The Transformers toy line was introduced by Takara and Hasbro in 1984 and the first television cartoon was developed soon after. This tag covers discussion about all incarnations of Transformers across all media: comics, animation, movies, and novels.

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Why were Allspark-created small robots offensive by default? [duplicate]

In the first Transformers movie, it was shown that Allspark energy converted a Nokia phone into a small robot. And, this robot was offensive by default. Why?
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Why didn't the Allspark repair Bumblebee's voice processor?

In the first Transformers movie we see Frenzy regenerate it's entire body in a couple of seconds once it finds the Allspark. Whether Frenzy initiated the repair or it occurred simply by being in the ...
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Do Transformers refer to themselves as “robots”?

I am currently reading a collection of (non-canon) stories in a book called Transformers: Legends. In one story Hound sees a Transformer at the bottom of a cliff, and he identifies it as a robot. From ...
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How can Raf understand Bumblebee?

In the Transformers: Prime/aligned continuity, like the live-action movie continuity, Bumblebee's voice box was crushed by Megatron. Because Ratchet was unable to repair it, Bumblebee speaks in beeps ...
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Sentinel Prime alt-mode (Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, 2012 film)

How does Sentinel Prime have an earth based ALT-mode even when he had crashed on the moon ? The Autobots find him in the exact same state. So my question is how could he have an earth based ALT-mode ...
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Transformers: The Dark of the moon - Optimus and The Ark

In Dark of the moon, in the beginning we see what looks unmistakeably Optimus's face in the wreck of The Ark when the Apollo astronauts are investigating the wreck site ! Then how is it that later ...
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The Concept of being a “Prime” in the Transformers film universe

In Revenge of the Fallen we come to know that Optimus is a Prime. But if Megatron is Optimus's brother, wouldn't that make him a Prime too ? So my question is basically this, is Prime some sort of ...
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Transformers - Origin of Dinobots (canon)

Does anybody know what the accepted origins are for the Dinobots? In the (original) cartoon Wheeljack & Rachet created them on Earth, but the tech-specs on the original toys (and a lot of the ...
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Is it likely that there was an organic civilisation on Cyberton before the Transformers?

In the Transformers movie universe, from what I understand from the first movie: The 'Allspark' could give machines something like a soul or free will or artificial intelligence. From what I ...
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Transformers film autobot v/s decepticons vehicle choices

In the first Transformer film, many Decepticons have military/police alt-modes, whereas all Autobots have civilian alt-modes. Is there any rationale behind this ? Or do the alt-mode simply reflect ...
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Transformers Victory (tv/manga) - Do we ever see the Brainmasters' smaller forms?

Do we ever see the smaller robot of the Brainmasters (for Star Saber Yuki/Yukio/Brain of Courage) in the manga, apart from transformation sequences? I am certain we never see it in the cartoon, so I ...
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Transformers Victory toyline - was there a God Ginrai toy?

I'm aware that there was a Ginrai and Godbomber toy for the Masterforce toyline, but was there a re-release or similar for Victory? And if there was, did God Ginrai come with the sword he uses in the ...
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Transformers Masterforce/Victory - Does God Ginrai lose Jin chokon?

At the end of Transformers Masterforce God Ginrai and the other GodMasters fly off into space, leaving their human "components" (for want of a better word) behind. My question is that since the humans ...
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Why didn't Megatron kill Starscream in G1?

I've been rewatching Season 1 of G1, and Starscream is constantly undermining Megatron. He is so indiscreet about it though... he'll openly discuss his plans to mutiny against Megatron. Megatron ...
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What's the origin of the distinctive noise that Transformers make when they transform?

When Transformers in the G1 continuity transform, they make a distinctive five-part noise: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformation#The_noise What's the "behind the scenes" story for that noise... ...
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If Optimus and Megatron came to Earth 4 million years ago, why are the Transformers' robots forms so humanoid?

Why are the Transformers' robot forms so "humanoid"? I understand why their vehicle modes are cars and airplanes: Transformers (or at least, Teletraan I) can scan any vehicle, and then transform into ...
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are they going to make the 4th movie of transformers [closed]

I have seen pics of it but when i went to youtube and saw the trailer of it.But it was just scenes of the other three movies.are they even going to make a fourth or not?
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Have Transformers genders ever been explained?

When the first live-action Transformers movie was released, the writers said that Arcee had been cut from the script because they couldn't figure out how to explain genders in Transformers. Of course, ...
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Do the Transformers ever need maintenance like a normal car?

Do the Transformers ever need maintenance like a normal car? Do they need to regularly oil themselves, change tires, refill on oil, etc.?
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Where do new Cybertronians come from in Transformers: Prime?

The creation of new Transformers has differed slightly from each iteration of Transformers to the next. Vector Sigma figures into the mythos as either the source of life (Gen 1), or as a ...
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What should I watch/read before watching all the three Transformers movies?

