Characters from the Continuity Reboot, The Legend of Spyro. Note that while this series does share a number of characters with the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy (in name and appearance), their personalities are frequently different, so we're giving them a different section.
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He's still purple, and he's still a dragon, but unlike the original, more "rough" Spyro, this dragon is a bit more polite. He's a rare purple dragon, and one of the only two of his clutch to have survived destruction by the Dark Master. He lives peacefully with his dragonfly family until he suddenly realizes his ability to breathe fire...
Bag of Spilling: Happens to him twice. First at the climax of the first game, he expends so much power on Cynder that he loses all his powers and has to relearn them, helps that they show a scene of him training and trying to relearn them as a teaser for the second game. At the end of the second game, Gaul uses his staff to drain Spyro's powers, leaving him with only physical attacks for the rest of the fight until his Superpowered Evil Side manifests. This is averted this time around, as he doesn't need to relearn them the next time, presumably the rest between the games had something to do with it.
Determinator: Goes through all sorts of heck throughout the games and doesn't give up. Even when a seemingly all-seeing dragon tells him its impossible, he just pulls a Screw Destiny and does it. The only time he really gives up is when Malefor turns Cynder against him, because after losing Ignitus she was all he had to fight for.
Happily Adopted: While concerned at first, he becomes this once his parents reassure him. Also provides the page quote. Of course we never see them again in the games, but the games really don't give him a good opportunity to pay mom and dad a visit.
Immune To Fate: Its stated that the Purple Dragon will guide the fate of the era its born into. So pretty much this lets Spyro Screw Destiny if he doesn't like what's supposed to happen or go along with it if he does.
Jumped at the Call: When he discovered what he was and what Malefor's army was doing to his people, he was pretty quick to take up the fight. This was despite the fact Ignitus and Sparx were trying to talk him out of it.
Sealed Good in a Can: At the end of Eternal Night, he freezes himself, Cynder, and Sparx in a crystal to save them from a collapsing mountain. They remain that way until 3 years later, some Mooks decide to free them just in time for them to help save the planet.
Superpowered Evil Side: In Eternal Night Spyro absorbs some of Malefor's essence and proceeds to utterlydestroy Gaul. It briefly shows up again in Dawn of the Dragon when Spyro is consumed by despair after Ignitus sacrifices himself.
Time Master: In the second game he gets the Dragon Time ability, making him a low level one of these. He burns it out at the end of the game though.
You Can't Fight Fate/Screw Destiny: Depends on who you ask, Spyro himself and the Guardians thought his destiny was ultimately to save the world while Malefor thought his destiny was to destroy it. Spyro was right, so he effectively fulfilled one destiny while screwing the other.
Does this before that with the Chronicler. The Chronicler predicted that Cynder would get turned evil again by Malefor's return, so Spyro pulled a Big Damn Heroes and saved her. However, Word of God says the Chronicler knew he could do that and taught him Dragon Time so that if he did decide to Screw Destiny and rescue her , he could use Dragon Time to save himself, Cynder, and Sparx when the Mountain Of Malefor collapsed. So once again he screwed one destiny and fulfilled another.
That said, the Chronicler also told him he couldn't stop Malefor's escape during the Night of Eternal Darkness, and in the end he couldn't.
Spyro's adopted brother this time around. Since Spyro has his own health meter, Sparx becomes his brother's Exposition Fairy. Oh, and the requisite snarker. While not as brave as Spyro, he's still a fearless companion.
Bullying a Dragon: Constantly insults and makes Cynder feel bad due to her having been the Big Bad of the first game. Not only is she much larger than him, but she's just as strong as Spyro if not more so. Also a literal example, as she's a dragon.
Sparx: Huh, you know, little stiff, voice keeps changin', but I'm good.
Talk to the Fist: Gets a rather nice one at the end of the Pirate arc of the second game. Sniff, one of the two parrots that are really the captains of the pirates, won't stop talking and proves so annoying even Sparx can't take him. So he finally shuts his beak with one punch and knocks him out cold.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Becomes a good bit more of a jerk after Cynder's Heel-Face Turn. He just won't let her live it down that she used to be evil until the third game, where he shows his heart of gold and makes her promise to take care of Spyro for him.
