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  • Adorkable: Silverbolt, especially around Blackarachnia. He's noble, principled, honorable, and a real gentleman—and extremely corny to go with it.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Rampage. Is he a twisted, sinister monster, or a tortured, tormented misfit? "Both" is an option, but between the other two options, there was a voice for each... and there still will be if you bring up the topic in the right place.
      • For that matter, why did he let Depth Charge kill him in the Grand Finale, and laugh while doing so? Was it because Rampage was a Death Seeker and his laughter was euphoria over his torturous existence finally ending? Or was it a way of further corrupting Depth Charge and his laughter was him taking solace in that Depth Charge had become the exact kind of monster he had wanted to kill? Note that, like Rampage in general, the two interpretations aren't mutually exclusive.
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    • How much of Blackarachnia's personality is really her own and how much of it is the Predacon programming Tarantulas installed in her? When she "died" and was "reborn" a Transmetal Maximal she cheerfully proclaimed "Even when I'm good I'm still bad" and indeed her personality was really not that different other than just being not evil and siding with the Maximals out of pragmatism, so it's possible that's just who she is... or maybe it was the Predacon personality Tarantulas installed in her, only now with the original Maximal programming restraining her more savage traits.
    • Unlike Blackarachnia and Inferno, Quickstrike never had his stasis pod or protoform tampered with, he landed and scanned a life form that he transformed into. However, this means he should have emerged as a Maximal. Is it simply that he happened to come out violent and aggressive and stayed with the Predacons because he fit in better? The scanners for his and Silverbolt's pods had their DNA scanners damaged, so it's possible that Quickstrike's pod suffered additional damage that somehow corrupted his programming, but that's pure speculation. Which side does he really belong on and what should his real personality be like?
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    • Does Waspinator survive every time he gets destroyed just because he's The Chew Toy, or because he was granted immortality when Starscream's abberant spark possessed him?
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Initial response to Beast Wars was very negative, with many fans decrying the shift from robots that turn into vehicles and robotic animals to robots that turn into organic animals, most infamously Optimus becoming a monkey instead of a truck. It didn't help that it was preceded by Transformers: Generation 2, which is considered by many to be a Dork Age. In the end, Beast Wars saved the franchise from dying out and set the standard for all future western Transformers shows.
  • Ass Pull: Megatron having a usable fragment of the Golden Disc he stole from Cybertron in The Agenda. No pieces of that size were seen when Dinobot destroyed it.
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  • Awesome Music: The theme song.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Rampage. In his debut, he's The Juggernaut who for most of the episode is indestructible, but his later appearances, he often gets easily defeated in seconds and rarely displays the menace he was in his debut. Even though he got to be something of a bigger threat when Depth Charge appeared, he still lost every fight between the two of them.
    • Waspinator is a case of this actually working in his favor. He started off semi-competent and then by the end of the first season had degraded to being a punching bag for pretty much every other character. But his Butt-Monkey status is what made him so popular with the fanbase, and his popularity is what saved him from a fiery death at the beginning of Season 2.
    • Inferno dropped from being one of the most formidable Predacons to a complete joke as the series continued. This is largely a case of Can't Catch Up: as most other cast members became Transmetals, Inferno just wasn't as dangerous anymore.
  • Broken Base: There are a few individual episodes that have divided fans.
    • "The Low Road". Some found it to be an entertaining comedy episode while others have found its toilet humor to be tasteless. Either ways, the reception for this episode was not 100 percent positive.
    • "Transmutate". This episode has its share of fans who feel the story was dark, mature, and well-crafted while showing a different side of Rampage. Others, on the other hand, have felt that it was too anti-climactic, morbid, and depressing, especially coming hot of the heels of the universally acclaimed Code of Hero.
    • "Optimal Situation". A decent action-packed Season 3 opener or an anti-climactic finish to "The Agenda" trilogy, and the beginning of the end where the show become more toy-oriented?
    • "Go With the Flow". A comedy episode where the protohuman children play a big role. Some fans found it an enjoyable romp while others felt it was a pointless filler episode that took the place of "Dark Glass".
