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->"''Crime is a disease. Meet the cure.''"
-->-- '''Original movie tagline'''

''Cobra'' is a 1986 action film starring Creator/SylvesterStallone, produced by Creator/WarnerBros in association with Creator/TheCannonGroup.

Stallone stars as police Lieutenant Marion "Cobra" Cobretti, an intense, no-nonsense LA cop from the "Zombie Squad", who has to deal with a string of murders by a man known to police only as the Night Slasher (Creator/BrianThompson), while also dealing with various murderous nuts spouting nonsense about a "New Order". As it turns out, the Night Slasher is actually the leader of this "New Order" cult. Model Ingrid Knudsen (Brigitte Nielsen) drives past one of their murders and sees the Night Slasher's face, making her the gang's prime target. She enters police custody for her own protection, under the watchful eye of Lt. Cobretti and his partner, the junk food-loving Sgt. Gonzales (Reni Santoni). Eventually, Cobra will have to use Ingrid as bait to draw out the Night Slasher and put an end to his menace once and for all.

Based (very loosely) on Paula Gosling's novel ''Fair Game'', which nine years later would get another adaptation under that title starring William Baldwin and Creator/CindyCrawford (sadly not in Stallone's role). All three versions bear very little resemblance to each other.

Not to be confused with the main character of the anime/manga ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra''. Or [[Franchise/GIJoe that other Cobra.]]
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!!''Cobra'' provides examples of:

