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YMMV: GI Joe A Real American Hero Marvel
  • Complete Monster: Doctor Venom. Where Cobra Commander at least had one or two humanizing moments, Venom was pure evil incarnate distilled into paint thinner. Invented a machine whose sole purpose was mind-raping prisoners, which was then adapted into brainwashing them. Had to team up with Kwinn and Snake Eyes for their mutual survival, yet never missed a chance to back-stab one or both of them and would repeatedly end up begging for his miserable life if cornered. If that's not enough, when Destro went into a Heroic BSOD at the sight of Baroness making an apparent Heroic Sacrifice to save him, Venom commented to Cobra Commander, "Doesn't he realize love is just the overestimation of one woman's value over another?" within earshot of Destro! Not only did he never show remorse, he never showed anything but child-like glee when inflicting suffering on others and anger if they survived.
  • 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."
  • Evil Is Sexy: Baroness
  • Executive Meddling: Comic writer Larry Hama absolutely hated the entire concept of Cobra-La from the movie, and flatly refused to write so much as a single word about it. He only relented almost 25 years later, penning a Cobra-La comic that was packaged with the redesigned Cobra-La figures. It was even advertised on the package as "The first Cobra-La comic written by Larry Hama."
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Metal facemask, Absolute Pec-Cleavage, and a big old disco collar. Destro almost makes it work, somehow...
    • Besides, his Iron Grenadier outfit compensates for the original one.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In an early issue the Joes go against a Middle-Eastern dictator that commanded an army of radical zealots and was backed by a Terror group. Twenty years later America went to war against several Middle-East countries ruled by dictators backed by zealots with ties to terrorist groups.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 World War II). For the record, he's implied to be the very same gentleman from the orignal 12-inch action figure line, famed for his full beard and kung fu grip.
  • 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!

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