    • The "Nemesis" two-parter. Opinions over the finale have also differed. You have fans who feel that it was a good finale where the stakes were high, the tone was epic, and the war became more real than ever. On the other hand, there are other fans who felt the series finale went overboard in killing off more than half the cast. And considering a lot of those deceased characters had their fair share of fans, you can bet at least somebody's going to be angry at how their favorite character was brutally killed off.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: David Kaye is considered by fans to be, at the very least, a strong runner-up to Frank Welker as the definitive voice of Megatron.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Megatron is a self-proclaimed tyrant and would-be Galactic Conqueror, who named himself after his world's equivalent of The Antichrist. A user and abuser of his followers, Megatron divides the world into enemies and pawns, killing or enslaving the former, and ruthlessly exploiting the latter. A gloating sadist, Megatron never kills anyone quickly when prolonged torture will do, considers his own allies expendable, and hopes to bring Cybertron, and eventually the galaxy, under his heel. His more notable crimes include extracting half of Rampage's spark, placing it in a vise, and using it to torture Rampage into submission; unsuccessfully ordering Dinobot to kill Quickstrike, one of Megatron's relatively more loyal soldiers, after Quickstrike lost to Dinobot in a sort of re-entrance exam into the Predacons; an aborted genocide of humanity's common ancestor; attempting to rewrite all of his history by killing the original Optimus Prime; and finally, sacrificing all his remaining troops in order to gain control of the Nemesis and set out to overrun the galaxy. His defeat doesn't stop him either—when he returns in Beast Machines he's gotten worse, picking up a serious god complex along the way. Seizing control of Cybertron, Megatron extracts the sparks from everyone on the planet, reducing them to mindless drones. Acquiring a hatred of all organic life, Megatron tries to scrub Cybertron clean of it, resulting in the near destruction of all life, robotic and organic, on his home planet when his last mad grasp for power finally fails.
    • Tarantulas is a schemer and backstabber second-to-none. Planted as The Mole in Megatron's operation by the Predacon Secret Police, Tarantulas is a cackling Mad Scientist, who enjoys performing gruesome experiments on his victims, and eating anything or anyone he catches in his giant webs, organic or robotic; he admits to enjoying the act itself more than the meal. He brainwashes several Maximal protoforms into becoming Predacons, most notably Blackarachnia and Inferno, and eventually reveals that he hopes to usurp control of the team from Megatron. Tarantulas later exploits and Mind Rapes Blackarachnia, leaving her with a paranoid terror of him, and later swears a vendetta against her, promising to hunt the other spider down and kill her for daring to defy him. He tries to destroy the Ark, which would create a time paradox and lead to the extinction of the Transformers as a species. Ultimately betraying both sides, Tarantulas is revealed to be descended from neither Autobot nor Decepticon, and he attempts to use alien technology to wipe out all factions, swearing that when he's done with his own species, he will return and commit genocide against the aliens themselves. Void of loyalty or conscience, Tarantulas makes even his own nominal allies uneasy, a fact that he is downright proud of.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • From his debut appearance onward, Rampage fell from his status as a near unstoppable titan to a basic background character with not many lines. But when he does get to be potrayed as a threat, he most certainly falls under this.
    • Tarantulas might be a cannibalistic psychotic Mad Scientist, but he is damn entertaining in the process.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Rampage has quite a few fans that focus on his sparse Tragic Monster moments and downplay his vicious sadism and cannibalism. Even his next big "official" appearance in the TF Club fiction plays up his emotional moments and depicts him as a deeply troubled, but still sympathetic person.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Waspinator. When the series started, he was a semi-skilled fighter that only stood out because of his unique speech patterns. The writers generally disliked him, but were required to use him, so they purposefully made him the Butt-Monkey of the series. This comedic take struck a chord with fans and the writers soon warmed up to the character, as well. Waspinator was to be offed in the second season to make room for new characters, but was spared due to his popularity. He gets the last line in the show and even makes it to the end of the sequel series Beast Machines. To top it off, he was the second BW cast member to appear in the Transformers Hall of Fame.
    • Of the toy-only characters who didn't make it into the show, Razorbeast is quite popular with fans. This is largely due to Simon Furman's usage of him in IDW's Beast Wars comics, where he's portrayed as a snarky and stern yet kind-hearted Guile Hero. (And the fact that Will Smith was looking for him since October.)
