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.
  • Adaptational Wimp: When your original incarnation is the head of a massive empire and ludicrously huge... anything else is going to be something of a let down. His modern day incarnations are regular-sized, and slightly less harmful in their approach.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: According to the non-cannon but Furman-written Allingment, the Liege's goal was to become a god like Primus and Unicron. Pretty much no other version of him has displayed this trait, though (aside from a nod in the Facebook Ask Vector Prime page).
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Cybertronians are already big by human standards. This guy is somewhere upward of a hundred feet and counting.
  • Face–Heel Turn: According to Ask Vector Prime, at least one version of him (from the "Rhythms of Darkness" timeline) turned good when Unicron killed that reality's Primus, and the Liege died doing in the destroyer.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: His G2 incarnation was implied to be Megatron's ancestor.
  • Man Behind the Man: To Jhiaxus, and the Cybertronian Empire as a whole.
  • Obviously Evil: Giant, deep red eyes, covered in spikes, burning stump where his left hand should be. Yup, he's pretty evil.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Never really did anything of note before the G2 comics ended.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He finally received a toy in Power of the Primes. Said toy is a tiny Headmaster-like thing that doesn't resemble the Liege at all. Even the shell it comes with looks more like Skullgrin.


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.
  • Arc Villain: In Regeneration One, he's the villain for the last full arc.
  • The Berserker: His G2 incarnation tries to repress his older, more brutal nature. When everything goes to crap for him in the finale, he lets loose, and beats Optimus within an inch of his life. Only the fact that the Swarm shows up stops him from crushing Optimus' head.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of the G2 comics. However, in terms of actual scope, he's barely The Heavy.
  • Canis Latinicus / Punny Name / Take That!: Well aware that the Transformers: Generation 2 series would probably be cancelled before it ran very many issues due to unrealistic sales expectations, Simon Furman named him after the pun "Gee, axe us!"
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He is forced to confront his in Generation 2 issue #3. He was once a violent sadist, and has since cultivated a calm and reasonable personality in an effort to convince himself that he is a moral person. It turns out that's just a facade, and that he's still as bad as he always was. Naturally instead of admitting this, he's determined to kill Prime and the Autobots so they can't remind him of the truth of who he is.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Could be considered The Dragon to Nemesis Prime, and becomes the Big Bad in RID. When Dark Cybertron begins he willingly demotes himself to serve his pupil, Shockwave.
  • The Evil Genius: To Nova Prime's Big Bad in the IDW comics.
  • Evil Mentor: To Shockwave, again from IDW.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Or the closest equivalent for a race of mechanical lifeforms, at any rate. He's even willing to experiment on himself, resulting in a body that has far more in common with the Transformer designs of the recent movies than Generation 1.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: IDW Jhiaxus had a very poor track record when it came to his experiments. The end result of his attempt to introduce gender to a genderless species, Arcee, became a psychotic and violent mass-murderer obsessed with tracking him down and murdering him as slowly and painfully as possible; and Monstructor, his effort at producing a gestalt, is a nigh-indestructible and vicious killing machine, about the only one that didn't go wrong is his space bridge invention.
    • Actually subverted on Monstructor's insanity. According to RID issue 7, Jhiaxus doesn't consider it a weakness.
  • Mad Scientist: IDW Jhiaxus experimented on Cybertronians without their consent.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Until 2014, when he got a toy in Generations. Which doesn't look much like him.
  • The Undead: Like all Dead Universe Transformers.


  • 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

Voiced by: Corey Burton

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 Marvel 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, he's even more formidable than when he was just a normal human.
  • Legacy Character: To Galen as Fortress Maximus in the Marvel comics (Spike was the first and only to become him in the cartoon) 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.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the IDW continuity, his first name is "Stevie" while "Spike" is his nickname.
  • Official Couple: With Carly. They even get married during the Time Skip between the second and third seasons.
  • Papa Wolf: In the cartoon's final episode "The Rebirth", he creates Fortress Maximus to take down Zarak after realizing how much danger his son Daniel is in.
  • 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

Voiced by: Chris Latta

Father of Spike and Buster.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's a middle-aged man who is still pretty good at helping the Autobots fight the Decepticons.
  • Badass Normal: While just a normal guy, he's still pretty useful and can even help Ratchet and Wheeljack with their tinkering.
  • 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.
  • Depending on the Writer: In the Marvel comics, his first name was intended to be Stanislas Piotr (hence the name of his service shop being "S. Witwicky Auto Repairs & Tow Service"); though issue 4 has his name being William and issue 31 it's Irving. In the IDW comics it's Daniel.
  • The Patriarch: He is Spike Witwicky's father and is well respected by the Autobots.

