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The semi-Sequel Series to Transformers Prime, Transformers Robots in Disguise follows Bumblebee as he returns to Earth, guided by visions of the deceased Optimus Prime. Arriving, Bumblebee finds himself commanding a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits in his attempts to round up the escaped convicts of the crashed prison ship Alchemor.

Premiering in 2014, the show ran for three seasons (including a Season 2.5 six episode mini-arc) before it ended in 2017.

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  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Micronus Prime was established to be a strong moral character in The Covenant of Primus. This one is an unrepentant Jerkass.
    • Windblade. Her IDW incarnation was a Wide-Eyed Idealist who sought only to build a better future. This one starts out as a gung-ho enforcer who has no issue sacrificing humans as collateral damage.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Steeljaw is usually an Autobot Mini-Con. Here he's a Decepticon.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Grimlock is usually stronger than Optimus Prime or Megatron. Here he often falls victim to The Worf Effect.
    • The Stunticons. They're usually a destructive squad of Elite Mooks but here are a bunch of Hanna-Barbera type villains who want only to control Earth's roads.
      • Their combined form of Menasor doesn't fare much better. He's usually an unstoppable engine of destruction here he's rather inept and gets thrown around quite a bit.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Though he's the default Big Bad, Steeljaw more often than not slides into this. For all his charisma, he simply doesn't have the sheer presence of other threats like Megatronus, Soundwave, Starscream or the High Council. The latter even turn him into their errand boy and Soundwave makes clear he has no respect for him at all.
  • Breakout Character: Strongarm has proven quite popular among the Transformers fanbase.
  • Continuity Snarl: In "History Lessons", Bumblebee takes the team back to the Autobot base from Prime. It's right next to the hangar that they used as their second base which was very much not the case in Prime. And most of Bumblebee's recollections of events from Prime are either heavily distorted and mixed-up or outright didn't happen in the show.
  • Conveniently Empty Building: Most of Earth is fully automated, letting the Cybertronians freely operate.
  • Decomposite Character: Per Word of God, Sideswipe is not the same person from Transformers: War for Cybertron nor is Grimlock the one from Transformers Fall of Cybertron.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Back in Prime, Soundwave was a One-Man Army who could handle most members of Team Prime. When he first returns, Bumblebee notes that he's rusty and out of practice at opening GroundBridge portals allowing the Bee Team a chance to defeat the Decepticon.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Skylynx and Darksteel lasted maybe twenty minutes after the end of Predacons Rising. Chasing Starscream deeper and deeper into Darkmount, they fell victim to the fortress' security system when the Seeker triggered it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Steeljaw, in contrast to most would-be Decepticon leaders, doesn't have any desire to commit a human genocide, admittedly so he can rule over humanity, and is appalled that Soundwave is ready to write off a human genocide as collateral damage.
  • For the Evulz: Cyclonus doesn't have to kill aliens in the name of Cybertronian expansion. But he's going to.
  • Humans Are Morons: The citizens of Crown City will buy anything.
  • Modern Stasis: Enough time has passed for Cybertron to rebuild but Earth is only Twenty Minutes Into the Future since Prime.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Dark Star Saber
  • Spanner in the Works: Megatronus crashing the Alchemor leads to the Bee Team's formation and undoes the High Council's plans to revive the Decepticon Empire.
  • Spiritual Successor: Fittingly given its title, the show takes much more after the 2001 anime rather than Prime.
  • Reality Ensues: Just because Megatron stood down, it doesn't mean that all the Decepticons did. Much of his former high command still seeks to conquer the galaxy.
  • Revisiting the Roots: Compared to the movies, Animated and Prime, the Decepticons ditch their muted colours and return to a more G1 colour palette.
  • Time Skip: Some, though how much is never stated, time has passed in Prime.
  • Took a Level In Badass: Starscream was a Butt Monkey in Prime. Here he's The Dreaded whom even Optimus Prime is wary about engaging.
    • Inverted for Bumblebee. In Prime, fighting a Forever War meant he could hold his own against much larger Decepticons such as Breakdown or Skyquake. Here he's liable to be easily thrown around by any escaped convict.
  • Undying Loyalty: Cyclonus and Soundwave make clear that they're still loyal to Megatron.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The whereabout of many characters from Prime were never touched on.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: Almost as soon as Cybertronian society rebuilt following the Great War, the Autobots started to be looked down on. Because the Decepticons took over the new government.