Characters: Transformers: Robots in Disguise
This is the character page for the characters that appear in the comic book Transformers: Robots in Disguise
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Orion Pax/Optimus Prime
The series' overall Big Good
and sometime leader of the Autobots. Feeling that postwar Cybertron has no need of him or what he represents, he abdicates leadership of the Autobots and abandons the title of Prime for the duration of Season One. Though idealistic and compassionate, it's not a great idea to make him righteously angry with you.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass: You had better believe it. Even as a police captain, he was jumping off rooftops and taking names long before the Matrix came calling.
- Big Damn Heroes/Dynamic Entry: His Signature Move as a cop, and still used frequently in the present day.
- 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
- Cowboy Cop
- 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.
- Memetic Badass: In-Universe.
- 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.
A former scout and leader of the Autobots in Season One. Mellow by nature, he's painfully aware of just how in over his head he is, and his frustration with the whole situation occaisionally boils over into rash anger.
A devious strategist and the head of intelligence. Traditionally icy and removed, his complex personal issues are beginning to get the better of his judgment, allowing an angrier, more violent side to slip through.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Denies whiteout vacuums exist, despite seeing them in the Institute. And despite seeing clear-cut proof the Institute exists and are up to horrific things, he tries to claim ignorance.
- Batman Gambit: Part and parcel with his Manipulative Bastard tendencies.
- Being Good Sucks: Despite the wedge it drives between him and the other Autobots, he firmly believes that his unethical and underhanded ways are the only way to accomplish anything.
- A genuinely tragic example occurs in Issue #37, where we find that he joined the Senate's security force to work against it from the inside. Unfortunately, Chromedome didn't realize it was a ruse and ended their relationship as a result.
- Berserk Button: He really, really hates Spike. And Rewind. And Decepticons. And NAILs.
- Blackmail: Though he isn't above using this, don't expect him to call it as much.
- Break the Haughty
- Broken Pedestal: The other Autobots, including Optimus Prime, side-eye him after the events of the first season and the Dark Cybertron arc.
- Bullying a Dragon: Trying to blackmail Chromedome, which caused him to snap and Mind Rape him, leaving him vulnerable to Bombshell's cerebro-shells.
- Byronic Hero
- By-the-Book Cop: Certainly knows the book inside and out, and will tell you which rules you've broken. These days, though, he'll throw the book away if and when it suits him (and only him, never anyone else).
- Catch Phrase: "We need a full autopsy."
- Character Tics: Flipping over tables when angry.
- The Chessmaster: Back when he was at the top of his form, around the time of Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers. While a skilled manipulator in the present day, his personal issues are starting to affect his prowess here.
- Combining Mecha: As part of Megatron's Evil Plan, he's retrofitted into Devatstaor's head module.
- The Cynic: He's incredibly bitter and tends to see even his allies as ineffectual and incompetent.
- Desk Jockey: How Chromedome describes his time before active duty.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Now that he's not Optimus' right hand man, he has to make his plans around the fact that even Optimus will probably interfere with him.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted. Optimus seems to not to trust him that much anymore after the events of the 1st season, having Jazz and Kup in his close circle instead. Even Arcee comments on it.
- Foil: To Bumblebee. As the head of the Diplomatic Corps, he's also one to Springer.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: We've yet to meet a single Autobot who actually likes him. In fact, Transformers: Robots in Disguise shows us the only ones that like him are the Constructicons.
- Good Is Not Nice: On the occasions that he makes an effort to play above board.
- Hanging Judge: During Megatron's trial, it's pretty clear Prowl is determined for it to end with Megatron's execution, no matter how he gets there or what anyone else thinks.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Hates the Decepticons, the NAILs, and almost everyone around him.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Most of his behaviour between issue four and fifteen is because he's under Bombshell's control.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Sees himself as this to Optimus, despite it not really being true. He definitely was this for Sentinel Prime before the war, though.
- 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.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His excuse for everything he does. Not many agree.
- I Know Your True Name: Knows that Ultra Magnus is really Minimus Ambus, and tries to use this against him during Transformers Dark Cybertron. Magnus just ignores him.
- It's All About Me: And gets called out for it by Chromedome and Ultra Magnus, to absolutely no effect.
