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Autobot Insignia
Universe Transformers Universe
Homeworld Cybertron
Average Height Variable
Diet Energy, Oil, Various Minerals (Energon is not food)
Sapience Level Sapient

The Autobots are both one of the primary factions of the legions of Cybertronians, and a faction of the Cybertronian race during the Grate War, at least to the extent that some have called them a subspecies.

Objectives Edit

They usually find themselves defending both their own race and other species against the Decepticons and upholding justice and freedom throughout the galaxy.


An Autobot

A generally heroic, honorable group, they tend to be dedicated to peace, and feel a need to protect other races from the Decepticons. As a result they are usually Transformers who change into non-combat oriented alternate modes such as domestic vehicles, cars, trucks, or rescue vehicles. This is not always the case, however, as their ranks certainly contain ne'er-do-wells, malcontents, and unsavory types, and the necessities of war have led many to adopt more combat-oriented alternate forms. While the Autobots have usually found themselves outnumbered by the Decepticons, the Autobots have always had home-field advantage, having not only the humans' military support, but also having more places to fall back on, while the Decepticons are entirely unwelcome on Earth. Autobots are often seen as the workforce of the Cybertronian race, performing the jobs that make civilized life possible. The Decepticons who joined Megatron in his quest were mostly from the militia.

Origins Edit

The origin of the Transformers species differs according to continuity, and not all continuities have given the race a specific stated origin at all, but, of those that exist, the most prominent are:

  • Atechnogenesis — Spontaneous evolution from "naturally occurring gears and pulleys" on Cybertron's surface. This rather questionable origin was given in the first Marvel Comic issue and then was promptly (and thankfully) ignored.
  • Quintesson made — Created as consumer goods and military hardware by the alien Quintessons. This was the origin given for the Transformers in the original Generation One cartoon. Although well known because of the cartoon's prominence, it has been given relatively little attention in subsequent media. According to some sources, it may be just another Quintesson trick.
  • Primus created — Created by the god-like "Lord of the Light" Primus to carry on his age old battle with the "dark god" Unicron. This origin sprang from Simon Furman's United Kingdom comics and then carried back to the later American Marvel books. It is also the origin that has been embraced and adopted by pretty much every Transformers work/continuity since then. A retcon created by the Transformers Universe and Fun Publications Cybertron comics and related fiction has unilaterally applied the Primus and Unicron backstory to all Transformers continuities in the Multiverse, past and future. How this works in light of the original cartoon's Quintesson backstory has not been explained (3H attempted to do so, however).
  • Biomechanical evolution — In no continuity is this a proven back history for the Transformer race. It is mentioned as idle speculation by Nightbeat, who wonders if perhaps Transformers perhaps evolved/upgraded (with or without external help) from biological beings to mechanical ones, in a similar manner to the transition he witnesses underway on Gorlam Prime. In some continuities, Cybertron is known to have once been inhabited by organic life; in Beast Machines, for example, Nightscream finds the fossilized remains of organic animals, which incidentally were startlingly similar to known Earthly life forms. However, there is little or no implication that the Transformers evolved from these organics; there is more implication that whatever previous life was on Cybertron was instead swept aside by the Transformers or their forebears. The Kiss Players timeline states that 12,000,000,000 years ago, Cybertron was a verdant planet in Japanese continuity.
  • Cube Creationism — This origin, the newest, is seen in the Transformers 2007 movie and Transformers Animated. According to it, a cube-like object (much larger—though shrinkable—in the movie) mystically gave birth to the Transformers. It is not known by any of the Transformers who created it. This cube was known as the Allspark.

Differences Edit

While many would find it difficult to tell the difference between the Autobots and Decepticons were it not for their trademark insignia, Decepticons are the only ones of the two who are naturally built to fly; all Decepticons in fact are meant to have this ability, likely a throwback to their days as use as Quintesson warfare constructs.

