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  • Adaptation Displacement: Shadow Striker has quite effectively eclipsed her G1 counterpart. Even the 2019 comic uses the Cyberverse version of the character.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Given the Lighter and Softer art style, along with the bad taste RiD (2015) had left in everyone's mouth, hopes for Cyberverse were not very high. Following its completion, it's regarded as one of the best.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • A large point of contention in the Bayverse was that, after the first film, Optimus and the Autobots didn't care about Cybertron, not only preventing the Decepticons from healing the planet but never trying it themselves. Here Optimus' motivation is to return the AllSpark to Cybertron and undo his mistake. Hot Rod even says that Optimus' orders called for them to leave Earth the instant that they found the AllSpark.
    • As a franchise, Transformers hasn't had the best success in counteracting The Smurfette Principle. While not a perfect ratio, Cyberverse has gone a long way to introduce more female characters, even if a lot are just Gender Flips.
    • Bumblebee gets his voice back in Season 2.
    • Though Transformers Prime Wheeljack had his fans, many cheered when Wheeljack was returned to the Mad Scientist of G1.
    • Season 2 introduces characters from other incarnations of the franchise, such as Cheetor and Sky-Byte, something that Transformers took flak for not doing in the 2010s.
    • The Transformers leave Earth forever halfway through Season 2, with not even one human ever becoming a main character.
    • The Quintessons are back.
  • Broken Base:
    • The lack of humans on Earth. While there is a human presence, that fact Earth seems largely empty, only one human kid ever put in appearance, has made the conflict appear somewhat stake-less to some. If the Ark hadn't crash landed and the story had taken place 66 million years ago, then everything would be largely unchanged.
    • Drift being a Heel Face Mole. Clever twist or waste of a perfectly good character?
  • Cliché Storm: Averted. While there are hallmarks of previous series, the show largely went out of its way to avoid falling into any old trappings. To name a few, Hot Rod doesn't become Rodimus Prime, Drift is a villain and the show even had Megatron die instead of Optimus.
  • Continuity Lock Out: Out of all sixty-two episodes, only Perfect Storm (S2 E17) can be skipped without any consequences to the story.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Starscream of course. Despite comprehensively proving himself Eviler Than Thou to Megatron, some fangirls will un-ironically defend him as a victim of abuse who was forced into dire circumstances to get back at a world that hated him. The fact that Starscream was ready to destroy the whole universe out of petty spite and is a Smug Snake who goes out of his way to make everyone's life as awful as he can hasn't deterred this mindset in the slightest.
  • Growing the Beard: Megatron is My Hero is generally agreed to be the point where the plot really starts to pick up speed.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks: Was the initial reaction to the eleven minute runtimes of each episode, before the writing staff showed that they'd managed to time well.
  • Memetic Mutation: Angry Shockwave/Frown of Science given Shockwave's Angry Eyebrows.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • There was already nothing sympathetic about Starscream but he proudly crosses this when he extracts the sparks of his Seekers who had shown him nothing but Undying Loyalty. And not one to quite while he's ahead, he later sells out his entire species to the Quintessons just to save his own skin. When made a Judge, he's ready to destroy the whole universe out of petty spite for his perceived abuse.
    • Megatron. He already started a war that killed Cybertron but in the Season 3 premiere, he showed that he was willing to destroy the AllSpark and doom his whole kind to extinction if he wasn't going to win the war. Evil Is Petty when it comes to Megatron. Evil Is Very Petty indeed.
      • He gets outdone by "the Other One", his counterpart from another reality. That Megatron killed Optimus outright and after winning the war and making his master race of Decepticons, killed all "unneeded" Decepticons. Once he's in the main reality, the Other One plans to do it all again. Per Word of God, the Other One was so bad that he prompted a Heel Realization, to some extent, in Megatron.
    • The Quintessons travel across The Multiverse and destroy universes that they deem unworthy of existing. Why? They're Quintessons. Isn't that reason enough?
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Despite what some early reviews said, Shadow Striker was not an original character. Then again, she's an In Name Only version who has quite effectively displaced the original.
    • The 11-minute episode format. The Prime Wars trilogy had it first.
    • The idea of using the Transformers' life giving MacGuffin to create a perfect race of warriors was one that Prowl had in the original comic.
    • The Quintesson Scientist is a tiny organic controlling multiple bodies. The squids were depicted as such in Transformers Retribution.
  • Rescued From the Scrappy Heap: Like Bumblebee saved his live-action self, this incarnation of Bumblebee got a much more positive reception from the fanbase after his usage as Wolverine Publicity in the Transformers Aligned Universe, where his counterpart had no defined personality with many accusing him of stealing Smokescreen's arc in that continuity's closing days.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Megatron calling the tyrant from another universe as "the Other One." He's referring to that reality's version of himself. People don't generally use their own name when referring to themselves.
  • Snark Bait:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Much like Transformers Prime before it, Anyone Can Die. Big names like Blurr, the Seekers, Prowl, Drift, Shockwave, and Cheetor can suddenly drop dead without much ceremony or buildup.
    • Primus got one mention and Unicron was never even alluded to. Though per Word of God, Unicron was left out because the staff felt that stories of him had been overdone.
    • As said above, Drift being a Heel Face Mole to some.
    • Iaconus, long touted as a One-Man Army who conquered whole planets, gets killed one episode after he transforms to robot mode.
    • The human race to some who feel that the Earth conflict was stake-less and empty. Though the staff did offer the explanation that, aside from considering humans in Transformers shows to be "distracting", the 11-minute run time didn't lend itself to the B-plots that human characters spawn.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Maccadam barely ever appears in the comic books. Giving him A Day in the Limelight was certainly something that no one saw coming. Nor did anyone expect the show to lean into, and confirm, the "Maccadam is really Alchemist Prime" theory.
    • Of all the Transformers that could have been chosen to guard the AllSpark, you can bet that Cheetor wasn't on anyone's short list.
    • "Who's the baddest shark around? Who's the smartest shark in town? Sky-Byte, that's me!"
    • Not just a character but more the concept of Titans founding Cybertronian colonies in Ghost Town.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the critically reviled Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015), this show reminds us that Transformers cartoons don't have to suck.
  • WTH? Casting Agency: Perhaps the biggest complaint about the series is the rather generic voices compared to previous cartoons.
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