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A character sheet for Hasbro's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Needs more characters.
The field commander of G.I. Joe and the poster boy of the franchise. Real name: Conrad S. Hauser
- All-American Face
- Black Best Friend: Roadblock in the comics (they entered G.I. Joe at the same time, and most pre-Joe Duke stories show Roadblock with him). Ripcord in the movies.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Scarlett in the cartoon and possibly Cover Girl as well.
- Michael Bell
- The Hero
- Not Quite Dead: Was originally slated to die in The Movie, but public backlash of Optimus Prime's death caused the writers to spare him at the last minute. This is particularly strange because he literally got a snake thrown in to his chest cavity, entering where his heart should be.
- He actually does die on-screen in the movie. They just added lines about him being in a coma and one at the end that he recovered.
- Sergeant Rock
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Originally Duke was supposed to substitute Hawk after Hawk was Put on a Bus for a while in the comics, which is why they're so similar. The animated version of Duke was practically Hawk from the comics before they decided to bring Hawk to the animated series as well.
- Divergent Character Evolution: To differentiate Duke and Hawk, Duke became more of a "tough guy" while Hawk is more of the "veteran" leader. It's still very minor and only noticeable when they are placed together in the same scene.
The leader of the Joes. Real name: Clayton M. Abernathy
- Adaptation Dye Job: He was blond in the comics, but when he appeared in the cartoon his hair became brown to make him different to Duke.
- A Father to His Men
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Big Good
- Colonel Badass, promoted to Four-Star Badass
- Reasonable Authority Figure
The G.I. Joe team's intelligence expert. Real name: Shana M. O'Hara
- Action Girl. One of the best examples since Modesty Blaise as she has no superpowers, is still vulnerable to injury and it's her tenacity, skills and extensive training keep her going.
- Was in danger of becoming a Faux Action Girl during the DDP-era. After she successfully freed herself from Destro's clutches in America's Elite #7, she either remained at base, was easily knocked unconscious or kept secure thanks to the Standard Female Grab Area for 19 issues! Luckily she made a triumphant comeback in America's Elite #26 in which she kicked some serious ninja-ass for good and restored her status.
- The Archer
- Friendly Sniper
- Ms. Fanservice: Played straight/Averted/Subverted. Even being the only female character for a while and almost always the main female Joe, she was never large breasted nor was her uniform Stripperific, except for a brief period during the end of the Marvel run, when the publishing company tried all sorts of tricks to improve sales and changed her classic uniform into a far more decolté-generous one. Still, only Snake-Eyes was a more prominent character during the early Marvel-years and she did receive her fair share of Clothing Damage every now and then. Her beauty was rather rarely commented upon, especially contrasted to Cover Girl.
- Redheaded Hero
- Official Couple: With either Snakes Eyes (comics) or Duke (cartoon)
- Love Triangle: She's got feelings for both in Resolute.
- Scarlet Fever
- Shout-Out: "Scarlett" O'Hara. She's even from Atlanta.
- The Squadette
A soldier who, after the Vietnam War, was invited by his platoon fellow Tommy "Storm Shadow" Arashikage to study martial arts under the Arashikage ninja clan, and they soon became Sword Brothers. Now Snake-Eyes is a member of G.i. Joe while his former friend joined Cobra. A tragic helicopter mission took away his voice and scarred his face, so he's mute and never removes his mask around others.
- Cain and Abel: He's Abel to Storm Shadow's Cain.
- Canine Companion: Timber (a wolf), who in the cartoon helps Snake-Eyes in the battlefield, while in comics guards Snake-Eyes' cabin in the High Sierras.
- Combat Pragmatist: As shown in issue 21, in a scene that Larry Hama has admitted pays tribute to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Snake-Eyes throws a grenade on a Red Ninja.
- Dead Little Sister: In the same car accident as his father and mother.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Oh, Scarlett you love this trope, don't you?
- The Faceless
- The Rival: Storm Shadow
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Storm Shadow again.
- The Speechless
- The Voiceless
- Knife Nut: Stalker's always happy to tell you about Snake-Eyes' collection of spike-knuckled trench knives; Snake-Eyes' third costume/action figure has a very large pair of knives right on his chest.
