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* StuckOnBandAidBrand: Apparently, Transformers don't "transform" into their robot modes, they "proto-form."


* CompositeCharacter: Some of the Autobots and Decepticons appear to combine elements of their various portrayals throughout the years. For example, Optimus is a data clerk much like Dreamwave's ''War Within'' Optimus, while his preference for using swords in battle harken back to [[TransformersFilmSeries movie Optimus]].

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* CompositeCharacter: Some of the Autobots and Decepticons appear to combine elements of their various portrayals throughout the years. For example, Optimus is a data clerk much like Dreamwave's ''War Within'' Optimus, while his preference for using swords in battle harken back to [[TransformersFilmSeries [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries movie Optimus]].


* FeetOfClay: This is how Cybertron comes to view Sentinel Prime. Inverted in that at the end, after being imprisoned for long time, he returns to some of his {{Badass}} days in a battle with Megatron, [[WorthyOpponent where he fights well enough to earn a sincere salute from the Decepticon Leader]].

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* FeetOfClay: This is how Cybertron comes to view Sentinel Prime. Inverted in that at the end, after being imprisoned for long time, he returns to some of his {{Badass}} badass days in a battle with Megatron, [[WorthyOpponent where he fights well enough to earn a sincere salute from the Decepticon Leader]].


* BlackBestFriend: Jazz for Optimus. Though he technically isn't black (being a robot), he fills the character role and takes some cues from his live-action movie incarnation, who spoke in slang and showed other black stereotypes.

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* BlackBestFriend: Jazz for Optimus. Though he technically isn't black (being a robot), he fills the character role and takes some cues from his G-1 and live-action movie incarnation, incarnations, who spoke in slang and showed other black stereotypes.


* TheObiWan: Alpha Trion to Orion Pax/Optimus Prime.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: At the start of the war the Decepticons were a bunch of gladiators organized together as a fighting force, able to outfight and brutalize their enemies... at close combat. After the initial surge the Autobots manage to counter and regain ground by shooting them. The greater number of marksmen in the Autobot ranks lead to several key victories over the more melee based Cons. As the war waged on the Cons got better at ranged weaponry and the Bots got better at unarmed combat.

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* CorruptPolitician: The Senate is actually a subversion. In future stories, the Senate would be a bunch of racist, power-hungry assholes looking to benefit themselves, while here they're just out of touch. In many ways they're like Cybertron itself, once brimming with potential and progress, now a shell of their former selves, going through the motions until stasis. When Megatron and Optimus approach them to advocate for change... they actually listen to the two, and the head senator, Halogen, feels that they should reorganize society and bounce back from their complacency. Him electing Optimus to be the leader of change enrages Megatron to the point where he murders the senator and all hope of debate vanishes.

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* WhileRomeBurns: While Cybertron descends into chaos and civil war, Sentinel Prime decides to attend a comedy show under the protection of his armed guards who, unfortunately for him, turn out to be undercover Decepticon agents who take him hostage.

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''Transformers: Exodus'' is the title of the prequel novel for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series. Published in 2010. It is meant to tie in with both that series and ''TransformersWarForCybertron''. Its full title is ''Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron.'' There is a sequel novel, ''Literature/TransformersExiles''. A second sequel novel, ''Transformers: Retribution'' was released in early 2014.

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''Transformers: Exodus'' is the title of the prequel novel for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series. Published in 2010. It is meant to tie in with both that series and ''TransformersWarForCybertron''.''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''. Its full title is ''Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron.'' There is a sequel novel, ''Literature/TransformersExiles''. A second sequel novel, ''Transformers: Retribution'' was released in early 2014.


''Transformers: Exodus'' is the title of the prequel novel for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series. Published in 2010. It is meant to tie in with both that series and ''TransformersWarForCybertron''. Its full title is ''Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron.'' There is a sequel novel, ''Literature/TransformersExiles''.

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''Transformers: Exodus'' is the title of the prequel novel for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series. Published in 2010. It is meant to tie in with both that series and ''TransformersWarForCybertron''. Its full title is ''Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron.'' There is a sequel novel, ''Literature/TransformersExiles''. A second sequel novel, ''Transformers: Retribution'' was released in early 2014.


* BlackBestFriend: Jazz for Optimus. Though he technically isn't really black.

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* BlackBestFriend: Jazz for Optimus. Though he technically isn't really black.black (being a robot), he fills the character role and takes some cues from his live-action movie incarnation, who spoke in slang and showed other black stereotypes.


