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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 Creator/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]].

!!The chapter, and novels, contain examples of:
* ActionGirl:
** Adeptus Arbites Judge Jenna Sharben in ''Nightbringer'' and ''Courage and Honour''.
** Colonel Verena Kain in ''The Killing Ground''.
** Inquisitor Namira Suzaku of the Ordo Malleus in ''The Chapter's Due''.
* 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.''
** Also implied in ''The Killing Ground'' after Governor Barbaden and his cronies all end up dead.
* 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 Creator/GrahamMcNeill and [[PromotedFanboy 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.
*** Probably because [[GodModeSue God Mode Sues]] are GW's depiction taken on by more or less every codex writer since 2e's Codex: Ultramarines declared them the "Greatest of All Space Marines" on its back cover.
* {{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: Uriel gets these both in ''Nightbringer'' and ''The Chapter's Due'': in the case of the former, [[spoiler: as a result of being exposed to the Nightbringer's presence]] and [[spoiler: due to the telepathic link between Uriel and the Newborn]] in the latter.
* 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 Literature/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.
*** This has always been the case. Where the confusion comes from is probably the huge deal made over the Tyrannic War Veterans. But that was because they were suggesting altering the structure of their chapter, not adding in some new tactics or strategies.
** 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 other's 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
* BreakThemByTalking: Uriel delivers one to the Tau commander at the end of the final battle in ''Courage and Honour'' to drive home what will happen if they don't take his offer of a ceasefire.
-->'''Uriel Ventris''': Let me tell you what I know. I know this invasion was a gamble for you and you needed to defeat us quickly. I know you have not the resources in place to defend this world against a counter-attack, a counter-attack that I assure you ''will'' happen. I know that even if Olzetyn has already fallen, the rest of this world will be ashes before we let you have it. You will have to kill every single human on this planet to hold it, and even then the Imperium will not let you keep it. Forces from neighbouring systems are already en route to Pavonis, and you won't have a strong enough grip on this world by then to keep them at bay.
* BuyThemOff: In ''Nightbringer'', most of the government officials are in the pockets of Vendare Taloun and Kasimir de Valtos, in preperation for their bid to seize power.
* CainAndAbel: Guilliman ''hated'' Alpharius, and took it upon himself to destroy the Alpha Legion during the Heresy.
* 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]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Governor Leto Barbaden [[spoiler:being torn limb from limb by the ghosts of those he had massacred at Khaturian]].
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Roboute Guilliman's body lies in state in the Temple of Correction, following his death ten thousand years before.
* DeadPersonConversation: In ''The Chapter's Due'' on Calth, Uriel has one with [[spoiler: the spirit of Remus Ventanus, an Ultramarines Captain from the Horus Heresy who fought M'Kar in his human form (as Word Bearers Dark Apostle Maloq Kartho) during the Battle of Calth and passes on to Uriel how he can destroy the Daemon Prince]].
* DeathbyIrony: In ''The Killing Ground'', [[spoiler: Colonel Verena Kain's involvement in the Khaturian Massacre was to lead in the Screaming Eagles veterans, as well as Hellhound tanks to raze the town of Khaturian to the ground, a task she carried out with relish. She dies when the Lord of the Unfleshed hurls her into a bonfire, killing her in the same manner as the victims of her orders at Khaturian. Both Uriel and Pasanius, after seeing a psyker's recollection of her atrocities, think this death was still too good for her]].
%%* 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}}
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: In ''Nightbringer'', [[spoiler:Uriel gets the attention of the Nightbringer by holding a melta-bomb up to its face and threatening to detonate it, explaining that if he does so, it will ignite the flammable gases filling the cavern they're in and bury them all beneath ten kilometres worth of rock, something which even the Nightbringer (still weak from sixty five million years of hibernation) can't survive. Reading Uriel's mind through an empathic link with the beings around it, the Nightbringer realises Uriel isn't bluffing and reluctantly retreats]].
* 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: In ''The Chapter's Due'', [[spoiler:several members of the Ultramarines 2nd Company disguise themselves as renegades of the Claws of Lorek to infiltrate and gain more information on the enemy command structure]].
* DrivenToSuicide:
** When the Nightbringer rises from its tomb during the climax of ''Nightbringer'', many of the PDF soldiers and Dark Eldar in the tomb lose their minds and kill themselves after being exposed to its presence.