I know a very little about the Transformers. I'm planning to watch all the three movies. Do I need to watch anything else or are the movies sufficient to explain everything?
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Who/What controls G1 Combiners?

Transformers Combiners are groups of 2-5 bots who combine into a more powerful super-bot. In later continuities, the combined super-bot is controlled by one specific member of the group. For example, ...
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How was Sentinel Prime supposed to save humans from gravitational disturbance caused by Cybertron?

In Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie, Sentinel Prime was going to use cheap human resources (and other natural resources) to re-build Cybertron. So, humans were important to him. Killing humans ...
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What happened to Megatron's spark?

I just finished watching Transformers: Beast Wars and one thing bothered me. To gain more power Predacon Megatron steals the spark from Decepticon Megatron and merges them together, but when Rhinox ...
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Why do the Transformers only become one type of vehicle?

In Michael Bay's Transformers, we see that the Transformers have the ability to instantly duplicate and become a vehicle. Aside from it showing them choosing their initial disguises, Bumblebee does ...
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In Transformers, why didn't Optimus use the Shard of the Allspark to heal Jazz?

In the final battle of Michael Bay's Transformers, Jazz, Optimus Prime's second in command, is torn in half by Megatron. After the battle is completed, Ratchet and Ironhide bring the fallen Autobots ...
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Which radio/TV broadcasts were sampled by Bumblebee in the Transformers movie?

In the Transformer movies, Bumblebee's voice actuator is fried. He speaks by rapidly cycling through satellite feeds and splicing together clips of speech from movies, music, TV, and radio. What are ...
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Who created the first Transformer?

Son: Dad, where do Transformers come from? Me: The planet of Cybertron. Son: Who made the Transformers? Me: Transformers make each other. Remember how Wheeljack and Ratchet made the Dinobots? Son: But ...
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Why didn't Sentinel Prime take the Matrix of Leadership when offered?

In Transformers: Dark of the Moon while on a tour of Earth, Optimus offers Sentinel the Matrix of Leadership and Sentinel declines, claiming it more fitting for Optimus since he knows the planet and ...
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Can Decepticons communicate wirelessly?

Is it possible that the Decepticons can communicate via wirelessly? In the first tranformers movie, Megatron awakens from a 200 year frozen sleep, declares his name, and exits the dam. Immediately ...
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How did Megatron learn to speak English?

In the 2007 movie, Optimus explains that the Autobots learned to speak English from the world wide web. One could reasonably assume that the Decepticons did as well. But Megatron wakes up after being ...
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Why was Snarl not in The Transformers: The Movie?

Snarl appeared only very briefly in The Transformers: The Movie: However, neither the Wikipedia article nor the Transformers wiki provide a decent answer. I'm looking for a real world answer, but ...
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How do Soundwave, Megatron, etc. change size and mass?

The original G1 Soundwave changed from a cassette deck (don't know what it is? Ask your parents!) to a robot that was the same size as robots that changed into cars. Similarly, Megatron changed into a ...
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How could Darth Vader be a Transformer?

While following my kids in the toys aisle of a big department store, I spotted a strange crossover : Star Wars and Transformers : How could it possibly happen? The Transformers's home world wasn't ...
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In Transformers, why are two minds better than one, but five minds are worse?

In Transformers, Headmasters are formed from two minds, creating a being with vastly increased abilities than than the individuals alone: When connected with each other, the human or Nebulan and ...
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Who invented the Autobots and Decepticons?

The transformers are all sentient mechanical beings. Who invented them? All mechanical life needs to be invented by biological beings, so who are their inventors? Are the transformers actually ...
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In the Transformers (recent movies), how do transformers select their transformation / vehicles

It's obviously not explained well in the movies. The Autobot twins manage to choose two new cars that they will transform into after they have already transformed into a vehicle and the same for ...
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Is the 1984 Series of The Transformers the beginning of the story?

My son asked me about watching The Transformers animated series. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it looks like there have been a lot of different reboots. Is the 1984 series where it all starts and ...
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In Transformers (2007) why did optimus say push the cube into me instead of just using it against Megatron

Simple question, why did Optimus Prime tell Sam Witwicky to push the cube into Primes chest instead of just attacking Megatron with it? And also why did Sam choose to ignore his command? Sam had no ...
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What happened to Optimus Prime's trailer when he transformed into a robot?

When (the original, G1) Optimus Prime transformed into robot mode, this trailer just seemed to disappear. When he went back into truck mode, there was his trailer again! I'm guessing this was to help ...
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Why are newly animated Transformers always evil?

In the Transformers film series, common household electronics like cellphones, radios and blenders are often turned into Transformers when they come in contact with the AllSpark energy. Why are these ...