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Transformers, due to its long history and multiple continuities, has spawned a host of memes. Please separate them not just by type of media, but series it was based on. Fandom and wiki memes can be separate.

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  • Meme name: description of meme and how it's used.
    • Source of meme and fandom it relates to.
    • Famous instances (such as the Rickroll during the Thanksgiving parade).
    • Further mutations and successor memes, if any.

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    Generation 1 
  • GEEWUNExplanation 
    • REEDUNExplanation 
  • TRUKK NOT MUNKY!!: This arose on Usenet during the '90s to mock people who complained about how Beast Wars had Optimus Prime/al transform into an ape instead of a truck. It has since come to be used in reference to anybody who makes a knee-jerk complaint about a new incarnation not being a slavish copy of Generation 1.
    • Reject Trukk, return to Monke Explanation 
      • Due to the War For Cybertron: Kingdom line including both Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal, we now have TRUKK AND MUNKY!
  • Thanks to the animated movie, fans tend to reference Stan Bush's "The Touch" whenever a character does something cool. "Dare" is a popular second choice.
  • In the same movie, when Springer tells him that Kup and Hot Rod's shuttle was shot down, Ultra Magnus says that he "can't deal with that now." Hence, he's constantly quoted as saying he can't deal with anything at the present time.
    • Particularly badass incarnations of Ultra Magnus reverse it (He can deal with that now).
    • Another one from Magnus: "Open! Damnit, Open!" Uttered when he tried to unleash the power of the Matrix of Leadership to defeat Galvatron.
    • Speaking of Springer, we have better things to do tonight than make memes!
    • The words Optimus Prime made immortal: "One shall stand! One shall fall!"
      • Optimus and Megatron's fight contains lines of dialogue quoted both by fans and in other Transformers works. "Why do you throw away your life so recklessly?" and "You who are without mercy would now plead for it?" are some of the popular ones.
    • "This is bad comedy!" A certain make-up wearing Evil Overlord has taken to spreading this meme.
    • Also, Spike's infamous line "Oh shit, what are we gonna do now?", said after he discovers Unicron was completely uninjured by the explosive he and Bumblebee sent into him.
  • In another scene, when arguing over who should succeed Megatron, Soundwave remarks. "Soundwave superior. Constructicons inferior." This was almost immediately twisted into "Soundwave superior. X inferior", where X is whatever the poster is writing about at the moment.
    • When Dinobot of Beast Wars beat Soundwave, Grimlock, and others in the Transformers Fan Hall of Fame poll, this spawned the meme "SOUNDWAVE INFERIOR. DINOBOT SUPERIOR." and similar terms.
    • "Generation 1 Superior, Bayformers/Michael Bay inferior".explaination 
    • Became an Ascended Meme in Transformers: Prime, with the normally-mute Soundwave proclaiming "Soundwave superior. Autobots inferior." to taunt the Autobots before shutting down.
  • "X must be stopped. No matter the cost."Explanation 
  • Simon Furman's repeated phrases are so popular it's a rare piece of fan work that doesn't include a couple.
  • Memes are the right of all sentient beings.Explanation 
  • Marvel US issue 5 had a cover which read 'The Transformers Are All Dead', apparently written by Shockwave. Other versions of Shockwave frequently have quotes based on this given to them, such as the Animated version getting 'The Transformers Are All Cubes.'
  • The universal greeting, Ba Weep Granah Weep Ninny Bong, turns up everywhere, and is a common subject line when new members introduce themselves on Transformers-related message boards.
  • Shattered Glass Ravage was originally created by David Willis as a jokey reversal of the normal stealthy saboteur into an loud, energetic attention seeker who's addicted to social networking, and ended up catching on like crazy with his fans and spreading from there. (To the point where sometimes a person who knows almost nothing else about the continuity will still know about him.) Pictures of him waving and variations on his Catchphrase of announcing "Can U C me totally waving at you!!!!!!" crop up regularly, and he's been given Ascended Meme status by becoming an official character and even having his own back-up strip series in the official Club Magazine.
    • A similar case with Shattered Glass Grimlock. The Shattered Expectations comic portrayed Grimlock as superintelligent. At the time, SG!Grimlock was just a slavering monster. They eventually upgraded him into his current Genius Bruiser status as a result of the fans liking that persona.
  • Nick Roche will shatter trousers with his awesomeness.Explanation 
  • OUR MISSILES!! Explanation 
    • "You (blundering) tape-filled idiot!" Explanation 
    • "And, the battle continues..." Explanation 
    • It is LORD ______! Explanation 
  • "Darn that Soundwave. EYUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAGH." Explanation  Commonly snowcloned as "Darn that x, EYUUUUAAAGGH", and used whenever any notable character dies.
    • "Billy, are you okay?" "Not really... find the Power Pack!" (For context, "Billy" is Blaster and the "Power Pack" is the Matrix. These are Blaster's last words before he dies and is rebuilt as Twincast.)
    • "Galvatron has reused some of Soundwave's parts, along with some other new parts, and has reconstructed another Soundwave, and renamed him NEW Soundwave!"Explanation 
    • "What's happened to the Headmasters? Can't they fight without Chromedome? Fortress Maximus has come himself. Okay, then I shall get Fortress Maximus to fight me!"explanation 
    • "This is Unicorn! The Earth shall soon be a part of me." Explanation 
    • "Something incredible has happened! Now there are two Optimus Primes!" Explanation 
  • TrailguyExplanation 
  • HAHAHA noExplanation 
  • Shockwave has terrible aim.Explanation 
  • Carbombya was so stereotypical that it broke Teletraan I.Explanation 
  • Skywarp: Decepticon Stair-Pusher-Downer. Explanation 
  • Megatron is old because he is hard!Explanation 
  • The Gag Dubs of the original Generation One cartoon by DRSMOOV have inspired some:
    • “Female Autobots! STEALING Megatron’s Energon!”Explanation 
      • “YOU BITCHES!!!”Explanation 
    • Referring to Kup as “Shitpiece”.Explanation 
    • SHUT THE FUCK UP, CHIP!Explanation 
  • X is Shockwave.Explanation (HUGE SPOILER) 
  • “You destroy everything you touch, X!”Explanation 
  • On at least one fan forum (for the curious, Transformer World 2005), the then-recent release of a Straxus figure in the Generations line (officially called "Darkmount" for trademark reasons) has led to mutations of one of his earliest lines in the 80's Marvel comic, "Mercy is not dispensed here, fools—only death!", such as the figure riding a bike (itself a Transformers figure) and holding a guitar with "Mercy is not dispensed here, fools—only awesome!", or the figure surrounded by booze bottles with "Death is not dispensed here, fools—only mercy!"
    • This became more or less ascended with the second Allspark Almanac, which features Animated Straxus as part of a board game and the line “Victory points are not dispensed to Autobots... only death!”
    • And now, thanks to a misspelling on Animated Straxus' Formspring, Straxmus was coined as a holiday by Derrick Wyatt in which people insult and annoy Straxus, who's played by a fan as an Expy of Morbo the Annhilator.
  • Fire-retardant foam is the most powerful weapon against Decepticons. In "The Ultimate Doom, Part One", the Decepticons invade the Ark. Nothing can take them down... except for the ship's fire-retardant foam security device, which shorts them out and scare Megatron into retreating. Since then, fire-retardant foam has reached Memetic Badass status in the fandom.
  • WE MUST HAVE A RACE.Explanation 
  • Megatron has fallen! I, Starscream, am now your leader!Explanation 
  • Mister Johnson.Explanation 
  • Offlined by the cosmically-powered Starscream. Explanation 
    • The Monster Planet Unicron. Explanation 
  • Energon enema. Explanation 
  • Megatron's gun mode. Explanation 
    • Safety Megatron. Explanation 
    • Upside-down spaceships. Explanation 
    • "Guns don't kill people. Megatron kills people." Explanation 

