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Please list characters by the media/incarnation that the darkhorse is most associated with. And let it be known, these characters have ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COYRxf13tIg The Touch]]''.

This page is for the EnsembleDarkhorse characters spanning all Transformers, WesternAnimation/BeastWars, etc. media. Listed first are the characters who won fan voting in the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame selection process: Each year, starting in 2010, several characters and real life humans associated with the series are inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame. One additional character is inducted, based on fan voting, out of 5 characters as choices. As the main characters are automatically inducted, and most of the choices are already on this page, this makes the winner a BreakoutCharacter among the Ensemble Darkhorse characters. For 2010 and 2011, the choices were four G1 characters (each lumped with their other incarnations, if any) and one WesternAnimation/BeastWars character.

* '''2010 winner: WesternAnimation/BeastWars' Dinobot''', beating other characters Soundwave, Grimlock, Shockwave and Jazz.
** Dinobot is renowned for being one of the most complete and complex characters in all of Transformers history, from his VitriolicBestBuds fights with Rattrap, to his ProudWarriorRaceGuy and HonorBeforeReason conflicts, to his ShoutOutToShakespeare tendencies. His [[spoiler: [[ADeathInTheLimelight death]]]] episode "Code of Hero" is one of the most well received episodes ever, cementing this.
* '''2011 winner: WesternAnimation/BeastWars' Waspinator''', beating other characters Grimlock, Shockwave, Jazz and Erector.[[note]]Soundwave, the only voting option to not return, was automatically inducted[[/note]]
** ChewToy, and didn't take over the show. He was slated to be killed off at the start of the second season, but due to the unlucky Predacon's popularity among fans, he was spared. Waspinator continued as a supporting character, played for increasingly painful and humiliating comic relief, and his personality continued to develop. He also became just the third character outside of G1 to get an alternate version into another continuity (Wasp in ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'').
* '''2012 winner: G1's Wheeljack''', beating other characters Megatron (WesternAnimation/BeastWars), Sky Byte (''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''), Arcee, and Rodimus'''
** Don't let the last two years fool you; the fans aren't too formulaic. This selection also included several more major characters, proving the fan voting options weren't just about ensemble darkhorses. Wheeljack's not just popular for being one of the original Autobots from 1984. He was the first Transformer to ever speak, and is also a lovably wacky MadScientist with a [[BrooklynRage Brooklyn accent]]. Even though some other popular 1984 'Bots, like Sideswipe, are basically [[FlatCharacter cardboard cutouts]], Wheeljack's got as much personality as Jazz, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Hound, Mirage, Prowl, Ironhide, Ratchet, and Optimus Prime.
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[[folder: Franchise/Transformers Generation 1 ]]

