Snake-Eyes (ninja trainee)
Smoke (Mortal Kombat) figure and sword
GI Joe #26, #126
Snake-Eyes returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam only to discover
his family had been killed on their way to the airport by a drunk driver.
Following up on the offer of a member of his L.R.R.P. (Long Range Recon
Patrol), Snake-Eyes travelled to Japan to train in the Arashikage ninja
clan. He quickly gained experience and expertise, as well as the favor
of the clan leader, the Hard Master. His skills with swords and the throwing
dirk soon surpassed those of his friend Storm Shadow, known to the clan
as the Young Master. Snake-Eyes wore the mark of the clan proudly on his
In a twisted attempt at revenge, the man who would one day be Cobra
Commander hired Zartan to kill Snake-Eyes. The drunk who killed Snake-Eyes'
family had in fact been the Commander's brother and he wanted to kill Snake-Eyes
to pay for the act. Zartan mistakenly killed the Hard Master, but succeeded
in placing the blame on Storm Shadow. The clan disbanded as Storm Shadow
attempted to track down the true killer and Snake-Eyes retreated to solitude
in the Sierras.
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