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Video Game: Hyrule: Total War
Hyrule: Total War Cover
We'll not be remembered as just fairy tales anymore... we'll be remembered as a Legend that will echo through all time.
Princess Midna

A completely fan made game of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, Hyrule: Total War seemingly came out of nowhere and in a short span of time exploded everywhere on the Internet. The game allows players to take command of many iconic characters and races from the series and assemble them into massive armies. As such, players will use those armies to wage wars across the face of Hyrule.

Though technically a mod for Medieval II: Total War, the quality of Hyrule: Total War often caused it to be mistaken for an official game upon first sight. IGN even presented it alongside Skyward Sword on October 21, 2011. Hyrule: Total War is also still considered in progress, with regular updates adding in more characters and playable factions.

The official board for the mod can be found here.

Not to be confused with Hyrule Warriors.

This Game Provides Examples Of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Sheikah Shadow Cannons basically fire Dark Energy.
  • A Commander Is You:
    • Kingdom of Hyrule: Generalist. A strong all-round selection of troops but does not excel at anything.
    • Gerudo: Ranger. The best archers and light cavalry in the game, offset by a near-complete lack of armour.
    • Gorons: Elitist/Brute. Gorons hit hard, with their infantry almost as strong as other factions' cavalry. Just don't expect them to perform well from afar.
    • Zora: Elitist/Ranger/Loyal. Very powerful ranged troops and artillery, not as good in melee due to lack of armour. They have the best morale in the game.
    • Kokiri: Spammer/Guerrilla. Many soldiers who do not tire easily and move fast, but individually are weak and prone to fleeing.
    • Gohma: Spammer/Brute. Pretty much the definition of Zerg Rush, with the exception of some powerful high-end units.
    • Ordona Province: Brute/Technical/Economist. The best cavalry in the game, backed with a bonus to farming income; bordering on Game Breakers. They can also pit eagles and goats at enemies.
    • Lanayru Province: Ranger/Guerrilla. Good at mobility and fighting at range, but not so great up close due to light armor.
    • Moblins: Brute. All about charging with raw, brute force.
    • Deku Tribes: Spammer/Guerrilla/Technical/Pariah. Huge numbers, expert at hiding, varied units each specialised in a specific terrain, boasts the worst morale in the game. Every unit has also the ability to spit seeds at enemies.
    • Stalfos: Spammer/Generalist/Industrial/Loyal. Stalfos troops are recruited from the dead of those armies they defeat, letting them assemble a powerful and balanced but brittle force that neither tires, breaks nor routs.
    • Darknut Legion: Elitist/Brute/Specialist. Their entire army consists of BFS-wielding heavy infantry and must rely on Fokka for Fragile Speedsters and Zuna for crossbowmen.
    • Lizalfos: Guerrilla/Ranger. Light, fast units, specialising in flanking and ambushing.
    • Labrynna Regime: Spammer/Balanced/Ranger/Research. Most soldiers have poor melee skills but can field many units of Cannon Fodder (they're actually called that way) to hold enemies off. They're also the most advanced faction, able to field Gunners and Mechs.
    • Fairies of Tarm: Spammer/Ranger. The BEST Glass Cannons in the game, can quickly kill enemies with dazzling beams of death, but can as easily be swatted aside by normal soldiers.
    • Sheikah: Elitist/Guerrilla/Espionage. Very small units able to hide anywhere, outmanoeuvre enemies and gain a massive bonus in flanking. Basically melee glass cannons. Also able to subtly influence neighbours one way or another in the campaign.
    • Kingdom of Ikana: Elitist/Generalist. Experienced, high-quality troops that cannot be replaced easily.
    • Forces of Twilight: Technical. Powerful troops that excel in scaring enemies off, but tire quickly in Hyrule.
    • Order of the Wizzrobe: Technical/Ranger/Diplomatic. An order of avian wizards. They are devastating at a distance, but terrible up close. Each wizard attacks with a specific element. Can cause rebellions in vulnerable provinces by converting the local population and inciting revolt.
    • River Zora: Brutal/Industrial. A faction of raiders, they can train more troops from what they pillage in conquered cities.
  • Action Girl: Every girl.
  • Adaptational Badass: All the races and kingdoms that needed Link to save them before? They have their own armies now and can fight now.
    • Xenafication: Princess Zelda, Saria, the Deku Princess, and pretty much every female character that's ever appeared in Zelda series suddenly kicks ass.
    • In terms of character, Fi, who in the game she appeared she was just around for exposition, is a powerful unit in this game.
    • Particular faction examples include the Kokiri, who go from being terrified of weak monsters in-game to fielding huge armies of diminutive warriors, the Deku Scrubs, who go from easily-dispatched enemies to a tremendous force of powerful ranged-attack warriors, and Ordona, who go from a bunch of villagers terrified of a single wolf to a potentially unstoppable cavalry powerhouse.
    • The Anouki stand out as the biggest example. Take a look at their original game design, then watch their sketches for this game.
    "Holy depth and meaning Batman! The Anouki have been given a deep culture, mythos, background, and written language! I never expected those teletubbies to end up like this!"

    "Never underestimate a disappointed fan with no life and a point to prove, Robin."
    Undying Nephalim
  • Adorkable: Look at Ralph's little goggles. Awww.
  • The Ageless: Several:
    • The First Sages, who were designed to be immortal guardians of the Triforce by the Goddesses.
