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

Low-Light is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
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Low-Light is one of the sneakiest members of the Joe Team. He can move through foliage and in the dead of night virtually undetected. He can maintain his position and be still for hours. It doesn't matter what advantage the enemy has, when the sun goes down and you can't even see two inches from you, that is when you know that the darkness is where Low-Light truly reigns. Low-Light's superb sniper skill enables him to pick off his targets in even the lowest of illumination affordable. He prefers to maintain his own night-vision equipment. He actually made his own innovations in image-intensification, mostly self-taught, and even holds two patents from his efforts.


In stark contrast to his present-day rep, his childhood was not an easy one. The dark has given him near endless nightmares. He feared the creatures of the dark and loud noises startle him. His father often takes him on hunting trips to accustom him to his phobias. An unfortunate incident, if you could call it that, on one trip separated the two and Low-Light was forced to fend for himself for several weeks. When authorities finally found him, he has changed. He used to be afraid of the bogeyman, we think he has become one himself.


There is some difference between the fiction provided by Low-Light's 1986 filecard and his childhood origin in other media. In the filecard, a young Low-Light lost his fear of the dark when he became lost in the woods. In the G.I. Joe: Order of Battle comic, Low-Light's father forced him to spend the night in a county dump with instructions not to come home without 20 dead rats. It is possible that the version found in the Order of Battle was meant to be the original version but the idea of a father leaving his child alone in a dump at night must have screamed notions of child abuse. Another possibility is that the background was changed to fit the cartoon episode "Nightmare Assault," where Low-Light has a dream of his abusive father.


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A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity
Devil's Due Comics continuity
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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Low-Light was then part of a team who managed to transmit information on Cobra operations in Italy despite much resistance.[1] He was then on a team who stopped Cobra obtaining a powerful laser driven by diamonds[2] and subsequently part of a team who investigated an attack on a W.H.A.L.E. in the Atlantic Ocean.[3] Later he was part of a G.I. Joe team in the Latin American county of Sao Cristobel who prevented Cobra from securing a nuclear warhead.[4]

Blackthorne Comics continuity

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Dreamwave Comics continuity

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Hasbro Comics continuity

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Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

Voice actor: Charlie Adler

Low-Light from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.

DiC animated series

Voice actor: Maurice LaMarche


Generation 1
Low-Light A Real American Hero (1986)

Low-Light was among the number of single-pack carded action figures of A Real American Hero's 1986 release.

Appearance: yellow hair; black cap; red goggles; dark grey jacket with red pad on right shoulder; black gloves; dark grey pants with black belt

Accessories: large, thick pouch backpack; black Uzi with trigger guard; black 7.62mm Moel 85 sniper's rifle with large scope and tiny bipod. page/Filecard

Marauders Low-Light A Real American Hero (1989)

A recolored version of Low-Light was released as part of the Slaughter's Marauders set in 1989.

Appearance: yellow hair; blue cap and goggles; jacket striped brown, yellow-green, dark green; blue gloves and pad on right shoulder; pants striped dark green, yellow-green, dark green, and brown; black belt.

Accessories: black "Low-Light" backpack; black "Low-Light" Uzi; black "Low-Light" sniper's rifle and bipod. page/Filecard

Low-Light v.2 A Real American Hero (1991)

Low-Light is given a complete makeover for the 1991 edition. His head is also an entirely new sculpt.

Appearance: black hair, beard, and face paint; brown shirt; grey vest and sleeves; blue green straps; black pants; blue-green belt, holsters, and kneepads; black boots

Accessories: large, round black helmet with detachable black visor with red lens; rectangular black pouch backpack with clips for knife and hole for flashlight; black sniper's rifle with hollow stock, large scope, and sound suppressor; small, simple black knife with serrated edge; rectangular black flashlight with long handle. page/Filecard

Dino-Hunters Low-Light Dino-Hunter Mission (1993)

Low-Light was available boxed in 1993 as part of the Wal*Mart-exclusive Dino-Hunter Mission playset.

Appearance: yellow hair and beard; dark blue shirt; neon yellow vest and sleeves; black straps; green pants; black belt, holsters, kneepads, and boots

Accessories: black '91 helmet and visor with red lens; black "Skydive" pistol; black "Mercer" submachine gun; black "Airwave" machine gun/grenade launcher; black '91 sniper's rifle; black "Hit & Run" knife; black figure stand. page/Filecard

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The Real American Hero Collection (2001)
Low-Light is packaged in a two-pack with Sure Fire for the 2001 edition of the Real American Hero Collection. The figure uses the same mold as the 1991 action figure.
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Direct-to-Consumer (2006)
A special Low-Light action figure was made available for order from Hasbro and was later made available through Toys R Us stores. This Low-Light action figure was made primarily from the same mold as Chief Torpedo.
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  • In 1989 and 1993, Low-Light is said to be from New Mexico when the other previous versions say he's from North Dakota. (The city of Crosby is indeed in North Dakota.)
  • Artist Ron Rudat designed Low-Light to be a Navy SEAL, but the character was somehow assigned to the Army.
  • As Revealed in an episode in Season 2, Low Light suffered from nightmares for most of his life, but was the key to stopping the other Joe's nightmares.

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