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Check the ''Characters/BeastWars'' character sheet for the returning cast.

!Maximals

%% Optimus, Rattrap, Cheetor and Blackarachnia can be found in the BeastWars character sheet.
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!! Nightscream
->Voiced By: Alessandro Juliani
* TheBigGuy: He tends to be the most hands-on member of the team.
* EmoTeen: He whines a bit and is kind of egocentric.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's rather abrasive at times, but he still helps out the other Maximals and assists them in putting an end to Megatron's reign over Cybertron.
* MakeMeWannaShout: His power is a sonic scream.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Nightscream can shoot his fangs at an enemy and drain the energy from them via a connecting cable.
* SoleSurvivor: As far as the Maximals know, anyway. Nightscream is the only one they find, but then they never really leave Cybertropolis.
* SurvivorsGuilt: He feels really bad that he was unable to save those who fell during Megatron's conquering of Cybertron.
* TagalongKid: He's implied to be younger than the other Maximals and pretty much joins them because he tags along.

!! Savage/Noble
* ABoyAndHisX: After [[spoiler: Megatron's spark exits him and he loses sentience]], he has this relationship with Nightscream.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sacrifices himself to save Nightscream's life in the third part of "Sparkwar".]]
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Savage is a dragon-like being.
* JekyllAndHyde: Noble is benign to a fault and Savage is uncontrollable. [[spoiler:Initially this turns out to be an act since Noble is actually Megatron stuck in his organic half. After they split, the trope is played somewhat straight - though neither Noble nor Savage display any sentience.]]
* MixAndMatchCreature: Of a dragon and a wolf.
* NobleWolf: Fittingly enough, the wolf aspect calls itself "noble" and is a pretty NiceGuy.
* RedemptionDemotion: A very strange case. After [[spoiler:Megatron's spark takes over the Grand Mal his Noble/Savage body continues to live on with only a primitive animal intelligence]].
* TeamPet: After [[spoiler:Megatron's spark leaves him]], he pretty much becomes the Maximals' pet.

!! Botanica
->Voiced By: Creator/KathleenBarr
* ActionGirl: Although she [[TechnicalPacifist dislikes violence]].
* AffirmativeActionGirl: She is the first female Transformer to debut in ''Beast Machines''
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Rattrap. The two initially don't get along, but later become an OfficialCouple.
* GreenThumb: She helps Optimus Primal restore the plants to proper health.
* [[PlantAliens Plant Alien]]: She's a Cybertronian who turns into a plant.
* ShockAndAwe: A rarely-used chain lightning attack that ''vaporised'' a swarm of tank drones in her debut.
* ShoutOut: The planet where she got her "beast mode" comes from Mainframe Entertainment's [[WarPlanets other toyline based cartoon]].
* TheSmartGuy: She serves as the brains of the team.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: She never received a toy.

!Vehicons

%% Megatron can be found in the BeastWars character sheet.
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!!Thrust
* AndIMustScream: Subverted. [[spoiler:Waspinator]] was fully aware of what was going on, but didn't care because he enjoyed it so much. It's also slightly implied that he had greater control than Jetstorm and Tankor, [[spoiler:citing his "the brooding loner bit."]]
* BadassBiker: Well, [[CoolBike bike]], anyway.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Certainly brainwashed, though he was always crazy. Turns out Thrust was created from Waspinator's spark.
* ButtMonkey: For a while mid second season, it seemed as if Thrust resumed Waspinator's old role, being bashed by everyone. [[spoiler:Given that he ''is'' Waspinator, this was likely intentional.]] By the end of the series, he has regained the respect of his fellow Vehicons and is no longer bashed around.
* CardCarryingVillain: He knows that he's in the wrong and couldn't care less.
* TheDragon: For part of season 2, he serves as Megatron's remaining lackey.
* EnigmaticMinion: He is suggested to have plans of his own, but it's never revealed what they are.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a deep and sinister voice.
* HonorBeforeReason: He doesn't care about what Megatron will do to Cybertron.
* TheSlowPath: It eventually turns out that he's [[spoiler:Waspinator, who was rejected by the anthropods who worshiped him as a god at the end of ''Beast Wars'' and went back to Cybertron, his journey apparently taking long enough that he doesn't make it back until the series' present time.]]
* ThatManIsDead: Actually, he's the only one of the original three not to bother with this trope at all.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:In contrast to his time as Waspinator, Thrust is no longer an inept fool who keeps getting blasted apart.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: He was Megatron's faithful servant until the very end even when the latter was seemingly killed. He has nothing but hatred for any perceived traitors[[spoiler:, especially Jetstorm/Silverbolt.]]

!!Jetstorm
->Voiced By: Creator/BrianDrummond/ Creator/ScottMcNeil (after reformat)
* AndIMustScream: As [[spoiler:Silverbolt]], he indicates that he was aware of what Jetstorm was doing as well.
* TheAtoner: After returning to being Silverbolt he tries to make up for what he did as Jetstorm.
* AxCrazy: Even by Transformers villain standards, Jetstorm is completely out of his mind.
* BattleCouple: With [[spoiler:Blackarachnia]].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Jetstorm was created by implanting Silverbolt's spark into a Vehicron body.
* CardCarryingVillain: He's really proud of being evil.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: After [[spoiler:his reformat]], his robot mode is designed to look like a {{samurai}}.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumour: Which doesn't stop him from being absolutely hysterical at times.
* EvilLaugh: "Whoa-AH hahahahahaha!!!"
* FauxAffablyEvil: He acts friendly towards the Maximals even while trying to destroy them.
* HeelFaceTurn: After being reformated he joins the Maximals again.
* {{Jerkass}}: He is extremely mean to the Maximals.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Subverted. He's a nasty person through and through [[spoiler:until he's reformatted back to Silverbolt.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: After [[spoiler:his reformat, he's back to being a good guy, but isn't quite as idealistic as he once was.]]
* LaughablyEvil: Jetstorm is without a doubt, insane. But he's also loads of fun to watch.
* SixthRanger: Joins the Maximals after [[spoiler:being reformatted.]]
* ThatManIsDead: Jetstorm is actually just a shell program created by Megatron, so he "dies" when [[spoiler:Blackarachnia reformats him into Silverbolt]].
** Conversely, after finding out the truth, Jetstorm was emphatic that [[spoiler:"Silverbolt had left the building!"]]
** [[spoiler:In the finale, it appears Silverbolt is back to his pre-Jetstorm self.]]