    • The Kokiri and Zalunbar, who are kept from ageing by the Great Deku Tree and by Vaati, respectively.
  • A God Am I:
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra: Epic buildup of choir and pipe organ anyone?
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • The Black Knight, who has been forced by Vaati into a ruinous campaign to seek the Wind Tribe's power. When he chooses to rebel to his control, he gets effortlessly (and brutally) killed by him.
    • Ganon, poor Ganon. All he wanted was to end the millenary war between Hylians and Moblins, bringing back all the people who died because of him and living together in a peaceful world.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Ganon's invasion of Hyrule: in short time he's already taken control of iconic places such as Lon Lon Ranch, Kakariko and Hyrule Castle itself.
  • Alternate Continuity: Word Of God says that this game has no ties to the official games in the series, on account of the official timeline being somewhat confusing.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Any battle against the Fairies of Tarm.
  • Amazon Brigade: Most factions field women along their men and some field units (or whole armies, in the case of the Gerudo) composed of sole females.
  • An Axe to Grind: Ordonian Lumberjacks.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Downplayed with the Zora Dominion. Apparently they think anyone who does not abide by their anorexic metallic corset wearing doctrine is a lesser species and must be purified, including the Lanayru Zora.
  • And I Must Scream: Dezaia. Trapped in enchanted armour by her successor, and made into an Attack Animal.
  • Annoying Arrows: Tipically averted: A Rain of Arrows is a very good way to take out a boss unit.
  • Anti-Cavalry: The Labrynna Regime seems devoted to this school of thought.
  • Arcadia: Ordona Province and Horon.
  • Armor Is Useless: With the exception of the Darknuts, units wearing heavy armour seem to only gain a small defense bonus; Often invoked, as many units seem in fact to discard armour in favor of mobility or natural toughness.
  • Army of the Dead: Both the Stalfos and Ikana.
  • Artificial Stupidity:
    • Boss units, Onox in particular, like to run off and plow into giant masses of enemy troops. Despite their power this often gets them killed really fast.
    • The AI can't really deploy and use immobile defensive units like Mage Spires very well. As a result, these units tend to get left on the far side of the field where the best use they have is covering routing units and limiting cavalry mobility.
      • The AI also has difficulty using terrain effectively in custom maps. All those really nice, elevated firing positions are left unmanned by ranged units during sieges.
  • Assassins Are Always Betrayed: Inverted with the Sheikah, whose first character to appear in Hyrule Historia is a rogue Sheikah, and she's neither the first nor the last.
    • In fact, the Shadow Temple was converted into a prison for traitorous Sheikah.
  • Attack Animal:
    • Ordonians can pit their Goats and Hawks against enemies.
    • Twili have various alien creatures, like Kargoroks and Shadow Bloats, to use in battle.
    • Gomess in the third mission attacks with a swarm of keese.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Majora and Bellum, who are outright Godzilla sized in this game.
  • Backstab: The Sheikah often do this if you manage to sneak them up behind enemy troops.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • Zelda and Impa take this pose after killing some Moblins.
    • Link and Ganondorf do this as well when fighting other Moblins in the trailer.
  • Badass Longcoat: Labrynnian Pathfinders.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The first The Legend of Zelda game where Princess Zelda herself can be brutally assaulted and killed by Ganon.
  • Balcony Speech: Ganon gives one from the palace to the Moblins in Demise.
  • Beast of Battle / Horse of a Different Color: While there are a few horse riders, unconventional mounts are far more common:
    • Ancient Hylians used Loftwings to ferry mages around.
    • Ordonians, the best riders of the game, use horses as light cavalry and cataphract goats as heavy cavalry.
    • Lanayru Zoras ride horses and Battlecrabs
    • Gorons ride Dodongos, Zoras ride Bigoctos, Moblins ride boars, Kokiri ride wolfos, Lizalfos ride Helmasaurs, River Zoras ride Cueballs and Subrosians ride Moldorms.
    • Averted with modern Hylians and Gerudo, who only mount horses, and other factions which have no mounts.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Every character becomes blood soaked after fighting in combat for several moments.
  • Beneath the Earth: Subrosia.
  • BFG: The Essence of Tarm's main form of attack. The giant creature literally unleashes a pink laser of doom from its torso that torches entire columns of soldiers with a One-Hit Kill.
  • BFS: Virtually every unit available to the Darknut Legion.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Majora, Sulkaris, Vaati, Demise, Dethl and Bellum.
  • Big Damn Heroes: How Impa saves Zelda I when she's captured by Ganon.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Almost every Fairy that shows up in the game.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being a Sage is almost like being a willing slave, you pretty much just do the dirty work of the Goddesses and not much else and centuries of that takes its toll. Very apparent with Saria, who was chosen against her will, so it kind of sucks for her.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Lots of bodies and blood; let's not even talk about some cutscenes...
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Instead of killing Zelda personally, Ganon orders his minions to kill Zelda once she's done mourning her Almost Dead Guy father and leaves. Needless to say, Impa shows up and saves her. Becomes justified when you remember that Ganon had the chance to talk to his dying mother as well; he was returning the favour.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Hylian Crossbowmen (maybe a bit too much), Ordonian Rangers, Bulblin Troopers and Labrynnian Pathfinders.
    • Don't mess with Powder Keg Launchers crew, being Gorons they can't be simply taken out by light cavalry like artillery crew of other armies.
  • Brats with Slingshots: Kokiri slingshots. Curiously, they share the same range of Labrynnian guns.
