Top 10 Transformers WTF Moments

Mike Matei / June 25th, 2014


  • Rick

    June 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

    More Transformers? Wow, folks! You’re in that kinda’ mood lately, ain’t ya’? XD

  • Rick

    June 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Also, FIRST!

  • frostare

    June 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Yup this was the Dragon Ball Z of the 80s people

    • Sun-Wukong

      June 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Unless you lived in Japan, in which case Dragon Ball already existed in the ’80s.

  • June 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Beast wars was to be a completely different thing but as the show went on they tied the events to G1. I was a good show with a great story, Fun Characters (Rattrap, Dinobot, Megatron) n cool toyline. The sequel series Beast machines was an interesting take with a real WTF toyline. Crazy neon florescent colors for the Maximals and little show accuracy.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      June 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

      I agree. Beast Wars, despite its weird concepts and subpar CG and animation, actually has a damn fine story, and that was the sole reason it was able to captivate so many kids watching Saturday cartoons. They loved it. I did too 😀

      • June 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm

        Bear in mind the “subpar CGI” was the best there was in 1996 for television, let alone cartoons. Comparing it to other CGI shows of the same era (Voltron: Third Dimension for example) the show was amazing.

      • August 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

        For me it was every Friday morning for the majority of the series. The CGI was considered subpar because it was dated, it was a TV show with a limited budget and this debuted the same month as N64’s release to North America. The story was awesome, I remember when I had a beast wars action figure, I brought it to school during recess to play with on my own. Many other students who were also fans noticed this and started to bring their own too, we eventually had an entire squad of both teams able to duke it out.

    • June 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      The first time I stumbled across Beast Wars on TV, I thought it was an episode from the CGI-animated series ReBoot. WTF indeed.

      • Sun-Wukong

        June 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        It was done by the same studio in a similar style.

  • J1a8son

    June 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I’m still scratching my head at #1. WTF?! Indeed!

  • Lukas Sprehn

    June 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I think the robot ghost thing actually makes sense in a way. The Transformers aren’t regular robots, you see. They have organs and such, just like us, they just happen to be metallic and operate like machines. They also have souls, kind of. The sparks, you know. Maybe it is their Spark, who allows for them to become ghosts. Maybe it’s actually more like astral projections. You see, when a Transformer die, their spark is supposed to travel to the Well of All Sparks, or the Source, the thing that originally created the universe, and will merge with the Well, dilvering all the wisdom and memories the Transformer experienced in his life. Maybe, somehow, Starscream’s spark, or mind, or something, was powerful enough to project an image of himself? Or maybe it’s like the force ghosts in Star Wars. Who knows? Megatron also comes back as a ghost in Transformers: Cybertron (called Galaxy Force in Japan) I believe.

    • June 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      In Beast Wars it was shown that his Spark had flown off and gone through a time warp. Starscream took over Waspinators body for an episode and kicked some ass until his usual antics got him beat. After which you see his spark fly off again and he spouts “I’ll be back! Even if it takes a thousand years, I’LL BE REVENGED ON YOU ALL!”

  • June 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Great video James! However, I would really have liked a list of the weirdest animation errors in Transformers!


  • June 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Girl on robot, how does that work, you ask? I assure you, the internet has way too many answers to that question, lol. 😀

  • June 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    loved me some beast wars 🙂

  • blackout

    June 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    How about the random dance party on the Junkions threw to the song “Dare To Be Stupid” in the movie?

  • handsome pete

    June 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    oh, i thought it was the girl who loved astroglide

  • Michael Archer

    June 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Rumble’s line “Hey, get down Sound Wave.” is hilarious

  • June 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Beasts wars was the first transformers series i ever saw and i loved it when i was little. oh and Starscream’s ghost showed up and took over Waspinator’s body in one episode it was pretty good, from what I rememmber

  • June 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    How did “Triple Takeover” not make this list? That episode is absurdly hilarious! Blitz wing lands in a football field and the player says “Coach! There’s a tank in front of me! What do I do!?” “Give him the ball!” And then Blitzwing kidnaps the coach as his strategist and demands tactics from him. It’s probably one of the funniest moments from the whole series.

