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** Despite that, they are usually portrayed as losers in the story.


* {{Narm}}: The setting of ''Warhammer 40000'' is prone to NarmCharm, but the games, ''especially'' ''Soulstorm'' provide more than a few some examples of sheer ridiculousness.

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* {{Narm}}: The setting of ''Warhammer 40000'' is prone to NarmCharm, but the these games, ''especially'' ''Soulstorm'' provide more than a few some examples of sheer ridiculousness.



* NightmareFuel: The [[AndIMustScream servitor]] strapped into the Exorcist looks like he's ''grinning''.

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The [[AndIMustScream servitor]] strapped into the Exorcist looks like he's ''grinning''.


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** One speech [[spoiler:Azariah Kyras]] gives, where he talks about slaughtering billions of people in Khorne's name. The passion and fury he puts into it makes it even scarier.

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*** Codes Astartes calls this maneuver "[[JustForPun Steal Rain]]".[[labelnote:Explanation]]A frequently found comment that combines two memes: the Blood Ravens' pillaging tendencies and Boreale's glorious voice lines.[[/labelnote]]

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** Flamers generally deal little direct damage; their main duty is to break enemy infantry's morale. However, Tau Crisis battlesuits in ''Dark Crusade'' can be equipped with heavy flamers that deal absolutely devastating damage to anything caught in the fairly large [=AoE=]. They're the only flame weapon with a three-digit damage rating, and the conspicuous zero at the end implies an oversight that wasn't intended this way. However, since Tau AI players rarely, if ever, upgrade their Crisis suits with anything, few players complain about this highly useful close combat asset for an army that's sorely lacking in viable close combat capabilities.


** Whoever turns out to be the Heretic in ''Chaos Rising.'' Gruff-but-loveable Cyrus, idealistic Thaddeus, stalwart Tarkus, cranky old Avitus, ScienceHero Martellus, nothing but a backstabber who lost sight of the Emperor's Light and fell to the depredations of Chaos. Worse, this is ''your'' fault for giving them Corrupt wargear for combat boni and taking the easy-out options.

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** Whoever turns out to be the Heretic in ''Chaos Rising.'' Gruff-but-loveable Cyrus, idealistic Thaddeus, stalwart Tarkus, cranky old Avitus, ScienceHero Martellus, nothing but a backstabber who lost sight of the Emperor's Light and fell to the depredations of Chaos. Worse, this is ''your'' fault for giving them Corrupt wargear for combat boni bonuses and taking the easy-out options.options.
*** Possibly the worst is if the "traitor" is Jonah Orion; unlike the others he never loses faith in the Emperor at all, instead [[spoiler:Kyras]] gives away the codes to circumvent his psychic hood, enabling him to be [[DemonicPossession possessed by a demon against his will,]] [[FightingFromTheInside fighting it all the way until his soul is dragged into the warp with it]].

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** A very simple mechanical one: the unit pathing in ''Dawn of War II '' absolutely ''abysmal.'' Units will get in each others' way, tanks will slowly trundle backwards rather than turning around or will turn around and expose their vulnerable rear armour just to make minor positional adjustments, and you will tear your hair out as half your army seems to get lost on the way to the battlefield. Trying to give precise orders to a large force is like trying to herd an army of stoned cats.


** Sindri, although he's only in the ''Dawn of War'' campaign and is apparently KilledOffForReal, is likely the most popular Chaos character aside from Eliphas (granted, until ''Chaos Rising'', all the other Chaos characters were rather poorly received) for his [[MostWonderfulSound voice]] (to the point where the popularity of Creator/ScottMcNeil being brought back in ''Chaos Rising'') and brilliant schemer tendencies.

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** Sindri, although he's only in the ''Dawn of War'' campaign and is apparently KilledOffForReal, is likely the most popular Chaos character aside from Eliphas (granted, until ''Chaos Rising'', all the other Chaos characters were rather poorly received) for his [[MostWonderfulSound [[SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound voice]] (to the point where the popularity of Creator/ScottMcNeil being brought back in ''Chaos Rising'') and brilliant schemer tendencies.



