List of Action Man characters
The following article is a list of characters who have appeared in various media across the Action Man franchise, including the original Palitoy toyline, the subsequent Hasbro toy line, the Panini Comics series, various video games, and the two Action Man TV shows, from USA in 1995 and from Canada in 2000.
The eponymous protagonist of the franchise, first introduced as an action figure in 1966 as a British equivalent to G.I. Joe. However, the character soon developed his own identity as an action hero, rather than being specifically a military figure. Although the appearance and backstory of Action Man has varied over time and across different media, the scar on the character's right cheek has remained consistent. In the Hasbro toy line and the Panini Comics canon, he is depicted as the leader of the heroic 'Action Force' team. He is advanced in many forms of martial arts and has a large arsenal of weapons and vehicles.
In the 1995 TV series, the character is depicted as a man suffering from amnesia who leads the Action Force in their fight against the evil Dr. X and his terrorist organisation. He often has brief flashbacks of his past which are triggered by certain events. He later learns that his real name is Matthew Exler, and that he's actually the brother of Dr. X (Dorian Exler).
In the 2000 TV series, Action Man was reimagined as extreme sports athlete Alex Mann of 'Team Xtreme'. He has a special ability called an AMP (Advanced Macro Probability) Factor, a result of secret experiments by his former coach Simon Grey. The AMP Factor allows Alex to see every possibility in a situation but in order to use it he has to feel a triggering adrenaline rush.
Action Man was released as a G.I. Joe figure in 2004 and was a Toys R Us Night Force set exclusive. The character was originally planned to have a starring role in an early script for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.
The Action Man character was again rebooted by IDW Publishing in 2016 for a four-issue limited comic book series set within the Hasbro Comic Book Universe. In this series, 'Action Man' is a title held by the lead agent in the secret British intelligence operation, the Action Man Programme, with Agent Ian Noble as the current Action Man. This incarnation of the character subsequently featured in the Revolution and First Strike crossover storylines alongside several other Hasbro characters.
An Australian member of Action Force introduced in 2004 alongside Red Wolf. A lover of action and extreme sports, Flynt is typically seen with his dirt rider or snowboard and was often depicted with an arm in a cast due to sporting injuries. Two action figures of Flynt were released and the character was featured regularly in Action Man comics as well as the 2004 film Action Man: Robot Atak and its sequels. His only video game appearance came in the adaptation of Robot Atak, where he was a playable character.
An Native American archer and Action Force member introduced in 2004, alongside Flynt. As well as his bow and arrows, he is equipped with a wavin pipe and tomahawk. Three action figures were released by Hasbro, the second of which came with a canoe. In 2005, he was seen with a section of his hair died red, an indicator of the time he successfully wrestled a bear. Red Wolf was a recurring character in Panini's Action Man comic book from his introduction up to the finale of the series and featured in each of the direct-to-DVD Action Man films. He was also a playable character in the video game Action Man: Robot Atak.
A member of the Action Force seen in the 1995 TV series. Hasbro released a single, now rare, action figure which had a kicking action. At Joecon 2010, a convention exclusive Q-Force action figure of Natalie Poole was released and came with a 'Silent Attack' canoe. Poole is the only female Action Man character for which Hasbro produced any toys.
Knuck was a military member of the Action Force in the 1995 TV series, always sporting a beret and camo gear. Like Natalie Poole, a single action figure of Knuck Williams was manufactured by Hasbro during the 1990s.
A French wheelchair-bound boy and member of Action Force in the 1995 TV series. He was in charge of the team's computer works.
Duane Curtis, also known as 'Krunch', was a professional boxer and ally of Action Man. A single limited edition 12" action figure was released by Hasbro in 1996, which included a title belt accessory. Also included in the box was a mini Action Man comic book produced by Marvel Comics, in which Krunch battles Professor Gangrene.
RAID (Randomly Acquired Intelligent Dog) is the pet dog of Action Man. He first appeared in the 1995 TV series and would later appear sporadically in the Panini Comics series. Several different action figures of Raid were released, the final one in 2003. RAID became the poster-dog for the SPCA after Action Man aggressively chastised him for urinating on his new rug, prompting outrage from the public. The dog who played RAID went on to have success playing Cerberus in the Broadway adaption of "Hercules in New York".
