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->''"G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring, highly-trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world."''
-->--'''OpeningNarration for the [[Creator/SunbowEntertainment Sunbow]] seasons.'''

The first (and most popular) AnimatedShow in the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' franchise.

G.I. Joe was formed with the expressed purpose of stopping the terrorist group Cobra and the weapon distributors, mercenaries and scientists they hire. The Joes consists of military personnel from the army, navy, airforce, marines, and coast guard with a variety of skills and military specialities.

The series premiered with a FiveEpisodePilot in 1983. The writing and distribution of the series was handled by both Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions. Animation was done by Creator/ToeiAnimation[[note]]with feeder studios Creator/SeiYoung and Creator/DaiWon[[/note]] and occasionally Creator/{{AKOM}} (both uncredited, as was normal for Marvel[=/=]Sunbow shows of that time). The show ran for two whole seasons along with three other five episode mini-series until it was cancelled in 1986 after 95 episodes.

Following ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' in 1987, Creator/DICEntertainment took over from Sunbow. Animation was done by Creator/SeiYoung. Starting with the FiveEpisodePilot in 1989, ''Operation Dragonfire'', the DIC series ran for two seasons from 1990 through 1992, lasting 44 episodes.

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* AbortedArc:
** The later episodes of season 2 reveal that Cobra regrets creating Serpentor and are returning to Cobra Commander. By the start of the movie, Serpentor is back in charge and everyone hates Cobra Commander.
** During an early season 2 episode, Mainframe and Zarana start dating but are unable to be together since they are on opposite sides of the war. Whenever they meet in later episodes, they still have feelings for each other, but there's never a definitive end to the subplot. In the Dic series, Zarana starts dating Destro, but we never see why she gives up on mainframe.
** After the season 1 episode of the same name, it was planned for the Gamesmaster to return at some point.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Storm Shadow, when he gets Excalibur, which Footloose finds can cut through both stone and steel.
* AbusiveParents: "Nightmare Assault" shows us Lowlight's nightmare involving the dark, rats, and his asswipe of a father(voice-over only).
* ActionFigureFileCard: The packaging for the toys is the 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 NightmareFuel [[NightmareFuel/GIJoeARealAmericanHero 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.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: The Headman from the two-part episode "The Greatest Evil" manipulates an entire town into buying his drugs.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Cobra employs a number of helicarriers throughout this continuity. Perhaps most iconically, one is blown up in the movie's dramatic intro.
* AllAmericanFace: If the tagline[[note]]"A Real American Hero"[[/note]] didn't make it obvious, then the red-white-blue tailstripes on the iconic ''G.I. Joe'' logo should.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: Most of the Dreadnoks are evil bikers.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: G.I. Joe had a different [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76d7FL8fcZY opening theme]] in Japan.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: It says "A real American hero" right in the title and the show's theme song.
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba:In "Cobra C.L.A.W.s Are Coming to Town", Wild Bill tells Cobra Commander that he's the queen of England. In "El Dorado: The Lost City of Gold", Grunt replies to a ghost claiming to be the older cousin of Francisco Pizarro by snarking that he is Ulysses S. Grant.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The segments featuring members of G.I. Joe giving safety lessons to children are the TropeNamer
** CluelessAesop: What do these morals have to do with military factions firing lasers at each other?
* AndroclesLion: The origin of Snake-Eyes' wolf Timber in the cartoon; Snake-Eyes stopped to free the wolf from a bear trap, while lethally irradiated.
* {{Animesque}}: The original series was animated by [[Creator/ToeiAnimation Toei]]. Some of the characters could easily pass for extras in shows like ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* 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.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The giant tube worms from the MASS Device miniseries are unquestionably eels, as real tube worms don't even have mouths, let alone eyes, fins and gill slits. And then there's everything Cobra-la had to throw against the GI Joes.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: How much this is in play varies to a considerable extent between the episodes, but generally speaking, GI Joe evidences considerably relaxed grooming and uniform standards, as well as a remarkably fluid chain of command, among other things. Likewise, both they and Cobra have women in combat roles and treat this as unproblematic, whereas in real life this is still very controversial today (and was [[StayInTheKitchen an absolute no-no]] in the 1980s, when the series was made). Much of this is arguably justified, since GI Joe is a small force of picked men for special tasks, and so not as much subject to the details of ordinary military discipline as the rank-and-file (just as with real special forces). And Cobra, of course, is a private military organization, so they can make their own rules however they like them.
* ArtEvolution: Some Sunbow episode art[[note]]starting with episode "The Wrong Stuff"[[/note]] was improved due to being made at the same time as the animated movie. The [=DiC=] series had a more vibrant and slightly more stylized art style than the Sunbow series. Many characters were also given somewhat drastic redesigns. Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, and General Hawk are among the characters most notably different from how they appeared in the Sunbow series.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Armadillo mini-tank and the HAVOC. Both look cool, but their armaments would not work in {{real life}}.
