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melthedestroyer:

there’s a big difference between “i’m sad because a character i was emotionally invested in was killed off” and “this character’s death served no purpose, was used for shock value, and is the product of bad writing and i’m upset about that”

85,975 notes1.78:40 AM
comradewodka:

HAWK SHOWED ME THIS AND BGGHSDFK I AM SO FURIOUS
LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE OF THIS ANSWER IS WRONG [more…]

Let me add some more disappointment, echoing your points:
Apparently where some saw “irredeemable villain” I saw “broest bro.”
Where they saw no possibilities, I saw a galaxy of possibilities.  More Breakdown and vehicons.  More Breakdown and Knock Out, exploring their relationship (whetever it may have been) further.  There were plenty of plots open for using him : Forming new friendships or strengthening them with the crew, protecting those he cares for, having a final battle with Bulkhead, revealing the source of his rivalry with Bulkhead, getting revenge on MECH, maybe going up against MECH again if they capture KO or even a Vehico bro, a developing rivalry with Airachnid, disillusionment with Megatron when he learns Megatron wanted to abandon him, going on a date with KO and getting caught up in street racing hijinks, being mistaken for an identical Armet Balkan mk7 armoured vehicle that holds something valuable and thus being chased by both a gang of thieves and law enforcement, and more!
Look, y’all, I identified with Breakdown.  Breakdown was written, acted, and animated with an intriguing soft side that made him much more than the usual bruiser Decepticon.  He was strong, brave, loyal, hard working, pun-loving, and he had his friends’ backs.  He didn’t have Bulkhead’s back because duh, Bulkhead was his archenemy, not his friend.  As well, the animation really made Breakdown out to be unsure about abandoning Bulkhead, and in his interactions with MECH, Breakdown came off as somewhat noble though very full of a warrior’s machismo.  Either way, old rivalries die hard, and that’s how people work.  If Bulkhead and Breakdown really are such enemies as we are asked to believe, why should their centuries of hatred die after one good turn that was, after all, a life or death situation where they were forced to work together?  Breakdown was not a totally evil person, and even had admirable qualities.  He was also quick to judgement, rough around the edges, and liked crushing things.  He suffered from too much loyalty to a madman like Megatron.  But other than not treating Miko like a sentient being, an attempting to squish her, he really never did anything outright evil.  Bad, yes.  He did plenty bad.  But not unforgivably evil.
Nice to talk about war crimes here when the show never actually talked abut any war crimes.  The most we were told about was that Bulkhead and Breakdown had a rivalry that went way back.  What caused the rivalry was never revealed to us, even though that would have advanced both characters and made for a fascinating episode.  For all we know, Bulkhead T-boned Breakdown at an intersection and they’ve been fighting ever since.  Or Breakdown stole Bulkhead’s lunch once.  Or Breakdown left the Wreckers and Bulkhead got personally offended.  Or Bulkhead crushed Breakdown’s foot in a game of Lobbing.  It was never stated.  It was the centre of their character development, and what made them both well rounded characters, and yet we never learned anything more about their rivalry.  That is the fault of the writers for not exploring more of that rich pathway to character development before killing off Breakdown and any chance to do so.
Those “just desserts” were done quick and ugly.  They were in fact realistically quick and shocking.  Death came, it wasn’t presaged, and it hit like a ton of bricks.  No narrative flourishes hinted at it, and just like in any war, it was final.  It was the most “real” death on the show, followed by Cliffjumper’s.  The difference is that the death seemd less like “just desserts” and more like “oh Primus you killed off abeloved character.”  IN other words: Breakdown’s death was in practice what Cliffjumper’s death was in theory.
Also… we were most certainly not told everything we needed to know.  Because obviously I read a completely different character from the one that was intended.  As for “more of the same”… we’ll never know, now will we?  I am simply floored by this gigantic disconnect between DC’s authorial intent and the character that I watched and loved.
Did I simply just get Breakdown’s character… wrong?

comradewodka:

HAWK SHOWED ME THIS AND BGGHSDFK I AM SO FURIOUS

LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE OF THIS ANSWER IS WRONG [more…]

Let me add some more disappointment, echoing your points:

Apparently where some saw “irredeemable villain” I saw “broest bro.”

Where they saw no possibilities, I saw a galaxy of possibilities.  More Breakdown and vehicons.  More Breakdown and Knock Out, exploring their relationship (whetever it may have been) further.  There were plenty of plots open for using him :
Forming new friendships or strengthening them with the crew, protecting those he cares for, having a final battle with Bulkhead, revealing the source of his rivalry with Bulkhead, getting revenge on MECH, maybe going up against MECH again if they capture KO or even a Vehico bro, a developing rivalry with Airachnid, disillusionment with Megatron when he learns Megatron wanted to abandon him, going on a date with KO and getting caught up in street racing hijinks, being mistaken for an identical Armet Balkan mk7 armoured vehicle that holds something valuable and thus being chased by both a gang of thieves and law enforcement, and more!

