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26th Jul '16 8:04:20 AM Willbyr
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8th Jul '16 11:57:41 AM WolfThunder
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->'''Currently, only ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''[[note]]Hasbro is really good at this trope, apparently[[/note]] and ''EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Pokemon}}'' have their own pages dedicated to ensemble darkhorses, [[EnsembleDarkhorse/WesternAnimation so please click here for more examples from other shows.]]'''

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->'''Currently, only ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''[[note]]Hasbro is really good at this trope, apparently[[/note]] and ''EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Pokemon}}'' have their own pages dedicated to ensemble darkhorses, [[EnsembleDarkhorse/WesternAnimation so please click here for more examples from other shows.]]'''
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1st Apr '16 7:58:15 PM Crazyegg
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** This became true that in Robots in disguise 2015 one of the vehicon presented said that his name was Steve.
10th Nov '15 11:15:27 AM StFan
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* Many, ''many'' characters in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' are adored by the fandom, to the point where it's basically a bunch of Ensemble Darkhorses crammed together on a ship.

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* Many, ''many'' characters in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' are adored by the fandom, to the point where it's basically a bunch of Ensemble Darkhorses crammed together on a ship.



** Nautica isn't as important as the other two fembots introduced in Dark Cybertron, as they go onto be the leads in [[ComicBook/TransformersWindblade Windblade]] and get toys while she's put in MTMTE's ensemble cast, and remains toyless. Yet she remains the most popular for her {{Adorkable}}, endearing personality, and for easily blending in with the comedy dynamics of her series.

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** Nautica isn't as important as the other two fembots introduced in Dark Cybertron, as they go onto be the leads in [[ComicBook/TransformersWindblade [[ComicBook/TheTransformersWindblade Windblade]] and get toys while she's put in MTMTE's ensemble cast, and remains toyless. Yet she remains the most popular for her {{Adorkable}}, endearing personality, and for easily blending in with the comedy dynamics of her series.
9th Nov '15 11:15:37 AM StFan
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* Most of the characters from ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' became this, but the biggest example is [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee Ironfist]]. He even got an [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated TFA incarnation]] complete with a toy!

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* Most of the characters from ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' became this, but the biggest example is [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee Ironfist]]. He even got an [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated TFA incarnation]] complete with a toy!
3rd Nov '15 5:44:12 PM DrPsyche
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* Erector. Only ever had one toy, and never appeared in fiction save for a Japanese magazine story, but he recently experienced such a [[{{Pun}] rise]] in popularity that the fans voted him into the final nominees for the ''Transformers: Hall of Fame'', competing with such insanely popular and famous characters as Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave and Waspinator. Hasbro even wrote a completely new character bio for him, seemingly having embraced his sudden importance, but handled him as more than a simple dick joke. Considering his reputation started ''because'' of his name, this can fully well be seen as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the character.

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* Erector. Only ever had one toy, and never appeared in fiction save for a Japanese magazine story, but he recently experienced such a [[{{Pun}] [[{{Pun}} rise]] in popularity that the fans voted him into the final nominees for the ''Transformers: Hall of Fame'', competing with such insanely popular and famous characters as Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave and Waspinator. Hasbro even wrote a completely new character bio for him, seemingly having embraced his sudden importance, but handled him as more than a simple dick joke. Considering his reputation started ''because'' of his name, this can fully well be seen as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the character.
31st Oct '15 12:00:50 PM MechWarrior
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** ChewToy, and didn't take over the show. He was slated to be killed off at the start of the second season, but due to the unlucky Predacon's popularity among fans, he was spared. Waspinator continued as a supporting character, played for increasingly painful and humiliating comic relief, and his personality continued to develop. He also became just the third character outside of G1 to get an alternate version into another continuity (Wasp in ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'').

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** ChewToy, and didn't take over the show. He was slated to be killed off at the start of the second season, but due to the unlucky Predacon's popularity among fans, he was spared. Waspinator continued as a supporting character, played for [[TheChewToy increasingly painful painful]] and [[ButtMonkey humiliating comic relief, relief]], and his personality continued to develop. He also became just the third character outside of G1 to get an alternate version into another continuity (Wasp in ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'').



* Erector. Only ever had one toy, and never appeared in fiction save for a Japanese magazine story, but he recently experienced such a [[Pun rise]] in popularity that the fans voted him into the final nominees for the ''Transformers: Hall of Fame'', competing with such insanely popular and famous characters as Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave and Waspinator. Hasbro even wrote a completely new character bio for him, semingly having embraced his sudden importance, but handled him as more than a simple dick joke. Considering his reputation started ''because'' of his name, this can fully well be seen as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the character.

