This character sheet is for listing the tropes related to Decepticons in the various ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' continuities.

For the character sheet listing tropes related to the Autobots, see Characters/TransformersGeneration1Autobots. For the listing of tropes related to everyone else, see the main Characters/TransformersGeneration1 character sheet.



!!In General
* DependingOnTheWriter: Aside from the individual Decepticons, the faction itself has been portrayed differently across ''G1'' media. They've been intrinsically evil machines out for universal conquest, as well as {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who fought a corrupt government, but ended up becoming no better/even worse than them.
* GalacticConquerer: They typically want to spread Cybertronian rule across multiple planets.
* GladiatorGames: In some continuities, the Decepticons were formed through these by Megatron.
* MeaningfulName: The IDW comics explains that the name "Decepticon" is taken from one of Megatron's rallying lines: "You are being '''deceived'''".
* MultipleChoicePast: How the Decepticons formed varies among depictions: the Sunbow cartoon had them as the descendents of Quintesson military hardware, and the ''Generation 2'' comic as descendents of the Leige Maximo (both times making them inherently evil), while the IDW and Dreamwave comics have them as normal Cybertronians swayed by Megatron for a single cause (IDW makes them out to be more noble... well, initially, anyway).
* PlanetLooters: More often than not in the ''G1'' mythos, they're on Earth to steal its numerous resources of energy for their own ends.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the IDW continuity, the Decepticons were originally a protest group made up of lowly blue-collared workers who opposes the corrupt Autobot government, only to end up [[HeWhoFightsMonsters being disillusioned]] with the whole "peace through tyranny" stuff.

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!!!Function: Leader
-->"Peace through tyranny."

The original leader of the Decepticons and one of the most powerful Transformers in existence. As one of the key characters in the G1 mythos, Megatron has been subject to multiple interpretations, from megolamaniacal conquerer to tragic fallen (and re-risen) hero. No matter what, though, you wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of his fusion cannon...

->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (US), Creator/SeizoKato (JP)
* AdaptationalBadass: His IDW incarnation is a TookALevelInBadass variation. He went from being a lowly miner to a gladiatorial WarriorPoet to a ruthless WellIntentionedExtremist. It also helps that he has other alt-modes (a stealth bomber and a tank) aside from his iconic Walter P38 handgun form.
* AdaptationalHeroism: While the original cartoon version of Megatron was a standard villain who wanted to TakeOverTheWorld, and mistreated his henchmen, several other continuities portray him in a more well intentioned light, especially IDW, in which he becomes an Autobot.
* {{Antimatter}}: He can use this by interdimensionally linking up to a black hole. He rarely uses it though, since it's, y'know, '''[[AwesomeButImpractical antimatter]]'''.
* ArmCannon: His iconic fusion cannon remains attatched to his right arm and can pack incredble destructive power. With it, he provides the page image for the arm-mounted type.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority:
** If him taking on Devastator, Astrotrain, Blitzwing and Starscream for Decepticon leadership and '''winning''' in "Triple Takeover" is anything to go by.
** Subverted in the comics. He tries enforcing this on Shockwave, only for it to get turned on him pretty damn quickly. Though, as he was still recovering from injuries, it could be counted as a case of WorfHadTheFlu, as two issues later he's recovered enough to handle the Dinobots.
* BadBoss:
** In the Sunbow cartoon. Though having a bit more pragmatism and camaraderie than standard cartoon {{Big Bad}}s, he still regularly chides and insults his henchmen. It's also implied in "The Secret of Omega Supreme" that he brainwashed most of them into servitude with the Robo Smasher.
** The comic version is just a bad boss in general, shooting or hitting his soldiers for talking back, ''including'' Soundwave. In one instance of insanity, he crushed Brawl's head. His emotional instability is why Shockwave regularly challenged him.
* {{BFG}}: He not only has one, but turns into one. In addition, the barrel of his gun mode appears on his back and can seemingly flip under his right arm (which is how the toy is meant to be transformed) and be fired.
** Usually wielded by Starscream or Soundwave when Megatron turns into one, twice he let Optimus Prime use him (once to launch [[MadScientist Dr. Arkeville's]] Exponential Generator into space before it could turn Earth into energy, once to shoot antidotes into the Insecticons before they could explode and kill everyone in Iron Mountain.)
* BigBad:
** He's the Decepticon leader (well, one of them, but he's the most famous), and Optimus Prime's ArchEnemy. Generally, he's only ''not'' this when [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]] or The Fallen are about.
** Subverted in the original comics. Megatron was just one of many warlords on Cybertron, and he's not the leader of the Decepticons on Earth for very long, and when he is, things don't usually go very well. Shockwave, Scorponok and Ratbat last longer in the job than he did.
* BigBadWannabe: Averted in the original 80s cartoon. Despite being a laughably incompetent GeneralFailure, Megatron lacks the necessary competition to fall fairly into this trope. He retains the role of BigBad simply because there is no other villain to put him in his place. The only competition he has is Starscream, who’s even more inept than he is. This all changes in the film when [[KnightOfCerebus Unicron]] shows up.
* BodyHorror: In the comics, he and Ratchet end up fused together after an accident involving a [[TeleFrag teleporter and some bombs]].
* CoolSword: Has a [[StarWars lightsaber-esque]] sword in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''. Some versions of the original figure (mostly Japan exclusive ones) give him a silver sword too.
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. Upon Optimus Prime's [[DeathIsCheap initial death]] in the Marvel comics, Megatron (rightfully so) believed Prime to be still alive and blew up the Space Bridge while he was riding it. [[spoiler:Except he was faking some of it. The space bridge exploding wasn't part of the plan, though, instead leading to LaserGuidedAmnesia.]]
* EmperorScientist: This guy ''invented'' (or at least [[{{Retcon}} rediscovered]]) transformation in the Marvel Comics, and is behind many doomsday machines of the week. In the Sunbow cartoon, he's also capable of making working Transformer bodies from human cars to create the Stunticons.
* EpicFlail: Has a purple energon mace.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Creator/FrankWelker gave Megatron a fairly raspy voice. A few obscure audiobooks made him even raspier.
* EvilLaugh: The sheer ''creepiness'' of [[ Megatron's Evil Laugh]] in the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 original animated series]] is in and of itself NightmareFuel.
* EvilOverlord: He's the leader of the Deceptions.
* AFatherToHisMen: He's this in some continuities, albeit a gruff and angry one. In the cartoon, he even worked with Optimus Prime on numerous occasions to protect his warriors.
--> "I do this only for the welfare of my Decepticons. It grieves me that you should profit from it."
* {{Flight}}: Most media depict him as able to do this, despite not transforming into any form of aircraft.
* GeneralFailure: Megatron has made some... questionable... decisions during the war. Such as an overly-complex scheme involving [[HumongousMecha Bruticus]] firing at the moon causing it to shift Earth's tides to make a tidal wave that would flood a single dam causing a massive power surge... when, as an earlier episode proved, Rumble was all he needed. Even Starscream would tell Megatron when a plan was bound to fail, [[CassandraTruth but he would hear nothing to do with failure]]. He was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness more competent]] in the FiveEpisodePilot, though.
* GeniusBruiser: Has an Intelligence score of 10 out of 10.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Whenever he is VERY happy, making the accompanying EvilLaugh all the more creepy.
* GoodGunsBadGuns: The Walther P38 (which is his alt-mode) is a Nazi handgun. Coincidence? Probably, as his specific design was based on the gun used by [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE the heroic spy agency U.N.C.L.E.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: Of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Aside from leading the Decepticons (whom the Predacons are descendants of), [[spoiler:it's his recorded message on the Voyager's Golden Disk, which hundreds of years later ends up being stolen by a Predacon named after him, that ends up kickstarting the whole conflict on prehistoric Earth]].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[Main/NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, you read right.]] In the IDW continuity, after ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]]'' Megatron has a true change of heart and becomes an Autobot.
* LargeHam: Courtesy of the legendary Creator/FrankWelker.
* LaserBlade: Has one in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia:
** In the Marvel Comics, when his suicide attempt failed, he was transported to the Dead End region of Cybertron and wandered around as an Empty. He got better when he saved Blackjack from a group of Autobots.
** He also experienced this in the UK Comics after Straxus attempted a botched GrandTheftMe on him, and Ratbat sending him back to Earth expelled Straxus's mind from him.
* LosingYourHead: His ''Titans Return'' toy features the Titan Master Doomshot forming his head, granting him the ability to fire super-fusion fireblasts.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', an injured Megatron has to [[AintTooProudToBeg beg]] [[TheDragon Soundwave]] just to not to leave him behind. Then when his Decepticon minions realize they could [[ColdEquation jettison the wounded]] on Astrotrain to make it go faster, Megatron is ThrownOutTheAirlock despite his pleas, not one Decepticon lifting a finger to help him. It seems once his forces had no reason to fear him, they had no reason to be loyal to him. This is contrasted with the Autobots going back for [[AFatherToHisMen Optimus Prime]], and showing reverence for him even in his final moments.
* MultipleChoicePast: He is often depicted as being a gladiator (sometimes a miner beforehand) before he created the Decepticon faction. However, the original cartoon and ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor'' claim he was created for conquest by the Constructicons. Also different is how much of a WellIntentionedExtremist he is or if he just wants raw power.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Despite being an infamous GeneralFailure, Megatron could still prove to be formidable, losing to the Autobots by an inch (eg. he instantly reversed around Mirage's attempt to turn them and the Insecticons against each other and also managed to steal or outmatch some of Wheeljack's gadgets such as the Immobilizer and the Dominator Disc).
* OneManArmy: Megatron is frequently portrayed as unstoppable against Autobots on the battlefield. Barely a handful of Transformers (Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Shockwave) have been able to go up against him and live to tell the tale. The cartoon episode "Triple Takeover" showed he even took on Starscream, Devastator, Blitzwing AND Astrotrain to come out the undisputed Decepticon Leader after a coup d'etat attempt.
** He was especially formidable against human forces, particularly in the comics. About the only chance they could have against him without help from the Autobots is if he ran out of energy and shut down.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Megatron is pretty territorial about who ends up offing Optimus Prime.
** Deconstructed in the comics; Megatron may obsess over killing Optimus Prime but he has often left the killing up to subordinates so that he can focus his energies on Ratchet, who Megatron respected after Ratchet single-handedly beat him.
** Then, in ''Regeneration One'', he is focusing on Optimus once again, wanting one final DuelToTheDeath on Earth. Either he kills Prime, or Prime kills him, and his failsafes launch Earth's remaining nuclear arsenal.
* ReformedButRejected: Very few Autobots were willing to accept IDW Megatron after his becoming an Autobot. The crew of the Lost Light ignore him at best and insult him at worst.
* SizeShifter: His iconic Walter P38 form can be held by Decepticons or normal humans. [[ Or even become as large as Optimus Prime]].
* TankGoodness: Modern incarnations of him usually transform into a tank instead of a Walter P38 pistol (mostly because changes in US law prohibit [[MerchandiseDriven the sale of firearm replicas in toy stores]]).
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Part of Optimus' BatmanGambit was for Megatron to get fired up enough to defeat the usurpers for the title of Decepticon Leader in "Triple Takeover."
* VillainousFriendship:
** Type 1 with his loyal left-hand-man Soundwave, who along with the Mini-Cassettes are the ''only'' sentients that he has shown to be fond of. Though ironically, it didn't keep Soundwave from letting Starscream expel Megatron into outer space in the movie.
** He obviously trusts and even respects Shockwave (that is, his cartoon version; not so much in other continuities). We just don't see it as much since Shockwave never leaves Cybertron.
* VillainsWantMercy: In the movie, Megatron begs Optimus Prime to spare his life, [[ISurrenderSuckers while reaching for a blaster on the ground]].
* WarriorPoet: Used to be this in the IDW comics, even after founding the Decepticons.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The IDW version. Not so much any other. "Peace through tyranny."
* WorthyOpponent:
** His rivalry with Optimus Prime transcends petty hatred into a deep respect and understanding: so much so that whenever they fight side by side for a common goal, they are unstoppable.
** More so with Ratchet in the comics; Megatron doesn't like Prime in the comics but he's AffablyEvil to Ratchet during their fights and will tell Ratchet that he respects him, something he'll never do to Prime.

!!!Function: Air Commander
-->"Conquest is made of the ashes of one's enemies."

Megatron's infamously treacherous lieutenant. Eager and ambitious for power, Starscream is almost always plotting ways to usurp Megatron and control the Decepticons, believing guile and speed is the key to victory, and not Megatron's brute force. As the fastest Decepticon flyer, he may have a point.

->Voiced by: Chris Latta (US), Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki (JP)
* AdaptationalBadass: He's far from stupid in the G1 cartoon, but his Unicron trilogy and IDW counterparts are flat-out [[AgentPeacock Agent Peacocks]]. Even more so with the latter, who is a VillainWithGoodPublicity.
* AgentPeacock: He may be vain and flamboyant in the IDW comics, but he's ''definitely'' not someone who should be taken lightly.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: A human character in the comics even commented on how cool his name is.
* BackFromTheDead:
** In the cartoon universe, he can live on after death as a "ghost" thanks to having a mutant spark that is indestructible. In the episode "Ghost in the Machine", Unicron gave him his body back.
** In the Marvel Comics continuity, after Starscream died during the Underbase Saga (taking many characters with him), Megatron had him brought back as a Pretender.
* BigBadWannabe: On the few times he takes control, he just can't cut it - he's not ''completely'' incompetent at leadership, but he's nowhere near as cruel or dangerous as Megatron.
* BullyingTheDragon: Iconic for perpetually mocking and criticising Megatron, vowing to knock him from his position right to his face. Despite Megatron's pragmatism, Starscream would often remember too late he'd only take his impudence for so long.
* CassandraTruth: Starscream often knows when a plan of Megatron's is not going to end well, but Megatron never takes his advice. Expect merciless shrieking and gloating when things inevitably ''do'' go wrong.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* CoDragons: Alongside Soundwave and Shockwave, Starscream is one of Megatron's highest ranking Decepticons.
* CoolPlane: His iconic F-15 form. Though he's had other jet forms as well, especially in the IDW continuity.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** In the cartoon:
*** Somehow, in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', out of all the Decepticons in the big huge brawl, ''Starscream'' outlasts everybody else.
*** In the episode, "Starscream's Brigade", Megatron actually kicks Starscream out - so he revives the Combaticons into bodies made from old UsefulNotes/WorldWarII vehicles, and he leads them to victory and overthrows Megatron, becoming the leader of the entire Decepticon army (if ultimately only for one minute). He was only thwarted because the Stunticons intervened---which they actually debated about even doing at first.
*** In the episode, "A Prime Problem", Megatron made a clone of Starscream fight a clone of Optimus. The real Starscream was running the clone on remote, and even the Autobots remarked how good a fight he was putting up that day.
** In the Marvel comic:
*** He managed to absorb the Underbase while playing both sides, and killed off many, MANY Transformers, Autobot and Decepticon alike.
*** After being destroyed at the end of the above mentioned Underbase Saga, he was revived as a Pretender by a NotQuiteDead Megatron, {{brainwashed}}, and almost defeated Optimus Prime and ''all of the Decepticons on Earth''. But Ratchet had actually turned him into a reverse ManchurianAgent, hiding his ''true'' personality deep within his neural circuitry, and when Hot Rod shoots Starscream during the fight, he immediately panics and begs mercy to Scorponok.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly regarding Megatron or his comrades' incompetence.
* DirtyCoward:
** He wouldn't shoot Megatron in the face if you held a gun to ''his.''
** It's also a plot point in the comic. Megatron has Ratchet revive him after the Underbase incident, as a BlankSlate, but Ratchet makes sure Starscream's personality will take over the minute he's badly hurt. Sure enough, the minute it happens, Starscream grovels and pleads to be spared, screwing up Megatron's plan.
* TheDragon: Megatron's most iconic lieutenant.
* DemonicPossession: If his body is destroyed, his Spark can wander about and take over other Transformers, ordinary machines, or even cyborgs.
* EvilGenius: In the cartoon, he occasionally makes use of his former scientist side, like when he constructed an electric generator to recharge the Decepticons, made gunpower to compensate for running out of regular ammo in "A Decepticon Raider In King Arthur's Court", and his creation of the Combaticons in "Starscream's Brigade".
* EvilIsNotAToy: Learnt this in the Marvel comics. While the Underbase isn't ''evil'', Starscream ended up being destroyed by the sheer power he had absorbed from it.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Inverted; Starscream has the screechiest voice among the Decepticons. When his voice ''does'' drop though, he's much more sinister and/or serious.
* FatalFlaw: It's not [[GreenEyedMonster greed]] or [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] (even though he has plenty of both) but {{pride}}.
* FaustianRebellion: Bargained with Unicron for a new body in "Ghost in the Machine", then successfully betrayed him.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He may be a cowardly suck-up, but he's as villainous as you can get with Decepticons.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Few of his fellow Decepticons can stand being around him, especially when he tries to betray Megatron.
* GeniusBruiser: In the cartoon, he was a scientist and explorer prior to joining the Decepticons, and he often uses his smarts to his advantage.
* HeroKiller: In the comics, he manages to kill over ''thirty'' Autobots in the space of a single issue, thanks to absorbing the power of the Underbase.
* InformedAttribute: His treachery was this in the original G1 comics; Though he did speak of overthrowing Megatron in the early issues, he never acted on those thoughts, and his critical injuries at the hands of Omega Supreme put him out of commission for a long time. It wasn't until the Underbase saga that Starscream finally got the chance to showcase his most famous trait, betraying both Decepticon factions for his own benefit.
* InSeriesNickname: Characters sometimes call him "Screamer".
* ItsAllAboutMe: Starscream is vain and self-centered, constantly letting his ambition get in the way of his actual competence.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a self-centered jerk who can be just as rude and condesceding to his fellow Decepticons as he is to Autobots.
* JokerImmunity: As the first iteration of one of the most popular and iconic ''Transformers'' characters, Starscream is rarely killed off. Even in the post-movie cartoon, he lives on with his indestructible spark.
* LightningBruiser: He's the fastest of the flying Decepticons (with a Speed rating of 9 out of 10), able to reach Mach 2.8 and fly as high as 52 miles. His Strength and Firepower are also listed at a 7.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: For all his flaws, Starscream is a dangerous combatant, with plenty of Autobots under his belt (and as CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass shows, he ''has'' come close to winning many times). This is the only reason Megatron keeps him around.
** Meanwhile, in the comics, Starscream manages to do incredibly damage to both sides, taking out some of the most hardened badasses both sides possess.
* OneHitKill: His Null Ray shuts down nearly anything that runs on electricity, meaning he can defeat several Transformers with one clean hit. However, organic beings and powerful Transformers like Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Starscream himself will only get knocked backwards by the Null Ray.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Starscream possesses a mutant spark that is indestructible - allowing him to survive death as a "ghost".
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Humbly deferred to and took orders from ''Astrotrain'' in "The God Gambit". [[note]]Interestingly, Astrotrain is ''also'' out-of-character in the episode, acting more like Megatron than his canon personality. This implies Megatron was originally supposed to have Astrotrain's role, but Sunbow changed it in order to promote the new toy.[[/note]]
* PaintItBlack: When his spark possesses someone, their appearance may change to reflect him. This includes Atari Hitotonari's uniform turning black and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Waspinator's]] Predacon emblem turning into the Decepticon emblem.
* PaletteSwap: With his Seekers (Thundercracker, Skywarp, Ramjet, Dirge, and Thrust, plus various miscellaneous generics and {{Canon Immigrant}}s).
* PutOnABus: Despite his usual prominence in the franchise, in the Marvel comics he was imprisoned in the Ark following a disastrous battle with Omega Supreme. While he was released over twenty or so issues later, the UK comic let him out much earlier, during their "Target: 2006" storyline.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Some of Starscream's recent characterizations have this.
* SmugSnake: Starscream believes himself to be smarter, deadlier, and handsomer than the rest of the Decepticons. He has frequently been portrayed as more interested in being Decepticon leader for the sake of the title than defeating the Autobots. Unsurprisingly, most of the Decepticons hate him.
* TerribleTrio: Part of the Seeker trio with Skywarp and Thundercracker. He also forms one with Megatron and Soundwave.
* TheStarscream: [[TropeNamer Though this really goes without saying...]]
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: After getting destroyed the first time in the cartoon, he can barely keep a host or rebuilt body for a short time before getting blown up again.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the IDW comics, after being elected as the leader of a neutral faction.

!!!Function: Communications
-->"Cries and screams are music to my ears."

The Decepticon CommunicationsOfficer, Soundwave is also a spy wrangler. For this latter task, he stores several smaller robots that transform into cassette tapes in his chest. Though famously known as Megatron's right-hand man, [[DependingOnTheWriter he's also been known]] as a dirt-digging blackmailer who uses information on friend and foe alike to advance himself through the ranks.

->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (US), Issei Masamune (JP)
* AdaptationalBadass: Same deal as Megatron in the IDW comics, but in this case, his other alt-modes are based on armored cars.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The IDW comic's version of Soundwave is perhaps the most sympathetic among all of his incarnations. His [[DarkAndTroubledPast backstory]] is quite [[HomelessPigeonPerson sad]] too.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: He enjoys music, even calling the alien music from "Carnage in C-Minor" heaven.
* AllThereInTheManual: Soundwave's bio depicts him a telepathic robot who keeps notes on all of his fellow Decepticons for blackmail, and everyone hates him for this. This is quite the opposite of his comic and cartoon portrayal (though the blackmail element ended up finally showing up during "Earthforce").
* BackFromTheDead: In ''[[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters The Headmasters]]'', he's rebuilt into Soundblaster following a battle with Blaster, in which both combatants died.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: He's going to dig up any dirt you have on you and use it. This is chiefly used in the UK Marvel comics during the "Earthforce" series.
* BrokenPedestal: IDW Soundwave did ''not'' appreciate Megatron betraying his ideals and [[HeelFaceTurn going over to the Autobots]]... [[spoiler:until ''All Hail Optimus''.]]
* CatchPhrase: "[Mini-Cassette], eject! Operation: [action]!"
* CoDragons: Across continuities, he's usually this with Starscream and/or Shockwave.
* CommunicationsOfficer: This is his official function in the Decepticon army.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: In the IDW continuity, he was originally a HomelessPigeonPerson who suffered from SensoryOverload, not knowing where he came from or even what his name was. Ravage, Buzzsaw and Laserbeak happen upon him, and Ravage's advice helps him to control his mind-reading through focus. After that, he lives with them on the streets, and they remain loyal to each other, even coming with him when he was employed by the Senate and later when he joined the Decepticons.
* DependingOnTheArtist:
** While Soundwave's original toy has a yellow visor (which carried over to the Marvel comics), the cartoon opted to give him a red one. Various toys and other incarnations have switched between the two at various points.
** In the Marvel comics, Soundwave was consistently colored purple (evidently based on an early animation model), and Sarra Mossoff used the same coloring in the ''Generation 2'' series. In the UK comics, though, he was consistently colored blue. ''Regeneration One'' depicts him as blue, [[spoiler:but this is later shown to be an in-universe change as a result of being possessed by the Dark Matrix entity]].
** In some issues, José Delbo would draw Soundwave with an actual face. Previous and later artists would depict him with his more well-known faceplate.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Soundwave is usually Megatron's most loyal supporter, however, certain sources, like the UK "Earthforce" story and his original Tech Specs, write him as an unscrupulous conman in it only for himself. His use of blackmail varies from continuity as well. In the IDW comics he's usually a complete loyalist, however sometimes he's written as an opportunist. His speech patterns also tend to vary, from normal to stilted and robotic.
* TheDragon: He's Megatron's most faithful and competent subordinate. And every time a new BigBad surfaces in the Marvel comics, Soundwave keeps his Dragon status.
* DroneDeployer: He keeps an army of Mini-Cassettes inside his chest, which he sends out for espionage and battle purposes.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His cassettes (barring Ratbat in the IDW continuity) and Megatron. As he puts it:
--> '''Soundwave:''' You do not understand '''LOYALTY!'''
* EvilLaugh: Very rarely, he does this in the cartoon. It's rather unsettling when he does it.
* EvilVirtues: [[UndyingLoyalty Loyalty]].
* HomelessPigeonPerson: His backstory in the IDW continuity explains why he is called "Soundwave".
* InexplicablyAwesome: In the comics, Soundwave survives everything (being poisoned, the Underbase, ''Unicron'') with nary a scratch, becoming the ''only'' Decepticon to last all the way through the entire series, despite lacking any particular gimmick.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Soundwave's main weapon is a concussion blaster (one that transforms into a battery, no less!).
* LaserGuidedKarma: His Tech Specs note that because of his opportunistic blackmailing nature, he's a target of retaliation for fellow Decepticons.
* LosingYourHead: His ''Titans Return'' toy gives him a Titan Master named Soundblaster (not to be confused with his rebuilt black form) who turns into his head.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: According to his toy bio quote (quoted at the top).
* LoyalToThePosition: Of Decepticon leader.
* MachineMonotone: His cartoon depiction had this, as well as a memorable vocoder effect applied to it. Comic depictions made after the cartoon tend to write his dialogue this way, too.
* MakeMeWannaShout: OK, so he doesn't do it by actually ''shouting'', but he does possess sonic powers.
* NoMouth: Mostly, see DependingOnTheArtist. Though it is implied he does have a mouth, since the cartoon makes his mouthplate move as if a mouth were underneath, plus his IDW backstory depicts him with a regular mouth before he is hired by the Senate.
* NotSoStoic: Though he gives off the impression of an emotionless robot in the cartoon, he does have moments of emotion (see ScreamsLikeALittleGirl and EvilLaugh). Also in ''Child's Play'', he tried to ''play baseball'' with Skywarp, while in ''Microbots'' he gets as drunk off his ass from Energon with the other Decepticons.
* OperationBlank: Soundwave would seem to use this trope, except his speech patterns meant he was simply issuing orders to his Casseticons.
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** He didn't lift a finger to save Megatron when Starscream had him ThrownOutTheAirlock in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''. Especially after he just risked his neck to save Megatron in the first place. Apparently, this is the result of editing; a DeletedScene would've clarified that his subsequent bid for leadership was just so that he could force Astrotrain to go back for Megatron.
* PaintItBlack: As Soundblaster.
* RoboSpeak: Though he doesn't ''always'' talk robotically in the cartoon, his iconic catchphrases do fall under this.
--> "Soundwave superior, Constucticons inferior."
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Believe it or not - he screams in the cartoon episode, "Roll for It", after being sent flying.
* SizeShifter: Transforms into a microcassette player able to be held by humans. Even more bizarre in the cartoon, [[ in which we see him quickly shrink in size after transforming]].
* TheSpymaster: He sends his little minions out to spy on the Autobots... and his fellow Decepticons.
* TactfulTranslation: In "Atlantis, Arise!" Soundwave translates what Nergal ''really'' said to his troops--instead of taking Wheeljack to the dungeons as Nergal told Megatron, he's to be taken to the labs to develop weapons against both Autobot AND Decepticon alike.
* {{Telepathy}}: Though an often forgotten power of his, Soundwave can read minds by monitoring electrical brain impulses.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Megatron. In the original screenplay of the movie its shown that he opposed Starscream's decision to throw the mortally-wounded Megatron off Astrotrain, and fought for Decepticon leadership just so he can force Astrotrain to go back for him. This was [[ExecutiveMeddling unfortunately cut to "save screentime"]] and in the final film, Soundwave is even shown among the Decepticons agreeing with Starscream on throwing Megatron to his death. Maybe Megatron recorded over Soundwave's favorite mixtape before hand?
* VillainousFriendship:
** Type I with Megatron. There is a reason why Megatron begged for ''his'' help when mortally-wounded, as he is the only ''being'', much less Decepticon, he could trust. Thankfully, this love is fully returned even when his leader became Galvatron, as in ''[[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters The Headmasters]]'', he brought him back to life as Soundblaster after he died fighting Blaster.
** Some continuities also have him have a Type I friendship with his cassettes, most prominently his backstory in the IDW comics.
* YesMan: To Megatron, but an unquestionably cool example.

