* ActorAllusion: In "Human Error", Human!Bulkhead is dressed like an UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball player. Likely a reference to Bill Fagerbakke' role as Dauber, a college football player on ''Series/{{Coach}}''.
** Sentinel Prime is a walking ShoutOut to TheTick, including his blue coloration, giant chin, and occasional lines like "Energon-y goodness". His character was actually designed after actor Townsend Coleman was cast.
** Wreck-Gar (voiced by Music/WeirdAlYankovic) declares "I '''dare''' to be stupid!" in one episode, and pulls out an accordion in another. Weird Al sang Wreck-Gar's theme in TransformersTheMovie.
** In "Endgame, Part 1," [[DavidKaye Optimus]] shouts [[BeastWars "Yessssss!"]]
* ExecutiveMeddling[=/=]NetworkToTheRescue: Twice. The network wanted a human sidekick. The second time, humans got put OutOfFocus in season three.
* FakeBrit: Angry Archer's voice, provided by Creator/JeffBennett, has been admitted to be a parody of JohnCleese.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: ** Whereas [[WordOfGod the lead character designer]] has stated [[http://derrickjwyatt.blogspot.com/2009/03/turn-back-now-spoilers-ahead.html that Blurr is pretty much]] UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat at this point.
* FanNickname:
** Blitzwing's faces get a lot, although the WordOfGod titles them "Icy", "Hothead" and "Random".
** Lugnut's PowerFist weapon is the "Punch Of Kill Everything", AKA The [[FunWithAcronyms P.O.K.E]].
** "''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''", by the TF-fans who belive the series is "Ruined FOREVER" ([[RunningGag as usual]]), since it was designed by the same team who worked on the aforementioned series.
** Since, in this continuity, Autobots are largely incapable of flying, the Animated version of [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Powerglide_%28Animated%29 Powerglide]] actually seems to transform into a ground-based alternate mode, prompting some to name him as "Powerdrive" instead.
* HeyItsThatVoice
** They brought back several of the same voice actors who worked on G1 to reprise their characters. Most notably Creator/CoreyBurton as Shockwave and Spike Witwicky; but also John Moshitta as Blurr, Susan Blu as Arcee and even ''[[JuddNelson Judd freaking Nelson]]'' for Rodimus Prime's few lines in ''[=TransWarped=]''.
** Can't forget Music/WeirdAlYankovic as Wreck-Gar.
** DavidKaye is Optimus Prime, Lugnut, Warpath, Grimlock, Sparkplug Witwicky, and Cliffjumper.
** Bumper Robinson ([[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Dwight Conrad]]) is Bumblebee, Blitzwing, Blackout, and Porter C. Powell.
** Creator/PeterStormare is Prometheus Black/Meltdown.
** Creator/PhilLaMarr is Jazz, Alpha Trion, and Oil Slick.
** Creator/CoreyBurton is Megatron, Shockwave, Spike Witwicky, Ironhide, and Ratchet.
** Creator/CreeSummer is Blackarachnia/Elita-1.
** Creator/BrianPosehn is Nanosec.
** Fred Willard ([[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Boogey Man]]) is Swindle.
** TomKenny is Starscream and all his clones(barring Slipstream), Wasp, Rattletrap, Jetfire, Scrapper, and Professor Isaac Sumdac.
** Bill Fagerbakke ([[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Broadway]], [[SpongebobSquarepants Patrick Star]]) is Bulkhead, Master Disaster, and Hotshot.
** Creator/JeffBennett is Prowl, Soundwave, Fanzone, Jetstorm, Mixmaster, Angry Archer, and Ultra Magnus.
** Creator/TaraStrong is Sari, Slo-Mo, Carly Witwicky, Strika, Red Alert, and Slipstream.
** Creator/GeorgeTakei is Yoketron.
** Creator/LanceHenriksen is Lockdown.
** And let's not forget Townsend Coleman (WesternAnimation/TheTick) as Sentinel Prime.
** Alexander Polinsky ([[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Control Freak]]) is Headmaster.
** Creator/KathSoucie is Professor Princess.
** John Mariano ([[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Bobby the pigeon]]) is Dirt Boss.
** Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson is Omega Supreme.
** The Japanese version will feature Creator/NorioWakamoto as Megatron; Creator/SatomiAkesaka may be Sari.
** More Japanese voice cast, a few of whom are actually TF veterans, such as [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Roy Mustang]] as Ratchet and [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Urataros]] as Prowl to name two. Renji of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' as Lugnut and Creator/FumihikoTachiki as Prometheus Black[=/=]Meltdown as non-TF vets.
** Italian dub: Optimus Prime is [[DannyPhantom Jack Fenton]] and [[{{DCAU}} Batman]], Prowl is [[DragonBall Vegeta]], Grimlock is [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Dinobot]], Swindle is [[SaintSeiya Pegasus Seiya]], Bumblebee is [[OnePiece Monkey D Luffy]], Sari is [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Dawn]], Starscream and Blitzwing are [[KeroroGunso Kururu and Tamama]] and Ultra Magnus is [[KirbyRightBackAtYa King Dedede]]. And there's more.