Dr. X (real name Count Laszlo Huszar II, or Dorian Exler in the 1995 TV series) is the main antagonist of the franchise, introduced in 1993. He is a psychopathic and misanthropic mastermind bent on world domination and is prepared to reach his goal by any means necessary. He is Action Man's archenemy and it is always up to Action Man and Action Force to stop his evil plans and save the world. Despite his varying appearance over the years, his bionic hand/arm and eye (sometimes covered by an eye patch) remain consistent. He is the leader of the paramilitary terrorist organisation named 'Council of Doom' and has had many villainous teammates, scientists, and right hand men.
In the 2000 TV series, Dr. X was depicted as a handicapped scientist who worked with Simon Grey to help humanity in case of a nuclear war. This included creating Action Man's AMP factor. However, Simon left because he thought Dr. X's methods were genocidal. Unabated, Dr. X continued his work on 'neo-humanity', eventually transplanting his mind in to the body of Action Man's sporting rival Brandon Cane in an attempt to obtain immortality. Driven by insanity and believing that the world is no longer worth ruling, he even attempted to throw a meteor onto the planet in order to ensure the planet's destruction.
In the 2016 reboot comic series by IDW Publishing, the original Doctor X dies in a confrontation with then-Action Man, Agent Mike Brogan. His corpse is destroyed by traitorous AMP Agent Mercy Gale who adopts his identity to manipulate global conflicts. Gale receives a X-shaped scar after being non-fatally shot by current Action Man, Agent Ian Noble.
Gangrene is another archenemy of Action Man and the former right-hand man of Dr. X. He's known to be a master scientist, who was infected by so many diseases that he became known as Gangrene. Like Dr. X, he has had many different looks, but is easily characterized by his pale green skin and the fact that his left eye is bigger than his right. He was replaced by No-Face as Dr. X's closest associate after failing to defeat Action Man too many times. Gangrene was a recurring antagonist in the Panini comic book series and the 1995 TV series, while also featuring in the 2005 film Action Man: X-Missions - the Movie where he was voiced by Scott McNeil. Several different action figures of Gangrene were released, often featuring some kind of unique gimmick.
'No-Face' (real name 'Gerrard De Visage') was the right-hand man of Dr. X and acted as a replacement for Professor Gangrene in that role. He grew up in Belgium, before moving to the United States to train as a movie stunt man. His skills in fencing and motorsport caught the eye of Dr. X, who then lured Visage into crime with empty promises of glory. The 'No-Face' moniker comes from the hideous state of his skin, the result of a botched robbery where Visage was covered in toxic acid and suffered severe burns and scarring. No-Face is a master of disguises and his face is often covered by bandages or a mask. Following the death of Dr. X, No-Face created the 'X-Robot' army and later resurrected his master, in the hope that his services to Dr. X would one day be rewarded by the restoration of his face. A single action figure was released by Hasbro, but the character was featured prominently in the Panini Comics series from his 2004 introduction onwards and played a prominent role in the film Action Man: Robot Atak.
A member of Dr. X's 'Council of Doom', Anti-Freeze was first introduced as a toy in 2003. His first appearance in the comic was in issue No. 89 in a strip titled "Anti-Freeze Attacks". He is a man composed of ice, but it's unknown how he came to be in that state. His main weapon is an ice staff. His final appearance was in issue No. 137 of the comic, in which he was seen swimming away from an X-Shark that had been set free by Action Man.
Tempest (real name 'Templeton Storm') is a villain who has the power to control the weather using weather machines, which he began creating at a young age. He also wields twin staffs, which can shoot lightning. He was introduced in the 2000 TV series and subsequently featured in the Panini Comics series. Two varieties of action figure were released.
Appearing in the 2000 TV series, Asazi is a member of Dr X's Council of Doom. She is a notorious assassin whose signature weapon is a crossbow. In the series finale, Asazi eventually realises the insanity of Dr X's plans and helps Team Xtreme.
Toxica is the assistant of Professor Gangrene and appeared in Action Man: Operation Extreme, a video game released for the PS1. She is notable as the first villain to have dialogue in the game as the players fight her in the very first mission.
