List of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero characters (S–Z)

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This is an alphabetical List of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero characters whose code names start with the letters S-Z.

Salvo[edit]

Salvo is the G.I. Joe Team's Anti-Armor Trooper. His real name is David K. Hasle, and he was born in Arlington, Virginia. Salvo was first released as an action figure in 1990,[1] and again in 2005. Both versions have the t-shirt slogan 'The Right of Might'.

Salvo's primary military specialty is anti-armor trooper. He also specializes in repairing "TOW/Dragon" missiles. Salvo expresses a deep distrust of advanced electronic weaponry. He prefers to use mass quantities of conventional explosives to overwhelm enemy forces.[2]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #114. There, he fights as part of a large scale operation against Cobra forces in the fictional country of Benzheen. Steeler, Dusty, Salvo, Rock'N'Roll and Hot Seat get into vehicular based combat against the missile expert Metal-Head [3] Cobra forces later assault the G.I. Joe headquarters in Utah; Salvo helps defend it.[4]

Salvo appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series, voiced by Brent Chapman.[5]

Sandstorm[edit]

Sandstorm is the codename of Joseph M. Benjamin. He is a military police officer and law enforcement specialist that is assigned to the G.I. Joe Team. He guards vehicle routes, conducts perimeter patrols, and does whatever is necessary to eliminate all threats to the people and bases that he is assigned to defend.

Scarlett[edit]

Main article: Scarlett (G.I. Joe)

Sci-Fi[edit]

Main article: Sci-Fi (G.I. Joe)

Scoop[edit]

Scoop is the G.I. Joe Team's combat information specialist. His real name is Leonard Michaels, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Scoop was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was first released as an action figure in 1989.[6] In the cartoon series, his character was a Cobra spy; in the other continuities he is simply a journalist/soldier.

Scoop's primary military specialty is journalist, and his secondary military specialty is microwave transmission specialist. He has an advanced degree in journalism, as well as a masters degree in electrical engineering. Scoop could have worked for a network news team, but instead opted for service on the G.I. Joe Team so he could be on the spot when news was being made.

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in G.I. Joe Special Missions #23. He is one of a team sent to Sierra Gordo. Conflict arises because Scoop, while a trained soldier, barely meets G.I. Joe standards. It is shown how he interacts badly with his teammates Muskrat, Leatherneck, Hit and Run, Tunnel Rat and Stalker. Scoop defeats an Iron Grenadier in hand to hand combat, smashing the man in the head with the treasured video footage. This also saves the life of Tunnel Rat, who had been wounded. All the Joes then escape. Scoop earns the respect of the other Joe soldiers.[7] He later returns to Sierra Gordo to help rescue Joes and the Oktober Guard.[8] Scoop eventually returns to the reformed G.I. Joe team.[9]

Scoop appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series, voiced by Michael Benyaer.[5] Scoop was recruited by Sgt. Slaughter for his "Maruders" sub-team. Scoop was suspected of being a Cobra spy. In the episode "Operation: Dragonfire", Scoop confesses that he is in fact a Cobra spy. He is placed under arrest by Low-Light. Stalker frees Scoop when convinced he's no longer working for Cobra, after discovering Cobra lied about the Joes destroying his family home. Scoop then spies on Cobra for the Joes.

Scoop appears as a non-playable character in the G.I. Joe arcade game.[10]

Sgt. Hacker[edit]

Sgt. Hacker is the G.I. Joe Team's information retrieval specialist. His real name is Jesse E. Jordan, and he was first released as an action figure in 2003.[11] He is a computer specialist from Fort Leonard Wood.

Sgt. Slaughter[edit]

Sgt. Stone[edit]

Main article: Stone (G.I. Joe)

Shipwreck[edit]

Main article: Shipwreck (G.I. Joe)

Shockwave[edit]

Main article: Shockwave (G.I. Joe)

Short-Fuze[edit]

Main article: Short-Fuze (G.I. Joe)

Sideswipe[edit]

Sideswipe is the code name of Andrew Frankel. He is the G.I. Joe Team's medical specialist, and was released as an action figure in 2002.[12]

Sidetrack[edit]

Sidetrack was originally the code name of Sean C. McLaughlin. He was the G.I. Joe Team's wilderness survival specialist, and was released as an action figure in 2000.[11] Sidetrack was then used as the code name of John Boyce in 2002. He is a ranger for the G.I. Joe Team, and a former professional wrestler.[11] Boyce was killed by a trap laid out by Cobra hunter Shadow Tracker in a mini-comic published by the G. I. Joe Collectors Club.

