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 ofthe Bronx and Brooklyn combined.
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.
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 took over the Lost Light.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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...
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.
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.
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".
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.
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. He eventually gives up his title of Enforcer to Fortress Maximus.
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.
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.
The Exile: After issue 16. Issue 21 reveals it was prearranged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 spark on the ship, which draws the sparkeater to him.
His Alt Mode is apparantly unique (But never seen by the reader).
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Conjunx Endura, Dominus Ambus. He's highly protective of Chromedome and wants him to quit using mnemosurgery.
Uniqueness Value: One of the last few living Disposable class Cybertronians, and with his sheer wealth of knowledge, he's too valuable to risk in combat.
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.
An Arm and a Leg: Shears off one of his own arms in Megatron's malfunctioning internal space bridge while trying to kill him.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Zig-Zagging Trope: It is shown several times that Whirl would like his hands back, but at the same time, he uses the hatred of not having his hands as a way to shield himself from the atrocities he has done, and if he gets his hands back, he would lose that and start having a conscience again.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Not very obvious at the beginning, but he quickly called Rung his friend when Rung was threatened by Fortress Maximus, he also tags along constantly with others. Becomes more obvious in Issue 22, when Whirl tries to introduce himself as Skids' friend — which Skids denies, and in Dark Cybertron #1, where he defends Cyclonus from Hardhead's criticism.
Kick the Dog: It's a pretty long list. Probably the biggest was trapping Rewind alongside Cyclonus with the bomb.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Shooting Nautilator in the head. Granted, Nautilator was pretty Affably Evil, but then remember what the Decepticons were doing to the natives. Killing Killmaster counts as well.
Large Ham: Instructs Trailbreaker on the importance of this.
Portal Cut: Loses an arm in this fashion while trying to kill Megatron.
Politically Incorrect Hero: Makes disparaging remarks about monoformers in Issue #13, and appears to be bigoted on the whole forged/constructed cold issue as well. Though the latter might be him acting out to get a reaction from Chromedome.
The Power of Hate: Has rationalized that all the bad stuff that has happened to him gives him an excuse to do bad things, and if he gets fixed, whether completely or just his hands, then he will have to change.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 inn 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.
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.
When He Smiles: Cyclonus' benign smiles are rare, but but always significant. Of course, he indulges in those othertypes 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.
Took a Level in Badass: If working on the bomb enough to reduce its blast radius, even though he's just a garbage man, wasn't enough, slowing down Tyrest on his own long enough for the others to recover should seal the deal.
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.
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.
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.
Best ears in the business.
The ship's hyper-paranoid head of security. He's constantly fearful that others are planning against and spends a lot of his time spying on his fellow crewmembers.
Brainwashed: Was a 'guest' of the Institute at one point.
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/outrageous weaponry. He's an old friend/coworker of Chromedome's and is virulently jealous of fellow scientist Perceptor.
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."
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
Motor Mouth: Is literally incapable of shutting up for more than a few seconds. This turns out to be because he has Logorrhoea.
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.
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.
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.
Weapon of Choice: My First Blaster™, a large gun designed to look like a children's toy, courtesy of Brainstorm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Badass Normal: His alternate form is, for all intents and purposes, useless. Doesn't stop him from ramming Overlord with a hovercart, or defending the medibay against the legislators. He must take after Ratchet.
Blessed with Suck: For all that his alternate form is useless, not needing it did save him from a horrible transformation-related death, courtesy of Pharma's plague.
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".
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. 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.
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.
Big Bad: Of the Great War. Makes his role here a lot more surprising as a result.
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.
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's 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.
A brilliant but antisocial detective who was believed 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.
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, Riptide, Crosscut, Huffer, Ten, Ammo, Gears, and various others.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
Lucky Bastard: All of them, but Crankcase in particular, having survived an attack by Thunderwing, who it should be noted managed to shrug off the combined firepower of the Autobot and Decepticon armies, with nothing more than a head-wound.
