The 5 Most Bad Ass Characters in 40k!

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40k is a Universe brimming with amazing, powerful characters, but which 5 are the top?

Number 5: Da Red Gobbo

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The Grim Dark is an unforgiving place, and a Grot isn’t exactly gifted with natural talents. Add to this their cultural status as lackeys and target practice for the brutal Orks, and life is pretty bleak for ye ole Gretchin. If any species has the right to throw their hands up and just say, “eff it!” Grots are it.

However, there’s one Grot who stands tall! Well, maybe not tall, but less short than his bretherin. One Grot willing to fight against the oppression and cruelty of their Orc masters! Armed with nothing more than a rusty pipe and a zip gun, backed by ragtag mob of sneaky gits, you’d have to be a mad man to fight a world full of Orks. Only one Grot would have the fungus to fight that fight and that Grot is the man himself: Da Red Gobbo! He leads the GRC (Gretchin Revolutionary Committee) on the planet Gorkamorka. How Da Red Gobbo gained his exceptional abilities (by Grot standards, that is) no one knows. Perhaps it was simple statistics that eventually one Grot among the uncounted billions would show some spark of intelligence and initiative. A million monkeys on a million typewriters and all that. Or, perhaps it was pure grit and determination. The truth may never be known, but Da Red Gobbo is a prince among Grots. While he may lack all other winning attributes, we do know that Da Red Gobbo’s got more balls than than any Space Marine…..

Number 4: Ciaphas Cain

300px-Ciphas_Cain_(bemalt)Only the baddest of the bad becomes a hero despite themselves! Only a few men are born on the path of destiny, pulled along to great deeds whether they want it or not. Ciaphas Cain is that man! A Commissar in the Imperial Gua…er, Astra Militarum, Cain was more concerned with saving his own skin than anything else. Unlike most Commissars, he wouldn’t sacrifice his men …unless it meant saving his own skin, of course! Despite being a mere human–which in the 40k universe isn’t much better than a Grot–Cain, fueled by ego, his own reputation and pure luck, was able to go toe to toe with psykers, Chaos warlords, Daemons, and all other manner of foul xenos scum and somehow end up on top.

Cain’s bad assery goes to the core, down so deep even he can’t see it! He even came to be worshiped as a prophet of the Emperor on Tallarn (possibly a reincarnation of Chuck Norris?!), and only the truly hard core have a religion founded in their name. Cain’s a Commissar with serious swagger and as any true playa knows, it’s all about that swagger. For this, we salute you, Caiphas Cain!

Number 3: Eversor Assassin


The dude is so hard core, he’s sent to hunt the most powerful monstrosities, warlords and daemons in the galaxy dressed up like a spooky ninja armed with nothing more than some scratchy claws and a common Power Sword available to any Astra Militarum sargent. What’s hit secret? He’s hopped up on goofballs! Only a man so bad ass that he eats lightening and craps thunder would dare to face those odds while in an altered state of consciousness wearing a Skeletor mask, but as the Junkions taught us through song and dance: Dare to be Stupid! And the Eversor lives those words as he plows through his enemies in a whirlwind of Blue Meth fueled fury!dare to be stupid

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Number 2: Jago Sevatarion, aka Sevetar

Sevatar-5This guy’s so bad ass he coined the phrase, “Death to the False Emperor!” And when confronted with insults from his enemies, he simply laughed, agreed, and then murdered them all the same. Like an evil James Bond, the guy’s as suave as he is deadly and remained loyal to his insane Primarch even after being condemned to death at his hands. Sevetar is that rare combination of a character who’s as cruel as he is skilled, who actually backs up his talk with actions and dares the universe to prove him wrong! The contemptuous sneer on his face tells the story: here is a man not to be trifled with, little rabbit.


Number 1: Kaldor Draigo


Ah yes, Captain Warp Dust himself: Kaldor Draigo. This dude’s on a different level of bad assery. He’s so over the top, he casually strolls through the warp, pimp smacking the gods of Chaos around! When he’s not busy with that, he occasionally pops back into the mortal realm to reaffirm his alpha status before making a pit stop in the Old World and then gettin back to his main squeeze: Slaneesh. If bad assdom was Turd Island, Draig’d be King S#!t, and all others would simply be corn filled nuggets, circling his majesty.

Oh, and yeah, he’s got a film made about him. Winning! I’ll just leave this right here. Video is NSFW…as it should be!


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20 Responses to “The 5 Most Bad Ass Characters in 40k!”

