Carly Witwicky is the name of a fictional character in Transformers universe. Usually portrayed as the love-interest of the main protagonist (primary Spike Witwicky), she is one of few character in the Transformers franchise that has not had her name applied to an unrelated character. In the Transformers live-action films, the character's role in the story was altered and she was retconned into two characters, Mikaela Banes (who appears in Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Carly Spencer (who appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon).
Transformers: Generation 1
Carly as she appears in the original series.
|First appearance||"The Immobilizer"|
|Last appearance||"Nightmare Planet"|
|Portrayed by||Arlene Banas (English), Kazue Komiya (Japanese)|
|Family||Spike Witwicky (husband), Daniel Witwicky (son), Sparkplug Witwicky (father-in-law)|
The issue "Pretender to the Throne!" briefly introduces us to Carla, a secretary at Alternate Reality, Inc. While Ethan Zachary was trying to restore Optimus Prime's understanding of reality, Carla entered his office to hand him the day's newspaper and to announce she was clocking out. Carla somewhst resembled Carly Witwicky from the animated series. Carla never appeared in any of the Marvel Comics after that, but she and Spike appearently had a son named Daniel just like in the animated series, who was presumably conceived the same way. The comic is known for introducing the more prominent Jessie, the love-intrest of Buster Witwicky, the younger brother of Spike.
Carly first met Spike Witwicky and Bumblebee at the Robots Video Arcade, though she was more interested in the Autobot than Spike, much to his disgust. Sometime later, she encountered Ironhide, who was standing guard during the test of Wheeljack's Immobilizer. She blamed herself for the device's capture by the Decepticons, and after Ironhide took her on a tour of Autobot Headquarters, she went on a solo mission to retrieve it and was promptly captured. After Ironhide, Bumblebee and Spike rescued her, she was able to put her MIT studies to use and reverse the Immobilizer's operation, ensuring an Autobot victory. Back at base, she accepted Spike's offer of a date, despite the obvious age difference.
After a stop at a fun park, Carly, Spike and Bumblebee picked up Sparkplug at an airport, only to discover the Decepticons were using the location as a secret base. The Dinobots were called in, but became critically injured during the battle. The three humans returned to headquarters, where the Dinobots decided to desert the Autobot cause. When the Autobots themselves later became crippled by the levels of Cybertonium deteriorating in their systems, Carly realised that the Dinobots would still be functioning, and the trio of humans were able to persuade the Dinobots to help by intercepting a Decepticon shipment of the mineral. Unfortunately Grimlock instead led his troops to Cybertron, and Carly and Spike were forced to follow them there.
Carly's technical know-how once again proved useful as she, Spike and the Dinobots outwitted Shockwave. She also undid some Decepticon cross-circuiting of the Dinobots, and helped the Dinobots and Spike steal some Cybertonium. She was very impressed with Cybertron's design and layout, and even watched a cybertronic history disc from a neglected machine. Unfortunately, the trip had several drawbacks; among them, Shockwave disintegrated her car (Decepticreep!), and she twisted her ankle. However, after the Cybertonium mission was completed, some good came of it all — Optimus Prime gave both Carly and Spike the title of honorary Autobots.
The pair took Blaster along with them to a rock concert, however Blaster's transmission of the concert to the other Autobots caused them to miss a distress signal, resulting in the theft of the Voltronic Galaxer. Carly and Spike started searching the globe in Powerglide, however Megatron used the missing device to jam Earth's radio signals. Carly used her technical knowhow to track the signal to the Moon, and she and Spike accompanied Powerglide and Optimus there in Omega Supreme, though the two humans couldn't do much more than be a cheering squad.
Out driving in Hoist, Spike and Carly stumbled on a film shoot. After Hoist rescued some stuntmen, he was invited to be part of the movie, while Spike and Carly got free passes to the studio. The duo went to watch the filming, and were dismayed as the other Autobots also attempted to get in on the act, but their time was soon occupied in preventing the Decepticons from getting their hands on a film reel. They were chased through the backlot by Megatron, until a cunning ruse by Hoist involving dropping the pair into a vat of "lava" fooled the Decepticons into thinking the film reel had been destroyed. Later, Spike, Carly and Sparkplug got all dressed up to watch Perceptor get presented with a prestigious award for his invention of corrostop.
