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''Castle Crashers'' is a BeatEmUp available on the XboxLiveArcade, Playstation Network, PC, and Mac. It was created by the same guys behind the Web site {{Newgrounds}}, and maintains the comedic style and artistic look you might find on their Web site.

You (and up to three of your friends) are gallant knights, fighting off a barbarian horde, lava beasts, the undead and the like to rescue four beautiful princesses who have been abducted. That's the extent of the story for this game. It's all about playing an oldschool-style hack-and-slash on high-definition gaming technology, with cheesy (and at times disgusting) humor.

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!!''Castle Crashers'' provides examples of:

* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: Each character maxes out at Level 99. One can beat the game at around Level 40. Those extra levels come ''real'' handy in [[HarderThanHard Insane Mode]], however. The game has up to about 30 playable characters (unlockables and DLC included).
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Several times, you are running away from a troll large enough that its eyes alone are the size of two players each. The first time it is encountered, [[EscapeSequence you simply run]]. In a following sequence, this troll becomes a type A boss, which you will fight in a variant of the MinecartMadness level.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The Wizard's Castle has one hell of an odd background. It's all swirly and purple and black and... whoa.
* AndIMustScream: The Weapons Frog (look at its eyes), but it's untied for the ending sequence.
* AnIcePerson: The Ice King, the Blue Knight, the Icekimoes.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: The leader of the Coneheads is attempting to forcibly marry the Green Princess when you show up. The other princes may or may not be holding the other Princesses for marriage.
* AnnoyingArrows: Played straight for enemy arrows, and both subverted and played straight for players' arrows. Being that just about everyone is MadeOfIron in this game, arrows seem to do very little damage to people, and if you're fighting a whole mess of Thieves, arrows are more than enough to drive someone mad. If a player increases their Agility during their level-ups, however, their arrows can do a decent amount of damage comparable to magic damage. In fact, [[BadassNormal some characters' "magic"]] ''is'' dropping a volley of arrows on their opponent's heads from on top of them, thus actually requiring ''magic'' increases to get stronger.
* ApatheticCitizens: Used ''painfully'' straight in the beginning of the game, then subverted later in the swamp level, where the peasants, encouraged by your violent bravery, join you in fights - and even then, you have to lure the [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Corn Boss]] into attacking them to actually have them join you in fighting the monstrosity.
** The Peasant, and his buddy The Civilian, can also be unlocked as playable characters.
* ArtInitiatesLife: The Painter.
* ArtShift: The Painter's creations are rendered in a less-refined, non-shaded style.
* AuthorGuestSpot \ OffscreenStartBonus: Many of the minds behind Newgrounds appear [[spoiler:imprisoned in the alien's spaceship, floating in large tubes]].
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The King is a badass.
* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler:The Conehead leader's death causes Cyclops to attack you... well, after he runs away with the Green Princess and you chase him down. Justified; the conehead leader is his ''son''.]]
* {{Badass}}: Basically everyone, though special mention should probably go to the awesome Necromancer, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome if only for his music]].
* BadassAdorable: All of the characters are cute little guys, but special mention goes to the [[RealMenWearPink Pink Knight]], who wears pink armor, smiles constantly, and uses rainbows and stuffed animals as his magic attacks.
* BadassNormal: The Grey Knight and several of the other unlockable characters (most notably the civilian and peasant) have no magic, gadgets, or special high-tech equipment of any kind. They make do.
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: The first boss appears to be just a simple {{Giant Mook}}. Then, the door behind him that's three times his height (for reference: he's twice yours) breaks down, crushing him, and the ''real'' boss comes out. He barely fits through the giant door.
* BearsAreBadNews:
** The bear tribe you encounter shortly after Catfish.
** Subverted early in the game. A bear gets ready to attack you from behind a bush, but quickly gets scared off by [[EldritchAbomination a much more threatening enemy]].
