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Low-Light (also released as Low Light)[1] is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and animated series. He served as the G.I. Joe Team's Infantryman and debuted in 1986.

G.I. Joe character
Illustration of Low-Light from G.I. Joe: Order of Battle. Art by Herb Trimpe.
First appearance1986
Voiced byCharlie Adler (Sunbow/Marvel)
Maurice LaMarche (DiC)
AffiliationG.I. Joe
Night Spotter (1986, 1989)
Night Fighter (1991)
Dinosaur Night Spotter (1993)
Night Survivalist (2001)
Night Spotter (2006)
S.W.A.T. Sharpshooter (2008)
Night Spotter (2011)
File nameMacBride, Cooper G.
Birth placeCrosby, ND (1986)
Crosby, NM (1993 only)
RankE-6 (Staff Sergeant)
Primary MOSInfantry
Secondary MOSMarksmanship Instructor (1986)
Sharpshooter (1991)
SubgroupsSlaughter's Marauders



His real name is Cooper G. MacBride, and his rank is that of Staff Sergeant E-6. Low-Light was born in Crosby, North Dakota.

As a child, Low-Light was afraid of the dark, timid with wild animals, and shy of loud noises, until one hunting expedition with his father. He lost his way in the impenetrable darkness, and was found three weeks later, with his flashlight, .22 rifle, and a grin from ear to ear. Ten years later, he was an instructor at the Army Marksmanship Program in Fort Benning and a self-taught expert on image intensification.[2]

Hasbro ToyEdit

Low-Light was first released as an action figure in 1986.[3] Overall, he has had 8 releases, using a total of 5 unique molds. Just as his serial number has changed with each release, so has his actual appearance. For his original figure and 1989 repaint as part of the Slaughter's Marauders line, he was shown to have curly blond hair, with no facial hair.[4]

For his third release (1991), he had short, straight, black hair, and a full beard.[5] His fourth release (1993) as part of the Dino Hunters line was a repaint of his third release, and this time he had blond hair and beard. His fifth release was again a repaint of his third release, and again featured black hair and beard. His sixth (2006), seventh (2008), and eighth (2011) releases were done as a homage to his original release, as all three versions show him with blond hair and no beard. All versions include some visor (either red or blue) over his eyes.

Comic booksEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Low-Light is featured in issue #8 of the Marvel Comics 'Special Missions' series, a second series to the main G.I. Joe title. He is sent with a team of Joes to Southeast Asia, to pursue Portland, a man with a case full of valuable computer chips. Low-Light faces many additional problems as their CIA contact is not being fully honest with the Joe team.[6]

Low-Light is also featured in Marvel Comics Special Missions #11. He is one of a small group of G.I. Joe called in to help defuse a hostage situation in Frankfurt, Germany. He works under the command of Chuckles.[7]

Devil's Due comicsEdit

In the Devil's Due 'Frontline' series, Low-Light makes a cameo during an investigation of the murder of a Crimson Guard. Low-Light is unsure as to why G.I. Joe should care, as evidence points to another Cobra agent as the killer.[8]

Low-Light, Recondo, Ripcord, Dart and Tunnel Rat are caught in an artificial conflict created by Iron Grenadiers in the fictional country of Sierra Gordo. Low-Light is injured in a mortar explosion but makes it out alive.[9]

Low-Light is also one of the reservists that is called into action in New York City to stop Neurotoxin. The team is successful in stopping Neurotixin, and Low-Light again shows off his night fighting ability.[10] After this, he goes back into reserve status until World War III.[volume & issue needed]


Low-Light appeared as a supporting character in The Sultan's Secret by Peter Lerangis and Fool's Gold by S.M. Ballard, two of six G.I. Joe tie-in novels published by Ballantine Books in 1988.[11][12]

Animated seriesEdit

Sunbow SeriesEdit

Being an extremely private person, Low-Light avoids conversations with his teammates and communicates with them only when necessary. Low-Light appeared in the original G.I. Joe animated series.[13] Low-Light in his first uniform appeared throughout the second season of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and was voiced by Charlie Adler.[14] In the series, he is depicted as regularly suffering from nightmares and disliking the dark. He wears his night vision goggles to keep him from having to see the night. It is hinted in the episode "Nightmare Assault" that abuse from his father might have played a role in his fear of the dark. In this episode, his father berates him in a dream, and orders him to catch some rats, which he fears.


Low-Light appears in the following episodes (in alphabetical order):[15]

  • Arise, Serpentor, Arise!
  • Cobrathon
  • Computer Complications
  • Glamour Girls
  • Grey Hairs & Growing Pains
  • Iceberg Goes South
  • Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep
  • Joes' Night Out
  • Last Hour to Doomsday
  • Let's Play Soldier
  • Million Dollar Medic
  • My Brother's Keeper
  • My Favorite Things
  • Nightmare Assault
  • Ninja Holiday
  • Operation Dragonfire
  • Once Upon a Joe
  • Raise the Flagg
  • The Rotten Egg
  • Sins of Our Fathers

G.I. Joe: The MovieEdit

Low-Light is shown in a few scenes of G.I. Joe: The Movie, but like many of the characters of the Sunbow Cartoon, he has a very minor role. His most memorable part was serving as bailiff during Falcon's Court-martial. He is glimpsed at the battle of the Statue of Liberty in the opening, and can be glimpsed during the battle of Cobra-La. He can be seen barely getting up from the ground after the explosive destruction of Cobra-La, as Doc calls Hawk regarding Duke's recovery.[16]

DiC seriesEdit

Low-Light appears in his Slaughter's Marauders uniform, in the 1989 G.I. Joe mini-series "Operation: Dragonfire", voiced by Maurice LaMarche.[17] Here he is very suspicious of the journalist Scoop, who he believes is a spy for Cobra. He is also part of the coup that overthrows Serpentor and allows Cobra Commander to regain control of Cobra. In later episodes, he began wearing his version 3 uniform.

Low-Light appears in the following episodes (in alphabetic order):[18]

  • Cold Shoulder
  • El Dorado: The Lost City of Gold
  • General Confusion
  • Night of the Creepers
  • Operation: Dragonfire
  • That's Entertainment


  1. ^ "2006 File Card Packaged with figure ©Hasbro". Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  2. ^ Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie (ed.). G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 68. ISBN 0-87135-288-5.
  3. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 107. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
  4. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 125. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
  5. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 133. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
  6. ^ "G.I. Joe Special Missions" #8 (December 1987)
  7. ^ "G.I. Joe Special Missions" #11 (June 1988)
  8. ^ "G.I. Joe: Frontline" #16 (October 2003)
  9. ^ "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #29-30 (2004)
  10. ^ "G.I. Joe: Special Missions Manhattan" One-shot (February 2006)
  11. ^ Young Adult Book: The Sultan's Secret - Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  12. ^ Young Adult Book: Fool's Gold - Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  13. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003, Volume 1. McFarland & Co. p. 376. ISBN 978-0-7864-2099-5.
  14. ^ "Roll Call". G.I. Joe Roll Call. Joe Headquarters. Archived from the original on 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-06-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ The Ultimate G.I. Joe Cartoon Website (2005). "G.I. JOE CHARACTER LIST". Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  16. ^ G.I. Joe: The Movie (Motion picture). De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. April 20, 1987.
  17. ^ "The Voices of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1989, Animated Series) - Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers". 1989-09-02. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  18. ^ Complete Guide to G.I. Joe. "Complete Guide to G. I. Joe: 1989". Retrieved August 4, 2008.

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