History Characters / GenerationKill

1st Dec '16 2:46:07 PM Mikedem2
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** Other highlights include taping over the windows of his Humvee (to make it extra-tactical) to the point he can no longer see out of it, and ordering Bravo to assault an enemy position already under fire from USMC LAV s, on foot DIRECTLY IN FRONT of said LAV s, practically begging for a friendly-fire incident.

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** Other highlights include taping over the windows of his Humvee (to make it extra-tactical) to the point he can no longer see out of it, and ordering Bravo to assault an enemy position already under fire from USMC LAV s, [=LAVs=], on foot DIRECTLY IN FRONT of said LAV s, [=LAVs=], practically begging for a friendly-fire incident.



* NeverMyFault: In the book, he tries to blame one of his corporals for firing the captured AK s, but fails when no one else in the vehicle will support his story. Later, when Redman and Kocher are demoted for the bayonet incident (that he was responsible for) he doesn't seem very interested in setting the record straight.

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* NeverMyFault: In the book, he tries to blame one of his corporals for firing the captured AK s, [=AKs=], but fails when no one else in the vehicle will support his story. Later, when Redman and Kocher are demoted for the bayonet incident (that he was responsible for) he doesn't seem very interested in setting the record straight.
27th Nov '16 2:35:52 PM Mikedem2
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* DirtyCoward: Panics at the first sign of danger. Worse, he does it over company comms so everyone can hear him freaking out.

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** When he tries to stab a restrained POW, he predictably fails badly.
* BattleTrophy: He's more interested in collecting Iraqi weapons and uniforms than running his platoon.
* DirtyCoward: Panics at the first sign of danger. Worse, he does it over company comms the radio so everyone the whole platoon can hear him freaking out.



* NeverMyFault: In the book, he tries to blame one of his corporals for firing the captured AK s, but fails when no one else in the vehicle will support his story. Later, when Redman and Kocher are demoted for the bayonet incident, he doesn't seem very interested in correcting his superiors.

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* NeverMyFault: In the book, he tries to blame one of his corporals for firing the captured AK s, but fails when no one else in the vehicle will support his story. Later, when Redman and Kocher are demoted for the bayonet incident, incident (that he was responsible for) he doesn't seem very interested in correcting his superiors.setting the record straight.
3rd Nov '16 7:47:28 AM Morgenthaler
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A Marine from Tampa, FL, who identifies strongly with the black culture (especially the music and philosophies of TupacShakur).

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A Marine from Tampa, FL, who identifies strongly with the black culture (especially the music and philosophies of TupacShakur).Music/TupacShakur).
2nd Nov '16 4:51:05 PM scaredinmate#94
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* BerserkButton: do not mess with his men.

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* BerserkButton: do Do not mess ''mess'' with his men.



* CulturedWarrior: as expected from a graduate of Dartmouth.
* FamilyBusiness: his grandfather and father served as Marines in WW2 and the Korean War, respectively.

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* CulturedWarrior: as As expected from a graduate of Dartmouth.
* FamilyBusiness: his His grandfather and father served as Marines in WW2 and the Korean War, respectively.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: his memoir ''Literature/OneBulletAway'' shows many of the same events as ''Generation Kill'', albeit from a different POV, and with the insight into the inner workings of the Marine Corps that Rolling Stone would not have.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: his His memoir ''Literature/OneBulletAway'' shows many of the same events as ''Generation Kill'', albeit from a different POV, and with the insight into the inner workings of the Marine Corps that Rolling Stone would not have.



* EvenTheGuysWantHim: {{Lampshaded}} by Person when he notices Evan Wright staring at Rudy clearly captivated by Rudy's looks. "You know it doesn't make you gay if you think Rudy's hot? We all do, Jesus your ''gorgeous''.

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* EvenTheGuysWantHim: {{Lampshaded}} by when Person when he notices tries to invert it by telling Evan Wright staring at Rudy clearly captivated by Rudy's looks. "You know it doesn't make you gay if you think Rudy's hot? We all do, think he's hot. Jesus your ''gorgeous''.''beautiful''. (He says this because he notices Wright staring at Rudy clearly captivated.



* RatedMForManly: Rudy's easily the most macho marine in the entire battalion, despite being CampStraight. In fact, maybe he's so manly ''[[RealMenWearPink because]]'' he's CampStraight and yet still seems to reek of testosterone.

