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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Is this Optimus Prime figure based on any canonical instance?

Hot Toys has just announced a new Optimus Prime figure, with removable Starscream wings. I know that in various canons, Optimus has been able to fly utilizing various upgrades, whether temporary or ...
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Was The Fallen ever mentioned or appeared in any of the other Transformers canons?

Was The Fallen ever mentioned or appeared in any of the other Transformers canons or was he made entirely up for the film Transformers 2: Revenge of The Fallen? Looking for instances of him in any of ...
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Can Transformers actually die?

As title reads, it seems very confusing what actually kills a Transformer. As you can see from the cases above, some remain dead, others are given life by the Allspark/Leadership of Matrix or are ...
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How did the humans make “Transformium” come to life?

I don't know if this was explained in Transformers 4: Age of Extinction or I missed it, but how did Joshua Joyce and his organisation make "Transformium" come to life? From previous Michael Bay ...
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Why does only Hot Rod get magically reformatted by the Matrix of Leadership?

Here is a compressed order of events in the Gen 1 continuity: Orion Pax is heavily damaged/killed Alpha Trion rebuilds Orion Pax into Optimus Prime, presumably giving him the Autobot Matrix of ...
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What track plays in the background of Mark Wahlberg’s introduction in Transformers 4?

In the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction, what is the song played in the background during the introduction of the hero (played by Mark Wahlberg)? It plays at time 3:15 in the timeline of the ...
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What happened to Sam Witwicky?

Transformers: Age of Extinction picks up five years after the Battle of Chicago in Dark of the Moon. The Autobots Bumblebee is apparently no longer Sam's guardian, as No mention, however, is ...
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Who are these characters referenced in Transformers: Age of Extinction? [Spoilers] [duplicate]

SPOILERS Who are the referenced in the movie? Is there any such reference in the cartoon series, or comics?
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How long was G1 Optimus dead?

In the G1 continuity, Unicron attacks the Earth and Cybertron in the year 2005, and during a battle with Megatron, Optimus dies. Of course, Optimus is revived in later episodes of the tv show. The ...
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Why can only Decepticons fly in robot mode?

In all continuities, the Autobots and Decepticons were originally one race which split into two factions. In some, this was largely a civilian vs military split; others were a bit more ambiguous. In ...
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What is the difference between an Autobot and a Decepticon

The title 'Autobot' is explained to be the short version of 'Autonomous Robotic Organisms'. That would mean all Cybertronions are Autobots. Why then are the "Heroic Bots" lead by Optimus Prime called ...
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What is the Natural Lifespan of Transformers?

How long do or can Transformers live (naturally)? I understand that information may be limited; especially since they are [seemingly] constantly warring among themselves, and Earth's interaction with ...
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How old is Optimus Prime?

How old is Optimus Prime? *If it is measurable. Not talking about the aging process (like, is he a child, an adult, or elderly); but how many years/aeons/Cybertronian-years old is he? I suppose, in ...
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Can Transformers be manually upgraded?

Barring near-mystical or supernatural methods like quantum surges, shoving two sparks into one body, leveling up via The Matrix of Leadership, or intervention by Unicron, can Transformers be manually ...
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In the Transformers movies, what Air Force rank is U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Robert Epps suppose to be?

Tyrese Gibson plays U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Robert Epps (a member of Captain Lenox's special team) who supposedly holds the rank of Technical Sergeant (5 stripes, pay grade E6), but he's ...
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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 ...