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Gunnery Sergeant Roberta "Bobbie" W. Draper was a member of the Martian Marine Corps (MMC). Having been The toughest member of her squad and a disciplinarian when it comes to anyone acting out of line. She is a fiercely nationalistic Martian dedicated to the dream of terraforming the planet. Currently, she defected to the United Nations' government because of her nation's involvement in an inhumane project.
Bobby was born on Mars in the 24th century. Because military service is compulsory, she underwent military training. Over time, she moved up the chain of command to become one of the MMC's best soldiers.
Even before the situation between the UN and the MCR escalated to extreme levels, Bobbie believed that engaging into war against the Earthers was the only way to secure Mars' safety and continuation of the terraforming project.
She is known to having welcomed Travis into her squad, even though she knew that he originated from Earth, thus implying that she does not discriminate Earthers from Martians when it comes to loyalty.
Throughout the series Edit
In "Static", Bobbie struggles with the news that the Martian moon Deimos has been destroyed by Earth. Bobbie is eager to join the fight for Mars, and is frustrated when she is assigned to the Jovian moon, Ganymede.
In "Paradigm Shift", Bobbie and her Martian marine crew are deployed on Ganymede as part of a mission to secure a food supply. She and her team are holding the line between the UN army and the Marines when something goes wrong. Suddenly, their comms are jammed and they see UN patrolmen quickly advancing upon them. The scene cuts away and when it cuts back, she’s been attacked by some thing and her entire crew is dead.
In "The Seventh Man", Bobbie is revealed to be the only member of her crew who survived the Ganymede incident and her memory of the event is hazy. With so much riding on her testimony, politically, the higher ups in the Mars Navy press her for information, but all she can remember is that United Nations troops were running from something. Bobbie’s story doesn’t mesh well with the narrative that the Martian Navy is trying to construct (ostensibly to maintain peace, but perhaps for another purpose), and they inform Bobbie that she will have to depart for Earth to give a false testimony; stating that she and her team fired on U.N. Navy troops first.
In "The Weeping Somnambulist", Bobbie arrives on Earth to offer her testimony from Ganymede. She lies, under orders from Martian Navy higher ups, and says that her unit mistakenly started firing upon the UNN troops, and is deeply upset when one of her marines is thrown under the bus as the instigating force behind the battle. Avasarala senses that Bobbie is hiding something and requests more time with her. Bobbie lets it slip that a “something” with no vacuum suit attacked them, but quickly gets back on script.
In "Cascade", Bobbie manages to escape her quarters after being kept there as prisoner. Eventually, she reaches the ocean. However, she is suddenly interrupted by Avasarala, who finally has a moment with Bobbie and tries to get the truth about what really happened on Ganymede but, Bobbie is still reeling from her experience at the UN and has yet to trust the Earther politican.
In "Here There Be Dragons", fresh off of her betrayal by her own team, Bobbie is determined to uncover the truth about Ganymede. She interrogates and brutally attacks her superior, Martens, until he gives up the info she needs: her team was the sacrificial lamb to test a new weapon on Ganymede. Bobbie escapes her embassy and seeks political asylum on Earth where she tells Avasarala everything she knows.
In "The Monster and the Rocket", Bobbie departs Earth for Jules-Pierre’s Mao’s ship, the Guanshiyin, serving as Avasrala’s muscle. Aboard Jules’ luxurious ship, Avasarala and the business magnate discuss terms: in exchange for access to the protomolecule technology, Jules wants his family assets freed from UN restrictions. When Errinwright sends a message that Martian Defense Minister Korshunov, the only other person funding the protomolecule project, has passed away, things come to a head. Avasarala is the only one alive that can expose Errinwright's role in the protomolecule conspiracy, so he orders her shuttle to return to Earth, stranding Bobbie there, along with Avasarala. Mao's men prepare to silence them forever.
In "Caliban's War", trapped on the Guanyshiyin, Bobbie, Avasarala, and Cotyar try to stay alive. Cotyar is bleeding out quickly from the earlier gunfight, but he manages to create a diversion for Bobbie to escape the room and retrieve her Martian armor. Bobbie returns wearing her bulletproof armor and rescues Avasarala and Cotyar.
A fiercely nationalistic Martian, Gunnery Sergeant Roberta Draper is the toughest member of her squad and a disciplinarian when it comes to anyone in her squadron acting out of line. Her father served before her and paved the path for his daughter to be an exemplary member of the Martian Marine Corps. Bobbie excels in combat and is eager to user her skills to help create a new Earth on Mars.
- Called "Gunny" by her squad, it has typically been a slang term for the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and appears to have transitioned to the MMC.
- Meet Bobbie Draper By Bryan Enk, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 07:00