Transformers Animated cartoon
Detroit was once the "Motor City", the automobile manufacturing capital of the world. By the 22nd Century, Detroit had once again become a leading manufacturing hub—for robots. As for what happened to the city between those two periods, well, who knows?
The city's robotics industry was led by (and may have consisted solely of) the Sumdac Systems corporation. Most of the competition proved less than inspiring. This reliance on a single, monolithic industry is certain to provide economic stability for all time.
The city had a newly unveiled mass transit system, sponsored by Sumdac Systems, the Fully Automated Rapid Transit System, or FARTS. Real mature, Isaac, real mature.
The city then became home to a team of five robotic superheroes, the Autobots. Having crashed aboard their ship some fifty years earlier in Lake Erie, they awoke and appointed themselves guardians and defenders of the city's Humanity. When one of their old foes showed up in town, they ended up trashing a fair bit of the city. Not to be deterred, they worked hard to help rebuild it. Naturally, this involved hitting things with an ax. The Autobots made their home in an abandoned, early 20th-century factory.
Poor Detroit continued to suffer a great deal of robot-inflicted calamities after that. Among their troubles were robots flinging flaming fuel tanks into the air devices , and robots raiding motor supply stores and destroying cars stuck in traffic jams ., robots smashing an entire parking lot full of cars , robots getting thrown through the roof of the local sports arena , robots inducing rolling electrical blackouts across the city , robots disguised as rocket-powered cars crashing into things , robots sucking the life force from the city's population , robots sparking a massive automaton rebellion , robots obliterating construction sites while flat-out trying to kill one another , robots kidnapping young children from their homes , robots unable to stop the destruction of the city without destroying half of it , robots blasting holes in major downtown skyscrapers , robots destroying downtown buildings and bridges while trying to kill each other , good robots driving over cars in the street , evil robots threatening to bomb passenger trains , robots dumping garbage all over the city before threatening to destroy it with super-powered nanobots, , robots destroying overpasses and stealing construction materials , robots shutting down every other mechanical device in the city , robots rampaging through the city while trying to find
To be fair, Detroit has also suffered at the hands of its own human population. These include humans with fancy weapons attempting to rob armored cars, humans going on steroid-induced rampages , humans risking city-destroying explosions by stealing incredibly volatile substances , humans waging violent crusades against war toys , humans attempting to detonate nuclear reactors in blatant attempts to destroy the city , humans organizing illegal street races without regard for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians , and human crime syndicates stealing various pieces of equipment for nefarious purposes .
You wouldn't want to be its mayor.
Actual Detroit landmarks featured in Transformers Animated include:
- Grand Circus Park, featuring the statue of Governor Hazen S. Pingree (where Prowl gets birdpooped on)
- Wayne County Building -- Optimus and Sentinel hold a press conference in front of this prominent downtown landmark.
- GM Renaissance Center -- briefly visible as the Autobots start their press conference.
- Michigan Central Station (where Isaac Sumdac reveals his new train)
- Though the details don't match any exact building, the abandoned factory used by the Autobots resembles such early automobile manufacturing plants as the Highland Park Ford Plant (where the assembly line was first implemented) and the abandoned Packard Plant.
- Interstate 94 -- the main US Interstate highway westbound from Detroit to Missoula, Montana; passing through several major cities along the way including Chicago; Madison; Minneapolis-Saint Paul; and Fargo. One of its marker signs adorns the interior of the Autobots' headquarters.
- Lake Erie — one of the Great Lakes; its northwest shore lies just south of the city.
- Comerica Tower — briefly seen in sweeps of the city
Fictional Detroit landmarks featured in Transformers Animated include:
- Burger Bot, home of the Big Bot Burger
- Sumdac Systems robot manufacturing plant, located in the real-life southern suburb of Monroe.
- Sumdac Tower, a skyscraper somewhere in the central city.
- The Dino Drive theme park
- The Detroit Solar Fusion Power Plant, whose reactor contains enough power to wipe out the entire state of Michigan. Comforting!
- Wyatt Toys, a toy store.
- Izzo National Bank, one of the city's many financial institutions.
- Detroit Military Base, containing bomber planes, fighter jets, and twin barrel assault tanks.
IDW Generation One comics
- Part of the final battle in the live-action Transformers film, set in the fictional location of Mission City, was filmed in the real-life Detroit: the empty building that Sam runs into with the All Spark is actually Detroit's long-abandoned Michigan Central Station.
- Detroit at Wikipedia