These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Base Breaker: Transformers and the Transformers movie series. On the lesser side there's Mikaela. Some wished she was the main human protagonist, next to Lennox, since she was less whiny, more assertive and just more competent than Sam. On the other hand she doesn't have quite enough of those moments so it still feels like she's just there to show Sam is a heterosexual.
Bumblebee has become this, due to his Movie and Prime incarnations being overpacked in case assortments and, especially in Movie BB's case, having too many just-slightly-different versions of the same toy.
Transformers Rescue Bots is filled with Bumblebee toys, including a large playset. Bumblebee only appears in one episode as a guest.
A lot of fans are bemoaning the oversaturation of Bumblebee, and wishing Hot Shot would make a comeback.
In fact, the creators of Animated vyed for Hot Shot (in a main role, at least), but since execs wanted 'Bee instead, they had to compromise. And for all his charm, he has a lot of screentime and is intentionally annoying.
Simon Furman has Grimlock, Thunderwing and Bludgeon.
While there are more than a few who complain about how he overuses Big Grim, few seem to have any problem with Furman's take on Thunderwing. And as for Bludgeon? The guy's a friggin' Ensemble Dark Horse, proving that even Creators' Petsdon't have to suck.
And then we have Skids and Mudflap. They got almost as much toys as Bumblebee in ROTF, and had more screentime than any other Autobot. Thing is, it's possible that them flopping and flopping hard led to Bumblebee becoming a Creator's Pet.
Bumblebee is starting to develop into this, due to becoming a Creator's Pet. His less than flattering portrayal in Robots In Disguise under John Barber's pen isn't exactly helping this.
Villain Decay: Usually dealt with by upgrading the villains to new forms (with new toys, naturally).
Animated tried to prevent this by way of making appearances of the Decepticons in season one and most of season two rare, with human villains picking up the slack. This backfired horribly, turning off many fans who wanted to see the Decepticons and didn't want to suffer through countless episodes of the Autobots fighting lame archer and princess-themed villains.
However, as many fans think that the Decepticons' rare appearances, and the sheer effort it took to fight them, successfully kept them from succumbing to villain decay.
Eventually it did kick in, though not severely as some other examples (Well, except for Lugnut).
Hasbro actually tried a line of big, expensive toys for the adult collector, and it didn't sell well enough to keep it going for too long. Turns out the adult collectors are a smaller pieceof the pie than they thought, and kids are in fact the primary consumers of toys. Who knew?
It should be noted just how much of Simon Furman's work fits into this category. When the writer of the bloodbath the Marvel Generation 2 comics became calls something too dark, you know you've taken Darker and EdgierUp to Eleven.
Furman was specifically concerned about the "For Kids" part of this trope. He was very much about darker, more fatal Transformer stories, but he was explicitly writing with an older audience in mind than the cartoon series are marketed towards.
It's a bit understandable, though, if you look at the premise devoid of context: Two factions of a race of alien war machines come to Earth, their war having gone on so long that battling for the resources our planet can give them to continue the war effort is more important than the war itself. The weakest of them has enough power to slaughter dozens of human soldiers and come away with nothing more than a badly-scratched paint job. At best, their feelings towards us are paternalistic, and they look down with a combination of pity and admiration on those of our species who see it as their sworn duty to defend us from them. At worst, they find us repulsive and enjoy slaughtering us when they have a chance. A sunny kids' show is not what you'd imagine it would look like.
Alternate Character Interpretation: Prime has acquired psychotic tendencies since the first movie. After an apparent long lull in the war, he's suddenly thrust into a situation where his arch-nemesis is dead and he fights almost constantly for two years. This explains his fondness for brutal fight moves, the lack of an even perfunctory offer to a defeated enemy to surrender after said enemy indicates he might know something of a much greater threat, his casual discarding of the parts of a fallen ally, and the change in his personal theme music to a minor key.
Actually, the theme "Prime" from ROTF's score could refer to the other Primes and not just Optimus (minus The Fallen, obviously). On the brutalness, there's debate in that in the first film, Optimus is trying to lessen collateral damages (humans and buildings), whereas in the forest fight for ROTF, he can go full out.
As far as the "discarding Jetfire's parts" point goes, if you pay attention to the fight, a lot of those parts get damaged if not destroyed; discarding them may have simply been a point of expediency.
