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Torpedo

(aka Chief Torpedo; Lieutenant Torpedo)

File Name: Edward W. Leialoha of Aiea, Hawaii.
Grades: Navy CWO-4 (1983); CWO-5 (1997); CWO-4 (2003-2008)
various SNs: RN946775409; 946-77-54TR; 946-77-EL09
Notes: Aiea is on the northern shore of Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu.




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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Michael Yama14486 seconds51542
Reel FX VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Phil Hayes278 seconds653

Notes: Sunbow's Torpedo had a suit very different from his 1983 outfit: He wore a skin-tight blue-black wet suit without the grey trim of the figure. In ARAH and Cobra Stops the World, his hood was white; elsewhere it was black with a white stripe on top. The white-rimmed goggles and airmask were detachable. No gloves, and his backpack was large and square. He also wore blue jeans and a white T-shirt when on land, and wore Wet-Suit's uniform (sans helmet) in Computer Complications. Sunbow portrayed Torpedo as a jocular type, as a foil to Deep Six and in contrast to his filecards. In The Gamesmaster, the Joe team that captured Zartan wore wet suits identical to Torpedo's. The yellow outfit represented by Version 8 was commonly worn by other Joes during marine operations but was never seen on Torpedo himself. Reel FX's Chief Torpedo was based on the 2003 figure.

 

A Real American Hero, Part 3115 seconds11 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 58 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 317 seconds7 lines
Cobra Stops the World82 seconds13 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 114 seconds1 line
Spell of the Siren18 seconds2 lines
The Gamesmaster37 seconds (silent)
The Traitor, Part 113 seconds (silent)
Cold Slither25 seconds4 lines
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 155 seconds5 lines
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 22 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 319 seconds4 lines
Computer Complications69 seconds4 lines
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs12 seconds3 lines
Spy Troops: The Movie31 seconds (silent)
Valor vs. Venom47 seconds6 lines

