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** This is a case of TropesAreTools though, as Scorponok's hammy, Bond-Villain homage is hugely entertaining and provides a great foil to the coldly logical and efficient Shockwave.

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** This is a case of TropesAreTools Administrivia/TropesAreTools though, as Scorponok's hammy, Bond-Villain homage is hugely entertaining and provides a great foil to the coldly logical and efficient Shockwave.


* TenMinuteRetirement: Swoop get's pissed at Grimlock and abandons him with the other Dinobots after he revealed that his inability to let a defeat go was what got them into this situation. They then come back, in the same issue, to help him in the battle, having gotten over their bitter feelings. Also, there was probably no way off the planet.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Swoop get's gets pissed at Grimlock and abandons him with the other Dinobots after he revealed that his inability to let a defeat go was what got them into this situation. They then come back, in the same issue, to help him in the battle, having gotten over their bitter feelings. Also, there was probably no way off the planet.



* BondVillainStupidity: Hi Scorponok.
** Instead of killing Hot Rod when he has the chance, he lets him live so Hot Rod can see his masterplan unfold. Guess who tells Swoop Scorponok's weak point and allows the Dinos to defeat him later?

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* BondVillainStupidity: Hi Hi, Scorponok.
** Instead of killing Hot Rod when he has the chance, he lets him live so Hot Rod can see his masterplan master plan unfold. Guess who tells Swoop Scorponok's weak point and allows the Dinos to defeat him later?



** This is a case of TropesAreNotBad though, as Scorponok's hammy, Bond-Villain homage is hugely entertaining and provides a great foil to coldly logical and efficient Shockwave.

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** This is a case of TropesAreNotBad TropesAreTools though, as Scorponok's hammy, Bond-Villain homage is hugely entertaining and provides a great foil to the coldly logical and efficient Shockwave.



* CallBack: Grimlock uses Sludge like a club, apaprently remembering Shockwave's usage of it back in Spotlight: Shockwave.

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* CallBack: Grimlock uses Sludge like a club, apaprently apparently remembering Shockwave's usage of it back in Spotlight: Shockwave.



** Justified. since Transformers being practicall imposible to kill is an in-series fact and a plot point in IDW's Transformers serieses.

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** Justified. Justified since Transformers being practicall imposible practically impossible to kill is an in-series fact and a plot point in IDW's Transformers serieses.



* EvilVsEvil: Shockwave and Scorponok fight each other at the end to see who gets to kill The Dinobots.

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* EvilVsEvil: Shockwave and Scorponok fight each other at the end to see who gets to kill The the Dinobots.



* GoodIsNotNice: Hunter and Hot Rod are the only protagonists who aren't jerkasses. The Dinobots are ruthless, bloodthirsty and war-loving {{Blood Knight}}s, the Monsterbots are mercenary and threaten to kill Grimlock if he doesn't pay them.
** In a flashback sequences Slag is seen shooting Decepticons who have already surrendered and later plays football with their heads. He even jokes about it later.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Hunter and Hot Rod are the only protagonists who aren't jerkasses. The Dinobots are ruthless, bloodthirsty and war-loving {{Blood Knight}}s, the Monsterbots are mercenary mercenaries and threaten to kill Grimlock if he doesn't pay them.
** In a flashback sequences sequence, Slag is seen shooting Decepticons who have already surrendered and later plays football with their heads. He even jokes about it later.



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Grimlock bisects one headmasters with his CoolSword.

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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Grimlock bisects one headmasters headmaster with his CoolSword.



** Or not, given it is actually all a charade to buy time for Soundwave to get rid of the detonation code and to convince Skywatch he really wants to defeat and capture Grimlock. As soon as the detonation code is destroyed, Shockwave immediately drops the battle and just ups and leaves.

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** Or not, given it is actually all a charade to buy time for Soundwave to get rid of the detonation code and to convince Skywatch he really wants to defeat and capture Grimlock. As soon as the detonation code is destroyed, Shockwave immediately drops the battle and just ups up and leaves.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: Scorponok delivers one to Hot Rod offscreen. Hot Rod is really banged up when we next see him, Scorponok knocks a piece of his cheek off and smashes his leg to stop Hot Rod from leaving.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: Scorponok delivers one to Hot Rod offscreen. Hot Rod is really banged up when we next see him, then Scorponok knocks a piece of his cheek off and smashes his leg to stop Hot Rod from leaving.



