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--> '''Wheeljack:''' ''(injured)'' And here I was just beginning to tolerate you...


* After agreeing not to [[spoiler: kill off Optimus Prime in "Rebellion", the crew somehow forgot to remind Creator/PeterCullen about Optimus' recovery.]] This resulted in the veteran voice actor growing more and more depressed [[spoiler: while having flashbacks to his experience working on ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' in the 80s.]] [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments While the crew was finally able to inform Peter Cullen that Optimus will in fact live,]] you still see the bond between him and Optimus and the heartbreak as the two are to be yet again separated from each other. Peter Cullen would be nothing without Optimus Prime in his life.]]

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* After agreeing not to [[spoiler: kill off Optimus Prime in "Rebellion", the crew somehow forgot to remind Creator/PeterCullen about Optimus' recovery.]] This resulted in the veteran voice actor growing more and more depressed [[spoiler: while having flashbacks to his experience working on ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' in the 80s.]] [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments While the crew was finally able to inform Peter Cullen that Optimus will in fact live,]] you still see the bond between him and Optimus and the heartbreak as the two are to be yet again separated from each other. Peter Cullen would be nothing without Optimus Prime in his life.]]


* The way [[spoiler:Orion Pax is treated throughout "Orion Pax, Part 3", culminating in him being beaten up by two Vehicons who talk about how good it feels, ''while he's preaching to their better nature''.]] This leads to a MomentOfAwesome (and a possible [[FunnyMoments Moment Of Funny]]) when [[spoiler:Orion realizes that he has guns and kills the Vehicons.]]

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* The way [[spoiler:Orion Pax is treated throughout "Orion Pax, Part 3", culminating in him being beaten up by two Vehicons who talk about how good it feels, ''while he's preaching to their better nature''.]] This leads to a MomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome (and a possible [[FunnyMoments [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Moment Of Funny]]) when [[spoiler:Orion realizes that he has guns and kills the Vehicons.]]



** Part TearJerker, part NightmareFuel: when the Decepticons [[spoiler:capture the human children and threaten to kill them via Cybertron's toxic atmosphere, Jack and Raf look absolutely terrifed.]] Miko, for her part, just looks pissed off, which is kind of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome badass]] of her.

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** Part TearJerker, part NightmareFuel: when the Decepticons [[spoiler:capture the human children and threaten to kill them via Cybertron's toxic atmosphere, Jack and Raf look absolutely terrifed.]] Miko, for her part, just looks pissed off, which is kind of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome badass]] of her.



* After agreeing not to [[spoiler: kill off Optimus Prime in "Rebellion", the crew somehow forgot to remind Creator/PeterCullen about Optimus' recovery.]] This resulted in the veteran voice actor growing more and more depressed [[spoiler: while having flashbacks to his experience working on ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' in the 80s.]] [[spoiler:[[HeartwarmingMoments While the crew was finally able to inform Peter Cullen that Optimus will in fact live,]] you still see the bond between him and Optimus and the heartbreak as the two are to be yet again separated from each other. Peter Cullen would be nothing without Optimus Prime in his life.]]

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* After agreeing not to [[spoiler: kill off Optimus Prime in "Rebellion", the crew somehow forgot to remind Creator/PeterCullen about Optimus' recovery.]] This resulted in the veteran voice actor growing more and more depressed [[spoiler: while having flashbacks to his experience working on ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' in the 80s.]] [[spoiler:[[HeartwarmingMoments [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments While the crew was finally able to inform Peter Cullen that Optimus will in fact live,]] you still see the bond between him and Optimus and the heartbreak as the two are to be yet again separated from each other. Peter Cullen would be nothing without Optimus Prime in his life.]]

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**** [[spoiler: Yes but none of the humans from Prime appear, meaning that the first statement stands, the humans do never see Optimus again, indeed it's implied that because of the new council prevent Team Prime from returning to earth, so the humans never see any of the Autobots again, and don't know why.]]

