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->''"Rescue Bots! Roll to the Rescue!"''

''Transformers: Rescue Bots'' is a series in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, targeted towards younger children[[note]]7 and up, just like ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''[[/note]]. Two episodes first aired as a sneak preview in December of 2011, with the series premiering properly in 2012.

The series focuses on [[TheKirk Heatwave]], [[TheSpock Chase]], [[TheHeart Blades]], and [[FriendToAllLivingThings Boulder]], the last surviving group of "Rescue Bots", who come to Earth in response to Optimus Prime's message to Autobots scattered across the universe. However, rather than roll out for battle, Optimus has a different task in mind for them: acting as ambassadors to humanity and working as "Rescue Bots" once again. They are instructed to masquerade as advanced machinery and work with the Burns, a family of first-responders who live and work in the town of Griffin Rock, a technologically advanced town that's on the cutting edge of scientific advancement.

With Chase partnered with police chief Charlie Burns, Heatwave with fireman Kade, Blades with helicopter pilot Dani, and Boulder with engineer Graham, the humans, save for Charlie, are initially unaware of their new vehicles' true identity as alien robots. That is, until the youngest member of the family, Cody, deduces the truth and befriends the alien machines. Soon enough, the secret becomes known to the whole family, and together, they work to save the people of Griffin Rock from all manner of natural disasters and science gone awry.

As it's targeted towards a (slightly) younger demographic, ''Rescue Bots'' is considerably LighterAndSofter than other ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' media, focusing on telling more lighthearted stories about rescue operations and teamwork, rather than on the war with the Decepticons, as most Transformers series do. However, the series does take some BroadStrokes from current Transformers media, particularly that of its sister series, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime.'' ''Rescue Bots'' also uses an animation style similar to that of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and has a fairly impressive voice cast, including Creator/SteveBlum, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, and Creator/LeVarBurton. Creator/PeterCullen makes frequent guest appearances as Optimus Prime.

This being a ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, ''Rescue Bots'' has an accompanying toy line (which predates the show). Just as the animated series is targeted towards (slightly) younger viewers than previous Transformers series, so too are the toys, featuring simplistic transformations and playsets as well as tie-in stories packaged with the toys themselves.

Now has a [[Recap/TransformersRescueBots Recap Page]].

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!!''Transformers Rescue Bots'' contains examples of:

* AcePilot:
** Dani, naturally. Her being partnered with Blades, who is both afraid of heights and, until coming to Earth, had ''wheels'', causes about as much frustration as you might expect.
** The Rescue Bots comic states that Chase is the pilot for their spaceship, and a very talented one.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Blades develops a bit of it after getting his absurdly useful scoop claw.
* AcrophobicBird: Blades isn't a fan of heights. So of course, he gets all the avian alt mode starting with a helicopter.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Frankie Greene.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Vigil, the new supercomputer for Griffin Rock, becomes overprotective and takes over the town.
** Subverted with [[spoiler:the Elma hologram in "The More Things Stay the Same"; turns out Frankie's baby sister's scan was uploaded into her personality subroutines by mistake]].
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Boulder falls in love with Earth and its culture from the moment he sets foot on it. And Blades never stops watching television.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kade sees Cody's attempts at trying to join the family on their assignments to be this, while Cody sees ''him'' as a milder BigBrotherBully that's trying to keep him out. Nevertheless, they do care about each other, as shown in "Under Pressure."
* ArcSymbol: The Rescue Bots insignia. This becomes a major plot point during a [=GroundBridge=] arc as Quickshadow posing as an unidentified sports car has this symbol, but wasn't visible due to mud that Heatwave eventually washed off.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: "Land Before Prime" features a group of dinosaurs - a ''Tyrannosaurus'', a ''Triceratops'', a ''Stegosaurus'', a ''Brachiosaurus'', and a pterosaur (okay, yeah, we know) - attacking the team as a unit. Why the herbivores would be cool so close to their alpha predator is unknown.
* ArtShift: The series goes from being animated in UsefulNotes/ToonBoom in the first season to UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash in the second. This is due to a change in studios from Atomic Cartoons to Vision Animation. Creator/DHXMedia, a Flash studio, animates the third season and onward.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Trex, the rampaging dinosaur robot from the first episode, is immediately drawn to bright or flashing lights.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Energon can be adapted as an emergency source of power in almost any electronics. ''Unprocessed'' energon works the same, but used in its raw state is the equivalent of using a ''bomb'' to power your house.
* [[BadFuture Bad Present]]: Cody, Frankie, and the Bots visit one in "Bot to the Future." [[spoiler:Dr. Morocco has taken over Griffin Rock and rules with an iron fist, with the intention of eventually [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]; Chief Burns is a museum janitor; Kade, Dani, and Graham are auto mechanics; Cody doesn't exist; and Doc Greene doesn't live in Griffin Rock (at best - where he is is never made clear).]]
* BadassFamily: The entire Burns family, as befitting of a team of emergency rescue workers. Even the youngest, Cody, who isn't even an adult, is willing to put his life on the line.
* BadassMustache:
** Chief Burns is rocking one, as befitting a policeman.
** The aged Cody in "One For the Ages" has one as well.
* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:Blurr is presumed dead when he flies incredibly close to a falling satellite to compensate for the Sigma's underpowered laser cannon so he can destroy it. The Rescue Bots believe that he died in the explosion until Blurr asks them how to turn off a cloaking device that turned on by accident.]]
* BatmanGambit: The Energon Eater pulls this off [[spoiler: with an already-abandoned ship and a supply of energon, as it re-powers the ship to send a distress call to nearby ships to lure them in.]]
** The Rescue Bots pull one off in the same episode prior to their visit to Earth: In order to escape the Energon Eater, everyone puts themselves and the ship in stasis, programming the ship to respond and head towards any major Cybertronian signals such as ones transmitted by a Prime, fully aware that they'll be absent from an annual spot-check and be sent a signal which would lead them back to Cybertron. This ''almost'' works, as the ship instead responds to Optimus Prime's signal to land on Earth.
* BattleDiscretionShot: When the Rescue Bots get to fight the Morbot.
* BeautyContest: Miss Griffin Rock. The beauty portions aren't shown on-screen, in favor of the calculus test. Mayor Luskey's wife was a previous winner.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: {{Discussed|Trope}}, Chase admits that his worst nightmare is a world where no one breaks the law, as it would render him useless.
** He repeats this verbatim much later in the series when Heatwave gets his wish of [[spoiler:being able to perform rescues without acting like a robot]] but still regretting it.
