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Villain Overview

Attention, citizens! Due to the financial irresponsibility and incompetence of your leaders, COBRA has found it necessary to restructure your nation's economy. We have begun by eliminating the worthless green paper, which your government has deceived you into believing is valuable. COBRA will come to your rescue and, out of the ashes, will arise a NEW ORDER!
~ Cobra Commander to the world in "Money to Burn", from the original cartoon.
Long live COBRA, the greatest!
~ Cobra Commander in the G.I. Joe arcade game.

Cobra Commander is the main antagonist of the G.I. Joe franchise. He is the ruthless founder and leader of COBRA. He is known to have deliberately started political and social conflict in a number of areas around the world while fighting against the heroic G.I. Joe team.

He has amassed an army by recruiting displaced people, promising them money, power and a chance to get back at the world that hurt them. In return, he demands that they swear absolute loyalty to his cause, which is none other than worldwide domination.


In the original 1980s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero animated series, he's the main antagonist in the first season and a secondary antagonist in the second season, and a minor neutral antagonist in G.I. Joe: The Movie. In the controversial 1989 DiC sequel series, he's reducing as the main antagonist.


Heartless, sadistic, brutal, power-hungry, and spiteful, Cobra Commander only has his eyes on world domination. Cobra Commander is also of high intellect and interest in working in the front lines of his own schemes, although his calm and sly persona is often shed when he is upset, with his rage being notably nightmarish.


Sunbow series

In the classic original G.I. Joe cartoon series, Cobra Commander is the main antagonist in the first season. Using his organization, Cobra Commander attempts time and again to try and take over the world in a variety of ways, such as trying to force his own currency on people and creating his own TV station to brainwash the world. However, unlike the version described above, Cobra Commander is more like the Filmation Skeletor and the G1 Megatron: he's extremely immature, childish and cowardly, prone to throwing infantile tantrums at his failures, and leaving his henchmen behind in the midst of battle. His failures finally drove Dr. Mindbender to create Serpentor, thus reducing Cobra Commander to a secondary antagonist in the second season.

In G.I. Joe the Movie, the truth about Cobra Commander's origin is revealed: Cobra Commander was a nobleman from the hidden city of Cobra-La, whose face sprouted extra eyes after a lab accident. Sensing the anger in the young man, Golobulus, the ruler of Cobra-La, used him to create the COBRA organization, but grew angry over Cobra Commander's failures. During the movie, Cobra Commander was devolved in a snake, and was kept as a pet by Serpentor.

But in the DiC cartoon series, the Baroness, wanting revenge on Destro and Serpentor, restored him to a semi-human form, and outfitted him with a special battle armor. Taking back his place as leader of COBRA, and as the main antagonist of the series, Cobra Commander continued with his semi-comical plans to take over the world, only to be foiled by G.I. Joe.

Cobra Commander made a guest appearance as the secondary antagonist in G1 Transformers Season 3 episode "Only Human", as a retired terrorist undergoing the name "Old Snake" & working for criminals alike. Set in the year 2006 after the events of the classic G.I. Joe cartoon in the Transformers universe, a retired Cobra Commander was hired by crime lord Victor Drath to help him learn the secret of the synthoid technology to use it against the Autobots. After successfully luring them into a trap, the Commander had the consciousness of Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Arcee & Springer transferred into human bodies while obtaining the Autobots' robot bodies. Victor Drath wanted to destroy the Autobots' robot bodies but he was advised by the Commander not to as they have a useful weapon system. Eventually, the Autobots have regained their robot bodies and Drath and his gang were arrested. Cobra Commander had somehow managed to avoid capture offscreen. He then watched Drath and his gang get hauled away as he walked in the sunset. He mused himself by stating they "don't make terrorists like they used to" and shouted the old C.O.B.R.A. battle cry, only to end up coughing.

Sigma 6

In G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, Cobra Commander's profile has been modified, stating that he considers himself a warrior king. This rendition of the character possesses snake-like eyes as well as full battle armor. He wears a helmet that resembles a snake's head and covers his face with a hood. The snake staff he carries contains a number of hidden weapons systems. The Commander was voiced by Marc Thompson.

