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[[folder: Others]]

!!Transmutate
->''"Friend...[[KnightInShiningArmor good]]. Friend...[[TragicMonster dark.]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Susan Blu
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Transmutate"''

Tropes associated with Transmutate:
* AmbiguousGender
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Willingly placed itself between Silverbolt and Rampage's weapons fire, urging its only two friends to stop fighting.]]
* IllGirl: If you consider it female by what little gender-definition it has.
* MakeMeWannaShout
* MoralityPet: For Rampage.
* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: For everyone.]]
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe]]

!!The Vok
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->'''Voiced by:''' Blu Mankuma, Richard Newman
->'''Debut:''' ''"Other Voices"'', ''"Other Victories"'' (in-person)

A bizarre race of aliens with godlike powers, their name being revealed in the last few episodes. For reasons not given during the series itself, the covered the Earth in raw energon and left a number unusual machines on the plot. If their experiments go wrong, however, they destroy the planet.

Tropes associated with the Vok:
* AllThereInTheManual: Their origin story. (They're what happened to the Swarm from Generation 2 comics, after the Matrix purified them. Or what all life in the universe will evolve into. Both creators had different visions of what they were.)
* BiggerBad: They rarely appear in the series, but make one hell of an impact.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Supposedly they are related to the swarm. Regardless, even the transformers feel insignificant next to them.
* EldritchAbomination: Somewhat more benign case, the key word being somewhat.
* EnergyBeings
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Their intentions are to guide other species to a higher [[EvolutionaryLevels level]], much like they did. Despite their... unusual methods, they are much more well-intentioned than certain other [[OmnicidalManiac beings]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Exactly what they did after they sent Tigerhawk to Earth and the events of ''BeastMachines'' is never stated.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: They claim this about themselves at first. It seems to have been dropped as the series progressed.
** At one point they appear using AFormYouAreComfortableWith, the only problem is that its the form of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]] which has truly terrifying implications about just how much more powerful/bizarre they are than anything in Cybertronian experience.
** Given that they were about to [[spoiler:destroy the Earth]], Unicron's form was oddly appropriate.
%% Don't add WhatCouldHaveBeen here. It belongs in the Trivia tab.

!!The Tripredacus Council
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->'''Voiced by:''' Lee Tockar (Ram Horn), Ian James Corlett (Sea Clamp), Creator/ScottMcNeil (Cicadacon)
->'''Debut:''' ''"The Agenda (Part 1)"''

Tropes associated with the Tripredacus Council:
* AllThereInTheScript: Their names: Ram Horn, Sea Clamp and Cicadacon.
** These are, of course, the toys' names. The character models didn't come close to matching the toys (they were under a strict deadline), however, so Hasbro requested the names not be mentioned.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness
* PragmaticVillainy: They declared Megatron a dangerous rogue and dispatch an agent to bring him in. They still want to take over Cybertron and start another Great War, but prefer to do so through patient planning that Megatron's actions threaten.

!!Snowstalker
->'''Debut:''' ''"Fallen Comrades"''

Tropes associated with Snowstalker:
* DistressedDamsel: Her first episode had her and Tigatron being used as hostages by the Predacons. Her only other appearance led to her ''death''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim / BackForTheDead: She came back just to be killed in an avalance on accident.
* KillTheCutie
* PutOnABus: Not seen again until the episode in which she died. Though she might have made offscreen appearances.
* [[SacrificialLamb Sacrificial Tiger]]

!!Una and Chak
->'''Voiced by:''' Susan Blu (Una)
->'''Debut:''' ''"Cutting Edge"''

Tropes associated with Una & Chak:
* CheerfulChild
* CoolBigSis: Una certainly views Blackarachnia this way. The spider herself seems greatly annoyed by this.
* LittleMissBadass: Una takes apart Waspinator. In flight. Granted, everybody can do that, but she is no killer robot.
** She also uses a lever (which Cheetor taught her) to purposefully knock heavy equipment on top of Tarantulas.
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: [[Funny/BeastWars As Megatron finds out first hand.]]
* TheUnintelligible: Though by their last couple of appearances, they have learned to say a few actual words (such as Cheetor's name).

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[[folder: Predacons]]

!!Megatron
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->''"[[BadassBoast Megatrons do not yield! THEY CONQUER!]]''"

-->'''Voiced by:''' DavidKaye
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->A smooth, calculating, Machiavellian mastermind, Megatron seeks to avenge the defeat of his ancient namesake and restore the Predacons to glory - with himself at the top of the pyramid, of course. Anyone who stands in his way or questions his method is to be eliminated regardless of faction.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: In ''Other Voices, Part 2'', [[spoiler: the Vok intend to destroy the Earth with their recently unveiled "Planet Buster" weapon.]] Megatron is seemingly impressed with such disregard for life. The other Predacons are, understandably, freaked out since [[spoiler: ''they're on the Earth''.]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In the series' finale, he finds the Nemesis ship and delivers fire all over the place.]]
* TheAntichrist: Starts quoting the Transformers equivalent of him in the finale, and it's strongly hinted that he himself is the character referenced in the prophecy.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He could maul his troops if he felt like it. According to the [[ItsAllThereInTheManual Manual]], this is how Predacon leadership works. They value successful betrayals, believing that if the leader could not fend off the treachery, they obviously were not fit to lead. Thus, a successful leader must be able to kick-ass and take names.
-->''"Treachery requires '''no''' mistakes."''
* {{Badass}}: Often frighteningly so in the later seasons of Beast Wars. Just after "recruiting" Rampage (by quite literally cutting out a part of his heart/soul substitute and storing it in a collapseable box lined with energon blades), he states the following:
-->''"Welcome to the Predacons, Rampage! You shall be an honored member, so long as you never forget one important fact about your new life... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis It's. Mine.]] ([[ToThePain Squeezes box]])''. Welcome my new servant, ''[[VerbalTic Yesss.]]''"''
* BadBoss: Even more so than the other guys with his name. ''All'' of his (few) troops are expendable for him.
* BigBad
* BigNo: In the series' finale.
* CatchPhrase: He tended to add a drawn out "Yes" or "No" to the ends of his sentences. Qualifies as both a BigYes and VerbalTic, yeeessss. It's so popular, that even characters from both factions [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded it]], yeeeesss!!! It even has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2t4MBhGAg8 compilation video!!!]], [[RuleOfThree yeeess!!!]]
* TheChessmaster: To an impressive degree, towards his enemies and allies, especially towards Tarantulas. He actually incorporated several other character's plans into his own without their knowledge.
* CompanionCube: His rubber ducky. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rubber_Duck Seriously]].
* ComplexityAddiction: His greatest weakness aside from his overconfidence. He'll often sabotage himself by indulging in needlessly dramatic additions to his plots purely to play into his own bloated ego. Though he will abandon this if pressed enough.
* ConsummateLiar: A good portion of his manipulative skill set involves hiding the truth from both allies and enemies.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
-->''"The wise tyrant ensures his prisons are designed for his personal escape."'' [[note]]In "Double Jeopardy" A paralysed Megatron and Rattrap are imprisoned in the lower chamber of the Predacon base by Terrorsaur. Megatron uses his voice recognition code to escape his cell and restore himself.[[/note]]
** He does, however, spend a little too much time gloating and [[EvilLaugh laughing]]. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] just before turning Rhinox back into a Maximal in "Dark Designs":
--> '"Sometimes, Predacons gloat too much!"''
** In Beast Machines, Megatron manages to successfully take an opportunity to escape, which he uses to conquer Cybertron.
* DeadpanSnarker: A particularly nasty, arrogant version. When asked about why he monologues to himself, rather than to his troops:
-->''"I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation."''
* DiabolicalMastermind
* ElementalPowers: His Transmetal two body can alternate between [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] attacks.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EvilCounterpart: To Optimus. See AmplifierArtifact for details.
* EvilGloating: Megatron likes to make sure his enemies know they've been beaten. This bites him in the ass more than once (he tries to "make the Maximals suffer" in the first episode, which gives them the opportunity to shoot them down too and thus start the Beast Wars, and later on he gives a gloating speech to a heavily damaged Dinobot, who uses the opportunity to make an improvised hammer and beat him down.)
* EvilIsHammy: Just watch the episode where he and Tarantulas try to out-EvilLaugh each other.
* EvilIsPetty: A major factor in his defeat in the last episode. "No score is too small to settle, I always say."
* EvilKnockoff: He likes making evil clones of Dinobot. Though Dinobot 2 was his greatest success, there were others, including one in the first season who couldn't transform out of beast mode, and a squad of Cyber Raptors in the third season. All of these knockoffs came to bad ends (with the real Dinobot actually ''[[spoiler:eating]]'' his evil clone in one case.)
* EvilPlan: The ultimate one in WesternAnimation/BeastWars being to restore the Predacons to glory on Cybertron.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep: '''Yeeeess...'''
* {{Expy}}: For Megatron(duh). In-universe, this gets him sneered at by Ravage.
* FantasticRacism: Towards organics in Beast Machines, to the point that he's trying to purge his dragon morph despite the fact that it would actually ''help him''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's charming, erudite, and eager to grind his enemies underneath his heel even if he has to sacrifice all of reality to do so.
* GeniusBruiser: Seeing as he has a great big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode, it's a given that he'd be a bruiser. He also appears to be one of the smartest Megatrons.
* [[SheIsTheKing He Is The Queen]]: He is called Queen by Inferno, despite giving the latter repeated warnings to stop doing so. Inferno will usually call him by the more gender-neutral "Royalty", which doesn't bother him so much.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:It's revealed the real reason he came to Earth in the past was to destroy the original Optimus Prime within the Arc and wipe out Maximal existence. He was very hesitant though and settled for the energon instead as a bonus until he no longer had any other option to win the Beast Wars.]]
* JerkAss: Upon learning of his troops failures, or if the Maximals confront him directly, he would often drop the [[FauxAffablyEvil charm]] altogether.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: In Beast Machines.]]
** [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: Died trying to reformat Cybertron.]]
** [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: Same as above.]]
* '''''LargeHam''''': He wouldn't be Megatron otherwise.
* LargeAndInCharge: Generally played straight with him.
* LegacyCharacter: He's a descendant of the original Megatron.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: At one point, he's dropped into a lava pit by [[spoiler: Quickstrike, who was manipulated by Tarantulas,]] in an attempt to kill him. [[WhyWontYouDie Instead of dying]], [[InfernalRetaliation this actually makes him stronger and crazier than ever]]; mainly because he ''also'' had the spark of his namesake inside him at the time.
* [[spoiler:MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: He traveled to past Earth in the first place to kill Optimus Prime so the Decepticons could win the great war and thus control Cybertron.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Many of his greatest advantages were unwittingly supplied by his more treacherous underlings.
* {{Narcissist}}: Reflected in this scene:
-->'''Megatron''': ...[[VerbalTic yeeesss]].
-->'''Blacharachnia''': Why do you always talk to yourself?
-->'''Megatron''': I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation.
* NearVillainVictory: Several times. For all of his intelligence and chessmastering, he just can't win for definite.
** At the end of the first season, he kills [[spoiler: '''Optimus Primal''']]. This carries over to the second season and he would've killed the rest of the Maximals had [[spoiler: Rhinox not [[BackFromTheDead brought Primal back.]]]]
** In the GrandFinale, he [[spoiler: finds the Nemesis, kills Tigerhawk with it, and proceeds to attack Mt St Hilary in an attempt to destroy the Maximals and the Ark.]] If not for [[spoiler: Dinobot II]]'s HeelFaceTurn and subsequent RedemptionEqualsDeath moment, he would've won.
** But his best one of all had to be in the season two finale: He's been captured by Ravage and [[spoiler: Tarantulas]], with some help from the Maximals. His troops are either incapacitated or pursuing their own agendas. To top it off Ravage has instructions from the Tripredacus Council to eliminate all the witnesses, and what does Megatron do? [[spoiler: He plays his last card to change Ravage's allegiance, revealing the whole thing as a plan orchestrated by G1 Megatron to change the outcome of the Great War in his favor. While Ravage keeps the Maximals busy, Megatron flies to Mt. St. Hilary, threatens Silverbolt to get Blackarachnia to open the Ark for him, and attempts to RetGone the Maximals out of existence by '''blowing Optimus Prime's brains out.''']] Really, his only mistake was keeping [[spoiler: Blackarachnia, who was a Maximal Protoform and thus threatened by his attempt,]] alive long enough to betray him.
** He gets ''two'' of these in Beast Machines, coming seconds away from winning both times.
* NotSoSimilar: At least once he is told he is unworthy of the respect that usually comes with them name Megatron because of the robots who had the name before him far superior to him. Though this came from a surviving servant of the original.
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Ignorance]]: How he usually manipulates his more traitorous minions to his own ends. Acts completely unaware of their intentions, but slyly plays his own BatmanGambit.
* [[spoiler: OmnicidalManiac: By the finale he's so all consumed at the thought of victory that he attempts to destroy the Arc with G1 Megatron included, which would mean the destruction of both maximals and predacons.]]
* OneWingedAngel / AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Megatron]]'s spark.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: His beast form in the second half of the third season of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* PurpleIsPowerful
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was planning to do to the Maximals by killing Optimus Prime]].
* RightHandCat: Variation - it's his actual hand. In his first and third bodies, his beast mode head becomes one of his arms, and he's seen treating his T-Rex head like one of these. There's also his rubber ducky, to a lesser extent.
* RollerbladeGood: As a Transmetal
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Regarding a bunch of Dinobot clones:
-->''"Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"''
* TyrannosaurusRex
* TheUnfettered: Nothing, not even reality itself, is safe from his obsession with power.
* VerbalTic: According to the franchise wiki, 166 bouts of that tic. Yeeeess...
* VetinariJobSecurity: Though abusive and manipulative to his subordinates, he has proven to be the only one capable of leading his nearly-psychotic crew of Predacons. He proved this to Terrorsaur once by granting him command during a crisis and watching him fail spectacularly.
* VillainousValor: While he did pull a VillainExitStageLeft many times during the series, he undeniably embodies this trope when he doesn't quit against Tigerhawk despite being in awe at his power.
* WeHaveReserves: He seems to value his troops' lives slightly less than a normal person does pocket lint and would probably kill them all in a second if they proved to be no longer useful. An impressive feat, since at no time does he have more than a handful or so Predacons, even if some are MadeOfIron and being blown to bits is more of an inconvenience than anything else.

!!Scorponok
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->''"Megatron is our leader! He rewards loyalty and punishes those who oppose his will."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Don Brown
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

-> Scorponok was the original second-in-command of the Predacons. He was the only Pred at the start to display full loyalty to Megatron, which in Megatron's eyes made up for his lack of real intelligence. His undying loyalty to Megatron meant that he would clash with Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia at times. [[spoiler:Scorponok would die in a freak accident in the Season 2 premiere.]]
* ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim He falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Terrorsaur's absence to save her own hide.]]
* TheDragon: In defiance of typical Transformers dragons, he is utterly loyal to Megatron.
** He also has some elements of TheBrute.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Gadgeteer Geni]][[GeniusDitz us Ditz]]: He was kind of an idiot and his speech would frequently degenerate into the monosyllabic, however he seemed to show some savant-like talents when it came to inventing. When they don't [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].
* HulkSpeak: Occasionally he'd slip into caveman talk, usually when he was excited or angry. In ''"Chain of Command"'' he proclaims "Megatron back! Megatron back! Scorponok alone with Tarantulas and Terrorsaur! Very bad!" after Megatron recovers from being knocked out by an alien probe.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NumberTwo: To Megatron throughout season one.
* ScaryScorpions
* StaticCharacter
* UndyingLoyalty: His loyalty was his only consistent personality trait.
* VillainousFriendship: The Beast Wars Series Bible explains he believes he and Megatron have this. Megatron permits Scorponok's delusion as it guarantees his loyalty.
* YesMan

!!Tarantulas
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->''"You shouldn't take your eyes off a spider. They tend to be venemous!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Alec Willows
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->Tarantulas is the kind of mad scientist who makes other mad scientists feel like they need a shower. He's taken to his beast form to the point where he likes to lay traps for wild animals and then suck the blood out of them while they're still alive (not onscreen, obviously, but still). His habits don't endear him to his teammates, who generally find him [[EvenEvilHasStandards disturbing]].

->Despite his perversions and general creepiness, Tarantulas is likely the smartest character in the show (in terms of raw intelligence, that is, Megatron probably has him beat in cunning) and is an invaluable member of the Predacons, despite Tarantulas not being remotely interested in their goals. While he seems to only be out for himself at first, we learn more of his agenda as the show progresses.

* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Tarantulas is actively working against Megatron to advance his own nefarious agenda and makes no secret of it, however Megatron consistently spares him because Tarantulas' scientific knowledge exceeds even Megatron's own, and Megatron simply can't win this war without him. [[spoiler: It's only at the end of the series when Tarantulas comes ''this'' close to destroying both Megatron and the spark of the original Megatron, that Megatron's patience is finally up.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: You can't say evil in the show without mentioning him, his outright villainy and treacherous attitude was something Megatron considered to be a ''viable asset''.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Tarantulas of the first half of season one is markedly different than the Tarantulas of the rest of series. Initially Scorponok was portrayed as more of the tech guy, while Terrorsaur was the Starscream substitute. Tarantulas' role was that of a ninja and his creepiness and gluttony were his most prominent characteristics. This is illustrated in the original toy specs which listed Tarantulas IQ as very low, lower even than Waspinator's. Eventually this changes - Scorponok is turned into an idiot valuable only to Megatron for his loyalty and firepower while Terrorsaur remains backstabbing but his competency is ratcheted way down, and Tarantulas sort of absorbed both those roles and became the brilliant scientist with secret agendas and murky loyalties. Whatever ninja skills became nonexistent, and the creepiness and gluttony is massively downplayed, especially in the case of his apparent cannibalism that exists in the third episode and then is never mentioned again.
* TheChessmaster: Towards Megatron, the Maximals and the Predacons. OutGambitted several times by the former.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He's probably the least trusted character in the series for this reason alone, but his scientific know-how inevitably forces others to try and depend on him. It rarely ends up going well for them.
* CrazyPrepared: He's not the only character to survive utterly insane injuries, but every time he does it it's because he had a back up; [[spoiler: he was also working on getting off the planet long before anyone else even knew the Vok would nuke it]].
* [[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination Cybertronian Abomination]]: Is a spawn of [[GodOfEvil Unicron]], and seeks to annihilate both the Maximals ''and'' the Predacons.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: He once defected from Megatron's crew then offered his assistance against a greater threat in the same breath.
* EvilCounterpart: To Rhinox. As well as Blackarachnia after her HeelFaceTurn.
* EvilGenius
* EvilLaugh
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers smarter Starscream of the comics]], biding his time for grander schemes.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ForTheEvulz: The reason for his [[ImAHumanitarian dining habits]]. He doesn't actually ''need'' to eat, he just enjoys the suffering he inflicts on his prey as he slowly kills them.
* GadgeteerGenius: He made an entire lab and several little machines, such as a laser drone that forces a [[ShapeShifterModeLock Mode Lock]].
* GiantSpider
* GigglingVillain
* [[spoiler: HiddenAgendaVillain / DoubleAgent: Turned out to be working to negate the existence of both Predacons and Maximals, as he himself is secretly neither.]]
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a Robotarian]]: He tried to devour Cheetor.
* InsufferableGenius: Nobody likes or trusts Tarantulus, but his scientific knowledge makes him invaluable.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Towards the end of Season 3 of ''Wars''.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: His Transmetal form has at least four missile launchers in his shoulders, which he tends to fire all at once. Strangely, he stopped using them later: the episode where he died had him try to fend off his killers with guns in his shoulders (they fired like his old 'gun-legs' in his pre-Transmetal form).
* TheMadHatter: '''NOT''' PlayedForLaughs.
* MadScientist
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, his spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode. This function moved to his shoulder-wheels after that.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
* OhCrap: While [[spoiler:witnessing Dragon Megatron rising out of the lava in front of him]], his face is a study in this trope. Somewhat lesser examples happened right before every significant defeat he had in the series, except [[spoiler: Inferno torching him at the end of season 1]].
* ReliableTraitor: So much so that Megatron outright states in the penultimate episode that Tarantulas' scheming is one of his greatest assets, though Megatron isn't so foolish as to let him get away with particularly heinous attempts.
* SerialKiller: Implied by Dinobot: "Alas poor Tarantulas, I knew him Cheetor! ''This'' is the leg that stalked so many victims"
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was going to do to both sides by killing everyone on the Ark.]]
* ShotInTheAss: He has a somewhat disturbing habit of doing this to others with whatever new weapon he's conceived.
* SoftSpokenSadist: When he's got someone in his cluthes, he speaks politely, but makes it very clear that he'll enjoy the suffering he's about to inflict on them.
* TheStarscream: This seems to be the main reason for all the plans he doesn't tell Megatron about, and given that he has actually managed to acquire allies (who aren't Waspinator) Megatron sees him as more of a threat than Terrorsaur, enough to keep an eye on him when ever he shows signs of having one in the works.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted. Tarantulas alienates literally every other character in the series, and while it's somewhat implied that Megatron leaves him alive because of his utility, Tarantulas' betrayals get him exiled.
* VillainousGlutton: Primarily in the first season, but Tarantulas loves to eat -- especially living creatures -- and his "snacking" is always used to highlight just how gross and terrifying he is. To say nothing of his explicit interest in eating other Cybertronians. The character profile in the DVD boxset actually focuses more on Tarantulas being a "twisted gourmand" than on his scheming side or his MadScientist side.

!!Terrorsaur
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->''"It's good to be a Predacon!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Doug Parker
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

* BigBadWannabe: He was desperate to take control of the Predacons, but just didn't have what it took to do the job.
* ButtMonkey: He initially rivaled ''Waspinator'' in being blown to pieces! Unlike the former, he at least managed to remain a genuine threat, if only due to having [[WalkingArmory one of the biggest arsenals]] in show.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]: In the beginning of the second season, [[spoiler:he falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Scorponok's absence to save her own hide.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon's Starscream]], with the obvious, transparent, why-doesn't-Megatron-just-kill-him backstabbery. His success rate is about as good as the original's, although Starscream managed to stay second in command. On the upside, Terrorsaur at least realized that the treachery thing wasn't working and stopped.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Both times he manages to oust Megatron from command, his arrogance and lack of intelligence brings him back down. The second time convinced everyone he sucked, and he never tried again.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* PteroSoarer
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: He was killed off instead of Waspinator due to the latter's unexpected EnsembleDarkhorse status]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* TheStarscream: He even almost sounds like him. Hell, he even succeeded once or twice, but couldn't control the troops or prevent Megatron from returning. Ironically, it was [[spoiler: Waspinator]] who was [[spoiler: possessed by the original Starscream's ghost.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In one episode, he gains a raw energon booster and manages to open a can of serious whoop-ass on Megatron and almost does the same thing to Optimus Primal.
* WalkingArmory: Try counting all of Terrorsaur's guns sometime.

!!Waspinator
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->''"[[TheChewToy Why universe hate Waspinator?]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeil
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->Waspinator's joint status as fate's chew toy and one of BW's most iconic characters came about completely by accident. The creators found his distinctive speech pattern annoying but had to include him for merchandising reasons, so they decided that he'd spend most of his screentime being blown to bits. The ensuing fan adoration saved him from [[spoiler: joining Terrorsaur and Scorponok]] in death, although he might have preferred that [[FateWorseThanDeath to the two seasons of punishment and humiliation that followed]].

->Waspy's own universe may hate him, but ours can't get enough of the guy. He ended up with the last line of BW, a ([[CosmicPlaything much]], [[FromNobodyToNightmare much]] [[AdaptationalBadass scarier]]) [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated TFA]] counterpart and, most recently, a place in the Transformers Hall of Fame. Waspinator...happy at last?

* AdaptationalWimp: [[AllThereInTheManual In the toyline]], Waspinator is described as a [[ColdSniper ruthless and highly competent warrior]] who's [[TheDreaded dreaded]] by the Maximals. He got even more frightening when he got his Transmetal upgrade. The cartoon version of Waspinator... well, see the other tropes.
* AffablyEvil
* AmusingInjuries: ''Constantly''.
* AntiVillain: The only villainous things he does have been under Megatron's command. Otherwise, he's arguably one of the few Predacons that wouldn't be actively malevolent on his own.
* ButtMonkey: He is by '''far''' the biggest example, though Scorponok and Terrorsaur almost had it as bad early on.
** Waspinator's many deaths can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvLwUuTfdew here.]] From the man himself:
---->'''Waspinator''': "Why universe hate Waspinator?"
*** It's only fitting that at the end of Beast Wars, Waspinator is the only Predacon to get a happy ending, becoming ruler of the early humans. Though, I guess it doesn't last long before he's booted from Earth by the humans. Though, by the end, Waspinator is the only Predacon who doesn't meet his/her fate (minus Blackarachnia, who's a Maximal by the end).
* TheChewToy
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Waspinator actually has a pretty good aim, and has done things like shoot down Optimus Primal, shoot Dinobot's rotating blade out of his hand and, most notable of all, defeat Silverbolt ''three times''. It's just that bad things happen to him ''first''...and sometimes immediately after he shoots (for instance, the propeller blade disarm resulted in Dinobot landing on him, then jamming him into the barrel of Rampage's cannon).
* DarkChick: He stands out from the rest of the Predacons due to being the "comic-relief" character.
* [[spoiler:DefectorFromDecadence: In the finale.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Waspinator:''' "Waspinator sick of being evil! Sick of being Predacon! And Waspinator especially sick of ''[[TheChewToy getting blown to scrap all the time]]''! So, Waspinator ''QUIT''!" His former teammates immediately blasted him.]]
* TheDitz
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Subverted in that while he is a Predacon, his presence rarely makes the situation worse. It's usually a sign something funny (i.e. his destruction) is about to happen.
* FriendlySniper: He has good aim and is only Predacon who has some sanity.
* GenreSavvy[=/=]LampshadeHanging: While not the brightest of 'bots, he is fully aware of his [[ButtMonkey usual status in the war]] and tries to avoid it when possible. He rarely succeeds.
* GlassCannon: Despite his ButtMonkey status, Waspinator actually has a pretty high hit rate. He just gets blown up before he gets the chance to fire.
* GrandTheftMe: He got hijacked by the spark of G1 Starscream in the episode, "Possession".
** TheStarscream: Became this literally.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* LosingYourHead: He gets blown into pieces, constantly.
* TheNicknamer: Except for Megatron and Optimus, all the other characters have nicknames from him such as "ant-bot" (Inferno) and "two-face" (Quickstrike). Megatron got one in the penultimate episode.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the Predacons.
* RunningGag: Blown appart nearly once an episode. Ends up being Lampshaded several times.
* [[spoiler:TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: In the finale.]]
* TheyKilledKenny
* ThirdPersonPerson: With few exceptions:
-->''"I said NO!!!"''
* ThrowTheDogABone: As mentioned in Silverbolt's profile, Waspinator school's the Fuzor in battle ''three times''. From ''Changing of the Guard":
-->''Waspinator: 1. Doggie-bot: 0.''
** [[spoiler: He also gets turned into a god by the humans in the ''Beast Wars'' finale.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: The humans eventually throw him out because he accidentally annoys one of them and therefore annoys all of them. He then gets turned into Thrust.]]

!!Blackarachnia
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->''"[[DarkActionGirl Even when I'm good, I'm still bad!]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/VenusTerzo
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Double Jeopardy"''

->Hot. Poisonous. Deadly. Emphasis on that last one. Tarantulas may have picked her beast mode - and had, in Megatron's words, "ulterior motives" for doing so - but if he was expecting a lackey, he got exactly the opposite. Up there with Waspinator in terms of iconic Beast Era characters, Blackarachnia's legacy lives on in ''Animated'' (and ''Prime's'' Airachnid, arguably).

* ActionGirl: Her decision to change sides was mainly out of pragmatism, but she gradually drops the 'dark' part anyway, without losing much competence. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', she's this from the beginning.
* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire
* BadassBookworm: She's cooked up more than a few nifty gadgets, she's well rounded in Cybertronian history, she's a serious player in the intrigue game, and despite her minimalistic physique, will kick your ass in hand-to-hand combat with her mad ninja skills.
* BattleCouple: With Silverbolt.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Her first body had solid black eyes.
* BreakoutCharacter: After playing a fairly supporting role in Seasons 1 and 2, she's suddenly the star of the show in Season 3 and half the episodes become about her.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's a female robot, she kicks ass and she has possibly the second roundest, most noticeable chest of any female Transformer in the entire franchise, just below [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Thunder]][[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:ThunderblastBoobsAndNipples01.jpg blast]].
** Her Transmetal 2 toy incarnation caused a minor controversy because it had a piece that was molded like a bra that was removeable. Guess where it pegged into her chest?
** Further controversy? The cast needed a model, so they went to a strip-club!
* CardCarryingVillain: She spends a lot of her first season or so repeatedly telling the heroes that she's evil, bad, evil, not to be trusted, and evil, occasionally even resorting to actual action to get her point across to particularly irritating non-believers.
-->'''Silverbolt:''' Blackarachnia, I want you to return with me, to the Maximals.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Get a clue, you canine cretin! I'm a Predacon! I'm evil! I'll shoot you--\\
'''Silverbolt:''' No. My heart tell me that you will not.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Oh yeah? * shoots him in the leg* \\
'''Silverbolt:''' * shocked* You...SHOT me!\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' No duh, Dog-Boy! I'm evil!! Now do you believe me?\\
'''Silverbolt:''' And yet...you ensured the wound would not be mortal. Your inner Maximal goodness--\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' SHUT UP, SHUT UP, [[BigShutUp SHUT UUUUUUUUPPP]]!!!
* TheChick: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' she's the only female on team until Botanica shows up. Also the final episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* DarkActionGirl: She beats the original Dinobot to a pulp, kicks Inferno's red robotic behind in a three-minute awesome fight scene, and "Proving Grounds" is an episode devoted to her fighting Transmetal 2 Dinobot and nearly winning (which she surely would have if Rampage's spark weren't powering him). She's the toughest and most important female character in televised Transformers history to date.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially towards Silverbolt.
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]
* DistaffCounterpart: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Tarantulas, who deliberately chose her form so that she would be this to him. It worked [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a little too well for his taste]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In "Crossing the Rubicon", she's puzzled at how her Maximal allies aren't as concerned about her using Megatron's Transmetal 2 driver to increase her power as they are about her safety after initially failing to use it.
* FemmeFatale
* GadgeteerGenius
* GiantSpider
* HeelFaceTurn
** HighHeelFaceTurn: Averted. Silverbolt and the original Dinobot switch sides long before she does.
* KickChick: If she's not firing her machine guns or her Cyber Venom, she's kicking someone.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: By the time of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' you must know at least that she loved Silverbolt.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: The following episode after [[spoiler:she upgrades to transmetal]] has her take on 1/2 the Predacon team (though one at a time) with a myriad of new powers and abilities.
* LoveRedeems: It had a fight on its hands, but it eventually won.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: And how.
* MindOverMatter: She develops ''telekinesis'' in her Transmetal 2 body, cold-cocking Rampage out with a flying girder.
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, her spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode.
* [[MrFixit Ms. Fixit]]
* NominalHero: Post her HeelFaceTurn in the season three premiere. She becomes more of a straight up hero, once her shell programme is removed.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Similar to Dinobot, Blackarachnia didn't join the Maximals in support of their ideals; she only did so to protect her own existence as a Maximal protoform, and as a promise to Silverbolt.
* OfficialCouple: With Silverbolt.
* RedemptionPromotion: She gets an upgrade to a Transmetal 2 a few episodes after changing sides and single-handedly kicks Rampage's butt twice.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's the only female Predacon throughout the entire series, [[spoiler: (and the only female Maximal left after her HeelFaceTurn)]] and the only female Transformer for the most part of the time, namely before [[spoiler:and after]] Airazor's existence. This was carried over to ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' until the second half of the second season when Strika a new Vehicon general shows up and, near the end of the series, by Botanica, among the Maximals.
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Tiny Girl]] to Silverbolt's Huge Guy.
* TokenEvilTeammate: To the Maximals post her HeelFaceTurn in season three, though her relationship with Silverbolt has softened her up a little. Once her Predacon shell program is removed, she loses her evil streak.

