YMMV: Transformers Cybertron

  • Complete Monster: Galvatron becomes one by the end.
  • Growing the Beard: After Energon, this was viewed as not just a step in the right direction, but a sprint.
  • HSQ: Especially for those following Transformers since G1.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Megatron/Galvatron. AND Starscream.
    • Sideways tries.
  • One-Scene Wonder: While he technically had a few scenes, Signal Lancer made the most of his final appearance, getting his own transformation sequence.
    "For too long, i've let life pass me by! Now I wanna take part in the grand drama! My legacy will be writ large among the stars!"
  • The Scrappy: Unlike most human companions, this was averted for this show, partly because the kids actually had more interesting personalities, but mostly because they weren't Kicker.
  • Second Verse Curse: Cybertron Broke The Curse.
    • To elaborate: After Generation 1, most iterations of the Theme Song left out the "Autobots wage their battles to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons" bit. Cybertron's version brought it back.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Since it came after Transformers Energon, it'd be an improvement anyway. Even so, it's still pretty good.
  • Toy Ship: Coby and Lori. Subverted, in that they are Happily Married in the epilogue.
  • Troperiffic: Plenty of tropes Played Straight, Lampshaded, and Subverted.
  • Woolseyism: The dreaded "uh" and "gimme a break!" of Energon is gone, replaced with what constitutes playful romantic banter when both speakers are in their early teens. Homages and an all-new cast turned into known characters a la Transformers: Robots in Disguise, as well.
    • But mainly, there's the phenomenon that the Transformers Wiki calls "Burning Justice". Galaxy Force was the most "Anime" of the Japan-original Transformers series by far, and the reality-bending powers of wanting something really really hard could make virtually anything happen, with no one treating it as unusual. For Cybertron, this is excised by tying the effects to artifacts that could actually do the things that happened for no reason at all when someone yelled or grunted in the original. It was done so perfectly seamlessly you'd be shocked if you knew the full extent.