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That chick in the hotpants? That's... not a chick.

"You're mine. Don't even bother resisting; you'll only make it worse, and that could be painful."
Megatron (to Starscream)

Since Cybertronians are a gender neutral species with a suspiciously large percentage of characters considered male, Ho Yay and Foe Romance Subtext collapse into themselves in an explosion of pink energon, purple Big Bads, and *ahem* brotherhood.

Might as well put it all together in one easily accessible page. You know, for efficiency.


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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Megatron in possession of an Evil Plan must be in want of a Starscream to have domination-innuendo with.
  • G1: Starscream is Megatron's bitch, but doesn't want to be. He comes up with various Zany Schemes to do in Megs instead of a direct attack because a bastard with a fusion cannon can make nearly anyone his bitch.
    • Starscream glomps Megatron after returning from the past. Also note Starscream saying the beginning of what may be a Double Entendre: "Aren't you glad to see us?"
    • Usually when Starscream begs for forgiveness from Megatron, his cloying tone can be interpreted as a sweet and innocent tone.
    • In "Bruticus' Revenge", Starscream tries to convince Megatron that the Combaticons forced him to threaten him, Shockwave was the only one to respond while quoting "He is lying!".
  • In "Enter the Nightbird", the Decepticons gain a human-made Female robot called Nightbird, and Megatron apparently falls in love with her. Starscream becomes enraged and destroys her, really pissing Megatron off.
    Starscream: She's not so hot.
    Megatron: She's hot enough to replace you whenever I choose!
    Megatron: (witnessing Nightbird's fight with the Autobots) TERRIFIC!! You're definitely on my replacement list, Starscream. She's everything I've always wanted.
    Starscream (outraged): REPLACE ME!? NEVER! (punches Megatron)
  • Starscream's revenge towards Galvatron can be interpreted as a psycho ex-girlfriend getting back at her boyfriend.
    • To further a dew. Starscream's motivation... is to regain his body. One could easily argue he's heart-broken from being killed by his former leader.
  • Marvel Comics: Basically the same as G1, but expanded on. Megatron's immortal quote of "Why? That's what they all asked me. Why him... why Starscream? Why, of all the Decepticons, did I decide to revitalize the one whose record of deceit and betrayal is legend? Because I'm an idiot, that's why!" could also be answered by "because you love him."
  • Beast Wars II: Starscream's bordering on Camp Gay, but sadly, he'd rather backstab his teammates than Galvatron. Of course, you could say he's trying to work his way up to get closer to the one he loves...
  • Unicron Trilogy: Care to guess where the top quote comes from? In this one, Starscream is still a whiny nuisance, but he gets jealous of Megatron paying attention to the others sick of sucking up to Megatron for scraps and defects to the Autobots in Armada (Megatron will miss him when he's gone!). Megatron is offended by Starscream's audacity. So when Starscream returns in Energon without his memories, Megatron... helps. While Megatron is penetrating Starscream's body with a large object as the below dialogue plays, having started with this page's quote. At the end, Demolishor, watching the whole thing, says, "Whew! That looked like it hurt!" I'll be in my bunk.
    "What is my name, Starscream?!"
    "Meg... a... tron!"
    • The point of this exchange was that Starscream had lost his memories and Megatron wanted to make it very clear to the confused mech that he lived for Megatron and Megatron alone. After this, Megs gets the perfect soldier: The rare Starscream who does anything that Megatron commands him to do, without question, and whenever Screamer does wonder who he is Megatron shuts him up and puts him back in the kitchen so that the 'rebelling/getting self killed' bit from Armada doesn't repeat itself.
    • Galvatron and Starscream are paired together in the 2nd japanese ending of Cybertron.
  • Bayverse: Megatron and Starscream are the only Decepticons with much verbal screentime, so their dependence on each other is highlighted. This is the only incarnation where a battle-damaged Megatron calls on Starscream to help him!
    • Their only conversation in the first movie:
    Starscream: I live to serve you, Lord Megatro—
    Megatron: Where is the cube!
    Starscream: The humans have taken it. :(
    Megatron: You fail me yet again, Starscream.
    • From Revenge Of The Fallen, three words:
    Megatron: Starscream, I'm home.
    • Megatron and Starscream have kids, too. If that isn't out of place and creepy enough, Megs gets back into domestic abuse form and roughs Starscream up around them, killing one of them. Though in all fairness, they're less 'kids' and more 'clone soldiers.'
    • Megatron slapping Starscream with his severed arm was a nice touch.
  • In Shattered Glass, Starscream is worshipful of Megatron to the point of practically mooning over him like a lovestruck teenager. He calls him "magnificent leader" and similar titles all of the time with utter sincerity. In one of the stories he gets very fussing and protective when Megatron is injured. In another he reacts with horror at the thought of having to leave Megatron behind stranded on Cybertron due to circumstances while he and the others go to Earth, and when he's forced to anyway he gets mopey about it. Then in the recent comics when Megatron is killed, Starscream throws himself on Megatron's body and wails about why couldn't it have been himself that was killed instead. While it's obviously intended as a reversal of The Starscream usually being a disloyal backstabber, it has the side effect of some seriously slashy overtones. Of course, being a mirror universe, this means that if everything character-wise is the opposite, if Starscream is gay for Megatron here, he isn't in the main timeline.
