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Encyclopedia > Destro
G.I. Joe character
Destro
Affiliation Iron Grenadiers
Specialty Weapons supplier
File name McCullen, James
Birthplace Callander, Scotland
Primary MOS Weapons manufacturer
Secondary MOS Terrorist
Subgroups Iron Grenadiers, Star Brigade
Voiced by Arthur Burghardt
Maurice LaMarche
Year introduced 1983

Destro is a fictional villain from G.I. Joe, a military-themed line of toys from Hasbro. He first appeared in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line. He is portrayed by Christopher Eccleston in the Motion Picture set for release in 2009. 1960s Action Soldier Adventure Team circa 1973 G.I. Joe is a line of military-themed commandos produced by the toy company Hasbro. ... The Iron Grenadiers is a fictional villain group from the series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. ... Callander (Calasraid in Gaelic) is a burgh in the region of Stirling, Scotland, on the River Teith. ... The Iron Grenadiers is a fictional villain group from the series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. ... Arthur Burghardt (born 1947) is an American actor best known for portraying Dr. Jack Scott on the soap opera One Life to Live. ... Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ... 1960s Action Soldier Adventure Team circa 1973 G.I. Joe is a line of military-themed commandos produced by the toy company Hasbro. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Christopher Eccleston (born 16 February 1964) is an English stage, television and film actor. ...

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Fictional character biography

Born in Callander, Scotland, Destro’s full name is James McCullen Destro XXIV, and is Laird of Castle Destro in the Scottish Highlands. The Destro clan has designed and sold weapons for centuries, and Destro is the head of their current incarnation: M.A.R.S. (Military Armament Research Syndicate). He wears a mask forged from Beryllium Steel, a tradition dating back to the English Civil War, when an ancestor of his was caught selling weapons to both sides. Forced to wear a steel mask for his crimes (neither side wanted to execute the ancestor because they still wanted the weapons he sold), the Destro clan has since turned it into a symbol of pride, passing it down from father to son for over 20 generations. Callander (Calasraid in Gaelic) is a burgh in the region of Stirling, Scotland, on the River Teith. ... For other uses, see English Civil War (disambiguation). ...


Destro’s key characteristics are his sense of honor, a calm demeanor, and love for Cobra’s second-in-command, the Baroness. As a businessman, Destro is cutthroat and unyielding. He uses his own troops, the Iron Grenadiers, and hires mercenaries to stir up conflict in dangerous regions, then sells weapons to those armies. Continuing a tradition started by the first masked Destro, he will even sell to both sides of the same war. Cobra Command redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Iron Grenadiers is a fictional villain group from the series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. ...


Hasbro Action Figures

Vintage

The first Destro figure was released in 1983, as a part of the second series of 3 3/4" G.I.Joe “A Real American Hero” figures. This initial version featured a silver, vacuum-metalized head, which was both distinctive and attractive, making him a highly popular figure. In 1988, a second version was produced, this time with a gold vac-metalized head. This figure was released as part of the Iron Grenadiers faction, and the new mask symbolized his change in allegiance. A third figure of Destro followed in 1992, once again deaturing his classic silver mask, this time painted instead of chromed.


In 1993, Hasbro revisited the long-dormant 12" G.I.Joe action figure scale, featuring the characters from “A Real American Hero”. Destro was included in the 1993 series, packaged with a removable helmet that revealed his face underneath. The same year, a Star Brigade version of Destro was included in the Armor-Tech wave (again with a vac-metalized head), which represents the last of the vintage Destro figures produced.


Hasbro and Toys "R" Us created a 15th Anniversary line in 1997, where Destro was released as part of the Cobra Command 3-pack. Originally the line was to feature the original 1983 mold of Destro but the original mold had been lost by this time, forcing Hasbro to use the bulkier 1992 figure instead, in a variety of different color combinations (including the infamous, ultra-rare "Pimp Daddy" Destro, which featured a leopard print design on portions of the body). The same figure was repainted once more (in a more traditional color scheme) in 2001, when Hasbro expanded the line to the mass market. Toys R Us (currently typeset as Toys Я Us in the logo) is a toy store chain based in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. ...


