This character sheet is for listing the tropes related to Autobots in the various ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' continuities.

For the character sheet listing tropes related to the Decepticons, see Characters/TransformersGeneration1Decepticons. For the listing of tropes related to everyone else, see the main Characters/TransformersGeneration1 character sheet.


[[folder:Ark Autobot crew]]

!!Optimus Prime/Commander Convoy (Japanese Name)
!!!Function: Commander
-->"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."

The leader of the Autobots and arguably the main character of the franchise. Before he was reformatted for battle, he was a lowly dock worker known as Orion Pax.

->Voiced by: Creator/PeterCullen (EN), Creator/TesshoGenda (JP)
* AdaptationalBadass: In the IDW continuity, he was used to be a SuperCop as Orion Pax.
* AFatherToHisMen: He has a fatherly affection towards all the other Autobots.
* AllLovingHero: His compassion for all sentient life in the universe is one of his defining traits.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His name is a fancy, elaborate way of saying "Best of the best."
* AnAxeToGrind: Has a yellow/orange energon axe.
* BackFromTheDead: If he ever dies, chances are he'll be back sooner or later.
* BadassBaritone: Courtesy of Peter Cullen.
* BigBadassRig: He ''becomes'' one.
* FourStarBadass: As leader of the Autobots, he is their highest-ranking member.
* BatOutOfHell: Subverted with his [[ Beast]] [[ Wars]] toys.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's one of the nicest characters in the whole franchise, but you do NOT want him mad at you.
* BigGood: It's like the Autobots shut down without him.
* {{BFG}}: His Ion Blaster.
* TheCape: He stands for noble causes.
* TheCaptain: He serves as the Autobot leader.
* CastAsAMask: 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.
* CatchPhrase: "Autobots, transform and roll out!" "Til all are one!"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: More than you'd expect.
* DeathIsCheap: [[ Is it ever!]]
* [[EtTuBrute 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 HatePlague.
* {{Flanderization}}: In the cartoons. Season 1 and 2 Optimus used casual language, wasn't entirely stoic, and hung out with his friends, even playing basketball with them at one point. Season 3 Optimus (and more-or-less every iteration of Optimus after that) is an entirely stoic and serious sort, who never uses contractions.
* GentleGiant: He's as compassionate as he is huge.
* GoodIsNotSoft: If left with no other option, he won't hesitate to use force.
* {{Hammerspace}}: His trailer often appears to come out of nowhere.
* TheHero: He's often the central character and he fights to right the wrongs caused by Megatron.
* HonorBeforeReason: Many, but the most extreme example is when Optimus allowed himself to be killed [[! over a videogame.]] Needless to say, Optimus got better.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Back when he was still Orion Pax, he thought that [[ObviouslyEvil Megatron]] would be the best robot ever to be buddies with.
* HurtingHero: There is an ever present yet dignified sadness in Creator/PeterCullen'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 ShellShockedVeteran of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, who told him before the audition for Optimus "Don't be a tough hero; you are strong enough to be gentle."
* IdealHero
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: 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.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Marissa Faireborn in ''Kiss Players''.[[note]]As a note, the canonicity of the entire Japanese section of G1 is debatable.[[/note]]
* LightningBruiser: 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.
* MartyrWithoutACause
* MyGreatestFailure: 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 TheAtoner.
* TheNthDoctor: In his OriginsEpisode, "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.
* NiceGuy: He's a very good-natured individual.
* NoMouth: How he is usually drawn. An [[OffModel animation error]] for the ages reveals [[ just how true that is.]]
* OneManArmy: One of the few Autobots who can fight Megatron on even terms.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: "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).
* PapaWolf: Not as much as [[{{Film/Transformers}} later versions]], but he is all about this in "Prime Target".
* ParentalSubstitute: 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.
* RedIsHeroic: He's the leader of the Autobots and his torso and arms are red.
* ShellShockedVeteran: A robotic example.
* SnipingMission: Near the end of ''GIJoe vs. TheTransformers'' Optimus has to bring down the Solar-Powered Satellite as it has become a KillSat run wild. To do this, he rips the [[ArmCannon 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.
* SuperCop: As Orion Pax in the IDW continuity.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Comic Optimus decided after Ratchet died he wasn't going to be in charge anymore, parked the Ark on the moon and stepped outside. Fortunately, a Hot Rod-related accident got his attention and brought him back.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: This guy dies. [[ A lot.]] He comes back to life. A lot.
* WideEyedIdealist: 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.
* WorthyOpponent: 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)
!!!Function: Gunner
-->"I never met a Decepticon I didn't dislike."

An Autobot who was traumatized after his home city was destroyed by the Decepticons. Sometimes known as Silverstreak.

->Voiced by: Creator/CaseyKasem (English), Various (Japanese)
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', 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.
* DoomedHometown: Praxus.
* FriendlySniper
* ImprobableAimingSkills: 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 [[Comicbook/TheTransformers Transformers comic book story]] called "Man of Iron", Bluestreak manages to take down Thundercracker in mid-flight. With a single shot.
* KilledOffForReal: Starscream kills him once the Decepticon is empowered by the Underbase in the Marvel comics.
* LightningBruiser: Moves fast and hits hard, just like a blue streak - "whatever that is".
* MotorMouth: He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this during his {{Introdump}} in his first comic appearance.
* NonIndicativeName: Despite being named ''Blue''streak, he is usually depicted with a silver-and-red color scheme.
** StepfordSmiler: The reason he talks so much is to keep himself sane, so it oftentimes comes off as this.
* PaletteSwap: Of Prowl. And, oddly enough, of ''himself''.[[labelnote:explanation]] The Diaclone figure on which he was based had a blue and silver car body, and this made it to the catalog, box art, and instructions, even though the actual Transformers toy had all-silver car body. To make matters worse, the cartoon model added black trim to the silver car mode, which was based on a second Diaclone color scheme. [[/labelnote]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He has a score to settle with the Decepticons.
* TechnicalPacifist: Hates war. Doesn't let that stop him taking up arms to fight Decepticons.

!!!Function: Demolitions
-->"Might over microchips."

A small but powerful Autobot.

->Voiced by: Creator/CoreyBurton (English), Various (Japanese)
* FastballSpecial: Optimus Prime and Brawn use this technique in "A Plague of Insecticons".
* KilledOffForReal: In the Marvel comics and [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He was downright mean to Perceptor, who he saw as a lab jockey who never went out into the field, but Brawn took it all back after seeing Perceptor risk his life to save the day in "Microbots."
* MeaningfulName: He's one of the strongest Autobots.
* TheNapoleon: He's very sensitive about his height.
* NighInvulnerability: The episode "Fire on the Mountain" features a ADayInTheLimelight 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''. 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.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: 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.
* RatedMForManly: Is said to be "the most macho of all Autobots".
* SuperStrength: He's a very strong Autobot.
* TheWorfEffect: In ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'', 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."

One of the smaller Autobots who frequently befriends their human allies.

->Voiced by: Dan Gilvezan (US), Yoku Shioya (JP)
* ComicBookDeath: Goldbug, and all the Throttlebots, were fried by Starscream. Goldbug came back, as Bumblebee, ''conveniently'' around the time that new Bumblebee toy came out...
* DecompositeCharacter: 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.
* FriendToAllChildren: Always the guy working with the kids.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: 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.
* KidAppealCharacter: Former TropeNamer (The Bumblebee)
* NervesOfSteel: 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.
* NiceGuy: According to, 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 NiceGuy Label might otherwise say.
* PaperThinDisguise: 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.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: In most continuities, he gets injured and must be repaired into a more adult-like form, Goldbug.
* SixthRanger: Goldbug, to the Throttlebots.
* TookALevelInBadass: Comic Bumblebee takes one on becoming Goldbug. It sticks after his resurrection, meaning the little yellow guy, right after being brought back, points a gun at Megatron and then shoots him. In the aftermath, Bumblebee becomes the de-facto leader of the Classic Pretenders.

!!Cliffjumper/Cliff (Japanese Name)
!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Strike first, strike fast, strike hard."

An overly combat happy Autobot.

->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".
* BloodKnight:
* ConspiracyTheorist: 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.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HammerSpace: His character description includes "He makes a habit of pulling ridiculously huge guns out of nowhere".
* HotBlooded: "I'm gonna kick those Decepticons in their [[UnusualEuphemism turbo-charger!!"]]
* JerkassBall: In "Traitor". He lightens up by the end of the episode.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LargeHam
* LeeroyJenkins: 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.
* PaletteSwap: 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 SuperDeformed 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]]These variants were still carded by the actual toys' names, though.[[/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.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy

!!!Function: Transport, Reconnaissance
-->"Nobody wins a war - somebody loses."

->Voiced by: Creator/DonMessick (US), Toshiro Ishii, Ken Shiroyama & YuShimaka (JP)
* CharacterFocus: Gears had a starring role in issue 3 of the comics.
* ComicBookDeath: Said starring role ended with Gears plummeting several miles and smashing to pieces. Fortunately, EarlyInstallmentWeirdness meant he was fixed by the end of the issue.
* DeadpanSnarker
* ExtremeDoormat: 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?"
* GrumpyBear: While Transformers aren't a SugarBowl, but Gears is still this when compared to the other Autobots.
* JerkassFacade: 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.
* LargeHam
* NotQuiteFlight: He can launch himself up into the sky and glide down on a cushion of compressed air.
* SensorCharacter: ''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.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: 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 Exploration

A Constructicon-type working for the Autobots. Transforms into a crane. Only appeared in a single episode, ''More Than Meets The Eye, Part 1''. He is seen with Cliffjumper, recovering a wounded Hound; he was never seen again.
* DependingOnTheArtist: He's either purple-and-green (like his ex-fellow Constructicons) or orange.
* ExpandedUniverse: Despite his incredibly minor roll in the show, a toy of him was released in 2003 and detailed origin stories followed.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: A single episode and no spoken lines. And he was in vehicle mode.

!!!Function: Scout
-->"Observe everything, remember even more."

An Autobot scout who actually likes Earth and the humans.

->Voiced by: Ken Sansom (US), Creator/KenyuHoriuchi / Creator/KenNarita (JP)
* BecomeARealBoy: He wouldn't mind being human, apparently.
* KidAppealCharacter: He was this in the pilot to the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon]], before the former TropeNamer took over. Obviously, it didn't last.
* MasterOfIllusion: Thanks to his [[{{Hologram}} holographic projector]].
* NatureHero: 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.
* OutOfFocus: Hound is featured prominently in the first two seasons of the original series. But only got a cameo in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''. Then not seen at all in the third season. He was given a single speaking appearance in ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters''.

!!!Function: Construction Engineer
-->"Molecular structure is the key to success."

A member of the Ark crew, who is always melancholic about returning to Cybertron. Despite that, he's an AWESOME construction engineer.

->Voiced by: Creator/JohnStephenson (US), Creator/MasashiEbara, YuShimaka & Toshiro Ishii (JP)
* DeadpanSnarker
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Huffer makes his last appearance in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', at the beginning of the Battle of Autobot City. His death in said battle is only mentioned in "Dark Awakening", taking place off-screen.
* TheEeyore: 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!"
* PintSizedPowerhouse: 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!"
* TheResenter: Hates Earth because it keeps him from returning to Cybertron.

!!!Function: Security
-->"High tech circuitry is no replacement for guts."

One of the older Autobots, Ironhide is Optimus Prime's most-beloved friend and second in command. Whenever Prime himself is out of commission, the responsibility of leadership more often than not falls on the broad-shoulders of this gruff, ancient warrior.

->Voiced by: Creator/PeterCullen (EN), Creator/ShowHayami / Creator/HiroakiHirata (JP)
* BadassGrandpa: He's one of the older Autobots and is still as strong and formidable as the others.
* TheBigGuy: 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.
* ComicBookDeath: Comic Ironhide got fried by Starscream's rampage. He got better in time to fight Unicron.
* CoolOldGuy: Not the oldest Cybertroninan around, but by their standards he's middle-age-ish.
* GoodOlBoy
* KillItWithIce: Ironhide uses liquid nitrogen spray against Starscream in the episode "Divide and Conquer".
* KilledOffForReal: Gets executed by Megatron in the movie.
* LargeHam: His Southern-Texas-Drawl lends to this kind of performance.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: He seems to have it more than the others.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy

!!Jazz/Meister (Japanese Name)
!!!Function: Special Operations Agent
-->"Do it with style or donít bother doing it."

Another Autobot officer, and head of Special Operations.

->Voiced by: Scatman Crothers (EN), Kōki Kataoka (JP)
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: He ''loves'' Earth culture and entertainment.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He survived the movie, but wasn't seen too much afterwards aside from occasional cameos.
** RealLifeWritesThePlot: His voice actor, Scatman Crothers, passed away.
* ComicBookDeath: Another Underbase victim. Jazz got brought back as a Pretender.
* CoolCar: 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.
* IndyPloy: 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.
* JiveTurkey
* MeaningfulName: He loves music.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Comic Jazz gave Sparkplug a heart attack by trying to block his path with a flamethrower (this was before the Autobots knew much about humans or their biology).
* NumberTwo / TheLancer: Alternates with Prowl.
* PlayingWithFire: His Photon Rifle has occasionally been portrayed as a flame-thrower.

!!Mirage/Lieger (Japanese Name)
!!!Function: Spy
-->"Who and what I am I hide from the enemy."

