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-->''"The Lord of Murder shall perish''
-->''But in his death he shall spawn a score of mortal progeny''
-->''Chaos shall be sown from their passage..."''

-->'''''-So sayeth the Wise Alaundo'''''

'''''Baldur's Gate''''' is a RolePlayingGame series set in the HighFantasy setting ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', using an adaptation of the ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 2e revised ruleset. It was developed by Creator/BioWare and published by Creator/BlackIsleStudios.

The game's focus is on quests, characterization and dialogue, combined with a solid combat system and a continuous plotline. The games can be played standalone as well.

The series consists of:

* ''Baldur's Gate''
** ''Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast'' (expansion pack)
* ''Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn''
** ''Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal'' (expansion pack)

The setting also crosses over with ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'', and ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' is considered a sister game to the series.

The plot centers around a hero who is regularly pursued due to power granted by a MysteriousParent: Some want those abilities for themselves, others are simply fearful of what the hero may become because they know WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. The first game centers around the hero learning about the powers and their source; the second deals with the consequences and choices that come with that power and knowledge.

The series is best known for its memorable selection of sidekicks, which your hero can have up to five of at any time. All have distinct, if sometimes simple, personalities and backstories, and most will drag you into at least one side quest unique to them if they stay on your team long enough. Especially in the sequel, they become fully fleshed-out characters and have a tendency to make comments or suggestions about the current situation, and interact with each other extensively.

Prior to creating ''Baldur's Gate'', Bioware had only developed the HumongousMecha SimulationGame, ''VideoGame/ShatteredSteel'', and ended up switching its company focus from action games entirely and solidified their position as perhaps the most popular modern developer of the WesternRPG. ''Baldur's Gate'' was the first game to use the Infinity Engine, which was later used for the ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' series and ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. Since Creator/InterplayEntertainment's license from [=WotC=] for ''AD&D'' ran out except for the ''Baldur's Gate'' franchise, Interplay [[InNameOnly made two unrelated AD&D-based games]] with the "Baldur's Gate" moniker: The console exclusive ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}''-alike ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance'' series, and ''The Black Hound'' (codenamed "Project Jefferson"), a canceled game that was actually going to be sold as ''Baldur's Gate III'' (one of the original creators [[http://theblackhound.googlepages.com/ apparently intends to complete it in the form of a module]] for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', which he also worked on).

A novelization exists, [[FanonDiscontinuity but we prefer not to speak of it]].

The fandom has an active modding community, and many elaborate fan-made characters and quests exist. [=BioWare=] writer David Gaider, who provided much of the game's dialogue, also created his own unofficial version of ''Throne of Bhaal'' with plenty of added difficulty for hardcore gamers. Additionally, Gaider used to hang out at the modding community's forums, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome helped out with dialogue for fan-made characters]], and wrote silly FanFiction.

An [[UpdatedReRelease enhanced version]] was [[http://www.vg247.com/2012/03/15/atari-reveals-baldurs-gate-enhanced-edition-for-summer-2012/ announced on March 15th 2012]] and released for PC on November 28th, 2012, also available in Mac and tablet versions. The enhanced edition includes all essential bugfixes and tweaks, a gorgeously streamlined look, and three new characters with their own quests. The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate ''II'' was announced on August 30th 2013 (delayed by legal issues with Atari that had temporarily suspended sales and work on the games) for PC and Mac for November 15th 2013. It will carry over the enhancements from the first game, and adds another new character with her own quest (in addition to the three introduced in the first game).

There's a [[Characters/BaldursGate character sheet]], which is where you should put tropes associated with individual characters.

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!!The ''Baldur's Gate'' games provide examples of the following tropes:

