History Characters / AgeOfEmpiresII

6th Feb '16 11:45:29 PM MayIncon
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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: This being Vlad
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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: This being VladVlad ''[[MeaningfulName the Impaler]]'', it could only be expected. Happens to countless mooks through his campaign and eventually to Vlad himself (only his head, though). * KickTheDog: In the later levels, he stakes innocents and murders monks for flattering him. * VillainProtagonist: Arguably, the main character portrayed least sympathetic. He at one point murders a monk for flattering him, and stakes several hundred Ottoman soldiers, all of which happened in real life. The fourth mission of his campaign also requires the player to burn down undefended ''Wallachian'' villages. * WeUsedToBeFriends: To the Ottomans. * YouKilledMyFather: Vladislav killed his brother and father. !!Danislav, Jakub and Istvan The three voivode princes who become the closest allies to Dracula. Represented by a cataphract, a paladin and a cavalier, respectively. * BadassInCharge * BadassCrew * AFatherToHisMen: Seems primarily motivated by the well being of their peoples, rather than Dracula, who is motivated by spite and revenge. * HorsebackHeroism: Through three different units, all of them are heavy cavalry sans Danislav in the first scenario. * TheLancer: To Dracula. * LaResistance: Agaisnt Vladislav in their first appearance. * NotQuiteDead: The narrator of the Dracula campaign is Istvan, having survived the night raid on the Turks. * SurprisinglySuddenDeath: After serving as somewhat important characters for the campaign, they all unceremoniously die in the final battle of the fourth level, where only Dracula survives, with nobody even mentioning their deaths. !!Vladislav II The leader of the Danesti clan, and the usurper of the throne of Wallachia, as well as the murderer of Draculas father and older brother. A secondary antagonist of the campaign. Represented by a cavalier unit, and later a king unit. * BadassInCharge: In his first appearance. * ItsPersonal: With Dracula * NighInvulnerability: In his first appearance, his unit is ridiculously strong, and meant to be fled from. * StarterVillain: Presented as a major threat, but is quickly defeated and killed off in the second mission. * TheUsurper !!Murad II The sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who sends Dracula to Wallachia after Vladislav takes over. Represented by the king unit. * AdiposeRex * BigGood: Serves as this in his only appearance in the first level. * TheGoodKing: Was sultan while he and Dracula were still allies. After his death, his ambitious and more ruthless son Mehmet took over, and things went awry. !!Mehmet II The son of Murad, becoming the enemy of Dracula unlike his father. * ArchEnemy: To Dracula, after Vladislav and Murads deaths. * BigBad: Since he leads the Turks, the main enemies, from mission 3 and onward. * TheEmpire: The Ottoman Empire. * TheGhost !!Radu The younger brother of Dracula, and the leader of the Ottoman troops against him in the fourth mission. * CainAndAbel: With Dracula. * TheDragon: To Mehmet. * TheGhost !Sforza (Italians) !!Francesco Sforza An Italian mercenary, captain of his platoon after his father's death, and the main protagonist of the campaign. Represented by a condottiero unit. * AntiHero * ArchEnemy: To Carmagnola. * BaitTheDog: He sieges Milan, and deliberately starves the innocent citizens of the city, but when they surrender, he makes sure to provide plenty of food for them. * BatmanGambit: Defeats Carmagnola this way. * TheDragon: To Fillipo, at first. ** DragonWithAnAgenda: Eventually turns on him to become Duke of Milan. * AFatherToHisMen: Unlike his father. * GenerationXerox * TheHero * OnlyInItForTheMoney !!Muzio Sforza The father of Francesco. After his death, Francesco takes over his soldiers. Represented by a condottiero unit. * AntiHero: More so than his son. * GenerationXerox * OnlyInItForTheMoney * PetTheDog: Dialogue implies that he gave Francesco a proper childhood, despite his ruthlessness. * SuicidalOverconfidence: Wanders straight into a powerful current, and unsurprisngly dies for it. !!Carmagnola A Venetian mercenary general, and the closest the campaign has to a main antagonist. Represented by a cataphract unit. * ArchEnemy: To both of the Sforzas. * BatmanGambit: Used by him against Malatesta, and later by Sforza against him. * BigBad: Until the third mission, at least. * TheChessmaster * ISurrenderSuckers: Pulls this off to trick and defeat Malatesta. * OutGambitted: Goes both ways: In the second mission, he completely out-gambits Malatesta through XanatosSpeedChess, in the third however, he is OutGambitted by Sforza. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After his forces are defeated in the third mission, he disappears from the campaign without a word. In real life, Venice pulled off a YouHaveFailedMe, they called him back under the pretence of discussing the future, and he was promptly tortured and executed. * XanatosSpeedChess: Pulls this off to defeat Malatesta, after the destruction of his siege tower. !!Fillipo Maria Visconti The Duke of Milan, and Sforza's distrustful employer. Represented in-game by a king unit. * DaChief * SmugSnake !!Malatesta A mercenary employed by Fillipo, fighting against Carmagnola. Represented by a paladin unit. * OutGambitted: By Carmagnola, int he second mission. * SacrificialLion * WeHardlyKnewYe !!Simone and Geremio Two spies sent by Sforza to infiltrate Carmagnola's camp. Represented by a man at arms unit. * BadassNormal: While they have the health and armor of normal man at arms, they have a ludicrously high attack, enabling them to OneHitKill pikemen, necessary to retain stealth during the attack. However, they retain that high damage after the gurms turn build and destroy, making them lethal units. