Lady Jaye

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Lady Jaye
G.I. Joe character
First appearance1984
Voiced byMary McDonald-Lewis (Sunbow)
Lisa Corps (DiC, Operation Dragonfire)
Suzanne Errett-Balcom (DiC, Season 1)
Nika Futterman (Renegades)
AffiliationG.I. Joe
SpecialtyCovert Operations
File nameHart-Burnett, Alison R.
Birth placeMartha's Vineyard, MA
RankE-4 (Corporal) (1985)
E-7 (Sergeant First Class) (1997)
E-6 (Staff Sergeant) (2003)
E-5 (Sergeant) (Renegades)
Primary MOSCounterintelligence
Secondary MOSPersonnel Clerk, Armament Repair

Lady Jaye is a fictional character in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and animated series. She was originally created as a character for the G.I. Joe animated series produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions in 1984, was later produced as an action figure, and was finally introduced into the comic book in 1985. Lady Jaye is the G.I. Joe Team's covert operations specialist, she is portrayed by Adrianne Palicki in the 2013 film G.I. Joe: Retaliation.


Her real name is Alison R. Hart-Burnett, and her rank is that of Staff Sergeant E-6.

Lady Jaye was born on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, she is a Bryn Mawr graduate, and also did graduate work in Trinity College in Dublin, before graduating from intelligence school at Fort Holabird.

She is Airborne and Ranger qualified, and an expert with the M-16, M-1911A1 auto pistol, and reflex crossbow, she is also an accomplished actress and fluent in several languages. She has a knack for impersonation, right down to the subject's voice and mannerisms.[1]

In the Sunbow animated series, and in the Marvel Comics series, she has a romance with Flint, the rugged warrant officer. Both first appeared in the Revenge of Cobra miniseries.

In the UK Action Force series, Lady Jaye is from Cork in Ireland.[2]


Lady Jaye was first released as an action figure in 1985.[3][4]



Lady Jaye's first comics appearance was in the Marvel Comics series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #32 (February 1985), where her codename was spelled "Lady J". She arrives with Ripcord; the two are meant as replacements for Grunt and Scarlett.[5]

She goes up on a training flight with Ace as his co-pilot; the duo get into a conflict with the Cobra pilot Wild Weasel and his co-pilot, the Baroness. After emptying their weapons at each other, the pilots salute each other and fly off. Neither co-pilot understands why.[6]

Lady Jaye leads a training mission in issue #44, she is working with the rookies Crankcase, Heavy Metal, Bazooka and Airtight. All five are captured by Cobra forces as expendable testers of new weapons systems. Despite the Joes having no ammunition on them or in their vehicles, they destroy the opposition and escape.[7]

One of the more prominent moments in Lady Jaye and Flint's relationship happens when he confronts Scarlett and Snake Eyes over the ruses they had used to rescue other Joes. Angered at his insensitivity, Lady Jaye slugs Flint, which soon leads to soothed emotions instead of anger.[8]

Later, during a Cobra-led war in an Eastern European country, the team of Lady Jaye and Flint would hit a snag. In battle with two Cobra soldiers, Flint is forced to kill his opponent but Lady Jaye manages to subdue hers. Faced with the "burden" of a live, healthy prisoner, Flint urges her to kill him and she resists. Flint even offers to do it himself; the soldier is seen later, still a prisoner.[9]

Action Force[edit]

Lady Jaye is a featured character in the slightly altered 'Action Force' continuity, starting with issue one;[10] this version of Lady Jaye has the same file name, and is a native of Cork, Ireland, according to the 1987 Action Force file card of Lady Jaye.

Devil's Due[edit]

After G.I. Joe disbanded, Lady Jaye married Flint; when G.I. Joe was re-formed, many Joes commented that her marriage to Flint seem to have a positive effect on him, given how much more mellow he seemed in his later years than he had during the unit's earlier days, she was killed by Red Shadows member Dela Eden while trying to save Flint in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero#42 (2005). Flint was devastated by her death, yet could not bring himself to kill his wife's murderer, her death marked a critical turning point in Flint's life. In the comic G.I. Joe America's Elite, a birthdate of June 10, 1966, for Lady Jaye can be read when Flint visits her grave.[volume & issue needed] Lady Jaye also appeared in the Devil's Due G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers series [11] and the Dreamwave Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series.


When Idea and Design Works acquired the G.I. Joe licence from Hasbro in 2009, they began publishing a new monthly series that completely ignored any previous continuity, and Hasbro later officially declared the entire Devil's Due run non-canonical. Lady Jaye's first appearance in this new continuity was in Cobra #6 from October 2011.

Lady Jaye is also once again a main character in IDW's continuation of the original A Real American Hero series, where her and Flint's relationship is continuing as it was in the original Marvel comic. In issue 174 she and Flint lead a team on an operation to kidnap Darklon; as the squad leaves, their helicopter takes fire, with both she and Darklon being seriously wounded. Flint initially orders medical treatment for Lady Jaye, disregarding his orders to bring Darklon back alive at any cost, but Jaye convinces him that the mercenary's intelligence is more important than her life. Roadblock and the other members of the team agree to keep Flint's wavering a secret, and Jaye is rushed into surgery upon their return to The Pit. Though unaware of what Flint nearly did, Hawk tells Flint that he has decided the two of them won't be assigned to the same team again, to avoid any possible complications from their romantic attachment.

