Known as "Special CounterTerrorism Unit Delta" by the Pentagon, G.I. Joe was created by Generals Joseph B. Colton and Lawrence J. Flagg to serve originally as America's main counter-strike force and later as the Global Integrated Joint Operations Entity for NATO.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers has the Joes formed to stop Cobra when the terrorist organization has enslaved the Autobots and Decepticons for use as weapons after the Cybertronians' arrival on Earth. Optimus Prime eventually manages to break free from Cobra's control and convinces the Joes to liberate his fellow Autobots to turn the tide against Cobra and the Decepticons.
- Artistic License Military: Although Duke and Flint form a Command Triumvirate with Hawk in most continuities, First Sergeants and Warrant Officers are actually fairly low on the chain of command. If a Real Life Military command structure was utilized, Beach Head (Staff Sergeant), Stalker (First Class Sergeant), Sgt. Slaughter (Gunnery Sergeant) and Shipwreck (Chief Petty Officer) would be of equal rank, then Duke (First Sergeant) and Flint (Flight/Chief Warrant Officer 3) outranking them, and all of them being outranked by Torpedo (Chief Warrant Officer 4), Steeler (Second Lieutenant), Falcon (First Lieutenant, later Captain), Ace, Doc and Grid-Iron (Captains). Likewise, Keel-Haul (Vice-Admiralnote ) would outrank Hawk (Colonel, later Brigadier Generalnote ).
- Bigger on the Inside: Many vehicles, especially aircraft, are depicted hauling up to 3 characters when there's only 2 seats. The Sky Striker fighter and Dragonfly attack chopper are infamously remembered for doing so.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: In the comics: Ninjas = Jedi but Wet-Suit and Torpedonote could also qualify.
- In the cartoon: Spirit, Quick Kick and Sgt. Slaughter, hands down.
- In comics: Only Sgt. Slaughter (again) and Outback.
- Code Name: Each and every member has its own, and that's the name most fans identify them with. For starters: G.I. Joe is the code name for the officially called "Special CounterTerrorism Unit Delta".
- Dub Name Change: Initially called Action Force in foreign markets, until G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra made the original name an acronym that worked on an international level.
- Expy: As A Real American Hero was born out of Larry Hama's Fury Force pitch to Marvel, they are essentially a mixture of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Delta Force.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Granted since we're dealing with a toy franchise active since 1964. Up to September 2020 there are officially 163 Joes not including spin-offs and alternate continuities such as Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles, G.I. Joe Extreme, Sigma 6 and the DDP/IDW "Disavowed" universe.
Real Name: Joseph B. Colton
The most condecorated man who has ever served in U.S. history. Leader of the Adventure Team back in The '70s, the team's predecessors. Always there to lend a hand to the team named after him.
- Adapted Out: None of the animated adaptations feature him or acknowledge his involvement in the organization's history.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He may be retired, but once He's Back into action, each and every Joe differs the command to him out of pure respect.
- Bald of Awesome: In Retaliation. Incidentally, portrayed by a Military Brat himself.
- Cool Old Guy: He still is very capable of kicking ass, leading soldiers to battle and being a friendly fellow in general.
- Expecting Someone Taller: It doubles as a Mythology Gag since he comes from a 12-inch toyline, higher than the 3 3/4 inch toyline representing the G.I. Joe team.
- Famed in Story: He is THE G.I. JOE, the legendary soldier the unit's named after.
- A Father to His Men: More like a fatherly inspiration for at least 3 generations after him.
- Four-Star Badass/Frontline General: Nowadays. He started up as a second lieutenant.
- Genius Bruiser: When he was reintroduced in the Marvel comics he was the head of the U.S. government's laser defense satellite program, and was well versed in the technical aspects of the project.
- Humble Hero: He tends to refer to himself as "just another guy called Joe".
- In Name Only: In the Hasbro Comic Universe, Sgt. Savage exposes him as being ''Baron Ironblood''.
- The Jailer: Downplayed. In IDW his main function was to arrest and keep the most dangerous members of Cobra and The Coil in a top-secret facilty called "The Coffin".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers: Black Horizon gives him the face of Chuck Norris.
- Official Couple: With his then field nurse, later a full-fledged medic: G.I. Jane.
- Old Soldier: And likewise, he may never die.
- Retired Badass: He's no longer an active soldier, but that doesn't mean he can't hold his own anymore. Averted in IDW when he had to replace Hawk as leader.
- Scars Are Forever: His right cheek scar, same as Action Man (who began as a UK version of the original G.I. Joe).
- Shout-Out: He's from Central Falls, R.I. The place where it all started.
Real Name: Clayton M. Abernathy
The Leader of the Joes.
- Adaptational Abomination: In Valor vs Venom he was turned into the Serpentor's Expy, Venomous Maximus.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He was blond in the comics, but when he appeared in the cartoon and after his second action figure his hair became deep-dark brown to make him different from Duke. Eventually the comic went that way as well.
- Third-Option Adaptation: His hair has already turned gray in modern iterations of the franchise, thus sidestepping the hair color issue.
- Adaptation Name Change: During Devil's Due continuity, his code name was changed to "General Tomahawk".
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the highest authority among the Joes and will kick serious ass when he needs to.
- Bald of Awesome/Eyepatch of Power: In Renegades.
- Big Good: He's usually the only Joe higher in authority than Duke.
- Colonel Badass: Later promoted to The Brigadier.
- Expy: It is either him or the original Joe who can be seen as the Nick Fury's one within the franchise.
- A Father to His Men: Refuses to stay behind a desk while his men are out there risking their lives.
- Frontline General: Spends most of his time leading the Joes in the field. He pays the price for this in the comics, getting injured numerous times and earning a Cowboy Cop reputation with his superiors in the Pentagon.
- Handicapped Badass: In IDW and Sigma 6 continuities he's left bound to a wheel chair. Renegades has him walking cane-assisted.
- Kicked Upstairs: The Jugglers note tried this by making Hawk one of their own. It didn't work.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Even back in The '90s, before the whole hair color issue came forth, some cartoon and comics artists graced Hawk's facial features with those of Clint Eastwood.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He was born into a wealthy, prestigious family, and was a Valedictorian at West Point.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He will give his soldiers a chance to redeem themselves or prove their intentions when they are suspected of going rogue.
- Remember the New Guy?: In the cartoon, Hawk just appears as the team's commanding officer at the start of the second season. The reason for this was Hasbro had just released a new action figure of Hawk to showcase his promotion to General and the cartoon was required to include him. This wasn't an issue with the Marvel comics since Hawk was a regular character from the first issue.
- Sunglasses at Night: In the second season of the DiC series, he's always wearing sunglasses.
Real Name: Kurt Schnurr
A weird kid who became an even weirder adult, Airtight serves as the team's Hostile Environment specialist.
- Adaptational Nationality: In the Marvel UK Action Force comic he's German.
- Ambiguously Brown: In Renegades his file name is never mentioned, but it's heavily implied that he was made Mexican for he's in charge of a Cobra Industries plant in that country.
- Determinator: It takes a lot of courage and resolve to willingly walk into a cloud of toxic gas that's "strong enough to kill a mutant weight-lifter cockroach" wearing a protective suit built under contract for the government by the lowest bidder.
- Expy: He's essentially what Peter Parker would have been like if he never got bit by that radioactive spider, but managed to get a job in S.H.I.E.L.D. instead.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Averted. Though many of the other Joes consider him to be a "pencil-necked geek" and "childish prankster", he's highly valued as the guy most likely to save their bacon if the enemy decides to really fight dirty.
- Otaku: Rare Western example. The guy loves his plastic dinosaurs collection, apparently.
- The Prankster: Sneezing powder, plastic barf, whoopee cushion you name it!! But as noted above, not every Joe is fond of his practical jokes.
- Science Hero: Specializes in chemical, biological and radiological science.
- Those Two Guys: With Barbecue. They're frequently paired together for hostile environment missions. And both of them are jovial pranksters when they're off duty.
Real Name: Albert M. Pine
Mountaineer who grew up in Idaho. Best buddies with Bazooka.
- Black and Nerdy: His secondary specialty is accounting. In the DDP run after the G.I. Joe team was disbanded, he retired from the military and became a full-time accountant.
- Climb, Slip, Hang, Climb/Literal Cliffhanger: His main day-by-day occupational hazards.
- Hidden Depths: He's quite good doing yodeling.
- Salt and Pepper: He's the streetwise mountaineer who's quick with the quips, while Bazooka's the Dumb Muscle.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: His codename can be interpreted as a colloquial form of his real name (i.e. Alpine = Al Pine).
Real Name: Dwight E. Stall
A high altitude sniper and reconnaissance expert who is also a fairly decent fixed-wing pilot. He is the brother of Bombstrike and Blackout.
- Big Brother Instinct: His and Bombstrike's filecards, and the filecard for Cobra operative Blackout contain a story where Barrel Roll acts as Knight Templar to rescue his sister Bombstrike after blacksheep brother Blackout kidnaps her. He was also protective towards Tom before the latter's defection to Cobra.
- Cain and Abel: He's a Joe and his brother Blackout is affiliated with Cobra.
- Creator Cameo: His name, hometown, and his toy's face are based on those of the toy's designer.
- Friendly Sniper: More affable than Low-Light, and more fettered than Blackout.
- Punny Name: His duties include being a pilot, and he happens to share his surname with a certain piece of aviation terminology.
Real Name: David R. Katzenbogen
Armor Defeating Weapons Systems specialist. Former tank driver, until he realized how vulnerable tanks were to rocket launchers, and transferred to anti-armor. Best pals with Alpine.
- Grumpy Bear: In the cartoon and in DDP comics.
- The Klutz: How he's portrayed in the cartoon. A potentially Lethal Klutz in one case - the scene from "The Funhouse" where he trips and accidentally fires his LAW was immortalized in the season 1 Credits Montage. (Fortunately, it hit the HISS tank he was going to fire on anyway!)
- Posthumous Character: The Joes discover him to be murdered by Storm Shadow in Resolute.
- Rockets, Missiles and Grenade Launchers: The LAW is his most common weapon, but he's trained on just about every contemporary portable rocket and RPG system.
- Salt and Pepper: With Alpine (see above)
- Shout-Out: Starting in 1986, Hasbro decided to have at least one sports-themed character per year. His jersey is reminiscent of that worn by Larry Hama's personal friend, the then New England Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan.
- Oddly enough, Bazooka's favorite sport is fishing.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Basically replaced original Joe member Zap as the team's bazooka soldier, especially in the cartoon. They did appear together in "The Funhouse". Their personalities are polar opposites, though: while Zap is a cool-headed professional who inspires the up-and-coming recruits, Bazooka is a clumsy, grumpy slob.
Real Name: Wayne R. Sneeden
Ranger. Growing up both dirt poor and a bully target drove him to overachieve. When the Joes called him up, he went in without hesitation. Has a crucial role in the team as the Joes' drill sergeant, being the final arbiter on whether rookies are ready to join the team.
- Ascended Meme: After an incidental gag in "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!", fans took it as gospel that Beach Head does not bathe or use deodorant. This "fact" was eventually added to one of his official file cards; it explained that it's much easier to track someone smelling of soap.
- Berserk Button: Several things, since he has proven time and again he has a Hair-Trigger Temper. But whatever you do, no matter who you are, don't you EVER make fun outta Johnny Cash in his face.
- Depending on the Writer: His characterization switches between extremes. Comics present him as a relaxed, thoughtful man who avoids strife, while cartoons portray him as very irritable. The one constant is that he abhors laziness. And then there's his appearance in the Spy Troops CGI movie from The Aughties, where he got a surfer personality complete with voice by Matt Hill.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He has to push the most elite fighting force in the world to the breaking point. And does.
- Informed Ability: His original filecard indicates that he sees anger as a waste of time and energy, so he "doesn't get angry...he gets even." While his characterization in the comic is fairly consistent with this, the cartoon depicted him angry, frustrated, or otherwise annoyed quite often.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: In G.I. Joe: Reloaded, he threatens a captured Alley-Viper with eating his ear.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the 80s cartoon, he is vocally disgusted about the presence of Actual Pacifist Lifeline in the Joes in their mutual introductory episode, clearly implying that if Beach Head had his way, he would expel Lifeline. The thing is, as obnoxious as he comes off in that moment, he does have a point that an active combat military unit like the Joes is really not the best place for someone like Lifeline, and Lifeline's own...quirks... would probably get him expelled as unfit on philosophical grounds in any real-life military force.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Or at least this is how he saw his recruits, even nicknaming them Rawhydes in The Movie.
Real Name: Alvin R. Kibbey (1982-1990) / Abel Shaz (2009- )
An expert in communications and computer technology.
- Communications Officer: He deals with communications.
- Killed Off for Real: Among the casualties in Trucial Abysmia, he was one of the Joes killed fleeing in a stolen Cobra Rage tank when it was destroyed.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: At the end of the first five-part TV cartoon series, Breaker tries to use the MASS Device to return the Eiffel Tower to Paris, but it ends up in London. Then, at the second series's end his fiddling with the Weather Dominator ends up making it snow at Joe Headquarters.
- Omniglot: Speaks 7 languages (Not specified).