Look, y’all, I identified with Breakdown.  Breakdown was written, acted, and animated with an intriguing soft side that made him much more than the usual bruiser Decepticon.  He was strong, brave, loyal, hard working, pun-loving, and he had his friends’ backs.  He didn’t have Bulkhead’s back because duh, Bulkhead was his archenemy, not his friend.  As well, the animation really made Breakdown out to be unsure about abandoning Bulkhead, and in his interactions with MECH, Breakdown came off as somewhat noble though very full of a warrior’s machismo.  Either way, old rivalries die hard, and that’s how people work.  If Bulkhead and Breakdown really are such enemies as we are asked to believe, why should their centuries of hatred die after one good turn that was, after all, a life or death situation where they were forced to work together?  Breakdown was not a totally evil person, and even had admirable qualities.  He was also quick to judgement, rough around the edges, and liked crushing things.  He suffered from too much loyalty to a madman like Megatron.  But other than not treating Miko like a sentient being, an attempting to squish her, he really never did anything outright evil.  Bad, yes.  He did plenty bad.  But not unforgivably evil.

Nice to talk about war crimes here when the show never actually talked abut any war crimes.  The most we were told about was that Bulkhead and Breakdown had a rivalry that went way back.  What caused the rivalry was never revealed to us, even though that would have advanced both characters and made for a fascinating episode.  For all we know, Bulkhead T-boned Breakdown at an intersection and they’ve been fighting ever since.  Or Breakdown stole Bulkhead’s lunch once.  Or Breakdown left the Wreckers and Bulkhead got personally offended.  Or Bulkhead crushed Breakdown’s foot in a game of Lobbing.  It was never stated.  It was the centre of their character development, and what made them both well rounded characters, and yet we never learned anything more about their rivalry.  That is the fault of the writers for not exploring more of that rich pathway to character development before killing off Breakdown and any chance to do so.

Those “just desserts” were done quick and ugly.  They were in fact realistically quick and shocking.  Death came, it wasn’t presaged, and it hit like a ton of bricks.  No narrative flourishes hinted at it, and just like in any war, it was final.  It was the most “real” death on the show, followed by Cliffjumper’s.  The difference is that the death seemd less like “just desserts” and more like “oh Primus you killed off abeloved character.”  IN other words: Breakdown’s death was in practice what Cliffjumper’s death was in theory.

Also… we were most certainly not told everything we needed to know.  Because obviously I read a completely different character from the one that was intended.  As for “more of the same”… we’ll never know, now will we?  I am simply floored by this gigantic disconnect between DC’s authorial intent and the character that I watched and loved.

Did I simply just get Breakdown’s character… wrong?

545 notes12.298:42 PM

lizwuzthere:

obfuscobble:

lizwuzthere:

Someone wrote a review of BB on ff.net that just said

guest
please dont pare knock out and and breakdown gay storys are weird

I’M LAUGHING SO HARD I CAN’T BREATHE HELP ME

Well, friend, I think you know what you must do.  Tracks needs a cameo in Breaking Barriers where her creators are spelled out in no uncertain terms.  Dedicate it to guest.

Then again, despite the latent homophobia, perhaps guest did not wish for a scene where Knockout and Breakdown have their paintjobs or outer plating sliced off.  I agree with this anti-paring measure.  Poor BD’s chassis has suffered enough and KO doesn’t need any more indignities either.

But seriously, now is the time to gay it up, bb.

it shall be done.

BREAKING BARRIERS PART XI

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Friend, I am sad that I won’t be beta-ing any more of your chapters for Breaking Barriers, since it has now come to such a glorious and satisfactory conclusion.  It’s everything I’ve ever wanted, and sets a new standard for TF fiction.  I especially like how you didn’t forget about Vee!  I think this is the greatest chapter of all, and that FF.net and Guest will fall in love with it immediately!  They can’t resist the power of gay robots and baby robots this strong!

This is beautiful, and dare I say it, epic.  A story for the ages.

AND I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING HELP THERE ARE TEARS IN MY EYES, FRIEND.

27 notes11.2610:45 PM
mrbutts:

I think this is literally the only reason I tried to make a humanized Knockout

Theirs was a love meant to be.

mrbutts:

I think this is literally the only reason I tried to make a humanized Knockout


Theirs was a love meant to be.

583 notes6.1811:58 PM

tfmlpgifs:

“Never run when you can fight.”—Breakdown

Oh Breaky handsome~  We all miss you, you magnificent chested beast.  Dating Knock Out by moonlight, scrapping bots by daylight.  Never running from a real fight, he is the one named War Breakdown.  He will never turn his back on a friend, he is always there to defend, he is the one on whom we can depend : he is the one named War Breakdown.

