YMMV: The Legend of Zelda CDi Games
"Zelda, Duke Onkled is under attack by the YMMV tropes of Ganon! I'm going to Gamelon to aid him." Zelda:
"But father, what if something happens to you?" King Harkinian:
"I'll take the Triforce of Tropes to protect me! If you don't hear from me in a month, send Red Link
- Accidental Innuendo:
Militron: "'You must be hardened with fire!''
Hectan: YES, Master...
- And mostly thanks to Youtube Poop:
Zelda: Luckily, my magic pouch can carry as much as you want.
- Link gives us this gem.
Link: Great, I'll grab my stuff!
- Alternative Character Interpretation: YouTube Poop tends to keep these characters' personalities constantly varied:
- Link can either be a competent hero, a Blood Knight, a Psycho for Hire, a Cloudcuckoolander, or a Depraved Homosexual. Or even all four.
- Zelda is, for the most part, depicted as the Only Sane Man. Whether or not she Really Gets Around is the part of her alternate interpretation among poopers, however.
- The King can either be a Reasonable Authority Figure, a jovial manchild, abusive parent, a Pointy-Haired Boss, or a tyrant. He also is Flanderized, talking about dinner and his boy at every given opportunity.
- Ganon can be Affably Evil, Faux Affably Evil, or even an Anti-Villain.
- Morshu is either a regular shopkeeper, a Badass Normal, or a Fat Bastard.
- Impa is either a Cool Old Lady, a massive pervert, or an Eldritch Abomination.
- Thanks to YouTube Poop, the common portrayal for Duke Onkled is a Butt Monkey who betrays the King every other day of the week, which is taken as seriously as his appearance. He's also seen as Depraved Homosexual, often with the King.
- Angst? What Angst?: During Wand of Gamelon:
Impa: "Oh, my! Your father has been captured!"
Zelda: "...What about Link?"
- Justified as the Triforce of Wisdom promises The King will safely return.
Ganon: "You are my prisoner!"
- Anti-Climax Boss: Every boss is killed in one hit from the weapon they are specifically weakest against. This includes Ganon, the final boss, who gets sealed in a book in The Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon. Even though the weapon he's weak against is only a book in the former.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: Militron's "you will die" pose. The pose itself and for being amazingly drawn and animated by the game's... standards.
- Crowning Music of Awesome / Ear Worm: Say what you will of the rest of the games, but a lot of the music in Wand of Gamelon and Faces of Evil is very cool and catchy, if a bit inconsistent with the Zelda series.
- Cult Classic: Of the So Bad, It's Good variety.
- Deader Than Disco: Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon — plus Zelda II's reputation as the Oddball in the Series — basically killed any chance of there being any further side-scrolling Legend of Zelda games.
- Oddly enough, when these games were first released, they actually had a fair amount of praise from reviewers and the few who actually played them on release. Good luck finding anyone who considers them anything above So Bad, It's Good today.
- It also killed (For a while), any attempt to outsource any of Nintendo's core franchises to Western studios after this fiasco.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Morshu is very popular, despite having only 2 lines of dialogue in the entire game. Mmmmmm!
- Fountain of Memes: Seems that every line is not only quotable, but it's very easy to remember the entire dialogue of the game when tried.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Link: The Faces of Evil involves a hero being sent by the ruler of his kingdom to a distant island nation to fulfill a prophecy. While there, he uses magical artifacts to save said island from an evil demigod residing in a mountain, who has been transforming the residents of the island into monsters.
- Ho Yay: A BDSM relationship is implied between the King and Duke Onkled. Poopers jump on this quite often with videos such as The King's Secret. Although, to be fair, in that vid everybody is gay.
Duke Onkled: "Please, Your Omnipotence, have mercy!"
- May be a bit squicky because Harkinian and Onkled are cousins.
- Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: The game starring Link is actually titled Link: The Faces of Evil not The Legend of Zelda: The Faces of Evil.
- I Liked It Better When It Sucked: Faces of Evil and Want of Gamelon are more well-known today than Zelda's Adventure, no doubt due to their freakish animations. Adventure went for live-action cutscenes, and though by no means stellar, weren't bad enough to provide good riffing material.
- Memetic Molester: Thanks to one of his lines in Wand Of Gamelon made very questionable via Mondegreen ("Keep the cuntnote in chains!"), this incarnation of Ganon is seen as one. Not to mention there's the scene where he kidnaps a sleeping Zelda in The Faces Of Evil...
- Ushrom's rather creepy mannerisms as well as 50% of his dialogue in his only appearance of the CDi games (as well as the entire Zelda franchise) being misinterpreted as something much worse has earned him this status as well.
- Memetic Mutation: Pretty much everything.
- Narm: If the creators intended these games to be serious, then Goddamn everything.
- Never Live It Down: The game is not all about badly animated cutscenes as you can hear everywhere. In fact, the games actually received decent reviews on their original release, and even contemporary reviewers who ignore the pathetic cutscenes that define the game in the eyes of most find it to be merely below-average. If anything, they were Condemned By History.
- Nightmare Retardant: Ironically, many of the bosses in the game fall victim to this. It's hard to be scared of the villains when all of them have Narmful designs, bombastic acting and just plain weird methods of terrorizing people.
- Hilariously, the ordinary citizens are often truly frightening thanks to odd expressions and movements and their habit of moving in closer and invading your personal space.
- One-Scene Wonder: Many of the minor characters appearances.
Morshu: Come back when you're a little... Mmmmmm... richer!
Mayor Kravindish: This is illegal, you know.
- The Problem with Licensed Games: Sort of. See So Bad, It's Good below.
- Snark Bait: These games are known for being fun to make fun of, especially being So Bad, It's Good games from an already otherwise famous series.
- So Bad, It's Good: It's very hard to sit through the cutscenes without laughing.
- Squick: The big-lipped blonde woman in Faces of Evil, who seems to be hitting on Link to get him to recover her stolen necklace and briefly feels herself up when he does.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Two of them feature Zelda in the starring role. How awesome would it be to play a competent Zelda game starring Action Girl Zelda?
- Uncanny Valley: GOOD GOD.
- Vindicated by History: Inverted. Nowadays, these games are either flat out reviled or considered So Bad, It's Good by the Zelda fanbase. But would you believe that back when these games were first released they actually did pretty well with the game magazine critics? Critics have praised the games for their animated cutscenes and voice work and thought it was a nice new direction for the series. (And even those who did give the game a negative review back then generally deemed it as So Okay, It's Average.) People also learned that there were several factors that held the games back (the CD-i not being strong enough to make the games what they could have been, low budgets, tight deadlines, etc), which made them see the games in a more sympathetic light.