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''Transformers: Generation 1'' (originally simply ''The Transformers'') is the original incarnation of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', and regarded as the most iconic incarnation by some. If you say "Transformers", it's more than likely [[PopCulturalOsmosis people will believe]] that [[FirstInstallmentWins you're talking about this one]] (or the [[TransformersFilmSeries live-action movies]], depending on the audience). It began in 1984 as a way to [[MerchandiseDriven advertise Hasbro's Transformers toy line]], which was made from altering Takara's Diaclone and Microchange lines through retools (mild alterations)and/or redecos(repaints).

The original Japanese toys were not intelligent robots but remote controlled mechs used by human pilots. Under the ''Transformers'' brand every toy was a sentient robot, and the story was written to accommodate that. Characters were created that eventually became legend and are closely associated with further ''Transformers'' continuity lines. Such include [[TheCaptain Optimus Prime,]] [[BigBad Megatron,]] [[TheStarscream Starscream,]] [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]] and others who form general character types.

!The Transformers cartoon

''See main article: WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''

The show was initially written by Marvel Productions, and later Marvel in collaboration with Sunbow. Animation was done mostly in Japan by Creator/ToeiAnimation and in South Korea by Creator/{{AKOM}} (In one of their earlier projects), with one episode, "Call of the Primitives", speculated to be animated by TokyoMovieShinsha[[note]]other sources like [=2cChan=] claim it's Creator/ProductionReed[[/note]] and several by an unknown Filipino studio (With help from feeder studios Creator/SeiYoung, Creator/AnimeR, DaiWon, [[WesternAnimation/DenverTheLastDinosaur Sam Young]] and Creator/TransArts).

The show concerned the war between two factions of sentient robots - the heroic Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, and the evil Decepticons, led by Megatron. In the [[FiveEpisodePilot three-part opening]], the Autobots fled their home planet of Cybertron after the war drained it of much of its energy. The Decepticons followed and, after a short space battle, they crash-landed on Earth, where they lay dormant for four million years.

When they were revived, the Transformers took on the appearance of Earth vehicles as a form of disguise. The Decepticons immediately set out to steal all of Earth's energy and the Autobots, being generally good guys, tried to stop them. Most episodes involved the Decepticons either coming up with a new EvilScheme to steal Earth's energy, or coming up with a new Evil Scheme to destroy the Autobots forever. Naturally, they failed every time.

!!Season One And Two

The first season was broadcast on Saturday mornings, and followed the above formula to a T. When it proved extremely popular, the show was given a weekday afternoon timeslot for the second season . This season still followed established conventions, but also mixed things up occasionally with excursions to alien worlds. A large number of new characters were introduced in this season, with the result that very few episodes featured all the characters. Instead, each episode focused on a few Autobots and Decepticons as a way of giving exposure to all the toys without making the episodes confusing. During this period, many characters had DayInTheLimelight episodes; these are often considered to be the best episodes made.

When the show proved popular in America, Takara cancelled its plans for a new ''Diaclone'' line in favour of importing the American toys and cartoon. The cartoon was rebranded as ''Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformer!'' and made a few changes, most notably changing Shockwave from a very cool, calm and logical robot to an angry, psychotic being. Additionally, one minute of footage was cut from each episode to incorporate the longer opening theme.

!!Transformers: The Movie (1986)

''See main article: '''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'''.''

At the end of Season 2, an animated film was made, simply titled ''The Transformers: The Movie'' (1986), which was written so that it could be easily split into four 22-minute segments for subsequent TV broadcast. The movie [[TimeSkip skipped forward]] to the then far-off year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2005]], by which time the Decepticons had conquered Cybertron. The plot concerned the Autobots' struggle to liberate their home planet and later save it from the PlanetEater, Unicron.

The movie introduced several plot elements which would go on to become important to the whole ''Transformers'' mythos -- Unicron; and the Quintessons, a race of incredibly sinister and evil tentacled aliens who originally created the Transformers and were still bitter about being kicked off Cybertron after 11 million years, though their role with the creation of the Transformers has changed depending on the continuity. The movie also brought the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, an artifact carried by the Autobot leader which grants power and great wisdom, into the cartoon continuity.

The movie is infamous for killing off a large number of characters in order to give screen time to new toys. The deaths of [[TheMessiah Optimus Prime]] and [[DracoInLeatherPants Starscream]] in particular caused such consternation among fans that both characters were brought back in season three, after a fashion. And the replaced characters/toys such as Hot Rod and Ultra Magnus are subsequently disliked by some for being inferior [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute copies of the older characters.]] Interestingly, both of the aforementioned characters' [[DeathIsCheap deaths and revivals]] established now-time-honored traditions in ''Transformers'' fiction--that Starscream has an immortal spark (in G1 and related continuities) or is immortal by some other token (for example, in ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]'', where he manages to stay alive because of an Allspark shard lodged in his forehead), and that Optimus Prime is prone to making {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s from which he will fairly quickly return.

The movie would not be released in Japan until 1989, and so an {{OAV}} by the name of ''Scramble City'' was made to introduce the new characters.

!!Seasons Three and Onward

The third season (rebranded as ''Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformer! 2010'' in Japan) was released in 1987. This followed on where the movie left off, and focused on the new characters. In this season, the Autobots had reclaimed Cybertron, while the Decepticons had been exiled to the dead planet of Chaar. It began with a FiveEpisodePilot in which the Quintessons manipulated the Decepticons into attacking Cybertron as part of an EvilScheme to destroy all Transformers, during which several new toys made their screen debuts.

They failed, and after that things settled back into the generally episodic format from the first two seasons. While the Decepticons were still a major threat, the Autobots tangled with the Quintessons just as often as their traditional enemies. This season also departed from the previous two by not having any faction restricted to Earth. Instead, the characters' adventures took place all over the galaxy, incorporating many strange alien worlds. At the end of the season, Optimus Prime was resurrected [[AuthorsSavingThrow following fan complaints]].

After this, the American and Japanese continuities diverged. In America, a fourth season began, and pretty much ended, with a three-part episode entitled "The Rebirth". During these episodes, the action moved to the planet Nebulos and introduced the new Headmaster and Targetmaster toys as partnerships between Transformers and the native Nebulans. However, this season was aborted after the introduction despite some promising new characters and plot details.

