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->''"Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed, but not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think and feel inhabited the cities. They were called Autobots and Decepticons. But the brutal Decepticons were driven by a single goal: total domination. They set out to destroy the peace-loving Autobots, and a war between the forces of good and evil raged across Cybertron."''
-->--'''Narration from the first episode.'''

With their home world depleted of energy due to the war, the Autobots leave on their ship to find a new planet with energy sources. The Decepticons follow in a ship of their own. The ensuing battle led to them crashing on Earth. Millions of years later (in [[PresentDay 1984]]), both factions wake up, resuming their war on our world.

''The Transformers'' was the first ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoon, part of the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' franchise. It premiered in 1984. The writing and distribution of the series was handled by both Marvel Productions and Creator/SunbowEntertainment. Animation was done by ToeiAnimation and a few other (uncredited) studios, including Creator/{{AKOM}} (in their first project), some [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Unknown_Filipino_animation_studio Philippines-based studio]] and several feeder studios[[note]]Creator/SeiYoung, DaiWon, Sam Young, Creator/TransArts, Creator/AnimeR, Creator/ProductionReed and Toei's Filipino studio[[/note]]. With one episode[[note]]"Call of The Primitives"[[/note]] [[http://user.tninet.se/~cio759u/teamwork/int4.htm done by]] Creator/TMSEntertainment. AKOM's animation was generally worse than Toei's.

The show ran for three whole seasons, plus season 4, which was just a three-part episode, "The Rebirth". The Japanese version branched off into a different continuity right after the end of the third season, replacing "The Rebirth" with ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters''.

The continuity of this series provided the basis for ''TransformersWingsOfHonor''.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* ActionHoggingOpening: All of them, but the second season's stands out the most.
* ActionGirl: Arcee in the movie onwards. Also Elita One, though she's the leader of her own AmazonBrigade.
* AdBumpers
* AdaptationDyeJob
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/FIRRIB Infamously]], this version of ''TransformersGeneration1'' made Rumble blue and Frenzy red, instead of the other way around, in contrast to their toy and comic book appearances. The Japanese dub got around this by calling the red one Rumble and the blue one Frenzy.
** In general, the Autobots were given blue eyes and the Decepticons red eyes, regardless of what their toys had. For example, the Dinobots had blue eyes in this series instead of the red found on their toys, and Soundwave's toy's yellow eyes were switched to red.
** The Sweeps' beards are white or grey in the box art and toys, but vary between blue, grey, and black in the series.
* AlienLunch: In "Starscream's Ghost", [[HeelFaceTurn Octane]] has gotten a job transporting junk for the Junkions. Galvatron sends a Scuxxoid to plant a bomb on the transport ship, and it explodes. The destruction of the ship doesn't kill Octane, however, and he's rescued by an alien vessel. The passengers are eating something that has visible [[EditorialSynesthesia steam]] wafting to Octane's nose, and he clearly doesn't like the smell at all.
-->'''Octane:''' Sheesh, what have you been eating?
-->''Alien (speaks alien language and offers some nasty-looking chunky purple food in a bowl)''
-->'''Octane:''' Oh, gee, thanks, n-no, never mind, I just want to be taken to Autobot City, where it's safe!
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: Here is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIPm7sdbD88 Japanese opening theme]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MonBbXUcew ending theme]]. And here is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21p48QqU9Ng Japanese opening]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9lxOqZmq20 ending]] to the third season.
* AmazonBrigade: Elita One and the other female Autobots from the Season 2 episode "The Search For Alpha Trion".
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Raoul. He suddenly gotten lighter in his second appearance.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tracks
* AnachronicOrder: A few of the episodes.
** "Fixed" with the Creator/ShoutFactory DVD releases.
* AnimationBump: "Call of the Primitives" is the best example. The "More Than Meets The Eye" three-parter, "Atlantis Arise", "Chaos", "Dweller in the Depths", the fight between Metroplex and Trypticon in "The Ultimate Weapon" and "The Return of Optimus Prime" are also better animated than the rest of the series.
