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Popular Earth vehicle alternate modes

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When on Earth, a Transformer typically finds a wide variety of human vehicles matching their general body plan and size available to adopt as a disguise mode. Although there are many thousands of options available, certain specific models of vehicle, however, are very popular disguises, seeing repeated use across multiple individuals and continuities.

Teletraan-1: The Transformers Wiki has certain requirements for a vehicle model to be listed here. There must be at least three unique toy molds (or in-fiction appearances, in the case of non-toy bodies/characters) that share the model. There must also be at least one unique character per mold: Generation One Bumblebee has four unique molds as a Volkswagen Beetle, but the only other characters who also become Beetles are all redecos of the first toy. Certain models are "lumped" together, such as the case for the Mazda RX car series, which includes the RX-7 and RX-8 types. This also, of course, takes into account the various fudging of the designs that are done in order to get a robot mode out of the toy, as well as avoid having to pay a licensing fee to the actual manufacturers (in most instances).

Each mold is listed on its own line, with all different-character decoes/retools on the same line. The list is organized in chronological order of toy release.

This policy is in place mainly due to the rampant use of redecoes as new characters, and is a little out of line with the phenomenon being explored... after all, isn't it kinda weird that out of all the myriad types of fighter jet there are in the world, that the Dassault Rafale in specific seems to pop up so often across soooooo many jet-form toy-characters?


See also: Popular alternate modes (beasts), General Motors


Cars and trucks

Baja buggy


Note: While admittedly "Baja buggy" is a little vague and the exact model —if there is one— has not been determined, these examples all seem to follow a pretty uniform shape.

Chevrolet Camaro

  • Movie Bumblebee - 2009 (fifth generation)

Chevrolet Corvette

Corvette Indy

Dodge Viper (Chrysler)

Ford Mustang

  • Trip-Up - First Generation (1960s hot rod)

Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Diablo

Mazda RX

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Porsche 928S

Porsche 959

Porsche 962

Military vehicles

M1 Abrams

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

Note: In the Devil's Due G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers comic series, Skywarp, Thundercracker, and an unidentifed "conehead" transform into Cobra Rattlers, which are heavily-modified versions of the A-10.

Boeing AH-64 Apache copter

Rockwell B-1 Lancer

Dassault Rafale

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

Miscellaneous

Concorde

Space Shuttle Orbiter

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