History Characters / WarcraftTheScourge

19th Sep '16 1:08:11 PM weezact7
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** Because one of Arthas's main tools as the Lich King was fear, once he realized that the player characters and Tirion don't fear him (indeed ''cannot'' fear him), even in the face of defeat, he realized he was screwed from the start.
19th Sep '16 12:55:09 PM weezact7
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*** Possibly subverted. Anub'Arak is implied to resent him for destroying his kingdom and when you kill Anub his death rattle is "I never thought I would be free of him." As such, he (or Ner'zul before Arthas becomes the Lich King) may be forcing his subjects to treat him as such so he can play the good, loved leader in a chilling mockery of the life he had in Lorderon. Those that are not forced are either mindless or care moreabout the power he grants them (such as Kel'thuzad and the other Liches).
16th Sep '16 6:00:16 AM Phoenixion
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: At least gameplay-wise, as noted under CameBackStrong above, he was a GiantMook until resurrected and transformed into a Lich Hero, with the best base-razing power in the entire game. Averted story-wise, as he was never a "nobody" per se.
7th Sep '16 9:09:52 AM Toadofsteel
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* ComplexityAddiction: His convoluted gambit to repeatedly let his plans be thwarted and minions killed to make the player stronger is ''totally unnecessary''. The ''Halls of Reflection'' instance reveals that if Arthas were killed the Scourge would wipe out Azeroth in a ZergRush, even without Arthas' immense personal power or a guiding intelligence controlling them.

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* ComplexityAddiction: His convoluted gambit to repeatedly let his plans be thwarted and minions killed to make the player stronger is ''totally unnecessary''. The ''Halls of Reflection'' instance reveals that if Arthas were killed the Scourge would wipe out Azeroth in a ZergRush, even without Arthas' immense personal power or a guiding intelligence controlling them. [[spoiler:It turns out that nearly every action Arthas takes in ''Wrath of the Lich King'' is a massive BatmanGambit to draw Azeroth's greatest heroes to his doorstep, let them think they have the upper hand, and kill them all to raise them as the greatest generals for his army. Had Tirion not succeeded with his DesperationAttack, the gambit would have been pulled off without a hitch.]]
7th Sep '16 9:05:35 AM Toadofsteel
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** Not so much Sauron, but his right-hand lieutenant, the Witch-King of Angmar (from which the name Lich King was first derived), a former human king corrupted by evil and raises an undead army in the frozen wastes.
29th Aug '16 10:08:24 PM Taxima
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* HiveMind: All members of the Scourge hear the Lich King's voice in their minds and are compelled to obey. Without the Lich King's guiding presence, the Scourge would devolve into a mindless wave of death and destruction.



%%* BlackKnight: Oh yes.

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%%* * BlackKnight: Oh yes. After obtaining Frostmorne, Arthas fell from grace as a paladin and became a death knight.



* EvilPlan: [[ILetYouWin He allowed you and your fellow heroes to come all the way to his throne room so he could personally slaughter and ressurect you to have the greatest warriors of the world on his side]].

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* EvilPlan: [[ILetYouWin He allowed you and your fellow heroes to come all the way to his throne room so he could personally slaughter and ressurect resurrect you to have the greatest warriors of the world on his side]].



* EvilSoundsDeep: The Lich King has a completely different voice actor from Arthas, and his voice becomes monsterously deep after he dons the Helm of Domination.

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* EvilSoundsDeep: The Lich King has a completely different voice actor from Arthas, and his voice becomes monsterously monstrously deep after he dons the Helm of Domination.Domination.
* EvilWeapon: Frostmourne is a soul stealing rune sword that was sealed away within Northrend with guardians meant to protect anyone from touching the cursed steel.



* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Subverted in the end, he doesn't do anything ''truly'' evil until Frostmourne takes his soul outright. The Culling of Stratholme was because they were all doomed to become zombies soon anyway, sinking the ships was classic Art of War strategy, and he takes Frostmourne, not because of lust for power, but because of desperation and a willingness to sacrfice himself to the sword in order to stop the scourge.

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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Subverted in the end, he doesn't do anything ''truly'' evil until Frostmourne takes his soul outright. The Culling of Stratholme was because they were all doomed to become zombies soon anyway, sinking the ships was classic Art of War strategy, and he takes Frostmourne, not because of lust for power, but because of desperation and a willingness to sacrfice sacrifice himself to the sword in order to stop the scourge.