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Geremio, whom upon seeing a rat in the sewer, goes on rambling about how rats caused the plague. While they are on their way to a lethal stealth mission. Simone quickly shuts him up. * ThoseTwoGuys !Alaric (Goths) !!Alaric The protagonist of the campaign, and king of the Goths. Represented by a huskarl, and later a cavalier unit. * ActionDuo: With Athaulf. * BadassInCharge * TheHighKing * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething !!Athaulf The second-in-command of Alaric. Represented by a woad raider, and then a knight unit. * ActionDuo: With Alaric. * BadassInCharge * IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Acts this way to Galla Placidia when he captures her. FridgeBrilliance when you realize he married her later in life. * TheLancer * WalkingShirtlessScene: Given when he's a woad raider. !!Honorius The emperor of the Western Roman Empire, and thereby the main antagonist of the campaign. * BigBad: Though whether he is a HeroAntagonist is debatable, he is certainly the main antagonistic force in the campaign. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The reason he ultimately fails. He is close to an alliance twice with Alaric, but both times breaks it for no apparent reson. Eventually Alaric gets fed up with this. Though the second time, Saurus did it without the permission or order of Honorius. * DirtyCoward: During the sack of Rome, he is nowhere to be seen, but the people and even his sister have been left behind. * TheEmperor * TheGhost * SmugSnake !!Saurus A Gothic chieftain, responsible for attacking Alaric for no reason, destroying the option of peace. Represented by a knight lancer hero unit. * DirtyCoward: As remarked by Alaric, when his fortress is defeated, he is nowhere to be seen. * TheDragon: To Honorius. * KnightlyLance * VillainBall: Grabs it when he attacks Alaric and Athaulf, bringing a whole lot of unnecessary trouble onto himself. !!Galla Placidia The sister of Honorius. Represented by the Joan the Maid unit. * DamselInDistress: Unusual case, where you have to kidnap the DamselInDistress. * GoodIsDumb: Simply snorts confused when stated pretty unvaguely that Athaulf won't harm her. * TheIngenue: Implied. She simply acts confsued when Athaulf pretty plainly states that he will not harm her. !Battle of Bari (Byzantines) !!Panos, Michael and Andreas Nautikos The main protagonists of each of the missions of the campaign. All represented by champion units. * BadassFamily * BadassInCharge: Andreas. * GenerationXerox * TheHero !!Louis II The Carolingian emperor, appearing in the first mission. Represented by a king unit, and a cavalier. * TheHighKing * SuicidalOverconfidence: Even when at the mercy of the Lombards, he insists on taking over Bari. * SmugSnake: Shows traits of this, in his belief to take over Bari. !!Admiral Melus A Byzantine admiral, rebelling against the empire in the second mission. Represented by a cataphract. * BigBad: Of the second mission. * TheQuisling * SmugSnake * TheStarscream !!Stephanos Pateranos The commander of the garrison at Bari during the Norman invasion. Represented by a cataphract. * BadassInCharge * DistressedDude: Has to be saved by Andreas during the third mission. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure !El Dorado (Spanish and Incas) !!Francisco de Orellana The main protagonist of the campaign. Represented by a conquistador unit. * BadassBeard * BadassInCharge: Is easily the strongest hero that you get to control in the game. * EyepatchOfPower * TheHero * VillainProtagonist: Given that he is a conquistador, but unlike Cortés, does not engage in very villainous actions. His vilest acts are committed on order from Pizarro, with him in charge, nothing is really bad. * WronglyAccused: Of abandoning Pizarro, while in actuality, the strong current of the river kept him from returning. !!Gonzalo Pizarro The commander of Orellanas expedition, until he is lost. Represented by a conquistador unit. * BadassBeard * BaldOfAwesome * DaChief * VillainProtagonist: A straighter example than Orellana, as Orellana was JustFollowingOrders, while Pizarro was the one giving the orders. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A consequence of following the events strictly through the eyes of Orellana. He is never mentioned again after Orellana is forced to abandon him. In RealLife, he returned to Quito with a starving expedition, but rebelled against the king and was executed six years later. !!Delicola A suspicious Native American chieftain whom leads Orellana astray with his stories. Represented by a plumed archer unit. * TheArcher * EscortMission: IN the short time he is in the players control, it feels like this, as he is not a hero unit, but a fairly weak renamed regular unit, that has to be kept alive. * HeroAntagonist: Could be seen as this, as he works against Orellana, but mainly to save his people. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Done deliberately as he flees from the conquistadors. This carried on into real life, where he was never heard of again. !Prithviraj (Indians) !Battles of the Forgotten [[/folder]] ----
5th Feb '16 7:14:19 PM DarkPaladinX
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* A common newcomer tactic (especially in Black Forest) for newer players is to create a large army of Longbowmen and wither down any enemies that come near you. More experienced players would counter this by building Siege Rams garrisoned with infantry units and slowly move towards the player's base, ignoring the Longbowmen, and destroying any buildings and walls the players as built. This apparently leads the player to actually diversify their army composition and not just create Longbowmen.

