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Frag-Vipers are Cobra characters from the A Real American Hero series.
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Cobra is always in a constant state of trying to one-up G.I. Joe. But how do you increase the effectiveness of a grenade thrower whose job is simply to aim and throw his grenades? Each Frag-Viper is given a specially designed hurling equipment based on the cesta used in the Basque sport Jai Alai. The cesta has automatic feed mechanism while the helmet has an electronic range-finder. The result is a man who can hurl grenades with the accuracy of grenade launchers and with nearly twice the speed.



A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity
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Devil's Due Comics continuity
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Animated continuity

DiC animated series

Frag-Vipers are one of the debut characters in DiC's five-part Operation: Dragonfire who made brief, silent appearances.


Generation 1
Frag Viper 1989 A Real American Hero (1989)

The Frag-Viper was sold as part of the single-pack carded action figures of 1989.

Appearance: silver helmet with black eyepieces and air tubes; light brown shirt and pants with blue straps; black gloves and boots

Accessories: black backpack (with engraved explosives) with posts on top for hose and grenades; simple black submachine gun with no scope or visible trigger; black cesta attaching to wrist; black feeder tube; three textured black grenades; standard short, black hose. page/Filecard

Operation Flaming M.O.T.H. (2006)
In 2006, the Official G.I. Joe Collector's Club released a series of two-packs exclusive only for members. Frag-Viper was part of the Jungle Theater set that also included Night-Viper.
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  • Frag-Vipers appear as regular enemies in the NES Taxan G.I. Joe game exclusively on section 3-2.

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