** The Bipolar Bear will attack ''anyone'' with low health. Yes, even its owner.
* BigBad: The Wizard.
* BishonenLine: [[spoiler:The final battle. The Wizard fight has six stages!]]
** Also, the Necromancer, the Wizard's [[TheDragon second-in-command]] and most powerful minion, is humanoid, whereas his two lesser underlings are monstrous.
* BlackComedy: Sometimes, there are rather sadistic situations that are really hard not to laugh at.
* BlackKnight: The Necromancer. Averted with Stove Face and Conehead for being common {{mooks}}, though they at least look the part.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The Blue, Green, and Red Princesses, respectively. The Orange Princess, meanwhile, follows [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair a different trope]] [[spoiler:(that, and MonsterClown)]].
* BonusDungeon: Insane Mode fits the trope, even if it isn't a dungeon. Enemies have many times their normal HP, and do crazy amounts of damage. You, on the other hand, only get as strong as stat caps will let you.
* BossRoom: [[spoiler:The Painter, the Necromancer, and Recyclops in the final castle.]] The Barbarian Boss applies here too.
* BossRush: A set of brand-new fights right before the final battle.
* BowelBreakingBricks: Several animals in the Thieves' Forest.
* BrickJoke: The deer being propelled by his BowelBreakingBricks will later be seen flying into the sky in the Full Moon level.
* BubblegloopSwamp: The swamp and Medusa's Lair.
* CardCarryingVillain: Most of the villains...[[MeaningfulName as implied by their names.]]
* CatsAreMean: The Catfish. The Giant Troll looks a bit like a huge cat too.
* ChainsawGood: A chainsaw happens to be an unlockable weapon after you beat the game. Better hope you've saved your Gold, though...
* CharacterLevel
* CharacterCustomization: Players can specialize in strength, magic, defense, agility, or any combination of them. Can result in characters becoming a JackOfAllStats, a MightyGlacier, a FragileSpeedster, and more.
* CherryTapping: The Shovel can hit an enemy twice in one use, but it can be difficult to time, and it's often not that worth it. The Horn can send opponents flying in the same manner, but it's a bit easier to time.
* ChestMonster: [[spoiler:During the final boss fight, the usual treasure chest falls onto the boss the same way it did for every other boss; however, opening it releases a more powerful form of the boss!]]
* ColorCodedMultiplayer
* ComedicSociopathy: In-Universe and out, some people can't help but laugh at some of the ways people die in this game. Even when players are fighting eachother in the Arenas, sometimes the winner character will point and laugh at the dead loser. [[BackFromTheDead And they usually come back for the next level or match, of course]]. Even if they [[OffWithHisHead lost their head in the fight]].
* ConvectionSchmonvection: One of the greatest examples is the Cyclops boss: after his defeat he falls into a pit of magma and is buried here. When the necromancer resurrects him as Recyclops he doesn't look burned at all.
* CowardlyBoss: The Industrial Prince runs away from you at every point up until the battle with [[spoiler:his giant mechanical contraption]]. Then he runs again, but gets zapped by the wizard instead of getting a ride. You can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential smack him off the tower of his castle]] for some satisfying revenge.
** The moment can be even more hilarious depending on what means you smack him with. [[ImprobableWeaponUser The shovel. The horn. Anything works.]] For maximum laughs, bring along Bipolar Bear.
** The Painter, who uses his elevator to hide behind his hordes of enemies. When you deal enough damage to him, the elevator breaks, and the Painter runs around screaming "POYO!", at which point his drawings start to die in one hit each.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: If a teammate loses all his HP and has no potions left, you can revive him via CPR.
* CrosshairAware: Whenever sub-bosses use cannons, you'll see a [[PowerGlows glowy red cross]] on the floor. Makes no sense, because the cannons don't have crosshairs themselves.
