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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In Door to Phantomile, during Joka's death, he calls Ghadius's name. Is he expressing his sorrow, believing that he has failed Ghadius once more? Is he expressing anger at Ghadius for not saving him? Does he believe that Ghadius will save him, and is begging for his mercy?
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • The King Of Sorrow, despite being such a fan favorite character, has a pretty underwhelming final boss fight, especially after the dramatic fight with Cursed Leorina. While the first phase is a pretty neat hoverboard segment, the second phase just revolves around you throwing stuff at his forcefield to destroy it. The attacks are pretty easy to avoid, and he's definitely not as satisfying to defeat as some of the other fights in the game.
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    • Baladium is an awesome boss fight with great attacks and some of the best music in the game. It's also a dramatic one given that it takes place right after Klonoa's Grandpa's house gets blown up. However, if you're good enough, you can defeat Baladium in about 30 seconds due to his low health, making the fight feel a bit too easy. It doesn't help that dealing damage to Baladium causes his attacks to be cancelled.
  • Best Boss Ever:
    • Cursed Leorina from the second game stands out as the most complex fight in the series consisting of three phases and an epic atmosphere.
    • When he's not an Anti-Climax Boss, Baladium is the most memorable fight from the first game due to its importance to the story and the beautiful music.
  • Complete Monster: Janga, from Heroes, is the maniacal dragon of Garlen. Having once worked with Guntz's father, Butz, as a hunter to find the Darkness of Nahatomb, he is gleefully quick to betray and kill him on Garlen's orders when Butz refuses to resurrect Nahatomb. He then proceeds to join forces with Garlen and Joka in their goals to resurrect Nahatomb in order to harvest nightmares for his own sinister purpose, uncaring of the destruction this will cause. Making his introduction by sending extracted nightmares from the captured people of the ruins to the Lunar Base, he mocks Guntz about his father's death before fleeing, at one point using Klonoa as a shield. When Guntz finally corners him, Janga attempts to kill Guntz with the latter's father's own gun. Before fleeing, Janga kidnaps Klonoa's friend, Lolo, to be used as nightmare energy for Nahatomb, which leaves Lolo in a comatose state. When defeated by the heroes, after he gets Guntz to spare him with a false apology, Janga attempts to poison Guntz with his poison claws, only for him to poison Klonoa instead, but Janga doesn't care and proceeds to mock Guntz about the boy's condition. A cruel, heartless individual who betray and kill anyone to achieve his own desires, Janga is an dark villain for an otherwise lighthearted series.
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  • Cult Classic: Has frequently been called one of, if not the most underrated series in gaming.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Ghadius, Joka, and the King of Sorrow seem to get quite a bit of this. It's admittedly understandable in the latter's case, as he is a tragic Anti-Villain more than anything else. Janga gets this too, although to a lesser extent.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Joker Mood, the Leitmotif of Joka.
    • There's also the happy little tune that plays in the title screen for each game.
  • Ending Fatigue: The final boss in Door to Phantomile has three forms, but each one gets a slo-mo destruction scene fooling you into thinking it's over (beating the second form even triggers a cutscene).
  • Epileptic Trees: Some fans believe Klonoa 2 is about Klonoa learning to overcome the sorrow he felt when he was separated from Hewpow due to the King of Sorrow resembling Klonoa in his ‘’Door to Phantomile’’ design.
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  • Evil Is Cool: The villains tend to be the most popular characters, especially Ghadius and Joka.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: If you wish to not be set on fire by the fandom at large, then for the love of God, do not call Klonoa a Sonic character!
  • Fandom Rivalry: Along with Sonic, mentioned above due to the similarities in character design there is also Pac-Man due to both being owned by the same company and said icon appearing on Klonoa's hat as his symbolic golden badge. Fans come across either friendly or antagonistic to both. Some even downright holding a grudge against Pac-Man for "taking the spotlight" in recent years, although some fans will argue that Namco was being just as tone deaf to them considering Pac's Dork Age.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Fandom gets along quite well with the Ni GHTS Into Dreams fandom, primarily thanks to their dream based settings.
  • Fridge Horror: In Empire of Dreams. So, are we supposed to assume that Klonoa never found out that Emperor Jillius wasn't really dead? Did he leave the Empire of Dreams in mourning, believing that he had failed to save the empire? If so, he needs a million hugs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fact that the announced Klonoa movie is an anime, as there was a Klonoa anime "announced" as an April Fool's joke.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: A common complaint is that the remake made something already easy even easier. Not only can Klonoa take four extra hits before losing a life, but he can also summon a whirlwind which slows down every enemy on screen for no cost.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: While Dream Champ Tournament was well-received, some complaints were raised at the fact that not much changed from it's predecessor.
