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30th Aug '17 7:44:40 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Let's go into what exactly goes into making a 'Space Marine' by [[SerialEscalation 40k standards]]. Your aspirants are usually natives of a DeathWorld and/or a ProudWarriorRaceGuy culture, and [[TheSpartanWay go through extensive trials to whittle it down to the very best of those]]. Then comes the SuperSerum- the gene-seed derived from the children of a PhysicalGod, which alters your very appearance to be more like your Primarch. Then you have many additional organs and bionics gradually implanted, [[BizarreAlienBiology a second heart, a third lung, acid spit glands]], and then you begin your combat engagements as a Scout. If you survive those, you then get the Black Carapace, a large skin implant that interfaces with the PoweredArmor you just earned the right to wear. All this time you'll receive training in every aspect of military life and activity, and indoctrinated into a [[WarriorMonk fanatical faith in the Emperor]], and [[TrainingFromHell undergo difficult and deadly initiation rituals]], and constantly monitored for any sign of corruption, weakness or disloyalty. If you survive all that? Congratulations, you're now (at least as far as your role on the tabletop) [[{{Mook}} a disposable shield for a heavy weapons team]].

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** Let's go into what exactly goes into making a 'Space Marine' by [[SerialEscalation 40k standards]]. Your aspirants are usually natives of a DeathWorld and/or a ProudWarriorRaceGuy culture, and [[TheSpartanWay go through extensive trials to whittle it down to the very best of those]]. Then comes the SuperSerum- the gene-seed derived from the children of a PhysicalGod, which alters your very appearance to be more like your Primarch. Then you have many additional organs and bionics gradually implanted, [[BizarreAlienBiology [[BizarreHumanBiology a second heart, a third lung, acid spit glands]], and then you begin your combat engagements as a Scout. If you survive those, you then get the Black Carapace, a large skin implant that interfaces with the PoweredArmor you just earned the right to wear. All this time you'll receive training in every aspect of military life and activity, and indoctrinated into a [[WarriorMonk fanatical faith in the Emperor]], and [[TrainingFromHell undergo difficult and deadly initiation rituals]], and constantly monitored for any sign of corruption, weakness or disloyalty. If you survive all that? Congratulations, you're now (at least as far as your role on the tabletop) [[{{Mook}} a disposable shield for a heavy weapons team]].
7th Aug '17 8:58:22 PM PaulA
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* The US Marine Corps becomes this in Creator/WilliamHKeithJr's ''Literature/GalacticMarines'' series. In fact, the very first novel ''Semper Mars'' starts off with the corps about to be disbanded, as the higher-ups claim it's no longer relevant. As a last-ditch effort to rebrand the marines, a detachment is sent to the Martian excavation site in Cydonia. Naturally, this proves to be the exact place where they will be needed when [[spoiler:the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] starts a war with the US]]. Several issues are mentioned, such as the fact that their gear isn't up to specs because someone back on Earth assumed they were going to an Earth-side desert environment (e.g. their guns' electronic sights are calibrated for Earth gravity and atmosphere, and they have 40 pairs of desert boots which they can't wear with their sealed suits). The same book also features the first ever combat in microgravity with a different team of US Marines fighting a force of [[spoiler:UN troops]]. The differences are showcased, such as the lack of cover in space, the need to fire your weapon at your center mass in order to avoid to spin wildly out of control, and the fact that even a tiny hit can be fatal due to the vacuum outside the suit.