Skidmark[edit]

Skidmark is the G.I. Joe Team's Desert Fox driver. His real name is Cyril Colombani, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Skidmark was born in Los Angeles, California, and was first released as an action figure in 1988, packaged with the "Desert Fox" 6WD jeep.[13]

Skidmark's primary military specialty is fast attack vehicle driver, and his secondary military specialty is infantry. As a kid, he was polite, well groomed, and successful in his studies. However, when he received his first driver's lesson, he subsequently shattered all-known records for accumulating speeding violations. He is the G.I. Joe Team's fastest and most reliable recon driver.

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #72. He joins the team at the same time as Wildcard and Windmill. A Cobra agent, the Star Viper, sneaks onto the Joe's Utah base by holding onto the underside of Skidmark's Desert Fox vehicle.[14] Skidmark and the new Joes pursue the Viper in the next issue.[15]

Skidmark returns in the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series in issue #24. He is one of the many Joes called back to duty for the second Cobra civil war, this one also taking place on Cobra Island. In issue #25, Skidmark is called forward by General Hawk to help him arrest Overlord, a command-level officer in Serpentor's army. At the same time, a last-ditch effort by the enemy has released an EMP field over the island. All electronics are neutralized and multiple aircraft plunge from the sky. A helicopter lands nearby and explodes, killing Skidmark.[16]

Skidmark is featured in the 1989 'Golden' G.I. Joe coloring book.[17]

Skydive[edit]

Skydive is the G.I. Joe Team's Sky Patrol leader. His real name is Lynton N. Felix, and he was born in Pensacola, Florida. Skydive was first released as an action figure in 1990, as part of the "Sky Patrol" line.[1] Before he was recruited by G.I. Joe, he spent ten years as a non-commissioned officer teaching Ranger School at Fort Benning. He also specializes in personnel administration.[18]

Skydive is voiced by Dale Wilson in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon.[5]

Skymate[edit]

Skymate is the G.I. Joe Team's glider trooper. His real name is Daniel T. Toner, and he was born in Queenstown, Australia. Skymate was first released as an action figure in 1991, as part of the Air Commandos line.[19]

Skymate flies the "Air Commando" glider. He grew up in a remote station near the Haast's Bluff Aboriginal Reserve. He receives exotic weapons training in the 'Special Air Services', which only complimented his already extensive knowledge of the subject. He is considered very quiet. His preferred weapon is a bow and arrow.[20]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he is mentioned by name in issue #118, but not seen. He and the other Air Commandos are flying backup for a mission Chuckles is running for Destro against Cobra Commander and the 'Night Creepers'.[21] In the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series, Skymate is one of many Joes sent to Europe to assist in worldwide outbreaks of Cobra terrorist activity.[22]

Skymate appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series.

Skystriker[edit]

Skystriker is a member of the special G.I. Joe group Tiger Force, and serves as the jet fighter pilot tasked with operating the "Tiger Rat" assault plane. His real name is Alexander P. Russo, and he was first released as an action figure in 1988. Skystriker was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and grew up around planes on a military base. He is noted for destroying more than fifteen Cobra planes during attacks on Cobra Island.[23]

Slip Stream[edit]

Snake Eyes[edit]

Main article: Snake Eyes (G.I. Joe)

Sneak Peek[edit]

Sneak Peek is the G.I. Joe Team's advanced recon specialist. His real name is Owen King, and his rank is that of sergeant E-5. Sneak Peek was born in Bangor, Maine, where Stephen King is a longtime resident, and this is an apparent reference to Stephen King's son, Owen King. He was first released as an action figure in 1987.[24] The figure was repainted and released as part of the Night Force line in 1988, packaged with Lt. Falcon.[25]

Sneak Peek's primary military specialty is infantry, and his secondary military specialty is radio-telecommunications. Sneak Peek is known for a mission while in a Ranger recon battalion, in which he was never recalled due to an error; he continued observing enemy activity, taking notes and sketching maps for two weeks, until someone remembered he was still out there and signaled for him to return. Sneak Peek is Ranger qualified and proficient with all NATO night vision devices.

