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Spirit

(aka Spirit Iron-Knife)

File Name: Charlie Iron-Knife of Taos, New Mexico.
Grades: Army E-4 (1984); E-5 (1989(; E-6 (1992-2006); E-4 (2008)
various SNs: RA146231009; 492-8921-RP62; 492-89-RP21
Notes: Taos is in the north central part of the state, about 70 miles north of Santa Fe.




Previous character: Mutt
Next character: Rip Cord

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Gregg Berger311,712 seconds109859
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Maurice LaMarche6194 seconds12186

Sunbow's Spirit had dark red skin and wore his 1984 outfit. His loin cloth was red with a white border, and he had a cream belt and chest straps. Spirit's file name was mentioned in the episode Captives of Cobra, Part 1. In Operation Dragonfire, Spirit had pale skin and a uniform loosely based on the 1989 outfit: a fully brown shirt and green camo pants.

 

The Revenge of Cobra Opening5 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 353 seconds3 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 4195 seconds10 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 514 seconds (silent)
Cobra's Creatures117 seconds8 lines
Countdown for Zartan190 seconds15 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 531 seconds (silent)
Cobra's Candidate70 seconds1 line
Satellite Down338 seconds27 lines
Money to Burn1 second (silent)
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 218 seconds (silent)
Spell of the Siren4 seconds (silent)
Twenty Questions99 seconds5 lines
The Viper Is Coming7 seconds (silent)
Where the Reptiles Roam25 seconds (silent)
Lasers in the Night13 seconds (silent)
The Germ1 second (silent)
Captives of Cobra, Part 170 seconds5 lines
Captives of Cobra, Part 2140 seconds6 lines
The Traitor, Part 127 seconds (silent)
Cobra Quake3 seconds (silent)
Excalibur201 seconds15 lines
Cold Slither17 seconds2 lines
Skeletons in the Closet25 seconds4 lines
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)1 second (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 12 seconds (silent)
Sink the Montana1 second (silent)
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World2 seconds (silent)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs35 seconds8 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening4 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 53 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire Opening3 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 119 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 23 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 38 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 418 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 5143 seconds12 lines

Spirit's eagle Freedom made 12 appearances in the Sunbow series, with a total of 471 seconds on screen, with animal vocalizations by Frank Welker. He was drawn as a bald eagle in the Sunbow series but as a brown eagle in the Movie. The DiC series featured Freedom in 1 episode for 15 seconds, portraying him once again as a bald eagle.

 

The Revenge of Cobra Opening5 seconds
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 337 seconds
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 427 seconds
Cobra's Creatures48 seconds
Countdown for Zartan98 seconds
Cobra's Candidate37 seconds
Satellite Down119 seconds
Twenty Questions36 seconds
Excalibur44 seconds
Skeletons in the Closet16 seconds
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening2 seconds
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 52 seconds
Operation Dragonfire: Day 515 seconds