- Mighty Whitey: He's an American soldier trained by the Japanese Arashikage ninjas, and is demonstrably better than Storm Shadow, who has been a ninja his whole life.
- According to Word of God, he and Storm Shadow are roughly equal in prowess, but each exceeds the other in one particular area; Snake Eyes is slightly better than Storm Shadow with swords, and Storm Shadow is a much better archer than Snake Eyes (the stated reason being that he's more ruthless).
- That said, Storm Shadow is japanese-american, so it's not a case of national/racial superiority either way.
- No Name Given: Most of the Joes' real names appear in their file cards, but Snake-Eyes' name just says "Classified".
- At least one continuity revealed his name as Francis Witwicky, which is the same name as the family that are friends of the Autobots on the Transformers, Suggesting that Snake-Eyes might be related to them in some way.
- Official Couple: With Scarlett in the comics.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In the comics it seemed that everything was revolved around him in some way.
- At one point, the comic was even retitled G.I. Joe: Starring Snake-Eyes.
- Sword and Gun
Real Name: Dwight E. Stall
- Cain and Abel: With Blackout
- Creator Cameo: His name, hometown, and his toy's face are based on those of the toy's designer.
- Friendly Sniper
- Punny Name: His duties include being a pilot, and he happens to share his surname with a certain piece of aviation terminology.
Real name: Wayne R. Sneeden
- Drill Sergeant Nasty
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: In G.I. Joe Reloaded, he threatens a captured Alley-Viper with eating his ear.
An expert in communications and computer technology. Real name: Alvin R. Kibbey
- Communications Officer
- Killed Off for Real
- Trademark Favourite Food: He's almost always chewing bubblegum
Driver of the VAMP jeep. He gets a far bigger role in the comic than he ever did in the cartoon, and gets one of the biggest roles out of the original squad of "green fatigues" guys. Real name: Lance J. Steinberg
- Badass Driver
- Grease Monkey
- Casanova Wannabe
- Perma Stubble
- Lovable Sex Maniac: In the comics, he hit on Scarlett any chance he got, and was a notorious pervert.
A former professional model who decided she'd rather drive tanks for a living. Real name: Courtney A. Krieger
- Adaptation Dye Job: She was made a blonde in the first cartoon miniseries. She was changed back to a redhead in the proper series to accurately reflect her action figure design.
- Wrench Wench
The first G.I.Joe medic. Real name: Carl W. Greer
- Killed Off for Real
- Gender Flip: Changed to a female in the Reloaded continuity.
- The Medic: While the comics stayed true to his characterization in the figure's filecard, the cartoon made him more of a scientist.
Warrant Officer. Duke's second in command. Real name: Dashiell R. Faireborn.
- Nice Hat: His beret.
- Official Couple: With Lady Jaye. In one possible future, the two happen to have a daughter named Marissa.
Leader of the Adventure Team, the G.I. Joe Team's predecessors. He sometimes appears to help the team named after him. Real name: Joseph Colton.
- Adaptational Villainy: Treads the line between Well-Intentioned Extremist and It's All About Me in the Hasbro Comic Universe. To clarify, Villain Has a Point in saying how dangerous the Transformers are, some Joes openly concede this, but it's also very clear that he just wants to show he can defeat the Transformers after Soundwave emasculated him in the '80s.
- Expecting Someone Taller: It doubles as a Mythology Gag since he comes from a 12-inch toyline, higher than the 3 3/4 inch toyline representing the G.I. Joe team.
- Retired Badass
- Scars Are Forever: His right cheek scar, Same as Action Man (who began as an UK version of the original G.I. Joe).
Real Name: Ettienne R. LaFitte
- Badass: Gets a lot of moments like this. In his comic debut he wiped out three Cobra guys with guns by using the butt of his rifle after charging into open-fire. In the cartoon, he once shot a missile out of mid-air and then booted a flaming Mini-Jet off the deck of a ship (while holding Duke).
- Bald of Awesome
- Boisterous Bruiser: Explicitly called the "crazy uncle" of the team in the Animated Series' bio. His Filecard in the toys calls him the "Craziest jarhead ever to crawl out of Parris Island".