!!General Features

Like most shows made in the [=1980s=], ''Transformers: Generation 1'' did not have especially strong continuity, which was at least partly due to the short production time per episode. However, there was a light storyline, with a few episodes building on events from previous ones. This continuity was strongest in season 3, which made the fact that episodes were routinely aired out of order all the more frustrating.

In 1992, selected episodes of the cartoon were re-edited and aired as the ''Generation 2'' cartoon (which gave birth to the ''Generation 1'' name). They were identical to the G1 episodes, save for the fact that instead of the classic "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLiAknjZv2k Autobot symbol zooms in and flips over to reveal Decepticon symbol]]" (or vice-versa), scenes were transitioned between by the "[[ConspicuousCG Cybernet Space Cube]]".

What made the show really special was the incredible quality of the voice acting. The huge number of characters made it difficult to firmly establish a distinct personality for each one. However, each character had a distinct, very fitting voice, which subtly indicated their personalities without needing to devote an entire episode to them. In fact, Peter Cullen's role as Optimus Prime was so respected that, when it was announced he would be reprising his role in 2007's live-action ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' movie, fans immediately stopped complaining and started supporting the film.

Most episodes were produced in a very short space of time, with the result that a large number of [[OffModel animation errors crept in]]. Characters were often drawn the wrong size, sometimes for effect or by accident. Another constant problem was characters being drawn in the wrong colours, which was very confusing as many of the characters were identical save for different colours (they were often simply repainted toys). This problem was particularly bad in season 3, as some of the episodes were animated by AKOM, a Korean animation company which, while cheaper than Toei, was also considerably sloppier.

!!Japanese Continuity
In Japan, after the show ended in America, they continued the story and rebranded into ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', which was essentially a {{spinoff}}. This gave a completely new origin story for the Headmasters. They also continued with ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' and ''Manga/TransformersZone''.

The most infamous addition to the Japanese continuity is ''Kiss Players'', set between the movie, and Season 3, where Optimus Prime has been revived by Marissa Faireborn ([[{{Lolicon}} who looks about 8 even though she's 20]]) kissing him. It's [[{{Squick}} worse than it sounds]].

!Comics

As well as the cartoon, there have been several comics published over the years.

!!Marvel
-->''Main Articles: ComicBook/TheTransformers, TransformersGeneration2''

The first of these was published by MarvelComics. It is sometimes stated that the comic came before the cartoon; while issue 1 of the comic hit the newsstands quite some time before the first episode of the cartoon aired, the cartoon went into production long before the comic.

The comic was initially set in the main MarvelUniverse, but soon moved to a separate AlternateUniverse along with the ''GIJoe'' comic to prevent ExecutiveMeddling from Hasbro interfering with Marvel's own characters. It was initially written by Bob Budiansky; he and his successor, SimonFurman, would end up having more influence on the overall ''Transformers'' mythos than anyone else. During this time, instead of simply telling the artists what to draw, the writers simply gave them a plot outline and let them draw a strip. Budiansky and Furman then took the strip and added SpeechBubbles; this arrangement meant that the artists had much more influence on the story than is common nowadays.

In America, the comic was first published as a bimonthly miniseries, before being developing into an ongoing monthly title. It was printed on higher-quality paper than most other comics, and as a result was also more expensive. While it used the same characters, setting, and premise as the cartoon, it told a significantly different set of stories. In particular, while the Transformers in the cartoon were built by Quintessons, in the comic, they were created by the god Primus, a part of canon later cartoon series adopted.

In the UK, the comic was published weekly for most of its run, and the American comics were commonly split in two in order to stretch the material. These were interspersed with original stories, mostly written by Simon Furman, which were where concepts like Primus which later migrated to the US title made their first appearance. These stories ''usually'' fit in with the American continuity, albeit with occasional twisting. After Budiansky suffered CreatorBreakdown as a result of trying to keep Hasbro happy, Furman was brought on to write both the US and UK comics. His focus on {{story arc}}s and CharacterDevelopment was considered the high point of the comic's run; however, due to a communications breakdown, the UK comics at this point drifted out of sync with the US publication. They also stopped doing full length original stories and began printing even less American material in each issue, splitting the original issues into three or four parts. To make up for the dramatically shortened length, the UK comic also featured a secondary, backup strip in black and white, written by Furman.

It finally ended after 80 issues (in America) or 332 (in Britain) due to declining interest in ''Transformers'', though Marvel would later publish the short-lived ''[[TransformersGeneration2 Generation 2]]'' comic. In 2012, IDW Publishing announced ''Transformers: Regeneration One'', a relaunch of the Marvel Transformers continuity picking up 21 years after where issue 80 left off. The series is slated to run until issue #100.

!!Dreamwave

-->''Main Article: ComicBook/TransformersGenerationOne''

In 2002, a new comic was published by Dreamwave Productions, alongside an adaptation of the Unicron Trilogy (''[[TransformersArmada Armada]], [[TransformersEnergon Energon]]'', and ''[[TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]''); this is the first to officially use the title ''Generation One''. Simon Furman was brought back to write parts of it, as well as several lesser-known writers. It began as a set of mini-series which gave rise to a short-lived ongoing title. Ideas were taken from both the cartoon and the Marvel comic.

The main draw of the Dreamwave comic was the highly detailed, {{manga}}-influenced artwork of Pat Lee - which, as it turned out, included a lot of DullSurprise and vaguely sexual poses. However, most of the actual drawing, colouring, and inking was done by uncredited and frequently unpaid guest artists while Lee was buying fast cars and sponsoring his girlfriend's Miss World campaign. Following a series of unethical business practises, scandals, and outright crime, Dreamwave declared bankruptcy, leaving both the ''G1'' and ''Unicron Trilogy'' stories unfinished.

For better or for worse, this was the first American ''Transformers'' comic to be published in Japan.

!!IDW

-->''Main Articles: TransformersAllHailMegatron, ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers, Comicbook/TheTransformersIDW, ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise, ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''

In 2005, IDW picked up the license, and began by reprinting available stories originally published by Marvel and Dreamwave.

They also began publishing a new continuity, alongside stories based on ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the [[Film/{{Transformers}} live-action films]] and ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]''. In a break with tradition, this series sees the Transformers as recent arrivals on Earth instead of having been in stasis for several million years beforehand.