* Although it is connected to the various animated shows, most of the characters from the original G1 {{Transformers}} have been brought back in some form or another. Most notably are the "Seekers", Thundercracker and Skywarp in particular. Part of the reason for their popularity is the fact that they can be easily churned out via simply repainting a line's Starscream (which often leads to the awkward event where a line will feature all three of the original Seekers even when only Starscream appears in the actual cartoon being made to promote the line.
** The popularity of the Seekers came out at it's clearest when Hasbro, having killed the popular Transformers Classic line to focus solely on the BrokenBase Transformers live action movie, dumped the remaining Seeker figures (Dirge, Thrust, and Thundercracker) into an ultra-rare 2007 Botcon "Games of Deception" set. Needless to say, Transformer fans shat bricks over the fact that they were denied a chance to all the Classic versions of the Seekers, since Botcon sets are made in ultra-low quantity and the massive desire for the figures ensuring that the few that made it to the secondary market would sell for $100 and up PER FIGURE.
*** Hasbro finally rectified this in 2010-2011 by releasing arguably better versions in the mainstream toylines. Dirge received his proper delta wings, instead of reusing Ramjet's; Thrust's wings were modified a bit; and Thundercracker's wing paint was redone to match the previously-reissued Starscream's.
*** Skywarp remains pretty rare, though, since he was only released in a box set with Ultra Magnus, exclusive to Target.
* Of course, no mention of EnsembleDarkhorse Transformers would be complete without Soundwave, who eventually became one of the few Transformers to survive all the way from [[{{Pilot}} "More Than Meets The Eye"]] to [[GrandFinale "The Rebirth"]] unchanged. His robotic but ''pretty'' vocoder-altered voice, his faceless look, the fact that he had a pretty dang articulate toy... Call him a snitch and the fanbase will eviscerate you.
** His cassettes are sort of mini-Darkhorses as well, especially Ravage, who made it into both WesternAnimation/BeastWars and the TransformersFilmSeries.
* Sideswipe is another example; he very rarely did more than be in the background or get any starring appearances in the cartoon or comics, but he's still one of the most popular characters. A likely factor is that he's a CoolCar (a Lamborghini), so his toys tend to be the best. Particularly, in his ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} film]]'' appearances, the fans clamored for more of him.
** His popularity can be boiled down to three words: [[BadassBoast "Damn, I'm good!"]]
** Try playing the game, ''TransformersWarForCybertron'', Sideswipe is only playable in the second Autobot chapter, but damn is he entertaining to play. not because of any specific gameplay but his [[FunPersonified dialog]] and [[BloodKnight personality]] during the level make it extremely funny.
* Erector. Only ever had one toy, and never appeared in fiction save for a Japanese magazine story, but he recently experienced such a [[IncrediblyLamePun rise]] in popularity that the fans voted him into the final nominees for the ''Transformers: Hall of Fame'', competing with such insanely popular and famous characters as Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave and Waspinator. Hasbro even wrote a completely new character bio for him, semingly having embraced his sudden importance, but handled him as more than a simple dick joke. Considering his reputation started ''because'' of his name, this can fully well be seen as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the character.
* Nightbeat was just one of the small Headmasters released in the later years of the original line. Then Simon Furman got his hands on him, turning Nightbeat into an awesome DeadpanSnarker detective who was capable of defeating a Matrix powered Thunderwing via shooting a harpoon into his back and tossing him out the airlock. He eventually got seen as the secondary signature character for Furman besides Grimlock and eventually got a new toy in 2014.
* Despite most Pretenders being obscure, there are two that stand out.
** Bludgeon is a[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Samurai Skeleton Tank Robot]] who, like most Decepticon leaders in the comics, was far more effective than Megatron. This popularity landed him a brand new Voyager class toy that skips the inner robot and goes straight from tank to skeletal samurai!
** Thunderwing is also this for having some NobleDemon traits. Oh, and he also managed to hijack [[MacGuffin the Creation Matrix]]. This popularity also landed him a top spot in one of the newest [[VideoGame/TransformersPrimeTheGame transformer games]], and a new toy.
* [[LargeHam Straxus]] was a character created specifically for the Marvel Comics, a deranged tyrant who basically existed to be killed off by Blaster after he killed Blaster's best buddy. However, Simon Furman revived him and had him [[spoiler: retroactively [[HijackedByGanon hijack a lot of badass Megatron moments]].]] He eventually got a rather awesome Deluxe class toy in Generations.
* And in yet another case of "Decepticon leader who's better than [[GeneralFailure Megatron]]," we have [[CyberCyclops Shockwave]]. In the cartoon, he was just a dull YesMan, essentially a poor man's Soundwave. In the comics, he was the Big Bad for most of Budiansky's run, and his reason for [[TheStarscream constantly and successfully usurping Megatron]]? It's because he simply deems it logical, whilst also averting the StrawVulcan trope in actually ''being'' logical.
* Most of the characters from ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' became this, but the biggest example is [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee Ironfist]]. He even got an [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated TFA incarnation]] complete with a toy!
