!![[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. 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).
* SequelGap: After 21 years the comic is finally getting a proper, epic conclusion with ''Regeneration One''.

!![[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers The G1 Cartoon]]
* CreatorBacklash: "Carbombya" (a [[{{Qurac}} heavily stereotyped]] {{Expy}} of [[UsefulNotes/{{MuammarGaddafi}} Gaddafi]]-era UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}) offended CaseyKasem (the voice of Teletraan 1) so much that he left the show during the third season.
* DuelingShows: with ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Between the show and [[TransformersTheMovie the movie]], there's a lot of well-known names, some more-so than others. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Category:English_voice_actors This would later apply to every following series]].
** Specific examples include: Creator/PeterCullen, Creator/FrankWelker, Chris Latta, Creator/MichaelBell, Creator/DonMessick, Creator/GreggBerger, Creator/CoreyBurton, Dan Gilvesan, Neil Ross, Susan Blu, Creator/RobPaulsen, Creator/JimCummings and Creator/CaseyKasem.
* HeAlsoDid: [[WesternAnimation/AeonFlux Peter]] [[ReignTheConqueror Chung]] served as a storyboard artist for the first two seasons and the movie.
** [[StarDriver Shinji]] [[{{Megazone23}} Ara]][[{{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}}, Creator/{{Madhouse}} and Creator/{{Sunrise}}. Whereas Unicron was originally designed by Hiroyuki Hataike, 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 being the most popular choice), 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 ''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 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.
* 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.
* 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]].

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