    Generation 2 

    Beast Wars/Beast Machines 
  • David Kaye adlibbed Beast Megatron adding a rather gloaty "yeeess" to the end of many sentences. This was very memorable, and fans constantly add it to the end of sentences referencing either Megatron or Kaye.
  • Universe Razorclaw had the infamous "Know that I am Razorclaw..." speech. Thanks to this, fans tend to discuss him with phrases like "KNOW that Razorclaw did this!"
    • Mind you, there are at least three other versions of Razorclaw, and all of them get references to this in their wiki entries. Even the disambiguation page.
    • Hell, even the toys for Predaking aren't immune to the meme;
    "Know that the torso of this Titanium Series 3" die-cast figurine is technically Razorclaw."
    "Know that the torso of this Robot Heroes figurine is also technically Razorclaw."
    • The toy for Rockbuster, a very slight recolor of Beast Wars toy Razorclaw, has "Know that I am not Razorclaw!" as his caption. "Shattered Glass" Razorclaw (SG being about Cliffjumper landing in a Mirror Universe) has as his caption, "It's totally cool with me if you don't know who I am."
  • "Wazzzpinator haz planzz....." was only ever said by the original Waspinator twice, but it has become one of his most beloved lines. With him in the running for the Hall of Fame, many have joked that this was his plan all along. It even appears in Transformers Animated, in a more serious context. (A more tragic, but more twisted, version of Waspinator is Pulling Himself Together, saying "Waspinator cannot go offline! Waspinator has plans!")
  • Depth Charge is sometimes called "Batmanta", due to his similarity to Batman and having a manta ray alt mode.
  • Razorbeast! I’ve been looking for him since, like, October!Explanation 
    • Speaking of Razorbeast: “Whose tusks GLEAM in the night? The wild boar, one of the most feared of jungle predators!Explanation 
  • "Duly noted...and ignored!" Explanation 
  • Rubber ducky, you’re the one...Explanation 
  • “He lived a warrior... and died a hero. Let his spark join the Matrix, the greatest of Cybertron.”Explanation 
  • Everything about “Dinobot’s Old Technology” by MG-Dinobot, which is effectively the franchise’s equivalent of My Immortal:
    • Referring to Dinobot’s signature tail weapon as a “Rotate-Blade”. Also, describing parts of his body (usually his crotch) as being a rigid grill structure.
    • “You lived like a warrior ans died to a hero.”Explanation 