* BigBadassRig: Optimus naturally has this for his vehicle mode. He even puts it to good use in combat!
** The Mobile HQ created by the [[spoiler:Moropolis!]]Burnses also counts.
* BigBrotherInstinct: In "Under Pressure", the threat of Cody being in danger is what finally gets Kade to be serious and willing trust Heatwave.
* BigDamnHeroes: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee burst through the floor [[spoiler:when Dr. Morocco is about to dismantle them to see how they work]] and save the day [[spoiler:([[BadFuture though only that specific day]])]].
* BigGood: Optimus Prime, who initially only appears in the series occasionally as a guiding force for the Rescue Bots team. When he actually steps into action, things are serious.
* BittersweetEnding: The second season finale, in which [[spoiler: Dr. Morroco is arrested, the Rescue Bots take a while to recover their memories, and Madeline Pynch is still a fugitive]].
* BlackAndNerdy: Francine shows herself to be this trope when she's more interested in a dinosaur exhibit than the flashier giant robots. Her father, being a scientist, also fits into this trope.
* BlackBeadEyes: All the human characters.
** Subverted on an episode when a civilian is surprised at a robo-landscaper heading towards him.
* BlackBestFriend: Cody's friend, Francine Green.
* BlobMonster: Squilsh, a blob/slime monster created from a synthesised electric substance from Mars.
* BloodKnight: Heatwave is depicted as a family-friendly version of this as he is frequently shows attacking a training dummy in the bunker and jumps at any chance to fight something.
* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler:All Rescue Bots by Dr. Morroco]] in "Double Villainy".
** [[spoiler:Jules Verne]] provides a benevolent version on [[spoiler:Dr. Morocco, reverting him to before his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* BroadStrokes: The series opens with the Rescue Bots' ship picking up a message sent to the stars by Optimus Prime, beckoning them to planet Earth. This is essentially similar to one sent by Optimus at the end of the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' (itself inspired by yet another instance in the [[Film/{{Transformers}} first live-action movie]]). Furthermore, references to a "fallen Cybertron" and Heatwave expecting to "roll out" with other Autobots hint that other aspects of the "[[Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse Aligned continuity]]" are present in this universe as well.
* BrokenPedestal: Kade was a huge fan of ''Maven Danger'' until he got to meet him in person, who in reality is an EntitledBastard and a {{Jerkass}}.
* CallBack: The season 4 premiere "New Normal" begins the way the first episode "Family of Heroes" begin, including Chief Burns pulling over Cody as he's riding his bicycle.
* CarnivoreConfusion: "Flobsters On Parade" ends with the titular creatures [[spoiler:being grounded and quickly devoured by the townspeople.]] Since they're prone to displaying some very human facial expressions, this is troubling.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Rescue Bots, roll to the rescue!" Said by Heatwave before moving out to the scene of an emergency.
** Cody Burns often says "[[FutureSlang Noble!]]" when he [[TotallyRadical thinks that something is cool.]]
** Heatwave almost has a Catch Facial Tic; he grits his teeth and growls.
* CerebusSyndrome: The two-part Season 1 finale ''definitely'' fits this trope. Instead of the show's usual routine of a search-and-rescue mission OncePerEpisode, the finale is more of a "SciFi/[[MoodWhiplash Action]]/{{Thriller}}" episode. See KnightOfCerebus for details.
* [[CheerfulChild Cheerful Children]]: Cody and Frankie.
* ChekhovsGun: Several appear in the series. One example is a toy rocket and the EMP zone. [[spoiler: Frankie uses them to destroy Vigil by tricking him into possessing the rocket and flying it in the EMP zone.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Several revealed traits in ''Buddy System'' come into play such as Hayley's expert-level knowledge in botany after identifying a species of flowers that snakes have an aversion to, and Mrs Neederlander's snake charming.
* CliffhangerCopout: Many of the cold opens lead to this.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Rescue Bots are all colored in a lighter shade before scanning their eventual alternate modes, presumably so kids can tell them apart.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** After Cody (now transformed into an adult) saves Hayley's life during a rescue, Hayley attempts to ask him out on a date. Still thinking like a child, Cody hasn't yet learned the language of flirting.
--> '''Hayley''': Can I take you to lunch?
--> '''Cody''': I don't need anyone to take me! I can drive!
** This frequently happens when the team often misinterpret Quickshadow's British idioms.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Inverted with the Morbots. The first Morbot looked tough and could perform numerous tasks faster than the Rescue Bots. However when it actually came to a showdown, the four of them easily tore it apart. When they show up in Bot to the Future, there's much more of them, and they're taken down as easily as usual for numerous mooks but here they can use their numbers and working cannons to get more hits in than the original singular Morbot.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** Huxley Prescott takes command of a SETI base in ''Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock'', while at the same time, picks up audio from a movie Cody was streaming via satellite, which out of context, sounds like a conversation between two aliens discussing a covert invasion.
** After Cody and Dani witness Blurr making a surprise appearance at a mainland race, they find out that the others heard half the story via radio.
* ContinuityNod:
** "Family of Heroes" has Optimus Prime telling the Rescue Bots that their home planet of Cybertron is dead, which of course happened when [[VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron Megatron decided it would be a good idea to infect the Core with Dark Energon]]. The Rescue Bots were apparently unaware of this. Chase also expressed that they were "ready to join the battle", almost certainly referring to the war with the Decepticons.
** "The Reign of Morocco" has the titular Doctor speaking to a client via earpiece. Said client is interested in highly advanced technology and is apparently building an army, making it highly likely Morocco was dealing with MECH.
** Bumblebee, of course, "speaks" just like he does in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', when he shows up for "Bumblebee to the Rescue". And of course, just like in ''Prime'', [[IntelligibleUnintelligible the other 'Bots can understand his beeps]], but everyone else is out of luck (though Cody, like Raf, manages to figure out the gist of it). The same episode also has Optimus saying that he "consulted [their] medic", aka Ratchet. He also refers to "those wishing to do us harm", most likely meaning the Decepticons.
*** In "Uninvited Guest", [[spoiler: Bumblebee returns, now speaking with his ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'' voice. He also mentions having a new team and a new mission.]]
** In "It's a Bot Time," when confronted by several Morbots, [[spoiler: Bumblebee]] initially assumes the Morbots are Decepticons, judging by Heatwave's response to him.
*** [[spoiler:Sideswipe]] makes the same misconception with Blurr in a later episode.
* ConvectionShmonvection: "Under Pressure" is rife with this, what with being an episode dealing with molten lava everywhere. The most [[{{Egregious}} egregious]] case is when Heatwave and Kade are trapped in a tunnel filling with the stuff, but suffer neither heat injury nor scalding when a full trough of water cools the lava and subsequently creates a bunch of steam.
