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Characters: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye
These are the characters that appear in the comic book series Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.

For characters in its sister series (some of which may be represented here), see Transformers: Robots In Disguise.

If you want to see the list of characters for the original G1 series, it can be found here.

Some spoilers may be unmasked.
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The Lost Light Crew

    The Lost Light Crew in General 
The Lost Light is a starship utilized by Rodimus and over 230 other assorted Cybertronians on a quest to find the mythical Knights of Cybertron.

A former NAILs vessel. It's large enough to comfortably house more than 230 cybertronians, has a bar, a vast oil reservoir, and enough hangars to house smaller shuttles, like the Leading Light and the Rodpod. In fact, its large enough that it apparently has a footprint the size of the Bronx and Brooklyn combined.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: All of them. Regardless of their neuroses, disabilities, or personal drama, they can and will pull it together to deal with the Villain of the Week.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the alternate timeline, most of the crew suffered these at the hands of the DJD, with Rewind as the sole survivor.
  • Dysfunction Junction: A member of the Circle of Light sums it up well. There pretty much isn't a sane person among them (except Rung, and maybe Hoist). It gets worse once Megatron takes charge.
  • Expendable Quantum Duplicates: At the beginning of Season 2, the crew stumbles onto the remains of an alternate Lost Light, where the DJD massacred everyone... except for Rewind, that is. Turns out that the engine malfunction all the way back in Issue 1 caused TWO Lost Lights to exist due to quantum superposition. While we followed one of the Lost Lights, the other was expendable offscreen.
  • Sixth Ranger: They pick up some new crew members after visiting Delphi and folllowing the events of Transformers Dark Cybertron. This eventually becomes a plot point when the original crew starts disappearing when they find a Lost Light from another timeline and the later members have to find out what's going on.
  • The Smart Guy: Many, many members qualify: To wit: Rung is a psychologist, Swerve is a metallurgist, Brainstorm and Perceptor are top scientists, Ratchet and First Aid are superb medics, Rewind is a walking database, Chromedome is quite possibly the best mnemosurgeon the Autobots have, Skids is a theoretician, Nautica is an engineer and scholar, and Nightbeat is Sherlock Holmes. And these are just some of the most prominent ones.
  • Teleporter Accident: Due to the quantum generators malfunctioning aaaaall the way back in Issue #1, two Lost Lights were formed. One had all the adventures we see, the other was massacred by the DJD.

They were known as they Knights of Cybertron. They're real. I'm going to find them. And I want all of you to come with me.
The reckless, charismatic, and adventurous captain of the Lost Light. Despite his skill and high rank he's rather immature and rarely bothers planning ahead, much to the consternation of his crew. He believes that the Knights Of Cybertron will lead Cybertron into the future and made the choice to follow the Matrix Map and find them.

  • A Father to His Men: He'd like to be one, but he doesn't actually take the time to get to know them.
  • The Atoner: Decides to become one after Remain In Light, when he reveals to Magnus/Minimus that he let Prowl and Drift talk him into letting Overlord onboard.
  • Always Someone Better: He's ragingly jealous of Thunderclash.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Of a sort. He has shown great skill as a warrior and leader, but generally does not take his responsibilities seriously and is content to just delegate to Drift or Ultra Magnus.
  • Catchphrase: Till all are one! Lampshaded to hell and back by the other crew members, and, at one point, weaponized.
  • The Chosen One: The Matrix certainly liked him far more than it ever liked Optimus, but beyond that the only one who believes he's chosen is Rodimus himself.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: The panel of him being rigged to the killswitch, in order to use him and his half of the Matrix to save the ones affected by it..
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Straddles the line between Choleric and Sanguine.
  • Glory Hound: And he does not react well to it being pointed out. Prowl uses that to make him accept to take Overlord on board, by deliberately making is seem that if Rodimus refuses, its him acknowledging he can't handle it. Rodimus later admits he was fully aware of what Prowl did, but fell for it nonetheless.
  • Hikikomori: Had become one after Megatron became co-captain the Lost Light.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Insane Troll Logic: Dead!Rodimus has two arms. So if he cuts off his arm, he will avert the future where he's dead.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Rodimus wants to be a great leader and a hero, which often leads him to take risks and make poor decisions for the sake of his ego. Even his name is this: It's one he made himself, to style himself more as like a Prime. His real name is Hot Rod.
  • Indy Ploy: All the damn time.
  • Insistent Terminology: As he told Fortress Maximus and Getaway, he's "Rodimus" now, not "Hot Rod".
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerkass: Drift mentions Rodimus has a tendency to swear at him if he doesn't answer Rodimus's calls instantly, before threatening to revoke his amnesty and have Ultra Magnus arrest him.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Asking Cyclonus to join them to Luna-1, and then agreeing to Cyclonus' request to bring Tailgate along, is what enables the team to rescue the Circle of Light, fend off Star Saber and stop Tyrest and his killswitch.
  • The Leader: Type III.
  • Manchild: Borders on this until the back-to-back incidents concerning Overlord and Tyrest convince him to grow up.
  • The McCoy
  • Meaningful Rename: Used to be Hot Rod. He renamed himself to sound more like a Prime.
  • The Mole: Confesses to Minimus that he agreed to have Overlord be brought onboard as part of Prowl's plan to create Autobot Phase Sixers.
  • Not Quite Dead: Interesting variation. Aside from flashbacks to before and during Megatron's trial, Rodimus didn't show up in MTMTE #28 or 29. And the revelation of what was in the coffin (a dead Rodimus with half of his head missing) made it seem that Rodimus was, in fact, dead. Turns out in issue #30 that Rodimus is still alive, albeit now he's a Hikikomori (see above) and Dead!Rodimus is actually Rodimus from the future.
  • Power Trio: With Ultra Magnus and Drift.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Discussed by Rodimus. He finds the idea to be cheap, saying instead that if one really want to make amends, one should live and try to actually make up for one's mistakes.
  • Portal Cut: How he died in Other!LostLight, he messed up trying to kill the Sparkeater and lost part of his head in the process.
  • Red Is Heroic
  • The Only Way They Will Learn: Ultra Magnus wanted to scare him straight by having Rodimus track him to Tyrest. It kind of worked, but for the wrong reasons.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets one from Ultra Magnus on how bad his leadership is, in Issue 21.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gets this and "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Optimus after he confesses his involvement on the Overlord affair.
    • Gets another one from Ratchet calls him out accessing the voting records. Then Ratchet reveals the voting records are actually fake because his name is not on the list.

    Ultra Magnus 
Let me be be less abstruse. Screw up and I will demolish you.
The Duly Appointed Enforcer Of The Tyrest Accord and Rodimus' second-in-command. He takes everything far too seriously and is increasingly stressed by the chaotic nature of Post-War life. He's trying his best to keep the crew in line and failing spectacularly.
Click here  to see his true identity.

  • Becoming the Mask: Being Ultra Magnus wasn't just a job for Minimus Ambus. It was his entire life. Ratchet even confides in him that he is the "true" Ultra Magnus.
  • Badass: Curb Stomps at least 5 or six Decepticons at once in issue #12, and, as Ambus, shoots Tyrest with a gun twice his size in issue #21. Lampshaded by Swerve and Tailgate.
    Tailgate:You know you said Ultra Magnus was really good at fighting...
    Swerve:Not my exact words, but yes?
    Tailgate:He is really good at fighting.
  • By-the-Book Cop
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: In his defence, it was weapons-grade nucleon.
  • The Comically Serious: Until it turns out he's having a nervous breakdown. Then it becomes tragic.
  • The Dark Chick: Of Tyrest's group, as Minimus Ambus. Even after losing the Magnus Armour, he still considers himself a subordinate of Tyrest's, and works to clear Rodimus and his shipmates of the crimes Tyrest has imprisoned them for. He's also at odds personality-wise with pretty much every other member of Tyrest's Five-Bad Band, and also not much to look at physically when compared to Star Saber and Lockdown, the two heavy-hitters. His position doesn't stop Tyrest from having a Legislator crush his head when Ambus protests his plan to use the Universal Killswitch.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Ultra Magnus has been dead for millions of years, killed under unknown circumstances.
  • Depower: Tyrest strips Minimus Ambus of his Powered Armor form and his name. It doesn't stick.
  • Determinator
  • Felony Misdemeanor: He tends to be pretty anal about minor infractions.
    Tyrest: Badge Inspections! Doorframe Audits! Nanocons! Hugging! Hedonia!
  • Foil: To Rodimus.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Gosh Dangit To Heck: Should Ultra Magnus be moved enough to swear, it winds up being incredibly outdated swears.
  • Grammar Nazi: Misuse of apostrophes is considered mutiny in his book. He distrusts metaphor and simile, and considers using them a moral lapse. He even writes missives in a special font, one that features a lot of right angles.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Believes several months of 'cripplingly intense study' might actually be fun.
  • The Lancer
  • Legacy Character: There's been more than one Ultra Magnus, with the current incarnation being Minimus.
    • Legacy Immortality: Magnus was known for miracle recoveries and surviving seemingly lethal injuries.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Regarding Tyrest's descent into madness and his plans for the Universal Killswitch before the start of Remain In Light.
  • Meaningful Name: Minimus Ambus, the real, "irreducible" Minimus Ambus, is actually about the same size as Rewind when not inside his suits of Powered Armor. He barely comes up to Rodimus' waist.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe, he's one of the Autobots' greatest heroes, an epitome of law and order who is feared and respected by his allies and enemies in equal measure. It's the reason that Tyrest chose to make him a Legacy Character after the original Ultra Magnus died, so that he could function as "the eternal lawman".
  • My Greatest Failure: He feels not going to Garrus-9 is this.
  • Not Quite Dead: Survives getting his head crushed at one point. But then, it's not his actual head...
  • Number Two: To Rodimus and Megatron.
  • Odd Friendship: He has acknowledged twice his friendship with Verity Carlo.
  • Only Known By Their Nick Name: Even after The Reveal about his Secret Identity Identity, most of the Lost Light crew just tend to refer to him as "Magnus" rather than his true name of "Minimus Ambus". Given the nature of the Ultra Magnus identity, this could even be a very strange case of Everyone Calls Him Barkeep.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite the fact that he's the same size as Swerve, Tailgate, and Rewind when completely unarmored, Minimus Ambus still has the superspark of a Point One Percenter, and thus has no problem picking up a BFG far bigger than himself, which not only allows him to disable Tyrest, but also to fight the horde of Legislators that get summoned afterwards. Minimus' superspark is also what allows him to wear two suits of Powered Armour on top of each other without collapsing in on himself, because he's a special type of Point One Percenter called a "loadbearer" that allows him to withstand the strain the suits put on his frame.
  • Porn Stache: As Minimus Ambus, just like his brother Dominus. Apparently, it is a family trait.
  • Powered Armor: What "Ultra Magnus" technically is, with Ambus being inside of it. Although it turns out that the inner robot is itself a smaller suit of Powered Armour with the actual, tiny Minimus Ambus inside that. It's how he survives his head being crushed by Tyrest's Legislator.
  • Power Trio: With Rodimus and Drift.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Downplayed. It may not be immediately obvious due to his Super OCD, but when Red Alert is found headless in the oil reservoir, he's quick to call Rodimus and Drift on being idiots about Cyclonus's questioning.
  • Retired Badass: After the events on Luna-1 he decides to step down as Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord, but does retain ownership of the Magnus Armor. Fortress Maximus becomes his successor.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Luring Rodimus to Luna-1 turns out to have been an attempt by Minimus at this; he'd been having serious doubts about Rodimus' ability to command ever since the start of the series, so when he was terminally injured by Overlord, he didn't simply teleport back to Tyrest, but instead let Tyrest take remote control of the armor and pilot it back to his location. This was because Minimus wanted Rodimus to follow his trail so Tyrest could read him the riot act for the way he'd been behaving and shock or maybe shame Rodimus into being a better commander; unfortunately, Minimus had no idea that Tyrest had gone insane or what he was planning. And he did all this with the expectation that he was going to die; he was genuinely surprised when Pharma was able to repair him.
    • The Only Way They Will Learn: He thought this was going to be the only way to get Rodimus to understand what he needed to change about himself. He did learn the lesson, but the cost was high.
  • Third-Person Person: Rodimus points out that he does this in the Annual and it makes sense once you know that Ultra Magnus is an identity, not a person.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: He opposes Tyrest as soon as he learns of Chief Justice's plan to exterminate a significant portion of the Cybertronian race.
  • Try to Fit That on a Business Card: Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord and Director of Security, along with several other titles we haven't heard of. He eventually gives up his title of Enforcer to Fortress Maximus.
  • Secret Identity Identity: His real identity is Minimus Ambus, Dominus' brother.
  • The Spock
  • Stat-O-Vision: Not literally, but when looking at someone he's familiar with, he tends to envison their name and basic information, as well as likelihood of future criminal activity.
  • Super OCD
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives an impressive one to Prowl.

