The Angiris Council is the ruling body of the High Heavens, formed to oppose the Great Evils of the Burning Hells. The Council comprises five Archangels, each of whom represents an aspect of Anu: Imperius the Archangel of Valor; Tyrael the Archangel of Justice; Auriel the Archangel of Hope; Itherael the Archangel of Fate; and Malthael the Archangel of Wisdom. Among these five, Malthael originally served as leader until abandoning his post. At that point Imperius assumed leadership.Tropes applying to the Angiris Council
Resurrective Immortality: Because they are aspects of the ultimate Good, members of the Angiris Council can reform their bodies even if totally destroyed. Tyrael does so after the destruction of Arreat, though it takes him twenty years, and in III both Imperius and Auriel survive wounds that should be fatal.
The Archangel of Justice and the closest thing the games have to a main good guy outside of the Nephalem. Despite or because of his standing as the Archangel of Justice, Tyrael has several times gone against the Council's decision to not interfere with the world of Sanctuary against the Great Evils. He is as a result something of a maverick within the Angiris Council. In particular, he and Imperius frequently butt heads over whether or not to aid humanity against the Burning Hells. He personally formed the Horadrim to combat the Prime Evils. Eventually, they, aided by Tyrael, succeeded and imprisoned the Prime Evils within their soulstones.He first appears in the second game where he attempts to prevent the Diablo-possessed Aidan in freeing Baal, but he is overwhelmed and imprisoned by both in after Marius sets Baal free. He is freed by the heroes of the second game however, and he subsequently aid them against Diablo from Pandemonium Fortress at the gates of Hell. In Lord of Destruction he is unable to aid against Baal, but after the Lord of Destruction's death he arrives to find the Worldstone corrupted and as such subsequently finds it necessary to destroy it with his sword.
My God, What Have I Done?: Undergoes a huge one in III when he feels that his decision to become mortal triggered the events of the story leading up to Diablo's attack on the High Heavens. He gets better.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He was forbidden from interfering the mortal world by the rest of the Angiris Council. He disobeyed their orders by providing them with the Soulstones. He ultimately renounces his angelhood so he can fight alongside mortals as one of them. If the Angels' precious rules would bind him from doing what is right, he would rather not be an Angel anymore.
What the Hell, Hero?: According to the Book of Tyrael (which takes place after III), when Tyrael goes to his old home in the Courts of Justice he is attacked by visions of angels who died by Diablo's hand and they blame him for their deaths.
The Archangel of Valor and the effective leader of the Angiris Council. As such, he is essentially the ruler of the High Heavens. Imperius is noted to be the greatest warrior in creation and he has clashed with the Prime Evils several times. Despite his hatred of the demons, he refuses to help the humans of Sanctuary against them, as he believes the humans to be abominations that should be purged, as they were born of the union between an angel and a demon. Because of this, he frequently butts heads with Tyrael who wishes to aid the humans and interfere in the world of Sanctuary.
Fantastic Racism: Many angels are not fond of humans in general, but Imperius in particular stands out. He wanted Sancutary destroyed due to the hand of demons in its creation, and he utterly despises the Nephalem, to the point that in Act IV of Diablo III, Tyrael has to tell him that Diablo is the enemy, not the Nephalem who has come to save Heaven.
Holy Halo: Has a big metal one hovering above his head.
Jerk Ass: To put it simple, he was the only one on the Angiris Council who voted for the Extermination of Humanity (Mathael was absent but had his vote in favor of Imperius by default, while Itherael, Auriel and Tyrael all voted against the decision). Moreover, he forbade the High Heavens to try saving humans when Demons started invading them, tried having Tyrael punished for disobeying and passes most of the final act insulting or threatening the Nephalem when you come to Heaven to save Angels.
Knight Templar: He is on the side of Good, but to him, anything related to Demons has to be destroyed, including the Nephalem, since they are part-demons.
Ham-to-Ham Combat: Pretty much inevitable when him and Tyrael are in the same room together.
Leeroy Jenkins: This happens in the animation "Wrath". Despite Tyrael's advice on waiting to regroup their troops before advancing, Imperius decides to take the angels and go straight into Diablo's fortress instead. Let's just say his soldiers didn't last long.
Another example would be when Diablo appears in front of the Diamond Gates and Imperius goes to fight him... that also doesn't go so well.
Teleport Spam: This actually works against him, as it gives Tyrael the time to grab Imperius's spear and point it at him. Against Demons, on the other hand, it proved lethal.
Tyrant Takes the Helm: It is explicitly stated that the High Heavens have gone to hell (no pun intended) since he began to take a more active role in ruling it.
What You Are in the Dark: In the promotional animation "Wrath", Diablo encourages Imperius to kill him rather than let the latter's brethren hold him as prisoner (which the angel complies to). Furthermore, he taunts him by saying that his strength comes from his rage but he's afraid to let the other angels see this side of him. Imperius' reply?
The former Archangel of Wisdom and leader of the Angiris Council. Following the events of Diablo 2, he was driven mad by the World Stone's destruction and abandoned both his duties and Heaven, going into seclusion. He reappears as the main antagonist of Reaper of Souls, now as the Angel of Death, where he steals the Black Soulstone as part of his plan to eradicate humanity due to their demonic origins.
Artifact of Doom: Currently in the possession of the Black Soulstone, which holds the combined might of all the lords of hell.
The Chessmaster: Possibly. If so, he's manipulated the Heavens and Hells themselves with no one suspecting a thing.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Also a possibility. If this is true, then he's waited for both sides to run themselves dry and have the heroes fulfill their destiny of saving the world before making his move.
Evil Former Friend: Once considered a brother by the other members of the Angiris Council.
Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted then played straight. Even as a good guy, Malthael's voice was a powerful one, one that often enraptured others with its melody and the wisdom of his words. However, whenever his demeanor darkened, his voice became dark and foreboding, provoking feelings of angst and even thoughts of death.
Face-Heel Turn: Malthael's the former leader of the Angiris Council, Heaven's ruling body and sworn enemy of Hell. Not many guessed he would return as the Big Bad of Reaper of Souls.
Fallen Hero: He once led the Angiris Council, the ruling body of Heaven itself. He was greatly respected for his wise words.
Large Ham: He doesn't talk much, but whenever he does, people listen.
The Leader: Formerly. Which makes him even more terrifying than Imperius now that he's evil.
Knight Templar: An even bigger one than Imperius according to press releases, considering how he's going against the Council's vote to spare the Nephalem which Imperius only decided to violate once Diablo was resurrected by Adria.
Obviously Evil: While his attire has remained relatively unchanged since his time with the Angiris Council, it really does sell his whole Angel of Death deal.
Omnicidal Maniac: Seeks to eradicate Sanctuary due to its Demonic origin. How the Black Soulstone fits into his plan is not yet known.
You Can't Fight Fate: Seems to believe this in the expanded universe. By III, he's changed his tune — as a Nephalem, you are Immune to Fate, and thus the only one able to change the outcome of Diablo's invasion of Heaven in the fourth and final act.
The Archangel who was once an adviser to the Angiris Council and became tired with all of the relentless fighting between the two races. He then decided to go cohabitate with demons alongside his angels.
