WMG: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye

For Wild Mass Guessing about the rest of the franchise, see Transformers.

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    Brainstorm Guesses 

Brainstorm and Perceptor
  • Are indeed actually brothers. Skyfall once mentioned, probably while being sarcastic, that Brainstorm is Perceptor's brainier spark brother. Brainstorm's issues with Perceptor comes from being The Unfavorite.
    • Jossed. Perceptor was forged, Brainstorm was constructed cold.

Brainstorm will become a Headmaster.
  • It would be a great plot twist and Mythology Gag. After all, he was at least partially responsible for creating the process in the original series. Naturally, this will lead to a moment of pure comedic gold when he's decapitated... only for his head to transform into a smaller robot and reattach itself as the other Autobots watch in horror.
  • The point-one percenter spark he found will become Arcana, his original Headmaster partner.
    • Considering Brainstorm is actually "undead", the spark might actually be a plot by him in order to revive himself. Or the next Decepticon Phase Sixer.
    • Jossed. That spark actually becomes Megatron's, via Time Travel.

  • Killed all the patrons in Swerve's so he could hole himself up in there with its defense system.
    • Jossed. He tries (and fails) to kill the patrons in Swerve's bar. Rodimus, Megatron, and others speculate that Brainstorm attempted to kill them so he'd be free to travel back in time without interference.
  • Is also responsible for Red Alert's botched "suicide." For whatever reason, he's clearly operating under some agenda as far as Overlord is concerned, one that can't allow for others to interfere.
  • Was himself executed for protesting Chromedome's demise. If Issue #16 is anything to go by, he genuinely cares for Domey, and probably wouldn't be too happy with the DJD moving the goalposts for his survival.

The reason the DJD killed the other Brainstorm
  • Is because he was a traitor. He's just being Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
  • Maybe they killed him for failing to deliver Overlord to them at the first opportunity. Remember, he was in on Project: Total Insanity from the start and could have done so at any time. Why would he wait to do so only after Drift exposed the secret? It's possible that Brainstorm Became The Mask and neglected to do so to save his friends. This raises some questions about who else might have done such a thing if he didn't, and on that note...

Who might have tipped off the DJD about Overlord if Brainstorm didn't?
There's two major points of evidence suggesting that Brainstorm wasn't the one alerted the DJD to Overlord's whereabouts. First off, he was in on Prowl's plan and could have tipped them off at any time, but "our" Brainstorm never did so. In addition, the slow cell was deactivated only after Drift confessed to the entire crew, suggesting that someone else did so. If Brainstorm had a change of heart and wasn't responsible, who was?
  • Crosscut. He's one of the few surviving Senate members and seemingly a right-hearted one at that. Given the number of fettered Senators who became closet 'cons, and the fact that he survived the Senate massacre, it's possible he's the one.
    • Jossed. Alternate!Brainstorm tipped off the DJD about Overlord, though he specifically requested them to leave the Lost Light crew alone, and they would've done — had they not spotted Alternate!Drift aboard when they invaded.

Brainstorm is not after Orion Pax. He's after Megatron
  • Confirmed in issue 37.

Brainstorm actually died long ago
  • The real Brainstorm kicked the bucket long ago, and was supplanted by a decepticon mole. The reason why Brainstorm told everyone he was forged was because the original WAS forged, but the impostor was constructed cold and later replaced him. Think of it as the anti Ultra Magnus.

Do you remember that point one-percenter spark that Brainstorm picked in luna-1?
  • That's actually Megatron's. He kills the spark that was meant to be Megatron, and replaces it with the point one-percenter spark he absconded with during "Remain in Light".
  • Confirmed. Although Brainstorm is stopped from killing Megatron, it's Rewind that instead takes the shot to ensure a brighter future for every non-Cybertronian; however, Whirl uses Brainstorm's spare one-percenter spark to save Megatron (and create a Constructed Cold One-Percenter) to spite the Functionist Council that ruined his life.

Brainstorm is actually trying to save the timeline.
  • *Deep Breath*
At some point in the past, Brainstorm predicted (quite correctly) that the timeline would decay into a Bad Present without someone ensuring that the social order was irrevocably altered to prevent the Functionists from gaining control. So began his plan to engineer a revolution, starting with the construction of his briefcase network. He's had experience in creating temporal-affecting devices such as the slow cell, possibly as a springboard for a full blown time machine, and he's shown an interest in the Dead Universe, possibly having arrived at Shockwave's conclusions that the energies of another universe can be tapped into (though its destruction in Dark Cybertron likely scrapped his plans to use it to fuel his machine).

Having created the means to travel into the past, he starts building his own revolutionary from scratch. Creating Megatron's personality in a lab might have been difficult, but Brainstorm hails from the New Institute and used to work with the best mnemosurgeon alive. Instead, it's finding the superspark that will ensure his toy soldier will be tough enough to survive the living hell the Senate will surely put him through that proves to be the big obstacle. but he gets lucky and essentially has one fall into his lap on Luna-1. Unfortunately, the reality-warping of the Dark Cybertron and Slaughterhouse arcs accelerates the timeline's decay, and with another control case suddenly tapping into his network, Brainstorm knows it's time to put his plan into action.

Though Megatron is the major game changer here, there are multiple minute historical events which need to be occur to achieve the desired timeline. Whether empirically or just as an educated guess, Brainstorm knows he can't count on everyone involved in them just uniting under his lead to screw the past. He needs to galvanize them into making the jump themselves, and what better way to do that that then making himself out as a threat to the timeline? By making himself out as a Decepticon, faking an attempted mass murder, and jumping into the past, he's ensured the crew will drop everything and chase him. He tries hitting hotspots that helped shape Megatron into the Decepticon leader, knowing that the others will follow and bumble into creating Stable Time Loop after Stable Time Loop, and even sets up one himself with whatever the hell he did to past Rung. At one point, much to his panic, they catch up to him and almost derail his plans, but he's able to shake them and leads them back through the past again, where they accidentally start the fight which leads to Megatron's arrest. (Presumably, he was completely nonplussed that the war was indirectly caused by a curly straw, hence his "Unbelievable...") He ultimately travels back to the day of Megatron's creation, and starts off the modifications by killing the spark of Megatron-to-be and replacing it with his Point-One-Percenter.
  • Jossed. Brainstorm's ultimate goal was to save his friend, Quark, along with everyone else killed or affected by the Autobot-Decepticon War

    DJD Guesses 

Skids is Agent 113, and member of the DJD.

Based on this convo from the IDW forums.

The bonus story in the LSOTW called bullets, say that Agent 113 was the Autobot's inside man in the DJD.
  • Lots of people think that it was Punch/Counterpunch, the Autobot Double-spy, because he's one of the few Autobot spies there is, also he's the most iconic (IDW might have been talking about giving him a mini-series). I, however, think that it's Warmonger. He's just the obscure kind of guy that Roberts would include.
  • Based on what we know so far, I'm guessing Skids is Agent 113, and his binary gun was used to fire messages to the Autobots. He was discovered, however, by Tarn (hence the whole music thing and shutting out a whole year of his life), and imprisoned. He escaped, and showed up in issue 2.

Deathsaurus is in the DJD
He's a big name Con who hasn't appeared yet in the IDW verse. Also, the cover with Grimlock has him attacking two apparent Decepticons, one has a head that resembles Deathsaurus.
  • For fans of relatively obscure and/or foreign Transformers, having Deathsaurus turn up in this series would be quite a victory.
  • Jossed, the guy in the picture is Misfire. He isn't part of the DJD, and neither is Deathsaurus.
  • However, Deathsaurus does feature on the cover of a DJD Centric issue, leading to more speculation in this vein.

