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Characters: Transformers Armada
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Optimus Prime:

Voiced by: Gary Chalk

The Autobot commander of the forces on Earth, Prime leads the team through the Mini-Con Battles, against Unicron (twice) and finally in an effort to save Cybertron and reality from the Unicron Singularity.

  • A Father to His Men: Goes absolutely berserk after Smokescreen's near death. It's seen quite often throughout the show, which makes him a particular contrast to Megatron throughout the trilogy.
  • Anti-Hero: While he's still, without question, a hero, it's worth noting that this Prime seems more willing to resort to violence compared to others. This is exploited by Sideways/Unicron who accuses Optimus of being as much of a Blood Knight as Galvatron, despite Optimus claiming he fights merely because he has to. Unicron is proven somewhat right in the Armada finale when Optimus and Galvatron have their final brawl in that series.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Badass: Not as much as his other adaptations (initially), but when push comes to shove he's very prepared to hand you your ass on a platter.
    • Big Badass Rig: A futuristic semitruck in Armada, a car transporter in Energon, and a fire truck in Cybertron. In the last series, it even lets him fly.
    • Took a Level in Badass: In Armada, he was still a tough guy, but struggled a lot more in combat. By Cybertron, he is strong enough to kill Galvatron in a Single-Stroke Battle.
  • Benevolent Boss
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Death Is Cheap: In Armada. He's back three episodes later.
  • The Good Captain: As is tradition.
  • The Hero: As is tradition.
  • Look What I Can Do Now: In Armada, he powerlinks with Jetfire, and later the pair link with Overload. Normally this equates into instant win. In Energon, he powerlinks with more or less the entire Autobot army, forming Optimus Supreme to fight a revived and very, very pissed off Unicron.
    • In Cybertron, he combines with Leobraker to form "Savage Claw" mode and Wing Saber to form "Wing Optimus".
  • Nice Guy
  • Papa Wolf: Act like this towards the Mini-Cons.

Hot Shot:

Resident team rookie, Hot Shot has learned a lot of hard lessons throughout his career, much to the chagrin of some of the older bots.

Voiced by: Brent Miller, then by Kirby Morrow for Cybertron

Red Alert:

Voice: Brian Dobson
Combat Medic of the Autobots, he may seem the Non-Action Guy, but harm his bots and you will regret it.


Smokescreen originally intended to be one of the team members who accompanied Optimus Prime to Earth, but he entered the spacebridge portal late, and as a result, he materialized some time later then they did.

  • Badass: If being lethally wounded by the Requiem Blaster and still having the strength to try and take Megatron down doesn't count, what does?
  • Big Fun
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Demonization: The kids all assumed that he was a Decepticon when he first appeared. Of course the fact that he chased them all over the place and didn't introduce himself properly probably didn't help much.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Out of all the team, he and Hot Shot seem to be particularly good friends.
  • Nice Guy
  • Stout Strength


Scavenger is an old war veteran. Who just so happens to be the Autobot who taught Optimus Prime everything he knows.


Cool and aloof, Blurr is one of the later additions to the Autobot ranks. He initially thought of the Mini-Cons as mere tools, a thought which Hot Shot slowly shot down.


The second-in-command of the Autobots on Cybertron, Jetfire departed Cybertron and arrived on Earth in order to help Optimus and the others.


Hot Shot's newest partner, it didn't take long for Sideswipe to be captured by Hot Shot's friend-turned-foe, Wheeljack. Sideswipe was saved but the experience taught him a harsh lesson about war, leading him to quickly sober up.



Leader of the Decepticons. Megatron is a malicious, powerful leader. A refined, focused general who treats his men with little care, yet still infuses them with genuine respect for him and the Decepticon cause.


Megatron's poorly-treated second in command. He loathed Megatron, because of the sheer mistreatment and contempt Megatron often piled onto him, Megatron always seemed to expect to much from him.