Fate Worse than Death: the other Angels leave him to be tortured by the Demons. Mephisto then tore the wings from his back, sliced open his eyelids, and sealed him in a prison of mirrors. He's got nothing to do for the rest of eternity except gaze upon the reflection of his ruined form.
Izual was once Archangel Tyrael's lieutenant, sent to Hell to battle for the Hellforge. He was eventually corrupted and trapped inside a demon's body by the Prime Evils. In Diablo II, Tyrael asks the player character to free him of his misery, only for Izual to reveal he betrayed the High Heavens on purpose and was the one who advised the Prime Evils on using the Soul Gem, initiating their plan to invade Sanctuary. He is later brought back by Diablo in the third opus to disturb Tyrael.
The Mole: Not only did Izual fill the Prime Evils in about the Soulstones and how to corrupt them, but he also helped the Prime Evils mastermind their own exile into Sanctuary, breaking the pact made between Heaven and Hell after the Sin War and setting off the events of the games in general.
Not So Different: Try this on Tyrael in Diablo III after finding out both of them have become Fallen Angels (though in totally different ways), obviously enjoying the irony of the situation.
The Prime Evils
The Prime Evils are the Big Bads of Diablo and consist of Diablo, the Lord of Terror; Baal, the Lord of Destruction; and Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred. As the strongest of the seven Great Evils, the Prime Evils rule over the Burning Hells in unity. Before the events of the games, the three brothers had been exiled from the Burning Hells by the Lesser Evils and subsequently imprisoned within soulstones by Tyrael and the Horadrim. These soulstones were then hidden in certain locations in Sanctuary. However, unknown to their jailors, the Prime Evils had found a way to take control of the soulstones...Tropes applying to all of the Prime Evils
Authority Equals Asskicking: When the demons rebelled against them, the Prime Evils killed about a third of them before being driven out.
The Chessmaster: They planned the event of the first two games right from the beginning.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: They have almost invaded heaven before but did not succeed because they bicker among themselves over who gets what upon victory.
The Corrupter: All of them got their way out by corrupting people around them, mainly Diablo and Mephisto.
Deader than Dead: Due to Diablo performing a Fusion Dance at the climax of III, not only are they all dead, but so is the lingering essence of the God of Evil they were born from, meaning they can never be reborn.
However, due to The Reveal that their power lingers inside the still-intact black soulstone, this might not be quite true....
Sealed Evil in a Can: They were all trapped in gem soul, though Baal had to be trapped in a person as well due to his gem being damaged.
Diablo, Lord of Terror
Of the three Prime Evils, Diablo is the youngest brother, however he is also the forthmost and the strongest of the three in raw power. However, he should not be taken for a mere brute, for his power belies a most cunning mind. Of the three brothers, Diablo was the one captured last. His soulstone was buried at the bottom of a labyrinth deep beneath Tristram Cathedral. There he was imprisoned for nearly 200 years until the soulstone was found and shattered by Archbishop Lazarus, the closest advisor of the new king of Khanduras, Leoric. Diablo immediately tried to possess King Leoric, but though he failed, the king was left a maddened wreck until he was eventually slain. Having failed to possess King Leoric, Archbishop Lazarus offered up the king's youngest son, Prince Albrecht, as a host. A shattered piece of the soulstone was jammed into the young prince's head, allowing Diablo to take over.He was eventually slain by the hero of the first game: Aidan, a warrior of great prowess and King Leoric's eldest son. However, this would be far from the last heard of Diablo, for Aidan jammed the soulstone into his own head, believing his will strong enough to contain the Lord of Terror. Alas, he failed and Diablo took over his body and in the company of Marius, he set out east to free Baal and reunite with Mephisto, before he headed back into Hell to reclaim his dominion over it. The heroes of the second game managed to defeat him however and his soulstone was shattered, seemingly putting Diablo to rest forever. Except, it proved not to be the case...
I Am Legion: In the Diablo III game to scare off the player for good, due to having absorbed the seven demonlords in himself.
Manipulative Bastard: not on the scale of Belial, but he has his moments. In Diablo III, he proceeds to do a massive Mind Rape on the playable characters and Tyrael while they ascend to him by sending Izual and demons impersonating the ghost of people they knew and met in order to break their confidence, each demons using an aspect of the Demon Lords (the Terror's demon impersonated Leah and mocked the playable character for helping Diablo become the Prime Evil; the Destruction's Demon impersonated Marius and tried to put Tyrael in guilt for abandoning him; Demon of Lies impersonated Haedrig's wife Mira and blamed the PC for her death; the demon of Anguish impersonated Maghda and blamed him/her for Belial's death; Demon of Sin impersonated Rumford and tried to convince him/her he/she was only motivated by greed and blood lust; and the list goes on).
Primal Fear: His domain; because he is Lord of Terror, he fears nothing, which is why Deckard Cain considers him the most dangerous of the Seven Evils.
Satan: Diablo, as befitting of his name, is Sanctuary's Satan, though until the third game, he had to share this title with the other two Prime Evils, Baal and Mephisto. And then in the third game, he becomes the Prime Evil, all seven Evils combined in one being, making him the ultimate evil in Sanctuary.
Shock and Awe: His infamous Red Lightning Hose is one Hell of an attack that can be considered by far his deadliest attack. It makes its appearance in Diablo II's final battles and then returns for the final phase of the final battle of Diablo III.
The Lord of Destruction. Unlike his brothers, Baal's Soul Gem was damaged when the Horadrim managed to capture him, leaving them unable to trap him the conventional way. As a result, a powerful Horadrim Mage named Tal'Rasha volunteered to complete the Broken Soul Gem, using his own body as a container to keep the Lord of Destruction sealed. For additional precaution, he was willingly placed in a sealed tomb, and the Horadrim built several fake.In Diablo II, the first thing Diablo does after taking over his host and leaving Tristram is head for the city of Luth Goleim and look for the Tomb of Tal'Rasha to free his brother, which he succeeds. Belial manages to escape after the defeat of his two brothers, and serves as the Big Bad for the Expanson set, Lord of Destruction.
Ax-Crazy: Being the Lord of Destruction, he's the only of the three Prime Evils to rule of a physical concept rather then emotional. Deckard Cain describes him in his journal as the most unstable and aggressive of the three.
Big Bad: Takes over as the main villain in the expansion of Diablo II after your character has defeated his two brothers.
The lower-ranking four lieutenants of the three Prime Evils, consisting in Andariel Maiden of Anguish, Duriel Lord of Pain, Belial Lord of Lies and Azmodan Lord of Sins. They started out as their lieutnants, but, after a Enemy Civil War inside the Burning Hells, they overthrown the three and exiled them to Earth, leading to the events of the game. They come back in Diablo II, where Andariel and Duriel joins forces with the Prime Evils again, then in Diablo III, where Belial and Azmodan both come in an attempt to seize control after the Prime Evils' apparent death.Tropes Applying to all Lesser Evils
The Maiden of Anguish, and the only one amongst the Seven Demonlords to be female. Though she took part in the rebellion against the Prime Evils, she eventually grew tired of the quarrels between her brothers, and ended up trying to reconcile with the Prime Evils. In Diablo II, she sides with Diablo, taking over the Rogue Monastery and blocking the road to Orient so nobody will be able to follow him.
