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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** [[JerkAss Sentinel Prime]] suffered severe psychological damage in the incident where Elita-1 was lost. Since then, rabid fear of organics and guilt over leaving Elita-1 to die have been gnawing away at his neural nets, turning him into a paranoid wreck who's convinced he's the OnlySaneMan. Or just some self-centered jerk who just won't take responsibilities for his actions. A slight riff on the former: Sentinel and Elita-One were romantically involved (you see his arm around her waist and he puts in every effort he can to protect her, even ''covering her and Optimus' retreat''. When she fell to her 'death,' he's willing to throw himself into a damn inferno to save her.) Yeah, he took her death pretty hard, especially since his and Optimus' rule-breaking (going to that off-limits planet) caused Elita's death. Now, in the present, he's convinced that rule-breaking will always cause heartbreak. That's why he's so obsessed with regulations and order, to ''keep others from suffering that same loss''. He wants to do good in that regard, but he does need a little guidance; after you realize that, it's hard to hate him. AlternateCharacterInterpretation, indeed.
** Some more ''TransformersAnimated'' specific examples: Do [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Lugnut and Blitzwing]] merely work together, or are they genuinely [[HeterosexualLifePartners friends]]? Is Blitzwing crazy [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity because he's a triple-changer]], or is he able to triple-change only ''[[PowerBornOfMadness because]]'' he's crazy? Or are his nuttiness and ability to triple-change unrelated? [[WordOfGod Derrick J. Wyatt]] stated that becoming a triple-changer means going crazy in response to a question on his blog.
** Invoked with Blackarachnia's last scene. Waspinator was destabilizing due to the Transwarp energy she infused him with, and was close to exploding. Blackarachnia encased both herself and him in web, lessening the explosion. Optimus says she did that to save them, sacrificing herself, Sentinel says she did it to harness the energy and teleport out, sacrificing Wasp.
* AdaptationDistillation - Most notable is in the character of [[TheStarscream Starscream]], who makes his first bid for leadership in the ''first episode''. He is very literally the distilled character of G1, who took until [[TransformersTheMovie the movie]] when Megatron was injured from a battle with Prime. Here he is much more proactive, planting a bomb on Megatron before he goes off to fight the Autobots.
* AssPull: [[TheReveal the reveal]] that Bulkhead is the top space bridge technician in the galaxy. Mainly because [[FridgeLogic it makes one wonder why exactly this never came up while the team was repairing space bridges.]]
* BadassDecay - The Dinobots, to the point where they were easily beaten by Jetfire and Jetstorm and scared off by [[spoiler: post-upgrade Sari]] by Season 3. Oh, and according to Grimlock's profile, he's as powerful as Megatron.
** Most of the Decepticons suffer from this. Blitzwing and Lugnut are the worst cases, they are shown to able to beat all five of the main autobots on their own, and since the Autobots getting their asses kicked all the time would get old, beating them has to constantly require the use of plot devices that render both villains to {{Butt Monkey}}s
** Blackout suffers this in the Cool comic, where Jetfire and Jetstorm dodge his attacks, and combine to take him down. Blackout killed 3 bots the size of Omega Supreme in the war by himself, and lead a bombing raid against a fourth, and he seems to forget that he's covered in weapons.
* BaseBreaker: The art design for the show, especially for the Transformers themselves. Often veers into LoveItOrHateIt territory.
* BizarroEpisode: The [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Bee_in_the_City Bee in the City]] script reading. Filled with [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth Wall breaking fun]], and various {{Shout Out}}s to other Transformers continuities, and even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the trope by agreeing never to speak of the incident again.
* BrokenBase - For every dozen or so Transfan that adores the show with full heart, there is usually one that dislikes it with as much hate as their love combined. This being the Transformers fandom, this is unsurprising.