Modern

In 2002, Hasbro relaunched the G.I.Joe “A Real American Hero” toyline in time for its 20th Anniversary, and a brand new Destro was included in the initial wave, which also received a repaint, and another variant was packaged with Destro’s Devastator. Initially, this line was as much a reboot as it was a revamp. This Destro has a radically different uniform, and his face is molded in a vicious pose, his mouth open and baring its teeth.


For 2003's ‘Spy Troops’, another new Destro was created, this time featuring him in a casual sweater and trousers, with the chromed steel mask returning. A 12" version of Destro was also released for the Spy Troops sub-line. Another Destro was released in 2004, in the ‘Valor vs Venom’ sub-line, which returned Destro to his classic military look, but with a different color scheme. Repainting of the 1992 Destro has continued in the Comic Book 3-packs released in 2004-‘06, with a new head mold based on his comic appearance in Marvel #24.


Sigma 6

Destro is also included in the 8" Sigma 6 toyline. The figure is clad in Cobra blue, with the iconic red collar, and a vac-metalized head mold. A repainted "Crime Boss" version of this figure was released shortly before the line's demise in 2007.


25th Anniversary

Hasbro created two boxed sets of brand new figures, featuring modern sculpt with updated and increased articulation (including the replacement of GIJoe's trademark O-Ring construction). Destro was included in the inaugural Cobra set, along with Cobra Commander, Baroness, Storm Shadow, and a Cobra Trooper. This figure was later re-released individually. For the 2007 San Diego Comic Con, Hasbro repainted Destro in the color scheme of the ultra-rare 1997 "Pimp Daddy" Destro figure. Two versions of this figure were made: one (14a) had the traditional silver mask head while the other (14b) had the Iron Grenadier-themed gold mask. As part of the Comic 2-Pack line, the figure was released again, this time with a blueish silver/dark blue color scheme that resembles Destro's first appearance in the Marvel series, as well as a vac-metal head. He came packaged with the GI Joe soldier Breaker and a copy of GI Joe #14.


In 2008, a new version of the Iron Grenadier Destro was released. Using a new mold and initially referred to as "Blade" Destro, it was released as a single-card figure.


Comic Series

Marvel

In the comic continuity, Destro fancies himself an honorable man, answering to a moral code he alone seems to understand. He has stood with the Commander as often as he has opposed him, and will join forces with the G.I. Joe team if it is good for business. With such wavering loyalties, he has come to respect and befriend many characters, from Joe members Flint and Lady Jaye, to Zartan, and even the Commander’s estranged son Billy. His strongest connection is, however, to the Baroness, who, it is revealed early on, has shared a romantic relationship with him since before the comic begins. A character from the G.I. Joe series, Dashiell R. Faireborn is better known as Flint, the rugged Warrant Officer, easily identified by his trademark beret. ... Lady Jaye is the code name of Allison R. Hart-Burnett, a fictional character in the G.I. Joe animated and comic book series of the 1980s. ... Zartan (center) and the Dreadnoks Zartan was a mercenary who often worked directly for Cobra Commander and was one of the main villains in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic and television series. ...


Destro first appears in G.I. Joe #11, as Cobra Commander's hired "specialist", sent to stop the G.I. Joe team from ruining their operation on the Alaskan Pipeline. Although Destro manages to stay two steps ahead of the Joes, his confrontation with Doc results in the Joes getting the antidote for a plague they'd been infected with, and turning the tables on Cobra. His next appearance establishes his true intentions: he plans to remove the Commander from the equation, and lead Cobra himself, with the Baroness at his side. The Commander comes to suspect this betrayal and recruits Major Bludd to kill Destro. Cobra Commander Cobra Commander is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe franchise (specifically, the Real American Hero timeline). ... Doc is a character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series of the 1980s. ... Major Bludd (Sebastian Bludd), is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series of the 1980s. ...


