Characters: Transformers Generation 1 Autobots
This character sheet is for listing the tropes related to Autobots in the various Transformers Generation 1
For the character sheet listing tropes related to the Decepticons, see Transformers Generation 1 Decepticons
. For the listing of tropes related to everyone else, see the main Transformers Generation 1
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Ark Autobot crew
Optimus Prime/Commander Convoy (Japanese Name)
"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
The leader of the Autobots and arguably the main character of the franchise. Before he was reformatted for battle, he was a lowly dock worker known as Orion Pax.
- A Father to His Men
- An Axe to Grind: Has a yellow/orange energon axe.
- Back from the Dead: If he ever dies, chances are he'll be back sooner or later.
- Bat out of Hell: Subverted with his Beast◊ Wars◊ toys.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the nicest characters in the whole franchise, but you do NOT want him mad at you.
- Big Good: It's like the Autobots shut down without him.
- BFG: His Ion Blaster.
- The Captain
- Cast as a Mask: Peter Cullen voices a Starstream-acting-as-Optimus in "Megatron's Master Plan, Part 1" until the unmasking in footage Spike gets when Chris Latta resumes Starscream's role. Roger C. Carmel (Motormaster) voices Optimus-acting-as-Motormaster in "Masquerade" when Autobots disguised as the Stunticons meet Megatron to deliver components, then Peter resumes when the disguises are dropped—after the real Menasor's energy-sword attack disassembles the "Menasor" the Autobots-acting-as-Stunticons turned into back to vehicles. For "A Prime Problem" Peter also voices a double of Optimus controlled by Megatron.
- Catch Phrase: "Autobots, transform and roll out!" "Til all are one!"
- Deadpan Snarker: More than you'd expect.
- Death Is Cheap: Is it ever!
- Et Tu, Rodimus?: Happens to him in the two-parter episode, "The Return Of Optimus Prime", when he discovers that Rodimus have fallen victim to the Hate Plague.
- Fan Nickname: Robo Jesus.
- Gentle Giant
- Good Is Not Soft
- Hammerspace: His trailer.
- The Hero
- Honor Before Reason: Many, but the most extreme example is when Optimus allowed himself to be killed over a videogame. Needless to say, Optimus got better.
- Hurting Hero: 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."
- Ideal Hero
- Interspecies Romance: With Marissa Faireborn in Kiss Players.note
- Martyr Without a Cause
- My Greatest Failure: When the Ark was boarded by the Decepticons, Optimus crashed the ship onto Earth in an attempt to kill the Decepticons on board. Not only did it fail, it ended up bringing the war to Earth, putting humanity in danger.
- Compounded in Regeneration One when he learns what happened to Earth in the Autobots' 21-year absence, leading him to become The Atoner.
- Nice Guy
- No Mouth: How he is usually drawn.
- One-Man Army: One of the few Autobots who can fight Megatron on even terms.
- Out-of-Character Alert: "A Prime Problem" had Megatron create a duplicate of Optimus so good even Teletraan 1 couldn't spot the fake. When Windcharger tells the Autobots Megatron has Spike, one Optimus says "He's unimportant!" This let's them know that Optimus is the fake (the real Optimus would have scrubbed the mission to save Spike).
- Papa Wolf: Not as much as later versions, but he is all about this in "Prime Target".
- Parental Substitute: A meta-example; to many children in the 1980's he is the strong yet loving and kind father that should have been there for them. Which is why his death in the movie was so hard hitting back then.
- Kiss Players reveals that Marissa Faireborn saw him as a father-figure as a child, but her feelings turned romantic as she grew up.
- Red Is Heroic
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: A robotic example.
- Sniping Mission: Near the end of G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers Optimus has to bring down the Solar-Powered Satellite as it has become a Kill Sat run wild. To do this, he rips the fusion cannon off the right arm of the defeated Megatron and puts it on his own right arm. With the Cannon mounted, the targeting data obainted from Mainframe and Sci-Fi, and a full energon cube to fuel the Cannon, he takes aim and destroys the Satellite.
- They Killed Kenny Again: This guy dies. A lot. He comes back to life. A lot.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Whole-heartedly believes that the universe can be a kinder and gentler place, in spite of all the pain, horror and sadness that he has witnessed in his long life.
- Worthy Opponent: His rivalry with Megatron transcends petty hate into a deep respect and understanding: So much so that whenever they fight side by side for a common goal, they are unstoppable.
"I never met a Decepticon I didn't dislike."
An Autobot who was traumatized after his home city was destroyed by the Decepticons.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In Transformers: The Movie, several Autobots are working at the foot of Lookout Mountain and are trapped there as the Battle of Autobot City begins. Bluestreak included. The film depicts a couple of them surviving. While one of them (Huffer) is confirmed deceased at a later episode. Bluestreak, however, is never mentioned or depicted after this point of the film. His fate never determined.
- Doomed Hometown: Praxus.
- Friendly Sniper
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In the animated show, Bluestreak is depicted as a sharpshooter. In "The Ultimate Doom, Part 2", Laserbeak is flying away with a captured Spike Witwicky. Bluestreak fires at the flying bird, successfuly wounding its leg without harming the hostage. In "Enter the Nightbird", the Autobots are trying to capture Nightbird, a robotic Ninja without harming her. Bluestreak manages to shoot her sword out of her hands. Without leaving a scratch on her body. In a Transformers comic book story called "Man of Iron", Bluestreak manages to take down Thundercracker in mid-flight. With a single shot.
- Killed Off for Real: Starscream kills him once the Decepticon is empowered by the Underbase in the Marvel comics.
- Lightning Bruiser: Moves fast and hits hard.
- Motor Mouth
- Stepford Smiler: The reason he talks so much is to keep himself sane, so it oftentimes comes off as this.
- Palette Swap: Of Prowl.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He has a score to settle with the Decepticons.
- Technical Pacifist: Hates war. Doesn't let that stop him taking up arms to fight Decepticons.
"Might over microchips."
A small but powerful Autobot.
- Fastball Special: Optimus Prime and Brawn use this technique in "A Plague of Insecticons".
- Killed Off for Real: In the Marvel comics and the movie.
- Meaningful Name: He's one of the strongest Autobots.
- The Napoleon
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The episode "Fire on the Mountain" features a A Day in the Limelight for Brawn. He is starring in most of its combat scenes, gives trouble to several high-profile Decepticons and even manages to wrestle control of Megatron's personal fusion cannon. Using it against Megatron himself. In the process Brawn shrugs off direct hits in several parts of his body, including his head.
- Subverted in Transformers: The Movie. He is supposedly one of several killed Autobots. While the deceased are typically shown taking massive damage, Brawn's death scene only depicts him taking a shoulder wound. Fans have long doubted if this was enough to kill him.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He may be small compared to the other Autobots, but Brawn sure packs a mean wallop, and can easily take on opponents twice his size or more with sheer strength.
- Rated M for Manly: Is said to be "the most macho of all Autobots".
- Super Strength
- The Worf Effect: In Transformers Generation 2, Megatron receives a series of upgrades and has more destructive abilities than before. He demonstrates said abilities by easily destroying the nigh-invulnerable Brawn.
Function: Espionage (Bumblebee), Espionage Director (Goldbug)
Bumblebee: "The least likely can be the most dangerous."
Goldbug: "To know others you must know yourself first."
One of the smaller Autobots who frequently befriends their human allies.
- Friend to All Children: Always the guy working with the kids.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: In a case of "How many Bumblebees are there?" The episode "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 5" features concurrent battles between Autobots and Decepticons taking place in Cybertron and Earth. Bumblebee is depicted taking part in both of them, being in two places at once. Later (a) Bumblebee is reconstructed as Goldbug. But in "The Rebirth, Part 3", Bumblebee and Goldbug are depicted together, standing next to each other in the epilogue.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Former Trope Namer (The Bumblebee)
- Nerves of Steel: In ALL continuities, Generation 1 included, Bumblebee's "Courage" Score is consistently listed as 10, the highest number possible for any stat. This makes him braver than most Transformers, who are more often than not bigger and more powerful than he is.
