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Ark Autobot crew
Optimus Prime/Commander Convoy (Japanese Name)
- "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
- 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.
- Badass: This is a given. He is a formidable warrior who beats the Decepticons on a regular basis.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Peter Cullen.
- Big Badass Rig: He becomes one.
- Four-Star Badass: As leader of the Autobots, he is their highest-ranking member.
- 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!"
- Characterization Marches On: He's less gentle in the pilot - when the other Autobots are worried about him after he's rescued from a roaring river, he impatiently shrugs them off, whereas in a later episode he would've calmly assured them that he was fine.
- 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 has fallen victim to the Hate Plague.
- 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.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Back when he was still Orion Pax, he thought that Megatron would be the best robot ever to be buddies with.
- 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
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Following his initial death in the movie, the Quintessions reanimated his corpse as a "zombie" to do their evil bidding. Said zombie still dies nobly sacrificing himself for the Autobots.
- Interspecies Romance: With Marissa Faireborn in Kiss Players.note
- Lightning Bruiser: A quick look at his bio card shows that his Strength, Endurance, Firepower, and Speed are all incredibly high - 10s for the former, 8s for the latter. He's the fastest of the '84 Autobots, tied with Windcharger - yes, he's faster than Mirage and Wheeljack, who are race cars, and he wouldn't be topped until Jetfire came along. His strength and durability, obviously, need no introduction.
- 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.
- The Nth Doctor: In his Origins Episode, "War Dawn," the younger Optimus Prime, or Orion Pax as he's called back then, is voiced by Laurie Faso. After he's badly wounded by Megatron and rebuilt into the Optimus we all know and love, Peter Cullen provides his voice like usual.
- Nice Guy
- No Mouth: How he is usually drawn. An animation error for the ages reveals just how true that is.
- 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.
Bluestreak/Silverstreak/Streak (Japanese Name)
- "I never met a Decepticon I didn't dislike."
- 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, just like a blue streak - "whatever that is".
- Motor Mouth: He lampshades this during his Introdump in his first comic appearance.
- Stepford Smiler: The reason he talks so much is to keep himself sane, so it oftentimes comes off as this.
- Palette Swap: Of Prowl. And, oddly enough, of himself.explanation
- 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."
- 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.
Bumblebee/Goldbug/Bumble (Japanese Name)
Function: Espionage (Bumblebee), Espionage Director (Goldbug)
- Bumblebee: "The least likely can be the most dangerous."Goldbug: "To know others you must know yourself first."
Voiced by: Dan Gilvezan (US), Yoku Shioya (JP)
- Decomposite Character: In the IDW continuity, Goldbug is a separate character from Bumblebee, though so far the Throttlebots (including Goldbug) have only made one appearance. IDW Goldbug's vehicle mode is heavily based on Bumblebee's Cybertronian mode from the original cartoon.
- 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.
Cliffjumper/Cliff (Japanese Name)
- "Strike first, strike fast, strike hard."
Voiced by: Casey Kasem (US), Takurou Kitagawa (JP)
- 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!!"
- Jerkass Ball: In "Traitor". He lightens up by the end of the episode.
- 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: The original toys for both characters are actually their own molds that just happen to have similar transformations. Bumblebee was a Volkswagen while Cliffjumper was a Super-Deformed Porsche 924. This isn't helped by the fact that each toy had its own Pallete Swaps in the form of red Bumblebees and yellow Cliffjumpers. note Hasbro seemed to take advantage of their similarities, as from 2006 onwards, most incarnations of Cliffjumper have been palette swaps of the corresponding Bumblebee.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
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: While Transformers aren't a Sugar Bowl, but Gears is still this when compared to the other Autobots.
- Jerkass Façade: Most of Gears's grumpiness is an act to lighten the mood of the other Autobots, who cheer themselves up by trying to cheer him up. Reminders of Cybertron, however, can leave him depressed.
- 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: Subverted in "Changing Gears". As Optimus Prime prepares to restore Gears to his original, annoying personality:Trailbreaker: "Uhh, just a minute, we took a vote and...uhh, well we decided we like Gears the way he is now."
Function: Transport, Resource ExplorationA 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.
- Depending on the Artist: He's either purple-and-green (like his ex-fellow Constructicons) or orange.
- Expanded Universe: Despite his incredibly minor roll in the show, a toy of him was released in 2003 and detailed origin stories followed.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: A single episode and no spoken lines. And he was in vehicle mode.
- "Observe everything, remember even more."
- Become a Real Boy: He wouldn't mind being human, apparently.
- Kid-Appeal Character: He was this in the pilot to the cartoon, before the former Trope Namer took over. Obviously, it didn't last.
- Master of Illusion: Thanks to his holographic projector.
- Nature Hero: His character description mentions a special bond to native life (humankind), tracking skills, and spending his free time exploring "the breathtaking caverns" and "mountainous expanses" of Earth.
- Out of Focus: Hound is featured prominently in the first two seasons of the original series. But only got a cameo in Transformers: The Movie. Then not seen at all in the third season. He was given a single speaking appearance in Transformers Headmasters.
Function: Construction Engineer
- "Molecular structure is the key to success."
- 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 circuitry is no replacement for guts."
- Badass Grandpa
- The Big Guy: Ol' Ironhide often found himself fillin' this role. Might have to do with his Texas drawl, or the fact that he's one o' the Autobot mos' likely ta forgo usin' weapons an' start bustin' Deceptichops with his bare hands.
- Cool Old Guy
- Good Ol' Boy
- Kill It with Ice: Ironhide uses liquid nitrogen spray against Starscream in the episode "Divide and Conquer".
- Killed Off for Real: Gets executed by Megatron in the movie.
