The valiant, courageous and noble leader of the Autobots, Optimus is very guilt-ridden about the damage done to Cybertron and protects the Earth so it doesn't suffer the same fate. He transforms into a long-nosed Peterbilt 379 truck.
Berserk Button: Don't you dare harm any human in front of him, especially humans who are particularly close to him. He WILL scare the crap out of you, like what he did to Sector Seven, who kidnapped Sam and Mikaela. Or beat you senseless, like what he did to Megatron, Starscream and Grindor when they captured Sam and tried to get his brain. he destroyed the Fallen, who was endangering the whole human race. And brutally cleaving Megatron's head in half and then using the latter's gun to blow Sentinel Prime's head off for slaughtering thousands of people and several of his friends.
Changed in the fourth film. With humanity indiscriminately killing Autobots, Ratchet being the most recent casualty, it takes all of his self control to stop him from killing every human in sight.
Character Development: By the end of the first trilogy, he has finally lost all hope for peace with Megatron, especially after the massacre of Chicago.
Cool Mask: He has a retractable faceplate for combat situations.
Curbstomp Battle: Almost all of his fight scenes are this with him on the upper hand. Notably in Revenge of the Fallen, when he absolutely kicks the living hell out of Megatron, Starscream and Grindor all at once.
Is on the receiving end of this from both Sentinel and Lockdown.
Hurting Hero: Just like in Generation 1, there is an ever present yet dignified sadness in Peter Cullen's performance of Optimus, as if The Great War has affected him so deeply, that he is always crying deep inside. Cullen stated in interviews that he drew inspiration from his brother Larry, a Shell-Shocked Veteran of the Vietnam War, who told him before the audition for Optimus "Don't be a tough hero; you are strong enough to be gentle."
I Did What I Had to Do: This is what he says to Megatron's corpse at the end of the first film, and it clearly pains every inch of his being.
Jet Pack: Gains one from Jetfire's parts in the second film, his trailer can become one in the third film, and has rocket boots in the fourth film.
Knight in Sour Armor: Has become this by Age of Extinction. He ultimately gets better, but it's clear the past couple years of hiding and fighting for his life have taken a toll on him. For one thing, he legitimately considers leaving humanity to face the apocalypse they brought on themselves.
Large and in Charge: The tallest of the Autobots — 32 ft. Until Jetfire, —50 ft., gets involved.
Last of His Kind: Was believed to be the last of the Primes, and was therefore hunted by the Fallen (who lost his title when he betrayed his brothers). Dark of the Moon reveals that he actually isn't; Sentinel Prime is still around, and when Optimus finds out, he revives the old warrior. Then Optimus kills Sentinel after the latter tries to enslave humanity, putting this trope back into effect. Ouch.
My God, What Have I Done?: After Sentinel Prime goes on a rampage, killing Ironhide and destroy the NEST base, the look on his face as he realizes this is his fault for bringing Sentinel back can only be described as this.
Papa Wolf: He loves his human friends like his own children, and would literally tear you a new one if you harm even one of them; Starscream, Grindor, The Fallenand Megatron find this out the hard way.
"Taking the children was a bad move."
And then in DOTM when Sentinel Prime, his father figure and teacher, led an invasion of Chicago that murdered and enslaved millions of innocent civilians, Optimus shoots the bastard execution-style as he begged helplessly for his worthless life lying on the ground. Do not screw with a race that Optimus Prime has come to love.
Took a Level in Badass: In the first film, Optimus took out Bonecrusher, but could barely stand against Megatron. In the second, likely to add more emphasis on the importance of Optimus being a Prime, Optimus suddenly becomes strong enough to competently AWESOMELY battle Megatron, Starscream and Grindor at the same time! Taken Up to Eleven in the third film where he leads a massive Foe-Tossing Charge and kills Shockwave on one combo.
Took A Level In Cynic: By Age of Extinction, years of the Autobots being hunted down by humans has caused Optimus to lose much of his faith in them, to the point where he will not hesitate to kill humans in self-defense.
Walking Armory: Two ion blasters, two retractable Hot Blades, two superheatedhooks, an axe (also superheated), and the trailer he gets in the third film adds a shield, a BFG, spiked knuckles, and a jetpack. The guy's positively armed to the teeth.
You Are Not Ready: Refuses to share Autobot weapons advances with the humans for fear of them pointing said weapons at non-Decepticon targets. Part of this is because he's afraid of contributing to mankind destroying themselves like his own race did. In other words, if the Cybertronians weren't responsible enough not to wipe out their own race with their weapons, how is a race who are millions of years behind them supposed to?
Heroic Mime: Not by choice in the first movie: backstory reveals that a battle that takes place before the films ended with Megatron ripping his arms off and then crushing his vocal processors. In the second movie, Sam says that he plays it up.
Poor Communication Kills: His failed attempts to inform Sam that the hot girl Alice who's riding with them is a Decepticon.
Alternate Character Interpretation: It seemed that he simply thought that Sam was dangerously in risk of cheating on Mikaela, given the choice of songs, and took a dislike to Alice simply on the grounds that she was an apparent man-stealer.
Since neither Bee nor the other Autobots notice that Frenzy's hitched a ride with them in the first film, the 2nd theory is more likely the case.
Shipper on Deck: In the first two movies, its quite apparent he was all for Sam & Mikaela. In the first he was outright trying to play The Matchmaker. And in the second, See the Alternate Character Interpretation above... While we don't know his thoughts on "Sam and Mikaela'sbreak up", but whatever the case, he like Sam has clearly moved on, and totally jumped on the Sam/Carly boat. Outright trying to hint that he wants Sam to propose to his new girl Carly, at the end of the third film.
