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->''We are the Ultramarines, the Sons of Guilliman. Whilst we draw breath, we stand. Whilst we stand, we fight. Whilst we fight, we prevail. Nothing shall stay our wrath.''\\
-- '''Marneus Calgar''', Chapter Master of the Ultramarines

-->''Agitatis Ultramarini!''\\
''Dominitis Ultramarini!''\\
''Non praestatis Ultramarini!''\\
''Nobilitis Ultramarini!''\\
-- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt1M8iZNHpQ Ultramarines' Chant]], ''Chaos Gate''

The ''Ultramarines'' series by GrahamMcNeill delineates the adventures of one member of the titular Ultramarines, Captain Uriel Ventris: ''Nightbringer''; ''Warriors of Ultramar''; and ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'' (in the omnibus ''Ultramarines''); ''The Killing Ground'', ''Courage And Honour'', and ''The Chapter's Due''.

The Ultramarines are a chapter of {{Space Marine}}s in the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} universe. In the game, they are considered the poster boy Space Marines, with about half the chapters deriving from the parent legion and Games Workshop using them for the majority of the artwork and material about Space Marines.

Their Primarch, Roboute Guilliman, wrote the [[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]], his treatise on Space Marine tactics . The Ultramarines and most of the Ultramarine spin-off chapters rigidly adhere to it almost religiously, refusing to deviate from its teachings. Others, such as the Space Wolves, ignore it entirely - often a source of friction.

Should not be confused with the DCComics superhero team of the same name. Also should not be confused with the pigment, although the Ultramarines ''do'' wear [[ColourCodedArmies ultramarine-coloured armor]]. And Games Workshop has a paint color entitled Ultramarine Blue, which is ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you guessed it]]) ultramarine, and intended to be used to paint Ultramarines.

Please check out the [[Characters/{{Ultramarines}} character sheet]].

Please resist the urge to put examples on this page or link to this page on tropes unless you are citing from 40K novels in which the Ultramarines feature. Examples which are specific to rulebooks or other in-universe fluff should go on either the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} 40k page]] or in the Space Marines section of the [[Characters/Warhammer40000CurrentImperialFactions Imperial factions page]].

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!!The chapter, and novels, contain examples of:

