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Psyche-Out



File Name: Kenneth D. Rich of San Francisco, California.
Grades: Army O-2 (1987-1988); O-3 (1992)
SNs: 091-87-6274; 091-8762-KR74
Notes: San Francisco, halfway up the California coast, is one of the United States' major coastal cities. It is also the birthplace of Knockdown and Dojo.



Previous character: Falcon
Next character: Law

 

Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
???7642 seconds43399

DiC's Psyche-Out wore his 1992 outfit, without the dishes and with black pockets on his shoulders and thighs.

 

Long Live Rock and Roll Part I168 seconds13 lines
Long Live Rock and Roll Part II166 seconds17 lines
The Greatest Evil Part II7 seconds (silent)
Infested Island1 second (silent)
A Is for Android219 seconds13 lines
Basic Training79 seconds (silent)
The Legend of Metal-Head2 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born September 13, 1952. Psyche-Out joined the Joe Team in September 1983, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in late 1986. He was with the team until it was disbanded in December 1989 but was not recalled when the Joes were reactivated in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987 2. 1988 (Night Force) 3. 1992 (Super Sonic Fighters)
Version 1: 1987 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0115: Deceptive WarfareMOS 1: Psy-Ops [37A]
MOS 2: Social Services Counselor
  • head: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • arms: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • torso: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • waist: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • legs: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
Accessories: silver antenna (new, with peg attaching to scalp); silver backpack (new, with two antennas); silver sonic generator (new, with handle) with detachable red dish; two silver arm clips (new) with detachable red conical antennas; black pistol (new, no trigger guard)
Psyche-Out got his degree in psychology from Berkeley and worked on various research projects involving the inducement of paranoia by means of low frequency radio waves. Upon his enlistment he was posted to the Deceptive Warfare Center at Fort Bragg where he continued his pioneering work in the field of wave induced behavior modification.
"The point at which you win a battle is when you've convinced the enemy that he has lost. This can be accomplished through something as simple as constant repetition. For example, you see a commercial on TV ten times a day for a particular brand of cookies. Confronted by an array of unknown brands, you choose the one that you saw advertised. They've won . . . And you've lost."
Toy Notes: Featured in 1987's Coastal Defender commercial. Item #6477.
Re-releases: A Tiger Force version was released in Europe.
Version 2: 1988 Night Force two-pack assortment
Fig. #0186: Deceptive WarfareMOS 1: Psy-Ops [37A]
MOS 2: Social Services Counselor
  • head: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • arms: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • torso: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • waist: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
  • legs: Psyche-Out (87, 88)
Accessories: silver antenna (87 Psyche-Out's); black backpack (87 Psyche-Out's); black pistol (87 Psyche-Out's); black sonic generator (87 Psyche-Out's) with black dish; black arm clips (87 Psyche-Out's) with black antennas
PSYCHE-OUT got his degree in psychology from Berkeley and worked on various research projects involving the inducement of paranoia by means of low frequency radio waves. Upon his enlistment, he was posted to the Deceptive Warfare Center at Fort Bragg where he continued his pioneering work in the field of wave induced behavior modification.
"Fear of the dark is primal. It is why we don't want to see what's lurking just beyond the campfire light and why we're hesitant to find out what's making that noise under the basement stairs. Psyche-Out can use that fear as a weapon against an enemy as surely and as reliably as Snake-Eyes can use a submachine gun."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive two-pack with Tunnel Rat (88). Item #6709-3.
Version 3: 1992 Super Sonic Fighters premium carded assortment
Fig. #0312: Deceptive WarfareMOS 1: Psy-Ops (Psychological Operations) [37A]
MOS 2: Social Services Counselor
  • head: Psyche-Out (92)
  • arms: Psyche-Out (92)
  • torso: Psyche-Out (92)
  • waist: Psyche-Out (92)
  • legs: Psyche-Out (92)
Accessories: black headset (new, with antenna and mic); light grey Sonic backpack (new) with detachable satellite dish, radar, and bent antenna; black cannon (new) with blue dish; two blue conical antennas (new, attach to body); black hose (long standard); black figure stand
PSYCHE-OUT got his degree in psychology from Berkeley and went on to do ground-breaking research in the field of paranoia inducement with ultra low frequency radio wave transmissions. Since joining the G.I. Joe team and subsequently, the Sonic Fighters, he has lead [sic] numerous classified Psy-Ops and disinformation operations against the legions of Cobra!
"What can you say about a guy whose doctoral thesis was entitled, 'The Use of T-Shirt Slogans In Enemy Troop Demoralization? His job involves complicated thinking and multiple layers of deception; making the enemy think we're going with Plan 'A' by making such a big fuss about preparing for plan 'B' that the enemy thinks that Plan 'B' must be a fake, so we actually go ahead with Plan 'B'!"
Assigned Armaments: E.C.M. (Electronic Counter Measures) ULF (Ultra Low Frequency) cerebro distortion laser.
Weapons Qualification: Marksman
Variations: Psyche-Out's backpack hose attached to a peg in some copies and fit into a hole in others.
Toy Notes: Released before Christmas 1991 in some areas but listed in 1992's catalog. Yojoe.com lists this figure as a 1991 release. Item #6632.
Re-releases: A slightly different version was released in India.