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The '''life cycle''' of a Transformer is in many ways very different from that of organic species.
   
:''Koala Gray'' is a [[Beastformer]] in the [[Generation 1]] [[continuity family]].''
 
   
'''Koala Gray''' is one of the [[Autobot]] Beastformers fighting a war on the planet [[Beest]]. His role in the Autobot Beastformer forces is commander of grasslands reconnaissance. He also holds the rank of King of Lapol, the country in whose inland region he was born, over Emperor [[Duck Diver]].
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==Birth/Creation==
   
:''English name'': '''Killer Koala'''
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Various means of [[Reproduction|Transformer reproduction ]] have been showcased in a variety of continuities, in general these are either non-sexual (mechanical) or asexual in nature.
   
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In most cases the road to transformer life begins with the purposeful construction of a body by an existing individual or group. In the [[Generation 1 Cartoon]] and [[Marvel Comic]] these are always shown as being complete, fully mechanically built and functional, though lifeless, robotic bodies.
   
==Toys==
 
*'''Koala Gray''' (Beastformer, 1987)
 
:''Beast ID number'': '''55'''
 
   
: Koala Gray is an anthropomorphic koala in high-tech olive green armor. He comes with his "Iron Axe" double-headed axe. He has one of three [[rubsign]]s on his chest, revealing the elemental power of fire, water, or wood.
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[[Image: Protoforms2.jpg|left|200px|thumb|Baby Transformer?]]
   
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[[Beast Wars]], along with introducing [[spark]]s, introduced the concept of a "[[protoform]]:" an unfinished "embryonic" Transformer body. (In Beast Wars they appeared as mostly smooth manikin-like shapes with an outer layer that resembled liquid metal). These simple "skeletal forms" as they are described in the [[Dreamwave]] More than Meets the Eye Guide, are kept covered in nutrient gell, within [[stasis pods]] that nurture and protect their apparently fragile forms. Since their conception protoforms (like sparks) have become a recurring facet of Transformer technology spread to post-Beast Wars continuities and been applied "backwards" to new [[Generation 1]] fiction created following their introduction. It might be speculated that the needs and realities of the wartime situation in the early Generation 1 material necessitated the skipping of the usual protoform stage.
   
==External links==
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[[Image: Protoforms1.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Toddlers?]]
*[http://www.toyarchive.com/BattleBeasts/BattleBeasts1.html Battle Beasts info at Super Toy Archive]
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Protoforms, though functional, seem to be fairly simple, non-sentient, weak, and fragile. References have been made to someone being 'weak as a protoform cybertron' and something being 'so easy a freshly-fissioned protoform could use it.' The Marvel Comic makes reference to a [[Mecha-minder]] in a fasion that suggest a pram or other baby related device. It is possible that this is something that monitors a protoform (as it is the only baby-like stage Transformers appear to pass through). In [[Beast Wars II]] protoforms stand and move on thier own, but in a sort of mindless zombie-like manner, despite hosting pre-existing sparks.
   
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Regardless, at a certain point these newly constructed forms are either "switched on" or infused with life from an outside source (see [[Reproduction]]), scan an alternate form, and solidify into a finished mechanical robotic form. Life begins.
   
