[[caption-width-right:256:EVA: Welcome back, commander.]]

->''"I've seen the future. Our Tiberian future. And as you watch this battle just beginning to unfold, I've already seen the final act. It is my destiny to lead the way for all mankind..."''
-->-- '''Kane''' to General Solomon

''Tiberian Sun'' is the second installment in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries''. Set in 2030, tiberium is now spreading unchecked, forcing humanity to flee to the arctic or desert regions that can at least slow the substance's progress. As governments break down and GDI does its best to bring order from the chaos, Kane reappears to lead a reunified and invigorated Nod into battle once more. A crashed alien spaceship and an extraterrestrial artifact called the Tacitus hint at a larger purpose behind Tiberium, but ultimately Kane's attempt to use a missile to increase Tiberium's spread is thwarted with the man's death (again).

Released in 1999, the game notably raised the cutscenes profile of the saga, featuring for the first time renowned mainstream actors such as Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MichaelBiehn. The Scrin technology makes its first appearance in this game, as well.

An expansion pack was also released, called ''Tiberian Sun: Firestorm'', in which Nod's battle AI, CABAL, revolts and leads a {{cyborg}} uprising, forcing GDI and the remnants of Nod to unite to defeat him.

Tiberian Sun and its expansion were released as freeware by EA in 2010. [[http://na.llnet.cnc3tv.ea.com/u/f/eagames/cnc3/cnc3tv/Classic/OfficialCnCTiberianSun.rar Official Download]].

'''Please note that this page is for tropes that feature in this game and its expansion only. Please add tropes relating to other games as well on the main [[Videogame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries Tiberian Series page]].'''

!! This game contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: In ''Sun'', Umagon is a mutant soldier who sure knows how to fight. She's even a field unit in at least one mission.
* AIIsACrapshoot: In ''Firestorm'', [[spoiler: CABAL]] quickly goes rogue.
* ArmCannon: Cyborg soldiers have chainguns on their right arms. Cyborg Reapers have cluster missile launchers on theirs. The Cyborg [[spoiler: Commando]] has a [[spoiler: plasma cannon]].
* AudienceSurrogate: The players are meant to identify with either Michael [=McNeil=] in the GDI campaign or Anton Slavik in the Nod campaign, negating the NonEntityGeneral approach of the other games.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The backstory handles GDI mechs like this. Not as maneuverable (except in rough terrain!) or cheap as Nod's tanks, and have poor leg workings.
* BadassCreed: One of Nod's mottos is ''"PEACE THROUGH POWER!!''" This becomes creepy and terrifying in the end of the Nod campaign, where [[HamToHamCombat Slavik captures and mistreats McNeil (offscreen) while he's tied to a chair]], then shows him a view of a Nod missile vaporizing the [[spoiler: GDSS Philadelphia]] into a glowing mist:
-->'''[=McNeil=]''': NOOOOOOOOOO!!!\\
'''Slavik''': [[DissonantSerenity Peaceful]], [[MoralEventHorizon isn't]] [[EvilIsHammy it?]]
* BigNo: Michael [=McNeil=]'s response when Slavik has captured and tortured him, and he witnesses [[spoiler:the Philadelphia Station being destroyed by Nod's nuclear missile(s).]]
* BlandNameProduct: Several of the building names.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece:
** In the last [[spoiler:GDI]] mission you get the chance to use [[spoiler:classic Mammoth Tanks from ''Tiberian Dawn'']], which still prove useful. The Forgotten also uses them.
** The Juggernaut artillery unit in ''Firestorm'' is the result of taking a triple-barreled cannon from an old battleship -- useless now that the seas are choked with Tiberium-mutated weeds -- and mounting them on mech legs.
* LesCollaborateurs: Jake [=McNeil=] joins the enemy side in the Nod campaign out of envy at his brother Michael and some suggestions from Oxanna. In the canon GDI campaign, he was also stated to be at Hammerfest when it fell to Nod, so it's entirely possible that he was also a mole there, and received the additional YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness treatment from Nod.
* CoolShip: The GDI command vehicle, the Kodiak.
* CoolTrain: Nod's competing command vehicle, the Montauk, when it's riding through existing tunnels rather than [[DrillTank drilling its own]].
