The Maximal Commander with an alternate mode of a silverback gorilla. Like his namesake (and possible ancestor) Optimus Prime, Primal is brave, noble and wise. However, unlike the more idealized Prime, Primal has no background as a military leader - he signed onto the Axalon to command an exploration mission, and his crew ended up in a fight with Megatron solely because they were the only ones in range. Thus he is a much more cerebral, pacifistic commander than Prime was, and he's frequently questioned and undermined by his men. However, though he makes mistakes and doesn't win every battle, no one ever questions that his heart is in the right place and ultimately he wins the loyalty of every bot under his command, many of whom he takes on a paternal role towards.
A Father to His Men: Most notably with Cheetor. The two of them form a surprisingly nuanced father-son dynamic that lasts until the very end of the "Beast Era".
In his original form: Arm-mounted cannons? Check. Shoulder-mounted missile launchers? Check. Dual scimitars? Check.
His Transmetal body replaces the above with dual pistols, shoulder-mounted machine guns, and dual maces.
After fusing with Optimus Prime's spark, Prime surprisingly has less overall Dakka, but it got a lot bigger.
Pragmatic Hero: He temporarily becomes this towards the end of season one of Beast Machines. He blindly follows the Oracle, believing it wants to him to replace everything technological with organic life and has no compunctions about using the Plasma Energy Chamber, which would spell doom for Cybertron. Fortunately, he realises the error of his ways in the second season premiere "Fallout".
Tank Goodness: After fusing with Optimus Prime's spark, as an alternate mode.
Team Dad: Especially with Cheetor with whom he forms a notable father-son dynamic that evolves throughout both series.
Though not as blatant as his relationship with Cheetor, Silverbolt also comes off like an older son of Optimus', perhaps most notably shown in The Agenda 2 where Silverbolt gets a stern paternal talking to from Optimus and then gets, essentially, grounded.
The Worf Effect: Gets hit with this frequently after he Upgrades to Optimal form. After this, practically every time he participates in the front lines; 1. The Predacons have developed a plot device to take him out first, 2. He arrives late to the battle, 3. Environmental factors, (being buried TWICE for example) prevent him from participating, or 4. Waspinator shoots him down.
Ostensibly the team's second-in-command, a world-class spy, master marksman and demolitions expert with an alt. mode of a rat. Rattrap is a malcontent - self-centered, sarcastic, arrogant and dismissive to just about everyone on the crew (with the singular exception of his best buddy Rhinox), but he's also among the most capable members of the Maximals and though few can stand him when the series begins, they all ultimately come to depend and rely on him. Though he can be cowardly and lazy, he always steps up when he needs to and has proven to be a remarkably capable and decisive leader when Optimus is presumed dead or otherwise in disposed.
In Beast Warshe's being suspected as a traitor, and goes to the Predacon base to retrieve something, fake-betraying his comrades.
In Beast Machines, this trope is played with; he temporarily defects to Megatron as he feels useless, then realises that he was making a mistake.
Fantastic Racism: He makes it clear that he absolutely hates Predacons or Decepticons moreso than normal for a Maximal.
Fire-Forged Friends: Despite his sardonic personality, he ends up having this relationship with pretty much every Maximal that isn't Optimus or Rhinox. Especially Dinobot (see Vitriolic Best Buds below).
Hyper Competent Sidekick: Optimus demands a lot from his second in command, from pretending to defect to the other side, to infiltrating their own base when they locked themselves out with their new death trap security system. Thankfully for the Maximals, and the universe as a whole, he always comes through.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He whines, he moans, he mocks, he groans. He openly voices his disdain regarding missions and is the most cowardly member of the Maximal crew, even moreso than the childish Cheetor. Yet, he is possibly Primal's most loyal cadet and, though reluctantly, always eventually accepts his missions. All of this adds up to Primal naming him second-in-command, over the likes of Rhinox and Dinobot, in the episode "Chain of Command".
Mr. Vice Guy: Outside of his grating personality, Rattrap alludes to regular visits to the transformer-equivalent of seedy topless bars and casinos back on Cybertron.
The Nicknamer: Including but not limited to: Chopperface (Dinobot), Fearless Leader/Boss Monkey (Optimus), Spots (Cheetor), Stripes (Tigatron), Legs (Blackarachnia), Bird-Dog (Silverbolt), Charlie Tuna (Depth Charge). It's got its own section in his Wikipedia page.
Undying Loyalty: Despite his many personality flaws and constant complaints, he'd rather die than betray the other Maximals. He reacts violently to any perceived or potential betrayals on the team.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dinobot. At the beginning, they basically hate each other and hurl insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. By the second season, though, they have formed a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as Witty Banter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's temporary betrayal and, most notably, during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade.
This goes so far that in the planned (but sadly unaired) Season 3 episode "Dark Glass," Rattrap was the one who went against orders to implant the original Dinobot's memory and personality data into his Evil Counterpart.
You Dirty Rat: Subverted. He's not evil, but he's easily the weaseliest member of the team.
"When a spark comes online, there is great joy. When it is extinguished, the universe weeps..."
— Episode "The Spark"
Voiced by: Richard Newman
Debut:"Beast Wars (Part 1)"
The Maximals' Science Officer, mechanic, and all-around Team Mom with an alt mod of a rhinoceros. Rhinox is brilliant, beloved and respected by pretty much all on the team, and could possibly make the best leader of the team if he wanted to. But he doesn't. Rhinox has no ambition to be anything more or less than what he is. Intensely spiritual, and with a greater understanding of the Matrix than anyone else, Rhinox would much prefer to relax in a tranquil garden than march off to war, and would rather bring up the rear then lead the charge. Though among the more powerful of the Maximals, Rhinox is quiet, unassuming and the one least likely to be seen in the battlefield, instead prefering to stay back at base, monitoring the situation from his computer, developing new technologies and taking care of the homefront.
