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20th Jul '16 1:51:42 PM philipnova798
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* NeverSayDie: Played with. This was one of the few cartoons of the era that wasn't afraid of discussing the concept of death, though "deactivation" was occasionally used in place of kill, which is sort of justified since the Transformers are robots.

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* NeverSayDie: Played with. This was one of the few cartoons of the era that wasn't afraid of discussing the concept of death, death (and even willing to kill a few characters off), though "deactivation" was occasionally used in place of kill, which is sort of justified since the Transformers are robots.robots.
** An episode of season 3 was even called "The Killing Jar".
17th Jul '16 11:01:26 PM CaptainTedium
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Megatron on several occasions manages to anticipate a new plan or invention underway on the Autobots' side, often leading the latter having to stop him using it against them.
** In "Traitor", Mirage's plan to destroy an alliance between the Insecticons and the Decepticons by making the other look treacherous fails because both Megatron and Bombshell realize it makes no sense at all for each to betray the other [[PragmaticVillainy when they haven't received their end of the bargain yet.]]
** In "Masquerade", Starscream noticed the Stunticons (really Autobots in disguise) were [[OutOfCharacterMoment driving downhill too carefully]].


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* OutOfCharacterAlert: In "Masquerade", Starscream notes that the Stunticons (actually the Autobots disguised as the Stunticons) are driving more carefully than usual.
15th Jul '16 4:36:24 PM philipnova798
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''The Transformers'' was the first ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoon, part of the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' franchise. It premiered in 1984. The writing and distribution of the series was handled by both Marvel Productions and Creator/SunbowEntertainment. Animation was done by ToeiAnimation and a few other (uncredited, just like its [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero sister series]]) studios, including Creator/{{AKOM}} in their first project, some [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Unknown_Generation_1_animation_studios unknown studios]] and several feeder studios[[note]]Creator/SeiYoung, Creator/DaiWon, Sam Young, Shin Won, Creator/TransArts, Creator/AnimeR, Lensa Film, Creator/ProductionReed, [[Creator/TMSEntertainment TMS]] [[http://user.tninet.se/~cio759u/teamwork/int4.htm Entertainment]], Creator/NakamuraProductions, ''possibly'' Creator/HanhoHeungUp, and Studio OX (who handled illustration work during the series' initial Japanese release)[[/note]]. AKOM's animation was generally worse than Toei's.

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''The Transformers'' was the first ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoon, part of the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' franchise. It premiered in 1984. The writing and distribution of the series was handled by both Marvel Productions and Creator/SunbowEntertainment. Animation was done by ToeiAnimation and a few other (uncredited, just like its [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero sister series]]) studios, including Creator/{{AKOM}} in their first project, some [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Unknown_Generation_1_animation_studios unknown studios]] and several feeder studios[[note]]Creator/SeiYoung, Creator/DaiWon, Sam Young, Shin Won, Creator/TransArts, Creator/AnimeR, Lensa Film, Creator/ProductionReed, [[Creator/TMSEntertainment TMS]] [[http://user.tninet.se/~cio759u/teamwork/int4.htm Entertainment]], Creator/NakamuraProductions, ''possibly'' Creator/HanhoHeungUp, and Studio OX (who handled illustration work during the series' initial Japanese release)[[/note]]. AKOM's animation was generally worse than Toei's.
27th Jun '16 12:30:05 AM CaptainTedium
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* ReverseMole: The Autobot Punch, who deceives the Decepticons by disguising himself as a Decepticon named Counterpunch.
27th Jun '16 12:23:32 AM CaptainTedium
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* MaliciousMisnaming: In the second part of "The Rebirth", Daniel Witwicky addresses Cyclonus as "Cy-clown-us".



* PapaWolf: Optimus Prime, in the episode ''Prime Target.'' Lord Chumley learned the hard way not to mess with Optimus' fellow Autobots.

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* PapaWolf: PapaWolf:
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Optimus Prime, in the episode ''Prime Target.'' Lord Chumley learned the hard way not to mess with Optimus' fellow Autobots.Autobots.
** Spike Witwicky is at times shown to be very protective of his son Daniel. This is especially apparent in "The Rebirth", where the notion that his son is in danger drives him to create Fortress Maximus in order to defeat Zarak and the Decepticon Headmasters.



* [[RealMenWearPink Real Mechs Wear Pink]]: Scourge and the Sweeps have pink claws. Also, DependingOnTheArtist, pink toe tips as well.



* ShoutOut: several. Many involving Wreck-Gar's quoting of pop culture phrases.

