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YMMV: The Legend of Spyro
  • Base Breaker: Cynder.
  • Broken Base: Fans either thought the dark tone fitted Spyro, or hated it and wanted to go back to the lighthearted days.
  • Complete Monster: Big Bad Malefor destroys the dragon eggs to find a purple dragon, gets one to make it one of his henchmen, and tries to destroy the world. If that wasn't enough, he even tries to kill the titular character with his own love interest. He does intend to destroy it so it's replaced by a pure universe, but even so, it's inexcusable. What's worse is Malefor's laughs while giving a chilling Hannibal Lecture and watching a brainwashed Cynder beat down on Spyro, actually enjoying what he's doing to them. And he "rewarded" the Apes for freeing him from his prison by giving them a Fate Worse Than Death. This guy is so evil, his sheer malice tore up the earth and formed a mountain.
  • Critical Dissonance: Dawn of the Dragon especially. It was the worst-reviewed of the trilogy and got very middling to bad scores from critics. However, it seems to be the fans' favorite game in the trilogy.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Malefor could give the trope's poster boy Sephiroth a run for his money. There is nothing remotely sympathetic to him, the description of his fall towards evil is absolute Nightmare Fuel, he is death incarnate that brings destruction and misery to everything he sees and enjoys every second of it.
  • Evil Is Sexy: According to Sparx, and quite a few fanboys, Cynder's evil adult form is this.
  • Foe Yay: Be honest. How many were shipping Spyro/Cynder even before she made her Heel-Face Turn?
  • Fridge Brilliance: Malefor's army giving up the siege on Warfang seems a bit sudden after the Earth Golem he sends out is defeated, but given that we later see how much he enjoys messing with others, he probably called the siege off before summoning the Destroyer was probably to make his enemies think they were winning before he showed them that the outcome of the siege made no difference.
  • Fridge Logic: Quite a bit of it, though this fanart sums up a few of Dawn of the Dragon's problems quite nicely.
  • Hype Backlash/Critical Backlash: Both are equally possible. If you listen to only the fans who adore the trilogy to pieces, you'll probably be disappointed. On the other hand, if you listen to only the haters, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Lets just say that thanks to the block/evade system, some people with the Wii version of Dot D demand to know why support for the classic controller wasn't implemented.
    • To elaborate: in order to block you have to hold the Wii nunchuk vertical, and dodging requires you to point the analog stick in any direction and flicking the nunchuk in the direction you want to dodge. As you may expect with orientation based controls, it has a habit of activating at the worst times, or failing to do so when it's needed. And the fighting system relies heavily on effective use of this mechanic...the classic controller has the same amount of buttons in the same orientation as the PS3 controller.
  • The Woobie: Both Spyro and Cynder, though Cynder arguably has it worse than Spyro. Spyro no doubt suffers greatly throughout everything and ultimately is pushed across the Despair Event Horizon by Malefor, but Cynder's life in general has been one long living nightmare. She was Brain Washed And Crazy for most of her life into doing unspeakable things to her own kind and when she's finally free, she remembers every horrible thing she did during that time and feels guilty about it all (and she's a 12 year old kid at this point!) to the point she runs away from her friends and home because she can't stand it anymore. Not to mention Sparx being a pretty big Jerkass to her. And in the third game people repeatedly continue to blame her for what she did under Malefor's control, including the Hermit scene which seems to exist only to show the fate of the Apes and make Cynder suffer. Finally, she ends up getting sent over the Despair Event Horizon by Malefor as well and gets Brain Washed And Crazy all over again, forcing her to attack her own love interest! At least Spyro had a loving adopted family to help him through it all!

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