After the players defeat her men and got her full attention, a small info screen pops up reading:
"Beautiful and deadly, Toxica works as Prof. Gangrenes assistant. She drives a powerful sports car armed with corrosive chemical splurge guns and a toxic bubble generator".
A villain featured in the PC game Action Man: Raid on Island X, Plague Locust is an insane robotics specialist, disguised in an insect-like armoured outfit featuring a gas mask and a jetpack with insectoid wings. In the game, Action Man must venture into the jungle to fight Plague Locust and his robotic insects, in an effort to halt his plans to take control of jungle animals and use them for crime.
A robot army created by No-Face in the image of Dr. X. They were introduced in 2004 and served as a replacement for regular henchmen. Action Man was quickly able to discover the weak spot of the robots: a small panel in the centre of each robot's stomach area. They played a central role in the 2004 direct-to-DVD film Action Man: Robot Atak and its video game adaptation. In 2005, many X-Robots were upgraded by Dr. X to become 'Toxic Robots' which had blades for arms. In the 2009 Tesco exclusive range, the X-Robots were redesigned to have faces less akin to that of Dr. X.
A race of dinosaur-like creatures which inhabited the 'Jungle Zone' of Island X. Professor Gangrene later created a race of 'Robo-Raptors' in issue #130 of the Panini Comics series. These were designed to overshadow No-Face's X-Robots in the hope that Gangrene could become Dr. X's right-hand man once again.
The Neanderthal-esque archenemy of Action Man and his team in the original PalitoyAction Man toy franchise. He was introduced in 1976 and sometimes seen with the dragon-like creature Gargon. The action figure featured a 'bear hug' mechanism operated by a button on the back of the doll.
A TV presenter and extreme sports commentator for the TV network 'Mastervision' in the 2000 TV series. He had a public feud with Templeton Storm which led to Storm becoming Tempest. On camera, Masters appears a well-adjusted, friendly individual. However, in reality Masters is an egotistical person who will do anything for screen time no matter the collateral damage or risk to the lives of others. He later went on to work for Bank of Ireland as an accountant, solving mysteries such as why the expenses claimed by senior executives were so excessively high.
A scientist who was kidnapped by No-Face and forced to make a mind control gas for Dr. X during the events of the 2004 Panini Comics story-arc and the 2004 film Action Man: Robot Atak. Action Force ultimately save Moran from Dr. X and free him from captivity.
Sporting rival of Alex Mann in the 2000 TV series. He is soon captured by Dr. X, who places his own mind into the younger, more able body of Cane.
Powers / Skills
Mechanical arm with many equipped devices such as needle, firearm, computer, magnet and device for invisibility
Has an army of "Trilo Bugs" and scope-eyr
Wipe out humanity and have only the strongest survive in "Neo-Humanity".
Abuse of power
Type of Villain
Mechanically Modified Archenemy
|“||I've devoted my life, to exploring human potential and enhancing human abilities. If the species is to survive the next millennium, we must adapt ourselves at a far greater rate than nature currently allows.||„|
|~ Dr. X|
Dr. X (also spelled "Doctor X") is the main antagonist in the Action Man franchise. Is a mad scientist who is the arch-enemy of Hasbro's Action Man in its line of toys, introduced in the mid-late 1990s. Despite many changes in appearance, he is easily identified by his mustache, almost-to-totally bald head, and bionic arm and eye (sometimes replaced by an eyepatch).
Dr X is a danger to the world and is its most dangerous criminal mastermind, he leaves a trail of death and destruction wherever he goes.
In the toy-version plot, Dr X is bent on ruling the entire world and is prepared to kill anyone who stands in his way. He has recruited many villains into his army over the past years such as Plague Locust (from PC game), MAXX (or 'the man with no name') (1999), Tempest (2001), Asazi (Mainframe animated series), Anti-Freeze (2003), No Face (2004) and Professor Gangrene (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003).
During the battles with Action Man, Dr X has constantly been defeated and humiliated. However, the evil scientist never seems to give up and each time he comes back to do battle, he grows stronger. Action Man may think him defeated but Dr X can strike fear and destruction on the world and its people at any time and bring the world to its knees. Who knows he may already be secretly ruling over the parts of the world.
