* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lUoIOi7W38&feature=related]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8vSnIJ6qWM&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swYuibK4kW8&feature=related]]
** The music is sometimes pointed to as the series' only saving grace.
* BizarroEpisode:
** "Distribution." You'll be guessing until the very end ''who's real and who isn't.'' And what in the name of Primus is going on. [[spoiler: A 'simulation' that's a tournament-style matchup of every 'bot in the series, with robo-catgirl announcers. Some characters who are real walk in and out of things totally unconcerned with who's sitting across the room from them, seeing how they're usually trying to murder each other. Then turn out to not be real, making you wonder what the point of their being in the simulation was at all. Then whoever was just wondering if the guy who just walked out was or wasn't real... turns out to not be real]]. It was just... the most insanely random thing ''Transformers'' has ever done. Bad dubbing takes it from random to incomprehensible ''and'' insanely random.
** In Superlink, this was a 500th Episode special for the entire franchise, was non-canon, and was shown at a special time. In the dub, to make up for cutting an episode, they added it to the actual run of the show. ''Right in the middle of a DarkerAndEdgier arc that was basically all-out war.''
* CreatorsPet: As usual the humans aren't all that popular but [[SpotlightStealingSquad appear pretty frequently]], Kicker has earned a special hatred for being a {{Jerkass}}.
-->'''Ironhide''': Kicker... you are awesome!
* DorkAge: Beyond simply being regarded as an inferior sequel to ''Armada'' (by both the show's fans and detractors), it's regarded as the worst TF show period.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Demolishor retained this status from ''Armada'' prior to [[spoiler: His reformatting,]] thanks to his conflicting loyalties between the both sides that he gained from living an era without the war, [[spoiler:and losing that is considered to be one of the worst mistakes the show made]]. Misha/Mika/Meeka is popular for....[[{{Fanservice}} different reasons.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Optimus' gimmick is having numerous accessories attach to his arms and legs, with one being a drill. [[Series/KamenRiderFourze We would being seeing something similar later on the years]].
** Shockblast's brash, violent personality was seen as completely at odds with Shockwave's [[TheStoic traditional characterization]]... and then we met [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye that one Cyclopean]] ''[[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Autobot]]''. [[spoiler:Doubles as HarsherInHindsight when you learn IDW Shockwave's OriginStory.]]
* HoYay: Snowcat and Demolishor, and Megatron and Starscream even more than usual.
-->"''What is my name, Starscream?!"'' "Megatron!" ''"Say it again!"'' "M-meg... a... tron!"
** Did we mention that line was said [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything while Megatron was slowly thrusting his long, hard sword through Starscream's robot soul]]?
** Also, they ''tried'' to cut out Mirage's crush on Galvatron in the dub, but couldn't completely.
-->'''Mirage''': But I've been so loyal! How could Galvatron not know how I feel about him?!
* {{Padding}}: Unicron [[spoiler: perishes in "Unicron Perishes," appropriately enough]], but then it un-perishes so we can basically repeat the entire plot for 10 or so episodes. On a smaller level, see AsYouKnow on the main page.
** Much of the show is padded by re-using the StoryArc of trying to prevent Unicron's revival and then knocking him out before his body is destroyed.
* JerkassWoobie: The writers were clearly going for this with Kicker but it just made him even more insufferable.
* JerkSue: Kicker.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Snowcat's yodelling can and will grate on your nerves.
** Also, anytime a character goes, [[LullDestruction "Uh?!"]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Hot Shot and Rad get a lot better in comparison to their Armada counterparts. While not quite as effective, they did at least tone down Kicker for the last few episodes.
* TheScrappy: Kicker. He's an annoying JerkSue who hates Transformers for stupid reasons, [[{{Wangst}} constantly complains]], [[KickTheDog abuses the shit out of poor Ironhide]], is often TheLoad for the Autobots, and is treated like [[CreatorsPet God's gift to]] [[CharacterShilling the universe]]. It doesn't help that he's [[KarmaHoudini never called out on his actions]].
** Creator/BradSwaile, who provided the English dub voice for Kicker, has gone on record saying that [[OldShame he felt bad about playing him]] after he gained mainstream success with ''Manga/DeathNote.''
*** Actually Alpha Q did call him out on his hypocrisy at least once, when he does the same thing he hated his father for.
** Ironhide also qualifies, thanks to his rather stupid design, annoying voice, and near-ThisLoserIsYou personality. Ironhide toys were infamous for clogging shelves as the series wore on.
