History Comicbook / TheTransformers

27th Jul '16 8:06:13 PM hullflyer
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* SpaceAgeStasis: Very little change seems to take place on Cybertron in the 4 million years the Ark's crew is in stasis. Taken to an incredible extreme when Shockwave and Starscream are trying to repair the Ark to escape Cybertron after Unicron's attack, and Shockwave describes the ship as being one of the best and most advanced ships available - and it's been sitting under a volcano for 4 millions years?
27th Jul '16 7:59:00 PM hullflyer
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: At the beginning of the series, both sides used "fuel", and figuring out how to create it from Earth's resources was a major plot point. By issue 14, energon cubes, along with their being created from almost any "energy source" along the lines of the cartoon had appeared, but fuel would continue to be used and referenced for a while, until energon fully took its place.
21st Jun '16 1:28:09 AM CaptainTedium
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* {{Badass}}: Ooh, plenty. Would go into more detail if there was a whole page dedicated for this.
** Optimus, obviously. Even if he does come off as a moron in Afterdeath. Once he becomes a Powermaster, he takes on whole new levels of badassery.
** Megatron is initially NOT this early on, getting his cranial unit handed to him by Shockwave after the latter salvaged victory for the Decepticons. He does come back from poundings by the Dinobots and Omega Supreme, though, to retake command of the Decepticons, and even distracted by Optimus Prime's death, was not only able to survive the Predacons, but ''take down Predaking with one shot''. After that, though, once he regains his senses, he drops a level or two, getting owned by Ratchet (again,) and barely holding his own against Galvatron II.
*** Then in G2, he takes several levels in badass, and becomes an incredibly dangerous and powerful adversary.
** Blaster. In the cartoon he's basically a "cool dude" but not much else. Here he takes down a gestalt, destroys Straxus and drives Galvatron off the slippery slope.
** And then there's UK Galvatron. He basically lets the Autobots unload enough firepower to destroy a small city and then just stands there laughing madly. There are many stories which basically consist mostly of him going somewhere, meeting a shitload of foes and leaving a lot of kicked asses in his wake.
** And ComicBook/DeathsHead. He takes down the extremely powerful Cyclonus and Scourge with ease- Several times, kills Shockwave, does very well against Galvatron, and even fights off Unicron's mind control.
*** He also killed Bumblebee, traumatising many young British boys.
** Like Megatron, Scorponok began as a wuss who was more interested in watching Autobots get humilated in wrestling shows than, you know, allowing for progression of the Decepticons. Then he grows a pair in the latter era of Marvel and finally becomes a respectable character who beats down Shockwave, and gets a Dying Moment of Awesome against Unicron.
*** The original, pre-Headmaster Scorponok, was a pretty ruthless warrior. His Nebulan Headmaster partner, Lord Zarak, wasn't, and had to learn through his experiences on Earth. In ''Regeneration One'', the reborn Scorponok noted that Zarak didn't accept nearly as much of Scorponok's personality as he had of the Nebulan's.
** BadassBookworm: Shockwave is a calculating scientist who will kick your ass. The Dinobots learnt it the hard way.
** BadassCrew: The Wreckers. Their introduction has them planning how to massacre some of the most dangerous Decepticons alive, and going from there. They're not even afraid to fight Optimus or Galvatron. And then there's their battle cry.