Badass: He never got upgraded to a Transmetal, yet he constantly proved himself to be one the most powerful Cybertronians in this series.
Beware the Nice Ones: He's happy in peacetime, likes smelling flowers, and mostly stays off the battlefield, despite the fact that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted - but, anyone who can punch Megatron in the face, pick him up like nothing, then throw him out of a starship, is someone you do NOT want to mess with. Dinobot learnt this the hard way:
Brilliant but Lazy: Rhinox has shown multiple times that he is a capable leader and a powerful warrior. Optimus has stated that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted, but Rhinox is perfectly happy smelling flowers and toiling with his gadgets.
When given a Predacon aggression boost, Megatron finds out just what Rhinox's brains and brawns can do to when not restricted by any morality and given an ample dose of ambition.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: When he gets brainwashed as a Predacon. He also has shades of this as Tankor in Beast Machines, only this time Megatron thought ahead and included various countermeasures.
Fartillery: In one episode, after Taranatulas infects him with a virus and he eats bean plants to keep up his energy, as a finisher. The resulting blast was visible fromorbit.
Megatron: This is certainly the most humiliating defeat in my entire career, yeeesssss
Gadgeteer Genius: He manages to create a virtually impenetrable defense system for the Maximal base after they'd already crashed, in spite of there being no raw materials around.
Gatling Good: There is quite possibly no example of this trope more awesome than Rhinox, who wields one chaingun in each hand. He often enters battle firing off both at once.
Guns Akimbo: Said pair of chainguns are named the Chainguns of Doom.
Genius Bruiser: He may be The Big Guy but he's also the mechanic and science officer. For instance, take the episode where he, Rattrap, Cheetor, and Dinobot all get flash-blinded. Rhinox takes command of the quartet, and eventually helps them fight off a Predacon ambush using only his hearing.
Hyper Competent Sidekick: He's the most trusted and widely skilled of the Maximals. A very effective commander (if somewhat less charismatic than Optimus), a genius scientist, and very in-touch with the more spiritual aspects of Transformer life. The only reason he isn't leader himself is because he doesn't want the job when he could be doing more important background work.
Number Two: Rattrap may be the official second-in-command of the Maximals, but Rhinox is Optimus' right-hand-bot. When Optimus is indisposed, the others will refer to his judgement whenever possible, and he tends to play second in command to whoever the temporary leader is.
Out-Gambitted: In Beast Machines, Megatron works out that he's playing dumb and kills him.
Renaissance Bot: His extremely wide range of skills earn him the respect of even some Predacons.
Superpowered Evil Side: Not exactly superpowered, but when he's reprogrammed as a Predacon, he's one hell of a competent villain.
Sparkjacked And Crazy: There's the episode "Dark Designs" where he's turned into a Predacon...and proves to be a more effective villain than most of the Predacons put together. The second was in Machines where he had the shell programme of Tankor implanted; even after his memories were unlocked, the programme left an irreversible mark on his mind which was only reversed posthumously.
You won't find many other Tranformers who can keep up with the brash young optimist of Primal's crew. Being the youngest Maximal, Cheetor is sometimes a bit of a handful, always trying to prove himself or rush off into a situation before thinking. He means well in everything he does, though, and he always manages to land on his feet. Cheetor arguably underwent the greatest amount of character growth in the series, both physically and mentally, but through all of it he kept his optimism, his spunk, and his love of blasting Predacons.
How Do I Shot Web?: He had some difficulties figuring out his new bodies in both the season 2 premiere and the middle of the season 3. In the latter, it's so ridiculously overpowered it overloads his brain and briefly reduces him to a feral animal.
Jet Pack: He has one in both of his Transmetal forms.
Just a Kid: The youngest, most inexperienced member of the group.
"Conflicted" is the best word to describe Dinobot. Once a loyal member of Megatron's crew, he turned against his leader and was betrayed by Megatron. Joining the Maximals shortly afterwards, Dinobot never hesitated to show his disdain for the Maximal life and views, and (for a time) wished to replace Optimus as leader.
Dinobot was essentially a sincere, non-cynical Type II Social Darwinist, who genuinely believed that the strong destroying the weak resulted in the best possible scenario. Despite his gruffness, Dinobot was also a man of honor (Bushido, to be precise), and showed his power, skill, courage and determination to defeat the Predacons time and again.
Cast from Hit Points: He uses up the remainder of his energy to destroy the Golden Disk so Megatron can't alter the future freely.
Death Seeker: After his temporary return to the Predacons in the second season in which he returned the Golden Disc to Megatron despite knowing the latter's insane plan, he is nearly driven to suicide by the betrayal of his honor.
Enigmatic Minion: Dinobot is a Predacon that defected to the Maximals simply because Megatron didn't follow their plan in the first episode. When Dinobot finds out that Megatron actually brought them to past Earth, he's convinced his best interests would be with Megatron once again, but he's unable to betray the Maximals and remains with them. Considering Dinobot knew of the actual purpose of the golden disks and told Optimus about the Arc, it can be assumed his original plan was to destroy all the Maximals in history just like Megatron attempted.
Dinobot Has Standards: He made it no secret that he would love to have Optimus's job, though refused to ever betray the big ape, except for his temporary (misguided) Face-Heel Turn in "Maximal No More". In Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 2, it is revealed that Rattrap had moved all of his junk into Optimus's personal quarters after the latter's supposed demise in Other Voices, Part 2. This appals even Dinobot, who subsequently punches Rattrap square in the face.
The Fatalist: He begins to think along these lines during Season 2, wondering whether a recorded future (such as the one in the Golden Disc) is immutable or not. Turns out it isn't, but he chooses to go along with it anyway.
