History Franchise / Transformers

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.
25th Mar '17 11:34:23 AM narm00
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* '''[[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 generally a powerful warrior and often the Decepticons' best flier. If he ever does acquire power his success tends to 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 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.

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* '''[[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 generally a powerful warrior and often the Decepticons' best flier. If he ever does acquire power his success tends to 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 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 opportunity 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.



*** [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries ''The Transformers -ation']], a group of mini-series that started the continuity.

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*** [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries ''The ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries The Transformers -ation']], -ation]]'', a group of mini-series that started the continuity.



* ''Anime/TransformersGo'' An animated series [[DirectToVideo direct-to-dvd]] with the Samurai Team and the Isami Tatewaki to find Laserdiscs and awake more transformers.

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* ''Anime/TransformersGo'' An is an animated series [[DirectToVideo direct-to-dvd]] with the Samurai Team and the Isami Tatewaki to find Laserdiscs and awake more transformers.



** ''Literature/TransformersExiles'' a sequel novelization to Exodus showing what happened after the Autobots and Decepticons departed Cybertron. Their journey leads them to Cybertron's sister worlds and a great many secrets of their ancestors.

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** ''Literature/TransformersExiles'' is a sequel novelization to Exodus showing what happened after the Autobots and Decepticons departed Cybertron. Their journey leads them to Cybertron's sister worlds and a great many secrets of their ancestors.
25th Mar '17 8:59:48 AM fruitstripegum
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* FiveEpisodePilot:
** The original series was a three-parter called "More Than Meets The Eye".
** ''Animated'' started with a [[PilotMovie 170 minute movie]] that got broken into three parts for re-runs.
** ''Prime'' got an actual 5 part miniseries call "Darkness Rising".



* FiveEpisodePilot:
** The original series was a three-parter called "More Than Meets The Eye".
** ''Animated'' started with a [[PilotMovie 170 minute movie]] that got broken into three parts for re-runs.
** ''Prime'' got an actual 5 part miniseries call "Darkness Rising".
24th Mar '17 7:45:27 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}}]], {{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, [[strike:UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}]], {{DS}}, UsefulNotes/{{DS}}, and [=PS3=] in July 2010.
10th Mar '17 11:17:58 AM DracoKanji
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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: You can count the female Transformers who appeared more than once in a series on both hands. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/List_of_female_Transformers A list of all female Transformers can be found here]].
** This isn't helped by long-time ''Transformers'' comic writer Simon Furman, who writes Transformers as having ''no'' gender and has publically stated that he hates the idea of female Transformers. This, combined with the fact that Jhiaxus' experiments in giving Transformers gender made Arcee both a female and AxCrazy brings up some UnfortunateImplications.
** Admittedly, it is a show about alien robots who technically wouldn't have genders. This is however not a good excuse for cutting out the characters designed to look female, or cancelling their toys. Also, Furman seems to think "no gender" means male by default. Literally, it would mean that there's no reason Optimus Prime can't be female!
* 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.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: TheSmurfettePrinciple:
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You can count the female Transformers who appeared more than once in a series on both hands. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/List_of_female_Transformers A list of all female Transformers can be found here]].
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here]]. This isn't helped by long-time ''Transformers'' comic writer Simon Furman, who writes Transformers as having ''no'' gender and has publically stated that he hates the idea of female Transformers. This, combined with the fact that Jhiaxus' experiments in giving Transformers gender made Arcee both a female and AxCrazy brings up some UnfortunateImplications.
** Admittedly, it is a show about alien In more recent years, the idea that Cybertronians shouldn't have gender because they are robots who technically wouldn't have genders. This is however not has been more or less ignored, with a good excuse for cutting out the slew of new characters being introduced. That Transformers don't have gender has been swept under the rug as the females of Cybertron being ''wiped out'' by a "perfectionist" visionary Galvatron from another universe, and that the links to the Allspark on other planets still regularly produce female sparks. Windblade, who was more or less designed by fan vote, was chosen as female by an overwhelming majority. The club subscription bonus excusive Pyra Magna similarly was voted to look by female, or cancelling their toys. Also, Furman seems as were all six of her components. After that, new female characters, some with toys, have been made to think "no gender" means male help diversify the cast. They still make up a minority, but not by default. Literally, it would mean that there's no reason Optimus Prime can't be female!
such a wide margin.
* SpecialEffectBranding: SpecialEffectBranding:
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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
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 ** 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.
10th Mar '17 10:57:43 AM DracoKanji
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** Unicron turns from a planet the size of Cybertron to a robot barely the size of Rhode Island during the original movie. He is able to pinch Galvatron between his fingers and swallow him, even though Galvatron should even ''then'' be so small as to be a speck on him. The Dinobots then are ''each'' roughly the size of one of his glutes while they literally kick his butt, even though Galvatron and Grimlock are of similar height.
10th Mar '17 10:26:55 AM DracoKanji
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* HumansAreSpecial: Played with. Humans are often instrumental in defeating the Decepticons, but they are rarely shown as being somehow "better" than any other species or important to the universe. The Transformers tend to be the special ones since they are the only ones who were directly created by the only known god in the Transformers franchise and typically have lifespans, technology, and powers beyond that of most other species.
* HumongousMecha

