Carly Witwicky

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Carly Witwicky
Transformers character
Carlywitwicky.jpg
Carly as she appears in the original series.
First appearance "The Immobilizer"
Last appearance "Nightmare Planet"
Portrayed by Arlene Banas (English), Kazue Komiya (Japanese)
Information
Species Human
Gender Female
Occupation Housewife
Family Spike/Buster Witwicky (husband), Daniel Witwicky (son), Sparkplug Witwicky (father-in-law)
Spouse(s) Spike Witwicky (cartoon)
Buster Witwicky (Lost Treasure of Cybertron)
Religion Unknown
Nationality American

Carly Witwicky is a human ally of the Autobots in the Transformers universe. Within the context of Transformers, Carly attended MIT and has a gift for chemistry and electronics. She is Spike Witwicky's girlfriend in the cartoon and is Buster Witwicky's girlfriend in the Marvel comic book series. In most universes, she later marries her beau and eventually gives birth to Daniel.

Animated series[edit]

The Transformers[edit]

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.

Transformers: Scramble City[edit]

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.

Transformers: The Headmasters[edit]

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.

Transformers Animated[edit]

Carly Witwicky has appeared in Transformers: Animated voiced by Tara Strong as Spike's wife and as the mother of Daniel and Nancy. 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.

Comics[edit]

Manga[edit]

In the Headmasters Manga, 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.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Note: Stories from the U.K. Transformers series are in italics.

While watching the movie A Kiss for Us at the Community Drive-In, Jessie and Buster were making out in his car when it was rear-ended by a mysterious Volkswagen Beetle (Bumblebee). During the following Decepticon attack, Buster told Jessie and "O" to find help, while he drove away in the Bug. Buster was unreachable for some time, which worried Jessie and "O", but while walking about, listening to the Dazzler on their stereo, Buster returned with Bumblebee and explained that he had been caught up in the Autobot/Decepticon war. Buster and Bumblebee drove away before his friends could process this incredible information.

Tragically, Buster's father, Sparkplug Witwicky was kidnapped by the evil Decepticons, forcing Buster further into the conflict. As he drove away inside Optimus Prime to rescue his father, Jessie was starstruck by his bravery, though she was terrified for his safety. She knew that he was sensitive, but she had not realized that he was so brave! She futilely tried to escape her worries by retreating to her ballet class, but as they watched their neighbors pack up and leave town, even there, the Transformers conflict was made evident. She wondered if she would ever see Buster again.

After Sparkplug's heart attack, "O" and Jessie came to visit Buster in his father's autorepair shop. Buster was understandably cross, but his friends made matters worse when they indirectly suggested that autorepair is an easy skill to pick up. Enraged on behalf of his father's profession, Buster shooed his friends out of the garage. After a period of not talking to Buster at school, Jessie surprised Buster by asking him if he would accompany her on a bike ride to the falls. Though she avoided the subject of their recent fight, when her bike's chain suddenly broke, she had no choice but to bring up the subject. She apologized.

Her apology was interrupted by Buster's father, Bumblebee, and Bluestreak, of which the latter two were curious about Buster and Jessie's romantic display. They were further interrupted by an attack from both Laserbeak, who had been spying on them, and later the newly built Decepticon, Jetfire. Buster stopped the attack by revealing that he had been in possession of the Autobot Creation Matrix for some time, and he used it to disassemble Jetfire dramatically before their eyes.

Seeking revenge on Buster for humiliating him, Shockwave ordered Soundwave to kill the boy. In the wake of Buster's returning the Creation Matrix to Optimus Prime, the Matrix-induced nightmares that remained began to take their toll on Buster and Jessie's relationship, a problem that Sparkplug hoped would be resolved by a trip to the local demolition derby. Soundwave and the Constructicons arrived in the middle of the derby, and when the Constructicons combined into Devastator, Buster grabbed his head and screamed. As he collapsed in Jessie's arms, she cried, assuming the worst. Cradling his limp body, she angrily guarded him as Soundwave advanced. But before Soundwave could complete the assassination, his sensors detected within Buster's Matrix-enhanced brain lay the keys to the future of the Transformers race. He abruptly called for a retreat. Jessie loaded Buster, who was now awake, but delirious, into Ratchet, and they hurried back to the Ark.

Once Sparkplug, Jessie, and her boyfriend arrived, Optimus Prime decided that the only way to get to the bottom of Buster's visions of a second generation of Transformers was for him to monitor Buster's dreams as they both slumbered. When Buster and Optimus woke up, excitedly (and in unison) proclaiming the imminent arrival of the Special Teams, Buster began talking nonsense about Superion, Menasor, and other creatures. Regardless, he was smiling again, so Jessie and Sparkplug were relieved all the same.