->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (US), Takurou Kitagawa & Creator/KenyuHoriuchi (JP)
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: While the storyboard for ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' included a scene depicting Mirage wounded or killed, said scene was never animated. Leaving his disappearance from the series unexplained.
* HolographicDisguise: 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...
* {{Invisibility}}: He has a cloaking device that enables him to become invisible.
* LetsGetDangerous: Comic Mirage spent the first four issues not wanting to fight, and trying to talk with the Decepticons, who weren't really interested in that sort of thing. By issue 4, he gets the point, and decides he's going to start giving the fight his all, beginning by shooting Ravage in the face after he's had his ''arm'' bitten off. ... and then he never does very much again.
* MasterOfIllusion: Mirage reveals an ability to project realistic holograms in "Masquerade". An ability typically used by Hound.
* SpotTheImposter: 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 HolographicDisguise when the Autobots ''form their own Menasor''.
* VehicularSabotage: In "More than Meets the Eye, Part 3", Mirage infiltrates the Decepticons' space cruiser and sabotages it in mid-flight. Instead of escaping Earth and flying out in outer space, the Decepticons sink to the bottom of the ocean.

!!!Function: Military Strategist
-->"Logic is the ultimate weapon."

An Autobot officer, usually a deputy to Optimus Prime.

->Voiced by: Creator/MichaelBell (US), Toshiro Ishii & Creator/KeiichiNanba (JP)
* AdaptationalVillainy: Downplayed, but the Prowl of the IDW continuity is a WellIntentionedExtremist and a {{Jerkass}}.
* AntiHero: In the ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'' comic, [[spoiler: until issue 14 where we realize he was under mind control by Bombshell the whole time.]]
* ByTheBookCop: Is this. This is later subverted in the IDW and drifts into a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* CharacterFocus: Prowl... wasn't very important in the cartoon or the original comics. He started becoming important in the late 80s, which established his grouchy, jerkass nature.
* CowboyCop: In some ways.
* DependingOnTheWriter: He copped this hard in the IDW continuity. Simon Furman and Shane [=McCarthy=] wrote him as the StrawVulcan {{Jerkass}} detailed below, Nick Roche's portrayal makes him a ManipulativeBastard, and Mike Costa initially went in [[HonorBeforeReason 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
* DidntSeeThatComing: 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.
* InadequateInheritor: In ''The Dark Ages'', Prowl takes over when Optimus goes missing in a Space Bridge accident. The Autobots promptly fracture, since Prowl lacks the charisma to keep them together.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: He is dedicated to logic and reason. But reportedly this negatively affects his social skills and isolates him from his fellow Autobots.
* {{Jerkass}}: His StrawVulcan tendencies make him come off as this more often than not, which led to the widely-held belief that Prowl is a prick.
* JerkassHasAPoint: The finale issue of the Marvel comic has him pointing out, at length, how much of an idiot Grimlock and the Dinobots had been by running head-first into a Decepticon trap (which had gotten all but five Autobots killed). And he's right.
* PragmaticHero
* SherlockScan: His bio mentions he can track 5,000 moving objects at once. It didn't come up much (well, at all), until ''More Than Meets The Eye''.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: In IDW's Transformers universe, Prowl has been [[GreyAndGreyMorality morally]] [[WhatTheHellHero ambiguous]] for some time, as [[ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers his actions in Nick Roche-penned works]] will attest. In the opening arc of John Barber's ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'' ongoing, Prowl takes further steps towards what many fans believe will be the role of the book's villain.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Any time he's forced to work with the anti-authoritarian Grimlock, who hates him right back.
* TheGenericGuy: As might be gathered from the rest of Prowl's tropes, he doesn't really do much in the cartoons.
* TheLancer: Alternates with Jazz.
* TheStrategist

!!!Function: Medic
-->"You break it, I'll remake it."

The Autobots' medical officer.

->Voiced by: Creator/DonMessick & Wally Burr (US), Creator/MasashiEbara (JP)
* BodyHorror: Trapping Megatron in an exploding warpgate in the Marvel series resulted in ... [[ this.]]
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: His initial toy bio describes Ratchet as being a party type. This has come up pretty much ''never''.
* CombatMedic: While he is the designated medical officer, Ratchet also participates in the combat. For example, he fly-kicked Thundercracker in "Changing Gears".
* DeadpanSnarker: Several comic universes, most prominently in the IDW ongoing.
--> ''"It is either '''very far away''' or you've invented the '''world's smallest drink.'''"''
* TheEngineer: 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.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Being fused with Megatron in the Marvel series, and then his life being linked to Megatron's after they're seperated. [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse 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.]]
* KilledOffForReal:
** Shot up by Megatron in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the Movie]].
** [[spoiler: In ''Regeneration One'', Kup puts him out of his misery, giving Optimus the opportunity to finish Megatron.]]
* TheMedic: He repairs damaged Autobots.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: He's described as a party bot. Not that it comes up much.
* TakingYouWithMe: In the comics, Ratchet manages to take Starscream, Shockwave ''and'' Megatron with him. ... sort of. The G2 comics have Megatron survive, and resurrect Starscream. Regeneration One has all three survive anyway, making Ratchet's attempted sacrifice accomplish ''nothing''.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the Marvel comics. He goes from the medic, to managing to successfully screw up one of Megatron's plans in the most epic way, ending it by beating up Starscream.

!!Sideswipe/Lambor (Japanese Name)
!!!Function: Warrior
-->"I don't break rules, I bend them - a lot."

->Voiced by: Creator/MichaelBell (US)
* BloodKnight\BoisterousBruiser: 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.
* CombatPragmatist: He considers cheating in battle a valid option, "all in the name of possible victory".
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In [[Comicbook/TheTransformers 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 FiveEpisodePilot.
* RoboFamily: His brother Sunstreaker.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"They can't beat the best."

->Voiced by: Creator/CoreyBurton (US), Creator/KenyuHoriuchi, Takurou Kitagawa, Creator/KeiichiNanba, Koki Kataoka & Ken Shiroyama (JP)
* TheAtoner: Responsible for the Autobots' dire straits during "All Hail Megatron" and its aftermath.
* AntiHero
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: 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.
* ComicBookDeath: Sunstreaker was taken out of action in issue 4 of the comics. He didn't reappear for years. Then he disappeared again, apparently damaged during the Underbase situation, reappearing when Grimlock revived most of the Autobot casualties... then he got killed again in the last issue (the Last Autobot revived him).
* TheDandy: 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.
* FantasticRacism: 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 PsychicLink with a human ally traumatized Sunstreaker so much that afterwards he was willing [[spoiler: to help Starscream overthrow Megatron in exchange for the Decepticons (a) limiting their empire to Earth, and (b) ''[[KillAllHumans eradicating every last human on the planet]]'']].
* NotInTheFace: "I just had it chromed!"
* PutOnABus: 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 CommutingOnABus, due to his latter appearances in the comic.
* TheFightingNarcissist
* {{Jerkass}}
* LosingYourHead: Decapitated and used as a template for Machination's headmaster army in the IDW comics.
* RoboFamily: his twin brother Sideswipe.
* TheSociopath: His bio states that he is cold and unfeeling towards his fellow Autobots (aside from Sideswipe), and he deeply enjoys scrapping Decepticons.
* WatchThePaintJob

!!Teletraan I

The semi-sentient computer of the Autobots. Responsible for repairing and reviving both the Autobots and Decepticons after 4 million years. Also responsible for changing their alternate modes from Cybertronian forms to terrestrial vehicles and animals. He was destroyed by Trypticon, along with the volcano and the Ark.

->Voiced by: Creator/CaseyKasem (US), Creator/MasashiEbara (JP)
* TheBusCameBack: He made a single reappearance in an episode of ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', being relocated at Planet Athenia.
* MagicTool: 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.
* TheNthDoctor: After Creator/CaseyKasem quit the show in disgust over its EthnicScrappy portrayal of Arabs (Kasem was Lebanese-American), Teletraan I was replaced with 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: Creator/FrankWelker (US), Ken Shiroyama & Takurou Kitagawa (JP)
* TheAlcoholic: IDW verse
* BarrierWarrior: He has a forcefield.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: The number of times in the comics Trailbreaker gets into situations where he ''could've'' used his forcefield but doesn't is... a lot. TF.Wiki makes a running joke of it.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He also has a low self-esteem stemming from feeling that he's TheLoad. Sometimes he mopes about this.
* IncrediblyObviousTail: 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.''
* ThePrankster
* SadClown: His bio implies some shades of this. IDW runs with it.
* TheStakeout: His mission outside the Decepticons' base.

!!!Function: Mechanical Engineer
-->"Never do what your enemy expects you to do."

The Autobots' main engineer, who has a tendency to blow himself up.

->Voiced by: Chris Latta (EN), Osamu Saka / Creator/KatsumiSuzuki (JP)
* BackFromTheDead:
** A peculiar instance. In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', 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 ''Anime/TransformersVictory''. [[UnexplainedRecovery With no explanation given]] for several years.
** The comics have him just come back the normal way, revived by Grimlock, with Nucleon.
* TheEngineer
* GadgeteerGenius: That said, his inventions have displayed a noted tendency to literally blow up in his face.
* MadScientist: He's a good and likable guy, but otherwise follows this trope to a T.
* MrFixit
* UltimateJobSecurity: 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 [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]].

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Quick action equals quick victory."

->Voiced by: John Stephenson (US), Creator/KeiichiNanba, Ken Shiroyama & Takurou Kitagawa (JP)
* FragileSpeedster: 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".
* GoodIsNotSoft: One storybook has Windcharge use his magnetic powers to ''tear Starscream to pieces''.
* LargeHam: In "Masquerade," his perfect impersonation of Wildrider (voiced by Wildrider's voice actor Terry [=McGovern=]) causes Sideswipe to grouse, "He doesn't have to '''overdo it!'''"
* [[MauveShirt Mauve Paint Job]]
* SelectiveMagnetism: 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".
* TheVoiceless: 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.

[[folder:1984/85 Autobots]]

!!!Function: Geologist
-->"Know the conflict within before facing the conflict without."

->Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer (US), Osamu Saka (JP)
* {{Beatnik}}: His voice clearly evokes this, and his personality is midway between a beatnik and a hippy.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: His IDW incarnation was used by Bombshell and Soundwave as a Manchurian agent to kill Blaster. It almost worked, too.
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* NatureHero
* TheQuietOne: Often described as "mellow."
* TechnicalPacifist: "He's a thinker, not a fighter."

!!Blaster/Broadcast (Japanese Name)
!!!Function: Communications
-->"When the music is rockin', I'm rollin."

->Voiced by: Buster Jones (US)

The Autobots' CommunicationsOfficer. Similar to Soundwave, he stores several smaller bots in tape-form in his chest.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: He enjoys Earth music.
* CharacterDevelopment: He started as the CommunicationsOfficer 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.
* ComicBookDeath: Was one of the many Autobots fried by an Underbase powered Starscream. He came back just in time to fight Unicron.
* [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the Medium]]: Contrast his BoisterousBruiser 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.
* DroneDeployer
* GaleForceSound
* GoodCounterpart: 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.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: 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...
* NoIndoorVoice
* RhymesOnADime: Occasionally. Becomes permanent in Season 3. Averted with his comics incarnation, who talks normally.
* SizeShifter: Transforms into a boombox.

!!Cosmos/Adams (Japanese Name)
!!!Function: Reconnaissance & Communications
-->"Reach for the stars, but never leave your friends."

->Voiced by: Creator/MichaelMcConnohie (US), Osamu Saka (JP)
* CaptainCrash: 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 TemptingFate by sending him out into space a third time in a day.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: 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.

!!The Dinobots
!!!Function: Dinobot Commander (Grimlock), Flamethrower (Slag), Jungle Warrior, Demolitions (Sludge), Desert Warrior (Snarl), Dinobot Bombardier (Swoop)
-->'''Grimlock:''' "Among the winners, there is no room for the weak."
-->'''Slag:''' "I have no need for friends, even less for enemies."
-->'''Sludge:''' "Stomp your enemy, crush him under your feet."
-->'''Snarl:''' "Only in war is there happiness."
-->'''Swoop:''' "Fear can hit targets unreachable to bullets."

