History Characters / CiaphasCain

17th Oct '17 9:02:46 AM MaskedAndDangerous
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* GreenEyedMonster: Towards Cain. Beije sees the honors and glory piled onto his old classmate, who seems to still be the irresponsible layabout he was in schola. Not only that, but Cain seems surrounded by an AmazonBrigade which is full of "special exceptions" to normal discipline, leading Beije to believe that his old rival is sleeping with them. Eventually, it becomes too much for the conservative jackass, and he accuses Cain of cowardice and desertion. This ends about as well as you'd expect...
29th Jul '17 7:09:38 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Cain frequently wonders if Jurgen's life-saving feats are part of a calculated well-hidden genius or if he operates on gut instinct, being unaware that his actions are extremely improbable. Both Cain and Amberly have also mentioned that they aren't sure if he's the bravest man they've ever met, or just doesn't fully understand how dangerous his many adventures with Cain actually are. The short stories from his perspective do nothing to clear it up; he doesn't perceive the enemies he faces there as a serious threat, but then he beats them so handily that they clearly aren't.

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Cain frequently wonders if Jurgen's life-saving feats are part of a calculated well-hidden genius or if he operates on gut instinct, being unaware that his actions are extremely improbable. Both Cain and Amberly have also mentioned that they aren't sure if he's the bravest man they've ever met, or just doesn't fully understand how dangerous his many adventures with Cain actually are. The short stories from his perspective do nothing to clear it up; he doesn't perceive the enemies he faces there as a serious threat, but then he beats them so handily that they clearly aren't. Cain has also speculated on whether Jurgen's tendency to casually drop bombshells in conversation that make Cain look even more the HumbleHero (like casually asking if he needs to act as a second again when someone insults the Colonel) are out of ignorance or just an understated flair for drama.
20th Jul '17 1:20:20 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** LovableCoward: He is definitely this though.



* HypocriticalHumor: Rather an inversion of the usual sort. In ''Duty Calls'', Cain is part of a meeting that gets some '''very''' scary news. While most of those around him panic, Cain controls his own terror and plans with Colonel Kasteen the actions they'll have to take to deal with the danger. Then he raises his voice to ask a question of the briefer, and notes that his "fraudulent reputation for remaining calm and decisive in a crisis" probably helps settle everyone else down.

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* HypocriticalHumor: HypocriticalHumor:
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Rather an inversion of the usual sort. In ''Duty Calls'', Cain is part of a meeting that gets some '''very''' scary news. While most of those around him panic, Cain controls his own terror and plans with Colonel Kasteen the actions they'll have to take to deal with the danger. Then he raises his voice to ask a question of the briefer, and notes that his "fraudulent reputation for remaining calm and decisive in a crisis" probably helps settle everyone else down.


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*LovableCoward: Whether or not he's truly a coward, he's definitely lovable. At least, his soldiers and Amberley think so.
26th May '17 4:24:39 AM WZA
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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Another amusing contrast to Cain. Whereas the latter can OneHitKill virtually anything with his laspistol, Beije couldn't hit a Titan if he were standing on its head. This is best shown during the final fight with [[spoiler: Daemon Princess Emeli]] where, in spite of [[spoiler:her]] very large size (as in [[spoiler:she]] dwarfed a pair of Chaos Space Marines), he was only able to strike a glancing blow after firing a dozen or so shots.

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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Another amusing contrast to Cain. Whereas the latter can OneHitKill virtually anything with his laspistol, Beije couldn't hit a Titan if he were standing on its head.seated in the cockpit. This is best shown during the final fight with [[spoiler: Daemon Princess Emeli]] where, in spite of [[spoiler:her]] very large size (as in [[spoiler:she]] dwarfed a pair of Chaos Space Marines), he was only able to strike a glancing blow after firing a dozen or so shots.
26th May '17 4:23:08 AM WZA
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* FatBastard: Though it's not elaborated upon exactly, Beije is repeatedly described as "pudgy" as well as having great difficulty keeping up when everyone is double-timing, leading one to believe that he is essentially an evil, twisted version of [[Series/HogansHeroes Sergeant Schultz]].


