Transformers

A Prime Problem - S2-E8

Other mistake: When Spike is thrown out of the base by Megatron at the end of the episode, Optimus calls him 'Splik'.

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S.O.S. Dinobots - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: When Bumblebee is knocked onto his side, Ratchet kneels down to shove him back onto his wheels. The only problem is that when Bumblebee drives away, the animators forgot to add Ratchet's leg (that was previously obscured) into the frame.

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Desertion of the Dinobots (1) - S2-E19

Plot hole: Perceptor discovers that the reason for their malfunctioning is because their Cybertonium has deteriorated after millions of years of being exposed to Earth's atmosphere. The key word here being 'millions'. This explains why the original Transformers who crash landed on Earth (4 million years ago) are affected, but newer characters like Perceptor, Powerglide, Hoist, etc. are affected despite the fact that they have only been on Earth recently.

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Question: What is the true origin of the Constructicons? "Heavy Metal War" claims they were built on Earth by Megatron, but "The Secret of Omega Supreme" shows them already on Cybertron before the war on Earth began. Is this a legitimate mistake or is there a reason behind it?

Chosen answer: This was actually one of many errors in Transformers, the Constructicons MUST have been built on Cybertron, the only transformers genuinely built on earth were the dinobots, reason being Vector Sigma has to give personalities to each and every robot, else they end up like the dinobots, very simple and dumb. For reference watch the episode "The Key to Vector Sigma" which introduces the Stunticons and Arielbots - both Megatron and Optimus Prime have to go to Vector Sigma to get decent personality traits installed, prior to this the new robots are controlled by remote controllers and have no AI.

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Question: When and how did the Great War end? I know the original Transformers ended its US run after the 3-part Headmasters, but Generation 1 continued on in Japan in Super God Masterforce, Victory, Zone, Return of Convoy, and Operation: Combination. Which cartoon ending is considered "official," the US one which finished its run in the 80's with Headmasters or the Japanese one that ended in 1992 with Operation: Combination?

Chosen answer: It is whichever ending you want. There is no 'real' set or canon ending to the war. The only semi-resolution is Beast Wars occasionally hints at the Autobots winning (before the Maximal upgrade). However, Beast Wars is a combination of the US cartoon and the US comic, and excludes most of the Japanese continuity. So it is really up to you as to what you want to believe. Most people seem to 'accept' the US universe, ending with Beast Machines.

Call of the Primitives - S3-E26

Question: When all the animal transformers start to follow the call, Soundwave states that his ejection has activated by itself. After Ravage and Ratbat, who are those other two tapes?

Chosen answer: These two were 'dinosaur' cassettes Overkill and Slugfest, then-new toys. They turn up this once and that's it, though.

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