* HundredPercentHeroismRating: Actually, having a high reputation doesn't have as much of an effect as it could. Besides lower shop prices and the occasional dialogue that uses reputation as a script condition, the games are very inconsistent on whether townspeople actually recognize a high-reputation hero, or if they do, whether they care.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: They also hold onto their weapons at all times too.
* AbortedArc: Several, from additional [[RelationshipValues romance]] [[OptionalSexualEncounter options]] for female [=PCs=], to extra sidequests, to fairly major changes in the overall story. Some were cut due to time constraints, others because of fan response. The Unfinished Business mods for the first and second games put a lot of this cut content back in.
* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: Throne of Bhaal's experience cap of 8,000,000 is higher than a player character with a full party can reasonably achieve. There's not even much point to reaching it anyway, as most classes will "plateau" and stop gaining meaningful bonuses from their level ups before then. The large number of mods available (if you install everything that looks interesting, the game will double in disc space taken) makes the cap a bit less ridiculous.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: In both games, as well as the expansion packs -- they seem to be an architectural staple of major cities in this game world.
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Canonically, [=CHARNAME=]'s parents. Daddy was the God of Murder who only sired you in hopes you'd either be slaughtered and resurrect him, or else become a monster just like him and take his place. Mommy was the cultist who gave birth to you and would have made you a HumanSacrifice if Gorion hadn't interrupted the ritual.]]
* ActionGirl: All the female joinable characters are professional adventurers who fight.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Baeloth of the Enhanced Edition is rather fond of these.
* AdventureDuo: In the first game, several sets of [=NPC=]s come in pairs, and you can't keep one in the party without the other unless you use an exploit. Of course, an available "exploit" is entirely natural -- let one of them die. It's easier than keeping them alive, really. Their companion will get over it easily enough.
** Jaheira and Khalid
** Minsc and Dynaheir (and [[RunningGag Boo]]!)
** Xzar and Montaron
* AnAdventurerIsYou: Most aspects of the game's mechanics are about as standard as they come.
* AffablyEvil: The Games, especially the sequel is full of those.
** The Sahuagin, especially the priestesses are very polite for a people who raid coastal settlements, sinks ships and sacrifices captives and themselves to their [[GodOfEvil dark god.]]
** Some drow are polite as well, like the Pit Manager.
** Viconia is considerably more polite than most other [[TokenEvilTeammate evil teammates]] you meet during the game.
** The githyanki demanding the blade shard after escaping the Underdark at least tries to be this.
** Drush, the ogre mage from the infamous gong quest is quite friendly. Hell, you'd probably not guess that he's evil, unless you use Detect Evil or Know Alignment.
** The demon trapped in the maze in Watcher's Keep comes across as this. He politely invites you to a non-rigged game, and gives you his part of the key [[GenreSavvy after he's assured that he and his group can escape]] instead of just leaving you trapped. NobleDemon indeed.
* AffectionatePickpocket: Played with in ''Baldur's Gate II'': Imoen suddenly starts acting all love-struck and swooning around Keldorn, much to his horror (since he is Lawful Good, married, and old enough to be her father). After making him squirm for a bit, Imoen chuckles and gives him his ring back.
* AlignmentBasedEndings: ''Baldur's Gate II: [[ExpansionPack Throne of Bhaal]]'' has three endings: Good God, Evil God, and Mortal. Though in one sense the trope is avoided: it is not entirely based on your alignment, or a LastSecondEndingChoice (the choice between God and Mortal is, but not the alignment), but rather by having answered correctly to a series of questions you are asked by a Solar over the course of the expansion. Gave the right answers, you can become a Good God. Didn't give enough right answers, and even if you are a Lawful Good Reputation 20 Paladin, becoming a god makes you an Evil God.
* AlreadyUndoneForYou
** When attacking Bodhi for the last time, Drizzt and the Shadow Thieves are encountered halfway through the crypt that had its traps and enemies intact.
** This also occurs in [=BG:ToSC=]'s Durlag's Tower area. Even though adventurers (a few still living, but mostly dead) have gone before you and have gotten to a certain point themselves, all of the tests, traps, and enemies are intact when your party travels through it. [[spoiler:Even Durlag's ghost states that you are the first to have ever gotten that far, even though two other adventurers (Clair and Dalton) can be found in the last two dungeon areas. The ghost is standing close to the only staircase leading up or down from this area, so how did he miss seeing them?]]
*** One of them handwaves it by saying they took another route which has now collapsed, although you see no sign of any other passages, collapsed or otherwise, anywhere.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Subverted repeatedly.
** Many of the games' antagonists feel that this is InTheBlood for the Bhaalspawn, but [[spoiler:the main character]] can act any way the player likes, to the point of becoming one of the world's most renowned heroes.
** Lots of other canonically AlwaysChaoticEvil beings (vampires, demons, ogres, dark elves, etc.) show up in the games, and for almost every one there's at least one individual for whom MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch. Examples: Drizzt and [[spoiler: Solaufein]] for drow, the duergar merchants, the Spectator Beholder, the liches guarding [[spoiler:Kangaxx's]] parts, Dace and potentially [[spoiler: your love interest]] for vamps and Madulf and his group of ogres, gnolls ect.
*** ShownTheirWork: Spectator Beholders were a sub-species of Beholder that, at the time of Baldur's Gate II, were actually not evil. They were LawfulNeutral as opposed to the LawfulEvil that was normal for their species. Makes sense for a species that has "summon us to guard your stuff" as their whole schtick.
** Viconia is a particular subversion. She's evil, but ''nowhere'' as evil as stereotypical drow. In fact, this is the reason why she's on the surface. See EvenEvilHasStandards below.
** Ditto for the aforementioned demon in AffablyEvil. He's far too honorable for a demon. Lampshaded because he doesn't involve himself with [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} the Blood War]].
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Theodon and Jessup, though adoptive parents rather than biological ones, still manage to be this in their one scene. Regale your friends with embarrassing facts about you as a baby? Check. Talk about one of your more ridiculous childhood antics (in this case, stealing the cape of Khelban Blackstaff for yourself and running around wearing it and nothing else)? That's a double check. Mention they have embarrassing baby photos of you, including one of you naked on a bearskin, and offer to show it to any of your party members who're interested? Check again!
* AmazonBrigade: In the first game, a female PC can recruit any combination of Shar-Teel, Viconia, Alora, Jaheira, Dynaheir, Safana, Imoen, Branwen, Faldorn and Skie. Four Thieves, an Invoker, two Clerics and two Fighters may not seem like much, but you can always slap a [[GenderBender Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity]] on a male character like Edwin or Kagain to balance things out. The second game brings back Jaheira, Viconia and Imoen, and adds Aerie, Mazzy and Nalia.
* AndIMustScream
** The "Imprisonment" spell, which traps its victims in a small sphere deep beneath the earth's surface for all eternity. Mercifully averted in that the victim is reduced to a state of suspended animation and doesn't actually feel anything.
** Played straight with the Soul Prison in the Underdark, though.
* AnythingThatMoves: Bhaal takes this trope to its logical extreme and for all the implications that follow. Let it be known that the Lord of Murder does not discriminate in this regard. See ShapeshiftingSquick. Well, at least they were all alive and capable of sexual reproduction, but that's about all the discretion he showed. He must have slept with every living creature this side of mustard jellies. Also, he must have been at this for a while, considering that he would have had to have sired Abazigal several hundred years ago for him to be the size he is (and for that matter, for his son Draconis to be the size he is. And to a lesser extent, in order for dwarf and gnome bhaalspawn to be adults as well, although Humans, Halflings, Half-Elves, and Elves all reach physical maturity at 25 or earlier.
** May be a subversion, in that all the clues say is ''The lord of murder shall perish, but in his doom he shall spawn a score of mortal progeny.'' - He may not actually have literally slept with the mothers of all of the bhaalspawn, and instead his immortal essence traveled into the past by varying degrees (so that the bhaalspawn all 'came of age' at the same time) and caused a type of semi-mystical parthenogenesis.
*** Considering what we know of both the [[spoiler: main character and Sarevok's]] parents it seems to be that Bhaal went around knocking up his own cultists by and large. As well it seems likely that he used his position to get multi-cultural with the various non-humans he knocked up (giants and dragons notably).
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Despite the fact that there are more than 30 playable characters among the various games, you can only have five in your party at any one time in addition to the PC. Particularly {{egregious}} since the game doesn't even make an attempt to HandWave it when you try to add a seventh member to the party, and it's perfectly possible to control more than six characters with charm spells, summonings, and the like. Some have suggested that there were plans at some point to increase the limit for the sequel, as indicated by the room in the interface for such, but that never happened.
*** This is [[FridgeBrilliance likely]] an effect of Baldur's Gate being an ''AD&D'' game. Official ''D&D'' materials and publications generally state the optimal size of a group of players (not counting the [[GameMaster DM]]) as four to five or four to six, varying a bit from edition to edition and work to work. It was probably the developers' intention that, since they had to draw the line somewhere, they might as well draw it at the point it would be drawn in a real game of ''D&D''.
*** In addition, the [[WordOfGod stated reason]] for there being so many recruitables in the first game is that 2nd Edition D&D is NintendoHard (though not to the extent of 1st edition), and although resurrection spells exist, low-level characters have nowhere near the resources for them. Players were expected to get some of their party members killed off, so the developers made sure plenty of replacements would be available.
* ArmorIsUseless
** Not the case in game, but the philosophy of the kensai kit, that a true master of their weapon need not enter battle with encumbrance.
** Actually true in the ''[=ToB=]'' expansion. Both you and your enemies have so much Thac0 that almost all attacks automatically hit anyway, doesn't matter if you are naked or wearing full-plate armor made of dragon scale, carrying tower shield and being protected by several spells increasing your AC.
** What's worse is this: Remember that "Immunity to all weapons of +1 enchantment and less" innate bonus that you get from using the Tears of Bhaal on the Helldoor? Guess what enchantment nearly EVERY ENEMY'S WEAPON has in [=ToB=]? Yup, +2 at least, and usually +3. Now, considering that +3 weapons are supposed to be quite powerful, rare, and hard to make, why does nearly every shop sell them?
* ArrowsOnFire: Arrows with a fire enchantment burn after being launched.
* ArtifactTitle: Baldur's Gate isn't visited at all in the second game. (Discounting the tutorial section, of course.)
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Whoever wrote the love tracks for Jaheira and Viconia seemed to have a particular fondness for the word "maudlin".
* AnAxeToGrind: Unfortunately, it's one of the less useful weapon categories in the first game. In the second it's one of the best, as there's an anti-undead axe, two fairly powerful axes that deal extra elemental damage, throwing axes that return to the thrower's hand, and in Throne of Bhaal there's even a vorpal axe.
* BadassFamily
** Player's party may become one if you have Imoen and Sarevok in your party. Add one of the four possible love interests and it becomes a complete family (with kids if you chose Aerie) By the end of Throne of Bhaal your party is ungodly powerful and takes on [[spoiler: an Almost-Goddess Amelyssan]], how much more badass can one get?
** The ''Turnabout'' mod takes this a step further, as it allows you to add either Gorion or the PC's mother Alianna (who was [[spoiler:a priestess of Bhaal and a Deathbringer]]) to your party for the final battle. Not to mention that ''Ascension'', which is a base component for Turnabout anyway, also lets a good-aligned player recruit [[spoiler:Balthazar]], adding yet another sibling to the mix.
* BagOfHolding: Oh, quite literally. You get it sometime after you meet up with Irenicus.
* BagOfSharing: Averted in that every character gets their own inventory, but as long as they're not too far apart items can be exchanged between them at any point. If you've run a single character off on their own, get into trouble and have no healing potions on them though... You can have actual bags that work like this if you use a cheat to get multiple copies of the same Bag of Holding.
* BagOfSpilling
** ''Baldur's Gate II''; justified by getting captured between games. You get to keep all your skills, though, and a few special items are kept in a locker. Though indirectly it actually can be of the variant that your character is inexplicably no longer capable of what they were before. Since ''[=BG1=]'' had no kits and a different proficiency system, importing a ''[=BG1=]'' character into ''[=BG2=]'' allows you to change from your base class to a kit and makes you reassign your proficiency points. So it's possible that your thief that backstabbed their way through ''[=BG1=]'' will turn into a swashbuckler that can't backstab at all and will lose their proficiency in short swords because they are now specialized in daggers.
** Averted between ''Shadows of Amn'' and ''Throne of Bhaal''. If you start from ''Throne of Bhaal'' instead of importing, you start with a lot of good stuff (though not all of the best stuff). Also, if you make a character in ''Throne of Bhaal'' and then import him into ''Shadows of Amn'', then pause the game while the screen is black right after the loading screen, you can empty your character's ''Throne of Bhaal'' inventory onto the ground before it is cleared, therefore letting you start with a Flail of Ages and awesome loot such as that. The same goes for importing a character from ''[=BG1=]'' into ''Shadows of Amn''.
* BalefulPolymorph: It happens to a few characters throughout the series, and if you've got a mage in your party you can do it to enemies.
* BarbarianHero: A few characters fit the archetype, though no party members actually use the game's barbarian class.
* BareFistedMonk: The monk class starts out with rubbish AC and low-damage, non-magical fists. By the time they hits high levels the AC problem's cured, their fists outdamage dual Katanas (which in this game are [[KatanasAreJustBetter Just Better]]), and they gain scads of bonuses including ''80%+ magic resistance''.
* BattleCouple: The player character and their love interest. From the first game, Khalid and Jaheira are a notable example.
* BattleCry: Every party member has a few. Go for the eyes, Boo, go for the eyes!
* BearsAreBadNews: Actually, bears are one of the least fearsome enemies that can be encountered regularly, though for low level parties in the first game this only applies to Black and Brown bears. If you went to get Dynaheir for Misc early on and accidentally wandered into one of the Mountain or Cave Bears in the South West of the Sword Coast then you're in for a nasty surprise, especially if you charge them head on assuming they'll fall as easily as the other kinds.
* BearTrap: Traps laid by thieves look like this. They're much more lethal than your standard bear trap, though.
* TheBeastmaster: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The beastmaster]].
* BeatStillMyHeart: Baldur's Gate II has one part of a quest where you need to get one of these from a demon to be able to leave a particular dungeon. The expansion, Throne Of Bhaal, requires you to destroy one (in fact, two) in order to make an enemy vulnerable, allowing you to kill him.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: If you cast the spell Limited Wish and ask for "A quest unlike anything before" (paraphrased), you can embark on one that requires you to go all over an area completing a lengthy chain of deals to get everyone the things they want so you can finally get the thing you're looking for. The only thing that makes it unlike previous {{Fetch Quest}}s is the sheer level of its tediousness.
** Other unexpected results may occur. "I wish to summon a horde to overrun my enemies." will summon a horde of bunnies. "I wish to be more experienced." summons a number of insanely difficult golems, who do grant XP on death. There are others.
* BedlamHouse: Spellhold in ''[=BG2=]''.
* BeneathTheEarth
** A good portion of ''Baldur's Gate II'' takes place here, like the entire Chapter 5.
** Significant portions of the plot occur in mines in ''[=BG1=]''.
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics: Darts and throwing knives move very slowly and will change direction in midair if their target moves. Arrows will also change direction if the target moves, though they don't move as slow as throwing knives.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
** Particularly in the second game, in which the PC is forced to [[spoiler:take sides in a gang war between a ruthless criminal organization which tortures and executes its own members and a coterie of bloodthirsty vampires who have slaughtered hundreds of people]]. It's difficult to roleplay realistically if your character is a Paladin, Ranger, or other do-gooder.
** A popular GameMod allows the player to instead [[TakeAThirdOption take the side]] of the Athkatla City Watch, which strikes blows against both the Shadow Thieves and Bodhi's organization and lets you feel good doing it.
* BodyHorror: Many examples, from the "Tortured Ones" in Irenicus' dungeon, to the Skin Dancers, to [[spoiler: the main character's transformation into the Slayer]].
* BonusBoss
** ''Tales of the Sword Coast'': Aec'Letec.
** ''Baldur's Gate II'': Kangaxx and most of the dragons of the game (as some of them in the extension).
** Demogorgon in ''Throne of Bhaal''. Note that the BonusDungeon harboring him also features two bosses (a Demi-Lich and a dragon) who are totally optional inside the BonusDungeon.
* BonusDungeon: Durlag's Tower in ''Tales of the Sword Coast'' and Watcher's Keep in ''Throne of Bhaal''.
* BoringButPractical
** The first-level Mage spell Magic Missile and the 1st level Cleric spell Command are spells that are reliable and effective at higher levels. Command knocks an opponent out for a round which, when in melee range, will lead to high amounts of damage. The Mulahey fight in the first game becomes laughably simple when he cannot bring in reinforcements while Magic Missile is the only spell that will always get around Sarevoks magic resistance.
** Also, in the first game, the 1st level Mage Spell Chromatic Orb will, at the maximum level achievable in the game, slightly damage and fairly reliably paralyze (for a good thirty seconds or more) most enemies without specific protections or magic resistance, which includes some boss-type enemies. The second game breaks Chromatic Orb right in half, giving it the extra ability to cause petrification or instant death at level 10 and 12, right around where each character starts out.
*** Don't count on it working, unless you're just a VERY lucky person. Chromatic Orb has the largest save bonus of any spell in the game (Bonus = BAD, for you) at a whopping +6, making it extremely unlikely to work on even low level enemies without every save penalty debuff in the game stacked on top of it, higher level enemies are completely immune, without penalties, and even fully debuffed are more likely then not to make their save, rendering the spell worthless compared to Magic missile, Blind, or Spook, which all either give more consistent damage or are much more likely to actually work. (Spook has the largest save penalty in the game at -6 (Penalty = Good, for you), and doesn't even need debuffs to work on high level enemies, and blind at least doesn't have a bonus, and a blind mage/archer is as good as Dead).
* BottomlessBladder: Partly averted in that characters get tired without sleep. Otherwise played straight and lampshaded in a loading screen tip in ''[=BG2=]''. The manual states that the characters take care of such things when the player isn't looking. A banter between Minsc and Aerie suggests that a bit of carelessness resulted in a... ah, rash in an embarrassing place.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the original release of the first game, the opening cutscene shows the blood of Sarevok's first victim filling the depressions in the game's emblem, after which the eyes of the skull light up. In the [[UpdatedRerelease three-disc rerelease]] this is removed.
* BreakingSpeech: You get LOTS of these. Mostly from your EnemyWithin.
* BreakableWeapons: Non-Magical weapons will break without warning. The reason given is the iron plague upon the ore coming from the mines. It's annoying, but at least there's an in-game reason, rather than just some kind of poorly contrived added difficulty, and it applies to enemies as well as the player's party. Also, as soon as the iron plague issue is resolved, weapons stop being breakable.
* BreakTheCutie: Imoen gets put through ridiculous amounts of this, but is shown to recover in the end. Viconia's back story also has a lot of this. Also, that wraith who impersonates Gorion ''will'' break down your lover, ''especially'' Aerie.
* BrickJoke: In the prologue of the first game, you can encounter two would-be bounty hunters, after the price on your head. Five chapters later, in the city of Baldur's Gate, you can meet a woman named Sanadal Gwist, at an inn in the southeast section of the city, who says she's worried about her missing brother and cousin and asks if you can look for them. She mentions their names, and they're the same as the two guys who tried to kill you. No reason to feel too bad about it though, since she finally admits that she's ''really'' looking for them because they both owe her money and then asks you to smack them for her if you see them. (Way ahead of you, Sanadal.)
* BrokenBridge: The city of Baldur's Gate is closed off until you solve the ore problem -- it's even an actual bridge, the Serpent's Causeway.
* BurnTheWitch: And more than once.
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: Edwin pulls this in ''Shadows of Amn'' when confronted by another wizard who is hunting him.
-->'''Edwin:''' Er...I am no Edwin, as you claim. I know him not. He sounds like a worthy mage of distinction, and I am probably weaker having not made his acquaintance.
* BystanderSyndrome: Ilmater almighty, but the civilians of this world are a bunch of lazy gits. One mod [[{{LampshadeHanging}} lampshades]] this by having Imoen muse that it must have been ages since anyone asked the PC how they were feeling, instead of:
-->"O, mighty hero, do you have a minute? Of course you do."
* CainAndAbel: Played straight in ''[=BG1=]'', then played with for all it's worth in ''Throne of Bhaal'', which is more like "Cain and Cain and Cain and Cain and Cain and Abel"... only with Abel murdering all the Cains. And going on to [[spoiler:become God.]]... ''[[MultipleEndings Maybe.]]''
* CallBack: Quite a few. One notable example is the Temple of Umberlee in the first game; if you'd completed an (entirely optional) earlier quest for Priestess Tenya, then you can ask to summon her within the temple. She'll give you what you're searching for for nothing, while if you didn't meet her prior, then you have to pay the temple's high priestess 2,000 gold for it.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive
* TheCameo: A few canonical ForgottenRealms characters show up, some just to say "Hi" and others to play slightly larger roles in the plot.
* CantArgueWithElves: Averted; you can. And if you don't, Valygar will. And if ''he'' doesn't... well, let's just say the elves deserve to be argued with this time around.
* CantCatchUp: Particularly in the first game, several characters can't be recruited until well into the game. Although they'll be leveled approximately equally to the PC if they're added to the party, their skills, weapon proficiencies, spellbooks, and/or HP will have been determined by the computer in a sub-optimal fashion. As a result, they're likely to be underpowered compared to characters who have been in the party for the entire game, and since due to the experience cap you can't level them further, there's no way for them to catch up. A human character who dual-classes can do this to themselves, dual-classing too late to ever level past their original class, and thus locking the abilities of that class permanently.
* CarryABigStick: Clubs are one category of weapons in the game, though it's so obviously limited that investing proficiency points in it [[SchmuckBait is not a very good idea]]. In the second game if you don't feel like wasting spells on melting the bodies of downed trolls, one particular acid-damage club makes the proficiency come in very handy.
* CasanovaWannabe: Salvanas the elf.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:Gromnir]] in ''Throne of Bhaal''. If only you were [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption given the opportunity]] to listen to him...
* CharacterDevelopment: Particularly in ''Shadows of Amn'', in which the developers incorporated lots of [[EasternRPG eastern RPG]]-style character-based {{sidequest}}s to develop the personalities and backstories of the various {{sidekick}}s.
* CharacterPortrait: Critical characters get them.
* ChekhovsSkill: For about 99% of the game, Detect Evil is only good as an EnemyDetectingRadar. [[spoiler:That other 1%? A sidequest where using it is the only way to get a good outcome.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: Those {{Big Bad}}s love their scenery-chewing evil speeches, indeed they do.
* ChunkySalsaRule: Delivering a hard enough fatal blow (that is hitting an opponent so hard that their HP goes past 0 and far into the negatives) causes enemies to explode into a bloody chunks. The same thing can happen to your allies on higher difficulty levels, preventing them from being resurrected. Specifically, the "chunk limit" is -10HP. Drop below that and you're chunks rather than just dead. Also, "chunked" characters can only be brought back via Wish, if you're lucky.
* ChurchMilitant: Clerics and Paladins.
* TheCityNarrows: The Slums district in Athkatla.
* CityOfAdventure: Baldur's Gate; Athkatla; Saradush
* ClassChangeLevelReset: When a human character chooses to dual class they start all the way back at level one for their new class and don't receive any of the abilities of their old class until they achieve one level higher than they were before switching classes.
* ClimbingClimax: Inverted in the intro to [=BG1=], which has Sarevok chasing an apparently heroic person up a tower.
* ClownCarGrave: Due to game mechanics, zombies, mummies, and other undead can endlessly spawn at times.
* CluckingFunny
** At least two quests involve them.
-->'''[[HelloInsertNameHere CHARNAME]]:''' [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Forsooth! Methinks]] you are no ordinary talking chicken!
** Alternatively...
-->'''CHARNAME:''' Unholy magics are afoot! This '''chicken is possessed'''! This '''[[{{Pun}} bird is FOUL]]'''!!!
** While Druids and Rangers have the option of using their 'charm animal' power to mentally enslave a chicken, [[VideogameCrueltyPotential they're not much help in a fight.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience
** All spells within the same school will have the same primary color in their visual effect.
** Also, the circles around a character's feet tell you if they're a recruitable NPC (green), a neutral NPC (cyan), Fleeing/Berserk (yellow) or hostile (red).
** In the enhanced edition, the circles of your party members are whatever color you've made their clothing, which helps when sending specific characters on tasks. Neutral, hostile, and fleeing characters retain their colors from the original.
* ColorCodedTimestop
* CombatByChampion: The fight with Faldorn, one of the arena types in Ust Natha, and an encounter in [=ToB=].
* CompilationRerelease: For [=BG1=] with [=TotSC=] as ''The Original Saga'', [=BG2=] with [=ToB=] as ''The Collection'', and now all four in one.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard
** TheAllSeeingAI: The computer always knows where all your characters are, at all times. Invisibility just prevents their scripts from kicking in and targeting you. Unless the enemy has True Sight, in which case they'll cast it if you get close enough. Even if they shouldn't know you're there.
** MyRulesAreNotYourRules: Some enemy mages are subject to this, as they not only have multiple contingencies or spell triggers ready at once but their contingencies aren't subject to the same restrictions as the player's. They also do the aforementioned trick of casting True Seeing when they shouldn't know you are there. Some can cast a spell that is never available to the protagonist, Dimension Door. This does benefit you, though, in that your spells are refreshed every time you sleep, while enemies will never sleep and therefore will never refresh their spells.
** Enemy thieves can also backstab from any position, as long as they've been hidden. You can only backstab if your character stands behind the enemy.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The Temple Ruins dungeon in ''Baldur's Gate II'' features pits of red-hot magma. Characters can walk within six inches of them without being affected; they'll only take damage if they actually step on the lava.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Iron Throne in the first game pretty much consists of them.
* CriticalEncumbranceFailure: A character carrying more weight than their strength allows will be unable to move.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: Until they die, the only penalty characters will suffer for taking damage is to their morale checks. However, some spells only work on creatures whose remaining HitPoints are below a certain number.
* CriticalHit: On an attack roll of 20, and possibly 19 with style proficiencies.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: [[spoiler:Irenicus takes over Spellhold, an asylum which is supposed to specialize in holding powerful wizards.]]
** [[spoiler:To be fair, Irenicus is easily Elminster level. Spellhold probably wasn't designed to hold people with enough power to be a credible threat to gods.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Edwin's epilogue indicates that he was involved with one with Elminster of all people. [[spoiler:Edwin being on the losing end, naturally.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: The [[GenderBender Girdle of Masculinity / Femininity]] if you're a transvestite.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Just see the quote at the top of the page.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: Done to an extreme in the sequel. The game dialogue and set-up tells you exactly who you traveled with -- Khalid, Jaheira, Minsc, Dynaheir and Imoen -- and tells you exactly how you behaved -- heroically. Needless to say, rationalizing what you are shown and told in the intro level was very difficult if you were [[invoked]] ChaoticEvil. Unless, of course, you're DangerouslyGenreSavvy, and your character wants to be a VillainWithGoodPublicity. Alas, given the way the game world works, the difference between a VillainWithGoodPublicity and a Hero is non-existent.
** Officially it goes even further, as the Baldur's Gate novels are ''Forgotten Realms'' canon which solidifies, among other things, Jaheira as the canon LoveInterest, [[CanonName Abdel]] being a TrueNeutral fighter with black hair who wore a chainmail tunic, and other details.
*** And Minsc having a bushy red afro and working as a bar-keep and DOES NOT adventure with the party at any point in time. Yeah, after years of protest, [=WotC=] did eventually declare the novels [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] due to contradicting damn near every canon element of the series' story. They're now officially just an alternate continuity, while certain key events from the game's storyline are [[BroadStrokes vaguely alluded to in the official timeline]], but are easy to overlook if you don't know the events of the games well... And The Fandom Rejoiced.
* DarkerAndEdgier
** ''[=BG1=]'''s themes weren't nearly as grim as some of the elements of ''[=BG2=]''.
** ''Throne of Bhaal'' takes this even further, with entire cities razed to the ground, genocide and more at stake than ever.
* DeadlyDisc: The Energy Blade high-level ability.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the cast, though some more than others. The PC can be plenty snarky as well.
* DebutQueue: How most party members are encountered.
* DefendCommand: The Blade's defensive spin ability.
* DemBones: A common enemy, as an encounter in the first game and mages' summon in the second.
* DemotedToExtra: Happens to a number of playable characters from ''Baldur's Gate'' who don't have [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridges dropped on them]] between games. Looking at the realm map, the second game is placed over 200 miles away, which means that someone around level 7 (your starting place in the second game) would take several in-game months to get to there without high-level magical help, which would break their bank as a single NPC. of course, you get teleport-kidnapped, saving a lot of time.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything/BaldursGate Has its own page.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
** The BonusBoss battle against [[spoiler:Demogorgon, the ''D&D'' multiverse's most powerful Demon Lord]] in a straight fight.
** [[spoiler:Amelyssan]] also counts, seeing as how she was almost 99.99% the Goddess of Murder by the time you fought her.
** Considering [[spoiler:that the remaining .01% of Murder God is the ''PlayerCharacter'']], any "normal" monster that manages to kill ''you'' might also qualify.
* DisadvantageousDisintegration: Disintegration is a OneHitKill spell that destroys the enemy... as well as any equipment they were carrying. Since any enemy powerful enough to be worth killing instantly is also going to be carrying loot worth taking, [[AwesomeButImpractical this spell is impractical.]]
* DiscardAndDraw: CHARNAME losing Bhaalspawn powers [[spoiler:and much of his/her soul]] is replaced by being able to transform into the Slayer.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Spellhold in the second game.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In Athkatla, any mages caught casting any form of magic are imprisoned and horrifically tortured for the rest of their lives. Or simply murdered, as in the case with the player character (unless you manage to just keep on killing Cowled Wizards until they give up).
* DoomMagnet
** The protagonist, and it's a major and recurring plot point.
** Xan seems to think everyone and everything is a DoomMagnet. (After all, [[MemeticMutation Life *is* so hollow]].)
** And Haer'Dalis thinks of you as this... and likes it, since he worships Entropy.
* DoorToBefore: The exit from the Underdark conveniently drops the party off back at the mainland.
* TheDragon: Bodhi for Irenicus in ''Shadows of Amn''. Draconis for Abazigal in ''Throne of Bhaal''. Unmodded, Draconis can often be ''more difficult'' than Abazigal.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Several party members from the first game turn up dead in rather anti-climactic fashion. Inverted when, due to the open nature of the games, several characters who ''should'' (If you got them killed) be dead after the first game can still show up for a cameo in the second. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when the PC can actually ask them 'Didn't you die?' This is in fact perfectly reasonable in a D&D world.
* DropTheHammer: The Hammer of Thunderbolts +3 qualifies on its own, but becomes an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1 Hammer]] when forged with a few other things into Crom Fayr -- which, aside from being insanely powerful and slaying some golems and giants instantly, increases the wielder's strength to the highest it's possible to attain.
* DualWielding: The style that generally gives the best damage output. If the character has the right setup, dual wielding can be better than a two-handed weapon, but it has its share of penalties such as to-hit penalties and needing one more point for full proficiency than the other styles.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Justified in the first game, as the party's feats are ostensibly being hidden by the Iron Throne. Also justified at the beginning of the sequel, as the citizens of Amn have no reason to care about what happens in the north. Played straight after that. Averted in ''Throne of Bhaal'', in which the party will be showed respect. If you talk to the right citizens in Nashkel, Beregost, and Baldur's Gate in ''[=BG1=]'', they will thank you for what you have done (sometimes you have to leave town and come back later for it to work).
* DungeonBypass
** The Underwater City can be skipped entirely by choosing to leave Brynnlaw via a portal instead of a ship. Doing this will cause the player to miss out on one of the best cloaks in the game, though.
** Most of the Underdark's quests can be skipped simply by... heading out the exit. Adalon even mentions this if the questline is completed. [[spoiler: But this is not the recommended course, since the next set of challenges can be overwhelming without the levels and gear the Underdark would provide to you.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: All the romances, in the epilogues, except [[spoiler:Viconia]] end this way. Also applies to some, but not all of the NPC's ultimate fates, with Aerie again ending up happy whatever happens.
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: The first game starts CHARNAME off in his/her hometown killing rats and incompetent assassins.
* AnEconomyIsYou: While there are a few shops that sell household goods (which you can't enter), most merchants in the games sell only weapons, armor, scrolls, potions, and other equipment that would be more useful to adventurers than normal people. Furthermore, if you buy a merchant out of a particular good, s/he remains out of it for the rest of the game, and if you sell something you have to them, they'll never re-sell it or otherwise get rid of it.
* EmptyRoomPsych: Some wilderness areas in the first game are like this. If you explore them thoroughly, you'll find you got nothing out of it besides some fights with a smattering of randomly generated enemies. Small Teeth Pass in the sequel is also particularly non-notable.
* EnemyChatter: Several scripted encounters which may or may not end in a fight.
* EpicFlail: The Flail of Ages on its own makes having a character with proficiency in flails worthwhile.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
** More like "Even Chaotic Neutral Has Standards" due to the implications of the alignment system, but the Shadow Thieves are this to the Assassins Guild in the second game.
** This is the reason why Viconia became a outcast. [[spoiler: She refused to sacrifice an infant for a rite of passage.]]
* EveryManHasHisPrice: In ''Shadows of Amn'', the mercenary mages an old enemy, a former slaver, of Jaheira's hires to curse her can be convinced to abandon their employer if you offer to pay them more money when you track them down. Pay extra and they will even backstab him the moment he tries to summon them to his aid. You even ask their leader how much you would have to pay to get them to betray their contract. This adds an extra layer of defeat for the slaver since he spent his last savings on this revenge scheme while the few thousand gold you pay to turn his own mercs against him might be chicken feed to you at this point.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows
** Summon Cow, a DummiedOut spell in both games, [[VideoGame/EarthwormJim causes a cow to fall on its target]].
** One of the quests in the first game requires you to rescue a farmer's cow from Xvarts. Doing so grants you reputation, XP and a useful tip from her owner.
** An even earlier quest has you retrieving a potion to give to a Farmer in Candlekeep to give to his sick cow.
** A Wild Mage surge in ''[=BG2=]'' can cause a cow to materialize and fall on one of your party members.
* EvilIsPetty: Ye gods, has this series got a lot of this.
* EvilMentor: [[spoiler:Dermin]]
* EvilPaysBetter: Not by a long shot. Good characters get more XP, more rare artifacts, lower shop prices, less bounty hunter chases, and a larger selection of party members. About the only advantage evil gets is that the evil [=NPC=]s you can add to your party are better specialists -- Korgan (later [[spoiler:Sarevok]]) is the best fighter, Viconia is the best cleric, and Edwin is the best mage. Even that's a mixed bag, however, as unlike, say, Minsc, Anomen, and Nalia, all three are one-trick ponies. Besides, you don't have to be evil to keep an evil party and two of the above characters [[spoiler:can be convinced to do a HeelFaceTurn]]. Especially since the most Lawful Good [=NPC=] in the game Keldorn is the only one who can wield [[InfinityPlusOneSword Carsomyr]].
** For the second game, anyway. The first tends to play it straight- stealing things, picking fights instead of selecting peaceful dialogue options and occasionally outright murdering people is a great way to obtain wealth and some of the best artifacts in the game. The most statistically optimized cleric, mage and fighter companions are also all evil-aligned.
** You can play as a good-aligned character and still have a [[TokenEvilTeammate evil-aligned companions]] with you, if you're careful. You can play as a [[KnightInShiningArmor paladin]] and get along well with Viconia, just don't let your reputation surpass 18 before you escape the Underdark.
* EvilSorcerer: One of the more common villain types.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Played straight with Sarevok, who was voiced by deep-voiced villain specialist Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson. Averted with Irenicus, who speaks in a normal register, as well as major female villains Bodhi and [[spoiler:Amelissan]].
* EvilVersusEvil
** In the first game, you can get caught in the middle of a feud between [[invoked]] [[ChaoticEvil Umberlee and Talos]].
** In the sequel, the group trying to kill Viconia are fanatical worshippers of Beshaba, the [[invoked]] ChaoticEvil goddess of bad luck. And you have to pick sides in a bloody feud between the local mob (Shadow Thieves) and a [[spoiler:hidden vampire cult]].
* EvilWeapon: You can acquire several weapons that are described this way, though only a few have this reflected in any way in their mechanics.
* ExpansionPack: Both games got one.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Renal Bloodscalp reacts this way to the player character.
* ExponentialPotential: The selection of spells available can become overwhelming.
* ExtranormalPrison: The Spellhold, a prison designed specifically to hold rogue mages.
* EyeScream: The Cult of the Unseeing Eye, membership in which requires ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* FairyBattle: In ''[=BG2=]'', even though Drizzt is not hostile unless CHARNAME provokes him, encountering him is still accompanied by the narrator saying the party has been ambushed.
* FalseInnocenceTrick
** The first time is while escaping from [[BigBad Irenicus]]' dungeon. You run across an imprisoned man in a [[GildedCage rather luxurious]] cell, with a large number of booby-trapped treasure chests to boot. If you let him out, he shortly afterward reveals he's a doppelganger and attacks, with rather predictable results.
** The second time is about halfway through the game, when [[spoiler:Yoshimo, who had (potentially) joined you near the start, reveals himself as a SixthRangerTraitor for Irenicus, due to a geas placed on him. The next time you meet him after that, there is no way around [[KilledOffForReal killing him off for real]]]].
* FantasticRacism
** Having the Dark Elf Viconia on your team will lower your reputation. Keldorn, who's usually quite fair and level-headed, hates her just because of her race, and will eventually try to kill her if they both remain in the team for too long.
** This can happen in the first game as well. Kivan may attack Viconia because he despises the Drow, although getting this to actually happen is apparently rather tricky.
* FantasyCharacterClasses: As a ''Dungeons & Dragons'' game, it has the standard selection.
** ''BGII'' and consequently the Enhanced Editions are a bit weird, in that while they have the standard selection in the trope sense, they don't actually have the standard selection ''for 2E D&D'', adding a couple of 2E-ized 3E classes.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Happens to lots of characters, major and minor.
* {{Feelies}}: Some editions of [=BG2=] had plenty of extra stuff, and all of them came with a rather nice cloth map.
* FetchQuest: Most of them optional, thankfully.
* FictionalDocument: Plenty of them, ranging to plot-relevant info to ContinuityPorn for ''D&D'' fans.
* FightingAShadow: Fighting Demogorgon.
* FinalBossNewDimension: The final fights in ''[=BG2=]'' and its expansion both occur on different planes.
* FinalBossPreview: In the second game Jon Irenicus manages to effortlessly capture the party twice, killing some of them in the process, before you even get the chance to fight him. And in the first game, [[spoiler:Sarevok shows up in the introduction to kill your mentor]], though he's only identified as "Armored Figure" at the time.
* FinalDeath: Except on low difficulties, party members who are gibbed or killed in certain magical ways cannot be resurrected.
* FireKeepsItDead: Trolls will get up again after being taken down with non-fiery means, unless hit with one (or an acid arrow) while they are down.
* FirstTown: In ''[=BG2=]'', the starting town of Athkala is also one of the most active areas for quests and encounters.
* FishingForMooks: "Pulling" single enemies away from larger groups is an essential tactic.
* FiveManBand
** It's not immediately obvious, but the people with whom you end up escaping from Irenicus' dungeon count. Your player character is TheHero, Jaheira is TheLancer, Minsc is TheBigGuy, Yoshimo is TheSmartGuy, Imoen is TheChick, and don't forget Boo as the TeamPet.
** You could make a similar case for the "default good party" the second game assumes you had in the first, although there is obvious overlap since there are six of them. Jaheira -- TheLancer, Khalid -- TheChick, Minsc -- TheBigGuy, Dynaheir -- TheSmartGuy (she certainly thinks she is and her stats say so, and with so little dialogue for the playable characters in the first game that's about as good as you're going to get), Imoen -- TheLancer[=/=]TheChick. Although Imoen, despite being of comparable age to the protagonist, could also be considered the TagalongKid due to her kid-sister attitude and childlike demeanor.
* FlamingSword
** The Flame Blade spell.
** Also a +1 (+4 vs undead) sword available in ''[=ToSC=]''. It's really cool.
** And don't forget Xan's Moonblade.
* FogOfWar
* FollowTheLeader: Baldur's Gate is often credited as singlehandedly saving the WesternRPG genre from drying up entirely as well as [[TropeCodifier setting the standards that RPGs follow today]].
* FootnoteFever: The manuals, which seem to be at least partly in-universe documents, have the comments of Elminster and Volo scribbled in them.
* ForestRanger: The Ranger class is this, both canonically and because the Stealth skill can only be used outdoors. In Baldur's Gate II, the Ranger can accept a position as an actual forest ranger for a town in a wooded area.
** There is also Minsc, who is of the Ranger class and does do some Ranger-ly things, such as talking to animals (particularly Boo). Interestingly, he may not have been a Ranger originally, as his homeland of Rashemon is known for producing Berserkers, not Rangers, and Minsc can certainly go Berserk (he has it as a special ability.) He was also not know to talk to animals before suffering the head wound that lead to him purchasing Boo.
* FriendlyFireproof: Weirdly, averted with some [=AoE=] spells (e.g. Fireball, Lightning Bolt), but played straight with others (Comet, Horrid Wilting).
* TheFunInFuneral: You can run into a funeral gone horribly wrong in the Athkatla Graveyard District in BGII. Nevin gave his Uncle Lester such a cheap funeral(sold Lesters clothes, closed casket, flowers picked from the swamp that morning, paid a drunken priest to give a eulogy) that Lester rose from his casket as a zombie out of the sheer indignity of it. Unless you intervene(and you don't have to) Lester will kill Nevin and then shamble off to find a Calimshite whore he knew because there's [[ILoveTheDead "always time for one last quickie."]]
