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YMMV: Captain N: The Game Master
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Simon is something of a stealth/Trickster Mentor that is trying to teach the rest of the team, especially Kevin, to be more functional. Simon seems to pull very sudden 180s from bumbling idiot to kicking serious butt.
    • Kevin is something of a sociopath that doesn't miss his home and zaps things to get attention (S2Ep9). Let's not get started on Kevin and Mike from the first season.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Kevin is in a world full of people he doesn't know, his sole companion from his old world is his dog, he's cut off from all that is familiar, and he's being forced into war. Possibly falls under Rule of Funny, as the only time he had the opportunity to go back he stayed because his mom told him to clean his room.
  • Base Breaker: Note that Gameboy appears in the entries for The Scrappy and Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Designated Hero: Simon is incredibly vain, selfish, arrogant, and only seems to be part of the group because he so desperately wants to get in Lana's pants. In one episode, he even goes so far as to steal a magical arrow in hopes of using it to force Lana to fall in love with him. Of course, this is likely balanced out by the fact that he's also the series Butt Monkey, and he does have some Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments from time to time.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The reason why Simon Belmont was depicted in the show as he was is basically due to Rule of Funny but lets just say that the Castlevania fanbase seems to think that the folks at DiC are the only ones who found it funny at all.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fans looking back on the show seem to take a liking to Simon Belmont. Reasons for this include: being just more interesting than Kevin, he was flawed and thus seemed more like a real person. Showing character development as the show went on, such as: gradually warming up to Kevin season by season. (That is, if you do get past on how totally different he was than in the original source.)
    • Gameboy for having his moments of snark.
    • Also Mike, who got only one episode but was a major part of a very emotionally-driven episode.
    • Mother Brain seems to have developed a following in her own right.
  • Ham and Cheese: Levi Stubbs as Mother Brain. The show is worth watching just for his performance. This is probably the reason why she qualifies as an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the first episode, Kevin says "I've played Donkey Kong enough to know what I'm doing" while climbing a volcano. The actual NES game has no such level, but the 1994 Game Boy remake oddly enough does, as does Donkey Kong Country Returns.
    • Also from the first episode, Kevin's TV is a Sony model. Might actually be a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment if you never liked the Sony Playstation.
    • Ian James Corlett voiced arch-enemy Dr. Wily - only to voice Mega Man himself some years later.
    • In his one appearance in the series, Dracula's son Alucard was shown with light yellow, almost white hair. Several years later, when Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was made and Alucard was redesigned from his Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse appearance...
    • Reinhardt Schneider, one of the protagonists in Castlevania 64 and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, bears some resemblance to the Captain N version of Simon Belmont. Both have blond hair and wear blue coats with fuzzy collars.
    • Lana isn't based on any particular game character, but she still manages to bear a resemblence to one — Alis Landale from Phantasy Star I, a Sega game, who can even become queen at game's end.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Kevin and Mike have shades. For the whole show it seems like King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard are an old bickering couple with some slight abuse issues. This is kind of helped by the fact when they go undercover one is dressed as a woman.
    • Kevin and Link, in the Zelda crossover episodes.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Kid Icarus/Pit. One of the stronger indicators that the people working on the show had never played any of the games.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Simon is a self-centered, antagonistic, flirtatious... Butt Monkey.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: There are a select few people who watched this show just because they found out that Levi Stubbs (a.k.a. "the guy who voiced Audrey II") played Mother Brain.
  • Memetic Mutation/Mondegreen: Captain N: The Gay Master.
  • The Scrappy: Difficult to say, given the multiple bastardizations amongst the supporting cast. But even fans of the show generally hate Gameboy and Kid Icarus.
  • Seasonal Rot: Among fans, the third and final season is the least regarded. Animation took a major step down and the running time was cut to eleven minutes so that it could be paired with Super Mario World. Additionally, Simon and Mega Man were used less often (a result of Konami and Capcom, respectively, owning those characters and being entitled to royalties).
  • So Bad, It's Good: Hilariously so.
  • Special Effect Failure: The episode "How's Bayou?" wasn't quite finished when it first aired, and as a result, several shots were missing their backgrounds. Reruns of the episode had the backgrounds intact, but for some reason, the DVD set uses the original, unfinished version, as does the version on Jaroo (the "Hulu for kids' shows" site).
  • Squick: The episode "Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain". Simon ends up under the influence of a love arrow and falls for Mother Brain. Alright, that's bad enough, but later on, Mother Brain ends up falling in love with him. Okay, really gross, but then they become engaged and almost married, and somewhere in between those two events Simon imagines them having children! Granted, this is all fixed by the end of the episode, but still! Gah!
    • It's only for about a few seconds, but in "A Nightmare on Mother Brain Street", Princess Lana was shown having Mother Brain's face! Doubles as Nightmare Fuel, even in-universe.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Like with The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, many episodes featured a montage of some sort with a cover song during the show's initial run. The songs were taken out during reruns and on the DVD, and a great many of them were replaced with what sounds like a Suspiciously Similar Song to Michael Jackson's "Beat It".
  • Tear Jerker: "The Big Game" reveals that returning to the real world will make Kevin forget the time he spent in Videoland. Seeing his reaction to this news is oddly touching.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: After the crossover with The Legend of Zelda, there was a lot of hope for an episode featuring the Super Mario Bros.. We never got one.
    • Possibly because the Mario cartoons not only continued to air during Captain N's run, but because half the episodes of the second series took place in the "real world", where none of Captain N's episodes took place.
    • It doesn't help that the Super Mario Bros. game was mentioned in the first episode.
    • Congoland and Donkey Kong are pushed in the opening credits as heavily as Kid Icarus, Castlevania, Mega Man and Metroid. All the other worlds listed produce major recurring characters, but Donkey Kong? Of course not. He gets a one-off episode and that's it.
    • More importantly, why couldn't the ill-fated Battletoads pilot have been absorbed into this show?
  • Ugly Cute: For all its horror value, "Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain" does give us the strangely adorable baby brains.
  • What an Idiot: Wishful Thinking has the N-Team coming across a magic lamp with a Genie that can grant any wish. And while Lana briefly considers it, no one uses any wishes to defeat Mother Brain or wish for King Charles to return.
    • The N-Team are gone for 3 weeks during their quest to find the Warp of Life in Happy Birthday Mega Man. Despite that absence, Mother Brain and her henchmen don't even attempt to conquer Videoland, nor does the N-Team acknowledge the possibility or even mentioning the villains at all.

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