|Ivan the Terrible|
|Weapons||Sablia, Bardiche, Pischal|
|Origin||Tsardom of Russia|
|Battle Status||Lost vs Hernan Cortes|
|Experts||Vladimir Orlov (Russian Special Forces Trainer)
Andrew Jenks, PhD (Professor of Russian Studies)
- 1560 AD (Early Livonian War)
- Age: 30
- Height: 6 ft
- Weight: 180 lbs
- Symbol- Bardiche (Signature Weapon)
Born in 1530, Ivan IV (better known as Ivan the Terrible) became the Grand Prince of Moscow when he was only three, following his father's death by blood poisoning. At the age of 8, Ivan's mother died and the Boyar noblemen of Russia attempted to seige power from the young prince, but Ivan was able to stay. In 1547, age 16, he proclaimed himself the first Tsar of All Russia. During his reign, Russia conquered Khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia, transforming Russia into a multiethnic nation covering over one-and-a-half million square miles: and marking the first time Russia expanded east of the Ural Mountains.
However, after the death of his wife in 1560, Ivan grew more paranoid and allegedly, psychotic. From 1565-1572, Ivan launched the Oprichnina policies, which gave him a secret police that massacred thousands and destroyed many Russian towns to repress the population. However the Oprichnia weakened the stability of Russia due to their massacres and corruption. This led to the Russo–Crimean War (1570–1572), which saw The Crimean Khanate successfully raid and burn Moscow in 1571 with little initial resistance. Although Ivan managed to brutally repel the invasion, his failure to stop the Crimean's initial invasion became a major factor in ending the Oprichnia.
In 1581, he beat his pregnant daughter-in-law for wearing immodest clothing, causing her to have a miscarriage. His son, also named Ivan, engaged in a heated argument with his father, which ended when Ivan struck his son in the head with a pointed staff (or a fireplace poker depending on the sources), causing his (accidental) death.
Ivan's mentality was highly abnormal and deteriorated throughout his life. Even as a child he was sadistic enough to torture animals and assault strangers. He personally tortured his prisoners and experimented with new methods of torture. His skeleton shows signs of mercury poisoning, which would have given him brain damage. He also had fused vertebrae, which would have given him constant back pains. He was a heavy alcoholic and obsessive with religion, even sleeping in cathedrals.
|Armor||Plated Mail and Shelom Helm|
- Despite his cruel acts, Ivan's title is actually meant as praise. "Groznyi", translated as terrible, is meant to convey power or strictness. This sometimes also means terrifying or repressive.
- Ivan is the first famous warrior on the show with two different minions, the Streltsy and the Oprichniki.
- Ivan's fascination with torture made him research the stories and history of Vlad the Impaler, who's legacy was still fresh at the time of Ivan's reign.
- Ivan the Terrible is often said to have hade special “dens” in his castle for two or more bears and that the bears were deliberately underfed so that they would be more aggressive. Ivan would sometimes throw prisoners to the animals to be mauled to death as another intimidating form of execution. Ironically Ivan was known to hunt wild bears for sport.
- In addition to Quartering by horses, Ivan the Terrible was know to use other methods of torture such as impaling (which he did to the lover of his wife Vasilisa Melentyeva while she watched), drowning (which he did to his wife Maria Dolgorukaya after she cheated on him), public hanging, being buried alive and even roasting or frying his victims to death.
- According to the Ivan experts, Ivan considered himself as the Archangel Michael and considered it as his divine mission to bring down righteous vengeance on all those he saw as against God.
- Ivan is the first warrior to use one of his men as a human shield. The first warrior to use a human shield in a simulated battle is one of the Yakuzas, who used an innocent bystander as a human shield.
- Tsar is a title that translations to Caesar, meaning Ivan saw himself as the same position as a Roman Emperor.
- Ivan is the only warrior featured in the show who has used chain mail armor that is accurate to historical examples, being the only mail shirt used so far with riveted links.
- Joseph Stalin openly admitted that he admired Ivan the Terrible; mimicking much of his totalitarian policies.
- Stalin personally commissioned the production of the 1944 film Ivan the Terrible: considered to be one of the greatest Soviet films ever made. It was intended to be a national epic. However Stalin and his government banned Act II of the film, thinking that the depiction of Ivan deteriorated away from the real Ivan's history and personality. The film was intended to have an Act III, but was canceled after the dead of producer Sergei Eisenstein.