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    Jet December 30, 2015 12:51 am #

    I think vect is either up in the top 5 or is an honorable mention. To be able to rule over a world of psychotic rapey murders for 10 thousand plus years is pretty bad ass. Also give a black hole as a gift is actually funny.

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 30, 2015 8:47 am #

      Vect certainly gets an honorable mention!

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    Ishagu December 30, 2015 1:56 am #

    Da Red Gobbo? Lol
    I’ve never seen this chap make any top lists before!

    I think Yarrick is more hardcore than Cain, though!

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 30, 2015 8:47 am #

      It’s all relative! It’s easy to be brave when you are wearing power armor and literally know no fear, but when you’re a runty little Gobbo with a pipe wrench, it takes some real grit to stand up for yourself in the 40k universe! =P

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      Luke December 30, 2015 11:24 am #

      I actually got the Red Gobbo model in an auction not too long ago…trying to figure out what to do with him in an army. Such a cool sculpt.

      • Reecius
        Reecius December 30, 2015 11:32 am #

        Make a Grot rebellion army!

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          Luke December 30, 2015 1:50 pm #

          I’ve already got an ork army in the works. Not sure if I can manage two right now haha. Plus GW pretty much has to update CSM or Tyranids soon. If that happens, the Grots will have to wait to rise up.

          • Reecius
            Reecius December 30, 2015 2:48 pm

            Vive le resistance!

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          Joshua Dearth January 1, 2016 1:39 pm #


          I have been working so hard trying to figure out what army I want to run next, and I think you just figured it out for me! A grot rebellion army complete with Grot Tanks (I love those models SO much). This is going to be epic!!!!

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    Codi December 30, 2015 8:36 am #

    Yarrick is a push over, nobody likes him. Cain is the real deal!

    Reecius’s top 5 list, is at the top of the top 5 of top 5 lists!

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    Hotsauceman1 December 30, 2015 10:03 am #

    I like cain, to bad his series devolved into him fighting nothing but tyranids.

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    Andrew December 30, 2015 11:11 am #

    For my money Uriah Jacobus is the king of named characters; at toughness 3 with 5+/4++ this old man has held up imperial knights and chapter masters for days with his War Hymns and fearless.

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 30, 2015 11:14 am #

      Lol, very good point!

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    Fagerlund December 30, 2015 11:49 am #

    You forgot Grendel, the most bad ass of them all:

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    Maeglin December 30, 2015 3:04 pm #

    How can you not mention Jurgen?! Cain would would be nothing without his Tanna… and being a Null and always carrying a melta helps too 😛 Cain being an expert duelist is pretty badass, not to mention who else would screw an Inquisitor?
    Sev is definitely a favourite too.
    Basically I like sarcastic bastards.

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    PrimoFederalist December 30, 2015 6:51 pm #

    An honorable mention for the original conception of Ollianus Pius, Patron Saint of the Imperial Guard. (The original plain ol’ guardsman who stood up to Horus, not the “perpetual” Highlander-wannabe BS the BL/HH started and superimposed on our brave Ollianus.)

    As Warmaster battled the Emperor on the Vengeful Spirit, surrounded by Astartes and Custodes, Horus knocked the Emperor to the ground. As he moved towards him to finish the duel, a lone guardsman stood between Horus and the Emperor and said “Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!”

    Horus killed Ollianus with mind bullets without even acknowledging him. However, by Ollianus bravely standing between two gods and protecting his emperor, and Horus casually destroying a lone guardsman who posed zero threat to him, the Emperor finally realized that Horus was truly lost so he unleashed his Irresistible Force Psychic Scream to annihilate Horus’ soul.

    So I’ve always loved Ollianus. Recently, the BL team has severely violated the fluff and turned him into a 40,000+ year old perpetual, but the real Ollianus lives on in the hearts of Guardsmen everywhere. I like to think that every time a 2+ model dies to lasgun fire, or when a blob of guardsmen holds up a Knight for an entire game, or when an entire squad passes their 5+ armor save, it’s really just Ollianus looking down on us from the Emperor’s side and giving us a wink. Cheers, brave soldier!

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 30, 2015 7:57 pm #

      Lol, that story you told brought a tear to my eye! So good, haha

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      Joshua Dearth January 1, 2016 1:42 pm #

      That was truly epic sir. You have warmed my heart this day. Thank you.

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    Novastar December 31, 2015 8:46 pm #

    #2 reeks of nepotism fanboy at max level lol 😉

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