  • Animated: This may be the ONLY incarnation of Megatron and Starscream that doesn't have copious amounts whatever the fuck these two have been doing for 25 years. To compensate, they gave us a female Starscream clone, Slipstream, who betrayed Screamer for Megatron.
  • Hell, in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Starscream and Megatron don't even start on the same SIDE, and they STILL can't stop talking about how "intriguing" they think the other is. The first instance of this happens roughly ten minutes into THE FIRST LEVEL.
  • Transformers: Prime, ladies and gentlemen, where Starscream has an even more slim and curvy body shape to boot:
    • Episode Six where Starscream finds a near-dead Megatron. Ol' Screamer lands on top of Megatron and moves his face closer to his. Subtext? We don't need no subtext!
    • In ''Out of his Head" Starscream is gloating over Megatron's unconscious body:
      Starscream: Seems I possess the only means that will allow you to rise off that slab and walk again, my dearest Megatron.
    • Then in the next episode, Megatron gloats at a badly beaten (by him) Starscream who is lying on that same berth:
      Megatron: To think that but a short time ago it was you who were standing here while I was lying there, right after your failed attempt to terminate me. But know this, dear Starscream - our positions shall never again be reversed!
    • In "Rock Bottom", what drove Starscream to rescue Megatron is the idea of the approval it would give him. And, when Megatron found him stuck in a cave-in, Starscream tries a whole string of excuses to try and get Megatron to help him, Megatron responds with nothing but a smirk. Note that this is the same bot who would leave his henchmen to die without hesitation.
    • This quote from Partners:
      Megatron: "I don't care about some trinket! My second-in-command is a prisoner of the enemy!"
    • Yeah, it's because all Decepticon intelligence could be in Autobot hands, but the very fact that he's more angry about Starscream's capture, rather than the loss of a very powerful weapon, should be enough Fanfic Fuel.
    • We get lines like "my dearest Megatron" and such, going both ways. It usually means pain is about to ensue, though.
    • Even the humans start noticing it, as Agent Fowler reports to his superior (while summing up Starscream's entire character and purpose in the franchise) in a Recap Episode.
    Agent Fowler: Starscream really needs to decide: does he want Megatron's position... or his approval?
    • Not just the humans. The Decepticon's good doctor Knockout even picked up on it:
      Knockout (to Megatron): "Now tell me you love me more than Starscream."
      • Keep in mind this is after Knockout has seen Starscream leave and be replaced AND he was now currently witnessing Megatron show favor to Shockwave. And yet he still mentioned Starscream specifically for comparison.
    • Smokescreen's heard rumours about that stilleto-heeled creep...
    • Screamer's reaction towards Dreadwing's position as Megatron's new right-hand man?
    Starscream: "THAT'S MY POST"
    • But it's okay. Because after having an episode-long talk in Starscream's mind (via the psychic patch) Megatron forgives him, yet again, and allows him back into his ranks as his co-second-in-command. Yep, after seeing every ounce of Starscream's treachery in this series, Megatron still forgives Starscream (though not without some epic verbal punishment that deconstructs his character). Keep in mind he tries to have Airachnid killed after she betrays him only once.
    • And then, Megatron actually KILLS Dreadwing to save Starscream in the very next episode. Granted Dreadwing betrayed the Decepticon army after he found out that Starscream revived his brother from the dead and Megatron was going to help cover it up. But Megatron didn't know this at the time and so yes, he killed one of his (as far as he knew) most loyal commanders ever for a commander who's deceit and betrayal are every bit as well-known in this continuity as others.
    • In a later episode, Megatron says aloud what everyone already knows.
    Megatron(to Starscream): "You've been given more chances at redemption than anyone else in Decepticon history!"
    • And yet he just keeps granting them to him.
    • Starscream's hatred of Shockwave and Megatron's favoritism towards him COULD come across as attention-whoring from a greedy, insecure con...but it's probably easier to just call it jealousy.
    • Then, Starscream goes into a berserk vengeance-crazed fury when Megatron gets killed by Bumblebee. Yes, he cares about Megatron so much, it overrides his sense of self-preservation, self-centeredness, and tactics, also known as "the fundamental building blocks of his personality".
  • The "Starscream's Ambition" manga really makes no effort to hide it.
    Megatron: However, I'm more interested in that body of yours.
    Starscream: I'd be happy to give you a taste....of the power that I hold!
  • Transformers: Devastation's opening cutscene includes this bit of dialogue:
    Starscream: No Cybertronian has been able to tame it since... since the Golden Age!
    Megatron: Then stand back, Starscream, and watch me tame it... as I have tamed you.
  • InTransformers: Cyberverse, Starscream including Optimus Prime as one of the two bots (besides Megatron) be brought to him alive for his Judgment as a Quintessons Judge in Season 3 can be read as him being enraged at Optimus for stealing Megatron away from him.