  • June 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Cool to see one of the shows I drew storyboards for making the awesome list. “Aerial Assault” was a fun show to draw.

    • Kenshiroh

      June 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Are the storyboards for that episode on your website? (I looked in the “Action Adventure” page but didn’t see them.)

  • EmSeeSquared

    June 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    No offense, James, I LOVE you work, but i think you’ve greatly misjudged Beast Wars here. Was it a departure from the norm at the time, sure, but let’s look at some facts here:

    True, the animation doesn’t hold up well today, but we’re talking 1996 here. There wasn’t a lot of computer-animated shows at the time, and for a tv budget, it wasn’t going to be the most stellar animation ever. Oh, and it was the same year as N64, so 😉

    Also, the show was exceptionally well-written, with characters that were arguable more well-developed than in G1, and unlike in G1 where character deaths were pretty much restricted to just the movie, these characters were allowed to die IN the show itself! It was deep and ballsy stuff.

    Again, yes, transforming animals WAS a departure. I initially waved it off myself. But the fact is: Beast Wars SAVED Transformers. In the late 80s and early 90s, popularity for Transformers was waning big time, one of the last gimmicks being Transformers Action Masters, which were basically Transformers THAT DON’T TRANSFORM! In 1993, Hasbro relaunched the brand as Transformers: Generation 2 (Which is why the original is referred to as Generation 1 😉 ), which were recolors of original G1 toys, along with some newer ones, and…..they didn’t sell very well. Then they came out with Beast Wars, which sold EXTREMELY well, and coupled with the positive response from the show, it helped pave the way in the US for much more Transformers properties, evolving Transformers into a full-on franchise instead of remaining a relic from the 80s. Even if one doesn’t really like Beast Wars, we should be thanking it 😉

    • June 26, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      I agree. Back when Beast Wars first aired I thought it looked like crap but after watching it I was blown away by the character development and story. The CG just takes a while to adjust and it does improve, the stunning orchestral music was great. Also, no annoying humans! Well besides the human ancestors where Megatron tries to exterminate mankind until a former bad guy sacrifices his life for our future. The show is very powerful and goes a little beyond just a kids show. Its got a slightly higher imdb rating than G1. Its not like its a hated show at all.

  • JMFabianoRPL

    June 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    No drunk Decepticons?

  • JMFabianoRPL

    June 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    P.S. do you realize the double meaning of saying Seaspray turned into a “Mer-Man”?

  • June 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    was best ,, one best canadian show ever

    reboot was best than Donkey Kong Country 2 and beast wars

  • Kaygeebee

    June 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    The show was designed to sell as many toys as possible, so quality wasn’t really their main concern. Shove as many new characters in as you can so kids will (their parents) will buy them. That must’ve been the guideline.
    And I don’t remember the Beastwars animation being that horrible. Maybe it was because back then I just didn’t know any better. I mean the show came out just after Toy Story and CG TV shows were still pretty new.

  • June 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    You forgot about the part where ALL the Decepticons get fall down DRUNK off Energon

    • Pablo1989

      June 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong :)Universal greeting works everytime

  • viJilance

    June 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    fuck you james, beast wars was way better than any shitty transformers cartoon. fuck the 80’s, 90’s shows were the best.

  • Valis77

    June 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    no. you forgot where the kid confessed his love to arcee and she confessed her love to him back in one of the last episodes.

  • Satnav

    June 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I’ll be another guy to second that Beast Wars was actually a pretty good show, James. Yeah, the CG has aged badly, and if you’re that much a purist the animal thing may be off-putting, but it did have some good story arcs, humor, characterization, and eventually some cool homages to G1. Since let’s face it, when you take away the nostalgia value, G1 wasn’t really very well written or animated (though hey, for kiddie minds, it was quite something).

    I personally more grew up on the G1 Marvel comics. They were generally better and ballsier than the show, with some great long-running storylines. You should check some out if you haven’t already.

  • S1eeper

    June 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    But…but I liked beast wars! haha.

  • Podo

    June 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Beast Wars was awesome

  • Podo

    June 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Beastwars is my favorite transformers series

  • culwin

    June 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Beast Wars is stupid.
    90’s sucked.