* DamageSpongeBoss: CABAL's Core Defender, a [[HumongousMecha massive bipedal robot]] which can withstand obscene amounts of firepower; It wields a powerful laser cannon from each arm, capable of shredding most any ground unit in one shot; two for the Mammoth Mk. II. EMP also doesn't work, and using it prompts an EvilLaugh from CABAL. There are creative and easier ways outside the box to deal with it, such as [[spoiler: DroppedABridgeOnHim]] (or from [[spoiler: under him]]) or [[spoiler: Firestorm]]/[[spoiler: Laser Fence]].
* DeadlineNews: Oxana Kristos, who had been [[{{Unperson}} declared dead]] by her former colleague in the news studio (working for the traitor Hassan), casually sits down next to him on live TV. He's startled, but she tells him to "Please, continue"... then shoots him moments later.
* DeadlyGas: Nod's secondary superweapon is a missile full of Tiberium waste gas, which corrodes structures and vehicles, and poisons or mutates enemy soldiers.
* DoomTroops: The [[AIIsACrapshoot malevolent A.I.]] CABAL's cyborg faction in the expansion pack ''Firestorm'' seems to invoke this. Much of its armies consist of [[NightOfTheLivingMooks shambling, rotting corpses with cybernetic upgrades]], and its "Reaper" units are robotic scorpion-man hybrids with [[SkullForAHead skulls for heads]]. They're mainly used to destroy civilian settlements and to capture people so they can be processed to create more soldiers.
* DrillTank: Nod uses subterranean units such as the Subterranean APC, the Devil's Tongue flame tank, and the Montauk command vehicle, although only the first looks like a recognisable drill tank.
* DropShip: Used as a special unit in ''Tiberian Sun''. Bonus points since the game stars ''Film/{{Aliens}}'''s Michael Biehn as the player character in the GDI cutscenes.
* EasterEgg: In the [[spoiler: last Nod mission]], there is a civilian building called the "Xmas Tree Farm", which itself is already pretty funny. Destroying it causes [[spoiler: CABAL to]] exclaim "SCROOGE!" at the top of the screen. It also yields a money crate for the effort.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler: The Nod campaign ends as Kane launches a world-altering missile to completely turn the world into a Tiberian landscape. He likely killed off all non-mutated terrestrial life by doing so.]]
* EnemyMine: GDI and Nod vs [[spoiler: [[BigBad CABAL]]]] in ''Firestorm''.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: ''Tiberian Sun'' is infamous for this, with Visceroids, Tiberian Fiends, Tiberium Floaters, Veinhole Monsters destroying vehicles and buildings and the gas they produce killing infantry, Tiberium poisonous to infantry, ion storms causing lightning strikes and your planes to fall out of the sky and crash, etc. etc. On the one hand, this does realistically evoke the feel of a CrapsackWorld going to hell and anarchy because of the effects of Tiberium; on the other hand it is actually possible to win one-on-one skirmish battles without ever even seeing the enemy, because the enemy was just overwhelmed by all the third-party nasties on the map.
* EvilGloating:
** Kane gives a good one to Mike [=McNeil=] after breaking through the Hammerfest defenses in ''Tiberian Sun'' and stealing the sonic crystals, leaving behind a broadcast in which he glibly informs him that the sonic tank "will make an excellent addition to my collection", and that "'''''oh''''', and [[SarcasmMode sorry to hear]] about your ''brother'', [=McNeil=]... I hear he died a very ''slow'' and... ''painful'' death..."
** There is also Vega's video to GDI, where he taunts GDI and executes Commander Tao.
* EvilLaugh: CABAL likes to do these during missions in ''Firestorm''.
-->'''CABAL''': Cybernetic lifeforms will always be superior.\\
'''EVA:''' [[OhCrap Missile launch detected.]]\\
'''CABAL:''' ''Kehahahahahahahaha!''
* EvilSoundsDeep: CABAL has a very intimidating lowered voice. Justified for being a computer A.I. who was programmed that way.
