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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.
- Where I come from, this guitar makes noises. Here, it blows stuff up!Voiced by: Jack Black
- 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!"
- 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...
- 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
- 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: While she leads the Drowning Doom.
- 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.
- Fastball Special: Her Double Team.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: She's a Perky Goth who shows aptitude for the heavy metal magic.
- 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.
- 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
- Audible Sharpness: Every time his sword is drawn, the sound echoes. May be justified because it's a Tab Slab sword, and it's a world of Metal.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: Lars is... a bit of a narcissist when it comes to his looks. So when Lyonwhite's soldiers hang a banner taunting Lars that depicts him as fat and balding, Lars vows to kill Lyonwhite himself.
- Big Good: Treated as such, even by the true protagonist.
- Cool Sword: It has the power to inspire people to flock to their banner. If only it was wielded by someone who actually had an idea of how to lead an army...
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu
- Mr. Fanservice
- Fearless Fool
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Larsis a rare version, in that he is genuinely heroic, selfless and willing to lay down his life for the good of humanity. However, while Lars is extremely inspirational and charismatic, he has no head whatsoever for strategy or logistics, and much of the nitty-gritty of running the rebellion is in fact done by subordinates like Eddie. In the end he seems to have bought into his own press, since it turns out a defiant speech and leading a heroic cause did not make him invincible...
- Genre Blindness
- Heroic LineageEddie: So, who died and made Lars king?Lita: OUR FATHER, YOU JERK!
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is promptly impaled by Doviculus after he reveals himself to be Ironheade's leader.
- 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
- Sword Beam: His Double Team has him shoot a wave of fire as he rides on your back.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The only thing covering his torso is an open leather vest.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- Watch me stick this dummy in the crotch!Voiced by: Kath Soucie
- Action Girl
- All Love Is Unrequited: Implied with Eddie.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon, nicknamed the Lita Halberd.
- Boobs of Steel: Lita is tall, has an athletic build, and her fighting style favors strength over finesse. Oh, and she's also quite busty.
- Character Development: At the start of the game, Lita distrusts pretty much everybody except for Lars. Following Lars' death, she slowly becomes more trusting towards the other members of Ironheade. Finally, during the game's ending, she admits that she was wrong to be so distrustful of others.
- Combat Stilettos
- Commander Contrarian
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: She acts vindicated when the Drowning Doom are revealed to be led by Drowned Ophelia, but it turns out she and Eddie are to blame for her Face–Heel Turn.
- Of course, considering Ironheade witnessed Doviculus accusing "Succoria" of having turned against him, then were explicitly told he'd just opened the Sea of Black Tears to pit humans against each other, all right after they killed Lionwhyte, she really should've thought this through.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Partially for Eddie, but more out of responsibility to Ironheade.
- Dude, Not Funny!: An in-universe example happens during an optional conversation.Eddie: So who died and made Lars king?Lita: My father, you jerk.Eddie: Oh, sorry.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Ophelia because of her parents, making her a "Tear Drinker".
- Heartbroken Badass: After Ophelia's apparent betrayal, Lita vows to Eddie that she will never cry. But when the two of them rendevous with with rest of Ironheade and they see that the Killmaster was unable to save Lars, Lita breaks down in tears.
- The High Queen. After Lars' death, Lita becomes queen of Bladehenge and the leader of Ironheade.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Heroic Lineage
- Ice Queen
- Knight in Sour Armor: While she does adamantly give her objections constantly, her loyalty to Ironeheade is absolute.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lita dresses like, and somewhat resembles, female heavy metal vocalist Doro Pesch.
- Of Corsets Sexy
- Revenge Before Reason: Lita blames Ophelia solely for Lars' death, believing she was a mole for Doviculus.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess and later queen of Bladehenge, she fights on the front lines of every single battle the Ironheade army is in.
- Supporting Leader: Replaces Lars in the end.
- Tomboy Princess
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Or as Eddie once calls her, "Bossy Bangs."
- Lars: Mangus, are you an Engineer?Mangus: What's an Engineer?Voiced by Alex Fernandez
- 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.
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.
- Action Girl
- BFG: Their guns are ripped from the engine-like carcass of a Razorfire Boar.
- '80s Hair: When they're not shooting things, they're emptying a can of hairspray on themselves.