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* The US Marine Corps becomes this in Creator/WilliamHKeithJr's Creator/IanDouglas's ''Literature/GalacticMarines'' series. In fact, the very first novel ''Semper Mars'' starts off with the corps about to be disbanded, as the higher-ups claim it's no longer relevant. As a last-ditch effort to rebrand the marines, a detachment is sent to the Martian excavation site in Cydonia. Naturally, this This proves to be the exact place where they will be needed when [[spoiler:the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] starts a war with the US]]. Several issues are mentioned, such as the fact that their gear isn't up to specs because someone back on Earth assumed they were going to an Earth-side desert environment (e.g. their guns' electronic sights are calibrated for Earth gravity and atmosphere, and they have 40 pairs of desert boots which they can't wear with their sealed suits). The same book also features the first ever combat in microgravity with a different team of US Marines fighting a force of [[spoiler:UN troops]]. The differences are showcased, such as the lack of cover in space, the need to fire your weapon at your center mass in order to avoid to spin wildly out of control, and the fact that even a tiny hit can be fatal due to the vacuum outside the suit.
29th Jul '17 10:11:07 AM itcheyness
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* In the Frontlines series by Marko Kloos, the two main earth factions have space marines for ship security on their naval ships, garrisoning their colonies, and taking colonies away from the other faction. The United North American Commonwealth marines trace their lineage back to the United States Marines of the modern day. The Sino-Russian Alliance marines appear to be descendants of current Russian Airborne Troops and Russian Marines as they are mentioned as wearing blue striped telnyashkas.
3rd Jul '17 4:31:58 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* In all of his forms, [[Literature/{{Zoofights}} Iron Manatee]] is one. A veteran of the Anglo-Chinese Opium Moon Wars, he fights in an armored space-suit, later upgraded to a full suit of PoweredArmor with a primitive railgun and diamantine bladed chainsaw.
* The KSS Marines in NexusGate serve as the game's space marines. They guard the Kovolis held space from space pirates and other criminals.

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* In all of his forms, [[Literature/{{Zoofights}} Iron Manatee]] is one. A veteran of the Anglo-Chinese Opium Moon Wars, he fights in an armored space-suit, later upgraded to a full suit of PoweredArmor with a primitive railgun and diamantine bladed chainsaw.
* The KSS Marines in NexusGate serve as the game's space marines. They guard the Kovolis held space from space pirates and other criminals.
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* In all of his forms, [[Literature/{{Zoofights}} Iron Manatee]] is one. A veteran of the Anglo-Chinese Opium Moon Wars, he fights in an armored space-suit, later upgraded to a full suit of PoweredArmor with a primitive railgun and diamantine bladed chainsaw.
* The KSS Marines in NexusGate serve as the game's space marines. They guard the Kovolis held space from space pirates and other criminals.
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11th Jun '17 3:20:37 PM nombretomado
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* In all of his forms, [[{{Zoofights}} Iron Manatee]] is one. A veteran of the Anglo-Chinese Opium Moon Wars, he fights in an armored space-suit, later upgraded to a full suit of PoweredArmor with a primitive railgun and diamantine bladed chainsaw.

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* In all of his forms, [[{{Zoofights}} [[Literature/{{Zoofights}} Iron Manatee]] is one. A veteran of the Anglo-Chinese Opium Moon Wars, he fights in an armored space-suit, later upgraded to a full suit of PoweredArmor with a primitive railgun and diamantine bladed chainsaw.
1st Jun '17 7:37:58 PM nombretomado
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* Though they aren't actual 'space' marines, the Seanchan Fists of Heaven in the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' do fly around on what basically amount to living planes in a late medieval setting and execute hit and run raids from the air. Though the Bloodknives introduced in Gathering Storm probably fit this better; they are elite Fists equipped with items that repel magic and eliminate fear in the wearer who stay behind instead of being evacuated with the remainder of the Fists to kill as many enemy wizards as they possibly can before going down.

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* Though they aren't actual 'space' marines, the Seanchan Fists of Heaven in the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' do fly around on what basically amount to living planes in a late medieval setting and execute hit and run raids from the air. Though the Bloodknives introduced in Gathering Storm probably fit this better; they are elite Fists equipped with items that repel magic and eliminate fear in the wearer who stay behind instead of being evacuated with the remainder of the Fists to kill as many enemy wizards as they possibly can before going down.
16th May '17 1:44:52 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Though they aren't actual 'space' marines, the Seanchan Fists of Heaven in the ''Literature/WheelofTime'' do fly around on what basically amount to living planes in a late medieval setting and execute hit and run raids from the air. Though the Bloodknives introduced in Gathering Storm probably fit this better; they are elite Fists equipped with items that repel magic and eliminate fear in the wearer who stay behind instead of being evacuated with the remainder of the Fists to kill as many enemy wizards as they possibly can before going down.

