Would it be ok if I ranted about Kicker from Energon/Superlink, for a bit? The character does get quite a huge amount of bad rep among this fanbase, but that's not what I want to rant about; What I may mention may sound like blasphemy and a controversial take, but... I find Kicker to be a more active human character than the Armada/Micron Legend kids, and I actually liked the core idea behind his character at first. Just think about his past for a moment: Kicker Jones was born with a superpower that allows him to detect Energon, which causes him traumatic experiences since childhood as his well-intentioned but irresponsible father exploited this for his researches, which left him a neuroses-riddled mess with trust issues; But eventually learned to trust and love others. I actually think that this was a good idea and character arc to explore with a human character in this franchise..... at least, on paper. Unfortunately, Energon/Superlink managed to screw Kicker's character over by having him remain as the same unlikable, irritating asshole; and never gains any positive character growth as the series progressed. Every interaction he had with basically anyone except his GF (And maybe his sister) was hostile and the character lost his charm. This may be intentional and does make sense considering his backstory, so it may be hypocritical if I do say it's a mistake (Since if I have an upbringing as Kicker, I might also behave exactly the same way growing up), but the writers never gave Kicker much chance to do anything noteworthy and have heroic moments like some of the Armada/Micron Legend kids (Something that even Billy and Fred from Armada got), and that's where the mistake lies. Kicker never got to redeem himself or becomes less obnoxious, so the audience could never get to fully support him. Yes, his actions make sense considering his less-than-ideal backstory, but it's the writers' fault for not creating a situation where he manages to do anything to redeem himself. The Autobots does briefly mentioned that Kicker has learned to trust others, but it's in such a way that doesn't impact the PLOT in a significant way that demonstrates Kicker's supposed growth -- and that is a huge mistake on the writers, that only exists because they didn't know who they wanted as the main character. Another thing that kinda pisses me off is that Kicker's views are always expressed in a manner that makes him sound irrational, which degrades his character. He occasionally says that he hates teaming up alongside the Autobots for fighting against the Decepticons just because "they love to fighting", but it's obvious that giving in to the Decepticons and not doing anything would lead to the Cybertronians and human civilians suffering under the Decepticon's tyranny. This obvious point just makes it seem that Kicker is stupid. But it isn't like the potential for growth wasn't there. Kicker could've started off hating the Autobots for bringing the conflict to anywhere they stumbled across. He could have been a character who starts out hating the Cybertronians because of his traumatic upbringing caused by his father who exploited his childhood for his research. Then he could later learn to view the situation from a broader viewpoint, and learns to forgive the Autobots, his father, and put his past behind for the greater good. All of these potentials are just left so unexplored that there is virtually no point to them. In summary, as hated as Kicker was, I liked the core idea behind this character and think that Kicker's character had a lot of potentials; but all of it was wasted because the writers had no idea of what they want to do with this character.