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  • Ascended Fanon: Araghast the Pillager is the Chaos Lord seen at the end of the first Chaos Rising trailer, but due to the Chaos Lord's name not being revealed, his lines, and his voice actor sounding a lot like Paul Dobson, the immediate fan reaction was to assume that he was Eliphas the Inheritor from Dark Crusade, Back from the Dead. Relic's reaction was to bring Eliphas back, albeit as a different character with a different voice actor and personality who served as Araghast's treacherous second-in-command.
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  • Author Existence Failure: Exaggerated. When Iron Lore picked up the license for Soulstorm, they were already going out of business. Although the end product was obviously unfinished, somebody had decided to release it anyways since it was still technically playable.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Commander Boreale certainly does say "SPESS MEHREENS!" and "WE HAVE FEHLED THE EMPRAH", but not in the same sentence.
    • General Stubbs never actually lost those 100 Baneblades; they were just shipped off-system like they were always intended to (Kaurava I builds them for Imperial regiments all over the sector).
  • Creator Backlash: Relic view Soulstorm in the same light as the playerbase. Dawn of War II gives it a number of Take Thats which imply they see it as an Old Shame.
    Cyrus: What happened on Kaurava was a mistake... I will not speak of it again.
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  • Creator Killer: Even though Iron Lore was already on the verge of going out of business, Soulstorm was the project that put the final nails in their coffin. And given the way Soulstorm turned out to be a laughable flop, it's not hard to see why they became defunct.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The Bloody Magpies.
    • Davian Cool, for Captain Davian Thule.
    • Indrick Baldreale; or BAHLDreale, to reference his accent.
    • Vance Motherfucking Stubbs.
    • The player character in Dawn of War II is often called Force Commander Hair-Gel, Force Commander Vanilla Ice and Force Commander Insert-Name-Here.
    • Neroth, the Chaos Sorcerer in Retribution, is often called 'Eliphas' Nagging Wife'.
  • Follow the Leader: Upon its release, HALO Wars was strongly believed to have been directly inspired (if not being an outright copy) by the success of Dawn of War.
  • Franchise Killer: Relic stopped active development of Dawn of War III in February 2018 which, combined with the overwhelming plethora of negative reviews and a clear-cut and heavy financial loss with the game itself, is a strong indicator that there won't be another sequel.
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  • Hey, It's That Sound!: In the intro cinematic for Dawn of War II, the force commander says that he has spotted the "primary threat" (an Eldar farseer). His communication partner responds by saying "Moving into position," which is a soundclip that was used when giving a move order to space marines in another Warhammer 40k game called Warhammer: 40,000: Squad Command, a Turn-Based Tactics game.
  • Name's the Same: Kais, the Tau Shas'O (fire-caste commander) from Dark Crusade, shares his name with the protagonist of Fire Warrior, leading many to assume Dark Crusade was a Distant Finale.
    • A past edition of the tabletop Tau Codex specified that Tau names are earned, rather than given, with "Kais" (skilful) as another one - and a third Kais was quoted in the second Tau codex.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In Dawn of War II, Gabriel Angelos was instead voiced by Paul Dobson's brother, Brian Dobson. He gives an excellent performance all the same, however, though the fanbase was somewhat disappointed. He then goes back to Paul in Chaos Rising and Retribution.
    • Farseer Taldeer was originally voiced by Kara Sadiq in Winter Assault, before the role in Dark Crusade was given to Nicole Oliver.
    • Davian Thule was voiced by Scott McNeil in Dark Crusade, and is voiced by Fred Tatasciore in Dawn of War II and its expansions.
    • Eliphas the Inheritor was also voiced by Paul Dobson originally, but was later voiced by Steve Blum for his return in Chaos Rising and Retribution.
    • Gorgutz 'Ead 'Unter was originally voiced by Brian Drummond, but is now being voiced by Nathan Constance in Dawn of War III.
  • Talking to Himself: It happens quite a bit in the series. Cyrus, Martellus and Eliphas, Bale and Sindri, Davian Thule, Aragast and Ulkair...
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The first Dawn of War is a beautiful window back in time, to the era of Warhammer 40,000 lore that gave the world the term Grimdark, prior to the setting slowly beginning to lighten up with 5th Edition and onwards. It also features the original incarnations of the Necrons and the Tau, who would go on to get very heavy retoolings of their lore in subsequent editions of the tabletop game.
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