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[[caption-width-right:295:The Real American Heroes]]

->''World ain't saving itself.''

The sequel to ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', the elite team finds themselves framed as terrorists and assaulted by their own people, killing most of their numbers. Cobra has slipped moles into the United States government and are now in control from behind the scenes. With manpower and supplies limited, they have to strike back and undo what has happened.

The film is clearly marketed to be a change of pace from ''Rise of Cobra'', dealing with more close quarters fights and infiltration, less (though not ''no'') extravagant technology and submarine battles.

The trailer can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSX2oxLdcWA here]]. Was originally slated for release in June 2012 in North America, the film was rescheduled and released on March 29, 2013 to add 3D - not, as rumors claimed, to pad out Channing Tatum's role in response to his [[Film/MagicMike recent]] [[Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet popularity surge]].

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!!The film provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Combined with ImplausibleFencingPowers, Storm Shadow slices a bullet in half.
* ActionGirl: With a lack of Scarlett for the Joes, both Lady Jaye and Jinx (who's Snake-Eyes's protege, no less!) do plenty of ass-kicking in the movie.
* TheAlcatraz: Einsargen Prison
* AllIsWellThatEndsWell: London is gone, only a few Joes remain, let's have an award ceremony!
* AndIMustScream: Cobra Commander and Destro start the movie immobilized in tanks and pumped full of drugs that leave them awake and alert, but incapable of moving anything but their eyes.
* AnimalMotif: Cobra in general.
* AnimalThemeNaming: Cobra's tanks are called [=HISS=] tanks.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Fort Sumter does not sit near a bridge. It is located out in the middle of harbor surrounded on all sides by water and does not have enough ground around it to drive on.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary:
** The 'Nuclear Football' is not a high tech computer designed to let the president of the US essentially play {{Defcon}} with the nuclear arsenal. All that's in the briefcase are papers with nuclear deployment plans, classified launch sites, bunker locations, and authorization codes. The ''actual'' capability of launching a nuclear missile falls under the purview of the person directly in charge of the missiles themselves (ie submarine captains, base commanders, bomber captains) not the president. This probably works in a similar way for other countries. Which means nuclear strikes can't be ordered at the push of the button. Additionally, many countries, such as the United Kingdom, allow their nuclear submarine commanders independent command of their nuclear missiles, which means that in the event of a launch directed at their country, a captain would order a retaliatory launch and might not be in a position to receive a 'stand down' order.
** Countries do not keep their entire nuclear arsenal ready to launch at a moment's notice. Of the total number of nuclear warheads a country has, only a fraction are kept in immediate readiness status to be launched, with the rest being redundant warheads. Even if every country simultaneously launched every single warhead possible (which is impossible, see next entry), they would still have nuclear armaments left over.
** Even if a world leader could fire their nukes on demand, their forces would not be ready to do so on a moment's notice. The U.S. and Russian nuclear bombers that couldn't possibly have launched their weapons at that point, and the Russian ballistic missile submarines that would not have been in launch position at the time. The British Navy likewise only keeps one of its Vanguard-class missile subs at sea at any one time, leaving 3/4ths of the British nuclear deterrent intact at the time of abortion. China doesn't even keep its nuclear arsenal in a launch-ready state. India can't even ''reach'' the United States. North Korea, at the time of release, had only conducted three tests and almost certainly couldn't launch any further than Japan.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: A tungsten rod traveling "eight times faster than a bullet" would not have more energy than a nuclear weapon, certainly not as a generalization anyway. The size of the rod and the yield of the weapon are never stated, so the claim might have merit if the rod were really big and the weapon was a tactical nuke.
** In addition, if the Zeus satellite just uses gravity to project the tungston rod, it would be very difficult to achieve that speed, because despite being released from an environment with zero air-resistance and hence zero drag, air-resistance within the atmosphere would increase drag and hence cause deceleration (given enough time and space, the rod would eventually decelerate to terminal velocity). The rod would have to ''already'' reached maximum velocity before it hit the stratosphere (or at least, the thicker part of the stratosphere). The rod would need to be fired downwards so gravity wasn't solely responsible for its acceleration and speed.