- Race Lift: He became Moroccan in the film, one of the biggest changes from the source. He does chew bubblegum, though.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Renegades Alvin Kibbey is a blogger/reporter out to expose the insidious enemy that is Cobra.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He's almost always chewing bubblegum. It comes in handy in an early issue when the M.O.B.A.T.'s been stripped of its ammo for a parade; a Cobra unit has been sent to steal the high-tech tank, but Breaker tricks them into surrendering by using its sound system to amplify the sound of his bubble popping, leading them to think the M.O.B.A.T. just fired a live round.
Real Name: Kyle A. Jesso
- Ascended Extra: His appearances in the Marvel ARAH comic were few and far between, but the death of Quick Kick and the negative reaction to the more colorful Ninja Force characters resulted in his role being upgraded for IDW's continuation.
- Badass Biker: Has a fondness for vintage motorcycles, specially his own chopped pan-head Harley.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: His ancestors were samurai during the Edo period.
- Expy: A very loose one of Joe Armstrong, a motorcycle riding hand-to-hand combat instructor who combines Bushido and modern military disciplines.
- McNinja: Has a vague connection to the Arashikage clan.
- Metalhead: Is quite fond of Heavy Metal, frequently listening to it when he's working on his bike.
- Training from Hell: His initiation into the Joes entailed 250 push-ups before breakfast, 6 hours of sleep-inducing driver safety films (which were started over from the very beginning if anyone nodded off), and a last-man standing competition.
Real Name: Phillip M. Provost
A former CID investigator who serves as the Joes' primary deep cover operative. His only animated participation was in G.I. Joe: The Movie but he was more prominent in several comic continuities.
- Alliterative Name: Phil Provost
- The Big Guy: His introduction in The Movie shows him not caring too much about the required calculation to fire a missile while learning how to operate a H.A.V.O.C. vehicle. He simply jumped out from the cockpit and carried the missile throwing it against the target, instead.
- Boisterous Bruiser: His fighting style.
- Cowboy Cop: Had this reputation in the CID before he joined the Joes.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Kills the first (seen in series) Cobra Commander in the IDW comics.
- Expy: Started out as a loose one for Sonny Crockett or Thomas Magnum. Modern iterations gradually made him closer to a John le Carré style spy protagonist.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: He wears loud Hawaiian shirts to throw off suspicion. Nobody who dresses like that could possibly be an undercover agent... right?
- Meaningful Name: It's said that nobody tells a joke (...or a lie) better than him.
- The Mole: His shtick.
- Mundane Utility: Apparently Chuckles is the best insurance policies seller ever, and it's been said the only thing he's loyal to is the insurance company he works for since it is making him rich.
- Official Couple: With Jinx in IDW's continuity.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Part of the Beach Head's Rawhydes in The Movie.
Real Name: Lance J. Steinberg
A mechanic and driver of the VAMP jeep. He gets a far bigger role in the comic than he ever did in the cartoon, and gets one of the biggest roles out of the original squad of "green fatigues" guys.
- Adaptation Name Change: During Devil's Due continuity, his code name was changed to "Double Clutch".
- Abhorrent Admirer/Casanova Wannabe: To Scarlett, Cover-Girl... well, any of his female teammates really.
- Badass Driver: Usually of the Vamp Mark II Jeep.
- Cool Car: When he's off-duty, you can find him riding his fully restored crimson hemi-convertible 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda.
- Grease Monkey: He has said that he learned all there's to know about car mechanics at his uncle's garage, "Manny's Mean Machines".
- Lovable Sex Maniac: In the comics, he hit on Scarlett any chance he got, and was a notorious pervert.
- Perma-Stubble: His original figure had a beard, and some later figures have been clean-shaven, but the character in the comics always has stubble.
- Put on a Bus: In the cartoon, he's one of the three Joes who stays behind in the Alternate Universe of "Worlds Without End" to help rebuild La Résistance.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute/Race Lift: Oddly enough, he has two within the Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles spin-off:
- His duties as the team's head mechanic were filled-in by "Grill", who was African-American.
- Their main vehicle driver was the aptly named "Tank", who was Asian-American.
- Those Two Guys: Became this with Rock'N'Roll after more colorful Joes displaced the other "green fatigues" Joes.
Real Name: Courtney A. Krieger
A former professional model who decided she'd rather drive tanks for a living.
- Action Girl: Just because she's hot enough to be hot for a living doesn't mean she can't like driving around 65 tons of metal and blowing shit up.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She was made a blonde in the first cartoon miniseries, changed back to redhead in the proper series to accurately reflect her action figure design. The 2013 IDW series has her back to being a blonde.
- Adaptational Nationality: She's German in Rise of Cobra.
- Darker and Edgier: The IDW version made her a ruthless killer, cold-bloodedly wiping out a group of pirates in G.I. Joe #6 admitting later that she's found something she's good at. She doesn't even miss a beat while chewing her gum.
- Grease Monkey: She doesn't just know how to drive tanks, but also how to keep them in working condition.
- Killed Off for Real: In the movie.
- Meaningful Name: "Krieger" is German for "warrior".
- Official Couple: Most likely with Duke in in the Sunbow cartoon, with Shipwreck in the Devil's Due comics. Played for Laughs in Renegades (See below).
- Wrench Wench: Her filecard explicitly states she decided to specialize in working with big military machinery because that was the most unfeminine role she could think of.
Real Name: Jack S. Morelli
The Joes' affable but nerdy radioman.
- Child Prodigy: As young as ten, he was already dabbling in making his own radio communications devices and becoming part of a radio network group.
- Gender Flip/Legacy Character: In Resolute and the IDW comic, "Dial-Tone" is his own daughter, Jill Morelli.
- Hollywood Nerd: In the Sunbow cartoon, he always came across as more nerdier than other tech-savvy Joes such as Breaker, Doc, and Mainframe. His taste in civilian clothing was somewhat sloppy and outdated, which made him stick out like a sore thumb when the Joes were off duty.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Has the desire to be a leader, but lacks the ability.
- The Peter Principle: In "The Most Dangerous Thing in the World," Dial-Tone is temporarily promoted to Colonel, but his obsequious, eager to please attitude makes him a poor leader.
Real Name: Carl W. Greer
The most iconic G.I. Joe medic.
- Actual Pacifist: The reason why he is a medic and not a soldier.
- Creator Cameo: His face is based on a Hasbro's toy designer, Khipra Nichols.
- Gender Flip/Legacy Character: Changed to a female in G.I. Joe: Reloaded.
- Canon Immigrant: The female Doc appeared as a convention figure revealed to be Carla Greer, the original's daughter.
- Killed Off for Real: One of the victims of the S.A.W.-Viper in Trucial Abysmia.
- The Medic: While the comics stayed true to his characterization in the figure's Action Figure File Card, the cartoon made him more of a scientist.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Issue 263 of the IDW continuation to the Marvel Comics continuity shows his grave being visited by his surviving parents.
- Spared by the Adaptation:: In Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles VHS and complete with an Adaptation Dye-Job turning his whole hair gray in Resolute.
Real Name: Conrad S. Hauser
The First Sergeant of the G.I. Joe team, and the originally intended poster boy for the franchise. Second in command of the Joe team and main battlefield leader.
- Adaptational Villainy: In G.I. Joe: Reloaded, he is revealed to be a traitor in league with Cobra.
- All-American Face: He's a hero who fights for American freedom.
- Badass Bookworm: While it's not otherwise emphasized, a flashback in A Real American Hero shows him up late studying.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: He's not especially boisterous or mean, but he's more no-nonsense than the cooler-headed Hawk.
- The Lancer: He's typically portrayed as the field leader and one of the most important Joes' member, nevertheless he's also the second/third in-command within the Joes' ranks.
- Cunning Linguist: Specialized in German, Chinese Han and South-East Asian dialects.
- Death by Adaptation:
- Distressed Dude: Each of the three five-part miniseries that began the first cartoon saw him getting captured in the beginning.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Scarlett and possibly Cover Girl as well in the cartoon.
- Not Quite Dead: Was originally slated to die in The Movie, but public backlash of Optimus Prime's death caused the writers to spare him at the last minute. This is particularly strange because he literally got a snake thrown ''in to'' his chest cavity, entering where his heart should be. It is especially jarring because the scene quite easily plays as an actual death scene if one were to mute or ignore the lines about him being in a coma and recovering that were added at the last minute.
- Rugged Scar: He has a scar on his right cheek in Resolute and also ends up getting one over his eye in the Grand Finale of Renegades.
- Sergeant Rock: A tough leader who doesn't mess around. He's the Joes' First Sergeant, which means it's his job to lead the team in battle.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
- Originally Duke was supposed to substitute Hawk after Hawk was Put on a Bus for a while in the comics, which is why they're so similar. The animated version of Duke was practically Hawk from the comics before they decided to bring Hawk to the animated series as well.
- Divergent Character Evolution: To differentiate Duke and Hawk, Duke became more of a "tough guy" while Hawk is more of the "veteran" leader. It's still very minor and only noticeable when they are placed together in the same scene.
- The original "Lt. Stone" from G.I. Joe Extreme. The only difference was there he was a Marine.
- Originally Duke was supposed to substitute Hawk after Hawk was Put on a Bus for a while in the comics, which is why they're so similar. The animated version of Duke was practically Hawk from the comics before they decided to bring Hawk to the animated series as well.
Real Name: Ronald W. Tadur
Tracker and Desert environments expert, he was seen often in the Sunbow's cartoon and in the Marvel comic, prominently in Special Missions.
- Author Avatar: Of a Hasbro head designer's: Ron Rudat, creator among other things of Cobra's logo.
- Canine Companion: Starting with his v3 action figure, he was followed everywhere by his coyote pet, Sandstorm.
- Clear My Name/The Quisling: Assured and averted in that order. This was the plot of his only Sunbow's main protagonist credit in the episode "The Traitor".
- Cunning Linguist: Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, and conversant in Kazakh and the Oirat-Khalkha languages of Central Asia.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Sandstorm never took quite well to be called "Sandy" in the DiC's cartoon.
- Mundane Utility: His second specialty is A.C. and refrigeration repairing and maintenance.
- Tear Jerker: He was the first Joe seen losing one of his teammates, a rookie by the name Mangler.
Real Name: Vincent R. Falcone
A green beret member of G.I. Joe who frequently leads the Night Force, the team's black ops division. He is Duke's brother in the Sunbow/DiC cartoons and Renegades.
- Adaptation Name Change: From Vincent Falcone to Vincent Hauser in Renegades, as he's Duke's full brother instead of half-brother.
- Break the Haughty: His training with Slaughter's Renegades in the cartoon.Sgt. Slaughter: You better start hot-footing it if you want to make it in time for breakfast. It's a long haul.Falcon: You expect me to walk?!Sgt. Slaughter: No. You can RUN![Falcon finally arrives at the base, VERY late.]Sgt. Slaughter: Sorry you missed breakfast, Falcon, but that's what happens when you're out of shape.
- The Casanova: He really has a way with ladies!
- Combat Medic: As his Action Figure File Card states it.
- Nice Hat: His green beret.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: He was made member of two in The Movie, actually. First he was a Beach Head's Rawhyde and later a Sgt. Slaughter's Renegade.
- Related in the Adaptation: Both the Sunbow/DiC cartoon and Renegades made him Duke's full brother.
- Unlikely Hero: His animated version is shown as an irresponsible recruit until his brother's near-death injury, and by then he becomes the hero who defeats Serpentor and Golobulus.
Real Name: Lawrence J. Flagg
Mentor to Hawk, successor to General Colton and the man the U.S.S. Flagg is named after. He created the modern iteration of the team, handpicking many of the original recruits himself.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Flagg's Marvel UK counterpart was Colonel Raymond Trent, a former Royal Lancer who gave Action Force their missions and mentored Flint similar to how Flagg mentored Hawk. He too succumbed to Mentor Occupational Hazard, forcing his protege to step up.
- Big Good: For the first twenty issues of the ARAH comic.
- Front Line General: The way he got his pay rank off-screen. Averted in the comic, which had him behaving like a Real Life Brigadier, only seeing action when he was in the wrong place at the right time and the second time it gets him killed.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by Major Bludd in ARAH #19.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Combined with the glasses, he looked a bit like Clark Kent in an Army uniform.
- Legacy Character/Generation Xerox: His son James Longstreet Flagg III eventually becomes a Brigadier: General Flagg II in a sense.
- The Mentor: To Hawk.
- Mexican Standoff: He gets one with Cobra Commander in ARAH #5, and another with Major Bludd in ARAH #19. He does not survive the latter.
- Older Than They Look: Was 51 at the time of his death note , but didn't look it. In ARAH #1, Hawk mistakes him for a young officer who "hasn't worn out his first set of khakis yet."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even more level-headed than Hawk himself.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: "Mr. Clancy" the presidential liaison and true leader of G.I. Joe Extreme.
- Take Up My Sword: He does it for Colton. Hawk does it for him.
- Toyless Toyline Character: Yes and no. Lawrence died before he could be immortalized in plastic, but James got a figure and he had a posthumous one in 2004.
- Worthy Opponent: Cobra Commander openly acknowledged that he was Flagg's Evil Counterpart.
Real Name: Dashiell R. Faireborn
The Joes' Flight Warrant Officer. In the cartoon series, he serves as Duke's second in command until the debut of General Hawk, when he is bumped down to third.
- Adaptational Name Change:
- The Marvel UK Action Force comic, as well as a few foreign dubs of the cartoon, changed his real name to David Faireborn.
- IDW's 2019 reboot changed his codename to Frontier, and his real name to Daniyal Farooqi.