!!!Function: Spy
-->"My bite is worse than my bark."

A Mini-Cassette spy for Soundwave, he is a crazy "artist", whose "art" is killing people and playing with their dead corpses. Though that said, he doesn't respond to criticism well...

->Voiced by: Chris Latta (US/JP)
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: His beak, quoth his Tech Specs, is diamond-hard and can carve up almost any opponent.
* BreakTheHaughty: His ego is not the hardest thing in the world to break.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: His appearances in the cartoon weren't frequent to begin with (see below for why), but Season 3 forgot all about him.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Can he speak English, or just squawk and caw?
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's civil and sophisticated, but also cruel and destructive.
* FeatheredFiend: Even though he doesn't have any feathers, this bird is still not friendly.
* {{Improv}}: He isn't good at it.
* KilledOffForReal: In the Marvel Comics, thanks to an Underbase-powered Starscream.
* MadArtist: Buzzsaw's idea of art is to display his victim's corpses in grotesque ways.
* PaletteSwap: He and Laserbeak are these to each other.
* PirateParrot: In the Marvel Comics, he was this for Shockwave when he was Decepticon leader.
* PutOnABus: In issue 25 of the Marvel comics, he's one of many 1984 Decepticons who were destroyed and imprisoned in the Ark. It wasn't until many issues later that he was rescued.
* OutOfFocus: Despite having the "Spy" function and being packaged with Soundwave, most tie-in media (mainly the cartoon) ignored him in favour of Laserbeak (obstensively because so long as Soundwave was advertised, so was Buzzsaw, so he didn't need to appear as much). Somewhat averted in the comics, where he got roughly equal time with Laserbeak up until Buzzsaw was among Omega Supreme's victims, but even Laserbeak fell out of focus after that, despite escaping that battle intact.
* SizeShifter: Goes from a normal sized bird to a microcassette (or a regular cassette in the cartoon).
* SmallNameBigEgo: To the point where he'll sulk if things don't go his way.
* StationaryWings: His wings are often still, with jet engines doing the flying for him.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Taken to ridiculous levels when in the Marvel Comics he takes down ''[[HumongousMecha Omega Supreme]]'', though it does serve as a measure of revenge for his [[CurbStompBattle earlier defeat]].
* TheUnintelligible: [[DependingOnTheWriter Sometimes]].

!!!Function: Interrogation
-->"The only point I like in Autobots: Melting point."

One of the Decepticons' premier spies and one of the Mini-Cassettes. While often known as a spy, he's also served as an interrogator and assassin, which might be the [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] bird's preferred role.

->Voiced by: Chris Latta (US/JP)
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He survived the Great Toy Purge that was ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', but, save for a brief cameo in "Webworld," never appeared again, his spot in the cartoon and toyline taken by fellow Mini-Cassette Ratbat.
* CompositeCharacter: In the cartoon, Laserbeak took up Buzzsaw's role as the Decepticons' spy since use of Buzzsaw was rarely encouraged (as a result, Laserbeak's less family-friendly role of "Interrrogator" was ignored).
* DependingOnTheWriter: In the cartoon, he makes squawks. Other media have him speaking English.
* DirtyCoward: The main reason for his tactic of quickly attacking and quickly disappearing. He even shows hesitation in the episode, "Divide and Conquer", after being told to spy on the Autobots, specifically to report on a severely wounded Optimus Prime's condition. He does end up doing it though.
-->Skywarp: "I think Laserbeak's chicken!"
-->Megatron: "He will have more to fear if he refuses to obey me!"
* FeatheredFiend: Just without the actual feathers.
* KilledOffForReal: In the Marvel comics, due to an Underbase-powered Starscream.
* LighterAndSofter: The cartoon version (and subsequently most other adaptations) is this compared to his original Tech Specs, in which he's not a spy but an interrogator, and [[MutilationInterrogation a pretty nasty one at that]].
* MutilationInterrogation: Is described as using his lasers to carve into prisoners until he gets what he wants to know.
* PirateParrot: He sits on the shoulder of Soundwave or anyone who is the Decepticon leader at that time. Most noticeable in the comics. A joke on Wiki/TFWikiDotNet tells, "Autobots pass the Matrix, Decepticons pass the Laserbeak". This is usually due to his cowardice -- should the helm change, his loyalty to the previous leader will almost instantly disappear.
* PowerCrystal: His Tech Specs say his lasers are powered by ruby crystals. Running short of them can be enough to panic his systems into shutdown.
* ProfessionalKiller: He is often used as an assassin.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Primarily red and black.
* SizeShifter: Goes from a normal sized bird to a microcassette (or a regular cassette in the cartoon).
* StationaryWings: Like Buzzsaw, Laserbeak's wings don't flap like real bird wings.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: In some episodes he's easily defeated. In, "A Prime Problem", he effortlessly manhandles Optimus Prime and Starscream.
* TheUnintelligible: Speaks with bird noises in the cartoon.

!!!Function: Saboteur
-->"Today's Autobots are tomorrow's scrap metal."

The Decepticons' spy and saboteur and one of the Mini-Cassettes. Despite being a beast robot, Ravage is one of Megatron's most loyal Decepticons, though he is aloof towards all others.

->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (US), Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki & Creator/FrankWelker (JP)
* AscendedExtra: Of all the Mini-Cassettes, Ravage is the most prominent, with an increased role in the Marvel comics, a reappearance in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''Kiss Players'' as a Predacon, and a member of the Lost Light crew in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* BlindedByTheLight: Ravage doesn't take too kindly to bright light.
* CatsAreMean: A loyal Decepticon cat who turns his nose up to his comrades. You better believe he's mean.
* CoolPlane: In addition to a Spy Tablet (in lieu of the outdated Mini-Cassette), his ''Titans Return'' toy has a jet mode.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Sometimes he speaks perfect English. Sometimes he's TheUnintelligible.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: IDW Ravage is torn in half by Tarn in issue 54 of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''. [[spoiler:He manages to survive this, but eventually succumbs and dies.]]
* IWorkAlone: He operates best alone, and he's not shy about letting the other Decepticons know it.
* LastOfHisKind: One of the few remaining Decepticons in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', while by the end of ''Regeneration One'' he's not only one of the last 'Cons, he's the last known surviving Decepticon Mini-Cassette.
* PantheraAwesome: His robot mode is panther-like.
* SizeShifter: Goes from being a normal sized jaguar to a microcassette (or a regular cassette in the cartoon).
* StealthExpert: He has an electromagnetic emission shield, walks without making a single sound and disappears in low light/shadow.
* TheStrategist: He's good at concocting newer, deadlier strategies.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: He can fight evenly with Autobots or be knocked away by humans.
* TookALevelInBadass: He gets reformatted into a Predacon in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', giving him a humanoid form.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Megatron. In fact, Ravage was his first recruit in the UK Marvel Comics.
* TheUnintelligible: As with Laserbeak and Buzzsaw, whether he can speak or not all depends on who holds the pen. While he's this in the cartoon, he did speak once, in "More Than Meets The Eye Part 3".
-->'''Ravage:''' The rocket base is one hundred and forty kilometers due west of the Autobot camp.
* VillainousFriendship: Ravage is touted as one of Megatron's most loyal and faithful Decepticons. This is most obvious in the UK Marvel story, "Head Games", and in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' (though by then Megatron is an Autobot). To some degree, this also applies to Soundwave and his fellow Decepticon Mini-Cassettes.

!!Rumble and Frenzy
!!!Function: Demolitions (Rumble), Warrior (Frenzy)
-->'''Rumble:''' "Destroy what's below and what's above will follow."
-->'''Frenzy:''' "Sow panic and surrender will bloom."

A pair of robotic Mini-Cassette twins who are adept at destroying things. While Rumble acts as the Decepticons' go-to demolitions cassette, Frenzy is instead a warrior with an endless lust for war and conflict.

->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (US)
* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: Frenzy's sonic abilities were never used (or even mentioned) in the Sunbow cartoon. Instead, he had piledrivers like Rumble... which themselves were an invention of the cartoon, with Rumble's Tech Specs saying that his earthquakes are caused by transmitting low-frequency groundwaves.
* AxCrazy: Frenzy, as his name implies, has a few screws loose and is a battle-hungry warrior. His Tech Specs note that his manic attacks can be countered with cool logic.
* BashBrothers: The two fight Autobots well together, though whether or not they really are brothers depends on continuity.
* BattleCry: Frenzy uses his sonic powers as one.
* BloodKnight: To quote his Tech Specs, if Frenzy needed to breathe, war would be his oxygen.
* BrownNote: Frenzy's sonic screeches disrupts electrical flows in other Transformers, causing malfunctions and imbalances. Humans don't fare much better, since they can reach 200db -- well above the eardrums' threshold.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Like Laserbeak, the two stopped appearing around Season 3 of the cartoon. The Marvel comics also had it out for them - though they're freed from the Ark after over twenty issues, they're never seen in any major capacity, not even getting killed in the Underbase Saga![[labelnote:*]]Frenzy did get a better deal in the UK comics, where he was freed earlier, but he too sort of faded away until ''Generation 2''.[[/labelnote]]
* DependingOnTheArtist: Rumble is red/black and Frenzy is blue, [[ or it is backwards?]] At one point, due to a limited palette, they were ''both'' blue in the Marvel comics. And at one point in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', they were both red/black![[labelnote:*]]It should be noted that the production bible for the cartoon specifies Rumble as a "red robot", as does a FreezeFrameBonus in "Heavy Metal War" when Teletraan 1 shows some specs of Decepticons, indicating an error happened somewhere in production.[[/labelnote]]
* DependingOnTheWriter: Rumble can create earthquakes and Frenzy has sonic screeches. Or can both create earthquakes?
* DubNameChange: In the Japanese dub of the cartoon, Rumble became Frenzy and Frenzy became Rumble.
* EarthquakesCauseFissures: Rumble's earthquakes sometimes make fissures.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Cons team up with the Subatlanteans in the episode "Atlantis, Arise!" When their King Nergill tries to detonate his kingdom with the Autobots and Decepticons still onboard when the battle goes south, Rumble says he's insane and brings the ceiling down on him.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: At least four unnamed look-alikes of Rumble and Frenzy turn up in ''More than Meets the Eye, Part 2''. No explanation is given and they were never re-used.
* LongRangeFighter: The duo are effectively this -- their physical strength is pathetic due to their size, and an enemy close enough to them has more or less won, but Rumble's earthquakes and Frenzy's sonic screeches make getting near them a difficult task. In addition, their Tech Specs give them a Firepower rating of 9.
* LoudOfWar: Frenzy uses sonic abilities that can create a high-pitch sound of 200 decibels.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Frenzy uses his sonic powers as a "battle cry", creating high-pitched screeches that physically harm opponents.
* MeaningfulName: Rumble makes earthquakes.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: While their physical strength is impeded by their size, their earthquake and sonic powers make them formidable opponents and difficult to approach.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: One of the two is colored red and black. Whether they're Rumble or Frenzy differs, but you can bet that whoever it is, they're a Decepticon through and through.
* SingleMindedTwins: They both are punks with a knack for destruction.
* SizeShifter: They are normally no taller than Soundwave's hips. They transform into microcassettes.
* TankGoodness: Rumble's ''Titans Return'' toy gives him an extra tank mode (presumably, this is larger than his alternate Spy Tablet mode).
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: They fit the trope more often in the Marvel comics as opposed to the cartoon (where Rumble appeared far more often than Frenzy).
* YesMan: Rumble is one of Megatron's more loyal Decepticons, and he eagerly follows his orders.
* YourSizeMayVary: While the cartoon consistently depicted the two as being smaller than Soundwave, other G1 media tended to depict the pair as being just as tall as him. ''How'' small they are also varies; sometimes they're as tall as human adults, other times they're slightly or significantly larger.

!!!Function: Reconnaissance
-->"See and you can know, know and you can destroy."

The Decepticons' reconnaissance, these three single robots named (respective to the pictures above) Viewfinder, Spyglass and Spectro are banded together under the name Reflector. They combine into a camera, and they love to watch things - be it Earth's topography, or their fellow Decepticons for any juicy blackmail they can use to their advantage.

->Voiced by: Chris Latta (US), Yoku Shioya & Creator/KeiichiNanba (JP)
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Is said to watch his fellow Decepticons and learn their secrets. He's impressed by his ability at this.
* BlameGame: Spectro blames others when something goes wrong.
* BlindedByTheLight: He can generate a bright flash to blind his enemies.
* CombiningMecha: Of a sort - instead of three robots becoming one large one, they combine into a single small camera.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Rarely if ever featured after Season One, he was only used in Season One of the cartoon to boost the Decepticon ranks. He was banned from usage in the comics and from the cartoon once the second wave of Transformers started showing up on the show.[[labelnote:Why?]]This is because [[MerchandiseDriven his toy wasn't sold at retail - instead being given away as a mail-in order in 1986]]. Interestingly, the episode "Heavy Metal War" had Teletraan I show various Decepticons with their toy's respective product number - Reflector included. [[ He was planned for retail at one point, but was deemed to be "too boring" in both modes for it to be successful there]]. In Japan, though, he was a general-retail item.[[/labelnote]]
* DependingOnTheArtist: While Reflector's toy depicts the three robots with distinct designs, various fiction (including the cartoon) opts for a composite design, using the humanoid look of Spectro and Spyglass while using Viewfinder's color scheme (as well as his lens apeture on the "main" robot).
* DependingOnTheWriter: Reflector's character is somewhat nebulous - while he's three separate robots collectively known as Reflector, the cartoon instead interpreted him as one single robot who could create copies of himself. In addition, his Tech Specs only described Reflector as a single entity, wth no mention of his components' personalities.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim:
** In the Marvel comics, Reflector's sole appearance consisted of a single panel showing Spectro, Viewfinder and Spyglass among several poisoned Decepticons.
** IDW Viewfinder literally has a bridge dropped on him prior to ''Spotlight: Wheelie''.
* FlatCharacter: He had no real personality in the Sunbow cartoon, and Spectro, Spyglass and Viewfinder weren't even given their own bios until years later.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In the IDW-verse, Viewfinder is impaled by a shard of glass prior to the story's events.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals:
** The cartoon depicted Reflector as three identical robots (with one having a lens aperture in his chest) that slightly resembled Viewfinder, all of which were simply named "Reflector", rather than the toy's individualy named and designed robots.
** In addition, several Reflectors appeared in various crowd scenes in early episodes. They may or may not be the result of Reflector possessing the ability to [[SelfDuplication produce copies of himself]].
* TheLeader: Viewfinder is the leader of the trio.
* LeaderFormsTheHead: Well, not a ''head'', but Viewfinder forms the lens in camera mode.
* MesACrowd: Reflector in the Sunbow cartoon could create copies of himself, two of which were almost always accompanying him. Several Reflector-esque Decepticons appear in crowd scenes in "More than Meets the Eye Part 2", as well as a few generics in certain episodes (such as "Divide And Conquer").
* NeverMyFault: Spectro tries to pin the blame for his screwups on anyone and anything but himself.
* OutOfFocus: Reflector's use in the cartoon was actively discouraged by Season 2, and eventually he ceased appearing in scripts, only making appearances at the animators' discretion.
* SizeShifter: They're miniature 'Cons whom form a camera that can be held by robots or humans.
* SelfDuplication: Though not explicitly spoken of, Reflector's cartoon iteration could do this. One scene in "Divide And Conquer" shows Reflector's three robots running into each other and colliding into one.
* SmugSnake: Viewfinder is smug and self-assured. This comes back to bite him as he is incapable of recognising his own flaws.
* SpeakInUnison: He/they did this in the cartoon.
* TerribleTrio: Reflector is made up of one, at least when he's not one robot with SelfDuplication powers.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: The Reflector trio only appeared in the fourth issue of the Marvel comics, amongst a pile of poisoned Decepticons.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Strike when the enemy isn't looking."

A black and purple Decepticon flier who can teleport. Skywarp is a dim-witted thug who loves to abuse his powers by playing pranks on his fellow Decepticons, but in a battle he's useless without supervision and orders.

->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (US), Creator/MasashiEbara (JP)
* BigBad: Of the Bumblebee miniseries in the IDW comics. He tried to gather up all sorts of weapons for Megatron's return, and gained a device to disable the Earth Autobots.
* BroughtDownToNormal: After his IDW self suffered from a destabilizing body thanks to an injury interfering with his teleportation powers, the Earth Defense Command restored his form at the cost of his powers. He's not too happy with that.
* CoolPlane: An F-15 Eagle, to be exact.
* DumbMuscle: Easily one of the stupidest Decepticons. The only time Skywarp actually becomes a credible opponent for the Autobots is when a more intelligent Decepticon, like Megatron or Starscream, is present to supervise his teleportational shenanigans.
* TheGenericGuy: Of the Seekers; compared to [[TheStarscream Starscream]] and [[AntiVillain Thundercracker]], his [[DumbMuscle characterization]] is a little thin.
* HomingProjectile: Skywarp can fire heat-seeking missiles.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Four unnamed Seekers in variations of Skywarp's colors turn up in ''More than Meets the Eye, Part 2''.
* InformedFlaw: While he's meant to be a DumbMuscle, Skywarp's Tech Specs were accidentally switched with Starscream's (which has a high Intelligence rating), thus making his stupidity seem odd (one rerelease of his toy even rewrote his bio to HandWave the discrepancy).
* {{Jerkass}}: Skywarp loves to play cruel pranks on his fellow Decepticons.
* KilledOffForReal:
** A powered up Starscream bumps him off in the Marvel comics.
** To a lesser extent, he's this in the cartoon, as despite being reformatted as either Cyclonus or... someone else (it's weird), Cyclonus shows little to no acknowledgement towards having ever been anyone but himself.
* MoreDakka: Skywarp uses variable-calibre machine guns in combat.
* PaletteSwap: Like Thundercracker, he's one for Starscream. Personality-wise, however, the three Seekers are drastically different.
* ThePrankster: He prefers to use his teleportation powers for this, and often on his fellow Decepticons as well.
* ReformedButNotTamed: While he may be a Joe in ''ComicBook/GIJoe2016'', he's still a Decepticon and therefore not above extreme measures. In addition, he's only around humans because he wants his teleportation abilities repaired.
* SpannerInTheWorks: During "Dark Cybertron", Skywarp loses control of his teleportation due to an injury he sustained from Arcee. This ultimately proved fortunate as once Metalhawk and Waspinator discover [[BigBad Shockwave's]] plans, he luckily appeared long enough to teleport the two (and knowledge of what they had seen) back to the city.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The ''only'' Decepticon with the built-in ability to teleport. While one might think this would make Skywarp a crafty and dangerous adversary, in truth the Seeker is far too dimwitted to employ his unique talents for anything more than pulling childish pranks, [[MemeticMutation like pushing his comrades down a flight of stairs]].
* TerribleTrio: A Seeker alongside Starscream and Thundercracker.
* TokenEvilTeammate: He winds up becoming one to ''ComicBook/{{G. I. Joe|2016}}'', of all people, in the ComicBook/HasbroComicUniverse.
* UndyingLoyalty: The first thing he does upon being revived in the cartoon's pilot is ensure Megatron is the next Decepticon who gets revived. Later, in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', he becomes Galvatron's unswervingly loyal and dedicated [[TheDragon dragon]], Cyclonus. Or possibly not. It's weird.
* UnexpectedCharacter: ''No-one'' expected a Transformer to become a Joe in ''ComicBook/GIJoe2016'', let alone a Decepticon, let alone ''Skywarp'' of all of them.
* VillainTeleportation: Skywarp, as his name implies, has the ability to teleport. Subverted in that it's only really effective when someone like Megatron or Starscream tells him how to use it -- he's a complete idiot otherwise.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"The deadliest weapon is terror."

A blue Decepticon flier, Thundercracker is an elitist jerk who looks down with disdain upon those who can't fly like he can. Despite this, he has doubts over the Decepticon cause.

->Voiced by: Creator/JohnStephenson & Wally Burr (EN), Yuu Shimaka (JP)
* AdaptationalVillainy: Thundercracker's doubts over the Decepticon cause are all but absent in the Sunbow cartoon, with episodes depicting him more as a simple goon that obeys Megatron without question.
* AscendedExtra: Typically a background player in the cartoon and Marvel comic continuities, he has a much larger role in the IDW continuity, which is also the first time that his AntiVillain traits were used to full effect.
* AntiVillain: He's uncertain if he really believes in Megatron's cause. Or in the attacking and killing of humans.
* CoolPlane: Just like his fellow Seekers, it's an F-15 Eagle.
* HalfheartedHenchman: He's not convinced that the Decepticons' goal of conquest is right, even though he remains on their side.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the IDW continuity, Thundercracker finally abandons the Decepticons to live peacefully on Earth [[spoiler:before eventually joining the Autobots full-time]].
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Six unnamed seekers in variations of Thundercracker's colors turn up in ''More than Meets the Eye, Part 2''.
* {{Jerkass}}: He may not be fully committed to evil, but don't let that make you think he won't sneer at you. "Fire on the Mountain" even has him get lippy with ''Megatron''.
-->'''Thundercracker:''' What’s the matter, fearless leader? You and Starscream look real geeky!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his elitist/abrasive qualities, he's arguably the only member of the Nemesis crew with truly redeeming qualities. This is especially true for his more sympathetic incarnations.
* KilledOffForReal:
** Yet another victim of the Underbase powered Starscream in the Marvel comics.
** To an extent he's also this in the cartoon , as Scourge (who Unicron reformats Thundercracker into) doesn't acknowledge him being anyone other than Scourge.
* LoudOfWar: His sonic booms can collapse structures and blow up enemy jets.
* NobleDemon: Has traits of this, especially in the IDW 'verse where he doesn't find joy in human slaughter unlike his allies.
* PaletteSwap: For Starscream.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: The only reason Thundercracker is still a Decepticon is because Starscream and the others have to repeatedly convince him he's where he belongs.
* PlayingWithFire: Thundercracker uses incendiary guns as a weapon.
* StraightMan: Sometimes, like in "Countdown to Extinction", after Megatron and Starscream go missing, he's the one trying to get everyone to focus on fixing their base, and has to intervene when Skywarp gets into a fight with Rumble and Frenzy. Humorously Soundwave showed signs of TheStarscream by insulting Thundercracker's tentative command.
* TerribleTrio: With Starscream and Skywarp as the Seekers.