I Fight for the Strongest Side: He switched back to the Predacons temporarily because he thought they were going to win the war, once he found out they were actually on past Earth and Megatron held the golden disk with information of altering the future.
I Owe You My Life: The biggest reason he submitted to Optimus' command in the first place.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's buried deep, but he eventually comes to care for his Maximal comrades and value life that is weaker than him.
Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: His sense of honor, while a stark contrast to Silverbolt's (the most popular comparison would be bushido to chivalry, respectively), demands that he fight fairly in all his battles and to rebel against insane ambitions, even if it would garner him the upper hand to follow.
Manipulative Bastard: Not often, but he can be quite skilled at getting others to do what he wants in the right circumstances. In the episode "Equal Measures," he played Cheetor, Optimus, and Terrorsaur all like violins in a bid to destroy the Predacon base.
"To defeat you in such a manner would be lacking in honor. I prefer to beat my opponents the old-fashioned way... brutally!"
Redemption Demotion: Literally, but not spiritually. Dinobot was Megatron's lieutenant before his defection. With the Maximals, he is fourth-in-command at best. In terms of performance, however, he is consistently one of the best fighters on the team.
Rattrap:"It's like I always said; you may just be a slag-spoutin' saurian... but it's nice to know where you stand."
Reformed but Rejected: Not so much "rejected" as they still welcomed him back, but the Maximals were understandably uneasy around him after he'd briefly gone back to the Predacons. It didn't help that he'd given the Golden Disc back to Megatron. Rattrap put it succinctly - it wasn't that they hated or disliked him, but his recent actions meant they were no longer sure where he stood and his betrayal hurt.
Seppuku: He's seen strongly considering this in "Code Of Hero" to regain his honour after his temporary Face-Heel Turn, but is ultimately unable to go through with it. Good thing, too, as he ended up being the only thing standing between Megatron and the latter's plan to slaughter the proto-humans.
Shout-Out to Shakespeare: He constantly quotes Shakespeare during his contemplative phase. The TF Wiki page for Dinobot captions pretty much every image with some kind of Shakespeare reference, including "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair...wherever the hell we are."
The Starscream: Downplayed to a more benign version, but still present. Whenever Optimus is incapacitated or absent, Dinobot is usually there to declare he's taking command of the Maximals now. However, he never goes out of his way to get rid of Optimus or backstab him, and when Optimus is ready to lead again Dinobot steps aside to let him.
Token Evil Teammate: Started out as this when he joined the Maximals, but mellowed out shortly.
Verbal Tic: A lot of his speech is punctuated by a deep, throaty growl.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rattrap. At the beginning, they basically hate each other and hurl insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. By the second season, though, they have formed a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as Witty Banter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's temporary betrayal and, most notably, during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade. Ironically, each and every instance of this is an example of Scott McNeilarguing with himself.
Warrior Poet: Ideas of honor and pride strongly influence his fighting style. He quotes Shakespeare regularly in later episodes.
"Remember, do not fight your beast instincts. Let them help your robot forms both in battle and in peace. But for now, let us maximize AND SLAG SOME BUTT!"
— Episode "Call of the Wild"
Voiced by: Blu Mankuma
The first of the Axalon's protoforms to land planetside, Tigatron has no old life on Cybertron to return to (well, unless you count comic's retcons) and much prefers the beauty of nature, such that protecting it becomes his motivation to stay in the war. He prefers to work as a scout by himself - unless Airazor has other ideas.
An Ice Person: The majority of his weapons involve freezing the opposition.
Big Brother Mentor: To Cheetor. This may seem ironic given Tigatron was supposedly "born" from a stasis pod in the seventh episode, while Cheetor has been around since the beginning. However, the prequel comic establishes Tigatron actually existed and had a life on Cybertron (where he was known as "Unit 2") and was "reborn" on Earth, he just doesn't remember it. Coming out of a damaged stasis pod seems to be more akin to getting amnesia.
Classical Anti-Hero: Due to being more in touch with beast instincts and having moments of self-doubt about his involvement in the war.
The Coconut Effect: White tigers are not a subspecies of tiger that live in the snow, they are a birth defect akin to albinism and their miscoloring does not allow them to survive in the wild.
"Born" out of one of the protoform pods jettisoned from the Axalon. Airazor's pod had been damaged in re-entry, and she was narrowly saved from spark failure by Rhinox and Cheetor, the latter of whom donated parts to keep her online.
Always the first to remind Tigatron that sometimes you can be too alone, they end up spending a lot of time by themselves, away from the rest of the team...
The Ace: She has shades of this, in large part due to being the best flyer the Maximals had at the time, or in the Beast Wars, period.
The first of the second wave of Protoform pods, Silverbot's scanners accidentally captured two animals at once, turning him into a wolf/eagle hybrid. One thing that didn't seem to change from this was his unfailing (perhaps to unnatural degrees) sense of honor and chivalry. Silverbolt is perhaps the most "conventionally good" of the maximals, and this can get him into trouble, especially with one Token Chick with the Predecons named Blackarachnia. Despite his peppy attitude and not so bright decisions, he approaches battle with all the seriousness of a knight, and is more than willing to fight for things he believes in.
Butt Monkey: Y'know he has it bad when Waspinator schooles him in battle... three different times. The rare times that Silverbolt got the better of the insect were by pure accident. It's particularly striking since, in "Bad Spark", Silverbolt was able to defeat Rampage despite being severely damaged.
Heel-Face Turn: He wasn't really evil to begin with, but he was tricked into joining the Predacons in "Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 1", before eventually realising his place in the Beast Wars in "Part 2".
Leitmotif: Knightly, heroic music accompanies him wherever he goes.