While Dr X threathens the world, there seem to have hints of a connection with the amnesiac Action Man.
According to the series bible, Dr X's real name is Dorian Exler. during his childhood, his parents adopted a younger son named Matthew (who would later be Action Man). Under the tutelage of their father, Dr. Exler, both sons were geniuses from an early age and both were science prodigies. However, Dorian was a bad seed; a born psychopath who ultimately was responsible for deliberately setting a fire which killed his parents. And in the aftermath of his heinous act of patricide, Dorian cleverly made young Matthew think that he was responsible for this "accident".
Each son received an inheritance of a handsome trust fund, so Dorian, using his inherited wealth as seed money, and nurturing it with his raw, genius-level intelligence, ruthlessness and powerlust, not only grew his financial fortune by a multiple of thousands, but built up a vast private para-military terror organization staffed by mercenary soldiers called "Skullmen". Using a combination of hig
h-level computer hacking and corrupt government officials on his payroll, he destroyed all records of his own past and assumed the mysterious phantom identity of... Dr X.
Meanwhile, Matthew was finally able to recall the circumstances surrounding his parents' death in vivid detail—and realize that it was not an accident caused by him, but murder at the hands of his brother. He returned to the Western world with extraordinary mental and physical skills and an obsessive personal mission. He knew he must bring to justice the killer of his parents (and avenge his own years of suffering the guilt of thinking he had killed them). And at the same time
, he must protect the world from his brother. For the sheer force of evil of Dr. X was known no better to anyone than to his younger brother Matthew—now fully aware of the psychopathic depths to which his brother was capable of sinking in his lust for power and control.
Lacking anything remotely approaching the resources and paramilitary organization of Dr. X, Matthew decided to destroy his brother from within by infiltrating his organization. After some time working undercover as a Skullman, Action Man is ready to take down Dr. X out. Shortly after this, Matthew is assigned to a mission with Dr. X and his Skullmen, but on the mission they cross paths with the Action Force. So on that fateful night at the chalet in Switzerland. Matthew blew his cover (and everything that he had worked for) to save the innocent lives of Action Force. The result was the explosive concussion, combined with traces of Dr. X
's psychotropic drugs, which caused him to lose his memory—including his vast knowledge of Dr. X's empire, Dr. X's own personal past and Matthew's shocking relationship to Dr. X.
Meanwhile, Dr. X learned the true identity of the infiltrator who knew so dangerously much about his organization, who came so close to taking Dr. X's entire empire down. He also learned that this infiltrator (his brother) now has amnesia. This means that all the information so dangerous to Dr. X is locked away (for the moment irretrievably) in Action Man's concussed brain.
In order to try to ensure that Matthew's memory does not return, Dr. X has used his extensive technological resources and worldwide network of corrupt officials to erase any trace of his brother's personal history and identity. Just as the person known as Dorian Exler disappeared from all private and public written records, it's now as if Matthew Exler never existed either...
Dr X's appearance in the series seems to be a shirt-less version of the 1996 figure. He is voiced by Rolf Leenders.
In this series, Dr X begins as a handicapped, brilliant geneticist and bio-engineer who stops at nothing to duplicate Alex Mann (AKA Action Man)'s AMP Factor to rebuild Earth with the genetically enhanced neo-humanity.
Dr. X captured and tested Alex Mann repeatedly, as well as his best friend Brandon Caine. Dr. X added nanotech enhancements to Brandon, making him superior to Alex in battle and in athletics. The culmination of the experiments was to mind transfer Dr. X into Brandon's body to become a nanotech cyborg, able to change his appearance and infect others.
Dr X founded the Council of Doom with his evil cohorts: Asazi, Tempest, Gangrene, and Quake. Dr. X's nanotech trilobites appeared to gain collective intelligence and rebel against him; but this was actually Brandon Caine's uploaded mind punishing Dr. X.
In Other Media
In Action Man: Robot Attack, No Face re-builds Dr X, who was badly damaged after some battle with Action Man, which could have happened some years earlier. He plans to use a mind-controlling gas on Earth's people, but Action Man and Action Force stop him and make his base explode.
In Action Man: X Missions, Dr X kidnaps men and transforms them into his Toxic troopers, but Action Force manages to turn them back to normal, and defeat and incarcerate Dr X.
