Created By: NathanoraptorJuly 13, 2014 Last Edited By: NathanoraptorAugust 19, 2014
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Transfauxmers

They look like the Transformers, but due to international copyright laws, they\'re not.

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Ah, the Transformers. Some of the most easily recognized robots in fiction. Giant robots that turn into cars/jets et al. Because of their recognisability, writers/directors/producers/etc. will often use a parody of them for spoofs of giant robots.

Enter the Transfauxmers. The Transfauxmers are Stock Parodies of the Transformers used in movies, cartoons, TV shows, and other forms of media. While some of the Transfauxmers may bear a resemblence to specific Transformers (odds are one of them resembles Optimus Prime in some manner), they may also be just be generic giant robots that can turn into cars or other things. The Transfauxmers may also parody other aspects of the brand such as its Merchandise Driven nature.

They first popped up in the mid 1980s, after the initial cartoon was released. They died down shortly after that, only to see a re-emergence when Beast Wars became popular. More recently, the Michael Bay movies have caused these to resurge again.

Also see Super Robot Genre. Compare/Contrast My Little Phony, it's horse-obsessed Distaff Counterpart.

Comedic examples only. Non-parodical examples (e.g. ripoffs) go on Transforming Mecha.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

Comic Books

Film
  • In Universe in Big one of the executives at the toy company that Josh works at wants to market robots that transform into skyscrapers. Josh points out that they aren't fun to play with - once they're buildings, they just sit there - so what's the point?
    • This is a Take That at the more ridiculous Transformers (e.g. Citybots).

Newspaper Comics
  • Magnimus and Refridgeron, the recurring characters from Perry Bible Fellowship can shapeshift into a pickup truck and a fridge, respectively.

Toys
  • The various Transformers knockoffs found in bargain stores in both Europe and the US are considered by most serious collectors to be this trope.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • On The Simpsons Bart & Lisa's TV show "Kidz Newz" gets replaced by the Merchandise Driven "Mattel and Mars-Bar Quick Energy Chocobot Hour," starring transforming robots who turn into chocolate bars.
    • The "Trans-Clown-O-Morphs" are also Transformers parodies and is Merchandise Driven to the point there's a breakfast cereal of it.
    • Third The Simpsons example: one of the Treehouse Of Horror skits involved a "Transformers" parody (that actually goes through various "Transformer"-like names before settling on "Untitled Robot Parody").


Community Feedback Replies: 48
  • July 13, 2014
    OmarKarindu
    Trope name should probably be Stock Transformers Parody or somesuch.
  • July 13, 2014
    Snicka
    I think this punny trope name is good, in the vein of My Little Phony.
  • July 13, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
  • July 13, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
    Anyway, an example:

    • Magnimus and Refridgeron, the recurring characters from Perry Bible Fellowship can shapeshift into a pickup truck and a fridge, respectively.
  • July 13, 2014
    DAN004
  • July 13, 2014
    Snicka
    Is this distinct enough from Transforming Mecha?
  • July 13, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    Unless they are specifically spoofing the Transformers franchise then its covered by Transforming Mecha. It would have to be very tightly defined to work, and we don't have that great a track record of keeping to tight definitions. I vote for discard.
  • July 14, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
    We're splitting Transforming Mecha. Anything that turns from an alternate mode (car, jet, even beast) to a robot goes here (can refer to parodies or ripoffs). (Edit: Realized that wasn't a good idea. This is parody only.)
  • July 14, 2014
    Larkmarn
    ^ Has there been discussion on that?

    Also, if that's the case then the description, laconic, and name have to change. It's wildly misleading, and it's not like Transformers originated the idea of transforming robots.

    Also... if anything with an alternate mode goes here, then what the hell goes on the Transforming Mecha page?
  • July 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • Go Bots
    • In Universe in Big one of the executives at the toy company that Josh works at wants to market robots that transform into skyscrapers. Josh points out that they aren't fun to play with - once they're buildings, they just sit there - so what's the point?
  • July 14, 2014
    Alucard
  • July 14, 2014
    Larkmarn
    If this gets fixed:

    Go Bots and Dinozaurs have to go. They're not parodies of anything. At most, they're ripoffs except Go Bots isn't even a ripoff.

  • July 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • On The Simpsons Bart & Lisa's TV show "Kidz Newz" gets replaced by the Merchandise Driven "Mattel and Mars-Bar Quick Energy Chocobot Hour," starring transforming robots who turn into chocolate bars.
    • In the second issue of Boris the Bear Boris, who in early issues goes around killing Follow The Leader type comic book characters, sets his sites on the Transformers and their assorted ripoffs.
  • July 14, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
    Webcomics

  • July 14, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Perry Bible Fellowship is already among the exampes, but the plus information you provide could be added.

    So let's say that this only covers examples that are straightforward Stock Parody of The Transformers, while Transforming Mecha covers the non-comedic examples?
  • July 14, 2014
    dvorak
    Compare/Contrast My Little Phony, it's horse-obsessed Distaff Counterpart.
  • July 14, 2014
    Kuruni
    I don't see the need to split. If you watch enough Toku, you would know that there are so many "things that turn into mecha" that isn't parody.
  • July 14, 2014
    MorningStar1337
    Is the laconic form Austin Powers?
  • July 15, 2014
    Shaoken
    I can't say I'm a fan of making new pages just for a particular type of Expy or Distaff Counterpart, especially since there is no mandate to split Transforming Mecha anyway.

