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They have come a long way, but they may have to step in to keep it from becoming moot

Noob: La quête légendaire (Noob: The Legendary Quest, 2015) is the sequel to Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions and the second entry in the Noob movie trilogy. To prevent a wait as long as the one between Season 5 of the Noob webseries and the first movie, the second one started being released in episodic form in September 2015, with the full movie to be available in March 2016. An unexpected surge of productivity in post-production made the film actually get finished and available to crowdfunding contributors just a few days before 2015 did the same, but the public release remained in Feburary 2016.

The story picks up two or three days after the end of the previous movie, that had Arthéon announce that Fictional Video Game world Olydri was going to be victim of a Colony Drop that would destroy it in ten days. One week before the disaster is to strike, Gaea realizes that she's one of the people who's supposed to do something about it as she is now head of the game's top guild, Roxxor. Unfortunately for her, that realization coincides with some of Roxxor's higher ups getting wind of her general dishonesty, and deciding they're better off with her in a cell and the guild's historic second in command taking over. A beacon of hope manifests as a couple of allies breaking her out. In addition, another acquaintance of hers is willing to give her the lead on the quest that will stop Arthéon if she succeeds, which in turn could have the side effect of earning her respect from the rest of the guild.

Meanwhile, Justice, Omega Zell's guild and Roxxor's rival, has yet to find any lead in stopping the meteor. Omega Zell himself is considered ready to start a Side Quest Side Story that will enable him to acquire a very powerful spell, but is also one of the hardest in the game. In the middle of all this, Ystos and Sparadrap's father makes his debut in the story, bringing a few reveals about their family along with him.

The full movie version can be viewed with subtitles here (they have to activated). A bonus episode, which consists of the movie from Arthéon's perspective, was released in May 2016 and is treated as the fourteenth episode of the movie's "Season 7 of the webseries" cut.

The movie provides examples of:

