The Protectobots consist of:
- The energetic Hot Spot (leader)
- The savvy Streetwise
- The bad boy Blades
- The easy going Groove
- The pacifistic First Aid
This team of emergency, rescue and law enforcement vehicles are dedicated to the protection of humans and their homes. To this end, they will respond to any manner of mundane human emergency and help in any way they can.
They combine to form the giant Defensor, who embodies the team's ideals of protecting human life.
Marvel Comics continuity
The Protectobots were first shown in a vision show to Buster Witwicky and Optimus Prime by the Matrix. After seeing the vision he ordered the creation of both teams of Autobots seen in it, the Protectobots and Aerialbots.
The Protectobots' first known mission involved accompanying Optimus Prime to stop the Decepticons from stealing a hydrothermocline. They eventually battled the Decepticons within a game world called Multiworld, wherein they trounced the Combaticons with some help from the game's native inhabitants, then as Defensor killed Megatron by dropping them both off a bridge. Megatron cheated, however, and was able to re-create himself in the game. Optimus Prime defeated him for good, but in the real world decided that he'd lost the game as he harmed the video game's natives in doing so. As the game's terms called for the losing leader to be destroyed in the real world, Prime was blown to bits, and the stunned Protectobots hauled his remains back to the Ark in silence.
The Protectobots later were sent by Grimlock to track down the "traitorous" Blaster and Goldbug. Goldbug was captured by humans, but Blaster was secured after a fight with the Combaticons.A second battle followed as the Protectobots returned to the Ark; as Defensor, the Protectobots were defeated, and saved only because Blaster was freed by some human children. Moved by his example, the Protectobots freed Blaster, and watched as he took the children for a ride in space aboard the captive Blast-Off.
Streetwise subsequently battled Starscream on Earth.
The Protectobots are curiously absent from the subsequent giant battle on the moon, Underbase Saga. However First Aid was subsequently showed as having been deactivated, presumably in the Underbase battle.implying that they were never retrieved from Earth; in fact, they are never shown again in the G1 series — not even to get blown up in the
The Protectobots seem to have been split up; Hot Spot led an assortment of other (non-Protectobot) Autobots on a mission to stop Megatron on Earth, which ended with his self-destruction to avoid capture by Cobra.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team was under Grimlock's command as he took on the second-generation Cybertronians. They joined a mission to destroy the Cybertronian flagship Twilight; Grimlock hadn't quite thought things through, however, and the mission ended with the Autobots held captive. A subsequent rescue mission by Optimus Prime freed the Autobots.
Groove later joined the Aerialbots, Hot Rod, and the Dinobots in a training exercise on a deep space asteroid. Blades suffered rotor damage when he was shot by Rumble on Earth, as part of a Grimlock-led assault force against Megatron's Decepticons to back up Optimus Prime's truce-seeking mission.
American cartoon continuity
The Protectobots turned up on Earth one day when Optimus Prime sent them to evacuate a human city being threatened by the Insecticons. When the Combaticons subsequently sent Earth on a collision course with the sun, the Protectobots were left on Earth to try and control the crisis when the rest of the Autobots returned to Cybertron to stop them.
The Protectobots later hung around a human city as Defensor on the off chance a Decepticon passed by and managed to blow apart a rampaging Bruticus. After heading off to rescue some humans from a burning building, they formed Defensor again to protect the Autobots from a Decepticon attack with a force field but were quickly blown apart when it went down.
After Rodimus Prime had taken command of the Autobots, Streetwise and First Aid were stationed on Earth and tried to defend Autobot City from Trypticon. First Aid, Blades and Groove later helped drive off a Combaticon attack and Hot Spot and Groove were among the Autobots Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus assembled to stop Unicron being revived. (They still referred to themselves as the Protectobots even though only two of them were there.)
The Protectobots were among the Autobots accidentally shot down by the Eurythmans and were damaged further when the Decepticons gained control of the Eurythmans' powers but were later repaired and managed to return to Earth in time to halt Galvatron and Soundwave's attack on Metroplex.
During a Decepticon attack, First Aid felt guilty when his pacifism caused him to let Swindle steal Metroplex's transforming cog and resigned from the Autobots. This left Defensor without an arm when he fought a rampaging Trypticon. First Aid was eventually persuaded to return and helped realign Metroplex's cog so he could defeat Trypticon.
First Aid was around, patching up a damaged Superion, when the Autobots attempted to find out who was responsible for turning the Junkions against them. They later formed Defensor to stop a rampaging Bruticus.
The Protectobots were among the Autobots Rodimus Prime took with him to recover the deactivated body of Optimus Prime and as such among the first to be infected with the Hate Plague. Since they were formed into Defensor at the time, that was doubly bad news.
Japanese cartoon continuity
Dreamwave Generation One comics continuity
As one of the powerful and contested combiner teams, the Protectobots were supposed to remain neutral. However, when the Ultracons recruited Devastator and turned him loose on their enemies, the Protectobots felt they had no choice but to respond. As Defensor, they counter-attacked the Constructicon combiner, but the fragile industrial area around them was being destroyed. Eventually, they succeeded in taking down Devastator as individuals, through careful teamwork.
After the battle, the team tried to figure out why their combined form still wasn't living up to his intellectual potential. Before they could find an answer, the Chaos Trinity attacked the team's secret base. Hot Spot was unwilling to use Defensor, afraid of a repeat of what had happened before. The team was defeated, and Hot Spot taken prisoner.
- The Protectobots are fairly standard Scramble City-style toys: four simple, small figures who form the limbs of the combined form, sold carded at the $5 price point, and one larger leader who forms the central torso, sold boxed at $12.
- Unlike the Aerialbots and Stunticons who slightly preceded them, the smaller Protectobots do not share a standard transformation scheme. All feature shoulder swivels as their only notable articulation; some have knee joints, but they are rendered useless by their fused uni-feet. Three of them do have an odd fist design, with the post-hole on the side rather than the top; their guns feature L-shaped grips to compensate. All four small members of the team come with add-on weapons for their vehicle modes. They share a color palette dominated by whites, reds, light grays, and black.
- The team is also notable for having a small amount of kibble storage -- Defensor's chest plates can attach to Hot Spot in vehicle mode, and the combiner's head is integral to Hot Spot.
- The Protectobot molds were later slightly redecorated to make Guard City.
- Knockoffs of the team are quite common. Almost universally, they feature Hot Spot in red, perhaps emulating the later Guard City version of the molds. Not quite so universally, they give creative new names to the team, such as Motorcycle, Patrol Wagon, and Whirlbird. Reduced-scale knockoffs of the team have also been seen.
- Blades (Voyager, 2008)
- A redeco of the Cybertron Evac mold.
- A new team of Protectobots was issued as part of the 2005 Universe lineup, but in the absence of any fiction apart from a background cameo, it is unclear if they are meant to have any relation to the Generation One characters.
- The Protectobots' sudden, unexplained appearance in the animated series is a result of the information on the characters not being delivered to the production staff before the second season's final run of plots were decided upon. Consequently, the team could not be given an "origin" episode, but they were nonetheless inserted into the events of "The Revenge of Bruticus" and "B.O.T." without explanation for where they came from in order to appease Hasbro.