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Transformers: Cyberverse is a Transformers cartoon. Chapter One aired for 18 episodes in 2018, with a second chapter aimed for a 2019 release. Each episode is only 11 minutes long, unlike previous Transformers shows which all had the ordinary 22-minute runtime. It is developed by Boulder Media, and it is airing on Cartoon Network.

The series focuses on the adventures of Bumblebee; having damaged his memory chips, he and Windblade must recover his missing memories in order to help him remember his mission on Earth. Unfortunately, the Decepticons are after them and their friends. This is yet another Continuity Reboot of the franchise, due to the characters using the new evergreen designs introduced in 2017, with nothing to suggest that the series is a follow up to Transformers: Robots in Disguise.


Featured characters include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Windblade, Grimlock, Ratchet, Prowl, Wheeljack, Blurr, Hot Rod, Arcee, Drift, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Shockwave, Slipstream, Thundercracker, Acid Storm, Nova Storm, Thrust, and Shadow Striker.

Not to be confused with the 2011 toyline of the same name.

Transformers: Cyberverse provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Several on both the Decepticon and the Autobot sides.
  • Adaptational Badass: Slipstream is the co-leader of the Seekers with Starscream in this incarnation.
    • This time around Cosmic Rust infects not just Transformers but spreads over all metal and can disintegrate an entire planet in a few hours.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Thundercracker is pretty incompetent and simple-minded this time out.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Nova Storm, one of the "Rainmakers" from the original seekers, was colored bright yellow. In addition to the Gender Flip noted below, in Cyberverse, they're purple-colored.
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  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Grimlock, generally a firm example of Good Is Not Nice, is a much more polite and overall pleasant individual in this show.
  • Adapted Out: Despite the prominence of the Seekers, Skywarp has made no appearance in the show so far.
  • The Ageless: The Transformers themselves, as usual.
  • All for Nothing: Teletraan-X reveals once he's away from the Decepticons that he doesn't actually know where the Ark or the Allspark are making Windblade's sacrifice the previous episode meaningless.
  • Amnesiac Hero: The premise of the series. Bumblebee is trying to restore his memory and remember his original mission on Earth.
  • Anachronic Order: Bumblebee's memories are recovered out of order, noticeable in that Bumblebee cannot talk in some periods and others he can due to losing his voice and having it repaired later on in the timeline.
  • An Axe to Grind: Optimus's returns to using an axe after being associated with swords in the Aligned years (well, the shows at least, not the associated games).
  • Animal Motifs: Bumblebee is strongly associated, with, well, bees, what with his stingers, black stripes, and the honeycomb pattern of both his grill and his mental landscape.
  • Antagonist Title: Episode 9 is called "Shadowstriker", named after the epynonymous Decepticon.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Blurr's arrogance and Hot Rod's hypercompetitive streak disappear as soon as the Rust Plague appears.
  • Arch-Enemy: Megatron is this to Optimus, as usual, but Shadow Striker is poised to be this for Bumblebee as well. A special kind of hatred also quickly develops between Slipstream and Windblade.
  • Badass in Distress: Optimus Prime in "Shadowstriker", Bumblebee at the start of the series. Bee was originally one of the Autobot's most skilled warriors. When we meet him in the present he's lost and oblivious to the danger around him.
  • Bad Boss: Starscream and Shockwave are quick to insult and belittle their subordinates. They also show very little concern for their survival.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Maccadam's generally a jovial, upbeat bot, however when Megatron threatens to violate his establishment's neutrality, he reveals an gigantic altmode seemingly made almost entirely out of guns that frightens everyone present and forces Megatron to retreat.
  • Big Bad: Megatron.
  • Big Good: Optimus Prime. Possibly Maccadam as well.
  • Blow You Away: One of Windblade's special attacks, using the VTOLs on her wings.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: The first season finale has Bumblebee and his team succeed in awakening Optimus Prime and the Autobots just in time to face the Decepticons. The two rivals meet and ready to fight.
  • Breath Weapon: Grimlock gains his classic fire breath near the end of the season.
  • Breather Episode: "Cube" is a lighthearted, low stakes adventure placed inbetween two rather intense episodes.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the pre-War, pre-Faction period, Bumblebee and many others admired Megatron as gladiator and political reformer. While suffering amnesia, he begins to idolize him again, much to Windblade's chagrin. As Bumblebee is reminded in his flashbacks, his view of the Decepticon leader soured as Megatron's cruelty and lust for power became more apparent.
  • Chooser Of The Chosen One: Alpha Trion who held the Matrix in hopes of finding a worthy bearer which winds up being Optimus.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Bumblebee thanks to his memory loss and radio-clip speaking style, friend and foe struggle to understand him. He's much more coherent in his mind and in the past.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Windblade is tasked with looking out for him and reacquainting him with the war and what's going on.