Jessie was almost brainwashed into serving the Decepticons by a Car Wash of Doom, but Buster managed to get her out of the highly suggestible state of mind she was in, thereby killing any chance he had of getting further than second base with her. The humans of Earth thank Buster for his sacrifice.

Later, while Buster was being held captive by Decepticons, Jessie visited Sparkplug at his house. Blaster arrived in an egg transport seeking help spying on the Decepticons at Club Con and possibly rescuing Buster. It was agreed that Jessie would blend into the crowd at Club Con better than Sparkplug, so she and Blaster visited the place as tourists. While snorkeling, Jessie discovered an underwater entrance to the island used by the Seacons. She sneaked in with Blaster, even though he objected.

Inside, they found Buster chained to the wall. Buster told them what Decepticons were up to, but the room was too small for Blaster to transform and cut the chain, so they had to leave him behind. Against Blaster's advice, Jessie sneaked into a Decepticon meeting and stole Raindance and Grand Slam. The theft was soon discovered, and Ratbat sent the Seacons to the beach in pursuit. Blaster transformed to protect the tourists. The battle was going badly, so Blaster spit the mini-cassettes into the ocean to lure the Seacons away.

Blaster transformed again and the two were able to blend into the crowd once more. Jessie apologized for messing things up, but Blaster told her she was a big help in finding out important info. Plus, she was able to get a tan, so the mission wasn't a total waste of her time. Thrust and Vortex gave the tourists a ride home while Starscream apologized for the disruption.

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.

Carly and Spike were stationed on Nebulos in 2012. Carly turned out to meet Pyro's team when they arrived from Earth to investigate Hi-Q's disappearance in "A Flash Forward, Part 3".

IDW Publishing[edit]

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.

Books[edit]

Carly Spencer appears in the book Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The Junior Novel.

Jessie was featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Earthquake by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel.[1]

Carly appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books. In this version, she was the wife of Buster and mother of Daniel.

Shattered Glass[edit]

In the Shattered Glass universe, Jesse is an evil mirror-verse version of the Generation 1 character. In Transhuman, Jesse was among the students at Butch's school being terrorized by Butch Witwicky and the Autobot Tailgate, only to be saved by the Emulator.

Film[edit]

Carly Spencer
Transformers character
CarlySpencerDarkoftheMoon.jpg
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
Information
Species Human
Gender Female
Occupation Ally to the Autobots
Worker at Acuretta Systems (temporary)
Significant other(s) Sam Witwicky
Relatives Unnamed brother (possibly deceased)
Aron Brooks (grandfather)
Carla Spencer (grandmother)
Nationality British

In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Carly Spencer, depicted as British due to her portrayal by British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is Sam's girlfriend, with whom he lives. 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, who reveals himself to be the SLS in disguise, 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.

Reception[edit]

In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would become the new female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released 29 June 2011, replacing Megan Fox.[2] She had previously worked with the film's director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria's Secret commercial.[3] MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the 'Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011'.[4] Prior to the film's release, she won the "Female Star of Tomorrow" award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards.[5] Critics were highly critical of the acting of Huntington-Whiteley and co-star Shia LaBeouf. Peter Travers stated the two "couldn't be duller."[6] Jason Solomons of The Observer wrote that "we're first introduced to Rosie via a close-up of her bum, segueing straight from the film's opening sequence and titles on to the pert buttocks and underwear of our heroine," and that Huntington-Whiteley's English posh girl accent "renders her practically unintelligible when surrounded by American accents and falling masonry."[7] Much of the criticism towards Rosie Huntington-Whiteley compared her in an unfavorable light to Megan Fox. Lou Lumenick said that her "'acting' makes...Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep in comparison."[8] Baz Bamigboye gave his review of the film the title 'Come back Megan Fox, all is forgiven...'.[9] In a positive review, Drew McWeeny of HitFix said, "She reminds me of Cameron Diaz in The Mask, an actress who doesn't really show off any range, but who gives a natural, winning performance and who is up to the challenge of this particular picture."[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find Your Fate Junior - The Transformers". Gamebooks.org. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley To Replace Megan Fox In". MTV. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "On the Set: Michael Bay Prepares the New Model 'Transformers'" 1 May 2011, Michael Bay web site
  4. ^ Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Cantor, Paul (1 April 2011). "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Wins "Female Star of Tomorrow" At CinemaCon". Complex. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Travers, Peter (29 June 2011). "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media, LLC. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Solomons, Jason (2 July 2011). "Transformers: Dark of the Moon – review". The Observer (London). Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Lumenick, Lou (29 June 2011). "Total bomb!". New York Post (News Corporation). Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (27 June 2011). "Come back Megan Fox, all is forgiven...". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Review: 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' wraps up with the best of the franchise