Cynder is a dragon who appears in the The Legend of Spyro series. As an egg, Cynder was stolen by the Dark Master's forces and born under his evil influence. The Dark Master's powerful magic transformed Cynder into a monstrous black dragon and she was used as a weapon of destruction. Using all of his energy, Spyro was able to defeat Cynder before she was able to release the Dark Master from his prison in Convexity. In doing so, Spyro freed her from the dark magic that had poisoned her, causing her to shrink down in size. It turned out that she too was born in the Year of the Dragon and was the same age as Spyro. No longer a pawn of the Dark Master, Cynder now strives to discover her own destiny and help fight against the Dark Master.
When she was the Dark Master's pawn, she had the strength that can defeat a Dragon Guardian and possessed frightening powers beyond imagination, but was later freed by Spyro. In Dawn of the Dragon, she still has some of the powers from her last form, like Shadow, Wind, Poison, and Fear; even though as a giant dragon she was able to breathe Dragon Fire. In her adult form, she could breath fire more darker then regular fire. She also has Fireballs which is mostly pink and the smoke is yellow.
When she was under the influence of Malefor, also known as the Dark Master, Cynder was a terrible and ruthless black dragon with a horrible personality, caring for nothing but the return of her master. After Spyro freed her from the Dark Master's power, however, she felt guilty about the pain and suffering that she caused everyone, especially Spyro. As time draws on, Cynder realises that Spyro does care about her and she began to care about him. Her guilt soon disappears as Spyro shows her that it wasn't her fault and she eventually adopts a more positive outlook, even going as far as to admit her love for Spyro. Throughout the games, however, Cynder remains hostile to one character in particular, Sparx, because of his distrust of the black dragoness. The hostility is mutual but over the course of the games they begin to show that they can stand to be around each other and act mature enough to know when their differences should be saved for another time.
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning
Cynder is the primary antagonist in the first game of the series and it is quickly revealed that she has waged a war against the dragons, bringing them to their knees and forcing them into hiding. When Spyro meets Ignitus, the Fire Guardian tells Spyro that she has managed to capture the other three guardians, Volteer, Cyril and Terrador and that her forces have taken control of their home, the Dragon Temple.
After Spyro rescues the other Guardians and it is explained that Cynder is using the elder dragons to power crystals to release the Dark Master, she attacks Spyro who is saved by Ignitus who gets captured in the process. When Spyro journeys to her castle to rescue the fire Guardian they fight until Cynder flees to Convexity with the last powered crystal. It is then revealled by Ignitus that Cynder came from the same brood of eggs as Spyro and that she is in fact the same age as Spyro, having being stolen from the temple when she was in her egg and twisted by Malefor's dark influence.
Spyro arrives too late to stop Cynder from activating the portal and providing Malefor with a means of escape and Cynder then attacks Spyro, determined to end the 'persistant pest' once and for all. However, she is overwhelmed by the powers of the small purple dragon and her body is purged of Malefor's corruption, returning her to her true state. As Spyro muses on the fact that what Ignitus had said was true, the portal begins to collapse, becoming unstable due to the battle between Spyro and Cynder. Despite a difference of opinion between Spyro and Sparx, Spyro saves Cynder and carries her out of Convexity just before it collapses. She is then taken to the temple where the Guardians apologise for not being able to protect Cynder.
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
In the second chapter of the trilogy, it features Cynder as a protagonist struggling with her past. The game begins with Cynder running away from the temple, telling Spyro that she doesn't belong in the Dragon Temple because of what she had done in the past and that she needs to find her own place in the world. Spyro pleads with her to make her stay but she ignores him and quietly leaves.
At some point after that, she is captured by scavengers and taken to a pirate air arena where she becomes their prized fighter, finding it amusing that the former queen of darkness is now under their control. When Spyro is captured and defeats the contestants in the arena, Cynder is brought out to fight him, much to Spyro's dismay. Spyro refuses to fight her and Cynder tells him that they only have to pretend long enough for them to be able to escape. Before they can begin, however, the pirate ship is attacked by Gaul's forces and Cynder is captured once again.
She is taken to the Well of Souls where Gaul informs her that the Dark Master will either take her back for being a faithful servant or kill her. Meanwhile, it is revealed by The Chronicler that Gaul was the one that stole Cynder's egg from the temple and that Cynder is destined to join Malefor when he returns. Spyro refuses to believe it and sets out to the mountain of Malefor to rescue her.
When Spyro confronts Gaul, the ape king orders Cynder to attack Spyro which she does. Spyro believes her intentions to be true but she once again tells him that it is only a distraction. She tries to take Gaul's staff from him but Gaul catches her as she flies towards him and then throws her against a wall, rendering her unconscious.
She awakens after Spyro's fight with Gaul and is horrified to see that Spyro has been corrupted by Malefor. When he can not break free of Malefor's influence, Cynder tackles Spyro out of the air and brings him to his senses just as the mountain begins to collapse, trapping them. With no way to escape, Spyro uses his powers of Dragon Time to freeze himself, Sparx and Cynder in a crystal as the rubble buries them. Afterwards, Malefor emerges from the remains of the Well of Souls and returns to wreck havoc on the world...