History Videogame / WarCraft

18th Jul '17 8:54:19 AM normanale834
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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: [[NominalHero Illidan, Garithos, and Sylvanas]] vs the Scourge and the Burning Legion.
12th Jun '17 3:46:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead: Invoked in ''Warcraft III'''s expansion, where the Death Knight's AnimateDead spell brings up six invulnerable (meaning they can't even be targeted) corpses to fight for him. In the first game, they weren't invulnerable but they lasted longer.
29th May '17 5:56:07 PM GrammarNavi
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* ALighterShadeofBlack: [[NominalHero Illidan, Garithos, and Sylvanas]] vs the Scourge and the Burning Legion.

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* ALighterShadeofBlack: ALighterShadeOfBlack: [[NominalHero Illidan, Garithos, and Sylvanas]] vs the Scourge and the Burning Legion.



-->Now, if you're feeling up to it. I want you to lead the attack. I'll remain here and ensure that none of the lothsome beasts threaten the camp.

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-->Now, if you're feeling up to it. I want you to lead the attack. I'll remain here and ensure that none of the lothsome loathsome beasts threaten the camp.



* AntiGravityClothing

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* AntiGravityClothingAntiGravityClothing: Kel'thuzad has magical floating vests and chains, and Kael'thas has three green orbs called Verdant Spheres flying around him.



* BadassMustache: Footmen, Archers and Knights in ''I''. Knights in ''WC III' and units with similar models (Bandit Lords, Garithos).

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* BadassMustache: Footmen, Archers and Knights in ''I''. Knights in ''WC III' III'' and units with similar models (Bandit Lords, Garithos).



** Archers in the first game could permanently mount a Hippogryph, which combined a ground ranged unit and a melee air unit into a flying ranged unit. The expansion made it reversible, allowing the archer to dismount and suddenly deal more than twice the damage against flyers.

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** Archers in the first original game could permanently mount a Hippogryph, which combined a ground ranged unit and a melee air unit into a flying ranged unit. The expansion made it reversible, allowing the archer to dismount and suddenly deal more than twice the damage against flyers.



** While not exactly a CaptainErsatz the similarities between Arthas Menethil and Anakin Skywalker are obvious. [[LoveMakesYouEvil Driven to the dark side by what they love]] (Padmé/Lorderon), killing the thing they love, exchanging their good weapon for an evil one, and eventually killing their old mentor. And don't forget the angst.

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** While not exactly a CaptainErsatz the similarities between Arthas Menethil and Anakin Skywalker are obvious. [[LoveMakesYouEvil Driven to the dark side by what they love]] (Padmé/Lorderon), (Padmé/Lordaeron), killing the thing they love, exchanging their good weapon for an evil one, and eventually killing their old mentor. And don't forget the angst.



* CommandAndConquerEconomy

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* CommandAndConquerEconomyCommandAndConquerEconomy: You assign peasants to their tasks and build farms and lumber mills, as well as more military kinds of facility.



* ContinuingIsPainful: If your hero dies, they can be resurrected at an Altar, but it will cost a good chunk of your gold and takes quite a bit of time - which your opponent, who just got a chunk of experience for their own heroes, [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown may not give you]]. Alternatively, you can instantly resurrect a dead hero at a Tavern, but it costs twice as much gold as reviving them the old fashioned way and the hero [[CameBackWrong is brought back with half health and no mana]].

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* ContinuingIsPainful: If your hero dies, they can be resurrected at an Altar, but it will cost a good chunk of your gold and takes quite a bit of time - which your opponent, who just got a chunk of experience for their own heroes, [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown may not give you]]. Alternatively, you can instantly resurrect a dead hero at a Tavern, but it costs twice as much gold as reviving them the old fashioned way and the hero [[CameBackWrong [[ResurrectionSickness is brought back with half health and no mana]].



* CreativeClosingCredits

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* CreativeClosingCreditsCreativeClosingCredits: ''Warcraft III'' and ''The Frozen Throne'' have humorous scenes playing during the credits, such as Archimonde trying to film a remake of the scene from ''[=WC2=]'' where a footman shoots down a zeppelin with a catapult, or Arthas holding a rock concert.



** Master of Pain and Mistress of torment for Magtheridon.

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** Master of Pain and Mistress of torment Torment for Magtheridon.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Jaina and Thrall, contrary to their WoW selves, display a great deal of fantastic racism and initially refused to work together. It's implied that defeating Archimonde made them FireForgedFriends.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Jaina and Thrall, contrary to their WoW [=WoW=] selves, display a great deal of fantastic racism and initially refused to work together. It's implied that defeating Archimonde made them FireForgedFriends.



