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The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. Transformers: The Ultimate Guide by Simon Furman classifies it as a Vanguard-class Deep Space Interceptor, with a crew complement of 300. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Transformer is a fictional robot that is able to transform, rearranging itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, aircraft, or animal. ... Simon Furman is a comic book writer, particularly associated with of a number of notable Transformers comics for Marvel UK, Marvel US, Dreamwave, and most recently, IDW. He also wrote the final episode of the Beast Wars: Transformers cartoon, the Transformers Ultimate Fan Guide, and several convention exclusive comics and...

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Transformers: Generation One

Crew of the Ark

Which Autobots were on board the Ark varies with different tellings of the story. In all storylines the following Autobots are among the crew:

In the television series the Ark was crewed by: Silverstreak (Streak in Japan, Jaseur in France, Ariete in Italy) is the name given to the Transformers character once known as Bluestreak, but for trademark reasons it had to be changed in 2003. ... Brawn is not to be confused with X-Brawn, a very similar character from Transformers: Robots in Disguise. ... Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ... Cliffjumper is the name of several characters from the Transformers line of toys. ... Gears is the name of a fictional character in the Transformers toy line and fictional storyline. ... // The toy that was to become the Autobot Hound was originally released as part of the Japanese Diaclone series by Takara. ... Huffer as seen in the animated series. ... Ironhide is the name of five different characters in the Transformers universes. ... Jazz is a fictional character Transformer who has appeared in multiple toy lines and series. ... G1 Mirage toy packaging art Mirage is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... Prowl is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Ratchet is the name of several characters in the Transformers universes. ... Sideswipe (Lambor in Japan, Frérot in France, Freccia in Italy) is the name of three different characters in the Transformers Universes. ... Sunstreaker (Solo in Canada, Lince in Italy) is a fictional character from The Transformers. ... Trailbreaker (Glouton in Canada, Tuono in Italy) is a fictional character from the Transformers toy line and animated television series. ... Wheeljack is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... // Transformers: Generation One (1984) Windcharger (Charger in Japan, Rapido in Canada, Lampo in Italy, Camaro in South America) was one of the original toys in the Transformers line when Hasbro started producing them in 1984. ...

  • Hauler (Only appeared in one early episode)

In the Marvel Comics series the Ark was crewed by:

Grimlock is the name of three fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Slag (Scories in Canada, Tricex in Italy) is the Triceratops Dinobot. ... Sludge (Terro in Canada, Bronto in Italy) is the name of several characters in the Transformer toy line and fictional series. ... Snarl is the name of five different fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... // Generation One Generation One Swoop box art. ...

Animated series

Although it is universally referred to as "the Ark" in all other media, the Autobot spacecraft is never actually named in The Transformers animated series - it is simply referred to as "Autobot Headquarters."


The Ark left Cybertron when constant battles between the Autobots and Decepticons had left the planet in an energy crisis, with Optimus Prime and a contingent of Autobots 4 million years ago in search of the fuel Energon. Shortly after launch, it was attacked by the Decepticons on the Nemesis (another spaceship that was not named as such in the original series). The Nemesis attached itself to the Ark using tractor beams. The Decepticons, including their leader Megatron, boarded the Ark and attacked. During the battle, the Ark was damaged and crash landed on Earth, into the side of a volcano in what one day would be called Oregon (according to the Marvel comic book). This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Energon is the primary source of power for the Transformers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Nemesis is a Decepticon spaceship in the fictional Transformers Generation One universe. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ...

The Ark after it crashed to Earth.

In the Earth year 1984, the volcano erupted, jarring Teletraan I back to life. Sending out a Sky Spy satellite, the computer scanned assorted Earthly vehicles and machinery to form alternate modes for the Transformers. Skywarp happened to be in the path of Teletraan's reconfiguration beam, and once reactivated, dragged the other Decepticons into the beam, allowing them to be reconstructed. As they departed the Ark, Starscream opened fire on it, disobeying Megatron's orders, who cautiously opted to have the Decepticons save their energy until further sources were found. The blast dislodged some of the rock face above the Ark, and the resulting collapse knocked Optimus Prime's body into the path of the beam. The Autobots lived again. Screencap from transformers tv show This work is copyrighted. ... Screencap from transformers tv show This work is copyrighted. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Teletran I Teletran I is the name of the Autobots computer on board the Ark in the series Transformers Generation One. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ...