[[folder:1984/85 Decepticons]]

!!!Function: Military Operations Commander
-->"Clarity of thought before rashness of action."

A Decepticon as cold and logical as you could expect from a machine. Shockwave is Megatron's rival and another Decepticon [[TheStarscream who plots his control over the Decepticons]]. With intellect and power possibly exceeding even that of Megatron, Shockwave may have his day yet.

->Voiced by: Creator/CoreyBurton (US), Yuu Shimaka (JP)
* AdaptationalBadass: In ''Dark Cybertron'', he's a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] and a MagnificentBastard.
* AdaptationalHeroism: [[spoiler:His IDW incarnation used to be one of the only decent senators in a corrupt Senate, up until Shadowplay turned him into the amoral servant to logic he is. These memories come back for the finale of ''Dark Cybertron''.]]
* ArmCannon: His left arm has a gun in place of a hand.
* ArchEnemy: With the Dinobots (although he doesn't care).
* {{BFG}}: His alt-mode is a Cybertronian ray gun. It's also an aversion of SizeShifter -- he doesn't change size in his gun alt-mode, so he becomes a robot-sized gun.
* BigBad:
** In comics only, but he shows he's a much better Decepticon leader than Megatron. Recently, he's the one for ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]]''.
** Also, for Dreamwave's comics. Pretty much everything that happens beyond "The War Within" series is his fault.
* TheBlank: His face consists of ''nothing'' beyond his eye.
* TheChessmaster: His IDW self is this, having enacted a plan millions of years old that would effectively make him a god.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In the cartoon, he totally disappeared after ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''. While he was supposed to have been killed by Unicron, this scene was never actually animated, leaving his status by the movie's end questionable.
* CoDragons: Usually with Starscream and Soundwave, being on the same level of importance as them.
* CyberCyclops: Shockwave's face is nothing but a single yellow eye.
* DependingOnTheWriter: While he was originally a cold and logical commander [[TheStarscream seeking to usurp Megatron]], the Sunbow cartoon made him a loyal follower of Megatron. These days, however, you're likely to see the former depiction over the latter.
* TheDragon: With a Rank of 9 and the function of Military Operations Commander, Shockwave is among Megatron's most important Decepticons.
* DragonAscendant: In the Marvel comics, having driven Megatron "[[SubvertedTrope to]] [[NotQuiteDead suicide]]".
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:By the end of ''Dark Cybertron'', Shockwave's emotions and morality return, and, horrified by what he has become, allows Optimus Prime and Megatron to kill him.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: He showed up in the first episode of the cartoon, well over a year before his toy was released.
* EmotionsVsStoicism: While his logical approach to battle makes him dangerous, he is often confounded by emotional thinking and initiative.
* EvilBrit: Well, he was meant to sound similar to Creator/DavidWarner of ''Film/{{Tron}}'' according to Corey Burton, Shockwave's VA (who would ironically go on to voice Sark in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' using his Shockwave voice).
* EvilGenius: Shockwave has an Intelligence rating of 10, and is often depicted as being a scientist responsible for many of the Decepticons' weapons (such as the space bridge and even combiners).
* ExactWords: In the Sunbow cartoon, Shockwave swore to a departing Megatron that Cybertron will be as he had left it. Four million years later, Cybertron remained essentially unchanged, with no technological advancements made.
* {{Flight}}: He has rockets in his legs that allow him to fly in either his robot or gun modes.
* GeniusBruiser: He has strength and firepower equivalent to his intellect, and can easily take Megatron himself in a fight.
* AGodAmI: Shockwave's plan in ''Dark Cybertron'' amounts to "ascend to godhood".
* ILoveNuclearPower: Shockwave's Tech Specs note that he can be powered with nuclear energy, which helps his high fuel usage. In addition, his laser gun mode can fire lethal beams of any energy across the electromagnetic spectrum, up to and including gamma rays.
* ItsPersonal: Subverted in the IDW comics. When he gets stuck in stasis for several million years, he's woken up and put on an ExplosiveLeash by the humans to stop all other Transformers. He attacks Grimlock out of revenge, and even fights his way through Scorponok to get it, but he spares Scorponok because he has no real reason to fight him. When he finally gets to Grimlock, they brawl, until Shockwave gives up the fight (when he gets the upper hand), because it was all just a distraction to have Soundwave deactivate the leash. He says he has no real quarrel with Grimlock and that he doesn't care about the stasis thing. Grimlock chooses to blow them both up with a grenade instead of letting him walk away.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** Shockwave spends the whole of the Marvel comics betraying other Decepticons and acting on his own agenda to be in charge. Then, at the finale of the series, he runs into Megatron ''and'' Galvatron, who've just decided to work together.
** He also crippled Josie Beller, causing her descent into violent obsession and transformation into Circuit Breaker. During the second Decepticon Civil War, she finally spots him, and unleashes everything she has. Cue a blasted Shockwave dropping out of the sky.
* MesACrowd: Shockwave's cartoon bio mentions an ability to create duplicates of himself, but this never appeared in the show itself. He does, however, use it in ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation''.
* NothingPersonal: Shockwave's actions are never personal, just logical to their best outcome. When The Dinobots attack him out of a personal grudge, he struggles to comprehend why they would follow him so far through space, and waste so many resources over wounded pride.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Shockwave is predominantly Decepticon purple.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:In the IDW-verse, the Shadowplay punishment inflicted on him millions of years prior to "Dark Cybertron" is broken as his old, emotional persona returns. However, the only way the universe can be saved from his actions is to destroy him (as the chronal drive is inextricably bound to him and therefore cannot be detatched.]]
* TheSpock: He claims that logic is the only master he serves, and takes a brutally scientific approach to warfare. Fittingly enough, he was written to be an evil version of Spock himself.
* TheStarscream: Excluding his cartoon depiction, Shockwave is always scheming to overthrow Megatron's leadership. However, unlike the glory-hound Starscream, he does so simply because he believes he's the more logical choice (and in stories where he succeeds, he proves that he's not far off).
* TheStoic: [[spoiler:Though the IDW comics show that originally, he was the complete ''opposite'' of a stoic.]]
* TragicMonster: In the IDW continuity. [[spoiler:Originally one of the only decent Senators in a corrupt government, Shockwave was an outspoken, emotional, friendly guy. Then his emotions were forcefully removed, turning him into an emotionless husk, and his face and hands were taken away and replaced with a blank mask and claws for no reason other than spite. This had the side effect of freeing him from morality, allowing him to choose the most logical path to saving Cybertron... culminating in his AGodAmI plan that would be activated in "Dark Cybertron".]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Shockwave has total obedience towards logic and/or Cybertron. In the cartoon, he unsusually had this towards Megatron (he apparently kept trying to contact him for ''four million years!'').
* UnstoppableRage: In the IDW comics, the Dinobots attack him because he destroyed a cargo cruiser they were guarding. Shockwave is mystified at the fact that the Dinobots commandeered a spaceship, took energon and went on a perilous cruise across the cosmos after Shockwave just for revenge at this (minor in the grand scheme of things) offense to their pride. He simply stops trying to think and gets really angry. CurbStompBattle ensues.
* WildCard: He has no problem going behind the other Decepticons' backs or usurping Megatron.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In the Marvel comics to ''Megatron.''

!!!Function: Military Transport
-->"In confusion there is opportunity."

A Decepticon who often serves as transport for other Decepticons. He is a Triple Changer - a Transformer with three alternate modes rather than the standard two. He specialises in creating confusion amongst his enemies, and he relishes in their fear and panic.

->Voiced by: Jack Angel (EN), Takurō Kitagawa (JP)
* BigBadWannabe: In the Sunbow cartoon. His idea of leading the Decepticons was to create an army of drone trains to collect Energon, which could seem a good idea at first, but their A.I.s were too primitive for creative thinking. Contrast with Blitzwing, whose plan seemed dumb at first but ended being better and more successful.
* BiggerOnTheInside: As a space shuttle. Taken to ridiculous lengths in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', where not only can he fit in the entire Decepticon army, but there's also enough space for freaking '''Devastator''' to move around in!
* ConfusionFu: He loves to sow confusion and panic against enemies, and when you have three forms at your disposal, you can probably screw with someone effectively.
* CoolStarship: He turns into a space shuttle, and one that seemingly has [[BiggerOnTheInside TARDIS technology]].
* CoolTrain: If outdated. Some modern toys have him become a bullet train instead.
* DisintegratorRay: His weapon of choice is an ionic displacer rifle, which breaks apart a target's molecular bonds.
* TheDragon: In the IDW comics, he replaces Starscream as the second-in-command of the Earthbound Decepticon Infiltration Unit. The fact that Soundwave and Shockwave were MIA at the time probably helped him get there.
* GodGuise: In "The God Gambit", he conned an alien tribe into worshiping him.
* JustTrainWrong: His train mode has no tender.
* KilledOffForReal:
** He's one of the '''many''' victims of a power-mad Starscream in the Marvel comics, though some of the different continuations have him survive or come back from it.
** In the IDW series, [[spoiler:he gets hacked to bits by Arcee after Galvatron ditches him]].
* LosingYourHead: His ''Titans Return'' toy has his head transform into a Titan Master named Darkmoon.
* MeaningfulName: He transforms into an '''astro'''ship and into a '''train'''.
* SizeShifter: Stands shoulder to shoulder to Starscream in robot form; can transform into a space shuttle that can ''fit the entire Decepticon army, even [[HumongousMecha Devastator]]'' in his hull.
* TheStarscream: He tried to be this in the cartoon episode "Triple Takeover". It... didn't exactly work out for him.
* SteamNeverDies: Transforms into a JNR Class C62 steam locomotive. He does get with the times with newer toys, where he's often a bullet train instead.
* VillainousValor: In the cartoon, he was brave enough to take on bigger, stronger opponents, such as Omega Supreme and Sky Lynx.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: A quirkier, more nasally example than most, but Astrotrain has a much louder reverb than the other Decepticons.

!!!Function: Ground and Air Commando
-->"Destroy first, think later."

Another Triple Changer, able to turn into a tank and a jet. Blitzwing is loud-mouthed, obnoxious, and has a cruel sense of humor only Skywarp could appreciate, but he can transform between his two modes fairly quickly, making him one of the most dangerous Decepticons... provided he doesn't get stuck mid-transformation.

->Voiced by: Ed Gilbert (EN), Keiichi Nanba (JP)
* AbortedArc: After the opening five-parter of the cartoon's third season, he's exiled from the Decepticons and refuses to join the Autobots... but is later seen in some crowd shots with other Decepticons. Is this an oversight on the part of the producers? Or was the whole idea of his exile just quietly dropped? Maybe Galvatron just forgave him for some reason. Who knows. It's [[WildMassGuessing possible]] the arc was going to continue in the episode, "Starscream's Ghost", but his role was taken by Octane to promote the new character.
* AntiVillain: In "Five Faces of Darkness", it is shown that he cares for the survival of the entire Transformers race over Decepticon victory, and is willing to work with Autobots to prevent their mutual extinction at the hands of the Quintessons. Even after he is exiled by Galvatron for allying with Rodimus and betraying the Decepticons, he graciously refuses Rodimus' offer to join the Autobots and quietly accepts his punishment, such is his loyalty to his own brothers.
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: In "Triple Takeover", he defeated several Autobots and made a throne from their bodies during his brief reign as the Decepticon Leader. The Autobots were later rescued and repaired.
* CoolPlane: He turns into a jet as one of his alt-modes.
* KilledOffForReal: Dreamwave and the original Marvel Comic.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Once Galvatron has shown himself gullible enough to fall for the Quintessons' "Decepticon Matrix of Leadership" ploy and unwilling to listen to Blitzwing's warnings, Blitzwing knows the Quintessons' are the TRUE enemy the Transformers should be fighting that one time instead of each other. And takes his lumps and leaves the Decepticons after the Quintessons' defeat.
* LosingYourHead: Sometimes he's partnered up with a Titan Master named Hazard, who forms his head.
* MauveShirt: In many continuities where he isn't as important as the main cast, he falls into this. This is pretty noticeable in the IDW comics, where he's introduced in the very first arc, and he has numerous appearances, fights and dialogue in the series, but like Astrotrain, he never really takes center stage, compared to his teammates (The Seekers) and Megatron. [[note]] The Battlechargers were also introduced in the arc, [[spoiler:but they later died]].[[/note]]
* OrcusOnHisThrone: In "Triple Takeover", he simply sits on a throne while the Autobots [[ItMakesSenseInContext try to make their way through his fortified football stadium]]. [[VictoryByEndurance They're so worn out when they get through that he beats them easily]].
* ShapeshifterModeLock: A weakness he has is that he occasionally gets stuck while transforming between his three different modes.
* SizeShifter: His jet mode can fit the entire Stunticon team.
* TheStarscream: On occasion.
* TankGoodness: One of his altmodes is a tank.

!!The Constructicons
!!!Function: Construction Engineer (Scrapper), Surgical Engineer (Hook), Material Fabrication (Mixmaster), Demolitions (Bonecrusher), Transport (Long Haul), Mining & Salvage (Scavenger), Warrior (Devastator)
-->'''Scrapper:''' "My work is a monument to - and of - my enemies."
-->'''Hook:''' "Strive for perfection even if others must suffer."
-->'''Mixmaster:''' "How strong the steel, how quick the conquest."
-->'''Bonecrusher:''' "Hit it till it stands no taller than dust."
-->'''Long Haul:''' "A battle front is only as good as its supply line."
-->'''Scavenger:''' "Everything is worth something, even me."
-->'''Devastator:''' "Thinking and winning do not mix."

A group of Decepticons who transform into construction vehicles and serve as the Decepticons' engineers. They are frequently portrayed as the first combiner team and combine into Devastator. They consist of Scrapper (a payloader), Hook (a crane), Mixmaster (a cement mixer), Bonecrusher (a bulldozer), Scavenger (an excavator) and Long Haul (a dump truck).
* AdaptationalBadass: The IDW version of Devastator is treated as a dangerous threat, despite being a combiner prototype. In ''Combiner Wars'', it took '''three combiners''' working together to beat him.
* AffablyEvil: Scrapper, despite being the Decepticons' top fortress designer, is surprisingly modest. Doesn't stop him from [[HumanResources using the corpses of Autopots in the construction of said fortresses]].
* {{Beachcombing}}: Scavenger's shovel has a variety of sensors that can detect metals and fuels. He constantly tries to use this ability to find valuable things in an attempt to prove his worth to the team.
* {{BFG}}: Devastator sometimes has a gun the size of his arm. This would mean the gun is as big as a Transformer.
* CombiningMecha: Their combined form, Devastator.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Devastator's cartoon model had two different head designs - one without a red visor (seen in "Heavy Metal War") and one with. The latter seems to have been adopted as the official design.
* DependingOnTheWriter:
** The cartoon went in and out with the Constructicons' loyalty. In some episodes they were loyal and enthusiastic followers of Megatron, in others they were perfectly willing to usurp his position. [[MultipleChoicePast Don't even ask about their origins]].
** Who actually leads the Constructicons? While Scrapper is often depicted as their leader, Hook is sometimes their leader too, and even Mixmaster showed some authority once. Then you have the suggestion that there is no leader, and that all of them are on equal standing.
* DumbMuscle: Devastator sets the ground-rule in G1 that once Combiners become one, their conflicting personalities WILL make the resulting giant as dumb as a box of rocks, no matter ''how'' smart each individual component may be. Devastator, case in point, is made up of six genius level engineers, only to be a roaring, screaming monster whose mind is severely hampered by the competing thoughts of his components. If they actually agree on a certain plan, however, Devastator gets far more dangerous.
* TheEngineer: All of them serve as the Decepticons' go-to base/weapon developers.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Scrapper has a raspy voice in the Sunbow cartoon.
* FaceHeelTurn: Megatron reprogrammed them into Decepticons and gave them the ability to combine. [[MultipleChoicePast Possibly]].
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Scrapper acts as the group's overall leader.
** TheDragon: Hook frequently serves as the second-in-command.
** EvilGenius: Mixmaster, being responsible for creating the materials and bonding agents used in the group's projects.
** TheBrute: Bonecrusher acts as the team's demolition expert.
** DarkChick: Long Haul due to not liking his assigned job, and Scavenger due to being an underdog.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Poor, poor Scavenger. Were it not for his shovel's ability to detect fuel and metal, both Megatron and the Constructicons would've left him in the dust long ago.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Underwent an infamous bout of this in the cartoon episode "The Core".
* HumanResources: Scrapper tends to incorporate his enemies' corpses into his buildings, and Mixmaster recycles his for building materials.
* HumongousMecha: Devastator towers over several Transformers, who themselves are on the large side.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Scavenger constantly tries to prove his worth to the team, which only reinforces the poor sap's image as a loser in his teammates' eyes.
* InsufferableGenius: Hook is a skilled craftsman, but his snobbish attitude and perfectionism hasn't won him many friends.
* KilledOffForReal: In the IDW series, Scrapper is killed some time after ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron''. As such, the Constructicons have had a few replacement members (though currently [[Characters/TransformersGeneration1Autobots Scoop]] serves as Scrapper's replacement).
* LeaderFormsTheHead: Actually averted with The Constructicons, the first of the combiners. Scrapper, the leader shovel-dozer of the six warriors, actually forms the ''right leg'' of Devastator, whereas it is actually ''Hook'' the crane who forms the head instead. In the Wings Continuity, he was the leader, but after a defeat, he was demoted, and Scrapper given the position.
* MadScientist: Mixmaster is likened to a chemistry lab on wheels, and he uses a variety of acids and bonding agents to dissolve anything and recombine it into something else with his cement truck mode's drum.
* TheMedic: Hook occasionally acts as one, as indicated by his Surgical Engineer function.
* MightyGlacier: Bonecrusher has a Strength rating of 9, but his Speed is at 2. Devastator is much the same, only even stronger.
* MultipleChoicePast: The Sunbow cartoon gave the team three wildly different and contradictory origins. Were they built on Earth? Are they Autobots reprogrammed by Megatron? Are they the Decepticons that built Megatron in the first place?
* OmnicidalManiac: Bonecrusher's idea of a beautiful landscape is a rubble-strewn wasteland. Naturally, Devastator is also this given how his one purpose is to commit total destruction.
* PaperThinDisguise: ...yeah, guys, great disguise, no-one will bat an eye at construction vehicles painted ''bright green and purple''. At least a European rerelease had them painted a more realistic yellow.
* ThePerfectionist: Hook demands that his job be done flawlessly, often leading to construction taking far longer than it should. That he's damn good at said job regardless keeps him around.
* SensorCharacter: Scavenger's shovel has magnetic, ionic, electrical and gas sensors, allowing him to detect underground resources.
* SizeShifter: Devastator is shown to be several times larger than his components, so this is implied. A few continuities make it an explicit ability of his (and of combiners in general), however.
* SourSupporter: Long Haul understands the importance of his role as the Constructicons' materials transport, but that doesn't mean he's happy with it.
-->'''Long Haul:''' REMOVE! REMOVE! ALWAYS REMOVE! I didn't join this outfit to be a dump truck!
* ThisIsADrill: The original Constructicon figures came with two drills, which could be used as missiles. These drills are used by Devastator in ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'', albeit as replacements for his hands [[TurnsRed midway into his fight]].
* VillainousValour: Certain episodes such as "The Core" gave the Constructicons blatant showings of camaraderie.
* TheWorfEffect: Hailing from a MerchandiseDriven show like Transformers, the fearsome Devastator would usually be the go-to character to have the newest toy [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] to show just how powerful he is.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Downplayed, but Long Haul's ''Combiner Wars'' toy makes him significantly stockier and chunkier compared to his orginial toy and depictions in the comic and cartoon.
* YourSizeMayVary: While Devastator is big, ''how'' big he is varies wildly. Then you have his Action Master toy, which depicts him as being the same size as Megatron (did the Constructicons shrink?)!

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Fear is the element that unites all losers."

A Seeker who forms part of the "Conehead" trio. Dirge is a gloomy and mournful master of fear who puts even other Decepticons off, but if he's lost control of a situation, he succumbs to fear himself. [[TheyKilledKennyAgain He's also prone to dying repeatedly over several continuities]].
* BadassBoast: "Death comes to he who crosses me." Ironically, it becomes less badass when one knows Dirge has a nasty habit of dying in many continuities.
* BrownNote: Dirge's engines are able to spark fear and dread in anyone who hears them.
* TheChewToy: In the IDW-verse, lots of bad things happen to him. He's been injured in an explosion, almost executed, mind controlled, shot, and put on Cybertron's most wanted because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
* CoolPlane: A modified F-15 Eagle that has a delta wing.
* DependingOnTheArtist: As the picture above shows, the original toy of Dirge depicts him as having his nosecone down. The cartoon and most other media, however, depict it pointing upwards instead.
* DirtyCoward: When his ability to sow fear is overcome, he gets scared himself.
* TheDreaded: His morose and silent nature causes people to fear him, but if he finds himself in a situation over which he has no control, [[{{Irony}} Dirge will find himself crippled and paralyzed with terror]].
* TheEeyore: Dirge constantly acts gloomy, morose and mournful, something which gives his fellow Decepticons the creeps.
* PaletteSwap: Like all Seekers, he's a recolored Starscream. The positioning of his wings and his upwards nosecone do distinguish him from the traditional Seeker template, however.
* SoleSurvivor: His IDW incarnation, in an act of irony, is the only Conehead Seeker to ''not'' get killed off.
* TerribleTrio: Along with fellow Coneheads Thrust and Ramjet.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: He tends to die or get severely damaged a lot in every iteration of G1 in which he appears. A lot. The fandom, naturally, has picked up on this tendency [[CharacterExaggeration and run away with it]]. Averted in the IDW-verse, one of the very few stories where he plays a large role and avoids getting killed.
* UnexplainedRecovery: He seemingly bites it in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' when Unicron bites him, but turns up alive and well in Season 3 of the Sunbow cartoon.

!!The Insecticons
!!!Function: Espionage (Kickback), Electronic Warfare (Shrapnel), Psychological Warfare (Bombshell, Venom), Thief (Chop Shop), Gunner (Barrage), Warrior (Ransack)
-->'''Bombshell:''' "The mind is my playpen."
-->'''Kickback:''' "Friend is another word for fool."
-->'''Shrapnel:''' "Control electricity and you control the world."
-->'''Venom:''' "Friends are more dangerous than enemies."
-->'''Barrage:''' "Nothing left standing means nothing left to change."
-->'''Chop Shop:''' "I take no prisoners, just spare parts."
-->'''Ransack:''' "The sight of ruin only makes me crave more."

Seven Decepticons who have bugs as their altmodes. Most media tend to show only the three smaller ones (Bombshell, Kickback and Shrapnel), but occasionally the more-obscure Deluxe Insecticons (Venom, Barrage, Chop Shop and Ransack) may appear.
* AdaptedOut: The Deluxe Insecticons (Venom, Chop Shop, Ransack and Barrage) didn't appear in the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon]], nor did they appear in the Marvel comics (although Venom and Chop Shop did appear in the UK comic's "Time Wars" story). This was likely done for reasons smilar to the controversy behind Jetfire/Skyfire - the toys were from a different company, and including them would be giving Takara's competitors free publicity.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: All of them change into insects, but the "big" part is especially evident in the Sunbow cartoon, where they don't change size in their altmodes.
* BigEater: Their depiction in the cartoon made them {{Extreme Omnivore}}s that can, and will, devour anything.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Kickback's ''modus operandi'' is making friends, digging up anything they don't want getting out, then using it to get them to do his bidding. His Tech Specs note that humans are particularly susceptible to him.
* BloodKnight: Ransack loves to fight and destroy, and is always ready for the next battle.
* DependingOnTheWriter:
** Their loyalty to the Decepticons varies across mediums. While the original toyline and the Marvel comic portrayed them as rank-and-file Decepticons, the cartoon opted to instead show them as Decepticon-allied mercenaries, only tagging along with other Decepticons when there's something in it for them.
** Who leads the Insecticons? Obstensively it's Venom, but in fiction where the Deluxe Insecticons are absent, it gets more complicated. The cartoon initally presented Shrapnel as the group's spokesperson, but as the show progressed, Bombshell got more and more focus. Meanwhile, Kickback's toy has the highest Rank of the three small Insecticons at 7.
** While the Insecticons are obstensively Decepticons who turn into robotic insects, ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'' depicts them as a separate breed of Cybertronian, with little indication that the "main" three Insecticons ever show up.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Bombshell, Kickback, and Shrapnel are shown to be capable of and [[HorrorHunger willing]] [[CannibalClan to eat]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts anything]].
* FalseFriend: Kickback establishes himself as friends to people he wants to use for his own ends via blackmailing them.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Barrage isn't very popular among the Decepticons thanks to his destructive tendencies, and considering the Decepticons aren't too big on mercy themselves, that's saying something.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: If one of Bombshell's cerebro-shells is removed from a victim's head, it can be used against him.
* HollywoodAcid: Venom's stinger is able to make acids that dissolve metal.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Quite literally in the cartoon's case, where they have the ability to create clones and have voracious appetites.
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: Shrapnel (stag beetle) and Bombshell (rhinoceros beetle), along with Chop Shop and Barrage, are a Type A example of this.
* TheLeader: Venom is said to be the Insecticon leader, but in fiction where the Deluxe Insecticons don't appear, Shrapnel seems to take the role.
* MindControlDevice: Bombshell uses cerebro-shells, which he can inject into his target's heads (be they robot or human) and use to control them as he wishes.
* NoOntologicalInertia: In the cartoon, if the control beam for the Insecticons' clones is disrupted, said clones will disintigrate.
* OmnicidalManiac: When Barrage is sent into battle, he's not stopping until the entire ground is smouldering rubble and every last opponent, be they wounded or taken prisoner, is dead. Ransack, likewise, is perfectly fine with killing high numbers of innocents and levelling settlements so long as his enemy is among the dead.
* TheParanoiac: Venom is constantly afrad that his position as Insecticon leader will be usurped one day (and with Decepticons like Starscream and Shockwave around, can you blame him?), and as such he doesn't trust a single one of his subordinates.
* PoisonousPerson: Appropriately enough, Venom's stinger can release dangerous toxins. He even uses this on fellow Decepticons thanks to his constant paranoia.
* PsychoElectro: Shrapnel's main power is manipulating electricity, and he considers the noise of war and screaming to be music.
* SendInTheClones: The main three Insecticons are capable of creating [[ clones of themselves]]. Often overlaps with ExpendableClone and TheSwarm.
* ShockAndAwe: Shrapnel's antennae can attract lightning bolts, which he can then shoot out from his hands. Venom is also armed with an electric-blaster gun, and Ransack's anennae can shoot up to 80 kilovolts.
* SizeShifter: The Insecticons are sometimes shown to be able to shrink down to the size of an actual insect.
* StickyFingers: Chop Shop is a kleptomaniac who can't help but steal things from friend and foe alike. Something seems thief-proof? He only wants to grab it that much more.
* TheSwarm: The Insecticon clones are often this. The IDW comics also show an army of failed Insecticons known as, fittingly enough, the Swarm.
* {{Technopath}}: Shrapnel's insect antennae can uplink with machines, allowing him to control them.
* ThemeNaming: For some reason, the three primary Insecticons are named after the dangers of an exploding bomb.
* UnexplainedRecovery: While the three small Insecticons are heavily damaged and reformed into the Sweeps (and possibly Cyclonus) in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', Shrapnel shows up perfectly fine on Junkion. All three even appear in the opening five-parter of Season 3.
* VerbalTic: Shrapnel always repeats the last word of his sentences, sentences.
* VillainDecay: They got hit with this hard in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', especially Shrapnel, who is taken down three times over the course of the Battle of Autobot City.
* VirtueIsWeakness: Barrage is a firm believer that showing kindness only stirs hope among the vanquished, and that's not happening while he's around.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"If it flies, crash it!"

