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[[caption-width-right:300:''The Horseman cometh; And. Heads. Will. Roll.'']]

->''He's the biggest, most totally ripped barbarian to ever exist and he has a ten foot long sword which he uses to decapitate fools.''
-->-- '''''BadassOfTheWeek'', describing [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/horsemen.html War]] [[HilariousInHindsight years before the game came out]]'''.

An ActionAdventure game from Vigil Games and published by THQ, ''Darksiders'' (originally ''Darksiders: Wrath of War''; the subtitle was dropped before the game was released) puts you in the role of War, one of the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse. When the Creator gave the land of Eden to Man, the outcast {{Nephilim}} were outraged and fought the archangels. Only four Nephilim survived: Fury, Strife, Death and War. The Charred Council made them its agents charged with maintaining the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: the Four Horsemen. A truce was brokered between the Kingdoms of Heaven and Hell: the Seven Seals were created to be broken when the Kingdom of Man was ready, sparking the End War where the Four Horsemen would ride across Earth, restore the balance and forge the pact anew.

Skip ahead to the present day, where the Earth is being pelted by a meteor storm...only it's not meteors, but demons. The angelic Hellguard arrive to fight them and War appears in the middle of the battle. But the other Horsemen are not there and the archangel Abaddon, leader of the Hellguard, states that neither should War since the seals weren't broken. An incredibly powerful demon appears, kills Abaddon and nearly kills the Horseman. Hauled before the Charred Council, War stands accused of starting the End War early and siding with Hell. War claims he was only answering the summons of the Seals, but they are still intact. In lieu of being executed for violating the balance, the Council agrees to send War on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to hunt down those responsible, be they from Heaven or Hell.

[[DarksidersII A sequel]] has been released, featuring Death as the new playable Horseman.

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!!Tropes regarding ''Darksiders'' are:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: All over. Sometimes justified as you see evidence it's an Absurdly Spacious Subway System.
* ActionCommand: Press B to '''destroy''' your opponent with extreme prejudice.
* ActionGirl: Uriel, which is funny, since in Christian tradition Uriel is a male angel.
* AfterTheEnd: While the first section of the game takes place during TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, the rest of it is afterwards.
-->'''War''': How long have I been gone?\\
'''The Watcher''': In Earth years? About a century. Long enough for all the mouth breathers to die off.\\
'''War''': Then...the Third Kingdom is lost...
* AllThereInTheManual: The manual and comic books contain a lot of extra back-story not in the game.
* [[AndYourRewardIsClothes And Your Reward Is A Kickass Armor]]: When you amass the 10 fragments of the Abyssal Armor. It is also a [[GameBreaker a very awesome powerup]]. You get it quite late in the game, but you can [[NewGamePlus start a new game with it after obtaining it]].
* AntiHero: War, full stop. Yeah, he pays lip service to the Balance, but Samael points out that he's really just in it for revenge against whoever is responsible for his disgrace.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 4, to the point where just about the only recognizable lifeforms are crows and spiders. [[spoiler: And the spiders might not have survived at all but are just Silitha's children.]] And the crows seem to be there solely because they are [[{{Psychopomp}} soul carriers]] in many mythologies (partly explained also in the sequel).
* ArtificialLimbs: According to the back story, War lost his left arm when he rebelled against the Charred Council and attempted to stab Fury, only for Death to step in the way (like that could stop '''Death''') and slice off his left arm. Now War's got a really big metal arm in its place, not that he needs it to swing his {{BFS}}.
* TheAtoner: Azrael, who feels profound guilt [[spoiler: for his part in starting the premature Endwar that crippled the forces of Heaven, lead to Abaddon's corruption, and the extinction of humanity]]. He helps out War in his quest to restore the Balance knowing full well that War will likely kill him for his transgressions after matters with the Destroyer have been resolved.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Most bosses have one that must be hit in order to stun it, ''then'' you can wail away.
* AttackReflector: Mentioned artificial left hand, which serves as buckler/gauntlet.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Mercy, a [[MoreDakka four-barrel]] demonic [[{{BFG}} handcannon]], is pretty much the weakest of your projectile weapons, even after getting the upgrades and equipping the appropriate skill boosters. The only thing it's really useful for is against the Ash-Worms (and crows).
