Anime: Transformers Cybertron
Optimus Prime: Our worlds are in danger! To save them and the galaxy, we must find the four Cyber Planet Keys before the Decepticons can use them for evil! It is our mission! Hot Shot! Jetfire! Vector Prime! Landmine! Scattershot! Optimus Prime! Transform and roll out!
The entire universe is in danger! The ancient, planet-sized Transformer known as Unicron, whose spark was contained by the Autobots in a sun in Transformers Energon
, has now turned into a black hole called the Unicron Singularity. It is sucking the universe up, and only the four Cyber Planet Keys
, each stored on a different planet
, can stop its destructive power.
Oh, and due to the Unicron Singularity, all the Transformers are back on Cybertron, there are new characters and some of the old ones no longer exist
Generally considered by fans to be the best of the Unicron Trilogy, which started with Armada
and continued with Energon
, Transformers Cybertron
is a fairly unassuming yet fun series that stands out against Armada
because even though it's not astoundingly good, it's at least light-years ahead of Energon
before it, Cybertron
—co-produced between GONZOnote
and Sunwoo Entertainment note
—was animated with a mixture of hand-drawn animation and CGI. However, Cybertron
used more traditional CGI for the Transformers, in line with what had been used for Beast Wars
and Beast Machines
. This made the CGI all the more conspicuous, but also allowed for slightly
better facial animation (and movement in general). The fact that the scripts were better
also allowed for better voice acting.
This series provides examples of the following:
- Amplifier Artifact: Cyber Keys. Also, Megatron's Unicron Armour and the Matrix of Leadership can act like this.
- An Axe to Grind: The giant Transformer Metroplex's weapon is a BFA called Sparkdrinker. It's as tall as he is. And Metroplex is twenty stories tall. Also, Scourge's beast-mode tail is an axe when he is in robot mode.
- Ancient Astronauts: Ancient Cybertronians (that's before Earth existed) populated several planets in different places forming the locations where the show takes place.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: After the closing of the black hole, and Galvatron's final defeat.
- Apocalypse How: The Unicron Singularity, being a freak black hole, threatens to consume the galaxy if not the entire universe. If the Expanded Universe is to be believed, the Singularity threatens to consume the Transformers Multiverse itself.
- Not just that, it damaged the timelines of several Universes. Vector Prime tried fixing them, but the result wasn't perfect. It's basically the canonical Hand Wave for any and all plot holes in any Transformers media.
- Arc Words: 'Til All Are One. As in, one in purpose, not that way... When the transformers of Cybertron and the four colonized worlds come together to help thwart Galvatron's plans, Primus declares that all ARE one.
- Asskicking Pose: In SPADES.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Starscream, after growing to supreme size. The crown is virtually identical to the crown worn by G1 Starscream in Transformers: The Movie. This Starscream tops him by not being slain right after coronation.
- Badass Grandpa: Landmine. He's the one who taught Optimus how to fight, and can still kick serious Decepticon aft. Vector Prime, to a lesser extent. Also Backstop.
- Battle Cry: Yes. One of the most worthy of mention is the following:
(preparing to attack his Evil Knockoff
) That Decepticon is gonna get neutered!
- The Bermuda Triangle: Makes an appearance as the last resting place of Atlantis, which turns out to be an ancient Cybertronian starship.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Megatron is the Big Bad at first, but eventually Starscream manages to become a secondary Big Bad in his own right.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Ransack and Crumplezone.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Starscream's Cyber Key extends a pair of these, which when not in use are retracted into the wingpods on his arms.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Not nearly as bad as the previous dubs, but errors still occur here and there, such as the wrong characters being voiced.
- The Berserker: Overhaul, bordering on Leeroy Jenkins.
- BFG: Optimus Prime's Super Mode cannons.
- Primus, being a planet-sized Physical God, would have a huge gun. However, in the end, he wields one that's a space battleship as a gigantic cannon that counts as a BFG for him!
- BFS: Vector Prime's sword, Rhisling, by dint of being a Transformer-scale claymore.
- Broken Faceplate: Optimus Prime's mouthplate is shattered during the final battle, although he is the victor.
- Butt Monkey: Ransack and Crumplezone, a Team Rocket-like duo. Ransack perhaps more so than his partner. Quoth Crumplezone:
"When he [Optimus] sees our real strength and feels our vengeance, he'll regret beating us over and over and over and..."
