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Viper Pilot

(aka Enemy)









Previous character: HISS Driver
Next character: Wild Bill

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
None531 seconds00

Notes: Sunbow's Viper Pilots had the same model as Cobra Troopers, but with a white Cobra insignia instead of red. One Pilot appears in the Falcon Glider/Viper Glider ad, but the only scene in the series where their use is clearly intentional is at the beginning of The Revenge of Cobra Part 1. Cobra Officers (with red insignia) were used for the Viper Glider sequence in A Real American Hero part 2, and all other appearances below are probably animation errors in which Cobra Troopers were left with uncolored (i.e. white) insignia for a single camera shot.

 

The Revenge of Cobra, Part 123 secondsflying Viper Gliders against convoy
Jungle Trap2 secondsfleeing Cobra temple (19:46-47)
Haul Down the Heavens2 secondsguarding Flint and Lady Jaye (10:36-37)
The Funhouse2 secondsrunning from Flint (5:18-19)
The Invaders2 secondsshot out of Trubble Bubbles near White House (18:30-31)

Headcanon

Viper Pilots were introduced in 1980 and served as Cobra's unpowered flight specialists until they were succeeded by Night Vultures in fall 1986. As with all non-Viper air troops, Viper Pilots held a low rank, just one step above generic Cobra Troopers.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983 (Viper Glider)  
Version 1: 1983 boxed Viper Glider vehicle
Fig. #0029: EnemyMOS 1: Infantry
MOS 2: Viper Pilot, Sabotage
  • head: Cobra (82, 04), Viper Pilot (83), Python Officer (89), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II)
  • upper arms: Cobra (82), Viper Pilot (83), Python Officer (89)
  • lower arms: Cobra (82, 04), Viper Pilot (83), Python Officer (89)
  • torso: Cobra (82, 04), Viper Pilot (83), Python Officer (89), Cobra Infantry Trooper (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 04/IV), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II)
  • waist: Cobra (82, 89), Cobra Officer (82, 89), HISS Driver (83), Viper Pilot (83), Stinger Driver (84), Steel Brigade (87 D-E-F), Duke (88), Cobra Infantry Trooper (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 04/IV), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II)
  • upper left leg: Cobra (82, 04), Viper Pilot (83), Python Officer (89), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II), Night Stalker (07/I, 07/II, 07/III), Night Stalker Commander (07)
  • upper right leg: Cobra (82, 04), Viper Pilot (83), Python Officer (89), Cobra Infantry Trooper (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 04/IV), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II, 05/I, 05/II), Scrap-Iron (04, 05/I), Horror Show (05), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II), Night Stalker (07/I, 07/II, 07/III), Night Stalker Commander (07)
  • lower legs: Cobra (82, 04), Viper Pilot (83), Python Officer (89), Cobra Infantry Trooper (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 04/IV), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II, 05/I, 05/II), Sgt. Mutt (04/II), Scrap-Iron (04, 05/I), Horror Show (05), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II), Night Stalker (07/I, 07/II, 07/III), Night Stalker Commander (07)
Accessories: none
One of the nameless, faceless legions of COBRA Command. Each COBRA is highly skilled in the use of explosives, all NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms, sabotage, and the martial arts. Qualified expert: Skorpion (VZOR61) Machine Pistol; Dragunov (SVD) Sniper's Rifle; Uzi Submachine Gun; M-16.
"COBRAS swear absolute loyalty to their fanatical leader . . . COBRA Commander. Their goal . . . to conquer the world for their own evil purpose!"
Toy Notes: Item #6097-2. The chest insignia rubs off easily; a Viper Pilot with intact insignia is considered a high-demand item. You know how museums have artwork like the Mona Lisa roped off so people won't touch it and wear it down? Well, the Viper Pilot's like that, except that he's not as valuable to G.I. Joe as the Mona Lisa is to art. But maybe he would be if people would just stop touching him. Just sayin'.
Due to the resemblance, some collectors choose to think of the single-carded Cobra trooper from 2007 as a new version of Viper Pilot.