  • Bring It: Most characters and troops do this at the start of each battle.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Ganon. Upon realizing he was betrayed and left with no chance to accomplish his wish, he breaks down crying. Then we see the content of his book: childlike drawings of coexistence between Hylians and Moblins.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • In-story, Ralph, Knight of Ambi. He is described as strange and akward but loyal and dutiful.
    • As with all Total War games, your generals and heroes can get or start off with rather weird traits. To name a few, Ilia is an angry drunk Hypochondriac and Saria is "sexually liberated".
  • Butt Monkey: Demise is apparently looked down upon by the other Druthulidi for his honorable tendencies, much to his displeasure.
  • Byronic Hero: Ganon, who grew up under the terror of Hylian attacks culminating in his mother getting slaughtered by Hylian Knights. Under Demise's influence, he united the Moblin clans and struck at the heart of the Kingdom of Hyrule, slaughtering countless people and committing villainous acts such as subjugating the Gerudo by cursing them to get the Triforce, the source of Hyrule's prosperity. Then we find out he never wished to avenge his people, but to achieve coexistence throught the Triforce.
  • Cannon Fodder: Labrynnian Tokay slaves are sometimes sent into battle with nothing more than a bullseye shield to act as a distraction to the enemy, and they're actually called Cannon Fodder.
  • Casting a Shadow: Sheikah Shadow Cannons and Blood Wizards.
  • The Cavalry: Rauru breaks the siege at Snowpeak Gandalf Style.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Mostly averted. Virtually every female character, even the usually naked Princess Ruto, is well clothed or well armored.
    • The exception being the Great Fairies who seem to wear nothing but frilly thongs and bras into battle.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: Zelda I knocks out one of her Miniblin captors with a chair.
  • Child Soldiers: Subverted with the Kokiri; they look like children, but they're actually as old, if not older, than most adults of other species.
  • The Chessmaster: Majora and Vaati.
  • City Guards: Contrary to their complete and utter ineffectiveness in canon Zelda games, Hylian Town Guards are now very effective military units.
  • City of Canals: All Zora cities.
  • City of Gold: The Zora capital Domain Prime is extensively decorated with walls and canals made of brass.
  • Close Range Combatant: All Darknut units, who must rely on Zuna for mercenary crossbowmen.
  • Collared by Fashion: Many of the female characters.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The reason why the Sheikah and Darknuts are dozens while Kokiri and Gohma are hundreds.
  • Costume Porn: Despite the fact that female characters tend to wear decent amounts of clothing, a vast majority of them wear corsets over their outfits. Good luck fighting a war with your lungs being crushed Princess Zelda...
    • It could be said Princess Zelda Took a Level in Badass for being able to effectively battle hundreds of soldiers while donning a corset.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Kingdom of Ikana. While its citiziens have been cursed to relive their three-day civil war for all eternity, now that they have been unleashed upon Hyrule by Majora, they've kept the experience of these millennia of fighting and whenever they'll be killed they will just respawn from a Termina fissure. It is said even the Stalfos envy them.
  • Cutscene Drop: Inevitable in most missions, the only aversion is probably on the ninth mission, where to win you just have to reach a certain location.
  • Crapsack World: Considering virtually every race in Hyrule is going to war...
  • Creepy Child: The Queen of Fairies. Arguably Saria.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: While at first it may seem like this trope, they can be circumvented one way or another. Not to say it is EASY to do so.
    • Gorons are a melee faction who only have one missile unit (bomb throwers) which can be easily beaten by any other kind of missile unit. On the other hand Goron infantry have exceptional charge and speed because they can roll around.
    • Similarly the Darknuts are an infantry only faction-no archers AND no cavalry. Additionally all but two Darknut units are so heavily armored they cannot run. Yet this same armor leaves Darknuts practically immune to anything smaller than siege weaponry-and even then they can be seen getting back up the first few shots. As for cavalry, the subservient Fokka knights are almost as fast but with much more momentum. They cannot effectively fight because of small numbers and comparatively low stats but they can knock cavalry into the air to delay them until Darknuts come to finish them off.
    • The Fairies have the opposite problem - they are absolutely horrible at melee combat. Except why does that matter when almost all of their units can shoot lasers. Not to mention Tarm itself, see BFG.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • All the Deku Scrubs.
    • Princess Ruto.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Fighting with most boss units will end badly, unless you have masses of archers to deal with them.
  • Cyborg: Arguably the statue bodies that the Oocca wear to manipulate objects.
  • Darker and Edgier: Mass warfare, actual blood, and the potential slaughter of iconic characters from the official games.
    • Word Of God says a darker Zelda game that he could actually take seriously again was one of his motivations for making the mod.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Many races normally considered evil in the official Zelda games generally have nobler motives for their actions. It's actually implied that the Hylians are Jerkasses enforcing their will on everyone else.
    • In fact, the only traditional evil factions with no other motive than slaughter are the Gohma and the Phantom Army. Even the would-be tyrant manipulator Veran just wants Onox back, alongside the domination thing.
  • Dark Mistress: Veran, who apparently had a relationship with Onox before his untimely death and resurrection as a skeletal dragon.
  • Dark Reprise: The Hyrule Historia mission "Demise of a Goddess" begins with Hylia leading the Moblin genocide to the happy and sweeping sound of the orchestral portion of "Ballad of the Goddess". After Demise admits defeat and makes Hylia realize just how far she had fallen, she seeks sanctuary from the Wizrobes. The final shot of the cutscene is Hylia playing the harp portion of Ballad on her own harp, while weeping.
