The Female Autobots from Dreamwave Productions.
|Publisher||Dreamwave Productions, Fun Publications|
|First appearance||"The Search for Alpha Trion"
(November 12, 1985)
The Female Autobots is the name of a group in the various Transformers universes. They usually possess the outward appearance of humanoid females.
Transformers: Generation 1
The Female Autobots (known in Japan as the Woman Cybertrons) were seen in the 1985 animated television series, in which they were indicated to be rare, and believed extinct by most other Transformers. They did not appear in the American Marvel comic book series, where it was specifically stated that Transformers do not have genders. It is very clear that the difference between male and female Transformers is much more than the shape of their bodies, it is a sociocultural difference, with each "gender" possessing—in a general sense—the traits usually associated, at least partially stereotypically, with the human genders.
The team as it originally appeared consisted of six members, Elita One, Chromia, Firestar, Moonracer, Greenlight and Lancer. Elita One, Firestar, and Moonracer are all voiced by Morgan Lofting, Chromia is voiced by Linda Gary, and Greenlight and Lancer went unnaned and had no dialogue. Given his supportive role to the team in the cartoon, Alpha Trion might be considered a member in that continuity as well.
Four million years ago, the Female Autobots parted ways with Optimus Prime's team as he lead his ship the Ark on a mission to gather energon. Elita One wanted to come with him but Optimus insisted it was too dangerous. Optimus vowed to return for them, but caught in an explosion, Optimus believed them to be destroyed. In 1985, Elita One is the female Autobot commander on Cybertron trying to liberate the planet from the corrupt grip of the Decepticon guardian of Cybertron, Shockwave. Advised by Alpha Trion, she led a group of female Autobot resistance fighters including Chromia, Firestar, and Moonracer. Elita One is captured and used as bait by Shockwave to lure Optimus Prime into a deadly trap. As Shockwave predicted, Optimus Prime traveled back to Cybertron to uphold his promise and save his love. Ironhide, Inferno, and Powerglide follow him. They are soon joined with Optimus and Elita. The Decepticons, defeated, retreat. The Autobots wish they could stay with them, but they have to go back to Earth, as the Decepticons are there, while Alpha Trion gives the Female Autobots a new base. They would make no further appearances after this.
Elita One, Chromia, Firestar and Moonracer appeared briefly in the final issue of Dreamwave Comics Generation One series among the female Transformers sent by the Quintessons to Cybertron. Although they were supposed to participate in the next plot arc, involving the return of Optimus Prime, the company's closure left this story unfinished.
The Female Autobots appeared in the story "Battle Lines, Part 6". In order to gather energy for the sapped Autobots, a crew was formed to pilot the Ark. The Female Autobots were to be part of the crew, but a Decepticon attack blocked her and others from reaching the ship before it departed. Soon after, as their current reserve of energies was dangerously low, Elita joined her comrades still on the planet in stasis hibernation pods to await the return of energy resources to their planet.
As in other continuities, female Autobots in Transformers: Prime are incredibly rare. Though she predated the Autobot and Decepticon movements by eons, Solus Prime was featured as the first female Transformer. She is mentioned as one of the Thirteen Primes who did battle with Unicron, and her mystical forge-an artifact that could craft any material into a desired object in the hand of a Prime-was a contested resource during the second and early third seasons. Transformers: The Covenant of Primus also mentioned Elita One as an early female Transformer who participated in the rebellion against the Quintessons.
The most prominently featured female Autobot in the series was Arcee, who served as a member of Team Prime.
- Transformers: The Ultimate Guide by Simon Furman page 37