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- "Now, are you getting my good side? You're right, who am I kiddng? They're both my good side!"
- —Spyro, Skylanders Unite!
Spyro (スパイロ Supairo in Japanese) is the main protagonist in the Skylanders Academy spinoff television series. Initially an arrogant and prideful dragon, he overcame his ego to become a full-fledged Skylander with his best friends, Stealth Elf and Eruptor.
Spyro is a cocky and impulsive young dragon who is eager to show off his skills and jump into danger without thinking ahead. In his series debut, he was very egotistical, always thinking of himself and filled with overconfidence. At one point, he thought about naming his potential Skylander team "Team Spyro" or just "Spyro". This overbearing behavior was the result of Master Eon praising Spyro's talents as he grew, leading Spyro to believe that everything would always come easy for him. After failing the Skylander Games and losing his battle with Kaos, Spyro resolved to no longer think of himself and became more reliant on his friends and teammates. He still retains his ego, but to a much lesser extent.
In Dream Girls, it is shown that despite his boastful disposition, Spyro can suffer from stage fright when standing before a crowd.
That purple blur that just whizzed past your eyes and blew the papers off your desk isn't your imagination playing tricks on you – it's Spyro, maybe the greatest Skylander of all time. And this cocky hero would be the first to tell you that! But there's no denying this is one awesome dragon. Who else can breathe fire, fly like an acrobat through the air, and tell a joke all at the same time? That's some serious multi-tasking! When the cards are stacked against you, you want a friend like Spyro on your side – because he’ll jump right into danger without thinking twice. He probably won’t even think once! Which might explain why he finds himself in over his head more than he'd care to admit. Could a Skylander this impulsive really be the "Chosen One" like Master Eon believes? Only one way to find out...
Like most dragons, Spyro holds the ability to breathe fire and fly using his wings.
Spyro first appeared in the series debut as an orphan hatchling born on a remote island in Skylands. Shortly after his birth, he was found and threatened by a three Greebles who planned on eating him. To the surprise of his attackers, he was able to defeat the creatures with his strength and newly-learned firebreath. Young Spyro's efforts was observed by Master Eon, who adopted and raised Spyro, convinced that he was destined for greatness. Years later, Spyro became friends with fellow cadets Stealth Elf and Eruptor. Eon's constant praise on Spyro's talents boosted the dragon's pride, egotistical behavior and disregard for fire safety (and other kinds of safety), which was fueled even further when Spyro received the highest score in the Skylanders admissions test ever.
Season 1In response to Spyro's barely passing grades at Skylanders Academy, Master Eon talked with Spyro privately in the secret Relics Room within the school. The old wizard pointed out to Spyro that he needs to put his over-inflated ego aside and his efforts in school would not be enough for him to pass the final test at the Skylander Games. Spyro however was confident that he would ace the Games and become a Skylander. Instead of practicing for the event, Spyro threw himself, Eruptor and Stealth Elf a "graduation party" at their house and partied until he was the only partygoer remaining. The young dragon overslept as a result, nearly missing the Skylander Games. He arrived at the stadium just as Master Eon was about to end the ceremony, but his ego affected his perfomance. While Stealth Elf, Eruptor, and Bad Breath passed the final test, Spyro was one of the two other cadets that failed, much to his shock and disappointment.
The following day, Stealth Elf found Spyro wallowing in his room, still upset after having failed to become Skylander and letting everybody down. Elf reassured him that he can't be the hero they all know just by feeling sorry for himself before leaving him alone with a pancake. Taking his friend's advice, Spyro decided to go to the Skylanders Graduation and support his friends. During the ceremony, Kaos and his Troll minion Glumshanks snuck their way towards the stage and stole the Book of Skylanders. The evil wizard then froze the Book solid to completely immobolize all of the Skylanders sketched within.
