History Characters / Warhammer40000Tyranids

28th Jan '17 7:05:43 PM Willbyr
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The tabletop Tyranid army is a mix of swarms of highly-expendable critters able to swamp even Imperial Guard or Ork forces, backed-up by lumbering monstrous creatures capable of tossing tanks around with their tusks or blowing up heads with psychic powers. They also contain units of specialist creatures able to infiltrate or move quickly in order to keep the enemy occupied in close combat while the rest of the army closes in, and the biomorph system allows units to be upgraded to deal with specific targets rather effectively. The Tyranids' two main weaknesses are comparatively few ranged units, as well as the reliance on a few synapse creatures to keep the swarm together. The latter is offset by the fact that the presence of said creatures makes the rest of the army fearless, and the former rarely comes into play as the standard Tyranid strategy is to roll over the enemy like a tsunami.

[[http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?prodId=prod2340080a The 6th Edition codex]] was released in January 2014.

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The tabletop Tyranid army is a mix of swarms of highly-expendable critters able to swamp even Imperial Guard or Ork forces, backed-up backed up by lumbering monstrous creatures capable of tossing tanks around with their tusks or blowing up heads with psychic powers. They also contain units of specialist creatures able to infiltrate or move quickly in order to keep the enemy occupied in close combat while the rest of the army closes in, and the biomorph system allows units to be upgraded to deal with specific targets rather effectively. The Tyranids' two main weaknesses are comparatively few ranged units, as well as the reliance on a few synapse creatures to keep the swarm together. The latter is offset by the fact that the presence of said creatures makes the rest of the army fearless, and the former rarely comes into play as the standard Tyranid strategy is to roll over the enemy like a tsunami.

[[http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?prodId=prod2340080a The 6th Edition codex]] was released in January 2014.
2014. They are also the antanogists of the ''Shield of Baal'' suuplement, battling the Blood Angels Space Marines.



28th Jan '17 7:02:53 PM Willbyr
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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Only one knwon character (Chief Librarian Tigurius of the Ultramarines) has actually made psychic contact with the HiveMind and ''not'' been rendered utterly insane immediately, or outright died from the psychic shock. He described it only as "an immortal hunger", spread across and uniting quadrillions of beings.

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Only one knwon known character (Chief Librarian Tigurius of the Ultramarines) has actually made psychic contact with the HiveMind and ''not'' been rendered utterly insane immediately, or outright died from the psychic shock. He described it only as "an immortal hunger", spread across and uniting quadrillions of beings.
28th Jan '17 3:28:20 PM TomTheEducator
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* BigBad: A serious contender for the setting as a whole, though it would be difficult to define the HiveMind as a ''singular'' "Big Bad". That said, their race/species is absolutely bent on consuming ''all'' of the Milky Way galaxy, right down to the last scrap of biomass, regardless of whom if belongs to. The sheer size of the real invasion fleet (the three Hive Fleets that have already shown up are apparently ''just scouting parties'') means every other faction would need to either unite to stop them, or call a cease fire to combat a mutual enemy, just to survive.


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* CombatPragmatist: Unsurprisingly, since the HiveMind has no need, use or real understanding of something like fair fighting, no more than a hungry animal would. As long as the result is more biomass for the Tyranids, it will employ any means necessary.
** One classic example of this was when the Avatar of Khaine attempted to challenge the Swarmlord synapse creature to a [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen duel]] on Craftworld Iyanden. The Swarmlord promptly sicced [[ZergRush a dozen Carnifexes on it]], quickly overwhelming it.


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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Only one knwon character (Chief Librarian Tigurius of the Ultramarines) has actually made psychic contact with the HiveMind and ''not'' been rendered utterly insane immediately, or outright died from the psychic shock. He described it only as "an immortal hunger", spread across and uniting quadrillions of beings.


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* OutsideContextVillain: Arguably one for the setting, even more so than Chaos. They're an extra-galactic threat, having already consumed other galaxies and now they want ours. They're also the only faction that is truly ''united'': countless trillions of organisms all devoted to infiltration, consumption, evolution, and migration. Power, glory, the favors of gods... absolutely meaningless to them. The Tyranids seek ''only'' to devour, and once they're done, they'll move on without even looking back.
7th Dec '16 12:40:01 AM KingClark
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* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Well, all ''other'' living things. Tyranids are inimical to all other forms of life, often [[AlienKudzu choking it out via their own reproduction]], and ever their bodies are toxic for other lifeforms to ingest.