- Badass Bookworm: Believe it or not, before enlisting he was a Rhodes scholar with a degree in English literature. Turns out that rigorous study wasn't challenging enough for him.
- Decomposite Character: The Transformers/G.I. Joe continuity features two Flints, with Nathaniel Faireborne being the first Flint and Dashiell being his successor featured in the sole issue of the Divided Front continuation that was published prior to Dreamwave's bankruptcy.
- Heartbroken Badass: In the Devil's Due comics, he takes the murder of his wife Lady Jaye very hard.
- Hero Antagonist: Serves this role in Renegades, where he's dead set on turning in Duke, Scarlett, Roadblock, and Tunnel Rat and refuses to believe that Cobra framed them without proof.
- Nice Hat: His beret.
- Official Couple: With Lady Jaye. In one possible future, the two happen to have a daughter named Marissa. They are also established as a married couple in the Devil's Due comics.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: His main squeeze Lady Jaye is the impulsive one (red), while Flint is the logical one (blue). This of course gets blown apart whenever someone dares to hurt Lady Jaye.
- Reluctant Hero: Never one to pull ranks, and he has said that he's not in the military to be called "hero".
- The Strategist: The Joes' main intelligence officer and tactician.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His role was filled by "Ballistic" in G.I. Joe Extreme, a former F.B.I. Special agent and Sharp-shooter.
Real Name: Terrence Lydon
A West Point graduate and quarterback who joined G.I. Joe as a hand-to-hand combat specialist. He was the field commander of G.I.Joe in the first season of the DiC cartoon.
- Black Knight: Since that's the name of West Point's football team, one of the most prestigious squads amongst the military college sports.
- Captain Ersatz: Ironically, a Composite Character between Hawk, Snake-Eyes and Duke. A West-pointer Hand-to-hand combat instructor who happens to be "The Duke"'s fan.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Not only does he have a football helmet and use football-shaped grenades, the DiC cartoon had him often use football metaphors to describe his plans and make frequent references to his background as a West Point graduate. In the first NES video game, his gun shoots football-shaped grenades at his enemies.
- The Leader: The most prominent field commander in the DIC cartoon.
- New Meat: His original file-card describes him as a newbie a bit too eager to fit in.
- Wolverine Publicity: Despite his short-lived prominence, Hasbro went a long way trying to make him the new franchise's poster boy. He even was the lead character in the NES video game.
Real Name: Lamont A. Morris/Herschel Dalton
A mountain of a man who, to the surprise to his teammates, is also a talented classical cello player. His musical background helped him to develop the dexterity needed to operate specialized heavy weapons systems.
- Adaptation Name Change: Changed for both, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Renegades.
- Adaptational Nationality: He was British in the film.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: As stated below.
- Bald of Awesome: When he's in Roadblock Clone mode, he is typically bald, although he covers it with a cool bandana/trucker cap.
- Gatling Good: Most of his weapons of choice tend to be prone of this.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his roughed appearance, he has a very calmed and amicable demeanor. He is even less prone to violent outbursts than Roadblock himself.
- More Dakka: His original weapon system included twin cannons, two huge-ass missile launchers, and as a Roadblock Clone it packs a .30 Cal. mini-gun.
- Unusual Weapon Mounting: Both his twin cannons/mini-gun are placed right in front of his stomach and both missile launchers hanging to each side of them, nevertheless all the system is rigged to his back pack.
- Real Men Wear Pink: An accomplished cello concertist, no less!
- Related in the Adaptation: Beginning in Spy Troops, it's implied that he and Roadblock are cousins.
- Scary Black Man: Like Roadblock, he can be very intimidating.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For a while in the 2000's, he became one to Roadblock due to Hasbro losing the trademark to the latter's name.
- G.I. Joe Extreme's "Freight", is this in spades. A successful former pro-football defensive-end expert in explosives.
Real Name: Kimiko Arashikage
An Arashikage kunoichi and Storm Shadow's cousin. Occasionally does intelligence work for the Joes; her stealth and infiltration skills are said to be second only to her third sensei, Snake-Eyes.
- Adaptational Name Change: In the 2019 IDW reboot, her real name is Elaine Song.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Gal: A heroic female example.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Her secondary specialty is finance clerk and accounting at the Presidio base. This rarely comes up, but at least one comics story showed her digging into the bookkeeping of Destro's company.
- Berserk Button: Don't mention her being unlucky. Just don't.
- Cool Teacher/Hot Teacher: To Billy.
- Chekhov's Skill: Fighting blindfolded.
- Good Bad Girl: Downplayed. The problem is that Jinx has an overly long list of boyfriends that led to a deadly string of bad luck. Counting them all in every continuity she has been in a relationship with Lt. Falcon, Nunchuck, Budo, Lt. Stone, Chuckles and having a massive crush on Snake-Eyes.
- Hot Librarian: Her preferred civvie outfit.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her more than meaningful code name stems from the fact that every boyfriend she ever had ends up in... lets just say not in a "mint", healthy condition!
- Ninja/Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Let us remember she is Hard Master's daughter, Blind Master's, her cousin's and then Snake-Eyes´ pupil and the third Billy's sensei.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Part of the Beach Head's Rawhydes in The Movie.
- Vague Age: The comic book artists didn't seem to decide if she was the same age or older than Billy. It took them a while to finalize how she would look without her mask. Hence, in her earliest appearances she had long hair, a petit frame, and appeared roughly Billy's age. After The Movie came out her appearance changed to reflect her animated counterpart, consequently making her look older than Billy.
- Your Eyes Can Deceive You: Was taught this by the Blind Master.
Real Name: Sean M. Collins (né Broca)
The son of a Crimson Guard, and Snake-Eyes' apprentice.
- The Apprentice: To Snake-Eyes specifically.
- Ascended Extra: Doesn't do too much in the original series due to his age, and his biggest contribution is arguably being the catalyst for Snake-Eyes to be able to air his feelings on Vietnam and a military career. The Marvel series ended with Sean promising to think over whether or not to enlist more deeply, although both sequel series show the answer was "yes".
- Demoted to Extra: To promote Snake-Eyes new pupil and Suspiciously Similar Substitute of him Tiger Claw in Ninja Battles.
- In-Series Nickname: In the Devil's Due series, Hawk refers to him as "the Green Power Ranger" due to his Highly Visible Ninja costume.
- McNinja: A recruit who showed up to his first day as a Joe in full ninja garb. Hawk gave him nothing but grief over it until Kamakura saved his life, at which point he comes to respect Kamakura more.
- Not His Sled/Legacy Character: Never uses the name Kamakura in the IDW ARAH series. His codename is initially Throwdown, but he later becomes the new Snake Eyes.
- Significant Anagram: His birth last name is an anagram of "Cobra", the result of being the son of the original Crimson Guard, Fred. After he's adopted by "Fred II" (Real name: Wade Collins), he also takes on the surname.
- Situational Sword: The katana he inherited from Snake-Eyes in Valor vs. Venom, "Tetsu-hashi" just can be unsheathed if its wielder is in perfect balance with himself.
Real Name: Allison R. Hart-Burnett
A gifted linguist, former actress and covert operations expert, she has led the G.I. Joe team on many undercover missions.
- Action Girl: She's a very formidable female member of the group.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She was blonde In the Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles VHS.
- Adapted Out: Never wore her cap in the Sunbow cartoon, as animators wanted to avoid clipping issues.
- Boobs of Steel: Her green jumpsuit seems to never can be buttoned/zipped up, since she's well endowed.
- Fighting Irish: She's Irish-American note and attended Trinity College, Dublin.
- Killed Off for Real: She dies in the main Devil's Due comics continuity (while G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers was also published by Devil's Due, it was a separate continuity).
- Long-Lost Relative: She and Destro have a common ancestor in the cartoon.
- Master of Disguise: The original within the Joes, disguising herself and others to pull one over Cobra.
- Ms. Fanservice: The cartoon took nearly every effort possible to have her either flirt with her sexy voice or showing her legs as most as they could. Having her in a mission actively competing against The Baroness for a man's affections while wearing a plunging cleavage dress, dressing down to a slip once, or wearing a bare-legged SCUBA outfit while all the men wore full-leg suits. In the comics, however, this was toned down when she became more of a desk-driving intelligence officer. G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers II had her sent back to The '70s wearing a form-fitting jumpsuit with lapels.
- Official Couple: With Flint. Word of God even states that Marissa Faireborn from a The Transformers third season episode is their daughter. The two are also depicted as married in the Devil's Due comics.
- Omniglot: So much that she can pass as a native in Afghanistan, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia and Spain.
- Race Lift: She was made Hispanic in Renegades.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The second Lt. Stone, an accomplished actor/Spy Master Englishman and Firefly's mentor in Sigma 6. Also he's a Composite Character of some sorts with Chuckles.
- Trick Javelines: Although in the comics, she always carried a Colt Python .357.
Real Name: Christopher M. Lavigne
An M.P. and the second dog handler on the team.
- Ambiguously Brown: He was given a stereotypical Mexican accent and demeanor in G.I. Joe: The Movie, Gratuitous Spanish included.
- Animal Companion/Canine Companion: A grey German Shepard named Order.
- Deadpan Snarker: In G. I. Joe: The Movie.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. He always has a white one on.
- Heroic Dog: Order fills this role in The Movie.
- Humble Hero/Only Sane Man: In his episode at G. I. Joe Renegades.
- Insistent Terminology: "I'm Law, the dog's name is Order."
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Both he and Order as part of the Beach Head's Rawhydes in The Movie.
Real Name: Edwin C. Steen
A staunch pacifist who serves as the Joes' medic.
- Abusive Parents: In Marvel's continuity, he developed his pacifistic philosophy as a result of his physically, verbally abusive and pastoral father, who had always see him as a disappointment.
- Actual Pacifist: To the point that in Sunbow's cartoon he won't even grab a rifle to pull him out of a Piranha filled trap. This make his original action figure a bit jarring having him with gun accessories (originally marketed as a Rescue Trooper). A bit more of a Technical Pacifist in the Marvel comic, as he practices Aikido (a purely defensive, non-lethal martial art) but still rougher than the animated version would ever be.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He was blond up to his 4th action figure, where he has black hair.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: In "The Most Dangerous Thing in the World," Hawk describes Lifeline as having the ability to be a leader, but not the desire. Lifeline agrees, saying he'd rather be a doctor.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed; Lifeline doesn't get a lot of respect in the cartoon due to how preachy his pacifist beliefs can be. Beach Head in particular, makes a disgusted comment about Lifeline being a member of the team at all in their first mutual appearance, with the obvious implication he would gladly boot Lifeline out as unfit for service.
- Informed Attribute: His aforementioned "ability to be a leader". Look at Too Dumb to Live below for some of the more notable things he did during his brief stint as a Colonel. Is this man supposed to be potential leader material?
- The Medic: His official role, of course.
- Soapbox Sadie: A downplayed Rare Male Example in the cartoon, his pacifism can result in him getting preachy, it really makes you wonder how he ended up being accepted as a Joe in the first place. Once Lifeline refused to pass a mechanic a tool he needs because he's is working on the weapons systems for one attack helicopters, Lifeline considers this too close to being complicit with violence himself. May be In the Blood; his father is such a pacifist that he considers Lifeline a disgrace to the family for being associated with a military organization, despite of the fact that he is a doctor and only joined so that he could respond as quickly as possible to Cobra's terrorist attacks.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In one comic, Lifeline is forced to take on Horrorshow of the Oktober Guard in a "loser's team dies" fight after both Joes and the Guard are captured by river pirates. Using aikido to defeat Horrorshow without landing a blow, trades the lives of the Guard for the Cobra black box both teams had been tracking down, telling the pirate leader that she could get paid handsomely selling it back to Cobra. She decides to let both teams go, and tosses the box into the river, because she was impressed that Lifeline had the courage to stand up for his own convictions.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Doc. Both are pacifist doctors. Less so in the animated series, where Doc was more of a scientist.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the cartoon, his passion for upholding his beliefs can get... intense. Like the aforementioned "rather drown in quicksand than allow a rifle to pull him to safety".
- In "Cobrathon" he did the same, avoiding to being pulled out of a pool of ravenous piranha and then just stood by and watched as Cobra Vipers shoot to him and Low-Light.
- In "The Most Dangerous Thing In The World" he first demands the heavy artillery practice not to commence until the weapons have been disengaged, and then orders the Joe air support to deliberately aim to miss when Cobra is on the verge of wiping out their base.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the cartoon, he dearly wants to make amends with his father — in this continuity a pastor who is even stricter a pacifist than he is — due to the rift that developed when he joined the Joes.
Real Name: Cooper G. McBride
The taciturn team's marksmanship instructor and sniper.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: For some reason, his v3. action figure hair changed from blond to black, complete with a Badass Beard.
- Adult Fear: In Sunbow's "Nightmare Assault" we learn that Low-Light has trouble sleeping since he suffers from a Real Life condition called Night Terror.
- Badass Beard: In appearances after the "Operation Dragonfire" five-part premiere, the DiC series depicts him with a beard.
- Facing Your Fears: When he was a kid, he used to be afraid of the dark and to loud noises, then after getting lost for two weeks in the woods following his father in a hunting expedition, he learned to overcome his fears and how to survive by his own means.
- Friendly Sniper: To the point he used to hit his marks with tranquilizing darts instead of bullets in the original Marvel saga.