** Despite their constant OffModel moments, AKOM's animation ''does'' have an occasional moment of good animation in several scenes of ''The Five Faces of Darkness'' five-parter, ''Thief In the Night'', ''Dark Awakening'' and ''The Rebirth'' series finale. AKOM's episodes also tended to have a higher frame rate than Toei's.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo45xY6K8zE The season two opening]] is also better crafted than the other openings.
* AnotherDimension: Menonia
* ArbitrarySkepticism: The park ranger at the beginning of "The Insecticon Syndrome": "Giant robotic insects that eat trees?! You gotta be kidding!" Note that he's saying this ''to Beachcomber.''
** He was probably skeptical that giant robots could ''eat''.
** And the fact that they're ''insect'' robots.
* ArmCannon: Megatron's fusion cannon. He also had an arm cannon as Galvatron.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: A group of Decepticons from known as the Predacons, actually compose of [[PantheraAwesome Razorclaw (a lion), Rampage (a tiger)]], [[FeatheredFiend Divebomb (an eagle)]], [[RhinoRampage Headstrong (a rhino)]], and [[ALoadOfBull Tantrum (a bull)]]. In real life, the alt-modes of the last two are supposed to be herbivores - very vicious herbivores, but herbivores just the same.
* ATeamFiring: Many episodes featured large-scale gun battles between the Autobots and Decepticons... not that they managed to hit much of anything, mind you. Some of these battles would even show both sides standing right out in the open and not even attempting to dodge incoming laser fire.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
** AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Grimlock leads the Dinobots because hes physically the strongest.
* BackFromTheDead: Optimus Prime, twice. [[spoiler:Starscream regained his body after spending some time as a ghost]].
* BadassFamily: Spike, Carly and Daniel.
* BadassNormal: Lord Chumley from "Prime Target" is 100 percent British stereotype but also such a bad ass that he captures a Soviet jet with a submarine and makes mechas and traps to capture several Autobots with the goal of getting Optimus Prime.
* BaitAndSwitch: The conclusion of "More Than Meets the Eye" makes it seem like Optimus Prime is going to be the one to face the Decepticons on his own and save the day. He isn't. [[spoiler: Instead it's actually ''Mirage'' who accomplishes this.]]
* BeardOfEvil: Scourge and the Sweeps.
* BigBad: Megatron (who later becomes Galvatron)
* BigBadDuumvirate: Astrotrain and Blitzwing in "Triple Takeover". Blitzwing actually fared the better of the two, until Megatron returned and reasserted himself.
** Arguably Galvatron and Zarak in season 4.
* BigBadEnsemble: Season 3, the Autobots have to deal with both the Decepticons and the Quintessons.
* BigGood: Optimus Prime.
** Later parts of the series had the role pass to Rodimus Prime and Fortress Maximus.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Starscream's fate in the season 3 episode "Ghost In The Machine".
* ButtMonkey: Skyfire, an 'old friend' of Starscream's who is revived and used by the Decepticons, and then seems to heroically sacrifice himself to save the Autobots. Only a sequel episode shows that he didn't actually die, but was buried in some ice to the extent where it took the Autobots seconds to dig him back up, they just didn't bother until they needed him to fly somewhere. In that episode, he befriends Thundercracker for all of about thirty seconds, until the Decepticons shoot him. He's then routinely ignored by the other Autobots unless they need carting around the world, and forgotten about entirely when the Aerialbots arrive towards the end of the second series.
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]], in "Dark Awakening".
* CanonDiscontinuity: Unicron's origin as presented in the cartoon, being built by an alien scientist, was completely ignored in subsequent ''Transformers'' fiction.
* CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock: In the episode "B.O.T.", the Decepticons built a cannon designed to knock the moon out of orbit... yet it features an "OVER LOAD" button on a human-height control panel.
* CaptainCrash: While not remarked upon in show, Cosmos is rarely in an episode without crashing into ''something''. One of the few times he got through an episode without it, it seems like Optimus is TemptingFate by sending him out into space a third time in a day.
