History Trivia / TransformersPrime

5th Sep '16 11:29:46 AM Dutchtica
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** [[spoiler:"Silasdown" for Cylas.]]
21st Jul '16 5:38:14 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* RecycledScript: In "Armada" [[spoiler: Starscream uses a bunch of protoforms to create a gang of clones to assassinate Megatron. [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Sound familiar?]] They even use the same number of clones. On the other hand, ''this'' Starscream [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is aware that they share his traitorous nature]]]].

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* RecycledScript: In "Armada" [[spoiler: Starscream uses a bunch of protoforms to create a gang of clones to assassinate Megatron. [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Sound familiar?]] They even use the same number of clones. On the other hand, ''this'' Starscream [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is aware that they share his traitorous nature]]]].nature]].
13th Jul '16 5:15:04 PM themisterfree
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** Fowler's Unit:E was supposed to start a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between many Hasbro franchises, most of them obscure [[labelnote: For example]]WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}, Franchise/{{Micronauts}}, Sectaurs, [[WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}} Primor]][[AdaptationNameChange dia]], WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}, WesternAnimation/{{GIJoe}}, Stretch Armstrong, TabletopGame/{{CandyLand}}...[[/labelnote]], as seen in [[https://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3362163.html the comic that came out at NYCC 2011]]. (Creator/IDWPublishing has recently announced the launch of their own SharedUniverse called ''Revolution'', using their ''Transformers'' and ''G.I. Joe'' titles as the foundation.)

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** Fowler's Unit:E was supposed to start a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between many Hasbro franchises, most of them obscure [[labelnote: For example]]WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}, Franchise/{{Micronauts}}, Sectaurs, [[WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}} example]]''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'', ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'', ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}} Primor]][[AdaptationNameChange dia]], WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}, WesternAnimation/{{GIJoe}}, Stretch Armstrong, TabletopGame/{{CandyLand}}...dia]]'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{GIJoe}}'', ''Stretch Armstrong'', ''TabletopGame/{{CandyLand}}''...[[/labelnote]], as seen in [[https://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3362163.html the comic that came out at NYCC 2011]]. (Creator/IDWPublishing has recently announced the launch of their own SharedUniverse called ''Revolution'', ''[[ComicBook/Revolution2016 Revolution]]'', using their ''Transformers'' and ''G.I. Joe'' titles as the foundation.)
11th Jun '16 2:35:45 PM themisterfree
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** Fowler's Unit:E was supposed to start a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between many Hasbro franchises, most of them obscure [[labelnote: For example]]WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}, Franchise/{{Micronauts}}, Sectaurs, [[WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}} Primor]][[AdaptationNameChange dia]], WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}, WesternAnimation/{{GIJoe}}, Stretch Armstrong, TabletopGame/{{CandyLand}}...[[/labelnote]], as seen in [[https://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3362163.html the comic that came out on NYCC 2011]].

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** Fowler's Unit:E was supposed to start a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between many Hasbro franchises, most of them obscure [[labelnote: For example]]WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}, Franchise/{{Micronauts}}, Sectaurs, [[WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}} Primor]][[AdaptationNameChange dia]], WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}, WesternAnimation/{{GIJoe}}, Stretch Armstrong, TabletopGame/{{CandyLand}}...[[/labelnote]], as seen in [[https://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3362163.html the comic that came out on at NYCC 2011]].2011]]. (Creator/IDWPublishing has recently announced the launch of their own SharedUniverse called ''Revolution'', using their ''Transformers'' and ''G.I. Joe'' titles as the foundation.)
9th Jun '16 8:20:54 AM CaptainTedium
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* FiveEpisodePilot: This is actually the first ''Transformers'' series to begin with a ''[[ExactWords five]]''-parter:
** The [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers original series]] began with a three-parter, and only ever had one five-parter, which opened up the third season.
*** Had the series not been cancelled, "The Rebirth" would have been a five-parter.
*** Unless you're Japanese, in which case ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Transformers 2010]]'' (the Japanese dub of Season 3) ''technically'' started with the 5-part "Five Faces of Darkness"...
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' started with a two-parter, while its sequel ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' averted this altogether.
