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Video Game: Heroes of Newerth
aka: Heroesof Newerth

Heroes of Newerth is a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game created by S2 Games, creators of the Savage game series. Envisioned as a Spiritual Successor to the popular Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars (and with permission from its current editor, Icefrog), Heroes of Newerth combines the mod's mechanics, terrain and a large selection of its most popular characters with a specially designed game engine and S2's own additions and tweaks, resulting in a game resembling DotA... but different.

You can read certain story arcs for this game here. These stories reveal certain interactions between the characters, and more (that can't be found in-game).


This video game contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: There are several female heroes. Of course, none of them use the Strength primary attribute.
    • As of patch 2.0.6. an alternative avatar named Helga Hammerstorm can be acquired.
    • And then at patch 2.6.21 a new heroine—not an alternative avatar—got added in the roster... named Solstice. This is her, with and without armor.
    • Bramble is a Strength hero and was released before Solstice, and is technically a female.
  • After the End: According to the Excuse Plot outlined in the "Savage" games, modern day civilization had it's downfall ages ago and in the far future humanity is once again on it's rise to power but is no longer the single dominant species on the planet as the beasts of the land had evolved and become intelligent. Or, rather, it was going for dominance until the Hellbourne started their onslaught at which point it became a battle for survival and an alliance of convenience with the Beast Horde was formed to fight the daemons.
  • An Axe to Grind: Legionnaire, Moraxus
  • And I Must Scream: Torturer is the embodiment of this trope, having been transformed into pure destruction and torment in exchange for eternal life.
    • The souls that Soulstealer collects are doomed to an eternity of captivity and suffering.
  • An Ice Person: Glacius, more literally than most. He shatters into shards of ice upon death.
    • And then there's Ellonia.
  • Announcer Chatter: "CHAMPION OF NEWERTH!"
    • "R-R-R-RAGEQUIT!" when a player quits the game after dying.
    • The "Flamboyant" announcer is even more funny/annoying, depending on whether you're on the winning side or not.
    • Armor Is Useless: Once Lodestone releases his Shatterstorm, this will happen to your armor (and Magic Armor) if you get hit. This applies to Lodestone, too.
  • Ascended Meme: After the meme "Too bad, it's me Blacksmith!" caught on among the playing population, Blacksmith acquired the voiceline "Too bad!"
    • Also the skeletons rape you in 3 seconds meme is referenced in the tooltip for Forsaken Archer's skeletons skill.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Doombringer, an item that gives 250 damage. Unfortunately, it drops upon death. Anyone can pick it up.
    • Also, unlike all other items, it can't be destroyed. Once a Doombringer enters the game, it stays in the game.
  • Ax-Crazy: Most Hellbourne heroes, some Legion, and almost all players once the game starts.
  • Back Stab: Night Hound's specialty.
  • Bad Ass Adorable: The Chipper, a furry chiprel piloting a killer steamwork mech.
  • Badass Beard: Pyromancer, and he knows it.
    "Flaming stick... check. Flaming shoulders... check. Awesome beard... check."
  • Badass Normal: Chipper, Engineer, Legionnaire, Pandamonium, Rampage, Flint Beastwood and Predator get by without any supernatural abilities.
  • Badass Long Coat: Witch Slayer. Fitting, as he's rather similar to Solomon Kane.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The item Kuldra's Sheepstick turns the target into chattering teeth. Pollywog Priest turns the enemy in a cute lil' bullfrog. Witch Slayer shrinks people!
  • Bayonet Ya: Gunblade's pistols have blades attached to them. After Version 3.2, he finally puts them to good use.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Wildsoul and his pet bear, Booboo.
  • BFS: Maliken's Sword of the Damned.
  • Bigger Is Better: Pebbles starts out tiny and gets bigger every time he puts points in his ultimate skill, eventually becoming the largest hero in the game.
  • Black and White Morality: The Legion are good. The Hellbourne are evil. No question about it.
  • Blood Knight: Every hero is out for battle and blood in this game and are not above killing their own. Many players of the game also exhibit traits.
  • Blow You Away:
    • Zephyr's Gust and Typhoon
    • Tempest's Elemental Void
  • Brother-Sister Team: After the Hellbourne appeared, Jeraziah and Ophelia put aside their differences and joined forces.
  • Bubble Gun / Magic Staff: The staff of the hero Pearl shoots bubbles. Yep, bubbles.