- Thundercracker. Dear Primus, Thundercracker. Having the worst boss ever doesn't help. He gets lit on fire by Scourge twice. ("Would somebody please put me out?") At the end, after Ransack, Crumplezone, and Thunderblast go back on their Heel Face Turns and sneak off in homemade rocket, poor Thundercracker gets shanghaied aboard when goes to investigate. The Hasbro version of his toy's mold was a major-league example of quality-control failure. (PRIMUS DAMNIT HASBRO!)
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "<insert name here>, Transform!", "Cyber Key Power!", "Optimus Prime, Super Mode!"
- Calling Your Attacks: More egregious in Galaxy Force than Cybertron.
- Thundercracker comes up with bigger and more grandiose names for simple attacks as the series goes on. However, they actually work as advertised.
- The Cameo: G1 Soundwave in tape-player form. First being used by Sideways in one episode, then in the epilogue being carried by this series' Soundwave. G1 Soundwave's cameo model is detailed to the point of having G1 Laserbeak in tape mode visible within him.
- Combining Mecha: In Super Mode, Optimus Prime can combine with Leobreaker to form Savage Claw Mode, or with Wing Saber to form Sonic Wing Mode. Megatron can combine in a similar fashion with Leobreaker's Evil Knockoff Nemesis Breaker to form Dark Claw Mode.
- Conspicuous CG: Very conspicuous. The Transformers are in (Non Cel-Shaded) CG and the human characters are traditionally animated.
- Cool Big Sis: Override. At least in the dub.
- Cool Mask: When Optimus activates Super Mode, the traditional Prime faceplate covers his mouth.
- Cool Old Guy: Vector Prime, Landmine, Brakedown, Backstop.
- Cool Starship: The four ancient Cybertronian colonization starships. Atlantis, Ogygia, Lemuria, and Hyperborea. And then their combined form, the massive warship Ark, which is used as a Black Hole destroying Wave Motion Gun by Primus after his spark is restored.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Thundercracker, despite his ineptitude and repeated comical failures can be effective. In 2 episodes he had the strength to carry his teammates (Ransack, Crumplezone and Scourge, later Thunderblast). Twice he's proven himself to get the better of Jetfire, unleashing overly long attacks, like spinning around, firing off shots and downing Jetfire (unable to finish him because he got dizzy), and unleashing a charge attack on Gigatron and fighting Jetfire to a near draw (it was a near-draw because both beat each other into immobility, but Thundercracker knocked Jetfire out, while he stayed conscious).
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Metroplex vs. Megatron. Metroplex literally stomps on Megatron, and then after Megatron uses a dark energy attack to get Metroplex's giant foot off of him, Metroplex brings his colossal axe Sparkdrinker down on Megatron's head. Smashing him through the floor. And to make it worse on Megatron, he was in Dark Claw mode. Ouch.
- Megatron then returns the gesture the very episode after after he evolves into Galvatron, he not only blocks the axe with one hand, he snatches it and defeats Metroplex with his own weapon to add insult to injury.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Vector Prime's Time Reverse power. Using it shortens the users life. One or two minutes are okay, but three days to a week? Too dangerous.
- Defeat Means Explosion: When Optimus and Leobreaker stab Megsy, an inexplicable explosion follows, and sends him flying! Or when Metroplex powers up his axe and brings it down and somehow causes a battle-ending explosion.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Override to Hot Shot, though this is helped by him aiding her a few times and genuinely impressing her with his drive to win.
- Determinator: A few examples. Overhaul against Scourge, Hot Shot in the last race against Override, and then Starscream on his Foe Tossing Charge. Hot Shot, Red Alert, and Scattorshot refusing to give up after their Near Death Experience is one of the triggers for their Mid-Season Upgrade. Galvatron gets a second wind in his last clash with Starscream. Optimus Prime manages to do it numerous times, especially in his last battle with Galvatron. It is finally subverted with Galvatron in the final battle.
- Demoted to Extra: Half the cast. How long did it take for Evac to stop doing anything? Four episodes?
- Deus ex Machina: Plenty of it, and in a good way. In fact, Cybertron gets to have a lot of fun with this trope due to some of the show's basic premises.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Darkly inverted. In episode 49, Galvatron (while hopped up on power from the Omega Lock and the Cyber Planet Keys) stuns a weakened Primus with a blast of dark energy. Played somewhat straight with Primus' second beatdown of Starscream.