* FantasticRacism: There is quite a lot of hostility between the mutant and human factions, who [[FantasticSlur deride each other]] as "blunts" and "shiners" respectively. Nod in particular regards the mutants as abominations and sees no problem with slaughtering them for their own ends (despite such mutation being the very real consequence of the spread of Nod Tiberium worshipping).
* FreeWheel: When some vehicles explode.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Nod has upgraded to using lasers for ''all'' of its base defences, including the huge Obelisk of Light. In ''Firestorm'', CABAL is defended by experimental SuperPrototype enhancements of this such as the Obelisk of Darkness (which can hit air units) and the Lightning Obelisk (which can rapid-fire).
* FuturisticPyramid: The Nod [=HQs=] are all built in large, technified pyramids. They're actually converted ancient pyramids rather than purpose-built ones, as they're in Egypt and Central America specifically, and can't be built in skirmish mode.
* GameMod: A particularly spectacular one in the case of VideoGame/TwistedInsurrection, with full-length campaigns and even a third faction.
* GemTissue: Mutants are humans who have been altered by exposure to Tiberium to the point they have Tiberium crystals growing out of their skin.
* GettingHighOnTheirOwnSupply: General Vega is a South American Nod warlord and druglord who deals in a FantasticDrug known as "Eye Candy", of which he is clearly his own best customer. In the Nod campaign, he hijacks an alien ship while high and crashes it. Another Nod general comments that even if he survives the crash, they'll kill him anyway for his monumental fuck-up. In the GDI campaign, Vega chooses to kill himself with an overdose because GDI forces are storming his base and an angry Kane has both excommunicated him from the Brotherhood and [[YouHaveFailedMe ordered a nuclear missile strike on Vega's base to show his displeasure]].
* AGodAmI: Played with by Kane in the climax to the GDI campaign.
-->'''[=McNeil=]:''' You're not God, Kane!\\
'''Kane:''' No, I'm not God... but I'm a close second.
* HeroUnit: GDI has Umagon, Ghost Stalker and Mutant Hijacker (in the campaign). Nod has the [[{{Supersoldier}} Cyborg Commando]].
* HufflepuffHouse: The Forgotten (mutants) in ''Tiberian Sun'' act as a third faction, reached out to by GDI and manipulated by Nod. Their units are, appropriately enough, cobbled together from odds and ends and include old vehicles left over from ''Tiberian Dawn''.
* HumanShield: In the final GDI cinematic Kane holds Umagon hostage when Michael [=McNeil=] storms his HQ to rescue her. She manages to break free after an outside explosion shocks the building.
* HumongousMecha: GDI has abandoned its line of tanks in favour of walkers and MiniMecha. CABAL has the huge core defender.
* IAmTheNoun: Kane's "I am the future" from ''Red Alert'' gets a CallBack in the final GDI cutscene where Kane is about to destroy the world with a Tiberium missile when GDI commander Michael [=McNeil=] comes in to save the day. Kane is still shouting his drivel about being the future incarnate when [=McNeil=] [[ShutUpHannibal impales him with a Tiberium shard]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: [=McNeil=] stabs Kane with a shard of Tiberium in the ending of GDI's campaign.]]
* InSpiteOfANail: No matter which campaign is played, there will be an alien craft in Vega's territory, the GDI base in Hammerfest will fall, and Kane will create a mega Tiberium missile. The difference is that in the Nod campaign, Slavik manages to retrieve the ship's contents, Hammerfest remains in Nod hands ([[spoiler:and is used as the staging ground for their missiles to destroy the ''Philadelphia'']]), and the mega missile is fired off. But in the GDI campaign, [=McNeil=] who recovers the ship's contents, Hammerfest is eventually recovered (albeit Nod making off with the Disruptor sonic crystals before they're forced out), and the missile becomes scrap metal. Oh, and Umagon gets captured in both campaigns, although both the causes and aftermath of the captures are different.
** Also, Slavik would be rescued as he appears in ''Firestorm''.
* IsometricProjection: Evolving from the traditional 2D top-down view of its predecessor.
* ItsPersonal:
** Michael [=McNeil=]'s animosity with Kane, after the latter murders his brother in the Hammerfast raid.
** Anton Slavik's rivalry with [=McNeil=], after the latter captures and humiliates him and his team.
* LargeHam: Everybody in the Nod campaign.
