There's been a lot of talk lately over whether or not Pluto gets to stay a planet. The latest proposal
under consideration would not only allow it to stay a planet, but would add three new planets to our solar system, and possibly bunches more.
That's all well and good, but what I
really want to know is, does Cybertron
get to keep its
According to the definition being proposed, apparently not! One of the requirements of being a planet is that you have to be orbiting a star, and ol' Cybertron has lost its a long long time ago. Thus, Cybertron would not be a planet, but a big round chunk o' metal in space. Poor Cybertron!
This does not mean it can't improve its lot, though! Most variations of Transformers canon have planetary (or now, round-chunk-o'-metal-tary) thrusters included sooner or later, so it's not hard to imagine the Transformers eventually parking the thing around some star some day. Good source of energon, too, and hell, Cybertron almost ent up as part of our
solar system not once, but twice in the cartoon! In fact, since American G1 cartoon continuity ends with Rebirth, those who decide not to move on to Beast Wars can quite cheerfully just move Cybertron back a bit, otherwise leave it around Sol, and be done with it. Instant planet status!
Unicron, however, is in quite a mess. His wandering, gypsy ways means that he can never regain the "planet" classification. On the up side, the new definition means a decidedly larger array of potential snacking material for the planet-eating spheroid (numnumnum!).
As you all should know by now, I've never much cared for the Primus origin for Transformers, instead preferring the goods-to-be-sold origin. For those who complain that it's more mundane, that's the point! From the perspective of my own species, I think humans and their accomplishments seem so much cooler when seen from the perspective of beings that are descended from amoebas, rather than a species plopped on this Earth fully formed and already having their full array of abilities. Same thing applies to fictional species. A species created as a product and began existence as slaves but had to overcome that just strikes me as a lot more interesting than a random god just waved their god-wand and *poof!* Instant transforming robots (that, for some reason, have driver's cabs and cockpits).
But I digress.
What I'm saying is, although I don't like the Primus origin and will never use it for any ficverse I might have (assuming, for a moment, that I will one day get unlazy enough to write fic), for some reason I'm now getting a very silly mental image of Cybertron finding a nice, new solar neighborhood, settling down in a proper orbit around a respectable star... just so Primus can point and laugh at Unicron because Primus gets to be a planet and Unicron does not!
"Ha ha! Not a planet, not a planet!"
This, of course, would backfire because in order for Primus to point and laugh, he'd have to transform, and once he transforms, he stops being round and therefore FAILS at planethood himself. D'oh!