* AccidentalInnuendo: Megatron would turn into a gun to be wielded by another Decepticon, usually Starscream. The implications are staggering.
** In case your mind wasn't dirty enough to get it at first: Starscream holds Megatron in his hands, then pulls Megatron's trigger, making him shoot out.
*** And to FURTHER add to this, the original Megatron toy had his trigger for his [[http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/toys/g1-1984/megatron/35/1/61/ crotch.]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation - Is Shockwave loyal to Megatron, or a better [[TheStarscream Starscream]] than Starscream himself? Cerebros and his HumongousMecha Fortress Maximus, or Fortress Maximus and his remote-controlled drone Cerebros? Ironfist: geeky AscendedFanboy, or DumbMuscle? Decepticons: stone cold evil or {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s? All these and more depend entirely on your choice of continuity.
** Another of the more noteworthy ones is Ratbat. He's a voiceless servant to Soundwave in the original series, but he was Decepticon leader for a time in the original comics. Later continuities have tried to meld both interpretations for one backstory.
** DR. SMOOV has created a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-ItfWY3xMQ video]] made from scenes from the G1 cartoon that reinterprets Shockwave as a comically poor marksman and buffoon who was left on Cybertron because Megatron wanted him out of the way.
*** DR. SMOOV's ''Transformers'' videos have a lot of this. Optimus Prime is lazy, Wheeljack is an amoral {{Jerkass}}, Red Alert is crazy and TheLoad, Chip is the ButtMonkey, and more.
** Starscream: does he want Megatron's postition, or Megatron's respect? The in-universe explanation is that, while Starscream is a traitorous schemer, [[ReliableTraitor Megatron keeps him because he reminds Megatron of the need to watch his own back and keep his power protected at all costs]].
** Is Grimlock really stupid? Or does he just pretend to be stupid to throw his enemies off guard? Another interpretation is that Grimlock is quite intelligent but is unable to speak properly due to a malfunction in his speech processor, giving him a variant of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressive_aphasia Broca's aphasia]].
* AwesomeEgo: Megatron/Galvatron and Starscream, all the way. Also Grimlock when his intelligence gets temporarily boosted.
* BadassDecay: Devastator seemed to cop this with the arrival of new Combiner teams who applied TheWorfEffect on the Constructicons.
** Justified, it you think about it, as Devastator is frequently portrayed as the first Combiner and a prototype.
** Of Course, then you look at Menasor. Menasor was one of the most powerful combiners, taking down his counterpart Superion in their debut, and only losing when facing both Superion and Omega Supreme, his next appearance had him take down Bruticus, come Season 3, a few shots to the back took him down.
** Scourge and the Sweeps in Season 3. In the Movie, they '''tore apart''' ''Ultra Magnus'', in the series, they're Galvatron's punching bag.
* BaseBreaker: [[BigBad Megatron]] - viewed by some as a menacing, {{Badass}} villain, and criticized by others for being a GeneralFailure (at least in the series pre-Movie).
* BizarroEpisode: Quite a bunch, most notably ''Carnage in C Minor'', ''The Core'', and the absolutely terrible ''B.O.T.''
* BrokenBase: Some fans like ''only'' the G1 cartoon and ignore all other iterations of the franchise. Other fans (especially younger ones) view the show as a [[{{Camp}} campy]] MerchandiseDriven SaturdayMorningCartoon for small children, and dismiss it in favor of newer franchises such as the [[TransformersFilmSeries Movieverse]] and ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]''. Most of the fanbase appears to be somewhere in-between, judging G1 and other franchises based on their actual quality rather than for FanDumb reasons.
* CrazyAwesome: Optimus Prime borders on this at times in seasons 1 and 2.
-->'''Human scientist''': It's a safe bet those doors are locked.\\
-->'''Optimus''': Fortunately, I know a delicate lockpicking technique. [''shoots the door'']
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The episode "Webworld", which involves the Decepticons trying to get [[AxCrazy Galvatron]] to a therapist. This goes about as well as you might expect.
-->'''Galvatron''': "I'll destroy everything here—everything! And THEN, I'll destroy the Autobots!"
-->'''Therapist''': "Yes...tell me about the Autobots."
-->'''Galvatron''': "I hate Autobots! I hate [[ImStandingRightHere Cyclonus]]! And I'm not very fond of you, either!"
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The Japanese theme song.
