Memes / Transformers

Transformers, due to its long history and multiple continuities, has spawned a host of memes. Please separate them not just by type of media, but series it was based on. Fandom and wiki memes can be separate.

When adding examples, use the following format:
  • Meme name: description of meme and how it's used.
    • Source of meme and fandom it relates to.
    • Famous instances (such as the Rick Roll during the Thanksgiving parade).
    • Further mutations and successor memes, if any.

If you don't bother explaining your example, it will be deleted.

The Cartoons and Comics
  • GEEWUN Explanation 
  • TRUKK NOT MUNKY!!: This arose on Usenet during the 90s to mock people who complained about how Beast Wars had Optimus Prime/al transform into an ape instead of a truck. It has since come to be used in reference to anybody who makes a knee-jerk complaint about a new incarnation not being a slavish copy of Generation 1
  • Pokeformers was a completely unironic nickname for Armada, by people who disliked the focus on trying to collect all the Mini-Cons and sought to take the series down a few pegs by comparing it to Pokémon.
    • It was later pointed out that Pokémon focused less on collection than Armada did.
  • JaAm is a reference to a silly fan edit of a pack-in mini-comic written in three languages, and thus which had tiny writing and stilted dialogue. A fan edited it to be about a retarded Hot Shot being obsessed with jam, complete with bizarre capitalization. This exploded on the fandom, and imitators have popped up every so often since then.
    • Other bits of dialogue from said fan edit include "My LifE iS pAiN", "WhY mY SHoUldErS HuRt?", and, to a lesser degree, "i eAt yOuR bAbIEs!!"
    • There's also "HUMP THAT TANK".
    • For a while, various helicopter Transformers were called "jam coptors." This stopped when Armada ended, came back briefly for Galaxy Force's release in the West as Cybertron due to the presence of Jolt in the cartoon, and mercifully died out soon after.
    • JaAm has become an Ascended Meme and was featured both in the bio of the Universe/Classics Hot Shot toy, and on the toy's license plate.
  • Thanks to the animated movie, fans tend to reference Stan Bush's "The Touch" whenever a character does something cool. "Dare" is a popular second choice.
  • In the same movie, when Springer tells him that Kup and Hot Rod's shuttle was shot down, Ultra Magnus says that he "can't deal with that now." Hence, he's constantly quoted as saying he can't deal with anything at the present time.
    • Particularly badass incarnations of Ultra Magnus reverse it (He can deal with that now).
    • Another one from Magnus: "Open! Damnit, Open!" Uttered when he tried to unleash the power of the Matrix of Leadership to defeat Galvatron.
    • Speaking of Springer, we have better things to do tonight than make memes!
    • The words Optimus Prime made immortal: "One shall stand! One shall fall!"
      • Optimus and Megatron's fight contains lines of dialogue quoted both by fans and in other Transformers works. "Why do you throw away your life so recklessly?" and "You who are without mercy would now plead for it?" are some of the popular ones.
    • "This is bad comedy!" A certain make-up wearing Evil Overlord has taken to spreading this meme.
  • In another scene, when arguing over who should succeed Megatron, Soundwave remarks. "Soundwave superior. Constructicons inferior." This was almost immediately twisted into "Soundwave superior. X inferior", where X is whatever the poster is writing about at the moment.
  • Simon Furman's repeated phrases are so popular it's a rare piece of fan work that doesn't include a couple.
  • Memes are the right of all sentient beings. G1 Optimus Prime's motto is probably the most well-known and most played about with.
  • David Kaye adlibbed Beast Megatron adding a rather gloaty "yeeess" to the end of many sentences. This was very memorable and catchy, and fans constantly add it to the end of sentences referencing either Megatron or Kaye. It's also persistently misquoted as "Yessssss."
  • Marvel US issue 5 had a cover which read 'The Transformers Are All Dead', apparently written by Shockwave. Other versions of Shockwave frequently have quotes based on this given to them, such as the Animated version getting 'The Transformers Are All Cubes.'
    • The phrase made its way into the fourth issue of The Transformers: Robots in Disguise as Ironhide's prediction of the future.
    • Logic Explanation 
  • The universal greeting, Ba Weep Granah Weep Ninny Bong, turns up everywhere, and is a common subject line when new members introduce themselves on Transformers-related message boards.
  • Universe Razorclaw had the infamous "Know that I am Razorclaw..." speech. Thanks to this, fans tend to discuss him with phrases like "KNOW that Razorclaw did this!"
    • Mind you, there are at least three other versions of Razorclaw, and all of them get references to this in their wiki entries. Even the disambiguation page.
    • Hell, even the toys for Predaking aren't immune to the meme;
    "Know that the torso of this Titanium Series 3" die-cast figurine is technically Razorclaw."
    "Know that the torso of this Robot Heroes figurine is also technically Razorclaw."
  • Prime was described at BotCon as being 'rightfully huge'. The fandom adopted this term to describe absolutely every single thing in the series.
  • "Dull Surprise!" caught on in the fandom after the Dreamwave G1 comic was absolutely full of it.
  • On at least one fan forum (for the curious, Transformer World 2005), the recent release of a Straxus figure in the Generations line (officially called "Darkmount" for trademark reasons) has led to mutations of one of his earliest lines in the 80's Marvel comic, "Mercy is not dispensed here, fools—only death!", such as the figure riding a bike (itself a Transformers figure) and holding a guitar with "Mercy is not dispensed here, fools—only awesome!", or the figure surrounded by booze bottles with "Death is not dispensed here, fools—only mercy!"