* LeaveNoSurvivors: During the first Nod briefing, commander Anton Slavik asks CABAL what the conditions for a favorable outcome against the renegade General Hassan's forces in the present engagement would be. CABAL's response: "[[AC:They all ''die''!]]"
* LensmanArmsRace: Capturing or otherwise denying the enemy their advanced weaponry happens in both campaigns, along with the obligatory field-testing.
** In the GDI campaign, Nod attacks Hammerfest in an attempt to secure their Disruptor sonic crystals, and Mack has to shut down Nod's Tiberium-based missiles and main Banshee launch base.
** In the Nod campaign, Slavik has to destroy the Mammoth Mk.II prototype. He also gets to test out Tiberium-based weaponry which Kane has developed.
* MakeMeWannaShout: GDI deploys a new addition to their arsenal: Sonic weaponry. In the GDI campaign, [=McNeil=] spends some time getting it back from Nod, who stole it after Hammerfest fell.
* NearVillainVictory: In the final GDI mission, you are on the clock to stop Kane's missiles from acquiring their target and destroying the Philadelphia space station, leaving him free [[spoiler:to launch his world-altering missile.]]
* NewEraSpeech:
** Kane gives one of these in the Nod ending. [[spoiler:Turns out his idea of a new era means turning the entire planet into a Tiberianized death world.]]
** Anton Slavik also gives one at the end of the Nod campaign in ''Tiberian Sun: Firestorm'' after assuming command of Nod, in which he outright states that "a new era has begun".
* NoCanonForTheWicked: Played straight in ''Sun''. In ''Firestorm'', the two campaigns are a PerspectiveFlip to each other, as both sides face the same enemy, [[spoiler:CABAL]]. Slavik's appearance presents an interesting use of this, as the first few missions of the Nod campaign, wherein Slavik is rescued from an execution attempt and ultimately deposes Hassan, ''might'' have to be canon regardless - it all depends on whether the complete lack of mention of Hassan in the GDI campaign means that he doesn't even exist in the "true" canon or that the GDI storyline is simply [[AdaptationalHeroism skipping over dirty business]].
* NonEntityGeneral: The original ''Tiberian Sun'' is probably the sole example in the main series to avoid the abstract player character approach: the cutscenes clearly let you know that if you play as GDI, your name is Michael [=McNeil=], and when you play for the Brotherhood, you technically control Anton Slavik. And that's only the original ''Tiberian Sun'', since ''Firestorm'' gets back to its roots, complete with Slavik addressing you in the Nod campaign.
* NostalgiaLevel: One mission has GDI revisiting an old base site, with the classic buildings still standing. In another mission, Nod faces its old nemesis, the first [[TankGoodness Mammoth Tank]], which can be used by GDI too.
* NotBad: When Michael [=McNeil=] saves the day, stops Kane, and gets the girl, Umagon concedes "Not bad for a [[FantasticSlur blunt]]" before kissing him.
* PerspectiveFlip: The Nod version of events which also happened in the GDI campaign - the alien craft crashed in Vega's territory, and how Hammerfest Base fell - ''could'' be this. The GDI campaign is silent on those two points, with [=McNeil=] stumbling on the former's crash site and learning about the latter's fall after the fact, but the Nod campaign implies that [[spoiler:Vega was high on drugs and "borrowed" the craft from Kane before crashing it, and Hammerfest was [[TheMole undermined from within]] by Jake [=McNeil=]]].
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: General Solomon is the one who led the attack on Kane's Sarajevo temple, the final mission of the first game.
* PublicExecution: Nod forces are fond of doing this to suspected traitors. In the Nod opening cinematic, commander Anton Slavik was himself about to be publicly killed by injection before a faction of the Black Hand rescues him. The television program (called "Today's Execution" along with its own hosts) implies that this is a regular occurrence as part of the Brotherhood's "bread and circus" tactics. Anton later slits the throat of the rogue General Hassan after his capture in front of a spectating crowd.
* RecursiveAmmo: Nod's primary superweapon is the Cluster Missile which, upon detonating over the target and causing damage, releases several dozen small bombs that will fall around the original target and can devastate a sizable chunk of someone's base.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction:
** The Black Hand goes rogue after Hassan tries to execute Slavik. After a brief civil war, Slavik wins and reunites the various factions when [[spoiler:Kane returns.]]
