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YMMV: Transformers Armada
  • Acceptable Targets: Fred is the butt of countless fat-jokes, though he does prove to not be entirely useless.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The weird time travel/alternate timeline hopping. Happens with no apparent cause, is never mentioned again.
  • Complete Monster: Unicron. He eats planets without a care, after all.
  • Creator's Pet: Those bloody children.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Starscream (especially among the female fans), despite his not being The Starscream and more the Noble Demon, is widely regarded as the show's most popular character. Unicron's introduction is also considered the turning point of the show.
  • Epileptic Trees: There are a couple characters called Sideways throughout the multiverse, and it's definitely been speculated that they're all the same guy.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Carlos. Though to be fair the "scrappy" status is shared by all humans in the series, as is usual for this franchise.
    Carlos: "Holy frijoles!"
  • Foe Yay: Every scene between Megatron and Optimus makes the war sound like a lover's quarrel as well as their overwhelming obsession with each other. Hotshot and Sideways have their moments as well, along with Starscream and Jetfire.
  • Growing the Beard: Unicron's beard, specifically. The series becomes much better when the trilogy-namer enters.
  • Ho Yay: Tons of this with Hotshot and Red Alert and the dialog between Jetfire and Optimus when they're talking about what they used to do and the whole scene where they are explaining why they can link-up after and during the battle with (mainly) Starscream is rife with suggestion, especially when Optimus says its been awhile since they had done it.
    • Demolisher practically melts when Megatron takes a hit for him and says when Demolisher expresses concern and I quote Megatron "It doesn't matter as long as you're alright". It was an act on Megs' side but Demolisher is viewed as being one hundred and ten percent gay for Megatron.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Megatron as ever.
  • Memetic Mutation: Rad wants to tell you about the Transformers. And the jAaM meme.
  • Special Effects Failure/Off Model: The show is infamous (though not to the degree of Transformers Generation 1) for its ve-he-hery ropey animation quality, especially during its first half. Characters are often miscolored, badly proportioned, and for several scenes in the episode "Decisive Battle"note , Starscream is literally just a floating black dot with wings! Robot animation in the first few episodes often amounted to unmoving drawings sliding across the scene. At times, you can barely tell what's going on because the animation is just nuts.
    • The very liberal use of Photoshop outside of the digital coloring process. It's easy to tell that those eyecatches of Optimus and Megatron had the metallic effect used on them, and it looks awful.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Largely averted. So much so that before War for Cybertron, it was considered by many to be the best Transformers game ever. Its only issues are its difficulty (not because of Fake Difficulty, it's just a hard game) and small roster (only Optimus, Hot Shot and Red Alert are playable).
  • The Scrappy: The three children due to being a trio of creator's pets. Alexis is somewhat less hated due to her role in Starscream's character arc but the others are largely despised.
  • Vindicated by History: Hot Shot used to be disliked for being the Kid-Appeal Character. However after Bumblebee became a Creator's Pet, fans began to appreciate and like him for not being Bumblebee and actually having a halfway decent character arc.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Optimus only stays dead for three episodes. So much more could have been done with his absence.
  • The Woobie: Starscream.

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