What are your personal views on this subject? The official fiction doesn't really touch on this much. Characters across the myriad universal streams can be nearly identical or have vast differences. How do you view these things when considered alongside the greater TF cosmology? To me, every iteration of a character started out with an identical spark. Every Optimus Prime in every universe has the same spark, (even SG Prime's ember is the same except for its negative polarity or whatever) though their individual programming and experiences have shaped them into the beings they are today. G1 comic Jetfire is the same as G1 cartoon Skyfire is the same as Armada Jetfire is the same as movie Jetfire is the same as Animated Jetfire. Not the same continuous character as in the case of multiversal singularities, but they are all basically the same at the core. The Allspark sent identical sparks to the various universes and they became basically the same character. Seems pretty simple, right? Well, then you get to more iffy parts. BW Megatron lived in the same universe as a G1 Megatron, so unless that spark manifested twice in the same universe (which I assume it did not) BW Megs is not the same as G1 Megs. But does BW Megs then have any counterparts in the multiverse? His voice is identical to Unicron Trilogy Megatron; are they perhaps the same? My hunch is that, no, UT Megatron is just another iteration of G1 Megatron, movie Megatron, Animated Megatron. Maybe BW Megatron has some other duplicates in the multiverse; perhaps (and this is something that just came to me while writing this) Machine Wars Megaplex or something. Then there's other complications. Animated Blackarachnia is obviously an alternate universe iteration of BW/BM Blackarachnia. But she is also Elita One. This leads me to conclusion that BW Blackarachnia is an alternate universe incarnation of G1 Elita One and all the other Elita Ones. Maybe without Tarantulas' interference, Blackarachnia would have emerged from that stasis pod as Maximal Elita One. This obviously requires that BW take place in a particular G1-verse in which Prime's girlfriend Elita One didn't exist. Add in other cases of switched factions (how does Armada Scavenger relate to G1 Scavenger?), switched identities (Animated Jetstorm an homage to BM Jetstorm; does that mean he's the Animated version of BW Silverbolt? Who knows?) switched genders (Animated Red Alert an homage to Armada Red Alert - how the hell does that even work!?) and you've got a huge mess of weirdness. Anyway, this has gone on a bit longer and rambly than I expected. I haven't quite figured it all out yet, but it's something I like to think about and was wondering what other people think.