Characters: G.I. Joe Film Series

aka: GI Joe Retaliation
The character sheet for the Live Action G. I. Joe Film Series.
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    G.I. Joes 


A soldier who joins the Joes in the first movie, the first film's protagonist. Real name: Conrad Hauser.

Played by: Channing Tatum

Gen. Hawk

The leader of the Joes. Real name: Clayton Abernathy.

Played by: Dennis Quaid


The G.I. Joe team's intelligence expert. Real name: Shana M. O'Hara

Played by: Rachel Nichols


An soldier who joins the Joes in the first movie, the team's expert pilot. Real name: Wallace Weems.

Played by: Marlon Wayans

  • Ace Pilot: Not for most of the movie, though.
  • Badass: Just not as much as Duke or Snake Eyes.
  • Black Best Friend: To Duke in the first movie.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: When he's introduced, he mentions that he'd like like to transfer from the army to the air force and has some simulator time completed. When he joins the Joes, most of the operations we see him carry out are on foot, but at the climax, a pilot is needed...
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Scarlett. it annoys her at first.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Shoots down two nanomite warheads aimed at Moscow and Washington D.C.
  • The Lancer: To Duke.
  • Race Lift: Was white in all canon before 2009 (i.e., the cartoon series from the 1980s and 2000s, the action figures that corresponded to the cartoons, and the comics from the 1980s and 2000s).
  • Sidekick: To Duke. They're even introduced as buddies in the army.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't know if he was killed during the events of the second movie nor is he ever mentioned in the second movie.

Snake Eyes

An American who studied martial arts under the Arashikage ninja clan, taking a vow of silence. He is the rival of Storm Shadow. Real name: Classified.

Played by: Ray Park

  • Badass: So very much. He can outrun a van (without Powered Armor)! He can shoot an opponent's shuriken down with a single shot each!
  • The Big Guy: Shared with Heavy Duty (from the first movie) and Roadblock (from the second movie).
  • Combat Pragmatist: When he was a kid, he was willing to hit his opponents with any available object. He mosly avoids this as an adult. He has no problem with using chloroform on Storm Shadow in the sequel, though.
  • Cool Mask: To the point that it covers his face and head completely.
  • Determinator
    Baroness: He gave up.
    Storm Shadow: He never gives up.
    Their car explodes
  • Dual Tonfas
  • Expressive Mask: In a final gag for his last scene in the first film the sculpted lips on his mask are switched from their neutral expression to a smile (It was either that or letting him talk).
  • The Faceless: In the second movie, they got rid of the lips on his mask, as it proved distracting to the audience and to reinforce the fact that he never speaks.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Subverted. He only beats Storm Shadow (both as a child, and in the climax) when he switches to bladed tonfas.
  • McNinja: Is the world's best ninja despite being American. In a bit of a subversion, the world's second best ninja seems to be Korean.
  • Ninja: Probably the most over-the-top awesome one in twenty-first century American film.
  • The Quiet One: The low sigh he utters at Storm Shadow's apparent death is the most he's ever said in any continuity.
  • The Rival: To Storm Shadow.
  • You Killed My Master: Why he wants to take down Storm Shadow.

Heavy Duty

The field commander of G.I. Joe and the team's heavy machine gunner. Real name: Hershel Dalton.

Played by: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje


The Joe's communications specialist and hacker. Real name: Abel Shaz.

Played by: Saďd Taghmaoui

Cover Girl

Personal assistant to Gen. Hawk. Real name: Courtney Kreiger.

Played by: Karolína Kurková

Sgt. Stone

G.I. Joe's special operations instructor who teaches combat training. Real name: Geoffrey Stone IV.