Notable members Edit

  • Optimus Prime - Freightliner FL86 COE semi-trailer truck/All-terrain expeditionary fighting vehicle/ bullet train
  • Hot Rod - Ford GT/Dome Zero hybrid
  • Brawn - Land Rover Defender
  • Outback - Land Rover Defender
  • Bluestreak - Nissan 280ZX Turbo
  • Bumblebee - Volkswagen Beetle
  • Cliffjumper - Porsche 924 Turbo
  • Gears - 4x4 Pickup
  • Swerve - 4x4 Pickup
  • Hound - Mitsubishi J59
  • Huffer - Cab-Over-Engine Semi Truck Cab
  • Ironhide - Nissan C20 Vanette
  • Jazz - Martini Racing Porsche 935
  • Mirage - Ligier JS11 Racer
  • Prowl - Nissan 280ZX Police Car
  • Ratchet - Nissan C20 Vanette Ambulance
  • Jolt - Chevrolet Volt
  • Sideswipe - Lamborghini Countach LP500-2
  • Sunstreaker - Supercharged Lamborghini Countach LP500S
  • Trailbreaker - Toyota Hilux 4WD camper truck
  • Wheeljack - Lancia Stratos Turbo
  • Windcharger - Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am
  • Tailgate - Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am
  • Hauler - Crane Truck
  • Jetfire - VF-1 Valkyrie
  • Beachcomber - Dune Buggy
  • Cosmos - UFO
  • Powerglide - A-10 Thunderbolt II
  • Seaspray - Hovercraft
  • Warpath - General Motors M551A1 Sheridan ARAAV tank
  • Wheelie - Street Race Car
  • Grapple - Mitsubishi Fuso Crane Truck
  • Hoist - Toyota Hilux Tow Truck
  • Inferno - Mitsubishi Fuso Fire Truck
  • Red Alert - Fire Chief-styled Lamborghini Countach
  • Skids - Honda City Turbo
  • Smokescreen - Racing-modified Nissan 280ZX-R
  • Devcon - Futuristic Jet (Autobot bounty hunter)
  • Tracks - Chevrolet Corvette C3
  • Perceptor - MC-20 Microscope
  • Omega Supreme - Rocket Defense Base – Rocket – Tank
  • Pipes - Cab-Over-Engine Semi Truck Cab
  • Blaster - Boombox/F-117 Nighthawk
    • Steeljaw - Lion / Microcassette
    • Ramhorn - Rhino / Microcassette
    • Eject - Robot / Microcassette
    • Rewind - Robot / Microcassette
  • Meltdown - Multipurpose utility vehicle
  • Front-Line - Military truck
  • Catapult - Baja buggy
  • Anomaly - Hazmat truck
  • Doubletake - Ford Mustang undercover patrol car
  • Ripraw - Racing truck
  • Showdown - Monster truck
  • Macro - Low-rider sports car
  • Triage - Ambulance
  • Overclock - Sports Car
  • Monsoon - Off-road vehicle
  • Sparkscape - Off-road buggy
  • Swagger - Motorcycle
  • Outsider - Surf bus
  • Cameo - Motorcycle
  • Pitstop - Stock car
  • Bombast - Military truck
  • Clear-Cut
  • Flood
  • Stiletto
  • Elita One - Cybertronian car
  • Chromia - Cybertronian Isuzu D-Max
  • Firestar - Cybertronian motor bike
  • Greenlight - Cybertronian Race Car
  • Lancer - Cybertronian Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
  • Moonracer - Cybertronian Sports Car
  • Dinobots
    • Grimlock - Tyrannosaurus Rex
    • Slug - Triceratrops
    • Sludge - Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus
    • Swoop - Pteranodon
    • Snarl - Stegosaurus
    • Scorn - Spinosaurus
    • Slash - Velociraptor
    • Paddles - Elasmosaurus
  • Wreckers
    • Ultra Magnus - Freightliner COE Car Carrier
    • Springer - Attack Helicopter / Armored Car
    • Arcee - Cybertronian car
    • Broadside - Space Jet / Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
    • Leadfoot (based on a character from Dark of the Moon) - Chevrolet Impala NASCAR #42 Target
    • Roadbuster (based on a character from Dark of the Moon) - Chevrolet Impala NASCAR #88 AMP Energy/National Guard
    • Topspin - Chevrolet Impala NASCAR #48 Lowe's/Kobalt / driller
    • Drift - 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse / Helicopter / drift racer
    • Hound- Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle/ jeep
    • Crosscut (based on Crosshairs from Age of Extinction) - 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray
    • Pyro - Carmichael Cobra airport crash truck
    • Sandstorm - Dune Buggy / Sikorsky S-61 Transport Helicopter
    • Impactor - Cybertronian Tank / truck
    • Rack'n'Ruin - (Siamese twin robots) - Jets
    • Twin Twist - Drill Tank
    • Bulkhead - All-terrain truck trailer
    • Whirl - Bell AH-1 Cobra
    • Guzzle - Tank
  • Lightning Strike Coalition Force ( see Dinobots)
  • Aerialbots
    • Silverbolt - Concorde SST jet liner
    • Air Raid - F-15 Eagle
    • Skydive - F-16 Fighting Falcon
    • Fireflight - F-4 Phantom II
    • Slingshot - AV-8B Harrier II
      • Superion
  • Protectobots
    • Hot Spot - Blue Mitsubishi Fuso Great Fire Engine
    • Streetwise - Police modified Nissan 300ZX
    • Groove - Police modified Honda Gold Wing
    • Blades - Bell 204/205 Rescue Helicopter
    • First Aid - Toyota TownAce Ambulance
      • Defensor
  • Cybertron Elite Guard
    • Dion - Cybertronian Pickup
  • Kup - Cybertronian Pickup Truck
  • Blurr - Cybertronian Hovercar
  • Wreck-Gar - Garbage Truck / motorcycle
  • Sky Lynx - Space Shuttle / Bird / Lynx
  • Metroplex - Robot / Mobile Battle Station / City
  • Cerebros - Fortress Maximus's Head / Communication Center
  • Brainstorm - Cybertronian Jet
  • Chromedome -Cybertronian Sports Car
  • Hardhead - Cybertronian Tank
  • Highbrow - Cybertronian Helicopter w/ twin rotors
  • Pointblank - Cybertronian Sports Car
  • Sureshot - Cybertronian Dune Buggy
  • Crosshairs - Cybertronian ATV
  • Fortress Maximus - Fortress / Battle station / space ship
  • Fastlane - Cybertronian Dragster
  • Cloudraker - Cybertronian Jet
  • Punch/Counterpunch - Pontiac Fiero
  • Quickmix - Cement Mixer
  • Landfill - Dump Truck
  • Scoop - Front-end Loader
  • Technobots
    • Scattershot - Cybertronian Jet / Artillery Cannon / tank
    • Afterburner - Cybertronian Speedbike
    • Nosecone - Cybertronian Drill Tank
    • Lightspeed - Cybertronian Car
    • Strafe - Space fighter with twin heavy cannons
      • Computron
  • Trainbots
    • Shouki – Tokaido/Type 0 Series Shinkansen Bullet Train
    • Kaen – DE10 Diesel Engine
    • Getsuei – EF 65 Train Engine
    • Seizan – Type 485-1000 Limited Express Engine
    • Suiken – Tokai-type 153 Express Engine
    • Yukikaze – Tohoku Joetsu Bullet Train
      • Raiden
  • Monsterbots
    • Doublecross – Two-Headed Dragon
    • Grotusque – Sabertooth Winged Tiger
    • Repugnus – Bug-Like Creature
  • Throttlebots
    • Chase - Ferrari Testarossa
    • Freeway - Chevrolet Corvette
    • Rollbar - Jeep Wrangler
    • Searchlight - Ford RS200
    • Wideload - Caterpillar 777 Dump Truck
  • Autobot Brothers
    • X-Brawn – Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV
    • Prowl – Lamborghini Diablo Police highway pursuit vehicle
    • Side Burn – Dodge Viper
  • Team Bullet Train
    • Midnight Express – E4 Series Shinkansen
    • Rapid Run – 700 Series Shinkansen Rail Star
    • Railspike – 500 Series Shinkansen Nozomi
      • Rail Racer
  • Build Team
    • Wedge – Bulldozer
    • Grimrock – Backhoe
    • Heavy Load – Dump Truck
    • Hightower – Crane
      • Build King
  • Spy Changers
    • Hot Shot – Porsche 959
    • R.E.V. – Lamborghini Diablo
    • W.A.R.S. – Ford Thunderbird Stock Car
    • Crosswise – Futuristic Car
    • Ironhide II – Ford F-Series Pickup Truck
    • Mirage II – Formula 1 Racer
    • Daytonus – Porsche 962
  • Autobot footsoldiers
    • Autotroopers - Sports car/Tank/Jet/Submarine/Helicopter/Truck

