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Autobot Insignia
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics, Dreamwave Productions, Fun Publications, Titan Magazines, IDW Publishing, and Devil's Due Publishing
First appearanceThe Transformers #1
(September 1984)
In-story information
Base(s)Cybertron, Earth, Iacon, Autobot City (G1), the Ark, Cybertron Base (RID), Diego Garcia (ROTF), Washington, D.C. (DOTM), and Autobot Omega Outpost One (Prime)
Leader(s)Primus, Dynasty of Primes, Optimus Prime, Rodimus Prime, Sentinel Prime, Ultra Magnus, Bumblebee

The Autobots are (usually) the main protagonists in the Transformers multimedia franchise, and are depicted in a collection of various toys, cartoons, films, graphic novels, and paperback books first introduced in 1984. The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are opposed by the Decepticons, the main antagonists in the universe of the Transformers, headed by Megatron.[1][2][3]


Both Autobots and Decepticons have "sparks", which function as souls and contain their minds and personality. They can transform into machines, vehicles and other familiar mechanical objects, as well as mimic organic lifeforms (Dinobots). Autobots typically transform into cars, trucks and other road vehicles; some exceptions transform into aircraft, military vehicles, communication devices, weapons, or robotic animals. These Autobots are often grouped into special "teams" that have the suffix "-bot" at the end, such as in Dinobot (Decepticon groups' names end in "-con").

In Japan, the Autobots are called "Cybertrons" (サイバトロン, Saibatoron)[4] except in the film series, Transformers Animated, and Transformers: Prime, where they are referred to as Autobots (オートボット, Ōtobotto). In Italy, they are called "Autorobot". The Autobot insignia is also sometimes referred to as an "Autobrand" in issue #14 of the Marvel Comics series. The descendants of the Autobots, the Maximals from Transformers: Beast Wars, are also known as Cybertrons in Japan.

In the Michael Bay live action films, as well as in the CGI-animated series Transformers: Prime, the title Autobots is explained to be the short version of the title Autonomous Robotic Organisms.


There are different factions of the Autobots:

  • Dinobots - These are the Autobots who have dinosaur forms.
  • Aerialbots - These are the Autobots whose alternate forms are based on flying vehicles.
  • Protectobots - These are the Autobots who are charged with protecting and rescuing humans.
  • Technobots - These are the Autobots who are as smart as scientists.
  • Throttlebots - These are the Autobots who are fast and agile.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

In all Transformers stories, the Autobots and their adversaries, the Decepticons, originated on the planet Cybertron. The planet is almost always depicted as a purely metallic body.[5] The capital of Cybertron is Iacon. In later issues of the Marvel comic line, Cybertron is shown to have weather, such as rain.[6]

Transformers: Aligned[edit]

Team Prime
Publication information
PublisherTitan Magazines, IDW Publishing, Del Rey Books
First appearance"Darkness Rising, Part 1"
Created byHasbro
In-story information
Base(s)Omega Outpost One, Hangar E, the Nemesis, Fire Station Prime
Member(s)Autobots: Optimus Prime (leader), Ratchet, Arcee, Bumblebee, Bulkhead, Smokescreen, Wheeljack, Ultra Magnus and Cliffjumper (deceased).
Decepticons: Knock Out
Predacons: Predaking, Skylynx and Darksteel.
Humans: Jack Darby, Miko Nakadai, Raf Esquivel, William Fowler and June Darby.
Rescue Bots: Heatwave, Chase, Boulder, Blades, Hoist and Medix

A group of Autobots (referred to as Team Prime) appear in the 2010 computer animated series Transformers: Prime, led by Optimus Prime.[7] The video game Transformers: War for Cybertron give a backstory to the Autobots days on Cybertron.

Transformers: Prime – The Game[edit]

Set within an alternate timeline that parallels the show's second season, the Autobots (Team Prime) appear in Transformers: Prime – The Game. Optimus Prime, Arcee, Bulkhead, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jack, Miko and Raf embark on a journey to defeat the villainous Megatron and the Decepticons[8] in his plan to use his secret new weapon.[9][10] The Decepticons intercept a mysterious meteor approaching the Earth, and the Autobots arrive to try and thwart the Decepticons' plans. A massive eruption of power during the battle on the meteor breaks out, and the Autobots become separated from Jack, Miko and Raf, who are monitoring them at base. Unknown to the Autobots and their human friends, the Decepticons have uncovered Thunderwing, an ancient power that they will use to try to take over the Earth.[11]

Transformers: Prime[edit]

In Transformers: Prime, with Cybertron dead, the Autobots scattered across the universe. A group landed on Earth consisting of Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Bumblebee, and Bulkhead and which Arcee and Cliffjumper join later. This small team of Autobots led by Optimus is rechristened Team Prime. During the final four episodes of the season, the Autobots unwillingly team up with Megatron to battle a legendary threat to Earth's existence,[12] Unicron.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Transformers: Autobots Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  2. ^ "A brief history of the Transformers". Malaysia Star. 2004-11-09. Archived from the original on 2005-11-12. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  3. ^ "DVD Review: Transformers The Complete First Season 25th Anniversary". Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  4. ^ Bellomo, Mark (15 September 2010). Totally Tubular '80s Toys. Krause Publications. ISBN 9781440216473. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Marvel US issue #1, page 1, panel 2: "No rock or soil or sand contributed to its bizarre geography." "Its content was entirely mechanical."
  6. ^ Marvel US issue #76, page 9-19
  7. ^ "BotCon 2010 "Transformers: Prime" Panel Coverage". 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  8. ^ "Transformers Prime rolling out this year". Gamespot. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  9. ^ CVG Staff for (2012-03-15). "Nintendo News: Transformers Prime: The Game announced". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  10. ^ Hunter, John (2012-03-15). "Transformers Prime Coming This Year – Transformers Prime – Nintendo Wii". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  11. ^ George, Richard (May 8, 2012). "Gearing Up for Transformers Prime". IGN. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  12. ^ Van, Peter. "SDCC 2011 - Transformers: Prime Preview - He Is Coming, But Who Is It?". TFormers. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  13. ^ Diem. "Transformers: Prime Future Characters Revealed". Retrieved July 26, 2011.

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