This character sheet holds much more than the named main characters of Brutal Legend
. Unique from other Real-Time Strategy
games, and brawlers like Dynasty Warriors
, each and every unit has a story behind it, and was designed to be as important to combat as they are charming. And so, you will find information on every unit in the game, divided by the faction they come from. Of course, most of the heroes reside in the Ironheade faction, while the villains are in the rest.
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Ironheade is the heroic Heavy Metal
faction of Brütal Legend
. They embody Heavy Metal
(and Heavy Mithril
) from The Seventies
, and The Eighties
. The single player campaign is a Justified Tutorial
for multiplayer, teaching players how Ironheade came to be as well as the other factions.
- The Alcoholic: If they're not kicking ass, any member of Ironheade is enjoying booze.
- Faction Calculus: Balanced.
- Fragile Speedster: Ironheade has fast units that lack high health. Metal Beasts, Fire Barons, and Raptor Elks.
- Glass Cannon: Ironheade units tend to have low health, but deal a lot of damage.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Except for Lita and Ophelia (the latter, while she's still with you)
- Heavy Mithril: Brought to life.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Horny Vikings: Your infantry, post-upgrade.
- Medieval Stasis: They start off victim to this.
- Mood Motif: Heavy Metal, in particular from The Seventies, The Eighties, and modern Power Metal. They also have a Nordic slant, and are themed around Fire. Their art is inspired by Frank Frazetta.
- Music for Courage
- Nerf: More heavily nerfed than any other faction, due to advantages inherited from the story mode.
- When the game was first released, Ironheade was the most powerful faction due to fire baron rushes. They were then nerfed heavily and became the weakest multiplayer faction. It also became apparent that Ironhead has the smallest number of units.
- Playing with Fire
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- Welcome to Corneria: Eddie can "chat" with Ironeheade forces in the campaign when they're not kicking ass, but rarely do they have over three lines at a given time.
Where I come from, this guitar makes noises. Here, it blows stuff up!
The world's greatest roadie. He finds himself transported to a mythical land of metal after an accident at a concert. Now he must find a way to help his new friends and find out some of the secrets surrounding this strange new land.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Eddie becomes a Large Ham after he first gets his wings.
- Almighty Janitor
- Amazon Chaser: When Ophelia accuses him of wanting to protect her, he admits that he enjoys watching her fight.
- An Axe to Grind: "The Separator," his main melee weapon.
- Anti-Antichrist: The reason Ophelia is afraid to explain who Succoria is. Lars, Lita, and Ophelia's parents know a prophecy that someone would come along to destroy or save them. Lita leans to the former, Lars is kinda on the fence, and Ophelia believes the latter. It turns out that someone is Eddie, and he's the child of humanity's greatest hero and nemesis together.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: "Everything in that general direction must die!"
- Audible Sharpness: The Battle Cry solo creates a shockwave, justifiably invoking this trope.
- Battle Cry: A song that makes Lars' eponymous sword appear in a Battle Aura, bursting into a wave of Audible Sharpness.
- The Beastmaster: The Call of the Wild solo summons animals as free units with a limited lifespan.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Even discussed.
- Call Back: When Eddie plays the "Battle Cry" solo, a flaming sword appears over his head. He learned the solo off of Lars' blade.
- The Call Has Bad Reception: Only Ophelia and Doviculus had a clue to his significance.
- Calling Your Attacks: Either spoken or sung.
- Chekhov's Skill: It's his roadie skills that unlock the secrets of the Age of Metal for all three factions.
- Chick Magnet: Ophelia, Lita, and the Zaulia.
- Cool Car: The Deuce, AKA "Druid Plow."
- Cue the Sun: The Light of Dawn solo.
Eddie: "Oh mighty sun, burn the creatures of the night from this land while I enjoy coffee and bacon!"
- Dual Wielding: Eddie has two axes, one he swings and one he plays.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Lars ends up getting the credit for Eddie saving Ophelia early on. Later, Eddie willingly lets Lars and Lita take credit for saving the world. He's a roadie after all, it's not his job to be in the spotlight. Subverted in that even though Eddie doesn't want the glory, it's clear everyone else appreciates him and his actions. Played straight with Kabbage Boy, who give Eddie absolutely no respect, though the feeling is mutual.
- The Engineer: Combat Engineer, of course.
- Fantastic Nuke / Death from Above: The solo "Bring it on Home" summons a lead zeppelin to crash at your location. It's fantastically powerful, kind of a Wave Motion Gun.
- Game Face: He turns into a demon.
- Genius Bruiser
- Genre Savvy
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- The Greatest Story Never Told: At the end, Lars and Lita Halford are hailed as the true heroes of the Rebellion, and Eddie seems to be reduced to a footnote in history. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is the demon emperor Succoria.
- Hammerspace: In the Double Fine 10th Anniversary comic, he pulls a retro 1980's cell phone out of nowhere to take a call from several well-wishers, mostly rejected concept designs of characters from his own game and Psychonauts.
- Heartbroken Badass: In one of the final battles, Eddie is finally shown to still love Ophelia and wants her back.
- Heroic Lineage
- He Who Fights Monsters: Becomes a demon and loves every minute of it.
- Hero Unit: To Ironheade.