    • EmSeeSquared

      June 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      oh look, a “my childhood was better than your childhood” 80s purist. Now, I’ll be upfront and say i LOVED the 80s, and am an all-around 80s guy. But “90s sucked”? Soooo, Tiny Toons and Animaniacs sucked? Power Rangers sucked? X-Men sucked? BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES SUCKED? Wow, how high and mighty can you get?

      • jasonjrf

        June 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm

        Pretty much I think he was referring to transformers which the 90’s did suck for TF G1 was great the rest not so much. The g2 toys were horrible.

      • jasonjrf

        June 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        The 90’s had some good stuff Ninja Turtles which started very late 80’s Xmen yes. Batman yes.

      • Kenshiroh

        June 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

        You make a good point, except for the Power Rangers. They sucked.

      • EmSeeSquared

        June 26, 2014 at 3:08 am

        @Kenshiroh, remind me of the time when the million-dollar franchise with an entire convention centered on it went of the air, stopped selling toys, and fell into the depths of obscurity…?

    • dragonfly82

      June 26, 2014 at 1:13 am

      Beast Wars was awesome.

  • Michaud Yancey

    June 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I tried to count all the WTF moments I personally remember from the G1 series that SHOULD have made this list (but didn’t) that didn’t get mentioned in the comments already (like the “Dare to be Stupid” dance party on Junk in the movie) and I just decided to say fuck it and throw out all the ones I can think of. If production errors count, seeing as how #1 WAS a production error, shouldn’t Frank Welker’s vocoder cutting out during the dialogue recording count just as much as fucked up choppy animation? I mean, Soundwave going from sounding like Soundwave to sounding like Dr. Claw back to sounding like Soundwave was definitely a WTF moment, especially since this happened more than once during the show’s run and the producers left it in on each occasion. Also, no mention of Grimlock becoming a genius, creating the Technobots and transferring his newfound intelligence into them? Seriously, “Me no can teach you anymore” somehow escaped this list? Also, why was the episode “Call of the Primitives” not on this list? That whole episode was chock full of WTFery smh. Also, why is “Only Human” not on this list either? Cobra Commander going up against the Autobots wasn’t WTF enough for you? Bear in mind, crossovers between G.I. Joe and Transformers really weren’t a thing yet and this was somewhere along the same time as the G.I. Joe/Transformers Marvel crossover (which was a decidedly different canon than either animated series) and for the most part Cobra Commander really felt out of place in the episode. And no mention of Scourge stealing the Matrix and becoming some kind of deteriorated mutant? What about the revelation that the Quintessons built most of the Transformers? (I already mentioned “Call of the Primitives” but that totally goes hand in hand with this) And seriously? Sharkticons? Allicons? What, did the Quintessons get bored after building the Autobots and Decepticons and decided to see just how many other different types of Transformers they could create just for the hell of it? Considering that it’s revealed in the movie than Junkions are ALSO Transformers (seriously, just how many planets out there besides Cybertron have Transformers as indigenous life forms anyway?) it wouldn’t surprise me to learn the Quintessons made THEM too. There are more, lol but I done forgot/can’t remember them right this minute. Basically, G1 was somewhat a clusterfuck of a series but considering merchandise driven programming kinda first became a real thing at the time this show first aired, and Transformers, along with other Hasbro licensed series like G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Jem and Visionaries (seriously, Hasbro was cranking them mofos out left and right lol) is one of the first real examples of a toy company coming up with the idea that “Hey, we can just plaster these new toys we wanna sell all over a cartoon, kids love cartoons”. And the biggest craze in advertising aimed at children was born with these series and still continues to this day. So while G1 was at times a major hot mess of a clusterfuck, we still have to take into consideration that one of our fondest childhood memories was of an ongoing glorified 22 minute toy commercial and take that with a grain of salt. Also, every child who grew up watching Transformers and cried when Optimus Prime died (and I was one of them admittedly, as were both of my brothers) should have felt incredibly insulted to grow up and learn that Hasbro’s decision to kill Prime (something they gravely underestimated the backlash of) was one of the worst kinds of corporate symbolism ever. At the end of the day, Prime’s death, something that upset a lot of children who watched the movie and angered a lot of those children’s parents to the extent of threatening to boycott Hasbro, was merely symbolic of the abysmal drop in sales of Optimus Prime action figures, nothing more. And that in my own personal humble opinion was the most WTF G1 moment of them all.