Another Seeker who forms part of the Conehead trio. Ramjet considers himself the king of the skies, and excels at colliding into things. He doesn't care if his target is an opponent or not; he'll still do it out of sheer pleasure.
* BigBadWannabe: His IDW incarnation tried to overthrow Megatron, and got [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown exactly what you'd expect]] in return.
* CoolPlane: An F-15 Eagle with F-16XL wings.
* DependingOnTheArtist: While most fiction has his nosecone pointing upwards, the IDW series has him resembling his original toy (where the nosecone was meant to go behind his head).
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: When IDW Ramjet plots against Megatron, he's brutally beaten and dismembered to death.
* HiddenDepths: Ramjet has higher-than-average competence even when only compared to his wingmates Dirge and Thrust. In fact, whenever it's only the three of them he becomes the de-facto leader of the group and directs them or tells them to get their acts together.
* LightningBruiser: He can fly as fast as Mach 2.8 and is strong enough to withstand several md-air collisions.
* {{Nanomachines}}: His plan in the IDW verse involved mind controlling humans by injecting them with microscopic "Mini-Constructicons".
* PaletteSwap: For Starscream. As a Conehead, he's also this among Thrust and Dirge.
* TheStarscream: In the IDW-verse, he was basically a less-effective (and more killable) one than the original.
* StraightMan: Among his wingmates, the gloomy Dirge and the obnoxious Thrust, he serves as this.
* SuperToughness: His nose module can withstand flying into three-foot thick concrete at 1500 miles per hour. His internal mechanisms, however, aren't nearly so used to constant collisions.
* TerribleTrio: Forms the Conehead trio of Seekers with Dirge and Thrust.
* UnexplainedRecovery: He shows up alive in the Sunbow cartoon's third season, despite apparently dying to Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''.
* UseYourHead: Ramjet, as one would expect, likes to ram things with his conehead -- in and out of vehicle mode. [[ Case in point]].

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"My engines' roar is my enemies' song of doom!"

Another Conehead Seeker, Thrust is a brash and arrogant Decepticon who makes no effort to be subtle. Though he often declares victory to be his before the battle even begins, he's largely all bark with little bite.
* BigEntrance: He uses his engine's roar to create one for himself, letting his enemies [[SmallNameBigEgo know just who they're dealing with]].
* CoolPlane: Like the other Coneheads, he is a modified F-15 Eagle -- in his case, he has different tailfins and VTOL wings.
* DirtyCoward: An unusual example. While he can go into battle without pause, a strong enough counterattack can break his nerve, driving him to retreat.
* DependingOnTheArtist: While Thrust's nosecone is ''supposed'' to go behind his head like the other Seeker toys as pictured above, the cartoon and comic had it pointing up and stylised as a helmet (alongside Dirge and Ramjet).
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: When trapped in a Starscream-possessed Trypticon in the cartoon episode "Ghost in the Machine", Runabout, Runamuck, Thrust and Dirge realize they need to stop him. Thrust himself smashes Trypticon's controls, throwing a wrench in Unicron and Starscream's plans and saving Cybertron (Unicron makes one last attempt, but this is stopped by Starscream being Starscream). It's never spoken of afterwards.
* MilesGloriosus: He'll brag and boast about how his mere presence has guaranteed Decepticon victory, but if the enemy is stronger than he gives them credit for, he'll quickly turn tail and flee.
* PaletteSwap: As a Seeker, he's basically a red Starscream, but he's distinguished by his VTOL wings and (usually) his nosecone pointing up.
* SizeShifter: The cartoon episode "Kremzeek!" had Megatron fly in Thrust's jet mode cockpit. In his robot mode. Bear in mind that robot mode Thrust is only as tall as Megatron, if not smaller.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Thrust believes himself to be ''far'' more competent than he actually is, [[DoubleEntendre and he wants you to know that he's coming]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: In the episode "Ghost in the Machine", Thrust happens to be inside Trypticon when Starscream possesses him and uses him to send Unicron's head down to Cybertron to become his new body. He immobilizes Trypticon from the inside, preventing Starscream from making the necessary connections unless his physical form is restored (and once it is, he's all to happy to ditch Unicron).
* TerribleTrio: He forms part of one with fellow Coneheads Dirge and Ramjet.
* UnexplainedRecovery: In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', he and his fellow Coneheads fly into Unicron's mouth and seemingly die, but he shows up alive in Season 3 of the cartoon.
* UnfortunateNames: "Thrust" isn't a name no-one will snigger at already, but remember that he's also a ''Conehead'' Seeker, and [[DoubleEntendre he wants to let his enemies know he's coming]].


[[folder:1986 Decepticons]]

!!!Function: City Commander
-->"My power is everything; defeat is absurd!"

A powerful, cold-hearted and oftentimes-insane Decepticon, Galvatron is a dangerous Decepticon leader. While mostly known for being a reformatted Megatron after a chance encounter with Unicron following a final battle with Optimus Prime, sometimes he's an ancient Transformer warlord, seperate from either entity.
* AdaptationalBadass: His comic selves were shown to be immensely powerful, shrugging off multiple Autobot assaults in rapid succession, and surviving many experiences that could have killed other Transformers. In the IDW comics, he even killed a ''Prime!''
* AllTakeAndNoGive: When energon-low Decepticons (who'd already given energon to bring back Galvatron) were hired by the Quintessons to take on the Autubots with enough energon to keep going, they're seen as "disloyal," and Galvatron makes no bones about it. Swindle calls him out on it.
--> They gave us energon! They led us on this raid! What can ''you'' give us that '''they''' didn't?
* ArmCannon: Galvatron wields a powerful particle cannon much like Megatron's fusion cannon.
* AxCrazy:
** In the third season, he becomes so unstable that Cyclonus and Scourge take him to a planet designed to deal with psychotic people, but Galvatron ultimately ends up demolishing the planet.
** Meanwhile, the UK comic version starts off as relatively composed. However, it soon becomes clear he's holding back a great deal of madness, and circumstances keep pushing him over the edge.
* BadassGrandpa: His IDW incarnation, where he's an ancient Cybertronian, is this.
* BadBoss:
** Whereas Megatron was genuinely respected by his warriors, Galvatron is feared and hated for his erratic tendency to suddenly kill them for the most insignificant of slights.
** In his first appearance, the Marvel US version threatens to kill Wildfly for bad-mouthing him, then actually ''does'' kill Cyclonus for being overpowered by an Autobot.
* TheBadGuyWins: One alternate universe Galvatron (dubbed "Galvatron II") managed to conquer Earth and allow Unicron to devour Cybertron in his universe.
* BarbarianHero: He's far from being a hero, but his portrayal in the IDW continuity perfectly fits the bill.
* {{BFG}}: He transforms into a futuristic howitzer cannon.
* BigBad: As he's (usually) Megatron himself in an upgraded form, Galvatron naturally fills this role. Even in the IDW-verse where he's a separate entity, he managed to become Decepticon leader following Megatron's HeelFaceTurn.
* TheCaligula:
** After his being submerged in a lava pit on the planet Thrull, he went into a more insane state after his "sanity chips" had suffered from being in a "plasma bath" that long.
** The Marvel US version (a.k.a. Galvatron II) clearly had a few screws lose, talking, yelling at and shooting Rodimus' corpse.
* CameBackStrong: Following Megatron's deal with Unicron in his near-death throes, he became far stronger than before as a result, [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie as Starscream can attest to]].
* ContinuityDrift: In the Transformers UK series, this happened with Galvatron when Simon Furman took over writing the US Transformers comic and wanted to bring Megatron back. While Megatron had survived Shockwave's attempt to drive him to suicide in the UK comic, he was still dead in US comic canon and could not simply evoke the UK canon since no one in the US knew about the Transformers UK stories. So for the UK stories, the Megatron Galvatron ran around with in the Time Wars was made into Lord straxus, who put himself inside a clone body of Megatron.
* DealWithTheDevil: Megatron's transformation into Galvatron was essentially a Faustian pact with Unicron.
* DecompositeCharacter: In some continuities (especially the IDW comics), Galvatron is a completely separate entity from Megatron rather than an upgraded iteration of the latter.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Galvatron's relationship with Megatron. In most cases he is an upgraded Megatron going by a new name. However, the IDW comics show him as a completely separate entity from Megatron.
* TheDreaded: The mere mention of Galvatron conjures despair in the bravest of hearts, and whereas Megatron was respected by his own warriors (except Starscream), said warriors now fear for their lives every waking moment thanks to Galvatron's temper and insanity.
* EvilLaugh: With a gloriously-goofy-sounding one in the Malaysian-dub.
* EvilOverlord: He's the Decepticon leader given a considerable upgrade. Even when he isn't, he still commands a powerful army and even takes command of the Decepticons.
* GracefulLoser: After the HatePlague crisis is resolved in "The Return of Optimus Prime", he graciously calls a temporary ceasefire.
--> "There will be no war today, Optimus Prime; you have earned Galvatron's respect."
* HairTriggerTemper: Even Megatron had a better temper than Galvatron did.
* HeroKiller:
** The Marvel US version helped Unicron destroy Cybertron, and by the 21st century, pretty much every Autobot's dead (including Rodimus Prime, whose corpse has been strung up between the ruins of the World Trade Center).
** The UK comic version killed several of the Wreckers when they fought him.
* IHatePastMe: Marvel US version actually tries to beat an insensate, just-revived Megatron to death when they meet, thinking it will cure his madness. His UK version's first order of business was usurping Megatron and burying him alive.
* LargeHam: It does ''not'' help that Creator/FrankWelker decided to give Galvatron a high-and-screechy voice, not unlike another screeching-and-effeminite villain called [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Skeletor.]]
* JokerImmunity:
** The Marvel UK incarnation basically had nearly all of his appearance involve something that would turn anybody else to scrap metal, but he kept coming back, over and over. It eventually took a time rift erasing him from existence to [[KilledOffForReal get rid of him for good]].
** His IDW self has returned from apparent death several times. First when the ''Ark'' was sent to the Dead Universe and its crew revived as undead beings, then when he was thrown into a solar pool by Optimus Prime and survived against all odds, ''then'' when the D-Void seemingly atomised him (in actuality sending him back to the Dead Universe), until [[spoiler:he ''finally'' gets killed by Optimus Prime in the climax of ''All Hail Optimus''. But considering how [[OffWithHisHead his head survived]], and his ''Titans Return'' toy has a Titan Master that turns into his head, even THAT may not be permanent]].
* TheJuggernaut: Galvatron in the UK Marvel comics was so powerful, it's easier to list the attempts to hurt him that actually ''do'' something.
* LightIsNotGood: Galvatron's original toy, in contrast to his design in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', was predomnantly bright white. This color scheme carried over to his appearance in the Marvel comics (as well as "Galvatron II") and even his post-''Dark Cybertron'' IDW body.
* LosingYourHead: His ''Titans Return'' toy has a mini-Megatron lookalike named Nucleon who turns into his head.
* MoodSwinger: In Season 3 of the cartoon, he could switch between calm, insanely gleeful, sarcastic, terrified, enraged at the drop of a hat. It was even lampshaded in one episode.
--> '''Galvatron:''' (after being told to stop) [[SarcasmMode And just how do you intend to stop me?]] ''[[HairTriggerTemper You lump of--]]''
* NighInvulnerability: He's often portrayed as being nearly unbeatable. Some sources claim that this is due to him drawing power from Unicron himself.
* OneManArmy: Comic Galvatron is usually capable of plowing through anything thrown at him.
* PetTheDog: In the IDW comics, a Sweep mistakes Autobots for a threat and attacks them, but is shot down and found by Galvatron. He heals the Sweep, and claims to be the Savior of Cybertron and that they all need to unite to save it.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: His IDW counterpart is a barbaric ten million-year old BadassGrandpa.
* PsychopathicManchild: In Season 3 at times, his behaviour's similar to that as a spoilt child with [[HairTriggerTemper a horrible temper]] with [[UndyingLoyalty Cyclonus]] being the "damage control" for the Decepticons ''and'' he's leader of an entire army of Decepticon warriors. He definitely fits the third dot point of the trope.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Galvatron is often depicted as being purple, and there's no denying that he's very powerful.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to his lieutenant Cyclonus' blue.
-->'''Cyclonus:''' "Mighty Galvatron ''please!!'' We must use ''strategy'' and--"
-->'''Galvatron:''' ''[punches him into outer space]'' "Strategy is for ''cowards!!''"
* TheRival: Not Rodimus, but Ultra Magnus. The two frequently pair off against one another.
* {{Samurai}}: The crests upon his head clearly invoke an imagery of the helmet worn by Samurai.
* SanityStrengthening: After being hit by the Autobot Matrix by Optimus Prime, Galvatron seems to regain some of his marbles, enough to show lucid appreciation for Prime in the end. This came into play in both "The Rebirth" and the ''Headmasters'' continuations, where Galvatron shows himself to be a (comparatively) more calculating and reserved commander who can manage some amount of strategy again.
* TheStarscream:
** Ironically for a character usually born of Starscream's treachery, Galvatron tends to plot against Unicron the first chance he gets.
** Galvatron's Tech Specs note how he's a City Commander (therefore of a similar rank to Ultra Magnus) who plots against his allies and is determined to lead the Decepticons, as if he were one of Megatron's [[TheDragon dragons]] and not Megatron himself.
* ThatManIsDead: Subverted in the cartoon (everyone knows Megatron and Galvatron are the same but don't make a big deal out of it) and deconstructed in the Marvel Comic, as the various time travelling Galvatrons have a hard time coping with past versions of themselves that somehow manage to cheat fate and not become Galvatron, often having to tell themselves that they are not Megatron to muster up the courage to attack their past selves.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Double subverted. Upon Megatron's initial reformatting in the movie, he is actually a fairly stable commander. However, his "plasma bath" in the third season alters Galvatron's sanity chips, rendering him insane.
* TranquilFury: In an OOCIsSeriousBusiness kind of way. In Season 3, when this happens, it means [[UpToEleven he's even more furious than usual.]]
* UnstoppableRage: If someone ticks Galvatron off (something easy to do, given his degraded mental state), expect to see things blowing up.
* VillainousFriendship:
** Surprisingly, he retains this with Soundwave after his transformation. This carries over to ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', where he has Soundwave rebuilt as "Soundblaster".
** To a lesser degree, Season 3 of the cartoon series shows he had a similar relationship with Cyclonus, even though he didn't show it nearly as often as [[UndyingLoyalty Cyclonus]] did.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Subverted; when Megatron first becomes Galvatron, he is perfectly rational. The insanity part usually comes soon after.

!!!Function: Saboteur
-->"Compassion is the Autobots' downfall."

Galvatron's second-in-command, created by Unicron from the remains of either Bombshell, or Skywarp. Or some guy named Life-Spark. Or was always Cyclonus; it various from continuity and fan you speak to. Fiercely loyal to Galvatron, he is often tasked with the thankless job of babysitting his insane leader.
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye IDW comics]] he's at his most heroic, pulling a HeelFaceTurn and becoming a brooding AntiHero, who nevertheless allies with and assists the Autobots.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Whilst a NobleDemon in the cartoon, the Universe Wreckers comic and Rodimus Vs. Cyclonus comic both him as only pretending to be one to cover his cowardly duplicitous nature.
* TheBerserker: In the IDW comics, Cyclonus's main conflict is that internally, he's a huge ball of rage, despite trying to be TheStoic, and wanting Nemesis Prime's peaceful "utopia." As the series goes on, he mellows, being calmer in action and more silent off the field, he mentions in issue 1 of the MTMTE ongoing, that if he gets into a real fight, he's gonna have trouble stopping.
* ContinuitySnarl: Cyclonus in the US Marvel Comic, along with Scourge, had a blink and miss cameo appearance in "The Headmasters" comic in order to pimp their Targetmaster figures. This created a problem since the book was set in the present. Simon Furman ultimately fixed this (even though the Headmasters comic would not be published in the UK) by creating a time travel scenario where Cyclonus and Scourge would be sent back in time and ultimately hook up with Scorponok.
* CoolStarship: Cyclonus transforms into a space fighter, sometimes even serving asGalvatron's personal transport.
* DependingOnTheWriter: His true identity. In recent comic continuity, writers sidestep the issue by either having him be created by Unicron from scratch or having him be always Cyclonus and not a Transformer who got upgraded into a new body.
** In the G1 cartoon, he was either Bombshell or Skywarp.
** In the Marvel comics, he was a Decepticon called Life-Spark.
** In the Universe continuity, he's implied to be Bombshell, calling Skywarp his Armada.
** In Macrocosmic Seekers, he's implied to be Skywarp.
** In the Dreamwave comics, he's himself and a servant of Unicron, and there seems to be many of him.
** In the IDW comics, he's still himself, an old Transformer from before the war.
* TheDragon: He's commonly portrayed as Galvatron's right-hand man.
* DemonicPossession: In ''Starscream's Ghost''.
** CastAsAMask: Roger C. Carmel still voiced Cyclonus when the story demanded he "act normal" to fool Galvatron in that episode. When he made the deal to betray Galvatron to Rodimus, Chris Latta voices Cyclonus.
* DiscontinuityNod: IDW comics, after being erroneously labeled as a Decepticon throughout Heart of Darkness and Chaos (he really is non-affiliated), Cyclonus mentions in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' that he isn't and never was a Decepticon, and in the issue before, he's seen protesting being locked up with the Cons, as he isn't one.
* DumbMuscle: The Marvel UK version, who is even dumb enough to tell Shockwave that he and Scourge would help kill him one day.
* EarAche: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', Whirl breaks one of his horns in the first issue. He goes for over 30 issues before it finally gets fixed.
* EmpathicWeapon: As a Targetmaster, his gun is formed by Nightstick.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the IDW comics, Cyclonus goes to activate a Nega-core, which will flood the positive universe with his Negative Universe, and he has several debates with himself over if he should activate the guardian, Thunderwing, who destroyed his planet. Ultimately he decides not to, but when the Autobots corner him, he banishes his doubts and activates the guardian.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ultra Magnus. This is actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a Quintesson scientist in ''The Killing Jar''. When their leaders seemed to attack them in an insane rage, BOTH Magnus and Cyclonus tried to use reason before they fought, only doing so when they "were given no other option."
* FlatCharacter: Invoked by his ''Transformers Universe'' profile, which states he has no personality beyond being a ferocious warrior. Averted pretty much everywhere else, where he usually has some kind of personality.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In the cartoon, he's either Bombshell or Skywarp; two low ranking Decepticons. In the UK continuity, he's a no-name Decepticon called "Life Spark".
* ILoveNuclearPower: His jet engines are nuclear powered, allowing him to cruise at Mach 2 and reach escape velocity.
* NobleDemon: Deconstructed; while he was willing to save Ultra Magnus from certain doom, he was more than willing to employ Death's Head to kill Shockwave so he wouldn't have to get his hands dirty himself.
--> "Warriors such as you and I should meet their end in ''battle.''"
* NumberTwo: To Galvatron. It has been stated he could ''easily'' become a better leader than Galvatron any time he wanted to, were it not for his UndyingLoyalty to the maniac.
* OffWithHisHead: His Marvel UK version gets his head torn off by Megatron.
* OnlySaneMan: Shares this with Soundwave in Season 3. He serves as the voice of reason in the Decepticon command.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to his commander Galvatron's red.
-->'''Cyclonus:''' "Mighty Galvatron ''please!!'' We must use ''strategy'' and--"
-->'''Galvatron:''' ''[punches him into outer space]'' "Strategy is for ''cowards!!''"
* ShrugOfGod: InUniverse. In a coded Ask Vector Prime from a [[AllThereInTheManual Transformers Animated guidebook]], Vector Prime, an immortal multiversal traveler, says that Cyclonus's identity varies by universe.
* SizeShifter: Even though he is as tall as Galvatron, if not slightly taller, Cyclonus can fit his leader perfectly in his plane mode's cockpit.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Cyclonus's Tech Specs claim he has vast resources of power, from which he can draw upon in proportion to his current needs.
* ThatManIsDead: Evoked in a comic included in a Hot Rod/Cyclonus toy box set, by Cyclonus
* TookALevelInDumbass: Several, actually. ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' inexplicably changed him and Scourge from genuinely menacing and formidable warriors into dumber DirtyCoward IneffectualSympatheticVillain comic reliefs who manage little more than cheap childish {{slapstick}} whenever they appear.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Galvatron. To emphasise, he uses Starscream's [[SarcasmMode "Mighty Galvatron"]] addressing with complete sincerity.
* VillainousFriendship: In S3 he is loyal to only Galvatron and the Decepticon cause. He always stayed by Galvatron's side. In Webworld he even attempted to find help for him when his insanity caused mutiny to stir in the ranks of the Decepticons, he demonstrated towards the end of the episode he'd rather have a [[AxCrazy psychotic boss]] rather than just a mindless machine (the therapists were about to lobotomise him) and in Burden Hardest to Bear he's the only Decepticon who stayed by Galvatron's side after a Matrix empowered Scourge usurped command of his army from him.
* WorthyOpponent: He respects Ultra Magnus as a brother-warrior, and the feeling is mutual.

