Granted, I haven't read much of Battle Action Force, but I am aware of the basic story. The way I've always seen it is that Ironblood
temporarily impersonated Cobra Commander
. The 2 may have even planned it together. Imagine how hard it would be to track an international terrorist if he kept randomly showing up on 2 different continents at once. After a while the Baron went underground, and occasionally worked with both Destro, and Mindbender to develop various weapons. Technology used in Skeletron later showed up in the B.A.T.S. The Hyena was refined into the H.I.S.S. etc.
is part of the Destro clan, but he is not James McCullen Destro
. He is much more of a thug, than an arms dealer.
started out as one of the 12" Action Man figures. He occasionally crossed paths with Joe Colton in 'Nam, and other war zones. Eventually he became part of Action Force. He was corrupted, went underground, joined the Red Shadow's. After Ironblood impersonated Cobra Commander, Black Major left with a few loyal Red Shadows. He built his own organization and showed up later in Devils Due.
, and the other Joe's were sent on a temporary assignment to assist Action Force with the new Cobra threat. He lead the European contingent of G.I. Joe's for about a year before they were permanently reassigned to the US. For the most part this took place prior to his first American appearance.
From what I know of Storm Shadow's
UK origin, it's just too different from the American version. So in some stories it does have to be a different Ninja, but in other stories it can be the American Storm Shadow. Odd's are that the UK version did go on to be one of the other international characters. Sei-Tin/Satan is a possibility. But I think that he moved to South America to become Cobra De Hielo (Ice Cobra). Or perhaps Ice Cobra went to Europe and occasionally impersonated Storm Shadow?
So far I have not encountered a story that contradicts the UK Baroness
as the US Baroness. So they are the same character to me.
I can't think of any other characters that can't just be the US versions running missions in Europe.