* CycleOfHurting: In cases where enemies spawn en masse, they may stunlock you until your health runs dry. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF4d4o-FUlI And even then it may take them awhile to stop.]] Also, the Blue Knight has a certain melee combo (Light, Light, Light, Heavy) that (after striking an enemy three times in succession) freezes that enemy with a heavy blow; this combo deals absolutely massive amounts of damage and can be spammed repeatedly on a single enemy if you have the proper timing skills.
* {{Cyclops}}: One of the bosses.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The playable Necromancer probably counts.
* DeathMountain: Full Moon.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Defeating Pipistrello causes him to shrink down into the Bitey Bat Animal Orb.
* DegradedBoss: The big, squarish Troll from the early-game forest level appears later in normal fights a few times.
* DemBones: Skeletons appears as mooks and potential playable character. Oddly, they can become beefy even if they're, you know, skeletal. [[spoiler: The Socket Dragon from Lava World reappears in the Wizard's castle as a dead skeleton.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: The Purple Prince.
* DistressedDamsel: Four, one for each of the main characters' colors.
* TheDragon: The Necromancer, [[spoiler:The Painter, and Recyclops]] to the Wizard.
* EliteMook: There's a Conehead wearing a backpack to help him avoid getting juggled.
* EnemyMine: You can outfit your PlayerCharacter with enemy designs, each with their own unique magic attacks.
* EscapeSequence: The first encounter with the giant Troll. This is the original reason for the poor deer's... uh... propulsion.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The Conehead Groom and the Cyclops are real close.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Barbarians, thieves, trolls, sharks, fish, bears, demons, sandworms, slimes, and more.
** And those are just the ones that make sense. One boss is a [[spoiler:giant ear of corn who attacks rather viciously with his husk.]]
* ExcusePlot: The Wizard invades the King's Castle to steal the large magical crystal off the throne. Wizard flies off on it, and the King yells at the Knights to bring it back. That's your story, now go hit stuff.
* ExpressiveMask: The knights manage to be pretty expressive despite wearing cold steel helmets. Sometimes they even sprout mouths through the helmet.
* TheFaceless: The Orange Princess's face is never seen throughout the majority of the game. Even when you're fighting the first boss (where all four princesses are seen in the background), her face is obscured by lots of ropes.
** Several other characters fit this, such as the Royal Guards, the Black Knights, the Wizard's Cultists, the Coneheads, the colored knights...
* FighterMageThief: Strength/Defense, Magic, and Agility, respectively.
* FireIceLightning: Three out of the four playable characters available from the start are an [[AnIcePerson ice magic user blue knight]], a [[PlayingWithFire fire magic user orange knight]], and a [[ShockAndAwe lightning magic user red knight]].
* FlunkyBoss: Several bosses, including the Barbarian Boss and Pipistrello, constantly summon regular mooks. The Necromancer deserves special mention, as he summons two waves of 10+ enemies each.
* FloatingContinent: The Wizard's Castle... [[LoadBearingBoss which falls during the last two phases of the final battle]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: See BrickJoke.
* GangplankGalleon: [[spoiler:The ninja pirate ship level.]]
* GetBackHereBoss: [[spoiler:The Evil Corn's]] battle becomes little more than an annoying game of Whack A Mole when it's low on health.
** [[spoiler:The Painter]] dodges you for the first half of his bar by only coming down from his spot to create more minions. Eventually his elevator breaks and he runs around screaming for help.
* GiantMook
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler:The dragon at the end of Lava World]]. [[spoiler:The Painter in the Wizard's Castle]] also fits, as does [[spoiler:the big angry corn husk]], and [[spoiler:[[WebAnimation/MadnessCombat Tricky the Clown]]]].
* GoKartingWithBowser: At the end of the desert level, just after you slaughter dozens of Saracens, you play a friendly game of volley ball with some survivors. And even then, you can STILL beat each other senseless.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Necromancer]], as if his [[BadPowersBadPeople power]] and his black armor was not enough to unambiguously label him as evil, also has a pair of bat wings.