** In any case, the potential energy in this example is contained in a tungston rod which doesn't have a high cross-sectional area over which the energy is to act if it is converted to kinetic energy when it hits something. In other words, if the tungston rod was to hit the ground point-on with the 'energy of a nuclear missile', it would most like head straight into the earth for an unspecified depth and disturb the ground around it, but it wouldn't cause anywhere near the devastation or after-math of an ''actual'' nuclear weapon because all that energy is concentrated at a point with a force vector into the earth, not outwards at the stuff on top of it (like an actual nuclear bomb).
* AsHimself: James Carville plays himself at a White House party.
* AscendedExtra: Roadblock isn't exactly one of the leading members of the G.I. Joe team, but plays a big role in the movie.
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler: Snake Eyes]] and [[spoiler: Storm Shadow]], when they end up having to work together.
* BadassArmy: The Joes, as well as Cobra.
* BadassLongcoat: Cobra Commander.
* {{BFG}}: Roadblock is seen firing an 84 pound M2 .50cal machinegun, from the hip. Also a MythologyGag since the M2 has always been Roadblock's preferred weapon since his debut in the comics.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: [[spoiler:Roadblock, after Duke dies early in the film.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Roadblock
* BigBad: Cobra Commander, natch.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Reversed, [[spoiler:unlike most action movie examples. Instead of Roadblock ([[BlackBestFriend the sidekick]]) getting killed off first, Duke (the heroic leader) dies first and Roadblock is the one determined to get revenge.]]
* BreakingOutTheBoss: Storm Shadow busts Cobra Commander out of Einsargen Prison at the start of the film.
* BritsWithBattleships: Britain attends the nuclear summit and launches their nukes.
* BroadStrokes: It's a sequel that ditches as much from its predecessor as possible.
** To elaborate: The Joes have been retconned from a multinational team to simply an elite US Army division, many of the characters from the previous film like Ripcord, Scarlet, and Heavy Duty and gone with no explanation why, and overall the technology of the Joes and Cobra is far more grounded and realistic. The film does more or less accept the ending of the first film, at least in regards Zartan impersonating the POTUS and Cobra Commander being captured.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Guess who launches their nukes [[spoiler: last and disarms first? You've guessed it: France]]
** Ironically, they are the first group to leave the table when the President/Zartan proposed the idea on disarming the nuke.
* ChineseWithChopperSupport: China is seen attending the nuclear summit. As expected, they also launch their missiles.
* ClearMyName: With the U.S. President [[NotHimself not exactly being rational]], the Joes' mission consists of not only clearing their names, but driving Cobra out of the White House.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu:
** Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Jinx are easily able to mow through the other ninjas in the film en masse. The trope is played extremely straight with how every time some of the ninjas in red get killed, the rest seem to become more competent. By the end, the last one left is actually able to give Storm Shadow a pretty good fight one-on-one.
*** Oddly, enough this could ''almost'' make sense, in that the least competent ninjas would be killed off the earliest and the only ones who would survive longer would be those with greater skill.
** Roadblock drives a small scout tank and absolutely demolishes three fresh-off-the line advanced armored tanks without much difficulty.
* ContinuitySnarl: The opening narration has an image of Destro wearing a business suit and the signature metallic mask. This image of Destro was actually taken from the action figure card illustration and not from any scene in first film. [[spoiler: In the original film he didn't assume his metal head appearance until minutes before he was captured. For most of the movie, he was just plain old James Mc Cullen played by Christopher Ecclestion without a mask.]]
** They don't even ''try'' to explain how [[spoiler: Storm Shadow [[UnexplainedRecovery survives]].]]
*** The movie did show Storm Shadow being able to [[ArtisticLicenseBiology somehow]] lower his heart-rate and breathing to nothing and then spontaneously start them up again. If he can do that it is completely possible he could put himself in a state of near-death stasis until rescue. It is completely against all laws of human biology, but that hasn't been an issue before... [[MythologyGag In any case, this is a callback to the comics where Storm Shadow knew an ancient meditative technique to send his body into a near-death state.]]
