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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ever ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between an Autobot and a Decepticon

The title 'Autobot' is explained to be the short version of 'Autonomous Robotic Organisms'. Wouldn't that mean all Cybertronions are Autobots? Why then do the good "Heroic Bots" lead by Optimus Prime ...
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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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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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Why did Optimus Prime order Sam to 'push the cube into me' - instead of using it as a weapon against Megatron?

Simple question. In the first Michael Bay Transformers film, why did Optimus Prime tell Sam Witwicky to push the cube into Prime's chest - instead of just attacking Megatron with it? And also why ...
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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 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 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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Which radio/TV broadcasts were sampled by Bumblebee in the Transformers movies?

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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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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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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Is there an in-universe explanation for why Transformers suddenly started using guns instead of transformed parts of their bodies?

In the first 2 films the Transformers transformed parts of their bodies into guns (for example, Bumblebee and Ironhide are seen in closeups doing that. Also the cube-infected items do that). In the ...
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Can Transformers actually die?

As the 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/Matrix of Leadership or are ...
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Why didn't the Allspark repair Bumblebee's voice processor?

In the first Transformers movie we see Frenzy regenerate its 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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Are the Dinobots incapable of speech?

Optimus Prime speaks to the Dinobots in English, compelling them to join in his fight. However, the only sound we ever hear from the Dinobots is their animal roars. Are they incapable of speaking/...
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Why do Transformers combine into large robots?

Clearly there are lots of different Transformer Combiners but this question is specifically about robots made for battle, the classic example being Devastator. Apparently the intention is that they ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Why do Transformers turn into vehicles in the first place?

Everywhere, in the 1980 animation, Animated, Prime, RID2015 and comics they have their Cybertronian form and it is most often a vehicle. But, why? Because they don't have any reason to convert ...
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Is Optimus Prime as we know him one of the Thirteen Original Primes?

In the Aligned continuity, one of the Thirteen Original Primes, Optimus Prime, chose to be reborn as an ordinary Cybertronian to live among the ones soon to be born from the Well of Allsparks. He was ...
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Why did Hasbro's Combiner Wars Superion toy originally contain the Decepticon Dragstrip?

The original G1 Superion was made up of the five Aerialbots1: However, in the latest release from Hasbro, Combiner Wars2 Superion includes the Decepticon Dragstrip3 (in this image, the right arm): ...
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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 if ...
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Did the Nostalgia Critic accurately predict “Transformers: The Last Knight”?

In Transformers: The Last Knight NON-Review, The Nostalgia Critic proposes that the Transformers movies have become so predictable that he can review The Last Knight without even watching it. How ...
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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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How is Bumblebee able to use his own voice?

In the live-action universe, Bumblebee had his voice unit destroyed by Megatron long ago. In Transformers: The Last Knight Cade is still trying to fix Bumblebee, but so he continues using the radio ...
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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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Who designed the original Autobot and Decepticon logos?

Do we know which artist(s) designed the original Transformers logos? It probably wasn't something anyone thought to credit back then, but it's incredibly iconic these days and I'd like to know who ...
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Why is Starscream second-in-command of the Decepticons?

In the Aligned Continuity, it was revealed that Clearly, Megatron has had a much longer history with Soundwave than Starscream, and his relationship with Soundwave appears to be quite personal too ...
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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 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 are Dinobots so big, and why do they have dinosaur alt-modes?

So, two questions here about the Dinobots, as shown in Age of Extinction: Why were the Dinobots so much larger than the Autobots? They were nearly five times the size of Optimus Prime, and Prime ...
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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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Who/What controls G1 Combiners?

Transformers Combiners are groups of 2-6 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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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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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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Why do all G1 leaders look JUST like Optimus Prime?

Question for any Transformers G1 fans out there, why do all G1 Autobot leaders except for Rodimus and all the ancient Primes before him look like Optimus in a cosplay? In Transformers Beast Wars II, ...