Hearing the commotion from the crowd of Mabu, Spyro raced towards the stage and saw his friends, other Skylanders and Master Eon frozen in ice statues. He then realized that since he wasn't included in the Book of Skylanders, Kaos has no power over Spyro. The young dragon engaged the evil wizard in a battle, only to overcome by Kaos's dark magic and was pulled inside of a dark bubble, forcing him into slumber. Master Eon was able to call out to Spyro telepathically inside the bubble, awakening him, and the dragon managed to free himself by breathing fire inside of his prison, causing it to pop. He qucikly returned to Skylanders Academy and confronted Kaos once again in the secret room. Despite his attempts, Spyro was once again defeated, but he was able to defrost the Book of Skylanders with his fire breath, freeing everyone affected.Kaos and Glumshanks were about to bury a weakened Spyro alive until he talked, when they were stopped by Master Eon and the other Skylanders, who threw the evildoers out of Skylander Academy and into a pasture filled with aggressive Sheep. As Spyro recovered, he explained to Master Eon that the entire experience taught him so much and that he was ready to try for Skylander status next year. Impressed with Spyro's efforts in stopping Kaos and his selfless heroism, Master Eon saw that Spyro was worthy in becoming a Skylander and sketched him into the Book of Skylanders, earning Spyro his spot in the Skylander Team.
In My Way or the Sky Way, Spyro's impulsive nature caused him to butt heads with Jet-Vac, who felt threatened by the dragon's way of handling situations. The young dragon was later surprised when Jet-Vac unexpectedly moved in with him and his roommates in order to straighten the dragon's rebellious behavior out. After their mission to Falling Forest ended with Team Spyro arriving too late to put out the forest fire, Spyro went to the Academy library to read in case Jet-Vac came to berate him again. Instead, Jet-Vac came to Spyro to apologize for being too hard on the young dragon and that he accepts that each Skylander has a different way of handling things effectively. Spyro comically suspected Eon had talked with Jet-Vac on the subject, to which the Sky Baron himself confirmed.
Spyro and Jet-Vac soon noticed a lizard-gizzard mascot had walked into the library with a hypnotized Hugo to force him to open the Relics Room that held the map to the Core of Light. Spyro and Jet-Vac, unaware of the identity of the mascot, eagerly wanted him to do the Lizard-Gizzard dance to which the mascot angrily refused, revealing his identity as Kaos. When Kaos attempted to escape, Spyro was surprised that Jet-Vac used his impulse to stop the evil sorcerer, before the two Skylanders proceeded to beat Kaos senseless. Afterwards, Spyro offered Jet-Vac to stay at his home in the attic, while it is later revealed that Professor Pop Fizz had been living in the Team Spyro house basement for some time.In Missing Links, Team Spyro was struggling to overcome the Fire Viper training simulation, but had failing the test for an unknown amount of times. When Master Eon brought over his friend King Pen to help out the team, the Sensei allowed Spyro and the rest of his team to create Cy, King Pen's Imaginator creation that would help them improve their talents while working as a team. The Skylanders then taught Cy their way in using their combat abilities, with Spyro teaching Cy how to fly.
When the time came for Team Spyro to take on the Fire Viper simulation again, Cy's involvement only hindered their progress as the Imaginator was repeating what the Skylanders had taught him. In the end, Cy lost control of his vacuum blaster and immobolized Team Spyro, causing the team to fail the simulation. Master Eon and King Pen scolded Team Spyro, concerned about the future of the team while King Pen considered taking part Cy to see the problem.
Afterwards, Team Spyro and Cy gathered at The Thinking Spot to talk about their failure, when suddenly a real life Fire Viper swooped down and attacked the team. While evading the beast, Spyro came to realize that they had been reusing their talents instead of combining Cy's unique powers with their own. With this realization, Team Spyro combined their powers with Cy's abilities, resulting in their victory taking down the Fire Viper. Master Eon and King Pen both witnessed their efforts and congratulated them.
