Characters: Transformers Rescue Bots
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Autobot Rescue Force Sigma-17/Rescue Bots
- Action Duos: The human-robot duos. One is an ordinary human trained for search and rescue, while the other is a huge Autobot with superhuman strength.
- All a Part of the Job: Though some members of the team are a little less willing to put up with the acquired scrap that comes with having to work with humans.
- Ambadassadors: Optimus even assigned them as ambassadors of the humans.
- Badass Baritones: All the bots except Blades.
- Badass Crew: A non-combat version.
- Car Fu
- Chromatic Arrangement: The bots fit this trope to a tee.
- Cool Shades: All except Boulder.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In Season 3 all get Dinobot froms.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: Heatwave (The Cynic), Chase (The Realist), Boulder (The Optimist), and Blades (The Conflicted).
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Heatwave (The Rational), Chase (Melancholic), Boulder (Sanguine), and Blades (Phlegmatic).
- Humongous Mechas/Mechanical Lifeforms: This is Transformers after all.
- Meaningful Names: Heatwave is a fire trucknote , Chase is a police car who pursues criminals, Boulder is a bulldozer who's tough and strong, and Blades is a helicopter propelled by rotors.
- Nice Guys: All the bots except Heatwave, really.
- Nice Hats: Heatwave gets a fireman's helmet, Chase gets a police hat, and Boulder gets a hard hat.
- Last Of Their Kind: They may very well be all that remain of the Rescue Bots.
- Papa Wolves: The Rescue Bots are very protective towards their humans, especially Cody. You could even say that Cody has five daddies. Wait...
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Heatwave is hot-headed, while Chase is calm and collected.
- Also, Boulder is a friendly and emotional fellow, while Blades is a timid and anxious one.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Blades is sensitive and Heatwave is manly.
Function: Rescue Force Commander
"Rescue Bots, roll to the rescue!"
A Rescue-Bot that transforms into a fire engine and is partnered with Kade Burns (he is also the leader of the Rescue Bots). He dislikes the fact the Rescue Bots have to pretend they are mindless robots. He has a temper at times, but understands the need to place saving lives above all else.
- An Axe to Grind: Energize Axe.
- Badass In Charge: The leader of the Rescue Bots at least.
- Badass Mustache: The top half of his face is darker than the bottom half, giving the impression of a faux-mustache.
- Bad Butt: Heatwave is the biggest Badass on the show. However, he was not designed for combat and only has a fire hose at his disposal.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big Guy to Kade's Little Guy.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Is thoroughly irritated at being forced to act like a robotic drone and relinquish all the praise and credit for his heroism to his human partner.
- Grumpy Bear
- Improbable Weapon User: Technically, he has no actual weapons, so he uses water.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Kirk
- Kill It with Fire: Heatwave's new energize tool can fire both water and fire.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Thing is, Heatwave does believe in truth, justice and all that other stuff. He's also very devoted to the Rescue Bot cause. He just doesn't like not being recognized by anybody for his hard work and dedication, hence the sour.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority
- The Leader
- Making a Splash: He uses a fire hose for putting out fires and kicking some tailpipe!
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In season 2, he learns to be a Triple Changer and gets a fireboat as his third form.
- Nice Hat: Acquires one after scanning his alt mode. Fittingly enough, it's a fireman's helmet.
- Primary-Color Champion: Red coat, yellow lights, and blue windows.
- Red Is Heroic
- Refused by the Call: It's implied that he'd very much like to be with Team Prime, contributing directly to the war effort, but Optimus gently turns him down.
Function: Rescue Force Member
"Two peanuts walked down the road. One had high sodium content."
A Rescue-Bot that transforms into a police car and is partnered with Chief Charlie Burns. Chase has a "by-the-book" personality and tends to fuss over any new concept that violates any law he is familiar with, though at times his sense of humor and understanding emerges. He gets along well with his human partner Chief Charlie Burns.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big Guy to Chief's Little Guy.
- By-the-Book Cop: A stickler for following rules and laws to the letter.
- Since he has no frame of reference to gauge the spirit of the law, he's glad to be paired with Charlie Burns, who knows everyone in town.
- Cannot Tell a Joke
- The Comically Serious
- Cool Car: His alt-mode.
- The Lancer: Seems to be the closest thing the bots have to a "second in command".
- No Sense of Humor: Chase couldn't tell a decent joke to save his life, much less understand one.
