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Transformers Victory is the Japanese-produced sequel series to Transformers Super-God Masterforce, taking the focus back to good old fashioned Autobots vs Deceptions. Star Saber, the new leader of the Autobots, is heading the charge against a new Decepticon warlord named Deathsaurus, who began stealing energy from the Earth to fuel and reactivate an old Decepticon space-fortress. This new Autobot commander is also the foster father of a human boy named Jan, who lost his parents to a Decepticon attack.

The series lasted for 44 episodes, though several of them were mere clip shows. All were released in 1989. A manga with a markedly more bizarre storyline exists.

Alongside Transformers Headmasters and Transformers: Super-God Masterforce, the entire series is released on DVD for the first time in North America by Shout! Factory.


As with both of its predecessors, Victory also received a hilariously bad english dub from Omni Productions. What's interesting to note is that the english dub takes Victory's opening and, with some small editing of the title, uses it for the other two shows.

Followed by Transformers Zone with one episode OVA, but with a series of story pages.

This series provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Hellbat kills Deathcobra by complete accident when he tried to persuade Deathcobra to not get him replaced. The latter was not amused and tried to kill him, causing Hellbat to land lucky shots at him. He becomes remorseful after what he's done.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga version is basically this. The manga has Jean's missing sister who combines herself with Victory Leo (who is a seperate character from the former God Ginrai), Deathsaurus' adopted son who he plans to raise as Overlord Jr., and Deathsaurus' motives comes perfectly clear when he plans to release his fortress containing Decepticon civillians and loved ones.
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  • Aloof Ally: Greatshot
  • Anti-Villain: In the manga of all places, Deathsaurus wanted to regain his fortress so that he can release civilian Decepticons, along with-get this- families.
  • Back from the Dead - Wheeljack makes an appearance, despite being nicely toasted in The Movie. (Probably on account of the movie not premiering in Japan until after the episode was already written).
    • It was later retconned in other stories where, thanks to Ravage, created a Binaltech body where he goes into hiding where a "fake" gets killed off in 2005.
  • Bad Ass Decay: as usual for one of these things, the earlier characters become more or less bumbling idiots by the end. The Dinoforce (and Dinoking) are initially a reasonable threat in the early episodes, but are a joke by the end.
  • Bad Boss: Deathsaurus proceeds to furiously berate his subordinates frequently, going so far as to nearly kill Leozack in a fit of rage.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: For all the Dinoforce are dumber than a sack of rocks, they did manage to kill Jean's parents.
  • Big Bad - Deathsaurus
  • Butt-Monkey: Hellbat.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Cast Herd - The Brain Masters, Micromasters etc.
  • Combining Mecha - how the cast herds are divided, with the above-mentioned teams, as well as the Dino Force, the Breastforce (who carry chest-mounted miniature attack robots that could transform into weapons), and the Multi Force, made of 6 Autobots who could combine in three pairs or into a single massive combiner named Landcross.
  • Darker and Edgier: Subverted. It would definitely be darker than most kid shows, but that has more to do with what is acceptable to kids in Japan, but it is a lot more lighter than the previous series.
  • Demoted to Extra - God Ginrai, the mechanical component of Masterforce's hero, and before that, the body of Optimus Prime, spends most of his time fighting Decepticons in other sectors (i.e. off-camera) and only appears to be destroyed and turned into what Transfans sarcastically label "a backpack and a pair of boots"- Star Saber's Mid-Season Upgrade.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Deathsaurus maybe an Evil Overlord who wants to Kill All Humans, but the manga shows he has a soft soft for children, and them getting hurt actually upsets him.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs - The Dino Force
  • Expy
    • Star Saber - Optimus Prime
    • Holi - Wheelie
    • Jean - Daniel
    • Deathsaurus - Megatron
    • Leozack - Starscream
    • Greatshot - Sixshot
  • Friend to All Children: While Star Saber is this since he adopted Jean, Deathsaurus of all Decepticons is this in the manga. To the point he tries to bribe Jean into joining him by giving him an NES (though that system would be considered outdated in that time period)
  • Hammerspace: Explained. Hammerspace weapons had been the subject of Fridge Logic of where the Transformers' weapons come from since the original G1. This series, alongside Masterforce, brought it back as if it was going out of style. It was explained that all Transformers have a type of energy to bring weapons out of thin air. They can't access their weapons if they ran out of said energy.
  • Honor Before Reason: As Victory Saber held the Dinoforce dead-to-rights, Goryu requests Saber to cut him, and only him, down so his men can be spared, to the protest of the other Dinoforce members. Victory Saber then decides to spare all of them, showing compassion and allowing the Dinoforce to heal.
  • Kick the Dog: Deathsaurus abounding the Dinoforce to get swept beneath the waves when Atlantis sinks, despite their loyalty to him. It comes back to bite him later.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Holi and his rescue team.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Liokaiser. His first appearance has him nearly kill Star Saber, and every time he appears, the Decepticons either win outright, or achieve their objectives, and he is played completely straight. Case in point, after his debut, the comedy the Breastforce give drops, though they still have some individually, and most of it goes to the Dinoforce.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Deathsaurus is very good at this, and often retreats with whatever energy he already has in his possession rather than risk all of it fighting the Autobots. It's part of the reason he actually succeeds in his ultimate goal and reactivates his Planet Destroying Fortress.