Headcanon

Born December 5, 1952. Spirit joined the Joe Team in September 1981, and his appearance is represented by Version 7, changing to Version 3 in late 1986. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 6 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1984
2. 1989 (Slaughter's Marauders)
3. 1992 (Air Commandos)
4. 1993 (International Action Force)
5. 2005 (DTC)
6. 2006 (Comic DD#16)
7. 2008 (25th Wave 7)
Version 1: 1984 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0034: TrackerMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Social Services [prob. 68X]
  • head: Spirit (84, 89)
  • arms: Spirit (84, 89)
  • torso: Spirit (84, 89)
  • waist: Spirit (84, 89)
  • legs: Spirit (84, 89)
Accessories: loincloth belt (new, green and red); light green backpack (new, squared-off with arrows); light green rifle (new, auto-arrow launcher); brown eagle "Freedom" (new, bald eagle with white head; feet may break off)
Spirit comes from a family so far below the poverty line that they never realized they were poor. Was a hunting guide through high school. Served in Southeast Asia, then as a civilian completed his education. Returned to the service for reasons inexplicable to anyone but a Native American mystic warrior. Qualified expert: M-16; M-1911A1 Auto Pistol; Remington sniper rifle.
"Charlie is a Shaman, a medicine man. He's not a healer or a priest or a witch-doctor. There isn't any equivalent in our culture for what he is unless we had shrinks that could actually help people."
Toy Notes: Item #6417. Featured in the Sky Hawk commercial.
Re-releases: A recolored version was released in Europe.
Version 2: 1989 Slaughter's Marauders carded assortment
Fig. #0218: TrackerMOS 1: Tracker
MOS 2: Cartographer
  • head: Spirit (84, 89)
  • arms: Spirit (84, 89)
  • torso: Spirit (84, 89)
  • waist: Spirit (84, 89)
  • legs: Spirit (84, 89)
Accessories: black loincloth belt (84 Spirit's, with brown loincloth); black backpack (84 Spirit's); black rifle (84 Spirit's auto-arrow launcher); brown bald eagle "Freedom" (84 Spirit's, white head)
SPIRIT grew up in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, the Grand Canyon. He quickly learned every square inch of the Canyon's many trails and danger spots. What set Spirit apart from the rest of his contemporaries was his uncanny ability to know exactly where he was at all times! After he enlisted in the Army, Spirit served in Southeast Asia where he was commander of scout patrols. Now, as a member of Slaughter's Marauders, Spirit's job is to lead the unit through the most hostile of combat zones to flush-out Cobra agents and bring them in for interrogation.
"This indian [sic] is one tough warrior. He can smell-out the enemy from 50 miles away. His sense of direction is as reliable as the most sophisticated radar system in the armed forces. If you're on a pre-dawn mission with Spirit, in the middle of nowhere, and you haven't a clue as to how to get back to the base, just stick with him and he'll be back in time for chow."
Toy Notes: Item #6560-4. Because its thumbs break so easily, this version is considered a moderately high-demand item if intact.
Version 3: 1992 Air Commandos premium carded assortment
Fig. #0329: Air Commandos LeaderMOS 1: Infantry Tracker
MOS 2: Air Commandos Leader
  • head: Spirit (92, 93)
  • arms: Spirit (92, 93)
  • torso: Spirit (92, 93)
  • waist: Spirit (92, 93)
  • legs: Spirit (92, 93)
Accessories: black pistol (new, "Chief's assault gun"); red, white, and blue glider with Joe logo
SPIRIT is the ultimate Native American mystic warrior. He's a shaman of deep mystery, a peerless tracker, and a doctor of Psychology. Strapped into the frame of a stealthy G.I. Joe Air Commando glider, silently sailing the thermals and air currents over enemy territory. Spirit utilizes his tracking skills to spot barely noticeable signs of recent troop movements or camouflaged enemy bunkers. A qualified expert with most NATO small arms, Spirit is equally adept with the compound bow and throwing knife!
Motto: "When the Eagle Spirit is in me, I'm the lightning from the skies. I am the thunder from the storm."
Toy Notes: Item #6737. Some resources list the unnamed glider as a vehicle.
Version 4: 1993 mail-order International Action Force
Fig. #0437[joint filecard for all 4 figures; no MOS listed]
  • head: Spirit (92, 93)
  • arms: Spirit (92, 93)
  • torso: Spirit (92, 93)
  • waist: Spirit (92, 93)
  • legs: Spirit (92, 93)
Accessories: green knife (88 Hit & Run's); black figure stand
There comes a time when the power of evil becomes so threatening to world peace that global leaders must join together to stop its impending danger; Cobra is just such an evil. An international force of G.I. Joe combat specialists have been called upon to hit Cobra and hit them hard! Russia is represented by BIG BEAR, an anti-armor specialist who loves to blow up Cobra tanks. From England comes BIG BEN, an expert in subversive operations and enemy infiltration. Japan has sent BUDO, one of its greatest samurai warriors who plans on slicing Cobra into tiny pieces of snake meat. SPIRIT, a Native American also joins the team from his home in Arizona, where he was called for duty to track down and eliminate Cobra Dreadnoks. World peace must be upheld and Cobra evil must be stopped . . . TODAY!
