History Franchise / Transformers

26th Aug '16 9:24:25 PM LittleJon
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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Take a minute to look at some of the names that aren't nouns, verbs or proper names. '''Optimus Prime'''. '''Megatron'''. '''Starscream'''. '''Thundercracker'''. '''Skywarp'''. '''Grimlock'''.
2nd Aug '16 10:13:29 PM DrPsyche
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** ''WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': A Web Series by Machinima adapting the Comic Series of its namesake.
26th Jul '16 2:20:37 PM rmctagg09
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* GreaterScopeParagon: Primus is the embodiment of all good in the ''Transformers'' multiverse as the Lord of Light and Order, and the creator of the Transformer homeworld Cybertron, opposite his brother Unicron, the embodiment of darkness. He rarely gets involved in the story at large because he was forced into an eon-long sleep after managing to defeat Unicron for the first time.
25th Jul '16 1:18:12 PM SniperJ
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** A comic published by IDW, published since 2006. Notable stories include:

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** A comic published by IDW, published since 2006.2006; as of 2016, it's part of the Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse. Notable stories include:
14th Jul '16 10:48:50 AM morenohijazo
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* SpecialEffectBranding: Taken to an extreme in most series, where everybody's weapons are theirs and theirs alone. This is a combination of the MerchandiseDriven idea of making sure everyone uses the weapon they come with and launches the appropriate missiles, and the fact that, as TransformingMecha, their weapons are more or less part of them.
** This doesn't explain why ships tend to have similar variety, though.
*** Actually averted in one of the G1 animated episodes. The Decepticons have captured the Autobots with the exception of Wheeljack. Wheeljack manages to infiltrate their holding cell, discovers his buddies are tied up, depowered, soaking wet (bad thing for robots), and with their carbine-shaped weapons piled sloppily in the corner. He then proceeds to go GunsAkimbo--pointing AT THE AUTOBOTS. "My friend's weapons! Hmm. Okay, Sideswipe's flare gun should dry off your circuits, and Bluestreak's bolts should give you all an instant recharge!" It's amazing the first thing Optimus didn't do was FacePalm: "It's a wonder the Decepticons didn't just kill us outright, but vector sigma, am I the only one that knows that guns are supposed to be for killing?"
*** Additionally, in some continuities, each faction has different colored beams from their energy weapons. The different factions also generally have different coloured eyes (blue for Autobots, red for Decepticons) although their optical sensors presumably all function the same way.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' averts this. While all the characters ''do'' have their own signature weapons, the Maximals have a separate armory, supposedly for gunless characters like Dinobot.
8th Jul '16 7:12:04 PM JohnRamos88
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Considering its origins ''as'' a toy line, the show is highly MerchandiseDriven, each incarnation serving to pimp a line of transforming toys. The original toy line sold in America came about when Creator/{{Hasbro}} imported several disparate Japanese toy lines, primarily Takara's "Diaclone" and "Microchange". The piecemeal origins of the individual toys are largely responsible for the enormous disparity in scale and style of the early toys (the original Optimus Prime, for example, has a cockpit designed to hold a Diaclone action figure, while the original Jetfire's toy is easily recognizable as a Valkyrie from ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]''). When brought together as a single toy line, they were given the ''Transformers'' brand and established the "sapient robot" aspect of the story.

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Considering its origins ''as'' a toy line, the show is highly MerchandiseDriven, each incarnation serving to pimp a line of transforming toys. The original toy line sold in America came about when Creator/{{Hasbro}} imported several disparate Japanese toy lines, primarily Takara's "Diaclone" (launched 1980) and "Microchange"."Microchange" lines (the latter part of the more larger "Microman" toy franchise of 1974-84). The piecemeal origins of the individual toys are largely responsible for the enormous disparity in scale and style of the early toys (the original Optimus Prime, for example, has a cockpit designed to hold a Diaclone action figure, while the original Jetfire's toy is easily recognizable as a Valkyrie from ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]''). When brought together as a single toy line, they were given the ''Transformers'' brand and established the "sapient robot" aspect of the story.
8th Jul '16 10:04:57 AM TargetmasterJoe
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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 (anime series have had him as a woolly mammoth and a lion as well).

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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 Beast era he was a gorilla (anime (the two anime series have had him as a woolly mammoth and a lion as well).



