Hello boys and girl, I’ve always wondered— has there ever been a total list of how many transformers there are? As a Transformers fan in school, people would commonly ask me, “how many transformers are there?”, probably expecting me to say something like 27. However, there are wayyyy more than that, as we all know. But how many more? For simplicity, it would probably be best to imagine we are counting all the characters in a G1-esque universe, but then adding in some non-G1 characters that were exclusive to other things such as RiD and the Unicron Trilogy, assuming that they might have their own counterparts in this universe. So basically count all the G1 characters, but then count the new characters from newer shows who haven’t had previous versions of themselves. Armada Optimus would not be counted as another different guy from G1 Optimus, because they are both representative of the same character, but Lugnut would be a new character because he did not appear in G1 but we could just assume he might have a counterpart in this universe. I’d also count nameslaps as separate characters, because fuck you, “KIIiIcKKkeRrr!!!!!1!!” is not Ironhide. Plus he was Roadbuster in Japan. This leads me to wonder if he was meant to be Superlink’s version of G1 Roadbuster, or if they just slapped that name on him. If he is not meant to be a new interpretation of Roadbuster, then I’d just count him as being a new guy with the same name. It is definitely clear, though, that Energon Downshift is really meant to be Wheeljack, and he was Wheeljack in Superlink, so I’d count him as the same guy as G1 Wheeljack. In the original Japanese media itself, though, there have also been nameslaps. Armada “Wheeljack” is named Rampage in Micron Legend, but Rampage is also a name that has been used before. I’d count him as a new, separate character, not meant to be a new version of G1 Wheeljack or Rampage. Cybertron and RiD are both messes when it comes to if they are separate universes, so I’d go with the original production intent, having Cybertron be in the Unicron Trilogy. I’m not sure if this affects any of the characters though, as most of them would still overlap with their counterparts in the previous two series anyways. I have no idea what would make sense for Car Robots/RiD, because they are, I guess, all distinct G1 characters in the Japanese version? But on the wiki it says they were retconned into G1, so before that were characters like Fire Convoy considered to be new versions of G1 guys like Optimus Prime? Or were they always meant to be totally different? The wiki also says that they were considered to be dimensional travelers or something and they arrived in the Japanese G1 timeline, but does that mean they are from another universe or just another time in that same timeline? If they are from another universe you could assume Fire Convoy to be an alternate Optimus, but if it was just time travel it would make him a totally separate transformer who comes from the future and just kinda looks like the legendary “Convoy” from the past. Based on these incredibly messy rules, I have no clue where to begin. So I guess first I’d have to figure out what exactly Car Robots is. But other than that, the main overall question is: how many unique transformers character concepts are there in the franchise?