* AfterlifeExpress: The Omphalos Daemonium, a horrifying daemon engine train that transports ''living'' people, at first through Medrengard, then through the Warp.
* AlienGeometries: Khalan-Gol, Honsou's fortress in Medrengard in ''Dead Sky, Black Sun''. Uriel and the renegades wander through the fortress and get turned around a few times. [[HearingVoices Then daemons start whispering to them]].
* AlienSky: Medrengard has a painfully white sky, with a static black sun
%%* AlmostDeadGuy
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: In ''Courage and Honor'' when the Tau blow up the Administratum Tax Bureau.
--> ''Perversely, its destruction gave rise to a huge cheer from the ranks of the defenders, proving that even faced with alien invasion, there were few more hated individuals than those who levied taxes.''
* In ''Warriors of Ultramar'' itself, the huge amount of deaths caused by the Tyranid invasion is oddly understated, while the some 140, 150 Astartes who died remain to be the focus.
* ArmedWithCanon: There seems to be an ongoing war between GrahamMcNeill and [[AscendedFanboy Matt Ward]]. The former has repeatedly tried to lessen the Ultramarines recent depiction as [[GodModeSue God Mode Sues]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad who everyone wants to be]] in his novels. The latter has made repeated efforts to Retcon [=McNeill=]'s novels out of existance.
** However averted as of Ward's latest book still has M'kar's attack on Ultramar only now adds Eldar to the mix.
** Also with the lastest Codex, writer Robin Cruddace more or less look Ward's side.
* {{Arcadia}}: ''Ultramar'', of all places, where life is simple and built around discipline, self-sacrifice, and giving one's all. Life in Ultramar is of a much higher quality than most places in the Imperium.
** Macragge particularly comes to mind, with its verdant country and beautiful, yet functional architecture. As it has the chapter monastery where most Ultras call home, it's the place most Ultramarines miss the most when abroad.
* TheAtoner: Starting in ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', Uriel and Passanius are exiled from the chapter and sent out on a [[SuicideMission death oath]] in penance of...[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous breaking with the Codex Astartes]].[[note]]In context, this meant breaking not only with Chapter tradition, but Chapter laws and a possible violation of, in the Ultramarines' eyes, what separates what a marine should be from those that had turned away from the Emperor.[[/note]]
%%* BackToBackBadasses
%%* BadDreams
* BadassCreed: One finally appears for them in the film. [[ColonelBadass Captain Severus]]: ''"You must be steel! You must be doom! We march to face down Chaos, and banish it! WE MARCH FOR MACRAGGE!"'' [[TheSquad Others]]: ''"And we shall know no fear!"''
** There is also their other motto, "Courage and honor."
%%* BaitAndSwitchGunshot
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted in ''Dead Sky Black Sun'' with the Unfleshed. They appear evil and purely animalistic at first, but later are shown to be just as Emperor worshiping as the Space Marines.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The Omphalos Daemonium is a Chaos...creature, but apparently it doesn't always operate on pure self-interest.
* BigBookOfWar: The ''Codex Astartes'', which Roboute Guilliman wrote after the HorusHeresy suggesting organization and tactics for virtually any scenario that Guilliman could have thought of at the time. However, by the 41st millennium there are new threats which Guilliman never foresaw. One of the underlying themes of [=McNeill=]'s series is the Ultramarines learning when and when not to follow it.
** 6th edition more or less confirms that the Codex has been edited and added to over the years to make up for this, the ''Warzone Damnos'' book states Calgar adding a large amount of Necron information in it.
** There's actually a quote from Guilliman himself which makes perfectly clear that he was fully aware he couldn't foresee every possible scenario and that the Codex was intended more as guidelines than the be-all and end-all:
->'''Gulliman''': No one, not even one such as I, can anticipate every possible outcome of battle. My words are not some holy writ that must be obeyed. There must always be room for personal initiative on the battlefield.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: It's heavily implied that the force which rescue the Ultramarines and the Raven Guard in the Tomb of Ventanus were the Legion of the Damned.]]
* BittersweetEnding: All six books:
