History Characters / WarcraftIllidanAndFollowers

16th Jan '18 2:56:07 AM Cryoclaste
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Released to battle the demons during the Third War by his former crush, Tyrande Whisperwind, Illidan cleansed the Felwood by absorbing the power of an evil demonic artifact, the Skull of Gul'dan. Now half-demon, he was banished by the night elves and sought to destroy the Lich King following Kil'jaeden's order, winning the allegiance of Lady Vashj's Naga forces and Kael'thas' blood elves. He failed and was badly injured by Arthas, and fled to his new realm of Outland to escape Kil'jaeden's wrath, where over the time between Warcraft III and WorldOfWarcraft his last well-intentioned hopes were replaced by megalomania and madness. Or so it seemed...

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Released to battle the demons during the Third War by his former crush, Tyrande Whisperwind, Illidan cleansed the Felwood by absorbing the power of an evil demonic artifact, the Skull of Gul'dan. Now half-demon, he was banished by the night elves and sought to destroy the Lich King following Kil'jaeden's order, winning the allegiance of Lady Vashj's Naga forces and Kael'thas' blood elves. He failed and was badly injured by Arthas, and fled to his new realm of Outland to escape Kil'jaeden's wrath, where over the time between Warcraft III ''Warcraft III'' and WorldOfWarcraft ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' his last well-intentioned hopes were replaced by megalomania and madness. Or so it seemed...



* [[VillainProtagonist Anti Hero Protagonist]]: Illidan was a protagonist in the Night Elves and Blood Elves campaign of Warcraft 3. The player also assumes his role (or rather, conducts his story from the player's point of view) in one ''Legion'' storyline.

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* [[VillainProtagonist Anti Hero Protagonist]]: Illidan was a protagonist in the Night Elves and Blood Elves campaign of Warcraft 3.''Warcraft III''. The player also assumes his role (or rather, conducts his story from the player's point of view) in one ''Legion'' storyline.



* DreamworksFace: Makes one at the end of the intro cinematic for Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne [[note]]going by the motion of his mouth[[/note]], ''despite wearing a blindfold''.

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* DreamworksFace: Makes one at the end of the intro cinematic for Warcraft ''Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne Throne'' [[note]]going by the motion of his mouth[[/note]], ''despite wearing a blindfold''.



** {{Warcraft III}}: The magic he was using to try and destroy the Frozen Throne almost tore Northrend apart, so naturally his brother attempted to stop him. Granted he was only doing it because Kil'jaeden ordered him to do so and nobody at the time knew that killing the Lich King would have made the Scourge go wild, he may have at least gotten some sort of aid his methods didn't involve blowing up a continent.

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** {{Warcraft VideoGame/{{Warcraft III}}: The magic he was using to try and destroy the Frozen Throne almost tore Northrend apart, so naturally his brother attempted to stop him. Granted he was only doing it because Kil'jaeden ordered him to do so and nobody at the time knew that killing the Lich King would have made the Scourge go wild, he may have at least gotten some sort of aid his methods didn't involve blowing up a continent.



** [[WorldOfWarcraft Burning Crusade]] and the ''Illidan'' novel: Perhaps in an attempt to justify exactly why Illidan became a raid boss.

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** [[WorldOfWarcraft ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Burning Crusade]] Crusade]]'' and the ''Illidan'' novel: Perhaps in an attempt to justify exactly why Illidan became a raid boss.



** While how much Illidan deserves his reputation in the current canon is arguable, in the original, Warcraft 3 account of the War of the Ancients his betrayal was undeniable. There, he sold out his brother and night elf rebellion to Azshara out of pettiness and his lust for power.

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** While how much Illidan deserves his reputation in the current canon is arguable, in the original, Warcraft 3 ''Warcraft III'' account of the War of the Ancients his betrayal was undeniable. There, he sold out his brother and night elf rebellion to Azshara out of pettiness and his lust for power.



* ShockAndAwe: Has some lightning abilities in World of Warcraft.

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* ShockAndAwe: Has some lightning abilities in World ''World of Warcraft.Warcraft''.