- Nice Guy: According to tfwiki.net, he's one of the most-liked among his fellow Autobots, and while he looks up to others because of his size, his courage means at times they ironically look up to him. So he doesn't finish as "last" as the Nice Guy Label might otherwise say.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In "More than Meets the Eye, Part 3" the Autobots are trying to lure the Decepticons into a trap. Creating a fake rocket base as a target to their opponents. Bumblebee disguises himself as a human scientist. By simply wearing a lab coat over his regular humanoid form.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In most continuities, he gets injured and must be repaired into a more adult-like form, Goldbug.
- Sixth Ranger: Goldbug, to the Throttlebots.
"Strike first, strike fast, strike hard."
An overly combat happy Autobot.
- BFG: Cliffjumper is tiny by Transformers' standards. But pulls out a huge rifle cannon in "More than Meets the Eye, Part 1".
- Blood Knight:
- Conspiracy Theorist: In the episode "Traitor", Cliffjumper becomes convinced that Mirage is working for the Decepticons. He spends the episode interpreting any random event according to this theory. Comic book interpretations of the character generally depict him as paranoid, seeing traitors all around him.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hammer Space: His character description includes "He makes a habit of pulling ridiculously huge guns out of nowhere".
- Hot-Blooded: "I'm gonna kick those Decepticons in their turbo-charger!!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Large Ham
- Leeroy Jenkins: Established as part of his characterization in "More than Meets the Eye, Part 1", the first episode of the animated series. Cliffjumper and Hound are send on a scouting mission. When the two locate the main forces of the Decepticons, Cliffjumper takes a shot at Megatron. Resulting in two Autobots facing a small army of Decepticons.
- Palette Swap: From around 2006 up until Transformers Prime, various Cliffjumper toys have been palette swaps of the corresponding Bumblebee. The original toys for both characters are actually their own molds (Bumblebee was a Volkswagen, Cliffjumper was a Super-Deformed Porsche 924) that just happen to have similar transformations. This is not helped by the fact that each toy had its own Pallete Swaps in the form of red Bumblebees and yellow Cliffjumpers. These variants were still carded by the actual toys' names, though.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Traitor". He lightens up by the end of the episode.
Function: Transport, Reconnaissance
"Nobody wins a war - somebody loses."
- Deadpan Snarker
- Extreme Doormat: In the episode "Changing Gears", the Decepticons capture Gears and remove one of his circuits to use in a new device. The removal of said circuit causes a change in personality. Leaving Gears to be cheerful, overly polite, and willing to assist/obey anyone in his immediate vicinity. Making him the perfect servant. Though his flowery speech still includes various insults to Megatron. "How can I help you, Megatron, heh heh, you rotten hunk of scrap?"
- Grumpy Bear: Right, Transformers aren't a Sugar Bowl, but Gears is still this when compared to the other Autobots.
- Beneath the Mask: Gears is actually putting on an act to lighten the mood. It does get to him sometimes.
- Large Ham
- Sensor Character: "More than Meets the Eye, Part 2" reveals that Gears has in-built infrared sensors. Allowing him to trace the heat traces of Ravage, a stealthy infiltrator.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Partially averted in "Changing Gears". As Optimus Prime prepares to restore Gears to his original, annoying personality, Trailbreaker interrupts him with: "Uhh, just a minute, we took a vote and...uhh, well we decided we like Gears the way he is now."
A Constructicon-type working for the Autobots. Transforms into a crane. Only appeared in a single episode, "More than Meets the Eye, Part 1". He is seen with Cliffjumper, recovering a wounded Hound; he was never seen again. However a toy version of him was created in 2003 and detailed origin stories followed.
"Observe everything, remember even more."
An Autobot scout who actually likes Earth and the humans.
Function: Construction Engineer
"Molecular structure is the key to success."
A member of the Ark crew, who is always melancholic about returning to Cybertron. Despite that, he's an AWESOME construction engineer.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Huffer makes his last appearance in Transformers: The Movie, at the beginning of the Battle of Autobot City. His death in said battle is only mentioned in Dark Awakening, taking place off-screen.
- The Eeyore: Huffer is constantly pessimistic and seems to view the world in gloomy colors. The episode Divide and Conquer has Prime severely wounded in battle. Huffer is quick to cheer everyone up with lines such as "He's doomed. I know it. I can feel it in my databank." In "The Autobot Run", the Autobots participate in a charity race and fall victim to an ambush. Huffer reacts with ""I knew the racing bit was bad news, but would anyone listen to me? Oh, noooo!"
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In the episode Dinobot Island, Part 2, Huffer wrestles with a time-traveling mammoth. He defeats the animal and lifts it over his head. Pointing out: "I'm not the biggest Autobot but I'm one of the strongest!"
- The Resenter: Hates Earth because it keeps him from returning to Cybertron.
"High tech security is no replacement for guts."
One of the older Autobots, Ironhide is Optimus Prime's most-beloved friend and second in command. Whenever Prime himself is out of commission, the responsibility of leadership more often than not falls on the broad-shoulders of this gruff, ancient warrior.
Function: Special Operations Agent
"Do it with style or donít bother doing it."
Another Autobot officer, and head of Special Operations.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: He loves Earth culture and entertainment.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He survived the movie, but wasn't seen too much afterwards.
- Cool Car: Jazz himself transforms into a Porsche 935, a famous racing car. Several of his animated appearances focus on his speed or depict him in a speed race.
- Indy Ploy: Jazz is supposed to be the master of improvisation among the Autobots, instantly adapting to even the most surprising situations. No indication of actually thinking ahead.
- Jive Turkey
- Meaningful Name: He loves music.
- Number Two / The Lancer: Alternates with Prowl.
"Who and what I am I hide from the enemy."
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While the storyboard for Transformers: The Movie included a scene depicting Mirage wounded or killed, said scene was never animated. Leaving his disappearance from the series unexplained.
- Holographic Disguise: Technically this is his actual ability and he can change his superficial appearance any way he likes, but outside of a tiny handful of situations it's almost invariably used only for...
- Master of Illusion: Mirage reveals an ability to project realistic holograms in "Masquerade". An ability typically used by Hound.
- Spot the Imposter: In "Masquerade", Mirage infiltrates the Decepticons while posing as Drag Strip. Other Autobots impersonate the rest of the Stunticons, counting on the real Stunticons being incapacitated elsewhere. When Drag Strip and his fellows return, a typical Spot the Imposter episode takes place, leading to one of his rare uses of Holographic Disguise when the Autobots form their own Menasor.
- Upper-Class Wit
- Vehicular Sabotage: In "More than Meets the Eye, Part 3", Mirage infiltrates the Decepticons' space cruiser and sabotages it in mid-flight. Instead of escaping Earth and flying out in outer space, the Decepticons sink to the bottom of the ocean.
Function: Military Strategist
"Logic is the ultimate weapon."
An Autobot officer, usually a deputy to Optimus Prime.
- Anti-Hero: In the Transformers: Robots in Disguise comic, until issue 14 where we realise he was under mind control by Bombshell the whole time.
- Cowboy Cop: In some ways.
- Depending on the Writer: He copped this hard in the IDW continuity. Simon Furman and Shane McCarthy wrote him as the Straw Vulcan Jerk Ass detailed below, Nick Roche's portrayal makes him a Manipulative Bastard, and Mike Costa initially went in a very different direction, before reverting him to Roche's portrayal, with a bit of beat cop thrown in. James Roberts and John Barber have sought to meld the differing portrayals in Prowl's most recent appearances
- Didn't See That Coming: His character description mentions that Prowl always estimates the most advantageous course of action in any situation. But when confronted by entirely unexpected situations, he loses it.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: He is dedicated to logic and reason. But reportedly this negatively affects his social skills and isolates him from his fellow Autobots.
- Jerkass: His Straw Vulcan tendencies make him come off as this more often than not, which led to the widely-held belief that Prowl is a prick.
- Pragmatic Hero
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: In IDW's Transformers universe, Prowl has been morally ambiguous for some time, as his actions in Nick Roche-penned works will attest. In the opening arc of John Barber's Transformers: Robots in Disguise ongoing, Prowl takes further steps towards what many fans believe will be the role of the book's villain.
- The Lancer: Alternates with Jazz.
- The Strategist
"You break it, I'll remake it."
The Autobots' medical officer.
"I don't break rules, I bend them - a lot."
- Blood Knight\Boisterous Bruiser: His character description specifically mentions that Sideswipe is "more into battle for the sport of it" and "most craves a glorious fight to the finish as a test of his mettle". But there is also mention of a humorous, playful side and a tendency to prank others.
