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Characters: Transformers: Robots In Disguise
This is the character page for the characters that appear in the comic book Transformers: Robots In Disguise.

For characters in its sister series (who may appear here), see Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.

For the characters that appear in the Anime click here: Transformers Robots In Disguise Anime.

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Orion Pax/Optimus Prime

  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Badass: You had better believe it.
  • Big Good: Optimus Prime. Need more be said?
    • Of course, he wasn't this during the time he was Orion Pax, making great pains to try and just be himself, rather than the idealised leader he was.
  • The Captain
  • Hanging Judge: Averted. Optimus goes to great pains to avert this image during Megatron's trial, strictly adhering to due process and making a genuine effort to view the matter objectively. Unfortunately for him, Megatron opts to invoke this and points out the folly in having his archnemesis preside over his trial.
  • Heroic BSOD: Undergoes a brief but serious one in Dark Cybertron. Rodimus snaps him out of it.
  • Insistent Terminology: Optimus made a point of stressing his name change, even when he was in the heat of battle.
  • Last of His Kind: After he kills Nova Prime., he becomes the last Prime.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Reclaims his name as Optimus Prime as he kills Nova Prime.
  • Only Sane Man: Amongst the commanding Autobots. While Dark Cybertron shows that he too has his issues, they pale in comparison to Rodimus' hotheadedness and narcissism, Bumblebee's fragile self-image, Ultra Magnus' Super OCD, and Prowl's Knight Templar tendencies.
  • Red Is Heroic
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gets in an epic one against Nova Prime.
  • Shoot the Dog: He and Megatron are forced to kill Shockwave to prevent the universe's collapse.
  • Super Cop: As Orion Pax, he was pretty much the epitome of this trope.
  • That Man Is Dead: He abandons his identity as Optimus Prime because he realizes that as long as there are Primes, there will be war. Rodimus convinces him otherwise in ''Dark Cybertron, and he takes up his old name again after defeating Nova Prime.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Against Jhiaxus.












  • Broken Pedestal: He lost a lot of respect from other Autobots when he killed John Powell in the IDW ongoing, while saving Bumblebee.
  • Combat Pragmatist: It's one of the reasons why Optimus values him a lot.
  • Foil: Seems to be Prowl's in Season 2.
  • The Lancer: Jazz to Optimus Prime in season 2, much to Prowl's chagrin.
  • Defector from Decadence: He leaves the Autobots halfway thru season 1, but rejoins the cause once Optimus Prime comes back in time for season 2.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He's the consummate soldier and will do what needs to be done to complete the mission at hand, but unlike Prowl, he will have qualms about his actions once the dust settles.
  • Retired Badass: He gives up fighting and becomes a keytar player and forms a two-man band with Sky-bite during Season 1.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After he killed John Powell during the IDW ongoing series.



Other Autobots

These includes: Omega Supreme, Fixit, The Aerialbots



  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He has faith in Starscream and is easily tricked, but he does not see Starscream as the Messiah, rather the destroyer, and has been spreading rumors around to usurp him.
  • Fall Guy
  • The Fundamentalist: Averted. Scoop's heavy religious beliefs encourage him to help others and serve, not condemn others for their lack of faith.
  • Good Is Dumb: Seems like a case of Obfuscating Stupidity. During Dark Cybertron, it turns out that he has his own agenda when it comes to Starscream.
  • Nice Guy





Soundwave (and his companions)



See the "Outside Cybertron" folder for more information on the new Decepticon leader.



  • Ascended Extra: He was a fairly unimportant Con, seen with Razorclaw's offensive and the Decepticon group stranded on a meteor. Here he's grown in prominence to having as big a role as the Triple Changers.
  • The Atoner: After issue 21.
  • BFG: He takes the much larger Jetfire's gun when they storm the prison.
  • Heel Realization: After issue 21.
  • Heterosexual Life Partner: With Horri-Bull.
  • Police Brutality: During the time he served as Police forces under the new Autobot rule in New Iacon.






Click here  to see Pre-war Senator Ratbat.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He tried to take control of the Decepticons but was killed by Arcee.
  • Corrupt Politician: Pre-war as a member of the Senate.
  • Create Your Own Villains: He was the one who ordered Cybertron's energon mines to be automated which let the miner Megatron to become a gladiator, he also gave a homeless bot called Soundwave a job working for him, later he sent Soundwave to offer Megatron funding and weapons technology, seeking to foster political instability for his own profit, which led to Soundwave joining Megatron's cause and Megatron turning his gladiator team into a planet-destabilizing army which would become the Decepticons. Which means Ratbat unintentionly started the Autobot-Decepticon war. Good one, Ratbat.
  • Fantastic Racism: He looked down on non-humanoid robot modes and treated them as little more than beasts.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Soundwave and the rest of his companions hate him.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Interested by Megatron's early gladiatorial exploits, he sent Soundwave to offer the gladiator a wide variety of advanced weaponry. He was either trying to get in on the fight racket and increase the violence for profit, or was deliberately trying to create greater instability (also for profit). But Megatron used the weaponry to turn his gladiator team from members of a underground fightclub to planet-destabilizing army.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: He was a member of the Senate Cybertron's elite after he was transferred into a smaller, compact bat form he became a mere Decepticon Mook.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He was impaled by Arcee's energy-sword.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was killed by Arcee which was ordered by Prowl.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Soundwave had Ratbat's spark and brain module were removed and transferred into a smaller, compact bat form meant to serve Soundwave, a punishment for the Senator's support of discrimination through functionism Ratbat looking down on non-humanoid robot modes and treated them as little more than beasts.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was responsible for the automation of Cybertron's energon mines, a move which prompted the miner known as Megatron to rebel and flee underground starting a chain of events which led to the forming of the Decepticons.