Love Makes You Crazy: Not only does he wind up openly assisting Blackarachnia in her schemes, but when Rattrap makes a fairly mild crack about the two of them Silverbolt tries to beat his head in. This from the guy who'd once declared that attacking your own teammates was totally unacceptable.
He also punched out Cheetor, just because he didn't want him to be the one to bring Blackarachnia in.
The Power of Love: It isn't blatant, but whenever Blackarachnia is either threatened, in danger, or has already come to harm, Silverbolt's Butt Monkey qualities vanish.
Minion with an F in Evil: If not a rock solid F Minus Minus. It's easily forgotten, but Silverbolt was this to the Predacons for one day before it became obvious to him that the Predacons weren't interested in the noble approach to life.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: To the point where even Blackarachnia gets irritated. In "The Agenda: Part 2", she shoots him, and he somehow manages to rationalize it as a good thing.
"Gotta go. Protoform X is waiting and I don't want to dissapoint him."
Voiced by: David Sobolov
Once, Depth Charge was a sane and balanced Maximal. Then Rampage slaughtered Colony Omicron, where Depth Charge was chief security officer. The guilt-ridden DC spent four years hunting Rampage down, during which time Rampage managed to twist the knife even deeper by eating DC's friends at Starbase Rugby. When Rampage was apprehended, Charge demanded the Maximal council find a way to destroy his spark and was disgusted when they turned Rampage over to Primal's crew instead.
He was unsurprised when Primal "screwed it up" by going after Megatron's ship, and set off in pursuit. Some kind of residual transwarp energy brought him to prehistoric Earth, where he took the form of a manta ray and resumed his hunt of Rampage, who was delighted to see his old "playmate" again.
Arch-Enemy: Rampage. Its implied that this was Rampage's intention.
Badass: Depth Charge was second in size only to Optimus with an arsenal to match. This is probably why he was absent hunting Rampage most of the time.
At one point, fans wondered just how Rampage could kill an entire colony by himself when six Maximals manage to fend him off or defeat him on a fairly regular basis. Word of God has it that Colony Omicron was a human colony, but they couldn't really make this clear in the show due to the implied level of violence.
Establishing Character Moment: His first line is "Slag the high council," establishing him right away as someone that doesn't respect rules or authority.
Fallen Hero: According to Optimus, Depth Charge was once a model Maximal before Rampage's massacre of Omicron reduced him to a grim hunter.
Godzilla Threshold: Despite his frequent disagreements with Optimus, even he realizes how big a threat Megatron will be if he gets ahold of Nemesis. When ordered by Optimus to stop him, complies without a single protest.
"Raw energon! Right through your twisted spark! Take it! Take it straight to the pit, you SICKENING PIECE OF SLAG!"
Revenge Before Reason: Rampage intentionally invoked this by slagging everyone near and dear to him. Revenge is literally all he has left. He'll blow off any order to hunt Rampage if the crab shows his face.
The first thing he does in the series is say "Slag the High Council" and ignore their law forbidding travel to Earth. Later on he often ignores Optimus' orders in order to hunt Rampage, which makes him something of a liability.
Knight of Cerebus: While Tigerhawk's shell was possessed by the Vok. His arrival was directly responsible for throwing Beast Wars into the endgame phase and the "Nemesis" two-parter that followed contains some of the bleakest moments of the series.
Merger of Souls: He was originally a Vok Emissary made from Tigatron and Airazor's bodies. However, their Sparks followed their bodies, and after Tigerhawk was defeated, Airazor and Tigatron's sparks merged and took control of the shell.
A smooth, calculating, Machiavellian mastermind, Megatron seeks to avenge the defeat of his ancient namesake and restore the Predacons to glory - with himself at the top of the pyramid, of course. Anyone who stands in his way or questions his method is to be eliminated regardless of faction.
Admiring the Abomination: In Other Voices, Part 2, the Vok intend to destroy the Earth with their recently unveiled "Planet Buster" weapon. Megatron is seemingly impressed with such disregard for life. The other Predacons are, understandably, freaked out since they're on the Earth.
A God Am I: In the series' finale, he finds the Nemesis ship and delivers fire all over the place.
The Antichrist: Starts quoting the Transformers equivalent of him in the finale, and it's strongly hinted that he himself is the character referenced in the prophecy.
Authority Equals Asskicking: He could maul his troops if he felt like it. According to the Manual, this is how Predacon leadership works. They value successful betrayals, believing that if the leader could not fend off the treachery, they obviously were not fit to lead. Thus, a successful leader must be able to kick-ass and take names.
"Treachery requires no mistakes."
Badass: Often frighteningly so in the later seasons of Beast Wars. Just after "recruiting" Rampage (by quite literally cutting out a part of his heart/soul substitute and storing it in a collapseable box lined with energon blades), he states the following:
"Welcome to the Predacons, Rampage! You shall be an honored member, so long as you never forget one important fact about your new life... It's. Mine. (Squeezes box). Welcome my new servant, Yesss."
Bad Boss: Even more so than the other guys with his name. All of his (few) troops are expendable for him.
Complexity Addiction: His greatest weakness aside from his overconfidence. He'll often sabotage himself by indulging in needlessly dramatic additions to his plots purely to play into his own bloated ego. Though he will abandon this if pressed enough.
Consummate Liar: A good portion of his manipulative skill set involves hiding the truth from both allies and enemies.
"The wise tyrant ensures his prisons are designed for his personal escape."note In "Double Jeopardy" A paralysed Megatron and Rattrap are imprisoned in the lower chamber of the Predacon base by Terrorsaur. Megatron uses his voice recognition code to escape his cell and restore himself.
He does, however, spend a little too much time gloating and laughing. He even lampshades it just before turning Rhinox back into a Maximal in "Dark Designs":
'"Sometimes, Predacons gloat too much!"''
In Beast Machines, Megatron manages to successfully take an opportunity to escape, which he uses to conquer Cybertron.
