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** Bumblebee and Metalhawk mature into ''far'' more likable characters during ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]]'''s run, where the former becomes a bona fide BadassInCharge and [[spoiler:Megatron's MoralityPet]], and the latter a psychotic undead servant of Shockwave's [[spoiler:who eventually manages to break free and join up with the good guys. [[AlasPoorScrappy Sadly, neither of them survived the crossover]].]]

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** Bumblebee and Metalhawk mature into ''far'' more likable characters during ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]]'''s run, where the former becomes a bona fide BadassInCharge badass and [[spoiler:Megatron's MoralityPet]], and the latter a psychotic undead servant of Shockwave's [[spoiler:who eventually manages to break free and join up with the good guys. [[AlasPoorScrappy Sadly, neither of them survived the crossover]].]]

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** The Falling arc has this little nugget. [[spoiler:Shockwave is one of the original Thirteen Primes, and not only is everything his fault, but he's planning on bringing down literally everything single belief or faith in Cybertronian history in one fell swoop. And it's all because his time drive was destroyed. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Good going Prime.]]]]


** Original character Aileron is quickly headed this way, and not just for being a''GoBots'' shoutout. In particular, her quick thinking saves the day at the climax of Issue #50, she's the one who gets Optimus to finally take a stand, and she's generally just a decent sort.

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** Original character Aileron is quickly headed this way, and not just for being a''GoBots'' a ''[=GoBots=]'' shoutout. In particular, her quick thinking saves the day at the climax of Issue #50, she's the one who gets Optimus to finally take a stand, and she's generally just a decent sort.


* AwesomeEgo: Deconstructed. Nova Prime starts out as fully deserving his ego, but eventually this degrades into him thinking he's a gift to the damned universe and causing him to become a self-loving extremist.

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* AwesomeEgo: AwesomeEgo:
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Deconstructed. Nova Prime starts out as fully deserving his ego, but eventually this degrades into him thinking he's a gift to the damned universe and causing him to become a self-loving extremist.extremist.
** [[spoiler:Shockwave is probably the smartest Cybertronian alive, and not only does he know it -- he wants ''you'' to know it.]]


* StrangledByTheRedString: Arcee and Aileron. Even those who did want them to get together admit to their relationship feeling forced.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Arcee and Aileron. Even those who did want them to get together admit to their relationship feeling forced.forced and out-of-nowhere.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Arcee and Aileron. Even those who did want them to get together admit to their relationship feeling forced.


* MagnificentBastard:
** Megatron is back in form as this; he was pulling the strings behind pretty much everything that happened in season 1. Shockwave managed to outpace him in this department though.
** Galvatron shows signs of this in issue 32, [[spoiler:murdering General Witwicky, ridding himself of an "ally" who proved too willing to use force to keep Galvatron in line. Then blaming Prowl to manipulate the EDC into upholding their alliance.]]
** As mentioned above, Shockwave. Holy freaking ''Hell'', Shockwave. First, Robots in Disguise reveals he played the Senate, then the Decepticons to advance his own agenda, the later for millions of years without anyone figuring what he was up to. Then ''Dark Cybertron'' adds he managed to manipulate Nova Prime and an entire half a species. And ''then'' several years later (major spoilers ahoy!), [[spoiler:''Optimus Prime'' and ''Unicron'' reveal he managed to manipulate '''''everyone'''''. And that's not hyperbole. Everything from season 2 onward - the Enigma, the legacy of the Primes, the events of ''Revolutionaries'', Starscream's rise to power, the Liege Maximo, Merkyln poisoning Cybertron's energon, the history of Cybertron itself - all part of his plan. And he manages to chump freaking Unicron into the bargain.]]

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** Slide takes the dubious honour of most hated character in ''Optimus Prime''.


** Good lord, where to begin with Arcee? In an attempt to introduce gender into the species, she was given what amounted to a forced sex change. Even though she eventually realizes her new form is right for her, to have it forced on her that way was extremely traumatic. She eventually gets revenge on her tormentor and makes an attempt at getting on with life, at which point we learn she's quite bad in social situations. Her attempts at reaching out to other people have been met with mixed results.

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** Good lord, where to begin with Arcee? In Arcee, in an attempt to introduce gender into the species, she was given what amounted subjected to a violent forced sex change. Even though she eventually realizes her new form is right for her, to have it forced on her that way was extremely traumatic. She eventually gets revenge on her tormentor change[[note]]The subject of Arcee's gender identity remains...thorny, both among writers and makes an attempt at getting on the fandom[[/note]], left with life, at which point we learn she's quite a crippling case of PTSD, and has shown woefully bad in social situations. Her attempts at reaching out luck when it comes to other people have been met with mixed results. holding onto friends, loved ones, and feelings security. According to Sins of the Wreckers, the ''only'' time Arcee ever experienced happiness was while killing the person responsible for said sex change.


** The human characters in general, mainly for taking screentime away from the robot characters.

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** The human characters in general, mainly for taking screentime away from the robot characters.characters and being petty and irritating in general.


** Good lord, where to begin with Arcee? In an attempt to introduce gender into the species, he was given what amounted to a forced sex change, and WordOfGod is he feels trapped. He eventually gets revenge on his tormentor and makes an attempt at getting on with life, at which point we learn he's quite bad in social situations. His attempts at reaching out to other people have been met with mixed results.