- Large Ham: His Southern-Texas-Drawl lends to this kind of performance.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He seems to have it more than the others.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
Jazz/Meister (Japanese Name)
Function: Special Operations Agent
- "Do it with style or don’t bother doing it."
Voiced by: Scatman Crothers (EN), Kōki Kataoka (JP)
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: He loves Earth culture and entertainment.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He survived the movie, but wasn't seen too much afterwards.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: His voice actor, Scatman Crothers, passed away.
- 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.
Mirage/Lieger (Japanese Name)
- "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.
- 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."
- Anti-Hero: In the 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 Jerkass 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 The 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."
- Body Horror: Trapping Megatron in an exploding warpgate in the Marvel series resulted in ... this.◊
- Combat Medic: While he is the designated medical officer, Ratchet also participates in the combat. For example, he fly-kicked Thundercracker in "Changing Gears".
- Deadpan Snarker: Several comic universes, most prominently in the IDW ongoing."It is either very far away or you've invented the world's smallest drink."
- The Engineer: In the animated series, Ratchet is consistently partnered with Wheeljack when needed to upgrade various devices. The presumption being that the two share similar engineering skills.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being fused with Megatron in the Marvel series, and then his life being linked to Megatron's after they're seperated. It gets worse in Regeneration One, where he's reduced to a head, and his medical knowledge is used by Megatron to create a zombie army.
- Killed Off for Real: Shot up by Megatron in the Movie.
- In Regeneration One, Kup puts him out of his misery, giving Optimus the opportunity to finish Megatron.
- The Medic
- Screw the War, We're Partying!: He's described as a party bot. Not that it comes up much.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Marvel comics.
Sideswipe/Lambor (Japanese Name)
- "I don't break rules, I bend them - a lot."
Voiced by: Michael Bell (US)
- 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."
Voiced by: Corey Burton (US), Kenyuu Horiuchi, Takurou Kitagawa, Keiichi Nanba, Koki Kataoka & Ken Shiroyama (JP)
- The Atoner: Responsible for the Autobots' dire straits during "All Hail Megatron" and its aftermath.
- 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."
- Taken to even greater extremes in the IDW continuity, where being vivisected by a human conspiracy and forced by necessity into a Psychic Link with a human ally traumatized Sunstreaker so much that afterwards he was willing to help Starscream overthrow Megatron in exchange for the Decepticons (a) limiting their empire to Earth, and (b) eradicating every last human on the planet.
- 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
Teletraan IThe 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. He was destroyed by Trypticon, along with the volcano and the Ark.
- The Bus Came Back: He made a single reappearance in an episode of Transformers Headmasters, being relocated at Planet Athenia.
- 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.
- The Nth Doctor: After Casey Kasem quit the show in disgust over its Ethnic Scrappy portrayal of Arabs (Kasem was 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."
Voiced by: Frank Welker (US), Ken Shiroyama & Takurou Kitagawa (JP)
- 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."
Voiced by: Chris Latta (EN), Osamu Saka / Katsumi Suzuki (JP)
- 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."
Voiced by: John Stephenson (US), Keiichi Nanba, Ken Shiroyama & Takurou Kitagawa (JP)
- 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
- "Know the conflict within before facing the conflict without."
Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer (US), Osamu Saka (JP)
Blaster/Broadcast (Japanese Name)
- "When the music is rockin', I'm rollin."
Voiced by: Buster Jones (US)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.
- Comic Book Death: Was one of the many Autobots fried by an Underbase powered Starscream. He came back just in time to fight Unicron.
- 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 being one of the few Autobots left on Cybertron, which was ruled by the Decepticons, and the fact that Perceptor, who was in charge, preferred to stay at home and dwell on the past rather than risk fighting the Decepticons.
- 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the UK Comics, Blaster is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for Galvatron going irrevocably insane. The guy was barely holding on to what was left of his sanity when Blaster hit him with his electro-scrambler. The rest was history...
- No Indoor Voice
- Rhymes on a Dime: Occasionally. Becomes permanent in Season 3.
- Size Shifter: Transforms into a boombox.
Cosmos/Adams (Japanese Name)
Function: Reconnaissance & Communications
- "Reach for the stars, but never leave your friends."
Voiced by: Michael McConnohie (US), Osamu Saka (JP)
- 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."
- Anti-Heroes: How anti-heroic varies, but they're never clear-cut goody-goods. Except Slag, who's all the way down to Nominal Hero.
- 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.
- Badass Crew
- 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!
- Cool Sword: Four of the Dinobots have energon swords, with Swoop being the odd one out, having only a thermal sword instead.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Me Grimlock beat Tornedron! Grimlock saved universe! Grimlock hero!
- Dumb Dinos: The Dinobots are incredibly strong, but also very stupid and difficult to control. Sludge, the sauropod Dinobot, is the stupidest of the bunch.
- 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.
- Fatal Flaw: The cartoon prescribes Grimlock with arrogance, Slag hostility, and Sludge stupidity. The comics prescribe Swoop with insubordination and Snarl carelessness.
- 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. In the Marvel G1 Transformers comic book series Grimlock was much smarter than in the cartoon.
- 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.
- I'm a Humanitarian:
- Me Grimlock think one approach to fighting Decepticons is to EAT Decepticons. At least, me threaten them.
- In the G2 comic, this applies to all the Dinobots, who get into an eating competition with the Terrorcons. The entrées? Cybertronian Imperial troops, falling out of the sky.
- Irrational Hatred: None of them like Optimus. In Slag's case it's because he's a jerk, in Grimlock's it's because he thinks he can do better. Swoop, Snarl and Sludge meanwhile just seem to hate 'im on general principle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They're rowdy, insubordinate, don't like humans very much, and barely get on with any of the other Autobots, but they're still (mostly) good deep down.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Slag. Proudly, at that.
