History YMMV / TheWitcher

17th May '18 8:20:40 AM Forenperser
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* BigBadWannabe: Despite being the clear-cut BigBad of the Saga, Vilgefortz can be seen as this, albeit as a more Played With example: As an immediate threat, he's as Big a Bad as they come, but in the larger scheme of things,he's quite the small fry.[[labelnote:Spoiler]]Averted at the start of the Witcher Saga. Initially all of the major story events can be traced back to Vilgefortz - who is, at the time, a full-fledged MagnificentBastard who has everyone playing the hand he's dealt them. Later, however, he makes the mistake of trying to con [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Emperor Emhyr Var Emreis]]. This move proves to be a disastrous setback for Vilgefortz, costing him all of the resources, power, and influence (not to mention his razor-sharp charm)that made him so powerful to begin with. From this point on, Vilgefortz is reduced to operating out of a secluded ruin, having to rely on a pack of common criminals to do his dirty work. It doesn't help that the other major players hunting Ciri and Geralt include a vast empire with limitless resources, a powerful race of elves from another dimension, and a conspiracy made up of influential sorceresses, all of whom regard Vilgefortz as little more than a deviant to be rooted out and disposed of. Furthermore, after the Saga's climax, where Vilgefortz is at last defeated by the heroes when they [[StormingTheCastle storm his castle]], that same emperor he tried to outsmart arrives at his doorstep with a legion of soldiers at his back. And judging by how things played out, they were more than prepared to to do the job themselves. One way or another, this story was not going to end well for Vilgefortz.[[/labelnote]].
14th May '18 7:54:16 PM FictionFan101
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* BigBadWannabe: Despite being the clear-cut BigBad of the Saga, Vilgefortz can be seen as this, albeit as a more Played With example: As an immediate threat, he's as Big a Bad as they come, but in the larger scheme of things,he's quite the small fry.[[labelnote:Spoiler]]Averted at the start of the Witcher Saga. Initially all of the major story events can be traced back to Vilgefortz - who is, at the time, a full-fledged MagnificentBastard who has everyone playing the hand he's dealt them. Later, however, he makes the mistake of trying to con [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Emperor Emhyr Var Emreis]]. This move proves to be a disastrous setback for Vilgefortz, costing him all of the resources, power, and influence (not to mention his razor-sharp charm)that made him so powerful to begin with. From this point on, Vilgefortz is reduced to operating out of a secluded ruin, having to rely on a pack of common criminals to do his dirty work. It doesn't help that the other major players hunting Ciri and Geralt include a vast empire with limitless resources, a powerful race of elves from another dimension, and a conspiracy made up of influential sorceresses, all of whom regard Vilgefortz as little more than a deviant to be rooted out and disposed of. Furthermore, after the Saga's climax, where Vilgefortz is at last defeated by the heroes when they [[StormingTheCastle storm his castle]], that same emperor he tried to outsmart arrives at his doorstep with a legion of soldiers at his back. And judging by how things played out, they were more than prepared to to do the job themselves. One way or another, this story was not going to end well for Vilgefortz.[[/labelnote]].
14th May '18 10:16:28 AM OccasionalExister
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Leo Bonhart has proven to be one of the most popular villains from the saga despite being a depraved PsychoForHire who only has a substantial role in the last two books. A large part of his popularity stems from the fact that, in a world of [[EmpoweredBadassNormal witchers]], sorcerers and monsters, Bonhart is just a [[BadassNormal normal human]] who nevertheless manages to be a genuinely terrifying HeroKiller. In the heydays of the saga, Bonhart was the biggest subject of fan fiction behind Geralt and Ciri, and a common debate in the fandom is if he could best Geralt in a duel.
20th Jan '18 9:11:16 AM CynicalBastardo
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* GoddamnBats: Drowners. They're encountered ''everywhere'' during the game, but they were only a threat in the Outskirts in the first chapter.

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* GoddamnBats: Drowners. They're encountered ''everywhere'' during the game, but they were only a threat in the Outskirts in the first chapter. They're basically the main reason to use the group sword style.
10th Jan '18 11:58:52 PM sui_cho
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** [[TheHeavy Azar Javed]] is easily the hardest fight in the game. Not only he hits hard, ''he constantly spams his stuns and {{Knockback}}s where there is no discernible pattern to predict them''. There are potions that counter knockback, but God help you if you don't have any potions prior to the fight. And the worst part? You are instantly teleported to his arena after killing his two EliteMooks (which are relatively easy to deal with), [[{{Irony}} where there is an unusable fireplace in the room where you fight them]]. Berengar will aid you during the fight if you spare him, but he does little damage and will go down after taking a few hits. [[SarcasmMode Good luck]].
23rd Dec '17 6:09:57 PM nombretomado
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* FandomRivalry:With fans of TheElricSaga due to both them and Michael Moorcock, the author, believing that Geralt of Rivia is a rip-off of Elric. Geralt shares numerous similarities with Elric and was inspired by him (They are both pale, white-haired swordsmen-sorcerors who are known as "The White Wolf" and use a lot of potions), they are in the end different characters, chiefly in that Geralt remains a "witcher", a marginal and liminal figure who moves between classes and is not really a chosen one figure, while Elric is an Emperor who has fallen on hard times and destined to bring about an apocalyptic prophecy.

