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'''Kerrigan:''' [[ShutUpKirk I justify nothing.]] There may be more blood on my hands than yours, but in the end we are both killers.

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'''Kerrigan:''' [[ShutUpKirk I justify nothing.]] There is no moral high ground here. Your kind have killed billions of zerg. We are all covered in blood. There may be more blood on my hands than yours, but in the end we are both killers.


* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: [[spoiler:After turning back into the Queen of Blades, after she rescues Raynor, and seeing him understandably pissed, Kerrigan guides his revolver towards her own head, sorrowfully asking if he still trusts her. He unloads the entire clip... deliberately missing, and then walks out of her life.]]

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* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: [[spoiler:After turning back into the Queen of Blades, after she rescues Raynor, and seeing him understandably pissed, Kerrigan guides his revolver towards her own head, sorrowfully asking if he still trusts her. He unloads the entire clip...gun... deliberately missing, and then walks out of her life.]]


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* QuantityVsQuality: The campaign only evolutions for various Zerg units tend to be a choice between more units or stronger ones, such as Zerglings that spawn faster and three from a single larva or ones that jump over obstacles and do more damage.


* BlackAndGreyMorality: While nowhere as bad as they were in the first game, Kerrigan and the Swarm still get in some pretty vicious deeds during the campaign, and [[KarmaHoudini never really suffer any comeuppance for their actions]]. It's not until she joins the Raiders in trying to rescue Jim Raynor that she gets a chance to do good along the way. That said, Mengsk is a sociopathic monster and Amon is an EldritchAbomination GodOfEvil [[OmnicidalManiac intent on destroying the cosmos]].

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: While nowhere as bad as they were in the first game, Kerrigan and the Swarm still get in some pretty vicious deeds during the campaign, and [[KarmaHoudini never really suffer any comeuppance for their actions]].campaign. It's not until she joins the Raiders in trying to rescue Jim Raynor that she gets a chance to do good along the way. That said, Mengsk is a sociopathic monster and Amon is an EldritchAbomination GodOfEvil [[OmnicidalManiac intent on destroying the cosmos]].


* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Kerrigan's explanation to Raynor for why she became Zerg again to rescue him.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Kerrigan's explanation to Raynor for why she became Zerg again to rescue him. Raynor wasn't having it.
-->'''Raynor''': Tell that to Fenix! Tell it to the ''millions you butchered''!


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kerrigan gets her revenge on Mengsk and the Swarm is free of GreaterScopeVillain Amon's influence. However, Kerrigan is forced to leave Raynor behind to prepare for the coming war with Amon and the Hybrids -- which can pull everything Jim and Kerrigan have worked so hard to build up utterly downhill in ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftIILegacyOfTheVoid Legacy of the Void]]''.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kerrigan gets her revenge on Mengsk and the Swarm is free of GreaterScopeVillain Amon's influence. However, Kerrigan is forced to leave Raynor behind to prepare for the coming war with Amon and the Hybrids -- which can pull everything Jim and Kerrigan have worked so hard to build up utterly downhill in ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftIILegacyOfTheVoid Legacy of the Void]]''.]] Even with a new war, the Dominion was nonetheless a better place under Valerian than his father]].


* BlackAndGreyMorality: While nowhere as bad as they were in the first game, Kerrigan and the Swarm still get in some pretty vicious deeds during the campaign, and [[KarmaHoudini never really suffer any comeuppance for their actions]]. That said, Mengsk is a sociopathic monster and Amon is an EldritchAbomination GodOfEvil [[OmnicidalManiac intent on destroying the cosmos]].

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: While nowhere as bad as they were in the first game, Kerrigan and the Swarm still get in some pretty vicious deeds during the campaign, and [[KarmaHoudini never really suffer any comeuppance for their actions]]. It's not until she joins the Raiders in trying to rescue Jim Raynor that she gets a chance to do good along the way. That said, Mengsk is a sociopathic monster and Amon is an EldritchAbomination GodOfEvil [[OmnicidalManiac intent on destroying the cosmos]].


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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Raynor has spent many years struggling against Mengsk and failing, but with Kerrigan on his side having had a change of heart, he finally gets to overthrow the Emperor and succeed in his revolution]].


* FiveManBand[[VillainProtagonist /]]FiveBadBand: Kerrigan gets her own during the events of the campaign.
** TheHero[=/=]BigBad: Kerrigan, Leader of the Swarm.
** TheLancer[=/=]TheDragon: Zagara, who serves as Kerrigan's second in command [[DefeatMeansFriendship after being defeated in battle]] and the Brood Mother Kerrigan eventually entrusts to lead the Swarm should Kerrigan die.
** TheBigGuy[=/=]TheBrute: Dehaka, a big, tough, fast and very single-minded [[spoiler:primal]] Zerg. Also lacks a [[spoiler:psionic connection]], making him pure muscle.
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheEvilGenius: Abathur, who's responsible for most if not all of the Zerg mutations and experimentation.
** TheChick[=/=]TheDarkChick: Izsha, the feminine Zerg who helps Kerrigan keep the various factions of the Swarm together.
** TheSixthRanger: [[spoiler:Alexei Stukov, who arrives late to the party and helps Kerrigan with solving the riddles around Amon's revival.]]