- Kill It with Fire: Slag likes burning things. His function is "flamethrower" after all.
- 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?
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Most versions of Grimlock tend to be pretty smart. Not Perceptor smart, certainly, but cunning. He just hides behind the "Me, Grimlock" schtick so as not to be mocked for being intelligent.
- Odd Friendship: The Dreamwave comics had them form their own faction alongside Ironhide, Wheeljack and Kup when Optimus went missing.
- Odd Name Out: Grimlock is the only Dinobot whose name doesn't begin with S.
- The Rival: Swoop with the Predacon Divebomb, in the comics. 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.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Grimlock hated Prowl before hating Prowl was cool. And Prowl hates him right back. Understandable, given the Dinobots represent all the things Prowl hates.
- Took a Level in Dumbass:
- In season 3 Grimlock started to become more of a comic relief than anything, Becoming a lot more dumber in the process. Inverted in one episode where briefly gains high intelligence. YMMV on this.
- In the comics, Grimlock looses a great deal of his intellect the minute he gets put in charge. His death and revival manages to bring most of it back.
- Unfortunate Name: Slag is this both in and out of universe, given the common use of the word "slag" as an insult/expletive in the Transformers mythos and its meaning in the United Kingdom.
- "Beauty is in everything except war."
Voiced by: Peter Renaday (US), Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP)
- Mad Artist: A benign (mostly) version of this.
- "You have to be rolling before you can be fighting."
Voiced by: Michael Chain (US), Koki Kataoka & Yoku Shioya (JP)
- 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."
Voiced by: Gregg Berger (US)
- 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 (unless it's a continuity where he has first-hand experience with either of them).
- Heel–Face Turn: When he willingly sides with the Decepticons, it's only because of his friendship with Starscream, and he inevitably comes to see that his friend made the wrong choice; he never actually buys in to their cause. Averted in the IDW continuity, where he was never friends with Starscream to begin with, and joined the Autobots at the outbreak of the war.
- In the Marvel comics, he was a lifeless drone created by Shockwave; when Optimus Prime used the Creation Matrix to give him proper life, Jetfire chose to join the Autobots.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Is he a scientist 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 - except in the IDW continuity.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer/Toyless Toyline Character: Because Jetfire was a repaint of a Macross Valkyrie from Bandai, the Takara-supported cartoon named him 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.
Omega Supreme/Omega Spreem
Function: Defense Base
- "Unyielding resolve has no conqueror."
Voiced by: Jack Angel (US)
- Badass: His first appearance in the comics had him kick several Decepticon's asses at once, which was enough to make Megatron run.
- Depending on the Writer: Terse Talker: Sometimes. Others: Normal speech.
- Deus Exit Machina: Plot vulnerability: High.
- Humongous Mecha: Status: indisputable. Dimensions: Questionable.
- Last of His Kind: Guardian model: Discontinued.
- More Dakka: Firepower: Considerable.
- Meaningful Name: Omega: Last. Supreme: Best. Function: Last line of defense.
- Offhand Backhand: With a BFG.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Status: Unbeatable. Sometimes◊.
- Terse Talker: Page quote: Achieved.
- "One's ultimate truth lies in one's molecular structure."
Voiced by: Paul Eiding (US)
- 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."
- Ace Pilot: Not as much as he thinks he is, though.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Catch Phrase: "And awayyyyyy we go!"
- Equippable Ally: In IDW, he was rebuilt by Wheeljack to form a gun for Superion.
- Interspecies Romance: With Astoria Carlton-Ritz in "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide".
Function: Security Director
- "Caution can never be overused."
- 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."
- 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, Omega Supreme and Jetfire) ended up on TV, lest Takara promote toys belonging to their competitors.
Function: Naval Defense
- "Be unyielding as the ocean waves and your enemies shall fall."
Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer & Wally Burr (US), Masashi Ebara & Toshiro Ishii (JP)
- Interspecies Romance: With Alana, from planet Tlalak.
- "Deep down, we are more like than unlike humans."
Voiced by: Michael Chain & Dan Gilvezan (US), Keiichi Nanba & Ken Shiroyama (JP)
- Amnesiac Hero: IDW comics.
- Ascended Extra: In the cartoon, he had exactly two lines of dialogue across two episodes of the entire series. In the G1 comics, he gets his own Day in the Limelight issue and is an integral part of the end of the Robot-Master storyline. He becomes even more important in the IDW ongonig Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, where he's effectively become one of the main characters.
- Badass Bookworm: Who apparently knows Earth's Football.
- Put on a Bus: In the UK comics, he was shunted off to Limbo so Galvatron could return from the future.
- Technical Pacifist: In the G1 comic series.
Function: Diversionary Tactician
- "A look can be deceiving; a touch can be lethal."
Voiced by: Jack Angel (US)
- The Gambler: His Day in the Limelight episode is even called this.
- Palette Swap: Of Bluestreak.
- Shout-Out: His toy is based on a Real Life touring race car from the 1980s.
- Smoke Out: Often creates clouds smoke to help himself and his fellow Autobots escape pursuers.
- We Need a Distraction: His specialty.
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."
- Badass Bookworm: Topspin is a former cartographer who mainly joined the Wreckers to keep an eye on his brother.
- Drill Tank: Twin Twist's alt-mode.
- Eye Scream: Twin Twist is tortured in The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers, and one of his eyes is gouged out, the other has the lens shattered.
- Synchronization: In The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite their toys' Diaclone origins, neither of the Jumpstarters were featured in the cartoon, possibly because their gimmick wouldn't translate well to animation, and they were also neglected in the Marvel US series. Marvel UK was more than happy to pick up the slack.
- This Is a Drill: Twin Twist has two, befitting his name.
- "Looking good is what life is all about."