* BadassBeard: A lot of members of G.I. Joe have beards. The most notable examples include Clutch, Shipwreck, Snow-Job, and Rock 'n' Roll.
* BadassLongcoat: Destro, in those episodes where he uses his winter uniform, a red-trimmed black greatcoat of [[CommieNazis mixed Nazi-Soviet]] cut.
* TheBaroness: The Cobra member is the TropeNamer.
* BattleCouple: Duke and Scarlett, sometimes. Also Flint and Lady Jaye. And on the evil side, Destro and the Baroness, on occasion.
* {{BFG}}: Since some Joes are heavy weapons specialists, this trope is pretty much mandatory. Still, the most noteworthy example is Roadblock, who uses a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M2_Browning belt fed 50cal M2 Browning]] as his portable, standard firearm.
** Joe headquarters also seems to have one built in, but was never used, at least not in the show.
*** [[WordOfGod Per writer Buzz Dixon]], they never fired it because you had to be downrange of the gun for it to hit you (it was at a fixed position). As he said, "Cobra Commander may have been stupid, but he wasn't ''that'' stupid!"
* BigBad: Cobra Commander is the main antagonist due to being the leader of Cobra, even though he screws up constantly. Serpentor becomes this in the second season.
* BilingualBonus: "Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep" features a shot of a Chinese restaurant which has names taken from other Toei-produced anime shows written in kanji. Namely [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Gento]], [[Manga/DragonBall Tao Pai-Pai and Son Gokou]].
* BittersweetEnding: Not every episode had a happy conclusion. "Computer Complications" was essentially a tie between G.I. Joe and Cobra (both sides lost a carrier); "Sink the Montana", despite concluding with the Joes foiling Cobra's plot, still had a somewhat depressing ending. And then there's "There's No Place Like Springfield"...
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Cobra's purpose is to impose a worldwide fascist dictatorship, and they are identified as "ruthless"[[note]]And explicitly as "evil," in the [=DiC=] episodes[[/note]] 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.
** BlueAndOrangeMorality: Cobra's plots were sometimes confusing and childish. [[note]]In the cartoon anyway.[[/note]]
* TheBlank:
** Cobra Commander's mask is either a featureless reflective plate or a blue hood with eyeholes cut out.
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Madam Vale]] ends up losing her face at the end of the episode "Glamour Girls" and is left sobbing over her loss of facial features.
* BodyHorror: "Glamour Girls" had Low-Light stop the "Transference Machine" from stealing the youth and beauty of his younger sister, Una, by destroying the linkage to her. The backwash, though, caused the machine to leave Madam Vale, the intended recipient of the stolen beauty, [[TheBlank without a face]]. The [[DiscretionShot reactions]] of Lady Jaye (horror) and Low-Light (hiding Una from the sight) show how bad it was--and only that we hear Madame Vail bemoaning her loss prevents it from being AndIMustScream.
* 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 do.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Most characters underwent mind control to do Cobra's bidding at some point in the cartoon but special mention must go to Flint who suffered this at least three times in the series.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: The Sunbow series occasionally had Sherman tanks and S-51 Helicopters, like in season 1, episode 19.
* CanonImmigrant: Certain characters were originally created for the comics and cartoons before they were introduced to the toyline such as the Baroness, General Flagg and the Oktober Guards.
** The minor character Sparks from the Sunbow series was made a convention-exclusive toy in 2007.
** Night Creeper Leader was created for the first season of the DIC series before being exported to the toyline and comic three years later (albeit with a drastically different appearance).
* CapitalOffensive: Cobra does this twice during the course of the series.
** The first occurred when [[spoiler: they tricked the world into thinking that an AlienInvasion was coming, and that UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco and Vladivostok were going to be attacked]]. This diversion caused both the United States and Russia to move the bulk of their militaries towards those locations. Cobra then launched two raids against the White House in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and the Kremlin in UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} to sieze the valuable military secrets of both nations. The Joes and the Russian Oktober Guard have to work together to stop them.
** The second was a [[WashingtonDCInvasion full-scale invasion of Washington]] ordered by Serpentor at the end of his 5-part debut arc. However, the other Cobra characters point out to him that while he occupies Washington, the ''rest of America'' is still free and in the fight, and both the President and Vice President were away at the time of the attack. This realistically [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] how difficult attacking the U.S. mainland really is for conventional militaries. Serpentor should have listened to his subordinates as the Joes lead the retaking of the city in a CurbStompBattle.
-->'''Cobra Commander (to Serpentor):''' This is ''insane''! You can't possibly hold Washington, much less conquer the entire United States. I know. '''I've TRIED!'''
* CasanovaWannabe: Shipwreck occasionally gets this way in the cartoon.
* CatchPhrase and BattleCry:
** "Yo Joe!"
** Fans often suggest Cobra Commander's CatchPhrase is "RETREEEEEAT!"
** For Cobra, "COOOOBRA!!!" in the original series and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUw8cN6R8o0 COOOOBRA LALALALALALALALA!]]" in the animated movie.