A quintet of wild and powerful Autobots with dinosaurs as their altmodes. They tend to dislike Optimus Prime, and are prone to going off on their own to do their own thing. Their members include their leader, Grimlock (a [[TyrannosaurusRex tyrannosaurus rex]]), Slag (a ''triceratops''), Snarl (a ''stegosaurus''), Sludge (an ''[[ScienceMarchesOn apatosaurus]]'') and Swoop (a ''pteranodon''). In some continuities, they were known as '''the Dynobots''' before coming to Earth and taking their dinosaur altmodes. One, ''GI Joe Vs. the Transformers,'' had them as five Autobots who got reformatted into their Dinobot forms by Teletran 3.
* [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]]: How anti-heroic varies, but they're never clear-cut goody-goods. Except Slag, who's all the way down to NominalHero.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: 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''.
* BadBoss: 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.
* BadassCrew
* TheBigGuy: Collectively, they fill this role in relation to the other Autobots.
* BloodKnight: Snarl finds only happiness in war, but Slag really takes the cake in how much he enjoys fighting.
* BullyHunter: 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.
* BreathWeapon: They all breathe fire, and it's even hot enough to melt through the durable outer hull of Unicron!
* CanonImmigrant: Slash started off as a character for ''Age of Extinction'' who didn't make it into the film proper despite much merchandising, before getting brought over to G1 in 2017.
* ComicBookDeath: In the comics, all five are destroyed by an Underbase-powered Starscream. Grimlock is revived by Ratchet, and then goes on to revive the others a few issues later.
* CoolSword: Four of the Dinobots have energon swords, with Swoop being the odd one out, having only a thermal sword instead.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** Me Grimlock beat Tornedron! Grimlock saved universe! Grimlock hero!
** Comic Grimlock stands as so far being the only character to try ramming Unicron with a spaceship. And it worked.
* DumbDinos: The Dinobots are incredibly strong, but also (in the cartoon, at least) very stupid and difficult to control. Sludge, the sauropod Dinobot, is the stupidest of the bunch.
* DumbMuscle: 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, GIJoe didn't fit the "puny and weak" characterization he had of humans).
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Well, ''duh''.
* FatalFlaw: Grimlock has arrogance, Slag hostility, Sludge stupidity, Swoop with insubordination and Snarl carelessness.
* FiveManBand: Like most subgroups, they form one on their own:
** TheHero: Me Grimlock ''king''!
** TheLancer: Slag.
** TheBigGuy: 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 [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comic book series Grimlock was much smarter than in the cartoon.
* GentleGiant: 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 GentleGiant 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.
* HairTriggerTemper: Slag all the way. Just about anything will set him off. ''Anything''.
* HiddenDepths: Comic Grimlock tends to hide his intelligence under the dumb caveman speech.
* HulkSpeak: Me Grimlock talk this way most of time. Other Dinobots too, mostly.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** 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.
* IrrationalHatred: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Slag. Proudly, at that.
* KillItWithFire: Slag likes burning things (or, as some might call them, "Decepticons"). His function is "flamethrower" after all.
* LonersAreFreaks: Snarl rarely, if ever, displays any sort of emotion. And he's just as expressive when it comes to talking.
* MultipleChoicePast: It varies by continuity. Were me Grimlock and other Dinobots built on Earth in 1980s by puny Wheeljack? Or did we Dinobots exist already and get stuck in black sticky stuff when fighting Shockwave in distant past?
** Or even a variation of the second one, fighting the Insecticons rather than Shockwave?
** Or were Dinobots originally ''time-warped Autobots'' sent to dinosaur time on Earth by Teletraan 3 to be ''made into'' Dinobots? (as was shown in ''GIJoe vs. TheTransformers'' Volume #2 Issue #4.)
* ObfuscatingStupidity: 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.
* OddFriendship: The Dreamwave comics had them form their own faction alongside Ironhide, Wheeljack and Kup when Optimus went missing.
* OddNameOut: Grimlock is the only Dinobot whose name doesn't begin with S.
* OffWithHisHead: Slag has a habit of taking his enemies' head, starting from Dreamwave's comics. Even the other Dinobots think that's more than a bit creepy.
* TheRival: 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.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: According to her bio, Slash always finds her target.
* SixthRanger: The ''Power of the Primes'' toyline introduces a new Dinobot, Slash the Velociraptor.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: 2017 introduced Slash, the first toy of a female Dinobot (but not the first to appear ever, that title goes to IDW's Strafe).
* StockDinosaurs: Including a ''pteranodon'', which as we all know is ''not'' a dinosaur.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Grimlock hated Prowl before hating Prowl was cool. And Prowl hates him right back. Understandable, given the Dinobots represent all the things Prowl hates.
* TookALevelInDumbass:
** 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.
* UnfortunateName: 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.

!!!Function: Architect
-->"Beauty is in everything except war."

->Voiced by: Peter Renaday (US), Creator/KenyuHoriuchi (JP)
* MadArtist: A benign (mostly) version of this.
* TheEngineer: Comic Grapple managed to single-handedly (heh) build Omega Supreme.

!!!Function: Maintenance
-->"You have to be rolling before you can be fighting."

->Voiced by: Michael Chain (US), Koki Kataoka & Yoku Shioya (JP)
* CharacterFocus: "Hoist Goes Hollywood" for the cartoon, while his introductory issue in the comics has him foiling the Decepticon plot of the week.
* TheMedic: 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.
* PaletteSwap: To Trailbreaker.
* TheWatson: To Grapple, often cheering him on to make his creations.

!!!Function: Search & Rescue
-->"Where there's smoke, there's me."

->Voiced by: Walker Edmiston (US), Takurou Kitagawa, Creator/ShowHayami & Creator/KenyuHoriuchi (JP)
* BigGood: Of the 1985-vintage "Season Two" Autobots, being one of the Autobots best-suited to combat among the Season Two crew thanks to his strength, but also the most selfless and heroic.
* BoisterousBruiser: Very big, very loud, and fun to have around, but also an extremely competent fighter--you don't get to be a Wrecker without some serious ass-kicking credentials, after all.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: A mild sufferer--he wants to help ''everyone'', perhaps even more than Optimus Prime since Inferno's specific function is Search & Rescue. He does tend to be slightly more aware of it than most, however, even if it occasionally gets him in trouble.
* [[FiremenAreHot Fire Engines Are Hot]]: [[ Often drawn with the robotic equivalent]] of a HeroicBuild, giving him a powerful appearance.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Red Alert are CLOSE.
* HeroicFireRescue: His stock in trade. It's actually what gets him captured during "Prime Target," as he couldn't ''not'' stop and render aid when he sees a child trapped in a burning building, unaware that it was actually a trap until it was too late.
* HotBlooded: No subtlety, oozes intensity in everything he does. The guy throws himself into burning buildings simply because stopping fires and rescuing people is the right thing to do, personal safety be damned. This goes double for combat, where he fights Decepticons with everything he has, again, because it's the right thing to do. Also a neat pun, what with him turning into a fire engine.
* MoreExpendableThanYou: In "Legacy of Unicron", he throws Smokescreen out of the shuttle they're in so he'll live, while Inferno flies it into the middle of an army of Decepticons.
* PlayingWithFire: For a short time in ''Regeneration One'', he was unable to control his body temperature thanks to Nucleon corruption and was igniting things by proximity alone, meaning that there was a period of time where both of the heroic fire trucks in the setting ''could set other people on fire''.
* RageBreakingPoint: His temper. For someone so hot-blooded he is surprisingly slow to anger thanks to his upbeat, positive nature, but when he finally snaps, well...he blew the heads off of quite a few Decepticons.
* RedOniBlueOni: The boisterous Red Oni to Red Alert's reserved Blue Oni--at least when Red Alert's not having one a moment. When Red Alert ''is'' having one of his excessively paranoid spells, they zigzag positions: now Inferno is the composed, reasonable, and logical one, whereas Red Alert becomes loud, defiant, and a little bit off-kilter.

!!!Function: Air Guardian
-->"Among mysteries of science lies the key to victory."

A scientist and former Decepticon who defected to the Autobots. He was once Starscream's best friend.

->Voiced by: Gregg Berger (US)
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappeared during the early part of Season 2 of the original cartoon, most likely due to the legal hassle involved (see below).
* CoolPlane[=/=]CoolStarship: And it is most definetly not a VF-1S Super Valkyrie.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Rejects the myths about Primus and Unicron (unless it's a continuity where he has first-hand experience with either of them).
* HeelFaceTurn: When he willingly sides with the Decepticons, it's only because of his [[TrueCompanions friendship with Starscream]], and he inevitably comes to see that [[EvilFormerFriend 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.
* MultipleChoicePast: 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 HeelFaceTurn and joined the Autobots - except in the IDW continuity.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer[=/=]ToylessToylineCharacter: Because Jetfire was a repaint of a ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross 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."

Job: Last line Autobot of defense. Alt mode: Rocket Base.

->Voiced by: Jack Angel (US)
* DependingOnTheWriter: TerseTalker: Sometimes. Others: Normal speech.
* DeusExitMachina: Plot vulnerability: High.
* HumongousMecha: Status: indisputable. Dimensions: [[ Questionable.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Guardian model: Discontinued.
* MoreDakka: Firepower: Considerable.
* MeaningfulName: Omega: Last. Supreme: Best. Function: Last line of defense.
* OffhandBackhand: With a BFG.
* OneManArmy: Comic introduction: Dramatic. Decepticon troop capacity: Greatly reduced.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Status: Unbeatable. [[ Sometimes]].
* TerseTalker: Page quote: Achieved.

!!!Function: Scientist
-->"One's ultimate truth lies in one's molecular structure."

The Autobots' chief scientist.

->Voiced by: Creator/PaulEiding (US)
* ColdSniper: 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.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Known to talk in this manner, which the other Autobots find exasperating.
* TheSmartGuy
* SnipingMission: 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.)
* SpockSpeak

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"To stop me, you have to catch me first."

The one-robot air show and one of the few Autobots who can take on the Decepticons in their own element.

->Voiced by: Michael Chain (US), Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki & Creator/KenyuHoriuchi (JP)
* AcePilot: Not as much as he ''thinks'' he is, though.
* BoisterousBruiser
* CatchPhrase: "And awayyyyyy we go!"
* EquippableAlly: In IDW, he was rebuilt by Wheeljack to form a gun for Superion.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Astoria Carlton-Ritz in "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide".

!!Red Alert
!!!Function: Security Director
-->"Caution can never be overused."

The Autobots' paranoid security director.

->Voiced by: Michael Chain (US), Yoku Shioya, Koki Kataoka, Creator/KeiichiNanba & Creator/ShowHayami (JP)
* ConspiracyTheorist: Thinks that everyone's out to get him.
** NeverLiveItDown: 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.)
* [[FiremenAreHot Fire Department]] [[CoolCar Lamboes Are Hot]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Him and Inferno are CLOSE.
* ImprobablyCoolCar: His altmode is a fire chief's car. Do ''you'' know any fire chiefs who drive Lamborghinis?
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: 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.
* KilledOffForReal: In ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' and in a scene cut from the movie that was recognised as canon in the Collector's Club comic.
* PaletteSwap: Of Sideswipe.
* ProperlyParanoid: Zig-zagged: some of his paranoia is on the mark, some is just paranoia.

!!!Function: Ground Assault Commander
-->"War is a dirty business... and I'm as dirty as they come."

Part of the Wreckers (in every and ALL Transformer continuities).
* ADayInTheLimeLight: The text story ''Zero Point''.
* BloodKnight: He's not happy unless he's fighting Decepticons. Else, he can be downright gloomy and depressing.
* FlatCharacter: InUniverse 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.
* GunsAkimbo
* HiddenDepths: In ''Sins of the Wreckers''. And it turns out that's for a ''[[DarkAndTroubledPast damn good reason]]''.
* NeverLearnedToRead: He struggles with Literacy in the IDW text story "Zero Point."
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: 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), Creator/MasashiEbara & Toshiro Ishii (JP)
* CharacterFocus: "Sea Change" is about the only time he's ever done anything.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Seaspray was one of the survivors of Starscream's Underbase rampage, only to be deactivated off-panel somehow.
* GracefulInTheirElement: In the water, he's a highly skilled combatant. On land, he's slow and not too agile.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Alana, from planet Tlalak.

!!!Function: Theoretician
-->"Deep down, we are more like than unlike humans."

The Autobots' resident theoretician and daydreamer.

->Voiced by: Michael Chain & Dan Gilvezan (US), Creator/KeiichiNanba & Ken Shiroyama (JP)
* AmnesiacHero: IDW comics.
* AscendedExtra: 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 DayInTheLimelight issue and is an integral part of the end of the Robot-Master storyline. He becomes even ''more'' important in the IDW ongonig ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye,'' where he's effectively become one of the main characters.
* BadassBookworm: Who apparently [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball knows Earth's Football]].
* DemotedToExtra: Like many Autobots in the Marvel comics, he was pushed to the wayside after getting a few issues in the limelight, relegated to mere background appearances.
* PutOnABus: In the UK comics, he was shunted off to Limbo so Galvatron could return from the future. And since Galvatron stuck around for a great long while...
* TechnicalPacifist: In the G1 comic series.

!!!Function: Diversionary Tactician
-->"A look can be deceiving; a touch can be lethal."

The resident [[LoveableRogue Jack Sparrow]].

->Voiced by: Jack Angel (US)
* TheGambler: His DayInTheLimelight episode is even ''called'' this.
* PaletteSwap: Of Bluestreak.
* ShoutOut: His [[ toy]] is based on a RealLife [[ touring race car]] from [[TheEighties the 1980s.]]
* SmokeOut: Often creates clouds smoke to help himself and his fellow Autobots escape pursuers.
* WeNeedADistraction: 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."

Brothers and members of the elite squad called the Wreckers.
* BadassBookworm: Topspin is a former cartographer who mainly joined the Wreckers to keep an eye on his brother.
* DrillTank: Twin Twist's alt-mode.
* EyeScream: Twin Twist is tortured in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', and one of his eyes is gouged out, the other has the lens shattered.
* OffWithHisHead: Top Spin got his head shot off by Galvatron.
* {{Synchronization}}: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: 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.
* ThisIsADrill: Twin Twist has ''two'', befitting his name.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Looking good is what life is all about."

->Voiced by: Creator/MichaelMcConnohie (US)
* AmbiguouslyGay
* TheFightingNarcissist: Not quite as bad as Sunstreaker, but he's definitely this.
* FlyingCar: His alt mode can sprout a pair of wings.
* SmokeOut: He has a "black light" gun that can blind his enemies.
* WatchThePaintJob: His first remark within minutes of being activated in the comics, once the 'bots go out on the road? "My hubcaps need polishing".

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"A good shot is worth more than a good intention."

* AdaptationalVillainy: Downplayed in the IDW comics. Warpath is still a good-guy but the fact that he's very obviously built for combat contrasts the non-threatening image the Autobots have. It's notable that his demeanor is played a lot more seriously as a soldier and his more humorous traits are pushed to the back.
* BloodKnight: 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.
* FunPersonified: A jolly and likable fella who just happens to be a combat junkie.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: A friendly example, but still.
* TankGoodness
* VerbalTic: He makes booming sounds between sentences. (BLAM!) (POW!)
** HollywoodTourettes: 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."