    • Particularly among female fans, Terrorsaur seems to be oddly popular, considering that he died early on and he rarely got any focus. It likely owes to him being The Starscream, and his somewhat effeminate character design.
    • Megatron's rubber ducky. When his Masterpiece toy come out, many fans were upset it did not include a rubber ducky accessory (nor has any Megatron toy to date).
  • Even Better Sequel: There are quite a few fans who hold the opinion that Beast Wars is the best Transformers series yet made, as stated above. In fact, Beast Wars is one of the few Transformers incarnations not to be heavily criticized by the Generation 1 purists. It's arguably gotten to the point where Beast Wars has done a sort of stealth Adaptation Displacement to Generation 1. Many of the traits self-proclaimed Transformers purists proclaim they wanted out of the movies (little-to-no humans, just lots of action of robots beating each other up) were from Beast Wars, whereas the movies were actually much closer to Generation 1 in their level of involving humans and the amount of action.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Beast Wars incarnation of Megatron is held up as not only superior to his G1 namesake, but one of the best incarnations of Megatron in any Transformers media. Reasons include his charisma and competence, being a morally reprehensible bastard and proud of it, his awesome alt modes, and his vocal performance, yeees.
  • Faux Symbolism: During the final battle between Megatron and Optimus Primal, they start quoting passages from the Code of Primus.
  • First Installment Wins: The show was the first installment of the "Beast Era" of the Transformers franchise and it's easily the most beloved. Opinions are divided on the follow up cartoons and anime (both as sequels and as stories in their own rights) and its quite telling that the designs of the Maximals in Wars are far more popular than their redesigns in Machines. Integrating the Beast Wars cast and ideas into other continuities has always been controversial in part because BW's position as a sequel to G1 is either removed or the G1 elements end up overpowering what made the series unique in the first place. The other Beast Era media still have a loyal following, but the original show is the most iconic and had the biggest effect on the franchise as a whole.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In "Call of the Wild", Terrorsaur jokingly states, "Hunting from the air with automatic weapons—now that's a sport!" Some took note of this later because of a few prominent Republican Governors would come to echo this sentiment, though Older Than They Think can also apply.
    • In his very last words of the entire series, Rattrap muses with a smirk, "And you know what the best part is? We don't have to see Megatron's ugly butt again 'till we get back to Cybertron!" How right you are, Rattrap. How right you are.
    • Rhinox laughing off his brief stint of being reprogrammed into a Predacon, and the other Maximals laughing it off with him (except former Predacon Dinobot) becomes a lot less funny after Beast Machines, where both he and Silverbolt are reprogrammed as evil Vehicons, which also makes it harder not to wince at Silverbolt's own Nice Guy personality in this series.
  • Genius Bonus: Loads. The writers and animators at Mainframe were clearly very well-read. Dinobot's many Shakespeare allusions are a good example.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 1 gradually grew higher in quality until the season finale where the series really took off. The stories became darker and more arc-driven, the animation quality got better, and the characters became more complex.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Possessed", Starscream falsely claims that his original body was destroyed while defending Galvatron from Unicron. This would be his fate in the later series, Transformers Armada.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • During the original Dinobot's death, Optimus states "May his Spark join the Matrix, the greatest of Cybertron." In 2010 came the Transformers "Hall of Fame" where, every year, Hasbro began honouring fictional characters (one of which was fan-voted) and real people associated with the franchise. That year, Dinobot was intended as a joke candidate since the idea of him beating out Generation One veterans like Soundwave, Grimlock, Jazz and Shockwave was seen as inconceivable. Guess who the fans voted for that year?
    • Also heartwarming in that Dinobot was a Predacon, a decendant of the Decepticons. If just one of them could learn the value of honor and a simple human life, then maybe there's hope for the rest of them?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Megatron's frequent annoyance with the ever-devoted Inferno arguably becomes even funnier with the knowledge that the former's voice actor David Kaye took on the role of Lugnut. If that's not enough, at one point Beast Wars Megatron asks (rhetorically) of his troops, "Eager to begin another glorious Predacon day are we?"
