* FanNickname:
** '"Hash" for Hash'ak'gik.
** "Blood Reaver" is the LOK fans' name given to the Reaver sword that doesn't yet have Raziel's soul inside of it.
* FranchiseKiller: After the first three games did very strong, ''Blood Omen 2'' got average reviews, and to fans of the series its story and design aesthetic were a complete departure from the rest of the franchise. The series stumbled on to ''Defiance'', which got a bit better reception on both fronts, but it wasn't enough to save the series.
* HeyItsThatVoice: That's right, people. [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Minister Claude Frollo]] is the Elder God. Unless you know him better as [[ReBoot Megabyte]].
** And [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpacenine Constable Odo]] is Janos Audron.
** Simon Templeman is getting around the videogame scene as of late; even when ''Defiance'' was new, he wasn't in many other titles, and was usually just a random bit part when he ''was'' in something else. It can be ''jarring'' for anyone who played this series to hear him these days, particularly as Loghain in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', where he's doing the "Kain Voice" on a character with a lot of screen time.[[note]]Simon Templeman is primarily a theatre actor.[[/note]]
** Let's not forget [[{{Rugrats}} Chaz Finster/Drew Pickles]], [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Nihlathak]], and [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} The Prophet]] as Raziel.
*** For the German version of Soul Reaver 2, we have Udo Schenk as Raziel... who also voiced [[Film/HarryPotter Voldemort]] from HP4's movie version onwards
** For Turel, we have [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX the]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 voice]] of [[DissidiaFinalFantasy Jecht]].
** In the Italian dub of Defiance, Kain is [[EvilIsHammy hammly voiced]] by [[DragonBall Piccolo's]] voice actor, while the even [[LargeHam hammier]] Raziel is [[{{Naruto}} Deidara]]. Furthermore, the Elder God is [[OnePiece Sir Crocodile]], Mortanius is [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Barbossa]] and one of the female vampire hunter mooks is voiced by [[{{Naruto}} Sakura]]/[[DragonBall Bulma]]/[[OnePiece Nami]]'s voice actress.
** In the French dub, Kain is MorganFreeman and Raziel is Creator/KevinCostner. For real.
** Their voices aren't particularly alike, but if you're aware of it you can hear the similarities: Ariel is voiced by [[Series/BreakingBad Skylar White]], of all people.
* OneOfUs: Hilariously inverted; in the behind-the-scenes feature for Soul Reaver 2, Creator/MichaelBell tells of how he had to actually buy a Playstation when Crystal Dynamics sent him a free copy of Soul Reaver. He was eager to see the entire game because of how he imagined it would turn out from the script, and because he used his talent for multiple voices to cover several characters. Being a non-gamer, he couldn't handle the platforming at all and spent two hours trying (and failing) to pass the platforming portion of the tutorial, only for his daughter to be so far beyond it the scene was unrecognizable when he came back from getting a beer out of the fridge.
* TheOtherDarrin: Mortanius was initially voiced by Creator/TonyJay in ''Blood Omen'', leading to some WildMassGuessing regarding the Elder God's identity when Jay went on to voice that character instead. His actor was changed in ''Defiance'', to avoid confusion.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: [[http://www.gog.com/forum/general/release_legacy_of_kain_blood_omen_2/post24 Don't expect]] ''Blood Omen I'' to be rereleased on GOG.com any time soon, due to a spectacular case of ExecutiveMeddling-induced legal bridge-burning between SiliconKnights and Crystal Dynamics (with {{Activision}} as an involved sideline third party), [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=503761 which is best left explained in details by NeoGAF user Mama Robotnik]].
* SerendipityWritesThePlot: Turel was supposed to be included in ''Soul Reaver'', DummiedOut locations and dialogue make it clear that Raziel would have eventually gone after him. However, the team was out of time so Turel was cut without mention, and later games made his absence from ''Soul Reaver'' a plot point.
* TalkingToHimself: Michael Bell, Raziel's voice actor, also played Melchiah and various antagonists. Taken to its logical extreme when [[spoiler: Raziel confronts his past self.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The development process of the series is infamous among its fans.
** In ''Soul Reaver'', the Glyphs were supposed to give various elemental properties to the Soul Reaver. They were cut and the concept worked in ''Soul Reaver 2'' and ''Defiance'' as the Elemental Reavers. And for that matter, ''Defiance'' recycled some axed concepts intended for ''Soul Reaver 2''. Locations that were likely to play host to these abilities can be found in both games; for instance, the lake in ''Soul Reaver 2'' obviously contains a ruined temple that was a prototype Spirit Forge.
** Also from ''Soul Reaver'', there was to be an expanded area of the Human Citadel where Raziel found the lair of the vampire worshippers and killed their Priestess, gaining the ability to possess others. May possibly have been recycled into the "Charm" Dark Gift for ''Blood Omen 2''.
** As covered above, Turel was supposed to be in ''Soul Reaver'' with his own territory, but it was axed for time.
** ''Soul Reaver'' originally had a different ending that had Raziel kill Kain and reave his soul, granting him the ability to shift between dimensions at will. This would let him access the highest areas of the Silenced Cathedral and activate it, blasting a deadly hymn that would kill all vampires in Nosgoth.
** The mystery of Vorador's resurrection in ''Blood Omen 2'' was intended to be solved in ''Defiance'', with the present version of Kain reviving him somehow. It is also rumored there would be a return to the ''Soul Reaver'' era to see how the time travel in the series has affected the present, for Kain to possibly be pulled through time by Moebius to fight his younger self (explaining the ''Blood Omen'' boss battle with a future version of Kain), and for Kain to use Vorador's old ring to summon his friend for aid somewhere. The meeting with the future Kain and learning what he becomes and does would have influence Vorador significantly, resulting in his shift in personality in ''Blood Omen 2''.
** A sixth game, "The Dark Prophecy," was planned after ''Defiance'' but didn't go very far. What little is known about it is that it would have similarly revolved around two protagonists and would shift viewpoints between them, but this time, it would be two versions of Kain in two different time periods.
** A project called [[http://nichegamer.net/2015/02/a-32-minute-video-of-legacy-of-kain-dead-sun-the-canceled-soul-reaver-successor/ Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun]] would've focused on the future of Nosgoth resulting from the end of Defiance, starring a human whose soul (through some freak accident) winds up in control of the vampire that kills him. Unfortunately, Square Enix cancelled it in 2012.
** And, of course, there's no telling how the series would have gone if Silicon Knights had gotten the rights to the series after ''Blood Omen'' instead of Crystal Dynamics.