The Enemy of My Enemy

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"The Enemy of My Enemy"

Scott Sonneborn

Production company

Hasbro Studios



Original airdate

February 4, 2011

General information

Renegades animated continuity



Preceded by


Followed by

Fire Fight

With the help of an inside source, the Joes infiltrate a Cobra stronghold where Mindbender and McCullen work together to produce the ultimate exo-armor weapon.

Detailed summary

Adam DeCobray hires James McCullen of M.A.R.S. Industries to work on a project to combine Dr. Mindbender's Bio-Vipers with his failed exo-armor suits. Meanwhile, the Joes infiltrate a Cobra stronghold after receiving information of DeCobray's plans from who they thought was Breaker's masked whistleblower. During the attempt, Mindbender reveals a deadly secret leading DeCobray to reveal himself as Cobra Commander. James McCullen becomes a "Destro" (estranged/alienated one) as he is forced to wear an iron mask as a symbol of his attempted betrayal and a mark of his servitude to Cobra.


Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra M.A.R.S. Others

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

G.I. Joe Cobra
  • Exo-Armor
  • Weapons barge

Memorable quotes

"You knew Mindbender planned this attack!"
"Dr. Mindbender is part of the Cobra family. He tells me everything, especially the details of your extra-curricular activities."

--James McCullen and Cobra Commander

"You told me that if you lost MARS, you would become a..."
[anguished] "DESTRO!"

--Cobra Commander and the masked man formerly known as James McCullen

Other notes

Animation and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Continuity errors

  • In the episode "Homecoming Part 2" Baroness calls James McCullen "Destro" whereas in this episode he explains what a "Destro" is but isn't one when he explains it.[1]
  • If Duke was outside how did he know the Iron Grenadiers and the Mecha-Vipers were shooting at each other?[2]

Miscellaneous trivia

  • First appearance: Iron Grenadiers, Mecha-Vipers, Serpentor
  • Scrap-Iron is looking much the worse for wear after his accident.[3]
  • James McCullen becomes Destro.
  • In "The Package," Breaker spouts a conspiracy theory that Cobra's ex-employees are eaten by a giant snake. In this episode, we find out he was right.

Real-world references

  • The Schuylkill River is near Philadelphia, placing this episode on the east coast.

G.I. Joe references

  • Serpentor is created by Dr. Mindbender just like in the Real American Hero continuities.
  • Like in the IDW continuity James McCullen and Dr. Mindbender are rivals.


  1. For more information, see G.I. Joe: Renegades (TV series)#Airing order.
  2. It's likely the other Joes told him as they escaped.
  3. "Rage"

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