All There in the Manual: His origin and the fact he is a Demon Lord only is mentionned in Cain's Journal in Diablo III or on official sites. No mention of it is made in Diablo II
An Ice Person: Loves to inflict the Frozen status on you, which slows down your movement and your attacks (which can be lethal in Diablo II). And his version doesn't give two shits about Cold Resistance, so any melee characters are in for serious aggravation.
Bait-and-Switch Boss: Baal is played up to be the boss of Act II of Diablo II. You face this guy instead.
The Brute: The only one amongst the Seven Great Evils to not get any sort of Character Development, Evil Plan or even part in the story; he only shows up as the guardian of Tal'Rasha's tomb with no explanation inside the game, and the only reason he is so memorable is because of how incredibly hard he is to defeat. In fact, you don't even know he was one of the Lesser Evil if you didn't went check on the internet or read Cain's Journal in Diablo III.
Lightning Bruiser: One of the main reasons he is remembered as That One Boss amongst the fans. This guy is huge, inflicts massive damage (to the point he sometimes kills you with one hit) and is insanely fast.
To the Pain: His schtick being physical pain to match with Andariel's mental anguish.
The Lord of Lies. A pupil of Mephisto, Belial is known to not feel confortable on the battlefield, instead relying on tricks and lies to get to his ends. In Diablo III, he and Azmodan attempts to seize control of Sanctuary, taking advantage on the Prime Evils' apparent deaths. Belial manages to take over the city of Caldeum, impersonating the young Emperor Hakan without anyone even noticing. He serves as the main villain in the second act, as well as The Man Behind the Man to Maghda.
Informed Ability: His defining trait, being a Consummate Liar. His identity is pretty obvious the first time you talk to him. Though unlike Azmodan, he at least does accomplish something with his manipulating skills (He is already controlling Caldeum by the time you arrive).
Manipulative Bastard: Just like Diablo, there's a reason he's referred as the "Lord of Lies". He took control of all Caldeum through mere manipulation, without everyone in the town noticing.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Had "Hakan" not started to use magic to stay in contact with the party (magic is, in universe, only usable after years of training and study), Belial likely would have been able to keep the party fooled. Once he started using magic, both the party and the player begin to grow suspicious.
Villainous Breakdown: If you take the messages he sends to his minions in account, he gradually suffers one; as you advance in the game and as Caldeum is starting to rebel itself, his notes become more angry, irritated and urging. This reaches the point where, when your character actually gets his hands on the Black Soulstone before him, he drops the act and attempts to destroy Caldeum as a whole.
The Lord of Sin. Azmodan is famous to be one of the greatest General in Hell, having won several battles against Angels by the past (not that we get to see any of his strategic prowess). In Diablo III, he and Belial try to take over Sanctuary following the Prime Evils' apparent death. After learning the Black Soul Gem's existance, he unleashes his legion in an attempt to get his hand on it, so he could absorb it and become the Prime Evil.
Four-Star Badass: the best general in Hell. At least so people say. His genius strategies seem to be limited to telling his opponents that he believes he completely outmatches them and hoping this will break their morale(he does send Ghom to infiltrate the area and holds off on mentioning said infiltration to his enemies until Ghom's men are right about to barge in and attack and he has Ghom wait in the Larder so that his the Player(s) would walk into the one place in the keep where the battlefield is in Ghom's favor so Azmodan's only mistake was in telling Leah of his armies coming from Arreat Crater).
General Failure: despite his reputation and his tactical skills, he ends up ruining his own plans by constantly telling you what he is planning. Mercilessly mocked by the Barbarian:
Templar: They say that Azmodan is the greatest commander of all the Burning Hells.
Barbarian: His minions fall like twigs in the wind. Some commander.
In his defense, when the hero arrives on the scene, the fortress had come very close to falling, with the catapults out of operation and the defenders scattered and unable to rally on their own. Had the heroes not arrived when they did, the defenders would have found themselves fighting on two fronts when the demons breached the walls from below, and the demon army's numerical superiority would crush the defenders from both sides within minutes. If the player character not been able to One-Man Army their way through both the demons on the walls AND the demons coming from below, the fortress would have fallen within a very short time. Azmodan's only real mistake is underestimating the player, since, as a general, he places value on armies, not individuals. The idea of a single individual, whether human, angelic, or demonic, being able to wipe out entire armies of demons singlehanded would be completely beyond his ability to comprehend.
The Hedonist: Being the Lord of Sin, he is a lot into this; his weight suggests he eats a lot, and he is mentioned in the Book of Cain to be "close" all his female lieutenants, with Cydaea being his favourite. He takes it to such extreme that Lyndon is shocked enough to consider giving up his depraved lifestyle just so Azmodan won't think he is encouraging him.
I Shall Taunt You: Has a bad habit of doing this to your character by using illusions to contact him/her and mock his/her effort to protect the dungeon. Unfortunately for him, those tauntings usually just end up making him look more pathetic, and he even ends up telling you his own plans in the process, thus helping you.
Informed Ability: Like Belial, the one trait he's best known for — being an "uncanny tactician." Which...let's just say he's not.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: A lot of his brillant strategies would have worked a lot better had he not be nice enough to warn you about them in his tauntings.
Seven Deadly Sins: He has seven lieutenants, each representing one of these, but the only ones who make appearances are Ghom (gluttony) and Cydaea (lust). Can you say "Expansion Hook"?
Smug Snake: Ironically, he is this much more than Belial. His arrogance even ends up causing his downfall.
Fridge Brilliance: Azmodan is the embodiment of the seven deadly sins, which includes pride. So it's fitting that his arrogance and desire to taunt the player lead to his defeat.
The Starscream: He is attempting to find and take the Black Soulstone so that he can embed it in his flesh and use the power of all Seven Great Evils combined so he can become the Prime Evil. Diablo has the same goal in mind, only he is a lot more successful in this than Azmodan, thanks largely to his agent, Adria, being a Manipulative Bastard.
Tropes applying to both of them:
Co-Dragons: Seven of them, to Azmodan. Five of them don't appear and aren't mentioned directly.
One of Azmodan's lieutenants. Known for his unsatiable, disgusting appetite and cannibalistic tendencies. In the game, Ghom is sent by Azmodan inside the Dungeon in order to attack it from the inside. He made the food reserve his hideout, and started taking prisonners in order to consume them. He is eventually killed off by your character.
Big Eater: Probably one of the rare example to bring this trope to terrifying levels.
Extreme Omnivore: According to Deckard Cain, he once ate several angels while they were still wearing armor and weapons.
Fat Bastard: He isn't as fat as Azmodan, but he comes close, and is much more disgusting.
Gasshole: The guy can't even speak without making fart noises, his gas cloud attack could possibly be a really disgusting fart, and when he dies he lets a huge one rip.
I Am A Humanitarian: Takes it to its worst possible extreme; he forces his prisoners to eat their comrades, and then eats them.
Poisonous Person: He produces massive amount of toxic vapour around him, which can easily kill you if you stand in it for too long.