* ConspicuousCG: The 'Bots alternate modes in season two will sometimes shift over to rather obvious CGI models. Season 3's since extended this flip-flopping nature to the bot forms as well.
* CoolAirship: Dr. Morocco travels around in one.
* CoolBoat: The ''Derby Ava'' and Heatwave's fireboat form picked up from a wrecked one underwater.
** The ''S.S Phantom Voyager'' as well.
* CoolCar:
** Chase, the police car of the team. He's later joined by Blurr and Quickshadow in the later seasons.
** [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015 Sideswipe and Bumblebee]]]] also put in appearances in this series.
* CoolShip: The ''Sigma'', the Rescue Bots' spaceship which was used prior their Earth landing and is still used for space missions.
* CoolShades: Heatwave, Blades, and Chase can all flip down a visor, presumably in order to protect their optics while doing rescue work. The visors also go along with their disguise of being only advanced machines, not sentient beings.
* CoolTrain: The ''Griffin Rock Express'' is a hovering train designed to travel between the mainland and the island. [[spoiler:It gets destroyed in its debut episode, but plans were being made to rebuild it.]]
* CrossOver: Some of the later episodes will be this to ''Prime'', even featuring the 'Bots and 'Cons from that show, as well as WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015 due to the TimeSkip.
* CrushFilter: Played with, and PlayedForLaughs. In "Bugs in the System", the B-plot is Graham being too shy and awkward to talk to the new scientist he has a crush on. Kade's idea of helping results in pretty much making Graham a copy of himself. So when Graham sees the girl he likes, all the Crush Filter normal events fall into effect ... except the whole thing is out of focus because Graham doesn't have his glasses.
* DaChief: Charlie Burns, natch.
* DeflectorShields: One was used in "Rescue Boy". It works well at first, but then malfunctions trying to protect Cody from anything (creating ShockAndAwe attacks). Luckily the Rescue Bots are able to get it off with specialized gloves made to go through the shield.
* Determinator: Cody is described as tenacious, which eventually leads to the discovery of the Midgard and Professor Baranova, and managing to convince her to come back to Griffin Rock.
* DiabolusExMachina: Blades reveals that nearly ''every'' Cybertronian fairy-tale story ends with the entire cast ''[[EatenAlive getting eaten by a giant space-monster.]]''
* DidntSeeThatComing: This is shown to be Quickshadow's flaw in her MO, as a botched operation was caused mainly due to her only carefully planning the transport of deadly chemicals under the scenario that they would get to Doc Greene's lab without fail, rather than also accounting for a backup plan if something ''did'' go wrong. Luckily, Chase [[CrazyPrepared prepared for this.]]
* DistaffCounterpart: The so-called [[spoiler: Rescue ''Girl'' in "The Griffin Rock Express", named after the now-retired Rescue Boy persona adopted by Cody.]]
** Professor Baranova to Doc Greene, while the former isn't a DitzyGenius. [[spoiler:They eventually get married.]]
* DitzyGenius:
** Doctor Greene, who is generally absent-minded and does things like trying to speed up computation time by hanging upside down...in the middle of a ''city-wide disaster''. He also doesn't quite seem to grasp that the "best left forgotten" section of Griffin Rock's scientific archives is called that for a ''reason''. Heck, one event doesn't even sink in until Chief Burns tells him that ''[[spoiler:Professor Baranova accepted his marriage proposal!]]''
*** To be fair, some of his inventions were sabotaged by Dr Morocco before his debut.
** Boulder as well. It took him quite some time to process that a ''lion'' wasn't the best choice for a TeamPet. Also, using sonic waves to find Heatwave [[FromBadToWorse in a collapsing tunnel.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: High Tide's methods of training the team at ocean rescues are very much in line with this trope. He eventually admits that his style could use some work.
* EEqualsMCHammer: Averted with the calculus equation on the chalkboard in "Deep Trouble".
* EggSitting: Cody cares for Dr. Greene's Robo-baby, which ends up having to be saved by the Bots.
* {{Egopolis}}: [[spoiler: An alternate timeline version of Doctor Morocco names the entire island of Griffin Rock after himself once he takes complete control.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: By season three, both Boulder and Optimus [[spoiler: and after them, Heatwave, Chase and Blades]] gain a dinosaur mode.
* {{Expy}}:
** The Rescue Bots team has a similar purpose and theme to the Protectobots from ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'', with all of them (save Boulder) turning into the same kind of emergency vehicles. In practice, they also resemble archetypal characters from the broader Transformers mythos:
*** Heatwave shares an alternate mode with Hot Spot, the Protectobots' leader. He's also cut from the same cloth as Optimus Prime himself, with similar design elements. Optimus ''also'' turned into a fire truck in several Transformers series, for the record. His hotheadedness, however, is more reminiscent of ''Generation 1'' [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie Hot Rod]].
*** He's also similar to "Rescue Roy", a character from an earlier Transformers toy line that was also targeted towards younger children.
*** Chase is evocative of Prowl and shares his ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]'' incarnation's fondness for adhering to and enforcing the rules.
*** Blades shares a name and alternate mode with ''Generation 1'' Blades, but his fear of heights while also being a flier is more reminiscent of Silverbolt, leader of the Aerialbots.
*** Finally, Boulder is clearly based on [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Bulk]][[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime head]], right down to his colors, similar design, and being a GentleGiant who loves Earth and is all-around smarter than he looks.
*** His robot mode design (treads for arms, front for legs) is also similar to [[Anime/TransformersArmada Scavenger]]'s.
** Doctor Greene is a human example, based heavily on Doc Brown from the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' franchise.
* FailsafeFailure: A lot of the emergencies on Griffin Rock could have been avoided if one person just stopped and planned a failsafe system.
* FamousAncestor: The Burns family is descended from [[OurFounder the founder of Griffin Rock]].
** His wife however, was ''infamous'' for being a ''pirate'' who robbed a charity fund. Thanks to Woodrow telling Huxley, this ''somehow'' came back to bite the Burnses as Mayor Luskley [[DisproportionateRetribution suspends them from rescue duties.]] [[spoiler:[[Heartwarming/TransformersRescueBots It turns out that after she did, she gave up piracy to avoid revealing her identity and giving her new family a bad name in favour for her husband. She then left her last treasures to her descendants should they find it to repent her actions by requesting it to be given to charity as intended prior to her theft of it.]]]]