In ''Dark of the Moon', Optimus has detachable wings, but it's unclear if he recovered Jetfire's parts, repaired them, and kept them for future use, or if it's a completely new harness that's part of his trailer.
And now for the latest Big Bad. Is Sentinel Prime a Well-Intentioned Extremist who goes too far but has still good intentions at heart? Or is he just an old bastard with a god complex, so hungry with power to give no value to friendship or loyalty, and who back in the days of the war on Cybertron, defected to the winning side only to hold his high position?
Starscream. We all know his one defining characteristic, but the films don't show that side of him. Any mention of his backstabbing nature is given in the novels and comics, and Starscream takes a more traditional role of The Dragon in the movies. So in Revenge of the Fallen, when Starscream takes over as leader of the Decepticons, it seems less like his desire to prove himself a better leader than Megatron and more like he was taking a vacant seat that desperately needed filling.
Angst? What Angst?: Optimus Prime has occasionally been criticized by certain viewers and fans for not showing as much emotion as expected when some of his closest friends (like Jazz) are killed in battle. Although, Optimus has been fighting in a war that has lasted more than 10,000 years, that destroyed their planet and has cost countless many friends, allies and innocents. Optimus even makes a point in the sequel that whole generations of their species had been lost because of the war.
As far as Jazz's death is concerned Optimus did show a degree of sorrow when he was handed his friends' body, it's just that the movie didn't dwell on it particularly long.
Specifically, he states outright that they have lost a good and cherished friend, but then moves on to how they've made new allies on Earth. It's basically your choice whether you view that as "glossing over" Jazz's death, or simply trying to look at the positive side of the situation and the future.
And in the third movie, this seems to have been taken into account as Optimus shows a good bit more emotion. This include being extremely sorrowful when he's forced to kill his mentor turned traitor, Sentinel Prime.
Deconstruction Fic: Fans writing from a perspective of "the Decepticons were right". The most recent Transformers Animated starts to lean this way itself, as the high command seems a bit morally suspect and the Decepticons are basically rebellious freedom fighters whose leader happens to be Megatron. Then again, we see the kind of people who follow Megatron.
Badass Decay: Megatron in ROTF and DOTM. He has his moments in both, but the second movie portrays him as less of a threat and by the third movie Megatron's a shadow of his former self. This is pointed out in-universe and justified due to the fact he's still severely wounded from the final battle of ROTF, and it's worth noting that he does a real number on Sentinel Prime while still injured just before his death..
Critical Backlash / Critical Dissonance: All three movies, but especially the two sequels. Other than GEEWUNNERS, fans in general received ROTF more warmly than critics, as indicated by audience polls and IMDb rating versus its Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic score. DOTM, meanwhile, received mixed reviews from critics but very positive word-of-mouth from audiences.
DOTM has had critics complaining about an incoherent plot, wooden characters, and RHW being a worse actress than Megan Fox. It's also the 5th highest grossing film OF ALL TIME, just behind mega money makers like the last Harry Potter movie, The Avengers, Avatar, and Titanic.
Ending Fatigue: The second movie is 2 1/2 hours long so, odds are, you'd probably be waiting for the credits right in the middle of the film's climactic battle.
Evil Is Cool: The Decepticons, particularly Megatron (pre-injuries). Lampshaded in DOTM when a character remarks "how come the Decepticons have all the cool shit?"
Fan Dumb: The "true fans" didn't like that the Cybertronians did not perfectly resemble their G1 counterparts, such as: Megatron's face; Megatron not being a gun; Optimus Prime being a different semi-truck, not having a trailer, and having flames; Bumblebee as a Camaro... the list goes on. The fact it is an Alternate Continuity does not deter the fury.
And they also complained about silly things like 99.9% of the robots looking like, to paraphrase what one reviewer said, crap Fred Sanford dug up in his junkyard. Oh, fans!
The worst part: Michael Bay actually had protests outside his office (which he wasn't in at the time) and even death threats from a small number of fans who didn't like the changes.
Those who support the movie are not immune to this, telling those with legitimate complaints (Such as the type of humor, the useless human characters, and some others) that they should just ignore them and enjoy the movie anyway. They also tend to proclaim that everyone who hates the movie just hates it for not being Gen 1, which is not truenote it's not uncommon to see people rip on the movies and to then find out that they're fans of decidedly non-GEEWUN Transformers franchises such as Animated and Prime.