** The entirety of [[TransformersTheMovie the movie's]] soundtrack.
* DracoInLeatherPants - ''Starscream''. What could it be? The squeaky voice, [[FoeYay Megatron constantly harming him]], the fact that he's vaguely more humanoid than other Decepticons? Or was it just the flashy paint job? The world may never know.
* EarWorm: That damn theme song...
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Just about every supporting character has his/her/its own share of fans. Notable ones include Starscream, Soundwave, the Dinobots (Grimlock especially), Ratchet, Nightbeat, Bludgeon, and Shockwave. AdaptationDistillation contributes to a lot of this.
* FanDumb: The infamous [[http://www.tfwiki.net/wiki/GEEWUN GEEWUNNERS]], who are stereotyped as viewing the G1 series through [[NostalgiaFilter rose-colored nostalgia goggles]] and viewing ''any'' non-G1 series with unreasonable cynicism. Responsible for such [[MemeticMutation catchphrases]] as "[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars TRUKK NOT MUNKY]]" and "[[Film/{{Transformers}} MICHAEL BAY RAPED MY CHILDHOOD!]]".
* FanNickname - Starscream = Screamer, Optimus Prime = Robo Jesus, Megatron = Megs
** Although Skywarp did call him "Screamer" in one episode.
** And Megatron has been referred to as "Megs" on occasion. We're still waiting for someone to call Optimus "Robo Jesus".
* FanonDiscontinuity - Fans all over the world prefer to ignore ''Kiss Players''.
* FoeYay: Megatron never did punish Starscream that much for his disloyalty...[[spoiler: Until he became Galvatron, that is.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: In "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 1," Cyclonus and Scourge intend to bring back Galvatron and they begin their search at his last known location: Unicron's floating head.
-->'''Cyclonus:''' There's nothing to fear. Unicron is dead.\\
''(They hear a groan)''\\
'''Cyclonus:''' Must be the wind.\\
'''Scourge:''' There is no wind in space.\\
'''Cyclonus:''' Quiet!
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Hoist Goes Hollywood," Hoist and several other Autobots get to be in an action movie. Unfortunately for them, the human characters initially take precedence over their bit parts, the director seems to have little respect for the Autobots (at least early on) and there's a good deal of pyrotechnics in the movie. [[Film/{{Transformers}} Sounds familiar.]]
** The references to Brawn being a RobotChicken in "Fire on the Mountain".
** In "B.O.T." there's a junkyard operator who ''really'' looks a lot like [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Luigi]].
* HoYay: Rodimus Prime admits to dreaming about Optimus. His own voice actor (jokingly) claimed the character was gay.
** There's also Megatron and Soundwave. Soundwave is slavishly loyal to Megatron and is the sole person that Megatron never abuses or insults (in fact he heaps praise on the guy). This extends to after Megatron became Galvatron, including a scene where the two ''hold hands'' as they fly. It's common for fans to joke that the two are secretly lovers.
* JerkassWoobie: The Constructicons, who are only evil because Megatron reprogrammed them against their will.
* MemeticMutation - "Soundwave superior. Constructicons inferior."
** Also from the EvilTwin episode: Which Prime is the real Prime? LET'S HAVE A RACE.
* MoralEventHorizon: Megatron famously crossed it in the movie when he killed Optimus, though one could he say he crossed it far earlier with the Robo-Smasher (aka. the device he used to horrifically brainwash the peaceful Constructicons into Decepticons and destroy Crystal City). For Blitzwing at least, the deal with the Quintessons was the point of no return for Galvatron.
** ''Rodimus Prime'' came dangerously close to crossing it in "Fight Or Flee" when he [[KnightTemplar blew up Paradron rather than let the Decepticons have it]], then had the gall to say that Cybertron was better anyways right to Sandstorm's face.
* MostWonderfulSound: The transformation noise.
* NarmCharm: Some fans love the show for this.
* NightmareFuel: [[TheStoic Soundwave]] ''laughing''! No, you read it right. Still sceptical? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iiVylwMBH4 Here's proof]].
* NightmareRetardant: Megatron, you know that scope that turns into his iconic black hole gun? That scope and other accessories aren't from a real Walther P38 but were made up by the prop department of ''TheManFromUNCLE'', which means the most fearsome Decepticon of them all either turns into a TV prop, or more likely some kid's toy based on a TV prop.[[note]]This is actually made explicit in the original Japanese ''Microchange'' toy he's based on, where they're all tiny aliens who disguise themselves as toys and other household objects in a little boy's bedroom. Incidentally this is also why the original Bumblebee and other minibots had such goofy proportions, since they were meant to represent toy cars.[[/note]]
* OneSceneWonder: Hauler's appearance in cartoon was very brief. However, his similarity to both Grapple and the Constructicons led to various theories about his origins, before the character got an official background story which depicts him as a rogue member of the Constructicons.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the cartoon episode ''The Key To Vector Sigma'', Shockwave apparently defeated Omega Supreme in battle (offscreen).
