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* ExecutiveMeddling: Tons and tons and tons, relating to marketing and the usual reasons. Recent example: the GrandFinale to Simon Furman's MythArc comic series was cut from 12 issues to 4 so that IDW could publish ''All Hail Megatron'' instead.
* Once per series:
** Optimus Prime learns how to fly: G1, Beast Wars, Cybertron, Animated, Revenge of the Fallen, Prime
** Megatron becomes Galvatron: G1, Robots in Disguise, Unicron Trilogy (and we mean ''every subseries'' of the Unicron Trilogy[[note]]Done for trademark reasons, according to Aaron Archer. It wasn't as much of an issue in Japan: ''Armada'' Megatron/Galvatron was ''Micron Legend'' Megatron/Megatron SuperMode; ''Energon'' Megs/Galv was ''Super Link'' Galvatron/Galvatron General; and the ''Cybertron'' version was ''Galaxy Force'' Master Megatron/Master Galvatron - Takara didn't originally intend for ''Galaxy Force'' to be in the same continuity.[[/note]]), Age of Extinction
** Starscream comes back from the dead: G1, Beast Wars, Unicron Trilogy, Animated
** Waspinator blows up: Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Animated
** Someone makes an evil Optimus clone: G1, Robots in Disguise, Energon, Beast Wars Second, Prime, Age of Extinction [[note]]When the humans in Age of Extinction make Galvatron, they specifically say that they're designing him to look like Optimus Prime; Galvatron keeps reprogramming himself to resemble his old body. He keeps Optimus' truck vehicle form though.[[/note]]
** Unicron Appears: G1, (technically)Beast Wars, Armada, Energon, Prime, Beast Wars Neo
** Transformer with a human for their alternate mode: [[spoiler: Animated]], Revenge of the Fallen.
* If you were to play every ''{{Transformers}}'' opening theme ever made back to back, it would take just shy of 40 minutes to complete.
* AdaptationOverdosed: The AdaptationSequence below speaks for itself.
* AdaptationSequence: Toys --> [[Comicbook/TheTransformers Comic]] --> [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Cartoon]] --> [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie Animated movie]] --> [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Sequel]] [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines cartoons]] --> [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Reboot]] [[UnicronTrilogy cartoons]] --> [[ComicBook/TransformersGenerationOne Lots]] [[TransformersAllHailMegatron lots]] [[ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers more]] [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW comics]] --> [[Film/{{Transformers}} Live-action movie]] --> [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Another reboot cartoon]] --> [[Franchise/TransformersTimelines Even more comics, and prose]] --> [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Second movie]] --> [[TransformersWarForCybertron Video game]] --> [[Literature/TransformersExodus More prose]] --> [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Slightly video game/movie-based reboot cartoon]] --> [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Third Movie]] --> [[WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots Spin-off to the previous cartoon]] --> [[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction Fourth Movie]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Category:English_voice_actors Here]].
* InconsistentDub: The Latin American and ''even the European Spanish'' dubs, ''All the way'': Due to the fact Hasbro wanted to dub the Spanish versions in the U.S. for having more control about the dubbing (This is was during G1, the animated movie and the Japanese Anime versions, mind you) , all the Spanish language versions (including the European one) were sometimes dubbed by a Spanish-language studio in Los Angeles. The main problem with this approach is, due of consideration about the Spaniard viewers, especially in the Anime versions, some series were dubbed using the European Spanish dialect, but keeping the local accents ''intact'': Not only the Latin American viewers had to tolerate a very fake Spaniard accent, but the Spaniards had to tolerate a ridiculous Spaniard dialogue with ''[[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Mexican and Central American accents.]]''
** In fact, Mexican voice acting studios only dubbed a very small amount of Transformers stuff: The Beast Wars/Beast Machines series, Prime, Robots in Disguise and the live-action films. Other countries that dubbed the rest of the TF series were: Chile (Animated) and Venezuela (The Unicron Trilogy).
