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- “It seems we share other qualities besides that of our color.”
- —Malefor, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
Malefor, also known as The Dark Master, is the main antagonist of The Legend of Spyro series, as well as the primary antagonist in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon. He is Spyro and Cynder's archenemy and is responsible for setting in motion the events that take place throughout the trilogy.
- 1 Character Development
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Story
- 6 The Legend of Spyro 3D
- 7 Relationships
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Notes
- 10 Trivia
- 11 References
Malefor was designed by Krome Studios' Jared Pullen via the Dragon Temple statue. He pitched the idea that the statue itself was actually a representation of The Dark Master before he abandoned the path of good. As a result, fans were given an early glimpse of Malefor in The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning.
According to Jared, in an early story draft, the goal was to reveal Spyro's parentage in stages and throw up the notion that perhaps his father was one of two possible dragons; one being Ignitus, and the other Malefor. The concept was to re-occur across the three games, but it was never panned out. Malefor was intended to taunt Spyro and cloud his mind with the lie that he was his father. In another intended story draft, Malefor's corruption would have been caused by something dark and powerful.
Malefor is a purple-scaled dragon with the horns on his head resembling a crown and his two main horns growing from behind them. In his original Krome Studios design depicted in Dragon Temple statues and story flashbacks, his eyes were constantly glowing, and his tail ended with a triangular spade. A single of ridge of horns ran down his back to the tip of his tail, similar to Spyro's.
Sometime after his exile, Malefor gained a scar on his left eye and his two main horns are marked with indents (presumably during his time fighting the war). More horns had grown along his back, his wings had protruded two spurs with the wing fingers becoming slightly more lengthy, and his once triangular tail spade had splitted into two ends. It is said that this change in appearance is Malefor's Dark form after embracing the dark nature of the Aether element. This form is notably featured on the Malefor statues found within the Well of Souls.
In his redesign for Dawn of the Dragon by Étranges Libellules, Malefor resembles his previous incarnation, but gained a few design changes. Unlike his Krome Studios character models, the center horn on Malefor's head was made longer and he now lacks the scar on his left eye. The crown-shaped horn formation on his head is replaced with horns growing on each of his cheeks with two pairs protruding around his center horn. Sickled spikes grow from around the top of his shoulders, one growing on the back of each of his legs. Two row of spikes even protrude from the back of his head to the center of his tail. Three spikes extends down from his chin resembling a goatee, and like his previous incarnation, his tail ends with a double-ended spade.
While his colors (aside from being purple) were shrouded in mystery in the previous titles, Malefor is depicted having wine purple scales in Dawn of the Dragon with crimson red shades evident on his nose and on the tips of his horns. A darker shade of purple scales run from the back of his head to his tail tip and his scaley underbelly is light brown. A fleshy white line is prominent from the center of his red-tipped snout to the crest of his central horn. His wings are in a dark coloration of red with lighter color membranes, and the spurs on his wings are light yellow. Unlike most dragons in the trilogy, in Dawn of the Dragon, Malefor is portrayed having yellow eyes with black reptilian pupils.
It was said he 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; the unbalanced embodiment of evil after having gained full command over the dark side of Aether, a powerful element of the Purple Dragon that draws in the essence of the very universe itself. 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 its destruction, and will use all he can to finish what he started.
Even after his corruption, Malefor retains his arrogance that contributed to his fall to darkness, mocking others in their attempts to stop him. Scrapped voice dialogue during his final battle with Spyro and Cynder shows Malefor's bloodthirtsty nature as he threatens to give the two dragons quick deaths while mentioning their friends won't be given the luxury. Judging from his pure ruthless sadism, he is, no doubt, a murderer as he killed millions of creatures in his "quest to fulfill the destiny of the purple dragon." Malefor is willing to exploit anything for the sake of his goals and destroy everything that stands in his way. He is also a skilled orator, able to strike doubt in the resolute and courageous minds and use it to his advantage. With this skill, he is very experienced at using his enemy's faults against them; an example being his use of Cynder's past deeds make her doubt herself long enough for him to take control of her.