** G. I. Joe was an international organization headquartered in Egypt in the first film. Here, they're explicitly an American special forces unit. And a ''lot'' smaller.
** At the end of the first movie, the MadScientist turned himself into Cobra Commander and was immediately arrested and put in prison. However, even if that becoming the Commander was his eventual endgame, before that point [=McCullen=] was in charge and it was his plan for [[spoiler:Zartan to impersonate the president]] and Stormshadow answered to him (and they both only knew the Commander in his MadScientist persona, or at least the viewer was never shown anything different). However in this movie, both Stormshadow and Zartan are loyal only to the Commander, know exactly who he is like they have a long association, it's all his big long-term plan and [=McCullen=] is completely irrelevant.
* CoolBike: A motorcycle that ''splits apart and turns into explosive projectiles'' is used by Firefly to help break Cobra Commander out of prison.
* CoolMask: Cobra Commander's mask. Even elicits a reaction from President Zartan: "Cool mask."
* CoDragons: Firefly and President Zartan to Cobra Commander.
* CrazyPrepared: General Colton's house, which has armaments stored all over the place, ranging from handguns to assault rifles, to a grenade launcher and a light tank.
* CurseCutShort: "Mother-" *Cue Title*
* DarkerAndEdgier: The over-the-top superscience from the first movie is almost completely gone. [[CurbStompBattle The Joes are utterly massacred early in the story.]] Even Cobra Commander's voice is deeper and more menacing! [[spoiler: And Cobra levels central London just as a demonstration.]] Also, [[spoiler:Duke ''dies'']].
* DeadStarWalking: Zigzagged. The presence of [[spoiler:Channing Tatum]] would have qualified, but he was kept out of the trailers entirely. This actually increases the impact of his character's death.
* DoomsdayDevice: [[spoiler: Cobra's Zeus satellites, which can easily devastate an entire city at will, as seen with the destruction of London.]]
* DragonInChief: Zartan is the President of the United States, and puts most of the plot in motion, but he still answers to Cobra Commander.
* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler: After the [[DragonInChief main antagonist]] Zartan is killed, Roadblock is left to deal with Firefly while [[BigBad Cobra Commander]] [[VillainExitStageLeft makes his escape on a helicopter]].]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Future sequels may sort out which Joes were in the base and which were [[PutOnABus on a bus]].
* DoubleWeapon: Storm Shadow's katanas can be joined into a staff.
* TheEmpire: What America and the whole world turns into after Cobra has Zartan become the President of the United States.
* EmptyQuiver: The film opens with the Joes being sent to stop the theft of a nuclear warhead from Pakistan. The mission goes wrong and the warhead ends up in the hands of COBRA.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Stated by the Joes after being attacked.
* FacialRecognitionSoftware: Used by the President's security detail when Lady Jaye attempts to infiltrate a fundraising event.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The strange prison Cobra Commander and Destro are in. They don't qualify for the death penalty, but for some reason it's okay to put them in an AndIMustScream situation until presumably their natural life runs out. This includes trying to revive them if their heart stops.
* FromRussiaWithNukes: Russia, being a nuclear power, attends the summit. [[spoiler: When Zartan launches U.S. nuclear arsenal, Russia launches theirs first in retaliation among the nuclear powers.]]
* GaulsWithGrenades: France attends the nuclear summit, and humorously, is the last one to launch their nukes.
* GrapplingHookPistol: The ninjas use these to chase Snake-Eyes and Jinx across the mountain after they kidnap Storm Shadow.
* GravitySucks: with the Zeus satellite, it just has to release the tungston rod and gravity will do the work, pulling the rod down so hard its destructive force can be used as a weapon. This is different from reality, in that the satellite is in a stable orbit at nearly zero gravity, so releasing the tungston rod would just mean that the rod would stay in the same stable orbit until something applied force to it, changing its velocity.
* GunKata: Several characters, including Snake Eyes and Road Block, employ Gun Kata in their combat styles.