** While the Mexican dub of Beast Wars was pretty good, it was panned for changing the names of all the characters to Spanish equivalents. This was corrected later in Beast Machines' dub.
* PromotedFanboy: Benson Yee, frequent convention visitor and operator of a popular [[http://www.bwtf.com Transformers web site]]. He was approached on ''Generation One'' expertise for ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and received a "Consultant" credit on certain episodes.)
** Then there's Don Figueroa, who built his own meter-tall custom Transformers from scratch before becoming a fan-favorite artist and toy designer.
*** And [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Fandom#Fans_gone_official even more promoted fans]] beyond that.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Many, many toys and concepts end up being discarded - from G1 alone, we have characters originally being named differently (e.g. Swoop was to be named "Divebomb" before the name was later repurposed for the Predacon bird), a planned Unicron toy and ''two'' planned Arcee toys for the original toyline, an axed rerelease of the original Megatron toy in a blue/orange deco (dubbed "Lava Megatron" by Hasbro and "Safety Megatron" by fans), two Megatron triple changers ([[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Megalvatron.jpg one that switched between Megatron, Galvatron and a gun]] and [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Skywarpatron.jpg another between Megatron, Skywarp and a plane]] and many, many more. See [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Unreleased_toy here]] for more.

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[[folder: G 1 ]]

* CreatorsFavorite: Simon Furman, writer for a great number of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics, has a couple favorites:
** Grimlock. By his pen, Grimlock is a cunning warrior who uses HulkSpeak to [[ObfuscatingStupidity make his enemies underestimate him]], while the TV series simply had him be too dumb to string a sentence together.
** Nightbeat, a C-list character whom Furman brought to the forefront by making him a FilmNoir-style HardboiledDetective. In the current IDW-universe that Furman is helping to write, he [[spoiler: killed Nightbeat off fairly early on so fans can know that AnyoneCanDie,]] even his own favorite character. He did something similar in the G2 comics, [[spoiler: killing off Nightbeat as a self-inflicted PlayerPunch]].
* DuelingShows: TransformersGeneration1 vs. ''The [[WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots Go-Bots]]''
** Interestingly! The two are now considered to exist in the same multiverse. Albeit with the Go-Bots universe being very, ''very'' distant from any known Transformersverse. The only Gobot who has any sort of impact at all is Bugbite, who has since become a Decepticon.
* Something interesting of note: While a number people claim to have memories of Optimus crumbling into dust after death in the [[TransformersTheMovie Generation One Movie]], he did not actually do that - it was the [[TransformersArmada Armada Optimus]] who crumbled into dust on death. They may be confusing Optimus' death with Starscream's - 'Screamer did crumble to dust when dying.
* Megatron almost had a different name. When the writer of the initial Transformers fiction came up with the name, it was shot down by Hasbro, as they felt it conjured up images of nuclear weapons. He then reminded Hasbro Megatron was supposed to be the BigBad and the name was approved.
** Similarly, Starscream was originally named Ulchtar in Denny O'Neill's original treatment for the comic book, but Bob Budiansky changed it.

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[[folder: Transformers Film Series ]]

* CreatorBacklash: Creator/MichaelBay apologized for the result of ''Revenge of the Fallen,'' and promised better results for ''Dark of the Moon.''
* DawsonCasting: ShiaLaBeouf was 19-20 while filming and Creator/MeganFox was 19, both playing high school juniors. Bay mentioned that he was initially not interested in [=LaBeouf=] because in his movies immediately prior he had grown a goatee, making him look too old to play a teenager. Seeing him clean shaven convinced him otherwise.
* FanNickname: ''Transformers: Rolling On The Floor''
** The human/Transformer hybrid known as [[spoiler:Alice]] is being called [[spoiler:"Deceptislut".]]
** "Bayformers," while starting as a pejorative (and to some still is) has gone on to be an affectionate name for the series and the robot designs in general.
