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Decepticon Characters and Subfactions
In this universe, the Decepticons were created when young mathematician Megatron noticed in his numerical studies of social trends
that civil war was almost certain. To that end, he created a resistance movement
behind the scenes, and when Optimus Prime conquered Cybertron the Decepticons were ready to rise up and free it once again.
Megatron was a young mathematician who lectured at a university on Cybertron. However, he noticed something disturbing, civil war was coming. Eventually Optimus Prime and his evil army of Autobots took over Cybertron, but Megatron had been forming an underground resistance movement to take back Cybertron and keep the Autobots from conquering the universe and plundering it, as the Decepticons.
The heroic Astrotrain serves as a means of conveyance for his teammates.
Blitzwing is one of Megatron's quieter, more reserved Decepticons. He's also close friends with Astrotrain.
Bombshell is one of the Decepticons' psychologists in charge of looking after the psychiatric health of the troops.
This Cliffjumper is actually the one from the normal universe
, having entered this universe via traveling through a mysterious portal. He has found the Shattered Universe very disorienting
, to say the least, but proudly stands by Megatron and the Decepticons.
- Meta Guy
- Only Sane Man: Or rather, he likes to think he is compared to everyone else. Meanwhile, the other Cybertronians find his gung-ho attitude towards battle and belief in Primus rather strange, much to his irritation.
- Trapped in Another World
- 8 I Choose to Stay: When he finally gets a chance to go home, he declines, preferring to stay until the alternate Optimus Prime is finally defeated... which he knows is likely going to take a very long time.
Cyclonus is one of many brave Decepticons following Megatron in his battle against Optimus Prime and the evil Autobots.
Divebomb is a student of Razorclaw and a daydreamer, escaping the horror and the destruction of everyday life. Divebomb masks his sadness behind a cheerful exterior to prevent others from being affected from his true feelings.
Heatwave is a cheerful engineer with the unique ability to converse with non-sentient machines.
- All-Loving Hero: In regards to technology. He can be stopped by someone holding a computer hostage (provided Heatwave likes that computer, of course).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually a very friendly and cheerful guy even by Decepticon standards, but he's still one of the larger Decepticons, and has, on separate occasions, accidentally trashed a human tourist attraction due to thinking the statue exhibits were alive, threatened to crush a traitor, and blown up a hijacked human military base.
- The Engineer
- Mysterious Past: A large chunk of his memory is missing. He's not bothered by it in the slightest.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the very few Decepticons (if not the only one) with red optics, despite his genial personality. Turns out it's because he's not from this universe.
- The Smart Guy: See "Nexus Prime".
- Technopath: With shades of Furry Confusion, as he treats non-sentient machines as if they were sentient.
- Forgot the Call: Knows he has something about his past he's forgetting, but just doesn't care, until it comes looking for him.
- Really Seven Billion Years Old
- We Do the Impossible: His profile quote. Heatwave has a knack for breaking into unbreakable systems, including those with no means of interface.
Rampage is known for constantly and tirelessly working, not stopping for anything in order to help the cause.
Formerly a science professor, Razorclaw was forced to flee with two of his students when the war started. Known for unconventional thinking, he welcomes all who approach him seeking knowledge for its own sake.
Shockwave is a Decepticon whose skills involve making peace with other organisms, working as the ambassador between Earth and the Decepticons. Calm, intelligent, and patient, though no scientist. Like most Decepticons, he's more than willing to put his life on the line to save humans.
Sideswipe was once an evil Autobot, and one of the most dangerous of Optimus Prime's men. This began to change when Prime suspected Sideswipe of increasingly conflicted loyalties, and conspired to have him assassinated. As a result, Sideswipe joined the heroic Decepticons. He now fights against Prime and all his evil.
He's now called "Sir" because he was knighted by the Queen of England for various heroic deeds. He has a personal squad of troops called "Recordicons".
