->''"All games end today."''

A DarkerAndEdgier ''Franchise/GIJoe'' miniseries written by Creator/WarrenEllis and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, ''G.I. Joe: Resolute'' was first released in 10 5-minute installments on the Creator/AdultSwim website before finally airing on the channel itself - along with the 10-minute finale - on April 26, 2009.

In UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, Major Bludd is found dead at the Lincoln Memorial, his corpse left there as a warning to would-be Cobra traitors. In Alaska, Destro and the Baroness seize control of the HAARP array, using it to superheat the ionosphere and disrupt global communications. Somewhere in the Pacific, the G.I. Joe aircraft carrier USS ''Flagg'' is nearly sunk due to a sabotage attempt by Storm Shadow. Meanwhile, at the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations headquarters in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Cobra Commander addresses the delegates with an ultimatum: give Cobra control of the world within 24 hours or the organization will launch devastating attacks against civilian targets. As a show of force, the Commander has UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} destroyed with a particle beam weapon, instantly killing 10 million people.

Struggling to recover from the attack on the ''Flagg'', and with Snake Eyes leaving to fight Storm Shadow in Japan, the rest of the Joes launch a desperate counterattack, hoping to thwart Cobra's plans and defeat the terrorist group once and for all.

Made for an adult audience who [[GrowingWithTheAudience grew up on the original TV cartoon]], rather than the children the TV cartoon was aimed at, ''Resolute'' is notable for being far more violent and bloody than any ''GI Joe'' production preceding it, reflecting both the way the franchise had become in the comic books, and leading into the live-action films.