The Members of The Decepticon Justice Division
There would be about 5, because the solicitation said so. They are the 5 most deadly and loyal cons.
  • Skids: Based on the above WMG, The forum on the link says that Crosscut (From the Wreckers series) was mistaken for a DJD member. There is another guy named Crosscut, an Autobot (Or is he?), and his retool is Skids.
  • Warmonger: same WMG, he's obscure, and he's an Autobot Spy, possibly Agent 113 in this continuity.
    • Jossed
  • Punch/Counterpunch: many people's idea of Agent 113, same WMG.
    • Jossed
  • Deathsaurus: The con on the issue 8 cover looks like him, based on the above WMG.
    • Jossed
  • Blackshadow: One of the phase sixers, and therefore most powerful, in the only scene he appeared in, he seemed loyal to Megatron, besides, it will be another call-back to Wreckers.
    • Jossed with a vengance, he's seen tortured and killed by the DJD because he took a bribe.
  • Sixshot: Probably repaired after Spotlight Metroplex. Like Blackshadow, one of the most powerful cons, though he's not as loyal, judging from Devastation, so maybe not.
    • Jossed
  • Turmoil: The member who goes to Cybertron instead to disrupt the peace, based on the fact he'l appear in the July issue of RID.
    • Jossed
  • Thunderwing: Not an actual member, but maybe they found his body and will control it and use it against the Autobots.
    • Jossed
  • Obsidian and/or Strika: this one's a little far out, but maybe Roberts will make G1 incarnations of these guys, and they'll be loyal to this Megatron.
    • Jossed
  • Gideon: A con mentioned in passing in Bullets from Wreckers. Roberts made plenty of call-backs to the series, and Gideon did kill plenty of Bots with Ironfists chemicals sold to him by Skyfall
    • Jossed
  • Trannis: An obscure decepticon dictator from the comics. James might bring him into the modern day, complete with new design.
    • Jossed
  • Lugnut: Loyal, deadly, and already seen in Autocracy.
    • Hailstorm: Big, intimidating, and had a scene with Lugnut in Autocracy
      • Heavyload and Rodablock were also seen in close proximity to Lugnut, perhaps that group became the DJD.
    • All Jossed
  • Scrash: an obscure air-decepticon (According to Transformers Animated, he looks like Skyquake).
    • Jossed
  • Valve: the traitor from the Wreckers who became a con, again, another callback to the Wreckers, and he was mentioned in passing in this series.
    • He was even in charge of Squadron X, before Macabre took over.
    • Jossed
  • On the cover there is a guy with the Decepticon faction symbol for a head (And it is a closer representation than Soundwave) He is probably part of the DJD, possibly their leader. The head is so unfamiliar that I'd have to say it's probably Valve, with Gideon coming in for a second guess.
    • Jossed, it's Tarn
  • They're really 5 original characters, Tarn, Vos, Kaon, Helex, and Tesarus; named after the first five cities which fell to the Decepticons, though they are only code names.

Who are the DJD looking for
DJD say the crime of the traitor was that he lived.
  • Crankcase: In Stormbringer, he and his team tried to defend the planet from Thunderiwng, and most got killed, he survived, and let the planet fall (which Darkwing was worried would upset Megatron). So maybe he's the target. The Division is angry that he didn't die for his cause (The others that survived; Thrust and Dreadwind, are also dead, but Darkwing is alive).
    • Jossed, it's Fulcrum, the suicide bomber who wouldn't detonate.

Tarn is actually Dominus, Rewind's missing friend
  • ...and Chromedome had a hand in who he became which is the secret he was revealed to have attacked Prowl to hide in issue 14.
    • It appeared to have been Jossed in Issue 17, but it turns out it was Minimus Ambus, Dominus' younger brother.
    • And with the revelation that Minimus is a 1 percenter, it's possible that Dominus is wearing the Tarn armor, since it is known that Tarn is also a Legacy Character.
    • there is also the fact that both have an affinity for The Empyrian Suite, and Tarn wont allow to get his cog fixed, possibly because he doesnt want others to figure out he's just a tiny robot inside a Powered Armor.
      • Unlikely. Tarn burns through T-cogs with some regularity, and replacing them presumably involves surgery.
      • His armor probably also incorporates attention deflectors, like the Ultra Magnus armor, so even if he gets surgery, they wont figure out whom he really is.
    • It is also possible that Dominus was originally Agent 113, until he lost it and becomes the mask.
    • Tarn's extreme loyalty to Decepticon doctrine might make sense for Dominus: he was in a relationship with Rewind, who was a member of the Disposable class, and Dominus campaigned for them to receive equal rights. Since the original purpose of the Decepticons was to oppose Functionism and the Senate, it's not impossible that Ambus fell in with them.
    • Rewind was also the only bot spared on the Alternate Lost Light. The given explanation is that the DJD wanted him to record their atrocities, and then he ran and hid. But the DJD is incredibly thorough, it seems unlikely they wouldn't find him if they wanted to (the Pet could probably sniff him out if nothing else). Perhaps Tarn recognized him and made up an excuse to let him live.
    • Also the idea of Tarn, the ultimate Decepticon lawman, being the brother of Ultra Magnus, the ultimate Autobot lawman, has a certain amount of delicious irony to it.
    • Rewind says he doesn't know how the DJD knew about Chromedome and him. He guesses that maybe he cried out Domey's name, but that could easily be a Red Herring. More likely, Tarn already knew because he's someone from Rewind and Chromedome's past.

One of the current members of the Decepticon Justice Division is Agent 113.
With the two most likely candidates being Kaon and Vos.
  • Vos transformers into a Sniper Rifle, which would allow him the excuse to shoot a special bullet at the autobot insignia. He also speaks only in Old Cybertronian to avoid detection, and oh yeah... he has a spare Autobot face.
    • His habit of asking Tarn questions and the description that Rodimus and Atomizer gave of a very different Vos seem to suggest that this Vos hasn't held the title very long...
  • Kaon seems to have the least lethal alternate form of all the DJD, he is also their communication office and the person in charge of maintaining the DJD hit list.

Agent 113 is Kaon's pet sparkeater.
He's the one member of the DJD who is beneath suspicion, the DJD view him as a pet and therefore speak freely in front of him. He's an Autobot with a beast mode who has been designed so any sparks he "eats" are in fact safely stored away inside of him to await pickup from the Autobots. This allows him to engage in apparently savage actions in front of the DJD while maintaining his own moral code. As for the data slugs disguised as bullets he uses to contact the Autobots, either he discretely transforms during battles and fires while the rest of the DJD are distracted, or alternatively he has retractable guns in beast mode we haven't seen yet.

Agent 113, the Autobot mole in the DJD, was the previous Vos.
  • As in, the big guy with hooks for his hands and feet and not the Primal Vernacular-speaking sadist with the removable face who currently holds the title. For whatever reason, Agent 113 was removed from the team shortly before the start of the series (maybe he died, or maybe his cover was blown, which probably amounts to the same thing), but either way, Agent 113 is no longer in play and the DJD as it stands now are full of true believers. First Aid has never mentioned in any way his role in relaying Agent 113's information to Autobot High Command, Prowl hasn't either over in RID, and given that the DJD is still active, he'd probably want status updates on what they're doing. The description of the previous Vos as a big scary hook-guy was to call attention to him so that he could actually be revealed as a noble, courageous Autobot mole. I also find it difficult to believe any true Autobot would have willingly partaken in the slaughter of his comrades the way the DJD slaughtered the alternate Lost Light crew just so they could get at Overlord, especially considering how the crew would have been full of Autobot heavyweights like Ultra Magnus, Ratchet, and Rodimus.
    • Maybe Agent 113 is amongst the current DJD roster, but has a shell program that kicks into action once he enters situations where Autobot fatalities are unavoidable. (Sounds like something Prowl would do, don't you think?) Like G1 Punch, he's suffering a Split Personality Takeover, possibly as a result of his job's effect on his mental health. Or (and this is admittedly reaching) Agent 113 recognized the signs of a quantum generator accident and was banking on there being at least one more Lost Light out there.

The DJD is collecting the Ununtrium from the Phase Sixers they destroy.
  • It's been established as an incredibly rare and finite substance. Money says acquiring for the Autobots it is Agent 113's primary objective.

Tarn's faceplate will be broken, and it will be spoileriffic as all hell.

Roller will eventually become Tarn
... As seen and hinted at in issue #36, there are little hints that suggest that Roller (whether it was destined, or was altered by Rodimus' crew's actions) will one day become Tarn.
  • Both are incredibly strong, as both are Point-One Percenters.
  • Both are large, having similar looking bodies and alt. modes, and have the circular panels on either side of their heads.
  • Roller feels inadequate in comparison to the Outliers, who have amazing abilities. All he has is his strength, and he feels that strength is not enough. Could that be a Start of Darkness to prove himself to Orion and himself?
  • Just as Tarn is addicted to transforming (requiring a large supply of T.Cogs), Roller is addicted to circuit speeders in his pursuit to keep-up with the Outliers. Could one addiction lead to another?
  • Rewind speculates that the floating ship hovering over the hot spot was the Senate's attempt to creating Outliers of their own. If that is true, then it is possible to affect a spark to gain newer abilities. Roller is last seen getting injured during the fight, with he body never found. Could that be where Tarn would get his signature voice of death?
  • Just before the battle, Orion suggests to Roller to read-up on Megatron's work, claiming that it was powerful stuff. It could explain why Tarn is so utterly devoted to the Decepticon cause if he is Roller.
  • During the fight, his left eye is cracked. Guess which eye shows damage in Tarn's closeup on the over?
  • It is very well possible that it will not go down that route, but these little points of evidence are just too noticeable to ignore.

Roller is not only Tarn but also Agent 113
  • Given the unlikelihood of TWO autobots being part of the DJD then Roller being Tarn and Roller being Agent 113 seems quite possible.
    • Not to mention that Agent 113 always aims at the left eye of the Autobot badge, the same eye Roller got damaged during the fight?
    • It's also possible that Roller got a bad case of Becoming the Mask, where after a while he just gave up on being Roller and fully became Tarn.

The current members of the D.J.D. are characters who have "vanished" as part of their backstories.
  • Between Dominus Ambus, Roller and Damus/Glitch...