* FictionalSport: Rescue Ball, a ball-and-net game without any ball-handing rules.
* FigureItOutYourself: This is more or less Optimus Prime's response when the team contacts him about the difficulties they're having bonding with their human partners.
* FiveManBand:
** The Rescue Bots themselves fit into these roles, though there's only four of them.
*** TheLeader: Heatwave
*** TheLancer[=/=]TheSmartGuy: Chase
*** TheBigGuy: Boulder
*** TheHeart: Blades
** The Burns family, meanwhile, fit this trope in full.
*** TheLeader: Chief Burns.
*** TheLancer[=/=]TheBigGuy: Kade
*** TheSmartGuy: Graham
*** TheChick: Dani
*** KidAppealCharacter: Cody
* FormallyNamedPet: Recurring character Mrs. Neederlander has a cat named "Mister Pettypaws".
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** After Dani goes on a space mission, Blades makes a giant sign for her at the firehouse. Heatwave is confused during the creation as Blades is using paint ''the same exact colour'' as the paper he's drawing on. It later turns out this was [[spoiler: glow-paint.]]
** One episode shows Heatwave expressing relief over doing a sea-based mission since "the ocean doesn't catch fire". [[spoiler: It does, courtesy of a collapsing oil rig and an ignited oil spill.]]
** Usually, the appearance of a ''Maven Danger'' movie means that Quickshadow is going to be involved in the episode.
* ForWantOfANail: Vigil's villain status possibly wouldn't have been caused if Mayor Luskley let Doc Greene lower Vigil's security protocols during installation.
* FountainOfYouth:
** Doctor Thaddeus Morocco seems to have invented (aka stolen) a machine that keeps him in the prime of his youth when he should be an old man, as seen in "Bot to the Future". However, the machine is not without flaws, such as only being able to rejuvenate Morocco for short periods of time, and he needs a Verne device to use it.
** Doc Greene indirectly creates a device capable of forming this in the form of a gadget intended to preserve food. It performs an inversion on Cody by turning him into an adult, and the ''youth'' part later used on Kade by Evan and Myles.
* FourFingeredHands: The robots; the humans have the normal amount of fingers.
* FreakyFridayFlip: In ''Switcheroo''.
* FreudianTrio It sometimes depends on the scenario for who fits certain roles, but generally:
** It's a rather fitting parallel with the Rescue Bots:
*** TheMcCoy: Blades
*** TheSpock: Chase
*** TheKirk: Heatwave or Boulder
** Their partners, however, mix things up slightly.
*** TheMcCoy: Kade or Danni
*** TheSpock: Graham
*** TheKirk: Charlie or Cody (it should be noted that Cody is Chase's partner in the toy lore)
* FunWithAcronyms:In "A Virtual Disaster", CAT: '''C'''haracter '''A'''ssist '''T'''echnology.
* GentleGiant: Boulder, as shown by his immediate preference for saving the "natural beauty" around a burning building during the events of the first episode.
* GenreSavvy: Blades' experience from television-watching pops up in various situations, such as splitting up in a large building isn't a very good idea to the awareness of the RedShirt trope.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** After Blurr finds some Cybertronian graffiti, he reads ''this'':
--> '''Blurr:''' "Autobots smell like..." Okay, now ''that's'' just ''rude''.
** In ''Ghost in the Machine'', Cody and Quickshadow figure out how Evan & Myles managed to hack into the latter with a device attached to her. She then realises that ''they've put it on her undercarriage''.
--> '''Quickshadow:''' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Cheeky]] [[AllMenArePerverts lads...]]
* GiantFood: [[ItMakesSenseInContext After the Bots stop a giant rampaging blob of pizza dough]] in "Pizza Pi Party", Blades gets an idea from a TV show he watched and the townsfolk make a ''giant'' pizza out of it.
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: Heatwave once saved an [[CrazyCatLady old lady]] from a deadly fall, only to be bitterly disappointed, mainly by her ''complete'' [[UngratefulBastard lack of gratitude]].
* GoingDownWithTheShip:
** One citizen has a horrible habit of doing this.
** A non-lethal variant occurs with Captain Ambrose, who remained on the S.S Phantom Voyager after a lightning strike rendered it simply immobile and caused everyone to evacuate, leaving him to await the towing lines to rescue him.
* GoneHorriblyWrong:
** In the people of Griffin Rock's defense, who knew that putting a fake-but-functioning volcano in the middle of a populated island would lead to a natural disaster? [[SarcasmMode No one could have predicted it. No one at all.]]
** The ''Griffin Rock Safety Board'' was created in place of the Burnses after they were suspended from rescue duties [[DisproportionateRetribution due to being related to a pirate]]. This eventually spiralled into chaos as the board were heavily inexperienced in said duties and were often unable to respond to ''any'' emergency or cause even more damage. It got so bad to the point where Milo ([[{{Irony}}a member of the board and fully aware of it]]) spearheaded a revolution to end the board itself and bring back the Burnses.
* GrumpyBear: Heatwave.
* [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Lady]]: Mrs. Neederlander
* [[WestCoastTeam Griffin Rock Team]]: Optimus opts to assign Rescue Force Sigma-17 to Griffin Rock rather than the mainland to act as ambassadors to the humans.
* HarmlessFreezing: In "Did You See What I Thaw?" a frozen caveman is thawed out with no ill effects. It's explained that the piece of energon he wears as a necklace helped keep him alive.
* HiddenDepths: Turns out [[EveryoneLovesBlondes Hayley]] has a degree in Botany and [[CrazyCatLady Mrs. Neederlander]] is a Snake Charmer.
* HilarityEnsues: After Quickshadow finds out that Maven Danger is making a visit to the island, she quickly tries to leave due to her vehicle mode. Unfortunately, Maven spots her and is forced to stay for the remainder of the episode.
* HoldingTheFloor: Part of Cody and Quickshadow's plan to recover stolen energon involves Dani flying in a carrier jet to not only carry the energon and the Pynch Cells containing them, but to also distract Madeleine Pynch. The trope comes into play after an unexpected event left Chief Burns and Heatwave inside the compound after the team lost control of the security system.
* HumanityEnsues: A temporary and less-supernatural version occurs in ''Camp Cody'' when Blades is faced with the dilemma of not being able to get ranked up in Lad Pioneers on the mainland due to being a bot. Graham finds a solution using the technology from the Mainland Training Centre's hologram projector, creating a portable one that gives Blades a human disguise while at the mainland camp. However, Blades has to stay away from human-sized objects such as chairs or sleeping in houses due to his original bot form.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Heatwave when put face-to-face with Quickshadow. She even expected him to be taller!