Buster Witwicky

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

Chip Chase

Voiced by: Michael Horton

Spike's wheelchair-bound best friend.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's very intelligent and sometimes proves useful in fights against the Decepticons.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He stops appearing halfway through season two. Though he does make a two second cameo appearance (with his back to the viewer) in the Japanese-exclusive special, "Scramble City." Concept art of an adult Chip was created for The Headmasters, but he never appeared.
  • Handicapped Badass: He may be in a wheelchair, but he's still as useful an ally to the Autobots as Spike.
  • Nerd Glasses: He wears glasses and is kind of nerdy.


Voiced by: Arlene Banas

Spike's girlfriend and future wife.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's very intelligent and is able to go toe-to-toe with the Decepticons.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted, as she's studied at MIT.
  • Official Couple: With Spike. They even get married in the Time Skip after season two.
  • Only One Name: While it would obviously be Witwicky after she married Spike, her maiden name remains unknown.

Daniel Witwicky

Voiced by: David Mendenhall

Spike and Carly's son.
  • Badass Adorable: He's just a kid, but he's still useful to the Autobots and even has the guts to talk back to Cyclonus on occasion.
  • Jumped at the Call: He's always happy to get a chance to help the Autobots.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Fills in the role his father had in the first two seasons as the Autobots' closest human ally, since Spike didn't appear as often in the third season.
  • Tagalong Kid: He often comes along with the Autobots on their adventures.

Doctor Arkeville

Voiced by: Casey Kasem

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.
  • Cyborg: The top of his scalp and his left hand are metallic-mechanical replacements of biological ones. "Countdown to Extinction" takes it further by having most of his body replaced with robotics except for half his face and part of his chest and right arm.
  • 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: He allies himself with the Decepticons.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Never shows up again after being left on Cybertron as an immobile cyborg in "Countdown to Extinction".


Buster's girlfriend in the Marvel comics

Marissa Faireborn

Voiced by: Susan Blu

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.
  • Action Girl: She's an occasional ally to the Autobots.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After the events of Kiss Players, she presumably lost her ability to fuse with a Transformer.
  • The Captain: She's head of the Earth Defense Command.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Shaoshao Li fell in Love at First Sight with her.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and is temperamental.
  • Idol Singer: After losing her Kiss Player powers, she briefly formed a singing group with Atari Hitotonari, Shaoshao Li, and others to travel the world and promote improved relations between humans and Transformers.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Optimus Prime in Kiss Players and Jazz in Dreamwave.
  • Knife Nut: In Kiss Players.
  • Precocious Crush: In Kiss Players, she reveals that she fell in love with Optimus Prime as a child when he saved her and her father.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She trusts the Autobots and knows they're the good guys.
  • 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: The Sparkbots nearly tricked her, Atari, and Shaoshao into summoning Unicron. Primus had to personally intervene to prevent this.

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.
  • Anti-Villain: Besides her vendetta against Transformers, her main motivation is to help and protect humans, repeatedly risking her life and taking injuries to save innocent bystanders.
  • The Cameo: Briefly appears in Secret Wars II, where she has a chat with The Beyonder. He found her very interesting and amusing, so he cancelled his plan to brainwash the entire universe. He reasoned that turning people into mindless slaves would deprive him of such excellent entertainment. In essence, she saved the universe without even realizing it.
  • Clingy Costume: Since she needs it to walk, she's never without her costume.
  • Determinator: She designed and constructed her suit while she only had the use of one arm.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She once pumped out enough electricity to make Unicron scream in pain, distracting him long enough for Optimus Prime to defeat him with The Matrix of Leadership.
  • Disability Superpower: She's crippled, but wears a suit that gives her amazing powers.
  • Disabled Hottie: She can no longer move on her own and is very attractive.
  • Fantastic Racism: She considers all Transformers to be soulless abominations, mockeries of life that must be destroyed.
  • Flight
  • Genius Cripple: She can't move without her suit and is a very cunning adversary.
  • Handicapped Badass: Manages to become a genuine threat to all Transformers after being crippled by Shockwave.
  • Hot Scientist: She's very attractive and made her suit herself.
  • Ms. Fanservice/Stripperific: She's naked under her cybernetic suit, which looks like thin strips of strategically placed tinfoil.
  • Shock and Awe: Her name "Circuit Breaker" is well put, as she can electrocute Transformers until they short circuit and burn.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: It doesn't matter how much other humans vouch for the Autobots, she doesn't care.
  • Vapor Wear: The amount of skin her suit leaves exposed makes it clear she's not wearing anything underneath.

