History Characters / WarcraftTheScourge

2nd Apr '17 6:59:19 AM Saveelich
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* EvilVersusEvil: Ner'zhul, Arthas and Kel'Thuzad turned against the Burning Legion in ''Warcraft III''. Dreadlords unsuccessfully tried to get rid of Arthas in ''Frozen Throne'', only to be either subdued or killed by Sylvanas, herself a sworn enemy of Arthas and the TokenEvilTeammate of the Horde.
2nd Apr '17 6:56:23 AM Saveelich
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The Scourge is an army of undead created as a vanguard for the invasion planned by the Burning Legion, with the goal of succeeding where the Horde once failed. The Scourge's mission was to spread terror and destruction across the world in anticipation of the Legion's inevitable invasion. The Lich King, who ruled the icy realm of Northrend from his Frozen Throne, created the terrible Plague of Undeath, which he sent southward into human lands. As the plague encroached on the southlands, countless humans fell prey to Ner'zhul's mental control and life-draining sickness every day, swelling the ranks of the already-considerable Scourge.

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The Scourge is an army of undead created as a vanguard for the invasion planned by the [[Characters/WarcraftTheBurningLegion Burning Legion, Legion]], with the goal of succeeding where the Horde once failed. The Scourge's mission was to spread terror and destruction across the world in anticipation of the Legion's inevitable invasion. The Lich King, who ruled the icy realm of Northrend from his Frozen Throne, created the terrible Plague of Undeath, which he sent southward into human lands. As the plague encroached on the southlands, countless humans fell prey to Ner'zhul's mental control and life-draining sickness every day, swelling the ranks of the already-considerable Scourge.
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Lich King corrupts the minds of some powerful leaders, turning them into his servants, when he doesn't rise them from the dead to do so.
* DemBones: Necromancers and Death Knights can animate skeletons to serve as the Scourge's foot soldiers.
2nd Apr '17 6:51:03 AM Saveelich
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* {{Dracolich}}: Frost wyrms are the most common, risen from the bones of the blue dragons that traditionally make their home in Northrend.

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* {{Dracolich}}: Frost wyrms are the most common, risen from the bones of the blue dragons that traditionally make made their home in Northrend.



* FleshGolem: Abominations, flesh giants, flesh beasts.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Flesh titans.

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* FleshGolem: Abominations, flesh giants, flesh beasts.beasts and flesh titans.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Flesh titans.titans are animated with electricity.



* HornyVikings: The Vrykul, who are possibly the strongest non-giant humanoids on Azeroth. Their most impressive warriors are raised as the Ymirjar; failures become Vargul.
* NonHumanUndead: Particularly the crypt fiends and crypt lords, undead [[HordeOfAlienLocusts nerubians]].

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* HornyVikings: The Vrykul, Vrykuls, who are possibly the strongest non-giant humanoids on Azeroth. Their most impressive warriors are raised as the Ymirjar; failures become Vargul.
* NonHumanUndead: Particularly the crypt fiends and crypt lords, which are undead [[HordeOfAlienLocusts nerubians]].nerubians]], and frost wyrms.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The San'layn/Darkfallen, undead blood elves led by Blood-Queen Lana'thel.
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The San'layn/Darkfallen, undead blood elves led by the Blood-Queen Lana'thel.
%%* ThePlague* ThePlague: The way the Scourge spread through Lordaeron in the Third War, by infecting cereal grains, turning humans into zombies. The Scourge's plague could be seen as prepared in huge cauldrons in the Plaguelands, and later on being spread by small flying monoliths.



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* ZombieApocalypse: The Sourge's most basic way of conquering lands? Raising zombies and skeletons. Lordaeron fell to one such.



!!Arthas Menethil (The Lich King)

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!!Arthas Menethil (The / The Lich King)King
1st Mar '17 5:59:35 AM matteste
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22nd Feb '17 8:29:44 PM DeuxEX
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However, following the defeat of the burning legion and the decimation of their branch of the scourge, Ner'zhul decided it was time to make his own power play, bringing Arthas north to free him from his icy prison, and declaring the scourge a host unto itself apart from the legion.

