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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
- Voiced by: Steve Blum
- 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: He's the grouchiest of the group, but he still has good intentions and at times proves that he cares about his fellow Rescue Bots and the Burns family.
- 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.
- Papa Wolf: Never, ever, EVER threaten Cody or Frankie in front of him. The Morbot found out the hard way.
- Primary-Color Champion: Red coat, yellow lights, and blue windows.
- Red Is Heroic: He's colored red and is the leader of the Rescue Bots.
- 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
- Voiced by: DC Douglas
- 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 quriks didn't make him any better, so he resigns and Luskey resumes the post.
- 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.
Function: Rescue Force Member
- Voiced by: Imari Williams
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: He's a big fan of painting.
- Badass Bookworm
- The Big Guy: He tends to be the toughest of the group.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big Guy to Graham's Little Guy
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Loves animals, flowers, and painting.
- Ditzy Genius / Idiot Ball: Had some trouble processing that a lion wasn't exactly the best choice for a Team Pet.
- Expy: Design-wise and voice-wise, of Bulkhead.
- Eye Color Change: They change from yellow (normal, talking mode) to blue (idle, robot mode).
- Friend to All Living Things
- Genius Bruiser: "Hydraulic conductivity is fascinating!"
- Gentle Giant
- Man Child: Loves to play in the snow.
- Nature Lover
Function: Rescue Force Air Support
- Voiced by: Parvesh Cheena
- Acrophobic Bird: He never had the ability to fly until he landed on Earth. He was not happy about the change.
- Adaptation Personality Change: As several of the other tropes show, he's very far removed from the violent sociopath his G1 namesake was, being a genuinely nice Cowardly Lion.
- 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: He scares easily, but he always helps people when they need it.
- 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: Rescue Force Drillmaster
- Voiced by Michael Bell
- The Ace: From marine operations and rescue.
- Cool Submarine
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Originally started off as this but became better at the end of the ep.
- Powered Armor: One that also doubles as both his Humongous Mecha and as his ship. Also counts as a Mythology Gag if you know what a Headmaster or Brainmaster is.
Function: Rescue Force Trainee
- Voiced by Max Mittelman
- Adaptation Personality Change: Blurr is usually brave, helpful and selfless. This Blurr, however, is a cowardly, selfish, self-serving, lying asshole.
- Adaptational Wimp: He is much, much slower than other versions of the character.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: He can't bring himself to abandon the team or the island, when disaster strikes.
- Consummate Liar: A villainous 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.
- 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. Only time will tell if he gets better.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this from the other character after what he did above.
Function: Rescue Force Trainee
- Voiced by Jason Marsden
- Adorkable: Has some shades of this.
- 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.
- MacGyvering: He's quite a expert at this: he was able to create a electro-magnet with junk to stop a crane from crashing into City Hall. He also created a working harmonica out of junk and played it.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Southern-Fried Private: While it should be noted he is a trainee, he does have the accent.
Function: Autobot Leader
- Voiced by: Peter Cullen
- 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
- The Comically Serious: A carryover from his portrayal in Transformers Prime
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Supporting Leader
Function: ScoutLegendary 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. This might change if the timeframe of the show ever gets past Transformers Prime.
- Action Duo: The human-robot duos. One is an ordinary human trained for search and rescue, while the other is a huge Autobot with superhuman strength.
- Badass Family: They're all useful allies to the Rescue Bots.
- Badass Normals: They're able to provide helpful assistance to the Rescue Bots even though they're just humans.
- All a Part of the Job: A commonality between the Burns and their robot companions, though the family doesn't have to hide their sentience or any such thing.
Chief Charlie Burns
Function: Rescue Chief
- Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
- Action Dad: He actively helps his children and the Rescue Bots on their missions.
- Badass In Charge: Leader of his family and the Rescue Bots.
- Badass Mustache: A 'stache that would make Stottlemeyer jealous.
