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londonprophecy:

goingloco:

londonprophecy:

v-is-for-vincent:

fishbug:

linden-flowers:

officialbumblebee:

dataglitch:

canine-mechanic:

How he managed to even blow a bubble is anyone’s guess. 

based off this

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Is the cutie sad? not to worry, husband is coming to the rescue.

#it makes sense because,TAILGATE IS TWO WEEKS OLD :U,so he would do these adorable baby things,but at the same time he’s like… grown up,so he has a robo husband to cheer him up,yes,robo husband come blow bubbles for me~
~lizwuzthere

those tags tho

ok I’m just going to say this real quick, Tailgate is not two weeks old. It was said that where he was born blew up two weeks before the ark took off. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he was just created/born right then. Since Tailgate hated his previous function, I think it had to take more than two weeks to experience and realize what he thought and felt about it. Tailgate is a precious baby-child at heart and that is undeniable, it’s his personality, but I”m quite doubtful that he is considered an actual baby.

No blowing up here, in the only place Rivets Field is ever mentioned. He was born two weeks before he fell into a six-million year coma. Right there on the page.

All this states is that Rivets Field blew up two weeks before the Ark took off, nothing else. It implies that two weeks before the take off Tailgate had already lost his home, just like Cyclonus lost Tetrahex during the reconfiguration. Neither one has a place to go back to because it doesn’t exist any more, except in their memories. Tailgate was leaving Cybertron because he no longer had a home.

It’s not possible for Tailgate to appreciate his position in Cybertronian society (i.e.: calling himself a humble sluice bot) if he doesn’t have the experience to support his views.

I don’t have the panels because I’m on my mobile but actually “ignite” refers to the Rivet Fields /Igniting/, not “blowing up” or “setting on fire”. It refers to the River Fields being created not them being destroyed. The River Fields where obviously a spark field, a hotspot where one of the natural pulses cybertron sent out and fertilised with sparks. (Like when all the sparks on Luna-1’s surface ignited although we don’t know exactly how they did) Tailgate is obviously one if those sparks.

As for him hating his job, it’s implied cybertronains are born “adults”. I presume they are naive and needy but I don’t know about you but I think any being forced to clean what Tailgate was would hate their existence. You don’t have to be millions if years old to realise sewage work is a shitty job.

I’m pretty sure you could ask JRo on twitter and he’d say that TG was two weeks old at the launch if the ark. In fact I’m pretty sure he said it back when the comic came out

I guess you mean this panel

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People thought “ignite” meant it blew up? And also thought Tailgate lived there? Rivets Field was a hot spot, it ignited aka the sparks came to life, where harvested and put into bodies. Here is what it looks like:

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Tailgate didn’t live there, his spark was “born” there, that’s all. 
London said it all already but: Rivets Field ignited 2 weeks before Ark took off = Tailgate was born 2 weeks before Ark took off/he fell in stasis

Yes! Those were the panels I was talking bout! Thank you Loco uwu

gadding-about:

The Worldbuilding Internet Library is a directory of web resources for fantasy writers and other people who make art about imaginary or historical places.

Whether you’re looking for an overview of how climate works or an exhaustive discussion of eighteenth-century undergarments, you can use the Worldbuilding Internet Library’s collection of web resources to aide you in creating rich, realistic settings.

All resources are selected and evaluated by a library science graduate and novelist (me). Frustrated with unreliable Google searches and the discovery that there is not actually a Wikipedia article about everything, this collection started as a personal research library to supplement trips to the brick-and-mortar variety.

Grabbed this link from the LJ little_details community which is AMAZINGLY helpful for sorting out, well, little details in stories. They’ve told me how much blood you can get out of one-year-old sheep, info on policing in London prior to Peel’s Acts, how to figure out how much weight hot air can support, and helped me dig up a list of historical toponyms in Germany, for all of which I will be eternally grateful. If you don’t have an LJ with which to join the community, you’ll probably still find the site above chock-full of helpful and utterly fascinating information.

Wow this sounds super useful. 

(via rhiannon42)

windwave:

driftsmybitch:

windwave:

iwanita:

windwave:

driftsmybitch:

windwave:

windwave:

Hey-hey, guys, i have question O__o”

Why in english-fics there is so small number of methods of interface between TF? Spikes - most of all, some Spark-connection… and nothing else?

And what about wires and cables? O___o”

Distillation of the fuel?

Connection with

Awaww :3 you make me happy *_*” 

but why spike/valve is most common? .__. it’s most humanized kind of interface, i know, but…

In my fanfics I describe a method that’s pretty similar to the way you connect USB port cables, SATA cables and jack-in ports. Depending on the level of intimacy of a sexual act it’s the number and kind of cables connected to each other’s boards. Usually placed either in the side of the body, bellow the armpit, back of the neck and a panel in the middle of the chest (Which is in turn connected directly to the mech’s laser core and right beside the spark-core).

Not exactly the most arousing kind of sex for normal humans to read though… .___.

*HUGS MANY HUGS*

yesssss *_______* 

my lovliest (when i write smth) way of interface *____* and i like those fact, that they can  placed in many ports all over the body *_*

and - ok - i don’t think, that TF-connection must be “normal” to human.)

more unnormal connection!))

If I may give my humble opinion, Cybertronians are (obviously) not humans and they don’t breed like we do. They do it with the Allspark or Vector Sigma, depending on the universe. So, there is (obviously) no need for them to have human-like body parts for sex.

So, for me, the best way for them to share intimacy and pleasure is by cables (my favourite), EM field play (uh, I also like that), spark-merging (meh, not my favourite, I personally think sparks should be untouchable, but for some people like it). I also like when they tease each other making their engines rev and purr and when flyers caress their wings :3

Sorry for the long answer.

No need to sorry, i really want to speak about it *__*

Purr of engines - yesss *__* like this to, all this expression of emotions and feeling from mechs *_*

I loved Iwanita’s answer!! We like the same things!! Also I don’t think sparks should be free in the open for others to touch… it’s their “soul” and they could die… D:

Purring and revving engines… HOT HOT HOT HOT!!!! *fans myself*


Drift: Girls… why do you have a picture of my sata cable?? .____.

Yes, Drift, gave us some pics. We want it XD

and about Spark… well. in my mind it is the closest kind of connection between TF, when to mech trust each other with no doubt - and in this situation they may have Spark-relations…. *O*

Gosh I am so late to the conversation, time and coherent thought just didn’t happen simultaneously over the weekend so I couldn’t respond until now.

I’d love to trade meta-thoughts on this subject because I’m in the process of sorting out my own head canon regarding interfacing and I love picking other people’s brains. Frankly I like all the options for different reasons, and am trying to find decent meta reasons for the existence of spike/value interfacing and all that goes with it. I love it for PWP fics but when I start world building I just can’t get rid of the WHY question. I have it partially figured out but… yeah.

This thread is getting kind of long though so maybe I should start another…? One without images so Tumblr can cut the length when needed. I also have a master post/article on this topic that I’ll blog eventually, but I kind of want to do some meta discussion first so I can coalesce whatever comes out of that into the article.

Haha, yes I’m into this subject. But worldbuilding and sex are two of my favorite topics, and doing them in a scifi universe? Fun stuff! :D

(via wind-wave)

nellasaur:

motherslagger:

I’m sorry but I refuse to take Dreadwing seriously. 

He’s a Skyquake repaint.

And they try to justify this laziness by saying “they’re twinsies!”

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It’s not laziness, it’s frugality? The people behind TFP have said multiple times that novel animation models are expensive, and that they intend to reuse as much as they can. While it is kind of frustrating that they reused an old model instead of taking the opportunity to design a new one, I think they handled it pretty well.

Frankly, I’m surprised they bothered to explain away the visual similarity at all. They didn’t have to. They could have just handwaved it, as simple as not having any of the characters notice in the context of the ep that Dreadwing is a recolored Skyquake. Instead, they took the opportunity presented by reusing the model and ran with it, lampshading the reuse by having the ‘Bots mistake Dreadwing for Skyquake at first and expanding the scope of the world by canonizing the concept of split-spark twins into this particular TF ‘verse.

Personally, I think that’s pretty neat— but of course, your mileage may vary (and obviously does).

I knew this would come up — haha. Frankly, given a choice, I’d rather they reuse models if it means they have more budget for incredible expressive animation like OP in Wheeljack’s ship or the way a super concerned Arcee ran in to check on Bulkhead. (That’s the stuff that usually gets shorted since there’s always emphasis on action.) If it helps them keep the production quality on par then I’m good with it.

The only thing I might beg for is a different head mold, just to give a little more individuality. But well, maybe that’s not as simple as it sounds to me?

