Characters / Ultramarines

People belonging to the Ultramarines, both on the Tabletop game, the animated film, and in the novel series by Graham McNeill.

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Roboute Guilliman

One of the twenty Primarch created by the Emperor of Mankind, he and his brothers were scattered to the stars by the Chaos Gods to preventing the coming of the Imperium. Landing on Macragge, the boy was found by Konor Guilliman, one of the two Consuls of Macragge, who named him Roboute and raised him as a son. Quickly growing to manhood, Roboute helped to pacify Macragge's wild men. After returning from a campaign, Roboute found that his father's co-consul had launched a coup and killed Konor over his anti-aristocratic policies. Roboute avenged his adoptive-father and became sole Consul of Macragge, rewarding those who showed merit and skill and ignoring aristocratic privileges. By the time the Emperor found Macragge, Roboute had ruled for five years and established an alliance of mutual aide with eight other star systems, forming the future realm of Ultramar. Roboute was made commander of the XIII Legion of the Adeptus Astartes, redubbed the Ultramarines.

During the Great Crusade, the Ultramarines and the Luna Wolves were the largest and most efficient of the Space Marine legions. However, Guilliman earned the eternal hatred of Lorgar of the Word Bearers when the Ultramarines were ordered to destroy the city of Monarchia as part of the Emperor's rebuke of Primarch Lorgar spreading the Cult of the Emperor. The Word Bearers would launch a surprise attack on Calth, but were eventually repulsed, delaying Guilliman from reinforcing the Emperor at the Siege of Terra. As his Legion suffered few losses during the Horus Heresy, Guilliman emerged as the most powerful Primarch in the aftermath of the Emperor's ascension to the Golden Throne. Assuming the post of Lord Commander of the Imperium, Guilliman formed the High Lords of Terra to rule in the Emperor's name and published the Codex Astartes, breaking down the nine loyalist legions into one thousand strong chapters. During a battle with the fallen Primarch Fulgrim of the Emperor's Children, Guilliman was slashed across the throat. He was placed in a stasis field and placed in a shrine on Macragge, where pilgrims visiting hold that he is healing.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Guilliman's back story has this.
  • Badass: Fans tend to ignore it following Matt Ward's take on things, but there is no denying Guilliman was badass. Know No Fear shows he may have been more badass than we ever thought.
    "What does not kill me is not trying hard enough."
  • Big Book of War: The Codex Astartes.
  • Hollywood Tactics: See big book of war.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Guilliman may have been autocratic and personally unlikable but he actually cared about the common people, believing anyone could rise to greatness regardless of social status.
  • King in the Mountain: His body is perfectly preserved in a stasis field in the Ultramarines fortress-monastery, where pilgrims insist that he is healing. Many point out that this is impossible, but those who insist he is healing ascribe it to the power of the Emperor. It says something about the Imperium that the doubters concede that this is a good point. It says something about the setting in that the fans also believe this is a good point.
  • Power Fist: The Gauntlets of Ultramar.
  • Slashed Throat: Courtesy of Fulgrim. It must have been a hell of slash to endanger the extremely tough and massively redundant biology of the god-like Primarchs, not to mention the massive healing factor he must have. On top of that, consider that the enormously potent medical science of the Imperium was unable to save him. And despite the Imperium's technological atavism, their medicine must still be enormously advanced, especially considering they'd almost certainly break out all the good stuff they don't have the resources to provide to all one quadrillion humans for a literal son of their god. And people insist it's healing.
  • The Strategist

Marneus Augustus Calgar

Marneus Augustus Calgar is the Chapter Master of the Ultramarines and Lord of Macragge, leading both the Ultramarines and the realm of Ultramar. He has served in this position for over three hundred years.

Varro Tigurius

The Chief Librarian of the Ultramarines. So far he is the only psyker in the Imperium who has been able to make contact with the Tyrannid Hive Mind.

Saul Invictus

"Praise the sun that brings the dawn of our final doom."
Captain Invictus Famous Last Words

Captain Saul Invictus commanded the Ultramarines 1st Company when it was destroyed in the defense of the polar fortresses in the Battle for Macragge, during the First Tyrannic War.

  • Last Stand: He and the First died holding the northern polar fortress against the Tyranids.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "The Unconquerable Sun".
  • Number Two: As Captain of the First Company.

Severus Agemman

Captain of the First Company, and by virtue of his post Regent of Ultramar. Former Captain of the Second Company, he was promoted to First Captain after the Battle of Macragge saw the death of the entire First Company.

  • Ascended Extra: One of the default models for an Ultramarines First Company Captain is now confirmed to be Severus.
  • BFS
  • The Captain
  • Number Two: Officially, as First Captain...
  • Passed-Over Promotion: ...but Calgar's more likely successor is Sicarius. Which doesn't please Agemman at all.
  • The Rival: With Sicarius
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Actually sympathized with Uriel's decisions over violating the Codex Astartes, but realized that the Codex is needed to keep them on the straight and narrow, or risk becoming like Chaos Space Marines.
  • The Stoic: Unless you do something to dishonor the Ultramarines or the First Company, in which case he gets really emotional.
  • You Are in Command Now: Of the First Company.

