The Blast

Nobody Dies in G.I. Joe… but We Already Knew That
July 11, 2009, 12:34 pm
Filed under: cartoons

About More than 15 years afterward, Slate’s Adrian Chen has observed that nobody dies in G.I. Joe:

The first war between G.I. Joe and Cobra (1985-86), as documented in the G.I. Joe animated series, was the most violent conflict in history never to result in a single casualty. Through a combination of terrible aim, superhuman jumping ability, and impossibly reliable parachutes, every combatant escaped even the most dire of situations without so much as the angle of his beret askew.

To anyone growing up in the 80s, this comes as no surprise. There were countless violent cartoons where no one ever died (Transformers, He-Man, Voltron, Thundercats, Smurfs, whathaveyou…), with the possible sole exception of Robotech.

This trend didn’t lst forever though. Both the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies had major characters die, including Duke (3:30) Optimus Prime, and countless others. I still remember being shocked that they actually killed off these characters back then. Still, click on through to the Slate article… they’ve got a great video slideshow of improbable escapes from death in the cartoon that will take you back.