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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The reveal that the Maximals are "spawn of Liege Maximo", and are actually spiked, monstrous robots inside Pretender-like beast-former shells. This never comes up again, and by the start of their next appearance the Maximals are once again in their Beast Wars forms.

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* DesignatedHero: Again, Slide & Pyra Magna. While the two did participate in trying to stop Unicron, there were plenty of readers who felt that the focus on the two of them was unwarranted and unearned due to their unpleasant attitudes and questionable priorities. While Slide does get called out for hers in-story, Pyra Magna isn't, which upset many fans.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: As usual, leaving the [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms Jem]] comics out of it-- seeing their reaction to everything and anything they might've done to help could've been cool.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: As usual, leaving the [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms Jem]] comics out of it-- seeing their reaction to everything and anything they might've done to help could've been cool.cool.
* WhatAnIdiot: Slide spends more time focusing on her beef with Optimus than she does in trying to help stop Unicron from destroying everything.

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* ContinuityLockout: Much of what goes on in the story is very dependent on past stories. As such, any reader who hasn't seen any of IDW's previous stories and/or has only seen the TV shows beforehand will likely be confused as to why things are presented the way they are.


* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many fans did not react too kindly to the changes made to longtime aspects of certain characters, mainly the Maximals serving as cannon fodder minions for Unicron rather than a heroic faction, as well as Unicron being a [[TheVoiceless mostly-silent]] villain without the arrogance many of his other versions on display.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many fans did not react too kindly to the changes made to longtime aspects of certain characters, mainly the Maximals serving as cannon fodder minions for Unicron rather than a heroic faction, as well as Unicron being a [[TheVoiceless mostly-silent]] villain without the arrogance of many of his other versions on display.

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** Unicron being defeated with Optimus hugging the monster planet's creator's spirit. Some felt it was a good ending and a neat subversion to the constant angst, others felt that it was anticlimactic and worthy of mockery.


* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many fans did not react too kindly to the changes made to longtime aspects of certain characters, mainly the Maximals serving as cannon fodder minions for Unicron rather than a heroic faction and Unicron being a [[TheVoiceless mostly-silent]] villain without the arrogance many of his other versions display.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many fans did not react too kindly to the changes made to longtime aspects of certain characters, mainly the Maximals serving as cannon fodder minions for Unicron rather than a heroic faction and faction, as well as Unicron being a [[TheVoiceless mostly-silent]] villain without the arrogance many of his other versions on display.


* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The Maximals and their DemotedToExtra / InNameOnly status.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: The Maximals and how they were just used as cannon fodder minions for Unicron.
** Unicron himself being just a GenericDoomsdayVillain, which is a shame since he's usually portrayed as one of the most arrogant villains in the Transformers franchise, as well as the fact that he's the titular character of the miniseries.
** And, as usual, leaving the [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms Jem]] comics out of it-- seeing their reaction to everything and anything they might've done to help could've been cool.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The Many fans did not react too kindly to the changes made to longtime aspects of certain characters, mainly the Maximals serving as cannon fodder minions for Unicron rather than a heroic faction and their DemotedToExtra / InNameOnly status.
Unicron being a [[TheVoiceless mostly-silent]] villain without the arrogance many of his other versions display.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: The Maximals and how they were just used as cannon fodder minions for Unicron.
** Unicron himself being just a GenericDoomsdayVillain, which is a shame since he's usually portrayed as one of the most arrogant villains in the Transformers franchise, as well as the fact that he's the titular character of the miniseries.
** And, as
As usual, leaving the [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms Jem]] comics out of it-- seeing their reaction to everything and anything they might've done to help could've been cool.

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*CatharsisFactor: After 13 years of dodging and escaping death, and inflicting it everywhere they go, Bludgeon and Monstructor are finally put down at the end of "Ceremony".


* CounterpartComparison: Many have been comparing the series to DC's Watchmen series, and it's not hard to see why since there are parts of the story that emulate Alan Moore's style of storytelling when it comes to superheroes - deconstructing the characters and then eliminating them. In this case, quite literally at points.


** Unicron himself being just a GenericDoomsdayVillain, which is a shame since he's usually portrayed as one of the most arrogant villains in the Transformers franchise.

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** Unicron himself being just a GenericDoomsdayVillain, which is a shame since he's usually portrayed as one of the most arrogant villains in the Transformers franchise.franchise, as well as the fact that he's the titular character of the miniseries.

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** Unicron himself being just a GenericDoomsdayVillain, which is a shame since he's usually portrayed as one of the most arrogant villains in the Transformers franchise.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Unicron himself comes off [[FlatCharacter less like an actual character]] and [[CharactersAsDevice more of just a plot device]] [[GenericDoomsdayVillain with no real personality of his own]].
** The Maximals and how they were just used as cannon fodder minions for Unicron.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Unicron himself comes off [[FlatCharacter less like an actual character]] and [[CharactersAsDevice more of just a plot device]] [[GenericDoomsdayVillain with no real personality of his own]].
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The Maximals and how they were just used as cannon fodder minions for Unicron.


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Slide & Pyra Magna come off like this for a lot of people.



* TheScrappy: Slide


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Unicron himself comes off [[FlatCharacter less like an actual character]] and [[CharactersAsDevice more of just a plot device with no real personality of his own]].

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Unicron himself comes off [[FlatCharacter less like an actual character]] and [[CharactersAsDevice more of just a plot device device]] [[GenericDoomsdayVillain with no real personality of his own]].

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