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->''"Rescue Bots! Roll to the Rescue!"''

''Transformers Rescue Bots'' is a new series in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, targeted towards younger children[[note]]7 and up, just like ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''[[/note]]. Two episodes first aired as a sneak preview in December of 2011, with the series premiering properly in 2012.

The series focuses on [[TheKirk Heatwave]], [[TheSpock Chase]], [[TheHeart Blades]], and [[FriendToAllLivingThings Boulder]], the last surviving group of "Rescue Bots", who come to Earth in response to Optimus Prime's message to Autobots scattered across the universe. However, rather than roll out for battle, Optimus has a different task in mind for them: acting as ambassadors to humanity and working as "Rescue Bots" once again. They are instructed to masquerade as advanced machinery and work with the Burns, a family of first-responders who live and work in the town of Griffin Rock, a technologically advanced town that's on the cutting edge of scientific advancement.

With Chase partnered with police chief Charlie Burns, Heatwave with fireman Kade, Blades with helicopter pilot Dani, and Boulder with engineer Graham, the humans, save for Charlie, are initially unaware of their new vehicles' true identity as alien robots. That is, until the youngest member of the family, Cody, deduces the truth and befriends the alien machines. Soon enough, the secret becomes known to the whole family, and together, they work to save the people of Griffin Rock from all manner of natural disasters and science gone awry.
As it's targeted towards a (slightly) younger demographic, ''Rescue Bots'' is considerably LighterAndSofter than other ''{{Transformers}}'' media, focusing on telling more lighthearted stories about rescue operations and teamwork rather than focusing on the war with the Decepticons, as most Transformers series do. However, the series does take some BroadStrokes from current Transformers media, particularly that of its sister series, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime.'' ''Rescue Bots'' also uses a animation style similar to that of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', and has a fairly impressive voice cast consisting of Creator/SteveBlum, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, and LeVarBurton, among others.

This being a ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, ''Rescue Bots'', has an accompanying toy-line (which predates the show). Just as the animated series is targeted towards (slightly) younger viewers than previous Transformers series, so too are the toys, featuring simplistic transformations and playsets as well as tie in stories packaged in with the toys themselves.

Now has a [[Recap/TransformersRescueBots Recap Page]].

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!!''Transformers Rescue Bots'' contains examples of:

* AcePilot: Dani, naturally. Her being partnered with Blades, who is both afraid of heights and until coming to Earth had ''wheels'', causes about as much frustration as you might expect.
** The Rescue Bots comic states that Chase is the pilot for their space ship, and a very talented one.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Blades develops a bit of it after getting his absurdly useful scoop claw.
* AcrophobicBird: Blades isn't a fan of heights. So of course he gets the helicopter alt mode.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Frankie Greene.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Boulder falls in love with Earth and its culture from the moment he sets foot on it. And Blades never stops watching television.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kade sees Cody's attempts at trying to join the family on their assignments to be this, while Cody sees ''him'' as a milder BigBrotherBully that's trying to keep him out. Nevertheless, they do care about each other, as shown in "Under Pressure."
* ArtShift: The series goes from being animated in ToonBoom in the first season to AdobeFlash in the second.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Trex, the rampaging dinosaur robot from the first episode is immediately drawn to bright or flashing lights.
* BadassFamily: The entire Burns family, as befitting of a team of emergency rescue workers. Even the youngest, Cody, who isn't even an adult, is willing to put his life on the line.
* BadassMustache: Chief Burns is rocking one, as befitting a policeman.
** The aged Cody in "One For the Ages" has one as well.
* BadFuture: Cody, Frankie, and the Bots visit one in "Bot to the Future." [[spoiler:Dr. Morocco has taken over Griffin Rock and rules with an iron fist, with the intention of eventually [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]], Chief Burns is a museum janitor and Kade, Dani, and Graham are auto mechanics, Cody doesn't exist, and Doc Greene doesn't live in Griffin Rock(at best - where he is is never made clear).]]
* BattleDiscretionShot: When the Rescue Bots get to fight the Morbot.
* BeautyContest: Miss Griffin Rock. The beauty portions aren't shown on-screen.
* BigBrotherInstinct: In "Under Pressure", the threat of Cody being in danger is what finally gets Kade to be serious and willing to be trusting of Heatwave.
* BigDamnHeroes: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee burst through the floor [[spoiler:when Dr. Morocco is about to dismantle them to see how they work]] and save the day [[spoiler:([[BadFuture though only that specific day]])]].
