|The name or term "Snake Eyes" refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Snake Eyes (disambiguation).|
Even before he lost his voice in the explosion that ruined his face, Snake Eyes was never the talkative type. Raised by the Arashikage ninja clan, and trained by its masters, the stubborn but talented Snake Eyes proved to be a prodigy in the ninja arts; something that eventually led him to the U.S. Army Rangers, and then on to become one of the founding members of G.I. Joe.
One of the greatest martial artists alive, Snake Eyes is a fearsome opponent and distrusted even by his allies; something that stems from his silent, solitary nature and his rogue streak that leads him on independent, unauthorized missions. In truth, the only two individuals he can be said to be close to are his former lover Scarlett, and his partner in battle Agent Helix... and that's how Snake Eyes prefers it.
In his youth, he was known as Heitai, meaning "soldier".
|“||So this is what it is with you? You just sit there and force people to have both sides of the conversation?||”|
Joining G.I. Joe
|“||Ever notice how Snake Eyes' personal life can always be defined as a vital mission?||”|
Undercover in Cobra
Eventually, Snake Eyes' deep cover mission came to an end when Duke (who'd been disgraced and was now working as a mercenary), Big Ben, and Isaac Craft made their move to destroy Cobra. Though Snake Eyes was forced to kill Isaac, eventually the two former Joes accomplished their task.
Rejoining G.I. Joe
Unfortunately though, G.I. Joe was also shut down around the same time. A couple years later, Snake Eyes was remembered by Scarlett as one the team's core members when she, Joe Colton, and Miles Mayhem reminisced about the team as they discussed the Cybertronian influence on Earth.
Having fallen out of touch with his old team after G.I. Joe was shut down, Scarlett got back in contact with Snake Eyes and tasked him with infiltrating Autobot City, wanting him to investigate a possible link between the Cybertronians and the Dire Wraiths. Using his small size, he managed to avoid both Jazz and Victorion before he was confronted by the Heliopolis. Believing it to be a security drone, he engaged it, attracting the attention of Arcee, whose optic he managed to damage before she pushed him off, leaving him open to be stabbed by Acroyear. The fight was broken up Soundwave and Snake-Eyes activated his distress signal. As it went unanswered, he played dead for a while before the Cybertronians made it clear they knew he was alive. Optimus Prime appealed to him, making him see that the Cybertronians were acting in Earth's best interest. Agreeing to aid Optimus, Snake Eyes offered his communicator to contact his superiors for aid in defending Earth.
Given a new Cybertronian sword, he stood by his new allies as they fought off the combined force of the Dire Wraiths and M.A.S.K.. He assisted Rom in fighting off the Wraiths, slicing through their flesh with his sword before Baron Karza emerged from the nearby spacebridge and merged with all the Wraiths becoming a towering colossus of power. In the confusion of battle, Snake Eyes shot at Rom as he attempted to shoot down Matt Trakker's Thunderhawk. This led to a brawl between him, the Space Knight, and Acroyear that only ended when Optimus Prime intervened, transforming and enveloping the three of them into his alt mode's interior as he pleaded with them and Matt Trakker to remember that Karza and the Wraiths were the real enemy here. As the battle raged on and grew to include the rest of G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes evacuated into Autobot City with the majority of his allies when it began levitating above the mine of Ore-13 it sat atop. Once the plan to stop Karza finally came together and succeeded, Snake Eyes interrupted Scarlett's celebration over Mainframe's survival to point out that Optimus Prime seemed to have something to say.
Following this so-called "Revolution incident", Snake Eyes officially rejoined the newly international G.I. Joe team. On a mission to Tokyo, Snake Eyes dove into action and received advice from Agent Helix on how best to take out several members of the Red Shadows ninja clan they'd been sent in to deal with. Snake Eyes and Helix later backed up Lady Jaye and Gung-Ho after their mission to infiltrate a Dire Wraith-led anarchist group in Greece went awry, arriving just in time to save them.
Snake Eyes accompanied Scarlett, Rock 'n Roll, and Skywarp to Scotland on a mission to hunt down a cell of Dire Wraiths. Though these aliens were no problem for the team, another group of unrelated aliens injured Rock and temporarily shut down Skywarp. In the wake of this attack, Snake Eyes helped Rock make his way to a nearby barn that they'd hide Skywarp inside.
Snake Eyes assisted his fellow Joe Mayday and her side team in their investigation into the Kalistanian dictator Count van Rani. Allowing a robotic duplicate of himself to be built, Snake Eyes himself infiltrated the Iron Castle by posing as Tomax Paoli with a voice provided by Kup. Calling in for extraction, "Tomax" presented his allies Baron Ironblood and Garrison Kreiger with human sized Cybertronian Garrison Blackrock. As the villains experimented on Blackrock by connecting him to the mysterious Talisman, the robotic Snake Eyes made it's presence known to serve as a distraction while Mayday and the others broke into the castle. Though the Fake Eyes was quickly gunned down by Iron Grenadiers, the true Snake Eyes shed his disguise and began attacking the villains before freeing Blackrock. With the situation only growing more out of hand, Snake Eyes got tired of Blackrock's fretting over the ways him tampering with Kreiger's Taliman emulator could go wrong and smashed the computer with a Grenaidier's arm, successfully disassembling the Predacons elsewhere in the castle. Making a dash for the villain's M.A.S.S. Device, Snake Eyes set up a short range teleport just outside of the castle, allowing them to rendezvous with Kup and Ian Noble as they made a dramatic escape of their own.
