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[[http://www.heroesofnewerth.com/ Heroes of Newerth]] is a free-to-play MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena game created by S2 Games, creators of the ''Savage'' game series. Envisioned as a SpiritualSuccessor to the popular ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' mod DefenseOfTheAncients (and with permission from its current editor, Icefrog), Heroes of Newerth combines the mod's mechanics, terrain and a large selection of its most popular characters with a specially designed game engine and S2's own additions and tweaks, resulting in [[CaptainErsatz a game resembling DotA... but different]].

You can read certain story arcs for this game [[http://lore.heroesofnewerth.com/hon-story-arcs/ here]]. These stories reveal certain interactions between the characters, and more (that can't be found in-game).


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!!This video game contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: There are several female heroes. [[UnfortunateImplications Of course, none of them use the Strength primary attribute]].
** As of patch 2.0.6. an alternative avatar named Helga Hammerstorm can be acquired.
** And then at patch 2.6.21 a new heroine--not an alternative avatar--got added in the roster... named [[SolarAndLunar Solstice]]. [[http://i.imgur.com/99aWH.jpg This is her]], with and without armor.
** Bramble is a Strength hero and was released before Solstice, and is ''technically'' a female.
* AfterTheEnd: According to the ExcusePlot outlined in the "Savage" games, modern day civilization had it's [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt downfall]] ages ago and in the far future humanity is once again on it's rise to power but is no longer the single dominant species on the planet as the beasts of the land had evolved and become intelligent. Or, rather, it was going for dominance until the [[LegionsOfHell Hellbourne]] started their onslaught at which point it became a battle for survival and an [[EnemyMine alliance of convenience with the Beast Horde]] was formed to fight the daemons.
* AnAxeToGrind: Legionnaire, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Moraxus]]
* AndIMustScream: Torturer is the embodiment of this trope, having been transformed into pure destruction and torment [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for eternal life.]]
** The souls that Soulstealer collects are doomed to an eternity of captivity and suffering.
* AnIcePerson: Glacius, more literally than most. He shatters into shards of ice upon death.
** And then there's Ellonia.
* AnnouncerChatter: "CHAMPION OF NEWERTH!"
** "R-R-R-RAGEQUIT!" when a player quits the game after dying.
** The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Flamboyant"]] announcer is even more funny/annoying, depending on whether you're on the winning side or not.
** ArmorIsUseless: Once Lodestone releases his Shatterstorm, this will happen to your armor (and Magic Armor) if you get hit. This applies to Lodestone, too.
* AscendedMeme: After the meme "Too bad, it's me Blacksmith!" caught on among the playing population, Blacksmith acquired the voiceline "Too bad!"
** Also the skeletons rape you in 3 seconds meme is referenced in the tooltip for Forsaken Archer's skeletons skill.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Doombringer, an item that gives 250 damage. Unfortunately, it drops upon death. Anyone can pick it up.
** Also, unlike all other items, it can't be destroyed. Once a Doombringer enters the game, it stays in the game.
* AxCrazy: Most Hellbourne heroes, some Legion, and almost all players once the game starts.
* BackStab: Night Hound's specialty.
* BadAssAdorable: The Chipper, a furry [[MixAndMatchCritters chiprel]] piloting a killer steamwork mech.
* BadassBeard: Pyromancer, and [[GenreSavvy he knows it]].
--> "Flaming stick... check. Flaming shoulders... check. Awesome beard... '''check'''."
* BadassNormal: Chipper, Engineer, Legionnaire, Pandamonium, Rampage, Flint Beastwood and Predator get by without any supernatural abilities.
* BadassLongCoat: Witch Slayer. Fitting, as he's [[{{Expy}} rather similar]] to Solomon Kane.
* BalefulPolymorph: The item Kuldra's Sheepstick turns the target into chattering teeth. Pollywog Priest turns the enemy in a cute lil' bullfrog. Witch Slayer shrinks people!
* BayonetYa: Gunblade's pistols have blades attached to them. After Version 3.2, he finally puts them to good use.
* BearsAreBadNews: Wildsoul and his pet bear, Booboo.
