YMMV / Neopets

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Jhudora. Is she evil or is she actually nice inside?
  • Anti-Climax Boss
    • The eponymous villain in The Darkest Faerie is built up as being the toughest opponent in her game. If you decide to save your Supernova Motes (or even just your Nova Motes), she's nothing more than a pushover, and the 3 minute timer doesn't actually help her. There isn't more than one phase aside from forced switching, and she isn't even as hard as the bosses before her (unless for some reason you didn't pick up on Tormund's three-hit combo, which is needed).
    • The Neggbreaker from the Y14 Negg Festival event. Listed with a difficulty of 100,000 (which, in comparison, is two hundred times Chiazilla's difficulty) with exactly as many hitpoints, uses some of the most powerful weapons in the game... but equipping the Negg Amulet from the same event lets you deal 20,000 damage to it each round and completely block all of its attacks. Even at level 1.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The Obelisk War just dragged on. No storyline, just repetitive fighting. The Neopets Team seemed to be catching on to this; the third bout of the war began without even so much as an announcement on the News page, and now the battlegrounds are in a state of perpetual warfare without so much as a hint of Character Development. They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot, much?
    • A common criticism of The Wraith Resurgence plot is that there is too little story and gameplay spread across too long a time period. For context, most story-focused site events tend to run for three months, with major story updates being posted twice a week. The Wraith Resurgence's updates were much more spaced out, and the event ran for over eight months.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Aristotle A. Avinroo, the mascot of the Gamesmaster Challenge, is a symbol of the site's decline and focus on events rather than plots. Plus, his events have cut short the Return of Dr. Sloth (but thankfully only gave The Faerie's Ruin a slight delay).
      • The team's caught onto this. His event was delayed while the Obelisk War ran on, and even when the event showed up, he went missing in favor of Abagail's unsettlingly-smiling boyfriend.
    • In the pre-Viacom days, Chias were a creator's pet species; Adam and Donna LOVED Chias, and they got two holidays ("Chocolate Chia Day" and "Celebrate the Birth of the First Chia") to every other pet's one. Along with their rather poor design and having the much better designed Lupe as their "rival" species, they remain The Scrappy to this day.
  • Dork Age: It went through one from around 2007 (when the NC Mall opened and the site got a revamp) to about 2010. Consensus among the fans is that The Faerie's Ruin yanked the site out of its Dork Age.
  • Ear Worm: The background music for Meepit Juice Break, Ice Cream Machine, and Hasee Bounce are three notable ones, as well as the Yooyuball theme and the little repeating jingle that plays when you have your Habitarium open.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • For a species that was introduced third-to-last in order, the Xweetoks have a fairly high population. They're the fifth most popular pet, and the four before them are some of the first and most marketed pets with a five-year headstart over them. It also used to sell without any merch or characters to help promote it, but this thinned out gradually. Xandra also helped give the species a boost. There's also Lillian Fairwether from the Journey to the Lost Isle plot.
    • The Shoyru is the most popular neopet on the website, and has barely any merchandise and hasn't gotten many plot appearances. Its popularity is probably a combination of it being a dragon, and the really adorable large eyes.
    • And then we have Neopia's first Big Bad, the Affably Evil Dr. Frank Sloth himself.
    • Some of the Faeries count, as well, especially Jhudora, The Darkest Faerie, Illusen, and the Space Faerie.
    • Many Altador Cup players, the big one being Team Darigan's Tandrak Shaye. Another example is Lost Desert's Vonde Cayle, who was originally supposed to be in the shadow of fellow forward Derbi Azar but ended up being the more popular of the two. Lastly, there's Jair Tollet, who has several NT stories dedicated to her thanks to her transfer from Maraqua to Roo Island.
      • Speaking of the Altador Cup, there's the Techo Super Fan, the bug-eyed, fist-shaking fanatic who roots for whatever team you do. He even got his own game!
      • The 2014 Altador Cup has Team Moltara, a team almost always landing in the lowest tiers of the game due to being introduced far later than the Altador Cup itself. This year however, they managed to tie first with Haunted Woods and Virtupets for some time, and is even staying in a (comparatively) third place.