- Jerkass: Has absolutely no problem forcing others to do morally reprehensible things. Now that the war's over, he's gotten even worse: At Megatron's trial, he's utterly determined to reach a death sentence, rules be hanged.
- Kick the Dog: Smirking at the news of Rewind's death. Chromedome makes sure he pays for it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: In issue 37 this is revealed to be Prowl's plan for Spike. His grudge against Spike has wained after he began to understand where Spike was coming from, and now sees Spike as a means to an end in infiltrating Blackrock's fortress. At best, he views Spike as a casualty in the ensuing attack, nothing to go out of the way and get too worked up about.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Knight Templar: Sincerely wants to end the war, but is completely willing to do whatever it takes in the process.
- The Lancer: To Bumblebee, but not to Optimus Prime.
- Leader Forms The Head: Becomes the de facto leader of the Constructicons after they switch sides.
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Mole: In season 1, unwillingly.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Joining Sentinel sunk his relationship with Chromedome, even though it turned out to be for far more subversive reasons than the latter supposed.
- Mugging the Monster: An interesting case since he knew exactly what Chromedome could do, but tried to blackmail him anyway. Lampshaded by Chromedome himself.
Chromedome: "Go on, I want to see if you're stupid enough to say this out loud."
- Never My Fault: Refuses to take any responsibility for anything he's done.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It's partly his fault that things went south with Overlord and the Lost Light over in MTMTE. He gets called out by Chromedome and Ultra Magnus for this.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: How many feel about him. And they're right about it.
- One Steve Limit: There is (or was) another 'bot called Prowl, who had to change his name to Dent (because all the good names were taken).
- Out-of-Character Alert: Pointedly averted, only Arcee notices he's under Bombshell's control. He's actually upset by this when he's briefly released from it.
- Psychic Nosebleed: He starts getting these post-Dark Cybertron, as a side-effect of combining into Devastator.
- The Resenter: Towards NAILs.
- Sherlock Scan: Can track eight-hundred moving objects and figure out their direction of travel, and he can also use this in reverse, tracing them back to their source.
- Skewed Priorities: Garrus-9, the best prison the Autobots have, run by one of their best soldiers, and an immense asset to the war effort. Why does Prowl send them in there, after three years of waiting? To get the data on the Aequitas trials.
- The Spymaster: As the head of the Diplomatic Corps.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Once made made a point of outlining all of the laws ever broken by a Decepticon named Violator. Around day three...
- Think Nothing of It: Doesn't like taking the credit for whatever good actions he's done, either.
- Tears of Blood: Whilst affected by the Killswitch.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Post-Bombshell, to the point he's more open to working behind Prime's back.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Attempted this back on Earth, but Spike Witwicky's betrayal set him back to square one.
- Trojan Horse: He uses himself as one to get access to Earth Defense Forces and gain control over their systems.
- Uriah Gambit: Implied. Sending the Wreckers to Garrus-9 might have been Prowl's way of assuring that Springer and his men are no longer a problem.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- We Used to Be Boyfriends: With Chromedome. His joining the Senate's security forces was one of the reasons they broke up.
- With Us or Against Us: Instantly takes this attitude when Ultra Magnus tries to call him on his crap in issue #30.
Prowl: "I think it's time you remembered just which side you're on."
- You Are What You Hate: His hatred for NAILs stems from the fact that he was going to bail on the war efforts until his ship was shot down.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Prowl doesn't take it very well that the Constructicons emotionally bonded with him and liked what they found, at least at first.
- Back from the Dead: Died in the first issue of the ongoing, but was brought back by Alpha Trion.
- Big Damn Heroes
- The Big Guy
- Cool Old Guy
- Crisis of Faith: Put his faith into a vision he saw of the future, where Cyber utopia had finally been achieved. Unfortunately for him, the planet where this happened, Gorlam Prime, was destroyed during Dark Cybertron meaning the vision was false.
- The Eeyore: He's downright mopey since the end of Dark Cybertron.
- The Heart: Shares this role with Wheeljack.
- Made of Iron: Ironhide.
- Plot Armor: He believes he has one, due to a prophetic dream he had.
- Put on a Bus: Sorta. He's still part of the series, but leaves the main group to stay on Cybertron at the end of Season 1.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He used to be this, he's actually jaded now, following the events of Dark Cybertron.