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #73. He is part of a recon team that works its way through Cobra Island during the Cobra civil war.[26] Later, he is shot and killed during the battle of Benzheen. He "dies" saving a little boy being placed in danger by a Frag Viper. The same issue reveals details of his friendship with fellow Joe Dusty.[27] In IDW's continuation of this storyline, it is revealed that Sneak Peek survived these wounds and was sent deep undercover in Darklonia. His survival was a secret even to his own friends and family.

In the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series, another agent takes his code name, and goes undercover with the Dreadnoks.[volume & issue needed]

Sneak Peek is a supporting character in the novel The Sultan's Secret by Peter Lerangis.[28] He also has a role in Invisibility Island.[29]

Snow Job[edit]

Main article: Snow Job (G.I. Joe)

Snow Storm[edit]

Snow Storm is the G.I. Joe Team's high-tech snow trooper. His real name is Guillermo "Willie" Suarez, and his rank is that of Staff Sergeant E-6. Snow Storm was born in Havana, Cuba, and was first released as an action figure in 1993, as part of the Battle Corps line.[30]

His primary military specialty is arctic warfare. His secondary military specialty is cold weather survival instructor.[31]

Space Shot[edit]

Space Shot is the G.I. Joe Team's combat freighter pilot. His real name is George A. Roberts, and he was born in Everett, Massachusetts. Space Shot was first released as an action figure in 1994, as part of the Star Brigade line.[32]

His file card establishes that he flew cargo between planets in Earth's solar system, and for fun he would fly blindfolded through the rings of Saturn. This earned him the attention of Duke, who recruited him and found it was not easy teaching him military discipline. He has defended four space stations from Cobra attack, and makes Cobra 'Blackstar' pilots look like trainees.[33]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #145.[34] His comics continuity does not match the file card, as he is simply one of many Joes with basic, "real-world" astronaut experience.[35] Space Shot joins up with the Joe subteam, the Star Brigade, which includes the members Payload, Sci-Fi and Roadblock.[36] They take the space shuttle USS Defiant to deal with an asteroid threatening all of Earth. With the assistance of the latest version of Oktober Guard, the Joes fight androids in the asteroid's interior. They learn the androids are Soviet worker drones and an insane architect had pointed the asteroid at Earth.[37] The Defiant and the Guard's craft are damaged, so the Joes cannibalize their craft to repair the other, and everyone makes it off safely in the other ship. The asteroid is safely destroyed, along with the remains of the Defiant.[38]

Sparks[edit]

Sparks is the G.I. Joe Team's communication expert. His real name is Alex Verdi, and he was first released as an action figure in 2007.[11] Sparks is the son of a former U.S. ambassador, and was born in Carcare, Italy. He spent his formative years in Europe, becoming fluent in 13 languages, as well as learning the finer points of diplomacy. After graduating from Harvard, he planned to become an interpreter for the military, but instead serves as a liaison to the Pentagon for the G.I. Joe Team. Sparks is an essential cog in G.I. Joe operations, thanklessly filing mountains of paperwork and records, according to the stringent protocols of military bureaucracy. His military specialties include telecommunications, cryptologic operations, and electronic warfare.[39]

Sparta[edit]

Sparta is the codename of Brigid Cortez. She has been known to infiltrate a number of Cobra bases around the globe. Sparta has the uncanny ability to extract information from right under Cobra's nose.

Spearhead[edit]

Spearhead is the G.I. Joe Team's point man. His real name is Peter R. Millman, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Spearhead was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and was first released as an action figure in 1988, with his pet bobcat Max.[40] The figure was repainted and released as part of the Night Force line in 1989, packaged with Muskrat.[25]

Spearhead's primary military specialty is infantry, and his secondary military specialty is finance. He was once the youngest and most successful insurance salesman in the Pacific Northwest; everybody liked him and trusted him, and bought more insurance from him than they could afford. However, he joined the Army, feeling that somebody had to do it. Thanks to Spearhead's charisma, and with his bobcat Max as a source of inspiration, soldiers are willing to follow him when he takes the lead.[41]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in G.I. Joe Special Missions #21.[42] He works with Airtight, Charbroil and other Joes in an attempt to stop Dreadnoks activity in the sewers of New York. They fail to stop Cobra's plan to create a telemarketing scam center, and their new ally, a homeless veteran, dies while believing he saved the Joes' lives.[43]

Spearhead returns for active duty when the Joe team is reformed in the Devil's Due series. A note Mainframe leaves for himself indicates Spearhead needs a new communications device.[44] Spearhead is also one of the many Joes to go against Serpentor in the second Cobra civil war.[45]

Specialist Trakker[edit]

Specialist Trakker is the M.A.S.K. character Matt Trakker. He was released in 2008 as an advanced vehicle specialist for the G.I. Joe Team.[11] In the G.I. Joe universe, M.A.S.K.'s enemies in V.E.N.O.M. were a splinter faction of Cobra Command according to Specialist Trakker's file card.

