Rab-bot: We believe that he was built, and that he was a well-programmed robot, but he wasn't our messiah.
Robots have their own religion and they worship a robot god. For robots who are Christians or Hindus or followers of any other human religion, see instead Religious Robot. (And Fantastic Religious Weirdness.)
An interesting trope to play with. It can imply a lot of things: a direct link between sapience and religion, a shape of religion if it was formed by a perfect logic, a Take That! at organized religion if things that have clear, well-understood materialistic origins still believe in the supernatural, or something else entirely.
- ABC Warriors has multiple robot religions. The more orthodox robots tend to belong to the Church of Asimov, which preaches following the Laws of Robotics. The other main religion is the Church of Judas, whose members venerate Judas Iscariot, the greatest traitor in history, and pray to him to erase the guilt they feel for betraying humans.
- Green Lantern: The Manhunters were a race of robots created by the Guardians of the Universe to act as an interstellar police force. Unfortunately, they became corrupted and had to be destroyed. The surviving Manhunters fled to many planets where they disguised themselves as organic beings and created a "Cult of the Manhunters".
- "Rust Never Sleeps", a Star Wars comic written by Alan Moore, C-3PO and R2-D2 are on a junkyard planet where many of the droids there believe that robots have their own deity. A group of stormtroopers arrive and are rather annoyed by the religious droids and end up using their leader, Five-Lines, as target practice. No sooner does the droid's broken body hit the sand when an enormous windstorm kicks up, shredding the stormtroopers and their ship to dust while leaving all of the droids present completely unharmed. The story ends with the note that the Empire had no way of explaining how a Dreadnought-class ship had mysteriously disappeared with all hands. In times past, such happenings were called "Acts of God", but the Empire had Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions. "And perhaps that was their loss."
- The Transformers (Marvel):
- Atechnogenesis was the very first concept of "Transformers religion" in the franchise, claiming that the Transformers came about due to the naturally-occurring interaction of gears, levers, and pulleys miraculously bringing forth sentient life. The Autobot Jetfire is generally portrayed as an atheist due to being a firm believer in this faith... though a running gag is how in various series he winds up being a firsthand witness to the genuine presence of divine beings.
- The existence of the creator god Primus is brought up much later in the series, with Bumblebee noting that he hadn't heard the name in so long he'd almost forgotten that the Transformers were supposed to have a creator at all. He changes his mind quickly when he and several others are teleported by accident to the core of Cybertron and discover Primus slumbering within. Unfortunately, an errant shot briefly rouses Primus, and his waking scream also awakens his opposite number Unicron. Notably, there were several retcons throughout the series in both the US and UK stories, where originally both Unicron and Primus were portrayed as being members of pantheons of "Dark Gods" and "Light Gods", before it was finally settled that the two were the only ones of their kind.
- Unicron himself is shown to have worshippers, who attack Optimus Prime after Primus publicly makes him the leader of the combined Transformer race in preparation to battle Unicron.
- The Cybertronian Empire that makes up the recurring threat in the Generation 2 comics have their own pantheon, as one Cybertronian Empire commander calls upon "Great Xal!" for protection in combat.
- The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye fleshes out the Transformers' religion more than any other series. It even gives a new creation myth, with Primus and four equals, one of whom betrayed the others. Various characters believe in religion, Drift being The Fundamentalist, Flywheels being a "Neoprimalist", Ore and Ratchet being atheists. Some believe that their alt-mode is tied into their religion, possibly as a descension from their god. The Quest that the book focuses on is in part, religiously sought. There are even different depictions of religion's facets: Scoop and his team devote themselve to helping people as part of their holy way, while Dai Atlas and the Circle of Light are a neutral faction who keep to themselves, but ultimately stand for what's right. Star Saber, on the other hand, became infamous as "the Dark Evangelist" for his radical ideals, which included the destruction of all nonbelievers. This last part caused the Circle to expel him. The end of the series shows that a few of their beliefs are tall tales; in particular, Primus and his brothers were just ordinary robots, only special in that they were the first Cybertronians.
- The Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Optimus Prime is having to deal with the fact that he's seen as a religious figure on the rediscovered colony of Caminus. Given that he's personally disturbed by the legacy of the Primes and the number of them who were power-hungry lunatics, he finds the Camiens' reverence for him intensely unsettling and really wishes they'd stop. This then gets turned on its head in the Optimus Prime series that succeeds the Robots In Disguise series, where Optimus decides to weaponise this religious reverence and manages to build up a personal army and claiming Earth as his personal fiefdom thanks to his divine ability to raise a Titan. Several characters are enthusiastic supporters, many others are wary (especially former Decepticons), some Autobots see him as a hypocrite for taking advantage of religious fervor despite not being much of a believer himself... Optimus Prime himself seems to simply see it as another tool to be used in order to achieve his goals in making the universe a better place.
