!![[ComicBook/TheTransformers The Marvel Comics]]
* ArtistDisillusionment: Bob Budiansky, who has lost all interest in the series even several decades after he left it. According to post-''Transformers'' interviews, while he initially approached the project with complete enthusiasm,[[note]]He even wrote the "Tech-Spec" bios for the toys[[/note]] ExecutiveMeddling and the need to feature new toys sapped at his enthusiasm. It doesn't help that [[FanDumb his tenure was derided by some fans]] who consider his stories more juvenile than those of Simon Furman -- a point that Budiansky agrees with, as [[ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars he was targeting his stories for prepubescent boys.]]
* CreatorBreakdown: Bob Budiansky (see above) suffered from stress due to trying to constantly shove in new toys, which led to him leaving the comic. He has since said that he has no intention of working on ''Transformers'' again, though that doesn't mean he wouldn't say "no" if Hasbro asked him. His only post-Marvel ''Transformers'' work was IDW's faithful adaptation of the animated movie, which was less stress-inducing for obvious reasons.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The reason female Transformers didn't appear from the very start (aside from Marvel's adaptation of the animated movie and Arcee's appearances in UK-exclusive stories). Budiansky was ready, willing and able (Ratchet was even a candidate for an early female character), but the Hasbro execs thought there shouldn't be girls among "toys for boys" in a comic book "for boys" (human female characters were obviously exempt from this reasoning).
* ExiledFromContinuity:
** When it comes to reissues of the series, people want readers to forget ComicBook/SpiderMan was in issue 3. The Savage Land is also prominently featured as the resting place of Shockwave and the Dinobots upon their arrival on Earth, but that was nixed as the book was slowly separated from the rest of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** Circuit Breaker, due to appearing in ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'' before ''The Transformers'', is owned by Marvel and not Hasbro. As such, for a long time IDW reprints didn't include stories featuring her. The IDW-published ''Regeneration One'' [[WritingAroundTrademarks features her as an unnamed silhouette in a flashback]], while in the present day she's dead, with Spike Witwicky becoming [[LegacyCharacter Circuit]] [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Smasher]].
* SequelGap: ''Regeneration One'', the continuation/conclusion of the comic, was released a full 21 years after issue 80's release.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Techno-X'', a proposed 90's revamp of Circuit Breaker and the Neo-Knights by Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman, integrating the team more fully into the Marvel universe.

!![[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers The Sunbow Cartoon]]
* CreatorBacklash: "Carbombya" (a [[{{Qurac}} heavily stereotyped]] {{Expy}} of [[UsefulNotes/{{MuammarGaddafi}} Gaddafi]]-era UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}) offended CaseyKasem (the voice of Teletraan 1, Cliffjumper, who had survived the movie, and Bluestreak, whose fate was never divulged) so much that he left the show during the third season.
* DuelingShows: With ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots'', another cartoon about shape-shifting robots based on a toyline. Ironically, the [=GoBots=] franchise eventually became the intellectual property of Hasbro after they bought Tonka in 1991.
* ExiledFromContinuity: Sort of - while Buzzsaw did make a few appearances, use of him was discouraged by the series bible (since Buzzsaw's toy was packed alongside Soundwave's, and so long as he was around Buzzsaw didn't need to be shilled as much as the other Mini-Cassettes).
** Played straight with Reflector. The character was prominent in the first season, with a few speaking parts, but in the second season, he disappeared almost entirely, never mind the fact he only appeared in two issues of the Marvel Comic, where he was blatantly killed off very early in the going. He last appeared in the movie, and vanished without a trace shortly thereafter, leaving fans to believe he perished during Unicron's attack on Cybertron. This was mainly due to the fact his toy was not part of the initial 1984 offering, despite being in the cartoon. Hasbro had put the kibosh on releasing him because they believed a transforming camera was too boring. Nevertheless, he was a general retail item in Japan when the line was released there in 1985, and became a mail-away item in America in 1986.
* HeAlsoDid: [[WesternAnimation/AeonFlux Peter]] [[Anime/ReignTheConqueror Chung]] served as a storyboard artist for the first two seasons and the movie.
** Creator/MasamiObari got his start on this series, designing and animating Optimus Prime's Transformation sequence. As well as some (presumed) animation work on "Heavy Metal War".
** [[Anime/StarDriver Shinji]] [[Anime/{{Megazone23}} Ara]][[Manga/{{Appleseed}} maki]] also did several character designs[[note]] Soundwave, his Cassettes and Reflector, to be specific.[[/note]] and created Perceptor.