  • jasonjrf

    June 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Before I even watch this I just have one thing to say. Bah Weep Grana Weep Ninny Bong. That is all

  • June 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    And I thought anime didn’t make sense, lol.

  • KeeperX

    June 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I’m surprised there was no Giant Purple Griffin mentioned, that was my WTF moment

  • June 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    the most 80iest cartoon of all time

  • June 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I’m gonna have to agree with the others and say that Beast Wars was great show and a worthy successor to the Transformer name. Yeah the CGI hasn’t aged well, but that’s the case with a lot of shows like that. Also you could really tell the creators were big fans of the original show (see the 3-part episode the agenda). I would also argue that the episode Code of a Hero was just as sad and dramatic as the death of Optimus Prime, they even referenced hamlet in it. I would suggest any fan of the Transformers to give it a chance.

    PS the same company’s Voltron spin off was pretty cool too.

  • strra

    June 25, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    starscream’s ghost possessed waspinator in beast wars as well. i actually really enjoyed that show.

  • Kenshiroh

    June 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    The writer of “The Girl Who Loved Powerglide”, David Wise, later reused the same script with slight modifications for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode “Poor Little Rich Turtle”.

  • nammm3

    June 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    LOL! I love these! Especially the list you made for TMNT’s cartoon series 😀

  • Don Skiver

    June 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Bah Weep Grah Nah Weep Ninny Bong!!

  • Valerie Dicaire

    June 25, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Since you mentioned Beast Wars… Starscram’s ghost actually shows up in one of the episodes of that series too… Anything from the original show crossing over to BW was always pretty cool. Loved BW!

  • June 26, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Beast Wars is one of my favorite incarnations of Transformers. Although I didn’t get to see much of it as a kid, but I did have some of the toys, and as someone born in the early 90s it has a lot of nostalgia value for me.

  • dragonfly82

    June 26, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Completely disagree with you on Beast Wars,
    even thought the CG was pretty primitive, the story and the characters were great.

    you should check it out sometime James.

  • keeerrrttt1

    June 26, 2014 at 1:55 am

    The biggest Transformer WTF moment to me is the Cosmic Rust episode where there is a rust curse, so the Decepticons go hump a giant beetle until Megatron comes and causes the beetle to shoot out a magic beam.

    Not joking.

  • June 26, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Hey don’t diss beast wars!

  • June 26, 2014 at 2:37 am

    The others are 80’s classic moments, but the last one i really WTF.
    I don’t like that you called WTF the moment one of them got into the Matrix, of course it’s fucked up, also some bits are a nod to Frank Zappa’s Clayanimation and you should know it.

    Also, you never saw a kid drawing perfeclty something he saw? Ok…

    Meh video, the number one salvages it but the others are a stretch.

  • June 26, 2014 at 3:45 am

    This is awesome great work!

  • UltimateTomato

    June 26, 2014 at 4:35 am

    The movie theatre marquee isn’t even consistent from side to front, yeesh.

  • Mattashell

    June 26, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I’m probably totally wrong about this, but I think I remember hearing somewhere that the old Rhino dvds were transferred from the wrong masters or something like that and thus have animation mistakes that had been fixed on the versions that aired. But I don’t really know if there’s anything to that.

    The WTF moment that springs to my mind is when the Decepticons encounter humans for the first time. Giant robots land on an oit rig and one of the workers yells “Get them!” and throws a rench at one of them.

  • June 26, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Ah, how weird was animation in the 80’s. Ja…

  • Boo Daclown

    June 26, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Yes another cinemassacre you guys rock!

  • June 26, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I Love This Video

  • June 26, 2014 at 6:32 am

    And yes all these look like Oscar winning moments when compared to a man being pied on by a robot, or bouncing robot testicles, or robot leg humping, or…… (I could go on for hours)

    And now TMNT is coming out, yet another part of my childhood is bending over to be raped hard.

