Trivia / Transformers Prime

While both Peter Cullen and Frank Welker have portrayed Optimus Prime and Megatron in other productions including video games, this is the first time the two of them have been able to work together portraying their iconic characters in a television series since The Transformers. Both have stated how delighted they were to work together again and how fond they were of each other.

  • Acting for Two: Greg Sepelak voices both Rumble and Frenzy in the Unreliable Narratives script reading.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Breakthrough Hit: Stands with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as one of the shows responsible for The Hub's success.
  • Dawson Casting: Andy Pessoa is a teenage actor playing 12-year-old Raf, though they are already running into problems with keeping his childlike voice and his voice has clearly deepened as of the season 2 premiere.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Screamernaut and Iron Screamer after Starscream gets the Apex Armor and becomes a nigh-unstoppable war machine.
    • Silasdown for Silas' fusion with Breakdown's corpse.
    • Yanderachnid for Japanese!Airachnid.
    • "Galvatron" for Megatron after Unicron brings him Back from the Dead and then takes over his body, radically altering it. Contrary to fan expectations, the name was never actually used in the show, not to mention The Covenant Of Primus, much like IDW's continuity, has Galvatron as a separate entity from Megatron.
    • Soundwave is "Slendercon."
    • "Silasdown" for Cylas.
    • Given his habit of stealing artifacts off the Decepticon Warship, Smokescreen is sometimes referred to as "Smokey the Bandit."
    • "Bumblebeeyond" or "Friedlebee" for the newly voiced Bumblebee.
  • Flip-Flop of God: The western release makes Rumble blue, while the Japanese release makes him red. And thus "FIRRIB"/"RIRFIB" is preserved for a new generation.
    • The whole thing is lampshaded in the 2013 script reading, when the transfer to new bodies results in the two of them being placed in the ones with the wrong colors. By the end of the whole mess, not even Rumble or Frenzy are sure which of them is which.
    "Frenzy"/"Rumble": This is the kind of thing that can keep people arguing for decacycles!
  • Hey, It's That Sound!:
    • Both Skyquake's stasis pod and the Energon Harvester activate with the sound of Stargate's zat gun - as do the stun beams fired by the Nemesis.
    • Airachnid's web-shooters make the same sound that Spider-Man's do in The Spectacular Spider-Man.
    • At least three sounds seem to have been lifted directly from Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles: the alarm in the Autobots' base is the same as that on the Valley Forge, Starscream's missiles swoosh like Javelin missiles and when Ratchet's medical probe is brought to unlife by Dark Energon it screams like a warrior Bug.
  • I Knew It: Many had guessed Unicron was either Earth, or somehow connected to it, due to the fact Dark Energon erupted from a volcano.
  • In Memoriam:
    • "Partners" was dedicated to the memory of Captain H.L. "Larry" Cullen, the brother of Peter Cullen who died four months before the episode aired. While Captain Cullen was never personally involved with the Transformers franchise, Peter has said he looked to mirror Larry in his performance (specifically the ability to be powerful and commanding but gentle at the same time). In short, the inspiration for Optimus Prime passed away.
    • "Synthesis" was dedicated to the memory of Armen Mirzaian, a storyboard artist for the show who was killed in a car accident about a month before the third season premiered.
  • Lying Creator: Originally, it was stated Ironhide was going to be on the show, but so similar to Animated Bulkhead that they just opted to do Bulkhead instead. However, so the Season 1 set, the reason given was because of Ironhide's death in Dark of the Moon, hinting the reason given earlier was a lie to prevent spoilers.
  • Name's the Same:
  • No Export for You:
    • So far, at least a good third of the tie-in toyline, including the entire First Edition series, will not be released in the United States... particularly galling since this is where Hasbro's main corporate offices are actually located and the aforementioned First Edition series were released in Canada.
    • So are the Arms Micron versions of the toyline... and the separate Arms Microns. They're Asia-only.
    • And therefore, the same goes for the "Arms Micron Theater" shorts.
    • The third season of the show, Beast Hunters, has fallen into this for Japanese audiences. Instead, it's been replaced with a new OVA series entitled Transformers GO!, which takes place sometime after the missing third season itself. Same with the Predacons Rising TV movie.
    • Ironhide, Swerve, Leo Prime, Frenzy, and Wildrider are currently exclusive to Japan. Conversely, Thundertron is exclusive to the States.
  • The Other Darrin: Given it's set in the same universe as Transformers: War for Cybertron, Optimus Prime is the only character who appears in both WfC and Prime that doesn't undergo this, as Peter Cullen voiced Optimus in both. The humans, Bulkhead, Knock Out, Skyquake, Airachnid, Makeshift, Wheeljack, Tailgate, Dreadwing, and Smokescreen didn't appear in the game, and the portrayals of Bumblebee and Soundwave haven't required voice actors until season three.
    • Fred Tatasciore is replaced with Frank Welker reprising his iconic role as Megatron from G1 and Jeffrey Combs as Ratchet.
      • When the Nemesis is reanimated (it was technically Trypticon) Kevin Michael Richardson replaces Fred as well.
      • Fred recently found himself on the other end of this trope in the game, filling in for Tony Todd as Dreadwing.
    • In reprising his other iconic role from G1 as Soundwave, Frank Welker is also this to Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
    • Sumalee Montano replaces Kari Wahlgren as Arcee.
    • Steve Blum replaces Sam Riegel as Starscream, though Steve is also an interesting case, as he voiced Cliffjumper and Shockwave in WfC and the latter again in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, yet Dwayne Johnson voiced Cliffjumper in "Darkness Rising, Part 1'', then he himself was replaced by Billy Brown in "Out of the Past" while David Sobolov replaces Blum as Shockwave in the same episode.