  • The Cameo: Several popular The Game Station YouTubers voiced alt-avatars:
    • TotalBiscuit voices Steampunk Disciple, an alternate skin for the Corrupted Disciple.
    • Jesse Cox of OMFGcata voices "Spiriticus", a (male) alternate skin for Nymphora.
  • Captain Ersatz: The game itself is a replication of DotA, updated to a much more flexible engine and with lots of online multiplayer convenience. Those days it's split off much more from DotA and has established its own metagame and many different heroes.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Klanx is the textbook example of one, and combines it with Evil Genius and some Dastardly Whiplash.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Accursed's Cauterize takes half the damage dealt/healed from his own health. Maliken can activate Enchanted Flames to deal more damage but take damage with every strike.
    • All of Amun Ra's abilities cost % of his max health to cast and none of them actively use mana.
  • Chainsaw Good: Chipper's Sawblade Showdown.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Legion's player colors are all bright and bold: blue, teal, purple, yellow, orange. Hellbourne's colors are darker and subdued: pink, gray, light blue, green, brown.
  • Combat Medic: Healers don't kick as much ass as everyone else, but they kick some ass.
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Teams of up to five players each are pitted against each other.
  • Crosshair Aware: Scout's Marksman Shot and Flint Beastwood's Money Shot will put a bullseye above his target while he's charging the ability.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Try pressing Alt+QQ in HoN. Then switch to DotA and do it again. Plus, spells in HoN all have QWER as hotkeys, rather than varying from hero to hero. So even if your favorite DotA hero happens to be in HoN as well, chances are the initial hotkey confusion will throw you off.
    • Rather, if you're switching from HoN back to DotA. For those coming from the mod, standardised hotkeys are a godsend. Of course, you can change the bindings in-game, so its pretty much averted here.
    • Thankfully, Dota 2 uses the QWER hotkeys as the standard, so it's not so much an issue anymore.
  • Dark Fantasy: A setting where the Legions of Hell is marching towards humanity and beastmen? Check. Weapons at the store that are mostly created by the forces of Hell? Check. Being forced to kill your own men? Definitely a Dark Fantasy setting.
  • Dark Action Girl: The Dark Lady, Fayde, and Forsaken Archer.
  • Dark Is Edgy: The Dark Lady and Soulstealer.
    • The game itself is Dark and Edgy in general, unlike the lighthearted League of Legends. The heroes will be more than glad to kill their own if they need to and the game has the feeling of a Dark Fantasy.
  • Deal with the Devil: Torturer was once a mortal who, while dying, made a pact with the Hellbourne to serve them in exchange for eternal life. To ensure his loyalty without the distraction of physical temptations, the Hellbourne stripped the man of his physical body leaving the pure energy of destruction, agony, and hate.
  • Death Seeker: Accursed will charge into battle, hoping to be finally released from his searing pain. Unfortunately, mortal blows will instead heal Accursed!
    • Torturer gasps "At last..." when he dies and is released from demonic dominion and eternal pain.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Pebbles and Behemoth's are more solid, and Sand Wraith and Nomad's are more grainy.
  • Distracted By The Shiny:
    Bladeknight5: Probably the biggest thing for me when I started playing Ho N, was that I got distracted by all the shiny graphics, I'd be like "Woah that spell is really - CRAP I'm dead." and my team would be like, "Why'd you sit there?" and I would be like, "Ummm... Lag?" [1]
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Circe can create several illusions, be it hers or anyone else's. She can even turn into a copy of you, down to the last detail!
  • Drop the Hammer: Hammerstorm.
  • Drunken Master: Well, there's that one hero...
  • Dual Wielding: Blacksmith with his dual hammers, the Dark Lady with two katars, Madman with a pair of claws, and Swiftblade with his dual katanas. Flint Beastwood uses dual shotguns.
    • You can combine Firebrand, Icebrand, and Lightbrand with each other into one item. This only counts to the trope if you have two of the three. Having all three will combine them into a single sword called the Dawnbringer.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures: Behemoth's appropriately-named Fissure.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Cthuluphant, the Rift Stalker Grinex plus all the other Rift creatures.
  • Enemy Mine: When the Hellbourne threw down, the Human Legion and Beast Horde ended their war and joined forces to fight against the demons.
    • Magebane is allowed to help fight against the Hellbourne - if not for the war, the priests of Sol would have burned Magebane at the stake as a heretic.