* HumongousMecha: High Tide's ship can transform into a colossal "mega-bot mode".
* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Bots]]: Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder for almost all of one episode, courtesy of a ShrinkRay.
** Blurr invoked this in the Mainland Training Centre so the bots can use a miniature race track he installed.
* IndyPloy: Quickshadow notes that the Burnses are ''masters'' at this in "Plus One". She even lampshades this earlier in the same episode while observing one of their rescues.
-->'''Quickshadow:''' Is there ''any'' sort of overall plan? It all seems a bit higgledy-piggledy to me.
* IntangibleMan: A mysterious superhero shows up during the construction of ''The Griffin Rock Express'', using a device allowing them to phase through objects and using it in rescue situations. It turns out the superhero is actually [[spoiler:Frankie, who borrowed a commissioned invention from her father to cover for the Rescue Bots without their permission.]]
* InternalHomage[=/=]MythologyGag: This being a ''Transformers'' series, the show is already accumulating quite a few of these.
** Heatwave's alternate mode is very similar to that of Optimus Prime's in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' and ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]''.
** The first episode features malfunctioning, rampaging robot dinosaurs, in a story that is similar to the plot of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' episode that introduced the Dinobots.
** And, as noted above, the first episode features the Rescue Bots picking up a message from Optimus Prime calling them to Earth, much like the ones spoken in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and in [[Film/{{Transformers}} the first movie.]]
*** They also have an ElaborateUndergroundBase left over from the Cold War, just like the Autobots do in ''Prime.''
** The Rescue Bots are first shown in "blank", featureless forms prior to scanning alternate modes, similar to the "Protoforms" from the movie and ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' series.
** One episode involves a "dinobot". However, this type of dinobot is just a pet, with "dinobot" simply being the nickname for it.
** The Rescue Bots have screens inside their vehicle modes that display their faces, like in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise.''
** [[spoiler:The Morocco virus' toy form closely resembles Morocco's Playskool action figure.]]
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Bumblebee. [[spoiler: Until a future episode features him with a fixed voicebox.]]
** Evan is also this.
* ItCanThink: The Energon Eater in "Unfinished Business".
* ItIsDehumanizing: Kade initially refuses to to call Heatwave "he", treating him as just a simple machine.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** [[spoiler:Mrs Neederlander]] after TheReveal she is the one from "Rider of Midwinter" who shares bread with all citizens. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Heatwave:
-->'''Heatwave:''' [[spoiler: Mrs. Neederlander]] had a heart of gold?
** Mayor Luskley develops this when it comes to protecting Griffin Rock and its citizens.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Boulder's eyes turn from orange to blue when he's doing rescue work or pretending to be a man-made machine (the same sorts of situations the other bots use their CoolShades for).
* KnightOfCerebus: Doctor Thaddeus Morocco. At first, he is a [[spoiler: pretentious MadScientist who wants to replace Doc Greene and fails.]] Then, in the Season 1 finale alone, he has become [[spoiler:a [[WouldHurtAChild child-killing]], [[TyrantTakesTheHelm power-mad]], EvilOverlord who turns Griffin Rock (a.k.a. [[{{Egopolis}} Moropolis]]) into a [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans dystopian]] town.]] [[spoiler: In fact, it gets so bad that ''Optimus and Bumblebee'' has to step in and help stop the madness!]]
* LampshadeHanging: In "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock", while the Rescue Bots worry about the alien invasion, Heatwave points out they themselves are, in fact, aliens.
-->'''Heatwave:''' Just to remind you, ''we're'' aliens.
** In "The Attack of Humungado":
-->'''Danny:''' How can a monster from a movie be in Griffin Rock?
-->'''Chief Burns:''' Is there any other place that could happen?
** Cody wonders why ''none'' of the tech sent to the ''Island of Misfit Tech'' were switched off before being sent there.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]:
** The titular heroes are the sole surviving squad of "Rescue Bots" left active, a fact which surprises even Optimus.
** A Flobster from ''Flobsters on Parade'' who survived the festival's key event can be seen in subsequent episodes on a leash, acting as a pet.
* LateToThePunchline: In "Flobsters on Parade", Blades doesn't get the joke behind Cody calling the flying lobsters "flobsters" until the very end of the episode.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Griffin Rock has ''an entire area'' in The Hall of Inspiration for this where dangerous tech is stored. In some cases, they would send larger and far-more dangerous tech like a malfunctioning [=ScrapMaster=] prototype to ''The Island of Misfit Tech''.
** Doc Greene does state that this can be subverted with tags attached to all items sent there in case anyone changes their mind.
* LighterAndSofter: For starters, there are no Decepticons present for the Bots to contend with (yet). The series is especially notable in depicting this trope in that WordOfGod places the series within the Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse, meaning it allegedly shares some form of continuity with ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and the [[VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron High Moon]] [[VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron Studios games]], entries in the franchise known for being somewhat DarkerAndEdgier than traditional fare.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop:
** Several antagonists such as Madeleine Pynch and Evan & Myles miss the public reveal that [[spoiler:The Rescue Bots are aliens]] due to either laying low or imprisoned at the time.
** This was initially Graham's problem with Boulder, who the former refused to tell the latter what he was thinking when formulating plans.
* {{Masquerade}}: The Rescue Bots have to hide their true selves and pass as advanced machinery. This being ''Transformers'', it lasts all of one episode in regards to the Burns family. Heatwave isn't happy about this fact at first, especially in regards to being bossed around by Kade. That's right, they're Robots in Disguise... [[ShapedLikeItself as robots]]. Somewhat justified, as ''fully sentient robots able to think for themselves without human guidance'' might cause a panic. If one of the Rescue Bots goes ''evil'' (not malfunctioning), it could tarnish the reputations of the Rescue Bots, the Burnses, and possibly the Autobots by extension.\\\
"The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock" might have a handwave: In case the humans can't be with the Rescue Bots, the Bots have a programmed AI first directive of saving lives ''even without their drivers.'' If their cover gets blown to pieces in the process, it isn't as important as those lives saved. [[spoiler: However, at the end of Season 3, Optimus gives the team permission to end this and in the Season 4 premiere, they do [[TimeSkip years later]].]]
* MechaExpansionPack: At the start of the second season, Boulder and Doc Greene use Cybertronian tech to create Energize Tools. They consist of a grappling claw, [[AnAxetoGrind an axe]], [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe a shield]], a hook ,[[ThisIsADrill a drill]], a [[PlayingWithFire fire]]/[[KillItWithWater water]] cannon and [[spoiler: according to the toys, a disk saw for Optimus Prime and a jackhammer for Bumblebee]].