- Full-Boar Action
- Glass Cannon
- Groupie Brigade: Their evil counterpart.
- Plucky Girl: Very cheerful in the middle of battle.
- Sex Slave: Before they were busted out of Lionwhyte's palace.
- Smoking Is Cool
- The Squadette
- Valley Girl
- Zerg Rush: A popular Ironheade tactic in multiplayer is to quickly build a large force of razor girls and rush the enemy.
Kill Master/Thunderhog Bassists
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels
- Badass Biker
- Badass Grandpa
- Combat Medic
- Cool Pet: The Metal Spiders, who spin webs of metal, which can be harvested into bass strings.
- I Call It "Vera": Eddie can borrow his bass guitar, called Rickenbastard.
- Ink-Suit Actor: The Kill Master looks exactly like his voice actor, Lemmy Kilmister.
- Luke Nounverber
- Mean Boss: Kill Master is a harsh man to serve, which is why some of the bassists left to join Lionwhyte.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: That's the idea. Kill Master chose that name just to scare people off.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Technical Pacifist: He and his clan took an oath not to hurt others. However...Eddie: Hey, Kill Master! How did you like your first battle?Kill Master: First battle with you, you mean. I've been around a while.
- Waxing Lyrical: Lemmy quotes his own works on occasion.
- Zerg Rush: Because multiple Thunderhogs don't stack their healing ability, one would think there would be no reason to have more than one at a time until you start Double Teaming and stunning opposing armies many times over.
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
- BURN THE OTHER GUYS!Voiced by Rob Halford
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels
- Badass Biker
- Big Damn Heroes: How they're introduced.
- Camp Straight: Just because they're patterned after a younger Rob Halford.
- The Cavalry
- Cool Shades
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Herd-Hitting Attack: Double Teaming creates a ring of fire that shrinks and severely burns infantry.
- Inksuit Actor: The Baron for late-70s/early-80s Halford.
- Kill It with Fire
- Nerf: Initially a Game Breaker, they were quickly patched into a strictly anti-infantry unit for Competitive Balance.
- Playing with Fire: Spamming molotovs, you say?
- Ring of Fire: Double Teaming lets you draw one. It shrinks when completed, burning enemies.
- Victory Is Boring: Post-campaign, the Baron seems to think so.
- Zerg Rush: When the game was first released, spamming Fire Barons was a nearly unstoppable strategy. This resulted in a patch that severely nerfed Fire Barons.
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.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: A Bouncer with a headset, nicknamed "Mittens" by Eddie.
- Defeat Means Friendship
- Dumb Muscle
- Fastball Special: Inversion of the standard. Eddie carries a Bouncer and throws him to create a shockwave, not far from Eddie obviously.
- Gentle Giant
- Giant Hands of Doom
- Good Old Fisticuffs
- Ground Pound / Shockwave Stomp: When double teaming with Eddie.
- Manchild: The innocent kind. Even Ophelia calls them "simple minded."
- Middle-Management Mook: Mittens.
- Top-Heavy Guy
- Useless Useful Unit: Bouncers are anti-vehicle units but are themselves slow-moving infantry. Their attacks are so slow that only stationary targets will reliably be hit. Compounding matters, many vehicles are themselves anti-infantry and can attack while on the move.
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!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.
Voiced by Lita Ford
- Amazon Brigade
- The Beastmaster
- Cool Pet
- Exposed to the Elements: Eddie lampshades this in the Dry Ice Mines.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Look, Baby! Coil! *attacks*
- Herd-Hitting Attack
- Mega Neko: Metal Beasts.
- Mars Needs Women: Gender inverted.
- New Old Flame: The Baron. And flame as in Rima almost burns him alive.
- Panthera Awesome: Rima wears a Laser Panther head as a hat, which, implied by The Hunter, can shoot lasers.
- Playing with Fire
- Speak of the Devil: The Zaulia are first mentioned by the Fire Baron right after Eddie finishes herding some Metal Beasts - Lita is sating that it's impossible to ride them, but the Baron counters by talking about them. Just about five seconds later, they appear, holding him, Eddie and Lita hostages.
- Stripperiffic: Even by this game's standards!
- Third-Person Person: Rima hears the Battle Cry!
- Thong of Shielding
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.