    Megatron/Optimus Prime 
It's rare for archenemies to escape some level of this, though Starscream usually monopolizes Megatron's bloodlust.
  • G1:
    • Megatron is the one with a life-size working model of Optimus hidden in his closet! I'm serious!
    • Evidently parodied in Shortpacked!! here, with Starscream... having Apache Chief's power, apparently.
    • Optimus turning Megatron into his gun-mode really sticks to the mind of the fans.
    • There’s a quick moment in the finale movie where Optimus’ hand is on Megatron’s aft. Interesting…
  • Unicron Trilogy: Megatron becomes catatonic when Optimus Prime dies. First Screamer, then Prime!? Who is he supposed to punch?! He was naturally quite pleased when Prime came Back from the Dead.
  • He's just as bad in the old Marvel Comics TF series. When Prime dies there, Megatron becomes unbalanced, to Ax-Crazy proportions. It's generally better for all involved whenever it finally turns out that Prime isn't as dead as Megs thought.
  • Animated: The fact that the first two Season Finale battles involved Optimus bound and at Megatron's mercy is fascinating.
  • Transformers Prime: Can now be added to the list. To start there is the entire background of their friendship as Orion and Megatronus, then there are the multiple fights where they make a habit of getting in suggestive positions, and most of all there is the last three episodes of season 1 where not only does Megatron save Optimus several times, they form an alliance (And get in each other's personal space constantly) and then when Optimus loses his memories and Megatron is about to kill him he looks up and asks, "Where are we, Megatronus?" The look on Megatron's face launched a thousand fanfics
  • Transformers: Cyberverse is the most explicit in the romantic subtext to their relationship in the franchise. For starters, their dynamic is that of a divorced couple whenever they interact outside of fighting. Additionally, Optimus still wants to patch things up with Megatron through many peace treaty talks they had over the years of the war. The cherry on top to this is how Megatron spent his last moments dying in Optimus’ arms. Cue all the shippers being devastated.


