Transformers Dictionary/List of Terms
Academy- proper noun: Autobot training facility on Cybertron that helps prepare promising young 'bots for service in the Cybertronian Elite Guard; curriculum includes military tactics, combat, and (presumably) leadership skills; known attendees include (of Transformers Animated continuity): Optimus Prime, Elita-1, Sentinel Prime; known graduates include (of Transformers Animated continuity): see Cybertronian Elite Guard
AllSpark- noun: Cybertronian artifact said to be the source of life for all Transformers; evidently has enough energy to become a weapon of mass destruction; also (alternately) the spark, or life essence, of Primus, to which all sparks return upon the deactivation of their bodies, hence the name; alternate spellings: Allspark, All Spark; see also: Well of All Sparks
AllSpark Key- security card key owned by Sari Sumdac in the Transformers Animated continuity, reformatted by the AllSpark itself to have many of its capabilities (e.g., repairing Transformers, identifying Cybertronian technologies, giving a non-Transformer a spark, etc.)
Alternate mode- noun: the form of a vehicle which a Transformer can access after having scanned it holographically into his/her processor; variously abbreviated: "alt mode", "altmode", etc.
Ark- proper noun: the Autobots' space ship/base of operations; crashed into a volcano on prehistoric Earth and came back online 4 million years later (in 1984) in G1 continuity; crashed into Lake Erie and came back online 50 years later (in the 2050's) in Transformers Animated continuity
Astrosecond- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, roughly equivalent to .498 Earth seconds
Audial sensor- Sensors in the neck/throat area that give a Transfrmer the ability to speak. (Audial)
Audio sensors- Sensors located on both sides of the helm that give a Transformer the ability to hear. (Audios)
Autobot- proper noun: one of two factions of Cybertronian robots, this one representing the "good" side; Autobots often feel compelled to aid or protect other smaller, less-powerful races from harm (Decepticon-caused or otherwise); were succeeded in Beast Wars continuity by their descendents, the Maximals
Auto gyro-a component of Transformer anatomy that allows flight capable Transformers the ability to fly in their
vehicle mode. i.e. Tracks
Berth-Transformers equivalent of a bed
'bot- noun: short for "robot"; used in Transformers fiction to refer to members of the Cybertronian race; sometimes an abbreviation for Autobot; pronoun: often used in dialogue as having similar meaning to "person" or "body" (e.g. "everybot")
Breem- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, roughly equivalent to 8.3 Earth minutes
Chassis- noun: the frame, wheels, and machinery of a motor vehicle/Transformer, on which the body is supported; idiomatically used to refer to a 'bot's body in general (e.g., "My aching chassis. . ."); see also: structure
Circuit-Su- proper noun: a Cybertronian martial art that emphasizes mastery of the energies of one's spark; see also: Metallikato
'Con- proper noun: abbreviation for Decepticon
1. Autobot: A Decepticon, usually a Seeker, with a pointy, cone-shaped head; a derogatory term. 2. Decepticon: An insulting term for a Seeker in wingdown form.
Cybertron- proper noun: home planet of all Transformers, a metallic world of super-advanced technology, residents and technologies of which are called "Cybertronian"
Cybertronian Elite Guard- proper noun: most experienced and qualified Autobot warriors on Cybertron; trained at the Autobot Academy before joining the Guard; known members include (of Transformers Animated continuity): Ultra Magnus, Sentinel Prime, Jazz, Ironhide
Cycle: 1.25 hours
Decacycle: 3 weeks
Decepticon- proper noun: one of two factions of Cybertronian robots, this one representing the "evil" side; Decepticons will often show blatant disregard for anyone's well-being but their own and usually live by the credo of violence, greed, and deceit; were succeeded in Beast Wars continuity by their descendants, the Predacons
Dental plates- transformers teeth
Energon- noun: the preferred energy source for most Transformers, has been alternately portrayed as food, intoxicating-I MEAN over-charging-drink, ammunition, and currency; is most often found in liquid form stored in cubes, as this is the most stable form of the usually explosively volatile substance; quality and potency of energon apparently varies greatly, and is thus often described in degrees of quality called "grades" (e.g., "high-grade" to refer to energon with great potency); possible Transformer equivalent of blood, along with mech fluid
Energy signature- can usually be used to identify someone's faction. Also, certain substances or devices can mask a Transformer's energy signature from detection.
Equilibrium sensors- helps a Transformer keep their sense of balance.
Faceplate- noun: a protective piece of metal which covers all or some portion of a Transformer's visible face, presumably for protective purposes; see also: mouthplate; alternately, the actual surface upon which the Transformer's facial features are located
Femme- noun: term used to describe Cybertronians with feminine characteristics; many femmes bear a striking resemblance to Earthen human females with kibble added on (see: kibble), but not all adhere to this model; although robots are, technically, androgynous, many of the Cybertronian breed have psychological differences that emulate masculine or feminine characteristics
Frag- noun: idiomatically, a problem or glitch in programming; also general curse term, unknown meaning; also fragger, another general curse term of unknown meaning, but presumably one who frags; verb: to have a problem or glitch in programming (e.g., when referring to a cranky 'bot, "Looks like somebody forgot to de-frag his hard drive.")