And I’m happy about canonizing spark twins in this universe too, so I feel like I came out ahead.

ladyofdragons:

nellasaur:

It’s been part of my personal fanon for this ‘verse since “Operation: Breakdown” that there are certain components of Cybertronian anatomy that can’t just be rebuilt and replaced time and again. After all, why else wouldn’t Knock Out have just given Breakdown…

Wow, alright! I finally have time to respond to this! :D It’s so exciting!  :3

Mild tangent first— I don’t have a –huge- issue with the lack of Cybertronian jargon for anatomy… but my preference would be a mix of the two. From a personal style point of view, I see no reason not to use mech jargon and human anatomy interchangeably when it comes to things that serve the same function – EG, everything on Earth that walks has “feet”; translate the Cybertronian word for that into English and you’d get various things including “feet”. It’s my feeling that the use of both can be a very powerful tool, when it’s intentional. Mech jargon calls attention to how the characters are different – alien, exotic, robotic, metallic, hard, even cold and impersonal depending on context. Use of human anatomy words emphasizes the similarities between the races – emotion, expression, vulnerability, soft/pliable, even warm and gentle depending on context. The latter makes them more relatable to us on a psychological level, while the former tends to make them less relatable and more exotic. So a writer could leverage that tactic as a tool to intentionally shift the audience’s perspective in any given scene. And additionally, for audiences that aren’t huge fanfic readers, using human anatomy terms tends to read as more neutral, meaning it doesn’t draw attention at all and allows the rest of the scene’s meaning to shine through in a clearer way. Too much mech jargon and it’ll start sound gimmicky to that type of audience.

That’s my stylistic choice viewpoint— a modification of one of the best things I ever learned in illustration class – that of making creative choices intentionally instead of intuitively, or at least, stopping to understand the “why” behind our intuitive choices so they can become intentional, allowing us to make them again.

\end tangent! Now, SCIENCE!

 I love all the points you had to share. Some are similar to ones I have while others are new and interesting! :D

 It makes absolute sense that transformation would create wear-and-tear, I hadn’t even considered that but it’s just an extension of the wear-and-tear a metallic object that gets daily use would see. Dings, scrapes, scratches, etc… Does that mean nanites would take care of something as simple as the paint transfer that occurs during interfacing (I am all too amused by this concept, the Cybertronian equivalent of a hickey) and melee combat? :3

 Your concepts of self repair and medical grade energon actually resonate with similar ones I have for my own original setting, which include a cyberorganic race with natural nanite colonies, so I can easily embrace those ideas for Cybertronians. I also very much like your explanation for the reason we don’t see CR chambers used much anymore, all of that makes a lot of sense, and I think some of the things we’ve seen in the IDW comics support this too.

 To expand on the idea of mechs knowing their own build are better at self repair… This hooks directly into the how successful self diagnostic programs are. Mechs don’t innately know when something is wrong anymore than we do, aside from the standard warning signs of pain/pressure/stress/feeling strange/etc. This is why Bee didn’t know his T-Cog was gone. Diagnostic scans must be run to detect anomalies and determine the nature of injuries, and the mech needs to trigger them in some way. Similar to a virus or malware scan on our computers, I imagine that full scans are more rare and take longer, perhaps daily, whereas mechs in combat can run light subroutines to report damage. But the primary point I’m making is that such scanning must be proactive—either manually triggered, setup on a schedule, as part of a larger program (battle mode).

 I had always wondered about how aging should work… I currently can’t recall specific mention of any Cybertronian dying of old age, but the universe’s natural balance should inflict a method of population control on any natural race… For a while I wondered if that’s why Cybertronians tend to be natural fighters, because WAR is their population control… >__>;;  But I like you idea better, because it gives me less FEELS. ;A; I can also see additional physical degradation from the quality of the fuel and raw materials they intake. Impurities would need to be purged (known ones likely would be) and if they weren’t might lead to imperfections in their chassis and other anatomy. I imagine neglect can also be a factor… like skipping those full diagnostic scans or not updating firmware that would tell the systems what impurities to purge, etc…

Your concepts on nanorepair functions going haywire are really interesting! It’s a reminder that these are deeply complex beings and that every part, functional or structural, has the capacity to malfunction in some way.