** There are also several light-hearted moments at the funeral for [[spoiler:Nalia's Father]], such as a dwarf named Bonchy talking about his plans to overthrow the nobility in a too-loud voice (on purpose, to make the nobles nervous. He isn't being serious.) This makes Nalia smile, to which Bonchy replies that his work is done for a ten-day.
* GameBreakingBug: Mainly occurs in heavily modded games, but can occur in the vanilla game also.
** Because of the way the game tracks and monitors global event counters, game performance begins to break down near the end of ''Baldur's Gate II'' or near the beginning of ''Throne of Bhaal''. So many resources are devoted to constantly keeping track of event counters, even ones that have no further use, that the game suffers from crippling lag, with character movement stuttering and combat becoming nearly unplayable even on modern systems. What's worse, the original games have no multi-core [=CPU=] support and are resource intensive, meaning that in most cases a single core is nearly maxed out on performance while the others are unaffected. The only known fix is to modify the save game file itself with a few hundred "placeholder" event counters. For whatever reason, the lag is an issue of the save file reaching a certain percentage of event counters out of a particular number; by inserting placeholder counters, the file can be made to reach that number, causing it to "roll over" to a new larger number, improving performance. The problem is also fixed with the popular ''Throne of Bhaal'' Extender ([=TobEx=]) mod, a kind of standalone pre-loading program that modifies the game engine as the game is being played in order to correct this and numerous other mechanical issues.
* GameMod: Lots, ranging from simple rule tweaks to entirely new joinable characters, quests, and major changes to the storyline.
** A notable one is the Ascension mod (developed by one of the series' designers), which fixes and adds ''many'' things to ''Throne of Bhaal'', one of which is turning the final battle into a fight of truly epic proportions.
** Another popular mod is Unfinished Business which restores a lot of [[DummiedOut cut content]] to ''Baldur's Gate II''.
** There's also an Unfinished Business for ''Baldur's Gate I'', which does the same.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation
** Imoen always manages to get herself arrested by casting spells illegally upon exiting Irenicus' dungeon, even if she's got none left memorized when you escape. Conversely, enemies using spells are exempt, such as the Gith trying to retrieve the Silver Blade when you return to Athkatla.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Yoshimo]] can't be resurrected despite the fact that in ''D&D'' it is possible to bring a dead character back from almost ANYTHING, up to and including the total destruction of their physical body (however, it's implied that the character in question won't want to -- which prevents all resurrection -- as he specifically asks you to take his heart instead of resurrecting him).
*** His questline was cut short due to time constraints which were compounded by fan pressure to add Imeon back as a playable character after her Cameo. He actually has dialog for scenes it's impossible for him to legitimately be present at, and even has 2 conversations with an NPC who isn't available until ToB, concerning a mutual acquaintance, if he's cheated into the party and certain actions are taken.
** In ''Baldur's Gate II'', a cleric of [[invoked]] ChaoticNeutral alignment can take the cleric kit "Priest of Helm". According to the rules a chaotic priest of Helm wouldn't be allowed since the god Helm is firmly opposed to chaos.
** Similarly, in ''Throne of Bhaal'', a 25th level cleric also receives a holy symbol. These symbols are of Lathander, Helm or Talos, depending on alignment. In the player's case, it can be seen as a PragmaticAdaptation, as you never specify your patron deity during character creation and since the Forgotten Realms have literally hundreds of deities, implementing each and every one in the game mechanics just wouldn't be feasible. But it becomes quite jarring when it happens to your party member clerics, who each have established patron deities. Aerie (a wizard/cleric of Baervan Wildwanderer) will receive a symbol of Lathander. Anomen (a fighter/cleric of Helm) will, if he has become Lawful Good, receive a symbol of Lathander instead (especially bad since he will receive a proper holy symbol of Helm if he remains Lawful Neutral). Viconia (a cleric of Shar) will receive either a symbol of Talos or Helm (the latter if her alignment has changed to Neutral) instead (the incredibly uptight and judgemental Helm is probably the last god Viconia would worship).
* {{Geas}}
** [[spoiler:Yoshimo]] in ''Baldur's Gate II'' is under a geas to betray you at a certain point of the plot.
** Lothander, a thief in ''Baldur's Gate I'', is under a geas that forces him to do the Iron Throne's bidding. It results in a {{Sidequest}} for CHARNAME's party [[spoiler:after Lothander reveals that your rations were poisoned by his associate.]]
* GenderBender
** There's a certain enchanted girdle in the first game that does this.
** And a sidequest for ''Edwina'' which doubles as a couple of [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments of Funny]].
** A Wild Mage surge can cause this to happen to either party members or enemies in ''[=BG2=]''.
* GenderNeutralWriting: The first game is written in an almost completely gender neutral fashion, only a small handful of conversations make reference to your character's gender. It usually works since many conversations are directed to your party as a whole rather than to a specific person. Sometimes it's rather jarring though, like your character getting mistaken for a local male human bounty hunter, even if you are playing as a female dwarf.
* GenreSavvy
** Cyric, the God of Madness, bizarrely enough. He has a private chat with the main character in a relatively human form for an avatar. In a ButThouMust moment, you call him out on this, where he responds with something along the lines of "What, I ''have'' to have some grisly form like the Slayer (Bhaal's avatar [[spoiler:which the protagonist can turn into]]), some booming voice from the clouds or a puff of smoke?"
** Some dialogue options portray the main character as someone who is frustrated by [[ButThouMust having to do what the story demands them to do]].
* GetOnTheBoat: How the player gets to Spellhold.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere
** The BonusBoss battle against the Enclave of the Twisted Rune, which was part of a subquest that was only partially implemented in the game's initial release, leaving players wondering what a group of ultra-powerful spellcasters were doing hanging out in the basement of a shipping warehouse in the Bridge District. Fan-made mods filled in the blanks, making this battle a bit less of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
** There's also Semaj, who unlike Sarevok's other "elite" minions (Tazok, Angelo and Tamoka) received no prior characterization or buildup and seemed to be at the final battle just so the bad guys had a wizard on their side.
** The Demi-Lich hanging out in Watcher's Keep. No build-up or opening dialogue or anything; you just walk into a room, and there's an already-hostile Demi-Lich, who will then probably proceed to [[YetAnotherStupidDeath immediately Imprison your main character.]]
* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: Several quests.
* GladiatorRevolt
* GlassCannon
** The "Kensai" fighter kit.
** Also a mage class in the first game. Small HP (mage can be easily one-shotted by critical hit), not many spells and very few means to protect themself. But in second game, when they gain higher level spells, mage becomes walking fortress capable of both dealing great amount of damage and withstanding huge amount of punishment because of their protection spells.
* AGodAmI: Given that the plot of the series involves claiming the power of a dead dark god, it's a pretty common sentiment among the major villains. It's also possible for the player character to play it this way.
-->"The day comes when Tiax will point and click!"
** [[spoiler: After defeating [[BigBad Amellysan]] you will get the choice between ascending to godhood or [[BadassNormal stay mortal]].]]
* AGodIsYou: Edwin and Tiax are aware of being led by a mouse, Khalid tells it to "c-click on someone your own size", Dynathir tells the player to watch where they place the "pointer", and Jaheira acknowledges the "omnipresent authority figure". At least one non-recruitable NPC acknowledges this as well.
-->'''Dunkin:''' Hey, don't click me! I don't want any trouble!
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: What put a few of the inmates in Spellhold. [[spoiler:Imoen]] flirts with it as well.
* GondorCallsForAid: Attacking Bodhi's guild in ''Baldur's Gate II''.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: In ''Baldur's Gate'', the only characters with visible scars are Ajantis, Montaron, and Shar-Teel. Ajantis has a single scar running neatly along his cheek, which almost adds to his dignity if anything. Montaron's face is heavily scarred, which goes along with him being intended to be an ugly character, and Shar-Teel has single scar on her chin which is barely visible. Scarring is very common in the [=BG2=] portraits regardless of alignment.
* GossipEvolution: After clearing Nashkel Mines, this can be noticed among the commoners.
* GrandFinale: ''Throne of Bhaal''
* GridInventory: Inverted; the sizes of the objects do not matter, but their weights do.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: The Wyvern's Tail +2 is a morningstar with a wyvern's stinger attached to it, and the Bone Club +2 is made from its creator's femur.
* GuideDangIt: If you want to achieve OneHundredPercentCompletion, you'd better believe it. Entire areas of the game world can be LostForever if you don't go about things the right way. It doesn't help that the official [[StrategyGuide strategy guides]] for all the entries in the series are not very useful. One look at their respective Amazon.com ratings will tell you that.
** In the first game, you can find hidden items, such as rare armour or rings. You can find these items later on in the game, but since the items are hidden very early on (an extremely rare ring can be found as early as chapter one), they'll give you a major advantage. Shame said items are in the most obscure, out of the way places, where you would never think to look, and are small you'd have a hard time finding them even if you knew where to look. This is less of a problem with the game running on the latest engine; holding TAB highlights searchable areas - very handy for locating that said ring.
** You can get some pretty great items through pick-pocketing, but good luck finding the right marks on your own. You'll probably just end up with a handful of petty cash or, more likely, everyone just hating your guts.
* GuiltBasedGaming: Trying to quit [=BG2=] with Alt-F4 will remind you that "Boo will miss you".
* HalfHumanHybrid
** Half-elves and half-orcs.
** There are also half-ogres in [=BG1=], as well as the Ogrillon, which is a half-orc/half-ogre hybrid.
** The second game introduced the Orog, another type of orc/ogre hybrid (much like mules and hinnies are two different types of horse/donkey hybrid, although they look a lot more similar to each other than orogs and ogrillons).
* {{Halfling}}: As with all ''D&D''-based role-playing games. Montaron and Mazzy manage to subvert the typical stereotype of a race of cheery, mischievous, good-hearted burglars by being a grumpy, thuggish PsychoForHire and an honorable, butt-kicking [[LadyOfWar female knight]] respectively. Alora from the first game manages to play the stereotype straight, though.
* HealingHands
** Paladins' Lay on Hands ability heals the target with HP equal to twice the the paladin's level. Which means that no matter what level you use it at, it usually won't be useful because either the effect is too little or the damage enemies are dishing out will be too high.
** Player characters of all classes receive healing spells after the first two nightmares in game 1, based on your reputation at the time of the dream (not your alignment: 10+ is good, 9- is evil).
* HealthDamageAsymmetry: Averted.
* HeroAntagonist: Balthazar from ''Throne of Bhaal'', who, unlike most of the Bhaalspawn who are trying to seize the former God of Murder's power, is actually trying to rid the world of Bhaal's taint by destroying all other Bhaalspawn and then committing ritual suicide. If you're playing an evil character, he's got a good point. Sadly, if you're good, you can't persuade him that you can handle Bhaal's power without turning evil and he attacks you anyway. Averted with the semi-official ''Ascension'' mod though, which lets you do precisely that.
* HelloInsertNameHere: CHARNAME, as s/he is affectionately called by the community. Despite this, hardly anybody calls you by that name, preferring lines like "my child" and "scum".
* HiddenElfVillage: Suldanesselar, which is an entire [[HiddenElfVillage Hidden Elf Capital City]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: In the second game, the deputy of Sir Anarg the Fallen Paladin is one Reynald de Chatillon, the notoriously violent and otherwise unpleasant Crusader.
* HitchhikerHeroes: Several potential party members are met this way, particularly in the first game.
* HollywoodTorches: All over the place, including in many areas that have supposedly been abandoned for hundreds of years. [[AWizardDidIt They're probably magical.]]
* HomingBoulders: Projectiles will change their flight path if the target moves. This could actually be justified for enchanted projectiles, but happens to all of them.
* HonestJohnsDealership
** Borda in ''[=BG1=]'', who's encountered in the middle of nowhere, sells cursed items, and then promptly disappears forever.
** There's also a "Discount shop" in the city of Baldur's Gate that sells mostly cursed items. No warranty whatsoever.
** The people at the Adventurer's Mart in ''[=BG2=]'' reek of this, but will never actually screw the player over.
*** He does have the highest mark-up and lowest buy prices of any merchant in ''[=BG2=]'' though.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: As stated above, Bhaal seems to have bred with just about anything. His children seem to inherit the ability.
* HowDoIShotWeb: A creature encountered in Waukeen's Promenade who is looking for the Silver Blade has not quite mastered how to cast the specific spell he wants.
* HPToOne: The "Harm" spell, which enemies rarely use but which can be extremely powerful when employed by a CombatMedic in the party.
* HulkSpeak
** Ogres, half-ogres, trolls, and other brutish monsters tend to talk like this.
--> '''Ogre:''' Me will crush you! Crush you to goo!
** Oddly enough, Ogrillons don't, even though they're said to be half-ogre.
-->'''Ogrillon:''' Time for some carnage!
* HumansAreAverage: They receive no penalties or bonuses to their attributes, and their only special ability is dual-classing, which replaces multiclassing for them. Dual-classing, however, can be used to make some [[GameBreaker ridiculously imbalanced combinations]], which may actually make this an indirect example of HumanityIsSuperior. There are a handful of human-only classes and kits, such as Paladins. They get a class specific InfinityPlusOneSword, as well as being generally badass melee fighters, and they can help out with healing once they've levelled up a bit.
* HumansAreWhite: Averted. There are lots of non-white humans in addition to all the dwarves, elves, and gnomes.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In ''Throne of Bhaal'', you'll be intercepted by a band of mercenaries [[spoiler:after the destruction of Saradush]]. Some of them are Lathander priests that summons skeletons. Anyone with moderate knowledge of Forgotten Realms deities will know that Lathander, the sun god, is diametrically opposed to undeath. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation This shouldn't even be possible]], because ''D&D''-clerics get their powers from their patron gods, unless they're dual/multiclassing with Mage, but they are wearing armor.
-->'''Hypocritical Cleric of Lathander:''' ''You're an affront to everything I believe in!''
** There are also the people trying to burn Viconia at the stake in [=BG2=]. They're burning her because she's drow, and drow are evil... but the ringleaders worship Beshaba, a chaotic evil goddess (of misfortune). In Faerun, [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily evil is not one big happy family]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Innkeepers will sometimes deny that they ever have had rats in their inn, but the Indoor Rest cinematic reveals a rat under one of the beds.
* IFoughtTheLawAndTheLawWon: If the Flaming Fist guards of the first game confront you about a crime, fighting them almost always ends badly. Just run for it, okay?
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: The player has to do this at points in the Shadow Thieves quest line, particularly while rooting out Mae'Var. However, since the Shadow Thieves are the gray half of Athkala's BlackAndGrayMorality, it's not too bad. It's played a little more straight in some other quests, though.
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:Bodhi]] pulls this by [[spoiler:abducting your lover and turning him/her into a vampire]] when [[spoiler:you enter the graveyard district to assault her guild]] in ''Baldur's Gate II''.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Yaga-Shura]] in ''Throne of Bhaal''.
* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: The Amnish guards in ''Baldur's Gate II'' are amazingly even more powerful than the Baldur's Gate guards in ''Baldur's Gate'', so much so that if the power discrepancy were "real" instead of merely game mechanics (to compensate for higher-level player characters), the Amnish could simply march their supermen up to Baldur's Gate and conquer the area within days. And then there's the Tethyrian and Calishite legions and mercenaries in ''Throne of Bhaal'', whose ''rank-and-file footmen'' carry + 2 magical weapons.
* IneptMage: The Wild Mage class.
* InfantImmortality
* InfinityMinusOneSword: Since Carsomyr is only usable by paladins or rogues who have the Use Any Item ability, Lilarcor is often used by the party's best warriors instead.
* InfinityPlusOneSword
** Carsomyr, to the point where, when wielded by the already magic-resistant Inquisitor subclass, it's almost a GameBreaker.
** Crom Faeyr is an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity-Plus-One Warhammer]].
** In ''Throne of Bhaal'' almost every weapon class gets its own [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One]] variant.
** Then there's the Staff of the Magi, which despite being for mages only is just as good if not ''better'' than Carsomyr. Makes it very good for use by a fighter-mage variant.
* InformedAttribute: The player character's alignment. Since there's no real penalty for acting against alignment, even players who intend to be evil will usually pick a Good alignment for the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity reputation bonus]].
* InHarmonyWithNature: Rangers and druids.
* InsaneTrollLogic: We get some of this logic coming from an actual [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin insane]] [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]]. Here's the conversation if you try to keep a dialogue going as long as possible instead of attacking him right after he says:
-->'''Troll Cook:''' Hello there foodthing. You are just in time. Please just jump onto the grill over there.\\
'''[[HelloInsertNameHere Protagonist]]:''' Pardon me?\\
'''Troll Cook:''' The grill. That big metal thing. Jump on. Be careful, it's hot!\\
'''Protagonist:''' [[LampshadeHanging You speak well for a troll]].\\
'''Troll Cook:''' [[HandWave My mother tried hard to]] [[HypocriticalHumor give me good learning]]. She sent me to live with these hobgoblins here. They smart. Trained me how to cook real good.\\
'''Protagonist:''' Do you like these orcs?\\
'''Troll Cook:''' They smell bad, but they're okay. They can be mean sometimes. Chief [=DigDag=] sometimes [[KickThedog cuts my fingers off and throws them onto the grill]]. Says they taste like sausages.\\
'''Protagonist:''' Doesn't that hurt?\\
'''Troll Cook:''' Yep. But I'm a troll. Fingers cut off. [[HealingFactor Fingers grow back]]. Now quit talking and start broiling! Chief [=DigDag=] doesn't like me talking to the food.\\
'''Protagonist:''' I'm not letting you cook me, you crazy troll!\\
'''Troll Cook:''' Uncle Cajum, he was crazy. Me, I'm not crazy. I'm a cook. Now get on the grill!\\
'''Protagonist:''' Why would I want to be on the grill?\\
'''Troll Cook:''' Geez. It's impossible to get good help nowadays. If you're not on the grill, how am I going to cook you?\\
'''Protagonist:''' I don't want to be cooked.\\
'''Troll Cook:''' If you didn't want to be cooked, then why did you apply for the job? I think you'll all make a tasty snack! Boys! Get 'em!
* InstantAllegianceArtifact: The Helm of Opposite Alignment in ''Throne of Bhaal''.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: A few instances, though usually not literal fences.
* InterspeciesRomance
** All the female romanceable [=NPCs=] for a male PC are elves or half-elves, while the sole male romanceable NPC is human. Of course the player can choose what race their character will be...
** Averted if your character isn't of the appropriate race. Viconia won't romance elves. Jaheira and Anomen won't romance gnomes. And no-one will romance the poor, unloved dwarves.
* InTheBlood: Played with at length (it's one of the major themes of the series), but ultimately subverted.
** Evil Bhaalspawn are happy to believe it about themselves, but as [[spoiler:Imoen]] and [[spoiler:potentially, the protagonist]] prove, in this universe people ultimately choose their own moral nature.
** [[spoiler:Sarevok]] is an even stronger subversion -- at first he himself believes it, but his backstory and potential later HeelFaceTurn prove him wrong; if he and [[spoiler:the PC]] are at different ends of the ethical spectrum, it's not because of their shared parentage, but because of [[FreudianExcuse different experiences growing up]]. Though [[spoiler:Sarevok]] only performs the HeelFaceTurn once he is no longer Bhaalspawn.
** Portalbendarwinden will tell the PC that their "coin is on edge", which in this universe means that the goddesses of luck and misfortune have no hold on you and you are free to [[ScrewDestiny forge your own path]], regardless of what your divine lineage may try to dictate. Whether Elminster or Gorion knew this is never revealed, though.
* InTheHood: Some thief avatars. In ''[=BG1=]'', all thief and bard avatars have hoods, but this is because the thief and bard classes use the same models.
* InventoryManagementPuzzle: Characters have both carry weight limits and limited item slots.
* InvulnerableCivilians: Averted, enemies will end up killing civilians quite often. And if ''you'' do it, man will you wind up in trouble.
* IronicNurseryTune: "You can't hide, war will find. ''You can't hide, war will find!'' '''YOU CAN'T HIDE! WAR WILL FIND!'''"
* IrrelevantSidequest: The majority of content in both games.
* ItemCrafting: Both Cromwell (in ''Amn'') and Cespenar (in ''Bhaal'') will create items for you if you bring them the required components/pieces and enough money.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The ''Turnabout'' mod allows a PC romancing Jaheira to choose this [[spoiler: by resurrecting Khalid.]]
* JackassGenie: The Wish and Limited Wish spells ''will'' screw you over if you don't have a high enough Wisdom stat to carefully word your wish. And even then, some will just screw you over anyway (i.e. asking to be more experienced will summon a hoarde of hostile golems).
* JokeCharacter: A few borderline examples, particularly in the first game. Tiax and Quayle in particular are severely underpowered and seem to be around primarily for comic relief.
* JokeItem: Several.
** Some, such as the Golden Pantaloons, turn out to be [[EasterEgg much]] [[OldSaveBonus more]] if you hold on to them long enough.
** In ''[=BG1=]'', there is a belt that does nothing when worn except immediately and permanently [[GenderBender change the PC's gender]].
* JustAStupidAccent: Major characters in these games come from all over the Forgotten Realms and are of different races. All speak grammatically perfect English (except those who tend towards YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe), but to give them each their own personal flair they do so with a wide variety of accents. There are [[FakeBrit Fake Brits]], {{Lzherusskie}}s, [[ViolentGlaswegian Violent Glaswegians]], [[FakeAmerican Fake Americans]], and others. It keeps things entertaining, but definitely contributes to the games' [[LargeHam distinctive]] [[HamToHamCombat flavor]] of [[WorldOfHam ham]].
* JustToyingWithThem
