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    As a minor I initially misunderstood the depiction of various Transformers characters (in my case all G1). Usually my misunderstanding arose from limited information - either I had only seen the character flash by in a cartoon episode or had only seen the toy in package or shown in a catalogue. My imagination filled in speculative gaps, with the following results:

    - Megatron turned into a rifle, not a gun with extensions.

    - Shockwave turned into a fixed position cannon, not a handgun.

    - Rumble's only alt-mode was not a cassette, but rather those pile-drivers.

    - Wheeljack and Ratchet were the same character. Wheeljack clearly appears as a van in the first episode, and the lights flanking his face were presumably his ambulance mode emergency lights.

    - The hood-like structure over Huffer in robot mode looks like some kind of shovel so he must have been a construction vehicle.

    - Some years later, I read Scourge's tech-spec as saying he literally lead a 'wolf-pack' and imagined the Sweeps as a group of domesticated cyber-wolves.

    - Rodimus Prime and Hot Rod were something like uncle and nephew, a common relationship depicted in cartoons.

    Did anyone else make these sorts of mistakes, for whichever generation or toy line?

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    For the longest time as a kid, I thought the good guys were called "Transformers" instead of Autobots.

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    I think the biggest misunderstanding for me was the timeline of the cartoons. I was about 4 when I got into transformers and really started with the cartoons. I used to mostly watch them by hiring out the VHS tapes from the local video rental store. Most of the ones that I saw first were season 3 I think so I thought Rodimus was a Prime before Optimus as I saw all the Season 3 eps then ultimately the Return of Optimus Prime. It was a confusing time before the internet and the ability to figure out the watching order

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    It’s “more then meets the eye” right? Young Paulbot thought so.

    I called the Monster Planet from the movie Unicorn. Then I was reading #75 and noticed it said Unicron. And when I checked I realised I was always reading it as Unicorn despite what was on the page.

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    I initially thought that Spike Witwicky was just the cartoon name for Buster Witwicky (similar to how Jetfire was renamed Skyfire); I thought that, names aside, they were the same character.

    Before TFTM came out...
    * I thought that Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime were entirely different and unrelated characters. And I pronounced Rodimus as "Row-dimus" instead of "Roddy-mus."
    * I never thought that the Sweeps were just clones of Scourge. I thought that they'd be more like the Mayhem Attack Squad.

    Grotusque; saw this toy in the 1987 catalogue before seeing it in shops, and from the catalogue I thought that he was a retool of Snarl. I also mispronounced his name as "Grow-tuss-kew."

    I thought that the red Tracks on the 1985 packaging diorama was a separate Autobot called Lightning Strike and that he had Thor-like powers.

    I thought that the "M" on some of the Autobot Mini-Cars like Brawn, Huffer, Gears etc. stood for "Minibot."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoktimusPrime View Post
    I thought that the "M" on some of the Autobot Mini-Cars like Brawn, Huffer, Gears etc. stood for "Minibot."
    You idiot, Gok. It obviously stands for Microchange and you should have known this as a kid.

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    For the longest time I thought Apeface's name was Ap-ee-face. Even though I was completely aware he transformed into a Gorilla! Took me ages to accept that it's actually Ape-Face.

    Also for some unknown reason, I instinctively type his name as Apreface.
    Every
    Damn
    time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tha_Phantom View Post
    You idiot, Gok. It obviously stands for Microchange and you should have known this as a kid.
    Serves me right for not having Googled it on Wikipedia in the 1980s.

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