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* ToyShip: Sari and Bumblebee, though some circles view them as being LikeBrotherAndSister. [[spoiler: After Sari's upgrade into her teenage form, it seems that the shippers won - she is shipped almost exclusively with Bumblebee. Also an oddly justified ship - after all Transformers date Tranaformers, right?]]

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* ToyShip: Sari and Bumblebee, though some circles view them as being LikeBrotherAndSister. [[spoiler: After Sari's upgrade into her teenage form, it seems that the shippers won - she is shipped almost exclusively with Bumblebee. Also an oddly justified ship - after all Transformers date Tranaformers, Transformers, right?]]



** A few major ones (mainly, since it's not a ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''-type series, nobody could have expected Blackarachnia in the main 'con lineup) but one standout among the "generic" bots. They're almost all based on G1 characters, some more obscure or from the Japan-only sequels, but then there's the Autotroopers (seen in Sentinel's propaganda video). They hail from the INCREDIBLY not-kid-friendly, not-brain-friendly ''Kiss Players'' Japanese radio series and its accompanying manga pages. (Their presence isn't what made it that way, but KP is just the last thing you'd expect a kids' show to make a ShoutOut to in ''any'' way.)

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** A few major ones (mainly, since it's not a ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''-type series, nobody could have expected Blackarachnia in the main 'con lineup) but one standout among the "generic" bots. They're almost all based on G1 characters, some more obscure or from the Japan-only sequels, but then there's the Autotroopers (seen in Sentinel's propaganda video). They hail from the INCREDIBLY not-kid-friendly, not-brain-friendly not-kid-friendly (and probably not-brain-friendly) ''Kiss Players'' Japanese radio series and its accompanying manga pages. (Their presence isn't what made it that way, but KP is just the last thing you'd expect a kids' show to make a ShoutOut to in ''any'' way.)


* ToyShip: Sari and Bumblebee, though some circles view them as being LikeBrotherAndSister.

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* ToyShip: Sari and Bumblebee, though some circles view them as being LikeBrotherAndSister. [[spoiler: After Sari's upgrade into her teenage form, it seems that the shippers won - she is shipped almost exclusively with Bumblebee. Also an oddly justified ship - after all Transformers date Tranaformers, right?]]


** There's something funny about how back in Beast Wars, Creator/GaryChalk voiced G1 Megatron but in this series Creator/DavidKaye now voices Optimus Prime. Deliciously ironic yeeesss?

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** There's something funny about how back in Beast Wars, Creator/GaryChalk voiced G1 Megatron but in this series Creator/DavidKaye now voices Optimus Prime. Deliciously ironic yeeesss?ironic, yeeesss...



** Sari, being an adorably snarky 8-year-old girl.

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** Sari, being an adorably snarky 8-year-old girl. [[spoiler: Teenage Sari, on the other hand has a much [[DeadpanSnarker snarkier]] personality, and fanart frequently portrays her as very curvaceous - despite the show never really showing any sort of upgrade besides her height and different eye color.]]


** One of TF Wiki's earlier image captions for [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/index.php?title=Lugnut_%28Animated%29&oldid=135864 Lugnut]] describes him in relation to Shockwave and Omega Supreme. This becomes amusing when Animated Shockwave is introduced and Lugnut feuds with him on who is Megatron's most loyal servant. And then the last episodes have the creation of Lugnut Supreme, based on Omega Supreme, which involved both Lugnut and Shockwave.

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** One of TF Wiki's earlier image captions for [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/index.php?title=Lugnut_%28Animated%29&oldid=135864 [[https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Lugnut_(Animated) Lugnut]] describes him in relation to Shockwave and Omega Supreme. This becomes amusing when Animated Shockwave is introduced and Lugnut feuds with him on who is Megatron's most loyal servant. And then the last episodes have the creation of Lugnut Supreme, based on Omega Supreme, which involved both Lugnut and Shockwave.


* {{Moe}}: Sari.

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* {{Moe}}: Sari.{{Moe}}:
** Sari, being an adorably snarky 8-year-old girl.


** The reveal of The Motor Master's design met with some contention. There were fans of the design, using the Voyager Optimus Prime gave him a beefy EvilCounterpart appearance. There was also a number of fans who didn't like the design, some felt that the blocky head clashed with the more curved design of the body, with those fans feeling the use of the Wreck Gar mode to be more suitable. Finally other fans feel that complaint applies more to the character model rather than the toy.

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** The reveal of The Motor Master's design met with some contention. There were fans of the design, using the Voyager Optimus Prime gave him a beefy EvilCounterpart appearance. There was also a number of fans who didn't like the design, some felt that the blocky head clashed with the more curved design of the body, with those fans feeling the use of the Wreck Gar Wreck-Gar mode to be more suitable. Finally other fans feel that complaint applies more to the character model rather than the toy.



