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Rise from the ashes.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a Wide-Open Sandbox Action-Adventure video game based around Classical Mythology, developed and published by Ubisoft and released on December 3, 2020 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia, Windows and Nintendo Switch.

Taking place on the Golden Isle, the home of the gods, Typhon — the father of monsters — escapes Tartarus and seeks revenge for his imprisonment by attempting to destroy the veil that separates Tartarus from Earth and overrun the planet with monsters.

With Typhon taking over the Golden Isle and cursing most of the gods into a powerless state, it falls to Fenyx, an inexperienced shield-bearer who survived a shipwreck on the Isle, to save the gods and, by extension, the world.

Aside from the base game, DLC includes A New God, which focuses on Fenyx after the main story ends, Myths of the Eastern Realm, which focuses on Chinese mythology, and The Lost Gods, which stars a new main character named Ash who works to reunite the estranged Hades, Demeter, Boreas, Hestia, and Poseidon with the other Olympians.

Dark Horse is releasing a graphic novel set after the game called Immortals Fenyx Rising: From Great Beginnings in late 2021.

A sequel was reportedly in development, but was cancelled in 2023 due to "perceived challenges around establishing the IP". It would have focused around Polynesian mythology.

Immortals Fenyx Rising contains examples of:

  • 100% Completion: While there's no overall Completion Meter attaining all trophies/achievements will require you to triumph over the greatest opponents the Golden Isle has to offer, as well as scavenge if not grind through the numerous points-of-interest on the map. You will need to:
    • Complete the main storyline and all side-quests given by the gods you meet.
    • Max out your health, stamina, skill-trees, and fully upgrade all your equipment. Mastery levels don't matter.
    • Defeat the four mythical bosses, four wraiths, fourteen legendary bosses, and fifteen lieutenant bosses.
    • Complete all thirty-six of Hermes's heroic tasks.
    • Complete all eighty myth-challenges.
    • Complete all ten arena-vaults.
    • Find all twenty-five mounts.
    • Climb all seven vantage-points.
    • Open all ten night-chests.
    • Notably you're not required to complete every vault, the hardest of which veer into Brutal Bonus Level territory, nor are you required to finish any of the numerous hidden quests or find every single piece of equipment.
  • Absurdly Low Level Cap: It's not necessary to pick up every resource in the game if you aim to max out your equipment, health, stamina, and skill-trees. When you do hit the limit of any tree you'll unlock "Mastery Levels" which grants further small bonuses while keeping their needed resource still valuable.
  • The Alcoholic: Much ado is made over Zeus' love of wine. He's a very mean drunk.
  • All Myths Are True: Chinese Mythology also exists in this game, though apparently in another dimension by the looks of the "We are not alone" quest.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: The Vault of Typhon has gimmicks from all four of the previous God Vaults.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Ligyron, after he's revealed to be still alive a little later in the game, is also shown to be this and implied that a lot of Fenyx's Heroic Self-Deprecation comes from having been constantly condescended to by him for their whole life.
    Ligyron: Oh... you didn't believe that prophecy was about YOU?
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The Myths of the Eastern Realm and The Lost Gods expansions star new protagonists named Ku and Ash, respectively.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • You can freely alter the difficulty of the myth-challenges, like keeping progress between attempts at archery challenges so you don't have to hit every axe in one go, to tracking the location of marbles needed for constellation challenges, to outright telling you how to complete the fresco challenges.
    • You raise the power of your equipment independent of the loot you find. No piece of equipment is numerically stronger to another and instead differs on the perk it offers. You can freely mix and match the cosmetic appearance and perks of your gear.
    • All your consumables you used are immediately refunded if you fail an Arena battle.
    • There's a feature that has you automatically move forward so you don't need to keep holding down a key or pressing a joystick when crossing large distances.
    • Fetch-quest puzzle scenarios on the open world where you have to find X amount of objects for a puzzle almost always provide more items in an area than actually need to be used, preventing the player from stalling on a puzzle because they just can't find the last thing they need.
    • Similar to the above, pressure switches often use designated boxes in the area for weights, but if the player can't find them, the switches also be pretty easily activated by rocks or segments of tree trunks and columns, as they'll be weighed down by anything Herakles' Strength can carry. The Phosphor's Clone upgrade ability also mitigates the challenge of these puzzles by conjuring a Fenyx-weight statue to put on switches which will activate any feather switch and contribute a good amount to the total for anvil switches.
