I think the fans behind [TFWiki.net] recognize just how irreconcilable most Transformers continuity is, and try not to sweat inconsistencies or incongruities and just roll with it. That, I can appreciate. It's got the perfect mix of retentive detail and irreverence.
TFWiki.net is the Transformer franchise's
most prominent fan wiki
. Unlike most wikis, its style is rather informal and chock full of Lampshade Hanging
, Running Gags
, Mythology Gags
, Shout Outs
, and Memetic Mutation
. (Though it's also still very meticulously referenced and informational.) This of course leads to great synergy with This Very Wiki
, being the source of page quotes
, or even trope names
, and lending itself to cross promotion
. Many actual Transformers staff members (mostly Promoted Fanboys
) contribute, including Jim Sorenson, Greg Sepelak
, and David Willis
Can be found here
This wiki provides examples of:
- Ascended Meme: Some memes get ascended from the wiki to other media thanks to some of the official writers being editors. Including things like the official Alternate Universe classifications from Transformers: TransTech being essentially fictionalized versions of the wiki's classification scheme, and Transformers: Generation 2: Redux Streetwise's personality being based on his wiki page.
- Ascended Fanon: Discussed and listed here.
- Awesome McCoolname: They certainly think so of one Greg Killmaster.
- Berserk Button: Misspelling the word "canon".
- Deadpan Snarker: All over the place, as it's pretty much the wiki's default tone, but particularly in the image captions and the Fandom articles.
- Dethroning Moment of Suck: Invoked in any comment about Kiss Players. "God dammit, Japan."
- And all throughout the summary of B.O.T..
- Everyone Has Standards: Even the rather irreverent TF Wiki is noticeably disgusted by Carbombya and has a commented-out note on Hiroshima Prime warning any would-be caption writer that they're "WATCHING YOU, BUSTER."
- Fanon: Discussed/explained alongside Fanon Discontinuity in their article on Personal Canon.
- Gag Sub: For picture captions, screen captures, etc.
- Humans Through Alien Eyes: A popular style for all humanity-specific articles, such as the ones for Kissing and Humanity itself.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: The article for The Transformers episode "B.O.T." is pretty much one long appeal to this trope, capped off with "Good God, I need a stiff drink," at the very end. Anything involving Kiss Players also sometimes invokes this sentiment being used in the article.
- Internal Homage: Cataloged with great glee down to the most obscure instances.
- In the Style of.../Self-Demonstrating Article: Many of the articles are written in a way that homages a character's personality and/or speaking style, such as Wheelie's article being written entirely in rhyme (while being functional and informational the whole damn time), or the ones for Starscream's clones. This, along with its impressive accuracy, is a big reason as to why this site is so popular.
- Ironic Echo: Shattered Glass Rewind's page has an inversion of his More Than Meets The Eye counterpart's last words to Chromedome.
- Irony: The location of the Autobot base in the movies being Diego Garcia. Lampshaded to Hell and back. Observe.
- Knowledge Broker: To an extent, in that in addition to documenting the cartoons and comics that are easily seen by anyone, the wiki has a knack for also tracking down rare and obscure corners of the franchise. They've even gone so far as to pool together money to buy a rare toy catalog with things like obscure prototypes just to get to scan and document it. Though thankfully for us they offer the knowledge for free.
- Law of Wiki Expansion: Played with. Anything that gets so much as an offhand mention in Transformers is fair game for an article... but only insofar as it relates to Transformers. So there's a page about Spock, for instance, but it basically just says "he has pointy ears and was played by Leonard Nimoy". When some important detail has never actually been mentioned within Transformers this can reach Running Gag levels.
- Merchandise-Driven: In addition to the fact that this phenomenon having its own page, it's subtly lampshaded elsewhere multiple times, such as in the article regarding the The many deaths of Optimus Prime.
- Mundane Made Awesome: THE CURLY STRAW.
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: After having an utter ball heavily implying that G1 Tracks is gay, they say in the notes section:
He's not gay. Seriously. We can't stress this enough.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
But really. He's not gay.
- Painting the Medium: Objects that are fictionalized or lied about in-universe are featured inthe page listing red links. The page "Category:Things that don't exist" is also a red link.
- Overused Running Gag: The "Bonecrusher Hates Everything" gag on his page was cut down after a while, with a commented-out note telling contributors not to add more.
- There have been a lot of others, to the point that the Wiki's caption policy page includes a list of "captions we're sick of".
- In a meta example, even the wiki points out how overused and lame "Transformers killing Gobots" jokes are.
- Red Link: Category:Things that don't exist is a permanent red link. If an article doesn't exist, is it still a Self-Demonstrating Article?
- Ret Canon: The opening paragraphs for characters made popular by certain works have a tendency to be rewritten to accommodate the interpretations of those characters.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Cannon (disambiguation) exists solely because the editors were sick of seeing people misspell "canon."
"CANON AND CANNON ARE DIFFERENT FREAKING WORDS, AND IF YOU TELL US ABOUT HOW SOME STORY IS "NOT CANNON", WE WILL MURDER YOU."note note For context
- Running Gag: Plenty, either on the pages (such as Razorclaw's as mentioned on the YMMV page) or pointing out ones in the series, resulting in featured pages such as this one.