My faith will protect me. My faith and my sword.
An ex-Decepticon and Rodimus' third-in-command, Drift has recently found religion after a near-death experience. Now relentlessly and offensively upbeat (on the surface), he's the most spiritual member of the crew and frequently clashes with the atheistic Ratchet.

  • The Atoner
  • BFS: His Great Sword, though he rarely uses it.
  • The Big Guy: Among the bots in charge.
  • Con Man: It's implied that before he switched sides, he stole at least 1 BILLION Shannix from the Decepticons war funds.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Underneath his annoyingly positive exterior is one of the deadliest warriors in Cybertronian history.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the alternate timeline, Helex forces him, Ratchet and Hound to eat their own brain modules.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Disposable Vagrant: Nearly. Sonic and Boom tried to kidnap him as a test subject for the institute, but were stopped by Orion Pax.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He confesses to Rodimus that when he stabbed himself during the events of Chaos, he saw a future where Rodimus was needed to save it, which is why he decides to take the fall for Rodimus.
  • Easily Forgiven: Deadlock was one of the most prolific murderers the Decepticons had. Ratchet's treatment of Drift is probably a deliberate aversion of this.
  • The Exile: After issue 16. Issue 21 reveals it was prearranged.
  • Fall Guy: He takes the blame for Rodimus.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: No-one in the cast has an especially high opinion of Drift. Not even Rodimus, who Drift mentions berates and insults him frequently, or even threatens him with being jailed for his crimes.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Before his Heel-Face Turn.
  • The Fundamentalist: Although it's implied to be at least partially an act.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: He begs Ratchet to kill him when infected with the red rust virus and he thinks the DJD might be coming. Ratchet refuses.
  • I Owe You My Life: Ratchet saved his life back before the war, and Drift is fairly protective of him in the present.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Rodimus strips him of his Autobrand before exiling him.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: apparently he can change his eye colors, as noted by Thunderclash. The art doesn't reflect this, though.
  • Katanas Are Just Better
  • The Kirk
  • The Mole: Worked with Prowl to smuggle Overlord on board the Lost Light.
  • The Needs of the Many: He says he will take the blame for Overlord, so that Rodimus can continue with the Knight quest, as Drift believes something ominous is approaching and Rodimus, and the Knights of Cybertron are needed to stop it.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When it becomes obvious that Crystal City was attacked, he's clearly pissed.
  • Parody Sue: Not as obvious as Thunderclash, but every now and then he has flashes of this.
  • Power Trio: With Rodimus and Ultra Magnus.
  • Put on a Bus: Following his exile due to his involvement in the Overlord affair.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: To a far lesser extent than, say, Cyclonus, but he still isn't widely liked or trusted. Magnus in particular has to resist the urge to arrest him on sight.
  • Religious Bruiser: Ever since he survived skewering himself, he's become far more religious.
  • Stepford Smiler: When asked if he has any regrets, he just buries his face in his hands. And during the Shadowplay arc, he briefly mentions what Rodimus says about him, before instantly breaking out a wide grin and changing the subject.
  • Taking the Heat: He claims sole responsibility for the Overlord fiasco, only naming himself and the Duobots (both of whom are dead by that time) as the ones involved.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Deliberately, to get on Ratchet's nerves, and Ratchet names the trope while calling him on it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ratchet.
  • Warrior Poet: He writes most of Rodimus' speeches.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is called out by Ratchet after his first instinct towards Dent was to kill him.
  • Yes-Man: Ratchet comments that he was appointed to the command structure for only telling Rodimus what he wanted to hear.
  • Zillion-Dollar Bill: His currency card seems to have, at least, 1 BILLION shannix of funds in it.

I've been doing this too long.
The grouchy and snarky chief medical officer, Ratchet is starting to feel the effects of age and joined the crew in their quest in the hopes of finding a worthy successor. His staunch atheism and rational personality cause him to often bicker with the overly-superstitious Drift.

  • Awesome by Analysis: He figured Ultra Magnus was a Legacy Character from the very beginning.
  • Badass
    • Badass Grandpa: Ratchet has very much an old man POV on life and is so worndown that his hands are seizing up. He also kicked the crap out of Pharma and his immediate reaction to Overlord popping up behind him was to turn on a dime and shoot him in the face.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Used to have this, back when we first saw him in this continuity.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: On the receiving end of this, courtesy of Pharma, though Ratchet refuses to scream or give Pharma any satisfaction. Spotlight: Orion Pax reveals that Ratchet been tortured before by Bludgeon, who's "hurt him in ways only a doctor could understand," which may explain Ratchet's ability to resist here.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Cruel And Unusal Death: Suffered a nasty one in the alternate timeline, where Helex forced him to swallow his brain.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expy: If Pharma is the Joker, then Ratchet is NOT Batman, but rather Commissioner Gordon. Especially considering the torture he receives at the hands of Pharma is a means of breaking him, and just like Gordon, he endures it.
  • Fan Boy: Turns out he was subscribed to the Fisitron's Wrecker Files.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: He doesn't believe in the creation mythos.
  • Foil: To Pharma.
  • Losing Your Head: Pharma removes his head (and spark) to show off his surgical skills after they meet again on Luna 1.
  • The Lost Lenore: Believes he could've been able to save Ironfist.
  • MacGyvering: Rigging Ambulon's corpse to make a one-shot energy gun to dispatch a Legislator.
  • The McCoy
  • The Mentor: To First Aid, whom he sees as his replacement.
  • Nerves of Steel: Ratchet's been held hostage by experts. He's long since gotten bored of maniacs holding guns at him.
  • Secret Secret Keeper: He's known all along that "Ultra Magnus" has actually been a succession of 'bots in Powered Armor, all the way back to the very first, original Magnus, but never saw a point in letting people know. He also considers Minimus, the longest holder of the title to be the "true" Ultra Magnus.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran
  • Take Up My Sword: He's been training First Aid to become his replacement.
  • Took A Level In Cynicism: He did use to be more pleasant, but with everything that's happened, combined with his hands not working, he started doing this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Drift.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets one from First Aid. Concedes First Aid is right.

It's okay. It's alright. We're done. No more for today.
The ship psychiatrist who's incredibly nice and well-meaning to just about everyone. Despite his affable personality he often goes unnoticed and secretly desires to be remembered. May or may not be more than he seems...

  • Accidental Misnaming: Rung is never correctly addressed by name when he is conscious or present. The other characters will either forget his name, mispronounce his name, or simply identify him based on his profession. However, characters do not seem to have this problem at all in prose stories or when he is not present.
    • Skids utilises this to bring him out of his coma.
    Rung: "It's Rung. Forever."
  • Adorkable
  • The Bait: The Sparkeater sought him due to the brightness of his spark. When Rodimus figures this out he grabs him and uses him to lure the monster into the range of the ship's engines.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Brutal Honesty: The reason why Rodimus ask Rung to go with him to Luna-1, because Rodimus admits he needs someone to tell him things he doesn't want to hear, especially after Magnus goes missing.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Cassandra Truth: Rodimus dismisses his concerns regarding the "voice coming from the basement". Turns out Rodimus knew what was in the basement.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: At first he appears to be a mere Psychiatrist used as a butt monkey, but several events have alluded that Rung is far more than meets the eye:
    • He's positively ancient, being a contemporary of Kup.
    • His serial number is exactly 1 Million.
    • He's met most of the famous Autobots (in fact had most of them as clients).
    • He's never changed his body since the beginning of the war. In fact, he's gone through it relatively undamaged (as commented by Ratchet) prior to getting his head shot off by Swerve.
    • He was there at Megatron's Start of Darkness, in fact him being assaulted was the event that started the chain of events that would lead to Megatron abandoning a pacifist approach and starting the Decepticon movement. In a way, Rung getting attacked in that oil house is what sparked the Great War.
    • In fact Rewind describes him as a "historical constant", somehow always present during significant events while remaining outside them.
    • He has the brightest (or possibly second brightest) spark on the ship, which draws the sparkeater to him.
    • His Alt Mode is apparantly unique (But never fully seen by the reader).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not a moron by any definition, but he isn't much of a fighter. He's surprisingly good with a staff.
  • Distressed Dude
  • Easily Forgiven: He has this attitude towards everyone.
  • Equippable Ally: Played for laughs, as Rung transforms into... a giant stick, which Swerves uses as a weapon to defeat Paddox in issue 22.
  • Foil: To Drift, in a meta way. Drift was presented to the fandom as some really cool character (ninja, sleek car, respected autobots shilling for him). Rung is simply psychiatrist, is considered the weakest crewmember, others don't take him seriously and even keeps getting called by the wrong name, and transforms into an office ornament, of all things.
    • It may work in another way too. Whereas Drift was hyped upon his introduction, he has since been played down and integrated with the cast. Rung was introduced quietly and casually, and is gradually hinted that he is going to be very important later. For example, his alt mode is not actually an office ornament. No one knows what it is, so the Functionists invented a new and complete BS category for him.
  • Geek Physiques
  • Kitsch Collection: Of model spaceships.
  • Nice Guy: The best example among the Lost Light crew.
  • Non-Action Guy: Lampshaded by himself when his internal monologue reveals he was happy when he was forced to sit out during the Battle of Temptoria.
  • Noodle Implement: His alt mode is apparently unique, but the reader's yet to see it, and his body doesn't hint as to what he turns into.
  • Only Friend: The sole member of the crew trusted by Red Alert.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses
  • Recurring Extra: Before the events of the series. He's been described in-universe as a "historical constant."
  • The Shrink: Formerly to the Wreckers and now to the crew of The Lost Light.
  • Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice, as seen in MTMTE #24 (Dark Cybertron #4).
  • Spotting the Thread: He was able to deduce the true identity of Minimus Ambus.
  • Team Mom
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: 90% of his body is made of compartments.
  • Your Head A Splode: Barely survives having his head blown off by Swerve.

