History Characters / WarcraftTheScourge

18th May '18 7:21:39 AM StormKnight
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* ClusterBleepBomb: Witness his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMsCdc3OBG8 on-click quotes in the Warrior order hall]], where he goes into a rant censored with bleeps. And yes it made it from beta to live.

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* ClusterBleepBomb: Witness his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMsCdc3OBG8 com/watch?v=c6EWYC8uVTg on-click quotes in the Warrior order hall]], where he goes into a rant censored with bleeps. And yes it made it from beta to live.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: It is implied by the dungeon journal that he actually loves his wife Queen Angerboda, as he seeks revenge for her death. She in return refers to him as "my love".

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: It is implied by the dungeon journal and [[https://wow.gamepedia.com/Quest:Proof_of_Demise:_King_Ymiron a now removed quest]] that he actually loves his wife Queen Angerboda, as he seeks revenge for her death.death and keeps one of her lockets as a reminder of her. She in return refers to him as "my love".
5th May '18 10:51:51 PM Maljen
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** Retcon: It was suggested in ''The Frozen Throne'' he did willing serve the Lich King since [[AllThereInTheManual the Battle.net bio for the Crypt Lords]] had them sell out to Ner'zhul for power.

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** Retcon: {{Retcon}}: It was suggested in ''The Frozen Throne'' he did willing serve the Lich King since [[AllThereInTheManual the Battle.net bio for the Crypt Lords]] had them sell out to Ner'zhul for power.
5th May '18 10:50:45 PM Maljen
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* {{Characterization Marches On}}: His depiction in ''WCIII'' once he joined the Scourge showed him as callous and detached (with a sense of humor going by his chuckling at Uther's reaction to hearing he came for Terenas' ashes) without any signs of disloyalty towards Ner'zhul or regret from/resentment at his position in the Scourge, outside of the possible exception of ''The Frozen Throne'''s final cinematic. In his novel, he's noted as regretting or doubting his actions as a Death Knight (with the suggestion that his aforementioned attitude is really a facade) and resents having to follow Ner'zhul's orders or be a puppet for Kel'thuzad's manipulations.

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* {{Characterization Marches On}}: His depiction in ''WCIII'' once he joined the Scourge showed him as callous and detached (with a sense of humor going by his chuckling at Uther's reaction to hearing he came for Terenas' ashes) without any signs of disloyalty towards Ner'zhul or regret from/resentment at his position in the Scourge, outside of the possible exception of ''The Frozen Throne'''s final cinematic. In his novel, he's noted repeatedly shown as regretting or doubting his actions as a Death Knight (with the suggestion that his aforementioned attitude is really a facade) and resents having to follow Ner'zhul's orders or be a puppet for Kel'thuzad's manipulations.
5th May '18 10:49:43 PM Maljen
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* {{Characterization Marches On}}: His depiction in WC3 once he joined the Scourge showed him as callous and detached (with a sense of humor going by his chuckling at Uther's reaction to hearing he came for Terenas' ashes) with no signs of disloyalty towards Ner'zhul. In his novel, he's noted as regretting or doubting his actions as a Death Knight (with the suggestion that his aforementioned attitude is really a facad)e and resents having to follow Ner'zhul's orders or be puppet for Kel'thuzad's manipulations.

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* {{Characterization Marches On}}: His depiction in WC3 ''WCIII'' once he joined the Scourge showed him as callous and detached (with a sense of humor going by his chuckling at Uther's reaction to hearing he came for Terenas' ashes) with no without any signs of disloyalty towards Ner'zhul. Ner'zhul or regret from/resentment at his position in the Scourge, outside of the possible exception of ''The Frozen Throne'''s final cinematic. In his novel, he's noted as regretting or doubting his actions as a Death Knight (with the suggestion that his aforementioned attitude is really a facad)e facade) and resents having to follow Ner'zhul's orders or be a puppet for Kel'thuzad's manipulations.


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*** ''Rise of the Lich King'' has Arthas briefly try to style himself as a ruler like his father and treat his undead troops as his subjects. He gives up on this when he realizes that they're only shambling mockeries of life and so resolves to keep them at a distance.


