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Copperhead

(aka Python Copperhead)









Previous character: Deep Six
Next character: Cutter

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Frank Welker4127 seconds11101
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Maurice LaMarche5260 seconds16189

Notes: Sunbow's Copperhead wore the "dark gloves" variant of his 1984 outfit (no light green except on the legs) and was drawn very muscular. Since he was last seen triggering the gateway to an alternate universe in which Cobra had conquered the world, it is presumed by many fans that he remained there. He nevertheless returned in Operation Dragonfire, with the standard coloring of his 1984 outfit but with an opaque visor over his eyes. After being "Pythonized" in Part 4, he had his 1989 outfit. He was also animated for the ad for Python Patrol toys, in which he had a more close-fitting helmet.

 

The Revenge of Cobra Opening1 second (silent)
Jungle Trap69 seconds5 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 239 seconds4 lines
Worlds Without End Part I18 seconds2 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 15 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 216 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 394 seconds4 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 4119 seconds11 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 526 seconds1 line

Headcanon

John Stuart Clark, born June 11, 1960, in Naples, Florida. When Copperhead joined Cobra in summer 1981, he was one of the organization's youngest special agents, with his appearance represented by Version 4. Addicted to money and racing but a poor thinker, he was frequently outwitted with regard to both. He often wished he could leave Cobra but could not because of constant outstanding debt. However, his dissatisfaction was offset by his bitterness against G.I. Joe for repeated humiliations he suffered at their hands. He continued working for Cobra after the organization's re-emergence in 1991, with his appearance represented by Version 3.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1984 (Water Moccasin)
2. 1989 (Python Patrol)
3. 2007 (GIJCC)
4. 2008 (Comic #5)
5. 2009/I (Sting Raider)
6. 2009/II (DTC)
Version 1: 1984 boxed Water Moccasin vehicle
Fig. #0047: Water Moccasin PilotMOS 1: Air-driver [sic, should be air-driven] swamp vehicle operator
  • head: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • arms: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • torso: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • waist: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • legs: Copperhead (84, 89)
Accessories: none
It is presumed that Copperhead is native to or otherwise intimately familiar with the Florida Everglades. Intelligence sources venture a guess that he raced speedboats in high stakes races in Monaco and Japan. His major weakness is gambling. Odds are that he got started by placing bets on his own races. Apparently he compounded his folly by selling his services to COBRA in hopes of paying off his bookies.
Gung-Ho says: "Sure. I know the type. They're all around the Gulf Coast. Trash. Drifters. They can drive a swamp buggy like the devil himself, rebuild a V-8 with a coat hanger and spit, fight all night and raise cain 'til the cock crows. They got a heart fulla gimme and a mouth full o' much obliged . . . ."
Variations: Early production runs had blue-green gloves and armbands, with no helmet trim. This rare variant is often called "Dark-gloves Copperhead."
Toy Notes: Item #6058.
Re-releases: Also available as part of a vehicle drivers set through several mail-in offers from 1986 to 1988, and in the 1992 offer Rescue: Code Blue.
Version 2: 1989 Python Patrol carded assortment
Fig. #0225: Python Patrol Swamp Fighter
Python Copperhead
  • head: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • arms: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • torso: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • waist: Copperhead (84, 89)
  • legs: Copperhead (84, 89)
Accessories: black backpack (86 Leatherneck's); black assault rifle (86 Leatherneck's M16/M203)
It is presumed that PYTHON COPPERHEAD is native to, or otherwise intimately familiar with, the rain forests of the Amazon basin. Intelligence sources venture a guess that he raced speedboats in high stakes races in Monaco and Japan. His major weakness is gambling and [he] is in debt to Cobra for a large sum of money. Without enough money to cover what he owes, he joined Python Patrol as a faster meanso f paying off his debt.
"You know the type. The Python Copperhead can drive a swamp buggy like the devil himself, rebuild a V-8 with a coat hanger and toothpick, and start a ruckus that will last until daybreak. Live hard and fast is his motto, and he stands by it "100%". This Python is all take and no give!"
Toy Notes: Item #6623-5. The 1989 insert catalog shows a grey bayonet gun instead of a black rifle.
Version 3: 2007 Collector's Club annual exclusive
Fig. #1158: COBRA Swamp Fighter
  • head: Salvo (05), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • arms: Switch Gears (03, 04), Cannonball (05), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • torso: Over Kill (03/I, 03/II, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • waist: Over Kill (03/I, 03/II, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • upper legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • lower legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
Accessories: blue-green helmet (03 Sgt. Airborne's, with bright green stripe); silver spaulder (03 Over Kill's); black waist belt (03 Over Kill's, with silver buckle); dark grey assault rifle (86 Leatherneck's M16/M203); dark grey machete (05 Croc Master's); clear figure stand
