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*** The ''Swap Force'' Dark Skylanders were caused by Kaos' attempt to [[FaceHeelTurn evilize some of the Skylanders]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It worked against him]], though, [[ContinuityNod because Spyro just taught them what HE learned about how to control his dark side,]] leading to even stronger Skylanders going after him.

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*** The ''Swap Force'' Dark Skylanders were caused by Kaos' attempt to [[FaceHeelTurn [[VillainPossessedBystander evilize some of the Skylanders]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It worked against him]], though, [[ContinuityNod because Spyro just taught them what HE learned about how to control his dark side,]] leading to even stronger Skylanders going after him.


Spyro's toy is a CompositeCharacter with the moveset of classic Spyro, backstory of the ''Legend'' Spyro, and a new design based on a scrapped fire dragon Skylander. Fan favorite Cynder from the ''Legend'' series also returns as a playable toy, and Spyro's trusty dragonfly Sparx appears as a non-playable item toy. Malefor, the BigBad of the ''Legend'' series, [[GreaterScopeVillain appears in several characters' backstories]] and shows up in person in the tie-in comics. Starting with the fifth game, the series has also begun using [[GuestFighter pre-existing video game characters from franchises besides Spyro]]. Thus far, this has included [[VideoGame/SuperMario Bowser]], Franchise/DonkeyKong, [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot, and Dr. Cortex]].

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Spyro's toy is a CompositeCharacter with the moveset of classic Spyro, backstory of the ''Legend'' Spyro, and a new design based on a scrapped fire dragon Skylander. Fan favorite Cynder from the ''Legend'' series also returns as a playable toy, and Spyro's trusty dragonfly Sparx appears as a non-playable item toy. Malefor, the BigBad of the ''Legend'' series, [[GreaterScopeVillain appears in several characters' backstories]] and shows up in person in the tie-in comics. Starting with the fifth game, the series has also begun using [[GuestFighter pre-existing video game characters from franchises besides Spyro]]. Thus far, this has included [[VideoGame/SuperMario [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], Franchise/DonkeyKong, [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot, and Dr. Cortex]].


* ''Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'' (PC, [=PS3=], Wii, Xbox 360) - The original, with 32 characters available. Kaos has assaulted the Skylanders' base; banishing them to Earth, turning their mentor Eon into a spirit, and destroying the Core of Light that keeps the Darkness at bay. It's up to the player to send the Skylanders back and gather the parts needed to rebuild the Core.

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* ''Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'' (PC, (2011; PC, [=PS3=], Wii, Xbox 360) - The original, with 32 characters available. Kaos has assaulted the Skylanders' base; banishing them to Earth, turning their mentor Eon into a spirit, and destroying the Core of Light that keeps the Darkness at bay. It's up to the player to send the Skylanders back and gather the parts needed to rebuild the Core.



* ''Skylanders: Giants'' (PC, [=PS3=], Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) - With a 40-character toyline, bringing 24 back from the original and adding 16 more; of which eight are "Giants" that are at least double the size of the regular Skylanders and have the in-game strength to match. Storywise, the Giants were lost 10,000 years ago after fighting the Arkeyan war machines. Now, while the Giants have been discovered on Earth, Kaos has returned to the Skylands after his own banishment and seeks to claim the ancient Arkeyan army as his own.

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* ''Skylanders: Giants'' (PC, (2012; PC, [=PS3=], Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) - With a 40-character toyline, bringing 24 back from the original and adding 16 more; of which eight are "Giants" that are at least double the size of the regular Skylanders and have the in-game strength to match. Storywise, the Giants were lost 10,000 years ago after fighting the Arkeyan war machines. Now, while the Giants have been discovered on Earth, Kaos has returned to the Skylands after his own banishment and seeks to claim the ancient Arkeyan army as his own.



* ''Skylanders: Swap Force'' ([=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360) - 48 toys split evenly between 16 returning, 16 new regular characters, and 16 Swap Force characters that split in two so they can exchange top and bottom halves, using the attacks of the former and special movement capabilities of the latter. In the game, these characters gained this ability after being blown apart by a magical volcano in the Cloudbreak Isles - which, of course, Kaos wants to control.

