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2nd Dec '16 12:01:05 PM ChronoLegion
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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).

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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.
2nd Dec '16 11:11:01 AM Koveras
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* The Delta Squad's lasting influence is felt in the ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', too, despite that game being set four thousand years further up the timeline. The Republic Trooper class is essentially a space marine, whose storyline is ripe with boarding action, ground action, space action, and lots and lots of StuffBlowingUp (courtesy of the dedicated demolitions expert companion).
1st Dec '16 4:34:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil's'' [[LargeHam hamtacular]] Double H is something of an AffectionateParody of the Space Marine (and possibly the ActionHero in general). For one thing, he's the dutiful {{Sidekick}} instead of the main character, who is introduced to play JamesBondage before anything else. Most of his military-inspired one-liners and battle cries are intentionally [[SoBadItsGood So Bad They're Good]]. He's rather [[GentleGiant squishy and awkward]] beneath his grizzled BadAss facade and PermaStubble.

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* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil's'' [[LargeHam hamtacular]] Double H is something of an AffectionateParody of the Space Marine (and possibly the ActionHero in general). For one thing, he's the dutiful {{Sidekick}} instead of the main character, who is introduced to play JamesBondage before anything else. Most of his military-inspired one-liners and battle cries are intentionally [[SoBadItsGood So Bad They're Good]]. He's rather [[GentleGiant squishy and awkward]] beneath his grizzled BadAss badass facade and PermaStubble.
28th Nov '16 1:23:57 PM Morgenthaler
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It should be noted that the name "space marine" is actually a misnomer -- there's no water in deep space. Works aiming for more realism or a more RayGunGothic feel may prefer to call them "espatiers." But for those wanting more to invoke the Romantic SpaceIsAnOcean trope the name space marine works just fine. Sometimes, "space marine" [[CulturalTranslation is culturally translated]] into "space [insert BadAss military unit here]" - for instance in Russia space marines are often called "space landing forces" (''kosmodesantniki'') after the VDV[[note]]Vozdushno-desantnye voyska, "air-landing forces".[[/note]] an airborne unit of the Russian military that has roughly the same reputation as the [[SemperFi USMC]] and [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Marines]] in American and British cultures.

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It should be noted that the name "space marine" is actually a misnomer -- there's no water in deep space. Works aiming for more realism or a more RayGunGothic feel may prefer to call them "espatiers." But for those wanting more to invoke the Romantic SpaceIsAnOcean trope the name space marine works just fine. Sometimes, "space marine" [[CulturalTranslation is culturally translated]] into "space [insert BadAss badass military unit here]" - for instance in Russia space marines are often called "space landing forces" (''kosmodesantniki'') after the VDV[[note]]Vozdushno-desantnye voyska, "air-landing forces".[[/note]] an airborne unit of the Russian military that has roughly the same reputation as the [[SemperFi USMC]] and [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Marines]] in American and British cultures.
29th Sep '16 2:50:28 AM Cybrludite
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* Marcus Winchester from Creator/MikeKupari's ''Literature/HerBrother'sKeeper'' is a former SpecOps espatier.

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* Marcus Winchester from Creator/MikeKupari's ''Literature/HerBrother'sKeeper'' ''Literature/HerBrothersKeeper'' is a former SpecOps espatier.
29th Sep '16 2:49:37 AM Cybrludite
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* Marcus Winchester from Creator/MikeKupari's ''Literature/HerBrother'sKeeper'' is a former SpecOps espatier.
10th Sep '16 7:22:21 PM Bissek
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* ''Literature/StarksWar'' has the titular Stark and company, although the "space" part isn't actually their specific vocation because soldiers all wear environmentally-contained PoweredArmor, military command doesn't make distinction between "space marines" and normal ones except for their current posting. (Fighting on the moon ''does'' require different competencies than fighting on Earth, naturally, but good luck convincing the incompetent officer corps of that.)

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* ''Literature/StarksWar'' has the titular Stark and company, company (Who are technically Army - the USMC having been reduced to a ceremonial formation that never operates in space), although the "space" part isn't actually their specific vocation because soldiers all wear environmentally-contained PoweredArmor, military command doesn't make distinction between "space marines" and normal ones except for their current posting. (Fighting on the moon ''does'' require different competencies than fighting on Earth, naturally, but good luck convincing the incompetent officer corps of that.)
16th Aug '16 11:20:17 PM Yinyang107
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''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' from Creator/GamesWorkshop is notable for taking these aspects to a peak and becoming one of the more recognizable instances of the trope, if certainly not the first. Despite this, as of early 2013, the company claims ownership of a registered trademark (in the UK at least) on the ''name'' "Space Marine" (on occasions claiming "Marine" itself), though not the ''trope'' itself. This trademark has been [[http://mcahogarth.org/?p=10593 used to make actual legal threats]] on occasion, most notably against the author of ''Literature/SpotsTheSpaceMarine''.