  • Composite Character: Grimlock's characterization as eloquent in robot mode, but brutal in dinosaur mode, is similar to the portrayal of his inverted counterpart from Transformers: Shattered Glass, but as a heroic Autobot.
  • Continuity Nod: At various points, often relating to the Anachronic Order of the flashbacks.
    • In "Cube" Bumblebee recovers a heavy gatling gun from the Decepticon ship's storage. He later grabs it and uses it against pursuing Decepticons.
    • In "Whiteout", Windblade strictly warns Bumblebee against pressing a glowing button on the ship's console. Later, in "Sabotage" she tells Bumblebee to activate it after Shockwave takes control of the ship, turns out it was the ship's Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: After Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Bumblebee is the main character again, but is younger and less mature than even his Transformers Prime self.
  • Cool Crown: Grimlock has one that doubles as a tracking device that allows him to find his old base after millions of years of stasis.
  • Cultured Badass: Grimlock may be a mighty warrior, but he could not turn down building a hot tub into his base.
  • Cute Mute: Bumblebee during the flashbacks where he is unable to speak at all.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Shockwave and his drones.
  • Dark Action Girl: Shadow Striker is the best example so far, but it applies to all the female Decepticons for the most part.
  • Darker and Edgier: While lighter than Aligned on the whole, this show is darker than the mainline shows that immediately preceded it.
  • Detachment Combat: Windblade can launch her VTOL turbines, and Starscream is capable of shooting off the tips of his wings like throwing knives.
  • Designated Girl Fight: In "Memory", Windblade is quickly positioned to take on Nova Storm in the air while Bumblebee dukes it out with Thundercracker on the ground.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Starscream's design has been differentiated from the other Seekers', with his Null Rays being mounted on his lower arms rather than his shoulders, a lack of shoulder intakes, a different-looking jet mode, and most of his finer details.
  • Driving Question: Where is the Allspark and what became of the Autobots who went searching for it?
    • Pivoting off that, how did Bumblebee lose his memory?
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Many characters appear in the background before getting speaking roles or playing a role in the story. Chromia, Ratchet, Arcee, among others.
  • Evil Plan: Megatron ultimately plans to use the Allspark in conjunction with Vector Sigma to create an endless army of Decepticons.
  • Energy Weapons: The melee weapons used by both sides of the conflict.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Grimlock's computers warned him of the meteor that would lead to the extermination of the dinosaurs, however he did not have the time or resources to anything about cataclysm. He did film a video with his friends affirming that they would not give into despair, but face future confidently.
  • Fake Memories: Shockwave invades Bumblebee's mind and plants one of these that casts Bumblebee, and later Optimus, as Decepticon deep cover agents.
  • Fantastic Racism: Aerial transformers look down on land-based transformers. For their part, land-based transformers think aerial transformers are arrogant.
    • Shockwave thinks that Seekers objectively have low intelligence.
  • Fastball Special: Grimlock in dinosaur mode throws Bumbleebee and Teletraan-X at the Seekers attack them to great effect.
  • Fictional Sport: Cube.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Applies to the Autobot team in the present day. Windblade with her psionic powers and wind based attacks is the mage, Grimlock's raw physical strength and durability cast him as the fighter. Bumblebee who relies on stealth, speed, and his hidden shiv (the stinger) is the thief.
  • Flying Mook: The Decepticon Army's primary foot soldiers are the Seekers.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Windblade manages to beat Thundercracker by kicking him off a cliff... despite the fact that he can fly. This happens again in the episode "Whiteout", leading one to assume this is a consistent problem for him.
    • Subverted by Bumblebee, who despite memory loss still remembers how to transform and quickly figures out how to access his stinger.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Promotional art depicts Transformers with four-fingered hands.
  • Gender Flip:
    • The obscure Seeker Nova Storm is, despite only showing up once, generally portrayed as a male character. In Cyberverse, they're a female Seeker.
    • Happens to Acid Storm as well and it appears the change happened mid production, as the the character bio still lists the character as male.
  • Gladiator Games: Megatron was a champion gladiator before founding the Decepticons.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Windblade's weapon of choice is a curved, laser blade.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Blurr, who after being infected with Cosmic Rust, stays behind to close the Space Bridge and quarantine Velocitron. He crumbles to dust seconds later.
    • Non-lethal exampe, Windblade closes off silo and stays behind to hold off the Decepticons while Bumblebee and Teletraan X escape.
  • High-Class Glass: Perceptor has a targeting monocle like the one his IDW counterpart attained in All Hail Megatron. Shadow Striker also has one in the form of a three-lensed optic, for more of a Wicked Cultured look.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Windblade is captured by the Decepticons Teletraan-X tries to console Bumblebee with the fact that she was not a crew member. This doesn't help the situation.
