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-->-- '''Capt. [[GenerationKill Nathaniel Fick]]''', USMC (Ret.), ''Literature/OneBulletAway: The Making of a Marine Officer''

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-->-- '''Capt. [[GenerationKill [[Literature/GenerationKill Nathaniel Fick]]''', USMC (Ret.), ''Literature/OneBulletAway: The Making of a Marine Officer''



That is the Marine myth. Like most successful myths, it has some basis in fact. A propagandist can't really create such things unless it is plausible and fulfills some natural human impulse. The Marine myth is recognizably similar in kind with the myths of several other elite military units, like the FrenchForeignLegion or the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]. What makes the Marine myth special is simply that many Americans take pleasure in it and therefore Hollywood does, creating wider mileage.

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That is the Marine myth. Like most successful myths, it has some basis in fact. A propagandist can't really create such things unless it is plausible and fulfills some natural human impulse. The Marine myth is recognizably similar in kind with the myths of several other elite military units, like the FrenchForeignLegion [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]] or the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]. What makes the Marine myth special is simply that many Americans take pleasure in it and therefore Hollywood does, creating wider mileage.



The present role of the USMC is to serve as a multipurpose rapid response force, so at any given time they are more likely to see action even in supposedly "peaceful" times. However, the original purpose of "marines" was to provide an onboard force of infantry for [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen wooden sailing vessels]], both to keep order among the crew, and to form the core of a BoardingParty when that was still a viable tactic in naval warfare. Before this, a ship's crew would be assumed to handle both their shipboard duties and fighting, but later they specialized into crew members who handled the ship and marines who handled the fighting. This distinction is, at the very least, OlderThanFeudalism: the [[TheRomanRepublic Roman Navy]] had several dedicated marine legions that could be deployed on ships or as auxiliary units on land. The current U.S. Marines still have their naval traditions, as well as patrolling with the world's largest amphibious fleet (by far) provided by the Navy to this day, but generally just consider themselves the first troops to go into the battle, wherever it is.

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The present role of the USMC is to serve as a multipurpose rapid response force, so at any given time they are more likely to see action even in supposedly "peaceful" times. However, the original purpose of "marines" was to provide an onboard force of infantry for [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen wooden sailing vessels]], both to keep order among the crew, and to form the core of a BoardingParty when that was still a viable tactic in naval warfare. Before this, a ship's crew would be assumed to handle both their shipboard duties and fighting, but later they specialized into crew members who handled the ship and marines who handled the fighting. This distinction is, at the very least, OlderThanFeudalism: the [[TheRomanRepublic [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic Roman Navy]] had several dedicated marine legions that could be deployed on ships or as auxiliary units on land. The current U.S. Marines still have their naval traditions, as well as patrolling with the world's largest amphibious fleet (by far) provided by the Navy to this day, but generally just consider themselves the first troops to go into the battle, wherever it is.



* Not only was ThePunisher a Marine in TheVietnamWar, he was a Force Recon Marine and even attended the U.S. Army Airborne School, received US Navy Underwater Demolition Team training, and cross-trained with the [[BritsWithBattleships Special Air Service]]. In other words he was Marine, Navy Seal, Army Special Forces and SAS all rolled into one.

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* Not only was ThePunisher ComicBook/ThePunisher a Marine in TheVietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, he was a Force Recon Marine and even attended the U.S. Army Airborne School, received US Navy Underwater Demolition Team training, and cross-trained with the [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Special Air Service]]. In other words he was Marine, Navy Seal, Army Special Forces and SAS all rolled into one.



* In IDW's Ghostbusters comics, as a MythologyGag to the original script, Winston is a former Marine who at one point has to deal with the ghost of his drill instructor.

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* In IDW's Ghostbusters Comicbook/{{Ghostbusters}} comics, as a MythologyGag to the original script, Winston is a former Marine who at one point has to deal with the ghost of his drill instructor.



Explained in that [[spoiler:their team had already turned its back on the government by falling in with Ed Harris' character, so they were going down either way. When they lost confidence in him by the government essentially calling his bluff and him folding, these "ex-Marines" decided to be out for themselves.]]

