Characters / G.I. Joe

A character sheet for Hasbro's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Split up due to amount of characters, although not all characters are listed yet.

For characters from the IDW comic series, see here.

G.I. Joes


Red Shadows

Phoenix Guard


General Austin

A U.S. Army Major General who played adviser to the G.I. Joe commanders. Known as "Iron Butt".

Kwinn the eskimo
An eskimo mercenary who has taken contracts for both Cobra and the Soviets, but sometimes helped the G.I. Joe team due to his sense of honor.
  • The Big Guy: A giant of a man with strength to match. He's no dummy, though.
  • Exact Words: He promised Dr Venom not to kill him as he lived. When the traitorous doctor shoots him, a grenade falls out of the dead Kwinn's hand, killing Dr Venom.
  • Iconic Item: His skull necklace.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Kwinn often compares Dr. Venom to a weasel, but also believes that all men have a "weasel spirit" within. He ultimately decides to let the doctor go to overcome his "inner weasel". This proves fatal.
  • Made of Iron: No sells Snake-Eyes in one on one combat, and describes fighting and defeating a polar bear.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Does not particularly like Cobra, really hates the KGB, but takes jobs for both because they pay well.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Dr. Venom double-crosses him one too many times, Kwinn finally decides to track him down. When it's all said and done, he decides to spare the not-so-good doctor, but see Exact Words above.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Snake-Eyes as one. Eventually they team up to take down a certain Mad Scientist.

William Kessler

The son of Cobra Commander. Billy was present for his father's Start of Darkness and grew to despise the madman that his father became. He eventually becomes a Ninja Apprentice and occasionally joins forces with others opposed to his father's plans.

  • Archnemesis Dad: Cobra Commander.
  • Audience Surrogate: Provided a civilian perspective on the Joe vs Cobra conflict.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost an eye and a leg when Scrap-Iron blew up his car with a missle.
  • The Apprentice: Storm-Shadow is his Obi-Wan, the Blind Master is his Yoda.
  • Expy: An Ideal Hero teenager with a pretty common name seeks revenge on a supervillain who wears a Cool Helmet for "what he did to my father." Turns out said villain actually IS his father. Gets trained by a master martial artist. Loses a limb, gains a cybernetic replacement, and becomes a better martial artist. Realizes that his father must be stopped, and that a confrontation with him is inevitable, but does not want to be put in a situation where he's forced to destroy him. Are we talking about Billy or Luke?
  • Eyepatch of Power
  • First-Name Basis: Usually just called Billy. Kessler is presumably his mother's maiden name.
  • La Résistance
  • Legacy Character: In "Transformers vs. G.I. Joe" issue 13 he inherits BOTH titles of "Snake Eyes" (from his Sensei) AND Cobra Commander (due to the first Snake Eyes remotely detonating the explosives in the previous Commander's helmet); he wears Snake Eyes' ninja uniform as "Snake Eyes 2.0." while having a COBRA insignia on the uniform's chest to designate him as "Cobra Commander."
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: More like Destro telling him "Billy, he IS your father."
  • Missing Mom: Cobra Commander told Billy she was dead. He was lying.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: By the end of "Transformers vs. GI Joe" issue 13, Billy has become a Cobra-G.I. Joe-Transformer-Arashikage-Reptile-human fusion who not only leads the remnants of COBRA as the new Cobra Commander, he has also inherited the Master Sword and the both title and costume of "Snake Eyes." But to show him embracing both roles, there is now a COBRA insignia on the chest.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: One of the key catalysts in Storm-Shadow's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Toyless Toyline Character

The Blind Master

An American soldier who is blinded by a combat injury and "stranded in Tokyo", and is taken in by the Arashikage Clan, eventually becoming one of their Masters.