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  • Actor-Shared Background: Both Charlie and her actress grew up in California.
  • Associated Composer: Director Travis Knight reunites with Kubo and the Two Strings composer Dario Marianelli, making this the first live-action Transformers film not composed by Steve Jablonsky (Michael Bay’s Associated Composer).
  • B-Team Sequel: Neither Michael Bay nor actors from previous Transformers movies (aside from Peter Cullen and Grey DeLisle) returned (the only other exception to this is Industrial Light and Magic being back for VFX duties). As evidenced by critical reception, this is a rare case where this is cited as a positive example, that is if it's a reboot.
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    • Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux as Shatter and Dropkick.
    • There's also Dylan O'Brien as the titular character before he gets his voice box destroyed.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, Mexican Youtuber Alex Montiel voiced Dropkick.
    • In the Hungarian dub, popular Youtubers István Fábián and János Komzsik played Dropkick and Blitzwing, respectively.
  • Edited for Syndication: Dropkick's line about liking the way humans pop when he shoots them is edited out in some English viewings.
  • Fan Nickname: The reboot series this movie may start is already called "Knightverse" and "Knightformers" by fans.
  • Flip-Flop of God: The film's status has gone back and forth on if it's a prequel to the Michael Bay movies or a complete continuity reboot of the franchise. It started production as a prequel, but during post-production the movie got overhauled and rewritten to be loosely connected to the past movies, indicating it was being repackaged as a reboot. Comments by producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura indicated it was still a prequel, before eventually Hasbro themselves confirmed at a Fan Media Panel at Toy Fair 2019 the film was the start of a "new storytelling universe", confirming it was indeed a full reboot. Later, Bonaventura confirmed that Bumblebee and its sequel would be a separate continuity but indicated that the Michael Bay films would still be continued on after The Last Knight, only for this to be thrown out a week later when he confirmed that in stead, the next Transformers film would be a complete reboot and that Bumblebee and its sequel will be part of that films' continuity instead.
  • I Knew It!:
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    • Many expected that Bumblebee will eventually scan the 1976 Camaro in the end of the movie, as a number of merchandises of him had the alt mode.
    • Fans are completely happy that Hasbro confirmed that Bumblebee is a complete reboot to the film franchise after 2 months of debate, given the reshoots/rewrites. Fans began to theorise this was the case pretty much as soon as Blitzwing, at the time believed to be Starscream, showed up in trailers sporting the look of a classic Seeker, and the theories got more intense as more information came out. When the movie itself was released, most of the audience either accepted it was a reboot, or strongly believed it should be. Fortunately, that turned out to be the case Hasbro went with.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Minor extent, but Hailee Steinfeld (Charlie) previously worked with Jason Drucker (Otis) in Barely Lethal, where he played the younger brother of the family her character lives with.
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  • Jossed: Most fans believed the green conehead Seeker was either Acid Storm or Dirge; concept art reveals it to be Thrust.
  • Name's the Same: The current father figure of Bumblebee’s human companion is once again named Ron.
  • The Other Darrin
    • Erik Aadahl doesn't return to voice Bumblebee. Instead, the character is voiced by Dylan O'Brien.
    • Dennis Singletary voices Ratchet instead of Robert Foxworth.
    • Jon Bailey voices Soundwave and Shockwave instead of Frank Welker.
    • In the Japanese dub Ryohei Kimura replace Akio Kato as Bumblebee.
    • In the Hungarian dub, Arcee, Ratchet and Soundwave got new voices. Surprisingly, the title character averts this: despite the original movie recasting him to sound much younger, Bumblebee kept his elderly voice from the previous films (his actor was 64 at the time of recording).
  • Playing Against Type:
    • John Cena, infamous for being the squeaky-clean Superman of wrestling who WWE wouldn't let go heel because it would hurt his public image, portrays the movie's primary human bad guy, albeit a sympathetic and misguided one, who's working with the Decepticons. He was originally written and portrayed to be much more harsh, but re-shoots took place later to lighten his character up a bit.
    • In the Japanese dub and, while not the first time she has voiced a villanous role before, Aoi Yuuki's role as Shatter counts as this, as she sis normally typecasted on voicing heroic roles, the Token Mini-Moe or The Cutie.
  • Promoted Fanboy: None other than Honest Trailers' very own Jon Bailey voices Shockwave and Soundwave.
    • Besides that, both director Travis Knight and John Cena were childhood fans of Transformers, growing up in the 80s when the show was on and where the film was set.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: This isn't the first time Peter Cullen and David Sobolov have both been in something Transformers-related, as both had worked together on Transformers: The Game (Console) and Transformers Prime as with Cullen as Optimus Prime on both projects and Sobolov as Brawl and Shockwave in the respective projects. Incidentally, this is actually Sobolov's fourth Transformers project, his first being as Depth Charge in Beast Wars.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Peter Cullen voices Optimus Prime again.
    • Grey Griffin also reprises the role of Arcee during the scenes on Cybertron.
    • In the Hungarian dub, Shockwave is voiced by the same actor as in Transformers Prime, and Bumblebee himself is still played by János Bácskai, who voiced him in the Micheal Bay films and the second dub of The Transformers: The Movie.