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* HumansAreSpecial: Played with.
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Humans are often instrumental in defeating the Decepticons, but they are rarely shown as being somehow "better" than any other species or important to the universe. The Transformers tend to be the special ones since they are the only ones who were directly created by the only known god in the Transformers franchise and typically have lifespans, technology, and powers beyond that of most other species.
** Humans are also often shown to have some sort of inextricable link with Cybertronians. In particular, there's an oft made comparison that still hasn't been fully explained about why Transformers, for the most part, look like giant armored human beings. There's also the fact that only humans and Nebulans (who are explicitly decended from humans who colonized Nebulos) can form a link with a Transformer to become a Head-, Power-, or Targetmaster. Doing so with other Cybertronians is possible, but seemingly not any other humanoid alien species.
** According to the movies, Optimus thinks humans are special because our civilization's history very closely mirrors Cybertron's, but without the world-encompassing, generations-spanning war of attrition that has depleted Cybertron of its resources. Basically, we're special because we're like them but never had a Megatron to lead to societal collapse.
* HumongousMechaHumongousMecha:
** Besides the Transformers themselves, there are Transtectors that more closely follow the formula; they're giant robots piloted by humans who can turn into the head or engine of the robot.
** The Apex Armor is this even to a Transformer. In ''Prime'', it's a little taller than Optimus Prime or Megatron but worn/piloted by much smaller characters like Starscream or Arcee. Or ''Miko''.
** Some characters, like Powermaster Optimus Prime had a trailer or mobile battle station that could turn into a large suit of armor that the main robot could then combine with.



* IdiosyncraticWipes

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* IdiosyncraticWipesIdiosyncraticWipes: Similar to ''Batman'' - a logo flies at the screen, then away from it. If changing from one faction's viewpoint to the others, it will spin and change sides.



* KillEmAll: The [[TransformersGeneration1 Original Movie]] was deliberately plotted to kill off as many characters/toys as possible, traumatizing kids who expected a continuation of the [[NeverSayDie TV show]].

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* KillEmAll: KillEmAll:
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The [[TransformersGeneration1 Original Movie]] was deliberately plotted to kill off as many characters/toys as possible, traumatizing kids who expected a continuation of the [[NeverSayDie TV show]].show]].
** ''Age of Extinction'' reveals that all of the characters who were in the previous trilogy that didn't return for this one were hunted down by Cemetary Wind. [[spoiler:Including the Autobots. Ratchet, the Wreckers, Arcee, Sideswipe... ]]
10th Mar '17 10:08:02 AM DracoKanji
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** "Don't just stand there with your [[strike:dicks]] pistons in your [[strike:hands]] servos!

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** "Don't just stand there with your [[strike:dicks]] pistons in your [[strike:hands]] servos!
10th Mar '17 10:07:29 AM DracoKanji
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** One notable Expy is Breacher from the "Hunt for the Decepticons" toyline. He's an Expy for Roller, the drone in Optimus Prime's trailer. They're both six-wheeled blue (well... usually, when it comes to the toys) all-terrain vehicles with a black gun on top, and they're both designed to fit in the back of a larger figure.

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** One notable Expy is Breacher from the "Hunt for the Decepticons" toyline. He's an Expy for Roller, the drone in Optimus Prime's trailer. They're both six-wheeled blue (well... usually, when it comes to the toys) all-terrain vehicles with a black gun on top, and they're both designed to fit in the back of a larger figure. Then, a reversal for the ''Thrilling 30'' subline of Generations: Optimus came with a new Roller whose vehicle mode was basically a blue six-wheeled APC, with a robot mode based directly on Breacher's.



* FakeUltimateHero: Sort of. Many of the Autobots' victories are because of their human allies.

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* FakeUltimateHero: FakeUltimateHero:
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Sort of. Many of the Autobots' victories are because of their human allies.



*** There's also ignoring the movie (and Seasons 3 and 4) completely.

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*** ** There's also ignoring the movie (and Seasons 3 and 4) completely.



