YMMV / Space Adventure Cobra

  • Critical Research Failure: The show doesn't care much about scientific accuracy, as it is more Space Fantasy than hard SF.
    • After that he's in a fight with the Guild pirate Sandra, who's using a powerful lightning gun against him. How does Cobra defend himself? He rips out a bunch of iron bars and hurls them directly into the lightning bolts, because IRON ABSORBS ELECTRICITY! Sorry Cobra, it doesn't...
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: If the music for the series has a familiar feeling, it's because it's composed by the legendary Japanese jazz musician Yuji Ono, who composed the music for another legendary anime: Lupin III.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Rock Knight and Parrot Grass, courtesy of Retsupurae.
  • Escapist Character: Cobra fits the mold to a T.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: French love Space Adventure Cobra and for good reasons — it was one of the only anime who was not victim of Gag Dub during the '80s.
  • He's Just Hiding: Rock Knight in the Sega CD game gets this a lot. Many fans have declared Fanon Discontinuity on his death. This includes the boys at Retsupurae, who shouted cries of "NOT CANON" instantly after the death scene in question.
  • Memetic Badass: Rock Knight in the Sega CD game.
  • Narm Charm
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • A game based on the Royal sisters storyline was released for the Sega CD, and is generally regarded by those who've played it to be pretty bad, with Cobra as a Designated Hero through most of it and every other decision tree having But Thou Must pouring out of it. It was the subject of a seven hour MST by Retsupurae.
    • Inverted if you're talking about the more recent lightgun game, based on the same storyline, although Your Mileage May Vary since its gameplay is damn-near identical to Time Crisis.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Despite the violence, skimpy-dressed women, and occasional nudity, the original manga was published in Shonen Jump.