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Does the Skull Engine◊ count as a Shout-Out to Gurren Lagann?
Not if it's not intentional.
Does anyone know if it's a coincidence or intentional?
Probably not. Shout Outs should be clearly intentional. Words of God help sometimes. It's not enough that two things are alike. Otherwise, I would easily say that the Five-Monkey Trial level from Donkey Kong Country Returns was a Shout Out to the character cast of Donkey Kong 64, or that the Tiger-like alien Ben Tennyson sometimes turns into is a reference to the tiger from Frosty Flakes.
All the spoiler tags for Zelda being a ghost are unnecessary. It's on the game cover in some regions, and a good portion of the game art distributed in ads shows it. Plus, it happens before the first dungeon, so it's not like we're spoiling some late-game plot point by keeping it unhidden.
I'll be removing them when I see them. However, they've also been used on the trope pages as well, so could I have some help with removing all the spoilers in case I miss any?
Since I've created YMMV tab for this page I've placed the subjective tropes in there,so they don't need to be on the page any more.
Arrow: I seriously disagree with the claim that Cole is a Magnificent Bastard. Cole is admittedly awesome, but awesome does not an MB make. The article itself notes that an MB must be "bold, charismatic, independent, and audacious — and never petty", willing to step onto the playing field in person, and have a sense of "charm, style, and an understanding of the human psyche" that allows him to easily manipulate people around him. Cole is bold, audacious, and has something of a sense of style, but does not really fit any of the rest of requirements. He's not charismatic (in fact, he's downright surly at times), his plan relies entirely on Malladus meaning no independence, he's certainly petty, he has underlings to fight you instead of getting things done himself (though admittedly, he is the one to do the work of releasing Malladus), he's not charming in any way, and while he manipulates several people to get his work done, it doesn't carry a sense of suaveness with it. Most importantly, an MB has the ability to turn losses into wins, and Cole certainly does not have that. So basically, I'm going to delete the MB portion of the article, and I just wanted to explain my reasoning behind doing so.
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