Someone in another topic brought up the idea of the Erradicons being more like uniformed soldiers that have to earn a name and custom appearance rather than them just being drones. Rather than derailing that other topic with this discussion I thought it would be a good idea to start a new topic. Now I like the idea because we've heard a few Erradicons speak with different voices and showing some sign of personality. However the "uniformed look" idea doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I don't really think that all Erradicons have unique personalities. I kinda think that in this universe they're like blank protoforms. They don't really have sparks at first and act as drones until they receive a spark. Like the movie Protoforms are not the same thing as what we were introduced to in Beast Wars and other series. We haven't really learned what a Protoform might be for Prime's universe so it could be that these look alike bodies are all Protoforms. The reason I don't think they're uniformed body types is that ever sense G1 we have had multiple characters just like that and they were never mistaken for drones before because they had their own color scheme. Erradicons all look exactly alike right down to their colors. Starscream himself was originally introduced as a character with a "uniformed" appearance. Him and the other seekers all sharing the same body. The Beast Wars Prequel also shows several Maximals who share a mold with Cheetor and Tigatron. Animated has even shown multiple characters who were built from the same mold as Bumblebee. Bumblebee even mentioned being built from the same mold when he first met Wasp in boot camp. So I don't think it's really a matter of having to earn a custom appearance as even with the same appearance it's not uncommon to be able to tell them apart. Protoforms tend to be robots who all look exactly alike right down to their colors and some times don't have a spark... yet... so it's might thought that Erradicons are just Protoforms. The ones that can speak and show personality have sparks but have not taken form yet as individuals and the others may be sparkless protoforms that could develop sparks or be given sparks later on if the protoform isn't destroyed first. And by taken form I don't mean just scanning an alt mode sense obviously they already have one. But in the first movie the protoforms of Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Ratchet, and Jazz all looked the same and could transform. Their robot modes changed to individual forms when they scanned their first vehicle mode. Not really sure how that works but normally when a new alt mode is scanned it just changes the parts that actually form into the alt mode not the robot bits. So if an Erradicon scanned a new alt mode their entire form would change rather than just their vehicle mode bits. The movie also had two types of protoforms. The entry mode transformers who were already adult robots just without form of their own and the hatchlings. Maybe the car Erradicons and the flying Erradicons are just Primes idea of the two Protoform types. There may even be more sense we've also seen the minors who have dual visors rather than single visor of the warrior class Erradicons. Whatever the case may be I feel like they are best described as Protoform bodies to explain why they look like drones but don't act like them. Of course if this series ever introduce Protoforms like Beast Wars, RID, or Animated than my theory will be shot out the window but right now I think it's more like the movie idea of Protoforms. Anyway what do you think the Erradicons are and why?