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Recap / Transformers G 1 Childs Play

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Child's Play is an episode from Season 2 of The Transformers. Both multiple Autobots and Decepticons are teleported by Megatron's newest Space Bridge into an alien planet, where a child resident sees them as toys and of course starts playing with them.

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  • Always a Bigger Fish: The Decepticons start playing with/attacking humans attending a baseball game, but then they are transported to an alien planet where they encounter a giant cat, mouse and fish (a literal big fish) who play with and attack them as well.
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  • The Bully: Marty is this to Aron, making threats of physical assault on him simply for not showing him what he's hiding behind his back.
  • Butt-Monkey: Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage and Thrust. Starscream seems to be the biggest one of the four, as he was selected to be the first one by the green aliens for dissection and then when they arrive back to Earth, Starscream is immediately attacked by alligators.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Starscream in the end gets attacked by a swarm of alligators as while the other Decepticons may be suffering the same fate or just about left him to deal with those gators himself.
  • Introverted Cat Person: Aron appears to be this. He has a lot of pets (a cat, a fish, an elephant-hamster hybrid) but no friends that are the same species he is. He got very attached to the Autobots, and the fact that Optimus announced they'll be leaving for Earth and never coming back made Aron mourn his lack of friends.
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  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: At the end of the episode, Starscream gets attacked by a swarm of alligators. Who are almost the same size as him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Perceptor for giving away all the info about the telescope as the Decepticons listen. Optimus didn't even ask him for or needed all that information, and tells Perceptor to stop chatting on and just get to work on the scope.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: The alligators at the end are almost the same size as Starscream, who happens to be 20 feet tall.
  • Saying Too Much: Had Perceptor not chatted on about how he can modify Aron's telescope to get them back home, the Decepticons may not have taken the ride for themselves.
    Optimus: Perceptor, don't tell us, just do it!
  • Take That, Audience!: Aron is a pastiche of the show's target demographic: young boys about ages 5 to 12.
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  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: The Decepticons start attacking humans for the fun of it, then they get transported to an alien planet where a young boy makes them go through the same experience they put the humans through.
  • Tempting Fate: When Thrust and Starscream land into a swamp, Thrust complains about their landing spot, but Starscream ensures it doesn't matter "as long as there aren't any green monsters around". Cue the alligators attacking him.
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