History VideoGame / CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow

4th Mar '16 4:37:35 AM Metalhead14
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* RatedMForManly
17th Feb '16 9:12:55 PM Tyjohnson616
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* ABoyAndHisX: Claudia and her Black Knight Golem. She's a telepathically-communicating CuteMute [[LastOfHerKind who is also the last of the]] {{Precursors}}, he's a humongous {{Golem}} feeding off the souls of the monsters trying to do her harm.

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* ABoyAndHisX: [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and her Golem]]: Claudia and her Black Knight Golem. She's a telepathically-communicating CuteMute [[LastOfHerKind who is also the last of the]] {{Precursors}}, he's a humongous {{Golem}} feeding off the souls of the monsters trying to do her harm.



* AdaptationalVillainy: Cornell, the hero of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness'', is the first of the three Lords of Shadow.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Sort of with Cornell, the hero of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness'', is the first of the three Lords of Shadow.Shadow.
** [[spoiler: it's revealed that the Lords of shadow are the soulless bodies of three of the Brotherhood's founders whose souls rose to heaven as beings only second to God. Meaning Cornell is a heroic person, but just not the part you fight.]]
13th Dec '15 12:46:13 PM Aliya
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* ClockPunk: Areas present in the ''Reverie'' DLC share this motif. The Founders' Quarters tower even has gigantic cogs sticking out of it!


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* MuckingInTheMud: The Dead Bog. Complete with murderous [[TheFairFolk naiads]] and QuicksandSucks if you don't get to safety in an allotted amount of time.


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*** The Combat Crosses, the Brotherhood's signature weapon, were created by an alchemist called [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Rinaldo Gandolfi.]]


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* PropheticFallacy: When Zobek first unveils that Gabriel must fulfill the prophecy that would “deliver [them] from all evil,” he fails to mention the consequences. [[spoiler: Justified, in that neither Zobek nor Satan, were aware of the “completed” version of the prophecy, and that Gabriel would have to trade in his humanity to achieve his goal.]]


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not wholly clear what happened to the Devil Mask after [[spoiler: Satan had been defeated.]] Gabriel holds onto it in the intro cinematic of ''Reverie'', but it's never elaborated on whenever he got rid of it or kept it.
27th Nov '15 5:27:40 PM Josef5678
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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: The Combat Cross used as a loading indicator during pre-stage narration gets the same upgrades as your Combat Cross in-game. The loading screen cross even loses the stake after Gabriel breaks the end off in Carmilla's chest.
10th Oct '15 8:50:25 AM GavsEvans123
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* WhamShot: In the epilogue, [[spoiler: Gabriel and Zobek fight briefly before Zobek's outfit changes from a cloak to a business suit. He pushes Gabriel out of a window, and Gabriel falls into a modern day city.]]
20th Sep '15 12:06:44 PM Aliya
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The Exploding Quake skill, which requires a whole slew of button mashing to pull off. [[note]] Here's the in-game instruction for this move: “<...> Tap the [[X]] button, then press and hold the [[Y]] button until you smash the Combat Cross against the floor to start the combo. Each subsequent [[Y]] press will create an additional explosion, climaxing with a final press and hold of the [[Y]] button for the last devastating attack.” Scared yet? [[/note]] You will buy this skill just because it opens up the ''much'' better Ultimate Shadow.


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* BoringButPractical:
** The direct heavy combo might qualify as this. It's one of the very first upgraded moves you can acquire, and chances are, you will put it to good use. It's easily the most damaging non-magical skill, the combo can be built indefinitely, and it's one of the few moves which strike the ground before you, meaning it is critical when facing skeleton warriors and/or unique sludge-summoning enemies (the Black Knight and Laura's toys). This skill plus an enemy that is distracted/dazed by a fairy equals mincemeat, enjoy.
** Guillotine. The ease-of-use of this airborne finisher you obtain during the tutorial is not be undervalued, and with Shadow Magic active you can effortlessly bypass the hundred damage cap per hit.


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* DyingRace: ''Numerous'' in-game foes and allies belong to a species that are slowly dying out. Goblins and trolls are on the verge of extinction, the very last ogre had taken refuge in Malphas' stronghold, giant spiders are being poached for their precious silk, the Old Gods are being replaced by one God, and dragons died out long before the game's events. The sequel adds harpies, lycans, and vampires to this list, as well.
20th Sep '15 9:27:07 AM Aliya
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*** This is how Gabriel deals with every mount that isn't a shapeshifted Pan. The spiked chain Rinaldo Gandolfi created was for such a purpose.