Voiced by: Michael McConnohie (US)
- "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!)
- Hollywood Tourette's: 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 The 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the IDW series, he's responsible for, among other things, teaching Megatron to use hatred and violence instead of more peaceful means, thus making him ultimately responsible for the Great War itself.
- Robotic Psychopath
- Shoot the Dog: After the events of The 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."
- 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 The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, before eventually sharing the spot with Megatron of all 'bots.
- The Chains of Commanding
- The Chosen One: He fills this role in Transformers: The Movie, being the lowly Autobot who rises up in their Darkest Hour and destroys Unicron.
- 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: Aside from Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime, he's also been known to go by "Hot Rodimus", "Rodimus Major" and just plain "Rodimus" regardless of what form he's in. You can thank trademark law for that.
- 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 Transformers: 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 Transformers: The Movie by throwing him into space, but in Kiss Players, Galvatron lands back on Earth and annihilates Tokyo on impact. The disaster caused worldwide anti-Transformer sentiment that took a while to fix.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Has a rather jarring Jerk Ass moment at the end of the episode "Fight Or Flee." A fellow Autobot mourns the destruction of his world, remarking that it was as beautiful in death as it was in life; Rodimus callously tells him to get over it, since Cybertron is much better anyway.
- 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 Aerialbots/Airbots (Japanese Name)
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."
- 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.
- Been There, Shaped History: In "War Dawn," they get sent to the Golden Age of Cybertron, and meet Orion Pax and Orion's girlfriend, Ariel. When Orion's critically wounded by Megatron, they take hm to Alpha Trion, who rebuilds him into Optimus Prime. They mention Ariel, and Alpha muses she'll soon be reborn as Elita-One. Back in their own time, Silverbolt says "Or should I say...Orion Pax?" and Optimus realizes they saved him that day.
- Breakout Character: Toy Fireflight, oddly enough. While most figures moved towards animation-accurate toys, Fireflight got figures based on his G1 toy even when none of the Aerialbots got a release at all. He's got the most toys of any of the Aerialbots (discounting unrelated characters that are named Air Raid).
- Combat Pragmatist: Silverbolt, seeing his teammates are unimpressed with the Autobots and disgusted with the humans (as the humans also fired on them), shows the Decepticons would destroy the Aerialbots, and Sparkplug's working on Omega Supreme while Ratchet recharges shows the human race is capable of compassion. Which sways them to him.
- Combining Mecha: Combine to form Superion.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: In the cartoon, 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.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Except for Silverbolt, the team admired the Decepticons at first. Even after they were tricked and sent to the past, Slingshot thought they had been done a favour, and suggested getting to know the Decepticons in the past.
- 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.
- He was built from a low-level cargo transport aircraft, but got modified to resemble an Earthly Concorde jet. To help him fight his fear, Optimus names Silverbolt leader of his team (as it would give him something to focus on more than his acrophobia).
- Jerkass: Slingshot.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Slingshot, again. A case could be made for a few of the other Aerialbots.
- The Klutz: Fireflight. At Mach 2.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The group's Combiner Wars toys replace Slingshot for a new character - Alpha Bravo, who turns into a helicopter as opposed to the planes and jets used by the rest of the team.note
- Sacrificial Lion: Superion is presented as one of the most powerful warriors in the setting and the Aerialbots are probably the Autobots' most recognized combiner thanks to being made of jets, but they have a tendency to die (or nearly die) a lot in the comics (twice in Marvel Generation 1, permanently in Dreamwave and Transformers vs. GI Joe, and nearly-killed in Transformers IDW).
- 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 Cybertron 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.
- Vocal Dissonance: Superion, despite looking tall and heroic, is infrequently given a very scratchy voice comparable to characters like Zorak.
ArceeThe 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 due to Hasbro's belief that boys would liken playing with her to playing with a Barbie doll. She later got a toy as a repaint of Blackarachnia for Bot-Con 2001 (with an infamously over-sensitive light chip that made her speak a newly-recorded line by Susan Blu non-stop) and another in 2008 as part of Binaltech, but none with her original appearance. There were also toys of her Energon, Animated, and Prime incarnations, though to be fair, boys no longer cared about gender when Energon rolled around, and Arcee is one of the main characters of Prime.
- Third party toy companies have recently made "unlicensed" figures of her.
- Finally subverted as of 2014 with the Generations line, which includes a very show-accurate toy of her from G1. Chromia also had an accurate toy released around this time. The corresponding Japanese line, Legends, took it a step further and gave Arcee cartoon-accurate colors.
Function: Data Courier
- "The faster it is, the better I like it."
- Empathic Weapon: Haywire.
- Motor Mouth: He's voiced by John Moschitta.
- Super Speed
- Verbal Tic: Hetalksreallyfast.
- "The past is the greatest teacher."
- 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.
Function: Air and Sea Assault
- "I like the sea far away and my feet on the ground."
- Acrophobic Bird: One of his forms is a fighter jet, but he's scared of heights. Almost as bad as being a seasick aircraft carrier.
- An Axe to Grind: An early toy design showed him wielding one.
- Irony: Transforms into a fighter jet and a freakin' aircraft carrier, befitting his role as an Air and Sea Assault trooper, but he hates heights and gets motion sickness on the water, so while he's quite smart and powerful (all his important stats rate at 7 or better), he's also rather hapless and something of a loser since the Autobots wish he'd stop complaining all the time.
- Size Shifter: To quote the Transformers wiki, "Broadside is the most blatantly out-of-scale Transformer ever."
- Why Did It Have To Be Heights AND The Sea?!
- (Yet you'll hear none of that from him during the G1 cartoons.)
- You Don't Look Like You: After his first couple of appearances in season three of the G1 cartoon, his design underwent a serious change (This is due to late alterations to his toy model, with his first look based on the original model).
