YMMV / Transformers Victory

  • Ear Worm: Both the opening and closing themes.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Aside from Star Saber, Kakuryu and Hellbat seem to be the most popular characters. The former even received a toy in the United EX line, twenty years later!
  • Hype Backlash: Went through this to a degree. In the early days of the online fandom, when the series wasn't widely available, Victory was widely claimed or assumed (mostly by people who had never properly seen it) to be the darkest and most mature Transformers story, and something of a holy grail that was too good for Western shores. When the series became more widely available, it was found that Victory was just as kiddie as any Transformers cartoon, and in some ways it was one of the more childish ones (the ending theme is about whether Star Saber wet the bed when he was a kid). It still has a strong fanbase, though, which appreciates what it actually was rather than what people assumed it was.
  • Spiritual Successor: The Brave Series takes a lot of cues (and even some mecha designs!) from Transformers Victory.
  • The Scrappy: Several fans dislike Jan as a very annoying kid, in contrast to the previous series' Shuta. While Shuta does contribute by being a Headmaster Jr., Jan is often seen as The Load by others.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: It's generally regarded as the best of the G1 anime series; it's much better-paced than either Headmasters or Masterforce, its animation is some of the best in the franchise, and its plot is a fun romp rather than a slog or a vague mess.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: This is more of the change of Star Saber in the IDW comics continuity. In the anime, he's a noble hero facing against Deathsaurus and his men and a Papa Wolf involving his adopted son Jan. In the IDW comics continuity, he's a religious extremist who crushes enemies in the name of Primus (the writer having used Star Saber as a villain while writing as part of a Transformers fanfiction group). Unlike Ginrai, whose appearance in Western comics also had his personality changed (being Crazy-Prepared and Properly Paranoid, but still heroic), Star Saber's IDW characterization is questioned by fans of the anime and toys as it's felt his character is Ruined Forever.
    • The fact that when Star Saber's Masterpiece toy was released in Australia, his bio was based on the insane IDW version probably didn't help.
    • In his appearance in Transformers Earth Wars, he's back to his heroic self.
  • Values Dissonance: Killbison and a human farmer each give the finger a few times. In Japan, at least at the time, the gesture wasn't considered offensive, but it would be completely inappropriate in a kids' show in America and several other countries.
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