- "No, Adam. You're not going to stop me."
The Sourcerer was a villainous hacker who lived in the human world. He used dangerous Dark Code to hack systems and bend them to his will, and seeked 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 is an intelligent and devious madman, obsessed with crushing humanity. He constantly hacks important targets that would throw human society into chaos, not caring about profit or conquest. The Sourcerer also treats Megabyte like a mere pawn with no respect while in his unwilling service.
He communicated with Megabyte through a vid window, appearing as pixelated and monochromatic face, and speaks with a voice filter to hide his identity on the Internet.
The Sourcerer's lair is an abandoned and filthy warehouse littered with electronic equipment at an undisclosed location. Inside, he has a well-equipped computer setup where he does his hacking schemes. The Sourcerer also owns a mobile van with computer equipment to use when he needs to travel to other places. When out in the field, he carries equipment like hacking devices, scanners, 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 existed 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, which he can use to threaten to eliminate him if he goes rogue or fails to meet his demands, making him his henchman. His first task is removing the cyberpatch the team put on the rift from the last episode, so he can finish what he started, but the Guardians thwart his efforts again and permanently seal the rift. The Sourcerer sees that this Guardian code is a threat and wants it eliminated (Resurrection).
The Sourcerer then sets his sights on getting the Nova X3J computer in the real world from the Pogo Systems building. After Megabyte sets up his fortress and sentinel army, the Sourcerer requests that he uses a cat virus to distract the Guardians and lead his army in a viral attack on the Pogo Systems firewalls. This weakens security, which allows the Sourcerer to enter the building and it creates an emergency that makes the employees leave the Nova X3J unguarded, allowing him to steal it and escape without any trouble. The media has dubbed this mysterious hacker "the Sourcerer" after the theft made the news (Catastrophic).
The Nova X3J in the Sourcerer's hands expands his capabilities, giving him extra computing power at his disposal and the ability to connect to the Internet without Wi-Fi, allowing him to launch untraceable cyber attacks from anywhere. Next, he orders Megabyte to build a replicator to produce more sentinels to use as additional firepower for further hacks, 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 bank's vault, and cause millions of customers to lose their money. The Guardians destroy the worm and save the site. Meanwhile, the Sourcerer's actions 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 make copies of 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:
- Hacking and corrupting Alyx, a virtual assistant AI technology, to make her dangerous to everyone that uses her, affecting air traffic and global communications. At the same time, he tries to trap the Guardians in a code compressor to discover their secrets when they attempt to stop him (Artificial Intelligence).
- Taking over a military weather satellite, using Megabyte's army to eliminate its security and set up a minefield around it. He uses the satellite to modify a tropical hurricane in an attempt 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, listening to random conversations for words the Guardians would say to narrow down their location. He has Megabyte assist him by removing security from other networks to widen the search, but his plan fails due to Hexadecimal's wild behavior, exposing his hack (Network Interference).
- Using a Dark Code manufacturing site to produce a zombie robot army in cyberspace, having them infiltrate unprotected computers to 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 tricking an agent into using a replaced smartphone to do it. This hack lets him control their drone security forces at will in cyberspace and use them to take over a 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 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 of his digital fortress. When they are captured, the Sourcerer reveals himself to them for the first time behind his vid window. He demands the secret of how they enter cyberspace, otherwise Megabyte will use an extractor device to take the secrets painfully from their bodies, killing them in the process. However, Megabyte coerces the Sourcerer into removing his delete code, or he will destroy the Guardians and their secrets with them. He grudgingly complies, but the team free themselves, destroy the extractor, and they all manage to 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 to steal the Guardians' technology, thinking it will be simple if the Guardians are a bunch of teenagers. Having the power to infect cyberspace from within will give the Sourcerer ultimate power and can bring the world to its knees.
While the Sourcerer drives his vehicle, Megabyte's plan to take over social media is described on the radio 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 Megabyte blocks his vid window (Mega-Viral).
As the Sourcerer sneaks around in the school, he 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).
Upon his reunion with his son, Austin, Adam has moments of lucidity where he could fight off the Dark Code. However, he manages to infiltrate Room Zero with Austin's help. The Sourcerer regains control of Adam and takes out Austin with a taser. He then 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 use this all-powerful force to swallow the entire Internet and everything inside it, bringing humanity to its knees.
But, he is unaware that Adam opened a backdoor for the Guardians to chase after him. Eventually, Austin manages to break through to Adam, and father and son are reunited once again. But, it is a bittersweet reunion as Adam states that the Dark Code is too far entrenched in his mind to extract. However, while he is still in control, Adam commands Vera to activate the codec's self-destruct, and pilots the ship into the black hole, destroying it for good 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.