** Bodhi likes to do this, although she has some difficulty pulling it off in practice against the PlayerCharacter.
** Firkraag in the Windspear Hills sideplot (likewise in the second game) also messes with the player character and is completely unconcerned about their possible retribution, even after they've destroyed all his minions, [[WeHaveReserves which he doesn't particularly mind either]].
* KangarooCourt: In ''Baldurs Gate'' ''2'' your character is subjected to one of these by an ambitious Harper. Granted, he may be right about you if you are playing an evil character, but that isn't why he is accusing you. No matter how you answer his questions, he will find a way to twist them and make you seem like a dangerous monster not unlike an illithid or beholder that needs to be sealed away forever. Jaheira calls him out on this and declares that he cares more about his own advancement than about actually protecting the balance. At least you have the option of being a DeadpanSnarker throughout the whole interrogation.
* KarmaHoudini: The player runs across a few wrongdoers who may or may not escape justice, depending on his or her actions.
** Neb in the first game. Thankfully, he can get what's coming to him in the second.
** Saemon Havarian: Every time you meet him, prepare to be screwed over. Don't try to avoid it, because you can't. Don't try to get revenge, because you won't. He gets away every time. Even if you kill him in ''[=SoA=]'', he shows back up in ''[=ToB=]''. You can kill him there too, if you're quick enough. (Finger of death works decently there.)
** Jarlaxle in the second game too, who fools the player into stealing a Matron Mother's gems for him and then gracefully bows out after admitting as much. He even lampshades your inability to exact retribution upon him.
** In order to have Anomen pass his Knighthood test if you're romancing him, you have to convince him that [[spoiler:he should let his sister's death go unavenged even though that means letting the killer get away with it]]. No matter how you play it, Anomen's quest becomes a ShaggyDogStory. If [[spoiler: he refuses to kill Saerk the first time, Saerk turns out to be the guy who kills his sister, and the PC must convince Anomen to let that killer go free in order to keep him in the party. The whole event is treated like a classic IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim plot, but this is a game where even good characters will have to slaughter dozens of people every time you play in order to advance the story, making it a huge BrokenAesop. To cap it off, if Anomen does kill Saerk the first time, it's later revealed that two random mooks killed his sister, and that Anomen murdered an apparently innocent man and failed his lifelong dreams for no apparent reason at all. Although, given that Saerk was said to have hired the men who killed her rather than doing the deed himself it's likely that he was still guilty, Anomen's just too unlucky to find out that he killed the right man.]]
* KarmaMeter: The reputation level. Unfortunately, you receive a significant bonus for a high reputation and serious penalties for a very low one, so it ends up being in the best interests of even the most psychotically evil of player characters to end up being a VillainWithGoodPublicity. As mentioned above, you can commit any atrocity you like as long as you donate money to the church occasionally, which is cheap enough to keep the guards off you. So it's not a very ''accurate'' karma meter.
** Another backwards element is the way your party members react to it. Good characters don't like a low Reputation, which is obvious, but in the first game, Neutral characters like Jaheira, Xan and Branwen will alternate between praising and complaining about both low ''and'' high Reputation! Also, Evil characters complain if your Reputation gets too high, and will eventually leave, which makes little in the way of sense [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Their base stats are significantly better than those of other one-handed weapons in the game, even competing with two-handed weapons in terms of damage output - a Kensai [[DualWield dual wielding]] katanas is the game's single best melee damage dealer. In an unmodded game, this is balanced somewhat by the fact there is a far better selection of magical weapons for most other one-handed weapon types (although the magical katana known as the Celestial Fury is one of the best weapons prior to Throne of Bhaal), but the underlying assumption is still present.
* KickTheDog: Plenty of quests give you the option of doing this by way of an evil solution (and if they don't, it's frequently possible to do so anyway by randomly murdering the quest-giver and/or their family/associates).
* KillItWithFire: The only way to deal with trolls besides acid.
* KillItWithIce: The rare fire trolls, obviously being immune to fire, require ice to kill instead (though acid still works).
* KingIncognito: Elminster is initially encountered as this. CHARNAME apparently forgets what he looks like quick enough to do this ''again'' in the sequel.
* KissOfDeath: Shoal the Nereid in [=BG1=].
* KleptomaniacHero: Although unlike in most [=RPGs=], there can be consequences if you're seen rifling through somebody's underwear drawer. Take note -- you only get in trouble if you're CAUGHT. Plus, not all [=NPCs=] will react to you rifling through their belongings. It's trial-and-error to figure out which ones these are, but the game programming wasn't as thorough in this respect as one would believe. They WILL most certainly react to you trying to pickpocket them, though. Except for ''[=SoA=]'''s Sewage Golem.
* KnightTemplar
** Several of the Harpers qualify. Not to mention Balthazar.
** Mazzy (the halfling not-quite-paladin) further subverts the Lawful Stupid half, being just as righteous as Keldorn and arguably more level-headed and fair.
** Speaking of Keldorn, don't place him in the same party with Viconia. The result is not pretty.
** Tiax and Xzar likely qualify as Chaotic Stupid, the former as a follower of Cyric and the latter simply being insane.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: The thief Narlen in the first game:
-->'''Narlen:''' Swiped the Duchess' knickers once... if you know what I mean!
* LandmarkSale: A thief in Athkatla's slums tries this with the Planar Sphere. Needless to say, Valygar is ''not'' happy if he is in the party to hear it.
* LaughingMad: Will happen if you choose to take Brage to the Temple of Helm instead of killing him for the bounty on his head; once the cutscene conversation is over, click on Brage to hear a sound clip of this mixed with him crying for all the people he slaughtered.
* LavaPit: There's a few. They do very low damage though, and even then [[ConvectionSchmonvection only if you're actually standing in them]].
* LeastRhymableWord: Jan asks Haer'Dalis to come up with rhymes for some of these in a banter.
-->'''Jan:''' What's a good rhyme for 'bucket'?\\
'''Haer'Dalis:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar One does spring readily to mind...]]
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap
* {{Leitmotif}}: Party members with a RomanceSidequest have their own songs that play during romance talks. Although there are there are four potential love interests, there are actually only three of these songs as Aerie's and Jaheira's are two halves of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPOgQlfFsN0 same song]].
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: The Player is lucky enough to meet up with Drizz't (again), Wulfgar and their heroic friends. When you encounter them, they are searching the undergrowth for a misplaced magical hammer that is absolutely '''''not''''' "pink" -- it's "light red"!
* LevelGrinding: An option, though completing quests, optional quests, pursuing plot points and exploiting certain quests will net the party almost all the experience it needs.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: The main character (if male) and Imoen. It's revealed that [[spoiler:they are actually half-siblings.]]
* LevelScaling: Some monster spawns are level scaled. Many aren't, though, so the ultimate effect of this on the game's difficulty isn't as much as it could be.
* LineageComesFromTheFather
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards
** And how. At the beginning of the first game, it's ''much'' easier to survive if your main character is a warrior of some sort. Melee class characters are still quite effective in ''Baldur's Gate II'' and ''Throne of Bhaal'', but by the end of the latter in particular magic-oriented characters can acquire truly godlike offensive abilities.
** Similarly with enemies; taking out plain old melee mooks becomes decidedly easier in the late game than taking out liches, beholders and other highly-skilled magic-users. On the flip side, a melee PC with the Inquisitor class wielding [[InfinityPlusOneSword Carsomyr]] is ''particularly'' adept at putting the squish into SquishyWizard.
* LiteralGenie: In ''Baldur's Gate II''; "Limited Wish" spell, and indeed the "Wish" spell.
* LiveItem: The mage's familiar, who can be let out of the backpack but probably shouldn't be.
* LivingDollCollector: Bassilus
* LivingLegend: Most of the Bhaalspawn toil in anonymity, but Sarevok and the PC stand out. By the end of the series, though, everyone is moving on a plane that is beyond most mere mortals. At that experience level, everyone who represents a challenge to the PC is very nearly a god. In fact, the PC can [[AGodAmI become a god]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And plenty of them can join your party. Each one has a different, interesting personality -- the number of possible banters which can take place between your various buddies in ''Baldur's Gate II'' is astounding (though, to achieve this, there are significantly fewer [=PCs=] to choose from).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests: The game has so many that they will consume the bulk of the time for any player willing to do them as compared to the mainline quests. Might well be a BioWare staple on reflection.
* LockedDoor: Most locked containers can be picked.
* LordBritishPostulate
** Drizzt in ''[=BG1=]'' was probably intended to be unkillable. A variable tracking whether you killed him carries into the sequel anyway. Technically, the second game just tracks whether or not you started the game with a piece of his equipment... which means that you can still get the same response even if you just pickpocketed his CoolSword instead.
** Several plot-critical characters (such as Elthan and Aran in the Shadow Thief path) are unkillable, and furthermore spawn (equally unkillable) [[RocksFallEveryoneDies assassins that One-Hit-Kill you]] [[OffTheRails if you make them hostile]]. It's possible to kill some of them with a combination of Time Stop and Shapeshift: Illithid Form, as they have a weakness towards ability drain.
** Elminster, however, cannot be killed in either game. He never stands still, is immune to most forms of attack and walks offscreen before you can harm him enough.
*** It is technically possible to kill Elminster. The method to do so is absurdly convoluted, requires a specific character class, and can net you a hefty 26,000 experience points about an hour into the first game (Half of that hour is spent flailing at Elminster).
* LostForever
** Unless you're playing as a Fighter class (and have access to the De'arnise Keep for the rest of ''Amn''), if you miss finding the heads for the Flail of Ages, you will not be able to go back in and retrieve them after you liberate the Keep for Nalia. This in turns locks you out of the upgraded Flail in ''Bhaal''.
** Every unique item in every other area which you can't reenter past a certain point, as well as some other items. This is especially annoying in case of the pieces of certain artifacts. Didn't pay quite full attention in the very first dungeon, and missed a specific jewel? No Equalizer for you. Missed an item in a hidden area in the spellhold dungeon? Forget about ever completing the Gesen Bow. Made the mistake of actually giving a snobby artist the alloy he asked for, instead of taking it to the smith to upgrade that Mace of Disruption? You'll never get the upgrade.
** It gets even worse with the ''Bhaal'' expansion. If you choose to play Watcher's Keep in ''Amn'', collect enough rare components or weapons, stash them at your stronghold and fail to have them with you when the team is sucked down to Hell, you're never going to get them back, robbing you of potentially great weapons/armor like the Flail of Ages +5, White Dragon Scale, Wonderous Gloves or the Helm of the Rock.
* LoveTriangle
** If you've got a male PC of the right race and two or more of Aerie, Jaheira, and Viconia in the party. With all three, plus Haer'Dalis, it turns into a full-fledged LoveDodecahedron.
** Skie, Garrick, and Eldoth can have this in the first game if they're all in your party. In the second game, a love triangle between Haer'Dalis, Aerie, and a female PC was planned for, but not fully programmed in time for the game's release (there is still enough of it that he may fight you for her if both are in your party for long enough, however).
* LoyalPhlebotinum: Some equipment can only be used by specific [=NPCs=] or people of specific alignments. [[GameBreaker Or a thief with Use Any Item.]]
* LudicrousGibs: There's a ''gore'' setting in the PC version of the game that allows you to toggle this on and off. For some reason, it doesn't work in the Mac version.
* LukeIAmYourFather
* MagicKnight: The fighter/mage multiclass, and numerous dual-classes based on similar themes (the Kensai / Mage, for example). The bard, while supposed to be a little of everything, can also be considered this.
* MagicMusic: A feature of bards. [[SpoonyBard Not that you'll ever use it.]] As always Bards are the JackOfAllTrades and a MasterOfNone.
** The regular Bard's song can actually come in handy as a free "remove fear" effect, and makes some battles against pesky mages that use fear spells in the first game easier.
*** The Jester kit, introduced in BGII, confuses enemies when playing the song. It's a good effect.
* MalevolentArchitecture: In the Drow city this is joined with AlienGeometries.
* ManipulativeBastard: Oh, so many.
* ManualLeaderAIParty: The game gives the player the option of letting their party be controlled by A.I. (although micromanaging them is a better option during boss fights).
* MayflyDecemberRomance: In addition to possibly applying to the player's romance in ''Shadows of Amn'' [[note]]If you're a human male, all three of your romance options come from races longer-lived than yours. Same problem in reverse if you're an elven female and decide you want to hook up with Anomen.[[/note]], it's also the plot of the play you oversee in the Bard questline. The play is about an immortal sorcerer who meets a woman, and the two of them fall in love despite the sorcerer trying not to become attached to her. Once that happens, the sorcerer thinks of how he will eventually lose her and dreads the day when that will happen. The ending? [[spoiler: When the sorcerer's apprentice asks where the woman, Karenina, has gone, the sorcerer tells him that she wished to join him in eternal life, but that he knew how painful eternal life was and didn't want to inflict that kind of pain on her, even if it was her wish. Still, he couldn't bear to part with her, and so...he turned her to stone. "Now go, my pupil...leave me with my bride. I shall touch her cold and unrelenting cheek once more...tonight a part of me has died inside."]]
* MeaningfulName
** Early in the first game, you meet one "Count {{Foreshadow}}", whose dialogue consists of plugs for the second game and for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights''.
** Ribald Barterman is a merchant.
** Jan Jansen is a stock character in Dutch jokes. (The name simply means something akin to "John Johnson", by the way.)
** ''Basillus''' likes to hang out with... No. You know what, never mind, if you can't guess.
** Noober, who acts like a total, well...
* MindRape: A few examples throughout the series, though the greater doppelgangers specialize in this. In chapter six of the first game, a trio wearing the faces of Gorion, Elminster and Tethoril actually put together a half convincing case for your battles thus far in the crypts having been illusions, imploring you to stop this madness and to cease butchering your innocent friends as the monsters you only "perceived" them to be. They do this in such a manner that a player could easily be taken in, also dropping just enough information to let you think they're the real thing (the Gorion doppelganger even reveals Sarevok for you, and tries to justify evading his apparent death that night by putting together a story about Sarevok's blade being laced with poison). It takes a lot of skepticism and wordplay for CHARNAME to see through their tricks.
** A similar incident happens in ''Throne of Bhaal'', this time with a wraith that impersonates either an important person in your lover's life or Gorion, the latter of whom will instead address you and Sarevok. It WILL break your lover, though you and Sarevok can see through the Gorion wraith with certain dialogue choices.
* TheMinionMaster: The beastmaster and Totemic Druid kits, and to some extent all mages, druids, and clerics. Summoned minions are quite powerful in Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, especially if you pick the right ones. Summoned Fire Elementals are particularly powerful, but even a group of properly buffed skeletons can take out a huge number of encounters.
* MirrorMatch
** One of these occurs in the Pocket Plane.
** The first fight with Irenicus is also an example, though a particularly odd one, as he'll begin battle by casting 'Clone' a spell that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin creates clones]] of the player's party. Only, they won't have any equipment at all, so they don't tend to last very long.
** Another occurs in Chapter 6 of the second game, being a random battle that takes place whilst travelling between areas of Athkatla. No information is given on who they are or why they're doing it, and since they lack the abilities of the party, it's not a long battle.
* MistakenForExhibit: In the quest to gain the services of Sir Sarles for a church, you have the option of trying to placate him with a lump of impure alloy of the {{Unobtanium}} he demands to work with. Sarles will discard the lump, but if you bring it back to the temple the chief priest will think the lump is modern art made by some other artist and accept it.
* MoneyForNothing: In both games it's not too difficult to quickly amass more money than you'll ever need, as the player's income rate will increase dramatically with a little progress. Plus, as is standard for this kind of RPG, much of the best stuff is found rather than bought. It's a good thing gold is weightless and shared because if not by the end of the game your thief would be dragging around a sack the size of a small house.
* MontyHaul: In ''[=BG2=]'', powerful magical items are fairly common and there's enough full plate armor and elven chain mail to outfit your entire party with it.
* MoraleMechanic: The series, based on D&D, had morale rolls for human and nonhuman mooks.
* MostGamersAreMale: This series largely avoids outright {{Fanservice}}, for example depicting female characters wearing armor that appears to have been designed with protective ability rather than [[ChainmailBikini sex appeal]] as the primary consideration, and including plenty of female sidekicks who aren't particularly attractive or romantically interested in the hero. Nevertheless, the fact that there were three potential romances included for male [=PCs=] in ''Shadows of Amn'' and only one for female [=PCs=] (and that with a partner who many players found [[TheScrappy less than endearing]]) indicates that the developers felt they knew which gender their players were more likely to be).\\\
In ''[=BG1=]'', human female fighter types look to be wearing a revealing bathing suit; most female mages wear low-cut robes [[ShowSomeLeg with a slit up the side that goes to the hip]], and female clerics and druids also have low cut necklines. Female fighter types in plate armor may look covered, but the party avatar shows that the chest and breasts are not covered. Female elves and half-elves wearing plate mail or splint mail also have low-cut necklines, back ''and'' front. And there isn't even a paper doll inventory model of a female gnome or dwarf, though they may not have made it in due to deadlines. In contrast, the men of all classes and races are mostly clothed, and all have paper-doll inventories. Maybe not as much {{Fanservice}} as other games, but it's there.
** The series actually does have a relatively large female fanbase, and several independently created mods, mostly made by women, have expanded the romance subplot options for female characters.
** You can make it through ''[=BG1=]'' with no problems if you want to have an all-male party. But what if you want an all-female one? Then you won't be able to recruit Shar-Teel or finish the "Arkion, Nemphre and Ordulinian" quest, as Nemphre will only speak to a male party member.
** A minor example of less options for females is in the portrait selection. There are two sets of portraits per gender: ones that match [=NPCs=] used in the games, and generic ones that aren't used by any [=NPCs=] and are the choice of people who don't want to wonder why there's someone else in the world who looks exactly like them. There are six generic portraits for male characters, which is barely a satisfying selection as it is. Female characters only get two, which means players who aren't creating either a warrior human or mystic elf and want their portrait to match the character type will have to either select an NPC portrait or import a fanmade one.
** If you pick a portrait that belongs to one of the recruitable [=NPCs=], their portrait will switch to one of the two generic ones. So you won't actually look like one of your NPC buddies unless you then go to your character profile and change your portrait to the one your fellow NPC is using.
** A male PC will have NPC women that aren't in the party flirting with him in ''[=BG2=]''. Female [=PCs=] don't get the same treatment. Well, except by [[CasanovaWannabe Salvanas]].
** Then again, in ''[=BG2=]'', female [=PCs=] can hire male prostitutes, there's an NPC innkeeper who is rude and abrupt with male [=PCs=] but likes female ones, and other such details. There's still discrepancies, but hey, it's something.
** How could Safana be left out of this? The comments she makes when you select her in [=BG1=] are all flirtatious statements directed '''towards the game player themselves''', even if CHARNAME is a female of any species. Since Safana only verbally flirts with Coran and her biography states that she attemted to seduce the male captain of the ship, it's obvious she was written with a male game player in mind. In fact, some game guides note that this is the only reason to recruit Safana, since she's obtainable quite a bit later in the game, is one of many thieves you can recruit, and most of her stats are not that impressive--especially her constitution, which is the fourth-lowest in the game.
* MultipleEndings: For the PC, as some of the [=NPC=]s.
* TheMunchausen: Jan Jansen. He will often come up with completely ludicrous stories that are only slightly relevant to the topic or danger at hand, not to mention surreal. [[spoiler: The only thing to render him speechless is when your party descends to hell.]]
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Haer'Dalis will try and do this to ''you'' if you romance Aerie with him in your party and your relationship with Aerie isn't yet solid when you get him. If you have solidified your romance with Aerie, he [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy gracefully backs down]].
* MurderInc: The Shadow Thieves seem to be bigger on assassination than actual theft. Also implied to be the case with other thieves' guilds, such as the Night Knives (the ones Maevar is courting as part of his plan to assassinate Renal Bloodscalp).
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Umar Hills contains a group of peaceful ogres just who want to trade with the town, but keep getting chased away because of the peoples' belief that ogres are AlwaysChaoticEvil. Some of the townspeople also blame them for the village's problems, even though the ogres were also affected by the problem and were even trying to help.
* MysteriousParent
* MythologyGag: In the sequel, those with the collector's edition (or a certain mod) will encounter merchants that carry items that serve as {{Shout Out}}s to ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' and ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Quite a few, such as Renal Bloodscalp and Korgan Bloodaxe.
* {{Necromantic}}: Bassilus
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: The protagonist.