* {{Retcon}}: Was originally a Lost One, as were all Draenei in Warcraft III. In the Burning Crusade, Akama was depicted as having been one of the newly introduced Broken since his first meeting with Illidan, albeit with the distinctive mouth of a Lost One. Interestingly, the Burning Crusade era artpiece, [[http://wowpedia.org/File:Illidari_Leaders.jpg ''Foes Of Outland'']] has Lost One Akama in the background.

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* {{Retcon}}: Was originally a Lost One, as were all Draenei in Warcraft III.''Warcraft III''. In the Burning Crusade, Akama was depicted as having been one of the newly introduced Broken since his first meeting with Illidan, albeit with the distinctive mouth of a Lost One. Interestingly, the Burning Crusade era artpiece, [[http://wowpedia.org/File:Illidari_Leaders.jpg ''Foes Of Outland'']] has Lost One Akama in the background.
14th Jan '18 8:26:25 AM Psytrainer
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** TheLancer: Kayn Sunfury. The field leader during the attack on Mardum and the Slayer's second in command. Fills the role better than Altruis given that his stronger dedication to the Illidari overall.

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** TheLancer: Kayn Sunfury. The field leader during the attack on Mardum and the Slayer's second in command. Fills the role better than Altruis given that his stronger dedication to the Illidari overall.
8th Jan '18 3:02:48 PM Grimzilla
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* "TheReasonYouSuck"Speech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Illidan gives painful ones to Velen and Turalyon.

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* "TheReasonYouSuck"Speech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Illidan gives painful ones to Velen and Turalyon.
8th Jan '18 2:50:17 PM Grimzilla
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* OddFriendship: With Velen in Legion's "Shadow of Argus" as he is a Fel-infused Demon Hunter and the other is a Light-infused holy prophet. They spend the entire campaign in Argus verbally quipping at each other about their life choices, but by the end when Illidan decides to stay behind, they both genuinely smile at each other and give each other a nod of approval.


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* "TheReasonYouSuck"Speech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Illidan gives painful ones to Velen and Turalyon.
** He berates Velen for always listening to the Naaru and never taking a stand against the Legion when he should've. He even points out just how much Velen lost by listening to the Naaru from his closest friends, a large chunk of his people, and down to his wife and son and asks how that has worked out for him. This speech actually makes Velen question whether he was doing what was best for his people or just what the Naaru wanted.
** Turalyon gets the worst of it, Illidan berates Turalyon for his blind faith in the Light, Naaru, and his inability to look outside the box. He even brings up how obsessed Turalyon was with the prophecy of the chosen one and how he fell apart after Illidan refused the gift of Xera exposing how dependent Turalyon is to his faith.
12th Dec '17 9:53:14 AM dvegaj
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** A less memetic one: "Sometimes, the hand of fate must be forced".
12th Dec '17 8:51:48 AM Psytrainer
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** TheSixthRanger: Asha Ravensong and Belath Dawnblade. Replace Cyana Nightglaive and Sevis Brightflame as the slayer's champions and remain to participate in the Battle of Niskara.

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** TheSixthRanger: [[TheSixthRanger The Sixth Rangers]]: Asha Ravensong and Belath Dawnblade. Replace Cyana Nightglaive and Sevis Brightflame as the slayer's champions and remain to participate in the Battle of Niskara.
9th Dec '17 8:09:16 AM SkidTroper
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* FunctionalAddict: Illidan is addicted to magic, at first arcane, and later also fel. This addiction played a role in him making a second Well of Eternity, which caused problems until the Dragon Aspects changed and re-purposed it, and also in why he consumed the Skull of Gul'dan rather than just destroying it. Ultimately played with, as though Illidan is a capable fighter who has learned a lot of abilities, it has played a role in Illidan being the HeWhoFightsMonsters trope and [[spoiler: his killing of Xe'ra when she tried to remove it.