Played by: Brendan Fraser

  • The Cameo: He's only there for the training scene.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Downplayed.
  • Expy: Sgt. Stone seems to be a replacement for professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter. Oddly, he's not the first Expy of him, with Beachhead having also filled the role.
    • He also aligns with multiple "Lt. Stone" characters in Joe cartoons and comics.
  • Identical Grandson: According to Brendan Frasier, he's a descendant of Rick O'Connell.
  • Nice Hat: A military beret.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, he seems much more pleasant than most iterations of the Joe's Drill Sergeant.

Gen. Joe Coulton

The original G.I. Joe, who helps out Roadblock, Lady Jaye, and Flint.

Played by: Bruce Willis

  • Badass Grandpa: He comes out of retirement and proves to be an essential member of the team. Also, he fires an assault rifle from the back of a speeding El Camino.
  • Bald of Awesome: He is played by Bruce Willis, after all.
  • Big Good: He founded the Joes. Also, he joins Roadblock's team and provides them with essential weapons and allies.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He's got a lot of weapons hidden in his kitchen, including a pair of grenades hidden in a bowl of fruit.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Develops one with Lady Jaye.
  • Retired Badass: "President says I can't come out of retirement. They didn't say anything about reenlisting."
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Lady Jaye.
  • The Southpaw: He's left-handed.


G.I. Joe's infantry heavy weapons specialist and cook. Real name: Marvin F. Hinton.

Played by: Dwayne Johnson

  • Badass
  • Badass Baritone
  • Badass Beard: Most earlier incarnations of Roadblock just had a mustache. This one has a goatee.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy / Bald of Awesome
  • Black Best Friend: To Duke, but not as much as Ripcord. More like black good friend. We see them joking around a lot and playing video games when they're off duty.
  • The Big Guy: Shared with Snake Eyes and Heavy Duty from the first movie.
  • Composite Character: His background has several elements from Stalker in the comics, such as being involved with a gang when growing up in the city, being best buddies with Snake Eyes, and having kids.
  • Gatling Good: He wields a Browning M2 Aircraft machine gun at the climax. This is an homage to the Marvel comic book series where it was his his Weapon of Choice.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's not only strong, but he's also pretty smart and good at coming up with strategies.
  • The Leader: Takes up the role after Duke's death.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted, there's no signs of any relation with Heavy Duty.

Lady Jaye

The covert ops specialist and the only female member in Roadblock and Duke's squad in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. She is also a guns specialist. Real name: Jaye Burnett.

Played by: Adrianne Palicki


Special Forces Warrant Officer in Duke and Roadblock's Squad. Real name: Dashiell R. Faireborn

Played by: D.J. Cotrona

  • The Lancer: To Roadblock following Duke's death.
  • Race Lift: Mildly, as he's played by Hispanic-American actor D.J. Cotrona.


Played by: Joseph Mazzello


Another ninja in the service of the G.I. Joes. She is Snake Eyes' protege. Real name: Classified.

Played by: Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation)





The Doctor/ Cobra Commander

One half of the Big Bad Duumvirate of the first film, which makes sense because he's the Big Bad of the franchise. He assists McCullen in his evil plans, but secretly has plans of his own. Real name: Rex Lewis

Played by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra); Luke Bracey (Body), Robert Baker (Voice) (G.I. Joe: Retaliation)


The other half of the Big Bad Duumvirate of the first film, though more of The Heavy. A weapons designer and founder of the Military Armament Research Syndicate (MARS). His terrorist agenda sets up the movie's plot. Real name: James McCullen XXIV. Destro's company manufactures 70% of the world's armaments.

Played by: Christopher Eccleston

The Baroness

Cobra Intelligence Officer who married a wealthy European aristocrat before she has Storm Shadow kill him/ Real name: Ana Lewis aka Anastascia DeCobray.

Played by: Sienna Miller

Storm Shadow

Member of the ninja clan Arashikage, trained under his uncle, the Hard Master. He is the rival of Snake Eyes. Real name: Thomas Arashikage.