* GorgeousGorgon: Medusa fits this category quite nicely. Just don't get [[TakenForGranite caught in her stare.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll: Collecting all the animal orbs and weapons.
* HarmlessFreezing: The Blue Knight and several other characters can freeze enemies. They'll thaw and come right back after you.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The Pink Knight's magic consists of rainbows and plush penguins/weasels. The rainbows are the longest reaching splash attack in the game and, when hit, enemies make a peace sign for a split second. And it is ''awesome.''
* HeavyMithril: The four knights are head banging and moshing when the story begins.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Medusa is turned to stone after her defeat. The Ice King isn't luckier as he slowly turns to ice, [[AndIMustScream screaming all the time.]] The Cyclops falling in the lava grave he dug for his friend/son may count.
* HyperactiveMetabolism
* IAmYourOpponent: The Barbarian Boss makes his entrance like this in hilarious fashion: a typical GiantMook Barbarian appears, and screams at you. The giant door he's standing in front of then gets knocked down, crushing him, and out comes a much, ''much'' larger barbarian to throw down with you.
* IcePalace The Ice Prince's castle.
* IHaveManyNames: Forest Knight / Swamp Trooper / Vine Knight / Medusa Minion / Medusa ''Knight'' / Tree Knight / [[OverlyLongGag Grass Knight]] / Druidic Knight / [[SomeCallMeTim Snakey]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Any player, really, given the variety of weapons that become available to you.
** Let's see, a spoon, a fish, a lightsaber, a frozen chicken, a few different kinds of sticks, a lollipop, a carrot, a boomerang, a horn... you get the idea.
** Some enemies aren't better: the first boss you face attacks you with a colossal spiked [[ShieldBash shield]].
* [[IronicNurseryTune Ironic Wedding Tune]]: The theme for the Conehead Groom fight, called "Till Death Do I Impart" is a distorted version of "Here Comes The Bride".
* {{Kiai}}: Consuming a Sandwich causes the eater to emit a groaning scream as they become Beefy.
* KingMook: The Barbarian Boss, the Conehead leader, the bear tribe mini-boss, and possibly Pipistrello.
** DegradedBoss: Later in the same level they appeared in, multiple bear tribe mini-bosses act as normal enemies.
* LethalLavaLand: Lampshaded, it's actually called "Lava World."
* LiterallyShatteredLives: Invoked with Medusa, as she [[TakenForGranite turns to stone]] and must be hit and shattered to complete the level. Upon smashing her to bits, she drops a sword.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There's somewhere around 30 playable characters with more on the way, and a bunch more you can't play as.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler: The Wizard, whose castle gradually falls apart as you fight him. Justifiable, as he's going OneWingedAngel on you.]]
* MadeOfIron: Pretty much everyone. Getting shocked, set on fire, or sliced and diced is only a small injury that you can get back up from.
* MagicKnight: All the characters can cast magic and beat stuff up, but you need to upgrade attack, defense AND magic for this to be an effective build.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MiniBoss: Several, although they seem to disappear after you cross the ocean.
* MiniGame: All You Can Quaff, a massive eating contest. Also, volleyball atop the Sand Castle.
* MirrorBoss: The Bear miniboss, and the Necromancer. Both of which can become [[MirrorMatch literal]] {{Mirror Boss}}es through unlocks.
* MonsterArena: Several throughout the game. [[spoiler:Beat them to be able to play as the enemies you fought. Well, except for the Peasent Arena.]]
* MultiMookMelee: Pretty much every level. The Necromancer sends a few giant waves of mooks at you when you fight him, too.
** During the [[spoiler:Alien Ship]] level, you wind up fighting ''50'' enemies in one screen. They all die in one hit, but they also have ranged attacks.
* {{Mook}}
* MookChivalry: Mooks tend to try to melee you one or two at a time, with the rest staying out of your reach or peppering you from afar with occasional arrows or magic.
** Averted in some of the arena fights. You will really appreciate your shield after it has defended you from a throng of 5 or 6 iceskimoes all whaling on you with clubs.
