Franchise: Starship Troopers
"Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em! I'm-a burnin' them down!"Starship Troopers has spanned across multiple media related franchises. It started off with the politically controversial Robert A. Heinlein novel. It was later followed by a short-lived (and quasi-legal) Anime adaptation, a polarizing Paul Verhoeven film and its sequels, and a CGI animated TV series, and a newer CGI film. There was also a pair of table-top strategy games that had some limited success, a d20 System RPG, and at least two computer games. There was even a comic book series done by three different publishers.The various forms of media tend to share the general theme and look of the Verhoeven film while frequently blending it with elements from the book.The movie was so popular that there was a even a toy series based on the movie.Not to be confused with that song by a prog-rock band (which in any case was "Starship Trooper" singular), or the pop hit "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper" by Sarah Brightman.If you came here through a link, please go back and point it to the proper work page.
The BookStarship TroopersThe work that started the entire franchise. Written by Robert A. Heinlein, a noted science fiction author. The book explores a variety of political, social, and military themes. It is often noted as being controversial for said themes. Examples include citizenship gained via serving in the militarynote , co-ed service which at the time was quite controversial, themes of corporal punishment such as public lashings, and other than the Lensman being one of the first notable use of power armor in literature. The book is notably popular among the members of the U.S. military.
Starship TroopersThe film that "parodied" the book. Verhoeven was critical of the themes and did his best to make fun of the book. The end result was seen more as over the top Sci-fi popcorn-action shlock then a worthy satire. The film gained a large following leading to spin offs the franchise in various ways.There were two Live-Action sequels, then the animated sequel listed below. The film plots were:Starship Troopers - The Federation is going to war! Buenos Aires was hit by an asteroid sent by those dirty bugs! We're gonna ship out to Klendathu, the bug homeworld, and wipe out every last stinking bug we see!Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation - (An all new cast!) The last remaining survivors of a Mobile Infantry force are taking cover in an abandoned outpost, waiting for a transport to escape an approaching bug army. Unfortunately, they don't realise that there's a new kind of bug, a parasitic mind-controlling bug, and they want to go back to Earth, too...Starship Troopers 3: Marauder - Sky Marshall Omar Anoke is on a tour, performing his smash hit "It's A Good Day To Die! (When you know the reasons why!)" to the frontline troops. His ship is forced to make an emergency crash-landing on a bug-infested world, where his guard are picked off one by one, struggling to survive till a rescue party gets there. Meanwhile, Johnny Rico returns to lead the new Marauder power-suit team. But will he reach the Sky Marshall in time!?
The SeriesRoughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles
The AnimeStarship TroopersThe anime more closely followed the book to a point. It had powered armor more inline with what the book envisioned. The bugs even had energy weapons. However the bugs start the war via a series of attacks on civilian and military targets, which is more in line with the main plot driver of the movie.
The All-CGI MovieStarship Troopers: Invasion
The Strategy Game
This 1976 Avalon Hill game used the conflict-zones of the book as a setting, without getting into anything beyond the strategy/tactics of warfare with the Powered Armor and other tech-items. It was one of Avalon Hill's entry level games, meaning that its seven levels could be easily set up and played in under a couple of hours. For a stone strategy gamer it wasn't very satisfying. You had to practically try to lose, for the Bugs or Skinnies to come out the winner. Some issues of The General (Avalon Hill's in-house magazine) included new scenarios along with rules for orbital bombardment, neo-dogs, and Bug and Terran heavy weapons, among other things.