    • Also, Prisoner 945 is well... a prisoner from the dungeons of The Legion's capital, who was imprisoned for leading the rebellion of the Titans. He was released to give Legion another hero that will fight for them, with his chains on him still intact; promising him freedom from the chains if he does well in their fight against the Hellbourne.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Legionnaire's Whirling Blade and Swiftblade's Blade Frenzy.
  • Evil Chancellor: Pestilence was once a chancellor to Moon Queen before joining the Hellbourne for power.
  • Expy: Being an update of DotA, a lot of the heroes have DotA counterparts. Some are fairly obvious (Moon Queen ~ Luna Moonfang, Pyromancer ~ Lina Inverse, Soul Reaper ~ Necrolyte, Keeper of the Forest ~ Treant Protector), but others (Plague Rider ~ Lich, Pharaoh ~ Clockwerk Goblin, Pestilence ~ Slardar, Rampage ~ Barathrum, Witch Slayer ~ Lion) are a bit more subtle.
    • Myrmidon is an expy of the infamous Magikarp from Pokemon
      • "Myrmidon uses Taunt on newbie." followed by "It's super effective!"
      • made even funnier when you realize gyarados frequenly used Taunt
  • Evil Weapon: Shadowblade.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Many hero names. Devourer, Hammerstorm, and Pyromancer, to name a few.
  • Face-Heel Turn: A whole bunch, both in-lore and otherwise.
    • The Blood Hunters left the Beast Horde for the Hellbourne, knowing that they'd be able to drink more blood serving the demons.
    • Corrupted Disciple once was a priest of Sol, before he was, well, corrupted, and joined the Hellbourne to serve their unholy energy instead of Sol's light.
    • Demented Shaman betrayed the Beast Horde after gaining access to their holiest secrets to join the Hellbourne.
    • Forsaken Archer, in life, was a woodland huntress. After being raped and killed by a spurned suitor, she was revived by the Hellbourne to carry out her revenge on the men of Newerth.
    • Hellbringer, a warlock addicted to demon magic, left the Legion to join the Hellbourne and became the most despised man on Newerth.
    • Maliken, once the grand leader of the Legion, mysteriously vanished one day. Now he leads the Hellbourne to fight against the very Legion he was once part of.
    • Pestilence once served the Moon Queen, but after realizing that he could never become ruler, he left the Moon Warriors for the Hellbourne and a chance at power.
    • Myrmidon was in the Legion for a few months, but once someone found out he was a kind of water daemon, he joined the Hellbourne.
    • Prophet was a Legion hero for a while, but once the dire consequences of his pacts were realized, he defected to the Hellbourne.
    • Glacius had this happen to him twice. Initially, Glacius was a Hellbourne hero, but some time later he was changed to a Legion hero with a different lore. Some time afterwards, he became a Hellbourne hero again, with his old lore.
  • Fake Difficulty: A complaint brought up fairly often about the game is that the shop grid layout and user interface are unnecessarily complicated.
    • The shop UI was remade to be more user friendly, but some think that it was made less user friendly, although those complaints died within a week or two of it's introduction when people got over the whole They Changed It, Now It Sucks thing.
  • Fan Disservice: Defiler is fairly busty, but rotting and undead.
  • Fanservice: Andromeda, Fayde, Ophelia are all practically naked and very prone to... physics.
  • Flash Step: Magebane can blink using Flash, as well as Wretched Hag using her Flash of Darkness. Using the Portal Key will allow any hero to blink over a distance.
  • Fertile Feet: Nymphora and Ophelia.
  • Finishing Move: Legionnaire's Decapitate and Soul Reaper's Demonic Execution.
  • Fog of War: Get those wards up!
  • For Great Justice: As the Corrupted Disciple says, "For... ME".
  • Friend to All Living Things: Ophelia, the Queen of the Beast Horde.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The Madman.
    "Others say he is a man, just a man, but driven mad by the endless carnage he has witnessed."
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: In the world of Newerth, gods do exist, but their power depends largely on faith. Currently Sol is the most worshiped god and is omnipotent, while the other gods, having been mostly forgotten, are about as strong as the heroes. While Amun-Ra isn't an evil god, he was able to be summoned by the Hellbourne as a corrupt version of his true form because of this.
  • Green Thumb: Keeper of the Forest, Deadwood, Nymphora, and Bramble.
    • Subverted by Deadwood really; ripping trees out of the ground as weapons? Stampeding through forests and taking their lifeforce to speed himself up?
