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  • Adaptation Distillation: Most notable is in the character of Starscream, who makes his first bid for leadership in the first episode. He is very literally the distilled character of G1, who took until the movie when Megatron was injured from a battle with Prime. Here he is much more proactive, planting a bomb on Megatron before he goes off to fight the Autobots.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: David Kaye as Optimus Prime.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: The initial reaction to this show was comparable to the initial reaction to Beast Wars. And just like Beast Wars, it ended its run being regraded as one of the best Transformers shows.
  • Ass Pull: The Reveal that Bulkhead is the top space bridge technician in the galaxy. Mainly because it makes one wonder why exactly this never came up while the team was repairing space bridges.
  • Badass Decay: The Dinobots, to the point where they were easily beaten by Jetfire and Jetstorm and scared off by post-upgrade Sari by Season 3. Oh, and according to Grimlock's profile, he's as powerful as Megatron.
  • Broken Base: For every dozen or so Transfan that adores the show with full heart, there is usually one that dislikes it with as much hate as their love combined. This being the Transformers fandom, this is unsurprising.
  • Cult Classic: Animated never quite attained the same level of pop culture domination as its fellows but even a decade after it ended, it remains very popular among the Transformers fandom with desire for a fourth season remaining strong.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Sentinel Prime's sole purpose in the series seems to be getting into trouble or messing something up for Optimus to fix.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Given the show's Black and Gray Morality approach to the Autobot/Decepticon conflict, it's not uncommon to see fanfics where the Decepticons are a legitimately repressed underclass, or at least were one in the past.
  • Ear Worm: "ALL I CAN DO, AND ALL YOU CAN DO~". Moreso with the Japanese fans.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Lockdown quickly became a fan favorite. Wreck-Gar too, but what were you expecting with that VA?
    • The character of Lockdown was adopted into the IDW G1-inspired comics and even got a movie-style toy, he was just that well received. In addition elements of his character was transplanted into Transformers Prime for the character of Airachnid.
    • The Gender Flipped Red Alert is quite a popular character to the point that some fans don't even seem to remember the original.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Megatron, Starscream (yes, even the voice), Lockdown, Slipstream, the female Starscream, and Blackarachnia of course! Slo-Mo is pretty easy on the eyes as well, being the only female human villain helps.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: Defied then played straight. The show denied to explain where the AllSpark came from precisely to avoid this. Then, when Derrick J. Wyatt revealed that however the AllSpark came about, it wasn't through Primus, who didn't exist in this universe, the fandom exploded like Megatron's space bridge.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Transformers Prime, the series that replaced it.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The AllSpark Almanac has lots of material for World Building and revealed much about what Season 4 might have shown.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Some fans love the first two seasons but despise the third because of the tone shift from fun and happy to Anyone Can Die.
      • And of course, there is even a flip side to this opinion as well, with certain fans who weren't as fond of the show suddenly becoming hooked after viewing the third season and its more serious attitude.
    • When the show came out, the Unicron Trilogy had milked the Primus/Unicron mythology for all it was worth, resulting in all Cybertronian mythology being Adapted Out. When the fandom had warmed up to the idea again, Derrick J. Wyatt declared that Unicron existed in this universe but Primus didn't. All the fans proceeded to ignore this, declaring that Primus had to exist.
  • Freud Was Right: In "Three's a Crowd" we see that in robot mode the neck of Scrapper's power shovel comes out of his crotch.
  • Friendly Fandoms: When Ben 10: Omniverse first came out and was subject to "They Changed It, Now It Sucks" from the Ben 10 fandom for the art-style, the same style used here, the Animated fans were quick to defend it, noting that Animated had very mature plot lines despite its more cartoonish art-style, creating a lot of good will between the two shows (rather like the good will between Transformers Prime and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien) before Seasonal Rot set in for Omniverse and Animated fans started pretending that they'd never heard of Ben 10 at all.
  • Growing the Beard: "Thrill of the Hunt" was a strong and mature episode that addresses consequences and regrets during war time and won over the fans who thought this series was just going to be slap-stick comedy.