- Genius Bruiser: His filecard mentions he tinkers with light amplification technology himself, and holds several patents from the improvements he has made.
- The Quiet One: Not very fond of starting or keep conversations going in the cartoons.
Real Name: Stanley R. Perlmutter
K-9 handler and security expert, well versed in jungle warfare and spec-ops.
- Adaptational Nationality: In the Marvel UK Action Force comic he's Spaniard.
- Age Lift: He has a Continuity Cameo in Renegades where he is depicted as a young boy.
- Animal Companion/Canine Companion: Originally it was Junkyard, and later its cub, Junior.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Junkyard was even more attuned to prevent potential threats than Law's Order ever was. This may have to do with their handlers personalities, Mutt may be not very social and gruff at times, but he's as down to business as he goes, and Order may have inherited Law's natural laid-back attitude.
- Berserk Button: Don't you ever dare to imply that his protective mask looks like an attack dog's muzzle.
- Christmas Episode: Surprisingly he and Junkyard were the main protagonists in Sunbow's Cobra Claws is coming to Town.
- Continuity Cameo: In the Renegades pilot, we can see a little boy called Stan and his Rottweiler being saved in the nick of time by the Joes from a crazied Cobra monster.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His sad origin story as told in the Sunbow's christmas episode, is that no matter how hard they tried, his parents were very poor, so he had to grow up not knowing what it was to receive a christmas present or even setting up a christmas tree.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the original Marvel saga, Junkyard was severely injured by Buzzer, Mutt didn't stop until he could have his hands on him. Since that day on, Mutt bore an exacerbated grudge against all Dreadnoks.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Junkyard and Junior were way more popular than Mutt himself In-Universe and amongst fans. Granted since they had a lot more of exposition in comics and cartoons than him.
- Those Two Guys: With Spirit, prominently in the Marvel comic.
Real Name: Stuart R. Selkirk
Survival training instructor in forest, mountain and jungle. Never near to appear in the cartoons but he was huge in comics, prominently in Marvel's Special Missions.
- Crazy Survivalist: Of the bug-eating / Pee-on-a-rag for an instant gas mask kind to be more specific. He's adapted to anything the wilderness is willing to do with him.
- Expy: He's the closest thing the Joes ever had to Rambo.
- Fun with Acronyms: Scrawled on his t-shirt is "SURVIVAL", this actually comes from the U.S. Army Ranger Handbook (1969 Edition) and stands for:
- Size up the situation. Undue haste makes waste. Remember where you are. Vanquish fear and panic. Improve your situation. Value living. Act like the natives. Learn basic skills.
- The Quisling: Averted. In the Joes' first failed and government-disavowed black-ops incursion to Borovia where Quick Kick, Snow Job and Stalker ended up in a gulag, the latter ordered him to escape and tell only to the Joes' high-brass what happened. At least in the eyes of Leatherneck, Outback escaped not caring about his teammates' welfare, a subsequent "Clear My Name" moment and Top-Secret Rescue Arc were assured.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: As a matter of fact he had two in the toy line, the first one was Ambush and the second one a tall and hefty New Yorker called Big Brawler.
- Those Two Guys: With Tunnel Rat.
Real Name: William V. Iannotti
G.I. Joe's rough terrain specialist.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Recondo. Both are jungle troopers. His second toy's bio changed his function to "All-weather specialist" to differentiate him a bit more.
- Those Two Guys: He was paired up with Ambush in the DiC cartoon.
- Unusual Weapon Mounting: His toy came packed with a rather unusual hip-mounted dual machine guns.... and a back pack powered lawnmower!
Real Name: Kenneth D. Rich
A former CIA Psy-Ops agent who is also a licensed psychiatrist. After a stint at Fort Bragg's Deceptive Warfare Center, he joined G.I. Joe, serving as the team's counselor, profiler, and interrogator.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Comes across as the kind of guy you feel safe spilling your secrets too. But he's also a scarily effective interrogator. Deanna Troi meets Edward Fitzgerald in a sense.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Has an uncanny ability to outthink his opponents, usually by confusing them into thinking he is weighing two different courses of action when he isn't.
- Science Hero: While he was in Berkeley, Psyche-Out studied the effects of ultra-low frequency sound waves affecting the human mind. His work attracted the attention of DARPA and the CIA and ultimately got him a gig at the Deceptive Warfare Center.
- The Smart Guy: A PhD in Psychology from Berkeley.
- Those Two Guys: Paired almost always with Chuckles in the original Marvel saga.
Real Name: Macarthur S. Ito
A martial arts stunt double who joined the G.I. Joe team. He was used a lot in the cartoon — much more so than Snake-Eyes, who couldn't talk and was thus not focused on much. He had almost as many solo shots as Shipwreck. By contrast, the comics saw him as an also-ran who was easily defeated by Storm Shadow (using improvised weapons versus Quick Kick's Nunchaku, embarrassingly enough).
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Even the good guys have one (two after Storm Shadow's HeelFace Turn). He's also just a little over-confident, too.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite his aforementioned prominence in the FIRST season of the Sunbow cartoon, he's pushed into the background for season 2.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Although the comics showed him wearing kung fu slippers at times, and may have had a penchant for loafers as these were set up next to his battlefield grave after his death (even though he was barefoot during the mission that led to said death)
- Exposed to the Elements: In his debut episode, he is on a snowy mountain and he has no shirt nor shoes.
- Heroic BSoD: Suffers one when several of his squadmates are killed in the comic. He gets better in time for a heroic death.
- Instant Expert: Despite joining G.I. Joe only hours earlier, he already knows how to operate their vehicles and Cobra's.
- Killed Off for Real: In the comic, while trying to escape Trucial Abysmia.
- Mixed Ancestry: His father is Japanese and his mother is Korean.
- The Movie Buff: Definitely intended to be portrayed as a Bruce Lee Clone, this was pretty much cemented with his Pursuit of Cobra action figure that gave him chest scars ala Enter the Dragon, Onitsuka sneakers ala Game of Death and his outfit is more akin to that worn by Cobra Kai kids.
- No Sense of Direction: Played with. The 6 Joes being caught by the "trees" in the animated movie was due to him leading the attempted escape from Cobra-La.
- Pop-Cultured Badass/Plucky Comic Relief: He's fond of movie quotes in bad impressions, annoying his teammates.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He's always topless.
Real Name: Daniel M. LeClaire
G. I. Joe jungle survival expert. He was more prominent in the Marvel comic than what he ever was in the Sunbow's cartoon.
- Ace Pilot: As second file card states, he's well versed piloting rotary wing aircraftnote .
- Adapted Out: Back in The Aughties, he stopped sporting his Badass Mustache and went Bald of Awesome for a while, later on it all came back to normal.
- Mighty Whitey: In Sierra Gordo, he was already the anointed chieftain of a warrior tribe called "Tuccaros" by the time he was recruited by the Joes.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: He was assisting the Tuccaro tribe in their attempt for independence against their tyrannical president only known as "El Jefe" for a while.
- Nature Hero: His "Being One With Nature" approach is unparalleled by any other Joe. Recondo's capability of using whatever the jungle provides him to get the upper hand in battle is also worthy to be noticed.
- He prefers to stay as most as he can in the jungle because he was born and raised in Wheaton, Wisconsin a place he hated from day one.
- Older Is Better: Discontinued by the time the figure hit the market, he was still carrying an M-14 assault rifle.
Real Name: Wallace A. Weems
The team's primary HALO Jumper.
- Adaptational Badass: His Renegades incarnation gains Bio-Viper powers.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: He is played more for comedy in the 2009 live-action film.
- Adaptational Job Change: In the 2009 live-action film, he is an army pilot instead of a paratrooper.
- Alliterative Name: Wallace Weems.
- Character Focus: For issues #32-50 of the ARAH comic, he was a star character. He's remained a fixture since then, but never really regained the prominence he had in 1985.
- Determinator: During a sniper's duel with Zartan on Cobra Island, he gets an arrow to his left arm (rendering it useless for the rest of the fight) and gets his temple grazed (which results in him bleeding profusely, messing up his aim), but he doesn't give up.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Not his idea at first, but after Zartan steals his identity in an attempt to infiltrate the Joes, Ripcord returns the favor by infiltrating Cobra disguised as Zartan, feeding information that helps the Joes launch an attack on Cobra's hidden base in Springfield.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Ace, though this is mainly at the poker table. In one episode of the cartoon, Ripcord finally does succeed in breaking Ace's winning streak.
- Race Lift: He's African-American in Renegades and the live-action movie.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: His girlfriend Candy becomes Collateral Damage when she arrives in Springfield at a really bad time.
- Those Two Guys: With Blowtorch, as they joined the team at roughly the same time.
Real Name: Marvin F. Hinton
The BIG G.I. Joe team's heavy machine gunner, as well as their cook. His dream is to become a gourmet chef, and joined the army after learning they could train him as such.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: He was the most promiment Joe in Sunbow's PSAs.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald and a very badass Joe.
- Beard of Evil: Inverted, for he's an heroic character. His omnipresent soul patch, either he's sporting or not his Bubba Smith-like Badass Mustache.
- Berserk Button: He's a Gentle Giant, big and amiable, unless of course you desecrate a United States symbol.
- BFG: His weapon of choice is an 84-pound .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun - the kind usually mounted on vehicles and aircraft, or requiring a tripod and a team to set up - and he carries it by hand. Add 50 pounds of ammo to that. From the (unattributed) quote on his file card: "Anybody who can handle that doesn't need a machine gun to keep me away!"
- The Big Guy: Type II to a tee, he's often as good-natured as he is strong.
- Chef of Iron: He's a skilled fighter and he's a skilled cook.
- Fat and Proud: As he was depicted in Renegades.
- More Dakka: He loves his firearms as much as his fine palate loves rich, hearty meals.
- Mighty Glacier: Carrying around all that weight means he must move really slow. Nevertheless, the bullets cover any distance for him.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: When in Prohibition Chicago thanks to Teletraan 3 in G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers II, issue 2, he shows he can play trumpet while taking the alias Miles Davis.
- Put Their Heads Together: How he tends to dispose of any pair of Cobra mooks, as seen in the image on that page.
- Real Men Wear Pink: The man is very serious about his gourmet cooking. That does not in any way mean he is a less capable fighter.
- Religious Bruiser: He triples as the official team's chaplain.
- Rhymes on a Dime: He constantly speaks in rhyme in the Real American Hero cartoon.
- Scary Black Man: Not very often but he has being shown as this in his very rare OOC Is Serious Business moments.
- Those Two Guys: His "Powerhouse diumvirate" with Gung-Ho. Justified since one is a great cook and the other a fun loving Big Eater.
Rock 'n Roll
Real Name: Craig S. McConnel
- Badass Beard: He has a beard. When he is called back to join the G.I. Joe team at the start of the DDP run, one of the first things out of his mouth is rejoicing at being able to grow his beard back due to them having laxer grooming regulations than regular military.
- Badass Biker: When he's not providing central fire, he's seen around riding the G.I. Joe's R.A.M. (Rapid-fire Armed Motorcycle).
- BFG: He is the team's original Heavy machine gunner.
- Death by Origin Story: In G.I. Joe: Reloaded, his main motivation for fighting against Cobra is because the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge by Firefly killed his girlfriend Minh.
- Metalhead: Lead Guitar, lyricist and founder of his own hard rock band, Hypnohustler.
- Meaningful Name/Punny Name: "Rock 'n Roll" is both a musical genre and another way to say "full auto".
- More Dakka: He originally wielded an M-60 machine gun, but in 1989 traded it out for a pair of custom-made, backpack-fed dual Gatling guns!
- Muscle Beach Bum: His second military specialty is P.T. instruction.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Two, as a matter of fact.
- In Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles we have "Head Banger", the team's radioman.
- In the G. I. Joe Extreme we find their first recruit, "Metalhead", a crack hacker.
- Those Two Guys: Became this with Clutch after more colorful Joes displaced the other "green fatigues" Joes.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Applies mostly to his civilian life as a surfer.
Real Name: David K. Hasle
A rough and tumble Joe with a distrust of high-tech weapons.
- Boring, but Practical: His original file-card says Salvo distrusts complex weapons due to their potential unreliability, instead carrying a large amount of conventional weapon "to overwhelm enemy forces with massive expenditures of sheer firepower".
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The first regular episode of the DiC cartoon had him inhale a mind control gas and become a mindless minion of Cobra Commander.
- Gender Lift and Race Lift: In G.I. Joe (2016), Salvo is a Samoan woman.
- Might Makes Right: His motto is "THE RIGHT OF MIGHT", scrawled on his t-shirt.
Real Name: Shana M. O'Hara
The G.I. Joe team's intelligence expert. Possibly done full-on wet work.
- Action Girl: One of the best examples since Modesty Blaise as she has no superpowers, is still vulnerable to injury and it's her tenacity, skills and extensive training keep her going. Was in danger of becoming a Faux Action Girl during the DDP-era. After she successfully freed herself from Destro's clutches in America's Elite #7, she either remained at base, was easily knocked unconscious or kept secure thanks to the Standard Female Grab Area for 19 issues! Luckily she made a triumphant comeback in America's Elite #26 in which she kicked some serious ninja-ass for good and restored her status.
- Damsel out of Distress: In #21 Snake Eyes rescues her after she's escaped from Storm Shadow's oubliette using a disguised hairpin.