Function: Electronic Surveillance
- "Clutch hitting is the key to an effective offense."
- The Quiet One: Has zero lines in the cartoon.
- "Weapons can win battles, but words can win wars."
- Communications Officer: Sometimes.
- Palette Swap: Of Cliffjumper, without the rear spoiler.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Hubcap was conspicuously absent from the cartoon completely.
- The Barnum: Apparently a con man.
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."
- Drives Like Crazy
- Considering how he's supposedly from down undah...
- Palette Swap: Of Brawn (though they gave him a roof-mounted gun).
- "One being's junk is another's art."
- Fantastic Anthropologist
- Meaningful Name: Has pipes on his arms
- Naïve Newcomer: IDW verse.
- Palette Swap: Of Huffer (though he transforms differently).
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."
- Actual Pacifist: First Aid ran off with it, though.
- Apocalyptic Log: In The IDW verse First-Aid writes and sends one off when Delphi is hit by a plague.
- Ascended Extra:
- First-Aid managed to establish himself separately from his team back in the cartoon, as his use as a medic brought him more character focus (he was apparently the only one who could fix Metroplex when he was damaged). Impressively he was still relevant in season 3 even when most of the previous cast was being phased out (though that was mostly due to Ratchet, the only other Autobot medic, dying in the movie). Then of course there's the IDW comics where he's easily the most important of the Protectobots as his arc and screen time eclipses all of them combined.
- Streetwise also manages to get himself some screen time though not to First Aid's extent. In the IDW comics he partnered up with Prowl as both were police cars, and in the Wings of Honor comics he was the only survivor of the Defensor Menasor battle, alongside Breakdown, and goes on to participate in the G2 battles that arose from the old conflicts.
- Barrier Warrior: Defensor can generate a forcefield.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The Protectobots in general; Hot Spot in particular.
- Blood Knight: Blades likes to get close.
- Demoted to Extra: The Protectobots' Combiner Wars toys reduce Groove to being Defensor's chestpiece, with new member Rook taking his former role as a limb. Mind you, it does make a teensy bit more sense, given Groove was a motorbike that became a limb as big as one made from an ambulance...
- Gentle Giant: Defensor doesn't understand why humans always seem to be afraid of him.
- Hyper Awareness: Streetwise's shtick.
- The Hero: The Protectobots may not fit entirely into the Five-Man Band role, but Hot Spot is definitely this.
- The Medic: First Aid.
- Only Sane Man: Defensor. The Protectobots being so nice and cooperative means they have the only real mentally stable combined form on both sides.
- Technical Pacifist: Groove, though he wishes he was an Actual Pacifist.
- "Flee before me or else you'll fall before me."
- "Too much information is never enough."
- Adorkable: In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye he runs around after Chromedome like a devoted puppy dog, and gets picked on regularly for the fact he turns into a giant memory stick.
- Encyclopaedic Knowledge
- Insufferable Genius
- Official Couple: With Chromedome, in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye.
- The Smart Guy: Of Blaster's tapes.
- "When the smoke clears, I've cleared out."
- Technical Pacifist (during the G1 cartoon)
- Dune Buggy + Helicopter = AWESOME.
- A Friendly Enemy to Octane
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."
- The Big Guy
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the animated movie, but kept it through the sequel season of the show. Becomes more The Snark Knight in later adaptations.
- In a Single Bound: Springer's original toy bio specifically highlights his "pogo-like" jumping ability, from which he derives his name. Given that one of Springer's alternate modes is usually a helicopter, though, it's not an ability that sees a whole lot of use...
- Loveable Rogue
- The Musketeer: Wields a sword and a blaster, but usually uses one or the other in the series. Appropriate for the closest thing the Transformers have to a Swashbuckler.
- "What the eyes don't see, the nose knows."
- Everything's Better With Lions.
- The Nose Knows: An expert tracker.
- Momma Bear's Claws: When Carly Witwicky was searching for her son Daniel (as well as Grimlock).
- "Molecular structure is the key to understanding."
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Gets distracted very easily.
- Drives Like Crazy
- Motor Mouth: In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, his nickname at the Academy was "Shut the Hell Up".
- Palette Swap: Of Gears.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In IDW.
- Wall of Blather: In IDW.
- "Let my fellow mechanical beings go!"
- Adorkable: In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye: he is trying to cope with catching up on six million years of lost time while having a very cheerfully naive and earnestly awkward personality.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: IDW verse
- Naïve Newcomer
- Palette Swap: Of Windcharger.
Function: City Commander
- "Consistency is victory."
- Arch-Nemesis: Of Galvatron.
- Big Badass Rig: Becomes one.
- Bounty Hunter: His IDW incarnation works as an enforcer, hunting down anyone, Autobot or Decepticon, that violates the Tyrest Accord.
- Catch Phrase: "I can't deal with that right now." Ascribed to him by Memetic Mutation, though he only says it the once, in a situation that's understandable in context.
- The Comically Serious: IDW Ultra Magnus is essentially the ultimate old-fashioned Straight Man, especially in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. Even when he's actually trying to be up-to-date and/or give snappy one-liners, he fails miserably."All weapons are trained on them in case they try something 'hilarious.'"
- Good Counterpart: To Cyclonus sometimes and Galvatron other times.
- Legacy Immortality: In the IDW series. Minimus Ambus is the true name of the current bearer of Ultra Magnus' name and armor.
- Neat Freak
- No Sense of Humor: See The Comically Serious
- Number Two: To Optimus or Rodimus. It's how he prefers it.
- Palette Swap: Of Optimus, with some minor details.
- Power Armor: He wears it so often, the armor is his definitive look. Without it, he could be mistaken for Optimus Prime at first glance.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: So brave and honorable he is respected by Humans, Autobots AND Decepticons.
