|08-30-2009, 11:42 AM||#31|
Join Date: Apr 2008
It's not a straight line of Command with the Cobra higher ups since many of them are more akin to freelance consultants. So while CC is the head of both the Cobra organization and Cobra military, Destro, Major Bludd, Zartan, Storm Shadow, Firefly, Wild Weasel, Dr. Mindbender, and Scrap Iron are all on the same level as the Baroness. And while they can from time to time be assigned to lead troops under them, they do not hold a "rank" within Cobra. To that end, here is the military structure of Cobra:
Tomax & Xamot (Wouldn't it be great if one was higher ranked than the other...what a source of tension that would be.)
Serpentor? He's just there for laughs...a bad experiment. His rank is Court Jester. ;-P
|08-30-2009, 01:57 PM||#32|
BRUCE FOXTON'S HAIR
Join Date: May 2008
Location: SOME STUPID JERK TRYIN TO REACH ANOTHER NUMBER
Officer, Hiss Driver, Stinger Driver
Guys you gotta support G.I. Joe or else we won't have G.I. Joe on the shelves and they haven't released Spaceshot. We can't have an anniversary line without Spaceshot!
|08-30-2009, 02:45 PM||#33|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: On break
Stephen Sommers is the main bad guy in my universe.........j/k....... I could not resist.
It will always be Cobra Commander....... and nobody in second command.....he would kill off his second in command before letting him plot a coup d'état.
|08-30-2009, 03:04 PM||#34|
Join Date: Feb 2009
My hierarchy is like most of these. Cobra Commander is at the top, not a great military leader but a brilliant politician and businessman. Motivated not by greed entirely, but a firm belief that the politics of Cobra will make the world a better place.
Serpentor is kinda a figurehead-hero for Cobra, this gorgeous, Aryan-like superman. Also not a great military strategist, but a phenomenal fighter. He's kinda the Captain America to Cobra's public image. But he's firmly patriotic to the Cobra cause, and gladly takes orders from the Commander.
Destro has loose ties to Cobra, but is always willing (re: played like a fiddle) to help out the cause of his beloved, the Baroness.
Baroness is the great military strategist of Cobra, a passionate believer in the cause, and wonderfully manipulative. I see her not playing Cobra Commander, but like Serpentor, really believing in his vision of the world. However, she gladly uses Destro's love to procure weapons and tech for Cobra.
Tomax and Xamot do not necessarily share the idealism of Cobra Commander, but as Cobra represents a business juggernaut and the Commander himself is such a shrewd economist, they're gladly along for the (very profitable) ride. Plus, cool costumes; it's such a drag to always have to wear a business suit to work.
Storm Shadow and Firefly are the best assassins for Cobra: they always work independently on jobs, but while Firefly does it for pay, Storm Shadow likewise believes in the Cobra cause. So, Storm Shadow has special prominence in the organization, while Firefly is more periphery.
Mindbender and a large group of scientists have defected from all over the world to join Cobra. As Cobra does not have explicit human rights or restrictions when it comes to research, hundreds of brilliant, repressed scientists have joined the cause to promote the technological growth of the world. None of Cobra's scientists are explicitly evil people, but they believe in their own research and inventiveness. Cobra is the only organization powerful enough to allow them excellent funding without pesky moralistic restrictions.
Zartan likewise believes in COBRA. His Dreadnoks lack vision, but are always up for some fun dismantling. Most bikers have strong anarcho-philosophical beliefs, and as Cobra promotes a kind of libertarian ideal, Zartan sees in the organization the actual strength to shape the world in the way that he wants it: utter freedom.
Guys like Major Bludd, Scrap Iron, Wild Weasel, and Copperhead are commanders under the Baroness, generals in the Cobra military. Their patriotism is questionable, but Cobra pays well and offers them the kind of strange military joys that are so lacking in the modern political landscape, post-Geneva convention.