Adria is a witch who arrived in Tristram shortly before the troubles within the cathedral began. Being a witch, she was not well-liked by the villagers and even Cain was wary of her, however he found her a valuable partner when it came to researching the evils within the cathedral. When Tristram finally fell, she was nowhere to be found, having fled before the demons arrived and tore it down. It is later learned in the third game that she was pregnant with the hero of the first game, Aidan's, child: Leah. She immediately left Leah in care of someone else after she was born and eventually Deckard Cain adopted Leah as his niece.
Good Is Not Nice: her attitude toward Leah is quite hard on occasion, and she thought saving civilians before dealing with Belial was a waste of time. Eventually subverted; she wasn't good to begin with.
A Jeweler that the Nephalem comes across stuffed into a barrel in the aqueducts outside Caldeum, while he was searching for a valuable cursed crucible. He tags along, but is also on a quest of his own that involves finding (and fixing) a magical jewel with an evil spirit trapped inside. He recalls the multiple misadventures (and romantic conquests) that he's had on his quest, but also states that the "never touched" truth and that his memory isn't all that good. There exists the possibility that he might be an ancient Xiansai trickster-god... or he might simply be a crazy old man. Nonetheless, he is your main go-to guy for crafting gems and jewels for your gear.
The last of the Horadrim, an order of scholars and magi formed by Tyrael to combat the threat of the Great Evils. He is the descendant of the leader of the Horadrim, Jered Cain. Old and wise, he aids the heroes of the games by giving away useful knowledge and identifying certain items. He can come off as rambling and a bit too eager to locate certain truths. In the first game he acts as the local town elder in Tristram and is, apart from Adria who fled the town beforehand, the only survivor of the fall of Tristram, having been stuck in a cage. He's eventually rescued by the heroes of Diablo II, whereafter he aids them for all of the remaining acts. Following the destruction of the Worldstone, he believed that the demon invasion would come instantly. When he learned this wasn't the case, he travelled about for twenty years, along with his adopted niece Leah, searching for the pieces of the Prophecy of the End Days. While in the cathedral of Tristram, he has pierced almost the entire prophecy together, just as the Fallen Star lands on the cathedral and plunges Deckard down into its depths, starting the events of the third and final game.
Action Survivor: He is supposedly not a fighter, but an avid adventurer as he has to gather certain knowledge from dangerous places. In addition, he is incredibly lucky when it comes to surviving certain death, like the fall of Tristram and the Fallen Star landing on him.
A blacksmith in the town of New Tristram in the third game. His grandfather was Chancellor Eamon, a close advisor to the king, who was buried with the king's crown so that the Skeleton King could never rise again. In New Tristram, he's the one in charge of disposing the people who has been bitten by the undead. However, he hesitates as he is about to have to kill his own wife, but the hero of the game assures and assists him in this task. Afterwards, he both sets up his blacksmith shop and tells the hero of the location of the crown so that the Skeleton King can manifest in physical form and finally die. When the hero retrieves it, Haedrig fixes the crown up as good as new so he or she can destroy the Skeleton King. He thereafter becomes the hero's go-to guy for crafting magical gear, setting up shop in the towns the hero goes to in order to help them.
Mercy Kill: He's the one who has to inflict this on those bitten.
Captain of King Leoric's knights. As King Leoric's madness became apparent and Lazarus' poisonous advice took hold of the king, Lachdanan was sent off to fight against Westmarch. When he returned from the disastrous campaign, he found the king's madness having only increased and that he was slaughtering the people of Tristram. As such, he found himself forced to slay the mad king. However, after having given the king a proper burial, he rose from the grave as the Skeleton King and cursed both Lachdanan and his men to servitude in death. While cursed, Lachdanan managed to flee as the only one, but as the curse took hold, he dared not venture out of the Tristram Cathedral for fear of turning on the people he should be protecting. The hero of the first game eventually acquired an elixir for him which allowed him to pass on peacefully. In the third game, his journal can be found scattered within the cathedral catacombs and a ghostly vision of him slaying the mad king appears before the hero fights against the Skeleton King.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Very loyal to King Leoric and dutifully obeys the call to fight against Westmarch despite knowing how bad an idea it is. However, when he returns to Khanduras he finds the king slaughtering his own subjects in his madness, forcing Lachdanan to slay him.
The Undead: Was turned into one by the king's curse, but thankfully he retained his mind and was helped to die by the hero of the first game.
King Leoric was a devoted follower of Zakarum and as such he placed great trust in Archbishop Lazarus from the Church of Zakarum. However, unbeknownst to him, the heart of the church had been corrupted by Mephisto and Lazarus was no exception. In the labyrinth underneath the cathedral in Tristram he found Diablo's soulstone and shattered it, unleashing the Lord of Terror, who immediately tried to possess Leoric. While Diablo failed, Leoric was maddened by his attempts to possess him and Lazarus used this opportunity to sow distrust of his own court in the king. He also manipulated the king to send his own army into a meaningless war against Westmarch which only weakened his own armies. After Diablo gave up trying to possess Leoric, Lazarus took Albrecht, Leoric's youngest son, down into the labyrinth underneath the cathedral where Diablo took over the prince's body. He was eventually slain by the hero of the first game when he came knocking, trying to find the missing prince.
Beard of Evil: Curiously not present in the original game, but his Diablo III portrayal has one.
Corrupt Church: Not only is he an archbishop of the Zakarum, which was corrupted by Mephisto, but he himself is corrupted by Diablo.
Uriah Gambit: Manipulating the king into sending his armies against Westmarch safely disposed of a lot of Lazarus' foes in the court, with exceptions being Lachdanan and Prince Aidan
Introduced in the third game, Leah is the daughter of Adria and Prince Aidan. After being born she was left in the care of a supposed friend of Adria's, though at some point Deckard Cain picked her up and raised her as his adoptive niece while they travelled around the world. Having been born after the Prime Evils had been slain and as such raised in a world without the threat of demons looming over the world, she is highly sceptical of her uncle's stories. She still aids him in his research, even if she does not believe in the Prophecy of the End Times that Deckard Cain searches so fervently for. A very driven young woman, she does her very best in aiding wherever she can, be it helping the guards of New Tristram or tending to the wounded all night.
Action Girl: She is quite good with the bow and over the course of the game learns to control the hidden power within her.
Agent Scully: Leah believes that her adoptive uncle Deckard Cain's warnings about the Prophecy of the End Days are just more of his crazy stories, and though she definitely believes in demons, she refuses to believe that their coming has any major significance.
She gets over this by the end of Act I, after her uncle gets killed in front of her and she witnesses Tyrael's fall through his eyes.
Break the Cutie: Leah goes through utter hell during the course of Diablo III. Not only is she proven completely wrong about the demons, she's Forced to Watch her beloved adoptive uncle Deckard Cain get tortured and killed right in front of her by Maghda. And then at the start of Act III, she personally goes through a hellish vision from Azmodan to lure her to Arreat Crater, during which he reveals to her that he knows of her plan to trap the Great Evils in the Black Soulstone and that he's sending an entire army of hellspawn to get it so that Azmodan can become the Prime Evil. And then she's forced to keep the Black Soulstone together with her power throughout the course of the act so that the Evils cannot escape, which is incredibly painful and draining for her. And this is all beforeshe gets betrayed by her own mother, who uses the aforementioned soulstone to use her as a vessel for Diablo to be reborn as the Prime Evil himself. Poor girl...
