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** ''MobileGame/TransformersEarthWars'': A mobile game detailing the Autobots and Decepticons battling for domination over Earth, which somehow became the resting place for a number of powerful relics.

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** ''MobileGame/TransformersEarthWars'': ''VideoGame/TransformersEarthWars'': A mobile game detailing the Autobots and Decepticons battling for domination over Earth, which somehow became the resting place for a number of powerful relics.
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* '''[[BigGood Optimus Prime]]''': Leader of the Autobots and known as Convoy in the Japanese dubs. In the original continuity he appeared to be the supreme leader of all Autobots by a sort of divine right and was shown to have the "Matrix of Leadership," a mystical artifact that has been passed down for generations of Cybertronian leaders. Optimus Prime is often portrayed as a conflicted pacifist shouldering the burden of military leadership. In later incarnations the title of Prime is more a high-ranking military designation and he is still under the command of a governmental body. After TheMovie and in the third season of the series he was replaced by Rodimus Prime, although that character type has had much fewer incarnations. His typical alternate form is some sort of heavy vehicle like a semi-truck or a fire engine, and in the Beast era he was a gorilla (the two anime series have had him as a woolly mammoth and a lion as well).
* '''[[BigBad Megatron]]''': Leader of the Decepticons. He is a megalomaniac whose thirst for power is unmatched and orchestrated the civil war when the Autobots wouldn't just accept him as their leader. Often portrayed as one of the most powerful Decepticons alive, but usually mad and brilliant at the same time. In ''Generation 1'', ''Robots In Disguise'', and all three Unicron Trilogy series, he was eventually upgraded and renamed "Galvatron". His original form was a Walther P38 pistol modeled after the variant created for ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' [[note]]This was back in the days when children were allowed to play with realistic looking firearm toys[[/note]]. In later versions his alternate mode usually takes on the form of a tank or heavily armed air vehicle (jet, helicopter, etc) and if the toys feel nostalgic they make a "futuristic" [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/For_safety_reasons (i.e. Nerf-inspired)]] pistol. In an animal form he has become a T-Rex or a dragon.
* '''[[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]]''': A young Autobot with kid appeal, he's usually the closest with their human allies and/or has a childish, exuberant personality. His role is the Autobot scout and he is entrusted by Optimus for some of their most vital missions. The exact character himself has been left out of a lot of media (until the movie made him popular again) but other characters in this mold include [[Anime/TransformersArmada Hotshot]] and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Cheetor]]. He's almost always bright yellow and traditionally transforms into a VW Beetle or other smaller vehicle (like a hatchback), but (again, from the movies) a muscle car has gained acceptance. As long as it's yellow.
* '''[[TheStarscream Starscream]]''': Megatron's lieutenant. Starscream is treacherous, vain, arrogant and whiny, and is quick to seize power when the opportunity arises. The only reason he is tolerated is because he is an excellent air commander and is otherwise afraid of confronting Megatron directly. If he ever does acquire power he tends to [[ThePeterPrinciple be reasonably competent]], though nowhere near as dangerous and diabolical as Megatron can be. Starscream always transforms into a jet fighter of some kind. Of course, like Bumblebee, the exact character doesn't always show up but his character archetype has so many examples ''in this franchise'' he's his own trope.