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==Early days==
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From most of what we have seen the species seems to have very little concept of childhood as [[human]]s know it (perhaps explaining why the [[Autobots]] are so prone to taking human children into harms way). Almost invariably a new Transformer comes into being a fully formed "adult" (actual maturity varies according to the individual, usually from early teenage to full maturity as we humans would recon it) with a complete personality and most of the basic knowledge necessary to survive and socialize in the world preprogramed in. Most continuities have shown new-born Transformers being pretty much immediately thrust into their new lives and combat duties (though this haste may be a result of wartime necessity and not indicative of pre-war society).
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[[Transformers: Cybertron]] introduced the concept of [[Primary Programming]] as sort of an elementary school period which newly created Transformers go through to fascillitate their introduction into society. (This may be the norm of all Transformer adolescence outside of a wartime situation, though that is only speculation.)
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Parenthood (past the point of creation) or distinct family units in the social sense are very rare in Transformer fiction. There is the brief cannonical mention of [[Wheelie]]'s parents and the families of the [[Victory (franchise)|Victory]] Decepticons, suggesting that some TFs in some continuities do form parental/offspring family units, but these have been rare exceptions rather than the rule. The closest and most common generally recognized genetic/familial link is that of brother or sisterhood, caused (according to the Dreamwave More than Meets the Eye Guide) when a single spark splits before entering a protoform. Such siblings generally remain close their entire lives.
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==Life span==
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[[Image: YoungOld.gif|thumb|left|Don't think about the mustache too much, just accept it.]]
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The average life span of a Transformer is unknown. In some continuities they have been shown to spend millions of years without any noticable alteration or aging. [[Skydive (G1)|Skydive]] stated in the [[Generation 2]] comic that outside of warfare the race was practically immortal.
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It should be noted that despite extremely long lives Transformers have been consistantly shown (especially in the G1 Cartoon) to have reletively short memories. Frequently they forget much about their pasts, even seemingly important things, as if they never were. (This might help explain their relative lack of personality change over unfathomably long periods of millions of years.)
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"Practically immortal" is, in the end, not the same as "actually immortal" however: Transformers DO age. [[Kup]] and [[Ironhide]] are prominent examples of aged Transformers. [[Alpha Trion]] is as well. Both he and Kup are shown to look different and "younger" at earlier times in their lives. These changes seem to be signs of advancing age (though they could also be a simple factor of their gaining new or upgraded bodies, the clear intention is that their later forms are more lined, worn and less spry, suggesting ageing).
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The [[Overlord (Autobot)|Overlord]], ruler of pre-war Cybertron in the UK Marvel comics, was apparently dying of old age just as Megatron began his rise to power.
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==Death==
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[[Image: DeadPrime.gif|thumb|200px|Death came in the night like a Japanese repaint and snatched him away.]]
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Though more difficult to kill than most organic lifeforms a Transformer can die, either through age or catastrophic damage. Of course, "death" is pretty... vaguely-defined for Transformers. Some have come ''back'' from death [[Optimus Prime|many times]], while others have died --seemingly for good-- from [[Brawn|damages that other characters have recovered from]].
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A more cynical person might posit that the only thing that actually kills Transformers is the whim of the plot, and even that can be negated later by, again, the needs of a story.
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On rare occasion, death is shown to be accompanied by a visible darkening of the Transformer's body, as featured when Optimus Prime died in Transformers: The Movie. But most often, this is not the case.
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When a Transformer dies (at least in fiction from the Beast Era and after) his spark returns to the [[Allspark]]/Matrix.
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In the Generation 1 Cartoon when the Matrix bearer died he joined the spirits of previous leaders inside the [[Matrix of Leadership]]. There has been some indication that once a spark has joined the Allspark, it is sometimes [[Reproduction#Resurrection|reincarnated]] as a new Transformer, who may or may not have faint memories of its prior life.
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Revision as of 03:02, September 9, 2007

The life cycle of a Transformer is in many ways very different from that of organic species.


Birth/Creation

Various means of Transformer reproduction have been showcased in a variety of continuities, in general these are either non-sexual (mechanical) or asexual in nature.

In most cases the road to transformer life begins with the purposeful construction of a body by an existing individual or group. In the Generation 1 Cartoon and Marvel Comic these are always shown as being complete, fully mechanically built and functional, though lifeless, robotic bodies.


Protoforms2

Baby Transformer?

Beast Wars, along with introducing sparks, introduced the concept of a "protoform:" an unfinished "embryonic" Transformer body. (In Beast Wars they appeared as mostly smooth manikin-like shapes with an outer layer that resembled liquid metal). These simple "skeletal forms" as they are described in the Dreamwave More than Meets the Eye Guide, are kept covered in nutrient gell, within stasis pods that nurture and protect their apparently fragile forms. Since their conception protoforms (like sparks) have become a recurring facet of Transformer technology spread to post-Beast Wars continuities and been applied "backwards" to new Generation 1 fiction created following their introduction. It might be speculated that the needs and realities of the wartime situation in the early Generation 1 material necessitated the skipping of the usual protoform stage.