- Humble Hero: He believes that roadies shouldn't take the spotlight away from the band. In the end, he lets others take the credit for his deeds as well and lets Lita become the new leader of the humans.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick
- Hypocrite: Turns his distrust on Ophelia for refusing to explain the name Succoria, even when she says it's to protect him. Refuses to explain his part in a plan his teammates find their parts in insane, claims it's for their own protection.
- I Call It Clementine: His guitar. Which shoots lightning.
- I Choose to Stay: Immediately scoffs at the thought of trying to get back home.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Though a bit more on the buff side. One interview lampshades this by having Jack Black wearing fake muscular arms.
- Plus, Eddie has longer hair.
- Instant Expert: He got used to using the Separator like a bee gets used to buzzing, to the point of lampshading it. Justified because it's In the Blood.
- Intergenerational Friendship: The 10th Anniversary Double Fine comic strip shows Eddie chatting with Raz and the company's Mascot, Two-Headed Baby.
- The Last DJ: Not a fan of Kabbage Boy.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Eddie is fond of telling these to Mangus.
"Mangus, the Hour of Rock is upon us."
"Hope you're in the mood... for Death! Which is waiting for us on the road, now let's HIT IT!"
- Living Macguffin: The final legend says everything about him was the key to saving the Land of Metal.
- The Man Behind the Man
- Meaningful Name: Eddie Riggs.
- And story-wise, his last name is an amalgamation of Riggnarock.
- Power Gives You Wings
- Mr. Fixit: He can fix anything.
- Except Kabbage Boy's music.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He is partially responsible for Ophelia's Face-Heel Turn and the creation of the Drowning Doom.
- Nerf: Facemelter lost power (on infantry, but not cars) and Call of the Wild summons animals at the stage instead of anywhere.
- The Only One: The final Legend paints Eddie as this.
- Phlebotinum Rebel
- The Reliable One: As a roadie.
- Showrunner: Without him, Ironheade would've consisted of Lars, Lita, and Ophelia sitting around getting wasted constantly instead of becoming the Badass Army that it is.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Tomato in the Mirror: Eddie didn't end up in the Age of Metal out of wish fulfillment or chance. He's the son of Succoria, the evil ruler of the Tainted Coil, and Riggnarok, her nemesis turned lover.
- Winged Humanoid: But only during stage battles.
I hope my parents were wrong about this.
She met Eddie only a few minutes after he was transported to the world of metal. After a few fights the two quickly became allies and friends. Eddie is immediately smitten by her Perky Goth
sexiness. She is a good friend to Lars Halford, but his sister Lita doesn't trust her due to her parents.
- Action Girl: She and Eddie fight off a horde of demons together only a few minutes into the game.
- Already Done for You: You know that whole army-building thing? She's way ahead of you.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Broken Bird
- Dark Action Girl: As commander of the Drowning Doom. Or rather, her evil doppelganger is.
- Dark and Troubled Past / Fantastic Racism: Her parents were part of the Black Tear Rebellion, which spurs much distrust from Lita.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: She figures out early on that Eddie is the child of Succoria. She refuses to explain this, which leads to Eddie coming to believe it's her, then going From Bad to Worse.
- Meaningful Name
- Mistaken Identity: Ophelia refuses to explain who Succoria is after Doviculus is seen seeking her out via scent, as doing so would reveal Eddie as The Antichrist, as Lars, Lita, and her own parents warned. Eddie assumes it's her and it tears their relationship apart. It turns out Doviculus is smelling him, and Ophelia is protecting Eddie from the truth.
- Not Quite Back to Normal: The last shot of the game is her shedding a single, black tear. The game leaves it open what this might mean.
- The Ophelia
- Perky Goth
- Taking the Heat: Right down to the end, she never throws Eddie under the bus about his heritage or mentions the name on his t-shirt.
- Unexplained Recovery
How long do you think I should let my hair grow?
Voiced by: Zack Hanks
Lars is the leader of Ironheade and Lita's brother. Despite being dead for half the game
he gets most of the credit for overthrowing Doviculus
- Awesome but Impractical: Lars is, in-universe, a living version of this trope: so inspiring that the armies of man will follow him to the gates of Hell, but completely incapable of organizing the logistics of an army. That, of course, is why he needs a roadie.
- Battle Cry: The song written on his sword.
- Big Good: Treated as such, even by the true protagonist.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu
- Mr. Fanservice
- Fearless Fool
- Fake Ultimate Hero
- Genre Blindness
- Heroic Lineage
Eddie: So, who died and made Lars king?
Lita: OUR FATHER, YOU JERK!
- In the Name of the Moon: For the honor of Bladehenge, the freedom of its people, and the glory... OF ITS METAL!
- Last-Second Chance: Tries giving these to the Lionwhyte minions that he fights. Admittedly, it *does* work on the Bouncers.
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Perma Shave: Lampshaded by the Headbangers.
Headbanger: "Do you think Lars shaves his chest?"
- Plotline Death
- Rousing Speech: His Double Team not only makes him powerful, but he will give a very long speech the entire time.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Double Team with him, and he actually becomes powerful.
- Shout-Out: If you double team with Lars, he will quote lines from Conan the Barbarian (1982).
