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The first game in the Legacy of Kain series, released for the PlayStation in 1996.

The player controls the protagonist Kain, a slain nobleman newly resurrected as a vampire. Seeking revenge against his murderers and a cure to his vampiric curse, Kain is tasked with traversing the fictional land of Nosgoth and slaughtering the Circle of Nine, a corrupt oligarchy of godlike sorcerers, but slowly begins to forsake humanity and view his transformation as a blessing.

Despite receiving a Windows 95 CD-ROM port, the only digital rerelease of this game to occur has been for the PlayStation 3.

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Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain contains examples of the following tropes:


  • Admiring the Abomination: When Kain comes across the mutants in Dark Eden, while he finds the sight of them horrifying, he admits to having some admiration for the mind that created them.
  • Alien Blood: This is Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Red blood restores your health, the blue blood of ghosts restores your mana, black blood lowers your health, and green blood poisons you.
  • An Axe to Grind: One of the weapons in-game are twin axes.
  • Animated Armor: Malek's spirit is infused to his armor as punishment for his failure to save the Circle from Vorador.
  • Animorphism: Kain can assume the form of a wolf and a bat.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The towns all have German-sounding names that don't actually mean anything.
  • Attack Deflector: The Chaos Armor, although both you and the enemy would be harmed, and the 'repel' spell which causes missiles to bounce back.
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  • Butterfly of Doom: Late in the game, Kain discovers a time-streaming device, and when overwhelmed by the forces of the Nemesis, seizes the opportunity to go back in time by 50 years and assassinate him when he was still William the Just, a benevolent boy-king. By doing so, however, he provides just the excuse Moebius needs to ignite a genocidal hatred of vampires in Nosgoth.
  • The Corruption: Before the beginning of the game, Nupraptor inflicted an insidious mental and spiritual "disease" on the entire Circle of Nine. This corruption tainted the Pillars of Nosgoth, and to restore them, the Circle had to be purged.
  • Dark World: Nupraptor's keep is in the shape of a skull, built on a cliff. Looking through one eye socket will show you the lush landscape below. Looking through the other will show you the world through Nupraptor's eyes, a dead, twisted land with blackened ground and lava for water. Kain remarks that Nosgoth doesn't need help to make its corruption apparent.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Kain can be active during the day, but the sunlight still weakens his attacks.
  • Decapitation Presentation:
    • This is done to Vorador after his execution.
    • Mentioned, but not shown, is how Kain did this with the head of the Dollmaker.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Both Mortanius and Moebius are aware that they are destined to be killed by Kain and have accepted it. It doesn't mean they're just gonna lay down and make it easy for him.
  • Dual Wielding: Kain can find twin axes, Havoc and Malice, and do this.
  • Evil Laugh: Kain's lovely dark chuckle.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Morally, Kain is little better than his foes, often musing on dark personal thoughts, revelling in the carnage his new powers allow him to bring, and expressing admiration for some of the more inventive cruelties he comes across. Notably, after fighting through the perverse vampire lord Vorador's mansion – a veritable altar of bloody human sacrifice for its lord's twisted pleasure – Kain ends up agreeing with much of his opponent's attitude towards their curse, and the two part as allies. And of course, it's the “evil” ending that's canon.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: It's possible for Kain to wipe out all of his would-be assassins at the start of Blood Omen, even without a GameShark if proper caution is taken. However, all the exits out of town are blocked off, and you'll just have to walk into and out of a building to respawn the enemies and let him die like he's supposed to.
  • Find the Cure!: Kain's initial motive for going after the Circle of Nine is a cure for his vampirism... though he slowly begins to embrace it.
  • Flaming Sword: One of the unlockable weapons in the game.
  • Gangplank Galleon: The HMCS Bitter is often believed to be an example, judging by the stockpiles of loot found around the wreckage of the ship. It wasn't found until 2010 when fans were examining the game code, and it was commonly believed that the area was Dummied Out; Denis Dyack claims it can be reached legitimately, just via a very obtuse method.
  • A God Am I: In the bad ending:
    Kain: Once I embraced my powers, I realized Vorador was correct. We are gods — dark gods — and it is our duty to thin the herd.
  • Hate Plague: Using the Inspire Hate spell, Kain can magically cause enemies to attack one another.
  • I Am Who?: After killing the Final Boss and seeing the Pillar of Balance still corrupted, Kain has an epiphany: he himself is the final insane Circle member, Ariel's unwitting successor as Balance Guardian, culled in the brief interval between her death and the Pillars' corruption. The "cure" to vampirism which he sought is his own death.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Dark Eden, a land twisted beyond recognition in a project of the guardians of nature, energy and states. And then it starts raining fire... This may not be a case of Convection Schmonvection, since Kain and the creatures there are all unnaturally resilient, and the world's foundations are rather loose by this point anyway. This trope is also used in the Dark World version of Nosgoth seen from Nupraptor's keep.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: Even in the inventory screen!
  • Market-Based Title: The game was called Kain the Vampire in Japan.
  • Multiple Endings: Players can choose one of two endings:
    • In one, Kain sacrifices himself to restore the Pillars, and Nosgoth with them, but ensures the extinction of the vampire race.
    • In the other, Kain decides to damn the world, in which case the Pillars collapse, leaving Nosgoth an irredeemable wasteland, with Kain fully embracing his curse and living on as the most powerful entity in the land. This ending is considered canon, leading into the rest of the series.
  • Off with His Head!: Vorador is beheaded by guillotine in front of a bloodthirsty lynch mob. Kain kills both Moebius and Elzevir this way.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: The bone armor, which fools lesser forms of undead into not attacking you, and to a lesser extent the flesh armor. Mortanius the necromancer also seems to wear some large bones over his chest.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Wandering around a human settlement without glamouring yourself will cause certain able-bodied human in your vicinity to try to kill you. These attempts range from reasonable, but ill-advised (guardsmen, butchers, and the like) to downright suicidal (unarmed ladies chasing you down to give you a slap, and the relentless hostility of some hapless peasants in general, who'd do much better to run as fast as they can).
  • Weakened by the Light: Kain's attacks are weaker during the day.
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