10 Badass Female G.I. Joe Characters (Mania.com)

By:Kurt Anthony Krug
Date: Friday, July 31, 2009

In the G.I. Joe universe, Joe and Cobra are dominated by males—it’s a virtual sausage party. There may well be over 300 characters, but only one-tenth of them are women (canon or non-canon), giving the Joe-verse a healthy dose of estrogen. And as you know, when it comes to girls, we here at Mania feel it’s our duty to rank them—it’s our job. So here they are—the top 10 badass chicks of the G.I. Joe world.




Real Name: Jodie Craig Shooter was mentioned in the very first issue of G.I. Joe--there’s a panel of the name and mug shots of every original Joe team member. Shooter’s mentioned but her face is obscured. This was originally writer Larry Hama’s in-joke to then-Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter.

When Hama wrote G.I. Joe: Declassified over 20 years later, readers saw Shooter for the first time--a very clever and creative way to turn an in-joke into something more. Shooter was so deep undercover, many Joes didn’t even know she existed. Her cover was a non-commissioned officer at the chaplain’s assistants school. Her many honors include a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, the Air Medal, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, as well as an Expert Rifleman’s Badge. In her spare time, she worked with disabled children. Shooter was the sniper who saved Stalker’s unit in Sierra Gordo.

Memorable Moment: Dying at the conclusion of the “Lady Doomsday” mission.

First appearance: (name mentioned and face obscured): G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 (Marvel); (first full appearance): G.I. Joe: Declassified #1 (Devil’s Due).




Real Name: Daina (last name unknown)

If the Oktober Guard is the Russian version of G.I. Joe, Daina is their version of Scarlett. A skilled pilot and sniper, Daina is a surviving member of the Guard.

Memorable Moment: Joining G.I. Joe.

First appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #6 (Marvel)






Real Name: Dela Eden

A member of the Red Shadows, a covert paramilitary organization that hates Cobra and G.I. Joe, Dela Eden murdered Lady Jaye. She also shot and badly wounded Cobra Commander.

Memorable Moment: Murdering Lady Jaye.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #41 (Devil’s Due)




Real Name: Michelle LaChance

Firewall was imprisoned for hacking classified Pentagon files. However, that earned her a spot on the Joes. Her loyalty is without question.

Memorable Moment: Becoming the Joes’ go-to computer expert after Mainframe’s death.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 (Devil’s Due)




Real Name: Zoe (last name unknown)

The younger sister of Zartan and Zandar’s twin, Zarana is a master of disguise just like her brothers. She’s also high up in the Dreadnoks chain of command, even was second-in-command of Cobra for a time.

Memorable Moment: Hijacking a Joe transport plane.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #50 (Marvel)




Real Name: Courtney Krieger

A former fashion model, Cover Girl grew bored with the profession and joined the military, becoming the Wolverine driver for G.I. Joe. She and fellow Joe, Shipwreck, are an item much to the amazement of other Joes.

Memorable moment: Disabling a bio-weapon in Manhattan.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #16 (Marvel)




Real Name: Kimi Arashikage

Jinx came from the Arashikage ninja clan that produced Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes--‘nuff said! She and Budo, a fellow Joe, are lovers, despite their backgrounds (he’s a samurai and she’s a ninja).

Memorable Moment: Battling Zartan and rogue ninjas with her cousin Storm Shadow.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #59 (Marvel)




Real Name: Alison Hart-Burnett Faireborn

The second main female of the Joes, Lady Jaye and Flint are one of the most famous couples in the Joe-verse. Their romance is one of the few things the comic and cartoon had in common. The two eventually get married. In the Transformers cartoon continuity, she and Flint have a daughter named Marissa Faireborn.

Memorable Moment: Besides beating up Flint, Lady Jaye pummeled Zarana badly.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #32 (Marvel)




Real Name: Baroness Anastasia DeCobray

Who can resist this femme fatale in tight leather and librarian glasses? Destro can’t. Even Flint has an undeniable chemistry with her. Cobra Commander’s lieutenant, Baroness is as beautiful as she is deadly. She and Scarlett have slugged it out several times.

Memorable Moment: Capturing Snake-Eyes and shooting Scarlett in the head point blank.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 (Marvel)




Real Name: Shana O’Hara

“Beauty may only be skin deep, but lethal is to the bone.” This describes Scarlett, the first--and most popular--female Joe. A deadly martial artist and intelligence agent, Scarlett is the beloved of Snake-Eyes, the flagship character of the Joe-verse.

Memorable Moment: Her romance with Snake-Eyes has spawned many great stories and character moments to narrow it down to one.

First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 (Marvel)

Series: G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra