DGT #26: Spyro (but really, Malefor)


Spyro the Dragon is an eager, purple dragon who starred in a series of platform video games that has somehow sold more than 20 million units worldwide. Spyro the Dragon was first released in North America on 9/11/98 for the PlayStation (great choice of date there) and in Europe on 10/23/98 (better choice, i.e. my birthday). It is a platform game that placed the player as Spyro, a small, purple dragon set with the task of freeing his fellow dragons from crystal prisons, which are scattered around their world. Each level is accessed through 'portals' from a main world. There are also a number of other interesting characters in the game:
  • (Bubba) Sparx, a dragonfly that performs many functions such as helping protect Spyro from damage, and collecting gems.
  • Chest... errr... Hunter the Cheetah, who is a loyal friend of Spyro's that sometimes helps him on quests.
  • Moneybags, a bear obsessed with money who in some games is needed to make pathways for Spyro for a "small fee".
  • The Elder Dragons, made up of the oldest/wisest of each of the dragon families. 
  • And finally, Malefor also known as the Dark Master - who is the main antagonist of the Spyro series. 
I never actually played the Spyro video games, because I was always a Nintendo guy. I also never really thought of Spyro as a real dragon. He looks more like an imp or gargoyle to me. And he's purple. We're not watching Barney here. Let's talk about the real bad-ass in the Spyro chain: Malefor.

Ok, now we are talking here. This guy is one bad ass dragon. I had actually never heard of Malefor, aka Scar, until I researched Spyro, and this guy popped up. This led me to question how a little wussy dragon like Spyro could ever defeat such an awesome dragon. Answer: He couldn't. No chance. Let's learn more about him.

It was said Malefor was the first purple dragon ever born. Malefor is, in many ways, the exact opposite of Spyro. As his name dictates and represents, he is completely malevolent. Despite being calm and courteous, Malefor is also cunning, highly intelligent and manipulative, being able to devise twisted plans. While Spyro does good and wishes to protect the world he lives in, Malefor seeks the destruction of it, and will use all he can to finish what he started. Malefor apparently killed millions of creatures in his "quest to fulfill the destiny of the purple dragon." 

Despite his current malevolent nature, it was implied that during his youth Malefor was a rather caring and courageous individual. When he was young, Malefor's personality was rather similar to Spyro's, displaying great kindness and an eagerness to develop his abilities. Based on the ruins below Warfang, the ancestors had very high hopes for Malefor and had built the whole place as a training ground for him.

"It seems we share other qualities besides that of our color."—Malefor

That's some deep shit right there. He must have majored in philosophy at Hogwarts or something. Too bad he seems to be so evil, because he sounds and looks much more like a dragon than Spyro. If I was choosing sides, I think I'd probably go with the large hulking smart dragon instead of the eager tiny purple dragon with a dragonfly for his best friend. Just saying...


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