- Cool Mask: See Let's Get Dangerous below.
- Cool Plane: Turns into a cross between an F-22 and an F-14, while still managing to homage the VF-1S from Macross.
- Deadpan Snarker: Complains about having to pilot the Autobot's starship just because he turns into a jet, and makes lots of aside snarks.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Offscreen, he creates DOC, a droid that substitutes for a medic among Optimus' crew, and the stealth paint that allows Jazz to infiltrate a human base.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever he is involved in a tactical situation, he puts on his tactical facemask, which makes him look like a VF-1S.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: After being badly damaged by Apeface in Dark Cybertron, Jetfire gets an upgrade to a body that matches his new Leader-Class toy.
- The Smart Guy: At least from a scientific standpoint.
- 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.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: His G1 toy describes part of his robot mode as a "dino-bird", but his combined mode looks more like a dragon.
- Humongous Mecha: Not as big as Metroplex, but large enough to be carry Optimus and his away team to Earth.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His (combined) robot mode looks like a giant mechanical dragon: He has a blaster in his mouth, a long snaky neck and tail, wings, and four legs. His also speaks very pompously and pretentiously, although he's just "transportation" in this series.
- Band of Brothers
- The Big Guy: Colllectively. Sludge is this for the group, being the strongest and biggest.
- Blood Knight: All of them, but Slug in particular.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Save Swoop, who is in fact a Pterodactyl. They have this mind-set themselves, since they chose the alt-modes to avoid succumbing to energon overlord, but then they got attached, and never bothered changing back.
- Five-Man Band: Should be this, but Grimlock was arrested, and then Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers happened..
- Foil: To the Constructicons, as is traditional.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not very nice 'bots to say the least, but there's a reason they're not Decepticons.
- Kill It with Fire: Slug can breath fire in Triceratops mode, and loves finding hapless 'cons to do this to.
- Meaningful Rename: They used to be called Dynobots.
- Put on a Bus: Slug, at least, decides to stay on Cybertron for Season 2.
- Reformed, but Rejected
- Sudden Name Change: Slag decides to rename himself Slug, because he was informed (by Arcee) that 'Slag' was offensive.
- Theme Naming: Each of their names begins with 's'. Except their boss, Grimlock.
These includes: Omega Supreme, Fixit, and others.
- Combining Mecha: Used to be, before Scrapper got killed. Later, they become this with Prowl.
- Comedic Sociopathy: They're laid back working joes who have no qualms with general murder and mayhem. They can go from fighting Arcee to the death to throwing back some energy with the Dinobots.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Played Straight with Long Haul, who was to spy on Starscream and report on Skywarp's assassination. Starscream convinces him to lie and let events play out against Ratbat's plan. After deliberating briefly, Long Haul sides with Starscream. Later on this is averted with their look into Prowl's mind, and the Decepticons fractured, the Constructicons opt to throw their lot in with Prowl.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They're pretty goofy and fun, but they also have been involved in some of the Decepticons' most brutal offensives, and used live bots as building materials.
- Cutting the Knot: When invaded with Microbots, Jetfire devises a complex way to synthesize an aerosol from the Arc's liquid memory core that would bond with the little drones which were eating the ship and short-circuit them. After doing so, loading up and explaining the effects of the ship's now lack of oxygen to DOC, the two leave to spray the microbots, only to find that the Constructicons have gone about the ship finding and crushing the pests (except Bonecrusher who seems to be eating them).
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Scavenger is seen feeding information to Soundwave, when confronted by this he admits that Prowl told him to so they could trick the Decepticons into being a distraction.
- Defector from Decadence: They align themselves with Prowl.
- The Dividual: They've got more personality on display than most of their previous appearances, but they all act and are characterized together. In issue 37 Galvatron implies that this is a side-effect of the combining process as all the people involved start losing their individuality and start acting the same
- Faking the Dead
- Five-Man Band: It used to be six, but Scrapper got killed back on Earth.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hero Worship: They think Prowl had some part in saving the world during Transformers Dark Cybertron.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Prowl doesn't take it very well that they emotionally bonded with him and liked it.
- Anti-Magical Faction: Despises the concept of combiners and attempted to destroy the Enigma of Combination at least once.