Rodimus and crew's time travel shenanigans are creating the DJD
  • Think about it. Unless it's a Red Herring (which is entirely possible with Roberts), #36 is lousy with hints and foreshadowing that Roller became Tarn (see above). In #37, Whirl uses one of Brainstorm's strange, experimental guns to kill some no-name goon, but the blast enters through his chest and exits out his eyes. And who's the one shown to kill the alternate-timeline Whirl a few issues ago? Kaon. Who has holes for eyes. Hammer and Anvil are gigantic, easily the same size as Helex and Tesarus. While not directly related to the time travel, in Shadowplay, we saw Orion drive through either Hammer or Anvil, creating a giant hole which could have become Tesarus' grinder. And they were only there because Chromedome told Whirl to let them live. No hints yet as to where Helex and Vos fit in, but if things continue playing out in this way, it seems entirely possible that the Lost Light just made some of the worst Decepticons to ever live.


The thing in the basement is Grimlock
And he's not happy. He's going to be in the series at least by issue 8. Besides, the thing in the basement says Me kill over and over, who else talks like that?
  • Unless it's actually saying "Kill me" and they just didn't happen to start listening at the beginning of the loop.
    • It was saying "Kill me" but the character really was Overlord.

Chromedome used to be called "Stylor".
When telling his part of the shared story in Post Hoc, he begins to say his name was different in the pre-War era, but Rewind cuts him off and says to stick to Chromedome, otherwise it gets too confusing, and in the flashbacks with Prowl, he's never directly referred to by name. Given the more G1-esque version of his body in the flashbacks, I'm going with the idea that Chromedome was originally known as "Stylor", the name of his Nebulan Headmaster partner in the cartoons as part of a Mythology Gag.
  • Jossed. His real name was revealed in 14 to be Tumbler.

The final instruction from the future that was cut off was "Do Not Resuscitate Rung".
...Because he will come back wrong, get a severe case of Break the Cutie, and cross the Moral Event Horizon, because isn't that just the sort of horrible, horrible thing that James Roberts would do? Considering what he's been through-being held hostage and abused by Fort Max, being shot in the head by Swerve on Rodimus' orders even though Max was already disabled-will, I don't know, colour his perception of the Autobots a little? And hey, the DJD's on their way to collect Overlord, so, you know, there's an opportunity...and we also know that 18 months from now, more or less, quite a few members of the Lost Light are going to be dead, but Rung ain't one of them.
  • Seems to be Jossed - he's been resuscitated, and appears just fine.

The Legislators
are Quintesson creations.
  • The solicitations for future issues seem to heavily imply that they have something to do with the fate of Cybertronians as a whole, and they certainly fit in with the G1 Quintessons' naming convention (Judges, Bailiffs, Prosecutors).
    • Apparently Jossed. They're Tyrest' enforcers.

Who is the Conspirator?
  • There's someone on the ship who knows the reason why Overlord is there, to defeat and destroy the Decepticon threat forever. He talks to Chormedome through a door, so we never see him, but Chromedome knows him. He might be working with Prowl, Shock and Ore.
    • Someone on the crew we haven't seen yet. Implicitly, he could have been the one removing the evidence of Red Alert's drive.
    • Ore was killed, but was teleported out with the Metrotitan, he's still active, and he may have gotten back onto the ship, somehow.
    • Whoever talked to Chromedome knows Chromedome enough for Domey to recognize his voice without hearing his name. Shock and Ore were interchangeable to such an extent that the other crew members went on for some time about which one was which after they died. Here's my theory, cobbled together from bits and pieces of forum discussions:
      • It's Brainstorm. He knows Chromedome well, and, based on having helped rebuild Kup a few years back (complete with Prowl's secret personality subroutines) would have the resources and knowledge to rebuild/reprogram Overlord.
      • An upcoming solicit mentions an Autobot speaking without moving his lips. When Kup was rebuilt, and Prowl was musing over his modifications, his internal monologue specifically mentions that when Kup speaks, you won't even see Prowl's lips move. Now, according to the Conspirator, Overlord's reason for being on the ship is to wipe out the Decepticon threat forever. Who has a fanatical hatred for Decepticons? Prowl. James Roberts has said that, unlike the Sparkeater, Overlord was not present on the ship prior to its takeoff, which means that he's more likely than not the "cargo" that Prowl specified.
      • How did he get onboard? Brainstorm's briefcase has been assumed, by many a fan, to be the Malevolent Counterintuative Program he invented back in Bullets. It's never been called that, though. Every precaution has been taken not to open it. The annual showed that Brainstorm has access to a shrink gun. Could he have shrunk Overlord, smuggled him onboard, and then re-enlarged him in the secret chamber below, possibly installed onto the ship by Shock and Ore? This, of course, raises the question of Brainstorm's special security clearance in the first issue. Supposedly Rodimus gave him that clearance, but did he really? Are they onboard, and also in cahoots with Prowl's group?
      • This makes sense, when the Sparkeater attacked, he's attracted to the brightest spark, Rung's, but he's repulsed by the case, if Overlord was indeed in there, the Sparkeater may have sensed the "evil" in his spark, or more likely, the total lack of a goal or willingness to live made his spark dimmer, evidenced by Overlord's desire to be killed, and his one goal being smashed back in LSOTW. When Drift said that Sparkeaters are drawn to pain or emotional trauma, perhaps Overlord feels none of those, to quote Kup "just an emptiness, an absence of presence." That's the look that Kup got when staring into Overlord's eyes, and Zero-Point made the connection that the eyes were windows to the spark.
  • Jossed in issue 14. The Conspirator is actually Drift. The Duobots and him were working for Prowl the whole time. Brainstorm is involved in the scheme but he was brought into it later on.

The Galactic Council functions as The Man Behind the Man for Tyrest.
Tyrest himself is actually Brainwashed and Crazy by the Council, thus explaining the condition of his body, so they can use an actual Cybertronian to push their anti-Cybertronian agenda by getting Tyrest to destroy his own race for them. The Council has occupied a vaguely antagonistic position since they were introduced, and much like Tyrest himself has been hanging around the edges of the series for awhile now, most prominently in the Annual. Most of the rest of the galaxy seem prejudiced against Cybertronians too due to their incessant infighting and pre-war imperialism under Nova Prime, and now the Galactic Council has decided to remove them permanently in an effort to save the galaxy from "the mechanical threat". But in order to maintain the appearance of neutrality, they brainwashed or manipulated Tyrest, the one Cybertronian who was actually still on good terms with their organization, to handle the actual dirty work for them. Thus, it would appear to be an internal matter or just "Cybertronians being Cybertronians" and the Council would appear innocent. The only real evidence I have to support this is the fact that Tyrest is riddled with bullets (from when the Council initially captured him) and when he appears before Rodimus in his base on Luna-2, when he silences Rodimus protests with "Shut up or be held in contempt. You're in no position to demand anything of anyone, least of all me." Then he pauses and goes "Hm?" before reiterating "Least of all me." Almost like he was hearing something, like a voice in his head telling him what to do. Also note that Tyrest is sitting on a whole moon of one million potential Cybertronians waiting to be born, which is exactly the sort of thing the Council would not be in favour of, which is why Tyrest is making sure they don't get made into little Autobots and Decepticons.
  • Jossed. The Galactic Council doesn't have anything to do with what Tyrest is doing.

The reason...
  • why Star Saber attacked Skids is because Skids is, whether by accident or on purpose, responsible for the fall of Crystal City. There is also the chance that Skids, Star Saber or both were former agents of Tyrest.
    • Star Saber being Tyrest's agent is confirmed in issue 19. Also partially confirmed that Skids is responsible for something, something big and something bad, we just haven't been told what.
    • Skids is not one of Tyrest's agents and does not work for Tyrest.

Tailgate is a Loadbearer and will become Ultra Magnus at the end Remain in Light
  • His innermost energon is not green because it's curdling, it's because he's actually a Point One Percenter, of the Loadbearer class.
  • Or perhaps he does have the disease, but the Magnus Armor will be rigged up into a life-support device keeping alive as long as he's in it, provided Tailgate is a load-bearer. Or maybe he'll be cured with some of the tech and take up the armor to honor Magnus.
    • Jossed; Minimus survived Remain In Light and retains ownership of the Magnus Armor, but Tailgate also manages to pull through as well.

Whirl is gonna be among the casualties at the end of Remain in Light
  • Judging by the ominous cover for Issue #21
    • Jossed. Everyone lives.

Brainstorm edited Rewind's last message.
  • The original message ended with that bloodcurdling scream, but Brainstorm edited that part out and pasted an "I Love You" in order to honor Rewind and spare Chromedome that last nasty bit.
  • Or someone is transmitting something through that message. Another Metrotitan? The coffin? Rewind himself?
  • Jossed. It's (apparently) the result of the sheer amount of data Rewind had on hand bleeding into the message.

The Legislators are looking for a medic to repair Tyrest and Star Saber.
  • Since Pharma is dead now and can't treat their injuries.
  • Maybe they're just some powered-down guards from Luna 1 that reactivated when Fort Max and Red reinstated the (now-corrected)Tyrest Accord.
The coffin contains some sort of mind-reading psychic emitter.
  • This would explain the appearance of Rewind's apparent ghost and why it appears to contain Rodimus' corpse (and besides, there's no way Hasbro would allow the latter to be killed off like that). Absent crewmembers with a lot of negative emotions tied to their deaths/disappearances would stick out like a sore thumb to any mind-reader, and be extremely easy to copy.

