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''VideoGame/{{Weaponlord}}'' (sometimes ''[=WeaponLord=]'') is a 1- or 2-player FightingGame originally designed for release on the Super Nintendo by Visual Concepts, and published by Namco. During the inception of the title, the development team also began work on a Creator/{{Sega}} Mega Drive/Genesis version and both were released in October 1995. ''Weaponlord'' [[TropeCodifier introduced many groundbreaking gameplay aspects that appear regularly today]]. Also, unlike other titles, ''Weaponlord'' was not intended to replicate an arcade fighter, but built from the ground up on home consoles. This was a reverse of the normal trend, which had arcade versions being developed first, then getting ported in home consoles.

On a battlefield a demon spirit enters the body of a dying mercenary. He is reborn and defeats the reigning war king in a duel. He goes on to found the reign of the DemonLord Raith. At the height of his power, his doom is foretold by a shaman: "When the night turns violent and the moon bleeds, gripped by the skeletal fingers of death...a child will rise to face the demon in combat...and the lord of demons will fall by the hand of...the [[TitleDrop Weapon Lord]]."

[[HonorBeforeReason Against the advice of his lieutenants to kill the children born that night]], the DemonLord waits to face his foretold killer in fair, one on one combat. 25 years later, sensing the prophecy is at hand, the DemonLord Zarak holds a great tournament of champion warriors. The winner will face the demon in a final battle. The Demonlord prepares to meet his destiny head on and to destroy the WeaponLord.

If one wishes to see a few minor details of the game and the process of how it even got to where it is, game developer James [="DJames"=] Goddard [[ has his own website]] with a description about the game, a few videos showing features the game had, a few drawings and even a link to the full promotional video.


!! This video game provides examples of:

* AllWebbedUp: A unique FinishingMove Zarak has lets him wrap his enemy up in webs. He can then rip this webbing apart with his spider-armor's legs.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Talazia. The best guess would be somewhere akin to Africa or the Carribean.
* AnAxeToGrind: Zorn
* AnimalMotifs: Talazia with the Raven [[spoiler:considering she IS one]] and Zarak with spiders.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Zorn's shield is considered one. [[spoiler: It managed to possess him and compel him to kill his former fellow thieves.]]
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: Zarak's level takes place upon a pile of skeletons.
* BarbarianHero: All the characters have a "barbarian" aesthetic.
* BladeOnAStick: Divada's weapon is a staff with two blades attached onto each end. There's also Zarak's Guillotine-on-a-spear
* [[spoiler: BolivianArmyEnding: Zarak's special Story ending, where after finding out that he is the Weapon Lord, assumes he already fulfilled the prophecy when he killed Raith. However, Raith returns from the dead to reclaim his throne and punish Zarak.]]
* TheChosenOne: Everyone is generally considered this by being born under the Warrior's Moon, [[spoiler:even Zarak.]]
* ClothingDamage: A very primitive form of this was present as hair-cutting, where the player could use a combo to cut the player's head (such as cutting off Korr's ponytail).
* DarkMagicalGirl: Divada is one, [[spoiler:having slain her own father in order to attain the family's magic orb.]]
* DisappearedDad: Jen-Tai's dad was presumed killed in battle, and [[AncestralWeapon his broadsword delivered to her]]. [[spoiler: Her dialogue before fighting Zarak expands on this by explaining that Zarak killed her father in an honorable battle. [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife After lamenting the loss of a powerful ally and an excellent foe]], he decides to make a new Arena Queen: Jen-Tai. He even delivered the sword to her for that reason]]
* DropTheHammer: Bane has a crude stone hammer.
* EasyModeMockery: Completing the Story Mode at the lower difficulties will not net you the full ending, if any at all. The only way to get the full ending is to complete the game at Warlord Difficulty, the hardest difficulty and boy is it [[NintendoHard HARD]]!!
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Divada, sans the brunette part (Though she has an alternate color that rectifies this).
* [[spoiler: TheEndOrIsIt: Jen-Tai's Story Mode ending indicates that perhaps there might finally be peace in the world... Until a picture of a monster (Revealed to be the former Demon Lord Raith), stating that it might not be the case.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Every character has at least one or two moves that involve having the player spin their weapon around.
* FinishingMove: Weaponlord was the first game that allowed players to chain together finishing moves. This becomes more important in Story Mode, as killing certain people can affect the ending you get, as well as forcing you to fight everyone you spared right before facing Zarak.
* HauntedCastle: Divada lures unsuspecting passers-by into her castle so she can drain them of their vital energies.
* HeavyMithril: The game's general aesthetic. Everything looks like it stepped off a fantasy-themed heavy metal album cover, and it is ''awesome.''
* HonorBeforeReason: The previous Demon Lord, Raith, believed in following the warrior's code above all else even if it didn't seem practical. Zarak felt that was an old-fashioned way of thinking and killed him for it, but seem to start believing that he should follow it after the men he sent to ambush the Tarok were all killed [[spoiler: by Bane.]]
* TheHedonist: For all the killing that Zorn does, he is noted to enjoy rare treasures and women a lot.
* HornAttack: Jen-Tai can throw people around using her horned helmet.
* [[spoiler:HumanityEnsues: This is revealed to be the true origin of Talazia, while her earliest memories only date back to the time she was cursed to become human seven years ago.]]
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: If the player is killed during story mode, it has a quote about the kill-or-be-killed way of life Barbarians have. [[spoiler: If the player loses with Zarak, however, a longer page appears, blaming the player's total ineptitude for Zarak's death and generally mocking the player's skill.]]
* KlingonPromotion: How Zarak became the new Demon Lord [[spoiler: against his former master, Raith]]
* [[spoiler: LeavingYouToFindMyself: A familial example is used in Bane's Story Ending, as Korr has just found (and realized) that Bane was actually his long-lost brother Kӓng. Believing that Kӓng [[ThatManIsDead no longer exists]] and would be marked for death if he were, Bane states that he must leave again to find his soul]]
* [[spoiler:[[LongLostRelative Long Lost Brother]]: Bane is actually Korr's long-lost brother Kӓng, who was kidnapped seven years ago. Bane for one has no real desire to reunite with his brother.]]
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Talazia, Jen-Tai and Zorn.
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather: The previous Demon Lord, Raith, is revealed to be Zarak's father in Zarak's special Story ending.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Zarak could be considered this for Jen-Tai in a legal sense. [[spoiler: Zarak himself was a minion to the previous DemonLord, Raith.]]
* [[spoiler: MyGreatestFailure[=/=]MyGodWhatHaveIDone: If you have Korr finish Bane off in Story Mode, Zarak will present the barbarian with Bane's head, revealing that [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Korr actually murdered his long-lost brother.]] Korr is haunted by this.]]
* NintendoHard
* NobleDemon: Zarak is an evil man, but he is also a thoroughly honorable one. Rather than leave himself open to a NiceJobBreakingItHerod [[spoiler: or rather, after the first time failed spectacularly,]] he determines to instead wait out the prophecy and call those eligible to a great tournament to fight for the position of Weaponlord. [[spoiler: The backstory calls this CharacterDevelopment, as he murdered his father because he considered his warrior code too old fashioned before growing to respect it himself.]]
* OneHeadTaller: Jen-Tai is explicitly stated to be one hand shorter than Zarak (approximately 6'10"), making her also something of a StatuesqueStunner.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Korr, Jen-Tai and Zarak. Korr is the leader of his tribe of Tarok, Jen-Tai is an arena queen who fights any challengers, and Zarak is the DemonLord.
* PlayingWithFire: Korr, Zorn, and Zarak's "Inferno" move.
* ScrewDestiny: Zarak attempts this [[spoiler: but the trope is subverted, see below.]]
* [[spoiler:ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Bane's defense for why he killed his attackers before he was allowed to according to Tarok traditions.]]
* [[spoiler:SelfFulfillingProphecy: For all the effort Zarak spent killing everyone in order to prevent the prophecy of the Weaponlord from coming true, his special Story Ending reveals that Zarak himself was born under the Warrior's Moon, thus making HIM the Weaponlord.]]
* [[spoiler: SelfMadeOrphan: Divada killed her own father and all her brothers in order to inherit a powerful heirloom which would give her power. Zarak murdered his father, the previous Demon Lord, in battle to prove that the latter's methods were too old-fashioned to work, though he later grew to respect them.]]
* [[SomeDexterityRequired Lots of Dexterity Required]]: There are several moves each character has that use very unusual motions in order to perform certain special moves, and many of them require the player to hold a button down to perform it.
* SpidersAreScary: Zarak's armor is a literal spider. It could also qualify as DemonicSpiders.
* TalkingWeapon: Zorn's shield, while normally only able to screech in combat [[spoiler:is revealed to actually be the skull of an Orc, who comes to life after Zarak is slain.]]
* TribalFacePaint: Korr's face paint comes from a Tarok RiteOfPassage that marked him as an adult, and thus able to take the life of an enemy. [[spoiler:When his brother, Kӓng, was about to get his, marauders under the orders of Zarak ambushed the tribe and made off with the boy. When Korr found the last known location of the Marauders, the blood on the floor made Korr assume that his brother possibly murdered his captors, thus breaking an ancient taboo the face paint was meant to uphold. The breaking of this taboo is punishable by death.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Practically every male in this game. Only the women wear anything akin to a top.
* WreckedWeapon: Similar to ClothingDamage above, there is also a certain combination that would break the opponent's weapon if they got caught in it. However, all this amounted to was a drastically reduced reach for all attacks.
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Zorn's Story Mode Ending culminates with his suddenly-living shield killing the thief with his newly-formed body.]]
* YouWillBeSpared: A less villainous example, Jen-Tai rarely killed her foes in the arenas, preferring to let them learn so they can face her again. Doing this in Story Mode will force you to face everyone you spared before facing off with the BigBad.