*** Sadly, the designs are one of the main reasons why some people hate the movies, from FanDumb (Prime having a mouth, and the robots not looking exactly the same as G1, the former of which being serious FanDumb since he's able to activate a mouthplate to take on the "mouthless" look), to good reasons (many minor Decepticons look the same, although minor Mooks in Transformers always have).
** Due to Optimus' dramatic [[spoiler:sacrifice and resurrection]], many have been calling him "Optimus Christ". [[http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=95801867252 There is even a Facebook group devoted to his honor.]] And why not? He died for our sins.
** In the first movie, Bumblebee projecting an Autobot signal into the clouds = the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bot-signal]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: TomKenny voices Skids and Wheelie (the latter with a somewhat modified [[SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob]] voice). Also, GreyDeLisle voices Arcee. and Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson, RobinAtkinDownes and Michael York (Basil Exposition in the ''AustinPowers'' series, and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries three]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries guest]] [[JusticeLeagueUnlimited roles]] in the {{DCAU}}) voice [[spoiler:the spirits of the Primes that Sam sees during his brief death]].
** [[HugoWeaving Megatron]] is [[Film/TheMatrix Agent Smith]] and [[Film/LordOfTheRings Elrond]].
** Reno Wilson voices Frenzy, Mudflap and Brains. For you gamers out there, that's the [[MadWorld Black Baron]] (stop starin') and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Sazh Katzroy]].
** Creator/TonyTodd is The Fallen.
** In the Japanese dub, Skids is voiced by Creator/TomokazuSeki and Mudflap is voiced by Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi. That logically amounts to [[GGundam Domon Kasshu]] and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] joining forces and becoming wiggers.
** As we noted above, FrankWelker using his unmistakable [[InspectorGadget Dr. Claw]] voice for Soundwave once more (He also uses it in the French and Italian dubs of the film, confirmed by [[WordofGod Welker himself]]). He also plays Megatron in the first two movie games; Grindor, Devatator, Ravage and Reedman in ''Revenge of The Fallen'', and Shockwave (and through an audio/animation error, Barricade) in ''Dark of The Moon''. In ''Age of Extinction'', he reprises his role of Galvatron, [[spoiler:and since he's Megatron in a new body, he's technically also reprising Megatron in the films proper]]!
*** Also, as noted above, PeterCullen reprises the role of Optimus Prime.
*** Following Cullen in Japan, Creator/TesshoGenda once against voiced Optimus/Convoy.
** Though not as easily recognized as GreyDeLisle, André Sogliuzzo, [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender best known as King Bumi and Hakoda]], provides Sideswipe's voice. He was replaced in the follow-up (and the ride) by James Remar ([[Series/{{Dexter}} Harry Morgan]]).
** Creator/JessHarnell is Ironhide, using a voice similar to [[WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether Captain Hero]].
** As for the games:
*** The first one features [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} Goliath]] as Barricade; [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Depth Charge]] as Brawl; [[Film/JingleAllTheWay Turboman]] as [[ActingForTwo Bonecrusher and Shockwave]]; [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures Tohru]] as Blackout; [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Jetfire]] as Ironhide and Creator/FredTatasciore as Ratchet.
*** The second one reunites most of the film's voice cast, and also includes [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack The Emperor]] as Jetfire; [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades Storm Shadow]] as Breakaway; [[WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Vision]] as Soundwave; [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Ro-Tor]] as Long Haul; Creator/NolanNorth as Sideswipe and Creator/JohnDimaggio as Sideways. Tatasciore returns as Grindor, Demolishor and Devastator.
*** The third one includes [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar Colonel Victor Hoffman]] as Wheeljack; [[WesternAnimation/ProStars Bo Jackson]] as Warpath; [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 Fishface]] as Breakaway; [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Thor]] as Air Raid; [[WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow a different Thor]] as Mixmaster; [[VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron Soundwave]] as... well, Soundwave (and Shockwave); [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Stegmutt]] as Lockdown; Creator/SteveBlum as Starscream and Creator/DaveWittenberg as Mirage. Tatasciore returns (''again'') as Megatron, Bumblebee, Ratchet and Sideswipe.
