->'''NewsMonopoly Montage:''' "Surrounded on all sides... the odds of survival are a million to one."
->''[[TitleThemeTune GI Joe Extreme!]]''
->'''NewsMonopoly Montage:''' "And with the collapse of the former superpower..." "...Several powerful factions now vie for control." "The threat is real." "An evil organization calling itself SKAR..." "...known only as SKAR..." "Their goal..." "...nothing short of total world domination." "Led by this man..." "...known only as Iron Klaw..."
->'''Iron Klaw:''' "We will be ''victorious''!"
->'''Lt. Stone:''' "Not on ''my'' watch!"

->'''NewsMonopoly Montage:''' "The odds are a million to one..."
->'''Lt. Stone''': "And that's the way '''WE LIKE IT!'''"

''G.I. Joe Extreme'' is one of the many incarnations of the ''GIJoe'' franchise, active from 1995 to 1997. Following the short-lived ''Sgt. Savage and His Screaming Eagles'', ''Extreme'' was a drastic reinvention of the brand in both style and design, pitting a brand new G.I. Joe team against a new enemy called Soldiers for Khaos, Anarchy, and Ruin (SKAR). The line, supported by both a 26-episode cartoon series (1995-1997) and a short-lived comic published by Dark Horse, embraced the style of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, making heavy use of hard shadows and hyper-muscular characters.

Set in the far future of [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2006]], the terrorist organisation SKAR. led by the masked [[XTremeKoolLetterz Iron Klaw]] is emerging and threatening the [[TheFederation Inter-Alliance]]. In response, a new G.I. Joe team is formed to counter the threat. However, they don't know that Iron Klaw disguises himself as Count Von Rani, the leader of a small European country that is part of the Inter-Alliance. Both the comics and the cartoons use the same basic set-up, but go in a different direction.