  • Anti-Villain: After he returns to the Decepticons
  • Badass: From the middle of Armada, and all the way through Cybertron.
    • Adaptational Badass: No Starscream since then has come close to doing what he's done in Cybertron. Fights Primus twice and lives? Check, though he still loses both times. Only non-comic relief Decepticon left alive at the end of Cybertron? Check. Fought off eleven Autobots to steal the Omega Lock? Check. While his living up to the trope he named has been done by other Starscreams, he's done the best to date.
  • Big Bad: In Cybertron. Could be seen as a secondary one in earlier Armada.
  • Breakout Character: For Armada.
  • Break the Haughty: Though he wasn't as much of a jerk as most other examples.
  • Cool Plane: Becomes a futuristic fighter jet in Armada, an F-22 Raptor in Energon, and a G1-inspired tetra-jet in Cybertron.
  • Dark Chick: In Armada and Energon.
  • Defector from Decadence, though only temporarily.
  • Determinator: In all series of the Unicron Trilogy he has his moments. The Cybertron incarnation in particular is always trying to get ahead through schemes, and just never gives up. Even at his lowest point after his battle with Landmine, he pulls himself back up and displays such power equivalent to Galvatron's, the Autobots are defeated by his shock waves. His speech to Galvatron basically boils down to he's risked everything for power, and he's not going to yield.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: His voice in the English dub.
  • Expy: Of Dinobot from Beast Wars, though he also shares some traits with the original Starscream.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Twice. The first happens when he keeps shooting at Unicron in an effort to convince Galvatron that both sides must ally. The second occurs at the end of Energon, when he follows his master into the giant sun.
  • Noble Demon: In Armada and in Energon. Not so much in Cybertron.
  • One-Man Army: In Cybertron, mixed with Villainous Valor.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Mostly Armada, but still retained traits of this throughout the rest of the trilogy.
  • The Starscream: Not till Cybertron, and when he does, he jumps straight in.
  • The Dragon: Throughout most of the trilogy.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's the only Decepticon with a sense of honor. He even pulls a Heel-Face Turn at one point and later gets a Redemption Equals Death.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Strongly gives off this vibe.


Demolishor is extremely strong and acts very serious at all times. He is wholly devoted Megatron and the Decepticon cause, unquestionably following orders at every turn.

  • Battle Butler: To Megatron.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Saves Megatron numerous times, but the first time he does in Energon, much tragedy ensues.
  • Co-Dragon: Shared this post with Starscream in Armada until Thrust arrived.
  • Hand Blast: His fingers are gun barrels.
  • Antivillanous Sacrifice: In Energon.
  • Dumb Is Good: He's the closest thing to a "nice" Decepticon that you're going to find.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of the Decepticons, he definitely feels this way.
  • Pet the Dog: A quite memorable one in Armada; following a defeat, Megatron decides to pass his nerves on Starscream by taking him to a room and delivering him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Demolisher, realizing Megatron might well kill Starscream, breaks through the door to take his defense.
  • Tank Goodness: In Armada. In Energon, he becomes a dump truck instead, but reverts back into a tank in Cybertron.
  • Undying Loyalty: Played mostly straight to Megatron, but the writers do subvert it at the end of Energon. When Galvatron hurls himself into the sun to stop Unicron and Starscream and Mirage follow, he and Snowcat don't bother to do the same.
  • Yes-Man


Cyclonus has a very "trigger happy" personality, laughing and cackling as he fires his weapons almost completely at random on the battle field.


Thrust is Megatron's top intelligence officer and master tactician.

Tidal Wave:

The lumbering giant Tidal Wave is the largest of the Decepticons, and proved himself a very powerful foe for the Autobots.


Wheeljack, formerly an Autobot serving under Hot Shot. When Wheeljack was pinned beneath some debris during a fire, Hot Shot was forced to leave him to get help, but was prevented by his superiors from returning. Wheeljack believed that Hot Shot had abandoned him, and when Megatron found and rescued him, he swore loyalty to the Decepticon commander.


Bradley "Rad" White:

Rad is the one who reactivated the Mini-Con ship while exploring some caves, and is inadverdently responsible for the restarting of the Autobot/Decepticon war.

Carlos Lopez:

Carlos is Rad's friend and was with him when he reactivated the Mini-Cons.

Alexis Rhodes/Thi Dang:

Alexis, along with Rad and Carlos befriended the Street Action Team Mini-Cons and Autobots on Earth. She frequently helped them by teaching them the ways of Earth.


A primal force of evil, his origins lost to the mists of time. He is the embodiment of all darkness and hate that lurks in the hearts of all beings.