** Avoided with all of the {{anime}} series (it's a Western thing, after all).
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' also only began with a three-parter.
9th Jun '16 8:19:56 AM CaptainTedium
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: For the Transformers as well as for us. They have portable teleportation technology in place of travelling in spaceships, which have been turned into floating living space. On the other hand, dealing with their non-sentient programs isn't tough because it is more complex than humans, as it is completely different in its encoding and interface.
** ''Our'' technology has marched on to the point that human parts can serve as a cheap fix for Transformers technology. Miko also takes a lot of photos on her cell-phone.
9th Jun '16 8:12:08 AM CaptainTedium
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* InMemoriam:
** [[Recap/TransformersPrimeS1E20Partners "Partners"]] was dedicated to the memory of Captain H.L. "Larry" Cullen, the brother of Creator/PeterCullen who died four months before the episode aired. While Captain Cullen was never personally involved with the ''Transformers'' franchise, Peter has said he looked to mirror Larry in his performance (specifically the ability to be powerful and commanding but gentle at the same time). In short, the inspiration for Optimus Prime passed away.
** [[Recap/TransformersPrimeS3E12Synthesis "Synthesis"]] was dedicated to the memory of Armen Mirzaian, a storyboard artist for the show who was killed in a car accident about a month before the third season premiered.
9th Jun '16 7:46:37 AM CaptainTedium
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* MythologyGag: [[TransformersTheMovie One Shall Stand]], [[Film/{{Transformers}} One Shall Fall.]]
** '''G1:'''
*** The abandoned missile silo the Autobots use for home base has a passing resemblance to Mount St. Hilary, the resting place of the Ark in [[TransformersGeneration1 G1]]. Right before trying to blow up the space bridge, Ratchet says it's time to "[[TransformersTheMovie light our darkest hour!]]" The design of the Decepticon ship hearkens back to the unnamed Decepticon ship from G1, given the name ''Nemesis'' in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
*** Optimus Prime and Megatron are both voiced by the same actors (Creator/PeterCullen and Creator/FrankWelker) who first voiced them in G1. [[spoiler: In "Minus One", Welker also reprises the role of Soundwave.]]
*** Whenever Soundwave plays back audio, a subtle but distinct audio modulation is applied, the same used for G1's Soundwave.
*** The naming of the episode "Convoy" is quite deliberate, as ''Commander Convoy'' is the name of Optimus Prime in Japan.
*** Also, Prime's trailer in said-episode is a perfect replica of G1 Prime's trailer.
*** In "Sick Mind", Megatron muses over Optimus Prime's deteriorating health and makes a comment on him "fading to Gunmetal gray" (i.e. losing his coloration upon the moment of death)... the same thing that happened when he died in ''TransformersTheMovie'', and in many other series, the one sign that a Transformer's spark has been extinguished and they are [[KilledOffForReal truly dead]].
*** In "Shadowzone", while Starscream is being repaired by Knock Out, the latter suggests Starscream take the opportunity to upgrade his somewhat obsolete tech and missing arm with a [[TransformersGenerationOne null-ray.]]
*** In "Partners", Starscream tells Airachnid how (prior to joining the Decepticons) he was Air Commander of a squadron of Energon Seekers. In [[TransformersGenerationOne Generation 1]], Starscream's title in the Decepticons was Air Commander, and all jet-model 'Cons were called Seekers.
*** In the same episode, Bulkhead mentions the Transformers [[TheAntiChrist Antichrist]] / {{Satan}} figure The Fallen.
*** In "T.M.I.", Bulkhead also name-drops Perceptor, a G1 Autobot scientist, while doing Cybertronian math.
*** In "One Shall Fall", Megatron attacks Bumblebee, critically injuring his passenger. G1 Megatron did the same thing in the second-season opener, "Autobot Spike."
*** In "One Shall Rise, Part 1" Megatron [[spoiler: presents himself to Unicron at the maw of the volcano as his "Herald", a term used before, mostly in the comics, to describe any Transformer that directly serves Unicron.]]
*** Ratchet's Kung Fu from "Stronger, Faster" is a nod to the G1 episode "Changing Gears" when [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/thumb/b/b9/G1_ChangingGears_Ratchet_karate.jpg/250px-G1_ChangingGears_Ratchet_karate.jpg Ratchet totally Bruce Lee-kicked Thundercracker]].