- Friendly Sniper: Handwaved away in the original cartoon series and comic book; it wasn't until the movie and series like Resolute that it was emphasized that one of Scarlett's main jobs is to kill people (that crossbow isn't for target practice).
- Ms. Fanservice: Played straight, then averted, and later subverted. Even being the token female character for a while and almost always the main female Joe, she was never large breasted nor was her uniform Stripperiffic, except for a brief period during the end of the Marvel run, when the publishing company tried all sorts of tricks to improve sales and changed her classic uniform into a far more decolté-generous one. Still, only Snake-Eyes was a more prominent character during the early Marvel-years and she did receive her fair share of Clothing Damage every now and then. Her beauty was rather rarely commented upon, especially contrasted to Cover Girl (a stunning former top model) or Lady Jaye (A very attractive former actress).
- No One Should Survive That: In the original Marvel saga, Scarlett attempted and failed to prevent The Baroness from kidnapping Snake-Eyes while he was recovering from one of his too-many face reconstructions. Then she got a Boom, Headshot! for her pains and was Put on a Bus for thirty-some issues.
- Official Couple: With either Snake-Eyes (most continuities) or Duke (Sunbow cartoon). Throughout the years, Snake-Eyes won out as her official partner.
- Love Triangle:
- She's got feelings for both in Resolute, though she chooses Duke.
- Subverted. In Renegades she had to fight hard for her ninja against Jinx.
- Love Triangle:
- Shout-Out: "Scarlett" O'Hara. She's even from Atlanta.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: "Mayday" in G.I. Joe Extreme, a Hair-Trigger Temper redhead pilot and mechanic with all of her personality traits.
- The Squadette: She's notably the first female Joe ever introduced in the franchise.
- Trick Quarrels: Mainly in the Sunbow cartoons.
- Abled in the Adaptation: Most continuities have established Snake-Eyes as being unable to talk (while never speaking in the Sunbow cartoon, it was never really clarified whether his lack of dialogue there was by necessity or by choice), but he is clearly shown to be able to speak in Transformers vs. G.I. Joe.
- Animal Companion/Canine Companion: Timber (a wolf), who in the cartoon helps Snake-Eyes in the battlefield, while in the comics guards Snake-Eyes' cabin in the High Sierras.
- Barehanded Blade Block: He does it in issue 21, and impressively, he does it while reaching around Scarlett and the CLAW glider they're using to escape Destro's castle.
- Berserk Button:
- In continuities where they're together, he can get even scarier if you hint at harming Scarlett. Put it this way: you're lucky if she kills you (and she often will).
- Once in the Devil's Due comics he absolutely lost it during a fight when Storm Shadow managed to strike a gash across his (surgically reconstructed) face.
- Black Knight: A modern depiction of this classic trope, clashing against the thick of the enemy's lines on a bike with his "Black Eagle" tachi.
- Cain and Abel: He's Abel to Storm Shadow's Cain.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He is the resident hand-to-hand combat instructor for the Joes. He's proven as unbeatable unarmed in most depictions; the only one who has been able to defeat him was Road Pig.
- Cool Shades: A staple of his civilian wear. The goggles on his mask could also qualify.
- Combat Pragmatist: As shown in issue 21, in a scene that Larry Hama has admitted pays tribute to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Snake-Eyes throws a grenade on a Red Ninja. Snake Eyes freely combining ninja techniques with modern military training is one of his defining characteristics.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He has a snake-themed codename (albeit one with multiple connotations), but he is very much an enemy of COBRA.
- Determinator/Made of Iron: After getting his face half blown off as the result of a helicopter in-air collision while pulling all of his teammates out after crashing, he continued with the mission instead of being evacuated for treatment.
- In an America's Elite issue, he's seen lifting an at least 300 pounds unhinged armored door to protect team's hacker Firewall from a barrage of RPGs. He barely survived though.
- And when he's placed in the Arashikage Mind Set... you better get out of his way!
- The Dreaded: A well-seasoned airborne ranger who can switch between ninja and commando mid-fight. Once in a while he's seen taking down an entire enemy squad by himself... unarmed.
- As Snake-Eyes: Declassified points out, this comes from even before he became a ninja. In 'Nam he was transferred to a Long Range Recon Patrol from a Special Forces "spooky house". Most of his patrol mates are scared shitless after they find this out. Only Stalker and Storm Shadow seem to feel some sympathy for the quiet loner.
- In Resolute we learn that he is the last living master of a set of secret techniques called "The 7 steps to the sun". The sixth step implies he can crush several inches wide logs in a single blow.
- Dub Name Change: In Latin America, he's called Lobo Solitario (Spanish for "Lone Wolf").
- Enemy Mine: Storm Shadow has been Misblamed of being his Arch-Enemy for years, time and again Snake-Eyes has shown that he never blamed his long-lost Sword Brother for the Hard Master's assassination, only aiming to look after him. Nevertheless, there are always circumstances that make them take separate ways as their both alliances are most of the time short-lived or merely aiming for an immediate common goal.
- Expansion Pack Past: Snake Eyes has always been connected to Scarlett and Storm Shadow, but later additions include Stalker (his C.O. and buddy from 'Nam), Firefly (who they think killed the Hard Master) and Zartan (who actually killed the Hard Master) in his life all before the Joes got started. Then there's the whole "death of Baroness' brother" that took place before she joined Cobra including a very young Destro. AND THEN let us not forget that Snake-Eyes has yet a blood-debt to settle with none other than Cobra Commander himself.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In Marvel comics it reached the point where everything was revolved around him in some way. The comic was even retitled G.I. Joe: Starring Snake-Eyes.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: Before he's a ninja. This was even done on the action figure depicting him this way — the figure has no eyes and instead there is a shadow painted over his face.
- The Faceless: He's never unmasked in the cartoon. In the comics he wears a false fase based on his pre-disfigurement appearance when he's off duty.
- Forgot Flanders Could Do That: From time to time he can act as the team's heavy machine gunner carrying M-60's or heavier gatling guns around. Incidentally, these were his weapons of choice back in 'Nam.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Inverted, as Snake-Eyes was badly scarred (in the original comics, by a helicopter collision), which is why he wore a full face mask. He's generally one of the most noble characters despite his disfigurement.
- Scars Are Forever: Depending on the continuity. In the original comics, his face was restored by plastic surgery, only for his newly-restored face to get burned by hot coals before the end of the storyline. This was far less severe than his original disfigurement, however; aside from a few scars, his face was normal enough that the aforementioned false face was no longer necessary.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Oh, Scarlett; you love this trope, don't you?
- Knife Nut: Stalker's always happy to tell you about Snake-Eyes' collection of spike-knuckled trench knives; Snake-Eyes' third costume/action figure has a very large pair of knives right on his chest, and very nearly every single one of his figures gives you a different little plastic knife for his arsenal. One imagines the walls of his quarters are rather intimidating.
- Legacy Character:
- In Transformers vs. G.I. Joe he passes the mantle of "Snake Eyes" to William Kessler.
- Larry Hama does kill him off for real in ARAH #213, and it takes TWO characters to fill his shoes: Sean Collins and Dawn Moreno.
- Mad Bomber: Downplayed, but he is noted in at least one series as having a bad habit of overestimating how much plastic explosives to use. At one point he lays a trap for two enemies using fifty pounds of C-4. Admittedly it also had to blow through a castle wall, but two guys.
- McNinja/Mighty Whitey: He's a caucasian American soldier trained by the Japanese Arashikage ninjas, and demonstrably has defeated Storm Shadow multiple times, who has been a ninja his whole life. According to Word of God, he and Storm Shadow are roughly equal in prowess, but each exceeds the other in one particular area; Snake Eyes is better than Storm Shadow in hand-to-hand combat, and Storm Shadow is better in archery than Snake Eyes (the stated reason being that he's more ruthless). In addition, Hama, a Japanese-American (not unlike Storm Shadow), made a comment on how being not born in Japan caused natives of the country to treat him in a certain way, and he wanted to make clear that one's ethnic background doesn't prevent anyone from excelling. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins averts Mighty Whitey by having the character played by Henry Golding, who is of mixed indigenous Malaysian and white British descent, but he's still an American inducted into a Japanese ninja clan.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Believe us, if you happen to be one of the baddies it couldn´t be worse even if his was spelled "D-O-O-M".
- No Name Given/Parts Unknown: Most of the Joes' real names appear in their Action Figure File Cards, but Snake-Eyes' name, serial number and birthplace just say "Classified". The most revealed is that one comic gave him a first initial of N, and another a last initial of J.
- A 2006 comic book note three-pack of figures representing Stalker, Storm Shadow, and Snake-Eyes during their LRRP days had the figures identified as Lonzo R. Wilkinson, Tommy Arashikage, and "CLASSIFIED" - any reference to Snake-Eyes' real name on the file cards was redacted.
- Devil's Due miniseries Snake Eyes Declassified tells his story before he became a Joe. Word of God states Hasbro was absolutely adamant that there shall be no real name given to him in the series.
- ÍDW with Transformers vs. G.I. Joe gave him the declassified name Francis Witwicky, though he passes on the title of "Snake-Eyes" to Billy at the end of issue 13.
- Official Couple: With Scarlett in almost every continuity.
- Love Triangle: In Renegades it's hinted that his affections are matter of contempt between Scarlett and Jinx.
- Out of Focus: He got a good amount of screen time in the three five-parters that begun the cartoon, but after that really drifted in and out of the show for a good amount of time. Being voiceless and always wearing a mask makes hard to give him characterization. It wasn't until a couple of the last DIC episodes, "The Sword" and the two-parter "Long live Rock'n'roll", that Snake-Eyes got the main role, and even Scarlett declaring her feelings for him.
- Red Baron: "The Silent Master" of the Arashikage clan, "The High-Sierras´ Werewolf" for the locals near to his cabin.
- Related in the Adaptation: He and Storm Shadow are half-brothers in G.I. Joe: Reloaded.
- The Rival: Averted with Storm Shadow. He has been his Worthy Opponent in varied degrees for years. It's really Firefly and Slice who are closer to this.
- Secret Art: Black-belt Master in 12 different combat systems thanks to his training by the Arashikage ninja clan.
- In one issue of the comic he wore an Army dress uniform with sunglasses and a bandage mask, which made him look a bit like the Unknown Soldier.
- Back in The '60s, Dell comics printed "Werewolf" note about a formerly USAF Major turned a government sponsored Super-hero with an indestructible full-body suit and a wolf pet, this is how they looked◊.
- The Speechless: The exact circumstances vary, but almost every continuity has established that he can't speak because of an injury rendering him mute. His mutism is Played for Laughs in Rise of Cobra.Breaker: This is Snake-Eyes and he doesn't talk.Rip Cord: Why?Breaker: He doesn't say!
- Sword and Gun: An Uzi and a Sword/Spike-knuckled Trench knife.
- Tranquil Fury: It's hinted that most of the time he's holding back, when he's angry he gets mean. Since he can't make so much as a whisper, it's entirely possibly that it would normally be of the more frothing-at-the-mouth type. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe has Snake-Eyes get back at Starscream for killing his family by leaping at the Decepticon's face, slashing open his left eye and shoving a grenade in it, causing the robot to stagger and fall off where he was into a pool of water.
- The Unreveal: A pre-accident Snake-Eyes was seen in one issue of the comic set in Vietnam. His face was covered by a tilted-down hat. Hasbro made a figure of this version years later, preserving the secret by specially shading the eyes to create a permanent shadow over them.
- The Voiceless: The Sunbow cartoon stands out as the one continuity where it isn't clarified on whether or not he can speak, with the fact that the cartoon never brought up his history established in the Marvel Comics continuity making it conceivable that his animated counterpart may be silent by choice rather than by necessity.
- Wolverine Publicity: He's easily the most marketable Joe, is all over the ads for the various media, and has had sixty-eight separate action figures (with many more on the way). Cobra Commander, the character with the next-most figures, clocks in at fifty-six with Duke and Storm Shadow getting the bronze with fifty-one each. The comic was even retitled "GI Joe Starring Snake Eyes" near the end of its run, with "Snake Eyes" being the most prominent part of the logo. This goes as far as the cover to Classic GI Joe Vol. 1. The homage to issue 1 by J. Scott Campbell swaps Snake-Eyes in for Stalker running in front of the tank. Stalker is still on there but he's been swapped in for Flash, while Rock'n'Roll takes the place of Zap.
- Your Eyes Can Deceive You: Or any of your senses for that matter, that was the lesson Hard Master was teaching him the night he was slain.
Real Name: Harlan W. Moore
The original Joes' artic trooper and sniper.
- Badass Mustache/Badass Beard: A bright ginger full set, no less.
- Cold Sniper: A more than fitting case. His expertise is such he was also the team's original rifle instructor.
- Con Man: As stated by many of his teammates.Rock 'n Roll: "You think we call him `Snow Job´ because he does his job on skis? Negative. He's a con artist, pure and simple!"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass/Real Award, Fictional Character: Olympic gold medalist in Biathlon.
- Exposed to the Elements: He can stay up to two months in the worst climate conditions watching over Cobra arctic operations, reporting back to the Joes.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Especially if he's asking you to lend him some bucks.
- The Matchmaker: Albeit coincidentally, he was the responsible in his both animated debuts for introducing Timber to Snake-Eyes.
- Only in It for the Money: He enlisted initially for the special training and support privileges that the army gives to Olympic champions.