* BigGood: Optimus Prime, who initially only appears in the series occasionally as a guiding force for the Rescue Bots team. When he actually steps into action, things are serious.
* BittersweetEnding: The second season finale, in which [[spoiler: Dr. Morroco is arrested, the Rescue Bots take a while to recover their memories, and Madeline Pynch is still a fugitive]].
* BlackBeadEyes: All the human characters.
* BlackBestFriend: Cody's friend, Francine Green.
** BlackAndNerdy: Francine shows herself to be this trope when she's more interested in a dinosaur exhibit than the flashier giant robots. Her father, being a scientist, also fits into this trope.
* BlobMonster: Squilsh a blob/slime monster created from a electric substance from mars that was synthesized. was stopped by both Graham and Boulder.
* BlondesAreEvil: Not evil, but Mrs. Neederlander was just as mean as a little girl as she is now.
* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler:All Rescue Bots by Dr. Morroco]] in "Double Villainy".
* BroadStrokes: The series opens with the Rescue Bots' ship picking up a message sent to the stars by Optimus Prime, beckoning them to planet Earth. This is essentially similar to one sent by Optimus at the end of the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' (itself inspired by yet another instance in the [[Film/{{Transformers}} first movie]]). Furthermore, references to a "fallen Cybertron" and Heatwave expecting to "roll out" with other Autobots hint that other aspects of the "[[Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse Aligned continuity]]" are present in this universe as well.
* CarnivoreConfusion: "Flobsters On Parade" ends with the titular creatures [[spoiler:being grounded and quickly devoured by the townspeople.]] Since they're prone to displaying some very human facial expressions, this is troubling.
* CatchPhrase: "Rescue Bots, roll to the rescue!" Said by Heatwave before moving out to the scene of an emergency.
** Cody Burns often says "[[FutureSlang Noble!]]" when he [[TotallyRadical thinks that something is cool.]]
** Heatwave almost has a Catch Facial Tic; he grits his teeth and growls.
* CerebusSyndrome: The two-part Season 1 finale ''definitely'' fits this trope. Instead of the show's usual routine of a search-and-rescue mission OncePerEpisode, the finale is more of a "SciFi/[[MoodWhiplash Action]]/{{Thriller}}" episode. See KnightOfCerebus for details.
* [[CheerfulChild Cheerful Children]]: Cody and Frankie.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Rescue Bots are all colored in a lighter shade before scanning their eventual alternate modes, presumably so kids can tell them apart.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After Cody (now transformed into an adult) saves Hayley's life during a rescue. Hayley attempts to ask him out on a date. Still thinking like a child, Cody hasn't yet learned the language of flirting.
--> '''Hayley''': Can I take you to lunch?
--> '''Cody''': I don't need anyone to take me! I can drive!
* ConspicuousCG: The 'Bots alternate modes in season two will sometimes shift over to rather obvious CGI models.
* ContinuityNod:
** "Family of Heroes" has Optimus Prime telling the Rescue Bots that their home planet of Cybertron is dead, which of course happened when [[VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron Megatron decided it would be a good idea to infect the Core with Dark Energon]]. Something that the Rescue Bots were apparently unaware of. Chase also expressed that they were "ready to join the battle", almost certainly referring to the war with the Decepticons.
** "The Reign of Morocco" has the titular Doctor speaking to a client via earpiece. Said client is interested in highly advanced technology and is apparently building an army, making it highly likely Morocco was dealing with MECH.
** Bumblebee, of course, "speaks" just like he does in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', when he shows up for "Bumblebee to the Rescue". And of course, just like in ''Prime'', [[IntelligibleUnintelligible the other 'Bots can understand his beeps]], but everyone else is out of luck (though Cody, like Raf, manages to figure out the gist of it). The same episode also has Optimus saying that he "consulted [their] medic", aka Ratchet. He also refers to "those wishing to do us harm", most likely meaning the Decepticons.
** In "It's a Bot Time," when confronted by several Morbots, Bumblebee initally assumes the Morbots are Decepticons, judging by Heatwave's response to him.
* ConvectionShmonvection: "Under Pressure" is rife with this, what with being an episode dealing with molten lava everywhere. The most [[{{Egregious}} egregious]] case being when Heatwave and Kade are trapped in a tunnel filling with the stuff, but suffer neither heat injury nor are they scalded when a full trough of water cools the lava and subsequently creates a bunch of steam.
