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 [[Characters/GIJoeIDW here]].

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

* TheBrigadier
* NoNameGiven: His first name is classified.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He has a thorough understanding of politics that enable him to see viewpoints from all sides.

!!'''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.

* TheBigGuy
* ExactWords: He promised Dr Venom not to kill him as he lived. When the traitorous doctor shoot him, a grenade falls out of the dead Kwinn's hand, killing Dr Venom.
* IconicItem: His skull necklace.
* MadeOfIron: No sells Snake-Eyes, and describes fighting and defeating a polar bear.
* PunchClockVillain: Does not particularly like Cobra, [[DirtyCommunists really hates the KGB]], but takes jobs for both because they pay well.
* WorthyOpponent: Sees Snake-Eyes as one.

!!'''William Kessler'''
The son of Cobra Commander. Billy was present for his father's StartOfDarkness 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.

* ArchnemesisDad: Cobra Commander.
* AudienceSurrogate: Provided a civilian perspective on the Joe vs Cobra conflict.
* AnArmAndALeg: Lost an eye and a leg when Scrap-Iron blew up his car with a missle.
** TheDeterminator: This put him in a coma for six months, but he did not die.
* TheApprentice: Storm-Shadow is his [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]], the Blind Master is his Yoda.
* {{Expy}}: An IdealHero teenager with a pretty common name seeks revenge on a supervillain who wears a CoolHelmet 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 [[Franchise/StarWars Luke]]?
* EyepatchOfPower
* FirstNameBasis: Usually just called Billy. Kessler is presumably his mother's maiden name.
* LaResistance
* LukeIAmYourFather: More like Destro telling him "Billy, he IS your father."
* MissingMom: Cobra Commander told Billy she was dead. [[spoiler: He was lying.]]
* RestoredMyFaithInHumanity: One of the key catalysts in Storm-Shadow's HeelFaceTurn.
* ToylessToylineCharacter

!!'''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.

* BadassGrandpa: The Marvel comics implies that he war where he lost his sight was [[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar Korea]], which would put him in his fifties at least.
* CanonImmigrant: Originally a comics only character, but mentioned in [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie the animated movie]] and actually appears in the live action one.
* CaneFu: Uses his cane as a weapon.
* CoolCar: A Ford GT 40 Mark V.
* HandicappedBadass: Despite being blind, he's still a master martial artist, is able to sense how close he is to the blast radius of a grenade, and he can still drive ("Only at night").
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Frequently wore a Hawaiian shirt and a Panama hat.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Hawaiian shirts tend to stand out. Occasionally lampshaded by other characters.
* MadeOfIron: "The Blind Master has a talent for surviving explosions."
* MightyWhitey: He's black, but otherwise fits a RetiredBadass variation of the trope.
* YourEyesCanDeceiveYou: Teaches this to his students.