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* RatedMForManly: Rudy's easily the most macho marine in the entire battalion, despite being CampStraight.CampStraight and is mentioned as being a fan of ''Oprah'' no less!. In fact, maybe he's so manly ''[[RealMenWearPink because]]'' he's CampStraight and yet still seems to reek of testosterone.
2nd Nov '16 4:43:14 PM scaredinmate#94
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%%* CampStraight:
* CulturedWarrior: the best example in the series.

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%%* CampStraight:
* CampStraight: By far the most effeminate and ''manly'' Marine in the battalion.
* CulturedWarrior: the The best example in the series.series. In the novel he is mentioned as having an encyclopedia knowledge of Eastern philosophy and spirituality. And plans on moving to San Francisco when he gets out of the Marines. Citing the cities deep connection with Martial Arts culture as his reason for wanting to move there.



* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The soldiers say you're not gay if you think Fruity Rudy is hot.

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* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The soldiers say you're not {{Lampshaded}} by Person when he notices Evan Wright staring at Rudy clearly captivated by Rudy's looks. "You know it doesn't make you gay if you think Fruity Rudy is hot.Rudy's hot? We all do, Jesus your ''gorgeous''.
-->'''Random Marine''': I love you Fruity!



* ShirtlessScene: every once in a while.

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* ShirtlessScene: every once ''Constantly''; in a while.fact in one episode he takes it one step further by going completely ''naked''
1st Nov '16 5:01:12 PM scaredinmate#94
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* AmicableExes: he's (allegedly) still friends with his ex-fiancee. From his description of their "relationship", it's very obvious that if she thinks they're still friends, it's only because he's masking his hatred and resentment very well.

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* AmicableExes: he's He's (allegedly) still friends with his ex-fiancee. From his description of their "relationship", it's very obvious that if she thinks they're still friends, it's only because he's masking his hatred and resentment very well.



* InsufferableGenius: this quality is particularly noticeable during his rants against religion and procreation.
* KnightInSourArmor: he’s quite obviously disillusioned (more so than the rest) with the war, with the higher command and with the general idiocy happening around him, but he’s steadfast and conscientious in performing his job.

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* InsufferableGenius: this This quality is particularly noticeable during his rants against religion and procreation.
* KnightInSourArmor: he’s He’s quite obviously disillusioned (more so than the rest) with the war, with the higher command and with the general idiocy happening around him, but he’s steadfast and conscientious in performing his job.



* StayFrosty: His CatchPhrase.

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* StayFrosty: His CatchPhrase. In fact a running theme of the series is how modern soldiers model themselves after war movies.



[Person jumps on to Walter in an effort to elicit a response from him]

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[Person -->[Person jumps on to Walter in an effort to elicit a response from him]



* ButtMonkey: subverted. The Marines quickly adopt him as their own, and when they start hazing him he realizes that they've started to like him.

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* ButtMonkey: subverted.Subverted. The Marines quickly adopt him as their own, and when they start hazing him he realizes that they've started to like him.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: the other Marines invariably refer to him as Reporter, Scribe, Rolling Stone, Beaver Hunt, or some variation on his profession thereof. His actual name is never said in the series, and since the book is written from his perspective, the same thing is true.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: in the book.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: the The other Marines invariably refer to him as Reporter, Scribe, Rolling Stone, Beaver Hunt, or some variation on his profession thereof. His actual name is never said in the series, and since the book is written from his perspective, the same thing is true.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: in In the book.



* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: and he does.
* MyGirlBackHome: the picture of his girlfriend is passed around among the Marines.

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* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: and And he does.
* MyGirlBackHome: the The picture of his girlfriend is passed around among the Marines.Marines. Unfortunately for him, he is later informed by the other Marines that his [[spoiler:girlfriend hasn't been entirely faithful to him.]]



* TheTeetotaler: he had quit drinking a short while before going to Iraq.
* NervesOfSteel: he shows remarkable restraint in combat situations, despite being a civilian with no prior combat training or experience. This actually wins him a lot of respect from the Marines, who all thought he would pack his bags and leave after his first combat experience. One scene (in the book, the series, and Fick's book ''One Bullet Away'') has Wright looking at the side of the Humvee after their first ambush, seeing 6 bullets that could have killed him quite easily, but for the vehicles armor. He's notably rattled and seems to be in a bit of shock, but when asked by Fick if he wants to arrange for transport back to safety, he says no immediately.

