Probably the Counter-Strike of the [=PlayStation=] 2 (and later, [=PS3=]... though it's competing with ''CallOfDuty'' and ''Franchise/MetalGear Online'').

These games follow a SEAL team TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture ([[{{Zeerust}} you wouldn't tell, though]]) consisting of four members (which usually change between, and during, games) combating international terrorism, from your basic Jihadi to a massive international Communist conspiracy to the Albanian Mafia being very naughty.

A large emphasis is on stealth and commands given out to your team (The game used the PS2 headset for voice commands, which, along with a now-forgotten game called ''{{Lifeline}}'', were rather revolutionary), and have an effect on your post-mission rating. Running-and-gunning, although you can go that way, can get you killed (and infuriating you, since you have to start ''aaaaaaallll'' the way pre-mission).

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!!The series contains:
* ActionGirl - In SOCOM 4, you get to play Lt. Park, a.k.a "Forty-Five" in a few missions.
** Raven (a temporary team mate) from Fireteam Bravo 2 counts as well.
* AKA47 - Some of the U.S. made weapons are known by their real name (usually because these are military designations rather than trademarks), the names of other weapons... yeah, they're either short versions of the name or in the case of most weapons, have different letters but the same numbers as their real life counterparts.
* AmericaSavesTheDay - Well, semi-Averted - often, Special Forces from another country will assist you during missions (such as the Special Boat Service, Spetsnaz, or [=GROM=]). You don't do so when you're at the end of SOCOM 4/Special Forces.
* AnyoneCanDie - And how! Boomer in Combined Assault as a jab at his constantly getting shot in the first game. Poor Lonestar took one to the chest in Fireteam Bravo III. Oh, and lets not forget about what the terrorists are doing.
* AscendedExtra - Specter in the main PS2 franchise, going from the sniper in the first to squad leader for the remaining games. Same goes to Wraith, who took over Sandman's job after Fireteam Bravo 2.
* BigDamnHeroes - You come to the assistance of United Na... er, Humanitarian forces stuck in a rut in ''SOCOM II'', and you help rebels pinned under fire in ''SOCOM III''.
* CallBack: Later games in the franchise started making references to earlier installments.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Gorman's pen]] in the fourth game.
* ContinuityNod - After SOCOM II, the developers make strong nods towards previous games. SOCOM III saw a certain dictator return as the first antagonist, and Fireteam Bravo 2 saw an unnamed PMC from Combined Assault appear as the main antagonist.
* CulturedBadass - Dion Wells and Forty-Five in the fourth game. They discuss a poem by Creator/WilliamButlerYeats in reference to the Ops Com.
* DemotedtoExtra - Kahuna returns as a member of Bravo Element in SOCOM Tactical Strike (Even though he was the protagonist in the first game), while Sandman gets demoted to being under Wraith's command. Let's not forget Lonestar, who gets killed off after being your main ally in the first two Fireteam bravos.
* DirtyCommunists - A (rather large) international terrorist organization in ''SOCOM II''. Ironically, despite being based in Russia and led by Russians, a lot of them aren't even Russian, drawing from former Soviet states, Asia, and everywhere else.
* DiscontinuityNod - The main character of the first game disappears entirely until Tactical Strike where he now takes orders from an extra in the sequel. Same can be said for Lonestar who apparently left to join a PMC after he spent the previous two games fighting them.
* EscortMission - Any mission involving a hostage, captured leader, or mole has this. At least you can call down 'copter support in most missions, and your escortee is smart enough to take cover.
* FieldPromotion: The new Operations Commander in the fourth game as of the first mission. (An achievement for completing the mission is named as so.)
* FormerRegimePersonnel - The first terrorist group the [=SEALs=] engage in the first game are ex-Spetsnaz troopers engaged in arms dealing and general terrorism for profit.
* HolidayInCambodia - The Red Sun terror group in SOCOM I based in Indonesia.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Based on ranks: Ensign, Lieutenant, Commander, Captain and Admiral.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''SOCOM III'', when the team raids a terrorist training camp in an abandoned Polish salt mine:
-->'''Spectre:''' So this is where they learn to miss.
* ItsProbablyNothing - In some games, it is literally possible to stare one of the enemies in the face and get absolutely no reaction. Until your teammate accidentally bumps into them and alerts the entire enemy base.
* TheMafia - Albanian ones. The only reason why they're being taken down by the [=SEALs=] (and SAS) and not the police is because they started to try and sell arms and nuclear material to terrorists.