All a scientist needs to abandon his or her country is a whiff of the super-cool science happening behind enemy lines.
|08-30-2009, 11:19 PM||#35|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Back in the US of A! (NoVA)
That's a pretty good set up Immortalzodd. Especially the Scientist part. Hell if the US didn't employ half the Scientists from the Soviet Union who knows what those guys would be up to.
|08-30-2009, 11:30 PM||#36|
King's Mountain View
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North Carolina
Immortalzodd, loved reading your take. Almost like reading a summary of a Joe novel. Great creativity.
|08-31-2009, 12:05 AM||#37|
King's Mountain View
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North Carolina
The following describes my hierarchy as well as which versions of figures I use for display in my Joe room.
Cobra Commander is number one. Chief and founder of Cobra. I choose to display him in his battle armor. I have a custom painted Rattler where he is in the gunner cockpit while attacking the FLAGG. (A little more hands on)
Destro is fully immersed in Cobra, he does not sell to the highest bidder only overseeing Cobra weapons projects. He is second in charge and a trusted strategist to CC. Right now I am displaying the Resolute Pilot Destro and he is leading the Cobra Air Force. Under him is Wild Weasel who trains the Strato Vipers and Para-Vipers.
Dr. Mindbender is an advisor to CC and continues to create outstanding weaponry such as BATs. Mindbender, CC, and Destro create the plans for terrorist activity.
Baroness (first 25th anny 5-pack version) is leading a team of Neo-Vipers and Viper Commandos in her custom Cobra RHINO. The ROC Scrap Irons are the technician/ engineers that created the RHINO. (Duties listed on their ROC filecard) They are going to plant nanomites in a strategic corner of the European continent. She is a top ranking officer that leads squads on missions to carry out the Big 3's plans.
Major Bludd (DVD pack version) is taking the Desert Assault Squad out in a Cobra Maggot to also disseminate nanomites. Same role as Baroness. Leads missions, reports to the big three.
Firefly (TRU ROC version) and Wraith led a team of Red Ninjas to the FLAGG where they disabled the radars which naturally led to an undetected air strike led by Cobra Commander including three Rattlers (Targer Exclusive) and Night Raven (original). I call this scene the "Falling of the FLAGG." Firefly not just a mercenary but used on extremely difficult missions that require stealth and skill.
Storm Shadow (25th comic pack version with Crimson Cape) has taken more of a Hardmaster role. He trains a team of assasin ninjas. The ninja team is comprised of the various other 25th SSs that I break off into groups. I have about 50 displayed. SS only gets involved in extreme circumstances. He is a Ninja General if you will.
Tomax and Xamot (comic pack versions) continue to influence politicians, captains of industry and the like to help further Cobra's goals. They recruit other business professionals, lawyers, etc. in their Crimson Guard faction. (I display the CGs from the TRU pack, senior ranking and five pack)
Zartan (HOH version) and his Noks' (25th Buzzer, Comic Pack Ripper and Torch, ROC Monkeywrench) travel in a Cobra Bugg. They are strickly a demolitions team whose braun over brains approach is becoming less and less valued. They are still reliable.
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|08-31-2009, 12:53 AM||#38|
Join Date: Sep 2008
My Cobra Leadership and factions are as follows
Cobra High Command:
1. Cobra Commander - Supreme leader of Cobra. Much like the Resolute version. Ruthless and cunning.
2. The Baroness - Cobra Intelligence
3. Major Bludd - Field Leader
4. Tomax and Xamot - Illegal funding and security force commanders (Crimson Guard)
5. Dr. Mindbender - Scientist
The following soldiers report to Major Bludd-
Wild Weasel - Cobra Air Command
Copperhead - Tropical/Jungle Environment Specialist/Water Moccasin Driver
Scrap Iron - Infantry/Demolitions
Croc Master - Animal Trainer/Swampland survivalist
Big Boa - Hand to Hand Combat instructor
Crystal Ball - Interrogator
Associated - Employed by Cobra but do not hold any rank nor do they lead any troopers. Do not participate in any decision making, though are highly respected and treated as part of Cobra high command on the rare occasions they are seen by other members of Cobra. They answer only to Cobra Commander.
