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With hundreds of characters, it's a giant bitch trying to figure out just one to highlight above all others. Especially on the Autobot side, where my bias isn't quite so heavy, or my love quite as thick. I mean, we who loves our Decepticons true must admit. Most of the Autobots just aren't quite as fun. First of all, they don't have as many mental and emotional disorders. The list just goes on from there.

But the one Autobot, who I've gone back to time and time again would be Ratchet. I think I liked him when I watched as a kid. For being Wheeljack's IDGAF drinking buddy and DAMMIT JIM, I'M A DOCTOR attitude. Also for apparently being a massive party guy in his younger days. I like him in TF: Animated, even though he's half Kup. He's just cantankerous and so regretful because underneath his gruff he's too much of a good guy.

Also gotta give him props for giving Megatron the finger and beating Starscream's face in back in Marvel days. Just because his morals said so. And no matter how much I've had to let myself get used to the designs in TF: Prime and get past those first episodes that were pretty F-ing dreadful, in there it's like the creators went reading fanfic and came out with that.

He's amazing. And I blame [livejournal.com profile] justnuts entirely for why I kept watching. Also for making him even more awesome.

Bonus: My dream lulz AU for him would be teaming up with another medic. One who's outfit matches his paint job. One who has a Spy waiting for him back in the fridge.


Oh yeah. Don't lie. You know you all want to see it too.


Day 2 - Favorite Decepticon
Day 3 - Least favorite Autobot
Day 4 - Least favorite Decepticon
Day 5 - Favorite Transformers universe
Day 6 - The Transformers universe that should have never been created
Day 7 - Best soundtrack
Day 8 - Favorite death scene
Day 9 - Favorite episode
Day 10 - The character that appears too much
Day 11 - There needs to be more of this character
Day 12 - Favorite comic series
Day 13 - Favorite pairing
Day 14 - Best character design
Day 15 - Worst character design
Day 16 - Favorite voice actor
Day 17 - Favorite comic book artist
Day 18 - Favorite comic book author
Day 19 - Favorite human character
Day 20 - Least favorite human character
Day 21 - Favorite combiner team
Day 22 - Favorite triple-changer
Day 23 - Favorite incarnation of Optimus Prime
Day 24 - Favorite subgroup
Day 25 - Favorite toy that you own
Day 26 - Favorite seeker
Day 27 - Frenzy and Rumble: who is red and who is blue?
Day 28 - Favorite intro
Day 29 - Favorite quote
Day 30 - Post your collection

on 2011-08-04 12:57 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] freevo.livejournal.com
Oh, Ratchet was my runner-up. And I get you on the single highlight thing in relation to the 'Bots. I mean, for me, the 'Con pool to choose from was way bigger than the Autobot one, and yet picking my fave was ridiculously more easy. So yeah, I guess I just have stronger feelings for my bad guys.

Hah! Team Fortress for the win! xD

on 2011-08-04 01:24 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] joules-burn.livejournal.com
I actually stole this from you, so I saw you picked out Rattrap. Who is also amazing, might I add. He's way up there on my lists. But then again. Beast Wars had amazing characters.

The writing in TF tends to badly focus on one or two Autobots throughout the storyline. Bumblebee or Optimus Prime. Everyone else seems periphery and well.... kind of sentai. It's like this is Sailor Moon and only X,Y or Z can take care of business! Everyone else sits around getting their asses kicked.

Decepticons, meanwhile tend to get highlighted and used as Bad Guy of the Week, since it can't always be Megatron without making him into a joke. TF: Prime is a little better about that, but they've also kept a much smaller character pool, and they still focus on Arcee a buttload.

I don't play Team Fortress, cause my Xbox isn't online. But gawd. Those characters are amazing hilarious. Especially the Medic.

on 2011-08-04 02:42 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] freevo.livejournal.com
Beast Wars had amazing characters.

It really had. And to be honest, it's still taken me some time to get into it. Due to the less than fortunate CGI and to the unusual setting. But story- and character wise the show turned out to be, dare I say... superior to any other TF series I've ever seen. Although, I'm really digging Prime. Only if we could do away with those meddling kids...

...and they still focus on Arcee a buttload.

I'm just happy it's not Bee. But I could definitely live with some more Ratchet.

on 2011-08-04 03:28 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] joules-burn.livejournal.com
Mainframe always had great comedy and made sure to make really cooky characters that were fun to love. I'm really upset that they got bought out. The CGI is old and the setting is reeeally weird and all, but I agree with you. As far as characterization and story go, it was vastly superior to the majority of the franchise in my opinion.

I see a little of that style with TF Prime, but they're so off their rocker about some of the things. Optimus just.... keeps spouting like. Cybertronian proverbs. It's like he's barely a character, and we've made that into a bit of a joke. But ugh. In Partners, he spouts some proverb crap at Arcee as the message of the day and I was frustrated since it's like he has no emotions.

He's a living representation of Dull Surprise.

