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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.


General Austin
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
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

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.
    • Determinator: This put him in a coma for six months, but he did not die.
  • 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 continuity that served as a continuation of the Marvel Comics series and the IDW Publishing continuation that has since replaced the Devil's Due series as canon, but both continuities have his death occur under different circumstances. In the former, Cobra Commander murders him with a poisoned dart. In the latter, he is slain by Blue Ninjas to sell them as a dangerous new threat.
  • 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.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe reinterprets Serpentor as the future son of Cobra Commander and the Baroness, which makes Serpentor Billy's half-brother.
  • 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 2008 IDW continuity.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Finally remedied by the GI Joe Collector's Club in 2016.

Jesse Kwinn
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.