* MookMaker: The large, squarish Trolls constantly release hordes of smaller Trolls.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: Transforming into your beefy self renders you unable to shoot arrows or cast magic... or do anything but smash stuff, jump and block, really.
* NamelessNarrative: No one is named.
* {{Necromancer}}: [[ShapedLikeItself The Necromancer]], natch.
* NewGamePlus: Insane Mode unlocks after beating the main "[[ExcusePlot story]]" levels, and allows you to play these same levels over again, only the enemies are [[DifficultySpike harder to defeat this time around]].
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Skeletons.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: You fight ninjas. That have a pirate ship. Yes, ''really''.
* NoNameGiven / ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Barely any of the characters have actual names and are named for... well, what they are. The Evil Wizard is... an [[EvilSorceror evil wizard]], Necromancer is a necromancer, the (Insert color here) Knights are knights with armor of a certain color... The list goes on.
* NoHeroDiscount: A shopkeeper in the castle still charges you for his goods, even though you saved his life not two minutes before.
** Technically, there is a hero discount. The health potions he sells cost 1 gp less than health potions anywhere else. But it's still not much.
* OddNameOut: The boss lineup in the final level consists of [[spoiler: a knight with bat wings and an awesome curved sword with magic capable of raising the dead, an undead cyclops swinging the coffin of his friend/son around as a weapon, a persistent and evil wizard with a powerful blade, and... a somewhat burly painter with a toolbox for a head and a disturbing imagination.]] One of these kids is not like the others.
* OffWithHisHead: One of the ways a character, just about any character including players when fighting eachother, can die in this game. {{Mooks}} and bosses can't do this to players, though, because players (when in Co-Op mode) need to be able to be revived, and [[CaptainObvious that's rather difficult to do if you're minus a head]].
* OhCrap: The Wizard has an epic one [[spoiler: when the giant treasure chest is about to fall on him and squish him flat. Subverted when he comes out of it as a floating GiantSpider.]]
* OldSaveBonus: You can unlock the main character of ''AlienHominid'' on the XBOX360 version is you've downloaded it from the Marketplace and have at least one achievement on it.
** And, in a curious case of a retroactive OldSaveBonus, buying ''VideoGame/BattleblockTheater'' on Xbox Live Arcade and earning an achievement in that game unlocks Hatty Hattington as a playable character here.
* OminousFloatingCastle: [[spoiler:The Wizard's castle.]]
* OneHitKill: Pipistrello's tongue attack on Insane difficulty deals 999 damage. It's possible to have more than 999 health, but requires a specific setup, and even then any scratch beforehand will likely put you below 999.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: If you don't upgrade your defense, you will die. If you do, the game becomes incredibly easier.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: The fourth stage in the Wizard fight. You kill the third stage and a chest drops down like any other defeated boss. Inside? '''''A GIANT FLOATING LOVECRAFTIAN SPIDER-LIKE HORROR.''''' He Then properly subverts that by changing back into an orb, then changing back to his normal form and pulling out the [[{{BFS}} Dragon Sword.]]]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: The one in Lava World has a socket puppet on his left hand.]]
* PacifistRun: Played with. There is an achievement for clearing the game up to the first boss without attacking a single enemy, but you ''have'' to have at least one other person playing with you to kill the bad guys, or you're not going anywhere without busting some heads.
* PeopleJars: The EasterEgg on the AlienHominid spaceship level features the dev team inside individual cryo tubes.[[note]] Simply walk to the left at the start of the level to find it[[/note]]
* PlayerMooks: Pretty much every character you can play as aside from the four starters and downloads.
* PlayingWithFire: The Orange Knight and the Fire Demons both use fire magic, and the Fire Demons are nigh-immune to fire.
* PolarBearsAndPenguins: Snow World contains penguins, Eskimos, and [=BiPolar Bear=], a polar bear-like animal orb.
