* AccidentalInnuendo: Alpha Q...''hehehe!'' Needless to say, the famously snarky Wiki/TFWikiDotNet had a [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Alpha_Q field day]] with his page.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Kicker nothing more than a self-centered jerk? Or is he just an emotionally troubled young man who became what he is through his father's neglect and mistreatment?
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Kicker is characterized radically differently in the Dreamwave comic, and is much more likeable there.
* BizarroEpisode:
** "Distribution." You'll be guessing until the very end ''who's real and who isn't.'' And what in the name of Primus is going on. [[spoiler: A 'simulation' that's a tournament-style matchup of every 'bot in the series, with robo-catgirl announcers. Some characters who are real walk in and out of things totally unconcerned with who's sitting across the room from them, seeing how they're usually trying to murder each other. Then turn out to not be real, making you wonder what the point of their being in the simulation was at all. Then whoever was just wondering if the guy who just walked out was or wasn't real... turns out to not be real]]. It was just... the most insanely random thing ''Transformers'' has ever done. Bad dubbing takes it from random to incomprehensible ''and'' insanely random.
** In Superlink, this was a 500th Episode special for the entire franchise, was non-canon, and was shown at a special time. In the dub, to make up for cutting an episode, they added it to the actual run of the show. ''Right in the middle of a DarkerAndEdgier arc that was basically all-out war.''
* CompleteMonster: Upon his resurrection after ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'', Megatron discards any redeeming features he once had in his quest for power and domination. Leading his forces in destructive raids for Energon, Megatron plans to use the element to revive Unicron and use him as a weapon. Now a callous ControlFreak, Megatron uses Unicron's power to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy subvert the wills]] of [[BadBoss his followers]], notably enslaving [[AntiVillain Scorponok]] and [[EmptyShell Starscream]] and trying to do the same to Inferno, torturing the Autobot to the brink of insanity.
* CreatorsPet: As usual the humans aren't all that popular but [[SpotlightStealingSquad appear pretty frequently]], but Kicker has earned a special hatred for being a {{Jerkass}}.
-->'''Ironhide''': Kicker... you are awesome!
* DorkAge: Beyond simply being regarded as an inferior sequel to ''Armada'' (by both the show's fans and detractors), it's regarded as the worst TF show period, due to wasted potential, terrible CGI, and very poor dubbing.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Demolishor retained this status from ''Armada'' prior to [[spoiler:his reformatting,]] thanks to his conflicting loyalties between both sides that he gained from living in an era without the war, [[spoiler:and losing that is considered to be one of the worst mistakes the show made]].
** Misha/Mika/Meeka is popular for....[[{{Fanservice}} different reasons.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Optimus' gimmick is having numerous accessories attach to his arms and legs, with one being a drill. [[Series/KamenRiderFourze We would being seeing something similar later on the years]].
** Shockblast's brash, violent personality was seen as completely at odds with Shockwave's [[TheStoic traditional characterization]]... and then we met [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye that one Cyclopean]] ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Autobot]]''. [[spoiler:Doubles as HarsherInHindsight when you learn IDW Shockwave's OriginStory.]]
* HoYay:
** Snowcat and Demolishor, and Megatron and Starscream even more than usual.
-->"''What is my name, Starscream?!"'' "Megatron!" ''"Say it again!"'' "M-meg... a... tron!"
** Did we mention that line was said [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything while Megatron was slowly thrusting his long, hard sword through Starscream's robot soul]]?
** Also, they ''tried'' to cut out Mirage's crush on Galvatron in the dub, but couldn't completely.
-->'''Mirage''': But I've been so loyal! How could Galvatron not know how I feel about him?!
* JerkassWoobie:
** The writers were clearly going for this with Kicker but it just made him even more insufferable.
** Some of the Decepticons become this at the hands of [[BadBoss Megatron]], especially Demolishor, Scorponok, and Six Shot.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Snowcat's yodelling can and will grate on your nerves.
