[[caption-width-right:200:[[BadassBoast We get more ass than a toilet seat!]]]]

-->''The only easy day was yesterday.''

Deep within the US Navy, an elite force of special covert commandos remains a closely guarded secret from the Soviet threat. Trained to be the best in the world, equipped with the latest technology this group of violent renegade soldiers exist for one purpose: to protect America from the threat of communism and terrorism by sea, by air and by land.

Sounds like a comic book doesnít it? Well the team is real. President UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy created the Navy Special Warfare Development Group, or Navy SEALS, in the 60ís where they served in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the UsefulNotes/GulfWar and beyond to TheWarOnTerror. Before they were Navy Divers (elite soldiers sent to recover lost nukes at sea) and UDT, underwater demolitions experts sent to blow up enemy ships transporting those nukes for their diver swim buddies to recover.

Several images might come to mind in thinking about SEALS: black clad Frogmen who swim from America to their destination halfway across the world, tiger striped jungle fighters from Vietnam, and bug eyed crazies who underwent TrainingFromHell to become the ultimate warrior. These views are only slightly exaggerated, SEALS are intended to be all three.

!!A brief history of Navy SEALS:

* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: After the bombing of Pearl Harbor America saw the need for coastal reconnaissance and beach landing forces. Thus, the team known as the Scouts & Raiders were born where they operated in Europe and Africa where they supported the invading Americans against the German forces including the Normandy invasion. At the same time, the Navy Combat Demolition Units would blow up beach obstacles preceding a landing.

However the first concept of SEALS came with the OSS Operational Swimmers who would be dropped behind enemy lines to spy and conduct raids. The Navy Underwater Demolitions Team who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin were teams of demolitions experts blowing up underwater obstacles]] would later adopt the idea and form the Navy SEALS.
* UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar:
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar:
* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar:
* [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Seal Team Six:]] After Marcinko was removed from command of SEAL Team Two he was involved as an adviser on Desert One, the rescue of hostages in Iran. The mission ended in tragedy, and a follow up mission was planned with the idea of forming a Joint Task Force for the mission. Marcinko delivered the brief but before he did he read through it and changed the involvement of SEALS from an element to a command, which would greatly expand and broaden their involvement in counterterrorism. His edit went through when the JTF was formed, however in doing so he created the problem of there being no SEAL Team focused on terrorism, so he had to create one. After drafting the proposal and he was given the blessing of his superiors, he ran roughshod over the Navy in recruiting members for the team as well as the specialized equipment and standards he demanded.
* [[FalseFlagOperation Red Cell:]] After relinquishing command of SEAL Six Marcinko was approached by one of his superiors about a threat both considered no one saw coming: terrorism. Marcinko explained the lapses in security he saw before being tasked with creating, essentially, a terrorist group that would attack American targets to show weaknesses in their security. According to accounts from his biography and fictional novels Red Cell blew up Air Force One, kidnapped an admiral protected by Navy Investigation Services because he was concerned they weren't enough to protect him, infiltrated Camp David at the behest of Nancy Reagan, and nuclear sub pens where they could have either stolen the subs or blown them up. So the story goes a witch hunt was launched because Marcinko exposed these secrets and he was eventually removed from command, the incident was covered up (hence {{JAG}} stating the episode based on his exploits were fiction) and Marcinko served prison time.
* TheWarOnTerror: After the 9/11 attacks SEALS were deployed to the Persian Gulf to intercept suspected Taliban vessels, before moving in on Afghanistan to perform recon and help escort [[SemperFi Marines]] to launch the attack, no doubt the mother of all bodyguards. They would continue to work in country over the following weeks and months, specifically when they themselves were captured and had to be rescued by other elite, BadAss special forces. They would later secure Iraqi oil when the country was invaded, [[BigDamnHeroes saved a hijacked ship from Somali pirates]] and on May 1st 2011 were sent on a covert operation into Pakistan at the behest of BarackObama. This was the mission every SEAL writer dreams of, a high stakes infiltration and strike that could potentially result in World War III. That dream was realized when with the aid of intelligence agencies the SEALS were able to track down and assassinate OsamaBinLaden, with the news a RealLife example of AndThereWasMuchRejoicing with sports events interrupted by the news and the legendary SEALS writing themselves into the history books in the process.