Malefor seems to personify Lust, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, as his intense desire for power is what lead him to his corruption. Because of his deeply tainted state, he possesses a fatalistic philosophy; believing that it is his fate and destiny as a destroyer; a Purple Dragon fated to purify the world by destroying it so a new world would be created for him to rule. Therefore he most likely does not perceive himself as evil, more so as an anti-hero; using questionable and lethally draconic means to accomplish a "noble" goal. But like many villains, Malefor undervalues the power of friendship and ultimately love when he tries to use Cynder to kill Spyro for his nonacceptance of the alleged truth and nature of the purple dragon race, only for her to break his bind over her when Spyro tells her that she has left him with nothing left to fight for, somewhat revealing a trace of his love for her.
Despite his current malevolent nature, it was implied that during his youth Malefor was a rather caring and courageous individual. Chief Prowlus mentioned that when Malefor was young, his personality was rather similar to Spyro's, displaying great kindness and an eagerness to develop his abilities. He was viewed by the ancestors as the shining hope for Dragonkind, a benevolent and heroic figure beloved by all, 'the great protector' of an age that fell to tragedy. Based on the ruins below Warfang, the ancestors had built the whole area as a training ground for Malefor, as well as a golden statue of him that was placed at the Dragon Temple.
Malefor is unfathomably powerful. Being a rare purple dragon like Spyro, he can control many abilities others cannot, but to a greater extent, such as the element of Fire, Ice, Electricity, Earth, Wind, Aether, and perhaps even Time itself. It is hinted that he can also control other dark elements, as he was shown using the Fear ability during his final battle against Spyro and Cynder. Since he is over a thousand years old, Malefor's elemental abilities are far more developed than Spyro's, as shown by his use of Aether abilities in place of Spyro's fire attacks, and on a much larger and more powerful scale that Spyro has displayed thus far. He has also demonstrated the ability to project forcefields that protects him from all attacks except for Aether Breath (which is similar to the heat forcefields Ignitus used), which appears to be an incredibly useful ability.
Living up to his self-proclaimed title after choosing evil, Malefor has full mastery over the darkness that corrupted him. After embracing the sinister influence of Dark Aether, he possessed enough willpower to not let the aetherial darkness consume his mind so far. His evil alone was so great that it split the foundation of his mountain fortress and created a pit where lost souls could reside. With Dark Aether at his disposal, Malefor wields powerful dark magic that enables him to corrupt anything or anyone as he pleases. This is demonstrated when his dark powers transformed Cynder into a monstrous version of her former self, which greatly increased her power and compels her complete servitude to Malefor. In addition to wielding Dark Aether, his powers let him turn the Apes into undead ghouls, create artificial minions like the Grublins, craft collars that his minions shackled Spyro and Cynder together, and uproot and suspend a portion of Warfang above the land. His notable power is absolute dominion over every evil and malevolent being, reawakening any bit of his darkness left in those he previously corrupted and putting them back under his thrall. An example of this is when he corrupted Cynder again during his final confrontation with her and Spyro.
Like all dragons, Malefor possesses the ability to fly and has extreme physical strength. He also reveals that he is eternal, thus he is undefeatable and immortal.
Born in ancient times, Malefor was the first purple dragon, and a talented one at that. He first mastered the element of Fire, despite not being a fire dragon, and then harnessed the powers of Ice, Wind, Earth, Electricity, and many other elements none thought existed. Thus, Malefor was the first dragon to be able to use more than one element, which other Dragons were restricted to only one. Believing Malefor to be the shining hope of Dragonkind and the one to usher them into a new age, the Dragon Elders willingly taught Malefor how to master these elements. However as time went by, Malefor became arrogant and over-confident, and his power and knowledge grew far beyond what was expected, as did his lust for power. Fearing his lack of restraint, the Elders banished him to exile.
Filled with hatred for his own kind, Malefor abandoned his true calling and embraced the darkness of the Aether element, the signature raw ability of the Purple Dragon. The dark power corrupted his physical appearance and altered his voice, but Malefor was able to gain full command over Dark Aether and not let it consume his consciousness for the time being. As a result, Malefor would take on the title as "The Dark Master" for his full mastery over the dark power he possessed. He built himself a great fortress within a mountain and afterwards recruited an army of Apes, teaching them how to artificially harness the power of the gems, which are the Dragons' lifeforce. It wasn't long before he sought more and greater power, waging a war against the Dragon race. His actions sent the world spiraling into chaos, ruining the peaceful reputation of the Dragons in the process. With his army established and growing by the day, Malefor lived in dark seclusion, staring out upon the lands. His sheer malice was so great, that it split the earth surrounding his mountain fortress and created a pit of despair called the Mountain of Malefor, also known as the Well of Souls, by the evil-hearted.
