The Many Allegories of TFA

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  1. transmetal2dinobot

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    figured this deserves it's own thread, but what i and others have seen in TFA is a lot of political and social commentary in the form of characters.
    for example, boy_who_screams pointed out that professor princess represents the effect of the overprotective parent stereotype

    some others that i've noticed include:
    porter c. powell - the face of shady business and capitalism, an almost machiavellian character in that he will do whatever it takes for him to reach his goals

    blackarachnia - she can be interpreted as representing a lot of things. the other decepticons and her own disgust at her organic mode are a subtle jab at prejudice, the same thing can be seen in Sentinal's disgust of organics, exaggerating and monsterizing them because they are different

    ratchet - an allegory for war veterans affected by the horrors he has seen: not irratable because he's old and tired, but because he has seen the darker side of life and knows the cost of living, believing that war is not the answer

    optimus: like rodimus prime in g1, he struggles with the mantle of responsibility, but does his best no matter what. it sends a message about taking responsibility, and in mission accomplished it shows how strong leaders need to make tough decisions by not lying about the decepticon threat

    there are a lot more, feel free to contribute and discuss
    that's what the boards are for
     
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    Sentinel and Ultra Magnus' original plan about covering up the Decepticons questions the morality of using lies to maintain order in a society, where the truth may cause panic.

    Also, before this thread gets underway, keep politics and religion out of it.
     
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    Fistful of Energon = Dark Knight

    The way Prowl was misusing the EMP generator reminded me of how Bats misused the sonar.

    The Elite Guard displays corruption in society
     
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    right, no politics or religion, just psycho-social observations
     
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    Lugnut- fanaticism is BAD
     
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    Blitzwing :: Psychos are everywhere.
     
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    Megs Rising and BTF: metaphor for weakness in leaders in times of need, and overcoming those weaknesses.

    Velocity: Don't break the law kids!

    Garbage in, Garbage out: Be nice to people, or they might attempt to destroy your whole city.

    Nature calls: The infectious nature of...corruption. Yeah. That's it.

    Sari, no one's home: Don't eat too much candy.
     
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    Well this is the only political thing I will say, in the Arrival #4 when Angry Archer said "MY Kingdom For A Hybrid!" It seemed a political satire over the ar industries.
     
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    more a social thing really

    along came a spider: villains are not born, they are made. blackarachnia found herself shamed and vulnerable, begrudged against optimus(an i guess autobots in general) and megatron took her in and remolded her
     
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    True that
     
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    Well thanks, now I'm gonna be depressed while I watch Animated...
     
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    Don't anyone make a joke about how Animated is depressingly bad!

    Nobody!!
     
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    bulkhead- he's big strong and no the brightest bot but has heart and gentle spark.

    so bulkhead's is don't judge a book by it's cover
     
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    Blast from the past: cars are bad ! :) 
     
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    Blitzwing: He's german and crazy, clearly a reference to the nazis.

    Soundwave: How the system and his hounds (Autobots) keep the minorities down.
     
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    rotflmao
     
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    Blitzwing - suppressed creativity molded from a society that forces the conflict of how one should act, versus how one was raised.

    Lockdown - resourceful individual who survives with only what he has, and that is all he needs
     
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    sentinel prime- the typical lying douche politician he is. :lol 
     
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    :lol 
     
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    Cliffjumper: Clearly a- CAMEO TIME END BYE GUYS
     

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