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: The Charred Council and the Horsemen are charged with maintaining this.
* BagOfSpilling: At the beginning of the game, War is already a powerful Horseman, but a horn is heard twice, first reducing his health to 4 extra bars, and then reducing it to 1.
* BannedInChina: This game was banned in the United Arab Emirates for "contradicting with the UAE's customs and traditions."
* {{BFS}}: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Chaoseater]], War's main weapon.
** [[spoiler: [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement The]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Armageddon]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword Blade]] is just as big, if not a little bigger. [[spoiler: Abaddon's sword in the final boss fight is much longer than either of War's swords, though it's not as wide.]]]]
* BigBad: The Destroyer [[spoiler:aka Abbadon]]
* BigApplesauce: There are no explicit geographical markers, but it's also a city with a lot of overpasses, an extensive subway system (whose cars resemble the MTA), and absolutely enormous infrastructure that's located in America...so the list of cities it could be is fairly short.
* BlackKnight: You are one, at least in form.
** Subverted, however, in War's overall behavior: he's far from a mindless killing machine, sparing people who either don't deserve to die or are genuinely repentant for their misdeeds, and seems genuinely mournful when he discovers all of humanity has been killed.
* BodycountCompetition: When Angels disrupt War's and BoisterousBruiser Ulthane's fight, they start competing over the amount of Angels defeated as they make way to latter's place. A reward will be had if the player wins.
* BottomlessPit: Post-apocalyptic Earth is riddled with these. Falling down most of them will cause you to lose some health and reappear nearby. Other pits will instantly kill you. The game doesn't tell you which ones. Have fun with that.
* BonusBoss: Wicked K, a zombie-like Wicked with a top-hat, a cane, and a British accent. He can block all of your attacks except for block counters. You can fight him up to four times, for a Soul reward.
* BossArenaIdiocy. Griever, you stupid worm... [[spoiler:how many times do you have to get smashed with a flatbed cart to realize all you have to do to stop War's attacks is to knock the cart off its tracks?]]
* BossBanter: Used all the time, as nearly all of them like to taunt you during the fight, sometimes to the point of annoyance.
* BossSubtitles: But not on all the bosses, interestingly. The Chosen and a couple of other opponents get them.
* CameraLockOn: One of the trigger buttons act as one, making it easier to keep attacking a specific target.
* CatchPhrase: See page quote.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: The end of the game has War breaking the seventh seal and thus summoning what appears to be the other three horsemen. Uriel states that War doesn't stand a chance facing the Charred Council alone and War replies "Not Alone". As three meteors appear in the sky similar to the one War arrived on Earth in.]]
* ChainmailBikini: Notably averted with Uriel. Her armor is... form-fitting, but covers everything and provides excellent protection, at least judging by what War puts her through.
* ColossusClimb: Straga is big enough that you need to use portals to navigate to his weak point.
* CoolGate: the Voidwalker item creates [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} red and blue portals]] as long as you're targeting a specific wall patterns.
* CoolHorse: [[HellishHorse Ruin]]. He's fast, huge, even for a horse, and produces flames near him to damage enemies.
* CouncilOfAngels: Heaven is run by angels alone. A Creator is mentioned in the backstory, but it's not clear whether he's aligned with Heaven, as there are older and more powerful creatures than angels. Also, if Twilight Cathedral is any indication, humans had an angel-worshiping religion.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: [[spoiler:After defeating Straga, War shoots a portal at his head, teleports inside Straga's skull, and then cuts his way out. In actual gameplay, you are restricted to shooting portals at certain tiles.]]
** War is significantly more agile in cutscenes than in gameplay. Also, he kills the Stygian by jumping down its throat, and the Stygian's main attack in gameplay trying to ram and bite him
* DarkIsNotEvil: Somewhat averted due to the fact that the Horsemen are all simply doing their job and do have an honor code with no major grudge against mankind. However, it doesn't mean they haven't done some questionable things in their past and present.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Watcher.
* DealWithTheDevil: "Would you serve in Heaven? Or rule in Hell?"
** "I choose what once... a coward did not."
** War's deal with Samael turns into this [[spoiler: when it turns out Samael lied to him about the purpose of the Chosens' hearts were.]]
* TheDragon: Straga.