    • Abigail Avinroo has this status, mainly due to having a much more likeable personality than her Creator's Pet of a big brother, AAA.
    • mr.coconut. When both him and his "GOOD NIGHT!" were removed from the Editorial, tons of users sent letters demanding his return. Site staff responded not by restoring the Running Gag, but making the search for a replacement a Running Gag in itself.
    • The Sharkaw was one of fifty "new pets" unveiled on April Fool's, 2005. It was in a poll to determine which of these would be an actual new Neopet, but the fellow Darkhorse Lamameeah won and became the Gnorbu, which got some major flak for changing too much from the April Fool's design and winning mostly because of a llama meme going around the Neoboards.
  • Fanon: Occasionally fan work published in the Neopian Times will reach this status, at least within the circle of Neopian Times readers. This is how the pink Uni working at the pound came to be known as Rose, among other examples.
  • Foe Yay: A weird, fan-specific example: the Neopian Writers and the Help Chat had a bit of a tsundere relationship for awhile. It fizzled out, due to the HC loosening up a bit and the NW learning the merits of personal space. Either that, or both sides just got bored.
  • Follow the Leader: Many games are essentially Flash versions of pre-existing games. Sometimes overlaps with Serial Numbers Filed Off.
    • The Altador Cup game Slushie Slinger is Tapper WITH SLUSHIES!
    • Meerca Chase is Snake with a Meerca.
    • Korbats Lab is Breakout.
    • Deckswabber, followed by Stowaway Sting, are QBert with pirates.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Champions of Meridell started the trend of having the plots feature anthropomorphised characters. Up through that point, they had just involved regular neopets who wore clothes. Champions was still mostly like that, but Jeran the Lupe Knight remained upright the entire time, and Lord Darigan could barely be recognized as a neopet at all.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: TNT Staff Smasher became a lot less funny after the mass layoff in 2015. Almost everyone in the game were either laid off or left years ago.
  • Game-Breaker: Air and Fire attacks in the Battledome. Most other attack types have plenty of defensive items to counter them at all levels of play. These two only have a few specialized items, such as the extremely rare and expensive Claw Shield and the otherwise useless Tornado Ring. As a result, a lot of the competitive Battledome metagame is very air-centric and fire-centric. Before the battledome got a rehaul, Pteris as a pet species became a Tier-Induced Scrappy due to their natural resistance to Air.
  • Genius Bonus: There is an aquatic Petpet called the Ghoti. According to The Other Wiki, "ghoti" is pronounced "fish". However, Editorial 113 claims that it is pronounced "goatee".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One available Earth Faerie ability, Regeneration, heals 33% of your Neopet's health when used in the Battledome. Years later, the Pokémon ability Regenerator was found to do almost exactly the same thing, healing 1/3 of a Pokémon's health when switched out.
  • Ho Yay: The epilogue of The Faerie's Ruin. Jazan is shown with his wife, Nabile, who is his 'second favourite Ixi thief'. Second favourite? Remember who's telling the story (that is, the supposed "first favorite Ixi thief"), though this may only change who the ho yay is coming from.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The revamps. Let's leave it at that.
    • Whenever prizes are released for certain plots and events, users complain, regardless of what they got. Extremely evident in the Spooky food eating contest event.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many players don't care about the pets at all, but stick around for the marketplace simulator aspect of collecting and re-selling rare items.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • During a site event/minor plot for Krawk Island in 2011, users on the boards played a game they called "Put Something In McGill's Hand"... where they 'shopped random things into McGill's hand, due to the odd way he was drawn. It spread like wildfire, with most of the boards reaching the maximum number of posts.
    • This has extended to the Zafara in the Tyrannian Dig Site.
  • Moe: Baby pets, as you'd expect. But special mention to the Baby Bruce.
  • Most Annoying Sound: In-universe, Kadoaties are infamous for their loud crying when their owners turn the lights off at night, to the point of a hotel/pet daycare being built specifically for them to give their owners some reprieve from it.