Along with the rest of Team Spyro, Spyro was very supportive of Stealth Elf being chosen to do a "Skills, Elements and Defense" speech to the entire academy in Dream Girls. He was later among the Skylanders affected by a mysterious sheep phobia caused by Dreamcatcher's dream manipulation. When Stealth Elf was late presenting her SED speech, Spyro was one of the two Skylanders who volunteered to talk about himself to give time for Elf to arrive but displayed a bit of stage fright at first. His elven companion finally came to the class and Spyro was able to listen to Stealth Elf's speech and her reasoning behind her late arrival. With Dreamcatcher, and soon Kaos and Glumshanks detained, Spyro joined the rest of Team Spyro to guide the villains to Cloudcracker Prison.
Upon arriving at Cloudcracker Prison in The Hole Truth, Spyro, Stealth Elf and Eruptor were assigned guard duty for the day. However, a notorious group of inmates called the Doom Raiders deviously tricked the naive Team Spyro into sending them into The Hole, the prison's confinement area, as part of their plan to escape Cloudcracker Prison. Upon realizing their mistake, Team Spyro sent themselves to The Hole to stop the Doom Raiders' escape, but were outnumbered and failed to stop the villains in time. Snap Shot afterwards informed the Skylanders that they would have to be ready when they return to Skylander Academy, for the Doom Raiders are a much bigger threat now they are at large.
Master Eon summoned Team Spyro in the middle of a wilderness for a team building retreat in Space Invaders. The Skylanders came under attack by Kaos and Stealth Elf was seemingly vanquished by the villain during the fight, leaving her comrades devastated. In their time of grief, Spyro wrote the eulogy as he believes he alone was Elf's best friend. Team Spyro would soon notice Kaos had come to them alone and were eager for revenge over Stealth Elf's demise. Kaos claims to be Stealth Elf and was able to prove to Team Spyro that she became stuck inside Kaos's mind. With Team Spyro's help, they were able to free Elf, while Glumshanks came by and retrieved Kaos unnoticed.
In Pop Rocks, Spyro was anxious to go to the Skylands Music Festival for the first time, but forgot to buy a ticket needed to get in. As a result, he was left to guard the parameter outside the festival. During guard duty, Spyro ran into a hippie-disguised Kaos and followed him into the music festival, barely escaping the concert's bouncer Ka-Boom. The dragon was among those affected by Wolfgang's hypnotic music, but was freed when Pop Fizz defeated the evil werewolf onstage. Ka-Boom finally caught Spyro and was about to throw him out, but Master Eon made Spyro an exception as he and the rest of Team Spyro were deep undercover to stop evil threats from disrupting the concert.In The Skylands Are Falling!, Team Spyro was assigned to protect Eon's prized beard monument but failed. Spyro afterwards accompanied Pop Fizz to the Skylands swap meet where Pop Fizz unknowingly found a small gem discarded by Kaos. With it, and based on Spyro's primary idea, the gremlin professor created a device called the evil-scope that would detect any evil in Skylands before it happened. Team Spyro began following the evil-scope's predictions and apprehended the Doom Raiders and other evil-doers before they can perform any nefarious deeds. Despite dealing with every possible evil, Spyro still obsessively used the evil-scope, believing that it was his destiny to be "the stopper of all evil", and that Kaos had yet to rear his ugly head. Overnight, a giant mass of evil was formed in the sky, threatening to destroy all of Skylands.
Spyro volunteered to take care of the swirling ball of evil, but was pulled and trapped inside. It was there that he realized that his constant use of the evil-scope had caused of all of the evil to go in one place, creating an imbalance in the universe that would destroy the world and making Spyro's obsessive heroism the most evil of them all. Soon after realizing this, the young dragon began attacking the cracks he created within black ball of evil in order to escape and restore balance. He managed to break free, barely stopping the destruction of Skylands, and returned to Skylanders Academy where he explained to his comrades what happened. Team Spyro then noticed a strange creature named Crash Bandicoot had appeared in the Library with them after being pulled from his world by the massive ball of evil.
