History Videogame / Skylanders

20th Nov '16 5:40:50 AM PrinnyOverlord
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* ContinuingIsPainful: Very much YMMV in this regard. Losing a Skylander can either be a minor inconvenience or a serious problem depending on how well trained your other skylanders are.
** This is an actual gameplay mechanic for [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Crash]]. He is the only Skylander to have lives of his own and can obtain 1-ups. Unfortunately, just as dying in Crash turned you back into a OneHitPointWonder, Crash revives just barely above critical health. Hope you can find food before taking another hit and another life.
13th Nov '16 3:42:56 PM themisterfree
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** The Darkness is by far the most evil villain in the series, especially when we learn that his plan is to [[spoiler: ''destroy every dimension.'']]

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** Malefor in the IDW comics is ''very'' evil and ''very'' effective- given what his ''Legend'' counterpart did, it's not surprising.
** The Darkness is by far the most evil villain in the series, series (on par with the ''Legend'' Malefor), especially when we learn that his plan is to [[spoiler: ''destroy every dimension.'']]
13th Nov '16 3:26:17 PM themisterfree
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Spyro's toy is a CompositeCharacter with the moveset of classic Spyro, backstory of the Legend Spyro, and a new design based on a scrapped fire dragon Skylander. Fan favorite Cynder from the ''Legend'' series also returns as a playable toy, and Spyro's trusty dragonfly Sparx appears as a non-playable item toy. Malefor, the BigBad of the ''Legend'' series, appears in several characters' backstories and shows up in person in the tie-in comics. Starting with the fifth game, the series has also begun using prexisting video game characters from franchises besides Spyro. Thus far, this has included [[VideoGame/SuperMario Bowser]], Franchise/DonkeyKong, [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot, and Dr. Cortex]].

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Spyro's toy is a CompositeCharacter with the moveset of classic Spyro, backstory of the Legend ''Legend'' Spyro, and a new design based on a scrapped fire dragon Skylander. Fan favorite Cynder from the ''Legend'' series also returns as a playable toy, and Spyro's trusty dragonfly Sparx appears as a non-playable item toy. Malefor, the BigBad of the ''Legend'' series, [[GreaterScopeVillain appears in several characters' backstories backstories]] and shows up in person in the tie-in comics. Starting with the fifth game, the series has also begun using prexisting pre-existing video game characters from franchises besides Spyro. Thus far, this has included [[VideoGame/SuperMario Bowser]], Franchise/DonkeyKong, [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot, and Dr. Cortex]].
13th Nov '16 3:25:21 PM themisterfree
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** Malefor, meanwhile, serves as one for Spyro and Cynder (all carryovers from the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro Legend]]'' continuity) plus Hex; he eventually showed up in the IDW comics.
6th Nov '16 5:56:28 PM SAMAS
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* DemotedToDragon: Kaos suffers this in ''[=SuperChargers=]'' at the hands of The Darkness.
* DemotedToExtra: Spyro used to have his own [[Franchise/SpyroTheDragon video game franchise]], including two trilogies, and at worst had to share the spotlight with Cynder at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro''. With the initial ''Skylanders'' he still had top billing, was included with every copy of the game, and had three variations of his toy to boot, but he and Cynder were joined by 30 other guys. In later games, he no longer appears in the title (being upstaged by the gimmick du jour), and his new toys are not included with copies of the game (though Cynder's comes with ''Giants''). He still gets toys in ''Giants'' and ''SWAP Force'', but in ''Trap Team'' he only gets a Mini {{Expy}}, Spry, and as of ''[=SuperChargers=]'' he's gone from the toylines completely.

