No there isn't. Neither of those are Cenobites. They are base level sadists with a fetish for body modification. The Cenobites are so much more than that. Seriously have you even read the Hellbound Heart or the Scarlet Gospels? The Cenobites are the Theologians of the Order of the Gash. Explorers in the furthest reaches of sensation. They are about so much more than S&M and body modding. The book and the movies are not built around those concepts. They are built excess and passion and the lengths that one goes to achieve those.
And the DE are *not* about excess and passion? As for the Cenobites, they do explore sensation through body modification. I haven't read the original novella, but other material from that setting makes it pretty clear. The Cenobites craft and modify their bodies, just like the Haemonculi do.
Of course, they aren't exactly the same, but I think that the inspiration is pretty clear.
'Cause horror movies slashers are so interesting.
They can be. Especially if they are female!
And Mandrakes are, for me, slashers of the interesting variety. The descriptions of them in the codex are pretty stimulating to the imagination. If I was to run a Dark Heresy game, I'd definitely use this guys in some adventure...
You will not find a single Space Marine like that in Deathwatch. At all. It is a group you go to if you hate xenos to the point of wanting to exterminate them. And you will not find a Dark Eldar with anything approaching the emotions necessary to do this. The best a human - even a Marine - would be to them is a toy. DE's aren't bloodthirsty humans. They are aliens who can only barely relate to humans.
In some circumstances, "barely" could suffice...
As for Deathwatch - okay, then swap it with some other SM chapter...
World's different than a Jedi and a Sith getting together - which are just people from two different religious orders. Angels and demons are the same thing. Two similar beings on two different sides of a war.
The Jedi and the Sith hate each other, though - not to mention, the Sith are corrupted by the dark side of the Force... As for angels and demons being similar - that really... depends. During his run on Hellblazer
, Ennis had his succubus character declare that she loved stuff like torture etc. How's that in any way similar to any angel?
DE's and humans is much closer to a love affair between a man and a cow. They have as much in common. The human will outlive, out think, and eventually kill and eat the cow.
Now that's just what a relationship between a vampire and a human is. And still, there are so many vampire x human pairings...
Go read more about the Inquisition and understand what happens next. The psyker and the Inquisitor are both put to death.
The psyker? True. But an influential Inquisitor could do such stuff and get away with it. Of course, many other Inquisitors would try hunting him down, but he *could* survive. My reading of Dark Heresy is that these guys can be very resourceful and hard to put down, even if they clearly go rogue.
So you've been saying that Chaos worshippers have nothing on the DE but you don't know anything about the Chaos worshippers? Fantastic. Go look them up.
I've been doing some reading on Chaos, but I don't know everything. That's why I asked. You could help broaden my knowledge :)
They aren't fucking human. They will never consider killing humans to be bad or wrong because they aren't fucking human. They literally do not have the capacity to give a shit about humans. They do not fall in love. Not even non-Dark Eldar do that (and I would still buy one of these ideas with them a thousand times before them with DE's). They don't have the function. They were literally made for war. That is the origin of the Eldar race. Genetically bred to not have compassion for the enemy. That is canon. They cannot feel that way about a human. At all. Because they can't feel that way about each other.
And yet, Vect and Lelith Hesperax seem to be very fond of each other, even though the millenia pass... So, they feel *something*.
A small number of loyal fans does not make up for the fact that it is the lowest selling and least played major faction in the game. Everyone who likes them likes them because they are S&M Space Elves. I wish people would just be honest about this instead of trying to say that they have a great story or are just really, really badass ...because they don't and they aren't. They are a cheap attempt to be edgy and sexy. That's it. No meat to their fluff at all. Not a single interesting character for them.
Now you're making some very big generalizations.
I like the DE, because I think that their models look interesting and aesthetically pleasing. They have a nice selection of units that capture my imagination and that are diverse enough to make army-building interesting. Also, they are one of few WH40K armies that have a good quota of female models, which is, personally, quite important to me. Finally, I find their fluff engaging - reading the new codex was very... inspiring.
So... no, I don't like the DE for being S&M Space Elves. I like them, as they appeal to me as a horror fan.