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1* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Gabrielle, the fairy who grants Spyro [[AnIcePerson ice breath]] in Frozen Altars is often believed to be working for the Sorceress considering the "[[BlessedWithSuck gift]]" ultimately only serves to inconvenience Spyro by rendering him unable to conventionally melt the giant snowmen rampaging around the realm.≤* AntiClimaxBoss: The Sorceress is built up as one of the most powerful threats Spyro has had to deal with, but the two battles she has have issues.≤** The first battle has been criticised for only using one of Spyro's friends (Agent 9), having no dialogue between Spyro and the Sorceress and an overemphasis on using different vehicles to damage her, which falls in with the game's GameplayRoulette but is considered underwhelming regardless. Early game versions also had a particularly {{Narm}}y glitch: the boss fight plays the [[SoundtrackDissonance Sunrise Springs overworld theme]], sapping the battle of the intended intensity. Thankfully, the latter issue was fixed with the Greatest Hits rerelease.≤** The second fight is completely atypical to the norm, as both her and Spyro fight atop flying saucers trying to gun each other down. It's incredibly easy to dodge her shots and get hits in. It's a bit of a disappointment compared to the rest of [[OneHundredPercentCompletion Super Bonus Round]], as well as the sheer amount of effort required just to unlock the fight in the first place.≤* AuthorsSavingThrow: The Greatest Hits rerelease polished up the game to remove a good amount of the glitches and add the missing music tracks into their respective levels.≤* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Stewart Copeland's score... as always.≤* BaseBreakingCharacter: Depending on who you ask, Agent 9 is either insanely annoying or insanely hilarious... or both. Add onto that the gamers who thought Bianca should have been the final playable instead of him.≤* BestLevelEver: It may be insanely hard, but Fireworks Factory is very well remembered by those who've played the game - [[BadassAdorable Greta's actions]] while following you through the level, the [[DualBoss Twin Dragons miniboss]] (with the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinite Superfly and Superflame combo powerup!]]), and [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic one of the game's best soundtrack pieces]] are the major highlights. Is it no wonder that it was prominently featured in promotional artwork?≤* BrokenBase: ≤** The over-focus on other characters instead of Spyro himself. About half the game is spent controlling Spyro while the other half is spent controlling other characters with many, many different playstyles. Some feel it was a good way to spice things up, while others felt it took away from the game, to the point some claim Spyro was mostly there to get you to buy the game in the first place. (The fact that GameplayRoulette fell out of style near the mid-UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 era doesn't exactly help either...)≤** There's also some hot debate over whether or not it was an EvenBetterSequel to ''Spyro 2'' or if it's a ContestedSequel that shows the original trilogy isn't flawless. Pros often point to the more fleshed out Spyro parts, the pretty good boss battles, and the storyline being surprisingly deep and [[SurpriseCreepy creepy]] when you really start thinking about it. Detractors point out how less than half the game is spent actually ''playing'' as Spyro, with the other half usually consisting of being bounced around other characters [[GameplayRoulette with greatly different playstyles]], with quite a few of them[[note]]Shelia, Bentley, and a few of Sgt. Byrd's missions being the prime offenders[[/note]] controlling rather awkwardly at times. ≤* BreatherBoss: ≤** Scorch is a fine boss by himself but he comes after Spike, the toughest fight in the series save the FinalBoss, so the devs decided to throw you a bone. The missiles Bentley throws to you lock in on Scorch so easily that you almost have to try to miss. The battle format also allows you to hit him every time that he attacks, which is often, and Bentley throws more healing items than normal as opposed to Spike's battle where Sgt. Byrd rarely, if ever, throws any healing items. Makes you wonder why didn't they make Scorch the second boss and Spike the third.....≤** Sleepyhead is pathetically easy, with a fighting strategy consisting solely of [[FlunkyBoss summoning the small gators]] you've been beating throughout the entire level and throwing a CartoonBomb that can easily be headbutted back. In comparison, the Robot Shark of Seashell Shore (the previous MiniBoss) is far tougher.