YMMV / Overlord

The Video Game

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Gnarl just a loyal retainer to the Evil Overlord or is he actually The Man Behind the Man with the titular Overlord unwittingly playing The Dragon?
  • Annoying Video-Game Helper: Repeating yourself doesn't make you any clearer, Gnarl.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Flame thrower dwarves. Getting past even one is beyond difficult, and fighting more than one is a Luck-Based Mission. Averted with the use of red minions, who are completely immune to fire while the flame thrower dwarf himself is not. Also averted with a solo overlord, who can literally run circles around him without worry.
    • The Ruborian Bombers are either this or Goddamn Bats, depending. Once you get to them they go down pretty quick, but until you get to them they'll be cheerfully lobbing grenades on Minion-pulverising strength at you and your non-red little guys.
    • The Sand Worms! It's impossible to kill them without using Blaster Beetles, they can kill dozens of minions at a time and they have incredible reach so even if you're not in the sand, you'll still likely lose a few minions to them.
  • Broken Base: There's a split right down the middle of the video game's fanbase over who exactly is supposed to represent the sin of pride. Some argue that it is the Wizard, who boasts constantly over his final battle with the Third Overlord and was responsible for corrupting the others (it is generally agreed that pride is the cause of the other six deadly sins). On the other hand, many believe that pride is represented by the Third Overlord himself; considering the Wizard was killed in a Grand Theft Me by the Second Overlord and not actually "corrupted" whereas the Third Overlord was the Eighth Hero, whose name is never even given, since he actually was corrupted thanks to a case of amnesia, into believing that he was an "Overlord". Even the title is prideful. He is also capable, true to the philosophy of pride, of committing each sin on his own (holding food vs. giving it back: Gluttony, Choosing shallow but sexy Velvet over caring Rose: Lust, Not forgiving those who betrayed you out of fear: Wrath. etc.
  • Ear Worm: The music in this series is quite epic and would not seem out of place in a more serious fantasy game.
  • Fanon: A surprisingly large amount of fanfictions seem to agree that the Eighth Hero was either a Knight or Magus, and named Gallant.
  • Fridge Brilliance: When looking at both characters, it becomes clear why the Overlord of I is an Anti-Villain while his son in II is always evil no matter what. The first overlord was a Hero who was brought back from the dead and made evil by the minions. Something must be left over that drives him to good, even if it's filtered through Pragmatic Villainy. The Overlad, contrariwise, was raised by Gnarl for the better of 13 years. Plenty of time to know "proper" evil compared to dear old dad.
  • Gamebreaker: In the first game, get the best equipment maxed out with only brown minions. You just turned your Overlord into an adamantium-plated Stone Wall that hits as strong as a speeding train.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Looking back at this game post-Despicable Me, it's not hard to think of banana-eating yellow pill-people upon hearing the mention of the word "minions".
  • Narm:
    • Kahn, during his whole "Get Back Here!" Boss routine, dragging out the fight with horrible dialog. He tried to do Punctuated! For! Emphasis!, but it wasn't really coming from his balls; rather it sounds like his diaphragm is where his adam's apple should be.
    • Sir William the Black has some pretty narmy dialogue in his own boss fight, too. But then, he is a Camp Straight whiner, so...
  • Refuge in Audacity: The first mission of the second game involves pitting your minions against seal-clubbing hunters because you need the life force of said baby seals while PETA-Expy hippie elves try to get both sides to stop.
  • Ugly Cute: The Minions. Rose and Velvet even give them the charming nicknames of "Cherubs" and "Pixies" respectively. Visually fearsome to the point of hideousness. But they make the most adorable sounds that two metal objects scraping together can evoke. To hammer the point, the minions are a cross between E.T. and the cuter moments of Sméagol. They can look downright adorable, for example with the sequence in the tutorial of the second game where the minions disguises themselves as children, then they begin to sing...