- Arm Cannon
- Badass: Extremely. In his back story he fought his way through and exterminated the headmasters. The final one impaled him with a spear, so Galvatron grabs him and impales him on the other end, and when his head transformers to attack, Galvatron rips him in half. Then, with the wound through the torso, he charges in to save Nova major, and fights with him and Alpha Trion against an army of beast-formers. After that they go on a three month adventure to find the leader of the beasts, Onyx Primal, and when Galvatron shows up at his fortress, he still has the spear wound.
- In between exterminating the Headmasters and saving Nova, Galvatron also managed to kill Nexus Prime, one of the Thirteen Original Primes that predated Nova, and leader of the Headmasters, something that was thought impossible since "only a Prime can kill a Prime".
- Badass Boast: In the distant past, he makes a pretty good one to Nexus Prime just before Galvatron kills him.
Nexus Prime: Your place is to serve your masters.
Galvatron: I told you, I serve no master. Moreover... I BELIEVE IN NO PRIME!
- 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 known as "Galvatron of the Darklands". 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: Briefly in Dark Cybertron.
- 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.
- Flanderization: Though still very cunning, his tactical mindset is downplayed in favor of his berserker tendencies.
- Hostile Takeover: Seems poised to take over the Decepticons in place of the now reformed Megatron.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: 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).
- Manipulative Bastard
- 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).
- Spanner in the Works: To Nova Prime and Jhiaxus' attempts to create a combiner. It seems that Galvatron took possession of Nexus Prime's Engima of Combination, the artifact that makes true combination possible, after he killed the Prime and all of his Headmaster warriors because of the way Nexus used it to bond beasts to actual Cybertronians diluted the purity of their race, and kept this hidden from Nova and the others. When Alpha Trion began to suspect that the Engima was in his possession, Galvatron fired it into space, where, by either accident or design, it crashed into Earth at the dawn of man. As a result, Jhiaxus' attempt at creating a combiner was...less than successful and it wouldn't be until millions of years later that the first truly successful combiner, Devastator, would be created by the Decepticons.
- 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dipped into this territory throughout the IDW continuity.
Soundwave and his Cassettes
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- 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 escape 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 kick-started the Autobot-Decepticon war. Good one, Ratbat.
- Fantastic Racism: He looked down on non-humanoid Cybertronians 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 under orders from 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, along with Ratbat looking down on non-humanoid robot modes and treated them as little more than beasts.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He was responsible for the automation of Cybertron's energon mines, a move which gave the recently-disillusioned Megatron the freedom to preach his anti-Senate philosophy to the masses and form the Decepticons.
- 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.
These include: Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Skywarp, and others
- An Arm and a Leg: Astrotrain, in Dark Cybertron #3.
- Blind Without Them: Astrotrain. Not as severe as you'd think, but he still has bad eyesight and constantly uses binoculars to see far away distances. The fact that he kept this secret from everyone, especially Megatron, and the reason why, quickly gained him so fans.
- The Brute: Both Astrotrain and Blitzwing come off as this.
- The Chew Toy: Astrotrain, going blind, hit by a shrapnel grenade, the anti-life wave, had Galvatron's wrath turned on him, and the Decepticon's ship was blown up with him still inside.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Skywarp's stabbed mid teleportation by Arcee. Since then his powers have been going awol, and he's barely able to keep himself together. When they've stabilized him (by integrating him into the ship), he's still in bad shape.
- Asshole Victim
- The Atoner: After breaking free of Shockwave's control.
- Back from the Dead/Came Back Wrong: During Dark Cybertron.
- Canon Immigrant
- The Dark Chick: Serves as this in Shockwave's group, along with Waspinator.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Killed by Starscream, whom he considered his friend.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Willingly gives up the Ore-14 in his body to destabilize the other Regenesis Ores.
- Holier Than Thou
- Hypocrite: The beginning of issue #7 best exemplifies this. When Prowl tells Bumblebee that his security team is ready to open fire on a Decepticon landing party, Metalhawk angrily protests that everyone deserves a chance to make it on Cybertron. When the arriving 'cons turn out to be led by Turmoil, who led a campaign that killed dozens of soldiers in Metalhawk's unit, he says to "kill him where he stands".
- It's Personal: Against Turmoil.
- Killed Off for Real: When he sacrifices himself to thwart Shockwave's plan.
