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  • Ascended Fanon: Apparently, Spyro and Cynder's relationship was this. Originally, the developers didn't see them getting together, but the very vocal fans for them during the series made them decide to make it canon.
  • All-Star Cast: Is there ever! Even when the series Darrins a couple times, they still managed to pull people like Gary Oldman, Elijah Wood, and Christina Ricci, along with several prolific cartoon voice actors.
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  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Spyro's voiced by Elijah Wood (however, Wood is admittedly a big nerd...). Sparx is David Spade in the first game, who is replaced by Billy West for the second, and then he is replaced by Wayne Brady for the final installment. Ignitus is Gary Oldman, Cynder is Christina Ricci, and Mark Hamill is Malefor (though his voice is heavily filtered, and he's been voice acting for a very long time).
  • Christmas Rushed: The Eternal Night was revealed a few months before Christmas originally, and was released shortly before Christmas day. Thankfully, it didn't end up as bad as the last Spyro game that was rushed for a Christmas release date, but it still shows at points, most notably with how quick the plot of it is paced, it's length, and especially when it came to enemy balance.
  • Deleted Scene: One of the planned scenes for Dawn of the Dragon would've explained how Cynder got her jewelry back, which she hadn't had prior to being frozen in time in The Eternal Night. She was meant to put the jewelry back on in a cutscene in order to remind her of her past misdeeds. There wasn't enough time nor budget to create this scene.
    • There were also numerous comedic scenes with Sparx, Volteer, etc. that were planned and in some cases even recorded, but the development team of Dawn of the Dragon didn't have the resources or time to animate them.
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  • Franchise Killer: Dawn of the Dragon failed to meet Sierra's sales expectations, which, along with the Activision Blizzard merger in July 2008 and Sierra's eventual shutdown the following month, killed off for good what remained of the main series... at least until the release of Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
  • Name's the Same: Cynder shares her name with one of the baby dragonflies in the classic series' Enter the Dragonfly, though with a different spelling ("i" instead of "y".)
  • No Budget: According to a podcast with game developer Mike Stout, all three of the games had very small budgets, roughly 1,000,000$ per game, which is not big money for a video game to begin with, and the ambitious scope of the trilogy combined with this gave the producer and dev team no end of trouble.
  • No Export for You: The trilogy was never localized for a Japanese release.
  • The Other Darrin: Sparx and Cynder have had a different voice actor for every game in the trilogy - David Spade/Billy West/Wayne Brady, and Cree Summer/Mae Whitman/Christina Ricci, repectively.
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    • This is lampshaded by Sparx near the beginning of the third game.
    Sparx: Hey, Spyro, man, you're alive.
    Spyro: Sparx! It's good to see you too! You okay?
    Sparx: Huh, you know, little stiff, voice keeps changing, but I'm good.
    • Flashback with the Other Darrin: This happens during the intro sequences for The Eternal Night and Dawn of the Dragon. The Convexity flashback for The Eternal Night was redone with West and Whitman re-doing the respective lines for Spade and Summer in A New Beginning, and in the intro sequence for Dawn of the Dragon, Ricci re-did the "Spyro, stop!" line from the ending for The Eternal Night.
  • Shrug of God:
    • When the last installment of the trilogy, Dawn of the Dragon, was carried over to Etranges Libellules, the producers of the trilogy allowed Etranges Libellules free reign to make 'adjustments' to character designs, including sudden color changes to Cynder that contradicts with the Purple Dragon lore.
    • The creators of the trilogy intentionally left Spyro and Cynder's fate at the story conclusion open to interpretation.
  • Word of God: As stated many times already, Jared Pullen, the lead artist of the trilogy, has a deviantART account where he answers questions about the games, goes into what they weren't able to fit into the trilogy, and further elaborates on things that weren't fully elaborated on in the games.
    • Despite Spyro and Cynder appearing at the end of Dawn of the Dragon seemingly alive, the story producers of The Legend of Spyro trilogy confirmed they left the two heroes' ultimate fate open to interpretation, allowing the fans to decide whether Spyro and Cynder are alive or not.
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