Chaoslock wrote:G1 Cartoon: The autobots didn't let the decepticons away from a planet full of innocent lifeforms when they tried to leave. Borderline antagonists.
Are we talking about the firs three episodes here? Because if they let Megatron leave Earth, he would have gone back and dominated Cybertron. It's not borderline antagonism, it's like keeping a robber in the bank, because if you let him leave, he's going to go set your house on fire and you won't be able to stop him.
Chaoslock wrote:Unicron trilogy: We can say protagonists, however, they are abusing the minicons (especially at the end of Armada, when the minicons sacrifice themselfes by the dozen)...
They're partnering with the mini-cons, peaceful cooperation. They even sent the mini-cons to Earth just to prevent the Decepticons from abusing them.
Chaoslock wrote:Movie trilogy: (not trying to start another debate here): Autobots kill fleeing Decepticons, execute disabled enemies, blow up their own planet... Definitely antagonists.
The Decepticons aren't much better, but with the added bonus of mass murdering fleeing humans. And blowing up Cybertron was the only way to stop the destruction of Earth and enslavement of the human race. Which do you think is a better option, total enslavement of a species, or destroying a planet that even it's inhabitants admit is already dead anyway?
And we need to have a talk about Protagonist/Antagonist. See, a protagonist is the hero of the story, regardless of morality. So the Autobots are always the protagonists, sometimes they're just kind of jerks.