* CoolAirship: Dr. Morocco travels around in one.
* CoolCar: Chase, the police car of the team.
* CoolShades: Heatwave, Blades, and Chase can all flip down a visor, presumably in order to protect their optics while doing rescue work. The visors also go along with their disguise of being only advanced machines, not sentient beings.
* CrossOver: Some of the later episodes will be this to ''Prime'', even featuring the 'Bots and 'Cons from that show.
* DaChief: Charlie Burns, natch.
* DeflectorShields: One was used in "Rescue Boy". It worked well at first but then malfunction trying to protect Cody from anything (creating ShockAndAwe attacks). Luckily the Rescue Bots were able to get it off with specialized gloves made to go through the shield.
* DitzyGenius: Doctor Greene, who is generally absent-minded and does things like trying to speed up computation time by hanging upside down... in the middle of a ''city-wide disaster''. He also doesn't quite seem to grasp that the "best left forgotten" section of Griffin Rock's scientific archives is called that for a ''reason''.
** To be fair some of his invention were sabotaged by Dr Morocco before his debut.
** Boulder as well. It took him quite some time to process that a ''lion'' wasn't the best choice for a TeamPet. Also, using sonic waves to find Heatwave [[FromBadToWorse in a collapsing tunnel.]]
* EggSitting: Cody cares for Dr. Greene's Robo-baby, which ends up having to be saved by the Bots.
* {{Egopolis}}: [[spoiler: An alternate timeline version of Doctor Morocco names the entire island of Griffin Rock after himself once he takes complete control.]]
* {{Expy}}: The Rescue Bots team has a similar purpose and theme to the Protectobots from ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'', with all of them save Boulder turning into the same kind of emergency vehicles. In practice, they also resemble archetypal characters from the broader Transformers mythos:
** Heatwave shares an alternate mode with Hot Spot, the Protectobots' leader. He's also cut from the same cloth as Optimus Prime himself, with similar design elements. Optimus ''also'' turned into a fire truck in several Transformers series, for the record. Though his hotheadedness is more reminiscent of ''Generation 1'' [[TransformersTheMovie Hot Rod]].
*** He's also similar to "Rescue Roy", a character from an earlier Transformers toy-line that was also targeted towards younger children.
** Chase is evocative of Prowl, and shares his ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]'' incarnation's fondness for adhering to and enforcing the rules.
** Blades shares a name and alternate mode with ''Generation 1'' Blades, but his fear of heights while also being a flier is more similar to that of Silverbolt, leader of the Aerialbots.
** Finally, Boulder is clearly based on [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Bulk]][[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime head]], right down to his colors, similar design, and being a GentleGiant who loves Earth and is all around smarter than he looks.
*** His robot mode design (treads for arms, front for legs) is also similar to [[Anime/TransformersArmada Scavenger]]'s.
** Doctor Greene is a human example, based heavily on Doc Brown from the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' franchise.
* FamousAncestor: The Burns family is descended from [[OurFounder the founder of Griffin Rock]].
* FigureItOutYourself: This is more or less Optimus Prime's response when the team contacts him about the difficulties they're having bonding with their human partners.
* FiveManBand:
** The Rescue Bots themselves fit into these roles, though there's only four of them.
*** TheLeader: Heatwave
*** TheLancer[=/=]TheSmartGuy: Chase
*** TheBigGuy: Boulder
*** TheHeart: Blades
** The Burns family, meanwhile, fit this trope in full.
*** TheLeader: Chief Burns.
*** TheLancer[=/=]TheBigGuy: Kade
*** TheSmartGuy: Graham
*** TheChick: Dani
*** KidAppealCharacter: Cody
* FormallyNamedPet: Recurring character Mrs. Neederlander has a cat named "Mister Pettypaws".
* FountainOfYouth: Doctor Thaddeus Morocco seems to have invented (aka stolen) a machine that keeps him in the prime of his youth instead of a old man as seen in "Bot to the Future". Though it should be noted that the machine is not without flaws, such as only being able to rejuvenate Morocco for short periods of time.
* FourFingeredHands: The robots; the humans have the normal amount of fingers.
* FunWithAcronyms:In ''A Virtual Disaster'', CAT: '''C'''haracter '''A'''ssist '''T'''echnology.
* GentleGiant: Boulder, as shown by his immediate preference for saving the "natural beauty" around a burning building during the events of the first episode.