The comic has so far consisted of a series of LimitedSeries, primarily written by Simon Furman. In this continuity, the disguise aspect of transformation is emphasised for once, as Transformers use it to infiltrate the societies of other planets and manipulate governments to their own ends. Combat is much more cloak-and-dagger than usual, with both sides going to great measures to avoid detection - at least, that's the plan.

As well as the limited series, there have been a number of 'Spotlight' issues, [[ADayInTheLimelight which follow the adventures of a single Transformer]]. These usually occur elsewhere in space or time, and tie into the main plot in some way. They tell a side story about the expanding [[ZombieApocalypse Dead Universe]], which eventually took over the main story.

Furman's stories were followed by ''[[TransformersAllHailMegatron All Hail Megatron]]!'', a 16-issue maxi-series. The first twelve issues were written by Shane [=McCarthy=] and take place on an Earth under Decepticon control. This was an attempt to draw in new fans who were put off by the complexity of Furman's series, though sales have been largely unchanged and fan reaction has not been kind to some of the changes introduced. For example, many 80s characters in this series were given modern altmodes as part of the whole "stealth" aspect, but reverted to 1985 designs for ''All Hail Megatron''. A particularly egregious case is Astrotrain--under Furman's run, one of his altmodes was a modern train, but [=McCarthy=] reverted him to the steam train he had used in the cartoon, which was anachronistic in 1985!

The current main series is an [[TransformersOngoing ongoing book set]] three years after the events of "All Hail Megatron". The series is written by Mike Costa, and features the return of Don Figueroa as artist. However, the positive fan reaction to Figueroa as an artist was quickly diminished when he revealed a new, vaguely [[Film/{{Transformers}} movie]]-ish art style that has been the subject of very violent InternetBackdraft. The main series is accompanied by several concurrent mini-series, such as solo stories focusing on Bumblebee and Ironhide, ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' and the CrossThrough ''Infestation''.

Finally, as noted above, in 2012 IDW launched ''Transformers: Regeneration One'', a 20-issue series that continues after the end of the Marvel comic book series, going from issue #81 to issue #100.

!!Fun Publications

-->''Main Articles: TransformersClassics, TransformersWingsOfHonor''

The official fanclub for Transformers has also on occasion created its own stories under its ''Franchise/TransformersTimelines'' label which use ''Generation 1'' series as a foundation for new continuities. ''[[TransformersClassics Classics]]'' uses the US Marvel comic as a jumping point, ignoring ''Generation 2'' and the UK issues and instead continuing the storyline from the events of issue 80. ''[[TransformersWingsOfHonor Wings of Honor]]'', meanwhile, uses the cartoon as its source, with both prequel stories involving the new [[BadassCrew Elite Guard]] that take place long before the first episode, and "Generation 2 Redux" sequel stories which take place after season 3, ignoring "The Rebirth" and the Japanese series.

!Toyline

The toyline was, to say the least, eclectic. Most of the toys were originally from Takara's ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' lines of transforming robot toys. Diaclone was a series of vehicles that [[TransformingMecha transformed]] into HumongousMecha, to be piloted by the ''Diaclone'' action figures. When ''Diaclone'' was converted into ''Transformers'', the story involved sentient robots, and the pilot figures were not sold outside Japan. This meant that a lot of early ''Transformers'' toys had mysterious cockpits which drove many young boys (and some girls) to madness as they tried to figure out the purpose of these. (An ''epic'' retcon planned for ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the eventual sequel to G1, was that these cockpits were the locations of the Cybertronians' "sparks", [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots their equivalent to souls]], which would be shown as tiny glowing humanoid figures in the cockpits. Hasbro, the toy company, scrapped this idea due to fears that children would think that the sparks were people and that the robots were just regular, piloted mecha.)

The ''Microchange'' line was a line of robots which transformed into 1:1 scale household items and guns. They had far greater articulation than the ''Diaclone'' toys. When ''Microchange'' was combined with ''Diaclone'' to create ''Transformers'', the result was guns the same size as trucks and bigger than tanks, who were supposed to transform in order to disguise themselves. The cartoon got around this potential PlotHole by showing characters clearly changing size as they transformed, which ended up being a minor plot point in a few episodes. However, this usually just [[VoodooShark raised more questions than it answered]]. Even more disconcerting are the Minicars, part of the ''Microchange'' line as 1:1 representation of Choro-Q toys (also known as Penny Racers in America). This resulted in a military jeep (Hound) being larger than a Range Rover (Brawn), and Jazz and Cliffjumper (both Porsches) being wildly different sizes, even in vehicle modes in the cartoon (where Cliffjumper's proportions made him look more like Bumblebee).

As well as ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'', quite a few other, completely unrelated transforming robot toys were brought into the ''Transformers'' line by Hasbro. For example, Jetfire is easily recognisable as a Valkyrie from ''{{Macross}}''. This served to make the toys even more eclectic. As part of Hasbro and Takara's distribution agreement, toys not originally made by Takara could only receive limited screentime to avoid advertising rival products.

After the movie, [=HasTak=] started producing the first toys designed specifically for the ''Transformers'' line, such as Rodimus Prime and Galvatron. Plenty more of Takara's toys would be adapted into ''Transformers'', but from then on, the majority of new toys would be designed as ''Transformers'' from the beginning.

In 1987, the [[TransformersHeadmasters Headmaster and Targetmaster]] toys were introduced. These were the first gimmicks originally designed for the ''Transformers'' brand. Headmasters consisted of two robots, a small robot that transformed into a head and a larger, headless robot that transformed into a vehicle. These had to combine to form the complete robot. Targetmasters were small robots that transformed into guns; each gun could be used by most Transformers, but was generally associated with one particular full-sized one.

In 1988, the Powermasters (known as Godmasters in Japan) and Pretenders were introduced. Pretenders were simple but well-articulated Transformers who came with an outer humanoid or monstrous plastic shell for disguise. Powermasters, like Headmasters, comprised two robots. The small robot transformed into the engine of the bigger one, which could not transform without its smaller partner. A few of the American toys were missing from the Japanese ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' line, which in turn had its own group of exclusive toys.