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** Good lord, where to begin with Arcee? In an attempt to introduce gender into the species, he she was given what amounted to a forced sex change, and WordOfGod change. Even though she eventually realizes her new form is he feels trapped. He right for her, to have it forced on her that way was extremely traumatic. She eventually gets revenge on his her tormentor and makes an attempt at getting on with life, at which point we learn he's she's quite bad in social situations. His Her attempts at reaching out to other people have been met with mixed results.


** Season 1 had it's fans, the continuity was much tighter, the cast had more of the big names in meaty roles, and Post-war Cybertron was ripe with new story ideas. It also had it's detractors, some felt the pacing was very slow, the Autobots and NAILS came off as too unlikable, and [[spoiler:Megatron's return]] while a fun arc made him seem too generic.

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** Season 1 had it's fans, the continuity was much tighter, the cast had more of the big names in meaty roles, and Post-war Cybertron was ripe with new story ideas. It also had it's its detractors, some felt the pacing was very slow, the Autobots and NAILS came off as too unlikable, and [[spoiler:Megatron's return]] while a fun arc made him seem too generic.


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** Arcee's forced gender reassignment, an unpopular direction from the Furman era, continued to break the base under Barber and Scott's pen. They confirmed their intent to iron out all the uncomfortable issues that the plot point rather than retcon it away, but fans remain divided as to whether they did it well. Some fans are happy with their changes and respect that they built story on top of the plot point instead of dropping it. Arcee is given more introspection on the gender change and instead of it being forced on her, she consented to the procedure and its clear that Arcee struggled with the Cybertronian equivalent of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_dysphoria gender-dysphoria]]. Others dislike the change immensely and felt that the problematic origin of the plot overshadowed any attempt at fixing it and their attempts just made it worse. They felt that if Scott and Barber were willing to retcon so much of her story, including her consent on the matter, they should have just retconned the entire plot point altogether. Even beyond that certain fans also argue over issues of DependingOnTheWriter where Scott's and Barber' take on Arcee clashed with one another.


* BaseBreaker:
** Turmoil, surprisingly enough. Some fans think he's a cool original character, citing his design and intimidating nature. His creator, Shane [=McCarthy=] was actually surprised that people had latched on to him as Turmoil was just created as a one off villain in Drift's origin. Other fans think he's just a generic "high command" con who exists to look threatening and give brownie points to whoever kills him. Some think he was underused, others just didn't regard him as important. Issue 7 billed him as a fan-favorite character, people either disagreed as he was from [[CreatorsPet Drift's]] run, were glad to see his return or treated his reintroduction with a "meh."
*** Given that [[spoiler:his time machine]] is essential to Shockwave's plan in Dark Cybertron, it seems he was heavily promoted to avoid a ContinuityLockout.

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* BaseBreaker:
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** Turmoil, surprisingly enough. Some fans think he's a cool original character, citing his design and intimidating nature. His creator, Shane [=McCarthy=] was actually surprised that people had latched on to him as Turmoil was just created as a one off villain in Drift's origin. Other fans think he's just a generic "high command" con who exists to look threatening and give brownie points to whoever kills him. Some think he was underused, others just didn't regard him as important. Issue 7 billed him as a fan-favorite character, people either disagreed as he was from [[CreatorsPet Drift's]] run, were glad to see his return or treated his reintroduction with a "meh."
*** Given that [[spoiler:his time machine]] is essential to Shockwave's plan in Dark Cybertron, it seems he was heavily promoted to avoid a ContinuityLockout.
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* AwesomeArt: Livo Ramondelli's drawings aren't universally liked, but when they work, they ''[[NightmareFuel work]]''.

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* AwesomeArt: SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: Livo Ramondelli's drawings aren't universally liked, but when they work, they ''[[NightmareFuel work]]''.



** Andrew Griffith himself deserves the title. Season 2 in particular sees some terrific character design and layout work, and the bulk of Issue #50 could very well be considered his own MomentOfAwesome.

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** Andrew Griffith himself deserves the title. Season 2 in particular sees some terrific character design and layout work, and the bulk of Issue #50 could very well be considered his own MomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.


* MagnificentBastard: Megatron is back in form as this; he was pulling the strings behind pretty much everything that happened in season 1. Shockwave managed to outpace him in this department though.

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* MagnificentBastard: MagnificentBastard:
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Megatron is back in form as this; he was pulling the strings behind pretty much everything that happened in season 1. Shockwave managed to outpace him in this department though.



** As mentioned above, Shockwave. Holy freaking ''Hell'', Shockwave. First, Robots in Disguise reveals he played the Senate, then the Decepticons to advance his own agenda, the later for millions of years without anyone figuring what he was up to. Then ''Dark Cybertron'' adds he managed to manipulate Nova Prime and an entire half a species. And ''then'' several years later (major spoilers ahoy!), [[spoiler:''Optimus Prime'' and ''Unicron'' reveal he managed to manipulate '''''everyone'''''. And that's not hyperbole. Everything from season 2 onward - the Enigma, the legacy of the Primes, the events of ''Revolutionaries'', Starscream's rise to power, the Liege Maximo, Merkyln poisoning Cybertron's energon, the history of Cybertron itself - all part of his plan. And he manages to chump freaking Unicron into the bargain.]]



* MoralEventHorizon: Starscream murdering Metalhawk when no one was looking, then using his death to propel his own popularity and then win the population over to his side.

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* MoralEventHorizon: MoralEventHorizon:
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Starscream murdering Metalhawk when no one was looking, then using his death to propel his own popularity and then win the population over to his side.

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