Characters: Heroes of Might and Magic
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Knight's Town (I, II) / Castle (III) / Haven (IV, V, VI, VII)Knight in Shining Armor faction, and now the only one to have been present in any of the base games. Their troops were all humans in the first two games, composed of various classical soldiers (archers, swordmen, cavalry, etc...) before the introduction of Griffins and, more importantly, Angels. Typically the most balanced and beginner's faction, they started gaining more flavor with the fourth game by gaining ressurections ability. Their Might Hero is the Knight and Magic Hero the Cleric/Priest.
- A Commander Is You: The Mario faction. In the first two games they were the Pariah Faction, being seriously underpowered.
- In Heroes IV, they have traces of a Ranger faction, having three ranged units — two of which have no distance penalty — and one melee unit with long reach. Their magic is mainly focused on healing and blesses.
- Animal Motifs: Griffins in III and V. The background of V and VI also count eight Duchies corresponding to an animal, and being a Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Falcon (Ancient Rome), Griffin (Russia and Eastern Europe), Wolf (Germany), Raven (Scandinavia), Stag (Ireland), Unicorn (Britain), Hound (France) and Bull (Italy and Spain) Duchies.
- Badass Preacher: Monks in III, IV and V, and Sisters in VI (though the latter serve more as The Medic).
- Badass Normal: In a world filled with magic and monsters, they are basically puny humans who manage to win most of the time lorewise.
- This is especially prominent in Heroes 1: for both Heroes 1 and 2, the only non-humans in the Knight faction are a few scattered heroes, none of the troops have any magical ability, and the heroes themselves only have it if a spellbook is bought. In Heroes 2, victory was achieved with the help of the rather magical Sorceress and Wizard factions, but in Heroes 1, Lord Ironfist won through on his own.
- Bling of War
- Church Militant
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Darker and Edgier: The Holy Griffin Empire is much less sympathetic than the previous incarnations.
- The preceeding Holy Falcon Empire in VI isn't much better, in part thanks to the Angels.
- The Empire
- Energy Being: The Zealots of the third game, as well as the Glories of the sixth, along with Sun Crusaders, who ride horses made of light.
- Evil Counterpart: The "Renegades" mini-faction in Hammers of Fate presents the same units, but red, with spikes, and who come in the campaign as straight Knight Templars.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Angels are generally depicted with white bird wings, but the Seraphim in V's expansion packs have blood-stained wings that mark them as agents of Holy War and Vengeance.
- Guardian Angel: Their racial ability in VI, making for one turn a stack impervious to all harm.
- The Hero: The main character of their campaigns is typically one of them.
- Holy Hand Grenade
- Humans Are Average
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Knight Templar: Unfortunately, plenty of this as well.
- Light 'em Up: Particularly in V and VI, where they worship the literal Crystal Dragon Jesus of Light, Elrath.
- Medieval European Fantasy
- Our Monsters Are Different
- Our Angels Are Different: From the third game onward.
- Our Griffins Are Different: In the third and fifth games. In I and II, they were in Dungeon and in IV they were in Sylvan.
- The Paladin: A creature in I, II, III and IV, and a class in IV and VI.
- Praetorian Guard: Upgraded tier 1 units in VI.
- Weapon of Choice: Swords (and BFSes), lances and crossbows are the most common ones.
- We Have Reserves: Any time peasants show up directly among their troops.
- White Magic: Usually a prefered school of magic, along with some of the creatures having abilities that qualify, such as Angels being able to resurrect their allies.
Haven's Iconic Characters
Morglin Ironfist (I)The leader of the "Knight" faction in Heroes of Might and Magic I, and the canonical winner of the war against Lord Slayer the Barbarian, Lady Lamanda the Sorceress, and Lord Alamar the Warlock. His father, the King of Varn, was killed by his brother, who then seized the throne for himself and was in turn succeeded by his son Ragnar. Morglin then (probably) tried to have his cousin Ragnar assassinated in order to reclaim the throne of Varn, but when the attempt failed, he fled to the Varnal Hills, where he found a mysterious portal...
- Revenge by Proxy: His father was murdered by his uncle, and he probably tried to get revenge for his father by murdering his cousin.
- Rightful King Returns: Subverted. He never did reclaim the throne of Varn from Ragnar, and after conquering Enroth, he didn't really want to.
- Unreliable Narrator: His first few letters to Ragnar attempted to deflect accusations of attempted murder (including some pretty incriminating pieces of evidence), but in the last few letters, written when he was much better established in Enroth, it's pretty clear that Morglin was guilty as charged. In his later letters, Morglin's only complaints about Guthbert, the man who carried out the attempt on Ragnar's life, were that he had a "loose tongue and couldn't strike a mouse dead," and after conquering Enroth, he considered it fortunate that Guthbert had failed to kill Ragnar.
Catherine Gryphonheart (III, M&M)
Queen of Erathia, Roland's wife, and Big Good of the third game, where she leads the good factions to liberate Erathia from multiple invaders after her father's death. She ultimately has to fight him, after he was resurrected as lich by the Necromancers and took their control. She ultimately appeases her undead father and ends the war by finding and letting him kill the traitor Lord Haart, who assassinated the king in the first place. She reappears in Armaggeddon's Blade, this time fighting against the demon Kreegans as they try to create and use the titular Artifact of Doom.
- Battle Couple: with Roland.
- Chainmail Bikini
- Fiery Redhead
- Red-Headed Hero
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Like her husband and his family.
The founder and king of the little kingdom of Palaedra, populated by the refugee of Erathia after their original world was destroyed, and that they had to flee to another planet. The Heroes IV's The True Blade campaign deal with him searching the titular sword, a sign of appartenance to the Griffonheart family that an imposter, Sir Worton, claims to have, challenging Lysander for the throne.
- Come Alone: Forced to do it to finish the Big Bad mano-a-mano, only to be ambushed by a group of Rogues. Of course, given the One-Man Army late strength of campaign heroes, those guys are quite insignificant.
- Fantastic Racism: Lysander hates Necromancers, as they killed his parents and separated him from his siblings.
- First-Person Peripheral Narrator: His adventures are told from the point of view of his squire, Milton.
- Five-Man Band
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Sadistic Choice: Having to choose between asking the Oracle of the Dawn either where are his lost siblings, or who the imposter Worton's true parents are.
- The Stoic: According to Milton, he rarely smiles, and he often has little patience for Proetho's Boisterous Bruiser personality - at one point, the two of them even come close to blows.
- Not So Stoic: Right before the final one-on-one battle against Sir Worton, he cracks a joke about how he's going to make Milton the city's new seneschal, a "thankless position" that will require Milton to have lots of contact with pretty women.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The campaign ends with Lysander accidentally drawing the sword from its sheath, thus proving that he is himself a Griffonheart.
The main character of V's campaigns, Isabel is the new spouse of Nicolai, King of the Griffin Empire, occuped to repel a sudden demonic invasion. Joining him to fight by his side, and helping Markal to raise him via necromancy after his death, she will eventually be revealed to be the central element in the Demon Sovereign Kha-Beleth's Evil Plan, aiming to making her bear his child who will become the Dark Messiah. She is eventually kidnapped by Agrael/Raelag and impersonated by the succubus Biara, thus turning the Empire into an even more Knight Templar-ish nation.