* TheHeavy: While Cobra Commander is the BigBad, Zartan is the most prominent antagonist in the film and does more to set Cobra's evil plan in motion.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Storm Shadow performs one after he finds out that Zartan was the one who framed him for the murder of his and Snake Eyes' master.]]
** It's a little closer to EnemyMine really: "I'm not with you. But just this once, I'm not against you."
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Duke]] saves Flint's life at the cost of his own.
* HiddenSupplies / WallOfWeapons: Coulton's house is almost hilariously well-stocked. Seemingly every surface in his house has a stockpile hidden in it, and he has a ''tank'' in the garage.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** [[spoiler: Firefly is killed by one of his own bug bombs, courtesy of Roadblock.]]
** [[spoiler:Zartan is killed by Storm Shadow, after the latter discovers that his former master's murder was caused by the former, who then also got the blame pinned on him as well.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: H.I.S.S. Drivers can't shoot for shit.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Storm Shadow can cut a bullet in half.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Snake Eyes shoots every throwing star Storm Shadow hurls at him, from a rather short distance. And somehow doesn't hit the latter with stray bullets.
* {{Indians With Iglas}}:
** {{The Third Eye of Bharat}}: India attends the nuclear summit and fires their nukes.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: A lot of ninja mooks show up, and Snake Eyes challenges them with his protege Jinx while on a ''mountain''.
* {{Irony}}: During the end of the first film when Cobra Commander was captured, he proclaimed to Duke that it wasn't over between them. Duke responded that he'll be waiting for him. [[spoiler: He then gets killed during the beginning of the second film without so much as a single confrontation with him.]]
* {{Israelis With Infrared Missiles}}
** {{The Samson Option}}: Israel is one of the nuclear powers attending the summit. They also launch their nukes.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Though his plan is foiled, Cobra Commander manages to escape justice, thus setting up a SequelHook.]]
** [[spoiler: Storm Shadow, after aiding the Joes in foiling Cobra Commander's scheme and helping avenge his and Snake Eyes Master's murder, is allowed to walk away by Snake Eyes even though he murdered several Joes and innocent people in the first movie and the President of Pakistan (while disguised as Snake Eyes) in this one, not to mention breaking Cobra Commander out of prison.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Firefly]].
* KillEmAll: The original cast is reduced to just Duke and Snake Eyes (plus President Zartan and Storm Shadow on the Cobra side) by killing them in ThePurge. [[spoiler:And even then, [[BackForTheDead Duke's one of the casualties]]]].
* KillSat: Cobra's Zeus satellites. [[spoiler:giant tungsten rods dropped from orbit]]. They're a frighteningly accurate depiction of how such a weapons system would work in reality, which have been under development in real life for years before this movie, nicknamed The Rod From God.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: What the aforementioned KillSat uses. And, again, it's how such a system would function in reality.
* LaResistance: G.I. Joe becomes this after Cobra takes control of the United States.
* LadyInRed: Lady Jaye and Jinx.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]: The Joes after ThePurge. Also Joe Colton, as he's the first and likely last of the GI Joes.
* LeParkour: Flint utilizes Le Parkour to get around the nuclear missile facility in Pakistan.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: Firefly's robo-fireflies, which also double as anti-personnel explosives.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The Joes (and [[spoiler: Storm Shadow]]) go to General Joe Colton's house to arm themselves. We're greeted to a montage showcasing his over-the-top stockpile of weaponry concealed in his suburban kitchen.
* LoopholeAbuse: When Roadblock asks General Colton if he would serve in the military again, the latter states that the DOD [[note]]Department Of Defense[[/note]] doesn't allow retirees to "un-retire". However, he states that they say nothing about re-enlisting, so he uses that to get back in.
** Also counts as ArtisticLicenseMilitary, as retired officers can certainly come out of retirement, it's rare, but it can happen during wartime. Legally the pay a retired officer receives isn't a "pension" as much as it is a retainer for the fact they are in the "retired reserve" part of the military and can be recalled to active service.
