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!
Gunnery Sergeant HartmanFull Metal Jacket
John StrykerSands Of Iwo Jima
John TritonThe Marine
Sgt. Joe EndersWindtalkers
Lt. Jonathan KendrickA Few Good Men
Robert LeckieThe Pacific
Hayes Hodges IIIRules of Engagement
Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore
Nathan R. JessupA Few Good Men
Col. Terry L. ChildersRules of Engagement
Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' LawrenceFull Metal Jacket
Frank Castle Sr.The Punisher
Maj. Benson PayneMajor Payne
Jake CarterThe Marine 3: Homefront, The Marine 4: Moving Target