- Spirit (G.I. Joe)
Infobox G.I. Joe character
name = Spirit
affiliation = G.I. Joe
function = Tracker
realname = Iron-Knife, Charlie.
serial = RA146231009
rank = E-4
primaryMOS = Infantry
secondaryMOS = Social Services
subgroup = Slaughter's Marauders
debut = 1983
Spirit, sometimes called Spirit Iron-Knife, is a character from , a line of military-themed toys. He appears in the animated series, comic books published by
Marvel Comicsand Devil's Due Productions, toy line and movie.
Introduced in 1984, Spirit's real name is Charlie Iron-Knife. He is born to a poor Native American family. His primary specialty is as a tracker. Spirit's action figure comes with a file card detailing some history. His birthplace in the toy's original file cards indicate he was born in
Taos, New Mexico. Then, in the Slaughter's Marauders line, it's written as Grand Canyon, Arizona, possibly by mistake from the file card's writers. It is corrected back to Taos, New Mexico in the new toy released in 2005. He has a companion pet eagle named Freedom.
Spirit's costume and specialty highlight his identity as a Native American such as the fact his specialty is tracking. He sports long braided hair, a headband, a knife being a prominent weapon and pants with designs typical of some Native American tribes. A new version of his costume designed by Devil's Due ditched most of the obvious aspects of his heritage and emphasized a more military aspect.
Spirit's first comic book appearance is in G.I. Joe #31 from Marvel Comics. His first mission was guarding Snake-Eyes, who is staying at his cabin at the time. That issue showed some of his capabilities as a hunter and tracker. He was the only one who spotted a Cobra tracking device inside the C-130 plane they were flying on. He and "Airborne", a fellow Joe (and coincidentally a fellow Southwest Native American) during that mission kept moving around and trying to deceive Snake-Eyes from their presence. After injuries from that mission, he was seen in a shopping mall in G.I. Joe #33 looking for herbs. Spirit later participates in the invasion of Springfield and Cobra island.
In issue #100, Spirit has accompanied Mutt to Millville. While there, the two visit Mutt's Uncle Jeff. Mutt's dog Junkyard naturally comes with. During their stay, Cobra invades and takes over the town. Most of the citizenry are brainwashed one by one. Spirit and Mutt form a resistance movement. Assisted by Junkyard, they ambush a Cobra patrol, taking out two soldiers and a HISS Tank. They stop to check on Jeff, who seemingly betrays them. The two are joined by a local veterenarian and a small group of teenagers. The whole thing falls apart when it is seemingly discovered there was no Cobra presence at all, though it turns out the town is simply brainwashed back when the authorities are gone. Mutt and Spirit are arrested on the orders of Hawk.
This entire incident casts G.I.Joe in a bad light public relations wise, but eventually the truth comes out.
In his last few appearances, he can be seen guarding the entrance to the Joe's headquarters, a new version of the Pit. Spirit refuses to let anyone enter until they give the proper codewords. Spirit's pet eagle, Freedom, does not appear until #130.
He was found imprisoned at an old Cobra base by Duke who was doing a solo investigation of Cobra Commander's whereabouts. He has recently rejoined the team.
In the animated series, Spirit first appeared in the mini-series "The Revenge of Cobra". In that mini-series, he was used as a foil to Storm Shadow, fighting one another to a stalemate. Afterwards, in the regular series, he was usually a background character or foil to Storm Shadow. He was voiced by
In the series, Spirit, or Spirit Iron-Knife, is the team's resident tracker. This version of Spirit seems to have more of a mystical and shaman persona. His personality is reflected in his ability to mix his hi-tech suit and weapons with his abilities as a tracker. His pet is a falcon named "Billy", with whom he seems to have a kind of spiritual bond.
* [http://www.myuselessknowledge.com/joe/spirit.html JMM's G.I. Joe Character Guide]
* [http://www.yojoe.com/filecard/84/spirit.shtml Original 1984 Spirit file card]
* [http://www.yojoe.com/filecard/89/spirit2.shtml 1989 Spirit file card]
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