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Take Transformers. Add G.I. Joe. A pinch of American Barbarian. Sprinkle on some Jack Kirby influences and put it all in a blender. The end result is Transformers vs. G.I. Joe.

Though hardly the first time that the Joes and Cobras have tangled with the Autobots and Decepticons, things are... stranger this time around.

The series ran from May 2014 to June 2016 followed by a one-shot "movie adaptation" in March of 2017.

Tropes used in Transformers vs. G.I. Joe include:
  • Adaptation Decay: The In-Universe Comic Adaptation of the In-Universe Movie Adaptation of this comic.
  • Adaptation Species Change: The Quintessons are usually Mechanical Lifeforms and an off-shoot of the Cybertronians. Here, they're Eldritch Abominations.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Astrotrain. Normally a Butt Monkey, here he's able to fight Omega Supreme on equal footing.
    • The Quintessons. They're fifth-dimensional creatures who are the Makers of the universe.
  • Adaptive Ability: The Cybertronians frequently transform only part of their bodies or into new shapes that (while possible to recreate on the toys) are a mis-match of their robot and vehicle forms. It's outright stated they're doing this to increase survivability in whatever situation they find themselves in.
    • The Pretenders are Decepticons in human suits to better cope with the terraformed Iacon.
  • All Just a Dream: The end of issue 6 reveals the entire thing is Scarlett having a delusion. Subverted in the next episode where it's revealed that Dr. Mindbender and Mindwipe have put her in a Mind Rape facility.
  • Anyone Can Die: Zig-zagged. Anyone can die but, by the same token, anyone can come back.
    • The only ones who die permanently are Grimlock, Destro, Hawk, Cobra Commander, and Storm Shadow.
  • Base on Wheels: Megatron rules Cybertron in his mobile city of Trypticon.
  • Came Back Wrong: Soundwave.
  • The Cameo:
    • Bludgeon appears as "The Angel of Death" guarding the entry into the afterlife.
    • Unicron is unnamed and his planet mode only appears as a statue. This is a unique series in that it features Primus as a main character but Unicron doesn't even impact the plot.
  • Covers Always Lie: Ultra Magnus appears on the cover of issue 7... and doesn't appear until issue 10.
  • Crossover: Well... duh.
    • In the finale, Megatron blindly teleports to safety and winds up in Ponyland.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Destro.
  • Death Is Cheap: Outright stated to be due to the fact that the mechanical body parts of the Cybertronians can be easily replaced. As such, "true death" is rare on Cybertron.
  • Denser and Wackier
  • Dyson Sphere: Primus creates a Dyson Sphere to speed up his consumption of the sun.
  • Face Ship: Megatron's plan called for Vector Sigma to reformat Cybertron into his likeness.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Quite a few.
    • Koh-Buru-Lah. A giant, multi-tentacled... thing.
    • Primus. A planet sized Genius Loci. And he has many siblings, such as Unicron and Atlas.
      • And all three were spanned by an even bigger one called Daiakuron who was himself made by the fifth-dimensional Makers.
  • Eldritch Location: Primus/Cybertron is "the ultimate Transformer", his surface constantly shifting to suit whatever he needs.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Astrotrain. A space shuttle hauling around passenger coaches.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Megatron to Cobra Commander, as recognized by the man himself. If Megatron will give him Mars, then he'll stay out of the Decepticon's way.
  • Expy: Megatron is more or less Darkseid.
  • Foil: Primus and Koh-Buru-Lah. The former prefers technology over the organic while the latter considers technology an abomination.
  • The Grim Reaper: Cybertron has one and it's Ultra Magnus. We did this say this comic was insane.
  • Hope Spot: In the climax, everyone manages to get the Matrix back to Optimus. Surely he can use it to stop Primus from killing the sun right? Nope, Primus is just too hungry to listen.
  • Hostile Terraforming:
    • G.I. Joe drops "green bombs" onto Iacon turning it into a lush wilderness. Cybertron's metallic soil eventually turns it into a technorganic valley.
    • Any world Primus touches (even gas giants!) will slowly start to turn into a copy of Cybertron.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Megatron. Merging the Matrix of Leadership with his Spark allows him to subvert and corrupt Primus.
  • In Name Only: Most characters. Per Word of God, the writers went back to play with some of the original 1980s toys and developed new personalities and traits for the characters from those sessions.
  • MacGuffin: The Matrix of Leadership.
  • Made of Iron: Pun aside, it is really hard to kill a Transformer.
  • Moral Myopia: G.I. Joe falls victim to it in the first few issues. As a Transformer is not a human being, it can be killed with no emotional baggage. But if a Transformer kills a human? All bets are off.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • G.I. Joe is based in Springfield.
    • Weather dominators are used to establish a base in Iacon.
    • Primus is noted to look like Rodimus, an oft-remarked quirk of the UK Transformers comic.
    • Scorponok is built on the backs of the people of Nebulos.
    • Snake-Eyes' real name is Francis Witwicky.
    • Optimus comes Back From the Dead as a pure white version of himself. The inner robot of some Ultra Magnuses.
    • Flame lives in the ruined Kalis.
    • In a sense, the Quintessons are the creators of the Transformers.
    • The map of Cybertron is nothing but this.
    • Reviving Cybertron by sacrificing Earth's star.
    • Though Unicron isn't involved in the story, Dark Energon is mentioned as a Cybertronian narcotic.
  • No Sympathy: Even after fighting along side Optimus in escaping from the Quintessons, Duke dismisses Bumblebee's death as "collateral damage." Unsurprisingly, Optimus then has no qualms about hacking his way through G.I. Joe headquarters to get to Bumblebee's damaged body.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Who ultimately emerges as the final threat the heroes have to defeat? Megatron? Cobra Commander? Nope, it's Primus, so energy starved from the Great War that he will willingly consume Earth's star to keep going.
  • Red Herring: Given the horn-like mega mountains that Cybertron sprouts, you'd be forgiven for thinking Unicron was involved in the plot. Nope, the horns are just a side-effect of Cybertron's reformatting.
  • Reimagining the Artifact:
    • The Dinobots' Hulk Speak is the result of them still deciphering human languages.
    • Destro's metal mask was taken from a Cybertronian corpse, his technological empire coming from him mining the database of a crashed Autobot ship.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Soundwave and Shockwave are brothers.
    • Serpentor is the son of Cobra Commander and the Baroness.
    • Snake-Eyes' true name is Francis Witwicky.
  • Riddle for the Ages: How did Optimus wind up trapped in Transwarp space?
  • Sequel Hook: The Baroness is still pregnant with Serpentor, Optimus is leading the search for the Quintessons, and Megatron will come back as Galvatron.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spell My Name with a "The": "The Astrotrain."
  • Star-Killing: Seems to be how the Eldritch Abominations of the universe fuel themselves up. Primus tries to devour the sun.
  • Superweapon Surprise: Ultimately Primus is defeated by Atlas. An equally-sized sibling of Primus that transforms into Earth!
  • Takes One to Kill One: As said above, Atlas is the one who defeats Primus.
  • To Serve Man: Megatron eats Skidmark as "Earth food" to mark Earth's demise.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Koh-Buru-Lah just disappears in the final issue.
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