By the year 2006, she and Spike, who had become Earth's ambassador to Cybertron, had married and had a son, Daniel. The family attended the first Galactic Olympics together, from which Spike was abducted by the Quintessons, along with Ultra Magnus and Kup. The Witwickys attended a diplomatic event on Cybertron, during which Daniel wandered off with Grimlock. It was a while before Carly noticed her son was missing, and insisted on joining in the search. The Autobots followed the trail to a secret Quintesson room with portals leading to prison dimensions. Carly and the Autobots traveled to Menonia in search of Daniel and Grimlock. Carly was able to find a piece of Daniel's tuxedo and, with the aid of Steeljaw and Ramhorn, tracked down the boy himself. After defeating the Quintesson who'd been exiled to Menonia, the Autobots and the two humans returned to Cybertron. When Daniel started having bad dreams, Spike and Carly asked Rodimus to help the boy overcome them.
In Transformers: Scramble City, by the late 1980s, the Autobots began work on a mobile battle fortress dubbed "Scramble City", and began construction of the massive structure in a subterranean cavern. Carly helped the Autobots work on the project, and was seen twiddling knobs and consulting some paperwork.
As seen in Transformers: The Headmasters, Carly became a housewife by the year 2011 and lived in the Autobot base on the planet Athenia. After Spike was injured, she took care of him. Thus when the Decepticons sent a metal-warping meteor towards the planet, neither she nor Spike was able to go and deal with it, so Daniel went instead.
Daniel cut short a meal with his mother so he could go and check on some seeds he brought back from Earth. When it turned out to be a deadly buridanka, she sat uselessly in on the discussion about it. When Daniel and Spike ran into Decepticon trouble on Mars, she pointedly wondered aloud why Fortress Maximus wasn't bothering to do anything yet. Carly attended a meeting about a distress call from the planet Sandra. She was in favor of providing help, and assisted Arcee in contacting Ultra Magnus on Earth to see if there was energy to spare.
She and Daniel traveled to Earth with Spike when her husband decided to try and negotiate with the Decepticons. The pair were held hostage during the negotiations. When Galvatron insisted on Daniel remaining on Earth while Spike worked on Athenia, Carly volunteered to stay on Earth to look after the boy. As it turned out she didn't have to, as Galvatron turned out to be Sixshot in disguise, and she and Daniel were swiftly rescued by the Headmasters. Apparently she didn't mind Daniel running off to go into space to hunt Decepticons with the Autobots.
She attended Ultra Magnus's funeral. She worried over Spike when he was injured during a Decepticon attack. Luckily Fortress was able to use his telekinesis to help Spike, and the family was tearfully reunited. While Daniel asked if he could go to planet Master, Carly poured tea and suggested he stay on Athenia so she wouldn't have to worry about him. Then Spike totally said Daniel could go anyway. While on the alien planet of Daira, a space ration reminded Daniel of when his mother made it for him.
When the Decepticons began attacking locations around the world, Spike and Carly headed for Santiago on a plane, only for it to crash in the Andes Mountains. Carly ended up down a crevasse and promptly fainted, necessitating her rescue by Daniel, who carried her out on his back. Restricted to a stretcher, Carly returned to America on the Queen World, where Spike said he'd look after her so that Daniel could go take part in the fight against the Decepticons. Following the Decepticons' defeat, Carly, Spike and Daniel turned out to farewell the Autobots, who were following the Decepticons into space.
Either Carly or Jessie appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.
Carly was strolling the beach with her family and Autobot friends shortly after the defeat of Mega Zarak. After Soundblaster attacked, Carly was taken hostage by Slugfest and Overkill until she was rescued by Daniel.
In 2002, Carly was a brunette. She was back to her natural blonde locks when Bumblebee arrived at the Witwicky household to talk to Spike. When Daniel asked who the yellow car was, Carly, not wishing to reveal to her son the family's history with the Transformers, merely replied that it was his father's best friend.
Transformers film series
Mikaela Banes in Transformers.
|Last appearance||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen|
|Portrayed by||Megan Fox|
Ally to the Autobots
|Significant other(s)||Sam Witwicky|
|Relatives||Cal Banes (father)|
In the first two Transformers films, Mikaela Banes, portrayed by Megan Fox, is Sam Witwicky's first love-interest. Differentiated from "typical" women in her age group, she has inherited mechanical skills from her father, Cal, a grease monkey and paroled car thief.
Mikaela was present shortly after the battle at Mission City in Transformers: Alliance #1 (December 2008) by IDW Publishing.
