X.A.N.A. William is a character when William is possessed by X.A.N.A.. In the show, X.A.N.A.-fied characters were simply referred to by character names. However, the "X.A.N.A." prefix is customary among fans. X.A.N.A. William is a secondary antagonist in Season 4. He made his first appearance in Final Round.
X.A.N.A. William is created in Final Round, where William becomes too cocky and ends up being possessed by the Scyphozoa. X.A.N.A. William is released by the Scyphozoa and then dropped on the ground, having his mind and body taken over by X.A.N.A. and he turns to Aelita to overwhelm her in terror with his Zweihänder to block every attack and let out a wide, energy slash at, which devirtualizes her and once done, he shouts in glory of his kill. X.A.N.A. William heads over to the Heart of Lyoko to prepare to peel it open, for the end of the virtual world. By being distracted by his old team, X.A.N.A. William gets ready to snuff them out, he first devirtualizes Odd with the same slash, using more precise accuracy and second sneaks up when Ulrich is left un-guarded and stabs him, and he lastly reacts faster, sneak attacking Yumi with a Super Sprint ability, devirtualizing her as well and having her doubt in her mind that he shouldn't have gone with the group. With the warriors out of the way, X.A.N.A. William takes his chance and uses his Zweihänder to destroy the core of Lyoko, the digital world is gone and with all the last remaining energy, it goes into William and with a special process, his biological and avatar code is altered, thus having his body permanently marked with X.A.N.A.. Also, in the loss of hope, the team gets a message from Franz Hopper, who is currently hiding in the internet, so they may re-create Lyoko.
X.A.N.A. William appears in the episode William Returns, where X.A.N.A. William steps out of the Scanner and disguises himself as the real William where he claims that he didn't recall about being X.A.N.A.'s slave or how he had escaped the Digital Sea. When Sissi questions Aelita's personal life for a "scoop", the false William comes in to get her out. As soon as he is alone with her, William reveals that he is controlled by X.A.N.A. and makes her his "prisoner". When fully shown as X.A.N.A. with the dead stare and eyes, he gets an unconscious Aelita ready to go into Lyoko, and makes sure she is with him at all times, using his Super Smoke ability to keep her like it. When he succeeds and has her in his grasp, he makes it to the Celestial Dome and calls for a Black Manta to get himself and Aelita to the outer side of Sector Five. X.A.N.A. William also takes precaution and keeps his boot on her, so she can't escape.
In a ride to Aelita's death, X.A.N.A. William is pursued by Ulrich and Yumi with their vehicles and the monster releases mines that do the same action back at them. Ulrich is devirtualized by the Black Manta's flying mines and leaves out Yumi to deal with William, before Odd arrives from his Disco Training. X.A.N.A. William and Yumi make their way outside Sector Five, only to have the incomplete digital world showing the Digital Sea in the area. Once they are outside, X.A.N.A. William counterattacks Yumi more clever with an energy wave from his sword, having Yumi lose balance and fall off her Overwing. Odd's Laser Arrows save Yumi and now gets rid of the Manta, forcing X.A.N.A. William to throw Aelita off the manta and into the sea. Aelita is quickly rescued by Odd on his Overboard, however. Odd then destroys X.A.N.A. William's manta causing him to have no choice but to dive into the Digital Sea.
Due to the program failing to prevent its enemies from succeeding, X.A.N.A. William is the emergency attack and plan B for it during Season 4. It commands him to take out the Lyoko Warriors and dominate the world, which it works out. In Double Take, William has shown to eventually fluxuate control over the towers, while calmly observing the tower turning red which he struggled to keep it that way.
In Cold Sweat, Aelita discovers data that can be used to free William from the tower in the Ice Replika that X.A.N.A. used to translate him onto its Replika's facility, as it gives access to the programs X.A.N.A. uses to keep William under his control. In the next episode, Down to Earth, the group manages to free William from X.A.N.A.'s control, though at the cost of the Skidbladnir.
