- "No, Adam. You're not going to stop me."
The Sourcerer is a villainous hacker who lives in the human world. He uses Dark Code to hack systems and bend them to his will, and desires to send humanity back to the Dark Ages. He is the main antagonist in Reboot: The Guardian Code.
The Sourcerer was a thin middle-aged man wearing a black hooded jacket to hide his identity. Physiological traits include a recurrent facial tic and raspy voice, speaking with a redundant speech pattern. He communicates with Megabyte through a vid window, appearing as pixelated and monochromatic face, and speaks with a voice filter to hide his identity in cyberspace.
He is highly intelligent, manipulative, insane, ruthless, and obsessed with destroying humanity. He constantly hacks important targets that would throw human society into chaos, not caring about profit or conquest. The Sourcerer treats Megabyte like a mere pawn with no respect while in his unwilling service.
The Sourcerer's lair is an abandoned warehouse littered with electronic equipment at an undisclosed location. Inside, he works using a well-equipped computer setup where he does his hacking schemes. The Sourcerer also owns a van with computers when he needs to be in the field. When out in the field, he carries tools and equipment like hacking devices to break into places, scanners to find hidden technology, and a taser for self-defense.
Before the Series
In the past, the Sourcerer existed as a Dark Code entity prowling the Deep Web. It was there that he encountered the Guardian, Adam Carter, who has since faked his own death and lived in cyberspace. The Dark Code entity attacks Adam and infects him, hijacking his brain and returning to the real-world in Adam's body, reborn as the Sourcerer.
Against the Guardians
He first runs afoul of the Guardians when he opens a Dark Code rift to unleash a plague of cyber locusts to attack a power grid, causing a blackout in the United Kingdom, but his efforts are thwarted by the team, who work together to destroy all the cyber locusts and block his access with a cyber patch (Activation).
Upon his first defeat, the Sourcerer hacks the Mainframe database for something he can use. He finds and revives Megabyte, an evil computer virus. The Sourcerer upgrades his abilities and injects a delete code to keep him under control, which he can use to threaten to eliminate him if he goes rogue or fails to meet his demands, making him his minion. His first task is removing the cyberpatch blocking his rift from the last episode, so he can finish what he started, but the Guardians thwart him again and permanently seal the rift. The Sourcerer sees that this Guardian code is a threat and wants it eliminated (Resurrection).
The Sourcerer then seeks to break into Pogo Systems in the real world and steal the Nova X3J computer. After Megabyte sets up his fortress and sentinel army, the Sourcerer requests he provides a distraction for the Guardians and leads his army in a viral attack on the system's firewalls. This weakens security, allowing the Sourcerer to sneak into the building. Then, the attack creates an emergency that makes the employees leave the Nova X3J unguarded, creating the chance to steal it and escape without trouble. The media has named this mysterious hacker "the Sourcerer" after the theft made the news. The Nova X3J in the Sourcerer's hands expands the damage and influence of his hacks and makes them untraceable to everyone, thanks to its ability to connect to the Internet without Wi-Fi (Catastrophic).
After this, he orders Megabyte to build a replicator machine that can produce more sentinels, intending to use them as more firepower for its next hacking schemes, berating him for being behind schedule (Discoveries).
The Sourcerer then attacks a bank transaction terminal using Megabyte's sentinel army to weaken the site's defenses, so he can unleash malware in the form of a Dark Code cyber worm to break into the vault and cause millions of customers to lose their money. The Guardians destroy the worm and save the bank site. Meanwhile, the Sourcerer's plans have attracted the attention of the Department of Internet Security (DIS), who track his dark code (Emotional Rescue).
After seeing how weak and ineffective Megabyte's sentinels are against the Guardians, the Sourcerer then demands that he replicate himself in order to raid Virusylum and release all the viruses contained there, but the plan fails due to their inferior quality. The Guardians infiltrate his fortress and destroy the replicator, which angers the Sourcerer and he almost deletes Megabyte, but he discovers human blood from an injured Guardian on his person, indicating that they are really humans (Game Day).