While she's the villain in the first game, she's largely a case of Brainwashed and Crazy. The only dragon besides Spyro to survive the destruction of their clutch, she becomes his friend after the first game and his partner in the third. While she's ashamed of her past actions, she won't let them stop her.
And I Must Scream: She spent the first part of her life brainwashed into an evil monster. Why does this qualify? When she's free, she's completely aware of everything she did and deeply ashamed of it. Fridge Logic suggests she was conscious the entire time she was brainwashed. Imagine being forced from birth to watch your body do all sorts of horrible crimes and not being able to stop it.
All of the Other Reindeer: While Spyro and the other dragons forgave her, most everyone holds a grudge on her for what she did while Brainwashed and Crazy, even while she and Spyro are doing their best to save the world. Crosses into Bullying a Dragon, both literally, because she's a dragon, and because she's almost as powerful as Spyro.
Brought Down to Normal: She was formerly the strongest dragon around, but after being beaten by Spyro and returned to normal, she loses all the abilities she'd had in her adult form and spends The Eternal Night pretty much powerless. Then she regains four of her abilities in the third game after growing into a teenager. Exactly why isn't explained, but her growth may have had something to do with it.
Chained Heat: She spends the entire third game chained to Spyro. Sort of a one way example because she's really the only one to complain about it even though it ultimately convinces her of her love for Spyro.
Dark Is Not Evil: Especially in the third game, where it's revealed that her exposure to the darkness gave her a lot of cool powers.
Deleted Scene: One of the planned scenes for Dawn Of the Dragon would've explained how she got her jewelry back, which she hadn't had prior to being frozen in time. She was meant to put the jewelry back on in a cutscene in order to remind her of her past deeds. There wasn't enough time to make this scene.
Blow You Away: She has the elemental power of wind. A common theory among fans is the power she would have had if Malefor hadn't taken her, as its the only element she has that doesn't have a 'dark' attribute.
Casting a Shadow: One of the powers she has unique to her is controlling darkness. A rare heroic example.
Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Inverted; while she does wear iron jewelry, it's not to make her prettier. A deleted scene in Dawn Of the Dragon would've revealed that she put it back on as a reminder of her past sins.
Faustian Rebellion: While Spyro did the rebellion part for her, the powers Malefor's darkness gave her didn't end with his control. And she has absolutely no problems using them to fight back. While it can let him control her, he has to drive her over the Despair Event Horizon in order to do it, and the Power of Love is quite effective an antidote.
Jekyll & Hyde: Dark Cynder is the first side of her we see. Then when she's finally beaten, she reverts to the real Cynder, who knows what has happened, but is nothing like her former evil counterpart. Unusual as the evil Cynder was raised that way from birth and the good self didn't show up until later.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: According to Malefor she lead Spyro to the Well of Souls to set him free, unintentionally, but still. However, given his personality, he might have just been screwing with her head.
Reformed but Rejected: Despite of being freed from Malefor's control, there is a lot of characters who could find distrust in her, especially Sparx.
Super-Powered Evil Side: Her adult form in the first game counts, and she briefly gains a Dark form identical to Spyro's in the third.
This Was Her True Form/Beat The Curse Out Of Her: When defeated by Spyro, he hits her hard enough to break the Dark Master's control over her. After this, she reverts to her true age if the Dark Master hadn't gotten his claws in her. Helps that it was only his magic that had kept her in her monster form.
The Fire Guardian and the first dragon Spyro meets. He's the leader of the Dragon Guardians and the only one who managed to escape Cynder when she was under the Dark Master's control. He feels to blame for the destruction of the eggs at the temple on the Year of the Dragon and when first met is depressed at his situation, but Spyro manages to raise his spirits. While his age prevents him from doing much serious fighting, he serves as Spyro's mentor throughout the trilogy He eventually dies in a Heroic Sacrifice to help Spyro and Cynder get through the Belt of Fire the Destroyer leaves in its wake, but doesn't stay dead, rather Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence to become the new Chronicler after Spyro saves the world.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He dies in the Belt of Fire as he uses all of his remaining power to throw Spyro and Cynder through to the other side. After the end of the game, his spirit is chosen to become the new Chronicler as the old one retires.
Death by Irony: Dies in the Destroyer's flames. Ironic because he's the Fire Guardian and its his own element that did him in.
