* ActorAllusion: In part 3 of ''Arise Serpentor, Arise'', Cobra Commander remarks, ''"I would have made an excellent stand-up comedian."'' His voice actor, Christopher Latta (aka Collins) had a standup comedy career.
-->'''Chris Collins''': "William Shatner is an actor, and everybody else here is a comedian. But I'm not like them. ...what I am, is ''a psychotic that's learned to market his problem''"--On Caroline's Comedy Hour on A&E in the late 80s.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Chris Latta voices both Cobra Commander and Starscream, and exactly the same way, other than Cobra Commander [[SnakeTalk hissing]] after an "s" or sometimes a "c". Other than that, they are the ssssame. (This later led to a semi-cameo in the ''Transformers'' episode "Only Human", one of the most solid links between the two franchises.)
** In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', Creator/CharlieAdler does Cobra Commander (and he also did Starscream, the the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film series).
*** Nor are they the only ones to voice both Starscream and Cobra Commander, Creator/MichaelDobson voiced [[Anime/TransformersArmada The]] [[Anime/TransformersEnergon Unicron]] [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Trilogy]]'s Starscream and Cobra Commander in the ''Spy Troops'' and ''Venom VS. Valor'' movies. However, Creator/MarcThompson (Cobra Commander in ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6 Sigma 6]]''), Creator/TomKenny (Starscream in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''), Creator/SteveBlum (Starscream in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'') Creator/SamRiegel (Starscream in ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''), and [=Doug Parker=] (Starscream in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'') avert the trend.
** Burgess Meredith did the voice for Golobulus in the animated movie.
** VoiceActors in the original series include Creator/MichaelBell, Creator/FrankWelker, Creator/RobPaulsen, Creator/PeterCullen and Creator/PatFraley. In the 1991 series, Creator/MauriceLaMarche played Destro.
* NamesTheSame: Vypra with a pair of twins who were introduced some six years later.
* OldShame: Buzz Dixon came up with the name "Cobra-La" simply to be a placeholder in his rough draft, and was annoyed when [[ExecutiveMeddling the executives liked it and insisted he keep it]].
--> "Unfortunately, Hasbro fell in love with that concept and name and despite all my efforts stuck with Cobra-La. I apologize to Joe and Hilton fans everywhere; I really, really, REALLY was going to come up with a much better name than that."
** On a more somber note, Dixon (himself a military veteran) has [[http://buzzdixon.com/christianity/how-much-responsibility-do-i-bear/ expressed dismay]] at the thought that the WarIsGlorious nature of the show could have subconsciously fed into U.S. propaganda for TheWarOnTerror, justifying situations such as Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay and any number of military casualties in an effort purported "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything to defend human freedom against… a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.]]”
* PermanentPlaceholder: The name of the enemy "Cobra-La" was originally intended as a placeholder, but [[ExecutiveMeddling Hasbro liked the name]], despite the fact the guy who created it disliked it and tried to stop Hasbro from using it in official media.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In an episode where COBRA hosted a black-market telethon, they were originally going to sing a parody of "We Are The World" entitled [[VillainSong "We Want The World!"]], but for [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope whatever]] [[ExecutiveMeddling reason]] this never came to be.
** Before Creator/{{Hasbro}} switched production company to Creator/DiC, Creator/SunbowEntertainment planned a third season of the animated series set after the events of the movie. The premise of the season would have many of the Cobra leaders splitting into different factions, with Tomax and Xamot leading a criminal organization called The Coil while keeping the snake-transformed Cobra Commander as their pet (who would have later regained his human form and reclaimed his leadership of Cobra).
** A sequel to the episode "The Gamesmaster" was cut, resulting in the Gamesmaster becoming a one-shot villain despite swearing revenge during his escape.
** The basic story premise of the 1980s G.I. Joe was originally an idea for a MarvelComics sequel series for ''[[ComicBook/NickFury Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]'' by Larry Hama called ''Fury Force'' where Fury would assemble an elite commando unit for S.H.I.E.L.D.. Marvel wasn't interested in that version, but when Hasbro approached the company about the revived ''G.I. Joe'', they decided that a modified version Hama's proposal would work for them.
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