* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Rampage. Is he a twisted, sinister monster, or a tortured, tormented misfit? "Both" is an option, but between the other two options, there was a voice for each... and there still will be if you bring up the topic in the right place.
* BadassDecay: Rampage. In his debut, he's TheJuggernaut who for most of the episode is indestructible, but his later appearances, half the time he get easily defeated in seconds and rarely gets to be the menace he was in his debut. Even when got to be something of a bigger threat when Depth Charge appeared, he still lost every fight between the two of them.
* BrokenBase: There are a few individual episodes that have divided fans.
** "The Low Road". Some found it to be an entertaining comedy episode while others have found its toilet humor to be tasteless. Either ways, the reception for this episode was not 100 percent positive.
** "Transmutate". This episode has its share of fans who feel the story was dark, mature, and well-crafted while showing a different side of Rampage. Others, on the other hand, have felt that it was [[NiceJobBreakingItRivals too anti-climactic, morbid, and depressing]], [[ToughActToFollow especially coming hot of the heels of the universally acclaimed Code of Hero]].
** "Optimal Situation". A decent action-packed Season 3 opener or an [[{{Anticlimax}} anti-climactic]] finish to "The Agenda" trilogy, and the beginning of the end where the show become more [[ExecutiveMeddling toy-oriented]]?
** "Go With the Flow". A comedy episode where the protohuman children play a big role. Some fans found it an enjoyable romp while others felt it was a pointless {{filler}} episode that took the place of "Dark Glass".
** The "Nemesis" two-parter. Opinions over the finale have also differed. You have fans who feel that it was a good finale where the stakes were high, the tone was epic, and the war became [[AnyoneCanDie more real than ever]]. On the other hand, there are other fans who felt the series finale went overboard in killing off more then half the cast. And considering a lot of those deceased characters had their fair share of fans, you can bet at least somebody's going to be angry at how their favorite character was brutally killed off.
* CompleteMonster:
** [[BigBad Megatron]] is a [[CardCarryingVillain self-proclaimed]] tyrant and would-be GalacticConqueror, who named himself after his world's equivalent of TheAntichrist. A [[BadBoss user and abuser]] of his followers, Megatron divides the world into enemies and pawns, killing or enslaving the former, and ruthlessly exploiting the latter. A gloating sadist, Megatron never kills anyone quickly when prolonged torture will do, considers his own allies [[WeHaveReserves expendable]], and hopes to bring Cybertron, and eventually the galaxy, under his heel. His more notable crimes include: extracting half of Rampage's spark, placing it in a vise, and using it to torture Rampage into submission; ordering Dinobot to kill Quickstrike, one of Megatron's more loyal soldiers (though this is a relative term), after Quickstrike lost to Dinobot in a sort of re-entrance exam into the Predacons (Dinobot refused); an aborted genocide of humanity's common ancestor; attempting to rewrite all of his history by killing the original Optimus Prime; and finally, sacrificing all his remaining troops in order to gain control of the ''Nemesis'' and set out to overrun the galaxy. His defeat doesn't stop him either - when he returns in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' he's gotten worse, picking up a serious [[AGodAmI god complex]] along the way. Seizing control of Cybertron, Megatron [[YourSoulIsMine extracts the sparks]] from everyone on the planet, reducing them to [[SoullessShell mindless drones]]. Acquiring a hatred of all organic life, Megatron tries to scrub Cybertron clean of it, resulting in the near destruction of all life, robotic and organic, on his home planet when his last mad grasp for power finally fails.