Those who dislike the movies, meanwhile, often exaggerate such things into a systematic persecution of dissenting opinions. And thus the cycle continues.
The second movie had a number of complaints about all the plot holes that viewers found in them... except they didn't exist. There were some plot holes in the film, but not many of the ones that were often complained about. There were complaints about the heroes not using the All-Spark to repair Optimus while the Decepticons used it to repair Megatron... except that Megatron's injuries were no-where near as bad, and the fans seemingly didn't notice they bit where the Decepticons killed one of their own for their parts to help Megatron get repaired. And a lot of people were confused by the Constructicons, as they combine to form Devastator but are fighting other Autobots as individuals at the same time. There are two sets of Constructicons, and some of them just look identical because they copied the same vehicles (behind the scenes, it was just easier because the computers they were using were having trouble keeping up with too mant different robots).
According to many, the plot holes were indeed there. The Fan Dumb aspect here comes from those who refuse to acknowledge that most of ROTF was written during a massive writers' strike, and blame the whole thing on Bay. As of 2012, the strike has been all but forgotten, and Bay (and sometimes Shia LaBeouf) receives 99% of the blame for what's wrong with the movies.
Fans who strongly support the movies tend to vent their spite towards - no, not G1 - Harry Potter. Each of the three Transformers movies has had to compete with a Potter film, with the Potter movie getting better box-office returns (at least outside the US, except in DOTM's case) and much better reviews than the Transformers movie. Needless to say, this results in a fair bit of backlash from people who prefer giant robot battles over characters and plot, who seem to pointlessly accuse criticism and negative hype towards the Transformers movies as being Harry Potter-related.note For example, when ROTF was nominated for numerous Razzies, one person on a message board accused the Razzie organizers of being Potter fans.
Poor poor POOR Rosie. (The girl who played Carly in the 3rd movie)...apparently its all her fault that Megan Fox was fired. Apparently she's a moron for accepting the part in a movie that makes millions and a chance for her name to get out there. HOW DARE SHE! For shame, she should think about what only Megan Fox fanboys want instead of her career. And how dare they fire Megan Fox even though she's been disrespectful, anti-social towards everyone in the cast, or call the director "Hitler"! Steven Speilburg what a sissy-I mean he should totally get over the fact that millions of his people was killed at the hands of Hitler! They're all evil and MORONS! Also apparently Rosie, a very beautiful Victoria's Secret Model is "ugly" and "disgusting"...according to fanboys of Megan Fox and SamxMikaela fangirls.
First Installment Wins: The first film of this series has received far better critical praise than either sequel did, which were respectively panned and got a tepid response.
Subverted in the audience polls and at the box office, where its something like First <= Second <= Third.
HSQ: Aside from the usual robots and explosions, DOTM gives us Sentinel Prime's betrayal. Closely followed by Carly's boss's reveal as The Quisling. Followed by the Autobots getting kicked off Earth. Followed by the Decepticons killing the Autobots in their spacecraft before they even break atmo. And then it really kicks into gear, with the Decepticon invasion of Chicago, followed by a climax that lasts the better part of an hour.
Linkin Park fans only want to hear the song featured in each movie.
Like You Would Really Do It: In DOTM, all of the autobots (including both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee) are apparently killed as their ship takes off. They have no chance to defend themselves, their "deaths" accomplish nothing, and although there was a moment of drama it clearly wasn't played up to the degree you'd expect from the simultaneous deaths of so many important characters. We all knew they'd be back by the end of the film.
Anything Jerry Wang says or does. Also, Dylan telling Laserbeak: "Not the couch! It's Ralph Lauren!" As you might of guessed, Laserbeak is not amused.
Simmon's "ONE MAN. ALONE. BETRAYED BY THE COUNTRY HE LOVES..." is very popular.
Mis-blamed: Shia LaBeouf and Ehren Kruger have gotten a bit of it, but for the most part the quality of the films is attributed just to Michael Bay.
Skids and Mudflap have been seen as racist caricatures of black people. The intent was for them to be parodies of "wiggers", non-black people who act in what they consider a "black" or "gangsta" manner. The difference between the caricature and the idiot is usually the actual ethnicity of the person acting stupidly. Since the two are robots, a lot of people assumed they were intended to be the former.
