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  • Adaptation Displacement: While the show isn't too well recognized in the west even fewer people know it was based off of an IMO game.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Adamaï. Some find him an enjoyable addition to the cast, others aren't too fond of him, finding him annoying or disliking him because of his Jerkass moments in Season 2 and the third Special. His Face–Heel Turn during Season 3 as well as the fact that he ends up Easily Forgiven when he turns good again, even though he attacked and kidnapped Evangeline, Flopin, and Elely, and even attempted to outright murder Dally (and technically succeeded), only broke the base even further.
    • Sadlygrove. Some find his hot-bloodedness entertaining and his stupidity funny, while others find him annoying and think he is spotlight-stealing Creator's Pet.
  • Broken Base: Fans have some disagreements over the character's names, depending on which localization said fans prefer.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Those who already guessed that the Masked Gobbowler is a woman by episode 10 of season 2, please raise your hands.
    • Also raise your hands everyone who guessed that Oropo was an Eliotrope. Bonus point if you also guessed that Oropo was also a clone of Yugo and not a human turned Eliotrope like the games suggest, though that one takes a few more episodes.
  • Crazy Awesome: Nox. How else can you describe a soul-eating Clock Punk Mad Scientist who rides around in a gigantic walking clock (which is also powered by the life force of everything in the universe).
  • Creator's Pet: The Iop race in general. Iops always get major focus. It wasn't too bad in season 1, though Tristepin received the biggest visual change during it. During season 2, he got a fair amount more fights than a lot of other characters, but it still wasn't too bad. But then during the special episodes, it came out that he was the new incarnation of the Iop god and went to go fight OGREST all by himself, though Yugo comes to help him. And then it reached it's worst during season 3 where Pinpin and Eva's kid's receive more focus, but Elely, the Iop daughter is with the main group the whole season while Flopin, the Cra son is trapped with Eva and doing generally nothing for most of it. And Elely got the entire fight of episode 2 all to herself. And then Pinpin gets the second solo fight all to himself. And Amalia and Ruel don't even get any solo fights. And then the child Eva is pregnant with turns out to be an Iop so powerful that he is more powerful that Oropo, the Big Bad, before even being born.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • Nox may evoke this reaction, especially after his defeat.
    • Even though he's far less sympathetic than Nox, Qilby may arouse a little pity after his own sister turns against him in order to stop his madness and he's left crippled, crawling and desperately begging for her help. Also, when he's locked again in the White Dimension.
    • Its difficiult to not pity Oropo's and his people's plights. Helps that, unlike the other villains, he had unambiguously altruistic motives.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Evil Is Cool: The list of reasons why people like Nox is basically just his character page on this wiki. He looks (and sounds) like a Magitek Darth Vader, he rides around in a giant clock with legs, he practically runs circles around the protagonists on a regular basis, and to top it off, he's got an incredibly heartbreaking backstory to boot.
  • First Installment Wins: Although all three seasons have their fans, Season 1 is generally regarded as the strongest overall due to its tighter pacing and character writing and less filler, not to mention Nox, who isn't so much regarded as the show's best villain as he is one of its best characters period.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The draconic message left by Grougaloragran to Alibert (in episodes 1 and 2) is a cryptic message from the authors, written in an imaginary alphabet. The official Wakfu art book contains a French-Draconic code-breaker. Turns out it's just a transcription of the message that Grougaloragran left for Yugo.
    • Every time "dragon speech" is used, it's a French sentence played backwards.
    • Subverted: The message etched on the wall in Ruel's cell in episode 20 is similarly written in another imaginary alphabet and turns out to be a rather crude insult directed at whoever's obsessive enough to have managed to read it.
  • Growing the Beard: While the first half of season one is still very fun, it's with the advent of the three episode Gobbowl Arc that things begin to take off and truly become interesting. It introduces a lot of world-building for it's characters and setting, features a number of hilarious moments, has Amalia and Evangelyne in revealing cheerleading outfits, and features one of the best animated sequences in the show's history, really showing off what the animators can do. After this arc, the following episodes begin to tie back into the Myth Arc of the season, and become more plot oriented from there. It's not coincidental that the final episode in this arc is the one that began to draw interest to this show.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Nobody in the show is named "Wakfu". That is merely the name of the divine energy utilized in the show. The protagonist is named "Yugo".
  • Les Yay: Eva and Amalia; although their relationship is platonic, they did hold hands in episode 20, if you recall.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: "Oh yeah, like Ankama would really have the balls to kill off the lovable Idiot Hero." They didn't.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Nox, the mad Xelor and keeper of the Eliacube who serves as the Big Bad of the first season, is an audacious and brilliant Time Master who devotes himself wholly to one thing: to turn back time two-hundred years, back to when his Eliacube-induced insanity resulted in the death of his family. Nox drains the wakfu from entire countries and leaves all around him in ruin to store the captured wakfu in the Eliacube, affording himself no setbacks and firmly convinced turning back time while simultaneously erase all of his own atrocities, allowing him and the World of Twelve a fresh start. With his ruthless, unfettered agenda leading to the defeat of everyone who tries to stand up against him — with Nox effortlessly tricking the entire Sadida military into wasting their soldiers on a diversion Nox sets up, and even defeating the ancient dragon Grougaloragran and Yugo himself — Nox's defeat only comes when it's revealed he never could have gotten enough wakfu to bring his family back, even his final defeat cast in an immensely sympathetic light.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Any variation of ANKAMA IS EVIL/ARE JERKS.
