Serpentor (G.I. Joe bad guy) during the 1980s.


(1980s G.I. Joe cartoons)


As Jackson Beck said during every opening, “G.I.Joe is the codename for America’s daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to protect human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.”

Serpentor was created to take over Cobra, and from there, the world.

This profile is from the cartoon, specifically the 1986 season and particularly “Arise, Serpentor, Arise” and “My Favorite Things” . This is a different setting from the Marvel comic books.



  • Real Name: Serpentor.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Julius Caesar, Napoléon Bonaparte, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler, Hannibal, Genghis Khan, Grigori Rasputin, Montezuma, Geronimo, Eric the Red, Xanuth Amon-Toth (DNA Sources, all deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Cobra.
  • Base of Operations: Cobra Island.
  • Height: 6’4″ Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black

Powers & Abilities

Serpentor’s first battle was an evenly matched one on one against Sergeant Slaughter, and he has since thrown people around routinely.

He presumably has all the skills of his DNA sources, but not the patience to use them.


When Cobra Commander began becoming too arrogant even for Cobra, Dr. Mindbender began having a “strange recurring dream” that suggested the creation of a composite clone using historical DNA from all over the Earth.

Cobra followed this plan, but Sergeant Slaughter not only prevented their use of Sun Tsu’s DNA, but also his own.


The Crimson Twins predicted correctly that “Without Sun Tsu’s DNA, our new leader will be an even bigger dweeb than Cobra Commander”. This showed heavily during his reign. Which consisted mostly of his keeping the Commander aware of his loss of command, much like Rebecca Howe did to Sam Malone that same year.

After surviving the destruction of Cobra-La, Serpentor was merged by the Cobra Commander with an iguana. Serpentor was never seen since, unless you count the direct-to-video animated movie where he allied with Pythona.


Serpentor is a tall, muscular man in his apparent mid-20s and wears a uniform of gold snakeskin with a green cape, leaving only his face and fingers exposed.


Serpentor’s ego is roughly the size of Unicron, and would probably try to attack him if he had the chance. He seems to be in a state of permanent anger, and always follows his statements with “THIS… I COMMAND!”


“Know that I am the one you seek. I am the one born to rule, destined to conquer. Let those who fear me follow me. Let those who oppose me DIE ! FOR I AM SERPENTOR, AND THIS I COMMAND !”

Cobra Commander: “You’ve got them eating out of you hand. Of course you and I know your primary function will be as a figurehead, a sterling symbol of the power and unanimity of Cobra. You’ll give them someone to look up to while I make all the important decisions.”
Serpentor: “Then start by deciding where you want to be BURIED !” (smacks Commander across the lab.)
Cobra Commander: “Don’t be so aggressive. I’m still open to negotiation.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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A 900 Point Character

Dex: 06 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 07 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Cobra Emperor
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Wealth: 025
Init: 018 HP: 122

Charisma (Intimidation): 08, Military Science: 08, Vehicles: 04, Weaponry: 04

Iron Nerves, Credentials (Cobra, High).

CIH (Cobra Commander), Catastrophic Rage.

AIR CHARIOT [STR 05 BODY 06, Flight: 05, R#2, HP Cost: 55].

By Robert Marcum.

Source of Character: G.I.Joe (1986 TV season, character voiced by Dick Gautier).

Writeup completed on the 17th of January 2017.