Deadpan Snarker: A particularly nasty, arrogant version. When asked about why he monologues to himself, rather than to his troops:
"I simply have a penchant for intelligent conversation."
Evil Gloating: Megatron likes to make sure his enemies know they've been beaten. This bites him in the ass more than once (he tries to "make the Maximals suffer" in the first episode, which gives them the opportunity to shoot them down too and thus start the Beast Wars, and later on he gives a gloating speech to a heavily damaged Dinobot, who uses the opportunity to make an improvised hammer and beat him down.)
Evil Is Petty: A major factor in his defeat in the last episode. "No score is too small to settle, I always say."
Evil Knockoff: He likes making evil clones of Dinobot. Though Dinobot 2 was his greatest success, there were others, including one in the first season who couldn't transform out of beast mode, and a squad of Cyber Raptors in the third season. All of these knockoffs came to bad ends (with the real Dinobot actually eating his evil clone in one case.)
Evil Plan: The ultimate one in Beast Wars being to restore the Predacons to glory on Cybertron.
Expy: For Megatron(duh). In-universe, this gets him sneered at by Ravage.
Fantastic Racism: Towards organics in Beast Machines, to the point that he's trying to purge his dragon morph despite the fact that it would actually help him.
Faux Affably Evil: He's charming, erudite, and eager to grind his enemies underneath his heel even if he has to sacrifice all of reality to do so.
Genius Bruiser: Seeing as he has a great big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode, it's a given that he'd be a bruiser. He also appears to be one of the smartest Megatrons.
He Is The Queen: He is called Queen by Inferno, despite giving the latter repeated warnings to stop doing so.
Hidden Agenda Villain: It's revealed the real reason he came to Earth in the past was to destroy the original Optimus Prime within the Arc and wipe out Maximal existence. He was very hesitant though and settled for the energon instead as a bonus until he no longer had any other option to win the Beast Wars.
Jerk Ass: Upon learning of his troops failures, or if the Maximals confront him directly, he would often drop the charm altogether.
Blacharachnia: Why do you always talk to yourself?
Megatron: I simply have a penchant for intelligent conversation.
Near Villain Victory: Several times. For all of his intelligence and chessmastering, he just can't win for definite.
At the end of the first season, he kills Optimus Primal. This carries over to the second season and he would've killed the rest of the Maximals had Rhinox not brought Primal back.
In the Grand Finale, he finds the Nemesis, kills Tigerhawk with it, and proceeds to attack Mt St Hilary in an attempt to destroy the Maximals and the Ark. If not for Dinobot II's Heel-Face Turn and subsequent Redemption Equals Death moment, he would've won.
But his best one of all had to be in the season two finale: He's been captured by Ravage and Tarantulas, with some help from the Maximals. His troops are either incapacitated or pursuing their own agendas. To top it off Ravage has instructions from the Tripredacus Council to eliminate all the witnesses, and what does Megatron do? He plays his last card to change Ravage's allegiance, revealing the whole thing as a plan orchestrated by G1 Megatron to change the outcome of the Great War in his favor. While Ravage keeps the Maximals busy, Megatron flies to Mt. St. Hilary, threatens Silverbolt to get Blackarachnia to open the Ark for him, and attempts to Ret Gone the Maximals out of existence by blowing Optimus Prime's brains out. Really, his only mistake was keeping Blackarachnia, who was a Maximal Protoform and thus threatened by his attempt, alive long enough to betray him.
He gets two of these in Beast Machines, coming seconds away from winning both times.
Not So Similar: At least once he is told he is unworthy of the respect that usually comes with them name Megatron because of the robots who had the name before him far superior to him. Though this came from a surviving servant of the original.
Obfuscating Ignorance: How he usually manipulates his more traitorous minions to his own ends. Acts completely unaware of their intentions, but slyly plays his own Batman Gambit.
Omnicidal Maniac: By the finale he's so all consumed at the thought of victory that he attempts to destroy the Arc with G1 Megatron included, which would mean the destruction of both maximals and predacons.
Ret Gone: What he was planning to do to the Maximals by killing Optimus Prime.
Right-Hand Cat: Variation - it's his actual hand. In his first and third bodies, his beast mode head becomes one of his arms, and he's seen treating his T-Rex head like one of these. There's also his rubber ducky, to a lesser extent.
The Unfettered: Nothing, not even reality itself, is safe from his obsession with power.
Verbal Tic: According to the franchise wiki, 166 bouts of that tic. Yeeeess...
Villainous Valor: While he did pull a Villain Exit Stage Left many times during the series, he undeniably embodies this trope when he doesn't quit against Tigerhawk despite being in awe at his power.
We Have Reserves: He seems to value his troops' lives slightly less than a normal person does pocket lint and would probably kill them all in a second if they proved to be no longer useful. An impressive feat, since at no time does he have more than a handful or so Predacons, even if some are Made of Iron and being blown to bits is more of an inconvenience than anything else.
"Megatron is our leader! He rewards loyalty and punishes those who oppose his will."
Voiced by: Don Brown
Debut:"Beast Wars (Part 1)"
Scorponok was the original second-in-command of the Predacons. He was the only Pred at the start to display full loyalty to Megatron, which in Megatron's eyes made up for his lack of real intelligence. His undying loyalty to Megatron meant that he would clash with Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia at times. Scorponok would die in a freak accident in the Season 2 premiere.
Dropped a Bridge on Him He falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Terrorsaur's absence to save her own hide.
The Dragon: In defiance of typical Transformers dragons, he is utterly loyal to Megatron.
Gadgeteer Genius Ditz: He was kind of an idiot and his speech would frequently degenerate into the monosyllabic, however he seemed to show some savant-like talents when it came to inventing. When they don't go horribly wrong.