*** The title is a homage to the Action Masters toys, whose commercial mentions the Transformers becoming "Stronger, faster, more alive." In the MarvelComics series, the Action Masters were created through the use of Nucleon - a substitute for Energon that could do very bad things (such as ruining their transformation ability, as the Action Masters were non-transforming figures) to the user. (In "Stronger, Faster," the plot is about Ratchet's synthetic Energon proving to be PsychoSerum.)
*** Also from "Stronger, Faster", Knock Out's taunting of Ratchet regarding the Synthetic Energon ("What are you going to do, drink it?") is a nod to the G1 episode "Microbots", where the Decepticons drank copious amounts of Energon, becoming drunk in the process.
*** In "One Shall Rise, Part 1", Miko mistaking [[spoiler:"Unicron" for "Unicorn" is a reference to the infamous Malaysian dub of ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', where at one point Galvatron declares "THIS IS UNICORN!" in reference to his "Grand Galvatron" plan.]]
*** Also in "One Shall Rise, Part 1", Optimus sums up the Primus/Unicron legend (first introduced in the G1 comics), including the Thirteen Primes.
*** In "One Shall Rise, Part 3," it's revealed that [[spoiler:the key that Jack received from Optimus wasn't for the ground bridge power supply, but Vector Sigma, the mega-computer that gives sentience to non-sentient objects.]]
*** In "Masters & Students," Starscream declares himself the "[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Emperor_of_Destruction Emperor of Destruction]]" while taking command of the Decepticons, a term that, while rarely brought up in American ''Transformers'' series, has often been used by Japanese fiction to refer to 'con leaders.
*** In "One Shall Rise, Part 3", Optimus says the Matrix will [[TransformersTheMovie "light our darkest hour!"]]
*** [[spoiler:When Unicron posesses Megatron for the last time, he becomes engulfed in purple flames. Now, we already know that he directly took his name from Megatronus Prime, one of the original thirteen, who later became The Fallen. In various media, The Fallen is always coated in a fiery aura.]]
*** [[spoiler:Also whenever Unicron tries to possess Megatron, the lighting and sound effects were exactly like those in TransformersTheMovie, right down to Megatron clutching his head and falling to his knees in pain.]]
*** In "Operation Bumblebee, Part 1", Bumblebee gets his Transformation Cog stolen by MECH and is left unable to transform. The same thing happened to Trypticon in the G1 cartoon. It even looks sort of the same.
*** Ratchet also reiterates to Bumblebee why he has to stay at the base while the rest of the team searches for his T-Cog. They're "Robots In Disguise", after all.
*** Megatron tries to use [[spoiler:the Forge of Solus Prime]] to create what Knock Out calls a "Fortress Maximus-grade Nucleon Shock Cannon", and fails in "Operation Bumblebee, Part 2".
*** In "Loose Cannons" Wheeljack mentions former Wreckers Impactor, Roadbuster, Rotorstorm, Pyro and Seaspray [[spoiler:as fallen comrades. In even more of a mythology reference, every single one of the Wreckers named, except for Seaspray, who's a new addition, have actually served as Wreckers in various G1 continuities and have also died in those appearances. Impactor didn't survive his initial appearance in the Marvel comics, and neither did Roadbuster (who also died in the Dreamwave comics) and both Rotorstorm and Pyro were killed in ''Last Stand of the Wreckers''.]]
*** In "Nemesis Prime" Agent Fowler was playing an instrumental version of ''The Touch'' on his radio.
*** In "Triangulation" the Apex Armor is from the comics where Sentinel Prime used one to fight Megatron and was defeated.
*** "Toxicity" introduces a high-ranking Insecticon named Hardshell. Hardshell was an alternate name of Bombshell, a prominent Insecticon character in G1.
*** Smokescreen's alt-mode is a race car with the number 38 on the side. It even uses the same colors: red, white and blue, just in a different scheme.
*** In "The Human Factor", [[spoiler:a human is placed in a robot's body in order to preserve him.]] Something similar happened in the episode "Autobot Spike".
*** New Kaon seems identical to Castle Decepticon and Fortress Sinister from [[Comicbook/TheTransformers Marvel Comics]].