The Speechless: Due to Megatron ripping out his vocal processors prior to the first film. However, he "speaks" using radio/sound clips.
A grouchy war veteran and Optimus' oldest friend. Ironhide is a proud figure who enjoys fighting and likes showing off his arm cannons. He transforms into a black GMC Topkick pickup truck. He is the first Autobot fatality of the third film, killed by the opening betrayal shot of the treacherous Sentinel Prime.
Character Development: In the first film, he was pretty cantankerous and disapproved of the Autobots' aiding humanity. By ROTF, he's happy to work with them, and even accepts orders from them. Plus, he's become cool-headed enough to be a worthy second in command of the Autobots.
Number Two: After Jazz's death, he takes on the role of the Autobots' second-in-command, leading in the field when Optimus isn't around. Upon Optimus' death in Revenge of the Fallen, he seems to take over the Autobots, though he's willing to defer to Lennox when he doesn't know something about Earth (like the terrain in Egypt).
Proud Warrior Race Guy: In the comics, it's noted he was initially part of the Thetacons, who were separate of the Autobots and Decepticons. Although not technically a different race, he does say "I was built for war. Your kind, simply, are not."
Trigger Happy: Replying to Optimus scolding him for half-jokingly suggesting they slag Sam's annoying parents: "I'm just sayin' we could. It's an option...". The first movie's Video Game also implies that he's responsible for destroying an entire planet. Though Ironhide claims that "it was gonna blow up anyway".
The Autobot's medical and science officer. A former member of Cybertron's High Council, Ratchet is very diplomatic and intelligent. He transforms into a Hummer Search & Rescue truck.
An Arm and a Leg: Ratchet gets his left leg blown off by Cemetary Wind as they pursue him. He tries to use this to get them to take him alive. It doesn't work when he learns they have no intention of wanting him alive.
Arm Cannon: His right arm turns into a machine gun.
Badass Bookworm: He's one of the smartest Autobots and he's no slouch in combat either. If one pays attention, he is always taking part in the battles across the series, and has taken on the likes of Brawl, Megatron and Starscream, and Sentinel Prime.
He was one of the last casualties of Cemetery Wind's hunt, managing to hide and survive for four years on his own.
Bash Brothers: Mostly in the first movie, he's this with Ironhide.
Deadly Doctor: His weapons are often also medical tools, and he constantly makes use of his knowledge in combat.
Defiant to the End: When he realized he wasn't going to be spared, he put up as much of a fight as he could before his death, and spat in Lockdown's face when offered a chance to survive by ratting out Optimus.
Demoted to Extra: A major character in the first movie, but unlike Bumblebee or Ironhide, his screentime decreased massively by the second. The third film does try to give him more spotlight, however. And the fourth film brings him back only to be Killed Off for Real, in a particularly brutal fashion.
Face Death with Dignity: Though he initially panics while being hunted down, he accepts his death and lies back and waits for it.
Introduced in the second film. Sideswipe is a silver-armoured Autobot with retractable blades on his arms and has wheels for feet. He is a bit of a showoff. In the tie-in comics, Sideswipe was in charge of an Autobot colony until it was destroyed by Demolishor and chased him to Earth where he joined Optimus' team. He transforms into a Corvette Stingray car. DOTM sees a slight change to a convertible variant.
Shout-Out / Continuity Nod: Sideswipe's backstory appears to be inspired by that of Depth Charge from Beast Wars, who guarded a Maximal colony until it was destroyed by Rampage.
"Behold, the eternal glory of Jetfire!"
Voiced by Mark Ryan
An elderly Decepticon turned Autobot. He was once a Seeker Transformer, but was abandoned on Earth by the Fallen and joined the Autobots as a result. He is falling to pieces but is resourceful and actually a pretty awesome fighter. He transforms into an SR-71 Blackbird jet.
Heel-Face Turn: Technically he made it decades — if not centuries — before the movies take place, but never got around to changing his altmode's emblem, leading to a slight panic situation with Sam & co. at first
A trio of female Autobots who transform into motorcycles. Arcee was captured by Decepticons Thundercracker and scientist Flatline who created Chromia and Elita-1, planning to use the three as attack drones but they combined their mental links and escaped to Earth.
According to the tie-in comics, she (or at least Elita-1) ran afoul of Shockwave in Philadelphia. It didn't end well for her.
According to the Revenge of the Fallen film commentary, they all died in the final battle against the Fallen.
The comics overrode that however, showing her alive and well post Fallen, although Elita-1 was killed by Shockwave. Arcee and Chromia survive, making her current status, as alive, just off screen with all the other comic Autobots that weren't killed by Shockwave but didn't appear in DOTM.
Heroic Sacrifice / Dying Moment of Awesome: Though written out of the film proper, the novel and comic adaptations have Skids taking a fatal shot from Sentinel Prime to protect Bumblebee immediately following Ironhide's death at Sentinel's hands. Mudflap then, in a rage, charges Sentinel and is killed by him, but in doing so gives the others the opportunity to escape.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Skids thinks he's the smart one, but to everyone else they're both obviously kinda stupid. Skids is also inwardly fearful that he's ultimately the weaker of the two, which frankly he sort of is. However, they both process information much more rapidly than any of the other Earthbound Autobots, so that's something.
"Jolt, electrify! Transfer those afterburners!"
A blue-armored Autobot who becomes a Chevrolet Volt. He is shown to be an assistant to Ratchet, wielding a pair of electrical whips. He is killed by Shockwave during the events between the second and third films.
Satellite Character: He doesn't have a single line throughout the entire movie, and has no apparent importance besides helping upgrade Optimus at the end. And he doesn't appear in any of the subsequent movies, either.
