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Low Light (G.I. Joe)

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First appearance  1986
File name  MacBride, Cooper G.
Movie  G.I. Joe: The Movie
Affiliation  G.I. Joe
Played by  Charlie Adler
Low-Light (G.I. Joe) GI Joe LowLight
Voiced by  Charlie Adler (Sunbow/Marvel)Maurice LaMarche (DiC)
Specialty  InfantrymanNight 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)
Birth place  Crosby, ND (1986)Crosby, NM (1993 only)
Similar  Beach Head, Leatherneck, Lifeline, Sci‑Fi, Blowtorch

Low-Light (also released as Low Light) 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.


Low-Light (G.I. Joe) GI Joe 50th Anniversary Low Light


Low-Light (G.I. Joe) GI Joe 50th Anniversary Low Light

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.

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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 (G.I. Joe) LowLight v1 GI Joe Action Figure YoJoe Archive

Low-Light was first released as an action figure in 1986. 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.

Low-Light (G.I. Joe) GI Joe The Pursuit of COBRA Low Light

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.

Marvel Comics

Low-Light (G.I. Joe) LowLight Character Comic Vine

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.

Low-Light (G.I. Joe) GI Joe LowLight 1986 Version 1 Picture

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.

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.

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. After this, he goes back into reserve status until World War III.


Low-Light appeared as a supporting character in the 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.

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. 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. 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):

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.

DiC series

Low-Light appears 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):

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

    Low-Light (G.I. Joe) Wikipedia