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Characters: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron


Optimus Prime

Leader of the Autobots. His Special Ability is Air Strike. Voiced by Peter Cullen.


The Autobots' main medic. Voiced by Fred Tatasciore.


An Autobot Scout. Was rendered mute under unknown circumstances since the last game.


A war veteran who's main mission is to protect the Ark. Voiced by Keith Szarabajka.


Another war veteran who absolutely loves fighting. Voiced by Jamieson Price.


A powerful, very large, Autobot who leads a group known as the Lightning Strike Coalition Force. He was captured by Shockwave and his Insecticons and was made even more powerful. His Special Ability is Dino Mode. He dislikes Optimus' less aggressive attitude toward the Decepticons and displays violent behavior that indicates he's not in the best mental health, but is ultimately a good guy underneath it all. He consciously remembers Shockwave rebuilding him and can grasp that power was siphoned away from his brain's circuitry. After Starscream somewhat inadvertently frees him, he plans to get his revenge after rescuing his team. Voiced by Gregg Berger.

  • A Father to His Men
  • Ax-Crazy / Blood Knight: It's somewhat ambigous if he's one or the other, or both. He's more violent than the Autobots, and most of the Decepticons for that matter. He clearly enjoys killing Decepticons and his locker in his room is full of the severed heads of 'Cons that he's killed.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the leader of the Dinobots for a reason.
  • Badass: One of the most badass characters in the game.
  • Breath Weapon
  • Berserk Button: While he's a destructive loose cannon by nature, if you harm his team, don't expect any mercy from him - expect a very painful death instead.
    • And according to background materials, prepare to be mutilated by the big fella if you bully the helpless innocent.
      • The mere thought of Shockwave or the named Insecticons drives him into a murderous rage.
  • The Berserker: To the point of being a hazard to his allies as well as his enemies, according to Optimus.
  • BFS: Paired with a large shield that's as big as he is.
  • The Big Guy: Literally, most transformers in the game at best come up to his knee. In his dino-mode, only Bruticus and Metroplex are bigger than him.
  • Bully Hunter: According to his character profile on the box of his official Voyager-Class Fall of Cybertron Toy, (released Late December 2012) Grimlock's motivation for his loyalty to Optimus Prime is listed as thus:
    "He is smart enough to recognize a bully when he sees one; and Grimlock does not like bullies."
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Breathes fire in dino form.
  • Gentle Giant: Towards his team and innocent civilians.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: His main projectile in robot mode has him pick up enemies and throw them (except Bruiser and Leapers, they're too big), which instantly kills them and most anything they hit. Using this with groups of enemies can let him kill dozens at a time.
  • Guttural Growler
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Life hasn't been very good to him.
  • Informed Flaw: Grimlock's supposedly stupid due to energy be siphoned from his brain's functions, but apart from him commenting about having difficulty thinking and having a hard time saying "experiments", he doesn't appear to be unintelligent.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he doesn't get along very well with his fellow Autobots (particularly Optimus Prime), but he's shown to care a lot for his team.
    • He also at least agrees with Optimus when it comes to stopping Megatron from plundering another planet and protecting the innocent.
  • The Juggernaut
  • Kill It with Fire: Can breathe fire in his T-Rex form.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: And it's as big as him.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's slower and a bigger target than a normal character, but has five times as much health and can block projectiles with his shield, so that's not a huge issue, plus he's still faster than most enemies he comes across. His melee attacks kill most enemies in one hit and he can instant kill everything but Leapers and Insecticon Bruisers using executions, which also restores his health, or by throwing them. That's without going into his T-rex mode.
  • Never Found the Body
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Assuming the player uses Optimus in the last fight the portal destabilizing from Grimlock breaking the space bridge controls interrupting the fight will save Megatron as Optimus is about to kill him, though alternatively, if the player used Megatron, the event will save Optimus.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth: He turns into a T-rex, so it should be obvious. Apart from the bite attack that's part of his combo move, his executions on Insecticons in dino-form, even bruisers, consists of biting clean through them.
  • One-Man Army: Has the largest number of enemies in his levels of any character and his levels include walking right into the heart of the insecticon's main hive and killing every one of them that tries fighting him.
  • One-Hit Kill: His executions:
  • Papa Wolf: Anyone who hurts his team learns this the hard way.
  • Revenge Before Reason: While not played straight since he does put rescuing his team before getting revenge, when he gets his chance and nearly kills Shockwave before proceeding to destroy the space bridge, the bridge explodes before he can escape.
  • Shield Bash
  • Shockwave Stomp: One of his main attacks in dino-form.
  • Super Mode: His Special Ability. He transforms into a Tyrannosaurus rex, trading in his sword and shield for stomp attacks, bites and tail sweeps. These have greater reach and allow him to make short work of huge crowds of enemies. He can also execute Leapers (and can destroy without have to hit their unarmored back unlike in robot mode) and Bruisers in this form and gains a powerful flamethrower attack, which while not as powerful as hie melee attacks, does send enemies running scared when used meaning he can chase them down and finish them off without resistance. When he dashes, he'll also knock any enemies aside no matter how big they are.
  • Token Jerk Teammate
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: For him it is because his sequence takes longer.
  • Wrath


