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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Very common amongst the various universes and incarnations, both in-universe and out. Quite a few people view the Decepticons as [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] and the Autobots as a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans peaceful but oppressive group]]. The series has had a long history of varying morality to it, with each version varying on just how good or evil the Autobots and Decepticons are. The general official stance nowadays seems to be this: Autobots are flawed but are largely good and the Decepticons are extremists who kick the dog a lot and are more often than not [[FantasticRacism unabashedly racist towards other races]].
* BaseBreaker: Transformers and the Transformers movie series. On the lesser side there's Mikaela. Some wished she was the main human protagonist, next to Lennox, since she was less whiny, more assertive and just more competent than Sam. On the other hand she doesn't have quite enough of those moments so it still feels like she's just there to show Sam is a [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday heterosexual]].
* CompleteMonster: So many of them, [[Monster/{{Transformers}} it has its own page]].
* CrackIsCheaper: The Masterpiece figures. Want a G1 cartoon-accurate Soundwave or Megatron? Prepare to plonk down upwards of 100 bucks then!
* CreatorsPet: Kicker.
** Bumblebee has become this, due to his [[Film/{{Transformers}} Movie]] and [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]] incarnations being overpacked in case assortments and, especially in Movie BB's case, having too many just-slightly-different versions of the same toy.
*** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' is filled with Bumblebee toys, including a large playset. Bumblebee only appears in three episodes as a guest.
*** A lot of fans are bemoaning the oversaturation of Bumblebee, and wishing [[TransformersArmada Hot Shot]] would make a comeback.
*** In fact, the creators of ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' vyed for Hot Shot (in a main role, at least), but since execs wanted 'Bee instead, they had to [[LeeroyJenkins comp]][[MotorMouth romise]]. And for all his charm, he has a ''lot'' of screentime and is intentionally annoying.
** Simon Furman has Grimlock, Thunderwing and Bludgeon.
*** While there are more than a few who complain about how he overuses Big Grim, few seem to have any problem with Furman's take on Thunderwing. And as for Bludgeon? The guy's a friggin' EnsembleDarkHorse, proving that even [[CreatorsPet Creators' Pets]] [[TropesAreNotBad don't have to suck]].
** And then we have [[TheScrappy Skids and Mudflap]]. They got almost as much toys as Bumblebee in ROTF, and had more screentime than ''any other Autobot''. Thing is, it's possible that them flopping and flopping ''hard'' led to Bumblebee becoming a CreatorsPet.
** [[MartyStu Drift]] started out as this. The guy read like a laundry list of every bad TF fanfic trope - BadAss [[BadassAngster Angsty]] {{Ninja}} {{Samurai}} with a {{BFS}} who pulled a HeelFaceTurn in a woefully overwrought backstory. The only one he didn't have was (thankfully) any feelings for a [[RelationshipSue human girl]]. However, thanks to James Roberts' ''More Than Meets the Eye'' ongoing, Drift has been ([[BrokenBase mostly]]) RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap. It also didn't hurt that his [[MerchandiseDriven toy]] was really great.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Oh Primus this is such a problem with the FanDumb. Some fans take the WellIntentionedExtremist interpretation to the next level and act as if the Decepticons are the actual good guys rebelling against the "fascistic" Autobots. This often involves conveniently glossing over the numerous horrible war crimes, abusive behavior, and horrific racism that the Decepticons commit. This is especially bad in series that give the Decepticons a sympathetic/tragic backstory or avert AlwaysChaoticEvil. This often leads into...
** RonTheDeathEater: According to some the Autobots were horrible oppressors who are being overthrown by the "heroic" Decepticons. This view pretty much requires that one believes dictators frequently encourage their slaves to express free will and despise cultural discrimination.
* EarWorm: ''Transformers... more than meets the eye...''
** Also counts as [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]. As does every other opening. Especially the ones for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYwAPxs4vJY Beast Wars]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioXr89D8EBk Prime]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvctVdoMgTQ Rescue Bots]].
* EnsembleDarkHorse: [[EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Transformers}} Quite a few from all series.]]
* FanonDisContinuity: Exactly what it is varies from person to person. The live-action movies are especially popular for this treatment.
* FanDumb: Though Transfans tend to be a little more friendly/smart than some others, there's still plenty of G1 purists who think that everything has to be a slavish copy of G1 (dubbed Gewunners by fans), Chicken Little fans who declare the [[RuinedForever franchise ruined at the slightest change]], and fans who take JustHereForGodzilla too far and would rather have nonstop explosions than any sort of coherent plot.
* FanNickname: It isn't uncommon to see "OP" for Optimus Prime, and "Megs" for Megatron.
* HilariousInHindsight: There's an unmade transformer called [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Buffalo_Dump Buffalo Dump]]. I wonder if [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd James Rolfe]] knows about this guy?
* JustHereForGodzilla: Fans generally only want to see [[RuleOfCool giant robots turning into cars and beating each other up]]. Everything else is window dressing and human characters tend to be [[TheScrappy automatic Scrappies]].
* MemeticBadass: Optimus Prime is the Robo-Jesus.
* MyRealDaddy: Simon Furman, who breathed new life into the comics, established much of the lore and characterizations for the franchise, and has wrote a good majority of ''Transformers'' comics.
* PeripheryDemographic: ''Transformers'' has a massive and varied fanbase of people from numerous demographics. Hasbro is quite aware of this; the comics can essentially do the things that the children-focused cartoons can't so that adult fans aren't left out.