* HindenburgIncendiaryPrinciple: ''2'': [[CutscenePowerToTheMax In a cutscene]], a footman uses an Orc catapult to destroy a goblin zeppelin ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation catapults can't hit air units in-game]]). This scene is replayed for a CreditsGag in ''Warcraft 3''.

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* HindenburgIncendiaryPrinciple: ''2'': [[CutscenePowerToTheMax In a cutscene]], cutscene]] in ''Warcraft 2'', a footman uses an Orc catapult to destroy a goblin zeppelin ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation catapults can't hit air units in-game]]). This scene is replayed for a CreditsGag in ''Warcraft 3''.



* HungryWeapon: Frostmourne, which consumes the souls of those slain upon it. This actually leads to Athas' CatchPhrase, "Frostmourne hungers!"

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* HungryWeapon: Frostmourne, which consumes the souls of those slain upon it. This actually leads to Athas' Arthas' CatchPhrase, "Frostmourne hungers!"



* MedicalMonarch: Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron, starts the game as a paladin and a strong healing spell. Even after his FaceHeelTurn to Death Knight, he still has a healing spell (though it now heals undead and hurts the living).

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* MedicalMonarch: Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron, starts the game as a paladin and with a strong healing spell. Even after his FaceHeelTurn to Death Knight, he still has a healing spell (though it now heals undead and hurts the living).



** The expansion's Blood Elf campaign removes all human and dwarven units [[ATasteOfPower after the fist mission]] (though some have elven equivalents). However, it also gives you PurposelyOverpowered Naga units to compensate.

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** The expansion's Blood Elf campaign removes all human and dwarven units [[ATasteOfPower after the fist first mission]] (though some have elven equivalents). However, it also gives you PurposelyOverpowered Naga units to compensate.



* {{Pun}}: Warcraft III Began to let puns drift into the mix in addition to jacking the pop-culture references UpToEleven. Mostly {{Visual Pun}}s, but a few others exist.

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* {{Pun}}: Warcraft III Began ''Warcraft III'' began to let puns drift into the mix in addition to jacking the pop-culture references UpToEleven. Mostly {{Visual Pun}}s, but a few others exist.



--> '''Demon Hunter:''' "Darkness called[[{{Beat}} ...]]] But I was on the phone, so I missed him. I tried to *69-Darkness, but his machine picked up. I yelled 'Pick up the phone, Darkness!,' but he ignored me. Darkness must have been screening his calls."

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--> '''Demon Hunter:''' "Darkness called[[{{Beat}} ...]]] ]] But I was on the phone, so I missed him. I tried to *69-Darkness, but his machine picked up. I yelled 'Pick up the phone, Darkness!,' but he ignored me. Darkness must have been screening his calls."



** '''Priest''': [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory I have been choosen by the big metal hand in the sky!]] (also doubles as BreakingTheFourthWall because your cursor while playing Human/Alliance is a metal glove)

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** '''Priest''': [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory I have been choosen chosen by the big metal hand in the sky!]] (also doubles as BreakingTheFourthWall because your cursor while playing Human/Alliance is a metal glove)



* SoLastSeason: Heavy and elite units suffer this in the bonus campaign, The best example would be the Kul tiras' units, whose statistics are superior to the average human units, but they aren't match for Rexxar and his teammates.

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* SoLastSeason: Heavy and elite units suffer this in the bonus campaign, The best example would be the Kul tiras' Tiras' units, whose statistics are superior to the average human units, but they aren't match for Rexxar and his teammates.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[DarkActionGirl Sylvanas Windrunner]] promises to give the Capital to Grand Marshall Garithos if he aids her in destroying the Dread Lord Balnazzar. After a two-pronged attack, [[OutGambitted their joint forces overwhelm those of Balnazzar]], and he is (seemingly) killed. [[FantasticRacism Garithos]] then demands that Sylvanas leave his city, and she has no problem [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness commanding her lieutenant, Varimathras,]] [[KickTheSonofABitch to kill him]].

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[DarkActionGirl Sylvanas Windrunner]] promises to give the Capital to Grand Marshall Garithos if he aids her in destroying the Dread Lord Balnazzar. After a two-pronged attack, [[OutGambitted their joint forces overwhelm those of Balnazzar]], and he is (seemingly) killed. [[FantasticRacism Garithos]] then demands that Sylvanas leave his city, and she has no problem [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness commanding her lieutenant, Varimathras,]] Varimathras, [[KickTheSonofABitch to kill him]].
28th May '17 3:55:05 PM rmctagg09
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* NiceDayDeadlyNight:
** Inverted in the case of most neutral monsters which sleep at night, making it easier to approach them. However, some turn invisible and remain awake, turning a CurbStompBattle against a few monsters into a sudden ambush.
** Inverted for the Night Elves, who fight much better at night than in the day, being able to turn invisible and slowly regenerating.
27th May '17 6:43:06 PM BossKey
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** Being the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for ''World of Warcraft'' it is, the Frozen Throne Orc campaign brings a number of these to the table, usually taking the form of [[KingMook super beefed-up versions of regular units]].