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* FunctionalAddict: Illidan is addicted to magic, at first arcane, and later also fel. This addiction played a role in him making a second Well of Eternity, which caused problems until the Dragon Aspects changed and re-purposed it, and also in why he consumed the Skull of Gul'dan rather than just destroying it. Ultimately played with, as though Illidan is a capable fighter who has learned a lot of abilities, it has played a role in Illidan being the HeWhoFightsMonsters trope and [[spoiler: his killing of Xe'ra when she tried to remove it.it]].



** Furthermore, he makes several derisive comments regarding the Light and its powers... but these prove hollow since Illidan gets to Argus on a Light-powered vessel and the majority of the forces on Argus are made up of the Army of the Light (also see UngratefulBastard below). It even comes up that [[spoiler: in his final message to Tyrande. He states that he considers her faith in Elune to be one of her best qualities... [[FridgeLogic even though he had spent much of his time among the Army of the Light being distant and dismissive towards the Light and its followers]].
** He claims he would sacrifice anything to stop the Burning Legion, but it seems there is one exception (besides maybe Tyrande); his fel magic [[spoiler: given how he killed Xe'ra for trying to remove it, even though that would heal him with the Light]].

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** Furthermore, he makes several derisive comments regarding the Light and its powers... but these prove hollow since Illidan gets to Argus on a Light-powered vessel and the majority of the forces on Argus are made up of the Army of the Light (also see UngratefulBastard below). It even comes up that [[spoiler: in his final message to Tyrande. He states that he considers her faith in Elune to be one of her best qualities... [[FridgeLogic even though he had spent much of his time among the Army of the Light being distant and dismissive towards the Light and its followers]].
followers]].]]
** He claims he would sacrifice anything to stop the Burning Legion, but it seems there is one exception (besides maybe Tyrande); his fel magic [[spoiler: given how he killed Xe'ra for trying to remove it, his fel powers, even though that would heal him with the Light]].
9th Dec '17 8:06:14 AM SkidTroper
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* FunctionalAddict: Illidan is addicted to magic, at first arcane, and later also fel. This addiction played a role in him making a second Well of Eternity, which caused problems until the Dragon Aspects changed and re-purposed it, and also in why he consumed the Skull of Gul'dan rather than just destroying it. Ultimately played with, as though Illidan is a capable fighter who has learned a lot of abilities, it has played a role in Illidan being the HeWhoFightsMonsters trope and [[spoiler: his killing of Xe'ra when she tried to remove it.



** Furthermore, he makes several derisive comments regarding the Light and its powers... but these prove hollow since Illidan gets to Argus on a Light-powered vessel and the majority of the forces on Argus are made up of the Army of the Light (also see UngratefulBastard below). It even comes up that [[spoiler: in his final message to Tyrande. He states that he considers her faith in Elune to be one of her best qualities... [[FridgeLogic even though he had spent much of his time among the Army of the Light being distant and dismissive towards the Light and its followers]], not to mention his killing of Xe'ra]].
* IJustWantToBeFree: [[spoiler:He kills Xe'ra because he doesn't want the Light to be forced into him and wants to remain free of choosing to use his demonic power.]]

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** Furthermore, he makes several derisive comments regarding the Light and its powers... but these prove hollow since Illidan gets to Argus on a Light-powered vessel and the majority of the forces on Argus are made up of the Army of the Light (also see UngratefulBastard below). It even comes up that [[spoiler: in his final message to Tyrande. He states that he considers her faith in Elune to be one of her best qualities... [[FridgeLogic even though he had spent much of his time among the Army of the Light being distant and dismissive towards the Light and its followers]], not followers]].
** He claims he would sacrifice anything
to mention stop the Burning Legion, but it seems there is one exception (besides maybe Tyrande); his killing of Xe'ra]].
* IJustWantToBeFree: [[spoiler:He kills
fel magic [[spoiler: given how he killed Xe'ra because he doesn't want for trying to remove it, even though that would heal him with the Light to be forced into him and wants to remain free of choosing to use his demonic power.]] Light]].



*** Finally, when Black Temple is actively being assaulted, Illidan sends his demon hunters away on a mission and waits to fight the raiders, instead of explaining his plan.