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*** ** This is how Gabriel deals with every mount that isn't a shapeshifted Pan. The spiked chain Rinaldo Gandolfi created was for such a purpose.
20th Sep '15 9:26:06 AM Aliya
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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In some sequences you're free to endlessly light enemies on fire, jump on monsters backs and snap their necks, turn them into living bombs, and plenty of other horrible things.
* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler:The ending reveals Gabriel became Dracula after the events of the game, and the sequels further confirm his status as one such character.]]
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[TheVamp Carmilla]] makes this offer to Gabriel, only to go in a rage when you turn her down. [[spoiler:Satan]] also offers this to Gabriel, but is quick to withdraw the deal when Gabriel refuses.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In some sequences you're free to endlessly light enemies on fire, jump on monsters monsters' backs and snap their necks, turn them into living bombs, and plenty of other horrible things.
* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler:The ending [[spoiler: The DistantFinale reveals Gabriel became Dracula after the events of the game, and the sequels sequel further confirm his status as one such character.character. [[GoodAllAlong How well he dons that mantle is a whole another matter, however]].]]
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[TheVamp Carmilla]] makes this offer to Gabriel, only to go in a rage when you turn her down. [[spoiler:Satan]] [[spoiler: Satan]] also offers this to Gabriel, but is quick to withdraw go back on the deal when Gabriel refuses.{{death glare}}s him.



* WhisperingGhosts: Disembodied voices can be heard in The Dead Bog stage.
** The souls that engulf Gabriel once he gets fried by the Lord of the Dead's {{Agony Beam}} also whisper things like "Your time has come!" "Stay with us!" "Come with us!"
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Gabriel, in the epilogue, lives to modern times as the immortal Dracula. Unfortunately, it seems all he really wants to do is die. Zobek tries to recruit him to prevent Satan's return, and promises to free Gabriel of his immortality if the fallen hero does.]]
* WickedWitch: Baba Yaga. She sends Gabriel on a quest to assist in a spell that will make her a HotWitch, but it's never revealed if it worked.

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* WhisperingGhosts: WhisperingGhosts:
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Disembodied voices can be heard in The during the Dead Bog stage.
** [[spoiler: The souls of the dead that engulf Gabriel once he gets fried by the Lord of the Dead's {{Agony Beam}} also whisper things like like, "Your time has come!" come!", "Stay with us!" and "Come with us!"
us!"]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Gabriel, [[spoiler: Gabriel, in the epilogue, lives to modern times as the immortal Dracula. Unfortunately, it seems all he really wants to do is die. Zobek tries to recruit him to prevent Satan's return, and promises to free Gabriel of his immortality if the fallen hero does.]]
* WickedWitch: Baba Yaga. She sends Gabriel on a quest an errand to assist in recover a spell special flower that will would make her a HotWitch, but it's never revealed if it worked.



* WorthyOpponent: The Forgotten One calls Gabriel this.

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* WorthyOpponent: The Forgotten One calls Gabriel this.this after their brawl.



* YouCantFightFate
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: How Gabriel deals with every mount that isn't a shapeshifted Pan. The spiked chain Rinaldo Gandolfi created was for such a purpose.
** [[spoiler:You can also do this to your own white pieces after winning the Vampire Wargame.]]
** Also done by the BigBad, [[spoiler:Satan, once Zobek is no longer necessary.]]

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* YouCantFightFate
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: How
YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
*** This is how
Gabriel deals with every mount that isn't a shapeshifted Pan. The spiked chain Rinaldo Gandolfi created was for such a purpose.
** [[spoiler:You You can also do this to your own white pieces after winning the Vampire Wargame.]]
Wargame.
** Also done by the BigBad, [[spoiler:Satan, [[spoiler: Satan, once Zobek is no longer necessary.]]
19th Sep '15 11:52:59 AM Aliya
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* SceneryPorn: To an absolutely ridiculous extent. A very early level, a swamp, may have you remarking upon how gorgeous the foliage is (and marveling that apparently the swamp is filled with the fallen corpses of ''green dragons''.)
* SchizoTech: The game is supposed to be set in 1047 AD, yet Frankenstein's laboratory is filled with mechanical devices powered by electricity, the robot with a human brain MechanicalMonster, and a '''Tesla coil''' despite Nikola Tesla not being born till 1856.