    • Runes of the Blight, in its unused info, saps the life force of a tree to restore health. It's supposedly "evil", but it's so useful they don't mind it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Legion might be the good guys but they sure aren't the nice ones.
  • Guns Akimbo: Flint Beastwood and Gunblade.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Night Hound is rumored to have "unnatural parentage".
  • Heel-Face Turn: In the closed beta days, Glacius and Armadon were in the opposite team, with different lores.
    • For one patch, Flux and Grinex were placed in the other team on release.
  • Horny Devils: Succubus, natch.
  • Humans Are Bastards: According to lore, an incident exhibiting this is why Ophelia left the Legion to become Queen of the Horde.
  • Human Popsicle: Temporarily, if Glacius imprisons you in ice. Try it on a large target like Pebbles, or even Kongor!
  • Ice Queen: Ellonia is the proclaimed Ice Queen. Ironically, she's one of the few Northerners who joined the Legion for non-selfish reasons.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Devourer.
    Devourer: "The best things in life are devoured!"
    • Balphagore, too, but only the dead ones.
  • Guest Fighter: Aluna is one, but not many players know this.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: The Chipper would make a good pet... if not for the killer mech.
  • In a Single Bound: Chronos's Time Leap, Predator's Venomous Leap, and Valkyrie's Courageous Leap.
  • I Need A Drink: Engineer says a variation of this if you give him a move order.
    • Before Drunken Master's Drink was remade to give charges passively, he literally did need a drink every couple of seconds so he can have his enhanced skills up.
  • Instant Armor: Just about any of the dozens of items or skills that give an armor boost when used. Also applies to damage-absorbing shields.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Plague Rider rides one. Just 'cuz. Draconis is one.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Silhouette, although she's lacking in the stealthiness [[Naruto department]].
  • Instant-Win Condition: World Tree/Sacrifical Pit destroyed? Game over, no matter how many enemy heroes you and/or your team shredded.
  • Invisibility: Many sources. Scout can Vanish, Night Hound has Invisibility, Keeper of the Forest can Camouflage himself or his teammates, Madman can Stalk in the shadows, Fayde can activate Reflection, Revenant can use Essence Shroud on one or more allies, and the item Assassin's Shroud will cloak the user when activated. Grinex can go invisible at least 3 times in succession.
  • Item Crafting: Maintained from DotA. You can combine base items into more-powerful items using recipes. There are well over five dozen recipes.
  • It's Up to You: Solo mid gankers generally control the game up until lategame, where they pass the reins to the team's carry who will seal the victory almost singlehandedly.
    • In the mean time, supports will place wards around the map and help out their teammates in whatever ways they can all game.
  • Kill Steal: An essential part of playing the game.
  • Lady of War: Moon Queen is in fact an actual queen.
  • Large Ham: The announcer, and about half the hero voices.
    • Devourer: YOU'RE MINE!
    • Blacksmith in particular stands out. "LET'S ROLL THE DICE!"
    • Jeraziah's Alt Avatar, Pride, is this.
    • Just listen to the tutorial.
  • Legions of Hell: The Hellbourne, naturally.
  • Level Grinding: From 1 to 25.
  • Light Is Not Good: The item Mock of Brilliance releases burning light that damages enemies near the carrier.
  • Light 'em Up: Jeraziah's Inner Light. Also Moon Queen's Moon Beam and Moon Finale spells.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Armadon, Pestilence, and Rampage, three Strength heroes that are rather agile.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Inverted. Nukers (wizards) are very powerful from early to mid, quickly dropping off during mid- and late-game. Carries (warriors) tend to be very weak early game, eventually becoming a monster late game, killing heroes in 2-3 hits.
  • Living Shadow: Fayde conjures these as a means of attack.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: 120 as of this edit. About 40 or so of them were ported directly from Dota All Stars, but since then S2 Games has been developing their own heroes on a regular basis for 3 years, not to mention some of the ported heroes received major changes.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Casting Blacksmith's Fireball. Will you do as little as 275 damage... or as much as 1100?
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Chipper's Rocket Barrage. Even more with Artillery's LRM.
    • Magic Missile Storm: Artesia can do this with her magic missiles if she has enough Mana.
  • Magikarp Power: All "carry" heroes, intended to merely survive the early game and then dominate the late game.
    • Myrmiddon uses the same Magikarp Power but literally. One of it's skills is named Magic Carp and it's info even used to say this : "Magic Carp use Splash !!!"
    • Myrmiddon as a whole IS an expy of Magikarp and a Shout Out of Pokemon after all.
