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Zanya was the product of a brief affair between Zartan and a woman from Chicago. The affair ended before Zartan even knew Zanya's mother was pregnant, and she grew up never knowing her father. Zanya lived with her mother in an apartment building in a rough neighborhood in Chicago. By age nine, she was acting out violently in school, due in no small part to living with an anger, bitter mother and her mother's abusive boyfriend. It was also at this age that she first even heard the name "Zartan." One night she lit fire to her mother's bed, and her mother later found the girl still playing with the matches. Her mother was about to beat the defiant girl, but she grabbed her mother's wrist and and stopped her. A burning match fell to the ground and hours later, the building was ablaze. Zanya got out via the fire escape, but her mother and her mother's boyfriend died in the fire.
Years later, at age fourteen, Zanya was traveling with an older boy named Keven Shulte who was making money by taking bets on staged fights between Zanya and any takers. She proved she could beat up men much older and bigger than her. Kevin dreamed of joining the Dreadnoks -- who had become a powerful, national criminal organization -- and hoped he'd have amassed enough money to do so between his criminal activites and Zanya's fight money. Zanya kept her own goal to her self -- she wanted to confront her absent father. When they both made it to a Dreadnok gathering in the Everglades, Zanya's fighting impressed the Dreadnoks who were there, including some of the higher ranking ones like Monkeywrench, Zanzibar and Gnawgahyde. Kevin's stories of his criminal career impressed them much less. Their first test to gain membership was taking part in an attack on a group of gang members in Miami who were selling weapons on the Dreadnoks' turf. During the fight that followed, Zanya did most of the work while Kevin took most of the credit. Afterwards, they came face to face with Zartan at a Dreadnok party. Zanya shocked everyone by picking a fight with Zartan. He eventually held her down and stopped her, but was impressed by the girl's spirit. She then told him, "You should be. Remember Chicago? I'm your daughter." Zartan walked away, refusing to believe her. Zarana then told her she had better think twice if she expected to pull a con on them. But Zartan later confided to his sister that he remembered a woman in Chicago fourteen years, and that Zanya reminded him of her. After looking into her claims about her mother's death, Zartan concluded that she was really his daughter. He gave her the choice leaving and moving on with her life or staying with him and the Dreadnoks, as long as she followed his rules. She chose to stay and joined Zarana and Kevin in a mission into a guarded building supposedly filled with advance vehicle prototypes to steal. When Kevin told her to take the opportunity to kill Zarana, she agreed, but then beat Kevin to a pulp instead, and told him to leave and not come back. Zarana then told her she passed, and the lights came up, revealing the other Dreadnoks. They congratulated her on her membership as her father looked on proudly.
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G.I. Joe (2001)
#2 G.I. Joe (2004)
- 'Reinstated! 2 of 4'#3
- 'Reinstated! 3 of 4'#4
- 'Reinstated! 4 of 4'#6
- 'Reckonings: Part 1 of 4'#10
- 'Malfunction! 1 of 4'#11
- 'Malfunction! 2 of 4'#12
- 'Malfunction! 3 of 4'#13
- 'Malfunction! 4 of 4'#20
- 'Closure Part 1'#23
- 'The Last Stand Part 2'#24
- 'The Last Stand Part 3'
#26 G.I. Joe (2005)
- 'Scott Sturgis is a Reasonable Man...'#38
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Three'
#5 G.I. Joe: America's Elite: Data Desk Handbook (2005)
- 'Damage Report'#6
- 'The Hunt For True Love'#19
- 'All The King's Horses...'#20
- 'All the King's Men'#31
- 'World War III Part VII: Tribulation'#36
- 'World War III Part XII, Hell'
#1 G.I. Joe: Battle Files (2002)
- 'Data Desk Handbook'
G.I. Joe: Frontline (2002)
#9 G.I. Joe: The Data Desk Handbook A-M (2007)
- 'Family History: Part 1'#10
- 'Family History: Part 2'
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