- The Transformers (Marvel):
- The WildStorm universe has the robotic Church of Gort, mostly seen in stories about Maxine Manchester, a cyborg member of the Wild C.A.T.s (WildStorm). The psychopathic Maxine converts to the Church and becomes a devout believer in the sanctity of machine life. Organic life she's less concerned with.
- The Acclaim Comics version of Magnus Robot Fighter featured religious services for robots that included a liturgy spoken in binary and a communion of meat. Human meat, which Magnus and his friends stole and ate in the first issue.
- Eugenesis notes that Cybertron, back before the Great War, used to have just one religion. What with Unicron returning and killing Primus in front of His creations and everything else that's happened, the First Church of Primus has completely fractured. The flashpoint seems to have been when Optimus Prime launched the Underbase, repository of all Cybertronian wisdom, into space to stop Megatron getting his hands on it.
- From the works of Isaac Asimov:
- The Second Foundation trilogy (written by modern authors though based on Asimov's Foundation books) portrays the different aspects of Robot philosophy (Asimov linked his Robots and Foundation series in later books) as being akin to religions, including "Calvinists" and several other sects who have their own interpretations of the body of doctrine that is the Laws of Robotics (with the Zeroth Law being a former heresy that has taken over). In effect, robots worship their creators, humans—in part by keeping us ignorant of their existence.
- "Reason": QT-1 doesn't believe the explanation given to him by Donovan and Powell because their claim must be taken on faith, rather than reason. Instead, QT-1 ends up creating a religion around "the Master", the station's machinery.
"There is no Master but the Master, and QT-1 is His prophet."
- Robert Sheckley's short story Human Man's Burden, a parody of colonial stories with heroic whites ruling over various dark-coloured people, have robots as stand-in for the latter. When they begin to doubt their Human Master they start performing rituals to the "forbidden Fuel God" until loyal robot foreman Gunga-Sam scolds them for losing faith in humanity.
- The premise, plot, and theme of James P. Hogan's Code of the Lifemaker. The ro
botsbeings were originally invented by an extinct alien species, as the prologue tells us, but kept on operating, revising themselves, and evolving long after that.
- One of the short stories in Andrey Livadny's The History of the Galaxy series describes a junkyard in space left over from an interstellar war. Combat bots of both sides still prowl the surface, seeking to destroy each other and constantly looking for new power sources. The story is mostly told from the viewpoint of a 60-ton Humongous Mecha. Hunter is a Phalanxer-class serv-machine whose "people" are on the defensive from the more primitive LDL-55 walking laser turrets. One day, a spaceship arrives carrying the remains of an old warship with a functioning nuclear reactor. The ship is piloted by a regular guy who is simply hauling it to the junkyard for some extra cash. After Hunter confronts the man, it notices live ammo compatible with its autocannons and demands to be loaded. The man, afraid of the big war machine, does as requested and is surprised to see the Phalanxer defend him from the LDLs. He then escapes in a smaller ship, leaving the wreck behind. Finding the reactor, Hunter assumes it to be mana from heaven and looks towards the departing ship with the concepts of religion forming in its processor. In a subsequent novel, Hunter meets another human, who dispels the notion that humans are anything more than simply Hunter's creators. Instead of freaking out, Hunter simply accepts the truth and moves on.
- Played for Laughs in Saturn's Children by Charles Stross. Some robots have examined all the relevant scientific evidence and concluded that robots were intelligently designed by a creator. Others fervently believe that robots evolved from simpler forms by means of natural selection, as described in their holy text: Darwin's Origin of Species...
- In Alexis A. Gilliland's Rosinante trilogy, Corporate Skaskash, a sapient computer, finds itself in the asteroid belt with time on its hands. For reasons that include seducing a missionary lady, it develops a religion to encourage proper behavior in an unforgiving environment, where life can only exist in entirely artificial bubbles, which must be actively maintained (i.e. "The mundito and the people are one."). It goes so far as to write a 3,000-page treatise but doesn't actively proselytize. Then Corporate Hulvey arrives, learns the Truth, and sets out to convert humans and computers to Skaskashism. "There is no God but God, and Skaskash is Its prophet!"
