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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 here.

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General Austin

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Voiced By: John Stephenson (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Sunbow series)

A U.S. Army Major General who played adviser to the G.I. Joe commanders.

  • Composite Character: The first Sunbow miniseries essentially combines Austin and General Flagg into one character, using Austin's model for the animated trailer for ARAH #1.
  • The Brigadier: Major General indeed.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He's called "Old Iron-Butt" by the men under his charge for his stubbornness, a moniker he despise but at the end of the day even him admits it's quite fitting.
  • No Name Given: His first name is classified. According to the Essential Guide it's Aaron, making his an Alliterative Name.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He has a thorough understanding of politics that enable him to see viewpoints from all sides. Consequently, he did not have as much trouble with "The Jugglers" as Hawk did.
  • Take Up My Sword/You Are in Command Now: At the beginning, he had to take the role of the team's handler after Gen. Flagg was K.I.A. Working on this capacity he suddenly suffered a heart attack after the invasion of the first "Pit", so he decided to retire and named Hawk as his successor but under the wing of his replacement on the command chain, Gen. Hollingsworth.

The Blind Master

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Portrayed By: RZA (G.I. Joe: Retaliation)

An American soldier who is blinded by a combat injury and "stranded in Tokyo", so he's taken in by the Arashikage Clan, eventually becoming one of their Masters.

William Kessler

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Cobra Commander's son. He was present for his father's Start of Darkness and grew to despise the madman that his father became. Becoming a Ninja Apprentice eventually and occasionally joins forces with others opposed to his father.

  • Archnemesis Dad: Cobra Commander.
  • Audience Surrogate: Provided a civilian perspective on the GI Joe vs Cobra conflict.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost an eye and a leg when Scrap-Iron blew up his car with a missile.
  • The Apprentice: Storm-Shadow is his Obi-Wan, the Blind Master is his Yoda.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: He is killed off in both the Devil's Due Publishing and the IDW Publishing continuation that has since replaced the DDP's series, but both continuities have his death occur under different circumstances.
  • Expy:
    • A teenager Ideal Hero with a pretty common name seeks revenge on a masked supervillain for "what he did to his father," turns out said villain actually IS his father. Trained by a master martial artist, settting out to confront the villain before his training is complete resulting in a disastrous encounter where he loses a limb and nearly dies. After recovering and getting a cybernetic replacement for a missing limb completes his training. 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 Luke?
    • Either you can see him like this, or like the new version of the original Adventure Team member Mike Power.
  • Eyepatch of Power: His leg was replaced via experimental cybernetics, his eye was not.
  • First-Name Basis: Usually just called Billy. Kessler is presumably his mother's maiden name.
  • La Résistance: During his time in the Cobra controlled Springfield.
  • Legacy Character: In "Transformers vs. G.I. Joe" issue 13 he inherits BOTH titles of "Snake Eyes" (from his Sensei) AND Cobra Commander due to the first Snake Eyes remotely detonating the explosives in the previous Commander's helmet.
    • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Billy becomes a Cobra-G.I. Joe-Transformer-Arashikage-Reptile-human fusion after losing An Arm and a Leg against Snake-Eyes and having his limbs replaced after Megatron binary-bonds him to the Decepticons Army and Limbot. Billy not only leaded the remnants of COBRA as their new Commander, but also inherited the Master Sword and both; the "Snake Eyes'" title and costume. To show him embracing both roles now there's a COBRA insignia on his chest.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: More like Destro telling him "Billy, he IS your father."
  • Missing Mom: Cobra Commander told Billy she was dead. He was lying.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: One of the key catalysts in Storm-Shadow's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He remains alive in Transformers vs. G.I. Joe as well as the main IDW continuity.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Finally remedied by the GI Joe Collector's Club in 2016.

Jesse Kwinn

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An Eskimo mercenary who worked for the CIA, KGB, MI6, and Cobra. Known for his strict code of honor, Kwinn never betrays his clients and always keeps his word, even when given to an enemy.
  • BFG: His .30 caliber M1919 Browning is smaller than Roadblock's .50 caliber, but it's a rather heavy weapon that most soldiers mount on a tripod, and Kwinn carries it by hand.
  • The Big Guy: A giant of a man with strength to match. He's no dummy, though.
  • Exact Words: He promised Dr. Venom not to kill him as he lived. When the traitorous doctor shoots him, a grenade falls out of the dead Kwinn's hand, killing Dr Venom.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While he and Snake-Eyes initially worked together out of necessity, they gradually became friends during their ordeal.
  • Generation Xerox: DDP gave him a son, Ghost Bear, who is also a mercenary.
  • Iconic Item: His skull necklace.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Kwinn often compares Dr. Venom to a weasel, but also believes that all men have a "weasel spirit" within. He ultimately decides to let the doctor go to overcome his "inner weasel". This proves fatal.
  • Made of Iron: Holded himself pretty well against Snake-Eyes in a one on one combat to a stalemate, while describing how he fought and beat a polar bear.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Does not particularly like Cobra, really hates the KGB, but takes jobs for both because they pay well.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Dr. Venom double-crosses him one too many times, Kwinn finally decides to track him down. When it's all said and done, he decides to spare the not-so-good doctor, but see Exact Words above.
  • Shout-Out: To "Quinn the Eskimo" by Bob Dylan.
  • Third-Person Person: Frequently referred to himself in the third person.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Snake-Eyes as one. Eventually they team up to take down a certain Mad Scientist.
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