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

Played by: Channing Tatum

  • A Father to His Men: Becomes a captain the second movie, and has good relationship with his team mates. Roadblock describes him as "A good captain, a better friend".
  • Badass: Though not to the level of Snake Eyes.
  • 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.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In Retaliation where his death makes the stakes clear and motivates the surviving Joes.

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: 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 sigh 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Action Girl: Very capable of fighting, to the point that she earned the respect from Gen. Colton himself.
  • 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.


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: Originally a Caucasian, he's played by Hispanic-American actor D.J. Cotrona in the movies.


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)

  • Affirmative Action Girl: Her existence prevents Lady Jaye from being the sole female on the team.
  • Ascended Extra: Had a brief cameo in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but becomes one of the main Joe characters in Retaliation.
  • 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.
  • Sidekick: She's Snake Eyes's apprentice, and travels with him to the Himalayas to capture Storm Shadow.





The Doctor/Cobra Commander

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. 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: Anastascia DeCobray.

Played by: Sienna Miller

  • 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.

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

  • 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: He's more than capable of going toe-to-toe with Snake Eyes, particularly in the second movie — where he proves to be more than enough a challenge despite having just recovered from some serious injuries, and was only successfully subdued when Jinx chloroformed him.
  • 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.
    "For you, Zartan, I make an exception."
  • 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.
    "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.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's undoubtedly well-built, and the movies constantly find reasons for him to go shirtless.


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: Reverts to his original form after Storm Shadow kills him.
  • 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