* NewGamePlus: Character importation.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Kangaxx]] congratulates you for yours after you release him. There's also the BonusBoss battle against [[spoiler:Demogorgon]], in which defeating him results in sending him back to his home plane of existence rather than re-sealing him in his prison. Whoops. Hey, at least he's not terrorizing the Material Plane, which is what would've happened if you didn't stop him.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Definitely possible with some of the more {{Munchkin}}esque character builds, such as a samurai archmage DualWielding war hammers and katanas, and a night-stalking, back-stabbing nature-controlling warrior-priest. The developers felt some of these possibilities were so implausible that they were {{Nerf}}ed or removed outright in the ExpansionPack.
* NintendoHard
* NoFourthWall: At times. Particularly GenreSavvy characters often make suggestions to the player right out of the basic [=RPG=] strategy book, and in-jokes and [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] are sprinkled throughout the story.
* NoHeroDiscount: Averted. Having a high reputation gets you hefty discounts.
* NonCombatEXP: In the series, particularly the second installment, the most XP was gained from completing major quests rather than combat encounters.
* NonEntityGeneral: When your party members acknowledges your instructions, who exactly are they talking to? Probably the same person everyone else in your party is talking to, judging by the occasional reference to the player's mouse cursor and Jaheira calling you "Mr. Omnipresent Authority Figure" in the first game.
* NoPointsForNeutrality: Most quests can only be done in a good or an evil fashion. The most neutral way would be to not do them, which of course means no rewards.
* NoSell: At one point in ''Baldur's Gate II'', [[spoiler: Bodhi]] kidnaps your love interest [[spoiler: to turn them into a vampire]]... ''Unless'' the love interest is an Enhanced Edition NPC, in which case they get away by using their class skills [[spoiler: or already being a vampire in Hexxat's case]], two of which also fits perfectly here by simply being the character shrugging the attempt off. This has received some criticism, since while it is indeed in-character and reasonable for all of them, it marks them out as different from the original characters and highlights the way the kidnapping went down was ''out'' of character for some of the originals.
* NoSocialSkills: Taugosz Khosann, the leader of the Black Talons. By his own admission.
-->''"Taugosz Tenhammer has no need of people skills!"''
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:In the Athkatla catacombs there's a senile [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] that goes by the name of Nevaziah, who has been hiding there for ages. He seems mostly harmless and in fact inspires quite a bit of pity. That is, until Jerkass Edwin manages to press his Berserk Button and it proceeds to barrage your party with high level spells.]].
* NotSoSafeHarbor: Athkatla's docks are even more dangerous than its slums.
* NowWhereWasIGoingAgain: Check your journal and find out, duh.
* NumericalHard: The game's difficulty settings increase the damage dealt by enemies but nothing else, except for the two easiest which max out hit point rolls, prevent permanent deaths and make spell-memorisation 100% successful in addition to reducing enemy strength. Mods have been created to improve enemy AI, with Sword Coast Strategems (versions of which are available for both games), and Ascension (for the sequel, created by former team member David Gaider) being among the more prominent.
* ObfuscatingStupidity
** Jan comes across most of the time as a turnip-obsessed, ChaoticStupid {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with a penchant for telling meandering, pointless stories, but if the player undertakes the sidequest to save his former lover, he's revealed to be quite lucid and clever.
** The player character can also engage in this behavior at times.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Don't approach the thieves guild in the first game unless you intend to join them or are prepared for a fight.
* OhCrap
** Admit it. You reacted this way when you saw Lord Firekraag's true form: [[spoiler: a dragon.]]
** Haven't seen a Beholder yet? [[http://www.google.no/imgres?hl=no&biw=1920&bih=967&tbm=isch&tbnid=Kxe2IZcFQDVLBM:&imgrefurl=http://mikesrpgcenter.com/bgate2/bestiary/a-c.html&docid=5Ixmc-ObSjcqUM&imgurl=http://mikesrpgcenter.com/bgate2/bestiary/beholder.gif&w=132&h=166&ei=254iUIOGGdK5hAf4z4CwBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=826&vpy=184&dur=6578&hovh=132&hovw=105&tx=87&ty=73&sig=117257788278733505018&page=1&tbnh=132&tbnw=105&start=0&ndsp=45&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:78 here you go.]] Oh, and they'll disintegrate you in seconds.
* OldSaveBonus
** A ''Tales of the Sword Coast'' player can import a higher-level hero than normal into ''Baldur's Gate II''.
*** ''[=BG1=]'' and [=SoA=] both give benefits for actually plaything through the game that can't be acquired by someone just starting fresh in ToB. This includes higher stats from ''[=BG1=]'', and several other stat changes or passive bonuses gained in late SoA.
* The first game has an item called the Gold Pantaloons that are given to players by a confused noble that thinks the PC is the laundry service. You can't do anything with them, and they look like a total JokeItem. But it turns out that they're [[BagOfSpilling one of the few items that are saved]] when importing a character from the first game. The second game and its expansion each have a pair, the silver and bronze pantaloons respectively. If you collect all three, then [[spoiler:the expansion to the second game has an NPC that will forge them into a very strong set of PowerArmor, as well as a weapon to go with it.]]
** The original game also has seven items that will permanently raise a particular attribute by one point, and the expansion has one more, so a character imported into the sequel could start with some attributes higher than normally possible for their race without any cheats or exploits.
* OmnicidalManiac: Kangaxx
* OneSizeFitsAll: The same armor piece can even look different when being used by different characters.
* OneSteveLimit
** A PC named Drizzt is just asking for trouble.
** Naming a female PC Lanfear can lead to an easter egg in Chapter Six of ''[=BG2=]''.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Party members who die but aren't reduced to -10 hit points can be resurrected. Otherwise they [[DeaderThanDead explode]] in a shower of LudicrousGibs.
* OnlyThePureOfHeart: In [[BonusDungeon Watcher's Keep]] in BaldursGate 2, there is a pillar on the third floor that gives, when touched, a warning that only the pure may uncover the secret. Any LawfulGood characters then touching the pillar get a powerful sword, put there by a righteous hero who infused his essence into it. Anyone else gets an Abi Dhalzim's Horrid Wilting thrown at them, this being a powerful spell that can decimate entire parties, especially those of a low level.
* OptionalCharacterScene: In the second game, it's common for party members to interject in conversations.
* OptionalPartyMember: All of them, with the exception of the main character. It's possible to play the game with a player-created party, or even solo with the right character build, though you miss out on many of the best {{Sidequest}}s if you do.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Obviously they're a scaled down version of the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons version. Most of those you see are evil, but Adalon is a notable exception, as are the green dragons in Hell (Shadows of Amn) and Abazigal's Lair (Throne of Bhaal). They're instant spellcasters (with some of the best/most annoying spells in the game), very intelligent, universally arrogant (including the good ones), and garish sycophancy is a minimum requirement for not being obliterated on sight. On the plus side, most will not attack you on sight, and none can fit through their enormous lair doors so you can always flee. Even the "easiest" dragons also give tens of thousands of experience, so it's worth the effort. Other kinds are alluded to, but very rare - two [[ThatOneBoss half dragons]], and the fairy dragon that ChaoticGood mages get as a familiar. It's also implied, as always in D&D, that sorcerers are descended from Dragons by way of explanation for their instant spellcasting.
* OurGeniesAreDifferent: Djinn have their own clans and political systems said to be [[BlueAndOrangeMorality incomprehensible to human minds]], are not interested in anything to do with [[MakeAWish granting wishes]] unless they were magically summoned for that purpose, and are rarely [[GenieInABottle bound to objects]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: As in, ''really'' bloodthirsty, without a bit of [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires fondness for the living]] or [[VampiresAreSexGods brooding sex appeal]] about them.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The Shapeshifter druid class is able to control their lycanthropy.
* OverlyLongGag
** "Are you gonna throw rocks at me?" "What about now?" "What about now?" "What about now?" Repeat about 20 times. Appropriately enough, the person saying this is named Noober... at least you get XP for putting up with him.
** Slightly shorter example with Neeber in the sequel.
* PauseScumming: When fighting a mage or wizard near a doorway to another screen, pausing right as they start their spell and clicking the door causes your character to run out the door leaving the area just before getting hit by the spell. By repeatedly abusing this trick, you can make spellcasters run out of spells and thus force them to attack you hand to hand, which turning even the most powerful wizard into a pathetically easy fight.
* PaddedSumoGameplay: Especially early in the game, it's common for opponents to stand around missing each other for round after round, the victor ultimately defeating their opponent after landing two or three hits.
* PaletteSwap: The only noticeable difference between characters that don't have names. A few creatures are also differentiated by this.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: In the Throne of Bhaal expansion, the town surrounded by giants has a spot on the ramparts where unseen giants cannot harm you but can be auto-attacked by a character set with a ranged offensive action script. Equip all the infinite ranged ammo items you have, set those characters to auto-attack and go watch a movie. When you come back, you will have max experience on all characters.
* {{Pirate}}s: They've even got their own island.
* PetTheDog: Some quests give you the option of going out of your way to do a bit extra to help someone out - such as giving Farmer Brun 100 gold to help him keep his farm in the first game, or giving freed slave children money for food. If the player character is evil but does such things anyway, they become this trope.
* PixelHunt: ''Baldur's Gate I'' plays this straight: some of the best equipment or a ton of money could be had early on if you knew what pixel to click on. ''Throne of Bhaal'' softens this: hold the "tab" key, and every item and hiding place on the screen will be highlighted. Then came the mod that allowed the first game to use the second game's engine...
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Two. Both Bhaal and Gorion's.
* PointAndClickMap
* PokeInTheThirdEye
* PoliceAreUseless: When investigating a string of murders in the Bridge district, if you present evidence to the guards' investigator instead of acting on it yourself, he'll get himself killed.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Loads of them.
* PreOrderBonus: Pre-orders of Baldur's Gate 2 came with a bonus disc containing an extra merchant who sold exclusive, powerful items. In the UK, some pre-orders of the first game came with a copy of VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}.
* ProductionForeshadowing:
** In [=BG1=], the player can run into a passing "Lord Foreshadow" NPC who tells the player about how he once went to Neverwinter and still keeps in contact with it, recalling that the "nights" there were memorable, [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights and how he hopes to go back someday...]]
** In a more overt way in [=BG2=], where a loading screen tooltip tells the player that ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' will allow them to import their ''Baldur's Gate'' character. This planned feature [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never actually happened though]], as the rules changes between D&D second and third editions were too broad to easily allow it.
* PromotedToPlayable: Sarevok in "Throne of Bhaal".
* ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges: It's the Bhaalspawn who gets all the nifty Bhaal-induced powers, whereas NPC party members (including other children of Bhaal) are stuck with the standard abilities. Though the NPC party member Bhaalspawn [[spoiler:that still has the essence of Bhaal in her at the time]] actually ''was'' intended to get Bhaalspawn powers in ''Throne of Bhaal''. Blame coding errors for that not happening.
** It does happen sometimes. It's just... inconsistent.
** Though, to be fair, a few of your potential party members get non-standard abilities of their own, ranging from Mazzy's 'Fighter+Some Paladin Powers' to (with EE) Dorn's 'Has the standard abilities for his race and class, but has a race and class combo you can't have'.
* PsychoForHire: Quite a few {{Punch Clock Villain}}s, as well as recruitable allies Korgan and Montaron.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Quite common in the games' voiced dialogue, especially where Minsc is involved.
-->'''Minsc:''' Evil, meet my sword! Sword! MEET! EVIL!!
* PurelyAestheticGender: Save for the romances, dialogue and certain people hitting on you harmlessly. And playing through the Drow city is quite different for player characters of differing genders, as would be in keeping with the Drow's [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Sexism]].
* RainbowPimpGear: Many of the heavier armor pieces suffer from this, the abundance of pink suggesting the developers couldn't figure out how to do shades of red.
* RandomEncounters: Some random encounters provide you with very respectable quantities of gold and valuable VendorTrash, and others occur randomly but tie directly into plotline events or subquests and as such aren't pointless.
* RantInducingSlight: See quote on top of the page.
* RealTimeWithPause: One of the first western role-playing games to cross over from classic turn-based combat into this. Although it may look like real-time, the combat is actually simultaneous turn-based. The game options give you quite an extensive array of options as to when exactly the game pauses - ranging from never to making the combat almost 100% turn-based.
* RebelliousPrincess: A few different characters fit this description.
* RescueIntroduction: Branwen, Dynaheir, Viconia, Yeslick and Xan in the first game; Aerie, Cernd, Haer'Dalis, Viconia (again!), Mazzy, and (technically) Minsc and Jaheira in the sequel.
* RetCon: Quite a few, mostly between the first game and ''Shadows of Amn''. Some of them worked better than others.
* TheReveal: Several.
* ReviveKillsZombie: [[spoiler:The Empathic Manifestation in the temple of Amaunator. As an embodiment of suffering, it can only be killed by showing it love -- i.e., healing it.]]
* RocksFallEveryoneDies
** Trying to take on Irenicus in Spellhold without rallying the inmates first will lead to him simply [[OneHitKill One-Hit Killing]] the party with a Wish spell.
** In the second game, killing a plot-important character and rendering the game {{Unwinnable}} will cause a character named Arkanis Gath to appear and kill your entire party.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Miniature Giant Space Hamster, anyone?
* RomanceSidequest: ''Tales of the Sword Coast'' featured a brief romance sidequest, but ''Baldur's Gate II'' was the first to implement it as a major feature and thus solidifying the trope that Bioware is now most known for. It even set the archetypes for the love interests in Bioware games; there's plenty of comparisons of Aerie to [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Tali]] or Viconia to [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] and [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Jack]].
* RomancingTheWidow: The essence of [[spoiler:Jaheira]]'s romance subplot. If you pursue the relationship, [[spoiler:Khalid]] will show up in dreams and fantasy sequences to torment her about it.
* RousingSpeech: A bit of an inversion. Before the fight with Irenicus in Suldanesselar, the PC gives their party members the opportunity to walk away instead of fighting the (supposedly) most powerful enemy the party has ever gone against. The party members then respond with their own reasons why they'd rather fight him alongside CHARNAME.
* RPGsEqualCombat: No matter what kind of character you want to play, the majority of both games is spent fighting or looking for enemies to fight. Most problems can only be solved by crushing them to bits and dungeon crawling is one of the main aspects of the game.
* SaveScumming: Ohoho, you will be saving a lot of times in ''Baldur's Gate'' unless you have an intricate knowledge of every confrontation, how the game works along with the encounters coupled with planning in advance. Plus you still need to hope you're blessed by the RandomNumberGod to survive whatever gets thrown at you. Stepped on a petrification trap with your main character accidentally and turned to stone? You've no choice but to reload or quit. Your precious party members brutally exploded in a blossom of [[LudicrousGibs gore]] due to a dragon barfing on him/her? Unless you're playing easy mode, you have to reload to bring them back. This makes it difficult to play without reloading if your main character gets gibbed (or you become attached to the other characters) so you have to be HardCore to consider this mode.
** A spoof reload sequence was included in ''Throne of Bhaal'' when an NPC party charges at the player only for a fake reload to occur when the protagonist party butchers all of them, by which then they leave peacefully. Comically it's as if the creators acknowledged this element of the game of continual reloading.
** Back in the day of Planet Baldur's Gate (a Gamespy subsite), the forums had a running gag "cult" amongst the forum-goers, worshipping the Great God, Beginagain.
* TheScottishTrope: If you play as a bard, you can acquire the deed to the playhouse in the Five Flagons Inn and supervise the production of a play called "''The Sorcerer's Bane''". But there's a rumor saying that the sorcerer it's supposed to be about really existed and he cursed the play for mocking him, resulting in ill fortune befalling anybody who says the name of the play out loud. The actor who plays the sorcerer insists that it be referred to only as "The Turmish Play".
* ScrewDestiny: If you're very, very polite to Portalbendarwinden when you first meet him (he's the naked guy north of Beregost), he will tell you that he can't see your future because "your coin is on edge". If you read ''The History of the Fateful Coin'' (a book required for a quest), it states that individuals whose coins landed on edge when they were born are free of the influences of both of the goddesses of luck and misfortune and can forge their own fates. Although you probably won't be very polite to him -- he is the one to whom speaking the Trope Quote ''is'' an option.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Koveras? Never heard of him.
* SdrawkcabName
** You encounter Nanoc the Barbarian in ''Throne of Bhaal''. [[ComicJumper Who apparently really let himself go later in life.]]
** Neb the child-killing dwarf.
** At the final fight in ''Baldur's Gate I'', there is a wizard named Semaj.
* SealedEvilInASixPack: The infamous Kangaxx.
* SelectiveCondemnation: Even if you play these games in the most pacifistic, LawfulGood manner possible, you will still end up killing, at minimum, hundreds of people. Despite that, you only succumb to TheDarkSide if you behave evilly towards a few, arbitrarily important characters.
** The first game features a huge example. Despite slaughtering your way across the Sword Coast, leaving large piles of butchered enemies behind you... and, if you so feel like it, being allowed to kill just about anyone else you meet with only a drop in reputation that can be fixed with a temple donation... you are charged with murder and labelled a horrible criminal only ''after'' the deaths of the Iron Throne leaders at Candlekeep. This, of course, even if you barged into their tower earlier in the game in broad daylight and massacred everyone in sight.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Plenty involving equipment or party restrictions, with many of the more popular ones having mods to facilitate them - such as altering the location/reducing the number of magical items, or greatly increasing the difficulty of the game. Considering the game lends itself well to SaveScumming, "No reload, solo, [[HarderThanHard Insane difficulty]]" is a common challenge. Anyone who can pull this off using the [[NintendoHard Sword Coast Strategems mod set]] is a real master of the game.
* SequelHook: Retroactively. The standard BG series storyline is a perfect example of how to wrap up a plot so completely that there is practically no way to continue it without feeling forced. But David Gaider's Ascension mod, in addition to its gameplay changes, restores [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue epilogue text]] that was written but not implemented in game. The romance endings all indicate that CHARNAME's offspring with their chosen love interest (including Jaheira, who doesn't have children in the vanilla ending) grow up to become adventurers as prolific as their parents are. This was probably scrapped when Bioware realized how [[SpinOffspring corny that would be as a basis for a sequel]].
** Played straight with the ending to Baldur's Gate: Shadows of Amn, which ended with a [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness group of hooded individuals]] discussing the fate of CHARNAME and the fact he's a SpannerInTheWorks. Despite the fact all of these five are the same size, they're meant to be the Bhaalspawn from Throne of Bhaal.
* SerialKiller
** Rejiek Hidesman, complete with CreepyBasement.
** Neb the child-killing dwarf.
** The player character, by necessity, even if playing a lawful good run.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Edwin and, with a high enough INT score, potentially the PC.
-->'''CHARNAME:''' [[CompensatingForSomething Maybe your grandiose vocabulary is a pathetic compensation for an insufficiency in the nether regions of your anatomy.]]
* SetAMookToKillAMook: Charm, Confusion, and a number of other effects that do basically the same thing.
* SheatheYourSword: Needed in order to defeat [[spoiler:The Beast under Athkathla.]]
* {{Sidekick}}s: Lots to choose from, most of them very memorable.
* {{Side Quest}}s: You can spend more time on these than the actual plot, easily.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: The sheer range of creatures which show up claiming to be Bhaalspawn in ''Throne of Bhaal'' is... is... well, it raises some interesting questions about what the God of murder was ''doing'' while "walking the earth". Everything from humans to dragons to ''werechinchillas''. Considering that he foresaw his death while walking the earth and decided the best thing to do is sire as many kids as possible, to use their essence as a springboard back to life, it makes perfect sense.
* ShortCutsMakeLongDelays: When investigating the Cult of the Unseeing Eye, you are told that the easiest way to kill the Unseeing Eye is to reassemble a specific artifact. This involves going to an underground city to get half of it, then through a town of undead, then through a lair of beholders, before you finally get the other half. Alternatively, a well prepared party can complete the quest much more quickly by simply entering the lair and hacking away. But where's the fun in that?
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/BaldursGate own page]].
* SickeningSweethearts: Slythe and Krystin in the first game, a [[UnholyMatrimony married pair]] of [[PsychoForHire bloodthirsty assassins for hire]] whose entire pre-fight dialogue consists of gushing over one another.
* SingleStrokeBattle: High-level characters will be doing this quite often against weaker opponents by the end of both games.
* SimpleStaff: The only melee weapon that can be used by anyone. Like every weapon in the game though, there are magical versions with significantly more power.
* SingleMomStripper: One prostitute in the docks district says that she's never done it before but needs the money to support her family.
* TheSixStats
* SlapOnTheWristNuke: There are spells which do things like crash a comet into the battlefield and blast everything in sight with flaming dragon breath, damaging enemies heavily but not so much as flattening a blade of grass otherwise.