* ReplacementScrappy: Rodimus Prime
** Daniel.
** [[AxCrazy Galvatron]] in the third season
* SavedByTheFans: Optimus Prime is probably the most famous example of this, being brought back after the massive backlash from being KilledOffForReal in the movie. Though in this case it was less "Saved by the fans" and more "Saved by letters of complaint from the angry moms of traumatized children".
* TheScrappy: Rolan and Martin. This duo is so bad, they are nicknamed "future serial killers" in Transformers Wiki.
* SnarkBait: The series' low production values and MerchandiseDriven nature are subject to this.
* SoBadItsGood: The cartoon in general; similar to ''LiveAction/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', it brought a lot of memorable characters and performances despite its low production values. Although more... ''[[NostalgiaFilter nostalgic]]''... fans tend to view it as SoCoolItsAwesome.
** In particular, the episode "Carnage in C-Minor". Sure, it has no end of animation, technical and continuity errors, but it has a good plot (as well as a little FridgeHorror at the end) and the errors have nothing to do with the plot itself.
** "A Prime Problem" is another example because the plot is completely ludicrous (everyone has the IdiotBall) and Optimus Prime hilariously flubs Spike and Trailbreaker's names. At least neither are as bad as B.O.T.
*** Given one Prime is actually controlled by Megatron and none of the other Autobots can tell which of the two "is real" until TheReveal [[spoiler: Megatron's "Prime" angrily remarks about a captive Spike, "HE'S UNIMPORTANT!" which get the Autobots to see he's "phony"--the "Real Prime" would have dropped everything for Spike]] it's understandable.
*** "B.O.T" probably qualifies as well, if not for just plain bad, due to the massive IdiotPlot around three of the dumbest humans to ever exist and their stupidity seemingly affecting the rest of the cast as the episode goes on. A prime candidate for SnarkBait.
* SoCoolItsAwesome: The voice acting. Say what you will about the series' quality, but no one is willing to dispute the phenomenal voice acting it had apart from [[VocalDissonance Mega]][[BrokenBase tron]] and the various [[TheScrappy Scrappies]]. For a series where StatusQuoIsGod, PeterCullen, Creator/FrankWelker, Chris Latta and the rest of the cast made major and even minor characters memorable based on their performances alone. Taken UpToEleven with [[TransformersTheMovie the movie]], which also added Robert Stack, [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]], and even gargantuans '''OrsonWelles''' and '''LeonardNimoy''' to the mix.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: More often than not combined with OffModel.
* TheScrappy: [[RhymesOnADime Wheelie was as unpopular as can be when he appeared in Season 3]].
* {{Squick}} - Kiss Players, which contains [[spoiler: not only lolicon, but penis tongues]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: [[FanDumb some members]] of the fandom watch later incarnations of the series for the sole purpose of complaining endlessly about their being an insult to the [[SarcasmMode holy perfection]] that is G1.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: ''Kiss Players'' has some fairly cool story ideas that explored the aftermath of ''Transformers: The Movie''. Unfortunately all the good ideas were buried under the rather... [[{{Squick}} unfortunate]] [[UnfortunateImplications things.]]
* UnfortunateImplications: '''Carbomb'''ya, a fairly offensive version of Libya that caused Casey Kasem to quit the series in disgust.
** The ending of "B.O.T.", the nerdy girl who built the eponymous robot, comes up with the idea of possibly building another one. At which time, her classmates, Roland and Martin, gag her mouth with duct tape and drag her away, while the Autobots just watch.
* VillainDecay: Particularly prevalent with combiner teams, but also with characters representing other gimmicks, such as Triple-Changers. Devastator was unstoppable in early episodes, and in more than one episode unbeatable even by the entire Autobot team. Later, he could be broken up by a single shot from Perceptor. This effect was largely symmetrical, as Autobot combiners were also brought in to replace the formerly formidable older ones. Multiple Autobot characters have been referred to as their "last line of defence", including Omega Supreme and Metroplex.

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