Autobots with day jobs

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  1. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    A little speculation, if you please.


    One of the greatest aspects of Robots in Disguise was that some of the Autobots had day jobs - things they were doing when not busting Decepticon plots.


    For some speculation, what if a new Transformers series or storyline took this concept and applied it to the Autobots of today - be it the Classics or Prime cast.


    For example - Optimus Prime works for a haulage company.
    Ratchet does double duty as a real ambulance.
    Bumblebee is owned by some awkward teen with an unrealistically hot girlfriend.
    Cliffjumper is involved in demolition derbys.
    Sunstreaker sits in a showroom all day long and refuses to be taken out on test drives in case he spoils his paint.


    And so on.

    Would this be an idea that would appeal to you? I'm thinking that when the call to action goes out, MASK style, you'd see the Autobots called up for the mission of the week having to cut and run from whatever else they are doing.

    Plus there is the plot point that someone might be late into action because they were busy with their other duties and couldn't get away - i.e. Ratchet is late because he was delivering an expectant mother to a hospital and he couldn't leave her at the roadside.


    It's an idea that I think gets back to the core concept of the Transformers being true Robots in Disguise, and keeps the human interaction without necessarily needing a huge human cast (or any human cast?)


    Thoughts?
     
  2. Snark

    Snark Well-Known Member

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    Airachnid obviously has a hand in the snuff porn industry.

    But on the Autobot side? Eh, I could see TFP Bee making a career out of street racing.
     
  3. Autobot Burnout

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    I find it funny you use that specific example, since Animated Ratchet did just that in the "Garbage in, Garbage out" episode.:lol 

    But yeah, having Autobots have undercover day jobs would be nice, too bad every other one has to be some really super-expensive sportscar that does nothing but GET attention.
     
  4. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Since it's me, I'd have to throw Hot Rod in there, and there'd need to be a scene involving Prowl pointing that out to him. "Just how many expensive cars do you see driving around this place kid?"

    You raise a good point though - maybe they'd need a front operation that doubles up as an auto dealership? Or careful casting, to avoid that exact setup. One or two would be okay, but yes, this idea is suited more to the less flashy alternate modes.
     
  5. Wheeljack30

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    And what about Ironhide, Jazz and Wheeljack? I see Prowl as the Police department Sargent
     
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    it's a good idea sol fury it would be a good one for tf prime or a new series.
     
  7. Aernaroth

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    I think it would fit into the gimmick better if they all had secret identities AS equipment. So Prime would be driving a shipment from one place to another with a driver unawares when the call came out, Mirage could be in the middle of a race, Bumblebee could be in some rich kid's garage, etc. etc.

    It would allow for a plotline of them staying hidden, and possibly eventually revealing themselves to their "owners".
     
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    A few day job ideas:
    Ironhide: Armored courier
    Wheeljack: Rally Car and PR/University science Prof.
    Jazz: Racing and PR
    For Wheeljack30
     
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    tfp breakdown is the mofia's get away car
     
  10. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Ironhide is a boxer.

    Wheeljack and Perceptor work FOR SCIENCE!

    Armada Red Alert is a Ghostbuster

    Wreck-Gar is the trashman like in Animated

    Grimlock is a bartender. :p 

    Swindle is a used cars salesman like Robot Chicken's Destro.

    Skywarp appears on Punk'D.

    Thunderblast is a well um......escort.....yeah that'll do. :ev: 

    Big Daddy is uh well um Thunderblast's "Manager".

    Straxus and Ratbat are pompous politicians.

    Bayformer Sentinel Prime is in a retirement home b*ching about the good old days.

    Sideburn has a bazillion restraining orders from everyone.
     
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    RID did kinda have this idea, with Prowl getting involved in law enforcement, Optimus in fighting fires, Tow-Line in hauling cars and so on. Even X-Brawn had his job being that woman's car. In this case Robots in Disguise really were robots in disguise.
    On one hand I do like it because it is fun and gets into the spirit of the theme, but on the other the Autobots should be concentrating on winning the war. Also it does get a bit silly them abandoning people when duty calls. Imagine how many people have probably died in a fire when Optimus has to suddenly leave and the fire crews are left with one less rig than they thought they had.
     
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    Then RID Optimus Prime is worse than Bayformers Optimus Prime in dickish attitudes.
     
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    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    All Optimus Primes sit somewhere along the sliding scale of dickishness. There should be an official chart. :p 
     
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    I dunno man, RID Prime never fired on his own troops or executed unarmed prisoners.


    Let's see...

    The aerialbots... airshow stunt pilots?

    Outback and Beachcomber... working for some form of research group in Africa or Australia, maybe Medicins sans Frontiers?

    The dinobots... have their own exhibit in the museum of natural history.

    Hound... while the obvious answer would be "with the army", I'd like to see him as the beat-up-jeep of a grizzled veteran who works in the Peace corps, or running a surplus yard or a training camp for kids in the mountains or something.

    Erector... works with an art-nouveau architect?

    Ultra Magnus... Autobot liason, acts as a mysterious car transport putting strange cars where a shadowy organization finds them most needed.

    Rodimus... big in the street-racing circuit.
     
  15. Gingerchris

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    I see him more as Lightning McQueen. :p  If Disney ever got their hands on the Transformers brand then you know Transformers Cars wouldn't be too far away.
     
  16. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Actually an episode dealt with this. Optimus Prime politely asked the crew if everything was under control and if he could be excused. When he left one of the crew said to a colleague "hang on, who's driving that thing?"
     
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    It's been a long while since I've seen RID but that's good then. Although does that mean if the fire crews hadn't got everything under control Optimus would've hung around to help even if the Decepticons were rampaging elsewhere? I know he's got plenty of other Autobots he could send anyway until he is free but it's just a wonder of mine.
     
  18. weeklyhero

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    Didn't Animated cover this quite a bit? Prime did a lot with the fire department at least. But then again, I think everyone knew he was a Transformer, so there's no disguise aspect there.
     
  19. Brooticus

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    This is weird, I've been thinking about this recently!

    I'd say Sideswipe would be a personal bodyguard/chauffeur for a tax evading billionare in Monaco...

    Huffer could distribute port-a-loo's to festivals...

    Hound could be a Safari tour guide in Africa...

    Perceptor could be Steven Hawking's Powermaster Armor...
     
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    Hound: an anthropologist or an archeologist.

    Swindle: runs a pawn shop.

    Mirage: Solid Snake. >_>
     

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