!!Inferno
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->''"[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Destruction to all who threaten us! The royalty commands it]]!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Jim Byrnes
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Spider's Game"''

->It's not clear why Inferno is more defined by his beast mode than any other character (even Tigatron). Maybe the ant's collective-worshipping, drone-like mindset is [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} just too strong]] for his sense of self. As far as Inferno is concerned, he is an ant, the Predacon base is his colony, and Megatron is his queen. And yes, that's what he calls Megatron. Constantly, and despite repeated warnings.

* AxCrazy: He is completely out of his mind.
* BadassBoast: "Fool! Pain is my friend! Allow me to introduce ''you'' to it!"
* BattleButler
* ButtMonkey: Though to a lesser extent than some of the other Predacons.
** CoDragons: Essentially this with Scorponok for much of Season 1. He's the muscle, Scorponok's the NumberTwo.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: His beast mode is a fire ant.
* CatchPhrase: Spouted off quite a few of his own, but the most iconic is probably:
-->''"[[BattleButler "For the Royalty!"]]"''
* CloudCuckooLander: He's firmly convinced that he is an ant and Megatron is his Queen.
* CombatSadomasochist
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite being mostly crazed up and LaughablyEvil, he's one of the most competent and dangerous Predacons.
* [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: He gets destroyed by Megatron, the only character he showed any loyalty towards.]]
** [[spoiler: With fire nonetheless]]
* {{Determinator}}: NOTHING can stop him from obeying Megatron's orders short of catastrophic damage. And a couple of times not even then.
* TheDragon: To Megatron. Inferno may be insane and his devotion to his "queen" is hilarious, but his loyalty is unwavering and he's lethal in combat. Like Scorponok, he averts TheStarscream aspect often used alongside this trope.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans.]]
** [[spoiler: He was supposed to die earlier, near the end of Season 2. He freakin '''disintegrated''' onscreen, but came back in Season 3 as if this were just an inconvenience.]]
* EliteMook: After the Transmetalisation of several other characters, he still manages to be pretty much ''the'' most trusted (and one of the most {{Badass}}) soldiers Megatron has.
* EvilCounterpart: To Tigatron. Both were originally Maximal protoforms who identify with their beast modes more than their robot forms and use temperature-based weaponry, but they are polar opposites otherwise.
* EvilIsBurningHot
* FangsAreEvil
* ImplacableMan: More so in the first season. Given his versatility, flight mode, and firepower, he's easily one of the strongest Predacons under Megatron, and as mentioned with Rhinox, everybody else was brought up to his level when they went transmetal.
* InNameOnly: He's like an inversion of Generation One Inferno. Predacon vs. Autobot. Fire-spewing flamethrower that incinerates everything vs. fire truck that puts fires out. Utterly insane vs. good. The only similarity is that both are red.
* LargeHam
* LaughingMad: May double as TheHyena.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Inferno is so freaked out by the condition of Transmutate's stasis pod and it giving off weird energy that he quickly contacts Megatron. The catch? He refers to Megatron by his actual name.
* PsychoForHire
* PlayingWithFire
** PyroManiac: He's not called "Inferno" for nothing. But again, he is a delicious inversion of this Generation One namesake, who was an Autobot, sane, and a ''fire truck''.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SlasherSmile
* YesMan

!!Quickstrike
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->''"Call me Quickstrike, and good's got nothing to do with it!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Colin Murdoch
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Coming of the Fuzors (Part 1)"''

Quickstrike is a psychotic MixAndMatchCritter that Megatron recruited early in the Second season. While boastful, he was far from the Badass he claimed to be, and often ended up playing a relatively minor roll of shooting at Maximals from the sidelines. His allegiances were fairly obviously to the person who gave him the most chances to fight, and he nearly betrayed Megatron twice, although the first time he swapped back before he really got started, and the second time he ended up begging Megatron for a second chance.

* AgonyBeam: Fired from his cobra mouth.
* ArmCannon
* AxCrazy
* BadassBoast: "There is nothin' that crawls, walks, swims or flies that I'm afraid of!"
* BewareMyStingerTail: In beast mode, his cobra head fires lasers.
* BloodKnight: Notably, he wasn't so much concerned with a fair fight as getting the chance to beat on someone to prove how tough he was.
* TheBrute: Personality-wise he fits the trope well but he is far from the toughest or strongest Predacon.
* CardCarryingVillain: "Call me... Quickstrike! And good's got nuthin' to do with it."
* {{Cowboy}}
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans. There's zero buildup and the two are never mentioned again. It just kinda... happened.]]
* DumbMuscle: He doesn't think much beyond the next "kiester" he's going to kick.
* EvilCounterpart: To Silverbolt. Both are MixAndMatchCritters with an unusual code of honour and regard for the ladies, though in his case it's an evil {{Cowboy}} as opposed to a KnightInShiningArmor.
* FearlessFool
* HairTriggerTemper
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}: He's notably one of the few Maximal protoforms who didn't need a Predacon shell programme to join the latter faction.
* LeeroyJenkins
* MixAndMatchCritter: Between a [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]] and a cobra.
* PsychoForHire: He's ready to follow whoever gives him more opportunities to kill.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* ScaryScorpions
* SmugSnake
* SociopathicSoldier: Type 2.
* WouldntHitAGirl / WifeBasherBasher: In his first apperances, he pretty much freaks out anytime someone attacks Blackarachnia...
** WouldHitAGirl: ...but his charity towards her takes a complete 180 after she joins the Maximals; after that he revels whenever he gets the chance to try to destroy her.

!!Rampage / Protoform X
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->''"[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Is that fear you're feeling, Maximal?]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Campbell Lane
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Bad Spark"''

->Rampage is the result of Maximal experiments intended to replicate the immortal, indestructible mutant spark that let Starscream survive as a ghost. While he's certainly nigh-unkillable, he's also a cannibalistic serial killer armed with a rocket launcher (who decided to give the experiment high-powered weapons, and who let him keep them after they dumped him in a prison pod?) He racked up a sizeable body count before Depth Charge finally caged him.

->Rampage is fully aware of what a nightmare his life is ("I regret everything, my sweet,"), but can't seem to think of a more constructive reaction than inflicting as much pain as possible on everyone around him.

* ArchEnemy: To Depth Charge... a set-up Rampage seems to enjoy.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: His gun barrel and treads in tank mode have both been exploited to take him down.
* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}
* TheBrute: Though subverted in that he's ''much'' more dangerous than TheDragon.
* BreakThemByTalking: He likes to do this while torturing his victims.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Anybody Rampage gets his claws on can only pray for a quick death.
* CombatSadomasochist
* CompleteImmortality: He was created in an attempt to duplicate G1 Starscream's immortal spark. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked.]] His spark was incapable of being extinguished whether it involved cutting it in half with an Energon blade, any physical damage Rampage experienced, or anything the high council could come up with to destroy him. Deconstructed because it was the source of a lot of experimentation and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds he grew to hate his life taking out his anger towards everything.]]
** [[spoiler:His spark was later destroyed by a large piece of complete raw Energon, something very rare by the time of the Beast Wars Transformers era.]]
* DeathSeeker: His final act implies this was part of his motivation.
* [[spoiler: DieLaughing]]
* EvilLaugh
* EvilTastesGood: He is genuinely quite happy causing mayhem and destruction. [[BeingEvilSucks It only sucks]] when he thinks about how much he hates serving and being tortured by Megatron.
* ExplosiveLeash: Megatron ripped out half his spark and continuously tortures it to keep Rampage in line.
* {{Expy}} Of ''[[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]]''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Though his friendship with Transmutate is genuine.]]
* FrankensteinsMonster: One of the smarter, more vengeful variety.
* ForTheEvulz: He often ignores orders to relieve his boredom by inflicting horrific torture on any convenient victim.
* GatlingGood: Meets rocket launcher.
* GeniusBruiser: In a [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] sort of way.
* GiantEnemyCrab
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Maximals' scientists wanted an immortal super-soldier. They got their wish.
* HealingFactor / NighInvulnerable: Since he has an immortal spark based on Starscream's, he can't be killed by normal means. [[spoiler: Depth Charge stabbing a shard of raw energon straight through it, setting off a massive explosion, seems to do the trick.]]
* [[spoiler:IDieFree]]
* IJustWantToBeFree
-->'''Megatron:''' Never forget who holds the essence of your spark, and thus is your master.
-->'''Rampage:''' [[ImpliedDeathThreat That, I promise you.]]
* [[spoiler:ILetYouWin: At the last moment, he lets Depth Charge kill him, cackling maniacally all the while.]]
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a Robotarian]]: Depth Charge had friends at Starbase Rugby, as he recalls. Tasty ones, too.
* ImHavingSoulPains: Megatron keeps him in check by jamming crystallized energon into the other half of his Spark until he submits to Megatron's orders. Rampage is only able to survive this because he's almost indestructible, but it's still incredibly painful.
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Robot]]
* InformedAbility: He is described as being brilliant, but he's never really shown using that intelligence to any extreme degree.
** Probably because Megatron keeps him on a really short leash. Him tinkering combined with his NighInvulnerability spells bad things for Megatron.
* TheJuggernaut: In his first appearance. It says a lot about how NighInvulnerable you are when ImplacableMan is the result of DiminishingVillainThreat.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Towards the end of Season 3.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: His debut episode, ''Bad Spark'', has him render Tarantulas limb from limb, albeit offscreen.
* KnightOfCerebus: Rampage has very few comedic traits.
* LetXBeTheUnknown: His original designation before Megatron renamed him.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming
* MadeASlave: By Megatron.
* MeaningfulRename: "I'm called Rampage now! [[LampshadeHanging A bit obvious, but to the point, don't you think?]]"
* NotQuiteDead: He was essentially "dead" in his first appearance before a nearby Energon explosion jostled him back to consciousness.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Rampage befriending Transmutate. The other Predacons only want to use Transmutate for its power or destroy it, a situation Rampage is very familiar with.]]
* PsychoForHire: One of the reasons why he's so scary. AppliedPhlebotinum version. Without Megatron's precaution, he'd likely have eaten him.
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: In his debut episode, after he is defeated by the Maximals, Megatron finds him and rips out half his spark to force him under his control.
* {{Sadist}}: He seems to love pain more than anything else.
* SealedEvilInACan: After his early killing sprees, he was captured, reverted into a protoform and sealed in a massive stasis pod by order of the Maximal Elders who couldn't figure out how to actually kill him. Optimus and Rhinox were charged with dumping this pod in deep space under the guise of an exploration mission. At least until he was released mid-way through the Beast Wars.
* SerialKiller
* ShoutOut: Averted. A reference to [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter's]] "Census Taker" was cut from the episode "Bad Spark".
* SixthRanger: For the Predacons.
* SlasherMovie: His debut episode. "Bad Spark", is almost a Slasher Episode.
* SoulJar: Megatron keeps half of Rampage's spark in torture device just so he can control him.
* SpiderSense: He somehow sensed Depth Charge's impending arrival even before his Starhopper emerged from that anomaly.
* StealthPun: He's a Predacon with an immortal spark and turns into a Transmetal crab. When you think of him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_about_the_immortality_of_the_crab you're thinking about the immortality of the crab]].
* TankGoodness: Next to his huge crab mode he can also transform into a tank with a huge three-barreled canon. His toy-incarnation is one of the few Transformers toys with working treads.
* TheyStillBelongToUsLecture: Twice over Transmutate.
-->'''Rampage:''' No! You will not have it, Optimus. The Darkness of its spark echoes my own, it belongs with ME!

-->'''Silverbolt:''' STOP! That one is not for you!
-->'''Rampage:''' It is ONLY for me!
* {{Tragic Monster}}
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: For all his crimes, it must be remembered that he didn't ''choose'' to be born as the abomination that he is (that's actually the fault of the ''Maximals''), and he seems to be almost remorseful, at times, of his cannibalistic nature. Megatron's cruel treatment of him doesn't make him any less sympathetic. As the episode "Transmutate" shows, the namesake creature tells you what a TragicMonster he can be if looked at from a different angle. Even ''[[KnightInShiningArmor Silverbolt]]'' pitied him in that episode.

!!Ravage
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->''"Decepticons, forever!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Lee Tockar
-->'''Debut:''' ''"The Agenda (Part 1)"''

* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Does it do the entire Maximal crew when he first arrives, then apologizes, saying he only did so to avoid any "unfortunate accidents".
* CatchPhrase: See quote up top.
* {{Expy}}: Averted. [[spoiler:Ravage really is the Ravage from the G1 series, re-formatted into a Predacon and given the ability to talk.]] He also uses this trope against Beast Wars Megatron, explicitly mocking him for having the original's name but not his army.
* FutureBadass: Of a rather odd sort. He's technically from the future (so is everyone else, for that matter), yet at the same time is older than the entire main cast several times over. Played rather straight in that he's waaay more badass now than he was during the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Great War]].
* GuestStarPartyMember
* HeelFaceMole
* ''{{Lzherusskie}}'': Given a Russian accent to keep up the spy/agent theme.
* MythologyGag: His ship bears some resemblance to Lazerbeak. He also transforms into his cassette form using the G1 transforming sound.
* OlderAndWiser: He survived the Great War. Back then, he was just a mostly-silent minion, almost an extension of Soundwave. Now... he's learned.
* PantheraAwesome
* [[spoiler:SchrodingersCat: He dies at the end of the second season finale. He has no less than ''four'' ways he returns in the ExpandedUniverse]].
* StealthExpert: He can cloak himself. His ship also has the same ability.
* UndyingLoyalty: The whole reason he releases Beast Wars Megatron, is because it benefited the original Megatron's agenda.

!!Dinobot II
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->''"I AM the plan!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeil
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Feral Scream Part 1"''

A clone of Dinobot Megatron created in Season Three. It lacked the original's code of honour [[note]] at first [[/note]] and instead acted as a nigh unstoppable killing machine for Megatron.

* BloodKnight: A fondness for battle is just about the only personality trait he shares with the original.
* CloningBlues: Averted. He knows he's not the original Dinobot and has no problem with that at all; [[spoiler: at least, not until Rampage is killed.]]
* TheDragon: Becomes Megatron's NumberTwo and most lethal weapon after his creation. Nothing short of Rampage is a match for him.
* EvilKnockoff: Megatron created him using a cocktail of Dinobot's DNA, half of Rampage's spark, and the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Transmetal 2 driver]]. [[spoiler:Subverted when said evil knockoff regains Dinobot's memories and code of honor, then subsequently turns on Megatron.]]
* EyeBeams: Only one eye this time, and it fires a pulse instead of a continuous beam, but it's much more powerful than the first Dinobot's eye beams.
* FrankensteinsMonster: So much so that his creation scene was an homage to the original movies.
* HealingFactor / NighInvulnerable: Being powered by half of Rampage's spark, he possesses the same healing abilities as the crab.
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn: After Rampage is killed, some of the original Dinobot's memories somehow start resurfacing (this makes a bit more sense if you account for the dropped episode "Dark Glass"). This leads to him regaining his sense of honour and defying Megatron at the last minute.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Of Dinobot.
* SixthRanger
* SociopathicSoldier: The original Dinobot was a BloodKnight with a sense of honor. This version is a PsychoForHire with a steady job.
* SoulJar: Becomes this to Rampage.
* {{Undead}}: His skeletal beast mode definitely has this look to it.

[[/folder]]

to:

[[folder: Predacons]]

!!Megatron
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->''"[[BadassBoast Megatrons do not yield! THEY CONQUER!]]''"

-->'''Voiced by:''' DavidKaye
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->A smooth, calculating, Machiavellian mastermind, Megatron seeks to avenge the defeat of his ancient namesake and restore the Predacons to glory - with himself at the top of the pyramid, of course. Anyone who stands in his way or questions his method is to be eliminated regardless of faction.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: In ''Other Voices, Part 2'', [[spoiler: the Vok intend to destroy the Earth with their recently unveiled "Planet Buster" weapon.]] Megatron is seemingly impressed with such disregard for life. The other Predacons are, understandably, freaked out since [[spoiler: ''they're on the Earth''.]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In the series' finale, he finds the Nemesis ship and delivers fire all over the place.]]
* TheAntichrist: Starts quoting the Transformers equivalent of him in the finale, and it's strongly hinted that he himself is the character referenced in the prophecy.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He could maul his troops if he felt like it. According to the [[ItsAllThereInTheManual Manual]], this is how Predacon leadership works. They value successful betrayals, believing that if the leader could not fend off the treachery, they obviously were not fit to lead. Thus, a successful leader must be able to kick-ass and take names.
-->''"Treachery requires '''no''' mistakes."''
* {{Badass}}: Often frighteningly so in the later seasons of Beast Wars. Just after "recruiting" Rampage (by quite literally cutting out a part of his heart/soul substitute and storing it in a collapseable box lined with energon blades), he states the following:
-->''"Welcome to the Predacons, Rampage! You shall be an honored member, so long as you never forget one important fact about your new life... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis It's. Mine.]] ([[ToThePain Squeezes box]])''. Welcome my new servant, ''[[VerbalTic Yesss.]]''"''
* BadBoss: Even more so than the other guys with his name. ''All'' of his (few) troops are expendable for him.
* BigBad
* BigNo: In the series' finale.
* CatchPhrase: He tended to add a drawn out "Yes" or "No" to the ends of his sentences. Qualifies as both a BigYes and VerbalTic, yeeessss. It's so popular, that even characters from both factions [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded it]], yeeeesss!!! It even has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2t4MBhGAg8 compilation video!!!]], [[RuleOfThree yeeess!!!]]
* TheChessmaster: To an impressive degree, towards his enemies and allies, especially towards Tarantulas. He actually incorporated several other character's plans into his own without their knowledge.
* CompanionCube: His rubber ducky. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rubber_Duck Seriously]].
* ComplexityAddiction: His greatest weakness aside from his overconfidence. He'll often sabotage himself by indulging in needlessly dramatic additions to his plots purely to play into his own bloated ego. Though he will abandon this if pressed enough.
* ConsummateLiar: A good portion of his manipulative skill set involves hiding the truth from both allies and enemies.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
-->''"The wise tyrant ensures his prisons are designed for his personal escape."'' [[note]]In "Double Jeopardy" A paralysed Megatron and Rattrap are imprisoned in the lower chamber of the Predacon base by Terrorsaur. Megatron uses his voice recognition code to escape his cell and restore himself.[[/note]]
** He does, however, spend a little too much time gloating and [[EvilLaugh laughing]]. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] just before turning Rhinox back into a Maximal in "Dark Designs":
--> '"Sometimes, Predacons gloat too much!"''
** In Beast Machines, Megatron manages to successfully take an opportunity to escape, which he uses to conquer Cybertron.
* DeadpanSnarker: A particularly nasty, arrogant version. When asked about why he monologues to himself, rather than to his troops:
-->''"I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation."''
* DiabolicalMastermind
* ElementalPowers: His Transmetal two body can alternate between [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] attacks.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EvilCounterpart: To Optimus. See AmplifierArtifact for details.
* EvilGloating: Megatron likes to make sure his enemies know they've been beaten. This bites him in the ass more than once (he tries to "make the Maximals suffer" in the first episode, which gives them the opportunity to shoot them down too and thus start the Beast Wars, and later on he gives a gloating speech to a heavily damaged Dinobot, who uses the opportunity to make an improvised hammer and beat him down.)
* EvilIsHammy: Just watch the episode where he and Tarantulas try to out-EvilLaugh each other.
* EvilIsPetty: A major factor in his defeat in the last episode. "No score is too small to settle, I always say."
* EvilKnockoff: He likes making evil clones of Dinobot. Though Dinobot 2 was his greatest success, there were others, including one in the first season who couldn't transform out of beast mode, and a squad of Cyber Raptors in the third season. All of these knockoffs came to bad ends (with the real Dinobot actually ''[[spoiler:eating]]'' his evil clone in one case.)
* EvilPlan: The ultimate one in WesternAnimation/BeastWars being to restore the Predacons to glory on Cybertron.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep: '''Yeeeess...'''
* {{Expy}}: For Megatron(duh). In-universe, this gets him sneered at by Ravage.
* FantasticRacism: Towards organics in Beast Machines, to the point that he's trying to purge his dragon morph despite the fact that it would actually ''help him''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's charming, erudite, and eager to grind his enemies underneath his heel even if he has to sacrifice all of reality to do so.
* GeniusBruiser: Seeing as he has a great big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode, it's a given that he'd be a bruiser. He also appears to be one of the smartest Megatrons.
* [[SheIsTheKing He Is The Queen]]: He is called Queen by Inferno, despite giving the latter repeated warnings to stop doing so. Inferno will usually call him by the more gender-neutral "Royalty", which doesn't bother him so much.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:It's revealed the real reason he came to Earth in the past was to destroy the original Optimus Prime within the Arc and wipe out Maximal existence. He was very hesitant though and settled for the energon instead as a bonus until he no longer had any other option to win the Beast Wars.]]
* JerkAss: Upon learning of his troops failures, or if the Maximals confront him directly, he would often drop the [[FauxAffablyEvil charm]] altogether.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: In Beast Machines.]]
** [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: Died trying to reformat Cybertron.]]
** [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: Same as above.]]
* '''''LargeHam''''': He wouldn't be Megatron otherwise.
* LargeAndInCharge: Generally played straight with him.
* LegacyCharacter: He's a descendant of the original Megatron.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: At one point, he's dropped into a lava pit by [[spoiler: Quickstrike, who was manipulated by Tarantulas,]] in an attempt to kill him. [[WhyWontYouDie Instead of dying]], [[InfernalRetaliation this actually makes him stronger and crazier than ever]]; mainly because he ''also'' had the spark of his namesake inside him at the time.
* [[spoiler:MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: He traveled to past Earth in the first place to kill Optimus Prime so the Decepticons could win the great war and thus control Cybertron.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Many of his greatest advantages were unwittingly supplied by his more treacherous underlings.
* {{Narcissist}}: Reflected in this scene:
-->'''Megatron''': ...[[VerbalTic yeeesss]].
-->'''Blacharachnia''': Why do you always talk to yourself?
-->'''Megatron''': I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation.
* NearVillainVictory: Several times. For all of his intelligence and chessmastering, he just can't win for definite.
** At the end of the first season, he kills [[spoiler: '''Optimus Primal''']]. This carries over to the second season and he would've killed the rest of the Maximals had [[spoiler: Rhinox not [[BackFromTheDead brought Primal back.]]]]
** In the GrandFinale, he [[spoiler: finds the Nemesis, kills Tigerhawk with it, and proceeds to attack Mt St Hilary in an attempt to destroy the Maximals and the Ark.]] If not for [[spoiler: Dinobot II]]'s HeelFaceTurn and subsequent RedemptionEqualsDeath moment, he would've won.
** But his best one of all had to be in the season two finale: He's been captured by Ravage and [[spoiler: Tarantulas]], with some help from the Maximals. His troops are either incapacitated or pursuing their own agendas. To top it off Ravage has instructions from the Tripredacus Council to eliminate all the witnesses, and what does Megatron do? [[spoiler: He plays his last card to change Ravage's allegiance, revealing the whole thing as a plan orchestrated by G1 Megatron to change the outcome of the Great War in his favor. While Ravage keeps the Maximals busy, Megatron flies to Mt. St. Hilary, threatens Silverbolt to get Blackarachnia to open the Ark for him, and attempts to RetGone the Maximals out of existence by '''blowing Optimus Prime's brains out.''']] Really, his only mistake was keeping [[spoiler: Blackarachnia, who was a Maximal Protoform and thus threatened by his attempt,]] alive long enough to betray him.
** He gets ''two'' of these in Beast Machines, coming seconds away from winning both times.
* NotSoSimilar: At least once he is told he is unworthy of the respect that usually comes with them name Megatron because of the robots who had the name before him far superior to him. Though this came from a surviving servant of the original.
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Ignorance]]: How he usually manipulates his more traitorous minions to his own ends. Acts completely unaware of their intentions, but slyly plays his own BatmanGambit.
* [[spoiler: OmnicidalManiac: By the finale he's so all consumed at the thought of victory that he attempts to destroy the Arc with G1 Megatron included, which would mean the destruction of both maximals and predacons.]]
* OneWingedAngel / AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Megatron]]'s spark.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: His beast form in the second half of the third season of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* PurpleIsPowerful
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was planning to do to the Maximals by killing Optimus Prime]].
* RightHandCat: Variation - it's his actual hand. In his first and third bodies, his beast mode head becomes one of his arms, and he's seen treating his T-Rex head like one of these. There's also his rubber ducky, to a lesser extent.
* RollerbladeGood: As a Transmetal
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Regarding a bunch of Dinobot clones:
-->''"Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"''
* TyrannosaurusRex
* TheUnfettered: Nothing, not even reality itself, is safe from his obsession with power.
* VerbalTic: According to the franchise wiki, 166 bouts of that tic. Yeeeess...
* VetinariJobSecurity: Though abusive and manipulative to his subordinates, he has proven to be the only one capable of leading his nearly-psychotic crew of Predacons. He proved this to Terrorsaur once by granting him command during a crisis and watching him fail spectacularly.
* VillainousValor: While he did pull a VillainExitStageLeft many times during the series, he undeniably embodies this trope when he doesn't quit against Tigerhawk despite being in awe at his power.
* WeHaveReserves: He seems to value his troops' lives slightly less than a normal person does pocket lint and would probably kill them all in a second if they proved to be no longer useful. An impressive feat, since at no time does he have more than a handful or so Predacons, even if some are MadeOfIron and being blown to bits is more of an inconvenience than anything else.

!!Scorponok
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->''"Megatron is our leader! He rewards loyalty and punishes those who oppose his will."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Don Brown
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

-> Scorponok was the original second-in-command of the Predacons. He was the only Pred at the start to display full loyalty to Megatron, which in Megatron's eyes made up for his lack of real intelligence. His undying loyalty to Megatron meant that he would clash with Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia at times. [[spoiler:Scorponok would die in a freak accident in the Season 2 premiere.]]
* ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim He falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Terrorsaur's absence to save her own hide.]]
* TheDragon: In defiance of typical Transformers dragons, he is utterly loyal to Megatron.
** He also has some elements of TheBrute.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Gadgeteer Geni]][[GeniusDitz us Ditz]]: He was kind of an idiot and his speech would frequently degenerate into the monosyllabic, however he seemed to show some savant-like talents when it came to inventing. When they don't [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].
* HulkSpeak: Occasionally he'd slip into caveman talk, usually when he was excited or angry. In ''"Chain of Command"'' he proclaims "Megatron back! Megatron back! Scorponok alone with Tarantulas and Terrorsaur! Very bad!" after Megatron recovers from being knocked out by an alien probe.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NumberTwo: To Megatron throughout season one.
* ScaryScorpions
* StaticCharacter
* UndyingLoyalty: His loyalty was his only consistent personality trait.
* VillainousFriendship: The Beast Wars Series Bible explains he believes he and Megatron have this. Megatron permits Scorponok's delusion as it guarantees his loyalty.
* YesMan

!!Tarantulas
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->''"You shouldn't take your eyes off a spider. They tend to be venemous!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Alec Willows
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->Tarantulas is the kind of mad scientist who makes other mad scientists feel like they need a shower. He's taken to his beast form to the point where he likes to lay traps for wild animals and then suck the blood out of them while they're still alive (not onscreen, obviously, but still). His habits don't endear him to his teammates, who generally find him [[EvenEvilHasStandards disturbing]].

->Despite his perversions and general creepiness, Tarantulas is likely the smartest character in the show (in terms of raw intelligence, that is, Megatron probably has him beat in cunning) and is an invaluable member of the Predacons, despite Tarantulas not being remotely interested in their goals. While he seems to only be out for himself at first, we learn more of his agenda as the show progresses.

* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Tarantulas is actively working against Megatron to advance his own nefarious agenda and makes no secret of it, however Megatron consistently spares him because Tarantulas' scientific knowledge exceeds even Megatron's own, and Megatron simply can't win this war without him. [[spoiler: It's only at the end of the series when Tarantulas comes ''this'' close to destroying both Megatron and the spark of the original Megatron, that Megatron's patience is finally up.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: You can't say evil in the show without mentioning him, his outright villainy and treacherous attitude was something Megatron considered to be a ''viable asset''.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Tarantulas of the first half of season one is markedly different than the Tarantulas of the rest of series. Initially Scorponok was portrayed as more of the tech guy, while Terrorsaur was the Starscream substitute. Tarantulas' role was that of a ninja and his creepiness and gluttony were his most prominent characteristics. This is illustrated in the original toy specs which listed Tarantulas IQ as very low, lower even than Waspinator's. Eventually this changes - Scorponok is turned into an idiot valuable only to Megatron for his loyalty and firepower while Terrorsaur remains backstabbing but his competency is ratcheted way down, and Tarantulas sort of absorbed both those roles and became the brilliant scientist with secret agendas and murky loyalties. Whatever ninja skills became nonexistent, and the creepiness and gluttony is massively downplayed, especially in the case of his apparent cannibalism that exists in the third episode and then is never mentioned again.
* TheChessmaster: Towards Megatron, the Maximals and the Predacons. OutGambitted several times by the former.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He's probably the least trusted character in the series for this reason alone, but his scientific know-how inevitably forces others to try and depend on him. It rarely ends up going well for them.
* CrazyPrepared: He's not the only character to survive utterly insane injuries, but every time he does it it's because he had a back up; [[spoiler: he was also working on getting off the planet long before anyone else even knew the Vok would nuke it]].
* [[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination Cybertronian Abomination]]: Is a spawn of [[GodOfEvil Unicron]], and seeks to annihilate both the Maximals ''and'' the Predacons.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: He once defected from Megatron's crew then offered his assistance against a greater threat in the same breath.
* EvilCounterpart: To Rhinox. As well as Blackarachnia after her HeelFaceTurn.
* EvilGenius
* EvilLaugh
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers smarter Starscream of the comics]], biding his time for grander schemes.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ForTheEvulz: The reason for his [[ImAHumanitarian dining habits]]. He doesn't actually ''need'' to eat, he just enjoys the suffering he inflicts on his prey as he slowly kills them.
* GadgeteerGenius: He made an entire lab and several little machines, such as a laser drone that forces a [[ShapeShifterModeLock Mode Lock]].
* GiantSpider
* GigglingVillain
* [[spoiler: HiddenAgendaVillain / DoubleAgent: Turned out to be working to negate the existence of both Predacons and Maximals, as he himself is secretly neither.]]
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a Robotarian]]: He tried to devour Cheetor.
* InsufferableGenius: Nobody likes or trusts Tarantulus, but his scientific knowledge makes him invaluable.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Towards the end of Season 3 of ''Wars''.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: His Transmetal form has at least four missile launchers in his shoulders, which he tends to fire all at once. Strangely, he stopped using them later: the episode where he died had him try to fend off his killers with guns in his shoulders (they fired like his old 'gun-legs' in his pre-Transmetal form).
* TheMadHatter: '''NOT''' PlayedForLaughs.
* MadScientist
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, his spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode. This function moved to his shoulder-wheels after that.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
* OhCrap: While [[spoiler:witnessing Dragon Megatron rising out of the lava in front of him]], his face is a study in this trope. Somewhat lesser examples happened right before every significant defeat he had in the series, except [[spoiler: Inferno torching him at the end of season 1]].
* ReliableTraitor: So much so that Megatron outright states in the penultimate episode that Tarantulas' scheming is one of his greatest assets, though Megatron isn't so foolish as to let him get away with particularly heinous attempts.
* SerialKiller: Implied by Dinobot: "Alas poor Tarantulas, I knew him Cheetor! ''This'' is the leg that stalked so many victims"
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was going to do to both sides by killing everyone on the Ark.]]
* ShotInTheAss: He has a somewhat disturbing habit of doing this to others with whatever new weapon he's conceived.
* SoftSpokenSadist: When he's got someone in his cluthes, he speaks politely, but makes it very clear that he'll enjoy the suffering he's about to inflict on them.
* TheStarscream: This seems to be the main reason for all the plans he doesn't tell Megatron about, and given that he has actually managed to acquire allies (who aren't Waspinator) Megatron sees him as more of a threat than Terrorsaur, enough to keep an eye on him when ever he shows signs of having one in the works.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted. Tarantulas alienates literally every other character in the series, and while it's somewhat implied that Megatron leaves him alive because of his utility, Tarantulas' betrayals get him exiled.
* VillainousGlutton: Primarily in the first season, but Tarantulas loves to eat -- especially living creatures -- and his "snacking" is always used to highlight just how gross and terrifying he is. To say nothing of his explicit interest in eating other Cybertronians. The character profile in the DVD boxset actually focuses more on Tarantulas being a "twisted gourmand" than on his scheming side or his MadScientist side.

!!Terrorsaur
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->''"It's good to be a Predacon!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Doug Parker
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

* BigBadWannabe: He was desperate to take control of the Predacons, but just didn't have what it took to do the job.
* ButtMonkey: He initially rivaled ''Waspinator'' in being blown to pieces! Unlike the former, he at least managed to remain a genuine threat, if only due to having [[WalkingArmory one of the biggest arsenals]] in show.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]: In the beginning of the second season, [[spoiler:he falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Scorponok's absence to save her own hide.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon's Starscream]], with the obvious, transparent, why-doesn't-Megatron-just-kill-him backstabbery. His success rate is about as good as the original's, although Starscream managed to stay second in command. On the upside, Terrorsaur at least realized that the treachery thing wasn't working and stopped.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Both times he manages to oust Megatron from command, his arrogance and lack of intelligence brings him back down. The second time convinced everyone he sucked, and he never tried again.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* PteroSoarer
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: He was killed off instead of Waspinator due to the latter's unexpected EnsembleDarkhorse status]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* TheStarscream: He even almost sounds like him. Hell, he even succeeded once or twice, but couldn't control the troops or prevent Megatron from returning. Ironically, it was [[spoiler: Waspinator]] who was [[spoiler: possessed by the original Starscream's ghost.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In one episode, he gains a raw energon booster and manages to open a can of serious whoop-ass on Megatron and almost does the same thing to Optimus Primal.
* WalkingArmory: Try counting all of Terrorsaur's guns sometime.

!!Waspinator
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->''"[[TheChewToy Why universe hate Waspinator?]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeil
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->Waspinator's joint status as fate's chew toy and one of BW's most iconic characters came about completely by accident. The creators found his distinctive speech pattern annoying but had to include him for merchandising reasons, so they decided that he'd spend most of his screentime being blown to bits. The ensuing fan adoration saved him from [[spoiler: joining Terrorsaur and Scorponok]] in death, although he might have preferred that [[FateWorseThanDeath to the two seasons of punishment and humiliation that followed]].

->Waspy's own universe may hate him, but ours can't get enough of the guy. He ended up with the last line of BW, a ([[CosmicPlaything much]], [[FromNobodyToNightmare much]] [[AdaptationalBadass scarier]]) [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated TFA]] counterpart and, most recently, a place in the Transformers Hall of Fame. Waspinator...happy at last?

* AdaptationalWimp: [[AllThereInTheManual In the toyline]], Waspinator is described as a [[ColdSniper ruthless and highly competent warrior]] who's [[TheDreaded dreaded]] by the Maximals. He got even more frightening when he got his Transmetal upgrade. The cartoon version of Waspinator... well, see the other tropes.
* AffablyEvil
* AmusingInjuries: ''Constantly''.
* AntiVillain: The only villainous things he does have been under Megatron's command. Otherwise, he's arguably one of the few Predacons that wouldn't be actively malevolent on his own.
* ButtMonkey: He is by '''far''' the biggest example, though Scorponok and Terrorsaur almost had it as bad early on.
** Waspinator's many deaths can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvLwUuTfdew here.]] From the man himself:
---->'''Waspinator''': "Why universe hate Waspinator?"
*** It's only fitting that at the end of Beast Wars, Waspinator is the only Predacon to get a happy ending, becoming ruler of the early humans. Though, I guess it doesn't last long before he's booted from Earth by the humans. Though, by the end, Waspinator is the only Predacon who doesn't meet his/her fate (minus Blackarachnia, who's a Maximal by the end).
* TheChewToy
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Waspinator actually has a pretty good aim, and has done things like shoot down Optimus Primal, shoot Dinobot's rotating blade out of his hand and, most notable of all, defeat Silverbolt ''three times''. It's just that bad things happen to him ''first''...and sometimes immediately after he shoots (for instance, the propeller blade disarm resulted in Dinobot landing on him, then jamming him into the barrel of Rampage's cannon).
* DarkChick: He stands out from the rest of the Predacons due to being the "comic-relief" character.
* [[spoiler:DefectorFromDecadence: In the finale.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Waspinator:''' "Waspinator sick of being evil! Sick of being Predacon! And Waspinator especially sick of ''[[TheChewToy getting blown to scrap all the time]]''! So, Waspinator ''QUIT''!" His former teammates immediately blasted him.]]
* TheDitz
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Subverted in that while he is a Predacon, his presence rarely makes the situation worse. It's usually a sign something funny (i.e. his destruction) is about to happen.
* FriendlySniper: He has good aim and is only Predacon who has some sanity.
* GenreSavvy[=/=]LampshadeHanging: While not the brightest of 'bots, he is fully aware of his [[ButtMonkey usual status in the war]] and tries to avoid it when possible. He rarely succeeds.
* GlassCannon: Despite his ButtMonkey status, Waspinator actually has a pretty high hit rate. He just gets blown up before he gets the chance to fire.
* GrandTheftMe: He got hijacked by the spark of G1 Starscream in the episode, "Possession".
** TheStarscream: Became this literally.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* LosingYourHead: He gets blown into pieces, constantly.
* TheNicknamer: Except for Megatron and Optimus, all the other characters have nicknames from him such as "ant-bot" (Inferno) and "two-face" (Quickstrike). Megatron got one in the penultimate episode.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the Predacons.
* RunningGag: Blown appart nearly once an episode. Ends up being Lampshaded several times.
* [[spoiler:TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: In the finale.]]
* TheyKilledKenny
* ThirdPersonPerson: With few exceptions:
-->''"I said NO!!!"''
* ThrowTheDogABone: As mentioned in Silverbolt's profile, Waspinator school's the Fuzor in battle ''three times''. From ''Changing of the Guard":
-->''Waspinator: 1. Doggie-bot: 0.''
** [[spoiler: He also gets turned into a god by the humans in the ''Beast Wars'' finale.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: The humans eventually throw him out because he accidentally annoys one of them and therefore annoys all of them. He then gets turned into Thrust.]]

!!Blackarachnia
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->''"[[DarkActionGirl Even when I'm good, I'm still bad!]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/VenusTerzo
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Double Jeopardy"''

->Hot. Poisonous. Deadly. Emphasis on that last one. Tarantulas may have picked her beast mode - and had, in Megatron's words, "ulterior motives" for doing so - but if he was expecting a lackey, he got exactly the opposite. Up there with Waspinator in terms of iconic Beast Era characters, Blackarachnia's legacy lives on in ''Animated'' (and ''Prime's'' Airachnid, arguably).

* ActionGirl: Her decision to change sides was mainly out of pragmatism, but she gradually drops the 'dark' part anyway, without losing much competence. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', she's this from the beginning.
* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire
* BadassBookworm: She's cooked up more than a few nifty gadgets, she's well rounded in Cybertronian history, she's a serious player in the intrigue game, and despite her minimalistic physique, will kick your ass in hand-to-hand combat with her mad ninja skills.
* BattleCouple: With Silverbolt.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Her first body had solid black eyes.
* BreakoutCharacter: After playing a fairly supporting role in Seasons 1 and 2, she's suddenly the star of the show in Season 3 and half the episodes become about her.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's a female robot, she kicks ass and she has possibly the second roundest, most noticeable chest of any female Transformer in the entire franchise, just below [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Thunder]][[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:ThunderblastBoobsAndNipples01.jpg blast]].
** Her Transmetal 2 toy incarnation caused a minor controversy because it had a piece that was molded like a bra that was removeable. Guess where it pegged into her chest?
** Further controversy? The cast needed a model, so they went to a strip-club!
* CardCarryingVillain: She spends a lot of her first season or so repeatedly telling the heroes that she's evil, bad, evil, not to be trusted, and evil, occasionally even resorting to actual action to get her point across to particularly irritating non-believers.
-->'''Silverbolt:''' Blackarachnia, I want you to return with me, to the Maximals.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Get a clue, you canine cretin! I'm a Predacon! I'm evil! I'll shoot you--\\
'''Silverbolt:''' No. My heart tell me that you will not.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Oh yeah? * shoots him in the leg* \\
'''Silverbolt:''' * shocked* You...SHOT me!\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' No duh, Dog-Boy! I'm evil!! Now do you believe me?\\
'''Silverbolt:''' And yet...you ensured the wound would not be mortal. Your inner Maximal goodness--\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' SHUT UP, SHUT UP, [[BigShutUp SHUT UUUUUUUUPPP]]!!!
* TheChick: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' she's the only female on team until Botanica shows up. Also the final episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* DarkActionGirl: She beats the original Dinobot to a pulp, kicks Inferno's red robotic behind in a three-minute awesome fight scene, and "Proving Grounds" is an episode devoted to her fighting Transmetal 2 Dinobot and nearly winning (which she surely would have if Rampage's spark weren't powering him). She's the toughest and most important female character in televised Transformers history to date.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially towards Silverbolt.
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]
* DistaffCounterpart: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Tarantulas, who deliberately chose her form so that she would be this to him. It worked [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a little too well for his taste]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In "Crossing the Rubicon", she's puzzled at how her Maximal allies aren't as concerned about her using Megatron's Transmetal 2 driver to increase her power as they are about her safety after initially failing to use it.
* FemmeFatale
* GadgeteerGenius
* GiantSpider
* HeelFaceTurn
** HighHeelFaceTurn: Averted. Silverbolt and the original Dinobot switch sides long before she does.
* KickChick: If she's not firing her machine guns or her Cyber Venom, she's kicking someone.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: By the time of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' you must know at least that she loved Silverbolt.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: The following episode after [[spoiler:she upgrades to transmetal]] has her take on 1/2 the Predacon team (though one at a time) with a myriad of new powers and abilities.
* LoveRedeems: It had a fight on its hands, but it eventually won.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: And how.
* MindOverMatter: She develops ''telekinesis'' in her Transmetal 2 body, cold-cocking Rampage out with a flying girder.
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, her spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode.
* [[MrFixit Ms. Fixit]]
* NominalHero: Post her HeelFaceTurn in the season three premiere. She becomes more of a straight up hero, once her shell programme is removed.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Similar to Dinobot, Blackarachnia didn't join the Maximals in support of their ideals; she only did so to protect her own existence as a Maximal protoform, and as a promise to Silverbolt.
* OfficialCouple: With Silverbolt.
* RedemptionPromotion: She gets an upgrade to a Transmetal 2 a few episodes after changing sides and single-handedly kicks Rampage's butt twice.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's the only female Predacon throughout the entire series, [[spoiler: (and the only female Maximal left after her HeelFaceTurn)]] and the only female Transformer for the most part of the time, namely before [[spoiler:and after]] Airazor's existence. This was carried over to ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' until the second half of the second season when Strika a new Vehicon general shows up and, near the end of the series, by Botanica, among the Maximals.
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Tiny Girl]] to Silverbolt's Huge Guy.
* TokenEvilTeammate: To the Maximals post her HeelFaceTurn in season three, though her relationship with Silverbolt has softened her up a little. Once her Predacon shell program is removed, she loses her evil streak.

!!Inferno
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->''"[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Destruction to all who threaten us! The royalty commands it]]!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Jim Byrnes
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Spider's Game"''

->It's not clear why Inferno is more defined by his beast mode than any other character (even Tigatron). Maybe the ant's collective-worshipping, drone-like mindset is [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} just too strong]] for his sense of self. As far as Inferno is concerned, he is an ant, the Predacon base is his colony, and Megatron is his queen. And yes, that's what he calls Megatron. Constantly, and despite repeated warnings.

* AxCrazy: He is completely out of his mind.
* BadassBoast: "Fool! Pain is my friend! Allow me to introduce ''you'' to it!"
* BattleButler
* ButtMonkey: Though to a lesser extent than some of the other Predacons.
** CoDragons: Essentially this with Scorponok for much of Season 1. He's the muscle, Scorponok's the NumberTwo.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: His beast mode is a fire ant.
* CatchPhrase: Spouted off quite a few of his own, but the most iconic is probably:
-->''"[[BattleButler "For the Royalty!"]]"''
* CloudCuckooLander: He's firmly convinced that he is an ant and Megatron is his Queen.
* CombatSadomasochist
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite being mostly crazed up and LaughablyEvil, he's one of the most competent and dangerous Predacons.
* [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: He gets destroyed by Megatron, the only character he showed any loyalty towards.]]
** [[spoiler: With fire nonetheless]]
* {{Determinator}}: NOTHING can stop him from obeying Megatron's orders short of catastrophic damage. And a couple of times not even then.
* TheDragon: To Megatron. Inferno may be insane and his devotion to his "queen" is hilarious, but his loyalty is unwavering and he's lethal in combat. Like Scorponok, he averts TheStarscream aspect often used alongside this trope.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans.]]
** [[spoiler: He was supposed to die earlier, near the end of Season 2. He freakin '''disintegrated''' onscreen, but came back in Season 3 as if this were just an inconvenience.]]
* EliteMook: After the Transmetalisation of several other characters, he still manages to be pretty much ''the'' most trusted (and one of the most {{Badass}}) soldiers Megatron has.
* EvilCounterpart: To Tigatron. Both were originally Maximal protoforms who identify with their beast modes more than their robot forms and use temperature-based weaponry, but they are polar opposites otherwise.
* EvilIsBurningHot
* FangsAreEvil
* ImplacableMan: More so in the first season. Given his versatility, flight mode, and firepower, he's easily one of the strongest Predacons under Megatron, and as mentioned with Rhinox, everybody else was brought up to his level when they went transmetal.
* InNameOnly: He's like an inversion of Generation One Inferno. Predacon vs. Autobot. Fire-spewing flamethrower that incinerates everything vs. fire truck that puts fires out. Utterly insane vs. good. The only similarity is that both are red.
* LargeHam
* LaughingMad: May double as TheHyena.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Inferno is so freaked out by the condition of Transmutate's stasis pod and it giving off weird energy that he quickly contacts Megatron. The catch? He refers to Megatron by his actual name.
* PsychoForHire
* PlayingWithFire
** PyroManiac: He's not called "Inferno" for nothing. But again, he is a delicious inversion of this Generation One namesake, who was an Autobot, sane, and a ''fire truck''.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SlasherSmile
* YesMan

!!Quickstrike
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->''"Call me Quickstrike, and good's got nothing to do with it!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Colin Murdoch
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Coming of the Fuzors (Part 1)"''

Quickstrike is a psychotic MixAndMatchCritter that Megatron recruited early in the Second season. While boastful, he was far from the Badass he claimed to be, and often ended up playing a relatively minor roll of shooting at Maximals from the sidelines. His allegiances were fairly obviously to the person who gave him the most chances to fight, and he nearly betrayed Megatron twice, although the first time he swapped back before he really got started, and the second time he ended up begging Megatron for a second chance.

* AgonyBeam: Fired from his cobra mouth.
* ArmCannon
* AxCrazy
* BadassBoast: "There is nothin' that crawls, walks, swims or flies that I'm afraid of!"
* BewareMyStingerTail: In beast mode, his cobra head fires lasers.
* BloodKnight: Notably, he wasn't so much concerned with a fair fight as getting the chance to beat on someone to prove how tough he was.
* TheBrute: Personality-wise he fits the trope well but he is far from the toughest or strongest Predacon.
* CardCarryingVillain: "Call me... Quickstrike! And good's got nuthin' to do with it."
* {{Cowboy}}
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans. There's zero buildup and the two are never mentioned again. It just kinda... happened.]]
* DumbMuscle: He doesn't think much beyond the next "kiester" he's going to kick.
* EvilCounterpart: To Silverbolt. Both are MixAndMatchCritters with an unusual code of honour and regard for the ladies, though in his case it's an evil {{Cowboy}} as opposed to a KnightInShiningArmor.
* FearlessFool
* HairTriggerTemper
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}: He's notably one of the few Maximal protoforms who didn't need a Predacon shell programme to join the latter faction.
* LeeroyJenkins
* MixAndMatchCritter: Between a [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]] and a cobra.
* PsychoForHire: He's ready to follow whoever gives him more opportunities to kill.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* ScaryScorpions
* SmugSnake
* SociopathicSoldier: Type 2.
* WouldntHitAGirl / WifeBasherBasher: In his first apperances, he pretty much freaks out anytime someone attacks Blackarachnia...
** WouldHitAGirl: ...but his charity towards her takes a complete 180 after she joins the Maximals; after that he revels whenever he gets the chance to try to destroy her.

!!Rampage / Protoform X
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->''"[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Is that fear you're feeling, Maximal?]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Campbell Lane
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Bad Spark"''

->Rampage is the result of Maximal experiments intended to replicate the immortal, indestructible mutant spark that let Starscream survive as a ghost. While he's certainly nigh-unkillable, he's also a cannibalistic serial killer armed with a rocket launcher (who decided to give the experiment high-powered weapons, and who let him keep them after they dumped him in a prison pod?) He racked up a sizeable body count before Depth Charge finally caged him.

->Rampage is fully aware of what a nightmare his life is ("I regret everything, my sweet,"), but can't seem to think of a more constructive reaction than inflicting as much pain as possible on everyone around him.

* ArchEnemy: To Depth Charge... a set-up Rampage seems to enjoy.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: His gun barrel and treads in tank mode have both been exploited to take him down.
* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}
* TheBrute: Though subverted in that he's ''much'' more dangerous than TheDragon.
* BreakThemByTalking: He likes to do this while torturing his victims.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Anybody Rampage gets his claws on can only pray for a quick death.
* CombatSadomasochist
* CompleteImmortality: He was created in an attempt to duplicate G1 Starscream's immortal spark. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked.]] His spark was incapable of being extinguished whether it involved cutting it in half with an Energon blade, any physical damage Rampage experienced, or anything the high council could come up with to destroy him. Deconstructed because it was the source of a lot of experimentation and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds he grew to hate his life taking out his anger towards everything.]]
** [[spoiler:His spark was later destroyed by a large piece of complete raw Energon, something very rare by the time of the Beast Wars Transformers era.]]
* DeathSeeker: His final act implies this was part of his motivation.
* [[spoiler: DieLaughing]]
* EvilLaugh
* EvilTastesGood: He is genuinely quite happy causing mayhem and destruction. [[BeingEvilSucks It only sucks]] when he thinks about how much he hates serving and being tortured by Megatron.
* ExplosiveLeash: Megatron ripped out half his spark and continuously tortures it to keep Rampage in line.
* {{Expy}} Of ''[[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]]''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Though his friendship with Transmutate is genuine.]]
* FrankensteinsMonster: One of the smarter, more vengeful variety.
* ForTheEvulz: He often ignores orders to relieve his boredom by inflicting horrific torture on any convenient victim.
* GatlingGood: Meets rocket launcher.
* GeniusBruiser: In a [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] sort of way.
* GiantEnemyCrab
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Maximals' scientists wanted an immortal super-soldier. They got their wish.
* HealingFactor / NighInvulnerable: Since he has an immortal spark based on Starscream's, he can't be killed by normal means. [[spoiler: Depth Charge stabbing a shard of raw energon straight through it, setting off a massive explosion, seems to do the trick.]]
* [[spoiler:IDieFree]]
* IJustWantToBeFree
-->'''Megatron:''' Never forget who holds the essence of your spark, and thus is your master.
-->'''Rampage:''' [[ImpliedDeathThreat That, I promise you.]]
* [[spoiler:ILetYouWin: At the last moment, he lets Depth Charge kill him, cackling maniacally all the while.]]
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a Robotarian]]: Depth Charge had friends at Starbase Rugby, as he recalls. Tasty ones, too.
* ImHavingSoulPains: Megatron keeps him in check by jamming crystallized energon into the other half of his Spark until he submits to Megatron's orders. Rampage is only able to survive this because he's almost indestructible, but it's still incredibly painful.
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Robot]]
* InformedAbility: He is described as being brilliant, but he's never really shown using that intelligence to any extreme degree.
** Probably because Megatron keeps him on a really short leash. Him tinkering combined with his NighInvulnerability spells bad things for Megatron.
* TheJuggernaut: In his first appearance. It says a lot about how NighInvulnerable you are when ImplacableMan is the result of DiminishingVillainThreat.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Towards the end of Season 3.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: His debut episode, ''Bad Spark'', has him render Tarantulas limb from limb, albeit offscreen.
* KnightOfCerebus: Rampage has very few comedic traits.
* LetXBeTheUnknown: His original designation before Megatron renamed him.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming
* MadeASlave: By Megatron.
* MeaningfulRename: "I'm called Rampage now! [[LampshadeHanging A bit obvious, but to the point, don't you think?]]"
* NotQuiteDead: He was essentially "dead" in his first appearance before a nearby Energon explosion jostled him back to consciousness.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Rampage befriending Transmutate. The other Predacons only want to use Transmutate for its power or destroy it, a situation Rampage is very familiar with.]]
* PsychoForHire: One of the reasons why he's so scary. AppliedPhlebotinum version. Without Megatron's precaution, he'd likely have eaten him.
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: In his debut episode, after he is defeated by the Maximals, Megatron finds him and rips out half his spark to force him under his control.
* {{Sadist}}: He seems to love pain more than anything else.
* SealedEvilInACan: After his early killing sprees, he was captured, reverted into a protoform and sealed in a massive stasis pod by order of the Maximal Elders who couldn't figure out how to actually kill him. Optimus and Rhinox were charged with dumping this pod in deep space under the guise of an exploration mission. At least until he was released mid-way through the Beast Wars.
* SerialKiller
* ShoutOut: Averted. A reference to [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter's]] "Census Taker" was cut from the episode "Bad Spark".
* SixthRanger: For the Predacons.
* SlasherMovie: His debut episode. "Bad Spark", is almost a Slasher Episode.
* SoulJar: Megatron keeps half of Rampage's spark in torture device just so he can control him.
* SpiderSense: He somehow sensed Depth Charge's impending arrival even before his Starhopper emerged from that anomaly.
* StealthPun: He's a Predacon with an immortal spark and turns into a Transmetal crab. When you think of him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_about_the_immortality_of_the_crab you're thinking about the immortality of the crab]].
* TankGoodness: Next to his huge crab mode he can also transform into a tank with a huge three-barreled canon. His toy-incarnation is one of the few Transformers toys with working treads.
* TheyStillBelongToUsLecture: Twice over Transmutate.
-->'''Rampage:''' No! You will not have it, Optimus. The Darkness of its spark echoes my own, it belongs with ME!

-->'''Silverbolt:''' STOP! That one is not for you!
-->'''Rampage:''' It is ONLY for me!
* {{Tragic Monster}}
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: For all his crimes, it must be remembered that he didn't ''choose'' to be born as the abomination that he is (that's actually the fault of the ''Maximals''), and he seems to be almost remorseful, at times, of his cannibalistic nature. Megatron's cruel treatment of him doesn't make him any less sympathetic. As the episode "Transmutate" shows, the namesake creature tells you what a TragicMonster he can be if looked at from a different angle. Even ''[[KnightInShiningArmor Silverbolt]]'' pitied him in that episode.

!!Ravage
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->''"Decepticons, forever!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Lee Tockar
-->'''Debut:''' ''"The Agenda (Part 1)"''

* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Does it do the entire Maximal crew when he first arrives, then apologizes, saying he only did so to avoid any "unfortunate accidents".
* CatchPhrase: See quote up top.
* {{Expy}}: Averted. [[spoiler:Ravage really is the Ravage from the G1 series, re-formatted into a Predacon and given the ability to talk.]] He also uses this trope against Beast Wars Megatron, explicitly mocking him for having the original's name but not his army.
* FutureBadass: Of a rather odd sort. He's technically from the future (so is everyone else, for that matter), yet at the same time is older than the entire main cast several times over. Played rather straight in that he's waaay more badass now than he was during the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Great War]].
* GuestStarPartyMember
* HeelFaceMole
* ''{{Lzherusskie}}'': Given a Russian accent to keep up the spy/agent theme.
* MythologyGag: His ship bears some resemblance to Lazerbeak. He also transforms into his cassette form using the G1 transforming sound.
* OlderAndWiser: He survived the Great War. Back then, he was just a mostly-silent minion, almost an extension of Soundwave. Now... he's learned.
* PantheraAwesome
* [[spoiler:SchrodingersCat: He dies at the end of the second season finale. He has no less than ''four'' ways he returns in the ExpandedUniverse]].
* StealthExpert: He can cloak himself. His ship also has the same ability.
* UndyingLoyalty: The whole reason he releases Beast Wars Megatron, is because it benefited the original Megatron's agenda.

!!Dinobot II
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->''"I AM the plan!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeil
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Feral Scream Part 1"''

A clone of Dinobot Megatron created in Season Three. It lacked the original's code of honour [[note]] at first [[/note]] and instead acted as a nigh unstoppable killing machine for Megatron.

* BloodKnight: A fondness for battle is just about the only personality trait he shares with the original.
* CloningBlues: Averted. He knows he's not the original Dinobot and has no problem with that at all; [[spoiler: at least, not until Rampage is killed.]]
* TheDragon: Becomes Megatron's NumberTwo and most lethal weapon after his creation. Nothing short of Rampage is a match for him.
* EvilKnockoff: Megatron created him using a cocktail of Dinobot's DNA, half of Rampage's spark, and the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Transmetal 2 driver]]. [[spoiler:Subverted when said evil knockoff regains Dinobot's memories and code of honor, then subsequently turns on Megatron.]]
* EyeBeams: Only one eye this time, and it fires a pulse instead of a continuous beam, but it's much more powerful than the first Dinobot's eye beams.
* FrankensteinsMonster: So much so that his creation scene was an homage to the original movies.
* HealingFactor / NighInvulnerable: Being powered by half of Rampage's spark, he possesses the same healing abilities as the crab.
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn: After Rampage is killed, some of the original Dinobot's memories somehow start resurfacing (this makes a bit more sense if you account for the dropped episode "Dark Glass"). This leads to him regaining his sense of honour and defying Megatron at the last minute.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Of Dinobot.
* SixthRanger
* SociopathicSoldier: The original Dinobot was a BloodKnight with a sense of honor. This version is a PsychoForHire with a steady job.
* SoulJar: Becomes this to Rampage.
* {{Undead}}: His skeletal beast mode definitely has this look to it.