    I'm voicing my vote for a discard.
  • July 15, 2014
    tryrar
    agreed. Adding my own discard vote. If you think Transforming Mecha needs to be split, go to TRS, no do it unilaterally
  • July 15, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
    After seeing the comments... I'm cleaning it up. Anything that's a blatant Transformers parody goes here. Any robot that turns from a robot to an alternate mode goes on Transforming Mecha. And yes, it is based on an Austin Powers quote.
  • July 15, 2014
    Shaoken
    That's great, but this YKTTW still should be discarded. Like it's been stated all trope splits go through the Trope Repair Shop first.
  • July 15, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
    It's OK. I put my suggestion on TRS. But, please, tell me it won't be discarded permanently.
  • July 15, 2014
    tryrar
    Well, as is, it's not what you need, I'd discard and remake with a more appropriate name

    Also, you MIGHT wanna flesh out your TRS inquiry a bit. Just stating that you think it's miused isn't going to cut it, you'll need to back that up ewith usage statistics(that is, going to the related tab on the trope page, trawling the first 20 wicks or so, and checking how that's being used compared to what the definition as stated on the trope page is). As is, it'll just be declined to be opened
  • July 15, 2014
    Larkmarn
    ^^ Transforming Mecha is not misused. It's used correctly for our definition of Transforming Mecha; you just happen to have a different definition.

    Personally, I do agree that non-robot Transforming Mecha should be a separate trope (something like a boat to a jet), but it's not misuse under our rules.

    I also find it rather odd that this YKTTW seems to imply that the only kinda of Transforming Mecha are Transformers, parodies of Transformers, and ripoffs of Transformers.
  • July 15, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    There actually exists a film called Transmorphers that was released on DVD the same day as the film it was based on. It made a quick buck for its nonexistent budget, just because some people can't read titles.
  • July 15, 2014
    Larkmarn
    ^ FYI it was more of a Terminator ripoff, not Transformers. But still obviously meant to cash in on it.
  • July 15, 2014
    Kuruni
    ^^ That's covered by The Mockbuster. And as Larkman noted, Transmorphers is more of Terminator, so bring it up here does not mean this is more tropeable.

    FYI, Transformers' source material Diaclone (of which several iconic characters, including Optimus Prime, originated from) was launched in 1980. Transformable jet-to-robot exist long before that (the first one I can think of is 1976 Groizer X).

    So yeah, if this is really going to launch, it must be really blatant parody. That the whole description need to be rewritten.
  • July 16, 2014
    Larkmarn
    ^ No Transformers characters originated from Diaclone, just the toys. But your point remains, Transforming robots have existed long before Transformers, considering the toys that became Transformers existed long before Transformers.
  • July 16, 2014
    Snicka
    Perry Bible Fellowship is now listed both Webcomics and Newspaper Comics. I suggest you merge the two examples.

  • July 20, 2014
    MetaFour
  • July 22, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
    "I also find it rather odd that this YKTTW seems to imply that the only kinda of Transforming Mecha are Transformers, parodies of Transformers, and ripoffs of Transformers."

    Well, since 1984, that's what they've all been.
  • July 22, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ now think of any example of Transforming Mecha that predates Transformers.
  • July 22, 2014
    Larkmarn
    ^^ You're kidding me, right?
  • July 22, 2014
    tryrar
    ^^^So, you are asserting a show like Macross is in actuality a transformers ripoff?(And that's just the first example off the top of my head)

    As Larkman put it, are you kidding?
  • July 22, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    Third The Simpsons example: one of the Treehouse Of Horror skits involved a "Transformers" parody (that actually goes through various "Transformer"-like names before settling on "Untitled Robot Parody").
  • July 23, 2014
    Shaoken
    So it's been several days and nobody is replying to Nathanoraptor TRS on Transforming Mecha, leading me to suspect that they are the only one who thinks there is any misuse of Transforming Mecha.

    I'd like to propose that we discard this YKTTW and make a new one that covers non-robot examples like Larkman said. Making this about transformer parodies seems like a job for Wikipedia.
  • July 23, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    ^ Seconded
  • July 23, 2014
    Larkmarn
    While I (obviously) like the idea, such a split would still need to be done through TRS.

    Though a question: where would Transformers like Raindance or Grand Slam go, ones that transform from objects to vehicles with no robot mode? Or Ravage, who has a robot mode, but it's a feline, not a human mode?
  • July 23, 2014
    DAN004
    I guess we need Transforming Robot.
  • July 23, 2014
    SpinyNorman
    Similar to Notzilla and My Little Phony indeed.
  • July 23, 2014
    tryrar
    ^^^^Thirded
  • July 25, 2014
    NESBoy
    "Changeables" is a series of old Mc Donalds Happy Meal sets depicting McDonald's food transforming into robots. One of the commercials for these toys depicts Grimmace showing Ronald a car that changes into a robot (although it's technically a robot inside a car). Ronald reveals he can transform too, and demonstrates by... walking into a McDonald's that appeared out of nowhere). Note that the word "Transform" is avoided in the commercial. (You can find a video and a detailed summary of the commercial here, courtesy of X Entertainment.)
  • July 25, 2014
    KarjamP
    Stop adding more "Motion to Discard" tags guys - tags aren't supposed to be used for votes (and if it was, it'll be easy to abuse since nothing's stopping a troper from adding a tag twice).
  • July 30, 2014
    tryrar
    Well, has the OP gone awol? We'd like him to at least try to fix some of the issues we brought up...
  • July 30, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Most likely...
  • July 30, 2014
    tryrar
    ^In that case is there anything here worth salvaging?
  • August 19, 2014
    Nathanoraptor
    Sorry about being AWOL these past few weeks. I've been too busy to contribute (I've been to Ireland on holiday in a house that didn't have Wi-Fi). And after that I couldn't find it. So tell me the issues and I'll clean them up.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable