History VideoGame / Diablo

15th Jul '17 12:36:56 PM wariodude128
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* ContinuitySnarl / {{Retcon}}: There are several inconsistencies across the series, although most players pay so little attention to the story that they won't realise it.
** The writings of Abd al-Hazir say that the Tristram Cathedral was built around 912 over the vault where Diablo was imprisoned, but Diablo hadn't even been exiled to Sanctuary at that time.
** The ''Diablo 1'' manual says that after their exile the Three Brothers ravaged the lands of the Far East for countless centuries, but in the game it is stated that they did so for decades. In the current timeline 50 years pass between their exile and capture.
** Before he came to Khanduras Leoric was originally a northern lord, this has been changed to an eastern lord.
** In the ''Sin War'' [[ExpandedUniverse trilogy of novels]] the robes of the order of Dialon are azure, they should be crimson. While the robes of the order of Mephis should be azure instead of black. (To match the color of their Soulstone)
** There are many errors in ''Scales of the Serpent'', where the statue of Dialon has a hammer instead of tablets and where the one of Bala has tablets instead of a hammer.
** In ''Scales of the Serpent'', the high priest of Dialon is named Arihan and is said to have had his title for a long time, but in ''Birthright'' all the high priests are named (Malic, Herodius and Balthazar) and Arihan isn't part of them.
* CoOpMultiplayer
* CouncilOfAngels: The setting of Sanctuary in which the series takes place primarily concerns a war between demons from the Burning Hells and angels from the High Heavens. The demons are led by the three Prime Evils and the four Lesser Evils, and in the final book of "The Sin War" trilogy, a council of five angels referred to as the Angiris Council decide the fate of the world after the main conflict is over. The angels, by the way, are doing a [[CrapsackWorld really lousy job]], but then they're kind of jerks anyway, the main exception being Tyrael, the archangel who cast the deciding vote for humanity to continue to exist.



* ContinuitySnarl / {{Retcon}}: There are several inconsistencies across the series, although most players pay so little attention to the story that they won't realise it.
** The writings of Abd al-Hazir say that the Tristram Cathedral was built around 912 over the vault where Diablo was imprisoned, but Diablo hadn't even been exiled to Sanctuary at that time.
** The ''Diablo 1'' manual says that after their exile the Three Brothers ravaged the lands of the Far East for countless centuries, but in the game it is stated that they did so for decades. In the current timeline 50 years pass between their exile and capture.
** Before he came to Khanduras Leoric was originally a northern lord, this has been changed to an eastern lord.
** In the ''Sin War'' [[ExpandedUniverse trilogy of novels]] the robes of the order of Dialon are azure, they should be crimson. While the robes of the order of Mephis should be azure instead of black. (To match the color of their Soulstone)
** There are many errors in ''Scales of the Serpent'', where the statue of Dialon has a hammer instead of tablets and where the one of Bala has tablets instead of a hammer.
** In ''Scales of the Serpent'', the high priest of Dialon is named Arihan and is said to have had his title for a long time, but in ''Birthright'' all the high priests are named (Malic, Herodius and Balthazar) and Arihan isn't part of them.
* CoOpMultiplayer
* CouncilOfAngels: The setting of Sanctuary in which the series takes place primarily concerns a war between demons from the Burning Hells and angels from the High Heavens. The demons are led by the three Prime Evils and the four Lesser Evils, and in the final book of "The Sin War" trilogy, a council of five angels referred to as the Angiris Council decide the fate of the world after the main conflict is over. The angels, by the way, are doing a [[CrapsackWorld really lousy job]], but then they're kind of jerks anyway, the main exception being Tyrael, the archangel who cast the deciding vote for humanity to continue to exist.
15th Jul '17 12:27:46 PM wariodude128
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* AdventureFriendlyWorld: In the world of ''Diablo'' most of the magical equipment you come by (barring some made using ancient relics) was forged by the demons for use in their wars. The events of the first game created a bustling trade from adventurers dredging the items up from the demons of the cathedral, while most traders in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' admit to getting their goods by stealing, looting corpses, or digging them out of the ground.
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The series mainly focuses on the Angels and Devils, but some Squid are present in the novels, such as the dreamers, who are stated to come from a dimension beyond both Heaven and Hell, as well as whatever Trag'Oul is (although, he's more of a benevolent squid).
* TheArmiesOfHeaven: In the series ''all'' angels are warriors, and they spend all of their time either fighting demons or planning to fight demons. As well, they all seem to be identical except for the five special snowflakes on the [[CouncilOfAngels Angiris Council]] and their lieutenants. At least, this is how it was, until the creation of Sanctuary threw a wrench in the Eternal Conflict, leaving the angels to mostly mope about the Heavens in trepidation.
* BigBad: Diablo, the Lord of Terror, is the BigBad of the series that bears his name, though in ''Diablo II'', he shares this status with his two brothers, Mephisto and Baal, as the "Prime Evils."
* BlackAndGrayMorality: See LightIsNotGood. With a few exceptions, the forces of Heaven have little to no regard for humanity. At best, they see them as pawns in their war against Hell and at worst they want to completely wipe out Sanctuary because it is part demonic.
* BuildingOfAdventure: The series tends to have these. The original had all its action take place in the Tristram Cathedral and its various basements.



* AdventureFriendlyWorld: In the world of ''Diablo'' most of the magical equipment you come by (barring some made using ancient relics) was forged by the demons for use in their wars. The events of the first game created a bustling trade from adventurers dredging the items up from the demons of the cathedral, while most traders in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' admit to getting their goods by stealing, looting corpses, or digging them out of the ground.



* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The series mainly focuses on the Angels and Devils, but some Squid are present in the novels, such as the dreamers, who are stated to come from a dimension beyond both Heaven and Hell, as well as whatever Trag'Oul is (although, he's more of a benevolent squid).



* TheArmiesOfHeaven: In the series ''all'' angels are warriors, and they spend all of their time either fighting demons or planning to fight demons. As well, they all seem to be identical except for the five special snowflakes on the [[CouncilOfAngels Angiris Council]] and their lieutenants. At least, this is how it was, until the creation of Sanctuary threw a wrench in the Eternal Conflict, leaving the angels to mostly mope about the Heavens in trepidation.



* BigBad: Diablo, the Lord of Terror, is the BigBad of the series that bears his name, though in ''Diablo II'', he shares this status with his two brothers, Mephisto and Baal, as the "Prime Evils."



* BlackAndGrayMorality: See LightIsNotGood. With a few exceptions, the forces of Heaven have little to no regard for humanity. At best, they see them as pawns in their war against Hell and at worst they want to completely wipe out Sanctuary because it is part demonic.



* BuildingOfAdventure: The series tends to have these. The original had all its action take place in the Tristram Cathedral and its various basements.
15th Jul '17 12:18:24 PM wariodude128
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!!Tropes found in the entire series:

!!Tropes found in Diablo I:
30th Jun '17 9:42:57 AM Willbyr
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An isometric 2D HackAndSlash game series from Creator/BlizzardEntertainment. Notorious for having [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory an elaborate backstory and plot that nobody ever follows]] concerning a war between HeavenAndHell. As a sort of simple graphical {{roguelike}}, [[RandomDrop the pursuit of the]] [[RareRandomDrop perfect randomly-generated equipment]] and [[LevelGrinding character build]] to satisfy one's inner {{Munchkin}} gives the game tremendous [[ReplayValue replayability]].

