Characters / Transformers Generation 1

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Liege Maximo

One of the Thirteen Original Transformers, created as a force of evil to keep the balance with his good counterpart, Prima. He's implied to be the founder of the Decepticons, and he left Cybertron with several followers to create a Cybertronian Empire that Terraforms conquered planets.


Function: Air Space Commander

"The only thing I fear... is myself."

The general of the Liege Maximo's Cybertronian Empire in the G2 comics. Alternatively, Jhiaxus was a crew member on the Ark-1 and serves as Nova Prime's pet mad scientist; his obsession with forcing Cybertronian evolution has led him to introduce gender to the Transformer race, modify his own body into a form resembling that of Bayformer Starscream, and the creation of both gestalt and Micromaster technology.


  • Mauve Shirt
  • Meaningful Name: Meta example; he shows the mindset of the Imperials to the reader.
  • Robo Family: All Imperials are related to some Autobot or Decepticon via "budding", but he's one of the few ones whose ancestor is revealed, the Combaticon leader Onslaught.


  • Foil: To Jhiaxus. He keeps his cool while Jhiaxus is slowly losing it throughout the comic.
  • Lean and Mean: Regeneration One has him considerably thinner and sleeker looking.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Justified example. He leaves because Jhiaxus is out of control and he needs to inform the Liege Maximo.


Spike Witwicky

The Autobots' iconic human friend.
  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his robotic best friend. And that would be Bumblebee.
  • Casanova Wannabe: In his younger years, hitting on nearly every girl he meets and failing. And that's even after meeting Carly.
  • Decomposite Character: Originally, Spike in the cartoon and Buster in the comics filled the same role in their respective continuities. Spike was introduced much later in the comics as Buster's older brother.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After becoming Fortress Maximus.
  • Legacy Character: To Galen as Fortress Maximus and Becomes Circuit Smasher in the Regeneration One series.
  • Likes Older Women: Many of the girls he hit on were much older than him. He was 15 when he met Carly, who was in college.
    • Though she may have entered college young. She was that smart.
  • Official Couple: With Carly.
  • We Used to Be Friends: In Regeneration One. Because the Autobots weren't there to protect the Earth when Megatron and his zombie hordes attacked, he now hates them with a passion.

Sparkplug Witwicky

Father of Spike and Buster.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Badass Normal
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely disappears after season 2. Although, it is entirely possible that he died of old age in the twenty year gap between season 2 and The Movie.
    • He was in the script for "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 1", on the Earth Defense Command shuttle with Blaster and Outback going to Carbombya to investigate Decepticon activity. His single line in the script was given to Blaster in the final episode.
  • The Patriarch

Buster Witwicky

Spike's younger brother, and the Autobots' friend in the Marvel Comics.

Chip Chase

Spike's wheelchair-bound best friend.


Spike's girlfriend and future wife.

Daniel Witwicky

Spike and Carly's son.

Doctor Arkeville

A Mad Scientist ally of Megatron who specializes in mind-control in the Season 1 Three-Parter The Ultimate Doom, in a bid to become the ruler of Earth once Megatron has harvested all its energy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even though Doctor Arkeville happily enslaves human beings by the hundreds with his hyno-chip implants, he draws the line at cold-blooded murder, and is visibly horrified by Megatron's callous proposal of leaving them to die in favor of gathering energy, showing clear concern for the safety and welfare of his slaves over his conquest of Earth.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: The top of his scalp and his left hand are metallic-mechanical replacement of biological ones.
  • Obviously Evil: Well, the word Evil is in his name, after all.
  • The Quisling


Buster's girlfriend in the Marvel comics

Marissa Faireborn

The Autobots' main contact/ally in the Earth Defense Command. Daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye. In her younger years, she was ironically a vigilante opposing the EDC (at the time, the EDC was anti-Transformer), and was a Kiss Player, a girl with the ability to kiss a Transformer to Fusion Dance with it and dramatically boost its powers and share her knowledge and skills.

Josie Beller/Circuit Breaker

Josie was a brilliant scientist who was crippled in an attack by the Decepticon Shockwave. Vowing revenge, but transferring her hatred to all Transformers, she designed a cybernetic suit that allows her to walk again, fly, and channel electricity. Only appears in the comics.