- Gratuitous French: During his first few appearances. Justified since Gung-Ho was originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and is from a Cajun family.
- Ragin Cajun
Real Name: Lamont A. Morris/Herschel Dalton
- Bald of Awesome: Covered by a balaclava.
- Gatling Good
- More Dakka
- Scary Black Man
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Roadblock
Member of the Arashikage clan and Storm Shadow's cousin. Real name: Kimi Arashikage.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Gal: A heroic female example.
- Vague Age: The comic book artists didn't seem to decide if she was the same age or older than Billy.
The son of a Crimson Guard and Snake-Eyes' disciple. Real name: Sean M. Broca.
A gifted linguist and covert operations expert, she has led many undercover missions to the G.I. Joe team. Real name: Allison R. Hart-Burnett
- Action Girl
- Boobs of Steel
- Killed Off for Real: In the Devil's Due comics continuity.
- Master of Disguise
- Ms. Fanservice: The cartoon took nearly every effort possible to have her either flirt with her sexy voice or take off some clothing. One episode featured her actively competing with The Baroness for a man's affections (for a mission) while wearing a dress with plunging cleavage, she dressed down to a slip once, and she wore a bare-legged SCUBA outfit in another episode (while all the men wore full-leg suits). She was also one in the comics, where her shirt curiously seemed unable to be buttoned up and she was better endowed than the earlier Joe females, Scarlett and Cover Girl. This was toned down when she became more of a desk-driving intelligence officer.
- Official Couple: With Flint. Word of God even states that Marissa Faireborn from the third season of The Transformers is her and Flint's daughter.
A staunch pacifist who serves as the Joes' medic. Real name: Edwin C. Steen
- Actual Pacifist
- Brilliant but Lazy: In "The Most Dangerous Thing in the World," Hawk describes Lifeline as having the ability to be a leader, but not the desire. Lifeline agrees, saying he'd rather be a doctor.
- Expy: To the Protectobot First Aid. Both have the role of medic in their respective teams and are staunch pacifists.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Doc. Both are pacifist doctors. Less so in the animated series, where Doc was more of a scientist than a medic.
- The Medic
A martial arts stunt double who joined the G.I. Joe team. A movie buff, he frequently quotes films in bad impressions, annoying his teammates. Real name: Macarthur S. Ito. He was used a lot in the cartoon -- much more so than Snake-Eyes, who couldn't talk and was thus not focused on much. He had almost as many solo shots as Shipwreck. By contrast, the comics saw him as an also-ran who was easily defeated by Storm Shadow (using improvised weapons versus Quick Kick's Nunchaku, embarrassingly enough).
- Arrogant Kung Fu Guy: Even the good guys have one (two after Storm Shadow's Heel Face Turn)
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Killed Off for Real: In the comic.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Real name: Hector X. Delgado. He was a major character in the cartoon, featuring as a major player in more episodes than anyone short of the main cast of Duke, Flint, Lady Jaye, Destro and Cobra Commander.
- Composite Character / Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sort of, in the cartoon. He seemed to have absorbed many of Clutch's personality traits (the ones he didn't already exhibit), and seemed to be to the cartoon what Clutch was to the comic.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the cartoon, he's generally the comic relief Butt Monkey and rather lazy. Doesn't mean he can't handle Cobra goons.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Not so much as Clutch, but in the original series Shipwreck does get to occasionally have some fun with this as he got slapped by Scarlett or Cover Girl when he tried to hit on them (he eventually got a formal relationship with Cover Girl in the comics)
- Pirate Parrot: Polly
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and his parrot never seem to get along and can never have a conversation where they don't insult each other yet there have been repeated instances where Shipwreck wouldn't be alive if not for the bird's direct actions.
The G.I. Joe team's heavy machine gunner. His dream is to become a gourmet chef, and joined the army after knowing they could train him as such. Real name: Marvin F. Hinton
- Bald of Awesome
- Berserk Button: He's a Gentle Giant most of the time, but if you want to vandalize any symbol of the United States...
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Chef of Iron
- Gentle Giant
- Rhymes on a Dime
- More Dakka
- Scary Black Man
Rock 'n Roll
Real Name: Craig S. McConnel
Real name: Charlie Iron-Knife
- Animal Companion: Freedom, AKA Billy the falcon.