** In ''The Killing Ground'', numerous members of the Achamen Falcatas commit suicide out of [[spoiler: guilt over their roles in the Khaturian massacre and [[ISeeDeadPeople being haunted by the ghosts]] of those who died in the massacre]].
%%* 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 mercenaries 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 ''The 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: Essentially what Uriel tells [[spoiler: Leodegarius after being beaten in a duel and thinking he's about to be executed for being tainted by Chaos]]
%%* 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:
** ''Warriors of Ultramar'': Being the DirtyCoward he is, Simon van Gelder [[spoiler: shuts down Erebus City's air defences so his starship can take off without being shot down. During take off, his ship narrowly avoids a crash with an Ultramarines Thunderhawk...and the swarm of Tyranid gargoyles that were pursuing the Space Marine aircraft attack the new target. Without the air defence guns to bring the aliens down, van Gelder's ship is overwhelmed and he is torn apart when the Tyranids break into the cockpit]].
%%* 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 major 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: [[spoiler: The dying Tyranid Norn Queen shoots Uriel in the back with a poisoned spine. He only survives due to a Deathwatch Apothecary and Pasanius performing blood transfusions to stabilise Uriel long enough to get him back to Tarsis Ultra for more extensive medical treatment]].
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Uriel gets at least one of these per book, usually just before the final battle.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Everything Kasimir de Valtos does [[spoiler: (from hiring Dark Eldar pirates to recover Necrontyr artefacts and raid Imperial settlements, to buying off high ranking members of the Pavonis cartel system, then murdering them once they were no longer of any use to him, to setting off a planet wide civil war to ensure those loyal to the Imperium couldn't interfere with his schemes) was all in the name of cheating his inevitable death by freeing the Nightbringer and gaining immortality as a reward. Unfortunately for him, it was all for nothing]].
* 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: The Ultramarines (like Space Marines in general) are humanity's greatest defenders, but that doesn't meant they won't do terrible things in the name of protecting humanity, as well as the fact they will kill aliens, traitors and anything they see as a threat to the Imperium without a second thought.
%%* LivingShadow
%%* ManHug
* ManlyTears: At the end of ''The Killing Ground'', when after all the hell they have gone through to atone for their sins and prove their loyalty in the story and its predecessor, both Uriel and Pasanius weep at their first sight of the Fortress of Hera as it sinks in that despite all the odds, they've made it home.
%%* 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.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Koudelkhar Shonai, Governor of Pavonis in ''Courage and Honour''. [[spoiler: Having been captured, imprisoned in a POW camp and subjected to Tau propoganda advocating the benefits of the Greater Good, he is initially willing to defect to the Tau Empire. However, when he sees the Tau's willingness to gun down unarmed prisoners during an attempt at an uprising, and his mother is killed in the resulting firefight, he realises the Tau are every bit as vile and dangerous as Imperial rhetoric says all xenos are]].
* 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: To be honest, when the Ultramarines get into close combat, a lot of their fights become like this. For specific examples:
** ''Nightbringer'': Against the traitor PDF trying to stop them from getting to the villain's base of operations.
** ''The Killing Ground'': The duel between Uriel, Pasanius and Leodegarius. [[spoiler: Leodegarius hands their heads to them, then mentions that only by losing could they prove their loyalty. Had they beaten him, they would have been gunned down by the Grey Knights as tainted by Chaos]].
** ''Courage and Honour'': Any time Space Marines get into combat with Tau soldiers (justified in that the Tau prefer to fight at range and look down on close combat, letting alien auxillaries like the Kroot sully themselves with hand to hand combat and only engaging in such themselves as a last resort).
%%* NoOneGetsLeftBehind
* TheNoseKnows: Brother Henghast, a member of Kryptman's assigned Deathwatch Kill-Team originally from the Space Wolves Chapter in ''Warriors of Ultramar'', evokes this trope when he removes his helm [[spoiler: to smell the correct way to go aboard the Tyranid Hive Ship. Justified as a Space Wolf's senses are even sharper than a normal Space Marine's (which are far removed from a human).]]
* {{Pirate}}: Kaarja Salombar evokes this in ''The Chapter's Due''.
* PowderKegCrowd: Several examples of this in ''Nightbringer'', where heavy handed policing by the Adeptus Arbites results in bloody and violent rioting.
