History Characters / WarcraftIllidanAndFollowers

21st Sep '16 9:53:50 AM Prometheus117
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After Illidan Stormrage absorbed the power of the Skull of Gul'dan and was banished from the forests of the Night Elves, he was visited by Kil'jaeden, who offered him a deal to destroy the Frozen Throne and prove his loyalty to the Burning Legion in exchange for power beyond his imagination. Illidan gathered to himself an army of naga, satyrs, blood elves and demons and set out to perform the task, but loyalty wasn't necessarily the only thing motivating him. After failing to destroy the Throne with the Eye of Sargeras, Illidan led his forces into Outland where he joined with Akama and his Broken followers the Ashtongue tribe to overthrow the demon Magtheridon, lord of the Black Temple, and claim Outland for himself. Found out by Kil'jaeden and given one final chance to redeem himself, Illidan returned to Azeroth and fought Arthas' armies in Icecrown before being overcome, retreating back to Outland.

Now, the Betrayer waits within the Black Temple, preparing for the day he strikes back at the Legion that brought him so much suffering with the very powers they gave him...
9th Sep '16 9:47:35 PM Prometheus117
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* ReforgedBlade: His father Anasterian's runeblade, [[PlayingWithFire Felo'melorn]], was shattered by Frostmourne with a single hit during the fall of Quel'Thalas, but Kael'thas had it reforged in order to battle Arthas in Northrend. Arthas lampshades this trope and notes [[RealityEnsures the blade would be weaker and even easier to break]], but Kael'thas smugly counters that while ''human'' blades might, ''[[OurElvesAreBetter elven]]'' blades don't, and proceeds to prove it by repeatedly clashing with Arthas without fear.

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* ReforgedBlade: His father Anasterian's runeblade, [[PlayingWithFire Felo'melorn]], was shattered by Frostmourne with a single hit during the fall of Quel'Thalas, but Kael'thas had it reforged in order to battle Arthas in Northrend. Arthas lampshades this trope and notes [[RealityEnsures [[RealityEnsues the blade would be weaker and even easier to break]], but Kael'thas smugly counters that while ''human'' blades might, ''[[OurElvesAreBetter elven]]'' blades don't, and proceeds to prove it by repeatedly clashing with Arthas without fear.
9th Sep '16 9:40:44 PM Prometheus117
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* BadassBoast: In ''Literature/{{Arthas}}'' when he faces down against the Lich King's chosen during the final battle at Icecrown wielding his father's reforged blade and Arthas claims he's a fool to wield a sword he's broken once already.
-->''"...not elven weapons. Not when they are reforged with magic, and hatred, and a burning need for revenge. No, Arthas. Felo'melorn is stronger than ever-as am I."''


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* ReforgedBlade: His father Anasterian's runeblade, [[PlayingWithFire Felo'melorn]], was shattered by Frostmourne with a single hit during the fall of Quel'Thalas, but Kael'thas had it reforged in order to battle Arthas in Northrend. Arthas lampshades this trope and notes [[RealityEnsures the blade would be weaker and even easier to break]], but Kael'thas smugly counters that while ''human'' blades might, ''[[OurElvesAreBetter elven]]'' blades don't, and proceeds to prove it by repeatedly clashing with Arthas without fear.


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* TranquilFury: When he and Arthas face off at long last in ''Literature/{{Arthas}}'', it's clear that Kael'thas despises him with every ounce of his being for what he did to his people and his country, but he keeps a powerful lid on it and goes out his way to match Arthas [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] with his own, and in fact it's ''Arthas'' who loses his cool first (though he still doesn't win, props for that much).
9th Sep '16 4:43:04 PM Prometheus117
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%* EvilFeelsGood: Prolonged exposure to Fel magic ultimately does this to anyone, but when you ''need'' magic to survive...

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%* * EvilFeelsGood: Prolonged exposure to Fel magic ultimately does this to anyone, but when you ''need'' magic to survive...



%* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Again, he's basically the elven version of Arthas, falling deeper into darkness to "save" his people until he ultimately betrayed them for their destruction.

