Side note - this is my first time making a thread in the updated system and it's SOOOOOOO nice. If there's any mods in the thread nice work - being able to watch my thread and get emails about it is a nice touch. So back to the main idea - among the fandom, I've noticed dislike, growing into contempt, for any human characters in a Transformers movie. They hate that they take away screen time from the robots, they hate how flat they usually are, they hate that they don't do anything... and these are valid(ish) complaints. The current human characters in the films are, for the most part, pretty boring. But I think there's a reason for that. They are so far removed from the coolest thing about the movies - that is, the robots. Think about it - the only human with a real close connection to a Transformer until AOE was Sam and Bumblebee, and personally that was my favorite part about them both (I also disliked Sam and fucking despise Bumblebee). They had an interesting relationship, something like a big brother and little brother, only they occasionally switched roles, which helped make them all the more intriguing. I was honestly a little shocked no one else had this relationship, particularly characters like Epps and Lennox - you think as soldiers they'd have the brothers in arms bond with the robots. We never really saw this again until Cade and Optimus, whose relationship seems to be based off mutual respect - Optimus respects Cade for saving his life, and Cade respects Optimus for sparing his. Over time this grows in a natural way, leading to a strong bond between them. I think people are too quick to judge on the potential of human characters (though I understand being disappointed because of how that potential has been squandered). Think of a human and a Transformer with such a strong bond that they practically consider each other family. Or a human who idolizes a Transformer that doesn't give two shits about him. Or a Transformer who has to supress their genuine emotional love for a human because one of them is a 25 foot tall robot (Kiss Players references aside that's an interesting dynamic that pushes too close into "fan fic" territory to ever really be explored further and that makes me sad). Idk. There's lot that can be done with the humans. Of course this isn't a be all end all to the character, there's still backstory, motivations, all that stuff that has to go into making a good character before the robots ever get involved. But it's a possibility that could hopefully alleviate some dislike towards humans.