Spirit[edit]

Main article: Spirit (G.I. Joe)

Stalker[edit]

Main article: Stalker (G.I. Joe)

Starduster[edit]

Starduster is the G.I. Joe Team's Jet Pack Trooper. His real name is Edward J. Skylar, and he was born in Burlingame, California. Starduster was first released as an action figure in 1987, as a mail-in exclusive from Action Stars cereal, and later as a mail-in offer from Hasbro Direct. In 2008, he was renamed Skyduster and released with the Toys R Us exclusive Air Command Set, which also included Capt. Ace and Wild Bill.[46]

Starduster's primary military specialty is Infantry Transportable Air Recon, and his secondary military specialty is Helicopter Assault. He was a trapeze artist before he enlisted in the Airborne Rangers. Starduster was recruited into the G.I. Joe team by Duke.[47]

In 1985, a television commercial for Action Stars cereal depicted a boy making his way to a bowl of cereal led by the character Duke. After eating the cereal, the boy flies into the air following Starduster. This was the only time that the action-figure Starduster appeared in animated form, as he was never part of the cartoon television series.[48]

Starduster was featured in three out-of-continuity mini-comics packaged in Action Stars cereal.[49] Starduster also appeared in the comic tie-in to the Commandos Heroicas, which were released in both toy and comic book character form as part of the 2009 G.I. Joe convention. Starduster became commander of this Argentine branch of the G.I. Joe team.

Static Line[edit]

Static Line is the G.I. Joe Team's Sky Patrol demolitions expert. His real name is Wallace J. Badducci, and he was born in Chicago, Illinois. Static Line was first released as an action figure in 1990, as part of the "Sky Patrol" line.[1]

His primary military specialty is demolitions expert. He is also a trained aircraft mechanic.[50] Static Line is noted for his eye for detail and for not destroying explosive devices, but rendering them inert.[51]

Steam-Roller[edit]

Steam-Roller is the G.I. Joe Team's Mobile Command Center operator. His real name is Averill B. Whitcomb, and his rank is that of sergeant E-5. Steam-Roller was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and was first released as an action figure in 1987, packaged with the Mobile Command Center.[40][52]

Steam-Roller's primary military specialty is heavy equipment operator, and his secondary military specialty is armor. He worked on heavy cranes on the Great Lakes' docks, earth movers in the strip mines of Appalachia, and graders on the blacktop highways of several states. He was operating an M-15A2, 50 ton transporter when he was assigned to the G.I. Joe Team. Steam-Roller is a qualified expert with all NATO small-arms and explosives.[53]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #99.[54] He also makes an appearance in the following issue. He battles Python Patrol members in the Utah desert. The MCC is damaged by a plane which is itself shot down. Steam-Roller sees the pilot bail out and ventures after him, promising aloud to deliver the adversary a beating.[55]

Steeler[edit]

Main article: Steeler (G.I. Joe)

Stretcher[edit]

Stretcher is the G.I. Joe Team's Medical Specialist. His real name is Thomas J. Larivee, and he was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Stretcher was first released as an action figure in 1990.[1]

Before the G.I. Joe team, he served as a front-line medic in a NATO military unit. Though Stretcher is a qualified medical specialist, his primary purpose is removing wounded soldiers from the battlefield. As such, he is noted for his strength.[56]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #105.[57] He is one of a team of Joes sent to Sierra Gordo to rescue fellow soldiers from Iron Grenadiers.[58] Stretcher is one of the many Joes to take part in a confrontation against Cobra forces in Benzheen. Stretcher is one of many staffing an isolated military outpost. He confirms the death of Sneak Peek, who had died saving a child.[27] Stretcher also appears in issue #125.