A night operation in Washington, D.C. gives Bludd his chance. But when the Baroness (who was driving Bludd's HISS tank) realizes what he is planning she swerves sharply, overturning the tank and setting it on fire. The tank explodes, seemingly killing her, and leaves Destro a shattered wreck of his former self. The Commander uses this turn of events to point Destro's rage toward Bludd, and operates for a while without the fear of Destro's treachery. But when the Commander is captured by G.I. Joe, Destro wastes no time taking control. At this point, the Baroness returns, and reveals the Commander's part in her near death.


After a battle in the Everglades, Destro and Firefly are stranded, with only their wiles to get them past the Joe team, and back to Cobra's home town of Springfield. When they arrive, however, Baroness reveals that she and Bludd have recruited a young boy to assassinate the Commander during a Cobra Rally. During the ceremony, Destro spots the trained killer, and realizes it is the Cobra Commander's own son, Billy. Saving the man he swore to kill, Destro reveals a new side of himself: that of an honorable man who cannot condone patricide, even against a hated foe. Firefly is a fictional character of the G.I. Joe universe. ...


Destro heads the tribunal that questions Billy, and later tries to stop Storm Shadow from helping the boy escape. After the creation of Cobra Island, Destro and the Baroness meet with the curious Dr. Mindbender as he demonstrates his BATs to them. Although the BATs are defeated by Lady Jaye and a team of G.I. Joe trainees, they bring Mindbender to Cobra, where his true plans are put into effect. With the Commander's consent, and Destro's help, Mindbender collects the bodies of history's ten greatest warriors, which are used to create Serpentor. Serpentor is quickly recruited to fight a holding action against G.I. Joe, while Destro coordinates a complete evacuation of Springfield. Once the citizens of the small town are safe, Destro again shows his honorable side, and rescues Serpentor and the defenders. Storm Shadow is an Anglo-French air-launched cruise missile, manufactured by MBDA and used by Britain, France, and Italy. ... Dr. Mindbender is a fictional character from the 1980s G.I. Joe toyline. ... The Battle Android Trooper (BAT for short) is a fictional robot from the G.I. Joe universe. ... Serpentor the Cobra Emperor Serpentor is a character from the G.I. Joe toyline. ...


Assaulting the PIT under Ft. Wadsworth, Staten Island, the Commander becomes indignant at Serpentor and his successful campaign to take Cobra as his own. Cobra Commander leads a team of troops into the subterranean base, and Destro chooses to join him. The two are trapped underneath tons of rubble, when the defenders detonate the PIT's lowest levels, and cave in the entire installation. While the Commander becomes unhinged, Destro reasons his way through, and uncovers an earth-boring machine that saves their lives. Traveling across country in disguise, they are reunited with Billy, who is in a coma after his car was blown up by the Cobra agent Scrap-Iron (by orders of Firefly). Watching the Commander grieve for his misdeed, Destro decides his time with Cobra has ended, and returns to Scotland to reclaim his family's legacy: the Military Armament and Research Systems, better known as M.A.R.S. On arrival, he is greeted by a doppelganger and thrown in prison. But with the intervention of Lady Jaye and Flint, Destro overthrows the fake, who turns out to be Major Bludd. This article is about the borough in New York City. ... For other uses of the word Doppelgänger please see Doppelgänger (disambiguation). ...


Some time later, Destro resurfaces as his own man and leader of his own organization called the Iron Grenadiers. After inciting a war in Sierra Gordo, he takes part in the Cobra Island Civil War, pushing back the forces of Serpentor and the second Cobra Commander (really Fred VII, a Crimson Guard) without firing a shot. After Zartan assassinates Serpentor, Mindbender bargains with Destro to cease fire and leave the Island, which Destro agrees to on one condition: that the Baroness be turned over to him. With his only objective in the war achieved, the Iron Grenadiers withdraw and the war is ended. Displaying his honor yet again, Destro helps blackmail a pair of politicians who try to blame G.I. Joe aiding Serpentor in the Civil War, cementing the Joes' respect for him. Not to be confused with the Krimzon Guard from the Jak series The Crimson Guard is the name for both a fictional elite organization and its members. ...


