Character popularity by google search results

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  1. Astronut

    Astronut Well-Known Member

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    After lots of debating certain G1 characters' popularity and "iconic level" in the masterpiece speculation thread, I got an idea to check how many results you get by googling each one. The more popular/rememberable/iconic the character, the more results, right?

    Note:
    I searched for Transformers [character name], unless otherwise stated. I tried searching for Transformers + "[character names]", to weed out getting unrelated results from common words like hound, ratchet, "did you mean sound wave" etc, but that gave weird results, like Thrust being the second most popular, reflector number 5 and so on.

    I found some of the results very interesting, have a look:


    1. Optimus Prime* - About 17,200,000 results
    2. Jazz** - About 11,900,000 results
    3. Bumblebee - About 8,010,000 results
    4. Frenzy - About 5,510,000 results
    5. Devastator - About 5,460,000 results
    6. Shockwave - About 5,230,000 results
    7. Starscream - About 4,370,000 results
    8. Ratchet - About 4,140,000 results
    9. Rumble - About 4,100,000 results
    10. Megatron - About 3,890,000 results
    11. Arcee - About 2,440,000 results
    12. Hound - About 2,330,000 results
    13. Mirage - About 2,250,000 results
    14. Soundwave - About 1,910,000 results
    15. Ironhide - About 1,670,000 results
    16. Ramjet - About 1,610,000 results
    17. Bombshell - About 1,580,000 results
    18. Thrust - About 1,470,000 results
    19. Springer - About 1,440,000 results
    20. Thundercracker - About 1,290,000 results
    21. Prowl - About 1,290,000 results
    22. Sideswipe - About 1,280,000 results
    23. Hot Rod - About 1,160,000 results
    24. Wheeljack - About 1,150,000 results
    25. Rodimus* - About 1,080,000 results
    26. Reflector - About 1,050,000 results
    27. Superion - About 986,000 results
    28. Onslaught - About 966,000 results
    29. Scourge - About 877,000 results
    30. Grimlock - About 856,000 results
    31. Cliffjumper - About 832,000 results
    32. Constructicons - About 755,000 results
    33. Erector - About 732,000 results
    34. Silverbolt - About 724,000 results
    35. Sunstreaker - About 725,000 results
    36. Bruticus - About 696,000 results
    37. Blitzwing - About 688,000 results
    38. Galvatron - About 653,000 results
    39. Shrapnel - About 636,000 results
    40. Scattershot - About 577,000 results
    41. Ultra Magnus - About 531,000 results
    42. Predacons - About 522,000 results
    43. Skywarp - About 471,000 results
    44. Defensor - About 470,000 results
    45. Dirge - About 465,000 results
    46. Kickback - About 459,000 results
    47. Trailbreaker - About 418,000 results
    48. Aerialbots - About 394,000 results
    49. Scorponok - About 392,000 results
    50. Protectobots - About 380,000 results
    51. Laserbeak - About 378,000 results
    52. Trypticon - About 378,000 results
    53. Cyclonus - About 340,000 results
    54. Swindle - About 334,000 results
    55. Omega Supreme - About 324,000 results
    56. Blurr - About 322,000 results
    57. Motormaster - About 313,000 results
    58. Seacons - About 285,000 results
    59. Perceptor - About 272,000 results
    60. Metroplex - About 242,000 results
    61. Technobots - About 212,000 results
    62. Dragstrip - About 201,000 results
    63. Predaking - About 198,000 results
    64. Menasor - About 185,000 results
    65. Scrapper - About 183,000 results
    66. Piranacon - About 171,000 results
    67. Astrotrain - About 160,000 results
    68. Insecticons - About 151,000 results
    69. Abominus - About 137,000 results
    70. Ravage - About 130,000 results
    71. Razorclaw - About 102,000 results
    72. Stunticons - About 97,300 results
    73. Computron - About 87,900 results
    74. Terrorcons - About 45,700 results



    *I didn't include "Prime" in Optimus' and Rodimus' searches since their "first names" are more commonly used.
    **Guessing the music genre has something to do with this, but no matter how I searched he came out very high.

    Some results were vastly higher when the name was in quotes:

    Optimus - About 107,000,000 results
    Megatron - About 17,000,000 results

    but then again some where much lower...