** [[GiantSpider Tarantulas]] is Megatron's EvilGenius, and a schemer and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabber]] second to none. Planted as TheMole in Megatron's operation by the Predacon SecretPolice, Tarantulas is a cackling MadScientist, who enjoys performing gruesome experiments on his victims, and [[VillainousGlutton eating]] anything or anyone he catches in his giant webs - it doesn't matter whether it's organic or [[ImAHumanitarian robotic]], he admits to enjoying the act itself more than the meal. He brainwashes several Maximal protoforms into becoming Predacons, most notably Blackarachnia and Inferno, and eventually reveals that he hopes to [[TheStarscream usurp control of the team]] from Megatron. That's all in Season 1. Tarantulas only gets worse after this. He exploits and {{Mind Rape}}s Blackarachnia, leaving her with a paranoid terror of him, and later swears a vendetta against her, promising to hunt the other spider down and kill her for daring to defy him (if this sounds suspiciously like DomesticAbuse, it should). [[spoiler: He tries to destroy The Ark, which would have lead to [[OmnicidalManiac Unicron]] [[PlanetEater devouring]] Cybertron in the future, and the extinction of the Transformers as a species. Ultimately betraying both sides, Tarantulas is revealed as the spawn of [[UltimateEvil Unicron]], and attempts to use alien technology to wipe out Autobot, Decepticon, Predacon, and Maximal alike, swearing that when he's done with his own species, he will return and [[FinalSolution commit genocide]] against the aliens themselves]]. Void of loyalty or conscience, Tarantulas makes even [[EvenEvilHasStandards his own nominal allies uneasy]], a fact that he is downright proud of.
* CrazyAwesome: Inferno. "For the Royalty!"
* CreepyAwesome: Rampage when he gets to be a threat.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Theme of Hero," the quasi-orchestral song that plays during [[spoiler:Dinobot's funeral]] in "Code of Hero."
** The Japanese opening themes for Beast Wars Metals:
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4VloLcGylw "Evolution of the Spirit"]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEOKvV6RSrU "Millennium Soldier"]]
*** While ''Beast Wars: Transmetals'' was a pretty bad game, it had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AaMVWRjK9s this gem]].
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Blackarachnia.
** All five characters voiced by {{Scott McNeil}} have received this treatment to various degrees. Two however, deserve special mentions.
*** Waspinator. When the series started, he was a semi-skilled fighter that only stood out because of his unique speech patterns. The writers generally disliked him, but were required to use him, so they purposefully made him the ButtMonkey of the series. This comedic take struck a chord with fans and the writers soon warmed up to the character, as well. Waspinator was to be offed in the second season to make room for new characters, but was spared due to his popularity. He gets the last line in the show [[spoiler: and even makes it to the end of the sequel series ''Beast Machines'']]. To top it off, he was the second ''BW'' cast member to appear in the Transformers Hall of Fame.
*** Dinobot, largely because of [[spoiler:his HeroicSacrifice]]. Evident when many years later, he emerged as the first member of the Transformers Hall of Fame. He beat out Generation 1 favourite Soundwave for the spot!
** Of the toy-only characters who didn't make it into the show, Razorbeast is quite popular with fans. This is largely due to Simon Furman's usage of him in IDW's ''Beast Wars'' comics, where he's portrayed as a snarky and stern yet kind-hearted GuileHero.
* EvenBetterSequel: There are quite a few fans who hold the opinion that ''Beast Wars'' is the best Transformers series yet made, as stated above. In fact, ''Beast Wars'' is one of the few ''Transformers'' incarnations not to be heavily criticized by the ''Generation 1'' purists. It's arguably gotten to the point where ''Beast Wars'' has done a sort of stealth AdaptationDisplacement to ''Generation 1''. Many of the traits self-proclaimed Transformers purists proclaim they wanted out of the movies (little-to-no humans, just lots of action of robots beating each other up) were from ''Beast Wars'', whereas the movies were actually much closer to ''Generation 1'' in their level of involving humans and the amount of action.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Terrorsaur jokingly states, "Hunting from the air with automatic weapons—now ''that's'' a sport!". Some took note of this later because of a few prominent [[SarahPalin Republican]] [[RickPerry Governors]] would come to echo this sentiment, though OlderThanYouThink can also apply.
** Blackarachnia asks, "What is it with guys and explosives?" Later, [[Creator/MichaelBay an infamous film director]] would come to echo this sentiment and utilize it in the ''Transformers'' franchise.