    Unicron Trilogy 
  • Pokeformers was a completely unironic nickname for Armada, by people who disliked the focus on trying to collect all the Mini-Cons and sought to take the series down a few pegs by comparing it to Pokémon.
    • It was later pointed out that Pokémon focused less on collection than Armada did.
  • JaAm is a reference to a silly fan edit of a pack-in mini-comic written in three languages, and thus which had tiny writing and stilted dialogue. A fan edited it to be about Hot Shot being obsessed with jam, complete with bizarre capitalization. (Mind you, the exact spelling here doesn't actually appear in the comic, but things like web page names have to start with a capital J, so that's the most popular spelling in everything but the comic.) This exploded on the fandom, and imitators have popped up every so often since then.
    • Other bits of dialogue from said fan edit include "My LifE iS pAiN", "WhY mY SHoUldErS HuRt?", and, to a lesser degree, "i eAt yOuR bAbIEs!!"
    • There's also "HUMP THAT TANK".
    • For a while, various helicopter Transformers were called "jam copters." This stopped when Armada ended, came back briefly for Galaxy Force's release in the West as Cybertron due to the presence of Jolt in the cartoon, and died out soon after.
    • JaAm has become an Ascended Meme and was featured both in the bio of the Universe/Classics Hot Shot toy, and on the toy's license plate.
      • Then Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy became the first Transformers cartoon to reference the meme. In "Rescue Promo", this universe's Hot Shot ends up in a vat of jam following a disaster at a Griffin Rock cake factory. Guess what the first thing he says immediately afterwards is.
  • Takara Armada Optimus when? Explanation 
  • UH.Explanation 
    • GET TO THE SHIP!!!Explanation 
    • KICKER, OUR PLANETS, KICKER!Explanation 
  • “Our worlds are in danger!”Explanation 