Content to stay out of the war between G.I. Joe and Cobra, Destro is nonetheless made a target by Cobra Commander II, and Castle Destro is assaulted by Cobra. Turning the tables, Destro overpowers the fake Commander, and effectively takes over Cobra. While he unveils an intricate plan of checks and balances to keep the Cobra High Command and his Iron Grenadiers on even footing, the Baroness discovers that Snake-Eyes was the soldier she believed shot her brother in Southeast Asia. Taking on an unadvised vendetta, she allows for Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow to lay waste to the Cobra Consulate Building in New York City. As the roof collapses, and the three are about the plummet to their death, Destro arrives in a helicopter. He reveals that not only was he in Southeast Asia that day with his father, but that Snake-Eyes was innocent of killing her brother Eugene. Taking his love away, he removes his mask for her, and the two retire for a time while the Baroness puts her life back together. G.I. Joe Commando Snake-Eyes Snake-Eyes is one of the key characters in the G.I. Joe comic book series, and is a fan favorite. ...


As soon as Destro abandons Cobra, the original Commander returns, and locks most of his old lackeys in a freighter, and buries it under the volcano on Cobra Island. Among the victims are Zartan and Billy, although they have the distinction of being two of the three (Firefly being the last) who manage to dig themselves out. Because of his honorable character, they look to Destro for refuge. At the same time, however, the Commander (still seeking revenge on his old associates) assaults and destroys Castle Destro. Because of his spy in Cobra, Metal-Head, Destro manages to escape from the Castle, aided by G.I. Joe agent Chuckles, and the Commander puts a bounty on his head. Metal-Head is a character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series where he is a member of the Iron Grenadiers. ...


Now a marked man, Destro teams up with Billy and Zartan to rescue the Baroness, who is captured by Cobra in the raid. Teaming up with the fledgling G.I. Joe Ninja Force, the former Cobras break into the Night Creepers' Citadel and begin wiping out Cobra bank accounts. To save his fortunes, the Commander agrees to call off the bounty on Destro, return the Baroness to him, and provide him with a new castle.


That turns out to be the Silent Castle in Trans-Carpathia, where Slice and Dice have assembled the remaining Red Ninjas. With G.I. Joe guarding the Castle and Cobra arriving to activate the subliminal suggestions the Commander implanted in the Baroness while she was his prisoner, a four-way war breaks out, in the middle of which, Destro reveals the secret duality of the Castle. Keeping his promise to the Baroness that he would love her so long as Castle Destro stands, he transforms the castle into a duplicate of his Scottish home, and the Baroness' love for him breaks the Commander's hold. Routing Cobra and the ninjas, the couple are left alone once more. Slice is a fictional character from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. ...


After a time, the Commander decides that he wants to move on from Cobra Island and reclaim the Castle from Destro. On the run from a Cobra invasion, Destro and Baroness contact G.I. Joe for an extraction. Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow come to their rescue, but not before Destro sets the transformation controls to create a nightmare of architecture, and confronts Scarlett (posing as a traitor). On the rooftop, Snake-Eyes is forced to run her through with his sword (narrowly missing her heart) to keep her cover, and make good their escape. Destro tries to give his thanks for the rescue, but is silently rebuffed by Snake-Eyes, who resents having been put in such a position.


Afterwards, General Hawk takes Destro and Baroness to Cobra Island, where they are reunited with Zartan, who warns them all of the inevitable return of Dr. Mindbender. With the Commander fighting G.I. Joe in Millville, Destro, Baroness, and Zartan retake the Trans-Carpathian castle. They are soon joined by Billy, and the small group is reunited for a while. Soon after Dr. Mindbender is revived, he reveals that he placed a brain implant into Destro's mind during the removal of a wisdom tooth. Zartan also has one, and Cobra Commander's unmasked face is the trigger that activates them. Cobra ventures, once more, to the Castle, and the Commander removes his hood, turning Destro and Zartan to his side. G.I. Joe Commander General Hawk as shown on Cover of Issue 34 of Devils Due A Real American Hero Series Hawk (later General Hawk) is a character from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, a line of military-themed toys. ...