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The player utilizes a Zerg Leviathan as Kerrigan's mobile base of operations, moving from planet to planet for mission chains. As the Zerg geneticist Abathur locates possible sources of useful evolutions for the Swarm, Kerrigan is able to integrate these genes into a strain of Zerg to permanently augment them. Kerrigan takes the field personally in almost every mission, leading the Zerg from the frontlines as a hero unit. She evolves by collecting essence that augments her powers, letting her express her control of the Swarm in a different way or giving her new powers for fighting in the field.


After the events of ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', Sarah Kerrigan, formerly the Queen of Blades, has been mostly de-infested, leaving her with her original personality back, but only fragments of her memory as the leader of the Swarm and remains of zerg abilities. The Zerg Swarm, now leaderless, has fragmented into splintered, unorganized factions. While Kerrigan is now hungry for revenge against Mengsk, Raynor tries to convince her to move on. Unfortunately, Mengsk comes after ''them'' first. Using what remains of her abilities, Kerrigan goes on a quest to reclaim the Swarm and use it to crush Mengsk once and for all.

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After the events of ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', Sarah Kerrigan, formerly the Queen of Blades, has been mostly de-infested, leaving her with her original personality back, but only fragments of her memory as the leader of the Swarm and remains of zerg abilities. The Zerg Swarm, now leaderless, has fragmented into splintered, unorganized factions. While separate Broods, disorganized and fractured, easily cleaned up by the Dominion. However, Kerrigan is now hungry for revenge still haunted by her crimes and desires vengeance against Mengsk, Raynor tries to convince her to move on. Unfortunately, Mengsk comes after ''them'' first. Using what remains of her abilities, Arcturus Mengsk. When Arcturus pushes Kerrigan goes too far, the former Zerg Queen abandons Raynor's men to retake her Swarm, rebuild it bigger and stronger than ever, and unleash its full fury on a quest the Dominion and its Emperor.

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to reclaim the story of ''Wings of Liberty'', which focused on Raynor and his men as they fought the Dominion and helped those in need, ''Heart of the Swarm'' takes a more personal focus on Kerrigan, examining her identity and moral struggles. Her amnesia provides a story engine through which Kerrigan must learn what it means to be Zerg and what they are to her and her to themm. If the Swarm is to be a tool to carry out Kerrigan's will, she must decide what she wants that will to be and use it to crush Mengsk once rebuild the Swarm in that image, redefining herself and for all.
her minions together and showing players the "heart" of the Swarm.

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* ViolationOfCommonSense: While the majority of mission achievements in ''Wings of Liberty'' were based on sensible actions that actually benefited the mission/player, many of those in ''Heart of the Swarm'' require you to do things so strategically stupid that you'd end up court-martialed and probably shot if you pulled off even one of them in RealLife. Most of these examples involve massive investments in units, resources and time for little to no gain other than unlocking the achievement, usually while you're already hard-pressed for all three due to the unforgiving time limits in every other mission.


** After Kerrigan [[spoiler:becomes a Primal Zerg]], Izsha comments that she believes Kerrigan will one day rule the universe. [[spoiler:Come Videogame/StarcraftIILegacyOfTheVoid, she becomes the last Xel'naga and the strongest being in existence]].



** It's possible to do the hydralisk evolution mission before triggering the cutscene where Izha tells Kerrigan that the broodmother Kalissa wishes to return to the swarm,This means Kalissa will Appear to exstract the lurker essence despite not having contacted Izha

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** It's possible to do the hydralisk evolution mission before triggering the cutscene where Izha tells Kerrigan that the broodmother Kalissa Kilysa wishes to return to the swarm,This swarm. This means Kalissa Kilysa will Appear to exstract extract the lurker essence despite not having contacted Izha

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion
** A chilling one delivered by Warfield to Kerrigan on Char.
--> '''Warfield:''' ”How many innocents have you killed? How many more have to die? ''What if Raynor could see you right now?''”


* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: [[spoiler:After turning back into the Queen of Blades, after she rescues Raynor, and seeing him understandably pissed, Kerrigan guides his revolver towards her own head, sorrowfully asking if he still trusts her. He unloads the entire clip…deliberately missing, and then walks out of her life.]]

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* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: [[spoiler:After turning back into the Queen of Blades, after she rescues Raynor, and seeing him understandably pissed, Kerrigan guides his revolver towards her own head, sorrowfully asking if he still trusts her. He unloads the entire clip…deliberately clip... deliberately missing, and then walks out of her life.]]



* SmartBall: One mission on Korhal reveals that Mengsk ordered the creation of the Psi-Destroyer, a weapon designed to kill the zerg via their HiveMind. This is the cleverest thing he does in the entire campaign.

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* SmartBall: One mission on Korhal reveals that Mengsk ordered the creation of the Psi-Destroyer, a weapon designed to kill the zerg via their HiveMind. This Given the hive mind is intrinsic to the Swarm's nature and there was no reason to believe they would find zerg who ''didn't'' use it, this is the cleverest thing he does in the entire campaign.

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* SmartBall: One mission on Korhal reveals that Mengsk ordered the creation of the Psi-Destroyer, a weapon designed to kill the zerg via their HiveMind. This is the cleverest thing he does in the entire campaign.


* ShapeshifterBaggage: Cleverly averted when playing as the broodmother Niadra. You actually have to collect more biomass from dead animals before you can transform into a larger and more powerful form. And you can't change back to a smaller form.

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