Many of the one-liner quotes from this movie would go on to spawn memes and be copied across the various Transformers continuities, far beyond the movie:
Quotes / The Transformers: The Movie
"I've got better things to do tonight than die!"
— Springer spawns a catchphrase.
"One shall stand, one shall fall."
"Why throw your life away so recklessly?"
"I still function!"
— Megatron spawns a deathbed plea.
Optimus Prime: Do not grieve... soon, I shall be one with the Matrix... Ultra Magnus, it is to you, old friend... that I shall pass the Matrix of Leadership... as it was passed to me.
Ultra Magnus: But Prime, I... I'm just a soldier. I... I'm not worthy.
Optimus Prime: Nor was I. But one day, an Autobot will rise from our ranks... and use the power of the Matrix to light... our darkest hour. Until that day... until all... are... one.
— The final words of Optimus Prime and passing of the torch to Ultra Magnus.
"Coronation, Starscream? This is bad comedy."
"I can't deal with that now!"
— Ultra Magnus spawns a meme.
"For a time... I considered sparing your wretched little planet Cybertron. But now... you shall witness... its dismemberment!"
—Unicron has extreme punishment for Galvatron failing him.
"Me Grimlock KICK BUTT! ( ) Me Grimlock need new strategy."
Grimlock, before and after having literally kicked the butt of Unicron (and nearly being pulverized for it).
"The Japanese have funded a full-length animated cartoon about the doings of these toys... I play a planet. I menace somebody called Something-or-other. Then I'm destroyed. My plan to destroy Whoever-it-is is thwarted and I tear myself apart on the screen."
— Orson Welles: A Biography