With Destro's superior tactical mind, Cobra begins a campaign that leaves them in control of Trans-Carpathia, Darklonia, and Borigia-Krazny/Marango. It is when they assault Wolkekukuckland that they come up against the G.I. Joe team, and the progress is halted. During the stalemate, Snake-Eyes attacks the Silent Castle to rescue Storm Shadow, only to find that he, along with the Baroness and Billy, have been brainwashed to serve Cobra as well. On the run, the Joes escape Cobra, and return to the United States, only to be deactivated by the government. The series comes to a close at that point, leaving Destro and the others under the thrall of Cobra Commander.


Devil’s Due

In “The Mission That Never Was”, it is revealed that the core G.I. Joe members were sent on one final mission, which resulted in Cobra’s Brainwave Scanner being corrupted by a virus that spread through the entirety of their mainframe. Crippled and defeated, Cobra then fell to a ‘unified military attack’ (this attack is never detailed in a story, but hinted at in various “Battle Files” entries). A happy side effect of this confluence of events was the incapacitation of the Brainwave Scanner. Without repeated ‘self-medication’ via the Scanner, the Baroness was freed from her artificial loyalty to Cobra. It is left ambiguous as to how Destro overcame his brain implant (which was self-contained, and thus unaffected by the virus), but it is speculated that, as happened in the Silent Castle some time earlier, the love between James and Ana can overcome any obstacle. The two returned to Trans-Carpathia and retired from the intrigue and danger of Cobra, but continued to rebuild MARS establishing an outpost in Scotland. During this time, Dr. Mindbender and Scrap-Iron both enjoyed productive employment with MARS. But at some point, James contracted a serious family illness, and was bed-ridden for a long time.


It is at this point that his illegitimate son, Alexander, surfaced. Vulnerable in his weakened state, James took Alexander in and gave him full run of the operation. Wanting to make his father proud, he usurped the Destro identity and recruited Lilian Osbourne (Mistress Armada) to lead his armies, as he had nowhere near the tactical genius of his father. When James begins to recover from the illness, 'Destro' injects him with an experimental nanite technology, which keeps him incapacitated. ‘Destro’ then arranges for the Cobra Commander to learn of the nanites’ existence. Thinking he’s stealing them from a U.S. government, the Commander devises an elaborate scheme to take control of the country. With new-found momentum, Cobra Commander begins contacting all his old allies, and returns to the U.S.


‘Destro’ and the Baroness attend the meeting in Zartan’s Florida compound, appearing to all as couple on the outs. After hearing him out, ‘Destro’ and Lilian stage a coup, and take the Commander prisoner. Using the nanites on the Commander and all the former Cobra agents (save Zartan), ‘Destro’ is able to secure his hold over the organization, and effect the reunification the Commander had hoped for. Manipulating all the members of Cobra, ‘Destro’ unleashes the nanites on the United States, very nearly taking over. It is only because of the intervention of the G.I.Joe team (who were reinstated when the Commander returned to U.S. soil), and Cobra Commander (who was freed from the prison by Storm Shadow, and cured of the nanites) that ‘Destro’ fails in his bid for domination. When the nanites are defeated, the real Destro is freed from his paralyzed state just in time to greet Alex and Lilian, who are imprisoned after the Baroness rescues them from their losing battle.


Back in control, Destro is forced to make restitution to Cobra for his son’s transgressions. Offering the Commander an explanation for the doppleganger as well as the hi-tech Destro family helmet that aided Alex in his deception, Destro agrees to work with Cobra until such time that he feels the debt is paid. Soon after this, the Baroness is kidnapped by the Yakuza, and Destro teams up with G.I.Joe (Flint has also gone missing) to rescue her. In the fight, Alex proves his newfound loyalty to his father, and follows orders exactly.