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* If you look carefully even Optimus seems sad as [[spoiler: Megatron dies.]] You can see that it does sadden him that in the end [[spoiler: he couldn't convince his old friend to repent and he does have to be put down]]


*** [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice They will never]] [[HarsherInHindsight see him again.]] ]]

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*** [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice They will never]] [[HarsherInHindsight see him again.]] ]]]]
*** [[spoiler:But [[WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise he gets better]].
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** Miko crying in the parking lot made it even more of a tearjerker. The others were just there, hearing her cry.


* Dreadwing's SkywardScream in "Patch".
** Starscream's JerkassWoobie status is on full display in this episode. There's a brief moment when we pan by his unconscious body and see him twitching, as though trapped in a nightmare. Which of course, he is.

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* Dreadwing's SkywardScream in "Patch".
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Starscream's JerkassWoobie status is on full display in this episode."Patch". There's a brief moment when we pan by his unconscious body and see him twitching, as though trapped in a nightmare. Which of course, he is.


--> "This isn't how the story's supposed to end!"

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--> "This Smokescreen: This isn't how the story's supposed to end!"end!
** Luckliy, he uses the forge to save Optimus.


* Arcee and Optimus each come dangerously close to the DespairEventHorizon in "Alpha; Omega". Seeing either of those two on their knees is a real hit to the gut.

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* Arcee and Optimus each come dangerously close to the DespairEventHorizon in "Alpha; Omega"."Alpha Omega" (ESPECIALLY Arcee). Seeing either of those two on their knees is a real hit to the gut.

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*** The final moments of the episode in general are guranteed to tug at the heartstrings.


** On a more meta level for the episode, the dedication at the end of the episode to the late Captain H.L. Larry Cullen, brother of Creator/PeterCullen, ShellShockedVeteran of the VietnamWar, and the inspiration for the voice of Optimus Prime. Truly understated. His influence on the series is not often thought of, but is truly incalculable. Before Peter auditioned for Optimus, Larry told him, "Don't be a tough hero; you are strong enough to be gentle."

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** On a more meta level for the episode, the dedication at the end of the episode to the late Captain H.L. Larry Cullen, brother of Creator/PeterCullen, ShellShockedVeteran of the VietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and the inspiration for the voice of Optimus Prime. Truly understated. His influence on the series is not often thought of, but is truly incalculable. Before Peter auditioned for Optimus, Larry told him, "Don't be a tough hero; you are strong enough to be gentle."


* June proves to be a MamaBear for ''all'' three of the kids, chewing out the Autobots for placing them in such danger on a regular basis. Despite the best intentions of the Autobots, everyone agrees that June is not lying at all, and Optimus himself apologizes to June, saying "it deeply grieves me that ''I'' have failed". It's a very adult moment in which Optimus takes responsibility for Raf nearly dying and for always endangering June's child, and even June is moved and softens a little.

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* June proves to be a MamaBear for ''all'' three of the kids, chewing out the Autobots for placing them in such danger on a regular basis. Despite the best intentions of the Autobots, and that they are visibly crumbling, everyone agrees that June is not lying at all, and Optimus himself apologizes to June, saying "it deeply grieves me that ''I'' have failed". It's a very adult moment in which Optimus takes responsibility for Raf nearly dying and for always endangering June's child, and even June is moved and softens a little.


** When Ratchet describes Optimus and Megatron's backstory, there's a scene where Orion Pax and Megatronus are standing next to each other smiling on a vibrant Cybertron. Megatron once genuinely wanted a better world, but both that Megatron and the world is now dead.

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** * June proves to be a MamaBear for ''all'' three of the kids, chewing out the Autobots for placing them in such danger on a regular basis. Despite the best intentions of the Autobots, everyone agrees that June is not lying at all, and Optimus himself apologizes to June, saying "it deeply grieves me that ''I'' have failed". It's a very adult moment in which Optimus takes responsibility for Raf nearly dying and for always endangering June's child, and even June is moved and softens a little.
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When Ratchet describes Optimus and Megatron's backstory, there's a scene where Orion Pax and Megatronus are standing next to each other smiling on a vibrant Cybertron. Megatron once genuinely wanted a better world, but both that Megatron and the world is now dead.

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*** When Bumblebee first realizes that he can't transform, the look in his eyes shows that he's almost ''terrified'' of what could be wrong with him.

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