- Lean and Mean
- Living MacGuffin: The Ores in his body prove to be a critical plot point during the climax.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Only Friend: To Starscream, for what good it did.
- The Resenter: Towards Starscream for killing him, and towards Bumblebee for inadvertently allowing Starscream to kill him.
- Spanner in the Works: Even moreso than Skywarp.
- The Starscream: He manages to successfully fight against Shockwave's control in Dark Cybertron, and plays a pivotal role in his defeat, destabilizing the Ores and destroying the Ammonites.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- 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.
- Face-Heel Turn: After Dark Cybertron he seems to have defected to the Decepticons.
- 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
- Token Good Teammate: Of The Decepticon remnant in season 2. Even though the other members are considerably less violent than in previous appearances, Scoop's one of the most moral on the team.
- 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.
- Adorkable: And how!
- Gentle Giant
- Heel-Face Turn: All the way back in AHM. Seems to have been a good decision on his part.
- Specially now that he's found that the Earth Defense Force has been mass producing clones of Ramjet and Thrust.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Has an adorable puppy named Buster.
- I Know Kung-Fu: Or rather, "I Know Strategy", because he plays a lot of RTS Games.
- Nice Guy: He's more or less graduated to one.
- Real Men Wear Pink: According to him, Nurse Whitney was actually pretty good if you watched the episodes in order.
- Redemption Equals Life
- Retired Badass: He doesn't want to be involved in any fighting any longer, and tries to remain neutral to the conflict between Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. He did reluctantly agree to be used as bait by Marissa Fairborne, but abandoned the EDC when he discovered their army of Ramjet and Thrust drones.
- Stylistic Suck: He's taken writing hilariously awful screenplays, filled with Purple Prose and characters with names like "Josh Boyfriend."
Earth Defense Command
General Daniel Witwicky
- Adaptational Villainy: While not an outright bad guy (so far), this version of Trion is not the clear-cut good mentor he's been in previous series, shown in the past to be arrogant, manipulative, and uncaring of others. He also endorsed Nova Major's ascension to Prime and the ensuing age of Cybertronian imperialism and functionism, and brushes Optimus off when Optimus get mad about that while downplaying his own culpability in the events that followed because of this. His treatment is more like RID's take on Rattrap, where while he may not be evil, he's still not a good person.
- Barefisted Monk: Already a trait he demonstrated back in Spotlight: Orion Pax, but here we see that Alpha Trion gave Nova Major quite the beatdown during their first meeting.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He's a bit kooky to say the least, we have no idea how much of that is just show though.
- In the Hood: Is fond of wearing a tattered and ragged cloak and cowl that helps hide his appearance.
- Jerkass: While certainly toned down from his appearances in the Ironhide mini-series, he still comes across as arrogant and not particularly fond of organics (though considering what the EDC was doing to him, he might not be entirely unjustified in that belief). He's certainly civil, and even pleasant to Optimus, but that probably has to do with Optimus' status as Prime which makes them equals.
- Last of His Kind: He's the only one of the original 13 Primes to still be active in Cybertronian civilization, the others having disappeared or died millennia ago.
- Never My Fault: Yeah, he actually participated in the Prime Wars and gleefully encouraged Galvatron and Nova Prime to start a new "golden" age while he washed his hands on the consequences of said decisions.
- Pals with Jesus: Being one of the Thirteen, he's pretty much a direct descendant of Primus, he's also good buddies with the Titans.
- The Obi-Wan: To Optimus Prime, and to Nova Prime in the past.
- Older Than They Look: He's one of the original 13 primes.
Dark Cybertron Antagonists
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Once a right-hearted member of the Cybertronian Senate and student of Jhiaxus, Shockwave was physically and emotionally mutilated for daring to stand against the corrupt system. Cold and entirely devoted to logic, he is Decepticon follower solely for the purpose of furthering his own mysterious goals. The main antagonist of Transformers Dark Cybertron
- A God Am I
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even though Optimus and Megatron manage to restore his old personality, it's too late to stop his plan from being carried out, and Shockwave allows himself to be killed to prevent the chronal drive from destroying the universe.
- Adaptational Badass: While Shockwave has always been a major player, especially in the comics, this version might just be the biggest threat out of any of them.