The 1989 line introduced increasingly complex Pretenders, as well as the very small Micromasters, who were primarily sold in teams. Few American toys from this year were sold in Japan, which got its own mostly exclusive ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' line. The European release also got the Motorvators, redecos of the Japanese Brainmasters which were not released in America. This was another two-robot gimmick; in this case, the smaller robot fits into a compartment in the bigger robots chest, and when the compartment is closed, a face concealed inside the smaller robot is pushed up into the larger robot's head.

In 1990, the Action Masters were introduced; since these didn't transform at all, the line did fairly poorly. (Yes, ''Transformers'' that didn't transform.) The Japan-exclusive ''Manga/TransformersZone'' line introduced Transformers with motors, but also did fairly poorly. New Transformers would not be seen for two years, with the appearance of the ''TransformersGeneration2'' comic, though G1 toys have continued to be re-released right up to the present day.

!Commercials

Yes, the show and comic themselves were basically commercials. But there were also much, much shorter, animated commercials that aired, usually with original animation, showing the next cool toy. The ''Generation 1'' commercials are fondly remembered, although the ''Generation 2'' commercials are mostly remembered for their (early) (bad) CGI and [[TotallyRadical raps]]. Example:
->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry8TupFxILU New Dreadwing]]
->[[NeverSayDie Is punishing]]
->His Gatling gun
->[[TotallyRadical Is illin'!]]
->[[PainfulRhyme This Decepticon bomber's]]
->[[{{Crunchtastic}} A transformer-rama!]]
->A three-in-one villain
->That's chillin'!

