Alex Kingdom wrote: Whatever alternate mode a Transformer chooses it will almost always have a robot mode the only exception I can think of off the top of my head is Beast Machines Savage/Noble who had too beast modes and not real robot mode, but there was a very good reason for that.
Like the cassettes that turned into a jet.
Although they could combine to make a robot
so that just makes things very confusing.
Anywho, I agree, the Robot mode is the "true self" and the other or alternate mode is just that, an alternative to robot mode.