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* BadDreams: All of the Ghosts who stay on Gereon for an extended period of time.

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* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: ''Salvation's Reach'' introduces a Guard saying that there are two kinds of commissar, the lasman's best friend and the lasman's worst enemy. It's very difficult for any ''one'' commissar to be both, as the actions that reinforce one of those images tend to weaken the other. The avarage guardsman often prefers the latter type of commissar as they are more reliable once the shooting starts.


* BondOneLiner: ''[[TearJerker Painful]]'' one at the end of ''Sabbat Martyr.''
---> '''Larkin''': "I just fething wish I'd gotten a bead on him sooner."


* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Most of the books are prefaced with an extract from ''A Later History Of The Imperial Crusades'' and on occasion the narrator gives information that only someone in the future - relative to the events being narrated, to be exact - would know. Of course, the novels take place two centuries before the "current" 40k time setting.

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** At least some of the Ghosts will end up becoming part of [[spoiler: Trazyn the Infinite's]] "collection" and were among the forces he released to help aid in the defense of Cadia during the 13th Black Crusade.


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:In '' First & Only'', Trooper Drayl gets a shard from a Chaos statuette stuck in his collarbone from Corbec shooting the statutette. He gets a field dressing put on it, and the group moves on. The shard corrupts Drayl, with him later shooting at the group with [[ProphetEyes "a milky nothingness in his eyes"]]. He is shot in their self-defence, and ''then'' has a large metallic-coloured skeletal monster BodyHorror come out of him that the group also has to kill.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:In In '' First & Only'', Trooper [[spoiler:Trooper Drayl gets a shard from a Chaos statuette stuck in his collarbone from Corbec shooting the statutette. He gets a field dressing put on it, and the group moves on. The shard corrupts Drayl, with him later shooting at the group with [[ProphetEyes "a milky nothingness in his eyes"]]. He is shot in their self-defence, and ''then'' has a large metallic-coloured skeletal monster BodyHorror come out of him that the group also has to kill.]]


* AGodAmI: Saint Sabbat. Subverted in that she's not bullet or artillery proof but rather is ''incredibly'' strong, fast and inspiring.



--> '''Gaunt:''' Can I trust [[spoiler: Maggs]]? I could really do with an extra pair of hands.
--> '''Mabbon:''' You're asking me?
--> '''Gaunt:''' Yes.
--> '''Mabbon:''' I'd trust him.
--> '''Gaunt:''' I'm not you.
--> '''Mabbon:''' Well, if I was you, I'd never trust him again. I'd probably kill him, to be sure.

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--> '''Gaunt:''' -->'''Gaunt:''' Can I trust [[spoiler: Maggs]]? I could really do with an extra pair of hands.
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hands.\\
'''Mabbon:''' You're asking me?
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me?\\
'''Gaunt:''' Yes.
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Yes.\\
'''Mabbon:''' I'd trust him.
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him.\\
'''Gaunt:''' I'm not you.
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you.\\
'''Mabbon:''' Well, if I was you, I'd never trust him again. I'd probably kill him, to be sure.


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* PhysicalGod: Saint Sabbat. Subverted in that she's not bullet or artillery proof but rather is ''incredibly'' strong, fast and inspiring.


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* CommissarCapCommissarCap: In ''His Last Command'', when Ludd is sent to get troops to the battlefield, he loses his cap getting there across the battlefield and their first question for him when he said he was a commissar was to ask where his hat was. (He gets them to the battlefield anyway.)



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* DirtyBusinessDirtyBusiness: In ''Traitor General'', when a [[LaResistance resistance]] member freaks out, Gaunt knocks him unconscious and carries him to safety. Landerson, another member, is surprised that being a commissar, he didn't kill him, and Gaunt talks of his duty to protect mankind, even the weak and frightened -- and feels a distaste for it. The truth was, he could not have left the body behind, and he might as well bring him alive, but he was saying that to manipulate Landerson.
** In ''Blood Pact'', Gaunt thinks that he's done a lot of dubious things in his day, but he particularly dislikes [[spoiler: having let the prisoner "bleed out" the BloodMagic of the pursuing witch]] -- out of not only himself but also [[spoiler: Wes Maggs]].