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** Retcon: It was suggested in ''The Frozen Throne'' he did willing serve the Lich King since [[AllThereInTheManual the Battle.net bio for the Crypt Lords]] had them sell out to Ner'zhul for power.
5th May '18 10:22:59 PM Maljen
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* {{Characterization Marches On}}: His depiction in WC3 once he joined the Scourge showed him as callous and detached (with a sense of humor going by his chuckling at Uther's reaction to hearing he came for Terenas' ashes) with no signs of disloyalty towards Ner'zhul. In his novel, he's noted as regretting or doubting his actions as a Death Knight (with the suggestion that his aforementioned attitude is really a facad)e and resents having to follow Ner'zhul's orders or be puppet for Kel'thuzad's manipulations.
27th Mar '18 5:21:53 PM hakulives
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* SoullessShell: As a result of picking up Frostmourne.

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* SoullessShell: TheSoulless: As a result of picking up Frostmourne.
21st Mar '18 8:57:22 AM LISBOAH
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* HateSink

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* HateSinkHateSink: He is one of the most hated characters in Warcraft, even among the Scourge. For example: Arthas had his soul taken by Frostmourne and is still quite popular by the fans; Kel'Thuzad was exiled from Dalaran and possesses some EvilVirtues especially Loyalty; Anub'arak, Lana'thel and others are bound by the Lich King's will; Drakuru is quite affable towards the adventurers... Dar'Khan however lacks both redeeming traits and an excuse.



* PowerofTheVoid: His legacy returns in Legion where he turns out he was researching the void, discovering the rift that would later lead to the void elves.

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* PowerofTheVoid: PowerOfTheVoid: His legacy returns in Legion where he turns out he was researching the void, discovering the rift that would later lead to the void elves.
18th Mar '18 3:18:45 PM voidgod
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* PowerofTheVoid: His legacy returns in Legion where he turns out he was researching the void, discovering the rift that would later lead to the void elves.
2nd Mar '18 8:37:57 PM TroperNo9001
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* AFatherToHisMen: He valued the men under his command, and would take the time to learn their names and talk to them about their day. It's a trait he kept as a death knight, as he values the Scourge the same way.
** It later gets averted when the Dreadlords and Sylvanas manage to take control of most of his warriors. Arthas then realizes that most of his new subjects would turn on him if given the chance and so starts treating them as pawns.



* AGodAmI: Or damn near close to it. The background fluff calls him the 'god-like Lich King' or a 'demi-god' or even 'a being of incalculable power'. He also sees himself as a god-like being and is worshiped as such by his minions.
* AllLovingHero: {{Deconstructed}}. The fact that Arthas loved his people is what made him so easy to fall into Ner'zhul's hands once the plague was unleashed. His love for his people drove him to try and save them when the Plague hit, but the fact that he couldn't did not take it's toll lightly on him. Eventually he realized that in undeath he wouldn't need to worry.
* AndIMustScream: Consider how many ruined lives and captured souls he is responsible for through the entire timeline, and yet when Sylvanas sees him in the afterlife he's broken down in tears from the unspeakable torture that's going on there. Suppose Uther's hope for there to be a special place in Hell for him came true. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It's the same place where his Shadowy Tormentor Shades torture the souls]] of Death Knights when they aren't killing anything despite them still being alive. It would seem that his former Undead minions are still torturing any spirit that enters the Lich King's territory within the Troll God of the Afterlife Bwonsambi's Realm of Shadows and no longer recognize Arthas as the Lich King.

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* AGodAmI: Or damn near close to it. The background fluff calls him the 'god-like Lich King' or a 'demi-god' or even 'a being of incalculable power'. He also sees himself as a god-like being and is worshiped as such by his minions.
* AllLovingHero: {{Deconstructed}}. The fact that Arthas loved his people is what made him so easy to fall into Ner'zhul's hands once the plague was unleashed. His love for his people drove him to try and save them when the Plague hit, but the fact that he couldn't did not take it's its toll lightly on him. Eventually he realized that in undeath he wouldn't need to worry.
* AndIMustScream: Consider how many ruined lives and captured souls he is responsible for through the entire timeline, and yet when Sylvanas sees him in the afterlife afterlife, he's broken down in tears from the unspeakable torture that's going on there. Suppose Uther's hope for there to be a special place in Hell for him came true. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It's the same place where his Shadowy Tormentor Shades torture the souls]] of Death Knights when they aren't killing anything despite them still being alive. It would seem that his former Undead minions are still torturing any spirit that enters the Lich King's territory within the Troll God of the Afterlife Bwonsambi's Realm of Shadows and no longer recognize Arthas as the Lich King.