* [[HulkSpeak Me]] [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Grimlock!]] It helps that he is regarded as Simon Furman's signature character in the comics.
** It wasn't always that way, though, particularly in the Marvel US comics; although he had a couple of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] (helping to take down Megatron in issue 8, and Trypticon in issue 27), he degenerated into a {{Jerkass}} BadBoss that was later [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into a variation of his season 3 cartoon self, before getting blasted by Starscream. Furman's takeover of the US book came just as the Classic Pretenders (including Grimlock) hit the shelves, allowing Furman to show the Grimlock he'd written in the UK book, creating the foundation for all future G1-based portrayals.
* [[VerbalTic Heh heh]], [[ThoseTwoBadGuys the Battlechargers]], Runabout and Runamuck, have a decent fan following due to being some of the only Decepticons who are genuine friends. Not to mention the [[MemeticMutation fandom meme]] that has them associated with ''BeavisAndButthead''. Uh huh huh huh.
** It's become an AscendedMeme as Runabout and Runamuck are deliberately drawn visual {{Shout Out}}s to Beavis and Butthead, respectively, for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' [[AllThereInTheManual source book]]. [[http://billforster.deviantart.com/art/Runabout-and-Runamuck-176356248 Yes, really]].
* Even those who didn't much care for Mike Costa's run on IDW's Transformers ongoing seemed to like one character: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Bob_%28IDW%29 Bob the Insecticon]], a spiky yet adorable abomination of science who becomes Sunstreaker's pet. When Bob showed up in the fourth issue of James Roberts' ongoing, which followed Costa's, a number of fans were rather excited to see that he was still around.
* Galvatron in the Marvel UK run of the Generation 1 comic. An outright [[TheJuggernaut nigh unstoppable]] {{Badass}} whose [[SavedByTheFans popularity]] effectively gave him JokerImmunity up until the Time War storyline, where he was finally KilledOffForReal.
* Black Shadow is a surprisingly popular character, despite appearing in very little fiction (he originated in Japan in 1989, but didn't appear in any western fiction until the IDW continuity, where he still had a very minor role, and he didn't get a toy in the west until 2011). Part of his appeal is his function is the highly unusual "Space Gangster," coupled with being a more robotic retool of the already popular Thunderwing.
* Many, ''many'' characters in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' are adored by the fandom, to the point where it's basically a bunch of Ensemble Darkhorses crammed together on a ship.
** Whirl, for both his hilarious [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkassery]] and the sheer scope of his [[CrazyAwesome Crazy Awesomeness]].
** Cyclonus also has a share of fans, in part because he matches Whirl's badassness on the field and his {{Tsundere}} personality.
** Swerve. He's gone from being used in past continuities as a filler character with no real distinct personality, to being a very chatty mischievous smartass with a BoisterousBruiser personality packed into a minibot body.
** Roberts' original character Rung, the Autobot psychologist, is also gaining a fangirl posse, due mainly to his {{adorkabl|e}}y gangly and goggle-eyed design and his equally Adorkable and slightly naive personality. It helps that he's a bit of a TakeThat to the MarySue concept, what with his frequent ButtMonkey moments.
** Also in this vein, we have original character [[DefectorFromDecadence Ambulon]], himself a bit of a TakeThat to the whole "Ex-Decepticons are cooler" notion that became so unpopular with Drift. His life frankly sucks, he's not that well-liked InUniverse, and to top it all off, his altmode is a ''leg''... Naturally, he's very popular with the fandom, [[spoiler:though unfortunately, it wasn't enough to save him.]]
** [[CrazyAwesome Brainstorm]]. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/My_First_Blaster Can't]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Metafictional_bomb imagine]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Malevolent_Counterintuitive_Pathogen why]]...
** Surprisingly, ''Drift'' of all 'bots [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap has become this]]. It's kind of amazing that a former CreatorsPet has become popular among many of his haters due to having a good writer behind him. It doesn't hurt that he's become a hell of a DeadpanSnarker. Having had a spiritual reawakening that makes him "offensively upbeat" and [[TakeThatScrappy that Ratchet absolutely hates]] gives him some extra points too.
** Getaway [[VerbalTic *BOMP*]] became a huge hit with the fans after his introduction scenes in issue 20.
** The entire [[EvilIsCool Decepticon Justice Division]] gets this treatment due to their {{Badass}} designs and frequent CreepyAwesome moments, but among their number, Tarn, Kaon, and Vos are particularly popular.
** Misfire, the hilariously incompetent CloudCuckoolander has become popular with fans thanks to his many funny moments.
* ComicBook/DeathsHead, the eccentric ''[[InsistentTerminology Freelance Peacekeeping Agent]]'' from the Marvel UK comics was one of first Ensemble Darkhorses of the franchise. Made the jump (with a little [[DoctorWho Galifreyan assistance]]) from those comics into ''mainstream MarvelUniverse'', up to and including getting multiple comic series. Admittedly, many of those series were of [[TheNineties 90's successor]], but can't have everything, [[VerbalTic right?]] The original proved popular enough to be brought BackFromTheDead at least twice and is now finally getting an official action figure of his own. Happy endings, yes?