** In ''Firestorm'', [[spoiler: CABAL]] splits from Nod.
* ReviveKillsZombie: Inverted; walking through Tiberium fields damages and eventually kills regular infantry, but ''heals'' mutant units (including cyborgs).
* SensorSuspense: ''Tiberian Sun'' had the Mobile Sensor Array which, when deployed, could track enemies hidden by FogOfWar, as well as Stealth and Subterranean units. The suspense part can even come into play with subterranean units, in that you can't tell whether what is about to pop up is a flamethrower tank or an APC loaded up with Cyborgs intent on murder.
* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon: Averted; the ranges of the Nod Artillery unit and its GDI counterpart the Juggernaut (''Firestorm'' expansion only) are very long by C&C standards, and many battles end up resembling UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-style artillery duels.
* ShoutOut:
** Several to [[ActorAllusion Michael Biehn]]'s ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', notably the M16 Mk II Pulse Rifle is very similar to that film's [=M41A=] pulse rifle. A GDI soldier in one cutscene is even shown holding the [=M41A=].
** One Mammoth Mk. II cutscene homages ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (where, incidentally, James Earl Jones voiced Darth Vader) by highlighting its similarity to the AT-AT.
* SlashedThroat:
** Implied to be what happened to Commander Tao. There was a GoryDiscretionShot involved.
** Hassan was dealt with in this manner during his execution.
* SpaceStation: The GDSS Philadelphia, the orbital GDI command center for all its operations on Earth. [[spoiler:Nod destroys it in their final mission.]]
* TitleDrop: During [=McNeil=] and Kane's confrontation in the GDI ending, Kane proclaims "I am the future! The Tiberian Sun has risen!"
* TrickBullet: One GDI mission in ''Firestorm'' has you put down some rioting civilians using riot troops armed with rubber bullets to subdue their leaders. This invokes DamnYouMuscleMemory, because ''group''-firing rubber bullets on the leaders as you're used to doing (rather than just using one trooper) will kill them and fail the mission.
* TwistEnding: In ''Firestorm''. [[spoiler:At the very end of the Nod campaign, it turns out that the missing Kane is still alive, possibly part of CABAL's neural network.]] This is never fully explained, as EA seems to have abandoned this plot thread in its sequels.
* UnitsNotToScale: A weird example with GDI's ''Kodiak'', which appears in-game in one mission in the vanilla game (where it's temporarily grounded by an ion storm) and one in the ''Firestorm'' expansion ([[spoiler:when it crashes]]). In the first example it's the size of an average in-game building, in the second it's grown to about ten times that size.
* UnwillingRoboticization: In ''Firestorm'', CABAL attacks civilian settlements to harvest the people for his cyborg army. GDI is responsible for shutting down one of his processing plants during the campaign.
* VeteranUnit: The concept is introduced here, franchise-wise. Hard to achieve and relatively minor improvements in return. Future games, however, would greatly improve on this.
* WarmUpBoss:
** Hassan is one to Slavik (and fits into the canon).
** For Mack, there is Vega. His island base is well-defended, but his forces pale in comparison to that of his boss Kane.
* WhamLine: At the conclusion of the first part in the Nod Campaign, while the crowd is chanting "Kane lives in death!" [[spoiler:"'''Kane ''LIVES!!'''''"]]
* YouCallThatAWound: {{Cyborg}}s can have their legs blasted off and still function properly. They can even regenerate back to full health in Tiberium, though losing their legs does slow them down.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** In ''Tiberian Sun'''s GDI campaign, Nod General Vega has just lost to [=McNeil=] and is beseeching Kane for reinforcements. Kane's response is to nuke Vega's entire island base.
** In the Nod campaign, Anton Slavik implies something similar when General Vega ''[[TooDumbToLive steals Kane's UFO and crashes it]]'', stating that Vega better hope he'll die in the crash, because Kane's wrath is certain.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In the second video to the Nod campaign, a prominent GDI general (Solomon) implies this trope to the double agent General Hassan, telling him he will be seen as useless if Slavik continues to gather support and that "useless things have a way of disappearing".