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Serpentor











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Next character: Motor Viper

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Dick Gautier262,446 seconds2693,287
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Maurice LaMarche4380 seconds42477

Notes: Sunbow's Serpentor wore his 1986 outfit with a blue-to-black cape, darker green detail on the uniform itself, and wider segmented chest padding. Commerical animation and a few camera shots in the second season's early episodes gave him a red outfit. Sunbow portrayed Serpentor as impatient, unstable and unwilling to receive advice. This weakness was explained by Dr. Mindbender's inability to obtain the DNA of Chinese military genius Sun Tzu. Within the series, the emperor was created from the DNA of Napoleon, Xanith Amon-Toth, Montezuma, Vlad Teppes, Ivan the Terrible, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Geronimo, Rasputin, Atilla the Hun, Eric the Red, Ulric the Batterer, Serpent-King Takshaka, and "dozens more."

DiC's Operation Dragonfire gave Serpentor a very similar outfit, but with a red cape, and dark green replacing much of the gold. In the end he was forcibly merged with Gnawgahyde's iguana into a reptilian form that Cobra Commander said would be temporary.

 

Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)4 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 113 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 411 seconds1 line
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 5410 seconds48 lines
Computer Complications25 seconds5 lines
Cobrathon51 seconds6 lines
The Million Dollar Medic60 seconds7 lines
The Rotten Egg8 seconds2 lines
Glamour Girls13 seconds1 line
Grey Hairs and Growing Pains33 seconds4 lines
My Brother's Keeper40 seconds4 lines
My Favorite Things272 seconds31 lines
Raise the Flagg!16 seconds2 lines
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World170 seconds23 lines
Ninja Holiday26 seconds4 lines
Nightmare Assault91 seconds11 lines
Joe's Night Out214 seconds28 lines
Second-Hand Emotions212 seconds20 lines
Not a Ghost of a Chance116 seconds12 lines
Sins of Our Fathers142 seconds15 lines
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep23 seconds3 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 1225 seconds12 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 216 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 361 seconds6 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 4114 seconds15 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 580 seconds9 lines
Operation Dragonfire Opening2 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 1185 seconds24 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 214 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 4179 seconds18 lines

