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

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Torpedo is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series.
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Torpedo can be described as the consummate professional. You can always rely on him to do the job to the best of his ability and that's it. Don't count on him to do any high-five or victory dance when the mission is done. Off-mission, he is only preoccupied with his obsessions, namely perfecting his fighting skills and improving his demolitions gear. He is a strict vegetarian. He has the personality of a cold fish.

Torpedo is a black belt in three martial arts, namely Wushu, Kenpo and Go-Ju-Ryu and proficient with the Filipino Balisong knife. He did it all by age 19. He is also a qualified diving instructor.



A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity
Devil's Due continuity

Hasbro Comics continuity

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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Torpedo was part of a W.H.A.L.E. crew captured by a squad of Cobras seeking a Tactical Analysis Computer System (T.A.C.S.) unit to discover Ministry of Defence secrets. The team escaped and destroyed the device before it could be used.[1]

Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series


One variation of Torpedo from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.

Torpedo was brought in to lead the mission to acquire the second catalyst needed to power the Joes' own M.A.S.S. Device. As the only marine environment specialist at the time, he knew how to traverse the deep trench to get to the heavy water element. As it turns out, Cobra is there and so are giant tubeworms which started attacking both groups. He proposes to the Baroness to team together against the tubeworms and both groups manage to make it alive and with the heavy water.[2] Torpedo later participated in the storming of the Cobra Temple as one of the infantry team following Gung-Ho's charge to battle.[3]
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Another variation of Torpedo from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.


A final variation of Torpedo from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.

Direct-to-video series

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Generation 1
Torpedo 1983 A Real American Hero (1983)

Torpedo was part of the 1983 series of A Real American Hero toys.

Appearance: black diving mask with eyes exposed; black and grey diving suit with grey belt, gloves, and boots

Accessories: grey scuba backpack with orange tanks; thin, black harpoon gun; two grey flippers page/Filecard

Navy S.E.A.L. Mission (1997)
The Navy S.E.A.L. Mission pack is part of the Real American Hero Collection. It included a Torpedo action figure using the original mold and the Night Landing Craft.
S.E.A.L. Mission filecard
Navy Assault Unit (1998)
Torpedo is part of a three-pack that included Shipwreck and Wet-Suit. This three-pack is part of the Real American Hero Collection. The Torpedo action figure is actually a recolor of Wet-Suit's 1992 action figure.
Navy Assault Unit filecard
Generation 2
Spy Troops (2003)
As with other action figures in the Spy Troops line, Torpedo is carded in a two-pack with Burnout. The character is also renamed as Chief Torpedo.
Spy Troops filecard
Valor vs. Venom (2004)
Still sporting the name Chief Torpedo, the character is packaged with the V.A.M.P. vehicle along with two other Joes: Big Brawler and Pathfinder.
Valor vs. Venom filecard
Generation 3


  • In the Sunbow animated series, Torpedo is depicted as gregarious and extroverted.
  • Torpedo was named after Marvel Comics inker Steve Leialoha.
  • Though his filecard says he has a black belt in kenpo, it should actually be kempo: Shorinji Kempo, based on Shaolin Temple Boxing, a non-competitive Zen art.

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