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

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Tripwire is G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
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Nobody can figure out the enigma of Tripwire. He is an extremely clumsy person, very nervous and always dropping things. You could never trust him with dishwashing duties, a fact that he was thrown out from a Zen monastery breaking so many dishes. It appeared nothing would ever calm down his jitters until he discovered that the only time he was never nervous was when he is around explosives. To this end, he has become one of the best bomb disposal experts.

Tripwire had his training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he earned his nickname because of his outstanding ability to set up tripwires and conceal the explosives. He is proficient with all NATO and Warsaw Pact explosives, triggers and blasting machines.



A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity
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Devil's Due Comics continuity
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G.I. Joe Reloaded

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G.I. Joe vs. Transformers

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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Tripwire became part of Tiger Force and was present for an early mission to Jordan to destroy a shot down Phantom X-19 and rescue Ghostrider and Scarlett.[1]

Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

Tripwire from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.

Unlike his comics and filecard fiction, the animated version of Tripwire is competent and doesn't let the jitters get to him.

Tripwire was included in the mission to the Arctic where the Joes have to obtain the first of three elements they need to power their own MASS machine. At the cave where the radioactive crystals are located, he scanned for any presence of mines or explosives. What he didn't count on was a hidden gun emplacement that sealed the team in and a trio of SNAKE robots. A sacrifice from Snake-Eyes allowed Tripwire and the others to make do their escape.[2] He later participated in Operation: Big Lift to lift a meteor that possesses another of the MASS elements out of the crater of a volcano. He ended up boarding the Cobra heli-carrier and fight for the meteor when it was taken from them.[3] After Cobra's mountain location is learned, he becomes an active participant in the final battle to bring down the evil organization.[4]


Generation 1
Tripwire A Real American Hero (1983)

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

Appearance: olive green helmet with large black goggles; olive green shirt with red stripes on right shoulder; grey gloves and dark grey padded vest; olive green belt and pants with grey boots and dark grey pockets

Accessories: light olive-green backpack with hole for cord and space for mines; black mine detector with cord; three light olive-green mines. page/Filecard

Listen 'n Fun Tripwire Listen 'n Fun Cassette Pack (1985)

Appearance: red helmet with large silver goggles; orange shirt with red stripes on right shoulder; orange gloves and red padded vest; orange pants with brown belt.

Accessories: light grey "Tripwire" backpack; light grey "Tripwire" mine detector; three light grey "Tripwire" mines. Listen n Fun cassette tape.

Notes: Listen n Fun Tripwire did not come with a traditional filecard. However, there was a small yellow filecard-like description on the front of the card. page/Filecard

Tiger Force Tripwire A Real American Hero (1988)

A re-colored version of Tripwire was available with the Tiger Force subset in 1988.

Appearance: olive green helmet with large black goggles; brown shirt; yellow padded vest with black stripes and grey straps; olive green gloves and belt; brown pants with grey boots

Accessories: dark grey "Tripwire" backpack; dark grey "Tripwire" mine detector; three dark grey "Tripwire" mines. page/Filecard

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The Real American Hero Collection (2001)
Tripwire is carded in a two-pack with a fellow G.I. Joe member, Big Brawler.


  • The small "filecard" included with 1985's "Listen N Fun Tripwrie" was the briefest of all Joe figures prior to 2004.

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