Voiced by: Mark Acheson, David Kaye (when Megatron is possessed in Energon)

  • Back from the Dead/ Death Is Cheap: This happens an incredibly frequent amount of times. You honestly wonder why the bots try to put him down again when he just gets back up.
    • The first is implied at the end of Armada, when his planet form is seen floating behind an unknown body. It's later confirmed at the start of Energon that he's just mentally inactive.
    • The second and third attempts happen during Energon. He manages to reactivate his body form and possess Megatron, then dies a few episodes later at the hands of Optimus Supreme. Then after that he possesses Megatron yet again, turning him into the incredibly large Galvatron in an attempt to recreate his body. This is thwarted when Galvatron hurls himself headfirst into a sun.
    • A fourth and seemingly definitive example from the Cybertron comic: Unicron frees himself from the Black Hole by hijacking a smaller Transformer's body, then recreates his body some time later. This time, he flees before Primus and the Autobots can defeat his weakened body.
  • Bigger Bad To Megatron.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: See Death Is Cheap's fourth example.
  • Eldritch Abomination: As is tradition, though this helped to codify this part of his character.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Voiced by Mark Acheson in Armada (and a ridiculously small amount of Energon). Downplayed when he's voiced by David Kaye.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: This is the trilogy that established this trope best for him.
  • Planet Eater: Though unlike his debut appearance, he doesn't physically eat them, rather breaking the planet into smaller pieces and then devouring them. Energon shows this best.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Not as bad as his first appearance due to the fact that he rarely engages any Cybertronians physically, but when Thrust is perched/standing on his shoulder you do run into some fairly notable issues, notably the fact that he should theoretically be a speck from the distance we see him.


Voice: Paul Dobson (in Armada)

An intergalactic drifter, Sideways transforms into a motorcycle. His consciousness is apparently housed within the smaller robot head that rides his alternate mode, which can split into two components.

  • A Wizard Did It: It's implied Unicron's dark energy preserved him.
  • Back from the Dead: In Cybertron.
  • Badass Biker: Well, he is a badass bike.
  • Breakout Character: He was cited by many as one of few redeeming qualities of the first half of Armada.
  • Canon Foreigner: Was popular enough to get an appearance in Transformers Animated and the film series (though just as a regular Decepticon).
    • Technically, he first appeared in Robots in Disguise with a toy from that show's line, though he was just an Autobot warrior.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Servitude to Unicron caused him to forget that he was hoping to avenge his planet, and turned him into the Jerkass we see him as in Armada. Subverted in Cybertron where he remembers again.
  • Digitized Hacker: It allows him to survive being sliced up.
  • The Dragon: To Unicron in Armada only.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: In both Armada and Cybertron, though both times he does have different agendas.
  • Expy: Averted with his other appearances- possibly. It's thought to be the same guy throughout the multiverse.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It is implied that Unicron was in possession of Sideways during Armada, thus temporarily draining any sense of compassion the latter may have had. In Cybertron, with Unicron destroyed, it is shown that Sideways does has the ability to care; in this case for the inhabitants of his destroyed world, including Soundwave and Laserbeak.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When played by Paul Dobson.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In Armada.
  • Guttural Growler: In Armada.
  • The Heavy: After he appeared, he gradually shifted towards this, particularly as his boss was not shown for most of the series. Even when his boss appears, he serves as the representative and does most of the fighting.
  • Kick the Dog: He enjoys doing this. Particularly when it simultaneously helps his goals and hurts others.
  • Laughably Evil: In Cybertron.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He can quite easily turn people into his puppets when he needs to (not literally). Even in Cybertron, he has a tendency to do this, as he manipulates both sides again, taking advantage of their amnesia as a result of the Unicron Singularity.
  • Mind Screw: Unicron, Sideways, Sideways' Mini-Cons. It's kind of hard to tell where they each end and the others begin, which isn't helped by the shaky dub. Of course, he enjoys running on this.
  • The Mole: To Unicron, betraying the Autobots and then the Decepticons in the process.
  • Mouth of Sauron: His boss Unicron can talk, but to an extent Sideways still serves as this.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Badass Biker whose altmode is a Cool Bike, who also exists as a Digitized Hacker. This also goes with the fact that he's a Transforming Mecha. Also implied that he is the same character throughout the whole multiverse.
  • Playing Both Sides: He initially screws over the Autobots by pretending to be a Decepticon, then in turn he screws the 'Cons over by leaking information of theirs to Unicron.
  • Troll: He enjoys screwing people over, particularly when it helps him advance his plans.
  • Villain Decay: In Cybertron; He started out as a shadowy manipulator, playing both sides through sheer cunning. He became something of a joke in the later episodes, being outwitted and made a fool of by the humans (Though he gets better during his last few appearances). He even lampshades it at one point:
    "I'm the one who's supposed to be pulling everyone's strings!"
  • Villainous Friendship: With Soundwave in Cybertron.

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