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Zarana is a Dreadnok character from the A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series.
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Zarana is a master of disguise just as much as her elder brother Zartan is. Whereas her brother uses holographics and depends on physical aspects of the art of disguise, she prefers to use makeup and method acting to deceive her targets. As a method actor, she deliberately assumes herself in the role of her disguise. She goes to the length of thinking, feeling and reacting as the object of her disguise does. In fact, she was so good at it that she could have been a successful stage actress. Her weaknesses, though, far outweigh her skills. As good as she can act, it doesn't take long before her natural tendencies start to rise out. She is smart and ambitious but short-tempered, cruel and greedy.




A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity
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Devil's Due Comics continuity
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G.I. Joe Reloaded

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G.I. Joe vs. Transformers

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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

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Blackthorne Comics continuity

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Dreamwave Comics continuity

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Animated continuity

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During this series she was a mistress of disguise, like her brother Zartan; but she did it for the Dreadnoks. For reference, in G.I. Joe: The Movie she posed as Heather, assuming to be Lt. Falcon's girlfriend. But when she went for a dip in the lake, she revealed her true body shape. And when she removed her wig, her gang came out of the woods and she gave them the photos.

DiC animated series

In the DIC-produced cartoon, Zartan does not appear but his sister Zarana does, and the Dreadnoks along with Gnawgahyde are still working for Cobra, so it can be assumed Zartan is still around. During "the Operation Dragonfire miniseries", Zarana is dating Destro, but is dumped (via trap door) by Destro when Baroness and Cobra Commander regain control of Cobra.

"Her Major appearances where":

In the episode "The Nozone Conspiracy" she appears along cobra commander, Metal-Head and Gnawgahyde promoting a cobra sun-cream.

Zarana in "Nozone Conspiracy" along Metal-Head and Gnawgahyde promoting a cobra sun-cream.

In the episode "Injustice and the Cobra way" cobra commander(disguise as a superhero) and her capture the female president to take over the white house.

In the episode "General Confusion" disguise herself "Dr. Deborah Carday" a member of us senate where she and cobra put the G.I. Joe's in a massive expenses which come under review by the Government and she also tricks Big Ben into falling in love with her.

In the episode "The Mind Mangler", Zarana disguises herself as the daughter of a Cobra operative named Mind Mangler (in reality a robot). Zarana tries to interrogate Duke, but the Sky Patrol comes to his rescue. Zarana accompanies them, but she is discovered and has to retreat.

Direct-to-video series

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Sigma 6 animated series

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Generation 1
Zarana 1986 A Real American Hero (1986)

Zarana was first introduced in the 1986 series of A Real American Hero toys. Although the character is associated with the Dreadnoks, her card package identifies as her as "Zarana: The Enemy".

Appearance: red hair; pink halter-top shirt with red holster; red and black gloves; blue ripped jeans with pink underneath; red belt and holster; black boots with red kneepads

Accessories: red backpack (with sculpted flashlight); black saw rifle with petal-shaped blades.

Variations: Early releases of Zarana had earrings, a rounder face, and lighter red trim; this variation is considered quite rare. There is also a variation with lighter red trim but no earrings. page/Filecard

  • Spy Troops (2003)
Zarana was among the number of characters included in the SpyTroops line. She is carded in a two-pack with Gung-Ho.
Spy Troops file card
  • Dreadnoks Rampage (2004)
A repaint of the original Zarana action figure is included in the Dreadnoks Rampage pack, an exclusive for the 2004 G.I. Joe Convention. The filecard identifies her as Dreadnok leader when Zartan is absent.
Dreadnoks Rampage file card
  • Comic Pack (2005)
A Zarana action figure is among the number of Comic Packs for 2005. In this three-pack, she is included along with Zartan, Cobra Commander and a copy of the comic book G.I. Joe #74.
  • San Diego Comic Con (2011)

Zarana was the G.I.Joe SDCC exclusive of 2011. This figure marks the first time that Zarana was made available in a 25th Anniversary style sculpt.


  • Zarana was designed in 1984 by Ron Rudat. At that point, she was only identified as "The 1986 Cobra Female Dreadnok" and she had a dragon tattoo on her arm and another tattoo over her eye.


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