 This is giving me so many wonderful things to play with, my fuzzy, vaporous head canon is consolidating into these beautiful fluffy little clouds and I want to just romp in them all night. :D

 I have other thoughts that are more disjointed – like the relationship between T-Cog and nanites, what generates nanites, and can that organ be removed same as the T-Cog can…? Time for me head home for now though!

nellasaur:

It’s been part of my personal fanon for this ‘verse since “Operation: Breakdown” that there are certain components of Cybertronian anatomy that can’t just be rebuilt and replaced time and again. After all, why else wouldn’t Knock Out have just given Breakdown a new optic? Why the eyepatch?

But they never came out and said as much in show— until now, anyway, and I am just writhing with glee.

I call the process of creating universally compatible components as pureforging, and I suspect it has something to do with the way mechanical components integrate with protoforms. I haven’t hammered out all the details on this particular bit of worldbuilding for my fanon yet, but I’m feeling a lot happier about expanding on it and using it now that the basic concept has been canon-confirmed.

The episode contained a wealth of information on Cybertronian biology and medicine and I am just so happy. THIS is the kind of worldbuilding I’ve been wanting to see out of this show!

(Wow, I suddenly want a GIF of the bit from Tron saying YESYESYESYES cuz that’s how I feel about this)

I wanted to babble about this so much earlier but I had to run out for dinner. But I am so happy about this for a multitude of reasons. Hubby and I have had extensive conversations on the nature of “irreparable damage”, based mostly off Bee’s lack of a vocalizer, (though Breakdown’s missing eye has always made me wonder if they couldn’t replace it or if he chose not to as a reminder of his mistakes. The way his dialogue is it’s hard to tell.)

It’s of particular note to me because my OC Flashpoint has a bit of early war history involving irreparable damage and I’ve had a hard time being satisfied with my explainations for it since there so little canon to work with.

There were several bits of incredible information in this episode. Aside from there being a stated differentiation between obviously interchangable/repairable parts and biological organs/anatomy that can’t be recreated/repaired, we also get the notion that  those irreplaceable biological structures can be harmed/damaged beyond the ability to “heal” them.

When Raf and Ratchet are conversing about how Bee’s voice box was damaged, Ratchet’s last comment, “Though the medic could have done better” sounds very much like skill/knowledge/experience come into play when trying to tend these kinds of injuries, and I would guess timing and resources (energon?) as well, much as it does with human medical emergencies. 

I am seriously giddy of all this info. It’s making me want to expand my head canon now too. In fact…

I’m going to create further conjecture and say that since there already exists the notion that nanites existing in the living metal (likely making it living in the first place?) is what allows Cybertronians to transform (splitting and reforming metal, re-configuring to a new altmode, a certain amount of self healing, etc) then I’m going to jump to several conclusions:

  • Such nanites are produced internally by the protoform, perhaps by a specific organ that is part of it.
  • These nanites must assimilate any new parts, upgrades, etc that are added so they can properly function and mesh with the rest of the Cybtertronian they are added to. Effectively going from an inert “part” on a shelf to a living portion of their new owner.
  • One could then assume there’s a “breaking in period” as this assimilation occurs, of undetermined length.

Hmmm, now comes the interesting speculation/decision of what the biological protoform generally consists of (core systems and structures) versus what is part of the mechanical exostructure.

LOOK! Meta word puke again. You people do this to me. (It’s quite fabulous)

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nellasaur:

ladyofdragons:

Does anyone who makes TF OCs ever bother with designing altmodes too? And I mean, aside from just choosing what it is? Are most people just like, ‘Fuck that shit, it’s hard!’

Do I need to have my head checked for doing that for my OC, and even trying to include a fair amount of recognizable altmode kibble in her robot form, and put it in places so there might be a believable transformation?

Cuz yeah, it IS hard. But it’s like I just can’t settle with handwaving it. I think I need to have my head checked.

I would have this project done so much faster if I didn’t care about these things. I am such a FREAK for character design. It should probably be embarrassing. 

The few times I actually bothered to attempt to sketch out OCs instead of describing them, I was always very careful to try to include recognizable kibble (if there was an Earth alt mode involved). Actually, the kibble was usually pretty important to the design because all my OCs were for Bayverse and their root modes are a MESS otherwise.

But I am barely an artist and certainly not a character designer, so I was mostly fumbling around, so I’m hardly a representative example.

I will say I admire the hell out of your dedication?

(lol reblogged before I could fix my “can’t” typo-goof, derp)

Its some strange marriage between dedication and insanity bound together by vows of stubbornness I think. XD I appreciate the encouragement!

It doesn’t help that Hubby is a toy guy so he’s fed me all these ideas… o_o; I love the challenge, but at the same time I want progress/accomplishment, so I’m gonna have to compromise at some point. 