* CastAsAMask:
** Whenever Zartan had to put on a disguise, he was then voiced by who previously played the person he was disguised as until he was revealed. Creator/MichaelBell played him and the French Scientist he impersonated in "Countdown for Zartan," while Neil Ross played both Shipwreck and Zartan-as-Shipwreck for "Once Upon A Joe".
** The same goes for Baroness, who sometimes would even disguise herself as a male. In "Twenty Questions" she's revealed to have been in disguise as a cameraman for most of the episode... a cameraman who until TheReveal previously had a male voice actor.
* CatUpATree: Inverted in "Twenty Questions," when Wild Weasel's parachute is [[ParachuteInATree tangled up in a branch]] that a panther is growling at him from.
* ChainsawGood: Buzzer and his diamond tooth chainsaw.
* ChefOfIron: Roadblock.
* TheChick: Somewhat averted, with the girls being competent on both sides, but the code names of the Joe girls fit this: Lady Jaye, Scarlett, and Cover Girl.
** On the other hand, the cartoon counterpart of Daina of the Oktober Guard wore a pink outfit [[PrettyInMink with a white fur hat]], an ensemble that was clearly not fit for combat.
*** If that combat was in ''colder climates'' (closer to depictions of Russia or Czechoslovakia pre-1993), then the pink outfit would fit better.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A lot of characters just vanish in the Creator/DiCEntertainment continuation, most notably the Crimson Twins (Tomax and Xamot), Zartan, and most of the characters introduced in [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie the movie]].
* ColdSniper: Lowlight.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience:
** Gunfire from the Joes' weapons was red, and gunfire from Cobra's weapons was blue. (Although in the first miniseries, both sides' shots were simple white streaks.)
** A parody of this show from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' called ''Cheat Commandos'' (which cranked the toyetic elements UpToEleven) even called the villains ''Blue Laser''.
* CompositeCharacter: General Flagg and his assistant General Austin from the [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel comics]] were merged into one character for the FiveEpisodePilot of the animated series who bore Flagg's name and Austin's appearance
* ContinuityNod: Although most episodes were usually self-contained, occasionally, they did reference events or things that happened earlier. Some examples:
** In "Computer Complications" Zarana infiltrates the Joe base to help Cobra's plot and falls in love with Mainframe in the process, but obviously, them being on opposite sides means nothing can come of it. Late in "Grey Hairs and Growing Pains" it's revealed Zarana still has some lingering feelings for him, which the Joes are able to use to get her to help them stop Cobra's plan.
** In "Memories of Mara" Shipwreck falls for the titular character, but they can't be together cause she can't live long outside of water. Cobra was apparently aware of this because [[spoiler: when they trap him in a fake city]] in "There's No Place Like Springfield" his wife is a now restored Mara.
** In "Glamour Girls" A red haired character named Satin is shown as a friend of Low-Light's sister, whether this is the same Satin from the Pyramid of Darkness 5-parter is unknown.
** In "Ghost of a Chance" Hector Ramirez (a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Geraldo Rivera) has several Cobra big wigs on his show and proceeds to call them out on several of their past schemes over the course of the series, including the one they pulled in "Twenty Questions", in which he first appeared.
** In "Nightmare Assault", Iceberg goes out to a DriveInTheater with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mahia]], who first appeared in "Iceberg Goes South".
** Used twice in "Joe's Night Out". The main plot has Cobra holding a nightclub full of patrons (and three Joes) hostage in orbit to get back Dr. Mullaney (the scientist who had been rescued in "There's No Place Like Springfield") and [[AppliedPhlebotinum his research on a not-yet-perfected turbine that uses nitrogen from the air as fuel]]. [[StatusQuoIsGod After everyone is rescued]] the good doctor worries that Cobra may still be able to finish his work with the research data he took with him, but Mainframe reveals he slipped the computer virus from "Cobrathon" onto his disks. Cue ExplosiveInstrumentation...
** The nitrogen engine itself is a nod to "The Greenhouse Effect".
* ContrivedCoincidence: The [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle PSAs]] that ran at the end of some episodes makes one think: Why is it that a GI Joe always happened to be close by when a kid was about to [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin do something dangerous, wrong, or just plain stupid]]?
* CoolBoat: The ridiculously gigantic ''USS Flagg'' built into a seven-and-a-half-foot long, three foot tall aircraft carrier, making it the largest playset in the line (though not the most expensive) and one of the biggest toy playsets ever released. Many futile notes to Santa were written requesting it.
* CoolPlane: Both the Joes and Cobras have some pretty impressive aircraft in their respective fleets.
* 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.
* ClipShow: The Creator/DiCEntertainment series had two episodes consisting of clips from other episodes, "Basic Training" and "The Legend of Metalhead".
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Tomax and Xamot are Cobra members that run their own company called Extensive Enterprises.