* RootingForTheEmpire: A small contingent of fans feel that the Decepticons are the real good guys, and that the Autobots are evil. Granted, a few continuities show that the Bots aren't perfect paragons of justice, and the Cons had good reasons to rebel, but stories where Decepticons [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Interplanetary_Wrestling_Championship! take small children hostage]] (or [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Murdered_puppy kill]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Pis a puppy]]) show that they are ''NOT'' nice mechs.
** Given a bit more weight in ''TransformersAnimated'' in which the ''Autobots'' are the ruling empire led by someone who's just a bit too willing to do bad things to achieve victory for comfort while the Decepticons are the scrappy rebels, albeit vicious and ruthless ones.
** In the IDW comics the Autobot government ''was'' evil (well corrupt at least) and the Decepticons were laid off blue collar workers living in slums until this one miner showed up... (Most of the story is set millions of years later, by which point they're rather less sympathetic.)
** One of the movie prequel comics showed one part of the falling out between the Autobots and Decepticons was Prime wouldn't allow Megatron to attack a hostile force on their way to Cybertron, until they arrived and started attacking. Megatron was just trying to protect Cybertron.
** In the ''TransformersWarForCybertron'' continuity, Megatron was initially a gladiator who rebelled against an oppressive, caste-based society ruled by the Autobots, so initially it was the Autobots themselves who were the Empire and you should have rooted against. But Megatron became too prideful and ruthless, to the point his ideal of a caste-less society was buried by his desire to rule. Transformers seems to have been moving over the years from "Decepticons evil, Autobots good" to an almost ''StarWars''-like setup, where Cybertronian society badly needed shaking up but the Cons went too far and the necessities of war turned the Autobots into the casteless society the Decepticons wanted, while the Decepticons [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget became too obsessed to remember their original intentions]].
** The Megatron in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' seems to imply that the Predacons are currently stuck as servants to the ruling Maximal class and its Council of Elders. Megatron himself is made into [[AdolfHitler a very nationalistic figure, fighting to improve the lot of his suffering people after their terrible losses in the last war, damn the consequences. And get power himself in the process]].
* RunningTheAsylum: Arguably, it's one of the few series that has benefited from it.
* TheScrappy: Wheelie and most of the human characters. Apparent exceptions are [[TransformersArmada Stella]] [[AllThereInTheManual Holley]], [[TransformersCybertron the Cybertron humans for not being Kicker]], [[Film/{{Transformers}} Lennox & Epps (and]] [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Simmons]] [[Film/{{Transformers}} from Revenge of the Fallen and Jerry Wang and Dutch from Dark of the Moon)]], [[TransformersAnimated Sari Sumdac and Captain Fanzone]], and [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime most of the humans apart from Miko]].
** Bumblebee is starting to develop into this, due to becoming a CreatorsPet. His less than flattering portrayal in ''Robots In Disguise'' under John Barber's pen isn't exactly helping this.
* VillainDecay: Usually dealt with by upgrading the villains to new forms (with new toys, naturally).
** ''Animated'' tried to prevent this by way of making appearances of the Decepticons in season one and most of season two rare, with human villains picking up the slack. This backfired horribly, turning off many fans who wanted to see the Decepticons and didn't want to suffer through countless episodes of the Autobots fighting lame archer and princess-themed villains.
*** However, [[{{BrokenBase}}just as many fans]] think that the Decepticons' rare appearances, and the sheer effort it took to fight them, successfully kept them from succumbing to villain decay.
*** Eventually it did kick in, though not severely as some other examples (Well, except for Lugnut).
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: There are fans who insist that Hasbro and Takara should only make big, expensive {{toys}} for the adult collector market and ignore those little kids who buy the toys to ''play'' with. Some have actually complained about ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' because it has humor and plots aimed at pre-teen kids, which are the TargetAudience of almost all ''{{Transformers}}'' incarnations.
** Hasbro actually ''tried'' a line of big, expensive {{toys}} for the adult collector, and it didn't sell well enough to keep it going for too long. Turns out the adult collectors are [[SmallNameBigEgo a smaller piece]] [[PeripheryDemographic of the pie]] than they thought, and ''kids'' are in fact the primary consumers of {{toys}}. [[SarcasmMode Who knew]]?
** It's become worse with the release of ''[[GIJoe GI Joe: Resolute]]''. More than a few fans are wanting a ''{{Transformers}}'' series in the same vein due to it.
** ''{{Transformers}}'' scribe SimonFurman complained about this {{trope}} in regards to the dark ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''.
*** It should be noted ''just how much of Simon Furman's work fits into this category.'' When the writer of the [[AnyoneCanDie bloodbath]] the Marvel ''Generation 2'' comics became calls something too dark, you know you've taken DarkerAndEdgier UpToEleven.
*** Furman was specifically concerned about the "For Kids" part of this trope. He was very much about darker, more fatal Transformer stories, but he was explicitly writing with an older audience in mind than the cartoon series are marketed towards.
** It's a bit understandable, though, if you look at the premise devoid of context: Two factions of a race of alien war machines come to Earth, their war having gone on so long that battling for the resources our planet can give them to continue the war effort is more important than the war itself. The weakest of them has enough power to slaughter dozens of human soldiers and come away with nothing more than a badly-scratched paint job. At best, their feelings towards us are paternalistic, and they look down with a combination of pity and admiration on those of our species who see it as their sworn duty to defend us from them. At worst, they find us repulsive and enjoy slaughtering us when they have a chance. A sunny kids' show is not what you'd imagine it would look like.