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* ''Skylanders: Swap Force'' ([=PS4=], (2013; [=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360) - 48 toys split evenly between 16 returning, 16 new regular characters, and 16 Swap Force characters that split in two so they can exchange top and bottom halves, using the attacks of the former and special movement capabilities of the latter. In the game, these characters gained this ability after being blown apart by a magical volcano in the Cloudbreak Isles - which, of course, Kaos wants to control.



* ''Skylanders: Trap Team'' ([=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, tablets) - 60 new toys (36 new characters (18 regular and 18 Trap Masters), 8 returnees, and 16 Mini characters), and the new gimmick is Trap Masters that can capture certain enemies (40+ in all) in "Traptanium" crystals (''also'' sold separately) in a {{Mons}} mechanic. It also introduces two new elements, Light and Dark. Kaos caused the plot ''this'' time by staging a breakout at the infamous Cloudcraker Prison, so the Trap Masters have to lead the Skylanders in recapturing them.

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* ''Skylanders: Trap Team'' ([=PS4=], (2014; [=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, tablets) - 60 new toys (36 new characters (18 regular and 18 Trap Masters), 8 returnees, and 16 Mini characters), and the new gimmick is Trap Masters that can capture certain enemies (40+ in all) in "Traptanium" crystals (''also'' sold separately) in a {{Mons}} mechanic. It also introduces two new elements, Light and Dark. Kaos caused the plot ''this'' time by staging a breakout at the infamous Cloudcraker Prison, so the Trap Masters have to lead the Skylanders in recapturing them.



* ''Skylanders: [=SuperChargers=]'' ([=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, tablets) - 18 characters, ten new and eight returning but overhauled from scratch; plus each character has a matching vehicle for a total of 36 toys. Kaos has a new superweapon warship and the Skylanders will need to be {{Badass Driver}}s to fight it - driving segments are in every level and any Skylander can use any vehicle but pairing a vehicle with its designated driver will "Supercharge" it.

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* ''Skylanders: [=SuperChargers=]'' ([=PS4=], (2015; [=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, tablets) - 18 characters, ten new and eight returning but overhauled from scratch; plus each character has a matching vehicle for a total of 36 toys. Kaos has a new superweapon warship and the Skylanders will need to be {{Badass Driver}}s to fight it - driving segments are in every level and any Skylander can use any vehicle but pairing a vehicle with its designated driver will "Supercharge" it.



* ''Skylanders: Imaginators'' ([=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii U, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360) - This entry brings CharacterCustomization to the series, with "Creation Crystal" toys allowing players to design their own Skylander from scratch. For regular toys, there are 31 Senseis that custom characters can learn special moves and earn weapons from: 20 all-new characters including {{Guest Fighter}}s [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Cortex]], and 11 former villains receiving their own playable toys for the first time. Unfortunately, Kaos has gotten ahold of the character creation magic as well and is using it to make his own Doomlanders, [[AndThatsTerrible which is a problem]].

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* ''Skylanders: Imaginators'' ([=PS4=], (2016; [=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii U, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360) - This entry brings CharacterCustomization to the series, with "Creation Crystal" toys allowing players to design their own Skylander from scratch. For regular toys, there are 31 Senseis that custom characters can learn special moves and earn weapons from: 20 all-new characters including {{Guest Fighter}}s [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Cortex]], and 11 former villains receiving their own playable toys for the first time. Unfortunately, Kaos has gotten ahold of the character creation magic as well and is using it to make his own Doomlanders, [[AndThatsTerrible which is a problem]].



* ''Skylanders: Universe'' (originally ''Skylanders: Spyro's Universe'') - A browser-based MinigameGame with some MMO lite features such as the ability to wander around chatting with other players while using your Skylander as your avatar. It was shut down halfway between ''Giants'' and ''Swap Force'', though the minigames are still available.