* CardCarryingVillain: Megatron had a rather grating tendency to laugh and say how evil he was, or how evil his plan was, just so that the kids knew who to root for.
** [[ExpositoryThemeSong "Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons"]]
* CategoryTraitor: In "Megatron's Master Plan, Part 1", Spike, Sparkplug, and Chip left the city with the Autobots after they've been publicly framed. One woman called them "traitors" and a guy throwing tomatoes "lousy Autobot lovers".
* [[{{Crossover}} Cartoon Crossover]]: The episode "Only Human" featured a character called "Old Snake", who's clearly the [[GIJoe Cobra Commander]].[[note]]"COBRA!...(*cough*) (*cough*) (*cough*)"[[/note]] Also, Marissa's father seems to be Flint, also from ''GIJoe''.
** WordOfGod has confirmed Marissa's parentage (Flint and Lady Jaye)
** Jazz and Blaster like to listen to ''[[GIJoe Cold Slither]]''!
** "This is Hector Ramirez, reporting live from multiple continuities..." [[note]]Or one continuity if you believe [[AllThereInTheManual Alpha Trion]]. [[/note]]
* CatapultNightmare: Daniel in season 3's "The Nightmare Planet".
* CastFromHitPoints: [[DistaffCounterpart Elita One]]'s [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique special power]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Many of the Transformers that didn't die in the movie.
** Especially Sparkplug and Chip after season 2.
* ChummyCommies: The Soviets may look and act kinda [[FunnyForeigner funny]], but are allied to the Autobots like most Earth governments.
* [[spoiler:ColonyDrop: Galvatron attempted to crash Cybertron into Earth during "The Rebirth".]]
* CombiningMecha: The various gestalt teams, starting with the Constructicons and continuing with the Stunticons, Aerialbots, Protectobots, Combaticons, Predacons, Terrorcons, and Technobots.
** Reflector was an uncommon variation: three little robots combined into a camera for their alternate mode.
* ContinuitySnarl: It's a good thing Megatron decided to build the Constructions in some caves on Earth ("Heavy Metal War", Season 1)... Especially after they built him on Cybertron 4 million years ago ("Five Faces of Darkness, Part 3", Season 3)... and then he brainwashed them into becoming Decepticons who tried to brainwash Omega Supreme ("The Secret of Omega Supreme", Season 2)... Wait, what?
* ConvenientlyClosePlanet: In the very first episode, as the Autobots and Decepticons battle, the spaceship plunges inexplicably down to earth without going through any hyperdrive or seemly traveling far at all (unless it happened between the Decepticon's launch and the asteroid collision). Then again, also taking the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers Marvel comics]] into account, Cybertron is a wandering planet.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Shawn Berger from "Megatron's Master Plan".
* TheDragon: Starscream, then Cyclonus.
* DoAnythingRobot: Ironhide
* DubNameChange: The Japanese version switched Frenzy and Rumble's names around in order to correct the animation error that reversed their colours. This meant that Frenzy, a previously expendable character, became [[AscendedExtra a major character]]. On the other hand, it meant that [[DemotedToExtra Rumble became scarce]].
** Also, Optimus Prime was Convoy, Jazz was Meister, Sideswipe was Lambor, Mirage was Ligier, Shockwave was Laserwave, Devastator was Devastar, Metroplex was Metroflex, [[strike:[[TransformersHeadmasters Blaster was named Billy]]]]
* DemotedToExtra: The show introduced LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, one set after another, [[MerchandiseDriven to sell toys]], and some had more staying power than others. Many characters' roles went by this formula: 1: [[RememberTheNewGuy Show up one day without comment]]. 2: Have [[ADayInTheLimelight one really good episode of focus]] later. 3: Be occasionally seen in the background or fights. 4: [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Disappear mysteriously]].
** As an example, Jazz, who was a major character in the first two seasons of G1, had a supporting role in [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie the movie]], but when Scatman Crothers died shortly afterwards, Jazz's later appearances were non-speaking cameos.