** ''Nightbringer'': [[spoiler: The Nightbringer is freed and Ario Barzano is killed, but the Ultramarines save the planet and Mykola Shonai is allowed to serve out her term.]]
** ''Warriors of Ultramar'': [[spoiler: Much of Tarsis Ultra is now covered with Tyranid organisms, 78 Ultramarines were killed in action, and Uriel will have to answer for violating the Codex Astartes, but the planet is saved...until ''Planetfall''.]]
** ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'': [[spoiler: Most of the renegades on Medrengard and the Unfleshed are dead, Uriel and Pasanius have no idea where they're going, but they've managed to complete their Death Oath and take the surviving Unfleshed away from Medrengard.]]
** ''The Killing Ground'': [[spoiler: The Unfleshed were possessed and had to be mercy killed, but the dead of Khartuian gain their rest, those responsible are all dead, the planet is saved from Exterminatus, and Uriel and Pasanius get to go back to Macragge, having been declared pure of the taint of Chaos by the Grey Knights.]]
** ''Courage and Honour'': [[spoiler: Pavonis remains in Imperial hands, Learchus gains new understanding of why Uriel and Pasanius did what they did, and all doubt regarding Uriel's loyalty to the Chapter and the Codex are put to rest, but Pavonis losses all autonomy, and in the years to come, many will wish the Tau had won. Probably more of a DownerEnding than the others.]]
** ''The Chapter's Due'': [[spoiler: Two worlds of Ultramar are devastated, over one third of the Chapter and millions of Imperial citizens have been killed, and there is strong evidence that Honsou escaped, but the Ultramarines survive with enough resources to rebuild the Chapter, the Bloodborn are utterly beaten, and M'kar is gone for good. This is the closest to a HappyEnding the series has.]]
%%* BlingBlingBang
* BloodFromTheMouth: When Uriel is stabbed by a Norn Queen in ''Warriors of Ultramar''.
* BloodMagic: The Mortificators' shamanic rituals involve drinking each others blood, giving them visions that have a surprising, but not perfect accuracy.
** In the first scene they did this, their chaplain drank the Chapter Master's blood to get a vision to decide if the chapter will aid Tarsis Ultra. The [[PowerOfBLood power of that blood]] proves to be too much for him in the trance, and he regurgitates it. The still-fresh blood is offered to Uriel to seal the pact, and he manages to choke it down. While he did find that it ''was'' empowering, he had pretty much the [[{{Squick}} same reaction]] you just did.
%%* BottledHeroicResolve
%%* BuyThemOff
%%* CainAndAbel
* CardsOfPower: In ''Killing Ground'', Grey Knight Leodagarius performs [[{{Whatevermancy}} cartomancy]] using his deck of the Imperial Tarot, a psychically-imbued deck of Tarot cards with a spiritual link to The Imperium's God-Emperor.
%%* ChildrenAreInnocent
* ColdBloodedTorture: The Dark Eldar enjoy torturing people in ''Nightbringer''.
** Prelate Culla, the Laventerian chaplain, tortures captives within [[{{Prison}} the Glasshouse]]. He starts with encouraging the Arbites to abuse the Tau, leaving that to them while he [[spoiler:"interrogates" Mykola Shonai, eventually killing her]], with his ''bare fists''. He then planned on moving onto the Tau, but circumstances had seen that he missed the opportunity.
%%* ComesGreatResponsibility
* CoolGate: Guilliman's Gate on Calth, which is a mile-high gate leading into the underground of Calth, is studded with decorations and defenses. Like much of Macragge's architecture, it's a monolithic work designed around both beauty ''and'' funtionality.
** On the opposite end of the spectrum, M'kar's daemon forces coporate en masse through a gate formed from a static bolt of lightning, which spread out to form an arch between the Warp and realspace. It's as [[NightmareFuel terrifying as it sounds]].
%%* DeadGuyOnDisplay
%%* DeadPersonConversation
%%* DemBones
* DesignatedGirlFight: Between Judge Jenna Sharben, the hard-edged, straitlaced Arbites Judge, and La'tyen, the determined, defiant Fire Warrior. Ultimately ''subverted'', since both are military personnel with serious combat training and experience put to use against both genders, and that it gets bloody, fast.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* DirtyBusiness: In ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', Uriel gets stuck between a rock and a hard place more than once. He doesn't like it.
%%* DividedWeFall
%%* DreamingTheTruth
%%* DressingAsTheEnemy
%%* DrivenToSuicide
%%* DrowningMySorrows
* DueToTheDead: "He that is dead, take from him [[TitleDrop the Chapter's due]]."
%%* DyingAlone
* DyingAsYourself: In ''The Chapter's Due'' [[spoiler: Uriel stabs the Newborn after revealing his true name is Samuquan. Before he dies, Samuquan looks Uriel in the eyes and says "Thank you".]]
* [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn Your Bittersweet Ending]]: ''The Chapter's Due'', see BittersweetEnding above.
* {{Egopolis}}: The city of Barbadus on Salinas. Following [[spoiler: Barbaden's death]], Uriel suspects the capital will be [[spoiler: renamed in hours.]]
