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There are three Autobots who became Decepticons that I can think of: Wheeljack from the Armada continuity Wheeljack was once an Autobot in the same military unit as Hot Shot, looking up to his peer due to his own inexperience in battle, and they considered each other good friends. However, that friendship was broken one day when Wheeljack was trapped ...


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Speaking strictly about movie canon... Regarding The Primes (per TF wiki): Eons ago, the AllSpark created thirteen beings, the first Cybertronians, who had the ability to move between dimensions. [...] According to Jetfire, the Dynasty of Primes was formed by the first Thirteen Cybertronians. These beings could not transform, but they and their transforming ...


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Even the screenwriters have no scenario in mind, see this interview with co-writer Ehren Kruger: Q: So you’re shifting gears in this film. You’ve got new human characters. But you never actually mention in the film, maybe in the script I don’t know, what happened to Sam. Was there a line of dialogue that got cut where you addressed that? A: I ...


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Majority of the film set in present day, with only the first few opening minutes and brief flashbacks set in the past. True. The movie starts in medieval times, and flashes back a few times, but takes place in an unidentified current-ish year. Mark Wahlberg's character has an intro where he gets used to Transformers in his daily life. Mostly ...


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He was first created for the Transformers: War Within: The Dark Ages comic book mini-series published by Dreamwave, a story line that was never concluded due to Dreamwave going bankrupt. In the Aligned continuity (War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron and Transformes: Prime), the Fallen was a name given to Megatronus, one of the Thirteen Primes and the first ...


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The majority of the film is set in 1987 California and the state had no motorcycle helmet law until 1st January 1992. To evaluate helmet use in California before and after the introduction of an unrestricted helmet use law on January 1, 1992, observations of motorcycles and their riders were made at 60 locations in seven California counties, twice before ...


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The AllSpark and The Matrix of Leadership were special artifacts, that had sufficient energy to reignite a Transformer's Spark. Other than that, Transformers can die for sure. In all the cases you mentioned, the Transformer had died, except Case 8. To generalize, damage to a Transformer's Spark effectively kills it. Also, physically ripping out a ...


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In Dark of the Moon, there was the slow motion moment on the highway chase scene where Bumblebee not only transforms, but ejects Sam out of his vehicle as he did so. He then transformed around Sam afterwards. In Age of Extinction there was another slow motion with Cade, Tessa and Shane being ejected from Bumblebee as he transformed and basically tossed ...


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Bumblebee demonstrates a capacity to use radio signals in order to (re-learn) English when his vocal unit is damaged by Decepticon fire and subsequently replaced. Note that this would also strongly suggest that he's not speaking English, but rather his vocal unit is translating spoken Cybertronian into English. Charlie and Memo stared at the radio, then ...


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Why? For Cybertron! It looks like that the Autobots consider Earth their new home, and they don't want to rebuild Cybertron. Decepticons, instead, want to rebuild Cybertron. Sentinel's love for his home planet overcomes his loyalty to his fellows Autobots. He explains it in the movie (even if I acknowledge that dialogues often get lost between Bay's beloved ...


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Historically, the Dinobots were big compared to the average Transformer, and even to Optimus Prime. Optimus, in turn, was larger than most of the other Transformers. The new Dinobots of Age of Extinction seem to take at least a slight cue from the original Knights of Cybertron of the IDW comic continuity, where they were some of the original Transformers. ...


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In the film universe: Yes! While the humans were capable of taking down a few Decepticons on their own, keep in mind that had Sentinel's plan succeeded, and Cybertron had been teleported right next to Earth, no amount of human forces would've been sufficient to stop the Decepticons. The only reason it didn't succeed was because the Autobots intervened. Even ...


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Having watched the scene, I see three possibilities. 1: They dragged the disabled Decepticon up with them Perhaps they saw no reason to leave good parts at the bottom of the Abyss, and dragged a sizeable piece of the dismantled Decepticon with them, which may have registered as the 6th bogey. It's hard to see what is ...


