These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Complete Monster: Cobra Commander in the cartoon was once defeated because he wasted too much time deciding which COUNTRY to wipe out, before deciding to just destroy the entire continent. He once claimed that 80% casualty rate was acceptable so long as the surviving 20% of Earth's population swore loyalty to COBRA. He may have been a moron, but still a Complete Monster.
Even more so in the Devils Due comic where he killed his own son for betrayal and mounted his head on a pike as an example.
Dork Age: The DiC Entertainment-produced cartoons in the early 90s likely count, being a Lighter and Softer version than the 80s series. One episode even features Cobra plotting in taking over a school with bogus history books, and end up getting defeated by school-children.
G.I. Joe Extreme anyone? This thing was so bad and riddled with so much 90's cheese it more or less killed the entire franchise up until 2001-2002.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Due to Loads and Loads of Characters, this trope is inevitable. Snake-Eyes, for example, is extremely popular among fans. For a later part of the Marvel Comics run, the cover title actually included "Featuring Snake-Eyes."
Fan Dumb: Any classic book/cartoon/series being adapted into a movie will bring these out, but when some of them are also hardcore toy collectors, then best wear your flame-retardent undies when visiting a message board.
Thanks to poor choice in VA and never mentioning he's from Scotland, many cartoon fans bitch about Christopher Eccleston playing Destro.
They couldn't be very dedicated fans, or have dim memories, because they somehow missed the episode that takes place almost entirely in Destro's castle...in Scotland.
Fair for Its Day: The original animated series is often mocked for its lack of a body count and has been deemed "The A-Team of animation"; however it was actually one of the edgier American animated kids shows of the '80s. For starters, characters were able to actually hit each other and they showed that plenty of times in the show. And while characters weren't killed they did acknowledge the concept of casualties in war, so Never Say "Die" was averted— heck, there was an episode where they talked to ghosts, and another where some Joes found the decayed skeletal remains of themselves (in a parallel Earth).
There was an episode where they went to Southeast Asia and encountered Amerasian street kids acknowledged to have been fathered by American soldiers during the Vietnam War.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The episode Cobra Quake. While the plot of the episode focuses on G.I. Joe stopping Cobra from making an artificially created earthquake to destroy Tokyo, on March 11, 2011, Japan actually got hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Now, The Hub no longer airs this episode on its channel.
God-Mode Sue: Helix. She can "calculate all near-future possibilities", meaning she essentially sees few seconds into future AND she's pretty AND she's fast AND she's an excellent fighter AND everything about her is super-secret. So far she's been shown to out-fight Snake-Eyes and out-wit Hawk. For her next appearance, Chuck Dixon will probably make her out-mean Beach Head, out-glamour Cover Girl and out-perform everyone else.
Harsher in Hindsight: The episode Cobra Quake, which focuses on G.I. Joe trying to stop Cobra from causing an artificially created earthquake to destroy Tokyo. Then, in 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake actually hit Japan. As a result, The Hub suspended airing this episode on its channel until further notice.
In part 4 of "The MASS Device," when Cobra Commander learns that the G.I. Joe team's surrender is a bluff, he orders the Device to fire on New York City, thanks to a targeting device the Baroness secretly planted on the Empire State Building. At one point, when the beam it fires is shown on a monitor the way it's drawn it makes it look like it's heading straight for the World Trade Center instead.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Hama's original proposal involved Nick Fury's son assembling a team to take on Hydra. This is almost exactly what's happening with Marcus Fury/Nick Fury Jr. in recent Marvel comics.
In the original animated movie, Duke's death was retconned away at the last minute. For G.I. Joe: Retaliation, they refilmed a bunch of scenes to change Duke's death. Everyone is waiting to see if they'll dub in The Rock saying "Hey, everyone, Duke's gonna be okay!"
Seal Team 6 and the mission to kill Osama bin Laden (as recounted in Zero Dark Thirty) feels a lot like a real-life version of GI Joe, including bringing a dog along and wacky hijinks with the EOD guy.
I Am Not Shazam: G.I. Joe is the name of the organization, not the name of any one character.
There is actually a character named G.I. Joe in the series, Joseph B. Colton, the legendary soldier for whom the organization was named—his name was Joe, and he was a GI (traditionally, from WW 2). For the record, he's implied to be the very same gentleman from the 12-inch line famed for his full beard and kung fu grip.
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Scarlett, as the main female Joe, has this: Official Couple status either with Duke in the cartoon or with Snake-Eyes in the comics, Clutch tried to hit on her in the comics, just like Tunnel Rat in the Sigma 6 cartoon and Ripcord in the live-action movie. Her interaction with Zartan in the TV episode "The Gamemaster" looks almost flirtatious. And there's even people who pair her with Bumblebee due to them teaming-up in the many crossovers.
Cobra Commander's lament of "Was once a man!" after being transformed into a snake-thing.
Moment of Awesome: Snake-Eyes is one of these personified, including breaking into Destro's castle to save Scarlett and actually taking on Storm Shadow and his ninjas with little weapons, and breaking free during a Cobra torture session, and going upstairs to rescue the people who were supposed to rescue him. In Snake-Eyes-Land, prisoner saves you!
In the episode with Mindbender's dream-projector, "Nightmare Assault", Lowlight's own nightmare about the junkyard rats is much scarier than anything the villain devises, the moreso in that it enacts an actual childhood trauma. Mainframe's dream that he's turning into an android is nasty too, albeit very brief. Then there's Hawk's nightmare where all his friends' vehicles blow up and they don't parachute out. Hawk parachutes out... then finds that he's falling into the mouth of a cobra the size of a building.
And then there's Cobra Commander's spore-induced degeneration into a snake in the movie. Before it's over, all he can say is "Onssssssse a man..." And Cobra-La plans to do that to the entire human race.
Not so. She wore a very slinky dress when she went undercover in DDP's ARAH #17 and #18. If that's not enough, she has worn the dress greens during the Marvel-era, which means a knee-length skirt, most notably at General Flagg's funeral. OTOH, that leaves her wearing her combat uniform or jeans only 99% of the time and she doesn't really follow any feminine stereotypes otherwise, it's kinda moot point.
In the Twenty Questions episode that introduced Hector Ramirez, we see the Joes relaxing in their off time; Alpine, who appears to be of some African American/Hispanic ancestry, makes a nasty comment when he sees Native American Indian teammate Spirit feeding his pet eagle Freedom from the mouth. Alpine says "Disgusting, probably gonna get a disease." Spirit tells Alpine not to fear for his health, and Alpine shoots back "I'm not. I'm worried about Freedom." Seeing as how the insult is aimed at a Native American it comes across as more than a little racist.