It always bothers me when fans of Transformers say that the Autobots from the movieverse are too violent. My reasoning is simple enough to follow with a little effort. I post this here because it involves an assessment of the entire Transformers universe as a whole, including its most important philosophical concepts. The Autobots follow Optimus Prime, whose most important belief is that freedom is the right of all sentient beings. However, just as in the case of any philosophical belief system of any people on earth, this does not mean that all people are given a free pass in the event that their choices prove to be unredeemable. In ROTF, Demolishor is, without deliberation, plugged right in the head by Optimus after killing, oh, let's just say around 100 people on a bridge and freeway. Bonecrusher, in Transformers, is decapitated rather than incarcerated, also by Optimus, likely because he swiped his arm through a bus and murdered 30-odd human beings in doing so. The Fallen has his face torn off and his spark crushed in Prime's fist, possibly for, oh I don't know, destroying an aircraft carrier full of hundreds of people. These actions in most societies would be punishable by death. People object to Optimus' actions and insist that somehow they are inconsistent with his personal philosophy and that of the Autobots. I think the reason for this is that their mentality in witnessing these actions is the same mentality they brought to their first experience with the characters in G1. G1 was an environment in which the true consequences of actions, save for some events in the cartoon movie, were not allowed to exist due to the nature of the medium. In large part, guns don't kill in G1. Hand to hand weapons do not wound. It is bumper cars. Of course in G1, under such circumstances, one would develop the notion that the good guys don't kill by choice - but it was a function of the medium, a childrens' toon. In movies, without child-safety censorship, the consequences of mass murder and destruction are often brutal and without deliberation or process. If you truly believe that Optimus would not have executed Megatron in the 1986 movie had Hot Rod not intervened and screwed everything up, then I believe it's safe to say you disagree with me. But the essence of what I'm getting at is that just because Optimus believes that all sentient beings deserve freedom, it does not imply that he believes they deserve freedom from the consequences of their destructive choices - and one should bring that thought to bear when whatching any Transformers media that is not reduced down to the level acceptable only to children.