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* ShoutOut: several. Many ShoutOut:
** There are several, many
involving Wreck-Gar's quoting of pop culture phrases.phrases. He even quotes ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in "The Return of Optimus Prime".



* TakeItToTheBridge: Optimus Prime and Megatron's iconic Energon-weapon battle at Sherman Dam.

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* TakeItToTheBridge: Optimus Prime and Megatron's iconic Energon-weapon battle at Sherman Dam.Dam in the second part of "More Than Meets the Eye".



* TimeAbyss: Transformers generally can live up to millions of years. Case point, Kup, an "old veteran" type character. His age is a bit indeterminate, but a rough guess would put him somewhere well in the range of 9 to 12 ''million years old''. To put it in comparison, humanity as a ''species'' is only ''2.3-2.4 million years old'' (''200 thousand years old'', if one defines "human" as "homo genus primates anatomically identical to modern humans").

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* TimeAbyss: TimeAbyss:
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Transformers generally can live up to millions of years. Case point, Kup, an "old veteran" type character. His age is a bit indeterminate, but a rough guess would put him somewhere well in the range of 9 to 12 ''million years old''. To put it in comparison, humanity as a ''species'' is only ''2.3-2.4 million years old'' (''200 thousand years old'', if one defines "human" as "homo genus primates anatomically identical to modern humans").



* WorthyOpponent: Megatron and Optimus Prime know and respect each others' martial ability far too well to simply hate each other.

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* WorthyOpponent: WorthyOpponent:
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Megatron and Optimus Prime know and respect each others' martial ability far too well to simply hate each other.
27th Jun '16 12:14:40 AM CaptainTedium
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** Torkulon is a living planet with spider-like creatures that are actually part of it.

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** Torkulon from the episode "Webworld" is a living planet with spider-like creatures that are actually part of it.it. The restraints used by the alien psychiatrists to restrain their patients also appear to be part of the planet.



* EvilOverlord: Zarak

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* EvilOverlord: ZarakZarak is a Nebulan who tries to conquer his planet Nebulos and also sets his sights on Cybertron,



* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Gears in Season 2 ("Changing Gears"); Grimlock in Season 3 ("Grimlock's New Brain")
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Elita One's special power.

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* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome:
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Gears experiences this in Season 2 ("Changing Gears"); "Changing Gears" when he finds himself quite cheerful without his personality component but also discovers to his detriment that his friendliness has also made him unable to fight back against the Decepticons.
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Grimlock becomes super-intelligent in Season 3 ("Grimlock's "Grimlock's New Brain")
Brain", but in the end he sacrifices his newfound intellect so that it can be used to empower Computron, the combined form of the Technobots.
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Elita One's special power.power is stated to have been forbidden by Alpha Trion on the grounds that using it can prove fatal. Elita One eventually defies Alpha Trion's orders so that she can use her power to save Optimus Prime. Fortunately, Optimus was able to save her life in return.



* GeniusLoci: Unicron, Torkulon and the city-bots.
* GrandFinale: "The Rebirth" serves as the end of the cartoon in the American Generation 1 continuity. The Japanese continuity chose to ignore the three-part episode in favor of the ''[[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters Headmasters]]'' anime, though the three-part episode was eventually dubbed in Japanese.

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* GeniusLoci: Unicron, Torkulon Torkulon, Metroplex, and Trypticon are all technically sentient locations, with the first two being planets and the city-bots.
last two being cities.
* GrandFinale: "The Rebirth" serves as the end of the cartoon in the American Generation 1 continuity.continuity, ending with both the Autobots and the Decepticons gaining Headmaster and Targetmaster partners as well as Cybertron finally being restored after the eons of war the Autobots and Decepticons went through. The Japanese continuity chose to ignore the three-part episode in favor of the ''[[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters Headmasters]]'' anime, though the three-part episode was eventually dubbed in Japanese.



* GreaterScopeVillain: The episode "Call of the Primitives" reveals that Unicron was built by a being known as the Primacron. This means that the Primacron was indirectly responsible for the events of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.
* HatePlague: The Hate Plague from "The Return of Optimus Prime" is the TropeNamer.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The episode "Call of the Primitives" reveals that Unicron was built by a being known as the Primacron. This means that the Primacron was indirectly responsible for the events of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.
* HatePlague: The Hate Plague from "The Return of Optimus Prime" is the TropeNamer. It is a red dust that makes the people it infects become angry and violent.