* SkillGateCharacter: The Byzantines having no clear strengths and weakness, as well as having a diverse tech tree, makes the Byzantines an easy to learn civilization for newer players.

* SkillGateCharacter: Due to the fact that the Chinese do not have any clear strengths or weaknesses, they are often recommended for newer players for Age of Empires II. Even beyond the "skill gate" side of things, they are considered to be very powerful for experienced players thanks to the Chu Ko Nu.
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* SkillGateCharacter: Due to the fact that the Chinese do not have any clear strengths or weaknesses, they are often recommended for newer players for Age of Empires II. Even beyond the "skill gate" side of things, they are considered to be very powerful for experienced players thanks to the Chu Ko Nu.

* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: This being Vlad ''[[MeaningfulName the Impaler]]'', it could only be expected. Happens to countless mooks through his campaign and eventually to Vlad himself (only his head, though). * KickTheDog: In the later levels, he stakes innocents and murders monks for flattering him. * VillainProtagonist: Arguably, the main character portrayed least sympathetic. He at one point murders a monk for flattering him, and stakes several hundred Ottoman soldiers, all of which happened in real life. The fourth mission of his campaign also requires the player to burn down undefended ''Wallachian'' villages. * WeUsedToBeFriends: To the Ottomans. * YouKilledMyFather: Vladislav killed his brother and father. !!Danislav, Jakub and Istvan The three voivode princes who become the closest allies to Dracula. Represented by a cataphract, a paladin and a cavalier, respectively. * BadassInCharge * BadassCrew * AFatherToHisMen: Seems primarily motivated by the well being of their peoples, rather than Dracula, who is motivated by spite and revenge. * HorsebackHeroism: Through three different units, all of them are heavy cavalry sans Danislav in the first scenario. * TheLancer: To Dracula. * LaResistance: Agaisnt Vladislav in their first appearance. * NotQuiteDead: The narrator of the Dracula campaign is Istvan, having survived the night raid on the Turks. * SurprisinglySuddenDeath: After serving as somewhat important characters for the campaign, they all unceremoniously die in the final battle of the fourth level, where only Dracula survives, with nobody even mentioning their deaths. !!Vladislav II The leader of the Danesti clan, and the usurper of the throne of Wallachia, as well as the murderer of Draculas father and older brother. A secondary antagonist of the campaign. Represented by a cavalier unit, and later a king unit. * BadassInCharge: In his first appearance. * ItsPersonal: With Dracula * NighInvulnerability: In his first appearance, his unit is ridiculously strong, and meant to be fled from. * StarterVillain: Presented as a major threat, but is quickly defeated and killed off in the second mission. * TheUsurper !!Murad II The sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who sends Dracula to Wallachia after Vladislav takes over. Represented by the king unit. * AdiposeRex * BigGood: Serves as this in his only appearance in the first level. * TheGoodKing: Was sultan while he and Dracula were still allies. After his death, his ambitious and more ruthless son Mehmet took over, and things went awry. !!Mehmet II The son of Murad, becoming the enemy of Dracula unlike his father. * ArchEnemy: To Dracula, after Vladislav and Murads deaths. * BigBad: Since he leads the Turks, the main enemies, from mission 3 and onward. * TheEmpire: The Ottoman Empire. * TheGhost !!Radu The younger brother of Dracula, and the leader of the Ottoman troops against him in the fourth mission. * CainAndAbel: With Dracula. * TheDragon: To Mehmet. * TheGhost !Sforza (Italians) !!Francesco Sforza An Italian mercenary, captain of his platoon after his father's death, and the main protagonist of the campaign. Represented by a condottiero unit. * AntiHero * ArchEnemy: To Carmagnola. * BaitTheDog: He sieges Milan, and deliberately starves the innocent citizens of the city, but when they surrender, he makes sure to provide plenty of food for them. * BatmanGambit: Defeats Carmagnola this way. * TheDragon: To Fillipo, at first. ** DragonWithAnAgenda: Eventually turns on him to become Duke of Milan. * AFatherToHisMen: Unlike his father. * GenerationXerox * TheHero * OnlyInItForTheMoney !!Muzio Sforza The father of Francesco. After his death, Francesco takes over his soldiers. Represented by a condottiero unit. * AntiHero: More so than his son. * GenerationXerox * OnlyInItForTheMoney * PetTheDog: Dialogue implies that he gave Francesco a proper childhood, despite his ruthlessness. * SuicidalOverconfidence: Wanders straight into a powerful current, and unsurprisngly dies for it. !!Carmagnola A Venetian mercenary general, and the closest the campaign has to a main antagonist. Represented by a cataphract unit. * ArchEnemy: To both of the Sforzas. * BatmanGambit: Used by him against Malatesta, and later by Sforza against him. * BigBad: Until the third mission, at least. * TheChessmaster * ISurrenderSuckers: Pulls this off to trick and defeat Malatesta. * OutGambitted: Goes both ways: In the second mission, he completely out-gambits Malatesta through XanatosSpeedChess, in the third however, he is OutGambitted by Sforza. