OK, a friend bet me I couldn't come up with this. Help me plug the holes, so I don't lose. I would put Animated, further into the future, after the G1 Movie (obviously), and after Robots in disguise, but way before Beast Wars and Beast Machines. In Japan, the Bots in RID had completely different names, and were not their G1 counterparts, (Fireconvoy, Gigatron, etc.) also it was a sorta self contained conflict, so this should work.... Many years after the Autobots won the Great War (G1) and returned to cybertron, the lack of energy and continued hostility among the different factions take it's toll. Thus the "Great Upgrade" as mentioned by Optimus Primal in the pilot episode of - Beast Machines. The Autobots and the defeated decepticons, voluntarily go through a process of making themselves more efficient and 're-booting' themselves . Using new "protoform" technology, (Bumblebee mentions protoforms to Wasp - animated) the Transformers become sleeker and more efficient, but more importantly have no memory of their past, in an effort to end the hostilities. A few Decepticons are not going along with this and flee to the outer rim. A select few, such as Ultra Magnus, Ratchet and Ravage (said to have been given amnesty - Beast Wars) are upgraded as much as they can be, without the protoform process. They are charged with the task of keeping an eye on things, and make sure the new 'bots' don't fall back into old habits. After all, Prime is a natural born leader, so placing him on menial tasks like space bridge repair, should keep things quiet. That is until the Allspark reemerges... A few things I haven't figured or am really reaching for ... The allspark is what? The matrix of sparks perhaps? Heart of cybertron? Ratchet was brought back to life when? I like to think Prime gave him a piece of his spark to revive him, and help this whole process along. Some of the bots are completely new, with old names (Ironhide). Perhaps there is some spark merging going on ala -Beast Wars and Beast Machines The new Megatrons origin? Perhaps the combination of Galvatrons, Cyclonus and Scourges sparks? Explains his flight mode. On that, if Megatron in Beast Machines succeeded in combining all of the sparks, would he have revived Cybertron himself? Does Wasp actually become Waspinator, that we see later in Beast Wars? He would have been upgraded from the insecticon shrapnel, as mentioned in - Beast Wars Please add your thoughts.