- Deal With The Necromancer
- Faux Action Girl
- Fake King
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Knight Templar
- Lawful Stupid: A particularly Egregious example: The first map starts with an encounter with some Peasants refusing the conscription. Her reaction? ''Kill 'Em All''!
- Magical Rape And Impregnate
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Unwitting Pawn: Twice, with both Markal and Kha-Beleth.
Godric (V, Clash Of Heroes)
Nicolai's uncle, charged by Isabel to call for help from Wizards and Elves, much to his dismay. Reappears later in the campaign to form a Four Man Band with the Wizard Zehir, the Ranger Findan and the Warlock Raelag. Killed by fake!Isabel in Hammers of Fate. A younger version of him appears in Clash Of Heroes. He is Freyda's father and commander.
- Badass Beard
- Cool Old Guy
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Killed Off for Real
- Only Sane Man
- The Paladin: One of the last true champions of Elrath, and one of the best and most loyal, according to Word of God.
- Values Dissonance: In-universe with the Wizards, and Cyrus in particular.
Godric's daughter and a major Haven character in Hammers of Fate. After serving under fake!Isabel, she defects and takes the rebels' side. In the end of Tribes of the East, Isabel makes her the next Queen, starting the Unicorn dynasty.
- Action Girl: More successful than Isabel.
- First Name Ultimatum/Skyward Scream: Does one towards Laslo, after discovering that he killed Godric. It kills Laslo.
- Odd Couple: With Duncan.
- Unexplained Recovery: Was supposedly killed by Markal in V campaign, only to reappear in Hammers of Fate. Apparently Markal just didn't bother to kill her.
- That's pretty much true — Markal said that he "can kill and raise her, but it's too much trouble".
- You Killed My Father: Towards Laslo and red!Isabel.
First legitimate son of the Duke of Griffin Slava, and new Duke after his father's assassination, apparently by the hand of his sister Anastasya.
Barbarian's Town (I, II) / Stronghold (III, IV, V-TotE expansion, VI, VII)
"We walk our own path, alone."The Barbarian Tribe faction. Populated with Goblins, Orcs, Cyclops and the like, with the exception of the fourth game, where Orcs and Goblins were replaced by human barbarians and beastmen. The Brute Force Faction, they are since the fourth game pure might (though still able to gain magic skills an to eventually learn spells), while in the last two games they more or less totally drop magic, gaining instead the Warcries' ability, filling the troops with Unstoppable Rage. Their Might Hero is the Barbarian, and their Magic Hero the BattleMage/Shaman.
- A Commander Is You: The Brute Force faction.
- Antimagical Faction: In IV and V, with both heroes' skills and special buildings.
- The Berserker: A unit in IV, and the whole race in V and VI.
- Cute Monster Girl: The female orcs in V, contrasts with the hulking muscular males, look much more like humans.
- Dumb Muscle
- Fantasy Pantheon: In V and VI, they worship "Father-Sky" and "Mother-Earth".
- Glass Cannon/Fragile Speedster
- Grim Up North: In the first and second games, they live in the Frozen Wastes to the north.
- Half-Human Hybrid: In V and VI, somewhat of. There, orcs are a result of demon blood being injected in human body.
- The Horde
- Hulk Speak: In V.
- Leeroy Jenkins: The Berserker unit in IV, who can't be controlled. In V, it's actually encouraged through the Blood-rage mechanic, and the official Orcs' strategy motto in VI is "Rush now, think later!".
- Mayincatec: In VI. In V, they were closer to Mongols.
- One-Man Army: The Barbarian Hero in the fourth game, even moreso than the other heroes.
- Our Monsters Are Different
- All Trolls Are Different: In I and II.
- Beast of Battle
- Harping on About Harpies: In IV and VI.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: From the fourth game onward.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Strangely absent in IV, where they were neutral creatures aligned with the warlocks.
- Our Ogres Are Hungrier: In I, II, III and IV.
- Our Orcs Are Different: Even among the different games. The first, fifth and sixth games looked humanoids, when those of the second and fourth games were pig men, and for the third, greenskin. In the Ashan universe, they, and the rest of the creatures in the faction, were "made" with humans criminals and demon blood, and enslaved after having saved the world from Demons.
- Proud Warrior Race: In IV, V and VI.
- Shock and Awe: Thunderbirds in III and IV, Pao-Kai (Wyverns) in V.
- Stripperiffic: Shamans in V and Harpies in VI.
Stronghold's Iconic Characters
Lord Slayer (I)The leader of the Barbarian faction in Heroes of Might and Magic I, he was initially involved in a three-way war with Lady Lamanda and Lord Alamar, but was defeated by the newcomer Morglin Ironfist. Later he allied with Lamanda and Alamar against Ironfist but was unable to stop him from conquering Enroth. Supposedly, his bones are buried in the foundations of the Barbarians' Coliseum in Heroes II.
Crag Hack (I-II-III-IV, mentioned in V and VI)
A classical Barbarian Hero, Crag Hack (who shares his name with a Might and Magic dwarf hero), has is Day In The Limelight in III-Shadow of Death, where he was part of a group of four heroes aiming to stop the necromancer Sandro's Evil Plan, after having been his Unwitting Pawn. With Sandro and the genie Solmyr, he is one of the few character of the old universe deemed by Ubisoft as sufficiently of an Ensemble Dark Horse for gaining a Continuity Cameo in Ashan's backstory, apparently as The Dreaded.He got his own DLC campaign for VI called "Pirates of the Savage Sea".
- Accidental Misnaming: He is not pleased with being constantly called "Mister Hack" by Sandro in Shadow of Death.
- Author Avatar: Originally a Jon Van Caneghem tabletop game's character.
- Beard of Barbarism
- Continuity Cameo: In V and base VI. The Ashan incarnation is the main character of the first DLC for VI, Pirates of the Savage Sea.
- Cool Helmet: it's even an artifact in VI!
- Dumb Muscle: In the old continuity, to the point that even other barbarians comments on it (this was a person with decades of mercenary experience across at least two continents — and he still hadn't picked up that mister is a title, not a name!). His Ashan incarnation, on the other hand, is clever enough.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Might and Magic X reveals that this is how his Ashan incarnation ended his days, as a way to make the best out of a bad situation (it was either die from other reasons, and break the curse he was under, or die from the curse, and be Ret Gone).
- Horny Vikings
- Retired Badass: At the start of "Pirates of the Savage Sea".
Tarnum (Heroes Chronicles, NPC in IV)
"But a warrior is not just a killer. He's a protector! You must have respect for life, and an even greater respect for your ability to take it. Otherwise, you're just a murderer."The main protagonist of Heroes Chronicles, Tarnum started out as a bloodthirsty warlord, but "the Ancestors" decided to punish him after he died by denying him access to the afterlife, systematically ressurecting him as a hero in any Antagarich's factions, charged to perform various heroic deeds. Tarnum eventually atoned, taking a young Waerjak as his adoptive son. He is also the second most important protagonist in IV's barbarian campaign, acting as The Mentor for Waerjak, before being captured and presumately killed by a warlord. Waerjak eventually find him Back from the Dead, and Tarnum reveal to him his past and how he finally redeemed himself but chose to stay among the mortals.