  • Death from Above: The Great Fairies' main method of attack, as well as most archer based units in the game. Occasionally Sheikah Assassins will also dive bomb unto enemies.
  • Death Mountain: Oddly it seems to be inactive during the events of this game.
  • Death or Glory Attack: The Darknuts' combination of tremendous attacking power, heavy armor, and slow speed makes every charge into one of these. If they hit and win, they devastate the enemy. If they hit and lose and then rout, none of them survive because they'll be run down in moments by much faster enemy infantry.
  • Defiant to the End: King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, his army slaughtered, his capital fallen and left alone to face Ganon in his own throne room, decides to go down giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Dem Bones: Stalfos and Ikana, but the former is more literal, the latter is a cursed kingdom.
  • Demonic Possession: Queen Ambi. Poor, poor Queen Ambi.
    • Dethl survives its defeat by possessing Bongo, and Vaati is revealed to be using a host as well.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Hylia attacks with boulders in cutscenes.
  • Doomed by Canon:
    • Bongo dying and turning into Bongo-Bongo.
    • Dakkon, the Fire Sage, and Palagard, the Forest Sage. They're doomed die and get replaced by Darunia and Saria, respectively.
  • Dramatic Irony: Zelda and Daphnes's answers to Ganon sum pretty much as this.
    Zelda:: My people never turned to a false god like yours.
    Ganon: If only your people knew.
  • Dual Wielding: Princess Zelda, to great effect, dual wields swords.
  • Egopolis: Several cities:
    • The Deku Tree's Grove, obviously.
    • Airu, named after the first Zora that took a Hylian wife.
    • Palagard's Sanctuary, after the Sage Palagard.
    • Gor Dalagra, after the last Goron king overthrown by Dakkon.
    • Baral's Stand, after a Darknut warrior who held an entire army by himself in the fortress.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Essence of Tarm and the Druthulidi.
  • Elves Versus Dwarves: The Zora (Elves) and Gorons (Dwarves) are rival factions here.
  • Enemy Mine: Demise offers Zelda his aid in stopping Bongo and the Dark Interlopers from reaching the Triforce in exchange for a non-aggression pact.
  • Epic Flail: General Onox tossing aside dozens of soldiers in his path... with his bare hands.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Demise refrains from using a host unlike other members of his race, believing it to be cowardly.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Zelda, Princess Ruto, Princess Midna and the Deku Princess.
  • Everything Fades: Averted. Corpses from killed soldiers permanently stay where they fall, eventually leading to giant masses of bodies piling up by the end of battles.
  • Evil Chancellor: Veran.
  • Evil Empire: Averted. Every organized military in the game seems to be jerks with noble intentions. The exceptions are the Gohma and Stalfos.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Demise prides itself for its honour, while the other Druthulidi make fun of him for it.
  • Evil Matriarch: Nardu the White and Sulkaris.
  • Evil Mentor: Demise to Ganon.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: King Igos du Ikana, after worshipping the Goddesses for his entire life, can't resist betraying them for Majora upon seeing his people slaughtered in a civil war.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The Black Tower in Labrynna.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The Gohma and the Stalfos are enemies with everyone, including each other and other evil factions.
  • Expy: Majora is now rather similar to Gollum. He even uses voice clips of Andy Serkis for him.
  • The Fair Folk: The once-harmless Fairies have been re-interpreted as this.
  • Fairy Battle: Averted. Fairies in this game can ignite entire legions of soldiers on fire.
  • Fallen Angel: Sulkaris, the Fallen Sage, once a guardian of the Triforce created by the Goddesses.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: Placeholder or not, several generic names are the same of famous ones with different first syllables:
    • Hylians: King Gustaf -> Captain Osustaf, Malostaf... King Nohansen -> Valhansen, Yorhansen...
    • Gerudo: Ganondorf -> Mathosidorf, Harunudorf... (Justified Trope in this case as -dorf might be an actual suffix)
    • Labrynna: Ralph -> Malbalph, Sokalonalph...
    • Twili: Midna -> Zilidna, Validna... Zant -> Valant, Salant...
    • And the list goes on...
  • Fantastic Racism: The Hylians and Gerudo seem to despise each other openly. The Gorons and Zora seem to hate each other though not openly.
    • Every other faction seems to look down on the Moblins as uncivilized beasts. The feud between Hylians and Moblins started millennia ago.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry:
    • Fairy Golems.
    • Ganon's right tusk has seemingly never grown.
  • Fatal Family Photo: The Black Knight mentions his wife some seconds before being brutally killed.
  • Final Solution: Hylia's plan against the Moblin threat: gather a huge army, leave all your cities undefended to lure the enemies out and turn their kingdom into a barren wasteland while they're gone.
  • Finishing Move: Occasionally performed by many units in the game if they manage to stagger their targets. Notable mentions go to Goron Fire Warriors, who smash the heads of their victims with a giant hammer.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Every boss.
  • Foreshadowing: "And we will not be remembered as just fairy tales anymore..."
  • Forever War: From its formation in 5000 BG, the Kingdom of Hyrule has known peace for barely two centuries.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Being a mod, it's expected that there are some bugs of this nature. Notable mentions include selecting the unfinished Campaign option and then trying to switch to a Custom Battle. No longer a problem now that the campaign is actually in the game now.
