* ActorAllusion:
** In "Human Error", Human!Bulkhead is dressed like an UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball player. Likely a reference to Creator/BillFagerbakke's 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 [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars "Yessssss!"]]
* DevelopmentGag: Team Rodimus is three-fifths scrapped ideas (see WhatCouldHaveBeen). Sari's scooter / jetpack is based on a transforming trike she had in a dropped version of the opening sequence.
* 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 ''[[Creator/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.
** Creator/TomKenny is Starscream and all his clones(barring Slipstream), Wasp, Rattletrap, Jetfire, Scrapper, and Professor Isaac Sumdac.
** Creator/BillFagerbakke 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 [[WesternAnimation/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 [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa King Dedede]]. And there's more.
* 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.
* TheOtherDarrin: In season three, Omega Supreme is voiced by Creator/PhilLaMarr instead of Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson.
* PlayingAgainstType: David Kaye as [[TheHero Optimus Prime]], as he has played both [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars evil warriors]] and [[Manga/InuYasha lancer]][=/=][[Anime/MegaManNTWarrior rival]] duos.
* RelationshipVoiceActor:
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Jazz/Omega Supreme is voiced by Hermes Conrad and Bumblebee/Blitzwing/Porter C. Powell is voiced by his son Dwight]].
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Prowl is Brooklyn, Owen Burnett, and the Magus and Bulkhead is Broadway]].
** [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Starscream/Isaac Sumdac/Jetfire is SpongeBob SquarePants and Bulkhead/Major Disaster/Hot Shot is Patrick Star]].
* RoleReprisal - Corey Burton, Susan Blu, and John Moscita reprise the characters (Shockwave, Arcee, and Blurr, respectively) that they played in G1.
* RunningTheAsylum - If you played a drinking game with Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 [[MythologyGag mythology gags]], you'd be dead by the third episode.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Black Arachnia speaks these exact words to justify her [[spoiler: Predacon]] research.
** Also, in a more real-world context; there's the updated forms of the Dinobots. The G1 Dinobots were already somewhat inaccurate even during the 80s, with different body proportions to the animals they were based on. By today's standards they are hideously inaccurate, with their stances and movements being made to reflect the idea that Dinosaurs used to be thought as slow and dumb. The Animated Dinobots are much, '''much''' closer in general accuracy to their respective animals in virtually every way. Body proportions, stances, range of movement, everything.
* 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.
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy: For what it's worth, ''Animated'' has some of the best accuracy between the show and the toys of any continuity, in that the toys are highly accurate in Alt Mode, Robot Mode, and have extremely accurate transformations, all while maintaining the series' unique art style.
* 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.
** [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Blitzwing, Bumblebee, and Blackout]] share a VA. (Blitzwing also often talks to himself literally.)
* 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: [[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass Animated.]][[/note]]
** Season 4 was also going to make Sentinel Prime a villain. [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon 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 Theatre/{{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 Creator/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.
*** Also, Megatron's weapon was originally going to be a katana, as seen [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/Megatron-animatedart.jpg here]], but it was changed to the traditional fusion cannon and a pair of twin swords.
** In the fourth season, Soundwave would've [[AscendedExtra joined with Megatron full-time.]]
** In the fourth season, Dirt Boss would've been part of a BigBadEnsemble with Megatron, coming into conflict with him at least once.
** The second to last scene of Season 3 would have been Slipstream [[spoiler: resurrecting Starscream]]
** Creator/MichaelBell, who voiced Prowl and Swoop in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', auditioned to reprise the roles for this show.
** Some scenes also had to be cut for time or for other reasons, as revealed in [[http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/marty-isenberg-talks-dinobots-and-other-animated-tidbits/13665/ this interview.]] The most major one? [[spoiler: Megatron beating the tar out of the Dinobots.]]
** Another one was that Starscream was apparently supposed to [[IronicNickname have a fairly quiet voice]], as Marty Isenberg ''really'' disliked the screechy voice G1 Starscream had. However, after advice from Derrick J. Wyatt and hearing Creator/TomKenny's performance he decided to compromise with a voice that was high and a bit whiny, but not outright shrill.
** Afterburn, the CanonForeigner from the Titan Comics, was originally going to be named Sideswipe, and preview images even called him that. He was given a different name due to fans hating the design, along with the possibility that Hasbro [[ExecutiveMeddling intervened]] due to [[spoiler:his nature as TheMole]], similar to the Cliffjumper example.
* WordOfGod: Several things, most notably the possibility of [[spoiler: Blurr not being dead]], and Slipstream's name.
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