The Commander is captured by Serpentor, now in charge of the Coil. When he and a group of Joes affect an escape, he contacts Destro, stating ‘assist me, and all debts are clear’. Rallying all of Cobra with him, Destro assaults Cobra Island and helps defeat the Coil. After the battle, the Commander has disappeared, and Destro is left, seemingly against his desires, in charge of Cobra. So when the Commander finally surfaces with Storm Shadow in tow, Destro takes the opportunity to leave Cobra, for good and all. In a shocking twist, however, the Baroness does not join him.


Heading up his own operations in an attempt to finally put MARS back on solid ground, Destro strikes a deal with Guillermo Gomes in Sierra Muerto, to double cross Sierra Gordo’s President. Sending in Iron Grenadiers disguised as Sierra Muerto mercenaries, Destro then approaches President Delacruz for permission to build weapon factories within Sierra Gordo boarders in exchange for routing the invaders. Intending for the President to be assassinated, and Gomes to take control of both countries, Destro would then be positioned as the region’s biggest gun runner. This elaborate scheme was derailed by Duke, who had helped foster peace between the warring countries before Destro began his machinations, and arrested the arms dealer.


Put on trial by the U.N., Destro turns the tables on everyone, and offers not only full disclosure of a number of dirty dealings concerning key U.N. countries, but also the guaranteed capture of Cobra Commander to assure his release. Taking his offer, the Joes are charged with transporting Destro by train, to lure Cobra into a trap. When both Cobra Commander and Baroness arrive to free Destro, the Commander and Hawk throw down. Defeating his foe, the Commander shoots Hawk in the back, only to be shot himself, by the Baroness.


The ruse is successful, and the Commander is in U.S. custody, leaving Destro and a pregnant Baroness in control of Cobra. During this shift in power, Alex and Lilian are charged with recruiting Charles Halifax, also known as Wraith, to free Major Bludd and Scrap-Iron from Blackwater prison. Cobra begins to solidify under Destro’s leadership, as the search for a mysterious Tempest device drives their new campaign. But even this very dedicated attempt by Destro to take hold of Cobra is short lived, when it is revealed that Zartan, not the Commander, was captured by G.I. Joe. Freeing Zartan, the Commander emerges from hiding, and overthrows Destro one last time.


During the coup, the Baroness and Wraith (charged with her personal safety) are seemingly killed when the Commander detonates the Night Raven they are aboard. As happened many years before when the Baroness’ HISS tank exploded, Destro is incapacitated by his grief, and sits rotting in a Cobra prison as the Commander takes over a much more efficient Cobra.


America’s Elite

Escaping from Cobra when the Red Shadows attempted a worldwide take-over, Destro resurfaces (literally) a year later a much different man. Now operating from a submarine, Destro has become embittered and distant from both his son Alex, and Wraith, who somehow avoided boarding the Night Raven before it’s explosion. He aids Vance Wingfield in attacking the United States with shielded satellites as he brokers a deal with China. When Scarlett is overtaken by BATs while attempting to contact former Cobra agent Cesspool, Destro is revealed to be pulling the strings. Torturing Scarlett for information, Destro is undermined by Alex, who attempts to rid them of the dangerous G.I.Joe prisoner. When the Joes eventually catch up to him, Destro sets the sub to self-destruct, and escapes with Alex. Snake-Eyes is trapped in a flooded corridor, though he is later revived with "ninja magic". The Red Shadows are the fictional fighting force opposed to Action Force and depicted in the Battle Action Force comic books. ...


After his rehabilitation, Destro gives Alexander a new mask, formally naming him heir to the Destro legacy. However, when the Baroness escapes from G.I.Joe custody, Destro is lured into a trap by the Cobra Commander. In exchange for his infant son, Eugen, Destro not only turns over the MARS Empire, but Alexander as well, to Cobra Commander. Destro's actions give Cobra Commander the power to encite World War III, using Alexander to lay siege to London with cloaking technology that M.A.R.S. developed from Wraith's Armor. To combat M.A.R.S. technology, Storm Shadow is sent by the G.I.Joe team to find Destro and the Baroness. Storm Shadow strikes a deal with Destro to aid the Joes, with the proviso that when Cobra is defeated Destro will turn himself over to the authorities.


