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Sniper (Full Metal Jacket)

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Shoot me... Shoot me...
~ Sniper

This unnamed female sniper appeared in the Stanley Kubrick Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket as the final and most significant enemy faced by Joker and his allies in the film's climax. Thus, she is arguably the primary antagonist of the film. She was portrayed by actress Ngoc Le.

Full Metal Jacket

The sniper hides in a wrecked building and attacks them with a Czech Vz.58 from a distance. The sniper manages to kill three members of the squad before Joker reaches her, which is when her identity as a fragile teenage girl is revealed. He tries to shoot her, but his M16 rifle jams, but another person from Joker's squad shoots the sniper successfully before she can shoot Joker, mortally wounding her. She looks up at Joker from the ground, begging to be put out of her misery, and he does so regretfully while his heartless allies congratulate him for the kill.

It can be assumed that this girl was forced to fight as a sniper by the Viet Cong or the NVA, that she was a communist sympathizer and wanted to fight for the Viet Cong so the country would turn fully communist, or decided to do so out of spite because her family had perhaps been killed. Many underage males and females did fight for the Viet Cong in real life, and having to kill them traumatized many, similar to Joker.


  • A character clearly base on the sniper appears as one of the final bosses in the Neo Geo video game NAM-1975.

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