|Locations||Seaside Megalopolis when not possessing the essence of cute|
|Monster Parts||arm, head, leg, torso|
|Quest||essence of fright|
|Manuel||space marine flash grenade|
This is a roughnecked, jarheaded Space Marine. You know, they're the kind who are always getting sent on a bug hunt, a bug hunt, man! Game over, man! Game over!
Anyway, this particular Space Marine just showed the rest of his platoon a picture of his sweetheart, who just found out she's pregnant, and who he can't wait to see again as soon as he does one last mission. So, y'know, don't feel bad about taking him out; he's doomed.
Some kind of freaky alien thing pops out of his chest! It lands in front of you with a wet *splat,* bares its teeth, and hisses at you. Terrifying! Ow! Ooh! Ugh! Ooh! (spooky damage)
He hops in an all-terrain vehicle and drives over you. Blame it on terrain, I guess. Ouch! Oof! Argh! Ow!
He runs out of ammo and is forced to bludgeon you with a nearby crowbar. Low-tech, but effective. Ooh! Ouch! Ouch! Argh!
He screams a warrior cry as he pumps you full of lead. Look on the bright side, though -- now you can use your finger as a pencil! Ugh! Oof! Ow! Ow!
He fires several short, controlled bursts at your <ear>. You let out several long, uncontrolled yelps of pain. Ouch! Ow! Ow! Ouch!
He runs toward you, firing approximately eight hojillion rounds a second from his big freakin' space machine gun. You fall to the ground, and he stands over you thrusting his pelvis at your face. What a jerk. Eek! Argh! Eek!
A freaky alien thing pops out of the marine's chest, but it just grabs a top hat and cane and does a little soft-shoe.
He hops into an all-terrain vehicle, but can't figure out how to drive it and crashes immediately.
He runs out of ammo for his space machine gun and has to go explore the streets until he finds an ammo pack.
He stops fighting to rearrange the thirty dozen items in his inventory.
He shouts, "they're coming out of the walls, man!" and wildly shoots everything except you.
You ask him how come he's called a 'marine' when he's up on a spaceship, and not on a boat in the ocean. "You see, 'marine' means 'pertaining to the sea,' so it makes no sense in this case," you say. He grunts, perplexed. (FUMBLE!)
|You acquire an item: facehugging alien (25% chance)*|
|You acquire an item: physiostim pill (?% chance)*|
|You acquire an item: essence of fright|
|You gain some <substat>.|
Occurs at Seaside Megalopolis.
- The essence of fright drops if you attack with a Ruby Rod after the monster's sole elemental attack (or corresponding miss message). It will not be listed with the other items obtained.
- The corresponding miss message is "A freaky alien thing pops out of the marine's chest, but it just grabs a top hat and cane and does a little soft-shoe."
- "Game over, man!", "bug hunt", and the "freaky alien thing" are references to Aliens.
- The alien thing's song-and-dance number, however, references a scene in Spaceballs, which itself parodies Alien.
- Much of this monster is a reference to many first-person shooter games that feature space marines, primarily Halo:
- Several messages reference Mass Effect's all-terrain vehicle and its famously unwieldy and overreactive control scheme.
- Gordon Freeman of the Half-Life series, though not a space marine, is well-known for using a crowbar as a weapon.
- The "ammo pack" miss message refers to a common practice in first-person shooter games with limited ammo supplies.
- Similarly, Mass Effect has the protagonist picking up improbable amounts of weapons, tools, armor, and components very quickly in the game with a difficult-to-use inventory system.
- The critical hit message references teabagging, the act of squatting over a dead player to humiliate them.
- The all-terrain hit message is a play on the song title "Blame It On The Rain."