Trivia / Transformers

Cross Series
  • Executive Meddling: Tons and tons and tons, relating to marketing and the usual reasons. Recent example: the Grand Finale to Simon Furman's Myth Arc comic series was cut from 12 issues to 4 so that IDW could publish All Hail Megatron instead.
  • Once per series:
    • Optimus Prime learns how to fly: G1, Beast Wars, Cybertron, Animated, Revenge of the Fallen, Prime
    • Optimus Prime dies (usually sacrificing himself, and usually coming back). In fact, this happens so often, it's easier to list the series where this doesn't happen: Transformers: Robots in Disguise (though it nearly happens in the last episode) and Transformers: Shattered Glass (where, since it's a Mirror Universe, this happens to Megatron instead).
    • Megatron becomes Galvatron: G1, Robots in Disguise, Unicron Trilogy (and we mean every subseries of the Unicron Trilogynote ), Age of Extinction, Shattered Glass
      • A technicality with Prime- Megatron is resurrected and given an upgraded body by Unicron, the standard Galvatron origin, but he's never referred to as such. A single toy of this form just called it "Unicron Megatron"
    • Starscream comes back from the dead: G1, Beast Wars, Unicron Trilogy, Animated
    • Waspinator blows up: Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Animated
    • Someone makes an evil Optimus clone: G1, Robots in Disguise, Energon, Beast Wars Second, Prime, Age of Extinction note 
    • Unicron Appears: G1, (technically)Beast Wars, Armada, Energon, Prime, Beast Wars Neo
    • Transformer with a human for their alternate mode: Masterforce, Animated, Revenge of the Fallen.
  • If you were to play every Transformers opening theme ever made back to back, it would take just shy of 40 minutes to complete.
  • Adaptation Overdosed: The Adaptation Sequence below speaks for itself.
  • Adaptation Sequence: Toys —> Comic —> Cartoon —> Animated movie —> Sequel cartoons —> Reboot cartoons —> Lots lots more comics —> Live-action movie —> Another reboot cartoon —> Even more comics, and prose —> Second movie —> Video game —> More prose —> Slightly video game/movie-based reboot cartoon —> Third Movie —> Spin-off to the previous cartoon —> Fourth Movie —> Another sequel cartoon.
  • Inconsistent Dub: The Latin American and even the European Spanish dubs, All the way: Due to the fact Hasbro wanted to dub the Spanish versions in the U.S. for having more control about the dubbing (This is was during G1, the animated movie and the Japanese Anime versions, mind you) , all the Spanish language versions (including the European one) were sometimes dubbed by a Spanish-language studio in Los Angeles. The main problem with this approach is, due of consideration about the Spaniard viewers, especially in the Anime versions, some series were dubbed using the European Spanish dialect, but keeping the local accents intact: Not only the Latin American viewers had to tolerate a very fake Spaniard accent, but the Spaniards had to tolerate a ridiculous Spaniard dialogue with Mexican and Central American accents.
    • In fact, Mexican voice acting studios only dubbed a very small amount of Transformers stuff: The Beast Wars/Beast Machines series, Prime, Robots in Disguise and the live-action films. Other countries that dubbed the rest of the TF series were: Chile (Animated) and Venezuela (The Unicron Trilogy).
    • While the Mexican dub of Beast Wars was pretty good, it was panned for changing the names of all the characters to Spanish equivalents. This was corrected later in Beast Machines' dub.
  • The Merch: Aside from the toys, there's also Official Cosplay Gear.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Benson Yee, frequent convention visitor and operator of a popular Transformers web site. He was approached on Generation One expertise for Beast Wars and received a "Consultant" credit on certain episodes.)
    • Then there's Don Figueroa, who built his own meter-tall custom Transformers from scratch before becoming a fan-favorite artist and toy designer.