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!!Optimus Primal
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->''"Well that's just prime."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/GaryChalk

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!!Optimus Primal
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!!Megatron
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->''"Well that's just prime."''

->''"[[BadassBoast Megatrons do not yield! THEY CONQUER!]]''"

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/GaryChalkDavidKaye



The Maximal Commander with an [[TransformingMecha alternate mode]] of a silverback gorilla. Like his namesake (and possible ancestor) Optimus Prime, Primal is brave, noble and wise. However, unlike the more idealized Prime, Primal has no background as a military leader - he signed onto the Axalon to command an exploration mission, and his crew ended up in a fight with Megatron solely because they were the only ones in range. Thus he is a much more cerebral, pacifistic commander than Prime was, and he's frequently questioned and undermined by his men. However, though he makes mistakes and doesn't win every battle, no one ever questions that his heart is in the right place and ultimately he wins the loyalty of every bot under his command, many of whom he takes on a paternal role towards.

* AFatherToHisMen: Most notably with Cheetor. The two of them form a surprisingly nuanced father-son dynamic that lasts until the very end of the "Beast Era".
* AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler:Optimus Prime's spark.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He could maul his troops if he felt like it, as he does in the episode "Gorilla Warfare".
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: Once in Beast Wars, twice in Beast Machines.]]
** [[spoiler: CameBackStrong: After being blown up in the first season finale, he returns "Coming of the Fuzors: Part 2" in a new Transmetal body.]]
* {{Badass}}: More understated than his predecessors, but every bit as tough when it counts.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* CatchPhrase: Used both straight and sarcastically.
-->''"Well, that's just prime."''
** Amusingly mocked by Rattrap once, when [[spoiler:in the presence of a damaged G1 Optimus Prime]]:
-->'''Rattrap''': ''[[spoiler:Or what's left of him, anyway]]''.'
** On two occasions, when he forced to resort to less-than-ideal tactics:
-->''"Sometimes, crazy works."'
* {{Deadpan Snarker}}
* DeathIsCheap: Primal dies several times over the course of Beast Wars and Beast Machines. [[spoiler:His last death at the end of Machines is ''final''.]]
* DualWielding
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: His beast mode is an Silverback Gorilla. Close enough, though.
* {{Expy}}: Of Optimus Prime.
* TheFundamentalist: During the first season of Beast Machines.
* GeniusBruiser: It's hard to remember, but Primal isn't a soldier, he's a scientist. Turns out he ''started out'' as a soldier and became a scientist when he got sick of it but had to become a soldier again.
* TheGoodCaptain
* GoodShepherd: After his brush with death in ''Beast Machines'' he becomes something of a holy man; talking about the Will of the Matrix and becoming less interested in the military war and more interested in the spiritual war represented by the underground garden.
* {{Good is Not Dumb}}: He's a scientist.
* HeelRealisation: [[spoiler: In the second season premiere of {{Beast Machines}}.]]
* TheHero
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: A total of five of times, though the last death at the end of {{Beast Machines}} sticks.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Is tricked into one at the end of the first season finale. [[spoiler:Does a more permanent one in Beast Machines at the end.]]
* IdealHero: He attempts to be this. Though he often falls short, he eventually earns the respect and admiration of all under his command.
* IndyPloy: One of his favored tactics, as noted by his secondary {{catchphrase}}.
* InformedAttribute: Rattrap often brings up Optimus' tendency to give long, cheesy, inspirational speeches, but we really don't see that happen much at all.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: At the end of {{Beast Machines}}. He doesn't come back after that one.]]
* TheLeader
* LegacyCharacter: He's a descendant of Optimus Prime.
* LookWhatICanDoNow:
** At the beginning of Season 2, after his [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead return]]]] on a flying surfboard and with a small turret on his back.
** At the beginning of Season 3, after his [[spoiler:temporarily holding of [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Optimus Prime]]'s [[UpgradeArtifact spark]]]], he becomes a giant jet-tank-monkey-robot with a turret in his chest.
* MartialPacifist: Optimus would much rather be off exploring the universe than fighting a war.
* MeaningfulEcho:
-->''"Sometimes, crazy works."''
* MoreDakka: As befitting a commander.
** In his original form: Arm-mounted cannons? Check. Shoulder-mounted missile launchers? Check. Dual scimitars? Check.
** His Transmetal body replaces the above with dual pistols, shoulder-mounted machine guns, and dual maces.
** After [[spoiler:fusing with Optimus Prime's spark]], Prime surprisingly has less overall Dakka, but it got a lot bigger.
* PragmaticHero: He temporarily becomes this towards the end of season one of {{Beast Machines}}. He blindly follows the Oracle, believing it wants to him to replace everything technological with organic life and has no compunctions about [[spoiler: using the Plasma Energy Chamber, which would spell doom for Cybertron. Fortunately, he realises the error of his ways in the second season premiere "Fallout".]]
* ShutUpHannibal:
-->'''Megatron:''' Oh well, come on, let's have it! The usual "destiny and honor" speech!
-->'''Optimus:''' Speech ''this''. *punch*
* SkySurfing: He can do this as a Transmetal.
* TankGoodness: After [[spoiler:fusing with Optimus Prime's spark]], as an alternate mode.
* TeamDad: Especially with Cheetor with whom he forms a notable father-son dynamic that evolves throughout both series.
** Though not as blatant as his relationship with Cheetor, Silverbolt also comes off like an older son of Optimus', perhaps most notably shown in The Agenda 2 where Silverbolt gets a stern paternal talking to from Optimus and then gets, essentially, grounded.
* TheWorfEffect: Gets hit with this frequently after he [[spoiler: Upgrades to Optimal form]]. After this, every time he participates in the front lines; 1. The Predacons have developed a plot device to take him out first, 2. He arrives late to the battle or 3. Environmental factors, (being buried TWICE for example) prevent him from participating.

!!Rattrap
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->''"That'll teach you to mess with the rat!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeil

to:

The Maximal Commander with an [[TransformingMecha alternate mode]] ->A smooth, calculating, Machiavellian mastermind, Megatron seeks to avenge the defeat of a silverback gorilla. Like his ancient namesake (and possible ancestor) Optimus Prime, Primal is brave, noble and wise. However, unlike restore the more idealized Prime, Primal has no background as a military leader - he signed onto the Axalon Predacons to command an exploration mission, and his crew ended up in a fight glory - with Megatron solely because they were himself at the only ones top of the pyramid, of course. Anyone who stands in range. Thus he is a much more cerebral, pacifistic commander than Prime was, and he's frequently questioned and undermined by his men. However, though he makes mistakes and doesn't win every battle, no one ever way or questions that his heart method is in to be eliminated regardless of faction.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: In ''Other Voices, Part 2'', [[spoiler:
the right place and ultimately he wins Vok intend to destroy the loyalty of every bot under his command, many of whom he takes on a paternal role towards.

* AFatherToHisMen: Most notably
Earth with Cheetor. their recently unveiled "Planet Buster" weapon.]] Megatron is seemingly impressed with such disregard for life. The two of them form a surprisingly nuanced father-son dynamic that lasts until other Predacons are, understandably, freaked out since [[spoiler: ''they're on the very end of the "Beast Era".
* AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler:Optimus Prime's spark.
Earth''.]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In the series' finale, he finds the Nemesis ship and delivers fire all over the place.]]
* TheAntichrist: Starts quoting the Transformers equivalent of him in the finale, and it's strongly hinted that he himself is the character referenced in the prophecy.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He could maul his troops if he felt like it, as he does in it. According to the episode "Gorilla Warfare".
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: Once in Beast Wars, twice in Beast Machines.]]
** [[spoiler: CameBackStrong: After being blown up in
[[ItsAllThereInTheManual Manual]], this is how Predacon leadership works. They value successful betrayals, believing that if the first season finale, he returns "Coming of leader could not fend off the Fuzors: Part 2" in treachery, they obviously were not fit to lead. Thus, a new Transmetal body.]]
* {{Badass}}: More understated than his predecessors, but every bit as tough when it counts.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* CatchPhrase: Used both straight
successful leader must be able to kick-ass and sarcastically.
-->''"Well, that's just prime.
take names.
-->''"Treachery requires '''no''' mistakes.
"''
** Amusingly mocked by Rattrap once, when [[spoiler:in * {{Badass}}: Often frighteningly so in the presence of a damaged G1 Optimus Prime]]:
-->'''Rattrap''': ''[[spoiler:Or what's left of him, anyway]]''.'
** On two occasions, when he forced to resort to less-than-ideal tactics:
-->''"Sometimes, crazy works."'
* {{Deadpan Snarker}}
* DeathIsCheap: Primal dies several times over the course
later seasons of Beast Wars Wars. Just after "recruiting" Rampage (by quite literally cutting out a part of his heart/soul substitute and Beast Machines. [[spoiler:His last death at storing it in a collapseable box lined with energon blades), he states the end of Machines is ''final''.]]
* DualWielding
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: His beast mode is an Silverback Gorilla. Close enough, though.
* {{Expy}}: Of Optimus Prime.
* TheFundamentalist: During
following:
-->''"Welcome to
the first season Predacons, Rampage! You shall be an honored member, so long as you never forget one important fact about your new life... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis It's. Mine.]] ([[ToThePain Squeezes box]])''. Welcome my new servant, ''[[VerbalTic Yesss.]]''"''
* BadBoss: Even more so than the other guys with his name. ''All''
of Beast Machines.
his (few) troops are expendable for him.
* GeniusBruiser: BigBad
* BigNo: In the series' finale.
* CatchPhrase: He tended to add a drawn out "Yes" or "No" to the ends of his sentences. Qualifies as both a BigYes and VerbalTic, yeeessss.
It's hard to remember, but Primal isn't so popular, that even characters from both factions [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded it]], yeeeesss!!! It even has a soldier, he's a scientist. Turns out he ''started out'' as a soldier [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2t4MBhGAg8 compilation video!!!]], [[RuleOfThree yeeess!!!]]
* TheChessmaster: To an impressive degree, towards his enemies
and became a scientist when he got sick of it but had to become a soldier again.
* TheGoodCaptain
* GoodShepherd: After his brush with death in ''Beast Machines'' he becomes something of a holy man; talking about the Will of the Matrix and becoming less interested in the military war and more interested in the spiritual war represented by the underground garden.
* {{Good is Not Dumb}}: He's a scientist.
* HeelRealisation: [[spoiler: In the second season premiere of {{Beast Machines}}.]]
* TheHero
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: A total of five of times, though the last death at the end of {{Beast Machines}} sticks.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Is tricked
allies, especially towards Tarantulas. He actually incorporated several other character's plans into one at the end of the first season finale. [[spoiler:Does a more permanent one his own without their knowledge.
* CompanionCube: His rubber ducky. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rubber_Duck Seriously]].
* ComplexityAddiction: His greatest weakness aside from his overconfidence. He'll often sabotage himself by indulging
in Beast Machines at the end.]]
* IdealHero: He attempts
needlessly dramatic additions to be this. his plots purely to play into his own bloated ego. Though he often falls short, he eventually earns the respect and admiration of all under his command.
will abandon this if pressed enough.
* IndyPloy: One ConsummateLiar: A good portion of his favored tactics, as noted by manipulative skill set involves hiding the truth from both allies and enemies.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
-->''"The wise tyrant ensures
his secondary {{catchphrase}}.
* InformedAttribute:
prisons are designed for his personal escape."'' [[note]]In "Double Jeopardy" A paralysed Megatron and Rattrap often brings up Optimus' tendency are imprisoned in the lower chamber of the Predacon base by Terrorsaur. Megatron uses his voice recognition code to give long, cheesy, inspirational speeches, but we really don't see that happen escape his cell and restore himself.[[/note]]
** He does, however, spend a little too
much at all.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: At the end of {{Beast Machines}}.
time gloating and [[EvilLaugh laughing]]. He doesn't come even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] just before turning Rhinox back after that one.]]
* TheLeader
* LegacyCharacter: He's
into a descendant of Optimus Prime.
* LookWhatICanDoNow:
Maximal in "Dark Designs":
--> '"Sometimes, Predacons gloat too much!"''
** At the beginning of Season 2, after his [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead return]]]] on a flying surfboard and with a small turret on his back.
** At the beginning of Season 3, after his [[spoiler:temporarily holding of [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Optimus Prime]]'s [[UpgradeArtifact spark]]]],
In Beast Machines, Megatron manages to successfully take an opportunity to escape, which he becomes a giant jet-tank-monkey-robot with a turret in his chest.
uses to conquer Cybertron.
* MartialPacifist: Optimus would much DeadpanSnarker: A particularly nasty, arrogant version. When asked about why he monologues to himself, rather be off exploring the universe than fighting to his troops:
-->''"I simply have
a war.
* MeaningfulEcho:
-->''"Sometimes, crazy works.
penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation."''
* MoreDakka: As befitting a commander.
** In his original form: Arm-mounted cannons? Check. Shoulder-mounted missile launchers? Check. Dual scimitars? Check.
**
DiabolicalMastermind
* ElementalPowers:
His Transmetal two body replaces can alternate between [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] attacks.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EvilCounterpart: To Optimus. See AmplifierArtifact for details.
* EvilGloating: Megatron likes to make sure his enemies know they've been beaten. This bites him in
the above with dual pistols, shoulder-mounted machine guns, ass more than once (he tries to "make the Maximals suffer" in the first episode, which gives them the opportunity to shoot them down too and dual maces.
** After [[spoiler:fusing with
thus start the Beast Wars, and later on he gives a gloating speech to a heavily damaged Dinobot, who uses the opportunity to make an improvised hammer and beat him down.)
* EvilIsHammy: Just watch the episode where he and Tarantulas try to out-EvilLaugh each other.
* EvilIsPetty: A major factor in his defeat in the last episode. "No score is too small to settle, I always say."
* EvilKnockoff: He likes making evil clones of Dinobot. Though Dinobot 2 was his greatest success, there were others, including one in the first season who couldn't transform out of beast mode, and a squad of Cyber Raptors in the third season. All of these knockoffs came to bad ends (with the real Dinobot actually ''[[spoiler:eating]]'' his evil clone in one case.)
* EvilPlan: The ultimate one in WesternAnimation/BeastWars being to restore the Predacons to glory on Cybertron.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep: '''Yeeeess...'''
* {{Expy}}: For Megatron(duh). In-universe, this gets him sneered at by Ravage.
* FantasticRacism: Towards organics in Beast Machines, to the point that he's trying to purge his dragon morph despite the fact that it would actually ''help him''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's charming, erudite, and eager to grind his enemies underneath his heel even if he has to sacrifice all of reality to do so.
* GeniusBruiser: Seeing as he has a great big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode, it's a given that he'd be a bruiser. He also appears to be one of the smartest Megatrons.
* [[SheIsTheKing He Is The Queen]]: He is called Queen by Inferno, despite giving the latter repeated warnings to stop doing so. Inferno will usually call him by the more gender-neutral "Royalty", which doesn't bother him so much.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:It's revealed the real reason he came to Earth in the past was to destroy the original
Optimus Prime's spark]], Prime surprisingly has less overall Dakka, but it got a lot bigger.
* PragmaticHero: He temporarily becomes this towards
within the end of season one of {{Beast Machines}}. Arc and wipe out Maximal existence. He blindly follows was very hesitant though and settled for the Oracle, believing it wants energon instead as a bonus until he no longer had any other option to him to replace everything technological with organic life and has no compunctions about [[spoiler: using win the Plasma Energy Chamber, which would spell doom for Cybertron. Fortunately, he realises the error of his ways in the second season premiere "Fallout".Beast Wars.]]
* ShutUpHannibal:
-->'''Megatron:''' Oh well, come on, let's
JerkAss: Upon learning of his troops failures, or if the Maximals confront him directly, he would often drop the [[FauxAffablyEvil charm]] altogether.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: In Beast Machines.]]
** [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: Died trying to reformat Cybertron.]]
** [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: Same as above.]]
* '''''LargeHam''''': He wouldn't be Megatron otherwise.
* LargeAndInCharge: Generally played straight with him.
* LegacyCharacter: He's a descendant of the original Megatron.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: At one point, he's dropped into a lava pit by [[spoiler: Quickstrike, who was manipulated by Tarantulas,]] in an attempt to kill him. [[WhyWontYouDie Instead of dying]], [[InfernalRetaliation this actually makes him stronger and crazier than ever]]; mainly because he ''also'' had the spark of his namesake inside him at the time.
* [[spoiler:MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: He traveled to past Earth in the first place to kill Optimus Prime so the Decepticons could win the great war and thus control Cybertron.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Many of his greatest advantages were unwittingly supplied by his more treacherous underlings.
* {{Narcissist}}: Reflected in this scene:
-->'''Megatron''': ...[[VerbalTic yeeesss]].
-->'''Blacharachnia''': Why do you always talk to yourself?
-->'''Megatron''': I simply
have it! The usual "destiny a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation.
* NearVillainVictory: Several times. For all of his intelligence
and honor" speech!
-->'''Optimus:''' Speech ''this''. *punch*
* SkySurfing:
chessmastering, he just can't win for definite.
** At the end of the first season, he kills [[spoiler: '''Optimus Primal''']]. This carries over to the second season and he would've killed the rest of the Maximals had [[spoiler: Rhinox not [[BackFromTheDead brought Primal back.]]]]
** In the GrandFinale, he [[spoiler: finds the Nemesis, kills Tigerhawk with it, and proceeds to attack Mt St Hilary in an attempt to destroy the Maximals and the Ark.]] If not for [[spoiler: Dinobot II]]'s HeelFaceTurn and subsequent RedemptionEqualsDeath moment, he would've won.
** But his best one of all had to be in the season two finale: He's been captured by Ravage and [[spoiler: Tarantulas]], with some help from the Maximals. His troops are either incapacitated or pursuing their own agendas. To top it off Ravage has instructions from the Tripredacus Council to eliminate all the witnesses, and what does Megatron do? [[spoiler:
He can do this plays his last card to change Ravage's allegiance, revealing the whole thing as a Transmetal.
* TankGoodness: After [[spoiler:fusing with
plan orchestrated by G1 Megatron to change the outcome of the Great War in his favor. While Ravage keeps the Maximals busy, Megatron flies to Mt. St. Hilary, threatens Silverbolt to get Blackarachnia to open the Ark for him, and attempts to RetGone the Maximals out of existence by '''blowing Optimus Prime's spark]], as an alternate mode.
* TeamDad: Especially with Cheetor with whom he forms a notable father-son dynamic that evolves throughout both series.
** Though not as blatant as
brains out.''']] Really, his relationship with Cheetor, Silverbolt also comes off like an older son of Optimus', perhaps most notably shown in The Agenda 2 where Silverbolt gets a stern paternal talking to from Optimus and then gets, essentially, grounded.
* TheWorfEffect: Gets hit with this frequently after he
only mistake was keeping [[spoiler: Upgrades Blackarachnia, who was a Maximal Protoform and thus threatened by his attempt,]] alive long enough to Optimal form]]. After this, every time betray him.
** He gets ''two'' of these in Beast Machines, coming seconds away from winning both times.
* NotSoSimilar: At least once
he participates is told he is unworthy of the respect that usually comes with them name Megatron because of the robots who had the name before him far superior to him. Though this came from a surviving servant of the original.
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Ignorance]]: How he usually manipulates his more traitorous minions to his own ends. Acts completely unaware of their intentions, but slyly plays his own BatmanGambit.
* [[spoiler: OmnicidalManiac: By the finale he's so all consumed at the thought of victory that he attempts to destroy the Arc with G1 Megatron included, which would mean the destruction of both maximals and predacons.]]
* OneWingedAngel / AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Megatron]]'s spark.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: His beast form
in the front lines; 1. The Predacons have developed a plot device second half of the third season of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* PurpleIsPowerful
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was planning
to take him out first, 2. He arrives late do to the battle or 3. Environmental factors, (being buried TWICE for example) prevent him Maximals by killing Optimus Prime]].
* RightHandCat: Variation - it's his actual hand. In his first and third bodies, his beast mode head becomes one of his arms, and he's seen treating his T-Rex head like one of these. There's also his rubber ducky, to a lesser extent.
* RollerbladeGood: As a Transmetal
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Regarding a bunch of Dinobot clones:
-->''"Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"''
* TyrannosaurusRex
* TheUnfettered: Nothing, not even reality itself, is safe
from participating.

!!Rattrap
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his obsession with power.
* VerbalTic: According to the franchise wiki, 166 bouts of that tic. Yeeeess...
* VetinariJobSecurity: Though abusive and manipulative to his subordinates, he has proven to be the only one capable of leading his nearly-psychotic crew of Predacons. He proved this to Terrorsaur once by granting him command during a crisis and watching him fail spectacularly.
* VillainousValor: While he did pull a VillainExitStageLeft many times during the series, he undeniably embodies this trope when he doesn't quit against Tigerhawk despite being in awe at his power.
* WeHaveReserves: He seems to value his troops' lives slightly less than a normal person does pocket lint and would probably kill them all in a second if they proved to be no longer useful. An impressive feat, since at no time does he have more than a handful or so Predacons, even if some are MadeOfIron and being blown to bits is more of an inconvenience than anything else.

!!Scorponok
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->''"That'll teach you to mess with the rat!"''

will."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeilDon Brown



Ostensibly the team's second-in-command, a world-class spy, master marksman and demolitions expert with an alt. mode of a rat. Rattrap is a malcontent - self-centered, sarcastic, arrogant and dismissive to just about everyone on the crew (with the singular exception of his best buddy Rhinox), but he's also among the most capable members of the Maximals and though few can stand him when the series begins, they all ultimately come to depend and rely on him. Though he can be cowardly and lazy, he always steps up when he needs to and has proven to be a remarkably capable and decisive leader when Optimus is presumed dead or otherwise in disposed.

* [[AliensOfLondon Alien Robots of Brooklyn]]: His accent is rather strong/
* ButtMonkey: Rattrap becomes something of a Butt Monkey in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', at least in the early episodes. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' he was considered slightly obnoxious but otherwise a valuable robot to have on your side. Then along comes Beast Machines and the only thing standing between Rattrap and getting thrown off a cliff is Optimus. When Optimus gets put out of commission temporarily, everyone acts downright hostile towards him, even after he learns to transform again, because he doesn't offer anything in the way of firepower. Cheetor even says they're only keeping him around because he sits on the outside fringes of being "one of us", and therefore they're not ditching him. Then they're ''surprised'' when he turns to Megatron for a little sympathy and weaponry.
** Because of his quasi-New York accent, one TV Guide writer goes as far as describing Rattrap as "[[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza as a rat]]".
* CatchPhrase:
-->"We're all gonna die."
-->"Oh, maaan!"
-->"What in the name of gouda?"
-->"For booting up cold!"
** PhraseCatcher:
-->"Shut up, Rattrap."
* CombatPragmatist: "You fight with a rat, you better fight dirty!"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Rattrap is a bit of a coward, but he's capable of great heroics and is a decent fighter.
* DeadpanSnarker: This show has a pretty witty cast so many of them fit this, but there are whole episodes where this is ''all'' Rattrap does.
* DemolitionsExpert: He's the Maximal Primal turns to whenever he needs something blown up.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the two-part Pilot episode, he was a completely selfish, even cowardly ("Eh, better you than me.") {{Jerkass}} with no redeeming virtues whatsoever. Then, in the first post-Pilot episode, he risks his life to save Cheetor, grumbling and complaining all the way, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishing him as the]] JerkWithAHeartOfGold he'd be for the rest of the series.
* FakeDefector: He does a temporary FaceHeelTurn in one episode.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' [[spoiler:he's being suspected as a traitor, and goes to the Predacon base to retrieve something, fake-betraying his comrades]].
** In Beast Machines, this trope is played with; he temporarily defects to Megatron as he feels useless, then realises that he was making a mistake.
* FantasticRacism: He makes it clear that he absolutely ''hates'' Predacons or Decepticons moreso than normal for a Maximal.
* FireForgedFriends: Despite his sardonic personality, he ends up having this relationship with pretty much every Maximal that isn't Optimus or Rhinox. Especially Dinobot (see VitriolicBestBuds below).
* GuileHero
* HavingABlast: He carries a number of surprisingly powerful demolition bombs with him at all times.
* HowDoIShotWeb: He had some difficulties figuring out his transmetal body.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Optimus demands a ''lot'' from his second in command, from pretending to defect to the other side, to infiltrating their own base when they locked themselves out with their new death trap security system. Thankfully for the Maximals, and the universe as a whole, he always comes through.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He whines, he moans, he mocks, he groans. He openly voices his disdain regarding missions and is the most cowardly member of the Maximal crew, even moreso than the childish Cheetor. Yet, he is possibly Primal's most loyal cadet and, though reluctantly, always eventually accepts his missions. All of this adds up to Primal naming him second-in-command, over the likes of Rhinox and Dinobot, in the episode "Chain of Command".
* KnightInSourArmour
* TheLancer: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' as the NumberTwo and the snarky contrasting voice to the leadership.
* TheLoad: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', he takes over this position at the beginning because he has trouble transforming and, even when he does, doesn't have any actual weapons in robot form. The other characters, who previously viewed Rattrap as mildly annoying but a good guy to have on your side, start treating him increasingly as The Load. When Optimus is temporarily put out of commission and can't head off the other characters, they get downright hostile. Then they're surprised when he takes drastic measures to get some firepower.
* MrViceGuy: Outside of his grating personality, Rattrap alludes to regular visits to the transformer-equivalent of seedy topless bars and casinos back on Cybertron.
* TheNicknamer: Including but not limited to: Chopperface (Dinobot), Fearless Leader/Boss Monkey (Optimus), Spots (Cheetor), Stripes (Tigatron), Legs (Blackarachnia), Bird-Dog (Silverbolt), Charlie Tuna (Depth Charge). It's got its own section in his Wikipedia page.
* OfficialCouple: With Botanica in {{Beast Machines}}.
* PragmaticHero
* RoboFamily: He made a throwaway reference to his [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 "Great Aunt Arcee"]].
* RodentsOfUnusualSize
* SarcasticDevotee: Primal favors him for sidekick duties.
* SlapSlapKiss: With Botanica.
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite his many personality flaws and constant complaints, he'd rather die than betray the other Maximals. He reacts violently to any perceived or potential betrayals on the team.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Dinobot. In the earlier episodes, they basically hate each other and hurl insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. By the second season, though, they have formed a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as WittyBanter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor temporary betrayal]] and, most notably, [[spoiler:during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade]]. I gets to the point where in the planned,[[WhatCouldHaveBeen but sadly unaired]], Season 3 episode "Dark Glass," Rattrap went against orders to [[spoiler: implant the original Dinobot's memory and personality data into his EvilCounterpart.]]
* YouDirtyRat: Downplayed. He's not evil, but he's easily the weaseliest member of the team.

!!Rhinox
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->''"When a spark comes online, there is great joy. When it is extinguished, the universe weeps..."''
-->-- '''Episode "The Spark"'''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Richard Newman

to:

Ostensibly the team's second-in-command, a world-class spy, master marksman and demolitions expert with an alt. mode of a rat. Rattrap is a malcontent - self-centered, sarcastic, arrogant and dismissive to just about everyone on the crew (with the singular exception of his best buddy Rhinox), but he's also among the most capable members of the Maximals and though few can stand him when the series begins, they all ultimately come to depend and rely on him. Though he can be cowardly and lazy, he always steps up when he needs to and has proven to be a remarkably capable and decisive leader when Optimus is presumed dead or otherwise in disposed.