%%* ThePowerOfFriendship
%%* PowerOfTrust
%%* PraetorianGuard
* PragmaticHero: Governor Leto Barbaden in ''The Killing Ground'' considers himself one, mixed with the DarkShepherd. He [[spoiler: argues that his decision to bomb the city of Khaturian-which the local resistance had been using as a safe haven for their families-to the ground in order to goad the rebels into a foolhardy attack against the Achamen Falcatas was the best choice, as it allowed him to root out the rebel leaders and end the insurrection in a single stroke. He is later lambasted by Uriel and several of his own advisors that this was more a case of StupidEvil, as his actions turned what had been a small scale insurrection into a planet-wide state of hostility towards him and his men, to the point where his guardsmen cannot leave the safety of their barracks without being subjected to ambushes, bombings and guerilla attacks]].
%%* 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
* RoaringRampageofRevenge: [[spoiler: Sylvanus Thayer in ''The Killing Ground''. Having seen his family die in the bombing of Khaturian and being left a quadriplegic cripple with 90% third degree burns to his body in his futile attempt to avenge them causes latent psychic abilities to awaken in Thayer, which he uses to enslave the ghosts of Khaturian and the recently arrived Unfleshed to his will to serve as pawns to allow him to exact his revenge on all those responsible. He is also uncaring of the fact that his vengeance-fuelled powers run the risk of opening a warp rift on Salinas that will necessitate the planet's destruction by the Inquisition unless he is stopped]].
%%* {{Revenge}}: Honsou's motivation.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves:
** Kasimir de Valtos and Vendare Taloun in ''Nightbringer''. [[spoiler: In the former's case, he murders many of the ruling elite on Pavonis, sets off a civil war and allies with Dark Eldar pirates (all horrendous crimes against the Imperium) to release the C'tan known as the Nightbringer in the belief it will make him immortal, while the latter reluctantly allies with him in a bid to seize the position of Planetary Governor that his family used to hold. Kasimir discovers that the Nightbringer has no need to acknowledge his existence, much less reward him, and ends up being decapitated and his soul eaten by the Nightbringer, while Taloun is arrested, forced to confess his crimes in a very public trial, then hanged from a statue of the Emperor]].
** Mykola Shonai in ''Courage and Honour''. [[spoiler: She invitied a Tau delegate to talk with the intention of having the Tau establish trading links with the hopes of bringing Pavonis out of its economic depression, but when the Tau (as Uriel warned) resorted to violence when their overtures were rebuffed, she is arrested, tortured and brutally interrogated to learn what other information she might have given the xenos, the savagery of which ultimately kills her]].
%%* RuleOfThree
%%* SandInMyEyes
%%* SarcasticClapping
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: [[spoiler: Barbaden invokes this in ''The Killing Ground'' after his imprisonment for Khaturian, dismissive of the comments of his detractors that his actions will see him put in front of a firing squad, confident that he can easily petition the Sector Governor to force his release. Unfortunately, the ghosts of those he murdered at Khaturian have other ideas...]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Uriel and Pasanius get one in "The Killing Ground"; [[spoiler:their final test to prove their purity after returning from the Eye of Terror is an unarmed duel with Brother Leodegarius of the Grey Knights. They are [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown utterly thrashed]], only to discover they weren't supposed to win; only those who were empowered by Chaos could have won, so by losing, Uriel and Pasanius proved they were untainted]].
%%* SeparateButIdentical
* ShoutOut:
** Techmarine Harkus makes a few to StarTrek in ''Warriors of Ultramar''
-->'''Harkus''': [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm a Techmarine, not a miracle worker]]!
** The short story ''Leviathan'' makes a few to ''Film/Aliens''.
** Dialogue between Ventris and Vaanes in ''Dead Sun, Black Sky'' references Star Wars: A New Hope.
** In the fourth book, several characters seem to share first names with members of Music/SystemOfADown
** Consider the dialogue below from ''The Chapter's Due'' spoken just before a duel between Fourth Company Champion Petronius Nero and Xiomagra, a Slaaneshi champion in service to Honsou:
--> "[[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My name is Petronius Nero]]. You tried to kill my captain. PrepareToDie."
* 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''.
* ShutUpHannibal: In ''Courage and Honour'', Uriel delivers one to the defeated Tau Ethereal leading the invasion.
-->'''Aun'rai''': You are a doomed culture...You thirst for gain and personal glorification while your Imperium rots from within. Such a society cannot, ultimately, survive.
-->'''Uriel''': It has survived for ten thousand years since its inception.