- Daniel and Wheelie went to try to find his date of creation in "Surprise Party" to give him a party.
- Robo Family: Sometimes said to be Optimus Prime's brother.
- Worthy Opponent: He respects Cyclonus as a brother warrior, and the feeling is mutual.
- "Only the fierce shall live."
- Adaptational Badass: Some continuities play up his survivalist background due to the extended period of time he spent away from the main Autobot forces on dangerous alien worlds.
- Brats with Slingshots
- Kid-Appeal Character: Specifically, to Daniel.
- Rhymes on a Dime: To the point that his page on the Transformers wiki is written entirely in rhyme. It actually makes it hard to read sometimes.
- Robot Kid
Function: Junkion Leader
- "Collect and save, collect and save."
- 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. Unfortunately, this wasn't possible to do with his original G1 toy due to the limited articulation most Transformers toys of the day had, but a recent Wreck-Gar toy (and his retools to represent other Junkions) are actually designed to do this.
- 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. Wreck-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 The 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."
- Interrogating the Dead: In IDW he's a "mnemosurgeon" that can read robots' memories, especially dead 'bots.
- The Lancer: To Fortress Maximus, in the anime.
- Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster.
- Official Couple: With Rewind, in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye.
- Telepathy: In IDW. More specifically, he's a skilled mnemosurgeon, who can hack into the minds of other Transformers to read their memories.
Function: Weapons Supervisor
- "Don't shoot until you see the wires in their eyes."
- Empathic Weapon: Pinpointer.
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."
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.
- Humongous Mecha: Frequently, but not always.
- Played straight in the toyline, where he held the title of the tallest toy in the franchise until the release of Generations Metroplex in 2012. He's fixing to reclaim the title with his upcoming Titans Return toy.
- Losing Your Head: Is a Headmaster.
- Your Size May Vary: In the cartoon and toyline, he can transform into an entire city. In the original comics, he started out as a regular-sized Transformer, with Galen as his sole Headmaster partner. On the way to Earth, he had himself upgraded into a larger form, with Cerebros built as an inbetween body for himself and Galen.
Function: Ground Assault
- "It's either MY way - or NO way!"
- Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster.
- 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.
- Tank Goodness
Function: Electronic Warfare
- "War is the playground of the ignorant."
- Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster.
- Insufferable Genius: Hoo boy. Dangerously combined with...
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: A tendency to overuse big words that fly right past everyone else.
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."
- Anti-Nihilist: Grotusque. Accepts that the Cybertronian war is awful and that he was built specifically to fight in it, but remains cheerful, friendly, and helpful.
- Big Fun: Grotusque again. Chunkiest of the three Monsterbots in beast mode (right down to having a distinct pot belly in that form), but the most jovial and upbeat.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Grotusque again, again. Loud and occassionally irksome, but a great fighter and unquestionably brave and skilled.
- Breath Weapon: All of them, specializing in fire.
- Combat Pragmatist: Repugnus. As his tech spec says, "No job is too disgusting to disgust me," and as a result, no tactic is too low down and dirty for him to consider, including ones the Autobots would normally frown on. Especially ones the Autobots would normally frown on.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Grotusque once ate a human Headmaster. And the Transformer clone body they were controlling. Alive and on-panel in a comic. Technically cannibalism since he consumed a Cybertronian body, but still, really putting the 'monster' in Monsterbot there, Grotusque.
- Informed Flaw: Doublecross is supposed to be one of the weakest Autobots, physically. It never shows up in any media he turns up in, especially considering one incident where he casually rips a Transformer clone in half with hardly any effort.
- Meaningful Name: Repugnus is a worse person than half the Decepticons. At the same time, Grotusque is one ugly mother in his beast mode and comes equipped with armor-piercing tusks. Finally, Doublecross is a two-headed dragon with two personalities, both of which are quite cranky.
- Multiple Head Case: Doublecross in dragon mode, to the point that you can't actually bargain with one head and expect the other to agree to the deal.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: A robotic version. Doublecross has the largest robot-mode limbs of any of the Monsterbots...and a Strength rating of 1. This is a guy who'd lose an arm-wrestling contest to Bumblebee on paper.
- Playing with Fire: They can all can breathe it in beast mode.
- Snake Talk: Doublecross, who hisses constantly when he speaks.
- Split Personality: Doublecross in his beast mode, and both of them are surly and irritable. The worst part is, every time he transforms into robot mode, it's anyone's guess as to which dragon head is in control for the duration.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: All of them to the Autobots. They basically only get along with each other, and even then, just barely. No one actually likes Repugnus, and most people also don't want to deal with Doublecross' bad temper(s) either. That leaves jolly, good-natured Grotusque as the only one who can expect to socialize to any degree.
- 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.
- Turn in Your Badge: A semi-military version. Repugnus keeps getting cashiered for being just plain unpleasant, but the Autobots keep taking him back every time they need some unsavory mission handled.
- "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."
- 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."
- 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.
- Jerkass: 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."
- The Charmer: A facade. He's actually really insecure about himself.
- I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Cloudburst's diplomacy and abilities made the First One of Femax consider him as her mate.
- "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."
- Demoted to Extra: Unlike his wave mates who've gone onto have major roles (Nightbeat ascended to stardom ever since his marvel appearance, and Siren does get a decent amount of exposure and often acts as The Lancer to Nightbeat), Hosehead's just faded away into the crowd-filler scenes. Even in Cheap Shots, where his fellow Headmasters get into the spotlight with their partners...Hosehead's been dead since the start, so even his own head, Lug, got more character focus.
- 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 Transformers: 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."
- Badass Longcoat: On occasion, he has been seen wearing one.