* DropTheHammer: Ulthane's weapon of choice. And it's really heavy.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Played straight with The Watcher, who never stops treating War like dirt, and completely averted with everyone else in the game. Other characters, even his enemies, treat War with much more respect and/or fear. Heck, the ''entire plot'' happens because every major player ''[[spoiler: including the Council]]'' is scared shitless of the Horsemen.
* DuelingGames: Released almost simultaneously with fellow religious beat-em-up, VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}.
* DynamicLoading: The areas connecting named locations are usually long and winding corridors with some enemies, simple puzzles and hidden items to mask their true purpose. Played painfully straight in case of Serpent Tunnels, which allow you to travel to nearly any location and consist of series of platforms suspended in a void and nothing else (there are collectibles hidden in [[GuideDangIt three of them]], though).
* ElevatorActionSequence: Happens a few times in the Black Throne.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Uses a Variation. [[spoiler: The apocalypse is not only inevitable but there's a system in place to ensure that it ''DOES'' happen.]]
** To be fair, the Apocalypse was only officially meant to occur when the Earth was "ready" and we assume is capable of defending itself fairly. We clearly were not at this point yet (hence the reason for the game) and were suitably annihilated.
* ExpositionFairy: The Watcher serves this role, as well as making sure War doesn't get out of hand.
* ExtraDimensionalShortcut: The game has the snakeroads, that reside in a green-tinted (or orange) dimension which lets the player quickly traverse between levels. They are accessible through Vulgrim's shops, and some of them even have secret chests in them.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Black Tower.
* EvilWeapon: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the comic,]] [[{{BFS}} Chaoseater]] is a cursed, soul-devouring blade that War risks being destroyed by. [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation None of this is ever mentioned in the game itself, however.]]
* EyeScream: The first fight against Straga ends with War impaling his left eye with his sword.
* FantasyGunControl: Averted, demons and angels both use enormous guns, War himself gets a [[HandCannon massive revolver]], which sadly isn't good for much.
* FourFingeredHands: Most Demons only have four fingers on each hand. Angels, Humans and Horsemen have the normal 5 for some reason...
** This actually makes an amazing amount of sense when you think about it. Humans and Angels come from the same Creator so it makes sense that they'd share some similarities. The Horsemen are Nephilim who, according to religious lore, were the children of Angels and Humans and in Darksiders are children of the Creator meant to guard the humans when they were first created. Where the demons come from isn't clear but it seems to be that the Creator races all share vaguely humanoid appearances which makes sense if they were made in His image.
*** Slightly changed in Darksiders II, where the opening reveals that the Nephilim are the children of angels and demons instead of children of the creator or children of angels and humans.
* GeniusBruiser: Let's just say Ulthane is a ''lot'' smarter than he looks. He's an UltimateBlacksmith [[spoiler: and is one of the three conspirators behind the plan to trigger the premature Apocalypse in a bid to destroy the forces of Hell.]]
* GenreSavvy: War is sharp enough to realize [[spoiler: it would not be a good idea to reveal the secret he is given in a vision from the Tree of Knowledge - that the Charred Council set up part of War's quest of revenge in order to force you to hunt down those responsible for breaking the truce - specifically not to the one person that has the power to kill him on a whim, The Watcher]].
* AGodAmI [[spoiler: Abbadon makes several claims to such to both Azrael and the player. Not surprising seeing as who he's named after.]]
** [[spoiler: After War gives him all 4 [[PlotCoupon Chosen's Hearts]], Samael says to War that his restored powers make him "like unto a god".]]
* AGodIsYou: The Horsemen qualify.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: This is the color scheme of most of the angels and their angelic gryphon mount that the protagonist steals from them.
* GondorCallsForAid: War enlists the help of disgruntled former employees of the Destroyer. [[spoiler: The games ends with War summoning the other three Horsemen to sort out the Charred Council it appears.]]
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Abyssal Chain can pull War to climbable surfaces and let him swing from certain points. It also can be used to pull small enemies to War, or him to larger ones. Very useful against those sword-wielding daemonettes, which it knocks off their feet.
* TheGrimReaper: Two instances;
** Azrael, the Angel of Death, who is an ally.
** Death of the Four Horsemen, War's older brother.
* GroundPound: The Tremor Gauntlet gives you this as an air attack.
* GuideDangIt: You will probably need a guide for HundredPercentCompletion.
* GunsAreWorthless: Mercy, even with the damage upgrade, is only useful while taking on ashworms.
** Also, in the Armageddon section, police officers will shoot pistols at demons and War. To absolutely no effect whatsoever.
** The {{BFG}}s carried by the angels subvert this inflict considerable damage.
* FinalExamBoss: Nearly all the bosses in the game require you to use the items you collected in their dungeon to defeat them.
* HandCannon: Strife [[GunsAkimbo uses two of these]]. War manages to get one of them, Mercy. Death receives the other one, Redemption, in the sequel.
* HeartContainer: Lifestones.
* HeyItsThatVoice: If it wasn't clear enough, Watcher is [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Mark]] [[StarWars Hamill]]. [[Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack (Applause)]]
** War is also [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Illidan Stormrage]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Gaara]].
*** He's also [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Akahiko]] and [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath Asura]].
* HellishHorse: Ruin, the Red Horse of War.
* HighPressureBlood: Averted for most of the demons, but with higher level skill boosters, played hilariously straight with the weakest enemies, zombies: they erupt in a fountain of blood after one hit.
* {{Homage}}: A respected member of a supernatural order is stripped of all power before being given a second chance by a shadowy mysterious entity that manipulates him into [[LegacyOfKain gliding with wings that barely work and pushing around a lot of block puzzles.]] The game also contains a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda boomerang]], [[DevilMayCry souls used to purchase moves]], a [[VideoGame/GodOfWar button to execute enemies]] and a [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} gun that shoots blue and orange portals.]]
* HopelessBossFight: Subverted with Straga at the end of the Apocalypse. You're very much expected to beat him, but War ends up losing to him anyway due to having his powers sapped.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: The main character is one of them. [[spoiler: The others are coming in the next game.]] Two of the traditional Horsemen have been replaced: Strife replaces Conquest and Fury replaces Famine. WordOfGod is that they were thinking in terms of the War, Death, Pestilence, and Famine set, and they didn't think Pestilence and Famine were suitably militant and dynamic for an action game series.
* HulkSpeak: Straga talk like this. Straga like to say own name.
* HundredPercentCompletion: You can get an achievement/trophy by doing this as well.
* HumansAreSpecial: Not only was the birth of our race part of the reason why the Charred Council forced a cold war between Heaven and Hell (so that we could become powerful enough to take on both), but apparently there was something about us that earned us Earth's title of "The Third Kingdom". And our extinction in the beginning of the story is one of the major reasons why the Charred Council is pissed at War. We're physically weak in comparison to other races, but for some reason we're important.
* InfinityPlusOneSword / SwordOfPlotAdvancement: [[spoiler: The Armageddon Blade, the only weapon capable of harming The Destroyer. It's stupidly powerful but you can't attach enhancements to it, and it replaces the Chaoseater for the rest of the game once you obtain it.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Don't let being a Horseman of the Apocalypse stop you from swinging [[TelephonePolearm telephone poles]], parking meters, cars, [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl chairs]] and pianos at flaming demons. In fact, there's an Achievement for killing 150 enemies this way, known as "Improvised Kills".
* InTheHood: War.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Watcher. [[spoiler:Makes it all the more satisfying when War kills him.]]
* JustifiedTutorial: The beginning of the game during the TasteOfPower segment.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Samael bitchslapping the Watcher.
* KillEmAll: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by War [[spoiler: as he actually saves Uriel and Azrael.]]
* KillItWithFire: When using the hellfire weapon enhancement.
* KingMook: The second boss fight, the Phantom Guard General, looks like a bigger version of the wussy Phantom Guard Soldiers you've been slaughtering - and summons several of them throughout the fight.
* KungFuProofMook: The [[GiantMook trauma]] that appears during the Armageddon segment, because it's meant to introduce the player to [[SuperMode Chaos Form]], is immune to all attacks except for Chaos Form.
* LastOfHisKind: The Horsemen are the last survivors of their ancient race (the Nephilim). The rest were killed off in the war that consumed their kind. The Charred Council took in the four and charged them with enforcing the Balance.
** Retconned in Darksiders II, where not only the Nephilim are the offspring of angels and demons (and therefore, not exactly as ancient as Heaven and Hell), but '''the Horsemen themselves''' (with some help from Heaven) killed off their own race as their first mission from the Charred Council.
