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The second ''SpyroTheDragon'' game, released on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation in 1999. Known as ''Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer'' in PAL territories.

Spyro and Sparx decide they need some well-deserved R & R, so head off to the restful Dragon Shores. But their vacation is abruptly interrupted when an intrepid professor and his faun assistant, Elora, suck them to a far-off land called Avalar. The Professor's tinkering [[NiceJobBreakingItHero also releases an evil sorcerer called Ripto]], and they need to find a dragon to defeat him! Spyro's a bit smaller than they expected, but he'll do nonetheless--now the intrepid dragon needs to defeat Ripto so he can get back to his vacation!

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/Spyro2SeasonOfFlame''.

!!This game contains examples of:
* HundredPercentCompletion: Awards the supercharged breath attack. It can even be used in a NewGamePlus.
* ActionBomb: The kamikaze pigs of Metropolis.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent
** The Electrolls of Hurricos look vaguely rodent like. Also, they don't have eyes.
** The Cloud Temples trolls are {{waddling head}}s.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Handel and Greta, the two kids in Scorch- they look human, but in the cutscene after you leave, [[RedEyesTakeWarning their eyes glow red]]... Plus, no other actual humans were ever seen during the original games (''Crash Bandicoot'' crossovers excepted).
* AnachronismStew: The Bonebuilders of Skelos Badlands live like cavemen but have a video camera.
* AnimalJingoism: The elephant-type enemies of Mystic Marsh will gladly trample their rhino-type counterparts before going after Spyro.
* AnimalMecha: The mechanical pests of Robotica Farms.
* {{Beeware}}:
** [[WhenTreesAttack The trees]] of Fracture Hills shake the beehives built on them so that the bees will attack Spyro.
** Robotica Farms faces invasion from giant robot bugs.
* BellyFlopCrushing: Gulp's main form of attack.
* BigEater: [[MeaningfulName Gulp]], who can even eat explosives. Also the hippos, [[AnimalStereotypes as to be expected]].
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The draclets of Crystal Glacier are big enough to eat a snow leopard.
* BigNo: Ripto lets out one when his bodyguard Crush is defeated and when you ram him in his boss battle.
* BigWhat: Ripto lets out one after you collect three orbs to super charge yourself in his boss battle. Cue the beatdown.
* BlackComedy: How most intro/outro cutscenes roll. Case in point: pretty much [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4TbiTShtz8 the entirety of the Autumn Plains' levels' cutscenes stands out]], ''especially'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZxFrdElt9s Magma Cone's]]. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar It wouldn't look out of place in an [adult swim] show!]]
* BossArenaRecovery: Justified, as Elora is doing all she can to help Spyro.
* BraggingRightsReward: The infinite superpowered flame powerup...or so it seems at first. Getting all the orbs and gems in the game awards Spyro with a more powerful flame ability, but after completing everything, the only real use to this is making some of the completely optional Skill Points easier to get. Turns out the ability can be carried over to a new game, effectively making a NewGamePlus.
* BusmansHoliday: Spyro just wanted a nice, relaxing vacation at the seaside. But no, he gets roped into saving the world AGAIN...
* ButThouMust: Lampshaded in the beginning.
-->'''Elora:''' Spyro's going to help us collect the talismans.\\
'''Spyro:''' I am?\\
'''Hunter:''' He is?
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In this game, Hunter is rather cowardly and unwilling to challenge Ripto and the other bad guys, doing mostly background work. By even the following game, Hunter is rather overeager to help Spyro and starts taking on BadassNormal qualities.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: All but one of the bosses in the first game were {{Dirty Coward}}s and the one that wasn't still ran away from you. The bosses this time around are significantly bolder. {{Downplayed|trope}} though as Spyro still calls Ripto a wuss and still has to chase after him, even if it is to a lesser extent. Also, while Gnasty Gnorc was in some way responsible for everything that went wrong in the first game, there were ''a lot'' of conflicts going on in Avalar [[VillainOfAnotherStory before Ripto showed up]], and his menace is mostly confined to the home worlds. Though the story in the instruction manual stated Ripto had some part in them, if indirectly.
* CoolPet: Hunter has a manta ray, though Spyro is the one who has to tame it. Elora tames several pterodactyls.
* DamageDiscrimination:
** Lava toads can walk on lava and even ride on the steam the flows of it create, but they will still be damaged by Spyro's flames.
** Creatures hostile to Spyro are also immune to the spells of the Cloud Temples warlocks, though since they home in on Spyro, you can still use an enemy as a living shield.
* TheDeadCanDance: If their remains are mostly intact anyway.
* DemBones: One of the side quests is called that. Guess what's involved.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Gulp.
* DoubleAgent: Spyro. He fights against the forces of Zephyr when he travels to Breeze Harbor. Guess what he does when he travels to Zephyr.
* DropTheHammer: The large lizards of Glimmer.
