Let's come up with some Cybertronian mental illnesses\phobias!

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  1. DerVernichter

    DerVernichter Well-Known Member

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    Let's pretend to be Rungs's assistants for a bit, and do a bit of brainstorming: what kind of mental illnesses or traumas do you think Cybertronians can be plagued with? Let's try to come up with mental ilnesses, delusions or phobias that would be typical and possibly exclusive to giant sentient transforming robots. Those of us with some Latin knowledge could come up with medical names if they'd like.

    So, to start thing, allow me to present my ideas (no Latin names, sorry):

    -the constant fear of being in the wrong mode in the wrong situation

    -the delusion of being covered in a pretender shell that wants to take over your mind

    -the fear of your weapons (or any weapons around you for that matter) secretly being spies of the opposing faction

    -beileving every small, flat object to be a cyber key, and compulsive attempts at jamming said "keys" into your body to unlock hidden weaponry
     
  2. LegionMaximus

    LegionMaximus Well-Known Member

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    Now this is my kind of topic. *stamp of approval*

    We've seen that Cybertronians can be addicted to transforming (like Tarn) or disable their transforming ability (like the monoformers). But what about a TF who is scared to transform? Or is in denial about their alt mode? Like, they turn into a truck, but insist that they really turn into a plane. You can see where they'd need treatment before they jumped off of a tall building.
     
  3. bookwormdalek

    bookwormdalek Gotta get a grip

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    Whirlopath: Whirl or one who acts like Whirl.

    That is all.
     
  4. DerVernichter

    DerVernichter Well-Known Member

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    @LegionMaximus: Thanks, man!

    A truckformer thinking he turns into a jet would actually be pretty hilarious. Imagine if Megatron was suffering from such a state! It'd make his recent tendency to shout "Transform and rise up!" pretty awkward...

    @bookwormdalek: Oh man... that's pure win. Also, I don't think Rung could agree with you more!
     
  5. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Cliffjumpathia: The fear that everyone and I mean everyone is a Decepticon.
     
  6. Necromaster

    Necromaster FEAR ME MORTALS

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    Fear of Transformation. That would be an interesting one to explore and would explain Action masters.
     
  7. Scrapmaker

    Scrapmaker Miniautoquintessoboticon

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    Named for the Autobot Cliffjumper and officially diagnosed by...Rung?

    Anyway...
    -A disease that causes a malfunction in the brain of a transformer and drives them to back stab and betray everyone around them for no discernible reason. A lot of Decepticons suffer from this. Also a tendency to imagine reasons for betrayal.
     
  8. bacon4e

    bacon4e Resident Cheesehead

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    Fear of organics, the red alert malfunction, denial about integrated weapon.

    That's all I got.
     
  9. Jumbotron

    Jumbotron Well-Known Member

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    - Separation Anxiety - Disorder unique to gestalts, this is where the combined robot suffers a fear of separating into the individual component Cybertronians. The gestalt mind is cognizant of not existing while the components are separated, fears that the components will never combine again and/or that one of the components will die and effectively kill the gestalt mind as well. Most common symptom is a gestalt refusing to separate until forced to by lack of fuel or severe damage.

    - Loadbearer's Complex - Named for Loadbearers, but also occurs in Pretenders and other Cybertronians with outer armor or shells. Occurs most often when the subject expresses a unique personality or identity while in their armor. Over time subject becomes so engrossed in their 'armored' personality that they are unwilling or unable to interact with others without their armor. The subject is extremely anxious of being separated from their armor and will remain inside it even in situations where wearing the armor is detrimental. In extreme cases, a subject will become entirely catatonic if separated from their armor.
     
  10. Blazere

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    Primeophobia.

    The weight of two HUGE things on your mind.

    Great thread man :thumb 
     
  11. DerVernichter

    DerVernichter Well-Known Member

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    @Scrapmaker: looking at Starscream, that disease makes an awful lot of sense.

    @bacon4e: now I really want to see Rung having Animated Sentinel Prime as his patient!

    @Jumbotron: It'd be so sweet if they'd explore your Loadbearer's complex through IDW Kup!

    @Blazere: Thanks!

    Here are some more goodies:

    - irracional fear of 'bots and 'cons sporting faceplates and\or visors, and of what could potentially lie behind said masks.

    - fear that one day your head transforms into a little robot and runs away

    OR

    - the delusion that your head has already transformed and ran away, and that said headformer will do anything to prevent its former owner from finding it.

    - fear of Swerve potentially never shutting up

    Keep 'em coming, handsomes!
     
  12. Honorbound

    Honorbound The Working Hermit

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    Somatic Detachment Syndrome: Despite being mechanical sentients, capable of replacing their body parts at will, Transformers are as attached to their parts as any organic sapient, and will usually attempt arduous repair of the original part before settling for a replacement. (I'm assuming that Forged vs Cold Construction is uniquely IDW, and that Transformers aren't so casual about damage as in some other universes - after all, just because they can replace a limb or an eye doesn't mean that it isn't agonizing to lose one - or I could say that the vast majority of the IDW cast suffers from this disorder, having fought a brutal war for millions of years).

    Sufferers of this particular mental disorder are different: when a Transformer undergoes upgrades at too rapid a pace for their mind to adjust, and the subject begins to view their own body parts with a clinical detachment - after all, it's just a machine, right? For the most part, this syndrome is minor and temporary, but there have been extreme cases where the subject, having undergone total body reconstruction, has no attachment whatsoever to his or her own superstructure, and will, for example, perform self-amputation to replace damaged limbs, viewing it to be easier and faster than repairing the damaged limb. To the subject, their own body is nothing more than a tool, like a wrench or a data slug.
     
