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

A DarkerAndEdgier ''Franchise/GIJoe'' miniseries written by WarrenEllis, ''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 to date, reflecting both the way the franchise had become in the comic books, and leading into the live-action films.


* {{Animesque}}
* ATeamFiring: Duke and Scarlett stand smack in the middle of a crossfire against 20 Cobras and don't get hit once.
* BloodierAndGorier
* ChewingTheScenery: Cobra Commander, as usual.
* 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.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Cobra Commander has clearly been watching all his old episodes and taking notes (he even {{lampshades}} this on several occasions). Fortunately, he still manages to be incredibly entertaining since, despite being significantly more murderous, he's still completely bonkers.
* 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.]]
* GenderFlip: CommunicationsOfficer Dial-Tone is female in this continuity.
* 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.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: When Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes meet for their final duel, Storm Shadow reveals that his supposed honor was really all just a fašade to screw with Snake Eyes, out of jealousy.
* KillEmAll: Arguably subverted in ''Resolute'', which 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).
* 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.
* PinPullingTeeth: Duke during the Russia infiltration mission.
* 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: Ripcord, just like anywhere else.
* 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.]]
* SubvertedKidsShow: A rare example of this trope not being used to parody the genre.
* TookALevelInBadass: Cobra Commander comes off a ''lot'' more sinister than he has in the past.
** The GI Joe operatives, compared to their earlier TV counterparts, anyway.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Only a few of the ''Resolute'' versions of the characters were made.
* 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 [[NoKillLikeOverkill 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.