* SliceAndDiceSwordsmanship: Spears and daggers are often used with a slashing animation.
* SmugSnake: Lots and lots of villains (and a few party members as well).
* SociopathicHero: Several of the evil party members qualify. As might the Player Character, depending on how one plays.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: If a character leaves your party for reasons other than being kicked out, they'll take all that expensive gear you bought them on their way out. Even if you kicked them out, if you wait too long to get them to join again they may not have the gear you gave them. At some point after their departure, the game will reset their equipment to the NPC's default.
* SongsInTheKeyOfLock
* TheSoulless: [[spoiler:Irenicus and Bodhi, and later the PlayerCharacter and Imoen.]]
* SpoonyBard: Player-created bards can actually be quite powerful, if built correctly. Many players find the first game's recruitable NPC bards, on the other hand, somewhat lacking -- Garrick from in particular might be the spooniest bard since the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV original himself]]. Garrick lampshades this in ''Baldur's Gate II'' (where he makes a cameo appearance), admitting that he isn't a very good bard. Haer'Dalis averts this entirely, being one of the best tanks in the game thanks to his defensive spells and kit abilities.
** In Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition a suit of Elven Chain Mail (allows spell casting and has an AC of 5) can be acquired, which means a bard doesn't really have to choose between spell casting and melee bashing anymore. A player created bard with good reputation can now fight up close, at range, cast spells, and be almost as good as a more specialized class at any one of these. While Garrick and Eldoth still aren't that great, a player created bard is one of the best classes to play, and quite good for solo work.
* SquishyWizard: Mostly played straight in the first game. Averted in the sequel where the available range of defensive spells makes the mage into a GlacierWaif, standing calmly in the middle of a furious swordfight as the enemies prove unable to disrupt their lethal incantations.
* SssssnakeTalk: Assorted demons and reptilian monsters.
* StandardFantasySetting: It's Forgotten Realms, after all.
* StopPokingMe: Several characters say something along these lines if repeatedly selected. Xzar quite literally squeals... "STOP ''TOUCHING'' MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH!"
* StuckItems: Boo; Imoen's Belt at the beginning of ''[=BG2=]'', and Edwin's necklace. The reasons for these are plot-related; Imoen's belt makes her unkillable (to avoid the plot going OffTheRails in Château Irenicus) and Edwin's necklace grants him two spells per level to represent his superior Red Wizard training.
* SufferTheSlings
* SuicidalOverconfidence: Random bandits will gleefully attack you in the wilderness or sometimes even in the middle of a city. At the beginning of the first game, when you're a staff-wielding weakling in leather, this is understandable. By the second game, when you're carrying a sword that glows like the sun, wearing the skin of a dragon that you killed yourself, and are surrounded by five other, similarly outfitted people...
** And there are ''[[TooDumbToLive four muggers attacking you]]''.
** Parodied in Throne of Bhaal'' with the three rookie adventurers you can run into, who convince themselves they're good enough to slaughter you for your awesome treasure. One (cut scene) Slayer change and about five seconds later, they're dead (only to then "reload" and try just talking to you).
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The "Slayer" form. Although it's a little lacking on the "superpowered" thing, especially if you're not a melee class. Until ''Throne of Bhaal'', at least, where the Slayer form becomes much more powerful. Of course, by that point, you're essentially superpowered no matter what form you're in.
** Slayer form replaces your normal stats, number of attacks, and thac0 and is the same no matter if you're a fighter or a mage. The only difference is that you keep any passive bonuses and some equipment bonuses, so for example a Kensai-slayer will hit like a express train and be incapable of missing, except on a roll of 1, and a mage will merely rip the enemies apart like a plain fighter. It's also immune to all non-damaging spell effects making it surprisingly useful vs mages/liches/Demi-liches/mind-flayers.
* SurplusDamageBonus: Inflicting considerably more damage to an enemy than they have hit points left results in them exploding into LudicrousGibs. This also applies to party members, and the ones who are killed in this fashion [[DeaderThanDead cannot be resurrected]].
* TakeThat: In ''Throne of Bhaal'', Cespenar makes an off-hand comment about running out of recipes and needing to find "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Steward Martha]]", who's somewhere around in Hell.
* TakeYourTime: Mostly played straight. Your sister may be getting mind-raped by the Cowled Wizards [[spoiler:and then Irenicus]] while you're out doing random side quests for a few months, but rest assured no matter when you set out to save her she'll be in the same condition when you arrive. Gets even worse ''after'' Spellhold, when [[spoiler: you ostensibly ''have no soul, are slowly dying, and Irenicus is in the midst of laying waste to an Elven city.'' You can ''still'' run around doing inane random quests for as long as you like.]] However, some character-specific quests are required to be done within a certain time limit. Otherwise, the character will leave the party to complete the job themselves -- taking all that expensive gear with them.
** If you want to recruit Jaheira and Khalid in your party at the Friendly Arm Inn in [=BG1=] and don't go to Nashkel post-haste, every day (or two or three) you'll get one of them whining about not having made it to Nashkel yet. There may not be any time limit on the mines quest, but going to Nashkel just to shut the two of them up may become a priority depending on how annoyed you become with it.
** Just don't try waiting too much with Xzar and Montaron, They will leave the party if you take too long.
** Not saving Dynaheir as quickly as possible will upset Minsc and Boo. And when Minsc and Boo get upset, buttkicking ensues. You have ten game days to save her, but if you haven't made any progress after a few days, Minsc will remind you. After ten days is when the buttkicking happens.
** Safana will remind you if you haven't gone to the treasure caves she told you about after a few game-days. She doesn't seem to leave, though.
** Coran will state that he has wyverns to kill if you delay that quest for too long--he's supposed to leave the party, but a game bug may prevent that from happening.
** The Enhanced Edition version eventually fixed Kivan's broken script, meaning the player must reach the Bandit Camp within 5 days or he will leave. He's one of the first [=NPC=]s who can be reached, but the bandit camp requires more than 5 days travelling time from where he is unless you have already unlocked it (by completing the storyline quests as far as Peldvale or Larswood). This means that you cannot take and keep him in the party from the beginning of the game anymore without cheating.
*** They later fixed it so that it is possible to keep him without cheating -- the earlier the chapter you recruit him in, the more days you have, ''and'' if you recruit him in Chapter 3 (the chapter in which you get to the Bandit Camp) you have 7 days, which is enough to get to the Bandit Camp.
* TakenForGranite: There are a number of [=NPCs=] that have been changed to stone by basilisks in ''[=BG1=]''. Unfortunately, not all of them can be freed. Although Vail is the only one you are required to free in order to finish a {{sidequest}}, others can be freed to gain experience. The Unfinished Business mod adds in another NPC statue that is also optional to free, but gives experience if you do.
* [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Talking About Important Plot Points Is a Free Action]]: Sometimes TimeStandsStill when dialogues happen. Sometimes it doesn't.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: At one point, you can talk down an ''Aboleth''.
* TalkingWeapon: Lilarcor
* TalkToEveryone: Will actually waste your time. Most people who have something in particular to say will either have names or look out of place. They also might approach the party and initiate conversation themselves without prompting, depending on how they're programmed. It's fairly rare, but a soldier in Nashkel and Malek in Baldur's Gate are two of a few that will do this.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Can easily occur with certain party combinations. Minsc and Edwin, or Viconia and Keldorn, for instance.
* TeleportInterdiction: In ''Throne of Bhaal'', the siege of Saradush is complemented by a magic field that blocks teleportation out of the city. Certain special means bypass this, including the PlayerCharacter's ability to shift to another plane. But even the player's party is limited by this, because they can only shift back to the Material Plane inside Saradush or at a considerable distance from it; the time it takes for them to approach it from the outside becomes a plot point.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne
** Sarevok's plan, and, essentially, the climactic scene of ''Throne of Bhaal''.
** In the second game, rolling up an elf named Drizzt is a bad idea; the real Drizzt Do'urden will likely attempt to skewer you.
* ThievesGuild: There are two in Athkala.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded ]] in ''Baldur's Gate II'' when a man, claiming to have broken out of prison, throws his "mighty scimitar at your head!" When this does minimal damage, he says "Oh, that normally works..." and leaves.
* TimeKeepsOnSlipping: Not that it matters much.
* TimeStandsStill: The "Time Stop" spell. Also happens during most dialogs.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: In the temple district in the second game, the player can encounter a gnome who is in love with a human female Paladin but is too self-conscious to declare himself to her and, in a shout-out to ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', tries to help Garrick the Bard woo her instead. Subesequent visits to the district reveal that the Paladin has figured out who really penned Garrick's love declarations and that she and the gnome have gotten married.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: This is what Edwin ''thinks'' the Nether Scrolls are. Much to his chagrin, [[GenderBender they were not what he expected]].
** As other materials on the Realms make clear, he is perfectly right about what the Nether Scrolls are. Of course, Eldritch Lore in D&D covers magical transformations of ''[[GenderBender all]]'' sorts...
* TooDumbToLive
** You may be attacked by low-level muggers every once in a while in Athkatla, wearing nothing but leather armor and short sword.
** The same goes to the drow in Ust Natha if you're exposed. Even civilians will attack you, with basic daggers or nothing at all.
** Telling an BloodKnight ChaoticEvil warrior woman that women are meant for "[[StayInTheKitchen making babies and baking cookies]]" is definitely not one of [[SpoonyBard Eldoth]]'s more brilliant moments.
* TookALevelInBadass: Several characters throughout the series.
* TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater: Silverstar, an elf added in a mod, does this.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Your love interest, if you have one, will be turned into a vampire by Bodhi]]. Fortunately they get better.
* TrespassingHero: One of three things happen if you enter someone else's house in the big cities like Beregost and Baldur's Gate. The inhabitants may state clearly that they frown upon you barging in (but don't do anything); some call the guards on you; and some will even outright attack you.
* TrueCompanions: Canonically, the PC, Minsc, Jaheira, and Imoen.
* TyopOnTheCover: The Baldur's Gate 4 in 1 Boxset published by Atari shows its cheapness in both its contents and cover production. The back calls the expansion to BG "Sword of the Coast" and the blurbs were very clearly written by someone who has never actually played the games.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Characters who return in the sequel are quick to brush off a question about why they're not dead. Probably justified, it's ''D&D'' after all.
* UniversalPoison: As a StandardStatusEffect.
** Not exactly...there are actually different variations (One assumes attacking different areas of the body is what increases the damage you take or the rate it takes effect). Wyvern poison being some of the most fast-acting, powerful poison you will ever encounter in the BG saga, capable of killing even a max level (for ''[=BG1=]'') ccharacter in a few rounds if not cured or potions chugged continually. There's also a variation used by Drugar that can render a target unconscious if you fail a save as well as fairy dragons, while the Imp familiar's on-hit attacks have a save or die poison (but the save bonus is very high, so the target is more likely to die by the damage rather then the instant death).
* UnwinnableByMistake: There are a few scripting errors that can cause this, though they are fixed by unofficial patches.
* UpdatedRerelease
** The first game, originally released on five CD-ROMS plus the ''Tales of the Sword Coast'' disk, was later rereleased as a three-disk version.
** Both games (including their respective expansion packs) will have 'Enhanced Edition' releases, starting with the the first game in Summer 2012. As of March 2012, exactly ''what'' will be updated remains to be seen, but it is known that they will have entirely new content, and that the engine used is still Infinity, just a modified version based on [=TOB=]'s version.
* UselessUsefulSpell: A good chunk of those kill-everything-instantly spells at higher levels usually aren't going to kill much of anything worth, wasting the spell slot for by the time you get them. Though thrown into the right combination, even the relatively weak instant death spells can be useful. Doom + Greater Malison + Chromatic Orb = dead dragon. Given the annoyance of summoned creatures it's still worth having at least a back-up mage having spells like Death Spell as well.
* UselessUsefulStealth
** High-level backstabbing, especially the Assassin's x7 backstab. Dealing the damage cap (1048 damage) with a single hit? ''Awesome''. Knowing that everything in the game at the point you get it is either immune to backstab or can be killed twice as fast by your mage or fighter without placing your rogue in the middle of a fight they probably can't handle? Makes it considerably less so.
** The Assassin has a second issue in that the kit's main feature isn't gained until level 21, and even then its slow thieving skill progression means that the Assassin might not have gotten enough skill points to thoroughly fill the niche of the rogue until levels after that. This means Assassins can't be dual-classed at a reasonable level without impairing the aspects that make a thief worthwhile in the first place, and there's no real need for a thief that isn't dual- or multiclassed. The Assassin isn't completely irredeemable though, as it starts with poison abilities, which are extremely useful.
** Fortunately, high-level rogues get their revenge with the traps. The blatantly imbalanced spike trap deals 20d10 damage and its damage cannot be dodged, saved against or blocked in any way. Six of them will kill the game's toughest BonusBoss in one shot, and a high-level rogue can get another use per day for every level he or she gains. However, a timely dual-classed and equipped swashbuckler/fighter can distribute 300+ damage per round after their FIRST levelup in the expansion, or 200+ damage per round in the vanilla game, and far south of the XP cap. Ultimately, the best thief is still an ex-thief, unless it's the imbalanced Kensai/Thief dual-class, which has several of the Kensai's bonuses, can wear armor at high levels, can cast magic from scrolls, has a low enough [=THAC0=] to hit pretty much anything consistently and has all the assorted thief abilities.
*** Single class swashbucklers are actually the 2nd highest physical damage dealing class in the game, behind a pure Kensai. Their only disadvantage is their lack of natural attacks, which dual-wielding speed weapons allows them to match warriors (And once they get to those rare +4 and above enemies they can use Whirlwind attack for 10 attacks, with a staff of the ram+6 or whatever other weapons you want them to use), and then surpass them in terms of damage per hit. Which combined with epic traps, the ability to wear any items they please, and use mage spells, they're effectively fighter/mage/thieves in a single VERY high level class.
** Pickpocketing also falls under this. While it isn't inherently broken, there are so few items in either game worth stealing this way that it's more efficient to buff up the skill with items when it's needed rather than investing in it with skill points that could be better spent on things that will be used more often.
* VancianMagic: The spellcasting system used by every wizard class except the sorcerer.
* VendorTrash: TONS of it. Though some things that seem to be vendor trash [[GuideDangIt will actually be useful later]]. In addition to the obvious junk like jewelry, pretty much any item that was in the first game will be underpowered enough to be glorified vendor trash in the second.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Cloudkill is a Area of Effect Damage over Time spell. Cast this and Web and/or Entangle on a group of enemies and watch them suffocate, unless they're "lucky" and fail the Fortitude Save.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Overcoming the villains' good publicity is part of the plot of the first game. The PC can also be this if he/she is evil-aligned and has a high enough reputation score.
* VocalEvolution: Some characters don't sound quite the same in ''Throne of Bhaal''.
* VolleyingInsults: Korgan and Imoen.
-->'''Korgan:''' Hmph, Imoen, yer an o'er-lame excuse fer a member o' this party and I be tired of exertin' meself to [[SquishyWizard protect ye]]! Next time I let ye perish, screaming like a ninny as ye does!\\
'''Imoen:''' The last time I saw you exert yourself over anything was the last slab of pork in an inn. If you could keep up with me with that beer gut of yours I'd be amazed.\\
'''Korgan:''' Beer gut?! Why, ye stinkin' wench, how dare ye! Keep up with my keen axe as it flies towards yer head, more like! Though it'd be like splittin' a hair, skinny as ye are!\\
'''Imoen:''' I'd be startled if a drunk dwarven oaf like yourself could hit the broad side of a barn with your axe. And while we're talking about stench, let's talk about the last time you passed out in your own vomit.\\
'''Korgan:''' An outrage! Yer a canker on me backside and the world would be best rid of ye! Loathsome mongrel she-dog!\\
'''Imoen:''' Brutish pig! You're nothing but a boil needing lancing!\\
'''Korgan:''' I've seen harlots with less open sores than ye, ye pimple-faced, whining gutter-snipe!\\
'''Imoen:''' You cantankerous, foul-mouthed excuse for a gully dwarf!\\
'''Korgan:''' Gully dwarf? Har har! Ye knows how to hit low, ye does! Har har! Yer a fine, fine lass, ye are, Imoen. That Gorion of yers would be proud.\\
'''Imoen:''' Aw, gee. Thanks, Korgan!
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: A special ability of druids. Interplay touted it a fair bit prior to the release of ''Baldur's Gate II'', though in the final game it's essentially useless.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Tarnesh from the first game is known to trip new players up.
* WalletOfHolding: Gold is plentiful and weightless.
* TheWarHasJustBegun
** You have just defeated the first game's BigBad, and the final cutscene [[spoiler:shows his essence descending into the underworld and into a statue of his likeness, which promptly crumbles to dust. Then the camera pans out to show that the statue was standing in an alcove inside an enormous room filled with hundreds of other statues. Sarevok was just one Bhaalspawn, there are still hundreds of them out there.]]
** And again in the second game. [[spoiler: You just defeated Irenicus, banished him to the deepest pits of Hell and taken your soul back, and the next scene shows a OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness (probably the Five,) plotting to take you out.]]
* TheWarSequence
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: One of the classic examples, and at first it seems a bit odd; your allies can literally fall like leaves around you and the game won't care (in fact, the reason ''[=BG1=]'' has so many recruitables who have somewhat thin characterization is that [[WeHaveReserves the developers assumed low-level D&D play would go through characters rather quickly]]), but the instant the protagonist hits 0 HP, BAM, game over. Of course, this does get justified ''very'' well in the games: [[spoiler: since the protag is a Bhaalspawn, when s/he dies, Bhaal's divine essence within them is returned to 'the pool'. Even IF the protag is resurrected, you just lost the abilities that let you beat the overarching plot.]] [[spoiler:At the same time, this justification creates a minor plothole. Despite also being a Bhaalspawn, Imoen can be resurrected just fine. No justification is offered for that, although it's suggested that her innate cheeriness kept the taint at bay.]]
** Even more plothole-y are all kinds of spells that incapacitate CHARNAME without killing them. The above justification doesn't explain why your group wouldn't be able to lug your [[TakenForGranite petrified form]] to the nearest temple or dispel it themselves.
* WhatTheHellHero: Good or Neutral-aligned party members will call you out on it if you do something truly dastardly, and eventually leave the party if you become too evil.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim
** Inverted in the second game -- [[spoiler:when Irenicus captures you in Spellhold, he wants the party disposed of instantly, but [[TheDragon Bodhi]] overrules him (without his knowledge and consent) and tries to have you executed in a way that will amuse her. Needless to say, it backfires and Irenicus is none too pleased.]]
** Also in ''[=BG2=]'', when you fight [[spoiler:Irenicus in Spellhold]] without adequate support, he simply casts Wish, and it is TotalPartyKill time for you.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Xzar and Montaron -- to you and each other.
-->'''Xzar:''' ''(upon Montaron's death)'' Montarton!? I... I never loved you!
* WoodenStake: Vampires need to be staked in their coffins after being defeated. Consequently, wooden stakes are an item you need to find/carry in the second game.
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: There are eight schools of magic used by both arcane and divine casters, and each comes with a set of three Latin words. Showcasing the quality of this game, each set of Latin makes up a believable, legible, valid phrase in Latin, and all eight phrases clearly connect to the school being used. Admittedly, that last part might be debatable.
-->Abjuration: ''"Manus, Potentis, Paro"'' = "A hand, powerful, I prepare"
-->Alteration: ''"Praeses, Alia, Fero"'' = "Protecting, another, I bring this forth"
-->Conjuration: ''"Facio, Voco, Ferre"'' = "This I do, I call, to bring you forth"
-->Divination: ''"Scio, Didici, Pecto"'' = "I know, for I have studied, with my mind"
-->Enchantment: ''"Cupio, Virtus, Licet"'' = "I want, excellence, allowed to me"
-->Evocation: ''"Incertus, Pulcher, Imperio"'' = "Uncertain, beautiful things, I command"
-->Illusion: ''"Veritas, Credo, Oculos"'' = "The truth, I believe, with my eyes"
-->Necromancy: ''"Vita, Mortis, Careo"'' = "Life, and death, I am without"
* WorldOfHam: Minsc and Korgan mentioned earlier are just the very tip of the iceberg.
* WreckedWeapon: In ''[=BG1=]'', the Iron Crisis meant that most of your non-magical weapons would eventually break.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Candlekeep. Actually, you can, once. After that, you won't want to.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: You can't stop Irenicus [[spoiler:from stealing your's and Imoen's souls]] in ''[=SoA=]'', and in ''[=ToB=]'' you can't stop [[spoiler: Yaga Shura from razing Saradush]], nor can you stop [[spoiler: Melissan's plan to kill all the Bhaalspawn until it's only you and (possibly) Imoen left.)]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Two instances in the second game: a man you find in the Copper Coronet has been fooling around with one of the girls in the backrooms (and you can get the wife to confront the husband), and Keldorn's wife cheating on him with a lord in Athkatla. In the latter case, you can tell Keldorn to leave his wife behind and commit to helping you full-time, let him stay at home permanently to try and repair his marriage, or give him a day to patch things up before he accompanies you again.

