* Mostly played for laughs at first, but FridgeHorror eventually sets in when the team is faced with what [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]] goes through when piloting Eva.
* The Second Parallel Works with tells the backstory of [[spoiler: Optimus Prime counts as he clearly saw his eventual enemies as brothers and with all of the crap he went through only to end up the way he did...]]
* A small one in Chapter 12 on behalf of the city's defense force, but no less potent.
** "Give me the report."
** "It could be worse sir..."
* The [[OneManArmy entire]] [[FaceHeelTurn second]] [[NecessaryEvil half]] [[FallenHero of]] [[SenselessSacrifice the]] [[CurbStompBattle first]] [[TragicHero Parallel]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Works]].