Alternate Continuities

Battle Action Force

In the mid-1980s, IPC's Battle Action Force comic book (in conjunction with Palitoy) began to conform their storylines to more closely resemble the Hasbro toyline. Destro was introduced as the second incarnation of the Red Shadows character, Red Jackal, driver of the Hyena tracked vehicle. The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ... Battle Picture Weekly, later known as Battle Action Force and Battle Storm Force, was a British war comic published by IPC Magazines from (issues dates) 8 March 1975 to 23 January 1988, when it merged with Eagle. ... The Red Shadows are the fictional fighting force opposed to Action Force and depicted in the Battle Action Force comic books. ...


After the Red Shadows were betrayed by their leader, Baron Ironblood), Red Jackal sought revenge against his former leader, who had become the Cobra Commander. The Commander sprayed acid into Jackal's face, but chose to spare his life and renamed him Destro.(for more detail see Red Jackal's transition to Destro[1]. Baron Ironblood is a fictional character from Action Force, the British equivalent to the G. I. Joe Franchise. ... Cobra Commander Cobra Commander is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe franchise (specifically, the Real American Hero timeline). ...


As in other continuities, the loyalties of this version of Destro are suspect. In School for Snakes, he confronts the Black Major, who had also survived Ironblood's treachery and swore revenge. They conspire to kill Cobra Commander, after which Destro would take over the organisation, supplying the Major with the means to disappear into obscurity. But when a group of Cobra loyalists led by the Baroness fight back, Destro decides he cannot not risk being exposed, turning against and seemingly killing the Black Major. [2]. The Black Major (real name John Shepherd[1]) is a fictional character from the Action Force series depicted in the Battle Action Force comic books and Palitoy action figures as a European version of G. I. Joe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Action Force

After IPC turned the Action Force license over to Marvel UK, Destro's character falls in line with the U.S. depiction. Destro features heavily in the magazine's original content, as the most prolific of Cobra's members and personal antagonist to Flint and Lady Jaye. Because of Marvel UK's serial nature, Destro is not as complex as his American counterpart, being portrayed as an actual villain, willingly fighting Action Force and arming Cobra.


G.I.Joe vs. Transformers (Devil's Due)

Destro features prominently in this series of four crossover miniseries which pose the question: what if Cobra discovered the Ark, and rebuilt the Autobots and Decepticons as weapons of war.


Transformers vs. G.I.Joe (Dreamwave)

Set during World War II, Destro is part of a Nazi-esque Cobra who have subjugated the Decepticons and taken over Europe.


Reloaded

A modern revamp of the "Real American Hero" franchise, Destro is recruited by Cobra Commander in the initial book "Cobra Reborn". He was later part of the Cobra plot to steal the Constitution where he fights the G.I.Joe agent Roadblock.


Sigma 6

Devil's Due created a mini-series based on Sigma 6. It follows the style and the content of the cartoon series, spotlighting a different member of Sigma 6 and Cobra in each issue. Destro appears in the first issue, battling Duke in Guam.


Animated Series

Sunbow

In the 1980s cartoon series, Destro was voiced by Arthur Burghardt. Destro is portrayed much differently. In the Sunbow produced series, he and Cobra Commander have a more contemptuous relationship. Destro is not afraid to say what is on his mind and even physically assaults him in some cases. Cobra Commander usually just lets him get away with it because he is the only one who would know how to operate the doomsday devices he makes. Destro is the creator of such technological superweapons as the MASS Device and The Weather Dominator. He has also created some organic implements of destruction such as the Creeper Vine, as seen in The Revenge of Cobra miniseries. Furthermore, while Cobra Commander was generally portrayed as a bungler, Destro was both a more serious and more competent villain. The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ... Arthur Burghardt (born 1947) is an American actor best known for portraying Dr. Jack Scott on the soap opera One Life to Live. ... Original Sunbow Productions logo Sunbow Productions is an animation production studio, founded in 1981 and owned up until 1998 by Griffin-Bacal Advertising in New York. ... Cobra Commander Cobra Commander is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe franchise (specifically, the Real American Hero timeline). ...


