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Marco Inaros was an Outer Planets Alliance operative, political extremist and commander of the Free Navy, a Belter faction and self-declared "military arm and voice" of the Outer Planets. He was the principal architect behind the bombardment of Earth, presumably the MCR Parliament bombing and Tycho station Coup, and the igniter of the Free Navy Conflict.
At some point in his youth, he met Naomi Nagata and they had a romantic relationship. They used to sit in bars up late, listening to speeches of OPA leaders, and wanting to do something about it. He eventually tricked Naomi into developing a code capable of hacking reactor cores, and under the disguise of using it as rescue mission, he implemented it in the Augustin Gamarra, a civillian ship docked on Luna. Inaros, however, overloaded the reactor with the code, and killed all 516 people onboard. Overwelmed by the guilt, Naomi left Inaros, and their newborn son, Filip.
Throughout the series
During the Donnager incident, the MCR was aware of the personal links between Nagata and Inaros, suspecting Naomi was active as an OPA operative for Marco Inaros and his affiliates and being responsible for the destruction of the Canterbury. Due to these connections, the MCRN officers aboard the Donnager had initially attempted to incriminate Nagata and the OPA to clear Mars of suspicion. However, the ship then came under attack from the real assailants that destroyed the Canterbury.
Marco's most prominent trait is his charisma; he is shown to be talented at influencing people, as seen in the tribunal held against him where he manages to talk his way out of an almost certain death sentence and acquire a couple of allies in the process. His magnetic personality has been described as dangerous by Ashford, who outlined the fact that Marco knows what he is doing: His allure isn't passive, but a deliberate effort aided by his intelligence and deep understanding of other people's fears and desires, which he exploits to gain control over others.
Another pillar of Marco's personality is his pride; he sees himself as a heroic savior, reveling in the admiration of his followers and, as pointed out by Naomi, he tends to take credit for other people's accomplishments and blame them for his own failures to preserve his image.
Beneath his charming disposition, Marco is selfish, demanding and manipulative. His behavior in his relationships shows all the hallmark signs of psychological abusers, including calculated alternations between nurturing care and cruel violence to get what he wants from others, twisting the truth to discredit those he views as a threat, and lashing out when those around him start to become independent from him.
Like the other Belters in his regiment, Marco has a deep-rooted hatred of the Inner Planets and the way they treat Belter lives as lesser and insignificant. Having grown up as an orphan on Pallas and suffered the oppression, injustice and poverty imposed on Belters by the Inners, Marco views all Earthers and Martians as enemies and despises the thought of peace via assimilation and compromise.
Though he professes to be building a future for all Belters, motivated by a desire for equality, Marco's movement is ultimately highly saturated in his narcissism, as evidenced in his disregard for the lives of the people of Ceres, which he strips of resources and abandons after it is of no use to him. His gallant and magnanimous conduct is just a façade; in Naomi's words, he would never die for anyone, but he'll gladly let anyone die for him.
|1 "New Terra"||Absent|
|7 "A Shot in The Dark"||Mentioned|
|8 "The One-Eyed Man"||Mentioned|
|10 "Cibola Burn"||Appears|
|2 "Churn"||Absent (credit only)|
|3 "Mother"||Absent (credit only)|
|5 "Down and Out"||Appears|
|8 "Hard Vacuum"||Appears|
|10 "Nemesis Games"||Appears|
|1 "Strange Dogs"||Appears|
|2 "Azure Dragon"||Appears|
|3 "Force Projection"||Appears|
|5 "Why We Fight"||Appears|
|6 "Babylon's Ashes"||Appears|
- In "Remember the Cant", an MCRN file of Naomi Nagata mentioned her affiliation with Inaros.
- There are multiple references, both direct and indirect, linking Marco Inaros to Alexander the Great.
- The flagship of the Free Navy, and Marco's personal ship, is named "Pella" after the city where Alexander was born.
- The Season 5 episode title "Gaugamela" is a reference to a historical battle where Alexander outsmarted his enemy and, despite their much more numerous troops, defeated them in an unlikely victory. The episode's title references Marco's victory over Earth and Mars, which came about in similar circumstances.
- Marco's son, Filip, shares a name with Alexander's father, Philip II of Macedon.
- Both Marco and Alexander were talented military commanders who used the ideals of glory and liberation to excuse their thirst for violence. Both started wars to strengthen their nations and, defeating much stronger enemies against all odds thanks to their abilities, they both established empires of never-before-seen might. However, neither had a true plan on how to govern their conquests after ending the war.