* EldritchLocation: Medrengard, which would be a pretty good depiction of an industrialized version of Hell, is steeped in hatred that can be felt in the air, physics is rather dodgy (e.g. taking a stairway up to a starship), and everything in the environment, yes ''everything'', is trying to kill you.
%%* EmpathicWeapon
* EnemyCivilWar: Honsou versus Toramino and Berossus in ''Dead Sky, Black Sun''. He initially assumes Uriel and company were sent by Toramino.
%%* EvilIsDeathlyCold
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Khalan-Gol, Honsou's fortress in ''Dead Sky, Black Sun''. For bonus points, its walls are powered by a bound Bloodthirster of Khorne.
%%* ExactWords
%%* FalseFlagOperation
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Ultramarines are Greco-Romans. Or at least very Romanesque.
%%* FatalFamilyPhoto
%%* FauxDeath
%%* FeedTheMole
%%* FireForgedFriends
%%* FirstNameBasis
%%* FiveBadBand: The Bloodborn leadership in ''The Chapter's Due''. Some roles are shared:
%%** BigBad: Honsou and M'kar. And neither is happy about sharing it.
%%** TheDragon: Cadaras Grendel.
%%** TheEvilGenius: Adept Cycerin.
%%** TheBrute: Xiomagra and Votheer Tark.
%%** TheDarkChick: Kaarja Salombar.
%%** SixthRangerTraitor: The Newborn and [[spoiler: Ardaric Vaanes]].
* FixFic: A lot of bits people complained about in the fifth edition codex were addressed in ''Chapter's Due''. Mostly by showing that while exceptionally good at their jobs the Ultramarines were still fallible and could be outdone in some areas by the rest of the Imperium.
%%* FriendOrFoe
%%* GetItOverWith
%%* GhostlyChill
%%* GloryHound
%%* GoodIsOldFashioned: Barbaden's view.
%%* GoodOldWays
%%* GoOutWithASmile
* GrandFinale: ''The Chapter's Due'' sees the end of plot points that have been building since ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'' as the forces of Chaos, with Honsou at their head, invade Ultramar.
%%* GreenEyedMonster
* GunshipRescue: Reaches its logical extreme in ''The Chapter's Due'' when [[spoiler: the ''Vae Victus'' and the ''Valin's Revenge'' enter Talassar's atmosphere to release Thunderhawks carrying the 4th and 2nd Companies to reinforce Marneus Calgar and the 1st Company against M'kar's Daemon Army]].
* HappyEndingOverride: The short story ''The Heraclitus Affect'' ends with [[spoiler:the annihilation of Tarsis Ultra]], the same planet whose citizens the Ultramarines spent quite a few lives saving.
%%* HeroicSacrifice: Plenty of them, including several from non-Space Marines.
%%* HoistByHisOwnPetard
%%* HonorBeforeReason: Their motto ''is'' "Courage and honor!"
%%* {{Hulkspeak}}
%%* ICannotSelfTerminate
* IGaveMyWord: Uriel is bound by it, staking his very honour on protecting Ario Barzano to Lord Calgar in ''Nightbringer''.
** Inquisitor Kryptman actually breaks his word [[spoiler:to spare a planet in the path of a Tyranid Hive Fleet from Exterminatus]] in ''Warriors of Ultramar'' since it was the simplest solution to a majot problem.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Uriel and Pasanius. They even get tested on this trait.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: From ''Nightbringer'', the scene between the wych and the ''kyerzak'', or the Honored, [[spoiler: or de Valtos]], were explicitly engaged in foreplay before the Honored was [[MeatgrinderSurgery surgically disassembled and reassembled]]. Also, they had sex afterwards, if not something...worse.
%%* InTheBack
%%* ItHasBeenAnHonor
%%* ItsAllAboutMe
* KillItWithFire: Throughout the series, Pasanius's signature weapon is a flamer.
%%* KingInTheMountain
%%* KnightInShiningArmor
* LaResistance: The Sons of Salinas in ''The Killing Ground'', which have been resisting the Achaman Falcatas occupation for over ten years.
* LargeAndInCharge: The Lord of the Unfleshed, Marneus Calgar, the Tyranid synapse creatures, M'kar... Honsou is one of the few exceptions.
%%* LawfulStupidChaoticStupid
%%* LeastIsFirst
%%* LightIsNotGood
%%* LivingShadow
%%* ManHug
%%* ManlyTears
%%* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:The Lord of the Unfleshed]] receives the Emperor's Peace for being [[spoiler:judged unredeemable after being mind-controlled into a frenzied killing machine]], in ''The Killing Ground''.
%%* MindScrew Traveling through the Warp in the Omphalos Daemonium's traincars does this to our heroes, and the reader.
%%* MobileMaze
%%* TheMole
* {{Mordor}}: Welcome to Medrengard! Filled with hellish forges, vast deserts, twisting mountains, and lots of daemons who want to feast on anything that walks by. You'll be spending most of ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'' there.
