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  • Abnormal Ammo: Brainstorm's 'Minibot-a-pult' gives the term 'live ammo' a whole new meaning.
  • Absentee Actor: Happens from time to time, given the nature of the medium. It's understandable, Real Life happens whether anyone likes it or not.
  • Accidental Discovery: Brainstorm discovers an extra powerful electromagnet design when a weapon that utilized one turned out to be stronger than he expected and made a mess of his workshop

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  • Accidental Marriage: Blast Off accidentally accepts a proposal to marry a non-sentient, human shuttle
    • Averted with Mercy who managed to avoid accepting becoming Wrek-Gar's 'Nancy'
  • Accidental Truth: When he hears that there was a poisoning, Slugfest asks whether it's them (the Decepticons) who are getting poisoned. [ While he's only half right since Brainstorm's going for everyone on the ship, he's closer to the complete truth than anyone else has been. ]
  • Accomplice by Inaction: Drift accuses Trauma of being this after she reveals that she knew of Rupture's plan to kill him.
  • Ace Pilot: Or ace flyer, anyways. Quicksight is rather proud of his flying abilities too
  • Acrophobic Bird :Lieutenant gets vertigo whenever he transforms, so he never uses his alt mode to fly
  • Action Girl: Burtblitz, Arcee, Chromia, Torque, Whisper
  • Actually That's My Assistant: People who aren't Rodimus keep getting mistaken for captain. Needless to say, Rodimus is not pleased when this happens.
    • While weapon shopping on Hedonia, Rodimus gets mistaken for Brainstorm's bodyguard after it turns out that the engineer has quite a reputation among weapon dealers.
  • Actual Pacifist: Mercy hates violence. Only once did she use a gun to defend herself. She does, on occasion, simply injected people with sedatives to end a fight
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Or romanticism anyways. According to the MTMTE Comics and James Roberts himself, romantic partnerships are rare as it is for most Cybertronians, making them essentially gray-romantic. In the game, this is not so. Guess A-spec people are too boring, huh?
  • After-Action Healing Drama: While trying to find a away out of the Ca volcano, the Lost Lighters come upon the dying [ Daytripper ], leading to Mercy and Knock Out teaming up to stabilize her
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Day 2 of the Purge plot was partially this for both parties
    • Field Medicine from the Autobot side of the same plot was this as well
    • As well as Morale Crisis, Fighting Isn't Fun, and the afterplot followup, Medibay Party!
  • Aggressive Categorism: Quicksight divides all Autobots in to Assholes -- those he believes to be truly evil oppressors, and Idiots, whom he believes simply don't know any better. People who he can't seem to fit in to either category confuse him, and go in to a newly created third 'Weird' category.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The System that governs Mu was initially set to keep the residents under control, and keep outsiders out
  • Airstrike Impossible: The Lost Light manages to shake a giant space vampire bird by flying straight at a star and jumping at the last moment
    • While searching for energon, Blast Off ends up having to fly through a volcanic cave that's collapsing around him
    • Quicksight does this for fun
    • Quicksight also saw no problem with flying in the crumbling Dunian caves, and in to a pit that had a titan coming out of it
      • Brainstorm ended up having to fly through the same caves during the initial quakes
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Chromia contemplates getting Tailgate to do this when some of the crew is detained on Constancy
    • Waspinator regularly uses the Lost Light's ventelation to get around
    • Quicksight takes to hiding in the engineering ventilation after a reprimand from Soundwave leaves him depressed and fearful of angering him again
  • Alien Autopsy
    • Knock Out does this to a dead Brouk, and Brainstorm tries to get a sample from him
    • Collin and Carrin seem to be fond of doing this to Cybertronians. Poor, poor [Daytripper ]
    • Brainstorm also does this with one of the wasteland natives who were teleported aboard the Lost Light
  • Aliens Speaking English: Averted. Carma knows some Cybertronian, but still requires a universal translator to communicate properly, and the Cybertronians can't understand the Lefallin without it either.
  • Alliterative Title: Happy Hunting, Best Behavior, Two Troubles, Actual Ada, Pod Person, Papers Please, Pop a Pod, Wine Wrecker, Horrors and Handholding, A Stinky Situation, Casual Chatter, Door Dakka, Seen the Scene, Decepticon Direction, Scraps 'n' Shards, Sharing is Science, Fighting Isn't Fun, Stone vs Steel, Rocky Reading, Scavenger Sidebar, Rest and Repairs, Weapon Wonderland, Debrief Distraction, Pretty in Pink
  • All There in the Manual: In-character announcements, and even some events can be found exclusively on the bboards. Of course, those are occasionally purged, erasing that information and leaving apperant plot holes
    • The introduction of the DataNet made these a bit more permenant
  • Alternate Self: Brainstorm meets a whole group of alternate universe selves when they come to him to retrieve Rivets' head
    • The Amazodian disk shows the viewer their alternate universe counterparts
    • The Lost Lighters met some of their Shattered Glass counterparts on Hubworld
      • These counterparts later go on to become major antagonists in the 3rd season
  • Always a Bigger Fish: After finding Sandstorm's artifact, Brainstorm and Sandstorm find themselves being chased by a massive dragon creature, only for it to be eaten by an even bigger dragon creature that has an entire settlement on its back. The log is even named after this trope.
  • Always Night: Mu is in constant night due to Velocitron's orbit and rotation. This allows it to remain stationary, unlike the velocities, which must keep moving to stay ahead of the sun
  • Alternate Universe: Technically, the story is set in one, as opposed to the IDW cannon
    • And then there are all the visitors we get from other ones.
    • The Amazodian disk shows the viewer's alternate counterparts
      • The Amazodians themselves traveled in to other universes
  • Amnesiac Lover: After the Neo-Functionists wiped his memory back to the Functionist era, Chromedome became this for Rewind
  • An Arm and a Leg: When Rodimus gives the order to keep some of the Puritans alive, Windblade starts cutting off their legs.
    • Poor Mercy gets her arm torn off by Collin in Stone vs Steel
    • Slog's remains were found in pieces
    • Skywarp gets an arm ripped off when he decides that charging Overlord would be a great idea
    • Ratchet gets his hands blown off attaching grenades to Overlord
    • Grimlock rips off Lockdown's arm on Luna 1
    • Treadmark lost one arm to the Council, and a second one to Drift on Prion
    • Torrent lost on to the spiders on Eukaris
    • Rupture blew his own arm off to escape Grimlock
    •  !Perceptor loses an arm to Skystalker
  • Ancient Tomb: One of the artifact locations is an ancient alien tomb
  • An Ice Person: The sea sylph on in Crazy Eight's arena uses ice spears as weapons
  • Animal Mecha
    • Some of the non-animal Lost Lighters get turned into animals after an alien experiment goes wrong
  • Anti-Smother Love Talk: Frisk tries giving one to Lockjaw when she insists on keeping Tourniquet from Buzzkill. It doesn't really work.
  • Apocalypse How: The former capital of the Dunia colony was subject to Class 0, destroyed by the colony's own titan, forcing the colonists to lead a nomadic lifestyle in the caves
  • Appease the Volcano God: While Ca is technically the god of the entire planet, Collin throwing Mercy's arm in to the volcano counts as this
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Drift seems to be able to fund anything the ship, Rodimus, or someone Rodimus gives Drift's card to might want to buy, from drinks to illegal weapons
  • Archaic Weapons for an Advanced Age: Justified on Ca The Cybertronians' firearms were ineffective against the Puritans' armour, Brainstorm threw together some more primitive, but effective weapons out of parts from the Leading Light
  • Armed Legs: Penchant has sharp spurs that can pop out of his heels
  • Armor Piercing Question: After finding out that he's dating Whirl, Quicksight starts accusing Blast Off of being a traitor to the Decepticon cause. Blast Off has a rebutal for each statement except the last: What would he do if Soundwave told him to kill Whirl for the sake of the cause
    • Quicksight himself gets one when Skystalker asks him whether he hates Autobots because he's asked them what they stand for, or just because that's the name of the enemy
  • Arms Dealer: Swindle
    • Quite a good number of them on Hedonia, obviously
  • Artificial Gravity: Since we're on a space ship and all
    • One of Brainstorm's inventions generates a field of this
  • Artificial Limbs:Bieva, the felinoid in Crazy Eight's cells had artificial legs
    • Disaster has an artificial arm that he likes to show off sometimes
  • Ascended Extra: Skystalker started out as an off camera NPC
    • Whisper started out as an on-camera NPC
  • Ascended Fanboy: Adagio thought of the Lost Lighters as heroes before coming to the Lost Light for their efforts at Mu
  • Attack Hello: !Minimus greets Swindle with a rocket to the face
  • Attack Drones: Velocitron had plenty
    • The *Minders in Mu which were used to keep the residents, and any visitors deemed unwelcome under control
    • The drones that attacked the Delta diplomatic party, and Override
    • The Roboids guarding the Dunian bank vault
  • Auction of Evil: The applicability of "evil" depends on who you ask, but according to Krok, Decepticon E-bay is a thing
  • Autobots Rock Out!: While technically hiphop rather than rock, Starstruck played All I Do Is Win while the party on Delta was fighting off drones
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The sticky, power sapping forcefield upgrade Brainstorm gave Blast Off's gun for the Overlord plot may sound sweet but its only good for a few shots
    • Perceptor thinks this about laser-beam equipped glasses
  • Badass Preacher: Clearcut. Emphasis on the bad. Actually, on the ass too. Separately.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Upon being caught fighting with each other by Mercy, Blast Off and Whirl try to pass it off as a game, and convince Mercy that they're actually friends. They do a very poor job of it, though Mercy pretends to fall for it in hopes that eventually, they'll start believing it themselves
    • Arrow and Lieutenant both pretend they're Rumble and Frenzy in hopes that Trailbreaker doesn't report them for fighting
  • Bad Dreams: Air Raid and Skystalker both suffer PTSD related nightmares
    • Mirage suffers from nightmares
    • Lieutenant refuses to sleep to avoid the nightmares
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the Late to the Party plot, Ignition manages to kidnap the Circle of Light and get away
  • Bad Liar: Blast Off
    • Lieutenant, caught many times by Vortex
    • Tourniquet, when she tries to backtrack about seeing Buzzkill so Lockjaw isn't angry at her
  • The Bait: Rodimus uses Tailgate as this on the vampire birds
    • He later tries to do the same with Brainstorm on Overlord. Overlord doesn't bite
  • Bar Brawl: What else could you expect in a scene titled Robot Bar Fight?
    • How Bar Culture ends
    • Happens between Skywarp and Breakdown, the former of which is missing an arm and the latter, relying on a cane while recovering from being torn in half
    • Happens again on a random station we stopped at.
    • Vortex bit off Whirl's optic during one, and landed several others in the brig.
    • Cliffjumper started one (no one is surprised)
  • The Bartender: Swerve
    • Getaway has picked the job up as well
    • Skystalker was this at one point during his time off Cybertron
    • The octopoid bartender at the Zarzee Casino bar
    • Mirage now at 'Visages'
  • Battle Interrupting Shout: It takes her two tries, but Mercy eventually manages to stop a fight between Blast Off and Whirl by yelling at them
  • Battle Trophy: On Eukaris, Vortex tries claiming the head and guts of the spider he killed as this. He eventually gives up on the idea when it turns out that most people tend to really disprove of such things
    • Astrotrain succeeds in this when he takes the head of a Minder as a souvenir after helping the Mu resistance take the control tower
    • Lockjaw takes a piece of Hurdook as a trophy after killing him
  • Bearer of Bad News: It's left to Rodimus to explain to Drift that the Circle of Light was kidnapped while he was unconscious.
  • Bears Are Bad News: On the final stretch of escaping the C-E station, the Lost Lighters are blocked by Clockwise, a tank, and a bearformer, presumably shadowplayed
  • Bedmate Reveal: After a drinking party, Skystalker wakes up to find himself on Rodimus's recharge slab, next to the Captain himself
  • "Begone" Bribe: Shockdrop offers the Lost Lighters whatever they want for them to go away and leave the [ Scavengers ] to him. It doesn't work.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Rodimus' favourite method of keeping Ultra Magnus from discovering any not quite legal activities he sponsors is to burry him under a mound of paperwork
  • Berserk Button: When Blast Off mentions how losing his hands would be the worst to him, Whirl snaps and attacks him
    • Simply mentioning any of Whirl's empurata features to him in a negative context seems to be enough to get him riled up
    • Whirl again snaps when Blast Off asks him where /he/ belongs
    • Calling Blast Off a clod will set him off even on fellow Combaticons
    • Don't hurt Knock Out while Breakdown can reach you
    • Slavery, for Skystalker.
    • Even looking like you harmed one of Soundwave's cassettes can result in some serious brain damage
    • Bad mouthing Prowl or mention of the D.J.D. around Lieutenant
  • BFG: Brainstorm's produced at least one
    • Arbiter's cannon
    • Harpoons the size of Arcee's Hull Puncher are usually mounted on stabilizer platforms on ships. She carries it around on her shoulder.
    • !Minimus greeted Ultra Magnus and Swindle with ' a truly unnecessarily massive rocket launcher'.
    • Whiplash brought one with him on the tour of the GCS Wildlife Rescue Park
  • Big Bad: !Rodimus in the 3rd season
    • Alternativley, Unicron
  • Big Brother Instinct: The Combaticons, to each other, although who's the big brother in any given situation can be debetable
    • Skystalker to Quicksight
    • And then Quicksight to Skystalker, with little brother instinct
  • Big Brother Mentor: Skystalker has been this to Quicksight, giving him advice, nudging him towards a less war-centric worldview, and teaching him about plants. He certainly has no problem chastising Quicksight if he sees him doing something that deserves it though.
  • Big Damn Heroes: From helping a revolution to fighting titans, the Lost Lighters end up helping the locals out of some big mess on every other stop

Big "NO!": Starstruck does this when [ Launcher is killed by his exploding collar ]

    • Glaze does a smaller one for the same reason
  • Big "Shut Up!": Mercy says this to Rodimus, of all people
    • Rodimus later yells this at the Puritan twins on Ca
  • Big Stupid Doodoo Head: Upon running in to Skywarp after the incident with him stepping on her dress, Mercy proceeds to let him know just what she thinks of him: Mercy: "You -ARE- a jerkface. You are MEAN, and bitter and...and...mean!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: Some of the log titles are in other languages
    • The names of places and people on Shivah are all taken from Yiddish/Hebrew
  • Bit Character: Windjammer tends to get at least a line whenever he appears
    • Scope
  • Bizarre Alien Psychology: Being a telepathic species that communicates through thoughts and emotions, the wasteland natives consider deceit to be a crime worthy of banishment from the clan
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: The wasteland natives rely primarily on their ability to sense emotions through tendril like sensory organs on their bodies to detect, and communicate with other lifeforms
  • Black and White Morality: Quicksight's worldview is built on this. As far as he's concerned, the Decepticons are still noble revolutionaries, and all Autobots are either evil Functionist supporters, or idiots who don't know any better
  • The Blacksmith: Hephaestus, Chimera's old friend. She still has some of his creations.
