Activation codes--the phrases Transformers say to transform from one mode to another

Most of the Japanese Generation 1 Transformer franchises have had Transformers shouting "{Robotname} transform!" or just "Transform!" when they transform. There are also special phrases such as "Pretender!" for the Pretenders, "Head on!" for the Headmasters, "God on!" for the Godmasters, and "Brain set!" for Brainmasters.

An alternate mode (commonly shortened to "altmode" or "alt mode") is a term used to describe a Transformer's non-humanoid form, whether it be vehicle, animal, or otherwise.

Armor-plating---placed over their structures to preserve their vital functions. Though the armor-plating is not invulnerable, and can succumb with enough weapons fire, the armor is still much more resilient than anything on Earth.

Auto gyro--a component of Transformer anatomy that allows flight capable Transformers the ability to fly in their vehicle mode.

backbone infrastructure--To suggest that one's backbone infrastructure is "yellow" is a way of calling into question his or her courage

back struts--essential to keeping a transformer standing upright

battle computer is a component of Transformer anatomy that governs their ability to fight in battle.

Circuits are an essential part of the anatomy of mechanical beings, especially Transformers. They regulate a diverse range of functions.


bio-circuits-vital to a Transformer's continued functioning

brain circuits-vital circuits which maintain a Transformer's intelligence as well as a part of their personality

conflict circuits-part of a Transformer's brain that decides how to respond to a challenge.

electro circuits-attack such circuits and cause severe glitches to occur in a Transformer.

logic circuits-charged with intelligence and reasoning out confusing situations.

memory circuits-allows access to memories.

oral circuits-related to vocalization.

reason circuits-governs their capacity to reason.

security circuits-prevent outside intrusion onto their computers.

servo circuits-essential for a Transformer to remain standing. Without them, Transformers collapse as if paralyzed.

truth circuits-measure and assess the accuracy (or possibly credulity) of spoken statements

cosmotron--a piece of Cybertronian technology of unspecified function

cranial chamber--holds the Transformers brain.

Cybertronium--critical for the proper functioning of Transformer bodies, which depletes it over time, requiring it to be replaced. As the element dwindles within a Transformer's system, its deficiency causes minor malfunctions, such as an inability to fully transform or control one's actions, but if the depletion goes proceeds past a critical level, it can lead to death. Cybertonium is mined from a pit deep in the planet.

Data Bank--analogous with a human's "gut," as in the phrase "I just know it in my gut that this won't work."

Defense Matrix--a Transformer's electronic autoimmune system. It can respond to nonphysical intrusion with countermeasures, tailored computer viruses, and reflexive distress signals broadcast by any available means. The Defense Matrix functions at a level below conscious control, and it makes any attempt to 'hack' a Transformer very hazardous, at least from a non-isolated computer.

Destronium--an essential substance for building Decepticons. The genuine material's properties are unknown, save that it allows the creation of substances sturdier than normal Earthly ones for building servos and such. However, its Earth-made synthetic equivalent is incredibly unstable. Moving it at high speed makes it incredibly volatile, risking detonation within a matter of minutes.

Electropulse--if fading, meant they were slowly dying.

Energon convertor--Transformer's equivalent to a Human heart.

Energy absorber--allows them the capacity to refuel with Energon.

Energy signature--can usually be used to identify someone's faction. Certain substances or devices can mask a Transformer's energy signature from detection.

Equilibrium chip--may be related to a Transformer's balance.

Flight--a capability many mechanoids and no few Transformers have, whether through rocket boosters, propellers, or even flapping wings.

Humanizing--Transformers with humanistic traits and having very human actions that possibly conflict with their status as mechanical robots.







Laser core--if a Transformer's laser core is extinguished, the Transformer will cease functioning.

Locking chip--the Transformer component which implements stasis lock, a form of protective shutdown. Without a locking chip, damage a Transformer can normally survive will instead kill them outright.

Mech fluid--analagous to blood in conversation and metaphor.

Memory cores--the devices which contain the memories of a Transformer.

Mouth plate--

Onboard computers--computers which are internalized within a Transformer, and assist them in maintaining their structures.

Personality component--a part of a Transformer's anatomy that governs their personality and without which they would be a dumb, almost zombie-like mechanoid. Personality components can be removed and replaced safely.

Power chip rectifiers--a piece of Transformer anatomy which gives its possessor special powers that other Transformers do not have.

Power pack--a component of a Transformer that stores fuel.

Processors--devices which are used by Transformers which process information and relate it to the individual mechanoid.


Central Processor

Cerebral processors--devices which process the internal information that is going through a Transformer's mind

core processors--devices which process information and reality

logic processor--process the information a Transformer is receiving and determine how much sense it makes.

meta processors--processors which process a Transformer's conception of reality itself.

vocal processors--convert electronic data intended for verbal communication into audible signals and allow Transformers to speak to their comrades.

Programming--the basic code that gives Transformers the instructions and motivation to do their jobs.


Combat programming

Humility programming

Personality programming

Predictive programming

Timing programming

Radio transmitter--allows a Transformer to communicate using radio, rather than sound.

Sensors--essential components of mechanical beings, especially Transformers, serving a wide variety of functions and feeding a mechanoid information about the environment around it. Most Transformers are built with a set of standard senses - optic, audio, olfactory, tactile, short-range radio-wave transmission, electrical sensitivity and magnetic sensitivity are common in some universes - but many have specialized sensor packages that are unique or rare, giving them special abilities that make them stand out.







Spark--the life-force, or soul, of a Transformer.  A Transformer is able to survive an enormous amount of physical damage. As long as the spark is intact, it is possible to repair or rebuild the body and restore the spark to it.

Spark Attack--the result of excessive physiological stress can cause a Transformer in poor physical condition.

Structure--a term used to define the body of a Transformer. Without a spark or a personality component, the structure is a lifeless shell.

Superstructure--the outer portion of the structure, generally containing components for the transformer's alternate mode, and is often changed during reformatting in accordance with disguise protocols. It contains a transformer's inner workings, and usually includes any special equipment or weapon systems.

Systems--a very diverse range of features installed within Transformers.


guidance systems

propulsion systems

navigational system

weapons system

Transformation cog, also referred to as a transforming cog, is an (apparently) important component for allowing a city-Transformer, such as Trypticon or Metroplex, to transform.

trilithium stomach--unique to the Insecticons.

Universal emulator was a part of a Transformers anatomy which some members of the race were equipped with. In the only known example, it was located behind the insignia of the Transformer in question, Perceptor.


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Created/designed on: April 22, 2008  Updated on: April 22, 2008