** ''Kiss Players'' is infamous for how ungodly ''not'' kid friendly it is. TFwiki sums it up well: "Although not featuring any explicit nudity or sexual content, the comic consists of a virtually unhalting stream of images clearly designed to evoke various violent sexual situations, from the endless streams of viscous, white liquid that frequently splatter over the scantily-clad-to-nude cast members, to cowering, flush-faced, teary-eyed girls pressed against walls with their hips raised into the air, to the most (in)famous of all, the distinctive image of the Legion's blatant penis-tongue, leaking goo from a goddamn urethra. Putting the cherry on this sundae of depravity, the manga employs an art style that uses proportions specifically and deliberately designed to make the vast majority of its female characters appear as though they are underage (despite the fiction identifying them as being at least old enough to drive). Subsequent translations of the radio dramas also revealed that the show's dialogue was loaded with sexual double-entendres, ranging from humor-based (Optimus Prime deriving pleasure from Marissa rubbing the rim of his gas tank) to grotesque examples blatantly evocative of rape (a shrunken Autorooper forces its way into Atari's mouth and makes her swallow it, followed by her begging it not to "move too roughly inside" her)".
*** To give an idea of how bad it was, ''Kiss Players'' is a ''Sailor Moon''-esque MagicalGirl manga. TFwiki compares it to '''Manga/Narutaru'''. The writer/artist of the manga has explicitly said he [[{{Troll}} deliberately designed the comic to shock people for kicks]].
* TheWoobie: StepfordSmiler Bluestreak, who talks over his own bad thoughts and memories of what happened to his hometown.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Prime has acquired psychotic tendencies since the first movie. After an apparent long lull in the war, he's suddenly thrust into a situation where his arch-nemesis is dead and he fights almost constantly for two years. This explains his fondness for brutal fight moves, the lack of an even perfunctory offer to a defeated enemy to surrender ''after said enemy indicates he might know something of a much greater threat'', his casual discarding of the parts of a fallen ally, and [[DarkReprise the change in the "Prime" line's main theme theme music to a minor key]].
** As far as the "discarding Jetfire's parts" point goes, if you pay attention to the fight, a lot of those parts get damaged if not destroyed; discarding them may have simply been a point of expediency.
*** In ''Dark of the Moon', Optimus has detachable wings, but it's unclear if he recovered Jetfire's parts, repaired them, and kept them for future use, or if it's a completely new harness that's part of his trailer.
** And now for the latest BigBad. [[spoiler:Is Sentinel Prime a WellIntentionedExtremist who goes too far but has still good intentions at heart? Or is he just an old bastard [[AGodAmI with a god complex]], so hungry with power to give no value to friendship or loyalty, and who back in the days of the war on Cybertron, defected to the winning side only to hold his high position?]]
** Starscream. We all know his [[TheStarscream one defining characteristic]], but the films don't show that side of him. Any mention of his backstabbing nature is given in the [[AllThereInTheManual novels and comics]], and Starscream takes a more traditional role of TheDragon in the movies. So in ''Revenge of the Fallen'', when Starscream takes over as leader of the Decepticons, it seems less like his desire to prove himself a better leader than Megatron and more like he was taking a vacant seat that desperately needed filling.
* AngstWhatAngst: Optimus Prime has occasionally been criticized by certain viewers and fans for not showing as much emotion as expected when some of his closest friends (like Jazz) are killed in battle. Although, Optimus has been fighting in a war that has lasted more than 10,000 years, that destroyed their planet and has cost countless many friends, allies and innocents. Optimus even makes a point in the sequel that whole generations of their species had been lost because of the war.
** As far as Jazz's death is concerned Optimus did show a degree of sorrow when he was handed his friends' body, it's just that the movie didn't dwell on it particularly long.
*** Specifically, he states outright that they have lost a good and cherished friend, but then moves on to how they've made new allies on Earth. It's basically your choice whether you view that as "glossing over" Jazz's death, or simply trying to look at the positive side of the situation and the future.
** And in the third movie, this seems to have been taken into account as Optimus shows a good bit more emotion. [[spoiler:This include being extremely sorrowful when he's forced to kill his mentor turned traitor, Sentinel Prime.]]
* AwardSnub: The CGI (see DoingItForTheArt below) lost to ''TheGoldenCompass'' at the Oscars.
** ''ROTF'' wasn't even ''nominated'' for visual effects at the Oscars, possibly as a result of the film's negative buzz.
** ''DarkOfTheMoon'' also lost Visual Effects to a lesser effects-wide production, ''{{Hugo}}''.
* DeconstructionFic: Fans writing from a perspective of "the Decepticons were right". The most recent Transformers Animated starts to lean this way itself, as the high command seems a bit morally suspect and the Decepticons are basically rebellious freedom fighters whose leader happens to be Megatron. Then again, we see the kind of people who follow Megatron.
* BadassDecay: Megatron in ''ROTF'' and ''DOTM''. He has his moments in both, but the second movie portrays him as less of a threat and by the third movie Megatron's a shadow of his former self. This is pointed out in-universe and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] due to the fact he's still severely wounded from the final battle of ''ROTF'', and it's worth noting that [[spoiler:he does a real number on Sentinel Prime ''while still injured'' just before his death.]].
** DracoInLeatherPants: This may have been a deliberate attempt to give Megatron more depth and make him into a JerkassWoobie of sorts.
** Starscream too in ''ROTF'', only to [[TookALevelInBadass pull himself together]] for the following movie.
* CrazyAwesome: Agents Simmons in ''DOTM''
** Hey he was CrazyAwesome in ROTF too!
* CriticalBacklash / CriticalDissonance: All three movies, but especially the two sequels. Other than [[FanDumb GEEWUNNERS]], fans in general received ''ROTF'' more warmly than critics, as indicated by audience polls and IMDb rating versus its Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic score. ''DOTM'', meanwhile, received mixed reviews from critics but very positive word-of-mouth from audiences.