- Combat Pragmatist: He considers cheating in battle a valid option, "all in the name of possible victory".
- Didn't Think This Through: In comic book story "Power Play!" the Autobots are suffering from fuel problems. When the Decepticons attack, Sideswipe decides to use his energy-consuming rocket pack and expends all his energy in said battle. This action leaves him drained and powerless to stop Starscream from claiming a strategic victory for his side. According to his character profile is quite prone to such rash decisions.
- Flight: Prime had to borrow his rocket pack to go after the Decepticons' spaceship at the end of the original Five-Episode Pilot.
- Robo Family: His brother Sunstreaker.
"They can't beat the best."
- The Atoner: Responsible for Autobots dire straits during "All Hail Megatron" and its aftermath.
- Anti-Hero: In ''All Hail Megatron".
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Survived the film but did not appear afterwards. Even in the film, he gets a minor role flying in Optimus and the Dinobots to help Autobot City, but says no lines and disappears after the battle is over.
- The Dandy: He complains about Decepticons damaging his new paint job. He worries that the colors of his new water skis don't match his base coat. He is definitely the most fashion-conscious of the Autobots and the most obsessed with maintaining the condition of his body.
- Fantastic Racism: In "Megatron's Master Plan, Part 1", a public relations campaign by Megatron results in most of humanity turning against the Autobots. Sunstreaker expresses his racist views on humans. "I knew the humans would turn on us someday. They're such undependable creatures. Inferior lifeforms."
- Put on a Bus: In the comics continuity, Sideswipe does show up as soon as Issue 1, but is soon killed off within the first few issues. It isn't until a few dozen issues later that we finally see him again, but even then, he's still yet to be repaired. He does get revived, only to die again — and of course, he's alive again sometime later, except that time, he's finally there to stay. May also partly double as Commuting on a Bus, due to his latter appearances in the comic.
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Losing Your Head: Decapitated and used as a template for Machination's headmaster army in the IDW comics.
- Robo Family: his twin brother Sideswipe.
- Watch the Paint Job
- Word of Gay: In the Dreamwave comics.
The semi-sentient computer of the Autobots. Responsible for repairing and reviving both the Autobots and Decepticons after 4 million years. Also responsible for changing their alternate modes from Cybertronian forms to terrestrial vehicles and animals.
- Magic Tool: Teletraan I manages to revive a small army of Cybertonians and reconfigure their forms without seeming to need any new mechanical parts or additional fuel sources.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: After Casey Kasem quit the show in disgust over its Ethnic Scrappy portrayal of Arabs (Kasem is Lebanese-American), Teletraan I was upgraded to Teletraan II, apparently exactly the same except for the voice.
Function: Defensive Strategist
"An Autobot's as good as the fuel in his tank."
- The Alcoholic: IDW verse
- Barrier Warrior: He has a forcefield.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He also has a low self-esteem stemming from feeling that he's The Load. Sometimes he mopes about this.
- Incredibly Obvious Tail: In "More than Meets the Eye, Part 2", Trailbreaker has been assigned to maintain surveillance over the Decepticons' base and spy on their communications. He simply parks out of said base, making little to no effort to hide. Unsurprisingly, this attracts the attention of the Seekers, but only after he leaves.
- The Prankster
- Sad Clown: His bio implies some shades of this
- The Stakeout: His mission outside the Decepticons' base.
Function: Mechanical Engineer
"Never do what your enemy expects you to do."
The Autobots' main engineer, who has a tendency to blow himself up.
- Back from the Dead: A peculiar instance. In Transformers: The Movie, Wheeljack is one of several characters killed. With his corpse depicted on screen. He re-appears and is actually given a major role in several episodes of Transformers Victory. With no explanation given.
- The Engineer
- Gadgeteer Genius: That said, his inventions have displayed a noted tendency to literally blow up in his face.
- Mad Scientist: He's a good and likable guy, but otherwise follows this trope to a T.
- Mr. Fixit
- Ultimate Job Security: At times Wheeljack seems more of a threat than the Decepticons. But gets to keep his job for being exceptional at it. In "S.O.S. Dinobots", Wheejack unleashes his new creations (the Dinobots) within the Autobot's headquarters. Resulting in severe damages. Prime commands him to pull the plug on the project. Wheeljack disobeys direct orders and keeps secretly working on upgrading the Dinobots. It pays off when the upgraded Dinobots turn out to be reliable Super Soldiers.
"Quick action equals quick victory."
- Fragile Speedster: His character description mentions that Windcharger is the fastest land vehicle among the original Autobots (at least for short distances). But he is not particularly durable. Keeping this speed up for too long damages his systems. "Windcharger often finds himself stumbling home, reeking of ozone and burned insulation, and needing medical attention".
- Large Ham: In "Masquerade," his perfect impersonation of Wildrider (voiced by Wildrider's voice actor Terry Mc Govern) causes Sideswipe to grouse, "He doesn't have to overdo it!"
- Mauve Paint Job
- Selective Magnetism: Windcharger's arms can be used as "the poles of a precisely controllable electromagnet, powerful enough to levitate ten tons of steel 700 feet away".
- The Voiceless: Windcharger had no speaking part in the initial episodes. The first time he speaks was in "Divide and Conquer", the 6th episode of the series.
1984/ 85 Autobots
Function: Aerialbot Leader (Silverbolt), Ground Troop Support (Slingshot), Air Warfare Strategist (Skydive), Warrior (Air Raid), Reconnaissance (Fireflight), Air Warrior (Superion)
Silverbolt: "Don't look down, look straight ahead."
Slingshot: "I'm even better than I think."
Skydive: "Only by studying the past can we win the present."
Air Raid: "If you look first, you may not leap."
Fireflight: "When I'm flying, no enemy is safe - nor friend."
Superion: "To live is to fight; to die is to stop."
A group of fliers that merge into Superion.
- Acrophobic Bird: Silverbolt.
- Badass Bookworm: Skydive. In his bio it mentions that he might be the most skilled Transformers flier in existence. He's also a history nut and would prefer to read about fighting rather than actually do it.
- Combining Mecha
- Five-Man Band to the Stunticons' Psycho Rangers:
- The Hero: Silverbolt
- The Lancer: Slingshot
- The Smart Guy: Skydive
- The Big Guy: Air Raid (for sheer insanity) and, arguably, Fireflight (him having the bomber alt-mode, the seriously nasty fire-fog missiles, and his alt having the heaviest armor)
- The Chick: Fireflight
- Hero with Bad Publicity: When the Stunticons frame the Autobots, the humans shoot the Autobots with the Aerialbots along for the ride. Not impressed by this, Slingshot snarks, "And we're sworn to protect these bird-brains?" It takes a lot for Slingshot to overcome this bad first impression.
- Ironic Fear: Silverbolt is afraid of heights, despite being a giant robot capable of transforming into a jet and being the leader of the Autobots' main air squadron. Despite this, he proves to be a level-headed, extremely qualified leader who always does his duty.
- Jerkass: Slingshot
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Slingshot, again. Sort of. A case could be made for a few of the other Aerialbots.
- The Klutz: Fireflight. At Mach 2.
- The Starscream: Slingshot, for awhile.
- Unstoppable Rage: Until "War Dawn," where Slingshot saw just how much bad Megatron really was. He then vows the Aerialbots won't stop fighting until Megatron's finished.
- Straight Man: Silverbolt to his team.
- Time Travel: The Aerailbots were sent back to the First Golden Age of Cyberton thanks to the Chronosphere. There they got to see Megatron for who he really was. When the Chronosphere is working again thanks to the Autobots, they returned to the present.
"Know the conflict within before facing the conflict without."
"When the music is rockin', I'm rollin."
The Autobots' Communications Officer
. Similar to Soundwave, he stores several smaller bots in tape-form in his chest.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: He enjoys Earth music.
- Character Development: He started as the Communications Officer for the Autobots, then during The Movie, he stayed on Earth to rebuild Autobot City. In Season 3 of the US series, Blaster takes a more "serious" mode as he's appointed Autobot City Commander, but was found out when he happened to lean against a control panel and set off some 20 year old tunes on the sound speakers. Everyone shared a laugh.
- Depending on the Medium: Contrast his Boisterous Bruiser cartoon schtick with his ultra-serious, almost brooding loner persona in the comics.
