Soldiers. Even as a kid, I was struck while watching MTMTE, by Huffer's line: "But we're not fighters like they are, Prime!" At the age of ten, that line conveyed to me that they were not superheroes. The Autobots were victims with war forced upon them. Huffer showed fear, Mirage deserted. These were not superheroes. BTW, how is Marvel TF a mess? It's more down to earth than the G1 cartoon. I will agree that we could have done without the contradicting UK/US storylines near the end but the comics were still well written and intelligent. No slaggin' Kremzeeks or Primacon here! IDW could just as easily be called a mess.