Transformers: Wings of Honor
In 2010, the Official Transformers Fanclub finally ended their five-year "Nexus Prime
" saga which took place over several different universes
, and switched to a new continuity scheduled to last for three years. Taking a page from Classics
, this new continuity also revisits the original Generation 1
universe as part of its storyline, but using the cartoon
instead of the comics. The story Wings of Honor
(May, 2009) is considered the debut of this timeline.
So far the storyline is in two parts, with the rest being "just like the cartoon except where it's not":
The "Wings of Honor" portion, which serves as a prequel to the cartoon. The Great War has just barely begun, with Megatron and his rebels having gained in force enough to cause serious troubles for the High Council, and dangerous Decepticon leaders popping up all over the place.
To combat this new menace, two separate projects are formed. One is council member Magnum's "Elite Guard
", various teams of skilled soldiers charged with protecting the civilians and hunting down and eliminating the Decepticon resistance. The other is Alpha Trion's "Prime Initiative", dedicated towards giving the Autobots a strong military leader who will unite all of the Autobots against the Decepticons. The two projects don't have a lot of regard for each other, to put it mildly. The stories mostly focus on the Elite Guard squads, though Prime's unit comes more into play in the second half of the arc.
This series/universe provides examples of:
Wings of Honor
The "Generation 2: Redux" portion, which serves as a sequel to the cartoon. Following Optimus Prime and Galvatron leaving Earth for other venues, with only a skeleton crew left behind, the humans and Nebulans teamed up to use Vector Sigma technology to create their own new generation of Earth-born Transformers. Manufactured in various places around the globe, these Transformers are "born" free of the Great War, instead placing their allegiances and cultural backgrounds in various countries.
So, of course, these kiddie Transformers decide the best thing to do with their young lives is split up into two factions and start shooting at each other. Leading the Autobots is "Sir Pyro Ignatius Spark
", an eccentric and somewhat mischievous British (and knighted) "teenager" with a noble streak. Meanwhile, the Decepticons have Clench, an ill-tempered sadist with a Texan accent.
During one of their battles, a fight inside the Large Hadron Collider
involving the Decepticons' experimentation with a power-enhancing substance
results in a mishap which grants all of the Earth-born Transformers (and some of the older Transformers who stayed behind) with new strange superpowers (and new eye-blinding paint jobs
), making them all a "new Generation".
This series/universe provides examples of:
Generation 2: Redux
- Aliens of London: Justified—amazingly enough for a Transformers series—all of the Cybertronians with a pronounced Earth regional accent developed it by either being "born" and raised in the country or region in question, or otherwise having spent enough time there to pick up the accent.
- Bad Boss: Clench.
Clench: "You [Sky-Byte] and Breakdown are gonna be the next test subjects. If you both survive, I nominate myself for augmentation."
- The Captain: Pyro.
- Child Soldiers: The Earth-born Transformers in Redux are minors even by Earth standards.
- Cool Old Guy: Well, more like "Cool Middle-Aged Guy", but Streetwise is one of the few adult Cybertronians in the mix, respects the "kiddies" and lets them mostly lead themselves, and mainly serves as a Badass advisor and helper to Pyro.
- Fake Memories: All the 2nd generation Transformers (Jhiaxus's troops) have memories from whomever they were cloned from, it's the worse with Frenzy, who continues to flashback to the war, and trying to climb inside of his partner Soundwave's chest.
- French Jerk: Slicer.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Rapido peppers his speech with this.
- Interquel / Sequel: The Redux stories are a sequel to the Sunbow cartoon, and may be an interquel if it turns out Beast Wars is part of the timeline.
- Jive Turkey: Streetwise talks like this, as an homage to Shaft.
- Knight Fever: Pyro, as a result of saving the Queen's life from a Decepticon attack.
- Magical Particle Accelerator: The central aspect of the initial BotCon comic's plot.
- Mass Super-Empowering Event: In the BotCon comic, a large number of Transformers end up being granted various superpowers by Forestonite gas. Some of the known ones:
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Clench is based on Jack Palance.
- OC Stand-in: Both the "Wings of Honor" and Redux casts are made up of a lot of background and/or barely-used characters to avoid having to explain around the Sunbow cartoon too much. They even coincidentally managed to use two previously-unused characters that Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers used at the same time, albeit with very different characterizations.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Lampshaded. When Pyro guesses that Clench wants to use the Large Hadron Collider to create a black hole to destroy the Earth, Clench points out that, not only is that impossible, he and his Decepticons are still on the Earth. Pyro concedes the point (although it's implied he was being a smart aleck with his guess anyway).
- Shout-Out: Pyro's personality is based on the Tenth Doctor, Streetwise's is based on both Shaft and a page from the TFWiki, and Slicer is a take on the French Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- The Strategist: Rapido.
- Tastes Like Purple: After getting his new powers, Pyro says that they "feel somewhat purple◊".
- Team Dad: Surprisingly, Jhiaxus, though an angry one. Most of his team consists of clones he made and calls his children, the Battlechargers who are child-like in their stupidity, and Side-Burn who doesn't have any memory.
- Too Dumb to Live: Runamuck has wings installed, but only as an after effect of his alt-mode (He's afraid to fly). Despite being told that they do not work, he keeps jumping off of high places in hopes he'll fly.
- Unknown Rival: Breakdown is absolutely obsessed with fighting Streetwise in a The Only One Allowed to Defeat You sort of way, to finish off the Stunticon-Protectobot fight that sent the rest of both their teams offline. Streetwise, meanwhile, has decided that since the war is over he just wants to move on, and is more amused and bemused by Breakdown's vendetta than anything.