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- Spirit is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series. He is sometimes referred to as Spirit Iron-Knife.
Spirit is mysterious. He's mysterious not because he wouldn't tell people his secrets but because you can't figure him out. He went through the education and rites of a Shaman and became a mystic himself. He's a medicine man but he's not a doctor, he performs rituals but he's no priest, he knows how to fix what ails you that he couldn't be a quack. He is so attuned to nature and his surroundings that his tracking skills just may be second to none. He can read even the faintest of trail signs. As a Native American mystic warrior with a degree in psychology, he has a whole different perspective on how his quarry thinks and moves.
Spirit was raised to respect nature and in the ways of his ancestors. His family was poor but he made extra money as a hunting guide during high school. After graduating, he enlisted in the Army and even saw action in Southeast Asia as a member of long range recon patrols. He returned to civilian life and completed his education but re-enlisted once more, an action very few people may ever understand. He is familiar with most NATO small arms and is proficient with the compound bow and throwing knife.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuity
Devil's Due Comics continuity
G.I. Joe Reloaded
G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
Action Force (British) Comics continuity
Blackthorne Comics continuity
Dreamwave Comics continuity
Hasbro Comics continuity
Sunbow animated series
DiC animated series
|A Real American Hero (1984)
Spirit was part of the 1984 series of A Real American Hero toys. He came with his pet eagle, Freedom. Spirit is the second character issued with an animal sidekick, a feature that became increasingly popular.
Appearance: black hair braided on sides and red headband; light blue short-sleeved shirt with red undershirt and stripes on sleeves; beige holster and pants; brown boots
Accessories: large, olive-green arrow backpack; olive-green auto-arrow rifle; brown belt with red loincloth; brown and white bald eagle named Freedom.
|A Real American Hero (1989)
A re-colored version of Spirit's original figure was part of the 1989 Slaughter's Marauders subset. A note of interest is that his filecard has erroneously listed his birthplace as Grand Canyon, Arizona. His second occupational specialty was changed to cartography.
Appearance: black hair braided on sides and blue headband; short-sleeved shirt striped brown, yellow-green, dark green; blue undershirt, gloves, and boots; pants striped dark green, yellow-green, dark green, and brown; black belt and boots
Accessories: black "Spirit" backpack; black "Spirit" auto-arrow rifle; black "Spirit" belt with brown loincloths; brown and white bald eagle named Freedom.
|A Real American Hero (1992)|
Appearance: long black hair with red and white headband; sleeveless neon green vest with black trim and grenades; red gloves; blue pants with black belt and light brown boots.
Accessories: black pistol (new, "Chief's assault gun"); red, white, and blue glider with Joe logo.
|International Action Force (1993)|
|Online exclusive (2005)|
|Comic Pack (2006)|
- Since Snake-Eyes was only a small part of the cartoon, Storm Shadow instead seemed to have a rivalry with Spirit, a pairing not repeated in any other sources. It was never explained how an Indian tracker was supposed to be an equal for a trained ninja, although in the comic they were both Long Range Recon Patrol soldiers.
- Even though it's mandatory that men serving in the military cut their hair short, Spirit has long hair. This is likely due to the fact that members of Delta anti-terrorist units are given greater leeway in personal appearance since they often have to go undercover, and "military" haircuts would be a dead giveaway that they were US Army personnel.