Lars: No one will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought and why we died...
- Sophisticated as Hell:
- Standardized Leader
- Supporting Leader
- Suicidal Overconfidence
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
Watch me stick this dummy in the crotch!
Lars Halford's sexy, but aloof younger sister. An utter Ice Queen
who is critical of Lars and mistrusting of Ophelia. She harbors personal prejudices of Ophelia because her parents were Tear Drinkers in the Black Tear Rebellion.
Lars: Mangus, are you an Engineer?
What's an Engineer?
Voiced by Alex Fernandez
An ugly, lanky guy who becomes Eddie's right hand as Bladehenge develops. Eddie is a boss and mentor to him, teaching him his Roadie ways.
- The Apprentice: To Eddie.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Apparently wears a diaper when driving the tour bus to avoid having to make restroom stops.
- The Ditz
- The Engineer: Yet he and Lars have no clue what an engineer is.
- Lovable Coward
- Remember the New Guy: He is introduced right after you help Ophelia recruit Razor Girls to Ironheade, without any previous mention of him - remember, at the beginning of the game, that Lars said the pre-Ironheade army was just he, Lita and Ophelia? Also, despite him having those mutton chops, he doesn't seem like he was a Thunderhog before being an Engineer. Also, very unlikely that he was in the Crushing Pit.
- Why Did It Have To Be Fire Barons?: Until they join Ironheade at least.
Headbangers are Ironheade's main infantry unit who attack with their amazingly hard heads. They may not seem too smart but a big enough group of them can cause a lot of damage in a little time. They are the only unit in the game with a Double Team attack that stacks depending on how many of them are around. In other words, the more Headbangers you have, the larger their Mosh Pit attack is.
Tier 1 melee infantry.
- Frazetta Man: A silly version of this trope.
- Hard Head: They who were forced to mine with nothing but their heads. And Eddie names their army "Ironheade" after them. They're not particularly bright at first, but they are valuable allies.
: What do you do with a bunch of kids who don't know how to do anything but bang their heads all day? Eddie
: (as Manly Tears form)
You start a revolution, Lars.
- Hidden Eyes: Covered by goggles, hats, bandannas, etc.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite seeming a little dim, they managed to make the Headsplitter, and one of them also created a lift for Eddie to make the Deuce a turret.
- Only a Flesh Wound: "I don't care! I like being on fire!"
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- Surfer Dude: Dude, like totally the most metal example!
- Use Your Head: They aren't called Headbangers for nothing.
The Razor Girls were formerly sex slaves who were freed by Ophelia and joined Ironheade. They use guns made from razor fire boars for ranged attacks.
Tier 1 ranged infantry.
Kill Master/Thunderhog Bassists
A mystic healer who resides at the peak of Thunderhorn Mountain. He and his clan of bassists join Ironheade to stick it to Lionwhyte. His clan's bass music has the ability to heal allies. Their bass strings are harvested from the webs of Metal Spiders, who spin threads of metal instead of silk. After Eddie delivers the strings, Kill Master modifies the motorcycle Eddie hastily delivered, strapping dozens of amps to play his healing music, or the paralyzing Stun Note.
Tier 1 healing vehicle.
Reverse engineered from Lionwhyte's crossbow towers, they behave like mobile defense turrets. They attack slowly, but hit relatively hard and their arrows are unblockable. Double Team
to make them fire rapid, exploding arrows.
Tier 2 ranged vehicle.
The Baron/Fire Barons
A clan of pyromaniac bikers, they fling Molotov Cocktails at their enemies. After finding out about Ironheade's exploits, they save them from the Drowning Doom just in the nick of time. Their leader is simply known as The Baron. Initially a Game Breaker
, patched into a fast anti-infantry unit.
Tier 2 anti-infantry vehicle squad.
Massive Top Heavy Guys
whose brawn is matched only by their gentle nature. Originally in the service of Lionwhyte, their boss' poor treatment of them encouraged most of them to defect to Ironheade.
Tier 2 anti-vehicle infantry.
These Roadies are not just hard to notice, they become invisible in The Age of Metal.
Tier 3 anti-building stealth infantry.
- Already Done for You: Ophelia used them to smuggle the Razor Girls. Eddie gives them actual weapons later.
- Blow You Away: The Double Team. Eddie puts his guitar against the amp and lets out a feedback blast.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Try carrying those amps on your back.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The guy Eddie's talking to at the start of the game (still during the Kabbage Boy concert) uses one of the Roadie Unit models.
- Failed a Spot Check: They really are hard to notice.
- Invisibility Cloak: At a distance, they're literally invisible.
- Roadie Rush: And when they are pulled off, it stings so bad for the one on the receiving end.
Rima/The Zaulia/Metal Beasts
Search the prisoners for potential mates!
Voiced by Lita Ford
The Zaulia are a clan of Amazon women in King Diamond
makeup who ride fire breathing cats called Metal Beasts. Their leader is Rima.
Tier 3 anti-infantry infantry.
Metal is just too epic for a battle to have only one base, so why not have another one? The Rock Crusher is a massive unit that bombards nearby enemies with fireworks, razes infantry with it's massive grinder, and constantly provides an attack buff for nearby friendly units. Double teaming with it, Eddie plays the Bladehenge Assault
solo which traps enemies in an energy effigy of said landmark that explodes. The fact that it also plays your main base's current fanfare doesn't detract from it's awesomeness.
