Characters / G.I. Joe Film Series
aka: GI Joe Retaliation

The character sheet for the live action G.I. Joe film series, consisting of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
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G.I. Joe

An elite special missions force whose mission is to defend the world from terrorists.


Conrad Hauser / Duke
Played by: Channing Tatum

A soldier who joins the Joes in the first movie, and serves as the first film's protagonist.
  • A Father to His Men: Becomes a captain the second movie, and has good relationship with his teammates. Roadblock describes him as "A good captain, a better friend".
  • Dating Catwoman: The Baroness is his ex-fiancee whom he still has feelings for.
  • Determinator: His absolute refusal to tire or give up helps him save Paris in the first movie.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite getting a promotion, his role was much smaller in the second movie, where he dies in the first act.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Goes out pretty abruptly during a Cobra attack. People certainly wouldn't expect the first movie's main protagonist to die in such a manner.
  • The Hero: Of the first movie. It's a Welcome Episode for him as he joins the G.I. Joes. In the sequel this role is passed on to Roadblock.
  • Honorary Uncle: Roadblock's kids call him "Uncle Duke", establishing that the two are close friends.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Flint in Retaliation.
  • Love Redeems: How he brings about Baronness' Heel–Face Turn.
  • Mauve Shirt: In the second movie, where he has little screen time but plenty of characterization and plot significance.
  • My Greatest Failure: Rex Lewis's (supposed) death. And for leaving Ana to grieve alone since he couldn't face her for not being able to his promise, allowing her to become the Baroness.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In Retaliation where his death makes the stakes clear and motivates the surviving Joes.

     Gen. Hawk 

Gen. Clayton Abernathy / Gen. Hawk
Played by: Dennis Quaid

The leader of the Joes.


Shana M. O'Hara / Scarlett
Played by: Rachel Nichols

The G.I. Joe team's intelligence expert.


Wallace Weems / Ripcord
Played by: Marlon Wayans

An soldier who joins the Joes in the first movie, the team's expert pilot.
  • Ace Pilot: Not for most of the movie, though.
  • 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 

Snake Eyes
Played by: Ray Park

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.
  • The Big Guy: He's the Joes' best combatant, and gets involved in most of the physical action.
  • 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 exhalation he utters at Storm Shadow's apparent death is the most he's ever said in any continuity.
  • The Rival: To Storm Shadow.
  • The Voiceless: He's taken a vow of silence, and not only does the man not speak, he's never heard making any noise (no shouts, whispers, sighs, nothing).
  • You Killed My Father: His enmity with Storm Shadow began when the latter killed Hard Master — who had served as a father figure to both boys.

     Heavy Duty 

Hershel Dalton / Heavy Duty

The field commander of G.I. Joe and the team's heavy machine gunner.


Abel Shaz / Breaker
Played by: Saïd Taghmaoui

The Joe's communications specialist and hacker.

     Cover Girl 

Courtney Kreiger / Cover Girl
Played by: Karolína Kurková

The personal assistant to Gen. Hawk.

     Sgt. Stone 

Sgt. Geoffrey Stone IV

Played by: Brendan Fraser

G.I. Joe's special operations instructor who teaches combat training.
  • The Cameo: He's only there for the training scene.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Downplayed.
  • Expy: Sgt. Stone seems to be a replacement for the character/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 

Gen. Joseph "Joe" Coulton
Played by: Bruce Willis

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


Marvin F. Hinton / Roadblock
Played by: Dwayne Johnson

G.I. Joe's infantry heavy weapons specialist and cook.
  • Badass Baritone
  • Badass Beard: Most earlier incarnations of Roadblock just had a mustache. This one has a goatee.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Once he becomes the leader. He's rocking the Ben Sisko look.
  • Black Best Friend: Replaces Ripcord as Duke's primary companion. They exchange playful banters and play games together when they're off duty. Duke even looks after his daughters when he's otherwise busy.
  • 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: Becomes the leader of the Joes after Duke's death.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted, there's no signs of any relation with Heavy Duty.

