* AcceptableTargets: Averted; France's brutal treatment of Destro's ancestor is what pisses his entire family off. Played somewhat straight after the Paris sequence; [[spoiler:the French move in on the Joes with RAID. And smack Ripcord in the face. And wreck their gear. Then say that the team is banished from the country. The French would rather lose a city.]]
** Well, the Joes DID cause a crapload of collateral damage AND failed at stopping the villains. It could be a {{Deconstruction}} of HeroInsurance, even.
* ClicheStorm: The film is chock-full of every action movie cliche most people have ever seen. If you want an explanation, look no further than Christopher Orr's review of the movie, in which he decides to just let it speak for itself by providing 40 of the lines that sum up the plot and all of the typical one-liners and plot points it has. It's really a shame though, considering it had some great actors who did the best they could with the material they were given. Then again, for fans of the movie, this could be exactly what they liked about it.
* CompleteMonster:
** [[FromNobodyToNightmare Once a U.S. soldier]], Rex Lewis was apparently killed in a failed mission, but had survived, secretly joining [[CorruptCorporateExecutive James McCullen's]] MARS Industries to research advanced nanotechnology, adopting the alias "[[MadScientist The Doctor]]". Testing the mind-control application of this technology on his sister, Ana, the Doctor brainwashed her into aiding in his and [=McCullen's=] crimes for the next four years. Under [=McCullen=], the Doctor developed the Neo-Vipers, brainwashed super-soldiers meant to do his bidding, and whom he [[BodyHorror horrifyingly]] killed if they were captured. After aiding [=McCullen's=] plan to wipe out four heavily populated cities, the Doctor used Ana as a hostage to cover his escape from the G.I. Joes, attempting to kill the Joes and his own allies alike as he fled. [[TheStarscream Betraying McCullen]] and taking control of MARS (which he refashioned as Cobra), the Doctor forced him into servitude, dubbing [=McCullen=] "Destro" and taking the identity of [[BigBad Cobra Commander]] for himself.
** Helping to steal [[WeaponOfMassDestruction nanite warheads]] for MARS Industries, [[MasterOfDisguise Zartan]] takes great pleasure in murdering any G.I. Joes who get in his way, notably [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbing Cover Girl through the back]] and taunting [[NobleDemon Storm Shadow]] for his [[WouldntHitAGirl refusal to kill women]]. Escaping from the Joes' headquarters, Zartan murders an innocent traveller for a disguise. At the end of the film, Zartan captures and [[PresidentEvil impersonates]] the President of United States.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Storm Shadow is ''very'' popular. Doesn't hurt that he's hot and can kick your ass from here to next Tuesday.
* EvilIsSexy: [[SpyCatsuit Baroness]].
* FashionVictimVillain: [[spoiler:Cobra Commander. After switching to the metal full-head helmet, suddenly his skinniness becomes more apparent and he looks like a bobblehead or lollipop.]] One of the few cases where ShouldersOfDoom might help.
* HamAndCheese
** Christopher Eccleston as Destro.
** And Joseph Gordon-Levitt as [[spoiler:Cobra Commander]]. Both of them know exactly what kind of movie they're in, and that makes their scenes together the most interesting.
** Actually the entire cast, to various degrees, it's GI ''FRIGGIN'' Joe.
*** Though two are mentioned under DullSurprise.
* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/ChristopherEccleston's character designed the bunker under the White House. Did you know that as [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] he operated the bunker-like office in 10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister's place)?
** Snake Eyes is a ninja trained in martial arts. Young Snake Eyes was played by Leo Howard. Leo Howard and martial arts? [[Series/KickinIt That sounds familiar...]]
* {{HSQ}}: Snake-Eyes is so awesome that Storm Shadow has developed an innate "Snake-Eyes just did something awesome" sense.
* MagnificentBastard: The Doctor [[spoiler:AKA Rex, AKA Cobra Commander.]]
** Arguable since the Doctor is such complete sleeze that he lacks the flair of a typical Magnificent Bastard. Destro is much closer to the traditional view of the trope, pulling off his schemes with all the flourish of a Bond villain.
* {{Narm}}: [[spoiler:Cobra Commander]] does a grand entrance... and is caught and put to jail few seconds later.
** Except [[spoiler: he won.]] Sure, the Joes [[spoiler: stopped the missiles]] but [[spoiler: Zartan is now President and working for Cobra Commander, who the Joes think is safely locked up]].
* OlderThanTheyThink: The movie pulls ideas from several different toy lines, comic books, and animated series. Many of the details that fans complain about the movie "changing" are taken right from the source material ... just not an iteration of the source material the complainer is familiar with (e.g., you don't have to like the powered suits, but if you know the ''GIJoeSigmaSix'' line, you know the movie didn't make them up).
** Likewise "International Heroes" was part of the ''Action Force'' theme, and even briefly adopted in the [=DiC=] series. GI Joe also worked for the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations in ''Sigma Six''.
* OneSceneWonder: [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Kevin J. O'Connor]] as Dr. Mindbender in [[spoiler:Rex]][=/=]The Doctor's FlashBack.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The game wasn't well received.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: Yeah, Storm Shadow, you're killing the Baroness' husband on "Destro's orders." Sure...
** Doesn't help that they come off of as more of a BattleCouple than Scarlett and Snake-Eyes, the ORIGINAL pair of leading lady and badass ninja.
** The novelization seems to add considerable mutual witty banter and, yes, flirtation.
*** While we're talking about [[{{Novelization}} The Book Of The Film]], it also offers HoYay for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, who seem to be matching OfficialCouple (sort-of) Duke and Ana/The Baroness flashback for flashback, meaningful look for meaningful look. (Bizarrely carries over to the ''Ninja Showdown'' kid's book.) Oddly out-of-place due to the gist of their past relationship being "We really, ''really'' don't like each other."
* RetroactiveRecognition: What the HELL happened to [[{{Film/Inception}} Arthur]]?!
** Wait, Snake Eyes used to be [[Series/KickinIt Jack Brewer]]?
* RomanticPlotTumor: The Baroness and Duke is pretty central to the storyline, even if it feels unnecessary to the mythos. G.I. Joe, after all, has no small shortage of improbable relationships across every canon. Ripcord and Scarlet, however, seems to have drawn almost universal scorn.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Part [[DracoInLeatherPants Baroness in Tight Asshugging Leather Pants]], part dislike of the comparatively flat characters of the Joes.
** What, we need an excuse to scream "COOOBRAAA!!!"?
* SnarkBait: Many of the film's cliches, but when the movie opens with "[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 In the not too distant future...]]", you get an inkling about what you're in for.
%%* SoBadItsGood
* SpecialEffectsFailure: While a majority of the special visual effects were well done, a CGI cobra at the beginning of the film sticks out like a sore thumb.
* WTHCastingAgency: You'd never imagine Marlon Wayans and specially Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this movie. Surprisingly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt really pulls it off, and Marlon Wayans... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is, well, Marlon Wayans]], although even he tones down his fundamental Marlon Wayans-ness a bit.
** Channing Tatum as the leader of the Joes? Seriously?
*** Look on the bright side - at least it's not Shia Labeouf as the leader of the Joes.
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