Grimlock's 2nd in command. Was turned into a Triceratops by Shockwave, but escaped on his own before meeting up with Grimlock. Voiced by Travis Willingham.

  • Badass
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dynamic Entry: He announces his presence by kicking down a door, which hits Kickback.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His dino mode features a pair of very prominent horns on the front and ramming enemies is a favorite tactic of his. Do the math. Most notably, he eliminates an Insecticon Bruiser with a single hit by impaling his horns into its optic sensors.
  • The Lancer
  • Left Hanging
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast alt-mode despite being the largest character in the game apart from Grimlock, Bruticus and Metroplex.
  • Ramming Always Works: For him it does, seeing as his alt-mode is a Triceratops. Shockwave's logs even state that it was the intent of his design.
  • Size Shifter: Slug's robot mode is around the size of Bumblebee and Jazz, but his alt-mode is the size of an Insecticon bruiser (this makes him the fourth largest character in the game next Grimlock in Dino-form, Bruticus, and Metroplex). If you look at him after he transforms, you'll notice that he grows bigger.
  • When All You Have Is Ramming: He doesn't seem to have any weapons and all the fighting he does onscreen is in his dino-form by ramming everything in his path. This works against all of his foes and he even appears to be able to tunnel with it.


An expert bomber and good friend of Grimlock. His modifications cause him to become a Pterodactyl. Voiced by Mark Allan Stewart.

  • Badass
  • Flight: In his Dino mode.
  • Keet: Has a surprisingly upbeat attitude despite the current situation and actually considers the changes done to him an improvement, liking the new power he has. Granted, he wasn't conscious like Grimlock was when Shockwave rebuilt him and he didn't have any changes done to his mind.
  • Left Hanging
  • Lightning Bruiser: A Fragile Speedster compared to the other Dinobots (he's based on a fragile flying creature rather than a stocky muscular one), but his speed and firepower makes him a lethal foe. He's also strong enough to carry Grimlock in robot mode.
  • Nice Guy
  • The Smart Guy


A test subject for cloaking technology who's partnered up with Jazz in search of Grimlock's whereabouts. His Special Ability is Cloak. Voiced by Nolan North.


A close friend of Optimus Prime who's partnered up with Cliffjumper. His Special Ability is Grappling Hook. Voiced by Troy Baker.


An Autobot scientist and Aerialbot. His Special Ability is Shockwave. Voiced by Troy Baker.


An ancient Autobot titan the size of a city, awakened by Optimus Prime to turn the tide of the war. Voiced by Fred Tatasciore.