A note on the title: Both the cartoon and comic were originally just called ''The Transformers''. However, when the ''Transformers: Generation 2'' comic was published, fans began using ''Generation 1'' or ''G1'' to refer specifically to the original cartoon and comic as opposed to ''Transformers'' as a whole. After a while, Hasbro and Takara started using the term themselves, making it official.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: The subplot of Blitzwing possibly doing a HeelFaceTurn in Five Faces of Darkness just goes nowhere... Blitzwing appears later on with the Decepticons as if nothing happened. However, he never gets a line again, and is [[DemotedToExtra reduced to being an extra in battle scenes]].
* ActionGirl: Carly, Marissa Faireborn, Elita One
* ADayInTheLimelight: Almost every Autobot and Decepticon got at least one episode to take center stage in, notably Perceptor, Powerglide, Octane, and Scourge.
* AffablyEvil: Swindle. Also, Lord Chumley.
* AlienKudzu: The Morphobots in ''Quest For Survival''
* AlternateUniverse: The core foundation for the animated series, Marvel U.S., Marvel U.K. and neo-G1 incarnations, such as Hearts of Steel all co-existing as "Generation One". The Binaltech storyline resulted in the creation of a new parallel universe.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Quintessons.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tracks and his human friend Raoul.
* AMechByAnyOtherName
* AssKickingEqualsAuthority: Galvatron
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Receiving the Matrix of Leadership usually results in the new Prime receiving a much stronger body (Orion Pax/Optronix becoming Optimus Prime, Hot Rod becoming Rodimus Prime).
** Subverted with Ultra Magnus, who was Optimus Prime's original choice to succeed him and the Matrix rejected him.
*** [[MemeticMutation He's just a soldier, he's not worthy.]]
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:IDW Arcee]]
** Ax Crazy doesn't even begin to describe Galvatron.
* BeardOfEvil: Scourge and the Sweeps (and Unicron).
* BigBad: Megatron, Unicron, Galvatron
** In the comic, the role was also taken at different points by Shockwave, Lord Zarak (A.K.A. Scorponok), Bludgeon and (believe it or not) Ratbat.
*** Soundwave and Starscream got in on the act once or twice too.
* BizarroUniverse: G1 Cliffjumper finds himself in the ''[[TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]]'' universe, which is primarily (but not entirely) derived or influenced by G1.
* CameBackWrong: Optimus Prime in the 3rd season episode "Dark Awakening". [[DamagedSoul Type II]], since his chassis was recovered by the Quintessons and reprogrammed into a ManchurianAgent.
* CassandraTruth: Starscream falls victim to this numerous times. He'll warn Megatron that his latest EvilPlan is doomed to fail, and even though he ends up being right most of the time, Megatron continues to ignore him.
* CastHerd
* ChekhovsGun
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Many of the original Transformers who weren't killed off in the movie (or said/implied to have died before or immediately after) ended up being eligible for this trope.
** Spike's father, Sparkplug, is never seen again, ''or even mentioned'' after the last episode of Season 2. Ditto for Chip Chase.
** Skyfire disappears without explanation shortly after the beginning of Season 2.
* ClingyCostume: Circuit Breaker, from the Marvel G1 comic book series.
* CoDragons: Megatron's chief lieutenants are [[TheStarscream Starscream]] (the most iconic) [[EvilGenius Shockwave]] (the most powerful) and [[TheSpymaster Soundwave]] (the most loyal).
** Galvatron's are [[ProfessionalButtKisser Cyclonus and Scourge]].
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience - Autobot guns fired yellow energy bolts, while Decepticon guns fired purple energy bolts. In addition, Autobots had blue eyes, and Decepticons red. And of course, the traditional colour for Autobots, is red, whereas for Decepticons it is purple, as shown in their insignias.
** Averted in the Marvel comic book series, which tended to have eyes matching whatever color was on the toy... except when colorist Nelson Yomtov [[TheyJustDidntCare just didn't seem to care]].
* CombiningMecha The various combiner teams.
* CoolCar: most of the Autobots.
* CoolPlane: most of the Decepticons
* CoolTrain: Astrotrain is a Decepticon who can transform into a steam train or a space shuttle.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lord Zarak as his "Mr Z" alias in the Marvel comic run.
** Abraham Dante of the Machination is this as well, working with Skorponok to expand his business empire...which he and Skorponok both intend to become a far more LITERAL empire.
** Shawn Berger in ''Megatron's Master Plan''.
* TheCorruption: Scourge when he uses the Matrix in ''The Burden Hardest To Bear''.
* {{Crossover}}: The ''Transformers'' comic book had several crossovers with ''GIJoe'' and one with Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, not to mention the appearance of several characters in other continuities, like DeathsHead and Octus.
* DeathIsCheap: Optimus Prime
* DeadpanSnarker: Gears and Huffer are both unceasingly grouchy because they frankly couldn't care less about the war and absolutely hate the lush, green landscape of Earth almost as much as they hate the people who live there. They're the good guys, by the way.
** It's worth noting that, according to his tech specs, Gears does this ''intentionally'' as a form of mood-leavening. A satire of Huffer and Mirage's own apathy towards organics?
** The Decepticons have Crankcase, who is basically exactly the same except more actively malicious.
* DependingOnTheArtist: In the Marvel comic, Jose Delbo would draw Soundwave with an actual face. Not to mention color him purple, as opposed to being blue.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Several, but most notably Shockwave; comic writers tend to portray him as being a cold-blooded usurper who constantly is plotting against Megatron AND SUCCEEDING, while the [=Gen1=] cartoon portrayed him as super-loyal servant of Megatron.
** Speech patterns for characters also depend on writer; Blurr, the various Dinobots and Weirdwolf most notably.
** Soundwave and Blaster's cassettes are either attack drones used to gain an edge in battle or individual robots waiting to be ordered.
* DirtyCoward: Decepticons are known to ditch the field the moment they lose their advantage.
* TheDragon: Cyclonus is this to Galvatron, oh so very much, in the cartoon.
* DumbMuscle: Most combined robots, but also the Dinobots, Slugfest, and Overkill. And Headstrong, Tantrum, Rampage, the Firecons (except for Sparkstalker), Beastbox, Brawl... (Note that almost all of these are Decepticons, by the way.)
** It is claimed that Menasor (the combined form of the Stunticons) ''would'' be the ultimate Decepticon weapon if it wasn't for the fact he is a combination of a nihilist, a psychopath, a paranoid schizophrenic and an egomaniac, held together by a sadistic bully whom the other four despise and fear.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the Three Episode Pilot ''More Than Meets The Eye'' the Autobots were consistently shown to be capable of independent flight ''without'' the use of jetpacks, something that would '''never''' happen again. Skyfire and The Aerialbots come into the story ''much'' later on, but they are shown to only be capable of flight in their vehicle mode (even when the location of their jets in robot mode would logically make it possible).
* EnemyCivilWar: Starscream was constantly trying to usurp Megatron, and never succeeded. He did come within an ace in the episode ''Starscream's Brigade''. In the Marvel comic, it was even worse, with Megatron, Starscream, Shockwave, Soundwave, Ratbat ([-yes, one of the tape guys-]), Scorponok, Thunderwing, and Bludgeon all vying for leadership.
* EnemyMine: Blitzwing's cooperation in ''The Five Faces of Darkness''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Doctor Archevil, who happily ''enslaves'' human beings by the hundreds with his [[BrownNote hyno-chip implants]] draws the line at cold-blooded murder, and is visibly ''horrified'' by Megatron's callous proposal of leaving them to die in favor of gathering energy, showing clear concern for the safety and welfare of his slaves over his conquest of Earth.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Dinobots, obviously, but also [[DumbMuscle Trypticon]] and [[InsufferableGenius Sky Lynx]].