Trivia Edit

  • While it has certainly been speculated by fans that all "Transformers" subspecies consume Energon, this is in fact not the case. Autobots did not even know what Energon was until they were introduced to the substance by the Decepticons inadvertently in 1984. (this only applies to the G1 cartoon)
  • In the 2007 Transformers movie, Optimus Prime says "We are autonomous robotic organisms from the planet Cybertron". This may imply that "Autobot" is the species name for the Transformers (or at least a name they probably used to refer to their kind before the war).
  • Though in recent time the term Autobot is commonly thought to be a contraction of "Autonomous-Robot" it was originally conceived as a contraction of "Auto-Robot" thought the Comics sometimes stated this as "Automatic-Robot" and the toyline development materials as "Automobile Robot" due to the most early Autobots had car alt modes in 1984.
  • Energon the substance that functions as the lifeblood of Cybertronians and that powers their weapons and much of their technology has shown to exist in multiple states as an energy contained in a forcefield cube, as liquid which is often drunk in robot mode or used like Petroleum fuels would be in an Earth car, or as a Natural or artificial cystal form.
  • Energon can be seeded and the crystal form can be made to grow in a natural environment this has been a plan implement by The Decepticon head Scientist Shockwave on Earth and elsewhere.
  • Not all Transformers are either Autobots or Decepticons some are non-aligned, or part of defunct or rare factions like Star Seekers, this is especially true of any Cybertronians who left Cybertron in the Pre-civil war Colonial "Golden Age" era.
  • Transformers are exceptionally long lived and a life span of many millions of years for an individual is not unheard of.

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