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I think the fans behind [] 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 
Advertisement: is the Transformers 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.

Also check out the IDW Hasbro Wiki for the non-Transformers parts of the Hasbro Comic Universe, the GoBots Wiki for the tangentially-related Challenge Of The Go Bots, and Transformers: The Basics, a series of video guides to the Transformers franchise produced by prominent wiki editor Chris McFeely.


Not to be confused with the Team Fortress Wiki, the other TF wiki, which formerly had the domain "".

This wiki provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • 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 Fanboy: and Fangirl, as the case may be. Several members to the wiki eventually got the opportunity to contribute in an official capacity. More in general, there's a section on their Fandom article discussing big-name fans who worked on canon media, many from the old Usenet group.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname:
    • They certainly think so of one Greg Killmaster, enough so they speculate his wife Laura Killmaster must have fought her way through scores of suitors to share it.
    • The same has been said of the Terrorcon Sinnertwin, the Decepticon Slayride, the combiner Ruination, the Titanmaster Shreddicus Maximus, and the destructicon Lord Imperious Delirious.
  • Berserk Button: Misspelling the word "canon".
    • The wiki also really, really hates such practices as toy-swapping (the act of putting a different toy in packaging and then returning it to the store for a refund, which one can get away with thanks to liberal store policies in the US and Canada, and essentially giving the toy-swapper a free toy while the false toy gets put back on the shelf for some poor schmuck to buy), and toy scalpling (the act of buying up a large amount of toys to create artificial scarcities and then re-sell the toys for a much higher price than the MSRP).
  • Bilingual Bonus: The introduction for their Multilingual Packaging page is first written in English, followed by the same text repeated twice in two different languages that change upon refresh - the list of languanges is quite expansive, including among others Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Swahili, Finnish and even Pig Latin.
  • 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.
    • On the topic of Beast Wars: Uprising Run-Over, who speaks entirely in The Simpsons quotes, his page's caption states "we wouldn't know anything about this", while linking to G1 Kup's page, where the captions are nothing but Abe Simpson quotes.
  • 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 on other, more "serious" wikis. 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.
    • Any particularly infamous or low-quality episode, comic, or toy will have its wiki page written in varying degrees of resigned irritation.
  • Death Is Cheap: There's an entire page talking about the many deaths and resurrections of Optimus Prime.
  • Decomposite Character: The site decided to follow suit on the Word of God that declared the Grimlock from Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015) that he's as a separate entity from the Grimlock in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and likewise treats the Sideswipe and Kickback from RiD 2015 as separate characters from the G1-esque versions in the Cybertron games.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The wiki's stance on toy swapping, especially because the victims of this practice are usually young children.
    The main problem of toy swapping is simple: children. Fans and collectors usually know what the toy they're looking for is supposed to look like, so they most likely won't pick up a swapped toy, unless they're not paying attention for whatever reason. Therefore, the most likely victims of this practice are parents who buy a toy for their kid. Imagine the look on a child's face when he gets Movie Leader Class Optimus Prime for his birthday, opens the packaging and finds an old, beat-up Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime inside.