* AscendedExtra: The IDW comics have given Whirl his biggest amount of screen time and character focus than any previous fiction by a long shot.
* AxCrazy: James Roberts took the above quote about madness and spun it into Whirl ''literally'' being insane.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: 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 ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' that the other tropes here really started to apply.
* CyberCyclops: An Autobot counterpart of Shockwave.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: In that same series he was a watchmaker who had his business destroyed and he was pressed into service.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: 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.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: 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.
* RoboticPsychopath
* ShootTheDog: After the events of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', 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.
* SociopathicHero: Despite this, he's still considered a good guy, by virtue of being an Autobot.


[[folder:1986 Autobots]]

!!Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime/Rodimus
!!!Function: Cavalier (as Hot Rod), Protector (as Rodimus)
-->'''Hot Rod:''' "My actions speak louder than words."
-->'''Rodimus Prime:''' "Experience is the benchmark of maturity."

A character created for the movie who eventually became leader of the Autobots after Optimus Prime's death.
* TheAtoner: 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.
* CainAndAbel: In the two-parter episode, "The Return Of Optimus Prime", he is the Cain to Optimus' Abel after he falls victim to the HatePlague.
* TheCaptain: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', before eventually sharing the spot with ''[[HeelFaceTurn Megatron]]'' of all 'bots.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Just like Optimus, Rodimus has to deal with all the problems of leading the Autobots, on top of having to be the guy replacing ''Optimus''. In the cartoon, when he turns back to Hot Rod, he's perfectly willing to ditch his responsibilities.
* TheChosenOne: He fills this role in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', being the lowly Autobot who rises up in their DarkestHour and destroys Unicron.
* DemonicPossession: UK comic Rodimus wound up eventually getting possessed by Unicron, and even when that was over Unicron was still stuck inside him, gently corrupting anyone who got near him.
* EmpathicWeapon: Dr Sparks/Firebolt [[spoiler: who was killed in the Marvel UK comics at some point prior to Hot Rod becoming Rodimus Prime.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Comic Rodimus repeated Optimus's "you who are without mercy" line to a downed Decepticon. Unlike Optimus, he followed through on it, and blasted the Decepticon's head in. And then there was the little matter of hiring a bounty h- er, ''freelance peace-keeping agent'' to hunt down Galvatron.
* IHaveManyNames: 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.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Shaoshao Li in ''Kiss Players'' and Michelle in "Only Human" (he was in a human body in this incident).
* KidHero: Well, a kid by Cybertronian standards, at least.
* MyGreatestFailure: See NiceJobBreakingItHero.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: His interference in Optimus' fight against Megatron in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' led to Optimus' death.
** The comics (knowingly?) set up a similar situation, but [[SubvertedTrope 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' by throwing him into space, but in ''Kiss Players'', Galvatron lands back on Earth and [[ColonyDrop annihilates Tokyo on impact]]. The disaster caused worldwide anti-Transformer sentiment that took a while to fix. Even in the original cartoon continuity, he indirectly saved Galvatron from imploding inside Unicron in this act, and chained off the events that would leave the Decepticon leader even more psychotic and vicious than before.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Has a rather jarring JerkAss 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.
* ReplacementScrappy: InUniverse. Not many were happy about him leading after he got Optimus killed. Extends into real life to a degree.
* TookALevelInBadass: As Rodimus Prime, he is large and powerful enough to fight Galvatron.
* UndyingLoyalty: His Marvel comics incarnation is one of the few Autobots to stay on Optimus's side even as the other Autobots become increasingly dissatisfied with his decisions.
* UnlikelyHero: 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."

A group of fliers that merge into Superion.

* AcrophobicBird: Silverbolt.
* BadassBookworm: ''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.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: 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.
* BreakoutCharacter: 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).
* CombatPragmatist: 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.
* CombiningMecha: Combine to form Superion.
* DumbMuscle: A typical depiction of Superion. Despite the Aerialbots meshing well together as a team, their combined form is still as dumb as a brick.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: 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.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In the cartoon. 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.
* IronicFear: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Slingshot, again. A case could be made for a few of the other Aerialbots.
* TheKlutz: Fireflight. At Mach 2.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: 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]]That being said, Slingshot still has a separate toy (albeit renamed "Quickslinger") and can form a Superion limb too if one so desires.[[/note]]
* PsychoRangers: To the Stunticons, a rather inverted case in the G1 cartoon.
* SacrificialLion: 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).
* TheStarscream: Slingshot, for awhile.
** UnstoppableRage: 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.
* StraightMan: Silverbolt to his team.
* TimeTravel: 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.
* VocalDissonance: Superion, despite looking tall and heroic, is infrequently given a very scratchy voice comparable to characters like [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast Zorak]].


The first recurring female Transformer in the series.

* AndIMustScream: 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.
* AntiHero: 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.
* AxCrazy: In IDW's comics, Arcee was forcibly converted into a female Transformer by the [[MadScience mad scientist]] Jhiaxus, which had the side effect of making her a psychotic assassin obsessed with tracking him down.
* DependingOnTheWriter: 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.
** ''GIJoe vs. The Transformers'' volume 3 has Bumblebee as her paramour [[spoiler: and [[MyEyesAreLeaking she mourns his death]] at the hands of the Serpent Organic Robot, aka Serpent.O.R.]].
* MamaBear: She acts as a mother figure to Daniel Witwicky, and pity anyone who threatens the boy.
* MysteriousPast: The UK comic did try to explain where she came from, and IDW's comics give her a definite origin. Meanwhile, Dreamwave implies she's a Quintesson sleeper agent of some kind, and the cartoon... doesn't explain where she's from at all.
* PinkMeansFeminine
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: 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.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: 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 [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars 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''.
** Partially Subverted in 2013 with the blind-bagged Kre-O toy. Finally subverted as of 2014 with the ''Generations'' line, which includes a very show-accurate toy of her from G1. Unfortunately She and Chromia were tail enders of the Thrilling 30 Line, and faced poor distribution as a result. 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."

An Autobot scout who is very hyperactive.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Exactly how his super-speed shows itself depends on the continuity.
** The cartoon depicts him as talking extremely fast, but usually repeating himself in the process.
** Bob Budiansky had him talk normally, while Furman had him say everything as a big bunch'o text.
** IDW's continuity usually just has him talk normally, though he does on occasion have the "wall of text" superspeed.
* EmpathicWeapon: Haywire.
* {{Keet}}
* MotorMouth: He's voiced by John Moschitta.
* SuperSpeed
* VerbalTic: Hetalksreallyfast.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"The past is the greatest teacher."

An elderly Autobot who often spins a tale of the old days to give advice.
* CommunicationsOfficer: In ''[[ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor Wings of Honor]]'' he serves as this on Thunderclash's ship.
* CoolOldGuy
* EmpathicWeapon: Recoil
* GoodIsNotNice: Marvel Comics Kup is incredibly belligerent and aggressive, often having to be restrained from shooting folk and yelling at Optimus repeatedly.
* HesBack: Kup's origin story in the UK comics has him retire into space, having become too old to fight. An encounter with Blurr and Hot Rod rekindles his fighting skills.
* TheMentor: Specifically to Hot Rod, but IDW has him teaching a lot of other Autobots, including Optimus.
* NewMeat: His younger self in ''[[ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor Wings of Honor]]''.
* SeenItAll: And he'll tell you War Stories about them all too!!
* PutOnABusToHell: Kup's fate in the IDW comics: sent to the beginning of the Dead Universe. He came back, obviously.
* TimeAbyss: 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.
** Taken beyond ludicrous with his IDW incarnation, who thanks to some incidents manages to be several ''billion'' years old, on top of his already advanced age.
* WhatTheHellHero: His comic incarnation spent most of Furman's run unleashing these on Optimus.
* WideEyedIdealist: In ''Wings Of Honor''.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: His ''Wings of Honor'' self 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.

!!!Function: [[GallowsHumor Air and Sea Assault]]
-->"I like the sea far away and my feet on the ground."

Part of the Wreckers. He also serves as the Autobot's "cab" during the G1 cartoon (ala Jetfire and Omega Supreme).
* AcrophobicBird: One of his forms is a fighter jet, but he's scared of heights. Almost as bad as being a seasick aircraft carrier.
* AnAxeToGrind: An early toy design showed him wielding one.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: His Japanese continuity version rebuilds himself so much that he becomes the same size as Fortress Maximus.
* TheBigGuy: Often fills this role for his fellow Autobots. In some instances, he's as tall (and nearly as powerful) as a Combiner.
* {{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.
* SizeShifter: To quote the Transformers wiki, "Broadside is the most ''blatantly'' out-of-scale Transformer ever." His ''Titans Return'' incarnation tries massaging this a bit, by having him come with scale-accurate mini-Aerialbot figures... only for the bio to foul this up by claiming his Titan Master power is to make him super-large.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Heights AND The Sea?!]]: His IronicFear.
** (Yet you'll hear none of that [[DependingOnTheWriter from him during the G1 cartoons]].)
* YouDontLookLikeYou: 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."

One of Blaster's tapes, he's obsessed with Earth sports.
* OutOfFocus: Eject barely ever appeared, even in the cartoon and comics. These days, he appears even ''less''.
* TheQuietOne: Has zero lines in the cartoon.

!!!Function: Communications
-->"Weapons can win battles, but words can win wars."

* CommunicationsOfficer: Sometimes.
* PaletteSwap: Of Cliffjumper, without the rear spoiler.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Hubcap was conspicuously absent from the cartoon completely.
* TheBarnum: Apparently a con man.

!!!Function: Battle Station
-->"Vigilance is the foundation on which victories are built."

* AgeLift: After ''Fall of Cybertron'', which had its own version of the big guy be ancient, Metroplex received one in other materials, boosting his age up from "built in the 21st century" to several million years.
* GeniusLoci: His alt-form is a city.
* HumongousMecha: He's the size of a city.
* LogicalWeakness: Metroplex is a city. According to his bio, this does sort of means he's incredibly sluggish, so just transforming takes a while.
* TheRival: To Trypticon.
* SealedGoodInACan: 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.
* TooPowerfulToLive: He and the other Metrotitans tend to either die or depart shortly after appearing in the IDW stories, giving off this impression.

!!!Function: Gunner
-->"Rules are detours on the road of life."
* AwesomeAussie: His cartoon incarnation has an Australian accent.
* DrivesLikeCrazy
** Considering how [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAccent he's supposedly from down undah]]...
* PaletteSwap: Of Brawn (though they gave him a roof-mounted gun).

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"One being's junk is another's art."

* TheCollector: Likes to collect Earthling knickknacks of all types.
* FantasticAnthropologist
* MeaningfulName: Has pipes on his arms
* NaiveNewcomer: IDW verse.
* PaletteSwap: Of Huffer (though he transforms differently).

!!The Protectobots
!!!Function: Protectobot Leader (Hot Spot), Scout (Groove), Doctor (First Aid), Interceptor (Streetwise), Air Support (Blades), Super Warrior (Defensor)
-->'''Hot Spot:''' "Rust never sleeps, and neither do I."
-->'''Groove:''' "War is a problem, never a solution."
-->'''First Aid:''' "An ounce of maintenance is worth a pound of cure."
-->'''Streetwise:''' "You have to know where you are before you know what to do."
-->'''Blades:''' "War's a dirty game - and I'm a dirty player."
-->'''Defensor:''' "As long as one innocent being is threatened, none are truly free."

A combiner team made up of Search and Rescue vehicles who seem to act as the bridge between Autobots and humans. They combine into Defensor. For once a combiner team that ''doesn't'' fit easily into the FiveManBand format.
* ActualPacifist: Groove, at first. First Aid ran off with it, though.
* ApocalypticLog: In The IDW verse First Aid writes and sends one off when Delphi is hit by a plague.
* AscendedExtra:
** 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.
* BarrierWarrior: Defensor can generate a forcefield.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Protectobots in general; Hot Spot in particular.
* BloodKnight: Blades likes to get ''close''.
* CharacterFocus: The team get a major role in ''War Within: The Dark Ages''.
* DemotedToExtra: 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''...
* GentleGiant: Defensor [[TheWoobie doesn't understand why humans always seem to be afraid of him]].
* GoodIsNotSoft: Hot Spot fought Cobra during the ''G2'' comics, and wound up frying several of them with his fireball cannons.
* HyperAwareness: Streetwise's shtick.
* TheHero: The Protectobots may not fit entirely into the FiveManBand role, but Hot Spot is ''definitely'' this.
* TheMedic: First Aid.
* OnlySaneMan: Defensor. The Protectobots being so nice and cooperative means they have the only real mentally stable combined form on ''both'' sides.
* ShoutOut: In ''Wings of Honor'', Streetwise (or rather, Street''star'') talks like Shaft for... [[Wiki/TfWikiDotNet no particular reason]].
* TechnicalPacifist: Groove, though he wishes he was an ActualPacifist.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Flee before me or else you'll fall before me."

TheBigGuy if Blaster and his tapes were a FiveManBand.
* RhinoRampage
* VerbalTic: During his accidental visit to Cybertron in the past, he stutters a lot.

!!!Function: Archivist
-->"Too much information is never enough."

