Mark (designation)

The word Mark, followed by number, is a common way to name a product in a production line, similar in meaning to "Type". It is often abbreviated as Mk or M. Because a mark is often made to measure height or progress, by metonymy the word mark is used to mean a level of development, and level designations like "Mark I", "Mark II" etc. come to be used as proper names. However, since the same name is used for a wide variety of products, it can have varied connotations for different persons. The most widely known example is probably that of military products, such as the M16 rifle.

Examples of products


See List of nuclear weapons.


British Rail Coaches


Musical instruments

Digital SLRs

Fictional examples

  • In the 2008 Film Iron Man the Suits are designated as Mark II and Mark III.
  • In the 2003 Battlestar Galactica series Vipers are designated as Mark VII.
  • In the British animation Danger Mouse, the car the eponymous hero, the secret agent Danger Mouse has a car he drives on his missions called the Mark III. The Mark III as well as being able to drive can scale walls and fly using its telescopic wings and rudder.
  • In the Halo videogame universe, the armor that the main character uses is known as "Mark 5."
  • In the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun series, the GDI powerhouse is known as the "Mammoth Mk. II," denoting that it is the second in its class.
  • In Battlefield 2142, the European Union employs the Mk I Titan as an aerial transport and assault platform. (The Pan-Asian Coalition, in contrast, uses the Type 2 Titan.)
  • In Fallout 2, there is a lot of equipment with Mark II designation (eg. Advanced Power Armor Mk II or Metal Armor Mk II)
  • In Star Trek, tricorder models are designated with Mark and the series number in Roman numerals (eg. Tricorder Mark X). From the
  • In Resistance: Fall of Man, a technology known as the 'Bullseye' developed by the Chimerans has a Mk. II edition received near the end of the game.
  • In the Custom Robo series of videogames, each upgrade to a robot is known as an Mk.
  • In No More Heroes, the main character can purchase lightsaber-like weapons from a dealer, with more powerful versions being labeled Mk. II and Mk. III.
  • In the Battletech universe (and it's Mechwarrior: Dark Age sub-universe) the Mad Cat warmech has MK II and MK III version. Although the MK III was never been seen and it has been described in one novel (Ghost war), the MKI and the MK II has been seen in the video games.
  • In the Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game, several tanks are designated with MK numbers, such as the Leman Russ Battle Tank

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