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- Abusive Precursors: They sent Lockdown after Optimus and the Autobots, and evidently didn't bother telling him to spare the Autobots.
- The Dreaded: Lockdown certainly pays a lot of respect to them. At the film's end, with the Creators' eyes still on Earth, Optimus goes into space to take them on in order to spare the planet from their wrath.
- Evil vs. Evil: They oppose Unicron while not giving a damn about the lifeforms inhabiting him.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Lockdown's employers and the creators of the Cybertronian race.
- Hostile Terraforming: Their whole schtick is turning other planets into Transformium to make living machines.
- No Name Given:
- The actual name of their species is never revealed. They have similarites with the Quintessons of past Transformers lore, though whether or not they actually are the Quintessons has yet to be revealed.
- The appearance of a female creator named Quintessa as the Big Bad of The Last Knight seems to confirm they are indeed the movie version of the Quintessons.
- Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: They were the ones who exterminated the dinosaurs using Transformium.
- Retcon: Age of Extinction shows a glimpse of an organic hand, but The Last Knight gave them a metallic look. Of course, the timespan consists of millions of years, so an armor or even some form of evolution is possible.
- Superior Species: Their technology allows them to brainwash Optimus Prime, so it has to be pretty darn effective.
Played by: Gemma Chan
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The one Creator we've seen, Quintessa, is a lot prettier than the original tentacled freaks. While she still has tentacles, they emerge from the bottom, making her look like a ghost, especially since she's colored light blue and floats. She gets even prettier as a human.
- Big Bad: Quintessa serves this for The Last Knight. She intends to destroy Unicron (Earth's true form) to save Cybertron and corrupts Optimus to do so.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: The trailers imply that Quintessa and Megatron work separately. In the film proper, they are actually working together to revitalize their home planet, even though Quintessa is the one who's giving orders to Megatron during the final phases of their plan, since he's the brawn and she's the brains.
- Composite Character: Quintessa is essentially a combination of Solus Prime and Quintus Prime.
- The Corrupter: Turns Optimus into Nemesis to retrieve the Staff for her.
- Manipulative Bitch: Quintessa played Optimus Prime like a fiddle.
- Satanic Archetype: The prophecy calls her "the Mad Goddess" and the Knights know her as "The Great Deceiver".
- Unreliable Narrator: She claims to be "the Prime of life" and the creator of the transformers, yet is one herself. The previous film shows an organic hand gathering the materials to build Transformers, and her design doesn't match the Primes seen in ROTF. Her plan to revitalize Cybertron using Unicron's energy also contradicts the creator's implied plan in the previous film; wipe out all transformers and start from scratch. Not to mention, the knights call her "The Great Deceiver" for a reason.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Quintessa's ultimate goals are good ones: to restore the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron while also preventing Unicron from ever awakening to threaten the universe. Her methods for accomplishing those goals are undeniably evil, however.
Played by: Mark RyanA non-aligned bounty hunter, Lockdown's all business. 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 clients. While on Earth, he transforms into a Lamborghini Aventador.
"Autobots, Decepticons, like little children. Always fighting, making a mess out of the universe. Then I've got to clean it up."
- Adaptational Badass: Most versions of Lockdown have been pretty deadly bounty hunters beforehand, but none of them have ever been shown to be strong enough to take Optimus on in a straight fight.
- Beware the Honest Ones: Acts in a forthright manner while working with Cemetery Wind, despite holding Attinger in disdain. When the Autobots abscond with Optimus, the other part of this trope comes into effect.
- Big Bad: Of the fourth film. He is the single most consistent and deadly foe faced by the main characters.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Galvatron and Attinger.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Attinger. They also qualify as a Big Bad Ensemble as well, since while they're working together, they have different goals and have different arch-enemies who they focus their energy on (Cade for Attinger, Optimus for Lockdown).
- Bounty Hunter: Yes. He's hunting Optimus when the film begins, not to mention several others (the Dinobots) before that.
- Canon Immigrant: He heralds from Transformers Animated, and previously made appearances in the IDW G1 continuity.
- Collector of the Strange: His ship houses multiple trophies taken from past targets.
- Combat Pragmatist: 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, calls in outside help, and snipes at them when they're distracted.
- Consummate Professional: Unlike previous villains, he's not interested in subjugating or slaughtering humanity just because he's stronger than they are. 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 him and his men.
- Cool Car: His altmode is a Lamborghini Aventador. He was meant to be an apocolyptic muscle car like in Animated, but Lamborghini had money.
- Cool Mask: A retractable green faceplate capable of picking up heat signatures.
- Cool Starship: Pilots a massive one which also serves as his base of operations, trophy storage, and prison. The prison section turns out to be a smaller vessel meant for the Knights Terminus.
