* AdaptationDisplacement: After the cancellation of the cartoon series, the Movie, which was widely available on home video, became most people's introduction to the Transformers universe.[[note]]At least in the U.S. Outside the States, it's the other way around.[[/note]]
* AwesomeArt: Probably the best aspect of the whole movie. The animation is very fluid, with some great dynamic camera angles and exciting action sequences, and the backgrounds are utterly gorgeous paintings. When you consider that the scenery and characters consist primarily of complicated, hard-to-animate machinery, it's even more impressive!
* AwesomeMusic: Every piece of music in the movie is either loaded with synthesizers, or an epic hair metal tune. Everything awesome about TheEighties in one soundtrack!
** Special mention to Stan Bush's tracks, "Dare" and "The Touch".
* BaseBreaker: Blurr
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Junkions' dance with the Autobots on a Junk planet, to the tune of Music/WeirdAlYankovic's 'Dare to Be Stupid' is probably a borderline case of this. The only thing keeping it from being such is Ultra Magnus being rebuilt during the scene, though as that comes ''after'' Wreck-Gar settles everyone down from the dancing number...
** A random Junkion kissing Grimlock during the dancing number.
* CriticalDissonance: Big-time. Before ''RevengeOfTheFallen'' came out, this was the [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} prime]] example of CriticalDissonance in the ''Transformers'' franchise, although [[{{NostalgiaFilter}} this actually took]] [[PopularityPolynomial some time]]. Note, however, that the movie is less popular with newer ''Transformers'' fans.
* CultClassic: Very much so.
* EarWorm: [-"YOU GOT THE TOUCH! YOU GOT THE POWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!"-] See the [[AwesomeMusic/{{Film}} Crowning Music of Awesome]] trope page.
* FountainOfMemes
* GrowingTheBeard: Though still SoBadItsGood, this film and the Marvel comics that were running at the time were the point where ''Transformers'' fiction started becoming more than just a glorified toy commercial and developed actual plot. Fitting, considering the fact that this film indirectly establishes a lot of the mythos for the franchise that later incarnations would build off of.
* HilariousInHindsight: This movie is often foremost in the minds of people who said Creator/MichaelBay was raping their childhoods by including a prominent human character and a goofy robot buddy. Of course, if you actually ''watch'' the movie, there Daniel and Wheelie are...
* ItWasHisSled: Hot Rod becomes Rodimus Prime. Optimus Prime (and several other Autobots) dies. Megatron gets reformatted into Galvatron. The giant planet Unicron has a ''robot mode''!
* JerkassWoobie: Prowl. Sure, he more than a bit of a StrawVulcan. But he didn't deserve to be killed by Scavenger.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Anything said by Blurr ''and'' Wheelie
* {{Narm}}: The opening scene with Unicron devouring an entire planet is chilling, but when we see a masher within Unicron making cartoony chomping noises, it loses some of its punch.
* NeverLiveItDown: Ultra Magnus' "I can't deal with that now!" in response to seeing Hot Rod and Kup get shot down has become popular in the fandom to make him look like an incompetent fool/ massive JerkAss.
* TheScrappy: Wheelie (because he speaks in rhymes) and Hot Rod (his actions - unintentionally - got Optimus killed).
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
** ''Transformers The Movie'' was the first Western animated feature film to rely on ideas from anime and comics (and yeah, ''StarWars'') to set up an elaborate {{space opera}} with a backstory and continuity tie-ins to resulting episodes of the series. After it came out, all the other Saturday Morning TV series copied the idea. With the rise in popularity of anime and elaborately plotted multiverse continuities in every franchise (''Transformers'' or otherwise), it's considered no big deal now.
** [[strike: Two]] Three words: ''Franchise/{{Digimon}} TheMovie'' (at least the three-part dub). The MerchandiseDriven nature, type of soundtrack used (for the time), backstory and continuity expansion [[{{FollowTheLeader}} all seem to draw from]] ''TFTM'' - they even share the same [[ToeiAnimation animation studio]] and {{Animesque}} style (although ''Digimon'' is actually Japanese anime).
* SoBadItsGood: While no one will claim that it's a pinnacle of high-quality cinema[[note]]except most [[FanDumb GEEWUNNERS]][[/note]], the movie '''''is''''' filled to the brim with RuleOfCool[[note]]many say more so than [[{{Camp}} the series]], possibly due to its DarkerAndEdgier nature[[/note]], from the giant robot fights [[AutobotsRockOut set to '80s hair metal music]] to the surprise inclusion of OrsonWelles and LeonardNimoy as two of the movie's {{Badass}} villains. This is what helps hold it dear to many a fans' heart, along with the mandatory [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The Unicron melody is very similar to the Ivan Drago theme from ''RockyIV'', which Vince [=DiCola=] also composed for.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: As noted under DarkerAndEdgier, this film surprised a lot of parents (and children) who expected the same lighthearted tone as the TV series, only to see hordes of Autobots ''die'' in the first ten minutes.
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