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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Another amusing contrast to Cain. Whereas the latter can OneHitKill virtually anything with his laspistol, Beije couldn't hit a Titan if he were standing on its head. This is best shown during the final fight with [[spoiler: Daemon Princess Emeli]] where, in spite of [[spoiler:her]] very large size (as in [[spoiler:she]] dwarfed a pair of Chaos Space Marines), he was only able to strike a glancing blow after firing a dozen or so shots.
25th May '17 6:07:54 PM Yozzy
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* DualWielding: Laspistol in one hand, chainsword in the other -- see the section picture. He takes out an Ork Warboss in ''Death or Glory'' this way; the warboss is concentrating on the chainsword and gives Cain a chance to shove the laspistol barrel [[EyeScream in the ork's eye]].

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* DualWielding: Laspistol in one hand, chainsword in the other -- see the section picture. He takes out an Ork Warboss in ''Death or Glory'' this way; the warboss is concentrating on the chainsword and gives Cain a chance to shove the laspistol barrel [[EyeScream in the ork's eye]].eye]] and pull the trigger.



* FakeUltimateHero: [[RunningGag of the IMPERIUM!]]

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* FakeUltimateHero: [[RunningGag of the IMPERIUM!]]IMPERIUM!]] But really, he's actually a {{downplayed}} example. He's a self-admitted coward more interested in self-preservation than committing heroics in service to the Imperium or the Commissariat's [[YouHaveFailedMe emphatic morale and discipline enforcement]]. The practical reality is, while he ''may'' have started out the way he describes himself, he's much more a PragmaticHero who becomes more heroic as his career goes on.



* GenerationXerox: Comes up once he's a CoolTeacher, in the form of Donal (who's just too much like Cain himself at that age). The kid even makes Commissar [[spoiler: (as an ItHasBeenAnHonor Battlefield Promotion.]], which kinda spoils it).

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* GenerationXerox: Comes up once he's a CoolTeacher, in the form of Donal (who's just too much like Cain himself at that age). The kid even makes Commissar [[spoiler: (as an ItHasBeenAnHonor Battlefield Promotion.]], Promotion]], which kinda spoils it).
26th Apr '17 6:11:25 PM Gregzilla
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* RetiredBadass -- Cain in ''Cain's Last Stand'', along with all the other schola instructors. Let that sink in: he's so badass, he's managed what is a nigh-impossible feat in the ''Warhammer 40K'' universe: he REACHED RETIREMENT.

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* RetiredBadass -- RetiredBadass: Cain in ''Cain's Last Stand'', along with all the other schola instructors. Let that sink in: he's so badass, he's managed what is a nigh-impossible feat in the EverythingIsTryingToKillYou CrapsackWorld that is the ''Warhammer 40K'' universe: he REACHED RETIREMENT.



* TheChainsOfCommanding -- Amberley usually hides it behind her flippant, cheerful mask, but on several occasions she admits to Cain that it's hard for her to remain detached from the suffering caused by the intrigues it's her job to prevent.

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* TheChainsOfCommanding -- TheChainsOfCommanding: Amberley usually hides it behind her flippant, cheerful mask, but on several occasions she admits to Cain that it's hard for her to remain detached from the suffering caused by the intrigues it's her job to prevent.
31st Mar '17 1:25:16 PM StarSword
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** In the short story "Sector 13," he discovers a genestealer cult. At the end of the story, amid general celebration, he's trying (unsuccessfully) to avoid thinking about all the Imperial subjects and guardsmen who're being executed because, despite being loyal, they '''are''' infected and there's no way to save them.
** In the first novel, ''For the Emperor'', Cain is forced to gun down a squad of loyal PDF at a checkpoint in order to keep his own mission (escorting Tau diplomats back to their enclave) a secret. Cain finds himself disgusted by it, and has difficulty working out what to say to his troopers. He finally tells the sergeant to tell them that he appreciated what they did. The sergeant says he will, with obvious sympathy, and Cain realizes it was the right line.