Although the comic initially sold decently and the cartoon had decent ratings throughout its run, the toyline was a massive failure, leading Hasbro to quietly kill ''Extreme'' and let the ''G.I. Joe'' franchise rest for a few years before returning to the ''A Real American Hero'' brand. Despite its impopularity, ''Extreme'' has been occassionally referenced in future ''G.I Joe'' and ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' materials. Some of the codenames introduced in ''Extreme'' were reused in future lines (starting with ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6 Sigma 6]]'') and Iron Klaw and Steel Raven were integrated into the ''A Real American Hero'' universe as Collector's Club figures, the former in 2013 and the later in 2016. Additionally, some of the franchises' crossovers with ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' have made reference to some of the concepts from both this and ''Sgt. Savage'', including certain characters now referenced in ''ComicBook/{{Revolutionaries}}'', a part of the new Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Mayday. The 2nd episode has her fending off an attack on the Joe's base by Inferno despite her having a broken leg.
* AfterTheEnd: The original pitch for the ''Extreme'' brand (shown in the book ''Toy Wars'') mention the setting is supposed to be post-apocalyptic, and the ExpositoryThemeTune mentions the collapse of an unnamed superpower. This isn't really apparent in the show itself, however.
* AlasPoorYorick: Parodied in one of the live-action opening. Rampage brags to Inferno his new generation of Skyrenes is "smarter than it used to". Inferno then effortlessly destroys the robots and lands to pick up the severed head of a Skyrene in this manner.
-->'''Inferno''': "''Alas, poor Skyrene... Back to the drawing board, Rampage!''"
* AllYourBaseAreBelongtoUs: Uunusually, the show starts with SKAR already being fully aware of where GI Joe's "secret" island is and its security weak spot, attacking it in the second episode. It is later blown up for good in the first season's finale.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The first season had "remakes" of the PSA of the old cartoon, complete with the infamous phrase.
* BigBad: Iron Klaw is the main villain due to being the leader of SKAR.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Inverted, with ''Iron Klaw'' held hostage when Rampage attacked Von Rani's house during a party unauthourized. The Joes have to save him and the other guests, and he has to keep changing between himself and his alter ego to stay on top of the situation. [[spoiler:The episode ends with a reporter discovering his secret identity and telling it to the Joes, which sets up for the season finale.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In "Now Hear This", Inferno hunts down two rich executives who bullied him as a child. Of course they don't remember him.
* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Lt. Stone and Sgt. Savage.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Two instances, both from the pilot:
** Iron Klaw is goofier (throwing a temper tantrum after the failure of his plan) and more unstable than he is in any of the following episodes, acting essentially like a more violent Cobra Commander. Not coincidentally, the pilot was written by Buzz Dixon, who was the editor of the original ''G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero'' cartoon.
** Rampage is shown to have the hots for Mayday. This trait is mentioned on his unreleased toy's bios and also briefly show in the comic, but it never came up again in the series after the first episode.
* CompositeCharacter: In a purely visual example, Iron Klaw's design on the show is a combination of his three figures: he has the costume of his first figure, the mask of the second and the cape of the third.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Inferno is an important character in the first season but he doesn't appear at all in the second.
* ConspicuousCG: The live-action intros feature some rather crude CGI for the vehicles, Even their producer lamented the conspicuousness of the models, stating he wanted real cockpit props build for the aircrafts instead.
-->'''Lloyd Goldfine''': "''[The CGI], however, missed the whole point, since we were supposed to be bringing the characters and experience of G.I.Joe: Extreme to life, not replacing cel animation with CG animation. But I couldn't get them to build or shoot those sequences while we were shooting, and once we were wrapped all I could do was to try and make the best openings I could with what I had. ''"
* ContinuityNod: One episode had an appearance from a scientist who used to work for the I.R.O.N. Army- that being the antagonist group from Sgt. Savage's one-off cartoon (see below).
* DarkerAndEdgier: A notable attempt at being darker than ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', since it is acknowledged in this series that war can result in lives being lost and many characters are revealed to have traumatic backstories.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler: In the final episode of the first season, Lt. Stone has a battle with Iron Klaw and apparently kills him by throwing him into an explosion. Then Clancy appears and asks whether everything is all right, while Iron Klaw's mask is superimposed over his face.]]
* EnemyMine: A variation is used in "To Extend An Helping Klaw". Iron Klaw is mad that Rampage disobeyed his order to not attack the Inter-Alliance meeting (and almost blew his disguise as Count Von Rani doing so) so he tells the G.I. Joe team where his secret lab is located.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* {{Expy}}: Most of the Joes are this one way or another, but it's especially noticeable with Lt. Stone, who is pretty much a more muscular Duke.
** To say nothing of Black Dragon, who's basically a more talkative and personable version of Snake Eyes. [[MotorMouth A much, much more talkative version.]]
** On the bad guy's side, Rampage broadly plays the same role as Destro (masked arm dealer who supplies the bad guys with MechaMooks and has a strained relationship with the main villain), although his personality is very different.
* FreudianExcuse: Inferno was bullied by two rich kids when he was a child.
* GeniusBruiser: Despite his appearance, Wreckage is actually quite cultivated and intelligent.
* GrandFinale: The series concludes with the two-part episode "Metalhead Goes A.W.O.L."[=/=]"Betrayal", which had Metalhead pretend to betray the Joes in order to bring down SKAR from within and Iron Klaw finally captured for his crimes.
* HongKongDub: Even though they're mouthing the same language, the lip synching of the live-action segments is really off. And it doesn't help that the voice actors' voices practically never sound like the voice the live-action actor would have, especially Lt. Stone, Freight and Wreckage.
* HumanPopsicle: Sgt. Savage, and in one episode, a (fictitious) general of Genghis Khan.
* LargeHam: Rampage, though Iron Klaw isn't bad either.
** HamToHamCombat: The beginning of the episode "Extend a Helping Klaw" has them arguing.
* LimitedAnimation: Characters falling is often "animated" by dragging a static cell from top to bottom. A specific example is Quickstryke falling from the mountain at the end of "Point of Honor".
