I remember hearing about a line in MTMTE regarding the Amica and Conjunx bonds, and now I'm curious: can one go from Amica to Conjunx, or vice versa? Can you even sever the bonds at all?
On other planets, yes, you can go from Amica to Conjunx. On “some colonies” according to Nautica (not Caminus), you actually have to be Amica before you can “move up” to being Conjunx. On Cybertron, on the other hand, it’s the other way around: you have to actively rule out the possibility of becoming Conjunx (Conjuxes? Conjuges?) before you can perform the Amica rites. “It can make for a very bittersweet ceremony,” says Rewind.
It is possible to sever the bonds, at least among Amica - Skids once had an Amica named “Chopper” but split up with him. On Caminus, they call splitting up the “platonic severence,” but on that planet, it’s extraordinarily frowned upon and an considered the worst insult you can subject someone to.
Things that I think some people forget are canon in the IDW universe, or think are just fanon
The usage of “frag”, “slag”, and “scrap” as cuss words
Lovers (conjunx endurae) being called “sparkmates”
Queer-platonic relationships (amica endurae)
While Megatron and Optimus are seen as very old, they are not. Megatron is five million years old, and OP stated that Megatron is a little older than him. Bots older than them include but are certainly not limited to: Rung, Whirl, Ironhide, Kup, Ratchet, Cyclonus, Tailgate, Rewind, Red Alert and Minimus Ambus/Ultra Magnus
Starscream was a representative in the Senate
Camiens laud those who have carried the Matrix as gods; they would view Rodimus just as they do Optimus
Young Cybertronians being called “sparklings”
Rodimus spent three days trying to program his holomatter avatar to have a sweatband
Before becoming Optimus Prime, Orion Pax was close friends with Megatron. He read and quoted Megatron’s Towards Peace and was even unsure if he was on “the right side”
Whirl likes French films
Rodimus is 4.2 million years old - only 800k years younger than Megatron
Mecha from Caminus have different spark frequencies than that of normal Cybertronians, causing their energon to be blue rather than pink
Megatron and Impactor worked together in the mines and were best friends
Cyclonus was on the Ark-1
Alcoholic beverages (engex)
Rodimus, Whirl, Skids, Swerve, Tailgate, and Ultra Magnus have all customized their holomatter avatars
Soundwave and Drift both grew up in the gutters of Rodion and were taken in by Megatron
There’s a mech on the Lost Light named Toaster, who turns into a toaster
Whirl was alt-mode exempt and a watchmaker of sorts. After the Empurata procedure, he changed his name (Whirl was not his original name), frame, and started hanging out in Rodion’s gutters, where Drift and Soundwave lived. He then became a prison guard and beat up Megatron, causing the latter to be pushed over the edge and start the war
Nautica is the exact picture of Pipes’ Dream Conjunx, but he died before getting the chance to meet her
Rodimus, formerly Hot Rod, grew up in the streets of Nyon and took care of other homeless people, and was approached directly by Megatron, who was hoping to recruit
Before becoming Rodimus, Hot Rod was about Rung’s size
Certain Decepticons in high standing with Megatron had special ceremonies performed by one of the Warriors Elite or Megatron himself in which the chosen Decepticon would have a piece of their spark casing removed and forged into their Badge
On both sides of the war, some mecha had real, physical badges, while others were simply painted on
Megatron is a forged spark in a cold-constructed body
Shockwave was a senator, and ran an academy for outliers (which Skids, Trailbreaker/Trailcutter, and Damus/Glitch, who would later become Tarn). He and Orion Pax (who was later to become Optimus Prime) were close friends
Mecha saying “I could hug you!”
Drift is filthy rich for a reason undisclosed
Rodimus and Swerve are both religious, just not obnoxiously so
Orion Pax had his insides rearranged by Shockwave’s techs to make a hole in his chassis - unbeknownst to him, Shockwave was doing this to MANY mechs to make it possible for them to carry the Matrix of Leadership. Had it not been for the hole created by Shockwave, Orion Pax would have never been able to become Optimus Prime
Even then, it hurt Orion Pax when the Matrix bonded with him and made him into Optimus Prime - when the Matrix bonded with Hot Rod and made him into Rodimus Prime, it felt good and right
Even by Cybertronian standards, Prowl is considered “heavy”
Chromedome was still able to lift him over his head and throw him off a cliff
Rodimus (Hot Rod at the time) broke into Styx, one of the most high-security Decepticon-owned prisons to ever exist, to break out Dealer, a former member of his unit (who then promptly betrayed him)
Chromedome and Brainstorm worked for The Institute, which was responsible for mind-wiping, Shadowplay, and Empurata
Drift joined the Decepticons at the very beginning of the war and only became an Autobot near the tail end of the war, less than a century before its close (He became an Autobot after meeting Wing, and then pretty quickly became a Wrecker and went to Earth in a time period likely to be the 80s or 90s). For nearly all of the 4 million years the war went on, he was Deadlock, amongst the most horrifying Decepticons out there, and was favored by Megatron enough that the warlord sent his most notorious bounty hunter out to go find him even after Deadlock had betrayed his superior officer’s orders and went rogue
Megatron never got an Autobot badge of his own; he still wears Bumblebee’s
So I was talking with a friend and the subject of being spark bonded versus being conjunx came up. Are they the same thing or are they different?
“Spark bond” in that context is actually a fan-term, believe it or not! Outside of actual human words like “girlfriend” (used by Orion Pax to describe Ariel in “War Dawn”) there were two terms that official media used to describe characters being “in a relationship” prior to IDW’s introduction of “Conjunx Endura.”
First was was “sparkmates,” which was also originally a fan-coined term, but later used in - are you ready for this? - Airazor’s text ending screen for the Beast Wars Transmetals video game. She and Tigatron weren’t married in any sense we saw, though, so it’s more of a broad term that means “romantic partner,” while “Conjunx Endura” is an actual spouse. Brainstorm also used “sparkmate” to describe Chromedome and Rewind’s relationship in IDW.
And the second was “lifebond partners,” used in Cybertron Downshift’s bio to describe his search for a missing love. The implied life-long commitment makes this one sound more like a spouse.
idw transformers 2013:
hey we have a new concept for transformers its called.......*whispers* conjunx endura............
idw transformers 2017:
we're making robot marriage a staple of this fucking comic franchise and hasbros not stopping us. get on the love train shitbags, we're inserting the existence of conjunxes and amicas as many times as we can before we run out of script.