Breaker’s Files: Low Light,Your Opinion?


Today in ‘Breakers Files‘ we take a look at the G.I.Joe Character ‘Low-Light‘. What is his place in the G.I.Joe Mythos, and what is your opinion of the character? Check out the expose and share your opinion after the JUMP!


All Facts Courtesy Of Wiki:

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.


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.


Hasbro Toy

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.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 books

Marvel Comics

Low-Light is featured in issue #8 of the Marvel Comics ‘Special Missions’ series. 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

Devil’s Due comics

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


Animated series appearances

Sunbow Series

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.[12] 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.[13] 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):[14]

Arise, Serpentor, Arise!
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
Once Upon a Joe
Raise the Flagg
The Rotten Egg
Sins of Our Fathers


G.I. Joe: The Movie

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.[15]

DiC series

Low-Light first appeared in his Slaughter’s Marauders uniform in the 1989 G.I. Joe mini-series “Operation: Dragonfire” voiced by Maurice LaMarche. 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):[16]

Cold Shoulder
El Dorado: The Lost City of Gold
General Confusion

Night of the Creepers
Operation: Dragonfire
That’s Entertainment




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