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* '''[[BigGood Optimus Prime]]''': Leader TheLeader of the Autobots and known as Convoy in the Japanese dubs. dubs (though occasionally referred to as First Convoy or Shodai Convoy when around other characters named Convoy). In the original cartoon continuity he appeared to be the supreme leader of all Autobots by a sort of divine right and was shown to have the "Matrix of Leadership," a mystical artifact that has been passed down for generations of Cybertronian leaders.leaders. Some incarnations have him merely being supreme commander of the military (this was the case in the original Marvel comics until his civilian superiors were massacred) or simply in command of a small force as opposed to the whole faction. Optimus Prime is often portrayed as a conflicted pacifist shouldering the burden of military leadership. In later incarnations the title of Prime is more a high-ranking military designation and he is still under the command of a governmental body. After TheMovie and in the third season of the series he was replaced by Rodimus Prime, although that character type has had much fewer incarnations. His typical alternate form is some sort of heavy vehicle like a semi-truck or a fire engine, engine. His impact was so great that many leader-type characters take cues from him, such as having a trailer attachment, a faceplate and a heroic red, white and blue colour scheme. Even his counterparts in the Beast era he was a gorilla (the two anime series have had him as a Era like Optimus Primal (a gorilla), Lio Convoy (a lion) and Big Convoy (a woolly mammoth and a lion as well).
mammoth) have design elements from him despite the very different alternate modes.
* '''[[BigBad Megatron]]''': Leader of the Decepticons. He is often a megalomaniac whose thirst for power is unmatched and orchestrated the civil war when the Autobots wouldn't just accept him as their leader.leader, though some versions of him invoke HeWhoFightsMonsters or FallenHero. Often portrayed as one of the most powerful Decepticons alive, but usually mad and brilliant at the same time. In ''Generation 1'', ''Robots In Disguise'', and all three Unicron Trilogy series, he was eventually upgraded and renamed "Galvatron". His original form was a Walther P38 pistol modeled after the variant created for ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' [[note]]This was back in the days when children were allowed to play with realistic looking firearm toys[[/note]]. In later versions his alternate mode usually takes on the form of a tank or heavily armed air vehicle (jet, helicopter, etc) and if the toys feel nostalgic they make a "futuristic" [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/For_safety_reasons (i.e. Nerf-inspired)]] pistol. In an animal Many of his incarnations are rebuilt into a more powerful form he has become and renamed ''Galvatron'', though this isn't a T-Rex or hard and fast rule. His counterparts in the Beast Era took the form of a dragon.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (also named Megatron), a triple-changer who had both dragon and drill-tank modes (who named himself Galvatron in the original's honour) and three separate ancient reptiles that combined into a single robot (named Magmatron, who was also a NobleDemon).
* '''[[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]]''': A young Autobot with kid appeal, he's usually the closest with their human allies and/or has a childish, exuberant personality. His role is the Autobot scout and he is entrusted by Optimus for some of their most vital missions. The exact character himself has been left out of a lot of media (until the movie made him popular again) but other characters in this mold expies of him include [[Anime/TransformersArmada Hotshot]] and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Cheetor]].Cheetor]]. His combat prowess differs (the original Bumblebee wasn't much good in a fight, while Movie Bumbleebee is a effective and deadly warrior), but his courage is nearly always unquestionable. He's almost always bright yellow and traditionally transforms into a VW Beetle or other smaller vehicle (like a hatchback), but (again, from the movies) a muscle car has gained acceptance. As long as it's yellow.
* '''[[TheStarscream Starscream]]''': Megatron's lieutenant. Starscream is treacherous, vain, arrogant and whiny, and is quick to seize power when the opportunity arises. The only reason he is tolerated is because he is an excellent air commander generally a powerful warrior and is otherwise afraid of confronting Megatron directly. often the Decepticons' best flier. If he ever does acquire power he his success tends to [[ThePeterPrinciple be range from [[SketchySuccessor absolute failure]] to[[ThePeterPrinciple reasonably competent]], though even at his most successful he's nowhere near as dangerous and diabolical as Megatron can be. Starscream always transforms into a jet fighter of some kind.kind and always high-ranking if not actual second-in-command. His relationship to Megatron can vary greatly from [[BastardUnderstudy patiently learning all he can before making his move]] to [[DragonTheirFeet taking advantage of any oppurtunity to take power]] to [[TheDogBitesBack a formerly loyal subordinate abused into hate]] to (rarely) UndyingLoyalty. Of course, like Bumblebee, the exact character doesn't always show up but his character archetype has so many examples ''in this franchise'' he's his own trope.



** ''MobileGame/TransformersEarthWars'': A mobile game detailing the Autobots and Decepticons battling for domination over Earth, which somehow became the resting place for a number of powerful relics.



* ''Kiss Players'' (2006-2007) was a short lived incarnation of the franchise, depicting Transformers given power-ups when kissed by human girls.

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* ''Kiss Players'' (2006-2007) was a short lived incarnation of the franchise, depicting Transformers given power-ups when kissed by human girls.
girls. It was universally reviled for sexualizing underaged girls by both Western and Japanese fans.



* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' (1996) was animated in CGI and produced by MainframeEntertainment, famous for the first CGI television show, ''ReBoot''. At first, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was controversial simply for the change into transforming into animals. (This culminated in the '[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Trukk Not Munky]]' [[MemeticMutation meme]].) But over time, the depth and direction of the story was praised, and the series as a whole is currently very well-regarded. Treating the events of Generation One in BroadStrokes as historical legend, it featured a determined Maximal crew fighting a rogue band of Predacon criminals on what turned out to be [[spoiler:prehistoric Earth (an EarthAllAlong halfway through the series)]]. It also introduced several plot points that would go on to greatly influence future fiction, notably [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' (2000), the direct sequel series to ''Beast Wars'', was animated by the same company, and saw a return to Cybertron, but was received poorly by many at the time. It had a massive change of the writing staff, and it shows; the characterization of established characters, "spiritual" aspects and themes of nature vs. technology didn't play well with the previous series. It's part of the FanonDiscontinuity of many fans, and one of the voice actors that worked on the series referred to it on one occasion as "the bad thing that happened". Still, the series had its good points -- the aforementioned spiritual themes were deeper and more genuinely philosophical than anything the franchise had seen before -- and the general hatred has died down with time. This series aired on Creator/FoxKids, as opposed to ''Beast Wars'', which aired in syndication, though reruns began airing on FK shortly after ''Beast Machines'' started.
* ''Anime/BeastWarsII'', a traditionally animated show set far into the future of ''Beast Machines'' but broadcast in Japan between the first and second series of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' to fill the gap while the second series was being dubbed. It is powered by slapstick.
* ''Anime/BeastWarsNeo'', which continued after ''Beast Wars II'' and was broadcast between the end of ''Beast Wars II'' and the start of the second series of ''Beast Wars''. There are fandubbed episodes of this series and Beast Wars II at [[http://www.tfcog.net/ TFCog.net]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' (1996) was animated in CGI and produced by MainframeEntertainment, famous for the first CGI television show, ''ReBoot''. At first, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was controversial simply for the change into transforming into animals. (This culminated in the '[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Trukk Not Munky]]' [[MemeticMutation meme]].meme]], which came about because it was mistakenly believed that the original Optimus Prime and Megatron were the protagonist and antagonist respectively.) But over time, the depth and direction of the story was praised, and the series as a whole is currently very well-regarded. Treating the events of Generation One in BroadStrokes as historical legend, it featured a determined Maximal crew under the rookie captain Optimus Primal (who takes on the form of a gorilla) fighting a rogue band of Predacon criminals led by Megatron (who took on the name of the original Decepticon) on what turned out to be [[spoiler:prehistoric Earth (an EarthAllAlong halfway through the series)]]. It also introduced several plot points that would go on to greatly influence future fiction, notably [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' (2000), the direct sequel series to ''Beast Wars'', was animated by the same company, and saw a return to Cybertron, but was received poorly by many at the time.time primarily because of its DarkerAndEdgier themes. It had a massive change of the writing staff, and it shows; the characterization of established characters, "spiritual" aspects and themes of nature vs. technology didn't play well with the previous series. It's part of the FanonDiscontinuity of many fans, and one of the voice actors that worked on the series referred to it on one occasion as "the bad thing that happened". Still, the series had its good points -- the aforementioned spiritual themes were deeper and more genuinely philosophical than anything the franchise had seen before -- and the general hatred has died down with time. This series aired on Creator/FoxKids, as opposed to ''Beast Wars'', which aired in syndication, though reruns began airing on FK shortly after ''Beast Machines'' started.
* ''Anime/BeastWarsII'', a traditionally animated show set far into the future of ''Beast Machines'' but broadcast in Japan between the first and second series of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' to fill the gap while the second series was being dubbed. It is powered by slapstick.
slapstick and notably geared towards a much younger audience than the original Beast Wars. Lio Convoy, the hero of the series, proved popular enough to get numerous homages, references and reissues.
* ''Anime/BeastWarsNeo'', which continued after ''Beast Wars II'' and was broadcast between the end of ''Beast Wars II'' and the start of the second series of ''Beast Wars''. The series was notable for having the leader of the team (Big Convoy, who became a woolly mammoth) actually resent being put into command by his superiors and undergoing DefrostingIceQueen as the series progressed. Also unusual was the genuine respect between Big Convoy and his archenemy Magmatron (traditionally, any respect between the faction leaders tended to be grudging). There are fandubbed episodes of this series and Beast Wars II at [[http://www.tfcog.net/ TFCog.net]].



