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    Bravo Co., 2nd Platoon, Team One Alpha 

Sgt Brad "Iceman" Colbert

"All this religion aside, people who can't kill will always be subject to those who can."

The orderly, cerebral and unflappable squad leader of Bravo 1. Nicknamed "Iceman" for his competency and cool head, Colbert is an Afghanstan vet who's made the military his career. If the series can be said to have a central character, it’s him.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Person makes a joke about what got him, Colbert, and Trombley to sign up and the reality (very different from any of the scenarios Person brought up), even Colbert cracks a smile.
  • Airplane Arms: at one point in the series, he whips off his shirt and runs around like this for no apparent reason, much to the amusement of others.
  • Amicable Exes: he's (allegedly) still friends with his ex-fiancee. From his description of their "relationship", it's very obvious that if she thinks they're still friends, it's only because he's masking his hatred and resentment very well.
  • Badass Biker: it's not seen in the series for obvious reasons, but he owns a motorcycle and, in direct contrast to his professional persona, he's a very reckless biker.
  • Badass Boast: "Gentlemen, we just seized an airfield. That was pretty fucking ninja".
  • Cold Sniper: he may not have the gun, but he certainly has the attitude.
  • Cultured Warrior
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Field Promotion: to Staff Sergeant, in an instance that is rare for modern warfare.
  • Happily Adopted: into a well-to-do family with a rich talmudic tradition, no less.
  • The Hero / Hero Protagonist
  • Hidden Heart of Gold
  • Hollywood Atheist: averted. There's no tragic story behind his lack of faith.
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • Ineffectual Loner
  • Insufferable Genius: this quality is particularly noticeable during his rants against religion and procreation.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: he’s quite obviously disillusioned (more so than the rest) with the war, with the higher command and with the general idiocy happening around him, but he’s steadfast and conscientious in performing his job.
  • Nerves of Steel
  • A Nice Jewish Boy
  • Not So Stoic: he lets his emotionless facade fall when he realizes Trombley has shot an Iraqi boy on his own orders.
  • The Perfectionist
  • Sergeant Rock
  • Sherlock Scan: he deduces that a civilian is actually a deserter from the military-style belt he wears.
  • Shirtless Scene
  • Stay Frosty: his Catch Phrase.
  • The Spock/The Stoic: there’s a reason he's called Iceman, after all.
  • Straight Man: to Person.
  • Surfer Dude: inverted. Surfing is one of his main hobbies, but personality-wise he's about as far from this trope as they come.
  • Team Dad/Papa Wolf: To his squad. He took responsibility for all of his team's screw ups, namely Trombley's shooting of the "camels," and he sees his squad's morale as his own personal responsibility.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Person. Doubles as Odd Friendship since the two of them have wildly different personalities.

Corporal Josh Ray Person

Played by: James Ransone
"If Saddam invested more in the pussy infrastructure of Iraq than he did in his fucking gay ass army, then this country would be no more fucked up than, say, Mexico."

Colbert's best friend in the battalion - the frenetic, outspoken, obscenity-spouting Marine driving Bravo's lead Humvee. Like Colbert, he's a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. His sole purpose for participating in the invasion seems to be to mock everything around him - a goal he accomplishes with ease and finesse. While others often poke fun at his white-trash trailer-park background and over-the-top behavior, he's still considered to be something of a genius in the unit.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: unusually for this trope, he's on the skinny side and is the team's Smart Guy.
  • Brake Angrily: this was real-life Person's way of disagreeing with Colbert's orders; the tendency did not carry over to the series.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: odd personality notwithstanding, he's highly capable at what he does.
  • Character Filibuster: the trope personified.
  • Communications Officer: he's Bravo's (most talented) RTO.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: he may be a skinny spaz, but he's most certainly a BAMF.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Disappeared Dad: was raised by a single mother.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: consistently. If you concentrate on what he says rather than how he says it, he's actually very reasonable.
  • Functional Addict: His bizarre behavior stems from an addiction to legal stimulants; he mellows down considerably after he's forced to go cold turkey.
  • Gay Bravado
  • Geek: in high school, he was pudgy, nonathletic, and a member of the debate club.
  • Genius Ditz: as a result of near-permanent Alcohol-Induced Idiocy.
  • Glamorous Wartime Singer: played with; he dreams of being a rock star, but since he insists on deliberately butchering the stuff he sings for the fun of it, his actual musical skills are hard to evaluate.
  • Guys are Slobs: he can't eat or drink anything without getting half of it all over himself.
  • Heroic Fatigue: he is sleep-deprived and able to drive for days on end only thanks to ripped fuel.
  • Hidden Depths: He was on the debate team at school, he can play a multitude of musical instruments, and he was planning on studying philosophy in college before he took a 180-turn and became a Marine.
  • Idiot Hero
  • Jerkass: While he cares for his friends, he can be extremely insensitive and his warped sense of humour is extremely offensive. However, a great deal of this is due to a mix of fatigue, combat stress, and being high on ripped fuel.
  • MacGyvering: he's good at fixing bum radios with whatever is lying around. Or by unplugging everything and licking sockets.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: he dons golden "Elvis impersonator" shades which look doubly ridiculous on a Marine in full battle gear. They also hold the honor of being featured on the miniseries cover.
  • Motor Mouth
  • My Girl Back Home
  • OOC Is Serious Business: subverted; when he detoxes (cold turkey), he becomes noticeably quiet and subdued. Which is worrying, sure - except that is his real, off-stimulants personality.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
    • Sad Clown: addiction to stimulants and insecurity are the two things fueling his hilarious and uber-offensive humor.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes
  • The Smart Guy
  • Universal Driver's License: he's not actually licensed to drive the Humvee.