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* DividedWeFall

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* DisturbedDoves
DisturbedDoves: In ''Blood Pact'', when fighting breaks out at the climax, flocks of (unspecified) birds take flight.
* DividedWeFallDividedWeFall:
** ''First & Only'' is driven by two rivalries: between [[InterserviceRivalry the Ghosts and the Jantine Patricians]], and between Dravere and Macaroth. Indeed, the first rivalry, and its {{Revenge}}, is used to cover up other intrigues -- and this in the face of the forces of Chaos!
** In ''Ghostmaker'', they have another [[InterserviceRivalry rivalry between the Ghosts and the Volpone Bluebloods]]. While the Bluebloods themselves are not all evil (at worst, Blueblood guardsmen are just haughty and elitist) their commanders once wittingly ordered an artillery bombardment where they knew the Ghosts were currently encamped, and at the climax, two officers are in a brawl until a Chaos beast actually erupts on them, killing several of their troopers.
** In ''Traitor General'', [[spoiler:Sturm]] blamed his fall on Gaunt's unwillingness to let the past go and jockeying for power. [[spoiler:He [[HeelRealization realizes the truth]], in time.]]
** And of course there's [[spoiler:Rawne, Gaunt's own third-in command, who has tried to kill Gaunt himself on several occasions.]] Admittedly this was because [[spoiler:he blamed Gaunt for saving only his regiment and not allowing them to fight the forces of Chaos at their Founding, forcing the regiment to abandon its home and people - even though doing so would have done no practical good at all, and would have rendered the Tanith people totally extinct]].
** In the Sabbat Worlds Crusade spinoff ''Titanicus'', a member of Adeptus Mechanicus reveals a purported proof that the Omnissiah and the Emperor are not one and the same, contrary to the accepted Imperial dogma. This results in almost total rupture within the Mechanicus order and with the Imperial forces, with religious disputes quickly causing factions to fight both each other and the blasphemous machine men / uneducated fleshbags arrayed against them -- ''while'' their planet is being invaded. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Varco's HeroicSacrifice revealed more invaders, so they went to fight them instead. One conspirator, lamenting that {{Fire Forged Friends}}hip would prevent support, reveals that the evidence had been tampered with before it was distributed, as part of a power ploy. Afterward, they do [[LampshadeHanging notice]] that "this was a power ploy" [[DebateAndSwitch does not exactly exclude]] "this was true."]] They decide to [[spoiler:black it out anyway, because even if true, the ensuing schism would be fatal to both sides]].



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* DrivesLikeCrazyDrivesLikeCrazy: In ''Ghostmaker'', Ortiz has a tank driven into headquarters, scattering drilling soldiers and knocking all sorts of things astray. Then, he was inspired: a superior officer had ordered him to fire where Gaunt's Ghosts were, killing hundreds of them; Gaunt had [[TalkToTheFist attacked him]]; and the superior officer was looking to courtmartial and shoot Gaunt. Having gotten there quickly, Ortiz filed a report claiming that his injuries [[CutHimselfShaving sprang from his own guns' recoil]].



* EmbarrassingRescue

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* EmbarrassingRescueEmbarrassingRescue: In ''Ghostmaker'', Major Rawne [[UnfriendlyFire attacks]] Gaunt on the battlefield, intending to kill him. Gaunt knocks him unconscious and, despite his own wounds, [[TurnTheOtherCheek carries him back to safety]]. His fellow Ghosts are surprised that the rescue did not alleviate Rawne's resentment of Gaunt, but then, they don't know about the attack.



* FallenPrincess

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* FallenPrincessFallenPrincess: In ''Honour Guard'', Kolea tells Curth that in joining the Ghosts, she has become this, since the two of them were not of anything like equal status back home -- she would never have known his name. She shrugs it off: she knows many people of his status now.



* FeedTheMole

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* FeedTheMoleFeedTheMole: In ''His Last Command'', when Ludd reports Gaunt's unusual behavior to Commissiar Balshin, and apologizes, Gaunt explains that he had counted on it. Balshin would have ignored his report. This way, he could lure her to a place where she could see the truth of his words for herself.



