A product of Cesspool's pollution and corruption of the environment, the tiny terrors known as the Army Ants are gutsy soldiers who more than make up the ease with which they squish and squash with sheer numbers and fighting spirit!
The Army Ants were created by corrupt industrialist Cesspool's pollution of the environment irradiating normal ants and somehow mutating them into soldiers. After discovering what he'd created, Cesspool transported a battalion of Army Ants that included brawny hand-to-hand fighters, demolition experts, and flying ants armed with laser rifles to Mexico City. Once there, Cesspool shrank himself down to the size of his creations and used them as muscle against the G.I. Joe team that arrived to stop him from detonating the nuclear bomb he was using to hold the city for ransom. Though the Ants were ferocious fighters, the fliers and an attempted suicide bomber in particular causing some close calls, ultimately the Joe team proved to be more than a match for the Army Ants and defeated both them and their creator. Scarlett's Strike Force #1
- The Army Ants are based on a lesser known Hasbro property from the late 80s of the same name. Intended to compete with lines such as M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster in my Pocket, the Army Ants were tiny figurines of anthropomorphized ants dressed as soldiers with squishy abdomens that were sold in packs of 3 to 8 figures each. While the toys had a loose storyline revolving around orange and blue ants fighting over the resources of your backyard and, like G.I. Joe, each Ant had a special codename, the IDW interpretation casts both colors of ants as working together with very little in the way of individuality amongst their ranks aside from a few (admittedly stylish) hats.