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%* * HeWhoFightsMonsters: Again, he's basically the elven version of Arthas, falling deeper into darkness to "save" his people until he ultimately betrayed them for their destruction.



%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He always disliked Arthas [[RomanticRunnerUp for stealing Jaina away from him]], but having his kingdom fall to the undead and his father killed by the death knight made it [[ItsPersonal personal]]. Shown in special detail during the ''Arthas'' novel, where he directly engages Arthas in a duel and they both take turns [[SnarkToSnarkCombat sniping at each other]] while trying to take the other's head. The narration makes it clear he's ''burning'' with anger and hatred.

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%* * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He always disliked Arthas [[RomanticRunnerUp for stealing Jaina away from him]], but having his kingdom fall to the undead and his father killed by the death knight made it [[ItsPersonal personal]]. Shown in special detail during the ''Arthas'' novel, where he directly engages Arthas in a duel and they both take turns [[SnarkToSnarkCombat sniping at each other]] while trying to take the other's head. The narration makes it clear he's ''burning'' with anger and hatred.
9th Sep '16 4:41:01 PM Prometheus117
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* CoolSword: Briefly wielded his father's reforged sword Felo'melorn ([[PlayingWithFire "Flamestrike"]] in Common) against Arthas in Northrend. To Arthas's surprise, compared to when he shattered it the first time, it's been reforged strong enough to match Frostmourne multiple times in combat, and even when Kael'thas flees it remains in Icecrown to eventually be recovered in ''Legion'' as the Artifact Weapon of the [[PlayingWithFire Fire Mages]].



%%* EvilFeelsGood

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%%* EvilFeelsGood%* EvilFeelsGood: Prolonged exposure to Fel magic ultimately does this to anyone, but when you ''need'' magic to survive...



%%* FallenHero

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%%* FallenHero* FallenHero: In a manner not so dissimilar from Arthas himself, ironic given his hatred for the man. Like Arthas, for all his personal faults he genuinely wanted what was best for his people and was willing to go to any lengths to save them. The undead Scourge ultimately attacked his kingdom, and in his desperation he sought darker and more insidious powers until he became the antithesis of everything he once stood for, hated even by his own people.



%%* HeWhoFightsMonsters

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%%* HeWhoFightsMonsters%* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Again, he's basically the elven version of Arthas, falling deeper into darkness to "save" his people until he ultimately betrayed them for their destruction.



* LoveTriangle: Part of a [[TriangRelations Type 4]] with Jaina and Arthas.

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* LoveTriangle: Part of a [[TriangRelations Type 4]] with Jaina and Arthas. He ultimately loses out, but considering what happened to Arthas maybe she would have been better off with him...



* RebelPrince: It's implied he was this in the backstory, preferring to pal around with his friends in Dalaran than embrace his responsibilities as heir to Quel'Thalas.
%%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge

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* RebelPrince: It's implied he was this in the backstory, preferring to pal around with his friends in Dalaran than embrace his responsibilities as heir to Quel'Thalas.
%%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
Quel'Thalas. He ''tries'' to step up as the WisePrince, [[FallenHero but]]...
%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He always disliked Arthas [[RomanticRunnerUp for stealing Jaina away from him]], but having his kingdom fall to the undead and his father killed by the death knight made it [[ItsPersonal personal]]. Shown in special detail during the ''Arthas'' novel, where he directly engages Arthas in a duel and they both take turns [[SnarkToSnarkCombat sniping at each other]] while trying to take the other's head. The narration makes it clear he's ''burning'' with anger and hatred.
8th Sep '16 7:52:24 AM Saveelich
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* AlasPoorYorick: When he is confronted by players at the top of Black Temple in ''Burning Crusade'', he is seen meditating with the skull of Gul'dan in his hand before the fight begins.
3rd Sep '16 9:08:40 PM Prometheus117
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* FanNickname: 'Illidindo Nuffin'. Or, "I didn't do anything." He's earned this moniker for a few reasons. One, he always things he's doing the right thing, even when he's wrong. Two, fans go to extreme lengths to make him into a pure, do-no-wrong good guy. Three, people worry Blizzard may make him two just to appease those fans.
3rd Sep '16 8:33:22 PM Crewx
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* FanNickname: 'Illidindo Nuffin'. Or, "I didn't do anything." He's earned this moniker for a few reasons. One, he always things he's doing the right thing, even when he's wrong. Two, fans go to extreme lengths to make him into a pure, do-no-wrong good guy. Three, people worry Blizzard may make him two just to appease those fans.
3rd Sep '16 10:45:58 AM Prometheus117
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* EvilIsEasy: Perhaps "evil" is stretching it, but part of the reason Illidan chose the arcane over druidism despite his massive potential for the latter was because the process of learning was too long with too few benefits gained in the meantime, along with the fact druidism had not become so important to Night Elf society yet. The fact that his brother [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Malfurion]] eventually surpassed him in that field and Cenarius himself told him he was better off learning from his brother than himself just further fueled his resentment for it.



