Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by nobleboivin, Oct 6, 2012.
I was just wondering, can all aquatic themed transformers fly or can only certain ones
I don't think Seaspray can fly.
No. Moving on.
in g1? it really all depends on the writers at the time.
sometimes they can all fly.
other times only decepticons can fly.
other times only some autobots can fly.
then other times while,they go steady.
so can they fly? yes. and no. and maybe. all depending on what the writer feels like doing that day.
I think only the aquatic evil Transformers can fly (Sky-Byte, Seaforce, etc), which is odd that the good aquatic ones (Depthcharge, Seaspray) can't...
I thought Depthcharge could fly
Of course it is only some that can fly. It severely limits the places they can go, but having one guy who's a boat rather than zero is pretty damn good.
In the movie-continuity, you can't fly unless you've got a jet alt-mode like Starscream does. So dudes like Depth Charge and Seaspray can't fly.
If you follow the Cartoon's logic, any Decepticon can fly... and apparently by Season 3, everyone can fly in space if they want to... but that's nonsense.
There's a tendency for writers to get around the limitations of seafaring vehicles/robots by taking the LAZY approach, and just making them all able to fly (see Zoids)... but I don't think that really applies across the board (nor should it).
His third mode on the toy was a flight form, I don't recall him getting to use it on the show though. Beast Wars did good with Depth Charge by not overusing him and managing to find convincing reasons for him to take the fight underwater.
Sea types generally get less use because of their limitations. There's usually exceptions (some Seacons were flight capable and others were powerful on land or sea, Sky Byte was a flying shark because why not) but mostly sea types are limited to being grounded. I guess that is why we rarely see boat Transformers - unless you have really good writing, you need to contrive reasons for the boat guys to get used. Or make like Sky Byte and Energon Mirage and have them flying in alternate mode. (Ironically, Mirage got a partial third mode with wings. He still flew in full boat mode on the show, though)
I don't have an issue to mechanical sea creatures being able to fly, but can understand why boat-formers are so rare given their limited use - I reckon the writers could get around this quite easily though by having certain TFs turn into amphibious vehicles like car-boats and hovercraft rather than dedicated sea going vessels, at least this way they're not left with useless alt modes when fighting in areas without water.
Or maybe have some Transformers use modes that'll provide an advantage to dual environments, one of which would naturally be sea: eg seaplanes and hovercrafts (the ones used to navigate swamps).
But I would like to see a speedboat/powerboat Transformer tearing up a harbour or port and making fantastic leaps in the air XD.
They can fly when the plot needs them to fly.
Makes transition scenes a breeze.
A better question is can flying transformers swim?
If it gives money to Hasbro, yes.
Actually, he did use his flight mode in the show on a couple occasions.
In the first episode of G1 all transformers fly
Depth Charge did use it a few times on the show. I remember this one time he and Rampage were fighting and he transforms and tackles Rampage through the water and into the air. Then there was that time he was going solo again and cause the Maximals to lose their recover sheild systems from the Axalon as he flew into them back after Rattrap and Silverbolt escaped Inferno.
But to the main question, I know BW Rampage could never fly on his own at all though.
i hald thought this thread was going to be about a line of aquatic based TFs....
They could if that propellers on their heads or jet engines on their backs.
I know, right?!?!
I have always kinda scratched my head about that...
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