- The broodiness in the Marvel comics can be at least partially attributed to having to leave his friend Scrounge to die in the smelting pool of Polyhex, and then later getting stuck with a Bad Boss in Grimlock.
- Drone Deployer
- Gale Force Sound
- Good Counterpart: To Soundwave (well, Soundwave came first), in terms of abilities. To fight Soundwave on more even footing, he gets his own Autobot cassettes as well.
- No Indoor Voice
- Rhymes on a Dime: Occasionally.
- Size Shifter: Transforms into a boombox.
Function: Reconnaissance & Communications
"Reach for the stars, but never leave your friends."
- Captain Crash: While not remarked upon in the TV show, Cosmos is rarely in an episode without crashing into something. One of the few times he got through an episode without it, it seems like Optimus is Tempting Fate by sending him out into space a third time in a day.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He was only ever really used to shuttle two or three Autobots around deep space, and since he's nowhere near as powerful a fighter as Omega Supreme and later, Sky Lynx, he can't do that much else. Even Megatron only put him to use as a power booster after capturing him once.
Function: Dinobot Commander (Grimlock), Flamethrower (Slag), Jungle Warrior, Demolitions (Sludge), Desert Warrior (Snarl), Dinobot Bombardier (Swoop)
Grimlock: "Among the winners, there is no room for the weak."
Slag: "I have no need for friends, even less for enemies."
Sludge: "Stomp your enemy, crush him under your feet."
Snarl: "Only in war is there happiness."
Swoop: "Fear can hit targets unreachable to bullets."
A quintet of wild and powerful Autobots with dinosaurs as their altmodes. They tend to dislike Optimus Prime, and are prone to going off on their own to do their own thing. Their members include their leader, Grimlock (a tyrannosaurus rex
), Slag (a triceratops
), Snarl (a stegosaurus
), Sludge (an apatosaurus
) and Swoop (a pteranodon
). In some continuities, they were known as the Dynobots
before coming to Earth and taking their dinosaur altmodes. One, GI Joe Vs. the Transformers,
had them as five Autobots who got reformatted into their Dinobot forms by Teletran 3.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Other Dinobots follow me Grimlock because me Grimlock strongest! Me Grimlock king!
- Optimus Prime is often the only reason Grimlock doesn't just take over the Autobots; not that Grimlock isn't physically stronger, but Optimus is one of the few 'bots Grimlock respects.
- Bad Boss: Grimlock during his first stint as Autobot Commander; while he was able to get the Ark spaceworthy, he was far more concerned with making Blaster and Goldbug pay for deserting (because they wouldn't harm humans in order to recover stolen Autobot tools) than fighting the Decepticons.
- The Big Guy: Collectively, they fill this role in relation to the other Autobots.
- Blood Knight: Snarl finds only happiness in war, but Slag really takes the cake in how much he enjoys fighting.
- Bully Hunter: The main reason they're loyal to the Autobots despite their contempt for most of their ideals is that the only thing they hate more than weakness are those who abuse their strength.
- Breath Weapon: They all breathe fire, and it's even hot enough to melt through the durable outer hull of Unicron!
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Me Grimlock beat Tornedron! Grimlock saved universe! Grimlock hero!
- Dumb Muscle: While all Dinobots are this to some extent, Sludge really takes the cake.
- Though the GI Joe. Vs. The Transformers version of them hints they were originally Cybertron-built Autobots and not QUITE as stupid initially (emphasis on "initially"; Grimlock goes to his traditional characterisation in the third mini-series, though he admits at the end of it, G.I. Joe didn't fit the "puny and weak" characterization he had of humans).
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Well, duh.
- Five-Man Band: Like most subgroups, they form one on their own:
- The Hero: Me Grimlock king!
- The Lancer: Slag.
- The Big Guy: Sludge, Snarl.
- Us Dinobots no need puny smart guy! Us Dinobots trounce Decepticons with brute force! (Though "Dinobot Island" did have me admit "Me Grimlock smart! Inspire dumb dinosaurs fight, too!" and get other dinosaurs to join trouncing Decepticons. Me also admit in future, "Grimlock's New Brain" had me very smart—but also realize no fun to be genius all the time. Much more fun to just be good old Dinobot Grimlock.)
- Us Dinobots no have puny Chick! Us Dinobots warriors! (Swoop would probably qualify as both. Well, as much as a Dinobot can.)
- Flanderization: In the second season, Grimlock, while by no means a genius, was a pretty smart guy who preferred using Brawn Over Brains. Come the movie and third season, he's almost completely brainless.
- Gentle Giant: Sludge is probably the best example; he's the biggest of the Dinobots but also much friendlier and less aggressive than Grimlock, Slag or Snarl. Swoop, while the smallest Dinobot, is also the nicest and most easy-going, and has on occasion functioned as as a Gentle Giant to smaller Autobots or even humans.
- Yes, Grimlock is a violent killer who respects only strength, which also means he hates anyone who abuses strength (AKA, those who use it to bully the weak), giving him a brutal sense of compassion that eventually allowed him to soften into a still-savage-but-kind-hearted warrior.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Slag all the way. Just about anything will set him off. Anything.
- Hulk Speak: Me Grimlock talk this way most of time. Other Dinobots too, mostly.
- Loners Are Freaks: Snarl rarely, if ever, displays any sort of emotion. And he's just as expressive when it comes to talking.
- Multiple Choice Past: It varies by continuity. Were me Grimlock and other Dinobots built on Earth in 1980s by puny Wheeljack? Or did we Dinobots exist already and get stuck in black sticky stuff when fighting Shockwave in distant past?
- Or even a variation of the second one, fighting the Insecticons rather than Shockwave?
- Or were Dinobots originally time-warped Autobots sent to dinosaur time on Earth by Teletraan 3 to be made into Dinobots? (as was shown in G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers Volume #2 Issue #4.)
- Odd Name Out: Grimlock is the only Dinobot whose name doesn't begin with S.
- The Rival: Swoop with the Predacon Divebomb. It began when Swoop's name was Divebomb and that 'Con defeated him and took his name.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Including a pteranodon, which as we all know is not a dinosaur.
"Beauty is in everything except war."
"You have to be rolling before you can be fighting."
- The Medic: A variation, his toy bio indicates that his specialty is in maintenance (making sure that his fellow Autobots are in tip-top shape) rather than repairs, but this distinction never shows up in the cartoon.
- Palette Swap: To Trailbreaker.
- The Watson: To Grapple, often cheering him on to make his creations.
Function: Search & Rescue
"Where there's smoke, there's me."
Function: Air Guardian
"Among mysteries of science lies the key to victory."
A scientist and former Decepticon who defected to the Autobots. He was once Starscream's best friend.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared during the early part of Season 2 of the original cartoon, most likely due to the legal hassle involved (see below).
- Cool Plane/Cool Starship: And it is most definetly not a VF-1S Super Valkyrie.
- Flat Earth Atheist: Rejects the myths about Primus and Unicron.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Multiple Choice Past: Did he come from Cybertron (as said in the cartoon), or was he built on Earth by Shockwave (as said in the Marvel Comics)? In any case, he still is a Decepticon who did a Heel-Face Turn and joined the Autobots.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer/Toyless Toyline Character: Because Jetfire was a repaint of a Macross Valkyrie from Bandai, the Takara-supported cartoon replaced him with a similar-but-visually-distinct character named Skyfire. Interestingly, the character in the comics had Skyfire's appearance but was named Jetfire.
- The Classics toy had him in his "Skyfire" appearance, but came with pieces that made him resemble his original "Jetfire" look.
Function: Defense Base
"Unyielding resolve has no conqueror."
Job: Last line Autobot of defense. Alt mode: Rocket Base.
"One's ultimate truth lies in one's molecular structure."
The Autobots' chief scientist.
- Cold Sniper: Becomes one of these in the IDW universe after a brush with death. He decides to upgrade himself to be more useful on the battlefield.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- The Smart Guy
- Sniping Mission: The end of "Microbots" has him turn into a larger version of his microscope form (actually a mobile cannon), with his lenses used to snipe the Heart of Cybertron at 2000 miles in the sky. (It's this sniper ability that gives him respect from Brawn.)
- Spock Speak
"To stop me, you have to catch me first."