Disappearing objects theories
  • So far, some nucleon rods, the number "8," the letters "E-U-N," an engex vat, the Pyrobots, the medibay door, and part of the hull have disappeared. Trailcutter's drunken observations and the disappearance of the letters from the "Fuel Furnace" sign under super-observant Nightbeat's nose suggest the objects are teleporting away. What gives?
    • Someone with unusually discreet teleportation powers is stealing materials to build something (likely a ship, given the missing fuel door, and part of the hull).
    • Megatron's malfunctioning space bridge is opening up tiny space bridge portals all over the ship. Something (possibly whatever pulled Pharma's corpse through the portal on Luna-1) is using the portals to steal objects.
    • Maybe someone is just trying to make Megatron look like an idiot who can't keep his ship in line. Using awesome super-stealthy teleportation powers.
  • Jossed. It's something else, taking everything by how long it's been on the ship.

Sector 113...
  • Is the last existing vestige of the Dead Universe, which broke through into the main reality after Shockwave Warped Reality at the climax of Dark Cybertron. The reason bits of objects are winking out of existence isn't due to them being stolen— reality itself is being eradicated by the Dead Universe's proximity. Notice how there seems to be an unusually heavy amount of object disappearance around Nightbeat, who was turned into a zombie by it five years prior. It might be using him, Cyclonus, and Brainstorm, also infected by the Dead Universe, to "soften" reality before sending in the coffin to actively start destroying the ship.

An alternate timeline/dimension plot is in the works.
  • We have Rung commenting on his feelings of deja vu right before vanishing through that as-yet unexplained portal back in "Remain in Light," a load of important characters about to bite the bullet (if the Necrobot's list and the rough timeline are accurate), lots of exposition about the faster-than-light quantum engines, and Rodimus' corpse FROM THE FUTURE! and what appears to be the shattered remnants of the Lost Light.

The wrecked Lost Light isn't from the future.
  • It's from a parallel reality, which is why things are slightly different; why instead of Swerve's bar, there's a performance space for Crosscut's plays. Why Drift was still onboard with his Autobot insignia intact. Why Overlord was still in his cell, and thus, why Rewind was still alive. It's not our Rewind, since if Overlord never escaped, Rewind never had to sacrifice himself to jettison the slow cell. It's also why there was no sign of Megatron or any of the other Rodpod new arrivals amidst the corpses; this is from an alternate reality where none of them joined the crew. If you go back to the old Marvel UK stories, upon which the creative team for MTMTE read, specifically the much-loved Target: 2006 storyline, you'll remember that whenever someone time travels from the future like Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, Hot Rod, Kup, and Blurr did, an equal number of people from the present (or past depending on when you are) have to be displaced to make room for them. The same thing apparently happens here in regards to cross-dimensional travel; that's why everyone who was onboard the Lost Light when it took off vanished except for Megatron and the other new arrivals. Megatron and the others had no duplicates on the other Lost Light and as a result, they had no need to be displaced when it fully appeared in "our" reality. It's also why our Lost Light was disappearing a bit at a time. The wrecked counterpart took time to fully be displaced, so for every part of it that arrived, the corresponding piece of our Lost Light was displaced. The reason this is happening has to do with the extremely weak fabric of reality in this section of space which was only exacerbated when Other!Brainstorm's briefcase was opened and all that quantum foam being exposed to space which Nautica expressly said should never happen while the Other!DJD were busy happily tearing the ship apart. That combination of events caused the two Lost Lights to basically exchange places dimensionally-speaking.
    • Jossed.

Drift is about to make a return.
  • If the original Lost Light crew are being teleported to parts unknown, he too is about to be plucked from wherever he currently is by the forces responsible. Quite possibly Red Alert, Cosmos, Fizzle, and other departed crew members too.

Issue 7 & 8 (Who's afraid of the DJD) happened in the branched timeline
  • Issue 7&8 list Ultra Magnus, Hound and Drift as dead. This statement is only true in the branched timeline, where we see Ultra Magnus, Hound and Drift dead in the "Lost Light" after the massacres the whole crew. In the original timeline, Drift is not currently part of the roster of the "Lost Light" and it is unlikely to get killed given that he's getting a mini-series, therefore — branched timeline.
    • Jossed. During the Light Light's initial launch, a malfunction caused a duplicate ship to appear, with events unfolding differently from the original we've seen. It all ends with the DJD attacking the Lost Light and massacring the entire crew save for Rewind.

First Aid and co. will find a way to save Trailcutter.
Because seriously, that character arc was wasted otherwise.
  • Unfortunately Jossed. TWICE.

The message from the future was from someone trying to lead the crew astray.
What it says not to do is exactly what's supposed to be done. "Don't go to Delphi"? Going there exposed Pharma and brought First Aid and some others onboard. "Don't look in the basement"? If no-one looked, Overlord would still be there and nobody would know about it (outside of the conspiracy). Et cetera.
  • Also, by opening the coffin, Rodimus is made fully aware of a possible death scenario, and will try to avoid it.
    • Jossed. They were trying to stop bad things from happening, but everything they said had a net positive outcome.

The Point One Percenter spark Brainstorm found...
  • ...Is going to become the IDW version of Quickswitch.
    • Jossed, it's Megatron's spark because Shenanigans.

The person who sent the message to the past is Red Alert
  • After all, he's focused on all the bad things, and he says "Don't look in the basement", not "Don't let Red Alert look in the basement".
    • Possibly jossed, considering that issue 9 ends with Rodimus, Pipes, and Drift finding Red Alert's decapitated corpse.
    • Officially jossed by issue #38 - it was a combination of people during their Time Travel Shenanigans, starting with Tailgate.

    I Knew It 

Prowl is the one responsible for Overlord
being on the Lost Light. This was foreshadowed way back in the first issue; Overlord was Prowl's "plan" to keep Rodimus and his crew from leaving. To whit, Overlord was repaired, at least physically, on Prowl's orders, secretly moved out of the Autobot penal system, and was the cargo loaded into the Lost Light by Shock and Ore. It seems likely that Overlord's presence was supposed to be revealed in order to get Rodimus to turn his ship around, and head back to Cybertron to offload him, since even Rodimus would probably pause at keeping Overlord around, and Prowl most likely intended that once that happened, he'd ensure that the ship wouldn't be able to take off again. Shock and Ore's deaths derailed this however, since they were the only ones who knew about Overlord's presence before Red Alert found out. This level of extremism, and the ability to cover up Overlord's location-remember, Rung told Fort Max that Overlord had been imprisoned-fits with Prowl's characterization in the IDW comics.
  • Or he may have put him there to attract the DJD. Kill Overlord and decimate the crew. This seems too needlessly cruel for Prowl, and not pragmatic enough, but one must also think of the consequences of letting loose Overlord and a now peaceful society. If they put Overlord on trial, then it could open the door for more trials for War crimes, which would certainly turn the NAILS against the Autobots and Decepticons.
  • This may explain why Prowl was so insistent that Chromedome not go.
  • Confirmed in issue 14. Prowl had Overlord sumggled aboard the Lost Light because he wanted to learn how Phase Sixers were created and needed Chromedome to perform mnemosurgery on him to find out how. Chromedome didn't want to do it, so Drift was to manipulate him into doing it.

Drift taking the blame was pre-planned
  • Prowl knows who makes a good scapegoat and who doesn't, and it may have been why he recruited him in the first place. Of course, this raises other questions, such as why Drift would agree to such a plan.
    • Apparently confirmed. Drift claims this is the case, but we don't know what Prowl actually said.

There's a second set of moles about the Lost Light
  • Sorta confirmed: It turns out that Rodimus was also in the Overlord conspiracy, after he was goaded by Prowl.
    • Not only that. Turns out that Brainstorm is a Deception mole.

Ultra Magnus...
  • Actually died every every single time in those flashbacks from issue 16. It just happens that his body has a failsafe that automatically makes his body go to wherever Tyrest is, so Tyrest can give him a replacement body. The only difference this time around is that Magnus allied himself with Rodimus, which Tyrest considers a conflict of interest, therefore not giving him a new body and leaving him as his true identity, Minimus Ambus.
  • Or instead, is a Legacy Character. Every time he died, Tyrest would chose a new 'bot to take on his identity, and Minimus Ambus is merely the most recent holder of the title, which would explain why he was apparently "arrested" by Magnus in the past (as well as the drastic differences in Magnus' personality over the years, since he was actually different 'bots). Ambus is locked up and no longer Magnus because he failed Tyrest in some fashion (perhaps the conflict of interest spoke of above) and has been stripped of his status as the current Ultra Magnus. By the end of Remain In Light, the character of "Ultra Magnus" will be retired and he will have "died" in that sense, but Minimus Ambus will continue on his place on the Lost Light, thus why Magnus' name appeared on the Necrobot's list.