  • All for Nothing: Discussed. Gaea considers the possibility of a Game Over happening if nobody stops the meteor in time and realizes everyone may have to start again at level 1, which would make all of her efforts to get to the top moot.
  • All There in the Manual: The name of the Lepape father (and hence his avatar since they're the same) isn't mentioned in the movie proper, but can be found on the official forum and wiki. It's Abraham.
  • All There in the Stinger: If you didn't sit through the credits of Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions, you may wonder why Rock's outfit has changed while Dead still has his Starter Equipment.
  • Body Surf: Dortös has to resort to this after a certain point of the story.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Abraham Lepape is a mafia big wig passing as a priest, but just as forgetful and clueless about online games as Sparadrap in his early days.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Past a certain point of the story, Sparadrap is doing something that is only technically okay if he keeps silent about the quest Gaea is doing, so he tries his best to not tell his guildmates about it. However, when Ystos guesses what it is, his first reaction is to ask him if he knows because he saw his computer screen at some point.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A minor one getting fired rather than established. Gaea calls Ash "Ash the Farmer" rather than "Ash the Chinese Farmer" (as everyone else addressing him onscreen besides Tenshirock has done so far). Ash is so grateful for the lack of the word "Chinese" that he gives her some information for free.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Ash offers many services and has a fee for each of them, but he admits that he does not have one for playing Willing Channeler to a Body Surf-reliant Non-Player Character.
  • Domino Revelation: The discussion between Abraham, Ystos and Elyx.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: In French, one of the common ways to designate the authorities translates to "the forces of the order" in English. Being on the run from the authorities, Abraham considers the fact that he's playing in a faction named the Order is hilarious and goes out of his way to point it out.
  • Dramatic Irony: The Perspective Flip episode's humor runs on this. Exactly four events are shown to interrupt Arthéon's long wait for someone to confront him. First is T-Man, who's doing another quest entirely but probably already allied with Gaea at the time. The second is Rafale trying to form a fluxball team, which he found out he was supposed to do after helping Sparadrap with the quest to stop Arthéon. Next, Gaea's constant teleporting during her fight with Omega Zell (over one of the materials from that same quest) causes them to briefly fight within earshot of Arthéon, prompting him to interrupt and lecture them. Due to Gaea omitting to tell him what exactly Omega Zell "stole" from her, they teleport away again with Arthéon under the impression that even The End of the World as We Know It won't keep these two from bickering over frivolous things. Finally, he's seen using Ystos as sounding board, just before the latter has to leave because something important came up. Justice only gets into the action near the end of the movie, to stop a threat that emerged due to the quest to stop Arthéon progressing.
  • Evil Overlooker: Arthéon as seen on the page image that is the movie's official poster equivalent.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: An interesting case where the side that is currently "evil" of the dynamic was the "oblivion" up to the very end of the previous movie.
  • Funny Background Event: The other players photobombing Omega Zell's screencap of himself with Fantöm.
  • Gag Echo: The idea that Gaea took Amaras' cat hostage in real life suggested by some of the Coalition players. Back in Season 2 of Noob, Gaea was getting help from Fantöm for game progression and Omega Zell correctly guessed that she was blackmailing him. When suggesting what means of pressure she could be having on him, one his guesses was that Gaea was keeping Fantöm's cat hostage.
  • Glad He's On Our Side: A sentiment along those lines is what motivates T-Man and Précieux to break Gaea out of her cell and help her. It doesn't take long for the movie to establish that they are definitely not doing it because they like her as a person.
  • Hold the Line: Omega Zell's first challenge is doing this for a Multi-Mook Melee.
  • If Only You Knew: After actually meeting Abraham and seeing him off, Golgotha comments on how she finds the idea that the guy is a priest creepy. Given the truth, Ystos immediately answers her with the trope name.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Gaea arrives in the Roxxor meeting room entrance just in time to overhear a member of the guild reminding everyone how she ended up in power, then start speculating that she's actually working for the Order and keeping Amaras' cat hostage in real life. When she protests that she's not working for the Order or holding any cats hostage, Ash is quick to remind her that she did do the other half of the things she's accused of.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Preparatory material made public by the creator himself has spoiled a couple aspects of the movie:
    • Abraham's map portrait was made public before Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions came out, along with everyone else's. Player map portraits have frames color-coded according to factions and the Order green around Abraham's was hard to miss.
    • Photos for the filming of the third movie showed familiar faces: the three Roxxor players that are being the most vocal against Gaea. The Online Aliases of two of them are "Vilenor" and "Cruelor" according to the photo's caption. To novel readers, these names are those of the two hackers behind Fantöm's illegal enhancement. If one goes by what is seen of them in this movie, they are just two nameless Coalition players who don't trust Gaea. This was mentioned in the making of as well.
  • The Mafia: Abraham, Elyx, Ystos and Sparadrap the two latter being white sheep.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Inverted for Sparadrap and Ystos. One of the established female players turns out to be their father's ex and the mother of (at least) one of his sons. Unfortunately, thanks to their father being a Forgetful Jones and the ex in question having gotten amnesia between giving birth and the present day, neither of them can really help on the subject of which son. To top it off, the dialogue establishing this reveals that there is at least one other Lepape brother out there, and the woman is potentially his mother as well.
  • Meaningful Background Event:
    • If you pay attention to the scene in which Ystos and Omega Zell enter the training room, you will notice Elyx, sitting next to the entrance and chatting with someone who is just offscreen.
    • Abraham makes his presence known to Ystos right after Omega Zell's challenge starts and they leave to go meet Sparadrap right before Omega Zell completes it. In the meantime, this is the first time Omega Zell takes on a high-level challenge on his own and he gets in no real trouble before the time is about to run out in his favor.
  • Miss Conception: It seems like sex ed is one of the many things to have slipped Sparadrap's memory. When he gets kissed via digital avatar by a woman who's physically in a different town, he wonders if he's going to become a father.
  • Mook Chivalry: Both downplayed (he's dealing with at least a couple at the same time at some point) and justified for Omega Zell's challenge, that was probably designed to be difficult but winnable by a single sufficiently skilled player.
  • News Travels Fast: The forbidden spell master knows how Omega Zell's fight against the daylight berserker went, despite not having been there when it happened. When Omega Zell wonders how this is possible, the master answers that he's omniscient, then moves on to give him his next task.
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: Dörtos has an interest in allying with players as the alternative may be the planet he's trying to take back being destroyed.
  • Now You Tell Me: Balakior bothers to mention that his quest will be an Escort Mission rather than just showing him the way to the town he's trying to reach only after Sparadrap lets Golgotha go to the frontlines because she was getting bored from the lack of things to fight in the questline.
  • Parents in Distress: When Dortös take possession of Rock, Dead joins in with the efforts to fight Dortös to get Rock back. Meanwhile, his father uses this as an excuse to use Tenshirock for a little while.
  • Perspective Flip: The bonus episode is Arthéon's point of view on the movie's plot. Due to the quest to stop him progressing in secret for most of the movie, he's both bored out of his mind and under the impression that the entire player community is having a While Rome Burns attitude.
  • Pooled Funds: Gaea is seen lying on a money-covered surface in an early scene.
  • Posthumous Character: Godrill Borkan, the creator of the weapons from Gaea's quest.
  • Unplanned Crossdressing: Omega Zell has to solo a floor of the Galamadriabuyak tower wearing specific equipment... which happens to be a dress and a wig.
  • Wham Line: Ystos has one or two, then Abraham has many, most of them establishing the inverted Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe above. Even his ex has one, given that the reason for her amnesia is the darkest backstory given to a player so far. Ystos's first still takes the cake and acts as a domino for the following ones:
    Ystos: So your cover as a priest isn't enough anymore?
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 2 of the webseries cut. The audience will never see the Lepape brothers and Elyx the same way after it.
    • Storylines that had been following a quite predictable path take a brutal turn in Episode 6. Elyx turns out to be orchestrating a revenge plot against Gaea and recruiting everyone who wants to get back at her for her plan, thus adding an extra element to Omega Zell's plot. The Noob guild turns out to be able to continue the secret questline without being part of Gaea's group, making them a competing party. Ystos is tagging along, meaning that it will only take him putting two and two together for Justice to find out about the quest. In addition, the Foreshadowing of Golgotha kissing Sparadrap happened in that episode.
  • Wham Shot: Few people saw that kiss between Golgotha and Sparadrap coming.
  • White Sheep: The Lepapes turn out to be a mafiosi family, making Ystos and Sparadrap this. Ystos is explicitly so by choice. Sparadrap may be either locked out of the loop or oblivious to the whole thing.
  • Wimp Fight: The Lepape brothers end up having one in real life at some point.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: One of the materials needed to make the legendary weapons is mistaken for a random gem by the thieves who stole it.
  • You Shouldn't Know This Already: Enforcing this may be the reason Ystos didn't simply tell Omega Zell that the first challenge would be a Multi-Mook Melee he'll have to handle alone and won't have a second shot at. When Omega Zell realizes this, Ystos' answer is simply "I told you to not take this lightly."