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"You want a piece of me, boy?"

- Terran marine(src)

A marine

Marines are a type of terran infantry.


"Work hard, play hard, die young... but not today!"

- Terran marine(src)

A marine during the Brood War

Regarded as foundational units,[1] marines compose the bulk of most terran front-line forces, ranging from officially government-sanctioned units, local militias,[2] and private security firms, to pirates,[3] renegades and mercenaries. Koprulu sector marines are generally equipped with powered armor suits and rapid-fire C-14 rifles. The suit provides full life-support and NBC protection, allowing marines to deploy into environments that would otherwise be inimical to human life.[2] Massed marines form a flexible and highly effective fighting force for both offensive and defensive operations against both ground and air targets.[3]

Despite such material investment into each marine, they tend to have extremely short combat lives, the expectancy being mere seconds.[4] To improve their effectiveness and odds of survival, many marines make heavy use of stimpacks.[2]

Known Branches[]

"Marines are the first line of defense for the terran worlds of the sector. Comprised of convicts, rebels and patriots alike, they're always ready for a fight."


The following known organizations employ marines:

Terran Confederacy[]

"The Marines? The Marines are the biggest collection of criminals outside of the Tarsonis City Council!"

Confederate Marine Corps recruiting poster

A significant proportion of the Confederate Marine Corps was manned by "culturally challenged" individuals who had undergone neural resocialization[2] via brain surgery, implants such as aggression inhibitors, and resocialization tanks.[5] Counseling and drug therapy were also used to help overcome criminal and/or anti-social tendencies.[6] Despite this source of manpower, it was not always sufficient to replace battlefield losses, and instances of law-abiding persons being conscripted and subjected to "resoc" were not unknown.[5] In any case, volunteers were few.[7]

Some marines had barcodes tattooed or branded onto their foreheads.[8]

By the time of the protoss attack on Chau Sara, each Confederate marine was officially issued a CMC-300/CMC-400 combat suit and a C-14 rifle. The slugthrower was a common sidearm.[7] Confederate marines did not require a PEB (Preferred Experience Base) to enlist (or be conscripted as the case often was).[9]

Terran Dominion[]

"A marine's work is not all fun and games. He has a duty as well...and that duty is to every world in the Terran Dominion, no matter how small."

- Major Tom Hawkins(src)

Dominion marines in battle against the zerg

The fall of the Confederacy and its replacement by the Dominion (the Confederate Marine Corps being replaced by the Dominion Marine Corps respectively) has seen an increase in volunteer recruitment, but not enough to supplant "resoc" conscription. Marines continue to use variants of the C-14 rifle many years after the Brood War, along with the inclusion of M98 ballistic alloy combat shields in their arsenal.[10] At some point, the slugthrower was replaced by the more powerful flak pistol.[11] Recruits and conscripts considered too scrawny or weak for the Marine Corps were given steroid and stimulant treatments in order to increase their muscle mass. Criminal recruits were given no R&R time.[12]

After the Brood War, the Dominion developed a modified Quantradyne APOD-33 dropship, the medivac dropship, to increase the survivability of medics and keep marines in the field longer.[13] The success of the medivac design led to their adoption by the other Koprulu terran factions,[14] though medics were still fielded due to the medivac being expensive to deploy.[15] The Dominion Special Forces also keep a large cadre of marines with specialist equipment, and while they do not serve long those marines agree there is never a dull moment.[16] Specialist marines with advanced technology were given to Nova Terra's Covert Ops Crew during the Defenders of Man Insurgency.[17]

Dominion marines continued to be the first line of defense to the terran nations and groups of the sector well after the End War. During the reign of Emperor Valerian Mengsk, the practice of resocialization was outlawed among the Dominion Marine Corps. Marines at the time were known to also make use of the CMC-400 powered combat suit.[3]

United Earth Directorate[]

A UED marine

UED marines, known as "smiths,"[18] bore similar-looking equipment to the same standards as their colonial counterparts, and were supported by elite combat medics in their tactical units. The improved survivability of UED marines inspired Koprulu terran forces to adopt medics in a similar fashion.[4] Their armor was an advanced CMC-400A Powered Combat Suit, which contained advanced power cells, a heavy outer and inner shell, and an onboard artificial intelligence named the CMC 5000 "HAITE" System.[18] At least some marines among the UED Expeditionary Fleet were controlled through aggression inhibitors.[19]

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Instead of the C-14 gauss rifle, they are equipped with the C-141 AC Gauss Rifle, the C-150 Ronin pistol serving as a sidearm.[20]