Killed Off for Real: According to the IDW tie-in comics, Jolt was at Diego Garcia when Shockwave came calling, killing Jolt as well as the other two Autobots present.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Jolt is such a minor character because he was an extremely late addition to the film, which didn't exactly make it easy for the film crew to give him a role.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Though Brains has a significant role, Wheelie doesn't appear in Age of Extinction. It's conceivable that he's wherever Sam and Carly are if he survived the climax of Dark of the Moon.
Badass Grandpa: Is capable of taking on the entire Autobot team by himself without breaking a sweat. Also duels Optimus (who by this point has taken out the Driller, Shockwave and a small army of Decepticons with little difficulty) and would have killed him but for Megatron's intervention.
Big Bad: More proactive than Megatron, the other half of the Big Bad Duumvirate. Note that Michael Bay's been saying all this time that Shockwave would be the Big Bad, possibly as a misinformation campaign to make Sentinel's reveal more shocking.
Big "NO!": His last words as Optimus finishes him off.
Classic Villain: Fits all of the criteria as an Ambition and Pride villain.
Composite Character: Takes his name from Optimus's predecessor in the Transformers mythos, while his back story as a scientific genius and his overall design seem to be modeled after Alpha Trion. His reveal as a traitor also brings to mind Nova Prime, who was also a Prime who became evil.
Deal with the Devil: Inverted. It's arguable that he's the Devil in the relationship, despite him making the deal with Megatron in the first place.
Drunk with Power: You know that there is nothing of Optimus Prime's noble father and teacher left when he starts declaring Godhood of Earth.
Evil Counterpart: Retroactively, to Jetfire, who betrayed the Decepticons after falling out of their ways, defected to the Autobots, and while he had issues with the humans, he was willing to put up with and defend them. Sentinel betrayed the Autobots because he thought they were never going to win the war, and considers himself superior to the humans in every manner.
Face-Heel Turn: Sentinel actually betrayed the Autobot faction a LONG time ago by siding with Megatron before he started his journey in the Ark. His reanimation basically allowed him to pick up where he left off.
Fallen Hero: Was once Optimus' mentor and the leader of the Autobots, but it turns out that he turned traitor.
Sentinel: Optimus, all I ever wanted was the survival of our race. You must see why I had to betray you... Optimus: You didn't betray me. You betrayed yourself. Sentinel:NO, Optimus!!! (Optimus shoots Sentinel with Megatron's fusion shotgun)
Knight Templar: He struck a deal with Megatron by making plans to use Earth's resources that could be used to replenish Cybertron. This status is also revealed to be influenced by his god complex; remembering how the Cybertronians, particularly the Primes, used to lived like gods. He is also disgusted by how the humans sees the Autobots as simple machines.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: His intention of restoring Cybertron was indeed legitimate. Unfortunately, he decided to "defect" to the Decepticons, and presumably use them, as well as launch a massive invasion on Earth with the intention of enslave humanity in order to do so. He also makes clear that although he does intend to restore Cybertron, that does not mean that he intends to let Megatron rule it. Though, considering his A God I Am speech, it's easy to imagine he might not be so well intentioned after all.
Wham Line: "Indeed I am. What you must realize, my Autobot brothers, is we were never going to win the war... For the sake of our planet's survival, a deal had to be made... with Megatron."
Voiced by Francesco Quinn
"On the ground, per favore, and stay there!"
A new member of the team in the third film who speaks with an Italian accent. While he doesn't do much, what little there is of him in the film does have him as a combat partner with Sideswipe.
Non-Action Guy: Rather ironically, given all the weapons he carries on his person. Nonetheless, he's clearly not that great in a straight-up fight, as evidenced by his getting blown up by Shockwave in Rising Storm, and how easily he fell to the 'Cons in Chicago, resorting to begging for his life before Barricade snuffs him out.
Shout-Out: To the character Q from the James Bond franchise. He's also a real-life shout out to a certain German scientist.
Weaponized Car: Their alternate modes seem to automatically be like this - weaponized NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet Impalas: Topspin becomes the #48 of Jimmie Johnson, Leadfoot becomes the #42 of Juan Pablo Montoya, and Roadbuster becomes the #88 of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. These alternate modes also appeared in the parade laps for the 2011 Daytona 500.
Violent Glaswegian: Leadfoot and Roadbuster both have Scottish accents, and if you need proof of the "violent" bit, there's how they kill that Decepticon pilot at the beginning of the Final Battle...
Gatling Good: His default weapon is a powerful triple barreled mini gun.
More Dakka: ...And by "triple barreled" we mean three separate 6-barreled mini guns, in a triangular set-up.
Improbable Weapon User As he runs out of ammo, he ends up throwing hisNice Hat at the oncoming Vehicon onslaught, using his belt as a melee weapon, and (quite awesomely) firing his bullet-cigar into the face of a Vehicon.
Walking Armory: He carries a multitude of guns and explosives that he uses to great effect, though it it isn't quite enough to take care of the dozens of Vehicons he fights in Hong Kong. By the time the movie ends, he is completely out of ammo, and forced to rely on
Dinosaurs Are Dragons: All of them have designs that invoke a draconic appearance to them. And hey, Grimlock breathes fire.
Death from Above: Strafe is a giant, two-headed Pteranodon in his dino-mode and commonly employs this tactic.
Defeat Means Friendship: Optimus has to smack around Grimlock, the leader, for the rest of the Dinobots to follow his lead.
Famed in Story: Implied. Upon seeing Grimlock, Optimus says (in Cybertonian) "The Legends Are True". Pretty blatantly stated when Optimus shows them to Drift and Crosshairs, calling them "Legendary Warriors".