* PuzzleBoss: The Catfish has incredibly high defense when its teeth are clenched. To beat it, you have to protect the King's ship from its furballs so that he can fire a cannon at it, causing it to open its mouth temporarily so you can deal a lot of damage.
* {{Qurac}}: The desert area. Filled with camels, the Saracens, and so on.
* RealMenWearPink: The Pink Knight.
* RedShirtArmy: The Grey Knights, who die left and right. Subverted since they're actually pretty helpful (and competent) despite their short lifespans, and two of them are playable.
* RemilitarizedZone: The first level takes place during a barbarian siege on the [[FirstTown Home Castle]]. In the background you can see massive armies clash (Well, at one point. The rest of the level's background is parts of the armies rushing ''toward'' the battle), and broken equipment and bodies are everywhere.
* RetiredBadass: The Blacksmith informs you about basic combat. This is not only because he manages the weaponry you find, but because he is revered as a warrior of legend. And, assuming the player buys the DLC, he decides to step out of retirement.
* TheReveal: The Orange Princess (see TheFaceless) shows up after the credits, her face this time covered by an orange veil. As you move in to kiss her like all the other princesses, she finally reveals her face... [[spoiler:and it's actually Tricky the Clown from ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'']]!
** [[spoiler: If you look carefully during the painter boss, some of the pictures are of the orange princess with a sword through her, suggesting that either she was killed and replaced by Tricky or, as [[TheWikiRule Castlepedia]] suggests, that, even though the Evil Wizard didn't kill her ''yet'', he did have that intention.]]
* RocketJump: The characters use the magic of their choice to drastically boost their jump height.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The King is a downloadable playable character, but even if you aren't playing as him he still shows up to help you defeat the Catfish.
* RuleOfFun
* RuleOfFunny
* SatiatingSandwich: They make you grow into a guy that can break heavy doors off their hinges and fight active volcanoes to the death, in fact.
* SaveThePrincess: Four of them and a giant crystal, in fact.
* SchizoTech: The Industrialist and his {{mooks}} seem awfully ahead of the times in terms of tech.
* SequentialBoss: [[spoiler: The three bosses right before the Wizard battle, then the six or so stages of said fight]]
* ShiftingSandLand: The desert and Sand Castle levels.
* SinisterScimitar: The Saracens and the Necromancer.
* ShockAndAwe: The Red Knight.
* ShoutOut: Obligatory {{Newgrounds}} cameos, especially during the fight against the Painter. The Cyclops also does the thumbs-up from ''[[TheTerminator Terminator 2]]''. The opening sequence seems to have one to ''RiverCityRansom'' with lead designers Fulp & Paladin.
** Also, the [[spoiler: flying saucer]] level is one long shout-out to the game [[spoiler: AlienHominid]], right down to the [[OneHitpointWonder mooks' HP]].
* SixthRanger: The Pink Knight.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Leaning very heavily towards the silliness side.
** Unless you're talking about the soundtrack, which usually contrasts what's happening onscreen by being deadly serious and astronomically epic.....And absolutely freaking AWESOME!
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Lampshaded again, it's actually called "Snow World"...again.
* SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom: The Industrial Castle has a small section covered by ''spiked pistons'' that repeatedly attempt to smash you.
* SmashMook: Cyclops. All he does is either attempt to smash you or throw knives. He switches it up a bit when he returns as [[PunnyName Recyclops]], but he's still limited to about three attacks. Beefy characters could also apply here.
* SmoochOfVictory: Every princess gives one. To who depends on [[FightToTheDeath who can outfight the others for it.]]
* StationaryWings: The Fire Demons ''have'' wings, but they're purely for looks and never move (except for when they first crawl up from the abyss in the background and jump onto the field to engage you).
* TheStinger
* StylisticSuck: The Painter's drawings.