** Italian dub: Sam is [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]], Ironhide is [[ThreeHundred Leonidas]], The Doctor and Ratchet are PinkyAndTheBrain, Skids and Mudflap are [[TheSimpsons Lenny and Milhouse]], Optimus Prime is Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. Soundwave has his English actor for this dub as stated above.
** Brazilian dub: Optimus Prime is {{Superman}} from JusticeLeague and [[CampLazlo Raj]].
*** In Mexico, Sam is Raj. So this Indian elephant witnessed the Latin American invasion. Mexican Optimus Prime is [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Eeyore]], like [[PeterCullen his English actor]]
** Eddy from FamilyMatters (Darius [=McCrary=]) is Jazz.
** Another Japanese example: [[Creator/SanaeKobayashi Carly]] is [[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]]!
** Hungarian dub:
*** Optimus (only movie 1) is MorganFreeman. Also [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Lex Luthor]].
*** Megatron is [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Eduardo]], and also [[TheClevelandShow Cleveland's dad]]. He was also [[TransformersCybertron Overhaul/Leobreaker]].
*** Ironhide is [[Series/{{NCIS}} Leroy Gibbs]]
*** Jazz is [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} Wolverine]]
*** Starscream is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Orochimaru]], [[BeavisAndButthead Beavis]], and [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]].
*** Soundwave and Bobby Bolivia are [[TransformersCybertron Crumplezone]], [[TheBoondocks Uncle Ruckus]] and [[TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack Captain K'nuckles]]. And yes, he was once [[InspectorGadget Dr. Claw]], too.
*** Sam is [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]], [[TotalDramaIsland Noah]], [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Cosmo]], JohnnyTest, [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Barney Stinson]]... and like every third fictional young male character you can imagine.
*** Mikaela is [[StarWars Padmé]].
*** Ron Witwicky is [[MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]], [[ThePowerPuffGirls Mojo Jojo]], and [[TheRealGhostbusters Raymond]].
*** Agent Simmons is both [[TheRealGhostbusters fellow Ghostbuster Winston]] and [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]].
*** Lennox is [[WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether Xandir]].
*** Que and John Keller are [[TransformersEnergon Optimus]] [[TransformersCybertron Prime]]. And [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Carter Pewterschmidt]].
*** Sentinel is [[Film/MenInBlack K]], [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Barbossa]] and [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gimli]].
*** The Fallen is [[TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie King Neptune]].
*** Skids is AustinPowers, also [[TransformersEnergon Cyclonus]].
*** Mudflap is [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Lumpy Space Princess]], [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]], JimCarrey, [[ManOfAThousandVoices and lotso' other guys]]. Among them, [[TransformersEnergon Cliffjumper]].
*** Wheelie is [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Cheese]], [[LiloAndStitch Stitch]], and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Rock Lee]].
*** Brains is [[TopGear James May]].
*** Leo is [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]].
*** One of the Primes is [[TransformersArmada Armada Cyclonus]].
*** Wang is [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Eddy]].
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Danny [=McCoy=] from ''Series/LasVegas'' is Lennox. [[Series/TwentyFour Aaron Pierce]] is Col. Sharp in the first movie and [[TheDanza General Morshower]] in the second.
** Zach Ward played Sgt. Donolley, who you'd probably recognize from almost anything.
** [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Andrew Wells]] and Sasha Forbes work in the Pentagon as analysts.
** Lest we forget, [[Film/SmallSoldiers this isn't the first time that Sam's dad had to get paid off to keep his mouth shut after his house got trashed by rampaging toys]].
