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(aka Felix "Mercer" Stratton)

File Name: Felix P. Stratton of Spencer, West Virginia.
Grades: Army E-5 equivalent (1987, 2006); E-9 (1991)
SNs: 933-41-5632; 010-5639-JE09
Notes: Spencer is in the western part of the state, about 45 miles northeast of Charleston. The 1991 filecard identifies Mercer as Richard S. Cecil of Richmond, Virginia.

chronological: Sneak Peek<< Mercer >>Taurus
alphabetical: Mega-Viper<< Mercer >>Metal-Head


Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Kristoffer Tabori
(credited as Christopher Tabori)
3146 seconds745
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
???4466 seconds59599

Sunbow's Mercer wore his 1987 outfit with a red vest instead of orange, with a large "No Cobra" sign on the left. His mohawk style was more pronounced, and his hair was more reddish. The DiC series used the 1991 outfit. Both series played up Mercer's past involvement with Cobra, and resulting suspicion from one or more fellow Joes.


G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 338 seconds2 linesintroduced to Falcon; riding motorcycle to Slaughterhouse
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 493 seconds5 linestraining with Falcon; infiltrating Terror Drome; on motorcycle at lab battle
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 515 seconds(silent)at ice dome entrance; charging into ice dome
The Eliminator159 seconds17 linesflying Battle Copter, suspected of being a Cobra agent, appearing to betray Joes, escaping in Ice Sabre
Kindergarten Commandos256 seconds40 linesflying glider to warehouse, flying Cobra Battle Copter, in Cobra truck, tied up by students, defending school
Basic Training21 seconds(silent)seen in flashback
The Legend of Metal-Head30 seconds2 linesseen in flashback

Classic Marvel Comic Appearances

As far as I can tell, Mercer was only discernible in 2 panels of 1 issue: Order of Battle 2 in Jan. 1987.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987 (Renegades) 2. 1991 3. 2006 (Convention)
Version 1: spring 1987 Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades figure three-pack
RenegadeMOS 1: Small Arms Armorer [45B]
  • head: Mercer (87) - remolded: Mercer (06)
  • arms: Mercer (87)
  • torso: Mercer (87)
  • waist: Mercer (87)
  • legs: Mercer (87)
Accessories: light grey pistol resembling M1911 with silencer (new), black backpack (85 Footloose's).
The Renegades don't answer to anyone but themselves. They don't officially exist. They can function with very little restraint but if they are compromised, they're on their own.
Mercer was the only Cobra Viper that ever defected to the Joes and survived. He had joined Cobra for the adventure and the promise of material gain but soon grew disaffected with the Cobra philosophy. He escaped Cobra Island by hot-wiring a hydrofoil and outrunning his pursuers across the Gulf of Mexico. Mercer is proficient with all Cobra small arms and explosive devices.
"Mercer found his true home with the Renegades. He gets three meals a day, a warm place to sleep, and a chance to shoot at Cobras!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Taurus and Red Dog. Item #6153.
Version 2: fall 1991 Wave 2 carded figure assortment
MercenaryMOS 1: Mercenary
MOS 2: Explosives Expert [18C?]
  • head: Mercer (91)
  • arms: Mercer (91)
  • torso: Mercer (91)
  • waist: Mercer (91)
  • legs: Mercer (91)
Accessories: orange laser rifle with four-bar handle (new), orange Calico 960 submachine gun with forward grip (new), dark blue spring missile launcher with orange trigger (new), orange spring missile, smooth tip takes up half its length (new), blue tall, thin backpack with L-shaped groove for launcher (new), black figure stand (common).
MERCER was the only Cobra Viper to defect to G.I. Joe. He originally signed up with SGT. SLAUGHTER'S MARAUDERS, an outfit so secret that the Pentagon never acknowledged their existence. Recently transferred into the main body of the G.I. Joe team, Mercer is invaluable as a tough fighter and as a source of inside information on Cobra tactics and battle doctrine.
"Although the rest of the G.I. Joes weren't too thrilled about having a defector in the ranks, especially one from Cobra, we soon developed a grudging respect for his no nonsense attitude and coolness under fire. We also didn't mind the fact that Mercer is strong enough to carry a 88mm Stanford Rocket Launcher with an ample supply of anti-tank armaments. None of this means that we like him very much, but then again, he doesn't like us very much either."
Toy Notes: Item #6594. The 1991 Wave 2 assortment did not appear in Hasbro's insert catalogs.
Version 3: late June 2006 Convention-exclusive Sgt. Slaughter and His Renegades three-pack
Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades
Felix "Mercer" Stratton
MOS 1: Small Arms Armorer [45B]
MOS 2: Infiltration
  • head: Mercer (87) - remolded: Mercer (06)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • torso: Clutch (93), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06)
  • waist: Clutch (93), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06)
  • legs: Clutch (93), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06)
Accessories: dark grey submachine gun (05 Duke's), dark grey machine gun (03 Chief Torpedo's), cream backpack (92 Big Bear's), clear figure stand (common).
FELIX "MERCER" STRATTON was the only COBRA VIPER that ever defected to the G.I. JOE team and survived. While some team members are still wary around him, even after voluntarily wearing an electronic monitoring armband, he has proven himself to SGT. SLAUGHTER on countless occasions—which is no easy task. Although his knowledge of the inner workings of COBRA is valuable, his infiltration skills are his greatest aset. Once he even joined the mainstream G.I. JOE team as an official member by changing his name and appearance, but he soon grew tired of "playing by the rules" and returned to the life on the edge that being a Renegade guarantees.
MERCER's loyalty to the one man who gave him a second chance knows no bounds. Upon hearing of COBRA COMMANDER's challenge to eliminate the Sarge, the former VIPER immediately rounded up the other Renegades. The trio suited up in their new body armor system and headed to the top-secret training camp to protect their mentor.
"I used to be a big bad COBRA, now I'm just a mean snake-stomping machine!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a Convention-exclusive three-pack with Red Dog and Taurus. These figures are considered high-demand items.