* MadBomber: Firefly
* MadeOfExplodium: Firefly's bike during the final chase scene. [[JustifiedTrope Possibly justified,]] Firefly's other motorcycle was [[FridgeBrilliance purposely rigged to explode]].
* MaliciousMisnaming: General Colton constantly refers to Lady Jaye as 'Brenda'. When he finally calls her Jaye it is a sign that he now respects her.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: With [[spoiler: London basically being blasted into the bottom of the ocean]], millions of people had to have died. While people are terrified when they see the attack, it's soon forgotten once the Joes save the other cities.
* MonumentalDamage: [[spoiler: One of Cobra's Zeus satellites turns the ''entire city of London'' into a crater, with Big Ben and the Eye/Millennium Wheel smack in the middle.]]
* MrExposition: The warden describing the prison to [[spoiler:Snake Eyes, who is actually Storm Shadow in disguise.]] One of the things he mentions is a cooling tank which keeps the underground prison at a cool 68 degrees Fahrenheit (about 20 degrees Celsius). Without it, he says it would be about 250 degrees (121 Celsius), which is higher than the boiling point of water.
* MrFanservice: Storm Shadow in many [[ShirtlessScene Shirtless Scenes]], from being soaking wet down to his 6-pack while breaking out Cobra Commander to getting his back healed.
** Not to mention, he's the only one [[http://www.hisstank.com/gi-joe-news/attach/4/1/7/2/7/stormshadow-gijoe2-retaliation_1334856907.jpg half-naked]] on the ''Retaliation'' character movie posters.
* MsFanservice: Lady Jaye in a [[LadyInRed sexy red dress]], infiltrating a White House party. And before that, skimpy sport attire. And then there's the shot of her back while undressing; [[WatchingTheReflectionUndress though obscured by being a reflection]], you can still clearly see her thong-clad behind pretty clearly.
* MythologyGag: GI Joe as LaResistance? [[GIJoeRenegades Also done.]]
** Cobra soldiers as new U.S. military special forces set against Joes suspected for going renegades is similar to a plotline late in the Devil's Due comics.
** [[spoiler: Duke]] getting killed off almost happened in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie''.
** The sequence where Snake Eyes and Jinx abduct Storm Shadow has no spoken dialogue much like the famous "Silent Issue" of the comics.
** Jinx fighting blindfolded is also a reference to ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie''.
** Flint wears a beret at the end of the film as a nod to his original action figure. The same with Roadblock wielding the M2 machine gun.
** Mouse was originally a codename for one of the members of a short-lived mid-90s Joe reboot, ''Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles''.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Though their way of doing it was a bit...unorthodox, and it was intended mainly to make it impossible for anyone to retaliate against them, Cobra ''did'' [[spoiler:manage to achieve the decades-long dream of universal nuclear disarmament--at least until everyone can build their arsenals back up again.]]
** [[SequelHook Not quite.]] [[spoiler: Rogue warheads are likely still out there, specifically the ones the Joes retrieved at the beginning, and which were likely stolen by Cobra. Which is one real-life reason that major countries getting rid of their nukes doesn't get rid of the nuke problem.]]
** More straight example in the fact that [[spoiler:Cobra Commander helpfully installed a remote, working abort and self-destruct button on his Zeus weaponry, which Roadblock takes full advantage of at the end of the film.]]
* {{Ninja}}: Umm... do I need to explain this one? Jinx, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, the Blind Master... Half the characters in this movie are ninjas.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: In contrast to the first film, there's almost zero romance. The closest it gets is some slight ShipTease between Flint and Lady Jaye.
** And some much briefer but more explicit ShipTease between Snake Eyes and Jinx.
* NoNameGiven: The President. Even in the credits, he's simply listed as "President".
* {{North Koreans with Nodongs}}: Seen in the beginning of the film. {{Played For Laughs}} during the nuclear summit, where Zartan trolls North Korean leader the hardest among the foreign representatives..
* NotQuiteDead: Storm Shadow is seen clearly alive after a DisneyVillainDeath in the previous movie, although he now has a scar along his stomach. The scene where he slows his heart-rate may also count.
