History Franchise / SpyroTheDragon

11th Jul '17 10:31:57 AM N8han11
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* {{Jerkass}}: Moneybags. He's well aware that Spyro is the only person that can stop the BigBad and yet he'll still lower bridges and barricade doors and prevent you from continuing until you pay ''a small fee''...
** In the third game, he set up the obstacles and captured the characters for the Big Bad, for money. And subsequently freed them/let Spyro pass; for money. Why would anyone trust this guy? At least you get to beat the crap out of him in the third game, and get your gems that you gave him back, but still...
*** [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Perhaps because Spyro must free his captives,]] [[NotWorthIt and/or progress onward because he has better things to do?]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Moneybags. He's well aware that Spyro is the only person that can stop the BigBad and yet he'll still lower bridges and barricade doors and prevent you from continuing until you pay ''a small fee''...
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fee''. In the third game, he set up the obstacles and captured the characters for the Big Bad, for money. And subsequently freed them/let Spyro pass; for money. Why would anyone trust this guy? At least you get to beat the crap out of him in the third game, and get your gems that you gave him back, but still...\n*** [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Perhaps because Spyro must free his captives,]] [[NotWorthIt and/or progress onward because he has better things to do?]]
11th Jun '17 6:43:28 PM themisterfree
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** Pretty much the bulk of first two ''Legend'' games.

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** Pretty much the bulk of the first two ''Legend'' games.



* EleventhHourSuperpower: The final battle in ''Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!'' against Ripto himself, and [[spoiler: Dark Spyro]] in ''The Eternal Night''.

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* EleventhHourSuperpower: The final battle in ''Spyro 2: Ripto's ''Ripto's Rage!'' against Ripto himself, and [[spoiler: Dark Spyro]] in ''The Eternal Night''.



* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Flying, ex-RAF penguins, would you believe.

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* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Flying, ex-RAF penguins, would you believe.believe?



* MagicWand: The fairies' checkpoints; Ripto's scepter

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* MagicWand: The fairies' checkpoints; Ripto's scepterscepter.



* NitroExpress: ''Spyro the Dragon'' titles have several missions which involve Spyro clearing a path for a character who has lit a bomb and must run it to a destination. Expect much restarting while you learn the path the characters in question take to their destination.

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* NitroExpress: ''Spyro Most of the Dragon'' titles early games have several missions which involve Spyro clearing a path for a character who has lit a bomb and must run it to a destination. Expect much restarting while you learn the path the characters in question take to their destination.



** And in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', Cynder ends up being literally the only female dragon.

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** And in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', the ''Legend'' games, Cynder ends up being literally the only female dragon.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: To the point where the dragons in the original series (Artisan, Peace Keeper, Magic Crafter, Beast Maker, Dream Weaver) are a lot different to the dragons in ''The Legend of Spyro'' trilogy, where more emphasis is placed on color and element rather than realm and occupation. There are also the enemy "fire dragons" of The Sorceress's Fireworks Factory which are nothing like anything else in the Spyro games.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: To the point where the dragons in the original series (Artisan, Peace Keeper, Magic Crafter, Beast Maker, Dream Weaver) are a lot different to the dragons in ''The Legend of Spyro'' the ''Legend'' trilogy, where more emphasis is placed on color and element rather than realm and occupation. There are also the enemy "fire dragons" of The Sorceress's Fireworks Factory in ''YOTD'', which are nothing like anything else in the Spyro games.



* ParentalBonus: Both done by Insomniac and Sierra:
** ''The Legend of Spyro'' trilogy had Malefor being voiced by Mark Hamill, who was Luke Skywalker in ''StarWars''.
** ''Year of the Dragon'' is full of ParentalBonus. Moneybags' comment regarding Sgt. Byrd and how 'he's [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus pining for the fjords]]' and the references to games like ''Franchise/TombRaider'' and ''Doom'', for example.

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* ParentalBonus: Both done by Insomniac and Sierra:
** ''The Legend of Spyro'' trilogy had Malefor being voiced by Mark Hamill, who was Luke Skywalker in ''StarWars''.
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''Year of the Dragon'' is full of ParentalBonus.thrdr. Moneybags' comment regarding Sgt. Byrd and how 'he's [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus pining for the fjords]]' and the references to games like ''Franchise/TombRaider'' and ''Doom'', for example.



