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  • Devastator: PREPARE FOR EXTERMINATION!!!
    • Megatron's line that preceded that is just as great:
    "Constructicons, MERGE FOR THE KILL!"
    • His introduction is terrific. To a lot of later born 80s kids who grew up with only the tapes, amongst them this movie, this was their introduction to Transformers that make one giant one. Since the script was written before Devastator was outclassed by the Scramble City-style teams he is a juggernaut and the dreaded.
  • Optimus Prime's Big Damn Heroes moment, beginning with "Megatron must be stopped, no matter the cost," and climaxing with "One shall stand, one shall fall." So good that both were voted to be inserted into the live-action version, and the song playing during the scene ("You got the touch...") has become the stuff of legend. It's since seen a number of remixes, including at least two by Stan Bush, who remains in the public eye primarily for this song, and has made him and the entire band welcome among Transformers fans pretty much anywhere they go.
    • Just the part where he speeds towards Thrust, whose terrified expression is reflected in Optimus' grill as he gets run over, is incredible to begin with.
      • Credit to Blitzwing for being savvy when he sees Prime coming and jumping to escape the rampaging but landbound semi truck. He's the only Decepticon not to get his aft handed to him by Optimus in that scene. Still, bonus points to Prime, who, if you watch his steering wheel closely, is swerving towards Blitzwing to try and take him out like he did Thrust and Shrapnel.
      • After running down those two Decepticon, Optimus, no-selling a volley of laser fire, launches himself into the air while in truck mode via booster rockets, transforms, and without pausing shoots down Thundercracker, Soundwave, and Ramjet all in mid-air, and then shoots Dirge and Kickback when he lands. Then comes the final battle with Megatron, and Optimus whips him in unarmed combat. After Hot Rod causes the fight to turn, a stabbed and shot Optimus still knocks Megatron over a three story fall with the Polish Hammer.
      • Special mention goes to the part when Megatron jumps into the air, the sun backlighting him for added awesome, and dives toward Prime... only for Prime to uppercut him in the face. How the HELL did Micheal Bay not swipe this shot for his movies?
      • In fairness, even before Hot Rod intervenes, Megatron does pretty well for himself, subverting his usual General Failure role by having a good number of prominent Autobots dismantled, then in his final battle, he proves his worth, tackling Optimus head first and impaling his chest with discarded rubble. Either way you look at it, Megatron killed the Big Good, and not many villains can claim that.
      Megatron: I'll rip out your optics!!!
      • Optimus's defiance in the face of execution
      Megatron: I would have waited an eternity for this! It's over, Prime.
      Optimus Prime: ...NEVER!
      • When Megatron starts begging for mercy - in truth he's just buying time to grab a nearby gun - from Optimus, the Autobot leader makes it clear that he is not buying it.
      Megatron: No more, Optimus Prime! Grant me mercy, I beg of you!
      Optimus Prime: You, who are without mercy, now plead for it? I thought you were made of sterner stuff.
  • Megatron, after having been betrayed by Starscream and rebuilt as Galvatron, returns to the Decepticons...
    Starscream: Who disrupts my coronation?!?
    Galvatron: *reveals himself* Coronation, Starscream? This is bad comedy.
    Starscream: Megatron...? Is that you??
    Galvatron: Here's a hint!
    • Slag note  in one shot — DEFINITELY one of Galvatron's better moments and so richly satisfying, you wonder why Megatron didn't fry the little creep years ago.
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    • And the one-liner afterward...
    Galvatron: Will anyone else attempt to fill his shoes?
    Rumble: What'd he say his name was?
    Galvatron: Galvatron!
  • You're forgetting the exchange Starscream and a dying Megatron had before this.
    Megatron: Wait! I still function!
    Starscream: Wanna bet?
    • What makes the payback mentioned above even more priceless.
  • Also after this scene but before the one above it, Starscream starts, and WINS, a brawl inside Astrotrain to see who will be the new leader. You don't see Starscream during the brawl, but with him being crowned it's obvious that he won.
    • Word of God is that he hid in the corner until the brawl was over, then basically sucker-punched the real victor. Still kind of awesome for him - for once being a weaselly little bastard was totally the right call.
  • Megatron gets one when he demands something in return for destroying the Matrix for Unicron. As Unicron notes, "[his] bargaining posture is highly dubious", Megs is floating in space with five deactivated Decepticons and is barely functioning himself. Still, when a Physical God gives you a command and your response is "what's in it for me?", you have a lot of guts. Much like Optimus, even on the brink of death Megatron does not cower or back down.
    • Heck, through the entire scene Megatron is defiant. While Unicron has none of it, Megatron still deserves points for not letting go of his dignity and pride.
      Unicron: I have summoned you here for a purpose.
      Megatron: Nobody summons MEGATRON!
      Unicron: Then it pleases me to be the first.
      Megatron: State your business!
  • If you're going to talk about the animated movie, let's bring in Megatron and Soundwave. After the battle with Optimus Prime, Megatron is near death and what does Starscream do? He kicks him when he's down and turns to leave without him. Megatron can only plead to Soundwave "Don't leave me." Soundwave responds "As you command" and promptly carries him. This scene is awesome enough to rival Optimus Prime's death scene and further proves why Soundwave is a very popular character.
    • It's also a character-defining moment for Starscream — namely, his biggest Kick the Dog moment of the entire series so far.