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* GeoEffects:GeoEffects: The Ghosts are master of stealth, but particularly in forest, like those that had existed [[TheLostWoods back on Tanith]].
** In ''First and Only'' Sergeant Blane makes use of the heights to [[YouShallNotPass hold off]] the Jantine Patricians; he takes care to ensure that none of his fifty men descend from their positions, not to lose that advantage. [[spoiler:He and all his men die, but they hold off a vastly superior force for a long time, and inflict enormous losses on them.]]



* TheGrimReaper

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* TheGrimReaperTheGrimReaper: In ''Only In Death''. Wes Maggs is haunted by a figure of an old woman with a malformed face and a black lace gown. He is convinced that she is Death, come to take Ghosts. In some, dangerous situations, other Ghosts see her as well. When resolving to fight as hard as he could, Maggs defies her. [[spoiler:She proves to be Soric's [[EvilCripple handler]] from [[FateWorseThanDeath the Black Ships]], projected by him. The reason she appeared more when they were in danger was that Soric sensed it, and his desperate desire to help them caused more of his psychic activity to reach them.]]



* IResembleThatRemark

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* IResembleThatRemarkIResembleThatRemark: Blenner in ''Blood Pact''.



* ItsAllAboutMe

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* ItsAllAboutMeItsAllAboutMe: In ''First Only'', [[spoiler: Flense]] attacks Gaunt for killing his father, but his complaints are that he, personally, lost his estate and family name, and had to rise up in the world like any common trooper.



* TheMagnificent

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* TheMagnificentTheMagnificent: Hlaine 'Mad' Larkin and Mach 'Lucky' Bonin.



* MatterOfLifeAndDeath

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* MatterOfLifeAndDeathMatterOfLifeAndDeath: In ''Ghostmaker'', Dorden has authority to go into the ship's supplies, and yells at someone trying to check up on him: he is trying to get medical supplies for a soldier in critical condition.
** In ''First & Only'', seeing that Gaunt would die unless he acted, Dorden [[ActualPacifist for the first and only time]] in the series fired a gun.



* TheMenFirst

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* TheMenFirstTheMenFirst: In ''The Guns of Tanith'', Gaunt involves himself personally in the military trial of a common trooper. When his superiors object, he says the troopers win the battles. His superior finds this a little [[GoodIsOldFashioned quaint]], but - as one of the ''very'' few [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure decent members]] of the high command - is happy to give Gaunt his way.
** At the end of ''Only in Death'', Rawne demands medical attention for his men and orders his officers to start going; he's not leaving until the men are out. When Ludd, being acting commissar, comes back with him, he tells him he can go.
-->''"I'll leave when my duty's done, sir," said Ludd. "Let's get the men out."''



* MexicanStandoff

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* MexicanStandoffMexicanStandoff: In ''Ghostmaker'', after Corbec tackled a figure who turned out to be a Volpone Blueblood, the Bluebloods surrounded him with guns; he let the major up, and the major drew a gun on him; Gaunt appeared, pointing a gun at the major and declaring that if he shot Corbec, he would be dead before his men could shoot; more Ghosts appeared, with their guns drawn... It was a good thing that the Inquisitor Lilith showed up, all in all.



* OnionTears

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* OnionTearsOnionTears: In 'Blood Pact'', Criid blames her tearfulness on the onions. Given that she had just commented that grief lasts a long time...



* PlayingPossum

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* PlayingPossumPlayingPossum: In ''Blood Pact'', when Maggs attacks Kolding, he goes down. Gaunt tries to stop Maggs, and Kolding reappears to clock Maggs from behind; he explains to Gaunt that he thought it wiser to stay down -- and that Maggs had clearly been hallucinating.



* RememberThatYouTrustMe

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* RememberThatYouTrustMeRememberThatYouTrustMe:
** In ''His Last Command'', Kolea finds Rawne and the others from the Geroen team meeting in secret, and blasts them for forgetting their {{Fire Forged Friends}}hip and not trusting their commander.
** In ''Blood Pact'', when Curth stumbles on the secret transmitter, she wonders why they kept it so secret. Hark explains that he was trying to keep it secret as possible, so they wouldn't be hurt by knowing.



* ToKnowHimIMustBecomeHim

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* ToKnowHimIMustBecomeHimToKnowHimIMustBecomeHim: In ''Ghostmaker'', Inquisitor Lilith had, in her BackStory, lost her mother to eldar. She threw herself into destroying them, and then into understanding them. She ends up sealing a Way for them and being carried back to their world.