  • Bone-Spur
  • Blade on a Stick: Rit, one of Crazy Eight's prisoners uses spears mounted on his shoulders
    • One of Prion gangleader Coyote's mooks used a trident
    • Skystalker can attach a blade to his staff
    • The drones that attacked Override and the Delta party were armed with spears
  • Blame Game: While Whirl does admit that they're both at fault, he's quick to shove most of the blame for upsetting Mercy on to Blast Off. Blast Off, of course, shoves it back
  • Blatant Lies: OOC, any time the basement is mentioned. Wait, basement? What basement? I don't know what you're talking about! We don't have a basement and we definitely don't keep any Decepticons in it!
    • Whirl claiming that he is not aware of his reputation
    • Tailgate saying he didn't have anything to hide on Constancy
    • Knock Out insists that he does not grandstand
    • Reading is Fundamental is full of these from both Blast Off and Whirl
    • Whirl and Blast Off trying to pass off their fighting as a friendly game to Mercy
    • Rodimus nearly reveals to Ultra Magnus the not-quite-legal weapons refit that the ship is undergoing while on Hedonia, and quickly starts backtracking, insisting that no, there is nothing Ultra Magnus is ignoring, nothing at all.
    • Blast Off would never be making googly eyes for any helicopters he may have come in contact with! Especially not Whirl! Really!
    • Lieutenant claiming that he's fine whenever asked how he is. Even when he is clearly suffering.
  • Blind Mistake: Perceptor accidentally walks in to Brainstorm's lab rather than his own after being temporarily blinded by Functionists. He pretends that he intended to do that, and gets a pair of glasses to help with the original problem out of it
  • Blind Obedience: Quicksight is convinced that Megatron is the uncorruptible pinnacle of freedom and justice
  • Bloody Horror: Presumably what was oozing down the walls of the Clemency Worldsweeper
    • Perceptor's party finds the remnants of the previous occupants of the damaged Launcher Base One dripping out of a crate
  • Body Horror: On Clemency, the crew runs in to rusting corpses, half formed protoforms, and the living remains of a Cybertronian, fused in to a wall.
  • Body Paint: Mercy has taken to painting flowers on people
    • First Aid tstart doing this with the party favours at Mirage's Velocitron party. Pretty soon, the whole room was doing it.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Blast Off might claim to be a great Combaticon warrior who can totally throw a punch, and he is good with a gun, but force him in to hand to hand combat and he's hardly as impressive as he makes himself out to be. But that's just him going easy on them! Really!
    • Quicksight will readily stand around insulting people and picking fights, but he's not much of a fighter on his own. Even one of his character playlist tracks is titled 'His Bark is Worse Than His Bite'
  • Bomb Disposal: After Grimlock accidentally activates an electric grenade in the middle of Swerve's, Brainstorm starts yelling for him to get rid of it. Grimlock does so by tossing it at Skywarp. The grenade ends up affecting everyone in the room anyways, but doesn't cause any serious damage due to being unfinished.
  • Boom, Headshot: Rodimus pulls one off on Tyrest with his bow
    • Soundwave does theis to the Dunian titan, from inside his head
    • Blast Off does this to Clockwise's bear
  • Both Sides Have a Point: HiighDef believes that both the Autobots and the Decepticons had legitimate reasons for fighting - The Decepticons were fighting oppression, and the Autobots were trying to stop them when they started going overboard, but she also believes that neither side is as noble as it tries to portray itself
  • Bottomless Pit: Some of the older mineshafts of the Dunia colony are this. The colonists no longer go that deep because they believe that that's what enraged their titan and made him destroy their capital. When they show one to Wheeljack and Brainstorm, the later immediately throws something down it to test its depth
  • Bound and Gagged: The Mu party found Powerdyne chained down and with a cowl on his head when they broke in to a Velocitronian prison to free him.
    • Vortex does this to himself to get Quicksight to talk to him
  • Brainwashed: Clockwise was quite fond of shadowplaying her victims
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The bearformer that was helping Clockwise stop the Lost Lighters was likely stripped of anything but animal instinct
  • Breath Weapon
    • Whetstone breathes fire like a propper dragon
    • As does Flame
  • Broken Pedestal Megatron, to Soundwave and Quicksight (And other Decepticons)
  • Brought Down to Normal: Whisper lost her sonic scream ability when her voice was taken away in Crazy Eight's arena. The Lost Light medics restored her voice, but couldn't do so for her ability
  • Buffy Speak: To everyone outside the Lost Light's scientific community (and some people in it, at least when talking to those not) the spark-resonant quantum field generator is known simply as The Thingy
  • Bystander Syndrome: Quicksight accuses Jazz, and all other Autobots who don't actively participate in what he deems to be oppression, but don't speak out against it either, of this
    • Lieutenant feels guilty for Wreckage's death because he didn't do anything to help.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Justified when Karnok grabs one of his own followers to use as a shield since the Brouk's shells are hard enough to resist most attacks
  • Came Back Wrong: The first time they died, Pipes and Lieutenant came back as Unicron-controlled zombies
  • Camera Spoofing: HighDef does this with her holo-projection abilities while part of the team that infiltrated the Inquisition in order to keep Ignition from realizing that they had reached the room where the Circle of Light had been kept
  • Cane Fu: Being stuck using a cane while recovering from being torn in half isn't enough to stop Breakdown from getting in a fight with Skywarp
  • Caped Mecha: Skywarp takes to wearing a cape to cover his missing arm
    • Phantasm is never seen without his
  • The Captain: The pirate captains of Verander, namely Plundercrash, and Simoom
  • Captain Oblivious: In Awards Ceremony, Slugfest is so happy to receive a Rodimus Star that he proceeds straight to celebrating it with engex, and completely ignoring the Autobot/Decepticon quarrel going on around him
  • Captain Obvious: "We've stopped" -- Ultra Magnus observing that the elevator he and Drift are riding in is no longer moving
    • "They're not standing down" -- Chromedome pointing out to Ignition that the drones attacking her are not, in fact, standing down
  • Category Traitor: Shockdrop accuses Blast Off of surrendering his Decepticon pride to the Autobots
    • As does Skywarp, when Blast Off starts teaming up with Whirl to get back at Skywarp for tripping Mercy
    • Quicksight accuses him first of being an Autobot lover, after watchinghis interactions with Autobots, and then of betraying the cause after he finds out about his relationship with Whirl
  • Cat Folk: Bieva, Arcee and Punch's cellmate on Sciria
    • The Mewers on hubworld. They even get stuck on tree-like things
    • Chimera - to an extent
  • Catch A Falling Star: Cyclonus uses his alt-mode to catch Mirage as the later is falling out of a hole in a falling titan
  • Cats Are Mean: Ravage, one of Soundwaves most loyal and ruthless agents.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Ravage does this since he can't just shoot people in the back these days. Either by insult when actually speaking, or just mocking you with silent cat-like mannerism.
  • Career-Ending Injury
    • Brigade's wartime leg injury makes it a bit harder for him to actually be in active combat. He still acts as a drill sargent though
    • Static was a racer on Velocitron until an injury took him out of the races
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: The Lost Lighters finally get a chance to rescue the Circle of Light from Ignition, only to find a single survivor among piles of body parts
  • Ceiling Corpse: The creature on the Clemency Worldsweeper. If it wasn't one when the Lost Lighters found it, it certainly became one by the time they were done with it.
  • Challenging the Chief: Grimlock is declared the new captain of a pack of Sharkticons after beating their previous one
  • Chekhov's Gun: Both subverted and played straight in the case of some of Brainstorm's inventions. When they're first mentioned, it's usually only to add a little colour to that specific scene, with no consideration as to how they might be used in the future. Some inventions, however, make it in to later scenes to help with the issues at hand.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: Blast Off and Blurr set one off while collecting uridium to trade for energon
    • The Ca volcano erupts conveniently at the end of the final battle
    • The Eukaris volcano doesn't erupt on screen, but it does start sputtering ash
  • Child Soldiers: In addition to being an MTO, Quicksight has a mentality equivalent to that of a teenager
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to the nature of the medium, it's not particularly unusual for players to stop showing up, thus abandoning their characters. Sometimes they're painfully written out by the mods
  • Church Militant: The Lefallin archpriests, Collin and Carrin, have no issue with personally fighting those they perceive as enemies
  • Church Police: Shivah has brutes that make sure that everyone is suffering properly
  • City of Canals: Castaway Island is this in order to accommodate its aquatic residents
  • Clausterphobia: Blast Off tends to get uneasy in tight quarters
    • After being kidnapped on Scira, Quicksight started preferring more open spaces
  • Climbing Climax: The last battle of the Purge plot takes place on top of a volcano
  • Clip Its Wings: Tesarus gnaws off one of Blast Off's wings when the DJD were capturing him and Whirl
    • Skystalker had his wings taken by his former master
    • When the crew lost their inhibitions, Vortex took off Lieutenant's and hung them on the wall
    • The !Autobots capture Brainstorm after tearing off one of his wings
  • Closed Circle: The party that goes down to Mu ends up getting trapped there with the locals by the city's light shield
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Quicksight tends to resort to these when he's angry
    • Ghoul dropped several when Phatasm did a magic trick
  • Cognizant Limbs: In the game's combat system, Udunus' limbs were treated as separate targets/opponents
    • Which means that the damage reports listed each part as having it's own arms/legs/other body parts
  • Collapsing Lair: Bludgeon brings his own ceremonial chamber down in an attempt to bury the Lost Lighters after they foiled his plans
    • Chela levels the ceiling of his cavern in order to break out of it after Windblade manages to convince him to help the Lost Lighters deal with the spiders
  • Colossus Climb: Tailgate and Pipes do this to get a leg (or four) up on the much bigger Lugnut on Luna 1
    • Grimlock does this with Udunus
  • Combat Medic: Pretty much any of the medics can qualify as this, but for Mercy, it's literally her job title
    • Torque especially. Technically, she's a medic, but she's hardly averse to a fight
  • Combat Stilettos: Arcee's holomater avatar has them
    • Skystalker has them built in to his root mode
  • Combat Tentacles: The wasteland natives have a pair of long tendrils on their tails that can produce an electric shock and wrap around opponents
  • Comet of Doom: Inverted. The Lost Lighters' arrival spelled doom for the comet
  • Comically Missing the Point: After watching a hilariously bad attempt by Blast Off and Whirl to convince Mercy that they get along now, Brainstorm snarks about how they need to practice more, so they don't forget what great friends they are now. Blast Off doesn't catch the tone and takes this comment as a sign that the ruse was effective
  • Commonality Connection: After working together to try and find their mutual friend, Skystalker when he was trapped with the rest of the away team on the derelict, Quicksight and Swoop have been disliking each other a little less
  • Conflicting Loyalty: After finding out that Skywarp upset Mercy, Blast Off ends up being torn between Decepticon loyalty and helping Whirl beat the seeker up
  • Contemplate Our Navels: While the whole process is not actually shown on screen, Whirl is said to do this on rare occasions, and is doing so at the beginning of Go To Your Room
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Mercy threatens to HUG Blast Off if he didn't socialize. Considering that Blast Off hates being touched, that might have actually had some effect.
    • After he and Brainstorm discovered evidence of dangerous tinkering with the ship's weapon stores, Ultra Magnus sent out a general warning stating that this action was now forbidden 'on pain of Brainstorm's extreme ingenuity'
    • The punishment for making off with a pile of weapons without checking them out properly is a four hour-thirty eight minute lecture on proper inventory procedures, delivered by none other than Ultra Magnus himself
  • Corporal Punishment: The Shivans are quite fond of this as a means of achieving the suffering their religion mandates
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Skids tries to convey his worries about Getaway to Rodimus in between coughs he blames on dust. It doesn't get through
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: While investigating the damaged Launcher Base One, Swindle comes upon a message int eh blood of the station's former occupants.
    • Lieutenant couldn't find Penchant until he realized 'Pen' was on a derelict ship with five other members of the Lost Light.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: When Blast Off accidentally leads him to believe that he has a thing for Skystalker, Whirl's immediate reaction is to ask just where the can find this guy so that he could beat him up
  • Crazy Prepared: Played with/lampshaded when Ultra Magnus starts getting suspicious because Rodimus seems so have a prepared plan for the case of a homicidal supersoldier set loose on the ship
  • Creepy Souvenir: After helping the Mu resistance take the city's control tower, Astrotrain decides to take the head of one of the minders he fought off as a souvenir. Made somewhat less creepy due to the fact that minders are just drones
    • Lockjaw takes an obsidian piece that was part of Hurdook's body after killing him
  • Crippling the Competition: Override is shot in the knee right before the race that determines Velocitron's leader. The prime suspect is Ransack or his supporters
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Blast Off, you know, the aloof, touch averse Decepticon, after giving Mercy a pep talk to cheer her up after the Dress Incident, not only lets Mercy hug him, but actually hugs her back
    • Whirl and Tailgate freeing Blast Off from Tyrest's machine
    • Cyclonus asking Tailgate whether he trusts him before striking close enough to him to make it look like he'd actually hit him, and Tailgate saying that he does
  • Crush Blush: Or overactive EM field, as with Blast Off around Whirl
  • Cry into Chest: Minus the crying part, due to the whole robot thing, after a particularly bad ptsd-related nightmare, Skystalker buries his face in Drift's shoulder when he and Quicksight try to comfort him
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: Alt-Land-Tis is composed of crystals, and its inhabitants, in their original forms, tend to wear robes
  • Culture Clash: The Lost Lighters were rather put off by Shivan customs of self-harm
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most encounters with Overlord
    • How the fight between Ultra Magnus and Glaze turns out when they're forced to fight for Hutt's entertainment. Glaze made sure of that by not putting up a fight.
  • The Cutie: Mercy, the littlest medic who threatens people with hugs
  • Cutscene Incompetence: While don't have actual cutscenes for obvious reasons, this was lampshaded by the gm as the reason Drift couldn't handle Crazy 8 when he kidnapped Rodimus and other Lost Lighters
  • Cyborg: Bieva, Arcee and Punch's cellmate on Sciria has robotic legs and a cyberneticaly midified face
  • Dartboard of Hate: Drift and Rodimus practice swording on a training dummy with a picture of Megatron's face taped to it
  • David Versus Goliath
    • In We are not Things, HighDef helps out in the fight against Corrin, who's about the same size as an average Cybertronian, if not a bit bigger
    • In the next Decepticon scene of the Purge plot, Tailgate adds his efforts to the fight against Corrin's twin brother Collin.