- Rules Lawyer: He always obeys the rules. It comes into use in the episode "Rules and Regulations" where he listens to Chief Burns in not following him, and as a result stays active while the rest of the team are deactivated in an electric dead zone. He then uses all the instructions he learned from camping manuals to assist them with help from the rest of the Burns'.
- The Smart Guy
- The Spock: Though a more compassionate version than some others, coupled with a strong sense of morality, if his immediate disregard of the rules to stop a potentially dangerous and/or lethal toxic waste spill in "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock" is any indication.
- Not stoic, just businesslike.
- Shield Bash
- Spock Speak
- Undercover Cop Reveal: Went undercover to see what Evan and Miles were planning... without telling the others.
Function: Rescue Force Member
"I'm part tractor. It's what I do."
Voiced by: Imari Williams
A Rescue-Bot that transforms into a bulldozer and is partnered with Graham Burns. Boulder is fascinated with Earth culture and is always eager to learn more from books and other sources. He has a very kind and friendly demeanor.
Function: Rescue Force Air Support
"Fear is a great motivator."
Voiced by: Parvesh Cheena
A Rescue-Bot that transforms into a rescue helicopter and is partnered with Dani Burns. Back on Cybertron, Blades had a land-based vehicle mode and is not used to flying, thus culminating in a slight fear of heights. Out of the Rescue Bots, he is the most expressive emotionally.
- Acrophobic Bird: He never had the ability to fly until he landed on Earth. He was not happy about the change.
- Badass Adorable: The cutest, softest, sweetest of all the Rescue Bots, still won't hesitate to put his spark on the line to save people.
- Butt Monkey: In the beginning, at least.
- Cool Shades: Appears to have a pair of aviator sunglasses in robot mode.
- Cowardly Lion
- Cute Machines: The entire team is arguably cute, due to either the cartoon's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic-esque aesthetic or each of their endearing personalities, but Blades takes the cake. Seriously, he reaches dangerously WALL•E levels of Moe from time to time.
- Genre Savvy: Horror movies have taught him that you should never split up the group.
- The Heart
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Dani's Tiny Girl.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Dani's Masculine Girl. A Non-romantic example.
- Ptero Soarer: His Dinobot form.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Finds Priscilla's Cathy doll from "Spellbound" to be charming.
- Weak, but Skilled: The smallest and lightest of all bots on the team, but he makes up for it by being the only flyer.
Function: Autobot Leader
Leader of the Autobots, who gave the Rescue Bots their mission. He appears mainly via view-screen.
Legendary Autobot Scout, war hero, and member of Optimus Prime's team of Autobots. As seen in Transformers Prime
, Bumblebee lost his voice box in the line of duty and possesses a unique form of speech.
- Cute Mute: Thanks to an injury to his voice box he sustained during the war, Bumblebee can only communicate through R2-D2-esque beeps and whirrs.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: While most humans (including the viewers) can't understand Bumblebee's beeping language, no Transformer ever seems to have this problem. This might change if the timeframe of the show ever gets past Transformers Prime.
Chief Charlie Burns
Function: Rescue Chief
Griffin Rock's chief of police and leader of its Rescue Team. He is also the father of Cody, Kade, Dani, and Graham. He gets along well with his partner Chase and is a very levelheaded man.
Cody's older brother and Griffin Rock firefighter. He is somewhat of a glory-hog and isn't too keen on working with Heatwave at first, though they eventually come to respect each other (though neither would admit it).
Voiced by: Shannon McKain
Cody's older brother and Griffin Rock construction engineer. At first he has trouble working Boulder due in part to his own misconceptions. Though he is fascinated by Boulder and wishes to learn about Cybertron, he mistakenly believes that because Boulder is from an advanced alien civilization, there is little he (someone from a more primitive civilization like Earth's) could possibly teach him.
Function: Air Support
Cody's older sister and Griffin Rock rescue helicopter pilot. Unlike her partner Blades, Dani loves flying and has trouble getting along with Blades due to his fear of heights, but eventually learns how to work with him.
Voiced by: Elán Garfias
The youngest member of the Burns family. Despite his age, he acts as the team's communications officer. He also acts to help the bots become accustomed to life on Earth and guide them. He acts as a mediator between them and his older siblings. Occasionally, he helps out in the field (such as riding in Blades with Dani).