      • It's also pretty hilarious that David Kaye voiced this series' version of Megatron when he would later voice Optimus Prime in Animated. Especially considering that he originally auditioned for Optimus Primal.
    • When the series first premiered, there was the cry of "TRUKK NOT MUNKY!" from detractors. In season 3's premiere episode "Optimal Situation", as Optimus shares the spark of Optimus Prime, he turns into a new transformer whose modes include truck and monkey (gorilla).
    • After the whole "TRUKK NOT MUNKY" meme, David Sobolov, who voiced Depth Charge, voices Gorilla Grodd on The Flash (2014). Transformers sites noticed this quite quickly.
    • "TRUKK NOT MUNKY" becomes this yet again after Hasbro buys Power Rangers from Saban in 2018, since their first series will be Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, which has a truck that becomes a monkey!note .
    • When Botanica appeared on Transformers Animated as a minor character, there were many joking cries from the fandom of "FLOWUR NOT TRUKK".
    • There's another franchise that has biomechanical humanoid mecha with the ability to transform to a ferocious animal form. It's even called Beast Mode.
    • Rhinox is green and gold. His VO artist, Richard Newman, would go on to play a father whose colors are green and gold...
    • Garry Chalk and David Kaye originally auditioned to play Predacon!Megatron and Optimus Primal, respectively. But they instead wound up playing vice-versa. As fate would have it, they would later end up playing the namesakes of their intended first choices, anyway; Garry Chalk wound up voicing G1 Megatron in the same show, and David Kaye would voice Optimus Prime in Transformers Animated.
    • Rattrap's name means, well, a rat trap. In recent years, another pest control device has emerged, known as "Waspinator" (an object looking like a wasp nest that is hooked on the outside of a window to signal wasps from afar that this is occupied territory).
    • Rattrap is virulently hateful of Predacons, and by extension the Decepticons, for the few times they come up. So it can come off as quite funny for those familiar with his hatred to see Rattrap as a key member of Starscream's campaign for leadership of Cybertron in IDW's Till All are One series.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Rattrap and Dinobot's whole thing has inspired many a slashfic.
    • Cheetor's fawning over 'Big Bot' (Optimus) is sometimes interpreted as more than admiration and has given way to several slashfic.
    • Rattrap has kissed Rhinox twice, one kiss more than he has with his canon female love interest.
    • The number of times Megatron has cloned Dinobot and/or his beast mode tends to make Megatron come off as a jilted lover who never truly got over the first Dinobot turning on him to join the Maximals.
    • Airazor was a man in Japan, so her/his relationship with Tigatron became somewhat awkward to work around for the censors. Eventually, they couldn't work around it anymore, and they straight up put Japanese!Airazor and Tigatron in a homosexual relationship (for all of 2 minutes of screentime).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Dinobot dies. Not much of a spoiler these days because the episode where it happens is considered one of the greatest episodes of the series, if not the entire Transformers franchise.
    • The planet they're on really is Earth. Was a big twist at the start of the second season that really came into play in the second half of the season and stuck through the third season. Not so much anymore.
  • Love to Hate: Tarantulas. He's the only Predacon to have zero redeeming qualities, but his constant scheming and creepiness make him a joy to watch, even if it's satisfying when he gets his comeuppance.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Megatron, a rogue Predacon general who took the name of the Decepticon leader, is a brilliant, charismatic and ruthless foe who repeatedly comes up with new schemes to defeat the Maximals under Optimus Primal. Faking the Predacons' destruction to gain an advantage or using spies and psychological warfare, Megatron even uses cover of a truce to betray Optimus and succeeds in temporarily destroying him. Utilizing his soldiers as expendable resources, Megatron routinely comes within inches of victory, even manipulating a former Decepticon into working for him so he can destroy the sleeping Autobots and completely change history. By the sequel, Beast Machines, Megatron turns out to have taken over Cybertron and repeatedly keeps the Maximals on the run.
  • Memetic Badass: Megatron's rubber ducky is the most dangerous of the Predacons, perhaps even more than Megatron himself.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • TRUKK NOT MUNKY!note 
    • Megatron's drawn-out "yeeeees" and on occasion "no". There's even a compilation.
