Well, I've made threads like this on the Allspark a few times, since I've had an idea in my head for a TF series for quite a while. I call it Transformers Ignition. The basic gist of Ignition is that I wanted to see a hand-drawn Transformers series that looks as good as the new Thundercats, while having the same fun feel as Transformers Animated. Something that draws from both sides of the Pacific, since Transformers has been kind of an American-Japanese co-production in some way or another since its inception back in the 80s. Basically, I want to see a TF series that has the best of American animation's storytelling and higher budget with influence from some mecha anime, like GaoGaiGar or Gurren Lagann. The basic gist of the story is that, like in Animated and Beast Wars, the Great War is over - The difference is, neither side controls Cybertron. They had to flee the planet because of the war, and both have control over colony worlds - the Autobot Commonwealth and the Decepticon Empire. The Decepticons lay claim to more of the galaxy than the Autobots do, though, and have better military tech. The Autobots, on the other hand, have more resources, like Energon. The main cast would be composed of these guys: Optimus Prime (David Kaye): He'd turn into a pick-up truck like his BT/Alternators incarnation. This is because I don't want him towering over the big bruiser like he does in Prime. He draws mostly from the Animated incarnation of the character, as an idealistic rookie captain who's had kind of crappy luck; here he's the head of a research vessel searching for Energon-rich planets. His main weapon would be an axe that can change into a sword, influenced by the switch-axe from Monster Hunter Tri. His personality would be that he's a nice guy who follows his ideals; he's pretty much Animated Optimus Prime, since he's younger than the usual Optimus and all that. Ironclad (Michael Dorn): He'd be a combination of the Big Guy and the Shell-Shocked Veteran tropes; kind of a mix between Animated Ratchet and Rhinox. He'd turn into a big armored off-roader, like a beefed up Prime Bulkhead; he'd be a bit more wide than he is tall, but not as much as Lugnut or Bulkhead. He'd be pretty similar to Rhinox; he's an old soldier with a bit of a Zen mentality, and prefers to spend his time in nature. He actually scanned a specialized hybrid vehicle because of that. He mainly uses his strength to fight, but also has arm-mounted rivet guns which have been converted into actual weapons. Red Alert (Troy Baker): Kind of like CyRaptor, I feel it would be impossible to make a Ratchet that's better than Animated or Prime's versions of the character. So I decided I'd have the medic be Red Alert. He's the second-in-command of the team, and is pretty much a younger Armada Red Alert, since he and Optimus are around the same age. However, he'd have both hands, and his color scheme would be influenced more by the concept art for Movie Ratchet. He'd be a pacifist - most of the time. If he has to fight, he'll use electroshock paddles to stun his enemies. He'd be an ambulance, natch. It's based on the concept art for TF:Hero Red Alert's alt-mode. Wheeljack (John DiMaggio): Since Wheeljack is probably my all-time favorite Autobot, I had to include him. Thing is, I've been kinda disappointed in a lot of recent depictions. Animated Wheeljack never got to talk, despite his awesomeness - Prime Wheeljack hasn't shown any engineering skills yet, despite being awesome; and Movie Wheeljack was a bit too effective and non-bungling to really count for me. See, at the core of Wheeljack, he's gotta be a slightly off-kilter bungling inventor, preferably with a New York accent of some type. He'd probably turn into a beat up rally car with those funky-looking quad headlights. He'd use a big honkin' wrench as his weapon. He'd totally be voiced by John DiMaggio using his Bender voice. Windrazor (Michelle Ruff): Prime Arcee is probably my favorite female Autobot in TF history, since her characterization goes a lot deeper than being a GURL. Windrazor is similar, but her coloration is mostly white with arctic blue flames. She has a few influences from Perfect Effect Arcee, but with less back kibble and a visor/helmet influenced by Quickslinger's concept art. Her primary weapon is a cryo-crossbow mounted on her arm. Her personality is that she's a model cadet; she's by-the-book as can be, and is probably the least prone to trouble of the team. She's one of the two kid-appeal characters, since she's one of the two youngest Autobots. Ricochet (Roger Craig Smith): The other kid-appeal character, Ricochet is a hot head and a shameless flirt who hits on any Fembot he sees. Obviously, he's more than a bit more headstrong