Even though the fact that they're robotsactually qualifies them as the latter - like actual wiggers, (riggers?) they imitate the rappers they see on TV because they think they're cool or badass. Other material (Word of God and tie-in comic books) indicate that Skids and Mudflap are both Child Soldiers and sustained some sort of processor damage before coming to Earth - the fact that their comic incarnation lack the slang and goofy mannerisms they have in the movie supports the claim that it was improvised by the actors.
Reno Wilson was surprised to find out that he, himself, should be offended by the character he played. As a result, he's now a understandably disappointed that the twins didn't turn out the way he and Tom Kenny had expected.
Moral Event Horizon: In the Dark of the MoonFoundation prequel comics, Shockwave crosses it at least once an issue. He starts issue 2 off by killing Chromia, finishes off issue 3 by killing Jolt, Knock Out, Dune Runner, Longarm, Salvage, and Galloway and then in issue 4 he kills Elita-1, then mocks Optimus about it. He didn't think the last part through.
The Fallen choosing to wipe out a populated star system because he wanted to probably lands him pretty far on the other side of this.
Sentinel Prime has several possible ones. Killing Ironhide is a strong contender for this, but he appears to truly cross the point of no return by setting up a trap to kill all the Autobots, proving any loyalty he had towards Optimus is dead.
Towards the end of DOTM, Gould, after repeatedly claiming his position as The Quisling is just "business" note He inherited the 'Cons as "clients" from his dad, doesn't want to die, and they've made him fantastically rich, and have promised him a position as the administrator of the human slaves on Cybertron., tells the Decepticons that they should just kill the Autobots instead of making them prisoners. He specifically says it's personal now, and has no objections when Soundwave muses "No prisoners. Only trophies."
Nausea Fuel: The little interrogation thingy that Scalpel shoves down Sam's throat.
Nightmare Fuel: DOTM has the invasion of Chicago. For years, some of the more vocal human hating fans have been demanding humans be slaughtered en mass by the Decepticons. They get their wish...and it's horrifying. People running for the lives being reduced to skeletons and whole sections of Chicago reduced to flames. And it's heavily implied that a lot of what the Decepticons were doing was for fun, and had no real significance to securing Chicago.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In the first movie, Bumblebee defeats Barricade, offscreen. We see them fighting and grappling each other, and the next we see of them, Bumblebee is walking away from the fight, towards Sam and Mikaela, whilst deactivating his arm cannon. Barricade himself, is lying heavily damaged, in the same ditch where he was last seen fighting Bumblebee.
In ROTF, during the final desert battle, Ironhide was seen under heavy attack from a group of Decepticons and the next, just barely managing to make it out of the blast-zone of "Operation: Firestorm". Meaning that not only did Ironhide manage to fight off his attackers, he also managed to do it just before he was out of time to get to the safety zone. Badass Grandpa alright. Too bad we didn't get to see it.
Some fans see Mikaela dumping Sam after ROTF, (presumably after realising she has nothing in common with Sam aside from routinely running away from Giant Robots), as one of the only positive things she actually did.
The first movie is already lengthy with three major plots - the race for the Allspark, Sam's coming of age, and soldiers fighting alien robots - which all come together in a climactic battle bursting at the seams with awesome. Then there's the aforementioned "signal decoding" subplot, which starts off totally inconsequential, then fizzles out altogether with shreds of exposition that the viewers already learned forty minutes earlier.
In ROTF, there are a massive number of shots of military personnel barking orders and planes taking off. Then there's the torturously long series of slow-motion escapes from explosions as Sam tries to make it to Optimus. There's also the college scenes. In roughly the first hour, the only relevant bits involving Sam are his Allspark-triggered freakouts, and the only purpose for his new roommate Leo is to bring Agent Simmons back in the story. Somehow this gets bloated into at least a half hour of Sam and family preparing for college life, Sam and Mikaela having relationship issues (which is the whole reason for Alice the Pretender being in the story), and Leo vainly struggling to impress Sam, and none of this matters at all.
Paranoia Fuel: Anything could be a Transformer. That car, that toaster, that cell phone, that policeman in his car, the hot chick who can't keep her hands off you...
Reedman (The combined form of Ravage's nanobots) is a razor-thin 'Con who killed a man by jumping through his torso and bisecting him. Given the right lighting conditions and viewing angle, he's basically invisble.
At the end of the sequel Soundwave is still there, hooked into a military satellite... what if he gets bored?
Not helped at all by his toy bio which states that Soundwave can pretty much destroy civilization if he wanted to, due to all the satellites he's hacked.
