Recap / Transformers Prime TVM Beast Hunters Predacons Rising

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A resurrected Unicron has taken over the now-lifeless body of Megatron to seek vengeance on the Autobots and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the Autobots, Decepticons, Predaking and two new Predacons, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet.


Tropes:

  • Asshole Victim: The last time we see Starscream, he's sniveling before Predaking, Darksteel and Skylynx. It's not hard to imagine what happened to him next.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Predaking truly lives up to his name when Darksteel and Skylynx question his authority.
  • Asteroid Thicket: The AllSpark is hidden in one.
  • Back for the Finale: Unicron.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: Unicron explains to Megatron that the latter had not become one with the AllSpark due to Dark Energon tainting his Spark, which instead drew him to Unicron's anti-Spark. The way it's explained seems to imply this is permanent. Whether Unicron's imprisonment changed that is left up in the air.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Surprisingly, being tortured by Unicron appears to have made Megatron have a Heel Realization and abandon his goals.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Megatron originally wanted to be Demoted to Dragon for Unicron...
  • Big Bad: Unicron, after serving as the Greater-Scope Villain for the entire series. He even cows Megatron.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: Shockwave and Starscream are the last active Decepticons, and are trying to clone a new army of Predacons. They even seem to get along pretty well. However, they pale in comparison to Unicron and are genuinely terrified at his actions. Shockwave even encourages the Predacons to join the Autobots against Unicron, whilst Starscream is more than happy to get the hell out of there.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: What Starscream and Shockwave are trying to become. It doesn't exactly go according to plan.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Unicron is defeated and Cybertron is saved once again. However, Optimus must become one with the Allspark and cannot pass the Matrix of Leadership onto another, due to complications arising from the aforementioned merger. Not that it stopped him from coming back in the next series.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Predacons arrive in time to help the Autobots against Unicron's Terrorcon-Predacon army.
  • Breath Weapon: Just like Predaking, Darksteel and Skylynx can breath fire.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Though nowhere near as powerful as he once was, Unicron, whilst in possession of Megatron's body, is still a force to be reckoned with.
  • But Now I Must Go: Optimus says this almost word for word near the end.
  • Call-Back:
    • Unicron summons a legion of terrorcons from countless remains on Cybertron, just as Megatron did in the "Darkness Rising" five-parter. Almost a case of Book Ends.
    • The Autobots mistaking the possessed Megatron flying toward Darkmount for Predaking and Starscream is similar to the time Megatron himself mistook Optimus flying to his (identical looking) citadel on Earth for Predaking.
    • This line:
      Bumblebee: Knock Out! We needed that!
    • Smokescreen being stuck in the wall of the Nemesis, no doubt a little payback from Knock Out after "Inside Job". Even the pose is identical.
    • Predaking takes Megatron's advice to face him "as a beast".
    • Look at the poses of Megatron's and Unicron's armies right before their defeats. Notice anything?
  • Demonic Possession: Unicron's back, now controlling Megatron's dead body.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Ultra Magnus is kept out of action for most of the film after his fight with the Predacons, understandable considering what just one was capable of doing to him.
    • Optimus is gone most of the film chasing the Allspark.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: See Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Megatron does this to Unicron, admitting that he set up his meeting with Predaking, claiming that even if his body were to be damaged beyond repair, it would be preferable to being Unicron's slave.
  • Dracolich: Unicron's army is comprised of undead Predacons.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: More or less what happened to Megatron when he was killed: due to tainting his spark with Dark Energon, he's now bound to Unicron's Anti-Spark and spends the entire film in an Ironic Hell because of it.
  • Drop the Hammer: One of the main ways Unicron fights is creating giant hammers made of energy colored like Dark Energon.
  • Due to the Dead: Predaking had been guarding over a massive amount of Predacon fossils, and he was livid when Unicron reanimated them as Terrorcons, and wished to reclaim the bones if possible (even if only so they could be returned to their resting place).
  • Easily Forgiven: When Bumblebee attempts a truce with Predaking...
    • After Megatron's Heel Realization about the nature of oppression and disbanding the Decepticons, the Autobots seem content to let Megatron fly off into self-imposed exile. None of them outright says they forgive him though.
  • End of an Era: Optimus states that with him merging with the Core, the Age of the Primes is now over.
  • Enemy Mine: The Predacons join forces with the Autobots in order to stop Unicron and his Terrorcons.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Starscream is last seen being cornered by three angry Predacons intending to settle old scores. Turns out he escapes them.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Bumblebee describes the Immobilizer as this to Predaking, specifically calling it "a living death".
  • Five-Man Band: The remaining Autobots with Optimus and Wheeljack missing, and Ultra Magnus in intensive care.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Megatron uses Unicron's arrogance to lure the Chaos Bringer into a confrontation with Predaking, hoping Predaking will be able to beat Unicron out of him.
  • Grand Finale: This movie serves as the conclusion to the Transformers Prime series.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Many of the Vehicon's appear under Bulkhead's command during a construction project.
    • Knockout appears to have made a genuine effort to change for the better.
    • Megatron of all bots. See Heel Realization below.
    • In the final act, the three Predacons are willing to work with the Autobots to defeat Unicron.