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* ''Skylanders: Universe'' (originally ''Skylanders: Spyro's Universe'') - A browser-based MinigameGame with some MMO lite features such as the ability to wander around chatting with other players while using your Skylander as your avatar. It was shut down halfway between ''Giants'' and ''Swap Force'', though the minigames are were still available.available for a while.



* ''Skylanders: Lost Islands'' (iOS) - A ''VideoGame/FarmVille'' clone.

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* ''Skylanders: Lost Islands'' (iOS) - A ''VideoGame/FarmVille'' clone.park-builder game.



* ''Skylanders: Collection Vault'' (iOS) - Rather than a game, it's a collection-tracking app.

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* ''Skylanders: Collection Vault'' (iOS) - Rather than a game, it's a toy collection-tracking app.



* ''Skylanders: Ring of Heroes'' (iOS[=/=]Android) - A "hero collector" RPG game. Something of a successor to the console games, as the main series had pretty much died off after ''Imaginators''.



As a part of Activision Blizzard's expansion into creating non-video game content based off their properties, a ''WesternAnimation/SkylandersAcademy'' spin-off TV show was announced, with [[Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory Justin]] [[Film/{{Accepted}} Long]] taking over as Spyro, Music/AshleyTisdale as Stealth Elf, and Creator/NormMacDonald as Glumshanks, along with Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz (reprising his role as Kaos), [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]] and Harland Williams as voices. It debuted on October 27, 2016 as a Creator/{{Netflix}} Original.

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As a part of Activision Blizzard's expansion into creating non-video game content based off their properties, a ''WesternAnimation/SkylandersAcademy'' spin-off TV show was announced, with [[Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory Justin]] [[Film/{{Accepted}} Long]] taking over as Spyro, Music/AshleyTisdale as Stealth Elf, and Creator/NormMacDonald as Glumshanks, along with Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz (reprising his role as Kaos), [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]] and Harland Williams as voices. It debuted on October 27, 2016 as a Creator/{{Netflix}} Original.Original, and has released seasons yearly ever since.



* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: Mostly averted for the series. The cap started at 10 and increased to 20 by swap force, but these were easy to achieve through dedicated use of a character. Played straight in ''Imaginators'', where every Sensei increases the Imaginator level cap by 1, meaning the cap would be a whopping 45 (46 if you have Kaos). It gets even crazier when variants are involved, which give another increase on top of their original, meaning the level cap looks to be at least 50.

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* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: Mostly averted for the series. The cap started at 10 and increased to 20 by swap force, ''Swap Force'', but these were easy to achieve through dedicated use of a character. Played straight in ''Imaginators'', where every Sensei increases the Imaginator level cap by 1, meaning the cap would be a whopping 45 (46 if you have Kaos). It gets even crazier when variants are involved, which give another increase on top of their original, meaning the level cap looks to be at least 50.


* GottaCatchEmAll: Sure, you ''can'' get through the game with just the two or three Skylanders in the box, but to get most everything you'll need at least one from each element and/or various gimmick requirements, and there are [[BribingYourWayToVictory definite incentives]] to get all the Skylanders available. And for collectors, [[CrackIsCheaper there's a bunch more variant figures out there]].

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* GottaCatchEmAll: Sure, you ''can'' get through the game with just the two or three Skylanders in the box, but to get most everything you'll need at least one from each element and/or various gimmick requirements, and there are [[BribingYourWayToVictory definite incentives]] to get all the Skylanders available. And for collectors, [[CrackIsCheaper there's a bunch more variant figures out there]].there.


* ElementalPowers: Every Skylander is classified under one of eight elements -- [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[BlowYouAway Air]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], Life ([[GreenThumb nature]]), [[CastingAShadow Undead]], [[FunctionalMagic Magic]], [[ClockPunk Tech]], and beginning in ''Trap Team'' [[LightEmUp Light]] and [[CastingAShadow Dark]]. But not every Skylander posesses an attack or ability matching their element -- for example, Spyro (Magic) wields fire breath, while Sonic Boom (Air) has no wind-based attacks whatsoever. See the [[Characters/{{Skylanders}} Skylanders character sheet]] for details.

