The Cobra Trooper started back in 1982 with the straight arm variant, and then re-released in 1983 with the new swivel arm articulation. Back then, he was just ‘Cobra: The Enemy’, and was the first leap into the nameless, faceless legions of Cobra.
From the classic filecard:
Code Name: The Enemy
File Name: Unknown
Primary Military Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Military Specialty: Sabotage
Birthplace: Various Countries
Grade: E-4(or equivalent)
One of the nameless, faceless legions of Cobra Command. Each Cobra is highly skilled in the use of explosives, all NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms, sabotage, and the martial arts. Qualified expert: Skorpion(VZOR61) Machine Pistol; Dragunov(SVD) Sniper’s Rifle; Uzi Submachine Gun; M-16.
“Cobras swear absolute loyalty to their fanatical leader… Cobra Commander. Their goal… to conquer the world for their own evil purpose!”
From the Retaliation “filecard”:
The sinister Cobra Trooper silently descends through the darkness towards his target. The specialized Cobra parachute is designed for high-altitude jumps.