and reckless, despite having some unfinished training in the Cyber-Ninja corps. His primary weapons are a pair of energy blade tonfa. He turns into a crimson-and-black sports car, and is heavily influenced by Hero Hot Shot. Other Autobots: Heatwave Prime (Steven Blum): A proud member of the Elite Guard, Heatwave is an old friend of Optimus Prime and commander of his own team, consisting of Bumblebee, Nightbeat, and (TBD). However, they have quite a few differences; Heatwave is hot-headed and brash, unlike the calmer Optimus. However, he has his spark in the right place. He turns into a fire truck and uses a giant sword formed from his ladder. Nightbeat (Jeffrey Combs): A member of Cybertron Intel, Nightbeat has a lot of theories about the war. He doesn't trust anyone but himself, which is why it irked him to be added to Heatwave Prime's team. He's the second-in-command. He turns into a limo and uses a grappling hook gun. Goldbug (Rob Paulsen): A small Autobot scout on Heatwave's team, Bumblebee is a real smart aleck. He's constantly trying to pull pranks on his teammates, and usually fails. However, Goldbug's smarter than he seems; he used to be an impulsive kid, but has grown into an expert scout. He also takes easily to Earth culture, and especially loves music! He transforms into a compact car, and uses solar stingers. Kup (R. Lee Ermey): The resident old 'bot on Heatwave Prime's team, he actually used to be an Elite Guard drill sergeant. As a matter of fact, he trained Goldbug, Optimus and Heatwave! He uses an arm-mounted hammer that replaced one of his servos, and turns into a beat up retro Pick-Up. Humans: Cole Rockwell (Will Friedle) The adopted son of tech magnate Roy Rockwell, Cole isn't on the best terms with his father. Even though his father tries to bond with him, this nineteen-year-old remains distant. He left home during college and bought an abandoned garage, and spends his free time working on classic cars. Even though he's aloof, he has one soft spot: His younger sister, Lyra, whom he will protect at any cost. After discovering the Autobots, he's become one of their two closest human allies, the other being a young woman named Marina Yang. Cole is pretty good with machinery; he's been around it his whole life. Marina Yang (Kimberley Yates): A bookish college student, Marina is the only child of a Korean family. She's a bit shy and tends to retreat to her schoolwork; she spends a lot of time studying for a career in advanced programming. However, she ends up happening across the Autobots at the same time as Cole, and is placed under their protection. She and Cole don't get along well at first, because of the fact that they both try and isolate themselves. However, the two eventually fall in love with each other. She's an expert at programming of any kind: As a matter of fact, it seems she has the ability to communicate with technology... Lyra Rockwell (Hynden Walch): The daughter of Roy Rockwell, and Cole's younger sister. A spunky and odd young girl, she sees the world differently from others. She can be distinguished by her whitish-blond hair and wacky demeanor. Despite her bubbly attitude, she was often very ill when she was young; she inherited a rare immune system disorder from her mother. Although her mother died before the cure was found, Lyra was cured from the disease, explaining why Cole is so over-protective of her. As soon as she discovers the Autobots, she takes to them immediately. Roy Rockwell (Maurice LaMarche): The technology magnate and head of Rockwell Technologies, Roy is responsible for the long-awaited "Green revolution." After making one of the first affordable hydrogen-fueled cars, he managed to make his way to the top of the business world through sheer determination and effort; his company grew slowly at first, but eventually became a conglomerate with wings in the energy industry, providing alternative fuels such as hydrogen, solar, and wind energy to the world; the communications industry, creating a free use Wireless "Supernet" capable of being used on a lunar colony; and the medical industry, mainly to find a cure for a rare genetically-caused disease his wife came down with. He's an honest businessman who is a consummate idealist; he truly believes there's good in everyone. Unfortunately, due to running one of the biggest companies in the world, he didn't have much time to spend with his children. When the Autobots can no longer hide themselves, he decides to aid them because of the friendship they've forged with his children. He also helped fund and design Progress City, the Green Metropolis Ignition takes place in. Other Autobots would include: The High Council/Elite Guard: Ultra Magnus (Peter Cullen) The