    And no, this is not funny. Really not.
  • Dull Surprise: An entire page on it, no less.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even the rather irreverent TF Wiki is noticeably disgusted by Carbombya, has a commented-out note on Hiroshima Prime warning any would-be caption writer that they're "WATCHING YOU, BUSTER," and has some shame in regards to the character model for Thunderblast from Transformers Cybertron.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Played for Laughs with the distinction between "canon" and "cannon", with the disambiguation page threatening anyone who mixes up the terms to be murdered with a cannon.invoked
  • Fanon: Discussed/explained alongside Fanon Discontinuity in their article on Personal Canon. invoked
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The editors really want to pretend that The Beast Within never happened. The same can be said for "B.O.T.", Energon, and the Combiner Wars cartoon.invoked
  • Foreshadowing: The Prime Wars Trilogy section on Metroplex's page has a caption that was made the day before Hasbro announced their purchase on the Power Rangers franchise.
  • Fridge Logic: Invoked when discussing over "Continuity errors'' portion of an episode, but this is way more common in the early G1 where Early Installment Weirdness gets frequently brought up.
  • Gag Sub: For picture captions, screen captures, etc. Note that this isn't 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:
    • Wheelie's page is written entirely in rhyme.
    • The page for The Lone Gunmen is written in the Courier font, to make it look like a document from The X-Files.
    • Rewind's page is formatted as a bullet point list of factoids with literary citations, except for his More than Meets the Eye incarnation ("Did you know that Rewind in the IDW Generation 1 Comics was too prominent a character to continue summarizing his story simply as trivia factoids?").
    • The text on the IDW Hasbro Wiki's page for Xamot Paoli is entirely aligned right, to be the mirror image his brother's page.
  • 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 three different languages that change with every refresh, 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.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Silly percentages will occasionally pop up when discussing a subject already riddled with pedantically specific explanations. For example, the Trukk Not Munky! page mentions that Optimus Primal being an ape, not a monkey, was intended to be part of the mockery from the start, resulting in a net 34.5% increase in snide.
  • 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.
  • Messianic Archetype: Inverted. The article on Jesus refers to him as being a possible Optimus Prime archetype.
  • 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
  • Mundane Made Awesome: THE CURLY STRAW, which the wiki discusses in a hilariously flowery, reverent, almost scared tone, blaming it for causing the Great War.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Mocked in several captions in the article for the original series, which are written like they are vague recollections of how a nostalgic fan woud remember the series now.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
  • 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:
    It is frequently joked amongst Transformers fans that Tracks is homosexual, although the character has not actually demonstrated any romantic interest in other male characters. All his romantic interest was focused squarely on himself. An Auto-sexual, if you will.
    (Not that there's anything wrong with that, Jerry.)
  • No True Scotsman: The True Fan page has examples of this, and links to The Other Wiki's page for No True Scotsman.
    "Anyone who likes Beast Machines isn't a true fan."
    "Anyone who doesn't like Simon Furman isn't a true fan."
    "Anyone who thinks Rumble is red isn't a true fan."
    "Anyone who likes Bayformers isn't a true fan."
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes articles on crossover material will only include what was explicitly in the crossover, with other even commonly known facts being treated as apocrypha and hearsay. This has the humorous result of things like the relationship between Anakin and Luke Skywalker, if any, being unknown, and the supposition that Jesus, whoever he's supposed to be, is simply a Metaphor for Prime.
  • Obviously Evil: Mocked to hell and back with Zeta Prime's page. Not a caption box goes by without a joke about it, and the first paragraph has this to say:
    "He's probably a pretty nice guy! After all, Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light, and Zeta looks downright friggin' evil. Is that masked, horned face the face of someone who would torture and brainwash the dissidents and suck fuel from his own citizens to fuel his army? Totally! So if he were actually bad, he'd probably try to hide it a little, don't you think?"
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The caption for Pipes' death, instead of a snarky remark or a straightforward serious description, goes "I... um... I don't want to joke right now."
  • Overused Running Gag:
    • Some jokes have been so overused that the Wiki's caption policy page includes a list of "captions we're sick of".
    • 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.
    • In a meta example, even the wiki points out how overused and lame "Transformers killing Gobots" jokes are.
    • Lampshaded in the caption for a character in the IDW comics named Meg, which calls out the "Shut up, Meg" joke from Family Guy as having never been funny in the first place, just mean.
  • Painting the Medium: Objects that are fictionalized or lied about in-universe and things that failed to materialize in the real world (such as unpublished stories) are featured in the category "Things that don't exist." The description page for that category is a red link.
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": The page for Hiroshima Prime used to have one greeting editors when editing the page against cracks related to the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • 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.
  • Retcon: They've been known to occur, usually removing overused jokes or overly harsh criticism. The page for the Zone OVA used to be disparaging about the treatment of Cain and Emusa (stereotypically gay anime clichés), until it was changed to praise the two as an example of inclusivity (which... probably wasn't what Zone's creators were exactly going for).
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Cannon (disambiguation) exists solely because the editors were sick of seeing people misspell "canon."
  • Running Gag: Plenty, either on the pages 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 rather popular for things that are really bad.
    • Calling Prowl a prick.
    • Likewise, calling Sentinel Prime a jerk.
    • 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.)
    • Every image on Dinobot's page has a modified quote from Shakespeare as its caption, at least for the history section.