    • "Beast Mode" is now a popular phrase amongst many people in times of intensity, which is ironic since in-universe it tended to be something of a downgrade compared to their robot modes.
    • "Duly noted...and IGNORED!"note 
    • Fans have used Blackarachnia's, "What is it with guys and explosives?" to create Michael Bay jokes about the Transformers Film Series.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Megatron crosses it several times: he planned from the beginning to wipe out an entire timeline's worth of Transformers and other lifeforms; in the episode "Code of Hero", where he attempts genocide against defenseless proto-humans; and in the series finale.
    • For Dinobot II, who had recently gained access to his namesakes' code of honor, Megatron crossed the line when he decided to use capital scale weaponry on a single proto-human.
    • Tarantulas crosses this when He attempts to blow up the Ark, which would have wiped out all the Autobots, Decepticons and their descendants. It's also implied that he did this so that his master Unicron would be able to destroy Cybertron without difficulty.
  • Narm: Working in the exceedingly cheesy names into character's introductions, as well as Optimus Primal's Title Drop (seen as the page quote on the main page).
    • Any serious moment where a character is in Beast Mode has the potential to be this. Rhinox is particularly bad about this especially in the first season, doing a lot of stuff that can look really goofy, Also being the tech guy he's seen carrying around a lot of devices in his hands, his rhinoceros hands.
    • A more specific example from an early season 2 episode has the newly transmetal Megatron articulating how the Beast Wars have changed... while skating around the room on his new feet wheels as if his base was an evil roller rink. It's impossible to take seriously. To emphasize, he's a purple metallic T-Rex on skates, and with a pair of helicopter fans strapped to his back.
    • The battle in the pilot has a moment when everyone is still in beast mode. Megatron, in his T-Rex mode, has charged at Optimus, but ended up with his head buried in a pile of rocks and his tail pointing up while Optimus is talking to it. He's trying to pull himself free, which is accompanied by rubber sounds:
    Optimus: Surrender, Megatron! You're trapped!
    Megatron: (while wiggling his butt) No! You shall not defeat me!
    • The Transmetal forms, seeing as they inverted the organic and mechanical composition of the characters, resulting in metallic beast modes but more organic-looking robot forms. It's most obvious with Optimus Primal's bronze abs and Cheetor's leopard pecs which look like they're glued to his otherwise boxy chest.
  • Narm Charm: Everyone is incredibly hammy, yet somehow they manage to make it work perfectly.
    • When Optimus Primal returns from the dead, we're treated to the sight of an aerial chase between a blue chrome gorilla on a hoverboard and a purple chrome T-Rex with two VTOL fans strapped to his back. It's somehow in tone with the show.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Whereas Tarantulas's general characterization is pretty much Nightmare Fuel, his reactions to when things don't quite go his way are significantly less dark. His Oh, Crap! moments are some of the funniest in the series.
  • One True Pairing: Dinobot and Rattrap are a very popular pairing, also Dinobot with Primal in that Defrosting the Ice Queen way. Dinobot's small smile at the end of Gorilla Warfare probably started it.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In quite possibly the quickest instance of this trope, Waspinator. At the very start of the show everyone hated him, including the writers, due to his annoying voice and personality. The writers responded by making him the Butt-Monkey which, alongside with his Vocal Evolution that made his voice endearing rather than obnoxious, caused him to explode into the show's most popular character.
  • Saved by the Fans: Waspinator was set to die at the start of the second season along with Scorponok, but the creators were aware of how popular he was with the online fanbase, and that Terrorsaur was becoming fairly redundant with the much more successful traitor of Tarantulas on board.
  • Seasonal Rot: The third season gets this reaction from a number of fans, owing to several lesser episodes, odd retcons, occasional Mood Whiplash, being even more blatantly toy oriented than the past two seasons, and rushed plot points. The animation is seen as the best in the series, though.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny:
    • While the show is still very well-regarded by fans, seeing how it set the standard for most future Transformers shows, it might not seem so revolutionary or special nowadays. It's generally regarded as the first Transformers show to be unqualifiably and unironically good, and it was followed by a stream of shows that ranged from unambitious to controversial to just plain bad, giving it plenty of time to solidify its reputation. New fans who started with post-movie material can be unimpressed by the show's character arcs, plotting, tone, and worldbuilding compared to later efforts like Animated, Prime, or the IDW comics. The show's version of Megatron, for instance, can get some lukewarm responses from people more used to the idea of Megatron being successful, motivated, and charismatic—a revelation in the days when nearly every prior incarnation was an incompetent blowhard, but nowadays it's just expected of him, with later Megatrons surpassing him in threat level or moral complexity.