Corrupt the Cutie: After Azmodan is defeated, Adria, her own mother, turns the Black Soulstone on her, turning the poor girl into Diablo's new host.
Leoric came to Khanduras as a lord from the east and he quickly rose to becoming king of Khanduras. He ruled justly and wisely for many years, through which he was dearly beloved by his people. Alas, this was not to be. The cathedral in Tristram from which Leoric ruled turned out to have been built upon Diablo's prison. Released by the Archbishop Lazarus, Diablo promptly attempted to possess and take over the king. While the king was too strong-willed to be possessed, the ordeal gradually made him lose his own sanity. In addition, Lazarus fed him lies, convincing him to turn against the neighbouring kingdom of Westmarch, which was militarily superior to Khanduras, by making him believing Westmarch was plotting to overthrow him. Diablo eventually stopped trying to possess Leoric and instead turned on his youngest son, Albrecht. Madder than ever with grief over his son being missing, the king turned on his own subjects in Tristram, leading to the infamous Darkening of Tristram, for which the returning captain of his knights, Lachdanan, had him slain. Yet, this would not be the end of the king, as he rose from the grave and cursed the knights who slew him. He was eventually slain by the hero of the first game, Aidan, who is revealed in Diablo III to have been his eldest son. He returns in the third game, having been awakened by the Fallen Star, however not in fully physical form. He still commands his undead legions however and sends them against New Tristram, but the hero of the game eventually manages to make him manifest physically and slay the Skeleton King for the third and final time. In addition, his journal can be found within the lower levels of the cathedral, detailing his thoughts from his arrival in Tristram to his final bouts of madness.
Beard of Evil: When he became a madman and also still has it as the Skeleton King.
The Caligula: During the final days of King Leoric's reign, Leoric was a stark raving madman who had many people being tortured and executed under suspicion of conspiracy against the kingdom (helped along by his Evil Chancellor Archbishop Lazarus), up to and including his own wife and queen Asylla, until Lachdanan, the most loyal of his knights, was forced to slay him to put an end to his madness. While this isn't touched upon much in the original Diablo, in Diablo III, you get to visit some of Leoric's old torture chambers, and free the spirits of some of the people who suffered under his mad reign.
Came Back Wrong: Came back as the vile Skeleton King after his death, twice.
Go Mad from the Revelation: While his mind had already been utterly addled from the strain of resisting Diablo's attempt to possess him, Leoric broke completely when he found out his son Albrecht was missing.
Dirty Coward: She rarely goes for a direct approach, instead relying on her Triune, demon summoning, tricks and illusions. The only guy she killed personnally was Deckard Cain, and she did it while he was weakened and immobilized by her minions. Even when you finally confront her, she goes half of the fight behind a shield and sending demon berserker thralls to fight you. The Wizard even lampshades it by saying he/she didn't think she would have the guts to face him/her in person.
Religion of Evil: Her Coven is a remnant of a cult called the Triune that worshipped the Prime Evils as gods, and they're very big into Cold-Blooded Torture for their various rituals, including illusions.
Undying Loyalty: Despite Belial being possibly one of the worst bosses ever, she is fanatically loyal to him. Even when you meet her ghost in the final act, it's revealed she is mad about what happened to Belial.
Villainous Breakdown: It's subtle, but she displays signs of it when your character points out Belial is using her as a pawn to distract the protagonist from him.
Wicked Witch: Well, she isn't exactly ugly, but her voice and skin still makes her a bit scary.
Bad Dreams: Mentions in the cinematic intro that he suffers from this...
My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he not only released Baal and failed to deliver his soulstone to the heroes, but that he also ended up giving the soulstone back to a disguised Baal, this is essentially his reaction. Then Baal puts an end to his misery.
The most powerful of the original founding members of the Horadrim, Zoltun Kulle is... or rather was a mage of unparalleled power and skill, probably the best ever. He was also completely insane. He participated in the Horadrim's hunt and capture of the three Prime Evils , and served as the keeper of the order's Soulstones. After the hunt was complete, he lost his sense of purpose, and became obsessed with the power of the Soulstones, and with duplicating and improving Tyrael's design for them. Eventually, he left the order and retreated to the deserts outside Caldeum, where he built his Archives, a place where he conducted unspeakable experiments aimed at creating a Soulstone of his own, which he would then use to unlock his Nephalem potential (that the Worldstone had supressed). His evil spread so far, and became such a threat that the order rallied against him, eventually breaching his Archive and stopping him before he could complete the Black Soulstone, his creation. Since they were unable to kill him, however, the order instead removed his head, hiding it away while stashing his body in Another Dimension, and sealed his Archive with a curse. Obviously, he's far from dead...
Even Evil Has Standards: He is aware that the Angiris Archangels one held a vote for the fate of humanity, and also that Tyrael originally voted for mankind's destruction, despite the fact that "there is no Justice in murder".
Evil Genius: The Archives and his Black Soulstone are repeatedly stated to be incredible accomplishmnets, especially since Zoltun had to work with the Worldstone's influence limiting his power. Even Tyrael, an archangel, is sincerely impressed.
Obviously Evil: Nobody in the party trusts him, and he's well aware of it. Nor does he make any secret of the fact that he intends to use his power to rule the world once revived. He dies because of it, but in the end it turns out he had a point regarding the motives of certain other party members.
We Can Rule Together: He repeatly offers this to your playable character, arguing that you and him are Not So Differentdue to your character being a Nephalem and that your allies are manipulating you. He does have a point on the last part.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Zoltun Kulle wanted to bring about a world where humanity would reign supreme in Sanctuary. The horrible things that he did to accomplish this goal (up to and including torturing and murdering his own wife in the name of researching the Black Soulstone) would damn his name among the Horadrim and lead to his death at their hands. Not for nothing did they call him "Murderer. Torturer. Monster."
Uldyssian ul-Diomed, son of Diomedes, is the main character of the Sin War trilogy written by Richard A. Knaak. Though only a simple farmer, Uldyssian would become the first of the Nephalem-descended humans to manifest his immense powers.
A warrior who served in the Mad King Leoric's campaign against the neighboring nation of Westmarch, when this man returned from service he found his beloved homeland cursed and set out to vanquish the source of the impending demonic invasion. In the end the Warrior was able to defeat Diablo, but his fatal error was his decision to try and forever seal him away within his own body by plunging the soulstone into his head. His name is later revealed in Diablo III to be Aidan and is also revealed to have actually been King Leoric's eldest son.
Badass Normal: Well, story-wise. Gameplay-wise, all the three classes could use spell scrolls.
Demonic Possession: Possessed by Diablo in Diablo II, though he keeps fighting a vain battle against Diablo's influence. He eventually loses just as he is about to reach Baal.
Evil Makes You Ugly: Following the jamming of the soulstone into his head and Diablo beginning to try and take over, he becomes a broken shell of himself, both in spirit and appearance. Try and compare his handsome appearance in the portrait to his appearance in the Diablo II cinematics.