Cpl Walter "Walt" Hasser

Played by: Pawel Szajda
"Ooh ooh, dress blues and a sword!"

The friendly, golden-haired Marine manning V01's Mark-19 gun. Occupies the Turret position of the vehicle.

Lance Cpl Harold James Trombley

Played by: Billy Lush
"Hey, you know what sucks? All those dead bodies we saw today, and I didn't get to shoot any of them."

The lead vehicle's machine gunner (and youngest occupant) - a baby-faced Marine with the heart of a natural-born killer. He enlisted specifically to be able to shoot people in the line of duty.

  • A Real Man Is a Killer: He seems to think so.
  • Ax-Crazy: He went to war because the idea of killing people excites him.
  • Black Comedy: he earns the nickname "Whopper Jr" for his suspect actions against Iraqi civilians; it's used good-naturedly.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Blood Knight: All he wants to do is kill people and dogs.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Trombley is completely unfazed by combat situations of every kind and he fights in a sort of serene calm. His squadmates remark that this is because he's a born cold-hearted killer.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He fired off two short bursts, maybe around seven rounds total, from a a moving vehicle at man-sized targets about 200 meters away, and he hit what he was aiming at. Walt lampshades this when he calls Trombley a "cold-on, dead eyed killer."
  • Kick the Dog: He attempts to literally do this with the use of high-velocity lead on many an occasion.
  • Lame Comeback: all the time.
  • My Girl Back Home: he's married to a Mexican girl and is planning on having kids after he comes back home from the war.
  • New Meat
  • Psychopathic Manchild: a rare non-villanous example.
    • On a related note, he's a self-professed cat lover.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: overlaps with Sociopathic Hero, since he is one of the protagonists.
  • Southern-Fried Private: Comes off like it, although at one point its mentioned he's actually from Michigan.
  • Token Evil Teammate

Evan "Rolling Stone" Wright

Played by: Lee Tergesen

A Rolling Stone reporter embedded with the 1st Recon Battalion of the USMC. The other Marines quickly warm up to him (especially once they learn he used to write for Hustler), though he still doesn't get to be one of the guys.

     Bravo Co., 2nd Platoon, Team One Bravo 

Sgt Antonio "Poke" Espera

Played by: Jon Huertas
"The real story of Pocahontas is about a bunch of white boys who come to my land, bribe the corrupt Indian chief, kill off all the warriors and fuck the Indian princess silly."

Assistant squad leader to Colbert, and the leader of Team One Bravo. He's efficient, professional and, much like Person, prone to spewing rants at the drop of the hat (most of them about how the white man screws everyone else over). He's also an Afghanistan vet like Colbert and Person.

Cpl Gabriel "Gabe" Garza

Played by: Rey Valentin

Starts the series as the gunner on Colbert’s team, but is eventually transferred to Espera’s team, where he mans the Humvee's M2 .50 cal machine gun.

  • Alliterative Name
  • The Big Guy
  • Friend or Foe: comes under fire from members of Alpha Company at one point, after they mistake him for an Iraqi due to his dark skin color and the general tension of fighting deep in enemy territory. (In the series, this incident is elaborated with Garza having appropriated an Iraqi helmet for use, likely to avoid Unfortunate Implications).
  • Specs of Awesome: he's the only character in the series who wears glasses, which makes him easy to identify.

Cpl Jason Lilley

Played by: Kellan Lutz

The driver of Bravo Vehicle 02 who undertakes the task of filming the invasion in the hopes of selling it to some news channel later on.

Cpl Nathan Christopher

Cpl Hector Leon

    Bravo Co., 2nd platoon, Team 2 

Lt Nathaniel "Nate" Fick

Played by: Stark Sands
"Most people in America right now probably think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel, it's pretty safe. So to us, Iraq is a safe country."

The commander of Bravo's 2nd platoon. Clear-headed and logical, he often gets in trouble for questioning the inane orders of the higher command.

Gunnery Sergeant Mike "Gunny" Wynn

Played by: Marc Menhaca

Platoon gunnery sergeant and the driver of Vehicle 04.

Sgt Larry Shawn "Pappy" Patrick

Played by: Josh Barrett

Team 2's squad leader who doubles as the platoon scout sniper.

Sgt Rodolfo "(Fruity) Rudy" Reyes

Played by: Rudy Reyes
"I don't dress like no goddamn pimp queen! I wear clothes that are body conscious".