    • This became more or less ascended with the second Allspark Almanac, which features Animated Straxus as part of a board game and the line “Victory points are not dispensed to Autobots... only death!”
    • And now, thanks to a misspelling on Animated Straxus' Formspring, Straxmus was coined as a holiday by Derrick Wyatt in which people insult and annoy Straxus, who's played by a fan as an Expy of Morbo the Annhilator.
  • Fire-retardant foam is the most powerful weapon against Decepticons. (Explanation: In "The Ultimate Doom, Part One", the Decepticons invade the Ark. Nothing can take them down... except for the ship's fire-retardant foam security device, which shorts them out and freaks Megatron into retreating. Since then, fire-retardant foam has reached Memetic Badass status in the fandom.)
  • Airachnid, the sadistic huntress, is characterized very differently in Japan than she is in the west, which has lead to several memes.
    • JACK-U CHAN! (Airachnid in the Japanese dub isn't a sadistic killer, but a boy-crazy girly girl who wants to kidnap Jack. The Engrish pronunciation of his name only adds to the funny.)
    • New Rule: We cannot complain about English dubs as long as this exists. (Explanation: A popular YouTube comment. Again, Airachnid's radically different characterization in Japan. This time it caused comparisons to stereotypically poor English dubs.)
    • ALL RIGHT WHO GAVE HER CRACK? *glares at Starscream shrinking away* (Explanation: Another popular YouTube comment in regards to the Japanese dub.)
    • The Koreans... Got it right... (Explanation: The Korean dub didn't make any radical changes to Airachnid's character.)
  • In Glorious Transformers Animated, Lugnut's glorious habit of gloriously referring to the great and glorious Megatron, (glorious leader of the glorious Decepticons) as well, glorious, has gloriously attained this glorious status, for the glory of MEGATRON!!
  • "Wazzzpinator haz planzz....." was only ever said by the original Waspinator twice, but it has become one of his most beloved lines. With him in the running for the Hall of Fame, many have joked that this was his plan all along.
  • ARE YOU READY FOR THE HOT NUTS? [[labelnote:Explanation]] A Mondegreen related to this rather hilarious promo for summer where Megatron says "hot nights".
  • WE MUST HAVE A RACE. Explanation 
  • Shattered Glass Ravage was originally created by David Willis as a jokey reversal of the normal stealthy saboteur into an loud, energetic attention seeker who's addicted to social networking, and ended up catching on like crazy with his fans and spreading from there. (To the point where sometimes a person who knows almost nothing else about the continuity will still know about him.) Pictures of him waving and variations on his Catch Phrase of announcing "Can U C me totally waving at you!!!!!!" crop up regularly, and he's been given Ascended Meme status by becoming an official character and even having his own back-up strip series in the official Club Magazine.
    • A similar case with Shattered Glass Grimlock. The Shattered Expectations comic portrayed Grimlock as superintelligent. At the time, Sg Grimlock was just a slavering monster. They eventually upgraded him into his current Genius Bruiser status as a result of the fans liking that persona.
  • Beast Wars Depth Charge is sometimes called "Batmanta", due to his similarity to Batman and having a manta ray alt mode.
  • Nick Roche will shatter trousers with his awesomeness. Explanation 
  • DINKLEBERG! Explanation 
  • Steve the Vehicon Explanation 
  • OUR MISSILES!! Explanation 
    • "You (blundering) tape-filled idiot!" Explanation 
    • "And, the battle continues..." Explanation 
    • It is LORD ______! Explanation 
  • "Darn that Soundwave. EYUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAGH". Explanation  This has become so popular amongst Transfans that when a common joke among Transfans is to yell "Darn that x, EYUUUUAAAGGH" whenever any character dies.
    • "Billy, are you okay?" "Not really... find the Power Pack!" (For context, "Billy" is Blaster and the "Power Pack" is the Matrix. These are his last words before he dies and is rebuilt as Twincast.)
    • "Galvatron has reused some of Soundwave's parts, along with some other new parts, and has reconstructed another Soundwave, and renamed him NEW Soundwave!"
    • "What's wrong with with the Headmasters? Couldn't they fight without Chromedome? Fortress Maximus has come himself. Okay, then I shall get Fortress Maximus to fight me!!" explanation 
  • Trailguy Explanation 
  • HAHAHA noExplanation 
  • Shockwave has terrible aim. Explanation 
  • Carbombya was so stereotypical that it broke Teletraan I. Explanation 
  • Skywarp: Decepticon Stair-Pusher-Downer. Explanation 

The Movies
  • The "Bonecrusher Hates X" meme, where X is whatever you want it to be. As befits a Merchandise-Driven fandom, it comes from a line in the profile on the back of Bonecrusher's toy packaging that says he "hates everything". It started with buses, as he was seen smashing through one in the movie trailer. This sometimes crosses over into a very similar meme involving Francis from Left 4 Dead. It got so ubiquitous on the TF Wiki that the mods had to impose limits on its usage.
    • Bonecrusher hates memes.
  • Thanks to a scene from ROTF, the phrase "GIVE ME YOUR FACE" has become a meme whenever Movieverse Prime gets a toy. Sometimes, it even extends to the various other Primes.
    • The meme is so prevalent that the toy of The Fallen was remolded and re-released with a removable face.
  • This is the one where Spock goes crazy. Explanation 
  • A screenshot of Optimus Prime riding Grimlock from Age of Extinction has also become rather popular due to fans finding it awesome.
  • I'm a fat ballerina! Explanation 

The Video Games
  • "When your hit percentage exceeds mine, you may choose the soundtrack!" Explanation