It is, without a doubt, an interesting topic to see how and why one of fiction’s bitterest rivalries came to be. The Autobots and the Decepticons are two opposing factions within the Transformers universe. Regardless of the media, their conflict has been the core plot element for most franchise iterations. Despite the franchise’s popularity, many people don’t know why the Autobots and the Decepticons are fighting, so we have decided to write our article and explain it. So, why do the Decepticons and the Autobots fight?
The root of the conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons lies in their differing views on society. When Optimus Prime and Megatron took down the corrupt council, they opposed establishing a new order, which resulted in the conflict.
In the rest of the article, we will further analyze the roots of their problems, which are mostly sociopolitical. So, keep reading to find out more!
The history between the Autobots and the Decepticons
The root of the problems between the Autobots and the Decepticons goes back to the early days of Cybertron. Namely, the main Transformers were created by the Quintessons, a group of evil, scheming robots that used the Transformers as their slaves and as a source of entertainment.
At one point, the Transformers rose up against their rulers and chased the Quintessons away from Cybertron. A new ruling council was established that was supposed to establish and lead a more just society. Yet, this did not happen. The ruling council was corrupt, and many Transformers were still segregated and never really got a chance in the new society.
This resulted in rebellion. The exact nature of the rebellion depends on the source (the comic books depict this struggle better than any other source), but generally – a group of miners led by Megatron and his ally, Orion Pax, rose up against the corrupt ruling council after initially protesting for a fair society. When the protests failed, they initiated a rebellion and successfully overthrew the corrupt council.
You’ve read that correctly – Optimus Prime and Megatron were once friends and allies, but discord entered when it came to building a new society. Optimus and Megatron couldn’t agree on the fundamental aspects of the new society. Megatron wanted a completely egalitarian society, while Optimus opted for a new council led by him and Megatron, who would choose the other members.
Being unable to find common ground, the two friends separated, and a civil war broke out, with Optimus becoming a freedom fighter and Megatron becoming a power-hungry tyrant. And this is where it all began. The Decepticons hated the Autobots for opposing them, and the Autobots fought the Decepticons to secure freedom on Cybertron. And the rest is history.
With this, we conclude our story of mutual hatred between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The roots of this conflict are sociopolitical, but the thing that contributed most is Megatron’s change from an egalitarian freedom fighter to a power-hungry tyrant, which happened sometime after the schism between him and Optimus.