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.
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 Gobots, and Transformers: The Basics, a series of video guides to the Transformers franchise produced by prominent wiki editor Chris McFeely.
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 Fanon: Discussed and listed here.
- 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.
- The same has been said of the Terrorcon Sinnertwin, the Decepticon Slayride, and the Titanmaster Shreddicus Maximus.
- 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:
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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- And The Beast Within comic.
- 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.
- 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 have some shame in regards to the character model for Thunderblast from Transformers Cybertron.
- Fanon: Discussed/explained alongside Fanon Discontinuity in their article on Personal Canon.
- 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.
- 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.
- The article and section headings on the JaAm page are written in red Comic Sans.
- 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 eleven 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. On the other hand, the page for Street Fighter's Dictator character lays out the application of this trope plain and simple in regards to the character's Dub Name Change.Vega is more commonly known to Western audiences as "M. Bison". But as this character has only been involved with Transformers in Japan, "Vega" is the name that this wiki will use.
- 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:
- This passage from their article on the orbit-disruptor cannon:
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!
10: Try to overthrow Megatron
- G1 Starscream's page also has one:
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.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
- "This is canon." "So is this.◊" "And this◊."
- The first note for the Jointron brothers page. And the caption of the image right above it, explaining how nothing from the first paragraph onward is remotely made up. Or even exaggerated (the emphasis comes from the article itself, by the by). They truly are as stereotypically Mexican as possible.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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?"
- O.O.C. 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:
"Cy-Kill often dies BCUZ GOBOTS SUX LOLOLOL!!!!111"
- 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 features 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.""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
- Ruined Forever: The wiki named that trope with a page that In-Universe ribs on fans who have doom and gloom reactions to every major change in the franchisenote .
- 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.)
- RAVAGE IS THE ONE WHO'S WAVING
- 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.
- Pretty much all examples of excessive shoulder kibble are captioned with "Why my Shoulders Hurt!" in reference to the JaAm fancomic.
- 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'':"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...
- 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.
- 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 pageRemember, 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 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.).
- 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).
- 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 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. 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 refer to Fox as "Fox News [sic] Channel" and take numerous shots at O'Reilly for his reputation as a sexual predator.
- Articles written in late 2016 such as the penultimate issue of More Than Meets the Eye that feature the intensely racist, xenophobic Sentinel Prime all take jabs at the similarly intensely racist, xenophobic Donald Trump.
- 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.
- A more straightforward shout-out to DBZA can be found on Cyberverse!Starscream's page, in which almost all of the captions are Abridged!Frieza quotes. And Cyberverse!Slipstream's page has image captions that are all lyrics from songs that Ursula sang.
- T.J. Miller's page takes a shade at the one movie that ruined his carrer.
- 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.
- 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.