The Emperor is a carbon copy of Leto Atreides II, 40k Navigators are rip offs of Dune navigators, and so on. Am I missing anything else? What else?
You folks don't know what you are messing out on if any of you have not read Dune.
The Emperor is clearly a mirror copy of Leto Atreides II. If the title of the book below, "God Emperor of Dune" is not a give away, I don't know what is. Leto Atreides II sacrificed his humanity to put the human race on the Golden Path, basically oppress humanity so much and make humanity evolve so that humanity will spread out and not be oppressed again. He sacrificed everything. His life, his legacy, everything. He knew humanity would hate him, but he thought it was worth it.
40k started out as a rip off parody of various fictional franchises, including Dune, Star Ship Troopers, and so on when Rick Priestley first created it (the Stan Lee of 40k). Hell, 40k was just a parody when it first started back in 1st Edition Rogue Trader. 1st Edition Rogue Trader was hysterical. It had Inquisitor Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau.
Rick Priestley is the Stan Lee of 40k, and is the reason 40k is what it is today.
The link above is not Games Workshop material, (Frank Herbert's family) and so is not against the rules.