History Franchise / Transformers

17th Jun '17 7:58:25 PM nombretomado
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* VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron is a video game that dives into the basic history of the Autobot[=/=]Decepticon war and meant to be a stepping stone showing how that war finds its way to Earth. It takes major mythology points from various sources and re-presents them to the audience, setting up the greater franchise (such as why Starscream is TheStarscream and how come [[BondVillainStupidity Megatron doesn't just shoot him]]). It was built from the [[EpicGames Unreal engine]] and was released on PC, XBox360, [[strike:UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}]], UsefulNotes/{{DS}}, and [=PS3=] in July 2010.

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* VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron is a video game that dives into the basic history of the Autobot[=/=]Decepticon war and meant to be a stepping stone showing how that war finds its way to Earth. It takes major mythology points from various sources and re-presents them to the audience, setting up the greater franchise (such as why Starscream is TheStarscream and how come [[BondVillainStupidity Megatron doesn't just shoot him]]). It was built from the [[EpicGames Unreal engine]] and was released on PC, XBox360, UsefulNotes/XBox360, [[strike:UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}]], UsefulNotes/{{DS}}, and [=PS3=] in July 2010.



* VideoGameAdaptation: Several games have been made for the series from the Famicom Convoy game of NintendoHard instant death to the latest PC and Xbox360 game.

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* VideoGameAdaptation: Several games have been made for the series from the Famicom Convoy game of NintendoHard instant death to the latest PC and Xbox360 UsefulNotes/XBox360 game.
11th Jun '17 1:29:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* '''[[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, 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. 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. Many of his incarnations are rebuilt into a more powerful form and renamed ''Galvatron'', though this isn't a hard and fast rule. His counterparts in the Beast Era took the form of a 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).

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* '''[[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, 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. 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. Many of his incarnations are rebuilt into a more powerful form and renamed ''Galvatron'', though this isn't a hard and fast rule. His counterparts in the Beast Era took the form of a Tyrannosaurus Rex TyrannosaurusRex (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).
31st May '17 3:51:49 AM narm00
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The Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse is meant to establish a definitive multi-medium continuity for Transformers by [[AdaptationDistillation cherry-picking the best aspects of past iterations of the franchise]], the continuity line was launched in 2010 with the video game ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' and the corresponding ''Exodus'' book. The intention behind this set-up is to create a longer-lasting AlternateContinuity than the frequent [[ContinuityReboot reboots]] every few years in the 2000's.

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The Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse is meant to establish a definitive multi-medium continuity for Transformers by [[AdaptationDistillation cherry-picking the best aspects of past iterations of the franchise]], the continuity line was franchise]]. It launched in 2010 with the video game ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' and the corresponding ''Exodus'' book. The intention behind this set-up is to create a longer-lasting AlternateContinuity than the frequent [[ContinuityReboot reboots]] every few years in the 2000's.



** ''VideoGame/TransformersPrimeTheGame'' is a video game with an original story the takes place during the animated series about a meteor made of pure Dark Energon containing an ancient warrior of Unicron called Thunderwing that falls to Earth.

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** ''VideoGame/TransformersPrimeTheGame'' is a video game with an original story the that takes place during the animated series about a meteor made of pure Dark Energon containing an ancient warrior of Unicron called Thunderwing that falls to Earth.
20th May '17 4:59:43 PM WillKeaton
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* ''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]].

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* ''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]].net]]
6th May '17 5:52:38 PM nombretomado
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[-If you're looking for the live-action movie series, see ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''. For the original [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation One]] animated film, see ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.\\

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[-If you're looking for the live-action movie series, see ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''.''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''. For the original [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation One]] animated film, see ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.\\



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* ''VideoGame/TransformersBattleUniverse'' is a FightingGame in which the Matrix of Leadership gathers 10 heroes from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the TransformersFilmSeries, and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' in an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny for possession of the Matrix.

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* ''VideoGame/TransformersBattleUniverse'' is a FightingGame in which the Matrix of Leadership gathers 10 heroes from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the TransformersFilmSeries, Film/TransformersFilmSeries, and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' in an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny for possession of the Matrix.



* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is a new cartoon, [[AllCGICartoon animated in CGI]], that premiered November 2010 on Hasbro's new Hub network. The designs are strongly influenced by the complex TransformersFilmSeries look while retaining the more stylized approach of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. The overall series appears to aim for much of the same tone as the films, complete with the movie writers taking on roles as Executive Producers. Creator/PeterCullen and Creator/FrankWelker have been cast as Optimus Prime and Megatron, making it the first Transformers series in which the two have reprised their roles together. The third season was subtitled ''Beast Hunters'', and concluded in 2013 with a TV movie, "Predacons Rising".

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is a new cartoon, [[AllCGICartoon animated in CGI]], that premiered November 2010 on Hasbro's new Hub network. The designs are strongly influenced by the complex TransformersFilmSeries Film/TransformersFilmSeries look while retaining the more stylized approach of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. The overall series appears to aim for much of the same tone as the films, complete with the movie writers taking on roles as Executive Producers. Creator/PeterCullen and Creator/FrankWelker have been cast as Optimus Prime and Megatron, making it the first Transformers series in which the two have reprised their roles together. The third season was subtitled ''Beast Hunters'', and concluded in 2013 with a TV movie, "Predacons Rising".



* AdvertisingOnlyContinuity: Sometimes it's relatively minor, like a [[TransformersFilmSeries movie]] Jazz figure recolored as an homage to [[TransformersGenerationOne G1]] Jazz being explained in his bio as having been revived by Ratchet, or ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' quietly expanding the small band of surviving Maximals. Other times it's more complex, like how the early ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' toys' bios set up the series as a direct continuation of G1 on modern-day Earth, with Optimus Primal and Megatron being the same characters as G1 Optimus Prime and Megatron (which would later be contradicted by the TV series). In extreme cases, such as the current Kre-O sub-line, on-package bios and commericals may be the ''only'' fiction available.

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* AdvertisingOnlyContinuity: Sometimes it's relatively minor, like a [[TransformersFilmSeries [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries movie]] Jazz figure recolored as an homage to [[TransformersGenerationOne G1]] Jazz being explained in his bio as having been revived by Ratchet, or ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' quietly expanding the small band of surviving Maximals. Other times it's more complex, like how the early ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' toys' bios set up the series as a direct continuation of G1 on modern-day Earth, with Optimus Primal and Megatron being the same characters as G1 Optimus Prime and Megatron (which would later be contradicted by the TV series). In extreme cases, such as the current Kre-O sub-line, on-package bios and commericals may be the ''only'' fiction available.
6th May '17 11:59:32 AM nombretomado
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** Though in ''TransformersAnimated'' some of the Autobots are selfish, corrupt, or incompetent, though not in the main cast. [[TheNeidermeyer Sentinel Prime]],we are looking at ''you''. Likewise, while "sympathetic" might be stretching the portrayal of the Decepticons as a whole, they are at least clearly motivated (most of them want to reconquer Cybertron, but some have other motivations).

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** Though in ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' some of the Autobots are selfish, corrupt, or incompetent, though not in the main cast. [[TheNeidermeyer Sentinel Prime]],we are looking at ''you''. Likewise, while "sympathetic" might be stretching the portrayal of the Decepticons as a whole, they are at least clearly motivated (most of them want to reconquer Cybertron, but some have other motivations).



* CatchPhrase: "Autobots! Transform and roll out!", among others.
** [[TransformersAnimated "Decepticons, transform and RISE UP!"]]

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"Autobots! Transform and roll out!", among others.
** [[TransformersAnimated [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated "Decepticons, transform and RISE UP!"]]



* MeaningfulName: About 90% of all names are meaningful. The few that aren't are still usually indicative of their faction, or are a bit more subtle. (Such as "Megatron" bringing to mind "megaton," [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a unit bombs can be measured in.]])
** ''[[TransformersAnimated Transformers: Animated]]'' provides a clear [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for this process with most cybertronians. In addition to self-assigned names (like Blackarachnia or Dirt Boss) several characters received their current names from drill sergeants in boot camp (Ironhide for his ability to harden his skin, Bulkhead was named as such for being "all bulk and no brains," [[AllThereInTheManual Optimus was an optimistic idealist]] [[BrokenHero before being broken]]) or others (like the Constructicons or Wreck-Gar).