** Two that pertain to the movie: Several of the film's key animators were, at the time of production, employees of Creator/{{Bebow}}[[note]]in particular, Masanori Shino, character designer for the ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' and ''Manga/TerraFormars'' adaptations[[/note]], Creator/{{Madhouse}} and Creator/{{Sunrise}}. Whereas Unicron was originally designed by Takehiko Ito, who would go on to create ''Manga/OutlawStar''.
* {{Jossed}}: {{Fanon}} assumed that the character Dion from the episode "War Dawn" survived the attack on storage yard 67 and was rebuilt into someone important (Ultra Magnus and Ironhide being the most popular choices), seeing as his best friend, Orion Pax was rebuilt as Optimus Prime. In 2010, Hasbro flat out stated that [[http://www.tfviews.com/news/main/hasbro-q-and-a/1024 Dion was never rebuilt into anybody else]] and had not even survived. Also, The ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor'' continuity had Dion survive the attack, but he was still called Dion.
* TheOtherDarrin: Voice director Wally Burr substituted as Thundercracker for John Stephenson in "War Dawn", and as Ratchet for Don Messick in "Masquerade".
** Other notable voice changes include Skids[[note]]from Michael Chain in "Quest For Survival" to Dan Gilvesan in "Triple Takeover"[[/note]], Outback[[note]]from Gilvesan to Creator/GreggBerger[[/note]] and Onslaught[[note]]normally voiced by S. Marc Jordan, but was replaced by Terry McGovern in the first "Five Faces of Darkness" episode, then ''again'' by Creator/SteveBulen for the character's brief role in "The Rebirth".[[/note]]. Also, due to an error in the episode's script, Michael Bell fills in for Bonecrusher in "The Autobot Run".
** After the death of Roger C. Carmel, Jack Angel took over as Cyclonus, also taking over as Ultra Magnus around the same time. The other movie characters (save for Arcee, Wheelie, Blurr and Springer) were similarly replaced with actors from the show.
** The Japanese dub '''''loved''''' to do this, with many of the supporting cast alternating between roles on a regular basis.
* TheOtherMarty: Ted Schwartz was originally intended to be Judd Nelson's replacement as Rodimus Prime's voice after TransformersTheMovie, and he still has a few lines (in the recap of part 2 and one line in part 3) that weren't dubbed over by Dick Gauthier in "Five Faces of Darkness".
* RecycledScript: "Microbots" has a similar scene to the ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 TMNT]]'' episode "Shreddered and Splintered". Both episodes were written by David Wise (who has a bad habit of doing this).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In "War Dawn," Ariel was supposed to die along with Dion. However, members of production realized that since she was Orion Pax's LoveInterest, she could simply be rebuilt as Elita One. (This, by the way, is why fans propose Dion was also rebuilt into someone Optimus would know.)
** Octane's role in "Starscream's Ghost" was originally intended for Blitzwing, who was banished from the Decepticons in the "Five Faces of Darkness" five-parter. Blitzwing was replaced by Octane to promote Octane's [[MerchandiseDriven newer toy]].
** Astrotrain's bizarre behavior in "The God Gambit" made him completely out of character, as the whole "ordering Starscream, choking him, and Starscream fearing him" may have been intended for Megatron, but Astrotrain was shoehorned in to shill his then-new toy.
** "The Rebirth" was originally supposed to have five parts instead of the three it ended up with.
** The production bible for the series said that Shockwave could clone himself at will, which never happens in the series. ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'', however, [[DevelopmentGag brings this back]] for his boss fight.
** The production bible also specifies Rumble as being a "red robot" (similar to his toy and comic design), but in the series itself he and Frenzy switched colors. A FreezeFrameBonus in "Heavy Metal War" shows [[http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/4/46/RumbleisRed.jpg the "red robot" description alongside Rumble]]. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/FIRRIB The debates]] have been raging ever since.
** Dan Gilvezan was originally supposed to play both Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky before it was decided to have Corey Burton play Spike.
** Sparkplug Witwicky was going to appear in "Five Faces of Darkness", but he was ultimately cut. Common fan consensus is that he either retired from having adventures with the Autobots, or died of old age during the TimeSkip.
* WordOfGod: An odd one. For the longest time it was a mystery as to worked on the episode "Call of the Primitives" (Both TMS and Obari's names were thrown around. The latter eventually revealing that even ''he'' had no clue). This was eventually cleared up when ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' director Eiji Suganuma came out and [[https://twitter.com/LandSoda/status/487278887332638721 confirmed his own involvement on the episode]] as its animation director.
** He then went on to confirm the involvement of animator Shin Matsuo[[note]]then working on the series as an illustrator for the Japanese release's promotional material[[/note]] as the one who did the Predaking transformation in the episode.
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