- Distant Finale: The last episode's end credits show Lori and Coby getting married and Dr. Suzuki holding what is presumably her and Colonel Franklin's baby..
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Restoring its intended status as a sequel to Armada and Energon when Galaxy Force wasn't written to be leaves some Unicron-sized holes. Dead characters are alive again, returning characters sometimes act very differently or have new origins, some prominent characters don't seem to exist anymore, nobody remembers Sideways, and so forth. The black hole being a Crisis on Infinite Earths event that changed things is All There in the Manual - your average viewer on the street wouldn't go in knowing to take it on its own.
- But if you do take it on its own, though, as the dub team evidently felt was the choice, it's not so bad. The All There in the Manual retcons are pretty weak, and exist mainly to please Aaron Archer, who insisted on it.
- Dub Name Change: Naturally. In some cases, these are better. It's a bit of a list but:
- Autolander became Brakedown
- Dreadrock/Dreadlock became Jetfire
- Exillion/Exigeyser (post-upgrade name) became Hot Shot
- First Aid/First Gunner (post-upgrade name) became Red Alert. Anyone who complains about this is being silly, as his character design is blatantly meant to be an evolution of Armada Red Alert
- Backpack/Backgild (post-upgrade name) became Scattorshot.
- Jackshot/Ligerjack became Overhaul/Leobreaker. Ligerjack isn't so bad, but try saying Jackshot out loud.
- Dark Ligerjack accordingly became Nemesis Breaker
- Nitro Convoy became Override. And a girl. See She's A Man In Japan below.
- Flame Convoy became Scourge
- Live Convoy became Evac. Appropriate for the guy who turns into a rescue helicopter.
- Megalo Convoy became Metroplex. He's a major-league homage to G1 Metroplex, so the name fits like a glove.
- Sonic Bomber became Wing Saber. Either name works quite well, and Wing Saber shows some semblance of continuity with Energon, which also featured an Autobot named Wing Saber that Optimus Prime could combine with.
- Master Megatron/Galvatron dropped the "Master" part of the name.
- Dinoshout became Undermine
- Terrashaver became Brimstone
- Fang Wolf became Snarl. Fitting enough for the guy who turns into a wolf.
- Saidos became Backstop
- Skids became Clocker
- Land Bullet/Arm Bullet (post-upgrade name) became Crumplezone/Dark Crumplezone
- Gasket became Ransack
- Inch-Up (So named because his toys wheels raise him an inch up off the ground) became Dirt Boss (Fitting for a 4x4)
- Hop became Jolt
- Blit became Six-Speed
- Bumper became Reverb
- Roots became Safeguard
- Blender became Quickmix. The change was fitting, considering this Quickmix is also an homage to a G1 character of the same name.
- Moledive became Menasor. This was probably just to keep Hasbro from losing the trademark.
- Chromia became Thunderblast
- Road Storm became Lugnutz
- Autovolt became Crosswise
- Demolishor became Mudflap
- Guardshell became Landmine
- Galaxy Convoy became Optimus Prime (of course).
- Force Chips became Cyber Keys
- Planet Force became Cyber Planet Keys
- The Chip Square became the Omega Lock.
- The starship Mu became the Ogygia
- The starship Pangaea became the Lemuria
- The starship Lemuria became the Hyperborea (because of the Pangaea example above)
- Dull Surprise: Although it still suffered from this, Cybertron was in general better about this (characters are now capable of smiling, sneering, glaring etc, although all talking is still "mouth open, mouth closed".)
- That's just a common cheat in anime, to avoid a dub having to redo the lip sync.
- Epic Flail: Primus uses energy ropes to convert the moons of Cybertron into a slagging PAIR of these.
- Evil Knockoff: Nemesis Breaker to Leobreaker.
- Evil Versus Evil: Galvatron and Starscream. Normally, Galvatron would Curb Stomp his treacherous second in command, but this time, Screamer puts up such a good fight, he nearly wins!
- Eyelid Pull Taunt: Lori does this once when the kids are running from Sideways. Later, Ransack and Crumplezone (to a few Autobots) and Thunderblast (to Lori) do it, but they don't have eyelids to pull nor tongues to stick out.
- Famous Last Words: "I still function... you haven't won... not while my... spark... still burns..."
- Femme Fatale: Thunderblast. Also something of a Gold Digger.
- Fighter Launching Sequence: One of the stock sequences. Quite drawn out.