Giant Flyer: Strafe. He's big enough to have two car-sized Transformersnote Bumblebee and Stinger on him at once.
Kill It with Fire: As stated previously, Grimlock has fire breath in Dino-mode that is hot enough to cook Transformers.
Large and in Charge: Subverted - Grimlock is obstensibly the leader, but is only the second largest. True to life, Scorn the Spinosaur dwarfs the other three.
Likely to be subverted even more once Slog appears on screen, as even though the Apatosaurus isn't the biggest of the sauropods, it's still far bigger than a Spinosaurus.
Lightning Bruiser: All of them move fast and hit hard despite towering over most of the other Transformers in the film. However, each member seems to fall into a more specific role amongst themselves.
What Happened to the Mouse?: When the first information on Age of Extinction was revealed, there were seven Dinobots and their alt-modes named. Slash, Slognote Sludge for those who know Gen 1, and Snarl are nowhere to be seen in the film.
Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons. Corrupted by the power of the Allspark and the Fallen's influence, he wages war on Cybertron. He chased after the Allspark after it was launched into space, but he crashed into the Arctic Circle and froze. What happens next is pretty coincidental.
Arm Cannon: It wouldn't be Megatron, otherwise. ROTF has it incorporated directly into his arm.
Badass: Just as powerful as Optimus, but much more ferocious, which often gives him the upper hand. As long as you don't rip his face apart and cripple him, he can also shrug off hits from tanks and other Transformers as if they were nothing. Yet, said crippling does happen at the end of the second movie...
Retired Badass: Due to his injuries from the second film, he becomes an evil variant in DOTM. Instead of fighting, he spends most of his time commanding his Mooksand peacefully watching Cybertron about to be restored. It takes Carly, of all people, to rouse him back into action, and he plays a significant part in defeating Sentinel - only for ''both'' villains to be ripped to shreds by Optimus.
Batman Gambit: In DOTM. He knew the Autobots would find Sentinel Prime on the moon and reactivate him. Since he and Sentinel had agreed to work together, all Megatron needed was for the Prime to gain the Control Pillar for the Space Bridge from NEST, thus allowing them to carry out their long term plans.
Break the Haughty: Got broken hard, twice in ROTF. First by the "insects" when their tanks and machineguns totally screwed him over and forced him to retreat, and then by Optimus Prime, who tossed him aside like no business during his match against the Fallen; blasting half of his face off, leaving him bleeding and calling for Starscream.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: In DOTM, he spends most of his time commanding Mooks from the sidelines rather than fighting himself. The fact that this is probably because of his injured state is strongly supported by the ease with which Optimus kills him once Megs does fight after Carly makes a huge blow to his ego.
In AOE, he knows of KSI's plan to produce man-made Vehicon drones, and waits for the right moment to take over one as his new body.
Determinator: You have to admire his dedicated pursuit of his goals. Once he's set his mind to it, anything short of decapitation is not going to stop him.
Diminishing Villain Threat: In the first movie, Megatron was an unstoppable killing machine. In the second movie, Megatron was still very powerful, but obeyed orders from The Fallen and was more easily taken down by the heroes. Optimus severely cripples Megatron, causing him to become much weaker for the third movie. Then the fourth movie undoes this by having him upload his brain into his much more powerful Galvatron body - and by out-maneuvering the main human villain, at that.
Enemy Mine: He pulls this on both sides in the recent movie: He sides with Sentinel Prime to stop humanity and the Autobots, although he later ends up aiding Optimus in eliminating Sentinel Prime after the latter betrayed him, only for Optimus to kill both him and Sentinel Prime.
Fatal Flaw: Pride. In DOTM, the Decepticons were very close to victory, but the idea of someone else being the one to lead them to it really didn't sit well with him. His following actions ended up ruining everything.
Genius Bruiser: Implied by his official bio, but DOTM and supplemental material reveal his somewhat elaborate scheming tendencies.
Slouch of Villainy: Likes doing it so much that the only reason he blasts apart Abe's statue in the Lincoln Memorial is because the chair is the right size for him.
Spared by the Adaptation: The novel of DOTM has him actually teaming up with Optimus against Sentinel ("Three shall stand, one shall fall!") and then suing for peace, sincerely admitting he's tired of all the fighting. Optimus lets him go, and Megatron then heads back for Cybertron, aiming to corral the Decepticons still there into helping rebuild their homeworld, with the intention of calling the Autobots back when they're done to live in peace again.
Took a Level in Badass: Becomes a bigger threat once again in Age of Extinction after he uploads his brain to his Galvatron body. See Galvatron's section below for details.
Villainous Rescue: He comes to the rescue of Optimus Prime when he realized by the end of the invasion he will be nothing more than "Sentinel's bitch."
Wound That Will Not Heal: The facial injuries he sustained in ROTF. It didn't help that he casually killed the repair-bots like fleas when he got bored or angry.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Arguably the case, considering that he apparently desires the survival and future of the Transformer race in the Second movie, and apparently by the time of the third, apparently he was in on wanting to restore Cybertron.
All three options end up coinciding and crossing over; he originally chose Option B until Sentinel was apparently killed. He decided to follow Option A, until the Allspark was launched from Cybertron. The Fallen instructed him to retrieve it, and he followed it to Earth, where the Allspark had been drawn to thanks to the Harvester. When the Allspark was destroyed, he fell back on The Fallen's plan, but when Prime received the Matrix, Megatron fell back on Option B, which thanks to Soundwave had been brewing for decades already.
