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With Tigerhawk at their side, the Predacons having lost their base, and Tarantulas destroyed, it seems that the Maximals are finally victorious. But Megatron, undeterred, seeks out Tarantulas's final secret and discovers the ultimate trump card. The final battle between the Maximals and the Predacons has begun!

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  • The Antichrist: Megatron named himself after the Cybertronian equivalent written about in the Convent of Primus ...who turned out to be him!
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  • Big Entrance: How the Nemesis makes itself known "as if it were a great mountain, raging with fire, arose from the sea."
  • Came Back Strong: The Nemesis was always a powerful warship but Tarantulas gave it the ability to Time Travel.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Tarantulas found and fixed the Nemesis as a last ditch strategy installing it with transwarp cells and a Predacon scaled console.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Tarantulas found the time to not only restore the Nemesis but build a console detailing it, an elevator and a monorail system.
  • Enemy Mine: As Optimus lampshades, he and Depth Charge butt heads but Megatron cannot be allowed to raise the Nemesis.
  • Foreshadowing: When Depth Charge stabs Rampage, Dinobot II howls in pain, and we briefly see shots of the original Dinobot.
  • Henpecked Husband: The damaged Silverbolt insists to Optimus that he can still function. Blackarachnia orders him to obey his commanding officer, leading to a meek, "Yes, dear."
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  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Word of God is that "Unicron's spawn" is the Cybertronian equivalent to "son of a bitch". The fandom has taken it literally due to the previous episode having Tarantulas say he's not descended from Autobots or Decepticons.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Rattrap even lampshades that for once, things were going in the Maximals' favour before Megatron found the Nemesis.
    • Later on when it seems that Depth Charge managed to destroy the Nemesis. He didn't even scratch it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Rampage refers to Depth Charge's friends on Starbase Rugby as being quite tasty.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Depth Charge kills Rampage by forcing a piece of raw energon into Rampage's spark.
  • Kill All Humans: A side-effect of Inferno and Quickstrike's plan for a new base is killing all the primitives currently living in it.
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  • Killed Off for Real: Depth Charge and Rampage are definitely dead; scrap heap "terminated". It's notably the only time a Maximal kills a Predacon.
  • Made of Iron: The Nemesis was pilotless when it fell from orbit and into the ocean. It only has minor gaps in its plating.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Waspinator finally stands up for himself. He gets shot in the back for his troubles.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    Rampage: [to Depth Charge] I was your assignment, and you failed!
  • Mythology Gag: Megatron offhandedly refers to Tarantulas as "Unicron's spawn".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: By allowing Depth Charge to stab him in the Spark, Rampage frees Dinobot II and allows the original's personality to take over.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Rampage, Depth Charge had friends on Starbase Rugby... "tasty ones, too!"
  • Not So Invincible After All: By stabbing a shard of raw Energon directly in his Spark, Depth Charge kills Rampage.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Waspinator actually standing up for himself. He even starts his rant by using first-person for once.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Primal finds the files on the Nemesis and when the ship is raised, he issues a code 1 alert.
    • A more humorous moment of panic occurs when Depth Charge uncovers the hatch, only to find a bomb about to go off.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Rampage gives a continuous string of mockery to Depth Charge in their final confrontation.
  • Retcon: Though it's well known by now, this is the first piece of media to establish that the Decepticon ship used in the pilot of the original show was called the Nemesis.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Subverted. When Depth Charge encountered Rampage for the last time, he claimed he didn't have time to deal with him. Unfortunately, Rampage wouldn't let him past to get to the Nemesis, forcing Depth Charge to fight his rival. It was hinted that Depth Charge knew the energon explosion that killed him and Rampage would be big enough to swallow the Nemesis too. Unfortunately, it survived.
  • Shout-Out: An inscription on the side of the Nemesis reads Red Dwarf.
  • Space Age Stasis: An oddly straight example considering the other advancements in Cybertronian technology the show has shown (time travel/stasis pods/CR Chambers). The Nemesis is outright referred to as the most powerful warship in Cybertronian history and despite having been built in the "present" would have been able to conquer 24th century Cybertron that exists 4 million years later. it might be Fridge Brilliance as the Nemesis was powered by the ultra-powerful "Heart of Cybertron" which turned G1 Megatron into a Physical God. It's also possible that in a Cybertron that has barely recuperated from the Great War, such ships are Lost Technology.
  • Superhero Paradox: Rampage attacked Starbase Rugby solely because Depth Charge had friends there ("tasty ones too!").
  • Taking You with Me: Depth Charge deliberately jabbed a shard of energon into Rampage's spark, intent on blowing up both of them and the Nemesis. Unfortunately, it only got him and Rampage.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The tribe of early humans that Inferno and Quickstrike attack. Instead of running in a panic, they arm themselves with spears and go on the attack against the Predacons.
    Quickstrike: Dang! Them little flea pickers is tougher than they used to be!
  • Villainous Legacy: Tarantulas had one final project that Megatron finds, the modified Nemesis. Megatron went looking for one.
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