Female Autobots is a term used to refer to a team of female Transformers that first appeared as an Autobot resistance group stationed on Cybertron. Later continuities sometimes portrayed the team differently, making the name not appropriate for every continuity, though useful for lack of an alternative designation.
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—Female Autobots? I thought they were extinct., The ever-observant Shockwave
The team as it originally appeared consisted of six members. Later stories generally omitted the two unnamed ones and sometimes placed Arcee among the group's ranks.
- Elita One (leader)
- Greenlight (cartoon)
- Lancer (cartoon)
- Arcee (Dreamwave comics)
The Transformers cartoon
The Female Autobots were believed destroyed by a missile strike during the Ark's launch 4 million years ago.
By 1985, they formed a resistance group on Cybertron, operating in secret. Shockwave discovered their continued existence (thanks to Moonracer) and tracked them back to their underground headquarters. A subsequent attempt to capture Elita One resulted in a reunion with the Autobots stationed on Earth.
The Female Autobots relocated to a new secret headquarters provided by Alpha Trion and chose to remain on Cybertron to continue the fight there.
MC Axis resin kit mini-comics
Dreamwave Comics continuity
The "Female Autobots" were an elite squad of warriors under the command of the Quintessons.
In addition to the better-known four Female Autobots, the team as it originally appeared had two more members. Both have no name, got no lines and apart from their looks, there isn't much known about them. Within the cartoon, they seemed to fulfill a more support/defensive role for the team, though they fight when it is required of them. They can often be seen standing or working together, so one could conclude they're friends.
She tried to board the Ark with Elita One and the others, but failed and was thought destroyed until four million years later.
She can be seen manning a series of monitors in the team's original headquarters when Chromia and co. returned from their mission. When their base had been destroyed, she and her orange colleague freed Moonracer from the debris. Sticking with the rest of the team, she did her share in the fight against the Decepticons and can again later be seen manning a series of monitors in the team's new base.
She's purple and orange, like Huffer. And she doesn't do much, like Huffer. She's the only member of Elita One's squad that is not present in the flashback of the Ark's launch and generally has the least screentime of all Female Autobots (mostly with her back turned to the camera when she's not in the background). She also has the least consistent design of all of them.
The orange one can be seen looking at a clipboard in the team's original headquarters when Chromia and co. returned from their mission. When their base had been destroyed, she and her green colleague freed Moonracer from the debris. Along with the rest of the team, she did her share in the fight against the Decepticons and can later be seen manning a series of monitors in the team's new base, in the background.
- The Female Autobots were the first female Transformers to appear in any continuity.
- Interestingly, all of the 'boyfriends' of the Female Autobots seen in the episode are coloured red. So in other words if a guy Autobot wants a date, he might just have to paint himself red.
- Greenlight and Lancer's names were revealed in the Timelines story "Flames of Yesterday".