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* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Well, all ''other'' living things. Tyranids are inimical to all other forms of life, often [[AlienKudzu choking it out via their own reproduction]], and ever their bodies are toxic for other lifeforms to ingest. They're considered so bad that [[EveryoneHasStandards no faction will partner with them]], and that [[EnemyMine many enemy factions will team up in the face of the threat they pose]].
5th Dec '16 3:03:22 PM Willbyr
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* EnemySummoner: The Tervigon has a uterus filled with as many egg sacs as your opponents have bullets. In combat, it can give birth entire broods of Gaunts, allowing you to overwhelm the enemy with sheer numbers, since it puts out [=3d6=] Termagaunts a turn - and can do this every shooting phase, meaning it's a massive source of tarpitting. The Tervigon is also good in close combat, being a Monstrous Creature and all, but there are other Tyranid organisms that do it better.

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* EnemySummoner: The Tervigon has is a uterus filled with as many egg sacs as your opponents have bullets. In combat, it can give birth entire broods of Gaunts, allowing you walking Termagaunt factory, birthing them directly from its belly to overwhelm the enemy with sheer numbers, since it puts out [=3d6=] Termagaunts a turn - and can do this go into battle. In-game, every shooting phase, meaning it's a massive source of tarpitting. The phase the Tervigon is also good in close combat, being a Monstrous Creature and all, but there produces 3D6 Termagaunts, only stopping if doubles are other Tyranid organisms that do it better.rolled.
5th Dec '16 3:06:52 AM HTD
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* EnemySummoner: The Tervigon has a uterus filled with as many egg sacs as your opponents have bullets. In combat, it can give birth entire broods of Gaunts, allowing you to overwhelm the enemy with sheer numbers, since it puts out [=3d6=] Termagaunts a turn - and can do this every shooting phase, meaning it's a massive source of tarpitting. The Tervigon is also good in close combat, being a Monstrous Creature and all, but there are other Tyranid organisms that do it better.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Tyrannocyte, introduced in 2015, is nearly identical to the older Mycetic Spore, a unit introduced in the 5th Edition Tyranid codex but were later removed in the 6th Edition codex in 2014.



* TooManyMouths: The Hive Mind thought it was a good idea to warp the Dimachaeron's thorax into a gigantic maw.



* FacefulOfAlienWingWong: Genestealers reproduce via the "Genestealer's Kiss", an injection of their genetic material into a target via a long, diamond-hard "tongue." [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on which bit of fluff you read]], this is either via a literal, face-biting parody of a kiss, or a slightly less {{Squick}}y injection into the torso, under the ribcage. The Literature/CiaphasCain novels use the latter method.

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* FacefulOfAlienWingWong: FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Genestealers reproduce via the "Genestealer's Kiss", an injection of their genetic material into a target via a long, diamond-hard "tongue." [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on which bit of fluff you read]], this is either via a literal, face-biting parody of a kiss, or a slightly less {{Squick}}y injection into the torso, under the ribcage. The Literature/CiaphasCain novels use the latter method.



* MagicKnight: The Genestealer Patriarch, a [=ML1=] Psyker with access to Biomancy, Telepathy and Broodmind, also enjoys ripping out 4 [=S6=] attacks with Rending, Shred, and [=AP3=], and can buy familiars to add even more S4 attacks to the pile. His combination of psychic powers, beastly stats and access to Invisibility means he can go toe to toe with most characters.



* PuppeteerParasite: The "[[FacefulOfAlienWingWong Genestealer's Kiss]]" initially causes confusion and amnesia in the host organism, which renders them placid and can take several hours to resolve fully. However, after that time it brings the host under the thrall of the Genestealer brood, altering their hormones and perceptions so that they come to love the Genestealers and any children they have by them. Some puppets may not even realize that they are being influenced by an external intelligence.

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* PuppeteerParasite: The "[[FacefulOfAlienWingWong "[[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Genestealer's Kiss]]" initially causes confusion and amnesia in the host organism, which renders them placid and can take several hours to resolve fully. However, after that time it brings the host under the thrall of the Genestealer brood, altering their hormones and perceptions so that they come to love the Genestealers and any children they have by them. Some puppets may not even realize that they are being influenced by an external intelligence.



* FacefulOfAlienWingWong: Can inject larval Rippers into victims through its tail-stinger.

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* FacefulOfAlienWingWong: FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Can inject larval Rippers into victims through its tail-stinger.
31st Oct '16 9:54:16 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: While they are an immense menace to the galaxy at large, their motive is basically summed up as "we're hungry", which is hardly an evil impulse. They just don't seem to care at all about every other living organism in the galaxy. It's telling in a universe where Chaos has its hand in everything that the Tyranids managed to be immune to their whispers (likely because not even Tzeentch can understand them).

