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The Custodian: My divine lord, we have managed to implement a text-to-speech device to your glorious Golden Throne! Please, lord, speak to us!
The Emperor: [garbled noise] About fucking time.
The Custodian: At last! Our glorious lord can command us once aga—
The Emperor: I have so many things to complain about.

If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device (informally abbreviated to TTS by fans) is a series of web videos made by Bruva Alfabusa, asking the question of what exactly would happen if the Emperor of Mankind could ask about the current state of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Hilarity Ensues as the Emperor proceeds to have some... colorful critiques about the universe as well as its numerous Retcons over the years, and begins some changes.

The story follows the Emperor as he tries to "unfuck" the galaxy, his personal caretaker "Little Kitten" as the other half of a Double Act, and the Inquisition trying to enforce their own martial law on Holy Terra. Initially, the series mostly focuses on a kind of "question per episode" format, with Kitten and other characters asking a question (such as what the hell the Warp is), which the Emperor describes in rather colorful language, though slowly, the overarching plot begins to emerge. It's a very comedic take on the 40k universe, though itself can serve as an introduction to its complex lore.

Each season is composed of ten episodes. Season 2 has been completed with help from Karl the Deranged. Season 3 began with a two episode premiere on March 3rd, 2016. The series occurs in the same universe as Karl the Deranged's series "Chaos Descends" and Eliphas the Inheritor's trilogy "Behemoth". Now has a Recap page.

There's a dedicated forum thread here.


If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device provides examples of:

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  • Accent Adaptation: Magnus is given a thick Australian accent, though this was entirely by accident as the voice actor was trying for a British accent. This led to an in-joke in the TTS cast about him being Australian and it has since been declared a Prosperan accent.
  • Action Figure Speech: The only way the characters are indicated talking is by shaking the clip-arts around, sometimes to exaggerated effects. With the exception of the Emperor, of course, who can't move at all since he's a skeleton. (Instead, his speech is hinted by his eyepiece glowing.) As of season 2, some characters have their artwork articulated to let them gesticulate.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": In If the Emperor had a Podcast - Episode 0: White Scars a servant boy is forced to be known solely as "boy" because he couldn't get his name out in a quick enough fashion.
  • Advertised Extra: Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka appears fairly prominently in the Season 2 intro, but only appears for a single scene in that season — one which doesn't have many ties to the main plot.
  • Affectionate Parody: A satiric take on the 40,000 with extreme devotion to the lore of the source material.
    • The first and fourth specials seem to be smaller examples for Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Alliterative Title: Both Q&A episodes: "Awful Answers" and "Atrocious Answers".
  • All-Loving Hero: Vulkan comes across as this, talking about friendship and cooperation in his first appearance. Spoofed immediately when he's fed up with what appears to be Ferrus Manus's ghost and tells him to shut up.
  • All There in the Manual: The Fab Custodes actually have names based on the Pillar Men, but it can only be seen in the credits and video description. Whammudes, Karstodes and Custodisi. According to the same credits, the unfortunately talkative Watcher in the Dark is called Snurko.
    • Some of the Continuity Nods also become this. Case in point, if you haven't seen "Chaos Descends" (or aren't familiar with Crazy Hassan) you were probably wondering why some of the Ultramarines were riding on camels in episode 25.
  • Almighty Janitor: Technically, in the lore the Captain-General is the second least powerful High Lord of Terra behind the Head Scribe (who is basically a glorified secretary). This is due to the Adeptus Custodes' job almost exclusively revolving around the defense and maintenance of Terra, but more specifically the Palace and the Golden Throne. His inclusion in the Council is mostly ceremonial. With the revival of the Emperor's voice and his ability to issue orders, coupled with the fact that only the Custodes are allowed to see the Emperor on a regular basis basically makes Kitten the second most powerful person in the Imperium.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Surprisingly Subverted in regards to the Chaos Gods. Episode 19 is essentially about noting that all four Chaos Gods are the collective sum of all emotions, not just the negative ones, even if they prefer showing off the latter.
    • Tzeentch: A cruel, devious trickster, but he's also a force of progress, and a beacon of hope. Change is neither good nor evil, after all, and while without him there would be no malicious schemes, there would also be no-one clever enough to save people from those schemes.
    • Nurgle: An inevitable cycle of decay and renewal without change, yet also represents the resilience, resolve, and solidarity to face those same, unsettling inevitabilities. Without him there would be no consistency, safety, or comfort in living or dying; and he is essentially nature incarnate.
    • Khorne: A force of merciless might, mindless slaughter and hatred, but that's because he proscribes to "survival of the fittest": strength and skill are all that matter to him, and he represents justice, vengeance and honor, so unlike the others he would never try to trick or stab a person in the back.note  Without him there would be no honesty or strength to fight against injustice.
    • Slaanesh: A horrifying, cruel, tortuous fiend that breaks the mind and inflicts untold suffering, but they also exude just as much joy, freedom, expression, and happiness; representing emotional extremes ranging from joyful freedom to crippling suffering. Without them, there would be no happiness, and no grief to make the happy times mean anything.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: From the Fourth special, Kitten punctures Magnus' mysticism by pointing out the Ouija Board they're using was made by Hasbro corporation. Far future aside, Hasbro does own the Ouija trademark, and has sold Ouija boards before.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: Plays for a second or two when Dominique dies.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Kitten, as it turns out.
  • Angst: Ferrus Manus's ghost tries to invoke it on Vulkan. Subverted in that the recipient is clearly fed up with the constant attempts and they're not working anymore.
  • Animation Bump: Season 2 is a massive improvement overall in animation quality.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: invokedWhen asked about Men of Iron, the Emperor tells about what's basically an army of indestructible Terminators on steroids. He then says that the war against them was so short it's not even worth talking about.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Tu'Shan tends to speak like this, not quite reaching Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe but definitely sounding a little like a fantasy paladin.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • This is how the battle between "Papa Smurf" and the Swarmlord ended, with the Ultramarine Chapter Master ending up without limbs.
    • In the crossover with The Fate of Abbadon, the Emperor rips Abbadon's arms off and then warps him into space.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Small, and hidden in the middle of general berating, but it's a particularly effective part of it: As the Emperor's reading his Custodes the riot act for standing around in the Imperial Palace instead of actually going out there and actually fighting battles, he drives it in with the following question:
      The Emperor: When was the last time anyone of you killed anything?
    • Magnus to Kitten when the latter is defending Emperor's logic.
      Magnus Well, if that truly is the case, how come you haven't deactivated Guilliman's life support yet? It is one of his highest demands, isn't it?
  • Ass Shove: During Cato Sicarius's first appearance, Papa Smurf gets so annoyed at him that he threatens to deliver an "Imperial Fisting" upon Sicarius with the Gauntlets of Ultramar. He follows through with the Fisting part in Episode 21, but thankfully for Sicarius' posterior he only smashed his face in.
  • Awesomeness-Induced Amnesia: Magnus seems to completely forget about his hulking out into a daemonic giant and rampaging throughout the throne room, going by his utter obliviousness to what just happened.
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: In-Universe, it seems that Papa Smurf is suffering from a form of this, Glory Withdrawal, because none of the victories of the Ultramarines feel good anymore as there is no risk involved. Basically, the Ultramarines have become a whole chapter of Boring Invincible Heroes and he has begun to loathe it. The fact that Captain Sicarius, a Glory Hound to the highest degree, is typically involved in this only makes it even worse. It's later implied he made a deal with a Reality Warper of some kind in exchange for becoming a Showy Invincible Hero, and between the guilt and the Withdrawal he's starting to lose it.
  • Batman Gambit: The Emperor has been playing one ever since episode four. His plan to disband the inquisition: order their disbanding, knowing the most radical, batshit insane members will refuse to believe he sent the order. When they storm the palace to destroy the Adeptus Custodes and the High Lords of Terra to retrieve him, have Magnus send the lot of them into the Warp, then re-instate those who actually followed his order. And the manner of solving the problem indicates he has even further plans.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: While he's talking to Rogal Dorn in Episode 23, the Emperor gets fed up and begs for somebody (Magnus, Kitten, whatever...) to come and save him from the conversation. Cue Karstodes leaping into the throne room, and the Emperor desperately back-pedaling as he realizes having the Fabulous Custodes around is even WORSE than talking to Dorn.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The Emperor has several:
      • Religion. Even if it's worshiping the Emperor. Especially if it's worshiping the Emperor.
      • Don't tell the Emperor that you have cost him a Emperor-class Battleship when other options were available. Just don't. That said, he'll forgive such an act if it actually accomplishes something meaningful, as with the Astral Knight's sacrifice.
      • Also don't ask him about the Traitor Legions. His anger at this line of thought makes the loss of an Emperor-class Battleship look tame by comparison.
      • And never ever mention any race (like the Tau) that refuses to fight in melee. He goes apocalyptic at the mention of that.
      • His biggest, baddest one however is if anyone harms his children (biological or otherwise). When the Emperor learned about the fate of the Sensei (his biological children), steam started coming out of his no-longer-existing ears and he started creating Warp Storms all over Terra from pure rage alone.
    • Marneus Calgar practically starts foaming at the mouth when he hears of the canon defiling antics his chapter gets up to. If it doesn't cause him to go into a spiral of depression, that is.
    • Kitten goes nuts at the mention of the Tau. Even moreso mentioning his relationship with Shadowsun. He gets so furious that Magnus actually leans back.
    • Magnus the Red also does not take kindly to unfavorable comparisons between himself and Leman Russ. He's also completely unable to hold his tongue when it comes to calling out someone being an idiot, and when exposed to the Imperium's stupid questions spends the entire episode on edge. Kitten gravely misjudges Magnus's response to saying the Space Wolves are much better than the Thousand Sons, smashing another of Magnus' buttons. Talking about the Space Wolves is not pushing Magnus' berserk button — it's smashing it so hard the thing just breaks. In addition, while it is a downplayed trope, confusion seems to act as an emotional trigger for Magnus. Crosses back into straight territory, however, as mocking him about this easily makes him angry.
    • Leman Russ' feelings towards Magnus are much the same; he completely blows his stack at the description of a towering, one-eyed red daemon, bellowing Magnus' name in fury.
    • The Ordo Xenos leader goes into a Red Rage once the word "Genestealers" are mentioned. She actually slaughters Kairos the Fateweaver when she asked whether he's a Genestealer, and because Kairos can only give two answers (one a truth and one a lie), it was no... and then yes. In a crossover "The Shadow over Immateriums" she, banished in the Warp and severely drunk on Fenrisian ale, emerged straight out of the Warp to kill off a Genestealer cult trying to infect a detective.
    • While Khorne is already in a state of perpetual anger given his nature, he gets absolutely pissed as hell at anything to do with Slaanesh, especially since he/she used his chainaxe as a vibrator. It's especially notable when compared to his interactions with Tzeentch, the other Chaos God he's canonically antagonistic to; he clearly doesn't like the Changer of Ways but he doesn't get outright infuriated at him either, at least relatively speaking.
  • Best Friend: The Emperor considered Malcador the Sigilite his bro-for-life and was very saddened by his passing. Notably, Malcador himself, while flattered by this, did not see himself as equal to his "best friend" in any way or manner and was OK with it.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Cegorach may be the "Laughing God", and his race may be dying, but he is still a god. Ahriman finds this out the hard way when he tries to force his way into the library.
    • Fyodor found out that as silly and cringe-worthy as the Custodes' exhibitionist and homoerotic ways are, they are still the Imperium's most powerful warriors.
    • Despite spending most of his time in the palace getting verbally lashed and mocked by the Emperor, Magnus is still one of the most powerful psykers in the galaxy. As shown when he sends the entire invading Inquisitorial force into the Warp (which he estimates to have been around 80% of the Inquistion in the whole galaxy).
    • Little Kitten utterly crushes both The Emperor AND Tzeentch (both two of the most calculating Magnificent Bastards in the universe) in Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth-Dimensional-Chess-Strip-Poker
  • Beyond the Impossible: Just to show how obscenely overpowered the Ultramarines are, they are sent on a Impossible Task. They manage to subdue and retrieve Magnus, a Daemon Prince, from the Eye of Terror. With their Gellar Shields deactivated. Yeah.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Malal, who, every time we see or hear from him, is trying desperately to become a relevant and canonical Chaos God.
  • Big "NO!":
    • In "Why Kitten Hates the Tau" short, Kitten lets out a big "NO" after his great love, Commander Shadowsun, leaves him. Then another one at the episode itself being made: THIS IS NOT FUCKING CANON!
    • One of shards of the Emperor when he realizes that he can't contact the "Throne Emperor" to warn him about the Tau.
  • Big Red Devil:Magnus' One-Winged Angel true form. Usually he restrains himself to keep his Primarch shape, but when Kitten smashes his Berserk Button...
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: In episode twelve, Emperor's critique of all of his Primarch sons (bar Sanguinus) makes it look like his family was like this. Meanwhile, he had absolutely no idea about the existence of his biological children, due to a combination of their psychic invisibility and not realizing their mothers survived the experience.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • The Emperor reacts this way upon learning about the division of Legions into Chapters.
    • Kitten reacts this way when he hears that the Emperor was building the Human Webway to get access to Eldar prostitutes.
    • Magnus in the second Q&A:
      The Emperor: This put me more into balance than the time I surfed a space hulk right into one of Tzeentch's crystal garden planets.
      Magnus: YOU DID WHAT?!
  • Bile Fascination: In-Universe, this is the response to the main cast to the "clusterwreck trainfuck" that is Lucius's Slaaneshmas HV Special. Everyone sees it as inherently heretical, but it's such a goddamn mess that they can't stop watching it.
  • Black Comedy: At the end of episode fourteen, Magnus runs over a couple of kids playing around the Palace. There's tons of black comedy in the series in general.
  • Blah Blah Blah: The second Q&A ends with Kitten backing off as Magnus and the Emperor are arguing, with their argument being represented by "rabble rabble rabble" from both sides.
  • Boom, Headshot: How Numbers kills Joe the Stormtrooper in Chaos Descends ep. 4.
  • Boring, but Practical: In "Kitten and Emps play a Children's Card Game", Emperor floods his deck with some of the most hilariously-broken Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in the game, including a card that only appears in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime because one of the characters cheated and made the card stupidly broken. Kitten wins by using Great Trunade to send everything back to the Emperor's hand, bypassing the "This card cannot be destroyed" that's printed on all of Emperor's cards.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Kitten and Magnus pointing fingers at the Imperium and the Thousand Son's faults. Magnus rightly points out that the Imperium is violent, paranoid and superstitious. Kitten responds that the Thousand Sons and the rest of Chaos make themselves very easy propaganda targets with their actions.
  • Brain Bleach: The Emperor requests some after being told Lorgar was a literal bookbanger.
    Please erase these mind images immediately
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "Dangerous, stupid, dangerously stupid and stupidly dangerous" is what the Warp is like.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Episode 12 is the first to have an opening. Immediately afterwards, the Emperor wonders what it was.
