"Autobots"

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  1. littleiron

    littleiron Little I.N.S.A.N.E IroN

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    Before it's officially defined as "autonomous robots" in the movie/comic, what did you think this name means?

    Anyone ever thought it means "automobile robots"?
     
  2. UltraPrime

    UltraPrime Lord of Macragge

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    Thats what I've always believed.
     
  3. Jazz1979

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    yes, I did because all Autobots were actually cars until Aerial bots or Powerglide appeared in Season2.
    In Germany Auto means car (shortform for automobile).
     
  4. SPLIT LIP

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    Carbots. I also like Deceptivecons.
     
  5. kylash327

    kylash327 TOOOOOOYS!

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    i think they had to make it autonomous bots because it wouldnt make sense for an alien race to be called auto bots after automobiles, an earth invention...but for cartoons that didnt matter.
     
  6. MaximusCrime

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    It doesn't make sense their robot bodies resembled the earth alt-mode rather than the original Cybertronian alt-mode before they crashed on earth either. So the name referring to a future alt-mode would make just as much sense as this.:) 
     
  7. frosthsky

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    To tell the truth, I thought of them as car robots for a while, but when the other autobots showed up that could turn into planes and stuff it really made me rethink that. Then, when they showed the Quintesson episode where they explain the origins of the transformers I was convinced that auto meant automated. Thus, automated robots = autobots.
     
  8. case_sensitive

    case_sensitive Ravage for President

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    I'm pretty sure that's what the toy company had in mind. 'Autonomous Robots' makes more sense considering that the line expanded beyond cars and other ground-based vehicles rather quickly.

    Mind you, 'autonomous robots' would actually describe ALL of the Transformers, not just the good guys. Any word on the movie attempting to explain or define 'Decepticons'?

    -= CS =-
     
  9. Autobot HipHop

    Autobot HipHop Covert Operations

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    I still like Automobile Robots = Autobots. I'll always think of it that way. Old habits diehard baby.

    I dont think it's a stretch for the Autobots from the movie to be named after Automobile Robots. They have to convert their language to ours anyway. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, all the Transformers used the same earth style names back on Cybertron in the prequels.

    My feeling is that the names are something different in Cybertronian, they just translated the Cybertronian language into Earth English.
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    oughtabots vs procrasticons
     
  11. mblase

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    "We're called Autobots because we transform into cars and things." -- more or less a direct quote from Bumblebee in G1 season 1.
     
  12. Spoiler

    Spoiler Autobot Spoiler

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    I would agree, being they are Automobiles, and they are robots they would be fit called Autobots.
     
  13. JediAJ

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    Will we actually hear them being referred to as 'Autobots' and 'Decepticons' in the movie?

    I would love a line like "Eat lead Decepticon scum"... or something like that.
     
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    Brave Magnus Hecho en Argentina

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    Well, they were always Car Robots to me.^^ I mean, they were cars at the beginning that turn into robots so...XD
     
  15. ams

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    I recall thinking it was strange when the Aerialbots appeared as "Autobots", as I'd always made the logical association with cars. "Autonomous robots" is a good solution for the Autobot name in the movie.

    I wonder if there was a boardroom decision back in 84/85 when Superion and Menasor were coming out, along the lines of, "hey, let's switch things up and make the planes the good guys and the cars the bad guys for a change". Regardless, I thought the show explanation was pretty original--creating teams that could better defend against the other faction's strengths.
     
  16. littleiron

    littleiron Little I.N.S.A.N.E IroN

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    In fact, there was.


    The animation model book "TF:ARK" tells that historic turn.

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    I just bought The Ark last week! That must have been where the thought was coming from. Good call!
     
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    Autonomous Robots
    Deceptive Constructs
     
  19. Chaos Prime

    Chaos Prime Combaticon

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    Autobots! I've heard of them. Rumor has it they wage their battles to destroy the evil forces of.....the Decepticons I beleive.
     
  20. redsquadron

    redsquadron Token idiot...

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    Yeah, no real hidden meaning leapt out at me when I was a lad: They were "auto"mobiles that turned into ro"bots"... Voila!
    I do like "autonomous robots" though - it sounds pretty slick.

    So hey, I guess we can assume that GO-BOT is a contraction of "GOd-awful roBOT" then...
     

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