- Cold Sniper: Hanging back and wounding targets from a distance with guns, missiles, or grenades is a favored tactic of his.
- Deadpan Snarker: Caustically so.
- Dynamic Entry: His tactic is to shoot and cripple his opponent from far away with an incredibly powerful cannon, after which he slowly walks up to them while they are still in incredible pain and in shock at what has happened.
- Even Evil Has Standards: It's heavily hinted that Lockdown sees Attinger's attempts to get rich for exactly what they are. This before the movie itself even hinted as such, to boot.
- Evil Brit: Courtesy of Mark Ryan.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, serious voice, making him even more frightening.
- Evil Virtues: Honor and Resourcefulness. Honors his end of the deal with Attinger despite holding him in contempt and being in a perfect position to screw him hard, and treats Optimus as something of a Worthy Opponent throughout. Not much elaboration is needed on his resoucefulness.
- Fantastic Racism: Shown to hold humans in disdain throughout, though not quite to the level of previous antagonists.
- The Heavy: To his employers.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It's a bit hard to notice, but he has a long vertical scar on the left side of his face, crossing his eye, and a similar mark on his chest.
- Hero Killer:
- He solidifies how dangerous and brutal he is in his first appearance by shooting a wounded Ratchet and then ripping out his spark when Ratchet refuses to reveal the location of Optimus Prime. He also kills Lucas while the heroes are fleeing, nearly kills Optimus as well during their final confrontation when he runs him through with his own weapon, and he also almost kills Cade as well when Cade interferes in his fight with Optimus.
- It's also implied that he played a large role in the deaths of most of the surviving Autobot cast from the previous films.
- Hook Hand: Like all previous incarnations. Though this time it's retractable, and doesn't replace his hand.
- Hypocrite: He has a disdain of Cybertronians working together with humans despite the fact the he himself is working together with a human.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice/Half the Man He Used to Be: Optimus runs him through from behind before drawing his sword up through Lockdown's head and chest.
- Implacable Man: You can run, but he'll keep on coming.
- In the Back: Each time he gets the upper hand in a fight during the movie is whenever his opponent is distracted by something else, allowing him to attack from behind. He also gets killed this way.
- It's Personal: When Optimus and co. escape on the Knight Ship with the Dinobots, he's clearly pissed. Never mind that his bounty escaped, taking several more with him. They stole his trophy case.
- Knight of Cerebus: Easily one of the most ruthless villains in the series.
- Lightning Bruiser: For being a slightly-above-average-sized 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.
- Menacing Stroll: His default speed.
- Mundane Utility: Like the Seed, but on a smaller scale, his grenades have the ability to rearrange matter into Transformium on a subatomic level. Useful as this might otherwise be, all Lockdown is shown using it for is killing Lucas.
- Not So Different: It's subtle, but for all he claims the Autobots, Decepticons and their war are beneath him, there's quite a few shown similarities to Megatron in the first film during his battle with Prime - from his furious hatred of humans to a shot where he grips a crippled Prime's face as he rants, which is near-identical to the scene in Transformers where Megatron claims humans don't deserve to live.
- 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.
- Spikes of Villainy: Though less so than his previous counterparts.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Can morph his hands into various weapons, including his signature hook and what appears to be a spark extractor.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Uses a combination of standard and metal-generating grenades to take out opponents from a distance.
- Trophy Room: More like trophy ship. His vessel houses numerous items from his victories over the years. Amusingly, the prison is also a literal trophy ship.
- Unexpected Character: Nobody was expecting a relatively recently introduced Animated Canon Foreigner to appear as the Big Bad of a major Michael Bay movie.
- Unusual Weapon Mounting: His face turns into a gun.
- Worthy Opponent: Hinted to view Optimus as this, at least until the final battle.
- Walking Armory: Not as obvious as Hound, but he's still got his primary face-cannon, a grenade launcher, missiles stored in his shoulders, and a pair of Swiss Army Weapon hands.
Infernocons / Infernocus
- Apocalypse How: Certainly can cause a Class 5 if he were to awaken, since he is the core of Earth.
- The Ghost: Unicron is Earth, so technically you see him throughout the entire movie, but we haven't an inkling of what he truly looks or sounds like.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For the entire film franchise. Unicron is Earth, much like in Transformers: Prime, and is Sir Edmund Burton's stated reason why the Cybertronians are attracted to Earth; this would explain the endeavors of the Fallen, as well as those of Sentinel Prime.
- Mythology Gag:
- The Spikes of Villainy that are protruding from various places on Earth (that, when put together from the days of Pangaea, form a circular pattern) are remiscient of G1 Unicron's "maw" from The Transformers: The Movie.
- As mentioned above, his status as planet Earth itself is akin to his Transformers Prime counterpart.
- Walking Spoiler: The Greater-Scope Villain of the series is Earth itself.