Characters / Brütal Legend

This character sheet holds much more than the named main characters of Brütal 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 '70s, and The '80s. 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. To compensate, they have a mobile healer in the Thunderhogs.
  • 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: A lot of leather jackets. Most of them black.
  • Horny Vikings: Your infantry, post-upgrade.
  • Medieval Stasis: They start off victim to this.
  • Mood Motif: Heavy Metal, in particular from The '70s, The '80s, 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: By way of Battle Cry.
  • 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: Main hero Eddie's guitar is centered around fire, flames accompany most heavy units, and one of Eddie's special attacks literally melts faces.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A group of liberated slaves, reclusive hermits and hidden tribes only united by a love of metal.
  • Welcome to Corneria: Eddie can "chat" with Ironheade forces in the campaign when they're not kicking ass, but rarely do they have over three lines at a given time.


Eddie Riggs

Where I come from, this guitar makes noises. Here, it blows stuff up!
Voiced by: Jack Black

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.
    "Silence, groundwalker!"
  • Almighty Janitor: Invoked of his own accord. Being a roadie, he solves problems and then leaves before anyone notices. This happens even at the end of the game... Except it's averted because everyone knows who won the war for them.
  • 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. It was previously wielded by Succoria.
  • 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.
  • Badass Beard: In the Mountain Man DLC outfit. In his regular costume, he sports a soul patch.
  • Badass Driver: Driving the Deuce/Druid Plow. He even manages to drive it out of a collapsing lair set to the tune of "Through the Fire and Flames" by Dragonforce.
  • 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 in the game's opening with another roadie. Eddie feels like he should have been born earlier to experience the rise of heavy metal. Little does he know that he's the spawn of a roadie and a demoness who both came from the age of heavy metal.
  • 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. Even some casual dialogue from the Razor Girls asking if he'd like to hook up.
  • 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!"
  • Cursed with Awesome: The only effect becoming a demon has on him is giving him wings, and Acquired Situational Narcissism the first time he takes off.
  • Dual Wielding: Eddie has two axes: one he swings, and one he plays.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • Subverted with the rest of the main cast. Lars ends up getting the credit for Eddie saving Ophelia early on. As the story progresses, Eddie willingly lets Lars and Lita take credit for saving the world. Eddie's a roadie after all; it's not his job to be in the spotlight. However, 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, but it has a long cooldown.
  • Game Face: He turns into a demon and gains wings during the second stage battle, and for every stage battle onwards.
  • Genius Bruiser: Always willing and capable in a fight, while being smart enough to use the secrets of metal.
  • Genre Savvy: Reconstructed. At first, his knowledge of Heavy Metal and skills as a roadie carry him far. But this backfires when he jumps to the conclusion that Ophelia is a traitor, wreaking havoc on Ophelia, and ultimately Ironheade. He comes out on top in the end, saving both Ironheade and Ophelia.
    • One of the first things he does after entering the Age of Metal is to correctly call out a Battle Nun for an impending Face-Revealing Turn. Sure enough...
      Eddie: "Nice try, lady, or whatever you are. I'm supposed to think you're a nun, but I know you're really some kind of big, ugly demon; so let's have it!"
      (Battle Nun turns, reveals a maw of huge metal teeth.)
      Eddie: "Ah-ha! I knew it! Big, ugly demon!"
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In demon form, his eyes glow a bright yellow.
  • 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:His mother was a demon, and his father was a badass who tamed her.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Subverted. He becomes a demon during stage battles and loves every minute of it, but he remains true to Ironheade and his friends to the very end.
  • Hero Unit: To Ironheade.
  • Hot-Blooded: Comes from listening to heavy metal his entire life. Eddie is frequently shouting at the top of his lungs, and loves the thrill of combat.
  • 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: Lars may have inspired the rebellion and was given all the credit in the end, but Eddie's the one responsible for leading every battle and building up everything that Ironheade has ever done.
  • 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 gains the ability to shoot lightning, summon fire and cast spells once he enters the Age of Metal.
  • I Choose to Stay: Immediately scoffs at the thought of trying to get back home when Lita suggests it.
  • 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 and a more defined jaw.
  • 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, saying that he can fix anything except for their music. Eddie is the world's greatest roadie not for the money or the prestige, but because he just loves traditional heavy metal.
  • 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.
  • MacGyvering: He designs a good deal of Ironheade's technology himself, and builds the Druid Plow by hand using ancient automobile parts he discovers in Ormagödden's temple. That last one is notable as he apparently didn't have any tools.
  • The Man Behind the Man: As is to be expected of a roadie, he's very good at making other people look good, including Lars, whom he helps get named king of the free people of Ironheade. Even their Double Team Attack consists of Lars standing heroically atop Eddie's shoulders to deliver powerful, blazing slashes with his sword.
  • Meaningful Name: Eddie Riggs.
    • And story-wise, his last name is an amalgamation of Riggnarock.
  • Power Gives You Wings: As the hero unit in stage battles, he can summon demon wings to fly around.
  • 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.
  • The Reliable One: As a roadie. Even though Kabbage Boy hates Eddie's guts, the lead singer admits that Eddie can fix anything and build anything.
  • 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.
  • Supporting Protagonist: As a Roadie, his job is to make his teammates function well. Subverted with the final Legend showing that he really is the true hero of the story, and in the end when his allies express how he was truly the reason they succeeded.
  • 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 previous ruler of the Tainted Coil, and Riggnarok, her nemesis turned lover. His belt was purpose-built to transport its wearer (intended to be Succoria) back to the Age of Metal after assassinating Riggnarok.
  • Winged Humanoid: But only during stage battles.


