uhm… okay. I mean this is kind of an analysis, so I’m gonna write it like one? I’m sorry, I don’t really do this stuff!
Personally, I think it’s because he’s never seen the stuff before. I mean, he spent most of his time either avoiding the war on Cybertron, and then was in the dojo for I think the rest of it. There’s a large lack of details for what he was doing during the war, so I don’t think he was really off planet all that much. And then we discover that he was meditating out in the middle of buttfuck nowhere, when Bee and Bulkhead blew up his snazzy ship. That was probably his first time off Cybertron, yeah? And because he was still hurting after Yoketron’s death, he likely hightailed it to the furthest away area he could find with no life. (How he missed the Allspark, I don’t know.)
We know he joins OP’s team shortly after that. And I mean, in the first episode, he’s kind of a dick. Not a team player. Because he doesn’t really know how to interact with people. Dojo’s probably not the best place to make friends and he was likely training with Yoketron instead of making friends.
So then he comes to Earth. Initially, I don’t think he likes it. It’s loud, noisy, reminds him a lot of his past life, before he decided to become a ninja.
I honestly think his love for nature and organics comes from that big damn tree in his room. Because trees don’t judge. They don’t talk, they aren’t loud, and all trees do is grow. And Prowl is amazed by that. This huge life, never hurting anyone, all it wants out of life and the world around it, is sunlight and water and nutrients. To grow. He’s never seen anything like that before. And it’s beautiful.
I think that’s what started his fascination with organics, and once he realized how full of life Earth was, it just kind of went from there.
Short little story thing to go with it because reasons:
No one really understood why Prowl chose the broken room. Honestly, there were better rooms without… organic life growing in the center of them. But Prowl insisted, and a bewildered Optimus gave the okay.
Prowl wouldn’t tell them, but if asked, it’s because he saw the tree.
Not just any tree. The tree. Alone in the empty room, massive roots having broken concrete and stone to reach the nutrient below, Prowl had been walking by when he spotted it, and was suddenly struck by this simple form of life. It was difficult to explain.
Surviving in a city full of polluted air, Prowl had to marvel how such a simple form of life grew despite the odds against it. In a city that was Detroit, the fact that this tree, that grew from a tiny seedling into this massive existence was something that Prowl admired to no end. Yes, he loved the birds and the cats and the other tiny mammals that nested in it, but the tree was home. It was shelter, never intending to be. All it wanted out of life was sunlight and water, and Prowl was amazed to see the lengths it went through to achieve those goals.
That day, the tree became a new guardian for a lost soul - the only difference from the others who sought shelter from it was that this soul guarded it back.
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I think this is a lovely assessment. Given this is the bot who canonically left the base when he was human to feel the snow, I think your analysis is spot on. Earth is beautiful to him.
And hey, if you want to share equal embarrassment, I’m the loser who wrote an entire article on the symbolism between Prowl and birds. Because Prowl’s my favorite character and I am a stupid moron.