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What are the differences between Transformers’ Autobots and Decepticons?

The two races of Cybertron have been at war for thousands of years. While the Autobots and Decepticons share a common origin, they have important differences.

What are the differences between Transformers’ Autobots and Decepticons?

The story of Transformers, since its origins in the 80s, has told the conflict between two sides of the planet Cybertron, the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, and the Decepticons, led by Megatron. This time we quickly review the differences between these two groups that have been at war for thousands of years.

Origins of the Autobots and Decepticons

A good starting point to learn more about these two groups would be to revisit their origin stories. However, several of the different origin stories where the Autobots and Decepticons have appeared have changed over time, either their appearances in the original cartoon, or in their multiple comic book versions. However, there is one thing always in common: Cybertron. For practical purposes, and considering that it should be the origin of everything, this is a small summary of what happened on Cybertron in the 1984 cartoon.

Millions of years ago, a race of alien robots called the Quintessons created the Transformers to mine Cybertron for resources and a military force to protect the mines, their products, and Cybertron itself. One of these robots broke free of its programming, rebelled with other robots, and drove the Quintessons from the world. Civilization flourished and entered a Golden Age, but its energy consumption eventually led to a civil war between the manufacturing robots, the Autobots, and the warring military, the Decepticons. The war forced both sides to flee Cybertron in search of new energy sources. Optimus Prime led a ship with a small group of Autobots, but it was attacked by the Decepticons. This battle caused the Autobot ship, known as the Ark, to set course for Earth, where it crashed, freezing the Autobots and Decepticons for millennia.

Autobots and Decepticons: Differences

The Autobots and Decepticons are two very different factions with very different goals that have been locked in a bitter conflict for centuries. While maintaining the ‘80s-’90s good versus evil, the Autobots are a force for good, while the Decepticons are a force for evil. The outcome of the war between the two factions will determine the fate of both Cybertron and Earth.

The Autobots are led by Optimus Prime, a wise and compassionate leader who always puts the needs of others before his own. A powerful warrior, Optimus is also a skilled diplomat and negotiator, willing to listen to the other side and find a peaceful solution to conflict.

The Decepticons are led by Megatron, a ruthless and ambitious warlord who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. A powerful warrior, Megatron is also a cunning and manipulative leader. Quick to anger and easily provoked, he often makes rash decisions that lead to disaster.


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