Archanubis wrote:Also, you could argue until you're blue in the face how "drone-like" the Vehicons and even Insecticons are. There's some (limited) evidence that each Vehicon and Insecticon has their own personality, despite their respective shared design - hell, we even got an Insecticon with a name.
Of course you are right, i used here a wrong term. I think "Mooks" better fits to Vehicons and Insecticons.
Archanubis wrote:Besides, it highlights the differences between the Autobots and Decepticons - Autobots value individuality (on some level) while the Cons seem to reserve that for higher ranking members.
To be honest, I'm think it more the fact that after suckes of "300" simply Transformers creators try to follow this trend. We have a Beast Machines of course, but even in first Bay's we have only few Cons, but each seems to be a skilled warrior (even if they are supposed to lost any fights) and they seems to each at last his own style. In RotF most of cones looks identical and have almost none combat value. The same is in DotM. In Prime Team Prime supposed to be a "team small, but strong" yet I think they are going to far.
In Energon, Autobots actually have mooks and red shirts, we can arue is they are portraied right way, but i still thinks this direction was right.
Also, in Animated the Decepticons are the heavy ountumbered ones. They are more a Pests than a real threat for Autobots, and they survived that long only thanks to Autobots blindnes. Anything what Megatron does in this series, is searching any way posibble, to gain a real chance to become at least a serious danger for Autobot cause.