    • When approaching the location of a Mythical boss, Fenyx will comment on the atmosphere, alerting you that you should only go forward if you’re ready (though the bosses are in isolated locations anyway).
  • Automaton Horses: A literal case with Antikythera, the high-tier mechanical horse named in allusion to the archaeological curiosity known as the Antikythera Mechanism.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Besides mentions of Zeus' multiple animal escapades, when you teleport into the Hall of Gods they'll often be shown having conversations with each other. During one of these Aphrodite will ask Ares if all of his body is back to normal and nothing is left of his rooster body, even "down below". He'll reassure her that he is all back to normal, to which she'll voice her disappointment.
    Aphrodite: Maybe some fantasies are better left unfulfilled I suppose...
  • Big Bad: Typhon, father of monsters, who took over the Golden Isles while stealing the essences of four of the Gods. His plan is to replace them, seeing them as horribly flawed.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: On the one side you have Typhon, a vengeful titan who wants to destroy the world to remake it In Their Own Image and whose idea of saving people is stealing away the very essence of what makes them who they are. On the other side you have the Greek gods, possibly the Trope Codifiers of Jerkass Gods who were known for tormenting mortals in cruelly ironic ways out of jealousy or even just for fun, and that's when they're not just straight up murdering people for the hell of it. Fenyx is much nicer than both of them, but does tend to be just a little too accepting of the gods' misdeeds.
  • Book Ends:
    • In the prologue, Prometheus announces to Zeus that he will tell him the tale of Fenyx, beginning with "My tale begins at sea." The epilogue begins with Ligyron coming up to Prometheus with a key, intending to free him from his chains. But first, Ligyron promised to retell the tale of Fenyx back to the chained-up titan beginning with "My tale begins at sea," much to his dismay.
    • When Fenyx is first introduced by name, Zeus scoffs at their name thinking it sounds like a noise a bird would make while on fire. At the end of the game, Zeus transforms a newly resurrected Phosphor into a bird called a phoenix, a bird which bursts into flames upon death and is reborn from the ashes, named after Fenyx themself.
  • Boss-Only Level: The final "Myths of the Eastern Realm" passage consists entirely of the battle with Tao Wu.
  • Bowdlerized: In-universe example. Apparently Gaia fudged the truth about Aphrodite's birth. She told Zeus that Aphrodite was born from a pearl that "Grandpappy" Ouranos found and threw into the ocean, when actually the "pearl" was one of Ouranos' own testicles cut off during the fight with Kronos. Zeus is beyond horrified when Prometheus finally tells him the real story:
    Zeus: Gasp! You're sick Prometheus! Do NOT talk to me!
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: What Typhon did to the gods. In addition to the Forced Transformation Typhon also stole the gods' essence (and in Hephaistos' case, his memories too) and sealed them away, thereby making them docile and harmless ironic reflections of their true selves. Aphrodite became obsessed with helping the downtrodden and feeding the hungry, Ares is a chicken too scared to go to war, and so on.
  • Broomstick Quarterstaff: Present in the Lost Gods DLC. There's a set of Weapons called Cleaning Implements, including a feather duster for a sword and a regular broom for an axe, though they do come with enhancements for the hero's abilities. Potentially serves as a Shout-Out to a similar weapon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild due to the game serving as a heavy inspiration for Fenyx.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: "A New God" has Trial of the Pantheon which can only be challenged once each and every relic is brought back to the Inner Circle. It mostly consists of a series of minigame-style puzzles, like one that’s identical to baseball and another which references Donkey Kong. It's not necessary for completion but it's nice to rub it in Hermes's face. The reward is Phosphor of Olympos.
  • Character Customization: The player can choose Fenyx's gender, appearance and outfit, even featuring a toggle to choose whether their current headgear is displayed on the character or not.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: You can stand mere inches away from what appears to be pouring lava or molten metal (visible inside the Vault of Hephaistos) with no negative effects as long as you don't touch it. Even worse, as part of a puzzle inside Atalanta's vault you'll use this pouring flow of molten material to light your arrows on fire with no damage to the arrow or change in its ability to fly.
  • Crow's Nest Cartography: As befitting an Ubisoft game, clearing out the map requires you to climb tall humongous statues of the gods while finding collectibles and other side activities can be done by scouting them out with the Farsight ability.
  • Developer's Foresight:
    • Each rescued god has a quest to ask of you after they're restored. If you happened to find that objective and complete it beforehand, Fenyx will tell the god they've done it and receive the reward in a seamless conversation.
    • Fenyx's appearance and voice in The Lost Gods will match your main game Fenyx.
