The Decepticon grunt list of all the excuses they would make to avoid Megatron’s wrath (no specific generation, probably mix ups here):
1.- I swear, how was I supposed to know the blaster needed to have a secure?
2.- In my defense, my function is listed as “Warrior”, not “Scientist” or “Constructicon”
3.- But Lord Megatron, we thought collateral damage would kill just as many autobots as possible.
4.- It wasn’t us. That explosion was probably caused by some invention made by Wheeljack.
5.- Hey, how was I supposed Steve couldn’t fly? He’s a vehicon.
6.- Sure maybe I awakened Unicron, but now we have free energon to spare.
7.- Don’t look at me, this is Starscream’s fault.
8.- Well I’m sorry I’m not a triple changer. I’m sure I could have helped better if I get a third alt-mode.
9.- Decepticon cause? I thought we were the predacons.
10.- Hey! I’m not the one who wanted to pick a fight with Optimus Prime.
11.- Is not easy to work while having the DJD up my steel rear!
12.- How am I supposed to know? Ask Shockwave instead.
13.- Lord Megtron, I’m not sure building another stationary weapon is gonna be a good idea.
14.- It’s hard to be on top of the combat if everything I see are explosions. I’m doing my best!
15.- I’m my defense, that autobot scout cheated the fight.