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* KeystoneArmy: Surprisingly averted. Cain ''hopes'' that with Varan dead his slaves would come to their senses, but he admits that it's a fool's hope. He's right - if anything, the death of their master sends Varan's forces into frenzy and they rush in for an all-out assault.

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* RankUp: She's made Lieutenant by the time of ''Choose Your Enemies'', opening up her former spot for Magot.


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* RankUp: With Grifen promoted to Lieutenant in ''Choose Your Enemies,'' Magot replaces her as squad sergeant.


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* SergeantRock: She's made sergeant in ''Choose Your Enemies'' and while we don't really get to see her in action, we can't imagine her ''possibly'' being any other kind.

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* HumiliationConga: ''Dear God.'' First, he comes to arrest Cain for cowardice and desertion, only to find out Cain has his hands trying to prevent a daemonic summoning. Then a (male) cultist kisses him as he tries to interrogate him. Then it turns out Cain was right, and is perfectly willing to talk back to a Greater Daemon. Then Cain defeats the daemon (Beije getting attacked in the process), earning the admiration and respect of the Emperor-botherers Beije had brought with him, undermining his authority further. Then, once Cain is put on trial, the jury not only clears Cain of all charges, but starts looking into charges of incompetence for Beije. And when they're out of the courtroom, Cain reminds Beije that they still have a duel to fight (Beije having referred to Kasteen as a "petticoat colonel"), so Beije is forced to hastily apologize to her. And finally (assuming he wasn't executed or transferred elsewhere), the Tallarns he was with have started a splinter cult ''worshipping'' Cain as the Emperor's will made manifest.

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* HumiliationConga: ''Dear God.'' First, he comes to arrest Cain for cowardice and desertion, only to find out Cain has his hands trying to prevent a daemonic summoning. Then a (male) cultist kisses him as he tries to interrogate him. Then it turns out Cain was right, and is perfectly willing to talk back to a Greater Daemon. Then Cain defeats the daemon (Beije getting attacked in the process), earning the admiration and respect of the Emperor-botherers Beije had brought with him, undermining his authority further. Then, once Cain is put on trial, the jury not only clears Cain of all charges, but starts looking into charges of incompetence for Beije. And when they're out of the courtroom, Cain reminds Beije that they still have a duel to fight (Beije having referred to Kasteen as a "petticoat colonel"), so Beije is forced to hastily apologize to her. And finally (assuming he wasn't executed or transferred elsewhere), the Tallarns he was with have started a splinter cult ''worshipping'' ''worshiping'' Cain as the Emperor's will made manifest.



* {{Deconstruction}}: of the stereotypical "The first one to retreat gets a bolt to the head" type of Commissar so often seen in the Imperium. Her forces only start doing better when they use techniques that aren't massed infantry charges and other suitably Hollywood-esque tactics the Imperium seems to love, and Cain openly shows disdain for the Bolt Pistol she uses- widely popular with the Commisariat for its power and intimidation, but in a battlefield, the humble laspistol is more rugged and likely to help you survive.



* PetTheDog: Surprisingly serves as this for [[ThePigPen Jur]][[AlmightyJanitor gen]]. Thanks him and compliments his cooking, calls him a cog (Mechanicus compliment for an unnoticed part that helps the whole function), recognises him the better part of a century later... It's about the nicest anyone ever is to the poor guy, short of [[HeterosexualLifePartners Cain himself]].

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* PetTheDog: Surprisingly serves as this for [[ThePigPen Jur]][[AlmightyJanitor gen]]. Thanks him and compliments his cooking, calls him a cog (Mechanicus compliment for an unnoticed part that helps the whole function), recognises recognizes him the better part of a century later... It's about the nicest anyone ever is to the poor guy, short of [[HeterosexualLifePartners Cain himself]].


* ADateWithRosiePalms: He really, really likes porno slates. Possibly because the only woman to ever express the slightest interest in him was a) an Ogryn and b) very drunk.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: He really, really likes porno slates. Possibly because the only woman to ever express the slightest interest in him was a) an Ogryn and b) very drunk.[[note]]Not counting those Slaaneshi cultists from 'The Beguiling'.[[/note]]



