So, I've been thinking recently about what "alien robots in disguise" would be like in more realistic terms than we've seen in the cartoons. Don't get me wrong, I know they had to have speaking and poor aim in the cartoons or they'd be unwatchable, but its a fun discussion to have anyway I think. I think we can accept easily that the main concept of TF's is solid - alien robots end up fighting on earth, but need to avoid being constantly shot at by humans (humanity having some weapons capable of causing real damage - large missles and cannons). So they can disguise themselves and hide when needed. Mobility is needed, so cars and jets and such make sense. Two things that would not make sense in reality are a) that they verbally speak to each other and b) that they have problems actually hitting each other in firefights as depicted. A] Verbal Speech The first problem is that they speak to each other verbally - i.e. creating soundwaves in the air. This would involve voice encoders and recievers/decoders, which are well within reality and in fact they would need to have in order to communicate with humans. So *having* spoken voices and using them to talk to humans makes sense. But using them to talk to other TF's does not, including the communicators on Prime's arms and such. Robots would surely communicate digitally on massively highspeed, encrypted wireless long range networks. Data, such as enemy movements and strategy would be transmitted and recieved in nanoseconds across vast distances, and would have no verbalization. They would only activate vocal encoders to communicate with humans or any other lifeform that relies on audible noise for communication. Having massive data libraries would also mean they could audibly mimic and decode animal noises if that were useful to them in a situation (causing a stampede, detecting bird warnings). Now, wireless data networks would mean vulnerability to hacking by Decepticons, I imagine Soundwave would be a pro at this, but transmission range could be altered to reduce interception and insanely complex encryptions would be necessary. Still, there would be a constant secondary warfare of data and network hacking and counter security going on that would be pretty cool. Summary: Transformers should never *talk* to each other audibly, only to humans. TF to TF communication would be over wireless networking. Afterthought: Since verbal speech would not be thier normal form of conversation between each other, likely the TF's would quickly scan frequencies on a planet to find out how to communicate with the dominant lifeforms. Likely they would pickup radio/TV/phone signals quickly and thus it is quite possible they'd adapt different accents depending on what they learned from. B] Shooting / Aiming Highly advanced warfare robots would have perfect or near perfect aim. Within 1 to 2 shots they'd be able to nail anything stationary or moving in a predictable pattern - no question. Therefore the only defense against enemy TF shots would be either 1) avoid or 2) withstand. The ability to avoid would rely on very high maneuverability coupled with advanced avoidance programming. Basically the software and computational power to counter-predict and avoid the incredibly precise shooting of the enemy. This would spur the enemy on to develop better and better aiming and prediction algorithms and thus the "avoiders" would also constantly need to improve avoidance capabilities. But such a firefight would look like a high speed ballet, with neither TF stopping moving for an instant and both appearing to shoot and move randomly to an onlooker. Option 2 - withstand - would depend on the TF having one of 2 types of armour - physical or energy. So this other class of TF would generally be much bigger and slower, either due to significant physical armour plating or to increased energy storage and output to fuel "shields" of some sort. Summary: Thus we end up with 2 primary classes of TF's - the smaller and highly mobile ones that dodge and the slow, larger ones that take the fire. We would not see the two sides standing basically still firing at each other and missing as in the cartooons. TF's would only ever miss the dodging TF's, and not always at that. Again, I know why the cartoons talk (otherwise most of the show is silent!) and why they shoot like Stormtroopers (so that they can have battles with almost no losses and the appearance of vulnerability). But nonetheless, I think its an interesting conversation to have. Maybe we'll see these things addressed in this summer's movie?