  • Running the Asylum: Arguably, it's one of the few series that has benefited from it.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: Rather famous in the original toyline, as the repurposed toy molds were from stories of piloted (not sentient) mecha and transforming defense bases. Ratchet and Ironhide (repaints of each other) weren't even humanoid in their alternate forms. Even Beast Wars had to take some liberties with the character models as the toys would have to cheat to be workable with both modes. Because of the lead time necessary for the movie line compared to the actual movie many of the toys are based on earlier designs and not the final character design, although by the third film most every character had a reasonably screen-accurate toy. Transformers Animated was the first series to feature genuine cooperation between the character designers and the toy developers, resulted in extremely screen accurate toys.
  • What Could Have Been: Many, many toys and concepts end up being discarded - from G1 alone, we have characters originally being named differently (e.g. Swoop was to be named "Divebomb" before the name was later repurposed for the Predacon bird), a planned Unicron toy and two planned Arcee toys for the original toyline, an axed rerelease of the original Megatron toy in a blue/orange deco (dubbed "Lava Megatron" by Hasbro and "Safety Megatron" by fans), two Megatron triple changers (one that switched between Megatron, Galvatron and a gun and another between Megatron, Skywarp and a plane and many, many more. See here for more.
  • The Wiki Rule: TFWiki.net.

G1
  • Creator's Favorite: Simon Furman, writer for a great number of Transformers comics, has a couple favorites:
    • Grimlock. By his pen, Grimlock is a cunning warrior who uses Hulk Speak to make his enemies underestimate him, while the TV series simply had him be too dumb to string a sentence together.
    • Nightbeat, a C-list character whom Furman brought to the forefront by making him a Film Noir-style Hardboiled Detective. In the current IDW-universe that Furman is helping to write, he killed Nightbeat off fairly early on so fans can know that Anyone Can Die, even his own favorite character. He did something similar in the G2 comics, killing off Nightbeat as a self-inflicted Player Punch.
  • Dueling Shows: Transformers Generation 1 vs. The Go-Bots
    • Interestingly! The two are now considered to exist in the same multiverse. Albeit with the Go-Bots universe being very, very distant from any known Transformersverse. The only Gobot who has any sort of impact at all is Bugbite, who has since become a Decepticon.
      • Granted, there is a big reason that Hasbro hasn't done much with the Go Bots franchise- Bandai. When Hasbro purchased Tonka, they gained only partial ownership of the franchise. Bandai still owns the actual toys, meaning they also own the character models. While we've gotten a few nods as well as some recolored toys, Hasbro can't actually make any on-model Go Bots toys for legal reasons. Interestingly, Bandai is releasing their own modern take on many of these characters with a new Machine Robo line in Japan, although being based on Revenge Of Chronos, they will not have the Hanna-Barbera faces.
  • Something interesting of note: While a number people claim to have memories of Optimus crumbling into dust after death in the Generation One Movie, he did not actually do that - it was the Armada Optimus who crumbled into dust on death. They may be confusing Optimus' death with Starscream's - 'Screamer did crumble to dust when dying, and both characters turned grey as they died.
  • What Could Have Been: Megatron almost had a different name. When the writer of the initial Transformers fiction came up with the name, it was shot down by Hasbro, as they felt it conjured up images of nuclear weapons. He then reminded Hasbro Megatron was supposed to be the Big Bad and the name was approved.
    • Similarly, Starscream was originally named Ulchtar in Denny O'Neill's original treatment for the comic book, but Bob Budiansky changed it.
    • Ratchet was originally supposed to be a female, but Hasbro rejected the idea.

Transformers Film Series
  • Creator Backlash: Michael Bay apologized for the result of Revenge of the Fallen, and promised better results for Dark of the Moon.
    • Eventually the franchise became this for him. He was essentially forced to keep making sequels like clockwork, and being unable to make a more personal movie until the franchise took a three-year hiatus. Ironically and hypocritically, executive producer Steven Spielberg, who bemoans the lack of originality in Hollywood, pressured Bay to keep making more sequels.
  • Dawson Casting: Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox both turned 20 the year the movie was filmed, both playing high school juniors. Bay mentioned that he was initially not interested in LaBeouf because in his movies immediately prior he had grown a goatee, making him look too old to play a teenager. Seeing him clean shaven convinced him otherwise.
