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In A New Beginning, there's the scene early on in the game where Sparx is kidnapped by the apes. Just when one of them attempts to crush Sparx, Spyro lets loose probably the dullest "Big "NO!"" in video game history, combined with an incredibly awkwardly stiff animation of him shaking his head just before he breathes fire for the first time. All this combined makes it seem like Spyro was almost happy that Sparx was almost crushed. (Though, given Sparx'spersonality, that might not be a stretch.)
Also doesn't help that Cynder's attempts to attack Spyro during that scene basically amount to weakly slapping his wings with her tail.
Neither does Spyro's response to Evil!Cynder: "Because you've left me nothing to fight for." This sounds suitably dramatic at first glance, but then you realize that he's basically saying Cynder and Ignitus were his only motivation to fight Malefor. What about the many innocent victims suffering under Malefor's tyranny? What about the dragons who mentored him? Aren't they worth fighting for? Does he even remember they exist?