As are the rest of the Crimson Guard, save for their highly unusual leaders, Wade Collins lacks special powers altogether. While his extensive training may make him seem almost super-human in capability, he is simply a highly skilled, normal human combatant.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Enemy: few people leave Cobra and live, and even fewer survive actively betraying that organization. Despite going underground with his new family, Wade has distressingly frequent run-ins with his former allies, and can readily consider them a lifelong enemy.
AK-47 (a): when he's got one of these weapons in hand, Wade may discharge a single round with it to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, a short burst of fire to inflict his Agility +5 in damage, or fire it continuously to inflict his Agility +6 in damage.
Bayonette (s): used by itself or attached to his AK, Wade may wield this implement to inflict his Strength +2 in slashing damage. Made from m.s. 13 materials, it may also be utilized to cut through items of up to like m.s., given both the time and inclination to do so.
Helmet (s): Wade hung onto his Crimson Guard uniform after leaving Cobra, just in case, and in a pinch can make use of it, its infamous red helmet, and its black face plate. This headgear provides intensity 8 (or +2) protection against physical attacks striking Wade in the head.
Sidearm: because he never knows when Cobra is going to rear its ugly head, Wade is always armed. He may discharge this weapon to inflict his Agility +4 in damage in a single shot, or his Agility +5 in damage when engaging in semi-automatic fire.
Additional Skill: on top of their intense physical conditioning and their numerous skills in devious arts, each member of the Crimson Guard must have at least a four year degree, the better to infiltrate the highest echelons in the society that Cobra has currently targeted.
Wade most likely pursued Business / Finance or Law, as did the vast majority of his fellow Siegies, but the specific skill he has in addition to the below has not officially been revealed. One could readily pick either, or even another skill entirely, as suits their needs.
Boxing (s): originally learning to fight from the Army, Wade has been schooled in the fine art of fisticuffs. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the second of which he may attempt as a contingent action.
Demolitions (a): saboteurs par excellence, each member of the Crimson Guard is a highly trained and experienced demolitionist, and Wade is no exception. He may reduce the difficulty on actions called for when either planning or executing the destruction of structures or vehicles.
Detective / Espionage (i): though he sufficiently proved his capabilities while training to join the Crimson Guard, Wade's practical application of this skill leaves a bit to be desired. Nonetheless, he should receive a reduced difficulty on applicable investigative and surveillance actions.
Guns (a): a skill trained by the Army and maintained after his discharge, Wade can wield most firearms competently. Whether carrying a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Wade may utilize such weapons at a reduced difficulty.
Martial Arts (a): Wade's fighting style has been polished by Cobra training. As such, he may lower the difficulty of actions intended to catch thrown weapons, dodge incoming attacks, and strike others in unarmed meele by one level.
Military / United States (w): the most valuable of Cobra recruits are men and women like Wade, who have already been trained by the American military, and who have fought in actual conflicts abroad. Wade may lead fighting men and women into battle if he must.
Before he was lured into joining Cobra, Wade Collins was a member of the United States Army, and served with distinction during the Vietnam War. While most of his friends from that time thought him dead, Wade could likely convince them to assist him should he only ask.
These days, the only such friends that Wade has demonstrated are his former Long Range Recon Patrol buddies, who include Snake-Eyes, Stalker, and Storm Shadow. All four fought together in Vietnam, and as such are unlikely to turn any of others away if they needed help.
On the other hand, Wade may or may not have any remaining contacts within the Cobra organization. Siegies are supposed to be fanatically loyal to the cause, after all, so one of them betraying Cobra for any reason, however personal, is likely to make them persona non grata.
Repentant, formerly Vengeance: while he soured on the American dream after returning from Vietnam, Wade has come to his senses. Though mostly laying low, he readily helps his friends battle Cobra when asked to do so, hoping to make up for his many misdeeds.
These days, Wade doesn't have a uniform or costume to speak of. He's laying low, and generally wears civilian clothing all the time. However, he occasionally helps his old war buddies out, and retains his former Crimson Guard uniform to hide from Cobra in plain sight.
This distinctive uniform consists of a crimson jacket with silver cuff stripes over a white T-shirt, adorned with silver medals and a silver Cobra sigil, crimson trousers with silver side stripes, black leather boots, gloves, and belts, and a crimson helmet with a black face plate.
Wade has always had anger issues, which has caused him problem throughout his life. He tends to stew over slights both real and perceived, which leads him to make one error in judgment after another. However, he seems to have gotten this predilection under control.
Well, mostly, at any rate.
Real Name: Wade Collins
Occupation: unrevealed, former spy, saboteur, and terrorist
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record, even if he really ought to have one. Legally deceased in the Devil's Due continuity branch.
Marital Status: married (IDW continuity branch), widower (Devil's Due continuity branch)
Alias(es), if any: Fred 2, Fred Broca
Group Affiliation: none, formerly of the Crimson Guard.
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Wade is one of hundreds of Crimson Guard members that, over the years, have had their appearance surgically modified to match the original in their line, Fred Broca (Fred 1).
Wade Collins got his start in the Army, in the midst of the Vietnam War. Smart, strong, and highly motivated, he quickly found his way into a long range recon patrol with other highly skilled soldiers, tasked with finding and engaging with the enemy deep within their territory.
