Renegade Rhetoric

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Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric is an online question-and-answer column produced by Fun Publications, published on Facebook from October 2015 to February 2016. Originating as a spin-off of the Transformers column "Ask Vector Prime," the feature was set in the continuity of the Challenge of the GoBots cartoon, and involved Cy-Kill responding to inquiries sent in by real-life readers. It depicted a fictitious "second season" of the GoBots cartoon, featuring 65 brand-new short prose "episodes" deliberately written in the cheesy style of 1980s children's cartoons.

Overview[edit | edit source]

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Following an accident with an Anti-Phase-Displacer Blaster, Cy-Kill was transported to the city of Axiom Nexus on the planet Cybertron. After spending a few months there, he was hired by Axiom Nexus News as the fifth in series of guest columnists to take over the network's "Ask Vector Prime" feature while its regular host was on sabbatical. Cy-Kill answered readers' questions from October 13 to 21, 2015, touching upon past exploits from the Challenge of the GoBots cartoon, while also relating multiple new adventures that were described as having taken place after the events of GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords.

Off the air, Cy-Kill recruited several disenfranchised Transformers from throughout Axiom Nexus to the Renegade side, and even bombed a government building. Unfortunately, he thought he could get away with boasting about it in his column, but it turned out the police actually paid attention and tried to arrest him, leading him to flee back to his home realm with the aid of Gong. Though back home, he brought "Renegade Rhetoric" back to the air by hacking into the Axiom Nexus airwaves, to continue spreading Renegade propaganda. From November 2, 2015 to February 5, 2016, Cy-Kill continued to relate story after story of his battles against the Guardians and the various new GoBots and Rock Lords they involved.

List of "episodes"[edit | edit source]

  1. Rebels Without A Circuit
  2. Fugitives
  3. Double Cross
  4. Countdown to Annihilation
  5. Graduation Day
  6. Going Loco
  7. The Hawks of Space Part 1
  8. The Hawks of Space Part 2
  9. Cy-Kill For President
  10. The Show Must Go On
  11. On the Rocks
  12. Shock and Awe
  13. The Best Medicine
  14. The Alienapolis Five Million
  15. Cop-Tur the Genius
  16. The GoVine Incident
  17. Coup de Grunge
  18. The RoGun Ruckus
  19. Renegade Victory Part 1
  20. Renegade Victory Part 2
  21. Mirror Menace
  22. GoBot Arena
  23. Brain Swap
  24. Ladies Night
  25. Brother's Keeper
  26. The Stolen Moon
  27. Fossil Fallout
  28. Virtual Trap
  29. Babysitting
  30. All Tomorrow's Utopias
  31. The RoGuns of Mars
  32. Mumbo Jumbo
  33. Once Braxis Twice Shy Part 1
  34. Once Braxis Twice Shy Part 2
  35. Trash and Treachery
  36. Attack of the 50 Foot Guardian
  37. Nightmares of a Leader
  38. The Mole Men of Prototheria
  39. And to All a Good Knight
  40. Trouble at 20,000 Light Years
  41. The Arithmetic of Memory
  42. A Wolf in GoBot's Clothing
  43. Of Rocks and RoGuns Part 1
  44. Of Rocks and RoGuns Part 2
  45. Go-Girl
  46. Cy-Kill's Ninjas
  47. Scylla and Charybdis
  48. Double Dribble
  49. Human Resources
  50. Chains of Doom
  51. Bears and Bulls
  52. Darkest Before the Dawn
  53. Space Pirates of the Helix Nebula
  54. Rock and Roll
  55. Braxis' Big Score
  56. The Scootonium Scenario
  57. Opportunity Knocks Part 1
  58. Opportunity Knocks Part 2
  59. Six Heads are Better than One
  60. One Born Every Minute
  61. The Guardian Smashers
  62. In Zod We Trust
  63. Riders and Rebels
  64. Combiner Wars Part 1
  65. Combiner Wars Part 2

New characters[edit | edit source]

In addition to the pre-existing Challenge of the GoBots cast, Renegade Rhetoric incorporated into its stories virtually every figure from the GoBots and Rock Lords toyline that did not make it into the cartoon and movie, including straggling characters from earlier in the series, and ones who were released too late to be included in the show. This included the half-dozen figures available exclusively at Wendy's, and several combiners, playsets, and "creature" toys that were not released at all. Additionally, the stories created a group of brand new characters based on the small handful of Machine Robo figures that were never released as part of the GoBots line.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Because the Renegade Rhetoric "episodes" were only published based on question prompts from the audience, the episodes were disseminated through Rhetoric in a different order than the intended "airing order". Apropos for GoBots, to be sure.
  • When originally launched, the profile picture for the Renegade Rhetoric Facebook account featured a screencap of Cy-Kill from the Challenge of the GoBots cartoon, seen above. As Fun Publications quickly found out they didn't have the license to use images from the cartoon, this was changed with urgency to an image of Cy-Kill's own TransTech universe counterpart.
  • Following the conclusion of Cy-Kill's tales, Renegade Rhetoric briefly returned in May 2016 (with an epilogue posted in July), for an unrelated story about a team of Transformers also known as "Go-Bots."

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