* TheManBehindTheMan: The second season establish (most notably in "Rampage for President") that SKAR is actually backed by a much older organisation that has infiltrated all spheres of society. [[http://www.yojoe.com/reviews/interviews/lloydgoldfine.shtml An interview]] with a Sunbow employee eventually confirmed the organisation in question was going to be [[spoiler:Cobra]].
* MechaMooks: The Zaps (burly androids with right-hand mounted chainguns) and Skyrenes (lanky CyberCyclops with mounted jets). Despite their imposing appearances and heavy armamement, both models were extremely slow and stupid.
* MerchandiseDriven: As with other cartoons in the franchise, this series had its own toyline.
* MoleInCharge: At least one season ended with Iron Klaw masquerading as the military official in charge of G.I. Joe itself.
* {{Mondegreen}}: When Metalhead introduces himself in the show's intro, it really sounds more like he's saying "Melvin". This is commonly joked about amongst the fandom.
* MusicalAssassin: Metalhead has a gun that plays rock music as a weapon. It blows up the MechaMooks with ease.
* {{Ninja}}: Black Dragon is a ninja.
* ThePowerOfRock: As noted above, Metalhead.
* OffModel: Considering the complexity of the character designs and the track record of the [[Creator/{{AKOM}} studio]] behind it, hiccups were inevitable.
** One recurring goof is having Rampage drawn in his [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry green monster form]] in scenes where he's supposed to be at ease.
** The details and proportions of the Zaps and Skyrenes vary from episode to episode, and sometimes shot to shot. What the Zap's head is supposed to look like is particularly inconsistent.
* PutOnABus: Rampage is captured at the start of the second season and spends most of it is in jail. He is [[TheBusCameBack eventually freed]] in "Rampage for President" and sticks around for one more episode.
* RealityEnsues: Done humorously in the opener of the second season. After learning of Iron Klaw's "death", Rampage is ready to make his run to takeover SKAR, but he's soon shocked to find he only has three Zaps left in his inventory. He goes to his office and a sweating accountant explains to him that SKAR didn't order any more batchs, and with no cashflow, they can't build more robots.
* {{Retool}}: Production of the 2nd season was moved from Creator/SunbowEntertainment to Gunther-Wahl Productions and many changes were done to the show: the live-action cold openings were replaced by PreviouslyOn recaps, continuity between episodes was stronger, the musical insert sequences were removed, the MechaMooks were dropped, Balistics was renamed "Eagle Eye" (the result of a new law banning firearm-themed names on children shows) and slightly redesigned and the existing SKAR henchmen were sidelined (Inferno didn't appear at all, Wreckage was only in one episode, and Rampage was PutOnABus for most of the season).
* {{Qurac}}: The vague country of Kalistan, though not a lot of it is shown.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Mayday is the only major female character in the first season. The second season adds Steel Raven, who is TheDragon to Iron Klaw.
* TheStarscream: Rampage has his sight set to SKAR's leadership (to the point he even mutters "Things won't be satisfactory until the day where I'm in control of SKAR" within Iron Klaw's hearing) and undermine Iron Klaw's authority by stockpiling weapons, running his own operations and disobeying orders to not attack Inter-Alliance targets. Iron Klaw is fairly quick to catch on to Rampage's treachery and only keep him around due to him being useful as a weapon supplier. When Rampage finally makes an over attempt to take control of SKAR, Iron Klaw lets him rot in prison when his attempt to attack Fort Knox fails and is deeply opposed to the notion of freeing him when representatives of SKAR's backers propose to do so.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The first season is mostly a series of one-off episodes where GI Joe foils SKAR's scheme of the week, but it soon introduces a subplot about the Joes suspecting there is a mole within the Inter-Alliance. This comes to a heel in the season finale, where GI Joe's island base is destroyed and Iron Klaw's cover as Count Von Rani is exposed for good. The second season feature stronger episode to episode continuity and introduced another season-wide subplot with Sgt. Savage's distrust of Metalhead.
* SwissBankAccount: In one episode, Iron Klaw mentions he'll transfer the payment for a deal to Rampage's Swiss bank account.
* TitleThemeTune: The title sequence is basically the NewsMonopoly montage quoted above and ''[[TitleScream GI JOE EXTREME!]]''
* TenMinuteRetirement: Freight goes through this in "Winner Take All", where he quits the Joes because he failed to prevent Metalhead from getting hurt.
* TragicMonster: Wreckage, who's [[spoiler:a downed soldier turned into an hulking cyborg by Iron Klaw, and tricked into thinking that the Inter-Alliance is responsible for what happened to him.]]
* {{Transplant}}: Sgt. Savage, the protagonist of the very short-lived ''Sgt. Savage And His Screaming Eagles'' was carried over as a member of the Joes. He serves as the most solid link ''Extreme'' has to the rest of the franchise, as the one-off ''Sgt. Savage'' episode firmly established it as a continuation of ''A Real American Hero''. (Additionally, Savage's original enemy, the I.R.O.N. Army, is referred to in one episode via an ex-scientist of theirs.)
* TotallyRadical: As the theme song put it, this show is '''EXTREEEEEEEME'''. Perhaps the character who best embodies Extreme's extreme-ness is Metalhead, a computer hacker who speaks in surfer dude lingo and owns a gun that shoots rock music.
** This show is so extreme, that "Extreme" called itself out in the roll call in the show's intro.
* WorldOfMuscleMen: As part of the show's 90's comic books aesthetic, every recurring male character except Clancy is ripped to hell. Even Inferno, a bald manchild with an high-pitched, screechy voice, sports a visible 6-pack.

!!The comic book provides examples of:
* CutShort: The last issue introduced a new plotline, but the comic was cancelled just after.
* EnemyMine: S.K.A.R. and the G.I. Joe team band together to destroy an activist group that wants to incriminate both.
* MauveShirt: Two members of the Joe team not seen anywhere else are killed in the first issue.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Tatsuya Ishida, author of the web comic ''{{Sinfest}}'', was the penciller for this comic.

!!The toyline provides examples of
* FollowTheLeader: ''Extreme'' was basically conceived to cash in on the craze Toy Biz had with its Liefeldian-and-poorly-articulated ''X-Men'' and ''X-Force'' figures. In fact, ''X-Force'' figures were even [[http://www.joedeclassified.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=608 used side-by-side with Extreme prototypes]] in a Hasbro meeting to show off the compatibility.
* RatedMForManly
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Mayday, Quick Stryke, Rampage and Wreckage had action figures planned for them, but the toyline was canceled before they could be produced.
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