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* Erector. Only ever had one toy, and never appeared in fiction save for a Japanese magazine story, but he recently experienced such a [[Pun [[{{Pun}] rise]] in popularity that the fans voted him into the final nominees for the ''Transformers: Hall of Fame'', competing with such insanely popular and famous characters as Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave and Waspinator. Hasbro even wrote a completely new character bio for him, semingly seemingly having embraced his sudden importance, but handled him as more than a simple dick joke. Considering his reputation started ''because'' of his name, this can fully well be seen as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the character.



** Thunderwing is also this for having some NobleDemon traits. Oh, and he also managed to hijack [[MacGuffin the Creation Matrix]]. This popularity also landed him a top spot in one of the newest [[VideoGame/TransformersPrimeTheGame transformer games]], and a new toy.

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** Thunderwing is also this for having some NobleDemon traits. Oh, and he also managed to hijack [[MacGuffin the Creation Matrix]]. This popularity also landed him a top spot in one of the newest [[VideoGame/TransformersPrimeTheGame transformer Transformer games]], and a new toy.



** Surprisingly, ''Drift'' of all 'bots [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap has become this]]. It's kind of amazing that a former CreatorsPet has become popular among many of his haters due to having a good writer behind him. It doesn't hurt that he's become a hell of a DeadpanSnarker. Having had a spiritual reawakening that makes him "offensively upbeat" and [[TakeThatScrappy that Ratchet absolutely hates]] gives him some extra points too.

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** Surprisingly, ''Drift'' of all 'bots [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap has become this]]. It's kind of amazing that a former CreatorsPet has become popular among many of his haters due to having a good writer behind him. It doesn't hurt that he's become a hell of a DeadpanSnarker. Having had a spiritual reawakening that makes him "offensively upbeat" and [[TakeThatScrappy that Ratchet absolutely hates]] hates him]] gives him some extra points too.



*** It helps that every following appearance is either [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]], or both.

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*** It helps that every following appearance is either [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious, hilarious]], [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]], or both.



* To a lesser degree there's also Glenn from the first film, due to Creator/AnthonyAnderson's hilarious performance.

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* To a lesser degree there's also Glenn from the first film, due to Creator/AnthonyAnderson's Anthony Anderson's hilarious performance.



* Dreadwing. His NobleDemon personality and sense of honor remind people of the aforementioned Dinobot. Not to mention that he can hold his own in a fight with Optimus Prime.

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* Dreadwing. His NobleDemon personality and sense of honor remind people of the aforementioned Dinobot. Not to mention that [[{{Badass}} he can hold his own in a fight fight]] with [[WorthyOpponent Optimus Prime.Prime]].



* Ravage is one of the biggest examples of this. He was originally just a joke in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' about how a MirrorUniverse Ravage would be a MotorMouth {{Keet}} instead of a silent assassin. Then his creator started up a {{Twitter}} feed in which he was portrayed as the living incarnation of WebOriginal/LOLCats. Eventually, the little guy became so popular, he was made canon and received a toy at Botcon 2010!

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* Ravage is one of the biggest examples of this. He was originally just a joke in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' about how a MirrorUniverse Ravage would be a MotorMouth {{Keet}} instead of a silent assassin. Then his creator started up a {{Twitter}} Website/{{Twitter}} feed in which he was portrayed as the living incarnation of WebOriginal/LOLCats. Eventually, the little guy became so popular, he was made canon and received a toy at Botcon 2010!
21st Oct '15 5:06:39 AM MechWarrior
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* '''2012 winner: G1's Wheeljack''', beating other characters Megatron (WesternAnimation/BeastWars), Sky Byte (''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''), Arcee, and Rodimus'''

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* '''2012 winner: G1's Wheeljack''', beating other characters Megatron (WesternAnimation/BeastWars), Sky Byte (''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''), Arcee, and Rodimus'''Rodimus.



* Although it is connected to the various animated shows, most of the characters from the original G1 {{Transformers}} have been brought back in some form or another. Most notably are the "Seekers", Thundercracker and Skywarp in particular. Part of the reason for their popularity is the fact that they can be easily churned out via simply repainting a line's Starscream (which often leads to the awkward event where a line will feature all three of the original Seekers even when only Starscream appears in the actual cartoon being made to promote the line.

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* Although it is connected to the various animated shows, most of the characters from the original G1 {{Transformers}} Franchise/{{Transformers}} have been brought back in some form or another. Most notably are the "Seekers", Thundercracker and Skywarp in particular. Part of the reason for their popularity is the fact that they can be easily churned out via simply repainting a line's Starscream (which often leads to the awkward event where a line will feature all three of the original Seekers even when only Starscream appears in the actual cartoon being made to promote the line.



