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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. For questions about the 2007 film see [transformers-2007].

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What Happened to the Autobots

When Primus created the Transformers, their population "expanded to fill the planet". Because Cybertron is about the size of Saturn, it's not unreasonable to expect twenty billion or more ...
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Was this Starscream's only time as sole leader of the Decepticons?

In Transformers: The Movie (1986), Starscream boldly throws a badly wounded Megatron out of Astrotrain into deep space, and seizes the Decepticon leadership. Sadly he is murdered at his own ...
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What is the origin of the name "Megatron"?

In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg's father calls her by two nicknames: "Megaparsec" (whose meaning she explains) and also the much more opaque "Megatron." At last she turned to her ...
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Looking for name of Soundwave's Autobot counterpart

In the 1986 movie I saw at least one Autobot who, like Soundwave, turned into a cassette player and had several 'cassette' Autobots as well (I also saw the toys for these guys in a transformer ...
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How many mini-cassettes does Soundwave have?

According to, List of the Transformers, cassettes warriors In the 80's Transformers cartoon, Soundwave has 8 mini-cassetes: 2 condors, a panther, 2 robots, a bat, a stegosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus rex....
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How many of Grimlock combiners have been animated?

In other topic, someone showed me that Grimlock combiner along with the other Dinobots, Volcanicus, have been animated officialy in Transformers: Power of the Primes. However, in internet, many other ...
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Is Grimlock stated to be the strongest dinobot in all versions of the Transformers universe?

In the Transformers G1 cartoon, Grimlock is stated to be the strongest dinobot. However, certain events of the cartoon put doubts on this idea. When battling Devastator, all dinobots except one are ...
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How does Motormaster's height compare to Menasor's?

In other combiners like Devastator, members form their limbs by attaching themselves to the torso. However in the case of Menasor, the Stunticons cars simply attach to the sides of Motormaster limbs. ...
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Is Omega Supreme the only Guardian Robot who can transform?

In the Transformers G1 cartoon, Guardian Robots are seen a couple of times, one battling Superion, another battling autobots, but as far as I remember, they never transform. Omega Supreme however, can ...
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Did Optimus Prime, Jazz, Sideswipe, Mirage and Windcharger ever turn into a combiner again?

In episode 64 of the Transformers G1 cartoon, Optimus Prime, Jazz, Sideswipe, Mirage and Windcharger disguise as the Stunticons. Then Megatron asks them to turn into Menasor, to see if they were the ...
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Is Otis in the Bumblebee (Transformers) movie Charlie’s half-brother, adopted brother, or step-brother?

Is Otis the son of Ron and a deceased first wife of his?
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Are the Guardian Robots captured and re-programmed Dark Guardians, or are they new units?

According to Guardian robot When the Quintessons ruled over Cybertron, they employed Dark Guardians against the growing Autobot insurgency. By the time of the Golden Age millions of years later, the ...
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Are the Decepticons counted as “Autobots” in the first live action movie?

In the 2007 Transformers Live Action movie, Optimus Prime tells Samuel Witwicky, We are autonomous robotic organisms from the planet Cybertron And Ratchet adds "but you can call us Autobots for ...
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Why did the Autobots sometimes need jetpacks to fly and sometimes they didn't?

In episode 1 of the Transformers G1 animated series, the Autobots arrive to fight the Decepticons over an oil platform by flying (without jetpacks). Later, in episode 3, we see Optimus Prime asking ...
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How is that Omega Supreme's arm from Transformers Energon seems to be no other than the Macross spaceship from SDF-Macross?

I was looking a Youtube video about Omega Supreme where they showed Transformers Energon version of him. And I noticed his arm looks almost identically to the SDF-Macross spaceship from SDF-Macross. ...
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Does Devastator have a weak spot?

There are two times in Transformers G1 when Devastator is taken back to pieces by firing a single shot at him. Once is when Optimus Prime aims carefully at him when Devastator is distracted by a ...
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Were the Constructicons Decepticons before betraying Omega Supreme?