** Also, anytime a character goes, [[LullDestruction "Uh?!"]]
* MemeticMutation: KIIICKERRRR!!!!!!!!
** Ironhide in general is this.
* NamesTheSame: Kicker's real name is Brad Jones. Not to be confused with [[Creator/BradJones the guy who reviews exploitation films]].
* {{Padding}}: Unicron [[spoiler: perishes in "Unicron Perishes," appropriately enough]], but then it un-perishes so we can basically repeat the entire plot for 10 or so episodes. On a smaller level, see AsYouKnow on the main page.
** Much of the show is padded by re-using the StoryArc of trying to prevent Unicron's revival and then knocking him out before his body is destroyed.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Hot Shot and Rad get a lot better in comparison to their Armada counterparts. While not quite as effective, they did at least tone down Kicker for the last few episodes.
* TheScrappy:
** Kicker. He hates Transformers for stupid reasons, [[{{Wangst}} constantly complains]], [[KickTheDog abuses the shit out of poor Ironhide]], is often TheLoad for the Autobots, and is treated like [[CreatorsPet God's gift to]] [[CharacterShilling the universe]]. It doesn't help that he's [[KarmaHoudini only ever called out once to absolutely no effect]].
*** Creator/BradSwaile, who provided the English dub voice for Kicker, has gone on record saying that [[OldShame he felt bad about playing him]] after he gained mainstream success with ''Manga/DeathNote.''
** Ironhide also qualifies, thanks to his rather stupid design, annoying voice, and near-ThisLoserIsYou personality. Ironhide toys were infamous for clogging shelves as the series wore on. That said, he at least had fans for his subplot with Scorponok ''actually going somewhere'', which, for this show, is a lot.
** Snow Cat. Cyclonus was already a BaseBreakingCharacter for his annoying voice and general uselessness... so let's make him even more useless and unrecognizable in appearance, then lobotomize his buddy to kill their dynamic and [[MostAnnoyingSound make him take up yodeling!]]
** His partner, Demolishor, after being brought back, also fell into this, mainly for being InNameOnly to the original Demolishor, fairly annoying and useless in his own right, and the culmination of one of the biggest wasted plots in the series.
* {{Sequelitis}}: Compared to ''Armada'', which started slowly but improved dramatically in the second half, this show started with potential and utterly failed to use it.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Scorponok_blacklines.jpg The outlines on the CG models were never rescaled in any shot]]. Though that's only the least of the CGI's problems.
* TakeThatScrappy: A ''very'' subtle example, but Team Ironhide don't take kindly to Kicker abusing their idol. His RunningGag of kicking him in the shin ends after [[OhCrap receiving a lengthy]] DeathGlare (though Ironhide calls them off before anything else can be made of it).
** One episode had him targeted by the Decepticons for his Energon-sensing ablilites. [[RootingForTheEmpire Some people probably wished they succeeded or kept that plan going.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Starscream is reborn as a confused, and angry spirit/being, up until Megatron gets hold of his mind and makes him loyal. [[YesMan He remains that way]] without his NobleDemon characteristics that made him famous in Armada. And then the pendulum swings the opposite way entirely in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', where he becomes a more [[TheStarscream traditional]], yet VERY competent Starscream.
*** Let's not forget how close he was to the kids last series, especially Alexis. They're still around this time, but do we get to see him interact with them and a possible subplot emerge from this? Nope.
** Demolishor went through a whole arc where he struggled with his allegiance. As Cyclonus and Tidal Wide defect back to their old faction, he tries harder and harder to do the right thing, until, in his penultimate episode, he makes his decision and [[spoiler: saves Megatron's life at the cost of his own. He's resurrected in the following episode and is considerably less conflicted and quite a bit stupid, implying Megatron messed with his mind.]] The arc is never brought up again.
** Team Ironhide's introduction hinted to an amusing vitriolic relationship over Kicker pushing around their idol -- probably the nearest anyone got to calling him out on his treatment of Ironhide. However they never interacted after their first episode and Team Ironhide were killed off shortly afterwards.[[TookALevelInKindness Thankfully, Kicker had the decency to lay off Ironhide afterwards]].
