* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Ultra Magnus giving Prowl the Data Slug and telling him not to destroy it. Magnus's face is obscured by shadows when he says he trusts him. Did he trust Prowl to do the right thing? Did he give it to Prowl to absolve himself of the moral dilemma of the drive, having prior knowledge of its lurid contents? Or did he give it to Prowl knowing full well that the secrets of the Autobots would be better left undiscovered, and Prowl was the best man for the job?
** For that matter, Prowl. WellIntentionedExtremist, KnightTemplar, AntiVillain? Prowl's actions on Pova also render some scrutiny. He tells Impactor that he wouldn't send a transport to arrest the captured Squadron X because the planet is neutral and they have no power there. Was Prowl really being an ObstructiveBureaucrat and willing to let the killers go for the sake of the law? Or, being the MagnificentBastard he is, was refusing to take the cons in just him subtly goading Impactor on to execute them as doing so would remove one of the Autobot's greatest threats, and any legal problems would just be chocked up to a rogue agent that they could just lock away. Both actions are in character, Prowl is a control freak who would let the cons go for the sake of the rules, but he's also willing to bend said rules and push mavericks like Impactor into doing his dirty work.
** The purpose of the Wrecker's declassified series both in and out of universe. To the Autobots it's a glorious tale of heroism all dedicated to the best of the best in their ongoing dangerous quest in the war against the Decepticons. To the Wreckers themselves it's glamorized stories, embezzling details, and making things seem more dynamic than they are, but at the same time it's endearing and does serve to chronicle their many adventures. The least charitable implication is that it's all just {{propaganda|Piece}} meant to boost morale and glorify a highly defective, hyper violent, cracked team of killers that the Autobots just need to point at their enemies to make their problems go away.
* BreakoutCharacter: Ironfist. Since the series started, he's gotten himself two new figures (though they're both exclusives), incarnations in the ''TransformersAnimated'' and ''TransformersPrime'' universes, his counterpart in ''Wings of Honor'' turned out to be NotQuiteDead, and he even got himself a cameo in ''[[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Shadowplay]],'' years after his last appearance in ''Wreckers''. James Roberts admits in an interview that he somewhat regrets [[spoiler:killing Ironfist]]... which, when you consider [[AnyoneCanDie Roberts's reputation]], is quite a compliment.
** Prowl as well.
* BreakthroughHit: Nick Roche had already worked for IDW, and this was James Roberts' first work. Both instantly became fan favorites and are pretty much the equivalent of A-Listers in the fandom now.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Overlord]] (who later returns in ''[[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye More Than Meets the Eye]]'') is one of the most powerful Decepticons, but unlike the others, he just wants to kill anything and everything he can, in as many sick and twisted ways as possible. He horrifies all Cybertronians, Autobot and Decepticon alike, and Megatron was so wary of him that he had Shockwave alter his brain so that Overlord could never beat him. When he took over Garrus 9, he essentially turned it into a cross between a concentration camp and a gladiatorial arena, with torture, murder, and prisoners being forced to fight to the death for his own sick amusement.
* DesignatedVillain: It's revealed through the comic and various [[AllThereInTheManual side-materials]] that, [[spoiler: Squadron X was this in-universe. They weren't engaged in any sort of violence at the time the Wreckers battled them on Pova (they were just performing some refueling and munitions transportation), the Wreckers started the fights and rivalry with them, most of the team were [[NobleDemon noble demons]] (Ferak was planning to retire and Earthquake was going to be either kicked out or executed due to suspicions that he was about to pull a HeelFaceTurn), poor Fang was only a jerk because Impactor ''maimed his voicebox and left him unable to speak'', Triton was forced to join against his will, and Crosscut was only considered a threat because people kept mistaking him for someone else who actually ''was'' evil. In fact, if the backstory provided in "Zero Point" is anything to go by, ''the Wreckers'' are bigger monsters than Squadron X ever was.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Considering he was mostly a stuffed shirt up until this point, Prowl's characterization as a ManipulativeBastard proved quite popular.
** Overlord. Think ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron, but more {{Badass}}.
* EvilIsSexy: Overlord, with his handsome (for a giant robot) looks and charismatic, almost theatrical mannerisms. Doesn't make him any less scary or creepy, however.
* FashionVictimVillain: Subverted, characters up to and including the infamous [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skyquake_%28G1%29 Skyquake]] have sane colors. That said, the Predators are still a little garish - Snare's bio notes that this is for camouflage on the strange worlds they've been stationed on in the past.
* FridgeHorror: As pointed out by James Roberts, in the epilogue Prowl never bothers asking about the fates of the Autobot prisoners who were the alleged reason the Wreckers were sent to G9 in the first place. In other words, either he didn't care or he was ''hoping'' the prisoners would be dead.
* HilariousinHindsight: Rotorstorm's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ruination_%28Generations%29 "Wreckers, combine!"]] joke is a lot funnier given that an ''actual'' Wreckers combiner team (being redecos of the ''Fall of Cybertron'' Combaticons) was released in 2013... though it sadly doesn't include Rotorstorm.
* HoYay: In "Bullets," it's fairly easy to read First Aid's encounter with Springer [[EatingTheEyeCandy as this]].
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: The series was using secondary characters to create a sense of AnyoneCanDie, but few fans believed the big names: Springer, Kup, or Perceptor would bite it (not helped by the final few issue solicitations featuring or mentioning them). While Roche and Roberts did intend to kill off at least one, they were ultimately unable to do so playing this trope straight.
* MemeticMutation: "Wreckers, combine!"
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Impactor's deeds at Pova, [[BrokenPedestal to]] [[HeroWorshipper Ironfist]]. These included executing Squadron X, while they were chained and on their knees. It's left up to the reader to decide whether Impactor was justified or not. He becomes much less justified after the backstory for Squadron X was revealed later on (see DesignatedVillain above).]]
** This series could be considered one big horizon crossing moment for Overlord... though if supplementary materials and character reactions are to be believed, he's done ''even worse things than this before.''
** Stalker [[spoiler: torturing Impactor, Springer, and Twin Twist which ends up resulting in the Jumpstarters' deaths.]]
** [[spoiler: Skyfall]] actually crossed it before the story even began, but you won't realize until the end.
* OCStandIn: Overlord was originally this between ''Megatron: Origins'' and ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''.
* OneSceneWonder: Kick-Off, Skyquake, and Squadron X.
** Brainstorm's brief scene in "Bullets" had fans clamoring for more. [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye They got their wish.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Verity Carlo, often considered the most annoying human from Furman's IDW Transformers comics, is actually a pretty likable and funny character.
** To many fans, Perceptor. ''[[ComicBook/TransformersAllHailMegatron All Hail Megatron]]'' changed him from a nifty science guy to a ColdSniper. LSOTW consolidates this by bringing back his intellect, and keeping the badass, resulting in a true BadassBookworm.
* TooCoolToLive: Pretty much everyone who dies.
* TheWoobie: Ironfist gets more Woobie-licious with every issue. It doesn't help that he's the NaiveNewcomer.