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!!The classic trilogy
* BaseBreaker: Depending on who you ask, Agent 9 is either insanely hilarious, or insanely annoying.
* BestBossEver: Ripto, the final boss from the same game, is a frantic grab for EleventhHourSuperpower. And compared to [[AntiClimaxBoss Gnasty Gnorc in the previous game]], Ripto puts up a hell of a fight, with even a final flying section against his robotic pterodactyl.
* BestLevelEver: Metropolis. This is the last listed regular level in the second game for good reason; not only are the enemies amazing, it contains the first miniboss in the series and a combo powerup with Superflame and Superflight. You then use it to fire down two waves of sheep saucers.
* CompleteMonster: [[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon The Sorceress]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro Malefor.]] See respective YMMV pages.
* CrackPairing: There has been an upsurge in Ripto/Elora fanart and fanfiction.
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music Of Awesome]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ1j7v8qZWg observe]]
** [[AwesomeMusic/SpyroTheDragon It even has its own article!]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Egg Thieves in the first game. The second game had only a single thief challenge in Shady Oasis, but the third game had a bunch (usually involving supercharge ramps).
** Ripto has his moments. It helps he stayed as Spyro's ArchEnemy for most of the original series.
** So does Hunter, who progressed from minor aide in ''Ripto's Rage'' to fully playable by ''A Hero's Tail'' and is the only character besides Sparx to make it through from the original trilogy to the Legend series, albeit in a rather different form.
** Sheila is this among Spyro's playable friends in the third game.
** Bianca was quite popular for her role in ''Year Of The Dragon''.
* EvenBetterSequel: The second game is widely considered to be this to the first. There's quite a BrokenBase on whether or not the third is this to the second.
* FridgeBrilliance: Those skateboarding rhynocs in Lost Fleet? They're basically teenagers who hang out in places their parents don't want them to go so they can skate.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Refusing to pay Moneybags in one of the levels in ''Year of the Dragon'' will make him say "What are you saving your money for, another sequel?" Better pay up...
* JerkassWoobie: [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Bianca]] in ''Year Of The Dragon''. Steals the entire colony of dragon eggs for the Sorceress, and smack talks Spyro for most of the early stages of the game. In reality though, Bianca is only doing so to preserve magic in her world, having no genuinely harmful intent, and is usually too {{Adorkable}} and downtrodden to come off as particularly fearsome. She pulls a HeelFaceTurn when repulsed by the Sorceress' real intent for the eggs.
* MoralEventHorizon: The Sorceress [[spoiler:planning to kill ''150 baby dragons'' just so she could use their wings for an immortality spell. And what's worse, she didn't actually ''need'' to kill them.]]
* MostAnnoyingSound: "[[ThatOneSidequest Trouble with the trolley, eh?]]".[[labelnote:(context)]] (''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'', Autumn Plains world, Breeze Harbor, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juye4BD8GCg "Gear Grab")]][[/labelnote]]
** If anything, the infamous blue thieves who steal the dragon eggs count, whose taunting sounds like a cross between "Nah nanah nah nah" and "[[{{Troll}} LOLOLOLOL.]]"
** "Hey, I thought you were supposed to be good at this flying stuff!" Fuck you too, Hunter.[[labelnote:(context)]] (''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'', Autumn Plains world, Icy Speedway, Hunter's challenge [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTxehQ7OyaY "Parasail Through Rings")]][[/labelnote]]
** "Next time I better not catch you sneaking behind me! My secret hideout is for members only!"
** Any challenge giver's "failure" dialogue will quickly become this if you're having a difficult time completing their challenge.
* {{Narm}}/NarmCharm: The [[OminousLatinChanting faux opera voices]] heard during the fight with Ripto in the North American version of the game can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm8845Ddz3s sound either epic or pretty silly]].
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound:
** The tune that plays when you get a shiny butterfly.
** The voice lines of a dragon you took a really long time to get in the first game.
** Ripto's BigWhat after you collect three orbs in the final boss of the second game. Prepare to get your ass torched, pal.
* TakeThatScrappy: One mission in ''Spyro 3'' involves chasing down Money Bags after he reveals his plans to sell a dragon egg. This mission results in you ramming/torching him around Midnight Mountain, getting back ALL the gems he charged you throughout the game.
* ThatOneBoss: Ripto in ''Ripto's Rage'' isn't especially difficult, but it's considerably tougher than the game's previous bosses and much, ''much'' harder than the final boss in the first game. He has three stages and depending on your luck, each one can last quite a while.
** Spike, the vaguely Cyberdemon-looking second boss of the third game. Much, much harder than the boss before him, and quite a bit harder than the boss ''after'' him.
** There's an ox miniboss fight in Metropolis in the second game that takes place on a frozen walkway. The ox stands safely on a raised platform and ''throws bombs at you''. To beat him, you need to align yourself just right so you can use your flame breath to knock enough bombs back at the ox.
* ThatOneLevel: In ''Spyro the Dragon'', Tree Tops. ''Oh God, Tree Tops''. The level appears simple enough, but in order to get to one dragon and a clutch of gems, the player must take a completely unintuitive (and difficult to pull off) route via the supercharge ramps.
** Spyro himself lampshades how hard it is when you rescue the dragon trapped in one of the thieves' house.
-->"Yea, well you could've found an easier place to get stuck!"
** Haunted Towers from the same game has a whole area which is entirely hidden from the rest of the level - and again, only a difficult and not-hinted-at supercharge will lead you there.
** ''Spyro 2'' has Fracture Hills, a level that contains a notably frustrating EscortMission. Annoyingly, if you beat it at the first opportunity, you won't be able to complete the subsequent mission until you've unlocked the Headbash - forcing you to come back to the level and replay the EscortMission at a later date.
** The flight levels/speedways can also be frustrating until you are familiar with their layout - the flight levels in the first game are particularly difficult, but they got easier in ''Ripto's Rage'' and ''Year of the Dragon'' (where there is a clear optimal route for taking out obstacles, and in ''YOTD'', Sparx outright tells you the order to tackle them.
** Lost Fleet's skateboard challenges.
* ThatOnePuzzle: The seed-planting challenges in ''Ripto's Rage'' and ''Year of the Dragon'' require quite a bit more strategic thinking than usual. The one in ''YOTD'' is particularly troublesome, because even when you know what to do, it requires some very difficult jumps.
* ThatOneSidequest:
** The yeti boxing match in ''YOTD''. Hoo boy. Learning a completely new and bizarre boxing layout against an opponent with no discernible pattern. And you have to do it twice, second time takes 3 rounds.
** The rather annoying challenge in "YOTD" has Spyro swimming in the long tunnel at super speed to get to the dead-end where the egg is at and if you got hit by a wall or a rhynoc, you'll have to start all over again. Have fun.
** Also in YOTD, Fireworks Factory has two of the eggs titled [[LampshadeHanging "You're doomed."]] ''"You're still doomed."'', for good reason [[spoiler: (you have to kill ninjas with Agent 9. which is harder than it sounds, despite Agent 9 being a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot with a space suit and wielding a laser gun]].)]].
** The speedways. Those Goddamn speedways.
** As above, the EscortMission in Fracture Hills.
* VindicatedByHistory: In the late 1990s and early 2000s this series was snark bait amongst 'hardcore' gamers due to being another 3D platformer and being geared at a younger audience than many other [=PS1=] titles. As the little kids of yesterday became the gaming audience of the late 2000s and 2010s it's become fondly remembered and seen as one of the better Playstation franchises.