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* DemotedToDragon: Kaos suffers this in ''[=SuperChargers=]'' at the hands of The Darkness.
Darkness. Speaking of Demotions and Dragons...
* DemotedToExtra: Spyro used to have his own [[Franchise/SpyroTheDragon video game franchise]], including two trilogies, and at worst had to share the spotlight with Cynder at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro''. With the initial ''Skylanders'' he still had top billing, was included with every copy of the game, and had three variations of his toy to boot, but he and Cynder were joined by 30 other guys. In later games, he no longer appears in the title (being upstaged by the gimmick du jour), and his new toys are not included with copies of the game (though Cynder's comes with ''Giants''). He still gets toys in ''Giants'' and ''SWAP Force'', but in ''Trap Team'' he only gets a Mini {{Expy}}, Spry, and as of ''[=SuperChargers=]'' he's gone from the toylines completely.
** Spyro's back(kinda) as the protagonist of ''Skylanders Academy'', so at least he's once again in the public eye.
5th Nov '16 11:15:36 PM StongRadd
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* WhatDoYouMeanItWasn'tMadeOnDrugs: ''Imaginators'' gets... odd in a few places, most notably Fizzland and the [[spoiler: giant Guacamole Monster.]]

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* WhatDoYouMeanItWasn'tMadeOnDrugs: WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: ''Imaginators'' gets... odd in a few places, most notably Fizzland and the [[spoiler: giant Guacamole Monster.]]
5th Nov '16 10:49:55 PM StongRadd
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** ''Imaginators'' isn't the first time that Crash and Spyro have had [[CrashPurpleRiptosRampage a]] [[SpyroOrangeTheCortexConspiracy crossover]]. Spyro is even referred to as Crash's old friend.

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** ''Imaginators'' isn't the first time that Crash and Spyro have had [[CrashPurpleRiptosRampage [[CrashBandicootPurpleRiptosRampage a]] [[SpyroOrangeTheCortexConspiracy crossover]]. Spyro is even referred to as Crash's old friend.



** Distressingly averted as of ''Trap Team'', which now requires a Trap Master of a gate's element to open them, as opposed to any Skylander of that element. While the first gate you come across is a Water gate (Snap Shot, the box-in Trap Master is Water element), there are still two more gates which you will be unable to open with the box-in characters. Even worse, one of the gates was impossible to open at launch, since no Trap Masters of that element had been released yet.

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** Distressingly averted as of in ''Trap Team'', which now requires a Trap Master of a gate's element to open them, as opposed to any Skylander of that element. While the first gate you come across is a Water gate (Snap Shot, the box-in Trap Master is Water element), there are still two more gates which you will be unable to open with the box-in characters. Even worse, one of the gates was impossible to open at launch, since no Trap Masters of that element had been released yet. yet.
** Thankfully played straight again in ''[=SuperChargers=]'', which only requires ''any'' [=SuperCharger=] to access a gate and the right kind of vehicle (Land, Sea, or Sky) for certain missions in the levels, and ''Imaginators'' which allows your Senseis to unlock their Sky-Chi powers via a shrine of the matching battle class.
5th Nov '16 10:35:31 PM StongRadd
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** Also averted in the Thumin' Wumpa Islands adventure pack in ''Imaginators''; upon completing one of the chili pepper runs and achieving the highest objective for said run, a nearby islander expresses relief that Crash "didn't die! I knew you wouldn't."
** Golden Queen, also in ''Imaginators'', plays the trope straight; one of her quotes has her threaten to make whosoever doesn't bow to her "explode into [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration XP balls]]".
5th Nov '16 10:00:44 PM StongRadd
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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: A lot of gameplay stuff was integrated into the game's universe, besides just the whole "toys in our world" thing. Those glowy bits that serve as EXP? [[spoiler:Kaos uses them himself during the final battle]]. And how a Skylander says a phrase when you summon them? According to a story scroll that's not just a game interface thing, shouting a BattleCry is a Skylander custom.

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: A lot of gameplay stuff was integrated into the game's universe, besides just the whole "toys in our world" thing. Those glowy bits that serve as EXP? [[spoiler:Kaos uses them himself during the final battle]].battle of ''Spyro's Adventure'', and]] in ''Imaginators'', one of Golden Queen's quotes has her threaten to make whosoever doesn't bow to her "[[NeverSayDie explode into XP balls]]". And how a Skylander says a phrase when you summon them? According to a story scroll that's not just a game interface thing, shouting a BattleCry is a Skylander custom.
1st Nov '16 10:58:11 PM PeppermintTwist
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** Pop Fizz in general is a bastion of this. A lot of his lines, such as "Another round!" and "Phew! That's strong stuff!" are sly alcohol references, and his backstory states he no longer remembers most of his life before he became an alchemist because he's so drug-addled on his own potions.
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