This topic is inspired by my love of Beast Wars and some people's extreme dislike of Beastformers. There are Beastformers in every Transformers series, not just the Beast Era so I'm generally curious what people like about some Beastformers and hate about others because the concept of Beastformers being stupid because the original were all vehicles is of course complete BS. I thought this might actually lead to a sensible discussion about what the differences are between the versions. I'm eventually going to list every Beastformer for every series but for now I'm just going to be sticking with characters from G1. Cassettes: Laserbeak, Ravage, Buzzsaw, Ratbat, Slugfest, Overkill, Steeljaw, and Ramhorn I dislike them because they don't have any proper robot modes except for the Predacon version of Ravage who I actually do like. Though technically BW Ravage does not have a proper Beast Mode, the toy does but the animation model still transformed unrealistically into a cassette. Note: I'm talking about Predacon Ravage because he's an upgraded version of the original Ravage. I just covered both versions in the same post rather than mentioning the same character in two separate posts. Dinobots: Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Snarl, and Swoop In terms of design I like them. They're some of the better G1 Beastformer designs. But character wise I've never liked the constant "Me <insert name here>" talk from all of them. Plus they generally stay in beast mode without any explanation. Though with their simple brains my guess would have to be that they stay in Beast mode most of the time because they keep forgetting that they're actually robots and not real dinosaurs. Insecticons: Bombshell, Shrapnel, and Kickback Possibly the worst designs for insect Transformers. The legs looked very odd in beast mode with the large boxy upper legs and the skinny little lower legs. The robot modes don't really leave much of the insect kibble so you can't even really tell that they are insects. Actually you'll find I really don't like the boxy designs on a lot of G1 Beastformers. It worked for vehicle transformers because they're generally boxy anyway but beasts look weird with boxy parts. Sharkticons: Gnaw Though I love the idea of Shark transformers these guys did not really look like anything and were the fattest robots ever. What kind of shark has legs anyway? Allicons: I actually like these guys a little more than the Sharkticons. The designs are very similar but these look more like alligators than the Sharkticons look like sharks and they're not as fat looking. They also don't seem to suffer from the box syndrome that most G1 Beastformers have. I don't know why Sharkticons are more popular than these guys. Predacons: Razorclaw, Rampage, Tantrum, Headstrong, and Divebomb They may have box syndrome but I have to give these guys credit for being the founders of the Predacons. Trypticon: He's a T-Rex and a city. I don't like him for the same reason I don't like the Cassettes. There's no proper robot mode. Sky Lynx: Again, same as the Cassettes and Trypticon. Though this guy has some added hate for me because out of the Beastformers without proper robot modes he's got the simplest transformation. He's basically just a shuttle that grows body parts. Nothing really moves around. I don't understand why he's so popular. Terrorcons: Hun-Gurrr, Rippersnapper, Blot, Sinnertwin, and Cutthroat Now this is kind of a long one because some of them I like, others I don't. Hun-Gurrr, like the general design but could use a better color scheme. Rippersnapper is like an upgraded Sharkticon and does look much better though he still has that WTF walking shark factor. Blot has a stupid name, a fat looking robot mode, and a disproportionate unrecognizable alt mode. Seriously does anyone know what the heck Blot is suppose to be? From the tiny legs and huge arms I'd guess ape but that seems out of place in this group. Sinnertwin is my favorite in this whole group. Cutthroat I like too, at least you can tell what it is unlike Blot, but the bird mode doesn't really seem to fit. Plus I think the Predacon transformation code of "Terrorize" came from these guys. Headmasters: Apeface, Mindwipe, Skullcruncher, Snapdragon, Weirdwolf, and Scorponok Again I'm going to have to go down the list. Apeface suffers from sever box syndrome though I do kinda like the visor on his ape face. I think he might be the only Beastformer with a visor in beast mode. Mindwipe has a slight case of box syndrome but the way he's animated in the cartoon actually makes him look like the cleanest looking beast mode. He also has very organic looking wings and beast head sculpt. I could almost picture him as a Beast Era Transformer except he still has a very boxy robot mode which is not common for Beast Era Transformers. Scullcruncher, OK design, don't really love it or hate it. Lets call him the middle zone. Snapdragon actually has an odd design. His robot mode shoulders and color scheme give off the impression that he transforms into a rocket but the shoulders are the upper legs of his beast mode. The plus side is that it gives him a more rounded look rather than the box look. But I do really wish he was a triple changer. Weirdwolf, now we're back to the box syndrome though despite his rather boxy looking robot mode his beast mode doesn't really look that bad. Scorponok I have to give some credit for being the inspiration to a different Scorponok but he's actually my least favorite incarnation of the character. He might be the biggest and I don't really have too much of an issue with the design other than the box syndrome but he does have one thing I don't like that all the Headmasters share. I don't really like the Headmaster gimmick. I like it for Animated when the point was to remove a robot's head and take over their body but the idea of making the robot more powerful and having the heads transform into little robots I just think is dumb. I don't mind targetmasters because if the targetmaster get's destroyed you're just disarmed. If a headmaster gets destroyed then the robot can't function properly. Also I think Apeface has his beast mode face on the back of his robot mode head which makes no sense because then he would be useless without the Headmaster in both modes. I don't think the toy is like that because all the headmasters have the same transformation but he's drawn that way in the cartoon. It looks like there's a second face in the back of his head. Clones: Pounce and Wingspan I gotta say I really like the idea of identical twin robots with different alt modes. I don't understand how that can possibly work without their alt mode kibble showing up in robot mode but it's just an interesting idea. And they're not bad looking robots or beasts. (I'll start going over all the Beast Wars characters on page 2.) So if you're a Beast Era hater tell me why you don't hate any of these guys. If you're a Beast Era lover then just tell me generally why you like or dislike any of the characters on this list.