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** "SINDRIIIIII!!!"

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** "SINDRIIIIII!!!" (Two-fer from the same voice actor above: Scott [=McNeil=] voices '''both''' Lord Bale, the one talking; and Sindri Myr, the one being talked to.)


*** The Sisters of Battle Stronghold in ''Soulstorm'', because they have an invincible Living Saint who also grants invincibility to their other units nearby. The only way to make her vulnerable is to destroy four shrines scattered across the map, and she teleports in to defend them when they're attacked. Pretty much the only way to win the level is attack multiple icons at once and sacrifice at least a share of your forces to the Living Saint and, when there's one icon left, hope that you can throw a sufficiently survivable force at the Sisters' main base to lure the Saint away and distract her while you wail on the last shrine.

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*** The Sisters of Battle Stronghold in ''Soulstorm'', because they have an invincible Living Saint who also grants invincibility to their other units nearby. The only way to make her vulnerable is to destroy four shrines scattered across the map, and she teleports flies in to defend them when they're attacked. Pretty much the only way to win the level is attack multiple icons at once and sacrifice at least a share of your forces to the Living Saint and, when Saint, or carefully poke one of the shrines with a diversionary force and hope like hell that she just doesn't fly over to your real force. When there's one icon left, hope that you can throw a sufficiently survivable force at the Sisters' main base to lure the Saint away and distract her while you wail on the last shrine.



** No mission got as many requests for help in Dark Crusade as trying to take Hyperion Peak with Chaos. The level is actually fairly easy to beat with Necrons (in their case - extremely easy but time-consuming), Space Marines, Eldar, Tau and IG while Orks have to deal with some annoyance. These factions start off with 2 Relic units and a lot of other powerful units and also some upgrades (Space Marines can upgrade many units to get Assault Cannons while the Necron Overlord can get a resurrection orb). Chaos gets a unique situation, they don't get any Relic units. So instead of a pair of Bloodthirsters, they instead have a single Demon Prince which is far weaker. And it gets worse... [[note]]your forces are a single Heretic, 6 Predator tanks, and a crap-ton of Cultists and Possessed Marines. Normally Chaos is a powerhouse in melee, unfortunately they're fighting Orks who are their equal or superiors in that department. Then you find that your Cultists and Possessed Marines don't get their all important upgrades (no Possessed Marines roasting Orks alive with their flame breath), so all melee fights will be to your disadvantage. Outshooting the Orks won't work well either, as you lack Chaos Space Marines and Obliterators, Horrors and Defilers (so you have no artillery to break up infantry blobs). Basically the way to survive Hyperion Peaks as Chaos is to get a few good Honor Guard units, make a quick assault on the Ork tank base, protect your tanks and take advantage of many Chaos units having a fast health recovery. You'll get the victory, but expect tremendous casualties. [[/note]]

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** No mission got as many requests for help in Dark Crusade as trying to take Hyperion Peak with Chaos. The level is actually fairly easy to beat with Necrons (in their case - extremely easy but time-consuming), Space Marines, Eldar, Tau and IG while Orks have to deal with some annoyance. These factions start off with 2 Relic units and a lot of other powerful units and also some upgrades (Space Marines can upgrade many units to get Assault Cannons while the Necron Overlord can get a resurrection orb). Chaos gets a unique situation, they don't get any Relic units. So instead of a pair of Bloodthirsters, they instead have a single Demon Prince which is far weaker. And it gets worse... [[note]]your forces are a single Heretic, 6 Predator tanks, and a crap-ton of Cultists and Possessed Marines. Normally Chaos is a powerhouse in melee, unfortunately they're fighting Orks who are their equal or superiors initially and superior to unupgraded Chaos in that department. Then you find that your Cultists and Possessed Marines don't get their all important upgrades (no Possessed Marines roasting Orks alive with their flame breath), so all melee fights will be to your disadvantage. Outshooting the Orks won't work well either, as you lack Chaos Space Marines and Obliterators, Horrors and Defilers (so you have no artillery to break up infantry blobs). Basically the way to survive Hyperion Peaks as Chaos is to get a few good Honor Guard units, make a quick assault on the Ork tank base, protect your tanks and take advantage of many Chaos units having a fast health recovery. You'll get the victory, but expect tremendous casualties. [[/note]]