* CompleteMonster:
** Lockdown [[spoiler: killed his old master (as well as TheObiWan to Prowl and Jazz) to steal Transformer [[strike:infants]] protoforms in order to sell them]] and tortures his bounty hunting victims by cutting off their specific upgrades and using them to make himself more powerful. He enjoys hunting more for the thrill of the chase and the chance to vivisect his victims than anything else.
** Another true monster is the human supervillain Meltdown. After being mutated by his own experiments, he tries to kill his rival, Isaac Sumdac, in a fit of rage whilst blaming him for all his problems (including [[NeverMyFault his self-inflicted transformation]]). Later, he becomes so obsessed with creating a human transformer, he not only mutates at least two innocent humans into gruesome hybrids mish mashed with animal parts, he decides to kidnap Sumdac's innocent eight-year-old daughter as his newest test subject (deciding to experiment on children in general now). When Blackarachnia breaks him out of jail in exchange for him eliminating her organic half, he double-crosses her and tries to destroy her transformer half - a deed which, if not destroying her soul completely, would have left her with a completely organic body she's disgusted with. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking But damn, can he dance]]. He also forces the Dinobots to work for him by painfully burning them with his acidic touch until they follow his commands. He hurt them so badly, that they were willing to turn on Bulkhead and Prowl, their only friends among the main cast, just to stay in Meltdown's good graces. No wonder Meltdown is the ''only'' human villain in ''Animated'' played as a deadly serious threat to the Transformers. Dancing aside.
* CreepyAwesome: Lockdown.
* DamselScrappy: [[EntitledBastard Sentinel Prime]] is an unusual male (not to mention giant alien robot) example. Most of his time onscreen involves him getting into some scrape or another and having the [[BeingGoodSucks long-suffering Optimus]] get him out. It seems the only thing that keeps Optimus from abandoning him is a sense of guilt about their shared past and perhaps some level of fondness for his old Academy-mate.
** Mix of all of the above, and the hope that Sentinel gets it through his thick head that his arrogance is a Bad Thing. But StatusQuoIsGod and he always rubber bands back to being a jackass by his next appearance. Even Jazz, who has long tolerated (or ignored) it as his second in command, finally gives up and more or less defects to Prime's crew.
* DesignatedVillain: PlayedWith for Prowl in "Five Servos of Doom." He's supposed to be an undisciplined Maverick who learns to be more humble and fight for a good cause under Yoketron, but the reason he's brought to Yoketron in the first place is because he's a draft-dodger. Prowl states he doesn't want to fight in the war, and he's shown to have been rounded up and forced to participate. Warpath, the arresting officer even threatens to take him outside and beat him up until he agrees. In essence, he was pressed into service, and villainized for not wanting to go out and risk death for the people forcing him into the war. On the other hand, the Decepticon threat was so great that the Autobots were reaching Godzilla complex, what with Project Omega, and were forced to make certain moral concessions, so the Decepticons don't win, and make life even worse for people under their oppression. Forced Military service was just one of these moral concessions, all for the greater good.
* EarWorm - "[[JAMProject ALL I CAN DO]], [[AlternativeForeignThemeSong AND ALL YOU CAN DO~]]". Moreso with the Japanese fans.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyZ9gEpbd3c American]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1yjE9HNHGI theme song]] is pretty catchy too.
* EnsembleDarkhorse - Blitzwing, Prowl, and Lockdown quickly became fan favorites. Wreck-Gar too, but what were you expecting with that VA?
** The character of Lockdown was adopted into the IDW [[CanonImmigrant G1-inspired]] comics and even got a [[TransformersFilmSeries movie-style]] toy, he was just that well received. In addition elements of his character was transplanted into ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' for the character of Airachnid. And now he's made the jump to the big screen, debuting in ''TransformersAgeOfExtinction.''
** Lugnut, the glorious BattleButler for the GLORIOUS Megatron.
** Surprisingly, [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] is also popular amongst the fans. Partly due to his LoveToHate status, and partly due to it being hilarious seeing him get his skidplate handed to him regularly. Even so, some fans just [[TheScrappy outright hate]] him, making him a bit of a BaseBreaker.
