|First appearance||G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #25 (July 1984)|
|Voiced by||Chris Latta (Sunbow/Marvel) |
Jason Marsden (Renegades)
|Alter ego||Harry Nod|
Ripper is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic books and animated series. He is affiliated with Cobra as one of the Dreadnoks and debuted in 1985.
His real name is Harry Nod. Ripper was born in Grim Cape, Tasmania, Australia.
Ripper was so mean that he was expelled from nursery school for extorting candy from his schoolmates. He is a professional criminal who has spent most of his adult life in various correctional institutions, and is motivated by greed and a malign dislike for the niceties of civilization; he does love motorcycles, however. Ripper specializes in edged weapons and cutting tools, and is known throughout the swamps for using his blade like a cross between a fireman's axe and a can opener to unlock gates and crack safes.
In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue 25 with Buzzer and Torch. Later, Zartan assigns Ripper the task of murdering what both believe is an innocent elderly witness. He eagerly prepares for the task but the woman, who was actually The Soft Master, had long vanished. Later, he impersonates the G.I. Joe member Snow-Job as part of an assassination effort against Serpentor. Ripper is the one to suggest a fist fight when Serpentor confronts Fred VII, who had stolen the identity of Cobra Commander. This idea is eagerly taken up by the rest of the surrounding Cobras soldiers and is narrowly averted. Ripper and the other Dreadnoks serve Fred, not knowing his true identity at the time, during the Cobra Civil War.
Ripper premieres in the Action Force continuity in issue #5. He and Buzzer pursue and lose a wounded Snake Eyes. The two return later to steal a laser weapon being tested by Bazooka in the A.W.E. Striker. A chase ensues through a shopping 'precinct'. The Dreadnoks wipe out due to the interference of an elderly soldier that had been observing the battle. They escape but lose the weapon; Bazooka learns it would never have worked due to fundamental design flaws.
Devil's Due comics
In the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series he still works as a Dreadnok but runs the highly successful 'Uncle Wilkins Hard Grape Soda' company. The Cobra operatives Tomax and Xamot work with him to help the business succeed. Later, he works with other Dreadnoks to supervise their purchase of a nuclear weapon. He is part of a grouping of Dreadnoks and Cobra officers who get into a running gun-fight with an out of control Battle Android Trooper. A flashback in the next issue shows Ripper and some of the other Cobras being arrested by Chicago police.
In the Devil's Due G.I. Joe Vs. Transformers 2, Ripper is changed by Cybertronian technology so he can manifest his signature weapon from his arm at will.
He first appeared in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero animated series in "The Revenge of Cobra" mini-series. In "The Revenge of Cobra" Zartan and the Dreadnoks recovered a piece of Destro's Weather Dominator, offering to sell it to the highest bidder, Cobra or G.I. Joe. Ripper is voiced by Chris Latta.
G.I. Joe: The Movie
Ripper also appeared briefly in the 1987 animated film G.I. Joe: The Movie.
Ripper first appears in the G.I. Joe: Renegades episode "Dreadnoks Rising." He is seen as a member of the Dreadnoks.