*** JustifiedTrope: Considering that said Nephilim were going on a mass world-destroying spree that would have destroyed the Balance and humanity was next on the list of their victims.
* LightIsNotGood: Subverted: The reason Angels are attacking War is that they blame him for TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and are understandably pissed off about it. [[spoiler:They eventually realize he wasn't to blame, and Uriel even says she's sorry.]]
** [[spoiler:Abaddon plays it straight and even [[TheAtoner Azrael]]'s hands are not spotless as he was a co-conspirator.]]
* LightningBruiser: As well as being strong enough to juggle cars, War can zip around like he has rockets attached to his boots. The developers' stated intent is for [[UpToEleven Death to be the]] FragileSpeedster to War's MightyGlacier.
* LoadBearingBoss: Straga is declared to be one by Azrael, however, you can revisit the Black Tower after you defeat him anyway.
** [[GameplayAndStorySegregation ...but if you look north from any of the outdoor zones, you'll see the Black Tower's shattered remnants on the horizon.]]
* LostForever: Subverted. Despite Azrael's words to the contrary, you ''can'' go back to Lost Eden at any time after your first visit.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Uriel blames War for Abaddon's death and insists on hunting him down despite his protests that he was summoned, [[spoiler:which he was sorta]]. And only after swearing a death oath and being soundly defeated by you does she finally listen to reason.
* {{Magitek}}: The Angels wear PoweredArmor and wield energy weapons.
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: A woman heavily implied to be Lilith, Adam's first wife and the eventual mother of all demons, was the one who offered Abaddon his DealWithTheDevil.]]
* MaskOfPower: The Mask of Shadows.
* MeaningfulName: Knowing what title is usually tacked on to the end of Abaddon's name (or, alternately, what it means in Hebrew) ends up revealing a major plot point long before the plot brings it up. This may have been intentional given how much the game is based on the actual biblical Apocalypse.
** "Uriel" means "God is my light/God is my fire". And in tradition, Uriel was the angel that cast man out of Eden and also holds the keys to the gates of Hell. Pretty snappy for the commander of the Hellguard.
* MegatonPunch: A QuickTimeEvent has War deliver one to Tiamat, whose about the size of a small house.
* {{Metroidvania}}: In large part.
* MissingSecret: Due to a bug, one of the chests in Drowned Pass never registers as opened. When a player returns there with an upgrade that reveals all collectibles on map, they will see a chest that's nowhere to be found. And since there are chests that appear only when you do some totally unrelated action, like destroying all hydrants, cue players doing things like killing all the monsters three times over (since there are no destructibles on that map).
* MoneyGrinding: If you want these shiny weapon techniques or fury techniques, you'll have to do quite some.
* MookChivalry: Enemies, even the [[GiantMook Giant Mooks]], stop attacking and cordially get out the way during an ActionCommand so War can layeth the smacketh down.
** Just one enemy type averts this: a subspecies of flying stirge which generates electrical fields which can shock you coming out of the killing animation. Given that they're one of the weak species which exist to be killed ''en masse'' to heal you (and produce currency instead if not killed by ActionCommand), finding this out can be unpleasant.
* AMythologyIsTrue: Judeo-Christian book of revelations type stuff is very real, and will probably kill you.
* MysteriousBacker: Sammael is an archdemon from hell so powerful that the Destroyer had him imprisoned and reduced to an extra. He uses what power he does have left to help War, the protagonist, so that War will help him get his powers back.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Destroyer, Abaddon, all of the Horsemen. And these are only naming a few.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job starting the apocalypse without the 7th seal being broken, War. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that he was tricked by the council to come down.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Watcher ends up severely pissing off War when he finally [[spoiler: tries to kill him]]. This ends up not being a bright idea since if he didn't want to [[spoiler: try to destroy the Charred Council]] before he sure does now. Also, once he had [[spoiler: the Seventh Seal]], he should've performed a VillainExitStageLeft and let Uriel deal with War instead of just hanging around to gloat. What does he get for his trouble instead, you ask? [[spoiler: Just a really bad case of death.]]
* NighInvulnerable: In the comic, the Horseman Death. He once shrugged off being impaled by War's Chaoseater. Ironically, the sequel made him much less durable but more mobile than War.