* {{BFS}}: Maliken's ''Sword of the Damned''.
* BiggerIsBetter: Pebbles starts out [[ShoutOut tiny]] and gets bigger every time he puts points in his ultimate skill, eventually becoming the largest hero in the game.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: The Legion are good. The Hellbourne are evil. No question about it.
* BloodKnight: Every hero is out for battle and blood in this game and are not above killing their own. Many players of the game also exhibit traits.
* BlowYouAway:
** Zephyr's ''Gust'' and ''Typhoon''
** Tempest's ''Elemental Void''
* BrotherSisterTeam: After the Hellbourne appeared, Jeraziah and Ophelia put aside their differences and joined forces.
* BubbleGun / MagicStaff: The staff of the hero Pearl shoots bubbles. Yep, bubbles.
* TheCameo: Several popular TheGameStation {{Website/YouTube}}rs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAQUDYIJO94 voiced]] alt-avatars:
** [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G04qdQW7mZA voices]] Steampunk Disciple, an alternate skin for the Corrupted Disciple.
** Jesse Cox of OMFGCata [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJcDTXB6EBA voices]] "Spiriticus", a (male) alternate skin for Nymphora.
* CaptainErsatz: The game itself is a replication of [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]], updated to a much more flexible engine and with lots of online multiplayer convenience. Those days it's split off much more from [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]] and has established its own metagame and many different heroes.
* CardCarryingVillain: Klanx is ''the'' textbook example of one, and combines it with EvilGenius and some DastardlyWhiplash.
* CastFromHitPoints: Accursed's ''Cauterize'' takes half the damage dealt/healed from his own health. Maliken can activate Enchanted Flames to deal more damage but take damage with every strike.
** All of Amun Ra's abilities cost % of his max health to cast and none of them actively use mana.
* ChainsawGood: Chipper's ''Sawblade Showdown''.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Legion's player colors are all bright and bold: blue, teal, purple, yellow, orange. Hellbourne's colors are darker and subdued: pink, gray, light blue, green, brown.
* CombatMedic: Healers don't kick as much ass as everyone else, but they kick some ass.
* CompetitiveMultiplayer: Teams of up to five players each are pitted against each other.
* CrosshairAware: Scout's ''Marksman Shot'' and Flint Beastwood's ''Money Shot'' will put a bullseye above his target while he's charging the ability.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Try pressing Alt+QQ in [[HeroesOfNewerth HoN]]. Then switch to [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]] and do it again. Plus, spells in [[HeroesOfNewerth HoN]] all have QWER as hotkeys, rather than varying from hero to hero. So even if your favorite [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]] hero happens to be in [[HeroesOfNewerth HoN]] as well, chances are the initial hotkey confusion will throw you off.
** Rather, if you're switching from [[HeroesOfNewerth HoN]] back to [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]]. For those coming from the mod, standardised hotkeys are a godsend. Of course, you can change the bindings in-game, so its pretty much averted here.
** Thankfully, Dota 2 uses the QWER hotkeys as the standard, so it's not so much an issue anymore.
* DarkFantasy: A setting where the LegionsOfHell is marching towards humanity and beastmen? Check. Weapons at the store that are mostly created by the forces of Hell? Check. Being forced to kill your own men? Definitely a DarkFantasy setting.
* DarkActionGirl: The Dark Lady, Fayde, and Forsaken Archer.
* DarkIsEdgy: The Dark Lady and Soulstealer.
** The game itself is Dark and Edgy in general, unlike the lighthearted LeagueOfLegends. The heroes will be more than glad to kill their own if they need to and the game has the feeling of a DarkFantasy.
* DealWithTheDevil: Torturer was once a mortal who, while dying, made a pact with the Hellbourne to serve them in exchange for eternal life. To ensure his loyalty without the distraction of physical temptations, the Hellbourne [[AndIMustScream stripped the man of his physical body leaving the pure energy of destruction, agony, and hate.]]
* DeathSeeker: Accursed will charge into battle, hoping to be finally released from his searing pain. Unfortunately, [[WhyWontYouDie mortal blows will instead heal Accursed]]!