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: There has been only ''one'' time in Cain and Jurgen's entire combined career that Cain has given Jurgen an order and Jurgen has declined to follow it- during Cain's DuelToTheDeath with [[spoiler:Ork Warboss Korbul]], Can frantically shouts for Jurgen to "shoot the frakker!" Jurgen refuses, quickly explaining that if he intervenes in the battle (which [[spoiler:Korbul]] made a 1v1 by challenging Cain himself), the other [[spoiler:lesser warbosses]] serving under [[spoiler:Korbul]] will decide it's fair fir them to pile in and kill all of them. Cain knows that if he repeats the order Jurgen will obey despite his misgivings, but decides it's better to trust Jurgen's judgement in this case.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: There has been only ''one'' time in Cain and Jurgen's entire combined career that Cain has given Jurgen an order and Jurgen has declined to follow it- during Cain's DuelToTheDeath with [[spoiler:Ork Warboss Korbul]], Can Cain frantically shouts for Jurgen to "shoot the frakker!" frakker!". Jurgen refuses, quickly explaining that if he intervenes in the battle (which [[spoiler:Korbul]] made a 1v1 by challenging Cain himself), the other [[spoiler:lesser warbosses]] serving under [[spoiler:Korbul]] will decide it's fair fir for them to pile in and kill all of them. Cain knows that if he repeats the order Jurgen will obey despite his misgivings, but decides it's better to trust Jurgen's judgement in this case.

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* BUnnyEarsLawyer: Cain thinks Toren is rather an idiot, but acknowledges that he's an expert with his artillery.

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* BottledHeroicResolve: His combat drug injector. When it's triggered, he's capable of mayhem that can outdo Amberley in her power armor.


* GreenEyes: Her most noticeable feature as a human, and the one she retains as a daemon.

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** In ''Choose Your Enemies'' Amberly outright wonders in a footnote if Sulla constantly gushing about Cain's "noble bearing" is indicative of a crush on him.


* BadassGrandpa: During ''Cain's Last Stand''. Juvenat treatments are one perk of being friends with an Inquisitor.



* OldSoldier: During ''Cain's Last Stand'' he has became old in service to the Imperium. Juvenat treatments are one perk of being friends with an Inquisitor.



* PowerNullifier: As a [[AntiMagic blank]], Jurgen often serves this role.

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* PowerNullifier: As a [[AntiMagic blank]], Jurgen often serves this role.Cain by shutting down Pyskers.



* BadassGrandpa: Caractacus is an elderly sage in a robe. He's also regularly running through firefights with apparently little to no body armor, without hesitation. However, he is a mostly artificial cyborg.



* TheMadnessPlace[=/=]MotorMouth: Once Mott gets started rambling, it's very hard to stop him politely, since he has a compulsive need to keep working out his thoughts.

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* TheMadnessPlace[=/=]MotorMouth: MotorMouth: Once Mott gets started rambling, it's very hard to stop him politely, since he has a compulsive need to keep working out his thoughts.



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* OldMaster: Caractacus is an elderly sage in a robe. He's also regularly running through firefights with apparently little to no body armor, without hesitation. However, he is a mostly artificial cyborg.
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* TheLadette[=/=]StereotypeFlip: And gets along with the "Emperor-botherer"-disliking Cain quite well because of it. This is a Sister of Battle who drinks, gambles proficiently, and is romantically involved with the schola's bursar.

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* TheLadette[=/=]StereotypeFlip: And gets along with the "Emperor-botherer"-disliking Cain quite well because of it. This is a Sister of Battle who drinks, gambles proficiently, and is romantically involved with the schola's bursar. (According to one of Amberley's footnotes, it's a myth that Sisters of Battle have to take a VowOfCelibacy, though most don't have much opportunity to take advantage.)


* BondOneLiner: Cain right before shooting her the first time around (and note that the short story is set ''before'' he meets Amberley Vail):
-->"Sorry, I prefer blondes."



* PreMortemOneLiner: Cain right before shooting her the first time around (and note that the short story is set ''before'' he meets Amberley Vail):
-->"Sorry, I prefer blondes."




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* YoureNotMyType: Cain tells her he prefers blondes to redheads (Emeli) as a PreMortemOneLiner on their first meeting.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: Invariably depicted with a bolter despite using a laser pistol in text.


** In the first novel, ''For the Emperor'', Cain and the Valhallans accompanying him are forced to gun down a squad of loyal PDF at a checkpoint in order to complete their own mission (escorting Tau diplomats back to their enclave). Cain finds himself disgusted by it, and has difficulty working out what to say to his troopers. He finally tells the sergeant to tell them that he appreciated what they did. The sergeant says he will, with obvious sympathy, and Cain realizes it was the right line.

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** In the first novel, ''For the Emperor'', Cain and the Valhallans accompanying him are forced to gun down a squad of loyal PDF at a checkpoint in order to complete their own mission (escorting Tau diplomats back to their enclave). Cain finds himself disgusted by it, and has difficulty working out what to say to his troopers. He finally tells the sergeant to tell them that he appreciated what they did. The sergeant says he will, with obvious sympathy, and Cain realizes it was the right line. Cain also notes that he still sees the face of the lieutenant in command of the PDF unit (who Cain personally killed in the ensuing shootout) and regrets what happened, knowing the lieutenant wasn't evil, just overeager and unwilling to back down.

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* ShootTheDog: Part of his job. He winds up having to [[spoiler:gun down two "survivors"]] near the end of his first book because they had been [[spoiler:infected by Genestealers]].

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