Try "Get out of my head." Or even better "Get out of my memories."
A mopey and depressed mnemosurgeon with a Dark and Troubled Past. He hopes to move on and make a new life for himself with his Conjunx Endura Rewind, whom he heavily relies upon. He resents his own talents as others constantly pressure or exploit him because of them.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses an arm in the slow cell door as he reaches for Rewind.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: His old job at the New Institute.
  • Broken Bird: Used to be a major one. Happens again when Rewind dies.
  • Break the Haughty
  • Cartwright Curse: Four times.
  • Catapult Nightmare: One side-effect of reading dead-people's minds is reliving their last moments (which are often fairly gruesome, considering what it takes to kill a Transformer).
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Chromedome: Short answer: No. Long answer: No, don't be an idiot.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: After Rewind dies, he gets quite angry at being called Domey.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: He probably would have gone through with it if Rewind hadn't distracted him. They ended up getting together.
  • Hikikomori: Has become one at the start of season 2.
  • Interrogating the Dead: He can read dead people's memories, but it's incredibly unpleasant for him. Rewind is worried that one day it'll kill him, and urges him to quit.
  • It's All About Me: The reason why he was thinking of erasing all memories of Rewind, so he would get over the grief fast.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Blows up a cell with Overlord and Rewind in it in order to spare Rewind death at Overlord's hands.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He couldn't deal with losing his past conjunx endurae, so he erased his memories of them.
  • Loose Lips: His blabbing that Megatron was still alive gave Overlord the motivation to break free. Also, non-discriminantly speaking your mind seems to be a side effect of having it read, especially if it's a memory both parties share.
  • Mind Meld: His specialty.
  • Mind Rape: His response to Prowl trying to blackmail him was to forcibly invade Prowl's mind and delete the information that let him make the threat.
  • The Mole: Brought into Drift and Brainstorm's Overlord operation at the last minute.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Breaking things on two comics at the same time! He allows Overlord to find an opening during mnemosurgery, which allows for his escape. And his hasty mnemosurgery on Prowl allows for things to go really bad on Cybertron during the events of Transformers: Robots In Disguise.
  • Official Couple: With Rewind.
  • Only Friend: Brainstorm's.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Leads Rewind to suspect that something is up.
  • Too Clever by Half: He's a damn good mnemosurgeon, but Overlord probably wouldn't have escaped if he hadn't let it get to his head.
  • Visual Pun: His real name is Tumbler, he transformers into Batman's Tumbler.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rewind displays minor shades of this toward Chromedome as the latter's explaining how he can get Overlord off-ship. Subtly played later by Brainstorm when he advises Chromedome not to wipe his memory of Rewind, because Rewind would truly be dead then.
  • We Used to Be Boyfriends: However close he and Prowl may have been in the past, it clearly doesn't extend into the present day.

Everyone's shape serves a purpose.
A friendly and trusting archivist and Chromedome's Conjunx Endura. He discovered the Matrix Map and supposedly joined the crew to find the Knights, but actually joined in hope of finding his long-missing previous Conjunx Endura, Dominus Ambus. He's highly protective of Chromedome and wants him to quit using mnemosurgery.

If I'd known that was the best you got, I'd have said something genuinely offensive.
A borderline Ax-Crazy ex-Wrecker who loves to fight and antagonize others. He apparently hates everyone (himself included) except Rung. He joined the crew pretty much by accident and has a strong rivalry with Cyclonus.

Everyone can die. Trust me, I know about these things.
The former right-hand man of the warlord Galvatron, Cyclonus is a proud patriot who's disappointed by the current state of his homeworld and wishes to find the Knights to restore it to it's former glory. Extremely stern and abrasive, he has difficulty forming attachments to others and struggles with his increasingly strong friendship with Tailgate.

  • Back from the Dead: At the end of The Transformers IDW, Vector Sigma restores him to proper life, for aiding in stopping Galvatron. It actually becomes a plot point in Issue 21, where he uses the residual energy to cure Tailgate.
  • Badass
    • Badass Grandpa: One of the oldest Cybertronians still alive.
    • Handicapped Badass: Gets impaled by a Legislator during the "Remain in Light" arc, and receives what could only have been a rushed fix from the Circle of Light. He spends the next few issues helping them destroy a horde of Legislators, and he's the one who ends up forcing Star into a retreat.
    • During Transformers Dark Cybertron, he's infected by the Dead Universe and begins bleeding out corrupted Energon. He still manages to take on Nova Prime long enough for Orion to get a Heroic Second Wind.
  • Bash Brothers: Becomes one with Whirl for the "Remain in Light" arc.
  • BFS: He gets to keep one at the end of "Remain in Light".
  • Black Speech: His singing in primal vernacular sounds like this.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Starts vomiting up black Energon when the Dead Universe infects him.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Back when he was working with Galvatron. A lot of 'bots tend to overlook this fact when they bring up the things he did during that time, though it doesn't help that Cyclonus is unapologetic about what he did.
  • Broken Bird
  • Bullying a Dragon: In Issue 12. Yeah, it was really nice of you to remind Whirl you want to kill him, which immediately causes Whirl to lock him up in a room with a bomb inside it.
  • Cool Old Guy: On occasion.
  • The Corruption: Reinfected by the Dead Universe during Transformers Dark Cybertron.
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • Determinator
  • Ear Ache: Loses one of his horns in a fight with Whirl in the first issue. Because of his religious beliefs, he doesn't get it fixed until the end of Remain in the Light.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Proud Warrior? Check. Puts a lot of emphasis on honor? Check. Looks like a living Tosei Gusoku armor of the samurai? Check. Has a BFS? Check!
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Not to the same extent as Tailgate, but he's from a much different Cybertron than everyone else on board, and spent several million years stuck in the Dead Universe. Part of the reason he joined the Lost Light is because he didn't feel at home on the reborn Cybertron.
  • Foil: To Whirl. And to Drift, seeing that both made a Heel-Face Turn, both evoke japanese motiffs (with Drift being a Ninja and Cyclonus being a Samurai), both place high value on honor, both are spiritual, and both have swords now.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Hope Is Scary: He apparently was more idealistic and optimistic when younger. Until the Dead Universe changed that.
  • Horned Humanoid
  • Hypocrite: But heartwarmingly so. He explicitly told Tailgate not to hope for a cure in case he would be let down, but Cyclonus pretty obviously isn't following his own advice.
  • Imagine Spot: Has one of these when he imagines killing Whirl by pushing him into a smelting pool following his duel with Star Saber, but ultimately agrees to call off the vendetta.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Karmic Jackpot: Deciding not to kill Whirl, even though he fantasized about it, is why he was able to save Tailgate, as it was Whirl the one with the idea of trying the Healing Shiv method to cure Tailgate.
  • Kick the Dog: His behavior towards Tailgate in issues 4-12.
  • Made of Iron: He walks away with a patch job after an explosion that very nearly killed Rewind, who he was deliberately shielding. Later, a Legislator impales him on a BFS, which he immediately shrugs off. It's a Justified Trope— he's basically supercharged with the energies of Vector Sigma, making him pretty damn hard to kill.
  • Mercy Kill: Tailgate asks him to give him one. At one point, it seems Cyclonus is going through with it, but is instead a case of using a Healing Shiv method to try to cure him.
  • Nightmare Face: He outright looks demonic when facing Star Saber.
  • Not Good with People: Best demonstrated by his reaction to Tailgate's illness.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Was undead for all of The Transformers IDW, then Vector Sigma restored him to life due to his actions against D-Void. Is back to being undead due to a mishap during his incursion to the Dead Universe during the events of Transformers Dark Cybertron.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Purple Is Powerful
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • The Quiet One
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Reformed But Not Tamed
    • Reformed, but Rejected
    • Easily Condemned: Whenever something bad happens, he tends to get the blame for it, like when Red Alert tried to kill himself, or when everyone and everything starts disappearing.
  • Religious Bruiser: Downplayed. While spiritual, he comes in pretty toned down vis a vis Drift and the Circle of Light.
    • Nay Theism: He seems to believe there's something larger out there, perhaps the Guiding Hand itself, but thinks they're not the infallible figures myth makes them to be.
    • Rage Against the Heavens: Since he feels whatever God is out there allows Cybertronians like Star Saber seemingly go on forever doing their atrocities with impunity, and on whatever deity's behalf, while innocents, like Tailgate, go on to die in cruel and pointless ways.
    • Mission from God: Funnily enough, Cyclonus says, maybe God gets it right from time to time by giving him a chance to correct one of God's mistakes, like Star Saber. Although he seems to say this just out of spite towards Star Saber.
  • Self Harm: After he finds out Tailgate is dying, Cyclonus slices his claws across his own face, seemingly to help deal with how he feels.
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: He does feel, he's just awful at expressing himself constructively.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Everyone seems to think he's a Decepticon for some reason. Must be the purple.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Though not to the same extent as Whirl.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Post Remain in Light.
  • When He Smiles: Cyclonus' benign smiles are rare, but but always significant. Of course, he indulges in those other types of smiles from time to time, which should always be considered an invitation to cut and run.

Must admit I was hoping for a more imposing avatar.
A naïve and child-minded bot who was trapped underground for eons before escaping and joining up with the Lost Light crew. Due to the massive change in the intervening time, he's struggling to adapt to the modern world and find a place to belong. He forms a close friendship with Cyclonus.

  • Adorkable
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost both of his legs when he fell into that pit.
  • Audience Surrogate
  • Bad Butt
    • Took a Level in Badass: If working on the bomb enough to reduce its blast radius wasn't enough, slowing down Tyrest on his own long enough for the others to recover should seal the deal.
  • Big Damn Hero: At the end of Remain in Light.
  • Break the Cutie: Life started ganging up on Tailgate from two weeks after his birth, and hasn't really let up since.
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Deadpan Snarker: Torturous sessions with Ultra Magnus tend to bring this out.
    • Disabled Snarker: While he would be snarky every now and then, he becomes a lot snarkier when he found out he was dying.
  • Disability Immunity: His cybercrosis renders him deaf to certain frequencies... like the one Tyrest uses for his "weapon of mass suggestion".
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: By six million years. Tailgate's understandably a bit behind on modern events.
  • Human Popsicle: Except not quite. He spent most of that time unconscious, but not frozen or suspended.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The reason why he lied about being a bomb disposal expert. All he really wanted was to be a hero for once.
    • I Just Want to Be Normal: After finally doing a heroic deed, he confesses to Cyclonus that being a hero is overrated and he would give anything for another movie night.
  • Ill Bot: Sitting in a hole for six millions years was not good for Tailgate's health.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Killed this way in the alternate timeline by one of the DJD.
  • Mercy Kill: Asks Cyclonus to give him one to spare him the agony of the final moments of the cybercrosis. Cyclonus does seem to come through with it, but is instead a case of Cyclonus trying a Healing Shiv method to cure him.
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His optics do rather exaggerated and cartoony things when he's upset or scared, something no other character has been seen to do. In-Universe, he's an antique.
  • Odd Friendship: With Cyclonus and Getaway.
  • Phony Veteran: The "-osal" writing on his arm isn't part of "bomb disposal" like he claims, but "waste disposal". He was never a member of the Primal Vanguard.
  • Put on a Bus: Absent throughout the whole of Dark Cybertron, while he's recovering from Cybercrosis. He returns once it's over.
  • Secretly Dying: As of issue 17.
  • Series Mascot: Tyrest refers to him as the "ship's mascot" when he threatens to kill Tailgate, who he's using as a Human Shield
  • Shoot the Hostage: Invoked by him, asking Rodimus to just shoot him anyways when Tyrest takes him hostage as a Human Shield.
  • Spanner in the Works: To Tyrest in a big way. Tailgate's cybercrosis deafens him to the frequency that Tyrest's paralyzation command travels on, leaving him unaffected. This allows him to surprise Tyrest from behind and shut off the signal paralyzing the rest of the crew who aren't being killed by the activation of the killswitch, which ultimately leads to Tyrest's defeat and the stopping of the killswitch. And then, after Tyrest is defeated but the crew is being swarmed by his Legislators, Tailgate is able to use his extensive knowledge of the Tyrest Accord that he learned from Ultra Magnus to revert the Accord back to its original form, causing the Legislators to cease their attack, saving the crew.
  • Tempting Fate: Played with. He is discharged, gets his Autobot badge, others acknowledge him and treat him with respect, which promptly causes him to question how his day could get any better... then a Legislator appears right on top of him. Fortunately it turns out to be Swerve's bouncer.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He reveals to Cyclonus that he'd only been alive for two weeks before he fell into the Mitteous Plateau and spent the next six million years out of commission.

