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G.I. Joe-related characters appearing in IDW comics that are part of the Hasbro Comic Universe.

For general G.I. Joe character tropes, go here.

Note: Due to this universe's tendency towards codename reuse, real names should not be noted unless they've been acknowledged in IDW continuity.

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A secretive U.S. military special forces team, dedicated to operating against superterrorists like Cobra. Its members all gave up their previous lives and took on Code Names as their only identity, and were believed dead by the rest of the world; after Cobra revealed their existence to the world, however, they brought in the original G.I. Joe to lead them as a publicly operating team. While they were mothballed after Cobra was defeated, they were eventually brought back to deal with the threat of the Transformers, and subsequently detached from the U.S. military to operate as an independent, international team.


The hard-edged veteran leader of the Joes, General Hawk served as a tough-but-fair leader until being made to step down by the government.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Hawk's reaction to Chuckles' "joke" in his final letter?note 
    Hawk: "Heh."
  • Big Good: The overall leader of the heroes for the first two volumes.
  • Fall Guy: Takes the punishment for the Joes' failure to stop the destruction of Nanzhao.
  • Four-Star Badass: Never really gets to show his skills in the field, but after his forced retirement, he manages to easily defeat a Cobra team led by Munitia that comes to try and kill him.
  • Good Is Not Soft
  • Pragmatic Hero: As Chuckles puts it, he's constantly calculating how to spend 30 lives to save 40.
  • Reluctant Retiree: Is forced to retire after the "Cobra Command" storyline and the Joes' failure to stop the destruction of Nanzhao, thanks to a senator in Cobra's pocket.


Duke/Conrad Hauser

Duke was one of the first members of the G.I. Joe team, recruited after heroic actions in the Middle Eastern country of Trucial. An archetypical All-American Face, he was made the leader of the Joes after Hawk was made to step down, but was eventually thrown out himself.
  • Big Good: Takes up the sword after Hawk's forcible retirement.
  • Dark Secret: His wife, Ayisha, who lives in a nursing home after being brain-damaged in a bomb attack. This wouldn't normally be much of a dark secret, but considering that the Joes were meant to break off all connections to the outside world...
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: While training troops in Trucial.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Given one with Mad Monk and Ayisha in volume 3.
  • The Hero
  • Hired Guns: By volume 4, he's working as one of these alongside Big Ben.
  • Love Triangle: He and Snake-Eyes both have feelings for Scarlett. (As does Mainframe, later. And that's not getting into his secret wife...)
  • Reluctant Retiree: Gets thrown out of the Joes after they find out about his wife.
  • Sergeant Rock


Scarlett/Shanna O'Hara

One of the initial members of the team alongside Snake Eyes and Duke, Scarlett is a tough Action Girl who's shown herself to be a skilled and responsible leader time and again throughout the IDW run. In volume 5, she is promoted to overall leader of the Joes.
  • Action Girl
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's been a high-ranking Joe from the start, and she can definitely fight.
  • Big Good: Takes over as the Joes' leader after Revolution.
  • Heroes Prefer Redheads: Duke, Snake Eyes, Mainframe, (briefly) Rock'n'Roll...
  • Love Triangle: First she's in one between Duke and Snake Eyes, then (she thinks) between her and Helix over Snake Eyes, then she's between Duke and Mainframe...
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one against Optimus Prime in Revolution after Rom (whom she believes is Cybertronian) kills Joe Colton, actually a Dire Wraith impersonating him, even though Mainframe, Doc and Helix all point out the inconsistencies between Rom and Optimus' actions suggesting the two aren't connected.
  • Sergeant Rock: Holds the rank of Master Sergeant.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path
  • Territorial Smurfette: Gets very prickly towards Helix over her friendship with Snake Eyes.
  • Unknown Rival: During Revolution, it's debatable whether Optimus even knew she existed until the end and by then she'd abandoned her vendetta on him.

    Snake Eyes 

Snake Eyes

A silent, masked ninja with a Mysterious Past and a connection to Cobra and the Arashikage ninja clan, recruiting Snake Eyes was Duke and Scarlett's first mission as part of the Joes. Though something of an enigma with a tendency towards going rogue, Snake Eyes is a Determinator who's proven himself to be a loyal soldier.