Atari Hitotonari

When her parents were killed in a Transformer-related accident, she was left despondent, resentful of the giant robots, and wishing to die. But when she was discovered to be a Kiss Player, perhaps the most powerful Kiss Player in existence, she was forcibly drafted into the Earth Defense Command, partnered with a man-made Transformer called Autorooper Ne-04, and ordered to help defend the world against the threat of Legion, an army of monstrous creatures formed from Galvatron.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she is pushed, she pushes back, hard. Her feats include tearing a girl who had murdered her friend limb-from-limb, and throwing Galvatron into space.
  • Big Eater: Often gorges herself on donuts and other sweets.
  • Brought Down to Normal
  • Butt Monkey: She's taken some incredible humiliation, like Starscream taking over her body and going on a rampage with her panties exposed.
  • Character Development: Her story from start to finish consisted of her learning to overcome her shyness and fears, accepting her duty, and understanding the importance of truly living.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite her reluctance to fight and desire to be ordinary, she cannot stand to see anyone in pain.
  • Death Seeker: At first.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Another Kiss Player named Ringo Chikuma stalked her and gave her several Forceful Kisses.
  • Idol Singer: After losing her Kiss Player powers, she briefly formed a singing group with Marissa Faireborn, Shaoshao Li, and others to travel the world and promote improved relations between humans and Transformers.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Autorooper Ne-04. She says she feels a sense of humanity within him.
  • Meganekko
  • Paint It Black: While she was possessed by Starscream, her outfit turned black.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Survivor Guilt
  • Touched by Vorlons: Her Kiss Player powers came from exposure to fragments of Galvatron's body infused with Unicron's energy. She lost them when the fragments were reabsorbed.
  • Unwitting Pawn: EDC Commander Hitoshizuku Amaō manipulated nearly her entire life, including the deaths of her parents and her gaining Kiss Player powers, so she could be used as the perfect host body for Hitoshizuku's dead daughter. Fortunately, Atari, Marissa, Shaoshao, and their partners foiled this plot and defeated her.
    • The Sparkbots nearly tricked her, Marissa, and Shaoshao into summoning Unicron. Primus had to personally intervene to prevent this.

Shaoshao Li

Marissa Faireborn's childhood friend, who became a Kiss Player and enlisted in Earth Defense Command to fight Legion. She was Autorooper Ne-04's original partner, but went missing for a while and resurfaced with Hot Rod as her partner.
  • Action Girl: Knows martial arts and weapons like tonfas.
  • Brought Down to Normal
  • Character Development: Learned to be nicer and more accepting. Eventually got over her obsession with Marissa and gave her and Optimus Prime her blessing.
  • Chinese Girl
  • Dual Tonfas
  • Green-Eyed Monster/The Resenter: Hated Optimus Prime for "stealing" Marissa from her. Hated Atari for being more powerful than her (Shaoshao was considered the most powerful Kiss Player before Atari came along).
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates the Transformers and resents having to partner with them. She reluctantly admits that she enjoys kissing Hot Rod.
  • Idol Singer: After losing her Kiss Player powers, she briefly formed a singing group with Marissa Faireborn, Atari Hitotonari, and others to travel the world and promote improved relations between humans and Transformers.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Hot Rod. Though she never truly loved him.
  • Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Love at First Sight: Loved Marissa from the moment they met as children.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Tried to goad Hot Rod into killing Optimus Prime. Hot Rod nearly went through with it because he was under the impression that Prime was an imposter.
  • Qipao: One of her iconic outfits.
  • Slave Collar: Ever since she was a child, she's worn a metal collar that's secured with a padlock and has "Fortune" engraved on it. She never removes it and it is not affected by The Nudifier. She is not and has never been a slave, but she refuses to explain its purpose or origin.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Her Kiss Player powers came from exposure to fragments of Galvatron's body infused with Unicron's energy. She lost them when the fragments were reabsorbed.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Unfortunately for her, Marissa only had eyes for Optimus, and is straight.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Sparkbots nearly tricked her, Atari, and Marissa into summoning Unicron. Primus had to personally intervene to prevent this.

Ringo Chikuma

A Kiss Player partnered with the man-made Transformer Autorooper Ne-01 who happily enlisted in the EDC for the opportunity to fight and slaughter. When Atari Hitotonari was forced to join, Ringo stalked, sexually harassed, and abused her. Atari was too frightened and unassertive to resist, essentially making her Ringo's sex slave behind closed doors. When Atari tried to report her, she was ignored. When Ringo made the mistake of callously gunning down one of Atari's friends right in front of her, Atari finally snapped and tore her limb-from-limb.