  • Insult Backfire: Averted in "Memory", when Bumblebee's random one-liner to Thundercracker ends up angering the Decepticon greatly despite him not understanding a word of it.
    Thundercracker: You Autobot scum!
    Bumblebee: Really? 'Cause my friend's cousin's neighbor, like, totally saw you at the roller rink last night...
    Thundercracker: I will destroy you for saying... whatever you're talking about!
  • It's All About Me: Starscream's self-absorption is his defining trait this time around. Cowardice, treachery, and cunning take a backseat to his ego.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Bumblebee, as usual.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Most of the series is rather lighthearted, but Megatron ends up significantly darkening the tone when he appears, with "Megatron is My Hero" highlighting his gradually escalating series of horrible actions in the name of power.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the previous Aligned Continuity, the series is much lighter-hearted and focused much more on characterization and worldbuilding, with Bumblebee and Windblade both being fairly quippy. However, the implications on the War on Cybertron are not unnoticed, and the Decepticons are portrayed as fairly dark characters.
  • Lack of Empathy: Shockwave's only focus is on completing his mission and couldn't care less about the well-being of anyone else.
  • Local Hangout: Maccadam's, before the war. During the war, it became a Truce Zone before finally shutting down.
  • Mental World: Windblade helps Bumblebee access his so that he can begin to repair his memories.
  • Merchandise-Driven: It is a Transformers show after all.
  • The Mole: The false memory that Shockwave creates to brainwash Bumblebee casts Bumblebee as one of these
    • Mole in Charge: The false memory ultimately casts Optimus Prime as this and that is ultimately what causes Bumblebee to reject the memory completely.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: A music box chime played by Teletraan X calms Grimlock down and brings him back to his senses after being brought back online in dino mode.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Grimlock previously had a mouthplate-less appearance in the Robots in Disguise (2015) cartoon.note 
    • This is not the first time Wheeljack has a mustache. He previously possessed one in Transformers Animated and his Masterpiece "MP-20" toy (via a hidden faceplate).
    • Slipstream is the leader of the seekers this time, being co-leaders with Starscream. Back in Animated, she managed to convince the other Starscream clones to turn against him.
    • Optimus and Megatron used to be friends, just like in the Aligned continuity.
    • The iconic "Til All Are One" line is recited, but this time by Megatron in his New Era Speech.
    • Windblade is a Cityspeaker, just like her IDW incarnation.
    • As has become a staple of the character, Megatron is a gladiator turned political revolutionary turned conqueror.
    • While searching his memory for information about the "King of Dinosaurs," Bumblebee stumbles across a memory of Starscream wearing a crown before brushing it aside.
    • As seen across various Transformers's media, Grimlock was stranded on prehistoric Earth, took on the form of a dinosaur, and was frozen in stasis lock until the present day.
    • Similarly, the Allspark was sent away from Cybertron during the Great War to protect it from the Decepticons.
    • The Ark crashed into and was buried under Mt. St Hilary with the Autobots in stasis, just like in the original cartoon.
    • Initially, Shockwave remains behind on Cybertron while Megatron leads the primary Decepticon Forces in pursuit of the Autobots.
  • New Era Speech: One of Bumblebee's flashbacks has him watching Megatron deliver one with the first reveal of the Deceptibrand.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Optimus Prime has the Allspark thrown into a Space Bridge to keep it out of Decepticon hands which works, with the unfortunate side-effect of causing sickening the planet to the point that it starts to die.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Optimus Prime and Megatron's voice actors, Jake Tillman and Marc Thompson, respectively, are both clearly trying to channel the Peter Cullen and Frank Welker incarnations of the characters (with the Megatron's voice particularly sounding similar to his predecessor from the previous Aligned Continuity).
  • Oh, Crap!: A purely vocal example in Fracture, when Bumblebee's "answering" Starscream's hailing of Thundercracker and Nova Storm's ship with a sick guitar riff causes the Decepticon to exclaim the Autobot's name in fear and surprise.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Parodied with Teletraan X who makes a point of reminding anyone he's talking to Autobot or Decepticon that they are "Not Crew". He cheerfully drops this when talking with Bumblebee who has no idea of what he's talking about.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The alien creatures encountered in episode 4. They shrug off the Autobots' weapons and prove capable of taking them down, despite only coming up to their ankles. The creatures eat energon, which renders Cybertronian weapons ineffective.
    • Bumblebee himself. In the past he's shown holding his own against foes larger than him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Starscream and Shockwave seem to comprise this dynamic. Starscream is prone to emotional outbursts while Shockwave is always calm andcomposed.
  • Redshirt Army: A G-rated version of the trope is reflected in the Seekers in this continuity, who seem to take the same role as the Vehicons in Beast Machines and Transformers Prime. There are both named individual Seekers as well as generic, army-filling versions.