  • Cowboy Cop: Goes off on his own way against orders way more often than he should be allowed to; though nobody entirely trusts him (apart from Scarlett and Helix), he's always allowed back into the team afterwards.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Joins Cobra in Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra. He's faking it to infiltrate and sabotage them, obviously.
  • The Faceless
  • Fake Defector: In both Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra.
  • Faking the Dead: At the end of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow he's presumed dead, but left his mask with the Hard Master to show Storm Shadow that he had survived. He doesn't show up again until Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has some fairly un-heroic full-head scarring; we never see it, but considering the Trauma Conga Line he went through to get it, it's definitely not pretty.
  • McNinja
  • Memetic Badass: Considered in-universe to be a One-Man Army who nobody wants to have to fight.
  • Rogue Agent: Goes rogue before the events of the main series to investigate Cobra.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's never explained why he decided to stop Faking the Dead to join Cobra, or why Ronin isn't surprised to see him alive.


    Rock 'n Roll 

Rock 'n Roll/Craig McConnel

One of the first members of the team, Rock 'n Roll is an arrogant, boisterous fun-lover with a strong sense of loyalty. He's one of the core members of the team in volume 5.


Stalker/Lorenzo R. Wilkinson

One of the earliest members of G.I. Joe, Stalker acted as Hawk's second-in-command on their first mission; he'd previously been a member of Joe Colton's Adventure Team, having earned a spot by being the youngest Army Ranger of all time.



The Joes' communications officer, who was part of their initial mission against Chimera.

    Heavy Duty 

Heavy Duty/Lamont Morris

Heavy Duty served as The Big Guy on their first mission against Chimera, and later recruited his cousin Roadblock into the Joes.


Roadblock/Marvin F. Hinton

Marvin Hinton is Heavy Duty's cousin, who managed to track down the Joes through the "Sigma Six" training program. Because of the skill required to do so, he was brought into the team under the callsign of "Roadblock". He became a member of Duke's public team in volume 3, and was promoted to field leader in volume 5.




G.I. Joe's most senior naval officer, Shipwreck commands the team's fleet, including the captured submarines "Lemuria" and the "Tuna". He was also made a member of Duke's public "celebrity soldier" team during volume 3.

    Cover Girl 

Cover Girl/Courtney Krieger

A former model famous for her beauty, Courtney Krieger joined the army after fighting off a band of Ruthless Modern Pirates during a gameshow gone wrong and finding that she had a talent for it. She was brought into the Joes on the advice of Richard Ruby, aka Bulletman, and later was selected to be a member of Duke's public team.

    Quick Kick 

Quick Kick

G.I. Joe's "silent weapons expert", and an expert martial artist who — unlike Snake Eyes, for instance — doesn't need a gun to take down his enemies. Though arrogant and proud, he's also friendly and helpful to his allies. He's a member of Duke's public team in volume 3, and a main character of volume 5.

    Agent Helix 

Agent Helix

A new recruit to the Joes 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; she's commonly teamed with Snake Eyes, who can use her skills to the highest extent, and whom she has a rapport with. Despite this, her condition makes it hard for her to relate to and understand others, and she also suffers from face blindness.

    Tunnel Rat 

Tunnel Rat

The Joes' tunnel operations specialist, whose expertise comes in useful whenever the Pit's tunnels and vents need to be traversed.



A Marine from New Orleans, who's one of the team members in volume 5.


Steeler/Black-Out/Thomas Stall

A G.I. Joe infantryman who aspires to drive a tank. In actuality, he's a Cobra operative reporting to Major Bludd under the codename of Black-Out.
  • Composite Character: Of the classic character Steeler and the G.I. Joe vs Cobra character Black Out.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Always felt like Cobra valued him more than G.I. Joe did. As Firewall points out: "All you ever wanted was to drive a tank, and they wouldn't let you."
  • The Mole: For Major Bludd.
  • Walking Spoiler: Pretty much anything you can say about him risks spoiling the fact that he's a Cobra.

    Dial Tone 

Dial Tone

A mainstay of the Joes' communications officers, who often serves as Mission Control.