* EvilLaugh: Megatron and various other Decepticons. [[TheStoic Soundwave]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iiVylwMBH4 laughs on two occasions]], and it's downright ''[[NightmareFuel chilling.]]''
* EvilMakesYouUgly: An odd subversion in "The Burden Hardest to Bear". Scourge uses the Matrix and gets uglier, even though the Matrix itself is a force for good.
* EvilPoacher: [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman Lord Chumley]] in ''Prime Target''.
* EvilVersusEvil
* ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/List_of_The_Headmasters_episodes All over]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/List_of_Victory_episodes the place]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Enter_the_New_Supreme_Commander%2C_Dai_Atlas! in the]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/List_of_Super-God_Masterforce_episodes Japanese series]]. The original cartoon even gets renamed to "Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers".
* ExecutiveMeddling
* {{Expy}}: Daniel is an expy for his own father, Spike. The original Spike himself is very likely meant to be an expy of the original Amuro Ray.
** Likewise, Jetfire's an expy to [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]' VF-1 fighter.
* TheFaceless: Several Transformers lack human facial features. They have a faceplate instead of a mouth (like Optimus), or a kind of "visor" instead of individual eyes (Trailbreaker). The prize winner is Shockwave, who only has a hexagonal cylinder for a head with a single yellow eye.
* FakeUltimateHero: The Autobots, believe it or not. Most of their victories over the Decepticons are due to their human allies.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: In the UK Time Wars comic, there were plenty. Galvatron gets sucked into a vortex and we watch as his metal skin is torn clean off his skull and his eyes pop out and he screams in pain. And Cyclonus gets his head pulled off... by Megatron! Fizzle burns, then drowns, and Shockwave has his arm shot off, collapses to the floor and is shot point blank in the face. After that his brain chip is pulled out and crushed, just to make it clear that he's dead for good.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: In the IDW continuity: Sunstreaker and Hunter]].
** In "Countdown To Extinction," [[spoiler: Dr. Archeville gets turned into an immobile cyborg, trapped in a chair on Cybertron.]]
* FauxActionGirl: Arcee. Touted as "a forceful female Autobot", but she only fires her gun twice, and misses both times. Still, that's better than what ''[[TransformersHeadmasters Headmasters]]'' did to her.
** Subverted in the IDW series where she's not only highly competent and AxCrazy [[spoiler: but also [[UnsettlingGenderReveal formerly a guy]].]]
* {{Fictionary}}: The universal greeting. "Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong!"
* FiveEpisodePilot
* FlyingCar: Tracks
* Creator/FrankWelker: He voiced many, many characters, but most notably Megatron/Galvatron, Soundwave and all of his cassette minions.
* GeneralFailure: Megatron, although this was averted in ''TransformersTheMovie'' when he TookALevelInBadass and actually managed to ''kill Optimus'', among other things.
* GeniusLoci (Unicron)
** The Dead Universe is a living sentient death...an all consuming darknesswith shades of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that acts through the luckless Cybertronians that stumbled into it
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Starscream in the US comics. Mainly because of the fact that the writers decided to give Starscream's entire personality and gimmick to Shockwave, the character was largely a non-entity in the US comic and for added insult to injury, was casually killed off in Transformers #19. However, his corpse was retrieved in Transformers #41 (along with all of the other wave one Decepticons killed by Omega Supreme) and resurrected by the time we see him up and running in Transformers #48. By which time, Starscream has his personality back and is scheming to beat Ratbat and Scorponok to the cosmic power that is the Underbase. And upon getting it, Starscream goes on the biggest killing spree in Transformers history (killing more Transformers than Unicron in Transformers #75) as he basically kills off just about EVERY Transformer from the first two years of the Transformers toyline before being destroyed by the power. At which point, Megatron resurrects him and gives him a Pretender shell and sends him to kill Optimus Prime and Scorponok. He has Scorponok shitting his pants until Prime shames him into attacking him (wounding him) and Scorponok takes him with him, at which point he decides to basically recruit Starscream into his army; a move that is uniformily treated with shock and horror, as all of the rank and file Decepticons (including Soundwave, the only Decepticon Scorponok could rebuild because of the damage Starscream did to his victims bodies) are scared shitless of Starscream and see him as a mass murdering monster.
* TheGeneralissimo: [[http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Abdul_Fakkadi Abdul Fakkadi]].
* GeniusCripple: Chip Chase. Ultra-genius and mysteriously immune to acid. Also, Josie Beller/Circuit Breaker (see below).
* GladiatorRevolt: [[spoiler: Megatron Origins]]
* GreenRocks: Literally. [[{{Phlebotinum}} Cybertonium]] in ''Desertion of the Dinobots''.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Rare case of it being done intentionally by the body. Broadside transforms to aircraft carrier mode and flattens Devastator in ''Carnage In C-Minor''. It's not uncommon for many transformers (especially Optimus and Motormaster) to ram into things in their vehicle mode. Bonus points for Ramjet, who's a ''plane'' and is reinforced to allow him to do it a lot without seriously hurting himself.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Prime's trailer.
** Omega Supreme's Entire Body: This is no better illustrated then in ''Key to Vector Sigma'' when Prime orders him to rocket mode and he fires his arms (leaving the rest of his robot mode body on Cybertron) but lands on earth, creating the full platform and returning to robot mode. You know the massive robot he left on Cybertron when he fired his arms.
* HandicappedBadass: Circuit Breaker. She's an AxCrazy chick whose BerserkButton are giant robots. Also, she wears a {{Stripperiffic}} PoweredArmor. Which she designed [[MemeticMutation IN HOSPITAL! WHILE PARALYZED!]]
* HatePlague: TropeNamer
* HaveAGayOldTime: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7IJ8QJITGI From Space-Jesus himself.]]
* [[HeroWithBadPublicity Heroes With Bad Publicity]]: The Autobots are frequently afflicted with this, as the humans often fear them as much as they do the Decepticons. In the humans' defense, it isn't always easy for them to distinguish between the huge, destructively-powered robots that want to ''enslave'' them and the huge, destructively-powered robots that want to ''protect'' them. Needless to say, the Decepticons actively exploit this by causing chaos and then framing the Autobots for it.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Red Alert and Inferno, Hoist and Grapple, Thundercracker and Skywarp, Dreadwind and Darkwing.
* HeyYouHaymaker: Optimus loves doing these to Megatron.
* HoistHeroOverHead: Megatron does it to Optimus in the comic.
* HowManyAllOfThem
* HumongousMecha
** Taken to greater and greater levels with the Gestalts (combiners), the fortress robots Metroplex and Trypticon, the even larger city Transformers Fortress Maximus and Skorponok, and the final ridiculous level with Unicron, a robot ''the size of a planet''.
* IdiotBall: Starscream plays with the idiot ball regularly. In fact, the only reason the war continued on Earth was because he was trying to assure the Autobots were trapped and opened fire on the mountain the Ark was trapped in. The resulting tremors then awakened the ship's computer, and ''[[NiceJobFixingItVillain managed to reactivate Optimus.]]''