- Sixth Ranger: He was (officially) the thirteenth member to be recruited in the team.
Real Name: Charlie Iron-Knife
The Joes' expert scout and tracker. Highly spiritual and one with the land.
- Almighty Janitor: A shaman who is also the team's resident Social Services clerk. Doubles as a Combat Medic on the field thanks to his knowledge in herbalism.
- Animal Companion: Freedom, a bald eagle in the 1980's. Later Billy, a cyber-falcon in Sigma 6.
- Badass Native: He's a Native American member of the team.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: On a few versions, he dresses like a stereotypical Native American.
- Expy: One of his most recent action figures he has the whole look of Sonny Landham on a similar character.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He used to be hunting guide in his teens to support his family and pay for his education. Turns out he's even more of a Cold Sniper than most professional sharp-shooters in the team.
- Magical Native American: He's a Native American shaman, hence his codename.
- Parodied in the DDP series. When tracking down a Cobra BAT in a sewer system, he is asked how he is able to track it so well. Spirit jokingly responds that he prayed to the spirits for guidance, only to follow up with a more practical explanation immediately after.
- Subverted/Deconstructed in his issue of IDW's "Hearts and Minds", where he suffers from sensory integration dysfunction note . Learning how to deal with the Sensory Overload turned him into a natural tracker.
- The Rez: Political type; his original bio mentioned how poor his family was when he was growing up.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In the original Marvel saga, over-emphasized in DDP comics where they turn him into The Spock. Incidentally, while serving as the entrance guard in the third Joes´ base known as "The Pit", Sesquipedalian was the password he granted entrance with.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: It is said that once he puts his mind into it, there's no escape from him.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In G.I. Joe Extreme there's a native shaman aptly code named "Tracker" assisted by his wolf "Lakota". It's heavily implied that they're related.
- Those Two Guys: With Mutt, mostly in the original Marvel saga.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: For some reason, Spirit has suffered multiple changes in his apparel. Ranging from functional military garbs to biker-like skin-tight bodysuits.
Real Name: Lonzo R. Wilkinson
A former street gang leader prior to his enlistment. During The Vietnam War, he served at the same Long Range Recon Patrol as Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow. He also helped Hawk to assemble the G.I. Joe team and recommended Snake-Eyes to him. Larry Hama based him off of a real person, and he was the most commonly-seen field leader in the comics. Because of this, he also had the longest list of failed missions, though it never got held against him. Similarly, he always got stuck with many "unpopular decisions", such as leaving dead Joes' bodies behind or abandoning the missions.
- Afro Asskicker: Back in his rebellious youth.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Most of the time he's assigned to command the most ruthless members in the team.
- Badass Bookworm: In Marvel's issue 13, he fights a crocodile with a knife and wins, all while explaining to Gung-Ho that it isn't an alligator.Gung-Ho: Gator!Stalker: This ain't no 'gator! This here's an Orinoco crocodile, known as Crocodile intermedius, of the phylum chordata, sub-phylum vertebrata, class reptilia, order crocodilia, family crocodilidae- Present status: Dead!
- Given since he's an autodidact zoologist and botanist.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: His mother thought he was studying engineering in Germany when he was really serving IN VIETNAM!
- Combat Medic: Yup, he was the original one for the Joes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Losing his two brothers in gang warfare led him to quit the gang and enlist, because he figured if he was going to die young, he'd rather it actually mean something.
- Demoted to Extra: He's one of the most important characters in the comic book, but becomes a background character in the TV series.
- A Father to His Men: He hid it well, especially from newbies.
- Happily Married: In the Devil's Due continuity.
- Hidden Depths: His favorite hobby is to take long trips into the wilderness and take as many wildlife photos as he can.
- The Lancer: Originally to Hawk, later co-lancer with Duke or Flint.
- Mr. Exposition: Since Snake-Eyes cannot talk, it was Stalker who had to talk about their common past in Vietnam when needed. He also served to give running descriptions on how to lay out a military mission.
- Omniglot: Fluent in Spanish, Arabic, French and Swahili.
- Positive Discrimination: Before Duke's arrival, Stalker was Hawk's second-in-command and led most missions.
- Reformed Criminal: Stalker was the leader of a street gang during his youth. But after losing both of his brothers to gang violence, he quit the gang and enlisted to "be all he could be".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In G.I. Joe Extreme there was a S.K.A.R. Defector from Decadence named "Quick-Stryke" who lost his older brother while working within the same organization. The resemblance between them both is such that in Resolute Stalker is given Quick-Stryke's long dreadlocks and leather jacket, he was just a pair of round shades shy of being identical.
Real Name: Ralph W. Pulaski
The team's armored warfare expert, driver of the MOBAT Tank.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Regularly challenges his teammates to feats of strength and stamina. This backfires when Scarlett joins the team and Worfs him to demonstrate her martial arts skills.
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Recognized as a tough and dedicated soldier, but has a tendency to clash with his superiors.
- I Choose to Stay: In the cartoon, he's one of the three Joes who stays behind in the Alternate Universe of "Worlds Without End" to help rebuild La Résistance.
- Stronger Than They Look: His role in the team was the Working-Class Hero, in Marvel's comics he was seen lifting tremendous weights. Given since he was a heavy machines mechanic before enlisting and is stated that he has changed broken tank tracks by himself.
- Meaningful Name: From Pittsburg, PA.
- Out of Focus: A victim of this like most of the other "green fatigues" Joes, but a bit of a Cyclic Trope in his case: Steeler was initially displaced by Heavy Metal (who drove the MBT Mauler), but regained some of his original prominence when Heavy Metal was killed in Trucial Abysmia.
- Tank Goodness: Drives a Mobile Battle Tank.
Real Name: Tormod S. Skoog
The explosive disposal expert of the G.I. Joe team.
- Comic Relief: Involuntarily if you will, but he's your to-go guy when doomsday clock is ticking.
- Find a panel in his first thirty appearances where he isn't tripping over his own two feet. Only in IDW Publishing is he allowed to be a soldier outside of explosives.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is very clumsy most of the time, but when he's close to a bomb becomes an all-business professional.
- Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: His teammates' reaction every time he's doing his thing... don't worry, his hands are way safer than his feet.
- Hidden Depths: He has practiced zen buddhism to be focused when he needs it.
- The Klutz: When he isn't around explosives.
- The Rival: Surprisingly to Firefly, maybe the most ruthless member of Cobra ever. Hawk even has stated that if Firefly is known as "The Rembrandt of plastic explosives", Tripwire most be "The Picasso".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute/Race Lift: "Dynamite", the Argentinian Che Guevara look-alike and explosives expert in Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles.
- Those Two Guys: Either with Flash or Zap.
Real Name: Nicky Lee
An explosive disposal expert. He's also good at tunneling.
- Author Avatar: A downplayed example: his face and military specialty (bomb squad) are based on those of Larry Hama.
- Idiot Ball: In his first appearance, his casual use of "the 'New Army' plastic" helps Raptor (a Cobra accountant and falconer) track the Joe convoy headed for Fort Collins. In his file cards it is stated that his serial number had to be change, probably because of this.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Typically portrayed as a very short man, but usually carries around an M60 machine gun.
- Same Character, but Different: The Reel FX films' depiction of him was consistent to how he appeared in G.I. Joe: The Movie and the Marvel Comics continuity, but had his character radically changed in Sigma 6, which was hinted to (in some capacity) follow the events of the Reel FX films. He becomes a hermit with No Social Skills, serious lack of understanding concerning basic hygiene, eats live insects, and will happily ignore his mission, not to mention his own safety, to chase said insects even if doing so leads him right into the path of a passing Cobra patrol. His only saving grace is that he's a Genius Ditz who is both a master mechanic who can keep what few vehicles survived Cobra Commander's rampage in episode 1 running smoothly despite lacking even the most basic parts and equipment, and is a Demolitions Expert who can jury-rig very effective improvised explosive devices or disarm them.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Possibly the most outstanding member of the Beach Head's Rawhydes in The Movie.
- Stuff Blowing Up: He often detonates stuff.
- Those Two Guys: With Big Lob in the movie and Outback in the comics.
- Tunnel King: He can make his way through any passage, hence the codename.
Real Name: William S. Hardy
A former Long Range Recon Patrol officer who transferred to the Armored Air Cavalry Division, Wild Bill serves as the Joes' ground support chopper pilot.
- Ace Pilot: Of both, fixed note and rotary note wings.Wild Weasel: Nobody can do that with a FANG! Nobody!
- Badass Mustache: Of the bushy-but-trimmed kind.
- Catchphrase: "Well... Shoot fire!"
- Cowboy: Types II and III for sure.
- Death by Adaptation: Ends up biting it in Revolution.
- Depending on the Artist: Whether or not his is a Stetson or a U.S. Cavalry hat. Also if he does or doesn't wear a silver beltbuckle.
- Good Ol' Boy: Just from 'round good ol'e Fort Brady Texas, son!
- The Gunslinger/Revolvers Are Just Better: Favors a couple of Colt Single Action Army M1873 Peacemakers as his personal sidemen, Gun Twirling and Improbable Aiming Skills assured.
- Hidden Depths: Man's has a pretty decent singing voice, and knows how to play six chords as well.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: As a result of his time in a LRRP.
- Sunglasses at Night: Almost never removed.
- Those Two Guys: Three instances, to be precise. His most constant partner is Airborne, in comics often assists Lift-Ticket as Tomahawk's co-pilot. And also with Ace, as they both pilot huge C-130 Hercules transport aircrafts when massive personnel and equipment deployment is required.
Real Name: Everett P. Colby
The director of Naval Operations for the team, operating from the U.S.S. Flagg supercarrier.
- Ace Pilot: Flew F-4 Phantoms in his younger days, and he can still climb into the cockpit if the need arises.
- Adapted Out: Never appeared in the Sunbow cartoon, where his role was filled by regular Navy commander, Admiral Warren Ledger.
- Cool Ship: He was in charge of THE U.S.S. Flagg, the HUGE-ASS G.I. Joe em, well flagship that could carry up to three Sky Strikers!
- Dreadful Musician: Plays the clarinet, but apparently not very well.
- Expy: Of Top Gun's Head instructor, Viper. Down to the Tom Skerritt look.
- Frontline General: Admirals are close to this anyway,note but Keel-Haul will also double as an extra pilot if his carrier group is low on manpower.
- Hidden Depths: He's a nationally rated chess player.
Real Name: Gabriel A. Kelly
The Emergency, Fire, and Rescue specialist for the team.
- Ax-Crazy: A literal case... in the very first incursion in Cobra Island and after running out of options, he just jumped over a Hiss tank to bash its cockpit's plexiglas with his axe.
- Dub Name Change: In Brazil, he's called Fogueira (Brazilian Portuguese for "fire pit").
- In the Blood: A seventh-generation firefighter. His father and grandfather were part of the Boston Fire Department, but Barbecue decided to become a Navy Fire & Rescue Tech instead.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the Sunbow episode "The Viper Is Coming", he mistakes a terse appointment reminder from a heavily accented window washer ("Ze Viper is coming, 575 Vest Corner") for a cryptic warning from Cobra. Sure enough, this misinterpretation inadvertently leads the Joes to a Convenient Enemy Base and a few other strange coincidences.
- Those Two Guys: With Airtight, especially in the cartoon. Both men were jovial pranksters off-duty, but were considered the go-to guys when the Joes needed soldiers for a hostile environment situation.
- Working-Class Hero: In Renegades.
Real Name: Malcom R. Willoughby
Mini-sub pilot and and master diver for the G.I. Joe team.
- Animal Companion: For a while he had a diving partner, a dolphin called Finback.
- Embarrassing Hobby/Incredibly Lame Fun: His main hobbies consist in bottlecap collecting, playing solitaire and solving the New York Times crossword puzzles.
- Made of Iron: He has demonstrated an incredibly endurance to withstand the crushing depths of the ocean.Torpedo: "Down in the depths where light doesn't reach and the water pressure can crush you like an eggshell-that's where Deep Six likes it!"
- The Quiet One: He lives for himself, so many other Joes haven't ever hear him speak once.
- Undying Loyalty: Make no mistake, Deep Six may be an aloof and unresponsive fella' but if any Joe is in danger, he'll be there to make the saving. Once in the original Marvel saga, he had to stand by himself against Firefly and Wild Weasel only to protect some of his fallen comrades who had been injured in battle.
Real Name: Hector X. Delgado
Navy Senior Petty Officer, SEAL, and the Joes' maritime warfare expert. He was a huge character in the cartoon, featuring as a major player in more episodes than anyone short of the main cast (Duke, Flint, Lady Jaye, Destro and Cobra Commander).
- Animal Companion/Pirate Parrot: Polly.
- Casanova Wannabe: Flirts with quite a few girls over the series, but only succeeds with Mara.
- Cast as a Mask: "Once Upon a Joe" had Zartan impersonate Shipwreck, so Neil Ross voices Zartan-as-Shipwreck.
- Composite Character/Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sort of, in the cartoon. He seemed to have absorbed many of Clutch's personality traits (the ones he didn't already exhibit) and seemed to be to the cartoon what Clutch was to the comic.
- In G.I. Joe Extreme "Harpoon" is basically him in a wet-suit.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the cartoon, he's generally a Plucky Comic Relief, Butt-Monkey and rather lazy. This doesn't mean he can't handle Cobra goons.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not above making sarcastic remarks, but in Image/DDP comics he produced veritable jewels.
