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The Autobot Hierarchy by Trecathlus The Autobot Hierarchy by Trecathlus
THE AUTOBOT HIERARCHY
Revised December 31, 2009

This is my vision of a relatively uncomplicated organizational Autobot chart. As it includes every single named Autobot, some of them could be considered difficult to place, but I did my best to find a suitable spot for everyone.

The chart is fairly large, but there simply was no way to make it smaller, what with the sheer number of Autobots available to depict. The Decepticon chart will take up considerably less space.

CLARIFICATIONS

Further to various comments I have received with regard to this image, I feel it necessary to point out certain conditions applicable to my choice of arrangement and labeling. The primary condition: My work is based solely on the isolated U.S. G1 continuity as it originally appeared in cartoon form in the 1980s. I therefore consider any retroactive references added to later franchises, such as BEAST WARS, BEAST MACHINES, or ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, to be without relevance to my work.

In other words, if a BEAST MACHINES toy tech spec suggests that the function of an obscure one-off character was such and such, I do not care. If an episode of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE claims that DION was rebuilt into ULTRA MAGNUS (which is an admitted nod to a fan theory as part of a translation from a Japanese TV series, at that), I reserve the right to discount it.

I draw upon the following three sources:

VISUAL REPRESENTATION - THE U.S. G1 TV SERIES (and a little bit of the comic book)

The TV series represents roughly 95 % of visual references. In the relatively few cases where facial / cranial representation in the TV series is as scarce as to be unusable for reference, I have drawn upon their depictions in either THE TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE or some of their appearances in the original comic book. I would have preferred that all of my references be intrinsic to the TV series, but these alternate sources are acceptable as the finalized character models were used for all G1 permutations.

FUNCTIONS AND TITLES - THE TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE

The TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE forms the basis of both the original comic book and TV series characters and the latter medium, though it tends to be less concretely stated, follows the functions and titles in the former described. That is how I am able to determine, for example, that TAILGATE is a scout or that TANTRUM is a fueler.

FUNCTIONS AND TITLES - TOY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

In extremely few instances, official toys appeared as characters in the TV series and did not receive TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE profiles. For their functions, I had to consult their toy tech specs. That allowed me, for instance, to designate SWERVE as a metallurgist.



SINGULAR SERIES-ONLY CHARACTERS

So what of one-off characters that were neither made into toys nor featured in contemporaneous media?

All there is to base functions upon is the dialogue and action taking place in a character's episode appearance. In some cases, these obscure characters have been mentioned and even enlarged upon in official latter-day media, but given my isolated frame of reference, I ignore these retroactive depictions, which are often made simply to appeal to fans with whom they originate.

To reiterate my earlier point: If an IDW comic book were to claim that DEVCON used to be a Cybertronian mailman, it has absolutely no bearing on the way I choose to present the character -- because it never came up in THE GAMBLER.

I welcome anyone to disagree with my structuring and classification of the characters, but do me the gracious favour of not arguing with it or telling me I am wrong in any context outside of the original U.S. G1 universe.

That is all.

Thank you.
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This is really cool! I love the whole idea of of hierarchy, it's definitely original. I've never seen this before. :) How long did this take you? It looks like it took a while.... Every Autobot's job totally makes me think of them (and I agree with their occupation choice). Seeing this makes me extremely want to watch all of the episodes again! *goes to tv*.

Honestly, I can't find anything to actually criticize... it's all too awesome! Maybe the medics could be separated form the science division?? What about giving a medic to the Airealbots, Protectobots, etc.?

Above all, this is very wonderful work!!!!! :D You did a very nice job! I'm being sarcastic here, but maybe you could make one for comics, or OC's from around da? <---- Just kidding. Very nice job, and keep up the great work!

~CTA
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Backfire37 Dec 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet!
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Trecathlus Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As OMEGA SUPREME once said: "Compliment: Appreciated." :D
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lonewolf82084 Mar 21, 2013  Student Writer
Your forgetting Quickswitch
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Trecathlus Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, lonewolf82084.

As I've tried to explain in my deviation description, I only feature characters who were seen in the original U.S. G1 TV series and QUICKSWITCH, though he is indeed a G1 toy and character, never appeared. He did show up in a commercial and I'm sure he would have been included in the TV show if there had been a full fourth season, but that will only ever be a coulda-been. :-)

Thank you for the faves! :D
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lonewolf82084 Mar 22, 2013  Student Writer
Your welcome. and it's not that I don't like it, it's just Quickswitch is one of my favorites. Not criticizing, just wish he was included.
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Trecathlus Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understood -- and very well understand how you feel. :-)
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lonewolf82084 Mar 24, 2013  Student Writer
Ok. Btw what are your top 10 Autobots?
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Trecathlus Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My Top Ten? Hmm. I'm not good at picking favourites -- I like a lot of them for different reasons -- but since you ask, I'll give it a shot.

In no particular order:

Optimus Prime
Omega Supreme
Smokescreen
Mirage
Blaster
Tracks
Perceptor
Wheeljack
Swoop
Silverbolt

Those came to mind now, but the next time I get asked, I might not pick the exact same list. :-)

Your turn!
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lonewolf82084 Mar 29, 2013  Student Writer
10.Windcharger
9.Cliffjumper
8.Grimlock
7.Springer
6.Kup
5.Prowl
4.Blaster
3.Optimus Prime
2.First Aid
And #1 on my top 10 favorite Autobots
1. Ironhide
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Trecathlus Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I notice most of these characters had very prominent episodes. That was often what made my like certain guys -- if they had a showcase episode that made them shine a little brighter and tell you something more about them.
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