A Raiders marine

The Kel-Morian Combine was fielding marines by the Brood War,[21] as opposed to more irregular units during the Guild Wars.[22]

The Umojan Protectorate marines are equipped with their own type of armor,[23][24][25] as opposed to the standard CMC designs of past years.[26]

Other organizations such as mercenary and rebel units have made use of marines. These include the Sons of Korhal,[27] Raynor's Raiders,[28] the Knights of Tyrador,[16] the War Pigs,[29] the Moebius Foundation,[30] Mira's Marauders, and the Mar Sara Separatists.[31]

Mercenary marines often carry bladed rifles, largely for intimidation and use in backwater bar fights.[16]

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The Alliance Marine Corps appears to be a relatively small force, free of practices such as neural resocialization. The C-14 rifle is the standard issue weapon for Alliance marines, though the E-9 rifle and C-7 pistol are also in their arsenal.[32]

Game Unit[]


An early beta screenshot. The marines/marauders are in the bottom right hand corner

For StarCraft gameplay information see: Marine (StarCraft).
For StarCraft in-game quotations see: StarCraft I Marine Quotations.

Many changes were made to units and structures throughout the StarCraft alpha and beta and the marine was no exception. In the early beta, marines were known as marauders (possibly a reference to the homonymous armor used by the mobile infantry in the novel from the 1959 novel Starship Troopers). By mid-beta, the title of the marauder had changed to Terran Space Marine mk 2 .[33]

The term marauder was resurrected for a StarCraft II unit.[34]

By late beta, the marine bore great resemblance to its current version. However, they were stated to possess a pressurized power suit and chain-gun cannons instead of the CMC Powered Combat Suit and C-14 rifle, respectively. In addition, they were stated to possess gravity boots.[33]

In-game, marines behave similarly to the marines from Aliens, even quoting lines from the film. One of these is "How do I get out of this chickenshit outfit?"

StarCraft: Ghost[]

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This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
The content may be significantly out of date. Please do not add speculation to this article, and remember to cite a published source for details.

For StarCraft: Ghost in-game quotations see: StarCraft Ghost Marine Quotations.

The marine in StarCraft: Ghost

The marine in StarCraft: Ghost is a heavily armored, slowly moving unit, compared to the more lightly-equipped light infantry unit.[11][35] Marines carry powerful gauss rifles that may be equipped with grenade launchers. The marines can also carry flak pistols that inflict area-of-effect damage.[36]

In the Invasion Mode, light infantry could "upgrade" into a marine at a cost of two points.[35]

StarCraft II[]

For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Marine (StarCraft II).
For StarCraft II in-game quotations see: StarCraft II Marine Quotations.


The marine was a playable unit in Ares.[37]


Warcraft III[]

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The following section contains information from the Warcraft series and is not canon.

Main article: Marine (Warcraft III)

Marines appeared in Warcraft III as a map-editor unit.

Heroes of the Storm[]

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The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm and is not canon to StarCraft continuity

Heroes of the Storm marines

Marines appeared in early builds of Heroes of the Storm.[38] They currently appear as ranged minions in Braxis Holdout and Warhead Junction.[39]

Known Marines[]

A marine

Main article: Terran marines




  • Marines make a cameo appearance in the Blizzard game Overwatch, on the arcade machines named Siege Mode 3.[40]
  • Marine action figures and cups can be found scattered around in the Blizzard World map in Overwatch. When shot, the action figures give the marine death sound.
  • The marines of StarCraft have often been compared to their counterparts in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. According to Samwise Didier, while it is possible that the Space Marines may have provided some artistic inspiration for terran marines during development, Blizzard's style for marines (at least in the first game) was to make them "look like hybrids from civil war southern statesmen, bikers and cowboys." The marines were also at least partly designed to exemplify how the terrans were antithical to the (generally) peaceful races of the Star Trek franchise. He also pointed out that space marines are a pre-established sci-fi trope.[41]


  • A marine scale 1/30 model is available from Nucle Entertainment and ACADEMY Hobby Model Kits.[18]
  • A marine bottle cap figure is available from Kotobukiya.[43]
  • Two StarCraft marine figures were available, one with blue armor and one modeled after the red marine from the race selection screen.[44]
  • The noobz line of toys sold at BlizzCon 2009 were based on the model of the marine.[45]
  • A set of marine plastic "army men" were sold on the store, and are still available on Amazon.[46]
  • Marine toddler shirts and onesies are sold on the store.[47]


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