- Final Battle: Optimus Prime versus Galvatron. Optimus WINS, impaling Galvatron with Vector Prime's sword.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Starscream goes on one of these in episode 25. Against almost every known Autobot. And WINS, successfully stealing the Omega Lock and the three Cyber Planet Keys found at that point.
- Gainaxing: Thunderblast not only has a pair of big round breasts under her chest-plate, with nipples, but in some scenes in the series, they can even be seen bouncing.
- Gatling Good: Megatron's second Cyber Key weapon is a laser gatling gun. In Japan it's called a Death Machine Gun.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Vector Prime does this to Optimus after Optimus has been nailed with a Hannibal Lecture by Galvatron. "I've heard enough!" *PUNCH*
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the episode "Cybertron", Hot Shot refers to the scraplets as "little buggers", a very rude word in the United Kingdom.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors:
- Played with at times, Played Straight at others. Quite a few good guys tend to have red auras, while bad guys often have purple. Autobots' weapon fire is always red with red-and-white explosions, while Decepticons' blasters always have blue beams with purple-and-yellow explosions.
- A Justified Inversion is when villain Starscream has a holy golden aura because he's stolen power from Primus.
- Go Out with a Smile: Vector Prime. *sniff*
- Gratuitous English: Galaxy Force has as much of this as Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has Les Yay.
- The Hero: Optimus Prime
- Heroic Sacrifice: Vector Prime makes one. He uses Time Reverse to take the heroes back to when the interuniversal warp hole they used to reach Gigantion was open in order for them to return, even though he knew that the effort would cost him life.
- Homage: Plenty to be had in this series, but this exchange during the Final Battle stands out:
Early in the battle:
Galvatron:: Why throw away you life so recklessly Prime? It's a pity it has to end like this.
Optimus Prime: That's a question you should ask yourself, Galvatron! I will finish you!
The battle rages on, until they get ready to clash with each other for the last time.
Optimus Prime: Only one shall stand, Galvatron. It ends here!
- Houko Kuwashima: Hop (Jolt in the dub).
- Hot Scientist: Dr. Lucy Suzuki. She even has a schoolgirl skirt.
- Humans Are Special: The Omega Lock emits a certain frequency when active. This frequency is only audible to humans, justifying the kids' place on the team. This was entirely the work of the dubbers.
- Humongous Mecha: A given in Transformers, but the Transformers inhabiting Gigantion are giant compared to other Transformers. And Primus is the size of a freakin' planet. Heck, he turns into a planet.
- Hypocritical Humour: In "Inferno", when Optimus and Scattorshot can their vehicle modes:
Optimus Prime: "A tank?! Are you trying to draw attention to us."
Optimus Prime: "Yes, but a fire truck is bigger."
- Improbable Weapon User: Optimus Prime wielding Metroplex's axe.
- Japanese Pronouns: In episode 45 of Galaxy Force (46 in the dub), Vector Prime addresses Optimus as "omae" at first, but Optimus insists on "kimi" after the younger Prime gets over his Heroic BSOD.
- Jumped at the Call: The three main human characters.
- Just Plane Wrong: For some reason, the United States Airforce's primary fighter jet in Cybertron is the Su-37, which is Russian.
- Large Ham: Megatron/Galvatron. But with David Kaye voicing, what did you expect? Also, Starscream, Thundercracker, Scourge...
- Last Villain Stand: Megatron. After he loses the Omega Lock, his minions have deserted him, and his plan to reshape the universe to his own desire is foiled, he decides to go all out and destroy Jungle World and Earth while at the same time challenging Optimus Prime to a final battle.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Hot Shot. Overhaul also has traces of this, as does Wing Saber.
- Lip Lock: Averted for the most part.
- Lull Destruction: The dub does this to compensate for the heavy use of Stock Footage.
- Make My Monster Grow: Various characters do this to themselves, the first being Starscream. He does it again and becomes as big as Primus, only to have Primus smack him down in a Curb-Stomp Battle. Hard. Later, Landmine does this to himself briefly to serve Starscream his afterburners on a platter and throw him through a wall into a lake. During his showdown with Galvatron, Starscream reveals that with the power he's already absorbed he can do this to his body at will. He enlarges his forearm to Rocket Punch Galvatron. In episode 49, Galvatron first does this to his remaining troops and then to himself. It doesn't last.
- Manipulative Bastard: See above, at Magnificent Bastard. Also Sideways.
