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17th Jan '17 10:20:45 AM CaptainTedium
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* FiveEpisodePilot: The original Sunbow series had four: "The MASS Device" and "The Revenge of Cobra," which aired before the start of the series proper, and "Pyramid of Darkness" and "Arise, Serpentor, Arise," which were used as premieres for the show's two seasons. The DIC series premiered with one called "Operation Dragonfire." ''Sigma 6'' also had one of these.

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* FiveEpisodePilot: The original Sunbow series had four: "The MASS Device" and "The Revenge of Cobra," which aired before the start of the series proper, and "Pyramid of Darkness" and "Arise, Serpentor, Arise," which were used as premieres for the show's two seasons. The DIC series premiered with one called "Operation Dragonfire." ''Sigma 6'' also had one of these."
15th Dec '16 8:24:26 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Storm Shadow's katana, which cuts through both stone and steel.



* ActionFigureFileCard: The packaging for the toys is the UrExample..

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* ActionFigureFileCard: The packaging for the toys is the UrExample..UrExample.
* AdultFear: The audience will soon be reasonably sure that [[NonLethalWarfare no one important will die]] in the show, but the ''characters'' don't know that, and sometimes this is written quite realistically. Aren't you going to be [[UnderStatement a little bit worried]] if your girlfriend ([[DistressedDude or boyfriend]]) is captured by ruthless terrorists who make use of everything listed under the Nightmare Fuel heading on the YMMV page? The [[PrimalFear haunted relief]] you'll see from, say, Scarlett when Duke is rescued mostly unharmed shows that for the Joes, the stakes are really a lot higher than you might think; it's not all just one jolly adventure after another.



* AntiHero: Lowlight, the team's ColdSniper. There's an aura of quiet menace about him that in some ways makes him ''a lot scarier'' than the histrionic villains usually manage to be. His deadpan style also works. Here's an exchange with Lifeline (the team pacifist) after he's knocked out some Cobra mooks:
-->'''Life-Line''':Hey, Lowlight! Does it ever occur to you there might be an easier way of settling disputes?
-->'''Lowlight''': Yeah, Lifeline. It's called a gun.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Among the Cobra leaders, the Baroness, Destro and Cobra Commander are all old nobility. Possibly averted with Lady Jaye, who is not explicitly named a noblewoman, but has an upper-class British real name and inherits a large estate in one story.



* BadassLongcoat: Destro, in those episodes where he uses his winter uniform, a red-trimmed black greatcoat of [[CommieNazis mixed Nazi-Soviet]] cut.



* BattleCouple: Duke and Scarlett, sometimes. Also Flint and Lady Jaye. And on the evil side, Destro and the Baroness, on occasion.



* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Cobra's purpose is to impose a worldwide fascist dictatorship, and they are explicitly identified as "evil" by the opening narration. By contrast, GI Joe defends the whole world against their oppression.
** BlackAndGrayMorality: Subverted in a few stories, where Cobra has some legitimate complaint about the present-day political or economic system that they use to recruit people or push their agenda, such as crusading against anarchic inner cities or financial corruption. They are still evil, but America is also shown to be less than perfect.



* BossInMooksClothing:
** The Cobra trooper in "Cobra Stops the World". He was still beaten, but put up more of a fight than the named Cobra characters often manage.
** The BAT in "My Favorite Things". These are supposed to be slow, ponderous and stupid MechaMooks, but this particular one shows both initiative and skill like the Joes themselves rarely do.



* CouldHaveBeenMessy: Played incredibly straight. Since it's a military-action cartoon, and both sides can use quite heavy hardware, depending on the battle, there will often be ''major'' collateral damage: aircraft shot down, ships sunk, buildings levelled, etc. Yet, it's very rare that anyone (even {{Mook}} enemies) is actually shown to be killed onscreen.



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* CustomUniformCustomUniform: [[MildlyMilitary Everyone has this]] to some extent, but some more so than others. Notably, Scarlett's clothes don't resemble any sort of military uniform known to man, presumably for [[MostWritersAreMale the usual reasons]]. Similarly extreme male examples include Quick Kick and Snake Eyes.