  • Screwed by the Network: To a minor extent, the film was released the same month as the mega-hit Aquaman (2018), which was dominating the box office and would continue to do so for weeks after. This was likely unintentional as Aquaman being as big as it was caught everyone by surprise (it would go on to become the highest grossing DC movie of all time), and despite the competition Bumblebee still became a modest success considering its budget, but this combined with the tainted perception brought by the previous movies are likely the reason why its overall gross wasn't quite as high as past installments.
    • While this movie will end up making about $200 million less than Transformers: The Last Knight, the CEO of Viacom confirmed early into its run that Bumblebee was “solidly profitable” while Last Knight lost over $100 million. This is likely due to the Chinese conglomerate, Tencent Productions, having given Paramount $60 million (a little less than half of the entire production budget) to both distribute Bumblebee in theaters and buy the streaming rights. It ironically made more money by making less money.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: A stage poster and the concurrently released merchandise reveals that Bumblebee scans the 1977 Camaro. Given the inclusion of the Charlie figurine in the Studio Series set, this could potentially spoil the movie's ending.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Some time prior to release, the film went through very severe reshoots/rewrites, transforming the movie from a straight prequel to a full-on Continuity Reboot.
      • The film originally tied directly in to what Transformers: The Last Knight presented - Bumblebee being active on Earth for several decades prior to the 21st century - and would have opened with Bumblebee already on the run from Sector Seven after having been hunted down. A deleted scene shows an earlier opening featured a narration from a tired and angry Bumblebee, growling that he's lost patience and faith in humanity due to their betrayal, outright saying they aren't worth saving, before attempting to run. However, the opening was instead reanimated to include the opening battle scene on Cybertron and presented Bumblebee's arrival as a recent event, with Burns chasing him for not knowing what he is, and Bumblebee desperately trying to explain himself, and Burns being willing to listen.
      • Bumblebee's exploration of Charlie's house and subsequent Energon surge when he sticks his finger into the power socket would have ended up bringing several of the appliances to life like the AllSpark creations of the prior films.
      • According to someone who attended a test screening, an earlier version of the film featured a post-credits scene showing Sector 7 in possession of the frozen Megatron, as in the 2007 movie, albeit with a more G1-inspired design. This was ultimately removed from the final film, which Travis Knight publicly talked about.
      • IDW Publishing released a prequel comic series, written by John Barber, set during the 1960s - the midway point between Bumblebee's WWII involvement in The Last Knight and the 80s setting of this film - that was evidently based on an earlier draft of the film. Notably, Blitzwing appears in the comic and his relationship to Bumblebee is depicted as a decades-long feud due to him killing Diabla, a Decepticon spy who never the less had a soft spot for Bumblebee. In the final film, Blitzwing just happens to be the first Decepticon to get to him first with no indication they knew each other beforehand.
      • Agent Burns was going to be a much more ruthless and less heroic character, with more focus on his Fantastic Racism towards Cybertronians due to a Freudian Excuse that his best friend was killed by one. Due to John Cena's natural charm during filming, Travis Knight rewrote his character to be lighter and more fun, and during reshoots his entire character was overhauled.
    • Megatron was originally going to appear during the Cybertron-set opening sequence, but Knight realized this would contradict the 2007 movie as they were still at the time writing the movie as being in continuity with, which had him frozen on Earth during the time the film was set, and so the appearance was scrapped.
    • Jon Bailey has confirmed that both Ironhide and Starscream were originally going to speak during the Cybertron sequence.
    • Starscream's appearance in the Cybertron scenes appears to have been a later addition to those elements of the film, as earlier trailers depict Blitzwing in his place. The character model was reworked to give him a different head design and brighter colours like Starscream's classic appearance to distinguish the two into separate characters.
    • Concept art shows Thundercracker with a different color scheme (it has substantially more red on his torso and forearms) than in the movie, where he bears his classic, Generation 1 colors; it's possible the change was done to better differentiate him from Starscream.
    • Shatter's original name was Fracture.
    • The end scene of the film showing Bumblebee walking through a forest with the recently-arrived Optimus Prime and then witnessing other Autobots about to land wasn't in the initial cut. It still featured Bumblebee driving down the Golden Gate bridge, however whether the familiar red and blue truck he drives alongside was Optimus himself was portrayed as far more ambiguous, as opposed to explicitly being Prime's Earth alt-mode in the final film.
    • The young adult novelisation of the film featured a number of scenes that weren't in the movie, but with the release of the deleted scenes show that they were in fact content cut from the final film (partially for pacing, but also for the aforementioned reworking of the movie into a reboot), showing a number of interesting changes.
      • Charlie was going to have it a little rougher originally, where as well as being bullied by Tina, she'd have trouble from former friends who'd ditched her because she 'changed', due to the grief from her father's death.
      • Before she found out Bumblebee was alive, there was going to be a sequence where she washes Bumblebee after bringing him home, only for him to break down during her first drive through town with him. It would have shown her and Otis' relationship to be far more antagonistic than it was in the final film, and give Tina more time to show off her Smug Snake enjoyment of Charlie's suffering.
      • Memo's interest in Go Bots would have been more than just a one-scene Mythology Gag, with him suggesting that Bumblebee might have in-fact been one. The sequence would have also answered where he got the sweatshirt he was wearing after losing his shirt (it was Charlie's).

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