The Transformers wiki at tfwiki.net has over 15,000 articles detailing every niche that the Transformers franchise has to offer. Not content with presenting the facts in a standard, yet boring, stream of data, the editors over at the wiki have added humor throughout the site. Most of the humor is confined to the image captions, many of which are entirely non-sequitor. Other instances of humor could range from offhand comments on trivial matters to the naming of the page itself.
With so much content, it is a daunting task to wade through the plethora of pages to find the gems that really stand out above the rest. I’ve picked out ten pages that are not only filled with factual content, but contain the charm and humor that the wiki has come to be known for.
10. Wheelie (G1)
In the original cartoon, Wheelie was a character who rhymed each of his lines. The wiki article took this character quirk to heart and wrote the entire page in rhyming couplets. Not only does it give a generalization of the Wheelie character and painstakingly documents his interactions throughout all the media, but it does it with a style that makes it fun to read.
This extremely minor character is one of the earliest indicators of how the wiki will turn out. This character only appears for a few frames of a single comic, but had his page written to such an extent that it far surpasses the characters actual appearance.
This is an example of a fan theory that has gained so much weight that not including it as part of the wiki would be a disservice to the ideal of documenting everything Transformers. In doing so creates an article that is very informative and explains how the idea came to be in the first place.
Even the standard character pages can be augmented with a dash of humor to make the dry information much more entertaining to read. Most the writing is straight-up information, but the captions are written in such a way to cull out the character’s personality into the article, much like the Wheelie page. It also shows how diligent the wiki is in reporting anything a character does, whether it is a small cameo in a piece of children’s fiction or a rare piece of merchandise. Completeness is the final goal.
In the Japanese manga, the Decepticons killed a dog. Of course there was an article created about said dog.
Optimus Prime dies a lot. Thus a painstakingly complete list has been created to document each and every case of Prime’s deaths and rebirths.
TFWiki has also done its share of charity. When an ebay auction containing a rare Toy Fair guide was listed, the editors of the wiki banded together to buy it and use the information as a highlight for the site. A drive was raised and when the money began to pour in far beyond the asking price for the item, all the remaining proceeds went to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
3. Pat Lee
All the drama that Dreamwave’s president and “superstar” artist is included within. The writeup is a hilariosu account the rise and fall of Pat Lee and all the odd things he did while Dreamwave had the Transformers comics license.
This was quite the unexpected page. The You page was created to document the character that “you” inhabit while reading through the Transformers choose your own adventure books and the mail-in flyers that used to be packed in with the G1 toys. It was then expadend to include any time a consumer was mentioned in toy packaging and more.
The article on the Energon cartoon may be my favorite article on the entire wiki. While the wiki prides itself on full information on things we love and adore, we also enjoy critiquing everything with the utmost scrutiny. The Energon cartoon is considered by most to be the worst Transformers series ever to grace television, thus making the criticism section the largest part of the article. Not only does it cite the specific instances of problems with the series, but does it with a sharp wit and humor. Do yourself a favor and read it.