!! Tankor
->Voiced By: Creator/PaulDobson/ Richard Newman after TheReveal
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Rhinox]] says that he was trapped inside Tankor, fully aware of what was going on, but unable to reach the surface and communicate.
--> '''[[spoiler:Rhinox]]''': ''Trapped! Abandoned!''
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Subverted, he was always on the evil side.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: After his death, [[spoiler:Rhinox acknowledges that his actions were wrong and becomes one with the Matrix.]]
* DumbMuscle: [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Tankor is inarguably dumb and powerful, but exactly how aware or in control [[spoiler:Rhinox]] is of Tankor's actions is never really clarified.
* HulkSpeak: His initial speech style has him speak in third person with limited vocabulary.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:To the point of forcing Megatron himself to do whatever he wants, without his knowledge... until [[OutGambitted Megatron turned all the gambits to his favour.]]]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Upon regaining his true personality, he still pretends to be a dim-witted minion.]]
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Once he regains his intellect, anyway. He would have succeeded if Megatron hadn't been smart enough to hardwire his programing to ensure that he could never kill him.]]
* TankGoodness: It's in the name.
* ThatManIsDead: His spark is actually that of [[spoiler:Rhinox]], but he fully embraces being on Megatron's side.
* ThirdPersonPerson: He initially refers to himself in third person.

!! Obsidian & Strika
->Voiced By: Creator/PaulDobson (Obsidian), Patricia Drake (Strika)
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Strika was made a female to address the gender imbalance. The writers also introduced Botanica, a prominent character with no toy, for the same reason.
* AntiVillain: They don't care about Megatron or the Maximals. They serve Cybertron, and since Megatron essentially is Cybertron, they serve him. Anything else is details.
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: Strika. She's even named after a real life example, the Stryker.
* BadassBookworm: Obsidian is very intelligent and also a very powerful lackey of Megatron.
* BattleCouple: They often fight together and Strika is described by Obsidian as his consort.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Both are brilliant tacticians, but Strika is easily the more combat oriented of the two. Obsidian's more of a strategist, co-ordinating drone attacks.
* CoDragons: They become Megatron's two most prominent minions.
* [[EvilBrit Evil Brits]]: They have British-sounding accents.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Both of them have deep voices.
* FutureCopter: Obsidian's basically a futuristic version of the V-22 Osprey.
* GeniusBruiser: Strika is as intelligent as she is strong.
* HeroKiller: They are said to have fought in Cybertron's ancient past and have implied to have killed many noble Cybertronians.
* HulkSpeak: In their EstablishingCharacterMoment, they use this to trick the Maximals into thinking that they're just another pair of mindless Vehicon drones.
* KnightTemplar: They honestly believed that Megatron's intentions were right for Cybertron.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: They are both extremely loyal to Cybertron - even if the guy ''running'' it happens to be an organophobic lunatic with a God complex.
--> "Megatron ''is'' Cybertron. To defend one is to defend the other."
** Thrust calls them on it.
--->'''Thrust:''' If you're loyal to ''everyone'', can you really be loyal to ''anyone''?
* ObfuscatingStupidity: They lure Primal's team into a trap during their first appearance by pretending to be mindless drones and deceiving the Maximals into believing that they're trying to escape.
* PetTheDog: Obsidian made his debut by backhanding Thrust for annoying him. In "Spark of Darkness", Megatron refers to Thrust as "utterly useless", but Obsidian states that it was Thrust who reminded him and Strika where their true loyalties lie. [[note]]After Megatron's supposed defeat in the previous episode, Obsidian and Strika essentially had no purpose, so they accepted the offer to join the Maximals. Thrust notices and calls them out on their loyalties, which is what ultimately leads to them to return to the Vehicons.[[/note]]
* TheStrategist: They were two of the most brilliant Maximal/Autobot generals in the history of Cybertron.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Obsidian is quite frail while Strika is huge.

!! Diagnostic Drone

-> Voice By: Christopher Gaze, and Creator/PaulDobson

A small, spherical drone that acted as, more or less, Megatron's butler.

* {{Brainwashed}}: Is reprogrammed by Tankor to serve him in his vendetta against Megatron.
* CyberCyclops: His eye is actually the middle one, not the two lights on the side of the "face".
* DemonicPossession: Killed by the energy storm started by Tankor, his body comes to house Megatron's wayward spark.
--> '''Megatron:''' I live! I live! Ió...what kind of puny body is this?!
* {{Flight}}: Floats around.
* EvilBrit: Despite being Cybertronian, he has a British accent.
* NonActionGuy: As he has no offensive capabilities, and could probably be taken down in one shot.
* TheSoulless: Despite his intelligence and personality, it's explicitly stated that he has no spark.

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