Live-action series

Main article: Cobra Commander (G.I. Joe Film Series)


  • In the GI Joe: A Real American Hero animated series he was voiced by Chris Latta, who is also known for voicing Starscream in the G1 Transformers cartoon.
  • In Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles, he was voiced by Scott McNeil.
  • In Spy Troops and Valor vs. Venom, he was voiced by .
  • In Sigma 6, he was voiced by Marc Thompson.
  • In GI Joe: Resolute and GI Joe: Renegades, he was voiced by Charlie Adler.



You! Without my money and organization, you'd be out in the rain watching your face rust! (hisses)
~ Cobra Commander to Destro.
You have won thisss time, but Cobra will survive to defeat you! Remember my wordssssss.
~ Cobra Commander to G.I. Joe.
Destro: It is too dangerous, Commander! There could be dire consequences!
Cobra Commander: There will be dire consequences for you, if you do not obey my orders! The lightning, Destro. Now!
~ Cobra Commander orders Destro to create a lightning storm with the Weather Dominator.
Blunderheads, imbeciles! Why are great men always surrounded by lesser beings?
~ Cobra Commander.
No! G.I. Joe was ready for us! (throws binoculars) How dare they anticipate my strategy!
~ Cobra Commander.
Stand back. My troopers may be cowardly, but I'll never yield!
~ Cobra Commander to the Joes.
I've lost my cubes! My wonderful cubes! All gone! (sobs) Now I'll never the rule the world! I hate this job!
~ Cobra Commander watching the destruction of the Pyramid of Darkness.
Incompetent, idiotic, fat-headed nincompoops!!!
~ Cobra Commander to Tomax and Xamot.
It takes a strong stomach to watch me eat, doesn't it, Destro?
~ Cobra Commander to Destro, who sees his disfigured face.
Destro! This is all your fault!
~ Cobra Commander blaming Destro for Cobra's failures as usual.
Morons! I have morons on my payroll!
~ Cobra Commander.
She's bluffing! If she shoots me down, you'll go too! She'd never risk that! Fortunately, I've no such qualms about eliminating her!
~ Cobra Commander to Duke about Cover Girl.
Stop! What are you doing? Advance! Advan- (almost gets hit by a fire bomb) Retreat! Retreat!!'
~ Cobra Commander.
Cobra Commander: Noooo! Nooooo! How could they, they do this to me! (smashes screen with chair) Watchdog and the Pit Viper! Both destroyed!
Destro: Along with half of Joe headquarters, Commander. Try to see the bright side.
Cobra Commander: Bright side?! Take this and your bright side, Destro! (throws chair at Destro)
~ Cobra Commander and Destro.
As of now, your little experiment is deader than disco! Come, Scrap-Iron. (laughs) Deader than disco, I like that. I could've been a great stand-up comedian.
~ Cobra Commander to Dr. Mindbender and then Scrap-Iron.
You have a way with words, Mindbender. Continue with your plan by all means. I shall be waiting to reward your genius, or to have you beheaded for terminal stupidity! I have spoken.
~ Cobra Commander to Dr. Mindbender.
Betrayed by my own confidant! Dishonored by upstarts. Misfits! What have I done to merit such heinous disrespect?!
~ Cobra Commander after his betrayal by Scrap-Iron.
How many times must I retreat in one day?!
~ Cobra Commander.
The fault, most imperial Serpentor, lies not within us, but within you! Your leadership has been pompous, pusilanimous and pathetic!
~ Cobra Commander to Serpentor.
I was once a man. A man!
~ Cobra Commander as he is mutating into a snake.


Poor Mr. Drath. Not quite smart enough, were you? (scoffs) They simply don't make terrorists like they used to. COOOBRA- (coughs)
~ Cobra Commander as he watches Victor Drath taken away by police.


You still see us as villains in a Saturday morning cartoon. I understand that Tomax and Xamot had you engaged in all manner of mayhem. They found ways to create as much carnage as possible while maintaining a legitimate business. That's their temperament. You'll find it's NOT mine. The key to success is to consider every possible road toward it, and let nothing—not morality, law, or personal preference—influence your choice of the best one. You'll be surprised by how often that road is not a violent one.
~ Cobra Commander

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G.I. Joe: Resolute: Cobra Commander
G.I. Joe: Renegades: Cobra Commander | Dr. Mindbender
G.I Joe 2009-2013 Film Duology: Cobra Commander/The Doctor | Destro | Storm Shadow | Baroness | Zartan | Firefly
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