** In his very last words of the entire series, Rattrap muses with a smirk, "And you know what the best part is? We don't have to see Megatron's ugly butt again 'till we get back to Cybertron!" [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines How right you are, Rattrap]]. [[CrapsackWorld How right you are]].
* GeniusBonus: Loads. The writers and animators at Mainframe were clearly very well-read. Dinobot's many Shakespeare allusions are a good example.
* GrowingTheBeard: Season 1 gradually grew higher in quality until the season finale where the series really took off.
* HarsherInHindsight: Rampage [[spoiler: laughing as he died and allowing Depth Charge to kill him]] is kind of cringeworthy after the death of his voice actor Campbell Lane on 30th January 2014.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: During [[spoiler:the original Dinobot's death]], Optimus states "May his Spark join the Matrix, the greatest of Cybertron." In 2010 came the Transformers "Hall of Fame" where, every year, Hasbro began honouring fictional characters (one of which was fan-voted) and real people associated with the franchise. That year, Dinobot was intended as a joke candidate since the idea of him beating out Generation One veterans like Soundwave, Grimlock, Jazz and Shockwave was seen as inconceivable. Guess who the fans voted for that year?
** Also heartwarming in that Dinobot was a Predacon, a decendant of the Decepticons. If just one of them could learn the value of honor and a simple human life, then maybe there's hope for the rest of them?
* HilariousInHindsight: Megatron's frequent annoyance with the ever-devoted Inferno arguably becomes even funnier with the knowledge that the former's voice actor DavidKaye took on the role of [[TransformersAnimated Lugnut]]. If that's not enough, at one point Beast Wars Megatron asks (rhetorically) of his troops, "Eager to begin another [[MemeticMutation glorious]] Predacon day are we?"
** When the series first premiered, there was the cry of "TRUKK NOT MUNKY!" from detractors. In season 3's premiere episode "Optimal Situation", as Optimus shares the spark of [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]], he turns into a new transformer whose modes include truck ''and'' monkey (gorilla).
* {{HSQ}}: Extremely high during the season finales and two-parters.
* HoYay: Rattrap and Dinobot's [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple whole thing]] has inspired many a slashfic. Cheetor's fawning over 'Big Bot' (Optimus) is sometimes interpreted as more than admiration and has given way to several slashfic.
* JerkassWoobie: Dinobot, Blackarachnia and, to a much lesser degree, Rampage.
* MagnificentBastard: Megatron.
** Tarantulas could qualify to a lesser extent, though he is usually overshadowed by Megatron.
** Optimus Primal on occasion.
* MagnumOpus: Considered to be this for ''Transformers'' by some fans (both the show and the toys) for it's rich story and characters. Also sometimes viewed as this for Mainframe Entertainment.
* MemeticBadass: Megatron's rubber ducky
* MemeticMutation:
** '''TRUKK NOT MUNKY!'''[[note]]The cry of fans spitting the dummy that the Transformers are recast with animal alt-modes, but particularly that Optimus Prime is an ape.[[/note]]
** On a more positive note, we have [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rubber_Ducky Megatron's rubber ducky.]]
** "Beast Mode" is now a popular phrase amongst many people in times of intensity.
* MoralEventHorizon: Megatron crosses it several times: he planned from the beginning [[spoiler:to wipe out an entire ''timeline's'' worth of Transformers and other lifeforms]]; in the episode "Code of Hero", where he attempts genocide against defenseless proto-humans; and in the series finale.
** [[spoiler: For Dinobot II, who had recently gained access to his namesakes' code of honor, Megatron crossed the line when he decided to use ''capital scale weaponry on a single proto-human''.]]
** Tarantulas crosses this when [[spoiler: He attempts to blow up the Ark, which would have wiped out all the Autobots, Decepticons and their descendants. It's also implied that he did this so that his master [[GodOfEvil Unicron]] would be able to destroy Cybertron without difficulty]].
