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A NAVI is a type of shipboard artificial intelligence used in Maximal and Predacon starships during the Beast Era. NAVIs possess limited autonomy of action—more than a "dumb" computer system like Sentinel, but less than a self-aware drone. This does not prevent them from possessing what might be termed an excess of personality, often forming strong attachments to their ship's crews or definite opinions that can shape how they choose to interpret orders. Typical NAVIs have the voice and intonation of cute little girls, though their personalities can range from stoic robots to demanding bitches.
Ambulatory NAVI units such as the one designed by Skywarp can sustain a NAVI's existence even after the ship housing its data banks has been destroyed.
Beast Wars cartoon
Beast Wars II cartoon
Beast Wars Neo cartoon
Gallery of NAVI's
- Although not definitely confirmed, it seems likely that the term "Navi" is derived from a line of dialogue from Megatron in "Beast Wars (Part 1)", when he asks the Darksyde computer: "Navigation! Is this the right planet?" It would seems the Japanese production staff misconstrued (or deliberately repurposed) his declaration of "Navigation!" as use of an actual name, which was shortened to become "Navi".