    • Blast Off tries picking a fight with the Inquisition. It doesn't go well.
    • Tailgate and Pipes team up to take down Lugnut by climbing on him
    • Quicksight readily picks fights with people twice his own size
  • Deadly Delivery: Drift gets a bomb present delivered to him in the Oil baths. He was too busy nearly beating up Getaway to notice it though
  • Deadly Gas: Some Carrin's crystals can emit an extremely corrosive gas
    • Brainstorm's Locked Room Mystery weapon releases a gas that causes spark failure
  • Deadly Dust Storm:
    • Two colonies, Prion and Dunia, are plagued by them
    • As is the unnamed planetoid some of the crew goes to to collect a substance known as cheratin
  • Death Trap: Lockjaw, Penchant and Nightshade encounter a lot of this while searching for an artifact in an alien tomb
  • Decapitation Presentation: Played for laughs when Vortex cuts off the head of the spider attacking him and then starts playing around with it, sticking his hand in it an making it's mandibles moves while mocking Cyclonus
    •  !Torque does this for !Wheelie after killing !Phantasm for being unable to kill anyone
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Sort of. While there's still a certain amount of animosity between the Autobots and Decepticons, some are willing to put old differences aside now that the war is over
  • Delicious Distraction: When the Lost Lighters are fighting the Brouk, some of the Brouk decide to try and sneak a bite of an unconscious Drift instead of fighting
  • Death Faked for You: Tyrest leads the Lost Lighters to believe that Ultra Magnus is really dead, even giving them his head [ which is actually just part of the Magnus armour ]
  • Deceleration of Protection: Quicksight has promised Skystalker that no one would hurt him so long as he could do anything about it
  • Defacement Insult: Someone once leaves graffiti on the engineering deck reading 'NAILS GET HAMMERED', along with a bunch of slurs
    • Skystalker has found similar insults near the botany lab
  • Defiant to the End: When Getaway manages to free himself from the spiderwebs after he, and some others are captured on Eukaris, he threatens the still bound Quicksight with a knife to his throat. Quicksight dares him to go through with it. Ultimately, Getaway simply moves on to free Vortex and leave
  • Deflector Shields: The light shield that prevented anything from getting in or out of Mu
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • Ultra Magnus: We've stopped // Drift: We've Stopped? No.. no, it's fine. Just a glitch in the system or something. ... We've stopped. Why have we stopped? // Ultra Magnus: A glitch in the system. Just a technical malfunction, we should radio ahead and let Rodimus know...
    • At the end of Bad Idea, Rodimus calls in the nerd squad "to come figure out a) what the hell and b) what the hell and c) anything else".
    • Teaming up with Whirl to kick Skywarp's aft and then not having to deal with him again is good for Blast Off! It works just fine for him! Great for him in fact! Brilliantly even!
  • Deprogram: Luckily possible for the victims of the Neo-Functionists due to Clockwise being a poor mnemosurgeon
  • Derelict Graveyard: The Shivan's shuttle port, since none of their shuttles could get off the ground due to the power drain of the monolith
  • Determinator: After being impaled by Tyrest's staff, Pipes pulls himself straight up said staff to press a button on it
    • Drift manages to ignore an excruciating pain that brought other people to their knees in order to try and kill Star Saber
    • Quicksight will continue trying to fight even when his body starts giving out due to injuries
  • Dirty Coward: Upshift, the Mu prison warden tries to hide behind his drones and make a run for it when the Lost Lighters break in to the prison
    • Nautilator
  • Disapointed in You: Skystalker did not approve of Quicksight mockig, and taking pictures of Vortex when the rescue party got him and Rung out of the Kennel Keeper's torture dungeon
  • Disposable Pilot: Subverted. Blackstorm was supposed to be this in-universe, but he survived his first crash.
  • Distress Call: What brought the Lost Light to Clemency
    • Thesis sends one out because she was running out of food and was under orders not to make outside contact by her boss, who'd ditched her
  • Distressed Duded: Blast Off on Luna 1
    • Soundwave's been this for several seasons, with all the kidnapping, mindrapes, torture, etc.
  • Diving Save: Done by Brainstorm, of all people, to prevent Mercy from being draged in to the Ca volcano by ramming her out of harm's way
    • Quicksight later does this to knock an unconscious Enemy out of Grimlock's way
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Despite having plasma cannons built in to his anatomy, Skystalker prefers defensive combat with polearms. The one time he does use his cannons is upon encountering his slaver mirrorverse counterpart
  • Door Roulette: Whirl gets drunk and ends up having to try every habsuite door while trying to find his own. Most of the doors don't open, and the first one that does contains Blast Off
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Blast Off and Skywarp thought it would be a great idea to charge Overlord, who then proceeded to rip off Skywarp's arm and tear out Blast Off's voice synth
  • Don't Look at Me: Pointblank gets embarrassed when Brainstorm and Chromia walk in on him dancing
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Uttered by Knock Out when he and Brainstorm come uppon a floating, glowing Thingy, with Perceptor lying unconscious near by. Brainstorm, obviously, goes to poke it.
  • Double Meaning Title: The Inquisition refers both to Ultra Magnus questioning the Scavengers, and the name of Ignition's ship
  • Do Wrong, Right: When Rodimus catches Mercy looking like she wants to break in to Blast Off's quarters, he chastises her not for that, but for doing it before a Decepticon made such an attempt first. She'd be making the Autobots look bad!
  • Do You Trust Me: Cyclonus asks this of Tailgate before fake-striking him in order to fool Crazy Eight in to thinking that he'd actually stuck him down. Tailgate does. The rpers awww
  • Draw Agro: Whirl tries to do this with the DJD to give Blast Off a chance to escape. The Combaticon has other ideas.
    • Quicksight does this to keep a drone from targeting Tailgate while he's freeing Powerdyne
    • Grotusque does this to get a Mechanibal off of Wreckage in the GCS Wildlife Rescue Park
  • The Drifter: Skystalker was this for a while during his time off Cybertron
    • Chimera was this after leaving Eukaris
  • Drop Ship: The shuttles can serve as this when needed
  • Drugs Are Bad: Lieutenant was told this but still insisted on taking Syk
  • Drunk With Power: Tyrest is the law! He can mass murder people with damaged spark casings in the name of purity if he so feels like it!
  • Dual Wielding: On Sciria, Drift gets in to a non-lethal match with a guy who insists on using two swords because Drift did
    • Then comes in Crazy 8 wielding two hammers
    • Quicksight uses twin knives
    • Tourniquet's snake mode fangs turn in to knives in root mode
    • Lieutenant always has guns on him and will pull them out if snuck up on
    • Phantasm has two wands [ that transform into tomahawks]
    • Cavalier is forever armed with two swords.
  • Dude, Not Funny: Even Skywarp's fellow Decepticons didn't think that knocking over a tiny medic was funny
  • Due to the Dead
    • After the Overlord plot
    • The log FUNeral is set after a funeral for !Casettes
  • Dug Too Deep: The Dunia colonists think that this is what caused their Titan to destroy their capital
  • Dungeon Crawling: On Dunia, complete with treasure, and the GM making an actual dungeon map
  • Dying Alone: Averted ] for Tailgate, though not for lack of trying
  • Eating Machine: Averted when Vortex asks Brainstorm if Fifi has a mouth to eat treats with
  • Played straight with Kickback, who'll eat just about anything, mechanical or organic
  • Eat the Bomb: While he doesn't exactly eat it, Swindle escapes being blows up by a missile by sending it in to his pocket dimension
  • Either/Or Title: The description for Bread And Circuses gives the alternate title of How To Say 'Fuck You' In Cybertronian
  • Elective Mute: Errata has taken a vow of silence as penance for accidentally killing her former crew
  • Elegant Classical Musician : Skystalker plays string instruments, including the harp and violin. 'Elegant' is the default setting though. The instruments just add to it
  • Elevator Failure: One of the main elevators breaks down coincidentally right as Ultra Magnus and Drift are both in it
    • Ultra Magnus seems to have rather bad luck with these thing as he gets stuck in one again when one of Brainstorm's weapons disrupts the one he's riding in, and locks him in it with the inventor,
  • Emotion Control: Moonlight's outlier ability allows her to calm people around her
  • EMP: Brainstorm's E.M.Pistol is designed to use this to deactivate small, nonsentient tech
    • It's later re-disgned to emit a defensive pulse if it feels that its wielder is being disarmed that forces an involuntary transformation on Cybertronians, and locks them in that mode for about an hour
  • Enemy Mine: While no longer actually "enemies" in the traditional sense of the word, there's still plenty of animosity between Autobots and Decepticons, though they will usually work together to solve issues that could affect the entire ship
    • Also not really enemies, Drift and Ultra Magnus aren't overly fond of each other. They work together quite well, however, when they're both trapped in an elevator
    • Whirl and Blast Off start ganging up on Skywarp after Brainstorm drops that the seeker had upset Mercy
    • When Overlord started indiscriminately killing Bots, Cons, and neutrals alike, the entire ship put most of their differences aside to deal with him
    • Rung tires to invoke this trope to get Blast Off and Quicksight to stop fighting after he accidentally makes both of them unhappy with him. It doesn't work too well.
  • Energy Absorption: The Wastelands are home to bushes that feed on electrical energy from nearby organisms, Cybertronians included
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned: The personality ticks strip the entire crew of self control, making them act on impulses and emotions, and ignoring social and moral standards
  • Everyone Chasing You: On Hedonia, the Scavengers end up with Shockdrop after them, a whole pack of Lost Lighters on their tail, and the local authorities hanging around in the back
  • Every Man Has His Price: Averted. Shockdrop asks the Lost Lighters to name their price for leaving him alone to his business. Unfortunately for him, he was dealing with Ultra Magnus, who promptly refuses the offer.
    • Subverted again when Chromia tries to invoke this and buy an entire fabric store so that Mercy could look around as she pleased, only to have the employees refuse, and Mercy herself to ask that they leave
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Inverted. Quicksight only calls people by their names when he likes or respects them (or if they're really famous). Everyone else he refers to either by their job, affiliation, status (in his opinion anyways), or what mean nickname he can use to mock them.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Brainstorm is repulsed by the idea that people are just parts of a machine, to be taken apart, analyzed, and discarded
    • Even Whirl thinks that bullying a small medic for cheap laughs is over the top
  • Everything's Better With Sparkles: Blast Off once describes a very sparkly planet made entirely of diamond
    • Mercy, First Aid and Tourniquet repaint Knock Out's office with this in mind
  • Evil Doppelganger: The Shattered Glass-verse counterparts of the Autobots and neutrals
  • Evil Is Sexy: Not in its own right, but since !Skystalker still resembles the real thing, he probably has his looks too. No arguing the evil part, with the whole slaver gig he has going
  • Exact Words: The only reason Plunderclash agreed to Gearshift's terms on splitting the sparks was because she never specified that he had to share with the other pirate crews
  • Exalted Torturer: Vortex is this to the Shivans because of how much they love pain and suffering
    • Some of the Shivans themselves fit this trope
  • Explosions in Space: The Lost Lighters went to harvest ice off a comet, and made sure to blow it up before they left
    • It was, indeed, a spherical explosion
  • Explosive Leash: The Shattered Glass Decepticons all wear explosive collars, as do the Legalizers
    • The slaves who are forced to fight for Hutt's entertainment are fitted with these to keep them from comming, transforming, or resisting
  • Exponential Plot Delay: The Purge plot was originally supposed to consist of the prologue, 3 pairs of progress logs and a finale. Due to the GM having real life engagements, however, the finale was pushed back several days so the other players ended up playing a few extra scenes to fill up time
  • Extra Eyes: The dragon creature that chased Sandstorm and Brainstorm when they were looking for Sandstorm's artifact had tons of them
  • Extreme Doormat: Lieutenant was one of these when he was working for the senate
  • Eye Colour Change: Punch's eyes change to red when he's Counterpunch, or when he uses an aggression inducing chip
  • Eye Scream: Tailgate hits Collin right in the eye
    • Under the influence of the personality ticks, Vortex plucks out Armature's eyes.
    • Frisk claws out Clockwise's bear's eyes
    • After retrieving his artifact, Sandstorm shoots the dragon creature that starts chasing him and Brainstorm in one of it's many eyes
  • Failsafe Failure: The Matrix was supposed to be the failsafe to prevent Unicron's resurrection. Oops.
  • Fainting: Mirage does an emotional faint when he has to tell Hound that one of the Visages visitors accidentally got a drugged drink
  • Fake Kill Scare: The Lost Lighters end up believing that Ultra Magnus is truly dead when Tyrest gives them his head, since they don't know that that's just [ part of the Magnus armour]
  • Fastball Special: Soundwave does this with Breakdown, catching him as he's falling, swinging him around and back at Collin
    • Rodimus gets Grimlock to give him a boost up to Tyrest so he could punch him in the face when the later shows the Luna 1 away team Ultra Magnus' head and demands that they surrender
    • In a rare moment of cooperation, Lockjaw does this with Frisk to get him up to a pirate hovership
  • Fan Art: Some of the players are also talented artists. Makes for great advertising too.
  • Fantastic Racism: Whoever would have guessed that there are people out there who don't like Cybertronians?
    • The feeling's mutual in some cases. Organics! Eugh!
    • The Lefallin Puritans don't like Cybertronians on the grounds that they find the idea of living "tools" repulsive and offensive
    • New rules at the Zarzee Casino prohibit mechanicals from entering without an organic escort
  • Fantastic Voyage Plot: Climax of the Colony:Devisun plot, when the crew goes inside Tailgate to defeat his Cybercrosis
    • Not an individual plot in itself, but during the fight with Udunus, both Mirage and Soundwave end up going in to the titan to better fight/communicate with him
  • Field Promotion: Grimlock gets boosted to 3rd officer level so that he can manage his training sessions however he wants to.
  • Fighting Your Friends:
    • Crazy Eight pitted the captured Lost Lighters against each other on Sciria.
      • Ch'sthia:All friends? That's sad. This is a terrible place to have friends.
    • Subverted in the first official round where all of the Lost Lighters refused to fight each other, or at all
    • Chimera had to fight, and kill, her closest friend, Hephaestus, during the first, tribal civil war
  • Finger Wag: Mercy wags her finger at Rodimus when he starts suggesting that her dress should be weaponized
  • Fingore: Blast Off ended up holding a crystal spear when it exploded in his hands, resulting in his hands getting badly mangled. It's even worse for him since it prevented him from holding a gun.