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* SceneryPorn: To an absolutely ridiculous ''ridiculous'' extent. A very early level, a swamp, bog, may have you remarking upon how gorgeous the foliage is (and and marveling that apparently the swamp is filled with the fallen decaying corpses of ''green dragons''.)
dragons''.
* SchizoTech: The game is supposed to be set in 1047 AD, yet Frankenstein's laboratory is filled with mechanical devices powered by electricity, the robot with a human brain MechanicalMonster, mechanical spider powered by a ''vampire embryo'', and a '''Tesla coil''' despite coil''', in spite of Nikola Tesla not being born till 1856.1856 AD.



* SequelHook: After the credits, we see [[spoiler:Zobek is still alive in modern day, Satan is about to return, and Gabriel has become the immortal {{Dracula}}.]]

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* SequelHook: After the credits, we see [[spoiler:Zobek [[spoiler: Zobek is still alive in modern day, Satan is about to return, and Gabriel has become the immortal {{Dracula}}.]]



* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The three Lords of Shadow to the three founding members of the Brotherhood. Simply put, the founders used a spell to become angels, but their dark sides were left behind as a result.
* StealthMentor: Pan in a sort of way. [[spoiler:His boss battle is also a way to teach how to fight Satan (he even states this in one of his battle quotes). ]]

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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The three Lords of Shadow to the [[spoiler: three founding members of the Brotherhood. Simply put, the founders used a conduit spell to become angels, angelic beings, but their dark sides were left behind as a result.
result.]]
* StealthMentor: Pan in a sort of way. [[spoiler:His [[spoiler: His boss battle is also a way to teach you how to fight Satan (he Satan. He even states this in one of his battle quotes). BossBanter quotes.]]



* SnowMeansDeath: The castle is now constantly snowy and covered in ice.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:For Gabriel, especially in the DLC.]]

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* SnowMeansDeath: The Bernhard castle is now constantly snowy and covered in ice.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:For Gabriel, especially in [[spoiler: For Gabriel it is the DLC.ending of the main game.]]



* TallDarkAndHandsome: Gabriel. Even Zobek thinks so: "He's so dark, so beautiful".
* [[MindReading Telepathy]]: How Claudia communicates with Gabriel.

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* TallDarkAndHandsome: Gabriel. Even Zobek thinks so: states this in one of his late-game narrations, "He's so dark, so beautiful".
beautiful."
* [[MindReading Telepathy]]: {{Telepathy}}: How Claudia communicates with Gabriel.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The climax of the Carmilla battle has Gabriel stabbing her multiple times with a stake, and the impaling her on a tower in her castle.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill[=/=]RasputinianDeath: The climax of the Carmilla boss battle has Gabriel stabbing her multiple times with a stake, and the then impaling her on a tower in the steeple of one of her castle.towers, ''then'' spiked through the heart with such force the ''ground behind her quakes''. No wonder the Combat Cross' stake extension breaks off after that.



* TragicDream: [[spoiler:Gabriel's hope of resurrecting Marie from death is shattered at the end of his journey, when he learns the God Mask couldn't bring her back after all.]]
* TragicHero: Gabriel, who loses his wife, his humanity, and in the end [[spoiler:[[TragicMonster his soul]]]].
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:The ending reveals Gabriel became Dracula after the events of the game.]]

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* TragicDream: [[spoiler:Gabriel's [[spoiler: Gabriel's hope of resurrecting Marie from death is shattered at the end of his journey, when he learns the God Mask couldn't bring her back after all.]]
* TragicHero: Gabriel, who loses his wife, his humanity, and in the end [[spoiler:[[TragicMonster [[spoiler: [[TragicMonster his soul]]]].
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The ending reveals Gabriel became Dracula after the events of the game.]]



* UnblockableAttack: Any attack indicated by a white chargeup.
* [[UndeadChild Undead]] EnfantTerrible: Laura, the immortal, temper tantrum throwing, AgonyBeam spewing child vampire.

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* UnblockableAttack: Any attack indicated by a white chargeup.
charge-up.
* [[UndeadChild Undead]] EnfantTerrible: Laura, the immortal, temper tantrum temper-tantrum throwing, AgonyBeam spewing child vampire.vampire who very, ''very'' nearly charbroils Gabriel.



* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:Zobek, who hides the fact he was the final Lord of Shadow from the audience, and doesn't even know himself that [[BrainwashedAndCrazy he's under Satan's control]].]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:Zobek, [[spoiler: Zobek, who hides the fact he was he's the final Lord of Shadow from the audience, and but doesn't even know himself that [[BrainwashedAndCrazy he's under Satan's control]].]]
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* OnlyAFleshWound: Getting skewered by Carmilla [[spoiler:and Satan]] doesn't seem to deter Gabriel in the slightest.
* TheOnlyOne: Gabriel is apparently the only one who can defeat the Lords of Shadow BecauseDestinySaysSo.