** Rodimus, who led a faction of Cybertronians who said ScrewThisImOuttaHere to the ForeverWar and hasn't been seen in millions of years, returns, and he and Optimus are ''far'' from on the same page. Rodimus' team proceeds to... fall in line with Optimus' within two episodes and never really add much to the proceedings.
** The Maximus combiners. Normally, combiner teams are a BadassCrew that double as an awe-inspiring PersonOfMassDestruction, but the combiners in ''Energon'' get introduced so late that there's no time to characterize them and they have basically no role in the plot. Their components also show no signs of autonomy (to the point that most fans have suggested they're actually nonsentient drones or something), and they're never even shown combining outside of two short scenes, one of which is non-canon, making it come across as an InformedAbility.
** Six Shot's vendetta with Prime and impudent streak in the final arc made him clash hard with Galvatron, and given his total control over Cybertron, he could have been a true cerebral threat to both sides. However Six Shot spends most of his time as a standard cowardly punching bag for Galvatron, and most of his attempts to challenge him for control are [[HowAboutASmile petty taunts]] until his coup in the final episode, upon which Galvatron promptly re-powers and squashes him handily, leaving him a literally UnknownRival for the Autobots. Sixshot never even discovers it was him, not Optimus, that killed his brother Shockblast. Of course it doesn't help that, as with the Maximus combiners, Sixshot was regulated to a {{Padding}} arc for the last handful of episodes.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** There's some of Unicron in ''every'' Transformer. ''That'' should really go on to mean something or be important somehow. But this is ''Energon,'' so it doesn't.
** Wing Dagger loses his best friend to Shockblast and then tries to avenge his fallen comrade, performing a HeroicSacrifice. His quest of vengence is almost never brought up when he is resurrected -- he has one revenge battle and captures him in his first appearance as Wing Saber, but nothing is made of it after Shockblast inevitably escapes.
** Kicker wasn't just a {{Jerkass}} in the beginning: when Kicker developed his energon sensing powers as a child, his father had the bright idea to use Kicker as a living energon detector. For years, he dragged his ''young'', '''pre-teen''' son around space, where he had to deal with a few mining accidents that nearly cost him his life. The Autobots saw no problems with putting him to work like this, and so Kicker grew resentful of both them and his father. Rather than have him grow to trust Team Prime in a [[CharacterDevelopment charactery]]-[[BuffySpeak developy]] way, the whole "there's a reason he's this way" thing was just forgotten early on and he spends the rest of the series being rude for no discernible reason. It takes until mid-season for everyone else to similarly forget that they ''don't like it when he's like this.''
** The Decepticons never powerlink throughout the series (one gag even implies they are unable to). Despite showing this ability in the previous series, a series that revolves prominently around powerlinks refuses to look into it, often making their battles with the Autobots rather one-sided due to this heavy advantage.
*** Heck, for some REALLY good wasted plot there could have been an EnemyMine situation where some decepticons and autobots have to pair together for powerlinx. Also Optimus Prime forsake his previously Powerlinx capable body from the last season for his [[FanNickname Fatimus Prime body]] meaning he can't powerlinx either. And they even had a Powerlinx-capable Optimus toy, so presumably the show version can do it too... he just never does.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Those rare time when traditional hand-drawn animation is used on the Transformers themselves, the quality of the animation can easily be seen on par with most beautiful mecha animes, which really stands out amongst the horrible CGI.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: There was a peculiar casting choice in the first Hungarian dub of the series. Six Shot, the supposed ''young'' brother of Shockblast, [[TheOtherDarrin discounting his debut episode]], was voiced by an actor in his late sixties. He sounded older than ''all'' other characters.
* TheWoobie: Demolisher (constantly abused by Megatron and forced into a conflict he wants no part of), Ironhide (constantly abused by Kicker and has most of his friends die), and Wing Dagger (fails to save his best friend and never gets the justice he seeks).
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