Here is the rather obvious companion to THE AUTOBOT HIERARCHY. Not as much smaller in dimension as I first thought it would be, but the smaller roster of characters does mean there is less data in the image, making it a bit more download-friendly.
Again, a pretty straightforward chart. Even with their advantage of not caring about Earth's population and the state of their surroundings, it seems kind of odd that the Autobots, with their far greater force, could not have defeated them more readily. But then, the TV series would have been pretty short, would it not?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the set.
Further to various comments I have received with regard to THE AUTOBOT HIERARCHY, I feel it necessary to point out certain conditions applicable to my choice of arrangement and labeling. The primary condition: My work is based solely on the isolatedU.S.G1 continuity as it originally appeared in cartoon form in the 1980s. I therefore consider any retroactive references added to later franchises, such as BEAST WARS, BEAST MACHINES, or ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, to be without relevance to my work.
In other words, if a BEAST MACHINES toy tech spec suggests that the function of an obscure one-off character was such and such, I do not care. If an episode of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE claims that DION was rebuilt into ULTRA MAGNUS (which is an admitted nod to a fan theory as part of a translation from a Japanese TV series, at that), I reserve the right to discount it.
I draw upon the following three sources:
VISUAL REPRESENTATION - THE U.S. G1 TV SERIES (and a little bit of the comic book)
The TV series represents roughly 95 % of visual references. In the relatively few cases where facial / cranial representation in the TV series is as scarce as to be unusable for reference, I have drawn upon their depictions in either THE TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE or some of their appearances in the original comic book. I would have preferred that all of my references be intrinsic to the TV series, but these alternate sources are acceptable as the finalized character models were used for all G1 permutations.
FUNCTIONS AND TITLES - THE TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE
The TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE forms the basis of both the original comic book and TV series characters and the latter medium, though it tends to be less concretely stated, follows the functions and titles in the former described. That is how I am able to determine, for example, that TAILGATE is a scout or that TANTRUM is a fueler.
FUNCTIONS AND TITLES - TOY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
In extremely few instances, official toys appeared as characters in the TV series and did not receive TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE profiles. For their functions, I had to consult their toy tech specs. That allowed me, for instance, to designate SWERVE as a metallurgist.
SINGULAR SERIES-ONLY CHARACTERS
So what of one-off characters that were neither made into toys nor featured in contemporaneous media?
All there is to base functions upon is the dialogue and action taking place in a character's episode appearance. In some cases, these obscure characters have been mentioned and even enlarged upon in official latter-day media, but given my isolated frame of reference, I ignore these retroactive depictions, which are often made simply to appeal to fans with whom they originate.
To reiterate my earlier point: If an IDW comic book were to claim that SOUNDWAVE'SAutoscout cassette -- hardly even a character, but certainly a one-off -- once possessed a personality like its self-motivating brethren, but had it stripped away, I would find it somewhat intriguing, but I would in no way think of it as intrinsically G1-canonical because A PRIME PROBLEM never confirmed it as fact.
I welcome anyone to disagree with my structuring and classification of the characters, but do me the gracious favour of not arguing with it or telling me I am wrong in any context outside of the original U.S.G1 universe.
I would love to see them incorporated as well in the future if the time permitted for you. In 1989 is where they ended up with the cheezy Pretenders and the Transformers we all grew to love as per toy line ended.
You did AWESOME work!!! You saved me countless hours I was just about to sacrifice! I was going to go through all the Tech Specs and record all the Bots/Cons "Functions". I spent about 4 hours googling "Transformers Rank list" and found NOTHING! Luckily at the bottom it had Hierarchy listed and I clicked it. Kuddos! Now I haven't read all the threading but we're you thinking of adding some more of the G1's, Not the stupid Pretendors or the other blasphemies that robbed the Trans of their innocents but for example the "Seacons?!" I think you know where I am going with this, the Triggermasters, Powermasters, etc.
I'm surprised at how many people react to that particular designation. I guess it's a little bit tongue-in-cheek. But even the show itself referred to "the other Decepticons" as "gun fodder" -- a rather elitist utterance from CYCLONUS.
these are simply my
opinions and are not
meant to imply that
you should agree or
disagree nor should
these prove to be
offensive in any
way; if I do come
then you have my
Magepresented by the
This article came
about after a
requested that we
write ten clear,
simple tips for
information can be
very useful, but
it down into
chunks is so much
easier. So without
further ado plea...
This feature is for
all the happy
couples in the
world, the love
shared in families,
and for the good
friends.What I see
in these pictures..
The love, the
tenderness.. This is
what I search for. I
really hope I will
find someone like
you already did.Look
upon the sunand
think of that...
`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations! Read More