A warrior who fights with an over-developed sense of fair-play.
Starscream acts as Megatron's science officer as well as his loyal second-in-command.
- Absent-Minded Professor
- Doomed Hometown: The Crystal City. Optimus blew it up after Starscream refused his "offer" to join the Autobots.
- Number Two
- Shout-Out: His color scheme makes him look like G1 Jetfire.
- Team Mom: Or at least, he tries to be, always fussing worriedly about everyone being healthy and happy. In practice, though, his absent-minded professor nature means his social skills aren't quite up to the task.
- Undying Loyalty: For Megatron. And it's freaking disturbing.
Thunderwing is a Special Agent in the Elite Guard, an ancient Cybertronian police force.
Whisper is Sideswipe's Minicon partner.
Mayhem Suppression Squad
Crasher is the leader of the Squad, and Blurr's cousin.
One of the more enthusiastic members of the Mayhem Suppression Squad.
- Space Cowboy: He took a shine to Earth's Westerns, and started emulating them. It also doubles as an inversion of the regular Bludgeon, who is a samurai.
Dirge is one of the Decepticons with Pretender technology.
- The Pollyanna
- Deep Cover Agent: Also for Alpha Trion.
- Shout-Out: So many at the same time... His robot color scheme is based on Beast Wars II Thrust, his Pretender shell is based on Descent Into Evil Dirge with the color scheme based on Descent Into Evil Chromia.
Thundercracker one of the founding members of the Mayhem Suppression Squad.
The Recordicons are Sir Soundwave's personal squad of troops, which he usually carries around with him.
Frenzy is usually very calm and friendly, but can be extremely dangerous when angered.
- Hipster: He even comes with hipster glasses. He's horrified to learn Ravage inspired one of his favourite songs, and declares that from then on, he shall only listen to it "ironically".
- Size Shifter
An adorable cat-like Decepticon with a penchant for playing games and chatting on the internet with humans (and anyone else who will listen).
Rumble is Frenzy's brother and was one of Soundwave's troops, until he was captured by the Autobots. His current fate is unknown, though considering he was last seen tied up and about to be dropped into the Autobots' Smelting Pool, he's probably not in good shape...
- Sacrificial Lamb: Was introduced about to be thrown into a Smelting Pool, and to show Cliffjumper how depraved the Autobots were.
- Size Shifter
The Decepticons' best combiner
, composed of five carefully selected scholars and entertainers and charged with protecting Cybertron's cultural works from the Autobots.
Abominus is their combined form, designed to carefully balance each of the team's five minds together.
Blot is one of Cybertron's top psychologists.
Cutthroat used to be one of Cybertron's top corporate moguls, running his businesses with a combination of fairness and morality.
Hun-Grrr likes to think of himself as being a gentlemen-like Decepticon. His altmode is a two-headed dragon-like beast, taken from a planet where the creatures are regarded with nobility by the populace.
A former actor, Rippersnaper joined with the Decepticons because he thought it would be an awesome experience. Abominus is almost big enough to fit his ego.
Before Optimus Prime started the war, Sinnertwin was a well-known and talented puppeteer. His puppet shows were popular with beings from planets all over the galaxy. He now fights as a part of Megatron's quest for peace.
Professor Henri Arkeville
A rebellious scientist who quietly opposes the USA's current fascist regime along with his three interns.
Remember Circuit Breaker from The Transformers
? Here's her counterpart. And yes, she loves machines (though not in the "shipping" sense...)
William "Will" Hayes
Although Will originally signed up to be Arkeville's intern for college prep purposes, he eventually became friends with the Decepticons. He also has an almost insatiable appetite.
Frederick "Rick" Ottman
Rick signed up along with Will to prepare for college, but got more than he bargained for when it led to he and Will befriending the Deceptions. He thinks Sephie is cute, but won't admit it.
