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  • Adaptation Displacement: Played with. While the original G1 cartoon remains much more iconic and popular than Beast Wars, many of the concepts of succeeding cartoons were inspired by Beast Wars instead of The Transformers such as: Stasis pods, Transwarp drives, Cybertronians having Sparks and small teams of Cybertronians being stranded on a primitive world. Even the traits that the self-proclaimed G1 purists want out the movies (no humans and just having robot-on-robot action) come from Beast Wars with the G1 cartoon being similar to the films in the screentime of human characters. This show was even the first piece of media to name the iconic ships in the G1 cartoon as the Ark (though admittedly taking the name from the Marvel comic) and the Nemesis, names that are known and associated to those ships even by those who never watched Beast Wars.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Animal Transformers? With realistic coverings (fur, scales, skin)? The show had quite an uphill battle in its early days but has since been regarded as one of the best Transformers shows ever made. It wasn't until Animated, Prime and Cyberverse that such a title got serious competition.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Rampage when Transmutate dies.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Theme of Hero," the quasi-orchestral song that plays during Dinobot's funeral in "Code of Hero."
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Rampage has quite a few sympathetic moments. The later series Beast Wars: Uprising, plays this up, showing a remorseful and introspective Rampage who, in spite of his cannibalistic and sadistic moments, had a softer side.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • 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 killed off in Season 2 as part of the effort to make room for new characters, but was spared due to his popularity. And he was the second BW cast member to appear in the Transformers Hall of Fame.
    • Dinobot, largely because of his Heroic Sacrifice. Evident when many years later, he emerged as the first member of the Transformers Hall of Fame. He beat out SOUNDWAVE for the spot!
    • Blackarachnia.
  • Even Better Sequel: There are quite a few fans who hold the opinion that Beast Wars is the best Transformers series ever 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.
  • Evil Is Cool: One simply can't deny how awesome Megatron was.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment:
    • 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 You Think can also apply.
    • Blackarachnia asks, "What is it with guys and explosives?" Later, an infamous film director would caused much of the Transformers fanbase to ask this question.
    • 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 mug again 'till we get back to Cybertron!" How right you are, Rattrap. How right you are.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Rampage might be one, with a bit more emphasis on Jerkass. For all his crimes, it must be remembered that he didn't choose to be born as the abomination that he is (that's actually the fault of the Maximals), and he seems to be almost remorseful, at times, of his cannibalistic nature. Megatron's cruel treatment of him doesn't make him any less sympathetic. As the episode "Transmutate" had shown, the namesake creature tells you what a Tragic Monster he can be if looked at from a different angle. Even Silverbolt pitied him in that episode.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Megatron.
  • Memetic Badass: Megatron's rubber ducky.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • On a more positive note, we have Megatron's rubber ducky.
    • "Beast Mode" is now a popular phrase amongst many people in times of intensity.
    • "That's just Prime."
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Tarantulas gets off on sucking blood.
    • And Rampage.
  • Saved by the Fans: Waspinator was set to die at the start of Season 2 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.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Not the writing of the show, which many Transformers fans still consider some of the best that ever graced the franchise, but the CGI. When Beast Wars aired, the CGI was stunning for use in anything, let alone a kid's show, and the quality only improved. And while it still has its beautiful moments, there are times where it can look like something off of an old SEGA game. The iconic scene of the Nemesis rising is a noteworthy example as the ocean surface rippling as the ship surfaces and the water falling off it look very cringe worthy.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Rampage/Transmuate has quite a following despite the latter only appearing once. They even got some proper Ship Tease in Beast Wars: Uprising.
  • Special Effects 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some early episodes implied that Cheetor was a Seer or had some great destiny ahead of him. Nothing came of this. For what it's worth, the Wings Universe comics expanded on it a bit.
    • The Vok storyline, along with Optimus' promise to rescue Tigatron and Airazor, just sort of stops in Season 2 and then hastily pops up to be smoothed over in the penultimate episode.
  • Too Cool to Live: Dinobot and Tigerhawk.
  • Tough Act to Follow: It had to follow up on the beloved '80s media and left everything that followed with big shoes to fill.
  • Uncanny Valley: Transmutate.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Waspinator. Regarded as little more than a punching bag in-universe but has legions of fans.
    • Megatron. While the Maximals obviously loathe him, the only person of, relatively, sound mind who genuinely likes him is Scorponok while Inferno is simply insane. The other Predacons follow him due to Asskicking Equals Authority and need the barest minimum of incentive to turn on or plot against him. The Predacons back on Cybertron also consider him a trigger-happy, upstart renegade who has no place among them and Ravage only joins Megatron out of loyalty to the original, Decepticon Megatron. Out of universe however, Megatron is beloved by pretty much the entire fanbase and his voice actor has admitted to Megatron being his favorite role. Even after years of reboots, Megatron's popularity has only begun to be challenged by the Animated and Prime versions of Megatron but even today it's not uncommon to find someone who believes Beast Wars Megatron was the best version of the character.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Waspinator. Initially, while rarely a victor, he was portrayed as quite a competent fighter (as evidenced by his battle with Cheetor in the premiere). However, the writers soon made Waspinator comic relief, leading him to "getting blown to scrap all the time!" Of course, this led to Waspinator becoming one of the most popular characters on the series, providing an example of Tropes Are Not Bad.
    • Rampage/Protoform X. He was unstoppable in his first appearance but was always quickly dealt with in later one-on-one battles. Possibly justified due to Megatron carving out a piece of Rampage's Spark.
  • 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, truckloads of Getting Crap Past the Radar, and surprisingly mature takes on themes such as warfare and revenge, with a healthy dose of Killed Off for Real to match.
  • The Woobie:
    • Waspinator.

 "Inferno blow up, Waspinator must salvage. Waspinator blow up, nobody salvage. Why universe hate Waspinator?"

    • Transmutate. She's a misshapen, childlike being who died trying to stop her/its only friends from hurting each other.
  • World of Ham: And it is awesome!
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