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* {{Badass}}: Ooh, plenty. Would go into more detail if there was a whole page dedicated for this.
** Optimus, obviously. Even if he does come off as a moron in Afterdeath. Once he becomes a Powermaster, he takes on whole new levels of badassery.
** Megatron is initially NOT this early on, getting his cranial unit handed to him by Shockwave after the latter salvaged victory for the Decepticons. He does come back from poundings by the Dinobots and Omega Supreme, though, to retake command of the Decepticons, and even distracted by Optimus Prime's death, was not only able to survive the Predacons, but ''take down Predaking with one shot''. After that, though, once he regains his senses, he drops a level or two, getting owned by Ratchet (again,) and barely holding his own against Galvatron II.
*** Then in G2, he takes several levels in badass, and becomes an incredibly dangerous and powerful adversary.
** Blaster. In the cartoon he's basically a "cool dude" but not much else. Here he takes down a gestalt, destroys Straxus and drives Galvatron off the slippery slope.
** And then there's UK Galvatron. He basically lets the Autobots unload enough firepower to destroy a small city and then just stands there laughing madly. There are many stories which basically consist mostly of him going somewhere, meeting a shitload of foes and leaving a lot of kicked asses in his wake.
** And ComicBook/DeathsHead. He takes down the extremely powerful Cyclonus and Scourge with ease- Several times, kills Shockwave, does very well against Galvatron, and even fights off Unicron's mind control.
*** He also killed Bumblebee, traumatising many young British boys.
** Like Megatron, Scorponok began as a wuss who was more interested in watching Autobots get humilated in wrestling shows than, you know, allowing for progression of the Decepticons. Then he grows a pair in the latter era of Marvel and finally becomes a respectable character who beats down Shockwave, and gets a Dying Moment of Awesome against Unicron.
*** The original, pre-Headmaster Scorponok, was a pretty ruthless warrior. His Nebulan Headmaster partner, Lord Zarak, wasn't, and had to learn through his experiences on Earth. In ''Regeneration One'', the reborn Scorponok noted that Zarak didn't accept nearly as much of Scorponok's personality as he had of the Nebulan's.
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BadassBookworm: Shockwave is a calculating scientist who will kick your ass. The Dinobots learnt it the hard way.
** * BadassCrew: The Wreckers. Their introduction has them planning how to massacre some of the most dangerous Decepticons alive, and going from there. They're not even afraid to fight Optimus or Galvatron. And then there's their battle cry.



** BadassInCharge: By virtue of the whole franchise.
** BadassNormal:

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** * BadassInCharge: By virtue of the whole franchise.
** * BadassNormal:



** BadassPacifist: Ultra Magnus is the strongest autobot in the first run, but is a pacifist who utterly despises war. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Magnus_V_Galvatron_Burning_Sky.jpg You still don't want to piss him off, though.]]

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** * BadassPacifist: Ultra Magnus is the strongest autobot in the first run, but is a pacifist who utterly despises war. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Magnus_V_Galvatron_Burning_Sky.jpg You still don't want to piss him off, though.]]
15th Jun '16 6:17:44 AM hullflyer
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* CurbStompBattle: Megatron and Shockwave's first fight lasts all of a few pages, and decidedly in Shockwave's favor.

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* CurbStompBattle: Megatron and Shockwave's first fight lasts all of a few pages, and decidedly in Shockwave's favor.favor (in Megatron's defense he was still recovering from wounds, and not in peak condition).
28th Apr '16 10:38:03 PM CaptainTedium
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* StrawFeminist: The 234th issue of the UK version of the comic established that Arcee was built to appease complaints from feminists that whined about the Autobots all identifying as male even after being told that Transformers were technically genderless. Even after her creation, the feminists continued to complain over the fact that there was only one female Autobot on the team and also objected to her looking weak and being colored pink.

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* StrawFeminist: The 234th issue of the UK version of the comic established in the story "Prime's Rib" that Arcee was built to appease complaints from feminists that whined about the Autobots all identifying as male even after being told that Transformers were technically genderless. Even after her creation, the feminists continued to complain over the fact that there was only one female Autobot on the team and also objected to her looking weak and being colored pink. Their ire increased when Hot Rod stated his approval for female Transformers after inadvertently colliding into Arcee.
24th Apr '16 11:59:53 AM Tightwire
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[[caption-width-right:350: One side makes you bigger, the other makes you smaller...]]
30th Mar '16 4:54:40 AM CaptainTedium
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** The UK series' "City of Fear" storyline ends with the zombified Impactor sacrifice himself to prevent Cybertron from being destroyed.

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** The UK series' "City of Fear" storyline ends with the zombified Impactor sacrifice sacrificing himself to prevent Cybertron from being destroyed.



** The Unicron cultists wield sais and have [[Franchise/TeenagedMutantNinjaTurtles prominent three-toed feet.]] This is almost certainly a deliberate artistic choice.