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Explained in that [[spoiler:their team had already turned its back on the government by falling in with Ed Harris' character, so they were going down either way. When they lost confidence in him by the government essentially calling his bluff and him folding, these "ex-Marines" decided to be out for themselves.]]themselves]].



* ''Film/{{Jarhead}}'', a film about a group of Marines in the Gulf War. The film portrays them as being much like any group of people: there's the one who doesn't believe in the cause of the war but is there because he signed up; there's the borderline psychotic dick; there's the withdrawn, nerdy guy; and the everyman protagonist and his friend--and, of course, there's their unit commander, a proud career Marine who loves the job. (For those wondering where the word comes from: it was originally a pejorative term for Marines bestowed because a Marine's very short haircut and tight hat make it look like the hat is screwed on to his head, like the lid of a jar. It has, to a certain extent, been [[NWordPrivileges adopted by the Corps itself]]. More poetical observers, both deriding and defending the Marines, note that it can also mean that the Marine's head is an empty jar until it is filled by training.)
** [[FromACertainPointOfView Then there's the old-school U.S. Navy's opinion; you can't be a Marine if you can't fit your head into a peanut butter jar.]]

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* ''Film/{{Jarhead}}'', a film about a group of Marines in the Gulf War. The film portrays them as being much like any group of people: there's the one who doesn't believe in the cause of the war but is there because he signed up; there's the borderline psychotic dick; there's the withdrawn, nerdy guy; and the everyman protagonist and his friend--and, of course, there's their unit commander, a proud career Marine who loves the job. (For those wondering where the word comes from: it was originally a pejorative term for Marines bestowed because a Marine's very short haircut and tight hat make it look like the hat is screwed on to his head, like the lid of a jar. It has, to a certain extent, been [[NWordPrivileges adopted by the Corps itself]]. More poetical observers, both deriding and defending the Marines, note that it can also mean that the Marine's head is an empty jar until it is filled by training.)
** [[FromACertainPointOfView
) [[MetaphoricallyTrue Then there's the old-school U.S. Navy's opinion; you can't be a Marine if you can't fit your head into a peanut butter jar.]]



* The [[LivingToy living toy soldiers]] in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' are the villains, but they're clearly based on American Marines, and they're just as tough.

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* The [[LivingToy [[LivingToys living toy soldiers]] in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' are the villains, but they're clearly based on American Marines, and they're just as tough.



* Subverted in ''Literature/OldMansWar'' by Creator/JohnScalzi, a science fiction novel in which all the characters are new recruits in an interstellar military. The DrillSergeantNasty says that people who have already served in the military on Earth make bad recruits, because they have a lot to unlearn, and makes a point of mentioning that ex-Marines are the worst of all, because their attitude gets in the way.
** Even ''he'' gives the Marines credit, though, for the Rifle Creed.

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* Subverted in ''Literature/OldMansWar'' by Creator/JohnScalzi, a science fiction novel in which all the characters are new recruits in an interstellar military. The DrillSergeantNasty says that people who have already served in the military on Earth make bad recruits, because they have a lot to unlearn, and makes a point of mentioning that ex-Marines are the worst of all, because their attitude gets in the way.
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way. Even ''he'' gives the Marines credit, though, for the Rifle Creed.



* Applies to the future intergalactic Marines in TanyaHuff's Confederation novels.

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* Applies to the future intergalactic Marines in TanyaHuff's Creator/TanyaHuff's Confederation novels.



* Despite the name, the "Line Marines" in Jerry Pournelle's CoDominium novels are not based on the USMC, they're the French Foreign Legion with a solid layer of British regimental officer-and-a-gentleman poured on top.
* The ''RogueWarrior'' novels has real life Marine Steve Hartman as the only non Navy member of Marcinko's crew, and has allusions to the rivalry between the services (such as the army not wanting to mess with HulkHogan sized Marines when Marcinko and a friend stole the army mascot for the army/navy football.)
* VietnamWar era works by Gustav Hasford - ''The Short-Timers'' (later [[FilmOfTheBook adapted]] as ''Film/FullMetalJacket'') and ''The Phantom-Blooper''.

