Military

The Best Fictional Marines  

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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!

list ordered by
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Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman Full Metal Jacket
2
John Stryker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
John Stryker Sands Of Iwo Jima
3
James T.
Full Metal Jacket
4
Bob Lee Swagger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Shooter
5
Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger
6
Nathan R. Jessup is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Nathan R. Jessup A Few Good Men
7
Robert Leckie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Robert Leckie The Pacific
8
Hayes Hodges III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Hayes Hodges III Rules of Engagement
9
Cpl. Dwayne Hicks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
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Sgt. Joe Enders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Sgt. Joe Enders Windtalkers
11
Animal Mother is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Full Metal Jacket
12
Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore
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Col. Terry L. Childers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Col. Terry L. Childers Rules of Engagement
14
Frank Castle Sr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Frank Castle Sr. The Punisher
15
John Triton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
John Triton The Marine
16
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Ultimatum
17
Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawr... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
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Maj. Benson Payne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Maj. Benson Payne Major Payne
19
Lt. Jonathan Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Lt. Jonathan Kendrick A Few Good Men
20
Creasy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Man on Fire
21
Anthony Swofford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
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Sam Cahill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Sam Cahill Brothers
23
Ron Kovic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Born on the Fourth of July
24
Jake Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Marines
Jake Carter The Marine 3: Homefront, The Marine 4: Moving Target, The Marine 5: Battleground