!!!Function: Sweep Leader
-->"Desolation follows in my tracks"

Created from a former Decepticon (originally former Seeker Thundercracker, though recent adaptations have him just be a Transformer named Scourge), he serves Galvatron as the leader of the Sweeps, a battalion of robotic doppleganger huntsmen who track down and assasinate elusive Autobots.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Scourge's beard in the box art appears white (or light grey on his toy itself). In the cartoon, it's [[DependingOntheArtist either]] dark blue, dark greyish blue, dark grey, or black.
* BeardOfEvil: A stylish Fu Manchu and Goatee. Or Van Dyke.
* TheBrute: Under Galvatron.
* ButtMonkey: While Cyclonus gets his fair share of abuse from Galvatron, it is Scourge who truly bears the brunt of his leader's hideously-bad temper, as he is not one TENTH the warrior that Cyclonus is.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In the IDW comics, after the ''Chaos'' event, the Dead Universe Transformers are all accounted for; Galvatron is temporarily dead, Cyclonus has pulled a HeelFaceTurn (kinda) and Jhiaxus has gone to cause trouble in space, but Scourge has disappeared. In the first issue of MTMTE, Cyclonus is seen searching for him, before leaving, and Sky-Byte mentions that a Sweep head looks like someone he knew. Editor John Barber eventually confirmed [[KilledOffscreen he was considered dead]].
* CoDragons: Alongside Cyclonus, he serves as Galvatron's highest-ranking minions.
* ContinuitySnarl: Scourge, in the US Marvel Comic, along with Cyclonus, had a blink and miss cameo appearance in "The Headmasters" comic in order to pimp their Targetmaster figures. This created a problem since the book was set in the present. Simon Furman ultimately fixed this (even though the Headmasters comic would not be published in the UK) by creating a time travel scenario where Cyclonus and Scourge would be sent back in time and ultimately hook up with Scorponok.
* DemonicPossession: In ''Ghost in the Machine''.
* DirtyCoward: It's implied that the Sweeps in general are cowards, but after what happened to a Sweep that was shot in the eye in "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 3" by Wheelie, soon after they recovered Galvatron, nobody would blame them.
-->'''Sweep:''' "My guidance system is hit! Galvatron, save meeee!"
-->'''Galvatron:''' "Please, meet your end with dignity! I ''despise'' [[TheStarscream whiners]]!"
* EmpathicWeapon: The Nebulan Fracas transforms into his gun as a Targetmaster.
* HeelFaceTurn: At the end of the ''Timelines'' comics, a continuation of the G1 cartoon, Scourge signs a peace treaty on behalf of the Decepticons with the Autobots Neutrals and Second Generation Transformers that ends the war.
* LosingYourHead: ''Titans Return'' reinvents Fracas as an ancient Cybertronian Titan Master, and he forms Scourge's head as opposed to his weapon.
* PowersViaPossession: When he takes in the Autobot Matrix of Leadership in his own body, he turns into a hideous freak with the power of ''a hundred Decepticons'' and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity great madness]] to boot in "The Burden Hardest to Bear." Scourge wipes the floor with Galvatron and Cyclonus and usurps control of the Decepticons for a strike on Earth. However, Hot Rod, having seen the changes the Matrix did to Scourge, defeats him to reclaim it and become Rodimus Prime once again.
* RealMenWearPink: His claw-tips are painted pink, and DependingOnTheArtist, the tips of his toes as well.
* RememberTheNewGuy: IDW comics, he just shows up in ''All Hail Megatron'' 14. In the Revelation miniseries the Dead Universe Transformers were: Nemesis Prime, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Straxus, Jhiaxus, and Grindcore. 14 states that Scourge was also one, despite having not been seen before.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: This is mostly an InformedAbility.
* SuperSenses: Demonstrated when a storm erupts on Jupiter (from Galvatron shooting at it) is audibly painful to the Sweeps, but not Galvatron or Cyclonus.
-->Sweep 1: "This is blowing out my audio sensors!"
-->Sweep 2: "It's torture!"
-->Galvatron: (EvilLaugh) "No, no, it's music! The symphony of destruction and the anthem of agony!"
* TookALevelInDumbass: Several, actually. ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' inexplicably changed him and Cyclonus from genuinely menacing and formidable warriors into dumb DirtyCoward IneffectualSympatheticVillain comic reliefs who manage little more than cheap childish {{slapstick}} whenever they appear.
* YesMan

!!The Combaticons
!!!Function: Combaticon Leader (Onslaught), Interrogation (Vortex), Munitions Expert (Swindle), Ground Assault (Brawl), Space Warrior (Blast Off)
-->'''Onslaught:''' "The mind is the greatest weapon."
-->'''Vortex:''' "I'm Vortex, fly me - if you dare."
-->'''Swindle:''' "Make Deals, not war."
-->'''Brawl:''' "I was built to be wild."
-->'''Blast Off:''' "I destroy Autobots by choice, not command."
-->'''Bruticus:''' "The road to conquest is paved with Autobot wrecks."

Five Decepticons who transform into military-based vehicles. They are Onslaught (an anti aircraft truck), Blast Off (a space shuttle), Brawl (a tank), Swindle (a jeep) and Vortex (a helicopter). They combine into Bruticus.
* AloofAlly: Blast Off considers himself to be above the rest of his comrades -- figuratively and literally, given that he's often out in space.
* ArmsDealer: Swindle acts as the team's munitions expert, and he knows all about weapons and their market prices.
* TheBarnum: Considering how his name is ''Swindle'', it'd be kind of shocking if he didn't enjoy conning people out of cash/energon.
* BlowYouAway: Vortex can use his rotor blades to create wind funnels of speeds up to 300 miles per hour.
* BoisterousBruiser: Brawl is not only a strong fighter, but he's also a loud, noisy one.
* BreakoutCharacter: While they were all introduced and characterized together, Swindle has gotten the most focus out of all of them in the years since, having the most moments away from the team in the cartoon, and is the most prominent Combaticon in the IDW comics. He's also the most heavily featured of the team's ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' counterparts, as well as the only Combaticon to be adapted into ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
* TheChewToy: Swindle in the IDW comics. He's had an illegal weapon that drains a victim's energon tested on him, Optimus Prime once landed on him in truck-mode and crushed him, he's had his arm shot off and hung by a chain attached to his back for interrogation, and Astrotrain ran him over and dismembered him. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Most of these happened to him for reasons contrary to his wrong doing]].
* CombiningMecha: They merge into Bruticus.
* CoolPlane: Blast Off's ''Combiner Wars'' toy gives him a thematically more appropriate Harrier jet alternate mode (though this is due to being a redeco of the Aerialbot Quickslinger/Slingshot from the same line).
* DeathFromAbove: Blast Off is good at raining destruction down on Earth from orbit, with an x-ray laser that can hit targets over 12,000 miles away.
* DumbMuscle: Bruticus is an idiot, plain and simple, but at least it means he'll follow Megatron's orders without question.
* FaceHeelTurn: According to the ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor'' comics, they were once part of the Autobot Elite Guard.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Onslaught is the group's strategist and leader.
** TheDragon: Vortex. Not too obvious, but he yells orders whenever Onslaught is incapacitated.
** EvilGenius: Swindle. He knows a lot about all those weapons he sells. "Five Faces of Darkness" showed he knew how to negotiate with others (the rest of the 'Cons asked him to handle that part).
** TheBrute: Brawl. The most obvious one.
** DarkChick: Blast Off. His altmode and function keep him apart from the rest.
* HairTriggerTemper: Brawl has an extremely foul temper that sets him off into a wild outrage.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: This is Vortex's main way of interrogating enemies. However, he doesn't just hang them out of his helicopter altmode -- he also takes them on death-defying wild rides until they spill the beans.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Swindle thrives on wheeling and dealing, and loves to... well, swindle people for his own materialistic personal gain.
* TheJuggernaut: Bruticus tries, he tries so hard. ''Wings of Honor'' shows him as one, having heavy weapons and near invincible armor, he rips his way through the Elite Guard, and even when he's brought down, there's barely enough of them left to form a team.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: When the rest of the group transforms into a jeep, a tank, a missile trailer and a helicopter, Blast Off's space shuttle mode looks very out of place. His ''Combiner Wars'' toy made him a more thematically appropriate fighter jet (though the Japanese ''Unite Warriors'' toyline made a different version that retained the classic space shuttle).
* LightningGun: Brawl carries a 10 megawatt electron gun in robot mode.
* LoudOfWar: Brawl has a twin sonic cannon that can fire off sound at 300 decibels.
* MightyGlacier: Bruticus isn't quick or agile, but he is able to lift up to 500,000 pounds.
* MultipleChoicePast: In the Sunbow cartoon, Starscream created the bodies from junked WWII vehicles and inserted the minds of five renegade Decepticons. Said Decepticons could also have been part of the Autobot Elite Guard who defected to Deathsaurus' Decepticons to later be imprisoned by Megatron's Decepticons (to coincide with the TV origin, [[BroadStrokes yet still with some slight discrepances]]). And so on.
* PragmaticVillainy: "Webworld" has Motormaster and Swindle disillusioned with the insane Galvatron, and give Cyclonus an ultimatum:
-->'''Swindle''': Either you do something about his craziness, Cyclonus--
-->'''Motormaster''': --Or we'll do something about both of ya!
* SonicStunner: Onslaught uses a powerful stun gun, which Bruticus also uses. Said stunner is strong enough to "stun" a hillside into powder, so the term "stun gun" is used [[SarcasmMode perhaps loosely]].
* StickySituation: Vortex uses a semi-automatic glue gun that traps his targets in place.
* TheStrategist: Rather than get his hands dirty, Onslaught prefers to devise strategies for his Combaticon subordinates to carry out on his behalf.
* TankGoodness: Brawl transforms into a tank.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Brawl's tank turret fires shells equivalent to 200lbs of TNT, and Onslaught fires photon missiles equivalent to 3000 ''tons'' of the stuff.

!!!Function: Assault Sentry
-->"I live for the taste of an Autobot's fuel line!"

A Sharkticon from planet Quintessa, Gnaw's loyalties lie with whoever feeds him. He must get lots of food from the Decepticons, then, as he proudly wears their symbol.
* AdaptedOut: While Sharkticons were present in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' and Season 3 of the cartoon, none of them were allied with the Decepticons like Gnaw.
* BigEater: As with all Sharkticons, and Gnaw in particular is loyal to whoever last fed him.
* EpicFlail: His weapon of choice in robot mode, which also acts as his shark-mode's tail.
* HeelFaceTurn: In at least one comic continuity, he's joined the Autobots and become Wheelie's best friend.
* ImAHumanitarian: Presumably, like most Sharkticons, he's perfectly fine with devouring Cybertronians.
* MookPromotion: Once a Sharkticon identical to the rest of his kind, Gnaw now holds a spot in the Decepticon army.
* ThreateningShark: Well, his altmode is more akin to a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robot frog pirahna]] thing.
* UniformityException: His Decepticon insignia is the only thing distinguishing him from any other Sharkticon.

!!!Function: Fueler
-->"He who has fuel, has power."

A greedy Triple Changer who becomes a jumbo jet and a fuel tanker. Octane is a mean-spirited bully who enjoys forcing planes to abort landings and watching Decepticons painfully fall inoperative due to a lack of the fuel he is supposed to provide.
* AchillesHeel: In his tanker mode, he is heavily armored everywhere except for the underside.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He'll do anything if it'll get him something in return. Just ask Galvatron about Trypticon's vacation in Carbombya.
* DirtyCoward: His Tech Specs give him a Courage rating of ''3''.
* DeflectorShields: He has a deflecto-shield that repels beams and artillery.
* FriendlyEnemy: To Sandstorm.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Octane's self-serving outlook and habits of making his allies beg for drops of fuel have made him one of the more despised Decepticons. That he's able to locate fuel and transport it as well as he does is probably what keeps Megatron from kicking him out.
* HazyFeelTurn: After the Decepticons kick him out in the cartoon, he sorta sides with the Autobots, getting a job as a salvage operator, and being friendly with Sandstorm. He never actually became an Autobot, but he did seem to scheme with Starscream and Rodimus to get Galvatron killed.
* KillItWithFire: In a surprising show of backbone, Octane once takes on a Scraplet monster with the other Triple Changer Decepticons in the Marvel comics. He sets it on fire with his flamethrower, which is powered by his large fuel supply.
* KilledOffForReal: He dies in the Marvel comics, killed alongside his fellow Triple Changers against Starscream.
* IHaveManyNames: At different points, he's been renamed Tankor, Fuselage, and Oct'''o'''ne, almost always for trademark reasons.
* LosingYourHead: Sometimes the Titan Master Murk transforms into Octane's head.
* PlayingWithFire: His weapon of choice is a fuel-powered flamethrower.
* TheStarscream: He tried to be this in the cartoon episode "Thief in the Night". As with the original, this didn't work out well for him, and after getting kicked from the Decepticons, he meets the ghost of the REAL Starscream, who shows him how it's done.
* {{Troll}}: Loves to make commercial aircraft abort landings. The other Decepticons find such activities to be pointless. They're not particularly happy with his hobby of withholding fuel from them and watching as they fall painfully inoperative, either.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He teams up with Starscream and the Autobots to defeat Galvatron in "Starscream's Ghost", and when Galvatron comes back in the end, Octane just runs off, and is never seen again. Future appearances had him back in the Decepticons, but they might have just been animation errors. The fact that it's possible Octane's role in those episodes was meant to have been filled by Blitzwing doesn't help.

!!The Predacons
!!!Function: Predacon Leader (Razorclaw), Gunner (Rampage), Ground Assault (Headstrong), Fueler (Tantrum), Aerial Assault (Divebomb), Warrior (Predaking)
-->'''Razorclaw:''' "All good things succumb to those who wait."
-->'''Rampage:''' "Those who conquer, act; those who are conquered think."
-->'''Headstrong:''' "The best advice is not to listen to advice."
-->'''Tantrum:''' "Anger gets me running better than any other fuel."
-->'''Divebomb:''' "Conquer the skies and below you will fall."
-->'''Predaking:''' "Destroy first, ask questions later."

A quintet of wild and powerful Decepticons with powerful, savage animals as their beast modes. In some continuities, they are the forebears and original leaders of the Predacon faction from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars.'' Their members include their leader, Razorclaw ([[KingOfBeasts a lion]]), Divebomb ([[NobleBirdOfPrey an eagle]]), Headstrong ([[RhinoRampage a rhinoceros]]), Rampage ([[PantheraAwesome a tiger]]), and Tantrum ([[ALoadOfBull a water buffalo]]). In most continuities, they are able to combine in order to form the mighty Predaking.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Razorclaw's claws are able to rip through one foot-thick steel.
* AffablyEvil: Divebomb is the most cheerful of the Predacons, particularly (and especially) when he has several targets to choose from while in the air.
* ALoadOfBull: Tantrum's alt-mode is a robotic water buffalo.
* ChemistryCanDoAnything: One of Tantrum's weapons is a catalytic carbine, which sprays a foe with reactive chemicals and forms hazardous compounds on contact with metal.
* CombiningMecha: The team combine to form Predaking.
* CoolSword: All five Predacons (including Rampage the gunner) and Predaking use swords as weapons, and all of them have some extra feature.
* EnergyBall: Headstrong uses a plasma-sphere shooter that fires explosive energy balls.
* EvilCounterpart: A quintet of five vicious, near-feral robots with savage animal modes? Sounds like they fit the bill for the Dinobots (which their original commercial even pointed out).
-->'''Megatron:''' Few Decepticons can stand up to the Dinobots, but the Predacons can!
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the rivalry between Divebomb and the Dinobot Swoop in the UK Marvel comics. When they picked up their rivalry on Earth, the rest of the Dinobots and the rest of the Predacons joined in the fight. The Dinobots were less than impressed.
* FeatheredFiend: Divebomb transforms into a mechanical eagle.
* FiveBadBand: Par for the course with Combiner teams:
** The BigBad: Razorclaw who, given that he is the most patient and analytical of the Predacons, pulls double duty as TheEvilGenius.
** TheDragon: Rampage.
** TheBrute: Headstrong and Tantrum.
** TheDarkChick: Divebomb.
* FlamingSword: Rampage uses a thermo-sword that can reach temperatures of up to 5,000 degrees.
* GeniusBruiser: Unusually for combiners, the Predacons' mental merging as Predaking is successful, resulting in a highly effective (if animalistic) super warrior.
* HairTriggerTemper: As their names might imply, Tantrum and Rampage are both prone to frequent and violent rages.
* HollywoodAcid: Headstrong releases corrosive acid from his rhino mode's horns.
* InASingleBound:
** Razorclaw's lion mode can leap distances as long as a football field (120 yards or 110 meters).
** Rampage can jump up to 300ft high and 500ft long in tiger mode.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Headstrong acts stubborn to hide his own deep insecurities. Too bad for him that he's more susceptible to psycological (rather than physical) attacks.
* InformedAbility: Their combined form of Predaking is supposedly a nigh-unbeatable [[GeniusBruiser Genius]] LightningBruiser. In all the myriad continuities in which Predaking has appeared, however, the big guy acts like a dumb brute and has had perhaps ''one'' victory against anyone, [[EnemyCivilWar and that was against the Combaticons]].
* KilledOffForReal: The hunters became the hunted in the Marvel comics thanks to Starscream during his Underbase power-trip. Some continuations of the story have some or all of them recover, however.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Razorclaw wields twin concussion blasters, which do the bulk of their damage through physical force.
* KingOfBeasts: Razorclaw transforms into a mechanical lion.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: In "Nightmare Planet", after being freed from Daniel's nightmares, they're ready to go after Rodimus and the Autobots -- all except Headstrong, whose leg had been injured by a giant Nightmare Galvatron badly enough to keep him from transforming into his beast mode. Knowing that without him, they can't form Predaking, Razorclaw calls for a retreat (since without Predaking, the odds are with the Autobots, not them).
* LaserSight: Divebomb has a very unusual example in that his ''sword'' uses it -- specifically, it locks onto a target and guides the sword towards it.
* LightningGun: Rampage uses a 60,000 volt lightning rifle as a weapon.
* MasterOfIllusion: Headstrong uses a diffraction sword, which bends light and makes him appear somewhere he isn't while hiding his true location.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Razorclaw doesn't screw around when he's on the hunt -- he won't waste a drop of energon unless he's certain the results are worth it. He's willing to go long periods of staying motionless (causing others to mistake this for laziness) until the opportune time to strike, when he finally goes all-out.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The individual Predacons are dangerous and well-armed by themselves, but as a combiner, Predaking takes it to a new level, being a successful (if animalistic) merge of the five.
* PredecessorVillain: Certain continuities establish them as the founders of the Predacon faction in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. When the Decepticons accept the Autobot's offer for peace, the Predacons separate from them, gathering together former dissidents and protoforms to begin the conflict anew.
* ShockAndAwe: Tantrum wields an electro-sword and can shoot bolts of electricity from his horns (up to 20,000 volts). Predaking can also generate a protective electric field.
* ThievingMagpie: Divebomb has shades of this, using late-model sports cars (among other things) to build mecha-nests for himself on buildings and mountains.
* UnstoppableRage: Rampage goes through these a lot, and friend and foe get torn to shreds during these outbursts. Strangely, TV is one way of keeping him under control; rock music videos in particular keep him enraptured for hours.
* UseYourHead: Since Headstrong and Tantrum transform into horned animals, this is naturally a favored tactic of theirs.
* {{Vibroweapon}}: Razorclaw wields a sonic sword, the vibrations of which shatter metal on contact. Predaking also uses this sword as a weapon.
* WalkingArmory: All the Predacons use swords and guns at the same time, and each of those has a distinctive function or advantage.

!!!Function: Fuel Scout
-->"The road is my dinner plate."

The Decepticons' cold-blooded and efficiency-obsessed fuel scout, who tends to criticise the waste of fuel in each Decepticon plan. He's one of Soundwave's tapes, but sometimes he finds himself in a high position despite his size -- often to the position of Decepticon leadership!
* AdaptationalBadass: His Marvel comics incarnation is a great deal more effective than his other characterisations; besides being a rather effective Decepticon leader for a Mini-Cassette, [[ he managed to take on]] ''[[HumongousMecha Fortress Maximus]]''.
* AdaptationalIntelligence: In the cartoon, he was shown to have an animalistic intelligence like all animal Transformers. In the Marvel comics, he was Cybertron's chief fuel auditor, with a talent for calculating expenditures and profits.
* BalefulPolymorph: IDW afflicts him with a robotic form of this -- once a humanoid with bat-like features, his former goon Soundwave places his spark into a smaller body that is all bat.
* BatOutOfHell: Ratbat's robot mode is that of a giant mechanical bat.
* BigBad: Some continuities have him be in some position of Decepticon leadership.
* CorruptPolitician: In the IDW comics, Ratbat is shown to have once been a senator who did immoral things for profit, such as arming Megatron's little band of gladiators (not that [[BalefulPolymorph it ended well for him]]).
* DependingOnTheWriter: While most continuities have him capable of speech and put him in some high ranking position, the cartoon merely made him TheUnintelligible and a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Laserbeak.
* EvilOverlord: In the Marvel comics, Ratbat became Decepticon leader for a considerably long while, and later G1 material has put him in a similarly high position of power.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: In IDW, Ratbat was a greedy senator who used Megatron's uprising for his personal gain. Then his minion, Soundwave, betrayed him, destroyed his body and placed his spark in his current "cassette" body, thus making ''him'' Soundwave's servant.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ratbat's only allegiance is to himself. As for his friends? They're not friends, just business partners.
* KilledOffForReal: Offed by Scorponok in the Marvel comics and Arcee in the IDW comics.
* MisterBig: While he's usually larger than the mini-cassette he transforms into, Ratbat is still a good deal smaller than most of the Decepticons he finds himself leader of in most continuities (such as the Marvel comics).
* SensorCharacter: Ratbat's wings contain sensors that can locate fuel sources. His primary function per his Tech Specs is as a fuel scout for the Decepticons.
* SizeShifter: Turns from a microcassette into a bat. His Tech Specs note that his wingspan can change from being one foot to ten feet, implying he can also change his robot mode size.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: While supposedly the Decepticons' fuel scout, the cartoon used him more often as a spy as if he were Laserbeak (who made less and less appearances in the third season).
* VampiricDraining: He refuels himself by biting into the gas-lines of cars. He prefers high-quality cars as they have higher-quality fuel.
* WasOnceAMan: Sometimes (most prominently in IDW), Ratbat was once a humanoid Transformer before being [[BalefulPolymorph unwillingly given a new animal robot mode]].

!!Runabout and Runamuck
!!!Function: Shock Troopers
-->'''Runabout:''' "A pretty car makes an even prettier wreck."
-->'''Runamuck:''' "The road is my playpen; cars are my toys!"

A duo of Decepticons collectively known as the Battlechargers, with the ability to transform faster than any other Transformet, taking under half a second to do so. The two are dim, but equally commited to causing chaos and mayhem.
* AffablyEvil: Sometimes, like in the ''Wings of Honor'' continuity, they happily inform Jhiaxus of the war, and even give advice on how to pursue a fembot to Sideburn.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Both of them suffer this to an extent, but Runabout in particular. He's easily distracted and prone to indulging in flights of fancy, random violence, and petty vandalism.
* ChaoticStupid: Both are violent, short-sighted, impulsive, "wacky", and not as clever as they think they are.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: One of the few differences between them is that while Runabout is fully aware that the duo's pranks and graffiti are childish and silly (and gladly embraces this fact), Runamuck has deluded himself into believing that he's a brilliant, Banksy-style artist who creates revolutionary art and social commentary. His art is actually poorly scribbled phrases like "humans are wimps".
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Though not to the extreme of the Stunticons, the Battlechargers have little regard for humans and their silly little traffic laws.
* {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s: In most continuities, like in Marvel, where they put graffiti on the Statue of liberty, and especially in the Wings Continuity, where they are incredibly dim, and fairly awkward.
* TheHyena: Runamuck's constant chuckles are always written as "heh heh," almost to the point of a VerbalTic.
* KilledOffForReal: They suffer this fate in both the Marvel and IDW comics.
* MonumentalDamage: Though more like monumental petty vandalism, since their most memorable moment is [[! spray-painting "Humans are wimps!" on the Statue of Liberty.]]
* PaletteSwap: Averted, surprisingly. You'd think from their designs that they share a body type and were just recolors of each other like the Seekers, but they have noticeably different heads, bodies, and legs. They were produced simultaneously so it's likely each one had his own mold instead of one being retooled to make the other.
* PlayingWithFire: Runamuck's friction rifle increases the generation of heat between molecules for five minutes, meaning a target hit with it will burn to death if they make even the slightest move before then.
* {{Psychopathic Manchild}}ren: Basically what you get if WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead were giant robots.
* RedOniBlueOni: Runamuck's Red to Runabout's Blue -- and Runabout is only the Blue Oni by being compared to Runamuck.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: They're more or less a couple of hooligans, but also something of a double act--Runamuck is an amusingly thuggish idiot, while Runabout is slightly better spoken, but not by much.

!!The Stunticons
!!!Function: Stunticon Leader (Motormaster), Warrior (Drag Strip, Dead End), Terrorist (Wildrider), Scout (Breakdown), Super Warrior (Menasor)
-->'''Motormaster:''' "These wheels are made for crushing."
-->'''Drag Strip:''' "The first one to cross the finish line ''lives''."
-->'''Dead End:''' "We are all just food for rust."
-->'''Wildrider:''' "Either you're out of my way or you're out of luck."
-->'''Breakdown:''' "Keep your optical sensors to yourself."
-->'''Menasor:''' "Leave no Autobot uncrushed."

