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  • Ass Pull: Cynder having psychic powers that can locate the Lost Island of Arkus, which necessitated her appearance and rescue in part 1 of the Season 3 finale as the protagonists weren't able to look at the map to the place before Kaos took it. There was never any foreshadowing of Cynder's psychic ability in the series nor there was any indication that it's a nod to the games she's appeared in.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme, Harmony, is totally catchy and upbeat. There's even an awesomer extended version.
  • Broken Base:
    • Crash Bandicoot being Suddenly Voiced, the opinion is split into three teams: 1) Hate the voice as his muteness was the charm of his character, or at least feel that his inelegant blabbering in the Radical Entertainment games was better, or 2) Okay with the idea of being voiced, but want him to get a better voice actor next time, and 3) Those who genuinely like Crash's voice and are glad he can interact with the cast more fluently.
    • Showrunner Eric Rogers revealed that Spyro and Cynder aren't going to fall in love with each other in the show and are set to only be friends. While some of the fanbase doesn't mind this, the vocal fans who adored the original Spyro and Cynder pairing from The Legend of Spyro series say they would stop watching the show altogether because of the series not taking in Spyro and Cynder's love connection they liked so much. However Spyro and Cynder were never in a relationship in the entire Skylanders franchise to begin with, not even in the IDW comics.
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    • At the Season 3 finale, it's basically confirmed that EON is Kaos father as guessed from the Season 2 finale, not Strykore as shown throughout the season. Considering the many implications given during the events of the series until then, a few consider that Eon's reason for not telling him to protect him from getting recruited by evil due to his massive potential from having both parents being magic users is a bit shallow. The base broke even further when after the Core of Light is safe in the epilogue, Kaossandra who spent the entire season trying to reform her son Kaos never seemed to bat an eye when he was thrown into Cloudcracker Prison and it's implied that both parents never visited him or tried to convince him to turn good afterwards before taking up their respective jobs (Eon being sent to other realms meant that he is able to look for the purple dragons while bringing Spyro along and Kaossandra running the Skylanders Academy in his stead). Eon being blown to another dimension and just regaining the ability to manifest in the Skylands may gave him a pass in some regards but Kaossandra doesn't have such a luxury.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Hex was already a popular character, but her and Skull are considered two of the funniest characters in the show, despite very minimal screen time.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • With the revelation that Eon is Kaos father combined with the earlier fact that he was the reason that Spyro is the Last of His Kind in the first place, his relationship with Spyro is essentially being The Atoner who is trying to replicate the feeling of being a father which he could never have with Kaos at the same time.
    • Cynder being absent from the battle of the Core of Light despite being present on Arkus island in the Season 3 finale is likely chalked up to her still recovering from her imprisonment.
  • He's Just Hiding!: The fact that Spyro survived the massive explosion created when him and Dark Spyro blew their fire breath at each other gave viewers the implication that the latter also survived the explosion and is out there somewhere.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: In a year with not one or two, but three video game movies which were either flops or So Ok Its Average, the fact that the show is fast-becoming beloved is this. See Win Back the Crowd below.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Crash Bandicoot speaking, in an Australian accent no less, is this thanks to a certain trailer from back in the day.
    • This is also not the first time Crash Bandicoot and Spyro have done a crossover.
    • One of the episodes for season 3 is called "Days of Future Crash", which involves time travel and the creation of a bad future with Crash playing a major role in an attempt to set things right. A few years ago, a fanfiction with the same title that also had similar plot points was published. Crash ends up in a bad future due to a critical event involving his past being altered (thus changing a beautiful land to a real dystopia), in his journey he allies himself with some villains (Dark Spyro primarily in the TV show and Tiny Tiger, Dingodile, Ripper Roo and even Uka Uka (for the most part) in the fanfiction), the main antagonist saves him at a critical time (an alternate dimension Dr. Cortex in the fan fiction and Kaos in the episode) and the big bad has a bunch of heros frozen and put on display in his layer (with the Skylanders in the episode and various playstation characters ranging from Rayman to Nathan Drake in the fanfiction).