** Torturer gasps "At last..." when he dies and is released from demonic dominion and eternal pain.
* DishingOutDirt: Pebbles and Behemoth's are more solid, and Sand Wraith and Nomad's are more grainy.
* DistractedByTheShiny:
--> '''Bladeknight5:''' Probably the biggest thing for me when I started playing HoN, was that I got distracted by all the shiny graphics, I'd be like "Woah that spell is really - CRAP I'm dead." and my team would be like, "Why'd you sit there?" and I would be like, "Ummm... Lag?" [[http://forums.heroesofnewerth.com/showthread.php?p=12462958#post12462958]]
* DoppelgangerAttack: Circe can create several illusions, be it hers or anyone else's. She can even [[MirrorSelf turn into a copy of you]], down to the last detail!
* DropTheHammer: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hammerstorm]].
* DrunkenMaster: [[ShapedLikeItself Well, there's that one hero...]]
* DualWielding: Blacksmith with his dual hammers, the Dark Lady with two katars, Madman with a pair of claws, and Swiftblade with his dual katanas. Flint Beastwood uses [[GunsAkimbo dual shotguns]].
** You can combine Firebrand, Icebrand, and Lightbrand with each other into one item. This only counts to the trope if you have two of the three. Having all three will combine them into a single sword called the Dawnbringer.
* EarthquakesCauseFissures: Behemoth's appropriately-named ''Fissure''.
* EldritchAbomination: Cthuluphant, the Rift Stalker ''Grinex'' plus all the other Rift creatures.
* EnemyMine: When the Hellbourne threw down, the Human Legion and Beast Horde ended their war and joined forces to fight against the demons.
** Magebane is allowed to help fight against the Hellbourne - if not for the war, the priests of Sol would have burned Magebane at the stake as a heretic.
** Also, Prisoner 945 is well... a prisoner from the dungeons of The Legion's capital, who was imprisoned for leading the rebellion of the Titans. He was released to give Legion another hero that will fight for them, with his chains on him still intact; promising him freedom from the chains if he does well in their fight against the Hellbourne.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Legionnaire's ''Whirling Blade'' and Swiftblade's ''Blade Frenzy''.
* EvilChancellor: Pestilence was once a chancellor to Moon Queen before joining the Hellbourne for power.
* {{Expy}}: Being an update of [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]], a lot of the heroes have [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]] counterparts. Some are fairly obvious (Moon Queen ~ Luna Moonfang, Pyromancer ~ Lina Inverse, Soul Reaper ~ Necrolyte, Keeper of the Forest ~ Treant Protector), but others (Plague Rider ~ Lich, Pharaoh ~ Clockwerk Goblin, Pestilence ~ Slardar, Rampage ~ Barathrum, Witch Slayer ~ Lion) are a bit more subtle.
** Myrmidon is an expy of the infamous Magikarp from Pokemon
*** "Myrmidon uses Taunt on newbie." followed by "It's super effective!"
*** made even funnier when you realize gyarados frequenly used Taunt
* EvilWeapon: Shadowblade.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many hero names. Devourer, Hammerstorm, and Pyromancer, to name a few.
* FaceHeelTurn: A whole bunch, both in-lore and otherwise.
** The Blood Hunters left the Beast Horde for the Hellbourne, knowing that they'd be able to drink more blood serving the demons.
** Corrupted Disciple once was a priest of Sol, before he was, well, corrupted, and joined the Hellbourne to serve their unholy energy instead of Sol's light.
** Demented Shaman betrayed the Beast Horde ''after'' gaining access to their holiest secrets to join the Hellbourne.
** Forsaken Archer, in life, was a woodland huntress. After being raped and killed by a spurned suitor, she was revived by the Hellbourne to carry out her revenge on the men of Newerth.
** Hellbringer, a warlock addicted to demon magic, left the Legion to join the Hellbourne and became the most despised man on Newerth.
** Maliken, once the grand leader of the Legion, mysteriously vanished one day. Now he leads the Hellbourne to fight against the very Legion he was once part of.
** Pestilence once served the Moon Queen, but after realizing that he could never become ruler, he left the Moon Warriors for the Hellbourne and a chance at power.
