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Muskrat is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
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As one of the Joe Team's best swamp fighters, Muskrat honed much of his skills since he was a youth in Louisiana's swamps. In addition to hunting swamp critters, he had to deal with the occasional criminal element that wanders into the territory. He has been doing it for long enough that he has become an expert in fighting in the swamps; putting up camouflage and setting up traps; and throwing off others from his tracks. By the time he got through basic training and got himself into jungle warfare training, he was disappointed that they weren't really teaching him any new tricks at all.



A Real American Hero continuity

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

Muskrat 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]

Hasbro Comics continuity


Generation 1
Muskrat A Real American Hero (1988)

Muskrat was released as part of A Real American Hero's 1988 series of carded figures.

Appearance: dark green hat with black hatband; red hair; green vest with black knife and holster; black gloves; green pants with black belt and holster; green and brown boots

Accessories: grey swamp skimmer backpack with red stripe; black shotgun with trigger guard and triangular stock; blue machete with groove on side of blade. page/Filecard

Muskrat 1989 Night Force (1989)

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

Appearance: blue hat with black hatband; red hair; blue vest with green knife and holster; black pants with green belt and holster; green and black boots

Accessories: black "Muskrat" swamp skimmer backpack with grey stripe; black "Muskrat" shotgun; black "Muskrat" machete. page/Filecard

Muskrat 1993 Battle Corps (1993)

A high-tech looking Muskrat was part of the Battle Corps sub-set of 1993. His function is redesignated as a heavy fire specialist.

Appearance: red hair; blue sleeveless shirt with neon orange vest and wristpads; yellow-grey gloves, waistpiece, and boots; blue pants with neon orange straps

Accessories: olive green "Mace" helmet; dark blue "Updraft" pistol; dark blue "'92 Shockwave" XM-15; "Ambush" submachine gun; dark blue "'91 Low-Light" knife; orange "Mace" spring-loaded missile launcher with dark blue trigger; two dark blue "Law" missiles; dark blue figure stand. page/Filecard


  • The only 80s Sunbow animation to feature Muskrat were the commercials.
  • Working names: Mossback, Swamp-Runner, Bayou, Wet Willy, Swamp Dawg, Gumbo and Bad-Bayou.
  • Originally, the 1993 figure was meant to be included as part of the second set of Drug Elimination Force action figures for that year. When Hasbro decided to not continue the D.E.F. line, the figure was included in the Battle Corps sub-line. However, in some countries, it was still released as D.E.F.
  • While there are many ties between G.I. Joe and other Hasbro or Sunbow works, there aren’t many connecting G.I. Joe and My Little Pony. However, the human siblings in the 1986 MLP movie (Megan, Daniel and Molly) share Muskrat’s last name. It is unknown if these characters are related to him in any way.

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