!!Tropes associated with Navy SEALS:

* BadassBoast: When creating Team Six Richard Marcinko proposed the logo; a globe with a horseshoe lid, and BadassCreed WGMATATS: We Get More Ass Than A Toilet Seat.
* BadassCrew: A natural requirement.
* ColbertBump: Not that they weren't popular before, but after the assassination of Bin Laden they became a very big deal, appearing and being mentioned in everything from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' to ''Series/CallOfDuty'' and everything in between. And yes, they were brought up on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' where Creator/StephenColbert had a huge man crush on the team.
* DentedIron: Many SEAL candidates will pick up injuries during BUD/S training.
* {{Determinator}}: SEALS are taught to be this, with trainees who gut it out more valued than those who might be more skilled or find the training easier.
* DrillSergeantNasty: SEAL instructors are not assholes like the media depicts military trainers, but they teach survival escape and evasion tactics playing the part of the enemy in case SEALS are captured so they have an idea of what to expect, then they get real nasty. Constant hazing, sabotaging trainees equipment until they get the idea to post guards, shooting at them, running through explosives, keeping them awake, or forcing those who are slow to exercise until they either collapse or quit. [[SubvertedTrope They are not assholes in doing this, those who do not quit no matter how much they struggle are held in high regard by the instructors and considered the best in the world, even more so than those who do well. Also it should be noted that true combat situations are far more unforgiving than even the harshest instructor could ever hope to be, the harder your training the more prepared you will be when your life is on the line.]]
** Indeed, the sign outside SEAL Training in Little Creek says, "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat." Harsher SEALS change it to bleed and die.
* FunWithAcronyms: Depending on who you ask SEAL either means Sea Air Land or Sleep Eat And Live it up.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Required in training. SEAL Team Six was given an ammo budget bigger than the Marines, which they burnt through to develop their aiming skills.
* {{Ninja}}: About as close as you can get to a modern-day version...with guns.
* TheSpartanWay: See TrainingFromHell immediately below, to become a SEAL involves swimming, running, lifting, swimming, underwater navigation, navigating through explosive laden obstacle courses while being shot at, [[RuleOfThree swimming,]] constant harassment and abuse, navigating a series of tall logs spaced far apart without falling, swimming, survival evasion and escape from enemy patrols, withstanding interrogation and [[OverlyLongGag swimming.]] Those who pass move on to demolitions and parachute work.
* TrainingFromHell: Only 25-30% of recruits get through SEAL training successfully. The rest are either rolled out because their [[GameBreakingInjury injuries prevent them from continuing]], or they quit. Most likely during "Hell Week" where they get maybe three hours sleep over five days of constant torture.
** After Hell Week comes the dive phase and more physical conditioning, which is where more trainees drop. It's not uncommon to see a recruit who passed Hell Week getting dropped due to injuries that haven't healed sufficiently.
* UndyingLoyalty: They say a natural bond develops between men who are forced to share hellish experiences together, where they are forced to rely upon one another or else they die. When you crank those hellish experiences up to 11 then you get the Navy SEALS. When UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy tasked Roy Boehm with creating the SEALS the veteran Frogman told his Commander in Chief, "I did not vote for you, sir, but I'll die for you."

!!Media where SEALS appear

* The CIA in ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'' requests the deployment of the "Night Nine" a.k.a. SEAL Team 9's Alpha Platoon to eliminate Koko Hekmatyar's HCLI crew late in the second season. [[note]]It should be noted that SEAL Team 9 is fictional; the actual SEAL teams that exist in reality are 1-5, 7, 8, and 10 (Team Six is officially known as "DEVGRU").[[/note]] [[spoiler: They are the only enemies that take zero casualties against HCLI, and the only reason HCLI survives is because Koko uses her quantum computer to screw with Night Nine's GPS and send them in the wrong direction, right up to the Cuban border. And even then they came very close to killing off Koko's crew.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'': Frank Castle is depicted as a [[SemperFi Marine]] whenever he appears, however in most if not all of his works itís also noted he trained with SEALS to become deadlier.

