Yes, I wonder why Ninestein has a problem with Zero, in particular. He is besotted with Hudson, saying "this machine has class" (or was it style?), and he was willing to give 101 a medal, for realising that Lt. Hiro was someone in disguise. Yet, even when Zero has saved Ninestein's life, he gives praise very grudgingly, and still teases the Sgt Major, saying you have to be afraid before you can be brave. At least Zero has Mary to defend him.Zero and 101, in a way, remind me of my family's 2 male cats: both absolutely adorable, yet they don't really get on together (a territorial thing, in both cases). You're right, Yung-Star and I would obviously have to agree to differ about the zeroids; he would surely want the crosses to win every game. The cubes are funny in their own way, but the zeroids are much better characters. I think poor "Plootie-Wootie" has his nose put out of joint when Cystar has her own baby to lavish her maternal affections on; we don't hear so much about Pluto in the 3rd series.