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  1. sevenlima

    sevenlima Well-Known Member

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    Why there's so many transformers with similar names ?
     
  2. TFFan01

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    There are several reasons;
    1.) When they don't use a name for far too long, Hasbro's rights to the name expires. They nameslap to secure the rights.
    2.) A nod to the past characters.
     
  3. Prime Noble

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    Lots of people have similar names in real life too
     
  4. WishfulThinking

    WishfulThinking "Don't touch it! It's Zvil!"

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    Of course, if it bothers you, there's no one to stop you from renaming Armada Jetfire into "Tubby Starlumpkins". They are your toys, after all...
     
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  5. Pravus Prime

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    I'm not entirely sure what you're asking, why the name re-use or why there really are a lot of similar adjective names.

    To the former, as mentioned, it's for copyright and IP purposes to keep the trademarks in effect. Some times to get around issues, names were changed either for a time or lost entirely due to the changing nature of the law; Shockwaves were called Shockblast because they had lost the rights for several years, same with Trailbreaker to Trailcutter. Jazz has been deemed too generic, so you get Autobot Jazz, or Specialist Jazz.

    To the latter, it's almost inevitable given the Transformers naming convention; outside of certain characters who have Latin names or plays on words (or even outright direct words), practically every other Transformer (and most of the 1986 - Present) uses a virtual portmanteau system of naming by combining two other words; Skytread, Hardhead, etc. There really are only so many cool sounding and descriptive names that kids would understand, just take a look at how many sky(blank) names there are. Then for whatever reason, even among the original first few years of Transformers, there were more S names then any other letter, heck it's the only letter at NTFA's original full length bio site that has to be broken up because there are so many. Even Full Moon Studios pointed out that it went against common convention, with Megatron's three key officers being Starscream, Shockwave, and Soundwave, all three S names that sound familiar, something that wouldn't happen today. Heck, every Dinobot outside of Grimlock had a name that started with an S! Why that is, we don't know. Maybe branding wanted S names, perhaps Budiansky brainstormed better S names at the time.
     
  6. greboguru

    greboguru Psychedelic Brainchild

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    I enjoy giving every individual transformer a unique name. Oftentimes, the Japanese name is a good stand-in. RID Prowl is MachAlert, stuff like that.
     
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    Scourge and Scourge LOL
     
  8. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    You mean Scourge and Scrounge. :p 
     
  9. greboguru

    greboguru Psychedelic Brainchild

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    There's at least four Scourges: the Galvatron servant, the Transmetal 2 locust, the black G2 Laser Optimus, the dragon-form ruler of the Jungle Planet.
     
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    Purple Heart Pure Passion

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    All technically different people as well.
     
  11. Ratatoskr

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    Also Slipstream and Slipstream, both of which exist in the same continuity.
     
  12. Feralstorm

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    Yeah, I wanna know if we're talking about:

    Inferno and Inferno
    or
    Swindle and Swindler

    (Sideswipe and Side Swipe ?)



    (should've went with Inferno and Twinferno :)  )
     
  13. greboguru

    greboguru Psychedelic Brainchild

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    What about Prowl?

    G1 police car
    BW lion
    BW TM2 owl
    The other BW TM2 owl, "Prowl II"
    RID police car
    "Prowl 2" spychanger
    Energon police car
    Animated motorcycle
    Prowl-Bot from Go-Bots
    Minicon pistol/police car
    TF Prime police car
    MW Prowl clone and his drones

    Oy vey...
     
  14. sevenlima

    sevenlima Well-Known Member

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    I mean, names like Soundwave and Shockwave.
     
  15. greboguru

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    Or Big Shot, Hot Shot, Sixshot, Greatshot, Dropshot, etc?

    Why not?
     
  16. sevenlima

    sevenlima Well-Known Member

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    Because the people get confuse.
     
  17. greboguru

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    Well, there are literally thousands of Transformers characters. It's inevitable that it will get confusing.
     
  18. ron8675309

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    That's what wikis are for.
     
  19. sevenlima

    sevenlima Well-Known Member

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    But many people don't understand the franchise.
     
  20. LynKey

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    I find identical names more confusing than similar ones.