Not sure if this is a hot take, but I can't shake this thought and I can't be alone in feeling this. Since the first Bay movie in 2007, the AllSpark has been one of the most perennial story elements in Transformers media. I mean hell, Hasbro named their film production company after it. It was a key plot point in Animated, it showed up at the tail end of Prime, it was again a major concept in Cyberverse, and even the WFC show focuses heavily on it. It keeps coming back, and yet... I think it often feels boring and contrived. Don't get me wrong, I understand why it was introduced: sometimes a MacGuffin is exactly what you need to anchor a wacky and fantastical story in the mind of an audience. That said, to me the AllSpark is severely overused these days and it rarely makes stories more interesting. The characters' attempts to find it (since it's always somehow lost) feel more like obligations than anything, and it doesn't provide much in the way of intriguing or fun motivation. Megatron wants it to do evil, so we've gotta get it before he does. Wahoo. I genuinely don't think we need an impetus for the Autobots and Decepticons to leave Cybertron beyond energon scarcity and the planet simply being ravaged by war. The AllSpark is also very nebulous in function. Apparently it's a power source, that can bring Transformers to life? But it's so powerful that it can also overload and kill Transformers? And it's sometimes the life source for Cybertron itself? It can also brainwash Transformers? I get that it's supposed to be somewhat mystical in nature and we aren't meant to fully understand how it works, but its grab-bag list of abilities add to it feeling like a storytelling crutch rather than something that actually adds to the action. As the title already spelled out, I'd like to see the AllSpark retired from Transformers cartoons, at least for a little while. I think it would force writers to get a bit more creative about the stories they tell. I was ecstatic when the AllSpark didn't appear in the Bumblebee movie at all, mainly because it let the story focus on the character dynamics rather than another relic hunt. Imagine that! I doubt my wish will come true anytime soon, but what do y'all think? Again, I don't think I'm the only one with this opinion but I'd also like to hear from those who disagree.