* WhatMightHaveBeen: A rush to finish ''Enter the Dragonfly'' for Christmas led to the permanent tarnishing of the series in the eyes of many fans and critics. It was originally planned to feature both Gnasty Gnorc and Ripto as villains, with about 25 levels. However, the Christmas rush meant that Gnasty Gnorc had to be cut out, and the number of levels was reduced to just nine - and unlike the preceding games, there was only one hub-world, rather than several separate homeworlds. In addition the rush left the game glitch-heavy and slow. On the whole, this spelt for a pretty unpopular game. But that wasn't the end of it. The format which had made the game so successful, and attempted again in ''Enter the Dragonfly'', was heavily modified for the next game, ''A Hero's Tail'', and even moreso for the subsequent reboot, ''Legend of Spyro''. While these games were certainly regarded as an improvement on the travesty of ''Enter the Dragonfly'', the series would never again reach the heights of the classic trilogy.
** Skylanders was originally going to be called ''Spyro's Kingdom'' and would have had an adult Spyro as an NPC, replacing Eon. This was changed when the developers decided they would rather have Spyro be a playable character.



** In ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'', the green mages of the third world will panic whenever Spyro manages to get through their traps. The fifth world also has cowardly, harmless fools that you have to hit in order to activate certain platforms.
** The first game and ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' had egg thieves that you had to chase down in order to retrieve dragon eggs.

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** In ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'', the first game, the green mages of the third world will panic whenever Spyro manages to get through their traps. The fifth world also has cowardly, harmless fools that you have to hit in order to activate certain platforms.
** The first game and ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' ''YOTD'' had egg thieves that you had to chase down in order to retrieve dragon eggs.



* DegradedBoss: Buzz, the first boss in the third game, reappears as one of the Mooks the third boss, Scorch, spits out from an egg.

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* DegradedBoss: Buzz, the first boss in the third game, ''YOTD'', reappears as one of the Mooks the third boss, Scorch, spits out from an egg.



* FighterMageThief: It's subtle but Gnasty Gnoc fits the Warrior archetype with his mace, armor and overall warrior appearance; Ripto fits the thief archetype by being the craftiest and preferring to rely on surprise attacks and bombs over brute force or skill in magic; and the Sorceress fits the mage archetype by having the greatest skill and range of magic
* FloatingContinent: A lot of the levels seem to be floating in the sky, so falling off the edge of the world will send Spyro plummeting into a blue abyss.
* FollowTheMoney: the gems in the first three Spyro games would often indicate hidden treasures and passageways.

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* FighterMageThief: It's subtle but Gnasty Gnoc Gnorc fits the Warrior archetype with his mace, armor and overall warrior appearance; Ripto fits the thief archetype by being the craftiest and preferring to rely on surprise attacks and bombs over brute force or skill in magic; and the Sorceress fits the mage archetype by having the greatest skill and range of magic
magic.
* FloatingContinent: A lot of the levels seem to be floating in the sky, so falling off the edge of the world will send Spyro plummeting into a blue an abyss.
* FollowTheMoney: the The gems in the first three Spyro games would often indicate hidden treasures and passageways.



** The Sorceress used a rabbit fodder to create the first Boss in ''Year of the Dragon''...

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** The Sorceress used a rabbit fodder to create the first Boss in ''Year of the Dragon''...''YOTD''...



* GrimyWater: ALL the water in Spyro 1, just the weirdly colored water in ''Ripto's Rage!'' and ''Year of the Dragon''.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: ''Spyro'' himself. From "Ripto's Rage" onward, the speedway levels usually have him terrorizing otherwise friendly characters, and then going back to benevolence in either its secret mission or back in the regular levels.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Moneybags usually does sell products that work but he doesn't always sell to those who can actually make use them, which they naturally don't learn until after the purchase when he's nowhere to be found.
* IconicSequelCharacter: Ripto was the BigBad of the second game. Not in the trilogy but in the later games not made by Insomniac. Hunter appeared in the same game, staying a major character in the next Insomniac game and in the majority of the series after, enough to even make it into the ''Legend'' series.

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* GrimyWater: ALL the water in Spyro 1, the first game, just the weirdly colored water in ''Ripto's Rage!'' and ''Year of the Dragon''.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: ''Spyro'' himself. ''Spyro himself''. From "Ripto's Rage" ''Ripto's Rage'' onward, the speedway levels usually have him terrorizing otherwise friendly characters, and then going back to benevolence in either its secret mission or back in the regular levels.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Moneybags usually does sell products that work work, but he doesn't always sell to those who can actually make use of them, which they naturally don't learn until after the purchase when he's nowhere to be found.
* IconicSequelCharacter: Ripto was the BigBad of the second game. Not He reappeared as the lead villain, not in the trilogy but in the later games not made by Insomniac. Hunter appeared in the same game, staying a major character in the next Insomniac game and in the majority of the series after, enough to even make it into the ''Legend'' series.series (albeit in a radically altered form with completely different characterization).