* CreatorProvincialism: An unusually high number of the Joes are from the very small state Rhode Island, according to their file cards. Where Hasbro just happens to be headquartered at..
* {{Crossover}}: The season three ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Only Human" featured an appearance by a man known as Old Snake, who is all but stated to be a much older version of the Cobra Commander.
* CulturalTranslation: In the UK, the good guys were called Action Force, and the theme tune called them International Heroes instead of Real American Heroes. Over time this slowly changed to "GI Joe, The Action Force" (it was as awkward as it sounds) before eventually just using the GI Joe name.
** This dates back from the 60's, when Palitoy licensed the original G.I. Joe figure as ''ActionMan''. Two decades later, ''Action Force'' was launched as an independent extension of the Action Man line. This changed with Hasbro's acquisition of the Palitoy assets, after which the Joes were introduced with European birthplaces.
** 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. They also changed the Joe's catchphrase "Yo Joe!" to "Go, G.I. Joe!"
* CustomUniform: [[MildlyMilitary Half of the Joes]] have these. 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, Bazooka, and Snake Eyes. Could have also been for plausible deniability if G.I. Joe isn't an official branch.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Major Bludd in the "MASS Device" FiveEpisodePilot.
* DeadHandShot: After the Headman dies in "The Greatest Evil", we see a shot of his hand protruding from the ruins of his detonated lair to confirm that he is dead.
* DecoyProtagonist: With the page image above, you would think Flint was the leader.
* DefaceOfTheMoon: "Lasers in the Night", which leads to one of the great quotes of the series:
-->'''Destro''': You spent millions on this -- this ''cosmic graffiti?!''
* 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]]?
* {{Determinator}}: Sgt Slaughter, as seen in the "Arise Serpentor, Arise" miniseries wherein after being subjected to medical experiments that should have left the Sgt unconscious for weeks, he woke up after just a few ''minutes'' and proceeded to [[OpenSaysMe break into the door controls]] '''using his bare hands'''!
-->'''Cobra Commander''': ''"That man has the constitution of a vending machine!"''
* DiscoveringYourOwnDeadBody: In the two-part episode "Worlds Without End", a few members of the team found themselves in an AlternateDimension where the world was taken over by Cobra. Grunt and Steeler (who weren't with the group that discovered the alternate dimension) stumble upon the skeletons of three Joes. They're shocked to discover one of them is Clutch (who's also with the group) while the other two are themselves.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Taken advantage of by Cover Girl, among others. All three female Joes do this against three Dreadnoks in "Cold Slither", without even bothering to disguise their faces.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Quick Kick and his student Taeko from "Cobra Quake".
* TheDragon: Destro is second-in-command to the Cobra Commander.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Sergeant Slaughter and Beach-Head.
* DrugsAreBad: "The Greatest Evil" is all about the dangers of drug addiction and the life-threatening consequences of overdosing on drugs.
* 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 Cover Girl, who has long blond hair in these early episodes and looks significantly different from her action figure).
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Several of Cobra's bases.
* EldritchAbomination: The Cthulhu {{Expy}} Destro and his clan have worshiped for thousands of years.
* EmergencyCargoDump: The comic book issue that introduces Bazooka, Crankcase, and the BATS sees one of the Cobra androids in a Stinger pursuing the A.W.E. Striker. The gun on the roof of the A.W.E. Striker has been unloaded, so Crankcase suggests getting rid of it to reduce weight. Bazooka takes off the gun and throws it at the BAT. The move decapitates the android. (However, Bazooka was only aiming for the radiator.)
* 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.
* EnemyMine:
** The Gamesmaster in his one appearance ("The Gamesmaster"). He kidnapped Flint, Lady Jaye, the Baroness and Cobra Commander. When Destro realizes that a third party, not GI Joe, had kidnapped the Commander and the Baroness, he quickly calls Duke. Duke ends up begrudgingly agreeing.
** Also, COBRA themselves, in the episode where they tried to start a war between the US and Russia, and the Joes and their Russian counterparts got wise.
** The [=DiC=] series two-part episode "The Greatest Evil" had the Joes and Cobra reluctantly work together to take out the Headman, an alliance that was born from Duke and a Cobra member both learning that the Headman's drugs had harmed someone near and dear to them.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In "The Greatest Evil", a member of Cobra sets his sights on the drug dealer known as the Headman because his sister ended up in a coma from overdosing on the Headman's drugs.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the original MASS Device pilot miniseries, Snake Eyes is thought to be fatally irradiated. Major Bludd keeps the Cobra troopers from firing on him for this, and has a brief twinge of sympathy as he said he wouldn't wish what happened to Snake Eyes on his worst enemy, adding "Poor blighter."
* 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.
** Zartan sort of is a gender-flipped one to Scarlett, what with both being intermediate-level commanders in their teams and masters of disguise hailing from redhead badass families with a militarily unusual preference for archery over riflemanship. In one episode, they even showed some [[WorthyOpponent mutual respect]] for each other.
