!! Guardians

Sometime in the distant past of ''Destiny'', the arrival of the Traveler marked a rapid rise of technological expansion, and thus a new Golden Age began for the human race. Within decades, humans were able to colonize and populate many of the planets within the Solar System, and even go beyond. However, this would not last, for some unknown force managed to transform much of what was gained into ruin, and the human race had to return to a single city on Earth or face extinction.

Hundreds of years after the cataclysm, the human race is equipped once more with the technological arsenal that the Traveler provides. A chosen few among the many left on the planet have been deemed Guardians (Hunters, Warlocks, and Titans), which are bestowed with magic-like powers to strengthen their forces. On Earth or across the galaxy, the human race is once more ready to take back what is rightfully theirs.

!!!Guardians in General
* ActionGirl: Female Guardians, naturally.
* {{Badass}}
* DoubleJump: All three classes are able to perform this with the actual mechanism of doing so depending on the class.
* FunctionalMagic: Thanks to the influence of the Traveler, the Guardians are able to harness ethereal powers.
* MageMarksman: All Guardians qualify, to varying degrees courtesy of the Traveller's influence.
* OneManArmy: Oftentimes Guardians will find themselves battling hordes of enemies alone.
* PlayerCharacter

!!!Hunters

* BadassCape: One that also functions as a hood.
* BountyHunter: The key influence on their design.
* TheGunslinger: One of the possible focuses. An ability named the Ghost Gun, lets the user wield a powerful HandCannon that kill enemies in a single shot or two.
* InTheHood
* SniperRifle: Their special weapon of choice.

!!!Warlocks

* BadassLongcoat: Warlocks can be recognized by their long coats and rounded helmets.
* EnergyBall: Their special ability lets them throw a much more powerful void orb that consumes enemies.
* KillItWithFire: One of their signature magic attacks.
* MagicalGuardian: Bungie states that their design is largely based on characters like [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan]] or [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
* MageMarksman: They use both magic and guns.

!!!Titans

* TheBigGuy: The largest and most imposing Guardian.
* GroundPunch: Their super ability involves leaping into the air and driving a fist into the ground, causing heavy damage to nearby enemies.
* LightningBruiser: They are capable of moving around just as fast as their Hunter and Warlock coutnerparts.
* ShouldersOfDoom
* SpaceMarine: Bungie based the designs of this class on the modern Space Marine.

!! Humanity and Allied Forces

!!!Humans In General

* AdvancedAncientHumans: Sort of. The ancient extinct civilization the game begins after is implied to be our future, but their past.
** Subverted in that "modern" humans have weaponry augmented by the Traveler. Which makes sense, since earlier humans were wiped off the face of the Solar System with their own weaponry.
* HumansAreAverage: From a technical standpoint, humans are a fairly balanced race.
* HumansAreSpecial: The Traveler would certainly think so.
* SpaceElves: Extended lifespans, far more advanced tech than their rivals, while being hampered by low population? Yeah. They fit.
* VestigialEmpire: Originally, they were one of the most influential species within the galaxy. Hundreds of years after the fall, they're just now attempting to take back the vast amount of land that they lost.
** RisingEmpire: What humans hope to become once more.

!!!The Traveler
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A mysterious object that appeared over the Earth in the distant past. Its appearance gave rise to hundreds of new technologies, and allowed the human race to expand their influence over the galaxy in a short period of time. However, some cataclysm caused most of what was gained to be lost, and the Traveler had to sacrifice some of its power in order to stop the threat from destroying all of humanity. However, the Traveler has not been destroyed; it stil remains as a protecting force over the last city on Earth, and grants power to those who will fight for it.

* BigGood: Is seen as this for humanity.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: No one knows why the Traveler is aiding humanity.
* DeusEstMachina[=/=]{{God}}[=/=]SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Possibilities on what this thing is.
* HeroicSacrifice: At the end of the Golden Age, the object apparently made some sort of sacrifice in order to stop the forces that nearly wiped out humanity.
* EldritchAbomination: Nobody is able to comprehend what this thing is. It appears to be a ''good'' one, given its actions in the past.
* FunctionalMagic: It can grant special abilities to Guardians.
* LightIsGood: This bright white object is what's been keeping the human race alive for hundreds of years.
* ThatsNoMoon: People still aren't quite sure what it is, but they can agree that a moon it isn't.
* WhereItAllBegan: This the very thing that set the plot in motion.

!!!Awoken

A race allied with humanity. They are a mysterious and crafty race.