* IneffectualDeathThreats

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* IneffectualDeathThreatsIneffectualDeathThreats: The Decepticons often threaten to kill the Autobots, but their threats are usually empty.



* MetaMecha: Fortress Maximus.

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* MetaMecha: Fortress Maximus.Maximus is controlled by the Autobot Cerebros, who in turn is piloted by Spike Witwicky.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In "The Ultimate Doom, Part 1", Megatron forced Optimus Prime to activate the pylon or he'll be responsible for catapulting Cybertron into oblivion. Unwilling to sacrifice his home planet, Optimus activates the space bridge, bringing Cybertron into Earth's orbit, but wonders if he is dooming Earth in the process.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
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In "The Ultimate Doom, Part 1", Megatron forced Optimus Prime to activate the pylon or he'll be responsible for catapulting Cybertron into oblivion. Unwilling to sacrifice his home planet, Optimus activates the space bridge, bringing Cybertron into Earth's orbit, but wonders if he is dooming Earth in the process.



** Cyclonus had this reaction in Webworld when he realises what the Ayla Solution would mean for Galvatron, to his credit he tried to stop it but was stopped rather quickly.
* NobodyCanDie[=/=]NeverSayDie: Averted. One episode was even titled "The Killing Jar".

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** Cyclonus had this reaction in Webworld "Webworld" when he realises what realizes that the Ayla Solution would mean for Galvatron, Galvatron having his memories and personality erased, to his credit he tried to stop it but was stopped rather quickly.
* NobodyCanDie[=/=]NeverSayDie: Averted. One episode NeverSayDie: Played with. This was even titled "The Killing Jar".one of the few cartoons of the era that wasn't afraid of discussing the concept of death, though "deactivation" was occasionally used in place of kill, which is sort of justified since the Transformers are robots.



** After the HatePlague was cured, the entire planet really should have been in shambles, with a bare minimum of tens of millions dead and practically everyone suffering from some kind of physical injury, many serious or permanent. Then there's the mental and emotional trauma of having gone through an event like that, which would further slow efforts to rebuild and get on with life.

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** After the HatePlague was cured, cured in "The Return of Optimus Prime", the entire planet really should have been in shambles, with a bare minimum of tens of millions dead and practically everyone suffering from some kind of physical injury, many serious or permanent. Then there's the mental and emotional trauma of having gone through an event like that, which would further slow efforts to rebuild and get on with life.
26th Jun '16 11:57:45 PM CaptainTedium
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* BackFromTheDead: Optimus Prime, twice. [[spoiler:Starscream regained his body after spending some time as a ghost]].

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* BackFromTheDead: BackFromTheDead:
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Optimus Prime, twice. Prime was resurrected by the Quintessons in an attempt to destroy the Autobots in "Dark Awakening" and ended up sacrificing himself after he came to his senses. He was eventually resurrected for keeps in the two-part episode "The Return of Optimus Prime".
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[[spoiler:Starscream regained his body after spending some time as a ghost]].ghost in the episode "Starscream's Ghost"]].



* BigBadDuumvirate: Astrotrain and Blitzwing in "Triple Takeover". Blitzwing actually fared the better of the two, until Megatron returned and reasserted himself.
** Arguably Galvatron and Zarak in season 4.

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* BigBadDuumvirate: BigBadDuumvirate:
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Astrotrain and Blitzwing both attempt to take over the Decepticons in "Triple Takeover". Blitzwing actually fared the better of the two, until Megatron returned and reasserted himself.
** Arguably Galvatron and Zarak form an alliance in season 4. "The Rebirth" and in the end are implied to still be working together to plan revenge against the Autobots.



* BigGood: Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots and is therefore the highest ranking force of good.
** Later parts of the series had the role pass to Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus.

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* BigGood: BigGood:
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Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots and is therefore the highest ranking force of good.
** Later parts of the series had the role pass to Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus.Magnus filled in the position after Optimus's death in the movie.



* ButtMonkey: Skyfire, an "old geend" of Starscream's who is revived and used by the Decepticons, and then seems to heroically sacrifice himself to save the Autobots. Only a sequel episode shows that he didn't actually die, but was buried in some ice to the extent where it took the Autobots seconds to dig him back up, they just didn't bother until they needed him to fly somewhere. In that episode, he befriends Thundercracker for all of about thirty seconds, until the Decepticons shoot him. He's then routinely ignored by the other Autobots unless they need carting around the world, and forgotten about entirely when the Aerialbots arrive towards the end of the second series. Some of this was likely due to legal issues - see [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Jetfire_%28G1%29#Why_.22Skyfire.22.3F here]] for what information there is about this.