That said, their rule was not absolute as the horde, the alliance, and traitors of their own ranks (the forsaken) all rose to oppose the lich king's will.

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However, following the defeat of the burning legion Burning Legion and the decimation of their branch of the scourge, Scourge, Ner'zhul decided it was time to make his own power play, bringing Arthas north to free him from his icy prison, and declaring the scourge Scourge a host unto itself apart from the legion.

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That said, their rule was not absolute as the horde, the alliance, and traitors of their own ranks (the forsaken) (The Forsaken) all rose to oppose the lich king's Lich King's will.



* TheNecrocracy: Ner'zhul, the original Lich King, was the soul of an orc shaman sealed within an enchanted helm, the Helm of Domination. His replacement, Arthas Menethil, was undead before he assumed the mantle ''and'' after. Even ''his'' replacement, Bolvar Fordragon, was undead before and after he assumed the mantle. And all the members/servants of the Scourge who aren't undead already aspire towards it.

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* TheNecrocracy: Ner'zhul, the original Lich King, was the soul of an orc shaman sealed within an enchanted helm, the Helm of Domination. His replacement, Arthas Menethil, was close to undead before he assumed the mantle ''and'' after.mantle. Even ''his'' replacement, Bolvar Fordragon, was undead before and after he assumed the mantle. And all the members/servants of the Scourge who aren't undead already aspire towards it.



* AndIMustScream: Consider how many ruined lives and captured souls this guy 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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* AndIMustScream: Consider how many ruined lives and captured souls this guy 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.



*** 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 undead, 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 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 undead, evil, he started sounding like a BadBoss, snapping at the player for pestering him.
15th Feb '17 9:59:28 AM Daethalion
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* BerserkButton: That adorable cat wandering around the Naxxramas foyer? [[ShmuckBait Don't mess with it.]]
14th Feb '17 7:40:58 AM NhazUl
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** 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.

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** 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.
14th Feb '17 7:35:29 AM NhazUl
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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, once again the man he used to be.

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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 DarthVaderClone:
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''Warcraft III'' also wore his character arc shows numerous similarities with that of Anakin in the prequels. He starts out as the most promising young member of a cape. 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 served drives away the woman he loves. Even as he defeats Mal'Ganis, he is urged by the Lich King Ner'Zhul, which fits to violently kill him. It turns out that Arthas' corruption at the trait hands of the physically superior warrior serving evil mastermind was from the beginning a more magically powerful Big Bad. Later on, plot to get rid of his adversary and gain Arthas fuses as a disciple. In the end, Arthas, originally with Ner'Zhul, playing the mask, armor and voice traits intent of this trope straight. The saving his kingdom, ends up destroying it in the service of the Lich King wears and becoming his chief enforcer. He also has a moment of confronting his old mentor and killing him, and later slaughters the entire order.
** ''World of Warcraft'' deals with the transformation into the Lich King proper, resulting into a more classical take on the DarthVaderClone trope in terms of appearance. When he dons the helmet at the end of The Frozen Throne, Arthas completes the process of detaching from his former self and assuming command as a supreme leader of the Scourge. Until his death, he always is present as an armored caped warrior with a face-concealing helmet and an unnaturally reverberating voice, who wields a sword in concert with Black Magic. His
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'', status and he never appears in the actual game or cut scenes anywhere without it. Later he dies in the full armor until presence of a loved one, revealing that some of his death, where original self remained, complete with his helmet is being removed and he's held in the arms of a loved one before passing, once again the man he used to be.show his face. Unlike Vader, however, Arthas does not get redeemed.
9th Feb '17 6:48:30 PM EricW
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However, following the defeat of the burning legion and the decimation of their branch of the scourge, Ner'zhul decided it was time to make his own power play, bringing Arthas north to free him from his icy prison, and declaring the scourge a host unto itself apart from the legion.

That said, their rule was not absolute as the horde, the alliance, and traitors of their own ranks (the forsaken) all rose to oppose the lich king's will.
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