     Lady Jaye 

Jaye Burnett / Lady Jaye
Played by: Adrianne Palicki

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.
  • Action Girl: Very capable of fighting, to the point that she earned the respect from Gen. Colton himself.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's kind of a Breaker/Scarlett combo.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Develops a bond with Colton, who is probably twice her age.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She ends up wearing a red dress while disguised as a Fox News reporter. Later, she ends up undressing.
  • Semper Fi: She comes from the marines.
  • The Smart Guy: Takes over this role from the absent Breaker.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her distant father died before she had the chance to prove herself to him, while nothing much is said of her mother.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her father was a military chauvinist who believed that women can't make good soldiers. She enlisted in the army, determined to outrank him so that he would respect her.


Dashiell R. Faireborn / Flint

Played by: D.J. Cotrona

Special Forces Warrant Officer in Duke and Roadblock's Squad.
  • The Lancer: To Roadblock following Duke's death.
  • Race Lift: Originally a Caucasian, he's played by Hispanic-American actor D.J. Cotrona in the movies.



Played by: Joseph Mazzello



Played by: Élodie Yung

Another ninja in the service of the G.I. Joes. She is Snake Eyes' protege. Real name: Classified.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Her existence prevents Lady Jaye from being the sole female on the team.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Disguised herself as a Cobra red ninja to get close to the Cobra Commander, Firefly and Zartan along with Storm Shadow, who was going after Zartan because he murdered the Hard Master.
  • Ninja: She's a member of the Arashikage clan.
  • The Quiet One: Though she has a few lines, unlike Snake Eyes, she's relatively taciturn.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted, as the movies glosses over the fact that she's Storm Shadow's cousin and her name is Kim Arashikage.
  • Sidekick: She's Snake Eyes's apprentice, and travels with him to the Himalayas to capture Storm Shadow.

Military Armaments Research Syndicate (MARS)/Cobra

The Military Armaments Research Syndicate (MARS) is a weapons developing company that in turn founded Cobra, a terrorist organization bent on world domination.

     Rex Lewis/The Doctor 

Rexford "Rex" Lewis / The Doctor

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

One half of the Big Bad Duumvirate of the first film. He assists McCullen in his evil plans, but secretly has plans of his own. Sure enough, he takes his first oppurtunity to take over MARS, reform it as the terrorist organization Cobra, and declare himself to be Cobra Commander.


James McCullen XXIV / Destro

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

     The Baroness 

Ana Lewis / Anastascia DeCobray / The Baroness

Played by: Sienna Miller

A Cobra Intelligence Officer who married a wealthy European aristocrat.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Baroness forces a woman out of an elevator at gunpoint. Then casually compliments her choice of footwear.
  • The Baroness: No surprise here.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The only reason she's fighting for the villains is because she's being mind-controlled by nanomites.
  • Dark Action Girl: She trained under Storm Shadow, so she fights well. She's also a member of the villainous organisation, Cobra.
  • Dark Chick: Uses her feminine wiles to gain a scientist's research for Destro.
  • Dating Catwoman: She used to be engaged to Duke. They later reconcile, prompting her High-Heel–Face Turn.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. Even though the nanomites have been removed from her body, she has to stay imprisoned for a while.
  • Guns Akimbo: Fights with two guns.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: The only female Cobra member, and later defects to the heroes' side after the effects of her brainwashing is removed.
  • More Than Mind Control: A victim of severe brainwashing.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A well-endowed seductress who goes around wearing very form-fitting outfits.
  • Related in the Adaptation: This incarnation is Cobra Commander's sister.
  • Shoot Your Mate: She doesn't kill her husband Adam DeCobray, she does kiss him knowing Storm Shadow will kill him for touching her.
  • Spy Catsuit: Wears a tight leather suit during her behind-the-scene missions.
  • The Squadette: She's the only woman we see on the MARS/Cobra side.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Duke threatens to shoot Ana/The Baroness if Storm Shadow moves:
    The Baroness: [to Duke] Do it. You already killed me once.

