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#1 Sep 23, 2012 7:21 AM

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I think the game would've been better...(spoilers, maybe. Better safe than sorry.)

...If Cynder had turned out to be a double agent at the end, and you had to fight both her and Malefor. Sure as hell would've made her a bit more interesting, and would help explain why she acts so well-adjusted. Think about it - she has been poisoned and used right from when she was born, darkness is all she has known, yet she manages to fit in perfectly well with all the other dragons and suddenly fight for good. There's no way she'd adjust that easily when she's been Malefor's puppet since birth. Odds are she wouldn't even have morals, no distiction between right and wrong.
So, if she'd been a double agent, it would've explained it more. The fact that she'd been acting her well-adjusted nature just to get back to Malefor would show just how screwed up she was, though she wouldn't be your typical baddie. She'd just, in a sense, be an abused child who doesn't realise the difference between care and manipulation. She's been raised on the fact that she serves Malefor, her mind poisoned with lies, so she'd probably feel some kind of twisted affection for him, like he's a father figure. She'd find it incredibly difficult - if impossible - to reform her mindset after her ordeal.
Yet somehow she's fine about it. She's suddenly certain that she's done bad things but didn't mean them. Uh-uh, she wouldn't be like that. She just wouldn't. Unless she was feigning it to get on Spyro's good side, because she wanted to lead him to Malefor.
All I'm saying is that, if they'd made her a double agent, it would've fitted well, and added an interesting little plot twist.

So, any other opinions?


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#2 Sep 23, 2012 5:08 PM

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Re: I think the game would've been better...(spoilers, maybe. Better safe than sorry.)

In all honesty I don't think that the game designers really cared that much about it. yes it would have been interesting to say the least, but do you really expect them to research the psychoanalysis behind such a thing just to fill in a single plot hole and make a story more "believable"  that isn't even that big of a deal?
plus the game is designed for "kids" not people in the 15+ age range and something like that would probably lead to some very awkweird questions, because lets face it kids know more than we give them credit for most of the time.

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#3 Sep 23, 2012 11:16 PM

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Re: I think the game would've been better...(spoilers, maybe. Better safe than sorry.)

i was always under the impression that Malefor possessing her didn't affect her mind, but put something into her mind, it seemed, and when Spyro did whatever, and that thing was removed from her and her body went back to what it was without that thing's influence, her mind just returned to what it was before she was possessed. Cynder is assumedly not one of those people who's just "born evil" so her nature would be what she is in later games. i suppose it could have been more interesting the way you're saying (but DOTD was good, so don't mess with it!), but then that wouldn't have appeased SxC fans like me. tongue


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#4 Oct 01, 2012 8:35 PM

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Re: I think the game would've been better...(spoilers, maybe. Better safe than sorry.)

Ahh, I suppose if you're a SxC fan it's different. I tend to like my ships tragic and complicated, so I would probably be more inclined to Spyro and Cynder as a screwed-up, one-sided relationship, which it could've been so if she'd been a double agent. But that's just my preference.
However, I don't believe anyone is 'born evil' - there has to be something, somewhere, that causes people to go off the rails. No well-adjusted person will act in an evil way, because they've no reason to. So even though Cynder wasn't born evil, I still think if she'd been poisoned from birth then she'd have had her morals destroyed even so. Everyone has the potential to be a good person, it just depends on the environment in which they grow up, and their treatment.   

And yes, I do understand that it is a children's game so they would go so deep with the characterisation. I just wanted to see what people would think of the theory.


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