* DeusExMachina: At the end of the episode "A Prime Problem", Megatron throws Spike out of his rocket, but then Powerglide shows up out of nowhere and saves him. It could be assumed that he was there all along and simply hadn't appeared on screen, except for the fact that before this episode, all but two of the Autobots had had land-based altmodes.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "Dark Awakening", the Autobots find Optimus Prime's tomb empty.
* DumbMuscle: Generally, the combined forms of multiple Transformers aren't very intelligent. Except Computron.
** The Dinobots, in spades.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the [[FiveEpisodePilot Three Part Pilot]] "More Than Meets The Eye" the Autobots have consistently being shown to be capable of independent flight ''without'' the use of jetpacks, something that will '''not''' happen again until Skyfire and The Aerialbots come into the story ''much'' later on.
** Actually, Wheeljack flew in ''A Plague of Insecticons'', which was towards the end of Season One.
** What really makes this a headscratcher is the fact that the flight ability disappeared without explanation ''in the middle of the 3-parter''. In the first two episodes, the Autobots are able to fly without problem. Than the third part rolls around and suddenly Optimus Prime needs to use said jetpack to chase after the Decepticons' spaceship.
** "Sparks", as they're known in other continuities are called "lasercores" in this version.
** As for personalities Prime started off quite a bit less gentle and more impatient. Instead of calming telling the Autobots he's fine after being saved from a roaring river he shrugs them off impatiently and gets annoyed.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Quintessons blow up their own planet to destroy the Autobot Matrix (they fail). Later, Rodimus Prime has the planet Paradron detonated to prevent its energon falling into Decepticons.
* EldritchAbomination: Tornedron. Unicron is much less of one in this cartoon compared to subsequent stories.
** Also Chaos, Torkulon, and to a lesser extent, the Dweller in the Depths.
* EnhancedOnDVD: In an '''''extremely''''' bizarre case of receiving this treatment not once, but twice! [[InvertedTrope However]], they weren't really "enhanced", so to speak:
** The first time this happened (by Rhino Entertainment at the turn of the millennium), the picture ''was'' clearer, but this was because early, pre-televised masters were used. There was also a considerable amount of [[OffModel animation errors]] that were not present when the series first aired. It also incorporated unfitting sound effects that were also never in the original release. The fans were ''not'' pleased. Moreover, the DVD authoring house that Rhino hired untruthfully claimed that those added sound effects were always there.
** When Creator/ShoutFactory started releasing their own version of the series, they (wisely) planned to use the televised masters. Unfortunately, the picture quality hadn't aged well on them, which meant severe fading at points which meant they had to use Rhino's version. Fortunately, they made various corrections so that it would look as close to the original televised version as possible. They even replaced a disc on the first set that had an error they had missed. Additionally, in two episodes ("Countdown to Extinction" and "Heavy Metal War"), the sound effects track was considerably lower in volume than either the vocal or music tracks.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Everything's Better With Dinobots]]!
* EvilLaugh: The sheer ''creepiness'' of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUjcr87XfM Megatron's Evil Laugh]] in the [[TransformersGenerationOne original animated series]] is in and of itself NightmareFuel.
** Believe it or not, Soundwave laughed in the episode "Auto-Bop". It's fricking ''nightmarish''.
* EvilOverlord: Zarak
* EvilPoacher: Lord Chumley in "Prime Target".
* EvilSoundsDeep: Inverted with Starscream and Welker's Galvatron; played straight with Megatron, Cyclonus, and Unicron.
* FantasyKitchenSink: "Dinobot Island, Part 2" has it all - barbarians, mammoths, dinosaurs, pirates, motorcycle gangs, cowboys, and scantily clad bikini chicks, in addition to giant space robots. "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court" with the medieval time period and the dragon. Both justified in that time travel was involved.
* {{Fiction500}}: Shawn Berger in "Megatron's Master Plan".
* FiveEpisodePilot
* {{Flanderization}}: Grimlock and his Dinobots went from being strong, but unintelligent wild cards in the first two seasons to comic relief in [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie the movie]] and onward.