    I'm perfectly aware that this is far from a perfect way to measure popularity, it's for entertainment and discussion purposes only :) 
     
  2. primenemesis

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    I can agree w/ the top 4
     
  3. bny888

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    I can't get the same results since the google here is set at google.com.ph, the local version. The results are much less.
     
  4. Astronut

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    I searched in google.com with safe search off. that's the only setting. But even I got different results on the same search a few times.
     
  5. Dinobot747

    Dinobot747 Chopperface

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    I'd be shocked if Bee didn't make the top 3. And of course Optimus is #1, no surprise there.
     
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    I just searched for Transformers Carly. It came up with 1,350,000 results, placing her below Springer and above Thundercracker.
     
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    Interesting, though I'm surprised jazz is in the top four and not starscream.
    EDIT: Okay now im even more shocked that frenzy is up there and not megatron :eek: 
     
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    I'm surprised Jazz is ahead of Bumblebee.
     
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    Somewhat related. The third highest search containing Starscream that google pulls up for me is 'Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash'. Rassa frassin ponies.
     
  10. Valkysas

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    I'm pretty shocked to see Frenzy up there, but it's nice to see Jazz get have some popularity even if being named after a music genre is cheating.
     
  12. Astronut

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    Just noticed I had Megatron in the wrong place, he's actually in 10th..
    Yeah I was surprised Frenzy was above Rumble as well.
     
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    wow, i'm pretty shocked to see frenzy so far up, but i'm glad that jazz has more love than bee...and i'm pretty surprised, I'd think it'd be optimus, megatron, bee, and maybe jazz after that
     
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    Hound more searched than Soundwave? Wow
     
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    Isn't Optimus and Megatron both also television brand names? I know Optimus is used by a tooooooon of different electronics and software.
     
  16. Astronut

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    Decided to search for only the names, without "transformers", of characters who have unique names:

    Bumblebee - About 22,200,000 results
    Starscream - About 21,500,000 results
    Optimus Prime - About 18,300,000 results (About 110,000,000 results with "Optimus")
    Megatron - About 12,600,000 results
    Soundwave - About 6,450,000 results
    Devastator - About 4,130,000 results
    Ironhide - About 3,010,000 results
    Sideswipe - About 2,740,000 results
    Silverbolt - About 2,150,000 results
    Grimlock - About 1,830,000 results
    Omega Supreme - About 1,740,000 results
    Predaking - About 1,530,000 results
    Bruticus - About 1,510,000 results
    Blitzwing - About 1,470,000 results
    Razorclaw - About 1,460,000 results
    Arcee - About 1,400,000 results
    Ultra Magnus - About 1,180,000 results
    Galvatron - About 1,080,000 results
    Aerialbots - About 1,040,000 results
    Motormaster - About 931,000 results
    Superion - About 922,000 results
    Trypticon - About 747,000 results
    Thundercracker - About 710,000 results
    Skywarp - About 697,000 results
    Wheeljack - About 693,000 results
    Cyclonus - About 655,000 results
    Rodimus Prime - About 548,000 results (About 1,240,000 results with "rodimus")
    Seacons - About 544,000 results
    Cliffjumper - About 505,000 results
    Laserbeak - About 384,000 results
    Sunstreaker - About 324,000 results
    Constructicons - About 317,000 results
    Piranacon - About 262,000 results
    Menasor - About 255,000 results
    Astrotrain - About 246,000 results
    Predacons - About 194,000 results
    Insecticons - About 181,000 results
    Protectobots - About 135,000 results
    Stunticons - About 117,000 results
    Technobots - About 107,000 results
    Abominus - About 96,200 results
    Terrorcons - About 48,300 results


    Yes, I do have way too much time on my hands. How did you know? :eek: 
     
  17. ErbFan28

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    Ah, my Constructicons are in 32nd. At least, Devy is in 6th
     
  18. Matty

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    Pretty cool idea I guess. Obviously the results can be easily skewed as you pointed out, example: Jazz. None the less, cool to see.
     
  19. TFW10

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    I have to agree with a lot of you; because I didn't expect to see Frenzy as 3rd and Megatron as 10th.

    But its good to see that Jazz is up there.
     
  20. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Besides the fact that Frenzy and Rumble are common words, I think they came up so many times is undoubtedly due to the many pages of arguments over their color.
     

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