    • If there's one area that even die-hard fans of the show can agree falls into this, it's the animation. Back when the show first came out, the CGI was absolutely stunning for a television show let alone a show for kids. While the animation did improve noticeably over the course of the series, the show's animation now looks like something off of a Sega Dreamcast compared to later fully-CGI shows, and even a number of fellow Transformers shows.
  • Signature Scene: Dinobot's funeral.
  • Special Effect Failure: The early episodes (obviously, due to technology limitations) look like crap, there's also several other moments which combine this with Off-Model (such as Rattrap reverting to his old CG model in Code of Hero). Plus there's seams on several of organic beast modes if you look closely.
    • The explosion in Other Voices, Part 2 consists of real elements poorly composited over the animation. Similar techniques are used in many instances when Inferno uses his flamethrower.
  • Squick: Tigatron and Cheetor's guns appear to be made from their beast modes' intestines.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Dinobot II. In the last episode, he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn when Rampage is killed and begins taking on the mannerisms of the original Dinobot. Not only was the purported episode that would have provided an explanation for this never produced, making that event come across as an Ass Pull, but he dies after fully betraying Megatron. Had Dinobot II survived the events of Beast Wars, he could very well have played a role in Beast Machines, giving him a chance to expand on his character after finally gaining an identity of his own independent of Rampage.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For some fans, the long-running Vok subplot turned into this after the first season. In the first season, there was always a sense of awe and mystery whenever the aliens and their influence over the planet were involved. Not to mention the Vok story gave Beast Wars some of its most epic moments, from the floating island down to their planet-buster in the season finale. Come season two, the aliens make their presence known again by kidnapping Tigatron and Airazor and unleashing their Metalhunter ship, but beyond that, the Vok still don't show their faces and the audience doesn't really learn anything new about the aliens. In the third season, the Vok finally make themselves known and send their emissary Tigerhawk to Earth to deal with Megatron and defeat all the Predacons. But afterwards, they both kill and get killed by Tarantulas in an accidental Murder-Suicide despite allegedly being cosmic beings strong enough to Curb Stomp the entire Predacon team but yet can't stand up to Tarantulas' cyber-venom. So even though the Vok were implied to have created much of what the Maximals and Predacons encountered on earth(Stonehenge, the floating island, etc.), in addition to being the overarching villains of the show, some fans, to this day, consider the Vok subplot to be one story in Beast Wars which started out good but fizzled out towards the end and never lived up to its full potential.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • A problem for the CGI. The robots tend to look fine, but it's when they turn into animals that they tend to look off, mostly a problem with the non-insect alt-modes, and especially when they talk. Due to the animation's age it's hard not to see them as 3D puppets with their expressions looking lifeless. Hell, even Donkey Kong Country had more expressive faces, and that’s saying something...
    • Transmutate features a face that could be found on an actual human with the only elements indicating that it belongs to a robot being the shiny gold skin and red eyes. Given the nature of the character, the creepy effect this creates was probably intentional.
    • The protohumans features far more realistic faces than anything else on the show, and were hit the hardest by the dated CGI as a result.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In the third season, the writers focused on Blackarachnia's redemption arc and while she was meant to be rooted for, there were several factors that worked against her and she didn't quite come off as a fully sympathetic character. For one, Blackarachnia complained how the Maximals didn't trust her but she had spent two seasons attacking the Maximals and unlike Dinobot, she had much more bad blood with them. Plus, she had been the one who had (unintentionally) led Megatron to the Ark in the first place in a quest to get the power of the Ark for herself, allowing Megatron a chance to try to assassinate Optimus Prime and create a timestorm so when she turned against Megatron out of self-preservation, she didn't build a strong foundation of trust with the Maximals to begin with. There was also the fact that she didn't act any differently under the Maximals than she did Megatron, secretly stealing equipment from the ship and the TMII driver Depth Charge had thrown into the lava to work her own agenda in secrecy. And despite some mistrust between her and the Maximals, they did make some attempts to give her a chance because in "Proving Grounds," Rattrap relented and allowed Silverbolt to go retrieve Blackarachnia without snitching on them, despite his dislike for her. At the end of the episode, Optimus tells Blackarachnia that the choice to be reprogrammed into a Maximal was her choice alone.