** Myrmidon was in the Legion for a few months, but once someone found out he was a kind of water daemon, he joined the Hellbourne.
** Prophet was a Legion hero for a while, but once the dire consequences of his pacts were realized, he defected to the Hellbourne.
** Glacius had this happen to him ''twice''. Initially, Glacius was a Hellbourne hero, but some time later he was changed to a Legion hero with a different lore. Some time afterwards, he became a Hellbourne hero again, with his old lore.
* FakeDifficulty: A complaint brought up fairly often about the game is that the shop grid layout and user interface are unnecessarily complicated.
** The shop UI was remade to be more user friendly, but some think that it was made ''less'' user friendly, although those complaints died within a week or two of it's introduction when people got over the whole TheyChangedItNowItSucks thing.
* FanDisservice: Defiler is fairly busty, but rotting and undead.
* FanService: Andromeda, Fayde, Ophelia are all practically naked and very prone to... physics.
* FlashStep: Magebane can blink using ''Flash'', as well as Wretched Hag using her ''Flash of Darkness''. Using the Portal Key will allow any hero to blink over a distance.
* FertileFeet: Nymphora and Ophelia.
* FinishingMove: Legionnaire's ''Decapitate'' and Soul Reaper's ''Demonic Execution''.
* FogOfWar: Get those wards up!
* ForGreatJustice: As the Corrupted Disciple says, ''[[ItsAllAboutMe "For... ME"]]''.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Ophelia, the Queen of the Beast Horde.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Madman]].
--> ''"Others say he is a man, just a man, but driven mad by the endless carnage he has witnessed."''
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: In the world of Newerth, gods do exist, but their power depends largely on faith. Currently Sol is the most worshiped god and is omnipotent, while the other gods, having been mostly forgotten, are about as strong as the heroes. While Amun-Ra isn't an evil god, he was able to be summoned by the Hellbourne as a corrupt version of his true form because of this.
* GreenThumb: Keeper of the Forest, Deadwood, Nymphora, and Bramble.
** Subverted by Deadwood really; ripping trees out of the ground as weapons? Stampeding through forests and taking their lifeforce to speed himself up?
** Runes of the Blight, in its unused info, saps the life force of a tree to restore health. It's supposedly "evil", but it's so useful they don't mind it.
* GoodIsNotNice: Legion might be the good guys but they sure aren't the nice ones.
* GunsAkimbo: Flint Beastwood and Gunblade.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Night Hound is [[AllThereInTheManual rumored]] to have "unnatural parentage".
* HeelFaceTurn: In the closed beta days, Glacius and Armadon were in the opposite team, with different lores.
** For one patch, Flux and Grinex were placed in the other team on release.
* HornyDevils: Succubus, natch.
* HumansAreBastards: According to lore, an incident exhibiting this is why Ophelia left the Legion to become Queen of the Horde.
* HumanPopsicle: Temporarily, if Glacius imprisons you in ice. Try it on a large target like Pebbles, or even Kongor!
* IceQueen: Ellonia is the proclaimed Ice Queen. Ironically, she's one of the few Northerners who joined the Legion for non-selfish reasons.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Devourer]].
--> '''Devourer''': "The best things in life are '''devoured!'''"
** Balphagore, too, but only the dead ones.
* GuestFighter: Aluna is one, [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros but not many players know this]].
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: The Chipper would make a good pet... if not for the killer mech.
* InASingleBound: Chronos's ''Time Leap'', Predator's ''Venomous Leap'', and Valkyrie's ''Courageous Leap''.
* INeedADrink: Engineer says a variation of this if you give him a move order.
** Before Drunken Master's Drink was remade to give charges passively, he literally did need a drink every couple of seconds so he can have his enhanced skills up.
* InstantArmor: Just about any of the dozens of items or skills that give an armor boost when used. Also applies to damage-absorbing shields.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Plague Rider rides one. Just 'cuz. Draconis is one.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Silhouette, although she's lacking in the [[ShoutOut stealthiness]] [[Naruto department]].
* InstantWinCondition: World Tree/Sacrifical Pit destroyed? Game over, no matter how many enemy heroes you and/or your team shredded.