Generation 1- proper noun: term used to refer to the original Transformers animated series, which ran from 1984 until about 1992; usually abbreviated to "Gen1" or "G1", humorously called "GEEWUN" by some members of the fandom
Glitch- noun: problem or malfunction in programming or protocol; also general curse term, referring to a 'bot, generally equivalent in meaning to "idiot" or "moron"; similar in meaning: "glitchhead"
Groon: 1 hour
Interface - Verb The Cybertronian equivalent to intercourse. How this is done has never been explained in any cannon form, though some fans have adapted this act to involve sparks rather then physical body parts.
Joor : About 6.5 Earth hours
Kibble- noun: seemingly unnecessary parts of a Transformer's alternate mode that appear on his/her person in robot mode (i.e., "door wings," "wheels on heels," etc.)
Klick: 1.2 minutes
Landfall: the action of a transformer Autobot or Decepticon falling to earth from outer space
Mech fluid- noun: an essential liquid in the Transformer's body of unknown use and purpose; possible Transformer equivalent of blood, along with energon
Megacycle- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, roughly equivalent to one Earth hour
Metacycle: 13 months
Metallikato: The cybertronian martial arts style used by G1 Bludgeon.
Mouthplate- noun: protective metal mask which covers a Transformer's face from the jaw up to (and occasionally including) the "nose"; see also: faceplate; alternately, the Cybertronian idiomatic equivalent of "lips" (e.g., "Quit flapping your mouthplates and get serious!")
Nano-klik- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, used idiomatically to be roughly equivalent to either one Earth second or minute (e.g., "Gotta nano-klik?")
Nemesis- proper noun: the Decepticons' space ship/base of operations; was crashed into the ocean, from which the Decepticons' base was built, in the G1 continuity; was discovered crashed into the Earth's moon by Lugnut and Blitzwing in the Transformers Animated continuity
Noise- proper noun: a sound which accompanies a Cybertronian's transformation from one mode to another (see: transform); the Noise is usually five "8hz pulses", each lasting an equivalent amount of time, in increasing (for robot to alt-mode) or declining (for alt to robot mode) pitch; the Noise's pitch is proportionally higher or deeper for smaller or larger Transformers (respectively); in official continuity, it has yet to be given an official name, onomatopoeic representation, or source; its relevance, cause, and importance, in regards to the transformation sequence, are unknown; it has been speculated that it may be a side-effect to transforming, as is the sound produced when scraping fingernails on a blackboard
Offline- noun: Cybertronian dialect for "death"; as Transformers are not technically "alive", they are said, when all their systems permanently shut down, to go offline; additional idiomatic equivalents include when one's "spark goes out", one is "deactivated", one "crashes", etc.; adjective: Cybertronian dialect for "dead"
Optic Glass (n.)- Two plexiglass compartments on a mech's faceplate that house and protect the sensitive optical receptors and cameras.
Organic- noun: term used by Cybertronians to refer to creatures of non-technological origins; this applies to all the different natural species of Earth, as well as other planets; the bipedal Earth organics known as humans have also been referred to as fleshling's, meatbags, insects, squishies, noisy creatures, "puny flesh creatures", "dumb stubbies", Terrans or Homo sapiens; adjective: having the characteristics of one or more of these non-technological races
Orn- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, defined as being equivalent to "one Cybertronian lunar day"; roughly equivalent to 13 Earth days
Pit- proper noun: supposedly the place where evil sparks go once their Transformer bodies have gone offline; also known as the Inferno; physical chamber within Unicron where devoured 'bots are incinerated and painfully rebuilt as pawns to serve his purposes; Cybertronian parallel of Hell; in Beast Wars continuity, the production facility of Predacon protoforms, named for supposedly mythical location listed above
Primus- proper noun: Cybertronian deity/personification of Cybertron itself; legend states he is the one who personally created the thirteen original Cybertronian Transformers (which, by some, are called the "First-Forged"), as well as many others; eternal opponent of Unicron; also general curse term (e.g., "swear to Primus", "in/by/for the name/code/love of Primus", etc.)
Protoform- noun: form a Transformer possesses before he/she gains an alt-mode; also presumably a stage of the Transformer life cycle similar to human childhood
Quartex- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time; equivalent in Earth measurement unknown, but is presumably very small (e.g., "These supplies won't even last us a quartex.")
Recharge - term for 'sleeping"; an other term is 'to offline' or 'to shut down', but those are also used as synonyms for death
"to offline a mech/femme" can mean to kill him/her as well as to make him/her exhaust so much that he/she slips into recharge
Rotater cup- sholder joint
Rust- In Cybertronian terms, something akin to bad hygiene that has the terminal power of the plague if left unchecked. Like virtually all mechanisms, Cybertronians can develop rust, from not only the natural oxide bonding of their alloys but also from organic and technorganic organisms that produce rust as a by-product of consuming metal. Developments in Cybertronian technology and metallurgy have reduced the possibility of natural oxidation to virtually nil, although there are some special alloys that occasionally corrode. However, practically all Cybertronians are still vulnerable to living rust. It can spread to others and cause death.