Brainstorm/Ward Michaelmas

An experimental scientist responsible for enhancing the team's arsenal, Brainstorm was the first to realise the existence — and deadly potential — of Destro's MASS device.


Mainframe/Blaine Parker

A scientist and computer specialist good at recognising patterns, Mainframe realised the existence of Cobra through the underlying patterns of the data he analysed. Unable to convince his superior of the truth, he went rogue in order to collect the information himself. He was later brought back into the fold, and helped to develop an algorithm that predicted Cobra attacks and operations. In the aftermath of Revolution, he's a member of Talon's anti-Transformer team.

    Beach Head 

Beach Head/Wayne Sneeden

A Ranger, and a mainstay of the team in volumes 1 and 2; he suffers from a form of amnesia, meaning that he essentially can't remember his life before G.I. Joe. In the aftermath of Revolution, he goes rogue with Grunt to keep eyes on Rom the Space Knight.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Though he remembers more than most typical examples of the trope.
  • Flying Firepower: Suits up with a jetpack and guns from his weapons locker.
  • Gun Nut: Has access to an enormous weapons locker filled with advanced weaponry and equipment.
  • Rogue Agent: Goes after Rom against orders with Grunt, due to not trusting him.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After being abducted by Cobra at the climax of Special Missions, he turns up alive and well in Revolution.


Grunt/Robert Graves

An infantryman who goes rogue with Beach Head in the aftermath of Revolution to keep eyes on Rom the Space Knight.
  • Ascended Extra: Wasn't very prominent prior to Revolution.
  • The Engineer: Claims there's no weapon that he can't take apart and put back together even better.
  • Rogue Agent: Goes after Rom against orders with Beach Head, due to not trusting him.



The team's laser rifle trooper, responsible for wielding Directed Energy Weapons.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Gets transmuted into a Dire Wraith by the Talisman.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: His specialty as a laser rifle trooper; it helps him to identify that the orbital laser beams are low-power and harmless during Revolution.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Apparently a tendency of his.
  • Retcon: Was first seen as a picture in Duke's wallet alongside various dead Joes, but shows up alive and well during Revolution.

    Wild Bill 

Wild Bill:

The G.I. Joes' eccentric, Southern pilot.
  • Ace Pilot: Even referred to as such by the G.I. Joe: Revolution character page.
  • Body Snatcher: Fell victim to this.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Despite being a well-known classic Joe, Wild Bill's first major role is in the G.I. Joe: Revolution one-shot, in which he's revealed to have been possessed by a Dire Wraith.

    Doc I 

Doc I/Carl Greer

One of the team's medical specialists, responsible for helping Duke while he was infected with a modified virus, who passes on his codename and role to his daughter Carla during volume 3.
  • Ascended Extra: Ironically enough, all his major appearances were after he passed-on his codename to his daughter.
  • Formerly Fit: He puts on a lot of weight between volume 3 and volume 5.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Skywarp's teleport test malfunctions and sends shrapnel everywhere, Doc takes the bullet for Grand Slam, revealing his true heritage. Skywarp, predictably, feels nothing over this.
  • The Medic
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's a Dire Wraith.
  • Non-Action Guy: Operates out of the Joes' base, in contrast to his daughter, who acts as their field medic.

    Doc II 

Doc II/Carla Greer

Daughter of Doc I, who serves as the core team's field medic in volumes 3 and 5.



An embedded journalist attached to Duke's public team of Joes against his wishes.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Does Not Like Guns: Which the other team members are pretty incredulous about, given that she joined the Army.
  • Idiot Ball: Seriously, how dense do you have to be to update social media with your location in the middle of an infiltration mission?

    Big Ben 

Big Ben/David J. Bennet

A former member of the SAS who was attached to G.I. Joe. Left the team at some point prior to volume 4 to work as a mercenary.