* {{Sequelitis}}
* SpecialEffectsFailure: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Scorponok_blacklines.jpg The outlines on the CG models were never rescaled in any shot]]. Though that's only the least of the CGI's problems.
* TakeThatScrappy: A ''very'' subtle example, but Team Ironhide don't take kindly to Kicker abusing their idol. His RunningGag of kicking him in shin ends after [[OhCrap receiving a lengthy]] DeathGlare (though Ironhide calls them off before anything else can be made of it).
* TheyJustDidntCare
* [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter They Wasted Perfectly]] [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot Good Opportunities]]: Plenty of plots/character arcs, bar Ironhide's and Scorponok's, go almost nowhere:
** Starscream is reborn as a confused, and angry spirit/being, up until Megatron gets hold of his mind and makes him loyal. [[YesMan He remains that way]] without his NobleDemon characteristics that made him famous in Armada. And then the pendulum swings the opposite way entirely in ''TransformersCybertron'', where he becomes a more [[TheStarscream traditional]], yet VERY competent Starscream.
*** Let's not forget how close he was to the kids last series, especially Alexis. They're still around this time, but do we get to see him interact with them and a possible subplot emerge from this? Nope.
** Demolishor went through a whole arc where he struggled with his allegiance. As Cyclonus and Tidal Wide defect back to their old faction, he tries harder and harder to do the right thing, until, in his penultimate episode, he makes his decision and [[spoiler: saves Megatron's life at the cost of his own. He's resurrected in the following episode and is considerably less conflicted and quite a bit stupid, implying Megatron messed with his mind.]] The arc is never brought up again.
** Wing Dagger loses his best friend to Shockblast and then tries to avenge his fallen comrade, performing a HeroicSacrifice. His quest of vengence is almost never brought up when he is resurrected (he has one revenge battle and captures him in his first appearance as Wing Saber, but nothing is made of it after Shockblast inevitably escapes).
** There's some of Unicron in ''every'' Transformer. ''That'' should really go on to mean something or be important somehow. But this is ''Energon,'' so it doesn't.
** Kicker wasn't just a JerkAss in the beginning: he didn't like Cybertronians because as a kid the whole 'alien robots' thing took up all of Papa's time and once lead to Kicker falling down a really deep hole, and he also just didn't like being told where he could and couldn't go on his own planet while living in an Autobot facility. Hardly earth-shattering, but it's a reason. Rather than have him grow to trust Team Prime in a [[CharacterDevelopment charactery]]-[[BuffySpeak developy]] way, the whole "there's a reason he's this way" thing was just forgotten early on and he spends the later 48 of the series' 50 episodes being rude for no discernible reason. It takes until midseason for everyone else to similarly forget that they ''don't like it when he's like this.''
*** There was more to it than that. When Kicker developed his energon sensing powers as a child, his father had the bright idea to use Kicker as a living energon detector. For years, he dragged his ''young'','''not even a teenager''' son around space, where he had to deal with a few mining accidents that nearly cost him his life. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality The Autobots]] saw no problems with putting him to work like this, and so Kicker grew resentful of both them and his father. This is only brought up a few times, he never calls his father or the Autobots out on it, and by the end of the series he seems to have forgotten about it entirely.
*** Team Ironhide's introduction hinted to an amusing vitriolic relationship over Kicker pushing around their idol, probably the nearest anyone got to calling him out on his treatment of Ironhide. However they never interacted after their first episode, and Team Ironhide were killed off shortly afterwards ([[TookALevelInKindness though Kicker at least had the decency to lay off Ironhide afterwards]]).
** Rodimus, who led a faction of Cybertronians who said ScrewThisImOuttaHere to TheForeverWar and hasn't been seen in millions of years, returns, and he and Optimus are ''far'' from on the same page. Rodimus' team proceeds to... fall in line with Optimus' within two episodes and never really add much to the proceedings.
** The Decepticons never powerlink throughout the series (one gag even implies they are unable to). Despite showing this ability in the previous series, a series that revolves prominently around powerlinks refuses to look into it, also often making their battles with the Autobots rather one sided due to this heavy advantage.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: There was a peculiar casting choice in the first Hungarian dub of the series. Six Shot, the supposed ''young'' brother of Shockblast, [[TheOtherDarrin discounting his debut episode]], was voiced by an actor in his late sixties. He sounded older than ''all'' other characters.
* TheWoobie: Demolisher (constantly abused by Megatron and forced into a conflict he wants no part of), Ironhide (constantly abused by Kicker and has most of his friends die), and Wing Dagger (fails to save his best friend and never gets the justice he seeks).
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