  • Love to Hate: Janga is a popular villain, but unlike the characters mentioned under Draco in Leather Pants, it's clear that the fanbase knows how scary and horrible he is, and play up these qualities in fan works. He does get the DILP treatment sometimes, but not as frequently as some of the other villains in the series.
  • Memetic Mutation: A minor one, but a particular shot of Klonoa with an angry face from Door to Phantomile is often given captions to make it seem like Klonoa is angry about other things, such as how he hasn't gotten any games in a while.
  • Misaimed Marketing: This adult themed magazine ad for the original game, which completely clashes with the kid-friendly fantasy tone of the game.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Joka's cold-blooded murder of Klonoa's grandpa in Door to Phantomile transforms him from someone laughable to someone reprehensible.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Klonoa's signature "Wahoo!" every single time you chain jump. It gets old very fast, especially in later levels where you're forced to make constant chain jumps.
    • That "fall whistle" that plays every single time Klonoa falls into a pit. Prepare to hear it every thirty seconds when you get to that one level where there are lots of pits.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • Anything that comes out of Klonoa's mouth. Normally, his Simlish would be the exact opposite, but he's so just darned adorable while shouting, whooping, and "Wahoo!"ing that you can't help but smile when Klonoa does so. (Unless he's hurt or dying in some fashion; that will only make you cringe and strive to prevent it from ever happening again.)
    • Also that "POOCH-CHI-CHU-chu-ch-ch-ch..." sound that occurs upon harming a boss. Glorious.
    • The sound when you find doll pieces in Lunatea's Veil, especially when you find the last one in the level.
  • Narm: The English voice acting in the Video Game Remake is pretty cheesy at times, though there are a few characters, such as Ghadius and Joka, who really are well-played. (In the latter's case, especially in the cutscenes just before and after his boss battle.)
  • Narm Charm:
    • Despite the Narm, some moments, such as Grandpa's death are still just as emotional as they were in the original game.
    • The Speaking Simlish itself. Normally, with how the characters voices are normally high-pitched and sweet sounding, you'd expect this to verge into Most Annoying Sound territory. Yet, with the amount of effort and emotion the voice actors put into the characters, it somehow just works, especially with extremely emotional moments.
  • Older Than They Think: The idea of an Evil Klonoa from Dream Traveller of Noctis Sol was first conceived during Door to Phantomiles development, as seen in concept art. During 2002, Namco held a contest where gamers would design a Boss for the third world of Klonoa Heroes, one of which was also an evil Klonoa.
  • Popular with Furries: Klonoa is popular with Japanese furries due to his cute design.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In Klonoa 2, one of the themes for Joliant Fun Park sounds like a slightly note switched version of "Gaston".
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: For all the Tear Jerkers and Nightmare Fuel it contains, the series still manages to be very sweet. Klonoa himself is a cute, polite character with whom players everywhere can sympathize. The music and visuals are gorgeous and mind-blowing, and no matter how dark things may seem, the games promise us one thing: In the end, good will always conquer evil.
  • That One Boss:
    • Ghadius will be the source of many quick and cheap deaths if you aren't paying attention. The extra health you get in the Wii version does next to nothing to mitigate this.
    • Bagoo from the first GBA game is also pretty difficult for the game's standards. Despite only taking three hits to defeat, you have to deal with multi-colored enemies, a rotating platform, and massive projectiles to avoid.
  • That One Level:
    • Balue's Tower in the original game. See Brutal Bonus Level on the main page for more details.
    • The final level (6-2) in the first game is no cakewalk either. Special mention goes to a segment of the stage where you have to jump across several, very small platforms. And you'd better be quick because a bunch of Moos are chasing after you, and if they touch you, you will be knocked off the platform to your doom. Oh, and this section appears multiple times throughout the level, and it gets harder each time. And of course, after all that, you have all 4 stages of the Final Boss, the first of which is Ghadius, as mentioned under That One Boss. Have fun!
    • The Auto-scrolling and hoverboard levels in Empire of Dreams can become this rather quickly, ESPECIALLY if you’re going for all the Dream Stones. The auto-scrolling stage in World 5 is the worst of them.
  • Uncanny Valley: The cutscene animation in the Wiimake tends to fall into this, thanks to the characters' Limited Animation. It doesn't help that there are a lot of close-ups. Joka gets hit with this the hardest thanks to his Frozen Face, and the fact that he's a clown.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It's quite easy to mistake Klonoa himself as a girl, due to his androgynous appearance and feminine-sounding name.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
  • The Woobie: Oh my goodness, poor Klonoa. Nearly every game ends with at least one bad thing happening to him. And even in the face of all this tragedy, he still tries to be nice to everyone. It's perhaps one of the biggest reasons why the fanbase wants a new installment in the franchise: They want him to have a completely happy ending.
    • Lolo also counts, For similar reasons to Klonoa. Some out there even wanting them to become a couple or at least to see each other again.


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