* CreatorBacklash: After ROTF had been out a while many people involved with it admitted that it wasn't the movie they were hoping it would be, Creator/MichaelBay included.
* ExecutiveMeddling: You might be wondering why the name of the college Sam Witwicky went to is not named. That's because after filming both Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, the colleges forbade Creator/MichaelBay from revealing the name of the college after they filmed a scene where Mrs. Witwicky got accidentially high on pot brownies and went around campus in a pot-induced humiliation fest.
* FandomNod: Leo and co. are basically pitch-perfect parodies of some of the more extreme bloggers any fandom can pick up.
* NamesTheSame: There is a real United States government group also called NEST, which stands for Nuclear Emergency Support Team.
* TheOtherMarty: Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor recorded lines for The Fallen (which is how he got the job to voice the character in the tie-in game), but was dubbed over by Creator/TonyTodd.
* PromotedFanboy: Josh Nizzi created a fan design for a movie-based Long Haul, which was so good he was brought to Hasbro and eventually to the actual film production team. In addition to Long Haul being the first new design approved for ''ROTF'', he ended up designing Jetfire, the new Megatron and [[spoiler:Powered-Up Optimus Prime.]]
* ViralMarketing: Rival conspiracy websites mentioned in the film [[http://www.therealeffingdeal.com really]] [[http://www.gianteffingrobots.com/ exist]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: There can be a very interesting book written about how a number of factors made this movie the ([[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines de]][[Anime/TransformersArmada ba]][[Anime/TransformersEnergon ted]]) low point of the franchise.
** A TON of ideas got scrapped, some late in the game, including:
*** Arcee being a combiner who would regularly take on a merged form that was roughly Bumblebee's height. This was dropped so late that the two of the three toys for Arcee retained this ability.
*** Skids and Mudflap being able to combine.
*** Sideways was supposed to have a larger role but Audi chickened out, causing them to give much of his scenes to Demolisher... only for Audi to change their minds BACK to having him in the movie, resulting in his quick scene.
*** Springer was going to be in the film and even had toys made before he was scrapped.
*** Several Seekers were slated to appear, including Ransack. Again, got toys because of them being deleted so late in production.
*** Soundwave would have gained an earth alt mode, namely a Chevy truck.
*** Originally the Fallen was supposed to be trapped in an alternate dimension of sorts and only able to escape when all the Primes were gone, rather than just hanging out in his ship.
*** Sam was supposed to transfer all the knowledge he gained from the Allspark to the Matrix, which in turn would become a new Allspark for the Autobots.