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An ''Diablo'' is an isometric 2D HackAndSlash game series from Creator/BlizzardEntertainment. Notorious Creator/BlizzardEntertainment and is notorious for having [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory an elaborate backstory and plot that nobody ever follows]] concerning a war between HeavenAndHell. As a sort of simple graphical {{roguelike}}, [[RandomDrop the pursuit of the]] [[RareRandomDrop perfect randomly-generated equipment]] and [[LevelGrinding character build]] to satisfy one's inner {{Munchkin}} gives the game tremendous [[ReplayValue replayability]].
30th Jun '17 9:00:29 AM Galle
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* {{Roguelike}}: The original game shows clear inspiration from this genre, especially ''{{VideoGame/Angband}}''. Examples include the focus on dungeon crawling, randomly generated levels, the need to identify potentially-cursed magical items, and the risk of permanent damage to your character (the game was originally intended to have straight up permadeath, but Blizzard ultimately decided against this). Later games in the series moved away from this, however.
3rd Jun '17 5:00:41 PM Retloclive
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** Fighting your way through the ''Chamber of Bone'' to obtain the Guardian spell may seem like an incredible reward when really, it's one of if not, ''the'' worst fire spell in the game.

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** Fighting your way through the ''Chamber of Bone'' to obtain the Guardian spell may seem like an incredible reward when really, it's one of if not, ''the'' worst fire spell spells in the game.
3rd Jun '17 5:00:05 PM Retloclive
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** Fighting your way through the ''Chamber of Bone'' to obtain the Guardian spell may seem like an incredible reward when really, it's one of if not, ''the'' worst fire spell in the game.
21st May '17 2:06:58 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* AltumVidetur: The bestiary in the manual gives the Latin names of all the enemies.
8th Mar '17 2:04:25 AM AnotherDuck
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* LethalJokeItem
** The spell Flash. Not only is it a spell of ridiculously close range, it's also bugged -- it does about 10% of its damage in three of the eight directions. It's also a spell of "magic" type, which is the most common immunity. However, the damage to CORRECT directions is unbelievable. Combine it with Teleport and you get TELEFLASH, one of the deadliest techniques against enemies not immune to magic. In the hands of a skilled player, of course.
** Holy Bolt becomes pretty much a Joke Spell after you've entered the Cave levels and no longer fight any undead. Eventually, though, you'll face Diablo himself...
23rd Feb '17 4:07:47 PM Cifer
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* VillainousBreakdown: In the backstory, King Leoric is [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by [[BigBad Diablo]] and effectively starts having a Villainous Breakdown while he's still a good guy. He doesn't remain good for long when that happens. He starts getting increasingly paranoid and less sane, until finally when Diablo leaves him, unable to take over completely, he's a raving madman who has to be killed by his own most loyal knights.

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* VillainousBreakdown: In the backstory, King Leoric is [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by [[BigBad Diablo]] and effectively starts having a Villainous Breakdown while he's still a good guy. He doesn't remain good for long when that happens. He starts getting increasingly paranoid and less sane, until finally when Diablo leaves him, unable to take over completely, he's a raving madman who madman. When Lazarus takes his son as a more fitting vessel for Diablo, it goes even more downhill from there - he randomly tortures and kills villagers he suspects of abducting the prince and finally has to be killed by his own most loyal knights.



* WakeUpCallBoss: TheButcher, who is an extremely tough opponent for the part of the game he appears in, being [[LightningBruiser very fast and capable of dealing huge amounts of damage in close combat.]] He quickly becomes ThatOneBoss to lower level characters because the only way to beat him safely depends on the randomly-generated terrain spawning in such a fashion to let you plink him to death at range. Thankfully, he only has a 50% chance of appearing, and drops a nifty unique axe when he finally goes down.

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* WakeUpCallBoss: TheButcher, who is an extremely tough opponent for the part of the game he appears in, being [[LightningBruiser very fast and capable of dealing huge amounts of damage in close combat.]] He quickly becomes ThatOneBoss to lower level characters because the only way to beat him safely depends on the randomly-generated terrain spawning in such a fashion to let you plink him to death at range. Thankfully, he only has a 50% chance of appearing, and drops a nifty unique axe when he finally goes down.down and you can just ignore him if you don't want to fight him yet - his room is a dead-end and its unique shape and ''decor'' make it obvious who resides there.
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