** Jazz, the only member of the Elite Guard who was never a jerk to the 5 Autobots on Earth, has a cool voice and eventually [[SixthRanger joins the team in the final episodes]].
** Captain Fanzone is also pretty well-loved by the fans.
* EvilIsSexy - Megatron, Starscream (yes, even the [[TomKenny voice]]), Lockdown, [[DarkActionGirl Slipstream, the female Starscream]], and [[FemmeFatale Blackarachnia]] of course!
** Slimy, bug-eyed Swindle, too! Can you believe it!?
* FandomRivalry: It's starting to build up one of these with its ContestedSequel, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
* FanonDisContinuity - Some fans still refuse to acknowledge this version exists, their main complaint being the art style.
** Others love the first two seasons but despise the third because of the tone shift from fun and happy to AnyoneCanDie.
*** And of course, there is even a flip side to this opinion as well, with certain fans who weren't as fond of the show suddenly becoming hooked after viewing the third season and its [[LetsGetDangerous more serious attitude]].
* FoeYay - The ending of "A Fistful of Energon".
* FreudWasRight: In "Three's a Crowd" we see that in robot mode the neck of Scrapper's power shovel comes out of ''his crotch''.
* GodModeSue: Jetfire and Jetstorm. In addition to being Autobots with flight and jet-modes, they can actually fly FASTER than the Decepticons and due to their SuperPowerLottery, out-gun most of the characters and can combine into a stronger robot. Even when confronted by Blitzwing, Lugnut, and three of Starsceam's clones they still only lose because of Blitzwing using Sentinel Prime as a shield.
* GrowingTheBeard - "Thrill of the Hunt" was a strong and mature episode that addresses consequences and regrets during war time and won over the fans who thought this series was just going to be slap-stick comedy.
** Possibly happened again with season three, due to the show going DarkerAndEdgier.
* HarsherInHindsight: Arcee, given in ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'', her background mirrors that of Ratchet's--expect for [[spoiler: unlike Arcee's ''Animated'' incarnation, both Tailgate and Cliffjumper did actually end up dead]].
** Also, in [[Film/{{Transformers}} the film series]] shows us that [[spoiler: despite all of Sentinel Prime's [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkassness]] on ''Animated'', he could've been [[DrunkWithPower much]], ''[[AGodAmI much]]'' [[FaceHeelTurn worse]]]].
*** In this series, [[spoiler: Sentinel took a shine to Ironhide, Ironhide being one of the students]], in the film, [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon Ironhide is the first Autobot Sentinel murdered onscreen]]]].
* HilariousInHindsight - Safeguard's look reminds many people of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''. One person even modded their Safeguard into [=CycloneJoker=] colours.
** The casting of Creator/CoreyBurton, the voice of Shockwave on ''[[TransformersGenerationOne Generation 1]]'' as Megatron. Recently in ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Dark of the Moon]]'', the ''G1'' incarnation of Megatron's voice actor, Creator/FrankWelker, returned the favor and voiced movie Shockwave.
** Wasn't there another show where Creator/JeffBennett and Bill Fagerbakke voiced two characters in a FiveManBand [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} who were put in stasis]]? And funnily enough, their roles in the team are even the same.
** One of TF Wiki's earlier image captions for [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/index.php?title=Lugnut_%28Animated%29&oldid=135864 Lugnut]] describes him in relation to Shockwave and Omega Supreme. This becomes amusing when Animated Shockwave is introduced and Lugnut feuds with him on who is Megatron's most loyal servant. And then the last episodes have the creation of Lugnut Supreme, based on Omega Supreme, which involved both Lugnut and Shockwave.
* HollywoodHomely - Blackarachnia, at first. She's supposed to be hideous due her techno-organic status, but both to the viewer and most of the Autobots she's a beautiful FemmeFatale. And then her helmet comes off and this trope is subverted so fast its head spins.