Tier 4 vehicle, 1 unit limit.
The second army is the Drowning Doom,
embodying Turn of the Millennium Gothic Metal
and Black Metal
. They are composed of various forms of The Undead
, ranging from emo zombies to ghosts to pseudodemonic creatures
that have crawled straight from the Un Canny Valley
. They're the only army with no buffs, yet they are also the only army with debuffers. The Drowning Doom are more about bringing the opponent down than building themselves up.
- Bad Moon Rising: The Encompassing Gloom solo makes the sky gloomy and the moon becomes a skull.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The whole Black Tear Rebellion thing. Not to mention most of their units being in various stages of un-death.
- Faction Calculus: Subversive. Not a single buffer to their name. Instead, they have all the debuffers.
- Goth: Pretty much their whole motif.
- Hostile Weather: Get a full army together, and their proximity has a completely different weather scheme.
- Losing Your Head: Several Drowning Doom units will continue to fight post-decapitation.
- Mood Motif: Themed around Death Metal and Black Metal, but with exaggeration towards the "depressing" songs, a satirical look at Goth subcultures. They tend to use lightning. Their art is inspired by the Polish artist Pazinski.
- Our Demons Are Different
- Our Zombies Are Different
- Standard Status Effects: All of them. Attack down, defense down, speed down, mute(Silence blocks "magic:" guitar usage and issuing orders).
- Swiss Army Tears: Black Tears can do anything.
- Turn of the Millennium: With the exception of King Diamond, all of their music is modern.
- The Undead
- Weakened by the Light: Gameplay wise, the Light of Dawn solo can shut down all their debuffers. Every member of this army has really, really bad skin. Of course sunlight is bad for them!
- Your Makeup Is Running
The Leader of the Drowning Doom: Drowned Ophelia
After Eddie and Doviculus's respective cases of Mistaken Identity, Eddie decides that Ophelia is not trustworthy for refusing to explain the name Succoria, and leaves her to tend to the now devastated Ironheade without her. Heartbroken, she wandered the land until The Sea of Black Tears compelled her to attempt suicide in its evil waters. The Sea snatched and drowned her, imprisoning her at the bottom and creating a Doppelgänger, which took everything learned from Eddie to use it against him.
After you tore out my heart and left me for dead, I'll admit I was a little down. But then I pulled myself together! Started making new friends...
A zombie dressed in Goth clothes. They are the only infantry to come in a squad of six (because large groups help them express their individuality). Before the patch, they had the lowest health of any infantry. After the patch, they got a little more. Their Double Team is very powerful, to the point of being a Game Breaker
Tier 1 melee infantry squad.
A female ghost in a wedding gown who died without finding a husband (or possibly a zombie with a wedding dress fetish). Depressing rain follows her wherever she goes, slowing enemy movement. It can stack, so if you get three together, opposing armies will hardly function, which is why you can only make three.
Tier 1 passive debuff / ranged infantry.
- Action Girl: Somewhere between the two, brides can only attack if being attacked or the Hero Unit double teams with them.
- Broken Bird: What might have led her to go to the Sea of Black Tears in the first place.
- Christmas Cake: Possibly.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She seems to think the Stage Battles are weddings. She even complains about the fights as if they're minor spats between families instead of all-out war.
- Dance Battler: Literally, her Double Team is a waltz.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Visible through her bridal veil.
- The Pollyanna: Very cheerful for a member of the Drowned Doom, despite drinking the Black Tears and being dead.
- Personal Raincloud: and she always carries a tattered umbrella, to boot.
- Shock and Awe: Their dancing can call down lightning bolts.
- Standard Status Effects: Slowing enemies. Taken to the extreme in a Drowning Doom mirror match, it's possible for one player with three Brides to steal the other's three Brides, in which case one player will have six. The victim's side becomes practically frozen in place, to the point a flying Hero Unit can die before they ever hit the ground.
- The Undead
- Woman Scorned
The severed head of a female Tear Drinker who washed her hair in the Sea of Black Tears, giving it supernatural beauty. After her death, her hair came to life on its own, severing the head to fight for the Drowning Doom.
Tier 1 ranged / possession infantry.
- Fastball Special
- Magic Hair: It was magically beautiful when the Tear Drinker lived. Now that she's dead, it's magically lethal.
- Personal Space Invader: When thrown, they possess units to betray their team.
- Prehensile Hair: Its hair behaves like spider legs, or can fling out like a tentacle for attacks.
- Zerg Rush: Desperate players will spam them and throw them, stealing as many units as they can, which works until the other player spams infantry in response.
An undead Eurotrash guy whose Balloon Belly
houses a family of plague infested rats. Or it's a horde of rats reanimating a lifeless corpse. It's intentionally vague.
Tier 2 anti-infantry infantry, limit 4 units.
- Balloon Belly: He's a very tall and gangly fellow, ignoring the humongous stomach.
- Berserk Button: Being called fat. Every now and then he yells "DON'T JUDGE ME!"
- Big Eater: The rats are the eaters in this case, Ratgut just sucks them in when they're done.
