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Not to be confused with Psych-Out.
G.I. Joe character
First appearance 1987
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Deceptive Warfare Specialist
File name Kenneth D. Rich
Birth place San Francisco, California
Rank 1st Lieutenant 0-2
Subgroups Night Force

Psyche-Out is a character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series of the 1980s. He is the G.I. Joe team's deceptive warfare specialist and debuted in 1987.


His real name is Kenneth D. Rich, and his rank is that of Captain O-3. Psyche-Out was born in San Francisco, California.

Psyche-Out's primary military specialty is psy-ops, and his secondary military specialty is social services counselor. He earned his psychology degree from Berkeley and worked on various research projects involving the inducement of paranoia by means of low frequency radio waves. He enlisted in the Army and was posted to the Deceptive Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, and there continued his pioneering work in the field of wave-induced behavior modification.


Psyche-Out was first released as an action figure in 1987.[1]

The figure was repainted and released as part of the Night Force line in 1988, packaged with Tunnel Rat.[2]

A new version of Psyche-Out was released as part of the Super Sonic Fighters line in 1991.[3] When this figure was released the character received a promotion from (First Lieutenant) O-2 to (Captain) O-3.


Marvel Comics[edit]

In the Marvel Comics 'G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #64. He joins the team with multiple Joes, including the undercover specialist Chuckles. The two hadn't quite gotten the clearance to know that there is anything below ground at the new Joe base. They do not understand and are highly suspicious of clues pointing to the official Joe space shuttle, the USS Defiant. Multiple Joes appearing from a secret trapdoor did not help.[4] He appears in #67 to help assist in the difficult tensions that arise when the captured Joes, Quick-Kick, Snow-Job and Stalker finally return. He 'suggests' that Scarlett and Snake Eyes' defiance of orders that led to the trio's safe return was mental instability caused by a close call with a 'land mine' (actually, a rigged explosion).[5]

Psyche-Out provides analysis when a Joe team sets up a Sierra Gordo terrorist group to attack the New York Cobra Consulate building. Psyche-Out provides advice based on overhead communications; this allows the team to successfully plant spy equipment inside the building.[6]

Psyche-Out, Lt. Falcon and Slip Stream go in on foot to Afghanistan to acquire and trick three Russian prisoners into rescuing a C.I.A. chief. Both groups end up tricking each other. Psyche-Out is also accused of (and admits to) being overeager in analyzing his teammates.[7]

Psyche-Out leads a secondary assault team during the Cobra Island civil war. They lose one vehicle, the Slugger, in the swamps, but make their objective, the neutralization of the western defense line.[8]

Devil's Due[edit]

Psyche-Out makes a cameo in the Devil's Due Joe series. He is one of many Joes that have been called back to active duty to face the renewed threat of Cobra. The Joes are spread out to many separate bases; all with cover disguises. Psyche-Out is seen working out of the Joe's 'Americana Museum' sub-base.[9] Later, following the return of Serpentor and the fall of The Coil, he was seen evaluating the young child clones of Serpentor, who were now in the custody of the U.S. government.[volume & issue needed]


Psyche-Out is placed in charge of prisoner interrogation during a plan to re-take Joe HQ back from Cobra control.[10]

In a separate continuity, he is killed in a battle with Cobra BATs in a Cobra Underwater facility after capture by the Baroness and Interrogator.[volume & issue needed]



Psyche-Out appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon series.


  1. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 111. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  2. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 116. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  3. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 133. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  4. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #64 (October 1987)
  5. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #67
  6. ^ "G.I. Joe Special Missions" #7 (October 1987)
  7. ^ "Special Missions" #9 (February 1988)
  8. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #76 (Sept. 1988)
  9. ^ G.I. Joe: Frontlines #18 (December 2003)
  10. ^ G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #199 (Feb. 2014)

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