Thrasher (G.I. Joe)

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G.I. Joe character
Thrasher as seen in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe cartoon.
First appearance1986
Voiced byTed Schwartz (Sunbow/Marvel)
SpecialtyThunder Machine Driver
File nameBruno Lacrosse, Brutus Cross (Depending on file card)
Birth placeBrussels, Belgium
Primary MOSDemolitions
Secondary MOSCivil Disturbances

Thrasher is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and animated series. He is affiliated with Cobra as the Dreadnoks' Thunder Machine driver and debuted in 1986.


Thrasher was spoiled as a child by his middle class parents, who never disciplined him in fear that this would "stifle energies he might need later in life". They never denied him anything he asked for, no matter how many times those things wound up causing some type of destruction or major disaster. After his parents were crippled in a car wreck, which may or may not have had anything to do with Thrasher's repair work on their brakes, this "wild child" wandered into the swamps where he could do what he pleased. There he met Zartan and the Dreadnoks, who welcomed him in as one of them. But even by Dreadnok standards, Thrasher is pretty low, almost deriving pleasure from inflicting misery and suffering on others.[1]


Thrasher was first released as an action figure in 1986, packaged with the Dreadnok Thunder Machine.[2]


Marvel Comics[edit]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #51. According to dialogue, he had wandered off into the swamps some time ago. He returns because the swamp held nothing left to smash. Further more, the pollution had killed off all the wild animals so there was nothing left to strangle. Later, in a conflict with the Joes, he purposely drives the Thunder Machine through a moving train, using the guns to create a hole.[3]

In issue #69, Thrasher, Monkeywrench and Zarana had been part of a team overseeing a Cobra Terror Drome base in the fictional country of Sierra Gordo.

When the country erupts in civil war, the three take Thrasher's Thunder Machine to a local airstrip. They take several civilians hostage. This gets them transport from Wild Bill, Crazylegs and Maverick of the G.I. Joe team. Eventually the Dreadnoks, Joes and the civilians willingly work together in an attempt to escape to safety. Thrasher is injured during this attempt; eventually everyone makes it out alive.[4]

During the Cobra Civil War, the Dreadnoks sided with Cobra Commander (in reality, the Crimson Guardsman Fred VII, who was impersonating Cobra Commander) against Serpentor. A new Thunder Machine served as Fred's transport during the conflict. While fellow Dreadnok Buzzer was fighting G.I. Joe general Hawk on top of the Thunder Machine, Thrasher crashed it into Destro's personal D.E.M.O.N. tank, locking bumpers. After the Thunder Machine was evacuated, Destro ordered the D.E.M.O.N. to fire on it, freeing the vehicle but knocking it over. Thrasher used Monkeywrench's grenades to upright it, a decision he later regretted; while the vehicle remained structurally sound, its engine was damaged, although it remained operational enough to return Fred back to his troops.[5]

Later, he battles G.I.Joe soldiers and their sub-team Battleforce 2000. In the first battle his Thunder Machine is destroyed by Joe equipment. In the second battle, Thrasher and the Dreadnoks only escaped due to interference from the local police.[6]

Devil's Due[edit]

As seen in the Devil's Due series, he stays with the Dreadnoks as it turns into a multi-state operation.[7] Joe forces assault the Dreadnoks' Florida Everglades headquarters. Thrasher and Buzzer flee in the Thunder Machine, are run off a hidden road by Joe forces and left behind. Later, he teams up with Buzzer, Ripper and Road Pig to supervise the purchase of a nuclear weapon from Russian forces.[8] Thrasher is entrusted with the supervision of the Montreal, Quebec, Canada chapter of the Dreadnoks; most of the gang's power structure had retreated to this city after the Everglades raid.[9]


Thrasher is younger in this continuity. He is a stable technological genius, maintaining a Dreadnok camp deep in the Australian outback. He is loyal to Zartan to the point of betraying other Dreadnoks. However Zartan betrays him as soon as it is beneficial.[10]

Animated series[edit]


He first appeared in the G.I. Joe second-season episode "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!" Pt. 1.[11] He attempts to earn a spot on the Dreadnoks as he uses the Thunder Machine to pursue Joe forces.[12] Thrasher was voiced by Ted Schwartz.[13]

G.I. Joe: The Movie[edit]

Thrasher also appeared briefly in the 1987 animated film G.I. Joe: The Movie.[14]

Other works[edit]

Thrasher's figure is briefly featured in the fiction novel 6 Sick Hipsters. In the story, the character Paul Achting spent four years collecting G.I. Joe figures to set up a battle scene between the Joes and Cobra. As he imagined the characters in his head, he described the Dreadnoks as "an elite team of maniacal mercenaries allied with Cobra for this battle", with the figures lying in the thick of the shag carpet, and Thrasher as "the psycho, mounted on the Thunder Machine, a red and black behemoth that was as postapocalyptic as Mad Max himself".[15]


  1. ^ Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie (ed.). G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 109. ISBN 0-87135-288-5.
  2. ^ "Thrasher". YoJoe. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #51 (Sept. 1, 1986)
  4. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #69-70 (1988)
  5. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #74-76 (1988)
  6. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #80-81 (Nov.-Dec. 1988)
  7. ^ "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #2 (2001)
  8. ^ "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #6 (2002)
  9. ^ G.I. Joe: America's Elite #5 (2005)
  10. ^ G.I.Joe Special Missions #5-7 (July - Sept. 2013)
  11. ^ "1986 Characters". Half the Battle. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!: Part I". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  13. ^ "Roll Call". G.I. Joe Roll Call. Joe Headquarters. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
  14. ^ G.I. Joe: The Movie (Motion picture). De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. April 20, 1987.
  15. ^ Casablanca, Rayo (2008). 6 Sick Hipsters. Kensington Publishing Corp. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7582-2283-1.