To my knowledge, Hannibal was never animated.
The original Hannibal Barca (247-183 B.C.) led the ancient North African city of Carthage against Rome in the Second Punic War. In my headcanon, Mindbender had determined that Hannibal bore the most fitting individual traits for Cobra's leader, so a portion of his DNA was held in reserve in case the DNA-combining project that created Serpentor was unsuccessful. When Serpentor was deposed in 1986, Mindbender used that DNA to secretly clone Hannibal and groom him as a leader to replace Cobra Commander once again. Hannibal completed his military education by spring 1993 and (with the help of the Crimson Twins) was placed in command of some Cobra troops without the Commander's knowledge. However, Mindbender had failed to consider how the original Hannibal's early life experiences had fueled his ambition and hatred of Rome. Thus the cloned Hannibal lacked the desire to lead Cobra and ultimately became a weak point that ultimately led to Cobra's defeat the following year. His appearance is represented by Version 1.
||1. 2006 (Comic DD#16)
|Version 1: 2006 Wave 1 comic three-pack assortment
|Fig. #1118: General||MOS 1: Warrior|
MOS 2: Conqueror
- head: Hannibal: Reborn (06)
- arms: Hannibal: Reborn (06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
- torso: Salvo (05), Hannibal: Reborn (06), Checkpoint (06), Rook (06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
- waist: Destro (03), Hannibal: Reborn (06)
- legs: Destro (03), Hannibal: Reborn (06)
|Accessories: gold helmet (new, snake head with silver fangs); black jacket (new); gold helmet container (new, with clear dome); gold dagger (new, with thick silver blade)
|HANNIBAL is the genetic re-creation of the famous Carthaginian general who fought and almost defeated the Roman army. When DR. MINDBENDER created SERPENTOR, gathering the DNA of history's most powerful military leaders, he included Hannibal in his genetic stew. The twisted doctor then went on to separately re-create each of these dead leaders. A brilliant tactician and daring general, HANNIBAL wants to achieve the task he set for himself centuries ago: liberate and conquer. Believing that the end always justifies the means, he will ruthlessly sacrifice vast numbers of his own troops, if necessary, to achieve his goal. The G.I. JOE Team represents all the enemies and detractors who thwarted him long ago, and he intends to repudiate his vision of glory by trampling them into the dust beneath his feet.|
"With my help, COBRA COMMANDER will rule the world—and I will rule it beside him."
|Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Agent Courtney Krieger (06), Spirit Iron-Knife (06), and a reprint of Devil's Due #16. Item #13023. This figure is considered a high-demand item.