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.


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.


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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

     Additional Characters 

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.


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.

  • Actor Allusion: Richard Steven Horvitz, the lead guitarist's voice actor, sings a little tune from Psychonauts when showing off.
  • 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.
  • 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 tern 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.