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The name Lifeline refers to several versions of the same character.
For a list of the other versions, see Lifeline.
Lifeline is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
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Lifeline is a staunch pacifist who serves as the Joes' medic.

Fiction

Comics

A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity

Lifeline was part of a team of Joes who were transporting a captured Cobra Firebat by area over Malay when they were attacked by the Oktober Guard, with both teams' aircraft shot down. The Joes had to make their way through the jungle, with Lifeline's insistence that he was a medic and thus a non-combatant not making him popular with his fellows. Despite this Lifeline proved to have crucial knowledge that helped the team survive in the jungle. Both the Joes and the Oktober Guard were captured by river pirates. The pirates' leader, Sarawak Sally, told them teams that a champion from each would fight with the winner going free. Lifeline drew the short straw, despite protestations, and faced Horrorshow. His fellow Joes were amazed to discover that Lifeline held a black belt in Aikido - "a Zen martial art with no offensive moves. The purpose is to redirect violent energy away from oneself..." He defeated Horrorshow but prevented Sally from killing him in cold blood, even though he could have the Firebat's black boxes with key Cobra secrets, as that would mean blood on his hands. His courage of convictions impressed Sally who freed both the teams.[1]

Later Lifeline was part of the Joe team sent to Cobra Island to intervene in the Cobra Civil War.[2] Lifeline then became a member of Tiger Force. On an early mission they tackled a group of Lower Darklonian Separatist Front terrorists in New York. [3]

Devil's Due Comics continuity
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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Lifeline was part of an Action Force team who managed to transmit information on Cobra operations in Italy despite much resistance.[4] When an anonymous tip-off was received about a Cobra assassination attempt on millionaire T.P. Dexter, Lifeline was part of the team who faked Dexter's death at the hands of Storm Shadow.[5] He was then part of a team who dealt with a siege in a British village when the bank manager was revealed as a Crimson Guard.[6] When Destro was held prisoner at Action Force's London base, Lifeline oversaw his treatment. When Destro used his mask to transmit a homing signal that brought an attacking Cobra force to London, Lifeline tried to remove the mask but received an electric shock. Destro escaped in the chaos of the incident.[7] He was subsequently part of a team who investigated an attack on a W.H.A.L.E. in the Atlantic Ocean,[8] then part of a team who travelled to Vietnam after Gung-Ho went in search of his former comrades.[9] Lifeline subsequently 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.[10]

Animated continuity - Sunbow

Lifeline was a pacifist. His belief was so intense that he was once in a pool of water with piranha, when a Joe extended a rifle to help pull him out, Lifeline would not grab it.[11]

Despite serving as medic, his father, a priest, is not happy his son joins a military force like G.I. Joe. But he eventually comes to terms with his son's choice.

Toys

Generation 1
Lifeline 1986 A Real American Hero (1986)

Lifeline was first released as part of the 1986 series of A Real American Hero toys. He was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.


Appearance: red and white helmet with silver goggles; black hair; green sunglasses; red open-collar shirt with white pockets and silver backpack straps; red pants with white belt, pockets, and boots; "Rescue" on left leg

Accessories: silver tech backpack with antenna; black airmask with hose; flat silver handgun; white, hinged medical pack with hole for hose.


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Lifeline 1988 A Real American Hero (1988)

Lifeline was included with the 1988 series of A Real American Hero toys in the Tiger Force sub-group.


Appearance: brown and grey helmet with silver goggles; brown hair; grey sunglasses; yellow open-collar shirt with black stripes and silver backpack straps; light green pants with grey belt; brown boots

Accessories: black air mask; black backpack; black pistol; light green medical pack


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Lifeline Mail-In 1991 A Real American Hero (1991)

This Lifeline was only available through a Rice Crispies mail-in offer in 1991. Kelloggs didn't want him to have any weapons, so legs without the pistol molded on the thigh were taken from 1985 Frostbite. The figure came in a plastic baggie, so there was no filecard.


Appearance: red and white helmet with silver goggles; black hair; green sunglasses; red open-collar shirt with white pockets and silver backpack straps; red pants with white belt, pockets, and boots; "Rescue" on left leg

Accessories: silver backpack; white medical pack


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Lifeline Funskool 1998 G.I. Joes International Heroes

This Lifeline was made in India and released under the Funskool name in 1998 and 1999. It was painted to resemble the Tiger Force sub-group.


Appearance: red helmet with silver goggles; brown hair; silver sunglasses; yellow open-collar shirt with black stripes and gray backpack straps; light green pants with red belt; dark gray boots. In some instances, the yellow shirt was painted light green, with the same yellow sleeves.

Accessories: gray backpack; gray pistol; red medical pack


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Trivia

  • His Tiger Force filecard suggests he was only on the Joe team on an trial basis until he was selected for the Tiger Force.

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Footnotes



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