The first mention of a Cobra Civil War takes place in the cartoon episode Worlds Without End (Part II), in an alternate reality where Cobra already rules the world. The two factions at this point are Cobra Commander and Destro.
- The Cobra Civil War in the Marvel comic book, when Serpentor's army battled against the forces of the imposter Cobra Commander, Crimson Guardsman Fred VII.
- The Cobra Civil War in the Devil's Due comic book, wherein the Cobra breakaway faction known as The Coil fought both Cobra and the G.I. Joe Team.