** DOTM has had critics complaining about an incoherent plot, wooden characters, and RHW being a worse actress than Megan Fox. It's also the 5th highest grossing film OF ALL TIME, just behind mega money makers like [[Film/HarryPotter the last Harry Potter movie]], ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', and ''Film/{{Titanic}}''.
* EndingFatigue: The second movie is 2 1/2 hours long so, odds are, you'd probably be waiting for the credits right in the middle of the film's climactic battle.
** The third movie falls victim to this too.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: See above, under "Franchise-wide items"
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: According to [[http://secretsun.blogspot.com/2009/07/transformers-ra-vs-apophis-part-1.html this analysis]], ''Revenge of the Fallen'' is an [[EgyptianMythology Egyptian myth]] with giant robots.
* EvilIsCool: The Decepticons, particularly Megatron (pre-injuries). Lampshaded in ''DOTM'' when a character remarks "how come the Decepticons have all the cool shit?"
* FanDumb: The "true fans" didn't like that the Cybertronians did not perfectly resemble their [[TransformersGeneration1 G1]] counterparts, such as: Megatron's face; Megatron not being a gun; Optimus Prime being a different semi-truck, not having a trailer, and having flames; Bumblebee as a Camaro... the list goes on. The fact it is an AlternateContinuity does not deter the fury.
** And they also complained about silly things like 99.9% of the robots looking like, to paraphrase what one reviewer said, crap Fred Sanford dug up in his junkyard. Oh, fans!
*** The worst part: Michael Bay actually had protests outside his office (which he wasn't in at the time) and even death threats from a small number of fans who didn't like the changes.
**** Those who support the movie are not immune to this, telling those with legitimate complaints (Such as the type of humor, the useless human characters, and some others) that they should just ignore them and enjoy the movie anyway. They also tend to proclaim that everyone who hates the movie just hates it for not being Gen 1, which is not true[[note]]it's not uncommon to see people rip on the movies and to then find out that they're fans of decidedly non-GEEWUN ''Transformers'' franchises such as ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]''[[/note]].
***** Those who ''dis''like the movies, meanwhile, often exaggerate such things into a systematic persecution of dissenting opinions. And thus the cycle continues.
** The second movie had a number of complaints about all the plot holes that viewers found in them... except they didn't exist. There ''were'' some plot holes in the film, but not many of the ones that were often complained about. There were complaints about the heroes not using the All-Spark to repair [[spoiler:Optimus]] while the Decepticons used it to repair Megatron... except that Megatron's injuries were no-where near as bad, and the fans seemingly didn't notice they bit where the Decepticons ''killed'' one of their own for their parts to help Megatron get repaired. And a lot of people were confused by the Constructicons, as they combine to form Devastator but are fighting other Autobots as individuals at the same time. There are two sets of Constructicons, and some of them just look identical because they copied the same vehicles (behind the scenes, it was just easier because the computers they were using were having trouble keeping up with too mant different robots).
*** According to many, the plot holes were indeed there. The FanDumb aspect here comes from those who refuse to acknowledge that most of ''ROTF'' was written during a massive writers' strike, and blame the whole thing on Bay. As of 2012, the strike has been all but forgotten, and Bay (and sometimes ShiaLaBeouf) receives 99% of the blame for what's wrong with the movies.
** Fans who strongly support the movies tend to vent their spite towards - no, not ''[[TransformersGeneration1 G1]]'' - ''Film/HarryPotter''. Each of the three ''Transformers'' movies has had to compete with a ''Potter'' film, with the ''Potter'' movie getting better box-office returns (at least outside the US, except in ''DOTM'''s case) and ''much'' better reviews than the ''Transformers'' movie. Needless to say, this results in a fair bit of backlash from people who prefer giant robot battles over characters and plot, who seem to pointlessly accuse criticism and negative hype towards the ''Transformers'' movies as being ''Film/HarryPotter''-related.[[note]]For example, when ''ROTF'' was nominated for numerous Razzies, one person on a message board accused the Razzie organizers of being ''Potter'' fans.[[/note]]
*** Poor poor POOR Rosie. (The girl who played Carly in the 3rd movie)...apparently its all her fault that MeganFox was fired. Apparently she's a moron for accepting the part in a movie that makes millions and a chance for her name to get out there. HOW DARE SHE! For shame, she should think about what only MeganFox fanboys want instead of her career. And how dare they fire MeganFox even though she's been disrespectful, anti-social towards everyone in the cast, or call the director "Hitler"! Steven Speilburg what a sissy-I mean he should totally get over the fact that millions of his people was killed at the hands of Hitler! [[SarcasmMode They're all evil and MORONS!]] Also apparently Rosie, a very beautiful Victoria's Secret Model is "ugly" and "disgusting"...according to fanboys of MeganFox and [[DieForOurShip SamxMikaela fangirls.]]
* FirstInstallmentWins: The first film of this series has received far better critical praise than either sequel did, which were respectively panned and got a tepid response.
** Subverted in the audience polls and at the box office, where its something like First <= Second <= Third.
* FetishRetardant: [[spoiler:[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:RotF_Alice_Eeeeew.jpg Alice]]'s]] reveal. Some people might be into it, but terrifying.
* FreudWasRight:
** The Transformer created from Glen's cellphone in the first film, which has a freakin' miniature [[GatlingGood minigun]] downstairs, and zero compunction about using it.
** The scene with the Kitchenbots in ROTF. The one that transforms from a blender has an... oddly positioned cannon. He definitely would not ever need to be compensating for something, that's for sure.