Hulk Speak: Occasionally he'd slip into caveman talk, usually when he was excited or angry. In "Chain of Command" he proclaims "Megatron back! Megatron back! Scorponok alone with Tarantulas and Terrorsaur! Very bad!" after Megatron recovers from being knocked out by an alien probe.
"You shouldn't take your eyes off a spider. They tend to be venemous!"
Voiced by: Alec Willows
Debut:"Beast Wars (Part 1)"
Tarantulas is the kind of mad scientist who makes other mad scientists feel like they need a shower. He's taken to his beast form to the point where he likes to lay traps for wild animals and then suck the blood out of them while they're still alive (not onscreen, obviously, but still). His habits don't endear him to his teammates, who generally find him disturbing.
Despite his perversions and general creepiness, Tarantulas is likely the smartest character in the show (in terms of raw intelligence, that is, Megatron probably has him beat in cunning) and is an invaluable member of the Predacons, despite Tarantulas not being remotely interested in their goals. While he seems to only be out for himself at first, we learn more of his agenda as the show progresses.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tarantulas is actively working against Megatron to advance his own nefarious agenda and makes no secret of it, however Megatron consistently spares him because Tarantulas' scientific knowledge exceeds even Megatron's own, and Megatron simply can't win this war without him. It's only at the end of the series when Tarantulas comes this close to destroying both Megatron and the spark of the original Megatron, that Megatron's patience is finally up.
Characterization Marches On: The Tarantulas of the first half of season one is markedly different than the Tarantulas of the rest of series. Initially Scorponok was portrayed as more of the tech guy, while Terrorsaur was the Starscream substitute. Tarantulas' role was that of a ninja and his creepiness and gluttony were his most prominent characteristics. This is illustrated in the original toy specs which listed Tarantulas IQ as very low, lower even than Waspinator's. Eventually this changes - Scorponok is turned into an idiot valuable only to Megatron for his loyalty and firepower while Terrorsaur remains backstabbing but his competency is ratcheted way down, and Tarantulas sort of absorbed both those roles and became the brilliant scientist with secret agendas and murky loyalties. Whatever ninja skills became nonexistent, and the creepiness and gluttony is massively downplayed, especially in the case of his apparent cannibalism that exists in the third episode and then is never mentioned again.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He's probably the least trusted character in the series for this reason alone, but his scientific know-how inevitably forces others to try and depend on him. It rarely ends up going well for them.
Crazy-Prepared: He's not the only character to survive utterly insane injuries, but every time he does it it's because he had a back up; he was also working on getting off the planet long before anyone else even knew the Vok would nuke it.
Macross Missile Massacre: His Transmetal form has at least four missile launchers in his shoulders, which he tends to fire all at once. Strangely, he stopped using them later: the episode where he died had him try to fend off his killers with guns in his shoulders (they fired like his old 'gun-legs' in his pre-Transmetal form).
Oh Crap: While witnessing Dragon Megatron rising out of the lava in front of him, his face is a study in this trope. Somewhat lesser examples happened right before every significant defeat he had in the series, except Inferno torching him at the end of season 1.
Reliable Traitor: So much so that Megatron outright states in the penultimate episode that Tarantulas' scheming is one of his greatest assets, though Megatron isn't so foolish as to let him get away with particularly heinous attempts.
Ret Gone: What he was going to do to both sides by killing everyone on the Ark.
Shot In The Ass: He has a somewhat disturbing habit of doing this to others with whatever new weapon he's conceived.
The Starscream: This seems to be the main reason for all the plans he doesn't tell Megatron about, and given that he has actually managed to acquire allies (who aren't Waspinator) Megatron sees him as more of a threat than Terrorsaur, enough to keep an eye on him when ever he shows signs of having one in the works.
Status Quo Is God: Averted. Tarantulas alienates literally every other character in the series, and while it's somewhat implied that Megatron leaves him alive because of his utility, Tarantulas' betrayals get him exiled.
Villainous Glutton: Primarily in the first season, but Tarantulas loves to eat — especially living creatures — and his "snacking" is always used to highlight just how gross and terrifying he is. To say nothing of his explicit interest in eating other Cybertronians. The character profile in the DVD boxset actually focuses more on Tarantulas being a "twisted gourmand" than on his scheming side or his Mad Scientist side.
"It's good to be a Predacon!"
Voiced by: Doug Parker
Debut:"Beast Wars (Part 1)"
Big Bad Wannabe: He was desperate to take control of the Predacons, but just didn't have what it took to do the job.
Butt Monkey: He initially rivaled Waspinator in being blown to pieces! Unlike the former, he at least managed to remain a genuine threat, if only due to having one of the biggest arsenals in show.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the beginning of the second season, he falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Scorponok's absence to save her own hide.
Expy: Of Starscream. His success rate is about as good as the original's, although Starscream managed to stay second in command. On the upside, Terrorsaur at least realized that the treachery thing wasn't working and stopped.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Both times he manages to oust Megatron from command, his arrogance and lack of intelligence brings him back down. The second time convinced everyone he sucked, and he never tried again.
The Starscream: He even almost sounds like him. Hell, he even succeeded once or twice, but couldn't control the troops or prevent Megatron from returning. Ironically, it was Waspinator who was possessed by the original Starscream's ghost.
Took a Level in Badass: In one episode, he gains a raw energon booster and manages to open a can of serious whoop-ass on Megatron and almost does the same thing to Optimus Primal.
Waspinator's joint status as fate's chew toy and one of BW's most iconic characters came about completely by accident. The creators found his distinctive speech pattern annoying but had to include him for merchandising reasons, so they decided that he'd spend most of his screentime being blown to bits. The ensuing fan adoration saved him from joining Terrorsaur and Scorponok in death, although he might have preferred that to the two seasons of punishment and humiliation that followed.