** In TheMovie, at least, the Dinobots were still pretty {{Badass}}, though they were suddenly happy to take orders from Optimus Prime and work with the other Autobots. In the third season their badassness evaporated entirely, and went from being DumbMuscle to outright idiots.
** Fortunately their final appearance in "Call of the Primitives" returned them to their brutish and freakishly-powerful standing.
* FixFic: There's ignoring the movie (and Seasons 3 and 4) completely.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Gears in Season 2 ("Changing Gears"); Grimlock in Season 3 ("Grimlock's New Brain")
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Elita One's special power.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Surprisingly, the show did have some. During season two, the Dinobots voiced their displeasure in having to save the Autobots all the time. The Dinobots would [[TenMinuteRetirement briefly leave]] the Autobots because of this in the ''Desertion of the Dinobots'' two-parter.
* FreudianCouch: Forcibly done to Galvatron in the episode "Webworld".
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Galvatron Is About to Shoot You]]: Galvatron, in the Season 3 TitleSequence. Plus numerous examples in the cartoon itself, all seasons. Mostly by [[TheStarscream Starscream]] or Megatron/Galvatron.
* GrandFinale: "The Rebirth"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** While the series actually didn't do all that much there was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EBUXVZcb2M this infamous scene]] with the Decepticons. Take a wild guess on what [[GRatedDrug Energon]] gets to be in this case. Energon (or engine oil) tends to sub for food and drink in situations where humans would ingest it, e.g. Hot Rod offering Energon "candy" to the Sharkticons in the movie.
** Also the episode "Only Human", where Rodimus Prime, Arcee, Ultra Magnus and Springer have their minds placed in synthoid human bodies. Rodimus has (offscreen but implied) sex with a human woman named Michelle, the daughter of the episode's BigBad Victor Drath.
** "Starscream's Ghost" has, as [=TFWiki=] so eloquently puts it, Octane looking up robo-porn.
* GodGuise: Cosmos crashes on the moon Titan in "The God Gambit", and his unconscious body is worshiped as a god. Astrotrain, the enemy, only encourages it.
* GeniusLoci: Unicron, Torkulon and the city-bots.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The Soviet Union is portrayed as active in the 21st century.
* HatePlague: TropeNamer. Unlike the KidAppealCharacter (formerly The Bumblebee) and TheStarscream, this did not show up in the Marvel comics.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Scourge and the Sweeps, in their robot modes.
* HulkSpeak: The Dinobots.
* HumongousMecha: Naturally, but there are even more humongous mechas with Omega Supreme, Sky Lynx, Metroplex, Trypticon, Fortress Maximus, Scorponok, and Unicron.
* IdiosyncraticWipes
* {{Immortality}}:
** TheAgeless: Transformers don't seem to die from old age.
*** Although, they do seem to age. Kup looks older than all of the other Transformers and looks younger in a flashback ("Chaos").
** CompleteImmortality: There was also Starscream's ghost.
* ImprovisedLightningRod: Inversion: In an episode, the Autobots have to stop a plot by Decepticons but there's a lightning storm going on, and if a bolt hits a Transformer, something very bad happens. So the Transformers go into battle riding on ''other'' Transformers who are in their Vehicle modes; the rubber of their tires on the road isolates the Transformers riding on top so they're safe.
* IneffectualDeathThreats
* InsigniaRipoffRitual: Skyfire in ''Fire In the Sky''.
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: This is generally understood as one of the major reasons why [[TheStarscream Starscream]] is second-in-command to Megatron despite (or rather, due to) his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* KidWithTheLeash: Aron in "Child's Play".
* LaResistance: The Nebulans fighting against the Hive in "The Rebirth".
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: The final episode of the first season ("Heavy Metal War") introduced the Constructicons. "The Rebirth" introduced ''dozens'' of new characters.
* LikesOlderWomen: Spike at the start of the series is around fifteen when the series started. Carly at most is ''eighteen'' years old (she's in college at the time). His father Sparkplug ''actually'' encourages him to [[ShipperOnDeck pursue her]]. And TheyDo in the TimeSkip with a kid to boot.