Although the Ark was severely damaged in the crash, preparations were made to launch it again following the apparent destruction of the Decepticons. When the ship was nearly ready, the Decepticons re-emerged, prompting the Autobots to stay on Earth, using the buried hulk of the Ark as their base of operations. Following the construction of Autobot City in the early twenty-first century, the Ark shared duties as the home base for the Earthbound Autobots, but it's clear that Autobot City was regarded as the bigger threat to the Decepticons. In 2006, the Ark was destroyed by Trypticon. Autobot City is a city in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Trypticon (Dinozaurer in Japan) is a fictional character in the Transformers toyline. ...


Marvel Comics

Cybertron, having become a rogue planet, was headed into the path of the asteroid belt. Optimus Prime led a specially selected group of Autobots on board the Ark to clear a path through the asteroids so that the planet could pass safely. The Ark was specially constructed for this mission. The Autobots successfully cleared a path for Cybertron, but were attacked by the Decepticons, and were too low in energy after clearing the asteroids to fight back effectively. Prime instead chose to order the Ark to crash into what was then the lifeless third planet in our solar system. The spaceship crashed into what is today called Mount St. Hilary, where the Autobots and Decepticons on the Ark lay dormant for four million years, until in 1984 the volcano erupted and activated the shipboard computer which then revived the Transformers on board. (Mount St. Hilary is fictional, although it was presumably modelled on the real-life Mount St. Helens, which erupted in 1980). A rogue planet is a planet that either has an extremely elongated orbit around its star so that it is not on the same orbital plane as the other planets in the system, or it is an interstellar planet, a planet that drifts freely through space and doesnt orbit... For details on the physical properties of bodies in the asteroid belt see Asteroid and Main-belt comet. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Major features of the Solar System (not to scale; from left to right): Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, the asteroid belt, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and its Moon, and Mars. ... For the mountain in California see Mount Saint Helena. Mount St. ...


The Autobots then used the Ark as their base on Earth until, under the command of Grimlock, the Ark was repaired and launched back into space. It served as the Autobot's base until the battle against Unicron, when Grimlock drove it into the Chaos-Bringer's head. The craft was repaired and stolen by Shockwave and Starscream. However, they had a few stowaways: Megatron, Ratchet and Galvatron from an alternate future. In the ensuing fight, a stray shot hit the highly volatile nucleon stored on the ship causing a massive explosion, forcing it to once again, crash into the Earth; this time somewhere in northern Canada. Grimlock is the name of three fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universes and toyline. ... Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes, usually belonging to the Decepticons. ... Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ...


The specific design of the Ark changes throughout the run of the Marvel series, the variation usually attributed to different artists' ideas of what it should look like. However, the Ark always maintained a thickened, spade-like shape with three or more massive, circular engine ports.


Generation 2

The Ark was repaired and relaunched with Megatron at the helm. This time Spike Witwicky and Sky Dive stowed away before the launch. Spike merged with Fortress Maximus who had been stored in the Ark during Spike’s absence, and in the ensuing fight with Megatron, Maximus threw himself into the anti-matter conversion chamber, causing the ship to explode. Both Megatron and Sky Dive escaped. The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... Fortress Maximus Fortress Maximus is a fictional character from several of the Transformers series. ...


Dreamwave Productions

The Ark (left) and the Nemesis (right).

In the Dreamwave comics it is assumed that the Ark's history is roughly similar to that of the animated version, crashing on Earth with Optimus Prime, Megatron and their forces on board. After the defeat of the Decepticons a second Ark vessel was built, with the Autobots, the captive Decepticons and several human representatives on board. It was destroyed by rogue elements of the military being indirectly manipulated by Shockwave. The original Ark was destroyed when the Autobots Ratchet and Brawn set it to self destruct when it was attacked by Bruticus. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. ... Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes, usually belonging to the Decepticons. ... Ratchet is the name of several characters in the Transformers universes. ... Brawn is not to be confused with X-Brawn, a very similar character from Transformers: Robots in Disguise. ... The Combaticons toy packaging art The Combaticons (known as the Combatrons in Japan) are a group of Decepticon military vehicles in the assorted fictional universes of the Transformers. ...


The Ark II

A second Ark ship appeared in Dreamwave's G1 backstory. Following a mass defeat of the Decepticons, all the Transformers were to return to Cybertron on the newly-constructed Ark II, but when it was launched, it promptly exploded, as a result of Shockwave's machinations. A group of seven human ambassadors known as the Magnificent Seven (including Sparkplug Witwicky) were casualties of the explosion. Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes, usually belonging to the Decepticons. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ...