* {{Adorkable}}: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' 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.
* EncyclopaedicKnowledge: Though according to his original bio, the information Rewind gathers is useless trivia, rather than anything useful.
* InsufferableGenius
* OfficialCouple: With Chromedome, in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* TheSmartGuy: Of Blaster's tapes. It gives him a chance to see more usage than the others, since his vast breadth of knowledge means he fills a niche of knowing something potentially useful to the plot.
* TankGoodness: His Transformers Fan Club and ''Titans Return'' toys turn into super space tanks.

!!!Function: Recconnaissance
-->"When the smoke clears, I've cleared out."

* CharacterDeath: His Dreamwave incarnation gets blasted through the chest by Runamuck. There are better ways to go.
* [[CoolCar Dune Buggy]] + [[BlackHelicopter Helicopter]] = AWESOME.
* FriendlyEnemy: to Octane
* TechnicalPacifist: during the G1 cartoon.

!!Sky Lynx
!!!Function: Lieutenant Commander
-->"The best achievements are worth repeating."

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** His comic incarnation disappears without comment after Budiansky's run, not to be seen for the remainder of the initial series.
** In the Japanese G1 continuity, he vanishes come the beginning of ''Headmasters'' (because of the complicated legal issues behind his toy meaning he wasn't sold in Japan).
* CombiningMecha:
** 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.
** His ''Combiner Wars'' toy is a straight example, forming the torso of Sky Reign.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Well, part of him anyway, though it might be more [[DinosaursAreDragons dragon]] than dino.
* InsufferableGenius: His huge form is dwarfed by his massive ego. He's got the skills and power to back it up, though.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Sky Lynx effectively replaced Omega Supreme as the giant warrior and group transportation in the third season. Omega did have a few appearances, though, and an entire episode where he got to trounce Decepticons on the Planet of Junk (and the only episode where Omega and Sky Lynx appeared together).

!!!Function: Aerial Defense
-->"Strength is more than physical."

An Autobot introduced in the movie, he is frequently leader of the Wreckers, an elite squad of Autobots.
* TheBigGuy
* CommandingCoolness: His comic incarnations nearly always lead the Wreckers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the animated movie]], but kept it through the sequel season of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the show]]. Becomes more TheSnarkKnight in later adaptations.
* {{Expy}}: If Hot Rod is the movie's Luke, and Arcee the Leia, Springer fills the role of Han Solo, the cocky-yet-capable rogue.
* InASingleBound: 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...
* LoveableRogue: One of the more light-hearted Autobots, prone to cracking wise.
* TheMusketeer: 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}}.

!!!Function: Tracker
-->"What the eyes don't see, [[TheNoseKnows the nose knows]]."

Blaster's answer to Soundwave's Ravage.
* TheNoseKnows: An expert tracker.
* [[MamaBear Momma Bear's Claws]]: When Carly Witwicky was searching for her son Daniel (as well as Grimlock).

!!!Function: Metallurgist
-->"Molecular structure is the key to understanding."

* AdaptationalBadass: His ''Legends'' incarnation is a very silly version of this - he's capable of destroying Trypticon, thanks to that time the big guy stood on him.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Gets distracted very easily.
* DrivesLikeCrazy
* MotorMouth: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', his nickname at the Academy was "Shut the Hell Up".
* PaletteSwap: Of Gears.
* PluckyComicRelief: In IDW.
* WallOfBlather: In IDW.

!!!Function: Scout
-->"Let my fellow mechanical beings go!"

* {{Adorkable}}: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': 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.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: IDW verse
* NaiveNewcomer: His original bio claims Tailgate can't distinguish between regular mechanical life (robots) and household appliances, leading to bother with humans since he thinks they're oppressing the calculators.
* PaletteSwap: Of Windcharger.
* {{Retcannon}}: His ''Generations'' toy bio gives Tailgate traits of his ''MTMTE'' incarnation, namely his tendency to lie in order to impress folk.

!!Ultra Magnus
!!!Function: City Commander
-->"Consistency is victory."

An Autobot who runs Autobot City on Earth. Frequently described as the brother of Optimus Prime.
* ArchNemesis: Of Galvatron, especially in the comics. The two often fight, and Galvatron usually tends to come out on top.
* BigBadassRig: Becomes one.
* TheBigGuy: Fitting for someone who turns into a truck and trailer, Magnus usually stands a great deal taller than everyone else. A major part of Operation: Volcano would have consisted of the Wreckers killing their targets, while Magnus held off every other 'con ''by himself''.
* BountyHunter: His [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye IDW]] incarnation works as an enforcer, hunting down anyone, Autobot or Decepticon, that violates the Tyrest Accord.
* CatchPhrase: "I can't deal with that right now." Ascribed to him by MemeticMutation, though he only says it the once, in a situation that's understandable in context.
* CombatPragmatist: Dreamwave Magnus shot Grimlock in the head with a missile, while he was distracted.
* TheComicallySerious: IDW Ultra Magnus is essentially the ultimate old-fashioned StraightMan, especially in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''. 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.'"
* GoodCounterpart: To Cyclonus sometimes and Galvatron other times.
* HumbleHero: Ultra Magnus is a legitimately skilled fighter and leader, but he tends to downplay or even outright deny he's any good. Bearing in mind, this guy is good enough to get on with Grimlock.
* LegacyImmortality: In the IDW series. Minimus Ambus is [[spoiler: the true name of the current bearer of Ultra Magnus' name and armor]].
* NeatFreak
* NoSenseOfHumor: See TheComicallySerious
* NumberTwo: To Optimus or Rodimus. It's how he prefers it.
* PaletteSwap: Of Optimus, with some minor details.
* PowerArmor: He wears it so often, the armor is his definitive look. Without it, he could be mistaken for Optimus Prime at first glance.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: 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.
* RoboFamily: Sometimes said to be Optimus Prime's brother.
* WorthyOpponent: He respects Cyclonus as a brother warrior, and the feeling is mutual.

!!!Function: Survivalist
-->"Only the fierce shall live."

* AdaptationalBadass: 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.
* BratsWithSlingshots: His only weapon in the cartoon is a slingshot that shoots hot coals. Not much of a weapon against giant alien robots, since the most it'll do is annoy them.
* KidAppealCharacter: Specifically, to Daniel.
* RhymesOnADime: To the point that his page on the Transformers wiki is written entirely in rhyme. It actually makes it hard to read sometimes. The IDW comics are the only ones that have ever bothered explaining the whys; he crash-landed on an unknown planet and eventually met an alien who could only talk in rhyme. Wheelie had to learn how to rhyme just to keep up, and eventually the habit stuck.
* RobotKid
* ThoseTwoGuys: Forms a dynamic with Daniel in the cartoon, and in the ''Headmasters'' anime.

!!!Function: Junkion Leader
-->"Collect and save, collect and save."

Leader of the Junkions. More of an ally to the Autobots than an Autobot per se.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: 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.
* AnAxeToGrind: Which can shoot lasers, because of course it can.
* BadassBiker: 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.
* GrailInTheGarbage: The Planet Junkion. Meh...
* HornyVikings: The reason for his looks, according to pre-production material, is that he's supposed to look Viking-ish. Meaning his name is likely a horrible pun on "Ha''gar''' the Horrible".
* RocketPunch
* SpannerInTheWorks: 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.
* VerbalTic: The Junkions speak in mixed advertisement [[ShoutOut shout-outs]].
* [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic The Weird Al]]: In his G1 themesong and his Animated counterpart.


[[folder:1987 Autobots]]

!!!Function: Biomechanical Engineer
-->"The strongest tyrant cannot crush freedom of thought."

* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler: He is an undercover Decepticon in the IDW comics. Except he's actually playing them, too.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: His Marvel comics incarnation was Unicron's first victim, impaled on one of the guy's fingers. Then eaten.
* LackOfEmpathy: 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.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.
* ForScience: He's the Autobots' idea man. In ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers Last Stand of the Wreckers]]'', this tips fully over into MadScientist.
* MadScientist
* SmallNameBigEgo: In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', 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."

* AscendedExtra: Receives a leading role in The Headmasters anime. After several more years being out of focus, he became a main character in ''MTMTE''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In the Marvel Comics, Chromedome's last seen running away from Unicron. ''Regeneration One'' at least shows he survived.
* InterrogatingTheDead: In IDW he's a "mnemosurgeon" that can read robots' memories, including dead 'bots (though in those cases, it's much more difficult to get anything legible). This crossed through into his ''Titans Return'' toy bio, which made it a superpower.
* TheLancer: To Fortress Maximus, in the anime.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.
* OfficialCouple: With Rewind, in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''.
* {{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."

* ColdSniper
* {{Jerkass}}: His ''Headmasters'' incarnation is an aloof guy with a massive stick up his rear.
* EmpathicWeapon: 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."

Identical robots who transform into completely different vehicles (a race car and a plane, respectively)
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Like their EvilCounterpart, Pounce and Wingspan, they look identical in robot form, [[IdenticalTwinIDTag but their altmodes tell the difference]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Fastlane.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Enclosed Spaces?]]: Cloudraker.

!!Fortress Maximus
!!!Function: Headmaster Leader
-->"Prepare for war, but strive for peace."

* ActualPacifist: He'd like to be, at least.
* AntiHero: 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).
* ArchNemesis: To Scorponok.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: IDW comics he goes ballistic after spending over 2 years being tortured.
* BerserkButton: 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.
* {{BFS}}: His ''Headmasters'' anime incarnation wields the mighty Master Sword, which is scaled for his fully transformed mode.
* DependingOnTheWriter: His actual personality changes from iteration to iteration. Also interchangeable is whether Cerebros even exists as an individual or not.
* HumongousMecha: 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 reclaimed the title in 2016 with his ''Titans Return'' toy.
* LetsGetDangerous: Comic Fortress was able to fight, the problem was more Spike, who had little to no desire to actually get involved in the war. The second-to-last issue has Spike ''finally'' getting over this, followed by becoming one of the few to actually beat Galvatron in a fight (admittedly, Galvatron had gone completely nuts by that point, but hey).
* LosingYourHead: Is a Headmaster.
* SenselessSacrifice: In the Generation 2 comics, he and Spike die destroying the Ark, but it doesn't actually slow Megatron down in the slightest.
* YourSizeMayVary: 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!"

* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.
* MeaningfulName: He's extremely stubborn. Also, 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. And he can also headbutt stuff with it, should the need arise.
* ShootTheDog: 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 HannibalLecture, Hardhead just nods at the speech, and calmly shoots Nightbeat through the head, killing him.
* TankGoodness: Turns into a space tank. IDW's Escalation gave him an Earth based mode, but it was still a tank.

!!!Function: Electronic Warfare
-->"War is the playground of the ignorant."

* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster.
* InsufferableGenius: Hoo boy. Dangerously combined with...
* OutOfFocus: Highbrow tends to appear much, much less than the rest of his fellow Headmasters. That he shares the role of "team scientist" with Brainstorm might have something to do with this, since two geniuses to a team becomes a little redundant.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: A tendency to overuse big words that fly right past everyone else.

!!Master Warriors

A group of Headmasters lacking full bodies of their own. Their numbers include: Kirk, Rodney, Loafer, Lione, Toraizer, and Shuffler.

Also, a set of Japanese exclusive Headmaster figures released during ''Headmasters'''s run. Some of their number received new Titan Master figures during ''Titans Return''.


* AerithAndBob: Japan's odd naming conventions strike again with Kirk and Rodney.
* AdaptationNameChange: When he received a toy in ''Titans Return'', Lione became "Sawback".
* LightningBruiser: Rodney, who has a speed rating of ten, with a strength level of 6.
* LosingYourHead: All of them are Headmasters.
* MightyGlacier: Shuffler, who has a speed rating of a mere 4 out of 10, but his strength is all the way at 10.
* PantheraAwesome: Lione and Toraizer turn into lions.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Some of the Warriors appeared during ''Headmasters'', but for whatever reason, they were ''never'' in the right colors.

!!The Monsterbots
!!!Function: Military Strategist (Grotusque), Counter-Intelligence (Repugnus), Supply Procurer (Doublecross)
-->'''Grotusque:''' "If it ain't fun to do, it ain't worth doing."
-->'''Repugnus:''' "No job is too disgusting to disgust me."
-->'''Doublecross:''' "Decepticon destruction is my favorite sport... and mine, too."

Three Autobots who transform into fantastic beasts. They are Grotusque, Repugnus, and Doublecross.
* AntiNihilist: Grotusque. Accepts that the Cybertronian war is awful and that he was built specifically to fight in it, but remains cheerful, friendly, and helpful.
* BigFun: 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.
* BloodKnight: Repugnus likes disembowelling folk.
* BoisterousBruiser: [[RuleOfThree Grotusque again, again.]] Loud and occassionally irksome, but a great fighter and unquestionably brave and skilled.
* BreathWeapon: All of them, specializing in fire.
* ButtMonkey: For whatever reason, Doublecross spent a lot of the ''Headmasters'' anime getting humiliated and beaten up.
* CombatPragmatist: '''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.
* ImAHumanitarian: Grotusque once ate a human Headmaster. And the Transformer clone body they were controlling. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath 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.
* InformedFlaw: 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 [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe rips a Transformer clone]] in half with hardly any effort.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Doublecross is a dragon. He likes using his fire-breath.
* {{Jerkass}}: Repugnus has a personality to match his unpleasant habits. He once threatened Grimlock that if the Dinobot didn't pay the Monsterbots for services rendered, he'd hand him over to Grotusque and Doublecross and let them do what they would.
* LosingYourHead: In the ''Legends'' storyline, the trio get their heads cut off by the Laser Beasts of Beast, who then take over them.
* MeaningfulName: 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.
* MultipleHeadCase: 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.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: 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.
* OutOfFocus: The Marvel comics used them almost ''never''. The ''Headmasters'' anime featured Doublecross in a semi-recurring role, since his gimmick made him prime comedy material, but that was about it until 2007, when ''Maximum Dinobots'' showed them in all their... "glory".
* TheParalyzer: Repugnus's gun paralyses his enemies, allowing him to move in for the kill.
* PlayingWithFire: They can all can breathe it in beast mode.
* SnakeTalk: Doublecross, who hisses constantly when he speaks.
* SplitPersonality: 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.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: 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.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Repugnus is the nastiest Autobot to still be portrayed as a hero; only the [[ToylessToylineCharacter 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.
* TurnInYourBadge: 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.

