Spyro the Dragon is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Spyro the Dragon and the Legend of Spyro video game series'. First introduced in the 1998 video game Spyro the Dragon, Spyro is a small, purple Dragon with small wings, large, curved horns, a spiral-shaped spike on the tip of his tail, and spines resembling a mohawk. He is noticeably smaller than most other dragons portrayed in the series, a characteristic that aids him in the first game in the series. In the original series most dragons are depicted as bipedal, however Spyro is depicted as quadrupedal.
Spyro was created by Charles Zembillas for the game Spyro the Dragon. During the development of the game, Spyro was originally going to be green, but the developers thought it was a bad idea because he would blend in with the Grass Areas, so they eventually changed him to purple. In an interview, Ted Price stated that they gave up the series after releasing Spyro: Year of the Dragon because Spyro's actions were limited, due to not being able to hold anything in his hands.
Throughout the original series, Spyro is portrayed as energetic and curious, with little regard for his own safety. He is also described as a courageous hero, despite his small size. Spyro is also known for his cocky attitude. The Legend of Spyro trilogy features an alternate incarnation of Spyro. In the trilogy, he is described as a compasionate young dragon, always willing to help his friends and strangers with whatever problems they may have.
Spyro's main attacks consist of ramming his opponents with his long horns or breathing fire at them. In later games, power-ups appear that let Spyro do much more powerful things like: fly, spit fire balls, and breathe ice. In every game past Spyro 2: Season of Flame, Spyro is able to breathe different types of breaths. In Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly and Spyro: A Hero's Tail, he is able to breathe fire, water, ice, and lightning. In the Legend of Spyro series the ability to breathe water is replaced with the ability to breathe earth.
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