* {{Invisibility}}: Many sources. Scout can ''Vanish'', Night Hound has ''Invisibility'', Keeper of the Forest can ''Camouflage'' himself or his teammates, Madman can ''Stalk'' in the shadows, Fayde can activate ''Reflection'', Revenant can use ''Essence Shroud'' on one or more allies, and the item Assassin's Shroud will cloak the user when activated. Grinex can go invisible at least 3 times in succession.
* ItemCrafting: Maintained from [[DefenseOfTheAncients DotA]]. You can combine base items into more-powerful items using recipes. There are well over five dozen recipes.
* ItsUpToYou: Solo mid gankers generally control the game up until lategame, where they pass the reins to the team's carry who will seal the victory almost singlehandedly.
** In the mean time, supports will place wards around the map and help out their teammates in whatever ways they can all game.
* KillSteal: [[https://www.heroesofnewerth.com/images/kill_stealers.jpg An essential part of playing the game.]]
* LadyOfWar: Moon Queen is in fact an actual queen.
* LargeHam: The [[LargeHamAnnouncer announcer]], and about half the hero voices.
** Devourer: '''YOU'RE MINE!'''
** Blacksmith in particular stands out. "LET'S ROLL THE DICE!"
** Jeraziah's Alt Avatar, Pride, ''is'' this.
** Just listen to the tutorial.
* LegionsOfHell: The Hellbourne, naturally.
* LevelGrinding: From 1 to 25.
* LightIsNotGood: The item Mock of Brilliance releases burning light that damages enemies near the carrier.
* LightEmUp: Jeraziah's ''Inner Light''. Also Moon Queen's ''Moon Beam'' and ''Moon Finale'' spells.
* LightningBruiser: Armadon, Pestilence, and Rampage, three Strength heroes that are rather agile.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Inverted. Nukers (wizards) are very powerful from early to mid, quickly dropping off during mid- and late-game. Carries (warriors) tend to be very weak early game, eventually becoming a monster late game, killing heroes in 2-3 hits.
* LivingShadow: Fayde conjures these as a means of attack.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: 120 as of this edit. About 40 or so of them were ported directly from DotaAllStars, but since then S2 Games has been developing their own heroes on a regular basis for 3 years, not to mention some of the ported heroes received major changes.
* LuckBasedMission: Casting Blacksmith's ''Fireball''. Will you do as little as 275 damage... or as much as 1100?
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Chipper's ''Rocket Barrage''. Even more with Artillery's ''LRM''.
** Magic Missile Storm: Artesia can do this with her magic missiles if she has enough Mana.
* MagikarpPower: All "carry" heroes, intended to merely survive the early game and then dominate the late game.
** Myrmiddon uses the same Magikarp Power but literally. One of it's skills is named Magic Carp and it's info even used to say this : "Magic Carp use Splash !!!"
** Myrmiddon as a whole IS an expy of Magikarp and a Shout Out of Pokemon after all.
* MakingASplash: Kraken literally makes them with one of his skill.
* MeaningfulName: Loads and loads.
* MesACrowd: Sand Wraith's ''Mirage'', or when a hero activates the [[StealthPun Geometer's Bane]].
* MindOverMatter: Main theme of [[PsychicPowers Kinesis]]' skills.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Chiprels, represented by The Chipper.
* {{Mook}}s: Lane creeps.
* MoreDakka: Ultimate skills seem to have this effect, or rather most of them.
** Artillery has multiple Dakkas in the form of missiles of various kinds.
* MsFanService: All hail Ophelia, Queen of the Beast Horde.
** The Hellbourne counterpart would be Fayde, who is practically naked.
** Also, Empath, with her G-string of war.
* MultiRangedMaster: Master of Arms has two guns, a Pulse Cannon and a Repeater. All his other skills change based on which gun you have out, and each gun gives his attacks a different effect.
* {{Mummy}}: Pharaoh.
* MyNaymeIs: Fayde.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Hellbourne.
** The Madman, Soulstealer, Hellbringer, Soul Reaper, Torturer, Devourer. Yikes!
** The Legion also has a couple of examples: Pyromancer, Witch Slayer, Predator, and Behemoth.
** Lord Salforis.
* NeutralNoLonger: Many heroes in the Legion stayed out of the Human Legion/Beast Horde conflict, but when the Hellbourne showed up, they joined the Legion to defend their homeworld.