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''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' from Creator/GamesWorkshop is notable for taking these aspects to a peak and becoming one of the more recognizable instances of the trope, if certainly not the first. Despite this, as of early 2013, the company claims ownership of a registered trademark (in the UK at least) on the ''name'' "Space Marine" (on occasions claiming "Marine" itself), though not the ''trope'' itself. This trademark has been [[http://mcahogarth.org/?p=10593 used to make actual legal threats]] on occasion, most notably against the author of ''Literature/SpotsTheSpaceMarine''.\n
10th Aug '16 1:32:53 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* John-117 in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, better known by his rank "Master Chief", whose design been quite influential on post-2001 video games. He is one of the very few surviving Spartan-[=IIs=], but unlike the basic trope, the SPARTAN-[=IIs=] were the absolute ''[[SuperSoldier antithesis]]'' of the RedShirtArmy.

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* John-117 in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** John-117,
better known by his rank "Master Chief", whose design been quite influential on post-2001 video games. He is one of the very few surviving Spartan-[=IIs=], but unlike the basic trope, the SPARTAN-[=IIs=] Spartan-[=IIs=] were the absolute ''[[SuperSoldier antithesis]]'' of the RedShirtArmy.



** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', Noble Team really put the space in space marine. They commandeer Sabre spaceplanes, engage in space dogfights, and board a Covenant cruiser. Noble 6's exit route is jumping straight down to Reach.
** It is technically inaccurate to label the Master Chief or any SPARTAN as a Space Marine; while they have powered armor and advanced training (plus loads of augmentations), they're all actually UNSC naval personnel, making them closer to Navy [=SEALs=]. The [[ItsRainingMen Orbital Drop Shock Troopers]] ([[VideoGame/Halo3ODST ODSTs]]) better fit this trope, being actual elite Marines within the UNSC Marine Corps; they consider themselves the main rivals to the [=SPARTANs=], despite being [[BadassNormal normal humans with unpowered armor]]. John-117's actual title and military designation is "Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John-117", which makes him an non-commissioned Naval officer.
*** The regular Marines themselves sort of count, being the UNSC's main rapid-deployment and expeditionary force.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' introduced the Spartan-[=IVs=], which, unlike their trained-from-childhood predecessors, are made from adult volunteers, with many of them being, [[InterserviceRivalry ironically, former [=ODSTs=].]] They're even more numerous than the [=IIIs=] were, with much better equipment to boot (though they're in general less skilled than their predecessors due to a more relaxed selection criteria). Also, the Spartans now have their own separate UNSC branch, meaning they're technically ''still'' not Marines.

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** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', Spartan-III Noble Team Six really put puts the space "Space" in space marine. Space Marine. They commandeer a Sabre spaceplanes, SpaceFighter, engage in space dogfights, and board a Covenant cruiser. Noble 6's exit route is jumping straight down to Reach.
cruiser.
** It is technically inaccurate to label the Master Chief or any SPARTAN Spartan as a Space Marine; while they have powered armor and advanced training (plus loads of augmentations), they're all actually UNSC naval personnel, making them closer to Navy [=SEALs=]. John-117's actual title and military designation is "Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John-117", which makes him an non-commissioned Naval officer. The [[ItsRainingMen Orbital Drop Shock Troopers]] ([[VideoGame/Halo3ODST ODSTs]]) better fit this trope, being actual elite Marines within the UNSC Marine Corps; they consider themselves the main rivals to the [=SPARTANs=], Spartans, despite being [[BadassNormal normal humans with unpowered armor]]. John-117's actual title and military designation is "Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John-117", which makes him an non-commissioned Naval officer.
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armor]].
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The UNSC's regular Marines themselves sort of count, being the UNSC's main rapid-deployment and expeditionary force.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' introduced the Spartan-[=IVs=], which, unlike their trained-from-childhood predecessors, are made from adult volunteers, with many of them being, [[InterserviceRivalry ironically, former [=ODSTs=].]] ODSTs]]. They're even more numerous than the [=IIIs=] were, with much better equipment to boot (though they're in general less skilled than their predecessors due to a more relaxed selection criteria). Also, the Spartans now have their own separate UNSC branch, meaning they're technically ''still'' not Marines.
17th Jul '16 6:19:33 PM nombretomado
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* The ''CoDominium'' series feature the ''CD Space Navy and Marines'' and later, the Imperial Marines. The CD Line Marines are formed from the [[LegionOfLostSouls The French Foreign Legion]], and thus keep a lot of their traditions alive. The CD Marines armament includes semi-automatic rifles, large-bore weapons loaded with armor-piercing and (sometimes) heavy tanks, with the CD providing orbital fire support up to and including nuclear weapons. The particular Line Marine unit most often featured in the novels is commanded by an officer politically on the outs with the most powerful man in the Grand Senate, and as such they repeatedly get denied proper resources. This can give a misleading impression of the CD Marines in general.

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* The ''CoDominium'' ''Literature/CoDominium'' series feature the ''CD Space Navy and Marines'' and later, the Imperial Marines. The CD Line Marines are formed from the [[LegionOfLostSouls The French Foreign Legion]], and thus keep a lot of their traditions alive. The CD Marines armament includes semi-automatic rifles, large-bore weapons loaded with armor-piercing and (sometimes) heavy tanks, with the CD providing orbital fire support up to and including nuclear weapons. The particular Line Marine unit most often featured in the novels is commanded by an officer politically on the outs with the most powerful man in the Grand Senate, and as such they repeatedly get denied proper resources. This can give a misleading impression of the CD Marines in general.
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