Protoforms1

Toddlers?

Protoforms, though functional, seem to be fairly simple, non-sentient, weak, and fragile. References have been made to someone being 'weak as a protoform cybertron' and something being 'so easy a freshly-fissioned protoform could use it.' The Marvel Comic makes reference to a Mecha-minder in a fasion that suggest a pram or other baby related device. It is possible that this is something that monitors a protoform (as it is the only baby-like stage Transformers appear to pass through). In Beast Wars II protoforms stand and move on thier own, but in a sort of mindless zombie-like manner, despite hosting pre-existing sparks.

Regardless, at a certain point these newly constructed forms are either "switched on" or infused with life from an outside source (see Reproduction), scan an alternate form, and solidify into a finished mechanical robotic form. Life begins.

Early days

From most of what we have seen the species seems to have very little concept of childhood as humans know it (perhaps explaining why the Autobots are so prone to taking human children into harms way). Almost invariably a new Transformer comes into being a fully formed "adult" (actual maturity varies according to the individual, usually from early teenage to full maturity as we humans would recon it) with a complete personality and most of the basic knowledge necessary to survive and socialize in the world preprogramed in. Most continuities have shown new-born Transformers being pretty much immediately thrust into their new lives and combat duties (though this haste may be a result of wartime necessity and not indicative of pre-war society).

Transformers: Cybertron introduced the concept of Primary Programming as sort of an elementary school period which newly created Transformers go through to fascillitate their introduction into society. (This may be the norm of all Transformer adolescence outside of a wartime situation, though that is only speculation.)

Parenthood (past the point of creation) or distinct family units in the social sense are very rare in Transformer fiction. There is the brief cannonical mention of Wheelie's parents and the families of the Victory Decepticons, suggesting that some TFs in some continuities do form parental/offspring family units, but these have been rare exceptions rather than the rule. The closest and most common generally recognized genetic/familial link is that of brother or sisterhood, caused (according to the Dreamwave More than Meets the Eye Guide) when a single spark splits before entering a protoform. Such siblings generally remain close their entire lives.


Life span

YoungOld

Don't think about the mustache too much, just accept it.

The average life span of a Transformer is unknown. In some continuities they have been shown to spend millions of years without any noticable alteration or aging. Skydive stated in the Generation 2 comic that outside of warfare the race was practically immortal.

It should be noted that despite extremely long lives Transformers have been consistantly shown (especially in the G1 Cartoon) to have reletively short memories. Frequently they forget much about their pasts, even seemingly important things, as if they never were. (This might help explain their relative lack of personality change over unfathomably long periods of millions of years.)

"Practically immortal" is, in the end, not the same as "actually immortal" however: Transformers DO age. Kup and Ironhide are prominent examples of aged Transformers. Alpha Trion is as well. Both he and Kup are shown to look different and "younger" at earlier times in their lives. These changes seem to be signs of advancing age (though they could also be a simple factor of their gaining new or upgraded bodies, the clear intention is that their later forms are more lined, worn and less spry, suggesting ageing).

The Overlord, ruler of pre-war Cybertron in the UK Marvel comics, was apparently dying of old age just as Megatron began his rise to power.


Death

DeadPrime

Death came in the night like a Japanese repaint and snatched him away.

Though more difficult to kill than most organic lifeforms a Transformer can die, either through age or catastrophic damage. Of course, "death" is pretty... vaguely-defined for Transformers. Some have come back from death many times, while others have died --seemingly for good-- from damages that other characters have recovered from.

A more cynical person might posit that the only thing that actually kills Transformers is the whim of the plot, and even that can be negated later by, again, the needs of a story.

On rare occasion, death is shown to be accompanied by a visible darkening of the Transformer's body, as featured when Optimus Prime died in Transformers: The Movie. But most often, this is not the case.

When a Transformer dies (at least in fiction from the Beast Era and after) his spark returns to the Allspark/Matrix.

In the Generation 1 Cartoon when the Matrix bearer died he joined the spirits of previous leaders inside the Matrix of Leadership. There has been some indication that once a spark has joined the Allspark, it is sometimes reincarnated as a new Transformer, who may or may not have faint memories of its prior life.

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