In the movie his kommodo dragon is named snap.This version of Dr X is over the top and emphasises words with the letter x in them.
In both of these movies he is voiced by Steven Burkoff.
In Action Man: Código Gangrena, Professor Gangrene releases Dr X from prison, but later betrays him.
- Dr X over the years has seen new styles. In 1994 - a rotary, firing shield; In 1995 - a laser eye and exposed brain; In 1996 he had a bio-stomach (toxic gut) the 90s series used this look , in 1997 - a firing hand; in 1998 - a chopper bike, in 1999 - a laughter button, in 2000 - a robotic arm, in 2001 - a bronze arm and ball and chain, in 2002 - a firing missile arm, in 2003 - a chest cavity housing a missile launcher two more versions were released one came with Action Man in a pack named Ultimate Battle the final version of 2003 came with another Action Man.
- This version of Dr X was more meaner looking and was mostly covered in amour when the x was hit on his chest he would scream he also came with a chainsaw and claw arm and when these were pluged into him he would laugh.
- In the Action Man comics, readers could vote whether Dr X would live or fall to his death hence the reason this set was called Final Combat. Dr X did plumetted to his death.
- In 2004 he was brought back been rebuilt by No Face t
This version of X looks similar to the Final Combat version when the x on his chest and he was pushed he would fall apart similar to the X Robots.
- This version of Dr X appeared in Action Man Robot Attack.
- In 2005 He came with a komodo dragon named "Dragon X".
- This version of Dr X appeared in the X missions movie.
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Dr. X or Doctor X is a mad scientist who serves as the arch-enemy of Action Man in its line of toys, introduced in 1993. Despite his many changes in appearance, he's easily identified by his mustache, almost-to-totally bald head, bionic arm, and prosthetic eye (sometimes replaced by an eyepatch). For those wondering, he received his PhD in theoretical physics from University College London in the United Kingdom, having completed his undergraduate and one placement year working as an assistant mad scientist for the NHS.
Dr. X is a danger to the world and one of the most intelligent criminal masterminds ever known. He leaves a trail of death and destruction wherever he goes.
In the toy-version plot, Dr. X is bent on ruling the entire world and prepared to kill anyone who stands in his way. He has recruited many villains into his army over the past years such as Plague Locust (from PC game), MAXX (or '"The man with no name") (1999), Tempest (2001), Asazi (Mainframe animated series), Anti-Freeze (2003), No Face (2004), and Professor Gangrene (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003).
During his battles with Action Man, Dr. X has constantly been defeated and humiliated. However, this evil scientist never seems to give up and each time Dr. X returns to do battle, he grows stronger. Action Man may believe him to be defeated, but Dr. X can strike fear and destruction across the world at any time, forcing entire nations down on their knees. Who knows, he may already be secretly ruling over certain parts of the world.
While Dr. X threathens the world, there seem to have hinted of a connection with the amnesiac Action Man.
According to the series bible, Dr. X's real name is Dorian Exler. During his childhood, Exler's parents adopted a younger child named Matthew (who would later becom Action Man). Under the tutelage of their father, Dr. Exler, both sons were geniuses from an early age and became science prodigies. However, Dorian was a bad seed; a born psychopath who ultimately was responsible for deliberately setting the fire which killed his parents. And, in the aftermath of his heinous act of patricide, Dorian cleverly made young Matthew think that he was responsible for this "accident".
Each son received an inheritance of a handsome trust fund. So Dorian, using his inherited wealth as seed money while nurturing it with his raw genius-level intelligence, ruthlessness, and powerlust, not only grew his financial fortune by a multiple of thousands, but built up a vast private para-military/terrorist organization named The Council of Doom, staffed by mercenary soldiers called "Skullmen".
Using a combination of high-level computer hacking and corrupt government officials on his payroll, he destroyed all records of his own past before assuming the mysterious phantom identity of Dr. X.
Meanwhile, Matthew was finally able to recall the circumstances surrounding his parents' death in vivid detail -- and realize that it wasn't an accident caused by him, but murder at the hands of his brother.