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: Heatwave once saved an [[CrazyCatLady old lady]] from a deadly fall. Only to be bitterly disappointed, mainly by her ''complete'' [[UngratefulBastard lack of gratitude]].
* GoneHorriblyWrong: In the people of Griffin Rock's defense, who knew that putting a fake-but-functioning volcano in the middle of a populated island would lead to a natural disaster? [[SarcasmMode No one could have predicted it. No one at all.]]
* GrumpyBear: Heatwave.
* [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Lady]]: Mrs. Neederlander
* HiddenDepths: Turns out [[EveryoneLovesBlondes Hayley]] has a degree in Botany and [[CrazyCatLady Mrs. Neederlander]] is a Snake Charmer.
* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Bots]]: Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder for almost all of one episode courtesy of a ShrinkRay.
* [[spoiler:[[IntangibleMan Intangible Girl]]: Frankie borrows an invention from her father that allows her to become a superhero.]]
* InternalHomage[=/=]MythologyGag: This being a ''Transformers'' series, this series is already accumulating quite a few of these.
** Heatwave's alternate mode is very similar to that of Optimus Prime's in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' and ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]''.
** The first episode features malfunctioning, rampaging robot dinosaurs, in a story that is similar to the plot of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' episode that introduced the Dinobots.
** And, as noted above, the first episode features the Rescue Bots picking up a message from Optimus Prime calling them to Earth, much like the ones spoken in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and in [[Film/{{Transformers}} the first movie.]]
*** They also have an ElaborateUndergroundBase left over from the Cold War, just like the Autobots do in ''Prime.''
** The Rescue Bots are first shown in "blank", featureless forms prior to scanning alternate modes, similar to the "Protoforms" from the movie and Beast Wars series.
** One episode involves a "dinobot". However, this type of dinobot is just a pet, with "dinobot" simply being the nickname for it.
** The Rescue Bots have screens inside their vehicle modes that display their faces, like in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise.''
* ItIsDehumanizing: Kade initially refuses to to call Heatwave "he", treating him as just a simple machine.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Boulder's eyes turn from orange to blue when he's doing rescue work or pretending to be a man-made machine (the same sorts of situations the other bots use their CoolShades for).
* KnightOfCerebus: Doctor Thaddeus Morocco. At first, he is a [[spoiler: pretentious MadScientist who wanted to replace Doc Greene and failed.]] Then, in the Season 1 finale alone, he had become [[spoiler:a [[WouldHurtAChild child-killing]], [[TyrantTakesTheHelm power-mad]], EvilOverlord who turned Griffin Rock (a.k.a. [[{{Egopolis}} Moropolis]]) into a [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans dystopian]] town.]] [[spoiler: In fact, it got so bad that ''Optimus and Bumblebee'' had to step in and help stop the madness!]]
* LampshadeHanging: In "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock", while the Rescue Bots worry about the alien invasion, Heatwave points out they themselves are infact aliens.
-->'''Heatwave:''' Just to remind you, ''we're'' aliens.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]: The titular heroes are the sole surviving squad of "Rescue Bots" left active, a fact which surprises even Optimus.
* LateToThePunchline: In "Flobsters on Parade", Blades doesn't get the joke behind Cody calling the flying lobsters "flobsters" until the very end of the episode.
* LighterAndSofter: For starters, there are no Decepticons present for the Bots to contend with (yet). The series is especially notable in depicting this trope in that WordOfGod places the series within the Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse, meaning it allegedly shares some form of continuity with ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and the [[VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron High Moon]] [[VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron Studios games]] entries in the franchise known for being somewhat DarkerAndEdgier than traditional fare.
* {{Masquerade}}: The Rescue Bots have to hide their true selves and pass as advanced machinery. This being ''Transformers'', it lasts all of one episode in regards to the Burns family. Heatwave isn't happy about this fact at first, especially in regards to being bossed around by Kade. That's right, they're Robots in Disguise... [[ShapedLikeItself as robots]].
** Somewhat justified as ''fully-sentient robots able to think for themselves without human prodding'' might cause a panic. If one of the Rescue Bots had gone ''evil'' (not malfunctioning), it could tarnish the reputations of the Rescue Bots, the Burnses and possibly the Autobots by extension.
** "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock" might have a handwave that in case the humans can't be with the Rescue Bots, the Bots have a programmed AI first directive of saving lives ''even without their drivers." If their cover gets blown to pieces in the process, it isn't as important as those lives saved.