    Red Alert 
Best ears in the business.
The ship's hyper-paranoid head of security. He's constantly fearful that others are planning against him and spends a lot of his time spying on his fellow crewmembers.

  • Brainwashed: Was a 'guest' of the Institute at one point.
  • By-the-Book Cop
  • Cassandra Truth: No one believes him, not even Rung, initially... until he proves him otherwise.
  • The Chick: Amongst the commanding officers on the ship.
  • Driven to Suicide: At least it seems that way. Turns out he really did try to commit suicide.
  • Losing Your Head: He actually tore his own head off. Apparently on older 'bots, it's easy to do, if you know how...
  • Properly Paranoid: Some of his fears have proven to be accurate.
  • Put on a Bus: He's comatose following his bungled suicide. After he's brought back out following the conclusion of Remain In Light, he decides to stay behind on Luna-1, along with Fortress Maximus and the remains of the Circle of Light to guard the place and Chief Justice Tyrest.
  • Sanity Slippage: Much in the same vein as Ultra Magnus, he handles the transition to peace extremely poorly, suffering a relapse of his earlier, more extreme paranoia.

Don't. Mock. The briefcase.
An egotistical and amoral workaholic scientist who loves developing deadly and outrageous weaponry. He's an old friend/coworker of Chromedome's and is virulently jealous of fellow scientist Perceptor.

  • Always Someone Better: How Perceptor is presented in relation to him. It shows.
    Brainstorm: "Okay, confession time: I may have overstated my expertise in this area. Unintentionally and uncharacteristically, that may be what I've done. Maybe it's the pressure to perform, maybe it's because you're all staring at me —maybe it's because you're asking me to juggle the fundamental building blocks of life and death— but I'm a teensy bit overwhelmed."
    Rodimus: "Hey, I totally understand, who wouldn't be overwhelmed? Who wouldn't freeze up? I guess the only person I can think of is Perceptor..."
    Brainstorm: "Oh, well played, Captain. Well played."
  • Breakout Character
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: To put it mildly.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: His MO.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's implied in issue #16 that he lost a Conjunx Endura, or somebody else he cared about.
  • Dead All Along: Sorta. More like undead all along, you get the idea.
  • The Engineer: He's the self-proclaimed "ship's genius."
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Honestly, how else was keeping Nova Prime's corpse in his lab going to end?
  • Fan Boy: Of Perceptor. A highly conflicted fanboy.
  • Foreshadowing: The sparkeater passing him over in favor of another target. However high-functioning they may be, zombies' souls evidently don't taste that great.
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Genre Savvy: He knew full well that keeping Overlord on board was going to end badly. He even named it Project: Total Insanity. (Project: Asking For Trouble was a close second.)
  • Godzilla Threshold: He excels at designing weapons which would only be used if the universe itself were threatened.
  • Gun Nut: It's even his "title" in his newer "Meet the Crew" bio.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath
  • Hidden Depths: Comes off as a bit of a Jerkass, which he often is, but is surprisingly couth when comforting Chromedome after Rewind's death.
  • Hikkikomori: At the end of Remain In Light he's holed himself up in his lab to obsess over the Point One Percenter spark he harvested from Luna-1, though he does emerge briefly in the prose story "Sound of Shattered Glass" to talk to Swerve.
  • Insufferable Genius: A brilliant scientist, but he insists on behaving like Primus' gift to the Cybertronian race.
  • Jerkass: Somewhat. Kinda required for all the Comedic Sociopathy he puts forth.
  • Lack of Empathy: For the most part.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He supplies the first words in the first issue taking place after Dark Cybertron.
    Brainstorm: (as Nautica returns from an errand) And— we're back!
  • Mad Scientist
  • Meta Guy: Brainstorm has commented on story pacing, infodumps, and how often their titular race is called on to save the universe from destruction. He even creates a "Meta-bomb", which makes those affected by it believe they're part of a comic. It works.
    • He comes up with a new "Early Early Warning System", which basically taps into meta-fiction and gives warnings like "Uh-Oh" or "Run for your life!"
  • The Mole: Drift's accomplice.
  • More Dakka: After various disasters, Swerve asks him to provide his bar with a defense system. This is the inevitable result.
  • Narcissist
  • Non-Action Guy: He has mentioned throughout the series that he's too smart to die young and that he's allergic to hostile environments.
  • Noodle Incident: His first foray into the joys of body disposal with Whirl.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: A flashback reveals that a lab accident with Nova's corpse rendered him undead right before the beginning of the series.
  • Pass Fail: When the topic of Constructed/Forged Cybertronians comes up, Brainstorm quickly says that he was forged, hastily adding that he supported rights for Constructed Cybertronians. However, when the Universal Killswitch is activated, Brainstorm is shown writhing in pain along with the other Constructed Cold Cybertronians.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Whereas Perceptor favors caution and restraint, Brainstorm will always ask whether or not something can be done, rather than if it should be done. Case in point: harvesting the Superspark.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Does this on Luna-1 after the hot spot ignites. He would, though.
  • The Smart Guy: Mad Scientist variety.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The incorrigible smartass Wise Guy to joyless and by-the-book Perceptor's Straight Man.
  • Troll: Back on Kimia, he was fond of building horrendously over-the-top weapons solely to piss off the Ethics Committee.

I'm here for the quest. Love a good quest. Haven't been on a quest since the whole Luna-1 thing. The Moonquest.
A metallurgist and the ship bartender who joined the quest in hopes of doing something notable in his life. He's a Motor Mouth who loves talking with everyone but is secretly very lonely and desperate for companionship. He loves pranking and irritating his fellow crewmembers.

  • A-Team Firing: He's a terrible shot, particularly in the heat of the moment.
  • The Bartender: Wanted to be one since before the war broke out.
  • Breakout Character
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Has a few such moments, such as dispatching a Legislator or knocking out Paddox with Rung.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A pretty good one at times. Though given the sheer volume of stuff he says, probability dictates that at least some of it has to be this.
  • Epic Fail: Star Saber is standing right in front of him when he shoots. Star Saber is several times his size, and Swerve still manages not to hit him even once.
  • Fan Boy: Of Blurr, particularly the speedster's pre-war racing career.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: He accidentally shoots Rung in the head, and later blows his own face off (being Cybertronians, neither case was fatal).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Swerve can be a bit mean and doesn't believe himself to truly make friends, there are bots he truly cares about. Demonstrated in Issue 18, where Swerve is concerned over Skids' safety after the Lost Light is overrun by Legislators.
  • Medium Awareness: While under the effects of Brainstorm's Meta-Bomb.
  • Motor Mouth: Is literally incapable of shutting up for more than a few seconds. This turns out to be because he has Logorrhea.
  • Non-Action Guy: Describes himself as one of the weakest bots on the Lost Light and, according to Sunstreaker, he was voted "ship's coward." All of this is on top of his poor marksmanship and small size. Despite all this, he's had a few awesome moments of his own knocking Paddox out with a transformed Rung and destroying a legislator that was unfortunate enough to teleport into his bar with assorted weaponry.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Swerve has Four-Fingered Hands.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Most people forget that he was a researcher in Kimia. In fact, he's the one that actually unravels Pharma's notes on how to treat Cybercrosis, Ratchet then makes the cure based on Swerve's theory. Lampshaded by Swerve himself.
    Swerve:Who says you can't be a metallurgist and a bartender?
  • Sad Clown: For all his jokes, he feels incredibly isolated, and is no stranger to loss. He mentions Cyclonus killed some of his friends during his takeover of Kimia.
  • Secret Stab Wound: Seriously wounded in Spotlight: Hoist when the shuttle crashes, but he deliberately hides the injury to keep the others from panicking.
  • The Smart Guy: Mostly [[Downplayed]], but his metallurgy expertise proves critical in deciphering Pharma's notes on cybercrosis and realizing that Metroplex is infected with an alchemical virus.
  • Stepford Smiler
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Wise Guy to Skids' Straight Man.
  • Wall of Blather
  • Weapon of Choice: My First Blaster , a large gun designed to look like a children's toy, courtesy of Brainstorm.
  • Your Head A Splode: Gets his head crushed by Tarn in the alternate timeline.

Let's Dance!
An amnesiac theoretician/diplomat searching for the answers to his past. Skids is highly protective of his fellow crewmembers and tries to be friendly despite his fatalistic worldview. He's a "super-learner" capable of mastering skills that he picks up in a matter of minutes.

  • The Ace
  • Amnesiac Hero: When we first see him, he's forgotten everything about himself. He quickly remembers the essentials, but two large chunks of his life remain missing.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Described as a "super-learner" and capable of picking up skills quickly and easily. Case in point: he quickly masters the attack patterns of Legislators and defeats an army of them alone.
    • It also makes him incredibly bored once he learns everything about a subject.
  • Badass: One of the best fighters the crew has.
  • Catch Phrase: He has a motto, but he doesn't think much of it.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Even though he doesn't remember it. If Chromedome says your past sucks, then it probably does.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: One of his hands turn into this.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Back when he was a student at the J.A.T.T. before the war.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Courtesy of the Nudge Gun.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Mysterious Past: While much of his past was explained in "Remain In Light," a pretty big chunk of his earlier memories were subconsciously removed before then.
  • One-Man Army: Dispatches swarms of Legislators during "Remain In Light."
  • Only Friend: Appears to be Swerve's.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Of the three 'bots who try to enter Tyrest's space bridge— himself, Rung, and Pharma— only Skids is actually able to pass through because he carries no "guilt", and not just because he's not a criminal. Rung hypothesizes that only those who are truly at peace with themselves and carry no self-doubt or anguish can pass through. Skids is able to enter the portal because since discovering the truth of his identity, he is completely at peace.
  • Pintsize Powerhouse: While being only average-to-short height for a Cybertronian, he's disproportionately powerful among the lot.
  • Religious Bruiser: Was this at one point.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Straight Man to Swerve's Wise Guy. Same with Getaway.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Skids started off as a puny theoretician, easily intimidated by large 'bots like Roller. Compare that to the Walking Armory Badass secret agent he is now.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: A large part of his memory is still missing, and whatever it was that caused it, Chromedome refused to see. All we known is that a piece of music known as 'the Empyrean Suite' is involved.
  • Walking Armory: Has many, many concealed weapons on him.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Might be a clever bit of Foreshadowing. Present-day amnesiac Skids might not be that sneaky, but in all likelihood, Diplomatic Corps Skids was. Kinda comes with the job.