G.I. Joe intelligence unit

A special unit of G.I. Joe, led by Flint and dedicated to intelligence operations. They primarily appeared in Mike Costa's Cobra, The Cobra Files, and Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra. note 

Chuckles/Phillip M. Provost

A charming, gregarious jokester who was thrown out of G.I. Joe for being a disruptive influence... officially. In fact, Chuckles was instead tasked with infiltrating the world's criminal organisations and providing intelligence on them to the Joes... but when he comes up against Cobra, he gets in over his head.
  • Abusive Parents/Parental Abandonment: His mother left him with his father, who was abusive to him.
  • All for Nothing: Despite having to shoot Jinx to maintain his cover, it turns out that the Paolis knew about his allegiance all along.
  • Fatal Flaw: His weakness for beautiful women led to Erika Le Tene finding out about his membership in the Joes.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: His standard outfit.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: After he destroys a country's economic supply and kills Jinx to maintain his cover.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Well done, Chuckles, you shot Cobra Commander! Just a pity that it'll trigger the devastating Cobra Civil War, lead to the occupation and destruction of a third world country, and end with Hawk being fired and the Joes' operating budget being slashed.
  • Tranquil Fury: After finding out that Jinx died for nothing, he'll stop at nothing to take down the men responsible.



Chuckles' handler and G.I. Joe contact on his undercover mission, as well as his lover.


Flint/Dashiell Faireborn

The head of G.I. Joe's intelligence unit, and the illegitimate father of Marissa Faireborn, head of the Earth Defense Command. In the aftermath of Revolution, he's a member of Talon's anti-Transformer team.
  • May–December Romance: Between him and Chameleon, who (as Marissa points out) is young enough to be his daughter. They've broken it off by the time of Optimus Prime, however.
  • Never My Fault: Played with. While he didn't put forth the idea to give the Junkions a refugee camp he did convince Marissa to come back and she had the idea. He's quick to say how stupid he thinks the idea is and she retorts that he wanted her back.
  • Nice Hat: His trademark beret.
  • Older Than He Looks: He doesn't particularly look older than the rest of the team, but he's old enough to be the father of Marissa Faireborn, the head of the Earth Defense Command. (Kei Zama's art in Optimus Prime makes him look a bit older and more world-weary.)
  • Parental Abandonment: Was never a part of Marissa's life until after G.I. Joe's existence was revealed to the public.


Chameleon/Erika le Tene

Formerly a member of Cobra, Erika defected and turned herself over to G.I. Joe. Though not trusted at first, she eventually proved herself when she risked her life to take out a Cobra mole in the team, and served as a loyal and skilled member of the team. In the aftermath of Revolution, he's a member of Talon's anti-Transformer team.
  • Ascended Extra: Prior to Cobra, the only use of Chameleon was a re-released action figure of the Baroness with a bio claiming her to be the Baroness's identical half-sister.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's not afraid to let it be known when she doesn't care for the other Joes' ideas.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Surrenders to the Joes after deciding she couldn't take Cobra any more, and eventually becomes a member of the team.
  • Identical Stranger: To the Baroness. Played more-or-less realistically; she's not close enough to fool those who know the Baroness personally, but it's an uncanny enough resemblance to let her get away with it around those who only know her indirectly.
  • Legacy Character: To Chameleon I, aka Ronin.
  • Parental Neglect: Her parents were never a big part of her life.



Initially recruited by Hawk to rescue Chuckles under the codename of "Chameleon", she quit the team after her mission was completed, but eventually returned under the name of "Ronin".

    Lady Jaye 

Lady Jaye

An intelligence specialist, and member of Flint's unit.



A computer specialist in Flint's unit with a crush on Chameleon.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Tomax manipulates him by preying on the fact that the others don't appreciate how rare his skills are.
  • Entitled to Have You: Resents Chameleon for not returning his affections or paying much attention to him, and Flint for hooking up with her instead.
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Jerkass: Quickly becomes one.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sacrifices himself by ensuring that the civilians and other Joes can be evacuated from the casino, before detonating the explosions while the Cobra operatives are still inside.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Gets manipulated by Tomax into helping him take back control of the casino in which the intelligence unit is based.



A computer security specialist and administrative overseer for the Joes, and later a member of Flint's team.

Post-Revolution recruits

Members of the team who debuted or were brought into the G.I. Joe team after Revolution.