    • One minor bug due to an omission in the data files leaves Hyrule at a tremendous disadvantage: they can only produce cavalry at Lon Lon Ranch, and there only lightly-armored Mounted Recruits. Fortunately, this can be fixed with a bit of copy-paste into the appropriate buildings entry in the data file.
  • Gendercide: Ganon inflicts this to the Gerudo by poisoning an oasis as part of a Poison-and-Cure Gambit.
  • Genius Bruiser: Ganon, who is both One-Man Army Lightning Bruiser and a cunning planner.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Essence of Tarm.
  • Glass Cannon: Almost every Sheikah and Fairy unit.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Some races of Blins. Most notably Ganon. Complete with Glowing Tears of Doom.
  • Goddamned Bats: The Deku Scrubs are an In-Universe example. Deku Palace is recorded to have been constantly but unsuccesfully assaulted by Kokiri, Lizalfos and Monkeys. Why? Because the Scrubs kept endlessly harassing all of them.
  • God of Evil: Majora, who actually actively claims to be the lesser of two evils compared to the Goddesses.
  • Gonk: Virtually every Moblin unit.
  • Gray and Grey Morality: Every faction in the game seems to be capable of being assholes and heroes, contrary to their portrayals in the official Zelda games.
  • Guide Dang It: Some of the more esoteric factions have mechanics that are not readily apparent, along with the conditions for spawning certain units and hero characters. For example, the game doesn't outright tell you how the Wizzrobe's conversion process works. note  Similarly, the exact conditions to allow you to recruit mercenaries are not stated outright, and some are complex. For example recruiting Yook Smashers requires Snowpeak being occupied by a faction, and that you be at war with said faction. Other mercenaries, like Rogue Hylian Soldiers or Forest Thieves, cannot be recruited by certain factions (Hyrule for the former, Kokiri for the latter).
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: The Zora.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Lanayru Zora.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: The Moblin King Ganon Vs The Volvagian Sage of Fire Dakkon. Ganon wins.
  • Happily Married: It's implied that each incarnation of Princess Zelda has a fair relationship in order to give birth to the next Princess Zelda.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Tokay are perfectly fine with being given a bullseye shield and being thrown in the battlefield as long as they are given nice clothing by their masters.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Many heroes don't wear helmets. Notable exceptions include King Gustaf and Darunia.
  • Herd Hitting Attack: All artillery and several boss units.
  • Heroic BSOD: Virtually every heroic character in the game the first time they see a massive wall of Gohma charging at them from across the screen.
    • Hylia when Demise gives her a hard lecture about how she "twisted the creations of the Goddesses" into her puppets.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Deku Tree's Grove, Tarm Ruins and Palagard's Sanctuary.
  • The High Queen: The Queen of Fairies.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Inverted completely in Hyrule Historia. Ganon ends up being a pawn of Dethl without even realizing it, who tricks him into a futile last stand against Princess Zelda that results in the slaughter of all his forces and his own death.
  • Hive Mind: The Gohma swarm.
  • Hive Queen: Sulkaris.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Ancient Hylian Archers can fire only fiery arrows.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Octozoras, Phantoms of Tarm, and all Druthulidi in their humanoid forms.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Every humanoid race in the game, with the possible exception of the Kokiri. Very apparent with Hyrule and Labrynna, who want to impose their will and rape the land, respectively.
  • Homage: The showdown between King Gustaf and Sulkaris in the first mission resembles the one between Isildur and Sauron.
    • The tenth mission resembles a little Helm's Deep.
  • Horseback Heroism: Helmasaur Riders. They can barely keep themselves from falling off for crying out loud.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Link, who, in the Freeform Campaign, will work for the most powerful faction not worshipping Majora.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Black Knight mentions this as a reason he followed Vaati.
  • Implacable Man: General Onox. Nothing short of a massive volley of arrows seems to be able to stop him from plowing through fields of enemy soldiers.
  • Interspecies Romance: Both Saria and Midna, who are fundamentally different in their biology, apparently want Link to take them.
    • Lanayru Zoras are the offspring of Hylian/Zora romances, hence why they look so different from Domain Zoras.
  • I Will Wait for You: Averted. Midna does not seem to like the ending that was given to her in Twilight Princess. And by the look of things in the trailer, she's going to do something about it.
  • Jerk Ass: Zaleen.
  • Killer Gorilla: Yook Smashers and Deku Monkeys. For hire, nevertheless.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Wizzrobe Illusionists, who during a fight will randomly teleport past the enemies and bash them from behind with a magic staff.
  • Lady of War: Every female character that shows up in the game.
  • Large And In Charge: Ganon and the Great Deku Tree to name a few.
  • Last Request: Ganon's mother asks him to be better than the Hylians who killed her. King Nohansen asks Zelda to be avenged.
  • Last Stand: Ganon's mother repels six charging Hylian Knights before being taken down.
  • Laughing Mad: Majora, whose laugh was supposedly provided by Andy Serkis.
  • Leitmotif: Each playable faction in the game plays their theme when you start a custom battle.
  • Light Is Not Good: The reason the Church of Majora attracts so many people despite being cheerfully open about being the local equivalent of Cthulhu cultists - the Goddess factions have not made a good name for themselves.
  • Little Miss Badass: Saria.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Each race tends to have very similar outfits amongst themselves with minor variations, whether they are military uniforms or civilian clothing.
    • Every woman wearing corsets also seems to be a very common trend in this version of Hyrule...