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After his forces are defeated in the third mission, he disappears from the campaign without a word. In real life, Venice pulled off a YouHaveFailedMe, they called him back under the pretence of discussing the future, and he was promptly tortured and executed. * XanatosSpeedChess: Pulls this off to defeat Malatesta, after the destruction of his siege tower. !!Fillipo Maria Visconti The Duke of Milan, and Sforza's distrustful employer. Represented in-game by a king unit. * DaChief * SmugSnake !!Malatesta A mercenary employed by Fillipo, fighting against Carmagnola. Represented by a paladin unit. * OutGambitted: By Carmagnola, int he second mission. * SacrificialLion * WeHardlyKnewYe !!Simone and Geremio Two spies sent by Sforza to infiltrate Carmagnola's camp. Represented by a man at arms unit. * BadassNormal: While they have the health and armor of normal man at arms, they have a ludicrously high attack, enabling them to OneHitKill pikemen, necessary to retain stealth during the attack. However, they retain that high damage after the gurms turn build and destroy, making them lethal units. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Geremio, whom upon seeing a rat in the sewer, goes on rambling about how rats caused the plague. While they are on their way to a lethal stealth mission. Simone quickly shuts him up. * ThoseTwoGuys !Alaric (Goths) !!Alaric The protagonist of the campaign, and king of the Goths. Represented by a huskarl, and later a cavalier unit. * ActionDuo: With Athaulf. * BadassInCharge * TheHighKing * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething !!Athaulf The second-in-command of Alaric. Represented by a woad raider, and then a knight unit. * ActionDuo: With Alaric. * BadassInCharge * IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Acts this way to Galla Placidia when he captures her. FridgeBrilliance when you realize he married her later in life. * TheLancer * WalkingShirtlessScene: Given when he's a woad raider. !!Honorius The emperor of the Western Roman Empire, and thereby the main antagonist of the campaign. * BigBad: Though whether he is a HeroAntagonist is debatable, he is certainly the main antagonistic force in the campaign. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The reason he ultimately fails. He is close to an alliance twice with Alaric, but both times breaks it for no apparent reson. Eventually Alaric gets fed up with this. Though the second time, Saurus did it without the permission or order of Honorius. * DirtyCoward: During the sack of Rome, he is nowhere to be seen, but the people and even his sister have been left behind. * TheEmperor * TheGhost * SmugSnake !!Saurus A Gothic chieftain, responsible for attacking Alaric for no reason, destroying the option of peace. Represented by a knight lancer hero unit. * DirtyCoward: As remarked by Alaric, when his fortress is defeated, he is nowhere to be seen. * TheDragon: To Honorius. * KnightlyLance * VillainBall: Grabs it when he attacks Alaric and Athaulf, bringing a whole lot of unnecessary trouble onto himself. !!Galla Placidia The sister of Honorius. Represented by the Joan the Maid unit. * DamselInDistress: Unusual case, where you have to kidnap the DamselInDistress. * GoodIsDumb: Simply snorts confused when stated pretty unvaguely that Athaulf won't harm her. * TheIngenue: Implied. She simply acts confsued when Athaulf pretty plainly states that he will not harm her. !Battle of Bari (Byzantines) !!Panos, Michael and Andreas Nautikos The main protagonists of each of the missions of the campaign. All represented by champion units. * BadassFamily * BadassInCharge: Andreas. * GenerationXerox * TheHero !!Louis II The Carolingian emperor, appearing in the first mission. Represented by a king unit, and a cavalier. * TheHighKing * SuicidalOverconfidence: Even when at the mercy of the Lombards, he insists on taking over Bari. * SmugSnake: Shows traits of this, in his belief to take over Bari. !!Admiral Melus A Byzantine admiral, rebelling against the empire in the second mission. Represented by a cataphract. * BigBad: Of the second mission. * TheQuisling * SmugSnake * TheStarscream !!Stephanos Pateranos The commander of the garrison at Bari during the Norman invasion. Represented by a cataphract. * BadassInCharge * DistressedDude: Has to be saved by Andreas during the third mission. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure !El Dorado (Spanish and Incas) !!Francisco de Orellana The main protagonist of the campaign. Represented by a conquistador unit. * BadassBeard * BadassInCharge: Is easily the strongest hero that you get to control in the game. * EyepatchOfPower * TheHero * VillainProtagonist: Given that he is a conquistador, but unlike Cortés, does not engage in very villainous actions. His vilest acts are committed on order from Pizarro, with him in charge, nothing is really bad. * WronglyAccused: Of abandoning Pizarro, while in actuality, the strong current of the river kept him from returning. !!Gonzalo Pizarro The commander of Orellanas expedition, until he is lost. Represented by a conquistador unit. * BadassBeard * BaldOfAwesome * DaChief * VillainProtagonist: A straighter example than Orellana, as Orellana was JustFollowingOrders, while Pizarro was the one giving the orders. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A consequence of following the events strictly through the eyes of Orellana. He is never mentioned again after Orellana is forced to abandon him. In RealLife, he returned to Quito with a starving expedition, but rebelled against the king and was executed six years later. !!Delicola A suspicious Native American chieftain whom leads Orellana astray with his stories. Represented by a plumed archer unit. * TheArcher * EscortMission: IN the short time he is in the players control, it feels like this, as he is not a hero unit, but a fairly weak renamed regular unit, that has to be kept alive. * HeroAntagonist: Could be seen as this, as he works against Orellana, but mainly to save his people. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Done deliberately as he flees from the conquistadors. This carried on into real life, where he was never heard of again. !Prithviraj (Indians) !Battles of the Forgotten [[/folder]] ----
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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: This being Vlad ''[[MeaningfulName the Impaler]]'', it could only be expected. Happens to countless mooks through his campaign and eventually to Vlad himself (only his head, though). * KickTheDog: In the later levels, he stakes innocents and murders monks for flattering him. * VillainProtagonist: Arguably, the main character portrayed least sympathetic. He at one point murders a monk for flattering him, and stakes several hundred Ottoman soldiers, all of which happened in real life. The fourth mission of his campaign also requires the player to burn down undefended ''Wallachian'' villages. * WeUsedToBeFriends: To the Ottomans. * YouKilledMyFather: Vladislav killed his brother and father. !!Danislav, Jakub and Istvan The three voivode princes who become the closest allies to Dracula. Represented by a cataphract, a paladin and a cavalier, respectively. * BadassInCharge * BadassCrew * AFatherToHisMen: Seems primarily motivated by the well being of their peoples, rather than Dracula, who is motivated by spite and revenge. * HorsebackHeroism: Through three different units, all of them are heavy cavalry sans Danislav in the first scenario. * TheLancer: To Dracula. * LaResistance: Agaisnt Vladislav in their first appearance. * NotQuiteDead: The narrator of the Dracula campaign is Istvan, having survived the night raid on the Turks. * SurprisinglySuddenDeath: After serving as somewhat important characters for the campaign, they all unceremoniously die in the final battle of the fourth level, where only Dracula survives, with nobody even mentioning their deaths. !!Vladislav II The leader of the Danesti clan, and the usurper of the throne of Wallachia, as well as the murderer of Draculas father and older brother. A secondary antagonist of the campaign. Represented by a cavalier unit, and later a king unit. * BadassInCharge: In his first appearance. * ItsPersonal: With Dracula * NighInvulnerability: In his first appearance, his unit is ridiculously strong, and meant to be fled from. * StarterVillain: Presented as a major threat, but is quickly defeated and killed off in the second mission. * TheUsurper !!Murad II The sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who sends Dracula to Wallachia after Vladislav takes over. Represented by the king unit. * AdiposeRex * BigGood: Serves as this in his only appearance in the first level. * TheGoodKing: Was sultan while he and Dracula were still allies. After his death, his ambitious and more ruthless son Mehmet took over, and things went awry. !!Mehmet II The son of Murad, becoming the enemy of Dracula unlike his father. * ArchEnemy: To Dracula, after Vladislav and Murads deaths. * BigBad: Since he leads the Turks, the main enemies, from mission 3 and onward. * TheEmpire: The Ottoman Empire. * TheGhost !!Radu The younger brother of Dracula, and the leader of the Ottoman troops against him in the fourth mission. * CainAndAbel: With Dracula. * TheDragon: To Mehmet. * TheGhost !Sforza (Italians) !!Francesco Sforza An Italian mercenary, captain of his platoon after his father's death, and the main protagonist of the campaign. Represented by a condottiero unit. * AntiHero * ArchEnemy: To Carmagnola. * BaitTheDog: He sieges Milan, and deliberately starves the innocent citizens of the city, but when they surrender, he makes sure to provide plenty of food for them. * BatmanGambit: Defeats Carmagnola this way. * TheDragon: To Fillipo, at first. ** DragonWithAnAgenda: Eventually turns on him to become Duke of Milan. * AFatherToHisMen: Unlike his father. * GenerationXerox * TheHero * OnlyInItForTheMoney !!Muzio Sforza The father of Francesco. After his