The Transformers Prime version of Wheeljack gets compared to Drift a lot.
Is it unfounded? What would happen if they fought?
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So why the comparison?
Drift gets called a Mary Sue a lot (or more correctly, a Gary Stu). I haven’t read much of the comics featuring him, so I can’t comment too much on that, though from what I understand it was mostly outside the comics where he got built up as such.
In Wheeljack’s first appearance on Prime he was definitely a Gary Stu. How much of that episode was characters talking about how awesome Wheeljack was? A lot of it! And Wheeljack escaped capture by himself, doing it not only easily, but off screen. Add to that him being a badass loner with nothing to lose that blows off Optimus Prime because he wants to go roaming around the galaxy some more, and yes, Prime Wheeljack is a Gary Stu.
At least in his first appearance.
After that he’s in a couple of episodes and gets more character development, and he’s not so bad. He’s still not a proper Wheeljack, but he’s a lot less of a Gary Stu.
But really it’s probably because they’re both white sports cars and they both have swords.
Drift has a valid reason for using swords, though, as he’s sworn not to use guns.
Wheeljack uses swords because they’re cool.
Okay, so that’s a valid reason. :)
So, dear readers, who do you think would win the fight?