- "Argh", for when subject matter is particularly bad.
- The error listing "This was made" is also rather popular for things that are really bad.
- Calling Prowl a prick.
- Skywarp pushing people down stairs. (As the talk page for him explains, this isn't anything from canon, but rather a riff on a piece of fan art and Skywarp's canon persona as mean-spirited Dumb Muscle.)
- RAVAGE IS THE ONE WHO'S WAVING
- Every image on Dinobot's page has a modified quote from Shakespeare as it's caption, at least for the history section.
- Also, using Grimlock's speech pattern in his articles is another running joke.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The articles on Humans, and hot dogs, describe both in the most formal tones possible.
- Shout-Out: Plenty of image captions.
- A couple MST3K memes have migrated into Transformers thanks to the Wiki, notably Dull Surprise.
- Every caption for the Micron Gul is a quote from Gul Dukat.
- The caption for the Micron Gob is "I've made a huge mistake."
- Likewise, all of Kup's captions are quotes from Grampa Simpson, due to Kup's reputation for telling stories about the olden days.
- On the page for the Circle of Light, every caption has a snippet of lyrics from "the Circle of Life".
- All the pages for the Transformers Animated version of Starscream and his clones, use quotes from Arnold Rimmer.
- The image captions on Transformers Prime Predaking's page are all lines (modified in one instance) from The Hobbit, said either about, to, or by Smaug.
- The caption for the episode "Too Many Kades" of Rescue Bots is a modified version of the "Too Many Cooks" theme song.
- The captions for each of the Transformers movies are based on different films. The Transformers: The Movie uses quotes from Star Wars Episode IV, Transformers (2007) quotes the 80's movie, Revenge of the Fallen quotes The Empire Strikes Back, Dark of the Moon quotes The Wrath of Khan, and Age of Extinction quotes Jurassic Park.
- Some characters have captions referencing the voice actors. Hot Rod\Rodimus Prime (Judd Nelson): John Bender, Yoketron (George Takei): Sulu, Hound (John Goodman): Walter Sobchak, Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy): not only Spock, but Star Trek in general, and Wreck-Gar has "Weird Al" Yankovic lyrics.
- The page for the G1 cartoon episode, "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court" uses quotes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail to caption all but the last photo. Double points for Getting Crap Past the Radar on a picture of Rumble covered in bird droppings by using the "Must be a king" conversation without actually quoting the punchline.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Smack in the middle, due to being a combination of carefully researched detail presented in a snarky, tongue-in-cheek style. They do try to keep it in the middle though: If there're too many jokes on an article and not enough info, it undergoes de-snarking.
- Squee: In as much as a wiki can do this, when James Roberts wrote an issue for The Transformers IDW, the issue's page had his name written in a much larger font than normal.
- Step Three: Profit: This passage from their article on the orbit-disruptor cannon:
Behold Megatron's plan:
1. Use the orbit disruptor to knock Earth's Moon out of its orbit.
2. Control the world's tides with a device Soundwave made.
3. Flood one canyon.
5. Nearly limitless power!
- G1 Starscream's page also has one:
10: Try to overthrow Megatron
30: GOTO 10
- Take That:
- Many, many articles take jabs at the fandom's bad attitude regarding new entries, and changes major or minor. They even have a page on things that ruined the franchise "FOREVER!" It basically lists everything the franchise has ever produced.
- They call Wolverine "a completely unlikeable asshole" who makes "gratuitous guest appearances" in their article on the character.
- Their Cy-Kill pages usually point out how old and tired killing off this character is.
- Certain people known for bad work in Transformers tend to get a jab in at some point or another. Shane McCarthy, Pat Lee, Andy Shmidt, and Dan DiDio being among them.
- Certain pieces of work such as The Beast Within and Transformers Continuum are often cited for their horribleness.
- In the former's case, the error that is listed? "This comic was produced."
- The trivia for Knock Out from Transformers Prime takes a moment to castigate members of a Botcon panel who made some very insensitive remarks about his supposed sexuality.
- Unintentionally, at least....which may make it even worse.
- Drift's page take a moment to note that he is "Your horrible fan-character". (That is, Drift before he was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap).
- The page on B.O.T. is brimming with these, all aimed directly at the episode.
- The page for Angry Birds Transformers, in reference to a marketing officer claiming that the collaboration aims to appeal to old and new fans of Transformers, snarks, "Because that always works out swimmingly."
- Not long after Shia LaBeouf's "I am not famous anymore" paper bag mask stunt at the Berlin premiere of Nymphomaniac, his photo on the wiki was promptly changed to that. The kicker? The caption was also changed at the same time, from "Sam and Squirrel Girl are slated to become a couple in Great Lakes Avengers/Transformers" to "Revenge of the Fallen was rough on us all."
- Wiki Magic: Probably one of the more triumphant examples. Started out as a sad, dismal little wiki until David Willis came across it and pressganged a bunch of fellow fans into working on it. It's now one of the most comprehensive and meticulously maintained fan wikis out there on the Net, to the point where even some of the various official creators have been known to use it as a reference.