YMMV / Ultima IX

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Considering there's at least one Loony Fan running around wearing the same outfit, who's to say that the Idiot Hero protagonist really is the actual Avatar?
    • Since the opening of the game blatantly contradicts the ending of the previous game, and that the Avatar had not been to Earth since the start of Ultima VII, maybe the Time Lord unwittingly called upon some random guy who had moved in to the Avatar's house after he had been missing for years in Earth time?
  • Broken Aesop: Being the best person you can be creates a world-shattering threat.
  • Ending Aversion — Many Ultima fans regard this as a pretty terrible way to end the series.
    • Particularly notable is the description on The Spoony Experiment as "a top contender for the most blundered finale to an epic storyline in the history of fiction."
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: The revelation of the Guardian as the evil that was purged from the Avatar in Ultima IV, rather than the fusion of the Shadowlords as originally planned. Not only does this deviate away from the motif of Mondain's Villainous Legacy,note  but it also contradicts the Shadowlord of Hatred's statement that "No soul in life can be purged completely of virtue or vice."
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans pretend it never happened, and some are working on their own version of the game using other engines.
  • Good Bad Bugs: An absolutely hilarious bug that occurs sometimes you kill an enemy has their corpse rapidly moving back an forth across the ground.
    • A reliable place for this seems to be the guards in the above ground section of Wrong.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Your knowledge of the land shall be great!"
  • Memetic Mutation: Many, courtesy of Spoony.
    • "What's a paladin?" note 
    • "Your knowledge of the land shall be great!" note 
    • "The Codex of Ultimate Wisdom?" note 
    • "I'm not entirely sure."note 
  • Most Annoying Sound: The Avatar randomly whistles. The Avatar randomly coughs. Even turning the voices off doesn't make it go away.
  • Narm Charm: Some of the voice acting.
  • Older Than They Think: At least a few of the more widely-disliked aspects of the game's storyline — in particular, the Avatar's status as the Titan of Ether being swept under the rug, and Lord Blackthorn being evil again for no adequately explained reason — actually originated with the Bob White plot, even before things went horribly wrong.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • That One Sidequest: The lighthouse sidequest, which requires you to search all of Britannia to find four gems in order to finish a set of lighthouses commissioned by Lord British. Such a lengthy, difficult quest isn't actually all that uncommon for this series; however, the prior Ultima games gave you much better rewards than the 100 gold pieces — an amount that you can easily get right at the start of the game if you're prepared to put the time into battling the tougher enemies — that you get for completing this quest.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The storyline that original lead developer Bob White created for the game before getting lured away by Ion Storm is widely regarded to be vastly superior to the hackjob storyline that the finished game ended up with.
  • What Could Have Been: Before it got behind schedule, Ultima IX had good graphics for the time. In addition, Richard Garriot originally intended the origin of the Guardian to be completely different - rather than being The Avatar's dark aspect, he would have been the three Shadowlords combined into one entity. Interestingly, this would have tied this back to the first game far better- the Shadowlords were created from the shards of Mondain's gem, a plot point in Ultima I. Mondain and his influence remained extremely important figures throughout the series- Big Bad in game one, his girlfriend was the big bad in Ultima II, his son in Ultima III, and the shards of his gems formed the Shadowlords in V. And he has influence over the Gargoyles' religion in Ultima VI. Having something related to Mondain would have been a perfect way to end the series.
  • Villain Decay: The Guardian, previously an unknown demonic force, is revealed here to be the darker aspect of the Avatar himself, expunged from him when he went through the Quest of the Avatar in Ultima IV.
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