- Badass Bookworm
- Big Good: His opposition to the Senate and tutelage of Orion makes him one for pre-war Cybertron.
- Bigger Bad: His machinations are responsible for a lot of problems in the IDW 'verse, such as the various Regenesis Ores and the Dead Universe.
- Body Horror: The real reason behind his cycloptic appearance.
- The Chessmaster
- Combat Pragmatist: Bumblebee never saw him coming.
- Create Your Own Villain: Good one, Proteus.
- Creepy Monotone
- Dangerously Genre Savvy
- Dark Messiah
- Death Equals Redemption
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: He's not actually subservient to Nova and Galvatron— he was playing them.
- The Dragon: Originally one to Megatron, then Dark Cybertron reveals that he's been taking orders from Nova Prime and Galvatron. It's just as manufactured as the former allegiance.
- Dragon with an Agenda
- Dragon Ascendant: Kinda sorta. He only pretends to be subservient to Nova Prime and Galvatron, but the defeat of the former is what really brings him to the fore in Dark Cybertron.
- Dying as Yourself: His pre-shadowplay self resurfaces as he loses his control over time, and helps avert catastrophe at the cost of his own life.
- Eccentric Mentor: To Orion Pax, the Outliers, and Zeta.
- Evil Former Friend: Of Orion Pax and Dai Atlas.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Plan: His ultimate endgame is to harness the energy stolen from the Dead Universe at the time of its creation, and use it in conjunction with his Regenesis Ores to take control of all aspects of reality, turning Cybertron into a single, self-replenishing point of existence in the universe unaffected by time or entropy.
- Expy: As a Senator, he was one of both Professor Xavier and Bruce Wayne. Dark Cybertron makes him one of Thanos.
- Fiction 500: Established to be super-rich and powerful enough to spring Orion, though his influence was on the wane by that point.
- Foil: To his own present-day self. Both are determined to save Cybertron in their own way, but the latter has none of the morals of the former.
- Genius Bruiser
- Heroic Sacrifice: Lets Optimus and Megatron kill him to prevent the universe's destruction.
- Hero Killer: Executes Bumblebee in Issue #27.
- Hot-Blooded: Ironically, one of his more notable traits as a Senator.
- Hot Scientist: Well, he was. Not so much anymore.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of Dark Cybertron.
- Knight of Cerebus: Anything involving him will inevitably be a lot darker.
- Lack of Empathy: Justified. Thanks to the shadowplay, he's been robbed of the ability to care for the feelings of others. It's kept somewhat in check by his Pragmatic Villainy, but he will Leave No Witnesses or kill you to test a theory without so much as a second thought.
- Leave No Witnesses/He Knows Too Much: Those poor Ardurian Rocs...
- Mad Scientist
- Man Behind the Man: To Jhiaxus.
- Inverted with regards to Nova and Galvatron—he wants them to think they're this, at least until Nova gets killed and he can drop the façade.
- Mark of Shame: His famous cyclopean appearance is revealed here as a product of Empurata, a form of mutilation the Senate subjected him to as punishment.
- Mind Rape: His emotion centers were removed by the Senate, rendering him an emotionless husk.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When his original personality resurfaces, he's absolutely horrified at his actions up to that point.
- Nerves of Steel
- Nice Guy: Pre-Shadowplay.
- No Name Given: During MTMTE’s "Shadowplay" arc, he went unnamed until the last page to hide that this was his Origin Story.
- Non-Idle Rich: As a Senator, he was basically the Cybertronian equivalent of most modern-day interpretations of Bruce Wayne.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Comes with the territory of his evil plan, as most of the universe would cease to exist as a necessary consequence.
- Origin Story: In Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.
- Pet the Dog: A rather twisted example in the Issue #17 flashback when he blasts Dai Atlas's legs apart. This leaves him unable to attend the Senate meeting the next day and spares him from the ensuing massacre.
- Physical God
- Pragmatic Villainy: No illogical behavior to be had here, though he'll kill you without any qualms if he deems it to be.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain
- Punished for Sympathy: He was already on the Senate's radar. The Outliers just gave them an excuse.
- Reality Warper: Attains this state as part of his plan towards the end of Dark Cybertron.
- The Spock
- Spock Speak: On occasion.
- Start of Darkness: “Shadowplay” and “Shockwaves”.