The Bigger Bad than Megatron, The Fallen is the true founder of the Decepticons. Having Fantastic Racism against humanity, he tries to wipe them out by building a Sun Harvester machine on Earth, but is thwarted by his fellow Primes. Years later, he returns to exact his revenge.
Bigger Bad: Of the entire movieverse franchise before DOTM.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Rather than go out and get killed, he absolutely refuses to leave his lair until Optimus is dead. Reason being, it's stated that only another Prime is capable of killing him and he's well aware that he needs to take this fact dead serious. And when Optimus is being brought back, the Fallen steals the Matrix of Leadership while he's being healed.
The Sociopath: In contrast to Megatron, The Fallen couldn't care less for the Cybertronian race, the safety of his homeworld or any similar noble goal, he is merely a bloodthirsty maniac killing whoever he sees fit (read: everyone).
Ace Pilot: Not a pilot since he actually is the plane, but over the course of three movies, Starscream was never bested in the skies.
Adaptational Badass: Somewhat. He is definitely a capable fighter throughout all three films, but he's much more toadying and sycophantic.
Cool Plane: His alt mode is an F-22 Raptor, which some would call the cool plane of the modern age.
Combat Pragmatist: In the first movie, instead of fighting on the ground like his fellow 'Cons, he takes advantage of the fact he can fly while his enemies can't, and simply ambushes them from the skies.
Dirty Coward: As his quote shows. Interestingly, he's still quite a fearsome foe in combat.
Nervous Wreck: A villainous version of the trope, he's always at the verge of having a nervous breakdown whenever Megatron is around (But then again, he does work for Megatron).
Noble Demon: According to the tie-in comics, the only reason he remains with the Decepticons despite having no respect for Megatron is because he feels that he nonetheless feels it is his duty to protect the Decepticons from other Starscreams who actually won't lead them effectively.
The Starscream: He's less proactive than other incarnations, although he was happy to leave Megatron to die in Mission City. This comes back to bite him when Megatron makes his return.
Then again, the mere fact that he could lead the Decepticons quite effectively in the tens of thousands of years of Megatron's absence would probably have Starscream being justified in feeling that he's the better leader compared to Megatron.
Top-Heavy Guy: He's almost triangle-shaped in order to keep him around the same height as the Autobots.
Villainous Breakdown: He completely loses his slag when Sam stabs him in the eyes, flailing and screaming like a madman as he frantically tries to yank the bomb out of his optic.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to tie-in comics, he doesn't believe in Optimus or Megatron - his only goal is to save his species from extinction.
Schrödinger's Cat: The adaptations of the first film say that Optimus killed him along with Bonecrusher, Reign of Starscream says that Ironhide ran him off the road (nonfatally) during the highway chase, pretty much any given piece of supplemental material gives him a different fate
What Happened to the Mouse?: The prequel novel to ROTF reveals that he was damaged in battle by the Autobots shortly before ROTF, and was likely still recovering by the time the film's events took place.
The UK comics are having a lot of fun with this - Barricade and Ironhide co-host the letters page, and Barricade fluctuates between treating the movies with disdain and demanding more screentime.
"Blackout incoming. All hail Megatron!"
Hologram pilot played by Brian Reece
Megatron's Yes-Man. Blackout transforms into a military helicopter and obliterates an American air force base in Qatar. He is partnered with Scorponok. Blackout fights in the Mission City battle, but is killed via a Groin Attack by Captain Lennox.
Hates Everyone Equally: We cannot emphasize this enough. It's even explicitly stated in his backstory that he hates Megatron and the rest of the Decepticons just as much as the Autobots, but stays under Megatron's command because he's afraid of being terminated by him.
Screaming Warrior: He does nothing but yell in rage whilst fighting Optimus. If you listen carefully it even sounds like he shouts "I hate you!" when Optimus cuts his arm off. Which definately fits with his character.
The Unintelligible: He does say a few words in English, especially his last words: "Oh shit". It's just that he chitters so much that it's difficult to pick out what's English and what isn't. According to Micheal Bay, he's saying "Tutankhamen" rapidly.
A Scary Scorpion who works as Blackout's partner, having a symbiotic relationship with him. He is deployed to chase Captain Lennox's team across Qatar, but retreats when attacked by US aircraft. He reappears in Revenge of the Fallen, but is curb stomped by Jetfire.
The Spymaster: A Master of the trope, specially in DOTM Where he's been around since the Cold War, infiltrated and manipulating both governments to further Decepticon goals. DOTM also shows he has a quite large and powerful network of spies across the globe Most importantly, Dylan Gould.
Dirty Coward: According to his bio, he's a simple courier who shuns combat and hides behind bigger Decepticons like Demolishor. When the Autobots and NEST discover him, rather than trying to fight, he flees in vehicle mode.
A giant Constructicon who hides out in Shanghai. A Psycho for Hire in the comics, Demolishor destroyed several Autobot colonies before coming to Earth. He flees from the Autobots on Earth until taken out by Optimus.
Palette Swap: Demolishor, who is white with red details, into Scavenger, who is red with white details
Pet the Dog: His treatment of smaller, weaker Decepticons like Sideways.
Psycho for Hire: As seen in Tales of the Fallen; he especially enjoys hiding in populated areas, both to cause as much collateral damage as possible and to lure large groups of Autobots toward him to fight.
Explosive Instrumentation: He's the cause of a meta-example. Devastator is likely ILM's greatest accomplishment to date. The scenes with him had such a massive level of detail that rendering him took the ILM equipment to its limits. "Took the ILM equipment to its limits" as in smoking and melting one of the motherboards. He was originally going to be play a bigger role, but the destruction of a very expensive computer put an end to that. According to some of the crew, Devastator had so many moving parts and was so complex and detailed to animate that his animation model were the cause of the critical failure.