** As soon as Soundwave removes the ExplosiveLeash from Shockwave, Shockwave stops his fight, after getting the better of Grimlock, to tell him that he doesn't care about his revenge, it's all just theatrics for his "masters." He then leaves Grimlock, wanting to get on with his life. Grimlock disagrees, and detonates a grenade with them in a weapons factory.

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** As soon as Soundwave removes the ExplosiveLeash from Shockwave, Shockwave stops his fight, after getting the better of Grimlock, to tell him that he doesn't care about his revenge, revenge and it's all just theatrics for his "masters." He then leaves Grimlock, wanting to get on with his life. Grimlock disagrees, and detonates a grenade with them in a weapons factory.



* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Shockwave's and Scorponok's bout initially comes off as this as they both brawl to see who gets rights to take revenge on Grimlock for generally screwing them over. However, while Scorponok genuinely seeks vengeance Shockwave simply wants to buy time till Sooundwave gets rid of the detonation codes.

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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Shockwave's and Scorponok's bout initially comes off as this as they both brawl to see who gets rights to take revenge on Grimlock for generally screwing them over. However, while Scorponok genuinely seeks vengeance vengeance, Shockwave simply wants to buy time till Sooundwave gets rid of the detonation codes.



** Hot Rod temporarily bursts into flames to destroy some Sunstreaker clones, he his left severely drained after employing the tactic though.

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** Hot Rod temporarily bursts into flames to destroy some Sunstreaker clones, he his but is left severely drained after employing the tactic though.



** The scene where the Dinobots are tested out is a homage to Jurassic Park, as is the title font.

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** The scene where the Dinobots are tested out is a homage to Jurassic Park, ''Film/JurassicPark'', as is the title font.



* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Invoked, unlike Optimus Prime, who's team took care not to kill or seriously injure any of the humans piloting the Sunstreaker clones, The Dinobots and Monsterbots do ''not'' care about them, and slaughter them by the dozens, and when it all comes down to it, they have no problem doing the same thing to their leader, though Ultra Magnus stops them.

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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Invoked, unlike Invoked. Unlike Optimus Prime, who's whose team took care not to kill or seriously injure any of the humans piloting the Sunstreaker clones, The Dinobots and Monsterbots do ''not'' care about them, them and slaughter them by the dozens, and when it all comes down to it, they have no problem doing the same thing to their leader, though Ultra Magnus stops them.


A series by Simon Furman with art by Nick Roche and James Raiz. After the IDW-verse got a reboot in the form of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'', Mr. Furman had to tie up some remaining Plot points from [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries his run]], especially after having to cram so much into Revelation.

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A series by Simon Furman Creator/SimonFurman with art by Nick Roche and James Raiz. After the IDW-verse got a reboot in the form of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'', Mr. Furman had to tie up some remaining Plot points from [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries his run]], especially after having to cram so much into Revelation.

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* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Scorponok starts telling a captive Hot Rod about his EvilPlan. Hot Rod takes the opportunity to try and trick him into revealing more information. Scorponok figures out what Hot Rod is trying to do [[GenreBlind then goes ahead and tells Hot Rod anyway]].


* {{Badass}}:
** Grimlock, being Simon Furman's Author'sPet is this naturally, taking on and slaughtering hordes of Sunstreaker clones and taking on Shockwave.
** The villains are pretty badass too, with Scorponok mortally wounding both Sunstreaker and Sludge in one shot and Shockwave taking Scorpy himself down.
** Hot Rod, Sunstreaker and the other Dinos all get their fair share of awesome moments too.


** ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', James Roberts's[[note]]Roche's friend and later partner when working on ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''[[/note]] ''Transformers'' novel appears on a bookshelf.

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** ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', James Roberts's[[note]]Roche's friend and later partner when working on ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''[[/note]] ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''[[/note]] ''Transformers'' novel appears on a bookshelf.



** Abraham Dante and all the Machination Agents go missing after this series. ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers was to have Dante's consciousness taken out of Scorponok's mind, and Scorponok using Fortress Maximus's head, but this was not to be.

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** Abraham Dante and all the Machination Agents go missing after this series. ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' was to have Dante's consciousness taken out of Scorponok's mind, and Scorponok using Fortress Maximus's head, but this was not to be.


* ArtEvolution: It is at this point Josh Burcham starts using the cel-shading coloring style that is now his signature style of coloring Transformers comics, notably featuring in ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' and ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.

