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H.E.A.T. Vipers are Cobra characters from the A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series.
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While many Cobra soldiers might not be able to share the skill level of one G.I. Joe specialist, many of them make up for their deficiency by incorporating some form of stealth technology to supplement their function in the battlefield. The H.E.A.T. Viper is one such Cobra. His rocket launcher is incorporated with heat suppression technology which allows him to escape infrared detection. His helmet is linked to a sophisticated targeting system that essentially takes care of locking on to the target, estimating range and trajectory and image intensification.


A Real American Hero comics continuity - Marvel

Animated continuity - DiC

H.E.A.T.-Vipers were only animated for commercials.


Generation 1
HEAT Viper 1989 A Real American Hero (1989)

The H.E.A.T. Vipers were first available carded in the 1989 series of A Real American Hero toys.

Appearance: yellow helmet with silver face half-shield; yellow shirt with purple stripes on chest and arms; gray backpack straps, gloves, and belt; yellow pants with yellow holsters, stripes on codpiece and legs, and shinguards; gray boots; blades on ankles to hold missiles

Accessories: light gray tank backpack with curved exhaust pipes; huge, light gray bazooka with handle on top; six light gray bazooka shells; thick, light gray sight cable attaching to bazooka and helmet; standard short, black hose. page/Filecard

HEAT Viper 1993 A Real American Hero (1993)

H.E.A.T. Vipers were released in the 1993 series of A Real American Hero toys as Battle Corps figure #5.

Appearance: black helmet; neon green shirt with black diagonal strap and gloves; neon green pants with black waistpiece, holster, and boots

Accessories: neon green "Iron Grenadier" laser pistol; neon green "Annihilator" submachine gun; neon green "Rock-Viper" machine gun; large, black spring-loaded missile launcher with top-mounted wrist brace and neon green trigger for handle and hose from base to barrel; two neon green "Alley Viper" missiles. page/Filecard



  • "High Explosive Anti-Tank"
  • H.E.A.T.-Vipers appear as regular enemies in the NES Taxan G.I. Joe game on sections 4-2, 4-3, 5-2 and 6-1.

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