* [[AliensOfLondon Alien Robots of Brooklyn]]: His accent is rather strong/
* ButtMonkey: Rattrap becomes something of a Butt Monkey in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', at least in the early episodes. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' he
-> Scorponok was considered slightly obnoxious but otherwise a valuable robot to have on your side. Then along comes Beast Machines and the only thing standing between Rattrap and getting thrown off a cliff is Optimus. When Optimus gets put out of commission temporarily, everyone acts downright hostile towards him, even after he learns to transform again, because he doesn't offer anything in the way of firepower. Cheetor even says they're only keeping him around because he sits on the outside fringes of being "one of us", and therefore they're not ditching him. Then they're ''surprised'' when he turns to Megatron for a little sympathy and weaponry.
** Because of his quasi-New York accent, one TV Guide writer goes as far as describing Rattrap as "[[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza as a rat]]".
* CatchPhrase:
-->"We're all gonna die."
-->"Oh, maaan!"
-->"What in the name of gouda?"
-->"For booting up cold!"
** PhraseCatcher:
-->"Shut up, Rattrap."
* CombatPragmatist: "You fight with a rat, you better fight dirty!"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Rattrap is a bit of a coward, but he's capable of great heroics and is a decent fighter.
* DeadpanSnarker: This show has a pretty witty cast so many of them fit this, but there are whole episodes where this is ''all'' Rattrap does.
* DemolitionsExpert: He's the Maximal Primal turns to whenever he needs something blown up.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the two-part Pilot episode, he was a completely selfish, even cowardly ("Eh, better you than me.") {{Jerkass}} with no redeeming virtues whatsoever. Then, in the first post-Pilot episode, he risks his life to save Cheetor, grumbling and complaining all the way, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishing him as the]] JerkWithAHeartOfGold he'd be for the rest of the series.
* FakeDefector: He does a temporary FaceHeelTurn in one episode.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' [[spoiler:he's being suspected as a traitor, and goes to the Predacon base to retrieve something, fake-betraying his comrades]].
** In Beast Machines, this trope is played with; he temporarily defects to Megatron as he feels useless, then realises that he was making a mistake.
* FantasticRacism: He makes it clear that he absolutely ''hates'' Predacons or Decepticons moreso than normal for a Maximal.
* FireForgedFriends: Despite his sardonic personality, he ends up having this relationship with pretty much every Maximal that isn't Optimus or Rhinox. Especially Dinobot (see VitriolicBestBuds below).
* GuileHero
* HavingABlast: He carries a number of surprisingly powerful demolition bombs with him at all times.
* HowDoIShotWeb: He had some difficulties figuring out his transmetal body.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Optimus demands a ''lot'' from his second in command, from pretending to defect to the other side, to infiltrating their own base when they locked themselves out with their new death trap security system. Thankfully for the Maximals, and the universe as a whole, he always comes through.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He whines, he moans, he mocks, he groans. He openly voices his disdain regarding missions and is the most cowardly member of the Maximal crew, even moreso than the childish Cheetor. Yet, he is possibly Primal's most loyal cadet and, though reluctantly, always eventually accepts his missions. All of this adds up to Primal naming him second-in-command, over the likes of Rhinox and Dinobot, in the episode "Chain of Command".
* KnightInSourArmour
* TheLancer: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' as the NumberTwo and the snarky contrasting voice to the leadership.
* TheLoad: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', he takes over this position at the beginning because he has trouble transforming and, even when he does, doesn't have any actual weapons in robot form. The other characters, who previously viewed Rattrap as mildly annoying but a good guy to have on your side, start treating him increasingly as The Load. When Optimus is temporarily put out of commission and can't head off the other characters, they get downright hostile. Then they're surprised when he takes drastic measures to get some firepower.
* MrViceGuy: Outside of his grating personality, Rattrap alludes to regular visits to the transformer-equivalent of seedy topless bars and casinos back on Cybertron.
* TheNicknamer: Including but not limited to: Chopperface (Dinobot), Fearless Leader/Boss Monkey (Optimus), Spots (Cheetor), Stripes (Tigatron), Legs (Blackarachnia), Bird-Dog (Silverbolt), Charlie Tuna (Depth Charge). It's got its own section in his Wikipedia page.
* OfficialCouple: With Botanica in {{Beast Machines}}.
* PragmaticHero
* RoboFamily: He made a throwaway reference to his [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 "Great Aunt Arcee"]].
* RodentsOfUnusualSize
* SarcasticDevotee: Primal favors him for sidekick duties.
* SlapSlapKiss: With Botanica.
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite his many personality flaws and constant complaints, he'd rather die than betray the other Maximals. He reacts violently to any perceived or potential betrayals on the team.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Dinobot. In the earlier episodes, they basically hate each other and hurl insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. By the second season, though, they have formed a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as WittyBanter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor temporary betrayal]] and, most notably, [[spoiler:during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade]]. I gets to the point where in the planned,[[WhatCouldHaveBeen but sadly unaired]], Season 3 episode "Dark Glass," Rattrap went against orders to [[spoiler: implant
the original Dinobot's memory second-in-command of the Predacons. He was the only Pred at the start to display full loyalty to Megatron, which in Megatron's eyes made up for his lack of real intelligence. His undying loyalty to Megatron meant that he would clash with Terrorsaur and personality data into his EvilCounterpart.Blackarachnia at times. [[spoiler:Scorponok would die in a freak accident in the Season 2 premiere.]]
* YouDirtyRat: Downplayed. He's not evil, but he's easily ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim He falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Terrorsaur's absence to save her own hide.]]
* TheDragon: In defiance of typical Transformers dragons, he is utterly loyal to Megatron.
** He also has some elements of TheBrute.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Gadgeteer Geni]][[GeniusDitz us Ditz]]: He was kind of an idiot and his speech would frequently degenerate into
the weaseliest member monosyllabic, however he seemed to show some savant-like talents when it came to inventing. When they don't [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].
* HulkSpeak: Occasionally he'd slip into caveman talk, usually when he was excited or angry. In ''"Chain
of the team.

!!Rhinox
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Command"'' he proclaims "Megatron back! Megatron back! Scorponok alone with Tarantulas and Terrorsaur! Very bad!" after Megatron recovers from being knocked out by an alien probe.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NumberTwo: To Megatron throughout season one.
* ScaryScorpions
* StaticCharacter
* UndyingLoyalty: His loyalty was his only consistent personality trait.
* VillainousFriendship: The Beast Wars Series Bible explains he believes he and Megatron have this. Megatron permits Scorponok's delusion as it guarantees his loyalty.
* YesMan

!!Tarantulas
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->''"When [[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here to see his Transmetal form:]] http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TarantulasTransmetal_9983.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]
->''"You shouldn't take your eyes off
a spark comes online, there is great joy. When it is extinguished, the universe weeps..."''
-->-- '''Episode "The Spark"'''

spider. They tend to be venemous!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Richard NewmanAlec Willows



The Maximals' Science Officer, mechanic, and all-around TeamMom with an alt mod of a rhinoceros. Rhinox is brilliant, beloved and respected by pretty much all on the team, and could possibly make the best leader of the team if he wanted to. But he doesn't. Rhinox has no ambition to be anything more or less than what he is. Intensely spiritual, and with a greater understanding of the Matrix than anyone else, Rhinox would much prefer to relax in a tranquil garden than march off to war, and would rather bring up the rear then lead the charge. Though among the more powerful of the Maximals, Rhinox is quiet, unassuming and the one least likely to be seen in the battlefield, instead prefering to stay back at base, monitoring the situation from his computer, developing new technologies and taking care of the homefront.

* {{Badass}}: He never got upgraded to a Transmetal, yet he constantly proved himself to be one the most powerful Cybertronians in this series.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's happy in peacetime, likes smelling flowers, and mostly stays off the battlefield, despite the fact that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted. However, anyone who can punch Megatron in the face, pick him up like nothing, then throw him out of a starship, is someone you do ''NOT'' want to mess with. Dinobot learnt this the hard way:
-->'''Rhinox:''' [[[NeckLift picks up Dinobot by the throat]]] I'm in a '''bad''' mood. Understand?
-->'''Dinobot:''' [cowed] Uh-huh...
* BrilliantButLazy: Rhinox has shown multiple times that he is a capable leader and a powerful warrior. Optimus has stated that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted, but Rhinox is perfectly happy smelling flowers and toiling with his gadgets.
** When given a Predacon aggression boost, Megatron finds out just what Rhinox's brains and brawns can do to when not restricted by any morality and given an ample dose of ambition.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: When he gets brainwashed as a Predacon. [[spoiler:He also has shades of this as Tankor in ''Beast Machines'', only this time, Megatron thought ahead and included various countermeasures.]]
* {{Fartillery}}: In one episode, after Taranatulas infects him with a virus and he eats bean plants to keep up his energy. The resulting blast [[CrowningMomentOfFunny was visible from]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny orbit.]]''
-->'''Megatron:''' This is certainly the most humiliating defeat in my entire career, ''[[VerbalTic yeeesssss]]''
* GadgeteerGenius: He manages to create a virtually impenetrable defense system for the Maximal base after they'd already crashed, in spite of there being no raw materials around.
* GatlingGood: Rhinox's '[[GunsAkimbo Chainguns of Doom]]' are arguably the most memorable weapons in the series. He often enters battle firing off both at once.
* GeniusBruiser: He may be TheBigGuy but he's also the ''mechanic'' and science officer. Take the episode "Dark Voyage" where he, Rattrap, Cheetor, and Dinobot all get flash-blinded. Rhinox takes command of the quartet, and eventually helps them fight off a Predacon ambush ''using only his hearing''.
* GentleGiant
* [[spoiler:HeelRealisation: Posthumously in "Beast Machines".]]
* HyperCompetentSidekick: He's the most trusted and widely skilled of the Maximals. A very effective commander, if somewhat less charismatic than Optimus, a genius scientist, and very in-touch with the more spiritual aspects of Transformer life. The only reason he isn't leader himself is because he doesn't want the job when he could be doing more important background work.
* MartialPacifist
* TheMedic
** CombatMedic
* MightyGlacier: He's the slowest of the Maximals, but he doesn't need speed with his strength and firepower.
* MissionControl: Whenever he's not on the field, he acts as this.
* NumberTwo: Rattrap may be the official second-in-command of the Maximals, but Rhinox is Optimus' right-hand-bot. When Optimus is indisposed, the others will refer to his judgement whenever possible, and he tends to play second in command to whoever the temporary leader is.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:In Beast Machines, Megatron works out that he's playing dumb and kills him.]]
* [[RenaissanceMan Renaissance Bot]]: His extremely wide range of skills earn him the respect of even some Predacons.
* [[{{Pun}} Rhinox]] [[RhinoRampage Rampage]]
* TheSmartGuy: A weird case where he's this as well as TheBigGuy.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Not exactly superpowered, but when he's reprogrammed as a Predacon, he's one hell of a competent villain.
* [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Sparkjacked And Crazy]]: There's the episode "Dark Designs" where he's turned into a Predacon...and proves to be a more effective villain than most of the Predacons ''put together.'' The second was [[spoiler:in ''Machines'' where he had the shell programme of Tankor implanted; even after his memories were unlocked, the programme left an irreversible mark on his mind which was only reversed posthumously]].
* TeamMom

!!Cheetor
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->''"Ultra gear!"''
-->-- '''Episode "The Web"'''

->'''Voiced by:''' IanJamesCorlett
->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

You won't find many other Tranformers who can keep up with the brash young optimist of Primal's crew. Being the youngest Maximal, Cheetor is sometimes a bit of a handful, always trying to prove himself or rush off into a situation before thinking. He means well in everything he does, though, and he always manages to land on his feet. Cheetor arguably underwent the greatest amount of character growth in the series, both physically and mentally, but through all of it he kept his optimism, his spunk, and his love of blasting Predacons.

* {{Badass}}: In Machines.
* CatchPhrase:
-->''"Ultra Gear!"''
-->''"Time to fade, heroes!"''
-->''"Jumpin' gyros!"''
* CharacterDevelopment: His progression from KidAppealCharacter to TheLancer and eventually taking Optimus' place as the leader of the group is seen as being the most logical development from WesternAnimation/BeastWars into WesternAnimation/BeastMachines.
* TheChosenOne: Expanded universe material reveals that he is one of the few Transformers eligible to hold the Matrix of Leadership.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: He has four strange, vaguely-precognitive dreams over the course of the series.
* DualWielding: Does this with swords in Machines.
* FearlessFool: He gets called out on this by his teammates several times after botching missions out of bravado.
* FragileSpeedster
** LightningBruiser: Post-Transmetal 2 upgrade.
* HopelessSuitor: To Blackarachnia.
* HowDoIShotWeb: He had some difficulties figuring out his new bodies in both the season 2 premiere and the middle of the season 3. In the latter, it's so ridiculously overpowered it overloads his brain and briefly reduces him to a feral animal.
* JetPack: He has one in both of his Transmetal forms.
* JustAKid: The youngest, most inexperienced member of the group.
* KidAppealCharacter: Was this up until his transformation into Transmetal 2 (aka Cyber-puberty).
* TheLancer: In Beast Machines he becomes a secular commander to contrast the growing spirutal leadership Optimus gives out.
* TheLoad: But on an intermittent basis. His ''relatively'' small size/firepower, impetuousness, immaturity, and lack of specialized skills can even verge on TheMillstone. On the other hand, his speed and enthusiasm commonly enable him to fill a solid supporting role. Equally, he starts out as the load (and the resident trouble magnet), but throughout the series get powered up and matures into the Cheetor we see in Beast Machines. He's still fast, he's still impetuous but hell, he's scary good at what he does.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: He does this twice, but the second time is the important one, since he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] while he's at it.
* LeeroyJenkins: He's pulled some frankly idiotic stunts in attempt to prove himself to the other Maximals.
* PantheraAwesome: Though ''technically'' speaking, cheetahs aren't ''panthera'' genus.
* TagalongKid: He starts out as this.
* TookALevelInBadass: Post Transmetal 2.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Optimus.
* WhipItGood: As a Transmetal.
* WolverineClaws: As a Transmetal-2.
* YouthfulFreckles: No, really. He's a robot with ''freckles''. The cheetah mode is just an excuse.

!!Dinobot
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->''"I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined."''
-->-- '''Episode "Code of Hero"'''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeil

to:

The Maximals' Science Officer, mechanic, and all-around TeamMom with an alt mod of a rhinoceros. Rhinox ->Tarantulas is brilliant, beloved and respected by pretty much all on the team, and could possibly make the best leader kind of the team if he wanted to. But he doesn't. Rhinox has no ambition to be anything more or less than what he is. Intensely spiritual, and with mad scientist who makes other mad scientists feel like they need a greater understanding of the Matrix than anyone else, Rhinox would much prefer to relax in a tranquil garden than march off to war, and would rather bring up the rear then lead the charge. Though among the more powerful of the Maximals, Rhinox is quiet, unassuming and the one least likely to be seen in the battlefield, instead prefering to stay back at base, monitoring the situation from his computer, developing new technologies and taking care of the homefront.

* {{Badass}}: He never got upgraded to a Transmetal, yet he constantly proved himself to be one the most powerful Cybertronians in this series.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
shower. He's happy in peacetime, taken to his beast form to the point where he likes smelling flowers, to lay traps for wild animals and mostly stays off then suck the battlefield, despite blood out of them while they're still alive (not onscreen, obviously, but still). His habits don't endear him to his teammates, who generally find him [[EvenEvilHasStandards disturbing]].

->Despite his perversions and general creepiness, Tarantulas is likely
the fact smartest character in the show (in terms of raw intelligence, that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted. However, anyone who can punch is, Megatron probably has him beat in cunning) and is an invaluable member of the face, pick him up like nothing, then throw him Predacons, despite Tarantulas not being remotely interested in their goals. While he seems to only be out for himself at first, we learn more of a starship, is someone you do ''NOT'' want to mess with. Dinobot learnt this his agenda as the hard way:
-->'''Rhinox:''' [[[NeckLift picks up Dinobot by the throat]]] I'm in a '''bad''' mood. Understand?
-->'''Dinobot:''' [cowed] Uh-huh...
show progresses.

* BrilliantButLazy: Rhinox has shown multiple times that he ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Tarantulas
is a capable leader and a powerful warrior. Optimus has stated that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted, but Rhinox is perfectly happy smelling flowers and toiling with his gadgets.
** When given a Predacon aggression boost,
actively working against Megatron finds out just what Rhinox's brains to advance his own nefarious agenda and brawns can do to when not restricted by any morality and given an ample dose makes no secret of ambition.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: When he gets brainwashed as a Predacon. [[spoiler:He also has shades of this as Tankor in ''Beast Machines'', only this time,
it, however Megatron thought ahead consistently spares him because Tarantulas' scientific knowledge exceeds even Megatron's own, and included various countermeasures.Megatron simply can't win this war without him. [[spoiler: It's only at the end of the series when Tarantulas comes ''this'' close to destroying both Megatron and the spark of the original Megatron, that Megatron's patience is finally up.]]
* {{Fartillery}}: In CardCarryingVillain: You can't say evil in the show without mentioning him, his outright villainy and treacherous attitude was something Megatron considered to be a ''viable asset''.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Tarantulas of the first half of season
one episode, after Taranatulas infects him with is markedly different than the Tarantulas of the rest of series. Initially Scorponok was portrayed as more of the tech guy, while Terrorsaur was the Starscream substitute. Tarantulas' role was that of a virus ninja and he eats bean plants to keep up his energy. The resulting blast [[CrowningMomentOfFunny was visible from]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny orbit.]]''
-->'''Megatron:'''
creepiness and gluttony were his most prominent characteristics. This is certainly the most humiliating defeat in my entire career, ''[[VerbalTic yeeesssss]]''
* GadgeteerGenius: He manages to create a virtually impenetrable defense system for the Maximal base after they'd already crashed, in spite of there being no raw materials around.
* GatlingGood: Rhinox's '[[GunsAkimbo Chainguns of Doom]]' are arguably the most memorable weapons
illustrated in the series. He often enters battle firing off original toy specs which listed Tarantulas IQ as very low, lower even than Waspinator's. Eventually this changes - Scorponok is turned into an idiot valuable only to Megatron for his loyalty and firepower while Terrorsaur remains backstabbing but his competency is ratcheted way down, and Tarantulas sort of absorbed both at once.
* GeniusBruiser: He may be TheBigGuy but he's also
those roles and became the ''mechanic'' brilliant scientist with secret agendas and science officer. Take murky loyalties. Whatever ninja skills became nonexistent, and the creepiness and gluttony is massively downplayed, especially in the case of his apparent cannibalism that exists in the third episode "Dark Voyage" where he, Rattrap, Cheetor, and Dinobot all get flash-blinded. Rhinox takes command of then is never mentioned again.
* TheChessmaster: Towards Megatron,
the quartet, Maximals and eventually helps them fight off a Predacon ambush ''using the Predacons. OutGambitted several times by the former.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He's probably the least trusted character in the series for this reason alone, but his scientific know-how inevitably forces others to try and depend on him. It rarely ends up going well for them.
* CrazyPrepared: He's not the
only his hearing''.
character to survive utterly insane injuries, but every time he does it it's because he had a back up; [[spoiler: he was also working on getting off the planet long before anyone else even knew the Vok would nuke it]].
* GentleGiant
* [[spoiler:HeelRealisation: Posthumously in "Beast Machines".
[[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination Cybertronian Abomination]]: Is a spawn of [[GodOfEvil Unicron]], and seeks to annihilate both the Maximals ''and'' the Predacons.]]
* HyperCompetentSidekick: He's EnigmaticMinion: He once defected from Megatron's crew then offered his assistance against a greater threat in the most trusted and widely skilled of the Maximals. A very effective commander, if somewhat less charismatic than Optimus, a genius scientist, and very in-touch with the more spiritual aspects of Transformer life. The only reason he isn't leader himself is because he doesn't want the job when he could be doing more important background work.same breath.
* MartialPacifist
EvilCounterpart: To Rhinox. As well as Blackarachnia after her HeelFaceTurn.
* TheMedic
** CombatMedic
EvilGenius
* MightyGlacier: He's EvilLaugh
* {{Expy}}: Of
the slowest [[ComicBook/TheTransformers smarter Starscream of the Maximals, but he comics]], biding his time for grander schemes.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ForTheEvulz: The reason for his [[ImAHumanitarian dining habits]]. He
doesn't need speed with actually ''need'' to eat, he just enjoys the suffering he inflicts on his strength prey as he slowly kills them.
* GadgeteerGenius: He made an entire lab
and firepower.
several little machines, such as a laser drone that forces a [[ShapeShifterModeLock Mode Lock]].
* MissionControl: Whenever he's not on GiantSpider
* GigglingVillain
* [[spoiler: HiddenAgendaVillain / DoubleAgent: Turned out to be working to negate
the field, he acts as this.
* NumberTwo: Rattrap may be the official second-in-command
existence of the both Predacons and Maximals, but Rhinox as he himself is Optimus' right-hand-bot. When Optimus is indisposed, the others will refer to his judgement whenever possible, and he tends to play second in command to whoever the temporary leader is.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:In Beast Machines, Megatron works out that he's playing dumb and kills him.
secretly neither.]]
* [[RenaissanceMan Renaissance Bot]]: [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a Robotarian]]: He tried to devour Cheetor.
* InsufferableGenius: Nobody likes or trusts Tarantulus, but his scientific knowledge makes him invaluable.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Towards the end of Season 3 of ''Wars''.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre:
His extremely wide range of skills earn him the respect of even some Predacons.
* [[{{Pun}} Rhinox]] [[RhinoRampage Rampage]]
* TheSmartGuy: A weird case where he's this as well as TheBigGuy.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Not exactly superpowered, but when he's reprogrammed as a Predacon, he's one hell of a competent villain.
* [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Sparkjacked And Crazy]]: There's
Transmetal form has at least four missile launchers in his shoulders, which he tends to fire all at once. Strangely, he stopped using them later: the episode "Dark Designs" where he died had him try to fend off his killers with guns in his shoulders (they fired like his old 'gun-legs' in his pre-Transmetal form).
* TheMadHatter: '''NOT''' PlayedForLaughs.
* MadScientist
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, his spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode. This function moved to his shoulder-wheels after that.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
* OhCrap: While [[spoiler:witnessing Dragon Megatron rising out of the lava in front of him]], his face is a study in this trope. Somewhat lesser examples happened right before every significant defeat he had in the series, except [[spoiler: Inferno torching him at the end of season 1]].
* ReliableTraitor: So much so that Megatron outright states in the penultimate episode that Tarantulas' scheming is one of his greatest assets, though Megatron isn't so foolish as to let him get away with particularly heinous attempts.
* SerialKiller: Implied by Dinobot: "Alas poor Tarantulas, I knew him Cheetor! ''This'' is the leg that stalked so many victims"
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was going to do to both sides by killing everyone on the Ark.]]
* ShotInTheAss: He has a somewhat disturbing habit of doing this to others with whatever new weapon
he's turned into a Predacon...and proves conceived.
* SoftSpokenSadist: When he's got someone in his cluthes, he speaks politely, but makes it very clear that he'll enjoy the suffering he's about to inflict on them.
* TheStarscream: This seems
to be a the main reason for all the plans he doesn't tell Megatron about, and given that he has actually managed to acquire allies (who aren't Waspinator) Megatron sees him as more effective villain of a threat than most Terrorsaur, enough to keep an eye on him when ever he shows signs of having one in the Predacons ''put together.'' works.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted. Tarantulas alienates literally every other character in the series, and while it's somewhat implied that Megatron leaves him alive because of his utility, Tarantulas' betrayals get him exiled.
* VillainousGlutton: Primarily in the first season, but Tarantulas loves to eat -- especially living creatures -- and his "snacking" is always used to highlight just how gross and terrifying he is. To say nothing of his explicit interest in eating other Cybertronians.
The second was [[spoiler:in ''Machines'' where he had character profile in the shell programme of Tankor implanted; even after his memories were unlocked, the programme left an irreversible mark DVD boxset actually focuses more on Tarantulas being a "twisted gourmand" than on his mind which was only reversed posthumously]].
* TeamMom

!!Cheetor
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scheming side or his MadScientist side.

!!Terrorsaur
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->''"Ultra gear!"''
-->-- '''Episode "The Web"'''

->'''Voiced by:''' IanJamesCorlett
->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

You won't find many other Tranformers who can keep up with the brash young optimist of Primal's crew. Being the youngest Maximal, Cheetor is sometimes a bit of a handful, always trying to prove himself or rush off into a situation before thinking. He means well in everything he does, though, and he always manages to land on his feet. Cheetor arguably underwent the greatest amount of character growth in the series, both physically and mentally, but through all of it he kept his optimism, his spunk, and his love of blasting Predacons.

* {{Badass}}: In Machines.
* CatchPhrase:
-->''"Ultra Gear!"''
-->''"Time to fade, heroes!"''
-->''"Jumpin' gyros!"''
* CharacterDevelopment: His progression from KidAppealCharacter to TheLancer and eventually taking Optimus' place as the leader of the group is seen as being the most logical development from WesternAnimation/BeastWars into WesternAnimation/BeastMachines.
* TheChosenOne: Expanded universe material reveals that he is one of the few Transformers eligible to hold the Matrix of Leadership.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: He has four strange, vaguely-precognitive dreams over the course of the series.
* DualWielding: Does this with swords in Machines.
* FearlessFool: He gets called out on this by his teammates several times after botching missions out of bravado.
* FragileSpeedster
** LightningBruiser: Post-Transmetal 2 upgrade.
* HopelessSuitor: To Blackarachnia.
* HowDoIShotWeb: He had some difficulties figuring out his new bodies in both the season 2 premiere and the middle of the season 3. In the latter, it's so ridiculously overpowered it overloads his brain and briefly reduces him to a feral animal.
* JetPack: He has one in both of his Transmetal forms.
* JustAKid: The youngest, most inexperienced member of the group.
* KidAppealCharacter: Was this up until his transformation into Transmetal 2 (aka Cyber-puberty).
* TheLancer: In Beast Machines he becomes a secular commander to contrast the growing spirutal leadership Optimus gives out.
* TheLoad: But on an intermittent basis. His ''relatively'' small size/firepower, impetuousness, immaturity, and lack of specialized skills can even verge on TheMillstone. On the other hand, his speed and enthusiasm commonly enable him to fill a solid supporting role. Equally, he starts out as the load (and the resident trouble magnet), but throughout the series get powered up and matures into the Cheetor we see in Beast Machines. He's still fast, he's still impetuous but hell, he's scary
->''"It's good at what he does.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: He does this twice, but the second time is the important one, since he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] while he's at it.
* LeeroyJenkins: He's pulled some frankly idiotic stunts in attempt
to prove himself to the other Maximals.
* PantheraAwesome: Though ''technically'' speaking, cheetahs aren't ''panthera'' genus.
* TagalongKid: He starts out as this.
* TookALevelInBadass: Post Transmetal 2.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Optimus.
* WhipItGood: As a Transmetal.
* WolverineClaws: As a Transmetal-2.
* YouthfulFreckles: No, really. He's a robot with ''freckles''. The cheetah mode is just an excuse.

!!Dinobot
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->''"I am a warrior. Let the battle
be joined."''
-->-- '''Episode "Code of Hero"'''

a Predacon!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeilDoug Parker



"Conflicted" is the best word to describe Dinobot. Once a loyal member of Megatron's crew, he turned against his leader and was betrayed by Megatron. Joining the Maximals shortly afterwards, Dinobot never hesitated to show his disdain for the Maximal life and views, and (for a time) wished to replace Optimus as leader.

->Dinobot was essentially a sincere, non-cynical Type II SocialDarwinist, who genuinely believed that the strong destroying the weak resulted in the best possible scenario. Despite his gruffness, Dinobot was also a man of honor (Bushido, to be precise), and showed his power, skill, courage and determination to defeat the Predacons time and again.

* {{Badass}}: Dinobot is able to take on any single Predacon in single combat short of being cheap-shotted by them but in ''Code Of Hero'', [[OneManArmy he shows he could take them]] ''[[OneManArmy all]]'' [[OneManArmy on]].
* [[spoiler:BeAllMySinsRemembered While dying, he explicitly tells the Maximals to [[WartsAndAll NOT sugar coat]] his deeds if questioned.]]
-->''[[spoiler:"Tell my tale to those who ask. Tell it truly, the ill deeds along with the good... and let me be judged accordingly. [[{{Hamlet}} The rest is silence..."]]]]''
* TheBigGuy
* BloodKnight: He rarely seemed satisfied when not in battle, often chafing under the more peace-loving Maximals.
* ByronicHero: Has several traits of one.
* [[spoiler: CastFromHitPoints: He uses up the remainder of his energy to destroy the Golden Disk so Megatron can't alter the future freely.]]
* [[spoiler:DeathSeeker]]: [[spoiler: After his temporary return to the Predacons in the second season in which he returned the Golden Disc to Megatron despite knowing the latter's insane plan, he is nearly driven to suicide by the betrayal of his honor.]]
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome]]: Quite possibly the most awesome moment of the series.
* DefectorFromDecadence: One of the definitive examples.
* EnigmaticMinion: Dinobot is a Predacon that defected to the Maximals simply because Megatron didn't follow their plan in the first episode. When Dinobot finds out that Megatron actually [[spoiler:brought them to past Earth, he's convinced his best interests would be with Megatron once again, but he's unable to betray the Maximals and remains with them. Considering Dinobot knew of the actual purpose of the golden disks and told Optimus about the Arc, it can be assumed his original plan was to destroy all the Maximals in history just like Megatron attempted.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: He made it no secret that he would love to have Optimus's job, though refused to ever betray the big ape, [[spoiler: except for his temporary (misguided) FaceHeelTurn in "Maximal No More"]]. In ''Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 2'', it is revealed that Rattrap had moved all of his junk into Optimus's personal quarters after the latter's supposed demise in ''Other Voices, Part 2''. This appals even Dinobot, who subsequently punches Rattrap square in the face.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: His beast mode is a velociraptor.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: His raptor tail splits into two parts that spin to make a shield of some sorts; the segments of his sword also spin.
* EyeBeams: His only built-in distance weaponry.
* TheFatalist: He begins to think along these lines during Season 2, wondering whether a recorded future (such as the one in the Golden Disc) is immutable or not. [[spoiler: Turns out it isn't, but he chooses to go along with it anyway.]]
* GutturalGrowler
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Twice]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Until [[spoiler:his HeroicSacrifice,]] which secured his place on the "face" side of the door forever.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* HonorBeforeReason: He considers betraying his code to be worse than death.
* IFightForTheStrongestSide: He switched back to the Predacons temporarily because he thought they were going to win the war, once he found out they were [[spoiler:actually on past Earth and Megatron held the golden disk with information of altering the future.]]
* IOweYouMyLife: The biggest reason he submitted to Optimus' command in the first place.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: It's buried deep, but he eventually comes to care for his Maximal comrades and value life that is weaker than him.
* KnightInSourArmor
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: His sense of honor, while a stark contrast to Silverbolt's (the most popular comparison would be [[{{Samurai}} bushido]] to chivalry, respectively), demands that he fight fairly in all his battles and to rebel against insane ambitions, even if it would garner him the upper hand to follow.
* ManipulativeBastard: Not often, but he can be quite skilled at getting others to do what he wants in the right circumstances. In the episode "Equal Measures," he played Cheetor, Optimus, and Terrorsaur all like violins in a bid to destroy the Predacon base.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Despite his constant assertions of his Predacon honor, no other Predacon shown shares his code.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Towards the beginning.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy:
-->''"To defeat you in such a manner would be lacking in honor. I prefer to beat my opponents the old-fashioned way... '''brutally!'''"''
* RedemptionDemotion: Literally, but not spiritually. Dinobot was Megatron's lieutenant before his defection. With the Maximals, he is fourth-in-command at best. In terms of performance, however, he is consistently one of the best fighters on TheTeam.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath: After he temporarily rejoins the Predacons, the other Maximals don't trust him as much until his HeroicSacrifice]].
-->'''Rattrap:''' ''[[spoiler:"It's like I always said; you may just be a slag-spoutin' saurian... but it's nice to know where you stand."]]''
* [[spoiler:ReformedButRejected: Not so much "rejected" as they still welcomed him back, but the Maximals were understandably uneasy around him after he'd briefly gone back to the Predacons. It didn't help that he'd given the Golden Disc ''back'' to Megatron. Rattrap put it succinctly - it wasn't that they hated or disliked him, but his recent actions meant they were no longer sure where he stood and his betrayal ''hurt''.]]
* {{Seppuku}}: He's seen strongly considering this in "Code Of Hero" to regain his honour after [[spoiler: his temporary FaceHeelTurn]], but is ultimately unable to go through with it. [[spoiler: Good thing, too, as he ended up being the only thing standing between Megatron and the latter's plan to slaughter the proto-humans.]]
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: He constantly quotes Shakespeare during his contemplative phase. The TF Wiki page for Dinobot captions pretty much every image with some kind of Shakespeare reference, including "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair...[[EarthAllAlong wherever the hell we are.]]"
* TheStarscream: Downplayed to a more benign version, but still present. Whenever Optimus is incapacitated or absent, Dinobot is usually there to declare he's taking command of the Maximals now. However, he never goes out of his way to get rid of Optimus or backstab him, and when Optimus is ready to lead again Dinobot steps aside to let him.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Started out as this when he joined the Maximals, but mellowed out shortly.
* VerbalTic: A lot of his speech is punctuated by a deep, throaty growl.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Rattrap. At the beginning, they basically hate each other and hurl insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. By the second season, though, they have formed a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as WittyBanter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor temporary betrayal]] and, most notably, [[spoiler:during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade.]] Ironically, each and every instance of this is an example of Creator/ScottMcNeil [[TalkingToHimself arguing with himself]].
* WarriorPoet: Ideas of honor and pride strongly influence his fighting style. He quotes Shakespeare regularly in later episodes.