I also have an intrinsic love of things that fit together and create a dynamic— but usually it’s more conceptual than physical. General themes, story circumstances and visuals that all relate. For example, I love that Knock Out’s name fits him in several wonderful ways that give it different meanings. As a vanity title, as a medic who has to anesthetize people and a fighter who carries a stick that shocks people into unconsciousness.

It’s weird, but those things just make me really happy. XD Patterns and interconnectedness. I just get all “OOooOOOOooooOOooo, this is so cool!” However, I think it’s what’s getting me into trouble when designing TF OCs. I both love and hate my brain.

nellasaur:

xarratha:

nellasaur:


“Why are femmes even important? They’re machines, they shouldn’t HAVE genders FORCED onto them.”

Yeah pretty much this.  It seems so self-evident to me that Cybertronians don’t have an intrinsic gender—or if they do it’s not qualified in a way that human gender is— that I mentally stumble when I come across people who treat them like they do.

Crap, accidentally deleted what I was saying. Okay… shorter this time.
I agree with OP, we shouldn’t force gender on them. Gender is societal, and Cybertronians undoubtedly have a rather different society than we do. The problem with this is: humans write the show, humans watch the show, and humans INTERPRET the show in terms of human experience. Argh, wording. Anyways, the point is that you can’t sidestep an issue by pretending it’s not there. The Cybertronians are written to have primarily masculine traits and most respond to masculine pronouns. Theoretically, a genderless species would seem either a mixture of masculine and feminine to us, or else seem so completely alien that “he” and “she” don’t apply. Ack, sidetracked again.
The point: humans are writing the show with genderless MASCULINE robots, reinforcing the flawed idea that masculinity is the default and feminity is the aberration. Argh wording. But… here, let me point you to someone who said it better: http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/05/24/male-as-the-neutral-default/

I promise you, this isn’t really something I need explained to me.  XD
My statement that, within the context of the fiction, it makes no sense for TF characters to be gendered as (predominantly) male in terms of the human gender binary is by no means meant to sidestep the fact that the metatext of the TF franchise of the whole is incredibly problematic when it comes to gender.  As I’ve discussed multiple times, on Tumblr and elsewhere, it’s pretty clear that Hasbro and many of the creators still consider Transformers a boy’s club— females are marginalized as characters and generally ignored as fans.  We ladies are not reflected well in TF fiction, partly because Hasbro continues to insist that TF is made by boys for boys.  The way that TF fiction reinforces maleness/stereotyped masculinity as the norm and femaleness/stereotyped femininity as the (inferior) exception via the Cybertronian characters identifying primarily as males is only one symptom of a much bigger illness.
In fact, I would argue that it’s misleading to say that TF is about genderless robots at all.  It’s very, very obvious that it’s about boy robots doing boy things with boy humans (and occasional females thrown into the mix as tokens).  Hasbro as a rule tends to sidestep the issue of either physical sexes or genders in Transformers as a species, and when they do address it, it’s often very glib (the “built to appease human feminists” origin for Arcee in the Marvel comics or the “it’s just a model type” word-of-god for Aligned continuity) or downright problematic (the “genderfucked against his will by Jhiaxus” origin for Arcee in the IDW comics).
Personally, I think it’s totally possible for human writers to produce human-interpreted fiction presented to a human audience and still write the Cybertronians as genderless (or possessing of a non-human gender system).  The fact that it doesn’t happen in TF is, frankly, because TF is lazy sci-fi from an internal consistency/wordbuilding perspective, not because it can’t or shouldn’t be done.   Hasbro is toeing the line by characterizing their TFs firmly within the lines of the stereotypical Western/European gender binary, and making their Cybertronians primarily male is pandering to their perception of their primary audience.
If Hasbro was willing to take a risk, or let its writers take a risk— or hell, let its writers write some real goddamn sci-fi— I daresay we might see a Cybertronian species where the aliens are actually alien and not just people in giant robot suits who sometimes talk using a peculiar lexicon of robotty terms.  It could be done in a way that’s totally comprehensible to its audience, and if a particularly deft hand were allowed to do it, it could also be done in a way that illuminates and challenges the gender hegemony instead of playing along with it.
Wouldn’t that be cool?