* FeetOfClay: This is how Cybertron comes to view Sentinel Prime. Inverted in that at the end, after being imprisoned for long time, he returns to some of his BadAss days in a battle with Megatron, [[WorthyOpponent where he fights well enough to earn a sincere salute from the Decepticon Leader]].

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* FeetOfClay: This is how Cybertron comes to view Sentinel Prime. Inverted in that at the end, after being imprisoned for long time, he returns to some of his BadAss {{Badass}} days in a battle with Megatron, [[WorthyOpponent where he fights well enough to earn a sincere salute from the Decepticon Leader]].


''Transformers: Exodus'' is the title of the prequel novel for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series. Published in 2010. It is meant to tie in with both that series and ''TransformersWarForCybertron''. Its full title is ''Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron.'' There is a sequel novel, ''Transformers: Exiles''.

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''Transformers: Exodus'' is the title of the prequel novel for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series. Published in 2010. It is meant to tie in with both that series and ''TransformersWarForCybertron''. Its full title is ''Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron.'' There is a sequel novel, ''Transformers: Exiles''.''Literature/TransformersExiles''.





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* BlackBestFriend: Jazz for Optimus. Though he technically isn't really black...
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: Inverted; Alpha Trion opts to stay behind on Cybertron, while the rest of the Autobots evacuate the planet.]]

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* BlackBestFriend: Jazz for Optimus. Though he technically isn't really black...
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* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: Inverted; Alpha Trion opts to stay behind on Cybertron, while the rest of the Autobots evacuate the planet.]]planet]].



* ContinuitySnarl: Though intended to be a backstory for ''War For Cybertron'' and link it to ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' ''Exodus'' contradicts both in several areas, and it even ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Exodus:_The_Official_History_of_the_War_for_Cybertron#Errors contradicts itself on a number of things.]]''
** Alex Irvine explained at BotCon 2010 that differences between the novel and game were not due to miscommunications but, rather, resulted from deliberate choices as both products moved in slightly different directions; Hasbro was aware of and approved all of them.

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* ContinuitySnarl: Though intended to be a backstory for ''War For Cybertron'' and link it to ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' ''Exodus'' contradicts both in several areas, and it even ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Exodus:_The_Official_History_of_the_War_for_Cybertron#Errors contradicts itself on a number of things.]]''
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things]]''. Alex Irvine explained at BotCon [=BotCon=] 2010 that differences between the novel and game were not due to miscommunications but, rather, resulted from deliberate choices as both products moved in slightly different directions; Hasbro was aware of and approved all of them.



* FeetOfClay: This is how Cybertron comes to view Sentinel Prime. Inverted in that at the end, after being imprisoned for long time, he returns to some of his BadAss days in a battle with Megatron, [[WorthyOpponent where he fights well enough to earn a sincere salute from the Decepticon Leader.]]

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* FeetOfClay: This is how Cybertron comes to view Sentinel Prime. Inverted in that at the end, after being imprisoned for long time, he returns to some of his BadAss days in a battle with Megatron, [[WorthyOpponent where he fights well enough to earn a sincere salute from the Decepticon Leader.]]Leader]].



* InfoDump: The first chapter is immensely guilty of this. It takes information that could definitely be introduced later and throws it all into the intro.
** We don't need to know what the city looks like, when Orion Pax is sitting at a desk, and he's not even looking out a window--or even thinking about the city at all.
* MythologyGag: Before the Decepticons leave, Shockwave promises Megatron that Cybertron will remain "[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers exactly as you left it.]]" Megatron instructs him to be more progressive than that.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Megatron started out as just another nameless industrial worker/gladiator.
* InfoDump: The first chapter is immensely guilty of this. It takes information that could definitely be introduced later and throws it all into the intro.
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intro. We don't need to know what the city looks like, when Orion Pax is sitting at a desk, and he's not even looking out a window--or window -- or even thinking about the city at all.
* MythologyGag: Before the Decepticons leave, Shockwave promises Megatron that Cybertron will remain "[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers exactly as you left it.]]" it]]." Megatron instructs him to be more progressive than that.



* {{Retcon}}: A pretty huge one for the franchise; Alpha Trion is actually [[spoiler: one of the Thirteen Primes.]]

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* {{Retcon}}: A pretty huge one for the franchise; Alpha Trion is actually [[spoiler: one of the Thirteen Primes.]]Primes]].



* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. The Autobots and Deceptions ''can'' go home... but only after home has had enough time to heal.]]

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. The Autobots and Deceptions ''can'' go home... but only after home has had enough time to heal.]]heal]].
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