Yes, that Skywarp. After being rescued from an Earth Defense Command facility under the control of Dire Wraiths, the former Decepticon Skywarp has joined the G.I. Joe team as their secret weapon... at least until they can give him back his teleportation powers.
For more tropes, see Skywarp's entry on the Robots In Disguise character page.

    Grand Slam 

Grand Slam

A G.I. Joe techological specialist who was responsible for guarding Skywarp on Bikini Atoll.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Being shot.
  • Legacy Character: There was another Grand Slam who appeared early on in Origins... and died within a page. Subverted by Word of God, who claims they are the same character, having been saved from death.
  • Only Mostly Dead: He survives Rock'n'Roll shooting him, but in a wheelchair.
  • Non-Action Guy: After being shot by Rock'n'Roll under the belief that he was a Dire Wraith.


Mayday/Ayana Jones

A member of G.I. Joe who served under Duke in Nanzhao, before becoming the second-in-command of the Earth Defense Command. After the EDC was absorbed into G.I. Joe during Revolution, she returned to her old role as a field leader for the Joes, and is currently working with Action Man, Blackrock, and the Transformer Kup.

  • Ascended Extra: She was originally just a background character in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, who John Barber took a liking to after giving her a few lines.
  • Black Boss Lady: Was the second in command of the EDC, and serves as a Warrant Officer for the Joes.
  • BFG: Carries one in Revolutionaries.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Does a lot of commenting with wry amusement on the Transformers' antics.
  • My Greatest Failure: Flash, Heavy Duty and Quarrel were mutated into Dire Wraiths on her watch.
  • Mythology Gag: The codename Mayday originated in the much-loathed G.I. Joe Extreme.
  • Not So Above It All: Complains about surfing onto the moon's surface on Blackrock's back being ridiculous, before admitting that she'd have dreamed of it as a child.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Is retconned into having been a member of G.I. Joe during the events of volume 2 and joined the Earth Defense Command after that.
  • Shout-Out: Her surname is a rather obscure reference to the birth surname of David Bowie. (Appropriate for someone who ends up working with Action Man...)
  • Transplant: She was created as a non-Joe-related character for The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and folded into G.I. Joe.



A Swiss helicopter pilot who accompanied Mayday on her mission into Schleteva.


Talon/Zilong Qian

A Humongous Mecha pilot in the Chinese military who worked alongside the Earth Defense Command, defending Earth against the Transformers, who he neither likes or trusts. After the EDC was merged into G.I. Joe, he joined them under the codename of "Talon", but worries that his independence is being subsumed by the originally-American organization.
  • Artistic License – Military: Zilong is listed as a "Pilot (First Class)"... but assuming the same ranking structure as the PLA Air Force, that would make him just a junior enlisted airman.
  • Freudian Excuse: Hates Cybertronians because he was there on the day that they destroyed Beijing.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Seems to have developed one in Optimus Prime.
  • Irony:
    • Though it's not been commented on, both Seekers who destroyed Beijing, Thundercracker and Skywarp, now work with G.I. Joe in some capacity. The latter is even a field operative.
    • When the Junkions arrive, he fires on the Autobots to try and force them back onto their ship and let the humans handle first contact. The Junkions like the Autobots better and find him annoying so they leave the area as well.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zilong" was the courtesy name of Zhao Yun. It's an appropriate name for a great military leader.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's not quite as competent as he likes to think. It's best highlighted when he pushes Soundwave to his limit in All Hail Optimus and finds his mecha outmatched in melee combat in under a minute. To date, the only Cybertronian he's scored a victory against is Blitzwing and only because he caught him by surprise.
  • Token Non-American: Fears that he's become this after the integration of the Earth Defense Command into G.I. Joe, despite his leadership position.
  • Transplant: He was created as a non-Joe-related character for The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and folded into G.I. Joe.
  • Unknown Rival: The Autobots know who he is but don't view him as a threat in any way. Literally the most effort Optimus has put into thwarting him is sending a text message and even then he didn't know Qian would be present.


Spike/Steven Witwicky

Son of General Daniel "Sparkplug" Witwicky, Spike is an effective soldier, but one who's notorious for acting like he's the hero of an action movie without considering the consequences. Formerly an ally of the Autobots and member of Skywatch, he later betrayed them and spent the next few years on the run, but was eventually brought back in so that G.I. Joe could use his anti-Transformer expertise.
For more tropes, see Spike's entry on the Robots In Disguise character page.