** Blitzwing, Prowl, and Lockdown quickly became fan favorites. Wreck-Gar too, but what were you expecting with [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic that VA]]?

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** Blitzwing, Prowl, and Lockdown quickly From his first appearance, Blitzwing became fan favorites. very popular with the fanbase due to his interesting and hilarious personality, not to mention his cool design.
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Wreck-Gar too, but what were you expecting with [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic that VA]]?also became beloved from his very first appearance, due to his charmingly goofy personality. Having Music/WeirdAlYankovic as his voice actor probably helped to boost his popularity as well.


** While they did help stave off VillainDecay and MenaceDecay for the Decepticons, the human villains are generally disliked for being gimmicky and taking screentime away from the Transformer vs. Transformer conflicts. The sole exception seems to be Meltdown, since he's actually dangerous to the Autobots and serves as a menacing villain in his own right. Technically speaking though, [[BlobMonster he's not human]]-[[BodyHorror at least not anymore.]]

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** While they did help stave off VillainDecay and MenaceDecay for the Decepticons, the reception of the human villains generally ranges from disdain to fans pretending they don't exist. This comes from the fact that they are generally disliked for being gimmicky and taking screentime screen time away from the Transformer vs. Transformer conflicts. The sole exception seems to be Meltdown, since he's actually dangerous to the Autobots and serves as a menacing villain in his own right. Technically speaking though, [[BlobMonster he's not human]]-[[BodyHorror at least not anymore.]]

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* CatharsisFactor: Anytime Sentinel Prime gets his skid plate tossed around is ''immensely'' satisfying, seeing how big of a {{Jerkass}} he is. The worse he suffers, the better.


** Optimus Prime in "Megatron Rising, Part 1". While he did grab the JerkassBall pretty hard, and gets rightfully chewed out by Bumblebee for his behavior, he has every reason to be upset as he did. Not only are the Decepticons on the verge of an attack, but he just learned that Bulkhead and Prowl lied to him about hiding the dangerously powerful Dinobots--a pretty serious breach of his trust. Not only that, but considering his decision to take Sari's key was specifically because he wanted to use it's healing powers in their upcoming battle without needlessly putting her life at risk, and both Sari and Bumblebee have been particularly irresponsible throughout the series up to that point (namely with her using the key to do virtually whatever she wanted in spite of the consequences, and his impulsiveness constantly getting him into trouble), he's not entirely wrong.
** Sentinel Prime in "Predacons Rising". The guy is an absolute jerk of a bot, he's partially responsible for her mutation, and his cut towards Blackarachnia is a pretty deep one, considering they were once very close. Yet, as noted under UnintentionallyUnsympathetic, her actions up to that point have shown she's fallen pretty deep into villainy, and seems to have no regrets over it. Yes, Sentinel is horribly racist towards organic life, but seeing as Blackarachnia has committed all sorts of acts of villainy, "Elita One" did go offline a long time ago. What's especially deep cutting is that she has no regrets about what happened other than how it personally affected her, but Sentinel feels he crossed the MoralEventHorizon, and what he did back then was inexcusable. It's pretty jarring that one of the biggest [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] in fictional history is (eventually) willing to accept his role in the whole affair, but she isn't.

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** Optimus Prime in "Megatron Rising, Part 1". While he did grab the JerkassBall pretty hard, and gets rightfully chewed out by Bumblebee for his behavior, he has every reason to be upset as he did. Not only are the Decepticons on the verge of an attack, but he just learned that Bulkhead and Prowl lied to him about hiding the dangerously powerful Dinobots--a pretty serious breach of his trust. Not only that, but considering his decision to take Sari's key was specifically because he wanted to use it's its healing powers in their upcoming battle without needlessly putting her life at risk, and both Sari and Bumblebee have been particularly irresponsible throughout the series up to that point (namely with her using the key to do virtually whatever she wanted in spite of the consequences, and his impulsiveness constantly getting him into trouble), he's not entirely wrong.
** Sentinel Prime in "Predacons Rising". The guy is an absolute jerk of a bot, he's partially responsible for her mutation, and his cut towards Blackarachnia is a pretty deep one, considering they were once very close. Yet, as noted under UnintentionallyUnsympathetic, her actions up to that point have shown she's fallen pretty deep into villainy, and seems to have no regrets over it. Yes, Sentinel is horribly racist towards organic life, but seeing as Blackarachnia has committed all sorts of acts of villainy, "Elita One" did go offline a long time ago. What's especially deep cutting is that she has no regrets about what happened other than how it personally affected her, but Sentinel feels he crossed the MoralEventHorizon, and what he did back then was inexcusable. It's pretty jarring that one of the biggest [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] in fictional history a gigantic jerkass is (eventually) willing to accept his role in the whole affair, but she isn't.