  • Brick Joke: In episode 12.5 one of the questions sent to the emperor was by Grey Knight 31 saying "Are you going to send Draigo to rehab? Dude needs help." Come episode 18, we see just how much help he needs.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Played for laughs — Karamazov is disgusted and let down when he finds out that his idol's secret tactic are Barrels of Jokaero.
    • Equally applies to Karamazov when he meets Kaldor Draigo in the warp, in this case, portrayed as a delusional raving egotist who steals Karamazov's dreadnought throne idea in the span of five seconds. Karamazov is not happy about this one.
  • Brown Bag Mask: When the Emperor talks about his sons, Alpharius and Omegon both wear those. Makes sense - in-canon, their faces are neither shown nor described, despite the two going mask- and helmetless fairly often.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Entire organizations.
    • The Custodes are exhibitionist, Macho Camp and love swimming in promethium pools, but they can be surprisingly competent.
    • The Ultramarines can't shut up about their own glory and speak in grandiose way, but if they're supposed to do something, they will do it, even if it violates laws of physics and common sense.
    • Cato Sicarius in particular — he manages to sneak on Prometheus, break a wall, drop a tank inside (with it's radio blasting his theme music no less) and escape without being noticed, despite being an obnoxious Glory Hound proclaiming his being fantastic all the time.
    • Salamanders love fire to the point of fetish, but are the most people-friendly Astartes Chapters out there.
    • Similar with the Space Wolves. They might be "furry fucks" as Magnus would say and drunkards but their rejection of the Codex allows them to stay independent and versatile, acting as both executioners and protectors of the people.
  • Burning with Anger: The Emperor does this when the above Berserk Buttons are pressed. Taken to extreme when Kitten tells Emperor about the Sensei and how Inquisition has hunted them down. This leads to Emperor venting steam from his ears. Which is pretty impressive, seeing how he is just a skeleton at this point. And then, his anger reaches such a state it actually causes warp storms to occur.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • The Emperor's caretaker and Custodes Captain-General, "Little Kitten". Half of the time, he's getting insulted by the Emperor for being a moron, while his own fellow Custodes mock him despite him being Captain-General, which they didn't even know about until Fyodor invaded the Palace. Oh, and once Magnus the Red joins the regular cast, he mocks him constantly too.
    • Magnus himself also gets mocked about as much.
    • Dominique, Karamazov's scribe, gets this treatment all the time, combined with shades of Only Sane Man. Admittedly, he's not very good at his job and has a serial drugs habit.
    • "Little Billy", the young presumably psychic boy in cardboard power armor. The universe seems just as determined to throw him into horrifying and traumatic experiences as it is to make sure he survives them. To make matters worse, he seems to be Lucius the Eternal's favorite target for "Pranks" and general bullying. To date the only good thing to happen to him was being saved from a band of Dark Eldar by Sly Marbo and even then he had to be put through the traumatic experience of being captured by the Dark Eldar.
  • Call-Back:
    • In episode four, the Emperor mentions that he's still disgusted with the Dreadknight from episode one.
    • In second Q&A, the Centurion — not seen since episode one save for a brief cameo — shows up again to calm the Emperor down.
    • In the same episode Kitten mockingly repeats Emperor's words about "fourth-degree Warp fuckery" from the first Q&A.
    • In episode 16, Kitten claims he could hear his Heresy Detector going off during an argument with Magnus. In episode 19, he pulls out a literal Heresy Detector when Magnus' argument with the Emperor reaches critical mass.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Magnus does it to the Emperor, pointing out that he was bullied by him for powers that the Emperor also had, that his father was insanely secretive, that he manipulated his sons and that he didn't trust them.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Kitten can't bring himself to tell Magnus that the latter has gone berserk at the mention of the Wolves, because Magnus doesn't remember a thing and Kitten doesn't want to trigger another outburst.
  • Camp Gay:
    • The other Custodes make rather... obvious remarks about their attraction to the Emperor (and each other). When they are not criticizing the Inquisition's sense of fashion or jumping on the scene and posing.
      "My loincloth is bursting with anticipation"
    • Lucius the Eternal makes the Custodies look normal with his high-pitched voice and effeminate mannerisms.
  • Captain Obvious: The Emperor is no fan of this.
    Kartodes: The Space Wolves are Space Marines!
    Rogal Dorn: He's incredibly unknowledgeable, father.
    The Emperor: Thanks Rogal. I noticed that.
  • Cassandra Truth: One of the Emperor's soul fragments feels this way; he believes the Tau are the greatest potential threat to the Imperium, but has no way of communicating his prophecy to "Throne-Emperor" in a way that Throne-Emperor will actually listen to. Then we see Tzeentch next to him, giggling like a maniac (well, more than usual), which confirms it.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The first few episodes were dedicated to the Emperor caustically commenting on the state of the Imperium/thinly veiled Take Thats at the 40K canon. It isn't until the Emperor decrees that the Inquisition be disbanded that things start to get somewhat serious. Downplayed in that while the events are indeed very serious, the way they are presented to the audience is as silly as before.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: That Imperial Fists centurion that the Emperor becomes so adored by in the first episode of Season 1? He appears at the end of Season 2 and reveals himself to be Rogal Dorn.
  • Chirping Crickets: When the Emperor asks Magnus and Kitten whether they have heard about the War in Heaven, the rebellion of the Iron Men and all the times when humanity was kicking ass, awkward silence falls, wind howls and a lone Servo Skull drifts by.
  • Chromatic Superiority: Played with; Kitten suggests that both Salamanders and Orks loose all the time because they are green. The Emperor dismisses it; to him, all colors are equally inferior when compared to gold.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • Episode 17 ends with one, as the Inquisition breaks into the hall of the Golden Throne and Magnus steps forward to defend his father, prompting Karamazov to scream daemon!
    • Episode 20 ends with the Centurion revealing himself to be Rogal Dorn.
  • Clip-Art Animation: The whole animation style, using characters taken straight out of Warhammer 40,000 illustrations. In season 1, their movements are mostly limited to Action Figure Speech. From season 2 onward they have a few moving parts, like the arms, but are still clip-arts.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Kaldor Draigo. Sweet, merciful Sigmar, Kaldor Draigo. Let's just say that Warp isn't good for his mind.
    • Somehow, Rogal Dorn is so literal-minded he veers directly into this.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • The Emperor's "C", "F", "K", and "U" keys should be worn out by now.
    • Ahriman also has quite the Potty-mouth, dropping an F-bomb at least once a sentence once he realizes that Cegorach is fucking with him.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Supernatural entities seem to use this, mostly in their subtitles. From what we have now:
    • Emperor — gold
    • Magnus — bright red
    • Tzeentch — blue
    • Nurgle — dark green
    • Cegorach — orange
    • Malal — white
    • Horus — Black and Dark Red
    • Khorne — blood red
    • Slaanesh — pink
    • Rogal Dorn — a lighter yellow
    • Perturabo (in flashback) — dark yellow
  • Comically Missing the Point: When the Emperor learns that he's worshiped as a God (and he had a very strict Stop Worshipping Me policy) and reacts with terror, Kitten is quick to assure him that the worship is holding strongly, which doesn't exactly calm the Emperor's mind.
  • Computer Voice: The Emperor's Text-to-Speech device, of course.
  • Continuity Nod: The full playlist of all videos that are canon to the TTS universe is mostly filled with filler and non-TTS specific videos. That said, these videos have a LOT of nods to each other, and many get referenced in the main series itself. Camels, "Soi Soi," and the Alfa Legion are just a few memorable examples.
  • Cool Old Guy: Torquemada Coteaz seems to be one. When the order to disband the Inquisition came down, he apparently went off to make movies to pass the time.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: While the Warhammer 40000 universe itself is one by nature of the setting, "The Shadow Over Immateriums" is a self-contained story styled after Lovecraft's work. Instead of involving the threat presented by the Chaos Gods, it involves the scope of the Tyranid invasion being astronomically larger than expected—and the Tyranids themselves having a God of their own.
  • Cosmic Retcon: Ventris has actually noticed how all of the Ultramarines' past failures and defeats have been retroactively either undone or made so minor as to be irrelevant, including his own personal My Greatest Failure moment. Calgar seems to know something about it but refuses to explain. General lore changes are usually explained as the Imperium getting better intelligence, although Kitten does note with confusion that the Necron Pariahs just sort of... wandered off one day.
  • Creator's Pet: Invoked.
    • Parodied with the Emperor's attempt to get the Ultramarines killed and their Primarch, Guilliman, unplugged from life support. And despite this mockey, they actually manage to succeed in their suicide mission to capture Magnus the Red. Later deconstructed. In episode 14 it turns out that Marneus Calgar has either grown out of his Glory Seeker ways, or is suffering from glory withdrawal. He's also been trying to get his successor, Cato Sicarus, killed; problem is, Cato won't die, no matter how utterly impossible or canon-defiling the situation is.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Karamazov leads an entire army of Inquisitors, Inquisitorial Stormtroopers and a decent number of Grey Knights to the Golden Throne to "save the Emperor". Magnus banishes him and the entirety of his collected forces into the warp and isn't even phased.
    • Also, apparently, any engagement the Ultramarines participate in, including kidnapping Magnus in the first place without their Gellar Shields on (by the Emperor's request).
    • Episode 22 has an especially nonchalant example of this trope, when Kaldor Draigo instantly, and off-screen, knocks out an enraged Magnus.
    • Episode 25 shows the Ultramarines in action, first leisurely jogging through the webway, but then they encounter an Eldar Phantom Titan. It starts insulting them and boasting about its prowess, to which Calgar just responds by angrily punching it in the foot, causing it to fall over and explode. Then they just walk away.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: The Emperor believes that Magnus is too curious for his own good. He really is. In the background lore, when the Emperor first met Magnus, he realized that his son was an active Psyker and warned him not to screw around with the Warp too much. Magnus being who he is proceeded to ignore his father's warnings and continued to fiddle around with his powers until he met Tzeentch. That said, Magnus does note that the Emperor never bothered to tell anyone, including the Primarchs, the ones for whom it would be most dangerous to fall to Chaos, exactly why they shouldn't have Dug Too Deep and thus were unprepared when Chaos did come a'calling.
  • Curse Cut Short: In Episode 21:
    Ultramarine: My glorious Chapter Master! We have succeeded in acquiring and planting the Salamanders artifacts!
    Calgar: ...WHAT THE FU—[cue intro]
  • Cuteness Proximity: The Emperor loves having a Centurion seated on his lap because he thinks it's adorable. Inverted when he sees the Dreadknight, which He finds absolutely horrible. The fandom of 40k typically agrees on these viewpoints.
  • Cutting the Knot: The winning gambit in the 4th Special ends up amounting to this, with Kitten lampshading it. Rather than play Tzeentch's overcomplicated, twisty-as-hell games that always seem to have another escape route, he realizes he needs to think like a simpler human rather than playing Tzeentch's game, and uses a much simpler strategy to call back his own creatures, swat Tzeentch's only monster back to his hand to leave him entirely open to a simple attack and just burying him under a stampede of small, fluffy animals.
  • Dark Secret: Calgar seems to know the secret to the Ultramarines' awesomeness, and he's terrified of Ventris figuring it out.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: The Fab Custodes, though "only on Thursdays".
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • The Emperor snarks at the Custodian, Magnus, and the rest of the universe. His grilling of Fyodor Karamazov is an epic trolling, sarcastically congratulating him on his "greatness" at failing to get the memo.
    • Dominique's character seems to live for this role, specifically because it pisses off Karamazov. He even takes in the fact that he's been transported to the Warp in stride. He has his moment after Karamazov's particularly long rant:
      Dominique: Hey, Fyodor? Maybe you should just preach them to death?
    • Magnus, being the bookworm of the Primarchs, gets in on the act just about every chance he gets.
    • Rogal Dorn, as literal-minded as he is, is able to shoot a few shots to his father, with The Emperor saying that he's lucky that [he] find(s) salt and sweet to go nicely together.
  • Deconstruction:
    • The series humorously deconstructs much of 40K's rather tangled lore. By episode 22, the series begins deconstructing itself much more seriously: What would realistically happen if the Emperor was a constantly sarcastic jerk to his children? They'd lose faith in him. Again.
    • Humorously, this second Deconstruction has itself ground to a halt in chapter 23. Yes, Kitten and Magnus are currently acting independently rather than on the Emperor's orders, but the results of their actions have so far been played for laughs in accordance with the overall nature of the show. Meanwhile, the Emperor is back to sarcastically commenting on the state of the Imperium, starting with the Space Wolves, only with Karstodes and Rogal Dorn instead of Kitten and Magnus.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: After hearing about how his citizens are freaked out about the Salamanders being black, the Emperor gets up in Kitten's grill for the Imperium's apparent racism. He doesn't realize that he's using outdated terminology, and that the Salamanders are not so much what modern terminology would refer to as "black" (Kitten sans armor actually does fall under that category) and more like you smeared charcoal all over their bodies (and gave them glowing red contact lenses to boot).
  • Department of Redundancy Department: As of the short "Decius Breaks the News", the God-Emperor of Mankind is renamed the Man-Emperor of Mankind — a double example of this trope.
  • Digging Himself Deeper:
    • When Kitten tells the Emperor about Inquisition, he tries to talk about good things connected to it, but ends up bringing up all the horrid things it has done.
    • Dark Angels' ruling cabal, while trying to ensure that the not-in-the-know Angels don't know about they secrets, accidentally blabber them all out.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Malice/Malal, a character Games Workshop has willfully dropped the rights to so as not to get sued, is trapped in "the retconnian".
  • Discriminate and Switch: When the Emperor asks why everyone is afraid of the Salamanders, Kitten replies that they're "black". Emperor takes this to mean that they're of African descent and Kitten is being racist. What Kitten meant is that the Salamanders are inhumanly black due to heavy radiation on their home planet, much darker than even the blackest Africans ever were, and it causes an Uncanny Valley effect when they try to talk to mere humans.
  • Dissonant Laughter: Lucius, adding to his Nightmare Fuel factor, laughs like a deranged Mickey Mouse when killing his enemies and screaming things like "We are all going to skullfuck your families!"
  • Dissonant Serenity: Magnus' most emotional reaction at a few thousand inquisitors invading the place he's in is expressing annoyance at someone who forgot to close the door and let the rabble in.
  • Diving Save: Magnus pushes Kitten to the ground and covers him when the Emperor has the most epic Unstoppable Rage phase up to date. Then the two GTFO to avoid it.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The poor Imperial citizen who spends most of Unsubtle Criticism Featuring the Adeptus Arbites in pain, confusion and fear eventually gets back at the braindead arbitrator and obnoxious official by joining Chaos. This summons the Exterimnatus-happy wrath of the Inquisition, and as the wall of flame screams in on the trio, the official is helpless to do anything but scream childishly while, at the last second, the hobo gets warped clear of the devastation by his new masters.
  • Door Stopper: The Book of Judgement. Although it's less of a Door Stopper and more of a Frickin' Support Beam. Rogal even has to use his Grav Weaponry to carry it and even uses it as Support Beam due to its length, and that's the Out-dated version. Not even the Emperor himself knows how big the current one is.