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: And keep in mind, your average Cybertronian is probably around 20-40 feet tall to begin with. So it's more like Attack of the 50,000 Foot Whatever.
  • Badass
    • Badass Adorable: Say what you will, but his politeness and willingness to help his allies just makes you want to hug him. And in the credits, he comes off as downright Adorkable.
    • Badass Baritone
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Megatron learned this the hard way.
  • BFG: All over his body.
  • The Big Guy: Literally.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Him showing up sends the entire Decepticon army into a panic. And it doesn't get any more curb-stompy than smashing Megatron with his fist. Repeatedly.
  • Gentle Giant: Is extremely humble and polite if you're on his side. If not, well, you won't be around long enough to care.
  • Guardian Entity: Yeah, just try to hurt Optimus while Metroplex is around. Megatron learned this the hard way.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gives his life force to power the Ark.
  • Hope Bringer: Awakens in the Autobot's darkest hour and single-handedly turns the tide of the battle. Later, he sacrifices himself to let the Autobots escape Cybertron.
  • Humongous Mecha: So huge that Optimus Prime, who for us humans is the height of a two story building, is proportionally speaking the size of a grain of rice on Metroplex's hand.
  • The Juggernaut
  • Let Them Die Happy: He looks at The Ark as it departs, filled with hope for the future of the Autobots.
  • Mighty Glacier: Relatively speaking. He doesn't walk too fast, but he's so large that he covers huge distances faster than Optimus's vehicle mode.
  • More Dakka: Has a pair of huge forward facing cannons on his shoulders and another pair of being skyward pointing ones.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Even being shot point-blank by a warp cannon couldn't keep him down. During the level itself, you'll notice he's basically getting shot at constantly and he ignores it.
  • One-Man Army: Extra points for being the size of an army and actually taking on the Decepticon army and winning. The entire Decepticon army.
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • Spanner in the Works: The Autobots didn't even know he existed until power was re-routed to a set of artillery cannons that were part of his alt-mode.
  • Story Breaker Power: His sudden appearance basically motivates everything in the plot. He singlehandedly stops any and all attempts to assault the Ark again, gives Megatron a beating which makes Starscream the new leader and prompting Soundwave to rebuild him a new body, the Energon given to him means that the Autobots need to find other reserves and with the Ark a no-go, Megatron is forced to find Trypticon.
  • There Is No Kill Like Over Kill: Almost all of his attacks, be it blasting 'Cons with his giant cannons bigger than they are, or crushing them. And let's not forget the beatdown he gave Megatron.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Literally.
  • Tranquil Fury: He expresses emotions, but always maintains a calm demeanor even when laying waste to the Decepticon army and giving his life to power the Ark.



Leader of the Decepticons. Aims to eradicate all surviving Autobots even though he's effectively won. His Special Ability is Hover. Voiced by Fred Tatasciore.


Megatron's treacherous second-in-command. His Special Ability is Cloak. Voiced by Sam Riegel.

  • 0% Approval Rating: By the end of the game. Not only seen as an enemy by the Autobots, but the only Decepticons that might have had any faith in him as a leader were either killed by Megatron or abandoned him when they saw how much of a coward he was.
    • Even Teletraan I doesn't like him, as one of it's "Goodbye" phrases to the Combaticons is "You are unlikely to survive Starscream's leadership."
  • Adaptational Badass
  • Bad Boss: Even more so than Megatron.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He ambushes Optimus in Chapter 3, sticks bombs onto his opponents while they aren't looking, and uses stealth to kill off unsuspecting bots.
  • Cool Plane: His alt-mode.
  • Dirty Coward
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He has Onslaught and the Combaticons arrested for defying his orders and calling him out on botching the plan.
  • Fragile Speedster
  • General Failure
  • It's All About Me: He wants to lead the Decepticons, not because he thinks he could do things better than Megatron, but because his Pride means he refuses to take orders from anybody.
  • Large Ham
  • Invisibility
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He let Grimlock escape, putting a stop to Shockwave's plans to use him and the Dinobots as weapons. Not only did the run over a big chunk of the surviving Decepticons, but given what the audio logs found early the game said about the Ark's light armament, allowing Grimlock to go free and destroy the Space Bridge might have likely saved the Ark as well.
  • Pride: Amongst other things, during his reign, he routinely makes long self-indulgent speeches along with covering the Decepticon fortress in Kaon with over-sized statues of himself, and every other line he utters through the game has something do with admiring his perceived greatness or emphasizing himself. He sometimes even makes Megatron look humble by comparison.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: A darker take compared to other versions of him that used this trope.
  • Smug Snake
  • Spanner in the Works: After being kicked out of the Decepticon army by the recently restored Megatron, he decides to become one of these in order to give Megatron the proverbial middle finger by interfering with Shockwave's experiments, which culminates with him inadvertantly setting the captive Dinobots free.
  • The Starscream: Of course, though he's in particularly memorable form here.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Ordered a full frontal aerial assault on the Autobot Transport despite of being informed of its powerful anti-air defenses.
    • And there's his idea to try and recruit Grimlock, assuming that the destructive, angry Autobot who has energy diverted from his brain is something he can order around like a trained dog.


The Decepticons' surveillance officer and Megatron's most loyal follower. His Special Ability is Eject Minicons. Voiced by Isaac C. Singleton Jr.


