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Star Wars vs Warhammer 40K is a crossover audiobook style fic based on a popular vs debate between Warhammer 40,000 and Star Wars. Despite being a fanfic this work is actually found on YouTube instead of the more mainstream fanfic sites like Fanfiction and Spacebattles.

The premise of the story is that a massive sector-wide Imperial fleet got thrown off course in the Warp and got sent to the Star Wars galaxy during the last years of the Clone Wars, and through a mixture of underhanded actions by Darth Sidious and overall misunderstandings from both sides has launched the Galaxy into a new galaxy wide war, one that is more devastating and brutal than that of the Clone Wars.

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  • Absolute Xenophobe: The Imperium of Man has absolute xenophobia as a matter of official policy, and the Imperial Cult preaches the supremacy of mankind, and the extermination of all non human races. Such policies are shown in all its horror with the Imperial conquest and occupation of the Axum system.
  • The Alliance: The CIS and the Republic form one to combat the Imperium of Man.
  • Armies Are Evil:
    • Unsurprising that the Imperial forces are portrayed as this after all any faction that comes from Warhammer 40K would easily be the main villain in any other franchise and story. Not to mention the trope on top of the Imperium clearly takes the cake for evil armies, in this story.
    • Same thing could be said to both the Republic and CIS armies especially from the viewpoints of neutral worlds. whether it's justified or not, often times the local populace would see both armies in a bad light and not wanting to be part of the galaxy wide war.
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  • Armor Is Useless: Slightly subverted here, back home the standard flak armor of the Imperial Guard was next to useless against the traditional enemies of the Imperium. However in the Star Wars galaxy. the flak armor actually does provide better protection as Star Wars blasters are actually weaker compare to lasguns which allow the flak armor to be somewhat more useful, though of course after getting shot more than twice or a direct hit is still enough to penetrate the flak armor. Clone Trooper armor while effective against blaster, appears to be not as effective against the Imperial Guard Lasguns and bayonets, as Imperial Guards forces are able to score one or two shot kills against the Clones, and their bayonets are able to crack Clone armor relatively easily.
  • Artificial Limbs: Shown in massive numbers in the Imperium, coming from a galaxy in perpetual war, many soldiers have replaced their limbs with mechanical parts due to past injuries or to personally enhanced their fighting capabilities. Special notice goes to the Adeptus Mechanicus and their religion where everyone is expected to replace a majority of their bodies with mechanical parts. Individuals within the Republic also have their fair share of mechanical limb replacements with characters like Echo and Anakin Skywalker, however such practices in the republic are far more humane and less pervasive compare to those found in the Imperium.
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  • Badass Army: The Republic has the Clone Troopers and the Jedi while the Imperium has the Imperial Guard, Sisters of Battle, Skitarii and the Space Marines.
  • Bayonet Ya: The Imperial Guard love the usage of Bayonets in their charges, this tactic is also quite effective in close quarter combat with clones who outside of using small combat knives and the butt of their rifles, do not have a dedicated melee weapon to counter the Guard.
  • Bling of War: Imperial warships are often heavily stylized with large amounts of religious iconography and statues. The same can be said to their ground forces especially those from the Sisters of Battle, the Space Marines, and the Imperial Guard Officer Corp.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens a lot of times when the Republic and the Separatists engage Imperial forces.
    • Special notice goes to Mace Windu, He was assured in the Jedi superiority in the Force against the Imperial only to find out that the Imperial are just as able to if not more skilled in the usage of the Force. And that Imperials are just using it as a tool and nothing more but still able to compete or overcome the Jedi only further infuriate and humble him considerably..
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Both sides take turns curb-stomping each other, though at this time the Imperium has largely been more successful compared to the Republic.
    • The first Space Marine boarding action of a Republic Venerator Class ship, the Entire crew was annihilated with zero losses from the Space Marine, though one did lose an arm to the Jedi Master in command of the Ship. The Space Marine return the favor by murdering the Jedi Master and taking his Lightsaber as a trophy..