* AdaptationalBadass: This incarnation of Cobra Commander is actually a serious threat as opposed to the whiny incompetent he was in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Storm Shadow, who usually struggles with the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, is completely without honor or morals here.
* {{Animesque}}: The art style of ''Resolute'' looks very much like an anime.
* ATeamFiring: Duke and Scarlett stand smack in the middle of a crossfire against 20 Cobras and don't get hit once.
* BackToBackBadasses: Duke and Scarlett plow through Cobra soldiers side by side in Siberia.
* BadBoss: Upon being told that the [[spoiler: second]] KillSat will need hours to charge, Cobra Commander [[spoiler: slashes the unfortunate soldier who informed him.]]
* BareHandedBladeBlock: Snake-Eyes uses a highly unconventional version of this trope in his fight with Storm Shadow: stopping the blade ''by allowing it to pass through the palm of his hand, then breaking the sword with a single strike.'' Afterwards, he nonchalantly pulls out the section of hilt still stuck in his hand.
* BloodierAndGorier: This continuity is way more violent than other G.I. Joe media.
* CatchPhrase: Averted. Not a single Joe utters "Yo, Joe", nor do any Cobra members yell "Cobra".
* ChewingTheScenery: Cobra Commander, as usual, is very theatrical in his monologues.
* CoolBoat: The aircraft carrier USS Flagg serves as the Joes' base of operations. It's where they make their battle plans, analyse technical data, and [[CaptainObvious launch the aircraft that take them to their missions]]. [[spoiler: It gets destroyed by Cobra near the end.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** In the original series, while GI Joe was always depicted as a paramilitary team made up of soldiers (i.e. trained killers), thanks to ATeamFiring and stringent broadcast standards, rarely if ever did the good guys ever kill anyone. In ''Resolute'', Snake Eyes is at his most deadly, Scarlett mercilessly snipes Cobra men and Duke is seen stabbing someone to death. The later live action movie continued this trope.
** Cobra Commander is portrayed as a serious threat and even uses a KillSat to annihilate Moscow, when previous incarnations of the character were usually arrogant and inept at best.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Duke manages to figure out everything there is to figure out about Cobra's direct-energy weapon and reprogram it to fire on the Cobra base...in under 20 seconds, with plenty of spare time to get out of the Cobra base himself.]]
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: [[spoiler: Related to the above, Cobra Commander boasts inside his secret pod about how he'll get away with it all because his pod can't be destroyed by ballistics or explosives. [[IdiotBall He even continues taunting Duke as he destroys the pod's lock and messes around with the energy weapon's controls]]...until he sees that Duke reprogrammed the weapon to fire at ''Springfield, USA''. [[VillainousBreakdown Cobra Commander then tries brute force to get out of the pod, which ultimately fails...]] except that NeverFoundTheBody is in play in Duke's aftermath.]]
* GenderFlip: CommunicationsOfficer Dial-Tone is female in this continuity. (This would also be the case in the IDW comic series and the live action film series, which both began around the same time that Resolute was released.)
* GunsAkimbo: Duke and Scarlett like to fight with a gun in each hand.
* GrowingWithTheAudience: Creator/WarrenEllis wrote this a DarkerAndEdgier treatment of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', which premiered as a WebOriginal series. While hardcore current fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks did not really appreciate the changes]], It did receive positive reviews from casual fans who had grown up with the series.
* IconicOutfit: Several Joes have uniforms partly similar to the one's from the 80's cartoon, except for Shipwreck, who looks nothing like the old one.
* ItsPersonal: The duel between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow is thoroughly rooted in their [[TheRival shared history]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: When Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes meet for their final duel, Storm Shadow reveals that his supposed honor was really all just a façade to screw with Snake Eyes, out of jealousy.
* KillEmAll: Played with. This continuity promised a high body count and by all means delivered on that promise...with Cobra. While a pretty good amount of known named Cobra characters were killed (some more gruesomely than others) the G.I Joe team was for the most part pretty much intact. The only named G.I. Joe character who was killed is Bazooka, who died offscreen and his corpse is perfectly clean and intact (while some of the Cobras can't quite say the same thing about their fatalities).
* KillSat: Pretty much how Cobra Commander's latest doomsday weapon works. Through the control center in his base, he has remote control of the HAARP array in Antarctica, which has the ability to fire nuclear radiation in the atmosphere. Using a ''massive'' satellite array, he can cause the dispersed radiation to concentrate on one area and come down like a lightning bolt from Zeus, leaving a huge crater in the weapon's wake. Moscow found this out the hard (and totally unexpected) way, as did the USS Flagg.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: In Duke's final report, he notes that on their return to the destroyed Springfield base, the pod Cobra Commander hid in was...''empty''. Storm Shadow's grave was also found empty in TheStinger.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Cobra Commander, vaporizing Moscow just to prove a point, addresses a cadre of Cobra goons. He states that his GeneralFailure tendencies were all ObfuscatingStupidity, designed to make his subordinates think outside the box to become more competent...and to weed out traitors. Now that it no longer suits him, he's no longer going to tolerate disobedience or failure.
--> '''Cobra Commander:''' Work with me, and I will give you the world in less than twenty-four hours. Work against me, and I will ''gut you like a fish'', right here.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: See above. Apparently, Cobra Commander's inept, cowardly persona as seen in the past was all an act.
* OutOfFocus[=/=]TheCameo: A number of Joes and two Cobra members only appear very briefly. The story is much more interested in portraying Duke, Scarlet, Tunnel Rat, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow, Destro, and the Baroness than it is in Firefly, Major Bludd, Bazooka, Flint, Wild Bill, Cover Girl, Lady Jaye, Shipwreck, Stalker, and Gung-Ho.
* PinPullingTeeth: Duke pulls a grenade pin with his teeth during the Russia infiltration mission.
* PosthumousCharacter: Major Bludd and Bazooka turn up as corpses, the former being killed by Cobra Commander and the latter by Storm Shadow.
* ProveIAmNotBluffing: Cobra Commander vaporizes Moscow and its ten million people to prove what his weapon can do and what he's willing to do with it.
* RaceLift: As in the live-action movies, Ripcord is black instead of Caucasian.
* RedShirt: The unnamed Joes that Tunnel Rat brings along on his aerial mission. [[spoiler: All of them die.]]
* SingleStrokeBattle: Snake Eyes pulls off a textbook example on an armed Cobra mook.
** What the showdown between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow ultimately resulted in. [[spoiler: Subversion - neither one of them fell down dead afterwards.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the Sunbow and [=DiC=] animated series. Many references were made to events and themes in those series.
* SubvertedKidsShow: A rare example of this trope not being used to parody the genre. Unlike the other more kid-oriented incarnations, this continuity features a lot of violence and even has named characters being killed off.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Cobra attempts to do this by bullying the United Nations into surrendering control of their countries. Cobra Commander comments he thinks this is a much better EvilPlan than just trying to raise lots of money.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: Storm Shadow's body is missing...]]
** [[spoiler: As is Cobra Commander's...]]
* SuperheroMovieVillainsDie: As a one off production, the Cobra agents here are usually killed. Baroness and Destro make it out, but [[spoiler:Zartan, Major Bludd, and Storm Shadow]] are all killed off, with Cobra Commander receiving the customary NeverFoundTheBody treatment as an out. Though in [[spoiler:Storm Shadow's]] case it's implied he survived.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Only a few of the ''Resolute'' versions of the characters were made into actual toys.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Most of the story follows four missions the Joes carry out concurrently. Snake Eyes hunts for Storm Shadow on Cobra Island, Duke and Scarlett infiltrate a secret base in Siberia (where they meet Zartan), Tunnel Rat and some {{Red Shirt}}s attack Cobra's strattelites, and Roadblock leads a team of his fellow TheBigGuy types in rescuing captured HAARP array scientists from Destro and the Baroness.
* TropeCodifier: For [[ComicBook/GIJoeIDW pretty]] [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra much]] [[Film/GIJoeRetaliation all]] [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades G.I. Joe]] fiction from 2009 onward. Ripcord and Dial-Tone are black and female respectively, Cobra Commander is a competent, utterly ruthless leader (Resolute is not the first continuity with a scary Commander, but it is what cemented that as his definite modern characterization), entire cities can be destroyed, the Joes are quite lethal even to named Cobra characters, and there's a definite focus on the characters who have proven to be the more popular ones in the franchise.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Subverted; the Commander ''does'' have a contingency plan in the form of a safe room complete with its own life support and power supply, and he is HoistByHisOwnPetard via [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill GIANT CITY-DESTROYING LASER]], but the Joes do follow up on him. True, they didn't find anything, but A+ for effort.
* VillainousBreakdown: As his plan starts coming apart right at the very end, Cobra Commander--already a lot DarkerAndEdgier than most known incarnations--begins raving furiously, killing his own soldiers just for giving him bad news (and using their ''blood'' to paint a Cobra insignia on a nearby door), and arming his KillSat to fire directly on Washington D.C.