    • Also, using Grimlock's speech pattern in his articles is another running joke.
    • The episode recaps for Transformers Energon, usually on really bad episodes, stating "this is where people started to re-evaluate [previous unlikable series]".
    • The pages for I.R.O.N., and some of its higher-ups have a minor thing noting how Obviously Evil they are, what with hiring a former leader of COBRA to be their C.E.O., in the forms of Suspiciously Specific Denial.
    • The synopsis for the series finale of any series will end on the words " 'Til all are one."
    • Barricade's articles tend to bring up "ladiesman217", specifically in the capacity of Barricade scaring him for fun.
    • Since Ectotron's first appearance in Transformers/Ghostbusters has him insist on being addressed by his full name (Ectronymus Diamatron), the wiki indulges him by repeatedly referring to him as such in any fiction section he's in. Hey, he asked.
  • Running Gagged: For years a running gag was that in images of massive shoulder kibble they would be captioned with a variation of "Why my shoulders hurt." in reference of the Armada fancomic. Eventually it was decided that was in poor taste and most of said captions have been removed, though some obscure captions remain.
  • Serial Escalation: Every new article heading for "B.O.T." starts with an increasingly emphasized "Argh".
  • Sanity Slippage: From the notes for issue 21 of Optimus Prime, you get the feeling Chris McFeely (who did the write-up) was starting to get a wee bit frazzled counting Maximals:
    "It's literally impossible to tell if all these friggin' Maximals are Japanese or American characters and it feels like some of these guys have been in two places at once and some of them might have even been dead last issue and they're just crowdfillers anyway and now a lot of them are dead and god help us we're so tired of trying to identify them."
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: The page Scale exhaustively documents all the ways this trope is in effect in Transformers, and is found in the aforementioned "Things that don't exist" category.
  • Self-Demonstrating Article: Pages for characters with a strong personality trait or Verbal Tic tend to be written in that style. So Wheelie's page Rhymes on a Dime, while Animated Ramjet's is full of Blatant Lies, and G1 Perceptor's is bursting with Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness. The page for "Void" is an admittedly creepy example.
    I slumber...
  • Self-Deprecation: On the page covering how the Internet is used in Transformers media, the opening notes how many things on the Internet are "quite stupid and a waste of time", with that bit of dialogue including a link to the wiki's main page.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The articles on Humans, and hot dogs, describe both in the most formal tones possible. Additionally, Perceptor's articles as noted in Self-Demonstrating Article above, and the opening paragraph to Spider-Man's article is this trope applied to his theme song.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. 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.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Parodied in a caption on Beast Wars Megatron's cartoon continuity page
    Remember, kids, grand acts of wondrous science and space flight like Voyager will only ever attract evil, murderous aliens! Be cool and don't study at school!
  • Spin-Off: The IDW Hasbro Wiki was set up to handle all the non-TF titles (G.I. Joe, ROM, Micronauts, etc.) that were fused into the IDW continuity to start the Hasbro Comic Universe. It's a bit slow-going right now, however.
  • 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: They consider Ask Vector Prime's answer to animation errors to be kinda awesome. They're apparently small anomalies in space and time that correct themselves immediately and nobody remembers them afterwards.
  • 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 Schmidt, and Dan DiDio being among them. Pat Lee tends to get it the worst, having the most detailed article out of all the people listed, primarily due to his ego, using Dreamwave for a money laundering scheme, and refusal to pay his workers (many of whom are still unpaid despite Pat Lee claiming he would do so).
    • 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 make fun of 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, used to have a snarky remark that "Because that always works out swimmingly." As for now, it's removed.
    • 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 thanks to Cybertron pulling a Happy Ending Override on it, 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 its premise (My childhood hero never died!), its 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. And then he dies at the end after using the Matrix to defeat Unicron even though there's no reason it should have killed him when it didn't in the original story. They even lampshade the Psychological Projection in the "Other Notes" section of the page.
    • Bill O'Reilly made 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 put the "News" part of Fox's name in quotes and take numerous shots at O'Reilly for his reputation as a sexual predator.
    • The articles for Megatron: Origin take shots at the threadbare nature of the plot by having their summaries just be "some guy [performs action] for the hell of it".
    • While somewhat of a Shout-Out to Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Jason David Frank's caption takes a jab at the one show that mimicked his success.
    • T.J. Miller's page takes a shade at the one movie that ruined his career.
    • Their article on Diego Garcia makes several pointed comments regarding the history of the islandnote .
    • Their very brief article on artist Mike S. Miller takes a potshot at his infamous transphobia towards writer Mags Visaggio.
    • invokedUnsurprisingly, Cartoon Network is made fun of for its part in the infamously poor timeslots for the various series that they've run.
  • Take That, Audience!: The page for the old Prizes in Disguise contest from 1986 has this caption.
    Pfft. Like Transformers fans have friends.
  • 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!
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: Provides the page quote, noting the many crimes Optimus Prime commits in his efforts to clear his name in the Transformers Animated tie-in book, Prime Suspect, including ironically the very crime he was accused of, breaking and entering.
  • You Need to Get Laid: As the first caption for Thunderblast from Transformers Cybertron suggests, the wiki thinks the animators at GONZO have been away from their wives for too long.
  • Your Mom: There's a page for it.
  • Your Size May Vary: Since virtually all of the different entries in the franchise contain at least some of the most glaring examples of this trope, the Scale page is one of the wiki's longest pages.


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