  • Making a Splash: Kraken literally makes them with one of his skill.
  • Meaningful Name: Loads and loads.
  • Me's a Crowd: Sand Wraith's Mirage, or when a hero activates the Geometer's Bane.
  • Mind over Matter: Main theme of Kinesis' skills.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Chiprels, represented by The Chipper.
  • Mooks: Lane creeps.
  • More Dakka: Ultimate skills seem to have this effect, or rather most of them.
    • Artillery has multiple Dakkas in the form of missiles of various kinds.
  • Ms Fan Service: All hail Ophelia, Queen of the Beast Horde.
    • The Hellbourne counterpart would be Fayde, who is practically naked.
    • Also, Empath, with her G-string of war.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Master of Arms has two guns, a Pulse Cannon and a Repeater. All his other skills change based on which gun you have out, and each gun gives his attacks a different effect.
  • Mummy: Pharaoh.
  • My Nayme Is: Fayde.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Hellbourne.
    • The Madman, Soulstealer, Hellbringer, Soul Reaper, Torturer, Devourer. Yikes!
    • The Legion also has a couple of examples: Pyromancer, Witch Slayer, Predator, and Behemoth.
    • Lord Salforis.
  • Neutral No Longer: Many heroes in the Legion stayed out of the Human Legion/Beast Horde conflict, but when the Hellbourne showed up, they joined the Legion to defend their homeworld.
    • The Rise of the Neutrals Alt Avatar sets are literally this; Neutrals that gained hero-level powers and joined the Legion.
  • Noob: Common parlance in the community.
  • Off with His Head!: One of Legionnaire's responses as you issue any commands except for attack. More like:
    Legionnaire: Off with their heads!
  • One-Man Army: Once carries farm up the right items, they become this.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Engineer. To clarify: he drinks heavily, has a Scot accent, a beard, and uses steampunk tech.
  • Pandaing To The Audience: Pandamonium.
  • People Puppets: Puppet Master.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Night Hound, Scout, and Madman are all diminutive yet can be lethally effective.
    • Pebbles starts out pint-sized and eventually becomes huge.
  • Playing with Fire: Accursed, Blacksmith, Magmus and Pyromancer.
    • Hellbringer's Ultimate summons the fire-demon, Malphas.
  • Poisoned Weapon: Bushwack applies his Jungle Toxin to not just his weapons, but to all his items. Even on magical things like Chain Lightning.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The team with superior communication will almost always win the match.
  • Powered Armor: Corrupted Disciple. When he dies, the armor sucks him into it!
    • Also Flux, to the point where it isn't quite clear how much flesh is left in that armor. It allows him to manipulate magnetism.
  • Pungeon Master: About half the cast have a whole array of voiced puns, give or take a few.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Parasite can infest Neutrals and take over their body.
  • Rage Quit: Announced in BIG BOLD LETTERS whenever someone disconnects shortly after a death.
  • Rain of Arrows: Forsaken Archer's Crippling Volley.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Jeraziah, the Leader of the Legion.
    • Ophelia, the Queen of the Beast Horde.
    • Moon Queen, the Queen of the Moon Warriors.
    • Monarch. It's in her name.
  • Sentry Gun: Engineer's Steam Turret.
  • Sibling Rivalry: According to lore, Jeraziah and Ophelia were on opposite sides of a war between the Legion and the Horde before the Hellbourne appeared to throw a wrench into things.
  • Shock and Awe: Corrupted Disciple, Electrician, Dr. Repulsor, and Thunderbringer.
    Electrician: Shock and awe!
    Corrupted Disciple: It's electric.
  • Silver Bullet: Witch Slayer's Silver Bullet.
    • And not only effective against werewolves!
  • Sinister Scythe: Fayde's weapon of choice.
  • Space Master: Riftwalker, whose skills include ripping space and reality to use against enemies and making wormholes to teleport on to, always resulting in a damaging entry.
  • Standard Status Effects: This game has a lot of possible status effects, so naturally a few of them match up. Slither's skills cause poison, Pyromancer's Fervor causes burning, a number of heroes have ways of silencing, Blood Hunter's Blood Craze is essentially berserk, Glacius's Ice Imprisonment freezes, Maliken's Possession fears, and there are quite a few slows and stuns in this game.
    • Decovery is the theme built around Lord Salforis's skills. He can briefly reduce all healing applied by half, steal passive HP regeneration around him, and make a target completely unaffected by any source of health.