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** In the short story "Sector 13," 13" he discovers a genestealer cult. At the end of the story, amid general celebration, he's trying (unsuccessfully) to avoid thinking about all the Imperial subjects and guardsmen who're being executed because, despite being loyal, they '''are''' infected and there's no way to save them.
** In the first novel, ''For the Emperor'', Cain is and the Valhallans accompanying him are forced to gun down a squad of loyal PDF at a checkpoint in order to keep his complete their own mission (escorting Tau diplomats back to their enclave) a secret.enclave). Cain finds himself disgusted by it, and has difficulty working out what to say to his troopers. He finally tells the sergeant to tell them that he appreciated what they did. The sergeant says he will, with obvious sympathy, and Cain realizes it was the right line.



* MustHaveCaffeine: He once fought half-way around an Ork occupied planet to get to the nearest Tanna. He claims this was a joke in the narration, but damned if he didn't check with every person and munitions dump he found on the way.
* NervesOfSteel: Subverted, [[InvokedTrope he appears this way very intentionally]], but even as he deals with terrible danger in an unflappable demeanor, inside he's quivering and panicking like anyone else would.
** Played with: While he always expresses fear, he almost never outright panics and can measure his best options for survival in situations that reduce trained, battle hardened soldiers to terror stricken hysteria.

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* MustHaveCaffeine: He once fought half-way around an Ork occupied planet to get to the nearest Tanna. He tanna. Okay, he claims this was a joke in the narration, but damned if he didn't check with every person and munitions dump he found on the way.
way. Jurgen never left home without a thermos of tanna for him again.
* NayTheist: {{Downplayed}}. He's disdainful of organized religion ("Emperor-botherers") and doesn't pray much, reasoning that the God-Emperor of Mankind has better things to do than worry about him personally, but he does know the works of some Imperial saints well enough to spot a QuoteMine in one book.
* NervesOfSteel: Subverted, [[InvokedTrope he appears this way very intentionally]], but even as he deals with terrible danger in an unflappable demeanor, inside he's quivering and panicking like anyone else would.
** Played with:
While he always expresses fear, he almost never outright panics and can measure his best options for survival in situations that reduce trained, battle hardened soldiers to terror stricken hysteria.
2nd Feb '17 12:34:30 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Cain frequently wonders if Jurgen's life-saving feats are part of a calculated well-hidden genius or if he operates on gut instinct, being unaware that his actions are extremely improbable. Both Cain and Amberly have also mentioned that they aren't sure if he's the bravest man they've ever met, or just doesn't fully understand how dangerous his many adventures with Cain actually are.

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Cain frequently wonders if Jurgen's life-saving feats are part of a calculated well-hidden genius or if he operates on gut instinct, being unaware that his actions are extremely improbable. Both Cain and Amberly have also mentioned that they aren't sure if he's the bravest man they've ever met, or just doesn't fully understand how dangerous his many adventures with Cain actually are. The short stories from his perspective do nothing to clear it up; he doesn't perceive the enemies he faces there as a serious threat, but then he beats them so handily that they clearly aren't.
2nd Feb '17 12:28:49 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* HiddenDepths: To most who meet him he's just the disheveled smelly soldier that brings the Commissar's tea. In reality he's one of the most skilled infantrymen in the Guard; a crack shot who is utterly fearless in battle, an expert at battlefield stealth and operating behind enemy lines, significant tactical insight, and a keen understanding of how best to engage most of Humanity's enemies won on the battlefield. He's also a skilled scrounger, an excellent (if terrifying) driver, an expert at the Imperial Military's labyrinthine paperwork and official protocol, and loyal to a fault.

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* HiddenDepths: To most who meet him he's just the disheveled smelly soldier that brings the Commissar's tea. In reality he's one of the most skilled infantrymen in the Guard; a crack shot who is utterly fearless in battle, an expert at battlefield stealth and operating behind enemy lines, possessing significant tactical insight, insight and a keen understanding of how best to engage most of Humanity's enemies won on the battlefield. He's also a skilled scrounger, an excellent (if terrifying) driver, an expert at the Imperial Military's labyrinthine paperwork and official protocol, and loyal to a fault.
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