Headcanon

Created August 4, 1983 by Dr. Mindbender, largely as depicted in the Sunbow series. His appearance is represented by Version 1, and he ruled Cobra until deposed by Cobra Commander in April 1986.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1986 (Air Chariot)
2. 2002 (RAH Collection)
3. 2005 (Comic #49)
4. 2007 (25th Wave 2)
5. 2008/I (Air Chariot)
6. 2008/II (DVD)
Version 1: 1986 boxed Air Chariot vehicle
Fig. #0103: Cobra Emperor
  • head: Serpentor (86, 02)
  • arms: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • torso: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • waist: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • legs: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
Accessories: green cloth cape (new, glittery); gold backpack (new, snake-hood); silver dagger (new, segmented handle); gold cobra (new)
A secret cabal of Cobra scientists, under the direction of The Interrogator and Destro, combed the tombs, sarcophagi, and relics of the great despots of history to find cells with DNA traces. From these long-dead genetic blueprints they produced a composite clone with the military genius of Napoleon, the ruthlessness of Julius Caesar, the daring of Hannibal, and the fiscal acumen of Attila the Hun . . . the ultimate Cobra Emperor! A master of political intrigue and a brilliant tactician, he is capable of wresting power from Cobra Commander for the benefit of The Interrogator and Destro. Fortunately for the Joes, the Cobra Emperor's own ambitions were not taken into consideration by his creators . . .
"His eyes have seen the legions of Rome trample the Gauls and Nervii into the dust. His hand lifted the horse-hair baton that signaled the first charge of the Carthaginian armored elephant phalanx. His ears have heard the rattle of French cuirassiers on the streets of Moscow. But it is his mind we must fear the most. The thoughts of the Cobra Emperor have not drifted from global conquest since the reign of King Solomon . . . "
Variations: Some mail-order Serpentors did not come with the cape. Snakes included with Serpentor ranged in color from green to gold to brown to black. Gold is by far the most common.
Toy Notes: Item #6062. The commercial animation for Serpentor showed red trim on his hood, arms, and legs.
Re-releases: Also available by mail through various offers from 1989 to 1993.
Version 2: 2002 Real American Hero Collection Wave 5 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0601: Cobra Emperor
  • head: Serpentor (86, 02)
  • arms: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • torso: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • waist: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • legs: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
Accessories: glittery black cape (86 Serpentor's); black backpack (86 Serpentor's); silver dagger (86 Serpentor's); yellow cobra (86 Serpentor's); black figure stand
A secret cabal of COBRA scientists combed the dusty vaults, tombs, and sarcophagi of long-dead despots, scraping together enough DNA to achieve a warped plan: a supreme leader dedicated to evil. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. SERPENTOR is a milityar genius, ruthless tyrant, fearless warrior, financial sorcerer, and political demigod. His plans are subtle, vicious, and intricate, making him a formidable enemy of G.I. Joe. Even COBRA COMMANDER has to watch his back in case his genetic brainchild tries to wrest control from him. The conquests of the distant past still echo in his mind, urging him to achieve the glory his DNA still remembers...and he'll stop at nothing to again grasp the world in his hands.
"The greatest men of history flow in my veins, and my goal is to let them rule the world again."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Shock Viper (02/I). Item #53086. This wave was exclusive to various online and specialty outlets.
Version 3: 2005 Wave 2 comic three-pack assortment
Fig. #1046: Cobra Emperor
  • head: Serpentor (05)
  • arms: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • torso: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • waist: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
  • legs: Serpentor (86, 02, 05)
Accessories: light green helmet (new, snake head with white fangs); yellow cloth cape (86 Serpentor's); light green backpack (86 Serpentor's); black knife (86 Serpentor's)
A secret cabal of COBRA scientists combed the dusty vaults, tombs, and sarcophagi of long-dead despots, scraping together enough DNA to achieve a warped plan: a supreme leader dedicated to evil. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. SERPENTOR is a milityar genius, ruthless tyrant, fearless warrior, financial sorcerer, and political demigod. His plans are subtle, vicious, and intricate, making him a formidable enemy of G.I. Joe. Even COBRA COMMANDER has to watch his back in case his genetic brainchild tries to wrest control from him. The conquests of the distant past still echo in his mind, urging him to achieve the glory his DNA still remembers...and he'll stop at nothing to again grasp the world in his hands.
"The greatest men of history flow in my veins, and my goal is to let them rule the world again."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Firefly (05/II), Scrap-Iron (05/I), and a reprint of Marvel #49. Item #61063.
Version 4: 2007 25th Anniversary Wave 2 carded assortment
Fig. #1175: Cobra Emperor
  • head: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
  • arms: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
  • body: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II), Nemesis Immortal (08)
  • legs: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
Accessories: gold helmet (06 Hannibal's, with silver fangs); green skirt (new); gold sword (Hannibal's, with silver blade); silver boomerang (new, U-shaped with black handle); black Cobra figure stand
A secret cabal of COBRA scientists, under the direction of THE INTERROGATOR and DESTRO, combed the tombs, sarcophagi, and relics of the great despots of history to find cells with DNA traces. From these long-dead genetic blueprints they produced a composite clone with the military genius of Napoleon, the ruthlessness of Julius Caesar, the daring of Hannibal, and the fiscal acumen of Attila the Hun. . . the ultimate COBRA Emperor! A master of political intrigue and a brilliant tactician, he is capable of wresting power from COBRA COMMANDER. Fortunately for the G.I. JOE team, the COBRA Emperor's own ambitions were not taken into consideration by his creators.
"His eyes have seen the legions of Rome trample the Gauls and Nervii into the dust. His hand lifted the horsehair baton that signaled the first charge of the Carthaginian armored elephant phalanx. His ears have heard the rattle of French cuirassiers on the streets of Moscow. But it is his mind we must fear the most. The thoughts of the COBRA Emperor have not drifted from global conquest since the reign of King Solomon."
Toy Notes: Item #25979.
Version 5: 2008 Armadillo/Air Chariot vehicle two-pack (08/I)
Fig. #1276: Cobra Emperor
  • head: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
  • arms: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
  • body: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II), Nemesis Immortal (08)
  • legs: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
Accessories: gold helmet (06 Hannibal's); green skirt (07 Serpentor's); black Cobra figure stand
A secret cabal of COBRA scientists, under the direction of THE INTERROGATOR and DESTRO, combed the tombs, sarcophagi, and relics of the great despots of history to find cells with DNA traces. From these long-dead genetic blueprints they produced a composite clone with the military genius of Napoleon, the ruthlessness of Julius Caesar, the daring of Hannibal, and the fiscal acumen of Attila the Hun. . . the ultimate COBRA Emperor! A master of political intrigue and a brilliant tactician, he is capable of wresting power from COBRA COMMANDER. Fortunately for the G.I. JOE team, the COBRA Emperor's own ambitions were not taken into consideration by his creators.
"His eyes have seen the legions of Rome trample the Gauls and Nervii into the dust. His hand lifted the horsehair baton that signaled the first charge of the Carthaginian armored elephant phalanx. His ears have heard the rattle of French cuirassiers on the streets of Moscow. But it is his mind we must fear the most. The thoughts of the COBRA Emperor have not drifted from global conquest since the reign of King Solomon."
Toy Notes: Boxed with Steeler (08/I) and the vehicles Armadillo Tank (08) and Air Chariot (08). Item #32395.
Version 6: 2008 DVD Battles assortment, #3 (08/II)
Fig. #1354: Cobra Emperor
  • head: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
  • arms: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
  • body: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II), Nemesis Immortal (08)
  • legs: Serpentor (07, 08/I, 08/II)
Accessories: gold helmet (new, snake's head with fangs); gold skirt (07 Serpentor's); gold boomerang (07 Serpentor's); gold scepter (new, with cobra-head tip); gold snake (new, thin); black Cobra figure stand
Inspired by a strange, recurring dream, DR. MINDBENDER hatches a traitorous plan to replace COBRA COMMANDER with a new leader. The mad doctor sends teams to tombs around the world to gather the DNA of the greatest warriors of all time. With this genetic material, DR. MINDBENDER creates SERPENTOR, the new emperor of COBRA. He has the military genius and political acumen of Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Vlad Tepes, Ivan the Terrible, and other rulers who have shaped the course of history. World domination is the one and only thought in the mind of SERPENTOR, and he immediately launches a campaign to conquer the world.
"I am the one born to rule and destined to conquer. Let those who fear me, follow me. Let those who oppose me, die."
Toy Notes: Boxed with Dusty (08), BAT (08/II), Montezuma's Skeleton (08), MASS Device control turret, and Arise Serpentor Arise DVD. Item #33559.