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*** Finally, when Black Temple is actively being assaulted, Illidan sends his demon hunters away on a mission and waits to fight the raiders, raiders. He also just monologues about himself and Akama instead of explaining his plan.plan to Akama or the raiders.



%%* TautologicalTemplar: Illidan almost always thinks that his plans are justified, no matter what the consequences or anyone else says. While he has tried to be heroic, he has also shunned good advice and for all his talk of sacrifice refuses to surrender his independence (save when he was learning Druidism under Cenarius, which was hampered by his impatience and unwillingness to learn, and during the beginning of the War of the Ancients when he served under Lord Ravencrest). His tendency towards unilateral decisions led him to join the Burning Legion as a double agent without telling anyone, make another Well of Eternity after the trouble the first one, do Kil'jaeden's dirty work and then try to use the Burning Legion's resources against them without keeping all of his allies in the loop. Even after he concedes that he can't defeat the Burning Legion alone, he's still dismissive of the solutions and powers of others [[spoiler: culminating in him causing dissent among the Army of the Light by killing it's leader Xe'ra because he disagreed with her plan to empower him]].

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%%* TautologicalTemplar: Illidan almost always thinks that his plans are justified, no matter what the consequences or anyone else says. While he has tried to be heroic, he has also shunned good advice and for all his talk of sacrifice refuses to surrender his independence (save when he was learning Druidism under Cenarius, which was hampered by his impatience and unwillingness to learn, and during the beginning of the War of the Ancients when he served under Lord Ravencrest). His tendency towards unilateral decisions led him to join the Burning Legion as a double agent without telling anyone, make another Well of Eternity after the trouble the first one, do Kil'jaeden's dirty work and then try to use the Burning Legion's resources against them without keeping all of his allies in the loop. Even after he concedes that he can't defeat the Burning Legion alone, he's still dismissive of the solutions and powers of others [[spoiler: culminating in him causing dissent among the Army of the Light by killing it's leader Xe'ra because he disagreed with her plan to empower him]].him and rid him of his fel magic]].
4th Dec '17 4:09:21 AM LordYAM
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* FatalFlaw: Pride. Illidan often feels misunderstood, when he apparently has plans everyone would agree is for the good of Azeroth. In his opinion, [[WellIntentionedExtremist the ends justify the means]]. His problem is that he never communicates with anyone about his plans, he just assumes people should blindly follow and trust him. This is what led to him being called "The Betrayer" and what led to his death, as the Legion abused the fact that Illidan looked like a villain to the Azerothian forces.

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* FatalFlaw: Pride. Illidan often feels misunderstood, when he apparently has plans everyone would agree is for the good of Azeroth. In his opinion, [[WellIntentionedExtremist the ends justify the means]]. His problem is that he never communicates with anyone about his plans, he just assumes people should blindly follow and trust him. This is what led to him being called "The Betrayer" and what led to his death, as the Legion abused the fact that Illidan looked like a villain to the Azerothian forces. He ultimately lets go of it in the final battle of Antorus.


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*** Despite initially arguing with him, he does actually make peace with Velen (in fact Velen's the one to say the final goodbye to him).


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** Ultimately happens again in Legion; realizing that he can't live in a world where his purpose is fulfilled he agrees to stay behind as Sargeras's jailer in the Seat of the Pantheon.
28th Nov '17 9:24:23 PM SkidTroper
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** Deconstructed. A lot of Illidan's less than savory actions were because people viewed him as someone destined for greatness and he was trying to seize the power and accolades he felt he deserved as a result. In some ways he was happy when the Burning Legion first invaded, as this seemed like his destiny of being TheHero unfolding.

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** Deconstructed. A lot of Illidan's less than savory actions were because people viewed him as someone destined for greatness and he was trying to seize the power and accolades he felt he deserved as a result. In some ways he was happy when the Burning Legion first invaded, as this seemed like his destiny of being TheHero unfolding.



* FatalFlaw: Illidan often feels misunderstood, when he apparently has plans everyone would agree is for the good of Azeroth. In his opinion, [[WellIntentionedExtremist the ends justify the means]]. His problem is that he never communicates with anyone about his plans, he just assumes people should blindly follow and trust him. This is what led to him being called "The Betrayer" and what led to his death, as the Legion abused the fact that Illidan looked like a villain to the Azerothian forces.

