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Characters from the IDW Publishing Action Man comic series, and related characters from Revolutionaries and the Hasbro Comic Universe.

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Action Man Programme

    Action Man (Ian Noble) 

Action Man/Ian Noble
A young South London lad who was recruited into Action Man's support team after managing to break into an A.M.P. facility; he was pushed into becoming the new Action Man after being present during the mission in which his predecessor sacrificed his life. Cheerful, friendly, irreverent and reckless, Ian struggles to live up to his predecessor's impossible legacy, but is equipped with serious skills and a sharper mind than most give him credit for.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: His power suit, which among other things, somehow supplies his respirator with air without an oxygen tank.
  • Cowboy Cop: He doesn't always follow orders to the letter... or at all. His Revolution bio indicates that he undertook multiple pieces of unauthorised fieldwork in the years before becoming Action Man.
  • Crazy Awesome: Derailing trains, destroying castles, crashing a jetski into a fortified compound, befriending a Transformer... Ian is proof of the fact that "sometimes, crazy works".
  • Destructive Savior: A lot of his operations involve Stuff Blowing Up; most notably, the occasion when he stopped a train from crashing (and detonating a dirty bomb) by derailing it into a wildlife park.
  • The Pollyanna: No matter how bad the situation gets, Ian's going to come at it with a grin and a wisecrack.
    Salmons: Are you kidding me? I thought you were seriously injured.
    Ian: I'm not seriously anything, Salmons.
  • Pungeon Master: Loves a good pun, and loves bad ones even more. He even criticises Vanessa Warfield for telling him to "stop" and not to "freeze"!
  • Trigger Happy: Not much of one for subtlety, and likes to go in guns blazing.
  • Unfortunate Name: A Running Gag in Revolution is people being incredulous about his name being Action Man. Miles Mayhem, Mainframe, Kup, and Scarlett all get in on it.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's hardly unskilled, but compared to his predecessor he likes using brute-force solutions more than elegant infiltrations and expert technical skill.


    Terrence Salmons 

Agent Terrence Salmons

One of the Action Man Programme's field agents, and the front-runner to succeed Agent Brogan as Action Man until circumstance forced Ian's promotion. He's rather bitter over Ian getting the role despite not being nearly as qualified, and nurses a grudge against Ian for it.

    Mercy Gale 

Agent Mercy Gale

A high-ranking intelligence operative and field agent for the Action Man Programme, and one of Ian Noble's best friends. Unlike Salmons, she sympathises with the difficult position that Ian's in, and does her best to support him.

In actuality, she is the true identity of the supervillain Doctor X. For tropes relating to her in this role, see Doctor X below.

  • Improbable Age: Joined MI-6 straight after graduation, and was running intelligence for the A.M.P. before she was thirty.
  • Nice Girl: Shows a lot of kindness and supportiveness to Ian, and was apparently good friends with Brogan.
  • Oop North: Originally hails from Manchester.

    Bryce Chan 

Quartermaster Bryce Chan

Quartermaster of the Action Man Programme, who moved up to replace his predecessor Sinclair at some point after Ian became Action Man. He's one of Ian's friends, though his Insufferable Genius tendencies push it into Vitriolic Best Buds territory; as well as that, he provides Action Man with all of his mission-specific tech and gear.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gives a dry running commentary on Ian's blunders.
  • Improbable Age: He can't be older than his early 20s, and he's running tech support for one of the most elite organisations on the planet.
  • Insufferable Genius: Very smart, and he wants you to know it.
  • The Scapegoat: Doctor X tries to have him framed as the traitor in the Action Man Programme, though it doesn't stick.

    Pauline Bestley 

Director Pauline Bestley

Director of the Action Man Programme, and boss of both Brogan and Ian. She quickly gets frustrated with Ian's antics, but is willing to recognise that he's good at what he does.

    Mike Brogan 

Action Man/Agent Mike Brogan

Ian Noble's predecessor as Action Man, and the man who recruited him into the Action Man Programme. A legendary hero, his death leaves an impossible legacy for Ian to live up to.


Doctor X's forces

    Doctor X (SPOILERS) 

Doctor X/Mercy Gale
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In the aftermath of a routine mission to counter the operations of the villain Doctor X, Mercy Gale — who had grown weary and disillusioned with the constant struggle of the Action Man Programme to break even — discovered that, by pure chance, Doctor X was dead. Instead of reporting this to her superiors, she realised that if she controlled both Doctor X's operations and those responsible for countering them, she could accomplish real change. As such, she covered up the evidence of his death, and took control of his operations as the new Doctor X.

When this was inadvertently revealed to Ian, Mercy attempted to convince him to join her, but her underestimation of him allowed the Action Man Programme to learn the truth. Mercy faked her death, and took up the role of Doctor X full-time.

  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Some of what she says indicates that she's become less interested in saving the world, and more interested in power for the sake of it.
    Ian: God. The access to alien technology alone...
    Mercy: Is too much for them to have — it should belong to the world. Or at least to me.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Part of the reason Britain's in much better condition than America is, after the Decepticons came along, is because of her.
  • That Man Is Dead: After destroying the A.M.P. aircraft, she claims that "Agent Gale died in the VTOL explosion".
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: The reason that she becomes disillusioned with the AMP, and decides to take over Doctor X's operations.

    The Professor 

The Professor

The leader of Doctor X's evil scientists at the Chateau.
  • Body Horror: His skin is green and mutilated.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Had his sense of humour surgically removed so he could focus on coming up with new ways to murder.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only ever referred to as "the Professor" in the series, but he's an update of the 90's Action Man villain Professor Gangrene.



A helmeted German mercenary doing work for Doctor X.


Red Shadows

    Baron Ironblood 

Baron Ironblood

A long-time enemy of the Action Man Programme; in the aftermath of the destruction of Doctor X's airship, Storm Shadow and Doctor X contacted him, and they subsequently began working together to secure the Talisman. In actuality, he's Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe, working with Earth's villains in an attempt to destroy all the Transformers.
  • Bad Boss: Orders his group to evacuate the Section Sabine moonbase without making any effort to secure those elsewhere in the base.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms one with Doctor X in Revolutionaries.
  • Canon Immigrant: Hails from Action Force, the British counterpart to the GI Joe A Real American Hero line.
  • Cool Helmet: The classic Ironblood's helmet was pretty doofy looking; by contrast, the IDW one exudes pure menace.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Ironblood wouldn't have gotten started if the Autobots and Decepticons had just stayed away from Earth, and especially if Optimus hadn't forcibly made it part of the Council of Worlds.
  • The Faceless: Unlike the classic Ironblood, who had a large eye-slit in his mask through which part of his face was visible, this version simply has a visor with Glowing Eyes of Doom showing through.
  • Noble Demon: Claims to not want to see anyone die unnecessarily. Cybertronians, to him, don't count, and he's perfectly willing to do hideous things to them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His plans for the Talisman are unknown, but he seems to think it's for the greater good. It eventually turns out he plans to use the Talisman to kill all of the Transformers to protect the Earth from them.

    Storm Shadow 

Storm Shadow II

The mysterious leader of the Red Shadow ninja, formed from the remnants of the Arashikage clan; she acts as Doctor X's bodyguard and second in command.

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