  • Just to get it out of the way, before Starscream was a know-it-all commander, he was a know-it-all scientist and explorer. And Skyfire/Jetfire was his partner. LAB partner.
    Skyfire: Are you... happier being a warrior than a scientist, Starscream?
    Starscream: Oh, yes! It's far more exciting! And one day I will be leader of the Decepticons and you will be my second-in-command.
    Skyfire: I will do my best.

    Beast Wars 
  • Rattrap from Transformers: Beast Wars, despite his talk about the femmebots back home, seems to be laying it on pretty thick with the guys of his team; he has no problem with telling Cheetor just how he "tickles his joystick", tries to talk Silverbolt into going to a robot strip club with him, and even kisses Rhinox on the cheek after "saving" him from a fall. He also gives Rhinox an ever so slight kiss on the lips during the season finale, when both are under the impression that they are going to die at the guns of the Nemesis. Rhinox doesn't seem to have a problem with it (the kiss, not the dying). He doesn't even give a nod to Airazor, and has nothing but contempt for Blackarachnia, the only two females in the series. He might be bisexual.
    • Dinobot and Rattrap, as Vitriolic Best Buds, sounded too much like an old married couple. And Rattrap became Horatio to Dinobot's Hamlet (he held Dinobot's slaggin' hand until raptors were extinct AGAIN) in the end. We know how ambiguous THEY were, raising eyebrows in the theatre part here. Plus the scrapped episode of "Dark Glass" in which Rattrap defies orders to go on a suicide mission to resurrect his personal Pred in the clone. Heck, when Dinobot is about to Shoot Your Mate Rattrap, the Japan dub has him utter "be gentle, I hear the first time hurts".