- The Atoner
- Cosmic Plaything
- I Choose to Stay
- Mentor Occupational Hazard
- The Obi-Wan
Waerjak (Heroes Chronicles, IV)
The Hero of IV's barbarian campaign, Waerjak grew the same concern than his adoptive father Tarnum: already weakened by the destruction of Enroth (the world of I-II-III), the barbarian were also stupidly fighting themselves instead of uniting their force. Waerjak eventually decided to do unite them himself, peacefully if possible, but is confronted to a Sadistic Choice when he has to chose between saving Tarnum from a barbarian warlord, or liberating barbarian slaves.
- Badass Bookworm
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Meaningful Name: "Griffin" in the old barbarian language.
- Offered the Crown
- Only Sane Man
- You Killed My Father: but he got better.
First, but illegitimate son of the Duke of Griffin. With his sister Irina and the Orc Kraal (the Duke's master-of-arms) as his only friends, and finally fed up with his life, he flees to the Orc's Pao Islands to become a Barbarian.
- Heroic Bastard
- Power Trio: With Kraal as The Superego, himself as The Ego, and Goink as The Id.
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Both Kraal and an anonymous Wolf Duchy soldier comment on how crazy it would be to lead an army into the heart of Wolf Duchy territory to rescue Irina, but Sandor is Bad Ass enough to pull it off.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The first map of his campaign basically sets off the chain of events for the rest of them, despite his intentions being noble (saving his half-sister from a brutal lord).
Warlock's Town (I, II) / Dungeon (III, V, VI SoD, VII) / Asylum (IV)
"Hide, listen, watch, learn... And when the time is right, strike from the shadow."The Evil Sorcerer faction, specializing in power, both in creatures and in destructive magic. While they are powerful, they are often limited by the expensive prices of their armies and lower growth rates. It has largely remained the same with each game, despite having dark elves in V and VI. Their Might is either the Overlord or the Thief, and their Magic Hero the Warlock/Sorcerer.
- A Commander Is You: Elitist faction, bordering on Game Breaker. A bit of Guerilla, too, with the Thief hero in IV, the Stalker unit in V, and the 'Shroud of Malassa' mechanic in VI.
- Black Mage: At least in V, Warlocks have a Chaos Magic affinity and possess vast destructive spellpower.
- Beneath the Earth: In III, V and VI.
- Casting a Shadow: The Dark Elves worship Malassa, the Dragon of Darkness, in V and VI.
- Difficult but Awesome: The cost of their units means they're weak starting out so they can be hard to use early the game, but once the player learns to survive late game, they're devastating.
- Disability Superpower: Troglodytes in III (and IV, as neutral critters) are eyeless creatures immune to the blind spell.
- Elemental Powers: Due to their focus on destructive spells.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: The faction with the most diverse monsters, due to important changes between each iteration. Only the Minotaurs and Black (Purple in I) Dragons, along with the Hydras save in III and VI, have been a constant.
- Order Versus Chaos: Chaos against Academy's Order in IV.
- Our Monsters Are Different
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The fifth game give to the dark elves mounts who look like theropods.
- Eye Beams: Beholders in III, Shadow Lurkers in VI.
- Harping on About Harpies: In III.
- Hellish Horse: Nightmares in IV.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Rogues and the Thief Hero in IV, Scouts in V.
- Hydra Problem: Hydras in I, II, IV and V.
- Bloody Murder: Hydras in V, spilling acid blood when hurted.
- A Load of Bull: Minotaurs.
- Medusa: In III and IV.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Manticores in III and VI, a mix of lion, scorpion and bat.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: In I and II.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The iconic black dragons, some of the most powerful creatures of the series and are typically the strongest creature in the game.
- Anti-Magic: Their signature ability besides being strong, they can't be affected any magic, which as a drawback means healing magic and buffs don't effect them.
- Breath Weapon: Actually effects how their attacks work, hitting units adjacent to whatever they're attacking.
- Lightning Bruiser: Main reason why they're so dangerous, they are among, or are the most durable creature, hit really hard (usually dealing the most damage of any creature in the game, the main reason they're strongest overall creature) and while not the fastest creature, are still right up there.
- Our Elves Are Better: Dark Elves in V, which bear great resemblance to both Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer counterparts.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: In I and II.
- Our Genies Are Different: Ifrits in IV.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: In I and II.
- Pig Man: Orcs in IV.
- Rings of Death: Chakram throwers in VI.
- Stripperiffic: The Furies and Matriarchs in V, chakram throwers in VI.
- Swamps Are Evil: In I, II and IV.
Dungeon's Iconic Characters
Lord Alamar (I, II, III)The leader of the Warlocks of Enroth in Heroes of Might and Magic I, he was defeated by Morglin Ironfist but escaped to other lands. Decades later, he returned to Enroth to serve Archibald Ironfist but was again forced to flee when Archibald was defeated. He fled to Nighon, where he helped the Overlords invade Erathia following the death of King Gryphonheart, but Nighon's invasion was ultimately repelled by Queen Catherine.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Iron Buttmonkey: Consider how many times he has found himself on the losing side... and that he still comes back for more.
Archibald Ironfist (II, M&M VI and VII)
The "not so good" brother of Roland, Archibald accused him of killing the seers charged to chose a successor after their father's death. Given how obvious who the real murderer was, Roland, after flying the royal castle, started a civil war against his brother. Archibald canonically lost, and was Taken for Granite, until the PCs in Might and Magic VI freed him so that he helps them save the world. He then became a prominent member of the Necromancers' guild.
- The Archmage: Turns out he both has an extensive knowledge of magical rituals (which is why he has to be freed) and is better at necromancy than many necromancers despite being a Warlock rather than a Necromancer.
- Badass Moustache: He's an archmage royal who actually did things while he still young enough that his father was only recently deceased. He also keeps to his moustache, unlike his brother.
- Big Bad: Of the second game.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to Roland's Abel. Downplayed in that at the end, neither brother is willing to go all out and kill the other.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Might and Magic, he can't stand for Roland to be imprisoned by the Kreegans.
- Evil Brit
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Just like his brother, he's not above going on the battlefield himself if he feels it necessary.
- Smug Snake: Especially prominent in his victorious ending. His narration drips with it.
- Taken for Granite: His fate in the (canonical) ending where Roland won.
Mutare (III, Heroes Chronicles)A young woman from Nighon who took advantage of the infighting among the various Overlords to seize power for herself. After defeating Ordwald with the aid of the Vial of Dragon's Blood, she sought to conquer all of the dragons.
- Its Pronounced Tropay: mu-TAH-rey
- Meaningful Name: It means "to change" in Latin.
- Metamorphosis: Into a dragon, when she drinks the Dragon's Blood.
- Might Makes Right: She was disgusted that Ordwald, who inherited his dominion from his much more skilled father, didn't do anything in his own right to earn his title; so she took it upon herself to relieve him of it by force.