  • Finishing Stomp: Grimlock does this at the end of the fight with Udunus in order to shake the titan from the edge he was holding on to
    • Lockjaw does this to Hurdook
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Blast Off has found a certain appeal in flamethrowers
    • Flame's alt-mode is a firebreathing tank
  • Firing One-Handed: On the asteroid, Blast Off ends up having to shoot with one hand while holding Soundwave in alt mode in the other
  • Flat "What": Uttered by Quicksight in reaction to Arcee comparing him to Skywarp
  • Flipping Helpless: Slugfest gets his spines stuck in the floor on the Clemency Worldsweeper, leaving him stuck on his back
    • This happens again on Ca
    • Skywarp ends up like this in a fight with Breakdown while missing an arm
    • This happens to Brigade if he falls down
  • Flirting Under Fire: Shockdrop flirts with Blast Off even as it becomes increasingly obvious that the Lost Lighters aren't going to just let him walk away with his prize. He does this right up the point he starts fighting, and resumes while he's being secured by Ultra Magnus
  • Floating Continent: Brainstorm and Sandstorm encounter a floating settlement while looking for Sandstorm's artifact. [ It later turns out to be sitting on the back of a giant dragon bird]
  • Food as Bribe: Rodimus uses gelled energon snacks to convince Grimlock to let them open his pod
  • For Want of a Nail: Ultimately, it can be said that Overlord got loose because someone gave Mercy a dress.
  • Freeze Ray: One of the weapons Overlord took from Brainstorm's lab was one of these, used on Drift and Ultra Magnus
  • Frictionless Reentry: Either the atmosphere of Devisiun is really thin, Brainstorm really outdid himself on the Venturer's heatshields, or Tailgate hit the atmosphere just right, since the shuttle didn't burn up around him
  • A Friend In Need: After seeing Skystalker's distress while fighting his own mirrorverse counterpart, Quicksight goes to check on him, and stays with him while he breaks down, thus starting their friendship
    • Skystalker returns the favor by taking a sick and hallucinating Quicksight in to his cockpit to get him to rest, and prevent him from jumping out the airlock in his delirium
      • Skystalker and Quicksight do this quite often for each other actually
    • A ;lost of Skystalker's friends check up on him after a visit to Shivah causes his PTSD to act up more thanusual
    • Tailgate's one lucky bot. Not everyone would have diverted an entire, multi-mile long spaceship for the sake of one person, let alone one who'd just admited to lying, dying, and stole a shuttle.
  • Friendship Moment: Mercy telling Blast Off that she has 'better friends' and looking right at him
    • Blast Off trying to cheer Mercy up after the Dress Incident had her down in the dumps
    • Skystalker takes a sick, hallucinating Quicksight in to his cockpit to get him to rest, and even hums him a lullaby

G - K

  • Game Breaking Injury: Override is hit in the knee with a spear right before the big race to decide Velocitron's leader
  • Game Master: While there's no general gm, just about anyone can run a Plot of their own within the main story
  • Gemstone Assault
    • The crab-like Nibiruans use crystal spears as weapons
    • The Lefallin also use crystals as spears and projectiles
  • Genius Loci: The titans, but especially Deriger, who can control the very surface of their colony world.
  • Gentle Giant: Breakdown, sort of. Sure, he'll be happy to knock you to kingdom come if you give him a reason to, but otherwise, he's actually pretty nice
  • Get a Room!: Vortex is not too keen on Blast Off and Whirl getting mushy in front of him
  • Get It Over With: When Crazy Eight tries to pit them against each other, Mercy simply drops her gun, and asks Quicksight to just make it quick
  • Get Out: Uttered by Blast Off when Whirl decided to make himself at home in his habsuite
  • Ghost City: The former capital of Dunia is this as it was abandoned when the colony's own titan destroyed it
  • Ghost Ship: Xal's Blade, the ship Conduit was found on
  • Giant Foot Stomping: The Crystal City titan does this in an attempt to shake attacking Thraa and Brouk
    • Carrin tries to squash HighDef this way
  • Giant Spider: Ch'thsia, Rodimus and Tailgate's cellmate in Crazy Eight's arena
    • Also found on Eurikas
  • A Glass in the Hand: Drift crushes a glass in anger when he finds out that Trauma knew that Rupture had been plotting to kill him
  • Go for the Eye: Grimlock's first action in the fight against Udunus is to send missiles straight at his face. It works
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Along with remedying temporary blindness glasses Brainstorm makes for Perceptor have Eye Beams, night vision, zoom, and a HUD, and space for future mods.
    • There are special goggles that prevent hypnotism by the wings of the insect native to the planet the GCS Wildlife Rescue Park is based on.
  • Gondor Calls For Aid: The residents of Mu sent a discreet signal to the Lost Light in hopes of convincing them to help them in their struggle against the Velocitronian hierarchy that oppressed them. The party that went down to respond was happy to fight for them
  • Good Bad Bug: Brainstorm discovers a couple while messing around with an alien game and shares them with Bulkhead, much to the later's delight
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Part of the reason Quicksight has trouble believing that the war is over, given that he believes the Decepticons to be the good guys.
  • Good-Guy Bar: The Slow Truck, the Mu Speakeasy to which Powerdyne takes some of the Lost Lighters after they break him out of prison qualifies
  • Good Is Not Nice: Blurr. Instead of trading uridium for energon, he decides to grab both, hack the local computers, threaten the locals and make a run for it.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Viscount Valeen is a cigarette smoker of the evil variety. Her employees are apperantly required to carry around lighters to light them for her.
  • Gravity Screw: Brainstorm's localized gravity generator left him stuck to the celling of his lab, and Grimlock floating in mid-air.
    • One of the malfunctions blamed on ghosts was in the artificial gravity generators of Deck 6, causing the gravity to steadily increase. The emergency solution was to disable them entirely, leaving the deck with no gravity at all for a while.
  • Great Escape: Some of the Lost Lighters get detained on Constancy, and decide that they don't feel like waiting for Ultra Magnus to get them out the legal way
  • Grey and Grey Morality: The topic of both sides having reasons and committing atrocities, and having both decent and amoral people, has come up a few times.
  • The Greys: The Nibiruans, in their original forms
  • Grievous Harm With a Body: The Brouk leader Karnok throws the dead body of one of its followers at Rodimus
    • In Life and Sacrifice, Windblade and Arcee start beating the Puritans with their fellows' dismembered legs
    • In the same scene, Carrin rips off Rodimus' spoiler and slaps him with it
    • In the final battle on Ca, Carring grabs Slugfest and uses him to attack the other Cybertronians
    • Overlord uses Ratchet as a battering ram to knock Drift over and send both of them flying
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Whirl, who straight up volunteered to guard Shockdrop, ends up letting him get away due to getting in a fight with Blast Off and thus not noticing that Shockdrop has his hands free, which, in turn, was due to Whirl trying to stab him with a pole.
  • Gun Kata: Permafrost has a skill in this
  • Guns Are Worthless: On Ca, the Lost Lighters discover that their conventional weapons have no effect against the Puritans' armour
  • Half Truth: Brainstorm cites "health reasons" to Grimlock as his reason for only drinking from his own stash. [Incapacitating poison isn't exactly good for your health].
  • Hailfire Peaks: Prion, due to being tidally locked between a star and a black hole
  • Hand Signals: After the Scavengers are reunited with Grimlock, Misfire, tries to make friendly with the Dynobot, leading to Krok trying to signal for him to stop. It doesn't work.
  • Handsome Devil: Blast Off really has a thing for helicopters. Problem is, of those he's had any significant contact with, one is Whirl, who hates Decepticons, and most other people for that matter, and the other is Shockdrop, who's an enemy
  • Hands-On Approach: Drift does this sometimes when teaching Rodimus how to use a sword
  • Hand Wave: Inverted in Nobody Left Behind that it was done by the characters (specifically, Rodimus and Soundwave) and then lampshaded by the narrator
  • Hangover Sensitivity: Vortex was definitely feeling the effects of a drinking contest with Eukarian booze the next day.
  • Hat of Power: Inverted. Moonlight's hat dampens her outlier abilities
  • Haunted Technology: When tech all over ship starts acting up, some people blamed it on this
  • Headbutt of Love: Shared between Drift and Rodimus after Drift insists on taking the blame for Overlord
  • Heal It with Fire: Brainstorm uses one of his own tools to cauterize his own wound so as to be able to spend more time studying The Thingy before having to surrender it to Perceptor. Its implied that this wasn't the first time he did that either. Justified in that, being mechanical, he simply welded his tubes shut. Subverted in that this actually made it a bit harder for Mercy to treat him properly later on.
  • Heel-Face Turn:[Ex-Mu prison warden Upshift ends up helping the Mu revolution take the control tower and take control of the city]
  • Soundwave, against Megatron when the later launched his conquest of Cybertron
  • Heel Realization: Quicksight has one when he realizes that all his bullying and harassing just made the Decepticon Cause look bad
  • Hell is That Noise: The screech heard on the Clemency Worldsweeper
    • One of Brainstorm's inventions is a device that emits a loud, piercing scream upon touching someone
      • An upgraded version is utilized as a sound bomb to scare off a group of Ca natives that attacked the landing party
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Getaway gets himself stuck to the ship's engines with climbing adhesive in his fingers that goes bad. Brainstorm ends up being called to get him down without anything exploding
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Happens fairly frequently in between all the getting arrested, getting lost in eldiritch spaceships and discovering mythological civilizations
  • Heroic BSOD: Drift goes in to a brief one after coming upon a room filled with bits and pieces of his friends
    • Quicksight goes into one after some miscommunication leaves him believing that Soundwave told him that his opinions don't matter and that he's supposed to just shut up and take any perceived abuse from Autobots, this being in direct conflict with his perspective on life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Swindle tries to do this by giving himself up to the DJD to save the other Lost Lighters. No one lets him.
    • He later discusses it
    • Another attempt is prevented when Oversteer risks himself to dum explosives on the miders guarding the base of the Mu control tower, but is saved by some quick thinking from Deluge and Beachcomber
  • Hero Worshiper: Quicksight is stubbornly convinced that Megatron is an uncorruptible spearhead of justice, and idolizes him completely
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Pipes starts whistling and steaming when he tries to break up a fight between Ultra Magnus and the Combaticons while under the effect of the personality ticks
  • High Priest: Collin and Carrin are the archpriests of the Lefallin
    • Veron on Shivah
  • High-Speed Hijack: Part of the Transit team ends up having to jump in to speeding supply carts in order to get back to Transit after geting sidetracked
  • Hired Guns: Arbiter
    • Errata used to be this on Velocitron
  • History Repeats: Not quite history, since the Velocitronians knew nothing of Cybertron's civil war, but they did end up with a revolution by those they oppressed due to function, led by a miner
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: After their group is captured by yet another coliseum slaver, Glaze refuses to fight Ultra Magnus, but insists that the latter knock him out to at least be able to get off without punishment
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:The Tickmother tries forcing emotions on the Lost Lighters attacking her, but only ends up motivating some of them to fight even harder
  • Holding Hands: Some of the Lost Lighters form a chain by doing this while lost on the Decepticon Worldsweeper on Clemency
    • After coming in to check on him after Hubworld, Quicksight takes hold of Skystalker's arm in an attempt to reassure him. Skystalker proceeds to hold on to Quicsight's hand until he's calmed down
      • A similar thing happens when Quicksight runs in to a very drunk and upset Skystalker, and proceeds to take hold of first his arm, and then his hand to reassure and comfort him.
    • Blast Off, of all people, lets Vortex hold his hand after the two get in to an argument
  • Hold the Line: The lost lighters who responded to the Mu residents' plea for help ended up fighting off the Minders that were sent to put down their rebellion, in order to let them escape to safety
  • Hologram
    • HighDef uses these in combat to intimidate or distract enemies
    • The personalized lightshows Brainstorm creates for the command staff include these
  • Hologram Projection Imperfection: On Hedonia, the Cybertronians' holomater avatars start glitching up. Justified due to someone (semi-)intentionally running interference on them
  • Hot Guys are Bastards: Considering that he still looks like his primeverse counterpart, !Skystalker definitely counts, with his whole slaver thing
  • Hot Paint Job: Tailgate gets flames painted on himself during the Personality Tick incident
  • Hover Mecha: Punch becomes this part time after Brainstorm upgrades his feet to let him float
  • How Many Fingers?: Moonlight asks Swivel this when she first awakens in Grimlock's pod
    • Penchant was asked this after he was saved from the needle monster
  • Human Notepad: Clockwise is completely covered in religious runes
  • Human Sacrifice: Bludgeon intended to sacrifice a point-one percenter to attain immortality
  • The Hypnotoad: The insect the artifact hunting group to the GCS Wildlife Rescue Park saw has hypnotic wings
  • Hypocritical Humor: Whirl mocks Blast Off for reading romance novels...which he only recognised because he's read them himself
  • I Can Still Fight: Rodimus argues this to convince Drift to help him escape the med bay. In the end, Even Drift stops buying it.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The bot part of the creature on the bridge of the Clemency Worldsweeper begs the Lost Lighters to kill him/it
  • Identity Amnesia: Chromedome gets hit with a partial version of this after the Neo-Functionists block all of his memory since before the war
  • I Know What You Fear: The creature on the Clemency Worldsweeper uses this to terrorize the Lost Lighters
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Blast Off accidentally leads Whirl to believe that he might have a thing for Skystalker. It's cleared up quickly though.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Brouk seem to have no aversion to eating other sentient lifeforms
    • Tourniquet has eaten someone before
  • Impaled Palm: Poor Blast Off gets a whole handful of crystal shards stuck in his hands while trying to remove a spear from his body
  • Improvised Weapon: After discovering that their guns don't work on the Puritans, Soundwave and his party improvise weapons out of logs, rocks, and bits of the Puritans' own weapons
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Chromia remarks that if Whirl learns to use an axe, he'd really be a chopper
  • Incredibly Obvious Bomb: One of Brainstorm's inventions is a bomb that greets the target with the words "I AM A BOMB" in big red letters before starting to beep and display a countdown. Subverted as the design counts on the target to identify it as an explosive and either panic, try to get rid of it, causing it to stick to them, or run away, and potentially lead it to other targets.
  • Indifferent Beauty: Skystalker is well aware of his natural good looks, but he refrains from overindulging or abusing them unless it's for a good cause
  • I need to Go Iron My Dog: Gearstrip excuses herself from a tense, faction-conflict issue with 'I think I forgot to do something someplace not here'
  • Inescapable Net: Averted and played straight at the same time. The Puritans throw one over Windblade and Brainstorm. Windblade simply cuts through it with her sword, but Brainstorm gets himself tangled in it while in jet mode and has to have Chromia cut him free
  • I Never Told You My Name: On Hedonia, Brainstorm is approached by a stranger who addresses him by his real name, tipping him off that this isn't just a fan. The stranger then explains that[ he was one of those responsible for Brainstrom's construction].