When Eon's attempts to send Crash home failed, the great wizard sent Team Spyro to the Falling Forest in the hopes to find a dark relic that he can use to create a portal to Crash's homeworld. The mysterious effects of the Falling Forest rendered Skylander abilities useless except for Crash's. During their mission, Spyro became greatly fascinated with Crash, wanting to perform heroics just like the bandicoot hero, and even started dressing up like Crash. However Spyro's fanatics caused him to be captured by the Chompy Mage, who planned on using him for a Chompy summoning spell. In a heated rescue mission, Team Spyro were able to save Spyro from the Chompy Mage and Kaos, gaining a dark book in the process.
With the power of the Dark Magic Book, Master Eon created a passage to Crash's world; Spyro and the rest of Team Spyro fondly bid the bandicoot farewell before he went home. The strain of performing dark magic afflicted Master Eon with an illness, causing Spyro and his team to worry.
In Assault on Skylander Academy, Eon's health worsened as he was inflicted with a curse from using the dark book. Team Spyro were given a vial and were instructed to make haste to The Isle of the Citadel where they would find the necessary light energy source that will heal Eon. During their journey through the Citadel, the Skylanders had to pass several trials in order to reach the Core of Light. When they reached the Trial of Bravery, it was Spyro who urged them to continue on and was willing to free fall down an endless void to certain doom with his fellow Skylanders. Once at the Core of Light, Spyro filled with the vial with the machine's light energy just before Hugo contacted Team Spyro that Skylanders Academy was under attack. Upon arriving back at the Academy after the attack, Spyro quickly gave Master Eon the light energy cure, which instantly healed the wizard, much to everyone's relief, including Spyro's.
With the headmaster recovering and thankful for Spyro and the others, Eon vowed to take the book to a place where it could no longer hurt others - unknown to the team, back into Kaossandra's care.
Spyro was adopted and raised by Master Eon, who is the closest Spyro has to a father figure and mentor. Like the other Skylanders, Spyro is afraid of losing Eon and was the most determined of the Skylanders during their quest to reach the Core of Light in order to cure him no matter what.
Spyro fully supports Stealth Elf at times and thinks of himself as her only best friend.
Originally a student under Professor Jet-Vac, Spyro didn't take his studies in class seriously, which infuriated the Sky Baron. Even after becoming a Skylander, Spyro's cockiness often causes the two of them to butt heads. In My Way or the Sky Way, Jet-Vac confronted Spyro about his recklessness in handling situations instead of doing them the "right way". After Master Eon talked with Jet-Vac about acting on impulse, Spyro was able to hear Jet-Vac's reason behind his behavior and accepted the fact that every Skylander has their effective way of handing things, even Spyro.
In the episode Crash Landing, Spyro develops an admiration for Crash, not only fawning over him, but going so far as to try to dress like him and even copy his moves (which hilariously fail). His apparent admiration was even called out by the Chompy Mage as a man crush. Crash was either oblivious to this, or simply chose to ignore it. When the time came for Crash to return to his world, Spyro fondly bid his new bandicoot companion farewell, calling him the "coolest dude [he] has ever met".
- Unlike his canonical counterpart, Spyro has four fingers.
- His voice actor, Justin Long, is known for voicing Alvin in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie series and Humphrey from Alpha and Omega.
- As a baby dragon, Spyro resembles Spry from the canon series.
- Spyro doesn't read calendar reminders.
- In Space Invaders, it is heavily implied that Spyro read Stealth Elf's secret diary.
- According to Eruptor, Spyro's middle name is 'Agnew', referencing former US Vice President Spiro Agnew.
- In Dream Girls, Spyro mentions having met someone named Gyra. This is a reference to Spyro Gyra, an American jazz fusion band.