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Red Ninja

(aka Red Ninja Viper, Cobra Red Ninja)









Previous character: T'Gin-Zu
Next character: Crimson Guard Commander

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Red Ninjas were never animated.

Headcanon

Truly loyal only to Storm Shadow and other members of the Arashikage clan (though not descended from that clan themselves), Red Ninjas have been contracted by Cobra for specific missions since late 1981, serving primarily as defenders and sentries within or near Cobra operations. Their appearance is represented by Version 5.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1993 (Battle Ax)
2. 2004 (Ninja Strike Team)
3. 2005 (Comic #21)
4. 2007 (25th Wave 3)
5. 2008 (Snake Eyes vs.)
 
Version 1: 1993 Ninja Raiders boxed Battle Ax vehicle
Fig. #0375: Battle Ax OperatorMOS 1: Battle Ax Vehicle Operator
MOS 2: Cobra Elite Ninja Master
  • head: Dice (92), Red Ninja (93)
  • arms: Dice (92), Red Ninja (93)
  • torso: Dice (92), Red Ninja (93)
  • waist: Dice (92), Red Ninja (93)
  • legs: Dice (92), Red Ninja (93)
Accessories: red battle axe (92 Dice's)
RED NINJAS are ruthless mercenaries who work mainly for Cobra Commander. They earn top dollar in battle because they are the most feared ninja warriors since the No-Kan-Doo ninja dynasty terrorized China in the 15th century. When Red Ninjas enter a fight, they're in it until the bitter end (or until they get paid more money to fight someone else). G.I. Joe is the only force that has ever defeated them, as they did in the famous Sushi battle that had sweet and sour moments for both sides. Red Ninjas possess advanced ninjutsu skills that are hard to find, and they fight like razor-toothed sharks in a feeding frenzy.
Motto: "We spin 'n chop our enemies faster than frogs in blenders!"
Toy Notes: Featured in the Ninja Raiders commercial. Item #6793.
Version 2: 2004 Ninja Cobra Strike Team carded set
Fig. #0967: COBRA Ninja Warrior
Red Ninja Viper
MOS 1: Mercenary
MOS 2: Ninja Master
  • 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)
Figure 1 Accessories: black sword (92 Storm Shadow's); black bow (piece from 02 Scarlett's crossbow) and arrow.
Figure 2 Accessories: black sword (92 Nunchuk's); black knife (03 Over Kill's).
RED NINJA VIPER warriors, wearing the symbol of the Arashkiage clan, are ruthless mercenaries who work mainly for COBRA COMMANDER. They earn top dollar in battle because they are one of the most formidable clans of ninja warriors existing today. When RED NINJA VIPER troopers enter a fight, they're in it until the bitter end (or until they get paid more money to fight someone else). The G.I. JOE Team is the only force that has ever defeated them. RED NINJA VIPER warriors possess advanced ninjitsu skills that are hard to find, and they fight with razor-sharp moves that are almost faster than the eye can see.
"We spin and slice with the skill of the great masters, but only for the best price."
Toy Notes: Two copies were carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Black Dragon Ninja (04), Storm Shadow (04/VI), and two versions of Vypra (04/I, 04/II). Item #00678.
Version 3: 2005 Wave 2 comic three-pack assortment
Fig. #1039: COBRA Ninja Warrior
Red Ninja Viper
MOS 1: Mercenary
MOS 2: Ninja
  • head: Storm Shadow (88, 04/VI), Red Ninja Viper (05)
  • upper arms: Storm Shadow (88, 04/VI, 06), Red Ninja Viper (05)
  • lower arms: Storm Shadow (88, 04/VI), Red Ninja Viper (05)
  • torso: Storm Shadow (88, 04/VI), Red Ninja Viper (05)
  • waist: Storm Shadow (88, 04/VI), Red Ninja Viper (05)
  • legs: Storm Shadow (88, 04/VI), Red Ninja Viper (05)
Accessories: black sword (04/III Snake Eyes's, with silver blade); two brown sickles (05 Slice's, with silver blades)
RED NINJA VIPER warriors, wearing the symbol of the Arashkiage clan, are ruthless mercenaries who work mainly for COBRA COMMANDER. They earn top dollar in battle because they are one of the most formidable clans of ninja warriors existing today. When RED NINJA VIPER troopers enter a fight, they're in it until the bitter end (or until they get paid more money to fight someone else). The G.I. JOE Team is the only force that has ever defeated them. RED NINJA VIPER warriors possess advanced ninjitsu skills that are hard to find, and they fight with razor-sharp moves that are almost faster than the eye can see.
"We spin and slice with the skill of the great masters, but only for the best price."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Snake Eyes (05/IV), Storm Shadow (05/III), and a reprint of Marvel #21. Item #61061.
Version 4: 2007 25th Anniversary Wave 3 carded assortment
Fig. #1205: The Enemy
Cobra Red Ninja
MOS 1: Vehicle Operations
MOS 2: Ninja
  • head: Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII)
  • arms: Storm Shadow (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 09/I, 09/III), Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII)
  • 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: black quiver backpack (07/I Storm Shadow's, with grey arrows); two black swords (07/I Storm Shadow's, each with gold guard and silver blade); black dagger (07/I Storm Shadow's, with silver blade); black bow (07/I Storm Shadow's); large silver man-catcher (new, pole arm with spiked C-shaped business end); black Cobra figure stand
RED NINJAS are ruthless mercenaries who work mainly for COBRA COMMANDER. They earn top dollar in battle because they are one of the most feared ninja warrior clans of all time. When RED NINJAS enter a fight, they're in it until the bitter end (or until they get paid more money to fight someone else). G.I. JOE is the only force that has ever defeated them, but they had to call upon every tactic and weapon in their arsenal before they were able to subdue them. RED NINJAS possess advanced ninjitsu skills that are hard to find, and they fight like razor-toothed sharks in a feeding frenzy.
"We spin and chop with sword and battle axe so quickly that you never see the blades coming."
Toy Notes: Item #27467.
Version 5: 2008 Snake Eyes vs. Red Ninja Troopers boxed set
Fig. #1234: The Enemy
Cobra Red Ninja
MOS 1: Mercenary
MOS 2: Ninja
  • head: Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII)
  • arms: Storm Shadow (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 09/I, 09/III), Red Ninja (07, 08), Red Ninja Leader (08), Snake Eyes (08/VIII)
  • 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: black quiver backpack (07/II Storm Shadow's, with brown arrows); two brown swords (07/I Storm Shadow's, each with black guard and silver blade); brown dagger (07/I Storm Shadow's, with silver blade); black bow (07/I Storm Shadow's); large silver man-catcher (new, pole arm with spiked C-shaped business end); black Cobra figure stand
RED NINJAS are ruthless mercenaries who work mainly for COBRA COMMANDER. They earn top dollar in battle because they are one of the most feared ninja warrior clans of all time. When RED NINJAS enter a fight, they're in it until the bitter end (or until they get paid more money to fight someone else). G.I. JOE is the only force that has ever defeated them, but they had to call upon every tactic and weapon in their arsenal before they were able to subdue them. RED NINJAS possess advanced ninjitsu skills that are hard to find, and they fight like razor-toothed sharks in a feeding frenzy.
"We spin and chop with sword and battle axe so quickly that you never see the blades coming."
Toy Notes: Three copies were boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Red Ninja Leader (08) and Snake Eyes (08/IV). Item #32537.