    Later on in Beast Machines, Blackarachnia would attack Rattrap and call him a traitor when he made a weapons deal with Megatron, despite being a former Predacon herself and having an opportunity to reach out to Rattrap and understand what drove him to such lengths. She also forcibly changes Jetstorm back into Silverbolt despite expecting characters like Silverbolt and Optimus to give her the chance to make her own choices. Given all the things that have happened and will happen in the sequel series, Blackarachnia in the third season of Beast Wars can come off as less of a sympathetic Anti-Heroine trying to find her place in life and more of a whiny, entitled hypocrite who's not willing to extend to others the same chances and opportunities based on free will and individual sovereignty that she expects to receive herself.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: No one likes Waspinator, except the vast majority of the fanbase.
    • Despite being a fairly charismatic and silver-tongued character, Megatron himself gets very little love in-canon. While it goes without saying that the Maximals despise him, when it comes to his own Predacon troops, Megatron has almost little to no grassroots support. In the pilot, Dinobot made no secret of the fact that he considered Megatron an incompetent leader as soon as they landed on earth and challenged him for leadership of the Predacons. Terrorsaur always tries to overthrow him whenever the opportunity presents itself. Waspinator is always complaining about the menial labor that Megatron gives him. Both Tarantulas and Blackarachnia constantly work to undermine him through more devious and underhanded schemes. Quickstrike can always be persuaded to turn against Megatron through the persuasions of a more charismatic and intelligent 'bot like Tarantulas. Rampage absolutely hates his guts and would kill him brutally in an instant if not for the fact that Megatron held part of his spark as leverage. Dinobot II, though loyal intailly, turns on Megatron in the finale. It can also be argued that Inferno (one of Megatron's loyalest troops) isn't really of sound mind, considering how scrambled his circuits were after scanning an ant beast mode, having a damaged stasis pod, and Tarantulas tampering with his core programming. Even Predacons in a position of power back on Cybertron such as the Tripredacus Council consider Megatron a rogue and a nuisance who needs to be brought to heel and the agent they sent, Ravage himself, has no respect for Megatron or his pretensions (he ONLY sides with Megatron once Megatron presents him with an offer too good to pass up). Of all the characters on the show, only Scorponok can be considered the only character of (relatively) sound mind who genuinely likes Megatron. Out-of-universe, however, Megatron is beloved by the Transformers fanbase and even after several years of new TF reboots, BW Megatron is still considered THE best incarnation of Megatron by a lot of fans no matter how much he's universally disliked in the show itself.
  • The Un-Twist: You probably figured out the planet is Earth one full season before the characters did.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Despite the toyline and therefore the show being ostensibly aimed somewhere around the 10-12-year-old boys slot, the show features clever writing, complex characterizations, a surprising number of double entendres, and surprisingly mature takes on themes such as warfare and revenge, with a healthy dose of Killed Off for Real to match.
    • And the fun doesn't stop there when you get down to analyzing individual episodes. Bad Spark comes off like a horror movie, between the fetid-swamp setting and the mass-murderous psychotic Predacon lurking for blood (oil) throughout. And, sweet Primus, that ending scene. And then there's the burned-out wastelands that make up the bulk of the second season's scenery, with the clear and present knowledge that most of the natural life on the planet is dead or crippled after the Eldritch planetbuster at the end of the last season. A lot of the fighting is surprisingly brutal in some episodes. And on, and on...
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Garry Chalk's brief cameo as G1!Megatron. While it's true that Frank Welker wasn't available to reprise his role for the show, Garry's voice still sounds nothing like him. This is particularly jarring when compared to Doug Parker's spot-on impersonation of the late Chris Latta's Starscream.note .


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