*** [[FridgeBrilliance That does help explain how he's so financially well off when he's never even gone to college]].
*** [[Film/Ghostbusters He also predicted that the world would end on New Year's Eve, which almost came true]].
** Also from ''Revenge of the Fallen'':
*** [[TheOffice Dwight Shrute]] as Professor Colan
*** The guy in Simmons' deli who wanted those new teeth? Dhalsim in ''StreetFighterTheLaterYears''.
*** The [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Oompa-Loompa]] stationed at the border patrol.
** ''Dark of the Moon'' currently holds a record number of these:
*** Simmons managed to get [[{{Firefly}} Wash]] / [[{{Dollhouse}} Alpha]] on retainer. And apparently [[Film/ConAir Cyrus the Virus]] survived to become the head of a defense contractor.
*** [[Series/{{Chuck}} Jeff and that one fat pimply Buy More employee]] are two of Sam's coworkers in DOTM.
*** Jerry Wang in DOTM used [[Series/{{Community}} to teach at Greendale!]] (Or was it [[Film/VampiresSuck not-Forks?]])
*** [[GreysAnatomy Patrick Dempsey]] is Carly's boss and [[Film/SpiderMan Mr. Ditkovich]] is the Russian informant.
*** [[{{Fargo}} Frances McDormand]] is the new ObstructiveBureaucrat and one of her assistants was Creator/AdamSandler's [[GrownUps housekeeper.]]
*** Epps ensures that he and Sam have a smooth ride through Chicago by enlisting the [[GearsOfWar Cole Train]] himself for help. Woo~!
*** While it may be a blink and you'll miss it cameo, [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Uzumaki]] appears as an office worker.
* RealitySubtext: Bumblebee vs. Barricade: Chevy Camaro vs. Ford Mustang.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They were going to put a transforming aircraft carrier (which partially inspired the toy-only stealth battleship Depthcharge), but the scale would have been extremely awkward to animate -- as in, it would have likely been able to walk on the ocean floor while keeping its torso above water.
** Fan favorite Springer was scheduled to be in the movie as an Osprey twin rotor helicopter, with ''two'' toys released based on the design. The guess is he was dropped because the Osprey design would make him absolutely tower over near every other robot (at about 60 feet tall) and give Devastator a run for his money.
** The very first non-movie character to get a toy was Wreckage - a Decepticon with an APC altmode based on an ILM design that eventually went unused.
** Both the twins and Arcee were apparently supposed to combine into a larger robot form. The cycles' version got far enough to make it into the toyline, the Twins...not so much (though the ice cream truck did).
** The studio initially requested that they try and make it so the robots don't talk at all, fearing it would come across as silly. Both the writers and Creator/MichaelBay knew that despite the requisite cries it was ruined for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks any changes]], the fans would absolutely crucify them if the robots didn't talk.
** Soundwave was to appear in the first movie, his role being an inverted CompositeCharacter of Frenzy and Barricade. Since there would be major size changes involved (he would go from a robot to a radio to a humvee), he was split off. At first, Frenzy was to be named "Soundwave", but the writers changed it because they felt the character was too different from all the other Soundwaves. Another attempt at working him in eventually turned into Blackout and Scorponok.
** The various adaptations of ''ROTF'' feature a different ending than the movie itself, where [[spoiler:Megatron, having found out that The Fallen had been lying to him and manipulating him all this time, leaves his master to die and flies back to the ''Nemesis'' with Starscream to awaken his new army]].
** Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor was originally cast as the Fallen, but was later replaced by Tony Todd. He did keep the role for the video game though.
* MoneyDearBoy: HugoWeaving admits he reads his lines without knowing what they mean and that he's not seen the films.
* Peter Cullen reprises his role as Optimus Prime for the Michael Bay films, but he does not reprise his role as Ironhide. Frank Welker returns as the voices of Soundwave and Ravage, but his other characters (Megatron, Frenzy and Laserbeak) have new actors. He was going to portray Megatron once more, but Michael Bay decided that Welker's voice didn't match his vision for Megatron.
** Amusingly, Frank Welker's brief lines for Shockwave in DOTM sound an awful lot like his G1 Megatron voice.
* According to the family tree that Sam presents in the first film, the Witwicky family consists of two generations of inbreeding. This might be a case of CriticalResearchFailure on Sam's part though.
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