Since the maturity of people that happen to like the characterizations of the Bay versions has been crapped on, simply due to differing opinions. This thread will be for deeper more detailed reasons why I like Bay's versions of the characters. In NO means is this to knock g1, Im 28, and grew up with the old school, this is to give reason to why I like the Bay versions AS WELL as the G1 1) Optimus Prime: The most obvious reason is his willingness to kill when necessary. He is not smiling when he does it, he just know's he needed to do what needed to be done to make sure that the Decepticon threat was finished. The relationship he has with his fellow autobots is more miltant than emotionally driven, and in a war, he had become numb to emotions and just acted. In TF1, He mourned the loss of Jazz, felt like he failed in reasoning with Megatron, and seemed to mourn his passing as well. He still had the ''Hope'' that he could talk to him, and try and create some sort of truce. Megatron just didn't agree. Thus given way to the actions of ROTF/DOTM, to take out Megatron and his crew, to end the threat to the planet that they now called their home. And I like that about this version. Finality. 2) Bumblebee: The voice thing seemed weird at first, but it was a unique way to have him show emotion without having to show it. His fighting style is very refined and fast paced, I liked his transformations in-battle and how he used it to his advantage. His relationship with Spike/Sam was okay, I do wish they had more time to build on it as friends rather than just the guardian thing though. 3) Ironhide: Most peoples favorite of the bots, And its hard to deny his coolness. Very close to the G1 characters, though not red. His attitude was what I see Optimus becoming towards the third movie, and after his death, I believe this triggered that killer instinct in Prime. His style of fighting was more direct, powerhouse and shotgun to the face. Very different from Bee which made them a great combination 4) Sideswipe: Coolest of the cool. No fighting that debate. Arrogant like G1 'Swipe, very agile, fast, and efficient. Probably the most efficient of the bot's in battle. He seemed to take command whenever he wanted to, And followed them as well. I will add more as time continues on, I want to see more from you guys. And honestly, just a way to show that you CAN like the Bay versions, Don't be ashamed.