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* FandomRivalry:With FandomRivalry: With fans of TheElricSaga ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' due to both them and Michael Moorcock, the author, believing that Geralt of Rivia is a rip-off of Elric. Geralt shares numerous similarities with Elric and was inspired by him (They are both pale, white-haired swordsmen-sorcerors swordsmen-sorcerers who are known as "The White Wolf" and use a lot of potions), they are in the end different characters, chiefly in that Geralt remains a "witcher", a marginal and liminal figure who moves between classes and is not really a chosen one figure, while Elric is an Emperor who has fallen on hard times and destined to bring about an apocalyptic prophecy.
23rd Nov '17 5:05:44 AM crazyrabbits
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* FridgeBrilliance: Thaler's real name is Bernard Ducat. Ducat is the name of valuable medieval gold coin while thaler is a common silver coin. [[MeaningfulName Very fitting]], given that [[spoiler:Thaler is a high-ranking official (Foltest's spymaster) posing as a lowly commoner]].
** One of the antiquaries in Vizima is selling a book called "Fairytales and stories", that was seemingly written by a person who lived some 200 years after the events of the game. While it could merely be a minor fourth wall -breaking MythologyGag, let's keep in mind that this a fantasy world where exceptionally powerful sorcerers can travel through space and ''time''.
* GameBreaker:
** The Igni Sign -- boost it as much as you can, as soon as you can, and you'll be able to waltz through the second half of the game without bothering to even ''unsheathe your sword'': enemies (bosses included) will drop dead like flies.
** The Aard as well, especially early on. Most humanoid enemies and dogs (including the first act boss) can be knocked over and one-shot-killed with just the basic version.

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* FridgeBrilliance: Thaler's real name is Bernard Ducat. Ducat is the name of valuable medieval gold coin while thaler is a common silver coin. [[MeaningfulName Very fitting]], given that [[spoiler:Thaler is a high-ranking official (Foltest's spymaster) posing as a lowly commoner]].
** One of the antiquaries in Vizima is selling a book called "Fairytales and stories", that was seemingly written by a person who lived some 200 years after the events of the game. While it could merely be a minor fourth wall -breaking MythologyGag, let's keep in mind that this a fantasy world where exceptionally powerful sorcerers can travel through space and ''time''.
* GameBreaker:
** The Igni Sign -- boost it as much as you can, as soon as you can, and you'll be able to waltz through the second half of the game without bothering to even ''unsheathe your sword'': enemies (bosses included) will drop dead like flies.
** The Aard as well, especially early on. Most humanoid enemies and dogs (including the first act boss) can be knocked over and one-shot-killed with just the basic version.
GameBreaker: [[GameBreaker/TheWitcher Has its own page]].
16th Sep '17 2:09:32 AM SoberIrishman
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** The combat system is a bizarre mixture of classic CRPG combat and a rhythm game, in contrast to the more straightforward action RPG combat of the two sequels.
15th Aug '17 10:27:39 AM Forenperser
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** Scoia'tael. Militant racist fanatics whose open goal is total genocide of humans? Check. Killing non-humans who believe in possibility of peaceful coexistence? Check. Unwitting pawns of TheEmpire, which exploit them as disposable mooks, then sell them off as war criminals when it comes to the peace negotiations? Check. Oh, but how can oppressed freedom fighters possibly be evil? Scoia'tael are written as a deconstruction of the AlwaysChaoticEvil trope, and they make a good example of why this trope is necessary - because when you give your evil mooks [[FacelessGoons faces]] and realistic motivations, some readers just won't be able to see what's so evil about them.
** Nilfgaard Empire. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis By Other Name]] with a dash of [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Mongol Invasion]]. Oppressive totalitarian state where saying the wrong thing gets your head cut off. Slavery. Their armies sadistically slaughter civilians as the [[JustFollowingOrders statutory]] war tactic and burn everything to the ground as the long-term economic strategy. All this under the pretense of [[WhiteMansBurden bringing culture]] to the conquered lands. Surprisingly, part of the audience goes along with this in-universe propaganda, whitewashing Nilfgaard as the beacon of justice and {{Realpolitik}} in this CrapsackWorld.

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** Scoia'tael. Militant racist fanatics whose open goal is total genocide of humans? Check. Killing non-humans who believe in possibility of peaceful coexistence? Check. Unwitting pawns of TheEmpire, which exploit them as disposable mooks, then sell them off as war criminals when it comes to the peace negotiations? Check. Oh, but how can oppressed freedom fighters possibly be evil? Scoia'tael are written as a deconstruction of the AlwaysChaoticEvil trope, and they make a good example of why this trope is necessary - because when you give your evil mooks [[FacelessGoons faces]] and realistic motivations, some readers just won't be able to see what's so evil about them.
** Nilfgaard Empire. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis By Other Name]] with a dash of [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Mongol Invasion]]. Oppressive totalitarian state where saying the wrong thing gets your head cut off. Slavery. Their armies sadistically slaughter civilians as the [[JustFollowingOrders statutory]] war tactic and burn everything to the ground as the long-term economic strategy. They even manipulate the Scoia'tael into fighting with them, promising them freedom and equal rights, only to sell them out as scapegoats the second they cease being useful. All this under the pretense of [[WhiteMansBurden bringing culture]] to the conquered lands. Surprisingly, part of the audience goes along with this in-universe propaganda, whitewashing Nilfgaard as the beacon of justice and {{Realpolitik}} in this CrapsackWorld.
13th Aug '17 2:56:32 AM CaptainMar-Vell92
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* FandomRivalry:With fans of TheElricSaga due to both them and Michael Moorcock, the author, believing that Geralt of Rivia is a rip-off of Elric. Geralt shares numerous similarities with Elric and was inspired by him (They are both pale, white-haired swordsmen-sorcerors who are known as "The White Wolf" and use a lot of potions), they are in the end different characters, chiefly in that Geralt remains a "witcher", a marginal and liminal figure who moves between classes and is not really a chosen one figure, while Elric is an Emperor who has fallen on hard times and destined to bring about an apocalyptic prophecy.
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