** "Vindicare Assassin cannot fire upon Eldar Farseer due to love"? [[note]]This stems from an WH40k fanfic "Love Can Bloom"[[/note]]

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** "Vindicare Assassin cannot fire upon Eldar Farseer due to love"? [[note]]This stems from an WH40k [=WH40k=] fanfic "Love Can Bloom"[[/note]]


* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Chapter Master Azariah Kyras]], through ''Chaos Rising'' and ''Retribution'', steadily reveals himself to have [[FallenHero long fallen from his noble roots]] while authoring all the conflict and death in the series. Kyras, centuries ago, pledged himself to Khorne and dedicated himself to "freedom" by means of [[BloodKnight mindless bloodshed]] and the [[OmnicidalManiac slaughter of countless billions]], achieved by his [[TheChessmaster manipulation]] of all the chaotic events plaguing the sub-sector of Aurelia in order to provoke Exterminatus on the entire sector and offer the resulting annihilation as tribute to Khorne. All throughout, Kyras [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrays]] everyone within his own Chapter, [[TheCorrupter corrupting his own battle-brothers]] and flagging those who resist as heretics, before finally revealing his true nature to even his own devout follower Apollo Diomedes and proclaiming billions shall scream and burn as the ultimate culmination of his service to Khorne. Kyras stands unique even among the servants of Chaos through his sheer unchecked fanaticism and madness, willing to shed blood on scales unprecedented even for Khornates and musing over the beauty of the senseless death he's wrought as he watches an entire inhabited planet engulfed by the Exterminatus--a gift he eventually plans on sharing with every living soul in the galaxy once he ascends into a Greater Daemon.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Chapter Master Azariah Kyras]], through ''Chaos Rising'' and ''Retribution'', steadily reveals himself to have [[FallenHero long fallen from his noble roots]] while authoring all the conflict and death in the series. Kyras, centuries ago, pledged himself to Khorne and dedicated himself to "freedom" by means of [[BloodKnight mindless bloodshed]] and the [[OmnicidalManiac slaughter of countless billions]], achieved by his [[TheChessmaster manipulation]] his manipulation of all the chaotic events events]] plaguing the sub-sector of Aurelia in order to provoke Exterminatus on the entire sector and offer the resulting annihilation as tribute to Khorne. All throughout, Kyras [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrays]] everyone within his own Chapter, [[TheCorrupter corrupting his own battle-brothers]] and flagging those who resist as heretics, before finally revealing his true nature to even his own devout follower Apollo Diomedes and proclaiming billions shall scream and burn as the ultimate culmination of his service to Khorne. Kyras stands unique even among the servants of Chaos through his sheer unchecked fanaticism and madness, willing to shed blood on scales unprecedented even for Khornates and musing over the beauty of the senseless death he's wrought as he watches an entire inhabited planet engulfed by the Exterminatus--a gift he eventually plans on sharing with every living soul in the galaxy once he ascends into a Greater Daemon.