  • Just Here for Godzilla: It's very likely that many people are only watching this for Spyro's first ever TV role (or for Crash Bandicoot's appearance). Bonus points if they never played a Skylanders game.
  • Narm: Dark Spyro is voiced by Jason "Dipper Pines" Ritter, making him funny (and even adorable) to hear, rather than threatening. This may have been somewhat intentional, though - Dark Spyro, while still working for Strykore, clearly takes issue with his methods and decides to side with his friends... At which point Strykore takes control.
  • One-Scene Wonder: There's a reason so many tropes on both this and the main page deal with Crash Bandicoot guest-starring in episode 12.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Admit it; Crash Bandicoot's very appearance is probably why you even heard of the show.
    • Also, Cynder and Malefor's debut in Season 2.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Not everyone was happy with Crash Bandicoot's ability to speak. This is ignoring the fact that we've heard him talk occasionally, including in the opening cutscene of his very first game. Granted, his dialogue thus far has only consisted of a singular "Uh-oh!" or "Whoa!".
    • Speaking of voices, not everyone is happy with the voice changes most of the characters got.
    • Spyro and Cynder not falling in love. To Legend of Spyro fans who are major fans of the shipping and followed Skylanders, they consider this very detail to be a reason Season 2 will not get much views. This is also ignoring the fact that Spyro and Cynder were rebooted into different characters in the Skylanders franchise and only see each other as friends, as was originally intended in The Legend of Spyro.
    • Some Spyro fans didn't like that Cynder was written as an Actual Pacifist in the Skylanders Academy canon, and preferred her being an edgy Blood Knight as she was in The Legend of Spyro and the main Skylanders canon.
    • To some Spyro fans, Malefor not resembling any of his previous incarnations. In Skylanders Academy, he is portrayed as an evil dragon king and father to Cynder as opposed to his non-comedic, fallen chosen one persona in The Legend of Spyro trilogy. Malefor in Academy is also dark violet, and has volcanic veins.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Each Skylander in the toyline has a personal bio describing their backstory, some of which were really interesting. Outside the one time where Jet-Vac makes brief mention on why he doesn't have his wings in a "I though everybody knew moment" to Spyro early on, no content from these bios is ever mentioned or used in the show so far, be it for the main cast or the many Skylanders used as backgrounds characters. Noteworthy examples include Roller Brawl, who in her official bio joined the Skylanders trying to get revenge over Kaos being a Stalker with a Crush who kidnapped her brothers when they tried to protect her, and Hex, who was one of the few people to defeat Malefor.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Again, Crash Bandicoot's appearance. Apparently, it takes place during the events of his very first game, as he mentions his girlfriend Tawna in addition to Dr. Cortex. And yet, we don't even get a glimpse of what might be going on while Crash is stuck in the Skylands. Presumably, they're saving them for Crash's solo series.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Downplayed with Crash Bandicoot, due to the character's heavy promotion in Imaginators. Notably, it is pretty obvious he's not native to the universe in the series despite having the scenario in Imaginators.
    • More unexpected is a Skylanders version of Coco Bandicoot!
  • Values Dissonance: Kaos is portrayed as a Basement-Dweller who lives with his mom. In an early episode, she tells him to go find a job, which he does. It's made clear from the outset that he hates his job, and by the end of the episode, he gives it up and goes back to living with her. After the economic crisis of 2008, there are thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide who are forced to live with their parents out of sheer economic necessity, and who would kill for a chance at employment. The kicker is that Kaos is able to obtain a job within a matter of hours — it's implied that he is employed by the very first firm he applies to, something that would almost never happen in today's economic environment.
  • Values Resonance: The lyrics to the opening theme, Harmony, meanwhile, seem to evoke being free to do what you want, standing up to injustice and darkness, and being at peace with the people around you- all things that seem to be evermore important to keep up in today's society (especially given recent events in America).
  • Win Back the Crowd: In regards to the reputation of video game animated adaptations. The show is surprisingly well-made, and has subsequently been well-received, even among some of the more pickier individuals, and despite a few complaints, which add up minor in the grand scheme of things. Given the Poorly Disguised Pilot, one hopes if Crash does get his own, it turns out the same.


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