The Legislators are creations of Chief Justice Tyrest.
  • Solicits for August mention, amongst other things, an ancient visionary is about to eliminate the Cybertronian race with a wave of his hand. That visionary is Chief Justice Tyrest, architect of the Tyrest Accord, and former Autobot. He's been lurking around the fringes of the series from the beginning, and was name-dropped as early as the Annual. We know that Tyrest is no longer affiliated with the war and is still held in high esteem by the Galactic Council, which hates most other Cybertronians, a view which Tyrest has also adopted. He may have become so disgusted with what his race has degenerated to that he's decided it would simply be better to wipe them all out. The Legislators are his own creations to help him in his plan to eliminate his own race.

The Legislators will turn on Tyrest
  • They are programmed to follow the law ruthlessly and without regard. So maybe Tyrest will step out of line with his plan, and be too far away from the computer that lets him edit the laws, they'll see him as a threat and attack him. The Weapon of Mass Suggestion looked like a crime of Thought Warfare.
    • Somewhat confirmed. Tailgate repeals all the laws using the editing computer, and they stand down, allowing Tyrest to be taken away.

Ravage snuck aboard the Lost Light to assassinate Megatron on Soundwave's orders.
After Megatron publicly denounced the Decepticon movement and ordered his former army to stand down in exchange for the captaincy of the Lost Light, Soundwave dispatched Ravage to infiltrate the ship and kill Megatron when an opportunity presented itself. It just hasn't yet which is why right now Ravage is focusing on intelligence gathering (listening in on Megatron and Rung's therapy sessions) and learning the lay of the ship.
  • Jossed. They're in cahoots.
    • Actually looks like it's confirmed; Megatron really was surprised to see Ravage onboard the Rodpod and only told him to play dead so the Autobots wouldn't just kill him outright. While they're both locked up on the wrecked Lost Light after it looks like Megatron might have had something to do with the slaughter, Ravage confronts him about his abandoning the Decepticon cause and then admits that he's here because Soundwave ordered him to keep an eye on Megatron, and, if his defection really was genuine and not part of some farther-reaching plan, "put him out of his misery".

Megatron's "superfuel" is actually a Power Limiter.
  • The fuel keeps him from reaching 100% of the power normally available to him (which is why he doesn't like taking it and why it made Trailcutter sick when he tried to ingest it). It's one of the terms of his freedom, that he has to restrict himself in this way as a form of penance. Ratchet controls the supply, which is why its stored in the medibay and presumably can authorize Megatron to use normal fuel in case of an emergency where he'd need his full strength.
  • Alternatively, it's a way to keep his malfunctioning space bridge from fully powering up, which might very well rip him to bits (or swallow the Lost Light).
  • Confirmed.

Rodimus may not be captain anymore, but he is still alive and present.
  • Hence the repaired Rodpod's presence.
    • Confirmed.

The "Lost Light" exists in a quantum state that allowed for duplicates.
  • The initial explosion on Issue 1 created TWO Lost Lights kinda like Will and Tom Riker and the teleporter accident they had. This allows for one Lost Light to go one way and the other go the other way. In one "Lost Light" some events did not occur because they were not near them. With Skids not present, Swerve did not start a bar (and possibly Rung died to the Sparkeater). Rewind never got injured in Temptoria, so Chromedome never got to mess with Overlord, which is why Overlord is still in his prison. It is this "Lost Light" that gets attacked by the DJD when they picked Overlord's signal and the one the Necrobot listed on his datapad. The coffin is the equivalent of the Schrodingers Cat. With it opened, the two quantum states overlapped, and the one that won was the Dead "Lost Light" as Sector 113 was where their quantum foam leaked, altering the time-space in that area of the universe.
    • Confirmed. Nautica explains that Quantum Jumping involves jumping from a fixed point A to a plethora of point Bs, which later get narrowed down to a single. Because the engines failed following take-off, it narrowed it down to TWO point B's instead. Both Lost Lights are as real as the other.

Issue 34 takes place on either Luna-1 or Ofsted XVII.
The solicitations tell of "four damaged Autobots" making the choice to "kill or cure" on "a planet dedicated to right and wrong."
  • Scenario #1: Fort Max, Red Alert and a couple Circle of Light are facing Legislator trouble again and need to find and stop Tyrest (who is both batshit insane and at the very least crippled, hence "cured") from calling the Legislator attacks on them. For what it's worth, Fortress Maximus showed up in one of Nick Roche's promotional images for Season 2...
  • Scenario #2: Four of the newer crew members, spared from quantum abeyance, promptly fall to Ofsted XVII without any shuttles. The issue is a showcase of soon-to-be-important characters as a lead-in to "Elegant Chaos" as they try to deal with the incomprehensile societal code of the inhabitants while trying to contact the Lost Light.
    • Confirmed. First Aid, Bluestreak, Mainframe and Trailcuttter are trapped on the lectureworld Ofsted XVII after the quantum duplicate incident, and have to choose whether or not to save an unknown Cybertronian injured in a battle with the Galactic Council.

The Replacement Goldfish trope is in for a vicious deconstruction with Chromedome and Rewind.
Just because they're back together doesn't mean they get a pass on this kind of thing. Poor Rewind is going to have a heck of a time with characters he never got an opportunity to know recalling all of "his" adventures, and may start to feel alienated from the crew. If the pair are especially unfortunate, each might begin to feel like the the other isn't the "real" Chromedome/Rewind due to their vastly different experiences on their respective voyages. And of course Chromedome will pick the worst possible time to air his secret, risking a rift between them. Despite all of this, I'm fairly certain they won't split up, at least not permanently.
  • Discussed in #35. Chromedome wants to pick up where their relationship last left off, but Rewind of the alternate Lost Light reminds him that he never did get to experience most of those events with Chromedome. Chromedome promises to take things slow and let Rewind adjust to the situation.

The Knights of Cybertron are Really
Quintessons: they created the Transformers in several continuities. Also, The 6th issue mentions that every one of Drift's theories on who they are are wrong, implying that they will defy expectations. Also, the only time they appeared, in a carving in Spotlight Wheelie, will be revisited in the other ongoing, where Orion Pax goes to the system the carving was in.

Roberts is Putting the Franchise Back Together Again
Basically, if you read Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers and his Ongoing issues as a Deconstruction of the franchise, showing all the brutal ugliness of what Cybertronian society and the Cybertronian Civil War would actually be like... this series feels a lot like it's trying to Reconstruct the franchise again. It still takes an in-depth deconstructive look at things like names and transforming and psychological effects of the war, and it's still gritty and creepy in many ways, but with an overall feeling of adventure, humor, glory, and the good guys triumphing over the bad ones.
Even characters like Drift are a microcosm of this; he's essentially had all of his elements deconstructed (how his fundamentalist nature, preaching, and turncoat-ness would actually be viewed by the others), and then put together in a way that is more enjoyable and sympathetic to the audience.

The Crew of the Weak Anthropic Principle will be killed
  • They found Grimlock in the ship, and judging from the cover of the next issue, it won't turn out well for them. Grimlock is known as one of the most feared Autobots out there.
    • On the other hand, Roberts is known to make minor cannon fodder more interesting, and allow them to survive.
    • Flywheels didn't make it, but he was killed by the DJD, not Grimlock. The others are still alive. For now.

Rung is one of the Knights of Cybertron.
Based on a conversation on Tumblr about all the mysteries surrounding Rung.
  • Rung is old enough to be a household name in psychiatry in Tailgate's day (not that anyone ever remembers him).
  • Sometimes he does things that psychiatrists are told not to/shouldn't do. Like use absolute time words, or threaten his patients when they attempt to harm him (and continue with the threatening after the danger is over and the attacker is cowering...Whirl, anyone?).
  • Rung had the "brightest spark", over everyone on the Lost Light, including Rodimus. Wouldn't the Knights of Cybertron have brighter sparks than everyone from the modern era?
  • The idea of Rung being a Knight was brought up as a joke in the bar back on Cybertron. What if that's foreshadowing?

Overlord will die at the hands of the DJD.
  • Since we know that the crew is going to be fighting Overlord in issue 14-15 and that the DJD is after him, Overlord will most likely be abandoned to the DJD at the end of issue 15 after they catch up to the Lost Light and they'll go to town on him like they did to Black Shadow. After all, the DJD are the only ones shown so far to be able to take down guys like Overlord so it would make since that they're used to take him down.
    • Or he will die at the hands of Springer, out of his coma and pissed off, come to finish the job he started in Last Stand of the Wreckers.

The Conspirator will be killed by Rodimus.
  • Drift will survive Overlord's rampage on the Lost Light and in the aftermath of this event, it will come out that not only was he aware the whole time that Overlord was on the Lost Light the whole time he never told Rodimus about it or enacted more than the flimsiest of security measures to keep him imprisoned. Rodimus will become so furious when he realizes that his second-in-command essentially betrayed them and has cost them Autobot lives that he'll pull out his blaster and shoot Drift right there in the head. Since there's a good chance Ultra Magnus will be dead by then and can't do it himself...
    • Jossed. Rodimus strips Drift of his faction symbol and exiles him from the ship. Hot-Blooded or no, it is still Rodimus, he's unlikely to kill a "fellow" Autobot, no matter how angry he looks in the scene.