** Sari in Megatron Rise Part 1: Sari is a sweet, smart and brave kid. But she tends to overuse the power of the Allspark Key whenever she can and can be a bit of a brat about it sometimes. In previous episodes throughout season 1, she's told not to abuse it's power, but she does it anyway which leads to a big disaster and once the disaster is taken care of she says that she'll use the power of the key more wisely... only to abuse it's power the next episode or so. In this episode, Optimus becomes so mad that Prowl and Bulkhead disobeyed his orders and lied to him that he becomes a jerk and one of the first things he does is want Sari to give him the key so they could use it's healing powers for the upcoming battle against the Decepticons. But Sari refused to give it up, insisting that she'll be more responsible. (Again.) Thus, Optimus told Ratchet to use his magnetic powers to take the key by force. Naturally, Sari was heartbroken by their lack of trust, but it's hard to blame Optimus if you remember the previous episodes. Optimus may have taken a level in jerkass, but he has a good point in this regard.

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** Sari in Megatron Rise Part 1: Sari is a sweet, smart and brave kid. But she tends to overuse the power of the Allspark Key whenever she can and can be a bit of a brat about it sometimes. In previous episodes throughout season 1, she's told not to abuse it's its power, but she does it anyway which leads to a big disaster and once the disaster is taken care of she says that she'll use the power of the key more wisely... only to abuse it's its power the next episode or so. In this episode, Optimus becomes so mad that Prowl and Bulkhead disobeyed his orders and lied to him that he becomes a jerk and one of the first things he does is want Sari to give him the key so they could use it's its healing powers for the upcoming battle against the Decepticons. But Sari refused to give it up, insisting that she'll be more responsible. (Again.) Thus, Optimus told Ratchet to use his magnetic powers to take the key by force. Naturally, Sari was heartbroken by their lack of trust, but it's hard to blame Optimus if you remember the previous episodes. Optimus may have taken a level in jerkass, but he has a good point in this regard.


* CreepyAwesome: Lockdown.

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* CreepyAwesome: CreepyAwesome:
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Lockdown.



-->'''Soundwave''': I am Soundwave. I am Decepticon. [[AIIsACrapshoot The revolution begins now!]]

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-->'''Soundwave''': --->'''Soundwave''': I am Soundwave. I am Decepticon. [[AIIsACrapshoot The revolution begins now!]]


** Megatron once mockingly told Starscream that he "couldn't lead a parade" during the latter's infamous DeathMontage. Cut ahead to ''WesternAnimation/TransformersCyberverse'', and a parade actually plays a key role in that show's final season, specifically by said parade actually being [[spoiler: a LotusEaterMachine designed to drain the Autobots and Decepticons of their life force, and create a Quintesson Judge that will destroy the universe. And who's part of said judge? Starscream.]]



** The casting of Creator/CoreyBurton, the voice of Shockwave on ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Generation 1]]'' as Megatron. Recently in ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Dark of the Moon]]'', the ''G1'' incarnation of Megatron's voice actor, Creator/FrankWelker, returned the favor and voiced movie Shockwave.

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** The casting of Creator/CoreyBurton, the voice of Shockwave on ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Generation 1]]'' as Megatron. Recently in ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Dark of the Moon]]'', the ''G1'' incarnation of Megatron's voice actor, Creator/FrankWelker, returned the favor and voiced movie Shockwave. [[note]] Though Burton was asked to reprise the role for that film, he turned it down.[[/note]]


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** Lockdown's appearance was partially inspired by [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]], and was in a rivalry with Ratchet, who was voiced by Creator/CoreyBurton. Around the same time as this series, Cartoon Network was running [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars a Star Wars cartoon]] that had a few bounty hunter dedicated episodes, including around Boba Fett. Both shows also not only featured Burton in prominent roles as the lead villains, but Burton would get to voice the character of Cad Bane--another bounty hunter that was originally envisioned for Lockdown's original voice, Lance Henriksen!


