Lars Ümlaüt (August, 11th, 1971, Oslo, Norway) is a character from the Guitar Hero series, representing the Extreme/Black Metal genre - particularly the Scandinavian regional scenes. He is Norwegian. He is inspired by Abbath (Immortal), using Metallica's drummer: Lars Ulrich. His name also recalls the so-called Heavy Metal Ümlaüt, seen with the likes of Motörhead, Turbonegro, Queensrÿche and (parodically) Spınal Tap (Ümlaüt over the N). His face paint is from typical "corpse paint" that many Black Metal artists do onstage and Gene Simmons of KISS.

Since his first appearance in Guitar Hero II, he has appeared again in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, and Guitar Hero 5 but was excluded from Band Hero.


Guitar Hero IIEdit

His first outfit is him without a shirt, with black pants, blonde hair, and face paint, much like his outfit "Black Metal" in Guitar Hero III.

His second outfit, called Gargoyles, is him with facepaint again, and he is in a green gargoyle suit, which is likely inspired by the monster costumes of thrash metal band GWAR. In fact, in the 10-song demo, if the game is hacked to allow access to career mode and to unlock everything, this outfit is labeled "LARS'S GWARGOYLES".

Guitar Hero IIIEdit

His first outfit is Black Metal and is similar to his appearance in the second game. The styles are: Dyed Black, Bleach Blonde, Phantom and Thunda (in which he gains a Native American look).

His second outfit is Viking and Lars now has a beard and horned helmet. The styles are: Natural, Barbaric, Icy and Freedom.

His Freedom outfit pays homage to the movie Braveheart.

Guitar Hero World TourEdit

Lars has shoulders on the sides and a spikey thingey on his belly, black pants, and black shoes that has spikes downward.

Torso : Black Metal Warrior

Pants : Well Protected

Shoes : Shot In The Foot

Accessories : Pin Pad (left arm), War Hammer (right arm)

Guitar Hero: MetallicaEdit

Lars is wearing a less revealing black armor with metal plating, blonde hair, and spiked boots.

Torso: Ready For Battle

Pants: Dangling Straps

Shoes: Spiked Highs

Accessories: Rings (left arm) and Tape (right arm)

Guitars: Any

Guitar Hero: Smash HitsEdit

Lars wears the same outfit from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero World Tour. His Pin Pad and War Hammer are grey in the Wii and Playstation 2 versions but both turn black if you color one of them black.

Guitar Hero 5 Edit

Lars wears an outfit similar to his Guitar Hero 2 likeness but with larger horns and more hair. It is called "Tundra Beast".

He also has other outfits by completing challenges. His other outfits includes a "Grendel", "Soldier of Faroe", and "Valhalla Battledress".


Lock the doors and board the windows, Lars Ümlaüt is coming for you. An intimidating presence, the Norwegian-born Ümlaüt describes himself as a force for you to be doing the reckoning with! -- Guitar Hero II in-game bio

After an overwhelmingly warm debut a year ago, Lars needed time to cool off. Ready the longboats and crank up the metal. Lars is prepared to reverse the effects of global warming with his icy world tour. -- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero Metallica, and Guitar Hero: Smash Hits in-game bio


Multiplier ExtenderEdit

Basic EffectsEdit

The multiplier's maximum is raised from 4x to 5x.

+ EffectsEdit

The multiplier's maximum is raised from 5x to 6x.


  • His last name, Ümlaüt, refers to the marks above the 'u's'. This style of writing is most common in German, Scandinavian names. Lars is Norwegian, and black metal is also very strong of a genre in Scandinavian countries, so this suits him, even though the Norwegian language doesn't actually use Ümlaüts.
  • He appears to be based upon the lead singer of Norwegian Black Metal band Immortal, Abbath.
  • Despite his intimidating appearance, he's actually a rather friendly fellow.
  • Lars' hair and face paint as well breathing fire while star power is active are very similar to that of Gene Simmons, bass player of KISS, so he might have also been influenced by them.
  • While not appearing in the game physically, Lars's name is shown to be one of the nine opponents in GHTV's Premium Shows in Guitar Hero Live.


Warrior Lars

Characters of Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero: Axel Steel - Clive Winston - Grim Ripper - Izzy Sparks - Johnny Napalm - Judy Nails - Pandora - Xavier Stone

Guitar Hero II: Casey Lynch - Lars Ümlaüt - Eddie Knox

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock: - Elroy Budvis - God of Rock - Lou - Metalhead - Midori - Slash - Tom Morello - Bret Michaels

Guitar Hero On Tour: Gunner Jaxon - Memphis Rose

Guitar Hero Aerosmith: Brad Whitford - DMC - Joe Perry - Tom Hamilton

Guitar Hero World Tour: Aaron Steele - Billy Corgan - Hayley Williams - Jimi Hendrix - Johnny Viper - Marcus Fretshredder - Matty Cannz - Nick - Ozzy Osbourne - Riki Lee - Rina -Rockubot - Shirley Crowley - Skeleton - Sting - Ted Nugent - Travis Barker - Zakk Wylde

Guitar Hero Metallica: Fembot - James Hetfield - King Diamond - Kirk Hammett - Lars Ulrich - Lemmy - Robert Trujillo - Zach Harmon

Guitar Hero Modern Hits: Simon Grimmsy - Calista Valenz

Guitar Hero: Smash Hits: Mario Greendale

Guitar Hero: Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen - Alex Van Halen - Wolfgang Van Halen - David Lee Roth

Guitar Hero 5: Johnny Cash - Carlos Santana - Shirley Manson - Matt Bellamy - Kurt Cobain - Shadow - FrankenRocker - Gerald Contest Winner - Golden God

Band Hero: Quincy Styles - Taylor Swift - Adam Levine - Gwen Stefani - Tom Dumont - Tony Kanal - Adrian Young

DJ Hero: DJ Jazzy Jeff - DJ AM - Z-Trip - Grand Master Flash - The Disc jockey

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock: Echo Tesla - Austin Tejas - Demi-God of Rock - Minotaur - Arthas Menethil

NPCs: The Bassist - Bret Michaels - The Drummer - The Female Singer - Joey Kramer - The Keyboardist - The Guitarist - The Male Singer - Steven Tyler - The Singer - The Disc jockey

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