  • Stripperiffic: Some like Succubus but especially Ophelia I mean CMON!!! What the hell does Jeraziah say when he sees his sister like this.
  • Suffers Newbies Poorly: Most of the community actively push new players away. In this game, you getting killed does not just hurt you - it helps your enemy, as they make progress towards leveling up by killing you, so a newbie that dies more than average can actually be a net loss to the team. Experienced players know this, and will vote-kick, or cuss out, newbies, to make them leave. Overall, the incentives are structured such that newbies are a liability and experienced players seek to push any on their team out of the match, either by harassment or simple vote-kick.
    • The announcer and the game even mocks the player for poor playing skills ranging from saying "TOO BAD" for whiffed skillshots. To Unreal Tournament style killquotes. Heroes of Newerth is a ruthless game and it's setting reflects upon it.
  • Super Mode: A staple of many carries.
    • Maliken's Possession turns him into a hulking demon with a ranged splash attack. When he turns into one, enemies around him literally cower and panic.
    • Hammerstorm can summon up his Brute Strength and more than his damage.
    • War Beast undergoes a Metamorphosis making him really goddamn fast.
    • Madman can go Berserk and totally flip out on an unfortunate victim. With Staff of the Master, if he gets killed, he'll die 5 seconds later.
    • Berzerker can unleash Carnage, making him hit [[Clerks like a truck]], with the endurance of one. He takes more damage during it, though.
    • Salomon can turn into an Avatar of Revenge, gaining a second health bar and an all new set of abilities.
  • Super Speed: While War Beast is transformed via Metamorphosis, he gains max movespeed and can't be slowed at all.
    • Blitz is emphasized on speed. In fact, he can go beyond the normal movespeed limit.
  • Summon Magic: The item Puzzlebox, plus a lot of hero skills, ranging from Forsaken Archer's Call of the Damned, Hellbringer's Summon Malphas, War Beast's Summon Hellhounds, and Wildsoul's Summon Booboo.
  • Super Strength: As in "super lots-of-Strength-points". Devourer will add any enemy heroes that dies within him to his bulk, gaining a point of Strength each time. Late game he can easily reach over 200 Strength, which is basically saying "HAHAHA now i kill you good". Up to Eleven if you're playing Mid Wars.
    • In a similar vein, it's not uncommon to see a Strength build Shadowblade with over 4k HP.
  • Teleport Spam: Accompanied by sword slashes when Swiftblade triggers his Swift Slashes.
  • The Chosen One: Jeraziah.
    "King Jeraziah, the hope of humanity and one of the two leaders of the Legion, is not just a mighty warrior but also the chosen of Sol himself."
  • This Is a Drill: Lodestone's weapon of choice.
  • Throw a Barrel at It: Engineer's The Keg.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Maliken's Sword Throw.
    • Closely related to (and technically inspired by) Bubbles' Shell Surf, in which said back-implement gets flung out.
  • Time Stands Still: Chronos can freeze time within his Chronofield for everyone captured by it - except for himself.
    • With a Staff of the Master in his inventory, Chronos' teammates can move and act within the Chronofield, albeit very slowly.
  • Too Dumb to Live: To keep this short, it's happened.
  • Unstable Equilibrium: Having a better early game often means you'll have a better late game.
    • This is called 'snowballing' and it is only true on team level. Individual heroes that perform well during the early game are useless 30 minutes later and vice versa. However, if there is just one bad player on your team who keeps dying, the game is lost no matter how good the rest of your team is.
  • Use Your Head: Lodestone's Headsmash.
  • Valkyries: There is one amongst the Legion's roster.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Torturer.
    • Subverted with Berzerker and Prisoner. They both have skills involving chains, but they both break if the enemy gets too far from you.
  • Visible Invisibility: To the invisible hero's team, or when someone is carrying a Bound Eye.
  • What an Idiot: When all heroes fight against each other on one spot, using the wrong skills at the wrong time will have you being called this in-universe.
  • When Trees Attack: Deadwood and Keeper of the Forest, arguably more so with the former.
    • Now quite literally with Keeper of the Forest, as he has gained the ability to bring trees to life and send them to attack his enemies.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Quoted by Soul Reaper when he casts Demonic Execution.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Pyromancer, if you click on him many times without giving a single command, will declare this.
    • Followed up by a rather sheepish "... I Always Wanted to Say That."
    • In a more literal context, Pharaoh's Wall of Mummies and Behemoth's Fissure. Also Empath's Illusory Veil.

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