- Cool Tank: A giant tank that serves as a portable stage? Yes please.
- Drop the Hammer
- Herd-Hitting Attack: The Bladehenge Assault summons an exploding landmark on top of your enemies.
- Lightning Bruiser: When double teamed, it's movement speed can match Eddie's car on flat ground.
- Mighty Glacier
- Near Victory Fanfare: It actually plays the music from your base, buffing your infantry.
- Nerf: The Bladehenge Assault lost range and gained recovery time after the patch.
- The Power of Rock / Theme Music Power-Up: Literal example. The songs it plays provide an attack buff.
- Status Buff: Battle Cry can buff the Rockcrusher and stack its buff with other units.
- Sword Plant: A giant, weaponized one using the solo.
- Tank Goodness
- Weaponized Landmark: The Double Team summons a second Bladehenge.
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.
- 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 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
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Her skin is a pale blue.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Black Tear Bombs / Death from Above: The Weeping Heavens solo. Causes the stage to launch a bombardment of Faceless Eyes covered in black tears, wherever the solo is performed.
- Broken Bird
- Calling Your Attacks: Silence!
- Cool Car: A souped up hearse.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quite the master at this, even compared to the other commanders.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Talks about Doom a lot, and uses a lot of metaphors for drowning.
- Dying Curse
- The Dragon: Any time the humans look like they're gearing up to rebel, the Tainted Coil opens up the Sea of Black Tears. This effectively splits the human race into a civil war, as the lost and dispossessed drink of the Tears and grow powerful. Whoever is in charge of the Tear Drinkers becomes this trope to the Coil, unwittingly or otherwise. This is implied to have happened before.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Even the Girls Want Her: Try Double Teaming with a Bride, she loves it.Bride: (swooning) So commanding!
- Evil Diva
- Evil Makeover
- Hero Unit: To the Drowning Doom.
- Hot Witch
- Humanoid Abomination: An avatar of the Sea of Black Tears that takes a more twisted form of Ophelia. That and her concept art makes it very clear that she is something VERY powerful and VERY inhuman.
- I Call It "Vera": The Six-Stringed Sorrow, her guitar. Works about the same as Eddie's, minus a Relic Raiser spell
- Ice Queen
- Leitmotif: "Betrayal" by Lita Ford.
- Stating the Simple Solution: If her opponent Hero Unit flies away, sometimes she yells "PULL!"
- Stripperiffic: Her "outfit" doesn't leave much to the imagination.
- Vapor Wear: Quite literally. She is nude, and the Black Tears swirl around her in all the right places.
- Walking Spoiler: Why no, you're not allowed to even see her face or her name. Progress further into the Age of Metal and you'll understand.
- Weakened by the Light: "The sky, the sun, STOP IT ALL!"
- With Great Power Comes Great Angst
- Wolverine Claws: Can stretch out the Black Tears to form claws in some attacks.
- Woman Scorned
- Your Makeup Is Running
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.
- Creepy Monotone: They speak in a very whiny monotone, so the creepy aspect is quite downplayed.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Death Metal
- Dishing Out Dirt: Their special move involves burrowing beneath the ground and bursting back up beneath opponents.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: They're pale and ashen-looking, being undead and all.
- Fearless Undead: They don't fear the enemy, so long as they could keep their heads.
- Guyliner: You'll hear Eddie and units of different factions mocking them for it.
- Individuality Is Scary
- Lean and Mean: They're rather skinny, though not quite to the point of looking like desiccated corpses. Just skinny goth boys.
- Losing Your Head: They can survive having their head removed if they haven't taken enough damage. One of their idle lines even lampshades this.I just wanna keep my head today.
- Our Zombies Are Different: They're intelligent, non-carnivorous, Emo Teens risen from the grave.
- Shovel Strike: Their weapon of choice.
- The Undead: Goth zombies.
- Your Makeup Is Running
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.
- Shock and Awe: A waltz that causes lightning to strike enemies.
- 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
FrightwigThe 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.
RatgutAn 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.
- Evil Laugh
- The Ghost
- Mind Control
- Ominous Fog: Blue fog surrounding The Organist can visibly show you the area of it's effect.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: The Doom attached one to a car.
- People Puppets: The Organist can literally extend puppet strings to steal any unit.