*** While it's ''Transformers'' tradition to re-use character names from previous series (to serve as both an homage and to preserve the trademark to the name), the leader of the Predacons is named Predaking. In G1, Predaking was the name of the combined form of the Predacons, which were merely a combiner group then. (Doubly notable as this is the first use of the name "Predaking" since 1986.)
*** While complementing Bumblebee's new "stealth" paintjob, Arcee dryly notes that if she inverted ''her'' colors she'd be pink. Pretty much every other version of Arcee ever has been some shade of pink.
*** When Wheeljack wants to take out Darkmount [[MadBomber Wrecker-style]], [[ByTheBookCop Ultra Magnus]] states that he couldn't deal with Wrecker-style before and he won't deal with them now, referencing the [[MemeticMutation infamous line of Ultra Magnus]] [[NeverLiveItDown when Hot Rod and Kup are under attacked by Decepticons]] in [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie the 1986 movie]].
*** [[spoiler:Soundwave's first line, "Soundwave superior. Autobots inferior." is a CallBack to his line to the Constructicons during ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie The Movie]]'', which like the Ultra Magnus line, had become [[MemeticMutation popular amongst the fanbase]].]]
** '''WesternAnimation/BeastWars:'''
*** Energon takes the form of bluish crystals, and artificially seeded on a planet where they grow.
*** In ''Sick Mind'' Bumblebee enters Megatron's mind for information, and then Megatron ends up in Bumblebee's mind. The same thing happened between Blackarachnia and Tarantulas.
*** In "One Shall Fall" Optimus Prime mentions "The Covenant of Primus" AKA the [[HollywoodApocrypha Transformers Bible]] introduced at the end of WesternAnimation/BeastWars.
*** The battle between Optimus and Megatron in "One Shall Fall" is very similar to the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Mountainous terrain, lighting storms, both combatants quoting the Covenant of Primus, [[spoiler:and Optimus loses.]]
*** In "One Shall Rise" Megatron ends a gloating sentence with [[VerbalTic YEEESSS!]]
*** Ratchet, while in the process of waking up from stasis (essentially Transformer morphine), mentions Fuzors, a type of Transformer from ''Beast Wars'' that possessed a beast mode that was a combination of two different animals, and even mentions one by name, Bantor, and also that part of his animal mode was a tiger (and part mandrill) in "Operation Bumblebee, Part 2".
*** In "Triage", Wheeljack's ship managing to shoot down Laserbeak only to be shot down in return is very reminiscent of the battle between the ''Darksyde'' and ''Axalon'' that trapped both the Maximals and Predacons on Prehistoric Earth in the first episode of ''Beast Wars''.
*** In "Toxicity", Hardshell is knocked into a volcano, but manages to climb out and attack Bulkhead again. This isn't the first time a Decepticon voiced by DavidKaye has ended up rising out of a volcano to attack the person who dunked him in it.
*** The crash landing of the Nemesis on a cliff edge in "Armada" is way too similar to that of the Axalon.
*** When Optimus wants the Autobots to really burn rubber in vehicle mode, he'll order them to shift to "Maximum Overdrive" (even if he's the only one doing it). It seems to be Prime's own take on the line "Maximum Burn" that Optimus Primal would shout whenever he engaged his flight capabilities in ''Beast Wars''. Considering who's saying the line and the context, it's probably an intentional homage.
*** Soundwave ejecting Laserbeak from his chest in robot mode is a reference to the Breastforce Decepticons and their Breast Animals from ''Anime/TransformersVictory''.
*** Bulkhead actually does a TitleDrop in "Project Predacon".
*** Dark Energon first appeared in the two Japan-only ''Beast Wars'' SequelSeries, under the name Angolmois.
** Smokescreen, when watching passing vehicles with Jack to decide on an altmode, says he'd consider a concrete truck "if I was a Constructicon".
** '''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines:'''
*** The [[{{Mook}} mooks]] are called Vehicons. Though unlike ''Beast Machines'', they're sentient and ''all'' possess sparks, whereas in ''Beast Machines'' it was just the Generals who had sparks.
*** After being presumed dead, Megatron ends up in a body far weaker than his own. Same thing happened to Beast!Megatron, only more drastically.
