Models and representations have always been cornerstones of engineering, systems engineering included. Regrettably, rather than bringing clarity, the rise of model-based systems engineering (and some would argue the rediscovery of systems models) has brought increased confusion and conflict regarding models and representations. At this critical juncture for our profession, the tensions between competing factions and the dogmatic pursuit of standardization threaten to distract us from the model-based path into the morass of diagram-based systems engineering. Given the inherent breadth of systems engineering as we work across problem domains and connect stakeholders and technical experts, we require the richest representation set possible. Rather than engaging in religious wars reminiscent of software language battles of the past, we must seek to continuously seek to expand our engineering toolkit to better understand, analyze, and communicate. And we must seek to integrate these seemingly diverse representations as perspectives of an underlying systems model rather than as distinct products and endpoints themselves. For MBSE to deliver on its promises, the visualization of the problem and solution domain must be derived from the model and the model enriched through additions to the representations. Surveying the multitude of system representations available “SysML and traditional, logical and physical, contextual and technical, systems and beyond” we will attempt to connect a diverse set of representations to each other and, most importantly, to the common underlying model. Each representation has not only specific content but also specific strengths, analytical and communicative. These strengths drive preferred contexts and scenarios for using these representations as part of a continuum of perspectives on the systems model. Leveraging these strengths, we will describe the constructive role these representations can play in a customizable, coherent, and powerful toolkit to address the systems challenges of today.