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{{Lookfor|[[Tauren (disambig)|Other uses of the word "tauren"]]}}
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[[File:TaurenMarine SC2 Art1.jpg|thumb|A tauren marine]]
The '''tauren marine''' was an [[April Fool]]'s joke pulled off by [[Blizzard Entertainment]]. It was portrayed as a [[terran]] unit in [[StarCraft II]].
[[File:TaurenMarine_SC2_Head1.jpg|thumb|A tauren marine]]
In the old [[Terran Confederacy]], [[marine]]s were mostly criminals or rebels who had undergone mandatory [[neural resocialization]]. Freed from any previous allegiances or ideologies, these fearless soldiers stood ready to defend Confederate interests with their lives but exhibited an annoying tendency toward petty larceny, vandalism, and occasional cannibalism. Confederate authorities were unable to requisition enough reliable troopers in this way, and eventually recruiters turned to a new source of fresh meat for the grinder.
The obscure planet of [[Azeroth]] was found to harbor a dizzying selection of humans, mutants, and aliens in a state of perpetual superstition and conflict. The most physically imposing of these warrior races were the so-called "[[tauren]]", an anthropomorphic bovine genotype with super-human stamina, overpowered racial combat abilities, and bizarrely well-developed horticultural skills.
While most tauren were satisfied with their agrarian culture and primitive existence, the Confederacy was able to lure away large numbers of young bulls for a life of adventure and violence along the galactic rim. Other tauren referred to these adventurers as 'mad cows,' and they were ostracized from the rest of their kin. The newly created tauren marines didn't care--they got neat-looking armor and [[Impala rifle|big guns]] to own everyone else with. These beefy new soldiers became an integral part of the Confederate military, and have managed to horn in on the roles traditionally filled by [[firebat]]s and other infantry units.
They are often seen with another type of alien creatures called [[murlok]]s. It is unknown whether they are mercenaries or mascots. Given that the murlok is seen with a blaster, it is possible that the murloks are indeed mercenaries.<ref>StarCraft II: [ Tauren Marine]. Accessed on 2008-01-04</ref>
==Game Unit==
|name=Tauren Marine
|image=TaurenMarine SC2 Rend1.jpg
|role=Mad Cow
|faction={{FlagConfederacy}} [[Terran Confederacy]] (formerly)<br/>
{{FlagPanTerran}} LVL80TSM!
|weapon=[[Impala rifle]]
The tauren marine is not available in melee or campaign maps. They are available in the [[Galaxy|map editor]], however, without a unit portrait (unless the player has the Collector's Edition).
Tauren marines have the same [[stimpack]] ability as terran marines.
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The idea for tauren marines stemmed from a piece of promotional artwork by [[Samwise Didier]] for the band [[Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain]]. This sparked the interest of [[Phill Gonzales]] and he began modelling a tauren marine unit in his free time. He was given permission to use it for an [[April Fool's]] joke, and things took off from there.<ref>2010, [ Starcraft 2: Tauren Space Marine]. ''Deviantart'', accessed on 2011-07-20</ref>
Tauren marines were trained from the [[mulgore]], taking on the role of shock troops. In a video of them on the official StarCraft II website, they displayed [[splash damage]], and a group of five of them were seen completely devastating a small terran base.
==Known Tauren Marines==
[[File:TaurenMarine SC2 Game1.jpg|thumb|Tauren being studied by the Dominion]]
A tauren marine appears in the ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]]'' mission, [[Zero Hour]], as an Easter egg. It disappears into an [[tauren outhouse|outhouse]]. Selecting the outhouse several times will cause it to liftoff.<ref name="WoL_ZeroHour">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Zero Hour]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref> Another appears in the secret mission, "[[Piercing the Shroud]]", in the bottom left corner of the room with the [[brutalisk]].<ref name="WoL_PierceShroud">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Piercing the Shroud]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
The tauren marine appears in a television commercial in ''StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty'' story mode.<ref name ="SC2_NewsFlash">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. General newscasts, post-[[A Sinister Turn]] (in English). 2010.</ref>
One named [[L80ETC]] will appear in [[Blizzard DotA]].<ref name = "BC10Map">StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. [ BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Custom Maps and Editor Panel]. ''StarCraft Legacy.'' Accessed 2010-10-23.</ref>
The tauren is available as a [[Portrait|player portrait]] for those that bought the [[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty #Collector's Edition|StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector's Edition]].
The tauren marine stems from the race of [[w:c:warcraft:Tauren|tauren]] in StarCraft's counterpart ''[[Warcraft]]'' universe.
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