!!The games release between the classic and ''The Legend of Spyro'' trilogies of:
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ember and Flame, thanks to being the few dragons around Spyro's age in the entire franchise. Even a few Classic trilogy only purist wouldn't mind them being adopted into "official" canon if Insomniac ever makes another Spyro game.
* OneSceneWonder: The Ice Princess, who has a very charming design and attracted a small fandom, appears only to give the player a single mission in ''A Hero's Tail''.
* ThatOneLevel: The second Hunter level in ''A Hero's Tail''. WHY WOULD YOU PUT TEMPLE OF DOOM OBSTACLES WHERE SPYRO CAN'T GLIDE PAST THEM?!?

* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfSpyro Listed here]]

* AbandonShipping: Spyro X Elora is almost never shipped anymore in the fandom, regardless of continuity. While there are still ''some'' out there, these days, it's mostly been replaced by Spyro X Cynder or Spyro X Ember, albeit not without some reasonings. [[note]]Namely, in addition to the massive species gap between the two, many point out that Spyro's implied age of twelve in the original games and Elora's late teenage appears gives the pairing slight [[PaedoHunt paedo]] undertones...[[/note]]
* BrokenBase: {{Sierra}} fans versus Insomniac fans; so bad that it would lead anyone who didn't understand the fans to believe everyone was either a [[FanNickname LoS-tard or a "Classics"-tard]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''' Spyro has broken it again. Some say it completely ruined Spyro because they don't like Spyro's design while others say they like the look of the game itself and Spyro's look isn't that bad.
** Let's not get started on the GameBoyAdvance games. While some like them ([[ApprovalOfGod including Ted Price]]) and consider them faithful to Insomniac's work on the series, others hate them for no real reason due to not being made by Insomniac.
** Be very ''very'' careful if you mention Cynder at all.
* DracoInLeatherPants: The biggest of the offenders being Ripto, Red, and Malefor (and possibly Dark Cynder if you want to count her in). So bad with some fans that it's lead to a lot of artwork flooding Website/DeviantArt galleries and some pretty odd FanFiction.
* FanPreferredCouple: Ember and Flame are paired together almost constantly, despite Ember apparently falling for [[InterspeciesRomance Bandit the Armadillo]].
** Ever since ''Skylanders'' Spyro and Cynder are showing some signs of being this, since whilst they were eventually an OfficialCouple in the ''Legend'' series, their ''Skylanders'' counterparts do not appear to show any romantic attachments to each other.
* MagnumOpus: ''Year of The Dragon'' or ''Ripto's Rage'' are generally considered this for the original trilogy fans, but which one is the MO depends on the fan. For the Legend series, Dawn of the Dragon is considered this.
* MemeticMutation:
** The sorceress is fat...
* ThatOneBoss:
** Dear lord, Dawn of the Dragon's Elite Enemies. At least they're optional.
** Red the Dragon in ''A Hero's Tail''.
** Both battles with Captain Skabb in The Eternal Night.
** Spike in Year of the Dragon, due to few opportunities to attack and Spike being able to attack you very easily.
* ReplacementScrappy:
** For quite a few people, the new cast of ''The Legend of Spyro'' compared to the cast in the original series, especially Cynder.
** For some, Ripto in the older series replacing Gnasty Gnorc as the main Spyro villain. Since some like him for being a worthier, more developed adversary for Spyro, this is not unanimous however.
* RonTheDeathEater: Both Cynder and Ember have gotten this treatment by the fandom. A bit more common with Ember, as her one sided crush on Spyro is often used to make her a ClingyJealousGirl trying to break Spyro and Cynder up or [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill Cynder]] and have Spyro to herself.