A rogue captain from the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye, she traveled from her people's ancestral home to aid Tristram against the invasion of Diablo and his minions. She returned home notably different from the experience and when Andariel invaded the rogues monastery home, she was corrupted by the Maiden of Anguish.
A powerful spellcaster, member of the most powerful of the eastern mage clans - the Vizjerei Clan. He traveled from his home of Lut Gholein to help vanquish Diablo and his hellborn minions, but his experiences drove him mad. When he returned home he delved in Things Man Was Not Meant to Know in the Arcane Sanctuary and Jumped Off The Slippery Slope.
Combat and Support: All of the classes are a fair balance of both, but the Paladin most notably due to his auras.
Fighter, Mage, Thief: Barbarians and Paladins under fighter, Necromancers and Sorceresses under mages, and Assassins under Thief, with the Amazon and Druid being a mix of all three, but excelling at none.
Introduced in Diablo II, it's a very versatile class that can play well in melee and ranged combat. May use bows and crossbows, Spears and Javelins to use her abilities better. May be able to summon a Valkyrie to help in battle. In story the Amazon is a mercenary from a nomadic culture of warrior women from the south sea.
Shock and Awe: Almost all of her Javelin Throwing and Striking skills.
Game-Breaking Bug: Almost all of her melee abilities are bugged to the point of uselessness, such as the bolts in Lightning Strike doing no damage, while fend, as soon as any hit misses in the sequence or is interrupted (including by any of the Amazon's passive damage avoidance skills), all subsequent hits will miss while the animation plays out and you are beaten to death.
Overshadowed by Awesome: Spearazon is this towards Werewolf/bear druids, Paladins, and Barbarians for this reason. Javazon, on the other hand, averts this.
A class introduced in the expansion. Can become one of the fastest characters but is not that bulky. Can play as a melee warrior with martial arts or ranged with elemental damage with her traps. In story she is from the Viz-Jaq'taar, also known as the Order of the Mage Slayers, an ancient order originally founded by the Vizjerei Clan to hunt down and eliminate rogue magi.
Introduced in Diablo II. A very bulky class designated to go melee in battle. Can use various weapons with efficiency, has a good list of battle skills and his Warcries have nice effects to him and companions. In story he is a warrior from the city of Harrogoth.
Badass Normal: Unlike the others, the barb relies entirely on his physical strength.
Bald of Awesome: Partially, as he's still got a ponytail, but it's enough for him to qualify.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Many of the barbarian's abilities are implied to come from this sort of thing (natural resistance from surviving a tough environment, increased speed and stamina from constant combat practice and hunting, etc.)
Introduced in Lord of Destruction. A warrior of nature who specializes in summoning animals and spirit pets, transforming and using fire and wind based attacks. In story he is a Warrior Poet from a tribe of forest dwelling Barbarian exiles, practicing nature magic.
A user of the arts of the dead introduced in Diablo II, who has troubles if going to battle physically, but is a great caster, using bone and poisonous spells, summoning minions or cursing his enemies. In story he is a priest of the Cult of Rathma come out from the underground city of the eastern jungles to help restore balance between life and death.
Dark Is Not Evil: This guy dress with skull motives, use a morbid magic based on poison, curses and rising the death, and apparently has some weird tastes, but judging by his dialogue, he is at worst an Anti-Hero. One of this Necromancer's apprentices appears in Diablo III and he is firmly on the side of good, putting troubled spirits to rest.
A holy warrior introduced in Diablo II. Essentially a melee class with a few ranged spells and auras that give him and the party various bonuses, as well as debuffs to the enemies. In the story the Paladin is one of the mighty Knights of Westmarch who fought against and defeated the armies of King Leoric during his reign of madness. While the original Church of Zakarum has long since become corrupted, the Paladins long ago split with it in protest against its increasingly harsher methods in spreading the faith. Despite this, they still actively work to spread their brand of the faith of Zakarum.
Status Buff: Has auras that raise attack power, speed, physical defenses and magical resistances.
Super Speed: Charge, which can be used for its intended purpose of quickly reaching and attacking an enemy or be used as this to travel over large distances (provided one has the spare mana potions to keep it up).
The basic caster class of Diablo II she can choose from the Fire, Ice, Lightning trees to cast very variable spells. In story she is a magi from the all female clan of Zann Esu from which all members are hand picked from a young age to study magic to perfection.
Killed Off for Real: In the wizard backstory which can be read on the official Diablo III web site, it is learned that the Diablo II sorceress accidentally destroyed a village when one of her spells went awry. She was then hunted down and killed by the Diablo II assassin.
Stripperiffic: Shows the most amount of skin in her default appearance.
Teleport Spam: Has a teleport ability that lets her ignore terrain
Diablo III Character Classes
Diablo III Players Characters/The Nephalem
Tropes Applying to all classes
Badass: Sure, all player characters in Diablo were this, but those ones especially stand out as being the first to get a real victory against Diablo, not to mention actually get him into a Villainous Breakdown.
Deadpan Snarker: They all have their moments of this, though the Demon Hunter and the Wizard are the most prominent.
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: No matter how you name your character, he/she will always be referred to either as a "Hero/Heroine" or by his/her class name. "Nephalem" will become the most frequent designation he/she will get after The Reveal.
Genre Savvy: All of the characters are incredibly well-learned in a lot of tropes that occur in the Diablo universe, from Belial's schemes to obvious traps, the characters will usually comment on it, but spring it anyway knowing they can handle it.
Stripperiffic: All of the female characters begin the game wearing very little clothing.
Lampshaded in one of the dialogues between the Enchantress and a female Wizard:
Enchantress: Do all women dress like you, in your country?
Female Wizard: Well, I do show slightly more than most.
Supporting Protagonist: Granted, their role isn't minor in any way, but other than fight the enemies, they have no direct leading in the plot. They don't even show up in the cinematics, as those focus instead on Leah and occasionally Tyrael.
Transhuman: All of them are revealed toward the game to be Nephalem, the Angel/Demon hybrids humans are descended from. This is apparently the reason they are so unusually powerful, as well as what makes them Immune to Fate.
The sole returning class from Diablo II, the Barbarian plays similarly to his earlier counterpart. Earlier, Blizzard stated that the DIII barbarian was the same as the DII version, but this is no longer the case. The Barbarian uses Rage, which builds up when using certain abilities, but fades away when not in combat.
The Berserker: His energy is Rage, which when maximised causes the Barbarian to go even more into a rage.
BFS: While the Barbarian cannot do the One-Handed Zweihänder thing like his Diablo II counterpart, he or she is the only class in the game that can wield Mighty Weapons, which run the gamut from giant one-handed cleavers and axes to giant two-handed clubs and swords.
The Big Guy: The largest of the five classes, and the largest human character in the game. You tower over all other NPCs.
Continuity Nod: He can summon the three ancestor spirits that were bosses in Diablo II.
Death Seeker: According to the entries in his/her journal, the Barbarian wish nothing more than getting a honorable death in the hand of a Worthy Opponent. By the end of the game, though, s/he admits that while this is still something s/he is looking for, s/he realize now that there are many things worth living.
Dual Wielding: One of the three major classes who can do this, the others being the Monk and the Demon Hunter.