* Soundwave's cassettes are sort of mini-Darkhorses, especially Ravage, who made it into both WesternAnimation/BeastWars and the TransformersFilmSeries.

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* Soundwave's cassettes are sort of mini-Darkhorses, especially Ravage, who made it into both WesternAnimation/BeastWars and the TransformersFilmSeries.Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries.



** Try playing the game, ''TransformersWarForCybertron'', Sideswipe is only playable in the second Autobot chapter, but damn is he entertaining to play. not because of any specific gameplay but his [[FunPersonified dialog]] and [[BloodKnight personality]] during the level make it extremely funny.
* Erector. Only ever had one toy, and never appeared in fiction save for a Japanese magazine story, but he recently experienced such a [[IncrediblyLamePun rise]] in popularity that the fans voted him into the final nominees for the ''Transformers: Hall of Fame'', competing with such insanely popular and famous characters as Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave and Waspinator. Hasbro even wrote a completely new character bio for him, semingly having embraced his sudden importance, but handled him as more than a simple dick joke. Considering his reputation started ''because'' of his name, this can fully well be seen as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the character.

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** Try playing the game, ''TransformersWarForCybertron'', ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'', Sideswipe is only playable in the second Autobot chapter, but damn is he entertaining to play. not because of any specific gameplay but his [[FunPersonified dialog]] and [[BloodKnight personality]] during the level make it extremely funny.
* Erector. Only ever had one toy, and never appeared in fiction save for a Japanese magazine story, but he recently experienced such a [[IncrediblyLamePun [[Pun rise]] in popularity that the fans voted him into the final nominees for the ''Transformers: Hall of Fame'', competing with such insanely popular and famous characters as Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave and Waspinator. Hasbro even wrote a completely new character bio for him, semingly having embraced his sudden importance, but handled him as more than a simple dick joke. Considering his reputation started ''because'' of his name, this can fully well be seen as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the character.



** It wasn't always that way, though, particularly in the Marvel US comics; although he had a couple of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] (helping to take down Megatron in issue 8, and Trypticon in issue 27), he degenerated into a {{Jerkass}} BadBoss that was later [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into a variation of his season 3 cartoon self, before getting blasted by Starscream. Furman's takeover of the US book came just as the Classic Pretenders (including Grimlock) hit the shelves, allowing Furman to show the Grimlock he'd written in the UK book, creating the foundation for all future G1-based portrayals.
* [[VerbalTic Heh heh]], [[ThoseTwoBadGuys the Battlechargers]], Runabout and Runamuck, have a decent fan following due to being some of the only Decepticons who are genuine friends. Not to mention the [[MemeticMutation fandom meme]] that has them associated with ''BeavisAndButthead''. Uh huh huh huh.

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** It wasn't always that way, though, particularly in the Marvel US comics; although he had a couple of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] (helping to take down Megatron in issue 8, and Trypticon in issue 27), he degenerated into a {{Jerkass}} BadBoss that was later [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into a variation of his season 3 cartoon self, before getting blasted by Starscream. Furman's takeover of the US book came just as the Classic Pretenders (including Grimlock) hit the shelves, allowing Furman to show the Grimlock he'd written in the UK book, creating the foundation for all future G1-based portrayals.
* [[VerbalTic Heh heh]], [[ThoseTwoBadGuys the Battlechargers]], Runabout and Runamuck, have a decent fan following due to being some of the only Decepticons who are genuine friends. Not to mention the [[MemeticMutation fandom meme]] that has them associated with ''BeavisAndButthead''.''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''. Uh huh huh huh.



** Misfire, the hilariously incompetent CloudCuckoolander has become popular with fans thanks to his many funny moments.

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** Misfire, the hilariously incompetent CloudCuckoolander {{Cloudcuckoolander}} has become popular with fans thanks to his many funny moments.



* ComicBook/DeathsHead, the eccentric ''[[InsistentTerminology Freelance Peacekeeping Agent]]'' from the Marvel UK comics was one of first Ensemble Darkhorses of the franchise. Made the jump (with a little [[Series/DoctorWho Gallifreyan assistance]]) from those comics into ''mainstream MarvelUniverse'', up to and including getting multiple comic series. Admittedly, many of those series were of [[TheNineties 90's successor]], but can't have everything, [[VerbalTic right?]] The original proved popular enough to be brought BackFromTheDead at least twice and is now finally getting an official action figure of his own. Happy endings, yes?
* Banzai-Tron is far and away the most popular Action Master, surprising given that Action Masters are [[DorkAge generally reviled]]. An interesting look and a neat bio were all well and good, including the incredibly badass motto of "To the victor go the profits," but what really sealed it was the fancomic ''Transformers: Chronicles'', where he was basically [[YouAreAlreadyDead Kenshiro]] as a Decepticon. Since then, he's received at least four toys, more than any Action Master by far, including a release in the super-high-end ''Alternity.''

