This might be a bit late, but i've been thinking about the situation in Animated. Is it just me, or do the autobots really come off as a bunch of jerks? okay, they have redeeming qualities, but for good guys, they dont exactly have a great record. To list the most obvious moral slip ups, Bumblebee in Nanosec. Purposefully running Nanosec down 'til he got old? yeah. Then theres Optimus in Blast from the Past, ready to let the dinobots be melted down even though Prowl said that they were'nt just machines- they had a spark, like them! then, with Swindle, after they stopped him they were perfectly happy with Fanzones suggestion of stripping him down and selling the spare parts. HUH?! Also, the elite guard gives us an example. Lying- they would rather lie to their own people, and pretend that the rising threats didn't exist. Great. Not to mention the general jerkassery that goes on between them besides. Okay, i may be making too big a fuss about these things, but its hard not to notice. Then, on the other side of this, we have the Decepticons. Who... aren't as evil as i thought they would be. So! do we get a really good reason to root for the autobots on account of why the Decepticons started the war?! uhhh... get back to you on that one. What about all of the REALLY EVIL stuff they get up to then?! Megatron has to be one EVIL son of a... "Give me the Allspark and i may spare your miserable autobot lives..." huh? i thought it was kill, take, leave.... then surely!-*Optimus throws Megatron out the hatch*.....so, let me get this straight. Starscream tries to kill Megatron, but fails. Then, Optimus does? mkay. I could list all of the times Megatron has a chance to be really evil, but doesn't.... and, believe it or not, those times are many. How am i supposed to hate a cartoon villain who doesnt really get up to that much villainy? Sure enough, Megatron threatens, destroys and plots a lot, but otherwise... i actually admire him. Look at it this way. He has been searching for the Allspark for AGES, never even thinking of giving up. After all the times he comes close to destruction, he still fights on... determined? dedicated? unstoppable? hells yeah. Despite being evil and all, arent these traits supposed to be a good thing? THAT is the kind of guy i would want as my freedom fighting leader.... mostly. and, about that 'fighting autobot tyranny' aspect.... well, now i'm even more confused. Well, anyway, im left puzzled on exactly what i should think. Now that the next season is near, I hope that it will clear stuff up for me... the back story on the war and its cause, especially. If they carry on with the 'Decepticons dont need development, they just evil and have to be defeated by 'heroic' autobots' routine, i might just scream in rage. Unless, of course, the Decepticons get up to some really evil crap, the autobots become more likeable, and the defeat of the Decepticons is justified. Maybe i'm thinking into things too much. Dont get me wrong, i love Transformers Animated, but i'm just kind of torn, regarding the good vs evil bit. What do you think?