* MadScientist: Dr. Arkeville.
* MadeOfIron: Aside the usual Transformers, the ''humans of the series'' can take more punishment than you think. The Transformers wiki even calls Spike "Superhuman Spike" for all the injuries he could've sustained. Dr. Harding in "Attack of The Autobots" is another example as she manages to survive a ''4-story building of her lab'' and survives getting thrown into a wall, which should have turn her into a pancake.
* MesACrowd: The Insecticons had this ability.
* MechanicalLifeforms
* MerchandiseDriven
* MetaMecha: Fortress Maximus.
* TheMillstone: Starscream for the Decepticons. Lampshaded often.
* MissingMom: Spike's mom is never mentioned.
* TheMovie: ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In "The Ultimate Doom, Part 1", Megatron forced Optimus Prime to activate the pylon or he'll be responsible for catapulting Cybertron into oblivion. Unwilling to sacrifice his home planet, Optimus activates the space bridge, bringing Cybertron into Earth's orbit, but wonders if he is dooming Earth in the process.
-->'''Optimus:''' Have I saved Cybertron... only to destroy the Earth?\\\
'''Ironhide:''' [[IDidWhatIHadToDo You did what you had to do, Prime. What any of us would have done.]]
* NobodyCanDie[=/=]NeverSayDie: Averted. One episode was even titled "The Killing Jar".
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Megatron's Master Plan," Thrust destroying Teletraan 1 is what cancels the override to Cosmos, allowing him (And Trailbreaker) to help the Autobots escape from being pulled into the sun and back to Earth.
** Starscream in "More Than Meets the Eye" Part 1, when after the Decepticons exit the Autobot's ship, Starscream shoots at some rocks, and the falling of those rocks knocks Optimus Prime's body into Teletraan One's repair beam.
** In "War Dawn", Megatron sends the Aerialbots back in time to witness an earlier Megatron and his troops gun down several Autobots, including Orion Pax, Dion and Ariel. The Aerialbots bring Orion back to Alpha Trion and he's rebuilt as Optimus Prime (while Ariel's rebuilt as Elita-1). It also shows Slingshot (who previously ''admired'' the Decepticons) just how evil Megatron really was, and the disillusioned Aerialbot swears the Aerialbots won't stop until Megatron's finished.
** Deceptitran in "Sea Change" sends out a distress signal... but the Autobots get the call as well, and their arrival before Megatron does causes Deceptitran to attack them, and show them what Deceptitran is up to. It also allows Seaspray to enter the Well of Transformation and be somewhat human at first, then a merman like Alana. (And Alana in turn becomes an Autobot for a while for the final attack on Deceptitran.)
** Blitzwing and Astrotrain's attempt to replace both Megatron and Starstream as potential leaders of the Decepticons in "Triple Takeover" shows Megatron their true colors, and in a battle royale against them, Starscream AND Devastator, leaves Megatron as the last 'Con standing...and now the ''unquestionable'' Decepticon leader.
* NobleDemon: Quite surprisingly, a few Decepticons, the supposed "bad guys of a 1980's children's cartoon" have shown to be capable of honor and even compassion, most notably Skyfire, Blitzwing and Cyclonus.
* NotSoDifferent: The Aerialbots (except Silverbolt) and [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]] in their admiration of Megatron and the Decepticons. Though [[BrokenPedestal they do come around]].
* NotZilla: In "Kremzeek!", there's a billboard of a Japanese monster movie called ''Hojoni''.
* TheObiWan: Alpha Trion. After merging with Vector Sigma, he becomes a SpiritAdvisor.
* OffModel: While the series was never exactly the pinnacle of quality animation, there were several episodes that had a '''''much''''' lower level of quality control compared to the others. Worst offenders include most of season one, "Enter The Nightbird", "Child's Play", "Kremzeek!", "B.O.T.", "Trans-Europe Express", "Triple Takeover", and all of AKOM's episodes[[note]]with "The Five Faces of Darkness" and "Carnage In C-Minor" as stand outs[[/note]].