* SupernaturalGoldEyes: He was born with golden eyes, which among the Night Elves are considered a sign of great destiny. The desire to live up to this destiny is partially how Illidan became so recklessly ambitious in the first place. Ironically, golden eyes are actually a sign of druidic potential. Illidan was initially trained by Cenarius together with Malfurion (who had silver eyes at that time, which later turned golden), but wasn't satisfied with the slow progress and picked up arcane magic, for which he also had great potential. VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm actually gave him a skin, where in an AlternateUniverse Illidan became [[GoodCounterpart a druid and the leader of the night elves]], and Malfurion became the Betrayer.

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* SupernaturalGoldEyes: [[EyeScream When he still had eyes, at least]]. He was born with golden eyes, which among the Night Elves are considered a sign of great destiny. The desire to live up to this destiny is partially how Illidan became so recklessly ambitious in the first place. Ironically, golden eyes are actually a sign of druidic potential. Illidan was initially trained by Cenarius together with Malfurion (who had silver eyes at that time, which later turned golden), but wasn't satisfied with the slow progress and picked up arcane magic, for which he also had great potential. VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm actually gave him a skin, where in an AlternateUniverse Illidan became [[GoodCounterpart a druid and the leader of the night elves]], and Malfurion became the Betrayer.
2nd Sep '16 10:42:40 PM tdwally
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* BrilliantButLazy: Illidan actually has more innate appitude for druidic magic than Malfurion, but the slow progress of learning such magic coupled with its lack of esteem in Night Elven society at the time meant that he quickly lost interest.



* TheChosenOne: And not in a good way. Gul'dan claims he is chosen to bring about the fall of Azeroth. [[spoiler:On the other hand, at least one of the first naaru by the name of Xe'ra believes he is destined to be a champion of Light destined to fight the Void, as shown in the ''Illidan'' novel]].

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* TheChosenOne: And not in TheChosenOne:
** 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 good way. result. In some ways he was happy when the Burning Legion first invaded, as this seemed like his destiny of being TheHero unfolding.
** In ''Legion''
Gul'dan claims he is chosen to bring about the fall of Azeroth. [[spoiler:On the other hand, at least one of the first naaru by the name of Xe'ra believes he is destined to be a champion of Light destined to fight the Void, as shown in the ''Illidan'' novel]].



* {{Irony}}: Those SupernaturalGoldEyes of his that meant he was destined for greatness? They were a sign of latent ''druidic'' potential. The same druidism he shunned because he felt it wouldn't lead him to his great destiny.



* MeetTheNewBoss: Why he had so many enemies in Outland. His actions as Lord of Outland seemed basically identical to the previous Legion overlords unless you were part of a very select group of people.



%%* TragicHero: Initially.
%%* TragicVillain: When he finally turns into a villain.

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%%* TragicHero: Initially.
%%* TragicVillain: When
* TragicHero[=/=]TragicVillain: Depending on where on the morality scale you place him. Either way, it remains consistent that Illidan did try to do what he finally turns into thought was best for his people for a villain.long time.
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