In Transformers, Mikaela is initially the girlfriend of football player Trent; however, she soon ditches him because of his snobbish attitude and because he treats her like a trophy wife. Sam offers her a ride home, as he has a crush on her, and Mikaela accepts Sam's offer. She inspects Sam's broken-down 1976 Chevrolet Camaro (nicknamed Bumblebee) in an empty lovers lane and is astonished at the various modifications present in the engine bay. Unfortunately, the visuals of the actual engine under the hood show a discontinuity error on the part of the filmmakers: the shot shows that Bumblebee has a Kinsler crossram fuel injection intake manifold, as her character discusses a double-pumper carburetor. She also surprises Sam with her knowledge about cars which he finds more attractive than the popular shallow girl she acts like around others. When asked why she keeps her mechanical expertise a secret, she says, "guys don't like it when you know more about cars than they do." This scene is similar to Spike and Carly's first meeting in 1985, with Carly showing more interest in Bumblebee rather than in Spike. Mikaela criticizes the poor conditions of Bumblebee's vehicle mode, causing him to scan a passing 2007 Camaro Concept and transform into the same model. She fights in the Battle of Mission City, initially pulling the seriously injured Bumblebee out of battle, but is ultimately unable to leave them to fight alone. She tells Bumblebee that if he's willing to fight, she'll take him back in and navigate. He acquiesces and with her help, Bumblebee rejoins the battle and destroys Brawl. After the battle, she and Sam begin dating.
Mikaela returns in the 2009 sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, carrying on a long-distance relationship with Sam. As he goes off to college, Sam entrusts her with a fragment of the Allspark, which he found in the jacket he was wearing when he killed Megatron. Mikaela hides the fragment in a safe at her father's motorcycle repair shop, but she is followed by the Decepticon spy Wheelie, who is intent on recovering the fragment. She catches the spy and interrogates him. After going to inform Sam, Mikaela saves him from the Decepticon Pretender Alice (whom she kills and also found kissing Sam), only to be captured by Grindor and taken to the recently repaired Megatron. Rescued by Optimus Prime, Mikaela and everyone escape, and on the recommendation of Sam's roommate Leo, they seek help from a man who runs a robot conspiracy website. He is later revealed to be Agent Simmons. Simmons and Wheelie lead them to Jetfire, who uses a Space Bridge to transport the group to Egypt, where the Autobots and their allies battle the Decepticons and The Fallen. She is devastated when Sam apparently dies, but is ecstatic when he is revived and finally tells her he loves her. She survives the battle and returns home. Seen in the credits Sam kisses Mikaela goodbye as he returns to college.
Mikaela does not appear in the 2011 sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon due to Megan Fox being fired. Mikaela is said to have dumped Sam. She apparently left Wheelie and Brains with Sam in Washington, and both retorted, saying she was "mean" and that they did not like her, which contradicts the previous film where Wheelie worshiped her as his "Warrior Goddess". However, in said movie Mikaela injured Wheelie's eye and threatened to take out his other eye, so he could still have that grudge. Despite this, a photo of Mikaela appears on Sam's dresser.
In the novelization for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sam remembers being dumped by Mikaela, and fears the same will happen with his new girlfriend, Carly.
Mikaela made appearances in Transformers: The Game and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In both games, she is a non playable character. Rather, several "missions" in the game revolve around the Transformers reaching her and Sam to either save them or get their help.
Note: The information in italics occurs in the alternate storyline where Megatron won the battle for the Allspark.
Mikaela was a member of the Autobot resistance to the Decepticon takeover in Twilight's Last Gleaming, Part: 1 by Titan Magazines. She snuck into the Sector 7 page in an attempt to free the frozen Optimus Prime. In part 3, Bumblebee attempted to take on Megatron in the Sector 7 base as Mikaela attempted to free Optimus Prime, but she was attacked by Frenzy. In part 4 Mikaela frees Optimus Prime and freezes Frenzy just as Bumblebee gets some unexpected help fighting Megatron by the arrival of Elita One, Skyblast and Strongarm.
- Transformers Deluxe Longarm and Bumblebee Screen Battle: Final Stand (2007)
- Deluxe Longarm comes packaged in this mini-diorama with a legless version of Robot Replicas Bumblebee. Unlike the regular packaged version, this version of Longarm is decorated with "Mike's Towing" labels as seen on the film instead of "Orson's Towing." It also has a little driver figure of Mikaela inside.