*** This particular bot is actually referred to as "Dickbot, the blender guy" in one of the special features for the film. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Main_Page The wiki]] refers to him [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Dickbot_the_blender_guy as such.]]
** Devastator has wrecking balls. You can't miss 'em.
--->'''Simmons''':"I am directly beneath...the enemy's scrotum..."
** Sam accidentally asking Mikaela if [[FreudianSlip he can ride her home]] instead of give her a ride home qualifies also.
* HarsherInHindsight: The whole Sam & Mikaela "Tell me you love me" subplot in ROTF, considering that Megan Fox didn't return for the third film, her absence explained by her having dumped Sam.
* HilariousInHindsight: Try watching Megan Fox in ''Film/JennifersBody'' [[spoiler:while keeping in mind Alice's real nature.]]
** Creator/AnthonyAnderson's cousin seems to think VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution can detect you doing 'Film/TheMatrix'... or did his hacker connections get him the world's first {{Kinect}}?
** One of the many TF fansites ran a regular poster-girl-of-the-week section, declaring them to be Spike's past girlfriends before Carly. Now that Megan Fox's been replaced with a Carly {{Expy}}...
** That girl who mistakes Ironhide for the Tooth Fairy actually has two different My Little Ponies. Their colors correspond to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie.]]
* {{HSQ}}: Aside from the usual robots and explosions, DOTM gives us [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime's betrayal. Closely followed by Carly's boss's reveal as TheQuisling. Followed by the Autobots getting kicked off Earth. Followed by the Decepticons killing the Autobots in their spacecraft before they even break atmo. And then it ''really'' kicks into gear, with the ''Decepticon invasion of Chicago'', followed by a climax that lasts ''the better part of an hour.'']]
* InternetBackdraft: There are still many fans who scream "Ruined Forever!"
** Even more so after ''Revenge of the Fallen'', now with more Michael Bay hate.
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: [[{{Fandumb}} Oh dear God...]]
* JustHereForGodzilla: Many people who went to the movie watched it solely to see giant robots beat the crap out of each other... and for Megan Fox.
** In fact, this trope is one of the main reasons the second film in particular attracts so much hatred- people who are [[JustHereForGodzilla Just Here For Giant Transforming Robots]] get stuck DevelopingDoomedCharacters instead. How hard can it be to make a film called ''Transformers'' actually ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin focus on the Transformers?]]''
** Linkin Park fans only want to hear the song featured in each movie.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: In DOTM, ''all'' of the autobots (''including'' both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee) are apparently killed as their ship takes off. They have no chance to defend themselves, their "deaths" accomplish nothing, and although there was a moment of drama it clearly wasn't played up to the degree you'd expect from the simultaneous deaths of so many important characters. We all knew they'd be back by the end of the film.
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Malaysians Love Transformers]]: Oh so very much. No, [[http://www.screendaily.com/malaysian-box-office-boom-continues-as-transformers-sets-new-record/4033877.article seriously]].
* LoveItOrHateIt: The film series has pretty much become a SpearCounterpart of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' in this respect.
* MemeticMutation: Bonecrusher hates everything. (Taken from his toy biography.)
** Optimus Prime: '''GIVE ME YOUR FACE'''.
** '''SHUT UP, GRANDMA!'''
*** '''DRINK YOUR PRUNE JUICE!'''
** Anything Jerry Wang says or does. Also, Dylan telling [[spoiler: Laserbeak]]: "Not the couch! ''It's Ralph Lauren!''" As you might of guessed, [[spoiler: Laserbeak]] is not amused.
** Simmon's "'''ONE MAN. ALONE. BETRAYED BY THE COUNTRY HE LOVES'''..." is very popular.
* MisBlamed: Shia [=LaBeouf=] and Ehren Kruger have gotten a bit of it, but for the most part the quality of the films is attributed just to Michael Bay.
** Skids and Mudflap have been seen as racist caricatures of black people. The intent was for them to be parodies of "wiggers", non-black people who act in what they consider a "black" or "gangsta" manner. The difference between the caricature and the idiot is usually the actual ethnicity of the person acting stupidly. Since the two are ''robots'', a lot of people assumed they were intended to be the former.
*** Even though the fact that they're ''robots'' [[FridgeBrilliance actually qualifies them as the latter]] - like actual wiggers, (riggers?) they imitate the rappers they see on TV because they think they're cool or badass. Other material (WordOfGod and tie-in comic books) indicate that Skids and Mudflap are both ChildSoldiers and sustained some sort of processor damage before coming to Earth - the fact that their comic incarnation lack the slang and goofy mannerisms they have in the movie supports the claim that it was improvised by the actors.
*** Reno Wilson was surprised to find out that he, himself, should be offended by the character he played. As a result, he's now a understandably disappointed that the twins didn't turn out the way he and Tom Kenny had expected.
* MoralEventHorizon: In the ''Dark of the Moon'' ''Foundation'' prequel comics, Shockwave crosses it at least once an issue. He starts issue 2 off by killing Chromia, finishes off issue 3 by [[spoiler: killing Jolt, Knock Out, Dune Runner, Longarm, Salvage, and Galloway]] and then in issue 4 [[spoiler: he kills Elita-1, then mocks Optimus about it. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge He didn't think the last part through]].]]
** The Fallen ''choosing'' to wipe out a populated star system because he wanted to probably lands him pretty far on the other side of this.
** [[NightmareFuel "Is your daddy home?"]]
** [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime has several possible ones. Killing Ironhide is a strong contender for this, but he appears to truly cross the point of no return by setting up a trap to kill all the Autobots, proving any loyalty he had towards Optimus is dead.]]
