Nobody can figure out the enigma of Tripwire. He is an extremely clumsy person, very nervous and always dropping things. You could never trust him with dishwashing duties, a fact that he was thrown out from a Zen monastery breaking so many dishes. It appeared nothing would ever calm down his jitters until he discovered that the only time he was never nervous was when he is around explosives. To this end, he has become one of the best bomb disposal experts.
Tripwire had his training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he earned his nickname because of his outstanding ability to set up tripwires and conceal the explosives. He is proficient with all NATO and Warsaw Pact explosives, triggers and blasting machines.
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
Sunbow animated series
Tripwire was included in the mission to the Arctic where the Joes have to obtain the first of three elements they need to power their own MASS machine. At the cave where the radioactive crystals are located, he scanned for any presence of mines or explosives. What he didn't count on was a hidden gun emplacement that sealed the team in and a trio of SNAKE robots. A sacrifice from Snake-Eyes allowed Tripwire and the others to make do their escape. He later participated in Operation: Big Lift to lift a meteor that possesses another of the MASS elements out of the crater of a volcano. He ended up boarding the Cobra heli-carrier and fight for the meteor when it was taken from them. After Cobra's mountain location is learned, he becomes an active participant in the final battle to bring down the evil organization.
|A Real American Hero (1983)
Appearance: olive green helmet with large black goggles; olive green shirt with red stripes on right shoulder; grey gloves and dark grey padded vest; olive green belt and pants with grey boots and dark grey pockets
Accessories: light olive-green backpack with hole for cord and space for mines; black mine detector with cord; three light olive-green mines.
|Listen 'n Fun Cassette Pack (1985)
Appearance: red helmet with large silver goggles; orange shirt with red stripes on right shoulder; orange gloves and red padded vest; orange pants with brown belt.
Accessories: light grey "Tripwire" backpack; light grey "Tripwire" mine detector; three light grey "Tripwire" mines. Listen n Fun cassette tape.
Notes: Listen n Fun Tripwire did not come with a traditional filecard. However, there was a small yellow filecard-like description on the front of the card.
|A Real American Hero (1988)
Appearance: olive green helmet with large black goggles; brown shirt; yellow padded vest with black stripes and grey straps; olive green gloves and belt; brown pants with grey boots
Accessories: dark grey "Tripwire" backpack; dark grey "Tripwire" mine detector; three dark grey "Tripwire" mines.
|The Real American Hero Collection (2001)
- The small "filecard" included with 1985's "Listen N Fun Tripwrie" was the briefest of all Joe figures prior to 2004.