Storm Shadow - Cobra Commanders personal body guard and assassin
Firefly - Cobra Commanders personal saboteur and arsonist
M.A.R.S. and Iron Grenadiers
Destro - Weapons dealer and Iron Grenadier commander (Army for hire) Not employed by Cobra though holds an honorary position in Cobra's high command due to his exclusive service to Cobra by providing the latest in weapons technology as well as offering the services of his private army. Destro is paid a retainer for his services and has rights to a percentage of whatever Cobra makes thru it's illegal and terrorist activity. Including but not limited to financial, intelligence, land and political gain.
Drednoks - Hired Thugs. Not part of Cobra but are contracted for missions requiring brute force and ruthless encouragement.
Zartan - Assassin for hire and Leader of the 'Noks
All levels of Cobras forces report to Cobra Officers. The highest rank in Cobra's military. Each division contains specialized groups that make up Cobra's land forces, airforce and navy.
Blue Shirts - Cobra's Grunt force. Entry level soldiers who are given the training they will require for a career in the infantry, navy, airforce or as a gateway to other specialized forces within the Cobra army. Much like todays army that consists of recruits, infantryman, demolitions, snipers and so on. There are four divisions that make up Cobra's army overall.
Techno-Vipers - Cobra's technically advanced troopers consisting of engineers and mechanics utilizing experimental weapons and technology. They report to Dr. Mindbender.
Night-Vipers - Cobra's night forces. They are an extension of Cobra's Army specializing in nocturnal warfare.
Snow Serpents - Cobra's cold weather units. Specialized troopers trained for combat in a subzero environment.
Tele-Vipers - Tele-communications
Divers- Cobra frogmen
Vipers - Much like the Green Berets, the Viper is Cobra's specialized force of elite troopers designed for special missions and tactics. Each 5-7 man squad consists of a command Sgt, technical trooper, demolitionist, sniper, medic and weapons specialist. All troopers roles are interchangeable (except for command Sgt.) though each trooper is an expert in their own specialized field. Much like Star Wars' Republic Commandos.
Crimson Guard - Cobra's elite security force. All Troopers aspire to become Crimson Guards. The Crimson Guard is Cobra's base guard. They are the highly trained security force designed to maintain security of the high command and headquarters. Similar to The emperors Royal Guard in Star Wars.
Resolute Troopers - Cobra Commanders Elite Secret Service. The highest level of Cobra Trooper rank to be achieved. This level cannot be applied for rather they are hand picked by Cobra Commander from all levels of his army to be his personal security force whose use is limited only by Cobra Commander's imagination.
Range Vipers - Rangers. Cobra extreme environment and survivalist troopers. Much like the Russian Spetznaz, these troopers are trained through the use of brutality and physical endangerment designed to produce the meanest trooper possible who has no fear of death and can work through pain. Recruitment is highly specialized and training produces the highest training exercise casualty rate within Cobra's ranks.
Alley Vipers - Urban warfare division. Though these trooper can be utilized for a variety of work, they specialize in urban warfare and tactics utilizing their man-made environment to their strategic advantage.
Eels- Much like Navy SEALs though they are primarily utilized for aquatic operations and leave other land based operations to other specialized units.
B.A.T.S. - Cobra's disposeable troopers. Specially built to withstand most ballistic and low level explosive attacks. Easily repairable through the use of interchangeable parts. Not hard to knock them down, it's keeping them down that's the problem.
Serpentor and the Cobra La sub-plot does not exist in my heirarchy. IF Serpentor did, he would share duties with Major Bludd as a field commander.
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|08-31-2009, 01:39 AM||#39|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: ohio dont judge me
1st Cobra Commander emperors brother
2nd Destro general
3rd Baroness general
4th Mindbender Science
5th Twins-generals Commanders of the royal Crimson Guard
6th Major Bludd general cobra soldier leader
7th Storm Shadow- the emperor's personal assassin
8th Zartan-Leader of Dreadnoks
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