Hi-Tech/Dr. Sanjay Bharwaney

A scientist who initially worked for Skywatch against the Decepticons, and then the Earth Defense Command. He's friendly and kind, but can be pragmatic about dealing with the Transformers. After Revolution, he transfers to G.I. Joe under the codename of Hi-Tech.



A Samoan recruit to G.I. Joe who's appearing in the 2016 series.

The last member of the Admin Force operating out of the Action Van.

The Adventure Team

G.I. Joe's predecessors: a team of elite soldiers led by Joe Colton, who fought intruders and protected America.
    G.I. Joe 

"G.I. Joe" Colton

The legendary leader of the Adventure Team, a bona-fide war hero, and the man for whom the G.I. Joe team is named. He was brought out of retirement during volume 3 to run G.I. Joe's public "celebrity soldier" branch.

    Miles Mayhem 

Miles "Mayhem" Manheim

Given his nickname by Joe Colton for his disruptive talents, Miles Mayhem was a member of the Adventure Team specialising in espionage and black ops strategy. Later in life, he would go on to found Project Spectrum, which eventually resulted in the creation of the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand.


Bulletman/Richard Ruby

A former member of Seal Team Six who dreamed of fame and fortune, Richard Ruby developed his unique jetpack system while working as a Hollywood stunt pilot, which earned him a spot on the Adventure Team when he used it to save his hometown. More recently, he's retired and enjoying his celebrity status.

    Atomic Man 

Atomic Man/Mike Power

A sufferer of amniotic band syndrome that caused him to be born with a missing arm and leg, Mike Power was an amateur sleuth in his youth until he found an alien machine that helped him to build his atomic prosthetic limbs. He went on to join the Adventure Team, using his limbs to save the world.
  • Disability Superpower: Born with a missing arm and leg, which enabled him to build his atomic-powered prosthetics.
  • Kid Detective: Was one of these in his youth.
  • Self-Made Man: Built his atomic limbs himself (albeit with the help of an alien artifact).


Lorenzo R. "Stalker" Wilkinson

See "Stalker" under G.I. Joe team.


A secretive, underground international conspiracy and criminal organisation with its fingers in criminal activity across the planet; it eventually comes to G.I. Joe's attention, and becomes their main nemesis. Eventually, the second Cobra Commander would bring the organisation out of the shadows to devastate the country of Nanzhao and show the world that they were to be feared. Years later, however, Tomax reformed the group into a "legitimate" peacekeeping organisation, until the interference of the Baroness caused them to collapse.
    Cobra Commander 

Cobra Commander

The enigmatic, manipulative leader of Cobra, who kept the organisation in the shadows and manipulated the world from behind the scenes.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son, William Kessler, who he tried to keep away from his criminal life.
  • The Blank: As he points out to Zartan, his Voluntary Shapeshifting can't threaten Cobra Commander, as he doesn't know what the Commander looks like to imitate him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: His trust that Chuckles has been completely won over by Cobra ends up leading to his death when he takes no precautions to defend himself, while Chuckles is in the room, with a gun.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Pulls this on Chuckles, ordering him to destroy a dam holding water back from destroying a native village. He passes.
  • Legacy Character: There have been hundreds of Cobra Commanders, stretching back through history.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: If there's one thing that G.I. Joe fans can agree on, it's that IDW's Cobra Commander is incredibly stylish.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Never directly engages the heroes or displays any combat skill, but still manages to be threatening.
  • No Name Given: We never learn his name other than "Cobra Commander".
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls this on Xamot, and has Chuckles kill him. Chuckles shoots Cobra Commander instead.

Past Cobra Commanders

A series of past Cobra Commanders described by Siren based on Cobra's records. Tomax later implies that some of the stories may be untrue, though the 1300s Commander was confirmed to be real by the timeline in Revolutionaries.