** Towards the end of DOTM, [[spoiler:Gould, after repeatedly claiming his position as TheQuisling is just "business" [[note]]He inherited the 'Cons as "clients" from his dad, doesn't want to die, and they've made him fantastically rich, and have promised him a position as the administrator of the human slaves on Cybertron.[[/note]], tells the Decepticons that they should just kill the Autobots instead of making them prisoners. He specifically says it's personal now, and has no objections when Soundwave muses "No prisoners. Only trophies."]]
* NauseaFuel: The little interrogation thingy that Scalpel shoves down Sam's throat.
* NeedsMoreLove: With all the HypeBacklash against the series, people tend to forget that the first ''Transformers'' was actually pretty solid and quite well-received with general audiences, even if critics tended to be more divisive.
* NightmareFuel: DOTM has [[spoiler: the invasion of Chicago. For years, some of the more vocal human hating fans have been demanding humans be slaughtered en mass by the Decepticons. They get their wish...[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor and it's horrifying]]. People running for the lives being reduced to skeletons and whole sections of Chicago reduced to flames. And it's heavily implied that a lot of what the Decepticons were doing was for ''fun'', and had no real significance to securing Chicago.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the first movie, Bumblebee defeats Barricade, offscreen. We see them fighting and grappling each other, and the next we see of them, Bumblebee is walking away from the fight, towards Sam and Mikaela, whilst deactivating his arm cannon. Barricade himself, is lying heavily damaged, in the same ditch where he was last seen fighting Bumblebee.
** In ROTF, during the final desert battle, Ironhide was seen under heavy attack from a group of Decepticons and the next, just barely managing to make it out of the blast-zone of "Operation: Firestorm". Meaning that not only did Ironhide manage to fight off his attackers, he also managed to do it just before he was out of time to get to the safety zone. BadassGrandpa alright. Too bad we didn't get to see it.
** Some fans see Mikaela dumping Sam after ROTF, (presumably after realising she has ''nothing'' in common with Sam aside from routinely running away from Giant Robots), as one of the only positive things she actually did.
* {{Padding}}:
** The first movie is already lengthy with three major plots - the race for the Allspark, Sam's coming of age, and soldiers fighting alien robots - which all come together in a climactic battle bursting at the seams with awesome. Then there's the aforementioned "signal decoding" subplot, which starts off totally inconsequential, then fizzles out altogether with shreds of exposition that the viewers ''already learned'' forty minutes earlier.
** In ROTF, there are a ''massive'' number of shots of military personnel barking orders and planes taking off. Then there's the torturously long series of slow-motion escapes from explosions as Sam tries to make it to Optimus. There's also the [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters college scenes]]. In roughly the first hour, the only relevant bits involving Sam are his Allspark-triggered freakouts, and the only purpose for his new roommate Leo is to bring Agent Simmons back in the story. Somehow this gets bloated into at ''least'' a half hour of Sam and family preparing for college life, Sam and Mikaela having relationship issues (which is the whole reason for Alice [[spoiler:the Pretender]] being in the story), and Leo vainly struggling to impress Sam, and ''none of this matters at all.''
* ParanoiaFuel: Anything could be a Transformer. That car, that toaster, that cell phone, that policeman in his car, [[spoiler:the [[ArtificialHuman hot chick]] who can't keep her hands off you]]...
** Reedman (The combined form of Ravage's nanobots) is a razor-thin 'Con who killed a man by jumping through his torso and bisecting him. Given the right lighting conditions and viewing angle, he's basically invisble.
** At the end of the sequel [[spoiler:Soundwave is still there, hooked into a military satellite... what if he gets bored?]]
*** Not helped at all by his toy bio which states that Soundwave can pretty much ''destroy civilization'' if he wanted to, due to all the satellites he's hacked.
** The paranoia factor arguably isn't played up nearly as much as it should be in such a scenario, but then, Transformers is an action movie, not a horror film.
*** Until Laserbeak, who milks this for all the NightmareFuel it's worth and uses it to ruthlessly murder his targets in all sorts of horrible, terrifying ways.
*** Carly is kidnapped by the Decepticons. Do they blast their way into her home? Snatch her away in public? No, she gets into her car which then [[HiddenInPlainSight transforms to reveal itself as a Decepticon,]] right in front of Sam.
* ReplacementScrappy: Carly is becoming this for Mikaela, with critics claiming that her actress is [[UpToEleven an even worse actress than Megan Fox]].
** However, some people who liked the movie, or heck, people who just hate MeganFox... think Carly is an improvement, and Megan is TheScrappy. So I guess Carly is a more BaseBreaker... just like this entire movie franchise, really.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Agent Simmons was not well liked in the first movie, largely due to being a SmugSnake and ObstructiveBureaucrat. In ''Revenge of the Fallen'' he becomes a helpful and heroic (if still crazy) character who manages to get things done. He gets ''even better'' in the third movie, where he jumps completely into CrazyAwesome.
** Wheelie was better received than in the second movie because A) no leg humping and B) he actually helps in the climactic battle. Along with his partner, the even more quirky Brains, they manage to liven up the mood without being too obnoxious.
** Sam also earned the respect of some when he TookALevelInBadass and [[spoiler: killed Starscream.]]
** Galloway was an annoying ObstructiveBureaucrat in the movies, but under John Barber's pen he was an annoying ObstructiveBureaucrat, who actively believed in protecting national security, and sought to protect earth. Eventually he comes around to the Autobots, and even tries helping them (though he's better at handling the numbers and keeping the press off, not helping in the field). It helps that he's developed [[TookALevelInKindness a more nice]] even at times {{Adorkable}} personality, [[spoiler: and it can actually make one sad when he's killed.]]