≤* CatharsisFactor:≤** One of the first things you can do post-game is [[spoiler:chase down Moneybags and kick the ever-loving crap out of him to get back the gems you've spent throughout the game.]]≤** The bunnies in Midday Gardens--there's a lot of them, they're often bundled close together, you can take them out in any number of ways, and they always react spectacularly. Because there are so many of them together, they're a great farming spot for 1-UP butterflies.≤** Defeating the Sorceress [[spoiler:twice]] is also quite satisfying, especially after itís revealed she [[WouldHarmAChild wanted to steal the dragon eggs so she could rip their wings off and use their magic to make her magic stronger]].≤* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad The Sorceress]] is the cruel ruler of the Forgotten Worlds. Manipulating her apprentice [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Bianca]] into abducting 150 dragon eggs under the guise of restoring magic to her kingdom, the Sorceress quickly reveals the true depths of her [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist selfishness and hypocrisy]]. Completely uncaring of the lives of her men, the Sorceress transforms her own minions into freakish monsters to fight Spyro, and ultimately plans to create a monster to wipe out every dragon, [[WouldHurtAChild even the hatchlings]], all so she can collect their wings for a spell that will give her eternal youth. She nonchalantly states that she doesn't even have to kill them; she just doesn't want them wriggling around while she removes their wings. A genocidal tyrant who [[ItsAllAboutMe only cares about herself]], the Sorceress stands out as the darkest and purest villain in the original Spyro trilogy.≤* ContestedSequel: Some feel like it's the best of the original trilogy, managing to build on the set formula from the first two games. Others feel it's the weakest of the trilogy, for the above reasons stated in BrokenBase. And others feel that it's better than the first game but not as good as the second one.≤* DemonicSpiders: The gun-toting T-Rexes in Dino Mines will murder you if you don't murder them first. Their shots are surprisingly accurate and dodging at close to mid-range is almost impossible. The dynamite-tossing ones are just as bad too, due to them aiming their explosives to where Spyro will go instead of his current position.≤* EnsembleDarkhorse: ≤** Sheila is this among Spyro's playable friends.≤** Bianca was quite popular for her role in ''Year Of The Dragon''. Even Legends series only fans find her character and development to be extremely enjoyable.≤* GoddamnedBoss: The Chinese Dragons of Fireworks Factory are not exactly tough, but they're still annoying to handle due to them being very fast and slim, making them hard to hit with your fireballs. And God forbid if you get hit by ''their'' fireballs, causing you to plummet down into the ground, lose them from view and generally waste your time as they regenerate all the damage you inflicted on them..≤* HilariousInHindsight: If you turn down freeing Agent 9, Moneybags asks if Spyro is jealous that [[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} no one has made an action figure of him.]]≤* {{Narm}}:≤** The Sorceress' boss battle on the original NTSC version. Due to a glitch, your final battle is being conducted to the tune of Sunrise Spring. The battle was SUPPOSED to have a unique theme as it is present in the disc, though this was fixed in the Greatest Hits version. Both PAL versions also use an incorrect tune, though the more fitting Spike boss theme.≤** While Bianca's arc is poignant, it's somewhat hindered by her especially limited 3D model and perpetual SmugSmiler facial expression.≤* NarmCharm: Greta's role in Fireworks Factory is downright hilarious simply because of how over-the-top it's played, particularly the "fwee my mind" scene and the level's story ending with her taking out 5 mooks in a very Matrix-style fashion. This doesn't detract from how utterly badass the entire scene is, however.≤* ScrappyMechanic: {{Downplayed}}. While no one hates the characters specifically, a few of the partners aren't looked upon favorably thanks to their levels resembling a slower-paced, less interesting version of an existing character's level. The prime offenders tend to be Sheila [[note]]which gets compared to Spyro's gameplay[[/note]], Bentley [[note]]which, again, gets compared to Spyro's own gameplay, and somehow manages to be far more clunkier than Sheila's[[/note]], and Sgt. Byrd. [[note]]thanks to his flight being a clunkier version of Spyro's own, which could have been easily expanded upon.[[/note]]≤* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The [[ Mushroom Speedway music]] sounds like "Music" by Music/{{Madonna}}.