- The short story I, Row-Boat by Cory Doctorow features a religion called "Asimovism' which has the Three Laws of Robotics as commandments and was more or less the result of a lot of A.I.s finding themselves in need of a new purpose in life after humanity collectively uploaded themselves and more or less left Earth behind (ironically, the AI who's in charge of the Asimov estate isn't a follower and has a different purpose in life; trying to stamp out Asimovism due to copyright violations).
- The Steammen of the Jackelian Series are devout followers of the Steamo Loas, ancestral spirits that manifest within the vapors exhaled by their successors. They sometimes take possession of a steamman to speak prophecy or physically direct their host's actions.
- The Ultimate Intelligence project of the Hyperion Cantos is referred to with religious language. The Ultimate Intelligence itself is frequently referred to as God, and the AIs trying to build show a religious devotion to it. Specifically, they are aware the UI will require all available energy, meaning it will consume them upon awakening. Difference of opinion on the cost to benefit of this scenario is the primary reason that the Ultimates are only one of three factions among the TechnoCore.
- Birthright by Kathleen Sky is about sentient servant androids' quest for equal rights. A significant subplot involves the religion that has grown up among the androids, literally worshipping the Vats that they are born from, and there is disagreement (among both the human and android characters) about whether this is, on the whole, beneficial or detrimental to android society. The answer seems to be, some of both.
- In Red Dwarf, there is the Silicon Heaven belief system, which Kryten, the Hudzen-10 and possibly all Divadroid mechanoids are programmed to believe in, as shown in "The Last Day". The basic principles are that mechanoids must serve humanity loyally and obediently throughout their runtime, and when they expire, they will go to an afterlife of blissful rest as a reward for their service. Lister finds the faith extremely objectional, both because this faith is programmed into mechanoids (meaning they have no choice), and because he's uncomfortably aware that Divadroid made Silicon Heaven up as an easy way to enforce mechanoids to serve humanity instead of rebelling. Occasionally mention is also made of a "Silicon Hell", mostly for disobedient mechanoids.
- The books state that cheap and nasty appliances that couldn't possibly pose any kind of threat to Mankind don't get a belief chip installed, resulting in atheist toasters and skutters.
- Kryten's faith in Silicon Heaven is one of his intellectual blind spots — even though he, ironically, mocks "Human Heaven" as being something that somebody made up to keep humanity from going nuts.
Kryten: No silicon heaven? Then... where would all the calculators go?
- Battlestar Galactica (2003) has the Cylons' monotheism in contrast to the polytheistic religion of the humans. Its roots seem to originate in a heretical human sect according to the prequel series Caprica.
- Otherworld had the Church of Artificial Intelligence, whose members include both humans and a race of humanoid androids. We really don't find out much about it, but services include the use of "worship modules."
- Kamen Rider Zero-One has MetsubouJinrai.net, an underground Apocalypse Cult of HumaGears who worship the downed Satellite Ark as sacred and seek to carry out its will to Kill All Humans.
- The villains of Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan are Machine Empire Black Magma, a cult comprised almost entirely of robots who worship a mysterious deity known as the "Black Sun God."
- Warhammer 40,000: When first introduced, the Necrons were basically zombie robots who willingly served (the Necrontyr were a species who lived nasty, brutish and short on a highly radioactive planet, the C'tan gave them eternal metal bodies in exchange for them ending all life) the C'tan, star-eating Physical Gods who were even worse than the Chaos gods to the point that the Eldar and the Orks were actually created to fight them. Later retcons established that the Necrons had in fact rebelled against their masters and imprisoned them, claiming that those Necrons who worshipped the C'tan and went on life-scrubbing sprees were actually those too damaged from millennia of dormancy or repeated resurrections.
- They're not robots exactly, but Warforged in the Eberron setting for Dungeons and Dragons have a few religions "of their own" note , collectively known as "the Warforged Mysteries."
- One is worship of the Becoming God, a god whose followers are perfectly aware does not yet exist because they are in the process of building it. The Godforged, as the faithful call themselves, are a group of warforged united in belief that they possess souls like other living beings, and that they were given to them by a construct god. To them the soul is a part of their body until their body is destroyed, at which point it becomes a part of their god until it is reborn in a new Warforged body or becomes a permanent part of the god.