- Happily Adopted: In "Captives of Cobra", he is informed that his nephew is upset about learning that he was adopted. He cheers his nephew up by informing him that he was also adopted and that adoptive parents can be just as caring and loving as one's natural parents.
- Hunk: He's manly, handsome and muscular with a few shirtless scenes and a great beard.
- Interspecies Romance/Starcrossed Lovers: In Sunbow´s "Memories of Mara", we have him romantically involved with a very attractive mermaid note . At the end of the episode, he has to tearfully wave goodbye since she can breathe air for just about five minutes before she starts to very painfully suffocate, and thus has to stay in the ocean.
- Lawyer Friendly Substitute/No Celebrities Were Harmed: Was based, in part, off of Jack Nicholson's character from The Last Detail. You can watch it here.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Not so much as Clutch, but in the original series Shipwreck does get to occasionally have some fun with this as he got slapped by Scarlett or Cover Girl when he tried to hit on them (he eventually got a formal relationship with Cover Girl in the comics)
- Official Couple: With Cover Girl in Devil's Due comics. Played for Laughs in Renegades where "Courtney Krieger" is still a famous top model hottie he named his tugboat after.
- Really Sixteen Years Old: Though Shipwreck's file card says he joined the Navy at the minimum age (17) with his parents' permission, his Sunbow cartoon version confessed that he was actually 16, and had lied about his age to get in early.
- Spanner in the Works: In Sunbow's cartoon.
- TWICE in "Twenty Questions": With Hector Ramirez and his crew, Shipwreck foils what seems to be a smear campaign against the Joes, painting them as a needless expense to the taxpayers. He shows the existence of COBRA, the enemy the Joes fight, is too real to deny. "Arnold," one of the crew, is also revealed to be the Baroness, who complains Shipwreck ruined everything.
- When the rescue party is pinned down in a cache of explosive gas canisters, Shipwreck runs a Cobra drilling machine over other gas canisters (laughing gas, itching gas and tear gas) to cause enough of a distraction to get them out and rescue Hector and Tom the cameraman.
- "Once Upon A Joe" had him capture Zartan, who'd earlier impersonated Shipwreck. Seizing the MacGuffin device, he activates it and the characters from the story he'd told the orphans come alive to attack the Cobra Forces; Dr. Mindbender gets a Pie in the Face TWICE: once each from a Super-Deformed Leatherhead and a Super-Deformed Shipwreck.
- "There's No Place Like Springfield" has Polly help him remember Dr. Mullaney's "Hot Water" formula and mix up enough of Mullaney's formula to turn water into explosive chemicals. When the Dreadnoks open fire on him, they hit the sink he'd just poured the mixture down, setting off a chain reaction that the Joes also witness.
- TWICE in "Twenty Questions": With Hector Ramirez and his crew, Shipwreck foils what seems to be a smear campaign against the Joes, painting them as a needless expense to the taxpayers. He shows the existence of COBRA, the enemy the Joes fight, is too real to deny. "Arnold," one of the crew, is also revealed to be the Baroness, who complains Shipwreck ruined everything.
Real Name: Edward W. Leialoha
The first SEAL to join the team, specializing in stealth and demolitions. He is also a certified diving instructor. Larry Hama named him after Steve Leialoha, one of his co-workers at Marvel Comics.
- Ascended Extra: Originally just popped up here and there (and was only a frogman). After IDW picked up the ARAH comic where Marvel left off, he was upgraded to a squad leader and saw more land-based/amphibious action.
- Child Prodigy: Became a black belt in three different martial arts (Wushu, Kenpo, and Go-Ju-Ryu) before the age of 19.
- Combat Pragmatist: He isn't avert to use weapons to solve confrontations every time he meets with the enemy, specially his trademark harpoon and scuba knife.
- Depending on the Writer: The original filecard describes him as a Consummate Professional with a "cold fish" type personality. In the cartoon, he's considerably more laid back (to make him a better Foil for the gruff Deep-Six). The comics split the difference.
- Determinator: You don't become a SEAL if you're not one.
- Hidden Depths: Is a strict vegetarian.
- Knife Nut: Is highly proficient with a balisong (Filipino butterfly knife).
- McNinja: He's actually NOT a ninja, but he's about as close as a "normal" Joe can get to one. And as shown in Silent Option, he has no problem keeping up with Snake-Eyes and Helix.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Silent Option, he has this reaction when he discovers Snake-Eyes is carrying white phosphorous grenades (banned for good reasons).
Real Name: Brian M. Forrest
The Joes' resident under water demolitions expert. During the Sunbow's cartoon last few seasons, he was one of the most constant presences in the team's roster.
- Devilish Curly Hair: In most of his portrayals, we have him with light brown/"dirty" blond curly hair except for his v3 action figure, where he's seen rocking a quite badass mulleted buzz-cut around.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's depicted in toys, cartoons and comics as "way too nasty". He's one of the very few Joes none of his teammates has a single nice thing to say about beyond his job proficiency.
- Mad Bomber: A sub-aquatic variant. He's the go-to Joe for specialized UDT.
- No Social Skills: Always depicted as "175 pounds of mean on the hoof."
- Surpassed the Teacher: Even his instructors at the S.E.A.L. academy, known for being the toughest and meanest, admit to their dismay that he's even tougher and meaner than them.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Leatherneck, both of them being possibly the more despised within Joes' ranks.
A fictionalized version of a certain legendary WWF wrestler, for he is who oversees the Joes' training and commands two sub-factions of the team, the Renegades and the Marauders. He is also skilled at driving armored vehicles, treating them the same way as he treats a new recruit: Pushing them to limits of their performance and specification.
- Ace Custom/Thememobile: The Tag Team Terminator Assault Tank. Later the Warthog Advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
- As Himself: Every single time you see him in the cartoon, it's his voice that you've heard.
- Catchphrase: "Cobra can run BUT THEY CAN´T HIDE!" and "AWE-SOME!"
- Chekhov's Skill: Studied Ancient Greek in college. This comes in handy during a time-travel episode of the cartoon.
- Cultured Badass: Easily the most Schwarzenegger-esque member of the team in the cartoon, but turns out he's college-educated and knows how to speak Ancient Greek (which is VERY different from Modern Greek)note .
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Second only to R. Lee Ermey in all pop culture.
- Dub Name Change: In Latin America, he is better known by his action figure's name overseas "Sargento Bravo" (Roughly translated as "Sergeant Rough").
- The Face: Robert Remus the man, the character! He was more successful in being the franchise's poster boy than what Duke or Grid-Iron ever were. He's close to Snake-Eyes in terms of who's the franchise's most popular character. His was the mug in ads, cartoons, comics, toys and even during his AWA stint promoting the franchise, his persona and related merchandise.
- A Father to His Men: "We all go home or NOBODY goes home!"
- God Guise: In the "G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece" episode of the Sunbow 'toon, after his team gets transported back to Ancient Greece, the locals mistake Sgt. Slaughter for Hercules.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Taking a Cobra Viper by the wrist and performing the Giant Swing to clear the path Head-bashing armed enemy troops? No sweat!
- Large Ham: Drill Sergeant meets Pro Wrestler. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Sgt. Butcher from the DDP comics. He's also seen at Snake Eyes' funeral in ARAH #214; naming and trademark issues aren't really an issue there, as it's a silent issue.
- No Name Given: Unlike his Real Life counterpart, his real name is classified.
- No Indoor Voice: He actually did have one, but he only used it when things took a dark turn.
- One-Man Army: In the cartoon, he essentially filled the role Snake-Eyes did in the comics, as the Charles Atlas Superhero who could take on ninjas, robots, and Eldritch Abominations singlehandedly.Cobra Commander: That man has the constitution of a vending machine!
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: On The Movie, Sarge realized he was the only one capable to be a match for the overwhelming power of Nemesis Enforcer, since he posed a clear and present threat upon each and every one of Sarge's teamates.
- Power Makeover: While the real Sgt. Slaughter was somewhat Acrofatic, the Joeverse version had the Heroic Build that was standard for most '80s action heroes.
- Sunglasses at Night: His mirrored aviators.
- Training from Hell: Played with. His training is brutal but it's designed to make sure that the Joes are at their absolute best.Sgt. Slaughter: My job is to whip you into shape, and I mean WHIP!!!
Real Name: Ettienne R. LaFitte
A "Recondo", member of Marine Force Recon Unit, the Corps' special forces scouting and reconnaissance experts.
- Badass Family: His family can handle themselves in dealing with Cobra without the Joes' help.
- Badass Boast: A fountain of 'em.
- Badass Mustache: Of a biker handle-bar kind even present in his "Marine dress blues".
- Bald of Awesome: However, this was a later adaptation. He had close-shaved black hair in the comics, though it was always covered by his hat. His original toy had a hairline sculpted on, but it was never painted.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Explicitly called the team's "crazy uncle" in the Animated Series' bio. His Action Figure File Card calls him the "Craziest jarhead ever to crawl out of Parris Island".
- Most of the time in a "Powerhouse diumvirate" with Roadblock. It was him who unhinged a Shellby GT Cobra door and totaled the car with it, and he was the one who placed a wooden support beam back on its place with his bare fist.
- Gratuitous French: During his first few appearances. Justified since Gung-Ho is from Louisiana and spends most of his off duty time having fun in "Na´ leans".
- He Who Fights Monsters: Downplayed in a rare but curious literal case. He was in charge of one of many sub-groups that spawned within the franchise early in The '90s called "The Mega Marines" whose mission was to fight against Mindbender's new army of grossed-out mooks called "Mega Monsters".
- Mama's Boy: In the cartoon, he apologizes to his grandma for being late for the reunion since duty calls.
- Parts Unknown: His birthplace, "Fer-de-Lance, Louisiana" is the only fictional one amongst the Joes ranks.
- Ragin' Cajun: Known for his rough and tumble attitude. Before enlisting in the military, he was a notorious brawler and knife fighter.
- Semper Fi: The first Corps' member in the Joe Team.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Normally only wears an open vest, revealing a large tattoo of the USMC crest on his chest. It gets lampshaded in one comics story where he doesn't change his clothing at all for arctic conditions.
Real Name: Wendell A. Metzger
Former drill instructor turned into vehicle driver and officer.
- Always Second Best: When you mention "G.I. Joe's jarhead" you'll instantly think of any other in this list instead of Leatherneck.
- Butt-Monkey: At least in the original Marvel saga, Leatherneck's attitude always have him receiving some sort of Laser-Guided Karma, if something bad is going to happen that is humiliating or embarrassing around The Pit, count on Leatherneck to be its recipient.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Since both cartoons were produced by the same studio, you can bet Leatherneck inherited "Eric The Cavalier"'s traits in Dungeons & Dragons.
- Defeat Means Friendship: O.K. maybe "friendship" is a wild guess, but rest assured you can earn his respect if you beat him in some instance, as Outback demonstrated in the Marvel's comic.
- Early Installment Weirdness: For some reason, his toys always depict him as having a dark brown bushy Badass Mustache and straight hair. His cartoon and comics depictions always have him with wavy, curly laid-back black hair ala Captain Marvel and a pencil mustache.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Many Joes seem to despise Leatherneck habit of not being "one of the boys" outside of a task or a mission, keeping a full-time Drill Sergeant Nasty attitude towards his teammates.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Sunbow's "Lets play soldiers" episode, we found out his soft-spot is for down-on-their-luck children who should have deserve better.
- Kavorka Man: Ironically since he has always find trouble on getting dates.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Wet Suit, they despise each other in the surface, but in some strange way they seem to understand the other quite well.
Real Name: Blaine L. Parker
The original team's hacker and master programmer.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: More often than not, if Zarana happens to be in the same room with him, you can even feel a Dating Catwoman foreshadowing coming through.
- Brought Down to Badass: According to his Marvel comics debut, he used to be a Retired Badass Army Airborne Staff Sergeant in 'Nam, until he re-enlisted again and changed his specialty to computers. You may not see him carrying a gun too often now, but he perfectly can.
- Cool Old Guy: A tech-savvy veteran. He also demonstrates a caring soft spot for rookie recruits.
- Dude In Distress: Nobody's sure why he always falls nose-first into this, but a swift Rescue Arc will be set in motion for him since he's the team's tech head honcho, and if that's not possible, you can bet Mainframe will find a way to bite the Cobra's butt back.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Sparks, one of the (at first) original cartoon-only Joes, down to their similar helmets-headsets and uniforms. You can even make a conscious account of every trope depicting Mainframe in here and apply it also to Sparks.
- In Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles his role was filled-in by "Mouse", a clumsy mountain of a man, but is a down-to-business crack hacker.
Real Name: Brad J. Armbruster
Air Force captain, and lead fighter pilot.
- The Ace: This goes beyond his Code Name:
- Ace Pilot: As his name may suggest, he is a well-seasoned pilot.
- Card Sharp: His codename comes from his love for cutthroat poker, which he never loses... and he doesn't even cheat!.
- The Gambling Addict: This would normally not be accepted in the military, but as Hawk states that it's not really gambling since he always wins.
- Captain Crash: He holds the dubious record for more crash landings in the USAF. This doesn't mean he is an awful pilot, but a survivor of the worst dogfights most fighter pilots have ever seen.
- The Dreaded: Some in the upper brass even doubt about sending him on missions fearing his multi-million dollar aircraft ends up as a pile of smouldering junk.