The Sourcerer launches more evil schemes to spread chaos and destruction around the world throughout the series, all of which fail due to the Guardians' efforts. His plans include the following:
- Corrupting Alyx, a virtual assistant AI, with Dark Code to make her dangerous to everyone that uses her, affecting air traffic and global communications. At the same time, when the heroes try to stop him, the Sourcerer attempts to trap and crush them with a code compressor to discover their secrets (Artificial Intelligence).
- Hijacking a military weather satellite, using Megabyte's army to eliminate security and set up a minefield around it for the Guardians. He plans to use the satellite to enhance an active tropical hurricane to decimate the west coast, destroying homes and innocent lives (Datastorm).
- Tapping into a cellular network with Dark Code spyware by using a trojan horse to access millions of cellphones, intending to find where the Guardians live by filtering words they would say from random conversations. He has Megabyte assist him by removing security from other networks to widen the search, but Hexadecimal's wild behavior exposes his hack and ruins the plan (Network Interference).
- Producing a zombie robot army from a Dark Code site in cyberspace to have them infiltrate unprotected computers and form a botnet that will trigger a massive denial-of-service attack and crash the Internet (Zombie Army).
- Infecting a line of bee toys to frighten children by malfunctioning and catching fire. This scheme was first perpetrated by Megabyte while proving his worth to the Sourcerer. He liked where it was going and takes over the plan when the Guardians removed his virus (Bee-Ware).
- Hacking the DIS computer system by replacing an agent's smartphone to do it. In cyberspace, this hack allows him to seize control of their drone security forces and use them to take over a government nuclear missile site. Then, he works to crack the 12-digit launch code, even using the Nova X3J to speed up the process, intending to launch a nuclear missile to inspire fear and devastate the world (Nuclear Confusion).
Eventually, the Sourcerer changes Megabyte's primary objective from destroying the Guardians to capturing them and make them reveal the secret of how they enter cyberspace, so the Sourcerer can claim it for himself.
He has Megabyte capture and imprison all of the Guardians inside his fortress. The Sourcerer reveals himself for the first time behind his vid window. He demands the secret of how they enter cyberspace, otherwise he will use an extractor device to painfully take what he wants from their bodies, killing them. However, Megabyte uses them as leverage to make the Sourcerer remove his delete code, or he will destroy the Guardians and their secrets. He grudgingly complies, but the team free themselves, destroy the extractor, and escape his grasp, losing his slave in the process (Double Trouble).
From the extraction process, the Sourcerer decodes a shirt logo that is the symbol of Alan Turing High, the team's high school in Quantum Heights. He travels there, determined to steal the Guardians' technology and gain the power to infect cyberspace from within, thinking it will be simple if they are a bunch of teenagers. While the Sourcerer travels, he hears about Megabyte's social media takeover scheme in the radio described as being "in the Sourcerer's league." The very notion of Megabyte being his equal angers him and tries to assert his dominance over the virus, but his vid window has been blocked (Mega-Viral).
Upon arriving at the school, he sneaks around and discovers the secret entrance to Room Zero. But, he is caught and ambushed by Austin before he can infiltrate the room. However, Austin immediately recognizes the Sourcerer's true face: his own father. He gets away from the Guardians after he is discovered (Identity Theft).
Reuniting with his son, Austin, Adam has moments of lucidity where he could fight off the Dark Code. He infiltrates Room Zero with Austin's unwitting help. The Sourcerer regains control of Adam and tases Austin, enters cyberspace, and locks the Guardians out of the Codec. Inside, he uses the Codec's weapon to expand a cyber black hole, planning to destroy the Internet and everything in it. However, the Sourcerer is unaware Adam opened a backdoor for the Guardians. Eventually, Austin breaks through to Adam, and father and son are reunited once again, but the Dark Code is too far entrenched in his mind to extract. While he is still in control, Adam orders Vera to activate the Codec's self-destruct, and pilots the ship into the black hole, destroying it along with himself, and taking the Sourcerer with him (Black Hole).
After his demise, the DIS find the location of his van due to an anonymous tip provided by the Guardians, but discover that the Nova X3J is missing.
- The characters name is a combination of the words: source code and sorcerer.