I'm a forcefield specialist. An ambient warrior. I can manipulate the environment to my will.
A rowdy forcefield specialist who deeply resents his own skills. Due to damage to his fuel intake moderation chip he's an alcoholic who suffers from low self-esteem and status anxiety.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In his Spotlight issue.
  • The Alcoholic: And how! When Tailgate met an extremely drunk Jackpot, Mainframe apologized for his inebriated friend. When Tailgate asked if Jackpot had been drinking, Mainframe replied with "Worse. He's been drinking with Trailcutter." The two then went to see Ratchet to see if he could preform CPR on Jackpot's fuel intake moderation chip.
    • Drowning My Sorrows: According to Riptide in Issue #29, Trailcutter suffers from low self-esteem, crippling status anxiety and "when all is said and done, there's only so long you can plaster a smile on a broken soul". Hence the drinking.
    • Never Gets Drunk: Megatron permanently activates his Fuel Intake Moderation chip to get this effect.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite having just battled the undead forces of the D-Void, he dismissed a number of strange entities and myths (Sparkeaters, The Necrobot, Luna-1, etc.) that later turned out to be real.
  • Barrier Warrior
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In his Spotlight.
  • Character Tics: "Forcefield face," his tendency to bite his lip and slightly scrunch his face when creating a forcefield.
  • Crippling Overspecialization
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Megatron seemed to think so.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: No matter what he does, he never seems to get any acknowledgement for it. Then Megatron takes the helm.
  • Guile Hero: Relies on stealth and cunning when he briefly loses his forcefield abilities.
  • Hypocrite: Drunkenly rants about how Fortress Maximus thinks he's so great because of the guns in his legs. Several issues later, he has Brainstorm install guns in his own legs.
  • Nice Guy: According to Ultra Magnus, anyhow. Being constantly inebriated might have something to do with why he hasn't appeared as such.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Gets his FIM chip permanently activated this way.
  • Promotion Not Punishment: Gets drunk, sneaks into the medibay, tries to chug the captain's medical supplies, slams said captain with a forcefield, breaking open a potentially hazardous object in the process, and what does Megatron do? Calmly waits for the forcefield to shut off, permanently reactivates Trailcutter's FIM chip with a blow to the back of the head, and decides to give him a purpose by promoting him to Head of Security, while cheerily informing Trailcutter that he owns his ass and that a lapse in security will be his ruination.
  • Stepford Smiler: Nautica and Riptide peg him as one.
  • Sudden Name Change: Originally called Trailbreaker, until Whirl suggested a name change.
  • Wall Crawl: His magnawheels allow him to drive on walls and ceilings.

I'm trying to be impulsive!
A naïve, hopeful explorer who joined the crew to explore strange new worlds. Has a tendency to get horribly damaged.
  • Butt Monkey: Got a bit sucked out into space, a bit sick, a bit shot (twice), a bit shrugged halfway to death, a bit stomped to death.
  • The Cutie
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets in a pretty good jibe when Magnus walks into Swerve's.
    Pipes: Fists clenched, jaw set, frown bigger than his face... Thank Primus he's in a good mood.
  • Determinator
    • Dying Moment of Awesome: Nothing really fancy, but you can't help but to tip your hat, seeing how he was dying fast and decided to make his last moments count by activating the alarm as he reminiscences on his experiences aboard the Lost Light.
  • Gut Punch: His death at the hands of Overlord.
  • Mauve Shirt
  • Naïve Newcomer: He spent pretty much all of the war stuck in one place. He's fascinated by something as simple as snow.
  • Running Gag: Expect something nasty to happen to him every time he shows up. Stops being funny when it gets him killed.

Can we please not jump to conclusions.
A stern but kind scientist with a tendency to ramble. He tends to describe things with words that no one can possibly understand and is also an expert sniper.

    Fortress Maximus 
The receiving end. How does it feel to be on it?
Former warden of the Garrus 9 Prison and an Autobot war hero. Due to a traumatizing encounter with the Decepticon psychopath Overlord, he's emotionally unstable and prone to lashing out.
  • Badass
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: More like unstable and prone to bursts of rage, but you get the idea.
  • Berserk Button: Anything relating to Overlord.
  • The Big Guy: lampshaded by himself when he said he's too wide to get through some areas of Delphi.
  • Body Horror: What he went through in LSOTW. MTMTE is about his recovery.
  • The Bus Came Back: He's been in a coma since the fall of Garrus-9.
  • Child Soldier: He's a Warborn, meaning he qualified as the Cybertronian equivalent to this.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe. Guns in his legs and all.
  • My Greatest Failure: How he feels about Garrus-9.
  • Put on a Bus: Following the events of Remain In Light, Ultra Magnus chooses Max to succeed him as Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord and he remains behind on Luna-1 with Red Alert and the remains of the Circle of Light to guard the place, and Chief Justice Tyrest.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Due to his run-in with Overlord.
  • Taking Up The Mantle: At the end of Remain In Light he agrees to become the new Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord, becoming Ultra Magnus' true successor instead of Star Saber. Presumably, he'll be enforcing the original version of the Accord from before Tyrest went insane and started making amendments to it.
  • Worf Effect: Was the victim of this in Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers. Part of his character development in this series deals with the aftermath and trying to overcome it.

    First Aid 
I think that sometimes — just sometimes, mind — life persists.
A friendly and bookish medic who becomes Ratchet's protégé. Despite many eccentricities, he's a skilled doctor who's known for keeping cool in stressful situations. Has a totally harmless hobby of collecting Autobot badges.

  • Apocalyptic Log: The narrative device used to introduce him at the start of the events in Delphi.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A mild case. A really good doctor, better than his ward manager; even came up with a novel way to jumpstart "faders", and keeps his cool even under lots of pressure, but has some personality quirks, as noted by one of Rung's reports, which was actually used to demote him from doctor to nurse before being reinstated after the events of Delphi.
  • Fan Boy: Of Fisitron's Wrecker Files, and Springer as well.
  • Gangsta Style: How he fires guns.
  • Heroic BSOD: It's implied by Rodimus at the end of Remain In Light that (apparently) killing Pharma has sent him into one, and that he's not talking to anyone.
  • Hikikomori: After the events of Dark Cybertron, he's become a shut-in, the only thing bringing him out is a dead body.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: It is irrelevant whether Pharma actually died, the fact that he went ahead and shoot Pharma in the head did change him.
  • The Medic: Along with Ratchet and Ambulon.
  • Power Trio: With Ratchet and Ambulon.
  • Super OCD: had developed one prior to the events of LSOTW, but seems to have grown out of it for the most part, even if he kept his collection of autobot insignias.
    • Although his obsession may have something to do with the job Springer gave to him.
  • Take Up My Sword: Ratchet is training him to be his replacement.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers one to Ratchet. He lets Ratchet have it after he believes Ratchet's pride is getting the better of him by refusing to let him help treat Ambulon, but then when it's revealed Ambulon was already dead and Ratchet was actually working on an escape plan, First Aid starts to apologize, but Ratchet agrees with everything he says and promises that if they survive, First Aid will take his place.

Here we go again... We've been through this a thousand times...
An earnest ex-Decepticon medic who switched sides to escape horrifying experiments being performed on him. Is ashamed of both his past and his useless alt-mode.

An eccentric and excitable escape artist/former secret agent who was once Skids' partner-in-crime. Joined up with the crew after they rescued him from his captors. Likes to bomp people he likes.

I lost the war the moment I gave the order to fight.
The founder and former leader of the Decepticons who's suffered a Heel Realization and became "co-captain" after convincing those at his trial that only the Knights Of Cybertron could fairly judge him. Though rigid and strict, he hopes to redeem himself through the crew's quest and to rekindle his writer persona. Is hated by almost the entire crew.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Despite being a pretty adept captain, pretty much the entire crew hates his guts.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While Megatron pulling a Heel-Face Turn isn't an alien concept on its own, no aspect of the mythos has ever run with it to this extent. He's also portrayed as being as far less of a clear-cut villain than his previous portrayals in the IDW continuity itself.
  • Afraid of Needles: Has extreme reactions to Optimus Prime wanting to have Chromedome perform Mnemosurgery on him, as well as looking away in disgust when Chromedome performs Mnemosurgery on the dead "Rodimus".
    Megatron: Ugh.
    Ultra Magnus: Don't like needles?
    Megatron: Something like that.
  • Arm Cannon: Averted. While he's still armed, his iconic cannon is absent from his new form as Optimus had him melt it down. This is a bit of an in-joke hearkening back to his novel "Towards Peace," where he states that it is his burden, and when the rejection of it is significant to no one else but himself, he will remove it from his arm. Unlike in his novel, this was removed in conjunction with him renouncing his ideals rather than fulfilling them and not needing it to fight.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As the former leader of the Decepticons, he could trade blows and win with some of his phase sixers.
  • Badass
    • Badass In Charge: Now a "co-captain" of the Lost Light. Yes, really.
    • Handicapped Badass: His insides are a mess of interdimensional portals after his space bridge broke down, to the point that it's impossible to safely extricate his spark or do anything else of much medical significance without killing him. He can still kick your ass despite (or maybe even with) them, as Whirl found out. He also mentions that he's really beginning to feel his age, even without the special fuel he's made to drink, and that his new body doesn't feel right.
  • Big Bad: He was this in the Great War, making his role here a lot more surprising. However the Decepticons considered him to be the Big Good.
  • Body Horror: Not immediately obvious, but his insides are now riddled with space bridge portals as a result of Shockwave's meddling in Dark Cybertron.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the past, to a young Orion Pax. In the present, to everyone who follows the Decepticon cause.
  • Brought Down to Normal / Depower: Megatron is using a low-yield Energon that has a toxin included in order to sap his strength.
  • Byronic Hero: A textbook example.
  • Death Seeker: Was apparently resigned to be executed at his trial that he pleaded guilty of all charges right at the beginning of it. Until Starscream's "The Reason You Suck" Speech, intended to be the last nail in his coffin, restored his will to live, just to spite his former lieutenant.
  • Disability Superpower: However dangerous the aforementioned portals might be to his own health, they also make it a really bad idea to take him on.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He finds Mnemosurgery repulsive.
    • And the apartheid of the Constructed Cold.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Hostile Show Takeover: He takes command of the crew's mission. Needless to say, they aren't happy about it.
  • Karma Houdini: Most of the crew see him as one, and do their damn best to make certain he knows it - some more... vocally than others.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It was blanked out on all the pages due to the story behind it still being underway, but there's no real way you're going to get around him joining the Autobots and becoming captain of the Lost Light.
  • Leave Him to Me: He orders his troops to leave Whirl alone for the entire course of the war, so that he might have the pleasure of giving the copter-bot an ironic death at his hands.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Briefly mentions that his Fuel Intake Moderator is permanently activated to achieve this effect, which he is implied to have done by his own hand.
  • Redemption Demotion: Obviously, he's no longer commanding armies, and his space bridge broke down during Dark Cybertron. Subverted on pretty much every mental level, however: Megatron's formidable leadership skills are still very much present, and when he becomes captain of the previously lax Lost Light, things turn around.
  • Redemption Equals Life: Abandons his cause at the end of Dark Cybertron, and makes it out of the crossover alive.
  • Restored My Faith In The Cybertronian Race: Bumblebee manages to do this for him in Dark Cybertron, though he doesn't live to see it.
  • Restraining Bolt: Forced to consume low-grade, mildly toxic Energon to sap his considerable strength.
  • Sixth Ranger
  • That Man Is Dead: How he views the old firebrand he used to be. Though Ravage raises the question of whether he is actually dead, or just sleeping...
  • Thinking Up Portals: His insides are literally made of them.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Thanks to Bumblebee.
  • Token Evil Teammate
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Some solicits for comics after Dark Cybertron gave away him joining the crew.
  • Transplant: Leaves the cast of Transformers: Robots In Disguise after the Dark Cybertron crossover for this series.
  • Warrior Poet: He used to write poetry. Lots of poetry. Just ask Impactor.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: What do you expect from the founder of the Decepticons?
  • Worth Living For: Starscream's speech at his trial seemed to have lit up a fire inside him to live, just to spite his former lieutenant.
    Megatron:I'd sooner live than allow him to write my epitaph.