Stretcher returns to the Joe team in the Devil's Due produced comic book series. He is one of the many soldiers to intervene in the second Cobra civil war, which again takes place on Cobra Island.[45]

Stretcher appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series, voiced by Alvin Sanders.[5][59]

Sub-Zero[edit]

Sub-Zero is the G.I. Joe Team's winter operations specialist. His real name is Mark Habershaw, and he was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Sub-Zero spent time as an instruction at the Army Northern Warfare Training Center in Fort Greely. He was also a consult to the Cold Regions Test center at the same base. He also trained military forces in Europe for cold weather combat. He is noted for hating cold weather.[60]

Sub-Zero was first released as an action figure in 1990.[1] In 1993 he is part of the mail-order Arctic Commandos subset. This is part of the main-in campaign known as 'Terrifying Lasers Of Destruction'.[61] Sub-Zero is included with Stalker, Dee-Jay and a Cobra Snow-Serpent. The fiction of this sub-set is that Sub-Zero's team must stop a Cobra weapon placed atop Mount Everest.[62]

Sub-Zero first appeared in G.I. Joe: America's Elite #32, providing security at a prison during the World War III event.[63]

Sub-Zero appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series, voiced by Don Brown.[5][64]

Super Trooper[edit]

"Super Trooper" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Super Trouper or Super Troopers.

Super Trooper is the code name of Paul Latimer. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and was first released as a mail-in figure in 1988. His primary military specialty is infantry, and his secondary military specialty is public relations.[65]

Sure Fire[edit]

Sure Fire is a military policeman for the G.I. Joe Team. His real name is David S. Lane, and he was first released as an action figure in 2001.[11] He once worked with the FBI before joining G.I. Joe.

Switch Gears[edit]

Switch Gears is a tank driver for the G.I. Joe Team, and was released as an action figure in 2003. His real name is Jerome T. Jivoin, and he was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Switch Gears is said to have a high tolerance for pain, and described as very strong and never giving up. He also likes to show up at fortified Cobra positions disguised as a Cobra courier with fake retreat orders, and prefers his bare hands to weapons.

Taurus[edit]

Taurus is a member of the G.I. Joe Team as one of Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades. His real name is Varujan Ayvazyan, and his rank is equivalent to that of sergeant E-5. Taurus was born in Istanbul, Turkey and was first released as an action figure in 1987, as part of a three-pack with Mercer and Red Dog.[66]

Taurus's primary military specialty is demolitions. He was a circus acrobat in Europe, doing occasional undercover work for INTERPOL. When the G.I. Joe top brass witnessed him breaking two-by-fours on his own face as part of his circus act, they recruited him for the Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades sub team on the spot. Taurus is fluent in a dozen languages, and has been cross-trained in explosives and mountaineering. The Renegades have a freedom of operation unmatched by the other Joes: they are not carried on the existing rosters of any existing military unit, there is no computer access to their dossiers, and they are paid through a special fund earmarked for "Pentagon Pest Control". This team has no official status, and its movements and activities are virtually unrestricted. However, this means that they get no credit when they succeed, and that the government can deny the Renegades' existence if they are caught.[67]

Taurus is seen in issue #32 of G.I. Joe: America's Elite (Feb 2007).[68] He is fighting Cobra soldiers in his home city of Istanbul. Assisting him are the Joe soldiers Heavy Duty and Bombstrike.[69]

Taurus appeared in the animated film G.I. Joe: The Movie voiced by Earl Boen, as a member of Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades. He operates as an assistant drill sergeant.[70][71]

T'Gin-Zu[edit]

Main article: Ninja Force

T'Gin-Zu is the G.I. Joe Team's "Pile Driver" operator. His real name is Joseph R. Rainone. His primary military specialty is Pile Driver vehicle operator. His secondary military specialty is ninja swords master. His birthplace is Somers, New York. T'Gin-Zu has studied martial arts for more than two decades. He has learned some of the secrets of the Arashikage ninja clan, and has spent time as a student of Storm Shadow, who considers him his most talented pupil. T'Gin-Zu has a developed a deep desire to single-handedly capture Cobra's band of 'Red Ninjas'.[72]

T'Jbang[edit]

Main article: Ninja Force

T'Jbang is the code name of Sam LaQuale. He was born in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island. He is a former member of the Arashikage clan founded by Storm Shadow, a ninja who is also his second cousin. He has crafted his own personal sword, designed for his secretive 'Silent Backslash' technique. T'Jbang is also skilled in piloting helicopters.[73]

Thunder[edit]

Main article: Thunder (G.I. Joe)

Tiger Claw[edit]

Tiger Claw is the code name of Chad M. Johnson. He was first released as an action figure in 2005, as the ninja apprentice of Snake Eyes.[11]

Tiger Claw appeared in the direct-to-video CGI animated movie G.I. Joe: Ninja Battles, voiced by Brian Drummond.