  • Double Entendre: Episode 20 "You're Green With It" has The Emperor give a very thin one of these to Kitten when talking about the Salamanders, a group The Emperor believed was just one of Kitten's gay fantasies.
    You have spent so much time around perfect toned abs and flawless oiled skin your mind has started fantasizing about big, exotic, crust-covered men to come and take you away to the lands of a thousand volcano cannons exploding in your face.
    • Kitten as much admits he does have such fantasies but that it is besides the point.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Episode twenty's title, "You're green with it!", can actually refer to three things:
    • The topic is the Salamanders, who have green as their color motif.
    • "Green with envy", referring to Magnus having a chip on his shoulder when it comes to Leman Russ and the Space Wolves.
    • invokedGreen from Squick, which is what happens to the Emperor (figuratively) in the season three premiere once The Reveal that the Centurion is actually Rogal Dorn rolls around at the very end of this episode.
  • Double Take: When Kitten tells the Emperor about Sensei, his human descendants.
    The Emperor: You mean the descendants of the shamans who gave their lives to form me? Isn't that, like, all of humanity?
    Kitten: Not exactly what I meant...
    The Emperor: Good. I never liked uncle Ragnar anyway. But really, though, what in the fuck do you me— [suddenly realizes that he has biological children] Fuuuuu....
  • Drama Queen:
    • Magnus has an aptitude for blowing things out of proportions and acting like a theatre diva whenever he's not being deadpan.
    • Belial keeps on overreacting, is always on verge of tears and takes everything as a sign that nobody loves him.
  • Dramatic Unmask: The Centurion takes off his helmet, revealing himself to be Rogal Dorn.
  • Drunken Master: The secret to surviving in the Warp, according to Leman Russ? A few mugs of strong ale. Apparently it helps boost confidence and dull one's senses to the horror.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • The other Custodes have no respect for their Captain-General, or as they call him, Little Kitten. Hell, until episode 11, they didn't even seem to know which Custodes their Captain-General WAS. Overall they continue to treat him as competition at best.
    • In a similar vein, the Emperor consistently orders the Custodes to "put some damn armor on", which they openly and flagrantly ignore.
    • And from Chaos, we have Miriael Sabathiel. Despite being one of the best servants of Slaanesh and the most infamous enemy of the Sororitas, she is hardly ever taken seriously by her foes or allies, even when in the process of torturing inquisitors to death.
  • Dysfunction Junction:
    • The Dark Angels ruling cabal: Azrael is paranoid and panicky, Belial is a teary-eyed Drama Queen and Asmodai is violent to the point of hilarity.
    • The Primarchs are shaping up to be this. Magnus is a half-daemon Insufferable Genius, Vulkan has his personal Ferrus Manus ghost he keeps screaming in rage at while being partially possessed by an Ork, Dorn has spent ten thousand years hiding as a Centurion only to reveal himself when the topic strays on Space Wolves and is apocalyptically Literal-Minded, and Corvus Corax is every bit the overly poetic, mopey font of despair The Emperor has made him out to be. It says something that Leman Russ, of all people, is the most normal and level headed of them, and he still has his wolf fixation, in addition to going berserk at the mention of Magnus.
  • Dystopia: To give an idea on how utterly messed up the Imperium is, look no further than the Book of Judgement. It's this massive tome so big that an outdated version can be used as a support beam, that at its current rate adds 100 volumes a day, its laws are stupid and contradictory, that if a judgement can't be rendered immediately (usually by a Judge Dredd knockoff performing a powermace to the head), it can be debated for millennia (even past the death of the original judge and defendant), after which the judgement will be performed on the defendant's descendants, and failing to define things to a high ranking Imperial official involves a five-day death sentence and a kick to the jaw, even if the individual is an even higher member of the Imperium. Oh, and it's written on human skin.
  • Easter Egg: The binary text in the "ASK ME QUESTIONS!" mini-episode reads: "I can't wait for Cypher to get to Mars so he can execute the plan." and "I think the Ultramarines are coming around with Magnus soon." The third message started out "As long as the questions don't scream about Baneblades" (an inside joke among Alfabusa videos) but was cut off by the Emperor.
  • Easy Evangelism: It takes Kitten all two minutes to convince Dominica into acting against Vandire.
  • The Eeyore:
    • Apparently, blanks, or at least those strapped to Magnus's prison to keep him from escaping. Then again, in a Crapsack World like 40K's universe, blanks have it a lot worse than most.
    • One of Inquisitors who accompany Karamazov becomes noticeably fatalistic when they're transported into the Warp, spelling doom for everyone involved within days.
    • Belial is relentlessly emo, and will start weeping at practically anything slightly negative.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • A whole pantheon of them, as detailed on the main Warhammer 40,000 pages. Within the show, however, an entity implied to be Matt Ward (who influenced a lot of the more snarked on bits of lore for the series and has a somewhat variable reputation within the fandom) is treated as one by Uriel Ventris for the Ultramarine's Creator's Pet status (which he's gradually becoming aware of).
    • "The Shadow Over Immateriums" has the Tyranid "god", the possible source of the the Hive Mind and Hive Fleets.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The Custodes in The Throne Room is referred to as "Little Kitten" by the other Custodes.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Several characters have made references to "The End Times," describing what appears to be a class X-3 or X-4 Apocalypse How. Rogal Dorn says he showed up in the throne room in preparation for it.
  • Enemy Mine: In the Slaaneshmas special. Loyalist and Traitor humans alike join forces for one day out of the year to murder the fuck out of the Xenos hordes.
  • Enraged by Idiocy:
    • Magnus has some serious problems with this, not helped by his own intellect being leaps and bounds ahead of most. Kitten is already enough to occasionally set him off, and reading through the Imperium's mailed questions pisses him off big time.
    • He seems to share this trait with Rogal Dorn, who finally has enough after Emperor and Kitten fail to stay on topic yet again.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: The Dark Angels take the fact that Cypher is on the planet and the fact that the Adeptus Mechanicus are on the planet, and manage to come to the conclusion that, rather than both being after the same thing, AdMech is working for Cypher and the Fallen.
  • Escaped from Hell: In April Fool's episode, Horus himself returns from oblivion by the force of his hatred. To make this clearer: Horus has been Deader Than Dead for a long while by this point.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first words out of Emperor's mouth— er, speakers, are "About fucking time. I have so many things to complain about."
  • Establishing Series Moment: The quote at the top of the page succinctly summarizes the series.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The only people who are not aroused by The Custodes are The Emperor, The Custodes in the Throne Room and a few Inquisitors.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The High Lords of Terra outlawed saying the name of the Old-Folks-Home Planet and don't react well when Fyodor mentions going there to find new High Lords of Terra after killing the present ones.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Inquisitor Coteaz's strategy against Decius' ministers are barrels of Jokaero (orangutans with advanced technology). One of the cardinals of the Ecclesiarchy is a Jokaero, and the most eager to dismember Decius as a heretic. Who simply yells "Banana" when Decius persuades the other cardinals by appealing to human supremacism.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Tzeentch comes across less as the Eldritch existing-in-the-past-present-and-future mastermind, and more as a petty little bully.
    • In the second Q&A episode, the Emperor gets a troll letter from Eliphas the Inheritor.
  • Evil Laugh: Karamazov has an outburst of evil laughter when he finally manages to reach Eternity Gate.
  • Exact Words:
    • While Ecclesiarch Decius reluctantly agrees to let the Inquisition conduct their investigation about the disbandment message on the Holy Terra, he tells Karamazov to remember the ruling of Terra (not a single drop of blood shall fall upon these sacred grounds) and take their suspect away from the Homeworld before killing them. Karamazov agrees, and promptly tells his men to burn them instead.
    • The Emperor is furious when he hears that people in the forty-first millenium have started to hate and fear the Salamanders because they're black. He thinks that this is a sign that mankind has gone back to the old ways of discrimination based on skin color... only for Kitten to tell him that, no, it's because the Salamanders are literally black, as in, the color of coal, and have burning red, glowing eyes.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Decius fails to notice a nearly five-metre-tall, devil-red Primarch standing some three meters away from him. Magnus suggests that it's a case of Selective Obliviousness.
    • Kitten and Magnus fail to identify a package of Nurgle's Rot inside the Emperor's mailbox.
    • Salamanders are so used to their planet being absurdly loud that they fail to hear brightly-colored Ultramarines rolling a giant, rumbling tank right behind their backs wile the Ultramarine's Chant is blasting everywhere they go. A moment later, the same tank fails to wake up He'Stan despite destroying the wall of his bedroom.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Kitten seems to have gotten this attitude after all the millenniums in the Palace. When making tea for the Emperor, he cheerfully hums to himself even as a grand battle to open a can of alien beans rages behind him, and even sudden arrival of Fab Custodes falling from the sky doesn't move him in the slightest.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Surprisingly averted with the Emperor. He reveals he doesn't mind living in peace with the other alien races, he'd just prefer they accepted his idea of peace under his rule (Eldar's idea of peace is keeping humans like zoo animals, for example). Furthermore, he thinks the current Imperium's goal of trying to exterminate all aliens in the galaxy is not only impossible but also impractical.
    • A strange appearance of mundane racism shows up in Episode 20, in which Kitten's fear of the Salamanders for their jet-black skin and glowing red eyes inadvertently causes the Emperor to erupt in fury that he, and therefore likely all of the Imperium, have managed to fall back into inter-human racism against black people in the traditional sense. Emperor calms down when he learns that Salamanders are literally black as charcoal and have glowing red eyes, especially since those apparently weren't dominant when he was still around.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lucius. His voice and manner of speaking sound like some kind of deranged stereotype of a Boy Band fangirl. What he says, though...
    Lucius: It's Slaanesh patrol! We're breaking into your base! (...) We are going to skullfuck your families!
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Lampshaded — Emperor bemoans that he only has the visor on his left eye, despite both having rotted long ago. Kitten claims that that's because when the Emperor was carried on the Golden Throne, one of Rogal Dorn's giant iron halo spikes took the eye out.
  • Fatal Flaw: When badmouthing his Primarchs, both the traitors and the loyalists, the Emperor lists off all their obvious flaws. Except for Sanguinius.
  • Flashback: More than a few times:
    • In episode three, Kitten flashes back to the execution of Goge Vandire.
    • In episode five, the Emperor remembers Malcador setting up what would later become the Inquisition.
    • In episode thirteen, Magnus has two flashbacks about how Tzeentch played him into becoming his pawn.
    • A big part of episode sixteen is a giant flashback to the universe's past.
    • A big part of episode seventeen is a giant flashback to the Emperor's personal past.
    • The short "Why Kitten Hates the Tau" has a short flashback to Kitten's past, although this might be just the Emperor trolling him.
  • Flat Joy: The Emperor's reaction to the Centurion. Justified in that he's using a text-to-speech device, so this is about as expressive as he can get.
    The Emperor: Yey.
    • His son Rogal Dorn does this as well in Episode 24 when he gets a bike (only if he "keeps [his] ass in smelling distance") like his brother Magnus does.
    Rogal Dorn: Yey. Bike.
  • Flat "What.": The Emperor lets out one when he thinks that Kitten is being racist against the Salamanders for being black.
  • Flipping the Bird: At the end of Episode 19, the Emperor shapes the Astronomican into this, which means he flipped the bird to the whole galaxy! This led to at least one ship to take it as a holy sign to commit vulgar action.
  • Flowery Elizabethan English: The first letter in second Q&A uses this. Emperor wonders out loud whether the author is a time traveller or "just dyslexic".
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Our Custodes friend, the Emperor's caretaker, claims to have been the one to meet Alicia Dominica during Goge Vandire's Reign of Blood. In canon, the Custodes who met Dominica was of the rank Centurion, second only to the Captain-General. This is the only clue we get to Kitten being of a much higher rank than his Butt-Monkey status makes him look.
    • A meta-example, but in the opening, we can see Magnus's form coming out of the shadows. Right in the episode after the opening's début, he joins the character roster.
    • A more comedic example in the remake of the first episode. When the Custodes is told the text-to-speech device has been installed, and that he'll be the first to speak with the Emperor in 10,000 years, he's so excited that he could just take off his armor, but calms down, saying that he's restrained himself for millennia. It hints at what the Custodes have become in the Emperor's absence, and how he's really Not So Different.
    • The Centurion the Emperor is always seen with is from the Imperial Fists. It turns out he is actually Rogal Dorn, Primarch of the Imperial Fists.
    • In episode 24, The Emperor orders that while the Ultramarines are in the Dark Eldar city of Comorragh, they seek out Jagheti Khan (having previously ordered them there to have a dance-off with Harlequins). In the same episode, Leman Russ hears that Magnus is with the Emperor, and orders that the Inquisitorial Army under his command go to the only stable passage between the Warp and realspace- The Gate of Khaine, which is in Comorragh. While not yet confirmed, it does suggest that Comorragh is going to play a very important role in the series in the future.
    • In episode 20, among the pile of Artifacts of Vulkan collected and then surreptitiously delivered by the Ultramarines, a green Smart Car is visible. Five episodes later, we learn that Smart Car is, in fact, the Engine of Woes, and that Corvus Corax is inside it.
  • Foil: Magnus and Leman are this to each other. Whereas Leman is a Boisterous Bruiser who calls a Guardsman a nerd for having read about the Warp in a book, Magnus has dedicated his life to accumulating knowledge and is almost always calm. Magnus' fault was going against his father's (admittedly somewhat vague) warning about the Warp, Leman's was not questioning an order to kill Magnus he had received. Magnus, a sorcerer drawing his powers from the Warp, had been brought back from it by force while Leman, who hate sorcery, has been stuck here for 10 000 years and, as of episode 24, is trying to find a way out. Finally, pressing their Berserk Button (each other) yield vastly different result: Magnus Hulks Out and becomes The Berserker, Leman instantly becomes serious and in full Tranquil Fury mode.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Episode 12.5. While technically it is an in-universe Q&A with the Imperial citizens (and a few non-Imperials), there a few moments of breaking the fourth wall. Also, one of the notable things to come out of this is that there way too many to ask the same question: What does the Emperor think of Tau? Since he doesn't know them, he ask his caretaker, who answers that they are insignificant, to what the Emperor counters that with how many citizens asked about them, they cannot be insignificant.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Due to the sheer scope of the setting, numerous side-stories develop concurrently to the main plot, though aren't given the same amount of focus.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In episode 13, just as Magnus smashes through the Webway gate, a subtitles flashes that says "You are all free now." Then, of course, suddenly daemons.
    • In episode 14, Uriel Ventris is standing next to a box that reads R. A. Veldt's (Striked Out Snake Oil), Miracle Elixir.
    • In episode 18, during Emperor's speech to Decius, there's a caption saying "Sudden daemonic TTS crackle". Uh-oh...
    • In episode 21, during Calgar's brief bit of good old-fashioned Ultra-violence, one can briefly see one of the charging Necrons picked "SOI SOI MOTHERFUCKER" as his warcry.