* VillainProtagonist: Gets two whole campaigns centred around him in ''Warcraft 3'', and a third in the expansion.

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* VillainProtagonist: Gets two whole campaigns centred centered around him in ''Warcraft 3'', III'', and a third in the expansion.



* MoreThanMindControl: After he becomes undead, a lich to be exact, you may argue that he, just like many other undeads, is under Lich King's mind control. However, you can't forget that while he was still alive, he is the one who found Cult of The Damned and already worshipping Lich King since then. He also follows Arthas completely even when he loses control over weaker minions like Slyvanas and the majority of the undead, implying genuine loyalty.

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* MoreThanMindControl: After he becomes undead, a lich to be exact, you may argue that he, just like many other undeads, is under the Lich King's mind control. However, you can't forget that while he was still alive, he is the one who found Cult of The Damned and already worshipping worshiping the Lich King since then. He also follows Arthas completely even when he loses control over weaker minions like Slyvanas and the majority of the undead, implying genuine loyalty.



* SingleTargetSexuality: Implied this is how Kel'Thuzad feels towards Arthas. After his trasformation to an undead Lich. Squick.

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* SingleTargetSexuality: Implied this is how Kel'Thuzad feels towards Arthas. After his trasformation transformation to an undead Lich. Squick.{{Squick}}.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of his attacks and part of his defence.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of his attacks and part of his defence.defense.



* InfinityMinusOneSword: Quel'Delar was the best sword avaliable outside of raiding or PvP during ''Wrath of the Lich King''

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* InfinityMinusOneSword: Quel'Delar was the best sword avaliable available outside of raiding or PvP during ''Wrath of the Lich King''



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: His promotion from the Lich King makes him far too strong for the players to defeat on their own, and lets him beat down his own superweapons with relative ease.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: His promotion from the Lich King makes him far too strong for the players to defeat on their own, and lets him beat down his own superweapons super-weapons with relative ease.



* OffWithHisHead: The Lich King desposes of him this way.

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* OffWithHisHead: The Lich King desposes disposes of him this way.



* TheQuisling: Betrayed his people to the Scourge and takes up a high position amongst them to subjugate the rest of his homeland.

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* TheQuisling: Betrayed his people to the Scourge and takes up a high position amongst among them to subjugate the rest of his homeland.
26th Aug '16 4:13:04 AM Iku
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The son of King Terenas Menethil, Arthas started out as TheWisePrince, an idealistic, chivalrous hero of Lordaeron, and was also Jaina's Proudmoore's lover. Unfortunately, the events of the Third War drove him to abandon his idealistic stance in favor of purging the plague of undeath sent by Ner'zhul (the original Lich King). Eventually, the trail [[ThePlan set up by]] the Dreadlord Mal'ganis led him to Northrend and the sword Frostmourne, which consumed his soul and turned him into a Death Knight. He went on to slaughter his people and his father, the king and helped summon Archimonde in a failed attempt to claim the power of the World Tree. Shortly thereafter, Ner'zhul called him back to Northrend to defend against the assault of Illidan Stormrage. Arthas defeated Illidan, then rose to the weakened Frozen Throne, merging with Ner'zhul and becoming the Lich King. Arthas then [[DragonAscendant consumed Ner'zhul's spirit and eradicated Ner'zhul's mind]] some time after their merge but before ''Wrath of the Lich King'', establishing him as the sole leader of the Scourge.

