Animation is mostly garbo these days, Steven universe has some good bits but even that’s mostly just trying to pull from 80s anime influences like Superbook. The story is pretty good though. I often wonder if we’ll even see another animated movie masterpiece like Ghost in the Shell. Everything is just too “clean” now.
I really liked the last GI Joe series Renegades. I liked how it turned the Joes into the A-Team. Turning Cobra into a pharmaceutical company I thought was dumb. Who the fuck would trust a company called Cobra?
if you watch GI Joe in the 80s, you know Cobra did stranger things.
They even have their own Cobra Scouts, Cobra amusement park called Cobra Land, their elite guard the Crimson Guard is all trained as lawyers, and they clone their own Dinosaurs years before Jurassic Park.
Cobra Island eventually ended up as Sovereign land (thanks to the Crimson Guard) making it illegal for the Joes to set foot, Cobra even has their own UN representative. Cobra also has the tech to pluck a Autobot from their body and dump their mind in a clone human body.
All of Cobra with a few exceptions have humble origins.
Cobra Commander was a used car salesman with super human charisma.
Dr Mind Bender was originally a dentist.
Tomax and Xamot were Bankers/Lawyers
Baroness was a spoiled daughter of European aristocrats and was the original SWJ Student Protester/activist prior to the internet.
Destro on the other hand was always a bad ass and has this weird yet rich family history.
He a descendant from the original man in the iron mask, owns a multi-billion dollar heavy industries and defense firm, and his own private Army is better equiped than Cobra and the Joes combined.
I cannot name just one so im gonna name… lets say 3:
80’s - Transformers, Galaxy rangers and Bionic six
90’s - Batman TAS/Batman of the future, Xmen and DBZ
00’s - Samurai Jack, JL/Unlimited and avatar (or Naruto/Boondocks)