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4th Feb '16 6:59:11 AM Bisected8
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* DungeonBasedEconomy: Whenever a ''TabletopGame/SpaceHulk'' appears in a system, it's usually followed by every local with a ship (and sometimes official factions like the Adeptus Mechanicus) to enter and loot the millenia-old technology. This is extremely stupid, as hulks are often used by tyranids and orks as transportation devices, making them aware of an inhabited system to eat/plunder nearby.
26th Jan '16 1:41:18 AM darkknight109
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* CavalryBetrayal: ** The Dropsite Massacre. When Horus and his legion, along with three allied legions, turned traitor a full seven legions were sent to bring them to justice. The first three legions that made planetfall and attacked the traitors were loyalists; the four that followed them, which were supposed to be their reinforcements, were not. ** The Inquisition has a nasty tendency of doing this as well. Since they only tend to get involved when [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things Man Was Not Meant To Know]] have surfaced, their typical battleplan goes as follows: Step 1 - Kill the enemy. Step 2 - Kill everyone else. ** The Grey Knights used to have an Apocalypse formation that invoked this trope. They could only deploy if the enemy had at least one greater daemon or warp rift on the table and if, at any point, there were no longer any Chaos models on the table control of the Grey Knights would transfer to the opposing player and the Grey Knights would immediately begin slaughtering their allies to make sure there were no witnesses (why this couldn't wait until after the battle was over is never satisfactorily explained).
23rd Jan '16 9:19:50 AM morenohijazo
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* BrainMonster: Several [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] creatures, especially those with strong psychic powers, have partially exposed brains.
10th Jan '16 3:48:49 AM damus2300
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* BodyMotifs: Eyes and hands are prevalent motifs in this series.

* BreastPlate: The Sisters of Battle tend to wear rather... form-fitting armour.

* BrokenAce: The Primarchs. * BrokenMasquerade: The secular Imperium of the Great Crusade was founded on the idea that there were no gods, no daemons, nothing that could not be explained by science. That got disproved pretty comprehensively, and things got worse as a result: thus demonstrating why the Emperor established the {{Masquerade}} in the first place.
4th Jan '16 3:23:22 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* AmbiguousDisorder: People with the Pariah gene-- a piece of Necron biotechnology implanted into the human race in ancient times to make them [[AntiMagic resistant to the effects of the Warp and psyker powers]]-- is often portrayed as similar to UsefulNotes/{{Autism}}. Being ''Warhammer 40000'', [[DependingOnTheWriter this is hardly a consistent portrayal]].
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* AmbiguousDisorder: People with the Pariah gene-- gene -- a piece of Necron biotechnology implanted into the human race in ancient times to make them [[AntiMagic resistant to the effects of the Warp and psyker powers]]-- powers]] -- is often portrayed as similar to UsefulNotes/{{Autism}}. Being ''Warhammer 40000'', [[DependingOnTheWriter this is hardly a consistent portrayal]].

** EmotionsVsStoicism: There are the Chaos gods, hellish demons that embody (and are actually created by) the emotions of the sentient beings in the galaxy. All manner of cults and religions do unspeakable acts fueled by zealous fervor because it's part of their dogmas and faiths. The Messiah, which practically all of humanity worship with the same zeal, on the other hand, was a proponent of science, logic, and atheism. The greatest irony is that if there is any hope for humanity at all, said Messiah will ultimately end up literally becoming God (Belief is literally power. And there are countless trillions worshipping the Emperor.)
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** EmotionsVsStoicism: There are the The Chaos gods, hellish demons that Gods embody (and various emotions and are actually created by) fed by the emotions of the sentient beings in the galaxy. All manner of cults living. Their associated armies (the Chaos Space Marines and religions do unspeakable acts fueled Daemons of Chaos) are both divided up by zealous fervor because it's part of their dogmas allegiance to a specific god and faiths. The Messiah, which practically all of humanity worship the emotions associated with each. By contrast, the Necrons have no emotions at all, on the whole at least, since they are robots without souls. Conflicts between Chaos and Necrons tend to contrast one with the same zeal, on other. Similarly, Eldar only feel any kind of emotion in extremes, so the other hand, was a proponent of science, logic, Craftworld Eldar make sure to train their warriors to be TheStoic as standard practice while the Dark Eldar embrace all their emotions and atheism. The greatest irony is that if there is any hope for humanity at all, said Messiah will ultimately end up literally becoming God (Belief is literally power. And there are countless trillions worshipping revel in the Emperor.)feelings their lifestyle brings them.

