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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.
Pablo Hidalgo, "Turns Out, I'm a Wikipedian" note 

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. Also check out the IDW Hasbro Wiki and the GoBots Wiki, maintained by the same editors. Not to be confused with the Team Fortress Wiki, the other TF wiki, which formerly had the domain "TF2Wiki.net".


This wiki provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: For the most part, it's written by fans who make it clear that they do love the franchise, and most of the humor gently lampoons the silliness inherent in Transformers. That said, when the wiki deals with the particularly awful installments of Transformers media... then the kid gloves come off.
  • 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. invoked
    "Canonizing is the act of inserting a previously apocryphal or pseudocanonical bit of fancruft or omitted authorial intention into canon. It's kind of like fanservice for continuity freaks."
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: They certainly think so of one Greg Killmaster.
  • Berserk Button: Misspelling the word "canon".
  • Blatant Lies:
    • On Duke Hauser's page, it tries claiming that the characters, plot and enemies of "Space Age Jack" (from The Big Broadcast of 2006) just happens to resemble that of G.I. Joe in every respect is pure coincidence.
    • The Liar Starscream clone/Animated Ramjet's page is completely honest in every single respect, and definitely not immediate contradictions of all evident facts, right up to and including his voice actors.
  • Compensating for Something: Considered a Dead Horse Trope, and has an entry on the list of jokes and captions the wiki is sick of.
  • 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.
    • While the wiki does prefer articles to be as informative as possible, particularly poor works or bad lines of reasoning (like, say, the infamous IDW Beast Wars Sourcebook) get at least a few shots of sarcasm somewhere on the page.
    • On occasion, the wiki gets snarky about the Captain Obvious nature of some captions. Like, for example, on the top image for G1!Hot Rod.
    Caption: (On a picture showing Hot Rod and Daniel Witwicky running through a field) Without a dry, informative caption, we'd never know which of these is Hot Rod.
  • Dethroning Moment of Suck:
    • Invoked in any comment about Kiss Players. "God dammit, Japan."
    • And all throughout the summary of B.O.T..
    • And at the end of the page for the final episode of "Energon".
    • And Unite Warriors Megatronia chapter.
  • 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. invoked
  • Gag Sub: For picture captions, screen captures, etc. Note that this is not a constant. Some articles actually do have serious captions, like the article on the Matrix (mostly).
  • 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.
  • Interface Screw: Several pages have unique formatting to fit their subject matter:
  • Internal Homage: Cataloged with great glee down to the most obscure instances.
  • In the Style of...:
    • 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.
    • For non-character examples, the introductory paragraph about multilingual packaging is presented in seven different languages and the entire page for Marvel Comics is written in the style of Stan Lee.
    • Every episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise anime starts off with a haiku in honor of Sky-Byte, the poetic Sharkticon from the show.
    • The opening paragraph of Monstructor's page is written in the style of H.P. Lovecraft, since the old Dreamwave More Than Meets The Eye profile books depicted him as a near-Lovecraftian horror.
  • 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 many deaths of Optimus Prime.
  • Missing Steps Plan:
    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.
    4. ???
    5. Nearly limitless power!
    • G1 Starscream's page also has one:
    10: Try to overthrow Megatron
    20: Fail
    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, Transformers Continuum, and Combiner Wars are often cited for their horribleness. In the former's case, the error that's listed? "This comic was produced."
    • Most of the pages detailing Titan Comics' Animated stories chide them for Moral Dissonance, Out of Character behavior, lackluster writing, and Afterburn (namely the Marty Stu nature of the character.).invoked
    • 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.
    • Drift's page take a moment to note that he's "Your horrible fan-character". (That is, Drift before he was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap). invoked
    • 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."
    • The fandom tends to pile on the Animorphs tie-in line as well, for being a prime example of that and the figures (minus the alien ones) being pretty bad.
    • 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."
    • Any given episode article about Transformers Energon will likely have one (excluding the Pain Count). The final episode even has a bit decrying how the whole series is ultimately pointless, questioning why anyone bothered watching it in the first place.
    • They take some potshots at Transformers: Deviations, a "What if" comic where Optimus survived the battle of Autobot City. The wiki compares it to a weak fanfic from 1994, due to it's premise (My childhood hero never died!), it's treatment of almost every new character from the movie (They all die), and the fact that basically everybody hates Hot Rod for no apparent reason. They even lampshade the Psychological Projection in the "Other Notes" section of the page.
    • Bill O'Reilly making a Newscaster Cameo in Dark of The Moon, and so the wiki has pages on both him and Fox News-neither of which are kind to the subject matter. In particular, they refer to Fox as "Fox News [sic] Channel" and take numerous shots at O'Reilly for his reputation as a sexual predator.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Invoked by the captions for Mega and Ultra Pretenders.
    Guys who can be in three places at the same time? Nope, no stories about them. More Bumblebee!
  • Wiki Magic: Probably one of the more triumphant examples. Started out as a sad, dismal little Wikia 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.
  • Your Mom: There's a page for it.

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