YMMV / Transformers Headmasters

  • Badass Decay: Everybody, including citybots and massive combiners (eg: Predaking) are suddenly almost impotent, and only the exalted Headmasters can save the day.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Autobot karaoke scene mentioned below.
  • Crazy Awesome: Sixshot is a ninja who has six different transformations ( and later turns out to actually have seven) and is the unstoppable badass of the Decepticons. He fights giant rock monsters singlehandedly and can make holographic copies of himself amongst other insane abilities. He solves the problem of being blocked by Pounce and Wingspan by karate-chopping their heads off.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The eponymous opening theme; also, Destron Sanka (The Decepticon Anthem) which first plays during the introduction of the Two-in-Ones; it helps that Hironobu Kageyama sings both these songs....
  • Fridge Horror: Remember how Mars has a human base in the original cartoon? In the anime, it got blown to pieces.
  • Fountain of Memes: The So Bad, It's Good English dub.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: It's common to joke about the fact that, despite losing his friends constantly, Chromedome always seems to forget about them. In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Chromedome is revealed to have had multiple partners in his life... and deleted his memories of them when they die so he dosen't have to suffer. He is also forced at one point to Mercy Kill his friend Jack, something he does to his lover Rewind in MTMTE.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At least for US viewers. "Head On! Apply directly to the forehead!"
    • In one episode Hardhead and Brainstorm joke around with Chromedome about how him and Pointblank seem to be friends now by making it out as if the two are a couple. Cut to The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, where Chromedome got a lot of attention for having the first official gay relationship in Transformers fiction.
      • Even funnier, the only interaction that Chromedome has with Rewind (who is his lover in MTMTE) in this series is a scene where Chromedome insults Rewind as a coward for not wanting to fight. In MTMTE we learn that fighting is the exact opposite of what Chromedome wants Rewind to do and the two get into a bad fight when Rewind actually does take part in battles.
    • One of the name changes in the "Blind Idiot" Translation was changing Blurr's name to Wally of all things. A robot named Wally, how ridiculous!
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: As one article suggested, for all its faults, the Omni dub didn't change that much; Headmasters was always a pretty dumb show. When it was released with a better dub and better subs on DVD, the general fandom reaction was a resounding "eh."
  • Memetic Mutation: "Darn that Soundwave. EYUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAGH" This has become so popular amongst Transfans that when a common joke among Transfans is to yell "Darn that x, EYUUUUAAAGGH" whenever any character dies.
    • "Billy, are you okay?" "Not really... find the Power Pack!" (For context, "Billy" is Blaster and the "Power Pack" is the Matrix. These are his last words before he dies and is rebuilt as Twincast.)
    • "Galvatron has reused some of Soundwave's parts, along with some other new parts, and has reconstructed another Soundwave, and renamed him NEW Soundwave!"
    • "What's wrong with with the Headmasters? Couldn't they fight without Chromedome? Fortress Maximus has come himeself. Okay, then I shall get Fortress Maximus to fight me!!"
  • Most Annoying Sound: The fight music consists mainly of a few repetitive beats that, by the twentieth time you hear it, will make your ears burn.
  • Narm: In one episode an animation foul up results in the image of noted pacifist First Aid roundhouse kicking Tracks in the face (it should be noted that Tracks is a fellow Autobot). The Tfwiki had a field day with it:
    • The infamous first English dub is almost nothing but narm.
    "You're such a coward Wally!"
    • Grand Galvatron was one of the dumbest things in the series already. Then the English dub heard about the movie, and promptly named it "Unicorn." That's not a typo.
    • Wingwolf. It's a fanmode, created by the screenwriters and made canonical. There's a reason why it wasn't official before.
  • Never Live It Down: No matter how good the original series was, it will never escape the image of the Narm-tastic english dub.
  • Pacing Problems: The shows biggest problem. Despite having a clear end goal, the story meanders as not much is achieved in many scenes. Entire episodes do nothing to advance or introduce the chracters and it comes off as extremly dull much of the time. Even the fight scenes are often slow and badly paced. On the flip side, the two part ending has the final battle start halfway through the second episode, making it seem extremly rushed.
  • The Scrappy: Wheelie, although he doesn't talk in rhyme here and his voice is arguably less annoying, he can still be irritating and his prominence throughout the series doesn't help.
  • So Bad, It's Good: On the other hand, if you're looking for some hilarious meme-inspiration, there certainly are worse things to watch of an evening...