* MissionControl: JenniferHale playing the Headquarters operator. In [=SOCOM=] 4's campaign, it's MI6 Agent Mackenzie Douglas, otherwise known as Oracle.
* NoNameGiven: The Operations Commander in the fourth game. He's either referred to as the [=OpsCom=] or Commander.
* NotSoDifferent: Done twice.
** ''SOCOM: Combined Assault''
-->'''[[spoiler: President Karim]]''': What I did was necessary for the future of my country.
-->'''Specter''': Save it for your hearings.
-->'''[[spoiler: President Karim]]''': You know, you and I are alike. We do not fear the things we must do.
-->'''Specter''': You and I... are nothing alike!
** ''SOCOM 4:''
-->'''[[spoiler: Razad]]''': You and I are very much alike Commander. We're both pawns in someone else's game.
-->'''Operations Commander''': You and I are nothing alike!
* PacifistRun: Only in SOCOM 4. You can acheive any level with one with non lethal weapons and CQC takedowns through FTB2, and it's somehow recommended by the system as capturing enemies give you bonus Intel points. it's also satisfying to hear enemies cry frustratedly over pepper spray.
** Ditto for ''Combined Assault'', where you get an achievement for completing any mission without having any fireteam member killing an enemy. (Achievements in CA are the basis on unlocking weapon sets and other content.)
* PrivateMilitaryContractors - The African mercenaries holding the Marines hostage in the first game - though, they're not a real company and are visibly less organized than actual [=PMCs=].
** [=ClawHammer=] from ''Fireteam Bravo 2'' and in the fourth game counts as well.
* PresidentEvil: In ''Combined Assault'', [[spoiler: President Ismail Karim of Adjikistan]].
* {{Qurac}} - ''SOCOM II'' and ''SOCOM III'' have you dealing with a brutal dictator, and when you finally arrest him in ''SOCOM III'', [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed it's a thinly veiled reference to Saddam Hussien's capture]].
** In the third main game's PSP counterpart, the first ''Fireteam Bravo,'' one area of operations tied to where the dictator's forces was heading is Morocco.
* RecursiveImport: SOCOM 4 (SOCOM: Special Forces in [=PAL=] areas) with the two main characters aside from the [=PC=] from special forces of the country of where the game is from. You get the Navy Seals if you got the game from the US/Canada/Southeast Asia/Japan. If from the Netherlands, you have the two guys from the [=KCT=]. If from Britain, they're from the British [=SAS=]. If from France, they're from the [=1MIPR=] or [=1er RPIMa=] in French. A total of 12 special forces unit are done for the game.
* RedShirt - If you're a regular grunt, don't expect to last too long in the field.
* RussiansWithRustingRockets: The Spetsnaz assist the team in the second game.
* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot! - Even though you chose Wraith to accompany you for your mission in [=FTB2=], gave him a machinegun and a shotgun for weapons and had him waiting outside, the ending cinematic has him change skin tone, accent, weapon, and uniform into something else. More so in [=FTB3=] as that handgun you gave your guy magically became a rocket launcher so he could blow up an enemy formation prior to disappearing.
* StealthBasedMission: Although stealth is one of the main focus of the franchise, at least one dedicated "do-not-get-caught" mission is in per game.
* StrawFeminist - The FARC faction leader in South America exclusively uses women as elite troops. Men under her command are stuck doing shit patrol, and gripe about it frequently, especially considering she chews them out. Constantly. For minor things. She's also a lesbian. When you eavesdrop on her, you can hear her extoll the virtues of women over men.
* TerroristsWithoutACause - Some. For example: it's not really known what the ex-Spetsnaz are fighting for (except for gunrunning, which is just a side-business), and no one knows why some South African and British mercenaries kidnapped some US Marines.
** Averted in future games, starting with Fireteam Bravo II and Combined Assault where all terrorists turn into [=PMCs=] on a quest for either revenge or money.
* TheManBehindTheMan: The Naga guerrillas aren't the main bad guy in SOCOM 4. [[spoiler:Clawhammer is.]]
* UniversalDriversLicense - In SOCOM III, you can drive boats and any vehicle. Except tanks, planes, or choppers. Obviously, this exists in real life, being, you know, the fact that [=SEALs=] are trained to do as such?
* WarForFunAndProfit - The ex-Spetsnaz terrorists and the African Mercenaries in the first game. The Albanian mafia has its ass-kicked as a result of trying this.
* WesternTerrorists - Lots of them. In fact, the original game didn't have your typical Jihadi show up until the last mission.
** Averted by Combined Assault where they are all renamed mercenaries. Because we all know mercenaries have nothing better to do than plot to destroy America.
* YouAreInCommandNow: In the fourth game, [[spoiler: Lieutenant Park is the new Operations Commander by the final mission, after the main PlayerCharacter gets fatally wounded by Gorman.]]
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