* OurMonstersAreDifferent: These aliens are influenced from a number of mythical creatures, according to Bungie.
** OurAngelsAreDifferent
** OurElvesAreBetter
** OurGhostsAreDifferent
** OurVampiresAreDifferent
* {{Transhuman}}: According to lore, they were originally humans that tried to flee Earth in the wake of the Collapse. During their exodus, something happened to them out in deep space that led to their being changed into the Awoken race.

!!!Exo

A race allied with humanity, robotic in appearance.

* AIIsACrapshoot: They were apparently brought into sentience by a subroutine of some kind, though luckily (that we know) they didn't turn on humanity.
* {{Cyborg}}
* CreepyGood: As far as the allied races go, this is certainly the most ominous-looking one.
* ImplacableMan: It is said that very little can stop them.

!!! Ghost
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Flying robotic drone companions that accompany Guardians and serve multiple functions such as navigation, hacking computers, opening doors, etc.

* DeadpanSnarker
* DoAnyThingRobot: They're able to resurrect people from the dead to have them serve as Guardians, interface with technology, fly starships, summon vehicles...
* NonHumanSideKick
* RobotBuddy

!!Enemies

The many races that have taken over the lost colonies, or have appeared to be hostile to humans and those allied with them. It is unknown if they are the cause of the cataclysm that ended the Golden Age.

!!!The Fallen

A nomadic race of four armed humanoids, the Fallen were once a noble hierarchical society. In the aftermath of the Collapse, they have become bandits and pirates, raiding settlements on Earth and the moon.
* {{Expy}}: Their tall height, four arms, aggressiveness, and inhabiting the ruined cities of others makes them one for the Green Barsoomians from Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series. This is likely part of ''Destiny'''s GenreThrowback to PlanetaryRomance.
* FallenHero: It's stated that they earned their name due to not only the fall of their civilization, but to their decaying morality. See "Meaningful Name" for more details.
* FanNickname: Spider Pirates.
* SpacePirates: Their own fall has reduced many of their kin to this.
* SpiderTank: [[http://www.destinypedia.com/images/6/62/Fallen_desktop.jpg This thing.]] It requires a two-man crew and functions as a MightyGlacier.
* MeaningfulName: At some point before the events of the game, the Fallen were once a race comprised of multiple noble houses before descending into their current state as nomads and pirates.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Most have an extra pair of arms.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: When a member of the Fallen dies, their soul appears to be ripped from their bodies. Getting headshots on them reveals an odd light whisping away from where their head was.
* VestigialEmpire: The Fallen went from being a powerful race of nobility to one shrouded in poverty and crime.

!!!Vex

A race of mechanical creatures which lurk in the Jungles of Venus.
* ClockworkCreature: The only alien race that is entirely mechanical.
* Expy: They're robots with downright eldritch tech, making them very reminiscent of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Necrons]].
* TimeTravel: They can somehow use this to their advantage. According to the description of one weapon that seems reverse-engineered from them (or possibly stolen, it's not clear yet

!!!Cabal

A massive race of rhinoceros-like humanoids who are found on Mars. They are at war with Humanity and the Vex
* TheBrute: Not only are they immensely powerful, but they have a personal vendetta against humanity.
* {{Expy}}: A vast, militaristic empire with DieselPunk technology that uses soldiers clad in blue armor? [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Why, it's the Imperium of Man]]! Their standard grunts' weapons even look like bolters!
** In another way, they are compared to Space Romans, using terms like "Legionaire" and "Gladiator" for their units
* FanNickname: War Rhinos.
* GatlingGood: A massive one carried by a huge Cabal class called "Gladiators".
* SpaceRomans: Explicitly so.

!!!The Hive

A mysterious race of techno-zombies who's primary base is on the Moon.
* BeefGate: In the Beta, a few Hallow Knights are presented as this in areas that contain goodies, or near places you can't explore.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The Thrall (a mostly mindless version of them) function and act like Zombies.
* FanNickname: Space Zombies.
* NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast: The ''Hellmouth'', their base on the moon
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: They're essentially Zombie Aliens.

!!!The Darkness

The ancient enemy of the Traveler, and supposedly what drove Humanity to near extinction
* BigBad: Possibly
* EldritchAbomination: It is the Traveler's equal, and thus counts as this.
** During the game, The Darkness covers certain areas, either completely blocking Guardians from accessing them, or will reside and wait for Guardians to fall and consume them.
* DarkIsEvil

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