The name Charbroil refers to several versions of the same character.
For a list of the other versions, see Charbroil.

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Charbroil is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
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A Real American Hero comics continuity

The codename used by U.S. Army Sergeant Carl G. Shannon. As a child, Charbroil used to heat the pipes in his family's home in Blackduck, Minnesota, to keep them from freezing. As a teenager, he worked in mills, feeding coal into blast furnaces. When his army recruiter asked what type of job he was interested, he asked for something with open flames. He eventually became a flamethrower on the G.I. Joe team. On his first mission, he and several other new recruits fought to keep Cobra from claiming a newly formed island not far from the original Cobra Island. They barely stopped Cobra before the entire landmass sunk back beneath the ocean. Some time later, Charbroil, accompanied Airtight, Spearhead and Tunnel Rat into the sewers under New York City to neutralize nerve gas canisters installed there by Cobra. The gas turned out to be a diversion to stop the Joes from discovering Cobra's true mission in New York. Charbroil served on more missions with the Joes before the team was shut down in 1994. He was later called back to join the reinstated Joe team in its battle against the forces of a revived Serpentor on Cobra Island. After the Joe team stopped a plot by Cobra to unleash the weapon known as the Tempest, and defeated a new threat, the Red Shadows, the military again disbanded the team. One year later, the Joe team was reformed with a smaller roster of active members. Charbroil, like most former Joes, is a reserve member of the new team.

Marvel Comics continuity

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Devil's Due Comics continuity

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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Charbroil was part of a G.I. Joe team in the Latin American county of Sao Cristobel who prevented Cobra from securing a nuclear warhead.[1]


Generation 1
Charbroil 1988 A Real American Hero (1988)

Charbroil was released carded as part of the 1988 series of A Real American Hero toys. He was also sold in 1989 and discontinued domestically in 1990.

Appearance: red hair; orange-brown shirt with yellow shoulder guards and silver chest armor and wristbands; orange-brown pants with yellow stripes on outside legs; red belt; silver kneepads

Accessories: silver full-head helmet with red eyes; large silver backpack with holo-sticker, antenna, handle, and hole for hose; silver flamethrower with handle and jagged forward grip; thick black hose.

Variations: Charbroil's face had either black or orange eyes. page/Filecard

Charbroil 1989 Night Force (1989)

Charbroil was released in 1989 as part of the Night Force in a two-pack with Repeater.

Appearance: red hair; grey shirt with blue shoulder guards, chest armor, and wristbands; grey pants with yellow stripes on outside legs; yellow belt; blue kneepads

Accessories: blue "Charbroil" helmet with red eyes; black "Charbroil" backpack with yellow holo-sticker; black "Charbroil" flamethrower; black "Charbroil" hose. page/Filecard



  • Charbroil's filecard includes an early example of the attempt to include contemporary idioms in the writing, with the phrase "scary to the max." While the previous filecards had a more formal writing style, they don't become outdated as swiftly as attempts like this.
  • Working names included Cinder, High-Flame and Bunsen.
  • His prototype filecard included the line "Charbroil? You know, for a flame-thrower specialist, he's a pretty nice guy. Likeable. You gotta understand that a guy who carries a tank of jellied gasoline on his back isn't going to win no popularity contest in the middle of a firefight, but ol' Charbroil is all right. Got a lot of warmth."[2]

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