In Transformers G1 episode 47, it isn't clear if the Constructicons were or were not Decepticons before betraying Omega Supreme. The episode seems to have several continuity mistakes, (such as the ...
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Is the Japanese version of Transformers G1 just a dub in a different language, or does it contain different animations/episodes?

In the '80s some animations were released both in Japan and the United States but, depending on which one, they could have additional episodes or movies created for one of the countries, such as ...
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If energon cubes could be created from any enery source (like oil, magma, etc.) why were Predacons in Beast Wars craving energon crystals?

Not sure how much Transformers G1 and Beast Wars continuities intertwine each other, but in G1 we see Transformers creating energon cubes from oil, electricity, magma, etc., it looked like they ...
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Why did the Autobots design the Dinobots to be stupid?

In Transformers, the Dinobots are said to have small brains just like real dinosaurs. But there was no point in doing that, if you could create them smart. If I recall correctly, Starscream created ...
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Was the Dinobots combiner Volcanicus ever animated?

Browsing around internet I came across with a Dinobots combiner toy called Volcanicus and an image from it in a comic. Also with this image which some apparently claim comes from a cartoon? Dinobot ...
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When did a Transformer first rely on radio to talk?

I distinctly remember a robot, or series of robots, relying on radio to talk in Transformers: The Movie, which I watched on VHS as a kid. Is that the first instance of a Transformer relying on radio ...
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Why does the aspect ratio in Transformers: The Last Knight change?

In Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth film in Michael Bay's Transformers series, the aspect ratio change multiple times, often within scenes. Of course, I am not referring to changing from ...
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Did Ratchet die in "Age of Extinction"?

Did Ratchet die in Age of Extinction? I know that he was seen briefly in the movie, but was he killed by a Decepticon off-screen?
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Why is there a scene about the age of consent in "Transformers: Age of Extinction"?

In Transformers: Age of Extinction, there is a scene where Jack Reynor's Shane explains to Mark Whalberg's Cade Yeager that it is legal for the former to date/sleep with the latter's daughter. In-...
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What does it means to be a "descendant" in the Transformers movie universe?

This answer talks at length about the Primes, and Optimus being a Prime because he's descended from the Primes, and that Optimus and Megatron while not "genetically" related consider each other to be "...
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Why was G1 Soundwave's voice made unique?

Some audio manipulation was performed to (nearly?) all the G1 Transformers' voice actor's recorded dialogue, giving the in-universe characters' voices an "inhuman"/otherworldly/mechanical effect. A ...
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Source of a Quote by Alpha Trion

By the third day, larger creatures began to appear, and then Prima called me over to witness thing he was eager to point to me...at the head of them, slowly pacing forward with an expression of ...
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Auto-bots and Car Culture

One of the things that perplexes me is that the autobots didn't really adopt car culture very much, or maybe I am missing some things. For example, did an Autobot ever have personalized mudflaps? ...
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Can Transformers die or get sick from radiation?

In the 80's G1 episode "Cosmic rust" it is stated that Transformers can get sick from microorganisms that devour Cybertronian metals. Iron Hide from the Bay movie Transformers Dark of the moon is ...
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Why are the Decepticons and Autobots fighting?

Is a definitive reason ever given as to what triggered the civil war on Cybertron? I know Deceptcons are evil and Autobots are good, but what triggered the war to begin with. What is it about the ...
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What explains the errors in geography in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"?

There are a number of weird errors in geography in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Just from the Egypt sequence; At the start of the film, we see the Pyramid of Giza surrounded by huge ...
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Why did Charlie say "Helpful shame spiral" in this funny scene?

In Bumblebee (2018), while Charlie was at her job, Bumblebee accidently vandalized her furniture in the house. Memo called Charlie, and Charlie confronts Bumblebee in the hall room: Charlie: What ...
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Why did Sally say wearing helmets isn’t included in the law while driving mopeds?