- Cool Plane: Though fully rated on all of the Joes' fixed-wing craft, he's most closely associated with his original plane, the XP-14F Sky Striker note .
- Intercontinuity Crossover: It was implied he later became Sabre Jet of the Earth Corps, who fought against the Inhumanoids.
- Old-School Dogfight/Sky-Consuming Dogfight: His specialty, and the reason why he was summoned to the Joes.
- Those Two Guys: With Ripcord and Wild Bill.
- Worthy Opponent:
- Wild Weasel. In a memorable Rattler-against-Skystriker dogfight (Vol. 1 #34). Both fought until they were mutually out of ammo, saluted, and flew back to their bases.
- Ripcord, in the poker table.
Real Name: Alyssa R. Stall
The sister of Barrell Roll and Blackout, Bombstrike became a capable soldier in her own right, serving as a Forward Air Controller in the Air Force before joining the Joes as an infiltration specialist.
- Action Girl: She trains alongside ninjas (Snake-Eyes, Jinx, Budo, and Helix) and has no real problem keeping up. She also proved pretty handy with a lightsaber.
- Ascended Extra: In the ARAH comic, she gets more focus than either of her brothers.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Analyzes intelligence imagery, then makes the call to "pull the trigger or slip away undetected."
- The Fettered: What separates her from the likes of Blackout.Leila: Why did you leave him alive? Aren't you going to kill him?Bombstrike: No, that's not how we operate. I had no choice with the OPF Insurgents, but killing the Black Major would have been a summary execution. We abide by the rules.
- Knife Nut: Wields a brass-knuckled trench knife for close quarter combat.
- Made of Iron: Survives getting shot in the head. Deconstructed:Bombstrike: Weak load. Hit my skull at an angle and didn't have the velocity to penetrate. So it skidded around through my temple through skin and bone and popped out the back of my scalp. Got a bad headache, but no wound channel through my cerebral cortex.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Plays soccer when she's off duty, and it was there she learned the importance of calculating what will give her team the winning move of the day.
Real Name: Jonas S. Jeffries
The Joes' stealth pilot, not to be confused with the superhero of the same name.
- Alliterative Name: Jonas Jeffries.
- Beneath Notice: His main job is to stay out-of-radar for thats his X-19 Phantom shtick but personally he does just the same and this is apparently of his own volition; his Action Figure File Card points out that he's been trying to be invisible the best he can since he was in second grade.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Inverted as the Joes can't ever remember what his codename is, and refer to him as "pal" or "stealth pilot"; sometimes they remember his file name and just call him "Captain Jeffries". This was to avoid confusion during Marvel's run of the comics, especially since they would soon be relaunching their Ghost Rider series.
- Scarf of Asskicking: A long, bright red one.
- Writing Around Trademarks:
- As stated above, Ghostrider was never addressed by his codename in the Marvel Comics continuity because of the risk of getting confused with the similarly-named Marvel Comics superhero Ghost Rider. The trend continued when he resurfaced in the IDW continuation, either because Larry Hama was requested to not use the codename by Marvel's attorneys or because he deliberately chose to continue the gag of not using his codename.
- Transformers vs. G.I. Joe references this practice in the sixth issue, where Ghostrider's introduction has his codename on the provided narration box partially obscured.
Real Name: Mark Morgan Jr.
G.I. Joe's Space Cadet pilot of the team's own Defiant and Crusader Space Shuttles.
- Ace Pilot: ...IN SPACE! Although he's also a USAF Colonel who flies fighters as well as space shuttles.
- The Bridge: His workplace, from there on he has to maneuver in order to survive in an Old-School Dogfight, recover some friendly Spy Satellites or destroy the Cobra's latest Kill Sat.
- In Space, Everyone Can See Your Face: it's a given since standard Space Clothes fashion is very limited.
- Space Fighter: The Crusader doubles as this, for it contained a small recon/fighter jet called The Avenger armed with twin laser cannons.
- Space Station: The original Defiant was part of a full complex, once in space it was docked to a proper station called The U.S. Booster.
- Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: Sadly Payload's most prominent moments in the original Marvel saga came around 1993, when the franchise itself went south and had to draw upon this tired old cliché, having to fight against Cobra's own Sci-Fi mooks and some sort of Space Orcs called the Lunatrix empire.
- Those Two Guys: As friendly and open as he is, his bestie is his taciturn "Mission control guy", Hardtop. He even admits that "Affirmative" and "Over" is the most he hears him to say while working on regular basis.
Real Name: Ronald "Skip" A. Stone
The solely Joe from the U.S. Coast Guard.
- Ace Custom/Cool Boat: His main role is as skipper of two of the Joes' most iconic vessels this side of the U.S.S. Flagg, the Killer Whale hovercraft and the Shark 9000 interceptor attack boat. Both of them carry amongst their main armament SeaMines.
- The Captain: Second lieutenant in fact, but still.
- Determinator: He pestered his local congresspersons to get an appointment for the USNA in Annapolis because his only ambition was a life and carreer in the seas. After seeing he lacked of two important things (money and influences) opted to joint to the Coast Guard instead. He did exactly the same after finding out the Joes didn't have a Coast Guard representative.
- Mundane Utility: Turns out that Cutter could as well bering a shrewd Windbag Politician, so if the Joes are facing a big, fat trouble with Uncle Sugar or some Obstructive Bureaucrat a**holes, you can count on Cutter's sharp tongue to deal with it.
- Punny Name: His is one from a popular game where you must make a little flat pebble "skip" over the water surface as many times as you can.
Real Name: Bradley J. Sanders
G. I. Joe's "grenadier" reservist. A fan favourite that nevertheless, has never being seen outside The Movie.
- The Ace: Excelling in six different sports, but favouring basketball, hence his Code Name.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He's unmatched throwing grenades, being this his specialty.
- Announcer Chatter/Third-Person Person: To the annoyance of his teammates.
- As Himself: He was named after his own voice actor.
- Child Prodigy: His physical condition is very well tuned, demonstrating all of his tremendous abilities since elementary school.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: He was part of the Beach Head's Rawhydes.
- Shout-Out: If his jersey is not giving you a hint, he's from Chicago. Most likely a big fan of "Butterbean" Bob Love.
- Those Two Guys: With Tunnel Rat.
- Toyless Toyline Character: He had to wait 23 years to get his first action figure up to 2010.
Real Name: Erika La Tene
A French-Vietmanese intelligence officer, half-sister of Anastasia De Cobray, also known as the Baroness.
- Cain and Abel: Abel to her half-sister, the Baroness.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: Used in conjunction with her already existent physical resemblance to the Baroness to help infiltrate Cobra.
- Palette Swap: Her toy is a repainted Baroness, with her file card explaining the resemblance via replacing the imprisoned original.
- Toyless Toyline Character: Inverted. She was a very rare toyline-only case.
Real Name: Dawn Moreno
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A Hispanic woman carrying on the legacy of a Caucasian man.
- The Apprentice
- Arch-Enemy: Firefly is shaping up to be one, with their encounters in Dawn of the Arashikage and Silent Option.Dawn: I came to settle a score.
- Badass Boast: See the folder quote.
- Canon Immigrant: After years of fans drawing Rule 63 concept art for Snake-Eyes, Larry Hama took the idea and ran with it.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Jinx as a character, her image is merely a palette swap of Cobra´s Munitia.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She was performing impressive physical feats even before she received any Ninja training.
- Child Soldiers: Briefly was one for Cobra, but she got better.
- Combat Parkour: Has a more acrobatic fighting style than her predecessor.
- Defeat Means Friendship: When she was still in Cobra, Dawn rushed to the Commander's aid during some rather tense business negotiations with Destro, Baroness, and disgruntled Cobra freelancers. Baroness was impressed by Dawn's resolve, and offered to train her to be better.
- Expy: She's the X-23 to Snake-Eyes' Wolverine, with elements of Rey thrown in for good measure.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: A teenage girl with a humble background becomes a Ninja Apprentice.
- I Call It "Vera": Her sword is called "Morning Light".
An infiltration expert with a unique mental condition, "total battlefield awareness", that allows her to perfectly track everything going on in a fight at once, giving her near-perfect fighting skills.
- Ambiguous Disorder: The Hasbro Comic Universe incarnation has No Social Skills as a side effect of her total battlefield awareness. (This isn't particularly noticeable until Revolution, though.) In the comics it is established she is incapable of recognizing faces, but instead she can identify individuals based on how they move.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When she's paired with Snake-Eyes, one can practically hear "Duel of the Fates" as they slice through mooks left and right.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally created for the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra toyline and video game, and brought into the comics to promote it.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Has something similar thanks to her "total battlefield awareness", letting her track everything that's going on simultaneously.
- Gun Fu: Her "Whirlwind attack" involves her delivering a flurry of kicks while unleashing a volley of bullets.
- Guns Akimbo: Uses twin pistols for ranged combat.
- Hates Being Touched: As a result of a traumatic childhood.
- Meaningful Name: She earned that code name since her ultimate skill is to throw a flying butterfly kick while shooting her twin machine pistols.
- McNinja: A more hi-tech example than most, with some slight influences from Cyberpunk and Metal Gear Solid.
- No Name Given/Parts Unknown: Her real name and birthplace are listed as "Classified".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Silent Option depicts her undertaking one against a particularly vile slaver who makes Cobra Commander look like a saint.
- Sword and Gun: Twin machine pistols for ranged combat and a blade, usually a machete or tanto, for close-quarter fighting and stealth kills. She also is skilled with a Revanche Energy Blade, the Joeverse equivalent of a lightsaber.
- Vigilante Woman: Her original career before joining the Joes.
Real Name: Felix P. Stratton/Richard Cecil
A former Cobra operative who joined the "Slaughter's Renegades".
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His original toyline depicted him with a blonde crewcut but the movie and the comics depicted him a brown crewcut.
- Death by Adaptation: He gets wiped out by a Kill Sat in the Devil's Due G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers continuity.
- Defector from Decadence: He joined Cobra for the adventure and promise of material gain, but soon grew disillusioned with Cobra's philosophy.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Because of his past with Cobra, not many other Joes really like him so much, he had to prove time and again to his teammates where his loyalties really are.
- MookFace Turn: From rank and file Viper to G.I. Joe recruit.
- Same Character, but Different: Both Action Figure File Cards give him conflicting file names; Hasbro has stated it's the same character, only operating under an alias due to his status as a former enemy working now within the Joes' ranks.
Real Name: David Tapu-Tapu
Former pro-football placekicker from Samoa, recruited to the "Slaughter's Renegades".
- Carry a Big Stick: His main weapon is a hitting stick for combat and also football training, or it used to be back in The '80s.
- I Know Madden Kombat: His main attacks are tackles, takedowns and kicks.
- Irony: He was the second out of three football themed character within the franchise, but the only one who actually played professionally.
- Hair-Trigger Temper/Unnecessary Roughness: The reason he ended up within the Renegades. He was expelled from the professional league after hurting a defense opponent for stepping on his foot.
- Stunt Double: For action b-movies after being expelled from the pro-league.
Real Name: Leonard Michaels
G.I. Joe's private reporter.
- The Hero: He's the centerpiece of Operation Dragonfire.
- HeelFace Turn: In Operation Dragonfire, Scoop starts out as an undercover Crimson Guardsman spying on G.I. Joe, who he blames for destroying his home. Of course, he eventually learns Cobra is the true culprit.
- Tuckerization: He is modeled and named after the NBC reporter Mike Leonard.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: As pointed out by multiple commenters, Scoop's specialisation as a reporter is rather dubious for a military unit.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: However, his media savviness does sometimes help in convincing government higher-ups that the Joes' mission achieved an overall positive result, even if it did not exactly fulfill the goal that was laid out beforehand.
Real Name: Jason A. Faria
Special Weapons And Tactics officer from the Detroit police department working for the Joes. A late addition to the team in the last DiC's cartoon episodes but he was a prominent character in Special Missions comics by Marvel.
- Adaptational Name Change: Since 2008, Hasbro changed his code name to "Shockblast" in order to avoid confussion with the Decepticon.
- Ax-Crazy: Turns out he gets quite a bit enthusiastic to kick doors down. Hawk stated that this is precisely what makes him the ideal candidate for pointman on urban assault missions.
- Child Prodigy: He enrolled for training in the Detroit's police academy at 16, approving all the subjects with flying colors.
- Determinator: Being the pointman means that you'll be the first element within a squad to literally call all the shots and get involved into an ensured firefight.
- Hidden Depths/Religious Bruiser: His second specialty is choir, he's still singing hymns for some services when it's required.
- Tenor Boy: His singing voice.
Real Name: Varujan Ayvazyan
A former circus performer from Turkey, now within the "Slaughter's Renegades".
- Combat Parkour: He's seen applying flying scissors to a hapless Cobra trooper head from time to time.
- Cunning Linguist: His second action figure filecard states he's fluent in half-a-dozen languages (Not specified).
- Irony: The animated movie portrays him speaking in broken English.
- The Infiltration: His shtick, given since he used to work as an undercover informant for Interpol prior to join the Renegades.
- Mad Bomber: He's the Renegades' resident demolitions expert.
- Use Your Head: The Large Sarge himself admitted that Taurus' act consisted in opening bottles with his nostrils, stopping hockey-pucks with his forehead and having an amazing record of broken 2x4's with his hard head.
- Verbal Tic: He's used to end up all of his phrases with a " yes?".