    • In episode 23, you can see that Decius' cup is actually a "sanctioned recaf container".
    • During the first special, right before the assembled group starts contemplating ding dong ditching Skarbrand's home, you can see Kaldor Draigo's sword-arm flailing like a Gmod ragdoll.
  • French Jerk: Cegorach, the Laughing God, has a French accent and is, as in canon, a massive troll. Given that his primary targets are Chaos and the C'tan, he still comes across as one of the more likable gods in the galaxy.
  • Freudian Slip:
    • The Emperor's Webway may or may not have been an excuse to score some Eldar hookers. Similarly conversations about the Tau may or may not be a place for Kitten to make penis innuendos.
    • Less charged, from Magnus:
      Magnus: Yes, that will certainly knock the father down a few notch— I mean MAKE THE IMPERIUM GREAT AGAIN! YES! Yes.
  • Funny Background Event: After the Emperor puts Kitten's armor back on him, the Custodian can be heard breathing with relief for a few seconds.
    • While the Emperor talks about the Eldar repopulating the galaxy after the war in heaven, an Ork attempts to join in the Eldar's huge orgy, only to get launched out by a very flustered looking space elf.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Occasionally, subtitles have their own gags added to them to emphasize certain things. Helps a lot when the most talkative person in the series doesn't have any ability to emphasize naturally.
    • One in particular that doubles as a Bilingual Bonus is all of the description gags relating to the Emperor's Soul are written in (accurate!) Altum Videtur.
    Emperor's Soul: *chuckles*
    Subtitles: [Imperator Risus] (Emperor laughs)
  • Gainaxing: In episode 12, Alfabusa sure as hell made it a point to make Slaanesh's breasts to bounce like crazy, though considering how much the rest of his/her body is bouncing about at the same time it's not immediately apparent.
  • Gambit Pileup: The Emperor has his plan to fix the Imperium. Magnus ALSO plans to fix the Imperium, but according to his own vision. Cypher is planning something. Abaddon is readying for a new Black Crusade. Gazghkull is uniting the Ork clans. Fyodor is trying to escape from the Warp, convinced that he's a shard of the Emperor. Rogal Dorn has his own agenda. Needless to say, when these plot threads collide, things will get very bloody, very funny, or (most likely) both, very fast.
  • Game-Breaker: Invoked. In "Kitten and Emps play a Children's Card Game" Emps plays the Golden Castle of Stromberg from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Keep in mind, not only has this card never been put to print in real life, it has never been put to print in the Yu-Gi-Oh!! universe either (it was developed as a computer virus by a cheater)! It's THAT broken! Kitten nullifies it with Great Trunade.
  • Gargle Blaster: Leman Russ can brew a spectacularly powerful one made from Bylestim and Bloodthirster liver extracts. Karamazov's not too far off when he calls it literally "liquid Chaos". Apparently, it gets everyone so insanely drunk they start pranking powerful daemons and succeed.
  • Get Out: Marneus Calgar to Cato Sicarius after a particularly stunning display of egotism and stupidity.
  • Girls Have Cooties: The Emperor's reason not to create female Astartes.
  • A God Am I:
    • While Emps denies his own divinity, he also states that he's the only one who could legitimately make that claim. He also remarks "Holy mother of myself," at one point in episode 14. There's also the conspicuous pause when he calls himself a god...like being. Later a "not-god".
    • He exploits this with Karamazov, feeding his ego until the man is dancing on his strings like a puppet.
  • A God I Am Not: As with the canon, the Emperor has major gripes with being called a god, and because of this disbands the Inquisition and Ecclesiarchy.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser:
    • Khorne and Khaine apparently hang out together and have an almost "step dad / step son" relationship.
    • The Emperor, Tzeentch, and Cegorach apparently have a regular Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth Dimensional-Hypercube-Chess-Strip Poker a.k.a. Yu-Gi-Oh! game. Emps has also mentioned The Deceiver showing up occasionally, and apparently Tzeentch sometimes brings Ursarkar E. Creed as a plus-one.
  • Going Native: Kaldor Draigo is considerably more... chaotic than the last time he's been seen.
    Kaldor Draigo: I too have a beard. Have you seen my beard? It is full of... TINY MEN. Please. Kill them ALL!"
  • Go Mad from the Isolation:
    • This is, apparently, what happened to the Custodes. According to Kitten, after 10,000 years of doing nothing but watching over the Emperor's body and killing the odd daemon trying to infiltrate the throne room every hundred years or so, they all fell off the deep end, hence the loin cloths and obsession with well-oiled abs. Kitten went through a similar phase, but eventually got tired of it and became the only reasonable and sane one out of the whole lot.
    • It would seem the same happened to Kaldor Draigo after too much time in the Warp with no allies or friends.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • It's (arguably) implied that Marneus Calgar might have made a pact with some greater power, with Behemoth off-spin series being a possible sign that he made it during Tyranid attack on Ultramar. Because of that attack, Ultramarines suffered great losses and it could be that Calgar made the pact in order to make the Ultramarines survive the assault to at least some extend. Cut to the present. The Ultramarines are not only back to their full strength, but they became an entire Chapter worth of Mary Sues, not able to experience any defeat at all, no matter how impossible their missions are. This trope kicks into full effect when TTS shows Marneus Calgar actually being depressed over this situation, it obviously not being what he originally wanted.
    • Episode 25 has Magnus wanting to sneak into the Salamanders' artifact storage commando style, to remind himself of his scouting days. When Kitten points out if he wanted to be stealthy all he had to do was turn invisible with his Psyker powers, Magnus decides he's sticking with his previous idea, and appeals to Kitten's Berserk Button by telling them invisibility would be more of a Tau thing. It works far too well, convincing him to forgo stealth entirely in an explosive rant that nearly gets them caught.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: This is how The Emperor sees the Imperium at its current state; the civilization he founded to be based on science and devoid of any kind of organized religious belief (especially organized religious belief that worships he himself as a god) is a theocracy that shuns science and holds him up as a god.
  • Got the Call on Speed Dial: Vulkan shows up literally seconds after all artifacts are collected.
  • Grumpy Old Man:
    • The High Lords of Terra are basically what 1d4chan imagines them to be: a bunch of old, useless farts who alternate between doing absolutely nothing and making things worse through their idiocy.
    • The Emperor acts like a grumpy dad, equating the fall of nine of his primarchs to Chaos with "rebellious teenage phases". The Eldar god Khaine has the same reaction to the Chaos gods when he sees them arguing.
    • The Old Ones are depicted as such in the Emperor's re-telling of the history of the universe.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Ahriman doesn't take being booted out of the Black Library too well, and takes it out on the first available target.
    Thousand Sons Sorcerer: Master, was your visit to the Black Library successful?
    Ahriman: No it wasn't, you useless rotten pile of disgraceful, warp-infested pubic hair!
  • Hands-Off Parenting: The Emperor pretty much expected his sons (even those that had grown around Chaos) to bow in awe of his magnificence, follow his instructions to the absolute letter, and never question him; even their interactions with each other are a complete non-concern to him. Even in canon it's acknowledged he's a peerless general but a terrible father.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: According to the letters, the Sororitas all turned into this after the Emperor had outlawed the Imperial Cult. There's so many of them it's actually becoming a serious problem for the Arbitres, who are struggling to contain all the drunken shenanigans; and the brewhouses and distilleries, who literally cannot produce enough grog to keep up with demand.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: A list of people The Emperor doesn't have something bad to say about: Malcador the Sigilite, Sanguinius, the Astral Knights (though this is only after he learns about how they destroyed the World Engine), the Centurion until The Reveal, and Ollanius Pius. That's it. Oh, and possibly Ciaphas Cain, although since that was in one of the comments specials, its status as canon is questionable.
    • If his final summary at the end of the White Scars podcast is of any indication, he is genuinely impressed with and approves of the White Scars. While he is also quick to point out their weaknesses and occasionally mocks them, overall his opinion of them is still significantly higher than his opinion of...pretty much anyone who isn't mentioned in the list above.
  • He Knows Too Much: Thanks to Dark Angels' rulers' ineptitude, two Angels have to be mauled to death for knowing about the Fallen. Subverted when Belial points out next episode that the two Angels were indicted into the inner circle, so they were allowed to know about the Fallen, making their deaths completely unnecessary.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: The Emperor recalls the end of the Reign of Blood less favorably and explains that he didn't make female Astartes because he thinks girls are yucky.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: The Emperor when he remembers that he and Malcador created the Inquisition. Kitten pokes him with a stick for hours trying to get a response.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • The series takes a Broad Strokes approach to the three versions of Ollanius Pius story: all three of them happened! The lone Guardsman AND the Space Marine Terminator AND the Custodes had all thrown themselves between Horus and the Emperor, in that order. The Emperor thinks that the latter two did it so that they could save face from being upstaged by an ordinary human.
    • Spoofed in the beginning of "Atrocious Answers" when the Emperor decides to answer the questions despite Magnus fearing that this may end up with destruction of Terra.
  • Hidden Depths: In Episode 19, we get to see more than just Insufferable Genius Magnus – he readily admits that he’s not sure why he had done what he had, hadn’t made an informed decision back then and had been utterly lost and confused – and, to some extent, still is now.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Rogal Dorn was the Centurion all along.
  • High-Pressure Emotion:
    • When the Emperor hears what happened to the Sensei, his rage begins with puffs of steam erupting from where his ears used to be.
    • Again in second Q&A when the Emperor hears a message about an undelivered burger, steam shoots out his ears and his mouth. Thankfully the Centurion is there to calm him down.
  • Holier Than Thou: Karamazov seems to believe he's much holier than everyone so therefore his actions are justified despite the fact the Ecclesiarch and the Custodes, the Emperor's personal bodyguards, call out on his actions. This only fuels his convictions that he is truly the most holy.
  • Hollywood Atheist: The Emperor is presented as a smug example of atheist fundamentalism.
    The Emperor: I destroyed all asshole religions that existed on Terra. Do you want to know why?
    The Custodian: Because you are the one true God, my lord?
    The Emperor: Wrong. It is because religion is stupid, superstitious brainwashing crap that makes you an asshole. This is why I specifically said when designing the Imperial Truth, that equality, science and galaxy conquest is the way to go. And religion needs to be thrown out a window.
    • It is somewhat justified- literally every single god in the setting is hopelessly, irredeemably evil, useless, or incompetent, and their followers tend to make things even worse. It's not hard to see why the Emperor wants to get rid of religion.
  • Hollywood Tactics: The Emperor commented on how many battles should get better results had the combatants in Warhammer 40k universe had used reasonable tactics (i.e. trying to pull back and fire at Tyranid fleet rather than having a rare Battleship go on a suicidal assault into Hivefleet to detonate a warp, retreating in dire situations, trying not to resort on ramming things with irreplaceable ships, etc.). Though The Emperor himself is a fan of hand-to-hand combat that he became angry at Tau's disdain for it, and he does allow such tactics if they get actual results (such as the loss of the Astral Knights and their Battle Barge, which allowed the Imperium to stop the Necron World Engine).
  • Humanity Is Superior: Decius appeals to the Ecclesiarchy with this argument, pointing out that referring to the Emperor as a God is demeaning, since as a human, he is actually so much more. Thanks in no small part to his speech skills, this sways the entire organization to the mindset.
    • The Emperor believes this... somewhat. He's willing to accept Xenos into the Imperium, so long as they accept humanity's version of an ideal galaxy. The reason being that a human's ideal galaxy is everyone living in peace and harmony, while all others... Well, the Eldar's version of an ideal galaxy starts with humanity in cages, and the others are even worse.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Magnus sees the Emperor as one, given the latter's tendency to expect everyone to blindly follow his orders like he was a god despite his protestations that he isn't one.
      Magnus: Yeah, one second you're all like "I don't want to be a god!" and the next you're like "but you should all still treat me like one!"
    • Also, the Emperor said he was done with all the deception and secrecy... right after he got Karamazov sent to the Warp by convincing him they were the same person.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Magnus the Red is a little incensed at Kitten's accusation of bringing daemons over for a party... but he really did have some over for a literal party. Though that might be not because they are extra-British daemonic party guests per se, but because the word "tentacled" fell, which is more of a Slaanesh thing and "Besides, I [Magnus] am not Fulgrim".
    • The Emperor makes fun of a Human and Eldar couple in a Q&A, calling their relationship similar to Bestiality, yet a couple of episodes earlier, he accidentally reveals he started the Webway project to hire Eldar hookers. It's Bestiality for the Eldar because of their enormous arrogance and ego. As the Emperor explained, the Eldar basically think of Humans as primitive primates and unevolved beasts.
    • Karstodes claims to be utterly disgusted by the daemons of Slaanesh in Episode 23. This coming from a guy who never wears any armor and all but oozes Camp Gay tendencies. The Emperor doesn't even bother to humor this trope.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": The Emperor calls his junk "The Big E'", "Big Ol' Bonerston", and "My Giant Flaming Greatsword".
  • Ignoring by Singing: Magnus defends himself this way from the tales of Emperor's troublesome sex life. It doesn't help much.
  • I Knew It!: invoked Karamazov says it word-by-word when he sees that a (supposedly-)traitor Primarch is in the Hall of the Golden Throne.
  • I Love the Dead: Alicia Dominica is a bit TOO into The Emperor — it's left up for grabs whether or not she understands just how much the Emperor has decomposed.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Hearing Emperor's vision for Mankind puts Decius in this mood.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Part of the reason the Emperor made the Primarchs is because he didn't think he could have children the normal way. The fact that sex with him (according to him) tends to be awesome but potentially fatal (using words like 'literally explosive climaxes') also helped fuel this belief, not to mention his tendency to love 'em and leave 'em. Plus, Sensei are invisible to the Warp, so the Emperor wouldn't have realized that he sired any children.
  • Impossibly Mundane Explanation: Apparently, the terrifying Tyrant Star is actually a peeping hole for the beings in the Retconnian.
  • Inane Blabbering: When the Centurion shows his face, the Emperor's eloquence suddenly vanishes.
    The Emperor: Aaaaaaaaaaaaa?
  • Incoming Ham: Many a character enters the stage thusly:
    • Whenever you hear this, be prepared for ham in more than just one way.
    • Magnus: NO PATHETIC BOX CAN HOLD ME LIKE THIS!
    • Kaldor Draigo: GREETERLINGS! THIS IS A GOOD-LOOKING BEARD YOU HAVE THERE, SIR!
    • Cato Sicarius says practically nothing but his own praises and glory before running off to do it again somewhere else.
  • Inconvenient Itch: In addition of feeling endless torment of sitting upon the Golden Throne while his body perpetually decays little by little and feeling every bit of it, his soul being torn apart by the entropy of the Warp as his mind clashes against it to safeguard reality, the Emperor also has an itch on his nose, despite not having the nose anymore, courtesy of Nurgle.
  • Innocent Bystander Series: Downplayed with Chaos Descends. The main characters are cultists and not "innocent bystanders," but next to Emps, Kitten, Magnus, and even the crew of Kryptman's ship, they might as well be. Even in episodes 3 and 4, the characters are just the poor schmucks who wandered into events far beyond their pay level.