The one-robot air show and one of the few Autobots who can take on the Decepticons in their own element.
Function: Protectobot Leader (Hot Spot), Scout (Groove), Doctor (First Aid), Interceptor (Streetwise), Air Support (Blades), Super Warrior (Defensor)
Hot Spot: "Rust never sleeps, and neither do I."
Groove: "War is a problem, never a solution."
First Aid: "An ounce of maintenance is worth a pound of cure."
Streetwise: "You have to know where you are before you know what to do."
Blades: "War's a dirty game - and I'm a dirty player."
Defensor: "As long as one innocent being is threatened, none are truly free."
A combiner team made up of Search and Rescue vehicles who seem to act as the bridge between Autobots and humans. They combine into Defensor. For once a combiner team that doesn't
fit easily into the Five-Man Band
Function: Security Director
"Caution can never be overused."
The Autobots' paranoid security director.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Thinks that everyone's out to get him.
- Never Live It Down: His spotlight episode happened to be one in which he spent most of the time running around with brain (processor?) damage due to an accident. The manic paranoia stemming from said damage was taken as the norm and run with by the fandom even though it had been fixed by the end of the episode. (Not to say he isn't legitimately paranoid, though.)
- Fire Department Lamboes Are Hot
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Inferno are CLOSE.
- Improbably Cool Car: His altmode is a fire chief's car. Do you know any fire chiefs who drive Lamborghinis?
- I Will Only Slow You Down: In a cut scene from the movie, which was later retold by Runabout and Runamuck in the Collectors Club Comic: He, Tracks, Sideswipe and Ultra Magnus bring down Devastator. However, the Constructicons separate and attack. Red Alert is shot in the back and left behind, telling the others to go on without him. They and the Constructicons leave him as he slumps over, dead.
- Killed Off for Real: In Transformers Generation 2 and in a scene cut from the movie that was recognised as canon in the Collector's Club comic.
- Palette Swap: Of Sideswipe.
- Properly Paranoid: Zig-zagged: some of his paranoia is on the mark, some is just paranoia.
Function: Ground Assault Commander
"War is a dirty business... and I'm as dirty as they come."
Part of the Wreckers (in every and ALL Transformer continuities).
- A Day In The Lime Light: The Text Story Zero Point.
- Blood Knight: He's not happy unless he's fighting Decepticons. Else, he can be downright gloomy and depressing.
- Flat Character: In-Universe When he reads the Wreckers declassified, he finds all sorts of changes, one he isn't happy with is that he's always portrayed as "The Gun Guy," and has no other characteristics.
- Guns Akimbo
- Never Learned to Read: He struggles with Literacy in the IDW text story "Zero Point."
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: He and Whirl were not in the cartoon because their toys were imported from a different Japanese company than the bulk of the toy line; since Takara (makers of the bulk of the toy line) helped bankroll the cartoon, only Takara toys (and Shockwave) ended up on TV.
Function: Naval Defense
"Be unyielding as the ocean waves and your enemies shall fall."
"Deep down, we are more like than unlike humans."
The Autobots' resident theoretician and daydreamer.
Function: Diversionary Tactician
"A look can be deceiving; a touch can be lethal."
The resident Jack Sparrow
Topspin and Twin Twist
Function: Land & Sea Assault (Topspin), Demolitions (Twin Twist)
Topspin: "The thrill is the journey."
Twin Twist: "War is wherever I want it to be."
Brothers and members of the elite squad called the Wreckers.
"Looking good is what life is all about."
"A good shot is worth more than a good intention."
- Blood Knight: It's significant that he is one of the very few Autobots to have a military vehicle alt-mode. Most of these go to the Decepticons, while Autobots get civilian vehicles.
- Fun Personified: A jolly and likable fella who just happens to be a combat junkie.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: A friendly example, but still.
- Tank Goodness
- Verbal Tic: He makes booming sounds between sentences. (BLAM!) (POW!)
- Tourettes Syndrome: Used as a pun (the tank has Tourette's/turrets). Actually more realistic than most examples. His tics are completely random and none of them are swears (by virtue of being marketed to children, but still).
Function: Aerial Assault
"If used logically, madness makes a great weapon."
- Ax-Crazy: James Roberts took the above quote about madness and spun it into Whirl literally being insane.
- Badass: Comes with the territory of being a Wrecker.
- Characterization Marches On: In Whirl's early appearances in the IDW-verse, while we admittedly didn't really get inside his head, Whirl was simply another badass Wrecker. It was only when James Roberts got a hold of him in Transformers: More than Meets the Eye that the other tropes here really started to apply.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In that same series he was a watchmaker who had his business destroyed and he was pressed into service.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: From messing with a comatose patient's facial expressions, to making grafiti in Ultra Magnus's head when he was shrunk into it, to Punching himself in the face to prove he's super-invincible... to casually blowing off a surrendering enemies head while trying to get a quote from the Transformers Movie right.
- Robotic Psychopath
- Shoot the Dog: After the events of Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers, Springer went into a coma. Whirl believed he wouldn't wake up and tried to euthanize him, Roadbuster caught him, and kicked him off the team.
- Sociopathic Hero: Despite this, he's still considered a good guy, by virtue of being an Autobot.
Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime/Rodimus
Function: Cavalier (as Hot Rod), Protector (as Rodimus)
Hot Rod: "My actions speak louder than words."
Rodimus Prime: "Experience is the benchmark of maturity."
A character created for the movie who eventually became leader of the Autobots after Optimus Prime's death.
- The Atoner: Leads the Autobots to atone for Optimus' death. He briefly stepped down as leader and exiled himself to Earth (which was not Transformer-friendly at the time) to atone for the destruction of Tokyo.
- Cain and Abel: In the two-parter episode, "The Return Of Optimus Prime", he is the Cain to Optimus' Abel after he falls victim to the Hate Plague.
- The Captain: In Transformers: More than Meets the Eye
- The Chains of Commanding
- The Chosen One
- Empathic Weapon: Dr Sparks/Firebolt who was killed in the Marvel UK comics at some point prior to Hot Rod becoming Rodimus Prime.
- I Have Many Names
- Interspecies Romance: With Shaoshao Li in Kiss Players and Michelle in "Only Human" (he was in a human body in this incident).
- Kid Hero: Well, a kid by Cybertronian standards, at least.
- My Greatest Failure: See Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His interference in Optimus' fight against Megatron in The Movie led to Optimus' death.
- The comics (knowingly?) set up a similar situation, but subverted the trope: Optimus realizes that a battle with the Decepticons was staged to leave Ratchet and the Ark defenseless, and he sends the rest of the Autobots back to the ship, which leaves him alone against all of the Decepticons on Earth. Hot Rod bails out at the last minute and returns to help Optimus, and when Pretender Starscream attacks, it's his shot on the Pretender shell that turns the tide of the fight.
- He defeated Galvatron in The Movie by throwing him into space, but Kiss Players reveals that Galvatron landed back on Earth and annihilated Tokyo on impact. The disaster caused worldwide anti-Transformer sentiment that took a while to fix.
- Replacement Scrappy: In-Universe. Not many were happy about him leading after he got Optimus killed. Extends into real life to a degree.
- Took a Level in Badass: As Rodimus Prime, he is large and powerful enough to fight Galvatron.
- Unlikely Hero: The brash teenager who becomes Autobot leader.
The first recurring female Transformer in the series.
- And I Must Scream: Averted, when put in Garrus-9, she was stripped down to her spark and left in containment, loosing her senses but still being conscious, her narration states that it's a pleasant experience where she feels calm and at ease for once in her life.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV-V in the IDW comics, where she's pretty loony, and has no problems with murder, torture, and even a mix of the two.
- Ax-Crazy: In IDW's comics, Arcee was forcibly converted into a female Transformer by the mad scientist Jhiaxus, which had the side effect of making her a psychotic assassin obsessed with tracking him down.
- Depending on the Writer: She's been in relationships with several male Transformers:
- Canon continuity has paired her with Springer.
- The Wreckers stories in the 3H and Transformers: Universe continuities has her matched with Rodimus.
- G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers volume 3 has Bumblebee as her paramour and she mourns his death at the hands of the Serpent Organic Robot, aka Serpent.O.R..
- Mama Bear: She acts as a mother figure to Daniel Witwicky, and pity anyone who threatens the boy.
