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Garage Kids is a Code Lyoko fanfic written by Dark Traveler, known as Epsilon Tarantula on Fanfiction.net. The basic premise of the story is, as the title indicates, an adaption of the unused Code Lyoko pilot concept Garage Kids, and utilizes plot points and world elements from said concept, along with some concepts and characters from Code Lyoko itself, the live-action sequel Code Lyoko Evolution, and the novel series Code Lyoko Chronicles.

Plot Summary

Odd Della Robbia is the new kid at Kadic Academy. A boy at the age of twelve, a seventh-grader, he notices that something is amiss with his new neighborhood and his new friends, Ulrich Stern, Yumi Ishiyama, and Jeremy Belpois. It isn't long until he discovers why, his friends have uncovered a parallel digital world known as Xanadu, which is the source of these strange phenomenon. Ulrich and Yumi both have obtained superpowers as a result of interacting with this world, while Jeremy looks over as an operator, being the computer genius that he is. Odd now joins them on this adventure and mystery, as the four children work together to uncover Xanadu's dark secrets and end its disturbances on the real world, trying to maintain an effective masquerade as they become enveloped in the enigma of the virtual world…

Update Status

The story has been uploaded! Link is here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12196247/1/Garage-Kids

Story Structure

Garage Kids' chapters are designated as 'Files', which tend to stretch to at least 10,000 words. This is meant to simulate as if the chapters were released as actual episodes of a TV Series (Though it is NOT a script fic), or monthly chapters like several manga are published in Japan. Currently, the update plan is to try for monthly updates concerning the Files. Smaller chapters, which act as supplemental material, are designated as Addendums, and are designed to provide world building that is not present in the main story, or would disrupt the main plotline. Addendums also are meant to assist in clearing up aspects of the setting, due to the differences from Code Lyoko's.

Inspiration

The idea for the fanfic came about after I got back into Code Lyoko after the show had long since ended. I was on the TV Tropes page for Code Lyoko, and located codelyoko.fr after discovering a countdown list link of episodes that had either been censored or cut down due to budget issues. From there, I discovered a page about how Garage Kids, Code Lyoko's rejected pilot, was made. I remembered watching it on Youtube when I was younger and the show was still up, but I didn't think too much of it back then.

I began to read the page, and discovered why the concept had been altered: the executives were only interested in the basic premise of kids going inside the internet, and had required the project to be toned down due to being too dark. While this was interesting, this tidbit wasn't the reason I decided to start this story. What got me thinking was the so-called "Final point" about Garage Kids vs. Code Lyoko: the presence of a continuous storyline.

Code Lyoko's first season was incredibly formulaic, with no signs of a greater arc besides X.A.N.A. stirring up trouble and his attack being stopped while young teen drama is thrown in. This changed in Season 2, but even then, the show was still fairly formulaic and never really answered the greater mysteries that were present, with the most prominent one being Project Carthage.

The idea of this continuous storyline being present, as well as the potential differences to explore in Garage Kids compared to Code Lyoko was what convinced me to write this story, after I had been experiencing difficulties on Cerebus Syndrome, another fanfic that was, and still is, getting larger and larger in scope. I needed a smaller and more manageable project to work on, and thus, work on Garage Kids began.

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