*** "T.M.I." also name drops "WesternAnimation/BeastMachines", though in reference to monster trucks.
*** The Spark Extractor that Megatron unearths at the beginning of "Operation Bumblebee" was first used by another Megatron as he conquered Cybertron to remove the sparks from captive Transformers and create his Vehicon soldiers, yeeeessss... ''Prime'''s version is a little more dangerous, though.
*** Optimus' words near the end of "Predacons Rising" [[spoiler: greatly mirror the last words spoken by Optimus Primal before becoming one with the Well of All Sparks.]]
** '''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'''
*** The second phase of the toyline shares its name, though of course it has always been the franchise's tagline.
*** The SequelSeries shares ''more'' than its name: the battle will primarily be between vehicle-form Autobots and animal-form 'cons, at least at first.
*** Decepticons and Predacons being enemies of the Autobots but not seeing eye to eye, with the Predacons proving a bit less evil in the end was also seen in the 2001 ''RID'' before ''Prime,'' though how deliberate that is is unclear.
** '''[[Film/{{Transformers}} The live-action films]]:'''
*** Optimus Prime introduces himself and the Autobots to the human kids in a very similar manner to they way his movie counterpart did, and the ending of the FiveEpisodePilot includes him sending a message to space.
*** Bumblebee is unable to speak.
*** The first episode states that the last known activity on Earth of the Decepticons was about three years prior, roughly the time in RealLife that the first live-action Transformers movie was released.
*** Design-wise, Prime Bumblebee is Movie 'Bee in Prime's art style, all the way. Prime Optimus is Movie Optimus without the flame-paint and different shoulders (he's got movie Prime's trademark pop-out cannon and sword, perfectly identical to the movie version.)
*** Prime Starscream's chest looks a lot like Movie Starscream's face.
*** When Laserbeak is on Soundwave's chest, it looks very much like the face of Movie Frenzy. Putting a Frenzy homage in Soundwave is also a G1 homage, sorta (G1 Frenzy, like G1 Laserbeak, was one of Soundwave's cassette minions.)
*** Megatron's jet mode is pretty much Movie Megatron's first alt-mode.
*** She hasn't done it in the show yet, but all of Arcee's toys make her capable of being mostly in robot mode but rolling around on one wheel just like the Movie Arcee trio.
*** It's a stretch, but of the movie Arcee trio, only the ''blue'' one is shown to survive the final battle.[[note]]Before anyone tries to say what "really" happened, let's lay it out: Creator/MichaelBay considers them all dead. The post-ROTF comics consider none of them dead (at least, at the point it takes over. Not everyone from the movie survives the comics' events. If you weren't in DOTM and thus assured survival by canon, you could live or die.) The movie itself shows the intact, alive blue one tending to one of the other two after they get blasted. Which gets most {{canon}} weight in your book is up to you.[[/note]] Prime Arcee is of course blue.
*** In "Out of his Head", Megatron's revival is reminiscent of Optimus's from ''Revenge of the Fallen''.
*** Starscream loses an arm in "Shadowzone", much like his movie counterpart.
*** In "T.M.I.", Bulkhead is driven crazy after having ancient Cybertronian information projected into his brain and starts drawing symbols on any available surface. The same thing happens to Sam in ''Revenge of the Fallen''.
*** Starscream's deeper voice and Igor-ish posture and movement make him reminiscent of movie Starscream more than any other.
*** Nemesis Prime's attack on the military base is quite similar to Blackout's attack on the Qatar base in the first film.
*** [[ConspiracyTheorist Vogel]] believes that [[spoiler:aliens wish to enslave humanity]], which was exactly what the Decepticons planned to do in ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]''.
*** Shockwave's design appears to be a melding of his G1 incarnation mixed with heavy influences from his ''Dark Of The Moon'' appearance.
*** In "Orion Pax, Part 2", Starscream takes out a flying Vehicon in much the same way his movie counterpart took out fighter jets in the first film.
*** Arcee mentioned the time Team Prime first arrived on Earth and describes how Bulkhead ran into a set of power lines. The same thing happened to Ratchet in the first movie.
*** In "Predacons Rising", [[spoiler:Megatron's corpse is reanimated and files out from the bottom of an ocean]], much like in the second film.
