Even before he lost his voice in the explosion that ruined his face, Snake Eyes was never the most 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, there are only two individuals he can be said to be close to: 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".
Joining G.I. Joe
Undercover in Cobra
Rejoining G.I. Joe
Out of touch with his fellow Joes for some time, he was contacted by Scarlett, who believed the Cybertronians had somehow infiltrated the military chain of command, to infiltrate Autobot City. 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.
Aw Yeah Revolution!
- The original Snake Eyes's codename was spelled Snake-Eyes.
- 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.
- Snake-Eyes at the TFWiki