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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, fixes some of the issues that known critics like JonTron and Some Call Me Johnny have with the first two games. For instance, the field of view has been greatly expanded so players have an easier time seeing what's around Bubsy, Bubsy's running speed has been reduced significantly to prevent him from running into obstacles that players wouldn't have a chance to react to in the original games, and Bubsy is no longer a One Hitpoint Wonder.
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    • Bubsy: Paws on Fire has been announced to have over 100 levels in it and four different characters to play as, which was done in response to criticism of the very short length of The Woolies Strike Back.
  • Awesome Music: Generally, the first Bubsy game's music used limited instrumentation but nevertheless had interesting progression and was layered extremely well.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Bubsy himself. As mentioned in Memetic Loser, below, any brief look into the internet's opinion on this series will find a lot of hate for the character with some considering him the worst of all the Mascot with Attitude characters, however he does actually have a pretty extensive fanbase too, as can be seen by the sheer volume of fanart of him on DeviantArt, among others.
  • Bile Fascination: One of the more compelling reasons to check out Bubsy 3D.
    • The series and character as a whole are subject to this, with Bubsy basically becoming the internet's poster child for failed video game mascots of the 90's. This may have ironically been what pushed Accolade to come out of retirement and make a new Bubsy game in 2017.
  • Cult Classic: The first two games. Bubsy 3D, however...
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Even the fans that this series has wish that Bubsy 3D never existed.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: What could possibly go wrong? Well, a sequel that almost killed the franchise, another sequel that did kill it for a good 20 years, and a cartoon that never made it past the pilot, for one. Also fitting that, in Bubsy 3D, the woolies win in the end whether or not you collected all the rocket pieces. Though Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back rectified this ending...but also got negative reception from critics, but did not kill the franchise this time as a spin-off was churned out not long after.
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  • Game-Breaker: The Nerf Ballzooka in the second game gives you a long-range, high-damage attack.
  • Genius Bonus: Bubsy's gliding ability makes sense because real-life cats can also survive long falls with limited parachuting.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Coincidentally, in Bubsy 3D, Bubsy is voiced by Lani Minella, who would eventually go on to be the first voice actress for Rouge from the the Sonic Series. Let us repeat that...Bubsy voiced a SONIC character. Just let that sink in.
    • People who joked up Bubsy making his re-appearance in Sonic Forces didn't actually expect a new Bubsy game.
  • HSQ: Whether you were groaning at it or amused by it, one thing is unanimous; the announcement of a new Bubsy game after 21 years was the last thing people expected.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: Despite having surprisingly alright gameplay, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back had rather less-than-stellar reception because of its incredibly short length, especially for its pricetag. It can be beaten in an hour or less.
  • Memetic Loser:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • What could possibly go wrong?!
      • What could pawssibly go wrong?!
    • After the incredibly unexpected announcement of Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, many gamers were quick to make remarks (some sarcastic, some sincere) about how ludicrous it was that a franchise as thoroughly dormant as Bubsy got a new game before many other more popular dormant franchises did.
    • "Bubsy pulled a Turbo on Sonic" , a conspiracy theory from 4chan about Bubsy replacing Sonic in modern games and presumably being the reason they weren't as well-received.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Everything Bubsy says in the 3D game.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound when you collect yarn in the SNES version.
  • Newer Than They Think: It's easy to assume that, with its incredibly awkward tank controls and horrible camera, that Bubsy 3D predates Super Mario 64's revolutionizing of the 3D platformer genre. But in fact, it was released months afterwards. Though to be somewhat fair to the game, the two were in development at the same time, and they weren't aware of Nintendo's offerings until it was officially announced and it was too late to go back to the drawing board, so for most of development, they thought they really were doing something new.
  • Nightmare Fuel: One death animation in Bubsy 3D is Bubsy shattering into glass shards. A certain romhack of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 featuring Bubsy used it as the only death animation, so being forced to stare at it again and again, longer during the inevitable Game Over screen remains uncomfortable.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Zig-zagged. Michael Berlyn, who created the series, wasn't involved with the creation of Bubsy II or Fractured Furry Tales, which are seen as inferior to the first game. However, he then came back to head the production of Bubsy 3D; this installment is seen as the worst entry of the series.
  • Polished Port: The PC port of the first game, titled Super Bubsy, features high resolution graphics and a somewhat larger field of view, in addition to featuring the cartoon pilot episode as a bonus. The only downside is that the music is done with MIDI, so its quality is heavily dependent on your sound card.
  • Popular with Furries: It'd be more accurate to say "Mostly only furries un-ironically like Bubsy". After getting past his personality, a few furries do find his design interesting. He's not popular exactly but he is popular enough for a Mascot with Attitude (most of which are forgotten as "Sonic clones").
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Fall damage in the first game is by far the biggest complaint that most gamers have about it, as the game seemingly encourages players to go all-out, Sonic the Hedgehog style, which will likely end up getting Bubsy killed the first time they come to any sort of drop.
  • Sequelitis: A rather bad victim of the disease known as Sequelitis, Bubsy did okay in the first game, but the second game nearly killed it, with Fractured Furry Tales being considered as bad, if not even worse. Bubsy 3D took it Up to Eleven, being regarded as one of the worst video games of all time and leaving the franchise dead for the next two decades.
  • Snark Bait: The first two games, while not without their strong points, already had something of a poor reputation as a Totally Radical Sonic clone before the third one crashed head first into the Polygon Ceiling and made the title character synonymous with trying too hard to be an iconic gaming mascot. Rarely is the series ever brought up in modern gaming except as a subject of mockery. The release of The Woolies Strike Back after a 21-year Sequel Gap did nothing to alleviate this, though the early trailers showed signs of maturation and promise, even the marketing ended up having to mock its own low status for attention and the final product being released with middling-to-negative scores ended up sending everyone's favorite bobcat crashing back down onto the trash heap again, albiet not enough to prevent him from getting another game in 2019. "What could possibly go wrong", indeed.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • The first game at least was considered this, if a bit difficult (though that was far from unusual back then). Until he hit the Polygon Ceiling...
    • Going full circle, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is considered this by most due to addressing the prior issues of the series, but retaining other issues and being extremely short for its price.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While people are divided as to whether or not this actually makes the game fun to play (the lack of content isn't exactly helping matters), Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back was this to many people, with some considering it to be the best game in the series.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The trailer for The Woolies Strike Back took a significant amount of flack for making the game look like a generic and unimpressive platformer. Which might not have bothered that many people, if not for the fact that the trailer also contained a Take That! aimed at the Sonic the Hedgehog series... which had just made a hugely-acclaimed return to form with Sonic Mania, making the trailer's timing incredibly poor and ensuring that The Woolies Strike Back would face even more of an uphill battle to win over gamers.
  • Unexpected Character: An odd case in that it applies to a studio as opposed to a character, but nobody expected Choice Provisions (formerly Gaijin Games, best known for the BIT.TRIP series) of all studios to be developing a Bubsy game.
  • Vindicated by History: The first game has gained a reputation as average (as well as better than a number of the other Sonic clones, if not by much), and Bubsy himself has fans, with some even giving him sympathy and making him out as a Woobie. A teaser image from Sonic Forces (specifically a teaser image for the customizable character, which looked an awful lot like a Modern-esque Bubsy) pushed the character back into the forefront, as did the announcement of his new game.
  • The Woobie:
    • Arnold the Armadillo from the second game so very much.
    • The Woolies' Professor Nylon from 3D, as he's constantly interrupted in his speeches.
    • Bubsy himself can be this, since most of his lines in the first two games imply he's a struggling actor who can't catch a break. Given what happened to his series, it's oddly prescient.