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* ElementalPowers: Every Skylander is classified under one of eight ten elements -- [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[BlowYouAway Air]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], Life ([[GreenThumb nature]]), [[CastingAShadow Undead]], [[FunctionalMagic Magic]], [[ClockPunk Tech]], and beginning in ''Trap Team'' [[LightEmUp Light]] and [[CastingAShadow Dark]]. But not every Skylander posesses an attack or ability matching their element -- for example, Spyro (Magic) wields fire breath, while Sonic Boom (Air) has no wind-based attacks whatsoever. See the [[Characters/{{Skylanders}} Skylanders character sheet]] for details.


** ElementalRockPaperScissors: Only in PVP, though: Life > Water > Fire > Air > Earth > Tech > Magic > Undead > Life

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** ElementalRockPaperScissors: Only in PVP, though: In [=PvP=]: Life > Water > Fire > Air > Earth > Tech > Magic > Undead > LifeLife
*** ''Ring of Heroes'' groups elements into pairs: Life and Earth > Water and Tech > Fire and Magic > Air and Undead > Life and Earth. Light and Dark are [[InfinityPlusOneElement Infinity +1 Elements]] that are strong against each other and have no other weakness.


* FiveBadBand: The Doom Raiders in ''Trap Team'':
** BigBad: The Golden Queen
** TheDragon: Wolfgang
** TheEvilGenius: Dr. Krankcase
** TheBrute: Chef Pepper Jack
** TheDarkChick: Dreamcatcher
** TheSixthRanger: Chompy Mage
** TeamPet: The Gulper


* ''Skylanders: Imaginators'' ([=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii U, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360) - This entry brings CharacterCustomization to the series, with "Creation Crystal" toys allowing players to design their own Skylander from scratch. For regular toys, there are 31 Senseis that custom characters can learn special moves and earn weapons from: 20 all-new characters including {{Guest Fighter}}s [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Cortex]], and 11 former villains receiving their own playable toys for the first time. Unfortunately, Kaos has gotten ahold of the character creation magic as well and is using it to make his own Doomlanders, [[AndThatsTerrible which is a problem]].

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* ''Skylanders: Imaginators'' ([=PS4=], [=PS3=], Wii U, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360) - This entry brings CharacterCustomization to the series, with "Creation Crystal" toys allowing players to design their own Skylander from scratch. For regular toys, there are 31 Senseis that custom characters can learn special moves and earn weapons from: 20 all-new characters including {{Guest Fighter}}s [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Cortex]], and 11 former villains receiving their own playable toys for the first time. Unfortunately, Kaos has gotten ahold of the character creation magic as well and is using it to make his own Doomlanders, [[AndThatsTerrible which is a problem]].



** This is an actual gameplay mechanic for [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Crash]]. He is the only Skylander to have lives of his own and can obtain 1-ups. Unfortunately, just as dying in Crash turned you back into a OneHitPointWonder, Crash revives just barely above critical health. Hope you can find food before taking another hit and another life.

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** This is an actual gameplay mechanic for [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash]]. He is the only Skylander to have lives of his own and can obtain 1-ups. Unfortunately, just as dying in Crash turned you back into a OneHitPointWonder, Crash revives just barely above critical health. Hope you can find food before taking another hit and another life.



* GuestFighter: Exclusive to the Nintendo versions of ''[=SuperChargers=]'' onwards, it's now possible to play as the Skylander forms of Franchise/DonkeyKong [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros and Bowser]]. ''Imaginators'' introduces Franchise/CrashBandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex to the series.

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* GuestFighter: Exclusive to the Nintendo versions of ''[=SuperChargers=]'' onwards, it's now possible to play as the Skylander forms of Franchise/DonkeyKong [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros and Bowser]]. ''Imaginators'' introduces Franchise/CrashBandicoot VideoGame/CrashBandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex to the series.



** The 3DS version plays a lot like the original Spyro games, and some have even compared it to the classic ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' games.

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** The 3DS version plays a lot like the original Spyro games, and some have even compared it to the classic ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'' games.