  • Dungeon Bypass: The skill upgrades that let you carry heavy blocks, dash through lasers unharmed, and generate a clone can all be used to break or bypass puzzles and vaults with an unintended solution. That said, some of the hardest vaults are built around having a full moveset and anticipate against cheesier strategies like using Ares' Wrath and stamina-potions to gain extra air-time.
  • Dungeon Crawling: The Vaults of Tartaros are otherworldly dungeons filled with challenges for the player to complete.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In "A New God," you can find a rather "non-local" bell as Fenyx puts it in Mt. Olympus. The Bian Zhong Chimes are the Music Challenge for "Myths of the Far East."
  • Eldritch Ocean Abyss: Referenced with the flavor text for the Armor of the Deeps in the "Lost Gods" DLC, which has a cephalopod motif and mentions the possibility of the wearer being driven mad with whispers.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Considering most of the armors available are inspired by Greek armor (created for a Mediterranean climate) none of them are really suitable for Fenyx to face the harsh weather of King's Peak. Other than being unable to use special attacks in some very cold areas, Fenyx will be mostly undisturbed by the freezing cold.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Averted, as the game rather uses the titan Typhon as its main antagonist instead and the creatures he's brought with him come from Tartarus and not Hades. Hades himself makes an appearance in the Lost Gods DLC.
  • Eye Beams: Gorgons have these, firing explosive shots from their eyes. Legendary gorgons like Lieutenant Steno and the Legendary Gorgon of Dread actually have the ability to fire sustained beams that can't be parried. And then there's Medusa, whose beams do all sorts of crazy things.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Downplayed, but one of animations of Fenyx collecting Charon's obols has them get hit in the eye with the coin.
    • Early on in the game, Hermes says that he stole a very small piece of one of Typhon's eyes to keep his gaze off of the Hall of Gods.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: After beating Ligyron, he admits to Fenyx that all the great stories of his heroic deeds were all lies. In particular, his great heroic tale about how he single-handedly destroyed an entire fleet of enemy ships. In truth, he hid while all his friends died before a freak storm took out the enemy armada, and since there was no one left to dispute his claims he took credit for the victory.
  • Fat Bastard: The common Gorgons are noticeably overweight and noticeably villainous, such as one attacking Hermes.
  • Fission Mailed: Right when you jump into the first Vault of Tartaros. Zeus concludes that Fenyx died, the screen cuts to black and fake credits roll with Zeus and Prometheus listed for every role. Some of them quite colorful such as "Bumbling Storyteller" for Prometheus and "Torture Innovator" for Zeus. Then Prometheus interrupts him:
    Prometheus: It's not over yet. Not by a long shot.
  • Forced Transformation: Typhon turns four of the gods who fought against him into different things; Aphrodite into a tree, Ares into a chicken, Athena into a little girl, and Hephaistos into a robot. Your job is to restore them back to their former glory.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Zeus says in the very first vault that no human could possibly hold his lightning without being instantly incinerated, just before Fenyx picks it up and manages to not get incinerated. Fenyx is actually Zeus' own child and is also a god.
    • Furthermore while discussing Hephaistos' automatons with Fenyx, Aphrodite will bring up the industrial revolution, much to Fenyx's confusion. Aphrodite will just say that it's something that happens thousands of years in the future and that Fenyx will love it there. Fenyx exclaims that as a mortal they won't live thousands of years and the conversation abruptly ends.
  • Frigid Water Is Harmless: King's Peak is so cold that in some areas Fenyx will be shivering unable to use actions that require stamina, but swimming in that frigid water? No problem, Fenyx can jump right out of that frozen lake and continue adventuring with no ill effects.
  • Funny Background Event: Any cutscene where Ares as a chicken will show his friend, a bear, doing something amusing, often in the background.
  • Genre Shift: "The Lost Gods" turns the game from a third-person game to a top-down hack and slash while still being a sandbox.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • You'll be required to find balls made up of coal pieces to light up furnaces multiple times during Hephaistos' story arc. If you can't find these balls of coal you can't proceed, nevermind the literal piles of coal sitting right next to the furnace.
    • You can use your war axe to chop down trees. But only perfectly straight ones that can be turned into logs to throw at enemies. Curved trees (such as the ones that produce pomegranates) are impervious to your attacks.
    • Fenyx will find "Ligyron" turned to stone along with the rest of the ship's crew shortly after arriving to the isles. However, when you finally meet Ligyron during Ares' story quest you'll realize that due to his Non-Standard Character Design Ligyron is twice as tall as any other human characters and it'd be impossible for the generic warrior Fenyx found to ever be confused with the real Ligyron.
