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Wild Weasel is a Cobra character from the A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series.
WildWeasel
Wild Weasel
Gender

Male

Military information
Specialties

Ground support pilot

Weapon / vehicle expertise

Rattler; Night Adder

Organizational information
Factions
1st Comic Appearance

G.I. Joe #24

Wild Weasel is one of few Cobra pilots who have managed to gain attention by nothing more than his skill with fighter planes. He may have a nasty reputation for being a backshooter and fighting dirty but even G.I. Joe's pilots had to respect his piloting abilities. As a natural troublemaker, he has a habit of pulling pranks on his fellow Cobra pilots just as much as he gives the G.I. Joe Team something to worry about.

He learned his flying skills by piloting any aircraft he could lay his hands on. From jury-rigged machines to civilian aircraft to sophisticated weapons platforms, if it can fly, he's flown it. Wild Weasel earned the reputation he has now in the bush wars of South America and Africa. He has a sibilance in his speech pattern, often rumored to be the result of an injury during a strafing run.

Fiction

Comics

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A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity

Wild Weasel first encounters the Joe team when he is ordered by the Baroness to track down Cobra Commander. His partner is Firefly. Together they confront several Joes in in the Florida swamps and deal with Zartan.

Wild Weasel is called up to sit upon the mock trial of Billy. The boy, the son of Cobra Commander, had tried to kill his own father.

Wild Weasel had a rivalry with the Skystriker pilot Ace. This rivalry began with one of the Rattler's earliest appearances in the comicbook, when Wild Weasel ambushes Ace (and co-pilot Lady Jaye), initiating a dog fight over suburban New Jersey.[1]

Later, Wild Weasel leads a group of Python Patrol Conquest Fighters against a team of Joe members in the skies over the fictional Central American country of Punta del Mucosa. He is shot down by the Joe pilot Dogfight. He survives and continues to work for Cobra until they seemingly disband.

Devil's Due Comics continuity

For a period of about seven years, both Cobra and G.I. Joe are inoperative. G.I. Joe reforms in response to signs of Cobra activity.

It is revealed that Phoenix Guard member Halo is really Wild Weasel[2]; the Guard manage to kill dozens of Joe support team officers. Wild Weasel is wounded by Duke and taken into custody.[3]

He was held in the maximum security prison called "The Coffin," located in Greenland,[4] and was one of several operatives who escaped during a raid.[5]

G.I. Joe Reloaded

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G.I. Joe vs. Transformers

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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

When Cobra launched a direct attack on London, Wild Weasel flew Cobra Commander's flagship Mamba.[6] Some time later a Phantom X-19 stealth plane was shot down in the Jordanian desert. Wild Weasel was part of a Cobra team led by the Baroness who set off for an auction held by a local warlord which also attracted the interest of both other local warlords and Destro. Wild Weasel was due to fly the plane, but Cobra were preventing from capturing its secrets by the G.I. Joe the Action Force team Tiger Force, who destroyed the stealth plane. Wild Weasel and the Baroness was forced to unite with Destro against the nomads to escape.[7]

Blackthorne Comics continuity

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Dreamwave Comics continuity

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Hasbro Comics continuity

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Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

Wild Weasel kept the comicbook rivalry with Ace. Both characters were voiced by Pat Fraley.

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Direct-to-video series

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Toys

Generation 1
Wild Weasel 1984 A Real American Hero (1984)

As part of A Real American Hero's 1984 line, Wild Weasel is packaged with the Rattler tank smasher plane.


Appearance: red helmet with black goggles; red jacket with blue shirt and white insignia on right shoulder; red pants with white panels on thighs; black straps, belt, gloves, and shoes.

Accessories: none.

Variations: The panel on Wild Weasel's right leg is reversed on some figures.


YoJoe.com page/Filecard

Generation 2
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G.I. Joe vs. Cobra (2002)
The Rattler plane is re-released with a new color scheme and included Wild Weasel. Wild Weasel's body mold is taken from Neo-Viper but the head is an entirely new sculpt.
G.I. Joe vs. Cobra filecard
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Valor vs. Venom (2004)
An entirely new body sculpt is made for the Wild Weasel figure in the Valor vs. Venom line. The action figure is packaged with the Cobra Night Adder plane. A different colored version was packaged with in a carded two-pack with Gung-Ho.
Valor vs. Venom 2004 filecard
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Valor vs. Venom (2005)
The Night Adder plane and Wild Weasel action figure were re-released in a whole different color scheme.
Valor vs. Venom 2005 filecard

Trivia

  • There is a typo on Wild Weasel's 1984 filecard: it says he flew in "the bus wars," when it should say "the Bush Wars."


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