* TheOriginalSeries: The original ''television series''. The comic book was released a bit earlier.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: In "Masquerade", Starscream noticed the Stunticons (really Autobots in disguise) were driving downhill too carefully.
* PapaWolf: Optimus Prime, in the episode ''Prime Target.'' Lord Chumley learned the hard way not to mess with Optimus' fellow Autobots.
* PokemonSpeak: In a rare OlderThanTheyThink example, Kremzeek.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Elita One/Ariel, Arcee. Subverted with the Sweeps' pink claws.
* {{Planetville}}: Cybertron is one big city of a planet, and not that big, either (in the original animated series, anyway).
* PyrrhicVictory: The end of "The Golden Lagoon", with Beachcomber mourning the loss of the beautiful valley he stumbled upon.
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Mechs Wear Pink]]: Scourge and the Sweeps have pink claws. Also, DependingOnTheArtist, pink toe tips as well.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Mayor in "Megatron's Master Plan, Parts 1 and 2".
* RememberTheNewGuy: The show would introduce a new character for the episode, and explanation would ever be given as to why we've never seen this guy before, especially when they are characters who would have saved the day in earlier episodes.
** The cast all but ''doubles'' in season two due to never-before-seen characters who are treated as having been there all along. In fact, one story ''depends'' on them having come to Earth at the same time as the others -- everyone is affected by "cybertonium" deficiency due to having been away from Cybertron for so long, which rules out anything like only recently arriving on Earth.
* RhymesOnADime:
** Most of the time, the [[TheScrappy unpopular character]] Wheelie always speaks in rhyme! The [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Wheelie_(G1) had quite]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Wheelie_(SG) a bit]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Wheelie_(Animated) of fun]], and [[SelfDemonstratingArticle made all the lines on his page rhyme]] (every single one)!
** Blaster has a habit of this too.
* RobotWar: The Transformers' backstory is a PerspectiveFlip on this trope, and the creators and former masters are recurring villains.
* SealedEvilInACan: The show had a lot of these.
** For 4 million years, the ''Ark'' held the Decepticons and Autobots in stasis, under a volcano... until volcanic activity shook things up and woke up the evil Decepticons.
** In "Cosmic Rust", there's a [[GhostPlanet dead planet]] with radio beacons warning travelers to stay away or die horribly. The Decepticons plunder it, and in the process, catch the metal-eating plague called Cosmic Rust.
*** [[TheStarscream Starscream]] shows signs of TabletopRPG GenreSavvy in this episode: when confronted with [[AncientTomb a sealed crypt]] with a curse warning on it, he proclaims that "a curse on the door means treasure behind the door" and breaks in. Unfortunately, he's in a Transformers cartoon, not a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D game]], making it a near-fatal case of WrongGenreSavvy.
** In "Return of Optimus Prime", the HatePlague spores were sealed ''inside a star'' after their last outbreak. Unfortunately, the star went nova.
** Starscream himself could be considered Sealed Evil in a Can in the episode "Starscream's Ghost"; his ghost first appears after Octane tumbles into the Decepticon crypt and knocks over the ruins of Starscream's grave marker.
* ShirtlessScene: Spike Witwicky in "Atlantis, Arise!"; Seaspray in his male Tlalakan form in "Sea Change" (the male Tlalakans are a WalkingShirtlessScene).
* ShoutOut: several. Many involving Wreck-Gar's quoting of pop culture phrases.
** Soundwave's voice seems to be an homage to the Cylon voices used in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}''. It may also be an homage to the robot enemies in the video game ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}''.
* SnowMeansCold: In "Fire In the Sky", the Autobots become aware that the Decepticons are cooling the Earth when it begins snowing in July at the Ark.
* SpiritAdvisor: The personae of all previous Autobot leaders dwell within the Matrix and occasionally surface to lend Rodimus and/or Optimus advice as the plot requires.
* StableTimeLoop: A complex one involving Alpha Trion and the Aerialbots.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Generally, a single or multi-part episode would generally end with the Autobots victorious yet not really getting close to ''permanently'' defeating the Decepticons.
