These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Captain N: The Game Master
Alternate 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.
Designated Protagonist Syndrome: Despite being the supposed "game master", Kevin's personality, or lack of personality, seems to be on par with a more inexperienced beginner, leaving him extremely bland. He doesn't even react to being in a world of video games outside of a calm "You're not real", nor does he show any concern with whether or not he'll ever go home, only staying when he heard his mother wanting him to take out the trash.
The rest of the N-team also seems to lack any personality save for Simon... who is a Designated Hero given his rude and self loving attitude.
With heroes like these, maybe having Mother Brain rule over Videoland isn't such a bad thing after all.
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.
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 Symphony Of The Night was made and Alucard was redesigned from his Castlevania III appearance...
Reinhardt Schneider, one of the protagonists in the Castlevania64 games, bears some resemblance to the Captain N version of Simon Belmont. Both have blond hair and wear blue coats with fuzzy collars.
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.
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).
Special Effects 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). Click here to start watching the episode the way it was meant to be seen.
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.
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.
More importantly, why couldn't the ill-fated Battletoads pilot have been absorbed into this show?
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.