** Megatron is no flawless leader either simply for letting Starscream stay on the team. While it's been said Megs admires ambition from his troops, and respects conniving behavior, he only really admires ''smart'' conniving behavior. The only reason he does keep Starscream around is because of how good he is at his job when he actually does it (though Megatron'll never admit it).
* IDontPayYouToThink: Scourge says this to one of his Sweeps in '''Five Faces of Darkness, Part 3'''
-->'''Sweep 1''': "I think that plasma bath fried Galvatron's circuits."
-->'''Scourge''': "It's not your ''place'' to think! Where he leads, all Decepticons must follow!"
* InsistentTerminology: Death's Head is not a {{bounty hunter}}. He is a freelance peacekeeping agent.
* InternationalCoproduction - America/Japan
* IWarnedYou: Starscream does this a lot in the first two seasons. Scourge is prone to it in Season 3.
* {{Jerkass}}: Sunstreaker and Slingshot.
* {{Jobber}}: Devastator in later episodes of the cartoon. One notable example from the comic is when Omega Supreme, one of the strongest Autobots, is defeated in a single shot by the comparatively small Buzzsaw.
* JokerImmunity: Starscream. [[spoiler: Even killing the bastard didn't keep him down.]]
* KibblesAndBits: Prowl has door wings hanging off his shoulders, Scavenger has a shovel "tail", Hot Rod has a big spoiler on his back. It's easier listing characters who ''don't'' have kibble.
* KidAppealCharacter- Holi and his rescue team.: TropeNamer
* KilledOffForReal: If your name isn't Optimus Prime or Starscream, consider yourself dead.
* KillEmAll: The movie was made to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FhelgV5qHM off the old characters to the soundtrack of the '80s.]] The comic also had an extremely high death toll, particularly in "Dark Star!". In both cases the motivation was to clear space for new toys.
* KingOfBeasts: Razorclaw and Steeljaw.
* KitschCollection: Pipes' love of Earth culture lends itself directly to this. He collects everything of Earth's fascinating technology he can find (nose hair clippers, patent rulers, compasses) and proudly displays his collections to his fellow Autobots, who humor him because he's an alright guy besides all that.
* LadyOfWar: Elita One, the leader of the female Autobots and Optimus Prime's girlfriend.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Not so much a cameo as an expy, but Jetfire somewhat counts as his character model was modified from his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OEEncGeu8s first appearance]] to his in-show appearance (most likely for Takara to avoid a lawsuit from Creator/TatsunokoProduction). This is subverted as not only was Creator/{{Hasbro}} immune to this (they were given the license for the mold), but all of the character's appearances were either cut from various episodes or moved to towards the end of the series in Japan.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: After all, it did serve to advertise an extremely large toyline. Often characters appeared out of nowhere--and vanished just as mysteriously.
* {{Lolicon}}: ''Kiss Players''.
* LowerDeckEpisode
* MacGuffin: Sometimes called in the fandom an EI/AD - Evil Invention/Alien Device.
* MadScientist
* MeaningfulName: Jazz is the guy who loves music, Starscream has NoIndoorVoice, Astrotrain is a robot going from a train to a shuttle, Mirage can make himself invisible. This is actually ''subverted'' in "Enter the Nightbird", where one Autobot who can't jump over a cliff is the guy named "Cliffjumper".
** "Prime" was eventually retconned into being the title of the Autobot leader, and it shows.
* MechanicalEvolution: The first issue of the original Marvel comic book series (briefly) describes the Transformers as evolving from "naturally-occurring levers and pulleys."
* MechanicalLifeform
* MechaMooks: The Insecticon clones. Later, the Sweeps.
* MedievalStasis: In four million years, ''nothing'' has changed on Cybertron.
** {{Justified|Trope}}. It seems when Shockwave told Megatron that "Cybertron will remain as it is until your return," he wasn't kidding.
* MerchandiseDriven: To an even more ludicrous degree than GIJoe. Apparently, Hasbro wanted to repeat the formula used for the latter, but on an even lower budget (hence the importation and repurposing of existing Japanese toys to form the ''Transformers'' line).
* TheMovie: You got the Touch! You got the power! YEAH! [[AutobotsRockOut *guitar solo*]]
* MrFanservice: Starscream, as has been mentioned, although during and after the movie Spike was quite muscular.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Cyclonus, in Season 3 of the cartoon.
* MythologyGag: Dreamwave's ''War Within'' comic has Grimlock accidentally call Swoop "Divebomb". Divebomb was a prototype name for Swoop, and was given as being his original name in the Marvel comic.
* NamesTheSame: Why does a [[AWrinkleInTime teenage girl]] have a Decepticon leader's name as a nickname?
** Actually, the book came a few years earlier.
* NearVillainVictory: ''Megatron's Master Plan''
* NeverSayDie: At least partially justified, since we're talking about robots, albeit sapient ones. Averted in TheMovie: "DIE, AUTOBOTS!" And four of them do in less than a minute. Also subverted in the series itself on several occasions.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: really all over the place, but Ironhide is the king of this. He would use a random power that had never been seen before and then never use it again. See also ForgottenPhlebotinum.
** There are also characters as the plot demands. They need to be ferried around space? Well, that's why Cosmos is there. Is this its own trope?
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Before Optimus was fully resurrected the first time, he was sort of turned into a zombie by {{sufficiently Advanced Aliens}}. And then there was that Ninja Robot built by the Japanese.
* NoGravityForYou
* NostalgiaFilter
* NotableOriginalMusic
* NotQuiteDead: Megatron and the Decepticons on several occasions: The end of ''More than Meets the Eye part 3'' (all), ''Transport to Oblivion'' (just Megatron), ''The Ultimate Doom Part 3'' (just Megatron), and ''Heavy Metal War'' (all).
-->Megatron: We shall riiiiiiiiiiise, agaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain!
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: One issue of the comic featured a [[ChallengingTheChief fight for Decepticon leadership]] between Megatron and Shockwave. The fight ends when Shockwave attacks with a water tower, short-circuiting Megatron. Possibly justified in that Megatron was not fully repaired from severe damage incurred earlier.
** Averted with the Scraplets; water was the best way to kill off the tiny robotic parasites, but Transformers treated with water are completely fine.
* OffModel: Nearly every episode of the cartoon (even the larger-budget movie) had various kinds of animation errors. In the comics, some characters used older models throughout much of its run instead of revised models that came later on. The toys also have this issue due to their background of being from different Japanese toy lines, with the most glaring example being Jetfire, whose toy is a repackaged VF-1 from SuperDimensionFortressMacross, and Ironhide & Ratchet, both of whom had figures made without proper [[TheFaceless heads]] due to their Diaclone heritage.
* TheOriginalSeries
* TheOtherDarrin: Due to ActorExistenceFailure (upon the death of Roger C. Carmel), Jack Angel took over as the voice of Cyclonus.
** Voice director Wally Burr has substituted for various voices including Ratchet in ''Masquerade'', and Thundercracker in ''War Dawn''.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Although ghostly vehicles have precedent in folklore, Starscream was probably the first case in which this trope was ever applied to a sentient robot.
** Mindwipe's tech specs state that he'd rather try to contact the electromagnetic essences of long-dead Decepticons than speak to a living one.
* PaletteSwap: A ''lot'' of characters are just recolors of each other. There's Starscream/Skywarp/Thundercracker, Rumble/Frenzy, Laserbeak/Buzzsaw, Bumblebee/Cliffjumper, Prowl/Bluestreak, and Ironhide/Ratchet (though some of these pairings slightly subvert the trope by having very minor differences in head or face shape, or having different accessories such as police/ambulance lights). More than made up for by all of these pairings, except maybe Rumble and Frenzy, having ''radically'' different personality types that even the cartoon did a relatively good job of playing up.