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* Despite the name, the "Line Marines" in Jerry Pournelle's CoDominium Literature/CoDominium novels are not based on the USMC, they're the French Foreign Legion with a solid layer of British regimental officer-and-a-gentleman poured on top.
* The ''RogueWarrior'' ''Literature/RogueWarrior'' novels has real life Marine Steve Hartman as the only non Navy member of Marcinko's crew, and has allusions to the rivalry between the services (such as the army not wanting to mess with HulkHogan Wrestling/HulkHogan sized Marines when Marcinko and a friend stole the army mascot for the army/navy football.)
* VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar era works by Gustav Hasford - ''The Short-Timers'' (later [[FilmOfTheBook [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted]] as ''Film/FullMetalJacket'') and ''The Phantom-Blooper''.



* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'': Has Mac Taylor, who served in Beirut.

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* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'': Has ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' has Mac Taylor, who served in Beirut.



* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' and its spinoff ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Both of these shows at times can seem like recruiting ads for the Navy and Marine Corps paid for by the Department of the Navy. Which, [[BackedByThePentagon in a way]], they are. Both were also created and produced by television king DonaldPBellisario, who served as a Marine in the 1950s, and who tends to make many of his major characters Navy or Marine vets.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' and its spinoff ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Both of these shows at times can seem like recruiting ads for the Navy and Marine Corps paid for by the Department of the Navy. Which, [[BackedByThePentagon in a way]], they are. Both were also created and produced by television king DonaldPBellisario, Creator/DonaldPBellisario, who served as a Marine in the 1950s, and who tends to make many of his major characters Navy or Marine vets.



** [[spoiler:It is also his final onscreen line as he [[NeverSayDie dies,]] I mean gets [[FateWorseThanDeath "vented."]]]]

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** [[spoiler:It is also his final onscreen line as he [[NeverSayDie dies,]] I mean dies]] gets [[FateWorseThanDeath "vented."]]]]



* ''Series/MadamSecretary'' has Dr. Henry [=McCord=], a retired USMC captain who entered the service via an ROTC scholarship. In an unusual version of the trope, he was a naval aviator who flew ground-attack jets in Desert Storm, rather than the more typical infantryman or Force Recon.



* On ''Series/{{Millennium}}'', Lara Means is shown the body of a MercyKill victim and Detective Giebelhouse tells her he was an ex-Marine. "There's no such thing," she replies. This is a probable ActorAllusion to Kristen Cloke having starred on ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond''.''cf''
* On ''NorthenExposure'', entrepreneur Maurice Minnifield was a Marine aviator, the fictional second Marine astronaut of the Mercury Seven.

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* On ''Series/{{Millennium}}'', Lara Means is shown the body of a MercyKill victim and Detective Giebelhouse tells her he was an ex-Marine. "There's no such thing," she replies. This is a probable ActorAllusion to Kristen Cloke having starred on ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond''.''cf''
''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond''.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Gibbs is a former Marine sniper.
* On ''NorthenExposure'', ''Series/NorthernExposure'', entrepreneur Maurice Minnifield was a Marine aviator, the fictional second Marine astronaut of the Mercury Seven.



* Series/{{NCIS}}: Gibbs is a former Marine sniper.



* ''Series/MadamSecretary'' has Dr. Henry [=McCord=], a retired USMC captain who entered the service via an ROTC scholarship. In an unusual version of the trope, he was a naval aviator who flew ground-attack jets in Desert Storm, rather than the more typical infantryman or Force Recon.



* StanRidgeway's song "Camouflage" tells the story of a lone young marine private in the VietnamWar who was cut off far from his lines and facing certain death until a "big marine named Camouflage" joins him and helps him fight off a night assault from a Viet Cong force before leading him out of the jungle at dawn and warding off a final VC ambush before leaving him at the edge of the jungle near his HQ. [[spoiler:It becomes clear over the course of the song that Camouflage is something more than he appears to be - bullets pass right through him except when he snatches one out of the air that was about to hit the song narrator - Camouflage responds by ripping palm trees out of the ground to attack the VC troops. After the narrator safely returns to camp he discovers Camouflage has been in the camp all week, heavily wounded and succumbed to his injuries last night with his dying wish being to save a young marine caught in an ambush.]]