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* ArtEvolution: It is at this point Josh Burcham starts using the cel-shading coloring style that is now his signature style of coloring Transformers comics, notably featuring in ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' and ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.

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A series by Simon Furman with art by Nick Roche and James Raiz. After the IDW-verse got a reboot in the form of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'', Mr. Furman had to tie up some remaining Plot points from [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries his run]], especially after having to cram so much into Revelation.

Cue this series which finishes those plots. Scorponok had landed on earth sometime ago and set up a human company called the Machination empire, which he used to further the technology of the planet, and make himself stronger. He captured Hunter O'nion and Sunstreaker and forcibly turned them into the first headmaster, cloning the later. He places Sunstreaker's consciousness in Hunter, and installs robotic organs and armor into him, allowing him to transform into a head. This hybrid of man and machine grabs a clone body and escapes. Meanwhile, Soundwave was trapped in Vehicle mode by Bludgeon's acolytes in his spotlight, and Shockwave was trapped on earth during his spotlight. Shockwave, Laserbeak and Ravage are all captured by Skywatch, a government organization devoted to finding and stopping transformers. Laserbeak and Ravage escape to find Soundwave, who was sold at a pawnshop in tape mode. Finally, the titular Dinobots, trapped on earth in stasis by Grimlock's actions, Grimlock escaped in his spotlight to cause trouble and is hunted by Scorponok, while Scorponok schemes to have the other D'''y'''nobots hunt him down. These events lead up to this series.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Swoop get's pissed at Grimlock and abandons him with the other Dinobots after he revealed that his inability to let a defeat go was what got them into this situation. They then come back, in the same issue, to help him in the battle, having gotten over their bitter feelings. Also, there was probably no way off the planet.
* ActionPrologue: The opening scene of the mini is that of the Dinobots wrecking a Decepticon outpost.
* AntiVillain: Slag, most notably. Grimlock counts as well.
* ArcWelding: Of many of Mr. Furman's dangling plot threads.
* ArtEvolution: It is at this point Josh Burcham starts using the cel-shading coloring style that is now his signature style of coloring Transformers comics, notably featuring in ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' and ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* AscendedExtra: Most notably the Monsterbots.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Grimlock is the leader and by far the strongest of the Dinobots, taking on all its other members at once, and later goes toe to toe with Shockwave while the other Dinbots struggle together against Scorponok who is in a similar league.
* AttackAttackAttack: How the Dinobots tend to tackle a problem.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Shockwave defeats Scorponok through calculating his exact strengths and weaknesses and defeating him by capitalising on the fear of his human half.
* {{Badass}}:
** Grimlock, being Simon Furman's Author'sPet is this naturally, taking on and slaughtering hordes of Sunstreaker clones and taking on Shockwave.
** The villains are pretty badass too, with Scorponok mortally wounding both Sunstreaker and Sludge in one shot and Shockwave taking Scorpy himself down.
** Hot Rod, Sunstreaker and the other Dinos all get their fair share of awesome moments too.
* TheBadGuyWins: Soundwave achieves all his goals and later gets his payback against Earth.
* BecomeYourWeapon: Shockwave, of course.
* {{BFG}}: Again, Shockwave. An understatement in this case.
* {{BFS}}: Slag and Grimlock both wield huge glowy energy swords. It looks particularly big in the hands of a medium-sized Autobot like Hot Rod, to whom Slag passes his to briefly.
* BigBadEnsemble: Scorpnok is the Biggest Bad, controlling the Machination and being responsible for most of the actions. Skywatch are the {{Hero Antagonist}}s, trying to stop everything for the sake of the planet, and thus oppose the heroes. Shockwave breaks free of their control and goes after Grimlock.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Monsterbots have this, although to what extent they qualify as heroes is arguable.
* BloodierAndGorier: With Roche around and his abundant renders of mech-fluid and battle damage this was inevitable.
* BondVillainStupidity: Hi Scorponok.
** Instead of killing Hot Rod when he has the chance, he lets him live so Hot Rod can see his masterplan unfold. Guess who tells Swoop Scorponok's weak point and allows the Dinos to defeat him later?
** The Machination is competent enough to place mind-control devices on all the Dinobots. Scorponok is incompetent enough to get rid of the mind-control just so he can see how the Dinobots react to seeing their old boss again. Naturally, they eventually choose to follow him, although grudgingly.
** This is a case of TropesAreNotBad though, as Scorponok's hammy, Bond-Villain homage is hugely entertaining and provides a great foil to coldly logical and efficient Shockwave.
* BrokenPedestal: Grimlock. The Dinobots lose all respect for him initially when they learn he was willing to sacrifice them for his revenge 4 million years ago.
