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The name or term Rollout refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Rollout (disambiguation).

Roll, float, drift, fall... whatever.

"Roll out" is a common command among Transformers (primarily the Autobots), essentially meaning to move out, deploy or otherwise embark on a mission. Its literal meaning, to start rolling in one's ground-based, wheel-equipped vehicle mode, appears to have become diluted over time, to the point that Transformers who don't even have vehicular alternate forms (and have to run to where they're going) still give/receive the order.

"Autobots, transform and roll out!"
―Optimus Primes across the multiverse, too many times to count


Generation One cartoon

The phrase in its most iconic form was uttered by Optimus Prime; it typically signified the start of a mission, as the group transformed and deployed to counter the Decepticons' latest scheme.

After Hot Rod opened the Matrix and became Rodimus Prime, his first act as Autobot leader was to order the Autobots to "transform and roll out" — through space! The Transformers: The Movie

It was such a famous command that, in the months following Optimus Prime's death, Pipes rallied his troops to defend Autobot Headquarters thus: "As Optimus Prime used to say, transform and roll out!" Five Faces of Darkness, Part 5

Marvel Comics continuity

Maybe it's because I can't fly and have to roll everywhere I go.

The phrase here was less associated with Optimus Prime, though he did use it to start off several missions in the months after he was returned from Shockwave's captivity. In fact, the first known utterance of the phrase was by Wheeljack, as he and Jazz left the Ark on a mission. DIS-Integrated Circuits!

Later it would be used to command all sorts of Transformers to do all sorts of things, such as running to one's destination, or leaping out of a starship into space.

Note: Like the belated appearance of energon cubes, the phrase's frequent use even when it makes no sense would appear to be a point of the comics converging toward the more well-known G1 cartoon.

Beast Wars

While briefly holding the spark of Optimus Prime, Maximal leader Optimus Primal told the Maximals that it was "time to transform and roll out!" Optimal Situation

Though it would seem logical, nobody has ever told Retrax to "roll out". Not too many other Beast Warriors are much equipped to do so.

Transformers (2007 movie)

Optimus Prime used a version of the catchphrase twice in the movie, once at the observatory, shortened to "Autobots, roll out!", and earlier when transforming to escape from Sector Seven as just "Roll out!". 'Transforming' in either case must have seemed too obvious to mention.

Transformers Animated

Repair crew captain Optimus Prime, once settled/stranded on Earth, typically used the command "Transform and roll out!" to have his squad deploy on a mission. Transform and Roll Out!It became such a catchphrase for him that his adoring young fans among the population of Detroit requested that he say the phrase for them. Sound and FuryUltra Magnus later told Jazz to "Transform and roll out" when he decided that the two of them should deal with a runaway train. Mission Accomplished

The Decepticons have their own version of the command: "Transform and rise up!" Megatron Rising - Part IIIt is also interesting to note that most of the Animated Decepticons (Megatron, Blitzwing, Lugnut and Starscream) have flying vehicle modes, hence the reason for the variation of the Command.

See also