Tawni Balfour (IV)
"Honor among thieves? Hah! Any thief who invokes such rubbish is a hypocrite! The instant they have the opportunity to stab their best friend in the back, you know they won't even hesitate. A pirate, on the other hand, lives by a different motto. "The last one standing gets the gold."."The main character of IV Chaos' campaign. A ruthless Pirate Girl, Tawni Balfour was way too happy at the death of her father, the feared Captain Black, and took the opportunity to conquer the Gold Sea above all pirates.
- Bad Boss: Automatically kills the first guy who showed up for first mate auditions on the grounds that anyone who did so was obviously too ambitious for her liking.
- Blood Knight
- Dark Action Girl
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Reins it in with varying amounts of success.
- Knife Nut
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Eight-Fingers Oba, a Cool Old Guy who serves as her Morality Pet, turns out to be her true father.
- Pet the Dog: Her final conversation with Eight-Fingers Oba, where she makes him retire because she fears that he's lost his killer instinct and can no longer survive as a pirate.
- Pirate Girl
- Villain Protagonist
- The Unfettered
Raelag/Agrael (V, VI)
The protagonist of the Inferno and Dungeon campaign in V, Raelag starts out as Agrael, the (secretly elven) Dragon of the Big Bad Kha-Beleth, charged to kill Nicolai, and succeedding at the end of the Haven campaign. But, in love with Isabel, he betrays his master and comes in contact with the Spirit Advisor Tieru, who reveals to him the Dark Messiah prophecy, and purges him of his demonic influence. Later, we play as Raelag at his rise to power after his return among the Dark Elves, and his tentative to foil Kha-Beleth's schemes.
- The Atoner
- Later revealed to be two-fold: he also destroys Soul Scar clan that he led to worshipping demons in his backstory.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Defector from Decadence
- Evil Sounds Deep: As Agrael.
- Love Redeems
- Murder the Hypotenuse
- Noble Demon
- Put on a Bus: In Hammers of Fate ending.
- Screw You, Elves!: As Agrael.
- Significant Anagram
- Spikes of Villainy/Tin Tyrant: As Agrael.
- Stalker with a Crush: He's been doing so since Isabel was born, you know...
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- What the Hell Are You?: Asked by Nicolai when he turns out to be immune to his Holy Hand Grenade.
Sorceress' Town (I-II) / Rampart (III) / Preserve (IV) / Sylvan (V, VII)Nature Faction. Originally serving as the counterpart to the warlocks in the first two games, they eventually became more associated with elves from the third game onward. As one might expect with a faction of elves, they are more associated with speed than the other factions at the cost of defense, and favor nature-themed magic. Their Might Hero is the Ranger/Archer, and their Magic Hero the Sorceress (I and II)/Druid (III and IV).
- A Commander Is You: Look like Ranger faction, but they've only one shooter, Elves, except in I, II and V, where there's also Druids. They do, however, have a general tendency toward Fragile Speedster.
- Always Female: The Sorceress hero in I and II.
- Culture Chop Suey: In III, with Dwarves, Elves, Centaurs and Pegasus, and a distinct asiatic architecture. Overally they fall closest of all factions to the eclectic Standard Fantasy Setting.
- Dance Battler: Blade Dancers in V.
- Elves Versus Dwarves: Averted in the first three games, with both elves and dwarves in the same faction.
- In Ashan, both the Elves and the Dwarves are on the Good side of factions.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: In V, they're Magical Native American, with a bit of celtic symbolics thrown in.
- Forest Ranger
- Fragile Speedster: With the exception of Dwarves and Dendroids/Treants.
- Ghibli Hills
- Mage Marksman: Ranger heroes in V, who can enchant their attacks with harmful spells in order to create Trick Arrows.
- Our Monsters Are Different
- Beast of Battle:
- Panthera Awesome: White Tigers in IV.
- Druid: A creature in I, II and V, and the magic hero in III.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: In III.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Green, Gold or Faerie dragons. Not as strong as the dragons in the Dungeon, but tend have up them in some stats.
- Our Dwarves Are Different: In I, II, and III.
- Our Elves Are Better
- Our Fairies Are Different: In I, II and IV games they had butterfly-like wings. In Ashan, they hover instead.
- They had butterfly-like wings in III as well, but they (along with the phoenix) was part of the Conflux faction in that game.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: In IV.
- Pegasus: In III.
- The Phoenix: in I, II and IV.
- When Trees Attack: Dendroids/Treants in III and V.
- Beast of Battle:
Sylvan's Iconic Characters
Queen Lamanda (I)The leader of the Sorceresses of Enroth in Heroes of Might and Magic I. She was defeated by Lord Ironfist.
- The Leader: Of Sorceresses of Enroth
- Overshadowed by Awesome: She's a mighty sorceresses but Lord Ironfist is better.
Sister Eliza (II)The leader of the Sorceresses of Enroth in Heroes of Might and Magic II. She was attacked by Archibald because of her public support for Roland. Roland defended her and her guild against Archibald, and she swore allegiance to him.
- Badass in Distress: Outside her trouble with Archibald, she has formitable power.
- Damsel in Distress: Initially Roland saved her from Archibald
- I Owe You My Life: She's great asset to Roland after he saves her guild.
Gem was one of the greatest Sorceresses that Enroth had ever seen, serving King Roland Ironfist during the Succession Wars. Shortly after Roland had secured the throne of Enroth, Gem left for Erathia, finding a new home in Avlee.
- The Ageless: She appears in Heroes of Might and Magic games I-IV, a time period which spans approximately 80 years, yet still appears young. IV explains that she maintained her youth by drinking from a special fountain; however, she no longer has access to this fountain as of IV and has started to age normally again, which may explain her absence in later games.
- Fantasy Character Classes: Though she is listed as a "Druid" in her HOMM III appearance (as the game does not have a Sorceress class), the Shadow of Death expansion for III lists her as Sorceress, the only hero in III to have a unique class name.
- Friend to All Living Things: As befitting her character class. However, according to her campaign scenario in III, it took her a little while to warm to the Sylvan Castle's dragons, though one could hardly blame her given her experiences with them in II.note She also appeared to be uneasy of the Dendroids at first, due to an unexplained incident in her past.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Despite being at the "heart of over 80 years of conflicts and wars," she has maintained her gentle demeanor.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Prior to III, Sandro tricks her into gathering an artifact for him (along with Crag Hack), then uses it to install a puppet king to invade Erathia, kickstarting the events of the main game. To be fair, she does band together with Crag Hack and two other heroes to defeat him later.
- Older Than They Look: See The Ageless above.
- Recurring Character
Gelu (III-AB and SoD, intro of IV)
A half-elf Ranger assisting Catherine and Roland in Armaggeddon's Blade, and the heroes Crag Hack, Gem and Yog in Shadow of Death. In a quite egregious case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, he ends up destroying the world with the aforementionned sword when it clashes with another Infinity+1 Sword, the Sword of Frost. Easily recognizable due to his red hair and black and white skin.
- Artifact of Doom / Infinity+1 Sword: The Armaggeddon's Blade.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
- Our Elves Are Different: He is not a "normal" elf, but a (half-) Snow elf.
