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YMMV: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Acceptable Targets: Averted; France's brutal treatment of Destro's ancestor is what pisses his entire family off. Played somewhat straight after the Paris sequence; 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 Hero Insurance, even.
  • Cliché Storm: 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.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Alan Silvestri does it again for Stephen Sommers, with for instance the Joes' Leitmotif, starting at 34 seconds in.
    • The soundtrack for the videogame by Chris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan Link 1st disc Link 2nd disc is two disks of pretty impressive music. The brief orchestral version of the cartoon's main theme that appears on the videogame when you activate "Overload" definitely qualifies as a Most Wonderful Sound as well, both in a gameplay view and for the hard-core 'toon fans.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Storm Shadow is very popular. Doesn't hurt that he's hot and can kick your ass from here to next Tuesday.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Baroness.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: 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 Shoulders of Doom might help.
  • Ham and Cheese
    • Christopher Eccleston as Destro.
    • And Joseph Gordon-Levitt as 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Christopher Eccleston's character designed the bunker under the White House. Did you know that as 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? That sounds familiar...
  • HSQ: Snake-Eyes is so awesome that Storm Shadow has developed an innate "Snake-Eyes just did something awesome" sense.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Doctor 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: Cobra Commander does a grand entrance... and is caught and put to jail few seconds later.
    • Except he won. Sure, the Joes stopped the missiles but Zartan is now President and working for Cobra Commander, who the Joes think is safely locked up.
  • Older Than They Think: 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 GI Joe Sigma Six 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 United Nations in Sigma Six.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kevin J. O'Connor as Dr. Mindbender in Rex/The Doctor's Flash Back.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: 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 Battle Couple 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 The Book Of The Film, it also offers Ho Yay for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, who seem to be matching Official Couple (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."
  • Retroactive Recognition: What the HELL happened to Arthur?!
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: 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.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Part Baroness in Tight Asshugging Leather Pants, part dislike of the comparatively flat characters of the Joes.
    • What, we need an excuse to scream "COOOBRAAA!!!"?
  • Snark Bait: Many of the film's cliches, but when the movie opens with "In the not too distant future...", you get an inkling about what you're in for.
  • Special Effects Failure: 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.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: 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... 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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