    • Every Naval Battle to date, the Imperial Navy has shown itself to be able to overwhelm and annihilate entire Republic and CIS fleets despite being heavily outnumbered in every engagement. on a ship to ship comparison, Imperial warships outperform their counterparts in both long and short-range battles. In addition, the sheer size and tonnage of Imperial ships with their smallest warships being around 2km in length makes even their escorts an extremely difficult target to take down by the Republic and CIS Navy. In fact, the disparity is so great that republic naval ships often times will just collapse and break apart when Imperial captains opted to simply ram through their enemies. During an evaluation of battle performance, a Clone captain noted that the size of the Imperial ships have make it extremely difficult for them to know where exactly to target to bring down just one Imperial warship.
    • The initial off screen Imperial invasion and Conquest of the Axum System. The Space Marines deployed in force and managed to annihilate both the CIS and Republic forces on the Planet Anaxes. To emphasize the event, the Axum System was heavily stalemated by both the CIS and the Republic, with neither being able to drive the other out, then the Imperials came in and drove both out in a matter of days.
    • The Republic counter-invasion, has thus far proven to be a curbstomp against the Imperial occupying force right now. Though at this point the Imperial navy has already left the system with only a token defense force and three ships to guard Axum. However, the Republic did deliver quite an effective sucker punch even though they are only fighting a token force at this time. The Initial offensive on the ground has caught the Imperial guard by surprise and crippled their immediate command structure. However, it remains to be seen if the Republic could maintain their surprise momentum and keep the Imperial off balance.
    • The Jedi taking part in the counter-invasion. Has thus far smashed through all the regular Imperial forces that confronted them. The Librarian straight annihilates 2 Jedi strike force teams by himself and the Inquisitor managed to wipe out Aayla's entire Vanguard force, mind raped and forced Aayla and her surviving clone Commando squads to retreat and end their assault deep into Imperial lines.
    • The Sister of Silence overpowers Anakin without much difficulty. No surprise given that her presence completely removes the force from him.
  • Deadly Upgrade: As a whole, the Imperium is by far, a much deadlier enemy by multiple factors compare to the CIS that the Republic is used to fighting.
  • Defiant to the End: For the most part Imperial forces would rather die fighting than surrender, even when the situation is futile for them.
  • The Dreaded: After the first few Initial battles against them, The Space Marines are quickly becoming a terror on the battlefield, as the Republic and the CIS has very little to counter them.
  • Elite Army: The Clone legions that followed the Jedi in the counter attack in the Axum system are some of the most elite legions in the Republic from the 501st to the 327 Star Corps. opposing them are also elements of some of the most elite regiments produced by the Imperial Guard, the Death Korps, Cadians, and The Skitarii Legions.
  • The Empire: The Imperium of Man is a galaxy-conquering empire that seeks total dominance over the stars and wants to exterminate every alien race they encounter.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Hondo Ohnaka being a pirate, thief, and kidnapper is no stranger to the darker aspects of life, but even he is shocked and horrified by the genocidal actions of the Imperium of Man.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Just about everything in the Imperial arsenal is bigger compare to the Republic and the Separatists, from their ships to the very guns that their soldiers use.
  • The Enemy Weapons Are Better: As both sides continue to engage each other it became extremely clear that Imperial weapons are far superior to the Republics, as such in order to even the battlefields and their own survivability the clones of the 501st have opted to use the weapons of the fallen Skitarii instead of their standard issued blaster rifles.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title says it all: it's the Star Wars universe vs Warhammer 40k specifically the Imperium of Man.
  • The Federation: The Galactic Republic, a union of sovereign planets united to bring democracy across the cosmos.
  • Glass Cannon: The Adeptus Mechanicus happens to fill this category, despite being a much better equipped force compare to those in the Imperial Guard, and sporting weapons that are of much higher quality compared to Republic forces. They however found that their mechanical enhancement and anatomy make them extremely susceptible to Republic weaponry. After spending years fighting against a mostly mechanical army, the republic military arsenal has become heavily anti droid oriented, which makes Ad Mech forces extremely vulnerable to Clone weaponry.
