Delta Force in popular culture

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The special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force has been used often in popular culture;


  • Several Chris Ryan novels, though told from the POV of Special Air Service troopers, make casual references to Delta Force. In one of the books, the main protagonist has an acquaintance who is a former Delta Operator working with the CIA. This is plausible, as Delta Force and the SAS often work in tandem.
  • In the novel Ice Hunt by James Rollins, Delta Force is a major antagonist, trying to wipe out the entire ice base. The appearance is unlikely however, seeing as how the Drift Station is a naval post, the team would be a SEAL Team, not Delta.
  • In the novel Deception Point by Dan Brown, Delta Force plays a major antagonist role.
  • The book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, describes the real-life attempt by Delta Force and the US Army Rangers to capture a Somalian warlord, Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Much of the Delta portions are based on the accounts of Paul Howe.
  • In the novel By Order of the President by W.E.B. Griffin, Delta Force plays a significant role.
  • In the novel The Day Before Midnight by Stephen Hunter, several major characters are Delta Force members. The leader of Delta Force in the novel is a man named Richard Puller, who bears many similarities to Charlie Beckwith.
  • In several of the Vince Flynn novels, Delta Force works with CIA operative Mitch Rapp.
  • In the Alex Berenson novel The Shadow Patrol Delta Force plays a significant role and a Delta sniper is one of the main antagonists.
  • In the novel Mission Compromised, Delta Force plays an important role. The main character is a former member and the task force he commands is made up of many Delta members.
  • In the book Kill Bin Laden, author "Dalton Fury" (pen name) factually recounts the Battle of Tora Bora and hunt for bin Laden from the perspective of a Unit assault troop commander.
  • In the Tom Clancy novel Rainbow Six, some of the Rainbow operatives are former Delta operators.
  • In the Jeremy Robinson novels Pulse and Instinct a team of Delta Force operatives are the main protagonists.
  • In the Brad Thor novel The Athena Project Delta Force's Operational Support Troop provides most of the protagonists.
  • In the Stephen Coonts novel Wages of Sin, Joe Billy Dunn, Tommy Carmellini's colleague-turned-nemesis, is an ex-Delta Force Operator.
  • In the Tom Clancy novel Command Authority one of the main characters, Barry "Midas" Jankowski, is a member of Combat Applications Group (Delta Force), and leads several AFO-Delta-Teams in the fight against russian troops and mafioso.


  • Operation Delta Force is a TV movie released in 1997, directed by Sam Firstenberg. It stars Ernie Hudson and Jeff Fahey, and spawned four sequels.
  • The film The Delta Force, starring Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin, features Delta Force operators intervening in a hostage situation on a passenger aircraft.
  • The movie Black Hawk Down is based on the book; Randy Shughart and Gary Gordon are identified, but "Hoot" Gibson (Eric Bana) and Jeff Sanderson (William Fichtner) are fictional characters based on two Delta operators named in the book.
  • The Hunted features several characters that are Delta operators, including Benicio del Toro's character. The special features on the DVD present a few Delta tactics, including Kali knife fighting.
  • In American Ninja 4: The Annihilation a team of the Delta Force is ambushed by Ninjas, leaving only four left that are held as hostages till they are liberated by the American Ninja Joe Armstrong Michael Dudikoff.
  • In The Punisher (2004 film) it was mentioned that Frank Castle (Thomas Jane), was an ex-Delta Force Soldier.
  • Spartan opens with scenes involving Delta selection. The Curtis character is evaluated for potential admittance to the unit, though it is unclear if he is accepted. Former Delta operator Eric Haney was a technical advisor for the film.
  • Green Zone features Delta operators on the hunt for high-value targets in Iraq; similar to the real-life TF 88.
  • Eagle Eye features Delta operators deploying a Predator SUV drone on top of a hill in Afghanistan at the beginning of the film.
  • Bad Boys II features an ex-Delta operator joining the police rescue team to Cuba.
  • The Dark Knight Rises shows Delta Operators escorting Bane on a flight.
  • In the film White House Down, Delta operators are seen attempting to secure the White House, and (Jason Clarke's) character Emil Stenz, the mercenary leader, was an ex-Delta operator who was disavowed and burned on a mission.
  • In the film Sicario (2015 film) Matt Graver's (Josh Brolin) elite team of DEA and CIA agents also consists of Delta operators as they go after Mexican Drug Cartels.
  • In the film London Has Fallen A Delta Force team is sent to rescue The President, but terrorists posing as Delta Force Operators arrive instead. Later real operators are seen with SAS operators as they rescue the president.
  • In the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi two Delta force operators join the tripoli team to rescue the americans stuck in Benghazi.


  • In the television series 24, agent Jack Bauer is noted to have previously been a member of Delta Force and achieved the rank of Captain. Delta Force also plays a key role in the third season of 24.
  • The CBS television show The Unit centers around a fictionalized Army special operations unit based on Delta Force. It is based on the book Inside Delta Force (ISBN 0440237335) by the show's producer Eric Haney, who is a former Delta operator.
  • The television show Army Wives features a character, the husband of Pamela Moran, who is frequently deployed with Delta Force.
  • Michael Westen, from the TV show Burn Notice, has mentioned himself as an ex-Delta Force operator.
  • In the Cinemax TV series , Strike Back, one of the main characters Damian Scott is an ex-Delta Force operator who was dishonourably discharged for possessing drugs. It was later discovered that it was part of a framing due to Scott's question of WMDs in Iraq.
  • Several characters in the television series Nikita are ex Delta Operators.
  • One of the main characters in the television series Person of Interest, John Reese, is an ex-Delta Force operator.

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