YMMV / Bubsy

YMMV items for the games:

  • Awesome Music: The last level of the first game called "A Farewell To Woolies" had an epic song playing in the background.
    • Generally, the first Bubsy game's music used limited instrumentation but nevertheless had interesting progression and was layered extremely well, especially for the nonabbreviated tunes of the Genesis version. Other great tracks include the game's title theme, ''Hill Stream Blues'' (theme of levels 1 through 3), and ''Woolering Heights'' (theme of levels 13 through 15).
  • Base Breaker: Bubsy himself. As mentioned in Memetic Loser, below, any brief look into the internet's opinion on this series will find a lot of hate for the character with some considering him the worst of all the Mascot with Attitude characters, however he does actually have a pretty extensive fanbase too, as can be seen by the sheer volume of fanart of him on DeviantArt, among others.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: The Bubsy Hint Book was listed at a totally reasonable 4,000 dollars. It's since dropped down to a mere 60.
  • Cult Classic: The first 2 games. Bubsy 3D, however...
  • Deader Than Disco: Bubsy was originally very hyped up back in 1993 with the first game recieving mostly favorable reviews, then the failed cartoon and lackluster sequels came and tarnished the bobcat's reputation. History hasn't been kind to the original game either, as it's now viewed as an example of everything wrong with mascot-based platformers.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Even the fans this series has have wished that Bubsy 3D never existed.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: What could possibly go wrong? Well, a sequel that almost killed the franchise, another sequel that did kill it off, and a cartoon that never made it past the pilot, for one.
  • Game Breaker: The Nerf Ballzooka in the second game gives you a long-range, high-damage attack.
  • Genius Bonus: Bubsy's gliding ability makes sense because real-life cats can also survive long falls with limited parachuting.
  • Memetic Loser: Bubsy, being representative of the pitfalls of Sonic-knockoffs, and contributing to their downfall with the infamous Bubsy 3D. Fan games like Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective, which make a complete mockery of the character, and fan portrayals like Squirrely Jack's "Modern Bubsy," which turn himnote  into a massive Woobie, speak volumes about his legacy.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound when you collect yarn in the SNES version.
  • Newer Than They Think: It's easy to assume that, with its incredibly awkward tank controls and horrible camera, that Bubsy 3D predates Super Mario 64's revolutionizing of the 3D platformer genre. But in fact, it was released months afterwards.
  • Polished Port: The PC port of the first game, titled Super Bubsy, features high resolution graphics and a somewhat larger field of view, in addition to featuring the cartoon pilot episode as a bonus. The only downside is that the music is done with MIDI, so its quality is heavily dependent on your sound card.
  • Sequelitis: A rather bad victim of the disease known as Sequelitis, Bubsy did okay in the first game, but the second game nearly killed it. Bubsy 3D accomplished was the second game could not do: kill it.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The first game at least was considered this, if a bit difficult (though that was far from unusual back then). Until he hit the Polygon Ceiling...
  • The Scrappy: Bubsy himself, due to his personality and especially his voice. Not to mention how the first game ends with him trying to steal all of the credit and then reluctantly admitting the player "helped."
  • The Woobie: Arnold the Armadillo from the second game so very much.
    • The Woolies' Professor Nylon from 3D, as he's constantly interrupted in his speeches.
    • Bubsy himself can be this, since most of his lines in the first two games imply he's a struggling actor who can't catch a break. Given what happened to his series, it's oddly prescient.

YMMV items for the cartoon:

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: As if a show about Bubsy wasn't enough to turn people away, they also added his equally annoying niece and nephew, and all three constantly torture poor Arnold.
  • Bile Fascination: Pretty much the only reason to watch this. It's suggested that you do so with the aid of The Annotated Series.
  • Colbert Bump: It definitely got a boost after it was riffed by The Annotators.
  • Designated Hero: Bubsy is a self-absorbed Jerkass who frequently treats his sidekick Arnold like an inanimate object (he even mistakes him for a wrench at one point), making it hard to root for him.
  • Drinking Game: Take a drink every time Bubsy says, "What could possibly go wrong?"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Arnold is one by default, due to being the one relatable character in the entire show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The idea of a helmet than can shape reality through the user's imagination would later be used in Can You Imagine That? (and to a lesser extent in Trouble Island).
  • Memetic Mutation: Bubsy's iconic (or infamous...) line from his pilot, "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?". It's become a popular reaction pic and often has the "Po" replaced with "Paw".
  • Most Annoying Sound: "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?". Hell, Bubsy's voice in general is so obnoxious it'll make your ears bleed before the show's over. There's a reason Rob Paulson considers this pilot an Old Shame.
  • The Scrappy: Bubsy himself, due to his personality and especially his voice.
    • Pretty much everyone except Arnold (the only decent character - who is unfortunately The Chew Toy).
  • The Woobie: Arnold, dear god, the one character that hates Bubsy, thus making him relatable, spends the entire episode being the subject of all the slapstick in the form of being tortured by Bubsy's little demon niece and nephew, crashing through a roof, getting beaten over the head and getting electrocuted. He apparently suffers from some sort of post-traumatic stress due to raging murderous semis who are genocidally killing his race and none of the punishment he receives is warranted to any degree. He deserves absolutely none of it and it makes the show almost cringeworthy to watch this poor character go through such a mess.