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: While they are an immense menace to the galaxy at large, their motive is basically summed up as "we're hungry", which is hardly an evil impulse. They just don't seem to care at all about every other living organism in the galaxy. It's telling in a universe where Chaos has its hand in everything that the Tyranids managed to be immune to their whispers (likely because not even Tzeentch can understand them). Although it may just be that the Hive Mind is on a level with them.
21st Oct '16 7:33:55 PM Willbyr
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* BigBadEnsemble: Although the [[CrapsackWorld galaxy has many threats]], the Tyranids as a whole have some kind of psychic connection to one another that constitutes a massive one. The HiveMind connection is the machine running all the cogs. Major representatives are synapse creatures like Hive Tyrants, but those are simply cells in the overall brain of the HiveMind in general. The Imperium hopes to find ''something'' that directly controls the overall Hive Mind, so they can kill it and stop the Tyranids for good.
20th Oct '16 8:07:13 PM 43110
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* BigBad: That HiveMind connection is the machine running all the cogs. Major representatives are synapse creatures like Hive Tyrants, but those are simply cells in the overall brain of the HiveMind in general. The Imperium hopes to find ''something'' that directly controls the overall Hive Mind, so they can kill it and stop the Tyranids for good.

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* BigBad: That BigBadEnsemble: Although the [[CrapsackWorld galaxy has many threats]], the Tyranids as a whole have some kind of psychic connection to one another that constitutes a massive one. The HiveMind connection is the machine running all the cogs. Major representatives are synapse creatures like Hive Tyrants, but those are simply cells in the overall brain of the HiveMind in general. The Imperium hopes to find ''something'' that directly controls the overall Hive Mind, so they can kill it and stop the Tyranids for good.



* BigBad: Or at least, the closest to the concept that we can understand.


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* TheLeader: Or at least, the closest to the concept that we can understand.
10th Oct '16 9:48:13 AM HTD
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* MeaningfulName[=/=]NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast[=/=]RedBaron:
** Not for nothing were the Tyranids nicknamed "the Great Devourer". Whole planets are left as completely lifeless rocks, stripped of any and all biomass and minerals that could be useful.
** The Swarmlord, Hive Tyrant, Tyrant Guard, Red Terror, Broodlord, Old One Eye, Death Leaper and the infamous Carnifex all get a special mention. Even names that don't have obvious meanings, like the Trygon, sound ominous.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Not for nothing were the Tyranids nicknamed "the Great Devourer". Whole planets are left as completely lifeless rocks, stripped of any and all biomass and minerals that could be useful.
** The Swarmlord, Hive Tyrant, Tyrant Guard, Red Terror, Broodlord, Old One Eye, Death Leaper and the infamous Carnifex all get a special mention. Even names that don't have obvious meanings, like the Trygon, sound ominous.



* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: For what counts as a civilian vehicle, the Goliath Truck is packed with firepower and can tag along several Genestealer Cult members. It is like a beefed up Ork Trukk for just less than double the points, but with more armour and bigger guns.



* CarFu: The Goliath Rockgrinder, a Goliath Truck with a Drilldozer Blade shoved up front, is designed to ram other vehicles into oblivion and hopefully turn enemy infantry into meaty chunks.



* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Genestealers reproduce via the "Genestealer's Kiss", an injection of their genetic material into a target via a long, diamond-hard "tongue." [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on which bit of fluff you read]], this is either via a literal, face-biting parody of a kiss, or a slightly less {{Squick}}y injection into the torso, under the ribcage. The Literature/CiaphasCain novels use the latter method.

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* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: DumbMuscle: Genestealer Aberrants are massively muscled creatures capable of wielding heavy weaponry with ease. Though dim-witted, their instinctive need to defend their brood makes them valuable assets to the cult.
* FacefulOfAlienWingWong:
Genestealers reproduce via the "Genestealer's Kiss", an injection of their genetic material into a target via a long, diamond-hard "tongue." [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on which bit of fluff you read]], this is either via a literal, face-biting parody of a kiss, or a slightly less {{Squick}}y injection into the torso, under the ribcage. The Literature/CiaphasCain novels use the latter method.



* ImprovisedWeapon: A few of the Genestealer Cults' weapons, including the Goliath Truck, are originally mining equipment appropriated for use in the battlefield.



* PuppeteerParasite: The "[[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Genestealer's Kiss]]" initially causes confusion and amnesia in the host organism, which renders them placid and can take several hours to resolve fully. However, after that time it brings the host under the thrall of the Genestealer brood, altering their hormones and perceptions so that they come to love the Genestealers and any children they have by them. Some puppets may not even realize that they are being influenced by an external intelligence.

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* PuppeteerParasite: The "[[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong "[[FacefulOfAlienWingWong Genestealer's Kiss]]" initially causes confusion and amnesia in the host organism, which renders them placid and can take several hours to resolve fully. However, after that time it brings the host under the thrall of the Genestealer brood, altering their hormones and perceptions so that they come to love the Genestealers and any children they have by them. Some puppets may not even realize that they are being influenced by an external intelligence.



* ContinuityNod: Though they haven't been brought BackFromTheDead, many fans think that the design of the Tyranid Hive Guard was a bit of a nod to the Zoats.

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
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Though they haven't been brought BackFromTheDead, many fans think that the design of the Tyranid Hive Guard was a bit of a nod to the Zoats.
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