  • God Is Flawed: Pretty much the entire game is centered around the Olympian gods coming to terms with their own sins and vices, with Prometheus constantly calling out Zeus for all the terrible things he has done to both gods and mortals, and Zeus starting to realize when he sees the torment the other gods have been put through because of him.
  • Green Hill Zone: The Valley of Eternal Spring, the first region you enter once the tutorial is complete, is wide and expansive, full of rolling, hilly meadows. It also has far more pomegranate trees than any other region, meaning even without health potions, you're never too far from healing up.
  • Greek Chorus: Literally with Prometheus and Zeus as they comment on Fenyx's findings across the game. It disappears when in the final dungeon, as it is happening in real time and Zeus was kidnapped by Typhon.
  • Hellhound: One of the major enemy types is a three-headed giant dog that belches fireballs at you. There's also the legendary hellhound, Cerberus.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Fenyx really doesn't think they're a very good hero, and is constantly remarking to themselves about what a better job their brother Ligyron would do if he were there instead.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: with a bit of Gosh Darn It to Heck! on top. When Fenyx lights up the first of Hephaistus' furnaces, they exclaim that the forge is "hot as Helios!".
  • Home-Run Hitter: Every enemy, no matter how large, gets knocked skyward by Fenyx's final blows. Cyclopes fall apart into dust mid-flight, though.
  • In Their Own Image: Typhon's plan is to usurp the gods and remake Earth as this, with himself as its one and only god.
  • It's All Upstairs From Here: The final vault has you ascend several tremendous pillars with steps between them, for the final battle.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: The vaults named after the four gods where Fenyx will recover their "essence" stolen by Typhon works like this. As you progress along clearing obstacles, Fenyx (and in turn Zeus and Prometheus) will be able to hear more and more of the gods' inner thoughts and fears.
  • I Lied: When Prometheus explains the true parentage of Fenyx to Zeus, Zeus brings up the many times Fenyx got injured in his story as proof that they're mortal. Prometheus swats his doubts away using this trope.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: After slaying Ozomene the harpy, if you talk to Ares in the Hall of Gods he'll be pissed that he's stuck sitting around while Fenyx gets to go out and slay monsters. Fenyx will offer that Ares can kill the next legendary monster, to which he'll respond "I better be, or you'll be next! ...just kidding".
    Zeus: He's not kidding.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: As Fenyx is ascending a mountain...
    Prometheus: Suddenly, a PEARL rolled past! Fenyx was wondering if it was using ... clamouflage.
    Zeus: Please stop.note 
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: If the time runs out on a Navigation Challenge, the background music for it does this.
  • Lemony Narrator: The story is framed around Prometheus telling Fenyx's story to an unbelieving Zeus, with the two deities giving frequent color commentary on Fenyx's adventure during gameplay.
  • Lighter and Softer: While some of the more risque stories in Greek mythology are alluded to, they tend to leave out a good chunk of the controversial aspects of it, such as the Brother–Sister Incest, and the game leans toward the comedy side overall.
  • Look Behind You: Ligyron tricks Fenyx into doing this so he can escape. Zeus calls Fenyx out on it.
    Zeus: Never look behind you when someone points! That's one of the cardinal rules! Just like always keep a list to stay organized, and make sure one of the children you try to eat isn't secretly a stone!
    Prometheus: All good advice.
  • Love Triangle: A rather odd one. Aphrodite was forced to marry Hephaistos but she wants nothing to do with him. She instead is involved with Ares behind her husband's back. This by itself is not a real triangle since Aphrodite feels nothing but contempt for her husband, but then during conversation Ares will let it slip to Fenyx and Hermes that he has a crush on Hephaistos. If only Hephaistos didn't spend his free time thinking of scenarios to kill Ares.
  • Mechanical Horse: The Antikythera horse in the Forgelands is this.
  • Mermaid Problem: When Prometheus and Zeus are discussing the centaurs, Zeus refers to them as "sexy horse people who force us to ask uncomfortable anatomy questions" referencing this very dilemma.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The horse in War's Den, Muse, is a zebra, which is in no way native to Greece. Even its own game description lampshades it.
    "No way did this zany looking horse originate on the Golden Isle. Who, or what, brought this little wonder to the island?"
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The game is full of references to Greek mythology, particularly the Snark-to-Snark Combat between Prometheus and Zeus regarding the former's punishment by having an eagle eat his liver every day.