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* TheTeetotaler: he He had quit drinking a short while before going to Iraq.
* NervesOfSteel: he He shows remarkable restraint in combat situations, despite being a civilian with no prior combat training or experience. This actually wins him a lot of respect from the Marines, who all thought he would pack his bags and leave after his first combat experience. One scene (in the book, the series, and Fick's book ''One Bullet Away'') has Wright looking at the side of the Humvee after their first ambush, seeing 6 bullets that could have killed him quite easily, but for the vehicles armor. He's notably rattled and seems to be in a bit of shock, but when asked by Fick if he wants to arrange for transport back to safety, he says no immediately.
1st Nov '16 4:51:36 PM scaredinmate#94
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* HollywoodAtheist: averted. There's no tragic story behind his lack of faith.

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* HollywoodAtheist: averted.Averted. There's no tragic story behind his lack of faith. He simply chooses to refuse in the idea that there is any God.



%%* NervesOfSteel:

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%%* * NervesOfSteel: His unflappable nerves is how he got his nickname.



* NotSoStoic: he lets his emotionless facade fall when he realizes [[spoiler:Trombley has shot an Iraqi boy on his own orders]].

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* NotSoStoic: he He lets his emotionless facade fall when he realizes [[spoiler:Trombley has shot an Iraqi boy on his own orders]].



-->'''Person:''' Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But ''I'm'' actually a U.S Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some wine sipping communist cock sucker. And although peace probably appeals to tree-hugging-bisexuals like ''you'' and your parents. I happen to be a death dealing, blood crazed warrior who wakes up every day just hoping for the chance to dismember my enemies and defile their civilizations. Peace sucks a hairy asshole, Freddie. '''War''' is the [[Precision FStrike motherfucking]] answer.

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-->'''Person:''' Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But ''I'm'' actually a U.S Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some wine sipping communist cock sucker. And although peace probably appeals to tree-hugging-bisexuals like ''you'' and your parents. I happen to be a death dealing, blood crazed warrior who wakes up every day just hoping for the chance to dismember my enemies and defile their civilizations. Peace sucks a hairy asshole, Freddie. '''War''' is the [[Precision FStrike [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucking]] answer.



-->'''Walter''': Would you not it the [[ PrecisionFStrike fuck off]] already!

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-->'''Walter''': Would you not knock it the [[ PrecisionFStrike [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]] already!



* ARealManIsAKiller: He seems to think so.

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* ARealManIsAKiller: He ''certainly'' seems to think so.



* BlackComedy: he earns the nickname "Whopper Jr"[[note]]which comes from the name "Burger King", which itself is derived from "Baby Killer"[[/note]] for his suspect actions against Iraqi civilians; it's used good-naturedly.

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* BlackComedy: he He earns the nickname "Whopper Jr"[[note]]which comes from the name "Burger King", which itself is derived from "Baby Killer"[[/note]] for his suspect actions against Iraqi civilians; it's used good-naturedly.



* KickTheDog: He attempts to literally do this with the use of high-velocity lead on many an occasion.

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* KickTheDog: He attempts to literally do this with the use of high-velocity lead on many an occasion. Thankfully Colbert is always there to make sure he doesn't.



* SociopathicSoldier: overlaps with SociopathicHero, since he is one of the protagonists.

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* SociopathicSoldier: overlaps with SociopathicHero, since he is one By far the most sociopathic of the protagonists.entire platoon. He seems to show just a little ''too'' much enthusiasm when it comes to wanting to see soom action if this quote is any indication.
-->'''Trombley:''' Sergeant I didn't get to shoot.
-->'''Person:''' That fucking sucks, Trombley. Did your recruiting officer tell you could just shoot anyone?
-->'''Trombley:''' Fuckin' A he did.



%%* TokenEvilTeammate

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%%* TokenEvilTeammate
* TokenEvilTeammate: Like the aforementioned [[SociopathicSoldier trope]] lets us know he is by far the most blood thirsty and seemingly amoral squad mate out of the entire platoon.
1st Nov '16 4:38:48 PM scaredinmate#94
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* PopCulturedBadass: In contrast to his CulturedBadass squad leader. Person eschews Sun Tzu and other famous war philosophers in favor of pop stars (Avril Lavigne) soul R&B/Soul singers (Minnie Riperton) etc.