Waspy's own universe may hate him, but ours can't get enough of the guy. He ended up with the last line of BW, a (much, muchscarier) TFA counterpart and, most recently, a place in the Transformers Hall of Fame. Waspinator...happy at last?
Anti-Villain: The only villainous things he does have been under Megatron's command. Otherwise, he's arguably one of the few Predacons that wouldn't be actively malevolent on his own.
Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: To the point where he asks the universe why it hates him so much. This doesn't change in Beast Machines, where it turns out he was thrown out by the humans because of an accident.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Waspinator actually has a pretty good aim, and has done things like shoot down Optimus Primal, shoot Dinobot's rotating blade out of his hand and, most notable of all, defeat Silverbolt three times. It's just that bad things happen to him first...and sometimes immediately after he shoots (for instance, the propeller blade disarm resulted in Dinobot landing on him, then jamming him into the barrel of Rampage's cannon).
Dark Chick: He stands out from the rest of the Predacons due to being the "comic-relief" character.
Waspinator: "Waspinator sick of being evil! Sick of being Predacon! And Waspinator especially sick of getting blown to scrap all the time! So, Waspinator QUIT!" His former teammates immediately blasted him.
Hot. Poisonous. Deadly. Emphasis on that last one. Tarantulas may have picked her beast mode - and had, in Megatron's words, "ulterior motives" for doing so - but if he was expecting a lackey, he got exactly the opposite. Up there with Waspinator in terms of iconic Beast Era characters, Blackarachnia's legacy lives on in Animated (and Prime's Airachnid, arguably).
Badass Bookworm: She's cooked up more than a few nifty gadgets, she's well rounded in Cybertronian history, she's a serious player in the intrigue game, and despite her minimalistic physique, will kick your ass in hand-to-hand combat with her mad ninja skills.
Dark Action Girl: She beats the original Dinobot to a pulp, kicks Inferno's red robotic behind in a three-minute awesome fight scene, and "Proving Grounds" is an episode devoted to her fighting Transmetal 2 Dinobot and nearly winning (which she surely would have if Rampage's spark weren't powering him). She's the toughest and most important female character in televised Transformers history to date.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In "Crossing the Rubicon", she's puzzled at how her Maximal allies aren't as concerned about her using Megatron's Transmetal 2 driver to increase her power as they are about her safety after initially failing to use it.
Nominal Hero: Post her Heel-Face Turn in the season three premiere. She slides up to the heroic end of the scale once her Predacon shell programme is removed.
Not in This for Your Revolution: Similar to Dinobot, Blackarachnia didn't join the Maximals in support of their ideals. She only did so to protect her own existence as a Maximal protoform and as a promise to Silverbolt.
Redemption Promotion: She gets an upgrade to a Transmetal 2 a few episodes after changing sides and single-handedly kicks Rampage's butt twice.
The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Predacon throughout the entire series, (and the only female Maximal left after her Heel-Face Turn) and the only female Transformer for the most part of the time, namely before and after Airazor's existence. This was carried over to Beast Machines until the second half of the second season when Strika a new Vehicon general shows up and, near the end of the series, by Botanica, among the Maximals.
Token Evil Teammate: To the Maximals post her Heel-Face Turn in season three, though her relationship with Silverbolt has softened her up a little. Once her Predacon shell program is removed, she loses her evil streak.
It's not clear why Inferno is more defined by his beast mode than any other character (even Tigatron). Maybe the ant's collective-worshipping, drone-like mindset is just too strong for his sense of self. As far as Inferno is concerned, he is an ant, the Predacon base is his colony, and Megatron is his queen. And yes, that's what he calls Megatron. Constantly, and despite repeated warnings.
Death by Irony: He gets destroyed by Megatron, the only character he showed any loyalty towards.
With fire nonetheless
Determinator: NOTHING can stop him from obeying Megatron's orders short of catastrophic damage. And a couple of times not even then.
The Dragon: To Megatron. Inferno may be insane and his devotion to his "queen" is hilarious, but his loyalty is unwavering and he's lethal in combat. Like Scorponok, he averts The Starscream aspect often used alongside this trope.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans.
He was supposed to die earlier, near the end of Season 2. He freakin disintegrated onscreen, but came back in Season 3 as if this were just an inconvenience.
Elite Mook: After the Transmetalisation of several other characters, he still manages to be pretty much the most trusted (and one of the most Badass) soldiers Megatron has.
Evil Counterpart: To Tigatron. Both were originally Maximal protoforms who identify with their beast modes more than their robot forms and use temperature-based weaponry, but they are polar opposites otherwise.
Implacable Man: More so in the first season. Given his versatility, flight mode, and firepower, he's easily one of the strongest Predacons under Megatron, and as mentioned with Rhinox, everybody else was brought up to his level when they went transmetal.
In Name Only: He's like an inversion of Generation One Inferno. Predacon vs. Autobot. Fire-spewing flamethrower that incinerates everything vs. fire truck that puts fires out. Utterly insane vs. good. The only similarity is that both are red.
OOC Is Serious Business: Inferno is so freaked out by the condition of Transmutate's stasis pod and it giving off weird energy that he quickly contacts Megatron. The catch? He refers to Megatron by his actual name.
"Call me Quickstrike, and good's got nothing to do with it!"
Voiced by: Colin Murdoch
Debut:"Coming of the Fuzors (Part 1)"
Quickstrike is a psychotic Mix-and-Match Critter that Megatron recruited early in the Second season. While boastful, he was far from the Badass he claimed to be, and often ended up playing a relatively minor roll of shooting at Maximals from the sidelines. His allegiances were fairly obviously to the person who gave him the most chances to fight, and he nearly betrayed Megatron twice, although the first time he swapped back before he really got started, and the second time he ended up begging Megatron for a second chance.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets caught in the crossfire in the finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans. There's zero buildup and the two are never mentioned again. It just kinda... happened.