In Bumblebee (2018), Sally gifts her daughter a helmet: Sally: So, I keep hearing about people on mopeds getting run over and their brains smashed in. You got to wear this from now on. I don't care ...
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How does Bumblebee speak English as soon as he arrives on Earth in the Bumblebee movie?

In the 2018 Bumblebee movie, Bumblebee speaks English to John Cena's character as soon as he arrives on Earth in 1987. But how does he know English? In the original live action Transformers from 2007,...
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What is the out-of-universe reason Bumblebee lost his voice in Fall of Cybertron?

What is the out-of-universe reason Bumblebee lost his voice in Fall of Cybertron? (It's his starting state: not an event that occurs mid-story.) I was originally curious what the in-universe reason ...
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In Bumblebee, how did Charlie's use of an electroshock weapon work?

Near the end of the movie, Charlie shocks Bumblebee several times with some sort of electroshock weapon, but I don't understand how (in universe) this could have resuscitated him. How did the ...
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Why did this character die in Bumblebee?

During the final fight the character: I'm wondering how that was possible? Was the item somehow inside some specific weakpoints of the character or how/why did he die there? (naturally in universe ...
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Does Transformers history still apply in the Bumblebee movie?

The newest Transformers movie, Bumblebee recently came out and everybody who's seen it has noticed that the Transformers look different than they did in Michael Bay's version of Transformers. My ...
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Why didn't the Earth forces stop the Decepticons?

In the 2007 movie Transformers, Agent Seymour Simmons demonstrates a device that extracts the energy/radiation from the spark, effectively turning a phone into a "nasty" (decepticon?). ...
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In the Transformers aligned continuity, what was The Thirteenth's real name?

It was said that before The Thirteenth went into the Well of Allsparks, he had asked Alpha Trion to remove his name from The Covenant of Primus. Hence why he was called 'The thirteenth'. What was ...
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Which Transformers have been diagnosed with a mental disorder in canon material or identified as such by a writer/director/etc.?

I know those like G1 Red Alert is maniac paranoia, Beast Wars Transmutate is Autistic, and Animated Blitzwing with Split Personality Disorder. I would like to know others that have mental disorders ...
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How is a Cybertronian born?

How are Autobots born? I understand how the “soul” of a Transformer is made (Primus gives them life) but how does the body of an Autobot unite with the soul? I’m basically asking whether the body is ...
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"900 STRA" License Plate Meaning

"900 STRA" seems to be the most common license plate in Transformers. It is on Bumblebee but I can't determine the meaning. Anyone have any ideas?
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Which senses do transformers possess?

From the movies we know that Transformers can See It also seems that they can Smell This is "proved" by Ironhide's phrase in the beginning of the "Revenge of the Fallen", when he refers to a ...
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Who or what were Primus and Unicron?

The most iconic of Transformers questions ,at least in my opinion: Who is Primus? What was his purpose? Was he an Autobot? On the other hand, Who is Unicron? What was his purpose? Was he a ...
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Why do Autobots have blue eyes while Decepticons have red eyes?

In the G1 series, we can see there that the Autobots have blue eyes while the Decepticons have red eyes. Even in the movies they apply the same concept. So what is the meaning of these colors?
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Do Transformers ever transform with people on board?

Are there any parts of the movies where Transformers transform with people in them? If so, can you point out which scenes (and/or time) they are in and which movie. The reason I'd like to put this ...
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Identify this Transformer with wings and tank treads / caterpillar tracks

Who is this? I originally saw this in a Transformers Colouring Book1 but I cannot identify him. He apparently has caterpillar tracks on his arms, so I'm guessing he changes into a tank. And it looks ...
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Who is Cyclonus?

I think every Transformers fan knows this question, but it really bugs me. I have been driven nuts by it, so I'm asking, who is Cyclonus? We know that in Transformers: The Movie, when Unicron ...
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