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About 90% of all names are meaningful. The few that aren't are still usually indicative of their faction, or are a bit more subtle. (Such as "Megatron" bringing to mind "megaton," [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a unit bombs can be measured in.]])
** ''[[TransformersAnimated Transformers: Animated]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' provides a clear [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for this process with most cybertronians. In addition to self-assigned names (like Blackarachnia or Dirt Boss) several characters received their current names from drill sergeants in boot camp (Ironhide for his ability to harden his skin, Bulkhead was named as such for being "all bulk and no brains," [[AllThereInTheManual Optimus was an optimistic idealist]] [[BrokenHero before being broken]]) or others (like the Constructicons or Wreck-Gar).



** [[TransformersAnimated Lugnut]] has perfected the art of making things explode. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew0RO4mNm54 Behold! The P.O.K.E!]]

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** [[TransformersAnimated [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Lugnut]] has perfected the art of making things explode. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew0RO4mNm54 Behold! The P.O.K.E!]]



* UnusualEuphemism: The word 'slag' seems to be a Transformer equivalent to the human word 'shit/crap'. ''TransformersAnimated'' has fun with this, featuring such gems as "You'll have to pry it from my cold, offline servo!"

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* UnusualEuphemism: The word 'slag' seems to be a Transformer equivalent to the human word 'shit/crap'. ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has fun with this, featuring such gems as "You'll have to pry it from my cold, offline servo!"
1st May '17 3:46:39 AM Rmpdc
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[-If you're looking for the live-action movie series, see ''Film/{{Transformers}}''. For the original [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation One]] animated film, see ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.\\

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[-If you're looking for the live-action movie series, see ''Film/{{Transformers}}''.''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''. For the original [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation One]] animated film, see ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.\\
15th Apr '17 4:27:52 PM Gregzilla
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* '''[[{{Satan}} Unicron]]''': A [[PlanetEater planet-eating]] giant transformer, sort of a EldritchAbomination''/''{{Satan}}-esque counterpart to Primus. In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', he is destroyed by Rodimus Prime using the Matrix, though his disembodied head continues to work its evil machinations throughout the third season of ''Generation 1''. Unicron appears at the end of ''Armada'', and is destroyed again, but is resurrected in ''Energon'' by Alpha Q, in an attempt to recreate its home planet (in this incarnation, Unicron is able to recreate anything it has consumed). Supplementary materials to the Transformers multiverse suggest that Primus and Unicron are incarnations of rival gods, born from the same ''The One''. Though other characters may change between series, Unicron and directly related characters are ''generally'' multiversal constants. [[CaptainErsatz Incidentally, he has never been seen in the same room as]] ComicBook/{{Galactus}}.

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* '''[[{{Satan}} '''[[TheAntiGod Unicron]]''': A [[PlanetEater planet-eating]] giant transformer, sort of a EldritchAbomination''/''{{Satan}}-esque counterpart to Primus. In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', he is destroyed by Rodimus Prime using the Matrix, though his disembodied head continues to work its evil machinations throughout the third season of ''Generation 1''. Unicron appears at the end of ''Armada'', and is destroyed again, but is resurrected in ''Energon'' by Alpha Q, in an attempt to recreate its home planet (in this incarnation, Unicron is able to recreate anything it has consumed). Supplementary materials to the Transformers multiverse suggest that Primus and Unicron are incarnations of rival gods, born from the same ''The One''. Though other characters may change between series, Unicron and directly related characters are ''generally'' multiversal constants. [[CaptainErsatz Incidentally, he has never been seen in the same room as]] ComicBook/{{Galactus}}.
27th Mar '17 2:54:37 AM RAMChYLD
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* CutAndPasteTranslation: As noted above, the original toys were from ''two'' different Takara toylines that Hasbro had planned on importing into the US and selling. They created a whole new backstory to go with it. However, Takara loved the changes so much that they eventually dropped both original lines and imported the Transformers lore into Japan.

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* CutAndPasteTranslation: As noted above, the original toys were from ''two'' different Takara toylines that Hasbro had planned on importing into the US and selling. They created a whole new backstory to go with it. However, Takara loved the changes so much that they eventually dropped both original lines and imported the Transformers lore back into Japan.
27th Mar '17 2:53:50 AM RAMChYLD
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* CutAndPasteTranslation: As noted above, the original toys were from ''two'' different Takara toylines that Hasbro had planned on importing into the US and selling. They created a whole new backstory to go with it. However, Takara loved the changes so much that they eventually dropped both original lines and imported the Transformers lore into Japan.
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