* {{Homage}}: Mainframe is ''such'' an homage to the original G1 character that, like the original (an altmodeless Action Master), he never transforms. WordOfGod is that he ''does'' have an altmode, but it's an immobile supercomputer.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Season 3 was never released in the US. The other DVD's are out of print as well.
** Fortunately, the third season is scheduled for release in june of 2014, as is a DVD set of the full series. Sadly, no individual rereleases of the first two seasons are scheduled.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: It's later revealed that [[spoiler: Lockdown]] was once a ninja pupil himself [[spoiler:and an Autobot; WordOfGod is that no Decepticon ever trained under Yoketron]]. And Oil Slick is a ninja chemist.
* TheOtherDarrin: In season three, Omega Supreme is voiced by Phil [=LaMarr=] instead of Kevin Michael Richardson.
* PlayingAgainstType: David Kaye as [[TheHero Optimus Prime]], as he has played both [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars evil warriors]] and [[Manga/InuYasha lancer]][=/=][[MegaManNTWarrior rival]] duos.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Jazz is voiced by Hermes Conrad and Bumblebee is voiced by his son Dwight.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Sure, three seasons and 42 episodes doesn't sound too bad... until you realize that the show was on the air for ''less than a year and a half''.
* ShortRunInPeru: Somewhat annoyingly to American viewers, Canada's YTV aired this show a week ahead of Cartoon Network after it was dropped for one week in favor of the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' premiere. Not to mention that, annoying everyone ''else'' in the world, a Dubai children's network aired almost all of season 2 over a month early, leading to WildMassGuessing and outright misinformation based on screenshots with no English translations.
* ShrugOfGod: Derrick Wyatt himself prefers not think about what Slipstream represents. He's also keeping mum about how [[spoiler: Sari's protoform]] ended up in Isaac's lab - he feels that something like that should only be told in future TFA fiction. Fingers crossed...
* TalkingToHimself: Due in part to budget, Animated gets a ''lot'' of mileage out of its actors.
** Pushed to its logical end with the Starscream clones. Despite having color schemes clearly inspired by older characters that had their own names, they'll probably never be referred to as anything but Starscream clones on the show. That's because if they're all Starscream clones, then they all count as the same character; if they were different characters, they'd have to pay TomKenny extra to voice them all and they're only allowed to have one VA voice so many characters in a single episode.
** They've done several episodes where two characters go out on their own and argue the entire way, and often even had the same voice actor, with both Prime/Grimlock and Prowl/Fanzone.
** This was lampshaded during the Botcon 2008 script reading, where Bumblebee suggests to a thinly disguised Beast Wars Megatron (as voiced by David Kaye) that they call Grimlock or Lugnut (both voiced by David Kaye) for help. Megatron responds "Oh, please. What do I look like, [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Scott McNeil]]?"
** There's even one where Animated!Optimus is talking about golf with BW!Megatron, the latter declaring with a chuckle that Autobots suck at golf.
* ThrowItIn: Blitzwing's German accent was a last-minute improvisation by Bumper Robinson while auditioning for the role, no doubt based on the character's name. When he got the part, Blitzwing was hastily redesigned to compliment the accent.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Hot Shot and Red Alert were meant to be part of the main cast, but were replaced by Bumblebee and Ratchet. Rodimus was first choice for the 'jerkass on the Elite Guard' character, but this was apparently nixed by Hasbro.
** Also, Hot Shot was going to receive a toy later in the toyline, along with a triple changing Megatron, but both only made it to the prototype stage before the series was nixed for ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Revenge of the Fallen]]''.
** In the episode "Autoboot Camp", originally conspiracy crazed Cliffjumper was to be the Autobot framed for being a Decepticon spy, but Hasbro did not approve of that and that role went to Wasp.
** The second Allspark Almanac goes in depth about what Season 4 would have been like - and it sounds like it would have been the best thing in the world, too. No, we aren't going to give the details, get the book yourself. [[note]]If you really want to know, we've got three words for you: [[TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass Animated.]][[/note]]
** Season 4 was also going to make Sentinel Prime a villain. [[Film/{{Transformers}} Funny one should mention that]].
** Derrick Wyatt [[http://www.formspring.me/DerrickJWyatt/q/341689570351407149 mentions]] that they were planning on setting up a fight between the Dinobots and Constructicons in Season 4.
** The ''Animated'' producers were hoping to get Eric Idle to reprise his role as Wreck-Gar from the movie, but he was too busy with {{Spamalot}}, so they ended up getting Music/WeirdAlYankovic instead. Though the final Wreck-Gar owes a lot more in appearance and mannerisms to Weird Al than Idle, his debut episode still contains a few ideas that were formed back when they were trying for Eric Idle -- most notably his team-up with Angry Archer, whose voice is very clearly an imitation of JohnCleese.
** Beachcomber was meant to be a ButtMonkey, according to [[WordOfDante supplementary material]].
** Megatron was originally to deliver a CurbStompBattle to the Dinobots to show how powerful he was, but WordOfGod stated that the idea was scapped to not upset Dinobot fans.
* WordOfGod: Several things, most notably the possibility of [[spoiler: Blurr not being dead]], and Slipstream's name.
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