- Rain of Arrows
- Red-Headed Hero
Elwin and Shaera(IV)
Two elves whose romantic story drives IV's Nature campaign, as Lord Haarke try to keep Shaera for himself.
- Friend to All Living Things: The debut of the first mission is basically Elwin learning to do this to survive.
- Genre Blind: Changing the colors of the sails to indicate something to the loved one? Elwin, even heard of Theseus?
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Mind Rape: What Haarke essentially tries to do to Shaera...
- Murder the Hypotenuse: ... and what he tries to do to Elwin.
- Nice Hat: Elwin. It's even lampshaded in any of its appearances in the fan-made campaign Legend of the Ancients.
- Panthera Awesome: One of the missions is entirely dedicated to Elwin having to gain the support of the White Tigers.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: At the start of the campaign, Elwin is a Druid, despite spending most of his time in the elven court being a playboy. After that, he goes through Character Development.
Necromancer's Town (II) / Necropolis (III, IV, V, VI, VII)
"Life is change, chaos, filth and suffering. Death is peace, order, everlasting beauty."The Undead Faction. First seen in Heroes II, the necromancers serve as a counterpart to the wizards. Their strategy is primarily to overrun their enemies with hordes of undead, with their Necromancy skill and their higher growth rates to emphasize this. In IV they were merged with the demons, but from V onward they were back to strictly commanding the undead. Their Might Hero is the Death Knight, and their Magic Hero the Necromancer.
- A Commander Is You: Spammer faction.
- In VI, they switch from "produce more" to "lose nothing"
- Animal Motifs: Spiders in V and particularly in VI.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Very much so from I to V, save for Arantir in V who is more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but...
- Dark Is Not Evil: ...VI gave us two good necromancers in Sveltana and Anastasya.
- Black Knight: The Death Knight Hero in III, IV and VI, and a creature in III.
- Clown-Car Grave: The Necropolis' creature dwellings are nearly all graves, and they let you hire undeads each week.
- And, due to Good Bad Bug in IV and V, you can theorically raise more corpses with necromancy than ennemies killed.
- Dark World: All their townscreens are in the dark.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Ancient Egypt and Babylonia in VI.
- Fearless Undead: All undead creatures keeps their moral neutral no matter the modifiers.
- Night of the Living Mooks
- Dem Bones: Skeletons...
- Dracolich: ... and Bone Dragons.
- Non-Human Undead: Bone dragons in II through V, lamusu & namtaru in VI, and zombie horse steeds for the heroes in V and VI.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In all games save in I and II, where they were neutral Game Breaker units thank to their ability to create a new ghost for every enemy unit killed.
- Our Ghouls Are Different: In VI.
- Fate Worse Than Death: According to the flavor text, transforming someone into a ghoul is the worst punishment sanctioned by necromancers.
- Our Liches Are Different: The main ranged attacker.
- Our Wights Are Different: In III, they were ghosts. In V, they resemble Grim Reapers, along with Sinister Scythes.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Famous for their powerful Life Drain ability, who make them one of the most effective creature of the game.
- Classical Movie Vampire: In II and IV.
- Lightning Bruiser: There're usually one of the most useful units of the faction, being one of the few fast Necropolis units, and thanks to their Life Drain ability.
- Looks Like Orlok: Taken to horrific level in III (see here◊).
- Bishōnen: In V and VI, the latter with a suspicious ressemblance to Arthas from Warcraft III. (see here◊).
- Our Zombies Are Different: The classic Mighty Glacier, typically the least useful unit due to its extremely low speed.
- In VI however, their upgraded version changes them to Lightning Bruiser category, giving them 2 additional movement points and 30% more damage when attacking living targets. Doubly so in the campaign due to Anastasya having a passive trait that increases ghoul movement by 2. This together with their upgrade allows them to get to the enemy lines in a single turn.
- Spider People: Fate Spinners and Mother Namtaru in VI.
- The Necrocracy: Altern between Types I and II, even if the fourth game implies they have a decent part of living subjects.
- Might and Magic VI and VII between them weakened this for the Enroth setting, making clear both that it was entirely possible for living humans to lead the most powerful faction of necromancers, and that liches were a relatively recent development. VII also revealed that Deyja has a decent amount of living citizens — they just don't play as important a role in the necromancers' armies as the undead.
- Order Versus Chaos: Order to Inferno's Chaos in V and VI.
- The Sacred Darkness: In V and VI, the Necromancers are more akin to worshipper of the Death aspect of Ashan rather than a simple guild. They also appear more sympathetic in general, though they still count some of the worst villains among their ranks (Markal in V, Sandro in VI). In VI, it's up to the point where Necromancers are still tolerated by the Griffin Empire.
- Sickly Green Glow: in V and VI.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: A side effect of the Namtaru venom with a Lich/Vampire's bloodstream.
- Spiders Are Scary: Mother Namtaru is the spider avatar of Asha's nightmares. The spider cult of Heresh consequently refer to Asha as the Spider Goddess.
- Zombify the Living: Sometimes has access to an Undead Transformer, which can convert living units from other factions into undead.
Necropolis' Iconic Characters
Sandro (I-II-III-IV, mentioned in V and VI, M&M)
Arguably the most popular character of the entire series, Sandro was the only undead hero of the first game (as a Warlock). A lich with the classical necromancers' obsession to Take Over the World, Sandro was nearly successful in doing so by basically planning the entire events of the third game's campaign, as seen in the prequel The Shadow of Death, thus being the mastermind behind the invasion of Erathia. Unfortunately for him, his first plan, involving two Artifacts of Doom, was foiled by a group of four heroes (including Crag Hack and Gelu), and the credit for his second plan was stolen by the lich he was planning to control as The Man Behind the Man. Sandro make a Continuity Cameo in V and VI, being regularly mentionned as The Mentor of Markal and several necromancers, sadly Killed Off for Real.He got his own DLC campaign for VI called "Danse Macabre"
- The Chessmaster
- Continuity Cameo
- Evil Sorcerer
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: In I and II.
- In the Hood: Thus combined with his Dem Bones give him a very Grim Reaper-like appearance, except in IV, where he wear a weird Mayincatec crown.
- The Man Behind the Man: He ''planned'' to be so...
- One Steve Limit: It's not all that easy to reconcile The Shadow of Death with Sandro being an active open lich during the First War of Enrothian Succession without resorting to there being two necromancers named Sandro who became high-profile heroes. From the same source, it is impossible to reconcile his mentor Ethric as being the in-universe most famous Ethric, despite sharing a similar story (a mage who became a lich).
- Take Over the World
Gauldoth Half-Dead (IV)
The main character of IV Death's campaign, Gauldoth earned his nickname when, as a young necromancer apprentice, he tried to cast a spell to survive the destruction of Enroth (the world of I-II-III). It... '''partially'' worked, leaving him Two-Faced, with one side of his body becoming undead. The campaign deal with him creating the small nation of Nekross, finding his old master, and ultimately having to fight him when he's revealed to be serving an Omnicidal Maniac mysterious figure.
- Anti-Hero: Type III.
- Balance between Creation and Destruction: Obsessed with respecting it, seeing any who don't as "fanatics".