* MerchandiseDriven: This is ''Transformers'' we're talking, about after all.
* MissingMom: The Burns family's mother isn't mentioned and does not appear to be around, and the first episode shows Charlie doing the cooking for the family. Frankie's mom is never seen, either.
* MissingTheGoodStuff: In "Deep Trouble", the one time Dani, Graham and Kade chose to blow off the annual fishing trip it ended up not being boring.
* MookLieutenant: The Red Morbot in Bot to the Future. He's painted to stand out from the rest, often leads the other Morbots in combat, and ferries Dr. Morocco when needed.
* MovingBuildings: The futuristic Mainland Training Centre was designed to transform from and to an old bunker. Likely as a failsafe if the external hologram falters.
* MsFanservice: Dani has her moments of this, especially in a wetsuit.
* MusicalEpisode: "I Have Heard the Robots Singing", the first of such in the history of ''Transformers''.
** As a bonus, the title song even features a 'bouncing ball' and subtitles!
* TheMusicMeister: A device rather than a character, the Tone-O-Tuner from "I Have Heard the Robots Singing" inadvertently causes all of Griffin Rock to break out in song.
* MundaneUtility: Myles and Evan often steal Doc Greene's inventions just to commit petty theft.
** Pretty much most scientific advancements are used for mundane purposes, al-a {{Series/Eureka}}.
* NamesTheSame: InUniverse and PlayedForLaughs: After Huxley reports over the news that transformers (electrical equipment) are down all over the East Coast, Blades confuses them for the Cybertronian variety.
* NeverMyFault: Blurr develops this frequently.
** Mayor Luskley in "Pirates Ahoy" after he sets fire to the stand on Founders Day.
* NeverSayDie: Taken to silly extremes in "The Haunting of Griffin Rock", comparing dead people to ''time-travelers'' instead of simply calling them dead. Also appears in the third season finale two-parter, "Now and Then" and "Today and Forever"; it would be hard to not understand that the Rescue Bots are going to die [[spoiler:when they use their own energon to power the forcefield generators]], but everyone trails off or uses euphemisms instead of actually saying the word.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: In "The Last of Morocco", [[spoiler:when Jules Verne suggests taking Morocco back with him to the past, Graham brings up the fact that there would be two Moroccos in the past, so then Verne decides to take Morocco to the future instead to avoid this.]]
* NoAntagonist: Because of the series focus on emergency rescues, the Decepticons don't show up. It's sorta-kinda implied the other Autobots are busy keeping them from destroying the world off-screen, however. Later averted with the introduction of [[EvilGenius Doctor Morocco]], a human scientist who ends up being directly behind some of the emergencies the team responds to. Other human antagonists are introduced after him.
* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: Averted. [[BlackBestFriend Frankie]] and Cody end up in 1939, but no one comments on Frankie's race or gender. Besides being due to ''Rescue Bots'' being a children's show, this probably has something to do with the facts that 1) the only people who actually meet them are the scientists who are more concerned with the robots that came through their time-travel machine, and 2) Cody and Frankie are children. However, many of the town's top scientists of that era seem to be non-white. Griffin Rock was as far ahead socially from the rest of the country as it was technologically.
* NoodleIncident: Chief Burns during the Flobster parade: "At least it wasn't livestock this time."
* NoSell: The Rescue Bots are immune to the gremlin's electricity-sapping ability due to running on Energon.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Servo gets this treatment when spending a whole episode protecting the Luskley's pet dog from harm as well as performing rescues. The damage caused by him was either by the aforementioned pet or collateral damage sustained from the rescues.
* OldFaithful: In the episode "Rules And Regulations", we are introduced to a super-hot geyser called "Old Parker" that goes off every forty-five minutes. This geyser is located in the middle of an EMP dead zone that disables technology (including Autobots), which leaves three of the Bots frozen on top of the geyser when they try to find Cody after a misheard communication.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: After Evan and Myles carjack [[spoiler:Chase]], the entire team is initially convinced that he's pulled a legitimate FaceHeelTurn after he insults them and tries to plow them over. Boulder then realises that he insulted them in his ''[[RoboSpeak robot]]'' voice, meaning that he's secretly up to something.
* PoorCommunicationKills: A phone call from Cody puts the Rescue Bots on high-alert after mistaking it for a help request during a bear attack. In reality, Cody only called on par Blades' request and mentioned a ''foiled'' bear attack, but the call was corrupted due to poor signal.
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:The Lady of Griffin Rock]] in "The Haunting of Griffin Rock". Foreshadowed by the fact that [[spoiler:she is blue, unlike the holograms]].
* RecapByAudit: In two-parters, Huxley Prescott often recaps the events of part one as part of his news show.
** In "The More Things Stay the Same", Quickshadow recaps the events of "The More Things Change..." in the context of it being a report to Optimus.
** In "Today and Forever", Frankie convinces Cody to document the situation due to the absurdity of it. To recap, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Griffin Rock was teleported to the North Pole after a large active teleportation crystal accidentally was dropped onto the island's underground Reactaline veins.]]
* RemovedAchillesHeel: Doc Greene creates a new gas similar to helium called "floatium", which only floats a set distance from the ground. This was likely created in response to a prior accident involving a helium-filled parade balloon.
* RoboSpeak: Cody tries to help the Rescue Bots adjust to their role of pretending to be "ordinary" robots by instructing them in how to do this (along with robot "walking"), using an old 1950's sci-flick.
** It's later implied that this is a last-resort plan used by Autobots in case of the sudden presence of a human, such as High Tide claiming to be an automated vessel after rescuing Woodrow Burns, and [[spoiler:Sideswipe]] does this rather-poorly after the Burnses show up.
* RobotBuddy: Dither.
* [[RulesOftheInternet Rule 21]]: Blades repeats the rule's terms verbatim after being told that Chase and Boulder [[spoiler: caught an Energon Eater.]]
* RunningGag: The fact that Quickshadow scanned a [[InUniverse internationally famous]] CoolCar comes back to bite her in two episodes.
* ScoutOut: The Lad Pioneers.
* SecretKeeper: Charlie at first, Cody later, and eventually, the entire Burns family by the end of episode one. Frankie and Doc Greene can now be added to the list. [[spoiler: Though the town does learn the truth in Season 4, they also swear to keep the outside world from knowing the truth.]]
* Sequelitis: InUniverse: After Kade manages to secure another copy of the film ''Humungado'' on film reel, he was allowed to have the sequels for free. The projectionist jokingly states that was what they were worth.