Griffin Rock's inventor, scientist, and father of Francine Greene. Though many of his inventions he creates are meant to be helpful or with good intention, they have a tendency to go haywire or cause trouble in Griffin Rock, which the Rescue Bots and the Burns Family are forced to deal with. As a result, Doc Greene often finds himself being rescued from various mishaps caused by his inventions. His inventions include a solar-powered car, Floatium (a substitute for helium) and a high-powered communications dish.
Voiced by: Diamond White
Doc Greene's daughter and friend of Cody's. She is somewhat suspicious of the Rescue Bots. In "Countdown," it is revealed that Francine is afraid of the dark. In "The Haunting of Griffin Rock," it is revealed that Francine's middle name is Elma named after Griffin Rock's first scientist Elma Hendrickson.
Doctor Thaddeus Morocco
: Tim Curry
(season 1), Greg Ellis (season 2)
The recurring antagonist of the series. Dr. Thaddeus Morocco is a mad scientist who invents things to cause damage. He is behind several of the incidents that occurred in Griffin Rock. He plotted revenge against Chief Charlie Burns, Mayor Luskey, and Doc Greene for making him an outcast.
- Big Bad: Morocco is the closest the series has come to an over-arching villain so far.
- Evil Genius: While he may have stolen a lot of his inventions rather than discover them, Morocco is still a brilliant scientist having reverse engineered Dither and building an empire out of technology made far from his day in an alternate future.
- Evil Virtues: While the man has many faults, many. A lack of gratitude is apparently not one of them. Since he once saved the Burns family from drowning after they first saved him from a salvage fiasco when he could have simply left them all to die.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Fountain of Youth: Thaddeus Morocco seems to have invented (stolen) a machine that has kept him in the prime of his youth instead of a old man, as seen in "Bot to the Future".
- High-Class Glass
- Karma Houdini: Until he is brought to justice at the end of season two.
- Killer Robot: His Morbots.
- Knight of Cerebus
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Older Than He Looks
- Suck Sessor: Attempts to replace both Dr. Greene as the island's chief scientist. He also tries to use his Morbots to replace the Burns family and the Rescue Bots.
- Villain with Good Publicity: At first his Morbot shows up the Rescue Bots at every turn, saving people faster than before and quickly solving all of the hazards that Morocco creates. Prescott is quick to praise the rescue bot at the expense of the team and the Mayor puts an unreasonable amount of faith in such a shady man. After Morocco takes over, this starts to wane with the Morbot's Destructive Savior antics causing far more havoc than helping. Prescott and most of the town turn on him after that (without the Heroes needing to expose him as a fraud), but Morocco is indifferent, having access to Doc Greene's inventions, and the Mayor's blind faith still in hand.
- Wicked Cultured: The guy wears a monocle and was voiced by Tim Curry. 'Nuff said.
The mayor of Griffin Rock.
- It's All About Me
- Jerk Ass
- Mayor Pain: Sometimes his political ambitions get the best of him and sometimes this causes trouble for the town.
- Never My Fault
- Too Dumb to Live: A comprehensive list of such moments could fill a book. Two standout examples include hawking old, Spam-like canned meat that turned the consumer into a werebeast (granted, he didn't know about that, but still should have known better than to sell old meat), and ordering a computer charged with protecting the island turned up to full power after it demonstrated its fascist-like way of doing so.
The resident news reporter.
- Heel-Face Turn: Downplayed. He's initially mildly suspicious of the Rescue Bots, and contributes to the Morbot's rise in fame by downplaying all of its destructive acts all for the sake of ratings. When the Rescue Bots leave, Prescott becomes a vocal critic of the Morocco and the Morbot, and admits to missing the team. Subsequent episodes show him to be much friendlier to them, no longer showing his paranoid bias.
- Intrepid Reporter
- Red Shirt Reporter: Prescott ends up in many bad situations to get a good story, his "I Dare Me" show is excellent proof.
- What Might Have Been: His alternate time-line self never went into the news business, something he laments.
A scientist of Griffon Rock who disappeared years ago when she went to stop the Griffon Rock Triangle with her sub-aquatic ship the Midgard. In the present day the Rescue team found her and with her help stopped the Triangle. She now live in Griffon Rock.
- Not Good with People: Mostly due to being trapped in a submarine for over ten years, she's getting better though.
Evan and Myles
A pair of small-time criminals who often steal Griffin Rock technology to commit robberies on the island.
The spoiled daughter of Madeline Pynch.
Voiced by Stacy Darrow
Priscilla's mother. The head of a lucrative company, her goal is to get even more money, by fair means or foul.