Seeker: A Decepticon with a jet form, whether combat-capable, triple-changing or other. Capable of traveling at supersonic velocity.
Sensor nodes- Nodes located all over a Transformer's form that allows it the feeling of 'touch'.
Servo- noun: limb on robot body, generally equated to the human hand
Stabilizing servo- noun: Transformer equivalent of the human foot
Slag- one of the most versatile slang terms in the Cybertronian vernacular; noun: a vitreous mass left from the refining of metallic ores; can also refer to this mass while in its molten state, which floats atop the ore; a waste product; also a general curse term (e.g., "You sickening piece of slag!");
verb: to convert to molten metal via melting by heat, acid, etc.; also a general curse term (e.g., "You gotta be slagging me!")
adjective: having the properties of or propensity to slag; also a general curse term (e.g., "Slagging computer!");
interjection: general curse term, most frequent form of use for this term (e.g., "Aw, slag!") Teletraan-I, the Transformers Wiki site, makes the observation that, "It is therefore possible to build an entire sentence of this word:
'Slaggit! The slaggin' slag-faced motha-slaggin' slagger slagged the slaggers!'"
Smell receptors- Loceated in the same area as you would find the 'nose' on a human, it gives a Transformer the ability to smell.
Solar cycle- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, used idiomatically to be roughly equivalent to either one Earth day or year; similar in meaning: "stellar cycle"; see also: stellar cycle
Spark- noun: a Transformer's life force or "soul", said to be a part of the essence of Primus; non-Transformer robots/electronic devices are apparently capable of being given a spark
Sparkbound (v.) - The act at which two Transformers decided to become more than friends, binding them for life; kind of like the equivalent to a human 'marriage'. The result of the act of 'binding'. through various means, most having something to do with either the AllSpark or Primus himself
Sparkling:- An offspring spark which has been created by two seperate creators. A Sparkling is a mixture of both creators. It is said that only the creators and immediate kin (Siblings) can understand the garbled clicks and whistles of a sparkling, equivalent of a human infant
Stasis Lock: a transformer 'coma'
Stellar cycle- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, roughly equivalent to either 400 Earth days or 7.5 Earth months; was used idiomatically once (by Blackarachnia of Transformers Animated continuity) to have similar meaning to one Earth year
Structure- noun: in general, a Transformer's body; subdivided into the superstructure (outer components, generally including weapons and parts of the alternate mode) and substructure (inner components, including special equipment and weapons systems)
Taste receptors- Receptors found on the 'glossa' or 'tounge' of a Transformer and makes it so it can 'taste'.
Teletran I- proper noun: shipboard computer and database for the Autobot ship, the Ark; often misspelled as "Teletran One", "Teletran-1", etc.
Transform- verb: the act of a Transformer changing from one mode to another (noun: transformation); this usually involves much shifting of body parts, which themselves generally look like hybrids between limbs and pieces of machinery; this act is almost always accompanied by some form of the Noise; see also: Noise
Transformer- proper noun: sentient, living species of robots (mostly) originating from the far-off mechanical planet of Cybertron (see: Cybertron); the title derives from the apparently inherent ability of most, if not all, of these robots to change their shapes and forms from a robotic primary mode (generally, but not always, humanoid in form) to an alternate mode (mostly mechanical, vehicle, weapon, or animal in appearance and function); historically, this species has usually been divided between two warring factions, the "good" Autobots (and their descendents, the Maximals) and the "evil" Decepticons (and their descendents, the Predacons), with a few (often ignored, seldom happy) neutrals hanging around on the sidelines and in the crossfire; see also: Autobot and Decepticon
Unicron- proper noun: Cybertronian deity (sort of), called the Unmaker, Chaos Bringer, Dark God, Planet Eater, etc.; destructive, megalithic, Bahamut-like destroyer who devours planets for energy; eternal opponent of Primus
Vorn- noun: Cybertronian measurement of time, roughly equivalent to 83 Earth years
Well of All Sparks- proper noun: the supposedly-mythical fount where Primus forged the Transformers race; direct conduit for Primus' life-force and, therefore, the true origin of all Transformers' sparks; said to be the place where a Transformer's spark goes after he/she goes offline; Cybertronian parallel of Heaven
Youngling – term for young Cybertronian beings who haven't matured jet; equivalent of a human child
List of Anatomic Terms and Euphemisms
For those times when you want a character to say something funny and species-appropriate, these terms ought to serve any author well. Most of them refer to a Transformer's nether regions. Go ahead and have a good, long laugh.
EDIT: Please feel free to add any terms you might feel are missing or left out to complete this dictionary and the original post shall be edited for corrections. I feel this will enhance the atmosphere in the RP for those that need it. Thanks. -RB