The paranoia factor arguably isn't played up nearly as much as it should be in such a scenario, but then, Transformers is an action movie, not a horror film.
Until Laserbeak, who milks this for all the Nightmare Fuel it's worth and uses it to ruthlessly murder his targets in all sorts of horrible, terrifying ways.
However, some people who liked the movie, or heck, people who just hate Megan Fox... think Carly is an improvement, and Megan is The Scrappy. So I guess Carly is a more Base Breaker... just like this entire movie franchise, really.
Wheelie was better received than in the second movie because A) no leg humping and B) he actually helps in the climactic battle. Along with his partner, the even more quirky Brains, they manage to liven up the mood without being too obnoxious.
Galloway was an annoying Obstructive Bureaucrat in the movies, but under John Barber's pen he was an annoying Obstructive Bureaucrat, who actively believed in protecting national security, and sought to protect earth. Eventually he comes around to the Autobots, and even tries helping them (though he's better at handling the numbers and keeping the press off, not helping in the field). It helps that he's developed a more nice even at times Adorkable personality, and it can actually make one sad when he's killed.
The Scrappy: Sam (Shia LeBeouf seems to naturally play Scrappies). In his defense, the fandom usually reacts this way to any human main.
The main reason people cite for Sam being this is that he practically does nothing in the film. He provides the MacGuffin, sets up the groan-inducing humor, and acts the rest of the film like a whiny, cowardly, stupid eight-year-old. Other than continuity, there is actually very little reason why he should be in the film. (She might get a lot of flak, but Megan Fox on her own would probably make a better lead.)
This is toned down in the sequels however, especially DOTM, where he acts more mature, takes responsibility and actually does something (like killing Starscream).
The sequel introduces Skids and Mudflap for basically the same reason. Bay described them as being "goofy and stupid but still heroic." Yeah, they're mostly just stupid. But at least they can fight, if their Colossus Climb is any indication.
Bay has stated that they were removed from Dark of the Moon, and is offering a 25,000$ reward to anyone who can catch even a small glimpse of them in the final cut. (Strange, given that they are visible in a couple of wide group shots.)
Also from the second film: Sam's mom and Wheelie. Combined, these two and the Twins make up two-thirds of the groaner humor and three fourths of the padding in ROTF, though the latter was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap (see above).
And yet, Wheelie was still less annoying than the version in the 1986 animated movie.
Sam's mom was probably a Scrappy since the first movie. Every moment with her in all three films is an excuse to say something humorous that you don't expect a mom to say, and it comes off as painfully unfunny.
And Leo. Some audiences erupted with applause when Agent Simmons tasered him.
It's early to say but it's a good bet that Bruce Brazosnote a John Malkovich character and Jerry Wang will contend the title of DOTM's most hated characters. At least Scrappies do not get too much screen time this round.
Devastator gets this treatment too from quite a few fans, due to his ugly design, his overall disappointment as a villain (he literally does nothing other than free up the Sun Harvester), his absolutely terrible action figure, and (worst of all) the gag involving his wrecking-ball "testicles".
Though it's worth noting that he was intended to have a larger role in the climax, until trying to animate it caused a computer to MELT!
Starscream. Many fans consider him the worst and weakest Starscream due to his embarrassing defeat to Sam. Compare to the other universes, where he tricks Unicron, aka the Transformers equivalent of the devil, to challenging God himself.
Sequelitis: The first film in the series was received fairly well as a fun Summer Blockbuster. Neither of the sequels were. Although in DOTM's case, it's hard to tell how well-received it would have been without the Hype Backlash associated with the franchise since ROTF.
Special Effects Failure: Face it, the final fight between Optimus and The Fallen in ROTF looks unfinished. Though that's the least of the movie's problems.
The first movie's not immune either, with some CG elements not matching up with the live action ones.
In the third film, there are CG heads of Richard Nixon and JFK at the beginning... Let's just say the results are unsatisfactory.
Squick: Imagine an entire room filled with rotting Decepticon fetuses, covered in hideous slimy green goop. Now, imagine seeing that in IMAX format!
Also, Bumblebee's defeat of Ravage.
Let's not forget Sam being pinned down, whilst a small Decepticon enters and exits his head!
For some unknown reason, Ex-Sector 7 agent Simmons seems to prefer wearing a thong.