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Considering the games stars characters from the entire Zelda continuity...
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: Every time you start a custom battle...
  • Long-Range Fighter: Labrynnians's third hat. Becomes a sort of Informed Attribute when you see that their roster is composed of only four missile units of which one is Bow and Sword, in Accord, another is Overrated And Underleveled and the last is a fully stationary Mighty Glacier, whereas they can field elite melee soldiers and mechs.
  • Losing the Team Spirit: Almost any unit in the game if they become surrounded or outnumbered will promptly pull a 180 and make a run for it.
    • The exception are the Stalfos, who are immune to fear.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: General Onox, who tends to mindlessly charge into massive hordes of enemies regardless of being ordered to or not.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Often happens in fighting cutscenes. Notably, at the end mission twelve first we have Demise ripping Veran's arms off, then Bongo being guillotined.
  • Made of Iron: Pretty much any unit with the Armoured secondary type (symbol of a kite shield).
  • Mad God: Who else but Majora?
  • The Man Behind the Man: It is implied that the unexpected alliance between Vaati, Demise, and Dethl was orchestrated by Majora.
  • Medieval Stasis: Little has changed in the millennia of fighting between Moblins and Hylians. The only exception to this is the Steampunk Labrynna Regime, which enslaves other races and rapes the land to keep developing.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Ganon engages in one of these upon realizing Bongo's betrayal.
  • Mind-Control Device: Sulkaris' willpower alone can directly control the movement of thousands of Gohma.
  • Monogender Monsters: Played straight with the Druthulidi, averted elsewhere. Almost every creature in the game is actually given a gender, even the Moblins.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Faction-wise, 'heroic' factions are made of peaceful people like Gorons and Kokiri who have to defend from 'villainous' ones which can be made of either Well Intentioned Extremists, the (willing or not) servants of a God of Evil or both.
  • Mordor: The Kingdom of Ikana, after being cursed.
  • The Musketeer: Labrynna Gunners.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Virtually every Hylian character in the game.
  • Necromantic: Veran, who wants to resurrect Onox from the dead. Incidentally he apparently was resurrected without her knowing during the game's events. It is likely that this will not deter her efforts.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: All of the horrible events that take place in the game are attributed to Link going back in time to stay a little kid forever and thus messing up history. Nice one Link.
  • Noble Demon: Demise, who defeats Hylia by simply pointing out the truth and doesn't employ Demonic Possession to control people.
    Dethl:: Where is your host?
    Demise:: I do not possess. I have honor unlike you two cowards.
  • No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus: Magic is surprisingly rare in the game, and in most cases is explained as biological functions or technology.
    • Zora Mages' electric jolts are naturally produced in their bodies like electric eels.
    • It's implied Fairy magic is misunderstood alien technology provided to them by a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere.
    • Labrynna's guns and hydraulic technology is mistaken for magic by the medieval races of Hyrule.
    • The divine Oocca, considered supernatural beings by many in Hyrule, are little more than high tech chickens Touched By Goddesses.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Since Link left this timeline, things started spiraling out of control...
  • Off with His Head!: Happens in some custcenes.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: More then half the music in the game. Two of the three Main Menu themes take the cake.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: More then half the music in the game. Notable mention goes to the track called The Goddess Mocker, which is the Song of Time and Majora's Theme performed in nothing but pipe organ.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Majora
  • One-Federation Limit: The playable factions whose names specify their government: The Zora Dominion, the Deku Tribes, the Darknut Legion, the Labrynna Regime, the Sheikah Cadre, the Order of the Wizzrobe, the Church of Majora, the Rito Clans and the Empire of Bellum.
    • Averted with the Cobble Kingdom, the Kingdoms of Ikana and Hyrule and the Provinces of Lanayru and Ordona.
  • One-Hit Kill: Labrynna Gunners can one shot most enemies from a distance. The Essence of Tarm also has no problem instantly frying entire legions of soldiers with a pink laser beam.
  • One-Gender Race: The Gerudo and Gorons.
  • One-Man Army: Most Druthulidi and General Onox. The Stallord and Ganon to a lesser extent.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Queen Ambi is described to have "seemingly from nowhere, helped develop Hydraulics as a new energy source for her kingdom, as well as provided insight into new forms of weaponry". It's implied that Veran is the one actually behind it.
  • One-Winged Angel: Saria's Viridor form.
  • Only One Name: Pretty much all characters; the only exceptions being several leaders of the Kingdom of Hyrule.
  • Only Six Faces: Ordonian soldiers use either Rusl or Ilia's face depending on their gender.
  • Onrushing Army: Ordona Province's tactics are largely based on this.
  • The Order: The Order of the Wizzrobe.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Ralph looks neat in his cap, cape, sword and shield. Take a moment to work out who he resembles (just in blue) though, and suddenly his eccentricities and social anxiety become evidence of someone who's spent his entire life in another man's shadow.
  • Pants-Free: Great Fairies, who glide into battle wearing nothing nothing but underwear.
  • Patchwork Fic: Takes characters from all Zelda games and timelines and puts them together.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Any of Princess Zelda's outfits. Long dresses, ornamental armor, and detailed waist crushing corsets are totally helpful in a pitched war zone.
  • Plant People: The Koroks, Deku Scrubs, Deku Trees and Maku Tree.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: Ganon inflicted Gendercide on the Gerudo to have their help in attacking Hyrule.
  • Polluted Wasteland: Lynna City has already the first marks from the intensive mining.
