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The Shadow Boss's personal army of mindless morons. They patrol the Colossus's tail, eager to repel attackers.
~ Official description from the manual

The Shadow Marine is an enemy in Battletoads/Double Dragon. They are members of the Shadow Warriors wearing space suits who guard the exterior of the Colossus.


Shadow Marines are the very first enemies encountered in the game. While they're not particularly difficult to defeat, their lunging punches and "human drill" attacks can take a chunk of the player's health. They can also stomp and knock the player off the Colossus if the latter is hanging from the edge of the ship's tail.

Shadow Marines reappear in the final stage, just before the battle against the Dark Queen.



  • In the NES and Game Boy versions of the game, some of the Shadow Marines from the later portions of Level 1 are drawn differently from the initial type, as they wear astronaut-like helmets in lieu of their usual hoods. These alternate types are absent in the Super NES and Sega Genesis versions.
  • Even though they wear futuristic space suits and despite reappearing at the end of the game, guarding the Dark Queen's lair, the manual's description states that Shadow Marines belong to the Shadow Boss's personal army, thus making them belong to the Double Dragon franchise rather than Battletoads, as they may give the impression at first glance.

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