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Video Game / The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian

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Before he became king, Mathayus was a hero.

The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian is a 3D Platform Game developed by Point Of View that was released for PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube on September 2002, months after the release of The Scorpion King. This game is the most ambitious of the two tie-in games based on the film, as this game serves as a prequel to it. It notably has Dwayne Johnson voice Mathayus, reprising his role from the film.


Tropes relating to the game include:

  • Big Bad: Magus is the main antagonist.
  • Call-Forward: There are several of these thanks to Magus.
    • Magus summons the Army of Anubis.
    • Magus wants to Take Over the World.
    • Magus slaughtered the village of Khemet.
  • Canon Foreigner: Every character that isn't Mathayus, Jesup and Rama originated from this game.
  • Contrasting Prequel Antagonist: Magus relies on magic and is more close to the Scorpion King seen in The Mummy Returns rather than Memnon.
  • Curse Cut Short: Mathayus said "What the-?" as he learned that Hammet is actually Magus.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Magus' death helped him become the god Set.
  • Doomed by Canon: When you finish the game, you know Urhmet and Magus won't make it.
  • Gate Guardian: Apep is the gatekeeper of the Netherworld.
  • Evil Plan: Magus wanted to get the Sword of Osiris, summon Set and dominate the world.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Magus is a great example of this trope.
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  • Exposition Fairy: Hammet actually Magus in Magus' dungeons.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The movie already told you that the Akkadians are on the verge of extinction and it shows it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Magus shrugged off the deaths of the Akkadians and the lord of Khemet as mere fodder and insignificant to life.
  • Lean and Mean: As a counterpart of Mathayus, Magus is slim and arrogant.
  • Light Is Not Good: Magus wears predominantly golden armor with a ruby on each shoulder pad.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Magus has manipulated Mathayus into finding the Sword of Osiris for him.
  • Mentor Archetype: King Urhmet is this to Mathayus.
  • Narrator: Earl Boen is the narrator of the game.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Magus became Set but was struck down by Mathayus.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Magus is a big example.
  • Prequel: To the 2002 film.
  • Public Domain Character: Apep is based on the actual snake god of Egypt.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Since Apep is the Snake God, he isn't that kind.
  • Saved by Canon: Jesup and Rama survive the events of the game, knowing if you have seen the film.
  • Social Darwinist: Apep doesn't trust the living.
  • Take Over the World: Magus' goal once he finds the Sword of Osiris.
  • The Reveal: Magus shape-shifted as an elderly prisoner named Hammet to give Mathayus a chance of revenge.
  • We Can Rule Together: Magus offered Mathayus to join him achieve his goal of becoming one with Set.
  • Wham Line: In the form of Hammet before revealing himself. "Magus has your two brothers! And now he has you!"

Alternative Title(s): The Scorpion King