IDW Publishing

Although the Transformers Comics by IDW Publishing would discard the traditional story of the Ark crashlanding on Earth with the deactivated Autobots and Decepticons inside in favour of having both sides already having infiltration units on Earth, the Ark would still appear. Here it was not the name of one ship, but a series of them, with Ark-19 being the name of Prowl's ship and Ark-27 being the ship Optimus Prime takes to Earth. Also the Spotlight issue on Nightbeat reveals the ancestry of the name. The original Ark was a vessel launched to try and chart space around Cybertron. It disappeared with all hands. Spotlight: Galvatron revealed it had actually been investigating an anomaly believed to lead to a dark mirror of the Matrix; Galvatron flew it into this anomaly and the crew were "claimed" by the Dead Universe. IDW Publishing (a division of Idea and Design Works) is an American comic book company. ... Prowl is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Nightbeat is the name of several characters in the various Transformers universes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


IDW Publishing also published a design collection titled The Ark. This 208 page book features the animation models from the original 1980s cartoon and was created by Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster.


Beast Wars

Ark toy from the Transformers: Titanium line.

The Beast Wars series, taking place in prehistoric Earth, references the Ark towards the end of the series. The Predacon Megatron discovers it, and hijacks Teletraan I using access codes he found on a Golden Disk, left behind by the original Decepticon Megatron. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Megatron is a fictional character, and the main antagonist, from the Beast Wars and Beast Machines animated series and toy lines, part of the Transformers multiverse. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ...


Blackarachnia (To Silverbolt): "Oh, it's no legend, Jo-Jo. Eons before Maximal or Predacon even existed, your ancestors, the Autobots, launched this ship containing their finest heroes. It was attacked by Decepticons and crashed here on Earth. When it (the volcano the Ark was lying in) explodes in 1984, our ancestors will awaken and start the Great War. " Blackarachnia (Black Widow in Japan) is a fictional Transformer character from Beast Wars, Beast Machines,Transformers: Universe and the upcoming Transformers: Animated // Originally, this character was intended to be a quick retool the Tarantulas toy, but animators ended up giving Blackarachnia a very feminine design, said to have been inspired... Silverbolt is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ...


While Megatron's ancestors, the Decepticons, and those of the Maximals, the Autobots, slept in stasis lock, he fired his weapon upon the face of Optimus Prime, disrupting the time flow in the universe. The Maximals foiled his plan, by placing the spark of Prime within Optimus Primal, once again changing his body. Repairs were made on Prime, and the Maximals used the Ark as their own base, both to safeguard the Transformers within from Megatron, and because their own ship had recently been lost. However, Megatron later penetrated the Ark once more, absorbing the spark of his ancestor just before mutating into his dragon form. Maximals are a faction in the Transformers toyline by Hasbro and the accompanying animated television series Beast Wars. ... Optimus Primal (Convoy, later Beast Convoy to differentiate him from the original Convoy, Blackjack in some European markets) is a fictional character from the Transformers toyline, and the leader of the Maximal forces and the main protagonist in the Beast Wars television series. ...


The Ark was nearly destroyed again by Megatron when he discovered and reactivated the Nemesis. The Maximals were able to activate (with the help of Dinobot II on the Nemesis) a shuttle found on board (that according to Blackarachnia, "The history records never mentioned a shuttle!" with Rhinox replying "History's still being made!"), and used it to both stop the Nemesis and return home, after re-sealing the cave. They also returned the spark of the original Megatron to its rightful place. Dinobot is a Transformer from the fictional Beast Wars Transformers universe. ...


The Ark would remain until its emergence in 1984.


Transformers: Cybertron (2005-2006)

Primus' power merged the four Cybertronian ships: Atlantis, Ogygia, Lumeria and Hyperborea into an ancient ship of legend. It is used by a reawakened Primus to destroy the black hole. This ship was known as Noah in the Japanese Galaxy Force version of the show and the Ark in the English version.


2007 Movie

The Ark would reappear in Transformers fiction in Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday, the prequel novel to the 2007 live-action film. Here, it was the vessel bearing Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Bumblebee, Ratchet and Jazz in their search for the Allspark. It is described as being spherical in shape, and is weapons systems and shields are superior to its Decepticon counterparts. Transformers is a 2007 live action film directed by Michael Bay and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, based on the Transformers franchise. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... Ironhide is the name of five different characters in the Transformers universes. ... Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ... Ratchet is the name of several characters in the Transformers universes. ... Jazz is a fictional character Transformer who has appeared in multiple toy lines and series. ...


Transformers: Animated

The ARK makes a return for the 2008 Cartoon Network TV Series. The Decepticon Ship Nemesis is much bigger and powerful in this series.


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