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Headman











Previous character: Bullet-Proof
Next character: Headhunter

 

Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Unknown4313 seconds24369

Notes: DiC's Headman wore a departure from his 1992 outfit, with a cape, alternately yellow-green or tan lapels, no stripes, and sunglasses in place of the domino mask. He holds the distinction of being the first significant character to die in G.I. Joe animation.

 

Season 2 Opening (DiC)2 seconds (silent)
The Greatest Evil Part I97 seconds7 lines
The Greatest Evil Part II207 seconds17 lines
Basic Training7 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Virgil Ritelli, born June 2, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York. The Headman inherited his position as commander of the Headhunters from his father Marcus Ritelli, who had built up the paramilitary drug empire in the 1950s and 60s. Beginning in 1988, the Headman formed an uneasy off-and-on alliance with Cobra, a partnership he repeatedly abused by treating Cobra troopers as potential clients. The Headhunters continued to operate independently after Cobra's defeat in 1994. His appearance is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1992 (Headhunters) 2. 2002 (JvC Wave 1.5)  
Version 1: 1992 D.E.F. premium carded assortment
Fig. #0347: Drug Kingpin
  • head: Headman (92, 02)
  • arms: Headman (92, 02), Gen. Flagg (04), Shrage (05), Tomax (05), Xamot (05), Lt. Gorky (06)
  • torso: Headman (92, 02), Gen. Flagg (04), Tomax (05), Xamot (05)
  • waist: Headman (92, 02), Gen. Flagg (04), Tomax (05), Xamot (05)
  • legs: Headman (92, 02), Tomax (05), Xamot (05)
Accessories: gold assault rifle (new, G11 bullpup); clear red spring missile launcher (new, with lights and attached bipod); gold missile (new, with fins near tip); black figure stand
The HEADMAN started out mugging old ladies for their Social Security checks, moved on to robbing convenience stores, then learned the ropes about drug dealing while serving time in the state penitentiary. A hardened criminal if there ever was one, Headman wouldn't think twice about annihilating anything or anyone who gets in his way. Nothing is sacred to him . . . nothing! A truly evil villain with a fixation on order and control, he created a drug empire based upon paramilitary standards with strict discipline and a rigid chain of command. The result was an organization that quickly devoured its competition and now threatens to spread its addictive poison throughout the entire world!
Motto: "I am above the law! I rule this block! I rule this city!"
Toy Notes: Featured in 1992's DEF commercial. Item #6749. In the 1992 insert catalog, concept art appears instead of the actual figure.
Version 2: Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1.5 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0621: International SmugglerMOS 1: Smuggler
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Headman (92, 02)
  • arms: Headman (92, 02), Gen. Flagg (04), Shrage (05), Tomax (05), Xamot (05), Lt. Gorky (06)
  • torso: Headman (92, 02), Gen. Flagg (04), Tomax (05), Xamot (05)
  • waist: Headman (92, 02), Gen. Flagg (04), Tomax (05), Xamot (05)
  • legs: Headman (92, 02), Tomax (05), Xamot (05)
Accessories: black pistol (91 Dusty's 9mm); black grenade launcher (90 Range-Viper's) with chamber; black knife (90 Range-Viper's); black figure stand
HEADMAN started out robbing convenience stores, then learned the ropes of high-end thievery while serving time in prison. A hardened criminal, HEADMAN doesn't think twice about removing anyone who gets in the way of his plans. He steals anything for the right price—government secrets, weapon system specifications, and priceless art treasures. His thefts have undermined the safety of countries and satisfied greedy private art collectors at the expense of museums around the world. He has managed to escape GENERAL TOMAHAWK time and again, but the relentless G.I. JOE commander has caused him to abandon some plans, losing money. He wants to remove the threatening general from his trail, once and for all.
"I am a master of crime who can steal anything, and never get caught."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Gen. Tomahawk (02). Item #57470.