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Professor Lowell Tyron (originally named Alan Mayer and later Ikonov) is the scientist who constructed the Cortex, as well as its corresponding Supercomputer, as a means of furthering his own ambition. To achieve this goal, he made use of the research of his former colleague Franz Hopper, as well as his wife Anthea Schaeffer.

Tyron came into direct conflict with the Lyoko Warriors after they discovered that the Cortex was being used as a lifeline for X.A.N.A.. He serves as one of two main antagonists in Code Lyoko Evolution, in which he is portrayed by French actor Franck Beckmann.

History

Season Five (Code Lyoko: Evolution)

Tyron is a new and major enemy of the Lyoko Warriors in the fifth season. He used to work with Franz Hopper, as first seen in Countdown, but was kicked out of the team because he didn't listen to Hopper's instructions and wanted to use whatever they developed for his own good. He betrayed Franz, and during the years 2003-2006, he built his own supercomputer and created the Cortex. Tyron fights against the Lyoko Warriors by sending his human soldiers called ninjas into the core of the Cortex. When Jeremie launched his Multi-Agent System to destroy X.A.N.A. in Fight to the Finish, X.A.N.A. managed to survive by injecting his source codes into the four Lyoko Warriors and took refuge in Tyron's supercomputer, which later enabled it to menace the world once again.

In the sixteenth episode, Confusion, the group stumbles upon Tyron's ninjas attacking X.A.N.A.'s monsters in the core of the Cortex. Jeremie requested a video conversation with Tyron, in which the scientist claimed that he knew nothing of X.A.N.A. or its dangers and that he feared no one. He then summoned two ninjas, intending to trap Yumi and Aelita in the Cortex until they were re-materialized into the real world by Jeremie.

In Obstinacy, Tyron was seen working in his laboratory (through a webcam) with none other than Aelita's long-lost mother, Anthea. When he noticed Aelita's presence, he immediately severed the connection.

It is later revealed in Ultimate Mission (the cliffhanger episode) that Tyron and Anthea have been married for several years, making him Aelita's stepfather and legal guardian. He had been "sweetly" working with Anthea to get his hands on her former husband's archives. It is unclear how long they have been married; Tyron claims it has been four years, but Anthea tells Aelita that she only married him so that she could see her daughter again, so it may have been a very recent marriage. He uses this connection to bargain with Aelita: she can either destroy the Cortex or see her mother again. Much to his surprise, she decides to forsake her mother and infect the Cortex with the virus.

When hearing his supercomputer is about to be infected and destroyed, he orders for it to be shut down, despite the Lyoko Warriors still being on the inside. He shows no compassion towards them, and fakes his emotions towards Aelita in the presence of others, such as Principal Delmas. His supercomputer is currently shut down, but should he develop an anti-virus and turn it back on, he'll inadvertently release the powerfully dangerous X.A.N.A. on the world once again.

Appearances

Season Five

Trivia

  • Tyron is referred to as Ikonov in the official episode summaries. This was because he had to be renamed after a PDF regarding Evolution had been leaked, before he was renamed again due to another property using the name. Due to this, it is likely that both name changes had happened late in production, hence why Tyron was named Ikonov in said summaries.
  • According to the fourteenth episode Intrusion, Tyron mysteriously disappeared and got rid of every trace of himself on June 25, 2003, which was actually 3-4 months before Jeremie had reactivated the supercomputer in the two-part prequel X.A.N.A. Awakens.
    • However, it should be noted that this date is due to Evolution jump-starting the events of the series' timeline by about ten years to bring itself up to date with the year that it had been released in, thus making it more likely that Tyron had rid traces of himself on June 25, 1993, a little under a year before Hopper's own disappearance on June 6, 1994.
    • In Cortex, it can be seen that the digital key for the Cortex is 25062003, the European-layout of the day he disappeared.
  • In the episode Ultimate Mission, Tyron arrives at the school and claims to be Aelita's stepfather. Despite this actually being true, it is likely that Tyron would have still had to forge fake documents in order to prove this to the school's administration, since Aelita is registered at the school under a fake name.
  • Tyron is similar in appearance and has similar goals to the villain, Professor Pretorius in the 1935 film, Bride of Frankenstein.
    • Both of their hairstyles are somewhat curly.
    • Both are sophisticated villains and at first have no knowledge of the cause of a situation until they are told about it by the main characters.
    • Both are scientists that were fired from their workplace.
    • Both are willing to do anything to get what they want (Tyron married Aelita's mother to make the weapon Project Carthage was meant to create and Pretorius kidnapped the wife of his former pupil, Henry von Frankenstein in order to create life for his own purposes).
    • They can persuade others close to the heroes to get close to them.     

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