* OminousMultipleScreens: Featured in the Nuclear Disarmament Summit, particularly when [[spoiler:the various nations launch their nuclear arsenal.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Ray Stevenson's accent goes from Southern, to Cajun, then to quasi-Australian in a few scenes.
* OutrunTheFireball: Storm Shadow, Firefly, and Cobra Commander do it [[spoiler:when the prison explodes. Subverted, in that Storm Shadow fails to fully outrun it and is very badly burned on his back]].
* PineappleSurprise: In the final battle, [[spoiler:Firefly]] pulls out one of his special bombs to use on [[spoiler:Roadblock]], only to find that [[spoiler:Roadblock]] is holding the detonator. Boom!
* PlayingSick: Storm Shadow lowers his heart rate to get the guards to open his tank. He then proceeds to use this opportunity to escape and free his leader.
* PlotHole: When Zartan as the President [[spoiler:declares war on the rest of the world and launches America's missiles at them, they all respond by bringing out their own 'footballs' to reluctantly retaliate against the U.S.]] This is fine, but it would only take a small portion - or at most, for a small country, half - of any one of those countries to cripple the world, let alone America, so [[spoiler:for every single one of those countries to use all their nuclear arsenal at once like they do]] also makes no sense and is never explained. Considering this plot hole is what the entire plot hinges on, it's kind of a problem.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "[[spoiler: Destro]], you're out of the band."
* PrecisionFStrike: Awesomely averted by the main title. Also an example of CurseCutShort.
* PresidentEvil: As shown in TheStinger for ''Rise of Cobra'', Zartan is pretending to be the President of the USA. He even puts Cobra banners on the White House, since Cobra is now the "official" ruler of America.
* ThePurge: The Joes are annihilated under orders by PresidentEvil.
* PutOnABus: The Baroness is nowhere to be seen.
* RaceLift: Flint is played by Hispanic actor D.J. Cotrona. Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson, a man of mixed heritage, plays an African American. Also, Elodie Yung plays a Japanese woman, although she is of mixed French and Cambodian heritage. And as a carryover from the first movie, the Japanese Storm Shadow is played by South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Retroactively applied; North Korea is depicted as one of the nuclear powers, complete with missile launch capability, and several jokes are made at the country's expense. The film was released as a real-life missile crisis was underway involving North Korea.
* RecycledInSpace: Compare and contrast ''GIJoeRenegades'', which featured Duke, Tunnel Rat, Snake Eyes, Roadblock and Scarlett trying to clear their names after being accused of a crime they didn't commit, fighting a guerrilla war against COBRA forces and the authorities.
** Which perhaps not so coincidentally, sounds like [[Series/TheATeam something else]].
* RedShirt: The ninja troops Snake Eyes and Jinx fight on the mountain cliffs are wearing red uniforms. True to this trope, many of them die by falling (having their grapple ropes cut, being pushed off by a small avalanche).
* RefugeInAudacity: How do you push for full denuclearization? [[spoiler:Launch all your missiles, get the other guys to launch theirs, then abort the launch to get the others to do the same. Bam! Nukes gone.]]
* RetiredBadass: [[LastOfHisKind Joe Colton]]. The last scene of the initial trailer features Colton kicking ass by shooting at Cobra mooks with an assault rifle while in the bed of a fishtailing [[CoolCar El Camino]]. Considering he's played by BruceWillis, this comes at no surprise.
%%* RevengeOfTheSequel
* RunningGag: Colton calling Lady Jaye [[MaliciousMisnaming "Brenda"]].
* SchizoTech: Storm Shadow is healed by an old woman using what appears to be a combination of ancient Japanese medicinal secrets and a DNA reconstituting laser array.
* SequelNonEntity: Ripcord, Scarlett, and General Hawk, three characters who were an integral part of the G.I. Joes in the first film, are nowhere to be seen in this film and we don't get an explanation as to why. [[spoiler: Their absence becomes particularly noticable when it's stated that every Joe (except for Roadblock, Flint, Jaye and Snake Eyes) is supposed to have been killed in the Cobra attack. However, it's possible they retired and therefore were no longer targets, as was the case with Joe Colton.]]