!!!Function: Enforcer
-->"Be brief of speech and long on action."

* EmpathicWeapon: Peacemaker.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Went from being cheerful and adventurous to weary and pessimistic.
* TheStoic: 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."

* ADayInTheLimelight: His minute long appearance in "The Rebirth, Part 1" is the largest role he got in the original run of G1. ''Headmasters'' used him a lot more, but since then he's had barely any appearances.
* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory: His ''Of Masters and Mayhem'' incarnation claimed to be from Harmonex, which had been destroyed, on the grounds that no-one would dare question whether he was actually from there or not. After things between Punch and Counterpunch get complicated, Punch isn't even sure if Harmonex ever really existed.
* FakeDefector
* NoSell: In ''Regeneration One'', Scorponok's gene-key weapon doesn't work on him, because it's designed to make Autobots more like Decepticons, and Punch is already part-Decepticon.
* PaperThinDisguise: His other robot mode's parts hang off his back. Plus, he's pretty terrible at explaining what he's doing.
* ProperlyParanoid: 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.
* ReverseMole: He's undercover as a Decepticon.
* SplitPersonality: According to his bio, [[JekyllAndHyde Punch experiences blackouts that imply Counterpunch could be developing a personality of his own]].
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: In ''Of Masters and Mayhem'', Counterpunch takes over fully, and helps cripple the Autobots. Then, Punch fights back, and the Decepticons blast them to pieces. By the end of it, Counterpunch comes out the other side, but is no longer sure of ''who'' he is.

!!!Function: Sharpshooter
-->"Believing in yourself improves your aim better than target practice."

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Or Arrogant Sharp-Shooter Guy, in his case.
* ColdSniper
* EmpathicWeapon: Spoilsport, a ColdSniper in his own right.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sureshot and Spoilsport do ''not'' get along.

!!The Technobots
!!!Function: Technobot Leader (Scattershot), Data Processor (Lightspeed), Assault Vehicle (Nosecone), Gunner (Afterburner), Aerial Gunner (Strafe), Warrior (Computron)
-->'''Scattershot:''' "Decepticons are like rust spots - they're ugly and they can pop up anywhere."
-->'''Lightspeed:''' "Space travel is the only flight to freedom."
-->'''Nosecone:''' "It's not who's the fastest; it's who reaches the finish line."
-->'''Afterburner:''' "Following leaders leads nowhere."
-->'''Strafe:''' "Shoot everywhere - since that's where the enemies are."
-->'''Computron:''' "Complete data analysis is essential for the synthesis of successful strategy."

They merge to form Computron.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: 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.
* DrillTank: Nosecone transforms into one.
* The FiveManBand who transform into futuristic (for 2006) / Cybertronian vehicles.
** TheHero / TheBigGuy: Scattershot (leader and can transform into a jet and cannon-thing)
** TheBigGuy: Meanwhile, Afterburner has anger management issues and a gun.
** TheLancer: Afterburner (argues with Scattershot all the time) and Lightspeed (who, considering his personality is the [[OnlySaneMan ''real'']] [[NiceGuy foil]] [[TheStrategist to]] [[SensitiveGuyandManlyMan 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 [[TheLancer lancer]] of the team.)
** TheChick: Lightspeed, but [[SanitySlippage Strafe]] may also fill this role considering his chronic paranoia and the fact that he's honestly just a [[TheWoobie really sweet guy underneath it all]]... at least according to his bio. The show doesn't get that across so much.
** TheSmartGuy: [[OnlySaneMan Poor Nosecone]] (though technically all of them to an extent. Nosecone and Lightspeed just display it more.)
* [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Attention Deficit... Ooh, look at the stars]]: Lightspeed
* BadassBookworm: Nosecone
* {{Jerkass}}: Afterburner. He has a BerserkButton that is constantly in some state of ''pressed''.
* [[LeeroyJenkins Leeroybot]]: [[MemeticMutation Strafe]] [[ Sets It Off]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: 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.
* SuperIntelligence: Computron.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter 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 DumbMuscle trope.

!!The Throttlebots
!!!Function: Scout (Chase), Saboteur (Freeway), Surveillance (Searchlight), Tracker (Rollbar), Materials Transport (Wideload)
-->'''Chase:''' "Hunters drive; targets park."
-->'''Freeway:''' "Words can cut deeper than steel."
-->'''Searchlight:''' "Seeing is, by itself, not enough for believing."
-->'''Rollbar:''' "When the going gets tough, the tough get driving!"
-->'''Wideload:''' Look good and you'll have the world in your pocket."

A group of Autobots led by Goldbug, the former Bumblebee. They are Chase, Freeway, Searchlight, Rollbar and Wideload. Tropes about Goldbug go in Bumblebee/Goldbug, above.
* {{Expy}}: They replaced the Mini-Vehicles in the toy line.
** Chase is one of Cliffjumper.
** Rollbar is one of Brawn.
* CompositeCharacter: Rollbar has many characteristics of both Brawn and Trailbreaker.
* MotorMouth: Chase.
* {{Jerkass}}: Freeway thinks he's a comedian. The others... don't.
* KillEmAll: The comics have them wiped out to a man by an Underbase-powered Starscream (Goldbug gets better a short time later).
* RatedMForManly: 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.
* ShaggyDogStory: In the Marvel comic series, the Throttlebots lost their bodies to humans, but the components containing their minds were placed in toy cars. While Goldbug was fortunate to get a new body relatively quickly, the others remained trapped for quite some time until meeting up with their fellow Autobots again. They finally got new bodies... only to be wiped out by the Underbase-powered Starscream soon after.
* SixthRanger: Goldbug. Sometimes he isn't even acknowledged as part of the team.
* TheQuietOne: Searchlight.
* WatchThePaintJob: For a dump truck, Wide Load is very particular about his appearance.


[[folder:1988 Autobots]]

!!!Function: Space Defense
-->"You can't tell a bot by his cover."

* TheCharmer: A facade. He's actually really insecure about himself.
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Cloudburst's diplomacy and abilities made the First One of Femax consider him as her mate.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Run hot, but always keep your cool."

* TheAce: Described as such by his TF Universe profile. He's a genius strategist, capable of analysing situations on the fly, and has no known weakness.
* {{Determinator}}: The Armornecking Incident had Getaway battered, broken and absent a working gun. He still managed to get his troops to safety.
* EscapeArtist
* OffWithHisHead: ''Titans Return'' has him as Titan Master.
* RunningGag: Writer Simon Furman likes having Getaway injured as a play on his name.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: His default weapon is a plasma shotgun.

!!!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."

* FailureKnight
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Gunrunner gets incredibly nervous if he's outside his Pretender shell for too long.

!!!Function: Emergency Rescue
-->"If at first you don't succeed, keep trying."

* DemotedToExtra: Unlike his wave mates, who've gone on to have major roles (Nightbeat ascended to stardom ever since his marvel appearance, and Siren gets a decent amount of exposure and often acts as TheLancer 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.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The reason Hosehead joined the Autobots.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: He's seen fighting Unicron in the comics. The opening of the next issue shows that at some point during the fight, he got killed. During ''Regeneration One'', he's alive again, just long enough to get stabbed through the back by the Dark Matrix. ''Jeez''.
* LosingYourHead: He's a headmaster binary bonded to a nebulan named Lug. When Hosehead dies, Lug continues to function as himself in the ''Franchise/TransformersClassics'' comics.

!!!Function: Warrior
-->"Enjoy each moment like it's your last."


* DrivesLikeCrazy
* LeeroyJenkins: His bio says he has a habit of getting into trouble due to not thinking things through.

!!!Function: Materials Transport
-->"Adventure is found in unlikely places."

* FatSlob: 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."

* AdventurerArchaeologist: He sort of sees himself as one. He's not, but he ''really'' wants to be.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He always wanted to be part of an important, dramatic story. When he finally was part of said story, he ended up with a hole blown clear through his chest by Thunderwing using a corrupted artifact of Cybertron's own god. [[CaptainObvious This killed him dead and probably hurt a lot]].
* HotBlooded: Widely regarded as a hothead, and for good reason. Unlike most examples of the trope, he's also very interested in making sure the job is done right.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: He simply wants to be the hero of a story; he finds his usual excavation operations dull and lacking in interesting plots.

!!!Function: Detective
-->"Truth is revealed in the smallest detail."

An Autobot who likes to solve mysteries.
* BadassLongcoat: On occasion, he has been seen wearing one. Yes, even over those shoulders.
* CharacterFocus: Since Simon Furman likes Nightbeat, he tends to use him a lot.
* CoolCar: His original toy turned into a Porsche 959, the precursor to the modern super-car.
* CoolShades: Often drawn with a visor that resembles these.
* HardboiledDetective: Frequently written as an homage to the genre, especially by Furman.
* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster (as shown in a single Marvel UK issue).
* NiceHat: To go with the longcoat and the detective theme.
* PrivateDetective: Especially in ''[[Franchise/TransformersClassics Classics]]''.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: His head's design managed to get swapped with his wave-mate Siren at some point, giving Nightbeat Siren's "shades". Of course, after so many stories with Nightbeat using those shades, they've stuck as his "look".

!!The Pretender Beasts
!!!Function: Surveillance (Catilla), Ground Trooper (Chainclaw)
-->'''Catilla:''' "Stalk before you strike."
-->'''Chainclaw:''' The only thing for certain is uncertainty."

They are the hunter Catilla and the worrywart Chainclaw.
* BearsAreBadNews: Chainclaw.
* CharacterFocus: Catilla was a main character in the Marvel UK comics.
* HeelFaceTurn: Before being an Autobot, Catilla was part of the Mayhem Attack Squad. In the Dreamwave comics, he also started on the Decepticon's side, before turning to the Autobots at some point.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Catilla treats his enemies like prey.
* NervousWreck: Chainclaw is a massive hypochondriac, and can on occasion be utterly paralyzed by worry. On the flipside, all that fear can be channelled into fury in a fight.
* OutOfFocus: Chainclaw appeared once in the US comics, in "[[BadFuture Rhythms of Darkness]]".
* PantheraAwesome: Catilla.
* PunnyName: Catilla, again.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Dreamwave Catilla used to be buds with Carnivac.

!!!Function: Chemist
-->"The faster it is, the better I like it."

* AbsentMindedProfessor: He has a habit of losing interest in one project and starting another.
* ForScience
* HairTriggerTemper
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite his own absent-minded tendancies, he's quick to jump on others for losing focus in their work.

!!!Function: Assault Warrior
-->"A confused enemy is a defeated enemy."

* DrillTank: One of his alternate modes.
* MoodSwinger: 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...
* PantheraAwesome: One of his alt modes is a giant puma.
* RoboFamily: In the commercial that introduces him, he's said to be Sixshot's son.

!!!Function: Field Infantry
-->"Generosity has its own rewards."

* {{Determinator}}
* EmpathicWeapon: Two of them: Holepunch and Tracer.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: In the IDW comics, he sided with Starscream, and even became a new leg for Devestator.]]
* ThePollyanna: Possesses the kind of relentless optimism that deeply annoys anyone with even slightly realistic tendancies.
* ReligiousBruiser: Faithful believer in the buried legends of Primus, reads Primus' Covenant...and a Wrecker.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Holepunch, a former BadBoss office manager who thinks he's more important than he actually is.

!!!Function: Incendiary Damage Control
-->"Act first, ask questions later."

* LosingYourHead: He's a Headmaster, even if it's never shown in the comics.
* NoIndoorVoice: A natural result of growing up in the Sonic Canyons, where everyone is like this. [[CharacterExaggeration Exaggerated]] in ''Franchise/TransformersClassics''.
* TheWatson: To Nightbeat.

!!Sky High
!!!Function: Scout
-->"Imagination is the key that unlocks the chains of reality."


* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A fate of many 'bots in the comics, and Sky High was no exception.
* {{CloudCuckoolander}}: Sky High exists in his own fantasy world. He is at least able to keep one foot in reality, modifying any developments to fit with his daydreams.
* {{Retcon}}: Sky High's personality got a little overhaul in Dreamwave's profile books. His original bio described him purely as DumbMuscle, but gave him the above motto and a high intelligence rating. So in ''More Than Meet The Eye'', he was re-written as a daydreamer who just comes across as a idiot.

!!!Function: Audio Correspondant (Grand Slam), Video Correspondant (Raindance)
-->'''Grand Slam:''' "The sounds of war are history speaking."
-->'''Function:''' "Every Picture tells a story.

