| I didn't think about the Transformers, since they are not human, but robots in disguise...but there is a story there that resonates with Objectivism, in my theory...
The reason/emotion dichotomy is a major part of the story in the original comics (not the cartoon.) The Autobots (the good guys) represent reason and order, and the Decepticons (the bad guys) represent emotion and change. In the first issue, we see Megatron's motivation for war revealed as his disdain for the peaceful society as stagnant and non-evolving. He represents the suppressed emotions that force their way into reality...very Freudian...anyway...the battle comes to Earth in prehistoric times, and the Transformerers crash into a volcano in Oregon, lying dormant for a million years, until they are revived in the 80's. Their interactions with humanity reveal a similar struggle with the dichotomy, as demonstrated in the relation of two particular humans, "Sparkplug" Witwicky, an automobile mechanic, and his son, Buster. Sparkplug wants his son to take up the trade, learn mechanics(i.e. reason and order) and learn a practical skill. Buster, to his father's dismay, has his nose in the books, studying poetry, the humanities, etc., and is a dreamer. Through their adventures with the Transformers, they realize that it is a false dichotomy, and their reconciliation represents the integration Rand wrote about.
Their is a parallel with the robots with the battle between Shockwave and the Dinobots. Shockwave is a Decepticon leader who usurps Megatron's position. Megatron is primal and emotional, Shockwave cold and calculating, a Mr. Spock type without the humanity. He is challenged by the Dinobots, who were created a million years ago with the initial crash into Earth and modeled after the dinosaurs of the time. So you have the ultimate in logic and reason fighting the embodiment of the most primal monsters.
Even the designs capture this. Shockwave is drawn as having no face, a single eye, cold and emotionless. Megatron is drawn as having a human like face capable of showing emotion, mostly anger and hate. Optimus Prime is in the middle, having eyes, but no mouth, instead having a shield like jaw. Indeed, Optimus's struggle is with once being a more human like robot who is enhanced through science, and turned into a military leader. His struggle is to balance the cold calculating requirements of being a military leader with his belief that freedom is the right of all sentient beings. Whereas Megatron is said to have no known weaknesses, because of his combination of military might with superior technology and no consciounce, Optimus Prime's weakness is said to be his caring..."he could be a more powerful leader if he put his compassion aside, but then he wouldn't be Optimus Prime!" Megatron is Gail Wynand, the Nietszchean Superman evolved into robot, Prime is the embodiment of reason at the service of humanity.
(Edited by Joe Maurone on 1/03, 12:33pm)