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Colonel Martin Janus is a villain in the Thunderbirds Are Go! episode Chain Of Command.

A member of the Global Defence Force, he used a recent failure by International Rescue at a bridge rescue as an opportunity to demand increased regulation of the organisation, to the extent that they would be required to inform the GDF of occasions when they intend to take action rather than their current free pass to intervene when the situation requires their aid.

Despite the apparent legitimacy of his decisions after their mistake, the Tracys were still suspicious of Janus' actions, a suspicion that was reinforced when Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward and Parker met with him and Parker asked subtle questions about his alleged career, with Janus making key mistakes in describing his regiment's past actions. When Janus attempted to use International Rescue's defiance of his orders during an attempt to rescue two people trapped in a high tower as a chance to seize Thunderbird 2, the Tracys refused to cooperate just as Lady Penelope found evidence that Janus was a fake. Combined with Brains' discovery that the bridge the team failed to save was rigged to collapse, Janus was arrested and taken into custody.

While in prison, Janus was confronted by the Hood, who revealed that he was behind Janus' position but his minion played his hand too early to be any true use to him.

Trivia

  • Janus' attempt to make International Rescue ask the GDF for permission to be involved in rescue operations seems somewhat similar to the events of the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Captain America: Civil War and the government's attempts to get the Avengers to sign the Sokovian Accords and regulate their involvement in situations.
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