** '''Anime/TransformersArmada:'''
*** Several eps reuse the ''Armada'' IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming (vauge one-word titles) to indicate the onset of CerebusSyndrome.
*** An episode is named ''Armada.''
*** The Star Saber is a powerful weapon from that series, though it was made of three mini-cons. The ''Prime'' Star Saber's hilt even looks kinda like Sonar's hilt mode (but with one piece broken off.)
*** There's an evil, nonliving Optimus clone named Nemesis Prime.
** '''Anime/TransformersEnergon:'''
*** The Terrorcons were a sub-faction of Decepticons that were largely mindless drones led by Scorponok that had ties to Unicron. The robot zombies here are named Terrorcons. In Energon, they were created from Unicron's body and eventually revealed (in a LostEpisode that did air in Japan) to be what the inhabitants of Alpha Quintesson's homeworld had looked like. In Prime, they're a bit more ''directly'' created from the dead by Unicron (or at least his blood), as dead transformer + Dark Energon = cyberzombie.
*** Megatron also uses an extremely powerful sword using energon.
*** [[spoiler: Megatron being possessed by Unicron and driven to the place Unicron needed to reach to fully realize his plans.]]
** '''Anime/TransformersCybertron:'''
*** The ''Cybertron'' series ''also'' had one-word titles.
*** The Omega Lock and the four keys needed to activate it exist in both series and they both can restore the planet Cybertron.
*** The battle in "Alpha/Omega" resembles the final battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron/Galvatron as Optimus wields a large blue sword which belonged to another Prime and Megatron wields a glowing purple blade with a curved edge.
*** In ''Energon'', Megatron was possessed by Unicron, and in ''Cybertron'' he has Unicron-inspired designs called the "armor of Unicron" that gives him the Transformer version of dark magic. In ''Predacons Rising,'' Megs [[spoiler: is possessed by Unicron, has some ''Energon''-esque moments while possessed, and also gains some physical Unicron-inspired upgrades which he keeps permanently after Unicron is out of his head for good.]] And though it happened before his possession, ''Prime'' Megatron uses remnants of Unicron (namely, Dark Energon) to perform magic-but-we-won't-call-it-that.
** '''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated:'''
*** Cliffjumper's head design is almost identical to ''Animated'' Bumblebee's design, referencing how they are [[AvertedTrope normally]] [[PaletteSwap redecoes]] of each other.
*** Bulkhead is very similar in design to his ''Animated'' counterpart, as is Ratchet.
*** Starscream's speech to the Decepticons at the end of "Darkness Rising" is quite similar to the one ''Animated'' Starscream gave near the beginning of that show's pilot (both times being when he assumed [[spoiler: that Megatron was dead]]). The difference being that this time he actually gets to finish it... and doesn't get blown up.
*** In a nod to his ''Animated'' counterpart's artistic leanings, Bulkhead spends much of "T.M.I." painting the formula for synthetic energon on any surface he can find.
*** Starscream's chest may be movie Starscream's face, but the scissors-like positioning of his wings in robot mode is straight-up TFA, as is his strokable [[LanternJawOfJustice chin]] and his lower body.
*** Megatron may have his movie counterpart's jet mode, but his robot mode is pre-Earth TFA Megs (with more spikes.)
*** Starscream also [[spoiler:clones himself in "Armada" much as ''Animated'' Screamer did in Season 2, but none of the clones end up becoming any of the other Seekers and they're all dead by the end of the episode.]]
*** Smokescreen is a member of the [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Elite Guard]], complete with the wings on the sides of his insignia.
*** In "Darkest Hour", Megatron borrows his TFA counterpart's catchphrase "Decepticons! Transform and Rise up!".
*** ''Animated'' Ultra Magnus wields a powerful hammer. In "Project Predacon", ''Prime'' Magnus decides to put the depleted Forge of Solus Prime to good use.
*** ''Prime'' Shockwave's alt-mode is an H-shaped tank, similar to 'Animated'' Shockwave's, except spikier and more alien-looking.
