has immediately been mistaken about her intentions and that she initially intended to go to the dance with him…Shamefaced, Ulrich decides to do it and goes to her place to say his feelings to her. But at the exact moment when we was about to make his declaration, Jeremy calls him for a trip to Lyoko…
Then come the holidays, leaving the relationship at a frustrating standstill. At the start of the school year, Yumi needs the situation to be clear so she coldly tells to Ulrich : “We're just good friends, that's all”! Ulrich stays stunned by this cutting remark, but he does not complain about it at all (episode 53 “Straight to the Heart”)…
As a result, the atmosphere in the group takes a serious blow…
Yumi's feelings remain unclear…Did she actually think what she was saying ?
Anyway, Ulrich's unconditional love does not fade, nor does his jealousy: even in front of Johnny, Hiroki's pal who has a crush on the gorgeous Japanese (episode 58 “The Pretender”)!
For what comes next, it entirely depends on Yumi. Ulrich would rather make as if there was nothing between them, even though Odd is here to remind him that it is untrue. But the young man prefers to protect his heart from any further damage. However, he goes out of his way to stay in the good books of his loved one. He bends over backwards to get back her respect after he forgot to wish her a happy birthday (episode 78 “Lab Rat”). He also brings back together Hiroki and his sister (eipsode 77 “Lost at Sea”).
But yet again, he incurs the wrath of Yumi when he accepts to take the blame for one of Odd's stupid pranks (that is to say, giving to the Kadic News a compromising photo of Yumi). Particularly annoyed by the resulting conflict, he orders Odd to tell the truth. Odd sneaks off, but unexpectedly, Yumi tells to Ulrich that she had understood that “you wanted to get my attention, didn't you ? I guess you thought that if we had a fight, then I would start thinking about you all the time…”
This said, she says that he does not need that to get her attention and sweetly kisses his forehead, which makes him turn as red as a tomatoe.
The absence of William does Ulrich some good since he does not have to handle their rivalry anymore; even Sissi's attacks seem to stop. He surprises himself by saying Odd that he hopes his relationship with Yumi is not simply that of friends.
In the end, a quiet era begins and lasts until the end of the battle against XANA. Even when William comes back to Earth, it does not disturb our two bashful lovers . At the end, Yumi promises Ulrich that even without Lyoko, they will live plenty of nice time; the ultimate Return to the Past separates those two hands that were holding each other, but the atmosphere resembles that of their almost-kiss, that happened several mounts before…So I guess time will do the rest.
Ulrich was a normal teenager, until a very eventful week of his life (episode “XANA Awakens”). While he was about to go to the science class, a strang-looking teenager approached him, saying that he was his new room-mate in the dormitory! Far from appreciating the sudden appearance in his life of this colourful young man named Odd Della Robbia, he hardly bears it. What he bears even less is the presence of Odd's dog, Kiwi, that devastates their room as soon as night comes, including by relieving himself on Ulrich's bed!
He is not aware of how important this event will later be, but he also meets a young Japanese who is into martial arts : Yumi Ishiyama.
But the most important elements of this day concern his classmate Jeremy Belpois.
First, Ulrich accompanies him to the infirmary, after the little fair-haired kid has been mysteriously electrocuted at the vending machine…But later, in the evening, the little genius is once again victim of paranormal phenomena: his robots, that he has built himself, turn against him and Ulrich is again required to save him…
He corners Jeremy and forces him to explain the origin of those strange abnormalities…The kid, reluctant, hesitates for a few seconds, and then, suddenly asks him if he can keep a secret…
After that, the course of events changes forever Ulrich's life: Jeremy brings him to an abandoned factory and starts talking to him about stuff Ulrich does not understand. Ulrich, however, has just discovered the factory of his destiny, he has seen for the first time the laboratory, the scanners and above all, the one he first thought to be a video game character : Aelita (still known as Maya at the time).
Ulrich is told and informed of the existence of a digital world and Jeremy explains that he needs some kind of guinea-pig to see if the scanners work. With a revengeful smile, Ulrich goes to his room and kidnaps Kiwi; then he heads back running to the factory, tailed by his irritated room-mate!
Ulrich puts Kiwi in one of the scanners but Odd accidentally changes places with his dog: Jeremy, who does not know about this, sends his new classmate on Lyoko! Enthusiastic at the perspective of this new experience, Ulrich also rushes into a scanner to be virtualized. He lands in a virtual Forest, with the appearance of a samurai warrior equipped with a long sword.
Alongside Odd, Ulric discovers all the rules of this new game, Lyoko. Soon, Yumi, the girl for who he can't help to blush, joins the adventure and helps deactivating the first tower activated by XANA…
From now on, Ulrich has a secret activity that sure spices up his life, at least until Jeremy is able to materialize Aelita!
Mounts pass and fights against XANA succeeded each other…Ulrich has now become a toughened virtual warrior. He ceaselessly fights, waiting for Jeremy to resolve the problem of materialization.
Still no change ?