A group of automotive-based Decepticons who combine into Menasor. The team is a DysfunctionJunction made of the tyrannical Motormaster (a truck), the egotistial GloryHound Drag Strip (a race car), the vain and nihilistic Dead End (a Porsche), the psychotic Wildrider (a Ferrari) and the paranoid Breakdown (a Lamborghini).
* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: In "The Burden Hardest to Bear," Wildrider inexplicably developed a DeepSouth accent.
* AxCrazy: Wildrider exults himself in the accidents and mayhem he causes. Menasor is also rendered this as a result of his components all despising Motormaster.
* BadBoss: Motormaster is this to his teammates, which ultimately hampers Menasor's mental acuity since his four limbs all hate him.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: The group saves Megatron from Bruticus and Starscream when they combine in "Starscream's Brigade" -- earlier, Bruticus had taken out Devastator and was about to get Megatron to submit to Starscream. Only Motormaster's point about Starscream's ego not knowing when to quit got them to do it though.
* BlowYouAway: Motormaster uses a cyclone cannon to fire off devastating high-force winds. Menasor often uses this weapon as well when the Stunticons are combined.
* CarFu: Their ''modus operandi''. They were specifically built to be able to demolish anything and everything on the road, in fact. [[MeaningfulName Wildrider]] is the worst driver of the bunch, though.
* CastAsAMask: For "Masquerade," where Autobots who closely resemble the Stunticons' altmodes impersonate them, the voices of Motormaster and Wildrider (Roger C. Carmel and Terry [=McGovern=]) are used when Optimus and Windcharger impersonate them.
* CombatPragmatist: Motormaster realizes in "Starscream's Brigade" that Starscream's ego would not let Starscream and Bruticus stop with just defeating Megatron and Devastator. This lets him convince the other Stunticons to form Menasor and defeat Starscream and Bruticus.
* CombiningMecha: Menasor.
* CoolCar: All of them transform into cars (or a truck in Motormaster's case).
* DrivesLikeCrazy: All of them do this, but Wildrider goes above and beyond largely because he himself ''is'' crazy.
* DumbMuscle: Menasor is an idiot like nearly every other combiner, but he is made worse by the fact that since ALL five components absolutely ''hate'' each other, he is a ''self-loathing and criminally insane'' idiot.
* DysfunctionJunction: Every one of them has a disorder of some sort.
* TheEeyore: Poor, poor Dead End. He sees no point in the Transformers' war and is convinced that life itself is meaningless.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Motormaster. "Bottomless pit" deep, in this case.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Motormaster.
** TheDragon: Drag Strip.
** TheDarkChick: [[ConspiracyTheorist Breakdown]].
** EvilGenius: [[TheEeyore Dead End]], due to being the [[OnlySaneMan most mentally stable]] member (which should really say something about the Stunticons, as Dead End is a [[StrawNihilist nihilist]]).
** TheBrute: Wildrider.
** SixthRanger: Offroad, who often takes Wildrider's spot in the roster when he appears. There's also Blackjack, who becomes Menasor's chestpiece as his Combiner Wars toy.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: ''None'' of the other Deceptcons, Megatron included, can stand Drag Strip's costant bragging and glory seeking. If it didn't make him a dangerous and motivated foe against the Autobots, Megatron would've gladly reduced him to scrap.
* GloryHound: Drag Strip is obsessed with victory, to the point where he'd rather die than lose. [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating And when he does win, he'll make sure everyone knows it]].
* GravityMaster: Drag Strip has a gravito-gun, which enhances the gravity of its target, tearing them to pieces.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: While this applies to all the Stunticons, Wildrider is the most overt example.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When Megatron's constructed weapon explodes in the cartoon episode "Masquerade", Autobot reinforcements arrive. Menasor retreats, as the number of Autobots greatly increased from five.
* LargeAndInCharge: Motormaster is the largest of the quintet in both modes and acts as their tyrannical boss.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Motormaster considers Optimus Prime to be his rival as "King of the Road" and goes out of his way to destroy him before Megatron can. In the cartoon, he finally got his chance in "Masquerade" to go up against Optimus when he rammed the Autobot leader at maximum speed when they were both in their truck forms. The resulting collision gave Optimus a headache, but it gave Motormaster a smashed up grill, blown-out tires, a wrecked engine, broken windows... you get the picture.
* TheParanoiac: Breakdown is this because he thinks everyone and everything, living or nonliving, is out to get him.
* PragmaticVillainy: "Webworld" has Motormaster and Swindle disillusioned with the insane Galvatron, and give Cyclonus an ultimatum:
--> '''Swindle:''' Either you do something about his craziness, Cyclonus--
--> '''Motormaster:''' --Or we'll do something about both of ya!
* ThePsychoRangers: Of the Aerialbots. Played straight in the comics, but interestingly [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in the cartoon, as the Stunticons were created first: Megatron originally built them because the Autobots thwarted his plans one too many times by being able to drive into places where Decepticon jets couldn't follow them, and he decided he needed his own fleet of cars. That they were mistaken for Autobots early in their existence was a nice bonus.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Drag Strip. Motormaster too, as seen above.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The Stunticons ''despise'' each other, yet the four smaller cars are united in how much they hate and fear Motormaster. They're forced to join minds to form Menasor and are thus constantly to exposed to each other's neuroses and loathing. They only way they manage to work together is because they fear Motormaster or, more likely, fear the possible wrath of Megatron if they don't cooperate and do as he commands.
* ThisCannotBe: Menasor is insulted in "Masquerade" when "Motormaster" (really Optimus Prime in disguise) accuses HIM of being an impostor, but this trope hits when with Windcharger's magnetism and Mirage's illusion-creating ability, the "Stunticons" form a '''second Menasor!'''
--> '''Starscream:''' IMPOSSIBLE!
--> '''Megatron:''' (looking at them both) TWO Menasors??
--> '''Menasor #1:''' Can't be! '''I''' Menasor! Me!
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Drag Strip loves brushing his ego and bragging about his accomplishments at any opportunity he can get.
* VillainDecay: In their debut appearance, the Stunticons had "automatic [[ForceField forcefields]]" that made their hulls impenetrable, and were more than capable of pounding practically the entirety of the Autobot forces. In later appearances, they were taken down much easier, with no mention of their forcefields.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: When Menasor is formed, he is very powerful. Too bad that his components not only consist of a cruel tyrant, an egotistical glory-hog, a nihilist, a paranoid wreck and a complete nutter, but also that all of them hate the cruel tyrant. As such, this practically makes Menasor a ''walking asylum''.

!!!Function: Assault Base
-->"Total victory requires total destruction."

A giant saurian robot who transforms into a battle station and a city. He acts as the Decepticons' ultimate weapon, but he finds war to be a pointless and boring prospect. Under his control are two drones named Brunt (a tank) and Full-Tilt (a car that becomes a robot).
* AdaptationalIntelligence: While Trypticon's Marvel depiction and Tech Specs don' exactly paint him as a genius, they don't make him put to be an idiot. The Sunbow cartoon, however, essentially turned him into an upscaled, evil Grimlock. Meanwhile, the Dreamwave comics have him act an awful lot like a GeniusBruiser.
* AdaptedOut: Brunt and Full-Tilt effectively never existed in the Sunbow cartoon, with Full-Tilt only appearing as part of Trypticon's chest.
* BigEater: Oh yeah, he consumes '''50 energon cubes''' (50000 barrels of oil) '''an hour'''!!
* BrilliantButLazy: There's no questioning Trypticon's raw power, but he cares very little for it, or for the war in general.
* CoolCar: He has a car drone named Full-Tilt, which can transform into a small robot. The Marvel comics also featured the similar character Wipe-Out.
* DroneDeployer: Full-Tilt can be sent out in any of his forms (hanging on Trypticon's chest when not in use). When in his alt-modes, Trypticon can send out Brunt as well.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: His robot mode resembles a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
* FauxAffablyEvil: His Dreamwave incarnation talks in a sophisticated and polite fashion, as he's testing his weapons out on Prowl's troops.
* GeniusLoci: He can transform into a city and a fully armed mobile battle station.
* HumongousMecha: He's a city-sized dinosaur that can turn into a mobile battle station.
* LosingYourHead: Not Trypticon himself, but Full-Tilt, whose ''Titans Return'' toy has the Titan Master Necro form his head.
* MeaningfulName: "Trypticon" is derived from "triptych", used to refer to a painting or object that's divided into three hinged segments. When in his battle station or city modes, Trypticon transforms by effectively splitting into three attached segments.
* MindControlDevice: Strangely enough, Trypticon's optical sensor has a hypno beam.
* OmnicidalManiac: While he finds war boring, once he starts attacking, he won't stop until there's nothing but rubble.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Giant city-sized dinosaur? Yep. Strength and Firepower ratings of 10? Yep. A WeaponOfMassDestruction as an altform? When they say he's the Decepticons' ultimate weapon, they're not exaggerating.
* TheRival: He functions as this to the Autobots' giant city-bot, Metroplex.
* StoryBreakerPower: If Trypticon was ever depicted as being as powerful as a city-sized 'bot armed to the teeth as then some ''should'' be... there probably wouldn't be many Autobots left. This probably has something to do with his scant appearances in most media.
* TankGoodness: While in city mode, a tank drone called Brunt is deployed.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: His mouth contains heat-seeking plasma bombs.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: Trypticon's battle station mode is this, as it's armed with a laser cannon, rotating blasters, destructo-beams and dual photon launchers. Oh, and it can move and is around the size of a city.
* YourSizeMayVary: Trypticon's size has never been consistent. In the Marvel comics, he was only around two to three times the size of regular Transformers, while other depictions make him as tall as a building or two. Meanwhile, his size hardly ever comes close to representing a robot the size of an entire human-scaled city (let alone one scaled for Transformers).


[[folder:1987 Decepticons]]

!!!Function: Headmaster Commander
-->"Kindness is no virtue... and cruelty is no vice."

A very large Decepticon with a great deal of authority and a high position in the Decepticon heirarchy. That's about the only thing consistent about Scorponok; he's one of those fun characters where [[DependingOnTheWriter almost everything about him from personality to size differs between continuities]]. Sometimes he's binary bonded or controlled by a smaller creature (usually a [[HumanAliens Nebulan]] named Lord Zarak).
* AlasPoorVillain: Invoked with [[spoiler:his death at the hand of Unicron]] in the Marvel comics.
-->'''[[spoiler:Scorponok]]:''' [[spoiler:Huuuu... Puh-Prime? Did... Did... kuuuu... I do... good?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Optimus Prime]]:''' [[spoiler:Yes, old friend... You did good.]]
* AVillainNamedZrg: Lord Zarak, who's usually just as bad as the Decepticons even before they show up.
* BackFromTheDead: In ''Regeneration One''; his original pre-Headmaster head was left on Nebulos, which reactivated and ordered Nebulan scientists to reconstruct his original body.
* BewareMyStingerTail: He turns into a giant scorpion with an electro-stinger in its tail.
* BigBad: Scorponok sometimes acts as leader of the entire Decepticon faction (or at least a small group of them), and even when he isn't he usually acts as the big bad mastermind behind some scheme.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', Devil Z forced Scorponok (and by extension the Decepticons) under his control.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Zarak acted as one briefly in the Marvel comics under the alias "Mr Z", running the Z Foundation to recruit humans to destroy the Autobots (under the guise of being a charitable organisation devoted to the extermination of all Transformers on Earth).
* DisneyVillainDeath: ''Regeneration One'' sends him and Grimlock falling down a dark canyon. While Grimlock reappeared later on, Scorponok was seemingly not so lucky.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Scorponok's portrayal wildly varies between continuities: in the Sunbow cartoon (specifically, "The Rebirth") he appears to be a lifeless HumongousMecha controlled by Zarak, in the Marvel comics Scorponok is a large (but not huge) sentient Decepticon who allies with Lord Zarak, and in ''The Headmasters'', Scorponok is a small Cybertronian who controls a lifeless Transtector to become [=MegaZarak=] (and later [=BlackZarak=]).
** In addition, some continuities have him in merely a high ranking position, while others make him the leader for a time. Some continuities give him redeemable traits, while in others he's a CardCarryingVillain.
* DroneDeployer: Though often ignored by fiction, Scorponok's original toy comes with the semi-autonomous drone Fasttrack, which transforms into a car.
%%* EvenEvilHasStandards: Zarak.
* GeniusBruiser: Though Scorponok is certainly a heavily armed and powerful Decepticon, he's also a cunning strategist. Some continuities hint that binary bonding with Zarak helped his intelligence grow exponentially.
* GeniusLoci: One of his alt-modes is a city, though this is usually not seen by his smaller representations.
* GravityMaster: Downplayed; Scorponok's robot mode uses a fusion-powered anti-gravity gun. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Try to guess what it does]].
* HumongousMecha: His bigger robot mode is city-sized in some continuities. His smaller mode (as Lord Zarak) is an inversion of the trope.
* LargeAndInCharge: How large and how much in charge he is though [[DependingOnTheWriter varies]], but something that's consistent is that he's pretty big for a Cybertronian and is pretty high on the power chain.
* LegacyCharacter: In the ''Wings Universe'' continuity, Zarak's son Olin inherits Scorponok after he passes away, becoming the mech's new operator.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster. He tends to use the Scorponok name in his bigger mode and the Lord Zarak name in his smaller mode, though some have called him Zarak when in Scorponok mode.
* PaintItBlack: Scorponok renames himself [=BlackZarak=] in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', with a rebuilt and upgraded black Transtector.
* PowerPincers: Scorponok has large claws in lieu of hands, and he can use these to deliver crushing impacts.
* ScaryScorpions: One of his altmodes is a large robot scorpion controlled by Zarak in a cockpit.
* SecondaryColorNemesis: Scorponok is colored green, purple, black and orange in contrast with the {{Primary Color Champion}}s of Autobots like Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and his opposite number Fortress Maximus.
* SocialDarwinist: Holds these beliefs in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMonstrosity''.
* WalkingArmory: Even when he isn't the size of a city, he has guns all over his body, an electro-stinger tail, and powerful claws.
* WeaksauceWeakness: His ''Headmasters'' incarnation has a pretty big one - his chest window. One hit to it, and Scorponok would run away immediately.
* YourSizeMayVary: Sometimes he is simply twice as tall as the average Decepticon, sometimes he's big emough to become a city.

!!!Function: Saboteur
-->"Obnoxiousness is not a problem, it is an art."

A member of the Horrorcons alongside Snapdragon. Apeface is horrifically obnoxious and unpleasant even by Decepticon standards -- at least the likes of Blitzwing and Skywarp don't spit fuel in public, knock over anyone in their way, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or smell bad]]. He's a Triple Changer that turns into a jet and a robot gorilla, and he's often a Headmaster partnered with a being named Spasma.
* CoolPlane: A jet serves as one of Apeface's two altmodes.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: One of his altmodes is a robotic gorilla. Of course, being a Decepticon, everything's ''not'' better when he's around, especially given Apeface's obnoxiousness.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood:
-->"Yuck, noble Autobots make me want to puke." - in ''The Rebirth''
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: As an obnoxious and slobbish thug, he's not very popular among the other Decepticons (the one exception being his Horrorcon partner in crime, Snapdragon).
* {{Jerkass}}: Even to fellow Decepticons, he's rude, loud and obnoxious.
* LosingYourHead: He's often a Headmaster, though ironically Apeface turns into a head himself in the ''Titans Return'' toyline (having been reimagined as an ancient Titan Master).
* MakeMeWannaShout: His main weapon of choice (besides his own strength) is a semi-automatic sonic boomer gun, which emits powerful sonic blasts.
* SuperStrength: In his ape mode, he's able to hit things far harder than in robot mode (his Tech Specs even give him a perfect 10 in Strength). Naturally, this is his go-to weapon in battle.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Together with Snapdragon, he makes a pair as the Horrorcons.
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Apeface's Tech Specs note that he "never changes his lubricant so he smells like a grease-encrusted turboworm".
* YourSizeMayVary: Usually, he's a normal-sized Decepticon whose head is formed by a {{human alien|s}}, but in ''Titans Return'', Apeface is a human-sized Titan Master who transforms into his classic head (which can replace those of other Transformers).

!!!Function: Assault Team
-->"We're only halves of a whole, but double the trouble."

One of the Duocons - robots whose bodies transform into two vehicles.
* AscendedExtra: Botcon 2015 gave him a new toy and made him the narrator for the main story for that year.
* DependingOnTheWriter: His Bio in Dreamwave and his appearance in ''The Headmasters'' make him a Duocon, but his Marvel comics appearance makes him a Triple Changer. Timelines combines the two and says that he was originally a Duocon before being upgraded into a Triple Changer.
* FlawedPrototype: In the Dreamwave comics, Battletrap (and Flywheels) was the result of Shockwave's early attempts at creating a Transformer with more than one alt-mode, and failed as his consciousness was split between two vehicles.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Sometimes played straight in some stories where he is as a Duocon. In fact, he is the most sane of the two with Flywheels, as his own components get along well. Averted with other stories, in which they depict him as a Triple Changer.

!!!Function: Assault Team
-->"Believe in yourself, but only if you both agree."

* DependingOnTheWriter: He can split into two altmodes in continuities like Headmasters, G1, and Dreamwave, but in the Marvel UK comic he was more of a triplechanger, as well as the IDW continuity.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: He had his top half shredded by Tesarus in the IDW comics.
* KilledOffForReal: In the Marvel comics and the G1 comics, possibly in the G2 comics. Killed in the IDW comics as well.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: When he divides on his altmodes, they cannot agree on anything.
* MythologyGag: Thinking Fulcrum was a zombie is a callback to one of the few stories where Flywheels was actually important, City of Fear, where an ancient city was infested with zombies.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: When introduced in issue 7 of the IDW comics, Flywheels does the least to emphasize his personality, only showing he's kinda twitchy.

!!!Function: Hypnotist
-->"Just one look from me and you've lost."

* AdaptationalWimp: His ''Headmasters'' incarnation, while possessing the same powers as usual, was also something of a complete schmuck.
* AliensStealCable: His attempts at contacting the other side have only succeeding in picking up old TV shows. Not that Mindwipe minds so much. He actually likes "My Mother, The Car".
* BatOutOfHell: His altmode.
* TheChewToy: In Simon Furman's run on [=G1=]. He gets shot by Starscream, conscripted to work for Shockwave via threats of death from Starscream, repeatedly fails to use those hypnotic powers of his, and the one time he does get them to work (on ''Soundwave'', of all folk)... he's captured at gunpoint by Kup and "persuaded" to help smooth things over between both sides.
* CoDragons: In "The War Within: The Dark Ages", with Bludgeon and Bugly, for The Fallen.
* CompellingVoice: He is a hypnotist, so this comes with the territory.
* EvilGenius: Mostly known for "brainwashing."
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.
* TheParalyzer: He carries a gun that can freeze a 'bot for a good thirty minutes.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: He once tried hypnotising Grimlock, figuring the big guy would be an easy target. Grimlock just ignored it and decked him.

!!!Function: Interceptor
-->"Keep shooting, eventually, you're bound to hit something."

* ATeamFiring
* EmpathicWeapon: Aimless.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: In his case, the inability to hit a target is a trait of the character.
* MeaningfulName: In the IDW comics he got his name after an incident with a gun and 20 dead Decepticons.
* MotorMouth: His profile in the IDW comics states that he has ADHD.
* MythologyGag: His gun in the IDW comics looks like Aimless, in the original cartoon, their guns had the nebulons incorporated into them, so basically his gun looks the way it did before becoming a target master.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Too much destruction is never enough."

Another of Soundwave's tapes, he's the dumbest and most violent of the group.
* AxCrazy
* DumbMuscle
* HaremSeeker: In G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers.
* OutOfFocus: Overkill very, very seldom appears anywhere.
* PowerIncontinence: Sometimes fails to size change when transforming from tape to dino mode resulting in an action figure sized T-Rex.
* TyrannosaurusRex: When he's not a tape.

!!Pounce and Wingspan
!!!Function: Infiltrator (Pounce), Data Processor (Wingspan)
-->'''Pounce:''' "Terror is the stage on which I perform."
-->'''Wingspan:''' "Knowledge is the most deadly weapon of all."

* CatsAreMean: Pounce's alternate mode.
* FeatheredFiend: Wingspan's alternate form.

!!!Function: [[OneManArmy S.T.A.G. (Solo Transformer Assault Group)]]
-->"Life is worth saving only as long as there are enemies worth destroying."

A Decepticon who has six forms and is a one man army.
* ChallengeSeeker: Sees battle as a way to test himself against powerful opponents.
* EquippableAlly: While in gun mode.
* IGaveMyWord: The only reason such an honorable warrior like Sixshot would ''continue'' to work for a deranged genocidal maniac like Galvatron was his sense of sworn-duty to Megatron.
* MeaningfulName: Sixshot, being a Six Changer, has six forms--his robot mode, [[TankGoodness a tank]], [[{{BFG}} a gun]], [[CoolShip a spaceship]], an off-road vehicle, and a winged wolf.
* NobleDemon: Sixshot, in ''Headmasters'' only serves the Decepticons out of a sense of sworn duty to Galvatron, and is actually a principled, decent and honorable warrior who does not kill children or innocents in cold blood. This hidden decency allows him to befriend Daniel later on, resulting in a HeelFaceTurn.
* [[OneManArmy One Bot Army]]: Sixshot is perfectly capable of holding his own against far more numerous opponents. Fitting, given that he is also a...
* PersonOfMassDestruction: In the IDW comics, Sixshot is one of Megatron's "Phase-Sixers", a trio of extremely powerful Decepticons who are expected--and perfectly capable--of ''razing entire planets to the ground whenever they see action.''
* SuperSoldier: In IDW.

!!!Function: Swamp Warrior
-->"Autobots are like bad fuel - weak and greasy."

* BuffySpeak: He refers to his gun as a "Soften Up" gun rather than its given name, because he can't pronounce it.
* CharacterTics: Grinding his teeth together in crocodile mode.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Grax, Skullcruncher's headmaster partner, tried getting him to eat his business rivals. It worked, but Skullcruncher didn't like organics (not very filling).
* DumbMuscle: He's tough, and he's strong, but he's incredibly slow and stupid
* ImAHumanitarian: Skullcruncher has eaten both Nebulans and Transformers.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.

!!!Function: Messenger
-->"Expect betrayal and your friends won't disappoint you."

Yet another of Soundwave's tapes, this one in the form of a ''Stegosaurus''. He's a paranoid moron who thinks everyone's out to get him.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The plates down his back double as this.
* ConspiracyTheorist: He's absolutely sure all the other Decepticons are plotting against him behind his back.
* DumbMuscle
* MightyGlacier: Strength score of 9, Speed score of ''1''.
* TheSpiny: Supposedly, in the IDW comics, Ultra Magnus steps on him with no bad consequences.

!!!Function: Air Defense
-->"The only way to survive a duel with me is to not show up."

* DirtyCoward: His definition of a "duel" is shooting his enemy from behind and at a distance.
* EmpathicWeapon: Caliburst.
* MilesGloriosus: He boasts of his skill as a marksman, but is nowhere near as good as he thinks.
* OnlySaneMan: When your teammates are Triggerhappy and Misfire[[note]]Scourge and Cyclonus aren't always affiliated with the targetmasters[[/note]], coward or no, you're a more effective and stable teammate.

!!!Function: Interceptor
-->"If it doesn't get you dirty, it's not worth doing."

* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take much to set him off.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.
* ThePigPen
* UndyingLoyalty: To Lord Zarak. It is considered his only redeeming feature.

!!The Terrorcons
!!!Function: Terrorcon Leader (Hun-Grrr), Terrorist (Rippersnapper), Sentry (Sinnertwin), Foot Soldier (Blot), Shock Trooper (Cutthroat)
-->'''Hun-Grrr:''' "Eat only what you need - destroy the rest."
-->'''Rippernapper:''' "Autobots are an error I intend to correct."
-->'''Sinnertwin:''' "The sound of ripping metal is music to my audio modules."
-->'''Blot:''' "I'm not as bad as I look - I'm worse."
-->'''Cutthroat:''' "Compassion is the currency of losers."

A quintet of Decepticons who transform into monstrous, nightmarish creatures. And their mental states are just as monstrous and nightmarish as well. They're the rival team to the Technobots. They merge to form Abominus.
* AwesomeMcCoolname / PunnyName: ''Sinnertwin''
* BerserkButton: Hun-Grrr was in a good mood, he offered some energon chips to his boss, Bludgeon, due to a complex frame-up, Bludgeon believed Hun-Grrr to be a traitor. Hun-Grrr was more pissed off that his generosity was refused.
* BigEater: Hun-Grrr.
* DumbMuscle: Abominus is so destructively dumb that a timer needs to be set before the Terrorcons merge. However, there was this one time during the "Hate Plague" episode where he manages to beat Computron (because the latter "thinks too much).
* ExtremeOmnivore: Hun-Grrr can eat almost anything and spits it out as missiles and weaponry.
* FatSlob: Blot is not really fat in fat standards. But he's still [[DumbMuscle too dumb to do anything about it]].
* ThePigPen: Blot constantly leaks some sort of disgusting fluid.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: To Sixshot (during Sixshot's IDW comics continuity).
* PsychopathicManchild: Rippersnapper takes his massive inferiority complex out on his Autobot enemies.
* ThePsychoRangers:
** BigBad EvilGenius: Hun-Grrr when he's not stuffing his face.
** TheBrute: Blot
** DarkChick: Cutthroat [[CombatSadomasochist CRANKS IT TO 15.]]
** [[TheDragon Two Dragons]]: Rippersnapper and Sinnertwin.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The Terrorcon leader's name has been spelled as Hun-Gurrr, Hun-Grr, Hun-Garr, Hun-Grrr, and Hun-Gar across various official sources.
* VerbalTic: "Let's all speak like Grimlock!" (On and off during G1 cartoon.)
* WeaksauceWeakness: Sinnertwin's afraid so small, furry animals despite being a scary two-headed orthrus.

!!!Function: Gunner
-->"Have gun, have fun!"