  • Large and in Charge: Both Star Saber and Deathsaurus are combiner-sized, meaning they tower over their subordinates. Star Saber at least has a lesser form known as Saber, which is closer to the size of an average Transformer.
  • Lighter and Softer: While the series does have some dark moments, the show is much more comedic, with the villains being more easy to beat, and human casualties are never talked about. It is much more lighter than Masterforce, which had an omnicidal monster as its main antagonist, with the killing of humans occurring more explicitly and frequently.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Star Saber becomes Victory Saber
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Deathsaurus, Killbison, etc.
    • The Planet Destroying Fortress, natch.
  • Never My Fault: Deathsaurus blames Leozack for the failure of his missile scheme, completely ignoring that he was the one that misjudged Star Saber's speed, and completely ignored his minions attempt to explain his unification with Victory Leo.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: The Deception Fortress is type 2 in the anime. Manga, it's a space colony.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Unlike many of his predecessors, Deathsaurus is generally content to let his minions do the heavy lifting and rarely takes to the field personally.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad - The Dino Force
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Deathsaurus is well aware that Leozack is going to try to usurp him, but when Goryu questions Leozack's orders in the second episode, Deathsaurus subtly intimidates Goryu to comply with Leozack's command.
    • Deathsaurus also seems to have a genuine appreciation of Hellbat and Drillhorn's skills, in that he rarely gets mad at them directly and actually compliments them for their actions multiple times.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Star Saber takes command of the Autobot forces protecting Earth, he decides to enroll Jan in school so he can be around humans his own age (up until that point, he'd grown up completely surrounded by the Autobots). This unfortunately means that the Decepticons occasionally attack the school to get at Star Saber through Jan.
      • The first time this happens, Star Saber tries to shield the school with his body and wait for Leozack to turn around. Unfortunately, his shielding attempt does nothing, as the school is wide enough that Star Saber cant shield the whole building.
    • During Star Saber's meeting with the principal to finalise Jan's enrollment, the principal notes that she needs his signature on the paperwork. As Star Saber towers over the entire school, he promises to have his signature miniaturized and sent to her.
    • As Hellbat (and Deathcobra) learn the hard way; if you shoot blindly at something, don't be surprised if you hit something (or someone) you really didn't mean to.
    • Many of the Transformers weapons and technology are created to affect their own kin. Jan's mech that he gets later towards the end of the series is made of ordinary Earth metal, which renders it invulnerable to Transformer technology. This plays a crucial role in wrecking several Decepticon schemes and plays a vital role in the final battle.
    • Deathsaurus knows about the long history of Earth and how so many Decepticon emperors failed to conquer it. Rather than try to conquer Earth, he decides to destroy the planet.
    • Similarly, whenever Deathsaurus personally oversees an operation, unlike his underlings, the second it becomes obvious he has lost, he takes whatever energy he has and runs, preferring that a minor gain is better than a total loss.
  • Spared By Adaptation - God Ginrai is spared from death in the manga version. In the anime, he willingly has himself killed so he can become Victory Leo. In the manga, he's a different character from Leo himself.
  • Spell My Name with an "S" - Deathsaurus vs Deszaras (or Debt Source if you're feeling snarky). Deathsaurus was the name used when the character appeared in Transformers: Timelines while Deszaras appears in this series' DVD boxsets released by Metrodome and Madman Entertainment.
  • The Starscream - Leozack, who acheives the ultimate treachery in the manga by turning the space-fortress's primary cannon on Deathsaurus while he was battling with Star Saber in the last chapter. In the anime, Deathsaurus was well-aware of this by trolling him. He eventually decides to make his "point" to Leozack.
    • - Hellbat, who sort of acts as The Starscream to Leozack, often trying to either sabotage or take credit for his plans.
  • The Sociopath: Guyhawk easily fits the bill.
  • Stock Footage - Used a lot, particularly Star Saber's transformation sequence and the Breastforce combining into Liokaiser. One episode used two transformation shots from Star Saber and an Autobot named Greatshot.
  • Team Rocket Wins - the series is notable for giving the Decepticons some decent victories.
  • Technology Porn: The way the Planet Destroying Fortress' systems slowly come back online with pinpricks of light is beautiful.
  • The Bus Came Back - Several episodes feature a few familiar faces: Wheeljack and Perceptor from the original series, and Minerva's now-living Transtector (still named Minerva) from ''Super-God Masterforce".
    • This, however, creates a Continuity Snarl, as Wheeljack is supposed to be dead. This is a side-effect of the movie not making it to Japanese shores until the same year Victory premiered. Later material Hand Waves this by stating that Wheeljack did indeed die in the movie, and that the Wheeljack seen here was a Wheeljack from the Binaltech World (this explanation was also used for Prowl's erroneous appearance in The Headmasters).
  • Transformation Sequence: Of course.
  • Transforming Mecha: Well, obviously.
  • True Companions: On both sides. The Autobots obviously have this, but the Decepticons have this as well, as Leozack was very upset when Deathcobra was murdered (unknowingly by Hellbat).
    • After Guyhawk was rescued by the Breastforce, the next episode had them warmly welcome him back.
  • Unfortunate Names - Seriously... Breastforce?
    • It's supposed to refer to the characters breastplates, which transform into animal attack partners and/or weapons.
  • Wave Motion Gun - Deszaras' space fortress has a huge cannon that takes a long time to power up. He also uses a cannon called the "Living Metal Destroying Cannon". However, it uses up his energy reserve from Hammerspace.
  • Word Salad Name: Deathsaurus.
  • Years Too Early