1,435 notes6.1512:00 PM
I THINK Y’ALL HAVE UNDERESTIMATED HOW MUCH I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO MAGICAL GIRL MAY.
Magical Girls and Cybertronians have a lot in common : they both transform, they both defy the laws of physics, and they’re both destined for despair.

I THINK Y’ALL HAVE UNDERESTIMATED HOW MUCH I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO MAGICAL GIRL MAY.

Magical Girls and Cybertronians have a lot in common : they both transform, they both defy the laws of physics, and they’re both destined for despair.

484 notes5.111:46 PM

Bibby Dump

It’s another preview of this thing that will probably come out not at New Years but we can all still hope.  Because look at this effort.  Bibbies take a lot of effort.  After this, backgrounds will be so half-hearted y’all will be surprised.  And these are just the bibbies that show up in episode 1, a fraction of future bibbies. (except starscream actually doesn’t show up) (I know you’re heartbroken at that prospect but bear with the storytelling.  ep 1 and 2 have to introduce a lot of new characters.)








And if I saved that png right, swoov is partially transparent.

Next time on bibby dump : the femmeceptor you’ve all been waiting for, and a Driftaboo.

87 notes12.283:43 PM

OH NO,IT’S A TITTY MONSTER!
image
WHAT DO?

22 notes12.1710:01 AM
Breaking Barriers isn’t even written yet by the amazing Lizwuzthere and already I have done fanart.  Yay these silhouette posters.

Breaking Barriers isn’t even written yet by the amazing Lizwuzthere and already I have done fanart.  Yay these silhouette posters.

55 notes12.1311:03 PM

re-con stands for Reconsider/Reconstruction.  Aka “what Obfuscobble dreams of happening instead of season 2.”  Followers have seen a little fanfic of it before, including Breakdown admitting feelings to Orion, TC and Warp giving Airachnid the smackdown, and Megatron and Orion reminiscing about the old days.  Well there is so much more and it only gets stranger.  So much stranger.  But I wanted to draw promotional pictures for it like Lizwuzthere does for her fanfics.  So voila.

Y’all will have to wait for the big reveal about Perceptor, Drift, Blurr, and Soundwave’s brood.  But I can tell you now that Roddy in this reconstruction is an orange vehicon with a unique head sculpt.  Just to whet your curiosity.

134 notes12.912:22 AM

ALSO I hope that while picking apart Silas, Knock Out FINDS BREAKDOWN’S SPARK STILL DIMLY ONLINE.  And then brings him back.

Yes.

You see, Breakdown didn’t go grey.  He could still be in there.

Please.

36 notes9.147:34 PM

SPOILERS

SILAS, YOU ARE AN INCREDIBLE IDIOT.  YOU COULD HAVE PUT MORE PEOPLE INSIDE OF VEHICONS AND HAD AN ARMY OF TITANS.  WHY DID YOU KILL THE SCIENTISTS?  WHAT KIND OF IGNORAMUS ARE YOU?

ALSO YOU ARE DESECRATING DARLING BREAKDOWN’S BODY ; GET OUT.

Look, I’m only being logical here.

Good points : Raf is grounded.  Thank Primus.

ALSO SEE THE POST AFTER THIS ONE FOR MY CUMULATIVE THOUGHTS OR I’LL REITERATE : GREAT EPISOOOODEE I LOVED IT.

13 notes9.147:05 PM

ADAM BALDWIN LOVES KNOCK OUT

durithyll:

GUYS. GUYS. GUYS LISTEN.

Adam Baldwin is the single most awesome human being ever. THIS IS PROOF.

this is the front: super awesome signed picture, complete with names, a funny, and a very attractive manly man.

BUT THEN THIS IS THE BACK ASDLJSADLKJASDKJSALDKJSADLK

AJSDLJSALJDASLJDLSAKJDLSJDLASJDLSAKJD

THIS MAN IS AMAZING

ME AND AMANDA WERE SORT OF DEAD AFTER THIS. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

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HUMAN/CYBERTRONIAN PERFECTION (wow i already had a tag for this)

356 notes9.311:22 PM
BREAKDOWN YOU ARE NOT EVEN VAGUELY A MAID I HAVE TO DRAW MAIDS RIGHT NOW, OKAY?

BREAKDOWN YOU ARE NOT EVEN VAGUELY A MAID I HAVE TO DRAW MAIDS RIGHT NOW, OKAY?

33 notes8.301:58 PM

SPOILERS


There is a whole lot of tumblr TF fandom injoke behind this.
And no I’m not shipping them. >:[

124 notes6.273:42 PM