    Megatron/Everyone Else 
You don't become the dynamic new leader of the Decepticons/Predacons without some subordinate excuses. Yesss...
  • G1:
    • Soundwave's rescue of Megatron in The Movie sees him refuse to abandon his leader and Bridal Carry him away from the battlefield. It's genuinely tough not to take this act of supreme loyalty as being borne of affection.
    • Cyclonus gets special mention. Always calls him "Mighty Galvatron," and is always by his side and genuinely caring about him, no matter how insane he gets... it's actually sweet. And at one point, when Cyclonus is in danger, Galvatron looks back, and hesitates just a moment (before leaving him and saving his own skidplate, of course). From the Ax-Crazy Bad Boss that is G1 Galvatron, that's a lot. He'd actually thrown some Mooks into the path of The Dweller to increase his own chances of escaping earlier.
  • Beast Wars:
    • Megatron and Starscream are unconscious in a volcano for 99% of this series, but Megatron and Dinobot are ready to serve you with hours of "prideful ex boyfriends who can't stop arguing" action. Megatron's repeated attempts at cloning Dinobot and their arguments. Seriously, after Dinobot defects to the Maximals Megatron's repeated attempts at cloning him really come across as someone trying to fill the void that Dinobot left.
    • There's also Inferno's obsession with his "queen." Assuredly one-sided, but Inferno's repeated use of such an LGBTQ term has raised quite a few eyebrows.
    • Megatron's Verbal Tic makes it sound like he's flirting with everyone, yessss... It's sleazy and charming at the same time.
  • Transformers: Energon has been mentioned and yet Mirage's feelings for Galvatron haven't? In the Japanese version he was 100% Gay-For-Galvatron. The dub either tried to cut it out, or never noticed it was there due to the rush job and incomplete translation, but one mention got in: when the Goldfish Poop Gang was jealous of Starscream getting all the credit, Mirage says, "But I've been so loyal! How could Galvatron not know how I feel about him?" The few times his Japanese counterpart's personality is carried over to the US version, it's even more hilarious, because he retains his deep gravelly voice from when he was Tidal Wave. If you haven't seen it, imagine the line as given by Darth Vader, delivered dead seriously.
    • He once pirouetted in front of a glowy pink cartoon heart when Galvatron called for him.
  • In Armada, Megatron/Demoloisher:
    • Megatron actually exploits this. After manipulating Starscream into attacking Demolishor, Megatron heroically jumps between them and takes the blow. When Demolishor asks if Megs is all right, Megatron replies that it's nothing as long Demolishor is OK, prompting Demolishor to give him a suspiciously tender look.
    • Demolishor’s got a few moments of Megs love, actually. For example, when collecting a Mini-con for the Decepticons, he says “Megatron will love me for this!” Later, after having lost it to the Autobots, Megatron points his sword at him, but eventually only threatens him with banishment. Demolishor begs, “No, please don’t banish me! Anything but that!” With a really big sword to his throat, he still considers that the worst thing that can happen.
  • Bayverse: Megatron and Sam. No, really. Michael Bay's Megatron seems to be more obsessed on Sam than he's obsessed on Optimus. In the first movie, he sure as hell was really into to get the boy, and then when he had him cornered he gives him the chance to live by becoming his pet. In the second movie, he gets all close to Sam, such as when he had him in the warehouse he holds him in a weird position on a dominating way, and then says he'll enjoy what he's gonna do, "slowly and painfully".
    Megatron: Oh, it feels good to grab your flesh!
  • The IDW comics have a Post-Heel–Face Turn Megatron have some Ho Yay with Ultra Magnus of all people, thanks to their shared love of discipline and rules. Hilariously, there's a scene where Magnus's disembodied armor (being controlled by scraplets) tries to hug Megatron; Megs mistakenly thinks it's the real Magnus coming onto him and tries to let him down gently. His attempt accidentally gets broadcast over the ship intercom and when Rodimus hears it the only thing he says is "I knew it."
    • He also has some with Rodimus...again, of all people. When Megatron stays in the Functionist universe, Rodders responds with a level of sour grapes more akin to a jilted lover than an angry warder, yet he forgives Megs almost instantly when he comes back - at which point it turns out that Megatron has kept his Rodimus Star, an item he - and everyone else on the ship - had scornfully dismissed at at one point or another, for eight hundred years. Rodimus is even willing to perjure himself in the hope that Megatron's trial will end in something other than life imprisonment or death, by lying on the stand and claiming that Megatron could open the Matrix when Rodimus couldn't - when, in the actual final battle, Megatron had failed and Rodimus had to open it for him.
      Megatron: You still think I'm going to betray you?
      Rodimus: Who said anything about betrayal? I just think we're at our best when we're together.

  • In Transformers: Animated, at the end of their Enemy Mine episode, Lockdown invites Prowl to run away together. When Prowl turns him down, he even says "Don't be like that."
    • Prowl/Lockdown is probably the most popular pairing in the fandom thanks to just one scene. Granted, this scene is halfway to being a parody of someone telling their admirer to "stop calling me", so Lockdown at least thinks he's fun to hang out with.
    • They refer to a 'spark to spark' which some fans choose to interpret as some form of Transformer sex rather than the intended Transformers-version of "heart to heart."

    Rest of TFA 
  • In Transformers: Animated, Blitzwing and Lugnut have quite a lot going for them.
    • Besides the whole hugging thing, after which Lugnut launches them both into the sky? In their first appearance, Blitzwing just iced Blackarachnia after she insulted Lugnut, despite the fact that he himself does it all the time. Um...
    • And lets not forget Lugnut's utter devotion to his GLORIOUS master, Lord Megatron.
  • Optimus/Sentinel anyone? Optimus has always gone above and beyond to help his former Academy-mate, even when Sentinel clearly deserved whatever sticky situation he got himself into! There were even several instances where Optimus clearly cared more about protecting Sentinel than Elita/ Blackarachnia who was arguably the more logical love-interest for Optimus!
    • Recently, many fans begin to notice something between Optimus and Prowl throughout the show. In fact, this Optimus has been commonly interpreted as bisexual because of how he interacted with Prowl, Sentinel, and Blackarachnia.
  • There's also Wasp's obsession with Bumblebee. His planned revenge on the little bug is not only dressing Bumblebee up as himself in order to make Bumblebee suffer through the same persecution and ruined life as he did, but turning himself into Bumblebee.
  • In the episode "Home Is Where The Spark Is", Bumblebee is pushed to the ground by Prowl and he blushes. Uh-huh... Normally, It Makes Sense in Context cancels many of these, but it's actually slashier in context. Prowl demonstrates his agility by pouncing on Bumblebee, and while on top of him, he's leaning right into Bumblebee's face with the biggest grin. And Bumblebee really does blush.