** MagicVersusScience: The battle against the Warp and Chaos (which is for all intents and purposes the "magic" of the setting) is one of the most central plot points. Faith is also used, but ridiculously large calibur guns and energy weapons also help. Of course Chaos can and does corrupt technology by stuffing demons into it. There's all sorts of scientists fallen to Chaos too since new ideas generally open someone up to the influence of the Warp and who wouldn't be slightly curious to see how it all works. The most known faction of those is the Dark Mechanicus who use more forbidden technologies like AIs and bio-tech to make very powerful potent weapons. The idea also comes to light when one considers the Tau, who stick entirely to technology and do their best to ignore the presence of sorcery and faith as active forces in the galaxy. The result, among other things, is that their ships move at a snail's pace compared to everyone else, since powerful sorcery is necessary to travel the Warp. On the other hand, the Necrons also eschew the Warp, and in fact have troops specifically to shut down psykers. Their technology involves using the Eldar Webway. ** OrderVersusChaos: There is no real Good vs Evil. Although there are some individuals who could be considered good, as a whole the sides are basically Bad vs Worse. However, Order does come off as a slightly lighter shade of black most of the time.
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** MagicVersusScience: The battle against the Warp and Chaos (which is for all intents and purposes the "magic" of the setting) is one of the most central plot points. Faith is also used, but ridiculously large calibur guns and energy weapons also help. Of course Chaos can and does corrupt technology by stuffing demons into it. There's all sorts of scientists fallen to Chaos too since new ideas generally open someone up to the influence of the Warp and who wouldn't be slightly curious to see how it all works. The most known faction of those is the Dark Mechanicus who use more forbidden technologies like AIs artificial intelligences and bio-tech to make very powerful potent weapons. The idea also comes to light when one considers the Tau, who stick entirely to technology and do their best to ignore the presence of sorcery and faith as active forces in the galaxy. The result, among other things, is that their ships move at a snail's pace compared to everyone else, since powerful sorcery is necessary to travel through the Warp. On the other hand, The Necrons don't have any psykers because none of them have any souls. They have AntiMagic technology instead, and were responsible for creating a rare genetic defect in humans which causes them to be born without souls, making them cause intense pain for nearby psykers and allowing the Necrons also eschew to convert them into prototype Necron soldiers; the Warp, and 5th edition {{retcon}}ned away their involvement with this gene, but it still exists in fact have troops specifically to shut down psykers. Their technology involves using the Eldar Webway. ** OrderVersusChaos: There is no real Good vs Evil. Although there fluff. Those born with it are some individuals who could be considered good, known as a whole the sides are basically Bad vs Worse. However, Order does come off as a slightly lighter shade of black most of the time."psychic blanks".