    Smarty: Y'think we're dealing with Stormtroopers instead? Piss...
    Numbers: Yup. We're gonna be playing with the Inquisition's Golden Boys.
  • Insane Proprietor: Crazy Hassan in Chaos Descends ep. 2 sells camels in the middle of the desert with no one around for miles. "Buy three for the the price of three."
  • Insistent Terminology: Fucking Horus. Also, the leader of Ultramar— sorry, Smurfs is Papa Smurf, not some "Marneus Calgar".
  • Insufferable Genius: Magnus has some of this attitude in the beginning of episode sixteen.
  • Insult of Endearment: Magnus notes that for all the verbal abuse the Emperor throws at the Custodian, the Emperor seems all in all rather fond on him, trusting him to tell the Emperor "stupid shit" and listening to the Emperor complaints. He goes on to posit that the Custodian is the closest thing to being the Emperor's wife (Taunting him by calling him "Step-mother").
  • Interface Spoiler: Averted. Centurion's lines only turn into his character colour when he reveals his face.
  • Interspecies Romance: There are a few examples.
    • The Emperor stated that the Webway Project was originally so he could have easy access to Eldar Prostitutes.
    • At one point an Imperial Citizen sends the Emperor a letter asking him to give his blessing to the romance between LIIVI and Taldeer. The Emperor then talks about how the Eldar see humans as inferior, how by the standards of her race Taldeer is into beastiality "and is a sick fuck", and how she will probably catch a bunch of interspecies ST Ds and kill off half her craftworld. He concludes by giving his blessing to the romance.
    • The Emperor showed a video of Shadowsun breaking off a romantic relationship with Kitten and him being devastated by this, suggesting that this is the reason Kitten hates the Tau so much. Kitten insisted that this was not canon.
    • Lucius the Eternal asks Miriael Sabathiel if she would consider having sex with a Tyranid. And yes, he takes this question seriously.
  • In the Style of...: In the Eliphas The Inheritor side story Farsight Enclaves, the Farsight Tau are depicted in blatantly over-the-top anime-esque style and characterization.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Tzeentch utilizes cheap insults and clever remarks to slowly win Magnus over to his side.
  • It Amused Me: The Emperor suggests stealing all of Trazyn's collection for the kicks.
  • It's All About Me: When the Emperor talks about the history of the galaxy after his birth, his listeners point out that he's mostly just telling the history of himself.
  • Jerk Ass: Again, Tzeentch. As well as the Deceiver and his friend Cegorach the Laughing God.
    • Basically All of the Inquisition are a bunch of trigger/burn happy assholes who commit atrocities simply for not getting their way. The ones that aren't are kept offscreen.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While the extremes he took it to are wrong, Karamazov had good reason to be suspicious about the Emperor's communication that disbanded the Inquisition and the Ecclisiarchy. After all, which sounds more likely: that the Emperor, whom suddenly has the ability to speak and command again after ten thousand years of doing nothing, has suddenly decided to make a massive announcement across the imperium (keeping in mind that Karamazov, indeed, most of the Imperium that wasn't the Custodes, didn't know that there was a text-to-speech translator in the throne and that Big E was back), or that someone decided to send a falsified message that would shut down the two organizations that work hardest at keeping the Imperium safe from chaos, mutants, and xenos? Keeping in mind that the age of Apostosy happened already, and that (as Decius and Karamazov discussed) that a loyal servant of the Empire who appeared loyal had heretics and Cultists in his ranks, Karamazov was right to think poorly of the message, given what information he had at the time.
    • While the Emperor giving one last insult to Magnus in episode 22 appears to be the straw that breaks the camel's back regarding Magnus, who has proven up until that point that he could be trusted by the Emperor, Big E's insult- "Don't use your powers or you'll screw up everything again,"- really makes sense in context since Magnus just got done having a psychotic break where he turned into a demon and tried to kill everything within killing range. Mind you, Magnus didn't know that, but E being a little annoyed with his son's powers at that point in time is very understandable.
  • Just as Planned: At the end of episode eleven, the Emperor sits on his throne and muses that everything is going just as planned. And he does lampshade that "Just as planned" is Tzeentch's catchphrase.
  • Just You And Me And My Guards: When Karamazov prepares to enter the Imperial Palace, Decius summons his guards to stop him. Later, Kitten does the same with the Custodes, this time, with more success.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his Hates Everyone Equally tendencies and the fact that he likes to be a dick, the Emperor still wants to get everything back in order, hates the Crapsack World that formed in his absence and other signs that he's a good man underneath it all.
  • Kick the Dog: The Emperor refers to the time he teleported Angron away from his men and leaving them all to die as hilarious. It's worth mentioning that this is what compounded Angron's already massive anger issues and played a heavy hand in Angron turning against the Emperor.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Fyodor Karamazov. As soon as he enters the story, things gets ever-so-slightly more serious.
    • Ahzek Ahriman. Magnus the Red claimed that nothing that Ahzek could do could possibly pose a threat only for the show to immediately cut to Ahzek, showing that he has found none other than the Black Library. Subverted however, when he is easily and humiliatingly defeated by Cegorach. However, this also starts another plotline where apparently, Abbadon is starting to pull together Chaos Warbands for another Black Crusade.
    • Lucius the Eternal, Fulgrim and Abaddon are about to crash the party even worse than the above two. The first one has already managed to kickstart the series' invoked Nightmare Fuel section on YMMV.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Karstodes gets positively giddy when Emperor beckons him to continue speaking.
  • Large Ham: EVERYONE. Even those that sometimes restrain themselves (such as Kitten) have moments where they can't help but unleash the ham.
  • Leitmotif:
    • "Awake" from Jojos Bizarre Adventure Battle Tendency blares out whenever the (half-naked) Custodes make their appearance.
    • The Ultramarines have their battle-chants, that play whenever they show up or do something ludicrous; the sole exceptions seem to be Marneus Calgar and Ventrus. Notably, one of the main reasons the Emperor despises the Ultramarines is that he's heard this chanting for millennia on end, giving him the greatest headache in the history of mankind.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Happens a lot. For example Rogal Dorn asks the Emperor where all the water on Holy Terra went. When the Emp said it boiled away after nuclear wars (and over population), he retorts that boiling water doesn't remove water. When the Emp changes it to it was stolen, he asks how people could steal it away during the Age of Strife with limited travel and small ships. The Emp just pulls out an explanation from his skeletal ass and says Psykers sent it to the warp.
  • Lethal Joke Character: According to one of Emperor-shards, the Tau are this and will doom everyone if not purged quickly enough.
    • The Non-Kitten Custodes. They may not wear their armor, but they still have the best wargear in the Imperium of Man. Them surrounding Karamazof ends his attempt to burn everyone on Terra.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The conclusion of "Kitten and Emps play a Children's Card Game". The Emperor sure doesn't want the fact that he lost a Yu-Gi-Oh!! card game to Kitten to be mentioned ever again.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The Emperor and Magnus both note that there's a lot of similarities between how the former kept secrets from his son and it blew up in his face and how the latter kept secrets from his first captain and how it blew up in his face.
    Magnus: This is too ironic for my taste...
    The Emperor: Like fucking father, like fucking son.
  • Liquid Courage: Leman Russ has a Gargle Blaster made from bylestim and demon liver-juices intended to make mortals confident enough to survive in the Warp.
  • Literal-Minded: Rogal Dorn flat out doesn't understand metaphors or subtle messages.
    The Emperor: The only Rogal-related thoughts I have been having is how nice it would be if he could build some kind of wall barring all the stupid shit that is going on in the galaxy from entering my comfort zone.
    Rogal Dorn: Fecal matter does not have mental capacity. You do not require fortifications against it.
  • Little "No": When Kitten finally flat out states that he won't unplug Guilliman from life support.
  • Lost Him in a Card Game: In the fourth special, Tzeench literally loses Magnus' soul to Kitten after betting him in a card game.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Rather than use his hands to pick up the phone, Lucius utilizes one of his (apparently many) tentacles.
  • Macho Camp: The other Custodes, who dress like the Pillar Men (Complete with the theme song). Note that this is actually canon to an extent: Custodes uniform, outside of their Power Armor, is Stripperiffic. They are also all men.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Nurgle's Rot being released into the throne room during the second Q&A episode is treated with mild annoyance, even after Kitten identifies it as the most deadly disease in the galaxy. Granted, the three of them are probably the most well-suited to handle a warp-plague - Magnus is made of pure Chaos Stuff and isn't even corporeal anymore, The Emperor is the Motherfucking Emperor, and Kitten is wearing his armor (which is some of the best in the entire galaxy).
    Magnus: "Just refrain from breathing through your nose, and you should be fine."
  • Man Child: Magnus hides it a bit better than the Emperor, but it still shines from time to time. Rogal can be childish as well as he wants a bike because Magnus has one and he wants to be fast too.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • The Emperor is shown to be one of these, with extra emphasis on the 'bastard' part. It's revealed that the primary reason he disbanded the Inquisition was to see which members of the organization would not follow his orders, which would draw them all to Terra so that he could get them in a single location to deal with them all at once. It sounds good, until you realize that he did this knowing the Inquisition would come to Terra and murder thousands of its citizens before they were eventually dealt with. Furthermore, despite his assurances that he was going to forgive Magnus and give him a second chance, it's revealed that the primary reason the Emperor brought Magnus back to Terra was to deal with the inquisition, and to be made a scapegoat for doing so if the need arises.
    • As of Episode 22, Magnus joins in the fun, distancing the Emperor and Kitten for his own reasons.
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Most of the Emperor's sexual partners suffered literally explosive orgasms, and the ones that didn't die were still often left in bad shape. Emps was unaware that any of them survived, and had no idea he'd actually fathered children with those survivors.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Isha seems to have warmed up to Nurgle. She seems genuinely upset when Tzeentch sends his daemons to ravage Nurgle's garden.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In hindsight, Centurion popping up to listen on Throne Room debates seems like foreshadowing.
  • Meanwhile Scene:
    • When Kitten is about to explain the Inquisition to the Emperor, the video cuts to the Imperial Guard in middle of several warp storms.
      The Emperor: I think I shat out at least 5 warp storms during that presentation.
    • Happens again in Episode 12 when the Emperor's caretaker, eager to change the subject, mentions the Traitor Legions. Then the episode cuts to Mars, with some tech-priests discussing a newly discovered STC-fragment.
    • A third time in Episode 17: after hearing about how the Inquisition treats the Sensei, steam starts pouring out of the Emperor's ears and the ground begins shaking... cut to deep space, with warp storms opening up all over the place and "Ride of the Valkyries" playing in the background.
  • Megaton Punch: Delivered by an extremely angry Leman Russ to Karamazov. It's hard enough to be heard back in the Emperor's throne room, back in the Materium, and when Karamazov wakes up he's on the other side of the Warp.
    • Marneus Calgar, as befits a man wielding the Gauntlets of Ultramar, performs such punches as his Signature Move. He first bestows one on the very, very deserving grill of Cato Sicarius, and later floors an Eldar Wraith Titan with a single punch.
  • Metallic Motifs: In episode 18.5, the Emperor explains the Imperium's obsession with gold-plating everything by saying that gold is the color of the winners, and he intended mankind to be the first in everything in the universe. A bit of Fridge Brilliance here, too: "gold = first place" may not hold in other species' cultures... but the Emperor does not give a flying fart about what xenos think!
  • Mind Hive: The Emperor explains that his psyche has fractured into such an immeasurably vast number of still-rather-interconnected fragment-minds to watch over the Imperium in myriad ways, that he — that is, the part of his soul that is directly connected to his decaying body on the Golden Throne, and which thus empowers the Astronomicon as well as is what/who has been conversing with Kitten, Magnus, et al. so far since Episode 1 — is no longer sure what the sum totality of his knowledge is. As he puts it when Magnus asks how come he's reliant on Kitten to inform him of the Imperium that's supposed to be watching over, "I don't know. Maybe I do know, but at the same time not."
  • Mistaken for Racist: The Custodian, and by extension the rest of the Imperium, due to him bringing up the Salamanders scare people due to their black skin color. It takes a bit of angry banter (and the Emperor tearing Kitten's armor off) to clear up this means charcoal black rather than a normal skin color sort of black.
  • The Modest Orgasm:
    • Decius has one when in Emperor's presence for the first time, although it's more religious ecstasy than anything sexual.
    • Alicia Dominica seems to quietly get off staring at the Emperor's ribcage. Even 5000 years later the Emperor and Custodes are still squicked out about it.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • In episode nine, the scene cuts from Emperor planning the theft of Trazyn's stuff to Terra burning. It gets right back on track again, though.
    • First Q&A has the Emperor speaking proudly about nurturing humanity to its power, grand music playing in the back, only for the mood to be broken completely by the Emperor bemoaning that the questions sent in are the worst thing he's seen so far.
    • The second Q&A has the Emperor and Magnus having a grand conversation about sacrificing oneself for greater good, only for Kitten to point out that the questions they're talking about aren't all that bad.
    • Episode 23 has Cypher approaching the Dark Angels at last, being bold enough to ask for a meal, causing a tense pause... followed by Azrael simply pointing him in the right direction, none the wiser; the Dark Angels, in their paranoia, have entirely forgotten what Cypher actually looks like.
    • In the second part of the "BEHEMOTH" special, depicting the battle of Ultramar against the Tyranids, Calgar with having both his arms and legs chopped off by the Swarmlord, can only look upon the gigantic swarm pillaging the planet, tearing down buildings, and slaughtering his men. Cut to a few years later with him telling Inquisitor Kryptman, "and then we won".
    • "The Shadow Over Immateriums" appears to be a Lovecraftian horror story set in the 40K verse, then just as the protagonist is about to be infected by Genestealers, a drunken Inquisitor Quist shows up and effortlessly slaughters the whole cult before popping back into the Warp.
  • Most Annoying Sound: In-universe; helmet-mounted lingua-technis mouthpieces sound like bad dial-up modems, and the Emperor psychically punches anyone using them.
    • The Emperor tries repeatedly to get the Ultramarines killed because their chanting is so very annoying.
  • Mr. Exposition: Everyone, depending on the topic.
    • The Emperor talks about the Warp and the times before the Imperium.
    • Kitten can be counted on when it comes to current times and xeno races.
    • Magnus gives a lecture on the Warp in episode 19.
  • Mundane Solution: The Emperor suggests that the Tyranids could be beaten by a bug spray. Kitten notes that this isn't likely due to their adaptive abilities.
  • Must Have Caffeine:
    • Implied; whenever Decius is on screen, and it's implied to be morning, you can bet he'll have his cup of recaf with him.
    • In the "BEHEMOTH" special, Inquisitor Kryptman often asks to drink some recaf, to much of the frustration of his Deathwatch guard (who has been relegated from purging the enemies of mankind to a glorified barista).