  • Fan Nickname: Transformers: Rolling On The Floor
    • The human/Transformer hybrid known as Alice is being called "Deceptislut".
    • "Bayformers," while starting as a pejorative (and to some still is) has gone on to be an affectionate name for the series and the robot designs in general.
    • Due to Optimus' dramatic sacrifice and resurrection, many have been calling him "Optimus Christ". There is even a Facebook group devoted to his honor. And why not? He died for our sins.
    • In the first movie, Bumblebee projecting an Autobot signal into the clouds = the Bot-signal.
  • He Also Did: Mark Ryan, the voice of Bumblebee, Jetfire and Lockdown, is best known for playing Nasir in the 1980s series Robin of Sherwood (the first ever Middle Eastern Merry Man who became a Fountain of Expies, inspiring most famously Morgan Freeman's character in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves but also several other Sherwood bandits).
  • Reality Subtext: Bumblebee vs. Barricade: Chevy Camaro vs. Ford Mustang.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • They were going to put a transforming aircraft carrier (which partially inspired the toy-only stealth battleship Depthcharge), but the scale would have been extremely awkward to animate — as in, it would have likely been able to walk on the ocean floor while keeping its torso above water.
    • Fan favorite Springer was scheduled to be in the movie as an Osprey twin rotor helicopter, with two toys released based on the design. The guess is he was dropped because the Osprey design would make him absolutely tower over near every other robot (at about 60 feet tall) and give Devastator a run for his money.
    • The very first non-movie character to get a toy was Wreckage - a Decepticon with an APC altmode based on an ILM design that eventually went unused.
    • Both the twins and Arcee were apparently supposed to combine into a larger robot form. The cycles' version got far enough to make it into the toyline, the Twins...not so much (though the ice cream truck did).
    • The studio initially requested that they try and make it so the robots don't talk at all, fearing it would come across as silly. Both the writers and Michael Bay knew that despite the requisite cries it was ruined for any changes, the fans would absolutely crucify them if the robots didn't talk.
    • Soundwave was to appear in the first movie, his role being an inverted Composite Character of Frenzy and Barricade. Since there would be major size changes involved (he would go from a robot to a radio to a humvee), he was split off. At first, Frenzy was to be named "Soundwave", but the writers changed it because they felt the character was too different from all the other Soundwaves. Another attempt at working him in eventually turned into Blackout and Scorponok.
      • Blackout also had many other names during development; including Vortex, Devastator (who would later appear in ROTF), Incinerator and even Grimlock (though this wouldn't have been the first time a character named Grimlock would have had a non-dinosaur alternate mode; the Binaltech Grimlock, for instance, transformed into a 2002 Ford Mustang GT, not any type of dinosaur). Though Soundwave, Ravage and Laserbeak would all find their way into the second movie.
    • The various adaptations of ROTF feature a different ending than the movie itself, where Megatron, having found out that The Fallen had been lying to him and manipulating him all this time, leaves his master to die and flies back to the Nemesis with Starscream to awaken his new army.
    • James Arnold Taylor was originally cast as the Fallen, but was later replaced by Tony Todd. He did keep the role for the video game though.
    • Corey Burton was asked to audition for a role in the live-action film, but he declined due to not being interested in performing in mega-budget blockbuster movies.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Hugo Weaving admits he reads his lines without knowing what they mean and that he's not seen the films.
    • Bay's response over this was... not kind.
  • Peter Cullen reprises his role as Optimus Prime for the Michael Bay films, but he does not reprise his role as Ironhide. Frank Welker returns as the voices of Soundwave and Ravage, but his other characters (Megatron, Frenzy and Laserbeak) have new actors. He was going to portray Megatron once more, but Michael Bay decided that Welker's voice didn't match his vision for Megatron. Though he would get to voice Galvatron in AOE.
    • Amusingly, Frank Welker's brief lines for Shockwave in DOTM sound an awful lot like his G1 Megatron voice.
  • According to the family tree that Sam presents in the first film, the Witwicky family consists of two generations of inbreeding. This might be a case of Critical Research Failure on Sam's part though.

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