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The Rogue Warrior series of novels began with the real life biography of one Richard Marcinko, former Navy Commander who served in Vietnam, commanded SEAL Team Two and created the elite counterterrorist unit SEAL Team Six. He then put together Red Cell, reputedly a group with a two-tier purpose. The overt mission was to break into Air Force One, nuclear submarines, Camp David and other secure locations in mock terrorist attacks to test their security. Reputedly, their other mission was to find and eliminate terrorists.
Marcinko had a habit of pissing off the chain of command, who eventually spent $60 million trying to convict him of mutiny, something he actually did on numerous occasions. Though they failed, they were able to have Marcinko convicted for misappropriation of funds. Marcinko spent a year in prison, where he wrote his first New York Times bestselling book.
After the success of the first novel, Marcinko went on to create a series of fictional Self-Insert Fic spinoffs, where he fought rogue soldiers, Islamist terrorists, Russian mafia and neo-Nazis, and in his more recent novels, saved the world from George W. Bush and Fidel Castro.
In 2009, the Development Hell video game was released. Sadly, it failed to live up to the series.
Tropes associated with the Rogue Warrior:
- Adaptation Decay: After breaking off from his long time editor John Weisman, the books have gone into pure comic fantasy. In his first book alone, after saving Portland from a nuke and blackmailing the president, he does the nasty with his hot Distaff Counterpart.
- Badass Spaniard: Red, a female soldier who joins Marcinko's crew when he impersonates Fidel Castro. It says a lot about the series when she is one of the less badass characters portrayed.
- Cluster F-Bomb: It begins with a description of one of Marcinko's SEAL instructors being like this and it goes downhill from here.
You will fucking get this cocksucking motherfucking radio fucking fixed by the fucking morning or I will motherfucking fucking kick your motherfucking ass into fucking next fucking week.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Marcinko isn't shy about this, and those who do this that upset him is an indicator of them being a Complete Monster. The queen of this trope is undoubtedly a female SEAL in his first post-9/11 book, based on his wife.
- Groin Attack: Frequently, both given and taken. After all, it works.
- Self-Insert Fic: After his first autobiography. Although he maintains he actually did do the things he writes about or close to it, this goes completely out the window later in the series.
- Sliding Scale of Seriousness Versus Silliness: His first book and subsequent sequels verge on the serious side. After splitting from his long term editor the books become downright silly with Marcinko becoming a larger than life comic book character. His real life self help books on leadership go back to the serious.
- The Captain: Marcinko, both literally and literally. His character was frocked to it in one of his books, and real life he retired as a Commander-one step below Captain.
- Torture Technician: The aforementioned Trace Dahlgren, enough so to shock the stone-cold Marcinko.
- Write Who You Know: Many of Marcinko's friends and foes are either named or given code names or aliases.
Stevie Wonder is Steve Hartman
Duck Foot Dewey is Thomas Capel. Interestingly enough, his real name was used as a tango in Task Force Blue, a elite Staff Sergeant who was part of a plane hijacking.