- Standard Status Effects: Attack debuff to nearby enemies.
- Stringy Haired Ghost Guy
- Useless Useful Spell: The double team. It prevents your avatar from doing a more powerful double team, the vehicle is always nearby the possessee, and of course you can't double team with the possessee because it's the organist in doing the possession. Their attack debuff remains useful, however.
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.
- Chain Lightning / Charged Attack : When double teaming, it can be charged up to jump through up to eight enemy units.
- Cool Car: A blue hot rod with an electric chair that serves as a bolt-slinging turret.
- Electric Torture
- Herd-Hitting Attack: Double Teaming allows charging, creating Chain Lightning that can zap a large group.
- Large Ham: A stark contrast to most of the other Drowning Doom units, who are usually quite subdued and quiet, if speaking at all.
- Laughing Mad: Has more than his share of moments.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: "Time to share the wealth!"
- Psycho Electro
An evil pram (baby stroller) that launches baby dolls that munch on infantry or severely damage cars.Tier 3 anti-vehicle ranged vehicle.
- Abnormal Ammo
- Creepy Doll: The ammunition.
- Personal Space Invader: Hero Units will yell and complain when they're being mauled by them.
- Perverse Puppet: The dolls attack with teeth and claws.
- Tyke Bomb
- What Measure Is a Mook?
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 Dreaded: Simply being Double Teamed with it causes enemy infantry to flee in a panic.
- Glass Cannon: He's hard to catch and will wreck most infantry he charges at. Stop him from running and he'll die in short order.
- Grim Reaper
- Headphones Equal Isolation: "Hey! Can you hear me through these headphones?"
- Hellish Horse: The Reapers ride on Reaper Steeds. Undead horses with manes made up of blue-flame candles.
- Sinister Scythe
- The Undead
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.
- Body Horror: Why yes, there is a full-grown tree in the giant's back.
- Creepy Crows: They amount to an instant-death zone for the other guys.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: What the double-team amounts to. Treeback has to be in melee range for it to work.
- Mighty Glacier
- The Undead
- The Voiceless: He doesn't have a single line.
- When Trees Attack
Tainted CoilThe 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.
- "Give them your mercy UNTIL THEY CAN TAKE NO MORE!"Voiced by Tim Curry
- Abusive Parents: All of his units can be considered his children. He does not treat them too well. Although they're not exactly complaining.
- Anything That Moves: Somewhat justified in that his units are all demons like he is.
- 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.
- This is Doviculus in general, being willing to use anything and anybody in any way, whether they like it or not, to his advantage.
- 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
- 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.
- Knight of Cerebus: The game was lighthearted until he gets under the spotlight, being more of a threat than Lionwhyte and therefore treated much more seriously (though still occasionally Played for Laughs). Killing off Lars sets the tone for the rest of the game.
- 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.
- Mook Maker: By way of massive reproduction.
- 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
- Never My Fault: Blames his own team for their failure while under the effect of a Dirgible.
- 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 compared to what you did to her."
- Villains Never Lie
Battle NunA 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.
- Abusive Parents: "You may call me Mother Ultra Superior, children!"
- Brains and Bondage
- Butter Face: Eddie claims she is the "definition of a Butter Face."
- Christmas Cake: "I should be breeding now! I'm not getting any younger!"
- Church Militant
- Explosive Breeder
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Eddie's reaction.
- Mandatory Motherhood: Parodied. They really want to have Doviculus's demon babies all the time.
- Mook Maker: Makes basic infantry.
- Naughty Nuns
- Nuns Are Spooky
- Show Some Leg
- Unholy Matrimony: Rather literal in this case.
- Zerg Rush: A singe Battle Nun can slip over to the enemy stage and endlessly make units if nobody's looking.
Soul KisserBasic 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.
- Bound and Gagged: Their hands are bound behind their back, and their face covered by a mask.
- Fastball Special: Their Double Team suicide attack.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Their Double Team involves Doviculus throwing them at targets.
- Prehensile Hair
- Spam Attack: A powerful, suicidal Fastball Special.
- The Quiet One: The only noise they make is their hair snapping shut. Not that their ensemble allows for talking, but still.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Doviculus can pick them up and throw them for a suicide attack.