After countless forays into the NVA's turf, Wade's unit finally met its match after blundering into a force that vastly outnumbered them. Wade was on point, and momentarily distracted when one of the men behind him inadvertently ruined the patrol's noise discipline.
An intense firefight quickly ensued, during which Ramon Escobedo and Dickie Saperstein were killed outright, and Wade himself took a burst of AK-47 fire in the chest. Assuming him dead, his fellows in the patrol made for their extraction point, which left Wade in a bad spot.
Captured by the NVA, Wade was carried off to a nearby cave, where the numerous bullets within him were extracted. Somehow surviving the lack of anesthesia and highly unsanitary conditions, Wade was then thrown in a filthy cell, where he remained for the rest of the War.
When the conflict was over, Wade was released along with several other POWs, and looked forward to nothing more than returning home to his wife. However, he was served with divorce papers as soon as he arrived in America, and was spit on and insulted by hippie protesters.
Wade nonetheless tried to start over, but nobody was hiring veterans, the whole country seemingly having turned its back on men like him. Abandoned by his fellow Americans, Wade was easy pickings for Cobra, an organization which was more than happy to add him to its ranks.
Applying himself to Cobra the way he did to the Army, Wade became one of the very first members of that organization's Crimson Guard. He then underwent plastic surgery, his appearance altered to match that of Fred Broca, the original member of the Guard in its Fred series.
This group, eventually growing to number hundreds of Guardsmen, were all very similar in appearance, though some quickly diverged as age and injury took their toll. The reason for these series of Guard members, however, was so that one could seamlessly replace another.
And this is what Wade did when Fred Broca, also known as Fred 1, was killed in action by the GI Joe team. Taking Fred 1's place in his own home, within his very family, Wade was stationed near Fort Wadsworth, where his predecessor was assigned to spy on the base for Cobra.
Wade had a hard time of it, though, not meshing well with his new 'wife' and 'kids', much less espionage work. After spotting Scarlett on the Long Island Ferry through dumb luck, he tried to capture her, but was prevented in doing so by another Joe, who he didn't recognize.
Wade eventually hit the jackpot, spotting Hawk and several Joes leaving the base. Thinking quickly, he placed a tracer and a bug on Hawk's ride, and followed it until it unloaded the general in Washington DC. Wade then tailed the vehicle, to ambush its occupants.
He did this because, listening in on the Joes' conversation during the drive from New York City, he realized that two of them were his old Army buddies: Snake-Eyes and Stalker! When they stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Wade made his move, and pulled a gun on them.
Revealing who he was, Wade explained that he was happy to turn the two Joes over to Cobra's tender mercies, because they'd abandoned him to the NVA during the War. Stalker tried to explain that they thought Wade was dead like Ramon and Dickie, or they would've carried him off.
Of course, Wade wasn't having it, at least not at first. In time, though, Stalker managed to talk Wade down, helping him to realize just how stupid he'd been, both in wallowing in his own anger and letting Cobra exploit it for their own gain. Wade then released his prisoners.
Heading home, he apologized to 'his' family, and told them he was getting out of their hair. However, as it turned out, they had kind of grown attached to him, and as a result Wade's fake family became his real family, and they all went into hiding, away from Cobra, together.
Wade disappeared for quite some time, until he was contacted by Stalker and another old LRRP friend, Storm Shadow. Asking for his help to rescue Snake-Eyes from the Cobra Island consulate in New York City, Wade grabbed his old Siegie gear and infiltrated the building.
This worked even better than expected, and as a result Wade's old war buddies managed to help Snake-Eyes - even if he sort of rescued himself, and blew up the entire building in the process. After this incident, Wade returned to his underground, seemingly normal life.
Aside from taking in an eastern European orphan that Snake-Eyes asked him to care for, Wade and his family kept to themselves, only contacting Snake-Eyes once more when Sean, Wade's son, wrote Snake-Eyes a letter about is time in the military, since he wanted to enlist.
After thinking Snake-Eyes' response over, Sean did indeed enlist, and in time even became Snake-Eyes' ninja apprentice - after his previous student and Scarlett's sister, Ophelia, was murdered by Firefly. Of course, Wade's life quickly went downhill from here.
When his wife died, he became despondent once more. Wanting to do something to help others, Wade volunteered to go undercover when the Nowhere Man wanted to hire Wade for his face. As it turned out, his Fred-series likeness was necessary to unlock a hidden Cobra vault.
Others were pursuing the Nowhere Man, however, including Wade's own son. This because the Nowhere Man was the former leader of Sean's military unit, but had betrayed them. The sole survivor of this assault, Sean sought justice for all of those the man had killed.
Coming face to face with the Nowhere Man, Sean engaged him in battle, though the Nowhere Man began to gain the upper hand. Attempting to help his son out, Wade joined the fight, and managed to save his son, but not before he was accidentally slain by Sean's own ninja blade.
Rifle (a): back in the day, when on parade with the Crimson Guard, Wade used to carry a bolt-action rifle. Fully functional, this weapon can discharge one round per turn to inflict his Agility +5 in damage each, possibly firing more in the hands of an expert marksman.
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