** In ''Warcraft III'' his character arc shows numerous similarities with that of Anakin in the prequels. He starts out as the most promising young member of a holy Magic Knight order, whose mentor always warns him against becoming as vile as those he fights against. As he clashes with the forces of darkness, his apparent enemy, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis starts baiting him into giving into his rage and thirst for vengeance. Arthas loses his morals entirely when he sees slaughtering innocents as the only way to achieve his otherwise noble goals, which also drives away the woman he loves. Even as he defeats Mal'Ganis, he is urged by the Lich King to violently kill him. It turns out that Arthas' corruption at the hands of the evil mastermind was from the beginning a plot to get rid of his adversary and gain Arthas as a disciple. In the end, Arthas, originally with the intent of saving his kingdom, ends up destroying it in the service of the Lich King and becoming his chief enforcer. He also has a moment of confronting his old mentor and killing him, and later slaughters the entire order. Interestingly, since ''Warcraft III'' was released before ''Revenge of the Sith'', Arthas' silimarities to Anakin from the prequels make this case of DarthVaderClone something of an UnbuiltTrope.

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** In ''Warcraft III'' III'', his character arc shows numerous similarities with that of Anakin in the prequels. He starts out as the most promising young member of a holy Magic Knight order, whose mentor always warns him against becoming as vile as those he fights against. As he clashes with the forces of darkness, his apparent enemy, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis starts baiting him into giving into his rage and thirst for vengeance. Arthas loses his morals entirely when he sees slaughtering innocents as the only way to achieve his otherwise noble goals, which also drives away the woman he loves. Even as he defeats Mal'Ganis, he is urged by the Lich King to violently kill him. It turns out that Arthas' corruption at the hands of the evil mastermind was from the beginning a plot to get rid of his adversary and gain Arthas as a disciple. In the end, Arthas, originally with the intent of saving his kingdom, ends up destroying it in the service of the Lich King and becoming his chief enforcer. He also has a moment of confronting his old mentor and killing him, and later slaughters the entire order. Interestingly, since ''Warcraft III'' was released before ''Revenge of the Sith'', Arthas' silimarities to Anakin from the prequels make this case of DarthVaderClone something of an UnbuiltTrope.



** An odd example but when Arthas was young his horse Invincible was severely injured. Unable to heal him Arthas killed him to end his pain. This event left a major impact on Arthas and inspired him to become a paladin. After losing his soul and killing his father, the first thing Arthas did was run to Invincible's grave and brought the horse back to life. When the Scourge attacked the Sunwell and Arthas did battle with Anasterian Sunstrider, Anasterian cut off Invincible's forelegs to dismount Arthas. Arthas was ''horrified'' at the sight of Invincible desperately trying to rise to his feet as it brought back memories of the wound that took Invincible from him the first time. This made Arthas go ''[[UnstoppableRage completely berserk]]''. Even Sylvanas couldn't help but notice that it looked like that Arthas was human again for a brief moment. Even after becoming the Lich King he kept Invincible by his side. Make zero mistake about it, even after killing his own flesh and blood Arthas ''loved'' that horse.

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** An odd example but when Arthas was young young, his horse Invincible was severely injured. Unable to heal him him, Arthas killed him to end his pain. This event left a major impact on Arthas and inspired him to become a paladin. After losing his soul and killing his father, the first thing Arthas did was run to Invincible's grave and brought the horse back to life. When the Scourge attacked the Sunwell and Arthas did battle with Anasterian Sunstrider, Anasterian cut off Invincible's forelegs to dismount Arthas. Arthas was ''horrified'' at the sight of Invincible desperately trying to rise to his feet as it brought back memories of the wound that took Invincible from him the first time. This made Arthas go ''[[UnstoppableRage completely berserk]]''. Even Sylvanas couldn't help but notice that it looked like that Arthas was human again for a brief moment. Even after becoming the Lich King King, he kept Invincible by his side. Make zero mistake about it, even after killing his own flesh and blood blood, Arthas ''loved'' that horse.



* FallenHero: [[ItWasHisSled One of gamings most famous examples]]. Arthas was once a sweet and kind prince, who became the Lich King of the Scourge.

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* FallenHero: [[ItWasHisSled One of gamings gaming's most famous examples]]. Arthas was once a sweet and kind prince, who became the Lich King of the Scourge.



* AFatherToHisMen: He valued the men under his command, and would take the time to learn their names and talk to them about their day. It's a trait he kept as a death knight, as he values the Scourge the same way.
** It later gets averted when the Dreadlords and Sylvanas manage to take control of most of his warriors. Arthas then realizes that most of his new subjects would turn on him if given the chance and so starts treating them as pawns.



