My question along with many other people is: why do these “aliens” disguise themselves as different kinds of vehicles? Why do Decepticons and Autobots choose to remain in disguise?
The Decepticons disguise themselves as powerful vehicles. Military units and even cop cars represent these beings. They choose this type of vehicle because humans are less likely to question their presence. The power associated with helicopters, jets, and tanks makes them more entitled to pursue situations and people they are curious about.
A key example of how these creatures do not care about being seen: one marches its way through Air Force One without being noticed until it appears as a CD player. It also sneaks across a landing strip and joins a police car without detection. In both cases, it was not spectacularly camouflaged. Decepticons assume disguises to gain prestige, fear, and passivity from humans.
The scorpion in the desert pursues the military unit simply because someone might have actually saw what the Decepticons were. It uses the sand to hide itself, not as a disguise. It does try to ultimately kill the humans in this scene and others.
The Autobots want to blend in because they do not want to disturb the human race. Optimus Prime himself says, “Ironhide (Jess Harnell), you know we do not harm the humans”. They don’t cause problems when they don’t need to.
The human race on earth is described as “a primitive and violent race”. Optimus responds, “Were we so different? They’re a young species. They have much to learn.” He understands they situation and acts more advanced.
The All Spark cube makes even newer electronics primitive. All they want to do is attack and protect themselves. We see a simple cellphone become extremely aggressive due to a minor interaction with the cube. How different is this from the Decepticons?
The Decepticons are more primitive than the Autobots. They want to push humans aside to achieve their own goals, while the Autobots want to protect humanity and “give them a chance”. That is why they imitate everyday vehicles and Decepticons disguise themselves as harsh military vehicles.
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