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  • Upon freeing Nevin, the dragon warns him about Toasty up ahead, citing him as one of his most devious henchmen. Spyro's response?
  • Defeating Gnasty Gnorc in the first game will feel this way to most players in their first playthrough.
    • Defeating any boss in the first game is accompanied by the Most Wonderful Sound of gems flying out of their poofed remains. Especially Gnasty Gnorc and his whopping 125 gems.
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    • The first time you successfully ace a speedway may also count.
  • The fight against Ripto in Gateway to Glimmer / Ripto's Rage (name may vary depending on your location), in which you both fight for MacGuffin power-ups and proceed to fight it out on a platform, at which point he will create robotic versions of Gulp. Then after that Ripto will sink the platform you're fighting on and jump on a cyborg bird- you promptly get a power-up and give chase, dog-fighting all the way. To say nothing of the mini-games that follow.
  • In Ripto's Rage, getting the Skill Points for beating the bosses without taking a single hit certainly counts, especially against Gulp.
  • The End of Gateway to Glimmer. Moneybags refuses to give back all the money he's taken when Elora tells him to. Elora issues a calm command. Hunter sits on him. Crowning moment for both of them.
  • Each boss battle in Year of the Dragon is amazing, but both ones against the Sorceress are absolutely fantastic.
    • Scorch was pretty amazing. He wasn't nearly as hard as Spike was, but he did live up to being the Monster to End All Monsters.
  • The cutscene The Second Warning. Bianca, in an attempt to zap Spyro with her magic and hits Hunter instead, injuring him. An angry Spyro the chases her and burns her backside.
  • Hunter saving Bianca from the rabbit she turned into a monster with a spell in the cutscene Hunter's Tussle.
  • The mini-games:
    • The skateparks are all pretty cool, and getting the course record feels damn cool.
      • Hunter boasts, but he really is a good skateboarder as is obvious the first time you try to beat him before you've gotten the controls worked out.
      • Spyro's also pretty good, for a quadruped.
    • Hunter's manta-ray from the second game returns, and you go around hunting the metallic sharks that also returned. Laser-Guided Karma at its absolute finest.
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    • There is one where you can play as Sgt. Bird and fly around Enchanted Towers, giving a Curb-Stomp Battle to any enemies in your way, while completing the regular quests. (This option will likely be available after you've completed the level the first time round, though.
  • The Super Bonus Round from Year of the Dragon. Full stop. The amount of gems you get in that level is staggering and satisfying.
    • If we list that, Gnasty's Loot from Spyro the Dragon has to be mentioned also, for the same reasons as SBR.
  • Sheila, Sgt. Byrd, Bentley and Agent 9 get one each upon being released by teaching Moneybags a lesson in their own unique way; kick, rocket launcher, club and laser gun respectively.
  • Hunter saving Bianca from a renegade monster in one of his first Badass moments in the "Hunter's Tussle" cutscene.
  • Bianca, after finding out the Sorceress' true intent, finally snaps back her and storms off to rescue Hunter. It becomes apparent that she only put up with her Bad Boss because she thought she had good intent to save them all. When she didn't, she told her to stuff it.
    Bianca: (after the Sorceress lists a bunch of ways to harm the baby dragons) But, uh...won't that kill them?
    Sorceress: (Evil Laugh) It doesn't matter! As long as I can still collect their wings!
    Bianca: What? All this time, you only wanted them for their wings?!
    Sorceress: Of course, you ignorant girl. I need them for a spell, so I can live forever!
    Bianca: (stammering) W-W-Wait a second, a s- a spell!?
    Sorceress: What did you think I was going to do with all those dragons, open a zoo?
    Bianca: You said just keeping them in our world was enough! You never said you had to kill them!
    Sorceress: I don't have to kill them. It just stops them from wriggling so much!
    Bianca: You're terrible! I can't believe I ever listened to you!
  • Everything Greta does in the Fireworks Factory. Who knew a little girl with Elmuh Fudd Syndwome could do Matrix-styled stunts? But then again, she is a super spy, after all!
  • According to Hunter, Bianca accidentally turned a dragon egg into a woolly mammoth. Keep in mind, these eggs can withstand explosions, deep-sea currents, a whale's stomach, and even the Sorceress' own magic, and yet Bianca transfigures one of them without even actually trying to do anything to it.
  • In a meta sense, the copy protection for Year of the Dragon. Ripto's Rage was cracked and pirated in a week. The developers knew there was no way to prevent Year of the Dragon from having that happen to it, so they just worked to make that process take as long as possible. Their efforts kept the game from being cracked for two to three months, saving 30-50 percent of the game's sales and preventing the game from being leaked between the American and European releases.

The games released between the classic and The Legend of Spyro trilogies

  • Butler saving The Professor at the end of Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs.


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