A team of skilled and powerful Decepticons capable of combining into the mighty Bruticus. Their Special Abilities are Shockwave, Grappling Hook and Sonic Pain Wave belonging to Vortex, Swindle and Bruticus, respectively. Voiced by Travis Willingham (Onslaught), Dave Boat (Vortex), Nolan North (Brawl and Bruticus) Steve Blum (Swindle), and Keith Silverstein (Blast Off).

  • Affably Evil: Swindle and Onslaught.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Bruticus is so big that he can actually kill enemies by stepping on them.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Bruticus' standard melee attacks. They're instant kills, more appealing to look at than his Shield Bash, but are also slow and awkward to aim that it's hard to even hit a stationary target with them.
  • Badass Crew
  • Benevolent Boss: Onslaught, to an extent. He berates his men, though some of that might just be him in a bad mood due to putting up with Starscream, but he never needlessly sacrifices or abuses them, and is overall pretty fair to themnote .
  • Bigger Is Better: Bruticus definitely thinks so.
  • Blood Knight: Brawl.
  • Blow You Away: Vortex with his shockwave special.
  • Combining Mecha: Bruticus.
  • Competitive Balance
    • Jack of All Stats: Presumably Onslaught.
    • Glass Cannon: Vortex, he has dual mortars instead of the usual helicopter missiles and their use, along with his really powerful shockwave, means your only problem is getting the bots in your sights before they kill you.
    • Mighty Glacier: Brawl and Bruticus. The latter takes the trope to an extreme. He's the slowest and largest character in the game, and he can't even boost or jump like Grimlock can, so he's guaranteed to get shot. But he's got ten times the health of a normal character and his shields recharge extremely fast, and the rare moment he is in any danger, he can block any projectiles with his rotor shield (even the BFGs in his levels that are as big as him). For a weapon, he has a flamethrower that kills most anything in one hit (and has unlimited ammo), along with his Sonic Pain Wave, which recharges very quickly so it can be used over and over.
    • Lightning Bruiser: Swindle, at the cost of durability.
    • Fragile Speedster: Blast Off, even using the boost as Vortex you won't be able keep up with him.
  • Cool Plane: Blast Off's alt-mode. Vortex's helicopter alt-mode can also turn into this for a boost in speed.
  • Death from Above: An attack Bruticus uses when fought as Jazz, which can't be used in the segments where he's playable, has him fire a bunch of shots from the cannons on his back that land on spots all over the area.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Onslaught could easily be seen as this to Starscream. When Megatron returns, he becomes Co-Dragons with Soundwave.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bruticus, though not to the same extent as other incarnations where he refers to himself in the third person.
  • Five-Bad Band
  • Helicopter Blender: Bruticus uses this as his shield.
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: During Starscream's tenure as leader, Onslaught and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the Combaticons serve as this.
  • Killit With Fire: Bruticus.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: No matter what the Autobots shoot him with, he doesn't stop. Ever.
    Autobot Mook 1: Hit him with something that'll slow him down!
    Autobot Mook 2: Like what?! A starship?!
  • One-Man Army: Bruticus.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Vortex's bio describes him as an interrogator. He never does anything related to that in game.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Bruticus' Sonic Pain Wave ability, which destroys whatever is in its path before leaving a big explosion.
  • Super Mode: Bruticus can probably be considered one for the whole team.
  • The Strategist: Onslaught.
  • Tank Goodness: Brawl's alt-mode.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A lot of the dialogue between them consists of light jabs, snarks, and cranky calls to hurry it up (though it's justified, as they have a strict time limit for their mission, and putting up with Starscream probably doesn't help). However, they function very well as a team.


A Decepticon scientist who exploits science for his own sick deeds. He's responsible for turning Grimlock and his team into the Dinobots. Voiced by Steve Blum.