However, due to spending most of his time in the virtual world under X.A.N.A.'s control, as opposed to using the scanners constantly as the other Lyoko Warriors did, X.A.N.A. is able to possess William once again in Fight to the Finish, whereupon he battles Yumi, and later Ulrich, in the Factory. When the X.A.N.A. Destruction Program is released, X.A.N.A. William emits a large amount of black smoke from his body, to signify X.A.N.A.'s apparent demise.
Season Five (Code Lyoko Evolution)
In Mutiny, Laura sends William to the Cortex alone to try and insert a virus that would destroy X.A.N.A. (though in the process, they would lose contact with Aelita's mother). This wasn't a legal mission. While on the Cortex, William accidentally runs into the Scyphozoa. He tries to escape by devirtualizing himself, but he is captured and possessed again before he has the chance. However, the Scyphozoa has not managed a full possession, William is being held up above the ground by its tentacles, surrounded by a black aura. He raises his hand and a digital sound comes from his mouth, commanding the Krabs.
Aelita, Ulrich, and Yumi can't do anything against the massive army of monsters, and they take shelter behind the Megapod. They decide that talking to William and trying to wake him up is the best course of action, acting as a distraction so someone else can get closer to the Scyphozoa and sever the mental connection between it and William. Ulrich fights William, constantly goading him to try and remind him of their romantic rivalry and his life on Earth. It seems to work, as William slowly becomes more and more human-like again, eventually allowing the Scyphozoa to be cut off. His black aura disappears and William returns to normal, thanking the others for saving him from X.A.N.A.'s clutches again.
- William Returns
- Double Take
- Opening Act
- Wreck Room
- Crash Course
- I'd Rather Not Talk About It
- Hot Shower
- The Lake
- Lost at Sea
- Lab Rat
- Bragging Rights
- Dog Day Afternoon
- A Lack of Goodwill
- Distant Memory
- Hard Luck
- Guided Missile
- Kadic Bombshell
- Canine Conundrum
- A Space Oddity
- Music to Soothe the Savage Beast
- Cold Sweat
- Down to Earth
- Fight to the Finish
- Echoes (flashbacks only)
In the first series, X.A.N.A. William first appeared as the average possessed avatar which consists of the base form with an eye of X.A.N.A.. Next, when the program has enough power of Lyoko, it merges with its host and takes on a new avatar that can vary from creature-to-creature. William's new avatar was then tranformed into a deeply sinister form which consists of a black and red scheme, a tight collar, a fingerless glove on his right arm and a spike bracelet around the left, a double-strap buckle near one of his thighs and a circuit decorated on the other, and has an eye of X.A.N.A. on his forehead and one on his chest that glows.
In the reboot series, X.A.N.A. William had the exact same avatar but it took on a green and black color scheme.
X.A.N.A. can also control William's physical forms when he is in different planes of existence.
In Code Lyoko, William has been transformed drastically from a Lyoko Warrior to a X.A.N.A. Warrior due to being under the program's dominance via possession. Additionally, with X.A.N.A. having full access to his memories and physical form, William has been given a directive of doing what his master plans and does, however with it being malevolent around anybody, William is not able to entirely control his actions. William Dunbar has been given a slight will of control but everything in the human world and digital world appears to just be the evil's doings. His love interest Yumi has shown to understand that this entity is not William and has been mentioned as X.A.N.A. such as in The Lake where the program appeared to just attack her afterwards, nothing that the real William ever does around those he cares about. In Code Lyoko Evolution, the idea that X.A.N.A. is in control is proven when William was surrounded by Krabs and captured by the Scyphozoa and it said 'There is nobody here with that name' when Ulrich failed to spoke with William. X.A.N.A. appeared to have an obsession with William and worse his body, the previous victims were the students and Aelita.
