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Ninja Viper

(aka Cobra Ninja Viper)









Previous character: Barricade
Next character: Toxo-Zombie

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Ninja Vipers were never animated.

Headcanon

Ninja Vipers were introduced to Cobra's forces in early 1988, with their appearance represented by Version 1. Selected from the most loyal Alley Vipers, in contrast to the various mercenary martial arts organizations that contracted with Cobra, Ninja Vipers were fully cross-trained in core Cobra operations, with elite personal combat skills as an add-on. They were the highest ranking ground Vipers, alongside Snow Serpents and the most elite air and water specialists. When Cobra re-emerged in 1991, this level of expertise was seen as overkill, and the Ninja Vipers were replaced with the more ordinary Ninja Troopers.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1992 (Mail) 2. 2008 (post-25th Wave 12)  
Version 1: 1992 special mail-order
Fig. #0339
  • head: Storm Shadow (84, 97, 05/III), Ninja Viper (92), Black Dragon Ninja (04), Red Ninja Viper (04)
  • upper arms: Storm Shadow (84, 97), Ninja Viper (92), Black Dragon Ninja (04), Red Ninja Viper (04)
  • lower arms: Storm Shadow (84, 97, 05/III, 06), Ninja Viper (92), Black Dragon Ninja (04), Red Ninja Viper (04)
  • torso: Storm Shadow (84, 97, 05/III), Ninja Viper (92), Black Dragon Ninja (04), Red Ninja Viper (04)
  • waist: Storm Shadow (84, 97, 05/III), Ninja Viper (92), Black Dragon Ninja (04), Red Ninja Viper (04)
  • legs: Storm Shadow (84, 97, 05/III), Ninja Viper (92), Black Dragon Ninja (04), Red Ninja Viper (04)
Accessories: two grey swords (87 Jinx's)
Recruited from the highest ranks of Cobra's Viper Corps, the COBRA NINJA VIPERS are the elite representation of Cobra's new elevated level of ruthlessness. Only the most sinister and cunning Cobras are selected for duty as Ninja Vipers. Cobra Ninja Vipers are no less than 10th level black belts in karate, jujitsu, and kung fu. These villains are extremely obedient and always carry out their orders to the letter. They function as covert subversives who can "persuade" any foe to do their bidding by entrapping the individual in one of their patented martial arts maneuvers. If given the opportunity, Cobra Ninja Vipers could wreak enough havoc worldwide to seriously damage G.I. Joe's global operations.
Toy Notes: Available through the Terror on the Tundra offer, packaged with vehicles in 1992.
Re-releases: Also available by mail in 1993-1994 through the offer Menace in the Wilderness.
Version 2: 2008 post-25th Anniversary Wave 12 carded assortment
Fig. #1368: Cobra Ninja
Cobra Ninja Viper
MOS 1: Ninja
MOS 2: Sabotage
  • head: Storm Shadow (07/I, 08/II, 09/III), Cobra Ninja Viper (08)
  • arms to wrist: Flint (08/I, 08/II, 09/I, 09/II), Skyduster (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08), Cobra Ninja Viper (08), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/II), Tunnel Rat (09), Duke (09/II), Outback (09)
  • hands: Flint (08/I, 08/II, 09/I, 09/II), Skyduster (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08), Cobra Ninja Viper (08), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/II), Tunnel Rat (09), Duke (09/II)
  • body: Storm Shadow (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 09/II, 09/III, 09/IV), Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII), Cobra Ninja Viper (08)
  • upper legs: Storm Shadow (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 09/II, 09/IV), Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII), Cobra Ninja Viper (08)
  • lower legs to ankle: Storm Shadow (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II), Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII), Cobra Ninja Viper (08)
  • feet: Storm Shadow (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 09/I), Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII), Cobra Ninja Viper (08)
Accessories: silver backpack (08/III Storm Shadow's); black submachine gun (08/III Storm Shadow's Uzi); two black swords (08/III Storm Shadow's, with silver blades); black knife (07 Storm Shadow's, with silver blade); silver claw (08/III Storm Shadow's); two tan and silver sickles (05 Slice's) with black string; black Cobra figure stand
Recruited from the highest ranks of the COBRA VIPER Corps, the COBRA NINJA VIPERS are the most elite representation of ruthlessness in COBRA. Only the most sinister and cunning individuals are selected for duty as COBRA NINJA VIPERS. They are no less than 10th level black belts in karate, jujitsu, and kung fu. These villains are extremely obedient and always carry out their orders to the letter. They function as covert subversives who can "persuade" anyone to do their bidding by entrapping the person in one of their patented martial arts maneuvers. If given the opportunity, COBRA NINJA VIPERS could wreak enough havoc worldwide to seriously damage the G.I. JOE team's operations.
Toy Notes: Item #37427.