Greetings, lifeforms. I have made an observation which I find interesting concerning a problem with the interdimensional relational mechanics of the Transformers metaverse. The original problem with the Transformers universe was, of course, that there were multiple versions of it which were mutually exclusive. The natural solution to this was to declare the existence of multiple parallel universes within a greater metaverse, so that no matter what happens in any fiction, characters will still remain available to use, new possibilities can be explored, etc. Many fictional universes operate within a greater metaverse for these reasons. Recently, I was contemplating a fan fiction featuring a pair of adventuring Transformers who, during their interdimensional hijinx, come to the realization that while every other Transformer apparently still exists in a number of universes despite having been killed in one or more of them (such as their sometimes-friend, sometimes-enemy Cy-Kill), they themselves have apparently been killed off in every different parallel universe. I was going to use this as the basis of some metaphysical pondering, until I realized it presented a problem; namely, that anyone who decided to write a fanfic featuring my characters (because, naturally, they will become phenomenally popular*) will in fact be contradicting my own fiction due to the fact that I have made a blanket statement about every universe, including other fanfics. *EDIT: The sentence in bold above is a joke. The entire above paragraph is just an illustration of my thought process leading me to post; I'm not worried about non-existent fan characters. This is not actually a great difficulty for me, since I could make the same basic points by saying that there are merely many fewer surviving instances of the characters in question; since there are theoretically infinite universes anyway, any finite number looks fantastically small. It's worth noting that there are actually entities which are unique across multiverses, and that there is an official explanation for why they can exist in multiple universes simultaneously (basically they make their own definition for 'simultaneous') and why they can be killed repeatedly (basically time travel by virtue of differing time flows). These explanations, while just a touch contrived, are a convincing enough handwave for the case of individuals; however there is another problem. Incidentally, it's also worth noting that I didn't know about multiversal singularities until I started researching for this post. The more you know! The remaining problem is this: It has been stated, or at least strongly implied, that the TransTech universe is unique and possibly something of a 'core' universe. Why is this a problem? Well, because it brings back the original problem that necessitated the implementation of a multiverse scenario in the first place: if a given universe is unique, you can't have divergent/contradictory events taking place in it. Therefore IDW, for instance, can never create a later iteration of the TransTech universe and turn it into an ongoing comic unless they scrupulously follow the previously established continuity. Similarly,if the universe itself is unique it implies that, even though they may not be unique in the wider multiverse, the TransTech version of any given Transformer is unique... implying, for instance, that while the 'normal' Cy-Kill can be killed any number of times, the TransTech Cy-Kill can only die once (and apparently has). Now, don't get me wrong; I don't really believe any of this is a genuine problem any more than the original Marvel comic vs. Sunbow cartoon discrepancy was a problem. Rationalization is easy. The TransTech universe isn't unique; like all continuities, there are multiple versions of it. And its phenomenon of a civilized, advanced Cybertron, like all 'unusual' universal circumstances (another instance being the Shattered Glass mirrorverse), can quite likely be found repeated in other, completely separate continuities. The only thing the TransTech universe has to make it unique is the manner in which it tends to act as a hub for interdimensional travel. I refer of course to Axiom Nexus. And even this need not be truly unique, if one simply envisions the interdimensional links as threads in a web, where the greatest likelihood in any given universe is for there either to be a thread linking it to a TransTech 'verse, or for such a link to form naturally upon the activation of interdimensional travel devices. Note that I say a TransTech universe; there could easily be an infinite number of TransTech universes connected to an infinite number of alternate versions of the same continuities that are connected to the known, canon TransTech 'verse. In other words, there can easily be any number of entire parallel meta-multiverses, and this is exactly as it should be. Because that way we can have the Shattered Glass TransTech BeastWars universe where the noble Cy-Kill's graceful antelope alt-form attracts the attentions of the demure and much-desired pop idol, Blackarachnia. And they live happily ever after. ... I must confess I wonder if anyone will read this, as I imagine myself to be unusual in my propensity for pondering the wider implications of things like multiversal relational mechanics. Indeed, I'm not really asking a question with this post, but more accurately presenting a thought I had experienced for the benefit of anyone who cares to read; but by all means, do surprise me with illumination should you see a flaw in my reasoning. And if you did enjoy reading, please post a response of some kind so that I can gauge the number of those who are interested in this kind of deep thought... This is not my only mentation, and I might share more in the future if there seems to be any demand for such a thing. Now forgive me for (metaphorically) listening to the sound of my own (figurative) voice, and if you've truly made it this far, then I thank you. If even one person appreciates this, it will have been worth my time writing it.