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Beast Wars II is a Japanese Transformers spinoff from 1998, made to bridge the gap between the Japanese airings of the first and second seasons of Beast Wars. Crash-landed on Gaea, the vicious Predacons, led by Galvatron, and the heroic Maximals, led by Lio Convoy, battle for Angolmois energy. In general, it's a more lighthearted show than Beast Wars, and was followed by a follow up series, Beast Wars Neo.

The full name of the series is Beast Wars II: Chō Seimeitai Transformers (ビーストウォーズII 超生命体トランスフォーマー, literally "Beast Wars II: Super Life-form Transformers") and pronounced Beast Wars Second.


The series provides examples of:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Gigastorm's death. After his defeat he apologizes to Galvatron for his defeat, and Galvatron tells him that he fought admirably so what he did was good enough.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Aside from calling out the action of transforming, characters also call out certain weapon or technique names.
  • Combining Mecha: Magnaboss and Tripledacus for the Maximals. While the Seacons become God Neptune (whose toy was a redeco of the G1 Seacons).
  • Camp Gay: Starscream/Hellscream, doing an fabulous victory dance at one point.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Artemis is pretty adorable.
  • Drama Bomb Finale: Galvatron gathers up all the Angolmois in his artificial planet Nemesis and engages Lio Convoy and Lio Junior in one massive final battle.
  • Earth All Along: In a reverse with Beast Wars, where Earth was prehistoric, Gaea is an After the End Earth after humans drew out too much Angolmois energy.
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  • Four-Leaf Clover: An episode focuses on Bighorn and his handmade four-leaf clover amulet.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Drillnuts is an inventor, but most of his inventions serve useless purposes.
  • G-Rated Drug: Oil pretty much serves the same purpose as alcohol.
  • Gratuitous English: Tonbot likes to use random English at times.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The Jointrons, muchas!
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Artemis pulls out a hammer out of nowhere to hit Moon with as a Running Gag.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Diver, Ikard, Thrust and Dirge talk this way.
  • Kill 'Em All: The Maximals all die due to the explosion of Galvatron's Galva-matrix, but get better by the end of Beast Wars Neo
  • King of Beasts: Lio Convoy, leader of the Maximals on Gaea who turns into a lion.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to Beast Wars, Beast Wars II is much sillier.
  • Love Triangle: Bighorn has a crush on Scylla who has a crush on Scuba who's definitely not interested. It then overlaps with Artemis' love for both Scuba and Starscream.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Hey, it's Transformers, what do you expect?
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Several of the Predacons get new bodies courtesy of the Angolmois energy.
  • Ninja: Mantis and Scuba's fighting styles are characterized by this.
  • Off-Model: The show was made in a haste to give the producers time to dub the final 2 seasons of Beast Wars, and much of the animation was outsourced. It shows a lot of the time, as Lio Convoy's beast mode face tends to change designs slightly between shots along with other inconsistencies for the character designs.
  • Palette Swap: There were only three new molds - Lio Convoy, Galvatron, and Moon. The rest of the cast are redecos of other figures or, if that. For example, Megastorm is a redeco of G2 Megatron, and the Seacons are redecoes of the G1 Seacons, some toys such as Thrust and Dirge were redecoes of toys from the obscure Machine Wars line exclusive to KB Toys in the United States, Autojetter and Autolauncher were toys meant for G2, but ultimately unreleased with the advent of Beast Wars, and Starscream and BB were redecoes of G2 Smokescreen and Dreadwing (no relation to the pre-existing G1 characters), using the color scheme of ATB Megatron and Starscream, a toy that was released in test markets in Ohio. A few were retools of varying severity, though, such as Gigastorm being a retool of G1 Trypticon. Some characters lacked figures.
  • Series Mascot: Moon, one of the few characters to get a toy that was a new mold.
  • SI Prefix Name: Galvatron's second-in-command Megastorm got a Mid-Season Upgrade into Gigastorm.
  • Sidekick Creature Nuisance: Moon, who Artermis has trouble not beating up in response to his antics.
  • Space Pirates: The Seacons, complete with a pirate ship.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Thrust and Dirge, and Starscream complains about their intellect at one point.
  • The Starscream: Megastorm, Galvatron's younger brother, who despite this, does not hesitate to betray him, even in his upgaded form, Gigastorm.
    • Also, Starscream, though in a more subtle way than usual : his goal is to replace Megastorm as Galvatron's second in command, thus making him the Starscream to the Starscream.
  • Those Two Guys: Thrust and Dirge, Starscream even calls them a comedy duo. Halfways through the show they realize they have never actually fought Lio Convoy and his troops.
  • Translator Buddy: Navi serves as a translator to the Martian emissary so that the Maximals can understand its unintelligible beeping.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Averted with the Insectrons, who are good guys despite turning into insects. Eventually. Also averted with Scuba, an octopus.
  • Years Too Early: The 36th episode has Hellscream tell Lio Junior that he is a thousand years too early to fight him.


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