     Miscellaneous G 1 
  • Megatron and Starscream have nothing on Inferno and Red Alert. While not Jazz/Prowl level, it is usually a consistant fact that they are in a relationship, or are at least very close.
  • Tracks/Raoul. In both of Tracks' feature episodes ("Make Tracks" and "Auto-Bop"), Raoul is very heavily featured. In the former episode, when Raoul is captured by Megatron, Tracks personally threatens the leader of the Decepticon military. In both episodes, Raoul risks life and limb to save or otherwise help Tracks. The icing on the Ho Yay cake? Picture all of Tracks and Raoul's scenes playing out between a man and a woman. The Ho Yay practically jumps up and kisses you on the mouth.
  • At one point, Cliffjumper hops into Mirage's lap, and the two hug while rolling over and over each other. It's exactly as it sounds. (This is how they make up after Cliffjumper suspects Mirage of treason.) And in the Japanese Dub, the line when Cliffjumper hops into Mirage's lap is "Do what ever you want with me."

    Transformers Zone 
  • With the page image, notice the kids at the bottom holding hands. They're Cain (the one with the green hair) and Akira (brown hair) from Transformers Zone, and are both quite male, and Akira doesn't usually look this feminine, and neither probably look as girly to the 1989 Japan as to us (especially the "hotpants," once standard 80s shorts length, and Cain's hair - it's anime, it's '89, 'nuff said.) Literally all toy-company-produced promotional materials have them holding hands affectionately, and in the OVA, they're very Ho Yay-tastic, with Akira practically landing in Cain's lap at one point, and both looking at each other, seeing how close they are, blushing, and... not moving away. In the end credits, there's more hand-holding. The only reason the idea that this could be unintended subtext and not an Official Couple stands up at all is the fact that it's Transformers, and cartoons that exist to sell toys to 6-to-10-year-old boys Do Not Work That Way. Shippers must be making too much of it and it must be completely platonic blushing and repeated affectionate touching and running through fields of flowers hand-in-hand — it must be!

     Robots in Disguise 2001 
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise gets what is pretty much a remake of the Cliffjumper/Mirage episode, but Ironhide gets the Cliffjumper role. When 'hide confronts Mirage, it all comes off like a breakup. In the original, Cliffjumper had simply jumped to conclusions, followed by Mirage actually getting brainwashed. In this version, it's a plan Mirage has but can't let the others in on because he's been bugged. Cliffjumper comes off as being totally out of his processor; not so much Ironhide.
    Ironhide: "What's happened to you, Mirage? I thought I knew you! I thought you were dedicated! I thought you cared!"
    Mirage: "Yeah, well, you thought wrong. I don't care about them, and I don't care about you."
    Ironhide: "I can't believe you're saying this! You and me are history!"

  • Miles who seems pretty pissed Sam ditched him for Mikaela.