A cheerful engineer with a love of machinery and literature. She desires to learn more about how the universe works and it's history. Is rarely seen without her trusty wrench.

Not worried. Intrigued.
A brilliant but antisocial detective who was believed (and sort of) dead for many years. He's obsessed with solving mysteries and riddles and desires to use the Lost Light's quest to solve the biggest mysteries of the galaxy.

  • Back from the Dead: Maybe. It's still a little unclear how Brainstorm got all the Dead Universe infectees functional again. The important thing is that Nightbeat and the others are functional.
  • Boom, Headshot: How he originally died.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: When Orion and co. find him in the Dead Universe, he's still Nova's Manchurian Agent, though he hides this fact to lead them into a trap. Rodimus eventually devises a way to free him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Since he's one of the first Constructed Cold, that makes him one of the oldest Cybertronians still functioning.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a World of Snark, Nightbeat still manages to be head and shoulders above almost everyone else. He even does it while Brainwashed and Crazy.
    Nightbeat: I'm sure if I was in full control of my mental faculties, I'd feel bad about betraying you.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Riddle: Rodimus poses a question to him in an attempt to shake his Manchurian Agent programming. It works.
  • Jerkass: While not of the venomous variety, it's clear that his mysteries and riddles mean more to him than his fellow crewmembers do, and he's casually dismissive of their emotional attachments.
  • Manchurian Agent: The reason why Hardhead killed him in the first place, but his manchurian programming is gone thanks to Rodimus.
  • The Mole: Albeit completely unwillingly, and he's later freed from this programming.
  • No Sell: Swerve tried to outsmart him during the bogus Crewditions. Didn't end well.
  • Not a Game: Gets called out by Megatron for caring more about the riddle than what was actually happening.
    Megatron:You failed. You solved the mystery, but only after everyone was taken. You were too slow to save them.
    Nightbeat:Yes, but at least I worked out what was happening. That has to count for something, doesn't it?
    Nightbeat:(Dejected) Doesn't it?
  • Older than They Look: Was one of the first of the first to be Constructed Cold, during the age of Nova Prime.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Thanks to the Dead Universe, although he can function normally now thanks to Brainstorm.
  • Sherlock Scan: Well, duh.
  • The Smart Guy: Detective flavor.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor/Sixth Ranger: Starts off as Nova Prime's brainwashed lackey, but immediately reverses allegiances when freed. He later becomes the Sixth Ranger in a different sense, joining the crew after the events of Dark Cybertron.

A mischievous, Book Dumb Hydrobot who enjoys the simple things in life. He was going to be part of the original crew, but missed the launch after an altercation with the previous owners of the "Lost Light''. As a result he joined up after Megatron's trial and is having trouble catching up on current events.

  • Book Dumb: He's not particularly good at (and very afraid of) academic education.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is essentially good hearted, but has occasional moments of insensitivity.
  • Motor Mouth: Not nearly as bad as Swerve and Misfire though.
  • The Prankster: Not as much as Swerve, but he still convinces a drunken Trailcutter to steal Megatron's tainted Energon and partakes in the bogus "Crewditions."

A calm and collected spy who's stowed away on the Lost Light following Megatron's trial, than became an honorary member of the crew after being caught. He's undyingly loyal to Megatron and is a master of stealth who can detect people's emotions through smell.

    The Lower Deck 
Pretty much any crew members who aren't important enough to warrant their own section. These include Spoke and Lockstock, Blaster, Animus, Xaaron, Sunstreaker, Bob, Atomizer, Dipstick, Hound, Hoist, Mainframe, Shock and Ore, Brawn, Jackpot, Mirage, Hosehead, Bluestreak, Groove, Crosscut, Huffer, Ten, Ammo, Gears, and various others.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Hoist and Sunstreaker in the Hoist spotlight.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Shock. But not for long.
  • Archer Archetype: Atomizer.
  • Back from the Dead: Ore is resurrected by the Metrotitan's spark in the Annual.
  • Badass Normal: Hoist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Atomizer sure seems like a friendly and amicable guy. So it's more than a little surprising when we learn he's been keeping a list of the crewmembers who voted to have Rodimus stand down as captain, then tempted Rodimus into using it to screw over said crew members out of the quest.
  • Break the Haughty: Sunstreaker. Pre-broken, even!
  • Bridge Bunny: Mainframe. Hound to a lesser extent.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Ore in the Annual. The Duobots are also revealed to have been Skids' handlers in "Remain in Light" and the entire reason his path intersected with the Lost Light's.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hoist.
  • Communications Officer: Blaster.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Animus has his brain pulled through his mouth and his spark eaten by a demon, Ore is fused with the quantum generator, and Shock is forced to vomit up his brain before having his spark comsumed.
  • Demoted to Extra: Sunstreaker, Hound.
  • Due to the Dead: Shock and Swerve respectively leave a phial of innermost Energon and a drink at Ore's feet at different occasions.
  • The Everyman: Hoist. He's so generic, Swerve can't think of anything more descriptive about him than "he's green".
  • The Gambling Addict: Jackpot. Issue 4 notes that losing a bet is the only reason he's on the Lost Light in the first place.
  • The Ghost: Spoke and Lockstock.
  • The Handler: Shock and Ore were to Skids and Getaway.
  • Guns Akimbo: Gears, Huffer, Hound.
  • Famed in Story: Spoke and Lockstock, Crosscut.
  • Hates Being Alone: Hoist's greatest fear.
  • Hero of Another Story: Spoke and Lockstock. We are always told of what great things Spoke and Lockstock do, but we haven't even see them once in the comic, we just hear about them.
    • Blaster, Sunstreaker, Siren, Gears, and Perceptor in their untold story for the first storytime project Rewind organized for Rung. Xaaron, Dipstick, Atomizer, Slapdash, and Sprocket, for the second session.
    • Being members of the Diplomatic Corp, Shock and Ore probably apply for this as well.
    • Crosscut used to be a senator, who apparently saved a city with 'a shovel and words'.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sunstreaker.
  • Last of His Kind: Bob the Insecticon.
  • Nominal Hero: The Monsterbots, who join the crew in the second 'season', count as this on their best days.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Brawn's one of the shortest crew members, but he's always at the head of fights. When Overlord gets loose on the ship, not only is he one of the first to attack but he does so armed only with his fists. It gets one of his arms torn off but the fact that he survived taking on Overlord is impressive.
  • Red Shirt: Tripodeca, Deftwing, Animus.
  • The Mole: Shock and Ore put Overlord on the ship under Prowl's orders, and are members of the Diplomatic corps.
  • Mook-Face Turn: Ten is a dead Legislator that Swerve patched up and reprogrammed to act as the bar bouncer.
  • Motor Mouth: Bluestreak
  • Narcissist: Sunstreaker.
  • No Indoor Voice: Siren. Full stop.
  • Off with His Head!: Deftwing meets this fate at the hands of the Legislators.
  • Poisonous Friend: Atomizer to Rodimus. We think.
  • Posthumous Character: Ore is dead the second the ship takes off and Shock follows him soon after. From than on the two still impact the story, but only through their actions before their deaths.
  • Punny Name: Say "Shock and Ore" in a British accent.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Atomizer. Before the war, he was an interior designer before turning into a deadly assassin.
  • Retired Badass: Hound used to be a member of the Primal Vanguard.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy/The Everyman: Hoist. He even lampshades it.
    Hoist:You know why you can't get a handle on me? Because I'm an ordinary person. I'm normal.
  • Shovel Strike: Given the title of one of his plays, My Shovel, Your Face, Crosscut sounds like he's had some experience with this.
  • Team Pet: Bob the Insecticon.
  • This Is a Drill: Ore has one on place of one of his hands
  • Those Two Guys: Shock and Ore, Spoke and Lockstock.
  • Unfortunate Name: Dipstick.
  • Verbal Tic Name: Ten got his name because it was the only thing he could say.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The Mauve and Red shirts.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Crosscut is afraid of Nanocons.
    • Bob is terrified of Metroplex, given that the big guy wiped out his fellow Insecticons.
  • You Are in Command Now: Hound is apparently very high in the chain-of-command, as he took command of the Lost Light while Ultra Magnus' team was inside Metroplex.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Ammo has a case of Corroda Gravis, which has no known cure.

The Scavengers

    The Scavengers in General 
Imagine if you will, the cream of the Decepticon crop. The Scavengers are not those Decepticons — according to Tarn's analysis of Banzai-Tron's files, they are in fact the six worst Decepticons in history.

Still, they've survived when countless others have died. That's got to count for something.

In General

No, I'm jumping!
A cowardly but loyal techie with an impressive chin. Fulcrum was forcibly turned into a suicide bomber as punishment for fleeing in the middle of a battle. He survived and is now on the run from the DJD.
  • Affably Evil: Really friendly guy, as long as you're not an Autobot or organic.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite the fact that he's not much to look at (and the Epic Fail mentioned below), Fulcrum apparently devised an apparently flawless plan to bust Misfire out of a high-security Galactic Council detention facility alone. And it would have worked too, if Misfire hadn't insisted on stopping for snacks. Well, that and their pick-up, the other Scavengers (save Grimlock, who's not much help) being busy getting killed by the Universal Killswitch.
  • Delayed Reaction: It takes him a few seconds to realise Misfire's holding his fuel pump. Which he needs to stay alive.
  • Epic Fail: He's the equivalent of a suicide bomb thad didn't explode out of fear.
  • Even Evil Has Standards
  • Fantastic Racism: Sees no problem with killing organics.
  • Got Volunteered: Was going to be executed for abandoning his post, until Megatron ordered the creation of the K-Class.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. He attempts to use his bomb alt mode to blow up or at least scare away the DJD. With him seemingly dead, they abandon the rest of the Scavengers to hunt down Overlord, but as it turns out, Spinister had removed Fulcrum's explosive components.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Despite being a Decepticon.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He's fascinated by the Eldritch Location ship they find.
  • Non-Action Guy: He has no seen weapons and a useless alt mode.
  • Only Sane Man
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to the DJD, and even tells Tarn to shut up and listen to it.

A perpetually grumpy and cynical mechanic/pilot with a dream of being a big-name Decepticon. Has a horrific head wound from a past battle that has done nothing but make his foul mood even worse. Is horrible at naming things.

We're scavengers — we're gonna do what we do best. We're going to make use of what's been left behind.
A calm, paternalistic commander and war historian on a quest to find his old squad whom he got separated from many years ago. Desperate to keep his idiotic band of friends in line.

Primus spare my spark. Primus my spark.
A jittery and optimistic hypochondriac who's recently found religion. Suffers from a mental disorder so rare that it's probably made up, which causes him to transform whenever he lies.

I'm thinking magnets, but I'm hoping magic powers.
A rude and overly-hyper junkie with absolutely abysmal aiming skills and a love of talking. A strong believer in the mystical Necrobot and seeks to find it in his travels.

The fire is giving me weird looks. I think I'm gonna shoot it.
A daydreamy and possibly mentally disabled bot who's also somehow a master surgeon and a skilled bomb defuser. Cares for his friends but flits between childlike joy and surprising acts of violence with distressing ease.