- Beware the Nice Ones: Possibly the nicest Necromancer in the franchise, and yet one of the most powerful.
- Burn the Witch!: Almost subjected to this at the start of his campaign. When he besieges Vitross, he makes a point of catching the town guard who ordered his execution alive so he can do the same to him.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Deal with the Devil: He's the one responsible for the Kreegans being part of the Necropolis line-up, it worked.
- Emergency Transformation
- Genre Savvy: One of his most interesting traits. Gauldoth don't even try to Take Over the World, even when given the perfect opportunity, saying that it always fail for the necromancers to try so.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Particularly explicit at the very start of his campaign, since he's been running around in the woods for years on end, just trying to survive. Any humans who catch sight of him tend to scream in horror and/or try to kill him.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Way physically stronger than he appears on his undead side.
- My Master, Right or Wrong
- Pet the Dog: Sure, Gauldoth raises deads and summons demons, but he's very careful to protect his living subjects from them. This earns him the name "Father Gauldoth".
- The Philosopher
- Pragmatic Villainy: Decides it's easier to form an alliance with Great Arcan than conquer it and risk becoming the villainous necromancer the rest of the world unites against.
- Summon Magic: His specialty; he can raise the dead as allies through necromancy, and he also has knowledge of nature magic that lets him summon animals and magical creatures. By using both in combination, he can also gain the ability to summon demons.
- Unholy Holy Sword: Gauldoth find at one point in the campaign that the Angel's Blade, a powerful weapon against Demons, was created by a Demon to begin with. But since he only need it to open a teleporter, it doesn't bother him too much.
A Necromancer proposing to Isabel to revive her husband King Nicolai, after he was killed by Agrael, while his real aim his to avenge the death of his master Sandro, killed by the Wizards.
- Beard of Evil
- Evil Sorcerer
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mummies at the Dinner Table: Keeps the skull of Nicolai's mother on a necklace, and is seen talking to it.
- Obviously Evil
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Wizards and Cyrus in particular for having killed his master Sandro.
- Smug Snake
Arantir (V-TotE, Dark Messiah)
A Necromancer trying to prevent the Dark Messiah prophecy. The Big Good of TotE Necropolis' campaign, previously seen in Dark Messiah Of Might And Magic as the main antagonist and final boss.
- Badass Bookworm
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Hero Antagonist: In Dark Messiah, though "Hero" may be a bit of a stretch...
- Rogue Protagonist
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Back from the Dead: Thanks to her aunt. Averts Came Back Wrong completely.
- Badass Bookworm: She was the nerdiest of the siblings.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She gets better.
- Clear My Name: The motivation of her campaign.
- Creepy Twins: Subverted. She is a necromancer, Kiril is a demon master, but both are friendly.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Try to find friendlier necromancers than her and Sveltana. She has the sweetest personality out of the five siblings, even as an undead.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.Sveltana: These are ghouls. They are the spirits of murderers that we have trapped in undead bodies as a form of punishment.
Anastasya: How appropriate... we have so much in common.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Anastasya is a novice necromancer, giving Sveltana an opportunity to teach her (and the player) the basics of raising and controlling undead.
- Interspecies Romance: With the Archangel Uriel.
- Meaningful Name: Come on, look it up.
- Never Trust a Trailer: She's set up as an antagonist in the intro, with her undead army fighting Anton, which never happens in the actual campaign. Being narrated from Anton's perspective, the intro is intentionally misleading.
- Perky Goth
- Self-Made Orphan: Accused of having killed her father at the start of VI. Her campaign is dedicated to finding out who brainwashed her into doing it.
- Cool Aunt: To Slava, and then to his daughter Anastasya.
- Cool Old Lady
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like her niece.
- UnLivingLegend: Among Necromancers, for bringing back a powerful entity to the Seven Cities on her own, while she still was an apprentice.
- The Mentor: Teaches necromancy to Anastasya.
- Mystical White Hair: She is a high priestess of Asha, after all.
- Older Than They Look: She is 90. Then again, she is a necromancer.
- The Unfavorite: Elder child in a duchy where Heir Club for Men was the rule.
Wizard's Town (II) / Tower (III) / Academy (IV, V, VII)The Magocracy Faction. Debuting in II, the wizards are rivals to the Necromancers and the Warlocks. They specialize in magic and ranged attackers at the cost of weaker melee creatures, as well as costly prices. In II and V they were in a desert settingnote , while in III and IV they were native to the snow. Their Might Hero is typically the Alchemist, and their Magic Hero the Wizard/Mage.
- A Commander Is You: Technical/Ranger faction
- Arabian Nights Days: In V.
- Culture Chop Suey: From the Greek Titan to the Indian Rakshasa and Naga. Heroes V give them a distinctive Arabian Nights Days style, though.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The Mages units' attack.
- Mage Tower: The usual Mage unit's dwelling, and the town itself in III.
- The Magocracy
- Order Versus Chaos: Order against "Asylum" (=Dungeon)'s Chaos in IV.
- Our Monsters Are Different
- Full Boar Action: In II.
- Golem: The traditional ones in all their appearances, plus the Dragon-Golems in IV.
- Griping About Gremlins: III and V.
- Mr. Fixit: In V, they can repair golems and war machines.
- Halflings: II and IV.
- Our Dwarves Are Different: In IV.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: In III and V.
- Our Genies Are Different: From III onward, though V calls them Djinn.
- Our Giants Are Bigger
- Our Titans Are Different: The only time they have explain origin is that they're giant golems in V.
- Panthera Awesome/Petting Zoo People: Rakshasa in V.
- Snake People: Nagas in III and IV.
- Nay-Theist: In the Ashan universe, Wizards don't bow to the Dragon Gods, but work to become one of them.
- Ominous Floating Castle: In V.
- Shock and Awe: Titans
- Spider Tank: Dragon Golems in IV.
- Steampunk: A little shade of it, most notably with IV's Dragon Golems, and the Gremlins in V being the only ones to avert Fantasy Gun Control.
- War Elephants: Wizards use elephants as steeds in V, providing them a good view of the battlefield from which to cast spells.
Academy's Iconic Characters
Roland Ironfist (II, III-AB expansion, M&M)
One of the two sons of Morglin Ironfist, the canonical winner of the first game's campaign. "Good, kindly and honorable", Roland was forced to flee when his "not so good" brother Archibald blamed him for the murders of the various seers charged with finding a successor to their dead father. Calling his Knight, Wizard and Sorceress allies, he started a civil war against his brother, a conflict constituing the plot of the second game's campaign. Canonically the winner, he turned Archibald to stone until the future generations take pity of him. Later married to Catherine Ironfist, Roland came to her aid in the Armaggedon's Blade campaign against the demon Kreegans, who imprisoned him during the M&M's VI.
- Anti-Hero/Designated Hero: The punishment that he inflicts to his own brother, and his Fantastic Racism toward the Kreegans can make him appear as this. To be fair, Archibald could be considered deserving it, and the RPG games make clear that genocide is a reasonable course of action when it comes to the Kreegans.
- The punishment he inflicts on his brother becomes slightly less cruel in light of another of the things revealed in the RPG series: this is not a setting where And I Must Scream applies to beings Taken for Granite, so as far as Archibald was concerned, he'd simply wake up at some indeterminate future point.