Red Alert didn't try to commit suicide.
  • He was actually actually attacked by someone trying to silence him because he knew of the existence of Overlord aboard the ship.
  • And that someone was Drift. After all, he installed a security program in the ship's systems to track down who even mutters the word Overlord; so Drift attacked him and ripped his head off for finding the truth about what's in the basement.
    • The security system did pick up Red Alert confiding to a comatose Rung that he had found Overlord in the basement.
    • And Drift casts the deciding vote on not reviving Red Alert for the time being.
  • Also, in the Signal to Noise short story, Rung seems to hint that he doesn't believe Red Alert committed a suicide, referring to it as an accident instead.
  • Possibly Jossed, since in the short story The Sound of Breaking Glass, Red Alert confirms that he did try to kill himself. Although there's always the possibility that someone made him think he tried to kill himself.

Chromedome's last words to Rewind have to do with Dominus' fate
  • It is why we see that scene from Rewind's perspective as we're not supposed to know the fate of Dominus yet.
  • It is also what Prowl was gonna use as blackmail.

The Necrobot
makes a mistake. When he shows up at Clemency to record Flywheels' death, an event that hasn't actually happened yet, his list notes Chromedome as one of the dead Cybertronians he's already recorded. But he actually made, or will make a mistake. He'll find the ruined slow cell out in space before he gets to Clemency, and happen to come across Chromedome's severed arm that was sliced off when Rewind successfully closed the door, while no trace of Rewind remains. The Necrobot sees the arm, assumes given the circumstances in which he's found it that Chromedome must have perished, and records his death, and not Rewind's. This means that eighteen or however long it is until the scene on Clemency with Flywheels, Chromedome will still be alive.

isn't dead. He's survived worse. But it would damage him enough to allow the DJD to swoop in and collect him, and their leader is a Phase Sixer himself...

There's more than meets the eye to Spinister
He's been around since before the war started. He's taken part in several major Decepticon operations, including being part of the forces that the Decepticons sent to fight Thunderwing. And he's still alive. Impressive for the "Dumbest being in the universe". My theory is that he's like Skids. He was sent to investigate the same thing Skids was running from. And like Skids he got his head mucked with. Only it affected him a lot worse. Things like shooting fires and torches, and interrogating his fingers? Residual paronioa.

The ship the Scavengers find in issue 7 has something to do with the Legislators.
  • I assume this because of one specific scene. While the Scavengers are looking around the ship, Krok and Flywheels find a bunch of aborted protoforms. Krok assumes their cybertronion but notes that they're different in some ways. Perhaps those are actually unformed Legislators and the ship was involved in their creation.

Chromedome and Prowl were once Conjux Endura

  • Is now evil!. Silver and Green coloration. Red Eyes. C'mon! Completely obvious!
    • Solicitations for Issue 20 hint that Ambus is not only evil, but also that he's the one behind the Legislators.
    • Pretty much Jossed. Issue #18 reveals that it's not Dominus Ambus, but rather his spark-brother Minimus Ambus. Who is also, apparently, Ultra Magnus. He also doesn't appear to be behind the Legislators either, since Chief Justice Tyrest reveals that both they and Lockdown's Decepticons work for him.

Star Saber is Ultra Magnus' Brother
  • With Star Saber being basically the Powered Armor version of Dominus Ambus. It would also count as a Mythology Gag since the original Star Saber was a Powered Armor of sorts for the smaller Saber.
  • He is also brainwashed / remotely controlled by Tyrest's new "adaptational accord".
    • Or Conversely, Tyrest is Dominus Ambus. Minimus was always the black sheep of the family, and Tyrest/Dominus is disappointed he squandered his chance at an improved clean slate/new life by being a Super OCD Neat Freak.
  • All seemingly jossed.

Tyrest is Crazy...
  • because he got shot in the head. Ultra Magnus mentions right away what's up with all the bullet holes, and he has one right in the middle of his forehead.
    • More or less confirmed, though the wound is self-inflicted and it seems that Tyrest's issues were already reaching a breaking point before he drilled his head.

Star Saber is the Man Behind the Man to Tyrest
  • Tyrest mentions that he's found religion, and Star Saber is known as the "Dark Evangelist".
    • Another theory is that it is actually Shockwave behind Tyrest. Tyrest can kill many cybertronians with the flick of a switch, and Shockwave can resurrect them with Ore-13.

Cyclonus will abruptly, and without warning, kill Whirl at the end of Remain In Light.
  • Despite Whirl's best efforts to either kill Cyclonus (locking him and Rewind in the room with the bomb on Temptoria) or get him to call it off via becoming Bash Brothers, Cyclonus has remained tight-lipped on whether or not he still intends to murder Whirl. In fact, he still does, and will at the very end of Remain In Light. There'll be absolutely no build-up to it, or forewarning it's coming. He'll just whip around and shoot Whirl in the head (or in the back), and it will serve as one hell of a Gut Punch to all of Whirl's many fans.
    • Parodied: Whirl asks if they're cool, and Cyclonus pushes him into the smelting pool where he dies horribly, only to have been all an Image Spot of one of Cyclonus's fantasies.

The portal goes to
  • Either Nova Prime and the Deadverse, or to Cybertron and Shockwave.
    • The reason why it would go to Nova Prime would be because the portal is made out of parts of Dead Titans.
    • Seems to be Jossed. It definitely didn't go to Nova Prime, or to Cybertron, and didn't appear to be part of the Dead Universe.

Pharma is still infected with the Red Rust virus and will suffer a Death by Irony
  • Issue 20 confirms that Pharma chose to fall from Delphi rather than transform and become infected. Notably, ever since he showed up again, we haven't actually seen him transform back to his jet mode. While that could simply be that he hasn't had a reason to, it might also be foreshadowing that if he transformed, it would activate the virus still inside him and kill him. Maybe it's because being used as a guinea pig by Tyrest to see if the Universal Killswitch wouldn't target forged Cybertronians somehow mutated the virus to such a degree that the cure that was developed no longer works and for all his bluster about his skill and the cutting edge tech his new medibay has, he can't figure out how to cure the now-mutated virus. His hands still being able to transform into anything might not trigger the virus because it's not a full-body transformation, which is why he's been using them to such a degree; it's literally the only method of transformation left to him. In any event, the fact that Pharma is still infected will end up being the way in which he is finally killed, which will also sidestep Ratchet's vow to not kill him.

Misfire is a thought crime victim
  • Skids wiping his mind destroyed all memories related to the diplomatic corp. him forgetting Misfire may mean Misfire was associated with the corps at one point. Maybe he was a ruthless Decpeticon agent, and Skids shot him with a thought bullet which turned him into the aimless "stoner" he is today, or maybe he was something else before and Skids turned him into what he is today.
  • Or maybe the reason why Skids says Misfire is his rival is because of word association, after all, the whole suggestion gun misfired on Tyrest due to his brain damage

"Primus' Opposite" is NOT Unicron
But we are meant to think that it is because Unicron is always Primus' Opposite. Cyclonus almost mentions him when he relates the Creation Myth back in the annual, but gets cut off before he can say the name. Nova Prime only vaguely alludes to the Opposite in the RID Annual as well, and the destruction of LV-117 in that series also looks a heck of a lot like Unicron's work without Unicron ever actually being shown or directly mentioned. Well, if the Opposite actually IS Unicron, why not just say so? It's not like it's a big secret or anything. In fact, it smacks of what happened with The Reveal about Tailgate. In Shadowplay, Ironfist talked about having the bomb disposal kit used by a member of the Primal Vanguard which at the time we were meant to think was Tailgate based on his claims, but Chromedome cuts him off before he can say the soldier's actual name, and we only see the "Tail" part of the name on the Ark-1 Memorial, which turns out to have been for Tailpipe, not Tailgate, again going just far enough to suggest Tailgate, even though it isn't. Something similar is going on here; they keep alluding to Unicron without actually saying it's Unicron, but if it's going to turn out to actually be Unicron, why keep dancing around the issue? The mythology here is already significantly different from the "established" creation story of the Thirteen, that just because Primus has an Opposite, it doesn't necessarily follow that the Opposite must be Unicron. But they're counting on most fans to default to Unicron based on 25 years of canon and by showing just enough to suggest that it's Unicron so that they can subvert our expectations when Primus' Opposite actually does appear. Basically, my argument is that "because the evidence overwhelmingly points to Unicron, it must not be Unicron" because that's just too obvious and I don't think these are the kinds of series to do that.

The backstory for Skids
is not accurate.
  • Because the explanation we got does not seem nearly disturbing enough for Chromedome to have noped out of Skids' head the way he did.
  • Also, we still don't know the significance of the Empyrean Suite.
  • Whatever disturbing thing happened to him hasn't even been touched on yet. Chromedome tells Skids that what happened to destroy his recent memories gave the traumatized part of his mind a chance to repress whatever traumatized him, which doesn't contradict what we've been told about the nudge gun.

"Cyberutopia" is the home of the Quintessons.
  • The tentacles that dragged Pharma's body through the space bridge are something of a clue.