Cato Sicarius

Captain of the Second Company, he was promoted to his position after Agemman was promoted to First Captain.

Ortan Cassius

The Master of Sanctity (head of the Chaplaincy) of the Ultramarines. Having served in the position for over four hundred years, he is one of the few people who can still refer to Lord Calgar as "young Marneus".

Torias Telion

The Veteran Sergeant of the 10th Company, having served under three Chapter Masters and many of the Chapter's greatest heroes.

Uriel Ventris

The Protagonist of the Ultramarines novels by Graham McNeill. He became Captain of the 4th company after the death of his predecessor, Idaeus.

  • The Atoner: For violating the Codex Astartes on Tarsis Ultra.
  • Badass
  • The Captain
  • Country Mouse: Being from Calth makes Uriel seem unsophisticated in the eyes of Macragge natives like Learchus, which contributed to the friction between them when they were aspirants.
  • Electronic Eyes: After surviving a shot to the head by the Newborn, all he gets for it is a shiny new bionic eye.
  • Field Promotion: Received one from Idaeus, which was confirmed by Calgar.
  • The Hero
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Uses a power sword.
  • Honor Before Reason: Refuses to employ Exterminatus on planets which can still be saved. This ends up backfiring on the Imperium spectacularly. Also why he went on the Deathwatch mission to the Hive Ship instead of staying with his company.
  • It Was a Gift: His power sword was previously wielded by his predecessor, Idaeus.
  • Made of Iron: Even by Space Marine standards Uriel has the habit of surviving things which should outright kill him. These include being shot in the face at point blank range, being tortured by the Iron Warriors and having all the blood in his body simultaneously clot.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Partially responsible for unleashing the Nightbringer back on the galaxy. And for your information, the Nightbringer is the entity who instilled the fear of death in sentient beings at the dawn of creation.
  • Suicide Mission: Is sent on a death oath to destroy daemon wombs on Medrengard. And succeeds.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Asks himself this after meeting a normal Guardsman on Tarsis Ultra, in giving up the chance of a normal life, and decides that yes, it was.
  • Would Not Shoot a Civilian: They're the Emperor's subjects, and the Ultramarines are meant to be their defenders.

Pasanius Lysane

A Veteran Sergeant in the Ultramarines 4th company, and Uriel's best friend.

Learchus Abantes

A Veteran Sergeant in the 4th Company, and once Uriel's main rival at Agisalus.

Lazlo Tiberius

Lord Admiral and Master of the Fleet of Ultramar, a title which traditionally goes to the Captain of the Fourth Company, but which Uriel gave to Tiberius.

Judd Clausel

Chaplain of the 4th Company.


The Apothecary of the 4th Company.

Scipio Vorolanus

A Tactical Sergeant in the 2nd Company.


The former Captain of the 4th company, and mentor of Uriel Ventris.

     Imperium of Man 

Ario Barzano

An Adept of the Administratum, sent to assess Pavonis's inability to pay its tithes to the Imperium. Secretly a member of the Inquisition.

Mykola Shonai

The Governor of Pavonis in Nightbringer.

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Is beaten to death by Prelate Culla. Even Sharben, who notes that she would have died anyway, thought it was a cruel punishment and that she should have died quickly.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In Courage and Honour.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her attempts to get the Tau to repair Pavonis only led to the planet becoming a permanent military outpost.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She honestly wanted the Tau to help the planet recover from the horrifying cartel war that had happened. Unfortunately, such an action is punishable by death and inadvertently leads to even more fighting.

Lourten Perjed

An Adept of the Administratum sent with Ario Barzano.

Kasmir de Valtos

The head of the de Valtos cartel on Pavonis. Was tortured by the Dark Eldar but survived.

Vergil Ortega

The head of the Adeptus Arbites on Pavonis.

Jenna Sharben

A member of the Adeptus Arbites on Pavonis.


An Inquisitor Lord of the Ordo Xenos, who has persecuted the war against the Tyrannids for two hundred and fifty years.


A Captain of the Imperial Fists and leader of the Deathwatch kill team on Tarsis Ultra.

Sebastien Fontaine

The Fabricator-Marshal of Tarsis Ultra.

Vianco Locard

A Magos of the Adeptus Mechanicus serving Kryptman on Tarsis Ultra. Later returns to help the Ultramarines fight the Bloodborn.

Ardaric Vaanes

Former Captain of the Raven Guard's 4th Company. Exiled for an unspecified crime and sentenced to death.

The Lord of the Unfleshed

The leader of the Unfleshed, once a human boy who was a failed birth of the Daemonculaba on Medrengard.

Leto Barbaden

The Governor of Salinas and former CO of the Achaman Falcatas.