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* OnlyAFleshWound: Getting Possibly getting skewered by Carmilla [[spoiler:and Satan]] [[spoiler: and, much later, Satan, but this one's obligatory,]] doesn't seem to deter Gabriel in the slightest.
* TheOnlyOne: Gabriel is apparently the only one who can defeat both the Lords of Shadow BecauseDestinySaysSo.and [[spoiler: Lucifer. This is justified, as Gabriel has {{God}} on his side for the final battle.]]



** Cornell when he transforms into werewolf form, and the pillars he transfers his power near the end of his boss battle as well.
** Pan, who is covered in light blue runes.
** Gabriel glows red or blue respectively when he uses Shadow or Light magic
* PrecisionFStrike: When Claudia is trying to distract the Stone Titan.
-->'''Claudia:''' Down here, ''you bitch!''
* ThePrecursors: The architects of Agharta and the Titans, who were eventually all wiped out by the Lords of Shadow.

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** Cornell when he transforms into werewolf form, and the stone pillars he transfers which hold his power near the end of his boss battle battle, as well.
** Pan, who is whose animal forms are covered in light blue neon-blue runes.
** Gabriel glows red or blue respectively when he uses Shadow or Light magic
magic.
* PrecisionFStrike: When Claudia is trying to distract the Stone Idol Titan.
-->'''Claudia:''' --> '''Claudia:''' Down here, ''you bitch!''
* ThePrecursors: The architects of Agharta and the their Titans, who were eventually all wiped out by the Lords of Shadow.Cornell.



* PressXToNotDie: Used for grabs, avoiding certain enemy attacks, platforming, and boss battles. They come in a few forms: [[SmashingSurvival mashing one of the 4 face buttons as fast as you can]], hitting a shoulder button to avoid falling, and timed button presses based on two on-screen circles intersecting.

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* PressXToNotDie: Used for grabs, avoiding certain enemy attacks, platforming, and boss battles. They come in a few forms: [[SmashingSurvival mashing one of the 4 four face buttons as fast as you can]], hitting a shoulder button to avoid falling, twirling the left stick to {{catch and return}} things, and timed button presses based on two on-screen circles intersecting.



* RealIsBrown: Averted. Despite its "gritty" art direction, the game uses a wide range of colors, from lush green swamps to stark white glaciers to dark blue castles gleaming in the night. Only the Land of the Dead uses a predominantly brown color pallet.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Zobek is the Lord of the Dead, Gabriel killed his own wife, and Satan is the real BigBad.]]
* RewardingVandalism: A series mainstay. Even in this game, breaking pots and what-not will usually net you refills on your sub-weapons.

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* RealIsBrown: Averted. Despite its "gritty" art direction, the game uses a wide range of colors, from lush green lush-green swamps and forests, to stark white glaciers stark-white glaciers, to dark blue dark-blue castles gleaming in the night. Only the Land of the Dead uses a predominantly brown color pallet.
palette.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Zobek [[spoiler: Zobek is the Lord of the Dead, Gabriel killed his own wife, and Satan is the real BigBad.TheManBehindTheMan.]]
* RewardingVandalism: A series mainstay. Even in this game, breaking pots pots, crates, and what-not barrels will usually net you refills on your sub-weapons.sub-weapons.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Gabriel's devotion to destroying the Lords of Shadow is half the hope to save Marie and half revenge on all the creatures of evil that he believes killed her.
** The Black Knight also goes into one after arriving to find [[spoiler: a dead Claudia with one of Gabriel's daggers sticking out of her chest.]] Cue BossFight.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
**
Gabriel's devotion to destroying the Lords of Shadow is half the hope to save Marie and half revenge on all the creatures of evil that he believes killed her.
** The Black Knight also goes into one after arriving to find [[spoiler: a dead Claudia with one of Gabriel's daggers sticking out of her chest.]] Cue BossFight.UnstoppableRage.



* SceneryPorn: To an absolutely ridiculous extent. A very early level, a swamp, may have you remarking upon how gorgeous the foliage is (and marvelling that apparently the swamp is filled with the fallen corpses of ''green dragons''.)

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* SceneryPorn: To an absolutely ridiculous extent. A very early level, a swamp, may have you remarking upon how gorgeous the foliage is (and marvelling marveling that apparently the swamp is filled with the fallen corpses of ''green dragons''.)
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