  • The Big Guy/The Smart Guy
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Interrogates his hands, but he manages to defuse an incredibly powerful explosive charge with no problem.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Contemplating Your Hands: He doesn't even have to be on drugs to do it.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Maybe he's an idiot, but he's the first to notice that the DJD have apparently miscounted before anyone else does.
    • Questions why someone felt Grimlock, who is well know for his hatred of 'cons, was worth keeping alive.
  • Idiot Savant: Surgical genius with his hands. Idiot with everything else.
  • The Medic
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't say much compared to the others.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Compared to previous versions of the character. Although, given this series, there may be more to this than we know.
  • Trigger Happy: His first response to anything out of the ordinary is to shoot at it. With a very loose definition of "out of the ordinary."

Me... Grimlock.
Former leader of the Dinobots and once a proud warrior, Grimlock disappeared after a stint in Garrus 9 and is found by the Scavengers in a mysterious Decepticon ship, having suffered brain damage. He becomes an honorary member of the group due to their hope that he can keep them from being arrested or killed once they get to Cybertron.

The Decepticon Justice Division

    The DJD in general 
The Decepticon Justice Division is a division that handles justice. And by justice, we mean "unmarked graves". Traitors and deserters to the Decepticon cause are targeted by these feared enforcers of Megatron's will.

In general:

The war is not over until Megatron says so.
The ruthless leader of the DJD and the Big Bad of the series. He puts on a show of being a cultured lover of music and literature to cover up both his sadism and his addiction to transforming. He's completely and psychotically devoted to the Decepticon cause and possesses the power kill people with his voice.

  • Arm Cannon: One on each arm.
  • Badass
  • Big Bad
  • Blood Knight: Describes the feelings of hatred he has for Grimlock as 'intoxicating'.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: His bio lists him as a "music lover, classical scholar, and mass murderer.”
  • Brown Note: He can modulate his voice to a certain pitch that will make the listener's spark explode.
  • Captain Patriotic: An evil one. He's named after Megatron's home town, and he has the Decepticon symbol grafted to his face.
  • Chainsaw Good: Kills the alternate Overlord with an Ununtrium-bladed one.
  • Cool Mask: Has a Decepticon symbol over his actual face.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Whenever his voice drops below a whisper, sudden explosive death is sure to ensue.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Functional Addict: Tarn is addicted to transformation but carries out his duties enviably nonetheless. Somewhat subverted in that this causes him to constantly burn through transformation cogs, damage to which can occasionally lead to a slight case of... dead. Ratchet points out it can be cured, but Tarn doesn't want to be cured.
  • Knight Templar
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: And softer and softer and then softer still... *VOMF*
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Quite literally.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Believes that Megatron will create a perfect society when the war is over, and that until then, any Decepticon who wavers from the cause must die, and that so long as it intimidates even one troop into obedience, it's worth it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A very minor one at the end of the two-parter, but he's clearly not enjoying that the Scavengers were able to get a couple over on him.
  • Wicked Cultured: Will quote Megatron's works and play classical music as he kills you.

Wear my faaace.
The smallest member of the DJD who transforms into a sniper rifle and only speaks in the Primal Vernacular. Also he can remove his face which has hundreds of spikes, drills, and other torture devices inside.

  • Badass
  • BFG: turns into one.
  • Black Speech: He speaks in Primal Vernacular, and knows very few words of Neocybex, the modern cybertronian language.
  • The Dragon
  • Equippable Ally: Turns into a sniper rifle.
  • Evil Genius: His bio mentions that he's a scientist, though his scientific prowess hasn't been shown yet and Kaon is arguably a better fit.
  • Lean and Mean: The smallest and least physically imposing member of the DJD, but it wouldn't be a good idea to write him off because of this.
  • Legacy Character: Issue 29 implies that he's not the first person to bear the name "Vos". Apparently the last guy to hold the title was much bigger and had hooks on his hands and feet.
  • Nightmare Face
  • Torture Technician

A blind member of the DJD and owner of the Pet. He transforms into an electric chair and has the power to generate electricity.

Oh, Misfire... Your timing is as bad as your targeting.
A massive and stoic member who transforms into a giant smelter. Perhaps the most physically powerful DJD member.

Stop struggling and come inside, Flywheels.
A sadistic Blood Knight who has a huge shredder built into his chest. He's the cruelest DJD member and is easily bored when not fighting or torturing.

    "The Pet" 
A Sparkeater in the form of a turbofox and Kaon's pet/makeshift guide dog. The DJD like to have it chew their victim's sparks for added torment.


    Chief Justice Tyrest 
Fully deserved.
The neutral Chief Justice of the cybertronion race who created the Tyrest Accord, a set of universal laws that all races in the galaxy must follow in times of war. He's Ultra Magnus's former boss and suffers from a guilt complex due to his murky and dark past. By the time the crew encounters him, his guilt has driven him mad.

  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His ultimate goal is to gain redemption for his actions by killing every single Cybertronian who was constructed cold, then use the Space Bridge he's building to join Primus, the Guiding Hand, and the Knights of Cybertron in Cyberutopia. He fails.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Self-inflicted variety. He is into self-flagellation, although rather than whipping himself, he drills himself.
  • The Atoner: His actions in "Remain In Light" are attempted atonement for his creation of the process of draining the Matrix to create new sparks to be constructed cold. In practice, however...
  • Badass Cape: Has a really bitching one.
  • Big Bad: Of the Remain in Light storyline. He's also responsible for the Circle of Light's disappearance.
    • Non-Action Big Bad: Not a warrior himself, he relies on his Enforcer Star Saber, Lockdown's Titan Hunters, and his own force of Legislators to do his dirty work. After his paralyzation signal goes offline he's taken down fairly quickly.
  • Body Horror: Mild, but his body appears to be heavily pockmarked, or riddled with bullet holes, including a hole in his forehead. Turns out it's a form of self-flagellation.
  • Compelling Voice: Tyrest's weapon of mass suggestion, when activated, can make anyone do anything says.
  • Cool Crown: His head looks like one.
  • Exit Villain Stage Left: It turns out he has a recall system similar to the Magnus Armor's as well, and uses it to teleport away after the events of Remain In Light, despite being comatose.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: In his first appearance in Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers.
  • Fallen Hero: A brilliant scientist and negotiator who helped millions of Cybertronians flee the war, once.
  • The Fundamentalist: Wasn't originally, but fell into this after the Aequitas trials.
  • Guilt Complex: Has developed one based on his role in inventing the process that drained the Matrix to create sparks, which he believes has led to the creation of a race of Cybertronians predisposed to sin. He wishes to purge himself of this guilt by way of Kill 'em All.
  • Heroic BSOD: Experienced one during the Aequitas trials, when he realized that every criminal he tried had been constructed cold using the Matrix-draining process he himself had developed under Nova Prime. The shock of realizing this caused him to suspend the trials and go into seclusion, where he began drilling himself as a form of penance, before drilling his head and going off the deep end.
  • Jerkass
  • The Judge
  • Kill 'em All: His solution for dealing with every single Cybertronian who was constructed cold.
  • Knight Templar: Changing the Tyrest Accord, making new laws as he sees fits, and charging others for crimes they were not even aware about.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Lawman Gone Bad
  • Light Is Not Good: Obsessed with the pursuit of justice and purity, but cares little for anyone who might stand in his way.
  • Madness Mantra: Tyrest, come closer, come closer, come closer. Tyrest, come closer, come closer...
  • Moral Myopia: Getting shot with a foreign thought urging you to resign from your position? THOUGHT CRIME! Arrest those Diplomatic Corps agents! But using the exact same technology to implant the idea to your enemies that they can't move, completely immobilizing them? Well that's okay, because now you can go forward with your "divinely approved" plan to exterminate a large portion of your own people and go to the Transformer equivalent of Heaven as a result.
  • My Greatest Failure: Draining the Matrix to create new sparks under Nova Prime's direction. He believes that the sparks he created in this matter are "predisposed to sin" since all of the criminals he tried during the Aequitas trials were constructed cold, and guilty of some of the worst war crimes imaginable.
  • Path of Inspiration
  • Spanner in the Works: Prowl's plan backfires because Tyrest brain-damaged himself with all the drilling, therefore rendering the 'nudge' gun useless against him. Lampshaded by Getaway, when he calls Tyrest' plan an 'unintended consequence' of Prowl's plan failing.
  • Staff of Authority: Carries an ornate golden staff that most likely serves as a badge of office. Tyrest can also use it to strip the current Ultra Magnus of his Powered Armour by pressing a button on the shaft and later uses it to paralyze Rodimus and his Away Team by projecting the idea into them that they can't move.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Winged Humanoid: Has this appearance in robot mode, but remains to be seen if he is actually capable of flight.
  • You Have Failed Me: To Ultra Magnus. He then proceeds to strip him of his Powered Armor and leave him as his real identity, Minimus Ambus.

    The Legislators 
Nineteen. Eighty-Four.
An army of monstrous drones that serve Tyrest. They're made from the corpses of hundreds of lawbreakers and are programmed to kill or arrest anyone who they view as breaking any sort of laws.

That was a nasty fall. Need a hand?
A mad doctor and former head of staff on Delphi. Once a friend/protégé of Ratchet's, he was driven insane by the DJD and is now a murderer who's obsessed with proving his superiority to Ratchet.

    Star Saber 
Will anybody pit their faith against mine?
A religious Knight Templar and former Circle Of Light member who now works for Chief Justice Tyrest. Brutal and powerful in combat, he enforces Tyrest's laws with an iron fist.

    Dai Atlas 
I'll deal with this. I should have dealt with it a long time ago.
The wise leader of the Circle Of Light and Drift's mentor. His belief in the Knights Of Cybertron is partly what convinced the crew to go on their quest.

A vicious bounty hunter who leads a crew of Metrotitan Hunters. Him and his team have had several run-ins with the Lost Light crew.


You think that just because the war is over we can afford to stop fighting!
A pragmatic and high-ranking Autobot commander and Chromedome's old partner. Cold and calculating, his manipulations impact the crew everywhere they go.