    • Adam Baldwin takes over from Crispin Freeman as Breakdown.
    • Michael Ironside replaces Jamieson Price as Ultra Magnus.
    • Will Friedle replaces Johnny Yong Bosch as Bumblebee.
    • In the Hungarian dub, Jack, Airachnid, and Alpha Trion get new voices in season 3, with Ratchet joining them halfway through the season. The first two seasons were otherwise consistent (surprising for a Cartoon Network dub), only Skyquake's voice changed for a brief flashback.
    • The German dub recast Optimus' voice actor after the first season (Reiner Schöne -> Klaus-Dieter Klebsch).
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Gina Torres as Airachnid.
    • Daran Norris as Knock Out.
    • Zig-zagged with Michael Ironside as Ultra Magnus. Ironside is well known for playing contemptuous military commanders in live action and his voice acting roles tend to be along the lines of villains or morally dubious heroes. Thus playing a very straight laced military officer is unusual.
  • Reality Subtext: "Decepticons! I have returned!"
  • Recycled Script: In "Armada" Starscream uses a bunch of protoforms to create a gang of clones to assassinate Megatron. Sound familiar? They even use the same number of clones. On the other hand, this Starscream is aware that they share his traitorous nature.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Sequel First: A strange toy-based variation. Kup's mold was obviously intended to be Ironhide from the get go, but he only got released in the US as Kup. Kup's toy even hit shelves in America before Ironhide's toy did in the Japanese line.
  • Short Run in Peru: Canada aired episodes 21 to 23 several weeks before The Hub did, but then stopped until the two stations were roughly in sync in terms of episodes. Singapore, however, aired the three-part season finale several days before North America did.
    • It's happened again as of season three, with the first three episodes airing in Singapore (back to back) a week before the first aired on The Hub (on the standard weekly schedule).
    • And now Predacons Rising has been leaked a full three weeks before the supposed air date on Internet Streaming Sites.
  • Talking to Himself: With the Vehicon mooks (and later the Insecticons) all being voiced by Steve Blum, Josh Keaton, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daran Norris, and Frank Welker, this is more or less inevitable. Happens in a literal and somewhat humorous sense to Starscream when he clones himself.
  • Technology Marches On: For the Transformers as well as for us. They have portable teleportation technology in place of travelling in spaceships, which have been turned into floating living space. On the other hand, dealing with their non-sentient programs isn't tough because it is more complex than humans, as it is completely different in its encoding and interface.
    • Our technology has marched on to the point that human parts can serve as a cheap fix for Transformers technology. Miko also takes a lot of photos on her cell-phone.
  • Troubled Production. as seenhere, the show went through many problems, mostly because of miscommunication with the other branches of the Aligned continuity and a late change in director with a different idea for the third season.
  • What Could Have Been: Bulkhead was originally planned to be Ironhide, but the creators realized that they were essentially creating a new version of Animated Bulkhead, so they put him in the show instead. However, the featurette of the Season 1 set states that Ironhide's death in Dark of the Moon was what made the crew replace him with Bulkhead.
    • According to a featurette of the Season 1 set, Lugnut was considered to be join the Decepticon ranks, but was ruled out because the makers felt they had too many aircraft on the 'Con's side and he was replaced with Breakdown.
    • Smokescreen was going to be the sixth Autobot at the beginning of the show and he would then get killed by Megatron during the season finale. He was replaced by Cliffjumper and his death was moved to the first episode.
    • Part of the reason Season 2 has so many storylines is that the writers realized that standalone episodes would be hard to maintain due to the very abundant continuity, so they rushed through the storyline ideas that they had. It makes one wonder what could have happened had they gone through the three years as planned.
    • Seaspray was going to appear in season 3, having survived his run-in with Dreadwing. He would have had a personality similar to Quint from Jaws.
    • Grimlock was also planned to appear in the series. It's likely, had he made an appearance in the series, that he would have borrowed from his Fall of Cybertron design or been redesigned. The Dinobots collectively are actually referenced by Bulkhead and Miko in Project Predacon, so take that as you will.
    • Michael Bell, who voiced many characters including Prowl, Sideswipe, and Swoop, auditioned for Ratchet and Fowler.
    • Skyrazor was originally planned to be "Stormrazor".
    • The Beast Hunters guidebook originally identified Vertebreak as "Scourge", and showed him with a remolded beast-mode head. Ultimately, this was dropped, and when Hasbro released said guide book on their facebook page, the name was replaced with Vertebreak's and the artwork reflected his status as a redeco of Lazerback.
    • The whole Beast Hunters line was imposed at the last minute (see Troubled Production above), forcing the team to scrap their original plans for season 3 (apparently involving Maximals and Predacons and a "wild-west"-style exploration of the reborn Cybertron).
    • Fowler's Unit:E was supposed to start a Massive Multiplayer Crossover between many Hasbro franchises, most of them obscure For example , as seen in the comic that came out at NYCC 2011. (IDW Publishing has recently announced the launch of their own Shared Universe called Revolution, using their Transformers and G.I. Joe titles as the foundation.)
    • The reason the toyline included the character Thundertron was because he was supposed to be in season 3, until the storyline was altered.
    • Unicron was going to enlist the help of Airachnid and her Insecticons during Predacons Rising, but they were cut out in the final film.

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