* EvilPoacher: Gnawgahyde
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The theme song pretty much states that G.I. Joe is a military organization with the goal of thwarting the plans of the terrorist organization Cobra.
* ExpressiveAccessory: Tele-Viper visors, which displays things like "You'll be sorry", but only in the second season.
* EyepatchOfPower: Major Bludd wears an eyepatch.
* TheFaceless:
** Cobra Commander's face is never shown until ''GI Joe: The Movie''-- and then you wish it hadn't been.
** Snake Eyes' face is never shown in the cartoon.
* FacelessGoons: In an unusual subversion, Cobra 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.
* FailedASpotCheck: Lady Jaye while breaking into a hideout during episode "Spell of the Siren."; she was only four or so yards away from a dozen enemies.
* FakeDefector:
** Dusty pretends to betray the Joes in the two-part episode "The Traitor."
** The Creator/DiCEntertainment continuation had this happen in the episode "Shadow of a Doubt", where Storm Shadow (who left Cobra to join G.I. Joe some time between the events of the Sunbow series and the [=DiC=] series) appeared to return to Cobra but was actually pretending to do so to help the other Joes take down Cobra's secret base.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: The laser guns in the cartoon.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The Headman from "The Greatest Evil", who ends up dying of a drug overdose.
* FictionalCurrency: Cobra Currency, which (unlike the dollar) is gold-backed, and thus a solid investment.
* 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."
* FourStarBadass: Hawk, though a scene of him using a rocket belt in Paris showed he's a one star in "Arise, Serpentor, Arise".
* FreezeFrameBonus: A bit past 8 minutes in, you can see a certain man's portrait follow a character as she passes it by.
* FromSpecialToSeries: There was originally a ''G.I. Joe'' mini-series before this show premiered.
* GatlingGood: Naturally shows up here and there, but by far the most delightfully ridiculous example is Rock n' Roll ''DualWielding [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/gi-joe-1982/97-3.jpg twin gatlings]]''. How the recoil doesn't knock him over is anyone's guess.
* GeneralFailure: Cobra Commander and Serpentor, so, so hard. In the 1987 movie Cobra Commander finally gets called out for it by Serpentor and his lieutenants.
--> '''Serpentor''': Your ego-driven stupidity has converted [[EpicFail victory to catastrophe]] for the last time!
--> '''Baroness''': And you botched our [[NoodleIncident our desert campaign!]]
--> '''Destro''': We had won, but you countermanded my order!
--> '''Baroness''': Your meddling brought us defeat! [[StatusQuoIsGod Again, and again, and again]]!
--> '''Dr. Mindbender''': You're not just a fool, [[TheMillstone you're Cobra's curse]]!
--> '''Tomax/Xamot''': [[RuleOfThree Inept! Insufficient! Inexcusable!]]
* GrandFinale: While the Creator/DiCEntertainment continuation has no clear finale, ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' pretty much serves as the final conclusion of the original Sunbow series.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: In "Grey Hairs and Growing Pains", Lady Jaye at one point regresses to the age of a little girl and eventually loses her pants, her lower half thankfully covered up by her shirt. After she is restored to her normal age alongside the other G.I. Joe members at the end of the episode, she is shown desperately pulling down her shirt to cover herself.
* HeelFaceTurn: Storm Shadow at some point between the Sunbow and DIC series, as the latter inexplicably depicted him as one of the Joes.
* HeroSecretService: The Greenshirts.
* 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 releases an EldritchAbomination in what should have been a snipehunt from Serpentor, promising to sacrifice him to it in return for power.
* IHaveNoSon: Lifeline's father says this in "Second Hand Emotions".
* 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!]]
* IconOfRebellion: COBRA, naturally enough, has a red cobra's head with it's hood open.
* IdiotBall: Gung-Ho holds it briefly for the purposes of {{exposition}} in the episode "Let's Play Soldier"; while the target demographic for the show probably wouldn't know what "dust children" were, it's odd that Leatherneck would have to explain the concept to another veteran Marine.
** A viewer could imagine that the former simply wasn't stationed there.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: During the infamous breath mints/candy mints fight, Zandar comes out and clobbers another Dreadnok with an ''alligator''. Also counts as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* InkSuitActor: Sgt. Slaughter played his cartoon version--and his "Real American Hero" angle carried over into the Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F for a while.
** Also interesting to note as he's credited by his birth name (Bob Remus) throughout the cartoon run, but credited as Sgt. Slaughter (as himself) in the movie opening credits.
* InscrutableAliens: One of the last episodes has an alien vessel appear; who they were was never explained, possibly meant for the unmade third season.
* InsertGrenadeHere
* InterContinuityCrossover: Hector Ramirez ended up making cameos in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', and was a major character in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}''.
* InTheBlood: Serpentor is a [[DesignerBabies designer baby]] who [[PlotRelevantAgeUp grows up real fast]] with DNA from conquerors, murderers, and madmen.
