Snake Eyes
Nick Name
Civilian ID

Military Trainer



Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
United States
Group Affiliation
G.I. Joe
Base of Operations
United States
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human with skills as a military intelligence specialist.

Excellent hand-to-hand combatant with skills as a ninja.


MAC-10 Automatic Pistol: Sub-machine gun commonly chambered for a .45 caliber cartridge.

Ninjatō: Two swords traditionally used by the Ninja assassin of Japan.

Common Enemies



Cobra Commander



Dr. Mindbender



Major Bludd


Storm Shadow

Regularly Appearing

Action Force (Marvel UK)

G.I. Joe Vol. 1 (Marvel)

G.I. Joe Vol. 2 (Image/Devil's Due)

G.I. Joe: Cobra Reborn

G.I. Joe Front Lines

G.I. Joe Order of Battle

G.I. Joe Special Missions

G.I. Joe vs. Transformers

G.I. Joe Yearbook

First Appearance
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol. 1 #1 (June, 1982)
Larry Hama, Herb Trimpe & Don Perlin

Fighting in a south-east Asian war, the man only known as Snake-Eyes returned to the United States after sustaining a combat injury. Waiting for his family at the airport; they would never arrive having died in a collision with a drunk driver. Despondent, the soldier spent his time getting drunk and fighting. Although offered help by one of his platoon members, Tommy Arashikage (Storm Shadow), Snake-Eyes refused; eventually partnering in a cross-country vigilante rampage with the man who would become known as the Cobra Commander.

The future Cobra Commander's goal was to take vengeance upon a judge that had ruled against his brother in a trial concerning a fire which destroyed the brother's shelter for veterans. It was at the moment of vengeance against the judge that it was revealed that Cobra Commander's brother was responsible for the death of Snake-Eye's family. Convinced that the judge was responsible for the deaths of both their families Cobra Commander insisted that Snake-Eyes pull the trigger, but he refused. After Cobra Commander killed the judge, Snake-Eyes fled and moved to Japan joining Storm Shadow's ninja clan.

After an assassination attempt on Snake-Eyes by operatives of Cobra Commander failed and resulted in the death of the ninja clan's leader, the clan dissolved and Snake-Eyes went into solitude in the High Sierras. When they were forming the G.I. Joe team, Hawk and Stalker tracked Snake-Eyes to his mountain cabin recruiting him as one of their most effective agents.

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