- Badass Native
- Gregg Berger in the Sunbow series and Maurice LaMarche in the Di C series.
- Magical Native American
- The Rez" Political type; his original bio mentioned how poor his family was when he was growing up.
- Scarily Competent Tracker
A former street gang leader prior to his enlistment. During the Vietnam War, he served at the same Long Range Recon Patrol as Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow. He also helped Hawk to assemble the G.I. Joe team and recommended Snake-Eyes to him. Larry Hama based him off of a real person, and he was the most commonly-seen field leader in the comics. Because of this, he also had the longest list of failed missions, though it never got held against him. Similarly, he always got stuck with many "unpopular decisions", such as leaving dead Joes' bodies behind or abandoning the missions. Real name: Lonzo R. Wilkinson.
- A Father to His Men: He hid it well, especially from newbies.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Black Best Friend: To Snake-Eyes
- Demoted to Extra: He's one of the most important characters in the comic book, but becomes a background character in the TV series.
- Mr. Exposition: Since Snake-Eyes cannot talk, it was Stalker who had to tell about their common past in Vietnam when needed. He also served to give running descriptions on how to lay out a military mission.
- Positive Discrimination: Before Duke's arrival, Stalker was Hawk's second-in-command and led most missions.
- Reformed Criminal: Stalker was the leader of a street gang during his youth. Before he decided to turn a page and enlist to be all he could be.
The explosive disposal expert of the G.I. Joe team. Real name: Tormod S. Skoog
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is very clumsy most of the time, but when he's close to a bomb becomes an all-business professional.
- Rob Paulsen
- The Klutz: When he isn't around explosives.
Real name: Nicky Lee
- Author Avatar: At least in the visual sense; his face is based on Larry Hama.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Tunnel King
The Big Bad of the franchise. Sometimes he is the scion from some bizarre ancient civilization, a used car salesman who lost everything and became insane, a European scientist, or the Baroness' younger brother. Whatever the case, Cobra Commander lusts for world domination above all else. He is hatred and terror personified (well... except in the 80s cartoon) and really hates G.I. Joe.
- Big Bad
- The Blank: When wearing his featureless reflective mask.
- Catch Phrase: "Cobra, retreat!"
- Card-Carrying Villain: At least one version of the action figure file card comes very close, with the statement that most people like him are bound by pretensions of some noble cause, and that he doesn't bother; he's in this for the money and power it brings him, and if you're free to grab an assault rifle and get in line behind him if you really want.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In Resolute, he has clearly been watching all his old episodes and taking notes (he even lampshades this on several occasions). Fortunately, he still manages to be incredibly entertaining since, despite being significantly more murderous, he's still completely bonkers.
- His escape plans were a lot more thought-out in the cartoon, though. Probably because he had a lot of practice.
- Demoted to Dragon: TV series only, after Serpentor appeared.
- Dirty Coward: Maybe not dirty, but he definitely had the coward part down in the cartoon.
- Evil Genius/Mad Scientist: In many incarnations (including the 80's cartoon) it's obliquely shown that he has a scientific background, and it seems he designs at least some of his whacky toys himself, although like Fu Manchu he spends all his screen time kidnapping other scientists or relying on Dr. Mindbender instead of doing his own work. He's much more explicitly a Mad Scientis in the live action film.
- Evil Laugh
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's may be the leader of a terrorist organization but don't expect any drug trades from him... his outlaws the practice.
- The Faceless: He usually wears either a faceplate and helmet or a blue hood with eye cutouts.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He used to be a used cars salesman.
- General Failure: In the 80s cartoon
- Heel Face Door Slam: In the comics, he realizes how much of a monster he has become and attempts to leave COBRA behind. Then he gets shot.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Three times he has shared a voice actor with Starscream. Most famously Chris Latta, who voiced the characters in exactly the same way. Charlie Adler (who also voiced Starscream in the live action Transformers movies) seems to have become the new "definitive" voice of the Commander, having voiced him in Resolute, Renegades, and the second live-action movie (Named Retaliation, amusingly establishing something of an "R" theme there).