I hope my parents were wrong about this.
Voiced by: Jennifer Hale

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.

Lars Halford

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.

Lita Halford

Watch me stick this dummy in the crotch!
Voiced by: Kath Soucie

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?
Mangus: 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: Afraid of everything, but he'll do his job, and he'll do it well.
  • 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.
    Lars: 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.

Razor Girl

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

Voiced by Rob Halford

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.
  • Zerg 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.

Rock Crusher

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.

     Drowning Doom 

Drowning Doom

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 Uncanny 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.

They were created for the sole purpose of weakening any rebellion that rises up. The Sea of Black Tears turns any who drink it against the rest of mankind, sparking a Civil War that kills any resistance.

The Leader of the Drowning Doom: Drowned Ophelia

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...
Voiced by Jennifer Hale
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.

Grave Diggers

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.
  • Losing Your Head: Like the Grave Diggers, they can survive decapitation.
  • 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.

Lightning Rod

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.

     Tainted Coil 

Tainted Coil

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: Based A LOT around S and M.
  • 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 by virtue of being able to spawn units virtually anywhere.

Emperor Doviculus

"Give them your mercy UNTIL THEY CAN TAKE NO MORE!"
Voiced by Tim Curry

The Big Bad of the entire Tainted Coil army.

Battle Nun

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.
  • Badass Biker: Maybe not as badass as some of Iron Heade's units, but they can still kick ass when used well.


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!
Voiced by David Cross

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?

Skull Raker

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 heart."

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.

Bleeding 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.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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.

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Additional Characters


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.

The Guardian of Metal

I want you to go FUCKIN' CRAZY out there! YOU HEAR ME?!
Voiced by Ozzy Osbourne

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.

The Hunter

What a little puss.
Voiced by Brian Posehn

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.
  • Badass Driver: He's Eddie's main rival when it comes to racing after all.
  • Cool Car: The Squealer is a green Dodge Challenger that's way too small for Fletus. His body sticks out of the moon roof, along with the steering wheel and stick shift, a reference to Ed Roth's Rat Fink.
  • Grumpy Bear: Fletus is never in a good mood unless he happens to win a race against Eddie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Fletus dresses and talks like Brian Johnson from AC/DC. That his car is called Squealer is a further Shout-Out to the band.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Fletus explains to Eddie that his race is fundamentally different from the demons of the Tainted Coil, who are not his allies. The Tainted Coil dislike his race because they are too ugly. Furthermore, his race has had access to cars long before Eddie showed up.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: What race is unknown at this time...
  • Racing Minigame: His sidequest involves racing against him in a series of one-on-one muscle car races.
  • The Rival: To Eddie in road racing.
  • Scary Teeth: He has metallic tusks that resemble exhaust pipes.
  • Violent Geordie
  • Watch the Paint Job: "Do not touch my damn car!"
  • Winged Humanoid: They're never seen in-game, but concept art reveals that he has bat-like wings similar to Eddie's.


Get out of here before I bite your head off!
Voiced by Ozzy Osbourne
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.

Kabbage Boy

"I can fix anything... Except that."
—Eddie Riggs

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.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The guitarist.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Ormagoden röars in their faces so loud that their heads fall off.
  • Cool Mask: Kind of, in their case. The vocalist wears a Phantom of the Opera mask for some reason.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Being their roadie is a pretty thankless job for Eddie. Of course, he gives them no respect himself as well.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: They wear stereotypical "cool kid" clothes turned up to eleven. The bassist wears three caps stacked on top of one another, and his pants sag low enough to show all of his underwear - like he had just taken a crap and had to rush out of the bathroom.
  • Jerkass: They treat Eddie like crap. In return, he's pretty surly around them. Though the bassist seems okay, if commercial nonetheless.
    Lead Guitarist: Yeah I'll try not to smash it (Eddie's recently fixed guitar)... so much this time.
    Bassist: Don't mess with that guy. He scares me.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Parodied. They are part of the Second Wave of American Tween Melodic Rap Metalcore. Though musically they're more of a combination of a Pop Punk (with a heavy emphasis on pop) and Nu Metal group.
  • Stylistic Suck: Their music is considered awful In-Universe.
  • Take That!: To trendy modern metal groups.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The guitarist, when climbing on the stage just to show off. He nearly dies for his trouble, and winds up getting Eddie killed (and then he really dies, Eddie gets ressurrected and the plot kicks off for real).
    • The Bassist, however, is not and thus is the only one that survives Ormagoden appearing in the real world.


A figure from the History of Metal. Aetulia was a beautiful woman who lived deep underground, and sang to Madronal, the teated tree of drinking. Her lovely and magic song nourished the tree, and in turn the First Ones. She was eventually kidnapped by the First Ones, and her song was used to lure Ormagöden to his death. After he and the First Ones were wiped out, Aetulia was left alone in the dark, where she wept endlessly for her part in killing the Eternal Fire Beast until she finally turned to dust. Her tears, infused with both her power and eternal grief, would become the Sea of Black Tears.
  • Creation Myth: Aetulia is one of the key figures in the History of Metal.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Her part in Ormagöden's death left her to cry alone until she died.
  • Enthralling Siren: Though not by choice, Aetulia's beautiful music lured Ormagöden into the First Ones' trap, and it is rumored you can still hear her sorrowful song from the Sea of Black Tears, luring others to drink.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Long and black, reaching past her body from the look of the illustrations.