- Body Horror: His stomach inflates and deflates as the rats enter and leave.
- Herd Hitting Attack: He barfs out the rats, which seek out and munch on infantry.
- I Am Legion: Even the Tour Book doesn't know whether the rats or the Ratgut is in charge.
- Mr Seahorse: Ratgut seems to view himself as this, disturbingly enough.
- Papa Wolf: Very affectionate towards his rats. The rats' opinion on Ratgut is unknown.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Sports a stereotypical Eurotrash haircut.
- Personal Space Invader: The rats will get everywhere, and whoever is standing in the way will get gibbed.
- Swarm of Rats: Kind of his thing.
A large car with a ghostly organ player who plays depressing music, reducing the opposing side's attack power. During a Double Team, the Hero Unit
plays the organ while the player controls the Organist, who can float to any enemy unit and possess it with puppet strings.
Tier 2 passive debuff / possession vehicle, limit 3 units.
A hot rod sporting an electric chair. Strapped to it is Sparky, a criminal with an electric personality who gets electric shocks and fire them at enemies. During a Double Team, he creates Chain Lightning that can zap a massive group of enemies all at once. The Drowning Doom equivalent of a Headsplitter.
Tier 3 ranged vehicle.
An evil pram (baby stroller) that launches baby dolls that munch on infantry or severely damage cars.
Tier 3 anti-vehicle ranged vehicle.
A Grim Reaper
sporting big headphones and the Drowning Doom crest, riding on an undead Reaper Steed.
They are expensive and have low health. But they move very fast and their attacks are unblockable, making them good for guarding an area from HeroUnits
, or attacking lone units of any kind. During their Double Team, you can ride with them, creating a scary aura that causes enemy infantry to flee in a panic, allowing other units to close in.
Tier 3 anti-infantry infantry.
The ultimate Drowning Doom debuffer, it lowers defense. It is a dirigible with an unseen, mysterious dead guy inside who whispers and spreads his own crematory ashes across the battlefield. Around it, the land seemingly rots and decays. It doubles as a healing unit when it's urns are dropped on friendly units.
Tier 3 passive debuff / healing vehicle, limit 1 unit.
- Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
- Dishing Out Dirt
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: The dead man inside talking is never seen.
- Mighty Glacier: Unusual example for not actually attacking. He is reasonably durable nonetheless.
- Punny Name: Its name is a combination of a dirigible and a dirge, a depressing song.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: This unit causes some hilarious reactions from opposing players. They act depressed. Even Doviculus.
Eddie, Defense Down: Hey, guys? I think we should break up the army.
Eddie, Defense Down: Man, I don't even like heavy metal anymore.
Doviculus, Defense Down: Why did I ever think the demons could win!?
Doviculus, Defense Down: It's your fault, Minions! You're the reason we're going to lose today!
- Walking Wasteland: The land turns to dead desert clay around it.
A giant zombie with a tree on its back that houses murderous crows.
The crows are anti-infantry, but when double teaming the giant rises from the ground and has powerful melee attacks.
Tier 4 anti-infantry range / general purpose melee infantry, limit 1 unit.
The Tainted Coil are the villains of the story. A race of S&M covered demons themed around Industrial Metal
, they enslaved humanity before the events of the single player campaign. They are led by the evil Emperor Doviculus. Gameplay wise, they resemble the Zerg
, as specific demonic units have the power to grow monsters and vehicles anywhere on the battlefield.
- Abusive Parents: Doviculus, the Battle Nuns, and Warfather.
- Bad Habits: "Bless me, Father. For I must sin."
- Body Horror: What all the leather and bondage is hiding. There isn't enough leather in existence to hide it completely.
- Bondage Is Bad: Started doing this to cover up their deformities and to emulate the Titans' perfect form.
- Brains and Bondage: Make no mistake, the Coil are not mindless beasts.
- Chest Burster
- Double Standard: They hate Fletus's faction for being too ugly.
- Also for not attempting to hide their ugliness like the Coil do.
- Evil Is Visceral
- Expy: Of the Zerg.
- Faction Calculus: Powerhouse, as they can throw their weight around with many suicide attacks.
- Happiness in Slavery: They loved their Titan masters before they Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence.
- Pratically defines their culture and mentality. Everyone is beholden to someone higher on the command chain and they love it.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Horny Devils
- Medieval Stasis: The Titans left all the secrets to their technology in the world itself, so that anyone who came after them would know the glory of Metal. Unfortunately, the Tainted Coil were too consumed by feelings of abandonment and betrayal to comprehend them. This singlehandedly stopped the Coil's technological development until Eddie came along.
- Mood Motif: Industrial Metal. Their Body Horror is inspired from 15th Century Artist Hieronymus Bosch, in particular, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
- No Cure for Evil: The only faction with no efficient means to heal their rank and file. The breeding units are the only ones with this boon.
- Our Demons Are Different
- Religion of Evil: All of their top hierarchy are religious figures who in turn worship Emperor Doviculous as their master.
- Replacement Goldfish: Inverted, as it is the Goldfish that are trying to replace their masters: The Titans. They're only partially successful and go crazy as a result.
- Villainous Incest: The only way for the Tainted Coil to go up in technological tiers is for Doviculous to breed with certain units, then do the same with the offspring.