One of the Decepticons' Targetmasters, Triggerhappy is an insane gun-nut that loves the sound of his own guns firing. So much so, he doesn't care much for ''where'' exactly he's pointing them at the time. His main weapon is a compression cannon formed from Blowpipe, a political manager and the envious brother-in-law of Lord Zarak.
* AxCrazy: He's a drooling idiot who laughs maniacally when he fires his (many) guns.
* BlowYouAway: Triggerhappy's compression cannon fires compressed air at forces strong enough to crush armor. When Blowpipe is a Titan Master, this ability is imbued on whoever he combines with (not just Triggerhappy).
* CoolPlane: Triggerhappy transforms into a Cybertronian jet, which Blowpipe is able to drive.
* DependingOnTheArtist: While his box-art illustration (shown above) and original toy show him with a visor and a mouth, his fiction appearances and ''Titans Return'' toy instead give him uncovered eyes and a mouthplate.
* EmpathicWeapon: As a Targetmaster, Triggerhappy's compression cannon is the altmode of Blowpipe.
* LeeroyJenkins: Triggerhappy's idea of a battle strategy is "wave guns around randomly while firing really fast". This severely annoys the more calm and strategic Blowpipe.
* LosingYourHead: In ''Titans Return'', Blowpipe is instead a Titan Master that transforms into Triggerhappy's head.
* MeaningfulName: The Decepticon named Triggerhappy is TriggerHappy? You don't say!?
* TriggerHappy: Well... yeah. He loves the sounds his guns make when they go off, so much so he fires them while laughing uncontrollably.

!!!Function: Tracker
-->"My pleasure with my enemy's pain comes."

* DamnYouMuscleMemory: When bonded to Monzo he is, forgo his weapons in favour of wrestling he does, because able to let go of his past Monzo isn't.
* TheDragon: In ''Headmasters'', he's one of Scorponok's top minions. Well, for a given value of "top".
* InASingleBound: Capable of leaping eight miles in a single go, he is. According to his Universe profile, at least. Never really been depicted elsewhere, it hasn't.
* TalkativeLoon: Occasionally blows his cover by [[CallingYourAttacks announcing his presence before pouncing]].
* VerbalTic: [[YodaSpeak Backwards he talks.]] Unless written by Simon Furman, he is.
* [[LosingYourHead Your Head Losing]]: A Headmaster he is.

[[folder:1988 Decepticons]]

!!!Function: Predator
-->"The greater the foe, the sweeter his fuel."
A twisted, vampire-like Decepticon Pretender whose bat-monster shell, while highly inefficient in its energy consumption, can corrode metal with its touch and leech the energy from other Cybertronians to strengthen Bomb-Burst.

* BatOutOfHell: His Pretender shell
* KilledOffForReal: IDW comics.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: He's a giant alien robot who feeds on the energy of other robots because it both increases his strength and because his specialised armor will swiftly drain ''him'' of energy if he doesn't.
* ParanoiaFuel: InUniverse. Bomb-Burst is regarded as a dark and terrifying legend among Autobots for his preferred methods of silently hunting them down and picking them off, one by one, leaving behind mangled corpses sucked dry of fuel that are only found in dawn's light.
* WeaksauceWeakness: His optics are over-sensitised to light, so he shuns brightly lit places and sunlight. The fact his Pretender shell will rapidly deplete his own energy reserves if he doesn't feed often enough arguably counts.

!!!Function: Strategist
-->"The greatest power is the power to control."


* TheParalyzer: His stingers are capable of subduing some 'bots. In extreme cases, it causes permanent paralysis.

!!!Function: Hunter/Tracker
-->"A cunning smile is more devastating than the fiercest weapon."

A Pretender whose shell and altmode are wolf-shaped. The original leader of the Mayhem Attack Squad, EvilCounterpart of the Wreckers.
* AntiHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn in Marvel UK continuity. Somewhere between a Type II and a Type III (arguably a type IV in his revenge arc).
* AntiVillain: Before HeelFaceTurn in UK comic continuity.
* BloodKnight: (Marvel UK) As he says to Springer: "I'm a Decepticon warrior! The need to fight is in my oil." However, he comes to value the fight for more than its own sake whilst defending humans from his former Decepticon comrades.
* CruelMercy: Stops Springer from killing Bludgeon, Stranglehold and Octopunch as he reasons "denying them their 'warrior's death' is the worst fate I could think of".
* DefectorFromDecadence: Marvel UK. Breaks away from the Mayhem Attack Squad with his Pretender comrade Catilla and joins up with the remnants of the Wreckers to form the Survivors. Later comes to admire and value human life.
* EnemyMine: Teams up with the Wreckers to fight Megs and Galvy in ''Time Wars''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* FireForgedFriends: With Springer and the Wreckers as a result of their ''Time Wars'' team-up.
* HeelFaceTurn: Again, in Marvel UK continuity. Joins the Autobots and comes to appreciate the value of human life; however, he still retains his Decepticon ruthlessness when fighting his former comrades. See Cruel Mercy and RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* NobleDemon: In the Marvel UK continuity, he disobeys his orders to "kill any Wreckers left standing" after fighting with them against Galvatron and Megatron in ''Time Wars''.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Marvel UK.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Takes out most of the New Mayhem Attack Squad after they kill his comrade, and fellow DefectorFromDecadence, Catilla. However, he spares Bludgeon, Stranglehold and Octopunch in the spirit of CruelMercy.

!!!Function: Aerial Assault
-->"Things are never as bad as they seem - usually they're worse."

A Decepticon Powermaster, partnered with the Nebulan theif Throttle. Partners with Dreadwind to combine into the spacecruiser Dreadwing.
CombiningMecha: with Dreadwind.

!!!Function: Mercenary
-->"The price of victory is never too high."


* KilledOffForReal: IDW comics
* TheMole: Undercover as an Autobot AND as a Decepticon, so he can get benefits from both sides. He even uses two different robot modes (humanoid as an Autobot, eagle-like as a Decepticon) to not be discovered.
* PlayingBothSides: In his only Marvel UK appearance, he uses his dual identities to manipulate Optimus and Scorponok.

!!!Function: Air Defense
-->"Fear is a friend whose presence is felt long after he's left."

A Decepticon Powermaster, partnered with the rogue Nebulan scientist Hi-Test.
* CombiningMecha: with Darkwing.
* TheEeyore: In the running against Dead End for Most Depressing Outlook In The Decepticon Army.

!!!Function: Tracker
-->"Leaders are for fools who need to follow."

* TheBerserker
* BerserkButton: Throws a fit if he's given orders.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.
* TooDumbToLive: In the Marvel comics, he repeatedly picks a fight with Grimlock. In the final issue, it finally comes back to bite him, when Grimlock punches straight through his chest.

!!!Function: Naval Assault
-->"Ashes to ashes, rust to rust."


!!The Firecons
!!!Function: Firestorm Trooper (Cindersaur), Warrior (Flamefeather), Cryptologist (Sparkstalker)
-->'''Cindersaur:''' "Crash and burn... and burn... and burn."
-->'''Flamefeather:''' "The only good Autobot is a deactivated Autobot."
-->'''Sparkstalker:''' "The smallest details reveal the largest secrets."

The pyromaniac Cindersaur, the violent Flamefeather and the intelligent Sparkstalker, who can transform into a trio of fire-breathing beasts
* AxCrazy: Cindersaur ''and'' Flamefeather, much to Sparkstalker's chagrin.
* TheBerserker: Cindersaur ''and'' Flamefeather, again, the former because of his unbelievable idiocy and the latter because he's so violent that even the Decepticon military academies didn't want him.
* TheCracker: Sparkstalker, a brilliant cryptologist and extremely stealthy, sublte hacker. Instead of using those talents, he's stuck babysitting a driveling idiot and a rage fueled hate machine.
* BreathWeapon
* {{Gonk}}: They are drawn with a very high degree of toy accuracy in robot mode in the Marvel comics. Unfortunately this makes them all stumpy, chubby-looking dwarfs compared to more the proportionally humanoid designs of, say, the Seekers.
* HairTriggerTemper: It's said that Flamefeather's greatest achievement in life was talking to someone for a full minute without going into a frothing rage.
* KilledOffForReal: Sparkstalker was accidently incinerated by the idiotic Cindersaur in a FriendOrFoe incident.
** BackFromTheDead: In the Regeneration One comics.
* OnlySaneMan: Sparkstalker
* PyroManiac: By definition, but Cindersaur in particular.

!!!Function: Ground Trooper
-->"Smash all that stands and trample the rest."

* ALoadOfBull
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster
* YourHeadAsplode: In the IDW comics

!!!Function: Terror Trooper
-->"Sow the seeds of fear and victory is yours."

* AnArmAndALeg: IDW comics. When he goes to Bludgeon about the Autobots having infiltrated the base, Bludegon's merged with his pretender shell, and the psychic shock causes him to go crazy and slice off one of Iguanus's arms and legs. He bleeds to death from the injury.
* BecomingTheMask: Ever since he gained a reptilian Pretender shell, he's been obsessed with them. His bio calls it 'misguided camaraderie.'
* CoolBike: He transforms into a bike that is a dead-ringer for a ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' recon bike.
* EldritchAbomination: In ''Regeneration One''. The Autobots have no idea what the shadow-leeches are until they isolate one, analyze it, and discover to their horror that it used to be Iguanus...meaning that the other leeches used to be ''everyone else.''
* {{Narcissist}}: Swoons over his own freaky reptilian Pretender shell.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: A big creep in more ways than one. Even his bio calls him hideous, loathsome, and a monster.

!!!Function: Aerial Warrior
-->"Get hip or get hit!"

* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Finds Earth's fads and trends fascinating. So far, that means being a video game nerd.
* CryingWolf: Does this in the appropriately named Marvel UK strip ''Cry Wolf''; his comrades don't take it well; Carnivac ({{HeelFaceTurn}}ed Decepticon with ''wolf'' Pretender shell and alt mode) uses Needlenose's fear and paranoia to his advantage, making the paranoid Decepticon the first target of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* {{Empathic Weapon}}s: Sunbeam and Zigzag.
* EvilCounterpart: Needlenose's interest on Earth culture makes him very similar to Jazz.
* {{Jerkass}}: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''.
* KillItWithFire: He has a flamethrower in the IDW comics.
* MauveShirt: ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'', he keeps showing up doing odd jobs for the Decepticons or for himself, from enforcing the peace, to hiding Dirge, to beating up civilians, to advocating that the Autobots not kill Megatron.

!!!Function: Ground Assault
-->"Nothing lasts forever... so why not destroy it now?"

* TheBerserker: Violent to a fault, too. Other Decepticons have to dive for cover because he shoots everywhere and lets his hit count do the talking.
* TheBully: Basically a big ol' jerk that tries to pick on anyone he thinks is weaker than him, which usually comes back to bite him in the aft.
* DumbMuscle: His Strength, Endurance, Courage, and Firepower levels are quite high. His intelligence is only slightly better than Sludge, widely considered the dimmest bulb among the Dinobots.
* {{Empathic Weapon}}s: Tiptop and Heater.
* MuggingTheMonster: Quake tends to underestimate people, and then tends to get his butt kicked. Most notably, he mocked the relatively diminutive [[WesternAnimation/TransformersBeastWars Tigatron]] during the 3H comic era, and got his face vaporized off for his effort.
* PurpleIsPowerful: A powerful brute who turns into a magenta-purple tank.
* TankGoodness: More like Tank Badness due to being such a bully.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Quake has a bad habit of dying a lot.
* WallCrawl: His tank treads can exude an adhesive that allows him to scale vertical surfaces.

!!!Function: Gunner
-->"Destruction has a beauty all its own."

* ForTheEvulz
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor'' he's not that effective or smart. When chased down a hall way, he eptied several clips into the wall behind him, reasoning that the pursuers have to come around the same corner and get shot (his companion said it was stupid, as they wouldn't run into a hallway riddled with gunfire).
* RedShirt: IDW Stormbringer comics he's killed when fighting Thunderwing.
* TheSociopath

!!The Seacons
!!!Function: Seacon Team Leader (Snaptrap), Underwater Excavations (Nautilator), Undersea Terminator (Overbite), Undersea Reconnaissance (Seawing), Amphibious Assault (Skalor), Underwater Demolitions (Tentakil), Undersea Warrior (Piranacon)
-->'''Snaptrap:''' "Broken Autobots never mend."
-->'''Nautilator:''' "Blame someone else before they blame you."
-->'''Overbite:''' "There are two kinds of creatures: predator and prey."
-->'''Seawing:''' "The darkest depths reveal the darkest secrets."
-->'''Skalor:''' "I stink, therefore I am."
-->'''Tentakil:''' "Embrace your enemies... until they're terminated."
-->'''Piranacon:''' "Underwater, no one can hear you scream."

A team of six Decepticons who transform into sea creatures. They are Snaptrap (leader, a turtle), Nautilator (a lobster), Overbite (a shark), Seawing (a manta ray), Skalor (a coelacanth) and Tentakill (a squid).
* AnimalMotifs: All of them transform into sea animals.
** TurtlePower: Snaptrap transforms into a tortoise.
** GiantCrustacean: Nautilator transforms into a lobster.
** ThreateningShark: Overbite transforms into a shark.
** FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Skalor transforms into a manta ray.
** FishPeople: Skalor transforms into a Coelacanth.
** GiantSquid: Tentakil, natch.
* BloodKnight: Snaptrap's favorite part of the hunt is the kill.
* ButtMonkey: Nautilator. If not for the Seacons being relatively unknown, one would believe ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'''s Zoidberg is an {{Expy}} of him.
** Also a meta example: Nautilator was excluded the first time the team was sold as a multi-pack. Later multi-pack releases ''do'' include him.
* CombiningMecha: They form Piranacon.
* EgomaniacHunter: All of them, and taken to such an extreme in Piranacon that Snaptrap had to install an automatic timer to insure that they'd separate after a certain amount of time to prevent them Piranacon from hunting all the time.
* EmpathicWeapon: Piranacon's a "Scramble City" Combiner with special hands. So any one of his limbs can become his gun.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Tentakil, so very much.
* TheKlutz: Nautilator, full stop.
* LeeroyJenkins: Nautilator. His physical abilities are certainly impressive...but he's such a moron that the rest of the Seacons end up {{Face Palm}}ing every time he gets himself in trouble and they have to rescue him.
* TheLoad: The rest of the Seacons feel this way about Nautilator, since they've repeatedly had to fish his chassis out of the depths whenever he gets himself lost. Whenever they form Piranacon, the Seacons always make Nautilator serve as their weapon, rather than let him form a body part, so that they don't have to mentally merge with him. When Nautilator ''is'' allowed to form one of Piranacon's limbs, the gestalt's performance is noticeably impaired. As Snaptrap says, if Nautilator didn't occasionally find something useful when he got lost, they would have left him to rust a long time ago.
* NeverMyFault: Nautilator is, according to his tech specs, a "stumbling, bumbling amphibious foul-up." Of course, whenever he's called out for his screw-ups, he always tries to shift the blame to someone else.
* NoRespectGuy: Nautilator
* ThePigPen: Skalor DOES NOT CARE about what other Decepticons think about his lack of personal hygiene.
* SerialKiller: Tentakil is oh~so~smooth.
* TheStarscream: Seawing, inside the team.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Nautilator tends to rust easily, he can't navigate to save his spark, and he has trouble swimming. And he's a member of the Decepticons' ''underwater strike force''.
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Skalor, a disgusting slob who is as unkind as he is unsanitary.

!!!Function: Siege Warrior
-->"Those who stand against me shall soon fall before me!"
A Decepticon Pretender whose shell is a monstrous, horned, skull-headed humanoid.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny
* DependingOnTheWriter: Thanks to "Monstercon From Mars", writers are torn between having Skullgrin be a mindless brute obsessed with destruction and violence (per his tech specs) and his comic portrayal, who was smart, obsessed with fame and immersing himself in human culture (including becoming an actor), and showing kindness to humans.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Transformers #46 (Monstercon From Mars), which has Skullgrin embrace Earth and become a movie star, showing him as someone who was far more than a bruiser and who was interested in fame as an actor and capable of kindness towards humans.
* KilledOffForReal: G2[[note]]killed when his spaceship blew up in orbit[[/note]] and IDW comics [[note]]Wreckers tossed a grenade at him and Bomburst, blowing them up.[[/note]]
* PeopleInRubberSuits: In-Universe example. He used his Pretender shell to become a star in monster films.
* PetTheDog: Forms an actual friendship with an actress when he was taken to become an actor, and saves her later on. His teammates make fun of him for it.

!!!Function: Assault Warrior
-->"Stealing isn't a crime, getting caught is."


!!!Function: Aerial Assault
-->"Respect your foes' abilities as you would your own."


* AwesomeMcCoolName
* TheCameo: He appears in Anime/TransformersArmada where he is the sole survivor of a dead cybertron in another Universe.
* CombatPragmatist: In the Marvel comics. When Carnivac comes for them, Spinister snipes him instead of fighting him hand to hand. When the Mayhems resolve to go down fighting, he opts to run.
* {{Empathic Weapon}}s: Hairsplitter and Singe.
* EnigmaticMinion: That's his bio in a nutshell, he's a mystery to all those around him, no one knows his motives. In the Regeneration 1 comics, all the Decepticons opt to work for Scorponok after he kills Misfire, while leaving, Spinister relays the information to Soundwave, for his own reasons.
* GeniusDitz: In the IDW continuity he's an expert surgeon despite being too dumb to count to three.
* KilledOffForReal: Carnivac killed him in the Marvel comics (the comics in question had questionable continuity, and all future appearances in that continuity keep him alive), and in Anime/TransformersArmada, he was killed by Unicron.
* MythologyGag: His IDW personality, being a bit crazy in the head and all, hearkens back to Anime/TransformersArmada, where Optimus prime meets an insane Spinister on a dead Cybertron.
* TheQuietOne
* TooDumbToLive: In the IDW comics.
* WeakButSkilled: He has some impressive moves, but is seriously lacking in physical strength.

!!!Function: Interrogator (Beastbox), Translator (Squawktalk)
-->'''Beastbox:''' "Speak now if you intend to ever speak at all."
-->'''Squawktalk:''' "If you have nothing interesting to say, say it anyway."

A Decepticon composed of the cassettes Squawktalk and Beastbox.
* TheBrute: Beastbox
* KillerGorilla: Beastbox, hands down.
* FeatheredFiend: Squawtalk.
* MotorMouth: Squawktalk can request a cracker in trillions of languages.
* RememberTheNewGuy: In the IDW comics, Soundwaves cassettes all are shown a little back-story, Ravage, Laserbeak and Buzzzsaw already work for him, Rumble and Frenzy get retooled to work with him, and he forces Ratbat into a cassette body, but Squawkbox just shows up out of nowhere helping to deliver weapons to the newly formed Decepticon army.

!!!Function: Saboteur
-->"Place brawn before brains and victory is yours."

* GiantCrustacean: His alternate form is a huge crab beast. Most people confused it for a bipedal cobra but pincers, but that's not the case.
* TheBrute: While not unintelligent (the [[GeniusBruiser opposite]], in fact), he prefers to rely on sheer force to win. His Headmaster parter, Lokos, is trying to persuade him to use his untapped intellect to get ahead.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.

!!!Function: Undersea Warfare
-->"Conquer the seas and the rest will fall!"
An aquatic Decepticon Pretender whose Pretender shell is a vaguely humanoid aquatic lifeform, something like Film/TheCreatureFromTheBlackLagoon in Roman Legionary armour.
* BecomingTheMask: His Pretender shell has engendered a very real respect and care for sea life.
* BerserkButton: Submarauder ''hates'' company in general, but people -- human, Autobot, even Decepticon -- interfering with the creatures he is so fascinated with ''really'' stirs him up.
* ForgetsToEat: Submarauder apparently can get so caught up in his studies and meditations that he forgets to return to base for refuelling.
* GeniusBruiser: The savage, raging berserker is actually, at heart, a reclusive and scholarly intellectual who finds great satisfaction in observing sea life and pondering the ocean's mysteries.
* HiddenDepths: Let's face it, "easily-angered Decepticon warrior" and "scholar with a genuine love for sea creatures and the ocean" don't exactly go together at first glance.

!!the Triggercons
!!!Function: Data Collector (Crankcase), Combat Assault (Ruckus), Air Defense (Windsweeper)
-->'''Crankcase:''' "Things are never as good as they seem."
-->'''Ruckus:''' I take a licking and keep on kicking."
-->'''Windsweeper:''' "Uninvited guests soon become smoldering wrecks."

Composed of the whiny Crankcase, the loud Ruckus and the neatfreak Windsweeper. They are part of the Mayhem Attack Squad.

* TheCynic: Crankcase is always in a bad mood.
* [[spoiler: HumongousMecha]] In the IDW comics, Crankcase finds one in the Spaceship.
* GiverOfLameNames: Crankcase in the IDW comics
* KilledOffForReal: Ruckus (IDW comics)
* LoudOfWar: Ruckus
* MadeOfIron: In the IDW comics, Crankcase been pummeled, electrocuted, and previously had a chunk of his head blown off. His original appearance had him survive an encounter with Thunderwing, a being who killed most of his squad (including Ruckus) and leveled at least two planets.
* NeatFreak: Windsweeper, along with a bit of TerrifiedOfGerms, to the point of shooting anything else in the air: planes, birds, insects, leaves, even clouds. He can be defeated by throwing garbage at him, as being dirty causes him to become irrational enough to literally blow a fuse.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Crankcase was originally a scrawny, nerdy, constantly picked-on fuel spill janitor before getting an upgraded body complete with shoulder cannons.
* OnlySaneMan: Crankcase shares this role with Krok in the scavengers arc of the IDW comics.
* SkewedPriorities: In Spotlight Megatron, Windsweeper wonders if they should stop Starscream and Megatron from killing eachother because they were making a mess. Skywarp threatens to TeleFrag him if he tries.


[[folder:1989 Decepticons]]

!!The Air Strike Patrol
!!!Function: Espionage
-->"The more tightly you hold a secret, the more we like ripping it a way."

Consists of Whisper, Storm Cloud, Nightflight, and Tailwind.
* TheChessmaster: Tailwind, the only one of the group who stands a chance of success in scheming to take control of the team because he's both subtle and manipulative.
* TheCracker: Storm Cloud, in his team role as a combination virus writer and ECM specialist.
* DirtyCoward: Nightflight, though he'll argue he's actually a CombatPragmatist.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: In the first run of the Marvel Comics, #68 ''The Human Factor''.]]
* TheMole: In an EvilVersusEvil scenario. They faked loyalty to Scorponok, but actually worked for Megatron.
* MuggingTheMonster: They attack an oil refinery and run into Hector Dialonzo. They think he's just another flesh creature. [[spoiler: They don't survive, as it turns out he's the superhero Dynamo.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Whisper, who lacks any real flaws aside from being a Decepticon squad leader.
* OpportunisticBastard: Nightflight again. He's the sort of person who would prefer to steal pocket change rather than put in the effort to rob a bank because the change was easier to take.
* TheStarscream: ''Everyone'' to Whisper. That's right, his entire team is trying to usurp his command. Fortunately for Whisper, Tailwind is the only one who could actually pull it off... if he ever decides the time is right to strike.
* TheStoic: Tailwind. He says the least of anyone in the team, but that just means he's more likely to get away with his plots.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The only way this bunch of backstabbing, squabbling rowdies get anything done.
* TooDumbToLive: Storm Cloud. Usually attempting to stage a coup in a villain's army requires a degree of subtlety, restraint, or skill. Storm Cloud has none of these and will loudly announce plans to overthrow Whisper in public. In front of Whisper.

!!!Function: Aerial Defense
-->"My price is too high and you're going to pay."


!!!Function: Electric Warrior
-->"To know your own limits, you must first know your foe's limits."

A Decepticon martial artist whose Pretender shell is a samurai skeleton.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A master of the Cybertronian martial art of Metallikato, and prone to preceeding his sentences with a heartfelt '''"Fools!"'''
* BigBad: He becomes the Decepticon leader following the battle with Unicron in [[Comicbook/TheTransformers the Marvel comics]], and keeps the title for the remainder of the series. In continuations of the book (such as ''[[ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2 Generation 2]]'' and ''Regeneration One'') he continues to be Decepticon leader, if only at first.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Whenever he appears in fiction or as a toy, you're far more likely to see Bludgeon with his Pretender shell on than the inner robot inside it.
* CoolTank: His altmode.
* DragonAscendant: Becomes Decepticon leader in [[Comicbook/TheTransformers the Marvel comics]] following the battle with Unicron and Scorponok's death.
* FantasticFightingStyle: Metallikato.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: He wields a katana in most fiction appearances, despite his original toy lacking such a weapon entirely.
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ninja Samurai Skeleton Robot]]: Thanks to his Pretender shell.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: After becoming [[BigBad Decepticon leader]], Bludgeon gives a RousingSpeech to the Decepticons, saying that they're warriors and shouldn't fight what's in their oil.
* TankGoodness: His alternate mode.

!!!Function: Naval Warfare
-->"Terror is the ultimate weapon."


!!!Function: Fuel Depot
-->"An engine is only as powerful as the fuel that runs it."


!!!Function: Salvage
-->"Anything that can sink is worth sinking."

A Pretender whose shell resembles a humanoid squid monster.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: He's no more dangerous than your average Decepticon, but, to quote Website/TFWikiDotNet, get back to us on this after he shoots God in the face.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In "[[Comicbook/TheTransformers The Primal Scream]]", he shoots Grimlock, the shot bounces off him and hits Primus, awakening the dormant creator with a scream... which warns Unicron about his presence, so he courses towards Cybertron. [[SarcasmMode Thanks a lot, Octopunch]].
** Oh, and later fiction says that this action was heard ''multiversally'', awakening Unicron from his own dormancy.