  13. WilyMech

    WilyMech Well-Known Member

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    I created an illness that is more physical called System Shock it is where a bot is released to early CR causes the internal systems to go haywire. Eventually the body tries to compensate for over stimulated or under stimulated systems without medical back up it can be fatal.

    Orgo-phobia fear of organics.

    Believing that all vehicles are intelligent and trying to free them from organic masters. That drones do not exist and that metal machines are alive no matter to the contrary....
     
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    Let's see...

    Displacia Waspinatus - Identity disorder in which the subject habitually refers to oneself in the third person, often carrying entire conversations with itself. Severe cases also develop a paranoid fear of universal hatred.

    Hive Mindedness - embracing a particular rank within a faction for fear of rejection, the subject is known to engage in reckless behavior without regard for itself, sometimes accompanied by forcing others to participate in the fantasy.

    C.O.M.B. - "Car On My Back" Syndrome - found in smaller 'bots with simplistic transformations.

    Veldar's Disease - an affliction most common in aerial forms, denoted by an elongated head. Read: Seekers; Powerglide.

    Protophobia - the fear that sum scale-belly, yella' tin-horn nidjit 'll try n'be tuffer'n ya. All's you gotta do is KICK THEIR KEESTER! Less'n they can...back their claim...

    Multitasking deficiency: The inability to fly a boat full of autobots AND hold a conversation with a dinobot. Or, the inhibition of one's skill in mentally controlling several thousand drones while talking to a gorilla.

    Matricular Disfunction - the inability to open a matrix...DAMMIT!

    I'm sure I'll think of more.

    -Kronatron
     
  15. Grimlock22

    Grimlock22 This is noise

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    Tailgateideaist - the belief that all machines are alive regardlessof origin

    Primustalion-belief that one is a "vessel" of primus or above primus (it is believed that both Nova Prime and Sentinel Prime had this, as well as Megatronos a.k.a the fallen)
     
  16. Ampere

    Ampere Isn't the sharpest crayon

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    In WFC/FOC it seems to be a pretty common thing that a bot or con could become invisible. What if a few of them were such heavy users of the device or ability that they believed they are always invisible and/or undetectable? Especially when they don't even have camouflage device or jamming devices of any kind on them anymore. That could definitely be bad if left untreated.

    Also, I can imagine a few minibots and especially minicons would have crippling phobias of being crushed or harmed by larger bots. Some might have it so bad they can't even be in the same room or even think about being around any Cybertronians that are larger than they are.

    Edit: Thought of some names. Cloaker's Delusion and Bulkaphobia? I dunno... those are terrible. XD
     
  17. Stardust262

    Stardust262 Moe is the Only Way

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    Centronondisjunction - a syndrome where a Cybertronian is born without the ability to send mental commands to his/her Transformation Cog. This results in uncontrollable transformations, occurring at random with no prior warning. Subsequently, those affected lack the ability to transform at all unless one of these random occurrences takes ahold of them, resulting in the possibility of a Cybertronian being trapped in his or her alternate mode with no method of escape aside from waiting for another random transformation. Treatments are early in development, with the only successful "solution" being the removal of one's Transformation Cog entirely.

    Cyclonus' Disease - a disease which remains dormant within a Cybertronian until a traumatic experience occurs in his or her life. Following this traumatic event, one develops an alternate personality in order to suppress the trauma experienced by the other personality. Crazed laughter and a psychotic demeanor are commonplace attributes developed by the alternate personality.
     
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    - Alternate Mode Inversion Syndrome - For most Cybertronians, the bipedal humanoid 'robot' mode is the preferred default and the vehicle/object/whatever is the alternate mode. Subjects with AMIS, however, have a preference for being in their vehicular mode and view this as their primary mode and their bipedal robot mode as the alternate. Where a typical Cybertronian would walk somewhere, subjects with AMIS fly or drive. When sitting around with chatting with friends, an AMIS subject will be in vehicle mode even if everyone else is in robot mode. This is not to be confused with Cybertronians who are just trying to show off the aesthetics of their vehicle mode, AMIS patients are simply more comfortable in their vehicle mode and see it as their main form. The main impact of this disorder can be social isolation, as other Cybertronians are uncomfortable having extended conversations with a car, jet or photocopier. AMIS subjects generally do not consider themselves to have a disorder. There is a movement for Cybertronian society to adapt to those who prefer their vehicle mode and end 'discrimination' against those with AMIS.

    - Multicomponent Personality Disorder - In this disorder, a Cybertronian believes themselves to be a gestalt despite all physical evidence to the contrary. In milder cases, the subject fears that their 'components' may someday decide to separate, effectively killing them. As the syndrome progresses, subjects may begin to imagine or assign names and personalities to each of their limbs, their torso and even other body parts. In extreme cases, the subject's mind fragments and they manifest separate personalities for each part of the body. Subjects with advanced disease have been documented having long, sometimes violent, arguments with their own limbs. Incidence of this disorder has increased somewhat following contact with the Ammonites and Terradores.
     
  19. Ampere

    Ampere Isn't the sharpest crayon

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    About two years ago I made a fan character with a similar problem. He was a jet Decepticon named Plummet that had this involuntary transformation problem. I didn't develop him any more than that because I thought it made him seem like a Gary-Stu. ._.
     
  20. Stardust262

    Stardust262 Moe is the Only Way

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    That name is extremely fitting for someone with that condition.
     
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