* AGodAmI: Or damn near close to it. The background fluff calls him the 'god-like Lich King' or a 'demi-god' or even 'a being of incalculable power'. He also sees himself as a god-like being and is worshiped as such by his minions.



*** 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). This is supported by his regular response quotes in ''Warcraft III'' - as a mortal human, he talked like a HumbleHero ("There's no need to bow"). After becoming evil, he started sounding like a BadBoss, snapping at the player for pestering him.

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*** Possibly subverted. Anub'Arak is implied to resent him for destroying his kingdom and when you kill Anub 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 more about the power he grants them (such as Kel'thuzad and the other Liches). This is supported by his regular response quotes in ''Warcraft III'' - as a mortal human, he talked like a HumbleHero ("There's no need to bow"). After becoming evil, he started sounding like a BadBoss, snapping at the player for pestering him.



* KarmicDeath: Held down by the souls of his victims while the heroes hack him to pieces. And ''after'' his death his Shade minions are fulfilling their task of torturing everyone inside the Lich King's territory within the Troll God of the Afterlife Bwonsambi's Realm of Shadows ''but'' the Lich King, Ghouls & the Dark Riders of Acherus and since Arthas is ''none'' of those anymore they're now torturing ''him!''

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* KarmicDeath: Held down by the souls of his victims while the heroes hack him to pieces. And ''after'' his death death, his Shade minions are fulfilling their task of torturing everyone inside the Lich King's territory within the Troll God of the Afterlife Bwonsambi's Realm of Shadows ''but'' the Lich King, Ghouls & the Dark Riders of Acherus and since Arthas is ''none'' of those anymore they're now torturing ''him!''



* {{Ubermensch}}: Arthas has accomplished more than any other native Azerothian. He carved a path of destruction across a continent, brought about the decimation of entire civilizations single handed, defeated god-like beings and did in fact ''ascend'' to godhood. By his actions the very face of the world was irreversibly changed and radically so for all eternity even if Tirion did defeat him in the end. He even had a Last Man equivalent in Tirion.

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* {{Ubermensch}}: Arthas has accomplished more than any other native Azerothian. He carved a path of destruction across a continent, brought about the decimation of entire civilizations single handed, defeated god-like beings and did in fact ''ascend'' to godhood. By his actions actions, the very face of the world was irreversibly changed and radically so for all eternity even if Tirion did defeat him in the end. He even had a Last Man equivalent in Tirion.



* VillainousBreakdown: A subtle one; before Tirion breaks out and shatters his blade he's laughing maniacally; after wards he's more subdued first saying "Impossible" then calmly saying that they don't fear him despite how he threatened and to destroy them. It's subtle but there.

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* VillainousBreakdown: A subtle one; before Tirion breaks out and shatters his blade he's laughing maniacally; after wards afterwards he's more subdued first saying "Impossible" then calmly saying that they don't fear him despite how he threatened and to destroy them. It's subtle but there.
27th Feb '18 1:38:10 PM ScribeRetro
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* LockedIntoStrangeness: He turned white-haired after becoming (debatably) undead. (Technically, Arthas never died until Icecrown Citadel of course.)

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* LockedIntoStrangeness: He turned white-haired after becoming (debatably) ''sort of'' undead. (Technically, Arthas never died until Icecrown Citadel of course.))
* MagicKnight: He's always been this. Turned into an evil and frankly, far more powerful one after his face heel turn.



* MagicKnight: He's always been this. Turned into an evil and frankly, far more powerful one after his face heel turn.

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* MagicKnight: He's always been this. Turned into an evil MoreThanMindControl: Zigzagged [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the writer]]. ''Warcraft III'' establishes that Arthas lost his sanity and frankly, far had his soul claimed by picking up Frostmourne, yet the Silver Hand paladins act as though he willingly betrayed his people. ''Rise of the Lich King'' clearly depicts Arthas in the moment his soul is claimed by Frostmourne, with Ner'zhul's whispers directing his action. Conversely, the same novel suggests that Arthas was capable of independent thought and rationalizing his actions as being his choice. The question of just how mind controlled Arthas was is left ambiguous, likely on purpose, but Ner'zhul seemed to deliberately give Arthas more powerful one after his face heel turn.autonomy to let him think he was in control, as opposed to the situation Sylvanas or other Forsaken were in.
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