* MechaExpansionPack: At the start of the second season, Boulder and Doc Greene use Cybertronian tech to create Energize Tools. They consist of a grappling claw, [[AnAxetoGrind an axe]], [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe a shield]], a hook ,[[ThisIsADrill a drill]], a [[PlayingWithFire fire]]/[[KillItWithWater water]] cannon and [[spoiler: according to the toys, a disk saw for Optimus Prime and a jackhammer for Bumblebee]].
* MerchandiseDriven: This is ''Transformers'' were talking about after all.
* MissingMom: The Burns' family's mother isn't mentioned, and does not appear to be around, and the first episode shows Charlie doing the cooking for the family.
** Frankie's mom is never seen either.
* NeverSayDie: Taken to silly extremes in "The Haunting of Griffin Rock", comparing dead people too ''time travelers'' instead of simply calling them dead.
* NoAntagonist: Because of its focus on emergency rescues, the Decepticons won't be showing up in this series, at least for now.
** Later averted with the introduction of [[EvilGenius Doctor Morocco]], a human scientist who ends up being directly behind some of the emergencies the team responds to. And other human antagonists are introduced after him.
* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: Averted. [[BlackBestFriend Frankie]] and Cody end up in 1939, but no one comments on Frankie's race or gender. This probably has something to do with the fact that, besides Rescue Bots being a children's show, the only people who actually meet them are the scientists who are more concerned with the robots that came through their time travel machine, and also the fact that Cody and Frankie are children.
** Many of the town's top scientists of that era seemed to be non-white. Griffin Rock was as far ahead socially from the rest of the country as it was technologically
* NoodleIncident: Chief Burns during the Flobster parade: "At least it wasn't livestock this time."
* RoboSpeak: Cody tries to help the Rescue Bots adjust to their role of pretending to be "ordinary" robots by instructing them in how to do this (along with robot "walking"), using an old 1950's sci-flick.
* ScoutOut: The Lad Pioneers.
* SecretKeeper: Charlie at first, Cody later, and then eventually the entire Burns family by the end of episode one.
** Frankie and Doc Greene can now be added to the list.
* ShoutOut: Griffin Rock is rather similar to [[{{Eureka}} Eureka, Oregon]], don't you think?
** And Doc's car in episode 3 looks a lot like [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture a certain modified Delorean]].
*** And the episode about fixing a BadFuture is titled "Bot to the Future."
** In "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock," one of the panicking citizens phone calls causes a character to retort that her husband Edgar is not a giant cockroach from Mars. Edgar was the name of the villain in the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' film, who was a giant cockroach alien.
*** In the same episode, a character runs down a street claiming "They're everywhere, they're everywhere" from ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.
*** Blades references ''ET''.
*** And on top of that, the episode also references ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''.
*** And if you want to get even more obscure, the whole town packing over a "alleged broadcast" of an alien invasion is a reference to a real incidence in which people panicked over an alleged alien invasion in the 40s. The invasion turned out to be a radio adaptation of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
*** And ''Film/TheBlob''.
** The episode title "Four Bots and a Baby" seems like a pretty clear reference to the film ''ThreeMenAndABaby''.
** The cross-eyed lion in one episode is a reference to Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion.
** Deputy Barney is a reference to [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]].
** The fully-charged Rescue Boy resembles a [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]].
** Cody finds his dad's old Go-kart, named the [[Franchise/GIJoe Rolling Thunder]].
** A lot Video-Game references in ''Virtual Disaster'' include [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch Fire]] jump, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda sword in a rock]], and when the game is broken, C.A.T. says the infamous phrase ''[[VideoGame/ZeroWing All your base are belong to us]]''. Non video-games we have C.A.T. iself is an hommage to [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Cheshire Cat]] and a [[{{Franchise/Godzilla}} Godzilla-like]] monster.
*** Not to mention...
-->'''Blades''': I used to like video games... [[Games/TheElderscrollsVSkyrim then I took an arrow to the knee]].
** In ''Bots and Robbers'' Chase read a Comicstrip/DickTracy Comic, and when [[spoiler: Chase undercover and help the twin robbers]] Blades say:
--> Chase is the victim of [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto grand theft auto]]bot.
** The scene of Frankie trapped in a phone booth by [[ItMakesSenseInContext flying lobsters]] in "Flobsters on Parade" seems to be inspired by a similar scene in Film/TheBirds. [[CaptainObvious Only in the movie, it was birds, not flobsters.]]