Eventually, Malefor was defeated by the Ancestors and confined within the Well of Souls. While his spirit was imprisoned in the Mountain of Malefor, his essence was trapped in Convexity. He sought to escape the mountain he had created, and while Malefor manipulated a plan to do so, his army was still able to carry out his orders.
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning
Centuries later, Malefor was able to catch wind of the promised prophecies linking to the birth of the next Purple Dragon. This caused him to feel threatened of another dragon with powers equal to his own that was capable of stopping him. During the Year of the Dragon, he sent his Ape army to the Dragon Temple under the command of his servant, Gaul the Ape King, to destroy all of the dragon eggs to prevent the next Purple Dragon from being born.
Under another order however, Gaul captured a dragon egg, as Malefor needed a dragon born on the Year of the Dragon to open the gateway in Convexity that served as his prison. Gaul stole Cynder's egg so she would serve Malefor and bring him back, while the Apes smashed all the other dragon eggs, unaware that the Fire Guardian Ignitus had rescued the purple dragon's egg. The Ape King used Malefor's dark powers to corrupt and influence Cynder, transforming her into a large, evil dragon with greater strength and agility at an unnaturally fast rate. Cynder and Gaul then set out to bring Malefor back. Cynder embarked on a mission to open the Convexity portal which imprisoned her master's soul, while her Ape army scattered and left the land in ruins. Her ultimate plan was to capture each of the Dragon Guardians and drain their energies into crystals which she would use to release Malefor from his prison.
Spyro, the newly born Purple Dragon, and his adoptive brother, Sparx the Dragonfly, traveled across the land and rescued each of the four remaining Dragon Guardians after Cynder drained their energies into crystals. She then journeyed to Convexity and placed the last one into the portal containing her master, providing Malefor a means of escape. Before Malefor could break free, Spyro used his full power and defeated Cynder, freeing her from the villain's thrall and returning her to her true form; a dragon the same age and size as Spyro. As the portal opened, the effects of Spyro and Cynder's battle caused it to become unstable and it began to implode, drawing everything within the Convexity. Spyro saved Cynder, and he and Sparx escaped the collapsing Convexity dimension as the essence of Malefor emerged. However, Malefor's essence got caught in the collapse, and his soul entered the Well of Souls, still trapped. As his spirit awakened, an evil energy, possibly his returning essence, appeared at the peak of the Mountain of Malefor, a symbol of his presence within the dark mountain.
After they returned to the Dragon Temple, Spyro and Cynder both gazed up at the sky, wondering if the Dark Master would soon return. While resting off the weakness from the battle, Spyro dreamed of the battle between him and Cynder and how he saved her, hearing Malefor's voice in his head, calling his name.
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
As the Night of Eternal Darkness drew close, Gaul and his Ape army traveled to the Well of Souls after being called to it. They established their base there, awaiting the return of the Dark Master, who Gaul planned on resurrecting and releasing from the Well of Souls to satisfy the Apes' lust for power and exact their revenge on the Dragon race. To lure Spyro into his unaware stage, Gaul captured Cynder, who left the Dragon Temple when she still blamed herself for what happened when she was under Malefor's control.
As Gaul held Cynder captive, he informed her that Malefor would either take her back for her "loyalty" as his servant or kill her. Though, she refused any notion of becoming the Dark Master's slave again and remained imprisoned by Gaul in the Mountain. Spyro, who grew to care for Cynder, and Sparx set out to rescue her and eventually made it to the Well of Souls, where Spyro confronted and fought against Gaul. During the Celestial Moons' eclipse, Spyro fell into the Well of Soul's beam of energy; its dark power allowed the influence of Dark Aether to take control of Spyro's mind. Having lost control over this sinister power, Spyro killed Gaul in his fury and was about to turn on Sparx and Cynder. Fortunately, Cynder saved Spyro by knocking him out of the beam generated by the Lunar Alignment, freeing him from the effects of Dark Aether.
However the battle caused the Mountain to collapse all around them, trapping the three. To save them, Spyro used his Dragon Time ability to encase him, Sparx and Cynder in crystal, frozen in time.
