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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Simon is something of a stealth Trickster Mentor that is trying to teach the rest of the team, especially Kevin, to be more functional. Simon seems to pull very sudden 180ºs from bumbling idiot to kicking serious butt.
    • Kevin is something of a sociopath that doesn't miss his home and zaps things to get attention (S2Ep9). Let's not get started on Kevin and Mike from the first season.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Kevin is in a world full of people he doesn't know, his sole companion from his old world is his dog, he's cut off from all that is familiar, and he's being forced into war. Possibly falls under Rule of Funny, as the only time he had the opportunity to go back he stayed because his mom told him to do his homework and take out the trash. Could also be justified in that Kevin knows he's free to go back any time he really wants to, and time not passing means no one will wonder where he's been.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • You either like Game Boy having his moments of snark and not being as clueless as the rest of the team, or you hate him for being a douche in his debut episode, which also had a large plothole regarding why Lana's father couldn't just come himself.
    • Simon Belmont is often decried for his whining, incompetence, snootyness and borderline-In Name Only appearance, but some fans looking back on the show find him more interesting than Kevin, as he was flawed and thus seemed more like a real person, plus he showed character development as the show went on, such as gradually warming up to Kevin season by season.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Simon asking King Hippo to dance with him in "Having a Ball".
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Some cases of You Don't Look Like You would be justifiable, given the abstract NES sprites and sloppy NES covers. There's no excuse for Mega Man, who's pretty clearly blue in both. Even the infamous "Bad Box Art Mega Man", who has yellow in his outfit like this one does, still has blue parts and not green.
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    • The reason why Mother Brain is in this series, but Samus isn't even hinted at? The producers didn't even know about her. Notably, Samus is in the comic book version.
  • Designated Hero: Simon is incredibly vain, selfish, arrogant, and only seems to be part of the group because he so desperately wants to get in Lana's pants. In one episode, he even goes so far as to steal a magical arrow in hopes of using it to force Lana to fall in love with him. Of course, this is likely balanced out by the fact that he's also the series Butt-Monkey, and he does have some Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments from time to time.
  • Dork Age: When the show got retooled and combined with The Super Mario World animated series, forcing both shows to share a single half-hour time slot and consequently making for shorter and less interesting episodes.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Mike, who only appeared one episode but was a major part of a very emotionally-driven one.
    • The show's take on Alucard, who got subjected to many a comparison meme with 2017!Alucard after the latter's show came out.
  • Funny Moments: In the Dragon Warrior episode, Kevin negotiates a purchase of medicinal herbs by trading his digital watch. Also, as a Funny Background Event, Simon can be seen hefting a battle axe over his head, only for the weight to drag him back down with a loud "Thud!"
  • Ham and Cheese: Levi Stubbs as Mother Brain. The show is worth watching just for his performance. This is probably the reason why she qualifies as an Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The first half of "The Videolympics" has the crew engage in a Training Montage as Kevin whips the N Team into shape set to James Brown's "I Got You" and ends with a sweet moment of Kevin and Duke just hugging.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the first episode, Kevin says "I've played Donkey Kong enough to know what I'm doing" while climbing a volcano. The actual arcade game has no such level, but the 1994 Game Boy "remake" does, as does Donkey Kong Country Returns.
    • Also from the first episode, Kevin's TV is a Sony model. Might actually be a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment if you never liked the PlayStation.
    • Ian James Corlett voiced arch-enemy Dr. Wily - only to voice Mega Man himself some years later.
    • In his one appearance in the series, Dracula's son Alucard was shown with light yellow, almost white hair. Several years later, when Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was made and Alucard was redesigned from his Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse appearance...
    • Reinhardt Schneider, one of the protagonists in Castlevania 64 and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, bears some resemblance to the Captain N version of Simon Belmont. Both have blond hair and wear blue coats with fuzzy collars.
    • Lana manages to bear a resemblance to one — Alis Landale from Phantasy Star I, a Sega game, who can even become queen at game's end.
      • And more recently, there's a playable heroine in Hyrule Warriors named Lana!
    • Simon's voice actor would later go on to play a prominent vampire character in the Underworld film series.