An Autobot composed of the cassettes Grand Slam and Raindance.
* CombiningMecha: Raindance forms Slamdance's legs, and Grand Slam forms his upper body.
* GloryHound: Raindance sees his role in the war as being a vehicle to stardom. Unfortunately, Slamdance inherits this trait.
* GoodCounterpart: Slamdance is this to the Decepticon Squawkbox; another Transformer made from the Mini-Cassettes Beastbox and Squawktalk.
* IntrepidReporter: All three of them.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Grand Slam and Raindance are very unusual among Transformers -- how often do non-drones have vehicles as their ''robot'' modes?!
* OutOfFocus: Slamdance tends to appear a great deal more than Grand Slam and Raindance ever do on their own, probably since it's easer to give emotions to a robot than a tank and a jet.
* TankGoodness: Grand Slam's other alt-mode is a tank.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the Marvel comics, Grand Slam and Raindance were little more than a plot device the Decepticons were after. Once they got them, the two were never mentioned again.

!!!Function: Interceptor
-->"Sometimes, if you wait long enough, problems solve themselves."

* TheDitz: ''Severely''. Slapdash is kind of a dunce; he forgets things like missions, orders, his gun, ''his engine,'' or even having fuel. Not because he's an amnesiac, but because he's disorganized and chronically bad at paying attention.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: His inability to pay attention extends to his driving, making him a road hazard at 600 mph.
* [[ForgetsToEat Forgets To Refuel]]: Not for {{Workaholic}} reasons or such, but because he's just generally disorganized and ends up neglecting his own well-being out of incompetence rather than temperament.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Fortunately for him, he's really pleasant to have around, so the Autobots are willing to suffer his bumbling.
* PowerIncontinence: Has been known to forget his Powermaster engine, leaving him stuck in vehicle mode at... inopportune times.

!!The Sparkabots
!!!Function: Military Strategist (Fizzle), Interceptor (Sizzle), Ground Assault (Guzzle)
-->'''Fizzle:''' "Planning a battle is ten times more important than fighting it."
-->'''Sizzle:''' "Life in the fast lane is the only life worth living."
-->'''Guzzle:''' "It is better to have fought and lost than never to have fought at all."

Composed of the talkative Fizzle, the reckless Sizzle, and the gruff veteran Guzzle.
* AxCrazy: '''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.
* TheBerserker: Guzzle has become this after the events of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers,'' 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.
* BloodKnight: 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.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Sizzle, who tends to treat traffic laws as optional suggestions rather than anything more concrete.
* DrowningMySorrows: Fizzle, who gets even worse in regards to bragging and blaming when he puts away enough cheap energon.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: 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.
* InHarmsWay: Sizzle, who "only enjoys life when he's in danger." Problem is, he's also a relatively mediocre fighter. It's a wonder he hasn't actually died in any of the comics.
* NeverMyFault: Fizzle does not take responsibility for his screw-ups well... or at all, actually.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Fizzle, as a result of his overinflated sense of importance versus the actual modest results he gets.
* TankGoodness: Guzzle.
* TheResenter: 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."

* GeniusBruiser: A powerful and skilled naval tactician.

!!The Triggerbots
!!!Function: Lookout (Backstreet), Aerial Combat (Dogfight), Scout (Override)
-->'''Backstreet:''' "A moment of indecision can be your last."
-->'''Dogfight:''' "Don't fire 'til you see the lights of their eyes."
-->'''Override:''' "Let your actions do the talking and no one will misunderstand you."

Composed of the nervous Backstreet, the homicidal Dogfight, and the brash Override.

* AcePilot: Dogfight, much like Powerglide. Perhaps even moreso--he doesn't let his ego get in the way of his assessment of his skills.
* AxCrazy: Dogfight toward Decepticons.
* CoolBike: Override spends time as a heavily souped-up Suzuki touring cycle.
* CoolCar: Backstreet's alternate mode is a slick, futuristic Le Mans racer.
* CoolPlane: Dogfight, who turns into a Grumman X-29 experimental fighter craft.
* CryingWolf: Backstreet, not out of malice, but because at heart he's half lightning-fast reflexes and half near-crippling anxiety.
* TheDandy: Override, who obsesses over his looks and sinks into an inconsolable funk if his finish gets scratched.
* HairTriggerTemper: Dogfight, who needs ''several'' chill pills and a few decades of anger management therapy. Fittingly, he's part of the Triggerbot subgroup.
* NervousWreck: Backstreet, a jittery and anxious lookout who jumps to conclusions.
* QuickDraw: Their shared gimmick--each can quickly flick out a pair of guns to bring to bear on enemies.
* RefugeInAudacity: Override's ''modus operandi'': they can't really put up that much of a fight if they're too stunned by your sheer gall and chutzpah beforehand.
* SuperSenses: Backstreet has extremely keen senses. Too bad that he's so twitchy and nervous that he constantly arrives at the wrong conclusions from the right information.

!!!Function: Naval Warfare
-->"Freedom for all starts with freedom of navigation."

* GentleGiant: A caring and peaceful Autobot.
* UnwantedAssistance: He has a bad habit of offering to talk to his fellow Autobots about their problems, even when they clearly don't want to. In the G1 comics, this almost earned him an Energon sword in the face, courtesy of Grimlock.


[[folder:1989 Autobots]]

!!The Battle Patrol
!!!Function: Rapid Deployment Strike Force
-->"It is better to strike first, than to not strike at all.

Composed of Flak, Sidetrack, Sun-Runner, and Big Shot.

* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Sidetrack: He fights for the Autobots because they're the "good guys" and hates the Decepticons because they're the "bad guys". That's about the limit of his understanding of the reasons for their conflict.
* {{Jerkass}}: Most of them have their heads up their afts.
* SmugSuper: Like most Autobots with flying vehicle modes, Sunrunner feels more than a little superior to his ground-borne comrades.
* TankGoodness: Big Shot's alternate mode.

!!!Function: Aerospace Commander
-->"For a world without evil, you need a universe without evil."

A Micromaster, he runs the Autobots' Rocket Base.

* BigGood: Tried to be this for the Micromasters. Whether it worked is another matter.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: According to the Dreamwave comics, at least.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Countdown's tendency to get involved in other people's problems can get him into hot water.

!!!Function: Ground Reinforcement
-->"A warrior is only as good as his weapons."


* {{Redshirt}}: The one time he appeared in the Marvel comics, it was to get shot out of the sky. Jeez.

!!!Function: Surveillance
-->"Burn, baby, burn!"

* MultipleHeadCase: Each head actually has a different function.

!!!Function: Construction Engineer
-->"Everyone loses if there's nothing to win."

* JokeCharacter: His name has propelled him into one, he even became a finalist for the Hall of Fame.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Went up against the Constructicons, and destroyed them (temporarily).

!!!Function: Field Commander
-->"A life without risk is a life without reward."


* LeeroyJenkins: He has a habit of rushing off into situations without thinking.
* MightyGlacier: Despite turning into a jet, Groundershaker's pretty slow.

!!Hot House
!!!Function: Long Range Defense
-->"Communication is the key that unlocks victory."

* FiremenAreHot

!!!Function: Communications Bay
-->"Strong support needs a good foundation."


!!!Function: Undersea Defense
-->"The greatest truths lie at the greatest depths."

* CharacterFocus: Of an issue of the comic's "Matrix Quest" storyline.
* SanitySlippage: After losing his leg to a whale. [[Literature/MobyDick Which he then tried to hunt down and kill]].


!!The Off Road Patrol
!!!Function: Covert Activities
-->"Don't follow orders, follow instincts."

Composed of Musdlinger, High Jump, Powertrain, and Tote.

!!!Function: Troop Transport
-->"Know your enemy and he's yours."


!!!Function: Chemical Engineer
-->"Be humble of word, but great in deed."

* MadScientist: Says it right there in this Tech Spec!
* ScaryScorpions: He is the very first Autobot who has this as his alternate mode.

!!The Race Car Patrol
!!!Function: Reconnaissance
-->"In confusion there is opportunity."

Composed of Swindler, Freewheeler, Roadhandler, and Tailspin.

* TheChainsOfCommanding: Road Handler is often so busy watching over his troops that he neglects his own needs.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The Marvel US comics had them drive off into the night, never to be seen or heard from again.
* CoolCar: As their team name suggests. Swindler turns into a [=DeLorean=] DMC 12, Tailspin turns into a Porsche 652, Freewheeler becomes a Lamborghini Countach, and Roadhandler is a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
* LeeroyJenkins: Tailspin is pretty awful at reconnaissance, since his hot-blooded nature means if he sees a 'con, he's going to attack them.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Dreamwave Roadhandler once tore off a full-sized Decepticon's head.
* VigilanteMan: In the Marvel US comics, they took up crimefighting in New York to mend Autobot-human relations. It actually worked.
* WeakButSkilled: Swindler is smart and capable, but very weak (even for a Micromaster).

!!The Rescue Patrol
!!!Function: Search & Rescue
-->"True victory can lie only in the ability to locate and mend the injured."

Composed of Redhot, Seawatch, Fixit, and Stakeout.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Stakeout has a habit of rushing into things without thinking them over.
* TheMedic: Fixit is this for the team, and in the later comics, to the Autobots as a whole.
* ThrillSeeker: Red Hot. He loves charging into burning buildings to save others.

!!!Function: Ground and Air Assault
-->"There is no disgrace in not succeeding, only in not trying."

* KnightInShiningArmor

!!!Function: Saboteur
-->"Don't take a chance if you don't stand a chance."

* ThrillSeeker: Before the war, he was a stunt driver. As a saboteur, he likes to make as narrow an escape from an exploding building as he possibly can.

[[folder:1990 Autobots]]

!!The Air Patrol
!!!Function: Air Defense
-->"Keep your eye to the sky!"

Composed of Blaze Master, Sky High ([[NamesTheSame the other one]]), Eagle Eye, and Treadbolt.
* TheSociopath: Blaze Master is another candidate for most morally-bankrupt Autobot; his favorite pastime is covering Decepticons in napalm, then laughing as they burn to death.

!!The Astro Squad
!!!Function: Interstellar Defense
-->"There's no speed like light speed!"

Composed of Heave, Barrage, Blast Master, Moonrock, Phaser, and Missile Master.

* ControlFreak: Missile Master. If he's not in charge of a situation, he'll sit in a corner and think about how he could ''totally'' do it so much better.
* DumbMuscle: Barrage isn't much of a thinker. If dealing with anything non-combat related, his mind drifts.
* LeeroyJenkins: Barrage loves to rush headfirst into battle, usually not noticing or caring that Heave isn't anywhere near as enthusiastic.

!!The Construction Patrol
!!!Function: Ground Reinforcement
-->"The foundations of freedom are forged on solid ground."

Composed of Groundpounder, Neutro, Takedown, and Crumble.

!!Full-Barrel and Overflow
!!!Function: Regional Ground/Air Defense
-->"Speed and power are the driving force for victory."

Two Micromasters who run the Autobots' Battlefield Headquarters.

!!The Hot Rod Patrol
!!!Function: Highway Recon
-->"The essence of speed relies on our power to perform."

Composed of Trip-Up, Hubs, Greaser, and Big Daddy.

* AscendedExtra: They were the protagonists of the Dreamwave-era Micromasters series.

!!!Function: Strategist
-->"You can't win if you don't play."

* BornLucky
* CharacterFocus: His appearance in the Fan-club story "Gone Too Far" marked his first major starring role ever. He later became a semi-recurring character in MTMTE.
* HandsomeLech: In [[ComicBook/TransformersTransTech TransTech]].
* {{Hustler}}: Ditto
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Hubcap (ditto, again)

!!!Function: Security Expert
-->"Draw courage from defeat and you gain more than you lose."


* ShootTheDog: 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."

* AbsentMindedProfessor
* TheSpock

!!The Metro Squad
!!!Function: Urban Protection
-->"Protecting life is the most unselfish act of all!"

Composed of Road Burner, Power Run, Slide, Oiler, Strikedown, and Wheel Blaze.

!!The Monster Trucks Patrol
!!!Function: Ground Transport
-->"We're a giant, mobile wall of Autobot might!"

Composed of Heavy Tread, Big Hauler, Hydraulic, and Slow Poke.

!!!Function: Air Defense
-->"I rule the skies with a heavy hand!"

* TheNeidermeyer
* SmallNameBigEgo

!!Pipeline and Gusher
!!!Function: Ground Defense and Counterattack
-->"Leave the enemy spitting dust and bolts."

Two bickering Micromasters who command the Autobots' Tanker Trucks.
* OddCouple
* TankGoodness

!!!Function: Aerospace Engineer
-->"Think before you shoot, but shoot before you're shot!"

* TheAce: A skilled warrior, a top scientist, and a rational problem solver.

!!Retro and Surge
!!!Function: Long Range Defense
-->"Perseverance leads to triumph."

Two battle-hardened Micromasters who pilot the Autobots' Missile Launchers.

!!!Function: Covert Operations
-->"The greater the weapon, the greater the power!"

* FakeUltimateHero: Claims to be a great covert operative, but it's really his partner Glitch who does all the work.

!!!Function: Weapons Engineer
-->"Flying is the ultimate freedom."

* FalseFriend: In ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers Last Stand of the Wreckers]]''
* GadgeteerGenius: His LSOTW depiction is a weapons inventor. Problem is, most of his inventions don't work properly. An attempt at improving Glass Gas resulted in guns that shattered the minute someone tried to fire them.
* TheResenter: Again, in LSOTW, towards Ironfist.

!!!Function: Surface Surveillance
-->"Know your enemy and victory is yours!"

* BloodKnight: He never takes prisoners.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: In [[ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor Wings of Honor]]


[[folder:1991 Autobots]]

!!The Motorvators
!!!Function: Assault Force Leader (Gripper), Scout, Messenger (Lightspeed), Tactician, Troubleshooter (Flame)
-->'''Gripper:''' "To go forward across unknown terrain is only the beginning..."
-->'''Lightspeed:''' "Light years flash past at mind numbingly sub-atomic speeds."
-->'''Flame:''' "Too hot to handle is ice cold to me."