death, Francesco takes over his soldiers. Represented by a condottiero unit. * AntiHero: More so than his son. * GenerationXerox * OnlyInItForTheMoney * PetTheDog: Dialogue implies that he gave Francesco a proper childhood, despite his ruthlessness. * SuicidalOverconfidence: Wanders straight into a powerful current, and unsurprisngly dies for it. !!Carmagnola A Venetian mercenary general, and the closest the campaign has to a main antagonist. Represented by a cataphract unit. * ArchEnemy: To both of the Sforzas. * BatmanGambit: Used by him against Malatesta, and later by Sforza against him. * BigBad: Until the third mission, at least. * TheChessmaster * ISurrenderSuckers: Pulls this off to trick and defeat Malatesta. * OutGambitted: Goes both ways: In the second mission, he completely out-gambits Malatesta through XanatosSpeedChess, in the third however, he is OutGambitted by Sforza. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After his forces are defeated in the third mission, he disappears from the campaign without a word. In real life, Venice pulled off a YouHaveFailedMe, they called him back under the pretence of discussing the future, and he was promptly tortured and executed. * XanatosSpeedChess: Pulls this off to defeat Malatesta, after the destruction of his siege tower. !!Fillipo Maria Visconti The Duke of Milan, and Sforza's distrustful employer. Represented in-game by a king unit. * DaChief * SmugSnake !!Malatesta A mercenary employed by Fillipo, fighting against Carmagnola. Represented by a paladin unit. * OutGambitted: By Carmagnola, int he second mission. * SacrificialLion * WeHardlyKnewYe !!Simone and Geremio Two spies sent by Sforza to infiltrate Carmagnola's camp. Represented by a man at arms unit. * BadassNormal: While they have the health and armor of normal man at arms, they have a ludicrously high attack, enabling them to OneHitKill pikemen, necessary to retain stealth during the attack. However, they retain that high damage after the gurms turn build and destroy, making them lethal units. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Geremio, whom upon seeing a rat in the sewer, goes on rambling about how rats caused the plague. While they are on their way to a lethal stealth mission. Simone quickly shuts him up. * ThoseTwoGuys !Alaric (Goths) !!Alaric The protagonist of the campaign, and king of the Goths. Represented by a huskarl, and later a cavalier unit. * ActionDuo: With Athaulf. * BadassInCharge * TheHighKing * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething !!Athaulf The second-in-command of Alaric. Represented by a woad raider, and then a knight unit. * ActionDuo: With Alaric. * BadassInCharge * IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Acts this way to Galla Placidia when he captures her. FridgeBrilliance when you realize he married her later in life. * TheLancer * WalkingShirtlessScene: Given when he's a woad raider. !!Honorius The emperor of the Western Roman Empire, and thereby the main antagonist of the campaign. * BigBad: Though whether he is a HeroAntagonist is debatable, he is certainly the main antagonistic force in the campaign. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The reason he ultimately fails. He is close to an alliance twice with Alaric, but both times breaks it for no apparent reson. Eventually Alaric gets fed up with this. Though the second time, Saurus did it without the permission or order of Honorius. * DirtyCoward: During the sack of Rome, he is nowhere to be seen, but the people and even his sister have been left behind. * TheEmperor * TheGhost * SmugSnake !!Saurus A Gothic chieftain, responsible for attacking Alaric for no reason, destroying the option of peace. Represented by a knight lancer hero unit. * DirtyCoward: As remarked by Alaric, when his fortress is defeated, he is nowhere to be seen. * TheDragon: To Honorius. * KnightlyLance * VillainBall: Grabs it when he attacks Alaric and Athaulf, bringing a whole lot of unnecessary trouble onto himself. !!Galla Placidia The sister of Honorius. Represented by the Joan the Maid unit. * DamselInDistress: Unusual case, where you have to kidnap the DamselInDistress. * GoodIsDumb: Simply snorts confused when stated pretty unvaguely that Athaulf won't harm her. * TheIngenue: Implied. She simply acts confsued when Athaulf pretty plainly states that he will not harm her. !Battle of Bari (Byzantines) !!Panos, Michael and Andreas Nautikos The main protagonists of each of the missions of the campaign. All represented by champion units. * BadassFamily * BadassInCharge: Andreas. * GenerationXerox * TheHero !!Louis II The Carolingian emperor, appearing in the first mission. Represented by a king unit, and a cavalier. * TheHighKing * SuicidalOverconfidence: Even when at the mercy of the Lombards, he insists on taking over Bari. * SmugSnake: Shows traits of this, in his belief to take over Bari. !!Admiral Melus A Byzantine admiral, rebelling against the empire in the second mission. Represented by a cataphract. * BigBad: Of the second mission. * TheQuisling * SmugSnake * TheStarscream !!Stephanos Pateranos The commander of the garrison at Bari during the Norman invasion. Represented by a cataphract. * BadassInCharge * DistressedDude: Has to be saved by Andreas during the third mission. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure !El Dorado (Spanish and Incas) !!Francisco de Orellana The main protagonist of the campaign. Represented by a conquistador unit. * BadassBeard * BadassInCharge: Is easily the strongest hero that you get to control in the game. * EyepatchOfPower * TheHero * VillainProtagonist: Given that he is a conquistador, but unlike Cortés, does not engage in very villainous actions. His vilest acts are committed on order from Pizarro, with him in charge, nothing is really bad. * WronglyAccused: Of abandoning Pizarro, while in actuality, the strong current of the river kept him from returning. !!Gonzalo Pizarro The commander of Orellanas expedition, until he is lost. Represented by a conquistador unit. * BadassBeard * BaldOfAwesome * DaChief * VillainProtagonist: A straighter example than Orellana, as Orellana was JustFollowingOrders, while Pizarro was the one giving the orders. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A consequence of following the events strictly through the eyes of Orellana. He is never mentioned again after Orellana is forced to abandon him. In RealLife, he returned to Quito with a starving expedition, but rebelled against the king and was executed six years later. !!Delicola A suspicious Native American chieftain whom leads Orellana astray with his stories. Represented by a plumed archer unit. * TheArcher * EscortMission: IN the short time he is in the players control, it feels like this, as he is not a hero unit, but a fairly weak renamed regular unit, that has to be kept alive. * HeroAntagonist: Could be seen as this, as he works against Orellana, but mainly to save his people. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Done deliberately as he flees from the conquistadors. This carried on into real life, where he was never heard of again. !Prithviraj (Indians) !Battles of the Forgotten [[/folder]] ----
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* FacelessGoons: Mamelukes wear black turbans that cover their face completely.

* SinisterScimitar: Their unique unit's WeaponOfChoice.

** FacelessGoons: They wear black turbans that cover their face completely. ** SinisterScimitar: Their WeaponOfChoice. ** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Mamelukes throw their scimitars at enemies, they usually hit, and pretty hard at that. Of course, the Mameluke has an endless supply of scimitars to throw at people.
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** FacelessGoons: They wear black turbans that cover their face completely. ** SinisterScimitar: Their WeaponOfChoice. ** * ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Mamelukes throw their scimitars at enemies, they usually hit, and pretty hard at that. Of course, the Mameluke has an endless supply of scimitars to throw at people.
4th Feb '16 9:07:40 AM MayIncon
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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Despite being from a wholly different continent, in game their infantry and archer units are virtually identical to those of other populations, resulting in Aztecs and Mayan armed with steel swords and armors or crossbows.
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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Despite being from a wholly different continent, in game their infantry and archer units are virtually identical to those of other populations, resulting in Aztecs and Mayan Mesoamerican warriors armed with steel swords and armors or crossbows.

Infantry civilization. They use the new African artstyle. UU: Gbeto (ranged melee infantry). Wonder: Great Mosque of Djenné.
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Infantry civilization.Durable infantry with economy and research bonuses. They use the new African artstyle. UU: Gbeto (ranged melee infantry). Wonder: Great Mosque of Djenné.

* ACommanderIsYou: Falls into the ''Generalist'' faction (well-balanced tech tree with no particular strengths or weaknesses), the ''Economist'' faction (cheaper buildings), and ''Research'' faction (faster University tech speed).
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* ACommanderIsYou: Falls into the ''Generalist'' faction (well-balanced tech tree with no particular strengths or weaknesses), the ''Economist'' faction (cheaper buildings), buildings and free gold mining upgrades), and ''Research'' faction (faster University tech speed).
4th Feb '16 1:19:52 AM MayIncon
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4th Feb '16 1:18:44 AM MayIncon
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* HeroKiller: Samurai are almost average infantry units (one samurai can beat one champion, but barely) but their bonus against [=UUs=] means that they can kill any of them in a one-on-one fight, excluding [[BlackKnight Teutonic Knights]], WarElephants and Cataphracts. The former two are too strong for Samurai even with the bonus, and the latter's bonus damage against infantry counters the Samurai's.