- Martyr Without a Cause: NOT THIS OPTIMUS PRIME!
- Meaningful Name: A few. Let's start with Hot Shot, whose name is a fair description of his attitude. And Wing Saber, whose wing flaps become the blades of his sabers in robot mode.
- Merchandise-Driven: Duh. Lampshaded at one point. ("More and more Autobots seemingly arrive out of nowhere")
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Overhaul, via the power of Jungle Planet's Cyber Planet Key, gets an overhaul and becomes Leobreaker. And he now turns into a lion.
- Also Red Alert, Hot Shot, and Scattorshot, after their Near Death Experience.
- Followed by Starscream, growing to giant size. And later Megatron into Galvatron.
- Mighty Glacier: Primus and Metroplex are subversions of this. So is post-upgrade Starscream.
- More Dakka: The point of Optimus' Super Mode. Red Alert, Hot Shot, and Scattorshot after their upgrades. And then there's Primus. Absolutely LOADED with guns. That are the right size for him. And he's as big as a planet ( his alternate mode is Cybertron itself).
- Ms. Fanservice: Thunderblast. Boobs, jiggle in one episode, nipples in an earlier one...
- Mythology Gag: On our mythology. The names of the ships match the names of legendary lost continents. The Atlantis was the first ship to crash in the Bermuda Triangle.
- Not that there's not plenty of TF mythology in this series. In a more straight example, the "four wise elders" who began the space bridge project are drawn to look like G1 Optimus Prime, Hot Rod, Jazz, and Ultra Magnus.
- A lot of famous lines from G1 turn up, like "Such heroic nonsense" (we also got "such villainous nonsense" back when Megs first appeared to die.) and "Why throw away your life so recklessly" (we'll hear that one again in the last battle.) Also, "Until all are one" comes back in a big way. In G1, we hear it in one episode where it was suddenly always the Autobot rallying cry. In this, it's the Arc Words. Also, Prime is sometimes affectionately called "Big Bot," just like in Beast Wars.
- The designs. Optimus's face is taken from Beast Wars "Optimal Optimus," for one. Starscream is based on the Dreamwave Comics pre-Earth Seeker designs. The most curious one is Metroplex's Mini-con, Drill Bit, who bears a striking resemblance to G1 Decepticon Headmaster Horri-Bull. Also, when you consider that the Cybertron version changes a lot of names to match past characters, pretty much everyone is a Shout-Out to their namesake and wasn't intentionally created as a new version of the same character.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Transformers was already slagging made of this trope, and is an example of it working. Cybertron is no exception, and with Primus took this to a new level.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Thunderblast. She even has nipples. Seriously: Look.◊
- Norio Wakamoto: Flame Convoy (Scourge in the dub).
- Not Quite Dead: Vector Prime. He isn't strictly dead, but now he can only exist outside of time. He can no longer venture out into the multiverse.
- Well, in the series proper, he is clearly quite dead, and Bud trying to tell himself it's not so and failing to makes it even more of a Tear Jerker. Later Word of God on "multiversal singularities" such as him would indicate that he can still exist in the multiverse - it basically means that all alternate versions of him are equally "him" as opposed to being distinct individuals. Basically, if another series introduces a Vector Prime, it'll be the same character as Cybertron Vector Prime.
- Basically what it means is he can't enter either of those universes any more. Others, yes, but not those two.
- The Obi-Wan: Vector Prime.
- Off Model: Sometimes the kids' faces.
- of course, seeing as Gonzo and Sunwoonote are involved, this isn't a surprise.
- Some shots in the pilot have the Autobots (chiefly Optimus) using a slightly different color scheme.
- Oh, Crap: Plenty of it, and with the moderately improved facial animation, you can tell. However, the best instance is in episode 49, when Galvatron has 5 supercharged attacks headed his way:
- Sideways gets a funny one in episode 41:
- Only Mostly Dead: Megatron after getting blown up with the collapse of his private dimension. The Armor of Unicron sustained his spirit, and absorbed energy from attacks on him to regenerate his body.
- On The Next Episode Of Catchphrase: In Galaxy Force.
- Opening Narration: The opening and ending quotes for this work's page.
- Physical God: Primus, now literally.
- Vector Prime, may also count Being as he is one of the original thirteen Transformers and could use Time as his personal plaything
- Planetary Nation: Gigantion and Velocitron are like this. The politics of Gigantion are not really looked at, but there is only a single city on the entire planet, presumably under one form of government. Velocitron is governed solely by who is the fastest racer. The politics of this position is not essential to the plot, so it was not looked at.