Rodimus has had his own memories tampered with
  • He never actually agreed to bring Overlord on board, he just thinks he did. For example, the details of the meeting seem a bit fuzzy; he can't quite recall what Prowl said to him exactly, and when he said Drift called him an idiot for being hesitant, Drift wonders aloud if he was that blunt. Someone's performed memnosurgery on Rodimus to make him think he was a member of the conspiracy all along when he really wasn't. And it probably wasn't Chromedome who did it, because of the issues with remembering the meeting exactly; Chromedome's work with Overlord proved he was more skilled than that, though it appears that Rodimus has taken his place in the conspiracy. Chromedome is the only one involved who Rodimus does not name check when he lists off the others involved in the conspiracy; Prowl, the Duobots, Drift, and Brainstorm, and the meeting Rodimus had with Prowl and Drift almost seems like it was the meeting Prowl had with Chromedome prior to the start of the series, only altered to include Rodimus and Drift (who weren't actually there, which is why Drift wondered if he'd really have been so blunt). Huh. When I write it out like that, maybe Chromedome did alter Rodimus' memories (and maybe Drift's as well, if he wasn't simply playing along with Rodimus to begin with).

Everyone on the Necrobot's list is still going to die
  • They just didn't die during Remain In Light. Dark Cybertron is still to come.

Rung is instrumental for...
  • something... either defeating Galvatron, Shockwave, reactivating Primus, being a part of some weapon... or a ladder... and then he dies.

Whirl is going to be rebuilt into a new body
One that just so happens to look more G1 and looks like his upcoming Voyager toy. Considering the beating his chassis took on Luna-1, that seems like a good pretext for completely rebuilding him into a similar but new body. It certainly fits with Hasbro's recent trend of using the comics (the Spotlight one-shots and RID) to showcase upcoming product. There will also probably be a scene accompanying this of Whirl transforming into a "walking helicopter" since the toy has an official GERWALK-inspired third mode.

Star Saber will join the crew of the Lost Light
But, it will be revealed that his body is Powered Armor in a similar manner to Ultra Magnus. Whoever is wearing the armor will be killed off and Star Saber will become a Legacy Character after another character takes on his identity. Or: It will turn out he was a victim of Shadowplay. His original personality was just like he Victory G1 personality.

We've not seen the last of Ore.
He's alive now, and teleported away to parts unknown by the Metrotitan. He'll serve... some purpose later on.

Pharma wanted First Aid to shoot him.
  • The space bridge's forcefield rejects those harboring guilt/not at peace with themselves, and he couldn't pass through it, more or less confirming that he feels some level of guilt for his crimes. Rather than be imprisoned to live a life of regret, he decided to take the "easy" way out and pushed First Aid over the edge.

Rung's Alt Mode is A Sonic Screwdriver
  • I mean just look at it! All he needs is a timelord big enough to use it.

Megatron will take a level in kindness with his exposure to the crew of the Lost Light.
  • Jossed. It was Bumblbee.

In a case of Book Ends, Whirl will end up sharing his Hab Suite with Megatron.
Hilarity Ensues.

Rung is one of the Guiding Hand.
  • Based on a theory suggested on Tumblr. There's clearly something weird about Rung. Perhaps Mortilus didn't actually die like the legend says but was actually placed in a weak body as punishment and underwent a Heel Realization, becoming Rung as we know him. This would explain why Rung seems to be nigh-impossible to kill (very few Transformers have survived having their skull exploded) and his useless alt mode (it's meant to be humiliating).

Brainstorm's briefcase has a connection to the Dead Universe.
  • The reason why he keeps it close to him at all times is because it's what keeps him alive, given the revelation he's undead as well.

Megatron joins the Autobots because...
  • He promised Bumblebee, as Bumblebee lays dying, that he would make it up to everyone for all what he did as the leader of the Decepticons.
    • Jossed, but still not far off the mark.

Ratbat had something to do with what happened to Senator Shockwave.
  • He was supporting Senator Proteus' Clampdown plan and would want someone against it out the way, and as such would support having Senator Shockwave subjected to Shadowplay and empurata.

While Megatron was disabled, Chromedome took the opportunity to do some Heel-Face Brainwashing using mnemosurgery.
  • During Issue 27, Chromedome got close to the legless Megatron, and while no one was looking, did some reshuffling usptairs, forcibly reawakening Megs' old idealist self and planting the thought that he should end the war.
    • Jossed though alluded to in that Optimus and Rodimus wanted Chromedome to perform mnemosurgery on Megatron to give Megs evidence at his trial. Megatron objected for precisely this reason; he didn't want his mind tampered with.
    • Suppose Chromedome managed to do it while recovering him immediately after the Necrotitan's defeat? It would have to be a rush job, and Megatron might have some residual subconscious memory of the event (hence his reaction).
    • Megs also shows disgust at mnemosurgery in Issue #30, so there may be something here. That or a nasty mnemosurgery-related event in his past
      • It's revealed in issue#34 that Megatron, during his days as a miner, was subjected and nearly mind raped by Trepan via mnemosurgery, which explains his intense fear and disgust of mnemosurgery.
    • Or maybe he just hates it on moral and ethical concerns.

Megatron's sentence...
  • Is a a probationary one. He admitted his guilt in court and yet is seemingly free at the moment. We know thank' to Magnus' POV in issue 1 that there's a reintegration act which is why Drift be tried for his crimes, but due to Megatron's particular record they can't use that in full, so it's been used on the caveat that if he steps out of line for a moment he will immediately arrested by any and all of the crew and his death sentence carried out.

Whirl is working for...
  • Prowl. Having someone with personal history with Megatron attack him in an attempt to get him to step out of line so they can justify lethal force is exactly his M.O.
  • Rodimus, ever the pinnacle of maturity.
  • He's not working for anyone, just in cahoots with a bunch of Autobots out to discredit Megatron. Hence why he's got Atomizer's bow.
    • What we now know of Atomizer suggests he would be less than happy with someone other than Rodimus as captain.

Atomizer has Rodimus Apotheosis.

We will see more LSOTW characters.
  • Money's on Springer, who's both a big name we haven't seen since Roberts' previous comic and a recent toy release, but we might see Roadbuster (who's also getting a toy), or Guzzle and Impactor if we're really lucky.
    • Probably not. Hasbro's insisting the Wreckers not be used for the foreseeable future.
    • Dammit.

The message from the future in the first issue was sent by Megatron.
  • Now that the coffin has finally appeared, all the events the future Lost Light crew were trying to warn their (at the time) present selves about to prevent them from leaving Cybertron in the first place have come to pass (except of course for the last, most important one which got cut off). Notably, the sender of the original message was never made clear, as his name was obscured by static when he tried to say it. That's because the message was sent by Megatron after he assumed command of the Lost Light and thus to reveal him as the sender of the message would have been spoileriffic as hell. Most of what the message warned about did happen before Megatron joined the crew, but it could be assumed the future version of him who sent the message had been filled in on what had happened in the first season of the comic (and why doing any of those things would turn out to be bad).
    • Jossed. Issue 38 reveals the message was sent by a combination of Tailgate, Rodimus, Rung, Chromedome and Riptide.

Atomizer edited the voting list he gave to Rodimus to demoralize him.
  • It may explain why we see Rodimus with half his head cut-off inside the coffin.
    • ...How?
    • Partially confirmed. The list was edited (as suggested when Ratchet told Rodimus his name wasn't on the list of people wanting him gone), but the exact reason is yet to be determined.

The Worldsweeper is (or has something to do with) the Nightmare Engine.
  • For those not in the know, the Nightmare Engine is an unknown object (possibly a Decepticon superweapon) that has been repeatedly referred to ever since Last Stand of the Wreckers, but has yet to be explained in any real capacity. Given the horrific contents of the ship, it's not exactly a stretch to assume that it's somehow related to a probable weapon with "nightmare" in the title. And Roberts did say that the Worldsweeper was an important part of later plot developments...

Tyrest harvested the sparks from the hot spot while the Autobots were imprisoned.

When Metroplex said the Lost Light crew "didn't deserve to know" about the Knights...
  • Rather than meaning that he felt they weren't smart / worthy / whatever enough to know, he mean there's some dark secret (or secrets) about the Knights that he's trying to keep from them, for their own good.

There are dozens of Decepticon moles/sleeper agents on board.
Count all those mouthplates. Count 'em.

Riptide is evil.
  • Or at the very least there's something up with him and he's not what he seems. His title from the season 2 scavenger hunt was "The Knave", which sounds suspect, and he's also an original character, which means they can do whatever they want with him without risking a Hasbro veto. I also find it interesting how absolutely NO ONE ever mentioned him in season 1, or that he'd apparently been left behind on Cybertron, yet he suddenly shows up in the post-Dark Cybertron comics like everyone's always known him, so I'm wondering if memory alteration (not necessarily memnosurgery) plays a part there. The story he told about Drift purchasing the Lost Light is interesting because the two people he was with in that story were Pipes, who's now dead, and Drift, who's been exiled and is no longer on board. And the idea that the Mortilus-worshipping former of owners of the ship just beat him up and left him unconscious for two days so he missed the launch? There's something fishy about that I can't put my finger on. I'm wondering if Riptide is actually a Mortilus worshipper himself or maybe a Unicron cultist, something like that.