* NobleDemon: War, with his code of honor, can classify.
** Samael ends up as one as he fulfills his end of the bargain.
* NoOntologicalInertia: After defeating the Stygian, all ashworms inexplicably disappear from the Ashlands.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Abaddon when he sees that War has arrived on Earth, which he realizes means his plan has failed.]] You don't realize that's the problem when you see it happen, though.
* OneHitPointWonder: Despite having not just one health bar, but several, you'll run into this with higher level enemies.
* OneWingedAngel: War has the ability to do this, though only when the gauge is full.
** [[BigBad The Destroyer]] kind of inverts this, as he starts in his one-winged form.
* OneHandedZweihander: How War wields his BFS (he even provided the trope picture at one point).
* OrderVersusChaos: Angels versus Demons, guess which side is which.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: These angels prefer full suits of futuristic armor to white robes and laser-shooting spears or energy cannons to flaming swords.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Yes, they are. They also have guns but in fewer numbers than the angels. They are mostly melee fighters and tough as nails.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Most demons, there is even a trophy/achievement for disgorging 5000 gallons of demon blood.
* PaletteSwap: Nearly all of the mooks are upgraded and given different colors throughout the game.
* PlanetHeck: What's left of Earth generally, The Scalding Gallow specifically.
* PlotCoupon: The four Chosens' Hearts.
* PowerFist: The Tremor Gauntlet. It also smashes ice barriers and lets War open really heavy doors.
* PowerupMount: Ruin, [[spoiler:Despair]], and the heavenly beast that War hijacks.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The Crossblade.
* RagnarokProofing: A hundred years of occupation by demons and no humans to maintain buildings means that the wrecked city that serves as the main hub and the ruins Tiamat resides should not still be standing.
* RangedEmergencyWeapon: War gets a gun and a boomerang for long-range work, but there's no question that he's a melee character; neither of them can do much of any damage, but there are a few situations where you're forced to use them on enemies you either can't reach, or don't want to be standing next to.
* RatedMForManly
* RedRightHand: Samael is already a huge, horned red demon, but one of the unsettling things about his design is that his wings appear to be upside-down.
* RewardingVandalism: Most breakable objects will release souls when destroyed, but most don't respawn when you come back later, either. [[AfterTheEnd Who's going to replace those broken down cars, the demons?]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: You engage in one of these in an attempt to clear your name and regain your rightful place as an enforcer for the Charred Council. [[spoiler: The games ends with a sequel hook where War summons the other three Horsemen so, it appears, they can shows the Council what's what.]]
* SadlyMythtaken:
** Having an angel named Abaddon being killed by a being called "The Destroyer" is funny on multiple levels, considering Abaddon is Hebrew for "the destroyer" or "the place of destruction" and is actually supposed to be a demon. [[spoiler:Averted, since Abaddon ''is'' the Destroyer after all, and he ends up being so after his "fall".]]
** The most well known interpretation of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are that of Conquest, War, Famine, and Death; Pestilence replaces Conquest in some versions. However none of the names of the horsemen are explicitly stated in Bible except for Death. The names Conquest (or Pestilence), War, and Famine are taken from popular ''interpretations'' of how they're described in the Bible. Granted, they are very famous interpretations but none the less the source remains open to new definitions. Thus, it could be argued that having the white Rider as Strife and the Black Rider as Fury is in fact as valid as any other rendition making this an[[spoiler:other]] [[AvertedTrope aversion of the trope]].
* SandWorm: They happen to live in a desert created from the ashes of all humanity (or perhaps, from all living things in the planet, possibly including all fauna and flora).
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Considering everyone present in this game is a superhuman at least, the armor they wear isn't impractical as such, but still fits the spirit of the trope.
* SceneryPorn: Eden definitely qualifies. Anvil's Ford is quite pretty too.
* SealedEvilInACan: Samael. An unusual use of this trope, since you have to ''free'' him [[spoiler: and restore his full powers]] to continue your quest against the Destroyer.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The game ends with War killing The Watcher and destroying the Seventh Seal thus freeing him and the other Horsemen to give the Charred Council what's coming to them.]] However, the hook seems to be for the third game, not the second.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Of course these are present.
