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

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Snow Serpents are Cobra characters from the A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series.
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Snow Serpents are Cobra's cold weather environment specialists. They have a reputation for being formidable fighters in sub-zero temperature conditions. However, all that meanness didn't come out of nowhere. They are a branch from the ranks of the Eels. As such, they have undergone the same extreme aquatic training and, in addition to that, they are trained to be well versed or familiar in every possible type of infantry operation in an extreme environment such as the Arctic. From marching 50 miles with full gear to anti-tank tactics to airborne operations, they have to be able to do it 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

Snow Serpents were deployed on Cobra operations including:

  • An attack on a derelict base in the Norwegian Arctic Circle. One Snow Serpent was thrown into an ice hole, but Footloose saved him as it was Christmas.[1]
  • An attack on a secret research base in the North American forests, led by a defecting military scientist called Chattle. They were disposed of by Snake-Eyes & Timber, and by a treacherous Chattle himself.[2]
  • An attack on the Action Force Apogee Base in Greenland as part of Destro's plan to capture the plans for Project Omega, an advanced stealth-equipped cruise missile, whose inventor's plane had crashed in the Arctic.[3]

A splinter organisation from Cobra called "the Two-Headed Serpent" also had Snow Serpents at their base in the Himalayas.[4]

Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

Cobra Snow Serpent troops from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.

DiC animated series

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Generation 1
Snow Serpent A Real American Hero (1985)

The original Snow Serpent action figure was released in the 1985 series of A Real American Hero toys.

Appearance: off-white helmet with blue goggles and black face mask; off-white snow suit with blue backpack straps and belt; white furred collar and gloves; red Cobra insignia on left arm; blue boots.

Accessories: large off-white backpack with bulging pouches; grey AK-47 assault rifle with T-shaped stock; grey missile launcher (with missile tip molded on) and launcher stand; blue waistpack; two off-white snowshoes. page/Filecard

Snow Serpent A Real American Hero (1991)

The 1991 version of Snow Serpent featured an entirely new sculpt. Like the other 1991 action figures, Snow Serpent came with a spring-loaded missile launcher that actually fired.

Appearance: white helmet with purple face mask and yellow furred goggles with red eyepiece; white shirt with furred chest and wrists; brown straps and gloves; white pants with brown belt and boots with yellow fur

Accessories: large, rectangular purple frame backpack with hole for missile launcher; white wrapped pistol with scope and peg for hose; white wrapped machine gun with scope and sloped magazine; short, handheld, spring-loaded missile launcher with scope trigger; unique white missile; purple scaly snowboard; two standard short, black hoses. page/Filecard

Arctic Attack Force Sub-Zero Arctic Attack Force (1993)

Snow Serpent was released in the 1993 series of A Real American Hero toys, as part of a mailaway offer with Dee-Jay, Stalker and Sub-Zero.

Appearance: black helmet with red face mask and white furred goggles with black eyepiece; blue shirt with white furred chest and wrists; black straps and gloves; blue pants with black belt and boots with white fur

Accessories: black "Hit & Run" submachine gun. page/Filecard

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  • Cobra Polar Force (1998)
The Cobra Polar Force pack was part of the Real American Hero Collection. Using the same 1991 mold and accessories (minus the launcher and missile), Snow Serpent was accompanied with Firefly and Night-Creeper.
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  • The launcher for the 1991 version with a slight modification to the handle was recolored and used for the Transformers Generation 2 versions of Jazz and Sideswipe.

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