- Transformers Deluxe Barricade with Frenzy Screen Battles: First Encounter (2007)
- A gift set packaged as a mini-diorama with Deluxe Barricade and figurines of Sam and Mikaela, along with an extra, non-poseable Frenzy figure.
- Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Autobot Skids with Arcee and Mikaela Banes (2009)
- A 2-inch action figure of Mikaela comes with Human Alliance Skids and a small, transformable Arcee figure.
- Transformers Human Alliance Shadow Blade Sideswipe with Mikaela Banes (2010)
|First appearance||"Transform and Roll Out!"|
|Last appearance||"Human Error, Part 2"|
|Portrayed by||Tara Strong (English), N/A (Japanese)|
|Occupation||Worker at Sumdac Systems (presumably).|
|Family||Spike Witwicky (husband), Daniel Witwicky (son), Nancy Witwicky (daughter), Sparkplug Witwicky (father-in-law; presumably)|
|Children||Daniel Witwicky, Nancy Witwicky|
Carly has appeared in Transformers: Animated as Spike's wife and as the mother of Daniel.
Carly, Spike, and Daniel first appear in "Transform and Roll Out" at a hot dog stand.
In the episode "Garbage In, Garbage Out", a man who look very much like Spike was trying to get a blond haired girl, who looked very much like Carly, to the hospital as she was in labor. The woman referred to him as "Spike".
At BotCon 2008, it was confirmed that this was indeed intended to be Spike and Carly and, since Daniel Witwicky had already been seen in the series too, Carly was in labor with her second or later child. According to the character's model sheet, her name in this continuity is spelled "Carlee".
Daniel was seen among a group of kids in "Sound and Fury". According to Sari, their parents work at Sumdac's company, which means Spike and Carly presumably work there.
A very different looking Carly appeared in "The Return of the Headmaster". The reason for her new look is possibly due to an animation error.
They are seen in "Human Error, Part 1", as part of Soundwave's virtual reality.
They are later seen in the next episode "Human Error, Part 2", with a young Daniel next to Spike and Carly holding their second child, Nancy, stood outside as the soundwave toys take over the city.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Carly Spencer as she appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
|First appearance||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Last appearance||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Portrayed by||Rosie Huntington-Whiteley|
|Occupation||Ally to the Autobots
Worker at Acuretta Systems (temporary)
|Significant other(s)||Sam Witwicky|
|Relatives||Aron Brooks (grandfather)
Carla Spencer (grandmother)
In "Rising Storm", Carly was working a career fair in Philadelphia when the Decepticons targeted Sam Witwicky and his Autobot friend Bumblebee for harboring their escaped "pet", Brains. As the place became a battlefield, Carly quickly proved capable of defending herself. Seeing that Sam was about to be killed by Space Case, Carly used a weapon attached to one of the fallen Transformers around her to fend off the Decepticon. After saving Sam, they realized that they had met before, albeit under less deadly conditions. Soon, the pair were saved from subsequent danger by the arrival of the rest of the Autobots. When Brains is welcomed into the Autobot ranks, Sam traded barbs with her to see how well she was taking this whole experience.
The two met after Mikaela dumped Sam and he got a Medal of Freedom for his heroism. Carly believes Sam's stories and is annoyed by Brains and Wheelie who live with them. Carly works for Dylan Gould as a curator and is given an expensive car, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, by him, making Sam jealous. Carly gets annoyed when Sam decides to work with Simmons on figuring out what the Decepticons are doing rather than going to Dylan's party with her and leaves angrily. She is shocked when it turns out that Dylan is a Decepticon collaborator and is taken hostage by him, Soundwave and Laserbeak to force Sam to cooperate. Sam launches a rescue mission for her and with the help of Bumblebee, rescues her and kills Laserbeak before using a shot-down drone to relay what she knew of the Decepticons' plans to NEST. During the battle, Carly travels with Sam and Epps' team to stop the plan and is attacked by Starscream who Sam kills. While Sam heads off to stop the space bridge, Carly convinces Megatron to help Optimus against Sentinel Prime, leading to the deaths of Megatron and Sentinel. Carly reunites with Sam after the battle and they admit they love each other.
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- review of Movie Scenes Final Stand on CollectionDX.com
- OAFE - Transformers Screen Battles: Final Stand review
- Seibertron.com - The Ultimate Transformers Resource
- The Arker.com - Human Alliance Autobot Skids
- TFW2005.com - Shadow Blade Sideswipe
- Michael Kelly (2011). Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Junior Novel. Ballantine Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0-316-18629-2.