- Badass Beard: In III-AB.
- Battle Couple: With Catherine.
- Cain and Abel: With Archibald.
- Cruel Mercy
- Porn Stache
- Rightful King Returns: Sort of. He was kidnapped after II and was held for several years before being rescued, and his introductory scenario in III-AB is called "The Return of the King"... but his return to his actual kingdom occurs offscreen some time after the game.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He goes on the field personally for the final battle of the Succession War. As a Wizard, oddly enough (he is a Knight every other time he shows up in a Heroes game — including the penultimate battle of his campaign in Heroes II).
- What the Hell, Hero?: Done by the ghost of his father after having retrieved the Armaggeddon's Blade and still marching to eradicate the Kreegans. Although later (and therefore more easily missed) dialogue (with both the ghost and others) indicates that it is not so much the march to eradicate the Kreegans as Roland's motivations that is the problem — too much hatred and a desire for vengeance, not enough understanding of the fact that the Kreegan simply can't co-exist with ordinary mortals in the long run.
- The Wise Prince
Gavin Magnus (IV, background of III)
The inexplicably immortal ruler of the wizard faction of Bracada, and later the Big Bad of IV's Order campaign The Price Of Peace, where he tries to brainwash the entire world to end all wars. It turns out even a god-slaying sword can't kill him. But it's sufficient to leave him in a catatonic state, presumably forever.
- Assimilation Plot
- The Evils of Free Will
- Face-Heel Turn: He was the leader of the good side in Might and Magic VII, even if he left a lot of things in the hands of his Terran advisors. The destruction of Enroth caused him to jump off the slippery slope, however, culminating in most of the other tropes describing him here.
- Humanoid Abomination: Not even himself know how he became immortal. He also has some weird abilities, like writing with an uncanny perfection, or spotting even an insignificant error in the construction of a room, while being at the other end of it.
- Knight Templar
- Nigh Invulnerable
- Sorcerer King: With the minor exception of his title (he used Grand Vizier instead. He was still openly and legally the one in charge, note), he was this (understandable, as the ruler of the Wizards' nation of Bracada), before Enroth's destruction. The event was... not good for his mental health, and he went off the deep end.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Solmyr ibn Wali Barad (III, IV, mentionned in V)
A Genie in a Bottle who gave his word to serves the man who liberated him "as long as he will walk this earth", and the man turned out to be Gavin Magnus, the immortal ruler of Bracada. Eventually, Solmyr had to betray his master when he had to oppose Emilia Nighthaven and help Gavin Magnus brainwash the entire world.
- Benevolent Genie
- Continuity Cameo:Narxes: Maybe we should go home? I'm no Solmyr!
- Friendly Enemy
- Humans Are Special
- I Gave My Word
- Shock and Awe
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled "Solymr" in IV, where he gets his own half of a campaign, but the spelling from III is better remembered, even though he was just a generic hero there (although well-liked due to starting with the powerful Chain Lightning spell).
- To Be Lawful or Good
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Pitying both himself (for having to remember his failures) and his master (for having to endure wars for ever).
- Worthy Opponent
Emilia Nighthaven (IV)
The main protagonist of IV's Order campaign The Price of Peace. A few years after miraculously escaping the destruction of Enroth, she united refugees of her old world in the nation of the Great Arcan, hoping to resist the various warlords of the region and introduce a bit of order. She would eventually clashes with Gavin Magnus and his plans. She ends the war victorious, but with her legs paralysed.
- I Can't Feel My Legs
- If you take Legends of the Ancients as canon, then she gets better.
- Jeanne d'Archétype
- Magnetic Hero
- Technical Pacifist
- Worthy Opponent
Sar-Elam (Background of V, VI and Dark Messiah)The greatest spellcaster ever in the history of Ashan, who ascended to the form of (yet another) Dragon-God. His disciples went on to found the Academies, the background monastic orders of the Dragon-Knights and of the Blind Brothers, and Necromancy. His dragon skull is a plot point in Dark Messiah. The role-model of every Wizard.
- A God Am I
- The Archmage
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- Heroic Sacrifice: In order to seal Sheogh, the demons' prison.
- Scaled Up: As part of his ascension, judging by his skull.
Son of The Archmage Cyrus, and twice protagonist and Big Damn Hero, in V vanilla and Tribes of the East. Most of his involvement in the plot consists of cleaning up the mess left by the other heroes. He even lampshades it.
Inferno (III, V, VI, coupled in IV with Necropolis)The Legions of Hell faction, composed of various demons, most icconically imps, cerberi and devils. Since the fifth episode (though the fourth already had some flavorful spells), they relies heavily on demons' summoning. Generally considered one of the weakest factions in term of stats, and due to lacking flyers and shooters. Their Might Hero is the Demoniac/Demonlord and their Magic Hero the Heretic.
- A Commander Is You: Spammer faction in V and VI, where their racial ability, 'Gating', allows them to summon reinforcements to the field.
- Always Chaotic Evil: So far, the only Demon hero not completely evil has been Suraze in IV (who only works with the protaganist because he realised his old boss intended to betray him). The other Inferno heroes in this case were Agrael (secretely a Dark Elf) and Kiril (Human).
- Big Bad: In V, the faction and characters related to it serve as the main villain throughout the main game and both its expansions, with even Dungeon and Necropolis, the series' other long time villains, fighting against them.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell
- Bloody Bowels of Hell: In VI.
- Even Evil Has Standards: It's implied there are some things even the Kreegans won't do, as evidenced by the descriptions of one of the human deathknights in IV; she's capable of evil deeds that 'even the demons balk at'.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: In V, winged units have upside-down bat wings, emphasising their chaotic nature.
- Horned Humanoid
- The Legions of Hell
- Our Demons Are Different: Up to the fourth game they were Kreegans, Sufficiently Advanced Alien Invaders. In the Ashan universe, they're spawns of the Dragon-God of Chaos.
- Big Red Devil: Devils, Pit Fiends, and Juggernauts.
- Blob Monster: Venom Spawns in IV.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Maniacs and Tormentors in VI.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: Arch-Devils and Pit Lords.
- Hell Hound: Hell Hounds and Cerberi.
- Hellish Horse: Nightmares and V.
- Horny Devils: Succubi in V and VI.
- The Imp: In III, IV and IV.
- Our Genies Are Different: Ifrits in III
- The Power of Hate: Pit fiends in VI are the minions of the Demon Overlord of Hate, and have several hate-themed abilities.
- Weaponized Offspring: Breeders in VI, who attack by spitting imps that fly into enemies and blow themselves up.
- Order Versus Chaos: In V and VI, demons are the spawn of Urgash, the god of Chaos. This puts them in opposition to all the other factions of Ashan, but particularly the necromancers who worship Asha, the goddess of Order.
- Playing with Fire
- Spikes of Villainy: Even moreso than the other Evil factions.
- Whip It Good: Pit Fiends in III, Succubi in VI.