The origin of Destro's mask is given in the first season episode "Skeletons in the Cloest". In this episode, it is revealed that an ancestor of Destro's was convicted of witchcraft and forced to wear a hideous metal mask that marked the nature of his crime. As a mark of defiance, all of this man's descendants chose to wear masks, Destro included. This episode also revealed that Destro shared a common ancestor with G.I. member Lady Jaye, although precisely how close the two are related was not revealed. Flint & Lady Jaye Lady Jaye is the code name of Corporal Allison R. Hart-Burnett, a fictional character in the G.I. Joe animated and comic book series of the 1980s. ...


In Season Two, having tired of Cobra Commander's failures, Destro joins Dr. Mindbender in an attempt to create a new leader, they eventually succeed when they create Serpentor. It appears as though Destro realises Serpentor is growing too powerful and that under Cobra Commander's leadership he had more power within Cobra. In the final episode of the second season, he is helping Cobra Commander and the Coil, an organisation built by the Commander to eliminate Serpentor, Dr Mindbender and G.I.JOE in one sweep. Dr. Mindbender is a fictional character from the 1980s G.I. Joe toyline. ... Serpentor the Cobra Emperor Serpentor is a character from the G.I. Joe toyline. ...


The Movie

Destro has only a minor role in G.I Joe: The Movie, but offers his loyalty to Golobulus and Cobra-La, quickly turning against Cobra Commander once again. In the final battle between the Joes and Cobra-La, Destro is seen fighting, but it is not revealed how he escaped from the explosion that destroyed the rest of Cobra-La.


DIC Series

In the miniseries "Operation: Dragonfire", Destro returns as Serpentor's right hand man, apparently having survived the events of the movie. He now sports a gold mask and 'Iron Grenadier' uniform with cape. Apparently having tired of the Baroness, Destro is now in a relationship with Zarana (unusual as he had previously stated his hatred of Zartan and the Dreadnoks). Humilitated by Destro's rejection, The Baroness uses Dragonfire energy to return Cobra Commander to semi-human form. Once he has returned, Cobra Commander contacts Destro, who informs the Commander he will join him again if he is able to overthrow Serpentor. He is also forced to 'dump' Zarana by the Baroness, which he does, literally, through a trap door. With Serpentor defeated, Destro renews his alliance with Cobra Commander and repairs his relationship with the Baroness. . ...


Throughout the series, Destro does not show as much disrespect for the Commander as he did in the Sunbow series, appearing more loyal than before. But he does still maintain his role as the more level-headed and intelligent of the Cobra leaders, and often has to talk some sense into Cobra Commander and stop his hysterical rants. He still shows his disdain for the Commander, but mainly keeps his remarks to himself. In the second season of the DIC series, Destro regains his silver mask and dons a variation of his classic outfit.

Destro from G.I. Joe: Sigma 6.
Destro from G.I. Joe: Sigma 6.

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Sigma 6

Destro was voiced by Scott McNeil in the direct-to-video movies that preceded G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 while Marc Thompson voices him in the series itself. In the Sigma 6 continuity, he is loyal to Cobra Commander and still serves as Cobra's weapons designer. This version of Destro may be a cyborg or at least possess some bionic enhancements, having stated he possessed "circuits in his body". Scott McNeil (born September 15, 1962 in Brisbane, Australia), is an Australian-born voice actor. ... Marc Thompson is an American-born voice actor who works primarily on the properties of 4Kids Entertainment. ...


References in popular culture

  • In the animated cartoon series Evil Con Carne, Destro is parodied by a character wearing a metal mask, the dictator of a neighboring island, named "Estroy" (it is revealed in the series that he wears the mask because he is incredibly handsome, and does not want to be considered a "pretty-boy"). He also makes an appearance on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, which is set in the same continuity.
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan has a song named "Destro's Secret" on their album Calculating Infinity.
  • Underground rappers Apathy and Esoteric of the Demigodz and MF Doom reference Destro in some songs.

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