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: For all his claims about what a good flyer he is, and how he's as good a soldier as anyone else Quicksight still feels the need to prove himself to everyone.
  • In-Joke: In Small Packages, Ultra Magnus makes an observation that the crime in progress is a "burglary by any planetary or interplanetary definition", followed by a comment from the player stating that "this is broadly true, except in those jurisdictions where it's vehicle prowl", making it a mix of reference to legal terminology, and Transformers (or more specifically, Prowl)
  • Insane Troll Logic: According to Tyrest, the path to purification is killing everyone with a damaged spark casing
  • The Insomniac: Skystalker has problems with this after a visit to Shivah triggers his PTSD
  • Intangibility: Weapons will pass through HighDef's holographic projections. On Ca, this telld the Puritans that something is off with the giant mech they're trying to fight
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Skystalker, forged pre-war, and Quicksight, an MTO constructed late in to it who has the mentality of a teenager
    • Viviqueen, who was one of the original Eukarian colonists, and Swoop
  • Internal Reveal: Tailgate reveals that he is not, in fact Primal Vanguard in a mailer confesston to the entire crew when he thinks he's about to die from Cybercrosis
  • Intoxication Ensues: Rodimus gets drunk with some others, and decides to kiss the next person to walk in to the bar. The fortunate mech ends up being Riptide
    • Arcee encourages Tailgate to try a wrecker-size drink, and Rodimus and Brainstorm make things worse by giving him a weapon
  • In Vinos Vertas: After a couple glasses of wine (and a stay at Swerve's before that), Whirl actually starts opening up to Blast Off a bit. Not too much though
  • Invisibility: Mirage's trademark skill, thanks to technology
  • Invisible Streaker: Averted. Mirage was not about to take off his ceremonial garb after all that effort.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: After a maulfunctioning drone deprives him of it, Brainstorm upgrades his E.M.Pistol with a self defense mechanism that forces Cybertronians to shift to their other mode, and locks them in it.
    • Dymium's invention turns him, and everyone else in the room, including the visiting Lost Lighters, into animals
  • Is This a Joke?: Pipes' initial reaction to being told that Minimus Ambus is Ultra Magnus is to take it as a joke
  • It Amused Me: Sometimes, Quicksight acts like a jerk simply because he likes watching people's reactions
  • Its Raining Men: In Rude Awakening, Breakdown and Ratchet don't bother waiting until the shuttle sent with backup for the initial away party lands to jump in to the fray
  • I Shall Taunt You: Quicksight taunts people in part to make them angry and careless. Also because he simply enjoys pissing them off
  • It Was a Gift: The Junkeons gave the entire Lost Light crew presents as thanks for helping them with Plunder
  • Jerkass: Quicksight will happily go around insulting, mocking and publicly embarrassing anyone he doesn't like, which, on a ship full of Autobots, is a lot of people
  • Jerkass Has a Point: There are times when Quicksight's yelling and accusations are actually backed by fact
  • Jerk With a Heart of Gold: Blast Off may usually be a stuck up loner, but he does show concern for Mercy
    • Quicksight can be an obnoxious little jerk to anyone he doesn't like (a lot of people this ship), but he did go to check on Skystalker after noticing his distress in a fight, stuck around to comfort him, and offered for Sky to call him if he ever had another episode
      • Skystalker gets to see a lot of Quicksight's kinder side. More than most people anyways.
    • Imager
  • Jet Pack: After forgetting to ask Punch whether he wants the flight system integrated in to his body, or separate, Brainstorm just makes both. Punch takes the integrated version while Drift ends up getting the not-quite-rocket not-quite-boots
    • The DJD sported jet packs while fighting Blast Off and Whirl
  • The Juggernaut: How is this trope not on Overlord's official tv tropes page? It certainly fits here, considering that he tended to pop up, ignore most attacks levied at him, and calmly curbstomp everyone within reach
  • Jumping on a Grenade: Both Punch and Mercy try to do this after a delirious Brainstorm hands Pipes an active grenade. They end up crushing Pipes' hand in the process as it turned out to be stuck to it It was, fortunately, a nonlethal one and only ended up tickling everyone who was touching it
  • Just Following Orders: When confronted about his past killing Autobots, Blast Off will explain that he was a soldier, following orders, just like anyone else
  • Justice Will Prevail: The reason Quicksight can't quite accept that the war is over, since he thinks the Decepticons are the just ones
  • Just Like Robin Hood: While trapped on Delta, Astrotrain and Quicksight decide to help the locals a bit more by raiding a fuel conduit to bring some back to the rebels
  • Karma Houdini: For all his lying and stealing a shuttle, Tailgate didn't really suffer any consequences, and in fact, even got his job as Chief of Security back. Quicksight happily cites this when accusing the Autobots of injustice
  • Kick the Son Of A Bitch: Sure, Blast Off burns Quicksight till he can barely stand, but that's after Quicksight relentlessly insulted, mocked and taunted him
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Connextion, a spark specialist, was taken prisoner by Bludgeon so that he could help him find the spark that would allow him to 'ascend'.
  • Kill It with Ice: The Sea Sylph encountered in Crazy Eight's arena fights with ice spears
  • Kill the Ones You Love: When the first Cybertronian civil war broke out during the tribal age, Chimera had to kill her closest friend, Hephaestus
  • Killing Your Alternate Self: Rivets murders his alternate universe counterparts in order to erase their anchoring points to their respective universes
  • Kill the God: The Lostlighters ended up having to kill Udunus to prevent him from destroying his own colony out of anger over their betrayal
  • Knee-capping: Override takes a spear to the knee, right before the big race to decide Velocitron's leadership
  • Knife Nut: Quicksight
    • Tourniquet's snake mode fangs turn in to knives in root mode
    • Madrigal has 14 (the rest are swords)
    • Sterling
  • Knight Templar: The Puritans believe that mechanical lifeforms are an affront to the purity of Ca, and see no problem with killing them for that.
  • Knuckle Cracking: Astrotrain does this to intimidate Upshift in to cooperating better with Powerdyne's request to grant him admin privileges over the Mu control tower

L - P

  • La Resistance: The residents of Mu, against the Velocitronian hierarchy that oppressed those with slower modes
  • Large and in Charge: The Leaders of the tribe of wasteland natives the Lost Lighters ran in to are a lot bigger than their followers
    • Grimlock, to the Combat devision
  • LeParkour: Lieutenant does this to try and grab his sweets when he's shrunken.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: The monoliths that drained the Lost Light's engines, and the population of an entire colony[ are Unicron's limbs collecting power so he can reform ]
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Skids compares his known backstory to an idea of a comic book character
    • Brainstorm compares the Lost Light's tendency to find adventure but come out ok to some sort of science fiction story where the main characters can't be killed off because the audience needs to continue to be entertained.
  • Lemony Narrator: Some rpers will sometimes talk to characters while narrating, comment on the situation, or outright talk about other rpers
  • Liar Revealed: After finding out that he's dying of Cybercrosis, Tailgate decides to come clean to the crew on his origins
  • Life or Limb Decision: Shockdrop snaps off one of his own rotor blades, and yanks out the charge component of his built in electromagnetic weapon to zap Whirl and Blast Off so that he can escape the brig
  • Lightning Gun: One of Brainstorm's inventions, promptly tested by Whirl on Vortex
    • Actually more of a lightning gun/sticky bomb combo, since the ammunition is solid, and delivers the shock only upon attaching to the target
  • Lightning Reveal: How the team looking for the artifact in the GCS Wildlife Rescue Park and their guides spotted the mechanibals
  • Literal Minded: While some of the crew is being detained on Constancy, Arbiter asks Rodimus for orders. Rodimus jokingly suggests that he should beat up Grimlock to get at the pod he was guarding, only to have Arbiter take him seriously and try to shoot the dinobot.
  • Literary Allusion Title: War and Peace
    • Let There Be Light -- Bible
    • All You Need To Do Is Aim At The Ground And Miss -- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    • "Through the Looking Glass"
    • Yet All The Suns -- Fantastic Voyage
    • These Are The Voyages -- Star Treck
    • Who You Gonna Call -- Ghostbusters
    • Gotta Catch 'Em All -- Pokemon
    • Whom Gods Destroy -- Star Trek
      • Which is, in turn, a reference to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Masque of Pandora
  • The Load: Arcee accuses Brainstorm of being this on away missions. He counters by stating that he's there to explain things to everyone else, solve issues that can't be resolved by simply shooting at them, and, as a flyer, be of use as a scout.
    • Arcee does have a point though since whenever there's a fight he usually ends up being either a liability, or utterly useless. It's even lampshaded in this OOC exchange.
  • Locked Room Mystery: One of Brainstorm's weapons is designed to invoke this trope. He even names it The Locked Room Mystery
  • Lodged Blade Recycling: After being hit with an exploding crystal spear, Ultra Magnus pulls out a shard and hurls it back at the Puritans
    • Blast Off does this as well after being hit with the same sort of spears
  • Lost Lenore: Quark, for Brainstorm.
    • Also Starburst for Starstruck
    • Tormentor, for Lieutenant
  • Lost Superweapon: The W.U.D.[ (Weapon of Unicron Destruction) ]
    • Although, technically, it's not the weapon itself that's lost, but the batteries
  • Love Confession: Whirl accidentally drops one while arguing with Blast Off. Awkwardness ensues. (Although this was after Whirl decided to make them room together )
  • MacGyvering: When it turns out that conventional firearms are ineffective against the Puritans, Brainstorm improvises some weapons out of bits of the shuttle, and shards of the Puritans' weapons
    • Tourniquet manages to fix the light controls on Transit with some tin foil, a welder, and no engineering experience
  • Made a Slave: What happens to those captured to fight in Crazy 8's arena
    • Skystalker was forced in to slavery during his time wandering the galaxy. He's still pretty sensitive about it.
    • Never owe a debt to Viscount Valeen
  • Magic Mirror: The Amazodian disk showed the viewer's alternate universe counterparts
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Before she lost her voice, Whisper's outlier ability was making powerful sonic waves
  • Malicious Misnaming: Grimlock calls Rodimus by his old name Hot Rod when the later is trying to talk him in to taking a Decepticon as a second in command for training the crew in combat techniques, in order to show that he has more experience, and to annoy Rodimus. Rodimus doesn't catch it
    • He does it again in an attempt to provoke Rodimus in to a fight, not being satisfied with Drift's punishment for bringing Overlord onboard
  • Mama Bear: Don't dare touch anyone Lockjaw has adopted, or one of her clanmates.
  • Man-Eating Plant: The tentacle plant Swoop got Skystalker isn't technically man (or bot) eating, but it will try to nibble on any fingers that get in range
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Mirage does this when the appearance of a ship sweeps up his ceremonial garb
  • Marked Bullet: Air Raid's missles are painted with smiley faces and to look like sharks
  • Martial Pacifist: Skystalker prefers to talk things out, but he will put up a fight if pushed
  • Mass Resurrection: Those who died in the final battle on Unicron came back in a hotspot
  • Master of All: Player: So does Overlord just have a 5 in every stat? GM: Well, his intelligence is a 4.
    • As are his courage, rank and speed, but 4 is still above average
  • Mecha-Mooks: Nacelle's Seeker drones on Junkion
    • On Velocitron, the Minders in Mu, and the drones that attacked the Delta team, and Override
  • Mediation Backfire: While attempting to get Quicksight and Blast Off to reconcile, Rung accidentally turns both of them against himself
  • The Medic: Ratchet, Knock Out, First Aid, Ambulon, Torque, Tourniquet and Mercy
  • The Men First: When Blast Off's hands are severely damaged in the field, Soundwave offers him his own. It doesn't help though since Knock Out was unable to perform such an operation in the field.
  • Mercy Kill: The Lost Lighters killing the Clemency Worldsweeper creature can count as this since the part of it that was still Cybertronian begged them to do it. In a missed opportunity, it was not Mercy, but Blast Off that did the killing.
  • Mirror Match: On Humbworld, some of the Lost Lighters got to meet, and fight, their mirrorverse counterparts
  • Moonwalk Dance: Tourque moonwalks while fingergunning at Ultra Magnus' 'farewell' party
  • Midair Collision: The Leading Light is hit by another ship while landing on Constancy. Everyone was okay though.
  • Mind Over Manners: Cavalier is a very polite telepath and actively tries to avoid using his abilities unless the situation seems dire.
  • Mind Probe: Blast Off is subjected to one by Foursight on Luna 1
  • Mind Rape: Soundwave hits Rupture with one after seeing that Enemy was hurt
    • Clockwise does this to her victims
  • Mismatched Eyes: Rickshaw's eyes are a slightly different shade from each other
  • Missing Time: One of the symptoms of a sickness that swept through the ship were waking fever dreams, which resulted in some crewmembers having hazy recollections of what happened during that time
  • Mistaken for Racist: Whirl accuses Blast Off of racism for assuming that as an empurata, he's going to take his hand off if he tries touching his claws
  • Mistaken for Servant: On a Hedonian weapons bazaar, Rodimus is mistaken for Brainstorm's bodyguard
    • Also on Hedonia, a shopkeeper mistakens Mercy, who's holomater avatar is herself, but smaller, for a robot belonging to Chromia, who's using a human holoavatar
  • Mistaken Identity: Shockdrop initially mistakes the Lost Lighters for [ his actual targets, the Scavangers ]
  • Mistaken Nationality: Krok mistook Pipes for a regular, Hedonian car and thus thought nothing of driving right over him
  • Mistook the Dominant Lifeform: Crazy Eight's other captives seem to think that Breeet the elephant is sentient enough to have a language, even if an untranslatable one
  • Moral Dissonance: Rodimus berates Soundwave for keeping secrets, despite keeping a rather dangerous one himself
  • Moral Myopia: As far as some people are concerned, the difference between a soldier or war hero, and a murder is the colour of your badge
  • More Dakka: Both played straight and averted in More Gun. Rodimus wants better weapons for the ship, but not something that could blow up a planet and make the Autobots look bad
  • Motive Rant: One of the vampire bird invaders does this. Unfortunately for her, this gives Ultra Magnus just enough time to run her over before she could hit Slugfest
  • Mr. Fanservice: We get plenty of descriptions of Skystalker's good looks and aluring voice
  • Mushroom Samba: After accidentally drinking circuit speeders, Riptide starts believing that he's back on the battlefield
  • Musical Chores: Drift lampshades this when he and Ultra Magnus are about to clean his office, saying that the situation calls for some cleaning montage music
  • Must Make Amends: Whirl, of all people, suggests that he and Blast Off make it up to Mercy after upsetting her
  • My God, What Have I Done: Mercy becomes distressed after it hit her that she told the Captain of the ship to shut up, and spilled her drink on him
  • My New Gift Is Lame: Or even outright offensive. When giving the Lost Lighters presents as thanks for their help with Plunder, Wrek-Gar gives Whirl a simple metal tube because it matches his face. Whirl doesn't take it well at first
  • Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: Due to the Wasteland natives' naming culture involving naming individuals after something they've achieved or done, and their mode of communication relying on transmitting ides and concepts, some of their names end up being translated in to things like "The Commander of those who sing with the wind, he who fights like a storm"
  • Neck Lift: Grimlock grabs Krok by the head when he starts finding Krok's justification for leaving him behind on Constancy unsatisfactory
    • Blast Off got this treatment from Overlord who then proceeded to completely rip out vocal synths
  • Neck Snap: Carrin tries to do this to Ultra Magnus
  • Never be Hurt Again: While fighting his mirrorverse, slaver counterpart, Skystalker yells that he refuses to be property again
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gunfight: Quicksight tries to take on a flamethrower wielding Blast Off with nothing but his own little knives, doesn't even manage to land a blow and gets burned to the point he can barely stand
  • Never Mess With Granny: Ch'thisia, the spider met in Crazy Eight's arena only went down after a full onslaught from most of the Lost Lighters present, and put up a good fight in the meantime
    • Viviqueen was one of the original Eukarian colonists, but she can definitely put up a fight
    • Chimera, same as Viviqueen
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Collin, Carrin, and their minions wear armor that can absorb just about any conventional attack
  • Noble Bigot: The Decepticons may have agreed to behave, and may be equal crew on paper, but that doesn't stop a lot of Autobots from having prejudiced against them. In fact, it's prevalent even in the commanding ranks.
  • Noble Bigot With a Badge: While Ultra Magnus does claim to be fair in administering justice regardless of faction, he doesn't hide his opinions regarding Decepticons.
  • No More Lies: Subverted so hard
    • 'No more lies' say Soundwave and Rodimus before going straight back to keeping spies in the Autobot ranks and hiding a Phase-sixer in the basement (in collaboration with aforementioned spy)
    • 'No more lies' say Rodimus and Ultra Magnus, conveniently forgetting to tell each other about the super powerful Decepticon locked up in the basement, or about being a literal little green man
  • Non-Action Guy: Among all these fighters, there are a couple non-combatants
  • No One Gets Left Behind: On Ca, despite the volcano they're in being on the verge of erupting, and most of the party already slowed down by injuries, Rodimus insists on bringing Daytripper along with them after the medics manage to bring her back from the brink of death, even if carrying her would slow them down even more
  • No Sell: Overlord has this very annoying habit of brushing off almost every attack anyone throws at him
  • No Social Skills: Blast Off is still having trouble with all these newfangled Autobot concepts like "friendship", "gratitude", and "giving others compliments"
    • Ravage, who is more use to hiding in the shadows watching everyone instead of getting socially involved in events, and gets hissy at people he thinks are being nice just because he's a beastform.
  • No Sympathy: Quicksight has a tendency to brush off, or even voice support for bad things that happen to people he doesn't like
  • Not Helping Your Case: Some of the Lost Lighters get detained on Constancy for allegedly aiding an escape. Rodimus decides to get their wardens' attention by getting his crew to take out the forcefield doors of their holding cell.
    • Soundwave proceeds to telepathically assault Rupture only a short while after having to sit through a hearing after doing the same to Drift
  • Not So Different: Whirl and Blast Off. One's a loud, crude Autobot, the other's a snobbish, cultured Decepticon. Both of them read cheesy romance novels and secretly long for some companionship, and neither will admit either of those things
    • Arcee and Blast Off do some bonding over the fact that they're both battle loving warriors who are perplexed by the rest of the crew's almost pacifistic tendencies
    • In Understanding, Soundwave points out the similarities between Rodimus and Megatron. Rodimus, obviously, insists that they are nothing alike
      • In the same scene, Soundwave points out that both the Autobots and the Decepticons fought for what they believed to be a legitimate cause, and neither side was guiltless of crimes
    • Powerdyne tries to convince Upshift to join the rebels by pointing out that he too was unwanted by the Velocities.
  • Not So Final Confession: [ Upon finding out that he's dying from Cybercrosis, Tailgate confesses about his actual origin in a message to the crew. [More to come as things develop] ]
  • Not So Stoic: Even the normally aloof Blast Off cracks under Ultra Magnus' gaze
    • Blast Off again begins low key freaking out when he realizes that the DJD are on Prion
    • Contrary to popular belief, Soundwave is, in fact capable of emotions and caring when his cassettes are in danger or injured
  • Not Worth Killing: One of the reasons Quicksight gave for only knocking Mercy down when she refused to fight him in Crazy Eight's arena was that it would be boring to kill an opponent that wouldn't fight back.
  • Odd Couple: Blast Off, the proud Decepticon, and Whirl, the Decepticon hating Autobot
  • Odd Friendship: Mercy, a cheerful, friendly, hug giving Autobot medic and Blast Off, a stoic, antisocial, touch averse Decepticon sniper
    • Skystalker, a generally calm, pacifistic Neutral, and Quicksight, an often foul-mouthed, emotional, scrappy Decepticon
  • Off the Rails: Happens from time to time, but the GMs are usually good at adapting
    • One GM fast-forwarded a scene to keep the characters from spending half the scene staring at weird liquids. Probably a wise idea, and very much justified, given the time constraint of group plots
  • Off with His Head!: During the Mu party's first encounter with them, Cyclonus takes one of the attacking minder out by lopping off its head
  • Oh Crap!: Blast Off has an Oh Crap moment when he realizes that the DJD are on Prion, and coming after him and Whirl.
    • Coalback utters this when the caves start shaking while he's showing Wheeljack and Brainstorm the mines
    • When the fence in the GCS Wildlife Rescue Park breaks with a twang
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Rodimus seems to think that if you're proficient in one field, you're automatically an expert in anything sciency
  • One Phone Call: Subverted. Shockdrop asks for one after surrendering, Ultra Magnus explains that that's not actually how it works. Shockdrop makes one anyways
  • One Word Title: Preflight, Nerds, Vigilance, Lists, Dirt, Deal, Sunshine, Escape!, Outtake, Safehouse, Hope, Justice, Cooperating, Professionalism, Wonderland, Checkup, Birbs, Crabby, Diabolical, Jaibreak, Swording, Takeout, Morale, Idiotproofing, Regrouping, Understanding, Roommates
  • Only Friend: Mercy, to the mostly anti-social Blast Off
    • Whirl declares Blast Off to be this to him
  • Only Mostly Dead: Despite her being stripped down to her vital components, and on the verge of death, Knock Out and Mercy managed to stabilize [ Daytripper ]
  • Only Sane Man: Accompanying a bunch of mechs who insisted on climbing a titan, climbing inside a titana, and throwing themselves down a bottomless pit to rescue people, Windrose considered herself this
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Springload believes this to be the case for the well of Alt-Land-Tis. Seems like he just wasn't worthy enough.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The normally cheerful Mercy rushing out of the room after the teasing and criticism of her dress gets too much for her is a serious enough deviation for Brainstorm to stop his own criticism and go after her to try and apologise and console her
    • Encountering his slaver mirrorverse counterpart upset Skystalker so much that he actually tried putting his plasma cannons in action
    • Seeing one of his cassettes injured is enough to really upset Soundwave
      • And a severe sensory overload from trying to read the mind of a dying titan is enough to make him cry out in pain
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Gearstrip uses her engineering knowhow to help Tailgate patch a wound
    • Brainstorm is likewise called upon to use his engineering skills provide emergency first aid to Pipes after a weapon testing accident
    • Try open heart geology! Beachcomber puts his geological skills to use by locating magnetic minerals to pull shrapnel out of Oversteer's wounds, and then proceeds to improvise with random materials on hand, like guitar strings, to trat his injuries.
  • Opposites Attract: Blast Off, a touch averse, anti-social Decepticon is friends with the the friendly, hug giving Autobot Mercy
  • Ordered Apology: Soundwave demands this from Ghoul to Rodimus after he mouths off at him during an Autobot code review session
    • Soundwave, again, has to do this, this time, ordering Quicksight to apologise to Drift after he gets in an argument with him while they're in each other's bodies
  • The Other Darrin: Happens when characters who had to be played as NPCs for certain scenes get a proper player, or lose that player, and then gets a new one
  • Our Souls Are Different: One of the reasons Carrin gives for his hatred of Cybertronians is that their sparks can be destroyed while "proper" souls can not
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They look like birds, fly in space, phase through walls and feed on energon
    • The Thraa can feed on a Cybertronian's energy
  • Out of the Inferno: Blast Off tries to blast Overlord with a flamethrower, only to have him simply walk through the fire.
  • Outside Ride: On Hedonia, Grimlock cathes a ride atop Ultra Magnus in order to be able to keep up during a chase
    • Skystalker gives Vortex a ride after the later loses his rotors
    • Brainstorm gives Starstruck one so that he can accompany him to a space rock he was investigating
  • Overly Long Name: In addition to their mode of communication consisting primarily of concepts and ideas, the Wasteland natives' names consist of something they're notable for, as well as any title they may hold in their clan, along with the name of said clan, leading to very long names when translated
  • Over The Shoulder Cary: Drift does this to Rodimus during the later's short lived escape from the medbay
    • Rodimus carries Vortex to Medibay this way after the Rodpod starts shooting people
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: On their own the holomater avatars work just fine, but what exactly do a guy in a track suit, a guy in a labcoat, a woman who looks like she could kill you with her heels, and a young woman with a baby have to do with each other? Shockdrop didn't find such an odd bunch to be particularly plausible either. Amusingly, he didn't notice [ his actual targets ]
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: Parodied. Vortex announces himself at Brainstorm's door with 'open sesame'. Brainstorm responds by telling him that that's the wrong password -- he should try 'Swordfish' instead
  • Patchwork RP: Knock Out and Breakdown are based on their Aligned-verse incarnations. In fact, they were in the game before their IDW incarnations were shown.
  • Pardon My Klingon: The Lefallan's universal translator did not see fit to translate just what Rodimus thought of the Galactc Council
    • The second sound that comes out of Quicksight's mouth upon waking up in one of Crazy 8's holding cells may have not been translated by the other aliens' translators
  • Parental Abandonment: Cybertronians do not have any blood parents, but Fantoccini and Lieutenant had Klenoid, their parental figure. Klenoid went missing long before the war and has now been heard of since. He is assumed dead.
  • The Patient Has Left The Building: When he's hospitalized after accidentally drinking circuit speeders, Rodimus convinces Drift to help him make a daring escape from under the medical staff's noses. He ends up going back since he could barely stand.
    • Starstruck tries to escape the medibay after having his legs riddled with quills because there was no tv there. He doesn't even make it to the elevator.
  • People Jars: The Lost Lighters find half formed protoforms in tanks on the Worldsweeper on Constancy
  • Personality Chip: Brainstorm equips Fifi with one in his race to make a better drone than Flame
  • Pet the Dog
    • Blast Off showing concern for Mercy, and getting offended if someone hurts her
    • Whirl deciding to pretend to be friends with Blast Off to make things up to Mercy, and getting pissed if someone hurts her
    • Drift gives an alien he was sword-fighting with a generous tip to help him and his buddy get out of the slums
    • Quicksight checks up on Skystalker after noticing his distress in a fight, and sticks around to comfort him while he's having a difficult episode
  • Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: Soundwave lampshades this after Skystalker tells him and Quicksight about how his arm was injured on Shivah
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Mercy's dress is described as being "made of layers and layers of pink and white tulle and silk, sequins and lace". All in Cybertronian size
  • Pinball Projectile: During a test run of the Mini-Bot-a-Pult, Pipes ends up bouncing off the ceiling, and then several times off the floor
  • Pistol-Whipping: Collin wards off Blast Off by whacking him with a gun he took off a previous Cybertronian visitor to Ca
    • Pipes re-purposes his guns in to melee weapons on Luna 1
      • He later requests a pair built for the task from Brainstorm
    • Permafrost does this
  • Planet Spaceship: Prion gets turned in to one so it can be moved between a star and a black hole
  • Playing Both Sides: Rupture tries to restart the war first by trying to kill Drift and pinning it on the Decepticons, then, when that plan fails, by trying to kill Grimlock and Quicksight - an Autobot and a Decepticon. Both ideas fail.
  • Playing Possum: Rodimus tries this while laid in the medbay to get Ultra Magnus off his back. It doesn't work.
    • Tailgate does this on Scira to make Crazy Eight believe that Cyclonus actually struck him down
  • Please Don't Leave Me: When Tailgate reveals news of his Cybercrosis to Cyclonus, the later turns to leave, resulting in Tailgate begging him not to go. He leaves anyways
  • Poor Communication Kills: When Soundwave reprimands Quicksight for having an argument Drift and still viewing Autobots as the enemy, Quicksight leaves believing that Soundwave implied that his opinions as a subordinate don't matter, being too afraid of looking insubordinate to ask for a clarification, and Soundwave, not offering an explanation due to not being able to read cues from Quicksight after being locked out of his telepathy
  • Post Kiss Catatonia: Riptide straight-out passes out after getting a surprise kiss from a drunk Rodimus
  • Power Incontinence: Cavalier cannot turn off or regulate his outlier ability on his own, and relies on gloves, socks, and other articles of clothing to keep direct contact to a minimum.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Overwhelmed from trying to read the mind of a titan, all the way up to its death, Soundwave ends up shifting in to his alt-mode and passing out afterwards
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Dunian colonist Shadeboarer ends up praying when the colony's titan rises again to show his displasure with the colonists' betrayal
  • Projected Man
    • HighDef can do this to trick enemies in to thinking that there are more opponents than there actually are
    • Errata does the above as well

Q - U

  • The Quiet One: Whisper still isn't used to talking, even after having her voice restored
  • Ramp Jump: Velocitron has tracks that allow for this

red

  • Razor Wings: One of Coyote's mooks on Prion had these
    • Vortex adapts Air Raid's to be these after the later gets them ripped off
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Quicksight's fairly fond of doling these out at people he considers to be traitors, amoral, or otherwise unlikable
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blast Off's sophisticated, haughty, controlled blue to Whirl's brash, aggressive red
    • Plunder's red to Tribute's blue
    • Skystalker's calm, pacifistic blue to Quicksight's loud, scrappy red
    • Soundwave's blue to Blaster's Red. They 're even the right colours!
    • Blast Off's sophisticated blue to Quicksight's brash red
  • Red Shirt: Subverted in the case of Daytripper. Where at first it looks like she really was killed to show how much the Puritans did not care for mechanical life, it later turns out that she's alive enough to be revived by Mercy and Knock Out
  • Rejected Apology: Tailgate tries apologizing to Spinister for scaring him. Spinister takes the apology as a threat.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: Connexion, a spark specialist kidnapped by Bludgeon and forced to experiment on bots to adapt a spark that would allow Bludegon to absorb its properties and grow more powerful through that
  • Remember That You Trust Me: After finding out that Rodimus had authorized the installation of a complete, illegal weapon loadout on the ship behind his back, Ultra Magnus reminds him that they're supposed to work as a team, and that a captain should not be afraid to run decisions past his SiC
  • The Remnant: Nobody told Nacelle that the war was over until he came toe to toe with some of the combined crew of the Lost Light on Junkion
  • Repetitive Name: Not name, but title in this case. Lieutenant used to hold the rank of , you guessed it Lieutenant. People used to call him Lieu Lieu
  • Retirony: After getting fed up with Rodimus' lying, Ultra Magnus promises to step down from his position as XO once the whole mess with Overlord is over... only to be stabbed by Overlord in the chest.[That is, of course, a subversion, since he ends up being ok ]
  • Riddling Sphinx: In their quest to recover the three pieces of the well of Alt-Land-Tis the Lost Lighters encounter a being called the Sphinx which gives them the last piece in exchange for answering its riddles.
  • Right Hand Cat: Ravage can be seen as this to Soundwave. Deception Direction even opens with Soundwave, in true evil mastermind fashion, sitting in the pod in the center of his office, petting Ravage.
  • Right Hand Versus Left Hand: Turns out that the jerk who kidnapped the Circle of Light not only refuses to give them up, but is also another Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord , and thus has every right to hold them. Obviously, the appropriate reaction to this is to snatch something she wants and taunt her about it.
  • Rivals Team Up: Whirl and Blast Off agree to work together to make it up to Mercy
  • Robot Buddy: Memory to Lieutenant
    • Renegade's other creations too, Vigilante to himself and Bellisimo to Fnatoccini
  • Robots Enslaving Robots:
    • After Skystalker was forced in to slavery, he was passed around from master to master, several of which were also Cybertronians
    • The residents of Mu were locked in their city, denied basic rights, and made to work for the rest of the population simply because of their slower alt-modes
  • Rock Beats Laser: Cybertronian firearms are completely ineffective against the Puritans' armour, but the the Puritans' spears are very much effective against Cybertronians
    • In no small amount of irony, Colin tries to use a gun against the Cybertronians in the final fight, only to have it be broken by Breakdown's log, and be hit by Rodimus' arrows
  • Rock Theme Naming: All of the mentioned authors of the datapads Brainstorm and Pipes are looking through in Rocky Reading have names that have something to do with rocks
  • Rollercoaster Mine: Part of the Transit party gets separated from the velocity, and has to make its way back by catching a ride on underground supply carts on a poorly maintained track
    • Part of the guided tour of the Dunia mines Coalback gives to Brainstorm and Wheeljack. This one is a lot tamer
  • A Round of Drinks for the House: Punch once offered this
    • Drift does this in celebration of no one being murdered during the Lost Light's first encounter with the DJD
  • Rule of Three: The well of Alt-Land-Tis broke in to three pieces
  • Rule of Funny: The 'Navigation section of the Crew Structure page ends with a point that states that only officers should mess with the navigational sensors, unless funny to do so
  • Running Gag: How can we almost kill Pipes today?
    • Every time Rodimus pays for something, it's with Drift's credit card
    • Rodimus not checking his emails
  • Scaled Up: Everyone with reptilian alt-modes, except maybe Tourniquet, who's pretty snakey either way.
  • The Scapegoat: As far as Rodimus is concerned, anything that goes wrong is clearly the Decepticons' fault
  • Scary Amoral Religion: The Shivans' religion consists of torture and looking forward to the day of reckoning. Dissidents are not tollerated.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Rodimus sends out a raid on the Inqusition despite the fact that Ignition is acting within the parameters of her post because he finds her actions to be abhorable
    • Quoted almost verbatim by Rodimus as justification for breaking out of Tyrest's prison
    • Even Ultra Magnus went along with breaking the Mu resistance leader Powerdyne out of prison, since he was there for speaking out against the unfair, oppressive Velocitronian caste system
      • The entire deal of the Lost Lighters helping the Mu rebels really
  • Seadog Beard: All the Verander pirates have them, and get them upgraded as rewards
  • Secret Handshake: Whirl and Blast Off decide to come up with one to make their fake friendship look more convincing. They're still trying to get the handshake part
  • Selective Obliviousness: Quicksight has a tendency to ignore facts that don't mesh with his neat, black and white, Decepticons-righteous-Autobots-evil worldview.
  • Self Surgery: Brainstorm occasionally uses his own tools to cauterize his own injuries in order to delay a proper visit to the medibay.
    • Rickshaw has a somewhat patchy appearance because he's repaired himself with whatever he could find
  • Send in the Search Team: Bitstream, Blackstorm, Ghoul, Quicksight, and Sideswipe were sent to investigate the derelict ship, Xal's Blade.
  • Sensory Overload: Soundwave suffers these when he attempts to read the minds of titans. One with a dying titan straightup knocked him out
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Blast Off does this sometimes to appear more cultured
    • When he does speak Ravage sometimes uses this to show his real intelligence. Or to insult others without them understanding, because Cats Are Mean.
  • Sexy Walk: After a meeting with Drift and Penchant, Trauma walks out of Swerve's swaying her hips
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Soundwave attempts this with Udunus, preffering to try and talk to him first. [ It doesn't work ]
  • Shell -Shocked Veteran: With the war just barely over, we've got a good number of these on board, but Pointblank is a recurring one.
  • She Will Come for Me: While being arrested by the Lost Lighters, Shockdrop makes it known that he's quite confident that his boss will come to pick him and [ the Scavengers ] up.
    • On the 'Won't Come For Me' side, after being kidnapped by Tyrest and his goons, Blast Off was convinced that no one would come to rescue him
  • Shock and Awe: Shockdrop can generate electromagnetic waves with his rotors
    • The wasteland natives can produce electric currents in the specialized tendril on their tails, and use that while fighting
      • A lot of other life forms on their planet are also capable of using electricity as a weapon
    • As the name implies, Lightningstorm, one of Bludgeon's Storms, uses electricity as a weapon
  • Shoot Out the Lock: Rodimus employs this method to get inside a crashed Decepticon Worldsweeper
  • Shoulder Teammate: Skystalker gives Penchant a boost on his shoulder when they're arguing with a group of more radical neutral malcontents
    • During the assault on the Mu control tower,Tailgate shoots the minders from a perch on Deluge's shoulder
  • Shout Out: Plenty of references to the source material, obviously
  • Secret Diary: Quicksight keeps a photo journal of places he's visited, but keeps it a secret from most people because he's afraid they'll judge him for it
  • Self-Harm: Vortex has been known to do so, according to Blast Off
    • He does tend to prick his own hands with his claws, and readily puts himself in the path of pain
  • Sexy Mentor: Skystalker has been something of a Big Brother Mentor to Quicksight: Quicksight acknowledges his appearance, but doesn't really care
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Rodimus does this to Puritan twins before the final battle on Ca when they continue preaching the inferiority of Cybertronians
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Most of the Purge plot does this with the Autobot and Decepticon parties doing two different things at the same time
    • The Arena plot does this with the gladiators and the rescue party
    • This has become more prevalent as of season two for major plots due to the increasing number of characters in order to prevent scenes from becoming too big and confusing
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The foulness of Quicksight's language is directly proportional to the foulness of his mood. He's a pretty emotional fellow.
  • Skeleton Motif: Verander pirate captain Plunderclash turns into a skull
  • Skull Cups: Astrotrain made himself one out of the head of a Velocitronian drone
  • Sky Pirate: The Verander pirates live on flying ships
  • Slave Collar: Combatants in Crazy Eight's arena were made to wear these to prevent escape
    • The Shattered Glass Decepticons all wear explosive ones
  • Sleeper Starship: Swivel was the only non-sleeper of an otherwise organic crew of a sleeper exploration ship before ending up in stasis herself and being found by Grimlock
  • Slob Versus Snob: The crass Whirl versus the refined, snobish Blast Off. For a while anyways
    • Blast Off versus Quicksight can count too, the former being an elitist, refined, and forged, while the later is an MTO, despises elitism, and is frequently rude and foulmouthed, especially around Blast Off
  • Smart People Build Robots: Brainstorm, Flame and Renegade all have built (or upgraded and reprogrammed, in Brainstorm's case) their own drones
  • Snake Charmer: Skystalker's karaoke performance had this effect on Tourniquet
  • The Social Darwinist: Ransack and his supporters believe that anyone who can't keep up is automatically inferior, to the point that any city that can't move fast enough to avoid the Velocitronian sun deserves to die by it.
  • Solar Flare Disaster: When Tailgate runs away from the Lost Light to die in solitude solar flare hits the Venturer just as its about to regain functionality, and sending it spinning in to Divisiun
  • So Much for Stealth: On Clemency. It's a little hard to hide from potential monsters when someone barges in yelling for those monsters to come out and meet you
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Starshine starts humming something that sounds like "Walking on Sunshine" while walking through a corpse-strewn battlefield
  • Space Clouds: Soundwave and his infiltration team take advantage of the Inqusition passing through a nebula to get aboard it without Ignition noticing
  • Space Pirates: The Verander pirates, although they do stick to their colony
    • Starstruck was part of such a crew, and still has connections
  • Space Station: The Lost Light stops at them sometimes
    • Huboworld, in particular. It's made out of a dead metrotitan too
    • Verander consists of a bunch of these, orbiting the planet itself
  • The Speechless: After having his voicebox ripped out by Overlord, Blast Off ends up having to communicate through gestures and a datapad for a while
    • Whisper had her voice destroyed in Crazy Eight's arena. She got it back, but not her sonic scream ability
    • Lockjaw was temporarily made this by Clockwise
  • Sphere Factor: The Mini-Bot-a-Pult generates a forcefield bubble to protect its ammo from the force of the impact
  • Spider Swarm: The Lost Lighters got attacked by these on Eurikas
  • Spikes Of Villainy: !Skystalker has them, instead of his primeverse counterpart's smoother curves
  • Spit Take: Blast Off just barely manages to avoid doing this when Arcee asks him if he'll work with Blurr,
  • Standing Between the Enemies: Mercy jumps in between Blast Off and Whirl when they start getting at each other in Go To Your Room. Twice.
    • She tries this again when Grimlock tries to provoke Rodimus in to a fight for not doing more to punish Drift for bringing Overlord onboeard
  • Starfish Aliens
    • Separated, the Nibiruans are jellyfish and crab-like beings
    • Aertheareans can make their bodies in to steam or ice
    • The wasteland natives are quadrapedal being that have tendrils for sensory organs and communicate telepathically through emotions and ideas
    • Ravage came off a bit like this to the Velocitronians, who have never seen anyone with a beast mode, let alone someone with only a beast mode, and a cassette mode
    • The octopoid bartender at the Zarzee Casino bar
  • Starfish Language: The wasteland natives communicate primarily by telepathically transmitting emotions, ideas and concepts. Since their culture has some concepts that Cybertronians don't, some things can become a bit vague. Only the strongest telepaths can properly communicate with Cybertronians
  • Sticky Bomb: Poor Blast Off just can't catch a break on Ca, and gets hit with one of these, which Collin took off the last Decepticon who set foot on the planet
    • Brainstorm has made a few, to the annoyance of the crewmembers to whom they stuck
  • Sticky Situation: Getaway gets himself stuck to the engines after climbing adhesive in his fingers goes bad.
  • Stop Worshiping Me: Lietuenant does not appreciate the Shivans thinking of him as a savior per their religion
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: In a shoutout to Transformers Animated, Rodimus takes up a bow in Stone vs Steel. and gets Brainstorm to make him a proper one once they're back on the ship
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Chromia fears that she could never go back to Caminus and have things back the way they were with how much she's changed
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Blast Off finds himself like this after being captured by Ignition
    • Most of the Lost Lighters kidnapped by Clockwise find themselves like this
    • Brainstorm finds himself strapped to !Perceptor's table after being captured by the !Autobots
  • Street Smart: An actual background skill some characters have
  • Stuff Blowing Up
    • Rodimus and co ignited some energon to escape their holding cell on Constancy
    • The area description for the Science and Medical deck states that this happens "with distressing regularity" on the science side
    • Brainstorm and Torque end up causing a few explosions while experimenting with various mixtures in their habsuite
  • Stun Guns: While attacking the Inquisition, Blast Off gets hit with one so powerful that its considered illegal
  • Suicidal Pacifism: When pitted against Quicksight by Crazy Eight, Mercy threw down her weapon and asked him to just make it quick, knowing full well that he could actually kill her.
  • Super-Deformed: Chibi pictures of command personnel and department heads are present on a very serious slideshow that Rodimus makes to show Ultra Magnus
    • Present on the Crew Structure page on the wiki
    • Errata can make chibi hologram projections of herself
  • Surprise Party :Getaway and the rest of the crew throw one for for Ultra Magnus' retirement
  • Survivor Guilt: Pipes thinks he should have died when Overlord was out to spare others that fate, and during the war
    • Lieutenant often wishes it had he who died, not his Commander, Tormentor.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial
    • When Blast Off catches Rodimus and Mercy near his habsuite, Rodimus' immediate reaction is to insist that they were not trying to break in
    • When Ultra Magnus calls Blast Off in to his office, the Comacticon starts denying being at fault for a number of things even before Magnus asks for an explanation for anything specific. He really wasn't at fault for anything, just intimidated by Magnus. Who wouldn't be?
    • Blast Off reads romance novels only to laugh at how inaccurate they are about space travel! That's the only reason! Really!
    • Blast Off does not want a stupid Rodimus Star anyways! Whatever would make you think that?
    • Whirl only wants to know what Blast Off looks for in a mech so that he can avoid it! Seriously, only reason!
    • Blast Off does NOT read cheesy science fiction romance novels!
  • The Swarm: The Mattermites in the alien temple Penchant's artifact is in live in swarm nests
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Brainstorm points to one such weapon when Rodimus asks him what he thinks is the awesomest thing at the weapon bazaar they were at
  • Switching POV: Obviously, given that this is an rp
    • Players will do this OOC as well, switching between commenting as themselves, their characters, or somewhere in between
  • Synchronization: The Puritan twins take a harder hit if both of them are hit in the same place at the same time
  • Take a Third Option: When faced with the choice of either helping Whirl beat up Skywarp, who'd upset Mercy, or not looking like he like Autobots, but thus not standing up for Mercy, Blast Of ... gets himself a drink
    • While investigating an abandoned BBC station Brainstorm and Skids find two terminals, but only enough power to get one to work. Brainstorm simply adjusts it to run on his engex which gives him enough time to swipe data from both
  • Taking You with Me: Having realised that his plans have been foiled, Bludgeon tries to bury the Lost Lighters in the rubble of his ceremonial chamber
    •  !Phantasm tries to do this as a last resort to impress warlord !Wheelie. He fails to kill both his target, and himself.
  • Talking Your Way Out: Shockdrop escapes the brig by pissing off Whirl enough to get him to attack him, and by doing so, break the handcuffs, and agitates both Whirl and Blast Off enough to get them to start fighting each other, and thus not notice him getting ready to electrocute them until it's too late
  • Tampering With Food and Drink: Among the drinks gathered from the crew for a party was a bottle containing circuit speeder. Naturally, that's the one Rodimus grabs and ends up poisoning several people, himself included.
  • Tank Goodness: Or badness, depending on whether you're !Brigade's ally or enemy.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: Connexion convinced Bludgeon that not only did he need a point-one percenter to attain immortality, but that the victim also had to have green optics
  • A Taste of the Lash: The shivans used this as a means of inflicting suffering
  • Vortex receives a whip from them as a gift, and ends up hitting Skystalker with it on accident.
  • Telepathy: The wasteland natives are a species that communicates primarily by telepathically transmitting emotions and ideas. Stronger telepaths are more revered, and are capable of communicating with species less receptive to their telepathy
  • The Team Benefactor: Anything the Lost Lighters need to buy is payed for by Drift's credit card
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Blast Off and Blurr had to work together to get energon
    • Blast Off and Whirl end up having to put up with each other in an attempt to make Mercy believe that they're friends
    • Drift and Quicksight manage to coexist in the same room without fighting while calming and comforting a distressed Skystalker
  • Teleport Interdiction: After an argument with Skywarp, Brainstorm makes a teleportation early warning device to spite him
    • He later threatens to make something that can block teleportation all together, though doesn't go through with it after Skywarp gets him out ofd Overlord's way.
  • Temporary Blindness: Happens to Perceptor after the Neo-Functionists mess up reinstalling his optics
  • Tempting Fate: When setting out to search for Overlord, Skywarp tries to reassure Brainstorm that everything's going to be ok with the words "we can do this!". A short while later, Overlord rips off Skywarp's arm, tears out Blast Off's voice synth, and forces the entire group to make a hast retreat
    • Averted on a patrol when Rodimus says that Overlord won't be able to surprise them, despite Brainstorm pointing out that saying something like that is basically asking for it to happen
    • "Who's going to see us?" asks Tailgate, inviting Gearstrip and Pipes to join him in the captain's chair, right before Rodimus walks in.
    • 'Nothing's going to go wrong -- Quicksight to Skystalker about the Lost Light's stop on Scira
  • Terrifying Rescuer: In order to get close enough to Brainstorm to teleport him out of harm's way, Skywarp pretends to abide by Overlord's order to kill him, ending with pointing a gun at his head
  • That Came Out Wrong: Rodimus calls Riptide in to his office to appologise for drunkenly kissing him with a message reading "Hey, Riptide, come meet me in my office. - Rodimus.". The subsequent winking did not help.
  • Theme Naming: Shifty and Shady, the weapon dealers Rodimus buys most of the parts from for the Lost Light's weapon refit
    • The Storms -- Rainstorm, Thunderstorm and Lightningstorm
  • This Means Warpaint: While repainting Knock Out's office, Mercy mentioned that some of the crew have warpaint, and Tourniquet mentioned that Eukarians did it too, though she wasn't allowed to
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Overlord tosses Soundwave out in to space after the later tries top convince him that he'll help him take over the ship so as to lead him in to a trap.
    • Overlord himself gets shoved out an airlock by Arcee's harpoon gun
  • Time Bomb: Brainstorm's incredibly obvious, magnetic, heat-seeking bomb employs a flashing countdown time, complete with beeps, as part of the incredibly obvious deal.
  • Title Drop
    • 1298 is repeated numerous times by the golden drones throughout both the scene, and the whole plot
    • Not a Soldier was one of the reasons Brainstorm gave for his reluctance to learn to fight
    • Fighting isn't Fun was Mercy's opinion on, well, fighting
    • Go To Your Room is the final sentence of the log, uttered by Mercy to Blast Off
    • As if he doesn't say it enough already, I Am A Combaticon becomes Blast Off's battle cry while sparing with Whirl
    • Anyone Can Fly comes from Brainstorm's joke explaining that anyone can fly. For how long just depends on how hard they're thrown.
    • We'll Get Him Home, the final sentence of the log on figuring out a way to track Tailgate
    • Every Star Matters was Windblade's opinion on stellar bodies, and dying minibots
    • Good Advice Grudgingly Given was Punch's explination of what he just told Quicksight


  • Then Let Me Be Evil: When some of the crew are detained on Constancy for supposedly aiding an escape from custody, and their accusers appear to be stalling, Rodimus figures that they might as well live up to the Galactic Council's expectations.
  • Third-Person Person: OOC, the nature of the medium means that rpers end up reffering to themselves in the third person when using the action command
  • Throw the Book at Them: Whirl dumps an entire shelf of datapads on Blast Off at the end of Reading is Fundamental
  • Titled After the Song: Robot Bar Fight, More Gun, What My Last Girl Put Me Through, Flames Of Discontent
  • Tongue Trauma: Vortex bit off the tips of his tongue after volunteering to be shot by Whirl wielding a Brainstorm Special
    • tips because he'd split his tongue. Himself. It took him four tries to get it right
  • Too Dumb to Live: Who would have guessed that drinking from a random, unlabeled bottle of unknown origin could get you poisoned
    • Skywarp and Blast Off learn the hard way that charging Overlord without even a single heavyweight in your party is a very bad idea
    • What could possibly go wrong from shooting a flamethrower in the middle of the armoury full of explosives?
  • Tracking Device: Planted by the Scavengers on the Inquisition in exchange for being allowed aboard the Lost Light
    • Brainstorm makes a Unicron tracker after studying the body(ies?) salvaged from clemency
  • Trail of Breadcrumbs: Rodimus carves arrows in to the walls while in the Worldsweeper on Clemency. The group gets lost anyways.
  • Translator Buddy: After Overlord leaves Blast Off literally speechless by ripping out his voicebox, Soundwave takes some time to translate his thoughts to other occupants of the medibay
  • Trick Bomb: Brainstorm has made a variety of these
  • Trigger
    • Things pertaining to slavery for Skystalker
  • Trust Building Blunder: Subverted. Rodimus fortunately realizes that doing the trust fall exercise with Ultra Magnus is a bad idea
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: The Wasteland natives' naming practices include notable actions or achievements performed by the individual, as well as any significant position they may hold in their clan, along with the name of said clan, leading to names such as "The Leader of those who sing with the mountains, she who has shown mercy to her enemies and has sworn to protect them"
    • Of course to them, this translates in to just a handful of concepts rather than overlong phrases
  • TV Telephone Etiquette: When Tailgate calls him with concerns about Atomizer, brought to him by Getaway, Rodimus gets annoyed and ends the call with a bet that Tailgate won't be able to find anything to prove it in the vid logs
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: The DJD get this treatment during their encounter with the Lost Lighters on Prion, courtesy of a weapon jury-rigged by Brainstorm out of a planet moving engines and a titan spark
  • The Unapologetic: After knocking over Blast Off's drink, Fortress Maximus not only refuses to apologise, due to him being a Decepticon, but then proceeds to start insulting him
    • Skywarp
  • Uncle Pennybags: Every time Rodimus needs to pay for something, from drinks to weapon materials, it comes out of Drift's credit card. Drift has yet to complain.
  • Under New Management: Upton arriving at the Zarzee Casion, the crew discovers that it's now under the control of Viscount Valeen, rather than the former propertier, Viscount Vigorith
  • Undying Loyalty: Quicksight is almost zealously loyal to the Decepticon Cause, and thus, to Megatron and Soundwave
  • The Unintelligible: One of the weapons that Overlord takes from Brainstorm's workshop is a grenade that makes anyone affected by it talk backwards
    • Foursight
  • Unstoppable Rage: Drift falls in to one upon walking in to a room full of bits and pieces of his friends, and promptly takes it out on the nearest Legislator

V - Z

  • Vehicular Sabotage: Drift and Ultra Magnus accuse Rodimus of doing this to an elevator they're both in in his effort to get them to become friends with each other
    • A disgruntled Mud tries sabotaging an entire moving city
  • Victorious Loser: In the Area plot, the captive Lost Lighters decide to spontaneously embrace pacifism towards each other in order to give a Fuck You to Crazy Eight
  • Villain Has a Point: If the term 'villain' is taken from Rodimus' POV, in Understanding, Soundwave's side of the conversation really is thought provoking
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Soundwave uses his telepathy to help Blast Off communicate after the later gets his throat ripped out by Overlord
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: The last thing Swivel remembered before waking up in the Lost Light's Medibay was a disaster on the mostly organic exploration ship she was on
    • After trying to take on the Inqusition and being knocked out by its weapons, Blast Off wakes up to find himself in a medibay, strapped to a table
    • Ultra Magnus, after being nearly killed by Overlord, wakes up in a medibay with Tyrest standing over him
    • The Lost Lighters who got themselves sedated on Sciria found themselves in a set of cells. The log is even named after the trope
    • All of the Lost Lighters kidnapped by Clockwise end up waking up in her Institute-like facility. Most are either locked up, or tied down.
  • Wall Crawl: Blackstorm can do this thanks to his magnawheels
  • Wardens Are Evil: Upshift, the warden of the prison Mu resistance leader Powerdyne was being held in, was definitely an asshole who thought that the Mu rebels, and anyone who helped them, were just scum.
  • War Elephants: Bleeet was made in to a gladiatorial elephant by Crazy Eight
  • Weak, but Skilled: Blast Off doesn't have much physical strength to boast of, and his armor is rater thin, but he is good with a rifle
  • We Need a Distraction: Can't let Ultra Magnus find out about any not-quite-legal projects the ship's Captain may be sponsoring after all
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Due to the nature of the medium, it's not unheard of characters appearing for a few scenes, and then simply vanishing due to the player dropping them, or not showing up anymore.
    • The same thing can happen to plot threads, for the same reason
  • What Measure is a Non-Human?: Some of the Lefallin are willing to accept the existence of mechanical lifeforms, even if the concept of living technology does perplex them a bit. The Puritans, on the other hand, see the Cybertronians as nothing more than tools as they are mechanical, and lack a proper soul in their view
  • Whip It Good: Vortex gets a whip as a gift from the Shivans
  • Win Your Freedom: Crazy Eight Offered freedom to any contestant who could defeat him, and ownership of his arena to anyone who could kill him.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Uttered by Carrin when he begins realising that his attempts at killing the Lost Lighters aren't working too well
    • Lieutenant asks himself this a lot.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Rupture uses green armour to hide his identity while attempting to assassinate Drift
  • Working Through the Cold: In the Beneath The Skin plot, during a shipwide outbreak, any medical and science/engineering staff still functional and reasonable worked to develop a cure despite many of them still being sick
  • Wounded Gazelle Warcry: Subverted in that, after Skywarp insults his intelligence, Brainstorm uses not his own injury, but rather the fact that Skywarp had previously hurt Mercy, to get Blast Off and Whirl to gang up against him
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: This being a text based rp and all
    • A lot of rps begin on nothing more than "let's do something over there".
    • The full extent of plots is usually known only to the gm(s) and mods. Everyone else involved might have a basic idea of what's going on but still play by reacting to the gm and each other.
      • And even then the GMs still have to adapt to the player characters' reactions
  • Written by the Winners: Mercy points out that the Autobots are doing this, and using it to justify looking down on Decepticons
    • The subject comes up in a conversation between Rodimus and Soundwave, where Soundwave points out that this is why the Decepticons tend to feel that the Autobots are being unjust to them
  • Wronski Feint: Used to lure the giant space vampire bird in to crashing in to a star
  • X Days Since: X days since the last explosion, in the ships news. It got up all the way to 15 once.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Faction: Rodimus awards a Rodimus Star to Slugfest for "being the least murderous Decepticon so far". In his defense, he had to come up with a reason on the spot
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After Rodimus accuses him of cowardice for fleeing the war, Skystalker ends up venting to Quicksight, who proceeds to try and reassure him that he is not a coward
  • You Are Not Alone: Chromia tries to explain to Punch that so long as he's on the Lost Light, he's part, and thus the responsibility of, the crew, whether he wants it, or not.
    • Tailgate and co refusing to let Swindle surender himself to the DJD on Prion
    • Quicksight comes to check on Skystalker after noticing his distress in the fight against !Skystalker, stays with him until he's feeling better, and asks that he call him in the event of another such episode
    • Upon finding out that he's dying from cybercrosis, Tailgate tries to run away, only to have the crew turn the whole ship around to follow him, and go inside him to save his life
      • In the aftermath, Rodimus literally tells him this
  • You Can Talk?: While he was traveling with the Scavengers, Grimlock could only communicate in short, dumbed down phrases, so they were rather surprised when, upon meeting him again, he started demanding why they had ditched him in fully coherent sentences.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Blast Off and Windblade comment on each others' fighting skills while sparring
  • You Just Hand to Say It: Just before Skywarp, Blast Off, Brainstorm, Fizzle and Pipes run in to Overlord, Brainstorm points out that Skywarp saying "we can do this" pretty much doomed them to painful failure. He was right
  • You Leave Him Alone: Breakdown, when he sees Carrin going after Knock Out charges him while yelling "Get away from him!"
    • "Hey, rock-head! Get off him!" -- Yelled by Tailgate at Collin when he was attacking Rodimus
    • Skystalker does this upon hearing his Shattered Glass counterpart threaten to put a slave collar on Quicksight, and watching him nearly catch him.
    • Lockjaw does this when Clockwise and Lifeline set about to altering Rung and Lieutenant
  • Your Head A Splode: All the Shattered Glass Decepticons wear collars that puts them at a risk of this if they mess up
    • The Legalizers actually had this happen to them after they failed to prevent Skids and Brainstorm from draining the energon reservoir on Hubworld
  • You Won't Feel a Thing: Inverted. Before trying to slow Pipes' leaking after a minibot-a-pult test accident, Brainstorm warns him that its probably gonna hurt