- Zerg Rush: The undisputed king of swiftly rushing the enemy's side.
Give them your mercy UNTIL THEY CAN TAKE NO MORE!
The Big Bad
of the entire Tainted Coil army.
- Abusive Parents
- Actor Allusion: This isn't Tim Curry's first time as a deep-voiced demon overlord.
- Anything That Moves
- Beat Still, My Heart: Doviculus is able to rip a heart out of his his chest, use it as a guitar pick, or use it in attacks. But it's not his heart, so he's cool. Drowned Ophelia, on the other hand.
- Big Bad
- Body Horror: Still the matter with Doviculus' heart. Sometimes you can see him open up his own chest to pluck his heart out.
- He also stores his collapsable guitar in there when he's not rocking out.
- Brains and Bondage
- Calling Your Attacks: "Agony Boil!"
- Cast from Hit Points: The "Martyrdom" solo, which buffs his units, but leaves him near death.
- Church Militant
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Very few of his Double Teams don't involve torturing or killing his own creatures.
- Who are his children, by the way.
- Combat Pragmatist: When Doviculus goes to Lionwhyte's Pleasure Tower tracking down Succoria's scent, Lars confronts Doviculus after hearing him talk about his target. As soon as Doviculus learns who he's talking to, he kills Lars without ceremony in the middle of their conversation.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He tends to moan quite a bit in combat.
- Cool Car: A horseless war chariot. It uses an engine but is steered with horse reins.
- Cool Mask
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Up until Doviculus is encountered in the campaign, any Stage Battle between the heroes and villain is preceded by a long conversation where both parties let the other return to their Stage before fighting. When the Emperor has his turn, he immediately kills Lars as soon as he reveals himself as King of the Humans.
- Depraved Bisexual
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Sounds Deep: He is voiced by Tim Curry, after all.
- Expressive Mask: The mouth hole on Doviculus's hood is so tight, it moves like a pair of lips.
- Eyeless Face: We can only assume so, seeing as there never a time where he removes the mask.
- Fantastic Racism: To humans.
- Father of a Thousand Young: He sired his entire army.
- The Fighting Narcissist: The Emperor holds himself in high regard due to his status as ultimate master of the Coil. This comes to a head in a mirror match, where both Doviculuses will alternatively berate and compliment the other on their fighting.
- Friendly Enemies: To Succoria if his banter at the Pleasure Tower is any indication.
- Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Pulls this on his own infantry.
- The Heartless: That heart he pulls out of his chest and mutilates for attacks? It's not his.
- Hero Unit: To the Tainted Coil.
- Large Ham
- Make My Monster Grow: The final battle.
- Medieval Stasis: So bad that Doviculus thinks cars are living things.
"Can you hear me?! I AM YOUR MASTER!"
"You will surrender to me, monstrosity!"
"Tell me your secrets, automobile!"
- The Minion Master: The only Hero Unit who is cruel to his army and refers to them as minions.
- Mistaken Identity: He's on the hunt for Succoria. He bases this on the scent he picks up after the first battle. It turns out he's smelling Eddie.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Only a Flesh Wound: "You think that hurt me?! I've had more limbs removed than that!"
- Plaguemaster: A number of his solos revolve around disease and biological waste, such as the Curse poisoning victims with Doviculus' own blood.
- Playing with Syringes: His Summon Flag is a syringe. In the single player, it can produce units.
- Poisonous Person
- The Pornomancer
- Really Gets Around: He fathered his entire army.
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!
- The Nose Knows: He knows what Succoria's scent is, even when she's been missing for an age. Which is odd because he is also...
- The Noseless: ... so how his sense of smell is so good is anyone's guess.
- Too Kinky to Torture
- Torture Technician
- We Have Reserves: His army has suicide attacks, and he'll contemplate killing them if he maxes out the load.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He has no problem blaming Ophelia's Start of Darkness on Eddie. "Oh please. That was nothing compaired to what you did to her."
- Villains Never Lie
A latex clad demonic nun with the power to give birth to demons in the middle of the battlefield. Battle Nuns are proficient melee units which heal and are strengthened by any non-breeding units near them.
Tier 1 melee infantry / hierarchy unit.Soul Kisser
Basic melee infantry, these demons are covered in latex and their hands bound behind their backs. They silently attack with their hair, made of meshing metal shears.
Tier 1 melee / kamikaze infantry squad.Punishing Party
We punish you, and punish you, and WHAT DO YOU GIVE US?!
Voiced by Courtney Taylor
A complex squad composed of one demonic gimp called Pinboy, and four bird-faced dominatrices that pluck spears from his back to throw at enemies.
Tier 1 ranged infantry squad.Tick Choppers
Imp like creatures who ride on Chopper-esque motorcycles. They fling metallic ticks, similar to the metal spiders, onto enemies, which suck blood (or motor oil) from their victims until they burst. They cannot be produced, instead they can only be summoned by a solo.
Special tier summoned ranged vehicle squad.Warfather
Tainted Coil's tier 2 production unit, the Warfather shares the same double team as Battle Nuns and Overblessers: being impregnated by Doviculus' will and producing tier 2 units anywhere on the battlefield. Their regular attacks are demonic energy fired from their unholy book. Has a similar healing/buffing effect as Battle Nuns.