** The Rise of the Neutrals Alt Avatar sets are literally this; Neutrals that gained hero-level powers and joined the Legion.
* Noob: Common parlance in the community.
* OffWithHisHead: One of Legionnaire's responses as you issue any commands except for attack. More like:
--> '''Legionnaire''': Off with their heads!
* OneManArmy: Once carries farm up the right items, they become this.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Engineer. To clarify: he drinks heavily, has a Scot accent, a beard, and uses steampunk tech.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Pandamonium.
** This is a ShoutOut to the Pandaren Brewmaster in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. "I bring PANDA-MONIUM!"
* PeoplePuppets: Puppet Master.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Night Hound, Scout, and Madman are all diminutive yet can be lethally effective.
** Pebbles starts out pint-sized and eventually becomes huge.
* PlayingWithFire: Accursed, Blacksmith, Magmus and Pyromancer.
** Hellbringer's Ultimate summons the fire-demon, Malphas.
* PoisonedWeapon: Bushwack applies his ''Jungle Toxin'' to not just his weapons, but to all his items. Even on magical things like Chain Lightning.
* PoorCommunicationKills: The team with superior communication will almost always win the match.
* PoweredArmor: Corrupted Disciple. When he dies, the armor sucks him into it!
** Also Flux, to the point where it isn't quite clear how much flesh is left in that armor. It allows him to manipulate magnetism.
* PungeonMaster: About half the cast have [[IncrediblyLamePun a whole array of voiced puns]], give or take a few.
* PuppeteerParasite: Parasite can infest Neutrals and take over their body.
* RageQuit: Announced in '''BIG BOLD LETTERS''' whenever someone disconnects shortly after a death.
* RainOfArrows: Forsaken Archer's ''Crippling Volley''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** Jeraziah, the Leader of the Legion.
** Ophelia, the Queen of the Beast Horde.
** Moon Queen, the Queen of the Moon Warriors.
** Monarch. It's in her name.
* SentryGun: Engineer's ''Steam Turret.''
* SiblingRivalry: According to lore, Jeraziah and Ophelia were on opposite sides of a war between the Legion and the Horde before the Hellbourne appeared to throw a wrench into things.
* ShockAndAwe: Corrupted Disciple, Electrician, Dr. Repulsor, and Thunderbringer.
-->'''Electrician''': Shock and awe!
-->'''Corrupted Disciple''': It's electric.
* SilverBullet: Witch Slayer's ''Silver Bullet''.
** And not only effective against werewolves!
* SinisterScythe: Fayde's weapon of choice.
* SpaceMaster: Riftwalker, whose skills include ripping space and [[RealityWarper reality]] to use against enemies and making [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormholes]] to teleport on to, always resulting in a [[DynamicEntry damaging entry]].
* StandardStatusEffects: This game has a ''lot'' of possible status effects, so naturally a few of them match up. Slither's skills cause poison, Pyromancer's ''Fervor'' causes burning, a number of heroes have ways of silencing, Blood Hunter's ''Blood Craze'' is essentially berserk, Glacius's ''Ice Imprisonment'' freezes, Maliken's ''Possession'' fears, and there are quite a few slows and stuns in this game.
** Decovery is the theme built around Lord Salforis's skills. He can briefly reduce all healing applied by half, steal passive HP regeneration around him, and make a target completely unaffected by any source of health.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Some like Succubus but especially [[http://trolr.com/wp-content/gallery/heroes-of-newerth-concept-art/ophelia.jpg Ophelia I mean CMON!!! What the hell does Jeraziah say when he sees his sister like this.]]
* SuffersNewbiesPoorly: Most of the community actively push new players away. In this game, you getting killed does not just hurt you - it helps your enemy, as they make progress towards leveling up by killing you, so a newbie that dies more than average can actually be a net loss to the team. Experienced players know this, and will vote-kick, or cuss out, newbies, to make them leave. Overall, the incentives are structured such that newbies are a liability and experienced players seek to push any on their team out of the match, either by harassment or simple vote-kick.