* HumansAreSpecial: {{Averted|Trope}}. Traits other settings give to humans to make them special-- optimism, curiosity, adapting technology, social savvy-- are given to the Tau. All humans have going for them is the fact [[ZergRush they outnumber everyone else]] save the Orks and Tyranids and that they're [[MoralEventHorizon willing to cross any moral line]] or [[WeHaveReserves sacrifice anyone]] if it means winning. * HumansAreWhite: In the future there is only war... and white people. ** Though [[RetCon all]] of the Space Marines of the Salamanders chapter are black in official art, and the White Scars are distinctly Asian. [[AllThereInTheManual The fluff]] states the Tau have different skin colours, although all are variants on blue/grey. We have the distinctly shh-we're-not-Arabs Tallarns too.)
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* HumansAreSpecial: {{Averted|Trope}}. Traits other settings give to humans to make them special-- special -- optimism, curiosity, adapting technology, social savvy-- savvy -- are given to the Tau. All humans have going for them is the fact [[ZergRush they outnumber everyone else]] save apart from the Orks and Tyranids and that they're [[MoralEventHorizon willing to cross any moral line]] or [[WeHaveReserves sacrifice anyone]] if it means winning. * HumansAreWhite: In the future there is only war... and white people. people. However, there are some notable exceptions: ** Though [[RetCon all]] of the The Space Marines of the Salamanders chapter are black in official art, and the White Scars are distinctly Asian. [[AllThereInTheManual The fluff]] states the Tau have different skin colours, although all are variants on blue/grey. We have the distinctly shh-we're-not-Arabs Tallarns too.)

** And Inquisitor Toth from ''Dawn of War'' is black. *** As is Librarian Jonah Orion from ''Dawn of War II''.
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** And In the tie-in video game ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', Inquisitor Toth from ''Dawn of War'' is black. *** As black, as is Librarian Jonah Orion from in ''Dawn of War II''.

* HumansAreUgly: Eldar view humans as disgusting, ungainly, hairy, bumbling, stupid troglodytes. Orks view humans as puny, squishy, pink things. Tau think we all look the same (we have similar sentiments towards them).
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* HumansAreUgly: Eldar view humans as disgusting, ungainly, hairy, bumbling, stupid troglodytes. Orks view humans as puny, squishy, pink things. Tau think we humans all look the same (we same; humans have similar sentiments towards them).them.

** Tau think we're promising as a species to be inducted into their empire, but they think we're superstitious and primitive.
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** Tau think we're promising as a species to be inducted into their empire, but they think we're look down on us as superstitious and primitive.
28th Dec '15 8:44:17 PM damus2300
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* [[DoomedHometown Doomed Home Planet]]: By the bushel.
28th Dec '15 9:08:54 AM WillBGood
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** Before the setting [[DroppedABridgeOnHim got rid of them]], the Squats specialised in these, and it was said they built the Leviathans. Back in the days when Epic was still called ''Space Marine'', there was also the Cyclops [a colossal anti-Titan assault gun], Land Train, Colossus [a Leviathan variant], Hellbore [a ridiculously huge drilling machine], the Ordinatus machines, and the Capitol Imperialis [the modern Leviathan is a ret-combination of this tank-carrying monstrosity and the old Leviathan which was just a mobile command post].
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** Before the setting [[DroppedABridgeOnHim got rid of them]], the Squats specialised in these, and it was said they built the Leviathans. Back in the days when Epic was still called ''Space Marine'', there was also the Cyclops [a colossal anti-Titan assault gun], Land Train, Colossus [a (a Leviathan variant], variant), Hellbore [a (a ridiculously huge drilling machine], machine), the Ordinatus machines, and the Capitol Imperialis [the (the modern Leviathan is a ret-combination of this tank-carrying monstrosity and the old Leviathan which was just a mobile command post].post).

*** On a similar note, the 4chan-spawned collective fapfiction "Dranon's Delight" will do the trick if you mention it or request a new one, particularly in [[ImageBoards /tg/ -- Traditional Games]]. Pretty unnecessary to say, but NSFW would be an understatement.
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*** On a similar note, the 4chan-spawned collective fapfiction "Dranon's Delight" will do the trick if you mention it or request a new one, particularly in [[ImageBoards /tg/ -- Traditional Games]]./tg/]]. Pretty unnecessary to say, but NSFW would be an understatement.

** To an Ork, the most important thing in the universe is war- I mean [[BattleCry WAAAAAAGH]], and think nothing of rampaging across the galaxy fighting everything they find. They have no concept of good or evil, only MightMakesRight. They also have no concept of friendship, although some have [[WorthyOpponent favourite enemies]].
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** To an Ork, the most important thing in the universe is war- war-- I mean [[BattleCry WAAAAAAGH]], and think nothing of rampaging across the galaxy fighting everything they find. They have no concept of good or evil, only MightMakesRight. They also have no concept of friendship, although some have [[WorthyOpponent favourite enemies]].