- Hypocrite: Spent a good chunk of the '80s cartoon chiding Serpentor for being so impatient and in such a hurry.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Once again, 80s cartoon.
- Karma Houdini: In the third season of The Transformers, Cobra is a distant memory and Cobra Commander, while not exactly living it up in class and elegance, is walking free.
- Large Ham: COBRAAAAAAAAA!!!!
- In Resolute: "LAUNCH THE DEFENSE SWARM, YOU MOROOOOOOOOONS!!!!!"
- Multiple Choice Past: In the Sunbow cartoon, there's a line of dialogue when someone manages to arrange an interview that sounds out of place with what we're told in the movie. More generally, if not within a single continuity (as the page describes), the masked Cobra Commander is notable for playing a similar role across incarnations of the G.I. Joe franchise, but apparently having a totally different origin every time.
- Not So Harmless: Resolute suggests that his quirks in the 80s cartoon were all a ruse to get his men to think outside the box. When this doesn't go as he planned (inciting his men to either not take him seriously or try to usurp him), he decides to drop the act and become a serious threat.
- Powered Armor: the battle armor he wore during the Di C series and a bit of the comics before being taken by the Crimson Guard Fred VII to impersonate him
- Precision F-Strike: Does one in Resolute: "There will be none of your CRAP! NONE OF IT!!!"
- Revenge Before Reason: In the comic. On the day Snake-Eyes came home from 'Nam his parents and sister were killed by a drunk driver. Said drunk driver turned out to be Cobra Commander's brother. And even though the accident was, in no way their fault Cobra Commander blamed the family for his brother's death and sought revenge on the only remaining member of that family left alive; Snake-Eyes.
- Same Character but Different: One aspect of the character seems to be his characterization is constantly changing between shows, even if they're nominally supposed to be in the same continuity. In Valor vs. Venom he's his old whacky 80's cartoon self, in Sigma 6 (which was nominally a semi-direct sequel to Valor vs. Venom) he's reinvented as a dead-serious warrior king, and in Resolute he's an insane murderous sociopath. This even happens in the live action-films: in the second live-action film, Cobra Commander is reportedly still Rex Lewis, but will apparently be "a completely different character" than in the first film.
- The Starscream: What he became after Serpentor took over in the cartoon. How ironic...
- Took a Level In Badass: In Resolute.
- Wicked Cultured: He quotes Shakespeare in Sigma 6.
The latest in a long line of weapon dealers, his main client is Cobra. He wears a metal mask as a family tradition. Real name: James McCullen Destro XXIV.
- Arms Dealer
- The Dragon (Bordering on Big Bad Duumvirate with Cobra Commander or Co-Dragons with the Baroness, depending on the version.)
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the comics, at least.
- Expressive Mask
- Legacy Character: Despite being the first Destro shown in the series, he's actually part of a long family tradition of wearing the metal mask and taking the weapons business. His long-lost son Alexander also took his role for a short time.
- Official Couple: With the Baroness
- Only Sane Man: Or Meta Guy, in the 80s cartoon. He wasn't totally on the outside of things, but he did have a recurring thing of reacting to the setting's weird excesses that the rest of the cast usually took for granted.
- War for Fun and Profit: He incites war and sells to both sides if it's profitable.
Daughter of wealthy European aristocrats who acts as Cobra Intelligence Officer. Real name: Anastasia DeCobray
- Absolute Cleavage: Let's say she has some very nice outfits.
- The Baroness: Well, duh.
- Boobs of Steel
- Dead Big Brother: She believes Snake-Eyes killed her brother.
- The Dragon: Co-Dragons with Destro, depending on the version.
- Heel Face Turn: In one Alternate Reality Episode of the cartoon.
- And in the movie
- That would also count as High Heel Face Turn.
- And in the movie
- Master of Disguise
- Official Couple: With Destro
- Tall, Dark and Bishoujo
- Toyless Toyline Character: For a short time during the franchise's beginning.