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* Though they aren't actual 'space' marines, the Seanchan Fists of Heaven in the ''Literature/WheelofTime'' ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' do fly around on what basically amount to living planes in a late medieval setting and execute hit and run raids from the air. Though the Bloodknives introduced in Gathering Storm probably fit this better; they are elite Fists equipped with items that repel magic and eliminate fear in the wearer who stay behind instead of being evacuated with the remainder of the Fists to kill as many enemy wizards as they possibly can before going down.



* Elite Clan infantry in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe are, indeed, located somewhere inside armor the size of four brick shithouses. The subversion is that these Space Marine stand-ins are chosen to be infantry in a galaxy where HumongousMecha are kings of the battlefield, so they're already seven feet tall plus and ripped to shit, and then they're put inside armor that allows them to survive in extreme heat, cold, the vacuum of space, underwater, and fly through the air...hence their name: Elementals.

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* Elite Clan infantry in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe are, indeed, located somewhere inside armor the size of four brick shithouses. The subversion is that these Space Marine stand-ins are chosen to be infantry in a galaxy where HumongousMecha are kings of the battlefield, so they're already seven feet tall plus and ripped to shit, and then they're put inside armor that allows them to survive in extreme heat, cold, the vacuum of space, underwater, and fly through the air... hence their name: Elementals.
14th May '17 2:39:28 PM nombretomado
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* The basic human unit in ''Franchise/StarCraft'', by far the most-played RealTimeStrategy game ever, is the Marine. The "lots of big guns" aspect sets it apart from the basic units of the other races, giving it range. Despite all the bulky armour and training and the fact that most of them are ''Badass'' convicts that have been brainwashed to risk the life for the force they serve, they happen to be one of the weakest units in the game individually. Goes to show how powerful everything else in the game is. Badass inflation strikes again.

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* The basic human unit in ''Franchise/StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', by far the most-played RealTimeStrategy game ever, is the Marine. The "lots of big guns" aspect sets it apart from the basic units of the other races, giving it range. Despite all the bulky armour and training and the fact that most of them are ''Badass'' convicts that have been brainwashed to risk the life for the force they serve, they happen to be one of the weakest units in the game individually. Goes to show how powerful everything else in the game is. Badass inflation strikes again.
16th Apr '17 8:45:52 PM nombretomado
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* Of note are the Republic Commandos featured in ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando''. While the standard white armored troopers act like standard infantry, Republic Commandos are equipped with better weapons, custom painted and detailed armor and recieve superior training, as well as distinct personalities, which was considered odd, as they're clones and should be carbon copies of each other. Fighting as a squad with mission support, they more closely fit the trope of classic space marines than the other generic clone troopers. But looking back, this became standard among clones in TheCloneWars television series, which (especially after the first season) has a lot of focus on the clones being this trope, and had TheCameo for Delta Squad.

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* Of note are the Republic Commandos featured in ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando''. While the standard white armored troopers act like standard infantry, Republic Commandos are equipped with better weapons, custom painted and detailed armor and recieve superior training, as well as distinct personalities, which was considered odd, as they're clones and should be carbon copies of each other. Fighting as a squad with mission support, they more closely fit the trope of classic space marines than the other generic clone troopers. But looking back, this became standard among clones in TheCloneWars ''WesternAnimation/TheCloneWars'' television series, which (especially after the first season) has a lot of focus on the clones being this trope, and had TheCameo for Delta Squad.
16th Apr '17 7:16:12 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarWarsBattlefront II'', not only do you get land battles, but you get space battles. Space battles have two classes: pilots who have little in the way of personal defense and marines who have better weapons than their land analogues. On the other hand, a pilot's starship auto-repairs.

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* In ''StarWarsBattlefront ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront II'', not only do you get land battles, but you get space battles. Space battles have two classes: pilots who have little in the way of personal defense and marines who have better weapons than their land analogues. On the other hand, a pilot's starship auto-repairs.
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