leader of the Autobots and successor to Nominus Magnus, Ultra Magnus only wants what's best for Cybertron and bring a peaceful end to the war. However, he's unable to do so because the Senate cares only for its own interests. Alpha Trion (Corey Burton doing a Christopher Lee impersonation): The leader of the Senate, Alpha Trion may well be the only honest member. He's as old as Ultra Magnus, and fought alongside him during the war. He longs for peacetime even more than Magnus. Sentinel Prime (Jim Cummings): One of Ultra Magnus' inner circle, Sentinel is the head of the Autobot Elite Guard. He's a warmonger desperate to destroy the Decepticons; it's no secret he thinks he should be the next Magnus, after all. The 'Cons: Megatron (Mark Hamill): He's, well, Megatron. He'd be out of focus for the first season or so, like in TFA - When he comes back, it'd be a big thing. He's cold, merciless, and seems a little insane - a combination of Animated and Prime Megs. He turns into an ICBM missile launcher truck, I guess, and has a fusion cannon. Starscream (Sam Riegel): I'll be honest here. Armada may have been pretty lame, but Starscream's character arc was the best thing about the show. I think that, after Prime and Animated Starscream pulled off the classic traitor shtick, so well, it's time to model 'Screamer after his Armada version. He'd be the youngest Decepticon, and wholeheartedly believes in the Decepticon cause as a result of the propaganda the 'Cons use. He's unfailingly loyal to Megatron... At first. He has a strong sense of honor in battle, and, like G1 Thudnercracker, thinks killing humans is "beneath him." He later does a Heel Face Turn when he finally gets it through his thick skull the 'Cons are evil thanks to Megatron betraying HIM, and seeks out his mentor, the Decepticon exile Gridlock. Gridlock is based on BW Dinobot. 'Screamer doesn't have ranged weapons - he uses his wing sword. He is, naturally, a fighter jet. Shockwave (Corey Burton): The second-in-command of the Decepticons, Shockwave is cold and logical. He does only what is logical - he'll go no further than he needs to to achieve his goals. He's only loyal to Megatron as long as Megs is still a good choice for leader - when Buckethead slips up one too many times, Shockwave will gladly put a knife in his back. He turns into a hoverjet like DOTM Laserbeak's toy, or the G.I. Joe Dragonhawk. Soundwave (Phil Lamarr): Megatron's best intel agent, Soundwave is cool and collected. He's cunning and calculating, and serves alongside Shockwave as Megatron's highest-ranking minions. He turns into a stealth fighter based on the Boeing Bird of Prey, and uses sonic generators all over his body as a weapon, like Movieverse Soundwave. Flatline (Charlie Adler): The Decepticon medic, Flatline is more of a mad scientist than anything, performing horrific experiments on his patients. He also goes out at night hunting for humans and animals as "test subjects" for his experiments. He's sadistic and twisted, and is probably the single most evil Decepticon in Megatron's army. He turns into a hearse. Bonecrusher (John DiMaggio): THE BONECRUSHER HATES EVERYTHING. AND WHAT THE BONECRUSHER HATES, HE DESTROYS. HE TURNS INTO AN BATTLEFIELD RECOVERY VEHICLE, EVEN THOUGH HE HATES RECOVERING ANYTHING. HE ALSO HATES PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS, EVEN THOUGH HE SOUNDS LIKE AN EVIL RANDY SAVAGE. HE DOESN'T HAVE AN INSIDE VOICE, 'CUZ HE HATES QUIETNESS. Cyclonus (Nolan North): Bonecrusher's partner in crime, Cyclonus is a triggerhappy psycho who loves nothing more than shooting Autobots - or anyone in his way. He turns into an attack helicopter. In addition to his rifle, he can detach his two rotor blades and use them as swords. He's basically an evil helicopter Deadpool. Barricade (Keith David): The head of the Decepticon Secret Police, Barricade is the one who roots out most potential traitors. However, he's really not that loyal to anyone but himself. He turns into a police car and is voiced by Keith David, who is awesome. Bludgeon (John DiMaggio): One of Megatron's deadliest warriors, Bludgeon is vicious, unrelenting, and possibly undead. He uses a Bleedblack blade that drains the lifeforce of his foes, and turns into an H-tank like Armada Megatron. Even among his fellow Decepticons, his name is spoken only in fearful whispers; Bludgeon may prove to be far more than just another soldier... Scourge (Clancy Brown): Megatron's General of Destruction, Scourge is the second-in-command of the entire Decepticon military. He's just as cunning as Megatron, but mercy is not entirely alien to him. Regardless, he's cruel and powerful, and uses his Sword of Fury to great effect. He turns into a tanker truck.