Toy Notes: Sold in a bagged set with Big Bear (93), Big Ben (93), and Budo (93) in 1993 through the Menace in the Wilderness mail offer. Apparently at least some of these figures were intended for inclusion with 1993-94 vehicles and were made available by mail once the vehicles were canceled.
Version 5: 2005 Direct-to-Consumer Wave 1 carded assortment
Fig. #1049: Tracker
Spirit Iron-Knife
MOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Special Services [18B?]
  • head: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06)
  • arms: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06)
  • torso: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06)
  • waist: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
  • legs: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
Accessories: black sniper rifle (new, with pole for mounting); knife (new, with silver guard and serrated blade); dark brown bald eagle "Freedom" (new, with white head)
A Native American mystic warrior with a degree in psychology, SPIRIT IRON-KNIFE is also the best wilderness tracker on the G.I. JOE Team. He has an uncanny ability to find and read the faintest of all trail signs and has a keen understanding of the human thought process. This helps him not only find the COBRA forces he is tracking, but also anticipate their actions. He is a qualified expert with all the latest weapons systems available to the G.I. JOE Team but does not depend on technology. In the field, equipped with just a knife, he can create his own weapons, as well as traps, snares, and deadfalls. As effective as these devices are, he still claims that the best weapons are psychological ones.
"I can carve a whistle from a hollow reed that sounds exactly like an incoming mortar round. It is very effective in the middle of the night when blown next to a COBRA encampment."
Toy Notes: Item #61697.
Version 6: 2006 Wave 1 comic three-pack assortment
Fig. #1117: Tracker
Spirit Iron-Knife
MOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Special Services [18B?]
  • head: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06)
  • arms: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06)
  • torso: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06)
  • waist: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
  • legs: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
Accessories: green knife (05 Spirit's, with silver blade)
A Native American mystic warrior with a degree in psychology, SPIRIT IRON-KNIFE is also the best wilderness tracker on the G.I. JOE Team. He has an uncanny ability to find and read the faintest of trail signs and has a keen understanding of the human thinking process. This helps him not only find the COBRA forces he is tracking, but also anticipate their actions. He is a qualified expert with all the latest weapons systems available to the G.I. JOE Team but does not depend on technology. In the field, equipped with just a knife, he can create his own weapons, as well as traps, snares, and deadfalls. As effective as these devices are, he still claims that the best weapons are psychological ones.
"I can carve a whistle from a hollow reed that sounds exactly like an incoming mortar round. It is very effective in the middle fo the night when blown next to a COBRA encampment."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Agent Courtney Krieger (06), Hannibal: Reborn (06), and a reprint of Devil's Due #16. Item #13023.
Version 7: 2008 25th Anniversary Wave 7 carded assortment
Fig. #1259: Tracker
Spirit Iron-Knife
MOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Social Services [37F]
  • head: Spirit Iron-Knife (08)
  • arms to wrist: Shipwreck (07/II, 08, 09), Crankcase (08), Spirit Iron-Knife (08), Dataframe (08)
  • hands: Spirit Iron-Knife (08), Dataframe (08)
  • body: Shipwreck (07/II, 08, 09), Crankcase (08), Spirit Iron-Knife (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08), Dataframe (08), Tunnel Rat (09)
  • legs: Spirit Iron-Knife (08)
Accessories: silver frame backpack (new, trapezoidal) with tan pouch pack (new, with two cylindrical grenades); tan auto-arrow rifle (new, with three removable arrow clips); white knife (new, with ribbed grip and short tan blade); black bald eagle "Freedom" (05 Spirit's, with white head); Joe figure stand
Spirit comes from a family so far below the poverty line that they never realized they were poor. Was a hunting guide through high school. Served in Southeast Asia, then as a civilian completed his education. Returned to the service for reasons inexplicable to anyone but a Native American mystic warrior. Qualified expert: M-16; M-1911A1 Auto Pistol; Remington marksman rifle.
"Charlie is a Shaman, a medicine man. He's not a healer or a priest or a witch doctor. There just isn't any equivalent in our culture for what he is - a counselor, a warrior, and a walker between the worlds, all rolled into one."
Toy Notes: Item #30280.