Heroic BSOD: Was in the midst of one when Spyro found him, refusing to even leave the cave and try to fight after everything that had happened to him. Spyro manages to give a pretty convincing Rousing Speech to at least convince him to go to the temple and Ignitus finally breaks out of it when they liberate it completely.
Heroic Sacrifice: Gives his life to throw Spyro and Cynder through the Belt Of Fire so they can stop Malefor.
It's All My Fault: He blames himself for Malefor's forces destroying the other eggs and stealing Cynder's on the Year of the Dragon.
My Greatest Failure: The slaughter of all the eggs and the theft of Cynder's at the temple is this for him. Even at the end of the series, over 15 years later, he still can't seem to forgive himself for it.
Old Master: He's an old dragon, and it shows, but he's also extremely skilled in his element and a powerful fighter.
Obi-Wan Moment: Before performing his Heroic Sacrifice, he takes the time to apologize to Cynder and Spyro for his Greatest Failure and reassure them that they can defeat Malefor. He then pushes them from the flames, remaining pretty calm the entire time.
Seer: Has the power to see visions through a special pool in the temple, something very few dragons can do.
Sour Supporter: In the first game. Given the terrible turn the war took and that he saw all his friends being captured right in front of him, he wasn't very believing that even Spyro could help. He doesn't really get hope back until the second game.
The Ice Guardian and the first dragon Spyro rescues. Has quite an ego.
The Earth Guardian and the third dragon Spyro meets. Unlike the others Terrador actually faced Cynder in combat. He did pretty well for a while until the inevitable defeat of course. Is the reasonable one of the four along with Ingitus.
Skabb is the "captain" of a group of Sky Pirates who Spyro is captured by early on in The Eternal Night and serves as a Big Bad a rather large story arc before Gaul and Malefor's forces take over. However, Skabb is just the brawn, his two parrots Scratch and Sniff are the brains behind him. Despite this, Skabb is more than able to fight.
Beyond the Impossible: After stage 1 of the boss fight, Scratch and Sniff manage to somehow pick Skabb off the ground and carry him out the window despite him being gigantic compared to them. Spyro and Sparx lampshade this.
Brains and Brawn: Skabb is too dumb to even speak but extremely powerful. Scratch and Sniff are the intelligent (well mostly Scratch, but Sniff is still much smarter than Skabb) but too small and weak to be physically threatening.
Bullying The Dragon: Sniff verbally insults Spyro for most of the arc. Justified at first because he has Skabb to back him up. After Spyro kills Skabb, Sniff doesn't get the hint and just keeps talking. So Sparx lets him Talk to the Fist and knocks him out cold.
Disk One Final Boss: Their Sky Pirates pretty much serve as the main villains of the first half of the game after the temple attack to the half way point. After Skabb is dead, Spyro continues his mission to find the Chronicler.
Disney Villain Death: Skabb is defeated in his boss battle with Spyro and staggers backwards off the side of his ship, falling to his death.
Dogs Are Dumb: Well we're not exactly sure what Skabb is, but he's a canine and is certainly quite stupid.
The King of the Apes and Malefor's 'right hand man'. He's the one that lead the assault on the Dragon Temple the night Spyro was born and who made off with Cynder's egg, as well as the Big Bad of the second game. He's a battle-hardened warrior and not to be taken lightly.
Drop the Hammer: He's shown in flashback pics that he has a huge war hammer and wielded it against the dragons, but it's never actually seen in game.
Eye Beams: Gaul's fake eye can fire a green laser beam.
Genre Savvy: Enough to realize that taking away Spyro's powers before the fight was a good idea, and to expect Cynder wouldn't go through with her Face-Heel Turn and be prepared. Loses points though for throwing Spyro into the big scary pillar of dark energy and giving him a Superpowered Evil Side.
Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He seems to have some sense of honor. He tells his henchmen to stay back so he can fight Spyro one on one, and despite having a great deal of magic abilities not seen in the first match, waits for Spyro's Superpowered Evil Side to manifest before pulling them out, presumibly because in the first round Spyro was powerless.
Lightning Bruiser: He's not as fast as the fully grown dragons, but he's still pretty damn agile for something so big.