* DefangedHorrors: A show that shows war against [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazis-lite]] within the limits 80s censors would pass. NeverSayDie is averted throughout, and while death is rarely explicitly shown, it's taken perfectly seriously in-story. War crimes and abuse of prisoners are either hinted at, or done in a bloodless, fantastic manner.
** Which sometimes inadvertently makes them ''more'' horrifying rather than less. Is physical torture ''always'' scarier than MindRape? Is it scarier to be shot cleanly than to be [[DevouredByTheHorde eaten alive by spiders]]?



* DistractedByTheSexy: Taken advantage of by Cover Girl, among others.



* EldritchAbomination: The Cthulhu {{Expy}} Destro and his clan have worshiped for thousands of years.



* EvilCounterpart:
** The Baroness to Lady Jaye. Both are upper-class women, intelligence agents and high-ranking members of a semi-military organization, who have even successfully impersonated each other on occasion. While Lady Jaye is American and pro-democracy, the Baroness is [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign vaguely European]] and [[CommieNazis vaguely fascist]].
** Storm Shadow to Snake Eyes, obviously.



* FacelessGoons: It seems like all Cobra uniforms include face-obscuring helmets or masks.

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* FacelessGoons: It seems like all In an unusual subversion, Cobra uniforms include face-obscuring helmets or masks.soldiers wear a mask that covers their lower faces but leaves their eyes clearly visible, thus doing much less to dehumanize them. Played straight with the Crimson Guards and most Vipers.



* FictionalCurrency: Cobra Currency, which (unlike the dollar) is gold-backed, and thus a solid investment.



* HighlyConspicuousUniform: The Cobra uniforms, in spades.

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* HighlyConspicuousUniform: The Cobra uniforms, in spades. And some of the Joes even more so.
* HotScientist: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dr. Attila]], the MadScientist Scarlett impersonated in one episode.
* HumanSacrifice:
** At winter solstice, by Destro's Satanic cult.
** Later, Cobra Commander invokes the same EldritchAbomination, promising to sacrifice much of Cobra to it in return for power.



* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Scarlett falls victim to it in the miniseries:
-->'''Destro''': We'll break your spirit soon enough, my dear Scarlett. Seeing you a groveling slave will provide me with great pleasure. [[EvilLaugh BWAHA]][[LargeHam HAHAHAH!]]



* MalevolentMaskedMen: Destro's Lovecraftian cult, who wear cowls and animal masks. And himself, of course.



* MasterOfDisguise: Zartan and the Baroness are both very good at impersonating people..

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* MasterOfDisguise: MasterOfDisguise:
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Zartan and the Baroness are both very good at impersonating people..people.
** Lady Jaye and Scarlett are also pretty good at it. And Flint, sometimes.
** Major Bludd, of all people, pulled off a very convincing disguise in one early story, complete with a good voice impression.


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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Raven, a loyal [[AcePilot Strato-Viper]], served Cobra with daring and passion because she believed in their cause and knew her comrades would never let her down. Unfortunately, [[StrawCivilian Doctor Mindbender]] had no use for such quaint notions of military honor or ésprit de corps, and unceremoniously turned on her as soon as it was the least bit practical in the short term. As a result, she quit Cobra altogether, and it was even hinted that she would apply for GI Joe service instead.


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* NeverSayDie: More or less completely averted throughout. That said, the show rarely ''depicts'' death, usually showing even {{Mook}} villains disabled by non-lethal means. But there are exceptions...


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* OneManArmy: Several, but Scarlett probably takes the prize. She certainly has the highest bodycount.


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* ScaryShinyGlasses / SinisterShades: Lowlight. On the Cobra side, the Tele-Vipers, sometimes, when they are taken seriously.


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* SlaveLiberation: Subverted. When imprisoned by Cobra in the miniseries, Scarlett starts a rebellion among their slaves, but the base's riot troops are able to deal with it, making it no more than a temporary disruption.


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* SupernaturalMartialArts: Going by their moves, many people apparently have it, even characters who aren't otherwise themed around martial arts. Storm Shadow is the king, though. In one episode, he used karate to mission-kill a ''tank''.