* IdiotPlot - "Where Is Thy Sting?" Complete with heavy MostDefinitelyNotAVillain.
* LoveToHate: There's plenty of examples. Namely Megatron for being a formidable adversary, Meltdown for being a formidable adversary [[DamnedByFaintPraise by human standards]], and Sentinel Prime for being [[{{Jerkass}} an unapologetic jerk]] [[BreakTheHaughty that has his fair share of karma delivered]].
* MagnificentBastard: Megatron
* MemeticMutation: Shockwave's difficult to hear and completely out-of-character "LIAR! LYING LIAR!" has become a bit of an in-joke amongst his fans.
** Sentinel Prime. What a Jerk!
** The Formspring [=RPs=] give us [[http://yfrog.com/699a0j HAT!]]
*** And they also give us Straxmus, a holiday where everyone mocks [[NoIndoorVoice Lord]] [[LaughablyEvil High]] [[TheCaligula Governor]] [[FatIdiot Straxus]].
** [[RunningGag "This is why I hate machines!"]].
* {{Moe}} - Sari
* MoralEventHorizon - In "Predacons Rising" when Waspinator told Bumblebee that Wasp forgives him for getting him sent to the stockades followed by "But Wasp''inator'' never forgive!"
** Prometheus Black decides to use the child of his "arch-nemesis" as the test subject for making an organic Transformer. This is ''after'' he already tried it on two adults and permanently left them in misshapen bestial forms.
* MostWonderfulSound - This is the first time the ''Autobots themselves'' have mentioned the iconic transforming noise. When the Bots are trying to will themselves back to their normal states in Soundwave's LotusEaterMachine, Bumblebee suggests that Bulkhead make the noise with his mouth.
* NarmCharm: The series' approach to combining humour with drama makes the whole thing remarkably cheesy, but there's something inherently lovable about the way much of the main cast (and that includes many of the villains) are nobodies, screw-ups, and nutjobs.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap - Unlike most [[PunyEarthlings humans]] in Transformers, Sari has largely ''avoided'' being TheScrappy. Of course, then there's the...
** RoboticReveal - Sari injures her elbow at the end of the second season...revealing Cybertronian circuitry within.
*** Which also makes this a bit of a WeKnewIt, as several fans [[EpilepticTrees already suspected it]], between having no identity papers and no obvious mother while her father was a robotics expert.
*** Ironically, it was her father who accidentally turned her human, although Sari did assume at first that he built her. Sari's unfinished protoform absorbed humanity when Sumdac reached out to touch her. Good thing Blackarachnia never found out...
* RewatchBonus: Everything about Sari and Professor Sumdac after TheReveal.
* RunningTheAsylum - If you played a drinking game with TransformersGenerationOne [[MythologyGag mythology gags]], you'd be dead by the third episode.
* TheScrappy: [[JerkAss Sentinel Prime]] is arguably one of the few ''intentional'' scrappies.
** While they did help stave off VillainDecay and MenaceDecay for the Decepticons, the human villains are generally disliked for being gimmicky and taking screentime away from the Transformer vs. Transformer conflicts.
* {{Squick}} - Captain Fanzone dangling a loogie towards Rattletrap, and sucking it back in when the latter telling him what he wants. [[VomitDiscretionShot Excuse me for a sec....]]
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In "Predacons Rising", Sentinel discovers Blackarachnia's true identity [[spoiler: Elita-1]] and that she has just [[spoiler: transformed Wasp into Waspinator via her transwarp chamber (he was manipulated into it)]]. Despite the former revelation, Sentinel, being an [[FantasticRacism organic-phobe]], is actually willing to [[spoiler: ''kill Blackarachnia'', to put an end to all this]]. While his approach to the situation is most certainly wrong, given how she hasn't actually harmed him yet, he does have something of a good point in this line below, given what she's just done to [[spoiler: Wasp]]:
-->[[spoiler:"Don't say that name! You don't deserve to say that name! You're not Elita-1, you mutant freak. Elita-1 went off-line a long time ago."]]