    • The Old Moblin Kingdom used to be a fertile land before Hylia utterly scorched it.
  • Portal Door: Bellum's portals, the most prominent one being the Mirror of Twilight.
  • Powered Armor: Labrynnian Mechs.
  • Powerful Pick: Goron Miners and Subrosian excavators.
  • The Power of Love: Both Saria and Midna seem to use this as a driving force for their sudden ability to kick the ass of every enemy soldier they encounter.
    • Also the motivating factor of Hylian and Zora couples in Lanayru Province.
    • Veran's determined efforts to bring back Onox.
  • Praetorian Guard: Princess Zelda's Iron-clad Elites and Ganondorf's Vagrudanon.
  • Precocious Crush: Saria seems to have the hots for Link.
  • Prequel: The primordial Hyrule expansion campaign, which takes place in the Druthulidi wars before the creation of the Triforce.
  • Princesses Rule: Princess Zelda, Princess Ruto, Princess Midna and the Deku Princess.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Ganon fights with a BFT, which is later inherited by Ganondorf.
    • Miniblins and Dodoblins attack with mini tridents.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Every single Darknut except Onan, who wants to reform the Darknut race.
  • Psycho for Hire: Some mercenaries, like Yooks Smashers and Deku Monkeys, are more than glad to get paid for hitting people with sticks.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Lord Akazoo Vapith, who has become a psychopathic-undead-skeletal-magician-Smug Snake that paints his own flesh ridden skull with clown makeup. Yikes.
  • Race Lift: Tetra's skin tone is a step in between her tanned appearance as Tetra and white as Zelda in Wind Waker.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: The Church of Majora's primary motivation is to throw off what they see as the oppressive grip of the Goddesses. By any means needed.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: Apparently frilly pink panties help Great Fairies unleash long ranged flamethrowers.
  • Rainbow Speak: Following the tradition of Zelda games, important words are highlighted with different colours.
  • Rain of Arrows: Like all Total War games. They're especially deadly against boss units.
  • Raised by Dudes: The Gorons.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The fate of Hyrule Castle when conquered by Ganon.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, Ganondorf, who's simply trying to assure his people's survival in the face of oppression of the Hylians.
  • Religion of Evil: The Church of Majora.
  • Right Under Their Noses: Sheikah battle tactics revolve entirely around this.
  • Rising Empire: The Labrynna Regime, who suddenly enters an industrial revolution and starts massive invasions on neightbouring races.
  • Sapient Steed: According to their description, some Wolfos are able to speak.
  • Schizo Tech: The Labrynna Regime. They have mechs for cripes sake.
  • Science Is Bad: Compare the Labrynna Regime, the most advanced faction in the game, to the rural farming nation of Ordona. While the Regime (as its name implies) needs to enslave other races and exploit their resources, Ordona is one of the most sympathetic factions of the game, just wanting to protect its people from Moblin and Lizalfos attacks.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: On mission two, the Darknut leader decides to rebel to Vaati's guide after the MacGuffin they were after ascended along its creators to the Heavens, with predictable results.
    • Not only their leader, the whole Darknut army you were facing before started routing away from the battlefield at the first losses.
    • Vaati does this as well, quitting the Villain Team-Up with Dethl and Demise as soon as he can, suspecting a Bigger Bad who wants the three of them dead.
  • Shirtless Scene: Any time you play as the Fairies of Tarm.
  • Shock and Awe: Zora Mages. They've even built cannons, defensive spires, and mounted elephant-analogues that wreak tremendous havoc on infantry using their lightning.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The Rise of Ganon arc. Ganon is killed by Zelda and never accomplishes his dream; let's not even talk about the devastating consequencies of his campaign...
  • Shout-Out: Malon wears a Bowser brooch on her belt.
    • Labrynna Pioneers seem to be a shout out to German Pioneers from Company of Heroes
    • Ganon's quote "You must die!" in the loading screen.
  • Shovel Strike: Labrynnian Pioneers, while supposed to deploy sharpened stakes and retreat, can join the fight with their spades, and they have a bonus against horses.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Half the characters in the game that are in positions of power. Possibly even Princess Zelda.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Ganon, provoked by King Daphnes' speech, quickly grabs him by the foot and throws him across the room.
  • Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains:
    • Moblins: Demise is a type I, Ganon is a type III, Ogalon is a type IV.
    • Kingdom of Ikana: Igos, Keeta and the Garo Master are type II.
  • Small Annoying Creature: The Deku Scrubs, at first....
  • Sociopathic Hero: Zaleen
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Hylia's approach to the Moblin capital is accompanied by her cheery Leitmotif from Skyward Sword, nevermind that she came there to kill everyone.
  • Speaking Simlish: Midna, who narrates the game.
  • Spider Tank: Or more rather, Tank Spiders known as Armogohma.
  • Spoiler Opening: The intro cinematic of the game reveals Midna long before she physically appears in the storyline.
  • Starfish Aliens/Starfish Language: The Oocca, the Goddesses of Hyrule, and the Druthulidi.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: In the ninth mission, playing princess Zelda, you must evade the Moblin garrison and escape Hyrule Castle.
  • Stealth Insult: It could be argued the entire game is this in regards to the Toon Zelda games.
    • Midna's commentary at the beginning of mission 69, about how Mega Corps are treated as gods and how the games have declined because of this unconditional praise.