  • A Million Is a Statistic: As a quartermaster, he was used to thinking of war in terms of mathematics and statistics with little regard for the human element. This mindset carried over to both his command of the Falcatas and his governorship of Salinas.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Sylvanus Thayer in The Killing Ground.
  • Egopolis: He renamed the capital of Salinas 'Barbadus' after he installed himself as Planetary Governor.
  • Evil Overlord: Absolutely.
  • Governor Evil
  • Karmic Death: Is ripped to shreds by the dead of Khartuian.
  • Lack of Empathy: See A Million Is a Statistic. To Barbaden, human lives mean little, and to accomplish his goals he is willing to go to any lengths necessary without any regard for the cost of lives, either the enemy's or his own.
  • We Have Reserves: And you thought the Generals of the Imperial Guard took this troop and ran with it.
  • You Are in Command Now: He was originally the Falcatas' quartermaster, and only became commander of the regiment when its previous commanding officer was killed in the field.

Sylvanus Thayer

The founder of the Sons of Salinas, who was brutally injured during the final battle.

  • Big Bad Ensemble: with Barbaden in The Killing Ground.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: He's been reduced to a charred, eyeless lump of flesh with only one intact limb, kept alive only by intravenous drips and his own hatred.
  • Demonic Possession: He inflicts this upon the Unfleshed using the ghosts of Khaturian.
  • Expy: A charismatic warrior who was horrifically burned to the point he needs machines to carry out all his bodily functions, and whose natural psychic powers grew stronger because of the trauma? He's basically Gideon Ravenor without his chair.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Necromancer: His psychic powers allow him to control the ghosts of Barbaden's victims, compelling them to take bloody vengeance on the Achaman Falcatas.
  • Not Quite Dead: Survived the final battle with the Falcatas, but was horribly injured.
  • Psychic Powers: Developed some after his injuries.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: A downplayed example. Thayer used his psychic powers to torment the soldiers who took part in the Khaturian Massacre with visions of the atrocities they committed, driving many of them to kill themselves out of guilt.
  • Rebel Leader
  • Red Baron: The Mourner.
  • Revenge
  • Revenge Before Reason: Anyone who was present at the Killing Ground must die, no matter how many innocents are harmed in the process.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: His latent psychic powers only awakened after a combination of Barbaden razing the city of Khaturian (where the families of the Sons of Salinas had been living), and the horrific injuries he received after leading the Sons into a suicidal charge against the Falcatas.

Verena Kain

The former commander of the Screaming Eagles company of the Achaman Falcatas, promoted to Colonel of the Salinas PDF after Barbaden became Governor.

Daron Nisato

The former Commissar of the Falctas and Chief of Police of Barbadus.

Pascal Blaise

The leader of the Sons of Salinas following Thayer's death.


A Brother-Captain of the Grey Knights, who leads the investigation of Salinas.

Kodelkur Shonai

The nephew of Mykola Shonai, and her successor as Governor.

Namira Suzaku

An Inquisitor of the Ordo Malleus, sent to assist the Ultramarines in the war with the Bloodborn.

Aethon Shaan

Captain of the Raven Guard's 4th Company, sent to arrest Vaanes.



A Dark Eldar Archon and Space Pirate

The Nightbringer

One of the C'Tan, the star gods of the Nercons.


The lead Ethereal of the Tau invasion of Pavonis.

     Forces of Chaos 


A Warsmith of the Iron Warriors, and villain protagonist of McNeill's Iron Warriors series.

Caradas Grendel

A Captain of the Iron Warriors, and Honsou's lieutenant.


A possessed Chaos Space Marine among the Iron Warriors.


A Warsmith of the Iron Warriors, who engages in a war with Honsou for refusing to share gene-seed from Hydra Cordatus.

  • Badass Cape
  • Gorn: Refuses to clean the blood off his gauntlets as a sign of his ability. He's been alive since the Horus Heresy. That's a lot of blood.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Which is how Honsou convinces Berossus's men to join him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Berossus's red.


A Chaos Dreadnought and Warsmith of the Iron Warriors, who engages in a war with Honsou for refusing to share gene-seed from Hydra Cordatus.

Omphalos Daemonium

A Daemon Prince of Khorne, who sends Uriel and Pasanius to Medrengard.

Heart of Blood

A Bloodthirster of Khorne, imprisoned in Khalan-Ghul to make the fortress unconquerable.


A daemon prince imprisoned by Marneus Calgar sixty years ago.

The Newborn

An Iron Warrior who was made from the genetic material of Uriel Ventris.

Etolph Cycerin

A former Magos of the Adeptus Mechanicus who turned to Chaos.

Vortheer Tark

A member of the Dark Mechanicum who has been bonded to a fragmentary artificial intelligence and connected to his war machines.

Notha Etassay

The Master of the Blade Dancers, a group of swordsmen devoted to Slaanesh.


Etassy's successor as The Mistress of the Blade Dancers.

Kaarja Salombar

Leader of a group of Corsairs. Joined Honsu's army after he won the Skull Harvest.