* ParentalAbandonment: We never hear about Spike's mother/Sparkplug's wife.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: The first issue of the Marvel comic series says Cybertron was a pacifist utopia; Megatron forms the Decepticons to overthrow their decadent lifestyle. RetConned away in later stories.
** The Autobots of Paradron in the Season 3 cartoon episode "Fight or Flee"
* PlanetOfHats: Planet of the giant mechs who would make a rather awesome toy franchise.
* PrincessesPreferPink: A [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Fairy-tale_princess princess]] in [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Nightmare_Planet Daniel's dream world]] wears a pink medieval-like outfit.
* ProductPromotionParade: Happens several times in both the original Marvel comic book series and the Marvel/Sunbow animated series.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* RaceLift: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Raoul Raoul.]]
* RealMenWearPink: Scourge and the Sweeps have pink claws, and DependingOnTheArtist, pink toe tips as well.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Decepticons. (Except Shockwave. His [[CyberCyclops eye]] is yellow.)
** As well as the "[[{{Brainwashed}} destabilized]]" Autobots in "Attack of the Autobots."
** Also, in "Auto Berserk", when Red Alert's logic circuits are damaged, his blue eyes flash red.
* RefusedTheCall: Rodimus Prime is tired of leading the autobots and allowed the Decepticons to steal the Matrix of Leadership in "The Burden Hardest to Bear". A human kendo sensei convinced Rodimus to take his responsibilities more seriously.
* Remaster: The cartoon is notable for having had two DVD-release remasters. The first, by Kid Rhino, was a botched job, containing ''[[UpToEleven more goofs than the original versions]]''. The second, by Creator/ShoutFactory, is a marked improvement.
* RhinoRampage: Headstrong and Ramhorn.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots
* RoboFamily: Sideswipe and Sunstreaker are considered brothers.
** Popular {{fanon}} states that Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp are brothers. This is the case in some of the comics.
** Quickswitch was said to be Sixshot's son, in the commercial that introduced him.
* RoboSpeak: Soundwave: superior. Rumble, Laserbeak, Ravage: Eject. Operation: [[MerchandiseDriven Sell toys]].
** Mention of Omega Supreme: not immediately visible. Problem: rectified.
* RobotBuddy: {{Inverted|Trope}} - the Transformers have human buddies.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[TheStoic Soundwave.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Perceptor and Sky Lynx.
* SharedUniverse: The third season of the cartoon strongly implied that it was set in the same universe as ''GIJoe'', and in fact the [[WordOfGod writers eventually confirmed]] the popular fan theory that Marissa Faireborn, a character in the post-movie season, was indeed the daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye. Then, of course, there were the full-blown crossovers in the comics.
* ShoutOut: The original three Microchange cassette toys that became the first Cassetticons were [[BabelII a bird, a panther & a humanoid robot]].
* StarfishAliens: The Quintessons.
* StealthPun: Warpath is a tank who randomly makes exclamations. Looks like he has Tourette's. [[spoiler: ...which is a homophone for Turrets.]]
* StrangeBedfellows
* SuperSpeed: Blurr again.
* TakeThat: The comics by IDW and Dreamwave feature a lot of jabs against the forgotten competitor ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'', mostly in the form of background characters resembling the Go Bots being killed in various ways. A few wrecked Franchise/{{Gundam}} bodies can also be seen during a scene in The Movie.
** Somewhat inverted recently, as the [=GoBots=] have started coming into the Transformers universe from theirs to seek either help or a new home (their universe is being destroyed as a result of one of Unicron's "deaths").
* TankGoodness: Warpath, Blitzwing and Brawl.
** Megatron's Cybertronian alternate mode, derived from his Generation2 alternate mode.
* TheStarscream: TropeNamer
** Several combiner teams have at least one member who also behaves this way internally; Particularly, Hook of the Constructicons, who gives Starscream himself a run for his money as far as "being TheStarscream" goes.
** According to the More Than Meets The Eye profile books, there are at least two Micromaster teams that consist entirely of one leader and ''three'' [[TheStarscream Starscreams]].
* TeenGenius: Chip, Carly
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* [[ThroughAFaceFullOfFur Through a Face Full of Metal]]: Blushing is used as a visual device for robots; a simple example would be Seaspray's humanoid love interest noticing him blushing at her in "Sea Change."
* TimeSkip: To TheMovie.
* TookALevelInBadass: Scourge after he gets the Matrix in ''The Burden Hardest To Bear''. Inverted for Scourge and the Sweeps after the Movie.
* TransformingMecha
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* UnlikelyHero: [[spoiler:Brash "teenager" Hot Rod becomes the new Autobot leader, Rodimus Prime.]]
* UnsettlingGenderReveal / GenderBender : [[spoiler: Arcee, who was a test subject to MadScientist Jhiaxus. By messing with Arcee's [=CNA=], Jhiaxus introduced gender into a previously genderless race. This explains why Arcee is so AxCrazy.]]
* VerbalTic: several
** Me Grimlock and other Dinobots [[{{Hulkspeak}} speak like cavemen]].
** Shrapnel repeats the last word of every sentence, sentence.
*** sometimes even the last two syllables of every sentence, whether they form a single word, or two.
** Wheelie speaks in rhyme [[http://www.tfwiki.info/wiki/Wheelie every single time]].
** Blurr [[MotorMouth talks really fast]] and often repeats himself because he's so fast and the speed at which he talks reflects the speed at which he moves and by speaking so fast he gets a lot of words in due to speaking so fast but he often doesn't have a lot to say so he ends up repeating himself while speaking real fast.
** Omega Supreme: giant. Favorite punctuation mark: colon.
** Talk in backwards [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] speak Weirdwolf loves to.
** Warpath is ''BAM!!'' fond of putting loud ''POW!!'' exclamations into his ''BOOM!!'' sentences. This could be considered Robo-Tourette's syndrome.
** Seaspray sounds like he's permanently underwater. Or gargling.
*** To be fair, this is the identical voice that Alan Oppenheimer uses for Mer-Man in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
* VocalEvolution: Going back and watching the three-part premiere of the Generation 1 series, Optimus Prime's and Starscream's voices seem almost unrecognizable. (Optimus had a softer, smoother tone compared to the iconic, deep-sounding voice that is typically associated with the character. In a similar twist, Starscream had a lighter, more easy-on-the-ears rasp (even when screaming), than the sharp, grating and loud voice provided in earlier episodes.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Sparkplug and Spike Whitwicky. Spike isn't quite so unfeasible, but Sparkplug? Really?
* WordOfGay: Sunstreaker was outed by Matt Moylan, no matter how illogical this may have been for a genderless robot.
* TheWorfEffect: Starscream, using the power of the Underbase, kills many Transformers (Autobot and Decepticon alike!) effortlessly.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: The comic has a character named Emirate Xaaron. An ''emirate'' is not a person, but a ''place'' that is ruled by an ''emir.'' (No, Xaaron's not one of the "big enough to be a GeniusLoci" bots.) That, and the are any number of instances of made-up TechnoBabble accidentally using actual scientific terms in a way that's hilarious if you know what they really mean.
** In the episode ''Child's Play'', the Authorities on Aron's planet say they want to "dissect" the Autobots and Decepticons, when they really mean ''vivisect''.

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