Other Decepticons

These include: Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Skywarp, and others



The Constructicons






  • Bullying a Dragon: Provoking Horri-Bull.
  • Defector from Decadence: A former autobot that just had enough of the war.
  • Fall Guy: The Decepticons had planned to make it look like he was behind an assassination attempt on Bumblebee, but the whole plan failed.
  • Noodle Incident: The circumstances that set off his fight with Horri-Bull are never revealed, though it probably had to do with the war.
  • Police Brutality: The victim of it.



  • Accidental Misnaming: Bumblebee cannot even remember his name, which doesn't help in trying to convince him of the Autobot cause.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Police Brutality: The victim of it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Starscream recruits him as a protester, in order to force Prowl to reveal the events where a Metrotitan declared Starscream the Chosen One.
  • Youthful Freckles: As a nod to his origins, given that he was inspired by Noddy, a British children's book character, and his car.


    Outside Cybertron 



The Necrotitan

  • Came Back Wrong: Killed and brought back to "unlife" by two of Shockwave's ores reacting together and creating a link to the Dead Universe.
  • The Dreaded
  • Genius Loci: Turns into a base and a ship. Galvatron and his crew ran across him in base mode on Gorlam Prime, but thought it was a abandoned settlement.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Well, okay, without the ninja and pirate parts.
  • Non-Human Undead: A giant, transforming mechanoid...who has been turned into a zombie.
  • Our Zombies Are Different
  • Plague Zombie: Unleashes a death wave on Iacon that kills some, maims others, and leaves Starscream with the "Death Mark" of a unwitting Dark Messiah.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Has a built-in Space Bridge that is hijacked by Waspinator, at Shockwave's behest.
  • Time Abyss: Dates back to the era of the Knights of Cybertron.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Was originally a servant of one of the legendary Knights of Cybertron. Then Shockwave had him killed and turned into a gigantic undead servitor.
  • We Need a Distraction: Shockwave sends him to destroy Iacon in order to keep the Autobots, the other Decepticons, and the neutral NAILS busy while he enacts his true plan.


The Dead Universe

Nova Prime


  • Arm Cannon
  • Badass Grandpa: Galvatron is at least ten million years old, and even by Cybertronian standards that's old. He's even referred to as an "old man" by several characters, but he's still just as powerful and hotheaded a warrior now as he was during the first Cybertronian Civil War.
  • Barbarian Hero: Not a hero by any means but otherwise he's a perfect fit (and has even been called a barbarian by others). He's an ancient warrior from the dawn of Cybertron's history who united the thirteen tribes and led them as a conquering army. He also used a battleaxe as his primary weapon during this period and shows a great deal of disdain for the current generation of Cybertronians for failing to live up to his and Nova Prime's legacy.
  • Big Bad: In the post-Dark Cybertron comics after he becomes the new leader of the Decepticons.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Nova Prime for Dark Cybertron.
  • Blood Knight
  • Break the Badass/Break the Haughty
  • The Comically Serious: Believe it or not Galvatron actually get's some laughs with how seriously he takes everything, his level of ham, and his inability to understand expressions.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Nova dies, he's so despondent that he doesn't even try to dissuade Megatron from killing him. Bumblebee manages to talk Megatron down, though.
  • Hostile Takeover: Seems poised to take over the Decepticons in place of the now reformed Megatron.
  • Kick the Dog: Galvatron killing General Witwicky, then blaming Prowl for it in order to increase Marissa Fairborne's hatred for the Autobots.
  • Man Behind the Man: He and Nova Prime are this for Shockwave Duumvirate-style. Or so he would have them think.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Galvatron's an old Cybertronian warrior, proud of battle and heritage. When he murders General Witwicky he mistakes the man's last words involving his son, as sun, and tells the dead man that he hopes the sun shines in his afterlife wherever it may be.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With fellow baddie Nova Prime (Galvatron's the Red).
  • Tank Goodness: His new Earth altmode appears to be a tank.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Let's just say dismissing the legless Megatron wasn't his best idea.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He and Nova both. Turns out they were playing Shockwave's game.
  • Villainous Friendship: Shares a Type 1 with Nova Prime.

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