Humongous Mecha: Bigger compared to the regular bots than the regular bots are compared to humans.
Becoming the Mask: Mentioned in John Barber's "Convergence" prose story as a risk that all Pretenders like her take; going undercover as another species long enough causes one to start thinking like them.
Big Bad: Subverted. Although Michael Bay claimed that Shockwave would fill this role, this may have been misinformation to make the reveal of the trueBigger Bad more shocking.
Berserk Button When Optimus kills his pet, Shockwave instantly stops what he's doing and launches a barrage of missiles towards Optimus. The track that plays during that is even called "Shockwave's Revenge".
Hero Killer: Not in the movie, but in the IDW comics, good Lord, he's killed Elita-1, Jolt, Knock Out, Dune Runner, Longarm and Salvage, as well as Galloway. In fact, the go-to explanation for why an Autobot from RotF is not present for the third film seems to be "Shockwave did it."
Mighty Glacier: In the game. He's got an incredible defense and a top damage gun, but he runs like a turtle and is the only character in the game that doesn't have a vehicle form.
Psycho for Hire: Functions as Megatron's top assassin, and absolutely revels in slaughtering Autobots in the most brutal way possible.
The Quiet One: Has one, maybe two, lines in the entire film, yet unlike the other characters who get hit with that, he's a significant presence.
Notably only in the final film, though; in the comic adaptation, he's actually quite talkative.
Shockwave's warbeast/"pet", essentially a massive Mechanical Lifeform version of a Sand Worm. Drillers are Cybertron's apex predators. This absolutely humongous beast (in the novel, Optimus outright calls this particular specimen the largest Driller ever seen) was, at some point, tamed by Shockwave. It travelled to Earth with him, was entombed in cryo-stasis by the Russians with him, and woke up when he did. Large and strong enough to bring down a skyscraper (by tunneling into and up through it, finding a weak spot, wrapping around, and then making like a boa constrictor). Killed by Optimus Prime.
Master of Disguise: Much more than other Decepticons and Autobots, Laserbeak is shown changing his alternate mode numerous times to quick and horrific effect. He can even become other Transformers, just not in the proper scale or color.
Animal Motifs: Crowbar has raven-like features, Hatchet's robot mode is a giant, hungry alien lion, and Crankcase, in addition to looking like the Predator, resembles some manner of stag beetle.
Alien Hair: All three of these have this, but Crowbar's in particular are long, Medusa-like tendrils.
Combat Pragmatist: In their battle with Ironhide and Sideswipe, Crankcase and Crowbar drop their weapons and feign surrender, only to whip out hidden spears and attempt to pull a cheap shot on their would-be captors.
Elite Mooks: Their bios describe the Dreads as an elite infiltration unit, specialising in assassination of high-value Autobot targets and hacking enemy systems to acquire vital data.
Flipping the Bird: Crankcase's middle finger is longer than the others. As such, some shipments of his toy came with it snipped, while Takara-Tomy opted to simply remold the hand entirely.
"You think that you're the center of the universe?"
Played by Mark Ryan
A non-aligned bounty hunter, commonly aligned with the Decepticons. Lockdown's all business, though. Give him a target, and he'll get it back to you with no distractions or issues, for the right price. He makes his debut in the fourth film, on the trail of Optimus Prime, at the behest of his mysterious client.
Arc Words: "Who sent you here?" A question posed by Optimus upon his defeat. Word of God is that Lockdown's presence heralds the coming of an evil much more sinister than he is, a plot thread that will be explored in future films as well.
Combat Pragmatism: He's stronger and faster than most Autobots; however, Optimus and the Dinobots have him beat in terms of sheer might, firepower, and skill. He can still deal with them due to this trope, as he dances around them, using the terrain around them to pummel them, calling in outside help, and sniping them when they're distracted.
Common Knowledge: Despite the meme, Lockdown's face doesn't turn into a gun; it comes out of his chest and is merely mounted on his face.
Consummate Professional: Unlike most Decepticons he's not particularly nasty or racist against humans. He's not interested in subjugating or slaughtering humanity just because he's stronger unlike nearly all previous ones. He even honors his bargain with Attinger and gives him the Seed once he has Optimus, when he could have easily double crossed and killed them.
Hero Killer: He solidifies how dangerous and brutal he is in his first appearance by shooting a wounded Ratchet and then ripping his spark out when he refused to reveal the location of Optimus Prime. He nearly kills Optimus as well during their final confrontation when he ran him through with his own sword, and he also almost killed Cade as well when Cade interfered in his fight with Optimus.
Hook Hand: Though this time, it's retractable, and doesn't replace his hand.
Implacable Man: He walks in a very professional, unnerving fashion reminiscent of the Terminators.
Lightning Bruiser: For being a particularly large Transformer, he's extremely fast and strong. He's able to get Optimus on the ropes, despite three much larger Decepticons previously at best only wearing Optimus down. When combined with pragmatism, he's even able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Optimus; however, Prime is a stronger and better fighter, and can defeat him in a sheer contest of skill and strength.
Punch Clock Villain: Don't get us wrong; Lockdown is as brutal as any antagonist we've seen before; but once he claims his target, he's simply going to leave Earth to collect his payment from his client. He's not interested in the war at all.
Smug Smiler: Sports a truly unnerving smile when he's taken down Optimus.
A man-made Transformer meant to be their remote-controlled drone replacement for Optimus Prime, he somehow ended up looking more like Prime's old nemesis Megatron. It turns out that this is because he is Megatron, having uploaded his consciousness into a man-made body.