** Or really, any time Starscream really got Megatron mad ("More than Meets the Eye" (particularly part 3), "Countdown to Extinction", "The Revenge of Bruticus", "Auto Berserk", "Enter the Nightbird", "'Triple Takeover"), he came back in the very next episode as if nothing had happened.
* StockFootage: "The Ultimate Doom, Part 3" reused some scenes from Part 1.
* StrictlyFormula: [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch People outside the fanbase accuse the show of being like this]], although this is mostly only true of the early episodes.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Justified with Laserbeak, Ravage, Ratbat or any of the other cassettes of Soundwave for the Decepticons, and via Teletraan One's Sky Spy for the Autobots. In "Prime Target", Lord Chumley has a million hidden cameras everywhere, with no apparent justification.
* TerribleTrio: [[TheStarscream Starscream]], Skywarp, and Thundercracker. Later on, Thrust, Ramjet, and Dirge.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, believe it or not; in "Webworld", the other Decepticons insist that Galvatron get psychiatric help after one too many insane rampages. It... doesn't go very well.
* TickertapeParade: The Autobots ''and Decepticons'' both get one in "Megatron's Master Plan".
* TimeAbyss: Transformers generally can live up to millions of years. Case point, Kup, an "old veteran" type character. His age is a bit indeterminate, but a rough guess would put him somewhere well in the range of 9 to 12 ''million years old''. To put it in comparison, humanity as a ''species'' is only ''2.3-2.4 million years old'' (''200 thousand years old'', if one defines "human" as "homo genus primates anatomically identical to modern humans").
** Alpha Trion is more ancient than most Transformers, and has even been retconned into being on the Original 13. This makes him literally older than ''The Earth'', at over ''5 '''billion''' years old''.
* TitleDrop
* ToylessToylineCharacter
* TransformingMecha
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The backstory of the Transformers and the Quintessons
* TVGenius: Grimlock became one during the episode "Grimlock's New Brain".
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: TheMovie was set in 2005. Season 3 was set in the year after.
** The Japanese version of season 3, called "Transformers 2010" takes place in, you guessed it, 2010.
* UndyingLoyalty: Cyclonus towards Galvatron. Unlike [[TheStarscream other Decepticon second-in-commands]].
** He has competition with Soundwave and Shockwave.
* UngratefulBastard: In "The Burden Hardest to Bear", the Autobots repel Decepticon attacks against Japan. When it's over, government officials blame the Autobots for the Decepticon presence, the damage and scaring people away.
-->'''Rodimus:''' [[WhatTheHellTownspeople Then maybe you oughta try protecting yourselves.]]
* VerbalTic: Shrapnel has unique way of speaking-[--speaking--].
** So does - '''BLAM!''' '''BOOM!''' - Warpath.
* VillainEpisode: "Triple Takeover" and "Webworld".
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: After Megatron is rebuilt into Galvatron, he goes completely insane, though that isn't ''entirely'' due to his new body. Spending a year face-down in a pool of lava will do that to your sanity.
* WorkingForABodyUpgrade: A mutual example in "Ghost in the Machine", when Starscream's ghost and Unicron's head each work to restore the other's body.
* WorthyOpponent: Megatron and Optimus Prime know and respect each others' martial ability far too well to simply hate each other.
** Carried over in "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2", after Optimus has saved the galaxy from the Hate Plague. Galvatron is on the scene and won't hear of further battles afterwards.
--->"There will be no war today, Optimus Prime. You have earned Galvatron's respect."
** Both Ultra Magnus and Cyclonus respect each other as fellow warriors. Cyclonus actually saves Ultra Magnus from the ignonimious end of being pulled into a black-hole in "The Killing Jar" because ''"Warriors such as you and I should meet their end in battle."''
* YourSizeMayVary: Somehow, the Seekers (who turn into F-15 fighter jets) are no bigger than Optimus Prime (who turns into a flat-nosed semi-truck) while in robot mode. Unlike Megatron and Soundwave, the Seekers aren't explicitly portrayed with the ability to change size.
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