YMMV items for the cartoon:

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: As if a show about Bubsy wasn't enough to turn people away, they also added his equally annoying niece and nephew, and all three constantly torture poor Arnold.
  • Bile Fascination: Pretty much the only reason to watch this. It's suggested that you do so with the aid of The Annotated Series.
  • Colbert Bump: It definitely got a boost after it was riffed by The Annotators and reviewed by Mr. Enter.
  • Designated Hero: Bubsy is a self-absorbed Jerkass who frequently treats his sidekick Arnold like an inanimate object (he even mistakes him for a wrench at one point), making it very, very, very hard to root for him.
  • Designated Monkey: Armold Armadillo, the only sympathetic character in the entire episode, suffers throughtout it, without deserving it at all. The fact that his fear of trucks (which seems to be post-traumatic stress) is Played for Laughs only makes it more cringeworthy.
  • Drinking Game: Take a drink every time Bubsy says, "What could possibly go wrong?"
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The idea of a helmet that can shape reality through the user's imagination would later be used in Can You Imagine That? (and to a lesser extent in Trouble Island).
  • Memetic Mutation: Bubsy's iconic (or infamous...) line from his pilot, "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?". It's become a popular reaction pic and often has the "Po" replaced with "Paw".
  • Most Annoying Sound: "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?". Hell, Bubsy's voice in general is so obnoxious it'll probably make your ears bleed before the show's over. There's a reason that Rob Paulsen, who unfortunately voiced Bubsy, considers this pilot an Old Shame.
  • Unacceptable Targets: The cartoon considers Arnold's fear of trucks — which resembles PTSD — a source or humor.
  • The Woobie: Arnold, the one character that hates Bubsy, thus making him relatable, spends the entire episode being the subject of all the slapstick in the form of being tortured by Bubsy's bratty niece and nephew, crashing through a roof, getting beaten over the head, and getting electrocuted. He apparently suffers from some sort of post-traumatic stress due to trucks that run over his race, killing them, and none of the punishment he receives is warranted to any degree. He deserves absolutely none of it and it makes the show almost cringeworthy to watch this poor character go through such a mess.

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