* CameBackWrong: Downplayed in gameplay terms: resurrecting a dead hero at a tavern is instantaneous (and a lot more expensive), but they only have half health and no mana.



* ContinuingIsPainful: If your hero dies, they can be resurrected at an Altar, but it will cost a good chunk of your gold and takes quite a bit of time - which your opponent, who just got a chunk of experience for their own heroes, [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown may not give you]]. Alternatively, you can instantly resurrect a dead hero at a Tavern, but it costs twice as much gold as reviving them the old fashioned way and the hero [[CameBackWrong is brought back with half health and no mana]].



** Many missions have only one or two neutral structures (and even then tend to be watered-down versions), while Multiplayer can have many more.

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** Many missions have only one or two neutral structures (and even then tend to be watered-down versions), while Multiplayer can have many more. In particular, Taverns never appear in the campaign.



** [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ghouls]] have to research the ability to cannibalize corpses for health.

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** [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ghouls]] and Abominations have to research the ability to cannibalize corpses for health.
11th May '17 1:35:34 PM Arachnos
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* DemonicPossession: Banshees in ''III'' can turn enemy units to their side by possessing them (this removes the Banshee herself from play). Interestingly, if you manage to possess an enemy worker, you can actually create their own buildings, hire their units and effectively start playing as two factions at once. This trick is mostly disabled in the campaigns, but at least once (during the mission where you get the Banshees iin the first place) you can possess an Elven worker and create some normally unavailable units and buildings.
25th Apr '17 4:51:26 PM BossKey
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* InstrumentalWeapon: The Orcs' Kodo Beast riders use throwing axes as drumsticks. When they need to attack, they simply throw the axes they're holding and pull out a new pair.



* LudicrousGibs: Any unit killed by artillery gets splattered and doesn't leave a corpse behind. This actually serves a purpose in-game: abilities that require corpses (e.g. Necromancers' Raise Dead) can't make do with chunky salsa.



** The expansion's Blood Elf campaign removes all human and dwarven units (though some have elven equivalents). However, it also gives you PurposelyOverpowered Naga units to compensate.

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** The expansion's Blood Elf campaign removes all human and dwarven units [[ATasteOfPower after the fist mission]] (though some have elven equivalents). However, it also gives you PurposelyOverpowered Naga units to compensate.



*** Night Elf Archers, Huntresses, Priestesses of the Moon, and Wardens have an ability named "Shadowmeld", which turns them invisible during the night as long as they stand still.

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*** Night Elf Archers, Huntresses, Priestesses of the Moon, and Wardens have an ability named "Shadowmeld", which turns them invisible during the night as long as they stand still. Bandits also possess this ability and are some of the few creeps to not sleep at night, and can catch unwary players off-guard as a result.



*** The Alliance's sorceresses can make any unit invisible for a while, but any action other than moving or breaks the spell. [[ObviousRulePatch Later game patches]] prevent you from [[GameBreaker casting this on]] [[ActionBomb Sappers and Clockwerk Goblins]].

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*** The Alliance's sorceresses can make any unit invisible for a while, but any action other than moving or breaks the spell. [[ObviousRulePatch Later game patches]] prevent you from [[GameBreaker casting this on]] [[ActionBomb Sappers and Clockwerk Goblins]].
20th Apr '17 8:54:51 AM normanale834
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** The original version of Anub'arak was an accidental example, due to a problem with the armor bonus, Anub'arak was able to fight with Illidan's forces on his own.
18th Apr '17 10:09:05 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: The human nation/city-state of Alterac.



* LesCollaborateurs: The human nation/city-state of Alterac.
18th Apr '17 8:34:30 AM HappyMan
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** The cinematic ending of the orc campaign has Thrall throwing his hammer at Mannoroth (a move that does exist... but is used by the dwarf Mountain King), while Grom kills him in one hit (admittedly, Grom does have [[CriticalHit Critical Strike]]).

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** The cinematic ending of the orc campaign has Thrall throwing charging his hammer with electricity and throwing it at Mannoroth (a move that does exist... but is used by the dwarf Mountain King), while Grom kills him in one hit (admittedly, Grom does have [[CriticalHit Critical Strike]]).


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** After being awakened, Malfurion turns an ''entire forest'' into an army of Treants, who proceed to lay waste a nearby Undead base. While Malfurion can turn trees into Treants, he obviously can only do it to a much smaller scale.
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