- Planet of Hats: Velocitron is a planet of racers, Jungle is a planet of Proud Warrior Race Guys and Gigantion is a planet of builders.
- Planet Spaceship: The planet Primus can transform into a spaceship of sorts.
- Plot Armor: Megatron's Armor of Unicron acts as literal plot armor at one point, as the justification for his turning out to be Only Mostly Dead.
- Plot Coupon: The Matrix of Leadership, Megatron/Galvatron's Armor of Unicron, the Cyber Planet Keys and their focusing device the Omega Lock. These MacGuffins are also Applied Phlebotinum.
- Plot Hole: Canonically, the Unicron Singularity itself is one so massive it causes inconsistencies and memory loss in Transformers across all of the multiverse.
- Power Glows: Present, most notably in the Final Battle.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Also in spades.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Scourge.
- Punch Parry: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, It's as awesome as it sounds
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Colonel Franklin. He wants to find the Transformers, not to exploit or hunt them, but to thank the one who saved his life when he was little.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Optimus gives a pretty good one to Galvatron, shortly before they make their final rush at each other.
Optimus: You will always lose, Galvatron. You think of nothing but destruction. None of your victories last. You care about nothing but yourself. No-one cares about you. The time has come to end your struggle.
- Recursive Ammo: Evac's missiles explode into more missiles.
- Redubbing: Much, much better than Armada and Energon 's dubs.
- Retcon: Okay, this takes a bit of explaining. The original Japanese show, Galaxy Force, was written to be a completely separate series from the previous two, which is why the characters are new/different/missing and the backstory doesn't connect to the other two shows. Hasbro, on the other hand, originally intended to make the show connected to the rest of the trilogy, and adapted the series accordingly. Supplementary material used the "Unicron Singularity" as an excuse for changing the entire universe around. However there is enough lack of reference in the show itself for it still to be taken separately.
- Roadsign Reversal: Ransack switches a sign around in episode 15, "Detour."
- Rocket Punch: Thundercracker's "Super-'Lectric Lightnin' Thundercrackin' Punch!" Also, Starscream pulls a variant in his showdown with Galvatron, enlarging his right forearm to knock Galvatron through a loop.
- Scott McNeil: Snarl, Backstop, and the race announcer. He's no longer Jetfire, though, who has a completely new voice and accent (despite other changes made to present the series as in continuity with Armada and Energon - and there were some.)
- She's a Man in Japan: The female Override is the male Nitro Convoy in Galaxy Force. This was done before with Beast Wars, however.
- Hasbro paid homage to this by claiming Override posed as a male early in her racing career.
- It worked very well, too. It makes more sense (She looks like she has high heels, and chest armor is similar to the armor many female 'bots sport.)
- Shout-Out: Optimus and Galvatron's final battle ends with visual similarity to a showdown in Brave Exkaiser. Other shout-outs include:
- Leobreaker (Lio Prime in Japan) bears more than a passing resemblance to Galeon.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The retcon that the energon sun collapsed to make the black hole turns the entire Energon series into one of these, annihilating the planets they fought for the whole series offscreen. Again, however, the actual show largely ignores such things (mainly, Cybertron and Jungle Planet still exist.) The screen-given (and therefore more official) explanation is that the destruction of Unicron upset the balance between good and evil, and the black hole is the result. Its first victim is an uninhabited world, aptly named Moriturus - "I am about to die" in Latin.
- Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: Unlike most Transformers shows this one's characters are very faithful to the toys... to an unnecessary degree. Because the 3D models were based directly on the toys, there's absurdities like screw holes or buttons for spring-loaded missile launchers visible on many of the robots.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Lori and Coby, although they never actually get to the 'kiss' part. Well, one supposes they did when they got married.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Due to trademarkability, Scattershot and Breakdown are called "Scattorshot" and "Brakedown" in the toyline.
- The Starscream: Starscream. That would seem obvious, but in the rest of the Unicron Trilogy he was more of a Noble Demon.
- Also, this time Starscream is far from incompetent. He carefully waits for the right opportunity, when Megatron is irritated and not thinking clearly. He then tricks Megatron into a forcefield trap in the middle of deep space. This buys him time to steal the Omega Lock and the three keys found so far, trouncing an entire team of Autobots in the process. He becomes supersized and much stronger, and fights Primus (i.e., God) twice. When he clashes with Galvatron near the end he almost WINS. He's not just a serious threat in this series, he borders on scary. He also outlived Galvatron making Starscream the most dangerous Decepticon in this series alive.