No Sell: Grabs Optimus' sword and drives it through the hole in his chest, causing absolutely no damage to himself.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Galvatron is meant to be a remote-controlled drone, and Joyce is allegedly remotely controlling him during his battle with Optimus. Turns out Galvy is faking it, and both Optimus and the humans are tipped off by the end of the battle.
Shapeshifter: A side-effect of Transformium-based transformation, his shifting is more akin to the T-1000 then the more schematized Autobots.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Meant to be this to Optimus in-universe, but ends up looking more like a cross between him and Megatron. This is undoubtedly due to the influence of Megs himself.
Took a Level in Badass: In the last movie, Megatron was out-maneuvered by the actual Big Bad, hardly got to fight, and got killed by Prime in a Curb-Stomp Battle. Now he's back, stronger than ever, and engineered his resurrection by out-maneuvering the apparent human Big Bad.
Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him reveals that he is Megatron resurrected as the new Decepticon overlord, though this isn't really a surprise for people familiar with Galvatron unless you expected Michael Bay to throw a curveball.
You Can Talk??: Despite being a drone it or rather he responds to a comment from Prime about being souless during their fight, tipping Optimus off as to his true identity and causing Joyce to start to realize something is seriously wrong with his "drones" because they weren't even designed to speak at all, let alone on their own.
A man-made Transformer meant to be their remote-controlled drone replacement for Bumblebee.
Evil Knockoff: Made in-universe as an "improved" version of Bumblebee. Bumblebee was not amused.
Determinator: Particularly in the third film. The whole world is about to fall under Decepticon control, but he won't give up, even if it means going into Chicago to rescue Carly without human or Autobot assistance. Additionally, his reluctance to give up enables him to kill both Starscream and Dylan.
Attempted aversion with in Transformers with the location of the Allspark is imprinted his glasses.
Played straight in Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, where he acts very much as The Load to the rest of the Transformers. His only purpose is to have a head (and later, a sock) full of the Macguffin and to get it where it needs to go, and since that job requires him to run across a battlefield full of giant robots....
Shut Up, Hannibal!: In his final confrontation with Dylan. The Decepticon-collaborator mocks his attempts to be heroic, telling him that he picked the wrong side (the Autobots). He sums it up with "You think you're a hero!?" Sam's response: "No. I'm just a messenger!" right before he knocks Dylan into the Control Pillar, electrocuting him to death.
Put on a Bus: She gets practically no mention in the third movie.
Real Life Writes the Plot: It implied they broke up between films, in real life Megan Fox had a dispute with Micheal Bay, calling him "worse then Hitler." Spielberg, who produces the movies, didn't take kindly to that and she was fired from the third movie. Hence Sam's new girlfriend.
Character Development: Starts off as a government agent that sees the Autobots as nothing more than alien invaders. By the third film, he's firmly on their side and publically defends them on television.
Humans Are Warriors: Not as much as Lennox and Epps, but definitely has the heart of one, at least.
Insistent Terminology: He insists on calling Megatron "N.B.E.-1", even after finding out his name. This even carries into the second film, after Megatron is brought Back from the Dead. "N.B.E.-1 still ticking eh?" Subverted in the third film, where he says the above quote when gearing up to help Sam save the world again.
Single-Episode Handicap: In DOTM, he ends up in a car crash during the Dreads chase scene, and for the rest of the movie is confined to a wheelchair. Doesn't stop him from being as much of a conspiracy nut as he was earlier in the film and in the last one.
Worth It: In The Stinger for DOTM, he steals a kiss from Mearing and says it was totally worth it when she immediately has him arrested.
Ron & Judy Witwicky
Judy:"Wow. You are so cheap."
Ron:"It's his first car. It's supposed to be that way."
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely absent in the second two films, most likely either retired, replaced after Obama takes office, or some other reason. Either way, the next time a secretary of defense shows up, its a different actor, a different character, and a different gender.
Bullying a Dragon.: He insults Optimus and the other bots, constantly makes demands of them, and threatens to expel them from Earth. Apparently, the fact that they're giant alien robots (the smallest of which is as tall as a small building), who could easy turn him into a greasy smear on the ground if they were malicious enough, means nothing to him.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: Casually killed by Shockwave in the pre-DOTM comic, when Shockwave busts his way into a NEST base and slaughters every human and Autobot that gets in his way.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Throughout this film, with all the stuff she goes through with Sam, she never has a hair out of place or any scrapes to her flawless skin, whereas Sam looks like he's on the verge of needing to be in the emergency room.
Hannibal Lecture: Rare heroic example executed on Megatron, calling him "Sentinel's bitch" and prompting him to save Optimus Prime's life.
Mythology Gag: At the end of the film, Bumblebee hints at his wanting Sam to propose to Carly. In the original cartoon, Carly and Spike (the character Sam is based off of) got married and even in some continuities, had a son.
Official Couple: With Sam, as Mythology Gag above states... It's safe to say they are this in the film series, Sam himself said in DOTM-to his parents-"She's The One", and again-that Mythology Gag bit stated above.
Second Love: Well, she did pop in after Mikaela, and see above, Last Girl Wins... probably helps that she's the original canon love interest.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Carly pulls a short one on Megatron when she sees via telescope how Sentinel Prime pushes him around, telling him how he, as the Decepticon leader is forced to play second banana and will ultimately end up being "Sentinel's bitch." She more or less deduced that his ego wouldn't be able to handle it, which it can't, causing him to go after Sentinel just before he could kill Optimus.
"When it's not your war, you pick the side that's going to win."
Played by Patrick Dempsey
Beware the Nice Ones: When we first meet him, he's a bit full of himself and way too close to Carly for Sam's comfort, but there's nothing that immediately signals him to be a major threat. Then we learn he's working for the Decepticons and his darker persona starts taking over, continuing on to his Villainous Breakdown.