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* WeCanRuleTogether: After a [[EnemyMine temporary alliance]] of GI Joe and Cobra against a third-party mutual enemy, Cobra Commander suggests that they could wield great power working together on a more permanent basis. Predictably, he only gets [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain mocked]] for it.


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* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent:
** The Baroness speaks with an accent that isn't just obviously fake, but doesn't seem to correspond to any real language. It's basically [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign a blend of American stereotypes of Russian- and German-speaking villains.]]
** Destro's accent is (presumably) supposed to be Scottish, but sounds nothing like it.
** Most of the named Cobra villains have some more or less weird accent, though none as bad as the above. Storm Shadow talks, well, like you would expect of an 80s Hollywood ninja, and the Dreadnoks speak some kind of exaggerated Australian.
9th Oct '16 6:46:44 PM WillKeaton
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* EmotionControl: In "Second Hand Emotions" several Joes had a device implanted on their necks that allowed Cobra to control their emotions. Cobra's chosen interface for the system? A pipe organ.
6th Oct '16 11:15:57 PM Saurubiker
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The pilot mini-series is noticeably more violent than the show would [[NeverSayDie famously turn out to be]]. Several Cobra Troopers are explicitly suggested to be killed on-screen. Also several characters had different designs (most notable with Snake Eyes, due to being based on the first figure, while the rest of the Sunbow episodes shows him as his second figure, and the DIC episodes as the fourth figure).

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The pilot mini-series is noticeably more violent than the show would [[NeverSayDie famously turn out to be]]. Several Cobra Troopers are explicitly suggested to be killed on-screen. Also several characters had different designs (most notable with Snake Eyes, due to being based on the first figure, while the rest of the Sunbow Cover Girl, who has long blond hair in these early episodes shows him as his second figure, and the DIC episodes as the fourth looks significantly different from her action figure).
5th Oct '16 9:31:34 AM snichols1973
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* KansasCityShuffle: In "The Traitor" 2-parter, Dusty, in exchange for assistance with his mother's medical bills, gives information to Cobra regarding the newly-developed armor treatment. He is convicted of treason after an ambush leaves Duke in a coma, only to be kidnapped by Cobra. While Flint, Lady Jaye and Shipwreck are surrounded and captured by Cobra to be used as human guinea pigs for the mind-control gas, Dusty enters the laboratory and tampers with the mind-control gas to create an antidote for the armor treatment. Cobra Commander puts Dusty in charge of the executions:

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* KansasCityShuffle: The traitor gambit scheme planned by Duke and Dusty. In "The Traitor" 2-parter, Dusty, in exchange for assistance with his mother's medical bills, gives information to Cobra regarding the newly-developed armor treatment. He is convicted of treason after an ambush leaves Duke in a coma, only to be kidnapped by Cobra. While Flint, Lady Jaye and Shipwreck are surrounded and captured by Cobra to be used as human guinea pigs for the mind-control gas, Dusty enters the laboratory and tampers with the mind-control gas to create an antidote for the armor treatment. Cobra Commander puts Dusty in charge of the executions:
5th Oct '16 9:20:13 AM snichols1973
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* KansasCityShuffle: In "The Traitor" 2-parter, Dusty, gives information to Cobra regarding the newly-developed armor treatment in exchange for assistance with his mother's medical bills. He is convicted of treason after an ambush leaves Duke in a coma, only to be kidnapped by Cobra. While Flint, Lady Jaye and Shipwreck are surrounded and captured by Cobra to be used as human guinea pigs for the mind-control gas, Dusty enters the laboratory and tampers with the mind-control gas to create an antidote for the armor treatment. Cobra Commander puts Dusty in charge of the executions:

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* KansasCityShuffle: In "The Traitor" 2-parter, Dusty, in exchange for assistance with his mother's medical bills, gives information to Cobra regarding the newly-developed armor treatment in exchange for assistance with his mother's medical bills.treatment. He is convicted of treason after an ambush leaves Duke in a coma, only to be kidnapped by Cobra. While Flint, Lady Jaye and Shipwreck are surrounded and captured by Cobra to be used as human guinea pigs for the mind-control gas, Dusty enters the laboratory and tampers with the mind-control gas to create an antidote for the armor treatment. Cobra Commander puts Dusty in charge of the executions:
5th Oct '16 9:18:05 AM snichols1973
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* DastardlyWhiplash: Major Bludd.