Between The Eternal Night and Dawn of the Dragon
After the eclipse, Malefor was able to escape from the Well of Souls and proceeded to plague the world, with the only other purple dragon locked in suspended animation and unable to do anything to stop him. Filled with evil and hatred, he attacked the Dragon City of Warfang and reclaimed its temple throne, suspending the temple itself and parts of the city above the land as a symbol of his power. It was also said that Malefor cursed the Apes sometime during his return, turning them into shadows as his way of repaying them for their disloyalty, since the Apes only served Malefor to seek his power for their own goals. Presumably afterwards, Malefor created a new army consisting of artificial, earthy creatures called Grublins as replacements for the Apes, and awakened a Golem to lay waste to the world.
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
Three years later, Malefor ordered a troop of Grublins to release Spyro and Cynder from their three-year slumber and chain them together with a pair of green snake collars for them to be sacrificed to the Golem. They managed to escape and reached Warfang when it was under siege by Malefor's army, and defeated the Golem during the struggle. However later that night, Malefor made an ominous announcement to the Warfang inhabitants that since they survived the siege, they would be the first to witness the resurrection of The Destroyer, a mountain-sized golem used to destroy the world to usher in a new one.
Spyro and Cynder attempted to stop the Destroyer, but when they destroyed its crystal core to defeat it, Malefor restored the Destroyer through his powers, continuing its mission. Realizing that the only way to stop the Destroyer was to defeat Malefor, Spyro and Cynder set off to confront the Dark Master. After going on a long journey, Spyro and Cynder both made it to Malefor's Lair where they confronted the villainous dragon and find him waiting for them. He taunted Spyro by saying that they have more in common than just their color. Spyro denied this, saying that he is nothing like Malefor, who then proceeded to free the young dragons of the snake collars that chained them together as his way of "thanking" Cynder for his services and make them feel more comfortable.
Malefor then claimed that his influence over Cynder had not been completely diminished and that she had led Spyro to the Well of Souls to trick him into freeing the evil dragon. Cynder both denied Malefor's words, but grew unsure and said that she doesn't know anymore, to which Malefor replied by taking control over her again and renewing her dark side. While Malefor attacked Spyro through Cynder repeatedly, he assured Spyro that there have been many Purple Dragons before him and that the true nature of their kind has been to resurrect the Destroyer and the Golems of the Deep during that age in order to bring about the "Great Cleansing", destroying the world. Despite having been stopped from completing his goal back in his time, Malefor revealed that Spyro had nonetheless fulfilled his 'destiny', and that the world would be destroyed along with the young dragon.
Spyro denied Malefor's statements and continued to be struck by Cynder as Malefor laughed maniacally. Cynder angrily asked why Spyro wouldn't fight back, and Spyro sadly responded that it was because she had left him nothing to fight for. This realization broke Malefor's hold on Cynder, and she lovingly told Spyro that there was always something. Enraged by this turn of events, Malefor chained Cynder back to Spyro with the same snake collars, binding them together in order to kill them both before engaging the two dragons in battle. After a long battle against Malefor, Spyro and Cynder followed after him to continue their fight in the skies above the temple. However, the Destroyer managed to enter the maw of the earth, initiating the world's destruction as it began to break apart. Spyro and Cynder continued their battle against Malefor as they were descending into the core of the world.
Despite their efforts, Malefor proclaimed that he was eternal, unable to be destroyed. After a final Aether blast against Spyro and Cynder, Malefor was knocked to the Earth's crystal core, but recovered from the blow unscathed, ready to attack again. Suddenly, several dragon spirits emerged from the crystal core, surrounding the evil dragon. As the egregious Malefor looked upon the spirits in shock and fear, he was dragged and sealed away forever into the crystal core by the spirits. Upon his defeat, the snake collars that shackled Spyro and Cynder together disappeared along with The Dark Master's magic, freeing them at last. Spyro then used his powers over Light Aether to reconstruct the world, slowly putting it back together and ending Malefor's malice for good.
According to the plot of the cancelled Spyro Movie, the Dark Master sent his forces to hunt down Spyro's egg. He had also enslaved Cynder by using a red crystal that was around her neck, turning her into a powerful black dragon.
