|The name or term "Cobra" refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Cobra (disambiguation).|
An ancient, ruthless terrorist organization, Cobra are not just determined to rule the world—they practically already do, having been manipulating events on the world stage from the shadows for a thousand years. While they traditionally have preferred to control through business, politics and conspiracy, their advanced military technology and expansive armies form a deadly threat to even the most highly trained special mission force.
Traditionally, Cobra is led by a Commander and overseen by the Cobra Council; below them is Cobra High Command, who lead the lower-level workings of the organization. Individual members of High Command are afforded a significant amount of autonomy to pursue any agenda that furthers Cobra's goals; they'd better get results, though, as failure in Cobra can have deadly consequences.
Cobra eventually came to renounce violence and become a group of private military contractors, and ended up collapsing thanks to the efforts of G.I. Joe. But you can't keep a good terrorist conspiracy down...