The Baroness

An Eastern European aristocrat turned anarchist turned Cobra operative and assassin. Though never given as much clout as the rest of the organisation's higher-ups, she was still one of the candidates for the new Cobra Commander after the death of her predecessor.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Though she rejected her family.
  • Bad Boss: When an Eel trooper she's overseeing complains about his assignment, she just cuts open his oxygen tube and leaves him to drown.
  • The Baroness
Dragon Ascendant: Becomes the new Commander of the reformed Cobra in issue 9 of Volume 5


Destro/Laird James McCullen

A Scottish aristocrat and arms dealer contracted by Cobra, who was kidnapped by them and brought into the organisation when he exceeded his deadlines and budget for creating the M.A.S.S. teleporter device. With cunning, he managed to worm his way into the upper echelons of Cobra.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Arms Dealer
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: After a failed test of the M.A.S.S. teleporter, he has to be sealed into a metal suit in order to stop his molecules from falling apart.
  • Expressive Mask: After being fused with his suit.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He goes through a test to try and restore his molecular cohesion so he doesn't have to wear the suit... and it works, by fusing the metal into his skin.
  • Only Sane Man: After Baroness takes over as Cobra Commander, he's the only person to question the organization's alliance with Dire Wraiths and focus on occultism.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Justified: he needs to convince Cobra that it works or they'll kill him, and testing it on himself was the only way to do that.
  • The Starscream: As are most of Cobra, but he's by far the most open about it.


Krake/Cobra Commander II

An ambitious, brutal Cobra member recruited from the third world nation of Nanzhao, who would eventually win the Cobra Civil War and become the second Cobra Commander.
  • Contrasting Sequel Big Bad: Compared to the original Cobra Commander, he's far more militaristic and aggressive.
  • The Dreaded
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out born to an impoverished family on a battlefield in Nanzhao, and worked his way up to the top through sheer brutality.
  • No Name Given: Because, apparently, he doesn't have one; he starts off going by "Tiger Eyes", becomes "Krake" when he joins Cobra, and then becomes Cobra Commander.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Vanishes in the Time Skip between volumes 3 and 4; all we see of him is a poster on a wall. He's present among a gathering of heroes and villains convened to deal with Unicron.

    Doctor Mindbender 

Doctor Mindbender/Armand Singh

Cobra's chief Mad Scientist, and a man obsessed with Time Travel, who has no particular loyalties apart from whatever allows him to accomplish his work. He has a grudge against Destro after being made to work on his M.A.S.S. project.

    Tomax Paoli 

Tomax Paoli

A Corsican businessman, former soldier and twin brother of Xamot, who believes wholeheartedly in Cobra and its goals.

    Xamot Paoli 

Xamot Paoli

Twin brother of Tomax, he comes to reject everything about Cobra and his sibling after being wounded in a fight with Chuckles, eventually attempting to kill Cobra Commander himself.

    Crystal Ball 

Crystal Ball

A creepy, mystic advisor to the leaders of Cobra who claims to have magical powers.


Copperback/Glynis MacDougall

A Scottish scientist working for Destro alongside her father Rory, who later joins Cobra proper.

    Croc Master 

Croc Master

The redneck son of an alligator salesman, who grew up with his father's reptiles as his only friends. After killing his father and using his alligators to kill various Cobra operatives in his local area, he was recruited into Cobra by Serpentor.

    Mad Monk 

Mad Monk/Michael Monk

A soldier working for Cobra, discovered to have the incredibly rare quality of ranking a 1 on the Lome scale, and thus having no imagination. He has a history with and vendetta against Duke.



A clone of the original Zartan, Cobra's infiltration specialist, with the ability to morph his features and the color of his skin, as well as imitating the mannerisms and voice of whoever he targets.

    The Dreadnoks 

The Dreadnoks

An Australian gang of bikers and ruffians, who came under the control of Zartan when his plane crash-landed in the Australian outback. After Zartan abandoned them, they took up with Crystal Ball.

    Major Bludd 

Major Bludd

A mercenary leader working for Cobra, driven primarily by profit and efficiency.


Serpentor/Stephen Menasian

The sinister, manipulative leader of the Coil, a cult that worships the snake-deity Golobulus and acts as a public recruiting arm and army for Cobra.