* {{Narm}}: Working in the exceedingly cheesy names into character's introductions, as well as Optimus Primal's TitleDrop (seen as the page quote on the main page).
** A more specific example from an early season 2 episode has the [[MidSeasonUpgrade newly transmetal]] Megatron articulating how the Beast Wars have changed... while skating around the room on his new feet wheels as if his base was an evil roller rink. It's impossible to take seriously.
* NarmCharm: [[WorldOfHam Everyone is incredibly hammy]], yet somehow they manage to make it work ''perfectly''.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Tarantulas ''gets off on sucking blood''.
** Rampage.
* NightmareRetardant: Whereas Tarantulas's general characterization is pretty much NightmareFuel, his reactions to when things don't quite go his way are significantly less dark. His OhCrap moments are some of the funniest in the series.
* OneTruePairing: Dinobot and Rattrap are a very popular pairing, also Dinobot with Primal in that DefrostingTheIceQueen way. Dinobot's small smile at the end of Gorilla Warfare probably started it.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: In quite possibly the quickest instance of this trope, Waspinator. At the very start of the show everyone hated him, including ''the writers'', due to his annoying voice and personality. The writers responded by making him the ButtMonkey which, alongside with his VocalEvolution that made his voice ''endearing'' rather than obnoxious, caused him to explode into the show's [[EnsembleDarkhorse most popular character]].
* RewatchBonus: WordOfGod revealed that [[spoiler: Dinobot]] knew he was going to die five episodes before he actually did right up til the last moment. Rewatching said episodes with this knowledge causes a lot of [[spoiler: Dinobot's]] actions and dialogue to take on a whole new meaning.
* SavedByTheFans: Waspinator was set to die at the start of the second season [[spoiler:along with Scorponok]], but the creators were aware of how popular he was with the online fanbase, and that [[spoiler:Terrorsaur]] was becoming fairly redundant with the much more successful traitor of Tarantulas on board.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Not the writing or the show itself, but the animation. Back when the show first came out, the cgi was absolutely stunning for a television show let alone a show for ''kids''. While the animation ''did'' improve noticeably over the course of the series, the show's animation still looks like something off of a Sega Dreamcast game compared to later fully cgi shows.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The early episodes (obviously, due to technology limitations) look like crap, there's also several other moments which combine this with OffModel (such as Rattrap reverting to his old CG model in ''Code of Hero''). Plus there's seams on several of organic beast modes if you look closely.
** The explosion in ''Other Voices, Part 2'' consists of real elements poorly composited over the animation. Similar techniques are used in many instances when Inferno uses his flamethrower.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Tigerhawk.]]
** [[spoiler:Dinobot]] as well.
** [[spoiler:Depth Charge]] too.
* UncannyValley: Transmutate.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Waspinator.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Despite the toyline and therefore the show being ostensibly aimed somewhere around the 10-12-year-old boys slot, the show features clever writing, complex characterizations, ''truckloads'' of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, and surprisingly mature takes on themes such as warfare and revenge, with a healthy dose of KilledOffForReal to match.
** And the fun doesn't stop there when you get down to analyzing individual episodes. Bad Spark comes off like a horror movie, between the fetid-swamp setting and the mass-murderous psychotic Predacon lurking for blood (oil) throughout. And, sweet Primus, that ending scene. And then there's the burned-out wastelands that make up the bulk of the second season's scenery, with the clear and present knowledge that most of the natural life on the planet is [[spoiler:dead or crippled after the Eldritch planetbuster]] at the end of the last season. A lot of the fighting is surprisingly brutal in some episodes. And on, and on...
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: During [[spoiler:the final battle between Megatron and Optimus Primal]], they start quoting passages from the [[HollywoodApocrypha Code of Primus]].
* TheWoobie:
** Waspinator.
-->''"Inferno blow up, Waspinator must salvage. Waspinator blow up, nobody salvage. Why universe hate Waspinator?"''
** Transmutate. She's a misshapen, childlike being who [[spoiler:died trying to stop her/its only friends from hurting each other.]]


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