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There\'s some incorrect information about Russian name for Space Marines - \"desant\" is not exclusive to VDV, it\'s a way of delivering troops via transport by planes (aforementioned VDV), ships, various land vehicles, etc. So troops delivered through spaceships would be called \"kosmicheskiye desantniki\".
The main article doesn't mention the important role of the marine contingent as a last resort for enforcing discipline, especially on vessels detached independently on long cruises. Putting down or preventing mutinies and the like. Sailors can be armed for boarding or shore action, but the marines are better armed, trained, and disciplined.
The following example seems highly questionable:
No one has offered any support for this "example," so I am deleting it.
Removed the following example because it's completely bogus.
Why doesn't Firefly count as Space Marines?
Because it's about a group of civilians on board a cargo vessel.
I think he meant the purple bellies.
Should a new trope or subtrope be added say like "Space Ranger" where those whom would fit into the space marine archetype but are part of a different military branch would be classified? I.E. The Master Chief from Halo fits the general idea of a space marine but he himself is in the NAVY, or Buzz Lightyear: powered armor, has a did a drop from space in his cartoon, part of a military structure that is not the marines.
So the page image seems to now just show "No hotlinked images, please."
someone replaced the image pickin decided one with a hotlinked image. have reverted and raised on Ask The Tropers
Anyone else think page quote is kinda crap since it really seems to have nothing to do with Space Marines unless you know the context?
Much rather the WH 40 K quote myself.
A return to a 40K Space marine image and quote [which Starcraft is based on] would be much better for the page.
I'd like to add my voice to a return to a 40K quote at the very least. The Starcraft image isn't quite so bad since it's a pretty good representation of the standard Space Marine look in sci-fi, but the current Halo quote (Halsey's speech) is hardly a good example.
As would I.
Removed this example: dragonriders are not space marines.
There are no dragons in the wheel of time.
They are closer to living planes [ala Warhammer40000] anyway.
Moved the Mass Effect example to A Space Marine Is You: as a spectre agent Shepard does not fit the Space Marine character — see note above about generic FPS characters and the change of trope definition.
Um, aren't they all marines who work in space and ones who are in the command structure of Admirals and ship-commanding Captains? I know you put Ashley back but notice how the other two also spend all their time involved in "mobile deployment, boarding hostile ships, securing ports — including Space Stations." Plus the fact that they are called "Marines" and they work in "Space."
Removed the following example: Duke isn't a Space Marine and finding a dead Doomguy is not a fully developed send-up of the trope since Doomguy doesn't inherit much from the trope and the scene is just a corpse and the one line "That's one Doomed Space Marine." It's just a fun Take That! / Shout-Out. This example probably made more sense before we removed the focus on generic
FPS characters to A Space Marine Is You.
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