- Steam Punk: Vector Prime, who is mostly CLOCKWORK.
- Stock Footage: Cybertron was a serial offender. Eventually the cast virtually started MSTing it.
- The Straight Man: Jetfire and Red Alert
- Stupid Sacrifice: Averted. Optimus survives the whole way. He also kills Galvatron. Alone. Scourge nearly makes one but Snarl talks him out of it.
- Super Mode: Optimus Prime, via the parts from his vehicle mode that go into subspace when he's in normal robot mode. The fire-trucks combination ladders/water cannons/laser cannons swing under his arms to act as guns that are BFGs even for a Transformer. And they open up to make the charging area even bigger when he uses his Cyber Key.
- Heck, he even calls it "Super Mode".
- Super Robot: What Optimus is in Super Mode.
- Team Rocket Wins: Episode 25. Starscream beats the Autobots and steals the Omega Lock.
- Tempting Fate: Landmine in ep. 45 when he finds Gigantion's Cyber Planet Key. "And for once, findin' one of these was a piece of cake." *Cue Starscream's entrance* "Me and my big mouth." But Landmine makes up for it by using the Key to grow to Starscream's size and pay him back for injuring him in the first episode.
- That's No Moon!: It's Primus transforming.
- Theme Naming: The ancient starships are all named after mythical lost continents. Of course, within the show, the continents are named after the ships.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Optimus using Metroplex's axe on Ransack and Crumplezone (To be fair, they had held Jolt and Bud captive briefly, and even tried the "save the hostage or catch us" routine. Prime managed both, and repaid the baddies' Jerkassery in full.) He lampshades it hilariously.
Optimus: I hope you don't think this is a tad excessive.
- This Cannot Be!: Galvatron gets this a few times. Most notable is in his Final Battle with Starscream.
How can this be... am I... to be defeated... by Starscream
Later, in episode 49, after the black hole is destroyed:
Galvatron: I don't believe it.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Optimus Prime vs Galvatron.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: The English dub often has the character transforming talking about something as they go through a step by step sequence that takes about a minute at worst to complete. Gets particularly silly in the case of Metroplex, who transforms to save the comparatively small heroes from a falling object. Especially considering his transformation sequence is literally comparable to standing up.
- Not really Transformation Is a Free Action, though. The talking seems to be more of an internal monologue used to fill the stock footage. The stock footage that's used like packing peanuts. Heck, sometimes the talking is used to lampshade the stock footage. And seen from the outside the transformations are instantaneous.
- Prime does explain his plan while transforming once, though.
- During the longest chunk of uninterrupted stock footage in the show.
- Transformation Sequence: Naturally. The Transformers are, after all
- Transforming Mecha
- Tsundere: Lori.◊
- Even SCOURGE, who's huge, powerful, and turns into a DRAGON, fears her wrath. And that picture is scary.
- Underboobs: Thunderblast.
- Undying Loyalty: Thundercracker's the longest serving Decepticon under Megatron, and only jumps ship when Galvatron turns on them at the very end of the series. After that, he's one of the few Decepticons actually liking the Autobot peace.
- Villainous Valour: Starscream when he goes after the Omega Lock.
- Wave Motion Gun: The massive warship Ark, when wielded by Primus. And it's not just a Wave Motion Gun, it's a BLACK HOLE-DESTROYING Wave Motion Gun.
- Wham Episode: Episode 25: Starscream seizes the Omega Lock. Episode 26: Megatron brings three characters to the brink of death. Episode 47: Vector Prime dies.
- Wild Hair: Overhaul gets this, or the Transformer equivalent, after being reformatted into Leobreaker.
- Wrench Wench: Lori.
- You Are Not Alone:
Vector Prime: Optimus Prime.
Optimus Prime: Vector Prime?!
Vector Prime: I shall always be watching over you from beyond time. When your need is greatest, I shall be there. And now, I have a gift.
- You Shall Not Pass: Vector Prime pulls one of these in the second episode. This is one of those examples where the person doing it doesn't die. It is awesome to behold.
: Hold, Megatron! You shall go no further! CYBER KEY POWER!
"The Autobots wage their battle...to DESTROY the evil forces of the Decepticons.