- Pink Means Feminine
- The Smurfette Principle: Even though some female Autobots had previously appeared, Arcee was the first one to become a regular cast member, and the only one for some time.
- Toyless Toyline Character: For the duration of the series. She later got a toy as a repaint of Blackarachnia for Bot-Con 2001 and another in 2008 as part of Binaltech, but none with her original appearance.
- Third party toy companies have recently made "unlicensed" figures of her.
Function: Data Courier
"The faster it is, the better I like it."
An Autobot scout who is very hyperactive.
"The past is the greatest teacher."
An elderly Autobot who often spins a tale of the old days to give advice.
- Communications Officer: In Wings Of Honor he serves as this on Thunderclash's ship.
- Cool Old Guy
- Empathic Weapon: Recoil
- The Mentor: Specifically to Hot Rod, but IDW has him teaching a lot of other Autobots, including Optimus.
- New Meat: His younger self in Wings Of Honor.
- Younger Than He Looks: He was pretty young at the start of the war, only finding Dion younger than he was, but he aged pretty fast, like Alpha Trion, because most of his comrades went into stasis, went to earth and fell to stasis, or went elsewhere, and he aged faster due to a shortage of energon.
- Seen It All: And he'll tell you War Stories about them all too!!
- Put on a Bus to Hell: Kup's current fate in the IDW comics.
- Time Abyss: All of the Transformers are this, really, but it's particularly noticably with Kup. How old is he? Well, no concrete numbers are given, and the continuities vary, but take, for example, the G1 cartoon. There, the war against Megatron began 9 million years ago, and Optimus Prime took control when it began. Kup is portrayed as being significantly older than Optimus Prime. That means Kup could potentially be twelve million years old or more!
- For comparison: modern man (Homo Sapiens Sapiens) is only '200 thousand years old as a species. At 12 million years old, Kup would be 60 times older than the human race. Even if we generously extend humanity's existence to "the earliest appearance of a homo-genus primate" (currently evaluated at roughly 2.3 to 2.4 million years ago), that still makes this lone individual roughly five and a half times older than humanity.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: In Wings Of Honor.
"I like the sea far away and my feet on the ground."
Part of the Wreckers. He also serves as the Autobot's "cab" during the G1 cartoon (ala Jetfire and Omega Supreme).
Function: Electronic Surveillance
"Clutch hitting is the key to an effective offense."
One of Blaster's tapes, he's obsessed with Earth sports.
"Weapons can win battles, but words can win wars."
Function: Battle Station
"Vigilance is the foundation on which victories are built."
- Genius Loci: His alt-form is a city.
- Humongous Mecha: He's the size of a city.
- The Rival: To Trypticon.
- Sealed Good in a Can: He seems to fill this role repeatedly in the IDW verse. Awakened by Optimus and the Matrix during one of the Autobot's darkest hours. Later comes out of hiding to defeat Sixshot, the Insecticon Swarm, and restores Cybertron's ruined atmosphere.
- Too Powerful to Live: He and the other Metrotitans tend to either die or depart shortly after appearing in the IDW stories, giving off this impression.
"Rules are detours on the road of life."
"One being's junk is another's art."
The Big Guy
"Flee before me or else you'll fall before me."
if Blaster and his tapes were a Five-Man Band
"Too much information is never enough."
"When the smoke clears, I've cleared out."
Function: Lieutenant Commander
"The best achievements are worth repeating."
- Combining Mecha: Of a sort. His space shuttle half and cargo carrier half can separate into a dino-bird and a lynx, but both are the same mind and personality. They can also remain together as a four-legged dragon-like beast. In vehicle mode he is always combined, the shuttle is never without the cargo section.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Well, part of him anyway, though it might be more dragon than dino.
- Insufferable Genius: His huge form is dwarfed by his massive ego. He's got the skills and power to back it up, though.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sky Lynx effectively replaced Omega Supreme as the giant warrior and group transportation in the third season. Omega did have a few appearances, though, and an entire episode where he got to trounce Decepticons on the Planet of Junk (and the only episode where Omega and Sky Lynx appeared together).
Function: Aerial Defense
"Strength is more than physical."
An Autobot introduced in the movie, he is frequently leader of the Wreckers, an elite squad of Autobots.
Blaster's answer to Soundwave's Ravage.
"Molecular structure is the key to understanding."
"Let my fellow mechanical beings go!"
Function: City Commander
"Consistency is victory."
An Autobot who runs Autobot City on Earth. Frequently described as the brother of Optimus Prime.
"Only the fierce shall live."
Function: Junkion Leader
"Collect and save, collect and save."
Leader of the Junkions. More of an ally to the Autobots than an Autobot per se.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Like most Junkions, he enjoys Earth television shows and movies. The tfwiki notes that he may be the only being in the universe who likes clowns.
- Badass Biker: In the movie, not only do he and the Junkions transform into motorbikes, they ride each other.
- Grail in the Garbage: The Planet Junkion. Meh...
- Rocket Punch
- Spanner in the Works: Quintesson scientists pride themselves on being able to predict the moves and reactions of everybody. Wrecker-Gar is so bizarre that he defies all expectations.
- Verbal Tic: The Junkions speak in mixed advertisement shout-outs.
- The Weird Al: In his G1 themesong and his Animated counterpart.
Function: Biomechanical Engineer
"The strongest tyrant cannot crush freedom of thought."
- Lack of Empathy: Somewhat. In IDW's comics, Brainstorm makes it his mission to create incredibly excessive and creatively brutal weaponry, and shows little guilt over the implications of this. When an autobot, Ore dies, he cracks a joke about it.
- Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster.
- For Science!: He's the Autobots' idea man. In Last Stand of the Wreckers, this tips fully over into Mad Scientist.
- Mad Scientist
- Small Name, Big Ego: In Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, where he tends to act like he's a big celebrity and galaxy-renowned scientist, but everyone else just treats him as an average, if somewhat insane, egghead.
Function: Computer Programmer
"A battle plan is only as good as its programmer."
Function: Weapons Supervisor
"Don't shoot until you see the wires in their eyes."
Fastlane and Cloudraker
Function: Warrior (Fastlane), Sky Fighter (Cloudraker)
Fastlane: "Either you're out of my way or out of luck."
Cloudraker: "Gravity is the chain that binds us all."
Identical robots who transform into completely different vehicles (a race car and a plane, respectively)
Function: Headmaster Leader
"Prepare for war, but strive for peace."
- Anti-Hero: IDW comics, he's the no-nonsense warden of G-9, and always runs a tight ship as they hold some of the most dangerous prisoners. Get out of line, and he'll have you stripped down to a spark, and kept in a jar (though Arcee mentions its a quite pleasant experience).
- Arch-Nemesis: To Scorponok.
- Actual Pacifist: He'd like to be, at least.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: IDW comics he goes ballistic after spending over 2 years being tortured.
- Berserk Button: After the events of "Last Stand of the Wreckers," references to Overlord will alternately cause him to violently flip out or collapse into a blubbering wreck. He's shot other Autobots just for having the same colors as Overlord.
- Losing Your Head: Is a Headmaster.
Function: Ground Assault
"It's either MY way - or NO way!"
- Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster.
- Tank Goodness
- Meaningful Name: He's extremely stubborn, in the IDW comics, he survives a point-blank shot to the head, only having a small smoking hole between the optics, it still hurt though.
- Shoot the Dog: Implied to have to do it a lot in the IDW comics. When Nightbeat suspects himself to be a sleeper, he takes Hardhead with him, and tells Hardhead to execute him if he goes rogue. When Jhiaxus seizes control of Nightbeat's mind and almost has Hardhead killed, before giving a Hannibal Lecture, Hardhead just nods at the speech, and calmly shoots Nightbeat through the head, killing him.
Function: Electronic Warfare
"War is the playground of the ignorant."
Function: Military Strategist (Grotusque), Counter-Intelligence (Repugnus), Supply Procurer (Doublecross)
Grotusque: "If it ain't fun to do, it ain't worth doing."
Repugnus: "No job is too disgusting to disgust me."
Doublecross: "Decepticon destruction is my favorite sport... and mine, too."
Three Autobots who transform into fantastic beasts. They are Grotusque, Repugnus, and Doublecross.
- Meaningful Name: Repugnus is a worse person than half the Decepticons.