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[[folder: Western Animation/Beast Wars and Western Animation/Beast Machines ]]

* The ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' ''series'', considering it resurrected Transformers as a franchise, introduced sparks and other concepts, and more. Take a look at who the Hall of Fame winners are.
* Megatron's Rubber Ducky. No lines, not interaction with anyone else, but one of the 3 fully loyal Predacons. And the only one of those three (the others being Inferno and Scorponok) to get ''transmetallized''.
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rubber_Ducky The Rubber Ducky]] has his own page on the wiki.
* Inferno, largely due to his LargeHam qualities.
** The fact he was a [[KillItWithFire fire ant]] with [[PsychoForHire a few screws loose]] didn't hurt.
* Blackarachnia, who by the end became a BreakoutCharacter, and was one of the two characters (the other being Waspinator) to get an Expy in TransformersAnimated.
* In WesternAnimation/BeastMachines, this role was taken by Jetstorm due to his gleefully evil, sarcastic, arrogant personality. A keen sense of wit and the fact that his VoiceActor played him as a LargeHam didn't hurt, either.
* Rampage and Depth Charge. The former for being an immortal psychopath, the latter for being the only one badass enough to take him on. They are drawn to each other like matter and antimatter, and are about as safe to be around when it happens. Put them in a scene together and watch the awesome.
* Rhinox, the Maximals tech guy, is well liked for being a GeniusBruiser that dual wielded [[MoreDakka a pair of slaggin' chainguns.]]

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[[folder: Anime/Transformers Robots In Disguise ]]

* Scourge for being an enormously {{Badass}} villain and one of the few {{Evil Twin}}s of Optimus to have a personality.
* Sky-Byte for being an endearingly pathetic IneffectualSympatheticVillain, and something of a {{Woobie}}.

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[[folder: Transformers Armada ]]

* [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Cyclonus and Demolishor]]. Respectively, they're an AxCrazy helicopter and a YesMan tank.
* ''Armada'''s take on Starscream was a NobleDemon IronWoobie instead of a [[TheStarscream Chronic Backstabber]]. Surprisingly, the fandom loved this guy.
** Considering he was an {{Expy}} of Dinobot, it's not surprising at all.
* Hot Shot, the KidAppealCharacter is popular, mostly for not being Bumblebee

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[[folder: Transformers Cybertron ]]

* Even though he never appeared in any fiction beyond [[AllThereInTheManual a fan club story]], Cannonball became this for being a freaking SpacePirate.
* Scourge, the leader of the Jungle Planet. Another Dinobot-like character with a three-headed dragon beast mode.
* Signal Lancer, who is a minor joke character at best and doesn't even get named in the English dub, became famous and even a tad memetic when, in the show's final episode, he dramatically revealed his robot mode and left his spot to find his great destiny. His disguise was a mundane stoplight.
* Scattershot and Vector Prime maintain strong popualarity after the show: the first appearing in VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron and the second for being one of the Thirteen original primes and a powerful [[spoiler: sacrifice]].
* Jetfire. [[AwesomeAussie It's the accent]].

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[[folder: Transformers Animated ]]

