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- In the first episode, Prowl's reaction to Optimus' 'cog-in-the-Autobot-machine' speech.Prowl: *Face-servo* Not this speech again...
- Ratchet's mouth hanging open when Sari repairs Prowl in the second episode.
- In "Transform and Roll Out", Optimus Prime asks Sari how humans make "these new, smaller organics" (i.e. babies). His reaction to what he hears is priceless.
- "Thrill of the Hunt" opens with Ratchet and Optimus Prime checking out second-hand auto parts dealer shop. Ratchet displays his disgust at selling mechanical parts (they are living robots after all), while Optimus doesn't seem to mind as he understands that this must be some sort of human custom.Ratchet: It's primitive...it's barbaric...there ought to be a law against it!
Optimus Prime: ...It's just an auto supply store, Ratchet.
Ratchet: You mean they actually sell spare parts on the open market? What kind of malfunction would be crass enough to buy this stuff?
Bumblebee: Hey guys, check out my new horn!
- Which then cuts to Bumblebee driving out of said dealer shop and trumpeting the theme tune on said new horn.
- "Along Came a Spider" has Bulkhead going as a sheet ghost for Halloween. He found a sheet big enough "just lying on some house." It's a fumigation tent.
- Just about any scene with Blitzwing and Lugnut in it, but especially their first episode.Hothead Blitzwing: Careful, you copper-clad klutz! You stepped in something!
Random Blitzwing: But with a few dancing lessons, you'll soon be as light on your stabilizing servos as me, cha, cha, cha!
Lugnut: Silence, Blitzwing! I did not follow this beacon halfway across the galaxy for DANCING LESSONS!
- There was a scene before that as well. Never has "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" been this funny.
- Don't forget Lugnut's unique devotion. It even annoys Megatron himself:Lugnut: I WILL NOT HIDE! I WILL STAND PROUDLY AND SHOUT MEGATRON'S NAME TO THE HEAVENS!
Megatron: Oh, for spark's sake... Lugnut, you iron-brained idiot. We don't need to attract any unnecessary attention...
- Blitzwing's Icy and Hothead personalities get into an argument over whether to scan a jet or a tank as an alt-mode. Random eventually cuts in and suggests scanning both.
- Nature Calls: Let's not forget what happens after Bumblebee tries to use his media player in conjunction with Prowl's hologram projector to watch a horror movie... and when Prowl crushes Bumblebee's media player...
- From "Megatron Rising Pt. 1", Starscream is in the middle of monologuing to Megatron about how easy it would be to walk right in and terminate him in the state hes in. Then Bumblebee charges in, directly firing at Starscream. Starscream doesnt even flinch and is more bothered by something else.Starscream: "You interrupted my SPEEEEEEEEEEEEECH!"
- In "Megatron Rising Pt. 2," Blitzwing is facing off the Autobots and has the upper hand. Prowl has Bumblebee employ his greatest weapon (his obnoxious personality) and continually talk smack to Blitzwing, who is strafing the Autobots in his jet fighter mode. This upsets Blitzwing, and causes him to switch to his Angry 'Hothead' persona and attack them with his even more heavily armed tank mode. Blitzwing has Personality Powers but is also an Involuntary Shapeshifter, and his transformations happen about as quickly as his personality changes. It's only when he realizes that he hadn't landed first that he learns Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress.Hothead Blitzwing: YOU WANT HEAT?! I'LL GIVE YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE! (realizes he transformed midair) OH SLAG! NOT AGAI-! (crash!)
- When Lugnut and Blitzwing finally track down Megatron...
- From "The Elite Guard". "Ohhh, I get it. You're afraid of me, aren't you? BOOGABOOGABOOGA!" "AHH!" The best part is probably Jazz's terrified pose.
- "I will pound you into sheet metal!" *faceswap* "Wait, we've already got some!"
