This article is about the Real American Hero subteam - for the cartoon, see G.I. Joe: Renegades (TV series).

Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades is a G.I. Joe splinter cell made up of unlikely soldiers recruited and lead by Sgt. Slaughter. The Renegades consist of ex-football player Red Dog, former circus strongman Taurus, and ex-Cobra Viper Mercer. Their base of operation is a secret location codenamed "The Slaughterhouse".


G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)

After being court-martialed for failing to do his duty that resulted in Serpentor being rescued and landing Alpine, Bazooka, and Gung-Ho in the hospital, Lt. Falcon was sentenced to The Slaughterhouse. After being dropped in the middle of a desert wasteland by Lift-Ticket, Falcon was greeted by the Renegades, who proceeded to rough him up. After breaking them up, Sgt. Slaughter quickly introduced the Green Beret to the rowdy trio before they and Slaughter drove off on motorcycles, leaving Falcon to huff it to the Slaughterhouse. Though they didn't care too much for the young officer, the Renegades began to warm up to Falcon (Red Dog, at one point, helped Falcon, who was struggling to do pull-ups).

Later on, Sgt. Slaughter informed the Renegades and Falcon about a mission to infiltrate the Terror Drome. After Falcon suggested to conduct the mission without weapons, the ragtag trio gave the Green Beret a snarling glare.[1]


A Real American Hero (1987)

Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades was released on a three-pack card. Red Dog, Taurus, and Mercer were all original molds and were sold through 1988.

Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades carded figures at


  • The Renegades would be "reunited" as one of two exclusive sets at the 2006 G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention.
  • Aside from the 2006 G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention exclusive, the only member of the Renegades to get another figure was Mercer, which appeared in 1991.
  • Red Dog is the only Samoan character in the G.I. Joe line.[citation needed]

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