When in combat, X.A.N.A. William is naturally smarter than William himself and he uses anything to his advantage, he is more precise with improved swordmanship and will be much more tactical when it is needed the most, and he can use the actions of William to fool unaware enemies. X.A.N.A. is a more crueler and smarter entity so it is clear that it is more practical with battles than the former is, which because of knowing everything humanity has and does, it would overtake combat with less struggle's. However, if it is not careful, William's body can be vulnerable to defeat.
Powers and Abilities
Initially, X.A.N.A. William displayed many of the original William's potential as a Lyoko Warrior. However, since the program X.A.N.A. had complete access to his form, it now demonstrated more accurate forms of skill over the Zweihänder and incredible mastery over all physical power, such as falling from dangerous heights and leaving a crater in the presence, without injury. Additional exposure to the program lurking inside William bestowed him access to new abilities, a darker avatar and the power to dominate the human world solo, but X.A.N.A. overtakes his body to control these abilities. In Evolution, William naturally possesses nearly every ability of X.A.N.A. William but with some limitations.
- Super Smoke: An ability that rivals Ulrich's Super Sprint as his body turns into a shadow-like form to travel after enemies and occassionally affect a victim under its control, which is much like X.A.N.A. who now makes up part of William's body. This is primarily used when he is outnumbered in human form.
- Second View: An ability that uses Xana's own visual perspective to detect escaping enemies.
- Levitation: An ability that gives William the weightless effects of a spectre. He can use this when his Zweihänder is facing down or channeling enough concentration.
- Tower Control: A hardly used Ability that activates Towers with a specialized code for the access X.A.N.A. can have, much like Aelita's natural control over Tower's. X.A.N.A. also can use this for his Annex Program but can only be used through a human-based body, which it now has.
- Monster Riding: An ability that gives him the ability to control his own monsters anytime he needs it. Thanks to William being recognized as X.A.N.A. with looks and voice, this is easy and passive unlike most means.
- Black Manta - A unique Manta for William to ride on as a vehicle.
- Rorkal - A virtual ship like a Nav Skid created for William, but he was given a black, independent one by X.A.N.A, who made it by using the data he had stolen from the Skidbladnir through the Scyphozoa in The Lake.
- In European Portuguese, he was played by Quimbé.
- In French, he was played by Mathieu Moreau.
- The term "X.A.N.A. warrior" sums up this version of William perfectly, such as the real William no longer able to protect his allies as a Lyoko Warrior.
- Most fans could (which many still do) argue with the belief that this character was always William Dunbar, but given the new, hostile and even at times abnormal personality he has been given throughout Season 4, there's not much proof of that.
- Also, if this was the case, William Dunbar would've always been pure evil and have the natural desire to destroy his teammates and even the supercomputer, without question.
|Jeremie Belpois | Aelita Schaeffer | Odd Della Robbia | Yumi Ishiyama | Ulrich Stern | William Dunbar|
|Sissi | Jim Morales | Suzanne Hertz | Anthea Schaeffer | Mr. Delmas | Laura Gauthier | Franz Hopper|
|Kiwi | Herb Pichon | Nicholas Poliakoff | Amelia "Milly" Solovieff | Tamiya Diop | Hiroki Ishiyama | Johnny | Takeo and Akiko Ishiyama|
|X.A.N.A. | Monsters|
|Professor Tyron | Ninjas | X.A.N.A. William|
|Jean-Baptiste Pujol | Theo Gauthier | Emily LeDuc | Taelia | Samantha Knight | Samantha Suarez | Heidi Klinger | Mathias Burrel | Magali de Vasseur | Claire Girard | Brynja Heringsdötir | Patrick Belpois | Romain Le Goff|
|X.A.N.A. Aelita | X.A.N.A. Odd | X.A.N.A. Yumi | X.A.N.A. Ulrich | X.A.N.A. Franz Hopper | X.A.N.A. Anthea Schaeffer | Jeremie Clone | Aelita Clone | William Clone | Subdigitals|