- The entirety of "Return of the Headmaster"'s Sentinel-schadenfreude.Sentinel [as Optimus fights the Headmaster, who has stolen Sentinel's body]: You're enjoying this, aren't you, Optimus?
Optimus: [smirks while continuing to pound the Headmaster, which Sentinel can feel]
- In the Allspark Almanac databook, a self-serving diary entry from Sentinel Prime makes this even better. "Let me say that again. Optimus. Ripped. My. Arm. Off."
- From earlier in that episode, Optimus's reaction to seeing Sentinel Prime as just a head is gold. Hearing Optimus Prime of all bots laugh is just a great moment.Sentinel: Uhhh, Optimus. Tell the organic Fanzone that he can send his police force home. It's a false alarm.
Optimus: How do you know?
Sentinel: I just know, okay?! Now I need you to come to my position. ALONE. And promise me one more thing...
Sentinel: That you won't laugh!
[cut to Optimus looks around the rubble for Sentinel]
Optimus: Sentinel? Where are you?
Sentinel: (quietly) Look down...
[Optimus looks down to see Sentinel's head severed from his body, a comedic cue plays as the camera pans down to the body-less Sentinel, and Optimus cracks up at the sight]
Sentinel: You promised you wouldn't laugh!
- Also, "You kicked me! On purpose!"
- Sentinel gets a bit snippy, and Optimus can return in kind, even while fighting.Sentinel Prime: Hurry it up, Optimus Prime! That boat, and my body, are getting away!
Optimus Prime: Would you prefer for me to use you as a shield?! Actually, that's not a bad idea.
Sentinel Prime: Now, now, Optimus, let's not lose our I-I mean youknowwhatImean.
- In general, Sentinel attracts situations like this. His whole visit to Earth consists of him being haughty and then having bad things happen to him. Case in point, his first time out driving, he disrespects human traffic laws and discovers that they're there for a reason when he drives off an unfinished overpass, after having blown through the clear signs warning drivers not to go that way.
- This:Starscream: Ugh! This day couldn't possibly get any worse!
[Megatron and Blitzwing appear before him]
Starscream: I stand corrected.
Starscream: Sorry, you must have me confused with some other Harrier jet!
- And then a little later from the same episode (especially considering that Optimus and Co have been spending several episodes trying to convince the Elite Guard that there are Decepticons on Earth):Sentinel: *Sees a crashed Starscream* What IS that thing?!Optimus: Huh, that's right, you've never seen one up close. It's called a "Decepticon".
- And then a little later from the same episode (especially considering that Optimus and Co have been spending several episodes trying to convince the Elite Guard that there are Decepticons on Earth):
- Newly immortal Starscream's death montage in "Mission Accomplished".
- Megatron giving Lugnut orders in "Garbage In, Garbage Out". Seeing how this is Lugnut....Lugnut: STASIS LOCK ITSELF COULD NOT DETER ME FROM YOUR GRAND, AND GLORIOUS PLAN, OH WISE AND NOBLE MEGATRON!
- And earlier, Sari trying to teach Ratchet some manners:Ratchet: Will you get in already!?
Sari: Ah, ah, ah, what's the magic word?
- After Lugnut's failed Punch of Kill Everything:Lugnut: Raargh! Those accursed Autobots will pay for their insolence!
Wreck-Gar: Right! [pulls out a smoking cash register] Cash, check or charbroil?
[Lugnut smacks the cash register aside.]
Wreck-Gar: Right! What kind of tack would you like? Thumb tack? Carpet tack? Income tack?
Lugnut: Argh, never mind
- During the final confrontation with Wreck-Gar:Ratchet: You glitch-head! You're gonna destroy the whole city! You wouldn't dare do something that stupid!
Wreck-Gar: I am Wreck-Gar! I dare to be stupid! I will destroy the whole city!
Ratchet: All right, you've forced me to make the ultimate sacrifice; to do the one thing that requires more courage than anything I've ever had to do in my entire Autobot career! I... apologize.