Inferno's Iconic Characters
Kha-Beleth (V, DarkMessiah, VI)
Demon Sovereign and Big Bad in V, where he's setting up his masterplan to create the Dark Messiah, the only one able to liberate him from Sheogh, where demons are imprisoned.
- Big Bad
- Big Red Devil
- The Chessmaster
- The Corrupter: Sways both Kiril and Raelag to his side. Backfires both times.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Heavily implied. Hunting is his favorite sport, and two legged creatures are his favorite prey.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: To the main protagonist in Dark Messiah.
- Satanic Archetype: Meets the criteria of being the supreme leader of the demons, and a prominent antagonist to the forces of order and good.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He is unable to leave Sheogh, not that it stops his plans.
- Smug Snake
- Tin Tyrant: He's basically a red Sauron with a BFS. Less so in VI, gaining a more "organic" armor.
- You Have Failed Me: Executes one of his minions for failing to capture Agrael.
Anton's younger brother and Anastasya's twin, thrust against his will into the demon prison-world of Sheogh by the angel Sarah.
- Creepy Twins: Subverted. He is a master of demons, his sister is a necromancer, but they aren't creepy at all, nor are they evil.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Deadpan Snarker
- Enemy Within: "Azzie", aka Azkaal.
- Interspecies Romance: With Xana the succubus and Sarah the Angel.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Kiril shares his body and mind with the demon Azkaal.
- Take a Third Option: Instead of destroying the Invisible Library or leaving it alone, Kiril instead brings it to Sheogh, incapacitating it without the consequences of destroying it.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Angels' plans. Like his twin sister.
"H3 Fortress" (III)The nation of Tatalia is home to this Fortress faction. Consisted of lizardmen and beasts from the swamps, they are the definition of a technical faction, relying very much on the abilities their creatures have. Also, when the Stronghold focus on Attack, the Fortress focus on Defense, making them another Brute Force faction. Their Might Hero is The Beastmaster, and their Magic Hero is the Witch.
- A Commander Is You: Technical, so very, very much. The only creatures they have that don't have any particular ability are the Gnoll and the Lizardmen.
- Always Female/Always Male: Respectively the Witch and Beastmaster Heroes.
- Beast of Battle: All their lineup save for the Gnolls and Lizardmen, who only count as Mix-and-Match Critters.
- Bubblegloop Swamp/Jungle Japes
- Our Monsters Are Different:
- Deadly Gaze: The Gorgons (different from the Medusas, being based on the Dungeons & Dragons design - that is, a scaled cow) have a Death Stare that can instantly kill the top creature in the targeted stack.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Wyverns.
- Hydra Problem
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Gnolls...
- Lizard Folk: ... and Lizardmen.
- Name's the Same: Not to be confused with the Heroes V faction with the same name, which is focused on the dwarves.
- Stone Wall
Conflux (III-AB expansion)When the original Forge faction was scrapped due to fan complaints, the Conflux was introduced instead. Consisting of elemental creatures, their armies were weaker than most, but made up for it with boosted growth rates, with the Phoenix in particular being the only tier 7 creature with an initial growth rate of 2. Their Might Hero is the Planeswalker, and their Magic Hero the Elementalist.
- A Commander Is You: Game Breaker/Spammer faction. It's even banned in official tournaments.
- Elemental Embodiment: Come in five variations (plus upgrades):
- Fragile Speedster: The Sprites and the Phoenixes
- Our Fairies Are Different
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: a soft Arabian Nights Days feeling in architecture.
- The Phoenix: Noted for being the fastest creature whenever appears and being immune to fire.
"H5 Fortress" (V)
- A Commander Is You: Like the old Fortress, a technical faction (thanks to Rune Magic) with a strong defense. Close to Game Breaker.
- Badass Beard: On all of their units and most of their heroes (save for the women).
- Badass Grandpa: Inexplicably, all the dwarven creatures' alternative upgrades gain white beards.
- Bears Are Bad News: Bear Cavalry. Yeah, you're pretty much screwed.
- The Berserker
- Fantasy Counter Part Culture: Horny Vikings
- Horse of a Different Color: Aforementioned bears, and also mammoths.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: The only unit that isn't a dwarf in some way is the fire dragon. Even the Thanes are basically giant dwarves (who teleport and shoot lightning).
- Our Dragons Are Different: Very different, they're fire elementals as opposed to flesh and blood creature. They don't hit as hard as the Dungeon's dragons, and are slower and can't fly (in fact they're the slowest LV7 creature in the game), but are also the most durable creature in the game and actually damage enemies that attack them in melee.
- Playing with Fire: Their Dragon-God Arkath, the Fire Dragons and the Flame lord. This also serves as their element of choice, even if their native terrain is snow.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Naturally.
- Shock and Awe: The Thanes and Thunder Thanes, and there is also a hero, Svea, who specializes in this.
- War Elephants: Their heroes ride into battle atop mammoths, who gore the enemy with their tusks while the hero casts spells.
Fortress' Iconic Characters
Wulfstan (V-HoF and TotE)
The protagonist of the Fortress campaign in Hammer of Fate, and token dwarf. Only Sane Man among the dwarves, teams up with the Heroes.
"We strive for perfection in Shalassa's worship."The first naga and aquatic faction in the series. Their battle system is based around all aspects of water as well as honor, favoring to fight enemies one on one. Their Might Hero is the Samourai, and their Magic hero the Monk.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Their special ability is a defensive bonus triggerable when fighting enemies one-to-one.
- Dummied Out, What Could Have Been: Sanctuary was considered for inclusion into Heroes V early during development, but was cut. Some concept art◊ (apparently based on India rather than Japan) and references to the faction in the game resources in V are all that was left.
- Elemental Powers: The Monk hero and his upgrades.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To Japan (which explains some of the names) with some of China, Thailand, and India thrown in.
- Honor Before Reason: They prefer fighting one on one for the sake of honor, with abilities to reflect this.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Making a Splash: They worship Shalassa, the Dragon-Goddess of Water, and have a close bond with this element.
- Our Monsters Are Different:
- You Are The Translated Foreign Word: The upgrades to a few of the creatures are basically the creatures' names in Japanese. For example, the Snow Maiden becomes the Yuki Onna, which is pretty much the same thing.
- Walk on Water: A Sanctuary hero can cross water without using a boat, if their army consists of only Sanctuary units.
Sanctuary's Iconic Characters
The first daughter of the Duke of Griffin, forced to accept an Arranged Marriage with the family's long antagonist Duke Gerhart of the Wolf Duchy. Liberated by her brother Sandor, she then integrates the Sanctuary faction.
- Action Girl
- Arranged Marriage: Leading to I Have You Now, My Pretty, leading to Groin Attack against the Duke, leading to pregnancy.
- Creator Cameo: Subverted: One of the developers is named Irina, but she joined only after the character was named.
- Determinator: Hinted in the loading screen text for her first mission. "Tether a Griffin's wings, and she'll learn to fly with her claws."
- Like a Fish Takes to Water: Literally, in her case. She quickly learns the naga customs and rises higher among them than realistically could back in the Empire. It helps that they respect beating people's faces in, whereas her father trying that is what got her married to Gerhart in the first place.
- Rebellious Princess
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Wolves, especially if you choose the blood way.