the Crimson Guard
Elite operatives, the Crimson Guard are those Cobras who show great promise, not to mention absolute loyalty to their Commander. In order to become a member of the Crimson Guard, prospective applicants must be in top physical condition, and have a college degree.
Once their training is complete, in a hideous ceremony deep within the bowels of Cobra headquarters, members of the Crimson Guard are unleashed. Insinuating themselves undercover, they assume influential positions within society, acting ceaselessly to further Cobra's interests.
Considered too valuable to waste on the battlefield, those Cobras who earn their place in the Crimson Guard fight to overthrow democracy. While not subject to direct combat with great frequency, the penalty for failure is perhaps worse than death for these skilled saboteurs.
Leaders of the Guard:
Tomax: a cutthroat financier, accomplished acrobat, and amoral mercenary, Tomax is only matched in his avarice by his brother, Xamot. Together, the twins bankroll much of Cobra's operations, and are the dual masters of its Crimson Guard! Availability:
Xamot: an accomplished acrobat, amoral mercenary, and cutthroat financier, Xamot is only matched in his avarice by his brother, Tomax. Together, the twins bankroll much of Cobra's operations, and are the dual masters of its Crimson Guard! Availability:
the Faceless Legions:
the Crimson Guard: Cobra's elite shock troops, the Crimson Guard are expert infiltrators and saboteurs. Possessing advanced degrees in addition to their subversive training, those targeted by the Guard rarely, if ever, see them coming. Availability:
Crimson Guard Commanders: second only to Tomax and Xamot themselves, these elite officers direct the Crimson Guard in its various missions. Each one a master spy and combatant, the Crimson Guard Commanders are a singular threat against freedom itself! Availability:
Crimson Guard Immortals: elite amongst the Crimson Guard, themselves the apex of Cobra forces, the Immortals seem like super soldiers! Leaders of men and masters of war, Crimson Guard Immortals are so mighty that they're feared even by GI Joe! Availability:
Crimson Strike Vipers: Vipers who show great promise, and are recruited by Tomax, Xamot, and the Baroness before moving up through Cobra's ranks join the Crimson Strike team. The elite hit squad of their new masters, these Vipers answer only to them! Availability:
Notable Members / Associates:
the Baroness: while not a direct member of the Crimson Guard, the Baroness has often sided with Tomax and Xamot on various projects tangential to Cobra's overall agenda. During such oblique association with the Guard, she wears their Crimson colors. Availability:
Firefly: like the Baroness, Firefly is not a member of the Crimson Guard. He lacks loyalty to Cobra's cause, after all! Nonetheless, the Guard's leaders occasionally make use of his services on special missions, those which require his unique touch. Availability:
Fred 2 / Wade Collins: a former POW disillusioned with America after the Vietnam war, Wade was easily seduced by Cobra's promises. It wasn't until he became one of their elite Crimson Guard that, with the help of friends, he saw through their lies. Availability:
Fred 7 / Cobra Commander 2: after he thought he had murdered the original Cobra Commander, Crimson Guardsman Fred 7 stole his identity, and claimed Cobra for himself! Naturally, the rest of Cobra's command structure fought him on this every step of the way. Availability:
Overlord: originally a highly charismatic and ambitious member of the elite Crimson Guard, the man known only as Overlord felt that he could run Cobra better than the various members jockeying for control of the organization in the wake of its first Civil War. Availability:
Professor Appel: one of the older Crimson Guard operatives, Professor Appel is arguably its smartest. The genius behind the successful, diabolical plot to create Cobra Island, Appel is one of the few scientists that Cobra Commander trusts. Availability:
Associated GI Joe Operatives:
Agent Faces: GI Joe's super spy, Michelino's natural disguise and mimicry talents are backed up by top notch Army covert training. He can disguise himself as virtually anybody he wishes to with but a few minutes of study, often posing as Crimson Guardsmen! Availability:
the Crimson ASP: a towable weapon system equipped with two Eliminator cannons, the Assault System Pod, or ASP, is a menace to all Cobra's enemies. Capable of striking foes on land, sea, or air, the ASP excels for providing security or fire superiority! Availability:
the Crimson Attack Tank (CAT): the target of Cobra espionage for years, the GI Joe team's MOBAT tank was finally duplicated by that organization's Crimson Guard. As such, the Guard has finally rolled out its functional equivalent, the Crimson Attack Tank! Availability:
the Crimson Command Copter: after suffering numerous defeats by GI Joe thanks to their Night Attack Choppers, Cobra seized the opportunity to return the favor when they captured a few, repurposing them as the Crimson Guard's Command Copter! Availability:
the Crimson Missile System (CMS): as they did with the MOBAT, the Crimson Guard stole technical details of GI Joe's MMS for Cobra's use. Reproducing its functionality in the form of its Crimson Missile System, the Guard has staggering destructive capability! Availability:
the Crimson Sentry: the Sentry is a Cobra HISS modified (repainted) for use by the Crimson Guard. A treaded vehicle with a top-mounted, twinned 30mm gun turret, the Sentry delivers serious fire power that is second only to an actual tank in practice. Availability:
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