!!The Pretender Monsters
!!!Function: Aerial Attack Trooper (Birdbrain), Ground Assault (Bristleback), Demolitions (Icepick), Sonic Saboteur (Scowl), Combat Artist (Slog), Aerial Assault (Wildfly), Super Warrior (Monstructor)
-->'''Birdbrain:''' "Anyone who is not a predator is considered prey."
-->'''Bristlebck:''' "You can't tell a Decepticon by its cover."
-->'''Icepick:''' "From today's rubble-strewn fields shall emerge a new Decepticon world!"
-->'''Scowl:''' "Control sound, and the faintest whisper can be the fiercest weapon."
-->'''Slog:''' "Destruction is the highest form of art."
-->'''Wildfly:''' "Strike fear into your enemy, and you've won half the battle."

Six pretenders whose shells and altmodes are monster-shaped. They are Birdbrain, Bristleback, Icepick, Scowl, Slog and Wildfly.
* CombiningMecha: They form Monstructor.
* MadArtist: Slog turns his enemies into alleged masterpieces.
* PoisonousPerson: [[EldritchAbomination Monstructor]] [[OmnicidalManiac literally kills]] [[TouchOfDeath anything he touches]].

!!!Function: Ground Forces Commander
-->"To show fear is to admit defeat."


!!!Function: Aerial Defense
-->"Shoot first, aim later."

* LeeroyJenkins: Has a habit of firing upon anything that enters his airspace without checking to see who it is beforehand. He's been known to have accidentally blasted his fellow Decepticons due to this.

!!Function: Aerial Assault Commander
-->"The bigger the boom, the better I like it!"

* PyroManiac: He loves seeing things blow up.

!!!Function: Interstellar Assault
-->"Terror reigns from the skies, the hapless rule on the ground."

* IronicName: His alternate form is a car.
* TheStarscream: His Dreamwave version tried overthrowing Shockwave and luring all the larger Decepticons into a trap to be killed. And it almost worked, too.
* WeakButSkilled: Extremely weak (even for a Micromaster), but highly intelligent and cunning.

!!the Sports Car Patrol
!!!Function: Advance Assault
-->"It takes force to push back the enemy, but speed clears the way."

Composed of Detour, Blackjack, Hyperdrive and Road Hugger.
* AscendedExtra: Blackjack's Combiner Wars toy is able to become Menasor's chestpiece, making him something of an unofficial Stunticon.

!!!Function: Enforcer
-->"Rule one is: There are no rules!"

A Pretender whose shell resembles a human in gladiator armor.

* TheBrute: A glorified thug.
* DumbMuscle: Not very bright.
* RhinoRampage: Transforms into a rhino.

!!!Function: Aerial Espionage
-->"Cover yourself with lies and no one will find you."

* BadBoss: He seems to be this, risking his troops' lives to get the Matrix, but when he finally gets it and uses it to attack Spinister, he notices the corrupted Matrix is influencing him, since [[EvenEvilHasStandards he wouldn't harm a fellow Decepticon]].
* BigBad: of the "Matrix Quest" arc.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In the IDW comics, his experiments with [[strike:Pretender]] [[NotUsingTheZWord polydermal grafting]] technology made him unfathomably powerful and nigh-indestructable, at the cost of obliterating his sanity and turning him into a mindless engine of destruction. The Autobot and Decepticon armies took on Thunderwing, combined and in their entirety, and even then they ''still'' couldn't kill the monster he had become.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Nightbeat used Thunderwing's brief moment of clarity to harpoon him out of the Ark.
* IWarnedYou: In the IDW comics he's the only Scientist to figure out the Energon crisis before it was too late, and warn the others (Shockwave didn't care to tell anyone). His warnings go unheeded, and he takes matters into his own hands.
* [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My Primus, What Have I Done?]]: He notices he's losing it after he turns the Matrix power against Spinister.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: While he wasn't the only factor contributing to Cybertron's decline, he was definitely the one to push things over the edge and leave the planet a barren, radiation-choked wasteland utterly inhospitable to Transformer life.
* SealedEvilInACan: By virtue of having run out of energy and being locked within his own Pretender shell. That is, until Bludgeon and his insane Pretender cult roused the beast from its slumber..=
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: See ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice above
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In the IDW comics, he figured out that the planet would die out because the war would exhaust resources (and in many continuities, that's exactly what happened), so he created his polydermal technology to survive the depletion (nobody else wanted to partake in it because they thought it was disgusting). Ultimately, his mind was destroyed and he became the very thing which ravaged the planet and made it uninhabitable. His last words were screaming at his computer to cancel the procedure.


[[folder:1990 Decepticons]]

!!!Function: Bounty Hunter
-->"No prey is too large, no fee is too small."

* BountyHunter

!!the Battle Squad
!!!Function: Aerial Counterattack
-->"The higher they fly, the faster they'll fall!"

Composed of Direct-Hit, Power Punch, Fireshot, Vanquish, Meltdown and Half-Track.

* AttackAttackAttack: Meltdown's chosen method of attack is to rush at the enemy and try to beat them to death.
* HotBlooded: Meltdown. His Dreamwave bio states he even has the equivalent of aneurysms because of it.
* TheParanoiac: Fireshot. His teammates know it, and laugh behind his back about it.
* ThePeterPrinciple: Direct-Hit got to be in charge because of his skills on the battlefield, but after that it turned out he wasn't much good at actually ''being'' in charge.
* TheUnintelligible: Half-Track gets a bit ''too'' excited about combat, causing his statements to come out garbled, much to his teammates amusement.

!!!Function: Martial arts warrior
-->"To the victor go the profits"
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Played with. He respects Bludgeon, but hopes to defeat him someday.
* EnemyMine: Arcee finds him, Gutcruncher and Axer beaten up, and most of their unit killed, and he offers an allegiance with the remaining to hunt down their mutual enemies.
* FantasticFightingStyle: Crystalocution.
* PragmaticVillainy: Banzai-tron heavily believes in this, hoping to take people apart with his Crystalocution and sell their parts. He even disregarded the spiritual side of his training because he didn't believe in it. In the IDW verse, he has a retrieval mission, and he doesn't turn it into a KillEmAll job because it would take too much time and resources, that and the cons they were retrieving could give them combiner tech.

!!Blackout and Spaceshot
!!!Function: Ground Infantry
-->"Persistence is the cornerstone of victory"


* DirtyCoward: Blackout will flee the minute he thinks the battle's going poorly.
* GenderFlip: Their one staring role, in ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising'' had them as female.

!!the Constructor Squad
!!!Function: Battlefield Fortification
-->"There's nothing like the feel of cold steel."

Composed of Grit, Knockout, Sledge, Hammer, Stonecruncher and Excavator. Micromasters who form only half a vehicle and need to combine with their partner to form the full one.
* BerserkButton: Mess with Excavator in Stonecruncher's presence. Do it.
* BlessedWithSuck: Hammer can't move around in ''his own alt-mode'' unless he's attached to Sledge (or any other front-end micromaster).
* BoringButPractical: Sledge values function over aesthetics and doesn't even ''try'' to combine the two. This is because he's a "soldier first, builder second" and honestly doesn't care about construction beyond what it takes to get the job done.
* TheFatalist: [[NietzscheWannabe Grit]] is a strangely optimistic version of this, in that he figures that, okay, yeah, they're all going to die and everything they know and value is going to crumble to dust at some point or another because time is kind of a dick like that, but hey: He's certain that at least the Decepticon empire will continue to thrive.
* HatesBeingTouched: Hammer will kill you.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Sledge. He may seem gruff and antisocial, but if he sees his teammates struggling with anything then he's always the first to rush in to help.
** Stonecruncher. He's loud and aggressive, but he honestly means well. So long as you're a Constructor, that is.
* TheQuietOne: Excavator prefers being off by himself until there's something to build, at which point he suddenly comes to life.
* TheRival: Hammer views the Constructors as being this toward the better-known Constructicons. And he's ''sure'' that his team is better.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Excavator (quiet, introverted, withdrawn until there's a project to work on) and Stonecruncher (frat boy personality, loud and aggressive)
* SleepyHead: ''Knockout''. To the point of narcolepsy, though it really only happens whenever he gets excited about something. Sometimes he does this while in alt-mode and poor Grit has to haul him around until he wakes up.

!!!Function: Air-to-ground support
-->"Conquest of the Autobots begins with control of the sky!"


!!!Function: Foot soldier
-->"The road to conquest is best travelled one step at a time."

* AscendedExtra: In the 2010s he was plucked from obscurity and featured as both the captain of the Scavengers in the IDW comics, as well as getting a new toy and a starring role in issue 9 of the Timelines comic.
* TheCaptain: Of the scavengers in the IDW comics.
* OnlySaneMan: Of the Scavengers, he's able to think up the plans, and his personality doesn't inhibit him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Discussed with his relationship with Gatoraider. While Krok treats him as an equal, Gatoraider's sentience is barely above an animal and he behaves as such. He's not a sentient Transformer in an animalistic form (like Laserbeak or Ravage) but rather a mecha-fauna, and Krok speaking to him is more akin to someone talking to their dog rather than a fellow being.

!!the Military Patrol
!!!Function: Front Line Assault
-->"The ultimate force is the force of destruction."

Composed of Bombshock (leader), Dropshot, Growl and Tracer.

!!the Race Track Patrol
!!!Function: Mobile Assault
-->"There are two kinds of fighters, Decepticons and losers."

Composed of Barricade (leader), Ground Hog, Motorhead and Roller Force.
* AscendedExtra: Became the main Decepticons of the Dreamwave-era Micromaster miniseries, [[AdaptationalHeroism albeit more in a deuteragonist role rather than an antagonistic one]].
* DrillSergeantNasty: Barricade acts as a nagging coach to boost his team's efficiency, but it just makes things worse because Motorbreath gets distracted from battle to check if Barricade notices how well is he doing.

!!Terror-Tread and Cement-Head
!!!Function: Demolitions
-->"We aim for nothing less than total victory!"


!!!Function: Gunslinger
-->"A gun is only as good as the one who holds it!"

* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: IDW comics, Revelation, his body could be seen impaled on a piece of shrapnel after Monstructor cleans his team out, he survived.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Known as the best marksman among the Transformers.
* KilledOffForReal: He ''didn't'' survive Impactor shooting him in the chest with a Harpoon later on in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''.


[[folder:1991 Decepticons]]

!!!Function: Self Contained Nomadic Assault Machine
-->"I stand my ground... I accept any challenge... I am hungry for conflict."

A legendary Decepticon leader and OneManArmy.
* AdaptationalVillainy: NobleDemon in his debut in the Japanese series, a completely AxCrazy, [[TheSociopath sociopathic]], [[HeroKiller depraved]] [[TheDreaded lunatic]] in the IDW comics, and a regular Decepticon conqueror [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou who won't be upstaged]] in the Classicsverse.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Averted and Lampshaded in the IDW. Overlord has no ambitions, he doesn't seek power, and will never become TheStarscream, all he wants to do is upgrade his kills from homicide to genocide. He wants to being pain and suffering and death, and getting in the way of that goal angers him.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: All versions.
* BoomHeadshot: IDW comics, he kills Wingblazer, his partner, and Rotorstorm this way.
* CanonForeigner: He originates from ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', a Japanese series out of continuity with the American cartoon.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Almost ''everything'', including whether he's a Transformer at all! In the West, he is. In Japan, he's actually a "Godmaster," which is a human in armor emulating one. In Overlord's case, he's actually ''two'' armored humans fused together, one of which is a woman!
* EyeScream: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' he rips off Springer's face, blinding both eyes, and tearing one out.
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Father And Mother To Their Men]]: See UnholyMatrimony, below.
* FauxAffablyEvil: IDW comics, polite, eloquent, and completely crazy. Case in point, when an Elite Autobot Task Force crash down in front of him, one of them, Rotorstorm, cracks a joke. No one laughs, except Overlord, who thought it was funny. He immediately points a gun at Rotorstorm's head and splatters his companions with cranial fluid.
* GenderBender: See above.
* TheHeavy: To Big Bad Devil Z in Masterforce.
* NoExportForYou: He was only available in Japan and Europe.
* OneManArmy
* PsychoForHire: Subverted in IDW Comics. He's always in it to cause suffering, but he's his own bot, and he won't be hired or working for anyone.
* SlasherSmile: Common in IDW comics [[ like here]].
* TheSociopath: IDW Comics
* UnholyMatrimony: Giga and Mega (the male and female part of Overlord, respectively). They see the Decepticons (specially the Jr Headmasters, but the way older Pretenders too) as their sons.

!!!Function: Massive assault specialist
-->"Annihilation equals victory!"

* FrenchJerk
* NoExportForYou: He was only available in Europe.
* PaletteSwap: of Wheeljack.
* PoweredArmor: His exo-suit, which aldo transforms into his buggy.
* ShoutOut: to the French taunter from Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.


[[folder:1992 Decepticons]]

!!The Predators
!!!Function: Air Commandant (Skyquake), Leader (Falcon), Scientific Advisor (Skydive), Surveillance (Snare), Advance Fighter (Talon), Communications Expert (Stalker)
-->'''Skyquake:''' "Break them, crush them - grind them to dust!"
-->'''Falcon:''' "I despise weakness and spit on compassion."
-->'''Skydive:''' "True cruelty is the highest form of art."
-->'''Snare:''' "Fear? What's fear? It's all fun to me."
-->'''Talon:''' "Don't get me mad... when I get mad, I get even."
-->'''Stalker:''' "Hate till it hurts and then hate some more."

Composed of Skyquake, Falcon, Skydive, Snare, Talon, and Stalker
* CardCarryingVillain: Their quotes lend the impression that they're like this.
* NoExportForYou: They were only available in Europe.
* PaletteSwap: Stalker and Soundwave zig-zag with this trope. Despite being intentionally designed to look like Soundwave, he was a brand-new mold with a different altmode. Since tape decks became outdated, Soundwave has been released at least twice as a repaint of Stalker, so Soundwave is the PaletteSwap, but since Soundwave is an older, more recognisable character, Stalker tends to be regarded as the PaletteSwap.

* [[FiveBadBand Six Bad Band]]:
** BigBad: Skyquake.
*** LargeAndInCharge
** TheDragon: Falcon.
** EvilGenius: Skydive.
** TheBrute: Snare and Talon.
** DarkChick: Stalker.
* TheStarscream: In the IDW comics, [[TheShrink Calcar]] discusses this about Skyquake. Skyquake took over a space sector, and made it his own (Calcar calls it going native), installing his own government, and ruling the sector by himself. However, despite the power, he's still loyal to the Decepticons, and leaves his post to attack a heavily fortified Autobot Prison when Megatron orders it. Defying the trope.

[[folder:Canon Immigrants]]

!!!Function: Operations Commander
-->Your mind is mine for the taking"

A CanonImmigrant in more than one sense, since he comes from the WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots reality.
* {{Cyborg}}: Just like other Gobots and unlike other Transformers, he has an organic brain in a robotic body.
* MadScientist
* PaletteSwap: of Bumblebee, after changing his body to blend better among the Transformers

-->"'''Mercy''' is not dispensed here, fools... only '''death'''!"

A Decepticon warlord who took command on Cybertron after Megatron and company disappeared.
* AxeCrazy
* AnAxeToGrind
* TheCaligula: Even by Decepticon standards. Which is really saying something.
* GrandTheftMe: With a copy of Megatron's body in the Marvel UK comics. Sort of. [[ It's complicated.]]
* ToylessToylineCharacter: During the original toyline run. He got a figure in 2010 as part of the Generations toyline.

!!!Function: Aerospace warrior
-->"Unchecked power is the true path to divinity."

A radioactive Seeker who believes he is a god.
* AscendedExtra: He first appeared as an unnamed background character in the first animated episode.
* AGodAmI: His lethal radioactivity has caused him to believe that he is a god. In fact, his Masterpiece toy comes with a redeco of Starscream's crown, cape and shoulder pads (though this may or may not be a coincidence).
* PaletteSwap: Just like most Seekers, he's one for Starscream.
* WalkingWasteland: Sunstorm is so named because he is dangerously radioactive; his mere presence causes other Transformers to melt, corrode and die. This, combined with his physically and mentally unstable nature, has resulted in Sunstorm developing a ''massive'' god complex.


* AscendedExtra: Like Sunstorm, he was a generic Seeker that appeared in the first episode.
* PaletteSwap: Of Starscream, though he more accurately resembles Thundercracker with extra bits of red and white.


* AscendedExtra: Appeared as a no-name generic in the first episode, alongside Bitstream and Sunstorm, attacking Wheeljack and Bumblebee.
* TheEngineer
* PaletteSwap: He's a purple Starscream.
* PlayingWithFire: His favorite creation is his pyropathic flamethrower.

!!Acid Storm

A member of the Rainmaker squad.
* AscendedExtra: Not to the extent of Sunstorm, but Acid Storm has had more appearences since his one episode.
* CoolPlane: Transformed into a pyramid-jet in his brief one episode appearance. IDW and toys would give him the standard F-15 Eagle mode.
* MeaningfulName: He makes acid rain along with his fellow Rainmakers (though their since-elaborated-on powers seem to imply making acid rain is something only he can do).
* MythologyGag: His quiet nature and preference to wallow in anonymity is likely a reference to his appearance in "Divide and Conquer", where he was a generic Seeker who didn't speak.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When Shrapnel blows Ultra-Magnus's ship out of the sky, Acid Storm yells at him as his rash actions have now sent debris heading towards their outpost. It gets destroyed.
* PaletteSwap: Like all Seekers, he's a Starscream recolor. His design did change from his initial bright green color to a more appealing jungle camouflage paint job.
* TheQuietOne: He rarely speaks and prefers to silently serve under his superiors.
* ShutUpKirk: Gives one to Starscream when he tries to give a speech about letting go of the Decepticon cause for peace.

!!Nova Storm

Another Rainmaker member.
* AscendedExtra: Like the rest of his squad, Nova Storm was originally a generic Seeker painted in bright yellow (though he wasn't Sunstorm).
* CoolPlane: Turns into a Cybertronian tetrajet in his one appearance.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the same "Ask Vector Prime" update that gave him his name, [[ he got a snazzy new look]].
* MeaningfulName: Nova Storm is able to survive volcanic or otherwise extremely hot environments for small periods of time.
* PaletteSwap: He's a Seeker, so of course.
* PlayingWithFire: Downplayed; his armor allows him to survive volcanic environments.

!!Ion Storm

The third and final Rainmaker member.
* AscendedExtra: Yet another background Seeker from the cartoon.
* CoolPlane: Like the other Rainmakers, he turned into a Cybertronian jet in his one appearance in "Divide and Conquer".
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Like with Nova Storm, [[ he was redesigned]] in the same "Ask Vector Prime" update that named him.
* MeaningfulName: Ion Storm has [[ShockAndAwe control over electricity]].
* PaletteSwap: Like any other Seeker.
* ShockAndAwe: Ion Storm is electrokinetic, and can create [=EMPs=].


Leozack's Sister.
* AdaptationalBadass: Went from a weepy sister in her debut to a full fledged, though still kinda depressed, Decepticon Warrior in the ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor'' comic.
* CallingYourAttacks: Guess it runs in the family.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Wings of Honor Comic mentions that she isn't taken very seriously, reduced to a servant by Deathsaurus and talked down to by Starscream.
* GlassCannon: Takes on Magnum and cuts him down, but before she can kill him, she's beaten by a single punch.
* ShrinkingViolet: Manga and Wings of Honor. In the Wings verse her bio does mention her isolation, but this trope causes many to underestimate her.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Deathsaurus.


Decepticon soldier and former commander of Deadlock (aka Drift).
* ArmCannon
* BadBoss: Kills the aliens he used to build his ship, not very pleasant to the Decepticons under him either.
* EyePatchOfPower: After Optimus punched out one of his Optics
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Has little patience for pacifists or opportunists.


A Decepticon soldier in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* LovableCoward
* [[spoiler: SuicideAttack]]: He's a K-class Decepticon. Guess what the K stands for.
* HeroicSacrifice: As [[spoiler: a living Bomb]] he attempts to do this to the DJD to save his new friends. [[spoiler: He turns out to be a dud, and the DJD leave because they think he's dead. He survived, and it's revealed that Spinister cut out his explody part so he wouldn't blow up when they were trying to salvage him.]]


A Decepticon bounty hunter. First appeared in IDW's Drift miniseries, now leader of a band of Decepticons in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* BountyHunter: [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Like his namesake.]]
* CanonImmigrant: An interesting case. The character himself comes from WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated, while his design is based on the Lockdown figure from a [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]] movie toyline.
* CoolCar: Transforms into a muscle car.
* HookHand: Has a large hook in place of his right hand.


A massive Decepticon bruiser that blindly follows Megatron. Currently a member of Lockdown's group in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* TheBrute
* CanonImmigrant: This one's from WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated. His second appearance has him in a direct reference, while his first had him based of his Reveal the Shield Toy.
* CoolPlane: His toy transforms into a bomber plane.
* RocketPunch: The Punch of Kill Everything.
* SycophanticServant
* UndyingLoyalty: Carried over from his [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated namesake.]] If the grand and '''GLORIOUS''' Megatron commands it, Lugnut will obey without question.

! Decepticon Justice Division

When Decepticons disobey orders or go rogue, It's the DJD's job to hunt them down. Debut in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* TortureTechnician: a whole team dedicated to it.

!! Tarn

Well spoken member of the DJD, turns into a tank.
* ArmCannon[=/=]{{BFG}}: He has two Fusion cannons on his arm, showing his loyalty to the cause.
* BigBad
* CaptainPatriotic: Inverted. Tarn is loyal to Megatron above all others, and his ideals about how Cybertron should be run. Tarn has the Decepticon Symbol grafted to ''his face.''
* FantasticDrug: Addicted to transforming, if one looks at his scenes in issue 8, he transforms a lot.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Talks politely, quotes poetry and philosophy, all as you die. [[spoiler: His actual words go at a frequency so that the spark of the victim gives out]]
* TortureTechnician
* WickedCultured

!! Kaon

Turns into an Electric chair and organizes the list of people the DJD hunt down, he owns the Pet.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: His optics are black and gives the appearance that he has only eye-sockets. While not intentional, James Roberts admits to liking the idea Kaon's blind.
* ElectricTorture: Employed via his chair.
* PsychoElectro: He shoots electricity from his chair mode and his hands for combat.
* TortureTechnician: Via Electric Torture

!! Vos

* EyeScream: Inverted. He's got all sorts of spikes and drills under his face, and they're all over, except his eyes, as he needs to see, and presumably the victim can still see when his face get's put over them.
* NightmareFace: Behind his face is a number of torture utensils, and he puts his face over victims.
* TortureTechnician
* TheUnintelligible

!! Tesarus

* MultiArmedAndDangerous: He has two extra crane like arms.
* TortureTechnician: His chest is a shredding device, which he can put most or all of an enemy into.

!! Helex

* ImmuneToBullets: Somewhat, Spinister shoots him a bunch of times, but it seems to have no effect.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
* TortureTechnician: Transformers into a mobile smelting pool.

!! The Pet

Kaon's pet Sparkeater/Turbofox.
* KillerRabbit
* TeamPet

!! Nickel

The DJD's resident physician.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's abrasive and insulting to the DJD, but dedicates herself to fixing them up. The DJD fully acknowledge that she's only the way she is because she cares about them.
* LastOfHerKind: Sole survivor of a genocide on her homeworld of Prion.
* TheMedic: To the DJD
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female Decepticon seen in the IDW series.
* TeamMom: Constantly telling off the DJD for their lack of hygiene and maintenance.
* VillainousFriendship: Has this with the DJD.

!!!Function: Leader

Created out of spare parts from Megatron's construction, Megaempress (メガエンプレス Megaenpuresu) leads the Female Decepticons as the self-proclaimed "Empress of Destructicon". She has a special team of vassals, the 4 Guards, to serve as her ever-present bodyguards. She's still a force to be reckoned with, though, as her power is comparable to Megatron's own and she can use her rail fusion cannon and Judge Pickel weapons to wreak destruction across the land. She has the "special ability" to seduce any male Transformer to do her bidding.


* ArmCannon: Averted. The ladder for her vehicle form acts a weapon of her choice, however.
* BigBad: She and the 4 guards were this for the Megatronia chapter but were replace with Baldigus and later Unicron.
* DistaffCounterpart: Of Megatron, only she doesn't transform into a gun.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Tries to use her power to make Optimus Prime her slave, but is shocked when he used her Judge Pickel to pierce himself to break her control as he states Elita One's name.
* EvilOverlord: leads the Female Decepticons as the self-proclaimed "Empress of Destructicon". You do the math.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Tries to take over the entire decepticon faction
* LargeHam
* PowerfulPick: Her Judge Pickel is this.
* SealedEvilInACan: Shockwave put her and Flowspade in stasis after her failed coup. She would be freed millennia later in 2021 when her remaining followers realized the devastation of Cybertron broke the seal and rushed Shockwave's facility to wake their empress.
* VillainousFriendship: Seems to have one with Flowspade.