And I'll definitely take Arcee over Bumblebee any day of the week. The movie has kind of ruined Bumblebee as a character. Made him into the cute little human loving puppy. And bonus points if he can't speak for some obscure reason that makes no robot sense. Glad they haven't been focusing on him, because the only way they can focus on him is to focus on prodigy child.

And I hate prodigy children almost as much as I hate ridiculously obnoxious exchange students with no obvious foreign aspects.

on 2011-08-04 07:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] freevo.livejournal.com
I realize that CGI was probably cutting edge at the time, but it still hurt my eyes. Ultimately I appreciate substance over flash, so it was all good by the end.

Optimus just.... keeps spouting like. Cybertronian proverbs. It's like he's barely a character, and we've made that into a bit of a joke. But ugh.

I know what you mean. He's either a walking platitude or offscreen. It makes it hard to take him seriously. Or to take him in any way for that matter. Personally, I'm not all that hung up about it because he was never one of my favourites. But I know many people love him - as they should, - so I'm too rooting for some much needed dimension.

And bonus points if he can't speak for some obscure reason that makes no robot sense.

This really bothers me. Other than to earn his cute-mute status with the kids and to annoy the hell out of me, I can't phantom why Bee has to do that beep-talk. It's certainly not there to add depth to the character via a disability. Because he can clearly communicate with his fellow Cybertronians without any problems. It's only the viewers who can't understand him. Well, and the humans of course. But really, that's like... the equivalent of me not being able to speak Chinese. That's not gonna have a lasting effect on my character. So what's the point? I just don't get it.

And I hate prodigy children almost as much as I hate ridiculously obnoxious exchange students with no obvious foreign aspects.

As cliché as they are, I actually think they're not all that bad comparatively. Sure, I still hate them. But haters gonna hate. :P

on 2011-08-05 12:53 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] joules-burn.livejournal.com
I realize that CGI was probably cutting edge at the time, but it still hurt my eyes.

It wasn't, really. TV CGI was especially awful at first. Everyone was overly excited about using the medium before there was really the experience and tools needed to do it cheap enough to support TV. For the time, yeah.... it was pretty good. And Mainframe worked on emoting much more than others. But it was still stiff because of the programming.

But I know many people love him - as they should, - so I'm too rooting for some much needed dimension.

I love Prime, but only in certain continuities. But it's really glaringly bad when he gives some of those responses in the midst of characters who are much more rounded and have better dialog it's just painful at times when the show is attempting to be dramatic.

As cliché as they are, I actually think they're not all that bad comparatively. Sure, I still hate them. But haters gonna hate. :P

I can't stand them. I watched a lot of anime and a lot of American cartoons. I've spent the last ten years or so watching like 60% of every show have at least one of the fuckers. I mean. Scooby Doo had Velma. They've been getting more and more annoying since. It's no longer nerds or geeks. It's prodigies.

I'll give it to Raff that he's the least annoying of the flesh trio. But mostly just because he hasn't really done anything since the first episodes. But in those first, God. His automatic knowledge of how to understand beep speak pissed me off so bad I almost quit watching.

Granted. He pales in comparison to Miko. But Miko is not a standard by which you want to be able to say 'at least I'm not as annoying as...'

on 2011-08-05 08:45 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] freevo.livejournal.com
Yeah, that's what I meant. It was good enough by TV standards back in '96. Calling it 'cutting edge' was probably an overstatement.

But it's really glaringly bad when he gives some of those responses in the midst of characters who are much more rounded and have better dialog it's just painful at times when the show is attempting to be dramatic.

Oh, yes. And that's why I want him to be more than a cardboard cutout. Just because he's not my favourite, doesn't mean I want him underdeveloped. That would be crazy. In a great show, all characters should be engaging.

Re kids, I agree that Miko is the most annoying. I don't think I'll ever warm up to her. In my book, Jack is the most tolerable, but that's only beacause he's so bland. And when I said "not that bad comparatively" in my previous post, I only meant to imply other TF shows with kids, so yeah, that's probably a weak argument.

on 2011-08-06 01:48 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] joules-burn.livejournal.com
And when I said "not that bad comparatively" in my previous post, I only meant to imply other TF shows with kids, so yeah, that's probably a weak argument.

Hahaha. No, I do see your point. Jack is bland. Bland as hell. Sooo bland. But at least he isn't a raging moron like Spike was? But part of that is just.... well... it was the 80's. I can't help but watch those old cartoons and think that those bastards totally wrote that crap half drunk around a table. And then laughed at their drunken genius. Holy crap.

The problem with the characters in TF:Prime comes entirely from a clear lack of reasons. No real background stories. I mean. Sari trusted them and liked them because she was practically raised by robots (and then of course was a sailor senshi robot 8| ). Miko? I don't know, other than that she's the dumbest fuck that I've ever seen.

Then again, I really don't want back stories for the humans. I just wish they'd at least give some hands off reasoning other than 'BEING JAPANESE WAS HARD'.

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