Cobra B.A.T.’s are mechanized troopers built en masses to create an endless supply of “fire and forget” soldiers: combat machines that keep fighting until the enemy reduces them to scrap metal. They go in first to wear down G.I. Joe forces, paving the way for a fresh wave of flesh-and-blood Cobra Troops to try to finish the job. They’re a bunch of computerized tin cans with guns, but they can do a lot of damage before being reduced to smoking piles of circuits.
These frontline fighters lead attack units into battle, but they are “officers” in name only. The only real rank they have is over their own little squad of troopers. They are among the handful of Cobra troopers who have shown some initiative or leadership skills, qualifying them to be in charge of others, however minimally. Ultimately, someone has to keep the ranks together and moving with a purpose so that even low-level Cobra forces can achieve their given objective.
Outback was an instructor at both the Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. Most people are intimidated by wilderness. They don’t feel comfortable where there’s no sign of human life for miles – not Outback! He believes in being part of his environment, not its adversary. As a survival expert, he trains the team to spot hidden dangers when setting up a shelter and to be able to fight in remote, inhospitable environments.
A Green Beret like his father, Vincent “Falcon” Falcone spent his boyhood emulating his dad and becoming tough enough to complete the grueling Q-Course. Scaling mountain, parachuting from planes, rappelling down sheer cliffs, and crawling through dense jungle – it’s all a walk in the park for Falcon. leading a covert team at night in poor visibility conditions and under strict noise discipline seems impossible, but Falcon does it by establishing a solid rapport with his team and earning their respect.
Pulling the trigger is the next to last thing Jodie “Shooter” Craig does as an expert marksman. First, she might take days to move into shooting position, progressing by inches. Then she remains motionless in the hide, waiting for the target to appear. Once the target is acquired, she uses hard-won skills and esoteric knowledge to judge wind deflection and bullet drop before exercising precise breathing control prior to trigger break. The last thing she does is the hardest – getting away.
Storm Shadow can trace his family history through 30 generations of Ninjas. He’s an eight-degree black belt in five different martial arts and a qualified expert in multiple martial arts weapons, including longbow, samurai swords, throwing stars, and nunchaku sticks. He and Snake Eyes were once sword brothers in the Arashikage Clan but are now enemies and the two most powerful Ninjas in the world.
Snake Eyes is proficient in 12 different unarmed systems(among the karate, kung-fu, and jujitsu) and is highly skilled in the use of edged weapons. He has received extensive training in mountaineering; underwater demolitions; jungle, desert, and arctic survival; and some form of holistic medicine. His archenemy is the Cobra Ninja Storm Shadow, although they were once sword brothers in the Arashikage clan. A tragic event has made them bitter foes, clashing in combat as only the two greatest Ninjas in the world can.
Zombie Vipers are Cobra infantry troopers who have been given a mysterious chemical substance, Compound Z that has turned them into drones. Wiped of all thought, they follow orders mindlessly and cannot be reasoned with or sidetracked. They have retained their skill in combat; in fact, their desire to fight has been increased, making them more dangerous than before. In other words, they are deadly Zombie warriors.
Tombstone is a mysterious, high-ranking member of the Cobra organization. He strikes fear in his enemies through a combination of strong tactical leadership and cunning psychological manipulation. His battlefield brilliance engenders deep loyalty among Cobra troops. When he faces Conrad “Duke” Hauser in battle, he meets his equal in leadership and skill – and finds a warrior who does not succumb easily to mind tricks and phantom terrors.