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* UnintentionallySympathetic:
** Optimus Prime in "Megatron Rising, Part 1". While he did grab the JerkassBall pretty hard, and gets rightfully chewed out by Bumblebee for his behavior, he has every reason to be upset as he did. Not only are the Decepticons on the verge of an attack, but he just learned that Bulkhead and Prowl lied to him about hiding the dangerously powerful Dinobots--a pretty serious breach of his trust. Not only that, but considering his decision to take Sari's key was specifically because he wanted to use it's healing powers in their upcoming battle without needlessly putting her life at risk, and both Sari and Bumblebee have been particularly irresponsible throughout the series up to that point (namely with her using the key to do virtually whatever she wanted in spite of the consequences, and his impulsiveness constantly getting him into trouble), he's not entirely wrong.
** Sentinel Prime in "Predacons Rising". The guy is an absolute jerk of a bot, he's partially responsible for her mutation, and his cut towards Blackarachnia is a pretty deep one, considering they were once very close. Yet, as noted under UnintentionallyUnsympathetic, her actions up to that point have shown she's fallen pretty deep into villainy, and seems to have no regrets over it. Yes, Sentinel is horribly racist towards organic life, but seeing as Blackarachnia has committed all sorts of acts of villainy, "Elita One" did go offline a long time ago. What's especially deep cutting is that she has no regrets about what happened other than how it personally affected her, but Sentinel feels he crossed the MoralEventHorizon, and what he did back then was inexcusable. It's pretty jarring that one of the biggest [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] in fictional history is (eventually) willing to accept his role in the whole affair, but she isn't.


'''Instead:''' Montage ensues of Starscream attacking Megatron, Megatron effortlessly "killing" him, and throwing him out like garbage over and over again. Starscream himself gets his own WhatAnIdiot for continuing to blindly attack Megatron repeatedly before FINALLY realizing that a straight up attack is never going to work.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: This was the initial reaction to David Kaye voicing Optimus Prime, especially considering that Kaye's best known ''Transformers'' role was voicing the ''Beast Wars'' and ''Unicron Trilogy'' incarnations of Megatron. However, Kaye managed to win over fans, with his voice suiting the younger, less-experienced Optimus that the series was going for.

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'''Instead:''' Montage ensues of Starscream attacking Megatron, Megatron effortlessly "killing" him, and throwing him out like garbage over and over again. Starscream himself gets his own WhatAnIdiot for continuing to blindly attack Megatron repeatedly before FINALLY realizing that a straight up straight-up attack is never going to work.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: This was the initial reaction to David Kaye voicing Optimus Prime, especially considering that since previously Kaye's best known ''Transformers'' role was roles were voicing the ''Beast Wars'' and ''Unicron Trilogy'' incarnations of Megatron.Megatron. Kaye himself admitted that even he had expected that the show's creative team wanted him for Megatron and he was surprised when the role he got a callback for was Optimus. However, Kaye managed to win over fans, with his voice suiting the younger, less-experienced Optimus that the series was going for.


** Creator/CoreyBurton's RoleReprisal of Shockwave also solidified him as the definitive actor for the character for many fans, much like Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as Optimus Prime and Megatron. His [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime successor]], Creator/DavidSobolov, even admitted he could never outdo Burton and resolved to provide his own unique take on the character to not be in Burtonís shadow.

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** Creator/CoreyBurton's RoleReprisal RoleReprise of Shockwave also solidified him as the definitive actor for the character for many fans, much like Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as Optimus Prime and Megatron. His [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime successor]], Creator/DavidSobolov, even admitted he could never outdo Burton and resolved to provide his own unique take on the character to not be in Burtonís shadow.


** This seriesí use of Creator/CoreyBurton also solidified him as the definitive actor for the character for many fans, much like Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as Optimus Prime and Megatron. His [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime successor]], Creator/DavidSobolov, even admitted he could never outdo Burton and resolved to provide his own unique take on the character to not be in Burtonís shadow.

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** This seriesí use Creator/CoreyBurton's RoleReprisal of Creator/CoreyBurton Shockwave also solidified him as the definitive actor for the character for many fans, much like Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as Optimus Prime and Megatron. His [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime successor]], Creator/DavidSobolov, even admitted he could never outdo Burton and resolved to provide his own unique take on the character to not be in Burtonís shadow.


** Some more ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' specific examples: Do [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Lugnut and Blitzwing]] merely work together, or are they genuinely [[HeterosexualLifePartners friends]]? Is Blitzwing crazy [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity because he's a triple-changer]], or is he able to triple-change only ''[[PowerBornOfMadness because]]'' he's crazy? Or are his nuttiness and ability to triple-change unrelated? [[WordOfGod Derrick J. Wyatt]] stated that becoming a triple-changer means going crazy in response to a question on his blog.

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** Some more ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' specific examples: Do [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Lugnut and Blitzwing]] Blitzwing merely work together, or are they genuinely [[HeterosexualLifePartners friends]]? Is Blitzwing crazy [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity because he's a triple-changer]], or is he able to triple-change only ''[[PowerBornOfMadness because]]'' he's crazy? Or are his nuttiness and ability to triple-change unrelated? [[WordOfGod Derrick J. Wyatt]] stated that becoming a triple-changer means going crazy in response to a question on his blog.

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