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* PopCulturedBadass: In contrast to his CulturedBadass squad leader. Person eschews Sun Tzu and other famous war philosophers in favor of pop stars (Avril Lavigne) soul R&B/Soul singers (Minnie Riperton) and etc.



-->'''Person:''' Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But ''I'm'' actually a U.S Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some wine sipping communist cock sucker.

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-->'''Person:''' Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But ''I'm'' actually a U.S Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some wine sipping communist cock sucker. And although peace probably appeals to tree-hugging-bisexuals like ''you'' and your parents. I happen to be a death dealing, blood crazed warrior who wakes up every day just hoping for the chance to dismember my enemies and defile their civilizations. Peace sucks a hairy asshole, Freddie. '''War''' is the [[Precision FStrike motherfucking]] answer.



%%* NiceGuy
%%* TheQuietOne

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%%* NiceGuy
%%* TheQuietOne
* NiceGuy: By far the most polite and reserved member of Colbert's platoon.
* TheQuietOne Going along with his NiceGuy persona he doesn't talk all that much. In fact it's even {{Lampshaded}} by Person at one point.
[Person jumps on to Walter in an effort to elicit a response from him]
-->'''Walter''': Would you not it the [[ PrecisionFStrike fuck off]] already!
-->'''Person''': [Mock gasp] At last he speaks!
1st Nov '16 4:27:51 PM scaredinmate#94
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%%* NervesOfSteel

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%%* NervesOfSteelNervesOfSteel:



* SherlockScan: he deduces that a civilian is actually a deserter from the military-style belt he wears.

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* SherlockScan: he He deduces that a civilian is actually a deserter from the military-style belt he wears.



* StayFrosty: his CatchPhrase.
%%* TheStoic: there’s a reason he's called Iceman, after all.
%%* StraightMan: to Person.

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* StayFrosty: his CatchPhrase.
His CatchPhrase.
%%* TheStoic: there’s There’s a reason he's called Iceman, after all.
%%* StraightMan: to Person.To Person's more goofy and irreverent antics



* CommunicationsOfficer: he's Bravo's (most talented) RTO. Interestingly enough, he doesn't actually fill this role within the vehicle. He drives, and Colbert talks on the radio.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: he may be a skinny spaz, but he's most certainly a BAMF.

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* CommunicationsOfficer: he's He's Bravo's (most talented) RTO. Interestingly enough, he doesn't actually fill this role within the vehicle. He drives, and Colbert talks on the radio.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: he He may be a skinny spaz, but he's most certainly a BAMF.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: subverted; when he detoxes (cold turkey), he becomes noticeably quiet and subdued. Which is worrying, sure - except that is his real, off-stimulants personality.
%%* PluckyComicRelief
%%* PuppyDogEyes

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: subverted; Subverted; when he detoxes (cold turkey), he becomes noticeably quiet and subdued. Which is worrying, sure - except that is his real, off-stimulants personality.
%%* PluckyComicRelief
%%* PuppyDogEyes
* PluckyComicRelief: Played with; although he ''is'' the squads resident comedian he's also an extremely capable marine in his own right. You don't get into Force Recon by being a slacker after all.
* PopCulturedBadass: In contrast to his CulturedBadass squad leader. Person eschews Sun Tzu and other famous war philosophers in favor of pop stars (Avril Lavigne) soul R&B/Soul singers (Minnie Riperton) etc.
* PuppyDogEyes: Especially prevalent during the rare moments when he shows signs of vulnerability.



* SadClown: addiction to stimulants and insecurity are the two things fueling his hilarious and uber-offensive humor.

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* SadClown: addiction Addiction to stimulants and insecurity are the two things fueling his hilarious and uber-offensive humor. humor.
* SociopathicSoldier: This quote pretty much says it best.
-->'''Person:''' Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But ''I'm'' actually a U.S Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some wine sipping communist cock sucker.



* UniversalDriversLicense: he's not actually licensed to drive the Humvee.

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* UniversalDriversLicense: he's He's not actually licensed to drive the Humvee.
12th Jul '16 4:34:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* DoWrongRight: He tries to murder a captured Iraqi citizen with his bayonet, but misses repeatedly. One of the marines notes that Captain America is such an incompetent asshole that he's an EpicFail even at committing war crimes.
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