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* ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey:
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Skyfire, an "old geend" friend" of Starscream's who is revived and used by the Decepticons, and then seems to heroically sacrifice himself to save the Autobots. Only a sequel episode shows that he didn't actually die, but was buried in some ice to the extent where it took the Autobots seconds to dig him back up, they just didn't bother until they needed him to fly somewhere. In that episode, he befriends Thundercracker for all of about thirty seconds, until the Decepticons shoot him. He's then routinely ignored by the other Autobots unless they need carting around the world, and forgotten about entirely when the Aerialbots arrive towards the end of the second series. Some of this was likely due to legal issues - see [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Jetfire_%28G1%29#Why_.22Skyfire.22.3F here]] for what information there is about this.



* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]] is brought back as a zombie of sorts in "Dark Awakening".
* CanonDiscontinuity: Unicron's origin as presented in the cartoon, being built by an alien scientist, was completely ignored in subsequent ''Transformers'' fiction.

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* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]] is brought back by the Quintessons as a zombie of sorts in "Dark Awakening".
Awakening". Before coming to his senses and sacrificing himself, he attempts to leave Rodimus Prime, Kup, Arcee, Spike and Daniel for dead and to bait the other Autobots into a trap by lying to them that they were killed by the Quintessons.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Unicron's origin as presented in the cartoon, episode "Call of the Primitives, being built by an alien scientist, scientist known as Primacron, was completely ignored in subsequent ''Transformers'' fiction.



* [[spoiler:ColonyDrop: Galvatron attempted to crash Cybertron into Earth during "The Rebirth".]]

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* [[spoiler:ColonyDrop: ColonyDrop: Galvatron attempted to crash [[spoiler:crash Cybertron into Earth Earth]] during "The Rebirth".]]



* EldritchAbomination: Tornedron. Unicron is much less of one in this cartoon compared to subsequent stories.
** Also Chaos, Torkulon, and to a lesser extent, the Dweller in the Depths.

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* EldritchAbomination: Tornedron. Unicron EldritchAbomination:
** Primacron's creation Tornedron in "Call of the Primitives"
is much less of one in this cartoon compared to subsequent stories.
** Also Chaos, Torkulon,
an energy being that assumes a few predatory forms and to a lesser extent, drains everything and everyone of their life force.
** "Chaos" gives us
the monster of the same name, a large green beast whose body is used to make highly destructive ammunition.
** Torkulon is a living planet with spider-like creatures that are actually part of it.
** The
Dweller in the Depths.Depths in the episode of the same name is half machine and half organic and turns its victims into energy-feeding vampires.
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* NotSoDifferent: The Aerialbots (except Silverbolt) and [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]] in their admiration of Megatron and the Decepticons. Though [[BrokenPedestal they do come around]].

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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The Aerialbots (except Silverbolt) and [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]] in their admiration of Megatron and the Decepticons. Though [[BrokenPedestal they do come around]].around]].
** There were several implications throughout the first two seasons that Megatron cared for his Decepticons similar to how Optimus did his Autobots. This of course was thrown out the window after [[SanitySlippage he became Galvatron]].



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Mayor in "Megatron's Master Plan, Parts 1 and 2" is hesitant to believe the Decepticons' hoax of claiming that the Autobots are the real villains and even allows Spike to try and prove the Autobots' innocence.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
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The Mayor in "Megatron's Master Plan, Parts 1 and 2" is hesitant to believe the Decepticons' hoax of claiming that the Autobots are the real villains and even allows Spike to try and prove the Autobots' innocence.innocence.
** Optimus several times over but especially in "Traitor". He calmly dismisses Cliffjumper's accusations of Mirage's treachery until proof can be given, and when it seems Mirage truly ''has'' turned against them, he is savvy enough to suspect outside forces before condemning him, allowing Ratchet to inspect and discover one of Bombshell's cerebro-shells controlling him.
26th Jun '16 7:19:01 AM CaptainTedium
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* GreaterScopeVillain: The episode "Call of the Primitives" reveals that Unicron was built by a being known as the Primacron. This means that the Primacron was indirectly responsible for the events of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.
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* TVGenius: Grimlock speaks more eloquently and a lot less clumsy when he becomes more intelligent in "Grimlock's New Brain".

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* TVGenius: Grimlock speaks more eloquently and is a lot less clumsy when he becomes more intelligent in "Grimlock's New Brain".
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