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* StanRidgeway's song "Camouflage" tells the story of a lone young marine private in the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar who was cut off far from his lines and facing certain death until a "big marine named Camouflage" joins him and helps him fight off a night assault from a Viet Cong force before leading him out of the jungle at dawn and warding off a final VC ambush before leaving him at the edge of the jungle near his HQ. [[spoiler:It becomes clear over the course of the song that Camouflage is something more than he appears to be - bullets pass right through him except when he snatches one out of the air that was about to hit the song narrator - Camouflage responds by ripping palm trees out of the ground to attack the VC troops. After the narrator safely returns to camp he discovers Camouflage has been in the camp all week, heavily wounded and succumbed to his injuries last night with his dying wish being to save a young marine caught in an ambush.]]



* ''{{Traveller}}''
** The Imperial Marines which harken back to the Terran Confederation Marines which in turn harken back to certain famous Pre-starflight Terran military units.
* Various elite Imperial Guard formations referred to as Stormtroopers in ''Warhammer40000'' fit the bill; they're elite well-equipped rapid-response units with strong identities and a [[InterserviceRivalry rocky relationship]] with the regular military.

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* ''{{Traveller}}''
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''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': The Imperial Marines which harken back to the Terran Confederation Marines which in turn harken back to certain famous Pre-starflight Terran military units.
* Various elite Imperial Guard formations referred to as Stormtroopers in ''Warhammer40000'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fit the bill; they're elite well-equipped rapid-response units with strong identities and a [[InterserviceRivalry rocky relationship]] with the regular military.



* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' features a large deployment of US Marines to the [[NorthKoreansWithNodongs North Korean]]-controlled Lingshan Islands; much ass-kicking ensues. ''Then'' the [[StarfishAliens Ceph]] show up, and everyone's running for their lives.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' features a large deployment of US Marines to the [[NorthKoreansWithNodongs North Korean]]-controlled UsefulNotes/{{North Korean|sWithNodongs}}-controlled Lingshan Islands; much ass-kicking ensues. ''Then'' the [[StarfishAliens Ceph]] show up, and everyone's running for their lives.



*** In Modern Warfare 2, the Rangers were never heard from again. Modern Warfare 3 had the [[spoiler:Delta Force Team dying in a pit]]. It took a [[spoiler:nuke and helicopter crash to kill Sgt. Jackson. Even then, he has to crawl out of the wreckage and be exposed to radiation to die]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'' features the US marines in the Pacific Campaign of WWII

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*** In Modern ''Modern Warfare 2, 2'', the Rangers were never heard from again. Modern ''Modern Warfare 3 3'' had the [[spoiler:Delta Force Team dying in a pit]]. It took a [[spoiler:nuke and helicopter crash to kill Sgt. Jackson. Even then, he has to crawl out of the wreckage and be exposed to radiation to die]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'' features the US marines in the Pacific Campaign of WWIIWWII.



* In the end of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', the player finds the aftermath of a huge battle between a squad of Marines and 5 T-103s. The Marines died to a man, but they made sure to take every single one of the T-103s with them (and considering the fact that one hounds your every step in the B scenario of ''Resident Evil 2'' mercilessly, if you've played the previous game you know exactly how impressive that is).

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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''
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In the end of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', the player finds the aftermath of a huge battle between a squad of Marines and 5 T-103s. The Marines died to a man, but they made sure to take every single one of the T-103s with them (and considering the fact that one hounds your every step in the B scenario of ''Resident Evil 2'' mercilessly, if you've played the previous game you know exactly how impressive that is).



* The game ''Close Combat: First to Fight'' (and the {{Wii}} port, ''Marines: Modern Urban Combat'') puts the player in the role of a Marine fireteam leader during a [[NextSundayAD fictional]] war in Lebanon fighting terrorsts, Syrians, and just for good measure, Iranian special forces.

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* The game ''Close Combat: First to Fight'' (and the {{Wii}} UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} port, ''Marines: Modern Urban Combat'') puts the player in the role of a Marine fireteam leader during a [[NextSundayAD fictional]] war in Lebanon fighting terrorsts, Syrians, and just for good measure, Iranian special forces.



* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', the oldest of Danya's [[CoDragons Big Four]] is Steven Wilson, a former US Marine who has betrayed his country for unknown reasons and is implied to have had ties to Danya for a long time.

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* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', the oldest of Danya's [[CoDragons Big Four]] is Steven Wilson, a former US Marine who has betrayed his country for unknown reasons and is implied to have had ties to Danya for a long time.



* On the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' WartimeCartoon ''Super-Rabbit'', WesternAnimation/BugsBunny decides, after losing his super powers, that "this is a job for a ''real'' superman!" So he ducks into a PhoneBooth and comes out as... a Marine. The Corps were so flattered that they inducted Bugs as a private. At the end of the war he was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', GreenLantern John Stewart is a former Marine. When the League got transported to WWII and his ring was running on fumes, his experience helped get him in with Sgt. Rock's Easy Company.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer]] manages to pass himself off as a Marine to a former Marine, and almost loses it when he says "Semper Fudge", prompting the guy to ask "Did you just say 'Semper Fudge'?" and Homer to respond "No, I said the right thing".

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* On the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' WartimeCartoon ''Super-Rabbit'', WesternAnimation/BugsBunny decides, after losing his super powers, that "this is a job for a ''real'' superman!" So he ducks into a PhoneBooth and comes out as... [[BaitAndSwitch a Marine.Marine]]. The Corps were so flattered that they inducted Bugs as a private. At the end of the war he was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart is a former Marine. When the League got transported to WWII and his ring was running on fumes, his experience helped get him in with Sgt. Rock's ComicBook/SgtRock's Easy Company.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Homer
manages to pass himself off as a Marine to a former Marine, and almost loses it when he says "Semper Fudge", prompting the guy to ask "Did you just say 'Semper Fudge'?" and Homer to respond "No, I said the right thing".



* There are, believe it or not, other Marines in other militaries out there. Some--like the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Marines]]--are more of a dedicated special operations force more like Navy [=SEALs=] as opposed to the massive rapid-reaction force, while others are more similar to the USMC. The ''Korps Mariniers'' of Royal Netherlands Navy are similarly organized with a similar mission, as are the [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Russian Naval Infantry]].

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* There are, believe it or not, other Marines in other militaries out there. Some--like the [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Marines]]--are more of a dedicated special operations force more like Navy [=SEALs=] as opposed to the massive rapid-reaction force, while others are more similar to the USMC. The ''Korps Mariniers'' of Royal Netherlands Navy are similarly organized with a similar mission, as are the [[RussiansWithRustingRockets [[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets Russian Naval Infantry]].
17th Apr '16 11:08:20 PM Vovka
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* The Marines [[AvertedTrope are something of a]] ButtMonkey in ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** In ''Sons of Liberty,'' they've taken the initiative to build Metal Gear RAY as a deterrent against the copies of nuclear-capable REX popping up everywhere, and the thing can cut ships in half with a water-gun. Unfortunately, Ocelot steals it, killing all the Marines on the ship it was being carried on, including the Commandant. The Navy proceeds to steal the design and make several low-end knock-offs that give RAY a pretty bad rap.
*** In the same game, when Snake tries to pose as a Navy SEAL, he blows his cover when he says "semper fi" to Raiden.
** Years later, circa ''Guns of the Patriots,'' Meryl is given command of a Marine task force to capture Liquid with...[[spoiler: and then Liquid uses Guns of the Patriots, shutting down the nanomachines that keep military personal from suffering PTSD at the cost of keeping them from dealing with the actual issues that would cause it; the Marines who survive Liquid's assault are rendered little more than emotional wrecks, barely able to stand, let alone fight. It turns around later when a group of Marines who are able to hold it together despite losing SOP are tasked with holding the line against a force that has better numbers, better equipment, and all the advantages of SOP they are now deprived of. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They hold.]]]]
** In the ''Ground Zeroes'' prologue to ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain The Phantom Pain]]'', the Marines are guarding the prison camp Big Boss has to infiltrate.
14th Apr '16 10:48:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''{{Starfist}}'' series of books by David Sherman and Dan Cragg basically runs on this trope. The Federation Marine Corps is better equipped, better trained, and just outright more badass than any force they come across.