Animated series[edit]


In the animated series, she is voiced by Mary McDonald-Lewis.[12] She, along with Flint, makes her first appearance in the G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra miniseries. In the first-season episode "Skeletons in the Closet," it is revealed that she is related to the Joes' enemy, Destro, but degree of relationship was never specified.[13] Lady Jaye was a more mellow and level-headed person compared to her comic book incarnation, but she did occasionally display a potent temper, she is the second most featured character in the series after Cobra Commander.

Lady Jaye's signature weapons were a variety of specialized throwing javelins that featured unique properties, similar to the trick arrows often employed by comic book characters such as Green Arrow and Hawkeye.

G.I. Joe: The Movie[edit]

Like many of the original characters, Lady Jaye makes an appearance in G.I. Joe: The Movie. However, like most of the characters from the original series, she is not shown as part of the main focus of the movie.[14]


Lady Jaye makes her first appearance as a member of the Slaughter's Marauders, wearing a blue version of her original uniform in the five part mini-series, Operation Dragonfire, she still uses her javelins as her primary weapon. As the regular season progressed, Lady Jaye’s personality began to change from her original version, she would be used in episodes paired with Captain Grid-Iron instead of Flint, as Flint was not part of the cast for this season. By the time Flint returned to the cast, Lady Jaye had been dropped.


Lady Jaye appears in the 2009 animated film, G.I. Joe: Resolute, though she has no speaking lines and is only seen on the USS Flagg aircraft carrier.


Lady Jaye appears in G.I. Joe: Renegades, portrayed as Latin American and voiced by Nika Futterman. In the series, she puts together the Joe team for Scarlett's mission to Cobra Pharmaceuticals; when the Joes become outlaws she is assigned to assist Flint in capturing them. Owing Duke a favor for saving her life, as well as believing they are innocent, Lady Jaye quietly helps whenever possible, her action are always carefully hidden to keep Flint from discovering the truth. In an interview with writer Henry Gilroy, Gilroy stated that the relationships between Flint and Lady Jaye and Scarlett and Snake Eyes would be evolving as the series progresses.[15]


Lady Jaye is the only female Joe to appear in the direct to video cartoon "Old Soldiers Never Die"[16] which was the only cartoon appearance of Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles (which was also produced by Sunbow Productions, the same company that produced the original Real American Hero cartoon). Lady Jaye, along with Doc and Hawk were part of the team that rescued Sgt. Savage from cryogenic storage; these three Joes appeared in this cartoon perhaps as a way of bridging the change from the Real American Hero toyline/comic/cartoon continuity to the new Sgt. Savage line; this theory is further bolstered by a cameo appearance from Cobra Commander.

In this incarnation, Lady Jaye's hair is blonde and approximately shoulder length, she was voiced by Kathleen Barr.

Live action film[edit]

Lady Jaye
G.I. Joe character
Lady Jaye Retaliation.jpg
Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye from G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Portrayed byAdrianne Palicki
AffiliationG.I. Joe
File nameBurnett, Jaye
Birth placeMartha's Vineyard, MA
RankO-2 (First Lieutenant), later promoted to O-3 (Captain)
Primary MOSCovert Operator
SeriesG.I. Joe: Retaliation

Adrianne Palicki portrays Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.[17] In the film, Lady-Jaye's military branch is the Marine Corps instead of the Army, as in the toy line, it is revealed that Jaye's father was displeased at having a daughter instead of a son to carry on his family's three generations of military tradition. He died before Jaye could rise high enough to outrank him, leaving her bitter about not having earned his final acknowledgement.

Lady Jaye is a supporting character in the "Find Your Fate" novel Operation: Dragon Fire printed by Ballantine Books,[18] she also appears in another novel in the same series, G.I. Joe and the Everglades Swamp Terror.[19]


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  2. ^ "Lady Jaye". Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  3. ^ G.I. JOE Brand Introduces New Look for the Next Generation Of Kids; G.I. JOE International Collector's Convention Will Be the First Place Fans Can See New 8-Inch G.I. JOE SIGMA SIX Line, Business Wire, June 23, 2005
  4. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 102. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
  5. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #32 (Feb 1985)
  6. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #34 (April 1985)
  7. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #44
  8. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #67
  9. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #149
  10. ^ Action Force #1 (March 1987)
  11. ^ "G.I. Joe Vs; the Transformers" #1 Vol. 1 (June 2003)
  12. ^ "Roll Call". G.I. Joe Roll Call. Joe Headquarters. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
  13. ^ "Skeletons in the Closet". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  14. ^ G.I. Joe: The Movie (Motion picture). De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. April 20, 1987.
  15. ^ "Exclusive Interview with the writing team of G.I. Joe: Renegades | Generals Joes - A blog about the importance (or unimportance) of little plastic men". Generals Joes. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  16. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 2009-10-27. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  17. ^ "Paramount's 'G.I. Joe 2' Casts 'Friday Night Lights' Star Adrianne Palicki". 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  18. ^ Operation : Dragon Fire (G. I. Joe #2). Operation: Dragon Fire. ISBN 0345326660.
  19. ^ GI Joe and the Everglades Swamp Terror: (#5). 'G.I. Joe and the Everglades Swamp Terror'. ISBN 0345346289.

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