!!Tigatron
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->''"Remember, do not fight your beast instincts. Let them help your robot forms both in battle and in peace. But for now, let us maximize ''AND SLAG SOME BUTT!''"''
-->-- '''Episode "Call of the Wild"'''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Blu Mankuma
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Fallen Comrades"''

The first of the Axalon's protoforms to land planetside, Tigatron has no old life on Cybertron to return to (well, unless you count comic's retcons) and much prefers the beauty of nature, such that protecting it becomes his motivation to stay in the war. He prefers to work as a scout by himself - unless Airazor has other ideas.

* AnIcePerson: The majority of his weapons involve freezing the opposition.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Airazor [[spoiler:as they were [[DroppedABridgeOnHim being abducted.]]]]
* BerserkButton: As has been stated elsewhere, he is a hippie. A hippie who will blow a hole through you if you threaten nature.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a hippie. A hippie with a BFG that has no compunctions about blasting your head off if you so much as torch a few trees. Just ask Inferno.
-->''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU. WILL. LEAVE. THE WILD. ALONE!]]"''
* BigBrotherMentor: To Cheetor. This may seem ironic given Tigatron was supposedly "born" from a stasis pod in the seventh episode, while Cheetor has been around since the beginning. However, the prequel comic establishes Tigatron actually existed and had a life on Cybertron (where he was known as "Unit 2") and was "reborn" on Earth, he just doesn't remember it. Coming out of a damaged stasis pod seems to be more akin to getting amnesia.
* ClassicalAntiHero: Due to being more in touch with beast instincts and having moments of self-doubt about his involvement in the war.
* TheCoconutEffect: White tigers are not a subspecies of tiger that live in the snow, they are a birth defect akin to albinism and their miscoloring does not allow them to survive in the wild.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: His abduction. He gets better [[TwoBeingsOneBody with Airazor]], though]].
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: It was implied that he was in a relationship with a normal tiger, kind of like a reverse {{Robosexual}}.
* IWorkAlone: In some cases he does need saving but more often than not he gets the job done himself.
* MartialPacifist: Does not like fighting, since it causes a lot of collatoral damage to nature and innocents.
* NatureHero: He identifies far more with his beast form than his robot heritage.
* OfficialCouple: With Airazor.
* PantheraAwesome
* RecurringCharacter: He's rarely in contact with the main Maximal group.
* TenMinuteRetirement: After a fight led to the death of the (female) tiger he got his beast mode from, who he had grown...attached to.
* TheStoic
* VerbalTic: In the Japanese version ''de gozaru''.
* WarriorPoet
* WideEyedIdealist: Had shades of this during his TenMinuteRetirement. Dinobot and Inferno snapped him out of it though.

!!Airazor
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->''"She stoops to conquer!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Pauline Newstone
-->'''Debut:''' ''"The Spark"''

"Born" out of one of the protoform pods jettisoned from the Axalon. Airazor's pod had been damaged in re-entry, and she was narrowly saved from spark failure by Rhinox and Cheetor, the latter of whom donated parts to keep her online.

Always the first to remind Tigatron that [[IWorkAlone sometimes you can be too alone]], they end up spending a lot of time by themselves, away from the rest of the team...

* TheAce: She has shades of this, in large part due to being the best flyer the Maximals had at the time, or in the Beast Wars, period.
* ActionGirl
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Tigatron and Airazor do this while being tortured then dragged away by a Vok bio-weapon.]]
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Her beast mode is a falcon.
* CoolBigSis: During her "birth", Cheetor donated parts to keep her damaged protoform online. As such, Airazor shares something of a sibling relationship with the young cat.
* [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: Her abduction. She gets better [[TwoBeingsOneBody with Tigatron]], though]].
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: Does this from time to time.
* OfficialCouple: With Tigatron.
* ShesAManInJapan: Which makes some of Airazor's other tropes a little more awkward.
* TalkToTheFist: In "Other Voices: Part 2" she loses patience with [[EnemyMine Blackarachnia]]:
-->'''Blackarachnia:''' ''Do Maximals always talk such slop?''
-->Airazor punches Blackarachnia twice in the face.
-->'''Rattrap:''' ''My sentiments exactly.''

!!Silverbolt
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->''"It's my duty, ma'am. As a Maximal... [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and as a heroic character.]]"''

to:

"Conflicted" is the best word to describe Dinobot. Once a loyal member of Megatron's crew, he turned against his leader and * BigBadWannabe: He was betrayed by Megatron. Joining the Maximals shortly afterwards, Dinobot never hesitated to show his disdain for the Maximal life and views, and (for a time) wished to replace Optimus as leader.

->Dinobot was essentially a sincere, non-cynical Type II SocialDarwinist, who genuinely believed that the strong destroying the weak resulted in the best possible scenario. Despite his gruffness, Dinobot was also a man of honor (Bushido, to be precise), and showed his power, skill, courage and determination to defeat the Predacons time and again.

* {{Badass}}: Dinobot is able
desperate to take on any single Predacon control of the Predacons, but just didn't have what it took to do the job.
* ButtMonkey: He initially rivaled ''Waspinator''
in single combat short of being cheap-shotted by them but in ''Code Of Hero'', [[OneManArmy he shows he could take them]] ''[[OneManArmy all]]'' [[OneManArmy on]].
* [[spoiler:BeAllMySinsRemembered While dying, he explicitly tells
blown to pieces! Unlike the Maximals former, he at least managed to [[WartsAndAll NOT sugar coat]] remain a genuine threat, if only due to having [[WalkingArmory one of the biggest arsenals]] in show.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]: In the beginning of the second season, [[spoiler:he falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges
his deeds if questioned.and Scorponok's absence to save her own hide.]]
-->''[[spoiler:"Tell my tale to those who ask. Tell it truly, * EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* {{Expy}}: Of
the ill deeds along [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon's Starscream]], with the good... obvious, transparent, why-doesn't-Megatron-just-kill-him backstabbery. His success rate is about as good as the original's, although Starscream managed to stay second in command. On the upside, Terrorsaur at least realized that the treachery thing wasn't working and let me be judged accordingly. [[{{Hamlet}} stopped.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Both times he manages to oust Megatron from command, his arrogance and lack of intelligence brings him back down.
The rest is silence..."]]]]''
second time convinced everyone he sucked, and he never tried again.
* TheBigGuy
[[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* BloodKnight: He rarely seemed satisfied when not in battle, often chafing under the more peace-loving Maximals.
PteroSoarer
* ByronicHero: Has several traits of one.
*
RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: CastFromHitPoints: He uses up was killed off instead of Waspinator due to the remainder of his energy to destroy latter's unexpected EnsembleDarkhorse status]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* TheStarscream: He even almost sounds like him. Hell, he even succeeded once or twice, but couldn't control
the Golden Disk so troops or prevent Megatron can't alter from returning. Ironically, it was [[spoiler: Waspinator]] who was [[spoiler: possessed by the future freely.original Starscream's ghost.]]
* [[spoiler:DeathSeeker]]: [[spoiler: After his temporary return to the Predacons in the second season in which TookALevelInBadass: In one episode, he returned the Golden Disc to Megatron despite knowing the latter's insane plan, he is nearly driven to suicide by the betrayal of his honor.]]
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome]]: Quite possibly the most awesome moment of the series.
* DefectorFromDecadence: One of the definitive examples.
* EnigmaticMinion: Dinobot is
gains a Predacon that defected to the Maximals simply because Megatron didn't follow their plan in the first episode. When Dinobot finds out that Megatron actually [[spoiler:brought them to past Earth, he's convinced his best interests would be with Megatron once again, but he's unable to betray the Maximals raw energon booster and remains with them. Considering Dinobot knew of the actual purpose of the golden disks and told Optimus about the Arc, it manages to open a can be assumed his original plan was to destroy all the Maximals in history just like Megatron attempted.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: He made it no secret that he would love to have Optimus's job, though refused to ever betray the big ape, [[spoiler: except for his temporary (misguided) FaceHeelTurn in "Maximal No More"]]. In ''Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 2'', it is revealed that Rattrap had moved all
of his junk into Optimus's personal quarters after the latter's supposed demise in ''Other Voices, Part 2''. This appals even Dinobot, who subsequently punches Rattrap square in the face.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: His beast mode is a velociraptor.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: His raptor tail splits into two parts that spin to make a shield of some sorts; the segments of his sword also spin.
* EyeBeams: His only built-in distance weaponry.
* TheFatalist: He begins to think along these lines during Season 2, wondering whether a recorded future (such as the one in the Golden Disc) is immutable or not. [[spoiler: Turns out it isn't, but he chooses to go along with it anyway.]]
* GutturalGrowler
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Twice]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Until [[spoiler:his HeroicSacrifice,]] which secured his place
serious whoop-ass on the "face" side of the door forever.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* HonorBeforeReason: He considers betraying his code to be worse than death.
* IFightForTheStrongestSide: He switched back to the Predacons temporarily because he thought they were going to win the war, once he found out they were [[spoiler:actually on past Earth and Megatron held the golden disk with information of altering the future.]]
* IOweYouMyLife: The biggest reason he submitted to Optimus' command in the first place.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: It's buried deep, but he eventually comes to care for his Maximal comrades and value life that is weaker than him.
* KnightInSourArmor
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: His sense of honor, while a stark contrast to Silverbolt's (the most popular comparison would be [[{{Samurai}} bushido]] to chivalry, respectively), demands that he fight fairly in all his battles and to rebel against insane ambitions, even if it would garner him the upper hand to follow.
* ManipulativeBastard: Not often, but he can be quite skilled at getting others to do what he wants in the right circumstances. In the episode "Equal Measures," he played Cheetor, Optimus, and Terrorsaur all like violins in a bid to destroy the Predacon base.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Despite his constant assertions of his Predacon honor, no other Predacon shown shares his code.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Towards the beginning.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy:
-->''"To defeat you in such a manner would be lacking in honor. I prefer to beat my opponents the old-fashioned way... '''brutally!'''"''
* RedemptionDemotion: Literally, but not spiritually. Dinobot was Megatron's lieutenant before his defection. With the Maximals, he is fourth-in-command at best. In terms of performance, however, he is consistently one of the best fighters on TheTeam.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath: After he temporarily rejoins the Predacons, the other Maximals don't trust him as much until his HeroicSacrifice]].
-->'''Rattrap:''' ''[[spoiler:"It's like I always said; you may just be a slag-spoutin' saurian... but it's nice to know where you stand."]]''
* [[spoiler:ReformedButRejected: Not so much "rejected" as they still welcomed him back, but the Maximals were understandably uneasy around him after he'd briefly gone back to the Predacons. It didn't help that he'd given the Golden Disc ''back'' to Megatron. Rattrap put it succinctly - it wasn't that they hated or disliked him, but his recent actions meant they were no longer sure where he stood and his betrayal ''hurt''.]]
* {{Seppuku}}: He's seen strongly considering this in "Code Of Hero" to regain his honour after [[spoiler: his temporary FaceHeelTurn]], but is ultimately unable to go through with it. [[spoiler: Good thing, too, as he ended up being the only thing standing between
Megatron and almost does the latter's plan same thing to slaughter the proto-humans.]]
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: He constantly quotes Shakespeare during his contemplative phase. The TF Wiki page for Dinobot captions pretty much every image with some kind of Shakespeare reference, including "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair...[[EarthAllAlong wherever the hell we are.]]"
* TheStarscream: Downplayed to a more benign version, but still present. Whenever
Optimus is incapacitated or absent, Dinobot is usually there to declare he's taking command Primal.
* WalkingArmory: Try counting all
of the Maximals now. However, he never goes out of his way to get rid of Optimus or backstab him, and when Optimus is ready to lead again Dinobot steps aside to let him.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Started out as this when he joined the Maximals, but mellowed out shortly.
* VerbalTic: A lot of his speech is punctuated by a deep, throaty growl.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Rattrap. At the beginning, they basically hate each other and hurl insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. By the second season, though, they have formed a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as WittyBanter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor temporary betrayal]] and, most notably, [[spoiler:during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade.]] Ironically, each and every instance of this is an example of Creator/ScottMcNeil [[TalkingToHimself arguing with himself]].
* WarriorPoet: Ideas of honor and pride strongly influence his fighting style. He quotes Shakespeare regularly in later episodes.

!!Tigatron
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Terrorsaur's guns sometime.

!!Waspinator
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->''"Remember, do not fight your beast instincts. Let them help your robot forms both in battle and in peace. But for now, let us maximize ''AND SLAG SOME BUTT!''"''
-->-- '''Episode "Call of the Wild"'''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Blu Mankuma
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Fallen Comrades"''

The first of the Axalon's protoforms to land planetside, Tigatron has no old life on Cybertron to return to (well, unless you count comic's retcons) and much prefers the beauty of nature, such that protecting it becomes his motivation to stay in the war. He prefers to work as a scout by himself - unless Airazor has other ideas.

* AnIcePerson: The majority of his weapons involve freezing the opposition.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Airazor [[spoiler:as they were [[DroppedABridgeOnHim being abducted.]]]]
* BerserkButton: As has been stated elsewhere, he is a hippie. A hippie who will blow a hole through you if you threaten nature.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a hippie. A hippie with a BFG that has no compunctions about blasting your head off if you so much as torch a few trees. Just ask Inferno.
-->''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU. WILL. LEAVE. THE WILD. ALONE!]]"''
* BigBrotherMentor: To Cheetor. This may seem ironic given Tigatron was supposedly "born" from a stasis pod in the seventh episode, while Cheetor has been around since the beginning. However, the prequel comic establishes Tigatron actually existed and had a life on Cybertron (where he was known as "Unit 2") and was "reborn" on Earth, he just doesn't remember it. Coming out of a damaged stasis pod seems to be more akin to getting amnesia.
* ClassicalAntiHero: Due to being more in touch with beast instincts and having moments of self-doubt about his involvement in the war.
* TheCoconutEffect: White tigers are not a subspecies of tiger that live in the snow, they are a birth defect akin to albinism and their miscoloring does not allow them to survive in the wild.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: His abduction. He gets better [[TwoBeingsOneBody with Airazor]], though]].
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: It was implied that he was in a relationship with a normal tiger, kind of like a reverse {{Robosexual}}.
* IWorkAlone: In some cases he does need saving but more often than not he gets the job done himself.
* MartialPacifist: Does not like fighting, since it causes a lot of collatoral damage to nature and innocents.
* NatureHero: He identifies far more with his beast form than his robot heritage.
* OfficialCouple: With Airazor.
* PantheraAwesome
* RecurringCharacter: He's rarely in contact with the main Maximal group.
* TenMinuteRetirement: After a fight led to the death of the (female) tiger he got his beast mode from, who he had grown...attached to.
* TheStoic
* VerbalTic: In the Japanese version ''de gozaru''.
* WarriorPoet
* WideEyedIdealist: Had shades of this during his TenMinuteRetirement. Dinobot and Inferno snapped him out of it though.

!!Airazor
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->''"She stoops to conquer!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Pauline Newstone
-->'''Debut:''' ''"The Spark"''

"Born" out of one of the protoform pods jettisoned from the Axalon. Airazor's pod had been damaged in re-entry, and she was narrowly saved from spark failure by Rhinox and Cheetor, the latter of whom donated parts to keep her online.

Always the first to remind Tigatron that [[IWorkAlone sometimes you can be too alone]], they end up spending a lot of time by themselves, away from the rest of the team...

* TheAce: She has shades of this, in large part due to being the best flyer the Maximals had at the time, or in the Beast Wars, period.
* ActionGirl
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Tigatron and Airazor do this while being tortured then dragged away by a Vok bio-weapon.]]
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Her beast mode is a falcon.
* CoolBigSis: During her "birth", Cheetor donated parts to keep her damaged protoform online. As such, Airazor shares something of a sibling relationship with the young cat.
* [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: Her abduction. She gets better [[TwoBeingsOneBody with Tigatron]], though]].
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: Does this from time to time.
* OfficialCouple: With Tigatron.
* ShesAManInJapan: Which makes some of Airazor's other tropes a little more awkward.
* TalkToTheFist: In "Other Voices: Part 2" she loses patience with [[EnemyMine Blackarachnia]]:
-->'''Blackarachnia:''' ''Do Maximals always talk such slop?''
-->Airazor punches Blackarachnia twice in the face.
-->'''Rattrap:''' ''My sentiments exactly.''

!!Silverbolt
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->''"It's my duty, ma'am. As a Maximal... [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and as a heroic character.]]"''
->''"[[TheChewToy Why universe hate Waspinator?]]"''



-->'''Debut:''' ''"Coming of the Fuzors (Part 1)"''

The first of the second wave of Protoform pods, Silverbot's scanners accidentally captured two animals at once, turning him into a wolf/eagle hybrid. One thing that didn't seem to change from this was his unfailing (perhaps to unnatural degrees) sense of honor and chivalry. Silverbolt is perhaps the most "conventionally good" of the maximals, and this can get him into trouble, especially with one TokenChick with the Predecons named Blackarachnia. Despite his peppy attitude and [[LoveMakesYouDumb not so bright decisions]], he approaches battle with all the seriousness of a knight, and is more than willing to fight for things he believes in.

* {{Adorkable}}
* BerserkButton: He is very protective of Blackarachnia. Those who attempt to harm/kill her [[CurbStompBattle find out the hard way.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: See BerserkButton.
* ButtMonkey: Y'know he has it bad when ''Waspinator'' schooles him in battle... ''three'' different times. The rare occasions where Silverbolt got the better of the insect were by pure accident. It's particularly striking since, in "Bad Spark", Silverbolt was able to defeat Rampage despite being severely damaged.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Silverbolt is a bit naive, but he fights hard to make up for it.
* [[DatingCatwoman Dating Blackarachnia]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Blackarachnia. She eventually reciprocates.
* {{Expy}}: For Franchise/{{Batman}}. The creators said that his behaviour in Beast Wars reminded them of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Silver Age Batman]]. There's also, [[DatingCatwoman his relationship with Blackarachnia]].
* TheFace: He stands out in the group by being a wolf/eagle chimera and he's even social with his enemies. One of them even {{Heel Face Turn}}ed because of his social chivalry.
* TheHeart: Especially in "Transmutate".
* HeelFaceTurn: He wasn't really evil to begin with, but he was tricked into joining the Predacons in "Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 1", before eventually realising his place in the Beast Wars in "Part 2".
* HonorBeforeReason
* [[spoiler: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: After his revival in Beast Machines.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor: Technically the armor is ''feathered'', but you get the idea. This is often PlayedForLaughs, as he's surrounded by less idealistic characters.
** KnightInSourArmor: [[spoiler:In Beast Machines, after his mind is liberated.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Knightly, heroic music accompanies him wherever he goes.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Not only does he wind up openly assisting Blackarachnia in her schemes, but when Rattrap makes a fairly mild crack about the two of them Silverbolt tries to ''beat his head in''. This from the guy who'd once declared that attacking your own teammates was totally unacceptable.
** He also punched out Cheetor, just because he didn't want him to be the one to bring Blackarachnia in.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: His devotion to Blackarachnia made him do some incredibly stupid things.
* ThePowerOfLove: It isn't blatant, but whenever Blackarachnia is either threatened, in danger, or has already come to harm, Silverbolt's ButtMonkey qualities vanish.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: If not a rock solid FMinusMinus. It's easily forgotten, but Silverbolt was this to the Predacons for one day before it became obvious to him that the Predacons weren't interested in the noble approach to life.
* {{Mix And Match Critter|s}}: Between a [[NobleWolf wolf]] and an [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey eagle]].
* OfficialCouple: With Blackarachnia.
* ThePaladin: He's almost always of this attitude, although as mentioned, love can foul up his ideals.
* [[spoiler: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When Blackaracknia was seemingly killed by Tarantulas. Ironically, the intervention of the character named ''Rampage'' stopped him from returning the favor.]]
* SixthRanger
* StupidGood: Toward Blackarachnia, to the point where even his fellow Maximals wonder if his processor has a glitch.
* VerbalTic: In the Japanese GagDub, ''desu!''.
* WideEyedIdealist: PlayedForLaughs, usually.
* WifeBasherBasher
* WouldntHitAGirl: To the point where even ''Blackarachnia'' gets irritated. In "The Agenda: Part 2", she ''shoots him'', and he somehow manages to rationalize it as a good thing.

!!Depth Charge
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->''"Gotta go. Protoform X is waiting and I don't want to dissapoint him."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' David Sobolov
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Deep Metal"''

Once, Depth Charge was a sane and balanced Maximal. Then Rampage slaughtered Colony Omicron, where Depth Charge was chief security officer. The guilt-ridden DC spent four years hunting Rampage down, during which time Rampage managed to twist the knife even deeper by ''eating'' DC's friends at Starbase Rugby. When Rampage was apprehended, Charge demanded the Maximal council find a way to destroy his spark and was disgusted when they turned Rampage over to Primal's crew instead.

->He was unsurprised when Primal "screwed it up" by going after Megatron's ship, and set off in pursuit. Some kind of residual transwarp energy brought him to prehistoric Earth, where he took the form of a manta ray and resumed his hunt of Rampage, who was delighted to see his old "playmate" again.

* ArchEnemy: Rampage. Its implied that this was Rampage's intention.
* {{Badass}}: Depth Charge was second in size only to Optimus with an arsenal to match. This is probably why he was absent hunting Rampage most of the time.
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Determinator}}: He's out to kill someone presumed to be immortal. And before that, he spent four years hunting him and succeeded in capturing him.
* DoomedHometown: Colony Omicron, which was destroyed by Rampage.
** At one point, fans wondered just how Rampage could kill an entire colony by himself when six Maximals manage to fend him off or defeat him on a fairly regular basis. WordOfGod has it that Colony Omicron was a human colony, but they couldn't really make this clear in the show due to the implied level of violence.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His first line is "Slag the high council," establishing him right away as someone that doesn't respect rules or authority.
* FallenHero: According to Optimus, Depth Charge was once a model Maximal before Rampage's massacre of Omicron reduced him to a grim hunter.
* GodzillaThreshold: Despite his frequent disagreements with Optimus, even he realizes how big a threat Megatron will be if he gets ahold of [[spoiler: Nemesis]]. When ordered by Optimus to stop him, complies without a single protest.
* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]: To Rampage.
* GoodIsNotNice: Though obsessed with Rampage, his better nature will eventually force him to aid the other Maximals when the time comes. He'll still be a {{Jerkass}} about it.
* IneffectualLoner: His sights are firmly on Rampage and whatever other goals the Maximals have mean little to him. As such, he's not too popular with his teammates and is usually on his own.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: It's already established how dangerous the threat of [[spoiler: the Nemesis]] is, but a certain quote really clinches it:
-->'''Depth Charge''': ''I have no time for you, X.''
* PreMortemOneLiner/[[spoiler:FamousLastWords]]: When he kills [[spoiler: Rampage]]
-->''"''Raw'' energon! Right through your ''twisted'' spark! Take it! Take it straight to the pit, you '''''SICKENING PIECE OF SLAG!'''''"''
* RevengeBeforeReason: Rampage intentionally invoked this by slagging everyone near and dear to him. Revenge is literally all he has left. He'll blow off any order to hunt Rampage if the crab shows his face.
** The first thing he does in the series is say "Slag the High Council" and ignore their law forbidding travel to Earth. Later on he often ignores Optimus' orders in order to hunt Rampage, which makes him something of a liability.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His crusade against Rampage.
* SatelliteCharacter: His personality is defined by his all-consuming hatred of Rampage. Granted, it's not like the monster left Depth Charge with anything else.
* SixthRanger
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Fills the anti-hero spot left vacant by [[spoiler: Dinobot's death]] several episodes before.
* [[spoiler: TakingYouWithMe: He impales Rampage's spark with a blade of raw Energon, knowing that it is the only way to destroy his enemy and that it will kill him as well.]]

!!Tigerhawk
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->''"Violence will not be tolerated. Surrender or be destroyed."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Blu Mankuma
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Other Victories"''

* {{Badass}}: He takes on ALL the Predacons except Tarantulas and beats them easily. He even beats Megatron without using his elemental powers.
* ElementalPowers:
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** ShockAndAwe
* EleventhHourRanger
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: He sacrificed himself to stop the warship ''Nemesis'' in the GrandFinale.]]
* Irony: His quote? Its always said before he hands out a serious asskicking to anybody stupid enough to challenge him.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: While Tigerhawk's shell was possessed by the Vok. His arrival was directly responsible for throwing Beast Wars into the endgame phase and the "Nemesis" two-parter that followed contains some of the bleakest moments of the series.]]
* [[spoiler:MergerOfSouls: He was originally a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Vok]] Emissary made from Tigatron and Airazor's bodies. However, their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Sparks]] followed their bodies, and after Tigerhawk was defeated, Airazor and Tigatron's sparks merged and took control of the shell.]]
* {{Mix And Match Critter|s}}
* StoryBreakerPower: In his short life, he proved to be the most powerful individual character by in the series by far.
* TwoBeingsOneBody: [[spoiler: A combination of Airazor and Tigatron. Thank the Vok for that.]]
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: His presence most likely hints at what becomes of Tigatron and Airazor.]]
* WeatherControlMachine: Tigerhawk ''is'' one.
* [[spoiler: YouShallNotPass]]: [[spoiler: He dies holding off the ''Nemesis'' to buy time for the other Maximals.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Predacons]]

!!Megatron
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->''"[[BadassBoast Megatrons do not yield! THEY CONQUER!]]''"