*** Soundwave's one line that isn't recorded from someone else is "Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior." ''Animated'' Soundwave once said "Autobots inferior, Soundwave superior" (which of course, in turn, homaged G1 Soundwave's "Soundwave superior, Constructicons inferior" when the 'cons argued over who was getting the KlingonPromotion.)
** '''Elsewhere in the Aligned Continuity:'''
*** At one point in "Orion Pax, Pt. 1", Megatron refers back to the "[[TransformersWarForCybertron war for Cybertron]]", and refers to the Transformers as being "[[Literature/TransformersExodus in exodus]]" on Earth. A lot of backstory is taken from ''Exodus'' and ''WFC'', in one of the show's few attempts at falling in line with the [[WordOfSaintPaul toy company's statement]] that is ''WFC'', ''Exodus'', and ''Prime'' being set in one continuity.
*** There are more references to other works in the Aligned Continuity in "Operation Bumblebee, Part 2" when a [[TransformersWarForCybertron Nucleon Shock Cannon]] is mentioned by Knock Out as Megatron [[spoiler:tries and fails to build one with the Forge of Solus Prime, one of the Thirteen Primes, marking the first appearance of one of the Artifacts of the Primes in the show that isn't the Matrix of Leadership.]]
*** More toy-based ones that aren't just the usual MerchandiseDriven nature: Bumblebee's color scheme for season three didn't have a toy at the time, the Beast Hunters Bumblebee figure being a super-spiky but not recolored 'Bee. However, ''movie'' Bumblebee has ''several'' toys based on the "make the yellow black and the black yellow" idea. Also, one of Uni-tron's Dark Energon constructs were similar to the Arms Micron Hades, and his altmode is similar to Gaia Unicron (toys apparently ''never'' intended for US release and ''definitely'' not used the way the toyline intends, with Hades being normal Megs' mini-con partner a la ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' and Gaia Unicron being Unicron's season one stone constructs made more Transformery.)
** A more meta example: "Nemesis Prime" is centered around a robotic duplicate of Optimus Prime, controlled remotely by Silas. The original version of Optimus (named Battle Convoy) from the Japanese Diaclone toy line was in fact a nonliving mech that needed to be piloted by a human.
7th Jun '16 11:57:17 AM Willbyr
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*** In "One Shall Rise, Part 1", Miko mistaking [[spoiler:"Unicron" for "Unicorn" is a reference to the infamous Malaysian dub of ''TransformersHeadmasters'', where at one point Galvatron declares "THIS IS UNICORN!" in reference to his "Grand Galvatron" plan.]]

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*** In "One Shall Rise, Part 1", Miko mistaking [[spoiler:"Unicron" for "Unicorn" is a reference to the infamous Malaysian dub of ''TransformersHeadmasters'', ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', where at one point Galvatron declares "THIS IS UNICORN!" in reference to his "Grand Galvatron" plan.]]
30th May '16 8:29:47 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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*** More toy-based ones that aren't just the usual MerchandiseDriven nature: Bumblebee's color scheme for season three didn't have a toy at the time, the Beast Hunters Bumblebee figure being a super-spiky but not recolored 'Bee. However, ''movie'' Bumblebee has ''several'' toys based on the "make the yellow black and the black yellow" idea. Also, one of Uni-tron's Dark Energon constructs were similar to the Arms Micron Hades, and his altmode is similar to Gaia Unicron (toys apparently ''never'' intended for US release and ''definitely'' not used the way the toyline intends, with Hades being normal Megs' mini-con partner a la ''TransformersArmada'' and Gaia Unicron being Unicron's season one stone constructs made more Transformery.)

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*** More toy-based ones that aren't just the usual MerchandiseDriven nature: Bumblebee's color scheme for season three didn't have a toy at the time, the Beast Hunters Bumblebee figure being a super-spiky but not recolored 'Bee. However, ''movie'' Bumblebee has ''several'' toys based on the "make the yellow black and the black yellow" idea. Also, one of Uni-tron's Dark Energon constructs were similar to the Arms Micron Hades, and his altmode is similar to Gaia Unicron (toys apparently ''never'' intended for US release and ''definitely'' not used the way the toyline intends, with Hades being normal Megs' mini-con partner a la ''TransformersArmada'' ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' and Gaia Unicron being Unicron's season one stone constructs made more Transformery.)
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