- Playing with Fire: They can all can breathe it in beast mode.
- Split Personality: Doublecross.
- Token Evil Teammate: Repugnus is the nastiest Autobot to still be portrayed as a hero; only the comic-exclusive Flame, an unrepentant villain, is worse. The only reason the Autobots keep him around is because he's the only one willing to do less-than-ethical missions when they prove necessary.
"Be brief of speech and long on action."
- Empathic Weapon: Peacemaker.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Went from being cheerful and adventurous to weary and pessimistic.
- The Stoic: A quote in his official profile sums up his reasons for his relative silence. "Words are what got us into this mess in the first place. They do more harm than weapons."
Function: Double Agent
"In my business, there are no friends, only suspects."
- Fake Defector
- Properly Paranoid: Trusts no one because he himself is an Autobot disguised as a Decepticon, and suspects that there may be Autobots who are actually Decepticon agents in disguise. This proves to be the case on several occasions.
- Reverse Mole: He's undercover as a Decepticon.
- Split Personality: According to his bio, Punch experiences blackouts that imply Counterpunch could be developing a personality of his own.
"Believing in yourself improves your aim better than target practice."
Function: Technobot Leader (Scattershot), Data Processor (Lightspeed), Assault Vehicle (Nosecone), Gunner (Afterburner), Aerial Gunner (Strafe), Warrior (Computron)
Scattershot: "Decepticons are like rust spots - they're ugly and they can pop up anywhere."
Lightspeed: "Space travel is the only flight to freedom."
Nosecone: "It's not who's the fastest; it's who reaches the finish line."
Afterburner: "Following leaders leads nowhere."
Strafe: "Shoot everywhere - since that's where the enemies are."
Computron: "Complete data analysis is essential for the synthesis of successful strategy."
They merge to form Computron.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Computron. He takes forever to make a move in a fight, but once he does? OHKO all the way, baby. (It's actually getting that hit in before he gets pulverized that's the problem.)
- Lightspeed pulls this off in the show as well (in "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1") by taking a split-second to look at the situation and coming up with a plan that he quickly sets in motion through his teammates. And it works.
- The Five-Man Band who transform into futuristic (for 2006) / Cybertronian vehicles.
- The Hero / The Big Guy: Scattershot (leader and can transform into a jet and cannon-thing)
- The Big Guy: Meanwhile, Afterburner has anger management issues and a gun.
- The Lancer: Afterburner (argues with Scattershot all the time) and Lightspeed (who, considering his personality is the ''real'' foil to Scattershot's, and with his tendency to take over ordering the others around when Scattershot isn't there, arguably makes him the better fit as lancer of the team.)
- The Chick: Lightspeed, but Strafe may also fill this role considering his chronic paranoia and the fact that he's honestly just a really sweet guy underneath it all... at least according to his bio. The show doesn't get that across so much.
- The Smart Guy: Poor Nosecone (though technically all of them to an extent. Nosecone and Lightspeed just display it more.)
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, look at the stars: Lightspeed
- Badass Bookworm: Nosecone
- Jerkass: Afterburner. He has a Berserk Button that is constantly in some state of pressed.
- Leeroybot: Strafe Sets It Off
- I Just Want to Be Special: Lightspeed is a variation of this. He's a futuristic car who would love nothing more than to be reformatted into a spaceship to explore the universe.
- Super Intelligence: Computron.
- During the cartoon's third season, Grimlock used his suddenly advanced intelligence (a long story told in "Grimlock's New Brain") to build the Technobots out of spare parts found in Unicron's brain. He then transfered his knowledge into the Computron's brain; hence reverting Grimlock back to his old self. This also explains how Computron averts the Dumb Muscle trope.
Function: Scout (Chase), Saboteur (Freeway), Surveillance (Searchlight), Tracker (Rollbar), Materials Transport (Wideload)
Chase: "Hunters drive; targets park."
Freeway: "Words can cut deeper than steel."
Searchlight: "Seeing is, by itself, not enough for believing."
Rollbar: "When the going gets tough, the tough get driving!"
Wideload: Look good and you'll have the world in your pocket."
A group of Autobots led by Goldbug, the former Bumblebee. They are Chase, Freeway, Searchlight, Rollbar and Wideload. Tropes about Goldbug go in Bumblebee/Goldbug, above.
- Expy: They replaced the Mini-Vehicles in the toy line.
- Chase is one of Cliffjumper.
- Rollbar is one of Brawn.
- Composite Character: Rollbar has many characteristics of both Brawn and Trailbreaker.
- Motor Mouth: Chase.
- Jerk Ass: Freeway thinks he's a comedian. The others... don't.
- Rated M for Manly: Rollbar is a gung-ho manly-man's bot full of competition, enthusiasm, and corny macho cliches, but is unquestionably brave and respected enough to be made leader when Goldbug isn't around.
- Sixth Ranger: Goldbug. Sometimes he isn't even acknowledged as part of the team.
- The Quiet One: Searchlight.
- Watch the Paint Job: For a dump truck, Wide Load is very particular about his appearance.
Function: Space Defense
"You can't tell a bot by his cover."
"Run hot, but always keep your cool."
Function: Ground Trooper
"The first one in is the first one to win!"
Function: Squadron Leader
"The truth wrapped in a lie is still a lie."
Function: Emergency Rescue
"If at first you don't succeed, keep trying."
- Losing Your Head: He's a headmaster binary bonded to a nebulan named Lug. When Hosehead dies, Lug continues to function as himself in the classics comics.
"Enjoy each moment like it's your last."
Function: Materials Transport
"Adventure is found in unlikely places."
- Fat Slob: The Transformer equivalent. He's the Autobots' waste-disposal guy, and actually a very nice bot, but the other Autobots dislike him because he never cleans up after himself and smells really bad.
Function: Asteroid Miner
"The greatest treasures are found in the darkest places."
"Truth is revealed in the smallest detail."
An Autobot who likes to solve mysteries.
The Pretender Beasts
Function: Surveillance (Catilla), Ground Trooper (Chainclaw)
Catilla: "Stalk before you strike."
Chainclaw: The only thing for certain is uncertainty."
They are the hunter Catilla and the worrywart Chainclaw.
"The faster it is, the better I like it."
Function: Assault Warrior
"A confused enemy is a defeated enemy."
- Robo Family: In the commercial that introduces him, he's said to be Sixshot's son.
- Mood Whip Lash: Quickswitch can have all the various emotions in a very short time period, for no apparent reason. Its been hinted that his six alternate modes maybe the cause...
- Panthera Awesome: One of his alt modes is a giant puma.
Function: Field Infantry
"Generosity has its own rewards."
Function: Incendiary Damage Control
"Act first, ask questions later."
"Imagination is the key that unlocks the chains of reality."
Function: Audio Correspondant (Grand Slam), Video Correspondant (Raindance)
Grand Slam: "The sounds of war are history speaking."
Function: "Every Picture tells a story.
An Autobot composed of the cassettes Grand Slam and Raindance.
"Sometimes, if you wait long enough, problems solve themselves."
Function: Military Strategist (Fizzle), Interceptor (Sizzle), Ground Assault (Guzzle)
Fizzle: "Planning a battle is ten times more important than fighting it."
Sizzle: "Life in the fast lane is the only life worth living."
Guzzle: "It is better to have fought and lost than never to have fought at all."
Composed of the talkative Fizzle, the reckless Sizzle, and the gruff veteran Guzzle.
- Blood Knight: Guzzle's experiences in Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers, may have turned him into one. When escaping from the Decepticons, Impactor notes that Guzzle doesn't want to fight his way out, he wants to murder his way out.
- Drives Like Crazy: Sizzle.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Guzzle is extremely fuel inefficient and has to consume large amounts of fuel to function. In the IDW continuity, this is a side effect of his body and alt mode upgrades.
- Tank Goodness: Guzzle.
- The Resenter: Guzzle is this towards Kup as many of his friends were killed by the old bot while trying to rescue him from himself.
Function: Naval Commander
"Outflank your enemy and you won't have to outgun him."
Function: Lookout (Backstreet), Aerial Combat (Dogfight), Scout (Override)
Backstreet: "A moment of indecision can be your last."
Dogfight: "Don't fire 'til you see the lights of their eyes."
Override: "Let your actions do the talking and no one will misunderstand you."
