YMMV / Viva Piñata

  • Animation Age Ghetto: Main reason why the game is so off-putting to some. It's too hard for kids, and too childish for adults.
  • Annoying Video Game Helper: You're likely to be overhelmed by pop-ups early in the game; it gets better.
  • Broken Base: The TV show fandom and the game fandom. Yes, they exist.
  • Cult Classic: Both the games and the TV show. The TV show is considered surprisingly good for being something done by 4Kids. (It probably helped that it wasn't exactly being translated from another language and subject to as much Bowdlerization as the usual 4kids fare.) The Mysterious Mr. Enter actually considered it one few good video game adaptations.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Sour Crowlas are normally benign compared to other sours. However, if one comes into your garden and you have a sick piñata in there at the same time, smash it or scare it away fast. They're effectively mini versions of Dastardos when this happens.
  • Designated Villain: Langston Licktoad in the animated series. He's indeed always trying to catch Fergy (and Paulie) and force them to go to parties where they'd be smashed up. But it's just his job.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dastardos is surprisingly popular with fans of the game's human characters. Doc Patchingo is popular too due to his good looks and adorable shyness.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • Some Ruffians have brown-colored tattoos on their hands and feet. At first they seem to simply add to their nastiness, until you realize what Ruffians probably do to captured piñatas filled with chocolate.
    • Pigxies are the sworn enemies of Rashberries and Swananas. This could suggest they're horrified of what they have created.
  • Fridge Logic: Why do the piñatas you send to parties come back?
  • Game-Breaker: The Wishing Well in Trouble In Paradise. Throw in 1000 Chocolate Coins, and you're pretty much guaranteed to receive several coins worth 2500 Each in return. Did I mention that the value of these coins can be increased by Five times just by placing a cheap item in your garden?
  • God-Mode Sue: Played for Laughs. In the episode Hudsonly Ever After, after Hudson's ventriloquist's dummy complains about the story Hudson's telling not being exciting enough, he inserts himself into the story, saying the day and upstaging the true hero of the story. Hudson, being Hudson, is gloriously over the top in doing so.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • All sour piñatas; they spit poisonous candy in your garden, and they'll keep coming back until you're able to tame one.
    • Whirlms, requiring only a small patch of dirt or grass to settle in, are guaranteed to automatically join your garden every now and then. If you don't get rid of them, they'll be followed by Sparrowmints.
    • Any undesired piñata qualifies. They might eat your fruit or hunt your resident piñatas in order to stabilize themselves, whether you like it or not. Said unwanted residents might also scare off or start fights with other piñatas. The only solution is to brutally smash unwanted visitors with a shovel to keep said species away for a while.
      • This is fixed in the sequel, where you can set the Bouncer Board at the corner of the garden to repel a given piñata from showing up at all. But only if you've already got the Master Romancer award for it. Fixed even better in Just for Fun gardens, where the only requirement is that you've had that piñata as a resident.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Considering 4Kids Entertainment, one of the producers of the cartoon and, to a lesser degree, the games, was pretty serious about making things, well, for kids, the fact that Rare Replay came out including it alongside decidedly not kid-friendly titles like Killer Instinct Gold, Perfect Dark and Conker's Bad Fur Day can be seen as kinda amusing.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Dastardos in the gameverse. Sure, he's a jerk who kills sick piñatas, but he was taken from his family against his will and turned into a husk of his former self by Professor Pester. Not to mention no one knows who he actually is, so he'll probably be estranged from his family forever...
    • After episodes like "My Pal Langston" and "Langston's Jameleon Cousins", Langston qualifies as well.
  • Les Yay: Leafos supposedly wrote the descriptions in the Journal, yet the entry for the Lickatoad talks about kissing a girl...
  • Nightmare Fuel: Pocket Paradise has the themes for the sour Piñatas and Dastardos. These themes sound like they came from a 90's slasher film. In a Viva Piñata game.
    • The aforementioned Sour Crowla. It has a massive, razor-sharp beak with jagged protrusions. Additionally, its maw is so huge you can see the back of its throat. The organic, wet-looking back of its throat. In a game where all the animals are made of paper, it's quite jarring.
  • Player Punch: If you've grown close to one of your piñatas, maybe named it and dressed it, you might feel badly hurt if they get smashed.
  • Squick: The game doesn't keep track of families, so not only is Brother–Sister Incest a possibility, but you can even mate Piñatas with their own parents or children. To be honest, there's so much inherently wrong with the game that there's even a VGCats comic that sums it all up nicely.
  • That One Sidequest: Some of the requirements for making a piñata a resident can qualify. The Chippopotamus is particularly terrible. First, you need to have it visit by covering half of your garden with water and having 15 of each water plant. then you need to add another 10% of water and feed it 10 of said water plants. Then there's the romancing requirements, which are borderline Noodle Implements. You need another 10% of water, a Candary Master Romancer award (Which means, yes, you need to romance Candaries 5 (3 in Pocket Paradise) times before being able to romance a Chippopotamus once), have at least 1 Candary, and then feed the Chippopotamus four Birds of Paradise. At that point, you might as well use some Romance Sweets, as it's just not worth the struggle.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The characters introduced in "Party Animals" barely made any appearances in the series.
  • Ugly Cute: A lot of piñata based on non-traditionally cute animals, such as tafflies, reddhotts, cocoadiles, shellybeans, syrupents (and their off-shoots, the twingersnap and the fourheads), whirlms, crowlas, etc. A lot of sours also count, considering their supposed to look menacing, especially the shellybean, which looks like an evil Gary the Snail.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Because of his color, Les is pretty easy to mistake for female. The fact that he can't say anything to the contrary doesn't help matters.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
  • The Woobie: The Pigxie is despised by not only its parents, but also other piñatas! Not to mention that it looks malformed compared to other piñatas.
    • Fergy and Paulie in the animated series. After all, can you honestly blame them for NOT wanting to get beaten to a pulp?
    • One could argue that Langston is this. He's not a bad guy, doesn't want to cause trouble, he's just trying to do his job and get a simple paycheck. Seeing as every Pinata (Not counting Fergy and Paulie) see it as an honor to go to parties. He believes he's doing a service, and if he doesn't get Fergy and Paulie to comply, his bowl of fruit boss starts to question his wrangling skills, and could fire him at any time. Then there is the fact that he literally has no friends because of his "stick-in-the-mud" attitude.


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