James Roberts and John Barber have a bet running on who can kill more toy-sellers.
Maybe it has something to do with all the old Furman stories they had to read while plotting Transformers Dark Cybertron, or it's their revenge for being forced to shoehorn a bunch of toy characters into the comics. Or it might just be that that they're both huge trolls.
  • Oh, no... I just remembered that Roberts visits the wiki sometimes.

The Lost Light is going to get its own combiner; Defensor.
  • Because ALL of the members of the Protectobots are now onboard the Lost Light, though First Aid is the only one of them to get any real exposure. But Blades has been a background crewmember since season one, and rather conveniently, the season 2 comics have seen Hot Spot, Groove and Streetwise, the remaining three members of the team sign up as well, though again, the comics haven't called attention to it apart from Groove in the Crewditions gag. Given the 2015 Generations' toyline being heavily combiner focused (with new versions of Superion and Menasor, who also happen to be two of the few current combiners active in the IDW 'verse) AND a duo of multipacks that are non-combining Protectobots who are repaints of various Prime, Universe and Movie toys and, it seems likely that Defensor is in the works. Conveniently, this would also mean that all the major groups of characters across the comics would have something to tie them into the next Crisis Crossover (the Autobots, or perhaps more accurately, Prowl, has Devastator, the Decepticons have Menasor, Starscream's Cybertron would have Superion, and Monstructor is still out there as a Wild Card along with Defensor for the Lost Light). This will probably coincide with the announcement of a Defensor toy, probably either at Toy Fair or Bot Con 2015, which are when Hasbro likes to do its big reveals.
    • A Generations Defensor is indeed in the works, and solicits for Combiner Wars hint that certain Autobots from the Lost Light will play a part in the crossover.

James Roberts's quote...
  • On which leg Ambulon formed may have some significance with the Combiner Wars storyline on the horizon.
    • Boy, I hope not, considering he's been dead for over a year now.

Deathsaurus will be a Noble Demon or outright Anti-Villain.
  • Since his Autobot counterpart from Transformers Victory, Star Saber, has been adapted into a fanatical religious zealot who believes he has an Omniscient Morality License and wants to kill all the unbelievers, Deathsaurus will be reimagined into a courageous, honourable warrior. Someone who's actually a pretty decent guy if not for the fact that he was a Decepticon. A nature like that would also explain why the DJD would be after him as well.
    • Confirmed.

  • The Autobots never developed phase-sixers...or did they? Elita-One (if she appears in IDW's Transformers books again) will revealed to be the Autobot equivalent of a phase-six bot.

Issue #83 will take place in the Functionist Universe.
  • Roberts recently mentioned he was working on Issue #83 ahead of all the others. Why? In the vein of George Orwell's 1984, he switched the numbers at hand around (Issue #38-> #83), much as Orwell himself simply shuffled the year of his work's gestation around to get the title of his book. And as issue #38 features a totalitarian regime...

Rodimus' Matrix isn't what lit up the hot spot
  • Rung is. He and Rodimus hop off the MARB at about the same time and get back off the ground at about the same time, and that in the midst of a chaotic situation. The extra prose story shows that Rodimus takes the broken Matrix back later to see if the hot spot will reignite with only Getaway for company; it could stay dark because the Matrix is broken, or it could stay dark because Rung isn't there this time around. It could have something to do with his bright spark.
  • And as an added idea, Brainstorm may be aware of this and not want anyone else to know for some reason. He's the one who immediately insists that Rodimus touching down on the ground is what lit everything up.

Tyrest and Luna-1 are about to come back into play.
  • An upcoming arc is called "Dying of the Light," and Nick Roche's Season 2 cast commission features Fort Max. Oh, and #43's solicitations claim a planet is chasing them, and Luna-1 was shown to have planetary engines on its far side...

Rung is...
  • Actually the Key to Vector Sigma, and the reason the Hot Spots slowed and finally stopped on Cybertron. Similar to an above WMG, but thought of before seeing that one. And it explains the Functionist Universe having to kill Rung! Forged Cybertronians are implied to 'grow' their bodies around the sparks. It would ruin everything the Functionists preach if new Laser Pointers were 'born' after they'd been declared obsolete. Yet the Functionists NEED new sparks because they're killing people by the thousands or millions with every Recall. Without Rung, there are no more new Hot Spots. No more new Sparks. And the Cybertronian species is doomed to slow extinction. The beginning of the end...of the Transformer race.
    • I second this theory, if only for how entertaining any Beast Machines adaptation would be as a result.

Rewind has been subjected to mnemosurgery before
  • Re-reading some of the past issues, it seems a little convenient that he's "allergic" to ultraviolet light, yet ultraviolet light is the only way to see the needle marks left behind by mnemosurgery.
    • Are you suggesting Chromedome pulled a Willow/Miss Martian on Rewind to keep their relationship afloat? God, I hope that doesn't turn out to be the case.
      • Maybe not Chromedome explicitly (though, being completely honest, it sounds like the kind of Bad Life Choice he has a tendency to make); there were plenty of other trained mnemosurgeons during the war. If it weren't for Minimus' existence and clear connection to Dominus, I would almost wonder if Rewind's memories of Dominus are completely fake - it would explain why he's never found any clues as to what happened to him despite spending the entire war searching.

Ten was Dominus Ambus
  • We do know that Tyrest makes the legislators out of the remains of his victims. Ten somehow knows about Minimus Ambus and his altmode, despite the fact the the legislators were not made when Minimus took up the mantle of Ultra Magnus. It's unlikely Ten was on Tyrest's ship when he was stripped of the Magnus Armor, because the battle damage Ten was shown to have included arrows, something that only Atomizer has, and who was still on the ship during the events of the Remains in Light Arc. Swerve's reprograming might have brought out the remains of Dominus's personality, but he is unable to express himself due to his current limitations.
    • A valid theory, though that brings to question the fact that Rewind is left out of the mural and has no figurine. Sure, he wasn't around when Ten first came aboard, but he's been around for a while now, and someone as important as Rewind is/was to Dominus' past would surely be included.
      • Good point, but it's also possible that Ten might not have all his memories as Dominus Ambus because of his reconfiguration into a legislator. Or perhaps he does remember Rewind and doesn't want to bring it up because he's figured out about his relationship with Chromedome.
    • Tyrest probably programmed knowledge of who his enforcer is underneath the armor into the Legislators. If Magnus went rogue somehow and Tyrest wanted to have him tracked down, it wouldn't do any good if Minimus could just hop out of the suit and say He Went That Way when the Legislators caught up.

Riptide is a historical constant, like Rung.
  • Sparktype hasn't yet been confirmed as the reason for Rung's historical omniprescnce, so it's still possible a constructed cold MTO could be a constant. It would also explain why he's suddenly being shoehorned into every arc of season 2 (which I can't help but feel is going to be significant later).
    • Well of course he might become a historical constant, like Rung, he was time travelling along with Rung and the others.

Getaway and his possible motives
  • I was more than happy to give him the benefit of the up until this point, but golly was that some creepy behavior in issue 40. I'd love to hear everyone's theories on the subject, and I'll be sure to add any that cross my mind.
    • I personally think it's very simple: he's just a Gold Digger. Notice he only started showing interest in Tailgate once Tailgate started becoming popular with the crew. He wants to be seen with Tailgate because, since Tailgate has become popular with the rest of the crew, that will make him popular by extension.
    • Getaway himself seems fairly popular amongst the crew (or at least not unpopular). The more I analyze his behavior, the more I wonder if he just goes about making "friends" in a rather shitty and manipulative way, exploiting others' personal insecurities without really thinking about it. He might actually be a more mundane example of a sociopath, given his considerable superficial charm.

Rodimus' desk carvings
  • Issue #41 established that Rodimus is still carving into his desk (first mentioned in the prose story accompanying #13), and he's run out of room. Thunderclash was carving part of the map to Cyberutopia into his wall. Maybe Rodimus is carving a different part of the map or something else related to Cyberutopia and doesn't realize it? It's interesting that we haven't actually seen what he's carving yet.

Rung's Alt Mode
  • He's not an ornament, nor is he a rung of a ladder, he's a lever. Obviously useless on its own, but if you find what he's a part of things could get interesting.

Whirl's holomatter avatar indicates he is going through Character Development
  • The holomatter avatars (save for Ultra Magnus, who specifically requested his friend Verity Carlo) are based on their personalities, which is why Tailgate (who we later learn was only 2 weeks old when he was buried) resembles a baby, and Skids (who has amnesia) winds up with a blank ID card. Whirl's is a little girl armed with a pair of submachine guns, which could indicate both his immaturity and his love of violence. But when we see his avatar again in Season 2, it appears to have aged into a teenager. Unless he specifically asked Brainstorm for an adjustment, this might mean that Whirl is mentally/emotionally maturing from his time on the Lost Light.

Swerve's disappearance has to do with opening the briefcase.