Characters / Transformers Rescue Bots

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Heatwave

Function: Rescue Force Commander

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"Rescue Bots, roll to the rescue!"

Voiced by: Steve Blum

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.

Chase

Function: Rescue Force Member

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"Two peanuts walked down the road. One had high sodium content."

Voiced by: D.C. Douglas

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.
  • Adorkable
  • 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: Comes with showing little emotion and constantly speaking in a flat-sounding and somewhat robotic voice.
  • Cool Car: His alt-mode.
  • The Lancer: Seems to be the closest thing the bots have to a "second in command".
  • Mayor Pain: After the Rescue Bots reveal their true nature in Season 4, he runs against Luskey and wins. However, his own quirks didn't make him any better, so he resigns and Luskey resumes the post.
  • Mygreatest Failure: Regrets that he wasn't able to defeat the Energon eater
  • 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'.
  • Shock and Awe: Is able to create electricity in his stegosaurus alt form.
  • The Smart Guy: He tends to be the one to point out the most sensible solutions.
  • 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.

Boulder

Function: Rescue Force Member

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"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.

Blades

Function: Rescue Force Air Support

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"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.

High Tide

Function: Rescue Force Drillmaster

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"Ah, ya got gumption, blip, I'll give ya that. I hate gumption! So stay out of things that aren't your concern, ya hear me?"

Voiced by Michael Bell

A crusty old sea dog and super tough drill instructor who doesn't suffer fools gladly. He transforms into a submarine and can also combine with his ship for a super mode. He is an old friend of Optimus Prime and instructs the Rescue Bots in sea rescue tactics.

Blurr

Function: Rescue Force Trainee

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Voiced by Max Mittelman

A hot rod racer and pilot who, along with his partner Salvage, crashed on Earth during caveman times and went into stasis to survive. At first he doesn't think much of Earth or the Rescue Bot mission but eventually learns better and becomes part of the team. He transforms into a racecar.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Blurr is usually brave, helpful and selfless. This Blurr, however, is cowardly, selfish and self-serving. He does get better in subsequent appearances however.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He is much, much slower than other versions of the character.
    • Averted as seen in Hot Rod Bot.
  • Aesop Amnesia: As Heatwave points out he has trouble learning from his many mistakes especially when it comes to charging in half cocked.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: He can't bring himself to abandon the team or the island, when disaster strikes.
  • Consummate Liar: A heroic example, as seen below. There's also the question if he really came from Cybertron, as the novel Transformers: Exiles shows him as Velocitronian, which may indicate he is an even bigger liar then previously established.
    • This may be a production error as all signs point to him being from Velocitron as he misses the planet as though he was homesick and envisioned racing against the planet's leader, Override and Racemaster(Rapido), who in the IDW G1 comics was also a Velocitron.
  • Determinator: Say what you will about his personality, but he really is persistent.
  • Dirty Coward: Shows traits of this, as he ran away from helping the cave people escape the island in the past, and in the present he tried to leave a man to get crushed by a crane. Eventually gets better and becomes a lot more selfless.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He is a racecar.
  • Expy: He resembles Mirage of the Generation 1 cartoon, only purple instead of blue.
  • Glory Hound: Mostly when it comes to racing.
  • Good Is Not Nice: At first at least. Later he gets some Character Development and becomes much nicer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stuck up as he is, he genuinely had concern for Salvage's well-being when the two came out of stasis.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this from the other character after what he did above.

Salvage

Function: Rescue Force Trainee

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Voiced by Jason Marsden

A former loader by trade, Salvage's ship crashed on Earth during ancient times and he and his partner Blurr were found by the Rescue Bots thousands of years later. A gentle giant with a penchant for tinkering, Salvage loves to collect old "junk" and rebuild it into something new and useful. He transforms into a garbage truck.
  • Adorkable: Has some shades of this.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Why he choose a garbage truck as his vehicle mode. He took a liking to how much he could carry in that form, but Chase suggests using a vehicle that would be of more practical use, like a nearby jeep. Optimus Prime tells Chase that sometimes the vehicle chooses the robot and gives Salvage the okay to scan it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Normally very kind and laid back, but when he caught Blurr attempting to leave Earth without him in the middle of a meteor shower, he lost it and attacked him.
  • Gentle Giant
  • MacGyvering: He's quite a expert at this: he was able to create a electromagnet with junk to stop a crane from crashing into City Hall. He also created a working harmonica out of junk and played it.
  • Meaningful Name: He really likes sifting through garbage. He even has a recycle symbol on his chest
  • Naïve Newcomer: Like all Cybertronians, takes a little while to adapt to life on Earth.
  • Out of Focus: The only new Rescue Bot not to get his own spotlight episode.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Can build pretty much anything out of the junk in his trailer.
  • Southern-Fried Private: While it should be noted he is a trainee, he does have the accent.

Quickshadow

Function: Rescue Force Recruit

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Voiced by Alex Kingston

A covert operations specialist sent by Optimus Prime to assist the Griffin Rock Rescue Bots. Quickshadow is very effective at what she does and prefers to work alone rather than rely on a team. She transforms into a sports car.
  • The Ace: Extremely competent. It's easy to understand why she prefers working alone.
  • Aliensof London
  • Badass in Distress: Suffer this with her confrontation with Evan and Myles
  • Cool Car: Scanned a car from a spy movie and in turn gain some of the gadgets that were in it.
  • Expy: Out of all of the aliases she's operated under, only Overdrive is a name used before in the Transformers franchise and he just happens to turn into a combat car with front mounted blasters and fold-out wings, not too unlike all of Quickshadow's spy gear. Not to mention she is the only member of the team to have combat abilities in vehicle mode without any addons. Additionally she's about just as skilled as he is.
  • I Have Many Names: She also operates under the aliases Slipchain, Bootlatch, and Overdrive.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Uses a lot of British terms and idioms, sometimes confusing the rest of the cast. She herself was confused when Cody referred to her trunk, soon realizing he meant her "boot".
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is so far the only female Transformer featured on this show.
  • Stuffy Brit: At least in voice and attitude.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Doesn't speak for a majority of her first appearance

    Front-line Autobots 

Optimus Prime

Function: Autobot Leader

Voiced by: Peter Cullen

Leader of the Autobots, who gave the Rescue Bots their mission. He appears mainly via view-screen.
  • Badass Baritone: Comes with being voiced by Peter Cullen, as usual.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In "It's a Bot Time" when the bots are stuck in the 1930s and Morocco has them pinned with an electromagnet ready for dissection, Optimus and Bumblebee burst through the wall and save everyone, having been alerted to the situation and going back in time to save everyone.
  • Big Good: As the leader of the Autobots and an all-around good, kind and noble individual, he serves as one for the Cybertronians.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: From the perspective of the Rescue Bots, as while he was the one who called them to Earth in order to help against the Decepticons, he rarely gets directly involved otherwise past situations where the Rescue Bots are completely out of their depth to handle.
  • The Comically Serious: A carryover from his portrayal in Transformers Prime
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Supporting Leader

Bumblebee

Function: Scout

Voiced by: Nicole Dubuc (Season 1-2), Will Friedle (Season 4)

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 (really, it was Megatron torturing him, but this was glossed over) 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. As of "Uninvited Guest" he's had his voice box fixed and speaks with his Transformers: Robots in Disguise voice. See Suddenly Voiced below.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He speaks in "Uninvited Guest". None of the Rescue Bots nor the Burns family recognize his voice at first until he reveals himself.

    Humans 

Burns Family

Chief Charlie Burns

Function: Rescue Chief

Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

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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.

Kade

Function: Fireman

Voiced by: Jason Marsden

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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).

Graham

Function: Engineer

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.

Dani

Function: Air Support

Voiced by: Lacey Chabert

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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.

Cody

Function: Mission Control

Voiced by: Elán Garfias

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"Noble!"
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).
  • Badass Adorable: Comes with being the youngest of the Burns family.
  • Catchphrase: "Noble!"
  • Cheerful Child
  • Children Are Innocent
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In "Rescue Boy".
  • The Heart: While Cody is the team's Mission Control, the biggest reason he's part of the crew is because he alone can unify the Rescue Bots and their human teammates. Heatwave flat-out refuses to work without him in the first episode.
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He definitely counts due to being the youngest of the main characters.
  • Kid Sidekick
  • Protectorate: To the whole team; threatening Cody in any way, shape or form will get all of them out for blood.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In "One for the Ages" after getting aged up into an adult, he looks like a younger version of his dad.
  • Tag Along Kid
  • Team Pet
  • Token Mini-Moe: He is the only child in the entire Rescue Team.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: While less obvious than Frankie, he has several moments where he comes off as much more rational and levelheaded than most of his siblings, such as when he points out to Kade that starting out a conversation with his sister by being angry and demanding is not only going to end in a fight, but probably not going to get him what he wants.
    "If you yell at her, she's just going to yell back."

Other

Doctor Greene

Function: Scientist

Voiced by: LeVar Burton
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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.
  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Bungling Inventor: When his inventions don't function the way they should (and they do so with Wheeljack-esque regularity, really), he falls into this.
  • Ditzy Genius: He sometimes causes disasters because of failure to consider every possible way his experiments can go wrong.
  • Happily Married: Is shown to be married to Ana Baranova as of Season Four.
  • Secret Keeper: During the season one finale he finds out the Rescue Bots are fully-sentient alien robots.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has two grey streaks on either side of his head
  • Technobabble: It's hard to get him to speak English.

Frankie Greene

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

Voiced by: Tim Curry (season 1), Greg Ellis (season 2 and onward)

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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sort of, in "Back to Virtual Reality", in the form of a sentient computer virus modeled after him.
  • Evil Brit: He speaks in a British accent.
  • 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".
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: In a way. Jules Verne wipes his memory so he returns to how he was before he turned to crime.
  • High-Class Glass: He has a monocle.
  • Karma Houdini: He tends to weasel out of any comeuppance he appears to get until he is brought to justice at the end of season two.
  • Killer Robot: His Morbots.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's a pretty sinister villain, especially since the show had no real antagonists until he came along.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Mecha-Mooks: His Morbots, again.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
  • Older Than He Looks: Back before he used the machine to keep him at his prime, he used to be friends with Jules Verne.
  • Sucksessor: Attempts to replace 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.

Mayor H.B. Luskey

Voiced by Jeff Bennett
The mayor of Griffin Rock.
  • Dodgy Toupee: And much like another mayor in a hi-tech city, it doesn't even match his real hair and tends to come off a lot.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As seen in Hot Rod Bot, he has shown, that he at least knows its a bad idea to place the speeder device all the way to the red.
    • There's also the fact that despite it possibly making him money, he at least was smart enough to send people to make sure if the oil platform was safe to do so.
  • Freudian Excuse: In "Hot Rod Bot", it's revealed his ill thought out schemes are at least partly due to him trying to upstage his older brother, who is the mayor of a much bigger city on the mainland.
  • It's All About Me: Takes credit for other people's ideas and work and will try to take central stage wherever he is.
  • Jerk Ass: As the other tropes show, he's self-serving and a bit of an asshole to those around him.
  • Mayor Pain: Sometimes his political ambitions get the best of him and sometimes this causes trouble for the town. After the Rescue Bots reveal their true nature in Season 4, this finally bites him in the ass and Chase runs against him and wins. However, Chase himself wasn't much better and he resigned, letting Luskey resume the post.
  • Never My Fault: He refuses to take responsibility for the mistakes he makes and tries to shift blame onto others.
  • Sleazy Politician: In general, he's a self-serving asshole. "Part-Time Heroes" happened because he took the funds meant for a new cell phone tower and used them to buy an inflatable stadium.
  • 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 gained sentience and demonstrated its fascist-like way of doing so.

Huxley Prescott

Voiced by Jeff Bennett
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 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.

Ana Baranova

Voiced by Kath Soucie

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.

  • Happily Married: She is shown to be married to Greene as of Season Four.
  • Not Good with People: Mostly due to being trapped in a submarine for twenty-eight years, she's getting better though.
  • Secret Keeper: As of "Quarry vs. Quarry" she knows the Rescue Bots are sentient.

Evan and Myles

Voiced by Robbie Daymond

A pair of small-time criminals who often steal Griffin Rock technology to commit robberies on the island.

Priscilla Pynch

Voiced by Katherine McNamara

The spoiled daughter of Madeline Pynch.

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.

Jules Verne

Voiced by Diedrich Bader

  • Historical Hero Upgrade: It was revealed here that not only was he a time traveler, he knows Heatwave in his past, yet Heatwave's future.

Quint Quarry

Voiced by Jim Cummings

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