Tier 2 ranged infantry / hierarchy unit.Screamwagon/Screamin' Demon
Can you help me? I was told that I was signing up for a spa day!
A lone, unlucky Screamin' Demon is strapped to a car and tortured various ways. His screams of torment inspire different buffs depending on the torture.
Tier 2 active buff vehicle.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Comes in three fantastic flavors, all in a portable package!
- Deadpan Snarker: It's easy to see why he was placed on the Wagon; he has absolutely no respect for the Emperor.
- Iron Buttmonkey: He can withstand blazingly hot oil, a torture rack, and being set on fire infinitely. Oh, but don't worry, enemy units can free him of his suffering.
- Skyward Scream
- Status Buff: Nearby friendly units are buffed by the wagon pouring blazing oil on him for increased defense, stretching him in a torture rack for increased attack, and setting his ass on fire speeds up production.
- Too Dumb to Live: Really, a spa day provided by the Tainted Coil?
A massive demon with the mind of an infant. Its head is a mace, chained to a tether on its neck.
Tier 2 medium range melee infantry.Pain Lifter
A slow but deadly, long range trebuchet that fires living bombs called Agony Balls, which burst, spreading poison.
Tier 2 anti-infantry ranged vehicle.
- Abnormal Ammo: Agony Balls are pitiful creatures who are born spending every moment of their short lives in agony, waiting to be euthanized by being launched and self-destructed.
- And I Must Scream: The Agony Balls spend every moment of their existence in agony until they self destruct.
- Geo Effects: Find a high spot and launch Agony Balls very long distances to your heart's delight.
- Herd Hitting Attack
The metal demon Eddie used to depart the Temple of Ormagöden. This time, a demonic priest sporting garb The Pope
would wear sits atop it. He has the power to breed a Superior Warfather, making even better units.
Tier 3 ranged infantry / hierarchy unit, limit 1 unit.Hate Cage
Actually two different creatures. One is a massive pair of legs. Between them is a cage with a living lump of pure hate. It spits liquid hate on enemies, lowering defense.
Tier 3 ranged / melee infantry.Heart Cutter
A massive, disturbing vehicle with an anti-vehicle attack. The car serves as a massive altar in which one of the Tainted Coil druids stands with his sword beside a giant, pulsing heart. When the druid stabs it, massive spikes rise up from the ground, impaling infantry or cars, causing severe damage to cars especially. During the Double Team, Doviculus allows his own heart to be stabbed. But he remarks "Don't worry. It's not my
Tier 3 anti-vehicle ranged vehicle.
- Beat Still, My Heart: Stab the giant heart to summon spikes. Or Doviculus's for bigger spikes.
- Cool Car
- Mighty Glacier
- Nerf: As the most powerful anti-vehicle in the game, their price increased from 250 to 300.
- Spam Attack: The Double Team can be used infinitely. Any unit can be caught in it endlessly until death.
A combination of the final Tainted Coil unit and final attack, it is violently stuffed into an iron maiden and then launched anywhere on the battlefield, where it goes on a rampage, refusing to follow orders until it slowly bleeds to death.
Tier 4 uncontrollable melee infantry.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Suffering too much pain to do anything else.
- The Berserker: It's constantly losing health from the moment its created. The only thing that will cease its attacks is death.
- Body Horror: This unit does not stick to neat, human-like dimensions like the Coil does. One example is having a gaping toothed mouth on the side of its body.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Is stuffed into a way-too-small iron maiden where it awaits being launched. Once released, it will attack endlessly until it bleeds to death.
- Eldritch Abomination: Serves as an example of what demons looked like before the bondage happened.
- Friend or Foe: He doesn't count as an ally to the point that if he destroys a Merch Booth, the geyser will appear green and your opponent can claim it all over again. Yet there's no friendly fire.
- The Juggernaut: The only thing that can stop it is a Drowning Doom "Wall of Death".
- Unstoppable Rage: Not even Doviculus can control it when it's set free.
- Wave Motion Gun: Takes a long time to cast.
The Eternal Fire Beast, the Cremator of the Sky, and Destroyer of the Ancient World. It is a six legged monster Made of Iron
, who although appears menacing and evil in the intro, is actually a Physical God
of nature and Heavy Metal
who shaped the world into what it is.
- All Part of the Show: He is summoned in the middle of a rock show and goes on a rampage. The crowd loves it.
- Audible Gleam
- Awesomeness Is Volatile
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Instead of burning out and drowning in mud like the First Ones planned, he let out a Metal Scream and exploded. His body turned into the Sun, his metal corpse exploded and enriched the earth with ore, his blood formed the oceans and drowned the First Ones, and his scream echoed the land eternally. His death made The Age of Metal possible.
- Big, Terrifying Yet Awesome Good
- Blofeld Ploy: Ormagöden is just about to finish Eddie off during the game's opening sequence (the game even does a Bait and Switch, asking whether you want to see the gore or not while he has his sharp finger right over Eddie's unconscious body), then decides to kill the Boy Band he works for instead. It turns out that's because he's one of the world's Big Goods, whose death at the hands of treacherous monsters allowed the world to flourish, not the Big Bad he looks like, but you don't find that out until later.
