Welcome to Transformers Answers! This is where you ask your question related to Transformers. Ask away!

In the 2007 Michael Bay-directed movie they say it is short for "Autonomous Robotic Organism".

In 1984, in the G1 era, the faction name "Autobot" was never given a formal etymology. Consider, however, that all the "Autobots" in the original toyline transformed into either cars or trucks. This was a concious decision made by Hasbro, using previously issued Japanese (Diaclone and others) toy molds of various types. The decision, simply put, was: the cars/trucks/etc. were the good guys ("Autobots") and everything else (jets, guns, etc.) were the bad guys ("Decepticons). The second line of toys in 1985 saw the addition of non-automotive "Autobots" (ghetto blaster, microscope, dinosaurs, etc.) The faction name remained such until the Beast Wars era, when "Autobot" no longer properly described the new generation of good guys (now with animal altmodes), so it was changed to "Maximal".

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.