* PalmtreePanic: Sunny Beach in ''Spyro 2'', and Seashell Shore in ''Year of the Dragon''.
* PassThroughTheRings: In the speedway levels. "Year Of The Dragon" adds blue stars that increase Spyro's flying speed with a spin and red stars that grant him a {{homing|projectile}} rocket.

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* PalmtreePanic: Sunny Beach in ''Spyro 2'', ''Ripto's Rage!'', and Seashell Shore in ''Year of the Dragon''.
* PassThroughTheRings: In the speedway levels. "Year ''Year Of The Dragon" Dragon'' adds blue stars that increase Spyro's flying speed with a spin and red stars that grant him a {{homing|projectile}} rocket.



* SchizoTech: Medieval elements in the first three games are used quite a lot, but there's also domed robot cities (Metropolis) and metal cities on the ocean (Metro Speedway) as well as smaller-scale technology mixes like electric floors in an area where the dragons still live on stilts in the swamp. It's quite rampant in the series.

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* SchizoTech: Medieval elements in the first three games are used quite a lot, but there's also domed robot cities (Metropolis) and metal cities on the ocean (Metro Speedway) Speedway), as well as smaller-scale technology mixes like electric floors in an area where the dragons still live on stilts in the swamp. It's quite rampant in rampant- though the series.''Legend'' games eased up, ''Skylanders'' went right back to the chaotic mix.



** Upon rescuing Tomas in Gnorc Cove

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** Upon rescuing Tomas in Gnorc CoveCove:



** In Year of the Dragon, there's a side mission as Agent 9, which is entirely a first-person shooter. The description in the atlas to get the egg for completing this is called "You're [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomed!]]"
** Again in YOTD, if you don't pay Moneybags to let Sgt.Byrd out, he tells you, surprisingly, [[Creator/{{MontyPython}} "You better hurry, I think he's pining for the fjords."]]
** Later on, he also tells you "Don't make a wizard angry, I might just have to turn you into a [[Franchise/SonictheHedgehog blue hedgehog]]
** At one point in the third game you meet [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]
** Still in ''Year Of The Dragon'', in the Charmed Ridge, the catpeople's prince is named "Azrael". [[{{ComicBook/TheSmurfs}} Now, where else can we see a brown cat named Azrael ?]]...

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** In Year ''Year of the Dragon, Dragon'', there's a side mission as Agent 9, which is entirely a first-person shooter. The description in the atlas to get the egg for completing this is called "You're [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomed!]]"
** Again in YOTD, ''YOTD'', if you don't pay Moneybags to let Sgt.Sgt. Byrd out, he tells you, surprisingly, [[Creator/{{MontyPython}} "You better hurry, I think he's pining for the fjords."]]
** Later on, he also tells you "Don't make a wizard angry, I might just have to turn you into a [[Franchise/SonictheHedgehog blue hedgehog]]
hedgehog]]."
** At one point in the third game you meet a mouse {{expy}} of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]
Croft]].
** Still in ''Year Of The Dragon'', in the Charmed Ridge, the catpeople's prince is named "Azrael". [[{{ComicBook/TheSmurfs}} Now, where else can we see a brown cat named Azrael ?]]...Azrael?]]...



** Played with in ''Ripto's Rage'' with some of the minigames, becomes incredibly prevalent in ''Year of the Dragon''. Year of the Dragon included game mechanics like skate parks, speedways, first-person shooter levels, different vehicles, different playable characters with different game mechanics, and at least one minigame in each level. Compare this to the first ''Spyro the Dragon'' game, which only had the Speedways.

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** Played with in ''Ripto's Rage'' with some of the minigames, becomes incredibly prevalent in ''Year of the Dragon''. Year of the Dragon ''YOTD'' included game mechanics like skate parks, speedways, first-person shooter levels, different vehicles, different playable characters with different game mechanics, and at least one minigame in each level. Compare this to the first ''Spyro the Dragon'' game, which only had the Speedways.



* CrossOver: ''Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy'' with ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''. Spyro also cameoed in ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' and was an unlock able racer in ''VideoGame/CrashNitroKart''.
* FetchQuest: Pretty much all of the games, but ''Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs'' is especially bad at this, to the point where the entire gameplay is just fetching items to fetch other items to fetch the World Hearts.

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* CrossOver: ''Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy'' with ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''. Spyro also cameoed in ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' and was an unlock able unlockable racer in ''VideoGame/CrashNitroKart''.
* FetchQuest: Pretty much all of the games, but ''Spyro: Attack ''Attack of the Rhynocs'' is especially bad at this, to the point where the entire gameplay is just fetching items to fetch other items to fetch the World Hearts.