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* HeroKiller: Samurai are almost average infantry units (one samurai can beat one champion, but barely) but their bonus against [=UUs=] means that they can kill any of them in a one-on-one fight, excluding [[BlackKnight Teutonic Knights]], WarElephants and Cataphracts. The former two are too strong for the Samurai even with the bonus, and the latter's bonus damage against infantry counters the Samurai's.

* GlassCannon: Pre-''The Forgotten'' expansion thanks to the lack of Bloodlines.
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* GlassCannon: Pre-''The Prior to ''The Forgotten'' expansion thanks to the lack of Bloodlines. Bloodlines, they have to rely on their frail infantry, archers and Trebuchets.

* KatanasAreJustBetter: And Naginata, too. Although the Samurai is the only unit that actually wields a Katana, Japanese infantry attack 25% faster. This means their Infantry defeat the Infantry of all other civs one to one in every age (including Aztecs with the feared +4 Attack), and their Halberdiers slaughter enemy cavalry more effectively if they get close. * ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: How much use the Samurai get depends entirely on the enemy's unique unit, with a more useful one meaning the Samurai will get used to counter it. Otherwise, champions are more cost effective.
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* KatanasAreJustBetter: And Naginata, too. Although the Samurai is the only unit that actually wields a Katana, all Japanese infantry attack 25% faster. This means their Infantry defeat the Infantry of all other civs one to one in every age (including Aztecs with the feared +4 Attack), and their Halberdiers slaughter enemy cavalry more effectively if they get close. * ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: ** How much use the Samurai get depends entirely on the enemy's unique unit, with a more useful one meaning the Samurai will get used to counter it. Otherwise, champions Champions are more cost effective. ** This also applies to them literally. While they are a decent land civ, their faster fishing bonus relies on water maps to be effective.

* {{Foil}}: To the Ethiopians. The Malians have access to a stronger cavalry/infantry line with stronger economic bonuses in exchange for a weaker archery and average siege line (they have access to hand cannoneers to compensate this) while the Ethiopians have a weaker cavalry/infantry frontline in exchange for a better arhcery/siege line with strong offensive capacity.
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* {{Foil}}: To the Ethiopians. The Malians have access to a stronger cavalry/infantry line with stronger economic bonuses in exchange for a weaker archery and average siege line (they have access to hand cannoneers Hand Cannoneers to compensate this) while the Ethiopians have a weaker cavalry/infantry frontline in exchange for a better arhcery/siege archery/siege line with strong offensive capacity.

* MoreDakka: Their Organ Gun is an anti-personnel artillery, having several muzzles. The second unique technology is Arquebus, which makes their gunpowder units affected by Ballistics and therefore being an accurate force to be reckoned with.
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* MoreDakka: Their Organ Gun is an anti-personnel artillery, having several muzzles. The second unique technology is Arquebus, which makes their gunpowder units sans Cannon Galleons affected by Ballistics and therefore being an accurate force to be reckoned with.
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** The Celts were also known for their heavy use of ranged weapons in battle while in this game, they have the worst archers in their tech tree.
21st Jan '16 2:08:07 AM MayIncon
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!Northern Europe
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!Northern !Central Europe

** Chinese campaigns are even rare in the fandom for some reason. The popular fan site ''Age of Kings Heaven'' even tried to correct this by making a contest of historically themed Chinese campaigns.
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** Chinese campaigns are even rare in the fandom for some reason. The popular fan site ''Age of Kings Heaven'' even tried to correct this by making a contest of historically themed Chinese campaigns. Eventually they get their own scenario in Battles of The Forgotten.

Light cavalry based civilization. They share the Eastern Europe artstyle with the Slavs (North European in the non-HD version). UU: Magyar Huszar (light cavalry with bonus against siege weapons). Wonder: Hunyad Castle.
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Light cavalry based civilization. They share the Eastern Europe artstyle with the Slavs (North (Central European in the non-HD version). UU: Magyar Huszar (light cavalry with bonus against siege weapons). Wonder: Hunyad Castle.
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* {{Foil}: To their Iberian neighbor, the Spanish, where both civilizations are navy/gunpowder based civilizations with economic bonuses in gold. Whereas the Spanish have a more mobile army with a stronger cavalry/monk line, the Portuguese are more focused with better accuracy with their gunpowder units in exchange for a weaker monk and cavalry line.
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* {{Foil}: {{Foil}}: To their Iberian neighbor, the Spanish, where both civilizations are navy/gunpowder based civilizations with economic bonuses in gold. Whereas the Spanish have a more mobile army with a stronger cavalry/monk line, the Portuguese are more focused with better accuracy with their gunpowder units in exchange for a weaker monk and cavalry line.
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