Member of the ninja clan Arashikage, trained under his uncles, the Hard Master and the Soft Master. During his training, he was Snake-Eyes' Sword Brother. After a Cobra agent killed the Hard Master and framed Storm Shadow, he joined Cobra as Cobra Commander's bodyguard under the Commander's promise of telling him someday the identity of the real murderer. Real name: Tommy S. Arashikage
- Arrogant Kung Fu Guy
- Clear My Name: He joined Cobra only to prove he didn't kill his uncle, the Hard Master.
- Easily Forgiven: In the first live action movie Storm Shadow commits several murders yet those seem to be forgotten in the sequel when he's revealed to be a mole within Cobra.
- Heel Face Revolving Door: Though the Heel Face Turn is voluntary and the Face Heel Turn tends to be caused by being Brainwashed.
- Keone Young
- Legacy Character: In the IDW series the original Storm Shadow dies and gets replaced with a new Storm Shadow. This one female.
- Noble Demon
- Red Herring: Of the Hard Master's murder.
- The Rival: With Snake-Eyes
- Rival Turned Evil
- Shirtless Scene: In the live-action movie.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: His last name is Arashikage, which means "Storm Shadow."
- The Straight and Arrow Path
- Spin-Off: He had his own short-lived comic series.
- Worthy Opponent
A master of disguises who can even change his skin color to blend with his environment. He leads a biker gang called the Dreadnoks. He's the Hard Master's real killer.
- Becoming the Mask: In the DDP version, we see that all his infiltrations have taken their toll on his sanity. He also mentally "becomes" the person he's impersonating. After having assumed so many different names and faces, "Zartan" is the only name he can cling to. He no longer remembers his own birth name.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In "Glamour Girls," he takes part in the plot that endangers would-be models, until his sister Zarana winds up as a potential victim. After Mindbender refuses to set her free, Zartan frees several captured Joes to get the job done.
- In the Blood: Both his sister and his brother are masters of disguise like him.
- Master Actor
- Master of Disguise AND Voluntary Shapeshifting, making him into the perfect infiltrator.
- Morality Pet: Billy, Cobra Commander's son.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: None of his comrades in Cobra like him very much, especially Destro.
- The Straight and Arrow Path
- Weaksauce Weakness: Doesn't care much for sunlight, though specifics can vary per continuity.
Other Dreadnoks feature the following tropes:
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Dreadnoks in general.
- Bodyguard Crush: Roadpig is in charge of protecting Zarana, and both of his personas love her.
- Badass Bikers
- Chainsaw Good: Buzzer.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Zartan's daughter Zanya.
- Evil Poacher: Gnawgahyde
- Kill It with Fire: Torch
- Master of Disguise: Zandar and Zarana (Zartan's siblings).
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The original three and Monkeywrench. Later Dreadnoks were more effective.
- Split Personality: Roadpig has two personas, Dumb Muscle Roadpig and Wicked Cultured Donald. They even have conversations and are more friendly to each other than most examples of the trope.
- Sunglasses At Night
One of the top experts in explosives around the world, sometimes Cobra contracts him for sabotage missions.
- Career Killer
- Gregg Berger
- Mad Bomber
- McNinja: In the comics; the orphaned son of a French plantation owner in Vietnam raised by a ninja clan who owed his father a debt.
- The Mole: in Sigma 6.
- Psycho for Hire
- Swiss Bank Account
Tomax and Xamot
Former diamond smugglers, these twins are in charge of Cobra's finances. Real names: Tomax Rogue and Xamot Rogue.
- Corey Burton is Tomax and Michael Bell is Xamot.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Creepy Twins
- Divergent Character Evolution: In IDW, Xamot kicks it allowing Tomax some individual development, eventually becoming the new Cobra Commander. Despite this, he's rather Nice to the Waiter and is only doing it because bigger evils are breathing down his neck.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences
- Single-Minded Twins
- Twin Banter
- Twin Telepathy
A former dentist who tried to find a way to stop dental pain via brainwave manipulation. When he tested his idea on himself, the alteration caused to his mind made him become a madman. He soon became Cobra's main scientist after the death of his predecessor Dr Venom, being his main knowledges brainwashing and genetics.
- Bald of Evil
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Cloning Blues: He was killed among with many other potential traitors, but he was revived via cloning.
- Mad Scientist
Driver of the Water Moccasin boat. He would later become the De Facto leader of the Python Patrol.