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Cobra Commander is still at large and there's a possibility that Destro, who was left in the Prison by Cobra Commander, may return as a threat in a possible sequel. Zartan's nanites were shown healing wounds earlier in the film, so he could easily be brought back as well. Plus, Jinx is made a member of the Joes and there's the promise of Roadblock and Colton rebuilding the team.]]
* ShippedInShackles: Snake-Eyes when he arrives at Einsargen Prison.
* ShipTease: Flint and Lady Jaye, as a nod to their relationship in the comics and cartoon.
* ShirtlessScene: [[EvilIsSexy Storm]] [[AmbiguouslyEvil Shadow]] when he's breaking out Cobra Commander. And dripping wet too!
* ShootTheHostage: Done by Lady Jaye to [[spoiler:save the President]], who was held at gunpoint. He's a pretty good sport about it.
* ShoutOut: Ever notice how there's no dialog whatsoever during the mountain battle? That's because it's a deliberate homage to Larry Hama's "silent" issues of G.I. Joe, which always featured ninjas.
* ShowSomeLeg: Lady Jaye dresses in a skimpy jogging outfit to distract the White House Chief of Staff.
* ShownTheirWork: Storm Shadow's origin story follows his arc in the Marvel Comics very closely, especially his relationship with Snake Eyes, and the events surrounding the death of the clan's Hard Master.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Storm Shadow teaming up with the remaining Joes to stop Cobra's plans. Had he not of done EnemyMine, the Joes probably couldn't of launched their assault, since they needed him to get in close proximity of the briefcase.]]
* StormingTheCastle: Colton and Jaye attacking the Cobra-controlled Presidential retreat to save the real President.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Out of the five characters who returned for the sequel, [[spoiler:Duke]] dies. Part of the reason for the delay was that [[spoiler:test audiences weren't happy that there wasn't much development of the friendship between Duke and Roadblock before Duke's death early in the film]].
* TailorMadePrison: Cobra Commander and Destro are being kept floating in suspension tanks, pumped full of a drug that allows their eyes and their breathing to function, but nothing else.
* TakingYouWithMe: After Cobra's prison breakout, the warden attempts to do this by shooting at the cooling tank. He doesn't manage it however, and only Storm Shadow suffers any serious injuries.
* TankGoodness: Roadblock drives a tank-like dune buggy built by Colton to battle some Cobra tanks.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** [[spoiler:When the Joes are ambushed in the desert by Cobra helicopters, they blow stuff up pretty good. Then foot soldiers go around shooting any remaining survivors, and one of them even shoots into the well where some of the Joes took refuge. Thankfully [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he missed.]]]]
** When Cobra does a test firing on London of their new Zeus weapon. It also showed the leaders of other nations what Cobra Commander was willing to do if anyone objected to his demands.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: [[spoiler: When Storm Shadow kills Zartan, his appearance changes back to normal.]]
* ThrowAwayCountry: [[spoiler: London being ''obliterated'' and the presumed staggering death toll (and probable worldwide economic chaos) don't get so much as mention for the rest of the film. Pakistan's president was assassinated early on and forgotten as soon as the Joes get back to America.]]
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Storm Shadow kills [[spoiler:Zartan]] by throwing his sword at him.
* TrojanPrisoner: [[spoiler:Storm Shadow]] disguises himself as [[spoiler:Snake-Eyes]] and allows himself to be captured so he will be transported to the prison where Cobra Commander and Destro are being held.
* TruthInTelevision: Zeus? Yeah, they're [[http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2004-06/rods-god actually]] [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16477_5-famous-sci-fi-weapons-that-theyre-actually-building.html building it]].
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The first two-thirds of the movie consists of two separate plots -- Snake-Eyes and Jinx pursuing Storm Shadow, and the surviving Joes' attempt to figure out what happened.
* VillainExitStageLeft: [[spoiler: Cobra Commander escapes in a helicopter near the end of the movie.]]