* Creator/CharlieSheen's movie ''Navy SEALS'' has a reporter who has contacts among terrorists but refuses to divulge information to Michael Biehn's character about terrorist possessing surface-to-air missiles. He takes her into a kill house (where the teams practice fighting inside buildings) and has a team actually engage around them, to give the reporter an idea of how it feels being helpless around a bunch of armed attackers, to get her to divulge the information needed to rescue the captured US personnel.
* ''Film/TheRock'' had actual [=SEALs=] perform the diving scenes as well as part of the team sent against the renegade Marines.
* Except for [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the first film]], the ''Film/BehindEnemyLines'' movies are about Navy [=SEALs=] who get TrappedBehindEnemyLines and have to fight their way out (North Korea in the 2nd film, Colombia in the 3rd, Congo in the 4th).
* ''Film/ActOfValor'' depicts a SEAL team, played by real [=SEALs=] using real tactics, tasked with taking down a terrorist cell planning to engage in a massive act of terrorism against the US.
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' climaxes with the real life killing of UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden by SEAL Team Six.
* ''Film/CaptainPhillips'' also ends with Navy [=SEALs=] making a [[ImprobableAimingSkills simultaneous triple kill on three Somali pirates while on a moving boat being rocked by unstable waves, two of the three targets moving around a hostage, and at night.]] This is too good to be true... [[RealityIsUnrealistic except this did happen in real life]].

* ''Literature/RogueWarrior'' is the autobiography of Richard Marcinko, Commander of SEAL Team Two and creator and Commander of Team Six. He turned it into a franchise of fictional stories based on his experience, RealLife self help books and even a video game.
* ''Literature/LoneSurvivor'' is a memoir of a 2005 botched operation in Afghanistan by SEAL Team Ten to kill an Afghan warlord written by the operation's SoleSurvivor Marcus Luttrell. In 2014, it was [[TheFilmOfTheBook made into a movie]] starring Creator/MarkWahlberg as Luttrell.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* When ElizaDushku is hit on and asked out on a date when she plays an FBI agent in ''TheBigBangTheory'', she asks if her Navy SEAL husband is also invited. Dushku is known for playing Faith in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Echo in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', and Rubi in ''{{Wet}}'', in other words badasses. So sheís matched up with the ultimate BadAss for one hell of a cockblock.
* Admiral Chegwidden in {{JAG}} is a retired Navy SEAL, and on the odd occasion he is involved in a incident he shows he can still be BadAss into his sixties.
** There was also the episode ''Rogue'' detailing a SEAL Captain launching mock terrorist attacks to expose weaknesses in military installations. Despite the disclaimer the story is fiction it is clearly based on RogueWarrior.
* Sam Axe in ''Series/BurnNotice'' is a retired SEAL (played by none other than Creator/BruceCampbell); he managed to retire at the grade of Commander, receiving a promotion from Lt. Commander his last day of duty. This shows in his general attitude: he might be an overweight womanizing boozer, but then as a retired SEAL he has every right to be overweight and drink (and as for the womanizing--look at the page image caption!), and he is definitely the most by-the-book member of Team Westen (Michael having been a [[TheCIA CIA]] field agent and Fiona having been an [[TheTroubles IRA]] operative/weapons expert, Sam is the most likely to appeal to reason and law--as befits a career officer).[[note]]Michael was an Army Ranger, but he was enlisted and quickly departed for the CIA.[[/note]]
* The reboot of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' re-imagines Steve [=McGarrett=] as a Navy SEAL, and the pilot begins with Steve in the middle of a SEAL mission in South Korea. When asked to head the governor's special task force, Steve becomes a CowboyCop, taking his SEAL training and applying it to solve major crimes. Series 2 introduces his SEAL instructor Joe White, a BadassGrandpa who can still hold his own in a fight.
* JesseVentura, in the lead up to SummerSlam, said this.
-->I am the only professional wrestler who can legitimately say he was a Navy SEAL. I AM the real deal when it comes to being a pro wrestler and former Navy SEAL. I know Demo Dick Marcinko, Commander, he is a friend of mine. I also climbed the rope ladder a week ago on board the USS Pearl Harbor - I was given eight bells and a salute from both the Captain and the Executive Officer.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Obviously, Sony's ''[[SOCOMUSNavySeals SOCOM US Navy Seals]]'' series.
* One of the units available in ''CommandAndConquer RedAlert2''. Elites who wipe out enemy soldiers, can swim and blow up buildings. Of course, this being a ''Command and Conquer'' game, they are [[CripplingOverspecialization absolutely helpless against vehicles.]]
* As well as Delta Force in the video game...um, ''Delta Force'', players can also choose to play as SEALS among other special forces in ''Task Force Dagger.''
* The Navy Seal is the Americans' special unit in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV''
* Surprisingly averted for most of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series. The [=SEALs=] don't show up onscreen until ''Modern Warfare 2'' (where their slogan provides a level name), and you don't play one until ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''.
* The modern ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' games focused on the absolute cream of the crop special forces such as Tier 1 including SEALS as well as Team Six. Several members were actually caught out advising on uniforms and tactics, and docked several month's pay.