How to Handle a Surprising Truth

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Reader Comments (42)

There was a female autobot in the Transformers animated movie. (God, mutual self-demeanment makes me so hot.)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRubrick

I think you're confusing 'having babies' with 'removing a child from a papoose'
You know what? Never mind.

(and I was very close to demeaning us both)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatchstickman

Or perhaps Soundwave was the robot equivalent of a male seahorse?

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAccipiter

There was a female autobot in the Transformers animated movie? Oh, baby, now I've got something to live for!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhilster

I just noticed there was a little "tag line" at the bottom. Ha ha!

/Now I have to go back and read them all again?? OK!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

My favorite part of the cartoon was the disclaimer at the bottom. And to make sure it's clear, I mean that as a compliment.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkraney

Robot ladies in disguise!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDr Manhattan

Maybe transformers are like seahorses? Male releases infants?

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzargon

Are we both demeaned if I point out that Opimus Prime's girlfriend Elita One was introduced in the season 2 episode "The Search for Alpha Trion" which came out a full year before the movie?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRandom TF Fan


October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzaraithe

I guess that means rule 34 just got a tantalizing new twist.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Perhaps Soundwave was a tranny. They are robots in disguise afterall.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDuncman

Panel 3. This comic is all about panel 3.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSrsly

Therw as a female transformer in the animated series (several of them), animated movie, live action movie (revenge of the fallen), beast wars, beast machines, unicron trilogy, recent 'animated' series... seriously dude, swing and miss

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMortenGreen

Come on, it’s obvious. Soundwave was male.

The ‘small robots’ he ejaculated where his transformer semen.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

wasnt there a female decepticon in transformers:cybertron. a speedboat i think?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterredinzane

The concept of "discovering surprising truths through a Michael Bay movie" is, in itself, a surprising truth.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjvwalt

O Maaaaan, it's so lucky you put that tag line at the bottom. You saved us both a lot of demeaning.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRock Ripsnort


It is also fun watching some early posters trip over themselves. Fun in an amusing, friendly way. It just adds to the fun as suspending our disbelief wears off.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

I'll have to agree with Missy on this one........
p.s., I'll never understand the priorities of men.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaribeth

More than just Elita-1, Random TF Fan. Chromia and Inferno's girlfriend, whose name I forget.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeebs

Looks like everyone has listed Arcee, who was a main character in the original animated series (after the first movie) and later became a Headmaster with Spike's son. However, well before the 1st film there was an episode of the animated series where the Autobots traveled back to Cybertron to stop the Decepticons and the Autobots met with the female Autobots that they left behind only to leave them behind again!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Jude

Well, "goosemonster" beat me to it (ha!) but that was my first thought, also. (Not sure if I should admit that...)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob

If he was a seahorse, there still needs to be a fembot to lay her eggs inside him. Urgh.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B Traver Adolphus

@Maribeth. I have to agree, but the priorities of women are just as bad most of the time. I'd say that people generally have lousy priorities.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I just realised how Optimus is a hermaphrodite. When he/she? transforms, he gains a phallic extension as his trailer... plus, there is a mini turret car that can eject from the trailer..... ... .. another part of my childhood tarnished forever....

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdev

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time! Panel 4: FTW!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

More than meets the eye, indeed.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternorbizness

I didn't get it.. that one sucked.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

Does that mean that Blaster is female too?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterObskura

Wasn't there already a strip called "How To Receive a Shocking Truth"?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterContrajoe

As Demetri Martin would say, Lady Robots.

Is this the first instance of an in-strip disclaimer?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Wait, slow down everyone. Not to open a true can of worms, but wouldn't a robot who can reproduce have a much greater claim to being called female than the "female" robots with high pitched voices? I therefore postulate that all of those "female" robots were actually male, and don't count as female robots. As Scott says, we shouldn't let our own cultural biases interfere with our quest for the truth :)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAri

Didn't you do a comic a while back about handling a surprising truth? About Bugs Bunny being hotter in drag than a bunch of female cartoons?

I mean, this was still funny, I'm just asking :)

NOTE FROM SCOTT: Quite possibly. I didn't remember if that was specifically "handling" a shocking truth. I know I did one about revealing a shocking truth (that Beaker was actually cursing).

I've done over 300 of these things. I'm gonna slice the baloney a little fine from time to time.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Love Ari's comment!
Judging by the number of male rock and pop stars who sing higher than I can, vocal range is NOT an indication of gender.
("Walk like a man, talk like a man, sing like a little girl!")

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

There, I've done it. Two days and I've read them all! Been ill which explains the ability to dedicate many hours to this... The comics are brill, my fave was the one where you stuck it to those annoying spelling/grammar folk - I mean why read a comic if you're just gonna criticise it? And I also really like stuff with Omnipresent Man - but could one of his appearances be captured and then another one captured and brought to the same place?

(and on this comic - the original animated transformers films were so much better than the new stuff in the cinema, how can you top lines like "That's a question you should ask yourself, MEGATRON!" and "I've got better things to do tonight than die!")

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllan

@The Jude

how did you manage to type "Headmaster with Spike's son" without cracking up?? hahaha
i love how this comic managed to bring out extra nerds into the foray :)

besides, maybe soundwave was just budding. i see no reason that asexual reproduction wouldn't happen on cybertron. this begs the question as to what asexual porn would be like. myself, i am drawing a blank, but i am open to suggestions.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclarketron3000

Fair enough Scott. And anyway, this was funny. I wasn't complaining so much as inquiring. Incidentally, this is the one I was thinking of:

NOTE FROM SCOTT: The funny part is, when I got done responding to your last comment, I immediately wrote a comic called "How to unearth a disturbing secret."

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Haha! Maybe you could do a whole BI mini-series of comics on that same theme and call it the "Saga of Secrets". There really are a lot more things you can do with that particular instruction than with most of the others, since it's not too specific and shocking truths/secrets are very fertile ground for comedy. Besides, I think the Star Wars nerd in each of us loves anything with the word "saga" in it.

On a side note, SCOTT PERSONALLY RESPONDED TO TWO OF MY COMMENTS! I feel so special =)

October 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I am made so happy knowing that the bountiful harvest of knowledge on this wikipedia page is stored safe fFor the ages.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott Myers
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