  • My Greatest Failure: Hinted with Marneus Calgar in Episode 14. After tossing out Cato Sicarius, he collapses, and bitterly weeps and starts saying what it is that he did, implied to have been the reason for the Ultramarines' absurdity, before being interrupted by Ventris.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Watchers in the Dark are all silent and brooding... except the one assigned to Azrael. This one is cheerful and too talkative.
  • Mythology Gag: Much of the humor is derived from an understanding the 40K universe, though a few examples stand out.
    • In episode nine, the Emperor refers to card-games-and-chess parties the top Magnificent Bastards of the galaxy — him, Cegorach, Tzeentch, Deciever and Creed — have sometimes. This is actually a joke on 1d4chan.
    • In episode 17, Lord Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz, a character from original canon and getting his own fanfilm The Lord Inquisitor, shows up for a moment before leaving so that he can do his film.
    • In second Q&A, one of the letters is from the Millenial, main character of fanfic Defrosted.
    • In the same Q&A, one of the letter is a character going through one of the plot hooks of Dark Heresy, the Tyrant Star, describing his experience and hoping someone can do something.
    • In episode 22, Typhus is seen reading Lucius' fanfic, which is actually the infamousnote  "Squad Broken".

    Tropes N to Z 
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: After being told about the Age of Apostasy, the Emperor asks what kind of idiots would let a guy named Goge Vandire to become the most powerful man in the Imperium. He also thinks the same thing with the Marines Malevolent chapter, who made an enemy with the Salamanders for killing innocent civilians during the 2nd War of Armageddon.
  • Never My Fault: The Emperor always finds someone to shift the blame on for his faults, whether it's Chaos Gods or Horus. For instance, he insists that Malcador's sacrifice is Magnus' fault even after Kitten logically demonstrates that it is not.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Magnus points out that by purging belief, the Emperor had almost created a Chaos god of unbelief.
    • Yes, Emperor, it was brilliant idea to mock Magnus when the latter was just trying to help.
  • Noodle Incident: Many of little references the characters make may seem like this. Subverted, though, as this is mostly the case of All There in the Manual.
    • Kitten once had a... phase. An armor-less phase. It's also implied that something traumatic happened between him and the other Custodes.
    • Even mentioning Magnus' true daemonic appearance is enough to embarrass him.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore:
    • In episode 13, not only do the Ultramarines manage to capture Magnus the Red and bring him to the Imperial Palace, but Magnus and the Emperor forgive each other!
    • Two moments occur in episode 20, not only do the Ultramarines find all of the Salamander's artifacts causing Vulkan to return to his planet, but the Centurion is also revealed to be Rogal Dorn in disguise ending season 2. Also, Kitten is stripped down by the Emperor.
    • As of Episode 22, the Fab Custodes are now the Emperor's caretakers, sending Kitten straight into Magnus' web.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Though he doesn't want to admit it, Kitten secretly wants to engage in the same male Stripperific tendencies as his brother Custodes.
    • The Emperor, for a guy that likes logic and reason, and who can rightfully be considered a god, sees people who don't engage in melee combat as disgraceful.
    • Magnus poses as the Only Sane Man, but when the Emperor makes Astronomican flip the bird to a distant Navigator, he’s clearly having fun.
  • Not So Different: The Emperor notes how Wolf Priests claim to "commune with the spirits of nature" when they are actually daemons, just like he's been saying for 10,000 years. Irritated that they cling to this belief, he orders a sequel to the Council of Nikea banning interaction with said "spirits", just like the first one banned Librarians.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Ordo Xeno Inquisitor Adrielle Quist is fanatically obsessed with killing genestealers and generally completely inept at everything. Then comes the Halloween video The Shadow Over Immateriums... where Norring merely mentioning Genestealers causes her to pop out of the Warp, Draigo-style, and single-handedly slaughter an entire Genestealer cult in a matter of seconds. For reference, a Genestealer cult is composed of one of the most powerful Tyranid subspecies to exist, at least one very powerful Psyker, and dozens if not hundreds of various cultists, many of them Half Human Hybrids with Tyranid abilities. Say what you will about Quist, but when it comes to her domain of expertise, you can hardly call her incompetent.
    • Technically an inversion: compared to a genestealer cult planning to infect entire civilizations in preparation for the Tyranids to devour the universe, she's probably the more heroic party here.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Magnus gets uncomfortably close to Kitten when trying to convert him to his cause.
  • Not So Stoic: Magnus is entirely calm during Karamazov's raid until Emperor's "reveal" prompts a Flat "What.".
  • No Yay: In the questions episode, one person asks the Emperor if he hesitated to kill his son because he had sexually confused feelings for him. The Emperor makes him explode on the spot.invoked
  • Odd Friendship: Kitten and Magnus get on surprisingly well for a Custodes and A former Daemon Primarch.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While Karamazov and Russ are arguing at the end of Episode 24, you can hear Kaldor Draigo destroying the entire daemon village offscreen through a series of explosions.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kitten realizing the scale of the daemon threat.
    Kitten: What about the great enemies of man? How does all of this explain the Dark Gods, daemons, and all that?
    The Emperor: Have you ever heard the saying "We all have our own personal daemons?"
    Kitten: Yes?
    The Emperor: Think about that phrase, and take into account what Magnus just said about the Warp note . Now apply the resulting realization to the entire population of the galaxy.
    Kitten: Oh. Ooooohhh. OOOOOOHHHHHHH.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Marneus Calgar is depressed, and has seemingly shed his glory hunger and obsession for being seen as the best that's crippling the rest of his chapter. Keep in mind that last time we saw him, in a flashback with the Tyranids, he was just as much a Glory Hound as his Honor Guard, so something serious must have gone down. One of the implications is that he's suffering from glory withdrawal, no longer satisfied with his victories. This gets fleshed out a bit when we learn he's made some kind of deal with a Reality Warper, and the guilt is driving him mad.
    • The Emperor figures out something's up with the Tau when Kitten gets ballistic about them, while before, he was serenity and politeness incarnate.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: During his speech in "TTS Short 4", Decius at one point loses his grumpy voice and proceeds to talk in higher tone. This could be his voice actor's mistake, but it could also be, in-universe, a result of Decius falling under the effect of divine or divine-like inspiration during that speech. Seems to be the latter as his later appearances have him had the more dignified voice and being much more confident in serving the Manly Man-peror.
  • One-Hit Kill: Marneus Calgar reminds us all exactly why he is Chapter Master of the Ultramarines when, while traversing the Webway, his Marines encounter an Eldar Wraith Titan. That he takes down such a monster with a single punch is, while truly impressive, a sobering reminder of the absurdly overpowered nature of the Ultramarines.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Marneus Calgar's duel with the Swarmlord is basically them re-enacting the the King Arthur vs Black Knight scene, with the Lord of Macragge being the Black Knight.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • The whole theme of the series is the Emperor reacting to the grimdark state of the Imperium and how stupid it actually is.
    • The Ecclesiarch and the Captain-General are the only High Lords who aren't frothing idiots or useless pieces of shit. The Captain-General takes it even further by stating that he's the only rational one of Custodes left while everyone else has completely lost it, though he notes even he went through a "phase" (and secretly still wants to)...
      Kartodes: Hey Kitten! Want to go take a swim in the Promethium pools with us?
    • Marneus Calgar seems to be as sick of how ridiculously overpowered the Ultramarines are as the Emperor is. He also asks what the Hell Cato Sicarius was thinking going into the Eye of Terror without an active Gellar field even if it somehow worked.
    • Magnus gets a moment of this during Episode 15, in which the Custodian manages to convince the Emperor that the Tau are dishonorable cowards by mentioning the fact that they don't fight in melee combat. Magnus counters this by bringing up the Farsight Enclave, who are much more liberal towards the use of melee weapons. Generally, with Kitten being a Yes-Man and the Emperor so full of himself it’s a wonder how the Throne can fit his ego, Magnus often comes across as this.
    • Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz is the only Inquisitor with any screen time that isn't depicted as a frothing lunatic. Also Amberley Vail whose letter appears in the second Q&A confirming that she is not only canon in this universe but also one of the Inquisitors who didn't come to Terra when Fyodor made his paranoid order. All she asks is why CIAPHAS CAIN (her secret lover, and HERO OF THE IMPERIUM) was so unlucky. This prompts the Emperor to praise Cain as one of the few people in the galaxy with common sense.
    • Belial is the only person in the Dark Angels' Inner Circle to realize that if they keep holding secrets and murdering all they know, they'll never go anywhere.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Salamanders' everything being connected to fire takes up several minutes of an episode.
    • Done for a second time, and for even greater effect, when describing the Space Wolves and their motif.
      The Emperor: All I got out of that was wolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolf and wolf.
      Rogal Dorn: The Space Wolves are incredibly uninspired.
  • Overly Long Name: The game the Emperor challenges Kitten to. It's called Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Forth Dimensional-Hypercube-Chess-Strip Poker. It's actually just Yu-Gi-Oh! with different backing on the cards.
  • Painting the Medium: You may've noticed that Emperor's lines are always written this way. It's the same in series' subtitles and unique to him.
  • Papa Wolf: Finding out that he has biological children in the form of the Sensei despite his immortality through his many awesome (but potentially fatal) couplings throughout the centuries made him pleasantly surprised. Finding out the Inquisition hunts them down for being heretical mutants causes him to shit warp storms.
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • The Emperor badmouths all his sons, loyal and traitor alike, except Sanguinius.
      The Emperor: Don't you talk shit about my fabulous fucking hawk-boy. He died for me, so be grateful.
    • Extends to the second Q&A where, upon learning of the Sanguinor, wonders if it can be a surviving aspect of Sanguinius, he sadly remembers how Sanguinius died and hopes if it is true what they say about the Sanguinor, that he hopes the later knows that "daddy misses [him] very much". Note that at no other point does the Emperor ever show any kind of grief or is shown to mourn his other dead sons. It should be noted, though, that while some of his other sons have died, they did so with their souls intact with the exception of Horus (the Emperor made sure that Horus could never return). Sanguinius on the other hand had HIS soul obliterated by Horus. In this universe, people can have their souls summoned (if they aren't eaten by chaos) in order to have conversations with people whereas Sanguinius is just gone. That Sanguinius was his only son to die protecting the Emperor helps.
  • Parody Sue: Played with with the Ultramarines. They are portrayed as overly polite and honorable and ludicrously effective at everything they do. Even so, the Emperor still thinks they are "a stupid fucking smurf village", and even their own Chapter Master is sick and tired of their perfectness. As of episode 20, they have succeeded in not only getting not one, but two primarchs (Magnus the Red and Vulkan) to return with little effort.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In Episode 7, Emps demands that he always have someone close-by to "tell me stupid shit I can complain about". He also manages to pull this trope off in the literal sense despite being a skull, which has to count for something.
  • Perpetually Shiny Bodies: To the Emperor's irritation, the vast majority of Custodes have adopted this style. At one point he considers tossing a lit match at them.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The Emperor is actually impressed by people who are willing to sacrifice themselves meaningfully. He badmouths all of his Primarch sons except Sanguinius, he compliments Ollanius Pius for standing between him and Horus after Horus nearly slew him (and badmouths the Custodes and the Terminator who also threw themselves to be destroyed by Horus because they didn't want to be upstaged by some plain human), and although at first he dismisses the Astral Knights especially after he hears about how they crashed a Battlebarge into the World Engine, he changes his tune when he finds out that doing so cracked its void shield enough to get them down on the planet, and they all died fighting to successfully cripple the enemy ship making it possible for the accompanying fleet to take out, so he claims that he totally created them.
    • The Emperor giving Magnus the Red a Space Marine war motorcycle. And later his brother Rogal gets one as well, but only a slow one so he can "keep [his] ass in smelling distance" and keep his father company.
    • His interactions with the Ecclesiarch is him alternating between insulting him for his unwanted worship, stupid pope hat and following a doctrine that has helped screw up the Imperium for millennia, and commending him for following his will to the best of his abilities and trusting him to help fix the Imperium.
    • Subverted in second Q&A when Emperor call Magnus "special" (in a good way), only to say that he's still "part of a failed batch".
    • Oddly enough, Horus gets a moment — when Malal is having a nervous breakdown in the retconnian, he offers to make him hot chocolate.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In episode 22, Kitten leaves just moments before the Emperor wakes up, and Dorn isn't saying a word, leading both sides to assume that the other doesn't want them anymore. With the Fab Custodes' exaggeration and Emps once again belittling Magnus, a rift quickly develops between both.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Kitten doesn't understand why the Emperor keeps calling Ultramarines "Smurfs". Then again, 38,000 years have passed.
  • Psychopathic Manchild:
    • When he isn't being a Grumpy Old Man, the Emperor has quite a few immature moments.
      The Emperor: Holy shit, a giant skeleton space robot planet that shoots molecule-breaking beams and destroys everything it spots... I want one!
    • As of episode 14, everyone who could fit underneath the Really 700 Years Old trope is being given this treatment. The primarchs are prone to acting like actual children, such as Magnus reacting to a Space Marine war motorcycle the same way a small child would react to his cool new bike, while the Chaos Gods settle their fights like schoolyard bullies muscling on each other's turfs or angry teenagers on a forum. Though Khorne is oddly absent during the episode. The Eldar Gods Isha and Khaine seem to be the only ones exempt from this. With Isha being a Deadpan Snarker with a serious grudge against Slaanesh (which if her backstory here matches up with 40k lore is VERY justified) and Khaine being a Grumpy Old Man. Fellow Eldar god Cegorach still plays it straight, but that's not really a change from the source material.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Kitten is notable as quite an antithesis to Sir Swears-a-Lot of Emperor's (Tau notwithstanding)... until episode eighteen and it's "reveal" roll around.
      Kitten: ...the fuck?
    • Magnus usually prefers sharp wit to fountain of obscenities, but there's one person he reserved the heavy words for...
      Magnus: Suck it, Leman, you furry fuck!
  • Pungeon Master: The density of puns when Ghazkull Mag Thraka shows up on screen is appalling.
  • Pyro Maniac: The Salamanders are this, what with not only their obsession with flame-related weaponry, but also with destroying their enemies with fire, wearing fire on their armor, walking out into a fiery desert to meet their death in flames, and ritualistic cremation. The Emperor wonders if it has anything to with putting them too close to a couple of candles back when they were still geneseeds.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The main reason the Emperor is so utterly hateful of his loyal subjects: they've basically transformed 75% of mankind's "victories" into massive unrepairable losses, quadrillions dead and millions of souls devoured for pointless reasons, and a general disdain of basic human rights and human potential in humanity itself.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Magnus is just trying to help and the Emperor mockingly tells him not to break everything again, there's a visible *snap* and Magnus starts to plot behind Emperor's back.
  • Reality Ensues: Played for laughs. After Magnus admits that people confusing the Thousand Sons for the Necrons is understandable given their similar design motifs, he says he sent the Necrons a cease and desist order. Cue the Necrons laughing their asses off at it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • The Emperor:
      • Bitter and caustic as he may be, the Emperor is genuinely upset at what has become of the Imperium and is slowly trying to put it back the way it was before the Horus Heresy. Predictably, the Inquisition has other ideas on that.