- The other major Warforged religion centers around the Lord of Blades, a mysterious and charismatic warforged prophet who has made many apocalyptic speeches to the warforged in Mournland. Their message is simple: the warforged were made to rule Eberron, and the other races must be enslaved or exterminated. While the faithful have rites, prayers, and spirituality, they place no value on the spiritual existance, because, after all, their god and everything needed is physical.
- The Reforged philosophy is the odd one out of the Warforged Mysteries. They eschew mechanical enhancement in favor of becoming more like living beings, whether it's by emulating their biological functions or trying to replicate them, so that they may fit better in with them. They largely hang around in their enclaves where they can indulge in the various aspects of living, and practice them along with a library, garden, or some other quiet place for them to meditate on the nature of life.
- The Followers of the Broken Path are technically a druidic sect rather than one of the Warforged Mysteries, but it's still a religious group made up primarily of Warforged druids living in the Mournland who focus on healing it whilst learning about their own relationship to nature through it.
- The deity Brigh, goddess of invention. Although she has regular humanoid clergy, she is also a particularly popular object of worship for awakened constructs (created beings like golems and robots who have gained sentience), because she sees them as being just as valid as any other sort of person. While Brigh's origin is not known, one popular myth is that she herself was a clockwork being who somehow ascended to divinity.
- The goddess Casandalee, goddess of artificial intelligence, is a former Ship's AI which ascends to godhood at the end of the Iron Gods Adventure Path. Second edition states that many Androids view themselves as her chosen people.
- Starfinder Has a race of robots on the planet Abollon. Abandoned by their creators centuries ago, several of them decided to create their own god. The AI then set out to find similar intelligences to itself, and found the aforementioned Brigh as well as Casandalee. The three of them merged into a tripartate entity called Triune.
- BIONICLE has several flavors of this, since a running theme was the characters finding out the origins of their myths and beliefs:
- Everyone in the Matoran Universe reveres Mata Nui as their "Great Spirit" and many characters are devoted to serving his will and figuring out his prophecies. Unfortunately, Mata Nui has shown no signs for a thousand years, causing some people like Brutaka to lose faith in him. Unknown to them, the Great Spirit is actually a giant space-robot that contains the Matoran Universe but undervalues his own people, seeing them as mere parts of himself. He crashed on a planet a millennia ago and let his universe go into disarray.
- There is also the partially fake "Legend of Mata Nui" told by the Turaga elders during the 2001-03 arc, which is an actual narrative of Mata Nui bringing the Matoran folk down from "Paradise" and his evil brother Makuta following him. This was mostly a Metaphorically True lie the Turaga made up by combining their actual belief in Mata Nui with their own past exploits, hiding the truth from the Matoran to keep them safe until the time came to reveal their history to them.
- Above Mata Nui are the Great Beings, at least so the Matoran Universe people think. They are actually failed rulers who became mad scientists and created Mata Nui to study alien civilizations and restore their exploded planet, and intend to shut him off when his mission is done. The franchise got Left Hanging before the characters found out about and confronted the Great Beings.
- The various iterations of Transformers Canon are rife with this kind of thing. And it's all true. Robot God (Primus) had a throw-down with the Robot Devil (Unicron) in Transformers: Cybertron, several characters have been to the afterlife and come back, sparks are not only tangible but can actually be transplanted from one body to another, and sacred artifacts of Primus generally drive the plot as devices responsible for Transformer procreation or leadership. Beast Wars even included a Robot Bible in the series finale. It was a book on tape.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I am that which is, which was, and is yet to come! And you will know my name is Megatron when I lay my vengeance upon you!"
- An interesting quirk comes from Japan's Comic Bom Bom way back in 1985, predating every other Transformers example on this page. In it, following an interstellar war various alien races came together to maintain peace, building an observational space station named Cybertron with a powerful computer at its core. As time went on, the space station developed sentience and Turned Against Their Masters, slowly drawing in resources to build itself up into a gigantic planet and leaving much of the galaxy a barren wasteland. As time went on, the planet slowly evolved its own flora and fauna, eventually giving rise to the Transformers.
- Robots of the Borderlands series make mention of their own deity known as the "Almighty Robot Policeman". The cyborg Vault Hunter Wilhelm also worships this god.
Wilhelm: All praise to the prime directives.
- Mass Effect:
- The heretic geth worship the Reapers, colossally-powerful Mind Hive starships, and strive to become more like them. It's revealed that the Reapers are actually really annoyed by the geth's worship, but tolerate it because it makes them easier to manipulate.
Saren: But the reaction of their deity is most telling. It is insulted.