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* The ''{{Starfist}}'' ''Literature/{{Starfist}}'' series of books by David Sherman and Dan Cragg basically runs on this trope. The Federation Marine Corps is better equipped, better trained, and just outright more badass than any force they come across.
5th Mar '16 7:51:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/GenerationKill'': This show is based on an embedded journalist's experiences with the US Marine Corps' First Recon during invasion of Iraq. The trope is subverted to some degree. Although there is an amount of "moto" chest thumping, the series does subvert parts of the Marine Corps myth. Examples: "Captain America," "Encino Man," "Casey Kasem," and who could forget the genius idea of repurposing a reconnaissance unit as a light assault unit in lightly-armored Humvees?

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* ''Literature/GenerationKill'': ''Series/GenerationKill'': This show is based on an embedded journalist's experiences with the US Marine Corps' First Recon during invasion of Iraq. The trope is subverted to some degree. Although there is an amount of "moto" chest thumping, the series does subvert parts of the Marine Corps myth. Examples: "Captain America," "Encino Man," "Casey Kasem," and who could forget the genius idea of repurposing a reconnaissance unit as a light assault unit in lightly-armored Humvees?



* ''ThePacific'': Focuses on the First Marines led by Chesty Puller.

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* ''ThePacific'': ''Series/ThePacific'': Focuses on the First Marines led by Chesty Puller.



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7th Feb '16 10:54:14 PM HeadacheJohn
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* In IDW's Ghostbusters comics, as a MythologyGag to the original script, Winston is a former Marine who at one point has to deal with the ghost of his drill instructor.
29th Jan '16 5:35:51 PM nombretomado
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* In SvenHassel 's book about the Italian campaign, one of the ''German'' officers is a German-American and former US Marine. He is very, very tough and nasty, but the troops follow him because he can do anything he tells them to do, and has shown it.

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* In SvenHassel 's Creator/SvenHassel's book about the Italian campaign, one of the ''German'' officers is a German-American and former US Marine. He is very, very tough and nasty, but the troops follow him because he can do anything he tells them to do, and has shown it.
19th Jan '16 3:45:36 AM shawn_allen
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* On ''NorthenExposure'', entrepreneur Maurice Minnifield was a Marine aviator, the fictional second Marine astronaut of the Mercury Seven.
5th Dec '15 5:09:00 AM starjammer05
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* ''Series/MajorDad'': A straight-laced career USMC officer falls for and marries a left-wing peacenik journalist and gains an instant family with three step-daughters. Half family sit-com and half love letter to the USMC.
12th Nov '15 1:16:32 AM __Vano
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That is the Marine myth. Like most successful myths, it has some basis in fact. A propagandist can't really create such things unless it is plausible and fulfills some natural human impulse. The Marine myth is recognizably similar in kind with the myths of several other elite military units, like the French Foreign Legion or the Gurkhas. What makes the Marine myth special is simply that many Americans take pleasure in it and therefore Hollywood does, creating wider mileage.

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That is the Marine myth. Like most successful myths, it has some basis in fact. A propagandist can't really create such things unless it is plausible and fulfills some natural human impulse. The Marine myth is recognizably similar in kind with the myths of several other elite military units, like the French Foreign Legion FrenchForeignLegion or the Gurkhas.[[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]]. What makes the Marine myth special is simply that many Americans take pleasure in it and therefore Hollywood does, creating wider mileage.
3rd Nov '15 8:53:25 AM isoycrazy
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* In ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'', the Marines arrive just in time to save you from a horde of laser-blade wielding, twelve-foot tall cyborgs. And they mop the floor with them, in what is one of the more epic cut scenes in the game.

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* In ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'', the Marines arrive just in time to save you from a horde of laser-blade wielding, twelve-foot tall cyborgs. And they mop the floor with them, in what is one of the more epic cut scenes in the game. [[https://youtu.be/StwUR-JgoaY?t=10m10s See here]].
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