* ShrinkRay: The Minimizer.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Dani is the only girl in the Burns family, and thus, the only female member of the main heroes.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Blades may not be the bravest Autobot, but when Cody is in danger in "Under Pressure", he's ready to fly through a cloud of volcanic ash in order to get the water to save him.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is one to the earlier ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGoBots'' series, as well as the Creator/{{Mattel}} ''WesternAnimation/RescueHeroes'' toy-line. The notable difference in this case, however, is that ''Rescue Bots'' is (more or less) firmly set in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' mythos.
* StealthPun: "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock" features movie night for the Rescue Bots. What does Chase want to watch? "I vote for an action film. Preferably with high-speed pursuits." Meaning he enjoys [[spoiler: ChaseScene[=s=].]]
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: Graham initially believes that Boulder wouldn't want have anything to do with his "primitive" culture and knowledge, but was very, very wrong.
* SupportingLeader: Optimus Prime. See BigGood above.
* TakeThat: Possibly on the live-action movies in "Rescue Boy".
-->'''Blades:''' Explosions as entertainment. I'll never understand you humans.
* ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: Cody is seen greeting a neighbor who uses a helicopter back-pack to get to work in the first episode.
* TimelineAlteringMacguffin: Dither, in "Bot to the Future". Doctor Morocco uses him to cause a technological revolution and take over Griffin Rock in the future.
* TimeMachine: Doc Greene finds one in "It's A Bot Time." It was built in 1939, but couldn't be powered until the present day, with nuclear power (or energon, as the Bots find out).
* TimeTravelEpisode: The season 1 finale, "It's a Bot Time" and "Bot to the Future".
* ThereAreNoRules: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rescue_Ball Rescue Ball]], which involves getting a ball into a net by any means necessary.
* ToonBoom
* ToylessToylineCharacter: We haven't seen a Dani figure yet. Or Frankie, for that matter.
* TransformationSequence: The first western-produced ''Transformers'' media to use these on a regular basis.
* TruncatedThemeTune: In an odd first-run example, the first episode of the series had just a TitleCard and a snippet of theme music. Subsequent episodes have the full ThemeTune and opening animation.
* {{Tsundere}}: In the second episode, neither Kade or Heatwave are willing to admit they're friends now, even after standing together when their lives were on the line; "It's not like we're friends" is even said verbatim.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The first episode features a malfunctioning, robotic T-Rex. In a later ep we see Doc Greene turned it into a guard dog of sorts.
* UnskilledButStrong: While the Rescue Bots aren't combat class, they're still quite strong.
** The Rescue Bots do predate the militarization of Cybertron, but it's unclear just how much fighting they were involved in as part of their job. Aside from dangerous wildlife native to Cybertron, at least one of the Rescue Bots was a cop back on Cybertron, and the place did have criminals.
* UnusualEuphemism: From "A Virtual Disaster":
-->'''Blades''': (after an arrow flies by) AAAAHHHHH!!! WHAT IN THE ALLSPARK?!?
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Doctor Thaddeus Morocco. He's practically the closest we will get to Megatron due to him bent on world conquest by leading an army of robots.
* WalkDontSwim: On the occassions the Rescue Bots have been seen to perform aquatic rescues, they've consistently been portrayed as too heavy to swim, thus being forced to walk or drive along the ocean floor.
* UnderwaterBase: we get this in 'The Griffin Rock Triangle'.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: This is Kade's initial reaction to the Autobots, considering them mere machines and being frustrated about how he has to do things like ask his ride to "roll down the window" for him.
** And Heatwave himself flips this in "The Vigilant Town", insisting that the new town computer Vigil is "an it, not a he".
* WhipItGood: Heatwave has shown in 'Bot To The Future' to use his firehose as a whip (and when it landed in a Morbot cannon, he used a KillItwithWater to flood the morbots insides.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Blades is deathly afraid of heights. Considering he turns into a helicopter, this poses problems for him and his human partner, Dani.
* WolverinePublicity: Optimus Prime has his own play-set in the toy-line, while he isn't (currently) a main character in the show.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: The reason why the Rescue Bots have to be "robots in disguise." However, the usual Transformers trappings are played with in that they get to pose as advanced machinery and not hide their robot modes. This is all part of a gradual plan to get humanity used to their presence.
* YourMindMakesItReal: The VR chambers after a [[HolodeckMalfunction lighting strike]] at the Hall of Inspiration in "A Virtual Disaster".
* WinToExit: The VR chamber above.
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