  • Periphery Demographic: One of the few cyclic examples. The site started out intended for college dorm students who weren't allowed to keep real pets. Then in the 2001-2003 era, it began to become popular with young children, and the site shifted its focus. Cue 2012, when the old fans are starting to come back, now as college students, and bringing new fans their age with them. Then, in March 2014, the site was bought by the Jump Start company due to their interest in the audience, and thus the Periphery Demographic has now officially become the Primary Demographic once again.
    Snarkie: "Jumpstart was interested in Neopets because the audience was older. ;)"
  • Popular with Furries: To a more limited extent than most series, but it does exist and has been gaining some steam, especially with Zafaras, who have more fan-art among that sector than any other pet species due to having a slightly more humanoid appearance.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Eyries among 1999 fans who miss their Cerpulls. Among the other fans, not so much.
    • Tatsus were also this, being the initial replacement for the Cerpull before itself being replaced by the Eyrie.
  • The Scrappy: The Kiko Lake team, for featuring in a random event which forces users to donate items to them. The hate only escalated after they won Altador Cup X due to being backed by cheaters.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • In the late stages of Altador Cup VII, its randomized bracket system became this due to the resulting brackets not being very balanced. Take the top four teams: Kreludor, Mystery Island, and Meridell almost never had to face each other; and the fourth team, Darigan Citadel, also never got a shot at MI and Meridell but instead lost three separate rounds to Kreludor. The randomizer also put Shenkuu and Roo Island in the same bracket for every single round.
    • Also in the Altador Cup, the Darigan Ball. Goes off in random directions no matter what. Many score streaks are halted by this very ball. Woe to those who get it on the second round.
    • For trophy hunters, the two most dreaded phrases are "Yuck, I'm not eating one of those!" and "That is like such a boring book!". Your neopet will reject a book or food item if it has the same amount of characters as their name. Some have tried to avoid this by changing the language, but later items are not translated, and the language ends up reverting if it detects you trying to do this. This makes getting records for gourmet food and books a nightmare.
    • Pages affected by wraiths during the Wraith Resurgence plot are plagued by a turbulent purple background element that causes the page's primary functions to lag, on top of giving you a pop-up suggesting you go to the Faeries' HQ every time you went onto an affected page. As the plot moved on, more and more pages and features began to be affected, especially those for dailies.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Neopets: The Darkest Faerie. There are glitches everywhere, though only a few ruin the game. It starts a bit weak at first, but it improves halfway.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: The Altador Cup. If you join a popular team, an unpopular team, or submit less than 100 wins per day, you will be mocked on the forums for it. Guaranteed.
    • But the best prizes are worth millions of NP, so actually trying is somewhat worth it for the poor.
  • That One Achievement: Some of the avatars can be really frustrating to get.
    • All of the stamp-collecting avatars, as the last five stamps in all applied albums go upwards of 10 million neopoints.
    • Avatars that rely on luck to obtain, especially since most of them are from dailies, which means you only have one try a day to get them.
    • Lenny - Finneus requires you to beat the Altador mini-plot. This includes completing infamous steps like the punch club, the Vaeolus care, and the water plant.
    • Neopian Times Star, which requires getting into the Neopian Times ten times (Excluding Editorial posts). If you aren't good at writing or drawing comics, consider yourself hosed.
    • Avatar Collector, Freaked Korbat and Draik - Escape from Meridell Castle require you to place in the Top 50 daily high score table for avatar collecting, Korbat's Lab and Escape from Meridell Castle respectively. Getting on the high-score table for any game is a harsh feat in general, but now avatars are involved in it.
    • Attack of the Slorgs and Dr. Grumps shouldn't be hard avatars to get... but the games are nearly impossible to get working, as they run on Shockwave, which most browsers don't support anymore.
    • There are several avatars that require certain items to obtain. Some of these items can be wickedly expensive, such as the Bony Grarrl Club, Zafara Double Agent Plushie, Super Attack Pea (Which also requires you to own a Pea Chia, which is also expensive) and Icy Snowflake.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The site underwent a major revamp in Year 9 (2007). Some users quit the site because of it!