  • Heel Realization: After being subjugated and tortured by Unicron, Megatron claims he wishes to never inflict such oppression upon anyone else ever again.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Optimus has to sacrifice himself to restore the Allspark and Cybertron, since his own spark cannot be separated from it now.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Unicron's attempt to destroy the Allspark ended with him trapped in its case instead.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: After Optimus unites with the Well of Allsparks. What appears to be his spark briefly appears before the other Autobots, possibly to show that he will return to them someday.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Optimus appeals to Megatron to help him save the world from Unicron again.
  • Ironic Hell: Megatron spends the entire film in one: Megatron is a tyrant who took over and oppressed his own people, and wanted to bring it on others, he spends the film being oppressed himself by Unicron and being used as his host body. Megatron is very aware of the irony. Given Megatron actually did die, Unicron is basically the Transformer version of Satan, and it was Megatron's evil deeds directly lead to this fate, it was probably a literal case.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unicron returns and nearly brings about the end of life on Cybertron, and the only somewhat humorous scene with him is when he realizes Megatron lied to him about Predaking.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Arcee questions just how Megatron can be back from the dead. note  Ratchet simply notes that Megatron's returned from the dead before.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Skylynx and Darksteel.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Optimus' final speech, as it can be interpreted to mean that while Prime has ended, the Transformers franchise will live on in a new incarnation.
  • Mind Rape: Unicron isn't afraid to dish this out to Megatron.
  • Mr. Exposition: Unicron explains a lot to Megatron about how the dead Con ended up possessed and more.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Megatron's resurrection from the ocean depths is similar to the live action movies.
    • Optimus plunging into the Well of All Sparks to merge with Primus's spark is reminiscent of the Beast Machines finale. His ending line about the end being a new beginning and "simply put, another transformation" mirrors Optimus Primal's statement of "the great transformation".
    • A resurrected Megatron being mentally tortured by Unicorn for his defiance. Does that sound familiar?
      • Hell, Megatron's mere revival and upgrade courtesy of Unicron as well. He's is pretty much a Galvatron analogue in all but name.
    • Unicron's consistent use of the Arc Words "Instrument of Destruction".
    • Giving all the Predacons flame breath turned them into a homage to the Firecons from G1. One's even a bird type just like Flamefeather!
  • Necromancy: Unicron, courtesy of his Dark Energon (see Raising the Steaks).
  • No Ontological Inertia: As soon as Unicron is sealed, his Predacon zombies explode into dust.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Shockwave was presumed killed by the Terracons attacking him, yet he apparently managed to beat them all without getting any visible damage.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Though he mostly manages to retain his composure, Shockwave is clearly terrified of Unicron.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The army of Terracons Unicron creates more walking skeletons than zombies.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: See Opt Out
  • Opt Out: Once Megatron is freed from Unicron, Starscream wishes to start the war all over again with Megatron as leader once more. Only, Megatron has no interest in fighting anymore, and promptly leaves Cybertron to parts unknown.
  • Playing with Fire: See Breath Weapon.
  • Put on a Bus: Jack, Miko, Raf and the rest of the human cast do not appear at all.
  • Raising the Steaks: An army of skeletal Predacon zombies raised by Unicron.
  • Reality Subtext: Whilst the Autobots are discussing Unicron!Megatron's return to Cybertron:
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Unicron raises an army of undead Predacons, Starscream attempts to hijack the Nemesis and get as far away from Cybertron as possible.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The AllSpark reliquary is used to trap Unicron's anti-spark.
  • Sharing a Body: Unicron and Megatron share the latter's body, but Unicron is firmly in control and Megatron only gets it back once Unicron has been removed from him.
  • Ship Tease: This bit between Arcee and Bumblebee could be interpreted by that:
    Arcee: Bee, in case I never get another chance to say this, you've really proved your mettle.
    Bumblebee: I'd like to think my actions spoke louder than my words, Arcee. But it didn't hurt to watch and learn from the best.
    Arcee: Would be nice if Optimus showed up about now.
    Bumblebee: I was referring to a powerful little two-wheeler I know.
  • Shout-Out: Unicron!Megatron fights with purple constructs.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Bumblebee appears to take center stage while the likes of Optimus, Arcee and Smokescreen all take a backseat.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Magnus amicably refers to Smokescreen as "kid".
    • Shockwave and Starscream seem to be on better terms, even if Starscream has to get in his mandatory insults.
  • Those Two Guys: Skylynx and Darksteel.
  • Wham Line: "ENOUGH! The Decepticons are no more. And that is final."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Shockwave disappears from the plot after suggesting that the Predacons should fight Unicron.
    • Despite being transported to one of Cybertron's moons by Soundwave, Airachnid is curiously absent. Though given she was infected with vampirism in "Thirst", it's possible she perished from a lack of Energon since she had to consume her own Insecticon army to survive.
    • The human characters are absent from the film entirely, and though that one is justified by the fact they wouldn't be of much help on Cybertron's toxic atmosphere they don't even receive a cameo when Ratchet is brought back to Cybertron.
    • The Vehicons helping Bulkhead disappear after their first scene, only the one's in the brig reappear.
  • The Worf Effect: Predaking of all characters ends up this way with Unicron handing him his only real defeat.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Predaking, Skylynx, and Darksteel face down the Terrorcon horde to try and keep them from the Well of All Sparks.
  • Zerg Rush: The Terrorcon Predacon's main tactic (considering the number of them, and the power they have, it's pretty effective).


Optimus Prime: Above all, do not lament my absence. For in my spark, I know that this is not the end, but merely a new beginning. Simply put: another transformation.
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