He returned to the western world with extraordinary mental and physical skills, along with an obsessive personal mission. Matthew knew he must bring to justice the killer of his parents (and avenge his own years of suffering the guilt of thinking he had killed them). Also, at the same time, he must protect the world from his deranged brother. For the sheer force of evil Dr. X was known no better to anyone than his younger brother Matthew -- now fully aware of the psychopathic depths to which his brother was capable of sinking in his lust for power and control.
Lacking anything remotely approaching the resources and paramilitary organization of Dr. X, Matthew decided to destroy his brother from within by infiltrating his organization. After some time working undercover as a Skullman, Action Man was ready to take down Dr. X.
Shortly after this, Matthew is assigned to a mission with Dr. X and his Skullmen. However, while on the mission, they cross paths with the Action Force. During that fateful night, at a chalet in Switzerland, Matthew blew his cover (and everything that he had worked for) to save the innocent lives of Action Force. The result was an explosive concussion, combined with traces of Dr. X's psychotropic drugs, which caused him to lose his memory -- including his vast knowledge of Dr. X's empire, Dr. X's own personal past, and Matthew's shocking relationship to Dr. X.
Meanwhile, Dr. X learned the true identity of the infiltrator who knew so dangerously much about his organization, and came so close to taking Dr. X's entire empire down. He also learned that this infiltrator (his brother) now had amnesia. This means that all of the dangerous information about Dr. X's involvement is locked away (for the moment irretrievably) in Action Man's concussed brain.
In order to try to ensure that Matthew's memory doesn't return, Dr. X has used his extensive technological resources and worldwide network of corrupt officials to erase any trace of his brother's personal history or identity. Just as the man known as Dorian Exler disappeared from all private and public written records, it's now as if Matthew Exler never existed either...
Dr. X's appearance in this series appears to be a shirtless version of the 1996 figure. He's depicted speaking with a heavy South African accent. Rolf Leenders provides the voice for Dr. X.
In this series, Dr. X started off as an old handicapped, brilliant geneticist and bio-engineer who's goal is to build a genetically-enhanced race: Neo-Humanity. The plan was disbanded after WWII with the Soviet Union. However, Dr. X continued that work in private as his old associate, Simon Gray, made it his mission to stop these plans. That is until X learns about Grey giving the power of the AMP Factor to his student, Alex Mann the Action Man.
Dr. X captured and tested Alex Mann repeatedly, as well as his best friend Brandon Caine. Dr. X injected nanotech enhancements in Brandon's blood stream, making him superior to Alex in battle and athletics. The culmination of these experiments was for Dr. X to transfer his mind into Brandon's body, becoming young again and a nanotech cyborg. Thanks to the AI program, he planned to infect many others with it, but failed in the end.
Dr. X later founded the Council of Doom with his evil cohorts: Asazi, Tempest, and later Gangrene & Quake. A breed of nanotech trilobites rebel against X as they appear to gain collective intelligence and rebel against him; but this was actually Brandon Caine's uploaded mind punishing Dr. X for taking his body.
(1997, 2000, 2002, 2003)
Direct to video movies
In Action Man: Robot Atak, No Face re-builds Dr. X, who was badly damaged after a battle with Action Man, which could have happened many years earlier. He plans to use a mind-controlling gas on Earth's population, but Action Man and Action Force stop him before causing his headquarters to explode.
In Action Man: X Missions, Dr X kidnaps various people and transforms them into his Toxic troopers, but Action Force manages to turn them back to normal, before incarcerating Dr X.
In the movie, his Komodo Dragon is named Snap. This version of Dr. X is over the top and emphasises words with the letter X in them.
In both of these movies he is voiced by Steven Burkoff.
In Action Man: Código Gangrena, Professor Gangrene releases Dr. X from prison, but later betrays him.
This section of the article is a stub. Please help improve the article by expanding it.