* FiveEpisodePilot
* {{Flanderization}}: Grimlock, who, in the original cartoon, goes from a "Brawn over Brains" thug to a mentally-challenged child between season 2 and TheMovie.
** In the Aligned continuity (outside of the High Moon games), Optimus Prime has been criticized for not being a unique take on the character, usually just being TheStoic and there not being much to him besides being the BigGood who makes G1 quotes all the time. Peter Cullen is also being directed to use his "movie trailer narrator" voice all the time, denying the actor a chance to truly portray a full-rounded character. [[note]]Compare his performance in ''Prime'' and ''Rescue Bots'' to the live action films or the High Moon games. Peter is clearly being directed to deliver a much more powerful performance in those movies and games than he was for the Aligned cartoons.[[/note]]

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* FiveEpisodePilot
FiveEpisodePilot:
** The original series was a three-parter called "More Than Meets The Eye".
** ''Animated'' started with a [[PilotMovie 170 minute movie]] that got broken into three parts for re-runs.
** ''Prime'' got an actual 5 part miniseries call "Darkness Rising".
* {{Flanderization}}: {{Flanderization}}:
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Grimlock, who, in the original cartoon, goes from a "Brawn over Brains" thug to a mentally-challenged child between season 2 and TheMovie.
** In the Aligned continuity (outside of the High Moon games), Optimus Prime has been criticized for not being a unique take on the character, usually just being TheStoic and there not being much to him besides being the BigGood who makes G1 quotes all the time. Peter Cullen is also being directed to use his "movie trailer narrator" voice all the time, denying the actor a chance to truly portray a full-rounded character. [[note]]Compare his performance in ''Prime'' and ''Rescue Bots'' to the live action films or the High Moon games. Peter is clearly being directed to deliver a much more powerful performance in those movies and games than he was for the Aligned cartoons.[[/note]][[/note]] ''Prime'' even went so far as to treat him as the ComicallySerious.



* ForeverWar: Any continuity focusing on Autobots vs Decepticons. The precise details differ, but expect it to have lasted a few ''million'' years - and for a good chunk of the cast to have [[TimeAbyss personally lived through most of that]].
* GoodGuyBar: Maccadam's Old Oil House
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Decepticons tend to have red optics, Autobots have blue. Exceptions exist.

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* ForeverWar: Any continuity focusing on Autobots vs Decepticons. The precise details differ, but expect it to have lasted a few ''million'' years - and for a good chunk of the cast to have [[TimeAbyss personally lived through most of that]].
that]]. In some continuities, the Great War is closer to a ''billion'' years old, having lasted since near the creation of the species with only a short-lived armistace before leading back into the familiar conflict.
* GoodGuyBar: Maccadam's Old Oil House
House. Also the BadGuyBar - Autobots and Decepticons alike are allowed in as long as they don't cause trouble (which happens anyway, if an Autobot approaches the Decepticon side uninvited).
* GoodColorsEvilColors: GoodColorsEvilColors:
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Decepticons tend to have red optics, Autobots have blue. Exceptions exist.



* GreaterScopeVillain:
** In many continuities, Unicron. He's the one controlling Galvatron in the original series and Sideways, Thrust, and (unwittingly) Alpha Q in the Unicron Trilogy. He also manipulates a different Galvatron in ''Beast Wars II''. [[spoiler: ''Prime'' reveals that Dark Energon is his lifeblood, explaining its corrupting influence. Megatron had infused himself with so much of the stuff that when Bumblebee kills him during the series finale, Unicron is able to simply take over his body and use him as a herald.]]
** Megatronus Prime, AKA The Fallen, in the first two movies and 2015's "Robots in Disguise".



* {{Hammerspace}}: It's been an accepted HandWave that Transformers have this to explain Robots changing size from what would logically fit into their alternate form, most famously Megatron and Soundwave from G1. Also, exactly how big individual Transformers are varies radically based on the needs of the plot. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Scale Scale in Transformers is, not to put too fine a point on it, screwed.]]

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* {{Hammerspace}}: {{Hammerspace}}:
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It's been an accepted HandWave that Transformers have this to explain Robots changing size from what would logically fit into their alternate form, most famously Megatron and Soundwave from G1. Also, exactly how big individual Transformers are varies radically based on the needs of the plot. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Scale Scale in Transformers is, not to put too fine a point on it, screwed.]]


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--> '''Ultra Magnus''': Where are they taking us?
--> '''Kup''': [[SincerityMode First, they're gonna give us a fair trial]]. Then they're gonna kill us.
--> "Five Faces of Darkness"


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