-->'''Voiced by:''' DavidKaye



->A smooth, calculating, Machiavellian mastermind, Megatron seeks to avenge the defeat of his ancient namesake and restore the Predacons to glory - with himself at the top of the pyramid, of course. Anyone who stands in his way or questions his method is to be eliminated regardless of faction.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: In ''Other Voices, Part 2'', [[spoiler: the Vok intend to destroy the Earth with their recently unveiled "Planet Buster" weapon.]] Megatron is seemingly impressed with such disregard for life. The other Predacons are, understandably, freaked out since [[spoiler: ''they're on the Earth''.]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In the series' finale, he finds the Nemesis ship and delivers fire all over the place.]]
* TheAntichrist: Starts quoting the Transformers equivalent of him in the finale, and it's strongly hinted that he himself is the character referenced in the prophecy.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He could maul his troops if he felt like it. According to the [[ItsAllThereInTheManual Manual]], this is how Predacon leadership works. They value successful betrayals, believing that if the leader could not fend off the treachery, they obviously were not fit to lead. Thus, a successful leader must be able to kick-ass and take names.
-->''"Treachery requires '''no''' mistakes."''
* {{Badass}}: Often frighteningly so in the later seasons of Beast Wars. Just after "recruiting" Rampage (by quite literally cutting out a part of his heart/soul substitute and storing it in a collapseable box lined with energon blades), he states the following:
-->''"Welcome to the Predacons, Rampage! You shall be an honored member, so long as you never forget one important fact about your new life... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis It's. Mine.]] ([[ToThePain Squeezes box]])''. Welcome my new servant, ''[[VerbalTic Yesss.]]''"''
* BadBoss: Even more so than the other guys with his name. ''All'' of his (few) troops are expendable for him.
* BigBad
* BigNo: In the series' finale.
* CatchPhrase: He tended to add a drawn out "Yes" or "No" to the ends of his sentences. Qualifies as both a BigYes and VerbalTic, yeeessss. It's so popular, that even characters from both factions [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded it]], yeeeesss!!! It even has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2t4MBhGAg8 compilation video!!!]], [[RuleOfThree yeeess!!!]]
* TheChessmaster: To an impressive degree, towards his enemies and allies, especially towards Tarantulas. He actually incorporated several other character's plans into his own without their knowledge.
* CompanionCube: His rubber ducky. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rubber_Duck Seriously]].
* ComplexityAddiction: His greatest weakness aside from his overconfidence. He'll often sabotage himself by indulging in needlessly dramatic additions to his plots purely to play into his own bloated ego. Though he will abandon this if pressed enough.
* ConsummateLiar: A good portion of his manipulative skill set involves hiding the truth from both allies and enemies.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
-->''"The wise tyrant ensures his prisons are designed for his personal escape."'' [[note]]In "Double Jeopardy" A paralysed Megatron and Rattrap are imprisoned in the lower chamber of the Predacon base by Terrorsaur. Megatron uses his voice recognition code to escape his cell and restore himself.[[/note]]
** He does, however, spend a little too much time gloating and [[EvilLaugh laughing]]. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] just before turning Rhinox back into a Maximal in "Dark Designs":
--> '"Sometimes, Predacons gloat too much!"''
** In Beast Machines, Megatron manages to successfully take an opportunity to escape, which he uses to conquer Cybertron.
* DeadpanSnarker: A particularly nasty, arrogant version. When asked about why he monologues to himself, rather than to his troops:
-->''"I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation."''
* DiabolicalMastermind
* ElementalPowers: His Transmetal two body can alternate between [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] attacks.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EvilCounterpart: To Optimus. See AmplifierArtifact for details.
* EvilGloating: Megatron likes to make sure his enemies know they've been beaten. This bites him in the ass more than once (he tries to "make the Maximals suffer" in the first episode, which gives them the opportunity to shoot them down too and thus start the Beast Wars, and later on he gives a gloating speech to a heavily damaged Dinobot, who uses the opportunity to make an improvised hammer and beat him down.)
* EvilIsHammy: Just watch the episode where he and Tarantulas try to out-EvilLaugh each other.
* EvilIsPetty: A major factor in his defeat in the last episode. "No score is too small to settle, I always say."
* EvilKnockoff: He likes making evil clones of Dinobot. Though Dinobot 2 was his greatest success, there were others, including one in the first season who couldn't transform out of beast mode, and a squad of Cyber Raptors in the third season. All of these knockoffs came to bad ends (with the real Dinobot actually ''[[spoiler:eating]]'' his evil clone in one case.)
* EvilPlan: The ultimate one in WesternAnimation/BeastWars being to restore the Predacons to glory on Cybertron.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep: '''Yeeeess...'''
* {{Expy}}: For Megatron(duh). In-universe, this gets him sneered at by Ravage.
* FantasticRacism: Towards organics in Beast Machines, to the point that he's trying to purge his dragon morph despite the fact that it would actually ''help him''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's charming, erudite, and eager to grind his enemies underneath his heel even if he has to sacrifice all of reality to do so.
* GeniusBruiser: Seeing as he has a great big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode, it's a given that he'd be a bruiser. He also appears to be one of the smartest Megatrons.
* [[SheIsTheKing He Is The Queen]]: He is called Queen by Inferno, despite giving the latter repeated warnings to stop doing so. Inferno will usually call him by the more gender-neutral "Royalty", which doesn't bother him so much.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:It's revealed the real reason he came to Earth in the past was to destroy the original Optimus Prime within the Arc and wipe out Maximal existence. He was very hesitant though and settled for the energon instead as a bonus until he no longer had any other option to win the Beast Wars.]]
* JerkAss: Upon learning of his troops failures, or if the Maximals confront him directly, he would often drop the [[FauxAffablyEvil charm]] altogether.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: In Beast Machines.]]
** [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: Died trying to reformat Cybertron.]]
** [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: Same as above.]]
* '''''LargeHam''''': He wouldn't be Megatron otherwise.
* LargeAndInCharge: Generally played straight with him.
* LegacyCharacter: He's a descendant of the original Megatron.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: At one point, he's dropped into a lava pit by [[spoiler: Quickstrike, who was manipulated by Tarantulas,]] in an attempt to kill him. [[WhyWontYouDie Instead of dying]], [[InfernalRetaliation this actually makes him stronger and crazier than ever]]; mainly because he ''also'' had the spark of his namesake inside him at the time.
* [[spoiler:MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: He traveled to past Earth in the first place to kill Optimus Prime so the Decepticons could win the great war and thus control Cybertron.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Many of his greatest advantages were unwittingly supplied by his more treacherous underlings.
* {{Narcissist}}: Reflected in this scene:
-->'''Megatron''': ...[[VerbalTic yeeesss]].
-->'''Blacharachnia''': Why do you always talk to yourself?
-->'''Megatron''': I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation.
* NearVillainVictory: Several times. For all of his intelligence and chessmastering, he just can't win for definite.
** At the end of the first season, he kills [[spoiler: '''Optimus Primal''']]. This carries over to the second season and he would've killed the rest of the Maximals had [[spoiler: Rhinox not [[BackFromTheDead brought Primal back.]]]]
** In the GrandFinale, he [[spoiler: finds the Nemesis, kills Tigerhawk with it, and proceeds to attack Mt St Hilary in an attempt to destroy the Maximals and the Ark.]] If not for [[spoiler: Dinobot II]]'s HeelFaceTurn and subsequent RedemptionEqualsDeath moment, he would've won.
** But his best one of all had to be in the season two finale: He's been captured by Ravage and [[spoiler: Tarantulas]], with some help from the Maximals. His troops are either incapacitated or pursuing their own agendas. To top it off Ravage has instructions from the Tripredacus Council to eliminate all the witnesses, and what does Megatron do? [[spoiler: He plays his last card to change Ravage's allegiance, revealing the whole thing as a plan orchestrated by G1 Megatron to change the outcome of the Great War in his favor. While Ravage keeps the Maximals busy, Megatron flies to Mt. St. Hilary, threatens Silverbolt to get Blackarachnia to open the Ark for him, and attempts to RetGone the Maximals out of existence by '''blowing Optimus Prime's brains out.''']] Really, his only mistake was keeping [[spoiler: Blackarachnia, who was a Maximal Protoform and thus threatened by his attempt,]] alive long enough to betray him.
** He gets ''two'' of these in Beast Machines, coming seconds away from winning both times.
* NotSoSimilar: At least once he is told he is unworthy of the respect that usually comes with them name Megatron because of the robots who had the name before him far superior to him. Though this came from a surviving servant of the original.
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Ignorance]]: How he usually manipulates his more traitorous minions to his own ends. Acts completely unaware of their intentions, but slyly plays his own BatmanGambit.
* [[spoiler: OmnicidalManiac: By the finale he's so all consumed at the thought of victory that he attempts to destroy the Arc with G1 Megatron included, which would mean the destruction of both maximals and predacons.]]
* OneWingedAngel / AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Megatron]]'s spark.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: His beast form in the second half of the third season of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* PurpleIsPowerful
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was planning to do to the Maximals by killing Optimus Prime]].
* RightHandCat: Variation - it's his actual hand. In his first and third bodies, his beast mode head becomes one of his arms, and he's seen treating his T-Rex head like one of these. There's also his rubber ducky, to a lesser extent.
* RollerbladeGood: As a Transmetal
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Regarding a bunch of Dinobot clones:
-->''"Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"''
* TyrannosaurusRex
* TheUnfettered: Nothing, not even reality itself, is safe from his obsession with power.
* VerbalTic: According to the franchise wiki, 166 bouts of that tic. Yeeeess...
* VetinariJobSecurity: Though abusive and manipulative to his subordinates, he has proven to be the only one capable of leading his nearly-psychotic crew of Predacons. He proved this to Terrorsaur once by granting him command during a crisis and watching him fail spectacularly.
* VillainousValor: While he did pull a VillainExitStageLeft many times during the series, he undeniably embodies this trope when he doesn't quit against Tigerhawk despite being in awe at his power.
* WeHaveReserves: He seems to value his troops' lives slightly less than a normal person does pocket lint and would probably kill them all in a second if they proved to be no longer useful. An impressive feat, since at no time does he have more than a handful or so Predacons, even if some are MadeOfIron and being blown to bits is more of an inconvenience than anything else.

!!Scorponok
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->''"Megatron is our leader! He rewards loyalty and punishes those who oppose his will."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Don Brown
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

-> Scorponok was the original second-in-command of the Predacons. He was the only Pred at the start to display full loyalty to Megatron, which in Megatron's eyes made up for his lack of real intelligence. His undying loyalty to Megatron meant that he would clash with Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia at times. [[spoiler:Scorponok would die in a freak accident in the Season 2 premiere.]]
* ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim He falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Terrorsaur's absence to save her own hide.]]
* TheDragon: In defiance of typical Transformers dragons, he is utterly loyal to Megatron.
** He also has some elements of TheBrute.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Gadgeteer Geni]][[GeniusDitz us Ditz]]: He was kind of an idiot and his speech would frequently degenerate into the monosyllabic, however he seemed to show some savant-like talents when it came to inventing. When they don't [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].
* HulkSpeak: Occasionally he'd slip into caveman talk, usually when he was excited or angry. In ''"Chain of Command"'' he proclaims "Megatron back! Megatron back! Scorponok alone with Tarantulas and Terrorsaur! Very bad!" after Megatron recovers from being knocked out by an alien probe.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NumberTwo: To Megatron throughout season one.
* ScaryScorpions
* StaticCharacter
* UndyingLoyalty: His loyalty was his only consistent personality trait.
* VillainousFriendship: The Beast Wars Series Bible explains he believes he and Megatron have this. Megatron permits Scorponok's delusion as it guarantees his loyalty.
* YesMan

!!Tarantulas
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here to see his Transmetal form:]] http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TarantulasTransmetal_9983.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]
->''"You shouldn't take your eyes off a spider. They tend to be venemous!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Alec Willows
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->Tarantulas is the kind of mad scientist who makes other mad scientists feel like they need a shower. He's taken to his beast form to the point where he likes to lay traps for wild animals and then suck the blood out of them while they're still alive (not onscreen, obviously, but still). His habits don't endear him to his teammates, who generally find him [[EvenEvilHasStandards disturbing]].

->Despite his perversions and general creepiness, Tarantulas is likely the smartest character in the show (in terms of raw intelligence, that is, Megatron probably has him beat in cunning) and is an invaluable member of the Predacons, despite Tarantulas not being remotely interested in their goals. While he seems to only be out for himself at first, we learn more of his agenda as the show progresses.

to:

->A smooth, calculating, Machiavellian mastermind, Megatron seeks ->Waspinator's joint status as fate's chew toy and one of BW's most iconic characters came about completely by accident. The creators found his distinctive speech pattern annoying but had to avenge the defeat include him for merchandising reasons, so they decided that he'd spend most of his ancient namesake and restore the Predacons screentime being blown to glory - with himself at the top of the pyramid, of course. Anyone who stands in his way or questions his method is to be eliminated regardless of faction.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: In ''Other Voices, Part 2'',
bits. The ensuing fan adoration saved him from [[spoiler: joining Terrorsaur and Scorponok]] in death, although he might have preferred that [[FateWorseThanDeath to the Vok intend to destroy two seasons of punishment and humiliation that followed]].

->Waspy's own universe may hate him, but ours can't get enough of
the Earth guy. He ended up with their recently unveiled "Planet Buster" weapon.]] Megatron is seemingly impressed with such disregard for life. The other Predacons are, understandably, freaked out since [[spoiler: ''they're on the Earth''.]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In the series' finale, he finds the Nemesis ship and delivers fire all over the place.]]
* TheAntichrist: Starts quoting
last line of BW, a ([[CosmicPlaything much]], [[FromNobodyToNightmare much]] [[AdaptationalBadass scarier]]) [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated TFA]] counterpart and, most recently, a place in the Transformers equivalent Hall of him in Fame. Waspinator...happy at last?

* AdaptationalWimp: [[AllThereInTheManual In
the finale, toyline]], Waspinator is described as a [[ColdSniper ruthless and it's strongly hinted that he himself is highly competent warrior]] who's [[TheDreaded dreaded]] by the character referenced in the prophecy.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
Maximals. He could maul his troops if he felt like it. According to the [[ItsAllThereInTheManual Manual]], this is how Predacon leadership works. They value successful betrayals, believing that if the leader could not fend off the treachery, they obviously were not fit to lead. Thus, a successful leader must be able to kick-ass and take names.
-->''"Treachery requires '''no''' mistakes."''
* {{Badass}}: Often frighteningly so in the later seasons of Beast Wars. Just after "recruiting" Rampage (by quite literally cutting out a part of his heart/soul substitute and storing it in a collapseable box lined with energon blades), he states the following:
-->''"Welcome to the Predacons, Rampage! You shall be an honored member, so long as you never forget one important fact about your new life... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis It's. Mine.]] ([[ToThePain Squeezes box]])''. Welcome my new servant, ''[[VerbalTic Yesss.]]''"''
* BadBoss: Even
got even more so than frightening when he got his Transmetal upgrade. The cartoon version of Waspinator... well, see the other guys with his name. ''All'' tropes.
* AffablyEvil
* AmusingInjuries: ''Constantly''.
* AntiVillain: The only villainous things he does have been under Megatron's command. Otherwise, he's arguably one
of his (few) troops are expendable for him.
* BigBad
* BigNo: In
the series' finale.
* CatchPhrase: He tended to add a drawn out "Yes" or "No" to the ends of his sentences. Qualifies as both a BigYes and VerbalTic, yeeessss. It's so popular,
few Predacons that even characters from both factions [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded it]], yeeeesss!!! It even has a wouldn't be actively malevolent on his own.
* ButtMonkey: He is by '''far''' the biggest example, though Scorponok and Terrorsaur almost had it as bad early on.
** Waspinator's many deaths can be watched
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2t4MBhGAg8 compilation video!!!]], [[RuleOfThree yeeess!!!]]
* TheChessmaster: To an impressive degree, towards his enemies and allies, especially towards Tarantulas. He actually incorporated several other character's plans into his own without their knowledge.
* CompanionCube: His rubber ducky. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rubber_Duck Seriously]].
* ComplexityAddiction: His greatest weakness aside from his overconfidence. He'll often sabotage himself by indulging in needlessly dramatic additions to his plots purely to play into his own bloated ego. Though he will abandon this if pressed enough.
* ConsummateLiar: A good portion of his manipulative skill set involves hiding
com/watch?v=UvLwUuTfdew here.]] From the truth from both allies and enemies.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
-->''"The wise tyrant ensures his prisons are designed for his personal escape."'' [[note]]In "Double Jeopardy" A paralysed Megatron and Rattrap are imprisoned in
man himself:
---->'''Waspinator''': "Why universe hate Waspinator?"
*** It's only fitting that at
the lower chamber end of the Predacon base by Terrorsaur. Megatron uses his voice recognition code to escape his cell and restore himself.[[/note]]
** He does, however, spend a little too much time gloating and [[EvilLaugh laughing]]. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] just before turning Rhinox back into a Maximal in "Dark Designs":
--> '"Sometimes, Predacons gloat too much!"''
** In Beast Machines, Megatron manages to successfully take an opportunity to escape, which he uses to conquer Cybertron.
* DeadpanSnarker: A particularly nasty, arrogant version. When asked about why he monologues to himself, rather than to his troops:
-->''"I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation."''
* DiabolicalMastermind
* ElementalPowers: His Transmetal two body can alternate between [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] attacks.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EvilCounterpart: To Optimus. See AmplifierArtifact for details.
* EvilGloating: Megatron likes to make sure his enemies know they've been beaten. This bites him in the ass more than once (he tries to "make the Maximals suffer" in the first episode, which gives them the opportunity to shoot them down too and thus start the
Beast Wars, and later on he gives a gloating speech to a heavily damaged Dinobot, who uses Waspinator is the opportunity only Predacon to make an improvised hammer and beat him down.)
* EvilIsHammy: Just watch
get a happy ending, becoming ruler of the episode where he and Tarantulas try to out-EvilLaugh each other.
* EvilIsPetty: A major factor in his defeat in the
early humans. Though, I guess it doesn't last episode. "No score is too small to settle, I always say."
* EvilKnockoff: He likes making evil clones of Dinobot. Though Dinobot 2 was his greatest success, there were others, including one in
long before he's booted from Earth by the first season humans. Though, by the end, Waspinator is the only Predacon who couldn't transform out of beast mode, and doesn't meet his/her fate (minus Blackarachnia, who's a squad of Cyber Raptors in Maximal by the third season. All of these knockoffs came to bad ends (with the real Dinobot end).
* TheChewToy
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Waspinator
actually ''[[spoiler:eating]]'' has a pretty good aim, and has done things like shoot down Optimus Primal, shoot Dinobot's rotating blade out of his evil clone hand and, most notable of all, defeat Silverbolt ''three times''. It's just that bad things happen to him ''first''...and sometimes immediately after he shoots (for instance, the propeller blade disarm resulted in one case.)
Dinobot landing on him, then jamming him into the barrel of Rampage's cannon).
* EvilPlan: The ultimate one in WesternAnimation/BeastWars being to restore DarkChick: He stands out from the rest of the Predacons due to glory on Cybertron.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep: '''Yeeeess...'''
* {{Expy}}: For Megatron(duh). In-universe, this gets him sneered at by Ravage.
* FantasticRacism: Towards organics in Beast Machines, to
being the point that he's trying to purge his dragon morph despite "comic-relief" character.
* [[spoiler:DefectorFromDecadence: In
the fact that it would actually ''help him''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's charming, erudite, and eager to grind his enemies underneath his heel even if he has to sacrifice all of reality to do so.
* GeniusBruiser: Seeing as he has a great big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode, it's a given that he'd be a bruiser. He also appears to be one of the smartest Megatrons.
* [[SheIsTheKing He Is The Queen]]: He is called Queen by Inferno, despite giving the latter repeated warnings to stop doing so. Inferno will usually call him by the more gender-neutral "Royalty", which doesn't bother him so much.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:It's revealed the real reason he came to Earth in the past was to destroy the original Optimus Prime within the Arc and wipe out Maximal existence. He was very hesitant though and settled for the energon instead as a bonus until he no longer had any other option to win the Beast Wars.
finale.]]
* JerkAss: Upon learning -->[[spoiler:'''Waspinator:''' "Waspinator sick of his troops failures, or if being evil! Sick of being Predacon! And Waspinator especially sick of ''[[TheChewToy getting blown to scrap all the Maximals confront him directly, he would often drop the [[FauxAffablyEvil charm]] altogether.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: In Beast Machines.
time]]''! So, Waspinator ''QUIT''!" His former teammates immediately blasted him.]]
* TheDitz
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Subverted in that while he is a Predacon, his presence rarely makes the situation worse. It's usually a sign something funny (i.e. his destruction) is about to happen.
* FriendlySniper: He has good aim and is only Predacon who has some sanity.
* GenreSavvy[=/=]LampshadeHanging: While not the brightest of 'bots, he is fully aware of his [[ButtMonkey usual status in the war]] and tries to avoid it when possible. He rarely succeeds.
* GlassCannon: Despite his ButtMonkey status, Waspinator actually has a pretty high hit rate. He just gets blown up before he gets the chance to fire.
* GrandTheftMe: He got hijacked by the spark of G1 Starscream in the episode, "Possession".
** [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: Died trying to reformat Cybertron.TheStarscream: Became this literally.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* LosingYourHead: He gets blown into pieces, constantly.
* TheNicknamer: Except for Megatron and Optimus, all the other characters have nicknames from him such as "ant-bot" (Inferno) and "two-face" (Quickstrike). Megatron got one in the penultimate episode.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the Predacons.
* RunningGag: Blown appart nearly once an episode. Ends up being Lampshaded several times.
* [[spoiler:TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: In the finale.
]]
* TheyKilledKenny
* ThirdPersonPerson: With few exceptions:
-->''"I said NO!!!"''
* ThrowTheDogABone: As mentioned in Silverbolt's profile, Waspinator school's the Fuzor in battle ''three times''. From ''Changing of the Guard":
-->''Waspinator: 1. Doggie-bot: 0.''
** [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: Same as above.[[spoiler: He also gets turned into a god by the humans in the ''Beast Wars'' finale.]]
* '''''LargeHam''''': He wouldn't be Megatron otherwise.
* LargeAndInCharge: Generally played straight with him.
* LegacyCharacter: He's a descendant of the original Megatron.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: At one point, he's dropped into a lava pit by
YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: Quickstrike, who was manipulated by Tarantulas,]] in an attempt to kill him. [[WhyWontYouDie Instead of dying]], [[InfernalRetaliation this actually makes The humans eventually throw him stronger and crazier than ever]]; mainly out because he ''also'' had the spark accidentally annoys one of his namesake inside him at the time.
* [[spoiler:MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: He traveled to past Earth in the first place to kill Optimus Prime so the Decepticons could win the great war
them and thus control Cybertron.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Many of his greatest advantages were unwittingly supplied by his more treacherous underlings.
* {{Narcissist}}: Reflected in this scene:
-->'''Megatron''': ...[[VerbalTic yeeesss]].
-->'''Blacharachnia''': Why do you always talk to yourself?
-->'''Megatron''': I simply have a penchant for ''intelligent'' conversation.
* NearVillainVictory: Several times. For
therefore annoys all of his intelligence and chessmastering, he just can't win for definite.
** At the end of the first season, he kills [[spoiler: '''Optimus Primal''']]. This carries over to the second season and he would've killed the rest of the Maximals had [[spoiler: Rhinox not [[BackFromTheDead brought Primal back.]]]]
** In the GrandFinale, he [[spoiler: finds the Nemesis, kills Tigerhawk with it, and proceeds to attack Mt St Hilary in an attempt to destroy the Maximals and the Ark.]] If not for [[spoiler: Dinobot II]]'s HeelFaceTurn and subsequent RedemptionEqualsDeath moment, he would've won.
** But his best one of all had to be in the season two finale: He's been captured by Ravage and [[spoiler: Tarantulas]], with some help from the Maximals. His troops are either incapacitated or pursuing their own agendas. To top it off Ravage has instructions from the Tripredacus Council to eliminate all the witnesses, and what does Megatron do? [[spoiler:
them. He plays his last card to change Ravage's allegiance, revealing the whole thing as a plan orchestrated by G1 Megatron to change the outcome of the Great War in his favor. While Ravage keeps the Maximals busy, Megatron flies to Mt. St. Hilary, threatens Silverbolt to get Blackarachnia to open the Ark for him, and attempts to RetGone the Maximals out of existence by '''blowing Optimus Prime's brains out.''']] Really, his only mistake was keeping [[spoiler: Blackarachnia, who was a Maximal Protoform and thus threatened by his attempt,]] alive long enough to betray him.
** He
then gets ''two'' of these in Beast Machines, coming seconds away from winning both times.
* NotSoSimilar: At least once he is told he is unworthy of the respect that usually comes with them name Megatron because of the robots who had the name before him far superior to him. Though this came from a surviving servant of the original.
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Ignorance]]: How he usually manipulates his more traitorous minions to his own ends. Acts completely unaware of their intentions, but slyly plays his own BatmanGambit.
* [[spoiler: OmnicidalManiac: By the finale he's so all consumed at the thought of victory that he attempts to destroy the Arc with G1 Megatron included, which would mean the destruction of both maximals and predacons.]]
* OneWingedAngel / AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Megatron]]'s spark.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: His beast form in the second half of the third season of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* PurpleIsPowerful
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was planning to do to the Maximals by killing Optimus Prime]].
* RightHandCat: Variation - it's his actual hand. In his first and third bodies, his beast mode head becomes one of his arms, and he's seen treating his T-Rex head like one of these. There's also his rubber ducky, to a lesser extent.
* RollerbladeGood: As a Transmetal
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Regarding a bunch of Dinobot clones:
-->''"Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"''
* TyrannosaurusRex
* TheUnfettered: Nothing, not even reality itself, is safe from his obsession with power.
* VerbalTic: According to the franchise wiki, 166 bouts of that tic. Yeeeess...
* VetinariJobSecurity: Though abusive and manipulative to his subordinates, he has proven to be the only one capable of leading his nearly-psychotic crew of Predacons. He proved this to Terrorsaur once by granting him command during a crisis and watching him fail spectacularly.
* VillainousValor: While he did pull a VillainExitStageLeft many times during the series, he undeniably embodies this trope when he doesn't quit against Tigerhawk despite being in awe at his power.
* WeHaveReserves: He seems to value his troops' lives slightly less than a normal person does pocket lint and would probably kill them all in a second if they proved to be no longer useful. An impressive feat, since at no time does he have more than a handful or so Predacons, even if some are MadeOfIron and being blown to bits is more of an inconvenience than anything else.

!!Scorponok
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turned into Thrust.]]

!!Blackarachnia
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->''"Megatron is our leader! He rewards loyalty and punishes those who oppose his will."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Don Brown
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

-> Scorponok was the original second-in-command of the Predacons. He was the only Pred at the start
[[caption-width-right:240:[[labelnote:Click here to display full loyalty to Megatron, which in Megatron's eyes made up for his lack of real intelligence. His undying loyalty to Megatron meant that he would clash with Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia at times. [[spoiler:Scorponok would die in a freak accident in the Season 2 premiere.]]
* ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim He falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Terrorsaur's absence to save
see her own hide.]]
* TheDragon: In defiance of typical Transformers dragons, he is utterly loyal to Megatron.
** He also has some elements of TheBrute.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Gadgeteer Geni]][[GeniusDitz us Ditz]]: He was kind of an idiot and his speech would frequently degenerate into the monosyllabic, however he seemed to show some savant-like talents when it came to inventing. When they don't [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].
* HulkSpeak: Occasionally he'd slip into caveman talk, usually when he was excited or angry. In ''"Chain of Command"'' he proclaims "Megatron back! Megatron back! Scorponok alone with Tarantulas and Terrorsaur! Very bad!" after Megatron recovers from being knocked out by an alien probe.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NumberTwo: To Megatron throughout season one.
* ScaryScorpions
* StaticCharacter
* UndyingLoyalty: His loyalty was his only consistent personality trait.
* VillainousFriendship: The Beast Wars Series Bible explains he believes he and Megatron have this. Megatron permits Scorponok's delusion as it guarantees his loyalty.
* YesMan

!!Tarantulas
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here to see his Transmetal form:]] http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TarantulasTransmetal_9983.
org/pmwiki/pub/images/BlackarachniaTransmetal_4129.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]
->''"You shouldn't take your eyes off a spider. They tend [[caption-width-right:240:[[labelnote:Click here to be venemous!"''

see her ''Beast Machines'' form:]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BlackarachniaBM_9132.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]
->''"[[DarkActionGirl Even when I'm good, I'm still bad!]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Alec Willows
Creator/VenusTerzo
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->Tarantulas is the kind of mad scientist who makes other mad scientists feel like they need a shower. He's taken to his beast form to the point where he likes to lay traps for wild animals and then suck the blood out of them while they're still alive (not onscreen, obviously, but still). His habits don't endear him to his teammates, who generally find him [[EvenEvilHasStandards disturbing]].

->Despite his perversions and general creepiness,
''"Double Jeopardy"''

->Hot. Poisonous. Deadly. Emphasis on that last one.
Tarantulas is likely may have picked her beast mode - and had, in Megatron's words, "ulterior motives" for doing so - but if he was expecting a lackey, he got exactly the smartest character opposite. Up there with Waspinator in the show (in terms of raw intelligence, that is, Megatron probably has him beat iconic Beast Era characters, Blackarachnia's legacy lives on in cunning) and is an invaluable member ''Animated'' (and ''Prime's'' Airachnid, arguably).

