Before Gripper joined the French Foreign Legion, he was a mercenary fighter who couldn't get a job! No army would have him because of his infamous reputation as a totally ruthless fighter. The tough Foreign Legion sent Gripper to a dangerous desert outpost. But after two months they kicked him out because he would not acknowledge an enemy's white surrender flag.
Gripper's vise grip holds his weapons very tightly, so he prefers it over his real hand. His weapons are specially adaptedto fit into his iron fist. When he meets new S.A.V.A.G.E. Army members he loves to shake their hands - they get the surprise of their lives!
Gripper has threatened that the next time he meets Rambo he's going to carve his intitials into Rambo's chest!
Gripper was made using a camo Punisher body, Ultimate Nick Fury head, interchangeable Cylon hands for his prosthetics, sculpted beret and collar, and battle harness from an old Spiral Zone (Spiral Zone was totally awesome, btw) figure. I was trying to take the basic idea of the figure and make it more "realistic", and I know the original doesn't have a goatee, but I decided it would toughen him up a little more, which is why I chose Ultimate Nick over the one of the four or five Hand ninja two-pack heads I've got lying around.