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

Voiced by: Philip L. Clarke

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...
  • Adaptational Heroism: The original Nova Prime was always a villain, even back when he was a "good guy" he was deeply racist and heavily promoted the ideal humanoid Cybertronian at the expense of both non-humanoid Cybertronian life and all other Organic life. He had intended to create an empire that expanded across space, before he was turned into Nemesis Prime which made him an Omnicidal Maniac. Every time he appears in other continuities he's recast as a better person.
    • The Transformers Legends game has Nova Prime as a peaceful ruler of Cybertron who must confront Nemesis Prime, his evil future self.
    • Transformers: Shattered Glass recasts Nova as the new identity of the revived Evil Optimus Prime, who is now a good-guy.
    • In Transformers: Devastation, Nova was an idealistic and moral leader of Cybertron who was corrupted by Unicron.
  • Back from the Dead: Briefly returns thanks to the D-Void, but is ultimately killed by Galvatron again, and in The Transformers: Dark Cybertron he returns to life once again now calling himself Nova Prime again.
  • Big Bad: For the IDW comics prior to The Transformers: All Hail Megatron.
  • Casting a Shadow: He has shadowy energy surrounding him.
  • Dark Is Evil: He has a sinister appearance and isn't a good guy at all.
  • Evil Costume Switch: A variation; when we first see Nova prime in a flashback his colour scheme is predominantly white, but as Nemesis Prime his colour scheme is inverted.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Sought to eliminate free will from Cybertronians and the galaxy at large.
  • The Undead: Because of exposure to the energies of the Dead Universe, he's neither living nor dead.


Voiced by: Various; Regis Cordic, Roger C. Carmel, and Jack Angel were the primary voices.

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 almost no good Quintessons. Al-Badur helped 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. The only two Quintessons who are known to be definitely good are Aquarius, who comes from a Mirror Universe, and Klementia, who resurrected Optimus Prime in The Return Of Optimus Prime and, according to supplementary materials, would later go onto forge a peace between the Quintessons and the Autobots and spearhead a number of reforms in Quintesson society.
  • 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: They have tentacles that they often use to defend themselves.
  • Dirty Coward: They'll betray anyone to save their own skin.
  • 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: The trials they hold for their prisoners always end with the prisoner being executed.
  • Jerkass: They enjoy tormenting and killing people for no good reason.
  • 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: Many of them enjoy performing experiments on their captives.
  • 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.


A ravenously hungry horde of transforming robots who turn into sharks, the Sharkticons serve as the Quintessonian muscle and their main method of execution. They're also not very bright, and could easily be turned against their masters if given half a chance.

  • Dumb Muscle: Sharkticons are not very bright.
  • Elite Mooks: The Allicons are their smarter, bigger, nastier cousins, who turn into alligators. They're usually higher up the food chain than the Sharkticons.
  • Epic Flail: Sharkticons can detail their tails to use as flails. So far, none have been shown doing this in fiction.
  • Fat Bastard: Both shark and robot modes look pretty chubby. But then, they do eat a lot.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Despite the name, Sharkticons look like a mix of sharks and piranhas.
  • Slave Race: For the Quintessons.
  • Zerg Rush: Sharkticons aren't very smart, not very strong and not very durable. Their advantage lies in swarming enemies and devouring them.


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.
  • Big Good: The highest authority there is on the Autobots' side, surpassing even Optimus Prime.
  • Cosmic Keystone: If Primus dies, reality tends to get a little... ah, weird. The bizarre nature of the Japanese G1 continuity has been put down to his near-destruction during Headmasters.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He claims to be able to track Unicron's presence. Somehow, he failed to notice Unicron until he was quite literally right on top of him (something Kup even points out. How the hell do you miss a guy the size of a planet?)
  • Fighting a Shadow
  • Genius Loci: He is Cybertron, or, at least, trapped within Cybertron. It varies Depending on the Writer.
  • Guile Hero: The original version of his and Unicron's origin had Primus tricking both of them into asteroids.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: His G1 comic incarnation took Galvatron at his word.
  • King in the Mountain: In most continuities, he's sleeping to hide himself from Unicron, and will only wake up when "all are one". As can be guessed, he doesn't wake up very often.
  • Light Is Not Good: He created the entire Cybertronian race to serve as little more than cannon-fodder. During the G1 comic, he loudly appointed Optimus leader of the combined Autobot-Decepticon forces knowing Unicron's sleeper-agents would target him directly.
  • Manipulative Bastard: And he's supposed to be the "good" one.
  • Minor Major Character: Even though he created the Cybertronian race, he's seldom given any prominence.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: He's either a primordial force or the former lab assistant of the Mad Scientist Primacron.
    • In the DK Ultimate Guide, he actually split from Unicron. Really.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Everything he does is in some way to combat Unicron and protect the universe, but that doesn't mean its convenient or pleasant for the little guys.
  • Physical God: He's the creator god of the Transformers.
  • World of Badass: He is Cybertron. And nobody would deny the Transformers are Badass.