Abdul Fakkadi

The self-professed Supreme Military Commander, President-for-Life, and King of Kings of the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya. A corrupt and greedy leader who is often willing to make deals with the Decepticons to further his goals. The creation of this incredibly offensive Middle-Eastern stereotype caused Casey Kasem (who is of Lebanese descent) to quit the show in disgust.

G.B. Blackrock

The CEO of Blackrock Industries.


Nova Prime

A Matrix-bearer and leader of the Cybertronian people from countless millions of years before the time of Optimus Prime, Nova Prime ruled in a time when the Cybertronian race was enjoying a golden age of prosperity and power. Seeing his species as the greatest form of life in the universe and thus deserving of its rulership, the expansionist Nova gathered a crew of loyal and likeminded Transformers to crew a vast spaceship known as the Ark-1; ostensibly theirs was a mission of exploration and mapping the galaxy, but in reality their goal was one of conquest. Fortunately for most other forms of life, the Ark-1 and its crew vanished into the Benzuli Expanse shortly into its maiden voyage and was presumed destroyed with all hands. This turned out not to be the case, however; instead of destroying them, the Benzuli Expanse flung Nova Prime and his crew into the Dead Universe, its fell energies transforming them until they were neither living nor dead. Now, millions of years later, Nemesis Prime, still holding to his expansionist ideals, intends to merge the Dead Universe with our own in order to create a reality where Cybertronian life reigns supreme, but how much of this is his own plan and how much of it comes from the creeping, malevolent sentience which sustains him cannot be determined...


Prosecutor: Guilty or innocent?
Magistrate: Innocent.
Prosecutor: Feed him to the Sharkticons.

A hostile race of mechanical, squid-like beings with up to five faces on their bodies.
  • Abusive Precursors: In those continuities where the Quintessons colonized Cybertron in the distant past and built robotic slaves who would eventually turn against their masters and become Autobots and Decepticons. Needless to say, the Quintessons aren't happy about being given the boot by their former servants, and seek to either re-enslave or destroy all Cybertronians.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: There are no good Quintessons, there are only organized and disorganized ones. Al-Badur was the only one to help the Cybertronians, but he turned on them in the end. Pentius initially presented himself as a neutral malevolent force meant to steer Megatron towards evil. He was wicked, but firmly believed in bettering Megatron to the point where he approves of Megatron killing him for survival, and even Pentius reduced to a spark, betrays Megatron for his own gain.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "[We] are Quintessons! Arrogance is our life’s blood, ambition is our food and drink, but most of all, hubris is the air we breathe!!
  • Combat Tentacles
  • Dirty Coward
  • Fantastic Racism: Have disdain for all other races, Cybertronians and humans in particular.
    "Humans are disgusting creatures, but worthy of study, if only to find a better way of destroying them."
  • Hanging Judge
  • Jerkass
  • Kangaroo Court: Tend to capture beings and subject them to mock trials that serve no purpose except their own amusement. They are fond of simply declaring everybody who they try as "innocent", then dropping them into pits full of Sharkticons anyway. They admit pleading for one's life "sometimes helps... but not often."
  • Mad Scientist
  • Mecha-Mooks: In the Marvel G1 comics, they are Unicron's enforcers that hunt down and pick off anything that escapes his maw.
    • In the 3H comic continuity, Unicron hired them to seek out the body of Primus. After discovering him in the form of Cybertron, the Quintessons decided to tell Unicron about it later. And the rest is history.
  • Shark Pool: Pools of Sharkticons are among their main weapons.
  • Squishy Wizard: Get past their technological defenses and they are easy prey. They have no aptitude for direct combat and can easily be overpowered by humans despite their immense size.
  • Toyless Toyline Characters: To date, no Quintesson toys have been released, probably because they would be way too complex even for today. In 1986, they would be impossible to make due to the limitations of toy technologies.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Quintessons were war profiteers in the original cartoon.


The Lord of Light and counterpart of Unicron, Primus is the Creator God of the Transformers. The spark of each Transformer is a piece of his lifeforce, and combined, they form his essence, the Allspark. He created the Thirteen original Transformers to man his body in planet mode, but when The Fallen betrayed him, Primus was forced to go into stasis, in an effort to prevent Unicron from finding Cybertron and devouring it, which would destroy that universe. Like his brother and his creations, Primus is a multiversal singularity, meaning there is only one version of Primus in the vast multiverse.