  • Had to Be Sharp: Many Imperial Guard regiments hail from worlds that would be considered nightmarish and suicidal to live on, as such in order to prosper on them, many of its inhabitants are brought up to be stronger, more harden and resourceful compare to the inhabitants of more peaceful worlds in the Republic. Space Marines members are also examples of this as many chapters favor recruits that originated from worlds that produced hardened humans who are able to stand and survive in extreme conditions.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Palpatine's efforts to polarize and divide the Senate as a stepping stone to reform the Republic into an Empire bite him in the ass when he tries to rally their aid against the Imperium.
  • Humans Are Warriors:
    • Pretty much the Humans from the Imperium completely fits in this. The Clone Commander acknowledged that the martial prowess of the Imperials far outstripped most races in the galaxy by a huge margin.
    • It can also be said the same for the Humans of the Star Wars galaxy as well since, out of the hundreds of thousands of different alien races out there it is the human race that is chosen to be the template for the clone armies of the republic.
  • Infinite Supplies: While starting off in a very disadvantaged position compared to the Imperium the Republic being still in their home turf, has access to a far greater amount of resource and can sustain the losses the Imperials will inflict on them, despite immediately having massive advantages in weapons, supplies, and troops, without establishing a power base for resupply and resources, the Republic in the long run will start to bleed the Imperium dry in a war of attrition.
  • Invading Refugees: What the Imperials essentially are.
  • It's Raining Men: How the Clone Army launched their counter invasion, originally the Imperial expected a frontal assault from the invading Republic forces, instead the Clone Army launched an aerial insertion, of drop ships and jetpack troopers and dropped on top of the unsuspecting Imperials. To say the Imperial guard were unprepared for this would be understating the situation.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Palpatine, surprisingly enough. While he's still the scheming, deceptive Sith Lord chessmaster that wants to dominate the universe in canon he is nowhere near as bad as the Imperium of Man, an entire empire of religious fanatics who want to kill every nonhuman/alien in the galaxy.
  • Mook Horror Show: Several of the fights against the Space Marines are like this:
    • Episode 5, told from the perspective of Dr. Shina, depicts the Space Marines as something out of a slasher movie, with several commentators noting how the scenes play out like something out of a horror movie.
    • Episode 8 sees Anakin and the Bad Batch go up against a Space Marine, putting the poor bastard through a Rasputinian Death, and everyone being horrified over how this thing will not stay down.
    • Episode 19 has Anakin's fight with a Sister of Silence, with his opponent being treated like a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Mind Rape: By far the most devastating psychic attack that Imperial Psykers would use against the Jedi. the Imperial Psykers actually never used any specific mental abilities against the Jedi, just showing the memories of their home galaxy and their experiences ultimately is enough to traumatize Jedi masters, and turn Padawans and less skilled Jedi Knights into a gibbering mess..
  • Mistaken Identity: The clone commander initially mistaken the deployment of Ogryn Shock troops for Space Marines.
  • Mounted Combat: Death Riders Cavalry were deployed much to the surprise of the Clones. The surprise turns to complete shock and horror when the antiquated strategy actually works.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Two from episode 21:
      • Clone Trooper Sando referring to his 'borrowed' Imperial las-rifle as a 'death flashlight', a reference to the WH40k meme.
      • Echo landing a Confederate Providence-class ship with just maneuvering thrusters is a move taken straight from Revenge of the Sith. Lampshaded by Echo, who notes that it's something Anakin would do.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Anakin and the Bad Batch's reaction to the resilience and skill of a Space Marine
    • Rex's reaction when he noticed that Ahsoka was distracted by something, right after he mused that he thought Imperials have something on the caliber of a Jedi that Ahsoka will have to deal with. 10 seconds later an Electro Priest with his Skitarii Maniple entered the field.
    • Obi Wan's reaction to meeting the Librarian and seeing the remains of Luminara's Strike Team.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Imperium of Man is an incredibly advanced civilization from another galaxy with gigantic technology that puts even the most sophisticated societies of the Star Wars universe to shame. Furthermore, since they arrived in the late years of the Clone Wars, both the Republic and the CIS are completely unprepared for the sudden appearance of the Imperium in the known galaxy.
  • Proud Warrior Race:
    • The humans of the Imperium fills this as a whole, they see themselves as superior to all non human races and have the creds and military power to back their claim.
