The trite is a new enemy found in Doom 3. Trites resemble spiders, being an upside-down human-like head with several spider-like legs, albeit only six of them. They possess a cluster of multiple spider-like eyes where the normal two human eyes should be. They usually attack in swarms, and are rarely seen alone. They are characterized by their sharp throaty roar.
The trite's appearance is similar to that of the tick. This could suggest that that they are either related as different species, are the same species but of different ages (trites could simply be older ticks), or they are actually different sexes of the same species. Owing to their spider-like appearance and tendency to appear around the vagary, it is conceivable to think that perhaps vagaries are "adult" or "queen" trites.
Trites attack by jumping at the player from more than a dozen feet away, or by biting at close range. Although individually weak, a large swarm of trites can be deadly and should be considered a major threat. Fortunately, trites do not appear in huge groups often, and they have a low amount of hit points, so only a couple of pistol shots are all that is needed to kill one. Another good weapon to use against trites (especially when you are greatly outnumbered by them) is the machine gun. Trites die differently from other enemies; they curl up into a ball and explode in a splash of green blood. Sometimes the trite is able to commit suicide by exploding if the player is at an altitude where the trite is otherwise completely unable to harm them. Players that experience this will not have to use any ammunition to kill them, as they will eventually all die off on their own.
Trites tend to surprise the player by crawling out of narrow spaces where the player cannot fit, or by dropping from ceilings with the aid of spider thread. Although new trites often emerge to replace those the player kills, trite swarms are not infinite and will eventually cease once the player kills enough of them. In Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission, they can be killed instantly with the grabber; however, it is not recommended to use it when facing a large swarm, due to the slow rate of fire caused by the weapon's cool down.
The name "trite" means two things:
- A type of jumping spider.
- A synonym for the term "overused".
The trite bears a striking resemblance to one of the monsters in John Carpenter's movie The Thing. Trites are also somewhat reminiscent of the face hugger in the Alien series, given their leaping behavior, skeletal body segments, and green blood.
|Monsters from Doom 3|
|Arch-vile | Cacodemon | Cherub | Commando | Demon | Hell knight | Imp | Lost soul | Maggot | Mancubus | Revenant | Tick | Trite | Wraith | Zombie | Z-Sec |
Bosses: Vagary | Guardian of Hell | Sabaoth | Cyberdemon
Alpha: Unfinished Doom 3 monsters
|Monsters from Resurrection of Evil|
|From Doom 3: Arch-vile | Cacodemon | Cherub | Commando | Demon | Hell knight | Imp | Maggot | Mancubus | Revenant | Tick | Trite | Wraith | Zombie | Z-Sec|
New hellspawn: Bio-Suit Zombie | Bruiser | Forgotten one | Vulgar
New bosses: Helltime Hunter | Berserk Hunter | Invulnerability Hunter | Maledict