I was inspired to make this thread by the "What if the G1 Movie were success?" thread and after reading through some of the posts an interesting question popped up in my head and it does indeed lead back to Transformers. As some of you may know the GI Joe Movie was originally suppose to air in theaters first but got delayed and Transformers took that spot which of course led to the 1986 incident with theaters full of bawling children and the movie not being a success. But if GI Joe aired first like originally planned, how would had Transformers been affected? One crucial detail is to think about the characters Duke and Optimus. Both of the characters would already be written to die since the whole thing was started by one of the writers requesting permission from Hasbro to kill off Duke to make the story more mature which sparked the idea for Hasbro to ask the writers to kill off a majority of the main Transformers cast to make room for the new cast. If the GI Joe Movie had aired first, there would had been no backlash to save Duke and kids would have been greeted with the sight of him dying on screen. Another question to pose is, would have Duke's death caused as much backlash as Optimus' did? Duke is pretty much the face of GI Joe but you do have to take in account that with Transformers kids were already pretty shaken up from other Autobot deaths earlier and Optimus' death was the icing on the cake. While we're not sure how kids would have reacted, there is a canon Duke death that did stir up a bit of anger and that was in "GI Joe Retaliation." Fans threw fits when they saw from the trailers that Duke was going to be killed off in the film, so much in fact the writers had to go back and change from where instead of Duke dying at the beginning of the film, he had some scenes before his death. But even then fans were still angry they had chosen to kill Duke. If Duke's death managed to stir up that much rage, it is reasonable to believe that back in the eighties the reaction would have been indeed much worse. So if Duke's death caused backlash, what would this mean for the Transformers? By receiving backlash, Hasbro would already be frightened, especially since Transformers death scale was much worse than GI Joe's. Would they have left it untouched and risk receiving more backlash or would have they tried to dub in lines much like they did with Duke? If they dubbed in lines, what would they have done? Would had they made it where all characters survive or would have they made it where only Optimus got to live? There's many questions this What-If scenario creates, so what do you think would have happened if the GI Joe Movie aired first.