    Big Boa 

Big Boa

A Cobra trainer and former soldier who befriends Chuckles when he's brought into Cobra.
  • Affably Evil: Genuinely considers Chuckles a friend, and is heartbroken after he assassinates Cobra Commander.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He doesn't care about Cobra's ideology; he's "just here to box", and appreciates the kindness that Cobra Commander showed him.
  • The Juggernaut: None of the other Cobra members can beat him in a fight. Chuckles only breaks his hands trying to fight him, and only wins by unexpectedly catching him in the throat with the slide of his pistol.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Cobra Commander.

Big Boa II

A second Big Boa, who trained the Cobra youth.

Big Boa III

A new holder of the name who appears in MASK



A high-ranking middle-Eastern Cobra member and candidate for the new Cobra Commander, who has a history with Snake Eyes.



A high-ranking Cobra member and doctor of medicine who was one of the candidates for the new Cobra Commander.

    Skull Buster 

Skull Buster

A sadistic Cobra instructor who takes pride in the fact that most of his recruits don't survive their training.

The Arashikage clan

A clan of ninja who raised Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, and are allied to Cobra until Krake has Oda Satori assassinated. At some point between the events of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra and Action Man, the clan collapsed and the remainders reformed into the Red Shadows.
    Storm Shadow 

Storm Shadow

    Oda Satori 

Oda Satori

A high-ranking member of Cobra who holds the loyalty of Storm Shadow and the Arashikage.

    Soft Master 

Soft Master

A member of the Arashikage who was assigned to teach Snake Eyes the arts of manipulation and subtlety when he was younger. In the present day, he's nursing a grudge against Snake Eyes and wants him dead.




The first enemy that G.I. Joe ever faced: a sadistic former Green Beret and stockbroker who murders his family before setting up plans to both release deadly neurotoxin in crowded cities and cause a global financial meltdown.

    Hard Master 

Hard Master

Snake Eyes' mentor, and a former member of the Arashikage clan, who now lives in America as a grocery store owner.



A teenage girl who Snake Eyes takes under his wing after he sees her being bullied.


Scoop/Leonard Michaels

An Intrepid Reporter who Hawk used as an informant and invesigator, who was responsible for investigating Serpentor's cult, the Coil. It doesn't go well.

    William Kessler-Latta 

William Kessler-Latta

The adult son of Cobra Commander, who was kept far away from his criminal activities, but eventually became a target for Cobra and G.I. Joe's intelligence unit.

    Garrison "Blitz" Kreiger 
A member of Sgt. Savage's platoon in World War II, a young Garrison Kreiger found himself inspired by an encounter with a mysterious robot. Over the decades since, Kreiger became driven in his pursuit of this mysterious technology, and the power it grants.

  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of First Strike, he manages to successfully drain Cybertron's energy and gets away without being caught.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Around the late 80s, he founded I.R.O.N., to gain more connections, and more access to Cybertronian tech.
  • Evil Old Folks: By the time of his appearance in Revolutionaries, he's at least sixty years old, and still very evil. Taken even further when he reveals he's actually much older.
  • Eye Scream: He lost an eye to one of the Talisman drones. By the 21st century, he had it replaced with a cybernetic implant.
  • Fantastic Racism: Toward Cybertronians. And in fact anyone who isn't Prysmosian.
  • The Heavy: Of Revolutionaries. While Ironblood is the bigger villain, Garrison is the one the team are after, and who has the most direct influence on the plot.
  • It's All About Me: He wanted Cybertronian tech so badly, he was perfectly willing to do anything, including the odd spot of murder, to get it. And then he goes and screws over Colton, just to get a slim chance at restoring Prysmos.
  • Mad Scientist: Thanks to tinkering with the Talisman, he gained a good understanding (or at least the beginnings of it) into how the device worked, occasionally by testing it on people.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He spent a good several decades tricking Centurion into believing all Cybertronians were inherently evil, and needed to die.
  • Moral Myopia: He's determined to save Prysmos, and doesn't care how many lives and planets he has to destroy and ruin to do it.
  • Walking Spoiler: What with actually being Visionaries's Merklynn.


Alternative Title(s): GI Joe 2016


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