As the Joes discussed the threat posed by the giant, subterranean monsters who'd recently begun making incursions onto the surface, Helix spoke up and volunteered herself and Snake Eyes to confront a monster who'd emerged in Ecuador. While Helix was looking to develop a way to predict where the monsters would pop up next, Scarlett was solely interested in finding their point of origin and forbade the two from running off and warned them that their AWOL outings were no longer going to fly under her leadership. Undeterred, Helix would later "hack" into Shipwreck's computer and authorize her and Snake Eyes taking a S.H.A.R.C. to go investigate her theory. While they were gone, their absence was noticed as Cobranarchist riots began breaking out all over the world and G.I. Joe's manpower was stretched thin sending out a huge team to handle a mission Snake Eyes could've handled alone.
After confirming Helix's theory by traveling to three different predicted incursion sites, finishing somewhere in Africa where Snake Eyes fought and killed the monster who'd emerged there, the ninja and his partner returned to base and found themselves being faced with a Scarlett who was none too happy with them running off. Telling them about how the riots and the fact that their prisoners Baroness and Crystal Ball had been taken from them by Duke, Scarlett reprimanded the two for disobeying a direct order. Snake Eyes, troubled by the two ex-Cobras being taken, turned around and prepared to leave again in the S.H.A.R.C. but was stopped by Quick Kick, who warned him that he'd be leaving at his own peril. While Helix found the idea of Quick Kick threatening Snake Eyes laughable, Kick claimed Snake Eyes had gone soft and was now relying on Helix and his guns too much to beat him. Now being directly called out by his fellow martial artist, Snake Eyes accepted Quick Kick's challenge and followed him to his dojo. Handing his guns off to Helix, the fight got off to an inauspicious start for Snake Eyes, with all of his opening blows dodged and deflected by Quick Kick before he got several good hits in on the ninja. As the fight continued, Snake Eyes drew a knife that Kick just barely managed to avoid getting cut by, the only damage done being to his weighted training jacket. After this, the odds seemed to shift in Snake Eyes favor, with him managing to slice through Kick's guandao and knock the martial artist off his feet and onto the floor. Though he managed to overcome Quick Kick's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves, he was left disoriented after Kick choked him out between his thighs. The fight continued for a brief while but ultimately Snake Eyes forfeited as his opponent sent in a fight ending punch, conceding to Quick Kick the title of G.I. Joe's one true martial arts expert.
Quite some time after the incident, Snake Eyes and Helix were still being punished for their insubordination. Though Roadblock wanted them for the team he was building to investigate the revived Cobra's activities in the North Pole, Scarlett refused to authorize their release.
Aw Yeah Revolution!
Snake Eyes was the favorite character of Baron Karza and for that reason he was (very politely) kidnapped by the Baron in the middle of a battle against Cobra. Waking up contained in a force field bubble alongside Rom and Optimus Prime, Snake Eyes could do nothing as the villain revealed he planned to siphon off Snake Eyes' coolness with the power of the Orbsah Gem! After having his coolness absorbed, Snake Eyes watched as a fight broke out between Karza and the Micronauts before finally being freed by Microtron. Once freed, Space Glider pleaded with him and the other two that they must return to their home dimension lest their relative hugeness cause all of Microspace to come undone! As Karza used the Orbsah Gem to make his exit and Optimus Prime chased after him, Acroyear held the portal open to allow Snake Eyes and Rom to leave as well. Unfortunately, the portal deposited them just outside of Cobra's base, where Snake Eyes' old rival Storm Shadow revealed to them that Karza and Cobra had teamed up and defeated Optimus Prime!
As he and Storm Shadow resumed their never-ending battle, Snake Eyes was knocked from the mountain's peak by his rival, who then met the same fate at the hands of Acroyear. With both of them now at the foot of the mountain, the two ninjas prepared to resume their duel but were interrupted when suddenly from beneath their feet arose Optimus Prime... now a brainwashed weapon of Cobra! Joes arrived on the scene! He then stood alongside his teammates and the restored Optimus Prime's Autobots as they prepared to take on Cobra Commander and the Orbsah Gem empowered Destro.Continuing their battle even as Rom and the Micronauts tussled with Cobra and Optimus, Storm Shadow was scared off when Snake Eyes' fellow
Carlos Guzman had a Snake Eyes action figure in his office.
- The original Snake Eyes's codename was spelled Snake-Eyes. Surprisingly enough, the original spelling has never popped up as a typo in IDW continuity, as far as this wiki can discern.
- In case you're wondering, at no point in the entire G.I. Joe franchise has Snake Eyes's real name ever been revealed, save for IDW's Transformers vs. G.I. Joe crossover series, wherein his name is "Francis Witwicky". That however, is rather unlikely to be the case in IDW continuity.
- In Maximum Dinobots #4, a boy named Jimmy played with Snake Eyes action figure. This issue was published in 2009, years before IDW launched their Hasbro Universe.