- Hardboiled Detective: Frequently written as an homage to the genre, especially by Furman.
- Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster (as shown in a single Marvel UK issue).
- Private Detective: Especially in Classics.
The Pretender Beasts
Function: Surveillance (Catilla), Ground Trooper (Chainclaw)
- Catilla: "Stalk before you strike."Chainclaw: The only thing for certain is uncertainty."
- Bears Are Bad News: Chainclaw.
- Heel–Face Turn: Before being an Autobot, Catilla was part of the Mayhem Attack Squad.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Catilla treats his enemies like prey.
- Panthera Awesome: Catilla.
- "The faster it is, the better I like it."
- Badass: In one storybook, Quickmix ended the war by burying the Decepticons in concrete. Harsh.
- For Science!
- Hair-Trigger Temper
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."
- Empathic Weapon: Two of them: Holepunch and Tracer
- Heel–Face Turn: In the IDW comics, he sided with Starscream, and even became a new leg for Devestator.
- Religious Bruiser: Faithful believer in the buried legends of Primus, reads Primus' Covenant...and a Wrecker.
Function: Incendiary Damage Control
- "Act first, ask questions later."
- Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster, even if it's never shown in the comics.
- No Indoor Voice: A natural result of growing up in the Sonic Canyons, where everyone is like this. Exaggerated in Transformers: Classics.
- The Watson: To Nightbeat.
- "Imagination is the key that unlocks the chains of reality."
- CloudCuckoolander: Sky High exists in his own fantasy world.
Function: Audio Correspondant (Grand Slam), Video Correspondant (Raindance)
- Grand Slam: "The sounds of war are history speaking."Function: "Every Picture tells a story.
- "Sometimes, if you wait long enough, problems solve themselves."
- Drives Like Crazy
- Power Incontinence: Has been known to forget his Powermaster engine, leaving him stuck in vehicle mode at... inopportune times.
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."
- Ax-Crazy: GUZZLE. By the time of Sins of the Wreckers, Guzzle has become so kill-crazy that even the Wreckers think he's gone too far, literally getting drunk as he chugs the fuel of his defeated enemies by this point... so he's violent, psychotic, and heavily intoxicated.
- The Berserker: Guzzle has become this after the events of The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers, to the point that he has become so terrifyingly batshit cuckoo that Impactor of all people thinks the Wreckers have no choice but to lock Guzzle in a tiny, windowless cell most of the time.
- Blood Knight: Guzzle's experiences in Last Stand of the Wreckers 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. Eventually, Guzzle ends up killing everyone he faces just as a general rule.
- 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."
- Ax-Crazy: Dogfight toward Decepticons.
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.
- Jerkass: Most of them have their heads up their afts.
Function: Aerospace Commander
- "For a world without evil, you need a universe without evil."
- Big Good: Tried to be this for the Micromasters. Whether it worked is another matter.
- Hero of Another Story: According to the Dreamwave comics, at least.
Function: Ground Reinforcement
- "A warrior is only as good as his weapons."
- "Burn, baby, burn!"
- Multiple Head Case: Each head actually has a different function.
Function: Construction Engineer
- "Everyone loses if there's nothing to win."
- Joke Character: His name has propelled him into one, he even became a finalist for the Hall of Fame.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Went up against the Constructicons, and destroyed them (temporarily).
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."
Function: Troop Transport
- "Know your enemy and he's yours."
Function: Chemical Engineer
- "Be humble of word, but great in deed."
- Mad Scientist: Says it right there in this Tech Spec!
The Race Car Patrol
- "In confusion there is opportunity."
The Rescue Patrol
Function: Search & Rescue
- "True victory can lie only in the ability to locate and mend the injured."
- Badass: Seawatch once managed to humiliate Bludgeon, and survived.
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!"
- 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!"
The Construction Patrol
Function: Ground Reinforcement
- "The foundations of freedom are forged on solid ground."
Full-Barrel and Overflow
Function: Regional Ground/Air Defense
- "Speed and power are the driving force for victory."
The Hot Rod Patrol
Function: Highway Recon
- "The essence of speed relies on our power to perform."
- Ascended Extra: They were the protagonists of the Dreamwave-era Micromasters series.
- "You can't win if you don't play."
Function: Security Expert
- "Draw courage from defeat and you gain more than you lose."
Shoot the Dog: Was forced to kill one of his friends while in a Decepticon prison.
Function: Systems Analyst
- "A program is only as good as its programmer."
The Metro Squad
Function: Urban Protection
- "Protecting life is the most unselfish act of all!"
The Monster Trucks Patrol
Function: Ground Transport
- "We're a giant, mobile wall of Autobot might!"
Function: Air Defense
- "I rule the skies with a heavy hand!"
Pipeline and Gusher
Function: Ground Defense and Counterattack
- "Leave the enemy spitting dust and bolts."
Function: Aerospace Engineer
- "Think before you shoot, but shoot before you're shot!"
Retro and Surge
Function: Long Range Defense
- "Perseverance leads to triumph."
Function: Covert Operations
- "The greater the weapon, the greater the power!"
Function: Weapons Engineer
- "Flying is the ultimate freedom."
Function: Surface Surveillance
- "Know your enemy and victory is yours!"
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."
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."
- Six Bot Band:
- The Ace: Rotorstorm, in The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers (though he turns out to be more of a Broken Ace in the end).
- Later on in IDW's works, Thunderclash shows up as one of these played completely straight.
- The Captain: Thunderclash, in Transformers: Wings of Honor.
- An Officer and a Gentleman: WoH Thunderclash again, with a bit of either Southern Gentleman or Quintessential British Gentleman depending on how you interpret his accent and mannerisms.
- Would Hit a Girl: WoH Thunderclash, though he laments having to do it.