Composed of the nervous Backstreet, the homicidal Dogfight, and the brash Override.
Function: Naval Warfare
"Freedom for all starts with freedom of navigation."
The Battle Patrol
Function: Rapid Deployment Strike Force
"It is better to strike first, than to not strike at all.
Composed of Flak, Sidetrack, Sun-Runner, and Big Shot.
Function: Aerospace Commander
"For a world without evil, you need a universe without evil."
A Micromoaster, he runs the Autobots' Rocket Base.
Function: Ground Reinforcement
"A warrior is only as good as his weapons."
"Burn, baby, burn!"
Function: Construction Engineer
"Everyone loses if there's nothing to win."
Function: Field Commander
"A life without risk is a life without reward."
Function: Long Range Defense
"Communication is the key that unlocks victory."
Function: Communications Bay
"Strong support needs a good foundation."
Function: Undersea Defense
"The greatest truths lie at the greatest depths."
The Off Road Patrol
Function: Covert Activities
"Don't follow orders, follow instincts."
Composed of Musdlinger, High Jump, Powertrain, and Tote.
Function: Troop Transport
"Know your enemy and he's yours."
Function: Chemical Engineer
"Be humble of word, but great in deed."
The Race Car Patrol
"In confusion there is opportunity."
Composed of Swindler, Freewheeler, Roadhandler, and Tailspin.
The Rescue Patrol
Function: Search & Rescue
"True victory can lie only in the ability to locate and mend the injured."
Compose of Redhot, Seawatch, Fixit, and Stakeout.
Function: Ground and Air Assault
"There is no disgrace in not succeeding, only in not trying."
"Don't take a chance if you don't stand a chance."
The Air Patrol
Function: Air Defense
"Keep your eye to the sky!"
Composed of Blaze Master, Sky High (the other one
), Eagle Eye, and Treadbolt.
- The Sociopath: Blaze Master is another candidate for most morally-bankrupt Autobot; his favorite pastime is covering Decepticons in napalm, then laughing as they burn to death.
The Astro Squad
Function: Interstellar Defense
"There's no speed like light speed!"
Composed of Heave, Barrage, Blast Master, Moonrock, Phaser, and Missile Master.
The Construction Patrol
Function: Ground Reinforcement
"The foundations of freedom are forged on solid ground."
Composed of Groundpounder, Neutro, Takedown, and Crumble.
Full-Barrel and Overflow
Function: Regional Ground/Air Defense
"Speed and power are the driving force for victory."
Two Micromasters who run the Autobots' Battlefield Headquarters.
The Hot Rod Patrol
Function: Highway Recon
"The essence of speed relies on our power to perform."
Composed of Trip-Up, Hubs, Greaser, and Big Daddy.
The Metro Squad
Function: Urban Protection
"Protecting life is the most unselfish act of all!"
Composed of Road Burner, Power Run, Slide, Oiler, Strikedown, and Wheel Blaze.
The Monster Trucks Patrol
Function: Ground Transport
"We're a giant, mobile wall of Autobot might!"
Composed of Heavy Tread, Big Hauler, Hydraulic, and Slow Poke.
Pipeline and Gusher
Function: Ground Defense and Counterattack
"Leave the enemy spitting dust and bolts."
Two bickering Micromasters who command the Autobots' Tanker Trucks.
Retro and Surge
Function: Long Range Defense
"Perseverance leads to triumph."
Two battle-hardened Micromasters who pilot the Autobots' Missile Launchers.
Function: Assault Force Leader (Gripper), Scout, Messenger (Lightspeed), Tactician, Troubleshooter (Flame)
Gripper: "To go forward across unknown terrain is only the beginning..."
Lightspeed: "Light years flash past at mind numbingly sub-atomic speeds."
Flame: "Too hot to handle is ice cold to me."
Composed of Gripper, Lightspeed, and Flame.
Function: Commander-in-chief (Thunder Clash), Forceleader (Boss), Defense Tactics Specialist (Hurricane), Decoy (Flash), Rear Guard (Scorch), Guide & Strategician (Rotorstorm)
Thunder Clash: "We're ready and more than able. Let them throw all they want at us. We stand as one."
Boss: "Never underestimate the enemy... he's always worse than you could ever imagine."
Hurricane: "Give it all you've got. There may not be a tomorrow."
Flash: "Don't blink. I was that blur on the horizon."
Scorch: "No one gets past me. If they know what's good for them."
Rotorstorm: "Get into your enemy's mind. And them beat him at his own game."
Composed of Thunder Clash, Boss, Hurricane, Flash, Scorch, and Rotorstorm.
The Rescue Force
Composed of Rescue Force, Rescuer Force 1, Rescue Force 2, and Rescue Force 3. Seriously, that's their names.
- Combining Mecha: They form the equally-imaginatively-named Big Rescue Force... in theory. The resulting robot has no arms, thanks to the Breastforce members that form the arms not being exported.
- No Export for You: They were only available in Europe.
- Palette Swap: Of the Breastforce from Transformers Victory.
Characters who originated as fiction-only characters instead of being introduced in the original toyline, though some of them later got toys after their initial debut.
Founder of the Wreckers and its first leader.
- Broken Pedestal: To Ironfist in Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers when Ironfist learns why Impactor was imprisoned, he gives Perceptor the OK to kill him.
- Evil Former Friend: Before the war Impactor was a miner, and had a bit of a temper, but he was friends with and always hung out with Megatron, criticizing him because of his poetry, and pacifistic ways. When the war is fully underway, Impactor confronts and is beaten by his friend who no longer recognizes him, having his jaw blown off. As Megatron gives a speech and is about to kill him, Impactor scrapes into the ground "Not more of Your Poetry," and Megatron hesitates long enough for Impactor to escape.
- Came Back Wrong: Brought back as one of Flame's zombie army.
- Catch Phrase: "Wreck and Rule."
- Heroic Bystander: Before the war he was sitting and having a drink with a friend, when two military cadets beat up a helpless civilian for spilling their drink. Impactor got up, drunk, activated his drill, and attacked the two. His arresting officer notes that he ripped the legs of one of them and shoved them into the garbage compactor.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He died in The Transformers Taking the Bullet fired by Macabre meant for Xaaron.
- The Leader: Of the Wreckers
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He murders all the Squadron X (a group of the Decepticon's most notorious murderers) members when they were restrained and defenseless. This is the act which got him arrested and sentenced to Garrus-9. He states they got what they deserve, and Roadbuster speculates that it may have been a Kick the Son of a Bitch as Impactor was angry that the red-tape in high-command was letting murderers go, a disillusionment with the system, and psyche problems.
- Toyless Toyline Character: Only toy ever released was a retool of Onslaught for the Alignment universe.
- The Undead: Becomes a zombie in The Transformers.
A very, very
old Transformer and mentor the younger generation of Autobots.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: In Spotlight: Orion Pax, Alpha Trion is introduced as a philosophical intellectual, and then quite handily takes on some mutant slicers with nothing but his fists. When this is lampshaded by his companion Nightbeat, Alpha Trion merely remarks that he has been involved in some very heated debates.
- Cool Car: His altmode in Spotlight: Orion Pax is basically the Tumbler with a cape.
- The Mentor: to Optimus Prime
- Time Abyss: Ancient, even for a Transformer. Takes on a whole new level after being revealed to be one of the Thirteen original Transformers.
- Toyless Toyline Character
"Let actions speak for you."
A member of Elita One's Female Autobots, and Ironhide's girlfriend.
The leader of the Female Autobots and Optimus Prime's lover. Before she was reformatted for combat, she was known as Ariel.
A member of Elita One's Female Autobots who specialises in search and rescue.
"All will pay homage to Flame, the Autobot who engineered the most incredible transformation of all - planet to space-craft! They called the Decepticon leader, Megatron insane when he began this project millions of years ago. But I saw the spark of genius in what others called insanity! And now, at last, his dream will become a reality!"
A disgraced Autobot scientist, and with fairly good reason. His brilliance is overshadowed by an obliviousness to risk as he stubbornly pursues his grandiose ideas. His sole concern with other beings is whether they think he's right. And if they don't, he only becomes more obsessed with accomplishing his goals, no matter who or what must be sacrificed.
"Erudition is the privilege of those who observe detail."
A member of Elita One's Female Autobots and reportedly the best sharpshooter in the galaxy.