From a very young age, Monkeywrench is obsessed and has toyed around with explosives. Believing any hobby should be a money-making venture, he built explosives for obscure terrorists. The plot was discovered and, although he did not go to prison, he became an outcast in his hometown. All this he did by age sixteen. He may have long left but the townspeople continue to wonder why he is continuously preoccupied with explosions and loud noises. The more superstitious lot attribute it to his birthday being the same as day as Guy Fawkes Day.
Monkeywrench moved from place to place before drifting to London's East End. This proved to be a defining moment in his life as he developed rudeness and crude anti-social behavior to levels unheard of. Throughout his wanderings, he continued to offer his services as an explosives expert before he finally reached Australia and met the Dreadnoks.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuity
Devil's Due Comics continuity
Monkeywrench is listed in America's Elite #31 as terminated by Cobra during a raid on the Coffin, where he was held, by Tomax and Cobra. While reviewing the "Prisoners Terminated" list, Storm Shadow explains, "Tomax... was able to eliminate those Cobra considered loose ends." His death was the trigger that caused Zartan defected from Cobra and aided the Joes during World War III.
Action Force (British) Comics continuity
Monkeywrench, Buzzer and Ripper kidnapped Amy Trent, daughter of Action Force's Ministry of Defence liaison and commander Raymond Trent. They held her hostage and forced Trent to send Action Force out of the country, then deliver Ministry of Defence confidential documents. However Trent donned his uniform and attempted a rescue mission in which he shot Monkeywrench in the arm. Despite Buzzer's orders, Monkeywrench killed him. Hawk, Flint and Snake-Eyes pursued the Dreadnoks and rescued Amy, though the Dreadnoks escaped. Monkeywrench and Buzzer were subsequently taken to the Australian outback by the Baroness to investigate the progress of operation "Tinman" to launch an orbital weapons platform to rival any nation, after reports were heard of an intruder in the base. They were defeated by an Action Force team and left in the desert with Outback. Monkeywrench and Buzzer subsequently returned to the Australian desert, this time accompanied by Zanzibar, Road Pig and Thrasher. For many months they were pursued by Outback, who finally captured them at a remote bar, with the help of Psyche-Out.
Blackthorne Comics continuity
Sunbow animated series
- Voiced by: Neil Ross
|A Real American Hero (1986)
Monkeywrench was released as part of the 1986 line of G.I. Joe toys. The only accessory to come with the action figure was some kind of harpoon gun.
Appearance: red hair and beard; silver sunglasses; open red vest; grenades diagonally across chest; black gloves; blue jeans with black belt, holster, and boots; dark blue patch on right leg and red cloth tied around both legs
Accessories: dark grey trident harpoon rifle
A new Monkeywrench action figure was sold directly from online stores. Eventually, it was also sold through Toys "Я" Us stores. His body was primarily made from the same mold as fellow Dreadnok Burn Out. The character's name was altered slightly as Monkey Wrench. YoJoe.com page/Filecard
- Working names include "Hang-Fire," "Blaster," "Boom-Boom" and "Frag-Head."
- Like many of the early Dreadnoks, Monkeywrench's name is a subtle joke. As "Bill" is short for "William," his name is a play on Wee Willie Winkie
- Monkeywrench's 1986 filecard revealed that he was born on Guy Fawkes Day - November 5.
- The only albums he owns are "The 1812 Overture," "The Anvil Chorus" and "Wipeout."
- The prototype filecard said he was born in Belfast, North Ireland, and built explosives for both sides of the hostilities before moving to London to become a skinhead and collect welfare.