    Transformers Prime 
  • Airachnid and Arcee. Their mutual obsession with each other can be construed as being quite homoerotic even though they're meant to be arch-enemies.
  • Another one is Smokescreen and Optimus; it Makes Sense In Context,considering it could easily go hand-in-hand with the hero-worship and all. Also, let's not forget the time Soundwave kidnaps Smokescreen. Oh yeah, that one really supported the fangirls of it. If you don't get it, just visit DeviantArt and enter "Smokescreen x Optimus" in the little nifty search bar. Have fun sleeping tonight.
  • Not to mention the tension between Bulkhead and Breakdown. Bulkhead is even convinced to help rescue Breakdown so that he can have a rematch of an earlier fight! And Breakdown even hesitates to fight Bulkhead after being rescued, despite having his loyalties to the Decepticons questioned.
  • In the episode "Triage" Wheeljack and Ratchet team up to find an artifact. A lot of their conversations come off as Wheeljack basically flirting with Ratchet, calling him "sunshine" and other unwanted nicknames.
  • Optimus frequently calls Ratchet "Old Friend", and their long history with each other is apparent in the trust they express towards each other, especially in the second season premiere where Ratchet insists that the amnesiac Optimus is still an Autobot inside despite joning the Decepticons. This is pretty exceptional for the usually cynical Ratchet. Several members of the fandom have commented on how the two act Like an Old Married Couple.
  • Soundwave and Megatron too. Soundwave is so loyal to Megatron that he is ready to kick Airachnid's ass when she tries to overthrow him. Furthermore, Megatron always shows more respect for Soundwave than he ever did to anyone else and freaks out when Soundwave is captured by Autobots. And in the Titan comic, when Soundwave is injured, while Megatron could have run and let him die, he didn't. He was so enraged to the point of protecting him. Then, there is a cute moment between them afterward, where Megatron gives Soundwave a piggy-ride back even though he said he saved him because he needed generals. And that's one of the only times where Soundwave talks. And his word? "Thanks."
  • From "Thirst" (S3:E08), as Starscream and Knock Out are hiding together in a room from the Terrorcons:
    Starscream: "If this is indeed the end, if we are to become Terrorcon chow... It has been an honour serving Lord Megatron with you."
    Knock Out: "You're no Breakdown, though I must confess I have always admired your... lustrous finish."
    [prolongedsilence as Starscream smiles, flattered]
    Starscream: [clears throat] "Well then..."

    All IDW 
  • The IDW comics are very notable in this regard because they're the first Transformers medium to openly feature gay and bisexual characters/relationships, as well as acknowledge some of the gender oddities inherent in a species of living robots. These comics made it canon that gender is widely seen as irrelevant by most Transformers and that relationships between same-sex couples aren't seen as any different than heterosexual ones. In other words, in this continuity you're much more likely to see all those Ho Yay relationships become official. Aside from their take on Megatron's pairings described above there's also:
  • There's also Skids with multiple people. First with Swerve, where Swerve tries his best to convince Skids they'd make a great team but is initially rebuffed... only for Skids to change his mind after Swerve shows a bit of his soul behind the motormouth chatter, and say, "'Skids and Swerve.' That does sound pretty cool." They become close friends over the course of the series. Then he goes through the same thing with Rung in season 2. And that's on top of hetero tension he ends up having with the female Nautica. By the time of his death it seems like Skids Really Gets Around.
  • Bringing back Chromedome, him and Prowl's past relationship was full of it, and Prowl and Rewind are visibly jealous of each other in the present.
  • There's also Rodimus and Drift taking a Hands-On Approach to learning swordplay and their relationship in general, and Remain in Light gives us Cyclonus's reaction to Tailgate being terminally ill and Pharma going full-blown Yandere on Ratchet. This is all the work of James Roberts in his book More Than Meets the Eye, which has been nicknamed "Gay Robots in Space" expressly because of the stuff described above. (Cyclonus/Tailgate eventually moves out of this into Official Couple and They Do, while Rodimus/Drift is abandoned in favour of confirming Drift and Ratchet's Snark-to-Snark Combat as a form of Belligerent Sexual Tension).
  • IDW Prowl has this with a lot of people to some degree or another due to his manipulative personality. Other than his thing with Chromedome, his strained friendship with Optimus Prime starts veering this territory more and more as Prowl starts Slowly Slipping Into Evil. When the two end up fighting it out because of Prowl's actions, their argument reads like a horrifically bad and abusive break up.
  • A new one is Blast-Off and Onslaught, with the former being undyingly loyal to the latter and coming off like he's trying desperately to get his sempai's attention. Surprisingly this turns out to be canon; Starscream realizes that Blast-Off fell in love with Onslaught and that Onslaught is oblivious to how Blast-Off really feels. He proceeds to use that information to manipulate Blast-Off, using memory rewriting technology to make Onslaught notice Blast-Off's feelings in exchange for Blast-Off convincing the other Combaticons to work for Starscream.
  • Windblade and her bodyguard Chromia have a lot of Les Yay going on. Some of it is just the result of Chromia having to spend so long around Windblade because of her job. However things like them sparring together and Chromia being willing to sacrifice her own reputation and life just to help out Windblade, make it clear things between them go beyond merely working together. Notably, Chromia ends up having some obvious sexual tension with Ironhide and Windblade has a lot of connection with Starscream. Can anyone else sense a Love Triangle?
  • Needlenose and Horri-Bull spend a great deal of time in each other's company and after Horri-Bull dies, Needlenose spends most of his time talking about how much he misses him. Ultimately confirmed. Needlenose admits that he actually loved Horri-Bull, but the latter was apparently unaware of his true feelings, thinking they were just friends.
  • Nautica and Velocity. As an example, when they first met, Nautica's first line was "Tell me your name. I want to worship you like a god." They're one of the few pairs of characters to have an entire comic dedicated to how close they are.

