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According to Transformer's Wiki - Transformer Origin there are quite a few different origin theories that derive from different continuities, and not all continuities give a specific race species origin. Some of these are: Atechnogenesis - Spontaneous evolution from simpler machines on Cybertron. Origin, 1st comic, but appears to have been largely ...


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We don't know the exact number, but we do know that it is in the millions of years. In the 1984 cartoon series, the Aerialbots travel 9 million years to the past and meet Orion Pax and witness him being rebuilt into Optimus Prime. So if we consider Optimus's age just from that point onward then he's 9 million years old and possibly much older if we figure ...


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I decided to email the voice actor (Hal Rayle) who played Snarl in the original Transformers series. Question: Was there any reason that Snarl had such a limited role in The Transformers Movie (1986) ? Hal Rayle: It was out of my control. Based on other powers that be. Question: Perhaps you could elaborate a little more. Was it simply that ...


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Below are sourced and unsourced quotes from all four Transformer movies. Each quote formatted to mention the audio sample clip first with the title and character who is being sampled, then each sample is accompanied directly below by context of the source clip and whom it was directed at. All source audio clips are tagged unconfirmed or unsourced audio ...


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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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Taking the second question first: Is there any explanation on how the 2 universes could merge or it is just a thoughtless commercial combination? For the most part, yes, in 2008 Hasbro launched the Transformers Crossovers line; this was purely for commercial gain, and it was never done with any intent of defining canon. Now taking the first question: ...


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A Transformer's alternate mode (common name for vehicle mode) has to fit within certain boundaries, and they use holograms and other minor tricks to make this alternate mode look like something similar to the world they're on. As such, a Transformer with a car altmode may be able to choose what kind of car within a range of cars he transforms into, but he ...


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The rise of the term Autobot differs with each continuity. In the Aligned continuity (which is the most similar to the Michael Bay movies), the term Autobot is coined by Orion Pax as a description for the concept of abolishing the caste system that the Cybertronians were living under, not as a description for the race as a whole. "Autonomous" as in deciding ...


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Speaking strictly 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 ...


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Although there wasn't even an acknowledgement of changes in size in the animated shows (i.e. that's just how things were), there have been a few explanations within comics. The ones listed and described by the Teletraan I Transformers Wiki are as follows: Parts compression (from Dreamwave comics): The notion that the Transformers in question, such as ...


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In the Gen 1 cartoon continuity, The Quintessons created the Transformers. So, the real question is: why did the Quintessons choose a "humanoid" form? But there's a problem there. What are we calling "humanoid"? The fact that they have a body shape that has roughly the same anatomical structure as humans? We never learn just how long ago the Transformers ...


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Why did Optimus Prime tell Sam Witwicky to push the cube into Primes chest instead of just attacking Megatron with it? I seem to remember it was somewhere stated that Megatron was (a lot?) stronger/more powerful than Optimus. So Optimus probably deemed it too risky to get the cube anywhere near Megatron where he might actually get hold of it. Optimus ...


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Frenzy is a sort of special case. From TFWiki: Frenzy is exceptionally hard to kill, due to the fact that he possesses a de-centralized, modular nervous system. In essence it means that even if he suffers critical injuries—such as getting his head severed, which seems to be a not-infrequent problem for him—he can continue to function. Megatron had been ...


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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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Another alternative explanation is: The Matrix itself chooses who becomes the Prime The cartoon G1 continuity is a cobbled up mess, but if we fill in the gaps with info from the other, better explored, continuities and extrapolate from there then we realize that the Matrix is a religious/mystical relic as well as being a symbol of leadership. The rank of ...


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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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There's no certain answer as you said it. But for me it wasn’t poor scripting. It’s an everyday situation that 80-90% of the world experiences. You have to gain trust before you can betray them. You can’t betray someone when you don’t have their trust. Yes, we know, Sentinel is being trusted when the Matrix was offered. But do we know for sure that Optimus ...


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"Michael Bay" Transformers can choose any form, but there is a size/mass limitation. In the Michael Bay movies, Transformers have an existing robot mode and personality, but can at any time scan a vehicle to use as an alt mode. Their robot mode "armor" changes to accommodate this new form, but the underlying robot's appearance and mass are basically ...


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There's a major discriminator between the Headmasters and the gestalts, the Headmasters bond with a human/Nebulan (both organic humaniods) while gestalts bond with other Transformers. That said, it's a common trope in many fictional universes that humans are special and that it's this bond with a human that makes the bond that the Headmasters have much more ...


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To date, no one has explained why there are two genders, what the origin of said genders were and why a machine-based species even bothers having remnants of a dimorphic species (reproductive genders) if they were always machine-based having no previous organic origins. "Boys Toys" For a dozen years, female Transformers weren't even acknowledged as even ...


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This makes a leetle more sense if you watch the very first episode. I'm going to do my best to give an answer without writing too much of a lecture: In the first episode we see bumblebee and another autobot transform into their original transformations- which were NOT earthly vehicles. After their space ship crash lands on earth, all of the transformers ...


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TL;DR - You can "have" the Matrix without "having" the Matrix. Some of this answer is, by necessity, based on speculation. However, this is an educated guess based on the G1 cartoon continuity. Much of what you describe can be explained by differentiating between "possessing" the Matrix of Leadership and "accepting" the Matrix of Leadership. The Matrix is ...


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There have indeed been several reboots. Even the original series contained two different versions: comics and television continuities. But to answer the question in the title: yes, the 1984 cartoon series (and the related comics) start at the beginning of the story. The first episode is set on their home planet, Cybertron. However, I suspect he is referring ...


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As with most of sci-fi movie series, there's nothing in Transformers movies which needs explanation from external sources. So, even if you are not familiar with Transformers universe, you can watch movies directly in release order. If want to dive deep in Transformers movies' story continuity, I'd recommend you to go for related comic series. Here's viewing/...


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They certainly need maintenance of some kind. While we don't know the details, there are a few specific things we know or can guess: Transformers need to refuel on some regular or semi-regular basis; energon is clearly an extremely energy-dense material but they still need to go through a lot of it. (In the G1 comics, earthbound Transformers were able to ...


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Yes. In the IDW continuity several bots undergo complete body swaps and upgrades. In the old ongoing Megatron gets a himself completely new body built by Shockwave and Soundwave (with a completely different alternate mode and arm canon) after being badly wounded. It was a major operation, but it was not mystical in any way. Before After And he's not the ...


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Originally for toy reasons. The Autobots were all cars in the original run in 1984, so Automobile-Robots. Decepticons because they are the bad guys. Bob Budiansky is crediting with naming the first batch of guys if I remember correctly.


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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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In the G1 cartoon and movie, the Transformers are created by the Quintessons, another robot-like species. They created the Autobots as laborers and the Decepticons as their military. The origin in the comics and subsequent series differs, but here is one of the more accepted/referenced ones: Primus is brother to Unicron. Both Primus and Unicron were ...


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For the most part, Transformers refer to themselves as "robotic", but there are instances of them calling themselves "robots". Transformers - Live Action Movies The closest thing any of the Transformers come to using the word "robot" is the Optimus explaining "We are autonomous robotic organisms from the planet Cybertron." However, we also see Sentinel ...


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