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The son of King Terenas Menethil, Arthas started out as TheWisePrince, an idealistic, chivalrous hero of Lordaeron, and was also Jaina's Proudmoore's lover. Unfortunately, the events of the Third War drove him to abandon his idealistic stance in favor of purging the plague of undeath sent by Ner'zhul (the original Lich King). Eventually, the trail [[ThePlan set up by]] the Dreadlord Mal'ganis led him to Northrend and the sword Frostmourne, which consumed his soul and turned him into a Death Knight. He went on to slaughter his people and his father, the king and helped summon Archimonde in a failed attempt (influenced in part by Nerzhul's scheming) to claim the power of the World Tree. Shortly thereafter, Ner'zhul called him back to Northrend to defend against the assault of Illidan Stormrage. Arthas defeated Illidan, then rose to the weakened Frozen Throne, merging with Ner'zhul and becoming the Lich King. Arthas then [[DragonAscendant consumed Ner'zhul's spirit and eradicated Ner'zhul's mind]] some time after their merge but before ''Wrath of the Lich King'', establishing him as the sole leader of the Scourge.
8th Aug '16 7:18:25 AM Prometheus117
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* DarthVaderClone: Arthas fits many traits of this trope when he was still a death knight. He used to be a Paladin and fell to the dark side trying to protect the kingdom he loves. He is also a magic knight and his character model in ''Warcraft III'' also wore a cape. Arthas also served the Lich King Ner'Zhul, which fits the trait of the physically superior warrior serving a more magically powerful Big Bad. Later on, Arthas fuses with Ner'Zhul, playing the mask, armor and voice traits of this trope straight. The Lich King wears ornate armor at all times that functions as the magical equivalent of a life support system as well, maintaining his undead status. As putting the armor on literally made Arthas into the Lich King (by merging him with the soul of Ner'zhul, who was made into the original Lich King). In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', he never appears in the actual game or cut scenes without the full armor until his death, where his helmet is removed and he's held in the arms of a loved one before passing.

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* DarthVaderClone: Arthas fits many traits of this trope when he was still a death knight. He used to be a Paladin and fell to the dark side trying to protect the kingdom he loves. He is also a magic knight and his character model in ''Warcraft III'' also wore a cape. Arthas also served the Lich King Ner'Zhul, which fits the trait of the physically superior warrior serving a more magically powerful Big Bad. Later on, Arthas fuses with Ner'Zhul, playing the mask, armor and voice traits of this trope straight. The Lich King wears ornate armor at all times that functions as the magical equivalent of a life support system as well, maintaining his undead status. As putting the armor on literally made Arthas into the Lich King (by merging him with the soul of Ner'zhul, who was made into the original Lich King). In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', he never appears in the actual game or cut scenes without the full armor until his death, where his helmet is removed and he's held in the arms of a loved one before passing.passing, once again the man he used to be.
8th Aug '16 7:13:06 AM Prometheus117
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* DarthVaderClone: Arthas fits many traits of this trope when he was still a death knight. He used to be a Paladin and fell to the dark side trying to protect the kingdom he loves. He is also a magic knight and his character model in ''Warcraft III'' also wore a cape. Arthas also served the Lich King Ner'Zhul, which fits the trait of the physically superior warrior serving a more magically powerful Big Bad. Later on, Arthas fuses with Ner'Zhul, playing the mask, armor and voice traits of this trope straight. The Lich King wears ornate armor at all times that functions as the magical equivalent of a life support system as well, maintaining his undead status. As putting the armor on literally made Arthas into the Lich King (by merging him with the soul of Ner'zhul, who was made into the original Lich King). In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', he never appears in the actual game or cut scenes without the full armor.

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* DarthVaderClone: Arthas fits many traits of this trope when he was still a death knight. He used to be a Paladin and fell to the dark side trying to protect the kingdom he loves. He is also a magic knight and his character model in ''Warcraft III'' also wore a cape. Arthas also served the Lich King Ner'Zhul, which fits the trait of the physically superior warrior serving a more magically powerful Big Bad. Later on, Arthas fuses with Ner'Zhul, playing the mask, armor and voice traits of this trope straight. The Lich King wears ornate armor at all times that functions as the magical equivalent of a life support system as well, maintaining his undead status. As putting the armor on literally made Arthas into the Lich King (by merging him with the soul of Ner'zhul, who was made into the original Lich King). In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', he never appears in the actual game or cut scenes without the full armor. armor until his death, where his helmet is removed and he's held in the arms of a loved one before passing.
29th Jul '16 4:07:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: While he throughout Wrath of the Lich King appeared GenreBlind, he is revealed to be this. Arthas knew the player characters would come for him, and purposely let them get stronger and assault his fortress all the way to his Frozen Throne just to kill them and raise them as powerful undead warriors for his own. He would have an army of powerful minions and he wouldn't have to lift a finger until they reached him. It is also heavily implied that he is holding his forces in reserve, so when he has slain the player characters and Tirion, the armies opposing him are right where he want them, ready to be crushed. Of course he never gets that far, as Tirion breaks free with the help of the Light and destroys Frostmourne before the player characters can be raised as undead.
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