* VillainousFriendship: Seems to be a Type I between Cobra Commander and Firefly. At the very least, they act jovially to each other, and there's no sign of it not being genuine.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Despite the events of the last film, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6wFpovHtnc COBRA is seen by the world as a highly respected special-ops force, and America's last defense from the terrorists known as the "Joes"]]. Quite possibly as a ShoutOut to ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.
** This is helped by the fact that ''publicly'' GIJoe [[TheMenInBlack doesn't exist]], and the facts behind the terrorist attack in the previous film aren't public information. The Joes ''were'' blamed for that, and briefly arrested.
** Interestingly, despite being a maniacal world-conqueror, Cobra Commander is apparently well-liked by his subordinates. When he returns to his headquarters after being broken out of super-high-security prison, several workers say things like "It's good to have you back, Boss!"
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: Flint watches Jaye change out of her evening gown in the reflection on a TV screen.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: Notice how all of the world leaders were wearing flag pins? That just doesn't happen outside of America.
* WouldNotShootAGoodGuy: Sidestepped. The film avoids the issue that loyal secret service and US military, not realizing that the president [[spoiler: has been replaced]], would continue to protect and serve as necessary and not all be Cobra infiltrators. Therefore during the final battle when the Joes are shown ruthlessly killing these men, the film avoids addressing whether this trope is actually being averted in some cases. The inclusion of the new "Cobra" military division and the Cobra Secret Service are presumably supposed to HandWave this fact.
** If you look closely, most of the Secret Service killed are wearing Cobra lapel pins, indicating that they were Cobra. Also all of the soldiers killed at the end had Cobra patches on their uniforms. It is unlikely that Cobra Commander would have had anyone but his people there since he was getting ready to possibly start a nuclear war. You wouldn't want confused soldiers who might question the direction of things in the midst of that plan.
* XanatosGambit: The US President [[spoiler:well, Zartan disguised as him anyway]] does this with the other nuclear powers, casually launching the US nuclear arsenal and daring them to do the same. He then destroys the nukes mid-air to see if they'll do the same, or go down in history as the idiots who launched nuclear war. [[spoiler:It was all part of Cobra Commander's plans to have them get rid of their nukes, so he could then threaten to use his Zeus weapon system to destroy countries not willing to submit to him, without the fallout issue nukes have.]]
** Except in theory, if the U.S President launched the entire nuclear arsenal at the countries of the nuclear powers, there's no reason why they would ''all'' empty ''all'' their nuclear arsenal at the U.S. See PlotHole above for where all the nuclear powers [[spoiler:empty all their nuclear arsenals at the entire world instead]] for some completely unexplained reason.
* {{Yanks With Tanks}}: G.I. Joe is an American Special Forces Team. U.S. Armed Forces are frequently seen and mentioned throughout the film.
** {{Peace Through Superior Firepower}}: Unfortunately, it does not make peace. [[spoiler: It ends up on Zartan's hands, where he launches the nukes to all the nuclear powers of the world. Thankfully, he self-destructed them all before they hit their targets.]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler:Happens to Roadblock after the Joes lose their leadership chain of command to Cobra's ambush.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In a nonfatal example, Cobra Commander leaves Destro to rot in prison, telling him he's "out of the band". Then again, given the damage to the prison, it seems unlikely Destro lived much longer after that.
** Except that he's a supervillain. Does anyone seriously believe Destro died while there's sequels to be made?
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Master]]: [[spoiler:Storm Shadow finds out that Zartan, one of his fellow Cobra members, killed off his master, and framed him for it. He did it so that he could then mold and shape the former into a lethal killing machine for Cobra. Unfortunately, once Storm Shadow finds out the truth, he ends up killing Zartan for it.]]
* YoureInsane:
** [[spoiler:The real president to Zartan. That's after he used a combat knife to slash his face, only for the {{nanomachines}} to heal it up. And for added bonus, Zartan has a "Yes, I ''am'' insane" face afterwards, with him being a SmugSmiler to boot.]]
** Same stated by the world leaders during the nuclear arms summit [[spoiler:when he launched all U.S.'s nuclear missiles at the other countries and resulting in them firing their missiles as well]].