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While the show is generally considered rather tame nowadays, it did include a fair amount of violence and other mildly risqué content. Some of it was brandished openly, and some was less obviously trumpeted.

  • Destro's line to the captive Scarlett in the miniseries is very open-ended, but quite remarkable for a kids' show even when interpreted in the most conservative way possible.
    Destro: We'll break your spirit soon enough, my dear Scarlett. Seeing you a groveling slave will provide me with great pleasure. [Evil Laugh]
    • Increased when Scarlett responds by shooting an explosive arrow. Additional context: They are sharing a small airplane's cockpit. In other words, she launches a suicide attack to avoid a fate worse than death, indicating what she understands him to mean. The episode ends on that note as a cliffhanger. They both survive, naturally, but only due to sheer act of plot.
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  • Also in the original miniseries, Duke appears to have two Love Interests: Scarlett and Beautiful Slave Girl Selina. The two women seem aware of their mutual interest in Duke without being competitive about it, leaving open the possibility of A Threesome Is Hot.
    Scarlett: Later sister, we got a war to win.
    Duke: Sorry I didn't brought you flowers, (hands Scarlett her crossbow) but I brought you these better.
  • In "Last Hour to Doomsday," Destro and the Baronessnote  have some additional interesting dialogue, which somehow got past the moral guardians.
    Destro: See me in my quarters when you are done, Baroness. I have some interesting hand-to-hand combat techniques to show you.
    Baroness (Suggestively): Oh, I could get a real kick out of that!
  • The bizarre episode "The Gamesmaster" offers, among other highlights, the Baroness and Lady Jaye catfighting in bikini and underwear, respectively. (And Flint rather suggestively tackling the Baroness mid-fight.)
    • Not to mention that the villain kidnaps Lady Jaye while she's changing clothes in a dressing room; he replies to his Robot Buddy's comment on her by snapping, "I do not have a crush on her, Coco!"
    • Speaking of the villain, the eponymous Gamemaster is one of the most Ax-Crazy villains in Western animation before the DCAU Joker; this guy's giggling sociopathy massively subverts Never Say "Die", to whatever extent this is ever present in the show:
      Gamesmaster: Mow, mow, mow them down, chop them as they run! Whirlily, whirlily, whirlily, whirlily, I'm having so much fun! [Evil Laugh]
  • The whole plot of "Eau de Cobra" consists of the Baroness using mind-control chemicals on a shipping tycoon to make him marry her so Cobra can seize his assets. Imagine getting that past the censors if it was Destro or Zartan trying the same scheme on an heiress...
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  • Scarlett and the Duke synthoid duking it out in "Synthoid Conspiracy" looks rather much like a domestic row, since she is the real Duke's girlfriend. Not made better by the way the fake Duke treats it, mockingly imitating her voice and spouting Casual Danger Dialogue that increasingly becomes deadly serious as they are both battered and exhausted and he gains the upper hand. His final line, as he is about to kill her:
    Fake Duke (Panting): OK, Scarlett... I'm tired of your meddling...
  • "Flint's Vacation" has Flint taking time off to visit some family. For various reasons (Cobra-related, as it turns out), he finds things a little weird in the town where they live as he gets there, and late that night he phones the base to voice his (as yet vague) suspicions. Lady Jaye apparently isn't surprised to hear from him by bedtime.
    Lady Jaye (Flirtatiously): Flint! I knew you'd miss me!
  • "Cobra's Candidate" witnesses Tomax and Xamot falling maybe ten to twenty stories after a skyscraper-front battle with Scarlett and Lady Jaye, plunging headfirst into a trash dumpster. This would realistically leave them quite dead, or if on some off chance not that, then certainly badly injured. They live, of course, but there is absolutely no way (and no hint) that anyone knew or could know. Does Scarlett check on them? No: She casually slams the dumpster shut, leaving them dead or dying (and figuratively buried) with a Bond One-Liner:
    Scarlett: Good riddance to bad rubbish!
  • The Joes are invited to attend a movie premiere in "Lights! Camera! Cobra!" and naturally do so in black-tie style (which also makes some, like Shipwreck, look a little weird). Curiously, however, Cover Girl wears a tuxedo rather than the evening gown you would expect, which might be hinting at something. She is, incidentally, the one female Joe who is never romantically linked with any of the men on the team.
  • When the Dreadnoks are goofing off in Bangkok in "Let's Play Soldier," they pick up a girl who is quite obviously a prostitute. It turns out to be Zarana in disguise, so ultimately nothing happens, but she clearly dresses the part, and equally clearly fools them with her act until she reveals herself.
    • The same episode also features Thai "dust children" orphans as abandoned beggars and petty thieves.
  • In "Skeletons in the Closet," Destro runs a full-blown Hollywood Satanism cult, complete with goat-heads, masks, robes and sacrifice of scantily clad maidens. Only pentagrams are missing.
    • Not to mention what Lady Jaye spent half the episode wearing.
  • "Million Dollar Medic" has Lifeline and heiress Brittany "Bree" Van Mark alone in a lodge. The latter is wearing only a shirt and underwear. Thanks for creating fuel for the internet, Sunbow!
    • Earlier in the same episode, when Cobra is breaking into her father's house, a nude statue (shown only from the back) can be seen.
  • Lady Jaye's predicament after being restored to her true age at the end of "Grey Hairs and Growing Pains" is pretty risque, since she ends up desperately using her shirt to cover herself due to losing her pants when she was de-aged into a little girl.
  • In "Nightmare Assault" Lady Jaye mentions a Noodle Incident dream she had to General Hawk. Given that Dr. Mindbender caused those Nightmares with a machine with several monitors showing dreams of different characters means he could have seen her "out of uniform".
  • "The Traitor" part two has Lady Jaye knocking down an enemy soldier after the armor treatment instability takes effect, said henchman is seen to get back up, only with a certain article of clothing in Lady Jaye's possession. Doubles as a funny scene.
  • In "Pit of Vipers", Shipwreck at one point remarks "Sediment, my left barnacle". It's quite dubious that he wasn't referring to a certain male sexual organ.
  • In "Last Hour to Doomsday", a Cobra Blue-shirt is reading when he should be checking the security cameras, and makes a sound indicating it's not a comic book.
  • In "Rendezvous in the City of the Dead", Shipwreck and Snake Eyes enter a bad neighborhood. We can see thugs with women in their arms who are clearly hookers.


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