    Rescue Bots 
  • Blades' infatuation with Bumblebee could be interpreted as an outright crush. Blades' voice actor is himself openly gay.
  • Despite the tensions they've had, Blurr is pretty excited to be going on a mission alone with Heatwave in "The Need for Speed" (this despite Heatwave dismissively saying that no one else was available) and his jumping the gun on their rescue even seems to be out of eagerness to impress him.

    Robots in Disguise 2015 
  • Grimlock and Bumblebee, which starts in episode 3 Trust Exercises with Grimlock catching Bee in a Bridal Carry which seems fairly unnecessary for simply trust exercises.
    • It then happens again in episode 7 Collect Them All with what sounds almost like flirting between the two:
    Bumblebee: Grimlock, we need you!
    Grimlock: Say it again, slooower?
    Bumblebee: Just get over here!
  • Let’s just say that Thunderhoof and Steeljaw are a very dysfunctional couple.

    Transformers Cyberverse 
  • Transformers: Cyberverse gained one of the biggest LGBTQ+ fandoms in the franchise for how it’s able to depict Ho Yay (and Les Yay) between multiple characters without feeling like it’s queerbaiting. It also helps that writer Mae Catt and Arcee’s voice actor are openly queer.
    • Similar to Optimus and Megatron, Wheeljack and Shockwave have a dynamic similar to a divorced couple. What adds fuel to the ship is that they’ve both created the small spider like robots utilized by Shockwave from Seasons 1 to 3. Technically, they’re the little spider bots’ divorced dads!
    • Where do we even begin with Jetfire/Skyfire? Not only do they have a bitter rivalry that expands for centuries, but they also work surprisingly well together when the Autobots and Decepticons joined together in the Quintessons arc. Hell, they’re a much healthier couple than their own leaders.
    • Windblade and Starscream became a popular ship due to their banter in Season 1. The moment it exploded is when Slipstream got killed off by Bludgeon in “Parley.” This caused Windblade to seek revenge on the skull bot and succeeded in doing so in the three part opener of Season 3, with the help of Wheeljack and Teletran X.
    • It’s pretty much impossible to discuss Season 3 of Cyberverse without discussing perhaps the most popular ship in the entire show: Soundwave/Hot Rod. At first, they butted heads over leadership multiple times in the episode, “The Prisoner.” However, after Hot Rod punched Soundwave in the face during one fight, the latter decides to cooperate with him throughout the arc. It then culminates in a friendship between them, as they were able to get both of their sides to fight for their freedom from the Quintessons. Eventually, in, “The Perfect Decepticon,” what caused Soundwave to perform his Heroic Sacrifice? It was seeing Hot Rod having the crap beaten out of him by Tarn. It even helps that Hot Rod’s voice actor Travis Artz supports the ship through sharing fanart of them on his Instagram.
    (Hot Rod lies on the floor after the beatdown.)
    Soundwave: *eyes turn brighter with rage* You will pay for this.