- the very best in Aero-Bot...
- the fastest in Speed-bot...
- the strongest in Strong-Bot...
- the wildest in Beast-Bot...
- ...and the cleverest in Buzzer-Bot!"''— Opening Narration Pre-opening-sequence narration
Transformers: Go-Bots was a series active between 2002 and 2005 as part of Hasbro's overall franchise. Aimed at preschool-aged children, it focused upon a team of robots from the city of Botropolis. These transforming robots whose home territory is a city that rests on a comet were sent to Earth as small teams to protect it from danger.
Unlike most parts of the franchise, this series didn't have a full-length cartoon. Instead, a four-episode (each being 10 minutes) mini-series was produced by Hasbro and Taiwanese animation studio Wang Film Productionsnote akin to the third My Little Pony series. Two of them aired in New York and Chicago only, which makes the cartoon extremely hard to find unless you go on YouTube.
The toyline itself was distributed through Hasbro's Playskool subsidiary, consisting of chunky-looking robots that had (at first) rather quick transformation schemes. As such, they were marketed like so.
This direct-to-video mini-series exhibits the following:
- Adaptational Heroism: Buzzer-Bot is a less-than-subtle Expy of Waspinator, despite being one of the main heroes.
- Catchphrase: "Go Go Go-Bots!" Don't forget "Go Go Go-Brillium!"
- Combining Mecha: A Hauler-Bot is what you see but can change into three!
- Cool Car: Speed-Bot, Mototron and the Racer-Bot Twins, Racer-Bots ALPHA and BETA.
- Drives Like Crazy: The Racer-Bot Twins and Mototron.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Aero-Bot (on occasions), Silver-Bot, Speed-Bot, and Kid-Bot.
- Last Episode Upgrade: Go-Brillium.
- Merchandise-Driven: It is Transformers, after all.
- Never Say "Die": Surprisingly averted in "Racer-Bot Road Rally", where the word "death" is said at one point.
- No Antagonist: The problem usually stems from one or more reckless, though still good, Go-Bots unaware that they're causing mayhem. They do promise to get better, though.
- Oddball in the Series: Outside of the fact the robots are called Go-Bots and not Transformers. This series features an entirely original cast of characters rather than the traditional Autobots and the Go-Bots hail from the city on a comet known as Botropolis rather then the metallic world of Cybertron. Its also the only Transformers series without a proper Big Bad.
- Off-Model: Not as bad as Transformers: Armada (released at the same time), but still evident.
- Opening Narration: Done by the Armada narrator.
- Shout-Out: There's a character named Cheetor in the toyline, and Beast-Bot's gorilla form resembles that of Optimus Primal in Beast Machines.
- Spiritual Successor: Transformers: Rescue Bots is looking to be this. It also serves as this to Rescue Heroes, as both have similar themes and art styles.
- Three Shorts: Sort of - The episodes were separate, but only 10 minutes long. This made it shorter than the average Transformers episode, which usually (if not always) lasted around 22 minutes.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Reptron, considering the damage he makes in his episode, "Reptron's Rampage".
- Verbal Tic: Buzzer-Bot has electronic sound effects peppered into his speech.
- The Voiceless/The Unintelligible: Kid-Bot and Gas-Bot, voiced only with vocal effects.