Headcanon

Born February 27, 1954. Torpedo was one of the first additions to the Joe Team, joining in March 1981. His appearance is represented by Version 7. Torpedo served with the Joes until they were disbanded in December 1989. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, but he was sidelined by a serious injury in the Joes' first battle with Cobra that month. Torpedo returned to duty in September 1992, with his Version 4 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983
2. 1997 (Night Landing)
3. 1998 (3-Pack)
4. 2003 (Spy Troops)
5. 2004/I (VAMP)
6. 2004/II (Built to Rule)
7. 2008/I (25th Wave 6)
8. 2008/II (Senior Ranking Officers)
Version 1: 1983 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0021: SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land)MOS 1: Navy SEAL
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • arms: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • torso: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • waist: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • legs: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
Accessories: two grey flippers (new); grey backpack (new, with orange tanks); black speargun (new)
Torpedo was a scuba instructor prior to enlistment. Attained black belts in three martial arts by 19 (Wu-Shu, Kenpo, and Go-Ju-Ryu). Proficient with Filipino butterfly knife (Bali-Song). Training records after SEAL school: CLASSIFIED. Qualified Expert: Most NATO small arms, NATO and Warsaw Pact explosive devices.
Spends off-duty hours perfecting his fighting skills and marksmanship. Strict vegetarian. Regarded by his teammates as a highly competent professional, but has the personality of a cold fish.
Toy Notes: Featured in 1983's APC commercial. Item #6413.
Re-releases: Also boxed in a J.C. Penney's exclusive three-pack with Snow Job (83) and Tripwire (83). Recolored versions were released in India. Some parts were used to create the India-exclusive figure Superhero.
Version 2: 1997 carded Navy SEAL Mission set
Fig. #0507: SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land)MOS 1: Navy SEAL
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • arms: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • torso: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • waist: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • legs: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
Accessories: two black flippers (83 Torpedo's); black backpack (83 Torpedo's, with brown tanks); black speargun (83 Torpedo's); black figure stand
Torpedo is in a league of his own, and he like it that way. He was the first choice to represent the Navy within the G.I. Joe team. As an elite S.E.A.L., he can swim up to 100 yards without scuba tanks, carrying half his weight in underwater explosives. Proficient in three martial art styles, he lives a disciplined life as a strict vegetarian. A highly competent professional in his field, Torpedo's only drawback is his lack of personality. He prefers the company of the ocean, and he really hates pollution. You have to give respect to a guy that can go up against a squad of COBRA Eels, bare-handed, and leave them as fish food. When the G.I. Joe team was closed down by the government, Torpedo continued in service as an Under Water Demolitions instructor. He instituted new methods, and made it the program to enroll in. When he heard the G.I. Joe team was re-organizing its members, Torpedo promptly returned. Using the stealth of darkness, Torpedo silently floats into enemy territory with his Night Landing S.E.A.L. Raft.
From General Hawk's Files: "If discipline is the key, Torpedo is the lock. Torpedo's talent in underwater demolitions is extraordinary. When he sets his mind to something, nothing stands in his way. I've never seen anybody hold their breath as long as this guy either. I value his judgement and his skills."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive vehicle pack with the Night Landing (97). Item #28013.
Version 3: 1998 three-pack assortment
Fig. #0524: Navy SEALMOS 1: Navy SEAL
MOS 2: Command
  • head: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98, 04/I)
  • arms: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
  • torso: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
  • waist: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
  • legs: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
Accessories: black helmet (92 Wet-Suit's, with yellow and blue trim); two black flippers (92 Wet-Suit's); black spear rifle (92 Wet-Suit's); black figure stand
Torpedo is a no-nonsense, by the book, stand-by-the-regs Navy SEAL. He was the first SEAL ever assigned to the G.I. Joe Team, and he regards that with considerable pride. He has the personality of a cold fish, but given that he's in charge of this three-man SEAL unit, which includes a loose cannon like Wet-Suit and a wild card like Shipwreck, Torpedo's aloof personality is the only thing that can keep the other two in line and functioning as a team. When not on a mission against COBRA, Torpedo puts his team through the same kind of strenuous training that he himself has always maintained.
From General Hawk's Files: "I don't know of anyone that would regard Torpedo as a close personal friend. He's a strict vegetarian, and tends to grow his own food, so you don't even see him socializing in the mess hall. The best thing anyone says about him is that he's a 'highly competent professional.' But in this business, that's high praise and he knows it. He is completely committed to the task at hand at all times, and actually manages to keep Wet-Suit and Shipwreck in line most of the time."
Motto: "Discipline is the key on land or under the sea."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive Navy Assault Unit three-pack with Shipwreck (98) and Wet-Suit (98). Item #57066.
Version 4: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 5 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0687: SEAL
Chief Torpedo
MOS 1: Underwater Demolitions
MOS 2: Diving Instructor
  • head: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper arms: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II)
  • lower arms: Chief Torpedo (03)
  • torso: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • waist: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper legs: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • lower legs: Chief Torpedo (03), Low Light (06)
Accessories: silver scuba vest (new, with black tubing and blue trim); silver pistol (86 Low-Light's Uzi, with Sound Attack tab); brown pistol (86 Lifeline's 9mm); brown machine gun (new, with no stock)