* CallBack: Grimlock uses Sludge like a club, apaprently remembering Shockwave's usage of it back in Spotlight: Shockwave.
* CapturedSuperEntity: Skywatch has uncovered Shockwave, Ravage, Laserbeak, and the Dinobots (sans Grimlock) from Mount St. Helens. By the end of the series, they are all free from the organization's control.
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: Scorponok, from a TragicVillain who showed HiddenDepths, is now a LargeHam with no apparent depths to be seen.
* TheCavalry: The Monsterbots.
* CombatPragmatist: The Dinobots and the Monsterbots, who couldn't care less about the Autobot's more moral principles as long as they get the job done.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious. Hunter when he tries to justify his decision to kill Sunstreaker, and Grimlock going on a very talky few pages to Sludge's dying form.
* CoolSword: The Dinobots, especially Slag and Grimlock have awesome energy swords.
* CreatorThumbprint: Furmanisms and Furman's sometimes awkwards attempts to avoid them.
* CurbStompBattle: Scorponok delivers an offscreen one to Hot Rod.
** The Dinobots kill lots of Decepticons in the prologue with no apparent injuries on their side.
* DeathIsCheap: Think Sludge is dead? Nah. Sunstreaker after Hunter disconnected his Spark? Think again.
** Justified. since Transformers being practicall imposible to kill is an in-series fact and a plot point in IDW's Transformers serieses.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The Machination is willing to work with Autobots, Decepticons and humans alike.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: No explanation required here.
* EvilGloating: Scorponok really wants to engage in some of this with his captive Hot Rod, but the Autobot just isn't very interested in what he has to say. Even death threats fail to make him more respectful or attentive.
* EvilVsEvil: Shockwave and Scorponok fight each other at the end to see who gets to kill The Dinobots.
* ExplosiveLeash: Skywatch puts a bomb into Shockwave's head to make sure he doesn't turn on them.
* FiveManBand: Grimlock as TheLeader, Slag/Swoop as TheLancer, Sludge/Snarl as TheBigGuy, Swoop as TheSmartGuy and Hot Rod as TheChick.
* ForTheLulz: Aside from money, this is why the Monsterbots do what they do.
* GondorCallsForAid: Grimlock and The Dinobots hire the Monsterbots for help despite despising them.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Orange/Yellow/Red for the protagonists (The 5 Dinobots, Sunstreaker, Hot Rod), Purple for the antagonists (Shockwave and Scorponok).
* GoodIsNotNice: Hunter and Hot Rod are the only protagonists who aren't jerkasses. The Dinobots are ruthless, bloodthirsty and war-loving {{Blood Knight}}s, the Monsterbots are mercenary and threaten to kill Grimlock if he doesn't pay them.
** In a flashback sequences Slag is seen shooting Decepticons who have already surrendered and later plays football with their heads. He even jokes about it later.
** Grimlock is willing to sacrifice his entire team to ensure he gets back at Shockwave. He is pretty much obsessed with vengeance and this is the crux of his character arc in the story.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Megatron's looming over the horizon, his exploits explored in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron''.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Grimlock uses Sludge as a club to take down Swoop and Snarl.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Grimlock bisects one headmasters with his CoolSword.
* HappyFlashback: Grimlock reminisces one of the Dinobots having the time of their lives murdering scared and outmatched Decepticons.
* HopeSpot: The Machination clones have been defeated, and it seems the battle is over for the Dinobots. The Scorponok arrives, mortally wounds Sludge and Shockwave too, both seeking Grimlock's head.
* HowWeGotHere: This story is basically one big setup and explanation for plot holes for ''All Hail Megatron''.
* ItsPersonal: Shockwave is really angry at Grimlock for trapping him on earth for millions of years and wasting his time. He claims he wants revenge.
** Or not, given it is actually all a charade to buy time for Soundwave to get rid of the detonation code and to convince Skywatch he really wants to defeat and capture Grimlock. As soon as the detonation code is destroyed, Shockwave immediately drops the battle and just ups and leaves.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Scorponok naturally. The Dinobots too, even to each other.
--->'''Slag:''' See, it's easier to keepin' tags on people we ''haven't'' ticked off.
** Sunstreaker is his usual jerkass and insensitive self.
** Repugnus is determined to out-do everyone else.
* KillItWithFire: Grotosque loves doing this, while making bad puns to boot.