- Demoted to Extra
- The Gambling Addict: He's in Cobra to get enough money to pay his gambling debts, but in the meantime he gets more debts.
Pilot of the Rattler aircraft.
- Ace Pilot
- Improbable Piloting Skills: He drives an air-to-earth aircraft and can use it to dogfight against other pilots.
Real name: Sebastian Bludd
- Eyepatch of Power
- Giftedly Bad: his poetry. Trying to use "Uzi" at almost every rhime doesn't help.
- Land Down Under
- Michael Bell
The Cobra emperor, created by Dr Mindbender combining the DNA of history's greatest generals. In the TV series, he was created explicitly to overthrow Cobra Commander, while the comic version's creation was mandated by Cobra Commander himself as a general, but Serpentor arranged the deaths of Cobra Commander and Destro (they got better) to take command.
- Animal Assassin: He often threw live snakes as missile weapons in the cartoon. These serpents wrapped themselves around their targets' necks and choked them.
- Catch Phrase: THIS I COMMAND!
- Designer Babies
- Hair-Trigger Temper: In the cartoon, the incomplete DNA samples left him without the calm thoughtfulness of Sun Tzu, making him prone to violent and enraged behavior.
- Heel Face Turn: US General Phillip Rey found he was a revived Serpentor, yet decided to not become Serpentor again
- In the Blood: Most of his military cunning comes from the fact of being a composite clone of history's greatest generals.
- Lamarck Was Right
- Mix-and-Match Man
- Super Soldier
Cobra combat trainer. He wears boxing gloves and has a punchingbag with the word "Joe" written on it.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He was originally part of a plan for a Rocky tie-in; This fell through, but much later in the comics his history was revealed to be eerily similar to Rocky's, except, like, evil.
Former alligator wrestler who uses his trained pets to guard Cobra Island.
Croc Master II
The Iron Grenadiers' anti-tank expert.
- Adult Child
- Ax Crazy
- Backpack Cannon
- Calling Your Attacks / Verbal Tic: "BANG, BANG!!!"
- Homing Projectile
- Musical Assassin
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Stuff Blowing Up: One of his favorite hobbies.
- Trigger Happy
A renegade member of the Arashikage clan who copies the attack patterns of scorpions for his sword technique.
- The Blank: Nothing of Slice's face can be seen due to his esgrima mask.
- Breakup Breakout: He was partners in crime with a bo-wielding ninja named Dice. Dice never got further releases in the toyline, while there were at least five later Slice reissues.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Slice can kill one of his own in order to prevent the Joes to get a tactical advantage, but got really mad at Firefly saving himself from the freighter while leaving his partners to die (despite he not knowing anyone of the dead Cobras).
- Master Swordsman
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: He invokes this trope during his first fight against Snake-Eyes.
Driver of the Rattler 4-WD jeep. Real name: Ann A. Conda
- Depending On The Filecard: She's an individual or twin sisters.
- McNinja: Born in New Orleans.
- Palette Swap: of Jinx
- Steven Ulysses Perhero
A cyborg and former SAW-Viper who leads Cobra's B.A.T. (Battle Android Trooper) armies. Real name: Robert Skelton.
- Big Bad Wannabe: During his SAW-Viper times. Yes, he killed several Joes, but he got soon his commeupance at the hands of Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- The Starscream: in Valor vs Venom and Sigma 6.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Multiple Choice Past: His first filecard gives three options: former security chief for a deposed dictator, renegade criminal psychologist, or IRS investigator.
- Torture Always Works
- Torture Technician
A former Joe recruit who defected to Cobra, and Barrel Roll's brother. Real name: Thomas C. Stall
- Cain and Abel: Barrel Roll is his Abel.
- Cold Sniper: In contrast to his reckless attitude as a Greenshirt.
Leader of the Red Shadows. His purpose is to finish the established government he sees as corrupt.
- Expy: Loosely based on Golobulus from the movie.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Wild Mass Guessing: There's the theory that he could be the Black Major from the nazi-inspired Red Shadows who appeared in Battle Action Force (an UK G.I. Joe comic)
A ruthless female member of the Red Shadows. Lady Jaye's murderer.