    • The Autobots seem to have their own equivalent, with recurring blue and white-colored model Autobots.
  • Rummage Fail: Windblade pulls out some kind of clamp while looking for the cortical psychic patch.
  • Shout-Out:
    • On the promotional digital cards, Bumblebee's card description starts with "*Record scratch* *Freeze frame* Yup, that's me, Bumblebee. I bet you're wondering how I got here.", a popular meme joke used to caption images depicting bad happenstances as a reference to the How We Got Here trope.
    • The flashbacks centering on the Ark and its crew are influenced by Star Trek complete with similar narration and music.
    • Bumblebee watches in "Whiteout" a spoof of Wheel of Fortune.
    • Blurr's death by the Rust Plague is similar to the ending of Avengers: Infinity War.
    • A Plague of Rust who says "Red rust! Red rust!" is reminiscent of Danny Torrance's mantra "Redrum" from The Shining.
    • Pong is the training program of the Decepticons.
    • Cube is similar to rugby.
    • In the modified memory from "Sabotage", Optimus chases Bumblebee with his axe dragging against the wall, evoking Freddy Krueger's boiler room scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
    • A billboard for "Return of Sharknator" is seen in "Teletraan-X".
    • Bumblebee's "Say hello to your little friend!" line is paraphrased from Scarface (1983).
    • The inscriptions seen on Grimlock's hideout resemble those from the Dinotopia books.
  • Sleeper Starship: With Energon running low, Optimus had all Autobots go into stasis while the ship computers continued the search for the Allspark.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Perceptor. He only appears briefly in the first episode with no lines, but he's responsible for fixing the Space Bridge and sending Windblade to Earth. Later, this convinces Shockwave to repair the Space Bridge permanently and head to Earth himself, ahead of the Decepticon fleet.
  • Smart Guy: Wheeljack serves this role onboard the Ark. Perceptor fills this position on Cybertron. Teletraan-X fits this with the team on present day Earth.
    • Shockwave fills this role for the Decepticons.
  • Sonic Stunner: As usual, this is part of Soundwave's repertoire, but more emphasized as part of his arsenal than past incarnations.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Wheeljack sports a Southern accent this time around, much like he did in early G1 episodes before Chris Latta perfected the voice.
  • Split Personality: Grimlock's personality is determined by what mode he's in. Eloquent when in robot mode, violent in beast mode.
  • Static Stun Gun: Bumblebee's stinger.
  • The Stoic: Shockwave rarely exhibits any emotion in the present day.
  • Super Speed: Downplayed with Blurr. He's primarily racing in vehicle mode, but is later shown that he can move just as fast in robot mode.
  • Third Party Stops Attack: Shadowstriker is pummeling Bumblebee hard and as she raises her right arm for another punch, Grimlock bites her arm, then tosses her aside.
    • Earlier, Bumblebee cheerfully stops Thundercracker from shooting Windblade.
  • Token Human: Subverted. While most shows include young kids to serve as audience surrogates, no humans have appeared at all, despite the show being set on present-day Earth. We see our first human, a small child who mistakes our heroes for advertising statues about a dozen episodes into the series.
  • Truce Zone: Maccadams. Maccadam strictly enforces this to the point that he was able to make Megatron reconsider starting fight there.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Shockwave, surprisingly enough. When Megatron was still a gladiator we actually shared a hive-five with Bumblebee but as the war raged on he eventually became the Mad Scientist we're more familiar with.
  • Villain Respect: Megatron admits that he admires Bumblebee's courage. Doesn't stop him mutilating him.
  • Voice of the Legion: The Allspark is shown communicating with Bumblebee this way, in the form of numerous whispering, overlapping voices.
  • We Can Rule Together: Megatron offers Optimus this, who refuses in hopes that Cybertron can still be reformed through less violent measures.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Blurr who is introduced and succumbs to the Plague of Rust in the same episode.
    • Alpha Trion first appears to bestow the Matrix of Leadership on Optimus and die.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Megatron and Optimus before the war. Megatron also seems to have been rather fond of Bumblebee as well.
    • Wheeljack and Shockwave were colleagues and friends before the fighting started, even collaborating to create Shockwave's drones.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Bumblebee notes that Grimlock's increased power in T-Rex mode may have caused the Dinobot's personality to split between alt modes.
  • Word-Salad Humor: A lot of Bumblebee's humor derives from this, with him stringing together a random assortment of unrelated "dialogue clips" to relate them to his current situation.
  • Worldbuilding: Bumblebee's flashbacks often serve this purpose, to give viewers an idea on Cybertron before and during the war.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Thundercracker is introduced kicking Windblade when he lands. He even lands a couple of good hits during their fight.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Bots infected by the Plague of Rust become zombies that facilitate it's spread before crumbling to dust.

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