-->'''Aun'rai''': What you have is not survival, it is merely a slow extinction.
-->'''Uriel''': Not while warriors of [[TitleDrop courage and honour]] stand to defend it.
* 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: Sergeant Learchus to an extent, particularly as Uriel's plans start diverging more and more from the Codex Astartes.
%%* SpaceRomans: The Ultramarines are Space Greco-Romans.
%%* SurvivorGuilt
* TakeMyHand: [[spoiler: Uriel does this to Captain Bannon in ''Warriors of Ultramar'' while trying to pull him aboard a departing Thunderhawk as he dangles from a rapelling cable. Bannon, already locked in combat with what is either a winged Tyrant Warrior or possibly a Hive Tyrant (the in-text description isn't clear), instead cuts his line, falling to his death blow to allow the Thunderhawk to escape and preventing the creature from getting aboard]].
* 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
* "TheReasonYouSuck"Speech: Aun'rai delivers one regarding the Imperium in ''Courage and Honour'', stating in his view why the Imperium of Man is ultimately doomed to be replaced by the Tau Empire:
-->'''Aun'rai''': You are gue'la barbarians and you delay the inevitable, nothing more. The frontier of our empire moves with the turning of the planets, and it will push you before it until there is nowhere left for you. Then your race will be no more. The frontier is for those unafraid to face the future, not for those who cling to a forgotten past.
%%* ThereAreNoCoincidences
%%* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs
* TheyHaveTheScent
** The [[spoiler: Clawed Fiends dispatched by de Valtos' Dark Eldar allies to kill Governor Shonai and Barzano in ''Nightbringer'' track their prey by scent]].
** [[spoiler: The lictor on the loose in Erebus City detects a significant target in the form of Inquisitor Kryptman through its sense of smell]].
%%* ThinkNothingOfIt
%%* TitleDrop: Nearly every book.
%%* TooDumbToFool
* TooDumbToLive: Simon Van Gelder in ''Warriors of Ultramar''. If you're going to insult the courage and skill of the Ultramarines, it's probably not a good idea to do it to the face of one who has already made their distaste for you plain and is more than willing to kill you for the insult.
%%* 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.
* VillainousBreakdown: Kasimir de Valtos, the main antagonist of ''Nightbringer'' suffers one at the end. [[spoiler: Having caused the deaths of thousands of people (either murdered by his own hand, or killed in pirate attacks carried out by Dark Eldar mercenaries working with him, or in a civil war he had instigated to seize control of Pavonis) all in the name of freeing the Nightbringer in the belief it would make him immortal as a reward. When his plan finally comes to fruition, he is briefly connected to the Nightbringer's mind through an empathic link as it awakens, at which point his mind breaks at the realisation the Nightbringer is as far removed from him as he is from an ant, and the C'Tan has no reason to even acknowledge his existence, let alone reward him. Kasimir is reduced to tearfully begging the Nightbringer to make him immortal, which only results in the creature deigning to notice him for long enough to kill 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
* WhatTheHellHero: In ''Courage and Honour", when Uriel tells the Tau trying to occupy Pavonis (the world he went to such effort to save back in ''Nightbringer'') that he will destroy the planet to keep it out of their hands if they don't call off their invasion:
-->"Just to prevent us from taking this world, you would see it burned to ash?"
-->"In a heartbeat" said Uriel, surprised to find he actually meant it.
%%* WhatYouAreInTheDark
* WorthyOpponent: How the Ultramarines see the Tau by the end of ''Courage and Honour''.
%%* WriterOnBoard: Matt Ward in the codex.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The Nightbringer does not enjoy the thought of sharing power.
** Kasimir de Valtos invokes this trope a lot with allies of his. Having bribed and manipulated [[spoiler: Taryn Honan and Solana Vergen into supporting his political bid to undermine Mykola Shonai's Governorship of Pavonis, when he no longer has need of them, he doesn't hesistate to dispose of them; Vergen is tortured to death by de Valtos as a form of cathartic release from his own pain, while Honan is handed over to "enjoy" the attentions of a Dark Eldar Haemonculus.
-->'''Taryn Honan''': Come Kasimir, surely there's no need to say such things? We are friends, after all? Aren't we?
--->Kasimir de Valtos''': Friends? No Taryn, we are not friends. You are just a pathetic piece of filth I stepped on on my route to immortality. And now it's time I discarded you.]]
%%* 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 from 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.
* BigDamnHeroes: 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.