Trident Corporation
Trident Soldiers.jpg
Trident Corporation Soldiers
Publication information
Publisher Japan Shogakukan
Canada United States VIZ Media (Defunct)
France Glenat (Defunct)
Germany Planet Manga
Hong Kong Jade Dynasty
Template:Country data Indonesia Elex Media
Template:Country data Malaysia Komik Remaja (Defunct)
Netherlands Big Balloon
Template:Country data Singapore Chuang Yi (English)
Template:Country data South Korea Junior Special Comics (Original), Daiwon C.I. & Gang Dok Mok? (Collector's Edition)
Spain Planeta DeAgostini
Template:Country data Taiwan Tong Li Publishing
First appearance Spriggan, Volume 3
Created by Hiroshi Takashige, Ryoji Minagawa
In-story information
Type of business Research and development company
Base(s) Under legal cover and funding from Clover Heavy Industries, Campbell Company and Takasumi Zaibatsu in their branches worldwide
Employee(s) Dary Graham (Trapped in alternate dimension, status unknown)[1]
Hedgehog
Jack the Ripper
Sidewinder
Thunderbolt
Bowman (Deceased)
Iwao Akatsuki (Defected, status unknown)

The Trident Corporation (三叉鉾・財団 Toraidento Saitan?) or informally known as Trident is a fictional corporation in Spriggan that has a presence spawning from North America all the way to Europe, Africa and Asia.

Specializing in hunting down known and unknown types of out-of-place artifacts from across the globe, their objective is to refine them into military-grade weapons for their clients. Their activities and conduct have brought them respect by various national militaries, including the US military and such, allows then to use their assets to cover their presence in certain areas/countries[2].

History

Early roots

Tracing itself back to its roots as an R&D division of NATO, Trident was a military equipment research group that specializes in creating or upgrading known NATO equipment. It soon went on its own due to the rising interest of locating existing out-of place artifacts. NATO officials soon declared Trident to be a renegade organization after finding out that the division had secretly branched out from NATO.

Rise to fame

Trident was soon known as Trident Corporation after its officials had gathered themselves under the direction of a Trident executive named Larry Markson. Now being funded by Campbell Company, the Clovers Heavy Industries and Takasumi Zaibatsu, the organization was able to amass platoons of Trident soldiers, consisting of regular and super-soldier operatives under the company's command as a military wing. One of Trident's new missions was to capture a young Jean Jacquemonde and extract some of his DNA as part of their genetic engineering research under their biological weapons program.

The organization soon recruited a number of super-soldier operatives, including Iwao Akatsuki and gave them military ranks as a means of distinguishing them from their regular Trident counterparts.

ARCAM adversary

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Trident soldiers getting ready to move out on an operation against ARCAM's Spriggans in Romania. Iwao Akatsuki, one of the corporation's most elite soldiers, is on the bottom right side.

As Trident continued to hunt down for hidden out-of place artifacts, they came across grounds with the ARCAM Corporation, trying to stop their plans of refining out-of place aritifacts as military weapons. The two have fought many times on numerous occasions on countries across the globe. Larry had utilized many means to eliminate ARCAM's Spriggans, including the recruitment of Jean's ex-father, Rick Bordeau, and Yu's ex-COSMOS combat instructor, Bowman, in order to silence them.

Reorganization

Trident had begun to reorganize their structure after Larry had covertly acquired the entire COSMOS unit from the United States military, merging them with their military wing as the company's special forces unit. COSMOS has been deployed twice on Japan, to go after Trident defector Iwao Akatsuki and Bo Brantz, and to kill Yu Ominae and Jean Jacquemonde. The two operations were done under Sho Kanaya, who was being used by Trident as the unit's leader by communicating with them through telepathy. The unit had failed twice, with the platoon leader following telepathic commands to commit suicide by using a grenade, hoping to take Yu with him. However, it never worked and Bo died of major wounds.

Last stand

Following the ascent of Henry Garnum into power as ARCAM's leading official, Larry Markson began to secretly collaborate with him in excavating out-of place artifacts from the South Pole. His plans, however, brought him into a near conflict with Jean if Yamamoto did not intervene to stop him from punching him.

Trident's excavation of the Fire Snake with the help of Percup Ramdi, Eva McMahon, Rie Yamabishi, Professor Mayzel and Ms. Margaret with Yoshino Somei had caused trouble for Rally as the coalition of Yu, Jean and Iwao teamed up for the last time to halt Larry's plans to destroy the entire planet. The trio had won the day, with Oboro and Takashi Ominae helping in by disabling Trident's ability to call for additional armed reinforcements.

Iwao had punched Larry as he attempted to escape via helicopter. But after nearly everyone from the excavation site had evacuated, Iwao had helped him get up on his feet. This is one of the many open-ended scenes; it does not answer whether Iwao has rejoined the Trident Corporation or not.

Inventions

Trident, like ARCAM and MJ-12, had secretly developed the Armored Machine Suit after studying combat data of Fatman and Little Boy against ARCAM forces in Turkey, using the Omihalcon metal to construct the suit.

Before development of the suit, Trident has made a line of indigenous high-tech assault rifles for its operatives[3]. Many of them are chambered in various caseless calibers.

Equipment

Trident soldiers are dressed in normal olive green BDUs with Trident insignias on their olive green berets and uniforms with ALICE gear. On high-risk operations, they are permitted to wear normal kevlar vests except the prototype Armored Machine Suits, as they are reserved for Trident's super soldiers.

They are also issued with a vast number of weapons, including the Steyr AUG family[4], the GIAT FAMAS F1,[5][6] the Heckler and Koch MP5 family[5][4][7] and the Colt M16 family.[5][8] In some missions, they are also issued with Trident's prototype assault rifles.[3]

Notable members

Officials

Operatives

- Bo Brantz temporarily joined Trident after the Kutheimer-led Neo-Nazi faction was wiped out.

References

  1. Spriggan Bunkoban Volume 4 - Lycanthrope Legacy (Shogakukan), page 244-245 - ISBN 4-09-126744-0 (in Japanese)
  2. Spriggan, Volume 7: The Forgotten Kingdom - Chuang Yi, ISBN 981-269-549-4, page 19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 In the Forest of No Return chapter, one of them had a Steyr ACR assault rifle. In reality, the rifle has not been developed and yet, Yu claims that it was an indigenous high-tech assault rifle. The only potential indigenous assault rifles are seen in Volume 11 when COSMOS soldiers under Trident control had access to these rifles.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Spriggan Bunkoban Volume 4 - Lycanthrope Legacy (Shogakukan), page 188-193 - ISBN 4-09-126744-0 (in Japanese)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "火器管理室". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  6. Spriggan Bunkoban Volume 6 - Spirit Planet (Shogakukan), page 236 - ISBN 4-09-126746-7 (in Japanese)
  7. Spriggan Bunkoban Volume 3 - Forest of No Return Arc (Shogakukan), page 29 - ISBN 4-09-126743-2 (in Japanese)
  8. Spriggan Bunkoban Volume 6 - Spirit Planet (Shogakukan), page 236 - ISBN 4-09-126746-7 (in Japanese)
  9. Near the end of the manga series, he was forced to defect in order to head off a plot by Larry Markson to unleash the power of the South Pole Shrine to bring an end to the world.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 These operators were believed to be involved with the Machiner's Platoon before they were recruited by Trident. See END OF EARSE's Machiner's Platoon entry under Word, M section. (in Japanese)

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