* TrialOfTheMysticalJury

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* TrialOfTheMysticalJuryTrialOfTheMysticalJury: In ''His Last Command'', after they escape [[HangingJudge summary execution]], Gaunt and his team face Imperial forces that range from a commissiar who maintains that after their time on a Chaos-tainted planet, they should be presumed tainted despite the total lack of evidence, and [[MercyKill mercifully shot]], to a general who is delighted to see their return [[spoiler:and pulls in many favors to get them off]].



* YouNeverAsked

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* YouNeverAskedYouNeverAsked: In ''Straight Silver'', Mkvenner devotes most of his attention to one of the soldiers he is training as a scout, to the frustration of another aspiring scout, who believes Mkvenner is ignoring her because she's A) not from Tanith, and B) a woman. When she finally asks Mkvenner about it, he says that he was the one that needed more training; she was ready.



* YourFavorite

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* YourFavoriteYourFavorite: In ''Traitor General'', [[spoiler: Sturm]]'s lifeward offers him a drink: "weak black cup of tea, with cinnamon". He comments that the lifeward is very attentive; he's had personal adjutants who took less care of him. Later, as his memories return, he remembers his favorite dish, and the lifeward makes a mental note to have it served at dinner.


** ArtificialLimbsAreStronger: Hark and Varl have an augmetic hand and shoulder respectively, and can punch through solid objects and break bones with a single jab. In ''Anarch'', Domor can see in the dark with his artificial eyes even when [[spoiler: a daemon woe machine]] has disabled all electricity-powered light. [[spoiler: Gaunt]] gains almost psychic powers after having his eyes replaced, although it's [[YourMileageMayVary uncertain]] whether the effect is due to the new augmetic eyes or the fact that [[spoiler: his original eyes were removed by Chaos]].

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** ArtificialLimbsAreStronger: Hark and Varl have an augmetic hand and shoulder respectively, and can punch through solid objects and break bones with a single jab. In ''Anarch'', Domor can see in the dark with his artificial eyes even when [[spoiler: a daemon woe machine]] has disabled all electricity-powered light. [[spoiler: Gaunt]] gains almost psychic powers after having his eyes replaced, although it's [[YourMileageMayVary uncertain]] uncertain whether the effect is due to the new augmetic eyes or the fact that [[spoiler: his original eyes were removed by Chaos]].

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* ReadingLips: Many of the Ghosts from Vervunhive are permanently deaf due to shelling. As a result, most Ghosts speak sign language and can do lip-reading.
** In ''Warmaster'', when some of the Ghosts are interrogated by the Inquisition inside a crypto-field which redacts information they're not cleared to know, one of them uses his ability to read lips to [[spoiler: eavesdrop on their plans and attempt to warn Gol Kolea that he's about to be arrested]].

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** ArtificialLimbsAreStronger: Hark and Varl have an augmetic hand and shoulder respectively, and can punch through solid objects and break bones with a single jab. In ''Anarch'', Domor can see in the dark with his artificial eyes even when [[spoiler: a daemon woe machine]] has disabled all electricity-powered light. [[spoiler: Gaunt]] gains almost psychic powers after having his eyes replaced, although it's [[YourMileageMayVary uncertain]] whether the effect is due to the new augmetic eyes or the fact that [[spoiler: his original eyes were removed by Chaos]].

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** In the short story ''Forgotten'', set during ''Salvation's Reach'', Larkin tells the story of meeting [[spoiler: an angel]] in ''Ghostmaker''.

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* NoodleIncident: The thing with the goat. Brostin brings it up in the short story ''Forgotten'', asking Gaunt if he wants to hear the story about it. Cue a chorus from the other Ghosts of TakeOurWordForIt YouDoNOTWantToKnow.


* IfIWantedYouDead

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* IfIWantedYouDeadIfIWantedYouDead: In ''His Last Command'', when Gaunt [[HostageSituation takes Commissar Kanow hostage]], he points out that he could have killed him and didn't. ([[HangingJudge Kanow]] is unpersuadable. Gaunt has his men overpowered and gets Ludd, the junior commissar, to make the contacts he needs to prove his identity.)
-->''Look, sergeant. I had the stone drop on you just then, and yet no one's dead so far. Is that the act of a heretic or a deserter?''

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