This is my first post here so be gentle.... Anyways, I was just watching the original animated Transformers film. Lots of fun to watch, and it will always be known for killing off Optimus Prime, Starscream, and various others in the original cast.... However, there were many characters from seasons 1 & 2 that did NOT appear in the movie and did not return for Season 3. And when you take into account that there were 20 years between Season 2 & the movie, there is a long stretch of time that is unaccounted for. Is it possible that a large number of those characters were killed between Season 2 & the movie, possibly during the Decepticon's take over of Cybertron? Off the top of my head, these are the characters that disappeared following Season 2 and never appeared again: Mirage, Sideswipe, Bluestreak, Trailbreaker, Gears, Skyfire, Hoist, Grapple, Tracks, Red Alert, Skids, Smokescreen, and the only Decepticon Buzzsaw And then there were a good number of characters that did appear in the movie, but only briefly, and their fates were unknown. Shockwave, Frenzy, Reflector, Inferno, Hound, Sunstreaker It makes me wonder...how many of them died prior to the movie, or possibly during and we just didn't see it? I mean Shockwave could have very well been killed by Unicron at the end of the movie (which I believe was originally scripted to happen) And then towards the end of the series you have The Return of Optimus Prime & The Rebirth. The final five episodes featured some pretty massive battles. In the case of "Return" it stretched across the universe and had to result in some massive casualties. One in particular that I have to note is that Sky Lynx mentioned Wheelie as being one of the ones that was severely damaged by Superion....but we do not see him along with the others that were repaired in Part 2...DID WHEELIE DIE!!!! That is a Transformers fan's dream come true. But then in Rebirth we have a massive Decepticon attack on Cybertron that stretches over the entire 3 Parter. Now most of the story follows the adventures on Nebulos, but how many casualties were lost during the big attack on Cybertron. The Aerialbots in particular come to mind because they were shown being blasted out of the sky by the Combaticons (come to think of it they got their asses kicked all throughout the 3 parter) and then that's the last we see of them. So basically my point is, has anybody else thought about this? I've always wondered about alot of it, especially many of the old characters that just disappeared following Season 2. Obviously the reason was the direction of the Toy Line, which is also why so many were killed off, but witnin the context of the show, I've always wondered about. And the idea of Wheelie being dead makes me a little happy. Not going to lie about that.