    The Movies 
  • The "Bonecrusher Hates X" meme, where X is whatever you want it to be. As befits a Merchandise-Driven fandom, it comes from a line in the profile on the back of Bonecrusher's toy packaging that says he "hates everything". It started with buses, as he was seen smashing through one in the first movie's trailer. This sometimes crosses over into a very similar meme involving Francis from Left 4 Dead. It got so ubiquitous on the TF Wiki that the mods had to impose limits on its usage.
    • Bonecrusher hates memes.
  • ARE YOU USERNAME LADIESMAN217?!: This gem comes from the Decepticon Barricade, who tracks down Sam through his eBay page.
  • The FBI Raid scene gets used everywhere for videos considered lewd and inappropriate.
  • Thanks to a bunch of events and a few toy reviewers, the scene of Lennox and Epps arguing; in particular Epps emphasis of "LEFT CHEEK!" has begun to gain some popularity.
  • Thanks to a scene from ROTF, the phrase "GIVE ME YOUR FACE" has become a meme whenever Movieverse Prime gets a toy. Sometimes, it even extends to the various other Primes.
    • The meme is so prevalent that the toy of The Fallen was remolded and re-released with a removable face.
    • Mutated further. Given how brutally violent Prime tends to be in the movies, some have taken to calling him "Murder Prime".
  • It's the one where Spock goes nuts.Explanation 
  • A screenshot of Optimus Prime riding Grimlock from Age of Extinction has also become rather popular due to fans finding it awesome.
  • I'm a fat ballerina!Explanation 
  • Damn you, Michael Bay!Explanation 
    • Michael Bay, take notes! Explanation 
    • "Go Away Bay!"
  • Sam's happy time.Explanation 
  • I ate da whole plate. The whole plate.Explanation 
  • "Wait, the Bayverse had fans?"Explanation 
  • "#StopLorenzo2019" Explanation 
  • Bumblebee got a lot of them:
    • The first trailer quickly got stuck with the jokingly affectionate moniker "The Shape of Metal/Gasoline/Energon", thanks to sharing the theme of a (platonic, in this case) love story between a human female and a male non-human, not to mention a shot of Charlie embracing Bee underwater that looks very similar to a scene to Del Toro's film. Comparisons to The Iron Giant are also popular, even having scenes in their climaxes that are almost identical. It also helps that all three films' take place in the same Cold War setting.
    • Charlie bonding with Bumblebee by gently placing her hand on his face has drawn jokes of calling the film "How to Train Your Autobot".
    • Shatter and Dropkick, the two main Decepticons, are often jokingly compared to Team Rocket's Jessie and James from Pokémon thanks to their red-blue color schemes, status as Those Two Bad Guys, and the fact that they spend much of the movie fooling the military into thinking they’re the good guys, mirroring Team Rocket’s infamous paper-thin disguises.
    • It didn't take long for everyone, including, to get in on making joking comparisons to Bee Movie. Some fans even humorously hoped it would open with Optimus Prime narrating "According to all known laws of aviation..."
    • "The Queen of Wakanda is a Decepticon!"Explanation 
    • "Bumblebee, sweet boy", a memorable quote from the Netflix documentary show The Toys That Made Us, was quickly associated with the trailer's Lighter and Softer take on the movies' Bee.
    • The seeker featured in Bumblebee who tears out Bumblebee’s voicebox was widely assumed to be Starscream in the months leading up to the film’s release, only for Word of God to say that he’s actually supposed to be Blitzwing (Starscream does appear, but only for a brief cameo in the prologue). Cue jokes about Travis Knight not being able to tell the difference between Starscream and Blitzwing, or Starscream toys being referred to as Blitzwing toys.
    • Naturally, John Cena's reputation as “the invisible man” has fans questioning why he doesn't appear in the movie as advertised.
    • "It's basically the plot of The Little Mermaid but with robots."Explanation 
    • Carried over from the original series, discourse over whether Ravage is a cat or a dog. Explanation 
    • Comparing this new entry positively, directed by Travis Knight, to the previous ones directed by Michael Bay has the phrase 'it's like Knight and Bay.'
    • Cliffjumper's Cruel and Unusual Death at the hands of Shatter and Dropkick had lead many to joke that Hasbro really has it out for Cliff, as this is the second time he's been killed off early.
    • "Did you think you could hide?!"Explanation 
    • "Because of you, our franchise has a future." and other similar snowclones.
    • "Thank you for giving me my _____ back."Explanation 
    • "With all due respect, are you out of your damn mind?!"Explanation 
  • #NotMyTransformersexplanation 
  • Enemy scrotum.explanation 

    Transformers Animated 

    Aligned Continuity Family (War/Fall of Cybertron, Prime, Rescue Bots, Robots in Disguise (2015), Rescue Bots Academy 
  • "When your hit percentage exceeds mine, you may choose the soundtrack!"Explanation 
  • Prime was described at BotCon as being 'rightfully huge'. The fandom adopted this term to describe absolutely every single thing in the series.
  • Airachnid, the sadistic huntress of Prime fame, is characterized very differently in Japan than she is in the west, which has lead to several memes.
    • JACK-U CHAN!Explanation 
    • New Rule: We cannot complain about English dubs as long as this exists.Explanation 
    • ALL RIGHT WHO GAVE HER CRACK? *glares at Starscream shrinking away*Explanation 
    • The Koreans... got it right...Explanation 
  • DINKLEBERG! Explanation 
  • Steve the VehiconExplanation 

    Other (toys, misc) 
  • While Optimus Prime's tendency to die in every universe is already memetic to the point that the wiki has its own page for it, there's one that stands out; He voluntarily got killed because he accidentally hurt a virtual human, and was later resurrected, as his brain was uploaded to a floppy disc.
  • Ruined FOREVERExplanation 
  • "Dull Surprise!" caught on in the fandom after the Dreamwave G1 comic was absolutely full of it.
  • "RED ALERT!! WOO WOO WOO WOO"Explanation 
  • "MEGATRON ATTACK"Explanation 
  • Gerwalk ModeExplanation 
    • Gerwalk Optimus / ooh he walkin Explanation 
  • Haslab's massive Unicron toy requiring a crowdfunding of 8,000 people willingly to pay $575 (plus tax) apiece has led to jokes about Unicron devouring wallets and bank accounts to satisfy its hunger, often leaving the fans bankrupted (or at least unable to pay for the auto insurance) in the process. Often quotes from the 1986 movie are juxtaposed over the situation:
    • "For a time... I considered sparing your wretched bank account. But now, you shall witness... ITS WITHDRAWAL!"
  • To sell toys. Explanation 
  • Black redecos being relatively common.
  • Sky-Byte's poetry. Explanation 
    • "Your imagery is derivative, it lacks semiotic cohesion, and the hapless foe is you." Explanation 


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