* Who became one of the most popular ''TransformersAnimated'' characters after his ten second appearance in the pilot episode? Not [[TheStoic Prowl]], not [[HotBlooded Bumblebee]], not [[BigBad Megatron]]... it's the wacky, SplitPersonality villain Blitzwing. The fact that he's made appearances in almost every one of the ''The Arrival'' tie-in comics may show that the writers are listening to the fandom.
** To be fair, he does ''[[EstablishingCharacterMoment a lot]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dNJrP2gBSI in those ten seconds.]]
*** It helps that every following appearance is either a CrowningMomentOfFunny, a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, or both.
* A case could be made for Lugnut, the most [[UndyingLoyalty fanatically loyal]] Transformer to date. Dare I say, he is ''GLORIOUS!''
** But Lugnut would insist that he is not as glorious [[LargeHam AS THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS MEGATRON!!!!]]
*** [[TwitchyEye Just...]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTduxJxuGak&context=C3614c72ADOEgsToPDskKCXMd2kGu5hBkXdHMj2zHh go....]]
* I am Wreck-Gar! I am widely liked for my humorous attitude and being voiced by Music/WeirdAlYankovic despite only appearing twice, and I DARE to be stupid!
* The Animated version of Waspinator took our favorite little CosmicPlaything and made him a legitimate threat.
-->-- [[DarkReprise Wazzzpinator cannot go offline. Wazzzpinator haz planzz.....]]
* [[BountyHunter Lockdown]].
** So much so that (along with Lugnut above) he's been adopted into IDW's Generation One continuity.
* Despite being an intentional attempt at TheScrappy, [[JerkAss Sentinel Prime]] gained some fans due to being such an amusing JerkAss. Oh, and he's voiced by TheTick.
* [[GrumpyOldMan Ratchet's]] pretty popular for getting some of the best character development.
* [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Ninjabot Prowl]] was the last main character to get a back story and spent much of his first and second season appearances proving [[IneffectualLoner less than]] [[YouAreNotReady badass]] points, but thanks to his excellent character development, NatureHero/Ninja/Stoic Warrior/general awesomen-ess, and that ''sweet'' [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai samurai armor]] he picked up in season three [[spoiler: (and that Dinobot-esque HeroicSacrifice in the finale, complete with a BigDamnHero moment from beyond the grave probably didn't hurt either)]], Prowl is one of the most popular characters from Animated.
* Normally, the Transformers TokenHuman is a Scrappy, but what happens when you give a token human real plot development and make her half Cybertronian? Sari Sumdac!
* There's also Captain Fanzone, the badass police captain who's BornInTheWrongEra and gives some of the show's funniest moments.
-->"[[MemeticMutation This is why I hate machines!]]"

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[[folder: Transformers Film Series ]]

* Dispensor, the Mountain Dew vending machine turned into a homicidal robot by the power of the Allspark, despite being ProductPlacement, not being ''named'', and barely appearing for more than a few seconds. Dispensor eventually got his own (short flash) game, where he infiltrates human facilities WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes style and [[TakeOverTheWorld takes over the world]] in the name of Mountain Dew. He also got a toy, although, tragically, it doesn't transform and isn't poseable.
** As of Takara's ''Age of Extinction'' lead-in toyline, Dispensor has graduated to full Transformer-dom (even if it is now as a delivery truck for a BlandNameProduct ShoutOut to both MTMTE and TV Tropes itself, "[[MoodWhiplash Mood Wiplash (sic)]]").
* For the sequel, we have Agent Simmons, who [[TookALevelInBadass upgraded]] from ObstructiveBureaucrat to BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal.
** His assistant [[BattleButler Dutch]] has become this as well, in the third film. Helps that he's played by [[{{Firefly}} Alan Tudyk]].
* Jetfire, the British accented BadassGrandpa who fights with a giant cane-sword and turns into an [[CoolPlane SR-71 Blackbird jet]].
* Scalpel, the German-accented MadDoctor.
* Ejector the evil toaster, who is also an AscendedMeme (he originally appeared in a Mountain Dew commercial for the first film). He too has a toy.
* Jolt from ROTF has a large fanbase due to his minimal screentime.
* DOTM introduced a large background Decepticon, who resembles the Cloverfield Monster.
* Most of the Decepticons from the first film (barring maybe Frenzy) are very, very popular.
** Bonecrusher is this for [[MemeticMutation hating everything.]]
** Barricade, the police car Decepticon. It doesn't hurt that in the video game adaptations, he's voiced by '''KeithDavid'''.
* Laserbeak, the coldblooded assassin who works for Soundwave.
* That crazy bastard, [[OneSceneWonder Jerry Wang]].
* Flatline quickly became this in the ExtendedUniverse comic book tie-ins. Essentially the Decepticon equivalent to [[MadDoctor Josef Mengele]], he's arguably more vile than his universe's [[BigBad Megatron]] - Which is saying something. A ''lot'' of fans want to see a toy of him that turns into a hearse.
* Lennox and Epps gained this status by essentially being [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of [[GIJoe Duke and Roadblock]].
* The Wreckers (Roadbuster, Topspin, and Leadfoot). They're a trio of [[JerkAss jerkasses]] that change into heavily modified NASCAR stock cars covered in firepower.
* To a lesser degree there's also Glenn from the first film, due to Creator/AnthonyAnderson's hilarious performance.
* Hound, from the fourth installment. He's a big jolly fatbot chomping on a bullet cigar who happens to be carrying a small arsenal. He also got some of the best lines.