    • More commonly expressed as "Viacom bought it, now it sucks".
    • The new version of Yooyuball for Altador Cup VI… has not been well received thanks to the controls being unnecessarily simplified. We want our mouse controls back!
      • The mouse controls WERE added back the following year for ACVII but now people are complaining about the new bracket system.
    • Doubled down when it was sold to Jump Start. They shut down two major sections of the site, the Habitarium (which was a huge moneymaker for many players) and Petpet Park, and many things were broken due to bugs. Two years later, and some major features, such as the Almost Abandoned Attic and galleries of over 500 items, are still game-breakingly broken with no fix in sight.
  • Ugly Cute: Mutant and Darigan pets. (The ones that aren't Nightmare Fuel anyway.)
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Several of the players in the Altador Cup. Specifically, Jair and Lilo from Roo Island.
    • Meela Kitah of Kiko Lake; despite being pink and having a vaguely-feminine name, he is male (or he is now, thanks to an unexplained gender change).
  • The Woobie:
    • Grey Faeries are intentionally like this. They lose their beauty, their wings, and their names.
    • The Darigan Citadel, once you learn what happened to them at the hands of Meridell.
    • Also, the Discarded Magical Blue Grundo Plushie of Prosperity. The name should tell you enough, but it's a discarded blue grundo plushie that sometimes rewards you for visiting it. Heck, even your pets feel bad for the poor thing, as sometimes they lose happiness when visiting it.


Plots provide examples of:

  • Creepy Awesome: Xandra is a Magnificent Bastard and scary once her true colors are revealed.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: A lot of plot villains get this status, no matter how evil they are.
    • Lord Kass is the first villain to really get this status, even getting a Shirtless Scene.
    • Kanrik got this, too, although he later earned a good reputation.
    • Jhudora and the Darkest Faerie. Most evil Faeries in general get this because they're The Beautiful Elite.
    • From Return of Dr. Sloth, Ylana Skyfire gets this for being pretty badass and being a Bounty Hunter.
    • Captain Scarblade fell victim, mainly because users love pirates.
    • Like Kanrik, Prince Jazan did a Heel–Face Turn and redeemed himself.
    • Xandra is the DILP in The Faerie's Ruin, mainly because of her points about Faeries even though the story largely disproves them.
    • Hoban to a degree, mostly because he's something of an Asshole Victim (who didn't die).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Meridell plots gave us Lord Darigan, who was the first morally ambiguous character on the site and later made a Heel–Face Turn; Jeran, a Knight in Shining Armor and a Noble Wolf; and Lord Kass.
    • Hannah and the Pirate Caves was so popular, the eponymous Usul adventuress appeared in her own plot, which introduced another Darkhorse, Kanrik.
    • From the Curse of Maraqua, we have the Maraquan Aisha sisters, Isca and Caylis, and the villain, Captain Scarblade.
    • The Lost Desert plot gave us Prince, now King Jazan, who was popular enough to return for The Faerie's Ruin, and his friend, the Nightsteed. It also introduced the Angry Orange Yurble Foreman/Chef/Janitor/Librarian. His presence in a plot is viewed as a very good sign.
    • A Tale Of Woe is another interesting case where one of the central characters was already a Darkhorse. Sophie is still one of the most popular characters on the site due to being a very amusing Grumpy Bear. Bruno is another example, due to being Ugly Cute in his mutated form, and Adorkable before AND after.
    • Despite being a mini-plot, the Cyodrake's Gaze gave us Hoban, a grumpy navigator, and Bonju, the temperamental chef.
    • Although it suffered from a big-time Gecko Ending, Journey To The Lost Isle spawned Lillian Fairweather, who actually happens to be a Xweetok! Roxton was also one, and appeared in Atlas of the Ancients.
    • From the Return Of Dr. Sloth, Ylana Skyfire is ridiculously popular due to being a very, VERY badass Bounty Hunter.