Composed of Gripper, Lightspeed, and Flame.
* PaletteSwap: Of the Brainmasters from the Japanese series ''Anime/TransformersVictory''.
* [[FiveManBand Three Man Band]]
** TheHero: Gripper.
** TheLancer: Lightspeed.
** TheSmartGuy: Flame.


[[folder:1992 Autobots]]

!!The Turbomasters
!!!Function: Commander-in-chief (Thunder Clash), Forceleader (Boss), Defense Tactics Specialist (Hurricane), Decoy (Flash), Rear Guard (Scorch), Guide & Strategician (Rotorstorm)
-->'''Thunder Clash:''' "We're ready and more than able. Let them throw all they want at us. We stand as one."
-->'''Boss:''' "Never underestimate the enemy... he's always worse than you could ever imagine."
-->'''Hurricane:''' "Give it all you've got. There may not be a tomorrow."
-->'''Flash:''' "Don't blink. I was that blur on the horizon."
-->'''Scorch:''' "No one gets past me. If they know what's good for them."
-->'''Rotorstorm:''' "Get into your enemy's mind. And them beat him at his own game."

Composed of Thunder Clash, Boss, Hurricane, Flash, Scorch, and Rotorstorm.
* [[FiveManBand Six Bot Band]]:
** TheHero: Thunder Clash.
** TheLancer: Boss.
** TheSmartGuy: Hurricane.
** TheBigGuy: Flash (in personality; in practice, he's a FragileSpeedster) and Scorch (a StoneWall)
** TheChick: Rotorstorm (male)
* TheAce: Rotorstorm, in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' (though he turns out to be more of a BrokenAce in the end).
** Later on in IDW's works, Thunderclash shows up as one of these played completely straight.
* TheCaptain: Thunderclash, in ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor''.
* AnOfficerAndAGentleman: [=WoH=] Thunderclash again, with a bit of either SouthernGentleman or QuintessentialBritishGentleman depending on how you interpret his accent and mannerisms.
* WouldHitAGirl: [=WoH=] Thunderclash, though he laments having to do it.

!!The Rescue Force

Composed of Rescue Force, Rescuer Force 1, Rescue Force 2, and Rescue Force 3. Seriously, that's their names.
* CombiningMecha: They form the equally-imaginatively-named Big Rescue Force... in theory. The resulting robot has no arms, thanks to the Breastforce members that form the arms not being exported.
* PaletteSwap: Of the Breastforce from ''Anime/TransformersVictory''.


[[folder:Canon Immigrants/Foreigners]]
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.

->(from ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' and ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'')

Founder of the Wreckers and its first leader.
* BrokenPedestal: To Ironfist in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' when Ironfist learns why Impactor was imprisoned, he [[spoiler: gives Perceptor the OK to kill him.]]
* DyingAsYourself: 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'' HeroicSacrifice by shutting down an unstable reactor core even as its massive radiation emissions destroyed him for good.
* EvilFormerFriend: Before the war Impactor was a miner, and had a bit of a temper, but he was friends with and always hung out with [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: Megatron]] gives a speech and is about to kill him, Impactor scrapes into the ground "Not more of Your Poetry," and [[spoiler: Megatron]] hesitates long enough for Impactor to escape.
* CameBackWrong: Brought back as one of [[MadScientist Flame's]] zombie army.
* CatchPhrase: "Wreck and Rule."
* HeroicBystander: 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.
* HeroicSacrifice: Twice. First he died in ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' TakingTheBullet 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 [[EarthShatteringKaboom that would have blown up the planet]].
* TheLeader: Of the Wreckers
* PayEvilUntoEvil: 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 KickTheSonOfABitch as Impactor was angry that the red-tape in high-command was letting murderers go, a disillusionment with the system, and psyche problems.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: 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
* TheUndead: Becomes a zombie in ''ComicBook/TheTransformers''.

!!Alpha Trion
->(from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' and CanonImmigrant to too many continuities to list)

A very, ''very'' old Transformer and mentor the younger generation of Autobots.

->Voiced by: John Stephenson & Creator/CoreyBurton (US)
* BareFistedMonk: 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.
* CoolCar: His altmode in ''Spotlight: Orion Pax'' is basically [[Film/BatmanBegins the Tumbler with a cape.]]
* DistressedDude: Happens to him with some regularity. He spent his only appearance in Dreamwave's comic as one.
* TheMentor: to Optimus Prime
* PantheraAwesome: His ''Titans Return'' toy turns into a lion.
* TimeAbyss: Ancient, even for a Transformer. [[spoiler: Takes on a whole new level after being revealed to be one of the Thirteen original Transformers.]]
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Until 2007, when he got to be a [=BotCon=] exclusive. He received his first general-retail toy as part of ''Titans Return'' in 2016.

->(from ''Franchise/TransformersTimelines'')
* ActualPacifist
* DistressedDude
* HealingHands
* TheMedic
* ThePollyanna
* Really700YearsOld

!!!Function: Warrior
->(from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' and ''Franchise/TransformersTimelines'')
-->"Let actions speak for you."

A member of Elita One's Female Autobots, and Ironhide's girlfriend.
* TheLancer: To Elita One.
* [[GoodOlBoy Good Ol' Gal]]
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Up until 2014, when she got a toy in the ''Generations'' line.

->(from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'')

* DeadpanSnarker: When written by James Roberts.
* HeelFaceTurn: A former Decepticon.
* TheFundamentalist: His brush with death during the ''Chaos'' storyline is said to have re-awakened his spiritual side.
* KatanasAreJustBetter
* MeaningfulRename: He started life out as Drift. Megatron changed his name to "Deadlock" when he joined the Decepticons, and he changed back after leaving the Decepticons.
* SmugSnake: As Deadlock.
* WarriorPoet

!!Emirate Xaaron
->(from ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'')

* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: His transformation has become this; Since he hasn't transformed in eons (for some reason), it's been said that the shock to his system might actually kill him.
* KilledOffForReal: Possessed by Primus, and then blown up by Unicron.
* ManipulativeBastard: Much to Impactor's frustration.
* PaletteSwap: To Megatron, sans helmet.
* RebelLeader
* ToylessToylineCharacter: The only thing he got close to a toy was the Ruination combiner which was based partly on him, specifically the head.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: 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 GeniusLoci" bots).

!!Elita One
!!!Function: Recon Specialist
->(from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'')
-->"When you look good, I look good."

The leader of the Female Autobots and Optimus Prime's lover. Before she was reformatted for combat, she was known as Ariel.
* LadyOfWar
* TimeStandsStill: She can freeze time, but this uses up so much energy that she risks death with each use.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Was one until she got a release as a [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Thunderblast]] retool exclusive to [=BotCon=]. Leaked instruction manuals for the ''Power of the Primes'' combiners and Japanese advertisements indicate she will finally have a toy that isn't a retool of an existing toy or an unauthorized third-party toy.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.

->(from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'')

A member of Elita One's Female Autobots who specialises in search and rescue.
* [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Of the female Autobots.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: 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 ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'')
-->"All will pay homage to Flame, the Autobot who engineered the most incredible transformation of all - planet to space-craft! They called the Decepticon leader, Megatron insane when he began this project millions of years ago. But I saw the spark of genius in what others called insanity! And now, at last, his dream will become a reality!"

A disgraced Autobot scientist, and with fairly good reason. His brilliance is overshadowed by an obliviousness to risk as he stubbornly pursues his grandiose ideas. His sole concern with other beings is whether they think he's right. And if they don't, he only becomes more obsessed with accomplishing his goals, no matter who or what must be sacrificed.

* ArcVillain: Of the stories City of Fear!, Legion of the Lost!, and Meltdown!.
* AxCrazy
* BondVillainStupidity: He plays this straight, since he really has no reason to leave Xaaron and the Wreckers alive.
* BoomHeadshot and ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: How he dies. The zombie Impactor's remaining intact limb is a HarpoonGun. In his last moments of self-awareness, he blasts the insane scientist in the face and kills him before he can blow up Cybertron.
* TheCameo:
** In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' 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).
** He briefly appears in ''The Transformers Versus G.I. Joe'', once against in the resurrection business. Shockwave goes to him to revive Soundwave.
* KilledOffForReal: By Impactor who Flame turned into a zombie.
* MadScientist
* TheManBehindTheMonsters: Flame is behind the robot zombie infestation in the City of Fear storyline.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: He has a zombie army.
* OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: The first ''evil'' Autobot in the franchise's history.
* PlayingWithFire: Has a high-powered flame thrower in his firetank form.
* SlasherSmile: His usual expression.
* TankGoodness: His altmode is a firetank.
* TheyCalledMeMad: 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.
* ZombieApocalypse: Creates one.

!!!Function: Archaeometrist
->(from ''Franchise/TransformersTimelines'')
-->"Erudition is the privilege of those who observe detail."

* AdventurerArchaeologist
* AbsentMindedProfessor
* CunningLinguist
* DependingOnTheArtist: She can look exactly like the toy or have a more feminine shape.
* PaletteSwap: to Bumblebee.

!!! Function: Tough Guy
->(from ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor'')
-->"Dude... Flak totally stole my motto!"

* BigBrotherMentor: To young Kup.
* CaptainCrash
* CoolOldGuy: 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.
* OlderThanTheyLook
* PluckyComicRelief
* ShoutOut: to the classic ''LiveActionTelevtion/SaturdayNightLive'' skit, [[ as seen here]]. WordOfGod from Rik Alvarez is that Creator/ChevyChase influenced Landshark's character, while Pete Sinclair states that Landshark loves SNL.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Flak.

->(from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'')

A member of Elita One's Female Autobots and reportedly the best sharpshooter in the galaxy.
* TheChick: On a team of women, Moonracer is the Chick.
* FriendlySniper
* GenkiGirl: Implied in the Wings continuity.


A colleague of Ravage's before the war, Nightstalker was devoted to his superiors, a supreme contrast to his friend.

Nightstalker started off in a prose story in the UK comic, getting a Japanese exclusive toy in 2012.

* PaletteSwap: His first toy was a repaint of Steeljaw, but with Ravage's accessories.
* SenselessSacrifice: Nightstalker blew himself up to take out some attackers, only for Megatron and Ravage to render it moot by leaving the person Nightstalker had tried to save to die.

->(from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' and ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'')

* {{Adorkable}}: A naive, somewhat straitlaced dork with OpaqueNerdGlasses 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.
* BigOlEyebrows: Which several other characters have commented on.
* [[spoiler: BoomHeadshot: surprisingly non-fatal.]]
* ButtMonkey: His first visual appearance had him beaten up and thrown onto a table in a bar.
* TheChewToy
* DistressedDude: To the point of starting to become a OnceAnEpisode gag.
* {{Geek}}: Collects and builds model spaceships, for starters.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses
* NonActionGuy
* TheShrink: To the Wreckers then to the crew of The Lost Light.

!!Rust Renegades

A group of female Cybertronians tasked with guarding sacred relics, who combine to form Victorion. The team was created by a fan-poll, who chose her name, appearance, powers and personality.


* {{BFS}}: The Torchbearers' weapons combine into a giant sword for Victorion to wield.
* CoolBike: Rust Dust transforms into a bike.
* CoolCar: Dustup and Jumpstream turn into cars.
* CoolPlanes: Skyburst and Stormclash transform into helicopters.
* GravityScrew: Victorion has the ability to manipulate gravity. None of her components have this power.
* LeeroyJenkins: Dust Up tends to act without thinking.
* OfficialCouple: Dustup and Jumpstream.
* TheRival: To fellow combining mecha Galvatronus, though only in the toyline.
* SiblingYinYang: Skyburst and Stormclash. Skyburst is the pleasant and kind one. Stormclash is the violent, aggressive one.
* UndyingLoyalty: Jumpstream is unflinchingly loyal to Pyra Magna, even willing to sacrifice herself if need to be.

!!Sentinel Prime

-->'''Function:''' Autobot Leader

Optimus Prime's predecessor, who died early on in the war.

* AdaptationalVillainy: His Marvel and Dreamwave incarnations were good, if not well-suited to warfare. His IDW incarnation was a murderous, selfish thug who arranged the death of his precursor, and was actually worse than the Decepticons.
* AscendedExtra: Originally, Sentinel started off as just a name in a list of Primes. After that, he was the leader before Optimus. It wasn't until ''Megatron: Origin'' that we get a prolonged look at the guy.
* CrazyPrepared: His Dreamwave counterpart figured Megatron was after the Matrix, and didn't bring it during their final encounter.
* DeathByOriginStory: A constant, because without him, Optimus wouldn't be Prime.
* TheGhost: His Dreamwave incarnation. All we see of him is his arm, after Megatron had finished with him.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Dreamwave Sentinel Prime thought Megatron would see reason. That didn't work out for him.
* LargeAndInCharge: His ''Megatron: Origin'' design shows him to be a very big 'bot, even without his Apex Armor.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Up until 2016, when he received one in ''Titans Return''.


-->'''Function:''' Battle beast

A feline barely more than an animal, Stripes was taken in by the Autobots and given tech to allow him to fight alongside them.

Stripes was a character in one of the original drafts for what would become ''Transformers: The Movie'', eventually getting replaced with Steeljaw. He eventually got a Japan exclusive toy in 2012, and a mainstream release in 2016's ''Titans Return''.

* PaletteSwap: His first toy was a repaint of Ravage.
* PantheraAwesome: He's a tiger.