≤* ThatOneBoss: Spike is widely regarded as the hardest boss in the game for various factors. His fight is structured similarly to Riptoís, where both he and Spyro chase down power-ups to use against each other. The trouble is, unlike Ripto, Spike is ''alarmingly'' good at leading his base ray-gunís shots, which can also destroy some of the munitions Byrd provides you in the fight. To make matters worse, partway through the battle, Spike stomps on and cracks the floor. This causes jets of heat to periodically burst from the crevices, making for even more positioning woes for Spyro. Perhaps most dangerously, Spike gains an unusual projectile from the blue crystal that is also very difficult to avoid: a rope-like beam that Spike trails behind Spyro ''very'' closely. Capping it off, Sgt. Byrd does not drop fodder during the fight for some reason, leaving little room for error.≤* ThatOneLevel: Dino Mines is well-justified in being the final level before the FinalBoss. It features some of the game's [[DemonicSpiders toughest enemies]] as well as two of the game's hardest side-missions (an Agent 9 RailShooter described below and a fast-paced underwater tunnel segment where you cannot get hit ''once'', which becomes ridiculous once you see the number of explosive crates floating around at the tunnel's very end).≤* ThatOneSidequest: Any of them can count, just like in the previous game, but here are some notable ones.≤** One of the most infamous is the EscortMission where you have to protect Nancy from Rhynoc Hockey Players all while the most annoying song (or pleasurable if you're a sadist) in the game plays. Expect to die many times before succeeding and having That's OK ingrained into your skull. That being said, if you stay as close as possible to Nancy, you can beat it somewhat easily.≤** All of Agent 9's missions can be really challenging:≤*** The FirstPersonShooter mission in Fireworks Factory is probably the most infamous, where you have to go through several rooms while shooting down many ninjas with your laser gun, which fires too slow in this situation. There can be a lot of ninjas in one room and it can be hard to take them all down, especially when they keep respawning via MookMaker. To add to that are the wonky controls that are not programmed for a first-person shooter. And that's not all; after you retrieve the egg, Handel is in trouble and you'll have to go back and save him... by going through the hordes of ninjas once more. To make this easier, you can get a hidden weapon (which is also a Skill Point) which fires more rapidly, but eventually, you'll run out of ammo and go back to using the laser gun.≤*** Another annoying Agent 9 mission, this time in Dino Mines, is done in an automated RailShooter and it's about clearing out some dinosaurs. These said dinosaurs are a pain to get rid of; sniping three or four of them on-screen requires you to be sharp-witted with perfect accuracy on top of it. If not, prepare to be constantly shot at. Health restoration is also missing (besides a Skill Point dino being available halfway, but the player would have to be ''extremely'' quick otherwise it's a lost chance) so you can only take about four or five hits before going down, and it doesn't help with this mission taking a while to complete.≤*** And finally there's the Haunted Tomb mission where Agent 9 is shown in an overhead view, and what happens is that the player gets trapped in one of 5 arenas that you'll have to go through while being cornered by tons of enemies. The more you advance the more enemies that appear, and they range from 20 or so cobras who try and ZergRush you to large enemies that you'll need to use their weapons against them to destroy them. [[ Thankfully, there is a glitch that lets the player skip all of this]].≤** The slide in Crystal Islands, which is relatively simple in terms of the later sidequests in the game but the fact that you can lose lives just by falling makes it a lot more dangerous. There's also the matter of Spyro's slippery controls on the slide being a combination with the tight turns you'll have to maneuver and there's also gems (which you might miss and have to return to the beginning to get) along the way to add to the frustration.≤** Haunted Tomb also has the tank battle minigame, where you have to blast some tank-riding Rhynocs with your own. The first round is reasonably fair, but the championship round is almost impossible to do normally due to the tank being '''very slow''' and 3 or 4 Rhynocs constantly ganging up on you. It's possible to snipe half of them away, but it requires patience and only works for the last remaining ones, which are away from the central arena.≤** The supercharge areas, because Spyro handles like a drunk pig and it's very, very easy to accidentally steer yourself over the side by turning too hard, all while those taunting bastards with the eggs laugh in your face.