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* FatalFlaw: Pride. Illidan often feels misunderstood, when he apparently has plans everyone would agree is for the good of Azeroth. In his opinion, [[WellIntentionedExtremist the ends justify the means]]. His problem is that he never communicates with anyone about his plans, he just assumes people should blindly follow and trust him. This is what led to him being called "The Betrayer" and what led to his death, as the Legion abused the fact that Illidan looked like a villain to the Azerothian forces.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Illidan mocks Velen for fleeing the Legion and says the deaths of his followers are on his hands. Not only has Illidan's actions in the past resulted in the deaths of many of his own followers but he spent years hiding from Kil'Jaeden in Outland.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Illidan mocks Velen for fleeing the Legion and says the deaths of his followers are on his hands. Not only has Illidan's actions in the past resulted in the deaths of many of his own followers but he spent years hiding from Kil'Jaeden in Outland.



* MoralMyopia: This guy uses the Legion's power to protect Azeroth, but is often as destructive as they are. One novice Demon Hunter asks whether they're any better than the Legion; he actually ''listens'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHy9DSwbJAk and his way of responding is essentially "the ends justify the means."]]
* NeverMyFault: Though Illidan has sometimes acknowledged when he is to blame, he does have his moments of playing this trope straight. Such as his refusal to admit that [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal his own actions is what turns Akama against him]].

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* MoralMyopia: This guy uses the Legion's power to protect Azeroth, but is often as destructive as they are. One novice Demon Hunter asks whether they're any better than the Legion; he actually ''listens'', Legion, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHy9DSwbJAk and his way of responding is essentially "the ends justify the means."]]
* NeverMyFault: Though Illidan has sometimes acknowledged when he is to blame, he does have his moments of playing this trope straight. Such as his refusal to admit that [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal his own actions is what turns Akama against him]].him]] and his ProtagonistCenteredMorality (see below).



* NominalHero: Illidan ultimately cares most about destroying the Burning Legion. This often puts him on the side of the heroes, and at least puts him against many of the true villains.

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* NominalHero: Illidan ultimately cares most about destroying the Burning Legion. This often puts him on the side of the heroes, and at least puts him against many of the true villains. Yet Illidan has also often deemed his plans justified, no matter what the consequences or anyone else says. While he has tried to be heroic, he has also shunned good advice and for all his talk of sacrifice refuses to follow anyone else's authority (save when he was learning Druidism under Cenarius, which was hampered by his impatience and unwillingness to learn, and during the beginning of the War of the Ancients when he served under Lord Ravencrest). His tendency towards unilateral decisions led him to join the Burning Legion as a double agent without telling anyone (leading many to, mistakenly yet understandably, think he had turned evil), make another Well of Eternity after the trouble the first one caused, do Kil'jaeden's dirty work and then try to use the Burning Legion's resources against them without keeping all of his allies in the loop. Even after he concedes that he can't defeat the Burning Legion alone, he's still dismissive of the solutions and powers of others [[spoiler: culminating in him causing dissent among the Army of the Light by killing it's leader Xe'ra because he disagreed with her plan to empower him]].



** Best exemplified in 7.3: Despite being accompanied almost entirely by priests, paladins, and holy warriors, he starts the patch by showing open disdain for Velen's faith in the Light. [[spoiler:He's one of only two people on the Vindicaar using BlackMagic. When [[WellIntentionedExtremist Xe'ra]] attempts to forcibly empower him with the Light instead, he emanates an aura of darkness as he ''obliterates her'' in his refusal.]]

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** Best exemplified in 7.3: Despite being accompanied almost entirely by priests, paladins, and holy warriors, he starts the patch by showing open disdain for Velen's faith in the Light. [[spoiler:He's one of only two people on the Vindicaar using BlackMagic. When [[WellIntentionedExtremist Xe'ra]] attempts to forcibly empower him with the Light instead, he emanates an aura of darkness as he ''obliterates her'' in his refusal.]]
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