* {{Introdump}}
* InvulnerableKnuckles: Sgt Slaughter for punching through a brick wall in the cartoon.
* ItsPersonal: A few times Cobra members have aided the Joes:
** The Baroness helped the Commander's attempt to replace Cobra troops with the "Phantom Brigade".
*** "Worlds Without End" showed an alternate-universe Baroness as one of LaResistance.
** Zartan aided the Joes when Zarana was nearly turned into one of Madame Vale's potential targets.
** Destro didn't appreciate the Commander trying to make a Synthoid of ''him,'' and helped the Joes stop his conspiracy.
** Xamot needed the Joes to rescue Tomax when the Baroness gained the power in "Spell of the Siren" to control the males of both GI Joe AND Cobra.
** "The Greatest Evil" had one Cobra fighter have his sister addicted to the Headman's drugs around the same time Falcon become an addict as well--and both he and Duke find an EnemyMine situation.
* 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:
-->'''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.
* KarmaHoudini: Given that he later shows up in the third season ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Only Human", which is set many years in the future like the rest of that show's third season, it can be inferred that Cobra Commander ultimately isn't punished for his evil deeds, even if he didn't take over the world.
* KarmicDeath: The Headman from "The Greatest Evil", who ends up dying from a lethal overdose of the same drug he had been selling to Falcon and a Cobra member's sister named Cindi.
* KentBrockmanNews: Hector Ramirez, a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed takeoff]] on Geraldo Rivera who appears now and then- either to interview characters for plot purposes, or to provide [[{{Infodump}} exposition]]. At one point, [[WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}} he got turned into a 15-foot tall living zombie]].
* KillSat
* LargeHam:
** The Cobra Commander quite often chews the scenery and seldom keeps his voice down.
** The Headman from "The Greatest Evil" is also quite hammy.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Scarlett and Shipwreck do this at different points in "Pit of Vipers".
* LegendFadesToMyth: In one episode, the Joes end up in AncientGreece, and their actions contribute to various Greek legends (e.g., Sgt. Slaughter performs one of the labors of Heracles).
* LighterAndSofter: Than Larry Hama's comic book, which despite some comedy elements, depicted more of the consequences of war. Besides, later animated series, comic books and live action films depict the Joes as trained and merciless killers - with some characters only heroes because of the side they're on - whereas except for some EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the term "kill count" is all but alien in the original series. Ironically, that didn't stop the show from being lambasted by moral guardians of the day; they didn't know that someday Scarlett would start aiming for the eyes.
* LimitedSoundEffects
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Both G.I. Joe and Cobra understandably have a lot of members.
* MacGuffin: The "Macguffin Device" from "Once Upon A Joe." Neither the Joes nor Cobra know what the thing does, but they don't want the other side to have it.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Spirit
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Destro's Lovecraftian cult, who wear cowls and animal masks. And himself, of course.
* MarketBasedTitle: Rather more extensive than usual
** At a basic level, the cartoon's {{tagline}} ("A Real American Hero") was changed to "The International Hero" outside America.
** In the UK, the original 12" figures were renamed ''ActionMan'', and eventually gained their own, separate {{canon}}.
** Later, the 3 3/4" figures were sold in the UK and elsewhere as ''Action Force''. This incarnation reimagined Action Force as a European anti-terrorist organisation based in Europe, which sometimes cooperated with GI Joe.
* MasterActor: Baroness, Lady Jaye, Zarana for the girls. Zartan and Major Bludd for the boys. Semi-played with for Snake Eyes during the Pyramid of Darkness arc.
* MasterOfDisguise:
** Zartan and the Baroness are both very good at impersonating 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.
* MayContainEvil: Cobra's schemes in the episodes "Cold Slither" and "Let's Play Soldier".
* MechaMooks: [[GoddamnBats Goddamn]] [[IncrediblyLamePun B.A.T.s]].
** The odd mention of B.A.A.T.s isn't a case of SpellMyNameWithAnS, but a case of two similar sets of FunWithAcronyms; B.A.T stands for "Battle Android Trooper", while B.A.A.T stands for "Battle Armored Android Trooper".
* MerchandiseDriven: A rather interesting case given that the toyline was actually about two decades old when this show started.
* MindControlMusic: Cobra's plot in "Cold Slither" is to use the Dreadnoks as a metal band (with appropriate dress) to send [[SubliminalAdvertising subliminal messages]] to America's youth, and then subject them to direct brainwashing at a live concert.
** Also the hypnotic conch shell in "Spell of the Siren".
* MindRape: "There's No Place Like Springfield". God have mercy on Shipwreck.
* MindScrew: Done to Cobra in "Once Upon A Joe" when Shipwreck activates the "Macguffin Device": it causes the imagination of the holder to become reality--and constructs from Shipwreck's story to come alive and attack the Cobra forces.
* 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.
* MixAndMatchMan: Serpentor is cloned from the greatest leaders in history.
