->'''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!'''"

Take one of the most beloved toylines of the [[TheEighties 1980s]], "update" it to cash in on the Creator/RobLiefeld craze of the [[TheNineties 1990s]], add [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs several mind-altering drugs]] and puree the whole. You'll get ''G.I. Joe Extreme'' in a nutshell.

Another attempt at reviving the moribund ''GIJoe'' franchise after a quaint end of the original run and a failed spinoff (''Sgt. Savage and His Screaming Eagles''), the ''Extreme'' toyline was supported by both a 26-episode cartoon series (1995-1997) and a short-lived comic published by Dark Horse. However, due to a lack of ties to the older G.I. Joe series and the quality of both the toyline and its fictional supports, it failed and is mostly [[FanonDisContinuity ignored]] by fans of the rest of the ''G.I. Joe'' universe.

Set in the far future of [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2006]], a terrorist organisation called S.K.A.R. led by the masked dictator [[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 Raini, 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.

Though it wasn't especially successful or well liked, ''Extreme'' still has something of a lasting impact on the wider G.I. Joe universe. Some of its characters are referenced in ''[[GIJoeSigma6 Sigma 6]]'' and the concept of an effective, less silly BigBad was adopted by the subsequent series.
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!!''GIJoeExtreme'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Mayday.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The first season had "remakes" of the PSA of the old cartoon, complete with the infamous phrase.
* BigBad: Iron Klaw.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Inverted, with ''Iron Klaw'' held hostage when Rampage attacked Von Raini'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.]]
* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Lt. Stone and Sgt. Savage.
* 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 are ''full'' of this.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Or at least, attempted to be.
* 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 Raini 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.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Despite his appearance, Wreckage is actually quite cultivated and intelligent.
* FreudianExcuse: Inferno was bullied by two rich kids when he was a child.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Lt. Stone's voice is identical to [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Optimus Primal]]. They're both voiced by Creator/GaryChalk.
* 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.
* MechaMooks: The Zaps and Skyrenes.
* MerchandiseDriven
* 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.
* ThePowerOfRock: As noted above, Metalhead.
* PutOnABus: Rampage is captured at the start of the second 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.
** ToylessToylineCharacter: A Mayday action figure was planned, but the toy line was canceled before it could be released.
* TheStarscream: Rampage.
* StatusQuoIsGod: A rare Western aversion, the Status Quo is changed at the end of the first season and many episodes of the second season have continuity between them.
* SwissBankAccount: In one episode, Rampage mentions he'll transfer the money he got from a deal to his Swiss bank account.
* TitleThemeTune: The title sequence is basically the NewsMonopoly montage quoted above and ''[[TitleScream GI JOE EXTREME!]]''
* TragicMonster: Wreckage, who's [[spoiler:a downed Vietnam soldier turned into an hulking cyborg by Iron Klaw, and tricked into thinking that the Inter-Alliance is responsible for what happened to him.]]
* TotallyRadical: As the theme song put it, this show is '''EXTREEEEEEEME'''.
** This show is so extreme, that "Extreme" called itself out in the roll call in the show's intro.

!!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 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.
* XTremeKoolLetterz: Apparently, S.K.A.R stand for "Soldier for '''Kaos''', Anarchy and Ruin".

!!The toyline provides examples of
* DorkAge: The figures were 5 inches tall and sported at best five points of articulation, a large departure from the much more poseable Real American Hero (and even Sgt. Savage) figures, and looked like [[RobLiefeld Liefeldian]] wetdreams.
* 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.
* FreudWasRight: [[http://www.kevincassell.com/blog/index.php?id=28 This essay]] argue that the toys promote "ideological mechanism inscribed by a hypermasculine sign system. One of the argument provided is that the missiles coming with the toys looks like "circumcised erect male penis".
* RatedMForManly
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