- Badass Normal: Being the Chief doesn't stop him from doing fieldwork.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Little Guy to Chase's Big Guy.
- Da Chief: Rescue Station Chief.
- The Leader
- Papa Wolf: Don't endanger his kids, or in his own words, he will come after you.
- Real Men Cook: He's often the one to cook for the family.
- Voiced by: Jason Marsden
- The Big Guy
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Little Guy to Heatwave's Big Guy.
- Break the Haughty
- Fantastic Racism: Thinks of the bots as just cars/tools for a long while.
- Fiery Redhead: He's a redhead and is often irritable.
- Glory Seeker: In his worst moments he can come off as this, down-playing his siblings' and father's role in the rescues and taking credit for his Autobot partner's heroics.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he was quite selfish near the beginning, he's really warmed up to Heatwave by "Small Blessings" and really does care about his partner.
- The Lancer
- Voiced by: Shannon McKain
- Badass Bookworm
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Little Guy to Boulder's Big Guy.
- The Engineer
- Gadgeteer Genius: Graham works well with software and hardware.
- Hollywood Nerd: To a minor degree anyway.
- Nerd Glasses: He wears glasses.
- Nice Guy: He's always pleasant and helpful. When the bots and humans were having their initial disagreements Graham had no real problem with Boulder, only feeling that he fell under Sufficiently Advanced Aliens and thus wouldn't need his help.
- The Smart Guy
Function: Air Support
- Voiced by: Lacey Chabert
- Ace Pilot
- Action Girl: One of her hobbies is rockclimbing.
- The Chick
- Flies Like Crazy: Poor Blades thinks so.
- Fiery Redhead
- Hartman Hips
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Blades' Huge Guy.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: She can fly Blades upside-down!
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: A more action oriented, tough Masculine Girl to Blades' softer, nervous Feminine Boy. A non-romantic example.
- The Smurfette Principle
Function: Mission Control
- Voiced by: Elán Garfias
- Badass Adorable: Comes with being the youngest of the Burns family.
- 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
- 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
- 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."
- Voiced by: LeVar Burton
- 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.
- Technobabble: It's hard to get him to speak english.
- Voiced by: Diamond White
- Action Girl: Wants to join the rescue team and uses phase technology to briefly become a superhero.
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Cheerful Child
- Children Are Innocent
- Child Prodigy: She's the daughter of the town's top scientist and she's pretty smart on her own.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Intangible Girl: Borrows one of her father's inventions to briefly become a superhero.
- Plucky Girl
- Secret Keeper: She finds out that the Rescue Bots are fully-sentient alien robots. Once she learns the details, she admits she knew it all along.
- Sassy Black Girl: In a sense.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
Doctor Thaddeus Morocco
- 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 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
- 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 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.
Mayor H.B. Luskey
- Voiced by Jeff Bennett
- 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.
- 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. 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
- 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.
- Voiced by Jeff Bennett
- 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.
- Voiced by Kath Soucie
- 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 over ten years, she's getting better though.
- Secret Keeper: As of "Quarry vs. Quarry" she knows the Rescue Bots are sentient.
Evan and Myles
- Vocied by Robbie Daymond
- Shrink Ray: In their first appearance they attempt to steal a shrink ray to shrink an ATM machine.
- Siblings in Crime
- Those Two Bad Guys
- The Voiceless: Evan never speaks.
- Voiced by Katherine McNamara
- Bratty Half-Pint
- It's All About Me: To the point that she sings the trope name in the Musical Episode.
- Rich Bitch
- Skewed Priorities: When her hoverpicker malfunctioned and ran amok, she was more concerned about it getting damaged than the damage it might cause.
- Voiced by Stacy Darrow
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Karma Houdini
- Rich Bitch: Like daughter, like mother.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When the Rescue Bots foiled her team-up with Dr Morocco, she fled in Morocco's submarine.
- Villain Team-Up: With Morocco in season two.
- 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.