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The Best Fictional Marines

Updated June 28, 2019 1.8k votes 193 voters 2.7k views24 items

The motto of the United States Marine Corps is semper fidelis, meaning "always faithful," but the motto of most marine movies is definitely semper badass. There are hundreds of films depicting the struggles and triumphs of some of the best marines (both fictional and real). In fact, some of the greatest marine characters just so happen to be some of the best characters ever written. Period. Movies starring marines like A Few Good Men and Full Metal Jacket remain classics decades after their release.

But that brings us to now. Given all these marines, who is the greatest marine character of all time? Who would you most want by your side in the mud or sand battling insurgents? Whether they're drill sergeants, lieutenants, or even disgruntled vets, we've compiled a list of some of the best marines and need your help in voting the best characters up to the top. 

So hop to it, marines, and vote up your favorite characters. And if your favorite fictional marine isn't listed, go ahead and add them to the list!

  • 1
    128
    24

    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

    Full Metal Jacket
  • 2
    81
    32

    John Stryker

    Sands Of Iwo Jima
  • 3
    66
    31

    James T. "Joker" Davis

    Full Metal Jacket
  • 4
    58
    25

    John Triton

    The Marine
  • 5
    42
    18

    Sgt. Joe Enders

    Windtalkers
  • 6
    42
    20

    Animal Mother

    Full Metal Jacket
  • 7
    43
    22

    Lt. Jonathan Kendrick

    A Few Good Men
  • 8
    36
    14

    Robert Leckie

    The Pacific
  • 9
    43
    23

    Creasy

    Man on Fire
  • 10
    49
    38

    Jack Ryan

    The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games

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  • 11
    39
    27

    Hayes Hodges III

    Rules of Engagement
  • 12
    58
    54
  • 13
    22
    10

    Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore

  • 14
    55
    54

    Nathan R. Jessup

    A Few Good Men
  • 15

    More Cpl. Dwayne Hicks 

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  • 16
    36
    35

    Col. Terry L. Childers

    Rules of Engagement
  • 17
    34
    35

    Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence

    Full Metal Jacket
  • 18
    48
    53

    Frank Castle Sr.

    The Punisher
  • 19
    20
    26
  • 20
    39
    59

    Jason Bourne

    The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

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  • 21
    9
    19

    Sam Cahill

    Brothers
  • 22
    36
    65

    Maj. Benson Payne

    Major Payne
  • 23
    10
    23

    Jake Carter

    The Marine 3: Homefront, The Marine 4: Moving Target
  • 24
    15
    33

    Ron Kovic

    Born on the Fourth of July