THE DECEPTICON HIERARCHY
Revised July 18, 2010
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 isolated U.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'S Autoscout 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.
That is all.