  • Arbitrary Scepticism: Denies white-out vacuums exist, despite seeing them in the Institute.
    • Despite seeing clear-cut proof the Institute exists and are up to horrific things, he tries to claim ignorance.
  • Blackmail: Though he isn't above using this, don't expect him to call it as much.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Started off as this. These days, he'll throw the book away if and when it suits him (and only him, never anyone else).
  • Catch Phrase: "We need a full autopsy."
  • Character Tics: Flipping over tables when angry.
  • Desk Jockey: How Chromedome describes his time before active duty.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: We've yet to meet a single Autobot who actually likes him. In fact, Transformers: Robots In Disguise shows us the only ones that like him are the Constructicons.
  • Foil: As head of the Diplomatic Corps, he's one to to Springer.
  • Hanging Judge: During Megatron's trial, it's pretty clear Prowl is determined for it to end with Megatron's execution, no matter how he gets there or what anyone else thinks.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Sees himself as this to Optimus.
    • Definitely was this for Sentinel Prime, before the war.
  • Hypocrite: He lashes at Chromedome for the botched and forced memory extraction after he tried to blackmail him, that eventually led to Bombshell hijacking him, because to him it was personal — never mind that Prowl screws around with people all the time, and his actions have led to several deaths, including Rewind's — which he gloated about to boot.
  • I Know Your True Name: Knows about Ultra Magnus being Minimus Ambus, and tries to use this against him during Transformers Dark Cybertron. Ultra Magnus just ignores him.
  • It's All About Me: And gets called out for it by Chromedome and Ultra Magnus, to absolutely no effect.
  • Jerkass: Has absolutely no problem forcing others to do morally reprehensible things.
  • Kick the Dog: Smirking at the news of Rewind's death. Chromedome makes sure he pays for it.
  • Knight Templar: Sincerely wants to end the war, but is completely willing to do whatever it takes in the process.
    • Now that the war's over, he's gotten even worse. At Megatron's trial, he's utterly determined to reach a verdict where Megs gets executed, rules be hanged.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Mugging the Monster: An interesting case since he knew exactly what Chromedome could do, but tried to blackmail him anyway. Lampshaded by Chromedome himself.
    Chromedome: "Go on, I want to see if you're stupid enough to say this out loud."
  • Never My Fault: Refuses to take any responsibility for anything he's done.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The main 'bot responsible for Overlord being aboard The Lost Light.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: How many feel about him. And they're right about it.
  • One Steve Limit: There is (or was) another 'bot called Prowl, who had to change his name to Dent (because all the good names were taken).
  • Sherlock Scan: Can track eight-hundred moving objects and figure out their direction of travel, and he can also use this in reverse, tracing them back to their source.
  • Tears of Blood: During the scene that shows the aftereffects of the Killswitch.
  • The Spymaster: As the head of the Diplomatic Corps.
  • Think Nothing of It: Doesn't like taking the credit for whatever good actions he's done, either.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • We Used to Be Boyfriends: With Chromedome.
  • With Us or Against Us: Instantly takes this attitude when Ultra Magnus tries to call him on his crap in issue #30.
    Prowl: "I think it's time you remembered just which side you're on."

Run as fast as you can, you're already too late.
A psychopathic Decepticon super soldier who went rogue years ago and was recently captured. He's responsible for Fort Max's broken mental state.

    Sonic and Boom 
A pair of Jerkass mercs the crew encounters on Delphi. They're kind of stupid.

    Dominus Ambus 
Rewind's previous Conjunx Endura and a brilliant scientist who disappeared many years ago. Rewind joined the crew in an attempt to find him.

A monstrous Decepticon who used to battle Whirl often. By the time of the story he's long-dead.

    Black Shadow 
A Decepticon super soldier who went rogue like Overlord. Is swiftly killed by the DJD.
  • Adaptational Badass: The Black Shadow who showed up in Transformers Victory was hardly incompetent, but he was basically just a regular mercenary who lost a two-on-one fight against Greatshot in his sole appearance. In ID Wland, though, well... look at the following tropes.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Tarn mentions he begged for his life. And sobbed. And pleaded.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his legs to Tesarus's shredder.
  • Asshole Victim
  • Badass: Shown fighting both Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus at the same time, in a flashback.
  • Expy: Of Thunderwing, whose toys he's shared a mold with. IDW's Thunderwing is a much different character, but they wanted to channel his awesomeness from the original G1 comic, so Black Shadow was used.
  • Hero Killer: Managed to kill three Wreckers when they fought.
  • One-Man Army
  • Only in It for the Money: Is willing to commit any number of atrocities for the Decepticons, so long as he's paid.
  • Sell Out: The Autobots were able to bribe him into destroying a fleet of Decepticon ships.
  • Super Soldier
  • The Worf Effect: Killed to demonstrate how dangerous the DJD are.

    The Wreckers 
]A now defunct Autobot commando team. Whirl was once a member of the Wreckers and their actions have had impact on the crew's current adventures.
  • Anyone Can Die: Joining the Wreckers is a good way to get yourself killed. Almost half the group's total membership has been killed in action.
  • Foil: Among the Decepticons? Squadron X. Among the Autobots? The Diplomatic Corps.
  • Posthumous Character: Rotorstorm, Pyro and Ironfist have appeared in flashbacks in this series.
  • Put on a Bus: The concept of the team itself. Individual surviving members such as Perceptor and Whirl still appear, and others are alluded to.
  • Unknown Rival: The Diplomatic Corps, which operated in secrecy.

One of the most heroic Autobots around, the noble Thunderclash travels the universe looking for the Knights of Cybertron, while at the same time righting wrongs, saving the innocent, rescuing civilisations, and just being all-round perfect and magnificent. Not surprisingly, Rodimus is a teensy bit jealous of this guy.

  • The Ace
  • Arm Cannon: One on each arm.
  • Bus Full of Innocents: His ship was damaged while rescuing orphans from an exploding sun.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rather than being just a one-off Parody Sue, he's the only hope the Lost Light has of finding the Knights of Cybertron once Rodimus' Matrix half is destroyed.
  • Cool Starship: The Vis Vitalis, which is in fact a massive life-support system he turned into a spaceship.
  • Expy: Has been noted to be supiciously similar in characterization to Ace Rimmer. What a 'bot!
  • Large and in Charge: He's about the same size as Ultra Magnus.
  • Nice Guy: Exceedingly pleasant toward the Lost Light crew, and promised that if he found the Knights first, he'd give them credit for helping.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Virtually all of his great acheivements are Noodle Incidents and Informed Abilities.
  • Parody Sue: He makes Ratchet smile, Ultra Magnus hugs him, he treats Drift with respect.
    • When Rodimus sarcastically calls him "The Greatest Autobot Ever". Optimus Prime immediately recognizes he means Thunderclash, which annoys Rodimus that Optimus holds Thunderclash in such high regards that he immediately knew who Rodimus meant.
      Rodimus: Argh- The very fact that you knew who I was referring to just - Ahem!
  • Unknown Rival: Clearly oblivious to Rodimus's jealousy.

A legendary Metrotitan that the crew encounters during Dark Cybertron.

  • Badass in Distress: He's near death when Ultra Magnus and company find him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Space-bridges himself with the Lost Light back to Cybertron to battle the Necrotitan.
  • Eye Scream: One of his eyes is missing, leaving a big, gaping hole in his face.
  • Fingore: Missing his thumb, which the Lost Light bumps into in Spotlight: Trailcutter. It turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun laced with one of Shockwave's ores, which Megatron teleports back to him so he can heal and finally defeat the Necrotitan.
  • Genius Loci: Turns into a base, and a mobile battle platform/starship, and has hidden himself among cities previously.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a wasting disease, a plague of Ammonites/Minicons, and is missing an eye and a thumb. Still defeats the Necrotitan.
  • Humongous Mecha: The largest Autobot in the IDW-verse.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Has a built-in Space Bridge that the Decepticons coveted and searched out for millions of years. After a jump-start, it allows him to teleport himself and the entire starship Lost Light back to Cybertron.
  • Time Abyss: The first and oldest of the Metrotitans, the rest of whom were said to have accompanied the Knights of Cybertron in their voyages into the universe. Metroplex is literally millions of years old, having been built long before the war.
  • The Voiceless: Apparently his vocal processors have been damaged since his Spotlight issue, so Windblade or another Autobot reads the pulses of light from his brain and speaks for him.
  • You Are Not Ready: Said Nautica 'didn't deserve to know' about whether the Knights of Cybertron even existed.

An old friend of Nautica's and Windblade's bodyguard.

A Camian and friend of Nautica's who can speak to Metrotitans.

Shadowplay Flashbacks

    Shadowplay In General 
Not long before the war began in earnest, Rodion police officer Orion Pax learned of a plot by the corrupt Senate to blame the Decepticon freedom fighters for a terrorist attack, so they might round up and brainwash them. To thwart this, he organized a heist to steal the bomb they intended to detonate. Ratchet, Chromedome, and Skids were also part of the heist, Whirl, Red Alert and Ironfist weren't but helped point them in the right direction, Prowl refused to take part, and Drift had a minor cameo.

General tropes:

    Orion Pax / Optimus Prime 
You can do the sensible thing and land, or I can punch you to the ground.
The brave and kind future leader of the Autobots. In the past he was an adventurous cop who slowly discovered the evil of the corrupt senate. In the present he's struggling with his morality and role as leader. He's the one who gave the crew the Matrix Map in order to aid their journey.

  • Badass: Is he ever! From jumping off rooftops onto assassins to Curb Stomping Sonic and Boom to driving through one of the Heavies, he was making a name for himself way before he became a Prime.
    • Badass Baritone: Mentioned when Whirl tries to imitate him.
      Whirl: How can anyone's voice be that low?
  • Big Damn Heroes/Dynamic Entry: Often.
  • The Captain
  • Cowboy Cop
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe.
  • That Man Is Dead: In the prequel, he claims that Optimus Prime is dead, and Orion Pax is reborn, alluding to his persona before the war.
    • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: But after a peptalk from Rodimus - who explains that it's because of Optimus that the name "Prime" still means something, he declares My name is OPTIMUS PRIME! before eviscerating Nova Prime with his fist.
  • Red Is Heroic
  • Super Cop: Mockingly referred to a such by Sonic and Boom. They learn just how well the title fits a few seconds later.
    • Also referred as such by Tailgate (More precisely: Roof-jumping, name-taking Super Cop Orion Pax).

    The Senator 
Remember me as I was.
An eccentric senator who's working to undermine and overthrow the Senate. Serving as Orion's mentor, he's a skilled scientist who's gather a school of outliers. After the Senate's torture and mutilation, he became the Decepticon scientist Shockwave.
Click here  to see his new identity.

You starting something, buddy?
Orion's partner on the force and best friend. He helps out Orion and the Senator but is suspicious of the Senator's intentions.

A jittery but friendly outlier with the power to stop machinery.

A hyperactive and imaginative outlier with the power of magnetism.

A fanboy engineer and future Wrecker.

    Senator Momus 
A self-made senator who was murdered for expressing sympathy to the Decepticon cause. His death triggers Chromedome and Prowl's investigation into the Senate's conspiracy.

A thug who works for the Senate and Whirl's old handler.

  • Continuity Nod: Last seen getting stabbed in the face by Orion while attempting to rescue Whirl from jail. Here, he spends about a day in prison for the failed attempt before being released.
  • The Handler: Formerly one for Whirl.
  • The Heavy: For the Senate in general.
  • Karma Houdini: We never see him get any kind of comeuppance for his actions.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Pax and crew never would have learned about the bomb plot if Kroma hadn't run his mouth off in front of Whirl.
  • Smug Snake: He's very arrogant and self assured, and those traits really bring his success rate down.

    The Heavies (Hammer and Anvil) 
A pair of massive but stupid gangsters who work for the Senate as enforcers.

    Senator Proteus 
A cruel and manipulative senator who heads many of the Senate's corrupt activities. He's a bigot who wants to reinforce his control over the populace.

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Sentinel the "Shadowplay" flashback arc.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is all smiles towards anyone he considers his equal, or when in front of a camera. Otherwise he's a scheming, corrupt fascist who has his enemies murdered, or worse.
  • Consummate Liar
  • Corrupt Politician
  • Fantastic Racism: Doesn't like the Disposables, and has low opinions of anyone who does, like Senator Shockwave.
  • False Flag Operation: Uses a couple of these to expand the powers of the Senate and deal with potential dissenters.
  • For the Evulz: Some corrupt Senators just want more money, some want to keep living their comfortable lifestyles. Proteus just seems content with doing things because he can.
  • Karma Houdini: While he eventually dies later on, during the civil war, there is no immediate payback for his involvement in the events of Shadowplay.

A future Prime and Senator Proteus's right-hand man. Ambitious and scheming, he's almost as corrupt and cruel as Proteus himself.

    Zeta Prime 
A future Prime and a protégé of the Senator. He seeks out Orion after the heist and seems nice on the surface, but is actually an extremist who wants to enforce law on Cybertron with brutality.

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