* MookFaceTurn: Mercer, from nameless rank and file Viper to G.I.Joe.
* MusicalAssassin: Metal-Head
* MysteriousInformant: The Viper, who gave G.I. Joe Cobra's locations. [[spoiler:But he turns out to be a window wiper, and the "coordinates" he revealed were actually either his prices or the time he'll arrive.]]
* 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...
* NitroExpress: In "Captives of Cobra", the Joes are trying to secretly transport highly volatile crystals which will explode if jostled too hard. [[RuleOfDrama Naturally,]] since Cobra discovers their route, Duke, Tripwire and Gung-Ho have to divert over an unpaved mountain pass while the rest of the team covers their escape.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jackie Love from the Creator/DiCEntertainment continuation episode "That's Entertainment", who is a dead ringer for Bob Hope.
* NobodyCanDie: The only character to undoubtedly die in the main series (as opposed to its EarlyInstallmentWeirdness pilot) was the drug lord Headman, who overdosed on the drugs he was selling at the end of the "Greatest Evil" two-parter written to cash-in on the "War on Drug" hysteria.
* NonLethalWarfare: Blue and red lasers! Yay!
* NotQuiteDead
* NotWearingPantsDream: Implied in "Nightmare Assault" when Lady Jaye informs General Hawk that she had a nightmare where she had to sing the national anthem for the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. When asked how this is so bad, Lady Jaye blushes and replies with "Let's just say I wasn't exactly in dress uniform".
* OffModel: Joe and Cobra vehicles were often inconsistent in size and even shape over the two Sunbow seasons.
** Cobra Commander switches between his hooded and helmeted appearances between episodes.
** One infamous layering error from "Primordial Plot" results in a T-Rex and Triceratops ''phasing'' through a wall.
* OneManArmy: Several, but Scarlett probably takes the prize. She certainly has the highest bodycount.
* OneWayVisor: Cobra Commander's face is often hidden by a blank metallic helmet that he's somehow able to see through perfectly.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Storm Shadow vs. Spirit and Storm Shadow vs. Quick Kick.
* OpeningNarration: Quoted above; it played during an instrumental break in the ExpositoryThemeTune.
* OrganicTechnology: Everything in the Cobra-La hideout in TheMovie
* PieInTheFace: Macguffin Device-created SuperDeformed versions of Leatherneck and Shipwreck splat Dr. Mindbender with a cream pie in "Once Upon A Joe." After the second pie, Mindbender snarls, "I hate that sailor..."
* PinPullingTeeth
* PirateParrot: Shipwreck's parrot
* PraetorianGuard: the Crimson Guard
* PreachersKid: Lifeline was a type 1 (angelic); his dad was a minister.
* PredatoryBusiness: In the 80's show, the Red Rocket franchise pops up all over in one episode, even planning to buy out Roadblock's family restaurant (the owners won't sell, of course). Then it turns out that Cobra is involved, and the rockets adorning the buildings are carrying their latest [=WMD=]s, the warhead shaped Photon Disintegrators. The Joes stop the plot, and Roadblock's family restaurant becomes "The Joes' Place".
* PsychopathicManchild: The titular villain of the episode "The Gamesmaster". Not only does he capture Flint, Lady Jaye, the Baroness, and Cobra Commander in order to kill them all as part of some twisted game, but he also has toy soldier minions, tends to taunt his captives childishly, and he throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
* PunnyName: Cutter's real name is Skip A. Stone. You might think he's a Navy man, but actually he's from the Coast Guard.
* PutOnABus: Clutch, Grunt and Steeler ended up staying behind in a parallel universe run by Cobra (in the cartoon). The three were part of the much plainer 1982 lineup, and thus were being written out in favour of the [[MerchandiseDriven "cooler" new characters]]. At least they got a send-off in a two-parter episode and not just ignored (poor Zap).
* RaginCajun: Gung-Ho
* RatedMForManly: Pretty much unavoidable if the show's premise is about soldiers duking it out with a terrorist organization.
* RealityEnsues: In the last episode of "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!", the Cobra Emperor orders his troops to take over Washington D.C. Easily done, but as Destro points out, ''holding'' U.S. territory once its armed forces get going is another thing entirely.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: One episode ended with the Crimson Twins tearing up their "elbction" ballets.
* RuleOfThree: In each of the original three [[FiveEpisodePilot Five-Episode Pilots]] ("The MASS Device", "Revenge of Cobra", and "Pyramid of Darkness") Duke gets taken hostage in the first episode. In the original he escapes by the second episode, but he remains held captive for the majority of the other two.
* SacrificialLamb: Averted in the ''MASS Device'' pilot miniseries, when Snake-Eyes gets fatally irradiated... and then implausibly cured by the BedouinRescueService.
* SamusIsAGirl: Part of Scarlett's EstablishingCharacterMoment in the first cartoon miniseries.