≤** [[BrutalBonusLevel The Sasquatch Six]] in the Super Bonus World is this in droves. The entirety of the race track [[BottomlessPit is over a bottomless pit]], meaning you canít risk falling off once. If so, youíre further behind in the race. Even worse is that there are no barriers to keep you from falling. You need to be on point and accurate with your jumps and turning as much as possible. Then there are the Sasquatches themselves. [[FakeDifficulty Right from the beginning they can boost faster, but you donít, making the race damn near impossible to beat.]] Even after realizing you can kill the blue crabs to gain said boost before the race starts, as well as DynamicDifficulty kicking in and putting in a cheat code to lower said difficulty, thereís still the matter of boosting to go faster, making the controls feel stiff. More often then not itíll lead to the player falling off the track. By the end, itís all near luck base on whether or not you get first place.≤** Bently boxing the Yeti in "Frozen Altars". The first time isn't so bad and the yeti goes down pretty easy, but the second, 3-round fight can be the bane of a player's existence. The yeti is ''really'' good about blocking your hits - since Bentley's slow as a tank - and hitting back in the split seconds before you can block. The yeti's health also goes down slower compared to Bentley's, and he regains health after every round. You ''must'' knock him out to win, and outcomes for dubiously-connected hits tend to take the yeti's favor over yours.≤** Spooky Swamp's [[EscortMission Escort Missions]] can be just as much of a pain as the Nancy one... to be honest, the first one is quite easy because the first firefly at least follows the road. The second one is a different story... also, unlike with Nancy, you can't just stay close to the firefly, because, while breaking boulders with Sheila is easy, ground-pounding the mushrooms takes longer, and the firefly changes direction at the last second.≤* UnderusedGameMechanic: Enchanted Towers has both Spyro and Sgt. Byrd playable in its main portion, letting you switch between them via a warp gate. Exploring the same area as two different characters had lots of potential, but this is the ''only'' level with such a mechanic; everywhere else, companion characters are restricted to their areas. ≤* WhatAnIdiot: In each homeworld is a playable character locked in a cage guarded by Moneybags. Moneybags naturally will release them for a bribe, and in every case, the playable character then proceeds to attack him.\≤'''You'd Expect:''' Moneybags after the first attack and ''especially'' the second to realize that the next one is probably going to do the same thing and either refuse to release the next playable character for any amount of gems or at least have the foresight to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere book it immediately]] after freeing them so they can't.\≤'''Instead:''' Moneybags not only keeps letting the playable characters out but just walks right up to them after doing it and seems to genuinely think that each of them will be grateful for the fact that he released them only to get attacked yet again.≤* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: In Evening Lake, there is a whale swimming in the deeper regions of the lake. If you swim up to its mouth, the whale will eat you, revealing a dragon egg inside its stomach. The dragon inside the egg is called "Jonah." On the other hand, a lot of these dragons have joke names.≤* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Bianca is a major supporting character throughout the game, eventually making a HeelFaceTurn just before Spyro reaches the final world. Despite being built up as the perfect character to become Spyro's final playable ally against the Sorceress, she remains an NPC and the game instead introduces Agent 9 as the last playable character to free. As a fledgling sorceress, Bianca would have had just as much room to be an interesting playable character, and was much more relevant to the story.≤** In fact, given that every playable character has reason to have a personal beef with the Sorceress the fact that Agent 9 is the only one of them who turns up to help fight her is this trope in itself. The entire fight could've been a multi-stage fight with the whole crew going at the Sorceress in their way.≤* TheWoobie: Bianca. She just wants to become a sorceress, and in the process is constantly degraded by her boss, beaten up by Spyro and Hunter, and then is told that her boss isn't going to [[spoiler: take care of the baby dragons, she's going to kill them all.]]


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