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* DastardlyWhiplash: Major Bludd. Bludd in the "MASS Device" FiveEpisodePilot.


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* KansasCityShuffle: In "The Traitor" 2-parter, Dusty, gives information to Cobra regarding the newly-developed armor treatment in exchange for assistance with his mother's medical bills. He is convicted of treason after an ambush leaves Duke in a coma, only to be kidnapped by Cobra. While Flint, Lady Jaye and Shipwreck are surrounded and captured by Cobra to be used as human guinea pigs for the mind-control gas, Dusty enters the laboratory and tampers with the mind-control gas to create an antidote for the armor treatment. Cobra Commander puts Dusty in charge of the executions:
-->'''Cobra Commander''': Say farewell to your free will, Joes; as of now, your minds belong to Cobra. Seal the arena.
-->(Dusty pushes a button, closing the arena vents where the Joes are located)
-->'''Cobra Commander''': Close off the temple vents.
-->(Dusty pushes another button, closing off the vents where the Cobra troops are)
-->'''Cobra Commander''': Open the arena vents. And now, Dusty, the gas.
-->'''Flint, Lady Jaye, Shipwreck''': Oh no.
-->(Dusty secretly pushes buttons closing the arena vents where the Joes are and opening the temple vents to where the Cobra troops are located, venting the gas on the Cobra troops)
-->'''Cobra Commander''': You-- you traitor! (The Commander wrestles with Dusty, and Dusty shoves the Commander into Tomax and Xamot; Dusty opens the arena hatch, allowing the Joes to escape)
-->'''Cobra Commander''': You were... ''a triple agent'' all along!
-->'''Dusty''': You guessed it, chrome dome!
-->(The Joes climb the arena walls)
-->'''Dusty''': There's weapons in the ready room!
-->'''Tomax, Xamot''': It's not over. Not quite!
-->'''Tomax, Xamot''': Have a nice-- death, Dusty!
-->'''Lady Jaye''' (climbs up a hatch and attacks Cobra Commander): Hi-yah! Sorry to interrupt, but he's one of us!
-->'''Dusty''' (removes his Cobra insignia): You bet, let's go!
-->'''Joes''': Yo, Joe!
** Dusty leads the Joes to the chemical lab, where the mind-control gas is being stored:
-->'''Flint''': Would you mind telling me what we're doing, Dusty?
-->'''Dusty''' (at the lab computer): All part of Duke's plan.
-->'''Lady Jaye''': Duke's ''what''?
-->'''Dusty''': These chemicals can make mind-control gas, or they can make a formula that neutralizes our armor treatment. (Dusty throws a barrel drum at the chemical vats, shattering them) Everybody stand back!
-->(The antidote dissolves the Cobra troops' uniforms and a H.I.S.S. tank)
-->'''Cobra Commander''': What's this?
-->'''Dusty''': Duke ''knew'' the armor treatment was unstable, it reacts with certain chemicals and corrodes whatever it's protecting.
5th Oct '16 7:34:25 AM snichols1973
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* DastardlyWhiplash: Major Bludd.
17th Aug '16 2:17:59 PM Saurubiker
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** Likewise, the Japanese dub of the Sunbow series (which only lasted 33 episodes) had most of the Joes' nationalities changed to make them an international team rather than having them be U.S.-centric.
14th Aug '16 1:44:24 PM Saurubiker
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* BilingualBonus: "Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep" features a shot of a Chinese restaurant, in which the characters on its sign are names taken from other Toei shows, particularly [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Gento]], [[Manga/DragonBall Tao Pai-Pai and Son Gokou]].

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* BilingualBonus: "Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep" features a shot of a Chinese restaurant, in restaurant which the characters on its sign are have names taken from other Toei shows, particularly Toei-produced anime shows written in kanji. Namely [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Gento]], [[Manga/DragonBall Tao Pai-Pai and Son Gokou]].
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