** The announcer and the game even mocks the player for poor playing skills ranging from saying "TOO BAD" for whiffed skillshots. To VideoGame/UnrealTournament style killquotes. Heroes of Newerth is a ruthless game and it's setting reflects upon it.
* SuperMode: A staple of many carries.
** Maliken's ''Possession'' turns him into a hulking demon with a ranged splash attack. When he turns into one, enemies around him literally cower and panic.
** Hammerstorm can summon up his ''Brute Strength'' and more than his damage.
** War Beast undergoes a ''Metamorphosis'' making him really goddamn fast.
** Madman can go ''Berserk'' and totally flip out on an unfortunate victim. With Staff of the Master, if he gets killed, [[ICanStillFight he'll die 5 seconds later]].
** Berzerker can unleash ''Carnage'', making him hit [[Clerks like a truck]], with the endurance of one. He takes more damage during it, though.
** Salomon can turn into an Avatar of Revenge, gaining a second health bar and an all new set of abilities.
* SuperSpeed: While War Beast is transformed via ''Metamorphosis'', he gains max movespeed and can't be slowed at all.
** Blitz is emphasized on speed. In fact, he can go beyond the normal movespeed limit.
* SummonMagic: The item Puzzlebox, plus a lot of hero skills, ranging from Forsaken Archer's ''Call of the Damned'', Hellbringer's ''Summon Malphas'', War Beast's ''Summon Hellhounds'', and Wildsoul's ''Summon Booboo''.
* SuperStrength: As in "super lots-of-Strength-points". Devourer will add any enemy heroes that dies within him to his bulk, gaining a point of Strength each time. Late game he can easily reach over 200 Strength, which is basically saying "HAHAHA now i kill you good". UpToEleven if you're playing Mid Wars.
** In a similar vein, it's not uncommon to see a Strength build Shadowblade with over 4k HP.
* TeleportSpam: Accompanied by sword slashes when Swiftblade triggers his ''Swift Slashes''.
* TheChosenOne: Jeraziah.
-->''"King Jeraziah, the hope of humanity and one of the two leaders of the Legion, is not just a mighty warrior but also the chosen of Sol himself."''
* ThisIsADrill: Lodestone's weapon of choice.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: Engineer's ''The Keg.''
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Maliken's ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sword Throw.]]''
** Closely related to (and technically inspired by) Bubbles' Shell Surf, in which said back-implement gets flung out.
* TimeStandsStill: Chronos can freeze time within his ''Chronofield'' for everyone captured by it - except for himself.
** With a Staff of the Master in his inventory, Chronos' teammates can move and act within the Chronofield, albeit very slowly.
* TooDumbToLive: To keep this short, it's happened.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Having a better early game often means you'll have a better late game.
** This is called 'snowballing' and it is only true on team level. Individual heroes that perform well during the early game are useless 30 minutes later and vice versa. However, if there is just one bad player on your team who keeps dying, the game is lost no matter how good the rest of your team is.
* UseYourHead: Lodestone's ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Headsmash]]''.
* {{Valkyries}}: There is one amongst the Legion's roster.
* VariableLengthChain: Torturer.
** Subverted with Berzerker and Prisoner. They both have skills involving chains, but they both break if the enemy gets too far from you.
* VisibleInvisibility: To the invisible hero's team, or when someone is carrying a Bound Eye.
* WhatAnIdiot: When all heroes fight against each other on one spot, using the wrong skills at the wrong time will have you being called this in-universe.
* WhenTreesAttack: Deadwood and Keeper of the Forest, arguably more so with the former.
** Now quite literally with Keeper of the Forest, as he has gained the ability to bring trees to life and send them to attack his enemies.
* YourSoulIsMine: Quoted by Soul Reaper when he casts ''Demonic Execution''.
* YouShallNotPass: Pyromancer, if you click on him many times without giving a single command, will declare this.
** Followed up by a rather sheepish "... IAlwaysWantedToSayThat."
** In a more literal context, Pharaoh's Wall of Mummies and Behemoth's Fissure. Also Empath's Illusory Veil.
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