    • Donkey Kong is played by Gary Chalk. It wouldn't be the last time he'd play a famous gorilla.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's Groose looks very much like this show's incarnation of Simon Belmont, although with a red pompadour instead of a yellow one.
    • Mega Man in this show doesn't look like Mega Man so much as he does Quint, who was Mega Man kidnapped from the future.
    • Mother Brain voiced by the same man who voiced Audrey II? Consider that Super Metroid had the Spore Spawn, a giant alien plant monster...
    • Mother Brain's face being a stretched piece of skin connected to a brain might come to mind when considering what Doctor Who villain Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 looks like.
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reunites Pit, Mega Man, and Simon Belmont, bringing the Captain N cast back together for the first time in decades. Many other classic characters who appeared in Captain N, including Donkey Kong, Link, Zelda, Ganon, Mother Brain, Dracula, and Alucard are also in this game. For bonus points, Palutena (the inspiration for Princess Lana) and Duck Hunt (whose moveset revolves around Kevin's signature weapon, the NES Zapper and features a loyal dog a la Duke) are also playable characters, plus one could create a Mii of Kevin. In addition to that, the Nintendo Comics System had Samus as a major character in the Captain N stories. Between all of this and Trophy World basically functioning as a more streamlined Videoland, Super Smash Bros. (especially Ultimate) has become the Spiritual Successor to Captain N.
    • Speaking of Super Smash Bros., Kid Icarus being a situational weakling becomes all the more funny when you look at Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward and see how much Pit Took a Level in Badass. Taken Up to Eleven with Kid Icarus: Uprising where his job consists of being a One-Man Army and involves him dealing with gods, aliens, and a chaos-bringing parasite. Pit's come quite a long way from shooting multi-purpose arrows at everything. Though it also becomes hilarious in the opposite way; Kid Icarus can fly without needing an Angel's Feather, the Wings of Pegasus, or Palutena/Viridi's Power of Flight, unlike Pit whose inability to do so is a massive sore spot.
    • As we know now, Final Fantasy I was far from the last game in its series. But it was used for the last-ever episode of Captain N.
    • There was an episode involving a mirror clone of the characters, including Kid Icarus/Pit. Kid Icarus: Uprising gives us just that in the form of Dark Pit.
    • A gag has Simon claim that his whip has a mind of its own. Cue Lament of Innocence...
  • Ho Yay:
    • Kevin and Mike have shades. For the whole show it seems like King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard are an old bickering couple with some slight abuse issues. This is kind of helped by the fact when they go undercover one is dressed as a woman.
    • Kevin and Link, in the Zelda crossover episodes.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Kid Icarus should actually be called Pit. One of the stronger indicators that the people working on the show had never played any of the games.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: There are a select few people who watched this show just because they found out that Levi Stubbs (a.k.a. "the guy who voiced Audrey II") played Mother Brain.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Mondegreen: Simon calling Alucard a "son of a count". Given the context when this is said, you'd be forgiven for thinking he was saying...something else in place of "count".
  • Narm Charm: This trope and the very premise of the show (kid gets warped into the world of video games and meets many NES characters) are arguably the only reason this show has the admittedly small following it does.
  • Never Live It Down: Virtually nobody resembles their original video game selves. Nobody. And that's to say nothing of their characterizations, especially that of Simon Belmont.
  • The Scrappy: Difficult to say, given the multiple bastardizations among the supporting cast. But even fans of the show generally hate Mega Man and Kid Icarus due to their annoying verbal tics, Mega Man moreso due to his grating voice and more blatant inaccuracy (even non-fans should be able to tell that Mega Man should be blue).
  • Seasonal Rot: Among fans, the third and final season is the least regarded. Animation took a major step down and the running time was cut to eleven minutes so that it could be paired with Super Mario World. Additionally, everyone other than Kevin was used less often (in the case of Simon and Mega Man, it was most likely a result of Konami and Capcom, respectively, owning those characters and being entitled to royalties).