* SeriesContinuityError: In Prof. Baranova's first appearance, Frankie was a ShipperOnDeck for Baranova and her father, but in "Quarry vs. Quarry" it's implied she's uncomfortable with someone replacing her mother.
* ShipTease: Quickshadow in "Ghost in the Machine" jokingly states that she showed up in case Heatwave "missed her".
* ShoutOut: Griffin Rock is rather similar to [[{{Series/Eureka}} Eureka, Oregon]], don't you think?
** And Doc's car in episode 3 looks a lot like [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture a certain modified Delorean]].
*** And the episode about fixing a BadFuture is titled "Bot to the Future."
*** '''''And''''' the episode "Hot Rod Bot" has a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong mockup of the Back to the Future theme!]]
** In "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock," one of the panicking citizens' phone calls causes a character to retort that her husband Edgar is not a giant cockroach from Mars. Edgar, the villain in the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' film, was a giant cockroach alien.
*** In the same episode, a character runs down a street claiming, "They're everywhere, they're everywhere," from ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.
*** Blades references ''ET''.
*** The episode also references ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''.
*** If you want to get even more obscure, the whole town panicking over an "alleged broadcast" of an alien invasion is a reference to the genuine hysteria that resulted from the 1938 radio adaptation of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
*** There's also references to ''Film/TheBlob1958''.
** The episode title "Four Bots and a Baby" seems like a pretty clear reference to the film ''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby''.
** The cross-eyed lion in one episode is a reference to Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion.
** Deputy Barney is a reference to [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]].
** The fully charged Rescue Boy resembles a [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]].
** Cody finds his dad's old go-kart, named the [[Franchise/GIJoe Rolling Thunder]].
** Video game references in "Virtual Disaster" include [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch Fire]] jump, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda sword in a rock]], and when the game is broken, C.A.T. saying the infamous phrase ''[[VideoGame/ZeroWing All your base are belong to us]]''. For non-video game references, C.A.T. itself is both an homage to the [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Cheshire Cat]] and a {{Franchise/Godzilla}}-like monster.
*** Not to mention...
-->'''Blades''': I used to like video games... [[Games/TheElderscrollsVSkyrim then I took an arrow to the knee]].
** In "Bots and Robbers" Chase reads a Comicstrip/DickTracy Comic, and when [[spoiler: Chase goes undercover and helps the twin robbers]] Blades says:
--> [[spoiler: Chase]] is the victim of [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto grand theft Auto]]bot.
*** A double-reference is that "Grand Theft Auto" is an ''actual'' police term.
** The scene in which Frankie is trapped in a phone booth by [[ItMakesSenseInContext flying lobsters]] in "Flobsters on Parade" seems to be inspired by a similar scene in Film/TheBirds. [[CaptainObvious Only in the movie, it was birds, not flobsters.]]
** In "No Place Like Dome", Frankie's toy rocket smashes in a lunar globe with eyes, a nod to "Film/ATripToTheMoon".
** At the end of a video Quickshadow shows Evan & Myles, the subsequent UI is near-identical to the one used on {{YouTube}} when a video ends on mobile versions.
** Blades compares the plan to bring Griffin Rock back to Maine to [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} a movie he saw about a house floating with balloons and featured talking dogs.]]
** The ''Maven Danger'' series is a very obvious reference to Franchise/JamesBond.
** In "Ghost in the Machine", a hacked Quickshadow manages to do a [[Series/KnightRider turbo boost jump.]]
* SheepInSheepsClothing: After the reveal of Quickshadow, Chase doubts her authority after a search in the Rescue Bots database returns no results. It turns out that she is in the database, it's just that she has several codenames and her real name is kept secret.
* ShrinkRay: The Minimizer.
* ShutUpHannibal: In "The Last of Morocco" when Morocco tries to justify his actions to his old friend [[spoiler:Jules Verne]].
-->'''Dr. Morocco:''' I made my choices, as did you. [[WhatIsEvil We simply took different paths]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Jules Verne]]:''' No, mon ami, there was only one path, and you left it.
* SigilSpam: Doctor Thaddeus Morocco has his own personal logo. If it shows up, there's usually trouble.
* SmarterThanYouLook: In "Buddy System" Frankie dreads being teamed up with Hayley because she assumes she's just a DumbBlonde and they'll have nothing to talk about, but it turns out Hayley has expert-level knowledge of botany. Later episodes show she's a teacher.
** Mrs. Luskey, a former winner of the Miss Griffin Rock contest, which has a speed calculus round.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple:
** Dani is the only girl in the Burns family, and thus the only female member of the main heroes.
** Season 4 introduces a female Autobot named Quickshadow, who is so far the only female Transformer to appear at all in this series.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Blades may not be the bravest Autobot, but when Cody is in danger in "Under Pressure", he's ready to fly through a cloud of volcanic ash in order to get the water to save him.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Cody and Quickshadow's plan in ''Cody's 11'' went awry after Priscilla Pynch decided to have a movie night at the compound and removed the USB allowing the team to access the security system.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is one to the earlier ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGoBots'' series, as well as the Creator/{{Mattel}} ''WesternAnimation/RescueHeroes'' toy-line. The notable difference in this case, however, is that ''Rescue Bots'' is (more or less) firmly set in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' mythos.
* SpoilerOpening: The second episode (which is the first to show the full OpeningCredits) has a ColdOpen which ends with a cliffhanger; the resolution is part of the opening credits montage.
* StealthPun: "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock" features movie night for the Rescue Bots. What does Chase want to watch? "I vote for an action film. Preferably with high-speed pursuits." Meaning he enjoys [[spoiler: ''[[ChaseScene chase scenes.]]]]''
* StuckInTheirShadow: InUniverse, it's discovered in the very first episode that Cody thinks he's stuck in the shadow of his older siblings. Everyone else's behavior towards him doesn't help, like the townspeople often forgetting he's even a member of the Burns family.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: Graham initially believes that Boulder wouldn't want have anything to do with his "primitive" culture and knowledge, but is very, very wrong.
* SupportingLeader: Optimus Prime. See BigGood above.
* TakeThat: Possibly on the live-action movies in "Rescue Boy".
-->'''Blades:''' Explosions as entertainment. I'll never understand you humans.
** Considering [[Creator/MichaelBay who usually directs them...]]
* ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: Cody is seen greeting a neighbor who uses a helicopter backpack to get to work in the first episode.
* TimelineAlteringMacguffin: Dither, in "Bot to the Future". Doctor Morocco uses him to cause a technological revolution and take over Griffin Rock in the future.