Big "NO!": When he struggles with Sam for the Control Pillar.
Cool Car: Has a big damn collection/museum of restored antique cars.
Dirty Coward: Sides with the Decepticons and sells out his own species so that he can walk out scot-free while everyone else is enslaved.
Evil Counterpart: Like Sam, he has his own robot vehicle, but him and the vehicle both have more malicious intentions. He also notes both him and Sam were "chosen ones" to aid the Alien cause, but in very different ways.
Expy: Of the Generation One character Shawn Berger.
It's All About Me: Has shades of this in the third act, where he's perfectly okay with the Decepticons' taking over Chicago on the grounds that he's unharmed.
It's Personal: His reasoning for Soundwave to execute the Autobot prisoners. Contrast to his attitude earlier, where he considered his role in the Decepticons' plan as a simple job.
I Gave My Word: When he holds Carly hostage so Sam will spy on the Autobots, he promises that she'll be out of harm's way. And he actually does keep his word.
I've Come Too Far: Refuses to hear Sam out when the latter pleads with him to not reactivate the Control Pillar, stating "There's only one future for me!"
Karmic Death: He reactivates the Control Pillar for the Space Bridge in order to help the Decepticons complete their plan (he was promised that he would spared after the takeover). Meets his end when Sam knocks him into the Pillar, electrocuting him to death.
Villainous Breakdown: Starts off relatively cool and collected, but becomes more violent as the Autobots gain the advantage in battle. Arguably justified, as he was sure the Cons would win the war, and the Autobots getting closer to victory means he'll have to be responsible for his actions.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She softens up a bit to the protagonists as time goes on. In fact, she even apologizes to Sam for not taking his warnings seriously.
Jerkass Has a Point: She has Sentinel Prime's pillars detained, and makes an argument that they could be used to bring through weapons or an invasion army. Which is exactly what Sentinel uses them for.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her hostility towards the Autobots and insistence on the Pillars getting detained doesn't help Sentinel's already negative view of humanity, and forces him to attack the base to steal the pillars, which ends up getting Ironhide killed.
Mix-and-Match Weapon: His weapon, the "alien gun", that he took from Lockdown's ship. It looks like a sword initially but is actually a gun.
Overprotective Dad: Didn't even want his daughter to get a date for prom. Justified, in that he doesn't want Tessa to go through the same toils he and her mother went through from having her as teenagers.
Badass Driver: Well, as a rally car driver, yes, but he outruns what is essentially a gigantic magnet while ships, cars, and various bits of debris crash to the ground around him. And he's doing it in reverse gear.
Car Fu: Uses his rally car to nail two soldiers who are trying to kill his girlfriend, her dad, and his friend.
Big Bad Wannabe: He wants to engineer his own drone Transformers from the remains of dead Transformers. He would have succeeded if he had left Megatron's remains alone.
Black and White Insanity: Sees the Transformers not in terms of Autobots vs Decepticons but as humans vs aliens. This attitude extends to any humans who aid the Transformers as well.
Faux Affably Evil: He seems somewhat polite, but it's clear there's a monster lurking just below the surface.
Hypocrite: Sees all Transformers as enemies, yet is working with one. Also, he claims his actions will save innocent people yet has no qualms with letting innocent people, allied with the Autobots or otherwise, die in the way to get the job done.
Kill 'em All: His policy towards Transformers, Autobot and Decepticon alike. And humans allying with them.
Knight Templar: Believes that killing the Transformers, even the ones who helped out the humans, is right.
Not So Different: From Megatron and the Decepticons of all people. Attinger claims that wiping out all the Transformers (Autobots and Decepticons) is for the good of humanity; however, just like the Decepticons he cares little for the loss of innocent life or the destruction he causes and also uses melted down Autobots and Decepticons to make his own army of remote control attack drones to do his countries bidding.
Orcus on His Throne: Cade calls him out on this, seeing as he sent his minions to do his dirty work for him.
The Unfettered: He merely smiles when Cade points out he's willing to have his subordinates hold a family at gunpoint so that he can get what he wants.
Unwitting Pawn: Becomes one to Megatron/Galvatron, since he unwittingly helps in reviving a vicious Decepticon leader who has no interest in serving humans. And that may have contribute to his Villainous Breakdown.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's out to protect humanity from Transformers and preventing another massacre like Chicago, but he's willing to kill innocent people and their former Autobot allies without any qualms.
Would Hurt a Child: When called out on his sending people to kill Tessa, Attinger smiles as if he was slightly amused.
Revenge Myopia: His sister was killed during the Chicago invasion, hence his intense pleasure in killing not only every Transformer he comes across, but any humans who help them as well.
Villainous Breakdown: Gets more and more dependent on killing Cade to it being his only goal in the face of war.
Would Hurt a Child: Puts a gun to Tessa's head to get Cade to cooperate. And was very willing to pull the trigger.
Played by Stanley Tucci
Amazon Chaser: Implied if his reaction and comments towards Su Yueming beating up the CIA agents is any indication. In any case he doesn't find an Action Girl unattractive because of it.
Heel-Face Turn: Once Cade talks to him and appeals to his inventor side, his conscience gets to him.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: An obvious stand-in for Apple's late founder Steve Jobs, from his physical appearance (bald head, intense stare and glasses) to his personality (a staunch perfectionist who emphasizes the visual aesthetics of his products, and is frequently harsh towards his employees).
Played by Li Bingbing
Hidden Badass: Is able to drive a motorcycle at high speeds and fight off the goons sent to capture Joyce. It turns out she underwent police officer training before completing her MBA.