    • Even before The Faeries' Ruin, Hubrid Nox was beloved for years despite never doing anything. His death and ghostly reappearance solidified this status.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lord Kass, Ylana Skyfire, Captain Scarblade, Jazan (before his Heel–Face Turn), Kanrik (See Jazan), Eithne, and Xandra get this.
  • Growing the Beard:
  • Hollywood Homely: The Court Dancer's true form is almost always described as hideous. What does her true form look like, you ask? Effectively her illusion form, only painted Darigan.
  • HSQ: The Faeries' Ruin plot changed the site forever when Faerieland fell.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Xandra manipulated the users into helping her destroy Faerieland.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Xandra crosses the line by crashing Faerieland to the ground, as can be seen here.
    • Dr. Sloth arguably crosses this when he creates a cyborg that proceeds to wipe out almost the entire Neopets staff.
    • Most plot villains jump over the Moral Event Horizon somehow; Galem jumps over it when he's willing to cause a species to die out of his own Greed; Scarblade is actually attempting to destroy a land and commit genocide out of Fantastic Racism; Razul cursed his own city—and his own son—so he could achieve eternal life as a fiery demon; Krawley manipulated everyone into furthering his whims so Neovia got worse; and Kass declares war over false declarations of peace.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • The plots, both short and overarching, were in decline from about 2007 up until 2010, when The Faeries Ruin brought things back to a 2004-2006 level of awesome.
    • Out of all plots, though, Atlas of the Ancients is the best example of Seasonal Rot; poor art (which is unforgivable when there were earlier plots like A Tale of Woe, which had GORGEOUS art); a really bad, almost non-existent story that was a Random Events Plot; Having a lot of Neocash Events in addition to the plot, which irked lots of users; and being a gaming event like the Daily Dare in a crappy plot guise. About the only good thing it brought was Moltara.
    • Many fans really dislike the Wraith Resurgence plot for shallow characterization, New Powers as the Plot Demands, a Random Events Plot, Ending Fatigue, and shilling of Kaia.
  • Strangled by the Red String: In the Lost Desert plot, Nabile falls in love with Jazan the moment she meets him, and they get married just minutes later.
  • That One Level:
    • Neopets: The Darkest Faerie has the Oubliette. Locks everywhere, doors everywhere, you'll have to backtrack plenty of times just to progress through it, and more if you're collecting the treasures.
    • From the Faeries' Ruin plot, the Barrier Shield Reinforcement step. The four tasks are already challenging, but because you have to cooperate with three other players (who may or may not be competent) while dealing with the site's horrendous lag, and the fact that it's timed sends it straight into Fake Difficulty territory. Slightly mitigated by the fact that you can form groups with users to do this step, thus ensuring a level of competence.
    • Some of the challenges in Act 4 apply as well. In Heroes' Rest, the Earth challenge will prove to you that a block-moving puzzle (that is not Sokoban) can be made difficult.
    • From the Altador plot, the water plant part. The Luck-Based Mission to end all Luck Based Missions. You can spend days, weeks, months, even years mindlessly turning wheels and pulling switches with no results whatsoever. It's so infamous that bringing up the plot in any context on the Neopets subreddit will cause people to wince in pain over this puzzle.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The characters from the War of the Obelisk plot are well-designed, and would seem to have unique and intriguing personalities, but none of them are ever developed beyond basic traits. A major reason for this is that the War of the Obelisk never had any plot comics, just some cinematics and brief character dialogue.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The War of the Obelisk was introduced in epic fashion, complete with cinematics promising that the outcome would change the future of Neopia. It didn't. The Sway won the right to open the obelisk, though the ending would have been exactly the same no matter which of the six factions did so. A mysterious being made of light known as the Oracle was found to be living in the obelisk, and ever since the factions have been fighting continuously for her favour in bi-weekly skirmishes. No further information about the Oracle or her prophecies has been given.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Brynn has been mistaken for a boy by a number of users, despite other characters using female pronouns to refer to her.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Faeries' Ruin was a smash hit for most fans for its dark plot and site-changing events.

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