* LargeHam: Scorponok has essentially turned into this by this point, abandoning all pretenses of TragicVillain he still had in Spotlight: Ultra Magnus.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the -ations and All Hail Megatron.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: The Dinobots only chose their dinosaur alt-modes to avoid suffering energon overload, and don't have the means to ditch them. Grimlock tried, but he's only managed to make a few 'cosmetic' alterations.
* LosingYourHead: Sunstreaker/Hunter's plot revolves around taking his original head back from Machination.
* LudicrousPrecision: Shockwave as ever.
* MuggingTheMonster: Skywatch threatens Shockwave by stuffing him with explosives. An unusual case as Skywatch should by this point know what they are in for, but are still too arrogant to learn from their mistakes.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: Scorponok delivers one to Hot Rod offscreen. Hot Rod is really banged up when we next see him, Scorponok knocks a piece of his cheek off and smashes his leg to stop Hot Rod from leaving.
* NominalHero: The Monsterbots barely count as this.
* NothingPersonal:
** As soon as Soundwave removes the ExplosiveLeash from Shockwave, Shockwave stops his fight, after getting the better of Grimlock, to tell him that he doesn't care about his revenge, it's all just theatrics for his "masters." He then leaves Grimlock, wanting to get on with his life. Grimlock disagrees, and detonates a grenade with them in a weapons factory.
** When he fights with Scorponok to see who will kill the Dinobots, Shockwave wins, but instead of finishing Scorponok, he tells him to uses his exit strategy and get out of there, Scorponok agrees.
* OffModel:
** Shockwave get's his gun bent in the fight, but it shows up fine later. One scene showed him with two hands and no gun arm.
** Sludge's ever-changing face due to two different artists.
* OhCrap:
** The Headmasters get one when they realise Grimlock is far more powerful than Scorponok led them to believe.
** Snarl gives one when the Dinobots are surrounded by hundreds of Headmasters.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Shockwave's and Scorponok's bout initially comes off as this as they both brawl to see who gets rights to take revenge on Grimlock for generally screwing them over. However, while Scorponok genuinely seeks vengeance Shockwave simply wants to buy time till Sooundwave gets rid of the detonation codes.
* PlayingWithFire:
** Hot Rod temporarily bursts into flames to destroy some Sunstreaker clones, he his left severely drained after employing the tactic though.
** Slag's primary weapon is a flamethrower he spews from his mouth in dino-mode.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Soundwave has been trapped in cassette player mode for twenty years after being shot by one of Shockwave's experimental weapons. He is rescued by Ravage and Laserbeak, but has to rely on Shockwave to undo the effects of the weapon.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', James Roberts's[[note]]Roche's friend and later partner when working on ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''[[/note]] ''Transformers'' novel appears on a bookshelf.
** Issue 2's alternate cover is a homage to the famous 'Spider-Man No More!' cover.
** The scene where the Dinobots are tested out is a homage to Jurassic Park, as is the title font.
* SociopathicHero: Slag, who shoots surrendering enemies, plays football with their heads, and jokes about how soft they are. He probably gives Whirl a run for his money. He gained Grimlock's respect after he shot his commanding officer in the back.
* TakingYouWithMe: Grimlock decides to take both him and Shockwave down with a grenade. Both survive, of course.
* TemptingFate: Grimlock asks whether things can get worse at the very start of issue one.
* VillainDecay: The Sunstreaker clones, originally a serious threat are now slaughtered by the dozens. Justified in that the Dinobots are among the most powerful autobots and both Sunstreaker and Hot Rod (who himself kicked plenty of clone ass back in Devastation) are also considered skilled warriors.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Abraham Dante and all the Machination Agents go missing after this series. ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers was to have Dante's consciousness taken out of Scorponok's mind, and Scorponok using Fortress Maximus's head, but this was not to be.
** Agent Joshua Red goes missing after this series. ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'' implies he was fired, as the government officials give the position of the head of Skywatch to Sparkplug Witwicky, and further imply that Red wasn't American.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Invoked, unlike Optimus Prime, who's team took care not to kill or seriously injure any of the humans piloting the Sunstreaker clones, The Dinobots and Monsterbots do ''not'' care about them, and slaughter them by the dozens, and when it all comes down to it, they have no problem doing the same thing to their leader, though Ultra Magnus stops them.
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