  • Steampunk Gadgeteers: Labrynna Regime
  • Story Overwrite: Sometimes the ending cutscenes play out as if the enemy general were still alive. On mission 3 King Igos stands in the colonnade of the palace in front of a sea of bodies, but it's rather unlikely for you to have fought there. On mission 4 during Hylia and Demise's showdown neither army is anywhere to be seen, but if they were still there...
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Pretty much any match involving the Gorons.
  • Suspiciously Small Army: The Sheikah, and to a lesser extent, Darknuts.
  • Take That: UndyingNephalim has taken numerous jabs at the direction that Nintendo has taken with the official games. The original intro encourages the player to "welcome back the lost grandness that was once The Legend of Zelda." The author seems to claim that his remarks are not intended to show any malicious intent towards Nintendo, rather they are more in line with You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!.
  • Tank Goodness: Zuna Ziggurats; they serve as mobile platforms for crossbowmen. Also Apparent with Labbryna's aptly named Steamtanks.
  • Technicolor Death: Any poor soldier hit by the Essence of Tarm's pink laser beam of doom.
  • The Time of Myths: In primordial Hyrule, the Druthulidi fought with one another for control of the planet, their titanic conflict shaping and ravaging the world.
  • Title Drop: In the final cutscene of "The Realm" of Twilight campaign, Minda narrates that Hyrule would be plunged into "Total War."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Without Link around, the usually conquered peoples have not only become less pleasant, but also far more capable of defending themselves against the likes of the Moblin and Gerudo. Particularly Princess Zelda, who finally dons armor, dual wields swords, and actually engages in battle after years of being kidnapped, firing arrows sporadically from a distance, or surrendering to Zant before lifting her sword in Twilight Princess.
    • The expansion, Great Sea, introduces the Anouki Natives who are an extraordinary far cry from their canon counterparts in Spirit Tracks.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Every single character due to the Darker and Edgier shift, with the possible exception of Ganon and Ganondorf. The heroic factions however do claim to be humbled in the final mission, getting rid of the latter, but maintain the former by killing Majora.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Ordonian farmers and Mobs of Moblins.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The Epic Trailer seemingly shows, among other things, Ganondorf killing Zelda and Link dying.
  • Tron Lines: The Twili, the Fairies of Tarm, and the Kingdom of Ikana.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Zalunbar, who cheats at his own tournament by using archers against Ganon's forces. Unfortunately for him, Ganon sees no problem with cheating right back with his Shiekah allies.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Ganon is first shown as a little boy witnessing his mother being killed and his mother being killed by Hylian Knights, then Demise approaches him.
  • Vain Sorceress: Veran, who undergoes extraordinary pain to keep her body from collapsing into a pile of purple jello.
  • Victory Pose: Most units in the game do this after they slaughter a particularly large batch of enemy soldiers.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The first Zelda game that lets the player commit mass genocide.
  • Villain Protagonist: A good chunk of the Hyrule Historia campaign focuses on Ganon, Zant, Akazoo, Ambi, Nardu and Hylia.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: In Hyrule Hostoria, invading factions are usually the "villainous" ones, while Hyrule and other "heroic" factions are usually on the defense. Given how the Kingdom of Hyrule is the keeper of the Triforce, this is justified.
  • Villain Team-Up: Demise, Dethl and Vaati with their respective faction to conquer Hyrule Castle.
  • Visionary Villain: Ganon, who dreamed of achieving peaceful coexistence between Hylians and Moblins.
  • Vulnerable Civilians: In the second mission, you have to take Wind Tribe civilians to the ascension tower, on the third you have to attack your own citiziens as Ikana to lure the rebel forces out, on the fourth you have to exterminate the entire Moblin's capital population.
  • Watching Troy Burn: On the ninth mission, you have to escape from Hyrule Castle, which is being overrun and pillaged by Moblins. Even as you escape you can see the last Hylian soldiers being steadily slaughtered to let Zelda escape.
  • Wall Crawl: The Gohma.
  • Whatevermancy: The Wizzrobe roster: Pyro, Aqua, Electro, Geo and Aeromancers.
  • The Watson: Ogalon asks Ganon what's written on his book.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction:
    • The Essence of Tarm.
    • General Onox, if you can keep him away from archers.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ganon. Arguably Princess Zelda.
  • With This Herring: Inverted for Labrynnian Tokay Slaves, who are supposed to be mere Cannon Fodder for their human masters, but are equipped with the very same bladed poles and shields of the Palace Watch.
  • World of Badass: No matter who you are: Kokiri, Hylian, Goron, Zora, Twili, doesn't matter. If you wanna survive in this world, then you need to be a badass.
  • World Tree: The Deku Trees and Maku Tree, who can now apparently move around and gobble up enemy soldiers.
  • Would Hurt a Child: On the fourth Hyrule Historia mission, Hylia orders the slaughter of every man, woman and child in the Moblin capital. And you actually have to kill them.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: The Realm of Twilight. After thousands of years stuck in the alien planet, the Twili return to Hyrule only to find that only a century has passed in Hyrule since their imprisonment.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Demise mortifies Hylia by praising her.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: You can, if Ganon(dorf) dies an ignominious death in battle against what used to be a Red Shirt Army.
    • Played straight or at least downplayed in the Hyrule Historia campaign, where first you play as the villain and wreak havoc, then take control of the heroes and defeat them.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: What Dethl uses to create the Redeads out of the Shadow Temple's prisoners.
  • Zerg Rush: The Gohma.

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