Tollbooth[edit]

Tollbooth is the G.I. Joe Team's bridge layer driver. His real name is Chuck X. (for nothing) Goren, and his rank is that of SP-5 (Sergeant). Tollbooth was born in Boise, Idaho, and was first released as an action figure in 1984, packaged exclusively with the Bridgelayer (Toss N Cross) as a Sears Exclusive. Tollbooth and the Bridgelayer (Toss N Cross) were later released as part of the fourth series in 1985.[74][75]

Tollbooth's primary military specialty is combat engineer, and his secondary military specialty is demolitions. As a child, Tollbooth had a love for construction sets, which he made bigger and more complex until he outgrew them all. As an adult he started building in earnest, and got his Masters in engineering from MIT. When he needed a bigger challenge, he joined the Army to sign up for the G.I. Joe Team.[76]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #51 (September 1986). He is manning the "Chaplain's Assistant Motor Pool" machinery, the figurative and literal cover for the Pit, the headquarters of the G.I. Joe team. He later appeared in issues #62, 76, and 77.[77]

In issue #76, Tollbooth is part of a Joe infiltration team attacking Cobra Island defenses through the swamps. While driving the Joe vehicle the "Slugger", he is encouraged to go faster and thus ignores cleared-path signs. He sinks the Slugger into deep quicksand and is rescued by fellow Joes. The Bridge-Layer vehicle is used to make a path over the quicksand.[78]

Tollbooth appeared in the G.I. Joe animated series voiced by Michael Bell. His first appearance in the first season episode "Three Cubes to Darkness."[79] His appearance is slightly different from his figure as he is shown with a green hardhat in the series.

Tomahawk[edit]

Tomahawk is the code name of William P. Fogler. He is a former Air Force Pilot who has flown every type of fixed-wing aircraft and tested numerous advanced-design prototypes.

Topside[edit]

Topside is the G.I. Joe Team's Navy assault specialist. His real name is John Blanchet, and his rank is that of First Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Topside was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was first released as an action figure in 1990.[1]

He grew up on a farm with his father; their pigs won many awards at the county fairs. Topside became known as the Fort Wayne 'Hog Master'. At age twenty, wanting a more exciting career, he joined the navy. Serving as a deckhand, he overheard tales of bragging from a G.I. Joe special ops team on their way to a mission. He challenged the entire team; this led to him being noticed and recruited. A quote on his file card indicates Topside takes physical punishment with ease.

Topside appeared in the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series. In terms of the comics, he had worked with the Joe team a short time before they disbanded in 1994. He returns after they reform in 2001, to help the Joes in the second Cobra civil war. Topside is part of the team to invade Cobra Island.[45] He is also a featured character in part 1 of the "Fun Publishing" official "G.I. Joe Vs. Cobra" comic book released for the G.I. Joe conventions.[80]

Topside appeared in three episodes of the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series: "An Officer and a Viperman" and "Ghost of Alcatraz" Part I and Part II.

Torpedo[edit]

Main article: Torpedo (G.I. Joe)

Tracker[edit]

Tracker was first released as an action figure in 1991.[81] His real name is Christopher R. Groen, and he was born in Helena, Arkansas. Tracker is a Navy SEAL with a specialty in underwater arms development. In terms of tracking, escaping and evading, Tracker has outperformed the best the Joe team has to offer.[82]

Tracker appears in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series.

Tripwire[edit]

Main article: Tripwire (G.I. Joe)

Tunnel Rat[edit]

Main article: Tunnel Rat (G.I. Joe)

Updraft[edit]

Updraft is the G.I. Joe Team's Retaliator pilot. His real name is Matthew W. Smithers, and he was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. Updraft was first released as an action figure in 1990, packaged with the "Retaliator" hi-tech attack copter.[1]

Updraft was the team leader in the "World Helicopter Championships", leading the US team to victory twice. He joins the Flight Warrant Office School at Fort Rucker and became a special instructor. From there, he was selected for G.I. Joe duty. He personally improves much of the "Retaliator" helicopter, a vehicle he later flies into battle.[83]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #130. He assists the Joe team in defending their headquarters from a Cobra attack.[84]