The Rescue ForceComposed of Rescue Force, Rescuer Force 1, Rescue Force 2, and Rescue Force 3. Seriously, that's their names.
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.
- Broken Pedestal: To Ironfist in The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers when Ironfist learns why Impactor was imprisoned, he gives Perceptor the OK to kill him.
- Dying as Yourself: His fate in the original UK comics. He briefly regains his sanity and personality when Flame's zombie computer is shut down, but in his condition he isn't long for the world anyway. He still manages to make a second Heroic Sacrifice by shutting down an unstable reactor core even as its massive radiation emissions destroyed him for good.
- 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: Twice. First he died in The Transformers Taking the Bullet fired by Macabre meant for Xaaron, then was brought back to unlife only to sacrifice himself again to save all of Cybertron from a runaway reactor meltdown that would have blown up the planet.
- 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: His first toy was a retool of Onslaught for the Alignment universe, released decades after his first appearance. G1 Impactor finally got one in 2016
- The Undead: Becomes a zombie in The Transformers.
Voiced by: John Stephenson & Corey Burton (US)
- 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: Until 2007, when he got to be a BotCon exclusive. He is slated to receive his first general-retail toy as part of the Titans Return subprint of the Generations toyline in 2016.
(from Transformers: Timelines)
(from The Transformers (IDW))
- Deadpan Snarker: When written by James Roberts.
- Heel–Face Turn: A former Decepticon.
- The Fundamentalist: His brush with death during the Chaos storyline is said to have re-awakened his spiritual side.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Warrior Poet
- Killed Off for Real: Possessed by Primus, and then blown up by Unicron.
- Manipulative Bastard: Much to Impactor's frustration.
- Palette Swap: To Megatron, sans helmet.
- Rebel Leader
- Toyless Toyline Character: The only thing he got close to a toy was the Ruination combiner which was based partly on him, specifically the head.
- You Keep Using That Word: An emirate is not a person, but a place that is ruled by an emir. (No, Xaaron's not one of the "big enough to be a Genius Loci" bots).
Function: Recon Specialist
(from The Transformers)The leader of the Female Autobots and Optimus Prime's lover. Before she was reformatted for combat, she was known as Ariel.
"When you look good, I look good."
- Lady of War
- Time Stands Still: She can freeze time, but this uses up so much energy that she risks death with each use.
- Toyless Toyline Character: Was one until she got a release as a Thunderblast retool exclusive to BotCon. No other toy has been released since then.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She only made two appearances in the second season before disappearing, being absent when Optimus Prime dies in the movie. The most-commonly accepted theory among fans is that she was killed when the Autobots were evicted from Cybertron.
- The Big Girl: Of the female Autobots.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Thanks to Hasbro being unable to trademark her name, in recent years she's been replaced with a nearly identical character named Flareup, who in-universe is said to be her protege.
(from The Transformers)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.
"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!"
- Arc Villain: Of the stories City of Fear!, Legion of the Lost!, and Meltdown!.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He plays this straight, since he really has no reason to leave Xaaron and the Wreckers alive.
- Boom, Headshot and Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he dies. The zombie Impactor's remaining intact limb is a Harpoon Gun. In his last moments of self-awareness, he blasts the insane scientist in the face and kills him before he can blow up Cybertron.
- The Cameo: In The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers Flame appears as one of the Autobots being tried by Aequitas for several crimes (including illicit spark transplants on Babu Yar, desecration of corpses on Klo, and torture by circuit-boarding on Elpasos).
- Killed Off for Real: By Impactor who Flame turned into a zombie.
- Mad Scientist
- The Man Behind The Monsters: Flame is behind the robot zombie infestation in the City of Fear storyline.
- Night of the Living Mooks: He has a zombie army.
- Playing with Fire: Has a high-powered flame thrower in his firetank form.
- Slasher Smile His usalley expression.
- Tank Goodness: His altmode is a firetank.
- They Called Me Mad!: The Autobot High Council had declared his work "too dangerous" and tried to get him to stop, whereupon he created zombies and nearly blew up Cybertron by accident, promptly proving they were very much right to doubt him.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Creates one.
(from Transformers: Timelines)
"Erudition is the privilege of those who observe detail."
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Absent-Minded Professor
- Cunning Linguist
- Depending on the Artist: She can look exactly like the toy or have a more feminine shape.
- Palette Swap: to Bumblebee.
Function: Tough Guy
(from Transformers: Wings of Honor)
"Dude... Flak totally stole my motto!"
- Big Brother Mentor: To young Kup.
- Captain Crash
- Cool Old Guy: He's by far the oldest member of the Elite Guard, but acts nothing like the typical old wise crankpot elderly Transformer, and everything like a young punk.
- Older Than They Look
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Shout-Out: to the classic Saturday Night Live skit, as seen here◊. Word of God from Rik Alvarez is that Chevy Chase influenced Landshark's character, while Pete Sinclair states that Landshark loves SNL.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Flak.
- The Chick: On a team of women, Moonracer is the Chick.
- Friendly Sniper
- Genki Girl: Implied in the Wings continuity.
- Adorkable: A naive, somewhat straitlaced dork with Opaque Nerd Glasses and gangly limbs. He spends his time doing things like geekily building model spaceships, trying to tiptoe around interacting with a ship full of loons, and needing to be rescued.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Which several other characters have commented on.
- Boom, Headshot: surprisingly non-fatal.
- Butt Monkey: His first visual appearance had him beaten up and thrown onto a table in a bar.
- The Chew Toy
- Distressed Dude: To the point of starting to become a Once an Episode gag.
- Geek: Collects and builds model spaceships, for starters.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses
- Non-Action Guy
- The Shrink: To the Wreckers then to the crew of The Lost Light.