Played by: Byung-hun Lee


A master of disguises who thanks to The Doctor's experimentation can shapeshift. Real name: Classified

Played by: Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Pryce (when he's pretending to be the President of the United States)

  • Arc Words: Him whistling "Jolly Good Fellow."
  • The Bad Guy Wins: By the end of the first movie, he has taken over the presidency of the United States of the America by impersonating the President (and keeping the real President detained). In the second movie, he annihilates most of the G.I. Joes.
  • Dies Wide Open: In the second movie.
  • Dying as Yourself: In the second movie.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: In Retaliation, Zartan is the President of the United States and puts most of the plot in motion, but he still answers to Cobra Commander.
  • The Heavy: In Retaliation, while Cobra Commander is the Big Bad, Zartan is the most prominent antagonist in the film and he does more to set Cobra's evil plan in motion.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the second movie, thanks to Storm Shadow.
  • Karmic Death: He murdered a female GI Joe member in front of Storm Shadow, a man who's disgusted with killing women, and one movie later he gets killed by the same man who he killed the woman in front of because he murdered his master.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • His murder of Cover Girl.
    • The second movie reveals that he murdered Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow's master, the Hard Master, and framed Storm Shadow for it.
  • Laughably Evil: Has his moments in the second movie while disguised as the President. Including one scene where he plays Angry Birds on his phone.
  • Master of Disguise: Appropriate, considering his actor's previous role. To the point that he's American President.
  • President Evil: In the second movie.
  • Psycho for Hire: In the first movie.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While posing as the President, he loves making Incredibly Lame Puns, hanging out with celebrities, and playing games on his smartphone.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is hard to describe Zartan and how vital he plays to Cobra's plans.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Unlike Storm Shadow.

Doctor Mindbender

A scientist in McCullen's employ who developed the nanomite technology and trained "The Doctor" in the field. His current status is unknown. Real name: Unknown.

Played by: Kevin J. O'Connor

  • Decoy Antagonist: A lot of fans familiar with the mythology expected the Doctor to actually be the Rise of Cobra version of Doctor Mindbender. Only at the end, was it revealed that the Doctor is actually Cobra Commander.
  • Demoted to Extra: More of an inversion. The character was never intended to have a name, and was only there as a plot device for The Doctor's path to darkness. After the fact, they realized he could easily be Mindbender and threw his name in for the fans.
  • For Science!: His motivation.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast


Played by: Ray Stevenson


President Zartan's aide.

    Other Characters 

The President of the United States of America

Played by: Jonathan Pryce

  • Kill and Replace: Subverted. Zartan only replaces the President, but doesn't kill him. He was needed for retinal scanning to authorize the US nuclear football.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Correctly guesses MARS Industries' intentions in the first movie. Attempts to resist interrogation in the second movie and helps restore the Joes' reputation.
  • You're Insane!: To Zartan when he shows what the nanomites are capable of for his disguise when he slices his face with a knife.

Warden Nigel James

Played by: Walton Goggins

  • Asshole Victim: The Eisengart breakout is shot like an action scene and the Warden is a jerk, so it's hard to feel sorry for him when he dies.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He talks about his prisoners as if they were action figures. This, coupled with the fact that he subjects his prisoners to an And I Must Scream fate, makes him less than likable
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He shoots an explosive gas canister, seriously injuring Storm Shadow.

Hard Master:

Played by: Gerald Okamura

  • Death by Flashback: He only exists in a flashback, but his death is what kicks off the rivalry between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Not by Storm Shadow, but by Zartan, who frames the former for it.
  • Parental Favoritism: He seemed to have favor Snake Eyes rather than Storm Shadow while they were growing up and being taught martial arts.

Blind Master

Played by: The RZA

  • Blind Weapon Master: Its in his namesake, after-all. Though he is blind from a past event, he still able to teach other students in the way of martial arts.
  • Mr. Exposition: He narrates the scenes where Snake Eyes hunts for Storm Shadow.

Alternative Title(s):

GI Joe The Riseof Cobra, GI Joe Retaliation