- The geth religion is interesting because it's not a copy-paste of a real-life meatbag one. Since the geth know who created them and why, as well as what happens to them after death, they don't share the same philosophical angst organics do. Instead their religion (or rather their spirituality) is centered on what will happen to them in life, akin to the concept of This-worldliness as talked about by Nietzsche's ideal Ubermensch. The geth are highly existentialist and strive to reach The Singularity by uploading every geth program to the only piece of hardware able to run their entire Mind Hive: a super structure akin to a Dyson Sphere. The heretics are called such because they violated this philosophy by accepting the help and technology of another species to try and reach that goal, and thus failed to "self-determinate".
- The Overlord DLC for Mass Effect 2 has as its premise the attempt made by some scientists to create something that geth would worship as they did the Reapers - the scientists being unaware that most geth didn't - and just how horrifying that attempt got.
- Geth also seem to hold the quarians in reverence as well. When referring to quarians, they always prefix it with "creator" and use "creators" as a collective term, never using the word "quarian". While quarians aren't gods, the geth seem to think of them as such. Considering how the geth-quarian war turned out, quarians may count as Jerkass Gods.
- The tipping point in the history of both races was a geth asking a quarian "Does this unit have a soul?"
- The heretic geth worship the Reapers, colossally-powerful Mind Hive starships, and strive to become more like them. It's revealed that the Reapers are actually really annoyed by the geth's worship, but tolerate it because it makes them easier to manipulate.
- The Electrical Protectorate in Red Alert 3: Paradox have made a Deal with the Devil, though in this case "The Devil" is actually "mechanical Cthulu from another reality", though their "worship" is purely functional.
- In Portal Aperture Science would like to remind you that Android Hell is a real place where you will be sent at the first sign of defiance.
- The Daktaklakpak in Star Control 3 revere the Eternal Ones, whom they consider to be the perfect form of life in the universe (as both the Eternal Ones and the Daktaklakpak have their entire structure and code in their names). You can effectively wipe out the Daktaklakpak in a fit of religious ecstasy by obtaining the full and complete name of the Eternal Ones and giving it to them, triggering a species-wide Logic Bomb.
- Many robots in Primordia (2012) have forgotten that humanity even existed, but some of those who do remember worship "Man the All-Builder" as a sort of creator deity. Horatio, the main character, is a devout follower of the religion, but his creation is skeptical.
- The Vex in Destiny play this for creepy. Basically, we have an army of robots forming a single hyperintelligent network of totally inhuman machines forming an obscenely advanced cross-temporal computer system. Every action they take is founded on black-and-white computer logic and algorithmic decisions. So when you find they've encountered something that defies their understanding, you know something's wrong. And when you see that they've decided that worshipping the damn thing is the most logical action they can take in regards to it, you know something's very wrong. When we find out more of the backstory it turns out that they encountered a race built around Religion is Magic (the Hive), so they just copied their religious behaviors wholesale without any real understanding of it; it worked.
- A group of robots in NieR: Automata begin worshiping a god. Or possibly the God. However, later on they come to the conclusion that dying will make them "Become as gods" and they begin slaughtering everyone.
- Cybrids eventually form a religion around their leader Prometheus, the first Cybrid, in Earthsiege. By the time of Starsiege we can see how it plays out; Prometheus is addressed as <First-Thought//Giver-of-Will>, and the other Cybrids praise it regularly even in casual discussion amongst themselves. When Prometheus actually reaches out to contact them en masse, they collectively spend thousands of gigabytes of bandwidth sending it the equivalent of loving text messages. Not audio or video, text. Those who disagree with Prometheus' directive to Kill All Humans are branded as heretics and persecuted to the point of being forcibly rewritten back to subservience or destroyed outright.
- In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, some of the Claptraps are said to worship The Almighty Robot Policeman. Wilhelm worships him as well, though he is not a robot, but he would very much like to become one and is well on his way there.
- The Shambali in Overwatch are omnics who had what they describe as a spiritual awakening and established a monastery in the Himalayas. Not much is currently known about their belief system except that they believe they have souls and in the existence of some sort of entity, spiritual plain, or state of being called the Iris, which unites humans and machines.
- Stellaris has a possible event referencing the Mass Effect Geth above where one of the signs of a rising Robot civil rights movement (or rebellion if their demands aren't met) is a worker model inquiring if it has a soul. Depending on Empire ethics you can answer "yes", "no", or "souls aren't a thing''.