* EatDirtCheap: Some of the lizards in Glimmer don't just steal gems, but eat them.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: The final battle has Spyro and Ripto make use of super charged orbs to use new abilities, and the final one gives Spyro an infinite fly/fireball ability.
* EscortMission: The horribly frustrating alchemist in Fracture Hills, [[TooDumbToLive who goes out of his way to run into enemies and specifically tries to lose you to go run into an enemy near the end of the run]]. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in Shady Oasis: while you gain a companion you must help getting through the level, all the enemies completely ignore him in order to tear you apart.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Ripto is a riptoc, which means he's a freakish dinosaur person. We also have raptor-like Lava Lizards in Skelos Badlands.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi: They live in Mystic Marsh and can inflate like puffer fish.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: The mechanical sharks found in an underwater level. They can only be defeated with the superfire power up and can swallow Spyro whole for an instant kill, and you don't even need to run directly into them for it to happen. If you're even in their general vicinity they will kill you and you have no chance to get away.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Fracture Hills has Spyro freeing satyrs from stone, who then blast away a rock wall surrounding the end of the level with bagpipe music.
* {{Expy}}: The gem thief lizards of Glimmer to the gnorc thieves of Artisan's home. The Shady Oasis lamp thieves to the dragon egg thieves.
* FaunsAndSatyrs: This game features both. In addition to primary character Elora, there are humanoid-looking fauns and satyrs in the Fracture Hills, and more monster-y looking fauns in the Magma Cone. Exactly what differentiates them is not entirely clear. It's also worth noting that the Fracture Hills fauns, and to a lesser extent Elora, aren't all that humanoid to begin with. The ones in Fracture Hills in particular look more like anthropomorphic wolves with goat legs.
* {{Fireballs}}: Besides Spyro's super flame, Crush can shoot these while inside of his dungeon. There are also small flying enemies in Skelos Badlands that apparently are not dragons but shoot fireballs nonetheless. The badlands also have enemies with fireballs for heads. The Cloud Temples wizards are friendly fireball users.
* FloatingInABubble: Sparx does this to survive underwater.
* FlyingSaucer: Flown by sheep invading Metropolis.
* HarmlessFreezing: The Icebuilders don't seem to be harmed from being frozen in blocks of ice.
* HeelFaceTurn: The idols in Idol Springs in the closing cinematic.
* HoldingOutForAHero: The team in Avalar is completely convinced that only a dragon can stop Ripto and is reduced to giving tutorials to Spyro or providing the odd minor backup. Elora tries doing so to Hunter as well, but he's far worse at it.
* ItAmusedMe: The Water Workers who invade Aquaria will sometimes attack other creatures hostile to Spyro even when Spyro is within their range, just for giggles.
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See BlackComedy above.
* GottaCollectThemAll: Gems, talismans and orbs.
* GreenHillZone: Summer Forest.
* GuideDangIt: The orb that's hidden behind two doors in "Summer Forest". You had to look up a strategy guide online to figure out there's a hidden window to get the orb, didn't you?
* HulaAndLuaus: Hula Girls in Idol Springs whose dances can bring rain.
* InfernalRetaliation: The Cloud Temples trolls were hit by fire much more powerful than Spyro's, but it proved unable to kill them ''and'' unable to be put out, leading to perpetually flaming trolls running around said temples.
* {{Irony}}: Robotic farmers love biological bees (ironic enough on its own), but a fourth of the Robotica Farms pests are bee based.
* JerkassGods: The Idol Springs idols turn against their makers and lock them out of their temple.
* JustEatHim: The dragon-eating bushes in Fracture Hills.
* KungFuProofMook: The large Earthshapers are resistant to Spyro's attacks and have to be pushed into certain areas to be defeated.
* LedgeBats: The party horns of the Magma Cone lava monsters do no damage but will likely knock Spyro into lava, which does.
* LethalLavaLand: Magma Cone and Canyon Speedway.
* LevitatingLotusPosition: The elder turtle royals of Sunny Beach float with this pose.
* ManChild: Agent Zero.
* MechaMooks: The Gear Grinders employ rolling robots.
* MinecartMadness:
** One of the orb challenges in Breeze Harbor requires you to ride along a track collecting gears, whilst avoiding various pitfalls.
** [[spoiler:In Dragon Shores you can ride a roller coaster, destroying things along the way.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: The elephant snails and snail rhinos of Mystic Marsh.
* NewGamePlus: If you get the [[BraggingRightsReward Superflame Powerup in Dragon Shores]], then it carries over to a new game. It allows for some SequenceBreaking in certain levels (mainly those that need a certain skill to complete, like Glimmer).
* TheNapoleon: Ripto, even referred to as such in his manual bio.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. Ripto says the word "kill" at least twice in the game's cutscenes. Then there's the guy in Colossus who says kill but has torch written in the subtitle box.
* NintendoHard: Collecting all of the Skill Points in the game, to the point that ''Year of the Dragon'' made collecting them easier.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hunter messing around with the superportal caused Ripto to invade in the first place.
* NighInvulnerability: The shield power up lets Spyro walk across molten lava.