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:
    • The reason why Primus doesn't just fight Unicron directly. Every time they've fought, Unicron's handed him his ass.
    • While they haven't come into direct conflict (yet), Unicron has been trumped as the biggest threat in the franchise, by the Elder Gods.
  • Always Someone Better: According to the first versions of their origin, atleast, Unicron managed to turn his asteroid prison into a planet first. Primus stole the idea of transforming from him.
  • The Anti-God: Compared to Primus.
  • As Long as There is Evil: He gloats that he'll never be gone for good as long as evil beings exist.
  • 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.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Going by what he says after Optimus forces the Matrix down his throat in the comics, Unicron actually doesn't understand concepts of good or love or life.
  • Expy: Of Angra Mainyu, the leader of the forces of evil in Zoroastrianism. He fits this role (and The Anti-God by extension) 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: He can fight lasers from his eyes.
  • Fighting a Shadow: In some incarnations, he isn't always fought directly and instead sends an illusion to fight on his behalf.
  • Genius Loci: His alt mode is a giant planet.
  • God of Evil: He's a godlike being and is basically the Satan of the Transformers franchise.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is a bigger threat than Megatron, but he isn't encountered until The Transformers: The Movie and seldom returns after his defeat.
  • It's All About Me: To the point where he is offended that anything other than him can even exist.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unicron outshines every other Knight in Transformers. If he shows up, the situation is officially beyond bad.
  • 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.
  • Made of Evil: His internals are either Dark Energon or Angolmois, depending on the continuity. Neither of them are recommended by the surgeon general (Angolmois in particular can mutate the body). Curiously, in some continuities both substances have been able to create life.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In one instance, as he was getting close to Cybertron, Unicron was so determined to kill Primus he completely passed by a perfectly good planet.
  • 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.
  • Readings Are 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
  • The Red Baron: The Dark God, the Chaos-Bringer.
  • Spacetime Eater: He won't be satisfied until he's devoured all of reality.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Doesn't matter where Primus goes or where he hides himself. Unicron will hunt him down for as long as it takes.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Starscream in "Ghost in the Machine". And he actually succeeds.

The Fallen

Voiced by: Tony Todd

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.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: He manages to catch Grimlock's energon sword one handed. Even more impressive given the properties of energon swords on Cybertronians mean it's like a lightsaber for them. And it doesn't even annoy the guy.
  • Deal with the Devil: Like his dread master, The Fallen has been known to bargain with and empower the lesser mortals of the multiverse, tempting them with the forbidden promises of dark science and entropic magic that they might see to his dark designs. He himself made a deal with Unicron.
  • Energy Being: The body we see is merely a shell for the chaotic energies that now comprise the Fallen's form.
  • The Dragon: To Unicron.
  • Fallen Angel: He was one of the original 13 Transformers, but then became an acolyte of Unicron.
  • Fighting a Shadow: He often sends an emissary to fight on his behalf.
  • The Nameless: Loses his name after siding with Unicron. The Fallen is more of a descriptor than a name.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Primus made him to fight Unicron directly, and it shows. Throughout The Dark Ages, pretty much nothing the Autobots try on him does anything. It takes divine intervention to get rid of him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill everyone.
  • Physical God: He is extremely powerful and formidable.
  • Satanic Archetype: A Fallen Angel who is one of the best of his kind, but becomes the field leader of evil.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After his deal with Unicron, he got thrown into subspace. The Decepticons and their early tinkering with Space Bridges let him loose.
  • Tank Goodness: His alt-mode is a tank, though he's never shown using it in his appearances.
  • Wreathed in Flames: The eldritch energies contained within The Fallen's body cause him to appear constantly ablaze in unholy fire. Sadly, every depiction of him since his first appearance has done without this.


Voiced by: Neil Ross

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.