* ActionGirl: Her decision to change sides was mainly out
of pragmatism, but she gradually drops the Predacons, despite Tarantulas not being remotely interested in their goals. While he seems to only be out for himself at first, we learn more of his agenda as 'dark' part anyway, without losing much competence. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', she's this from the show progresses.
beginning.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Tarantulas is actively working against Megatron to advance his own nefarious agenda and makes no secret of it, however Megatron consistently spares him because Tarantulas' scientific knowledge exceeds even Megatron's own, and Megatron simply can't win this war without him. [[spoiler: It's only at the end of the series when Tarantulas comes ''this'' close to destroying both Megatron and the spark of the original Megatron, that Megatron's patience is finally up.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: You can't say evil in the show without mentioning him, his outright villainy and treacherous attitude was something Megatron considered to be a ''viable asset''.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Tarantulas of the first half of season one is markedly different than the Tarantulas of the rest of series. Initially Scorponok was portrayed as more of the tech guy, while Terrorsaur was the Starscream substitute. Tarantulas' role was that of a ninja and his creepiness and gluttony were his most prominent characteristics. This is illustrated in the original toy specs which listed Tarantulas IQ as very low, lower even than Waspinator's. Eventually this changes - Scorponok is turned into an idiot valuable only to Megatron for his loyalty and firepower while Terrorsaur remains backstabbing but his competency is ratcheted way down, and Tarantulas sort of absorbed both those roles and became the brilliant scientist with secret agendas and murky loyalties. Whatever ninja skills became nonexistent, and the creepiness and gluttony is massively downplayed, especially in the case of his apparent cannibalism that exists in the third episode and then is never mentioned again.
* TheChessmaster: Towards Megatron, the Maximals and the Predacons. OutGambitted several times by the former.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He's probably the least trusted character in the series for this reason alone, but his scientific know-how inevitably forces others to try and depend on him. It rarely ends up going well for them.
* CrazyPrepared: He's not the only character to survive utterly insane injuries, but every time he does it it's because he had a back up; [[spoiler: he was also working on getting off the planet long before anyone else even knew the Vok would nuke it]].
* [[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination Cybertronian Abomination]]: Is a spawn of [[GodOfEvil Unicron]], and seeks to annihilate both the Maximals ''and'' the Predacons.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: He once defected from Megatron's crew then offered his assistance against a greater threat in the same breath.
* EvilCounterpart: To Rhinox. As well as Blackarachnia after her HeelFaceTurn.
* EvilGenius
* EvilLaugh
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers smarter Starscream of the comics]], biding his time for grander schemes.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ForTheEvulz: The reason for his [[ImAHumanitarian dining habits]]. He doesn't actually ''need'' to eat, he just enjoys the suffering he inflicts on his prey as he slowly kills them.
* GadgeteerGenius: He made an entire lab and several little machines, such as a laser drone that forces a [[ShapeShifterModeLock Mode Lock]].

to:

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Tarantulas is actively working against Megatron to advance his own nefarious agenda BadassBookworm: She's cooked up more than a few nifty gadgets, she's well rounded in Cybertronian history, she's a serious player in the intrigue game, and makes no secret despite her minimalistic physique, will kick your ass in hand-to-hand combat with her mad ninja skills.
* BattleCouple: With Silverbolt.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Her first body had solid black eyes.
* BreakoutCharacter: After playing a fairly supporting role in Seasons 1 and 2, she's suddenly the star
of it, however Megatron consistently spares him the show in Season 3 and half the episodes become about her.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's a female robot, she kicks ass and she has possibly the second roundest, most noticeable chest of any female Transformer in the entire franchise, just below [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Thunder]][[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:ThunderblastBoobsAndNipples01.jpg blast]].
** Her Transmetal 2 toy incarnation caused a minor controversy
because Tarantulas' scientific knowledge exceeds even Megatron's own, and Megatron simply can't win this war without him. [[spoiler: It's only at the end of the series when Tarantulas comes ''this'' close to destroying both Megatron and the spark of the original Megatron, it had a piece that Megatron's patience is finally up.]]
was molded like a bra that was removeable. Guess where it pegged into her chest?
** Further controversy? The cast needed a model, so they went to a strip-club!
* CardCarryingVillain: You can't say evil She spends a lot of her first season or so repeatedly telling the heroes that she's evil, bad, evil, not to be trusted, and evil, occasionally even resorting to actual action to get her point across to particularly irritating non-believers.
-->'''Silverbolt:''' Blackarachnia, I want you to return with me, to the Maximals.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Get a clue, you canine cretin! I'm a Predacon! I'm evil! I'll shoot you--\\
'''Silverbolt:''' No. My heart tell me that you will not.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Oh yeah? * shoots him
in the show without mentioning him, his outright villainy and treacherous attitude was something Megatron considered to be a ''viable asset''.
leg* \\
'''Silverbolt:'''
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Tarantulas of shocked* You...SHOT me!\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' No duh, Dog-Boy! I'm evil!! Now do you believe me?\\
'''Silverbolt:''' And yet...you ensured
the first half of season one is markedly different than wound would not be mortal. Your inner Maximal goodness--\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' SHUT UP, SHUT UP, [[BigShutUp SHUT UUUUUUUUPPP]]!!!
* TheChick: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' she's
the Tarantulas of only female on team until Botanica shows up. Also the rest final episodes of series. Initially Scorponok was portrayed as more of the tech guy, while Terrorsaur was the Starscream substitute. Tarantulas' role was that of a ninja and his creepiness and gluttony were his most prominent characteristics. This is illustrated in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* DarkActionGirl: She beats
the original toy specs which listed Tarantulas IQ as very low, lower even than Waspinator's. Eventually this changes - Scorponok is turned into an idiot valuable only Dinobot to Megatron for his loyalty a pulp, kicks Inferno's red robotic behind in a three-minute awesome fight scene, and firepower while Terrorsaur remains backstabbing but his competency "Proving Grounds" is ratcheted way down, and Tarantulas sort of absorbed both those roles and became the brilliant scientist with secret agendas and murky loyalties. Whatever ninja skills became nonexistent, and the creepiness and gluttony is massively downplayed, especially in the case of his apparent cannibalism that exists in the third an episode devoted to her fighting Transmetal 2 Dinobot and then is never mentioned again.
* TheChessmaster: Towards Megatron,
nearly winning (which she surely would have if Rampage's spark weren't powering him). She's the Maximals toughest and the Predacons. OutGambitted several times by the former.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He's probably the least trusted
most important female character in the series for televised Transformers history to date.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially towards Silverbolt.
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]
* DistaffCounterpart: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Tarantulas, who deliberately chose her form so that she would be
this reason alone, but his scientific know-how inevitably forces others to try and depend on him. It rarely ends up going worked [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a little too well for them.
his taste]].
* CrazyPrepared: He's not EvilCannotComprehendGood: In "Crossing the only character to survive utterly insane injuries, but every time he does it it's because he had a back up; [[spoiler: he was also working on getting off the planet long before anyone else even knew the Vok would nuke it]].
* [[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination Cybertronian Abomination]]: Is a spawn of [[GodOfEvil Unicron]], and seeks to annihilate both the Maximals ''and'' the Predacons.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: He once defected from
Rubicon", she's puzzled at how her Maximal allies aren't as concerned about her using Megatron's crew then offered his assistance against a greater threat in the same breath.
* EvilCounterpart: To Rhinox. As well
Transmetal 2 driver to increase her power as Blackarachnia they are about her safety after her HeelFaceTurn.
* EvilGenius
* EvilLaugh
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers smarter Starscream of the comics]], biding his time for grander schemes.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ForTheEvulz: The reason for his [[ImAHumanitarian dining habits]]. He doesn't actually ''need''
initially failing to eat, he just enjoys the suffering he inflicts on his prey as he slowly kills them.
use it.
* GadgeteerGenius: He made an entire lab and several little machines, such as a laser drone that forces a [[ShapeShifterModeLock Mode Lock]].FemmeFatale
* GadgeteerGenius



* GigglingVillain
* [[spoiler: HiddenAgendaVillain / DoubleAgent: Turned out to be working to negate the existence of both Predacons and Maximals, as he himself is secretly neither.]]
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a Robotarian]]: He tried to devour Cheetor.
* InsufferableGenius: Nobody likes or trusts Tarantulus, but his scientific knowledge makes him invaluable.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Towards the end of Season 3 of ''Wars''.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: His Transmetal form has at least four missile launchers in his shoulders, which he tends to fire all at once. Strangely, he stopped using them later: the episode where he died had him try to fend off his killers with guns in his shoulders (they fired like his old 'gun-legs' in his pre-Transmetal form).
* TheMadHatter: '''NOT''' PlayedForLaughs.
* MadScientist
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, his spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode. This function moved to his shoulder-wheels after that.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
* OhCrap: While [[spoiler:witnessing Dragon Megatron rising out of the lava in front of him]], his face is a study in this trope. Somewhat lesser examples happened right before every significant defeat he had in the series, except [[spoiler: Inferno torching him at the end of season 1]].
* ReliableTraitor: So much so that Megatron outright states in the penultimate episode that Tarantulas' scheming is one of his greatest assets, though Megatron isn't so foolish as to let him get away with particularly heinous attempts.
* SerialKiller: Implied by Dinobot: "Alas poor Tarantulas, I knew him Cheetor! ''This'' is the leg that stalked so many victims"
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was going to do to both sides by killing everyone on the Ark.]]
* ShotInTheAss: He has a somewhat disturbing habit of doing this to others with whatever new weapon he's conceived.
* SoftSpokenSadist: When he's got someone in his cluthes, he speaks politely, but makes it very clear that he'll enjoy the suffering he's about to inflict on them.
* TheStarscream: This seems to be the main reason for all the plans he doesn't tell Megatron about, and given that he has actually managed to acquire allies (who aren't Waspinator) Megatron sees him as more of a threat than Terrorsaur, enough to keep an eye on him when ever he shows signs of having one in the works.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted. Tarantulas alienates literally every other character in the series, and while it's somewhat implied that Megatron leaves him alive because of his utility, Tarantulas' betrayals get him exiled.
* VillainousGlutton: Primarily in the first season, but Tarantulas loves to eat -- especially living creatures -- and his "snacking" is always used to highlight just how gross and terrifying he is. To say nothing of his explicit interest in eating other Cybertronians. The character profile in the DVD boxset actually focuses more on Tarantulas being a "twisted gourmand" than on his scheming side or his MadScientist side.

!!Terrorsaur
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->''"It's good to be a Predacon!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Doug Parker
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

* BigBadWannabe: He was desperate to take control of the Predacons, but just didn't have what it took to do the job.
* ButtMonkey: He initially rivaled ''Waspinator'' in being blown to pieces! Unlike the former, he at least managed to remain a genuine threat, if only due to having [[WalkingArmory one of the biggest arsenals]] in show.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]: In the beginning of the second season, [[spoiler:he falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Scorponok's absence to save her own hide.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon's Starscream]], with the obvious, transparent, why-doesn't-Megatron-just-kill-him backstabbery. His success rate is about as good as the original's, although Starscream managed to stay second in command. On the upside, Terrorsaur at least realized that the treachery thing wasn't working and stopped.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Both times he manages to oust Megatron from command, his arrogance and lack of intelligence brings him back down. The second time convinced everyone he sucked, and he never tried again.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* PteroSoarer
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: He was killed off instead of Waspinator due to the latter's unexpected EnsembleDarkhorse status]].

to:

* GigglingVillain
* [[spoiler: HiddenAgendaVillain / DoubleAgent: Turned out to be working to negate
HeelFaceTurn
** HighHeelFaceTurn: Averted. Silverbolt and
the existence original Dinobot switch sides long before she does.
* KickChick: If she's not firing her machine guns or her Cyber Venom, she's kicking someone.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: By the time
of both Predacons ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' you must know at least that she loved Silverbolt.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: The following episode after [[spoiler:she upgrades to transmetal]] has her take on 1/2 the Predacon team (though one at a time) with a myriad of new powers
and Maximals, as he himself is secretly neither.]]
abilities.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm LoveRedeems: It had a Robotarian]]: He tried to devour Cheetor.
* InsufferableGenius: Nobody likes or trusts Tarantulus,
fight on its hands, but his scientific knowledge makes him invaluable.
it eventually won.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Towards the end of Season 3 of ''Wars''.]]
[[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: And how.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: His MindOverMatter: She develops ''telekinesis'' in her Transmetal form has at least four missile launchers in his shoulders, which he tends to fire all at once. Strangely, he stopped using them later: the episode where he died had him try to fend off his killers 2 body, cold-cocking Rampage out with guns in his shoulders (they fired like his old 'gun-legs' in his pre-Transmetal form).
* TheMadHatter: '''NOT''' PlayedForLaughs.
* MadScientist
* ManipulativeBastard
a flying girder.
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, his her spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode. This function moved mode.
* [[MrFixit Ms. Fixit]]
* NominalHero: Post her HeelFaceTurn in the season three premiere. She becomes more of a straight up hero, once her shell programme is removed.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Similar
to his shoulder-wheels Dinobot, Blackarachnia didn't join the Maximals in support of their ideals; she only did so to protect her own existence as a Maximal protoform, and as a promise to Silverbolt.
* OfficialCouple: With Silverbolt.
* RedemptionPromotion: She gets an upgrade to a Transmetal 2 a few episodes
after that.
changing sides and single-handedly kicks Rampage's butt twice.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
* OhCrap: While [[spoiler:witnessing Dragon Megatron rising out
TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's the only female Predacon throughout the entire series, [[spoiler: (and the only female Maximal left after her HeelFaceTurn)]] and the only female Transformer for the most part of the lava in front of him]], his face is a study in this trope. Somewhat lesser examples happened right time, namely before every significant defeat he had in [[spoiler:and after]] Airazor's existence. This was carried over to ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' until the second half of the second season when Strika a new Vehicon general shows up and, near the end of the series, except [[spoiler: Inferno torching him at by Botanica, among the end of Maximals.
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Tiny Girl]] to Silverbolt's Huge Guy.
* TokenEvilTeammate: To the Maximals post her HeelFaceTurn in
season 1]].
* ReliableTraitor: So much so that Megatron outright states in the penultimate episode that Tarantulas' scheming is one of his greatest assets,
three, though Megatron isn't so foolish as to let him get away her relationship with particularly heinous attempts.
* SerialKiller: Implied by Dinobot: "Alas poor Tarantulas, I knew him Cheetor! ''This'' is the leg that stalked so many victims"
* [[spoiler:RetGone: What he was going to do to both sides by killing everyone on the Ark.]]
* ShotInTheAss: He
Silverbolt has softened her up a somewhat disturbing habit of doing this to others with whatever new weapon he's conceived.
* SoftSpokenSadist: When he's got someone in his cluthes, he speaks politely, but makes it very clear that he'll enjoy the suffering he's about to inflict on them.
* TheStarscream: This seems to be the main reason for all the plans he doesn't tell Megatron about, and given that he has actually managed to acquire allies (who aren't Waspinator) Megatron sees him as more of a threat than Terrorsaur, enough to keep an eye on him when ever he shows signs of having one in the works.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted. Tarantulas alienates literally every other character in the series, and while it's somewhat implied that Megatron leaves him alive because of his utility, Tarantulas' betrayals get him exiled.
* VillainousGlutton: Primarily in the first season, but Tarantulas loves to eat -- especially living creatures -- and his "snacking"
little. Once her Predacon shell program is always used to highlight just how gross and terrifying he is. To say nothing of his explicit interest in eating other Cybertronians. The character profile in the DVD boxset actually focuses more on Tarantulas being a "twisted gourmand" than on his scheming side or his MadScientist side.

!!Terrorsaur
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removed, she loses her evil streak.

!!Inferno
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->''"It's good ->''"[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Destruction to be a Predacon!"''

all who threaten us! The royalty commands it]]!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Doug Parker
Jim Byrnes
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

* BigBadWannabe: He was desperate to take control of
''"Spider's Game"''

->It's not clear why Inferno is more defined by his beast mode than any other character (even Tigatron). Maybe
the Predacons, but ant's collective-worshipping, drone-like mindset is [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} just didn't have too strong]] for his sense of self. As far as Inferno is concerned, he is an ant, the Predacon base is his colony, and Megatron is his queen. And yes, that's what it took he calls Megatron. Constantly, and despite repeated warnings.

* AxCrazy: He is completely out of his mind.
* BadassBoast: "Fool! Pain is my friend! Allow me
to do the job.
introduce ''you'' to it!"
* BattleButler
* ButtMonkey: He initially rivaled ''Waspinator'' in being blown Though to pieces! Unlike the former, he at least managed to remain a genuine threat, if only due to having [[WalkingArmory one lesser extent than some of the biggest arsenals]] in show.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]: In
other Predacons.
** CoDragons: Essentially this with Scorponok for much of Season 1. He's
the beginning of the second season, [[spoiler:he falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and muscle, Scorponok's absence to save her own hide.the NumberTwo.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: His beast mode is a fire ant.
* CatchPhrase: Spouted off quite a few of his own, but the most iconic is probably:
-->''"[[BattleButler "For the Royalty!"]]"''
* CloudCuckooLander: He's firmly convinced that he is an ant and Megatron is his Queen.
* CombatSadomasochist
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite being mostly crazed up and LaughablyEvil, he's one of the most competent and dangerous Predacons.
* [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: He gets destroyed by Megatron, the only character he showed any loyalty towards.
]]
** [[spoiler: With fire nonetheless]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon's Starscream]], with the obvious, transparent, why-doesn't-Megatron-just-kill-him backstabbery. His success rate is about as good as the original's, although Starscream managed to stay second in command. On the upside, Terrorsaur at least realized that the treachery thing wasn't working and stopped.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Both
{{Determinator}}: NOTHING can stop him from obeying Megatron's orders short of catastrophic damage. And a couple of times not even then.
* TheDragon: To Megatron. Inferno may be insane and his devotion to his "queen" is hilarious, but his loyalty is unwavering and he's lethal in combat. Like Scorponok,
he manages to oust averts TheStarscream aspect often used alongside this trope.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when
Megatron from command, his arrogance and lack is burning down the home of intelligence brings him back down. The second time convinced everyone he sucked, and he never tried again.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* PteroSoarer
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
the prehistoric humans.]]
**
[[spoiler: He was killed supposed to die earlier, near the end of Season 2. He freakin '''disintegrated''' onscreen, but came back in Season 3 as if this were just an inconvenience.]]
* EliteMook: After the Transmetalisation of several other characters, he still manages to be pretty much ''the'' most trusted (and one of the most {{Badass}}) soldiers Megatron has.
* EvilCounterpart: To Tigatron. Both were originally Maximal protoforms who identify with their beast modes more than their robot forms and use temperature-based weaponry, but they are polar opposites otherwise.
* EvilIsBurningHot
* FangsAreEvil
* ImplacableMan: More so in the first season. Given his versatility, flight mode, and firepower, he's easily one of the strongest Predacons under Megatron, and as mentioned with Rhinox, everybody else was brought up to his level when they went transmetal.
* InNameOnly: He's like an inversion of Generation One Inferno. Predacon vs. Autobot. Fire-spewing flamethrower that incinerates everything vs. fire truck that puts fires out. Utterly insane vs. good. The only similarity is that both are red.
* LargeHam
* LaughingMad: May double as TheHyena.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Inferno is so freaked out by the condition of Transmutate's stasis pod and it giving
off instead weird energy that he quickly contacts Megatron. The catch? He refers to Megatron by his actual name.
* PsychoForHire
* PlayingWithFire
** PyroManiac: He's not called "Inferno" for nothing. But again, he is a delicious inversion
of Waspinator due to the latter's unexpected EnsembleDarkhorse status]].this Generation One namesake, who was an Autobot, sane, and a ''fire truck''.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter



* TheStarscream: He even almost sounds like him. Hell, he even succeeded once or twice, but couldn't control the troops or prevent Megatron from returning. Ironically, it was [[spoiler: Waspinator]] who was [[spoiler: possessed by the original Starscream's ghost.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In one episode, he gains a raw energon booster and manages to open a can of serious whoop-ass on Megatron and almost does the same thing to Optimus Primal.
* WalkingArmory: Try counting all of Terrorsaur's guns sometime.

!!Waspinator
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->''"[[TheChewToy Why universe hate Waspinator?]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ScottMcNeil
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Beast Wars (Part 1)"''

->Waspinator's joint status as fate's chew toy and one of BW's most iconic characters came about completely by accident. The creators found his distinctive speech pattern annoying but had to include him for merchandising reasons, so they decided that he'd spend most of his screentime being blown to bits. The ensuing fan adoration saved him from [[spoiler: joining Terrorsaur and Scorponok]] in death, although he might have preferred that [[FateWorseThanDeath to the two seasons of punishment and humiliation that followed]].

->Waspy's own universe may hate him, but ours can't get enough of the guy. He ended up with the last line of BW, a ([[CosmicPlaything much]], [[FromNobodyToNightmare much]] [[AdaptationalBadass scarier]]) [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated TFA]] counterpart and, most recently, a place in the Transformers Hall of Fame. Waspinator...happy at last?

* AdaptationalWimp: [[AllThereInTheManual In the toyline]], Waspinator is described as a [[ColdSniper ruthless and highly competent warrior]] who's [[TheDreaded dreaded]] by the Maximals. He got even more frightening when he got his Transmetal upgrade. The cartoon version of Waspinator... well, see the other tropes.
* AffablyEvil
* AmusingInjuries: ''Constantly''.
* AntiVillain: The only villainous things he does have been under Megatron's command. Otherwise, he's arguably one of the few Predacons that wouldn't be actively malevolent on his own.
* ButtMonkey: He is by '''far''' the biggest example, though Scorponok and Terrorsaur almost had it as bad early on.
** Waspinator's many deaths can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvLwUuTfdew here.]] From the man himself:
---->'''Waspinator''': "Why universe hate Waspinator?"
*** It's only fitting that at the end of Beast Wars, Waspinator is the only Predacon to get a happy ending, becoming ruler of the early humans. Though, I guess it doesn't last long before he's booted from Earth by the humans. Though, by the end, Waspinator is the only Predacon who doesn't meet his/her fate (minus Blackarachnia, who's a Maximal by the end).
* TheChewToy
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Waspinator actually has a pretty good aim, and has done things like shoot down Optimus Primal, shoot Dinobot's rotating blade out of his hand and, most notable of all, defeat Silverbolt ''three times''. It's just that bad things happen to him ''first''...and sometimes immediately after he shoots (for instance, the propeller blade disarm resulted in Dinobot landing on him, then jamming him into the barrel of Rampage's cannon).
* DarkChick: He stands out from the rest of the Predacons due to being the "comic-relief" character.
* [[spoiler:DefectorFromDecadence: In the finale.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Waspinator:''' "Waspinator sick of being evil! Sick of being Predacon! And Waspinator especially sick of ''[[TheChewToy getting blown to scrap all the time]]''! So, Waspinator ''QUIT''!" His former teammates immediately blasted him.]]
* TheDitz
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Subverted in that while he is a Predacon, his presence rarely makes the situation worse. It's usually a sign something funny (i.e. his destruction) is about to happen.
* FriendlySniper: He has good aim and is only Predacon who has some sanity.
* GenreSavvy[=/=]LampshadeHanging: While not the brightest of 'bots, he is fully aware of his [[ButtMonkey usual status in the war]] and tries to avoid it when possible. He rarely succeeds.
* GlassCannon: Despite his ButtMonkey status, Waspinator actually has a pretty high hit rate. He just gets blown up before he gets the chance to fire.
* GrandTheftMe: He got hijacked by the spark of G1 Starscream in the episode, "Possession".
** TheStarscream: Became this literally.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* LosingYourHead: He gets blown into pieces, constantly.
* TheNicknamer: Except for Megatron and Optimus, all the other characters have nicknames from him such as "ant-bot" (Inferno) and "two-face" (Quickstrike). Megatron got one in the penultimate episode.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the Predacons.
* RunningGag: Blown appart nearly once an episode. Ends up being Lampshaded several times.
* [[spoiler:TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: In the finale.]]
* TheyKilledKenny
* ThirdPersonPerson: With few exceptions:
-->''"I said NO!!!"''
* ThrowTheDogABone: As mentioned in Silverbolt's profile, Waspinator school's the Fuzor in battle ''three times''. From ''Changing of the Guard":
-->''Waspinator: 1. Doggie-bot: 0.''
** [[spoiler: He also gets turned into a god by the humans in the ''Beast Wars'' finale.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: The humans eventually throw him out because he accidentally annoys one of them and therefore annoys all of them. He then gets turned into Thrust.]]

!!Blackarachnia
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->''"[[DarkActionGirl Even when I'm good, I'm still bad!]]"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/VenusTerzo
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Double Jeopardy"''

->Hot. Poisonous. Deadly. Emphasis on that last one. Tarantulas may have picked her beast mode - and had, in Megatron's words, "ulterior motives" for doing so - but if he was expecting a lackey, he got exactly the opposite. Up there with Waspinator in terms of iconic Beast Era characters, Blackarachnia's legacy lives on in ''Animated'' (and ''Prime's'' Airachnid, arguably).

* ActionGirl: Her decision to change sides was mainly out of pragmatism, but she gradually drops the 'dark' part anyway, without losing much competence. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', she's this from the beginning.
* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire
* BadassBookworm: She's cooked up more than a few nifty gadgets, she's well rounded in Cybertronian history, she's a serious player in the intrigue game, and despite her minimalistic physique, will kick your ass in hand-to-hand combat with her mad ninja skills.
* BattleCouple: With Silverbolt.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Her first body had solid black eyes.
* BreakoutCharacter: After playing a fairly supporting role in Seasons 1 and 2, she's suddenly the star of the show in Season 3 and half the episodes become about her.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's a female robot, she kicks ass and she has possibly the second roundest, most noticeable chest of any female Transformer in the entire franchise, just below [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Thunder]][[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:ThunderblastBoobsAndNipples01.jpg blast]].
** Her Transmetal 2 toy incarnation caused a minor controversy because it had a piece that was molded like a bra that was removeable. Guess where it pegged into her chest?
** Further controversy? The cast needed a model, so they went to a strip-club!
* CardCarryingVillain: She spends a lot of her first season or so repeatedly telling the heroes that she's evil, bad, evil, not to be trusted, and evil, occasionally even resorting to actual action to get her point across to particularly irritating non-believers.
-->'''Silverbolt:''' Blackarachnia, I want you to return with me, to the Maximals.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Get a clue, you canine cretin! I'm a Predacon! I'm evil! I'll shoot you--\\
'''Silverbolt:''' No. My heart tell me that you will not.\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' Oh yeah? * shoots him in the leg* \\
'''Silverbolt:''' * shocked* You...SHOT me!\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' No duh, Dog-Boy! I'm evil!! Now do you believe me?\\
'''Silverbolt:''' And yet...you ensured the wound would not be mortal. Your inner Maximal goodness--\\
'''Blackarachnia:''' SHUT UP, SHUT UP, [[BigShutUp SHUT UUUUUUUUPPP]]!!!
* TheChick: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' she's the only female on team until Botanica shows up. Also the final episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* DarkActionGirl: She beats the original Dinobot to a pulp, kicks Inferno's red robotic behind in a three-minute awesome fight scene, and "Proving Grounds" is an episode devoted to her fighting Transmetal 2 Dinobot and nearly winning (which she surely would have if Rampage's spark weren't powering him). She's the toughest and most important female character in televised Transformers history to date.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially towards Silverbolt.
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]
* DistaffCounterpart: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Tarantulas, who deliberately chose her form so that she would be this to him. It worked [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a little too well for his taste]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In "Crossing the Rubicon", she's puzzled at how her Maximal allies aren't as concerned about her using Megatron's Transmetal 2 driver to increase her power as they are about her safety after initially failing to use it.
* FemmeFatale
* GadgeteerGenius
* GiantSpider
* HeelFaceTurn
** HighHeelFaceTurn: Averted. Silverbolt and the original Dinobot switch sides long before she does.
* KickChick: If she's not firing her machine guns or her Cyber Venom, she's kicking someone.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: By the time of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' you must know at least that she loved Silverbolt.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: The following episode after [[spoiler:she upgrades to transmetal]] has her take on 1/2 the Predacon team (though one at a time) with a myriad of new powers and abilities.
* LoveRedeems: It had a fight on its hands, but it eventually won.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: And how.
* MindOverMatter: She develops ''telekinesis'' in her Transmetal 2 body, cold-cocking Rampage out with a flying girder.
* MoreDakka: Pre-Transmetal, her spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode.
* [[MrFixit Ms. Fixit]]
* NominalHero: Post her HeelFaceTurn in the season three premiere. She becomes more of a straight up hero, once her shell programme is removed.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Similar to Dinobot, Blackarachnia didn't join the Maximals in support of their ideals; she only did so to protect her own existence as a Maximal protoform, and as a promise to Silverbolt.
* OfficialCouple: With Silverbolt.
* RedemptionPromotion: She gets an upgrade to a Transmetal 2 a few episodes after changing sides and single-handedly kicks Rampage's butt twice.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's the only female Predacon throughout the entire series, [[spoiler: (and the only female Maximal left after her HeelFaceTurn)]] and the only female Transformer for the most part of the time, namely before [[spoiler:and after]] Airazor's existence. This was carried over to ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' until the second half of the second season when Strika a new Vehicon general shows up and, near the end of the series, by Botanica, among the Maximals.
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Tiny Girl]] to Silverbolt's Huge Guy.
* TokenEvilTeammate: To the Maximals post her HeelFaceTurn in season three, though her relationship with Silverbolt has softened her up a little. Once her Predacon shell program is removed, she loses her evil streak.

!!Inferno
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->''"[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Destruction to all who threaten us! The royalty commands it]]!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Jim Byrnes
-->'''Debut:''' ''"Spider's Game"''

->It's not clear why Inferno is more defined by his beast mode than any other character (even Tigatron). Maybe the ant's collective-worshipping, drone-like mindset is [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} just too strong]] for his sense of self. As far as Inferno is concerned, he is an ant, the Predacon base is his colony, and Megatron is his queen. And yes, that's what he calls Megatron. Constantly, and despite repeated warnings.

* AxCrazy: He is completely out of his mind.
* BadassBoast: "Fool! Pain is my friend! Allow me to introduce ''you'' to it!"
* BattleButler
* ButtMonkey: Though to a lesser extent than some of the other Predacons.
** CoDragons: Essentially this with Scorponok for much of Season 1. He's the muscle, Scorponok's the NumberTwo.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: His beast mode is a fire ant.
* CatchPhrase: Spouted off quite a few of his own, but the most iconic is probably:
-->''"[[BattleButler "For the Royalty!"]]"''
* CloudCuckooLander: He's firmly convinced that he is an ant and Megatron is his Queen.
* CombatSadomasochist
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite being mostly crazed up and LaughablyEvil, he's one of the most competent and dangerous Predacons.
* [[spoiler:DeathByIrony: He gets destroyed by Megatron, the only character he showed any loyalty towards.]]
** [[spoiler: With fire nonetheless]]
* {{Determinator}}: NOTHING can stop him from obeying Megatron's orders short of catastrophic damage. And a couple of times not even then.
* TheDragon: To Megatron. Inferno may be insane and his devotion to his "queen" is hilarious, but his loyalty is unwavering and he's lethal in combat. Like Scorponok, he averts TheStarscream aspect often used alongside this trope.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans.]]
** [[spoiler: He was supposed to die earlier, near the end of Season 2. He freakin '''disintegrated''' onscreen, but came back in Season 3 as if this were just an inconvenience.]]
* EliteMook: After the Transmetalisation of several other characters, he still manages to be pretty much ''the'' most trusted (and one of the most {{Badass}}) soldiers Megatron has.
* EvilCounterpart: To Tigatron. Both were originally Maximal protoforms who identify with their beast modes more than their robot forms and use temperature-based weaponry, but they are polar opposites otherwise.
* EvilIsBurningHot
* FangsAreEvil
* ImplacableMan: More so in the first season. Given his versatility, flight mode, and firepower, he's easily one of the strongest Predacons under Megatron, and as mentioned with Rhinox, everybody else was brought up to his level when they went transmetal.
* InNameOnly: He's like an inversion of Generation One Inferno. Predacon vs. Autobot. Fire-spewing flamethrower that incinerates everything vs. fire truck that puts fires out. Utterly insane vs. good. The only similarity is that both are red.
* LargeHam
* LaughingMad: May double as TheHyena.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Inferno is so freaked out by the condition of Transmutate's stasis pod and it giving off weird energy that he quickly contacts Megatron. The catch? He refers to Megatron by his actual name.
* PsychoForHire
* PlayingWithFire
** PyroManiac: He's not called "Inferno" for nothing. But again, he is a delicious inversion of this Generation One namesake, who was an Autobot, sane, and a ''fire truck''.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter
* RedEyesTakeWarning
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* [[Characters/BeastWarsMaximals Go here for tropes about the Maximals]].
* [[Characters/BeastWarsPredacons Go here for tropes about the Predacons]].
* [[Characters/BeastWarsOthers Go here for tropes about the other show characters]].
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* TheLoad: In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', he takes over this position at the beginning because he has trouble transforming and, even when he does, doesn't have any actual weapons in robot form. The other characters, who previously viewed Rattrap as mildly annoying but a good guy to have on your side, start treating him increasingly as The Load. When Optimus is temporarily put out of commission and can't head off the other characters, they get downright hostile. Then they're surprised when he takes drastic measures to get some firepower.
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