Dr. X over the years has seen new styles. In 1994 - a rotary, firing shield; In 1995 - a laser eye & exposed brain; In 1996 he had a bio-stomach (toxic guts); the 90s series used this look; in 1997 - a firing hand; in 1998 - a chopper bike; in 1999 - a laughter button; in 2000 - a robotic arm; in 2001 - a bronze arm and ball & chain; in 2002 - a firing missile arm; in 2003 - a chest cavity housing a missile launcher. Two more versions were released: one came with Action Man in a pack named "Ultimate Battle". The final version of 2003 came with another Action Man; this version of Dr X was meaner looking and was mostly covered in amour. When the "x" was hit on his chest he would scream. He also came with a chainsaw and claw arm. When these were plugged into him, he would laugh. In the comics, readers could vote whether Dr. X would live or fall to his death hence the reason this set was called Final Combat. Dr. X did plummet to his death, but evil never truly dies - it is merly reborn. In 2004 he was brought back, rebuilt by No Face. This version of X looks similar to the Final Combat version. When the "x" on his chest was pushed, he would fall apart similar to the X Robots. This version of Dr. X is featured in Action Man: Robot Atak.
In 2005, he came with a komodo dragon named Dragon X. This version of Dr. X appears in the X Missions movie.
Dr X 2003
Dr X and Dragon X 2005
Ultimate Battle 2003
Doctor X 1997 (gun wasn't included with the figure)
Doctor X 1998
Doctor X 1996
Doctor X 1995 in box
Doctor X 1994
Dr X 1999
Dr X 2005 Boxed
Dr X 2004
Doctor X from the Action Man 1995 series
Dr X 2002 in Box
Dr X 2004 in Box
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Doctor X 1997 Box
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- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Agent Gale is Doctor X.
- Black Boss Lady: Director Bestley, Action Man's superior.
- Body Horror: The doorman's flesh seems to be falling off his skeleton, and Professor Gangrene's skin is green and mutilated.
- By "No", I Mean "Yes": Ian explains to Mercy that he's not eating alone, because that would be pathetic. See, he's not actually eating... alone.
- Call-Forward: At the end of issue 4, Doctor X is shown to be working with Storm Shadow, and mentions Baron Ironblood, as a lead-in to the new Revolutionaries series.
- The Cameo: The female ninja working for Doctor X is revealed to be the new Storm Shadow.
- Car Fu: Well, more like Jet-Ski-Fu; to bypass the Governor's Island security, Ian fills a jet-ski with octaazacubane and crashes it into the building while somersaulting over the wall.
- Chekhov's Skill: Early in issue 2, Ian is seen stealing a government employee's ID card to get into the Action Man facilities. Later in the issue, Salmons realizes that Ian's stolen his ID card to get out of being confined to quarters.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Action Man's power suit, which is - somehow - capable of providing air to a rebreather without an oxygen tank.
- Continuity Nod:
- invokedCritical Research Failure: The Action Man Programme fails to discover that Colditz and the doorman were romantically involved. Despite both of them working for Agent Gale.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Professor Gangrene, apparently, had his sense of humor surgically removed.
- Cynical Mentor: Agent Terrence Salmons, who's putting Ian through Training from Hell partly out of belief that he didn't deserve the Action Man role as much as Salmons did.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ian cracks a lot of jokes during mission briefings.
Ian: "Ah. So I'm to subdue the tourists and save the terrorists? Or vice versa?"
- Dead Person Impersonation: Thanks to Doctor X's subordinates being unaware of his true identity and the British government not realising that he had died, Agent Gale was able to take over his identity.
- Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Some of the language used is rather dissonant with the PG-13 action of the comic.
- Foregone Conclusion: The preview to Revolution #1, released a few days before this comic, revealed that Salmons survived being shot by Doctor X.
- Gilligan Cut: Four years ago, Ian refuses to answer a Train Problem on the basis that his life's going to be about more than train schedules. Cut to the present, where he's having to stop two trains from crashing into each other.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Salmons gets a scar on his head after being shot by Gale, who in turn gets an X-shaped one on her forehead, matching the one belonging to the previous Doctor X.
- Gratuitous German: Colditz, the man in the Cool Helmet who Ian ends up impersonating.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The previous Action Man, Mike Brogan.
- Incredibly Lame Pun:
- Ian. Constantly.
Ian: "I'm relentless when it comes to bad puns... and the pursuit of justice."
- Director Bestley gets in on it in the fourth issue. Salmons isn't amused.
Salmons: "Are the puns a thing we're all doing now, Director?"
- Ian. Constantly.