     Storm Shadow 

Thomas Arashikage / Storm Shadow

Played by: Byung-hun Lee

A member of the ninja clan Arashikage, trained under his uncle, the Hard Master. He is the rival of Snake Eyes.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's a skilled ninja apprentice who's very proud of his skills. He does not take it well when Snake Eyes bested him in combat.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Can combine his two swords into a double-bladed one.
  • The Brute: In the first movie, he's depicted as one of the more violent-prone member of the Cobra.
  • Disney Villain Death: Seemingly falls to his death after his final encounter with Snake Eyes. However, he survives and appears in the second movie.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In his introduction in the second movie, he pretends to be Snake Eyes so that he can break into the German facility and free Cobra Commander.
  • Easily Forgiven: After The Reveal that he did not kill the Hard Master, and then helping the Joes bring down Zartan, Snake Eyes allowed him to walk off scott-free, even though he's murdered innocents and broke free the Cobra Commander.
  • Enemy Mine: With the Joes in Retaliation.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Killing women disgusts him.
    Storm Shadow: For you, Zartan, I make an exception.
    • He was surprised when the Baroness wanted him to kill her husband Adam DeCobray.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was framed for his master's murder and while being on a run, was shown kindness by Zartan, who led him to become what he is right now.
    Storm Shadow: My path was chosen for me by my enemy who framed me for killing the Hard Master, and my friends who believed it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Resented Snake Eyes for being a better fighter than he, and (supposedly) killed the Hard Master when the latter showed more favour towards Snake Eyes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Pulls one off to help the Joes go after Zartan, who was in fact, his master's murderer. Doubles as a Mythology Gag where he defected to G.I. Joe once.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Possibly in contrast to Snake Eyes' all-black suit, he wears one that's all-white.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Sort of. His last name is Japanese, but his actor's ethnicity (as well as the fact that he spoke Korean as a kid) implies he's actually an adopted Korean. This is not that far-fetched.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: He willingly lets himself get caught as Snake Eyes, and even after being revealed to be Storm Shadow, he pretends his heart rate has gone down so that he can get out of the capsule and free Cobra Commander.
  • Made of Iron: He takes an unbelievable amount of punishment.
  • Man in White: Whether he's in his Ninja outfit, or in his casual clothes, he's always wearing white. Probably to contrast Snake Eyes' all-black attire.
  • Marquee Alter Ego: Unlike his animated counterpart, this Storm Shadow is almost never seen with his mask on. He does wear them once in a while, but would always take it off before joining in the big action scenes.
  • Master of Your Domain: He can make his heart rate go down, which he uses to free Cobra Commander.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's undoubtedly well-built, and the movies constantly find reasons for him to go shirtless.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Shares a name with a cruise missile.
  • Ninja
  • Not Quite Dead: He survives a stabbing and fall into freezing water.
  • The Rival: To Snake Eyes.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Roadblock's team in Retaliation. following his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: His last name is Arashikage, which means "Storm Shadow".
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: How he kills Zartan in Retaliation.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Zartan's murder of his master is uncovered, he goes into this state and doesn't come out of it until after he kills Zartan in revenge.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As a boy, he longed for Hard Master's approval.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Snake Eyes.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Is disgusted by the murder of Cover Girl.
  • You Killed My Father: Why he goes after Zartan in the second movie.



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

A master of disguises who thanks to The Doctor's experimentation can shapeshift. Real name: Classified
  • 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: Reverts to his original form after Storm Shadow kills him.
  • Dirty Coward
  • 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 while the world's superpowers scramble attempting to stop a nuclear holocaust.
  • 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 

Doctor Mindbender

Played by: Kevin J. O'Connor

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.
  • Decoy Protagonist: 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

Cobra's explosives/demolitions expert.



Played by: Matt Gerald

President Zartan's aide.

Other Characters

    The President 

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 

Warden Nigel James

Played by: Walton Goggins

The warden of the Einsargen prison.
  • 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 

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 

Blind Master

Played by: 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