Cobra Night Watch Troops are on duty during the dark, empty hours from midnight to dawn. While the rest of the Cobra infantry troops are dreaming of mortars and machine guns, night troopers patrol its perimeters and remain ready for a nighttime attack...which never comes, much to their disappointment. They drink gallons of super-caffeinated coffee to remain alert, haunted by nasty stories of what happens to anyone found asleep at his post by Cobra Commander. Night troopers are ideally suited for their job. They shun the sunlight and skulk in the shadows even when not on duty. Because they are chronically sleep-deprived, they have learned the fine art of sleeping with one eye open so as always be at least half-awake at all times.
Cobra infantry troops fight on the front line, patrol the perimeters and perform the grunt work that keeps the evil Cobra organization operating. WIthin this main infantry force are many smaller, specialized groups, like the Cobra Night Watch. These dusk-to-dawn foot soldiers dwell in the darkness and slither in the shadows, defending Cobra bases during the night and assisting the nighttime raids on G.I. Joe bases.
The leader of the Cobra Night Watch troops is a master of the midnight patrol. He can completely disappear into the shadows, instantly pinpoint the source of a strange sound in the darkness, and stay awake with just a quick catnap while pouring himself another cup of coffee. He trains his troops with light-deprivation techniques in pitch-black subterranean cells that he designed himself. While the day-shift squad leaders derisively refer to his troops as "the vampier squad," the night trooper leader is proud to work the midnight-to-dawn patrol. He believes G.I. Joe forces will eventually strike at night, hoping to catch Cobra forces unaware. But the night trooper squad leader and his forces will be ready and waiting for them.