      • Kitten is appalled to learn that the Emperor is perfectly willing to allow the Tau Empire to be absorbed into the Imperium, provided they serve as humanity's vassals. He argues his case with legitimate concerns—like concentration camps and sterilization for non-compliant citizens—and ridiculous ones like their weapon aesthetics or the porn culture around them but the Emperor is willing to disregard all of it if the Tau are willing to obey and serve...until the Custodian mentions that they don't engage in melee combat and the Emperor goes ballistic.
      • He reinstates the Inquisition and Ecclesiarchy members who actually followed his orders to disband, since they actually do what they're told.
    • Among the High Lords, the Lord Commander Militant of the Imperial Guard tries to be this to a very minor extent. He tries to impede the other High Lords from weakening the Imperial Guard... by keeping laxatives and air legal.
    • Also, the Ecclesiarch, even after having his organization disbanded by the Emperor, tries to prevent Karamazov from killing all of the Custodes.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • The Emperor gives a few indirectly in his criticism, and Alicia Dominica gives one to Goge Vandire offscreen.
    • Kitten gives one to the Fab Custodes for being self-centred narcissists.
  • Record Needle Scratch:
    • The other Custodes' entry into the scene begins with this before playing "Awake" from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (AYYYAAAYAAAIII!)
    • Another one occurs after the Emperor gets an especially stupid question, at which point he breaks into singing the chorus of Simple Plan's "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)" in despair.
    • During the "Slaaneshmas" special, the music during Lucius's variety show abruptly stops when Fabius Bile brings in an incomplete clone of Ahriman.
  • Remaster: The First Episode has been remade, with minor additions like lines for the Dreadknight and Kitten repressing his need to rip off his armor.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The series does little to stray away from the source material. So how do you turn a Grimdark setting into a comedy series? By cranking it Up to Eleven and showing how ridiculous and foolish everything and everyone in the setting is.
  • Retcon: Disturbingly, this is happening to the Ultramarines In-Universe - their defeats are being minimized or eliminated while their triumphs are being exaggerated and increased. It's implied Marneus Calgar has a very good idea of what might be causing the changes - and it terrifies him.
  • The Reveal:
    • The Custodian who has been chatting with the Emperor the whole time is actually the Captain-General, leader of the entire Adeptus Custodes. He manages to use this power to dissuade Karamazov from burning the High Lords.
    • Subverted in episode eighteen. The Emperor tells Karamazov that he's a shard of his psyche... only for it to turn out to be a part of a Batman Gambit. Then again, the existence of the gambit is quite a reveal on its own.
    • The first reveal is topped by the one in second season finale, when it turns out that the Centurion was Rogal Dorn all along.
    • Magnus has some plans regarding Kitten...
  • Reveal Shot:
    • Magnus' speedy run to the Imperial Palace is halted somewhat...
      Magnus: There's still time to warn him! I could save everyone... [zoom out] If there wasn't a fucking WALL IN THE WAY!
    • After Lucius explains to Ahriman what Slaaneshmas is, the latter isn't very impressed.
      Ahriman: I don't think this sounds like a good idea at all. I mean... [zoom out, showing dead bodies all around them] If your goal is spreading happiness to people, you're clearly not very good at it...
  • Right Behind Me: Kitten realizes Magnus is there just after singing the Space Wolves' praises.
  • Rousing Speech: Decius gives a very impressive one to the other cardinals of the Adeptus Ministorum when he brings the news of all the changes the Emperor wants to make to convince them that worshipping the Emperor as a God is heresy.
    Cardinal: You are a liar and a heretic, Decius!
    Decius: NO! Do you not see the error in your ways?! The Emperor is no god, and to lump him into that obscene category is what is HERESY around here! Compare our Emperor, radiant, beautiful, magnificent, to the ones considered gods in this galaxy! Nurgle; a supernatural garbage bag. Khorne; a paraplegic sociopath. Tzeentch; an indecisive mollusk. Slaneesh; never went to rehab. Gork and Mork; literal mushrooms! Khaine; Big Daddy Calgar's personal pleasure object. Isha; supernatural garbage can. Cegorach; a fucking CLOWN! The Nightbringer; has no friends. And The Deceiver; who's just straight-up an idiot. (...) That you even DARE to compare our Emperor to these filthy creatures is DISGRACEFUL! It is a title fallaciously forced upon him, to associate him with beings of lesser worth! No, our great father is no god - he is a MAN! Like all of us, he is a human being - the greatest human being to exist in our galaxy and beyond! We must all learn that gods are not intrinsically better than us. Only weaklings succumb to their deceitful promises of fame and power! We share the same blood with our magnificent Emperor! We are him, and he is us! We always knew this better than anyone, and he wants us to embrace that same ideal! Mankind is greater than any lowly god-creature! We are the greatest species in existence! And the Emperor is the greatest being of our species! HE IS A MAN, AND YOU WILL PRAY TO HIM AS SUCH! (beat) ALL HAIL THE MAN-EMPEROR OF MANKIND!
  • Running Gag:
    • Almost every time the Adeptus Mechanics appear, there is a reference to toasters.
    • Horus Lupercal is always referred to as "Fucking Horus".
    • Karamazov replying to his right hand man's every sentence with "Be quiet, Dominique".
    • The spooked Guardsman who runs off every time something kinda spooky happens.
    • Rogal Dorn's weapon of choice being a cement mixer.
    • A neon-green Smart Car shows up repeatedly as some horrid abomination of technology. It's actually the Engine of Woes.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Karamazov is so incredibly down this trope, when the Emperor gives a long and exquisite series of sarcastic remarks and thinly-veiled insults, Karamazov takes it all for 100% sincere. Then Magnus the Red decides he had enough of it and shoots the whole Inquisiton present into the warp, after which the Emperor reveals that was the plan all along.
  • Sarcasm Failure: The Emperor suffers from this upon end-of-the-season reveal.
    The Emperor: Aaaaaaa?
  • Scary Librarian: Turns out Cegorach, Laughing God of the Eldar, is one of these, with almost fatal results for Ahzek Ahriman and the Thousand Sons with him who tried to invade the Black Library.
  • The Scapegoat: Emperor claims that Magnus will take the blame for the events of episode 18. He may be joking... may be.
  • Scenery Porn: In episode eight, there are some pretty shots of Terra, Imperial Palace and Senate before the story begins properly.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He'Stan's [Space Marine Scream] is entirely too high-pitched for a Space Marine, let alone one with a voice as deep as his. Then again, he did witness his Primarch being murdered (momentarily), which would lead to unmanly conduct in anyone.
    • A few minutes prior, Magnus also looses a hilariously high-pitched shriek when Corvus pops out of the Engine of Woes.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • The Emperor convinces Karamazov that he was testing whether he's loyal enough to disobey a direct order. Double subverted, as he wasn't testing this. He was checking which of the Inquisitors have to be sent away.
    • Played 100% straight with Decius. Even after his organization has been disbanded he still tries his damnedest to keep Fyodor and the Inquisition out of the throne room. Even after he and the other Ecclesiarchs get their asses handed to them he manages to drag himself, exhausted and out of breath to try one last time to stop him, even if Magnus already cleaned up. And even after that, he takes the revelation of how his entire life is built on lies very well, after the Emperor assures Decius that the two of them are going to get to work on fixing the Imperium together and he can reform the Ecclesiarchy under true Imperial supervision.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Numbers from Chaos Descends stabbed his parents to death. His mom was a "tough old broad" that took seven stabs to go down but "dad only took the one" but he thinks he got him "in the old blood pumper". Smarty, a Khornate, is disgusted by this seeing it as not only dishonorable, but also because he holds family as sacred people who trust you.
  • Send in the Clones: When Decius sends his ministers against Karamazov, they turn out to be Decius' lookalikes.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Upon hearing about the Astral Knights actions against a Necron World Engine, the Emperor claims he totally founded their order despite dismissing them as having a stupid name earlier.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Surprisingly enough, Emperor berates Magnus when the latter mocks his utopian idea for Mankind's perfect future.
  • Sickening "Crunch!":
    • In Requiem for Dominique,Dominique's rotting corpse, for reasons that probably relate to it being in the Warp, suddenly starts crunching its neck to the beat of an Ominous Music Box Tune. Karamazov was instantly sobered up from witnessing this.
    • In the 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐥𝐚𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥, Kaldor Draigo is sent "backstage" into the Warp until it's his turn to be a guest. In the process he's twisted into a tight ball with painful crunching but it's not like it'll kill him.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The Emperor, natch. It's started rubbing off on the Custodian. Magnus the Red also has a tendency to swear, but as could be expected he swears more like a savvy nerd, with clever insults mixed in.
  • Shout-Out: Enough of those to fill an entire page.
  • Shown Their Work: For the record, Magnus' true form isn't a wholecloth invention; while blue, there really was a model for his true form way back during the game's earliest years, though one so briefly available few even remember it existed.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: The Watcher assigned to Azrael is apparently the only one that talks, and not only is it's voice high-pitched, it can't keep a secret.
  • Something Else Also Rises:
    • When a Dark Mechanicus notices a huge, phallic Emperor-class battleship floating through the warp:
      Dark Mechanicus: This is getting me harder than Terminator armor!
    • When Decius is told by the Emperor that everything he's believed in is wrong his hat starts drooping. And it perks back up when the Emperor lets him keep his job, and his stupid pope-hat.
    • Ahriman is more open about it, quote: "This is getting me so excited, I could use my dick as an AP1 weapon!"
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: The recording device the Emperor uses to record "If the Emperor Had a Podcast" automatically plays a foghorn over any words not approved by the Adeptus Ministorum, namely the Emperor's two favorite words and "Chaos". Much to the Emperor's annoyance and the misfortune of the poor servant boy operating it.
  • Spirit Advisor: Ferrus Manus' ghost is more of a Spirit Demotivator.
  • Spot of Tea: Episode 19 opens with a recreation of the Cooking with the Imperium video, then Kitten takes a tea tray into the throne room... only to have a random warp bolt completely incinerate it.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Magnus and Kitten are recognized as Heroes of the Imperium for offing the Lachrymole xenos masquerading as the High Lords of Terra. While Kitten rolls with the punch and hopes to convince the High Lords to start working, Magnus would be happier controlling the Administratum.
  • Squick: In-Universe, this generally sums up the Emperor's reaction to his "Centurion" wanting to still snuggle up near him... after it's revealed that he's Rogal Dorn.
  • Stunned Silence: The Emperor's reaction to Kitten's Little "No" moment.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: In "Warp Grumbling", the Emperor has this reaction when Magnus the Red tells him that he's been creating a Chaos god of Unbelief and becoming his champion.
    The Emperor: That has got to be the single dumbest thing I have ever heard in my entire life, and that is coming from a half-dead skeleton that has been stuck on a life-sustaning god-couche for the past 10,000 years.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders:
    • Dominique (one of the Inquisitors who follow Karamazov, and literally seated at his right hand on the former's power throne) gets sexually confused by the presence of the half-naked Custodes.
      Dominique: Hey Fyodor, we're surrounded again. But this time by a bunch of half-naked men. It's like a ruddy ocean of bare nipples and bulging muscles. IT'S MAKING ME MOIST.
    • As does a random woman they rescue from the Inquisition. "I'm so aroused right now."
  • Submissive Badass: Magnus the Red is presented as one. He talks smack about the Emperor, and he is very vocal about disliking his manipulation after they reconcile, but he is not actually rebellious enough to slam the door on his father again. What's more, even his original "betrayal-slash-rebellion" is presented as a misunderstanding of cosmic proportions.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Exploited; the plot for the series kicks off when the Adeptus Custodes and Adeptus Mechanicus install the titular Text-to-Speech device, which finally allows the Emperor to speak with his subjects again which he was not able to for over 10,000 years. He is... less than impressed with the state of His Imperium.
  • Sudden Principled Stand: When Emperor's and Kitten's conversation strays from the topic yet again, the Centurion has enough and reveals himself.
  • Suicide Mission: Early on, the Emperor orders that the Ultramarines venture into the Eye of Terror and capture Magnus the Red. The Emperor flat out knows, and even hopes, that the Ultramarines will not survive this. Yet somehow the Ultramarines manage to capture Magnus, looking no worse for wear at the end of it. Just to compound how absolutely impossible this is, the order the Emperor gave early on in the series to get Magnus back with the Gellar Fields turned off? THEY ACTUALLY DID THAT!
  • Summon Magic: When Magnus is rampaging and it's clear the Fab Custodes aren't enough, Kitten grabs Magnus' spellbook, pulls out an altar shaped like a Grey Knight Dreadknight and a pot of Sororitas blood, chants the glory of the Grey Knights backwards, and summons Kaldor Draigo.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The Emperor thinks his immediate subordinates, and the entirety of the Imperium, as rotten, superstitious garbage that he will have to personally deal with. This sentiment extended even towards the Primarchs, both loyalist and heretic. The sole exceptions to this are Sanguinius and Malcador the Sigilite, who both died during the Heresy.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Author of one of the letters in second Q&A asks whether he could be this for the Emperor. The Emperor orders an immediate restraining order.
  • Tag Line: "The Emperor speaketh about shit."
  • Take Our Word for It: Apparently, between episodes twelve and thirteen the Emperor told Kitten some really touching and heartwarming stories about the Primarchs, but we only have Custodian's word for it.
  • Take That!:
    • Half of this series is critiquing some of the more questionable decisions GW has made regarding the lore. The biggest one, and one of the reasons this series even exists, being GW's refusal to continue the story past 40,999 CE.
    • Slashfic writers get their share of Emperor's hate in episode 17.
      Kitten: (...) my only desire is to serve you, my lord!
      The Emperor: This can easily be skewed in all the wrong ways. It's a good thing that shitty slashfic writers aren't anywhere near here.
      Magnus: Don't jinx it, Father...
    • In-universe example: Coteaz ends his conversation with Karamazov thusly:
      Coteaz: Try not to kill the Emperor for being innocent or whatever it is you could possibly accuse him of.
    • Short 6 is a not-so-subtle jab at YouTube pranksters, whether it's harassing people on the street, "social experiments", or nominally charitable acts that are aimed more towards making the channel look good than actually helping anyone. The fact that it's Lucius doing these pranks makes them downright horrifying.
    • In episode 1, the Emperor declares whoever designed the Dreadknight to be a "terrible, terrible person." He also finds the Centurion close-assault armor adorable. In later episodes, he compares them to a baby carrier and a teddy bear, respectively.
    • When the Emperor talks about his past lives, he heavily implies that one of them is Christian Weston Chandler (the author of the infamous Sonichu). The reasoning behind this is that he wanted to create an Anti-Role Model Psychopathic Manchild to for in order to help humanity understand the kind of person they shouldn't be... which went over their heads, as the persona was apparently mocked and nobody learned anything from him.
    • The fourth special seems to have one in-universe, with Magnus having a particular dislike for Yu-Gi-Oh! and making it known at every opportunity.
      Magnus: The only intricate thing about this game is its banlist.