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** The Unicron cultists wield sais and have [[Franchise/TeenagedMutantNinjaTurtles [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles prominent three-toed feet.]] This is almost certainly a deliberate artistic choice.
30th Mar '16 4:52:24 AM CaptainTedium
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** Can be applied to the comic itself by some fans, who preferred the early storylines- naturally evolving robots who are noticeably alien and at war- to the later stories of robots who talk far more like humans, alien worlds that even Star Trek would shy away from, and the whole quasi-religious / mythical origin and clash of destinies thing that Simon Furman ran with.
30th Mar '16 4:15:32 AM CaptainTedium
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* ComicBookAdaptation: While predating [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the cartoon]], there was a three-issue miniseries that adapted [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] (which is only accepted as canon by the UK version of the comic series) and one issue was an adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006".

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* ComicBookAdaptation: While predating the comic book actually predates [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the cartoon]], there was a three-issue miniseries that adapted [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] (which is only accepted as canon by the UK version of the comic series) and one issue was an adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006".
30th Mar '16 4:14:29 AM CaptainTedium
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* {{Antivillain}}: Circuit Breaker, very much.
* AnyoneCanDie: Underbase Saga.

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* {{Antivillain}}: Circuit Breaker, very much.
much. The only reason for her vendetta against the Transformers is because Shockwave severely injured her.
* AnyoneCanDie: AnyoneCanDie:
** A whole assload of characters are killed off by Starscream in the
Underbase Saga.Saga, though some of them are eventually rebuilt.



* AxCrazy: While several Decepticons could certainly fit this bill, special mention goes out to Megatron. In the wake of Optimus Prime's death-from-video-game, Megs is so obsessed with not having personally destroyed his foe that he crushes Brawl's head in for trying to console him. And when Brawl, the most AxCrazy of the Combaticons, is trying to be the voice of reason, you ''know'' Megatron has lost it.

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* AxCrazy: AxCrazy:
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While several Decepticons could certainly fit this bill, special mention goes out to Megatron. In the wake of Optimus Prime's death-from-video-game, Megs is so obsessed with not having personally destroyed his foe that he crushes Brawl's head in for trying to console him. And when Brawl, the most AxCrazy of the Combaticons, is trying to be the voice of reason, you ''know'' Megatron has lost it.



** BadassNormal: Ratchet. He bests Megatron twice despite being a weak, non-combat-ready medic through wits and force of will, and saves all the Autobots from Shockwave (save for Optimus Prime).

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** BadassNormal: BadassNormal:
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Ratchet. He bests Megatron twice despite being a weak, non-combat-ready medic through wits and force of will, and saves all the Autobots from Shockwave (save for Optimus Prime).



* CallBack: See the Brick Joke

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* CallBack: See the Brick JokeCallBack:



* CanonDiscontinuity:
** The miniseries adaptation of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] is ignored by the US version of the main series.
** An interesting case is given in the adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006", which obviously can't fit into the continuity of the US comic due to the aforementioned disregard of the movie. While the US run of the comic dismissed the story as taking place in an alternate timeline, the reprint in the UK version of the series edits the story so that it was a fabrication Wreck-Gar told to the Quintessons.



* CerebusSyndrome: Largely averted in the UK stories. In the US stories however, Furman's arrival marks the entrance of darker, more mature storylines.
** G2 is definitely this even to the original US run.

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* CerebusSyndrome: CerebusSyndrome:
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Largely averted in the UK stories. In the US stories however, Furman's arrival marks the entrance of darker, more mature storylines.
** G2 is definitely this The ''Generation 2'' comic manages to be even to the original US run.darker in tone, with death being more prevalent than ever.



* ClingyCostume: Circuit Breaker

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* ClingyCostume: Thanks to the injuries she received from Shockwave, Circuit BreakerBreaker regains her mobility using a revealing suit of electronic armor that she apparently can't remove.
* ComicBookAdaptation: While predating [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the cartoon]], there was a three-issue miniseries that adapted [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] (which is only accepted as canon by the UK version of the comic series) and one issue was an adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006".
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