Spyro's toy is a CompositeCharacter with the moveset of classic Spyro, backstory of the ''Legend'' Spyro, and a new design based on a scrapped fire dragon Skylander. Fan favorite Cynder from the ''Legend'' series also returns as a playable toy, and Spyro's trusty dragonfly Sparx appears as a non-playable item toy. Malefor, the BigBad of the ''Legend'' series, [[GreaterScopeVillain appears in several characters' backstories]] and shows up in person in the tie-in comics. Starting with the fifth game, the series has also begun using [[GuestFighter pre-existing video game characters from franchises besides Spyro]]. Thus far, this has included [[VideoGame/SuperMario Bowser]], Franchise/DonkeyKong, [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot, and Dr. Cortex]].

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Spyro's toy is a CompositeCharacter with the moveset of classic Spyro, backstory of the ''Legend'' Spyro, and a new design based on a scrapped fire dragon Skylander. Fan favorite Cynder from the ''Legend'' series also returns as a playable toy, and Spyro's trusty dragonfly Sparx appears as a non-playable item toy. Malefor, the BigBad of the ''Legend'' series, [[GreaterScopeVillain appears in several characters' backstories]] and shows up in person in the tie-in comics. Starting with the fifth game, the series has also begun using [[GuestFighter pre-existing video game characters from franchises besides Spyro]]. Thus far, this has included [[VideoGame/SuperMario Bowser]], Franchise/DonkeyKong, [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot, and Dr. Cortex]].

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* BigOMG: Dreamcatcher literally shouts "O! M! '''G!!!'''" during her capture sequence in ''Trap Team''.


** [[BadassBiker Fryno's]] Soul Gem power is called [[Franchise/MadMax Madness Maxed]].

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** [[BadassBiker Fryno's]] Soul Gem power is called [[Franchise/MadMax [[Film/MadMax Madness Maxed]].


* AnthropomorphicFood: Food Fight, from ''Trap Team'', is an ambulatory artichoke. From the same game's villains, Chef Pepper Jack, Broccoli Guy and Tussle Sprout.


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* AnthropomorphicFood: Food Fight, from ''Trap Team'', is an ambulatory artichoke. From the same game's villains, Chef Pepper Jack, Broccoli Guy and Tussle Sprout.

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** One of the Trouble Town/Calamity City missions has Gumbus alert you about a "creature of unspeakable evil" who has declared himself "Mayor, King, and even SUPER KING!"
--->'''Gumbus:''' He's got bombs and mines! ALARM SIRENS! Evil goons! Barricades and locked gates! MEGA-locked gates!! He's even got some guy named Edgar!!!


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** Also in ''Imaginators'', at the start of an arena battle, Broccoli Guy will say he feels hungry and decide to order a pizza. Between rounds, he'll start to wonder what happened to said pizza, hoping it "didn't get sent to the wrong Broccoli Guy!"


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* SedgwickSpeech: In the Lost Imaginite Mines level, [[spoiler:Blobbers]] gives one when he decides to [[spoiler:use the pure Imaginite to bring forth a new age of Skylands.]] Unlike most examples of this trope, however, he doesn't die, but gets flung out of the mines when he tries to [[spoiler:touch the Imaginite.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Blobbers:''' Naturally, we can't have the Imaginite bringing just ''anyone's'' dreams to life, Skylander, but... [[WhamLine I'm not just "anyone."]] I could use my braininess to right the wrongs of Skylands! Don't you see!? I can make a difference! My whole life [[ButtMonkey I've felt helpless, underappreciated, and even... ignored.]] But, with the power of this Imaginite, I'll do more than the Ancients ever did! We stand on the verge of a new age of Skylands! I, Blobbers, give you SKYLANDS, '''2.0!''']]


** The final boss of ''Imaginators'' is [[spoiler: a very thinly disguised reference to DragonBallZ.]]

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** The final boss of ''Imaginators'' is [[spoiler: a very thinly disguised reference to DragonBallZ.''Manga/DragonBallZ''.]]

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* TheOneGuy: Duff, the lone male Frost Elf seen in ''Trap Team''. He's also enormous compared to the more [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Skylander-sized females]] around him.

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