He is also part of a mission in the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series, helping the Joe team battle Serpentor and his forces in the second Cobra civil war. As with the first one, this war takes place on Cobra Island.[45]

Wet Down[edit]

Wet Down is the code name of Daniel R. Alexander. He is a Navy Seal for the G.I. Joe Team, and was first released as an action figure in 2001.[11]

Wet Suit[edit]

Main article: Wet Suit (G.I. Joe)

Whiteout[edit]

Whiteout is an arctic trooper for the G.I. Joe Team. His real name is Leonard J. Lee III, and he was first released as an action figure in 2000.[11] He is a cold weather strategist for the G.I. Joe team and experienced in polar combat mobility.

Wide Scope[edit]

Wide Scope is a Special Weapons and Tactical Specialist for the G.I. Joe Team His real name is Larry M. Kranseler, and he was first released as an action figure in 2003.[11] Wide Scope also has a pet dog that he has bonded with.

Wild Bill[edit]

Main article: Wild Bill (G.I. Joe)

Wildcard[edit]

Wildcard is the G.I. Joe Team's Mean Dog vehicle Driver. His real name is Eric U. Scott, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Wildcard was born in Northhampton, Massachusetts, and was first released as an action figure in 1988, packaged with the "Mean Dog" 6WD heavy assault vehicle.[13]

Wildcard's primary military specialty is armored vehicle operator, and his secondary military specialty is chaplain's assistant. Wildcard possesses an unnatural talent for breaking things, from sturdy steel machines to simple tools, delicate toys, immovable objects of cast iron, and 8-piece dinner settings. When driving the Mean Dog, the vehicle becomes an extension of himself – a raging engine of destruction, pulverizing all in its path.[85]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #72 (June 1988). He joins the team with Skidmark and Windmill. The trio's actual entry to the current Joe base, with the Mean Dog and the vehicle Desert Fox, is marred by the discovery that a Cobra agent had snuck in with them.[86]

He appears in issue #89, on a trip to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds to test the Mean Dog. Assisted by Repeater and Hardball, he routes Cobra forces chasing other Joes. The Mean Dog is badly damaged during the event, partly by enemy forces and partly by Wildcard's innocent maneuvers. At the end of the battle, Wildcard personally tugs the fleeing Zanzibar out of his Pogo vehicle.[87]

Windchill[edit]

Windchill is the G.I. Joe Team's Arctic Blast vehicle Driver. His real name is Jim Steel, and his rank is that of Staff Sergeant E-6. Windchill was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Windchill was first released as an action figure in 1989, packaged with the "Arctic Blast" tundra assault sled.[88] The figure was repainted and released as part of the Battle Corps line in 1994. His 1994 release has him packaged with the "Blockbuster" arctic vehicle; furthermore he is named Jim McDonald in that release.[89]

Windchill's primary military specialty is Arctic Blast driver, and his secondary military specialty is cold weather survival instructor. He was an avid skimobiler and hunter, and figured the biathlon would be the ultimate sport for him. He might have qualified for a spot on the American Olympic team if Blizzard hadn't met him at the National Elimination Tournament and given him the idea of getting paid to drive fast, heavily armed snow vehicles.

Windmill[edit]

Windmill is the G.I. Joe Team's Skystorm X-Wing Chopper pilot. His real name is Edward J. Roth, and his rank is that of Captain, USAF O-3. Windmill was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and was first released as an action figure in 1988, packaged with the Skystorm X-Wing Chopper.[13]

Windmill's primary military specialty is stopped-rotor aircraft operator, and his secondary military specialty is attack helicopter pilot. He was a flight instructor at the Army Flight Warrant Officers School at Fort Rucker, later flying experimental helicopter prototypes at that facility for the Army Aviation Department Test Activity.[90]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #72 (June 1988). He drives onto the current Joe base in the "Desert Fox", accompanied by Skidmark and Wildcard; the latter driving the "Mean Dog". The occasion is marred by the discovery of a hostile that had snuck in by hanging to the underside of the Fox.[14]

Wreckage[edit]

Wreckage is a Demolitions Specialist for the G.I. Joe Team. His real name is Dillon L. Moreno, and he was first released as an action figure in 2003, as part of the Tiger Force line.[11]

Zap[edit]

Main article: Zap (G.I. Joe)

See also[edit]

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