** ''Revolution'': 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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** ''Revolution'': ''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}}''.
3rd Jul '16 6:25:19 AM Anicomicgeek
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This also put an end to the idea of the original Thirteen being "multiversal singularities" as the Aligned!Thirteen includes very different members including Alpha Trion and [[spoiler: Optimus Prime]], and Vector Prime outright stating that his Aligned counterpart is a distinctly separate entity. Later, in 2015, the entire concept of multiversal singularities was nullified by a CosmicRecton in the ''ComicBook/TransformersTimelines'' storyline, "Another Light", where Nexus Prime solidify the walls of reality to such a degree that not only were the original 13 across the multiverse splintered, but even Primus and Unicron were separated into separate entities across the Multiverse.

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This also put an end to the idea of the original Thirteen being "multiversal singularities" as the Aligned!Thirteen includes very different members including Alpha Trion and [[spoiler: Optimus Prime]], and Vector Prime outright stating that his Aligned counterpart is a distinctly separate entity. Later, in 2015, the entire concept of multiversal singularities was nullified by a CosmicRecton in the ''ComicBook/TransformersTimelines'' ''Franchise/TransformersTimelines'' storyline, "Another Light", where Nexus Prime solidify the walls of reality to such a degree that not only were the original 13 across the multiverse splintered, but even Primus and Unicron were separated into separate entities across the Multiverse.
3rd Jul '16 6:22:00 AM Anicomicgeek
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* CosmicRetcon: The franchise, of course, has one of its own: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Unicron_Singularity the Unicron Singularity]], which ripped and tore at the fabric of time and space in a way that essentially opens up a planet-sized plot hole just to make room for itself to fill it.
** The Unicron Singularity didn't exist as this at first, and it was transformed into one by the club comic writers to account for some (admittedly minor) inconsistencies between ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' and ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''. Mind you, these are only minor in comparison to the humongous plot holes that already populated the rest of the entire ''Transformers'' multiverse, which did not have such a black hole, though later media claims that its effects branch out to other universes as well, ergo it is both the cause of and solution to many errors in continuity (and even [[OffModel animation]]).
** There actually exists a Transformer, Vector Prime, who was tasked by [[{{God}} Primus]] to protect the stability of the timeline - in other words, the number of plot holes in Transformers is ''so bad, it is actually an in-universe threat'', and there needs to be someone to keep the holes and inconsistencies from destroying everything. He does his best to fix things (usually retconning them from outside the timeline to cover inconsistencies, but coming in person for tremendous holes like the Singularity) so presumably any inconsistency we see was simply recorded before he got around to it, and our media are [[RippleEffectProofMemory ripple effect proof]].
** The concept of the [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Multiversal_singularity multiversal singularity]] (that is, characters of which only one exists in the entire multiverse, such as Primus, Unicron and The Fallen) was nullified by this - while at first it was gradual, with [[AllThereInTheManual Ask Vector Prime]] claiming certain appearances of Unicron (such as the one in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original American cartoon continuity]]) were not part of the main singularity Unicron, the 2015 Fun Publications story "Another Light" had Nexus Prime solidify the walls between reality, limiting travel between dimensions and splintering all former singularities (such as Vector Prime and Nexus himself) into infinite selves across existence, as had been the case with many "regular" beings.



This also put an end to the idea of the original Thirteen being "multiversal singularities" as the Aligned!Thirteen includes very different members including Alpha Trion and [[spoiler: Optimus Prime]], and Vector Prime outright stating that his Aligned counterpart is a distinctly separate entity.

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This also put an end to the idea of the original Thirteen being "multiversal singularities" as the Aligned!Thirteen includes very different members including Alpha Trion and [[spoiler: Optimus Prime]], and Vector Prime outright stating that his Aligned counterpart is a distinctly separate entity. Later, in 2015, the entire concept of multiversal singularities was nullified by a CosmicRecton in the ''ComicBook/TransformersTimelines'' storyline, "Another Light", where Nexus Prime solidify the walls of reality to such a degree that not only were the original 13 across the multiverse splintered, but even Primus and Unicron were separated into separate entities across the Multiverse.
30th Jun '16 6:52:08 PM C2
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** ''Revolution'': 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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** ''Revolution'': 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}}''.and ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}''.
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