* ShoutOut: Many possible shoutouts in the items (Do the Crossblade and Abyssal Chain remind you of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda anything?]]), but one particularly obvious one. Late in the game, you get the [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Void Walker]] item. It creates one pair of portals at a time (though only at specific locations), through which you can jump. The first portal you fire is orange. The second is blue. [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Sound familiar?]]
** Oh, it doesn't stop there. There's the Empty Vessel, which you can fill with souls of enemies so you can use it later (Empty Bottle). There's the Hoardseeker, which reveals the location of all the treasure chests in a dungeon (Compass). There's the Mask of Shadows, which lets you see hidden objects (Lens of Truth). And... [[spoiler:You have to collect shards of the Armageddon Blade before you can fight the final boss (The Triforce shards)]]
** And after the aforementioned reunion with your horse, the demons watching you fight off their buddies in a gladiatorial arena decide to all just attack. The Watcher has this to say:
---> '''The Watcher''': [[Film/{{Gladiator}} Are you not entertained?]]
** The achievement for gaining the Mask of Shadows is called [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}} "Sight Beyond Sight"]].
* SinisterScythe: The Harvester, Death's scythe. You get more souls if it's used for the killing blow.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Uriel]] frees War [[spoiler:from the Charred Council by breaking the Seventh Seal, thus summoning the other three Horsemen.]]
* SpikesOfDoom: Demon warriors' armor (and bodies) and the [[spoiler: Abyssal Armor Set]].
* TheStarscream: Samael, who was imprisoned for trying to take over Hell. He's on your side... sorta.
* {{Stripperific}}: Look closely at the [[NaughtyNuns statues]] in the Twilight Cathedral.
* SuperDrowningSkills: [[SuperNotDrowningSkills War can breathe underwater forever]], but there are several enemies that die instantly when they hit the water.
* SuperMode: Chaos Form for War (Heroic version), and the Destroyer for [[spoiler:Abaddon]] (Villainous version).
* ATasteOfPower: War starts with eight [[HeartContainer Lifestones]], a maxed out [[{{BFS}} Chaoseater]] and the ability to use [[SuperMode Chaos Form]] indefinitely. Then he loses half of the Lifestones and Chaos Form. And the Charred Council takes the rest after the first BossFight.
* TeachHimAnger: Samael goads War into focusing his hate in order to break the weakening effect the Council has imposed on him. This unleashes his Chaos Form which he lost after the Armageddon.
* TeleportSpam: Silitha's combat style.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: The Council set up War so they could use him as an assassin. Samael later uses War to reclaim his stolen power from the Chosen.]]
* ViolentGlaswegian: With a huge hammer, no less.
* WakeupCallBoss: It's not too difficult to figure out how to defeat Tiamat. Actually ''doing'' it, on the other hand, can prove ''extremely'' troublesome if you haven't stocked up on healing items beforehand.
** Using the Crossblade the entire time? DeathOfAThousandCuts actually works, and is somewhat practical if you charge it up first. Hardly took a scratch.
** You can defeat her conventional way without taking any damage. This requires good reaction with dodge and familiarity with her arsenal, but absolutely nothing different from any other bosses or even tough mooks.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Abaddon makes this offer to War with the same deal that he accepted to become the Destroyer. War's response?]]
-->'''War:''' I choose what once... a coward did not.
* WhoDares: One of the reactions that [[AnIcePerson ice knights]] give when the player approaches them is a snarly "Who daresssss?"
* {{Wormsign}}: In the levels with the {{Sand Worm}}s this is how you see them coming for you.
* WorthyOpponent: War considers Uriel one of these. So much so that he [[spoiler: refrains from finishing her off after defeating her in a sacred duel to the death because he doesn't want the last of Heaven's honor to die with her.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** [[spoiler:Appears to be the Charred Council's plan for War when he's finished hunting those responsible for breaking the truce. Doesn't quite work out as planned though seeing as how he's still very much alive.]]
** [[spoiler:The Watcher's sister when she tells the Council that the End War is happening prematurely]] during the comic.
** Subverted when Azrael keeps finding ways of making himself useful.
* YourSoulIsMine: Those souls you pay Vulgrim with? He eats them, and the game makes this very clear the first time you meet him.
-->'''Vulgrim''': Mmmm, there were a few young ones in there. Haha, ''spectacular''!
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