* TheScrappy: Sam (Shia [=LeBeouf=] seems to naturally play Scrappies). In his defense, the fandom usually reacts this way to any human main.
** The main reason people cite for Sam being this is that he practically [[TheLoad does nothing]] in the film. He provides the [=MacGuffin=], sets up the groan-inducing humor, and acts the rest of the film like a whiny, cowardly, stupid eight-year-old. Other than continuity, there is actually very little reason why he should be in the film. (She might get a lot of flak, but Megan Fox on her own would probably make a better lead.)
*** This is toned down in the sequels however, especially DOTM, where he acts more mature, takes responsibility and actually does something (like [[spoiler: ''killing Starscream'']]).
** The sequel introduces [[SiblingYinYang Skids and Mudflap]] for basically the same reason. Bay described them as being "goofy and stupid but still heroic." Yeah, they're mostly just stupid. But at least they can fight, if their ColossusClimb is any indication.
*** Bay has stated that they were [[ShooOutTheNewGuy removed]] from Dark of the Moon, and is offering a 25,000$ reward to anyone who can catch even a small glimpse of them in the final cut. (Strange, given that they ''are'' visible in a couple of wide group shots.)
** Also from the second film: Sam's mom and Wheelie. Combined, these two and the Twins make up two-thirds of the groaner humor and three fourths of the padding in ROTF, though the latter was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap (see above).
*** And yet, Wheelie was ''still'' less annoying than the version in the 1986 animated movie.
*** Sam's mom was probably a Scrappy since the first movie. Every moment with her in all three films is an excuse to say something humorous that you don't expect a mom to say, and it comes off as painfully unfunny.
** And Leo. Some audiences erupted with applause when Agent Simmons tasered him.
** It's early to say but it's a good bet that Bruce Brazos[[note]][[FridgeLogic a John Malkovich character]][[/note]] and Jerry Wang will contend the title of DOTM's most hated characters. At least Scrappies do not get too much screen time this round.
** Devastator gets this treatment too from quite a few fans, due to his ugly design, his overall disappointment as a villain (he literally ''does nothing'' other than free up the Sun Harvester), his absolutely terrible action figure, and (worst of all) the gag involving his [[VulgarHumor wrecking-ball "testicles"]].
*** Though it's worth noting that he was intended to have a larger role in the climax, until trying to animate it caused a computer to MELT!
** Starscream. Many fans consider him the worst and weakest Starscream due to his embarrassing defeat to Sam. Compare to the other universes, where he tricks Unicron, aka the Transformers equivalent of the devil, to challenging God himself.
*** Megatron gets a similar treatment, mostly in ''DOTM'' where he is ''indeed'' the worst and weakest Megatron in any universe - he doesn't fight at all, is upstaged by Sentinel Prime, and is killed by Optimus in a matter of seconds.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The serious story about the military battling hostile robots, as seen in the opening scene of the first film, takes a backseat to the main story of ABoyAndHisX, with only some sporadic moments throughout the films. Hasbro would never waste the potential of its properties by combining Transformers and Battleship, but just imagine how awesome a film like that - directed by Michael Bay and starring Liam Neeson - could have been.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The first film in the series was received fairly well as a fun SummerBlockbuster. Neither of the sequels were. Although in ''DOTM'''s case, it's hard to tell how well-received it would have been without the HypeBacklash associated with the franchise since ''ROTF''.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Face it, the final fight between Optimus and The Fallen in ROTF looks unfinished. Though that's the least of the movie's problems.
** The first movie's not immune either, with some CG elements not matching up with the live action ones.
** In the third film, there are CG heads of Richard Nixon and JFK at the beginning... Let's just say the results are unsatisfactory.
* {{Squick}}: [[spoiler:Imagine an entire room filled with rotting Decepticon fetuses, covered in hideous slimy green goop. Now, imagine seeing that in IMAX format!]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Bumblebee's defeat of Ravage]].
** Let's not forget [[spoiler:Sam being pinned down, whilst a small Decepticon enters and exits his head]]!
** For some unknown reason, Ex-Sector 7 agent Simmons seems to prefer wearing a thong.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: The ObstructiveBureaucrat in the second film is angry that the Autobots won't share their weapons' technology. Optimus says that it's because of the human race's capacity for war, forgetting that there is a ''war'' going on. The Autobots allow the humans to fight but don't give them Cybertronian weapons, making the humans useless and risking their lives.
** In ''Dark of the Moon'', [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]] rants that on Earth, the transformers are seen as mere machines. While most of the main characters treat the Autobots as equals, the track record with the government in the previous films help [[spoiler: Setinel's]] case. They've dissected Megatron while he was conscious, were about to do the same to Bumblebee, the Autobots were threatened to be deported and later [[spoiler: all of Earth's governments do deport them to save their sorry hides from the Decepticons]].
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Optimus Prime's death.]]
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: TRUKK NOT MUNKY in full force, or rather, GUN NOT JET.
** Megatron's new tank form has been better received, if anything because it is the more acceptable non-gun form ''and'' he has the traditional cannon arm. And, in the film, can still fly.
** Even though this is Megatron's 2nd or 3rd time as a plane (and his 3rd as a tank.)
** Also, the designs. Oh, God, the reaction to the designs...
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Mikaela Banes. She surprisingly has more characterization than just being the DesignatedLoveInterest, [[ActionGirl holds her own fairly well against smaller Decepticons]], and is overall an intriguing character. Then the second movie tosses most of that aside to focus on her relationship with Sam (and gratuitous {{Fanservice}}), and then she barely even gets a mention in the third.