COPPERHEAD is native to or otherwise intimately familiar with the Florida Everglades. He's an expert mechanic and can drive any swamp vehicle or high speed watercraft like the devil himself. However, it's his passion for gambling that gets him in the most trouble. This constant need of fast cash keeps him in the steady employ of COBRA. Besides, they can't let one of their best swamp fighters be taken out by a common bookie.
"Live hard and drive fast!"
Toy Notes: Free to paid club members who joined before spring 2007. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 4: 2008 Wave 4 comic two-pack assortment
Fig. #1271: Cobra Swamp Fighter
  • head: Copperhead (08, 09/I)
  • arms to wrist: Roadblock (07, 08/I, 08/II), Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III)
  • hands: Roadblock (07, 08/I, 08/II), Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III), Outback (09)
  • body: Roadblock (07, 08/I, 08/II), Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III)
  • legs: Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III)
Accessories: black chest holster (new, with green padding); black assault rifle (07 Duke's M16/M203), black pistol (07 Flint's); black Cobra figure stand
It is presumed that Copperhead is native to or otherwise intimately familiar with the Florida Everglades. Intelligence sources venture a guess that he raced speedboats in high stakes races in Monaco and Japan. His major weakness is gambling. Odds are that he got started by placing bets on his own races. Apparently he compounded his folly by selling his services to COBRA in hopes of paying off his bookies.
Gung-Ho says: "Sure. I know the type. They're all around the Gulf Coast. Trash. Drifters. They can drive a swamp buggy like the devil himself, rebuild a V-8 with a coat hanger and spit, fight all night and raise cain 'til the cock crows. They got a heart fulla gimme and a mouth full o' much obliged . . . ."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Shipwreck (08) and an original comic (#5). Item #30945.
Version 5: 2009 boxed Sting Raider vehicle (09/I)
Fig. #1409: Python Patrol
Python Copperhead
MOS 1: Watercraft vehicle pilot
MOS 2: Swamp fighter
  • head: Copperhead (08, 09/I)
  • arms to wrist: Roadblock (07, 08/I, 08/II), Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III)
  • hands: Roadblock (07, 08/I, 08/II), Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III), Outback (09)
  • body: Roadblock (07, 08/I, 08/II), Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III)
  • legs: Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/III)
Accessories: red chest holster (08 Copperhead's); green knife (new, with flat silver blade); black Cobra figure stand
COPPERHEAD probably spent his early years in the Florida Everlades or a similar environment due to his extensive knowledge of bayous and swamps. Intelligence source venture a guess that he raced speedboats in high stakes races in Monaco and Japan. His major weakness is gambling. Odds are that he got started by placing bets on his own races. Deeply in debt, he sold his services to the COBRA organization in hopes of paying off his bookies. His incredible skill at piloting any kind of watercraft through the treacherous swamps makes him a strategic asset to COBRA forces. Rumor has it that he is also secretly working for ZARTAN and the DREADNOK gang.
"I can drive a swamp buggy like a demon, rebuild a V-8 with just a coat hanger and some spit, fight all night and raise a ruckus until daylight. Then start it all over again, with pleasure."
Toy Notes: Item #37451.
Version 6: 2009 Direct-to-Consumer Wave 4 carded assortment (09/II)
Fig. #1419: Python Patrol Swamp Fighter
  • head: Salvo (05), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • arms: Switch Gears (03, 04), Cannonball (05), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • torso: Over Kill (03/I, 03/II, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • waist: Over Kill (03/I, 03/II, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
  • upper legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • lower legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
Accessories: grey helmet (03 Sgt. Airborne's, with black stripe); gold spaulder (03 Over Kill's); black waist belt (03 Over Kill's, with gold buckle); black assault rifle (86 Leatherneck's M16/M203); black machete (05 Croc Master's); clear figure stand
COPPERHEAD has a long history of racking up gambling debts form boat racing and then attempting to outrun his bookies. Over the years this has taught him to be an expert pilot and mechanic of almost any high speed watercraft. He is a formidable fighter and has become particularly adept at using a custom two-handed machete, crafted somewhere in the Philippines from an old truck spring. This weapon quickly became his favorite for both practical and combat use, allowing him to hack endlessly at either impassable swamp overgrowth or anyone that stands in his way.
COBRA COMMANDER has assigned COPPERHEAD to deliver a special package to COBRA Island. He hand-selects a PYTHON PATROL squad, trained for stealth and infiltration missions and uses his PYTHON PATROL ATTACK BOAT equipped with its distinctive camouflage that defeats enemy radar for the mission. However, the G.I. JOE Team intervenes and seizes his shipment. Now COPPERHEAD must work with the COBRA Mercenary: MUNITIA to retrieve this precious cargo an dhope their success will put him back in the head snake's good graces.
"I've got it all stealth, deviousness, and striking power!"
Toy Notes: Sold exclusively through the G.I. Joe Collector's Club.