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The live action universe is tricky, seeing how they like to play a little fast and loose with the established Transformer abilities, so for starters the closest you can get to an answer may be "because movie?". However, the general opinion of the tfwiki is that transforming isn't responsible for Prime's "recovery", rather it was scanning/trans-scanning (the ...


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Who better to answer this than Sentinel himself? Sentinel: Commencing transport. Optimus: Stop! No, no, no Sentinel! Sentinel: Forgive me. Optimus: Autobots, retreat. Why Sentinel, why? Sentinel: For Cybertron. For our home. What war destroyed, we can rebuild. But only if we join with the Decepticons. Optimus: No, it's not the only way. This is our home. We ...


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According to the actor who played Shane, it was intended to be a funny skit (e.g. rather than a creepy man just explaining why he's dating a child). Notably, it was added after the script was finalised, presumably to 'punch-up' the comedy in the scene. “I was 21 years of age, making this huge franchise film, and doing what I was told, because that’s kind of ...


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Out-of-Universe After the negative outcry following Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, there were several minor creative differences introduced in the third film. Some of these differences were in how the Transformers looked & acted. For instance, many of the racial stereotypes depicted in "Revenge of the Fallen" were toned down considerably for "Dark ...


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The Transformers 4 Dinobots appear to have some degree of intelligence, displayed 4 different times. Grimlock did not immediately eat the first human he saw (corrupt businessman) They followed orders when they weren't being ridden, like when it was implied they were fighting in robot mode on the bridge When they were on the bridge, they formed a "defensive ...


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Yes, this is a continuity error (possibly in costuming) or possibly because when actors are portraying military staff in movies, their costumes are supposedly not entirely correct due to military regulation. They usually accomplish this by making minor changes in breadboards (the medals worn by military personnel). Tyrese Gibson's character is listed as ...


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While it is true that Megatron had his head ripped off at the end of Dark of the Moon, Megatron was resurrected (sort of) in Age of Extinction as "Galvatron". Galvatron was made from Transformium (possibly from Megatron's body) and was hooked up to Megatron's severed, but functioning head. Each of the five Galvatrons built by KSI exhibited tendencies to ...


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That's a part of Good Colors, Evil Colors trope. It used to be "black means evil, white means good" in the past but due to many reason like different cultures, race and complexity etc it got changed. Take Star Wars into consideration, good guy lightsaber was blue, bad guy had red lightsaber, (we did got more colours later), same happens in many ...


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Prime is (for the most part) a title, and not one that is purely inherited. The details differ from Transformers continuity to the next, and the role isn't well defined in the movie universe, but basically a Prime is part military commander and part spiritual leader of the Autobots. In the movie universe, a Prime is always descended from Primus who is the ...


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It’s just a big magnet. The most explicit confirmation of this is a behind-the-scenes video, Big Giant Magnet Attack, which shows a little of how the stunts were performed. Quoting one of the people in the video: The spaceship is a big giant magnet, and it’s lifting all these metal things. It doesn’t suck up anything – just objects with lots of metal. ...


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While I can't comment on the movie version of the Dinobots, their original origin came from the Transformers cartoon, where some dinosaur bones were found sealed away in the mountain that the Ark had crashed into. The Autobot medic, Ratchet, decided to try and put some new robots together based on the shapes of the dinosaur remains that were found. They ...


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I fail to see the problem. Yes, he's certainly very young to have been promoted from Technical Sergeant in the first Transformer film to Chief Master Sergeant two and a bit years later but it's not without precedent in the USAF and he certainly wouldn't be the youngest by quite a wide margin. There have been a considerable number of people promoted to that ...


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I seem to recall in the 1986 animated film Galvatron tried and failed to open the matrix — Hot Rod told him in no uncertain terms it "cannot be opened by a Decepticon!" (Although this was the English dub, the original Japanese might differ.) If that is accurate, it suggests Decepticons would gain nothing from the matrix being opened at all. I don't recall ...


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