I pretty sure there was one point where Soundwave's cassettes were called minicons but I can't for the life of me think when that was
Aligned continuity! The Exodus novel, specifically, at least. We live in a time where “Mini-Con” has genuinely evolved to just mean “small robot,” devoid of the power-enhancing/evolution connotations Armada defined them by. Even Japanese continuity has already defined them as just Micromasters who choose to partner up with larger robots.
(There’s an episode of The Basics in this…)