Heavy Metal (deceased)


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The GI Joe operative code named Heavy Metal is actually Sherman D. Guderian, a man formerly wanting nothing more than to be an accountant until, after seeing a tank column drive by, he was forever changed. Now, he cheerfully drives big heavy metal weapons into battle!



Hindrances / Augmentations:



Helmet (s): a must in Heavy Metal's line of work, this protective headgear helps to save him from exploding shells and the occasional 'lucky shot' from the enemy. It provides him intensity 8 (or +2) protection from physical attacks that strike him in the cranium.

Mauler MBT (i): Heavy Metal has had a love for tanks ever since the first time he saw a convoy of them rumbling by. You can imagine his elation upon being assigned to drive the Mauler into battle with the GI Joe team. This vehicle is detailed fully in its own entry.

Sidearms (a): Heavy Metal always carries two of these pistols with him, one on a chest holster and one on a hip holster. He may fire either to inflict his Agility +4 damage in a single shot, or his Agility +5 damage in a semi-auto spread of ammunition.

Submachine Gun (a): his main piece should he have to fight outside his Mauler, Heavy Metal likes this hand cannon a lot. He can fire it to inflict his Agility +5 damage in a short, semi-automatic spread, or he can 'open it up' to inflict his Agility +6 damage full-auto.


Boxing (s): one talent he picked up during his basic training, this skill describes Heavy Metal's ability to defend himself without weapons. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the last of which occurs as a contingent action.

Business / Finance (w): his original military specialty, Heavy Metal enlisted to attend the Army's Finance School, with the ultimate goal of becoming a CPA. As such, he makes financial actions (both involving his own and other people's money) at a reduced difficulty.

Guns (a): another skill he picked up during his basic training despite his accountant leanings, Heavy Metal may wield most firearms with ease. Whether he's toting a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Heavy Metal fires them at a reduced difficulty.

Marksman (a): after his Moment of Clarity, Heavy Metal transferred from Finance School into Armor, and hasn't looked back. Thanks to this, he has the ability to wield all line-of-sight weapons, whether they be mortars or tank cannons, at a reduced difficulty level.

Military / United States (w): the source of all his other talents, this skill serves as both an origin and an occupation rolled into one. Heavy Metal has spent enough time in the military to know the SOP like the back of his hand, functioning seamlessly in a martial unit.


Soldier: Heavy Metal has always sought order in life, which is why he originally wanted to become an accountant. Of course, he's found that a tank can be an immutable statement in iron, and likes nothing more than driving one and blowing stuff up - all in the service of his country!


While active with the GI Joe team, Heavy Metal wears a simple uniform. It includes a green collared shirt beneath a black leather jacket, a loose-fitting pair of Army green trousers, brown leather boots, green leather gloves, brown belts and holsters for his gear, and a green helmet.


Heavy Metal is a generally quiet fellow, hailing from a generally quiet part of Brooklyn. Of course, something happens when you put him behind the wheel of his Mauler, and it's almost like he becomes a different person... and you find yourself thankful he's working for the good guys!

Real Name: Sherman R. Guderian, Grade E-4
Occupation: tank driver
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: Rampage
Group Affiliation: GI Joe

Height: 5' 11"
Hair: black
Eyes: brown
Weight: 170 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none.


Heavy Metal came from a tight-knit Brooklyn neighborhood that some might describe as 'inaccessible' to outsiders. Folks from that neighborhood rarely stepped out, and when they did it was something of an Event. You can imagine their surprise when Heavy Metal left - much less enlisted!

He did this with a simple goal in mind: he wanted to attend the Army's Finance School, and eventually settle in to a simple life as a CPA. He made good progress in this regard, at least until, while walking around in Fort Belvoir, he bore witness to an entire tank convoy on the move.

Something deep down inside Heavy Metal suddenly clicked, and he was forever changed. Suddenly needing to be behind the wheel of a several ton engine of destruction, Heavy Metal put in for a transfer to the Armored division that day - and has never looked back!

While he had previously learned the use of firearms and such as a means to an end, Heavy Metal embraced his hardware like never before, and slowly mastered all manner of offensive gear in his new quest, his zeal eventually getting him nominated for a position with GI Joe.

He passed most of the team's exams easily enough, and only had to face down a final, live operation led by Lady Jaye to prove if he was suitable for membership in the group. This operation, also attended by Airtight, Bazooka, and Crankcase, was supposed to be relatively simple.

However, Cobra operatives testing their new cohort, Dr. Mindbender, happened upon them, and used the doctor's BATs and plant spores on our heroes, momentarily getting the drop on them. As resourceful as Heavy Metal and his new fellows are, though, they ultimately won out in the end.

Heavy Metal went on to participate in all manner of GI Joe operations, including their invasion of Springfield and of course the first Cobra Island Civil War. His final mission with the team occurred in the early 1990s, where he was in Trucial Abysmia taking down Terror Dromes.

Though this mission was supposed to be easy, Heavy Metal and company were captured by a large Cobra force on their way elsewhere. Thrown into a pit along with his fellows, Heavy Metal was killed in action when a Cobra SAW Viper gunned him and several of his fellow Joes down.

Though slain in the line of duty, Heavy Metal was at least given a hero's burial in the Arlington national cemetery.

1989 Variations


Heavy Metal's second GI Joe field uniform is virtually identical to his first. It includes a collared green shirt beneath a black leather jacket, loose-fitting, grass green trousers, brown leather boots, green leather gloves, brown belts and holsters, and a green helmet.

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GI Joe directories featuring a version of Heavy Metal:

  1985 1989  

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