- The Stoic
- Surpassed the Teacher: He's ordering Jhiaxus around now.
- Take Me Instead: Willingly gives himself up rather than have Roller be killed in his name.
- That Man Is Dead: Coldly tells Orion Pax this post-shadowplay.
- Third Person Flashback: “Shadowplay.”
- Time Master
- The Unfettered: The series' premier example. Subverted towards the end, though.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: He changed his color scheme constantly as a Senator.
- Walking Spoiler
- Wild Card
- Adaptive Armor: His body can shift to the forms of enemies to ensure he is at least physically matched in combat.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed, the original Jhiaxus was a powerful overlord who led his own faction, here he's much smarter and let's his creations fight for him. He's proven less than adept in actual combat, but develops an Adaptive Armor to grant him greater combat abilities.
- Blood from the Mouth: After Starscream stabs him.
- Death by Irony
- The Dragon: To Shockwave.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Is Bigger: His adaptive form is noticeably bulkier than Starscream's body, the template it's based on.
- Evil Mentor: He was Shockwave's mentor, but Shockwave is now ordering him around.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Or the closest equivalent for a race of mechanical lifeforms, at any rate. He's even willing to experiment on himself, resulting in a body that has far more in common with the Transformer designs of the recent movies than Generation 1.
- For Science!
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Jhiaxus had a very poor track record when it came to his experiments. The end result of his attempt to introduce gender to a genderless species, Arcee, became a psychotic and violent mass-murderer obsessed with tracking him down and murdering him as slowly and painfully as possible; and Monstructor, his effort at producing a gestalt, is a nigh-indestructible and vicious killing machine. About the only one that didn't go wrong is his space bridge invention.
- Actually subverted on Monstructor's insanity. According to RID issue 7, Jhiaxus doesn't consider it a weakness.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Thanks for helping Starscream figure out his new body's nuances! *STAB*
- Killed Off for Real: After surviving the Dead Universe, and Arcee's mutilations, he's finally killed by Starscream.
- Mad Scientist
- Nonstandard Character Design: His body is more movie-inspired than the rest of the cast. Justified, as he redesigned it into an adaptive form.
- Professor Guinea Pig: See above.
- The Strategist
- The Unfettered
- 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
- A God Am I
- An Arm and a Leg: Orion tears off one of his arms before killing him.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Of Dark Cybertron, with Galvatron.
- Big Bad: Definitely the bigger threat of the two, even if Galvatron is the more proactive one. Except he isn't the Big Bad; Shockwave is.
- Big Good: If the flashbacks in the annual were correct, he was this at one point.
- Disc One Final Boss
- Evil Costume Switch: Averted, his original tenure as a villain had him invert his color scheme and change his name to Nemesis Prime, but that was back under the control of the darkness. Here he keeps his color scheme and name, showing he's back in full control of his actions. He's still evil, just a different kind of evil.
- Hannibal Lecture: Delivers a hell of a one to Orion, exploiting his guilt over his role in the tainted legacy of the Primes. It would have worked, too if not for Rodimus.
- Hero Killer: While not to the extent of the Decepticons, Nova's appearances usually ensure some Character Death.
- Humanoid Abomination
- Killed Off for Real: After a long history of false starts: Falling into the Benzuli Expanse, Galvatron shooting him in the back (and the darkness leaving him), getting blown apart by Galvatron and his army when D-Void brought him back Optimus finally kills him in their confrontation. Word of God confirms that the Dead Universe and Nova Prime have been concluded permanently.
- Last of His Kind: After Orion Pax abandons his identity as Optimus Prime, he becomes the last Prime.
- Legacy Character: One of the Primes, succeeded by Nominus Prime, Sentinel Prime, Zeta Prime, and Optimus Prime.
- The Man Behind the Man: For Shockwave, with Galvatron. Except not really.
- Mysterious Past: We have no idea how he became Prime.
- Pride: His defining trait.
- Reality Warper: He's shown to have a significant amount of control over fabric of the Dead Universe, which is why Shockwave wants him dead.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cold, proud, sinister Blue to the hot-tempered warrior Galvatron's Red.
- Unwitting Pawn: Shockwave was manipulating him and Galvatron the whole time.
- Villainous Friendship: Type 1 with Galvatron.
- Winged Humanoid