* TimeMachine: Doc Greene finds one in "It's a Bot Time." It was built in 1939, but couldn't be powered until the present day, with nuclear power (or energon, as the Bots find out).
** Turns out that [[spoiler:Doctor Morocco also built a functional, smaller one and had it shipped on the ''S.S Phantom Voyager'', but couldn't get to use it since a lightning strike accidentally set it off and caused the ship to appear every 10 years per hour until Graham inserts some energon to stabilise it.]]
* TimeSkip: Season 4 shows an older Cody and Frankie, alongside Quickshadow, a female Autobot, and the Greenes having a new baby, [=CeCe=]. The series also now takes place concurrently with ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'', as [[spoiler: Bumblebee is depicted as having his voice restored and Sideswipe showing up.]]
* TimeTravelEpisode: The season 1 finale, "It's a Bot Time" and "Bot to the Future".
* ThereAreNoRules[=/=]{{Calvinball}}: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rescue_Ball Rescue Ball]], which involves getting a ball into a net by any means necessary.
* ThrowTheDogABone: In a meta-sense. Creator/MichaelBell Bell had expressed interest in returning to the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, auditioning to reprise his roles from [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original cartoon]] as Prowl and Swoop for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' (Prowl went to Creator/JeffBennett and Swoop was TheSpeechless, instead) and auditioning for Ratchet and William Fowler for ''Rescue Bots''[='=]s sister series, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' (whom instead went to Creator/JeffreyCombs and Creator/ErnieHudson respectively), before being cast as High Tide here.
* ToylessToylineCharacter:
** We haven't seen a Dani figure yet. Or Frankie, for that matter.
** Inverted and Subverted with Blades' Plane alt mode. Obviously, Blades exists in show, but he has yet to gain the plane/jet alt mode that he has in the toyline. Chase and Boulder similarly get alternate modes in the toyline that they never had in the show.
* TransformationSequence: The first western-produced ''Transformers'' media to use these on a regular basis.
* TruncatedThemeTune: In an odd first-run example, the first episode of the series had just a TitleCard and a snippet of theme music. Subsequent episodes have the full ThemeTune and opening animation.
** Played straight thereafter: The season one ThemeTune has a verse about Cody guiding the bots and one last refrain of the "Roll to the Rescue!" chorus. It is removed from most of the episodes after season 1.
* {{Tsundere}}: In the second episode, neither Kade or Heatwave are willing to admit they're friends now, even after standing together when their lives were on the line; "It's not like we're friends" is even said verbatim.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The first episode features a malfunctioning, robotic T-Rex. In a later ep, we see Doc Greene has turned it into a guard dog of sorts. [[spoiler: Optimus scans it to gain a [=DinoBot=] form.]]
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Dani is almost identical to her great-great-great grandmother Bertha. This resemblance is what connects the Burnses to Bertha and gets them suspended because she was a pirate.
* UnderwaterBase: We get this in "The Griffin Rock Triangle" as the Midgard.
* UnskilledButStrong: While the Rescue Bots aren't combat class, they're still quite strong.
** The Rescue Bots do predate the militarization of Cybertron, but it's unclear just how much fighting they were involved in as part of their job. Aside from dangerous wildlife native to Cybertron, at least one of the Rescue Bots was a cop back on their world, and the place did have criminals.
* UnusualEuphemism: From "A Virtual Disaster":
-->'''Blades''': (after an arrow flies by) AAAAHHHHH!!! WHAT IN THE ALLSPARK?!?
** [[spoiler:Sideswipe]] uses the term "scrap" a lot during his debut episode.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In "Family of Heroes", Frankie didn't seem to care about the Rescue Bots, partially justified since Griffin Rock has numerous robots already. She's more interested in the new robot dinosaurs exhibit in the museum. Though she became [[SecretChaser curious about them]] when they seemed a little too smart in "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock".[[note]]Namely, after noticing that they weren't being driven and later asking her father about self-driving cars, which even he had difficulty conceiving.[[/note]] Eventually she discovers the truth about them.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Doctor Thaddeus Morocco. He's practically the closest we will get to Megatron, due to him bent on world conquest by leading an army of robots.
* VoicesAreMental: Averted in the episode "Switcheroo". The ones with their minds swapped keep the voices original to the bodies, yet the mannerisms of the new minds inhabiting them. In fact, the idea for entire episode was [[WordOfGod created thanks to the cast imitating each others' characters for fun.]]
* WalkDontSwim: On the occasions the Rescue Bots have been seen to perform aquatic rescues, they've consistently been portrayed as too heavy to swim, thus being forced to walk or drive along the ocean floor. Heatwave eventually averts this after Optimus give him the ability to store a third form, and gets an idea when he spots a wrecked but functional fireboat underwater.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
** This is Kade's initial reaction to the Autobots, considering them mere machines and being frustrated about how he has to do things like ask his ride to "roll down the window" for him.
** Heatwave himself flips this in "The Vigilant Town", insisting that the new town computer, Vigil, is "an it, not a he".
* WhipItGood: Heatwave is shown in "Bot To The Future" using his fire hose as a whip. (When it lands in a Morbot cannon, he uses a KillItWithWater to flood the Morbot inside.)
* WholePlotReference: Half of "All Spark Day" is a reference to ''[[Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids Honey, I Blew Up the Kid]]''.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Blades is deathly afraid of heights. Considering he turns into a helicopter, this poses problems for him and his human partner, Dani.
* WolverinePublicity:
** Optimus Prime has his own playset in the toy-line, while he isn't (currently) a main character in the show.
*** He makes considerably more appearances in Season 2 and especially Season 3.
** Bumblebee likewise has a big presence in the toy-line, despite appearing less often each season: three episodes in Season One, just one in Season Two, and not even ''mentioned'' in Season Three.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: The reason why the Rescue Bots have to be "robots in disguise". However, the usual Transformers trappings are played with in that they get to pose as advanced machinery and not hide their robot modes. This is all part of a gradual plan to get humanity used to their presence.
* YearOutsideHourInside: [[spoiler: A time machine invented by Doctor Morocco accidentally activated by lightning causes the ''S.S Phantom'' to skip a timespan of 10 years while its inhabitants experience an hour before it sets off again. This is shown when the Rescue Bots team (except Chief Burns) reappear in the future and are rescued by an elderly Doc Greene and Chief Burns, as well as Frankie as a young adult.]]
* YourMindMakesItReal: The VR chambers, after a [[HolodeckMalfunction lighting strike]] at the Hall of Inspiration in "A Virtual Disaster".
* WinToExit: The VR chamber above.
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