    Prometheus: I'd hug you, but I'm chained to a rock.
    • While Ares and Aphrodite were having nightly escapades, Ares instructed one of his soldiers to keep watch and warn him if he saw Helios' daylight. But the soldier fell asleep and Ares was caught. As punishment he turned the soldier into a Rooster so he'd always sing at dawn. Now Ares himself has been turned into a Rooster.
  • No Hero Discount: Hermes runs the in-game shop, since he's the god of merchants. When Fenyx comments on the prices, he reminds Fenyx that he's also the god of thieves.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Part of Zeus' Heel Realization comes from him recognizing that the flaws he has come to hate humanity for are simply reflections of the very same flaws he and his fellow gods possess.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Unclimbable walls and patches of stamina-draining energy in the air are obvious devices to lock the player into the designed sequences in Vaults of Tartaros, as their wings and climbing could otherwise serve to break several scenarios.
  • Only the Chosen May Ride: The flavor text for Hong Xin from the Black Emperor Character Pack says this trope in full.
  • Opening the Sandbox: Clashing Rocks is a small set of islands in one corner of the map that serves as a tutorial zone and mini-sandbox for the prologue until you unlock the wings and can glide to the Golden Isle proper.
  • Parrying Bullets: Fenyx can do this, and can even return projectiles toward enemies.
  • Point of No Return: Once you enter Typhon's vault to challenge him, you won’t be able to go back to the Golden Isles. At least Prometheus drops a warning as you start heading there. "Myths of the Far East" has this happen before you go to challenge Tao Wu.
  • The Queen's Latin: Averted. The characters are voiced by a Greek cast and have Greek accents.
  • Realistic Species, Cartoony Species: The few human characters in the game are designed more realistically than a lot of the scenery, animals, and monsters. This divide even extends to separate the gods from human, with the gods having more stylized designs than the humans.
  • Red Herring: After Fenyx defeats Typhon, he reveals with his dying breath that Hermes is their father... except he isn't. In reality, it's Zeus. Prometheus made that part up, along with every time Fenyx got hurt. Also, Typhon's not dead.
  • The Reveal: The ending drops some major bombshells regarding the story. Typhon didn't turn the mortals to stone, Zeus did during a drunken bender. The meteor shower that released Typhon was caused by Prometheus as vengeance for what Zeus did to him and to the mortals. The entire game's plot was Prometheus grooming Fenyx so they would Kill and Replace Zeus as the Top God of Olympus. And Fenyx is the child of Zeus and Thetis.
  • Rocket Punch: The enemy automotons in Hephaistos' realm can launch their claws at you, which then explode.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Largely averted, as the game has many researched references to Greek mythology, many of which are left to the viewer to pick up on from their own knowledge of the myth. There are some simplifications and artistic choices that break with tradition, however.
    • Enemies are derived from the most famous Greek monsters, meaning they are species in Fenyx whereas they were often individuals or members of a small group in the original myths. The originals are still in the game to be fought as bosses on the open world, but would have been more unique in the myths.
    • Gorgons are depicted as the more pop-culturey snake-tailed snake/human blend rather than the more classical versions which had more monstrous blends of features and probably had legs and were sometimes described as winged. The Gorgon armor for Fenyx, however, references classical visual depictions of Gorgons.
    • The Hecatoncheires are quite understandably simplified to have fewer than the hundred hands they're named for, and have only one head with multiple eyes, rather than multiple heads, possibly to make a more cleanly threatening design.
    • Athena is depicted with blue eyes despite her most famous physical feature being her grey eye color.
  • Seeks Another's Resurrection: Completing certain myth challenges unlocks voice logs from Daidalos where he explains that he designed and built this island in the hopes of impressing the gods so that they would bring Icaros back from the underworld. Zeus "rewarded" him by turning him into a deer. Because "he wanted us to fawn over him!"
  • Sequence Breaking: In many cases it's possible to fulfill some or all of the steps needed to complete a main-quest or side-quest before you're even asked. The game gives Fenyx extra dialogue acknowledging if they've accomplished a task already when speaking to a quest-giver.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: From Prometheus' perspective. The whole plot was kicked off with Prometheus wanting Zeus to unchain him from his rock, and it ends with him still chained to the rock. Granted, he proved he deserved it near the end, and it seems Ligyron is going to free him eventually.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A couple of the hair options for Fenyx available at the Uplay store are Kassandra's and Alexios's hair as well as their "Misthios" armor. You can even get Alexios's Perma-Stubble.
