Questions tagged [transformers]

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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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? ...
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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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Does age affect a Transformer's healing (repairing) capacity?

In humans, the younger heal faster than the elderly. Is this also the case with Transformers? Is there any evidence that younger Autobots/Decpticons heal (repair?!) quicker than their older friends? ...
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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 ...
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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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Where did the Transformers ammunition come from?

The question says it all. In the cartoon and comic canon, all of their weapons are strictly energy based with an occasional missile. In all of the movies, 99% of the weapons fire ammunition that uses ...
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Have any Autobots changed sides to the Decepticons?

There are examples of Decepticons like "Jetfire" and "Wheelie" that turned and changed sides to the Autobots. Jetfire in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is quoted: It's a choice. It's an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Were the Primes autobots

The Primes are defined as being They are usually portrayed as the first thirteen living beings created by Primus, the creator of the Transformers and their home planet of Cybertron. I know there ...
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What was the first robot in disguise?

As a kid, it felt as if any transforming robot other than the Transformers was a copycat. I have no doubt that a number of them were. But the Transformers may not have been the first, so What was the ...
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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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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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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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How could Bumblebee have worked with Hot Rod?

In The Last Knight, it's revealed that Bumblebee fought alongside Hot Rod (or a Hot Rod looking fella) in an earlier World War (as in Earth). Have any interviews, promotional materials, or other ...
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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 ...