The primordial personification of Chaos and Darkness, Unicron is the ultimate force of evil in Transformers—not simply in Generation 1, but in all iterations of the brand. Like his brother and archenemy Primus, Unicron is a multiversal singularity—in all the myriad realities of the transformers universe, there is only one Unicron.note  The Chaosbringer has seen our existence, our reality, and he has taken offense; Unicron's greatest desire is to consume and annihilate all of creation, all possible realms of existence, until naught remains but an infinite void of absolute nothingness, at the center of which he shall sleep forever more, his tasks complete. You cannot destroy Unicron permanently; blow up his physical body, and he simply reforms in another part of the multiverse to continue his never-ending quest to devour all reality.
  • Achilles' Heel: The energy of the Matrix of Leadership can devastate his physical form.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: While they haven't come into direct conflict (yet), Unicron has just recently been trumped as the biggest threat in the franchise, by the Elder Gods.
  • As Long as There Is Evil
  • Deal with the Devil: Occasionally the Chaosbringer will see fit to empower mortal creatures with a fragment of his essence, upgrading their bodies and granting them new abilities in order to carry out whatever tasks he requires of them. The most well-known of these Heralds of Unicron is Galvatron, though there have been many others, and not all of them exhibit the same degree of independence and free will as Galvatron did. Unicron cares little for his pawns, however, and in the end his goals call for their consumption as well.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Those who have seen only the movie believe Unicron to be little more than a Planet Eater, but the truth of the matter is that Unicron consumes all things—matter, existence, time and space, all of these are mere morsels snapped up to sate his unholy hunger, however briefly.
  • Expy: Of Angra Mainyu, the leader of the forces of evil in Zoroastrianism. He fits this role better than the Christian Satan given that he's a dark mirror of the Creator with roughly equal power rather than an inferior pretender.
  • Eye Beams
  • Fighting a Shadow
  • Genius Loci
  • God of Evil
  • Greater Scope Villain: He is a bigger threat than Megatron, but is only fought in The Movie.
  • It's All About Me: To the point where he is offended that anything other than him can even exist.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After his defeat, his head blown off and was sucked into Cybertron's orbit, leaving the former living planet little more than a moon for one of the worlds he tried to devour.
  • Losing Your Head: Rodimus Prime reduced him to a head, but he is still incredibly dangerous whenever he regains consciousness.
  • Mind Rape: Throughout The Movie, Unicron often used some sort of sensory overload to Galvatron's mind whenever the latter considered betraying or disobeying him. He seemed to lose that ability after his defeat, thus could not recall Galvatron and had dangerously minimal control over his successor.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: He's either a primordial entity like Primus or the creation of a Mad Scientist named Primacron who rebelled against his creator and decided to destroy everything.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Dark God utterly loathes existence with a passion, and is slowly making good on his goal of consuming all of creation; Unicron has already devoured more than a fifth of all possible universes.
  • Off The Scale: Usually, stats are 1 to 10 for a Transformer. Unicron's stats whenever a toy of his full body is released has many of his stats listed as unknown. One online retailer exclusive figure has them set at Infinity
  • Physical God: Specifically, a dark god.
  • Planet Eater: When Unicron says he wants to be alone, he damn well does something about it. If he eats everything, then all will be a part of him, and he will finally be alone.
    • Spacetime Eater: He won't be satisfied until he's devoured all of reality.
  • The Red Baron: The Dark God, the Chaos-Bringer.
  • Satan: The equivalent in Transformer culture.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Starscream in "Ghost in the Machine". And he actually succeeds.

The Fallen

One of the Thirteen Original Transformers created at the dawn of time by Primus to crew his planetary shell, the being once known as Megatronus Prime served as the guardian of entropy, overseeing the orderly dissolution of all things in preparation for the next creation. Destruction came to fascinate him too much, however, and as he forgot his original purpose he gave himself to Unicron, turning on his former master and his brethren amongst the Thirteen. The Fallen, as he is now known, is a cosmic force of evil, his physical form little more than a cage for the raging inferno of chaotic power which constitutes his essence; he can only be defeated, never destroyed. Like Primus, Unicron, and the other members of the Thirteen, The Fallen is a multiversal singularity—as such, The Fallen of Dreamwave Comics and The Fallen from the Michael Bay movies are the same character.


Another being created by the Mad Scientist Primacron, technically making him Unicron's little brother. A being of pure energy that exists to consume the energy of the universe. Was eventually destroyed by Grimlock applying Reverse Polarity to make him dissipate.