* TakeThatScrappy: Rodimus Prime, in his first appearance he ends up getting afflicted with cosmic rust. This has satisfied some fans who don't like Rody.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks - When TakaraTomy announced that they're tying Animated (well, their handling of the show) with the [[TransformersFilmSeries movie-verse]], change in episode order and renaming Bulkhead to ''Ironhide'' (even though there was already an "Ironhide")... Well...
** To say that some fans were...not pleased when it was revealed that in this show's universe Optimus was not the BigGood of the Autobots but just a low level commander would be the understatement of the decade.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Team Athenia and Team Chaar open out season 3 with an epic battle, and never appear again, outside of cameos. This is especially egregious because they got considerable hype, appearing prominently in the transwarped debut trailer, and even had profiles published in the Magazine before the season aired. Perhaps they will do more in the comics.
** Likewise, Blackarachnia in the Megatron Rising two-parter. All her appearance amounted to was creating a continuity error (e.g, she wanted to be fully mechanical again, which is what she already tried doing in her formal debut, but it wound up almost killing her; [[HiddenDepths unless]] [[DeathSeeker that's what she wants]]) and getting Sari to the Autobots faster to help them. One wonders if she was forced into those episodes.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot - This is arguably what happened to Sari's upgrade, and her backstory in general. We never see the immediate fallout of her upgrade and near-overload, since she vanishes for four episodes afterwards, and we never find out how she got to Earth in the first place.
** Blame ExecutiveMeddling for that, they demanded that the human characters be shoved to the background to focus on the characters with toys for the third season, including Sari.
** There are a lot of great plot threads that are still left hanging by the end; Wasp becoming Waspinator and Elita-1 having become Blackarachnia; the former could have allowed for some great character development from Bumblebee and the potential for him to mature.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Prowl and Blurr. That is, if Blurr died or not.]]
* UnfortunateImplications: Every female Transformers character [[spoiler: (not counting Sari)]] with a notable role that ''isn't'' Slipstream or Strika has experienced some kind of horrific trauma. As for Slipstream, her existence could be interpreted as a transphobic joke. Though in the show's defense, a lot of the developed characters had tragic backstories.
** Then there's Perceptor, whose voice is the product of a speech synthesizer ala Main/StephenHawking. This is a homage to one of the world's most brilliant men, but considering Hawking uses a synthesizer as a result of his ''illness'' while Perceptor is able bodied is what makes it unfortunate. Furthermore, it was stated in the ''[[AllThereInTheManual AllSpark Almanac]]'' that Perceptor speaks that way because he willingly ''deleted his own personality'', which adds to the whole thing.
* TheWoobie - Part of the reason Sari has avoided becoming TheScrappy is because ''her life sucks so much.'' (Come Season 2, anyway. Omega Supreme can't seem to catch a break either, and Ratchet's had it nearly as bad.)
** Blurr instantly became this when [[spoiler: he was killed by Shockwave in the season three premiere]], as mentioned above.
** Optimus Prime's backstory involving Elita-One.
** Rachet, considering what happened to him involving him, Arcee, and Lockdown
*** He barely catches a break in any of his appearances.
** Arcee has been one in her every appearance.
** Skywarp, and his predecessor, #3370318. Poor guys; life is ''scary''!
** Bulkhead has his Woobie moments too.
** Then there's Wreck-Gar. He was a newly-activated Transformer with no sense of identity. Then comes Rachet's jerkassness. After wiping nanobots of a boat they were on, the last thing he says to Rachet before he seemingly explodes were "Thank you!". Luckily for the viewers, he survives.
** JerkassWoobie: One could give this to poor Wasp. A stark contrast to [[ButtMonkey Waspinator]] of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars.''
*** This is also part of the reason why [[ButtMonkey Starscream]] is such a popular character. He's an ambitious, treacherous, manipulative jerk, yet nothing goes right for him.
*** Blackarachnia / Elita-One, of course.

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