While Spyro saw Malefor as an enemy who must be stopped, Malefor instead saw Spyro as a useful tool to achieve his goals rather than an enemy. As they were both purple dragons, he initially saw Spyro as a threat and sought to prevent the young dragon from being born. When that plan failed, Malefor used Spyro to free him from the Well of Souls and showed no intentions to try and kill Spyro until realizing that he wouldn't join his cause. When the two met face-to-face for the first time, Malefor easily exploited Spyro's fear of becoming a second Malefor by stating that Spyro had followed the Purple Dragon's alleged destiny of destroying the world by releasing Malefor from the Well of Souls, even if unknowingly. Throughout the trilogy, many characters stated that Malefor and Spyro are very similar besides just their color, something that Malefor himself agreed to.
The main difference between the two Purple Dragons was that Malefor was consumed by greed when realizing that his power was unlimited, leading him become evil and fought only to fulfill his predetermined "destiny". Spyro, on the other hand, doesn't seek to rule over anything and fights for friendship and love while wanting to create his own path instead of letting others decide it for him. Unlike Malefor, Spyro was raised away from the shower of praise that the Elder Dragons had lavished upon Malefor, which had fed his ego and sense of self-importance, allowing Spyro to grow up humble and kind. Spyro's different upbringing, far from the constant praises of the dragons, allowed him to connect with others, not isolated and consumed by promises of destiny. Spyro's love for his teachers, friends, and especially for Cynder is what kept him from going over the edge. Malefor had no such relationships to ground him, thus ensuring his downward spiral.
Malefor's powers corrupted a young dragon named Cynder to be his devoted servant and weapon against Dragonkind. Even after Cynder was released from his control, Malefor continued to use her to fuel his goals without her realizing it. He used her as a bait to bring Spyro to the Well of Souls so that Spyro could free him, and before their final battle, he corrupted Cynder again in an effort to break Spyro's will to fight. According to Gaul before the Night of Eternal Darkness, Malefor would possibly welcome Cynder back for being "a faithful servant", or destroy her if he chooses.
When Spyro and Cynder faced Malefor for the first time, he removed the snake collars off them as a "thanks" for how much Cynder had helped his cause. The dark dragon was then quick to bring Cynder back under his control by instilling doubt within her and used her corrupted form to break Spyro's will to fight. Upon realizing that Cynder's feelings for Spyro are stronger than his own dark magic, Malefor saw that Cynder made her choice to ultimately defy him and angrily chained her back to Spyro using the snake collars with the intention of killing her along with Spyro. In the end, Malefor only saw Cynder as a weapon he could use against those who oppose him and will deem her as just another enemy to his goal if she resisted his dark temptations.
Though only displayed through flashbacks and hints over the series, it is said that during his youth, Malefor was revered by the Dragons, who saw him as a symbol of hope for their race. He in turn was eager to be trained by the elders. Over time, as Malefor became stronger than what anyone imagined, he was consumed by his lust for power. The Dragons began to fear Malefor, and exiled him from the realms when he lacked restraint. Ever since, Malefor has developed an intense hatred towards Dragonkind, waging a war against them for decades after siding with the Apes. He was even willing to kill an entire generation by destroying all the eggs in the Dragon Temple to prevent Spyro's birth despite only having to smash one specific egg (ironically, it was one of the two eggs that weren't smashed or stolen).
When Malefor was exiled from the Realms, he recruited an army of Apes and taught them how to harness the Spirit Gems, gaining their favor with promises of power and revenge. However, the Apes only served him out of their own greed and thirst for power. When Malefor returned after the Night of Eternal Darkness, the evil dragon punished the Apes for their disloyalty by turning them into skeletal ghouls, after which, he had his own Grublin army replace them as his minions.
- His Japanese name is translated in Korean as in: 마레후루. (Malehulu).
- In the Finnish version of The Legend of Spyro trilogy, Malefor's name is known as: Ärhämä.
- Malefor's name translates to Russian as: "Мальфор"
- Malefor's fearsome appearance by Krome Studios is coupled with a large pair of crown-like horns.
- As shown in the Exclusive talent trailer, Mark Hamill's voiceover for Malefor was originally much more clearer than the heavily filtered version of his voice in the final version of Dawn of the Dragon.
- Malefor claims that Spyro was the one who freed him at the Well of Souls. It is unknown how exactly Spyro unintentionally freed Malefor.
- In the Gameboy Advance version of The Eternal Night, the Chronicler stated that Malefor was lured by the evil pouring through the Well of Souls, causing him to turn his back on the purple dragon legacy and have his powers now feed only his own power and ego. In this version, the Well of Souls existed before Malefor and was not created by his evil.