Strawman Has a Point: The Obstructive Bureaucrat in the second film is angry that the Autobots won't share their weapons' technology. Optimus says that it's because of the human race's capacity for war, forgetting that there is a war going on. The Autobots allow the humans to fight but don't give them Cybertronian weapons, making the humans useless and risking their lives.
In Dark of the Moon, Sentinel Prime rants that on Earth, the transformers are seen as mere machines. While most of the main characters treat the Autobots as equals, the track record with the government in the previous films help Setinel's case. They've dissected Megatron while he was conscious, were about to do the same to Bumblebee, the Autobots were threatened to be deported and later all of Earth's governments do deport them to save their sorry hides from the Decepticons.
Unfortunate Implications: The twins in the second movie can easily be interpreted as such. Whether it was knowing or not is very hotly debated, but at the absolute least a large number of people walked away feeling offended, black or otherwise, at what has been seen as racial caricatures due to facial designs and speech patterns that resemble negative stereotypes. While the official words is that they were intended to mimic "wiggers"note white people acting like stereotypes of black people because they think it's cool.
That all said, the twins process information at a much quicker rate than any other Autobots (similar to the MTV generation in real life).
Jerry Wang. The one Asian character has numerous moments of being way too awkward, annoying and is there to help with gay jokes. Even with him being super parnoid he acts way too over the top. Naturally there is a bit of a Base Breark case with him being an Ensemble Dark Horse.
Villain Decay: Megatron. He gets less and less intimidating with each passing film. By the end, Carly even lampshades to his face what a total joke he's become.
To specify: In the first movie, he was an entity more than willing to exterminate an entire species just to get the All Spark, and was a force that took several autobots and a human to take down, and even then by sheer luck in regards to absorbing the All Spark. In the second movie, he can be beaten by various tanks, and had a hard time trying to kill Optimus Prime, although his genocidal desires were still intact. In the third, apparently even his genocidal tendencies were gone, as when he first appeared within Africa and transformed, he didn't even bother killing any of the animals nearby, and in the aforementioned scene with Carly, he just seems to have a chat with her, and only comes close to killing her when she tells him that he basically became "Sentinel's bitch", and then stayed his hand when he realized that Carly actually has a point there.
Possibly justified in DOTM. Megs still has his grievous injuries from the previous movies, and the Decepticons come close enough to victory so that he pretty much considers it "mission accomplished" as he peacefully watches Cybertron ready to be rebuilt. He spends most of the movie commanding his Mooks from the sidelines rather than going and killing things himself and risking to worsen his condition even further, and also wishes to enslave (not exterminate) the human race, which probably explains why he doesn't kill Carly (he even calls her "slave"). Though the ease with which Optimus kills him is inexcusable.
In the first film, Starscream destroyed three F-22s in a matter of seconds and his entry into the battle seriously worries Ironhide. In the second film, he's beaten easily by Optimus Prime, which isn't surprising, but then In the third film he's killed in close quarter combat by Sam.
Visual Effects of Awesome: Bay knows how to film cars and taught everything he knew to the CGI animators. With only mild exceptions every shot of the robots look like they somehow animated these things live on the set with actual car parts.
One of the computers being used to animate Devastator actually melted. Also, Devastator reportedly got Steven Spielberg to drop a Precision F-Strike when he first saw it.
The Woobie: Toyline-only jet Breakaway, thanks mostly to his robot mode's face (which looks sort of forlorn) and some help from at least one image board's toy board.
Jerkass Woobie: Megatron in DOTM may have been designed to invoke this effect, being portrayed as a dying old man of sorts, with moments where he finally gets to see his dream come true as Cybertron is being prepared to be rebuilt.
What the Hell, Casting Agency?: Hugo Weaving as the voice of Megatron. Drew criticism in general for Celebrity Voice Actor, but then fans found out that Frank Welker (the original Megatron himself) wanted the role and was turned down. Once again, this is the Transformers fandom, so this trope was soon in full force.
Another example does not rest with a casted actor, but a casted location. In Revenge of the Fallen, the Autobots are based out of Diego Garcia. Diego Garcia is a U.S./British Military Base in the British Indian Ocean Territory. It's also the former home for a group of indigenous peoples who were rather underhandedly evicted from their home and have been petitioning both the U.S and Britain to get it back for years. This is lampshaded to hell and back by the TF Wiki. Arguably, this problem could be the reason (both in Real Life and In-Universe) that DOTM has the Autobots' base moved to Washington, D.C.