* ScaryShinyGlasses / SinisterShades: Lowlight. On the Cobra side, the Tele-Vipers, sometimes, when they are taken seriously.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the episode where a street gang works for Cobra, one of them runs off to save her little brother from a burning building. One of the Dreadnoks tries to stop her, reminding her of her job. But she doesn't care anymore and runs, with Scarlet (who she's been antagonistic towards) helping her. The other gang members (who laughed at her little brother for trying to join in) decide to leave as well.
* SemperFi: Gung-Ho and Leatherneck
* SergeantRock: Duke
* SharedUniverse: With most of the other Marvel/Sunbow/Hasbro cartoons that followed it. ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had Daina of the Oktober Guard cameoing in a season 2 episode, while season 3 had an aged Cobra Commander (now known as "Old Snake") appearing, and Marissa Faireborn, head of the Earth Defense Command, was implied to be the daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye (the Quintessons briefly making her hallucinate an aged version of Flint who she addresses as her father). ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'', meanwhile, implied that Ace of the Joe Team and Sabre Jet of the Earth Corps were the same person (both were named Brad J. Armbruster- even if [[YouDontLookLikeYou they didn't exactly appear the same]]). And all three shows, plus ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', were linked via the multiple appearances of Hector Ramirez.
* 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.
* SnowMeansCold: In "The Revenge of Cobra", Destro uses the Weather Dominator to create an instant snowstorm in the desert.
* 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''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Vehicular equivalent of this trope. Some vehicles on both sides were based on real ones at the time, like G.I. Joe's M.O.B.A.T., based on the MBT-70, a prototype which never saw action in real-life. Their Skystriker was also clearly the, now retired F-14 Tomcat, with a different paintjob. Cobra's Rattler was less of one, only having a passing resemblance to the A-10 Thunderbolt/Warthog.
* SwissBankAccount: Firefly mentions having a Swiss account in "Eau de Cobra".
* ThemeTuneCameo: The Joes play a big band version of the opening theme at the end of ''Cold Slither''.
* TheSpeechless: Snake-Eyes, when we are given a reason for his silence
* SupremeChef: Roadblock is a skilled cook.
* TankGoodness: The heroes are a military organization. It wouldn't make much sense if tanks ''weren't'' used.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Some of the equipment from the show is much more probable now.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The MASS Device.
* TitleThemeTune: Amped up for TheMovie.
* TookALevelInBadass: At the beginning of the DIC run, which picks up where the movie left off, Cobra Commander is still a snake, but is restored to human([[LizardFolk oid]]) form by the Baroness and Gnawgahyde. He wrests control of Cobra back from Serpentor, gets revenge by turning Serpentor into [[BalefulPolymorph an iguana]], and then when he goes after the Joes they actually have a hard time defeating him!
* TrashcanBonfire: One appears in a bad part of town in the episode "Cold Slither".
* TunnelKing: Tunnel Rat
* TwoFaced: The Creator/DiCEntertainment continuation featured a Cobra member named Cesspool, who has one half of his face horribly scarred from falling into a vat of toxic waste.
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Gnawgahyde from the Dreadnoks. He believes in living off the land, and regards the falseness of civilization as a sign of weakness. Therefore, he refuses to use deodorants or cosmetics of any kind, and will not eat processed food, or wear synthetic fibers. Gnawgahyde was chased out of Africa by his fellow poachers for cheating at cards, smelling bad, and being generally obnoxious.
* UrineTrouble: In the episode "Chunnel", the Queen of England's dog pees on Major Bludd.
* VillainSong: The episode "Cold Slither" has the eponymous band formed by Cobra lip-synch to a rather catchy song that fits Cobra and their agenda for world domination.
--> We're Cold Slither! You'll be joining us soon! A band of vipers playing our tune! With an iron fist and a reptile hiss, we shall rule!
* VitriolicBestBuds: Wet Suit and Leatherneck, playing up to their InterServiceRivalry (Wet Suit is a Navy [=SEAL=]; Leatherneck is a die-hard Marine).
* TheVoiceless: Snake-Eyes, when we are not given a reason for his silence.
* WalkingShirtlessScene:
** Dr. Mindbender, Quick-Kick, and Gung-Ho almost never wear shirts.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: Averted with Sparks from the Sunbow series, who was born in Carcare, Italy.
* 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.
* [[IChooseToStay We Choose to Stay]]: Clutch, Grunt and Steeler decide to stay behind in the alternate universe to start their own G.I. Joe organization and combat the alternate version of Cobra at the end of "Worlds Without End, Part 2".
* WentToTheGreatXInTheSky: Near the end of the episode "That's Entertainment", General Hawk makes the incorrect assumption that Jackie Love has been killed and states that he's now performing on the movie set in the sky.
* 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.
* WheelOfPain: Cobra keeps these around for no readily apparent reason.
* WikiRule: [[http://gijoe.wikia.com/wiki/Joepedia_-_The_G.I._Joe_Wiki Joepedia--The G.I. Joe Wiki.]]
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