Wreck-Gar: Come again?
- Heck, pretty much everything said or done by Wreck-Gar in the episode counts!
- And earlier, Sari trying to teach Ratchet some manners:
- After Ratchet saves Bumblebee.Prowl: I'll stay with Bumblebee.
Ratchet: Try to keep him quiet.
Prowl: You do realize this is Bumblebee.
Ratchet: Oh, yeah.
- Prowl's attempt at Fake Static at the start of "A Fistful of Energon." Jeff Bennett just nails it in making it so awkwardly out-of-place for Prowl, it's adorkable.Ratchet: Personally, I've always found Bumblebee's fake static to be a lot more convincing.
- In the "A Bridge Too Close", we have the brief moment of Blitzwing trying to pick a fight with Omega Supreme.
- At the end of the Season 2 finale, Megatron in stasis cuffs and Starscream's detached head are stuck somewhere in space, unable to do anything but bicker:Megatron: Stop staring at me.
Starscream: No. You stop staring at me!
Megatron: Do you think I actually want to spend the rest of eternity gazing at your unsightly visage?
Starscream: Trust me: your visage is no picnic either. And your face is ugly too!
Megatron: Oh, someone just take me offline now...
Starscream: What do you think I've been trying to do for the last four million stellar cycles?!?! AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It's funny, really, when you think about it. Tragic, but funny! AHAHAHAHAHA!
Megatron: ...oh, shut up.
- Megatron and Starscream's battle of wills continues in the Season 3 premiere "TransWarped", where Starscream gets so fed up that he starts ranting about how Megatron got them into this mess: "Are you seeing a pattern here? THIS! IS! ALL! YOUR! FAUUUULLLLTTTTT!"
- Bulkhead explaining the situation of "Where Is Thy Sting?" in the most Bulkhead way possible.Bulkhead: Oh, it's okay, he's Bumblebee, I know cause I pushed a wall on Sentinel and he told me!
- "Human Error":
- The recently humanized Autobots teaching themselves how to drive.Optimus: I have to hand it to the humans. Driving is much more difficult than it looks!
Ratchet: This ain't so hard! [Camera zooms out to show that he's somehow driving backwards]
- Prowl is shown to have decent control over his motorcycle... until he accidentally pops a wheelie whilst driving.Prowl: It's merely a matter of becoming one with the machi—AAAHHHHH!
- Blitzwing isn't fazed for long by a horrible injury.Blitzwing: Oh, look! I have a hole in my rocket!
- The recently humanized Autobots teaching themselves how to drive.
- The rivalry between Lugnut and Shockwave during "Endgame". Special mention goes to near the start of Part 1, when after some jibing from Starscream, Lugnut moves in front of Megatron punting Shockwave offscreen in the process.Megatron: Can't you shut [Arcee] up? She makes Blitzwing sound like he's got his head screwed on straight...
Starscream: Y'see, now he even likes Blitzwing better than you. Hmm...
(Meanwhile, Shockwave has walked back onscreen)
Lugnut: (Slaps Shockwave back offscreen) NO! I am the most faithful!
Shockwave: (Walks back onscreen) Have you blown a diode?! I'm trying to work here!
- "Career Day" has Optimus Prime introduce himself to a group of schoolchildren, but one of them (Daniel Witwicky) keeps pestering him with questions like how he's able to see when in his vehicle form and where his head goes when he transforms. In addition, all the children really want from Optimus is to turn into his firetruck form.
- In "Explosive Fist", Lugnut keeps on punching the ground until it creates a huge empty pit. Blitzwing then comes over in his "Random" persona and tells him that he thinks the pool would look better over there, much to the Decepticon's annoyance.
- "Starscream Heckles Megatron", as its title would suggest, consists of Starscream making fun of Megatron behind his back while he's making a speech. Starscream avoids getting in trouble by acting innocent whenever Megatron turns around, but when Megatron catches him Shaking the Rump, Megatron blasts him in the ass!