Dumb Muscle: He doesn't think much beyond the next "kiester" he's going to kick.
Rampage is the result of Maximal experiments intended to replicate the immortal, indestructible mutant spark that let Starscream survive as a ghost. While he's certainly nigh-unkillable, he's also a cannibalistic serial killer armed with a rocket launcher (who decided to give the experiment high-powered weapons, and who let him keep them after they dumped him in a prison pod?) He racked up a sizeable body count before Depth Charge finally caged him.
Rampage is fully aware of what a nightmare his life is ("I regret everything, my sweet,"), but can't seem to think of a more constructive reaction than inflicting as much pain as possible on everyone around him.
Arch-Enemy: To Depth Charge... a set-up Rampage seems to enjoy.
Gone Horribly Right: The Maximals' scientists wanted an immortal super-soldier. They got their wish.
Healing Factor / Nigh Invulnerable: Since he has an immortal spark based on Starscream's, he can't be killed by normal means. Depth Charge stabbing a shard of raw energon straight through it, setting off a massive explosion, seems to do the trick.
I Let You Win: At the last moment, he lets Depth Charge kill him, cackling maniacally all the while.
I'm a Robotarian: Depth Charge had friends at Starbase Rugby, as he recalls. Tasty ones, too.
I'm Having Soul Pains: Megatron keeps him in check by jamming crystallized energon into the other half of his Spark until he submits to Megatron's orders. Rampage is only able to survive this because he's almost indestructible, but it's still incredibly painful.
Reforged into a Minion: In his debut episode, after he is defeated by the Maximals, Megatron finds him and rips out half his spark to force him under his control.
Sadist: He seems to love pain more than anything else.
Sealed Evil in a Can: After his early killing sprees, he was captured, reverted into a protoform and sealed in a massive stasis pod by order of the Maximal Elders who couldn't figure out how to actually kill him. Optimus and Rhinox were charged with dumping this pod in deep space under the guise of an exploration mission. At least until he was released mid-way through the Beast Wars.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: For all his crimes, it must be remembered that he didn't choose to be born as the abomination that he is (that's actually the fault of the Maximals), and he seems to be almost remorseful, at times, of his cannibalistic nature. Megatron's cruel treatment of him doesn't make him any less sympathetic. As the episode "Transmutate" shows, the namesake creature tells you what a Tragic Monster he can be if looked at from a different angle. Even Silverbolt pitied him in that episode.
Voiced by: Lee Tockar
Debut:"The Agenda (Part 1)"
Blasting It out of Their Hands: Does it do the entire Maximal crew when he first arrives, then apologizes, saying he only did so to avoid any "unfortunate accidents".
Expy: Averted. Ravage really is the Ravage from the G1 series, re-formatted into a Predacon and given the ability to talk. He also uses this trope against Beast Wars Megatron, explicitly mocking him for having the original's name but not his army.
Future Badass: Of a rather odd sort. He's technically from the future (so is everyone else, for that matter), yet at the same time is older than the entire main cast several times over. Played rather straight in that he's waaay more badass now than he was during the Great War.
A clone of Dinobot Megatron created in Season Three. It lacked the original's code of honor at first and instead acted as a nigh unstoppable killing machine for Megatron
Blood Knight: A fondness for battle is just about the only personality trait he shares with the original.
Cloning Blues: Averted. He knows he's not the original Dinobot and has no problem with that at all. At least not until Rampage was killed.
The Dragon: Becomes Megatron's Number Two and most lethal weapon after his creation. Nothing short of Rampage is a match for him.
Evil Knockoff: Megatron created him using a cocktail of Dinobot's DNA, half of Rampage's spark, and the Transmetal 2 driver. Subverted when said evil knockoff regains Dinobot's memories and code of honor, then subsequently turns on Megatron.
Eye Beams: Only one eye this time, and it fires a pulse instead of a continuous beam, but it's much more powerful than the first Dinobot's eye beams.
Heel-Face Turn: After Rampage is killed, some of the original Dinobot's memories somehow start resurfacing (this makes a bit more sense if you account for the dropped episode "Dark Glass"). This leads to him regaining his sense of honour and defying Megatron at the last minute.
A bizarre race of aliens with godlike powers, their name being revealed in the last few episodes. For reasons not given during the series itself, the covered the Earth in raw energon and left a number unusual machines on the plot. If their experiments go wrong, however, they destroy the planet.
All There in the Manual: Their origin story. (They're what happened to the Swarm from Generation 2 comics, after the Matrix purified them. Or what all life in the universe will evolve into. Both creators had different visions of what they were.)
Bigger Bad: They rarely interact with the main story but leave one hell of an impact.
Cosmic Horror Story: Supposedly they are related to the swarm. Regardless, even the transformers feel insignificant next to them.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their intentions are to guide other species to a higher level, much like they did. Despite their... unusual methods, they are much more good-intentioned than certain other beings...
At one point they appear using A Form You Are Comfortable With, the only problem is that its the form of Unicron which has truly terrifying implications about just how much more powerful/bizarre they are than anything in Cybertronian experience.
Given that they were about to destroy the Earth, Unicron's form was oddly......apt.
The Tripredacus Council
Voiced by: Lee Tockar (Ram Horn), Ian James Corlett (Sea Clamp), Scott McNeil (Cicadacon)
Pragmatic Villainy: They declared Megatron a dangerous rogue and dispatch an agent to bring him in. They still want to take over Cybertron and start another Great War, but prefer to do so through patient planning that Megatron's actions threaten.
Distressed Damsel: Her first episode had her and Tigatron being used as hostages by the Predacons. Her only other appearance led to her death.