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[[folder: Video Game/Transformers War For Cybertron[=/=]Video Game/Transformers Fall Of Cybertron ]]

* Metroplex, the HumongousMecha Autobot ''city''. The fact he gets to [[spoiler:slam Megatron into the ground, four times, in fact]], probably helps.
* Grimlock again, though he's a favorite no matter what continuity he appears in. He's just as awesomely powerful as the trailers made him out to be, culminating in [[spoiler: biting off and ''eating'' Shockwave's left arm.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation/Transformers Prime ]]


* [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Knock-Out and Breakdown]] have become fairly popular, possibly in part due to [[DaranNorris their]] [[Creator/AdamBaldwin voice actors]], the fact they get an EstablishingCharacterMoment to themselves, and being able to take down the Autobots in their first fight.
* [[CreepyAwesome Soundwave.]] Silent. Faceless. Practically ParanoiaFuel incarnate. Whenever he shows up on screen, something awesome usually follows. Fans ended up loving him for [[InvincibleVillain never suffering any real defeats]] until the finale because of how awesome he was.
* Agent Fowler is a [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black]] [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]] voiced by [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ernie Hudson]]. {{Memetic Badass}}itude ensued.
** And similar to him: out of the three main human characters, two of them are highly popular: Raf and Jack.
* Even though he [[spoiler: [[SacrificialLion died in the first episode]]]], Cliffjumper became this because due to being voiced by voiced by [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
* Like in ''TransformersAnimated'', [[GrumpyOldMan Ratchet]] is quite popular. Hoo-ah.
* Dreadwing. His NobleDemon personality and sense of honor remind people of the aforementioned Dinobot. Not to mention that he can hold his own in a fight with Optimus Prime.
** His brother Skyquake isn't far behind him in this regard, though he's less Noble and more Demon.
* The Prime version of Wheeljack is also quite popular. He's gone from a GadgeteerGenius to a GeniusBruiser, cutting through waves of Vehicons with his swords and being an established member of the Wreckers. The creators took notice of this and gave him more screentime in season 2, around the time his toy started shipping.
* Steve, a FanNickname for any Vehicon that does anything noteworthy, hitting Starscream.
* Arcee developed quite the following due to her being well written badass ActionGirl that is defined by her own merits and not by being a girl.
* Ratchet and Bulkhead got a following for much the same reasons their counterparts in Animated were liked.
* Starscream, thanks how hilarious he could be, but at the same time could still come off as threat at times even a MagnificantBastard.
* Shockwave's badassery when he easily stomped Bulkhead and Wheeljack earned him this.
* Knockout has proven to be VERY popular for his eccentric scene-stealing personality.

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[[folder: Transformers Shattered Glass ]]

* Ravage is one of the biggest examples of this. He was originally just a joke in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' about how a MirrorUniverse Ravage would be a MotorMouth {{Keet}} instead of a silent assassin. Then his creator started up a {{Twitter}} feed in which he was portrayed as the living incarnation of LOLCats. Eventually, the little guy became so popular, he was made canon and received a toy at Botcon 2010!
* [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness It has occurred to me that this page is dreadfully absent of the cunning and debonair Grimlock]], [[VerbalTic wot]]?
* [[CulturedBadass Abominus]], who defeats [[DumbMuscle Computron]] with interpretive dance while politely critiquing his [[HulkSpeak diction]], hit the ground running for the title of "Best Gestalt Ever." Then we learned that his components are what make him a CulturedBadass - a Renaissance man, a famous actor, a captain of industry, a psychologist, and a children's entertainer, complete with cute hand puppet. It helps that he looks ''[[http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/c/ce/SGAbominus_Bio.jpg fantastic]]''.

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