Of course not! Ulrich is now surrounded by his fellow Lyokowarrior, who now are his close friends. And, in the case of Yumi, there is more to it than mere friendship…
However, Ulrich's life is not as nice as it seems. He has a few problems: for instance, his difficulties at school, combined with parental pressure, shown in episode 21 “Zero Gravity Zone”. Another problem is the routine that begins to weigh upon his shoulders! Our hero is tired of this endless fight that keeps drawing out, tired of seeing that his love interest remains at a standstill…In episode 22 “Routine”, we can feel how the world-weariness swamps our heroes, but they finally get out of it, stronger after all!
Do not think of life as a pleasure cruise when at any second, an evil, invincible entity may make an attempt on you life: Ulrich has cheated death many times! Be it in episode 1 “Teddygozilla”, 3 “Holiday in the Fog”, 14 “The Trap” or 20 “The Robots”, the junior high school student has been between a heir's breadth of not being saved by the Return to the Past in time! All the more so as he generally stays on Earth to block XANA…
In spite of the loss of memory (episode 17 “Amnesia”) or attacks by animals (episode 12 “Swarming Attack”), Ulrich always manages to make it out alive! He gets through other crises that sometimes really bother him, like mix-ups with Sissi and Yumi (episode 12 “Swarming Attack”) or with a megalomaniac producer who wants to make a film in the factory “episode 8 “End of Take”).
The day finally comes when Ulrich must fight a battle that he thinks to be the last one, the battle for Aelita's materialization! Ulrich fights bravely and the young pink-haired girl gets out of the scanners. But as soon as she does comes the disillusion! The war must go on: the Supercomputer cannot be deactivated because it would kill Aelita! At the same time, XANA unleashes its Kakrelats and sends them on Earth: Ulrich faces them, with Yumi and Jim (episode 26 “False Start”)
The fight goes on, but its monotony harshly dropped! Our heroes discover a new territory, where Ulrich and his friend often have to go in order to get some data; Jeremy programs an Overbike for Ulrich; XANA creates some incredibly powerful monsters, the Tarentulas, to face them; Aelita comes and lives on Earth…The fight against XANA turns out to get more and more intense as our heroes are now aware that every Return to the Past allows their enemy to gain power.
The multi-agent program now uses xanafyed people that it controls, and against them even Ulrich's Pencak Silat appears to be derisory…
The young man still has much to lose! His relationship with Yumi only gets worse because of a new guy named William, who hovers around the beautiful Japanese, which plunges Ulrich into a constant state of tension.
XANA's attacks get frighteningly dangerous: zombie invasion (episode 40 “Attack of the Zombies”); xanafied people taking our friends hostages (episode 41 “Ultimatum”), climatic perturbation (episode 45 “Cold War”)…But Ulrich still demonstrates his never-failing courage and determination!
Standing his ground in front of Creepers and xanafied people, Ulrich faces every danger XANA comes up with!
Once again, he must give his best as there are on the verge of giving XANA the coup de grâce! Against Megatanks (episode 50 “Contact”), polymorphic clones that copy his appearance (episode 51 “Revelations”) or even on Carthage, battling without weapons (episode 49 “Franz Hopper”), Ulrich fights like a hero from epics; but in spite of their efforts, he and his friends are unable to prevent XANA from escaping the Supercomputer!
But after a new deal, the game continues! Ulrich must now defend the Heart of Lyoko (episode 57 “Aelita”), prevent Aelita from destroying a Sector when XANA possesses her (episode 58 “The Pretender”) or else run to Yumi's rescue against an army of xanafied people (episode 54 “Lyoko Minus One”)!
Soon, William's permanent xanafication and the destruction of Lyoko seem to be but new elements that just add to the complexity of the frame of the cyberwar.
In the middle of those evolutions, Ulrich's role remains simple: he is, after all, a henchman. Of course, his life is not the most quiet one; but be it falling off the roof of Kadic, being disintegrated in the global Network or being hit by a meteorite in the face, the risk and the results are roughly the same. So Ulrich fights for his life and his friends, on Earth and on Lyoko, alone or in group. His affair with Yumi being stuck at a standstill and his daily rivalry with William being gone, some kind of a little routine sets in, sometimes broken by Odd's stabs in the back (episode 92 “Cold Sweat”) or unexpected attacks by XANA. Ulrich tries not to let himself go, by physically training with Jim (episode 74 “I'd Rather Not Talk About It”) or learning the mysteries of computer stuff (episode 72 “Crash Course”).
True to his two main traits (fighter and Yumi's guardian), Ulrich fights the xanafied William on Earth during a last battle, after making sure that the Kolossus would not survive his avatar, the most powerful monster ever deployed by XANA. So in episode 94 “Fight to the Finish”), he fulfils an impressive double achievement. His last confrontation is of a great violence, until Jeremy, Aelita and Hopper finally destroy their enemy in the digital world.
As we could see, it is then for Ulrich the end of precious days and the opportunity of discovering new horizons, with Yumi among other things. Lyoko is no more, but he still has his 4 best friends.
Premier commandement :Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits. Les distinctions sociales ne peuvent être fondées que sur l'utilité commune. Troisième commandement :Tout individu a droit à la vie Quatrième commandement :Nul ne sera tenu en esclavage ni en servitude; l'esclavage et la traite des esclaves sont interdits sous toutes leurs formes.
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