    • You can also customize a male Fenyx to look like Kratos.
    • The achievement/trophy for getting an epic mount is Oceancookie.
    • Performing 10 stealth attacks gives you the Join the Creed achievement/trophy. Another Assassin-worthy shoutout in "Myths of the Far East" has a cluster of lingzhi mushrooms patterned in the Assassin logo at Harmony Pavilion.
    • Even plot achievements have them as well. You get The Iron Giant upon meeting Hephaistos, and it seems this version of Athena is a Sassy, Lost Child Aphrodite is now The Giving Tree.
    • After burning the last seed in the Vault of Aphrodite, Prometheus and Zeus drop this musical quote.
    "You had the technology. You made it better. Stronger. Fas... lighter. You made it lighter. Sorry, was thinking of something else."
  • Sibling Rivalry: Averted. For once in modern media, Hades and Zeus actually get along quite well. When Zeus is having a crisis after realizing how he's messed up his family and how everyone would be better of without him Prometheus offers his good relationship with Hades as the only good thing Zeus has left.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To the Greek era of God of War, both are Hack and Slash games centered around Classical Mythology, but Immortals has the player on the side of the gods, who ultimately come to terms with their sins, whereas God of War has the player commit deicide against the Jerkass Gods.
  • Stoners Are Funny: The old priest sitting in Apollo's temple acts like a typical stoner, pondering weird questions and asking if Fenyx has something to eat.
    Old Priest: Is sand called sand, because it is between sea and land?
  • Straw Feminist: According to Zeus the women of Lemnos got "woke" and refused to sleep with the husbands, who painted them as this trope by making up a story about Aphrodite cursing the women with a terrible stench for refusing to sacrifice to her. Prometheus thinks this actually makes more sense than the story being taken at face value.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The more comedic banter between Zeus and Prometheus is generally built around this dynamic. Prometheus is the Straight Man who either sets up opportunities for Wise Guy Zeus to make one-liners, or other times creates humor himself by correcting Zeus's idiocy.
  • Top-Down View: The second DLC, The Lost Gods is styled like this. It's justified in-story as Fenyx using a scrying pool on Olympos to gaze upon the Pyrite Island and help her Champion, Ash complete her journey to return the lost Olympians.
  • Taken for Granite: The game begins with every mortal on the island except for Fenyx turned to stone by Typhon. Then the Wham Episode reveals Zeus was the one who did it because Humans Are Bastards and he was going to start over. The reason Fenyx survived is cause they're a child of Zeus. "Myths of the Far East" starts with Ku waking up to everyone around him turned to stone.
  • Unflinching Walk: Parodied in "The Lost Gods" with the description in the Hearth's Ferocity axe.
    "Forged from volcanic stone, the wielder of this axe walks away from explosions without looking at them."
  • Unreliable Narrator: With the big reveal at the end, Prometheus mentions that he lied about a lot of things in the story of Fenyx, most notably all of the times Fenyx got injured. Since Fenyx was a god all along, in reality they never actually got hurt even once by any enemy, boss, or trap - Prometheus just made that up so that Zeus would think a mortal was saving the day.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: A number of the jokes and references rely on the player being familiar with Greek mythology because they aren't spelled out completely. For instance, when Zeus learns that Hermes and Aphrodite had a child, he asks if it was a boy or a girl, only to realize that they're non-binary when Prometheus answers "No." It's never mentioned that the child was Hermaphroditus, having physical characteristics of both male and female sex and the source of the term "hermaphrodite".
  • Villain Has a Point: In Typhon's opening Motive Rant, he rants about the flaws of the Greek gods: "They squabble, burn with jealousy, cheat, fight, and murder. They are cruel, vindictive and selfish." If you know any Greek mythology, you know that he's pretty much right about that part.
  • Wide-Open Sandbox: The entire world map is open to the player from the game's beginning and leaves all non main story objectives up to the player to discover.
  • Wham Line: A few.
    • The reveal of what actually happened to the mortals.
      Zeus: And Fenyx isn't going to see any mortals turned back.
      Prometheus: Because you're the one who turned them all to stone.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Ares suggests a plan to Athena and asks for her feedback. The plan: climb Typhon's mountain and stab him. Athena asks him to continue to which he responds that that's the whole plan. They'll just keep stabbing him until he dies.
    Athena: Okay. So, I definitely have notes.
  • You and What Army?: Ligyron spouts this word for word to Fenyx right before their showdown.
    Fenyx: No army. Just me.