    • The Clones of the Grand Army of the Republic can also be seen as an artificial version of this as well.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Space Marine Anakin and the Bad Batch fight in episode 8. He has half his mouth burnt by Anakin's lightsabre, gets pelted by heavy blaster fire, has a frag grenade go off in his hand, takes a point blank shot in the face from the blaster equivalent of a sniper rifle, reducing his face to a skull, and is finally decapitated.
  • The Republic: The Galactic Republic, obviously.
  • Schizo Tech: Compared to the Star Wars tech, Imperial technology looks primitive, however this is only in appearance and aesthetic, beneath the surface Imperial technology is very advance and devastating as shown in the battle between the 501st and the Skitaris, with the clones replacing their blasters in favor of Ad Mech energy and Kinetic weapons.
  • Super Strength: Anakin who's fighting style is heavily based on his physical strength is easily overwhelmed by an Astartes when they cross blades.
  • Super Toughness: Space Marines have this much to the shock and horror of their opponents. The Space Marine Anakin and the Bad Batch fight gets part of his face slashed by Anakin's lightsaber, blown up by his own grenade, then blasted in the face and is still moving it takes Anakin cutting off his head to finally kill him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: What is likely going to happen between the CIS, the Republic, and other minor factions in the Star Wars galaxy.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Palpatine is still the individual behind the scenes that is orchestrating many major events in the galaxy, however with the arrival of the Imperium much of his dream of ruling an Empire may no longer be possible, as he is now no longer in complete control of the events that is now transpiring with the Imperials quickly taking the center stage as the greater threat to that of the CIS much to his anger and dismay.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Both sides have degrees of this
    • The Imperium overall look down on the Republic and CIS seeing them as weak and soft for not actually fighting wars by themselves and instead opting to use clones and AI to do the fighting for them. However, the Clones were able to disapprove this to a certain extent. Note though the Imperials they are fighting in Axum are barely a percentage of the actual force that is currently operating in the galaxy.
    • The Republic underestimated the capabilities of the Imperial Guard, with their initial successes. This comes back and bites them in the ass, as the Guardsmen rallied and are now blunting and even rolling back the initial success of the Republic.
    • Mace Windu and the Jedi Order as a whole takes the cake for this. He completely underestimates the Imperial capabilities in the Force/Warp and is paying heavily for it. every Jedi strike force are taking heavy casualties, with the death and serious injuries of several well-known Jedis..
  • Viler New Villain: The CIS are definitely not shy in questionable if not outright unethical weapons testing and biological warfare on the civilian population, something that Palpatine and the Republic would exaggerate for their own means, along with some bloodthirsty generals like Grevious. But ultimately the CIS is largely fighting for understandable reasons like independence even though much of it is mere cover for the personal greed of mega-corporations. This however is nothing in comparison to the Imperium who consider genocides and brutality as day to day common sense, while many in the CIS may not believe in their cause and are in for their own self-interest, the majority of Imperial soldiers and civilians are fanatical true believers in their cause, which makes them even more dangerous, as while CIS members may shy away or make excuse for their own atrocities. The Imperium bathe in them and make no excuse. To the Imperials, extermination, torture, and experimentation of entire alien races and defying the human population is the right thing to do, civilian populations are just resources, and that you being born nonhuman is punishable by death if you are lucky.
  • We Have Reserves: Imperial Guards are this especially with the Death Korp of Krieg, who manage to maintain a continuous stream of troops that they broke through the Republic Gun lines.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ahsoka Tano being one of the first Republic Jedi to realize that the Imperials are not truly invaders and are a broken people. She continuously tried to find a peaceful resolution with the Electro Priest, unfortunately, the Electro Priest has been too jaded to accept any alternative outside of war. Though Ahsoka did at least manage to convince the Electro Priest enough to spare her life, which is big in itself due to the Imperial attitude of kill all aliens on principle..
  • Zerg Rush: What the Imperial Guard counter-offensive against the Republic defense lines on the bridges is. With the loss of their frontline command structure from assassinations' and sniper fire, until the command structure has been reorganized, the rank and file of the Guardsmen are defaulting to Human wave attacks against the Clones.
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