What's with the Robot's cultural accents?

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  1. Lazerwave

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    I mean, in the G1 cartoon I can't recall any of the robots having accents except Shockwave with his british accent and Ironhide with his Texas accent.

    But in the movie, some of the robots have accents:

    Ironhide- I believe he has a British accent
    Wheeljack- German
    Mirage- Italian
    Jetfire- I think he's Irish
    Leadfoot- Australian
    Roadbuster- Scottish

    What gives with that?
     
  2. DK Prime

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    Jetfire sounds more Cockney English to me. Or even Welsh.

    As for the accents...don't know..maybe they just learned English that way...no idea.
     
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    It wouldn't be the first Transformers to do that. In BW Ravage spoke with a Russian accent. Rattrap was from NY City.
    And I remember Metroplex from TF Cybertron was Scottish. It's not out of the ordinary. Plus I think adding different accents to the Transformers adds a more variety to the character. The Transformers learned Earths languages; you can assume they picked the accent they preferred for themselves, in order to help them fit with human society.
     
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    It's not uncommon for TF characters to have accents. Watch episodes of G1, BW, and Unicron Trilogy, for example.
     
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    Really Ironhide doesn't have any accent. His voice sounds like a mix of British and Texan.
     
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    Why do a lot of people automatically assume that a non-American accent is British?

    IIRC, a lot of our fellow UK collectors are offended by the ignorance of this.
     
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    It's a way to develop a character with out character development.
    G1 did it too.
     
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    It would be boring if *everyone* spoke in midwestern American. I like hearing a variety of accents, I think it adds character to some of the voices.
     
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    Reason being, because

    1) He sounds a bit like Wacko with a frog in his throut.

    2) Wacko's voice is inspired by Ringo Starr

    3) Both Wacko and Ironhide are voiced by Jess Harnell
     
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    Wow a thread by Lazerwave not about DOTM wave 6, yay.

    Anyway, just to add, Wheelie has a Brooklyn accent and Bumblebee has a musical accent.
     
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    What?! You want me to talk about wave 6?:lol 
     
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    Even in the TF comics some characters have accents; using slang or a different type of spelling. I think they pick whatever works well with their character and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I thought the Wreckers accent's were okay and fitting in DotM but that's just me.
     
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    So far as G1 goes, you've also got Perceptor, Sky Lynx and Grapple's British accents, Cosmos's Austrian, Rumble's New Yorker.... off the top of my head, anyway.

    Also, your analysis of what the accents in the movies actually are makes me weep tears of shame and rage.
     
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    No.

    Noooooooooo.
     
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    Wait, how in the blue fuck does Que have a German accent?

    And I always took Ironhide's accent as monotone and not being very definitive. The same goes for Ratchet.
     
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    I always thought Ironhide was a bit british,all I know is that he sounds cool
     
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    Outback, Australian, and the second part, seconded.
     
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    Very true, a slew of characters had something to make them sound different.

    This

    LOL. Is it a coincidence that it's blue and you're talking about Q

    Anyway, I appreciate the accents in the series. If everyone sounded the same, it would get real boring, real quick. People are socially conditioned and certain accents connect with certain traits. If he's a wise cracker, make him sound like he's from the big city (MV Wheelie; Rattrap) or he's a gun totin' badass, make him sound as if he's from deep in the heart of Texas (G1 Ironhide).
     
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    Well im from Newcastle.

    JETFIRE was a cockney and mark ryan based his voice on ray winston.

    Leadfoot is a cockney and roadbuster was scottish.,
     
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    I always thought Jetfire sounded more Brummy than Cockney?

    I actually liked this conceit in the films. It makes sense; these aliens come to our planet and monitor our language and dialects through our various global communication networks and just pick one we can relate too.

    It doesn't really need much explaining, I just thought the concept worked quite well.
     

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