* CompleteMonster: Chapter Master Azariah Kyras, through ''Chaos Rising'' and ''Retribution'', steadily reveals himself to have [[FallenHero long fallen from his noble roots]] while authoring all the conflict and death in the series. Kyras, centuries ago, pledged himself to Khorne and dedicated himself to "freedom" by means of [[BloodKnight mindless bloodshed]] and the slaughter of countless billions, achieved by his manipulation of all the chaotic events plaguing the sub-sector of Aurelia in order to provoke Exterminatus on the entire sector and offer the resulting annihilation as tribute to Khorne. All throughout, Kyras [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrays]] everyone within his own Chapter, corrupting his own battle-brothers and flagging those who resist as heretics, before finally revealing his true nature to even his own devout follower Apollo Diomedes and proclaiming every last living soul in the galaxy shall burn as the ultimate culmination of his service to Khorne. Kyras stands unique even among the servants of Chaos through his sheer unchecked fanaticism and madness, willing to [[OmnicidalManiac shed blood on scales unprecedented]] even for Khornates and musing over the beauty of the senseless death he's wrought as he watches an entire inhabited planet engulfed by the Exterminatus.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Chapter Master Azariah Kyras, Kyras]], through ''Chaos Rising'' and ''Retribution'', steadily reveals himself to have [[FallenHero long fallen from his noble roots]] while authoring all the conflict and death in the series. Kyras, centuries ago, pledged himself to Khorne and dedicated himself to "freedom" by means of [[BloodKnight mindless bloodshed]] and the [[OmnicidalManiac slaughter of countless billions, billions]], achieved by his manipulation [[TheChessmaster manipulation]] of all the chaotic events plaguing the sub-sector of Aurelia in order to provoke Exterminatus on the entire sector and offer the resulting annihilation as tribute to Khorne. All throughout, Kyras [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrays]] everyone within his own Chapter, [[TheCorrupter corrupting his own battle-brothers battle-brothers]] and flagging those who resist as heretics, before finally revealing his true nature to even his own devout follower Apollo Diomedes and proclaiming every last living soul in the galaxy billions shall scream and burn as the ultimate culmination of his service to Khorne. Kyras stands unique even among the servants of Chaos through his sheer unchecked fanaticism and madness, willing to [[OmnicidalManiac shed blood on scales unprecedented]] unprecedented even for Khornates and musing over the beauty of the senseless death he's wrought as he watches an entire inhabited planet engulfed by the Exterminatus.Exterminatus--a gift he eventually plans on sharing with every living soul in the galaxy once he ascends into a Greater Daemon.

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* CompleteMonster: Chapter Master Azariah Kyras, through ''Chaos Rising'' and ''Retribution'', steadily reveals himself to have [[FallenHero long fallen from his noble roots]] while authoring all the conflict and death in the series. Kyras, centuries ago, pledged himself to Khorne and dedicated himself to "freedom" by means of [[BloodKnight mindless bloodshed]] and the slaughter of countless billions, achieved by his manipulation of all the chaotic events plaguing the sub-sector of Aurelia in order to provoke Exterminatus on the entire sector and offer the resulting annihilation as tribute to Khorne. All throughout, Kyras [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrays]] everyone within his own Chapter, corrupting his own battle-brothers and flagging those who resist as heretics, before finally revealing his true nature to even his own devout follower Apollo Diomedes and proclaiming every last living soul in the galaxy shall burn as the ultimate culmination of his service to Khorne. Kyras stands unique even among the servants of Chaos through his sheer unchecked fanaticism and madness, willing to [[OmnicidalManiac shed blood on scales unprecedented]] even for Khornates and musing over the beauty of the senseless death he's wrought as he watches an entire inhabited planet engulfed by the Exterminatus.


** Sindri, although he's only in the ''Dawn of War'' campaign and is apparently KilledOffForReal, is likely the most popular Chaos character aside from Eliphas (granted, until ''Chaos Rising'', all the other Chaos characters were rather poorly received) for his [[MostWonderfulSound voice]] (to the point where the popularity of Creator/ScottMcNeil being brought back in ''Chaos Rising'') and MagnificentBastard tendencies.

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** Sindri, although he's only in the ''Dawn of War'' campaign and is apparently KilledOffForReal, is likely the most popular Chaos character aside from Eliphas (granted, until ''Chaos Rising'', all the other Chaos characters were rather poorly received) for his [[MostWonderfulSound voice]] (to the point where the popularity of Creator/ScottMcNeil being brought back in ''Chaos Rising'') and MagnificentBastard brilliant schemer tendencies.



* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler:Azariah Kyras manipulated the entire events of the first two games, namely, a major Tyranid incursion and a Chaos Crusade. No one was the wiser until ''Retribution''. Even then, he manages to retain more than half of the Chapter's loyalty and converts a great deal of them to Khornate worship.]]

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