  • June 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I am not in the slightest bit surprised that a lot of the WTF moments are from season 2. Great video!

  • tom tesla

    June 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

    To make justice, for beast wars, the animation get better in season 2.

  • June 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    The #1 spot is just a layering issue. It would have looked much better if the object that was behind them was in the foreground like it was supposed to be.

    It’s obviously very common that if you dont have to draw something in animation, usually hidden stuff, you do not need to waste time and effort drawing it. Thats all thats going on there. But because of a simple layering flub, it looks like something that would get blammed off of Newgrounds a decade ago

  • Pablo1989

    June 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    😀 Hey!

    Isnt that film director had olso apprance in G.I.JOE EP Cold Slither?

    even voice actor used same.

  • June 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    No mention of “Carnage In C Minor”? That was the ultimate WTF for Transformers G1 animated. First, the Autobots are flying – yes, flying – to divert a comet, then there’s a Decepticon attack with *Brawn* shooting at the Autobots, then there’s this planet where all the aliens *sing* every line of their dialog, and only Blaster and Soundwave can understand them. We also see Devestator get blown apart by *one blast* from Perceptor’s cannon. And Soundwave is wearing an Autobot symbol *constantly* in this episode. And a dying Autobot is healed by the alien’s musical healing power. And the craziness goes on. Seriously, this whole episode is a “WTF?” moment if I ever saw one. Someone was on drugs when they did this episode.

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  • Kevin Welles

    June 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

    You should make a review of the original fire emblem for the famicom

  • Richard Tilton

    June 27, 2014 at 2:18 am

    what the fuck is so wrong with beastwars?!?

  • Matt

    June 27, 2014 at 3:35 am

    James, if you haven’t watched all of Beast Wars, I highly recommended it, fucking amazing show and I’m sure you would love it.
    As others have already mentioned, great story, great characters (Inferno the fire ant is my favourite Transformer in any series) The animation was cutting edge at the time. Also had plenty of G1 references.

  • RetroGamingTeen

    June 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    There were weirder moments in my opinion…..

  • Deacon Cole

    June 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

    What? No mention of “A Decepticon in King Arthur’s Court” when Starscream makes Rumble collect a giant bowl of bird shit? For shame.

  • Joker83

    June 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    When I first saw the Age of Extension trailer I thought the huge T-Rex was supposed to be Megatron in his Beast Wars form.

  • EmSeeSquared

    June 30, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Incidentally I saw James this weekend at TooManyGames, and very kindly told him that i felt he’d greatly misjudged Beast Wars. I told him about how G1 was written solely to sell toys, and how Donald F. Glut (who incidentally wrote the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back) was particularly disenchanted by the experience of writing for G1 because the studio didn’t care about quality scripts, they just wanted any script as fast as they could be written. Whereas Beast Wars’ writers cared very strongly about the scriptwriting. James seemed interested, but whether or not he’ll actually check Beast Wars out, I can’t say.

  • July 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Many bash Beast Wars animation but the animation was special which you can’t say about G1. The first season cost about 20 million to make. It won an Emmy for its production. Yes its dated but thats pretty normal for most cartoons.

  • skwij

    July 5, 2014 at 4:05 am

    >sigh< Yup. There were lots of awesome moments in the old cartoons, and there were lots of these as well. Thanks for the video!

  • Mick Taylor

    July 7, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Beast Wars was actually a much better show than G1 in many ways.

    I hate to pull this card, but it seems like James and Mike cling to nostalgia a bit too much at times.

  • July 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    How do you not include the episode where A: Megatron steals the empire state building
    and B: they kidnap optimus Prime’s BODY (not his head mind you) and repurpose it into a non-transforming alligator robot?

  • July 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    beast wars is the only Transformers property i ever liked.

  • Merdsman

    July 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  • Herlea Florin

    August 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    James can you review every Transformers live-action movie if you have time give us the Transformers Week or at least tell us your thoughts about the newest Transformers: Age of Extinction movie come on there must be something that you like

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