    • It's become a minor mutation to take the last two panels of this comic and edit it to make something referring to the season 1 finale and/or something ridiculous (as a warning, most of the edits are heavily spoilerific).
    • Smug Duck.
      • In general,anything to due with Nox and 20 minutes.
    • Referring to the Season 3 Big Bad Oropo as... Oreo. Came from a misspelling on a 4chan discussion thread and instantly became a hit when talking about the character.
  • Moe: Wakfu has been described on this very Wiki as "Gurren Lagann, but with Moe rather than Hot Blood". The worst offenders are Yugo and Amalia, but Eva has her moments as well.... Which is not to say that the characters are totally helpless and huggable.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In season two, Quilby seemingly kills Adamai via beheading after revealing his master plan to kill everyone on the planet to rebirth their race. Then throws baby Grougaloragran into his engine of destruction for an And I Must Scream fate.
    • In season 3 Adamaï crosses it right at the start where he casually attacks Sadlygrove's and Evangelyne's family (including their children and makes Yugo watch to boot.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • A very light example during the last half of season one, as Sadlygrove and Evangelyne's relationship begins to get hinted at more and more. It never overtakes the main plot, but their relationships with almost anyone but each other stop being explored. It can make it kind of jarring in the season finale when Yugo is spurred into an Unstoppable Rage after he feels Sadlygrove's wakfu disappear and Evangelyne has a Heroic BSoD when the Tree of Life dies, "killing" Amalia, because it's so easy to forget that they had meaningful relationships with other characters, too.
    • And it happens again in season two, which has several episodes focused on a fight between Sadlygrove and Evangelyne and a Love Triangle between those two and Cleo.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Nox is what happens when you have a villain who's so much cooler than the heroes that the fanbase starts rooting for him to win even if it kills everyone else in the cast. The most shocking part about it? Those fans are right. If Nox had actually succeeded in his plan, every horrible thing and every bit of damage he's done to the world would have been reversed and the world as a whole would actually be better off. And this isn't even getting into his incredibly tragic backstory...
  • The Scrappy: Adamai as the series goes on, due to his forced comic relief antics in Season 1 and being kind of an asshole in Season 2 due to his insistence nobody else can use Eliatrope artifacts (which results in Quilby, whose actions include mass murder, being let loose), and rarely owning up to his actions. His continuing uncompromising behavior in the OVAs, resulting in a fight with his brother, and switching sides even after the world was safe didn't help. It seems that, following the specials, the creators have become aware of this and turned him into a Hate Sink by making him part of Season 3's Big Bad Duumvirate, whose very first action is to cruelly kidnap Evangelyne and Sadlygrove's children, and nearly killing the latter. But then, at the end of Season 3, he ends up Easily Forgiven when he turns good again, which rubbed some fans the wrong way.
  • Seasonal Rot: General consensus is that while Season 2 is still fairly good, there are still a number of major hiccups, such as lopsided plot and character focus issues, glaring pacing issues, overuse of filler episodes, and the main antagonists lacking interesting traits. The final episodes recover some lost ground by shaking up the status quo and implementing more world-building, although new characters are introduced almost abruptly.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: As is par for the course, there's some minor controversy over whether the English dub is any good. It didn't help that the English dub was the only version of the show on Netflix for a while (although a French option was added shortly before Season 2 was on the platform), and the dub itself seemed rushed and incomplete, such as missing dialogue and sound effects.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The shorts Mini-Wakfu at the end of each episode of season 1 are Denser and Wackier, using chibified models of the characters. For the most part, it wasn't really a problem. However, when the show underwent Cerebus Syndrome and became Darker and Edgier during the last few episodes, they began to stand out like a sore thumb in the eyes of some. The biggest offender is episode 25, which ends with Sadlygroove's death and Yugo going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge... And then comes the goofy short with Nox and the machine that killed Sadlygroove.
  • Tough Act to Follow: After Nox, some people were rather underwhelmed about Rushu and Qilby, who come off as much more by-the-numbers and lacking in complex and sympathetic qualities.
  • Toy Ship: Yugo×Amalia. All of the fishing, stargazing, playing and greeting each other first they do together doesn't help matters either. And that's before you even get into all the hugging. Made even clearer in the Comic. Not so much in season three when both are in their 20's but because Yugo ages a lot slower then his friends he is physically still a child, much to his frustration.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Hands down one of the most gorgeous-looking Flash-animated series out there, which is pretty surprising considering it's made for an MMORPG.
  • What an Idiot!: Remington Smisse accepted a job to rob one of Bonta's wealthiest merchants of an enchanted mask, a job that would have required the use of several enchanted weapons to pull off. Grany advises against it, Remington decides to go for it anyway. He loves challenges.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Evangelyne has a very trippy experience in episode 20 of season 1.


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