His real name is Eric W. Friestadt, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Short-Fuze was born in Chicago, Illinois. Short-Fuze is logical and sensitive. He also has a noticeable temper, hence his code-name. Short-Fuze comes from a military family (his father and grandfather were both career Top Sergeants). He enjoys abstract mathematics and can plot artillery azimuths and triangulations in his head. Short-Fuze received advanced infantry training, and specialized education in artillery school and engineer school. He is a qualified expert with the M-14, M-16,M79 grenade launcher, M-2 60mm light mortar, M-1 81mm medium mortar, and the M1911A1 Auto Pistol.
He first appeared in the G.I. Joe animated series in the A Real American Hero mini-series. He was voiced by Frank Welker. In the mini-series, he was generally featured alongside another Joe, Steeler; for example, the two teamed with Clutch to create a killer satellite that was used unsuccessfully to destroy the Relay Star Satellite. He later paired up with Steeler again to man a copter during "Operation Big Lift".
In the "Revenge of Cobra" mini-series, Short-Fuze is one the Joes who deliver Cobra Commander to Blackwater Prison and then try to recapture him when Zartan breaks him out. He also is part of the defense of Washington DC.
Short-Fuze is part of a group of Joes who battle Cobra in the terrorist group's attempt to steal all the gold in Fort Knox. When the Joes have to chase Cobra on horseback, Short-Fuze is one of those who have trouble getting on their horse.
G.I. Joe: The Movie
Short-Fuze is seen briefly taking part in the battle at the Statue of Liberty in the opening to G.I. Joe: The Movie.