Game-Breaking Bug: Using the Barbarian's Charge ability right into a cinematic (Ghom and Cydaea's boss battles) will loop the Charge ability on the Barbarian to remain permanent. Any of the rune power-ups for Charge can get stacked on the exploit, but the 8% life leach that originally comes with Charge is the biggest part of the exploit because it works with ALL your damaging attacks after activating the exploit. The insane life-regeneration, increased damage and even the possibility of PERMA-STUN turns the Barbarian into an unstoppable Juggernaut that borderlines God Mode. You will only truely die if you just simply stopped trying to fight.
Parental Abandonment: It is not known what happened to the Barbarian's mother, but he lost his father in his youth to an archer in battle with the forces of Westmarch. The barbarian climbed the walls of Bastion's Keep and kept his emotions in check until he found the one who did it, whereby he went berserk on him and strangled him to death.
Spin Attack: The Whirlwind skill, which allows you to damage multiple foes around you at high speed.
Super Mode: Wrath of the Berserker transforms your Barbarian into a powerful warrior even larger than his/her usual form with big white hair and serious melee power, in addition to being immune to certain status effects until it wears off.
Unstoppable Rage: A trademark of the Barbarian, especially when Wrath of the Berserker is invoked.
Vengeful harbingers of righteous doom who bring swift judgment and death to the hellish creatures daring enough to trespass on the mortal lands of Sanctuary. The Demon Hunter goes Guns Akimbo with crossbows, and uses a variety of traps and devices to keep enemies at bay. Their energy is divided into Hatred, which replenishes quickly and focuses on offense, and Discipline, which replenishes slower and keeps the Demon Hunter out of harm's way. In the tie-in story, the female Demon Hunter's name is Valla.
Berserk Button: Besides the obvious (demons), they don't appreciate others insinuating that the crossbow is a coward's weapon.
Brutal Honesty: Will casually inform any wounded civilians if they're about to die. Basic attitude if someone has to kill their wife before she turns into a zombie? "Sometimes death is the only mercy we have left."
Casting a Shadow: Many of their skills which include summoning creatures called Shadow Beasts.
Chainmail Bikini: Averted with the high level armor, played straight by the early ones.
Holy warriors from the Theocracy of Ivgorod who believe that the madness and chaos of Sanctuary are destined to be brought into order, and that it is their sacred mission to assist their thousand and one gods in doing so. Monks are physical attackers who are very good one to one but have difficulty with crowds. They use Spirit, which is built up through combos and specific moves, and can be used for devastating attacks.
Sage conjurers, enchanters, and mystical warriors who are driven by a charge to maintain spiritual balance and harmony in the violent world of Sanctuary. They command ancient magics rooted in the primal powers of life and death, and are adept at summoning fearsome, shadowy creatures. They use Mana, which replenishes slowly and can be drained from enemies.
Brown Note: The Horrify skill acts as this to enemies.
Creepy Good/Dark Is Not Evil: Even more so than the Necromancer; s/he looks scarier, but the Necromancer seemed to have Anti-Hero traits, while the Witch-Doctor, according to his/her dialogues, seems actually surprisingly nice despite his/her creepy appearance and powers. He/She is actually one of the friendliest and kindest characters in the playable classes.
Nice Guy: Ironically for his/her really morbid powers and tastes, the Witch-Doctor turns out to be the nicest and kindest of the player characters.
Nightmare Fetishist: Let's see... this guy dress with skulls and bones, uses zombies dogs and bears as pets, likes a place full of giant carnivorous spiders (in fact, s/he express regret for killing the Spider Queen at the end of the boss fight), and regularly communicates with spirits, which seems to be a good experience from his/her point of view. And seeing his/her dead sister's spirit dancing with said spirits is a wonderful thing to him.
Wizards are renegade spellcasters who use their bodies as vessels for arcane energy, forsaking the more careful path favored by other magic users. They manipulate all manner of forces to disintegrate, burn, and freeze their foes, and they can control time and light to teleport, create powerful illusions, and deflect oncoming attacks. They use Arcane Power, which regenerates quickly. However, their spells have cooldown times, due to the dangers of channelling too much energy. In the tie-in short story on the Diablo III website, the female Wizard's name is Li-Ming.
Arbitrary Scepticism: Despite being a magic user in a Dark Fantasy world full of Demons, Angels, Ghost and many other supernatural things, the Wizard outright tells Shen and the Templar s/he doesn't believe in Gods or an afterlife. S/he gets better however, eventually admitting that, after all that happened, s/he doesn't really know what to believe in anymore.
Energy Beings: A late game spell lets the Wizard become one. In-game, this gives her/him a new astral form, the ability to produce shockwaves by hitting the ground and an enhanced version of the disintegration spell that doesn't cost anything in mana. Naturally, the form only is temporary.
Equivalent Exchange: Why the other mages fear him/her so much in the backstory. He/She defies or ignores the laws of Equivalent Exchange that bind other mages, because he/she believes his/her cause is just enough that any magical fallout from his/her actions is a small price to pay.
Game-Breaking Bug: Using the Wizard's two spells Teleport and Archon in a certain way does something completely unintended on Blizzard's part... God Mode. Thats right, an exploit that will make your Wizard immortal to ALL imcoming damage whatsoever. (FIXED)
Glass Cannon: Even has a passive skill named this, that increases damage at the cost of reduced defense.
Mighty Glacier: Seems to be. The Crusader has been described as a war-machine made human and as being so heavily armored as to be considered an immovable object. The One-Handed Zweihänder passive skill below definitely makes them one at least.
Shield Bash: One of the Crusader's main offensive skills.
Summon Magic: The Crusader has the ability to summon a magical horse and a mystical gyrfalcon.
Mercenaries (Diablo II)
A group of people who can be hired to assist the player in Diablo II starting with the defeat of Blood Raven.
Tropes That Apply As A Whole:
Fighter, Mage, Thief: Desert Mercenaries and Barbarians as Fighters, Ironwolves as Mages, and Rogue Scouts as Thief
The Hirelings of Act I are available from Kashya in the Rogue Encampment. As Rogues, they specialize in the use of Bows and can be useful for ranged support. If the Rogue Hireling has any special abilities (Fire or Cold arrows), they will be listed in the recruitment window.:
Sequel Hook: They all have unfinished business that, it is hinted, will be addressed in an expansion.
Kormac the Templar
Anti-Hero: He's pitiless and unforgiving towards wrongdoers (especially betrayers of the Order like Jondar) and sees nothing wrong with his order's practice of simply executing criminals. On the other hand, he's passionate about helping the villagers and farmers who are endangered by the monsters and undead horrors that are loose in the land.
The Atoner: His explanation of his reasons for becoming a Templar is that he was a criminal taken in by the Order, and that his service is atonement for his past sins, which he no longer remembers due to the "purification" that was part of his initiation. It's later subverted when he discovers that, in all likelihood, he has nothing to atone for, and was merely convinced that he did so that the Order could make use of his skills.
Badass: When you first meet him, you have to free him as he is being cursed by sorcerers while stripped of his armor and weapons. As soon as you get him free from the curse, he helps you kill them with his bare hands.