Magic Wand: He has a magic staff he used to suck Spyro's power away. Too bad it gets broken falling into the Well of Souls.
Mana Drain: He uses his staff to drain Spyro of his energy and powers, forcing him to fight melee style.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Sure, he's not seen much in the second game and not at all in the first, but it's heavily implied that he's been the field leader in previous battles and he led the attack on the Dragon Temple that destroyed the eggs.
Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: After being defeated, he tells Spyro to finish him. When Spyro doesn't move in to kill him, he laughs at him and calls him a coward. Unfortunately for Gaul, while Spyro might have spared him, Dark Spyro didn't...
Malefor was touted to be the first Purple Dragon and the 'Dark Master'. He's the series Big Bad and is pure evil incarnated. According to the Chronicler, Malefor was revered as The Chosen One by the dragons, easily mastering numerous elemental powers, but was exiled when his lust for power corrupted him. He sided with the Apes and taught them how to use the power of the crystals, declaring war on his former allies, but his power became so great that his palace, the Mountain of Malefor/Well of Souls, collapsed into itself, trapping him in Convexity. He spent the first two games trying to get out and when he finally did get free, he tried to use an ancient monster to destroy the planet.
Affably Evil: Subverted. When Spyro and Cynder meet him in person, he acts quite polite, even removing their energy chain trying to 'make them comfortable'...then he breaks out a Hannibal Lecture and corrupts Cynder to try and kill Spyro.
Bad Boss: The apes worked their butts off to free him from his prison, but because they weren't truly loyal to him (they were just power hungry), he 'rewarded' them by turning them into undead skeletons that are forced to remain in the shadows forever.
Big Bad: Of the entire trilogy. Though he's the Bigger Bad in the first two games, as he effects the plot indirectly.
Card-Carrying Villain: A rare effective dead serious example. The Dark Master is his self appointed title, but he's not the least bit comical, and he's more than earned it.
The Chessmaster: Malefor set up Cynder to supposedly release him in the first game, then Gaul to do it in the second. Turns out it was all a set up to get Spyro to be the one to set him free, or at least that's what he says to Spyro. The only thing that stopped his plan from working was Spyro using all his power to fix the planet. And his Hannibal Lecture makes it hard for the viewer and characters to know what wasn't part of his plan from the beginning. In fact, the one time something happens that he couldn't control, he has a minor Villainous Breakdown and loses his cool for the only time in the series.
The Chosen One: As a purple dragon, he likely also fell under this before he turned bad.
Dragged Off to Hell: After he's defeated by Spyro and Cynder, a group of dragon spirits heavily implied to be the spirits of his elders emerge from the core of the world, grabbing him and dragging him into the core of the world. Just where he ended up is up isn't revealed, but Hell is certainly a fitting place for him.
The Dreaded: The dragons are rather scared of him. Even Spyro and Cynder admitted being afraid when they showed up at his lair to confront him.
Elemental Powers: As a purple dragon, he has all the elements Spyro and Cynder do. In fact, its implied he discovered the ones Cynder has.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After Cynder is freed from his control, Malefor is taken offguard for the first time in the entire scene and seems unable to understand how it happened. He may quickly recover and start the boss battle, but it's the first time in the entire series things didn't go according to his Evil Plan.
Evil Counterpart: Or at least he insists he is to Spyro, which is partly true, as they're the only two of their kind in existence.
The Exile: Was exiled from the Dragon Realms for getting completely obsessed with power and threatening everyone's safety.
Fate Worse Than Death: Malefor meets his end when the spirits of the Dragon Elders drag him into the Earth and seal him away there. Depending on the situation, this might be one.
Fallen Hero: Implied, by the statues around the Dragon Realm of him depicting him in an honorable light, and Prowlus' comparing Spyro's current self to Malefor at the same age, both implying that he was once a good guy. Makes his Not So DifferentHannibal Lecture even more effective.
Hannibal Lecture: Malefor is a master of it. He even managed to nearly crush Cynder's resolve with but a few words and nearly convince Spyro he'd done nothing but play into Malefor's clutches, driving both over the Despair Event Horizon in one speech! Even more effective is it's almost all true.