- We punish you, and punish you, and WHAT DO YOU GIVE US?!Voiced by Courtney Taylor
- Bound and Gagged: Pinboy. Complete with a ball gag in his mouth.
- Butt-Monkey: Pinboy.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: That both sides enjoy.
- Driven to Suicide: If the dominatrices all die, Pinboy will pull an arrow of of his back and off himself on the spot.
- Happiness in Slavery: If they dominatrices die, he commits suicide.
- Human Pincushion: The Pinboy pins are ammo for Doviculus to throw during the Double Team.
- Human Shield: The Pinboy serves as a shield for the Dominatrices.
- Stripperiffic: The whole squad counts.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Pinboy.
Tick ChoppersImp 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.
- Our Demons Are Different: They are a very different race from the Tainted Coil according to Fletus.
WarfatherTainted 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.
- Abusive Parents: "What's that? Kill all the children? Shhh..."
- Church Militant
- Corrupt Church
- Mook Maker Maker: Can make superior Battle Nuns, which in turn make superior infantry.
- Sinister Minister
- Squishy Wizard
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Tainted Book is an evil book from which he casts projectile magic and tells stories.
- Can you help me? I was told that I was signing up for a spa day!Voiced by David Cross
- 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 RakerA 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.
- Dumb Muscle
- Epic Flail: Its head.
- Hard Head
- Informed Flaw: Suprisingly eloquent for someone with the "mind of an infant".
- Mighty Glacier: Until you Double Team.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Use Your Head
Pain LifterA 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
OverblesserThe 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.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Visibly has a lot of catholic imagery.
- Church Militant
- Corrupt Church
- Humongous Mecha
- Mook Maker Maker Maker: Can create a chain of tier 3 units via Superior Warfather and Divine Battle Nun.
- The Pope: Except evil and sporting a gas mask.
- Sinister Minister
Hate CageActually 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.
- Awesome, but Impractical
- Chicken Walker: They literally look like they have bird legs.
- The Power of Hate: Now in defense-lowering liquid form!
- Trampled Underfoot: "Haha! I love it up here!"
Heart CutterA 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 DeathA 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?!Voiced by Ozzy Osbourne
- All-Powerful Bystander: "I'm not really a fighter, I'm more of a... keeper of timeless secrets."
- Arms Dealer
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks just like modern Ozzy Osbourne.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot
- Watch the Paint Job: It's not even his car, but man, does he get pissed at Eddie.Every time I see you, there's another fucking scratch on that beautiful car!
- AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH DEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAATH!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 to dig! Lionwhyte forces Razor Girls be his concubines! He makes his minions wear glam outfits!
- Camp Straight
- Carry a Big Stick: His microphone stand is really a massive spiked club.
- Les Collaborateurs
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- The Dragon: To Doviniculus. Right up until he dies, and is replaced by Drowned Ophelia.
- The '80s: 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: An Affectionate Parody of this rather than a Take That!.
- 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.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Given a Gory Discretion Shot as large glass shards fall on him, apparently so messy that you can't find his body after.
- It's All About Me: He works with the demons by mining buried metal and leather that 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
- 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: His hair is so long and full he's able to use it as a pair of wings to fly.
- The Quisling: To humanity at large, by enslaving any human who isn't useful enough to enforce the Tainted Coil's will.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Comes with being a Hair Metal parody.
- Shout-Out: Spell My Name with an "S" aside, his name is one to White Lion.
- Sissy Villain: Justified with being a glam metal fighter.
- Smug Snake
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to be one, but has nothing to back it up.
- What a little puss.Voiced by Brian Posehn
- Badass Normal: He's hunted and killed several of the worlds most dangerous animals all by himself.
- Egomaniac Hunter: He's always quick to brag about killing the incredibly dangerous wildlife.
- Grumpy Bear: Always in a foul mood.
- Ink-Suit Actor
- Nice Hat: Makes himself one of these out of the laser panthers he killed.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Often found munching on a slab of whatever he just killed.
- 20 Bear Asses: He gives these quests exclusively. Completing them powers up your Call of the Wild.
- 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!Voiced by Robin Atkin Downes
- 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
- Ink-Suit Actor: Looks like 1980s Ozzy, with a healthy dose of Actor Allusion thrown in.
- Our Vampires Are Different
"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.
- 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.
AetuliaA 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.