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

Dusty is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series.
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The desert is one of the most unforgiving environments to send soldiers to. Often, there is a need for one specialist to take on survival responsibilities. Dusty has taken the responsibility without question. At a young age, he has fell in love with the desert. To him, it is the last true frontier. Clean, pure and unforgiving. He studied desert ecology while working as a refrigerator and air-conditioner repairman. When he signed up in the Army, he was the only one who really enjoyed his training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Already proficient in desert survival, he has also trained to be fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and has some working knowledge on Kazakh and Khalka language. The blistering heat of the day, freezing cold nights, snakes, scorpions, sheet lightning, dust storms, sand, none of these faze Dusty. They just make him feel at home.



A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity
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Devil's Due Comics continuity
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G.I. Joe Reloaded

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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Dusty was Action Force's commanding officer in the Middle East.[1] However, like other team members, often deployed across the world. He was first seen at Action Force's headquarters in Geneva[2] and was then part of the team who prevented Cobra from destroying the Eiffel Tower.[3] He then partook in an operation to prevent a Cobra bomb being detonated in central London.[4] He was then part of a team who went to Morocco to meet with a Cobra defector named Farouk but he was seemingly killed by other Cobras. Farouk told them of Cobra plans to capture a North Sea oil rig.[5] Action Force attacked only to discover they had tricked into attacking an oil rig belonging to Destro, who had them arrested. However they were subsequently freed by Quick Kick.[6] Later Dusty drove a Mauler M.B.T. in the battle against the Decepticon Megatron, but the tank was soon destroyed and Dusty was pulled clear of the wreckage by Crankcase and Wild Bill.[7]

Dusty suffered a crisis of confidence when he fell in love with an Action Force member called Julia Kreig. Together they were on patrol in the Middle East when they were attacked by Cobra. Dusty survived to discover Julia was gone. He tracked down the Cobras to find them camping and off-guard. Launching a surprise attack he killed them all, only to discover the last Crimson Guard was Julia - she had been a Cobra agent all along who set up the ambush so she could return to Cobra. As Dusty felt he couldn't trust anyone anymore he offered his resignation, but Flint talked him out of out, pointing out the key point is to trust one's self.[8] Dusty was then part of an Action Force team charged with defending the Broadcast Energy Transmitter on a tropical island when it was attacked by Destro, causing the unit to be relocated to the Himalayas, a posting Dusty hated.[9] He was then part of a mission to the Australian desert to stop Cobra launching an orbital weapons platform.[10]

Blackthorne Comics continuity

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Dreamwave Comics continuity

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Hasbro Comics continuity

In Comic Pack Issue #8, Lt. Falcon vs. Nemesis Enforcer: Showdown At The Top Of The World, Lt. Falcon is seen carrying a wounded Dusty to the Tomahawk with Nemesis Enforcer hot on his heels. After making it to the Tomahawk, Falcon decides to stay behind and fight Nemesis Enforcer so the Tomahawk can evacuate with Dusty.

Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

Voiced by: Neil Ross

Dusty from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.

Dusty is one of the Joes first seen in the TPOD arc who are taken captive on Space Station Delta by the Dreadnoks. He and Mutt take it upon themselves to cause sabotage, and route communications back to Joe H.Q., all while avoiding the Fatal Fluffies.

DiC animated series

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Generation 1
Dusty A Real American Hero (1985)

Dusty was part of the series of carded action figures from the 1985 series of ARAH toys.

Appearance: brown camo paint on face; beige hat with goggles and cloth; beige shirt and pants with brown camo; black backpack straps, belt, and boots; white panels on chest.

Accessories: beige backpack with two canteens on back; black FAMAS submachine gun and small bipod with horizontal support. page/Filecard

Tiger Force Dusty A Real American Hero (1988)

The Tiger Force subset featured a recolored version of Dusty original action figure in 1988.

Appearance: brown and light green hat with cloth and grey goggles; dark green shirt with yellow stripes; light green pants; brown backpack straps, belts

Accessories: light green backpack; black FAMAS submachine gun and bipod. page/Filecard

Dusty v.2 A Real American Hero (1991)

A new Dusty action figure was released in 1991 and included his pet coyote Sandstorm. His filecard features a new serial number and an upgrade in rank.

Appearance: red hair; yellow beret; yellow sleeveless shirt with brown straps; yellow pants with light brown camouflage and brown belt, holster

Accessories: reddish brown pouch backpack (with sculpted grenades, roll, and canteen); brown M-1911A1 auto pistol; brown submachine gun with long magazine, holes in barrel, and removable sliding stock; grey coyote named Sandstorm. page/Filecard

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The Real American Hero Collection (2000)
Dusty is carded in a two-pack with Law for the 2000 edition of The Real American Hero Collection
2000 filecard
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The Real American Hero Collection (2002)
In the final year of the Real American Hero Collection, Dusty is packaged together with the Night Rhino.
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Generation 2
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G.I. Joe vs. Cobra (2002)
As part of the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series, Dusty was included with the Sand Razor vehicle.
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G.I. Joe vs. Cobra (version two 2002)
Dusty is also included as a carded version in a two-pack with Cobra C.L.A.W.S.. A different colored version was packed together with Shock Viper.
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Valor vs. Venom (2004)
A new Dusty design is unveiled for the Valor vs. Venom line carded in a two-pack with Zartan.
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Desert Patrol Squad (2004)
The Toys R Us exclusive set Desert Patrol Squad included Dusty along with several other Joes.
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Generation 3
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DVD Battle Pack: Arise, Serpentor, Arise! (2008)
A new mold based on the 1985 version of Dusty was made for the third of five DVD Battle Packs. The pack also included Serpentor, a B.A.T., Montezuma's skeleton, the DVD with the G.I. Joe (Sunbow) five-part mini-series "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!" and a M.A.S.S. Device part.
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  • Dusty is named for Hasbro artist Ron Rudat, who did a lot of work on G.I. Joe.
  • Dusty's last name, according to his toy's filecard, is Tadur. However, in the G.I. Joe cartoon episodes "The Traitor (Part I)" and "The Traitor (Part II)", he's called "Rudat," which is Tadur spelled backwards.
  • Strangely for someone who's supposed to be from Nevada, he speaks with a southern accent.  However, his bio only states that he was born in Las Vegas, it's possible that he was raised somewhere else.

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