  • Arm Cannon: Gained one after Grimlock ripped off his left arm.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's not especially liked by most of the Decepticons, due his experiments scaring the crap out of them, but Megatron isn't bothered and considers him invaluable due to his scientific genius, and is one of the few Decepticons in either game to whom Megatron shows any respect. He apparently trusts him so much that he believed him about the tower Shockwave studied in the Sea of Rust being a valuable find without him even telling him what it was.
  • Creepy Monotone: His cold, nigh-emotionless voice is matched only by Soundwave's.
  • Cyber Cyclops
  • Evil Genius
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Evilutionary Biologist
  • Gone Horribly Right: His plans to experiment on the team of captured Autobots and remake them into brutal killing machines who would be loyal to the Decepticons. The first part worked wonderfully, resulting in the creation of the Dinobots. The part about switching their faction loyalties to the Decepticon side, not so much, which came back to bite him.
  • Intrigued By Earth: He is a scientist and finds examining Earth rather interesting, which hints that he hasn't looked at any worlds beyond Cybertron previously since he's surprised to find out that Earth's surface isn't metal.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Surrounded by Idiots: States this in one of his audio logs found in Chapter 4, where he's annoyed with how the rest of the Decepticons are mostly seeing value in a lake of energon while he sees far more value in the space bridge, and is annoyed with how Starscream only views it as an energon refinery.
  • The Spock
  • The Stoic: He puts up with Starscream without losing his cool (note that he's the only Decepticon that's able to do that) and even Grimlock doesn't scare him for the most part; helps that most of the time Shockwave isn't in the same place as Grimlock when speaking to him.
    • Not So Stoic: He expresses a bit more emotion in his audio logs.
  • Talking to Himself: To Sharpshot.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction to Grimlock transforming out of his trap, moments before ripping Shockwave's arm off.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Implied by some of his audio logs, with him planning to restore Cybertron and Word of God is that his loyalty is to Cybertron itself first and foremost, though outwardly he acts loyal to Megatron.

The Insecticons

A group of creatures that emerged from the underbelly of Cybertron and were discovered by Shockwave, who calls them his "pets". Most simply act as mooks and cannon fodder, but the three that display distinct personalities are Sharpshot, Hardshell, and Kickback. They lead the other Insecticons and are appear to only obey Shockwave due to unspecified methods of mind-control. Voiced by Troy Baker (Kickback) and Steve Blum (Sharpshot).

  • Ax-Crazy: Sharpshot and Kickback, even more so than Megatron. The former tortured Snarl brutally and taunted Grimlock about it, and even the other Decepticons have remarked that he enjoys the "testing process" way too much. One of Shockwave's logs explicitly labels Kickback as a psychopath, and his dialogue leaves nothing to question.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies
  • The Brute: Hardshell.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hardshell, who when faced with Grimlock, leaps into a huge mech armed with a pair of massive rocket launchers and a shield that keeps Grimlock's melee attacks from hitting it, meaning it can only be damaged by throwing objects at it.
  • Dark Chick: Kickback.
  • Dirty Coward: Kickback and Sharpshot. Out of Grimlock's reach, they constantly taunt him. Upon finding out that things aren't going their way, Kickback tries to run away and Sharpshot screams at Grimlock to stay away from him.
  • The Dragon: Sharpshot to Shockwave.
  • The Dreaded: In an odd case where it's the guys they're supposed to be on the same side as that are afraid of them. The common Decepticons are terrified of Insecticons and see them as little more than opportunistic killers, and, they're absolutely right. In chapter XII, the Insecticons will attack the Decepticon Mooks as well as Grimlock. Even Shockwave considers Kickback and Sharpshot dangerous.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: Sharpshot ends up on the receiving end of one from Grimlock.
  • Large Ham: Sharpshot.
  • Kick the Dog: Sharpshot torturing and nearly killing Snarl.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sharpshot.
  • Psycho Electro: To let Shockwave's description sum it up; "By far the most dangerous Insecticon, Sharpshot enjoys torturing his victims with electricity", and when we see him do that to Snarl, some of his comments make it sound like he's getting high off of it. It's every bit as creepy as it sounds.
  • The Sociopath: Sharpshot and Kickback. Shockwave even explicitly calls Kickback a psychopath.
  • Smug Snake: Kickback and Sharpshot. They'll taunt Grimlock and mock him while sicing a hoard of swarmers on him.
  • Talking to Himself: Sharpshot with Shockwave.
  • The Unfought: Only Hardshell serves as a boss fight to Grimlock. Kickback has a door knocked onto him by Slug and Sharpshot is torn apart by Grimlock in a cutscene.
  • Verbal Tic: Kickback has a tendency of repeating the last sylable in his sentence, saying things like, "Come on Grimlock, lock, lock!"
  • The Voiceless: Hardshell, although he does speak in Transformers Prime.
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