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  • Awesome Music: Some of their other stuff is held in dispute, but some of their songs such as "Cry Thunder" are absolutely glorious.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Marc replacing ZP, despite the fact that his voice isn't actually bad at all on its own merits.
  • Covered Up: "Strike of the Ninja", on Ultra Beatdown, is a cover of a song originally recorded in 2000 by Shadow Warriors, a Theart/Totman gag band (heavy metal ninjas).
  • Drinking Game: Pick one of the following and take a drink every time it appears in a song: glory, fire, starlight, dawn, tears, fury, evil, pain or forever (more). Pick more than one if you're feeling brave.
    • No human could possibly drink that fast... could they?
    • By the end of it there'd be accusations of people digitally speeding up their drinking in the studio.
  • Face of the Band: Herman Li. An unusual case given that he is neither the lead singer nor the main songwriter. Even so, he's the most well known member of the band due to his over-the-top guitar solos and his unique look.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Like many Power Metal bands, DragonForce is big in Japan.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The protagonist of "The Edge of the World" earning their happy ending after a long and difficult journey to save the world.
    At the end of the journey for the savior of the earth
    Sound the bells of victory through the signs of our rebirth
    As the shadows fade away, we watch the new sunrise
    No one fears the darkness anymore
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sometime after Inhuman Rampage was released, somebody made a video for DragonForce's Greatest Hits album as a joke. Come 2016, a real Greatest Hits album was made, named Killer Elite.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Seemingly averted at first when "Through the Fire and Flames" was announced for Guitar Hero III with fans celebrating its inclusion, then the game was released. Presumedly because it did boost their sales.
    • The band's first three albums received generally positive reviews from the power metal community, and the band was believed to have a bright future. The Guitar Hero spotlight changed all that. Oops.
      • If you only know TTFAF, or found them through Guitar Hero, do not mention that to a long-time fan.
  • Memetic Badass: Herman Li.
  • Memetic Mutation: The solo from "Fury of the Storm" is part of this ancient YTMND meme about The Iron Chef eating the fuck out of a bell pepper.
    • DragonForce drinking games, which involve choosing a handful of words (fire and sword are usually among them) and taking a shot every time you hear them over the course of an album.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Herman and/or Marc depending on one's tastes.
  • Narm Charm: Many of their songs are so over the top that they wrap around to being awesome.
    Far way in the wastelands of hell full of torment and pain
    Demon knights riding over the heights where fallen are slain
    Violent fury of firestorming death now no life will prevail
    Now you live all your days in the fires of hell
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  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Their post-Inhuman Rampage albums, "Ultra Beatdown", "The Power Within", "Maximum Overload" and "Reaching into Infinity" got them at least partially back in the good graces of the metal community, thanks to slight change in style; changing some of their lyrical themes, diversifying their songs, and even slowing down. They've also been proven to be a really good live band.
  • Signature Song: "Through the Fire and Flames", thanks to its That One Boss status in Guitar Hero.
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  • Tear Jerker: A lot of their songs' lyrics can invoke this if you strip away the upbeat guitar wailing. But Trail Of Broken Hearts is a rare case where the song's slower tempo lets it sink in.
    Fly away down the lonely roads of yesterday
    We close our eyes to see the light of brigther days
    And all alone we'll be where time can never heal
    With the trail of broken hearts flying free...
    • Even worse is Silence, a song which was written in response to a friend of the band's suicide.
  • That One Boss: "Through the Fire and Flames", the Bonus Boss of Guitar Hero 3, is widely considered to be the most difficult song in the series. No member of the band has beaten it on "Hard" difficulty.
    • There's also a DLC pack consisting of three additional DragonForce songs ("Operation Ground and Pound", "Revolution Deathsquad", and "Heroes of Our Time"), which are sure to elicit all manner of delighted exclamations from determined Guitar Hero fans everywhere.
    • And now, with the inclusion of "Fury of the Storm" in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, there will no doubt be many more smashed plastic guitars.
    • Serial Escalation: If you think that's bad, add drums, vocals, and bass (if it's even really bass!) in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits. Wonder how many controllers will be trashed?
      • Actually, "Through the Fire and Flames" is meant to be easier in Smash Hits.
      • Plus the bass track for "Through the Fire and Flames" in Smash Hits is actually really easy to get through. The guitarist and the drummer might be having a hard time, but the bassist is pretty set as long as he can double-strum the controller.
      • Harmonix announces Through The Fire And Flames with PRO Guitar for Rock Band 3 DLC.
      • When Operation Ground and Pound got released on Rock Band 3, It was actually harder than its original Guitar Hero DLC counterpart.
    • Although "TTFAF" appears on GITADORA, it uses a 2-minute cut, and the series already has its share of Those Many Bosses so it doesn't particularly stand out as much, other than being "that song that is TOB in Guitar Hero."

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