  • Snark Bait: If the premise isn't enough fuel for this, the radically different designs of virtually every character brought aboard for the ride certainly provide plenty.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Hilariously so. The Brazilian dub managed to get away with many screwed up stuff, such as Simon sounding like he was constantly horny. It was Narm Charm at its best.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The badly-drawn electrical current in the intro, which is followed by an Art Shift to ugly, monochrome CGI. Both of these were fixed in the Season 2 intro.
    • The episode "How's Bayou?" wasn't quite finished when it first aired, and as a result, several shots were missing their backgrounds. Reruns of the episode had the backgrounds intact, but for some reason, the DVD set uses the original, unfinished version, as does the version on Jaroo (the "Hulu for kids' shows" site).
  • Stock Footage Failure: Early on in "The Big Game" Lana crashes into Simon and they land on the couch. The shot of the couch is copy-pasted from another episode, complete with the cast sitting on it, resulting in there being two Simons and two Lanas.
  • Spiritual Successor: The show can arguably be this to Kidd Video due to their similar plots. It also helps that they were both animated by DIC.
  • Squick:
    • The episode "Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain". Simon ends up under the influence of a love arrow and falls for Mother Brain. Alright, that's bad enough, but later on, Mother Brain ends up falling in love with him. Okay, really gross, but then they become engaged and almost married, and somewhere in between those two events Simon imagines them having children! Granted, this is all fixed by the end of the episode, but still! Gah!
    • It's only for about a few seconds, but in "A Nightmare on Mother Brain Street", Princess Lana was shown having Mother Brain's face! Doubles as Nightmare Fuel, even in-universe.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Like with The Super Mario Bros Super Show!, many episodes featured a montage of some sort with a cover song during the show's initial run. The songs were taken out during reruns and on the DVD, and a great many of them were replaced with what sounds like a Suspiciously Similar Song to Michael Jackson's "Beat It".
  • Tear Jerker: "The Big Game" reveals that returning to the real world will make Kevin forget the time he spent in Videoland. Seeing his reaction to this news is oddly touching.
  • Unexpected Character: More like unexpected episode(s). What NES games would you expect to see turned into 22 minute episodes? Ninja Gaiden? Double Dragon? Ghosts N'Goblins? Nope! Instead we get episodes based on Puss in Boots: Pero's Great Adventure, Paperboy and friggin' TETRIS.
    • Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you find out the production team barely did any research, seemingly just picking the games which sounded right for the plot they were using.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: After the crossover with The Legend of Zelda, there was a lot of hope for an episode featuring the Super Mario Bros. We never got one. It also doesn't help that the Super Mario Bros game was mentioned in the first episode.
    • Kongoland and Donkey Kong are pushed in the opening credits of the first season as heavily as Kid Icarus, Castlevania, Mega Man and Metroid. All the other worlds listed produce major recurring characters, but Donkey Kong? Of course not. He shows up five times in the whole series and that's it. He's even cut entirely from the later intros.
    • With Punch-Out's King Hippo as one of the main villains you'd expect a Punch-Out episode or at least other characters from the game to appear. Nope! All you get is a one minute scene in one episode of King Hippo's world, featuring no other game characters and that's it!
    • More importantly, why couldn't Link have become a permanent member of the N-Team? Same goes for Samus - although in her case, it's even more irritating that she's not a permanent member, since she's never so much as mentioned despite the fact that the main villain from her series (Mother Brain) is one of the main antagonists!
    • When you really get right down to it, this whole show is one big They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A mega-crossover between videogames could have been brilliant if the writers actually bothered to research what games they were using.
  • Ugly Cute: For all its horror value, "Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain" does give us the strangely adorable baby brains.
  • Unfortunate Implications: In the comics, Samus is attracted to Kevin. No one In-Universe seems to mind that Kevin being a teenager, as pointed out by Linkara here.
  • What an Idiot!: Wishful Thinking has the N-Team coming across a magic lamp with a Genie that can grant any wish. And while Lana briefly considers it, no one uses any wishes to defeat Mother Brain or wish for King Charles to return.
    • The N-Team are gone for 3 weeks during their quest to find the Warp of Life in Happy Birthday Mega Man. Despite that absence, Mother Brain and her henchmen don't even attempt to conquer Videoland, nor does the N-Team acknowledge the possibility or even mention the villains at all.

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