Black and White Insanity: Kormac's views on morality are highly simplistic, to the point that he can't understand how evil can walk in the day because to him it's obvious that Light is Good and Dark Is Evil. Unfortunately for him, the world he lives in isn't nearly so clear-cut.
Break the Haughty: His experiences over the course of the game, particularly if the player goes through all of his conversations, leave him a much humbler man than he was when he first appeared. By Act IV, he acknowledges that he's misjudged both the Player Character and Lyndon and apologizes to both for his arrogance.
"Some days, I think I would have been happier living a simple life. A farmer does not accomplish great deeds, but he sows his seeds and sees a harvest in good time. There is peace to be found in such gentle accomplishment."
Cold-Blooded Torture: This is what Kormac's "initiation" into the Templar order basically amounted to. Kormac calls it necessary to cleanse and purify him of sin. The Player Character doesn't see it that way. The Wizard in particular is outraged, telling him that the Inquisitors "treated him like an animal. Worse than an animal." As revealed later, the Templar Inquisitors don't give a damn about the guilt or innocence of an initiate, and will gladly pile false sins upon an innocent if they consider him a potential asset to the order, as happened with Kormac and his brother-in-arms Jondar.
Go Mad from the Revelation: he is afraid this might happen to him if he ends up discovering things he might not like about his order. Eventually averted; he is shocked and horrified when he finds out what the Inquisitors did to him and probably many other innocent people, but as he points out later, his faith is not that weak, and he will try to bring his order back in the right way rather than quit and go evil like Jondar did.
Good Is Not Soft: He is unwilling to forgive betrayal and judges criminals should all be executed immediately after his crimes. His nice behavior when interacting with your character is still enough to keep him in this territory.
Holier Than Thou: Can come off as this at times, especially early on in the game.
Knight Templar: Literally, though he is a rare heroic example; even though his conception of justice tends to be extreme, he has good intentions and is open-minded enough to not just team up with but genuinely befriend the player character, even if he or she is a class with radically different beliefs than his own such as a Witch Doctor (a class that thrives on Creepy Good and Dark Is Not Evil) or a Monk (who Kormac seems to actually embrace as a kindred spirit).
Large Ham: "BY ALL THAT IS HOLY! Do you see that enemy over there?!"
Principles Zealot: Borders on a Deconstruction of the trope, since the order brainwashed him.
Stone Wall: Kormac's main function ingame is as a tank for squishier player characters.
Undying Loyalty: To his Order, of course. Even after he find outs the Awful Truth about it, he is horrified, but decides that while he will have to make them answer of their crime, his faith won't be broken.
Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?: As revealed in the Caves of Araneae, a place crawling with Giant Spiders, Kormac is none too fond of the things. He states that "he had a nightmare like this once" if he accompanies you in there, but if you've got Lyndon in your party, he will tell you about Kormac's fear of spiders. Unusually, he doesn't seem to mind the Witch Doctor's use of the little buggers during your fights.
The Atoner: The PC can eventually get him to reveal that he sends most of the wealth he steals back to Kingsport to support his brother's wife and children and to pay off the Merchant's Guild in order to someday get his brother released from prison, in an effort to make up for the theft he pulled that got his brother, a city guardsman, put in jail in the first place.
Badass Normal: No holy training like the Templar; no mystical powers like the Enchantress; and none of the special talents that the players classes have. He STILL holds his own.
The Casanova: He clearly has a bad habit of flirting with every pretty woman he meets, up to and including Auriel. Yes, including your character if you choose to play a female.
Casanova Wannabe: Of course, the female playable characters, Eirena and Leah reject him when he tries something. Male PCs even tells him point-blank that women don't like him as much as he thinks they do, which he shrugs off.
Character Development: When you meet him, he seems like nothing but a sleazy rogue, more of a Nominal Hero more than anything. By the third act, however, the events he's been through have brought out a nobler side in him:
Lyndon: I really didn't expect all of this when we met. Beat. But now Leah, Adria, Tyrael — even poor old Deckard Cain — they're all depending on you...and, I suppose, on me.
Dark Is Not Evil: He uses assassin-like moves, his design becomes more and more dark as his level raises, he is clearly not much honest, but he is at worst a bit of a jerk.
Foreshadowing: One of the random encounters you can find is helping an alchemist save his brother from a cult. When he rewards you before departing, Lyondon replies: "Don't worry about it. Brothers should keep together." This is a hint that he still thinks well of his own brother, and is secretly sending much of the gold he steals to pay off said brother's prison bail.
Greed: His motivation for almost everything, including joining you (according to him, the more dangerous a quest is, the better is the reward).
Honey Trap: When first encountered, he's been seducing a farmer's daughter and convincing her that he's in love with her in order to obtain a valuable relic, a method it's clear he's used sucessfully more than once before. When the relic turns out to be a bust, he latches onto the player character as an excuse to abandon the girl.
Jerkass: He is a womanizer, prone to relying on Honey Traps, often sarcastically mocks Kormac's idealistic behaviors and has no scruples regarding stealing items from inside the group. However...
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much of a jerk he can be, he genuinely shows concern for Leah after Deckard Cain got killed in front of her, even advising you to talk to her, arguing he can't do it himself because "he is not good with those things." And apart from that, he gets a few other moments to show that deep down, he's a good guy. By the end of the game, it's pretty clear he is a much better person than he initially appeared to be.
Lyndon (against Succubi): Naked infuriated women trying to kill me? This reminds me old days in Kingsport...
Not Me This Time: Since he was a thief and loved his brother's wife, she immediatly assumed he purposely caused his brother to end up in jail so he could get her back... when in truth, it really was an accident, and he genuinely didn't intend this to happen.
Baleful Polymorph: One of her abilities is a hex that can turn enemies into chickens.
Barrier Warrior: Eirena can increase the armor of both herself and whoever she's following, which comes in really handy later on.
Charm Person: Eirena can temporarily turn a monster against its fellows in a big fight.
Cloudcuckoolander: Has some strange habits, such as reciting her incantations to herself so she won't forget them.
Detached Sleeves: Her late-game outfit adds sleeves that end just shy of her shoulders.
Fish Out of Temporal Water: Due to being put in stasis for centuries, she is a bit disturbed by the change of time, constantly noticing how things changed and asking questions about new cultures and behaviours (such as if everyone dress like your character in his/her country).
Dying Curse: When she and her sisters killed a corrupt Vizjerei, he used his last breath to place a curse on them. The exact nature of it is unknown....but it may be the reason Eirena's sisters are dead.
Self-Made Orphan: When Eirena and her sisters learned that the Vizjerei lord who raised them were in the business of summoning demons, they waited till he and the other Vizjerei gathered together to summon a greater demon and then killed them all. Pity about the Dying Curse, though.
Survivors Guilt: Out of the five girls put in stasis by the Prophet, she is the only known survivor; two of the others are dead, and the last two have not been heard from.
Stripperific: Her initial top covers... well... very little of her body. It's even lampshaded during Act III when she complains about her dress not being appropriate for the weather, and the player snarkily asking her if it's really appropriate anywhere. She slowly loses this as she levels up, eventually leaving the only bit of skin shown from her face and some Zettai Ryouiki.
True Sight: She can see through the illusions of Belial's minions.