- Insufferable Genius: Bryce Chan, the quartermaster and Ian's best friend, who's no older than he is.
- Just Between You and Me: Justified. Doctor X intends to try and recruit Action Man to her cause. Ian still manages to turn it against her, though.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Ian, towards the previous Action Man.
- Legacy Character: Action Man. Doctor X, too.
- Mecha-Mooks: The X-Bots, though it's unclear here if they're robots or masked humans.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor X and Professor Gangrene, of course.
- Mythology Gag:
- Ian nicknames his predecessor "Eagle Eyes", after the action feature of the original toy.
- The concept of a "lineage" of previous Action Men was previously used in 2011's Unit:E, Hasbro's previous attempt at a crossover comic. There, "The Action Man" was not an agent of the UK, but an independent operator, with all the skills and knowledge of the previous Action Men being passed down to the new one. Unfortunately, the previous one had gone rogue and turned himself in that version's Doctor X, forcing a new AM to be "activated earlier than intended".
- The Action Man Programme forms the acronym AMP; the 2000 CG cartoon Action Man possessed an "AMP Factor" that allowed him to determine the best course of action in his head when triggered by adrenaline.
- The mysterious "Baron Ironblood" mentioned at the end of issue #4? That would be the lead villain of the 1980s Action Force, which was Palitoy's attempt to copy the 1980s version of G.I. Joe with an international cast (it ended up that, after Hasbro bought out Palitoy, they "transitioned" Action Force into G.I. Joe and turned Ironblood into Cobra Commander).
- Noodle Incident: The "clone thing in Bangladesh".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Ian tends to act the fool a lot, tying into his Deadpan Snarker attitude. For instance, he claimed he thought that Les Misérables was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
- One Riot, One Ranger: The idea behind Action Man — a single agent who can operate in situations where a team or army couldn't.
- Running Both Sides: Mercy Gale does this, overseeing Action Man's operations while also acting as Doctor X.
- Samus Is a Girl: Everyone refers to Doctor X as "he"...
- Action Man's final words to Ian are "I'm happy. Hope you're happy, too." Given that the lyrics of Ashes to Ashes were a Shout-Out to Action Man in the first place, it's something of a recursive homage.
- All the issues are named after books by Colin MacInnes: To the Victors the Spoils/Absolute Beginners; England, Half English; Out of the Way; and Mr. Love & Justice.
- Slave to PR: The reason that Ian is made the new Action Man; he was very publicly the lone survivor of Action Man's final mission, essentially forcing the government to give him the role.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Colditz sure uses the word "pillock" a lot.
- Stock British Phrases: Oh yes.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: As Bestley points out, the terrorists' "X" belt buckles — which led Ian to go in against them guns blazing — count for nothing as evidence that Doctor X is still alive. It's a letter.
- Those Wacky Nazis: The scientists working at the Chateau, supposedly. It's not made clear whether Colditz and Professor Gangrene are.
- That Man Is Dead: Doctor X claims that "Agent Gale died in the VTOL explosion"; while she's referring to her Faking the Dead, this is also the point at which she stops being referred to as Mercy Gale in favor of her codename.
- Token Evil Teammate: Bryce isn't quite evil, but he's rather self-centered and is implied to have willingly enabled his old boss's unhealthy lifestyle, which ended up killing him, in the hope of getting his job.
- Tough Love: Ian explains to Doctor X that he figured out that Salmons putting him through Training from Hell was an example of this, that showed that Salmons respected him, in contrast to Gale taking it easy on him since she underestimated him. Hilariously subverted moments later, when the revealed-to-be-alive Salmons tells Ian "For the record, I never respected you".
- Trigger Happy: Ian tends to go in guns blazing rather than attempting non-lethal takedowns, particularly when he suspects Doctor X is involved.
- Unholy Matrimony: Colditz and the doorman. Ian's lack of knowledge of this means that his cover gets compromised in about ten seconds.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: Doctor X aims to avert this.
- We Can Rule Together: Doctor X offers this to Ian, mentioning that his predecessor would've been too honourable to do so. He doesn't take it well.
Ian:"Jesus, you need to work on your sales pitch."
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mercy Gale took on the identity of Doctor X in order to make change for good, rather than just stopping the actions of enemy forces.
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