* AntiHero: Cobretti. He hates discipline and he doesn't give a damn about any citizen's rights (well, obviously not seeing the "citizens" are a gang of psycho killers).
* AnAxeToGrind: Members of the New Order are shown clanging axes together in unison early in the film.
* AxCrazy: The New Order, particularly the Night Slasher.
* AssholeVictim: Ingrid's boss sexually harasses her, only to get killed by members of the New Order cult.
* AwardBaitSong: While not played in the end credits, the movie has two: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqKlkVk7d4U Loving On Borrowed Time]] by Gladys Knight & Bill Medley; and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4yPuqKRWGA Two Into One]] by Bill Medley & Carmen Twillie.
* BadassLongcoat: Cobretti wears one.
* BulletproofHumanShield: Happens by accident when the Night Slasher fires his shotgun at Cobretti [[spoiler:and hits Nancy Stalk, his police accomplice, who's just jumped on Cobretti]].
* CarChase: Plenty to go around!
* CarFu: A security guard gets crushed by the cult's van.
* CoolCar: Cobretti's customized 1950 Mercury, complete with nitro boosters. Bonus points for being Sly's real-life car, though stunt-doubles were used in the chases.
* CoolGun: Cobretti's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatimatic Jatimatic]] submachine gun. A RareGun now, as only a few hundred of them were made. Same for his 1911 9mm conversion.
* CoolShades: Again, Cobretti delivers this for the trifecta.
* CowboyCop: Cobra. Apparently the Zombie Squad is an entire crew of CowboyCops, though we only ever see Cobretti and Gonzales.
* {{Cult}}: The "New Order".
* DetectiveMole: One of the police officers protecting Ingrid is a member of the New Order.
* DidIMentionItsChristmas: Numerous background hints indicate the movie takes place deep in December.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In order to silence one witness who saw them, the Night Slasher's New Order goes on a week-long explosive rampage in two cities, in broad daylight and in full view of hundreds of new witnesses. Of course, it doesn't really matter in the end, since [[OneManArmy Cobra]] happens to be one of those witnesses.
* DramaticGunCock: The thug in the grocery store ''really'' likes racking the slide on his shotgun.
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The Night Slasher wants to create a nihilistic dog-eat-dog world with his homicidal cult where sadistic murderers [[TheSocialDarwinist kill off the weak]] and people are indiscriminately hacked up and gunned down on the streets on a daily basis.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Lt. Cobretti's first name is Marion. [[LampshadeHanging He jokes about it, too,]] and admits he would have preferred to grow up with something tougher-sounding... like "Alice".
* EqualOpportunityEvil: All kinds of people are in New Order, from common street thugs to balding businessmen. They seem to welcome all races and possibly nationalities, too.
* EvilMakesYouUgly: There are two kinds of women in ''Cobra'': intended targets of the Night Slasher's Order, and its treacherous accomplices. Guess which ones are attractive.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The Night Slasher.
* GangBangers: The New Order gang.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: For all we know about his serial killer tendencies and his Social Darwinist motives, we know nothing about the Night Slasher's backstory, and thus have no explanation for either trait. Heck, we don't even learn ''his real name.'' Same goes for the New Order; we never learn why they're all motivated to work for a serial killer. He and his gang may as well have popped in out of thin air so Cobretti could have criminals evil enough to slay by the dozen.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The AxCrazy cult is after Ingrid's blood because she's the only one who knows what the [[BigBad Night Slasher]] looks like.
* HerosClassicCar: Cobretti drives a custom 1950 Mercury.
* HypocriticalHumor: During the car chase, the guy driving the Night Slasher's car says of Cobretti: "He's crazy, he's crazy!" This coming from someone working for a ''serial killer.''
* IKEAWeaponry: As the cult members are shown moving towards the town where he's protecting a witness, Sylvester Stallone assembles his Laser Sight-equipped Jati submachine gun, which he carries stripped down in a suitcase.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The SteelMill fight ends with The Night Slasher impaled on an industrial hook, and being [[ManOnFire set on fire]]]].
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Director Cosmatos had [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/cobra/13.gif the Night Slasher's bizarre knife]] custom-made, his only reasoning being that he wanted "a knife the audience would never forget". He certainly got his wish, to such an extent that actual working replicas of the knife are now being made. Never mind the fact that the only realistic way of carrying and pulling out a knife with a giant, almost-double blade and a handle full of sharp spikes without tearing one's clothes to shreds every time would be to velcro it to the outside of the garments.
* InternalAffairs: Detective Monte, who's always on Cobretti's case for his CowboyCop behavior.
* KickTheDog: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Cobra.
--> '''Cobra''': You wasted a kid, ''for nothing''. [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Now I think it's time to waste you]].
* KillAndReplace: The Night Slasher murders a janitor at the hospital and [[MuggedForDisguise takes his place]].
* KillItWithFire: Cobra ruthlessly dispatches a villain by pouring gasoline on him and lighting it on fire with a match.
* KnifeNut: The Night Slasher. Even in his dying moments he still clutched on to his spike-knuckled trench knife. He also uses a double-barreled SawnOffShotgun.
* LaserSight: While in a factory, Cobretti uses the sight to distract some mooks by detaching it and leaving it switched on in a dark room. While the mooks are sneaking up on where they think Cobretti is, he jumps them from behind.
** Cobra's laser sight is an ''actual'' laser sight; when he assembles his Jaki and tests it, it's a proper tiny red dot, instead of [[HollywoodScience a long visible beam]]. Still a rarity in action movies.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Officer Nancy Stalk, a cop who is secretly the Night Slasher's {{Dragon}}]]
* MoreDakka: Okay, cops have been known to use submachine guns, but ''hand grenades?''
* {{Montage}}: "Angel of the City", which is a "Shake-down-punks-for-information-while-a-KnifeNut-killer-stalks-a-model-doing-a-photoshoot montage"
* NitroBoost: Cobretti's car has one.
* NothingGoodEverHappensInAParkingGarage: The first attack on Knudsen by the cult.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Night Slasher.
* OpeningMonologue / [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Sylvester Stallone Is About To Shoot You]]
-->In America, there's a burglary every 11 seconds, an armed robbery every 65 seconds, a violent crime every 25 seconds, a murder every 24 minutes and [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil 250 rapes a day]].
* PantsPositiveSafety: Cobretti practices this with his handgun, most notably after blowing away the supermarket killer so we can see the cobra painted on its grip.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''Mook:''' I'm a hero of the new world!
-->'''Cobra:''' You're a disease... and I'm the cure.
* PreMortemOneLiner:
-->'''Cobra:''' You have the right to remain silent. ''[[spoiler: [lights a villain on fire] ]]''
* ProductPlacement: There is plenty of Pepsi to be seen.
** And everything else owned by Pepsi. There are cases full of Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Free... Five minutes in, Cobra relaxes next to a huge stack of fresh 7-Up. In fact, he likes Pepsi so much that he has a giant Pepsi neon on a wall outside of his (really spacious and expensive-looking) home.
** In one scene with Gonzales takes a long swig of a can with his hands placed in a way so you can clearly see he's enjoying the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Classic.
** There are also more subtle ones, such as Cobra taking a drink of Coors beer.
** Ford also gets a lot of placement with the pick-up trucks all having FORD printed on the back and they also make tractors apparently.
** A CoincidentalBroadcast gets a full-length commercial prelude courtesy of Toys-R-Us.
* ProtagonistTitle: "Cobra" is the main character's nickname.
* RailingKill: One of the {{mook}}s at Cobra's apartment gets shot and falls over a staircase railing.
* ShoutOut: Cobra has a partner named [[Film/DirtyHarry Gonzales who is played by Reni Santoni]].
* TheSocialDarwinist: The Night Slasher claims he murders people because he wants to kill off the weak, reasoning that this means everyone who can't fight off one of his attacks. This apparently includes children.
* StrawNihilist: Some of the Night Slasher's followers.
* TerroristsWithoutACause: The New Order movement is based entirely around murder and torture for its own sake (with some social darwinistic rhetoric thrown in), yet seems to attract a surprisingly large member base.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sgt. Gonzales loves his junk food.
* VanityLicensePlate: Cobretti's CoolCar, which sports the license plate "AWSOM 50".
* WeAreEverywhere: The Night Slasher's speech at the end follows this trope to the letter, but it's more of a crazed final rant than an accurate estimate of his actual following.
* YoureInsane: One of the crazed psycho killers exclaims, "[[HypocriticalHumor He's crazy!]]" regarding Cobra during the car chase.

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