YMMV / King's Quest

  • Angst? What Angst?: Alexander comes off as mostly well-adjusted and normal despite his past of growing up as a mistreated slave. Fans (and some of the Expanded Universe material) have generally decided this is odd and tend to compensate by running in the opposite direction and making him Troubled, but Cute instead (particularly in The Silver Lining).
    • Though this seems to be a "Harry Potter" type of scenario, that being a naturally born hero, no matter how abused he was as a child, his natural good nature overpowers everything else.
  • Even Better Sequel / Growing the Beard: The series' gameplay, graphics, logic and overall quality tended to improve as the series progressed, with KQVI generally being regarded as the highest point of the franchise. However, KQ VII had a mixed reception, though positive in general, and KQVIII was a huge letdown that ruined the series.
  • Fanon: In the AGD remake, a hidden letter (search Manannan's desk four times) from Lolotte to Manannan states that her "Sister" once had a crush on Manannan before he grew out his beard. Her sister is stated to be Malicia, as they're both fairies. Not to mention both had a connection to Edgar, and Malicia may have even aided Lolotte in kidnapping him. The letter also states that Hagatha is Manannan and Mordack's sister, while also confirming Lolotte and Hagatha as part of the Black Cloak Society. Though this game had Approval of God it's still nowhere near Word of God.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Mask of Eternity was not well-received by the fanbase, to the point where it's debatably In-Name-Only. Even the old-school Sierra staffers distance themselves from it.
    • Though bizarrely, despite being reviled by most of the fanbase, especially the hardcore fans, tribute fan games such as the King's Quest II remake and "The Silver Lining" still state it as canon.
  • Fridge Brilliance: To explain the whole Fantasy Kitchen Sink scenario. Think about it — once the books in our world are finished, the characters have to go somewhere. Perhaps Daventry is a purgatory of sorts for literature characters whose stories have ended, with no writer to continue them, so they end up here? note 
  • Internet Backdraft: It eventually came to light that the 2015 King's Quest game by the Odd Gentlemen was developed using money stolen from the Homestuck Kickstarter after they abandoned the project. Homestuck fans were not happy.
  • Narm: "A POIsonous snaaaake! A POIsonous snaaaake!"
  • The Scrappy: Cedric in King's Quest V. Apparently even other employees at Sierra were not kind to the owl either, as seen below.
    • So much reviled that, in an Easter Egg of the VGA remake of King's Quest II, an old King Graham runs after the damn owl with his sword ready to strike.
    • If you play Ms. Astro Chicken long enough in Space Quest IV, Cedric shows up. You can crash into him, survive, and get 50 bonus points.
    • In Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist, at one point, you can find a lost Cedric in the desert; later, you find him being picked clean by buzzards.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Although the franchise basically kicked off the graphic adventure genre, and is highly important in gaming history, its earlier installments are downright unplayable (the remakes make them much more accessible, though), and even the later games can be needlessly frustrating for the modern gamer.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Being one of the first computer games to feature voice acting, characters in the CD-ROM version of King's Quest V were voiced by only a handful of Sierra employees, with varying degrees of success. Sierra learned its lesson, and pioneered the concept of Hollywood actors voicing computer games, mentioned below.
    • That being said, they still kept developer Josh Mandel as Graham for VI (since he's usually considered the one employee who actually did a pretty good job with his VA) and Mandel has been gracious enough to lend his voice to the fan-done remakes.
    • Completely averted with VI. Sierra put up the cash for an extremely high-end voice cast, including the late Tony Jay and Don Messick. Robby Benson from Beauty and the Beast played Alexander, which made one of the Non-Standard Game Overs a lot funnier than it should have been.