* OddballInTheSeries: ''Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy'' looks and plays jarringly different from the other portable titles, being a CrossOver mini game title made by a different developer.

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* OddballInTheSeries: ''Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy'' looks and plays jarringly different from the other portable titles, being a CrossOver mini game minigame title made by a different developer.
11th Jun '17 6:31:44 PM themisterfree
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* BigBad: Each original game really had stand alone BigBad, but Ripto was a recurring villain. He was ironically the big bad with the least effect on the plot in his original appearance. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' trilogy had [[UltimateEvil Malefor]] as the main antagonist, though each game had a villain he was the ManBehindTheMan of, Cynder in the first and Gaul in the second, Skabb was also an arc BigBad in the second. ''Skylanders'' has the Portal Master Kaos as the primary enemy, though Hektore takes the lead in the DS version.
* BottomlessPit: In the Spyro levels that aren't [[FloatingContinent floating continents]].

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* BigBad: Each original game really had a stand alone BigBad, but Ripto was a recurring villain. He was ironically the big bad with the least effect on the plot in his original appearance. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' trilogy had [[UltimateEvil Malefor]] as the main antagonist, though each game had a villain he was the ManBehindTheMan of, Cynder in the first and Gaul in the second, Skabb was also an arc BigBad in the second. ''Skylanders'' has the Portal Master Kaos as the primary enemy, though Hektore takes depending on the game and platform several other villains have taken the lead in from time to time, and [[BiggerBad the DS version.
Darkness]] is eventually introduced; the IDW comics also brought a ''Skylanders'' continuity Malefor in as a major villain.
* BottomlessPit: In the Spyro levels that aren't [[FloatingContinent floating continents]].
29th May '17 9:01:11 PM nombretomado
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* SugarBowl: Pretty much played straight in the first three games, although with a dish of attitude. It's gone by the time {{Sierra}} stepped in though.

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* SugarBowl: Pretty much played straight in the first three games, although with a dish of attitude. It's gone by the time {{Sierra}} {{Creator/Sierra}} stepped in though.
29th May '17 9:00:08 PM nombretomado
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*** It is {{Sierra}} after all...

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*** It is {{Sierra}} {{Creator/Sierra}} after all...
26th May '17 5:05:41 PM dsneybuf
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** ''Skylanders: Superchargers'' - This series, set after the ''Superchargers'' video game, focuses once again on Spyro's role as leader of the Skylanders and his trouble cooperating with [[spoiler:the temporarily reformed Kaos]].

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** ''Skylanders: Superchargers'' - This series, set after the ''Superchargers'' video game, focuses once again on Spyro's role as leader of the Skylanders and his trouble cooperating with [[spoiler:the a temporarily reformed Kaos]].
enemy.
1st May '17 10:37:35 PM Aurawick
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** ''Skylanders: SuperChargers'' - This series, set after the ''SuperChargers'' video game, focuses once again on Spyro's role as leader of the Skylanders and his trouble cooperating with [[spoiler:the temporarily reformed Kaos]].

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** ''Skylanders: SuperChargers'' Superchargers'' - This series, set after the ''SuperChargers'' ''Superchargers'' video game, focuses once again on Spyro's role as leader of the Skylanders and his trouble cooperating with [[spoiler:the temporarily reformed Kaos]].
1st May '17 10:35:19 PM Aurawick
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** ''Skylanders: Superchargers'' - This series, set after the ''Superchargers'' video game, focuses once again on Spyro's role as leader of the Skylanders and his trouble cooperating with [[spoiler:the newly-reformed Kaos]].

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** ''Skylanders: Superchargers'' SuperChargers'' - This series, set after the ''Superchargers'' ''SuperChargers'' video game, focuses once again on Spyro's role as leader of the Skylanders and his trouble cooperating with [[spoiler:the newly-reformed temporarily reformed Kaos]].
2nd Apr '17 8:59:56 PM Theriocephalus
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[[caption-width-right:240:The first generation- the legend begins.]]

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[[caption-width-right:240:The first generation- generation -- the legend begins.]]
14th Mar '17 6:44:43 AM morenohijazo
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* CowardlyMooks: The [[TheGoomba very first enemies]] in every entry were always this, being unable to even fight back.

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* CowardlyMooks: CowardlyMooks:
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The [[TheGoomba very first enemies]] in every entry were always this, being unable to even fight back.back.
** In ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'', the green mages of the third world will panic whenever Spyro manages to get through their traps. The fifth world also has cowardly, harmless fools that you have to hit in order to activate certain platforms.
** The first game and ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' had egg thieves that you had to chase down in order to retrieve dragon eggs.
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