- Chrome Champion
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: This terrifying creature actually made the world what it is.
- The Dreaded: To the Tainted Coil.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Rather than be extinguished by the demons, Ormagöden voluntarily detonated himself and created the world as we know it. His fire breath became the sun, his death scream became noise, his blood became the sea, and his steel flesh veined the earth with metal.
- Heavy Mithril: You possibly won't find any better embodiment of the trope.
- Living Macguffin: He's the reason Eddie appears in the Age of Metal.
- Made of Explodium
- Made of Iron: Literally, to the point that loud clashing metal can be heard as he walks. Flame spewing pipes stick out of his back.
- Metal Scream: The first Metal Scream according to lore, which was collected by the titans to create Heavy Metal. He uses it to make Kabbage Boy's heads fall off just from the awesomeness.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Like you wouldn't rock out during that Kabbage Boy concert.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Ormagöden, Armageddon... Get it?
- Physical God
- Pieces of God: Metal (iron ore), Noise (his scream), Blood (water), and Fire (the Sun).
- Shout-Out: He looks a lot like Snaggletooth with a mastodontic body.
- Smash to Black: Applied vigorously to the Kabbage Boy drummer.
- The Power of the Sun
- Volcanic Veins: His flesh is etched with lines that glow red-hot. All three factions mimic this when upgraded.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Dousing the fire from his body with mud nearly killed him.
The Guardian of Metal
I want you to go FUCKIN' CRAZY out there! YOU HEAR ME?!
A mysterious robed man with Cool Shades
and a thick accent
. He offers Eddie the secrets of the Titans in exchange for Fire Tributes, which are treated as currency.
Voiced by Rob Halford
A villainous human warlord who Doviculus appointed to rule over the enslaved humans. He enslaves his own people to please Doviculus while attempting to fashion humanity in his Camp
, Hair Metal
image. Voiced by Rob Halford.
- Affably Evil: A slave driver, yet he fancies himself as the leader of a professional, profitable industry. He calls his slaves "employees," dismisses Ironheade's rebellion as a labor dispute, and insists he has humanity's interests at heart. Such talk just infuriates Lars in response.
- Bad Boss: He made the Headbangers work in the mines only using their heads! Lionwhyte forces Razor Girls be his concubines! He makes his minions wear glam outfits!
- Camp Straight
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- The Dragon: Right up until he dies, and is replaced by Drowned Ophelia.
- The Eighties: The part of Heavy Metal history that fans pretend they weren't a part of.
- '80s Hair
- Evil Brit
- Evil Counterpart: Lionwhyte's army is basically a glammed-up version of Ironheade. Justified in which the Ironheade soldiers are dissidents (except for the Glamhogs, who broke off from Kill Master instead of the other way around).
- Go-Go Enslavement: His Groupies.
- Groupie Brigade: The Razor Girls' Evil Counterpart.
- Hair Metal
- Hair Wings: Every other Hero Unit has some form of wings on their back. Lionwhyte has a ton of hair so perfect it allows him to fly.
- Hero Unit: A non-playable one.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: General Lionwhyte dies because he tries to avoid being crushed by a giant falling mirror by shattering it with his voice, leading to him being impaled on the falling shards of glass instead.
- It's All About Me: He works with the demons by mining metal and leather the Titans left behind, and they in turn don't bother him and let him hold some measure of power. He acts like an enforcer just so he can live a decadent lifestyle.
- Large Ham
- Les Collaborateurs
- Make Me Wanna Shout: General Lionwhyte never misses an opportunity to do this. He even possesses a sonic yell that can shatter glass. Creating his Karmic Death, naturally.
- Metal Scream: Has all the same basic powers as Eddie, but uses high pitched singing to perform them.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: "I know how to handle petty labor disputes!"
- Oh, Crap: The look on Lionwhyte's face the moment before he is killed by broken glass.
- Prehensile Hair
- The Quisling
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Sissy Villain
- Smug Snake
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to be one, but has nothing to back it up.
A grumpy hunter who has hunted every animal in the land. He challenges Eddie to beat his hunting records, which awards Eddie the increasingly powerful Call of the Wild song, which summons the animals he defeats.
Oh can it. I know who you are, you're that guy who thinks he invented cars!
Nah, I didn't invent cars, I just showed them how to put them together, it's easy!
Oh, yeah. My people have been doing it for years... EXCEPT WE MADE THEM FAST!
Originally the leader of his own faction, but cut out due to time restrictions, he sits around with his car, The Squealer, awaiting challengers to race him. He hints several times that he has an entire army. He hints that his army is a race of demons different from the Tainted Coil, and their races are enemies. The Coil, who wrap themselves in bondage to mimic the Titans, decided that Fletus's race are too ugly to be allies.
Get out of here before I bite your head off!
A small, angry, neurotic vampire bat with a human head. He holds one sidequest for Eddie: clearing out his cave of monsters so his family can move back in.
"I can fix anything... Except that."
The band that Eddie works for in the intro, Kabbage Boy is a "Second Wave of American Tween Melodic Rap Metalcore" group that does "Heavy Metal", as they put it. They are killed by Ormagöden when Eddie accidentally summons him.