      • In the same episode, a much more subtle one gets dropped against Magic: The Gathering, albeit perhaps against those who mock one game while turning a blind eye to the idiosyncrasies of their own game.
      Magnus: Oh wow, a massive play undone by a single card. Only in a children's card ga- (beat) Y'know what? I play Red/Blue, I am not allowed to criticize.
    • The entire point of Unsubtle Criticism starring the Adeptus Arbites is to air the many grievances the greater YouTube community had with the platforms now legendarily draconian and easily abused policies regarding copyright and user accounts in late 2015/early 2016.
    • In Episode 25, Vulkan's Engine of Woes relic is revealed to be a Smart Car. Kitten finds its very design unnaturally horrifying.
    • In episode 25, Calgar asks the Ultramarines to put their jump packs on, saying he doesn't need one as he's in Terminator armor. Cato Sicarius remarks that this doesn't make any sense. This is a Take That! to Dawn of War 3, where despite Terminator armor supposedly being too cumbersome for a Space Marine to even jog in, Gabriel Angelos can performs backflips with his.
    • Again in 25, Cegorach sticks in a Bazinga and Laugh Track after every punchline. He also claims the harlequins have mostly stopped talking to him because they're so sick of it (and because he stole the bit).
  • Talk to the Fist: Happens twice in second Q&A, both times with spectral fists — first to Kitten after he mocks one of Emperor's lines, then to Eliphas for his letter.
    • Calgar has also done this twice, once to Cato Sicarius and once to an Eldar Titan. The latter invocation was considerably more lethal.
  • Tautological Templar: Karamazov states that charging the Eternity Gate would be heresy, but not when Inquisition does it.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In episode 13, Calgar says that his day isn't completely ruined as of yet, only for Cato Sicarius to burst out and be obnoxious.
    • In April Fool's episode, one of the Custodes says that nothing could ruin this moment just before Horus bursts in and kills the Emperor.
    • In Episode 21, Kitten, used to Insufferable Genius Magnus, sees no issue with talking about the Space Wolves despite knowing the subject will definitely enrage Magnus, and even says the Primarch is probably jealous that the Wolves are better than the Thousand Sons. He comes to regret those words immensely.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Done gloriously by the Winged Warrior of Terra note  in the first special. The Triumphant Reprise of the below song (also the ending theme) bursts into life just as his new form is revealed, and the strings and choir continue to blare as it's equipped with even more powerups, then proceeds to kick Kitten's ass, only fading away after it lands the damn nearly final blow.
  • Theme Naming: The Space Wolves
    The Emperor: All I got out of that was - wolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolfwolf
  • Theme Tune: "We Are One" by Triarii.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • The Inquisition has this reaction when they learn that the disbanding message is from the Emperor.
    • In April Fool's video, the Emperor reacts this way to Horus' arrival.
  • Thing-O-Meter: Episode 25, when the Ultramarines are trying to track down harlequins in the Webway:
    Ultramarine: "Astropath Illiyan's clown-o-meter is reporting high levels of honk in this section of the Webway."
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • From episode 3:
    The Emperor: So, what's up with this Inquisition thing?
    The Custodian: Oh, boy.
    • In episode 7, Kitten again has this reaction when the Emperor asks to see the other Custodes Companions.
    • Episode 17, Kitten informs him about the Sensei, the Emperor's biological children... and how the Inquisition have been hunting them down as heretical mutants.
  • Time Abyss: The regular cast all qualify. The Emperor has been around for 50,000 years in one form or another. Kitten mentions to Magnus he's served the Emperor for over 11,000 years and Magnus himself has been around a similar length of time. None of them ever really pay attention to the years anymore.
  • Tin Man: We're told countless times that the Custodes don't have emotions, but that's clearly not the case. Best exemplified by Kitten's rage against the Tau. It got to the point that even Kitten is worried about it. Another great example of this would be the literally everything that the other Custodes do ever.
  • Too Much Information: Both Magnus and the Custodes express this opinion when the Emperor starts talking about his sex life.
  • Touché: This is what the Emperor's reaction to this gem from Rogal Dorn (who doesn't even seem to get the sheer scale of the burn he's just inflicted) boils down to:
    Rogal Dorn: Father, are you familiar with the expression "you are what you eat"? Seeing as you are behaving like an ever-growing pile of screaming psychic children.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • When the Emperor learns that the Sensei, his biological children, have all been either hunted down or forced into hiding, he calmly remarks that he finally found the bottom of the barrel. Just before the warp storms start.
    • When Kitten stops being the Emperor's caretaker, Magnus sincerely suggests to the Emperor that he talks to Kitten, to which the Emperor backhandedly brings up his Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! moment again. Cue an audible snap, with Magnus calmly going to Kitten to convince him to work for Magnus instead.
  • Trivially Obvious: Kitten, after hearing the Emperor praise the Sisters of Battle.
    The Custodian: Ye-heheheah!... euh... Sensible and rational, yes, those are... [beat] Words.
  • Troll:
    • Cegorach, the Laughing God. Manages to stop Ahriman from reaching the Black Library by asking Ahriman for his Library card. And while he was laughing with the Deceiver about the C'tan eating each other.
      The Emperor: [imitating Cegorach] Killing all of your allies in the middle of a giant war was apparently a bad idea — who would've fucking thought!
    • The Emperor himself, to Fyodor, taking half an episode to lead him around before finally letting Magnus warp the entire Inquisition off Terra with a warp rift, banishing all the worst parts of the Inquisition into the Warp in one fell swoop rather than have them stick around and undermine his Imperium.
  • Understatement: Emperor after hearing about fate of the Sensei, his biological children he didn't even know he had.
    The Emperor: Well, I found the bottom of the barrel after all... I think I feel a grumble.
    [cue warp storms appearing all over Terra]
  • Unexplained Recovery: The Fabricator General (High Lord on the far right) malfunctions and self-destructs. No-one comments on it, and he's back alive within fifteen seconds, which implies that this must be a regular occurrence.
  • The Unfavourite:
    • The Emperor really doesn't like Magnus the Red. Who certainly feels like he is this when he appears in episode 13.
      The Custodian: Oh! So... Everything is Magnus's fault?
      The Emperor: Definitely. If I could, I'd brutally spank Magnus until his ass would turn so red that his face would look pale in comparison.
    • Or invokedRoboutte Guilliman and the Ultramarines. Their insignia is continuously mocked as a toilet seat and a reverse vagina.
      The Emperor: I always thought he was the greatest of my twenty Primarch sons.
      The Custodian: ... Well. That's excellent, my Lord.
      The Emperor: The greatest little derivative pile of blueberry pudding pop fuckery that has ever glazed the surface of this shitty little galaxy. (Custodian uncomfortably fidgets) Is he still alive?
      The Custodian: Barely. He was almost killed... He's in stasis back on the Ultramarines' homeworld of Macragge.
      The Emperor: Cut his life supports and disband that stupid fucking Smurf village.
    • Has crept into Hates Everyone Equally territory in episode 12. The only son he doesn't say anything about is Sanguinius; the other 19 get brutally torn apart. Even the other two that he insists to never speak of again.
  • The Unreveal: Double Subverted with Kitten's name in episode 23. At first it's cut off with a Monty Python "Intermission" gag, but this gag is itself cut off by an abrupt bout of Lampshade Hanging, but then we learn that Kitten's list of middle names is so absurdly long that Magnus never even got halfway to Kitten's last name.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The Emperor has a plan to defeat Chaos once and for all. Unsurprisingly, given his paranoia after the Horus Heresy and his refusal to trust anyone, he refuses to explain how he intends to do it.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • The Emperor bursts into it a few times, notably when he learns about the Inquisition and Calgar sacrificing an irreplaceable battleship.
    • This is Kitten's attitude towards the Tau.
    • Magnus hulks out into a giant monster when Space Wolves are spoken of favourably.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Karl the Deranged sending a Nurglite poison in his letter is met without much surprise or inconvenience by those in the Golden Throne. Justified, as they're all immune to it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Magnus was this to both Tzeentch and Horus, and is forced to accept these facts by the Emperor in episode 13.
  • Verbal Backspace: Rapidly growing tired of Rogal's extreme Literal-Minded speech, the Emperor begs for anyone to save him from the conversation. Cue Karstodes.
  • Verbal Tic: Cato Sicarius can't use the pronoun "I" without inserting his name afterwards.
  • Victory Is Boring: Seems to be the case for Calgar.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: Karamazov is surrounded and about to be blown up when the Emperor orders Kitten to invoke this and let the man escape.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When surrounded by Custodes, Karamazov breaks down and starts screaming that it's them who are heretics and that the text-to-speech device is a lie. He recovers, only to simply start screaming when he finds Kaldor Draigo has gone nuts, and he's stuck in the Warp with him.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Cato Sicarius's extremely high-pitched voice in relation to his 7' tall Super Soldier physique.
    • Lucius the Eternal is even higher-pitched, sounding like some sort of deranged cartoon creature while looking like a Humanoid Abomination. It's slightly creepy this time.
  • Vocal Evolution: Karamazov's voice seems a lot clearer as of Episode 17. Though, according to some reports, it's mostly thanks to a new microphone.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: When Magnus is in full demon mode and rampaging in the Throne Room, the other Custodians blackmail Kitten, saying that they'll only help if he gives up the job of caretaker. It should be noted that defending the Emperor from exactly this is their entire job.
  • Walking Spoiler: Vulkan and Rogal Dorn.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Upon hearing about the heroics of the Astral Knights, he says they were "... The best around. Nothing was ever gonna keep them down."
  • We Will Meet Again: Karamazov promises this to Kitten when he's running away.
  • With All Due Respect: Cato Sicarius very blatantly wants to become Chapter Master as soon as possible. As current Chapter Master Marneus Calgar promptly lampshades, Cato is effectively wishing Marneus to die at the earliest opportunity.
  • With Catlike Tread: Ultramarines' idea of "stealth mission" is sneaking a rumbling, earth-shaking tank right behind Salamanders' backs and shouting paeans to their own glory a bit more quietly than usual. To their credit, Salamanders completely fail to notice.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 18: Magnus sends most of the Inquisition into the Warp. Good news, huh? Well, Fulgrim and Abbadon are gathering the Chaos Legions for a new Black Crusade, so it seems another Cerebus Syndrome is inbound.
    • Episode 20: The Ultramarines recover all of Vulkan's artefacts, leading to his return, the Centurion is really Rogal Dorn in disguise, and the Emperor takes off Kitten's armor.
    • Epsiode 21: There is a REASON for the Ultramarines' Sueishness, Magnus unleashes his true form, and Karamazov finds Leman Russ.
    • Episode 22: The Fab Custodes are now the Emperor's caretakers - and Magnus drives a wedge between Kitten and the Emperor...
    • Episode 24: Not only are Leman Russ, Fyodor Karamazov, and Kaldor Draigo heading to the Gate of Khaine in order to get to the Imperial Palace, but it's also implied that Kitten knows so much because he has access to the Black Library. Oh, and Custodisi and Whammudes are now face-to-face with the Eldar Laughing God, Cegorach.
    • Episode 3 of "Chaos Descends" has Mar and Stitches find one of the artifacts of Vulkan which causes a lot of powerful factions to race towards the planet to capture it.
  • Wham Line:
    • At the end of episode 20:
      Rogal Dorn: Father. Your sweetheart was I... ROGAL DORN!
      The Emperor: Aaaaaaaaaaa?
    • And another one at the end of Episode 22:
      Magnus: [to Kitten] Well... have you ever considered... serving someone else?
    • In Episode 24, Whammudes trips and falls into the Webway Gate, finding yet another gate beyond:
      Custodisi: That is... a clown...
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Emperor tells the Custodes that they should stop being useless and start to actually help the Imperium, seeing how they have the best gear in the galaxy.
  • Woman Scorned: Gender-inverted by Kitten of all people. When Shadowsun left him, he became hell-bent on murdering her entire species. Alone, if necessary.
    Kitten: THIS IS NOT FUCKING CANON!
  • A World Half Full: The Emperor's nigh-insurmountable goal is to turn the Galaxy from the complete nightmare that it is to a less grim and dark pseudo-utopia for the human race. Thus far, the text-to-speech device has helped tremendously to that end.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Emperor uses the Ultramarines for these. If they succeed in whatever suicide mission he gives them, then he is one step closer to fixing the Imperium. If they fail, then a chapter the Emperor can't stand gets killed or humbled.
  • Yaoi Fanboy: Joe the Stormtrooper from Chaos Descends ep. 4 enjoys it when Numbers and Smarty start arguing. He gets shot for filming their argument and telling them to kiss by the disgusted pair. Although given that he'd been slowly dying in pain before Numbers put a bullet in his head...
  • Yes-Man: The Adeptus Custodes who guards the Emperor. In the Emperor's own words, they including Kitten are basically programmed robots that exist solely to serve his will and agree with everything he says.
  • You Are Fat: The Emp doesn't give Rogal a bike because he is "too fat" but the real reason seems to be not to lose his only company that doesn't drive him nuts in less than 10 minutes. He gets him one anyway.
  • You Didn't Ask: When asked why he never told anyone about the War in Heaven, the Age of Technology and world history in general, the Emperor says that no-one ever asked him about it.
    • Magnus calls out the Emperor's questionable claim that he's not going for the smokes and mirrors approach any more when he just got Magnus to send roughly 80% of the Inquisition into Warp by tricking the leader of the Inquisition into believing he was the Emperor's son/partial reincarnation. The Emperor counters that he never bothered to ask if what he was saying was true. Subverted in that the leader of the Inquisition did ask, repeatedly. Magnus even calls him out on this too, but the Emperor dismisses him.
    • Magnus gets the Emperor back when it turns out he was fully aware Rogal was still alive, even if he had no idea of where he was.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • The Emperor's reaction to a lot of things.
      The Emperor: So, the Necrons and the Blood Angels did what?
    • The sheer disbelief at seeing his Custodes' current state of (un)dress uniform as he spends several minutes just dumbstruck from the sheer shock.
      The Emperor: Holy shit. What on the name of Terra on fucking rollerskates is this? [...] This shit is so surreal. Am I on drugs?
    • His reaction to Magnus's revelation that his efforts to stamp out all religion and render the Chaos Gods powerless were actually fueling the birth of a Chaos God of Unbelief is nothing short of hilarious.
      The Emperor: ...Come again? [...] That has got to be the single dumbest thing I've ever heard in my entire life. And that is coming from a half-dead skeleton that has been stuck on a life-sustaining couch for the past 10,000 years.
    • Rogal Dorn of all people gets one in If the Emperor had a Podcast, incredulous that out of all the "historical records" it's the Book of the Astronomican that the Emperor takes most seriously.
  • Your Head A-Splode: A somewhat background event in episode 18 is one stormtrooper's head exploding from exposure to the Warp.
  • Zerg Rush: When Magnus breaks the barriers surrounding the Imperial Palace, hordes of daemons swarm all around him, all running to the Golden Throne.
    Magnus: Well, that certainly happened...


Alternative Title(s): If The Emperor Had A Text To Speech Device

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