Guardians are sprites that operate from the Super Computer and police the Net. Their function is stated in their motto, "To Mend and Defend." Most Guardians are originally from the Super Computer, but sometimes sprites from other systems can be upgraded into a Guardian and they can go through Guardian training. Each Guardian must attend basic programming at the Guardian Academy.
The leader of the Guardians is given the title 'Prime Guardian', the current leader is Turbo. As Prime Guardian, Turbo is responsible for many of the politics they have to deal with.
Most Guardians are stationed in the Super Computer, but several are relocated and stationed in a specific system, for the purpose of protecting the people from the Game Cubes, Viruses, and other threats. The Guardian Bob was stationed in Mainframe after a cataclysmic event destroyed their twin city. They have strict rules regarding viruses and the Web, but it is all for the safety of everyone and not for any single system. Viruses are deleted as soon as they are captured, and because of the dangerous nature of a Web Creature found in the Net, any system where a Creature has been found will be sacrificed for the safety of the rest of the Net.
Their code is the most complex of anyone, able to withstand almost any infection and even survive the Web environment with little to no degradation. Guardians are immune to some viral bugs, such as the Medusa Bug.
Guardians are the only ones that have the use of Key Tools, and often the mere appearance of a Keytool is enough to show respect. These little living devices are the source of the Guardians power. With Key Tools Guardians can access any system through portals.
During the Viral Wars the entire Guardian collective was infected by the Super Virus Daemon. From their facilities in the Super Computer she used the Guardians to take control of the Net, and the Guardians came to be feared instead of respected. To further this new mission Daemon changed their motto to 'Divide and Render'. She used their military power to attack the systems that put up a serious resistance, though Mainframe was able to hold off their advances for a time.
The Key Tools left their Guardian counterparts and vanished, in order to keep Daemon from using their abilities. The Guardians were helpless to free themselves from Daemon's power and willingly helped her infect the entire Net. Daemon began a Net wide countdown to the destruction of everyone in the Net. The powerful virus Hexadecimal took the cure and sacrificed herself saving the Guardians and the entire Net from total deletion.
With Daemon gone the Guardians returned to normal, returning to 'Mend and Defend'. The Guardian Bob attempted to seperate himself from his keytool Glitch and injured himself. He was quickly rushed to the Super Computer where the Guardians provided medical attention. They were unable to help him recover, but luckely the Key Tools returned and saved his life.
Several Unnamed Guardians have been seen through the years. Follow the link for a complete list.
- All of the Guardians ever seen are Sprites