U.S. Navy SEALs are the toughest of the tough, and CHIEF TORPEDO may be tougher than all the rest. He goes out on a five mile run and does a hundred push-ups before breakfast, and after that he starts the serious training. Dropped from a moving helicopter into deep water, he can swim to shore with a hundred pound pack full of weapons, run cross-country for ten miles, and still be back at headquarters in time for dinner at the mess.
CHIEF TORPEDO has no sense of humor, no bad habits and amazingly enough, still manages to have friends and enjoy their company. He spends his spare time reading technical manuals and working on his vintage '68 muscle car. His fellow G.I. JOE team members respect him for his professionalism and skills, avoid sparring with him during hand-to-hand combat drill, and keep their distance when he shortens the fuses on his grenades.
"You want a quote from me? I don't give quotes. Talk is cheap. I just do my job."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Burn Out (03). Item #57250.
Version 5: 2004 boxed VAMP with Twin Battle Gun vehicle set (04/I)
Fig. #0921: SEAL
Chief Torpedo
MOS 1: Underwater Demolitions
MOS 2: Diving Instructor
  • head: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Chief Torpedo (98, 04/I)
  • arms: Roadblock (92, 93/I, 04/III, 05/II), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • torso: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • waist: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • legs: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
Accessories: shares a metallic grey carbine (02 Duke's M4) with Big Brawler (04)
U.S. Navy SEALs are the toughest of the tough, and CHIEF TORPEDO may be tougher than all the rest. He goes out on a five mile run and does a hundred push-ups before breakfast, and after that he starts the serious training. Dropped from a moving helicopter into deep water, he can swim to shore with a hundred pound pack full of weapons, run cross-country for ten miles, and still be back at headquarters in time for dinner at the mess hall. CHIEF TORPEDO has no sense of humor, no bad habits, and amazingly enough, still manages to have friends and enjoy their company. His fellow G.I. JOE Team members respect him for his professionalism and skills, avoid sparring with him during hand-to-hand combat drill, and keep their distance when he shortens the fuses on his grenades.
"You want a quote from me? I don't give quotes. Talk is cheap. I just do my job."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive vehicle set with Pathfinder (01) and Big Brawler (04) as well as the VAMP with Twin Battle Gun (04). Item #60352.
Version 6: 2004 Built-to-Rule boxed Rapid Runner vehicle (04/II)
Fig. #0940: SEAL
Chief Torpedo
Skills: Demolitions, Diving Instructor
  • head: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper arms: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II)
  • lower arms: Chief Torpedo (04/II)
  • torso: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • waist: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper legs: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • lower legs: Chief Torpedo (04/II)
Accessories: none
[The 2004 Built-to-Rule filecards had no main text.]
Toy Notes: Item #6559.
Version 7: 2008 25th Anniversary Wave 6 carded assortment (08/I)
Fig. #1224: SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land)
Lieutenant Torpedo
MOS 1: Navy SEAL
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I)
  • upper arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Diver (08)
  • body: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • upper legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
Accessories: black air mask (new, with clear strap and visor) and detachable air hose; two grey flippers (new, with hole and peg in each); grey backpack (83 Torpedo's, with red tanks and modified peg); black pistol (02 Shipwreck's with silencer); black speargun (83 Torpedo's); black knife (04 Swamp Rat's); black Joe figure stand
LT. TORPEDO was a scuba instructor prior to enlistment. Attained black belts in three martial arts by age 19 (Wushu, Kenpo, and Goju-Ryu). Proficient with Filipino butterfly knife (balisong). Training records after SEAL School: CLASSIFIED. Qualified Expert: Most NATO small arms, NATO and Warsaw Pacts explosvie devices.
Spends off-duty hours perfecting his fighting skills and marksmanship. Strict vegetarian. Regarded by his teammates as a highly competent professional, but with the personality of a cold fish.
Toy Notes: Item #29253. Despite the new name, the filecard still lists Torpedo as a Chief Warrant Officer. The holes in the flippers allow Torpedo to wear the flippers while occupying the figure stand.
Version 8: 2008 Senior Ranking Officers Wave 2 assortment (08/II)
Fig. #1331: SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land)
Lieutenant Torpedo
MOS 1: Navy SEAL
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I)
  • upper arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Diver (08)
  • body: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • upper legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
Accessories: grey air mask (08/I Torpedo's, with yellow visor) and detachable black air hose; two yellow flippers (08/I Torpedo's); grey backpack (08/I Torpedo's, with red tanks); black pistol (02 Shipwreck's with silencer); black speargun (83 Torpedo's); black knife (04 Swamp Rat's, with silver edge); black Joe figure stand
LT. TORPEDO was a scuba instructor prior to enlistment. He attained black belts in three martials arts by age 19 including Wushu, Kenpo, and Goju-Ryu, and he's proficient with Filipino butterfly knife (balisong). His training records after SEAL School are classified. He's a qualified expert in most NATO small arms, NATO and Warsaw Pacts explosive devices. LT. TORPEDO spends his off-duty hours perfecting his fighting skills and marksmanship. He's a strict vegetarian and is regarded by his teammates as a highly competent professional, but with the personality of a cold fish.
"When things are looking really bad, a big blast can usually solve the problem. Hey, they don't call me 'Torpedo' for nothing."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive three-pack with G.I. Joe Cutter (08) and Deep Six (08/I). Item #36145, set 2 of 3. This color scheme is based on the Joe frogsuits commonly seen in the Sunbow cartoon series, although Torpedo never wore a yellow one.