    • Possibly happened again with season three, due to the show going Darker and Edgier.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Safeguard's look reminds many people of Kamen Rider Double. One person even modded their Safeguard into CycloneJoker colours.
    • The casting of Corey Burton, the voice of Shockwave on Generation 1 as Megatron. In Dark of the Moon, the G1 incarnation of Megatron's voice actor, Frank Welker, returned the favor and voiced movie Shockwave.
    • Wasn't there another show where Jeff Bennett and Bill Fagerbakke voiced two characters in a Five-Man Band who were put in stasis? And funnily enough, their roles in the team are even the same.
    • One of TF Wiki's earlier image captions for Lugnut describes him in relation to Shockwave and Omega Supreme. This becomes amusing when Animated Shockwave is introduced and Lugnut feuds with him on who is Megatron's most loyal servant. And then the last episodes have the creation of Lugnut Supreme, based on Omega Supreme, which involved both Lugnut and Shockwave.
  • Hollywood Homely: Blackarachnia, at first. She's supposed to be hideous due her techno-organic status, but both to the viewer and most of the Autobots she's a beautiful Femme Fatale. And then her helmet comes off and this trope is subverted so fast its head spins.
  • Idiot Plot: "Where Is Thy Sting?" Complete with heavy Most Definitely Not a Villain.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Megatron.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Shockwave's difficult to hear and completely out-of-character "LIAR! LYING LIAR!" has become a bit of an in-joke amongst his fans.
    • Sentinel Prime. What a Jerk!
    • The Formspring RPs give us HAT!
    • Season 4 When?/Never.
  • Moe: Sari.
    • A lot of people see Wreck-Gar this way, as well.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In "Predacons Rising" when Waspinator told Bumblebee that Wasp forgives him for getting him sent to the stockades followed by "But Waspinator never forgive!"
    • Prometheus Black decides to use the child of his "arch-nemesis" as the test subject for making an organic Transformer. This is after he already tried it on two adults and permanently left them in misshapen bestial forms.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: This is the first time the Autobots themselves have mentioned the iconic transforming noise. When the Bots are trying to will themselves back to their normal states in Soundwave's Lotus Eater Machine, Bumblebee suggests that Bulkhead make the noise with his mouth.
  • Rescued From the Scrappy Heap:
    • Unlike most humans in Transformers, Sari has largely avoided being The Scrappy. Of course, there's the Robotic Reveal muddling how biologically human she really is.
    • Captain Fanzone is pretty well-loved by the fans, as well.
    • Not that the character was ever considered a Scrappy, but this show rescued Blitzwing from being a largely forgettable character to one of the most memorable.
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  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: When Takara Tomy announced that they're tying Animated (well, their handling of the show) with the movie-verse, change in episode order, renaming Bulkhead to Ironhide (even though there was already an "Ironhide")... Well...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • This is arguably what happened to Sari's upgrade, and her backstory in general. We never see the immediate fallout of her upgrade and near-overload, since she vanishes for four episodes afterwards, and we never find out how she got to Earth in the first place. This may have been addressed in the cancelled fourth season however.
      • Blame Executive Meddling for that, they demanded that the human characters be shoved to the background to focus on the characters with toys for the third season, including Sari.
    • Some felt that the Cosmic rust-infected Rodimus should've stayed dead after his appearance in "Transwarped".
  • Too Good to Last: Sure, three seasons and 42 episodes doesn't sound too bad... until you realize that the show was on the air for less than a year and a half.
  • The Woobie: Part of the reason Sari has avoided becoming The Scrappy is because her life sucks so much. (Come Season 2, anyway. Omega Supreme can't seem to catch a break either, and Ratchet's had it nearly as bad.)
    • One could just about give this to poor Wasp. A stark contrast to Waspinator of Beast Wars.
    • Blurr instantly became this when he was killed by Shockwave in the season three premiere, as mentioned above.
    • Arcee has been one in her every appearance.
    • Skywarp, and his predecessor, #3370318. Poor guys; life is scary!
    • Bulkhead has his Woobie moments too.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Blackarachnia and Wasp.
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