A bubbly (yet super-manly) spotter to Pappy's sniper who also serves as the driver for V03. He's fond of New Age philosophy and keeping fit, and joined the Marines "for idealism and romance".

Cpl James Chaffin

Played by: Eric Ladin

Sgt Michael “Budweiser” Brunmeier

Played by: Justin Shaw

Cpl Anthony “Manimal” Jacks

Played by: Rich McDonald

Mans V03's main gun.

Evan ”Q-Tip” Stafford

Played by: Wilson Bethel

A Marine from Tampa, FL, who identifies strongly with the black culture (especially the music and philosophies of Tupac Shakur).

PFC John Christenson

Played by: Daniel Fox

The youngest (and lowest-ranking) member of Bravo's 2nd platoon, most often seen in the company of Stafford.

    Bravo Co., 2nd Platoon, Team 3 

Sgt Steven Lovell

Played by: Langley Kirkwood

Team leader of Team 3.

Sgt Leandro “Shady B” Baptista

Played by: Mike Figueroa

The Brazilian driver of V05.

Corpsman 2nd Class Second Class Timothy "Doc" Bryan

Played by: Jonah Lotan

A navy hospitalman who serves as 2nd Platoon's medical support. He has tons of common sense, a caring heart and a remarkable ability to criticize his superiors to their faces.

  • Badass Moustache
  • Brutal Honesty: On top of his open criticism of their commanding officers, he once told Rolling Stone, who was previously having certain... problems with his suit, "Reporter, you are possibly the biggest fuck-up I have encountered."
  • The Conscience/The Heart
  • Fiery Redhead: While he's usually calm and collected, his tendency to harshly and angrily insult superior officers ("You dumb motherfucker, sir, even the most brute-fuck marine knows Danger Close") cements him as this.
  • The Medic
    • Combat Medic: He himself carries a weapon and fights as well as any other man in the platoon.
  • Nice Hat: His bandana of badassitude.
  • With Due Respect: He speaks his mind to his incompetent superiors and doesn't bother with including any "due respect" because, as far he's concern, they don't deserve his respect.

Cpl Teren “T” Holsey

Played by: Sydney Hall

Corporal Michael Stinetorf

Played by: Bjorn Steinbach

     Other members of Bravo Company 

Captain Craig “Encino Man” Schwetje

Played by: Brian Wade

Bravo’s CO - a former intelligence officer put in a position he is distinctly unsuited for.

Gunnery Sgt “Casey Kasem” Griego

Bravo Company Operations Chief. He's Encino Man’s senior enlisted man and is similarly disrespected by the Marines.

Captain Dave "Captain America" McGraw

Played by: Eric Nenninger

The inept commander of Bravo’s 3rd platoon, prone to bouts of hysteria and stupidity. Due to his higher rank, he has the right to order Fick and his men about — a right that he doesn’t hesitate to abuse.

Sgt Eric Kocher

One of 3rd platoon team leaders.

  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: he is infinitely more capable than his platoon commander.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Eric actively tries to counteract the dangerous idiocy of Captain America including slugging him in the jaw to prevent his execution of a prisoner. On another occasion Captain America psychologically tortures a prisoner as Kocher stares on horrified and tries to talk him out of it. The entire team is reported as Kocher is suspended whilst Captain America retains his position.
  • Only Sane Man: in his relationship with Captain America.
  • Sergeant Rock

    Other battalion members 

Lt. Colonel “Godfather” Ferrando

Played by: Chance Kelly

Previously a commander of the parade ground at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington DC, now the man in charge of 1st Recon battalion. He's the highest ranking officer in the field and answers directly to General Mattis.

  • Colonel Badass
  • Glory Seeker: in the book, the men speculate he’s trying to get his men killed on purpose.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a very distinct low voice due to having had throat cancer.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: It varies from one scene to another; his decisions are not very popular with the Marines, but he’s definitely competent and he'll often come to some sort of compromise.
  • Third-Person Person: He often refers to himself as "Godfather" or "Ferrando."
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to think he's in charge of an armoured infantry unit instead of a light recon unit. In fact, if he had been put in charge of armoured infantry, his orders and tactics would be perfectly valid.

Major Todd Eckloff

Played by: Benjamin Busch

Battalion XO.

  • Death Glare: Shuts up a panicking Captain America with one
  • Majorly Awesome
  • Pink Mist: The result of him using his below mentioned shotgun on an Iraqi soldier in the book
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Carries a Benelli automatic twelve-gauge shotgun in the book and more than proves it's effectiveness when called upon.

Sgt Major John Sixta

Played by: Neal Jones

1st Recon Battalion Sergeant Major.

Captain Bryan Patterson

Played by: Michael Kelly.

CO of Alpha Company.

Sgt Christopher Wasik

The battalion driver, famous for his characteristic Hitler ‘stache.

Lt Alex Aubin

Battalion Surgeon.


Played by: Nabil Elouahabi

The 19-year-old Kuwaiti Battalion Translator.

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