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: The Ultramarines are one of the few chapters which actually have some understanding of the phrase "civilians", and are one of the few to try and minimize civilian casualties. Pasanius is so enraged that Inquisitor Kryptman went behind the Ultramarines back to subject a planet to ''exterminatus'' that he nearly ''strangled'' Kryptman right in front of a Deathwatch kill team.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Uriel seems to do this a lot. Whether he's [[spoiler: sparing the omnicidal star god, releasing the daemonic juggernaut, stirring up a world's ghosts or pissing off the Warsmith,]] his arrival seems to leave places much worse than when he found them.
%%* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
%%* NoOneGetsLeftBehind
%%* TheNoseKnows
%%* {{Pirate}}
%%* PowderKegCrowd
%%* ThePowerOfFriendship
%%* PowerOfTrust
%%* PraetorianGuard
%%* ThePromise
* PunnyName overlapping with MeaningfulName: They are [[CaptainObvious Marines]], wearing lapis-blue (i.e. ultramarine) armour, who are the ultimate examples of the standard Space Marine doctrine, and are based in the territory of Ultramar. Said name is the Spanish version of ''Outremer'', the collective name for the medieval Crusader states founded by knightly orders (a rather good analogy for their sub-empire), and also (in its more general meaning of "overseas") the root of the pigment's name.
** "Ultra" is also Latin for "beyond", so the Ultramarines are either the marines who defend the Imperium against the threats from the "beyond" of intergalactic space, or [[BadassArmy "Beyond" normal marines.]]
%%* TheQuest
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
%%* {{Revenge}}: Honsou's motivation.
%%* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves
%%* RuleOfThree
%%* SandInMyEyes
%%* SarcasticClapping
%%* SecretTestOfCharacter
%%* SeparateButIdentical
* TheSiege: The siege of Khalan-Gol in ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'' sees Honsou fending off ''two'' armies, who attack consecutively (rather than at the same time), setting the stage for Uriel's death oath.
%%** The siege of Castra Tenaga in ''The Chapter's Due''.
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Surprisingly for [[CrapsackWorld this setting]], and even after everything he's had to endure, Uriel himself firmly falls on the idealist side.
%%* SoMuchForStealth
%%* SoProudOfYou
%%* SourSupporter
%%* SpaceRomans: The Ultramarines are Space Greco-Romans.
%%* SurvivorGuilt
%%* TakeMyHand
* TakeUpMySword: In the short story "Chains of Command", Captain Idaeus gives his sword and legacy to Uriel.
%%* TalkingInYourDreams
%%* {{Tearjerker}} (''Warriors of Ultramar'' in particular.)
%%* TearsOfRemorse
%%* ThereAreNoCoincidences
%%* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs
%%* TheyHaveTheScent
%%* ThinkNothingOfIt
%%* TitleDrop: Nearly every book.
%%* TooDumbToFool
%%* TrainingFromHell: Since they're Space Marines, it's part of the program.
%%* UnwillingSuspension
* VictoryIsBoring: At the start of ''Courage and Honour'', Uriel Ventris is disappointed at how easy a skirmish against Tau [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pathfinders]] with the power of his 4th Company at his back, since he's been used to fighting against overwhelming odds, with lapsed training, sometimes no PowerArmour and only [[HeterosexualLifePartner Pasanius]] always with him.
* WeirdSun: The black, static sun in ''Dead Sky, Black Sun''. In other fluff, it's stated to actually be a black hole at the center of the Eye of Terror. Meaning in a tear in space time leading directly to the Warp. Think about that for a moment.
%%* WeNeedADistraction
%%* WhatYouAreInTheDark
%%* WriterOnBoard: Matt Ward in the codex.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The Nightbringer does not enjoy the thought of sharing power.
%%* YouJustHadToSayIt

[[folder:The Fall of Damnos]]
While not part of the same Ultramarines series. The Fall of Damnos is part of the "Space Marine battles" series dealing with the Ultramarine 2nd Company trying to save the mining world form Necrons.

The book was also the first glimpse of the then upcoming new Necron personality for both the Imperuim and the readers.

!!The novel, contain examples of:

%%* ActionSurvivor: Everyone form Damnos by the time the Ultramarines show up.
* AntiVillain: The Flayed Lord, realized how messed up he has become but can't really stopped himself.
* BigDamnedHeroes: Agrippan saving Sicarius and killing the Voidbringer.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: of the Necrons in there ResistanceIsFutile line.
--> ''We are the Necrontyr. We are Legion. We Claim Dominion of this World... Surrender and Die.''
%%* ForegoneConclusion: Its in the title.
%%* HopeBringer: The Ultramarines, Inverted for The Harbinger of Despair.
%%* LaughingMad: The Voidbringer while fighting Sicarius.
%%* MouthOfSauron: The Harbinger
* PyrrhicVictory: The book ends on one, the Ultramarines save Kellenport, but half of 2nd Company is killed or wounded including Captain Sicarius, most of Damnos' defensives are gone and the Necrons haven't even begum to fight.
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