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.
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.
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.
Motor Mouth: Lampshaded and justified. He'd siphoned some fuel out of a soldier who'd been taking circuit speeders, and had sampled the goods without bothering to check. He is therefore quite high when we meet him.
The Stoner: While not explicitly said, it is lampshaded a couple of times. The first time when it is mentioned he likes to taste the goods in the first issue he appears in. The 2nd when, during his rescue from Death Row, he pretty much botched it because he took a detour to get munchies.
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.
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."
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.
Badass: The Scavenger's plan? Point Grimlock at the DJD and pray.
Handicapped Badass: Grimlock without his higher brain functions is still capable of putting up a good fight. At first, at any rate.
Verbal Tic: Making its first real appearance in this continuity, as a result of aforementioned brain damage.
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.
All Crimes Are Equal: Any Decepticon that hinders Megatron's quest for galactic domination in any way meets with the same punishment: brutal execution.
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.
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.
Badass: Brought the cybernought-wearing Crankcase to his knees with a lightning attack. Keep in mind that Crankcase had just incapacitated Tarn, Helex, and Tesarus, far and away the most physically imposing members of the DJD.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerkass: Given his haughty/control freak nature, he wasn't exactly pleasant, even before he went mad. Issues four and five of the comic illustrate this.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When escaping from captivity in "Remains Of Light: Part 5", Pharma is unable to pass through Tyrest's guilt detecting forcefield. Is it because he feels some remorse and guilt for his actions? Evidently not, as he's ultimately unfazed by not being able to pass through, and even jokes about the murders of his patients and Ambulon towards First Aid. This earns him a Boom, Headshot.
First Aid: "You're smiling. Everything you did at Delphi—all those patients you killed—and you're smiling?"
Pharma:"Lengthways." Your face! It was an absolute pic-
Meaningful Name: Threefold. Most obviously, the prefix "pharma-" refers to medicine, but it's also phonetically similar to "farmer," which makes a twisted amount of sense given that he's harvesting organs. Most tellingly, leaving of the first and last letter of his name gives you "harm," which should give you an idea...
Never Found the Body: Unusually, they did know where Pharma's body was after First Aid shoots his head off, but during the ensuing fight with the Legislators, his body gets dragged through the Space Bridge by tentacles without anyone noticing. In the prose story "Sound of Shattered Glass" Ratchet's notices Pharma's corpse has mysteriously vanished and really wants it found.
What Happened to the Mouse?: He and his Titan Hunters disappear after delivering Rodimus and his Away Team to Tyrest. Red Alert, Fort Max, and the Circle of Light stay behind on Luna-1 to track them down.
You think that just because the war is over we can afford to stop fighting!
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.
Person of Mass Destruction: In his prime, Overlord was selected to become a Phase Sixer - a super soldier that would arrive on worlds the Decepticons had already trashed and finish the job. An incident in the paperback of Wreckers claims that it took the combined military of an entire stellar empire just to make him consider calling for support. He's not quite as strong as he was then, having lost access to his weapons, but that hasn't helped his disposition any.
Noodle Incident: Nearly every other character in the series claims to have, at some point, fought "Killmaster, you know, the one with the wand." None of these fights are ever shown, except a panel in Spotlight: Trailcutter.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Young Future Famous People: You have the future Optimus Prime, his someday chief strategist and chief medical officer, a renowned mnemosurgeon, and briefer appearances from Head of Security, two members of the Wreckers (one of them a famous weapons engineer), a famous turncoat, and a cameo by the future founder and leader of the wreckers.
Orion Pax / Optimus Prime
You can do the sensible thing and land, or I can punch you to the ground.
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.
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.
Put on a Bus/What Happened to the Mouse?: Ratchet mentions that the events of Shadowplay were the last time all three were together. His only other mention in the comics was as a candidate for a exploration mission, one that Wheelie ended up going on instead.