- Malefor's The Eternal Night character design bore a scar on his left eye as evident in his flashback image and the statue of himself in a shrine within the Well of Souls. The scar is absent in his redesign for Dawn of the Dragon.
- Malefor's appearance in the games is actually his "Dark" form, which resulted from him embracing his Dark Aether. Unlike Dark Spyro, Malefor remains conscious and is in full control of his actions. His Dark form is also what alters his voice.
- In addition, Jared Pullen stated that it is possible for Malefor to be "stripped" of his dark form and be returned to normal.
- In Dawn of the Dragon, Malefor's voice was so altered that it was hard for some fans to understand what he said in the game, and instead they had to rely on the game's optional subtitles.
- Malefor may be a variation of the name "Valefar", a Christian demon and Duke of Hell.
- Through unknown means, Malefor was aware of the moment Spyro and Cynder lost Ignitus to the Belt of Fire, pointing out that Ignitus should've warned Spyro of Cynder returning to Malefor's side and mocking the young dragon that [he] has "always been alone."
- While Malefor is taking heavy damage during his boss battle in Dawn of the Dragon, his body releases spirit gems, which are the lifeforce of the Dragons.
- His name might be composed from the Latin noun malum (-i,neutrum) - evil; and Greek foreo - i carry; meaning ˝The carrier of evil˝, or maybe ˝The source of evil˝.
- The Dark Master (or DM) is usually a name given to the main villain in an RPG.
- Malefor may be more clever than he appears. As parts of his plans turned out to be part of a ruse to trick Spyro in releasing the evil dragon, it may be that the rest from the start all were. It may be that Malefor pretended to send his Apes to kill Spyro, but since the young purple dragon would be the key to free Malefor, this action of assassination was probably itself a ruse to scare his enemies, and that maybe along with Cynder, who would be used to bring Malefor back with all his powers, Spyro's egg would also be stolen as well so he could be corrupted and used to free Malefor after Cynder completed her stage. And despite Ignitus' interference in saving Spyro from that fate, the young dragon's part would still be played, as he would be lured to the Mountain of Malefor to save Cynder, and unwittingly free Malefor.
- Additionally like many villains, he underestimated his enemies which was his fatal mistake that caused his demise. He tried to make Cynder betray the people she loves, and it seems Malefor was aiming to confuse Spyro and Cynder before their final battle. Both of these plans failed, which then led to having to fight the the two dragons by himself and losing.
- In the movie Dragons: Destiny of Fire, there is a dragon called Vildrok that is very similar to Malefor: both want to destroy the world, both are evil dragons and the main antagonists. However, Malefor is despised and far times more evil, bloodthirsty, malevolent, cruel and ruthless than Vildrok.
- The massive statue in the Dragon Temple training room and the dragon statues within the Well of Souls are both of Malefor. Two more massive statues of Malefor also appear outside the temple of each of the elemental dreamscapes Spyro was taken to regain his elemental breaths in The Eternal Night.
- Malefor is the only dragon in The Legend of Spyro series who has reptilian pupils. His eyes are also yellow unlike all other known dragons, who have white eyes. This is the result of his corruption under Dark Aether, but he retained full control over his actions and didn't let the dark power consume him yet.
- In the Nintendo DS version of The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, Malefor is purple and white instead of being purple, yellow and red, and does not have a fully drawn appearance in any cutscene.
- Worth noting is that Spyro and Cynder didn't actually defeat Malefor themselves since he recovered from their combined Aether attack unscathed. It was only the intervention of the dragon spirits that allowed Malefor to be beaten in time to save the world.
- In most concept art of Malefor, his eyes are depicted as completely yellow with no pupils, which show off his full corruption under Dark Aether. However, when you face him in the game, he has snakelike pupils, making his face seem more gentle and sinister, revealing that he has not let the Dark Aether element fully control him yet.
- Malefor is presumably the most evil and darkest villain in the Spyro franchise.
- His personalities and actions are similar to Lucifer from Dante's Inferno; both have been imprisoned, sought to kill the main protagonist and mention that the hero had freed them.
- Like the other concept art of the dragon characters made for Dawn of the Dragon, Malefor's right wing is missing.
- Malefor was considered for Crash Bandicoot: On The Run's Battle of the Dragons event as a season boss, but Dark Spyro was chosen instead.
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