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The Marine is a series of action films produced by WWE Studios starring various WWE wrestlers in the lead roles.

The first film, starring John Cena, was released theatrically by 20th Century Fox in 2006. A sequel was released on DVD starring Ted DiBiase Jr. in 2009. In 2013, a third movie was released on DVD/Blu Ray starring The Miz. A fourth movie was released in 2015 on DVD/Blu Ray with Miz returning, and also featured the first Diva in the series, Summer Rae. A fifth movie was released in 2017 on DVD/Blu Ray with Miz again returning, and also featured Miz's wife Maryse, Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas and Naomi. A sixth movie with Miz yet again returning and also featuring Becky Lynch and Shawn Michaels was announced in November 2017.

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  • Artistic License – Military
    • The slab-side M16 SP1 in the first movie was never used by the USMC. Also, the black uniform and jacket worn by Triton in the prologue is definitely not standard issue to the USMC, not even Force Recon, whom he is a part of. In addition, assuming that the film took place in 2006, when it was released, all of the marines in the base are seen wearing the M81 woodland pattern, no longer used by the USMC in 2004 and by the Army in 2005.
    • The urban camouflage seen in the second movie doesn't even look close to the actual MARPAT pattern.
  • Bald of Evil: Morgan. Also the two drug dealers in the woods and Damo.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Surprisingly averted. The first, fourth, and fifth films have one token Dark Action Girl among the bad guys and each one is killed off with as little fan fare as their male counterparts.
  • Numbered Sequels: There's "The Marine 2", "The Marine 3: Homefront", "The Marine 4: Moving Target", and "The Marine 5: Battleground".
  • Semper Fi: Big time. The movies show you that kidnapping the wife/relatives of a Marine is NOT a good idea.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: The first film is silly. All of the sequels are serious.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Being a WWE film series, you can expect a few wrestling moves in the fight scenes. The most egregious of which is Triton chokeslamming a mook to his death; both the camera angle and the fact that the mook smashes through a wooden dock disguise the fact that Cena is not as large as the wrestlers who usually do this move, like The Undertaker. Oddly, Cena doesn't use this move while actually wrestling.

    The Marine

John Triton (John Cena) is a veteran marine operative who is discharged from the Iraq War, despite his best wishes to remain. He returns to his wife (Kelly Carlson), who after a great big welcome home, suggests they take a vacation. Their paths cross with Rome (Robert Patrick), a diamond thief, and his cronies who are on the run from a previous heist. They steal Triton's ride and, of course, his wife. Triton must save his wife as he chases Rome through the South Carolina environment.

  • Black Comedy Rape: The reason Morgan hates rock candy? A camp counselor tempted him with it, then raped him.
  • Cool Car: The Chevy Camaro police cruiser that Triton hijacks for the car chase.
  • Improvised Weapon: Rome attacks Triton with a sledgehammer and a chainsaw during their climactic fight. Triton defends himself from the latter with a big wrench.
  • Large Ham: Robert Patrick is clearly having a ball playing Rome, and is clearly not taking the movie as seriously as Cena is.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: After Rome shoots Vescera, alligators appear to eat his body.
  • Noodle Incident: Morgan and rock candy.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The opening sequence has Triton freeing some comrades from captivity; when it is seemed like they are surrounded by enemies with no way out, one of them asks Triton, "How do we get around them?", Triton drops, "We don't; We go through them." He fires his gun at the camera...and the movie fast-forwards to after the incident.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Triton's down-to-earth wife Kate wears a denim jacket, white tank top, and jeans. Bad Girl Angela wears a leather getup with a leopard top. Compare.
  • Stock Footage: That gunship you see in the intro? Yep, it's taken straight from Rambo III.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In the opening scene John Triton is told to stand down on attacking a group of terrorist that have hostages till reinforcements can show up. John ignores that order and attacks anyway killing all the terrorist and saving all the hostages. Despite saving the hostages, John is then forced into having a honorable discharged since regardless of what, he still disobeyed a direct order from his superiors and put everyone at risk with his actions.
  • Unrated Edition: Such a labeled DVD case exists. However, the differences between it and the rated one are near-undetectable.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Triton, who throws Angela against the windshield of an oncoming bus.

    The Marine 2

  • Private Military Company: One is hired by Shoal to deal with the rebels. Predictably, the team gets backstabbed by one of them, and were killed off except Calob.

    The Marine 3: Homefront

  • Face Death with Dignity: Pope allows himself to be killed in the climax, knowing that the car bomb he's planted cannot be defused.
  • Jitter Cam: Justified in the scene where the FBI agents get slaughtered because some of it is shot from the agents' camera feed.
  • Police Are Useless: Or rather, FBI are useless. When the FBI decide to storm the hideout of the bad guys, Jake tells not to do it that way, since he's an expert in infiltration. They don't listen, some agents end up injured/killed.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Averted. Jake kills only one mook using the revolver given to him by Harkins.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Pope claims that his motivation is centered on ridding away greed and reclaiming personal responsibility.
    "Greed, people. It's a disease that is eating away at our nation from the top down. Personal responsibility. That's what builds a nation. No more, no less."
  • Word Sequel: Not only does it have three in the name, it's called "Homefront" as well.

    The Marine 4: Moving Target 

    The Marine 5: Battleground 

  • Disney Villain Death: Alonzo (played by Bo Dallas) gets thrown off the roof of the parking lot by Jake.

    The Marine 6: Close Quarters