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!!The ''Baldur's Gate'' novels provide examples of:

* CassandraTruth: Xzar tells the others {{All There Is to Know About the Crying Game}} pretty much at the start. No-one believes him because he's insane. Of course, he also doesn't care, because he's insane.
* EverybodysDeadDave: No-one except for Gorion's ward makes it to the end of the trilogy alive. Causing readers to wail, "No! Why did he not die?!"
* FauxActionGirl: Jaheira. A particularly egregious case in that she doesn't even ''try'' to fight anyone almost ever.
* {{Gorn}}
* InformedAbility: Jaheira is a tough warrior. And a druid. And Abdel Adrian is ''smart''. [=*snrk*=]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Adrian's thuggish fighting skills don't improve from the first novel to the second like they would in the games, so when he has to fight a giant monster, he just becomes super-powerful all of a sudden. Of course, he is [[spoiler:carrying around the essence of a dead god inside him all the time]], but still, way to make it a [[DeusExMachina Deus Ex Idiot]].
* {{Novelization}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well, obviously]].
* SuddenlySexuality: It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when an evil drow matriarch orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse, so it makes it seem like Imoen [[UnfortunateImplications turned a lesbian due to rape and quid-pro-quo]].
* ThudAndBlunder: Even the mysterious very positive reviews at Amazon.com tend to recognise this genre shift.
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