* NotQuiteDead: Ripto, after seemingly falling to his death at the end of the second home world, [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle comes back not long after to stop the superportal's completion and take over the last home world]].
* OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: This game has several traits that aren't present in both the first and third game: it has no eggs to collect, quiet and atmospheric music for the worlds (of which there are inexplicably only ''three''), specific trinkets at the end of each level as opposed to eggs or treasure, a weird fakeout after the second boss, a permanent power-up as a OneHundredPercentCompletion reward, Supercharge being triggered using the same method as the other power-ups (walking though 2 pyramids) and intro/outro cutscenes for each level with a [[BlackComedy lethal sense of humor]]. It's also a weird halfway point between the first and third games feature-wise: unlike in ''Year of the Dragon'', minigames take place in the level proper instead of being sequestered into their own zones, and Winter Tundra introduces the concept of having to get enough special items (orbs/eggs) to proceed as opposed to the earlier Talismans.
* TheOverworld: Summer Forest, Autumn Plains and Winter Tundra.
* PalmtreePanic: Sunny Beach.
* PercussiveMaintenance: The elevators of Metropolis require a bashing to get started, due to budget cuts in the wake of insurrection and invasion.
* PerpetualFrowner: Spyro himself during gameplay. Cutscenes [[AvertedTrope avert]] this.
* {{Prehistoria}}: Skelos Badlands.
* ProductionForeshadowing: The robots in Metropolis have designs that look suspiciously similar to [[Videogame/RatchetAndClank Clank]]'s.
* RacingMinigame: Vs Hunter in Ocean Speedway. You don't have to actually beat him, simply keeping up suffices.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Moneybags sells Ripto some bombs to take over Winter Tundra. Ripto's first act after stepping into the castle is to kick him out.
* RibCageRidge: The bones of giant creatures are scattered throughout Crystal Glacier and Skelos Badlands.
* RobotWar: In Metropolis there is a rebellion against the robots, and it's the robots you're helping to put it down.
* RockSteady: The purple things in Cloud Temples can produce rocks that usually are only found by lava pools.
* ShiftingSandLand: Scorch.
* SizeShifter: The Hippos of Shady Oasis can temporarily increase their size by eating berries.
* SnowBallFight: The Ice Wizards of Crystal Glacier throw snowballs at each other if left alone.
* ShovelStrike: The penguins of Sunny Beach try to flatten Spyro with them.
* StarCrossedLovers: Private Romeo and Juliet on opposite sides of the Land Blubber Breezebuilder conflict of Zephyr. Doubles as InterspeciesRomance given one's a blob and the other is a bird.
* StealthBasedMission: Chasing Agent Zero in Cloud Temples
* SteamPunk: The machinery of Breeze Harbor is powered by steam, which means the Land Blubbers only need water buckets and hoses to make it useless.
* SteppingStoneSword: The Icebuilders use their spears to help Spyro progress through Crystal Glacier.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills:
** Gained in this game, even before learning to swim, though the water you can swim in is different than that of the previous game. If you find a pool of opaque water like ones in the last game, Spyro will still be unable to swim in it and take damage.
** Hunter's swimsuit doesn't come with a breathing apparatus of any sort.
* SuperSpit: Spyro can spit rocks further than Gem Cutters can throw them. The Breezebuilder chicks also spit ammunition at him.
* TakenForGranite: The Earthshapers have trapped the satyrs of Fracture Hills in stone.
* {{Tomorrowland}}: Robotica Farms, Metro Speedway, and ''especially'' Metropolis. Although there are many modern elements in the other games of the original trilogy (the industrial sites of Gnasty's World come to immediate mind), these areas are much more in-your-face about their advanced technologies compared to nearby areas.
* TopHeavyGuy: Agent Zero can jump pretty far with his tiny legs.
* TheUnfought: The Colossus Yeti. Though you do get to knock him into a dunk tank as a minigame later on in Dragon Shores.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Ripto before stealing the power crystal and an ox in Metropolis, though it butts them rather than throws.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Following Gulp's defeat, Ripto falls out of his throne, presumably to his death. In the following cutscene, he is alive and well, and effortlessly takes over the castle at Winter Tundra. All three bosses also turn out fine even after Ripto's supposed defeat, appearing in the epilogue and returning in several later games.
* WingsDoNothing: Crush and the Lava Lizards have wings but they don't seem to serve any purpose. The latter are dropped from eggs carried by flying creatures, so they might be juveniles. Also, the hippos of Shady Oasis have them, for some reason.
* WrenchWhack: The most common Gear Grinder will squash Spyro with a wrench, if given the chance.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: After you defeat Gulp (the second boss) you see BigBad Ripto fall off a ledge and into an abyss. Elora congratulates Spyro for freeing the various worlds and collecting all 14 Talismans, the game's standard reward for completing the worlds. Then, just when it looks like Spyro might finally return home, Ripto comes back and there's a whole new home world with five new, Talisman-free levels.
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