Immortality: He at least claims to have it in the Final Battle. He may have a point, as he's touted as being the first Purple Dragon, although there have been others who, according to Malefor, succeeded in destroying and remaking the world and most normal dragons didn't know whether or not they even existed, meaning he's been around since ancient times.
There's also the fact that apart from the spirits of the Dragon Elders pulling him into the Earth's core, nothing seems to hurt him. Also, getting buried under his own mountain didn't seem to hurt him, though he couldn't dig himself out until the Portal of Convexity was opened and had to wait until the Night of Eternal Darkness.
Knight of Cerebus: He's the exact opposite of the Classic Villains. The mere presence of something that he directly influenced causes the plot to get more serious, and everything gets worse when he's free. He's truly frightening and completely competent. His goal is simple but completely horrifying; destroy the world.
Large Ham: And it only serves to make him more menacing.
Made of Evil: How the Chronicler describes him, saying Malefor's evil was so strong that it ripped the planet open and created the Mountain of Malefor caused his own fortress in the to collasp on him.
Mook Maker: Has a dark magic spell he can use to spawn legions of Grublins from the earth, which he uses to create an entire army which he uses to replace the Apes after what he didto them.
Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!: Tried to prevent Spyro's birth by sending the Apes to wipe out his entire generation as eggs. Thankfully Ignitus pulled a Moses in the Bullrushes to save him. He still got Cynder and had her turned into his Dragon However, considering Malefor needed Spyro to free him from his prison, its pretty likely Cynder was his second choice. Given Malefor's personality, however, the Purple Dragon was probably just an excuse to commit genocide on his enemies anyway.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Really the only reason Spyro was able to beat him was because of Cynder, who Malefor had his minions spare from death so she could be his minion. Though in his defense he did need her for his plans and he did continue to play her like a fiddle through all three games, it was only in the end when it really bit him in the tail.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: While "The Dark Master" is a scary name on its own, when your name stems from the word "maleficent", you know he's evil. It doesn't help that "Malefor" sounds a lot like "Malephar"—an alternate name of Valefor, one of the Ars Goetia demons (although this was probably unintentional), and one of the four who's always problematic no matter what precautions the conjuror takes.
His name can also be translated to "Carrier of evil" or "Source of evil."
Nigh Invulnerable: Each subsequent phase of the boss fight with him ends with him getting back up and more or less shrugging off the previous on. Even in the ending cutscene after the fight he doesn't appear hurt. After that he engages Spyro and Cynder in a Beam-O-War, which despite him losing, doesn't seem have any effect on him.
Not So Different: He and Spyro are the only two of their kind known to exist and Malefor insists that even if Spyro defeats him, it'll be in vain as Spyro will simply finish the job himself. Ironically, the exact opposite happens.
Also is the fact that he is heavily implied to be a Fallen Hero.
Oh Crap: He gets one when the spirits of the Dragon Elders emerge from the planet core to drag him into it/
Sealed Evil in a Can: Malefor was imprisoned in the Well of Souls for trying to destroy the world and his thirst for power growing out of control.
Ultimate Evil: Malefor spent the first two games as Sealed Evil in a Can, never seen or heard. He finally was heard in the third game, with an extremely creepy Voice of the Legion, but is not seen until the very end. And unlike a lot of examples, he turns out to be every bit as evil and frightening as he was said to be.
Villainous Breakdown: A very subtle one of the 'kill them already' version. When he first meets the heroes, he's content just messing with their heads, taking Cynder's mind under his control and using her to kill Spyro, and generally taking his time. For the entire series he's always been in control of every detail, being a perfect Chess Master in every respect and playing them all like fiddles. However, directly after Cynder is freed by the Power of Love, he gets furious for the first and only time in the series, yells Prepare to Die, and cuts straight to the Final Battle. The one time something happened he couldn't control, it enrages him and causes him to try to kill the ones responsible.
Xanatos Speed Chess: What makes him such a great Chess Master. Spyro turning out to be alive didn't seem to hurt his long term escape plan at all, nor did him freeing Cynder from her Brainwashed and Crazy state. He just worked Spyro and Cynder into it and tricked Cynder into getting Spyro to free him.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to the Apes once they've set him free from his prison. And he doesn't kill them, instead he gives them a Fate Worse Than Death as a "reward". Considering he quickly replaced them with the Grublins, this was likely his intention from the very beginning.