It’s a beautiful dream. ;______;
And yup, boy stuff sells better. Parents don’t want to explain non-binary genders to their kids. I’ll just be sobbing in my corner again.
Honestly though, the comics at least are targeted at older audiences who could explore exactly what you describe. Yet in a lot ways the writing seems worse in places. Arg. It’s such a missed opportunity. I just want to find someone and SHAKE THEM until their head pops off… X\ Though I suppose that would be counter productive.
I wonder… if we wanted to make notions and feelings like this known, who would we turn to?

nellasaur:

xarratha:

nellasaur:

“Why are femmes even important? They’re machines, they shouldn’t HAVE genders FORCED onto them.”

Yeah pretty much this. It seems so self-evident to me that Cybertronians don’t have an intrinsic gender—or if they do it’s not qualified in a way that human gender is— that I mentally stumble when I come across people who treat them like they do.

Crap, accidentally deleted what I was saying. Okay… shorter this time.

I agree with OP, we shouldn’t force gender on them. Gender is societal, and Cybertronians undoubtedly have a rather different society than we do. The problem with this is: humans write the show, humans watch the show, and humans INTERPRET the show in terms of human experience. Argh, wording. Anyways, the point is that you can’t sidestep an issue by pretending it’s not there. The Cybertronians are written to have primarily masculine traits and most respond to masculine pronouns. Theoretically, a genderless species would seem either a mixture of masculine and feminine to us, or else seem so completely alien that “he” and “she” don’t apply. Ack, sidetracked again.

The point: humans are writing the show with genderless MASCULINE robots, reinforcing the flawed idea that masculinity is the default and feminity is the aberration. Argh wording. But… here, let me point you to someone who said it better: http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/05/24/male-as-the-neutral-default/

I promise you, this isn’t really something I need explained to me. XD

My statement that, within the context of the fiction, it makes no sense for TF characters to be gendered as (predominantly) male in terms of the human gender binary is by no means meant to sidestep the fact that the metatext of the TF franchise of the whole is incredibly problematic when it comes to gender. As I’ve discussed multiple times, on Tumblr and elsewhere, it’s pretty clear that Hasbro and many of the creators still consider Transformers a boy’s club— females are marginalized as characters and generally ignored as fans. We ladies are not reflected well in TF fiction, partly because Hasbro continues to insist that TF is made by boys for boys. The way that TF fiction reinforces maleness/stereotyped masculinity as the norm and femaleness/stereotyped femininity as the (inferior) exception via the Cybertronian characters identifying primarily as males is only one symptom of a much bigger illness.

In fact, I would argue that it’s misleading to say that TF is about genderless robots at all. It’s very, very obvious that it’s about boy robots doing boy things with boy humans (and occasional females thrown into the mix as tokens). Hasbro as a rule tends to sidestep the issue of either physical sexes or genders in Transformers as a species, and when they do address it, it’s often very glib (the “built to appease human feminists” origin for Arcee in the Marvel comics or the “it’s just a model type” word-of-god for Aligned continuity) or downright problematic (the “genderfucked against his will by Jhiaxus” origin for Arcee in the IDW comics).

Personally, I think it’s totally possible for human writers to produce human-interpreted fiction presented to a human audience and still write the Cybertronians as genderless (or possessing of a non-human gender system). The fact that it doesn’t happen in TF is, frankly, because TF is lazy sci-fi from an internal consistency/wordbuilding perspective, not because it can’t or shouldn’t be done. Hasbro is toeing the line by characterizing their TFs firmly within the lines of the stereotypical Western/European gender binary, and making their Cybertronians primarily male is pandering to their perception of their primary audience.

If Hasbro was willing to take a risk, or let its writers take a risk— or hell, let its writers write some real goddamn sci-fi— I daresay we might see a Cybertronian species where the aliens are actually alien and not just people in giant robot suits who sometimes talk using a peculiar lexicon of robotty terms. It could be done in a way that’s totally comprehensible to its audience, and if a particularly deft hand were allowed to do it, it could also be done in a way that illuminates and challenges the gender hegemony instead of playing along with it.

Wouldn’t that be cool?

It’s a beautiful dream. ;______;

And yup, boy stuff sells better. Parents don’t want to explain non-binary genders to their kids. I’ll just be sobbing in my corner again.

Honestly though, the comics at least are targeted at older audiences who could explore exactly what you describe. Yet in a lot ways the writing seems worse in places. Arg. It’s such a missed opportunity. I just want to find someone and SHAKE THEM until their head pops off… X\ Though I suppose that would be counter productive.

I wonder… if we wanted to make notions and feelings like this known, who would we turn to?