- Megatron: An order that starts with a Decepticon-controlled Cybertron. And woe betide any who would seek to undermine my authority...
(Walks toward Starscream as Lugnut, Blitzwing and Blackarachnia look on in horror)
- "Operating Table" has Sari help Ratchet perform surgery on Bulkhead. When Bulkhead recovers, he asks about the pile of leftover parts. Ratchet responds by shoving them down Bulkhead's throat, then walks off while whistling the Transformers theme song.
- Long thought to be condemned to the bin of lost media, on August 24, 2022, a fan finally uploaded the long-lost shorts "Starscream's Fantasy" and "Logo" to the Internet.
- "Starscream's Fantasy" has Lugnut and Blitzwing swearing loyalty to Starscream and Blackarachnia with a chain around her neck as she asked if she could serve him a refreshment (many fans have jokingly wondered if this is why this particular short was never released). Cue Starscream's personal servant Megatron prostrating before him with a tray of oil and Energon goodies, begging for forgiveness for never realizing his greatness. Then Megatron wakes up Starscream, and berates him for falling asleep during a staff meeting.
- In "Logos", Random Blitzwing sings the classic transition theme song from G1, before Lugnut clobbers him something fierce. Icy Blitzwing retakes control and thanks his cohort for it.
- The 2008 Botcon script reading "Bee in the City" is the funniest thing this troper has ever seen/heard, full of shout-outs and fourth wall breaks aplenty. Watch it here.
- The fact that David Kaye is getting to have both of his Transformers roles interact with each other in one place is both this an a Moment Of Awesome. Just the fact they're so far off from each other in terms of morality, yet have the same guy playing them, is amazing in and of itself, not to mention extremely meta.
- The entire segment where Shockwave explains what happens when they face a cosmic-powered supervillain, including what the secondary characters do and Optimus Prime's reaction to it.Optimus Prime: Nnnnnno, we won't be doing that.
- Vangelus' entire performance as the "morally ambiguous" Transtech Shockwave is brilliant.
- The Lampshade Hanging and Hand Waving of Professor Sumdac having a different voice (being played by Marty Isenberg instead of Tom Kenny), where Optimus asks why he sounds different and Sumdac answers that he has a cold.
- The Hurricane of Puns involving Professor Sumdac's Bi-directional Unified Transit Terminal.
- The Hand Wave at the ending where Optimus, Sari, and Bumblebee agree to never speak of this incident again to explain why the crossover event is never mentioned or brought up in the actual show.
- The aspect of Starscream that Slipstream represents is a joke about how most incarnations of Starscream have an effeminate side. The show doesnt make the joke outright, though, insisting that Starscream doesnt want to know what aspect she represents, and Word of God insisted it was just a Riddle for the Ages joke. This did not stop fans who didnt get the joke from bombarding creative personnel like Derrick J. Wyatt about what aspect she represented. At first he tried to jokingly wave it off with an I try not to think about it, but eventually, his answers became less than serious. See below, paraphrased:
- Fan: Does Slipstream represent the part of Starscream thats still saddened over how the Native Americans lost their land and their Buffalo to the greed of American settlers?Wyatt: Yes.
- On one occasion on Wyatts now defunct Formspring page, after receiving a yes from him, a fan celebrated finally finding out the truth, only for Wyatt to awkwardly explain he was just saying yes to any theory on Slipstream now.
- Wyatt took part in a role playing community that spanned numerous incarnations of the franchise, often acting as a mischievous troll who heckled other characters, perhaps most prominently Armada Galvatron (who he referred to as a moose due to his antlers), Prime Ratchet (who he heckled about his age and frequently entered Ham-to-Ham Combat with), and Animated Straxus, who was played as a Laughably Evil Fat Bastard. Wyatt even concocted the fictional holiday of Straxmus, where everyone insulted Straxus until Christmas upon which theyd all join together and shove him down a chimney to get stuck in.