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* ComicBook/DeathsHead, the eccentric ''[[InsistentTerminology Freelance Peacekeeping Agent]]'' from the Marvel UK comics was one of first Ensemble Darkhorses of the franchise. Made the jump (with a little [[Series/DoctorWho Gallifreyan assistance]]) from those comics into ''mainstream MarvelUniverse'', Franchise/MarvelUniverse'', up to and including getting multiple comic series. Admittedly, many of those series were of [[TheNineties 90's successor]], but can't have everything, [[VerbalTic right?]] The original proved popular enough to be brought BackFromTheDead at least twice and is now finally getting an official action figure of his own. Happy endings, yes?
* Banzai-Tron is far and away the most popular Action Master, surprising given that Action Masters are [[DorkAge generally reviled]]. An interesting look and a neat bio were all well and good, including the incredibly badass motto of "To the victor go the profits," but what really sealed it was the fancomic ''Transformers: Chronicles'', where he was basically [[YouAreAlreadyDead [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] as a Decepticon. Since then, he's received at least four toys, more than any Action Master by far, including a release in the super-high-end ''Alternity.''



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* Scattershot and Vector Prime maintain strong popualarity after the show: the first appearing in VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron and the second for being one of the Thirteen original primes and a powerful [[spoiler: sacrifice]].

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* Scattershot and Vector Prime maintain strong popualarity popularity after the show: the first appearing in VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron and the second for being one of the Thirteen original primes and a powerful [[spoiler: sacrifice]].



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* Who became one of the most popular ''TransformersAnimated'' characters after his ten second appearance in the pilot episode? Not [[TheStoic Prowl]], not [[HotBlooded Bumblebee]], not [[BigBad Megatron]]... it's the wacky, SplitPersonality villain Blitzwing. The fact that he's made appearances in almost every one of the ''The Arrival'' tie-in comics may show that the writers are listening to the fandom.

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* Who became one of the most popular ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' characters after his ten second appearance in the pilot episode? Not [[TheStoic Prowl]], not [[HotBlooded Bumblebee]], not [[BigBad Megatron]]... it's the wacky, SplitPersonality villain Blitzwing. The fact that he's made appearances in almost every one of the ''The Arrival'' tie-in comics may show that the writers are listening to the fandom.



*** It helps that every following appearance is either a CrowningMomentOfFunny, a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, or both.

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*** It helps that every following appearance is either a CrowningMomentOfFunny, a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]], or both.



* Despite being an intentional attempt at being a HateSink, [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] gained some fans due to being such an amusing {{Jerkass}}. Oh, and he's voiced by TheTick.

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* Despite being an intentional attempt at being a HateSink, [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] gained some fans due to being such an amusing {{Jerkass}}. Oh, and he's voiced by TheTick.WesternAnimation/TheTick.



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* Despite being killed by Starscream in the first episode, Cliffjumper became this because due to being voiced by voiced by [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].

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* Despite being killed by Starscream in the first episode, Cliffjumper became this because due to being voiced by voiced by [[DwayneJohnson [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]].



->'''Currently, only ''{{Transformers}}'', ''EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''[[note]]Hasbro is really good at this trope, apparently[[/note]] and ''EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Pokemon}}'' have their own pages dedicated to ensemble darkhorses, [[EnsembleDarkhorse/WesternAnimation so please click here for more examples from other shows.]]'''

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->'''Currently, only ''{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''[[note]]Hasbro is really good at this trope, apparently[[/note]] and ''EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Pokemon}}'' have their own pages dedicated to ensemble darkhorses, [[EnsembleDarkhorse/WesternAnimation so please click here for more examples from other shows.]]'''
6th Jul '15 5:13:42 PM nombretomado
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* Ravage is one of the biggest examples of this. He was originally just a joke in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' about how a MirrorUniverse Ravage would be a MotorMouth {{Keet}} instead of a silent assassin. Then his creator started up a {{Twitter}} feed in which he was portrayed as the living incarnation of LOLCats. Eventually, the little guy became so popular, he was made canon and received a toy at Botcon 2010!

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* Ravage is one of the biggest examples of this. He was originally just a joke in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' about how a MirrorUniverse Ravage would be a MotorMouth {{Keet}} instead of a silent assassin. Then his creator started up a {{Twitter}} feed in which he was portrayed as the living incarnation of LOLCats.WebOriginal/LOLCats. Eventually, the little guy became so popular, he was made canon and received a toy at Botcon 2010!
5th Jul '15 10:50:03 AM AnthonyMercer
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* '''2015 winners: Prowl and [[CombiningMecha Predaking]]'''
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