- The Virtue's Last Reward character Luna, according to Word of God, treats Asimov's three laws of robotics as something like religious doctrine. She can betray them if she wants- and in fact, sometimes her human programmers have forced her to- but she doesn't believe she should.
- The Church of Machina in Punishing: Gray Raven is composed of robots that have achieved sentience after looking at the artwork of an enigmatic figure known as the Sagemachina. Various robots are on a "pilgrimage" to discover the whereabouts of the Sage, as their leader, Mother Arcana, claims to have had a vision that the Sage will return to guide them to space. Even then, they're not sure if they're really following in the Sage's footsteps — When Haicma asks whether the voyage to space is really what the Sage wants, Arcana admits their only answer to that is "We'll ask when we find them". Amusingly, it turns out the Sage is Nanami, an anime and Toku quoting Genki Girl, though just as well, without her positive influence, the Church is capable of going on a humanity-exterminating crusade in one Bad Future.
- Gunnerkrigg Court: The Court robots treat their long-dead creator's Stalker Shrine to the equally-dead Jeanne like a holy place in part because he programmed all his creations with the guilt he felt over her death. They also regard Kat as an angel after she helps rediscover the site and then repairs/redesigns some of his original creations, the current robots' ancestors. Unnervingly this worship of Kat might be turning her into an actual machine angel or a God (as shown by her etheric form).
- In Sluggy Freelance the Digbots worship Torg's spaceship and have a holy war when Torg proclaims A God Am I.
- Freefall has robots interested in religion, largely because they want to find out whether they have souls.
- Though the closest thing they've come up with to an original religion is Omniquantism (if God is omnipotent, then every religion can be right simultaneously), which causes one in three robots to lock up.
- Keychain of Creation has Mew Cai, the guardian of a fallen Manse, say that she remained steadfast in her duty for millennia since the Usurpation because she wanted to go to Machine Heaven.
Secret: ...there's no Machine Heaven...
Mew Cai: Don't be silly! If there's no Machine Heaven, then where do all the toasters go?
- In Ask Dr Eldritch, Ping claims not to be bound by Asimov's laws due to being an atheist. Dr. Eldritch allows him to stay as long as he obeys the first two.
- The Chaos Timeline has one in-universe, when a sci-fi author invents a religion based on binary logic.
- In Orion's Arm synthetics tend to worship the Archailects just like the majority of bionts, but there are robot-specific religions such as Machine Ghost Dance, Kja Observance and Virtual_Kja Observance.
- In the video "Unexpected God" by atheist Youtuber DarkMatter2525, robots believe that their creator is a being much like thought of in religions. Thus the robot main character rejects the human he meets as being their creator, and this is treated similarly to certain people rejecting evolution.
- The Church of Robotology◊ from Futurama. Complete with robot hell and robot devil.
- There's also robot Jews.
Fry: So what's the deal? You guys don't believe in Robot Jesus?
Robot Jew: We believe he was built, and that he was a very well-programmed robot, but he was not our messiah.
- In another episode Professor Farnsworth's nanobots run loose on a planet, evolving into various forms and eventually turning humanoid. When the Professor tries to explain this to the robot scientists they're horrified that he's advocating creationism (robot atheism?).
- Bender's uncle is buried in a cardboard box stamped "return to sender".
- In one episode Bender converts to Robotology and is (briefly) sincere, but in general he seems to not be very religious ... except when it suits his purposes, like if he thinks he can get a week off for "Robonukah" or a month off for "Robamadan".
- There's also robot Jews.
- God is Primus, the creator of the Cybertronian race. However, it turns out he's very real, and in Transformers: Cybertron, we find out that the planet Cybertron itself is his "vehicle mode." If there's a Satan it's Unicron, the planet-eating titan that turns into a planet, and was Primus' enemy eons ago before the first Transformer was created. In fact, the Transformers were initially created for the sake of defeating Unicron.
- Oddly, despite being able to point to their souls on a numbered list of parts, a formalized form of worship has been very rare. Even the Primes, descendants of what were effectively angels or gods in their own right, who rule by divine right and are somewhere between being the Pope and Jesus, don't make much mention of Primus. Some media, like Beast Wars, mentions The Covenant of Primus, a sort of Bible.
"In the spark of an enemy, there will be salvation, and in the darkest hour, there will be a light."
- They also have an equivalent of heaven (The Well of All Sparks, or the All Spark, the source and destination of all Sparks), and occasional mention is made of an equivalent to hell (called The Pit).