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The third main series installment of the Command and Conquer Tiberian Series, Tiberium Wars is set seventeen years after its predecessor, Tiberian Sun in a starkly stratified world. GDI has succeeded in containing Tiberium in areas dubbed Blue Zones, which are bastions of civilization and relative paradises compared to the rest of the planet. Yellow Zones are lawless wastelands where daily life is a struggle and Nod is seen as the last hope of the common man. Red Zones, meanwhile, have been wholly xenoformed by Tiberium and are stormwracked hells lethal to humans. Kane reemerges once more to launch a surprise attack on a complacent GDI, whose retaliation has an unintended side effect - an alien race called the Scrin suddenly invades, seeking to harvest Earth's Tiberium bounty. The aliens are narrowly driven off, while Kane succeeds in his plan to acquire their technology.
An expansion pack, Kane's Wrath, introduced sub-factions to the three sides and had a Nod-centric campaign telling the story between Firestorm and Tiberium Wars, and what came after. It also details Kane's reacquisition of the Tacitus artifact from GDI, who had taken possession of it in Tiberian Sun.
Please note that this page is for tropes that feature in this game and its expansion only. Please add tropes relating to other games as well on the main Tiberian Series page.
This game contains examples of:
- Action Bomb: Fanatics - suicide bombers used by Nod.
- Airstrip One: The world, since it's been divided into "Blue", "Yellow" and "Red" zones.
- Alien Invasion: Invoked by Kane with the Scrin. Except it's not really an invasion, but they try to make it look like one, to divert attention from their mining operations. Kane is not aware of this, and they are not aware that they have been brought to earth earlier than they plannded.
- Aliens Steal Cable: The Scrin use a satellite news broadcast to learn English; it takes them less than 10 seconds. It comes in mighty handy when they come across a classified transmission by Kane, explaining his scheme.
- Attack Drone/Mecha-Mooks: The Scrin "army" (actually an escort for the mining fleet) seems to be composed of automated troops commanded by Scrin Foremen in spaceborne Motherships. All of their units and even their buildings immediately shutdown and decompose once their Relay Node is destroyed.
- Bread and Circuses: Nod for the people in the yellow zones in Tiberium Wars. Overlaps with Villain with Good Publicity.
- Crapsack World: Tiberium's effect on the Earth are so damaging that by 2047, 20% of Earth surface is uninhabitable to humans, and most of it remains dangerous to humans. And this is actually better conditions than the previous game...
- Didn't See That Coming: In Kane's Wrath, Kane's reaction when Alexa says she set up Kilian Qatar is genuine surprise.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: As a result of continuity error in the Novelization: suddenly, Nod grunts are using laser rifles!
- The Hypnotoad: Scrin Masterminds and their advanced Traveler-59 cousins, the Prodigies.
- Hollywood Science: in the Novelization of Tiberium Wars, radioactive rainwater kills plants and trees within minutes while leaving the rest of the landscape, including the people who live in the area, unaffected. Radiation does not work that way.
- Humans Are Warriors: Why the harvesting operation goes bad for the Scrin in Wars. While it's true that the Scrin's "invasion" was actually just a mining operation that harvests Tiberium-infested planets when all the inhabitants are dead, they still view humanity as "warlike to the extreme" and a major threat to the survival of their entire race.
- Mythology Gag: The GDI campaign has many homages to the Soviet Campaign from Red Alert 2, including a first mission involving the Pentagon and a virtually identical opening to the second mission.
- Never My Fault: A particularly amusing example in the beginning of the Tiberium Wars Nod campaign, where Killian goes on and on about how wonderful the Brotherhood is for spreading Tiberium to those who needed it most... before bitching out GDI for leaving them with all the Tiberium-infected territory. Someone never took lessons on cause and effect, it seems.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- Boyle ordering the use of the ion cannon on Temple Prime, which was exactly what Kane was goading him into doing.
- The player character, if he decides to use the liquid tiberium bomb at the end of the game.
- The Scrin Foreman's rather ill-judged attacks.
- No Campaign for the Wicked: Inverted in Kane's Wrath. The bad guys are the only campaign available.
- Novelization: There is one , but it's full of Hollywood Tactics and Did Not Do the Research. Thankfully, there is one Fanfic author trying to fix that.
- Peace Through Superior Firepower: GDI just prior to Tiberium Wars. They have dozens, if not hundreds, of ion cannons orbiting the Earth, ready to blow any baddies off the face of the planet. And that's not counting their nigh-indestructible railgun-armed Mammoth tanks.
- Starfish Aliens: The Scrin. So alien in fact, that we don't even know how they look like. All we get is the shimmering, cephalopoidal avatar of the Supervisor during his Warp-Link transmissions.
- Suicide Attack: Nod Fanatics are suicide bombers hopped up on Tiberium infusions and religious zeal.
- Title Drop: Kane's Wrath has Kane title dropping two of the missions, "Persuade Him" and "A Grand Gesture".
- Tomato Surprise: The person Kane was talking to in Kane's Wrath is a computer AI.
- Tuckerization: One of the maps, "Black's Big Battle", is likely named for multiplayer designer Greg Black. Ingame art shows a soldier with the nametag "Vessella", a reference to associate producer Jim Vessella.
- Useless Useful Spell: The Nod Avatar's scavenge ability.
- Villainous Breakdown: Kane after Sarajevo - "How could my own brothers believe that what transpired at the Temple Prime did not unfold exactly as I had planned. Of course I could not have planned for an ambush BY MY OWN FORCES!"
- We Have Reserves: After that it was clear that the Scrin were fooled by Kain to attack Earth, Their leader Overlord wanted more information about him, at the expense of the portals of the Scrin towers for the invading forces. When the Scrin AI pointed this out, The Supervisor, Overlord's representative, tells her that the invading forces was "expendable" and commands Foreman to spend more time on finding researches about Kane and less time on defending the towers.
- What Could Have Been: The game that ultimately became Tiberium Wars was originally started by Westwood Studios before EA dissolved it. The original plans included The Forgotten (humans mutated by Tiberium) and CABAL (the Big Bad from Tiberian Sun) as playable factions, and was directly connected to the Red Alert series, in that there were plans for a mission to take place at Area 52 which would have included a Chrono Sphere and and Yuri in Stasis. As a result of the attack, Yuri would have been sent back in time and was to be the cause of Red Alert 2.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If you use the liquid Tiberium bomb in the last GDI mission in Tiberium Wars, you end up killing over twenty million people. Granger immediately calls you out on it and accuses you of being a war criminal.