** Special mention should go to lasguns of Imperial Guard. They are mocked by fans as "flash lights", and compared to Bolt guns, Melta Guns and Plasma weaponry, they are definitely boring and weak in means of damage. But the sheer economics of this weapon makes it more awesome and practical than any of the weapons mentioned above: They are cheap and easy to produce. They don't need ammunition in common sense. Lasgun uses changable batteries that are easy to recharge, and can even recharge itself in direct sunlight or campfire. And the weapon itself is soo easy to handle that everyone can use them. The Price/Performance ratio makes this gun the most awesome weapon of 41th Millenium, and allows Imperium to have armies big and versatile enought to protect its vast territories.
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** Special mention should go to lasguns of Imperial Guard. They are mocked by fans as "flash lights", "flashlights", and compared to Bolt guns, Melta Guns and Plasma weaponry, they are definitely boring and weak in means of damage. But the sheer economics of this weapon makes it more awesome and practical than any of the weapons mentioned above: They are cheap and easy to produce. They don't need ammunition in common sense. Lasgun uses changable batteries that are easy to recharge, and can even recharge itself in direct sunlight or campfire. And the weapon itself is soo easy to handle that everyone can use them. The Price/Performance ratio makes this gun the most awesome weapon of 41th Millenium, and allows Imperium to have armies big and versatile enought to protect its vast territories.
28th Dec '15 9:03:19 AM WillBGood
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* AIIsACrapshoot: The first true human-created artificial intelligences, the Iron Men, wiped out humanity's first great interstellar civilization and plunged the human race into a galaxy-wide dark age. The Adeptus Mechanicus outlawed sentient [=AIs=] as a result, and for the most part the Imperium's modern-day "machine spirits" are pretty well-behaved(If you treat them right).
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* AIIsACrapshoot: The first true human-created artificial intelligences, the Iron Men, wiped out humanity's first great interstellar civilization and plunged the human race into a galaxy-wide dark age. The Adeptus Mechanicus outlawed sentient [=AIs=] as a result, and for the most part the Imperium's modern-day "machine spirits" are pretty well-behaved(If well-behaved (if you treat them right).
28th Dec '15 9:02:15 AM WillBGood
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these are Captains Ersatz.
* CaptainErsatz: Soylent viridians are SoylentGreen, "Sly" Marbo is John Franchise/{{Rambo}}, the Black Templars possess [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail a holy hand grenade of Antioch]], and the Necrons are effectively an entire army of {{Terminator}}s, among others.
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* CaptainErsatz: Lord Solar Macharius is absolutely AlexanderTheGreat in space. ** "[[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Sly Marbo]]". ** Soylent viridians are SoylentGreen, "Sly" Marbo Viridians is John Franchise/{{Rambo}}, the Film/SoylentGreen. ** The Black Templars possess [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail a holy hand grenade of Antioch]], and the Necrons are effectively an entire army of {{Terminator}}s, among others.Antioch]].

* {{Expy}}: Lord Solar Macharius is absolutely AlexanderTheGreat in space. ** "[[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Sly Marbo]]".
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* {{Expy}}: Lord Solar Macharius is absolutely AlexanderTheGreat in space. ** "[[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Sly Marbo]]".
28th Dec '15 8:56:43 AM WillBGood
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** Tyranids, most infamously lictors ( Tyranid StealthyColossus scouts) but anything with feeder tendrils might show this ability. This is pretty much their only way of gathering intel, as they never talk with their food.
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** Tyranids, most infamously lictors ( Tyranid (Tyranid StealthyColossus scouts) but anything with feeder tendrils might show this ability. This is pretty much their only way of gathering intel, as they never talk with their food.
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