* TrappedByMountainLions: Reams of this. The movies really don't have to be as long as they are. The hackers from the first film stand out, in particular.
* UglyCute: Wheelie. Voiced by TomKenny, as well.
** Ravage's [[SuperDeformed Robot Heroes]] toy crosses the line into straight-up RidiculouslyCuteCritter! [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Robotheroesjoltravage.jpg Just look at him!]]
* UnfortunateImplications: The twins in the second movie can easily be interpreted as such. Whether it was knowing or not is very hotly debated, but at the absolute least a large number of people walked away feeling offended, black or otherwise, at what has been seen as racial caricatures due to facial designs and speech patterns that resemble negative stereotypes. While the official words is that they were intended to mimic "wiggers"[[note]]white people acting like stereotypes of black people because they think it's cool[[/note]].
** That all said, the twins process information at a much quicker rate than ''any'' other Autobots (similar to the MTV generation in real life).
** According to ''[[AllThereInTheManual Tales of the Fallen #6]]'', their processors were screwed around with by Decepticon [[CompleteMonster Flatline]], essentially implying ''that they are brain damaged''. Any comedy derived with these two becomes [[HarsherInHindsight a bit more uncomfortable]].
** Jerry Wang. The one Asian character has numerous moments of being way too awkward, annoying and is there to help with gay jokes. Even with him being super parnoid he acts way too over the top. Naturally there is a bit of a BaseBreark case with him being an EnsembleDarkHorse.
* VillainDecay: '''Megatron'''. He gets less and less intimidating with each passing film. By the end, [[spoiler: Carly even lampshades to his face what a total joke he's become.]]
** To specify: In the first movie, he was an entity more than willing to exterminate an entire species just to get the All Spark, and was a force that took several autobots and a human to take down, and even then by sheer luck in regards to absorbing the All Spark. In the second movie, he can be beaten by various tanks, and had a hard time trying to kill Optimus Prime, although his genocidal desires were still intact. In the third, apparently even his genocidal tendencies were gone, as when he first appeared within Africa and transformed, he didn't even bother killing any of the animals nearby, and in the aforementioned scene with Carly, he just seems to have a chat with her, and only comes close to killing her when she tells him that he basically became "Sentinel's bitch", and then stayed his hand when he realized that Carly actually has a point there.
*** Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in ''DOTM''. Megs still has his grievous injuries from the previous movies, and the Decepticons come close enough to victory so that he pretty much considers it "mission accomplished" as he peacefully watches Cybertron ready to be rebuilt. He spends most of the movie commanding his {{Mooks}} from the sidelines rather than going and killing things himself and risking to worsen his condition even further, and also wishes to ''enslave'' (not ''exterminate'') the human race, which probably explains why he doesn't kill Carly (he even calls her "slave"). Though the [[AnticlimaxBoss ease with which Optimus kills him]] is [[BadassDecay inexcusable]].
** In the first film, Starscream destroyed three F-22s in a matter of seconds and his entry into the battle seriously worries Ironhide. In the second film, he's beaten easily by Optimus Prime, which isn't surprising, but then In the third film [[spoiler:he's killed in close quarter combat by Sam.]]
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Bay knows how to film cars and taught everything he knew to the CGI animators. With only mild exceptions every shot of the robots look like they somehow animated these things live on the set with actual car parts.
** One of the computers being used to animate Devastator actually ''melted''. Also, Devastator reportedly got ''Creator/StevenSpielberg'' to drop a PrecisionFStrike when he first saw it.
* TheWoobie: Toyline-only jet Breakaway, thanks mostly to his robot mode's face (which looks sort of forlorn) and some help from at least one image board's toy board.
** Interesting when you consider the character's young, hot-shot sort of portrayal in the video game. When faced with this new development, many fans decided to [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation give the darker brown variant of the action figure the canonical game persona and keep the lighter brown variant as]] [[FanNickname the Sadjet]].
*** JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler:Megatron]] in ''DOTM'' may have been designed to [[DracoInLeatherPants invoke this effect]], being portrayed as a dying old man of sorts, with moments where he finally gets to see his dream come true as [[spoiler: Cybertron is being prepared to be rebuilt]].
* WTHCastingAgency: Hugo Weaving as the voice of Megatron. Drew criticism in general for CelebrityVoiceActor, but then fans found out that Creator/FrankWelker (the original Megatron himself) wanted the role and was turned down. Once again, this is the ''Transformers'' fandom, so this trope was soon in full force.
** And subverted when [[{{Narm}} Welker voiced Megatron in the first two video games]] [[VocalDissonance and animated prequel]]. At that point, all but the most hardcore [[FanDumb GEEWUNNERS]] believed that he wouldn't have been a very good choice. Although Welker recently started voicing the extremely similar, still very demonic and menacing Megatron of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and did a damn good job of it (as well as using the same voice for the Universal Studios ride, albiet electronically deepened), people don't seem to care much for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen him as movie Megs]] anymore as hype for the movie series in general has died down.
** Another example does not rest with a casted actor, but a casted location. In ''Revenge of the Fallen'', the [[BigGood Autobots]] are based out of Diego Garcia. Diego Garcia is a U.S./British Military Base in the British Indian Ocean Territory. It's also the former home for a group of indigenous peoples who were rather underhandedly evicted from their home and have been petitioning both the U.S and Britain to get it back for years. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] to hell and back by [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Diego_Garcia the TF Wiki]]. Arguably, this problem could be the reason (both in RealLife and In-Universe) that ''DOTM'' has the Autobots' base moved to Washington, D.C.