* SugarApocalypse: [[spoiler: The heroes]] wind up causing one of these, as [[spoiler: the victory cutscene]] makes quite clear.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The Giant Troll apparently believes that Knights make an excellent meal, as he'll chase after them though a whole abandoned mill [[spoiler: and later on the way to the Cyclops' fortress.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: A sign in the middle of Lava World claims the area has "No active volcanoes!" Guess what the mini boss is.
* TakenForGranite
* TechnicolorBlade: The Dragon's Sword.
* TechnicolorToxin: In this case we have Green poison.
* ToiletHumor: Especially in the Thieves' Forest level.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: You lead a handful of pitchfork-wielding peasants into battle with you in one level.
* TrickBoss: [[spoiler: The final boss. After smashing a few crystals and taking down a form that shifts between magic and melee vulnerability, the Wizard suddenly floats up off the ground and goes in circles, dropping magic bombs. After killing the pathetically weak form, the usual end-of-boss-fight giant treasure chest squishes him, except when you open it...well, see the OneWingedAngel entry.]]
* UniversalPoison: The Green Knight, Medusa, and the sandworms uses poison that has a green color and does a little extra damage over time. Poisoned characters are green and emit bubbles.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The Wizard's Castle. Well, a giant castle just [[spoiler: flew off into the sky, the last princess is there, the villain we've been chasing the whole game is holed up there...]] couldn't get much more obvious.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: Aside from the VisualPun, there's also a literal sand castle you can destroy; the builder isn't there to cry about his loss though.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Throughout the game's run, you will notice that the {{Necromancer}} summons several undead skeletons to fight you, and even resurrect a boss to fight you later in the game. When you actually fight the Necromancer himself, fighting his [[NightOfTheLivingMooks resurrected Mooks]] aside, his combat magic and strength are quite pathetic. At most, he is a StoneWall, with a bit of running speed thrown in for good measure.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: However, there are many different '''''kinds''''' of violence.
* VisualPun: The Sand Castle. It's a castle in the desert...''made of sand''. See also the Catfish boss, who's half cat, half fish. ''Seriously.'' And the Weapon Frog, who's been tied to the Blacksmith's anvil... by the tongue. So he's, you know, [[spoiler:tongue-tied]]!
* WeaponsKitchenSink: Maces, swords, axes, tree branches, [[ShamuFu fish]], ''[[LaserBlade lightsabers]]''...
* WeddingSmashers: Hell, the level is ''named'' "Wedding Crashers".
* [[WidgetSeries WHAT Series]]: Some of the [=NPCs=]' actions are pretty weird. For instance, every non-killable animal in the Thieves' Forest has bowel issues.
** You would probably shit uncontrollably too if [[spoiler: something whose ''teeth'' were bigger than you was roaming about.]]
* WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath: This is what happens to [[spoiler: Conhead Groom and the Cyclops's souls once you defeat their undead forms]].
* WombLevel: The blacksmith stores your weapons in the mouth of a large frog-like beast with antlers
* WorldOfBadass: Everyone can kill anything. Even a peasant can decapitate you. With a WOODEN SPOON. Every character can also cast magic, ranging from an electrical shock to a rain of arrows to a wave of buzzsaws.
* WorthyOpponent: The Necromancer[[spoiler: , the third boss of the Wizard's Castle,]] fights like one after you've dealt with his waves of ZombieMooks. He fights a lot like a moderately powerful coliseum opponent, and is bound by all the rules the player characters are bound by. Sadly, as there's just one of him rather then the large mobs in the coliseums, he's vulnerable to being Stomprushed if you're going at it solo.
* YouALLLookFamiliar: Characters of the same faction all look exactly the same. Every Conehead is identical, every Thief is the same, etc.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: While the other princesses have natural hair colors, the Orange Princess has purple hair ([[spoiler:that turns out to be a wig when she reveals herself to be Tricky the Clown]]).
* ZergRush: The primary strategy of the [[spoiler: Alien Hominids]]. They die in one hit, but there's so bloody many of them it still feels like a challenge.
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