* FakeUltimateHero: Sort of. Most of the Autobots victories are because of their human allies.
** This was lampshaded by ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron, who used the golden disk to alter time so the Decepticons will triumph over the Autobots. He would've succeeded if it weren't for his former right-hand man, Dinobot. That's right folks, a ''Predacon'' (therefore a descendent of the Decepticons) enabled the Autobots to win all those battles.

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* FakeUltimateHero: Sort of. Most Many of the Autobots Autobots' victories are because of their human allies.
** This was lampshaded by ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron, who used plots to exterminate the golden disk to alter time so proto-human race and ensure the Decepticons will triumph over the Autobots. He would've succeeded if it weren't for his former right-hand man, Dinobot. That's right folks, a ''Predacon'' (therefore a descendent of the Decepticons) enabled the Autobots to win all those battles.



* FiveManBand/FiveBadBand: Combiner teams generally make up these, barring the occasional six member teams like the Constructicons and Trainbots.



* LeaderFormsTheHead: Very common across all media.

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* LeaderFormsTheHead: Very common across all media.Often the way combiners are formed, as the team leader (usually bigger than his or her subordinates) forms the main body while the rest of the team form the limbs. One notable exceptions is Devastator (the Constructicon team leader Scrapper forms his right leg).



* {{Lolicon}}: ''Kiss Players'' clearly has this in mind.

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* {{Lolicon}}: ''Kiss Players'' clearly has this in mind. Even in Japan, it was reviled for it.
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* {{Introdump}}
* JustAMachine: The Cybertronians themselves avert this by being a) the main characters and b) able to point out their immortal soul on a blueprint - any human who invokes this is going to be unsympathetic. Whenever the villain has plenty of (seemingly) unintelligent drones at their disposal, however, the good guys ''will'' spend a lot of time blowing them up en masse.

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* {{Introdump}}
{{Introdump}}: Possibly the trope namer: the fan wiki has a whole page devoted to the concept. Most continuities have at least one near the beginning, with some being more graceful than others.
* JustAMachine: JustAMachine:
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The Cybertronians themselves avert this by being a) the main characters and b) able to point out their [[HeartDrive immortal soul soul]] on a blueprint - any blueprint. Any human who invokes this is going to be unsympathetic. unsympathetic.
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Whenever the villain has plenty of (seemingly) unintelligent drones at their disposal, however, the good guys ''will'' spend a lot of time blowing them up en masse.



* KidAppealCharacter: Usually one or two per series.

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* KidAppealCharacter: Bumblebee is the former trope namer. Usually one or two per series.
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*** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersTillAllAreOne'': Sequel series to Windblade.
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* ''[[Film/TransformersTheLastKnight Transformers: The Last Knight]]'' (2016)

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* ''[[Film/TransformersTheLastKnight Transformers: The Last Knight]]'' (2016)
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* ''[[Ride/TransformersTheRide Transformers: The Ride 3D]]'', a spin-off attraction that can be found at the Ride/UniversalStudios theme parks that once again is about a grand battle between the Autobots and Decepticons over the [=AllSpark=].

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* ''[[Ride/TransformersTheRide Transformers: The Ride - 3D]]'', a spin-off attraction that can be found at the Ride/UniversalStudios theme parks that once again is about a grand battle between the Autobots and Decepticons over the [=AllSpark=].
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*** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersTitansReturn''': Another series wide event for the Transformer ongoings.

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*** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersTitansReturn''': ''ComicBook/TheTransformersTitansReturn'': Another series wide event for the Transformer ongoings.
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** ''ComicBook/Revolution2016'': New event coming out later in 2016, establishing a SharedUniverse between the various Hasbro/IDW titles including ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeIDW G.I. Joe]]'', ''[[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight ROM]]'', ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'', and ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}''.

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** ''ComicBook/Revolution2016'': New event coming out later in for the fall of 2016, establishing a SharedUniverse between [[Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse the various Hasbro/IDW titles titles]] including ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeIDW G.I. Joe]]'', ''[[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight ROM]]'', ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'', ''ComicBook/ActionMan'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'', ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}''.''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' (though the last one won't being showing up in the crossover proper).
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*** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersTitansReturn''': Another series wide event for the Transformer ongoings.
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** A comic published by IDW, published since 2006; as of 2016, it's part of the Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse. Notable stories include:

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** A comic published by IDW, published since 2006; as of 2016, it's part of the Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse.ComicBook/HasbroComicUniverse. Notable stories include:
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