Starship Troopers Wiki

Starship Troopers Wiki is dedicated to the novel Starship Troopers and its related media, including the film series based on the book, a television series and numerous games based on either the book or film as well as merchandise.

What is Starship Troopers?

Starship Troopers was written by Robert Heinlein in 1959. Set in the future, a teenager joins Earth's military in a war against a race of giant insect-like aliens known as "Pseudo-Arachnids". The book has gained notability for its controversial view of warfare and suffrage; in Heinlein's future, people must serve the Federation (whether it be military service, or some other form of public service) in order to vote or hold public office; classic American-style democracies had collapsed into anarchy long ago. Still, it is considered a classic of science-fiction literature and introduced several new concepts, including powered armour. It was also a punch in the face of Heilien's pacifistic-minded colleagues and military conscription.

In 1988, an original video anime Starship Troopers (宇宙の戦士 Uchū no Senshi, lit. "Universal Warriors", "Universal Soldiers", or "Soldier of Space") was released to commemorate the novel and its author by produced by Sunrise and Bandai Visual. It has only six episodes in length and featured Powered armor, designed by Studio Nue, almost precisely as it was described in the 1959 novel (aside from an inclusion of machine-guns and heavy auto-cannons as hand-held arms) and amorphous aliens who were not the Pseudo-Arachnid ("Bugs"), but an entirely different alien menace altogether. This series' last known release format was on VHS and LaserDisc and it was never released outside Japan.

In 1997, Paul Verhoeven directed a film adaptation of Heinlein's novel. Starring Casper van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Michael Ironside, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, and Clancy Brown, the film was a financial failure and just as controversial as the book, although taking a satirical approach, directly opposing Heinlein's views. However, the film was nominated for best special effects at the Academy Awards. Over the last decade, Starship Troopers has gained a cult following and has since spun off two direct-to-DVD sequels, a role-playing game, and numerous computer and board games.

In 1999, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, a CGI-animated television series was broadcast. Thematically, the series falls somewhere between the novel by Robert A Heinlein and the 1997 film adaptation directed by Paul Verhoeven (who served as executive producer for the series). It follows the exploits of the Mobile Infantry squad "Razak's Roughnecks" during the SICON-Arachnid war, and focuses mainly on the small actions in which the squad participates, rather than addressing the larger war.

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Isabel "Dizzy" Flores was one of Johnny Rico's highschool classmates. She was long infatuated by him and was the quarterback for the Buenos Aires fieldball team. Although she planned to play for Rio de Janeiro after graduating, Flores secretly joined the Mobile Infantry and successfully gained a transfer to Rico's training unit.


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