      • Keep in mind, Starscream kicks Megatron with all his might... with the same foot he had earlier blasted apart to escape being crushed.
  • While talking about the animated movie — Three Words: Arise, Rodimus Prime.
    Galvatron: It's a pity you Autobots die so easily, or I might have a sense of satisfaction now.
    (You've Got the Touch)
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    • Followed by his complete No-Sell of Galvatron's cannon blasts, then overpowering the Decepticon leader and throwing him through the wall! The scene is capped with the following quote as Rodimus isn't asking the Matrix, he's ordering it!
    Rodimus Prime: Now, light our darkest hour!
    • Or how about:
    • Hot Rod's response to the Quintesson judge is cheesily badass (which fits the movie very well):
    Quintesson: Silence, or you'll be held in contempt of this court!
    Hot Rod: I have nothing but contempt for this court!
  • The Dinobots' big moment where they burst into the Quintesson courtroom and save Kup and Hot Rod from the Sharkticons before turning them on their oppressors:
    Quintesson: Sharkticons! Execute them!
    Grimlock: Me Grimlock say execute THEM!
    *Sharkticons contemplate their choices for a moment... and chase the Quintessons*
  • Another Dinobot moment: Slag single-handedly defeated Devastator, after all autobots failed (including his fellows Dinobots).
    • Devestator's Oh, Crap! face when he sees the Dinobots coming. When the guy who's The Dreaded to normal Autobots strikes that face, you know something big is coming at him.
    • Grimlock's response when Optimus gives the Dinobots the order to destroy Devestator? "Me Grimlock love challenge!"
  • Unicron's minute-long transformation. While Unicron's nature is well-known to us now, it certainly wasn't in 1986, and seeing him transform from a planet into a planet-sized robot on the big screen is an experience you won't forget.
  • Springer's early one-liner certainly ranks up there with anything from the movie. "I've got better things to do tonight than die!" as he starting hailing rockets on the Decepticons.
  • Grimlock leading the Dinobots to attack Unicron from behind, and giving the planet eater a literal ass-kicking. Also managing to do more damage than anyone other than Hot Rod/Rodimus to Unicron in the process!
    • His comment as he starts to do so is awesome in itself.
    Grimlock: (as he transforms) Me Grimlock kick butt!
  • THE ENTIRE. FRIGGIN. SOUNDTRACK. Particularly Unicron's Theme; you hear that theme and you know something bad's about to happen.
  • Kup solidified his standing as a badass character right from the start. During the assault on Autobot City, Kup leaps onto Blitzwing's cannon while he is in tank mode, not only managing to divert the canon away from firing at Hot Rod and Daniel but also blast Shrapnel out of the air who then crashes into Blitzwing. Kup takes out two Decepticons at once, without ever drawing his weapon or firing a shot.
  • How has Hot Rod not gotten more love on this page? Between basically opening fire on Megatron and the Decepticons when they first attack Autobot City, blowing their cover, and his awesome underwater battle to save Kup, the movie went a long way to make you both forgive him for his part in Optimus's death and accept him as the new Prime.
    • Unfortunately, a lot of people didn't. He was an upstart "All American Boy" who saved the day from a situation he created because of his rash actions.
  • Hot Rod drives his damaged ship right into Unicron's eye and makes the evil god feel pain for the first time in the film.
  • YMMV, but the Decepticon attack on the Autobot ship that resulted in the deaths of Brawn, Prowl, Ratchet and Ironhide. Think about it, after 65 episodes of losing, the Decepticons are showing us why their war with the Autobots was at a stalemate and reminding us why the human race feared them.
    • For added points, they attack to the sound of N.R.G.'s "Instruments Of Destruction", which would go on to become the Decepticons' unofficial theme due to the awesome of this one scene.
  • Ironhide's Defiant to the End moment should count as this. He's been shot multiple times, he's so badly injured he can barely move, he has no way at all to alert his fellow Autobots to what's coming. And he knows that even if he were in perfect health, he'd have little chance against Megatron. But if his options are to lay down and die or die putting out whatever resistance he can, there's no choice for him. Megatron might have called the act "heroic nonsense", but it was still heroic.
  • Rumble and Frenzy, two of the smallest Decepticons (if not the smallest) manage to take out DEVASTATOR, the largest and most powerful Decepticon, who is usually only defeated by either all the Autobots working together or another combiner/gestalt team. Even all 5 Dinobots have trouble with Devestator.
    Rumble and Frenzy: No way!
    • It's how they defeat him that makes it awesome; instead of attacking Devastator directly (which, given this movie's Kill 'Em All nature, would have been suicidal), they activate their piledriver mode and shake up the floor to the point where Devastator falls apart into the individual Constructicons, and that's when the duo strike.
  • Kup, the veteran Autobot who always has a story about a similar situation in the past. Kup has been there, Seen It All and done everything. Then he witnesses a transformed Unicron and the war raging around the Planet Eater.
    Hot Rod: Doesn't this remind you of anything Kup?
    Kup: Nope. Never seen anything like this before.
  • Laserbeak. He's the very first Cybertronian character to appear onscreen, and he managed to enter, spy and leave the Autobot Moonbase 1 undetected. He also registered important information about the Autobots plans of going to Earth, which allowed the Decepticons to catch the Autobots in the shuttle totally off guard, and kill them.

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