Autobot Characters and Subfactions
The Autobots were created when a librarian named Optronix grew ambitious and starting trying to climb his way up through the ranks, gathering a group of followers to him by preaching improving the Cybertronian race through conflict and conquest. They improved themselves physically—including Optronix becoming the powerful Optimus Prime—and eventually seized control of the planet via a coup.
Optimus Prime is the Autobots' evil, sadistic and tyrannical leader. Cruel and ambitious, his plans fall nothing short of universal conquest.
- Badass: This is Optimus Prime we're talking about.
- Badass Bookworm: While Megatron was the one to invent the transforming technology in this setting, Optimus was smart enough to reverse engineer it. Plus, he started out as a librarian. He's also Dangerously Genre Savvy to a fault.
- Bad Boss: Played with. He treats the competent and loyal Autobots relatively well, but too many failures or if you try to overthrow him, you're dead. If you're lucky.
- Or if he needs a handy shield.
- Big Bad: And he's pretty brutal about it, too. Eventually, Rodimus succeeds in overthrowing him.
- BFS: Acquires one eventually.
- Casting a Shadow
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Very much so. Examples include:
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes
- Evil Sounds Deep: Per his creators, he's still voiced by Peter Cullen, just using a more malevolent voice.
- Faux Affably Evil: Aside from his Villainous Friendship with Ironhide, almost any politeness he exhibits is undoubtedly a fašade. He uses it to keep his troops on his side, when not being an outright Bad Boss to them
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Orion Pax was just a lowly data clerk. Optimus Prime is a brutal warlord.
- Genius Bruiser: He might not be a scientific expert, but he's an amazing strategist, effective if brutal leader and Genre Savvy to a fault.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He was once coldly logical... until one day he just went mad, and no-one knows why.
- Knight of Cerebus: His appearance makes the Shattered Glass series darker.
- Never Recycle Your Schemes: Averted, much to the surprise of Cliffjumper, who'd never heard of a villain trying something twice!
- Obviously Evil: He's black and purple, which should be a big hint this is a regular Optimus.
- Large Ham: And how!
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He considers his rivalry with Megatron to be a personal vendetta. When he finds out Megatron has been killed before he could have the chance, he is not happy.
- Pimp Duds: His coloration is loosely evocative of this concept.
- The Social Darwinist: His whole philosophy is that the powerful should rule and the weak obey.
Alpha Trion, the Old One, is from a universe where the Decepticons were defeated long ago. He often acts like a kind and wise bot, but not everything is as it appears.
- Artifact of Doom: Alpha Trion wields a sword that he claims was once wielded by a warrior named Slaughter, whose personality was supposedly integrated into the weapon itself. This was pretty much a lie Trion used to ultimately betray Skyfall.
- Beard of Evil
- Bigger Bad: A lot of Autobots would gladly follow him rather than Optimus Prime, and even after his banishment wonder what he would've done in Optimus' place.
- Evil All Along: The revelation of his true nature occurs in Transcendent: Part 6.
- Evil Weapon: He claims his sword has the ability to take over whomever wields it. Once again, this is a big fat fib.
- Evil Old Folks
- Faux Affably Evil
- Manipulative Bastard
Arcee is a victim of great madness. Like a marionette she often stands limp off in a corner, until she jumps into a fight, firing her neutronic crossbow and moving like a rag doll brought to life.
Beachcomber is a twitchy, nervous, unstable 'bot who is considered completely insane even by Autobot standards.
Big Daddy is one of the older Autobots, who lives up to his name by being a calm and pleasantly paternal figure. He likes to watch over the younger bots and make sure they're in good spirits,
Blazter is the Autobot communications expert. He enjoys earth's classical music and uses it as a sonic weapon. Like Soundwave, he too has a group of cassettes, though he's also often seen commanding the Scrounges as well.
Crosshairs' is a slothful and lazy Autobot who would much rather do nothing at all, and rarely fights.
Elita-One a true femme-fatale. She is one of the most skilled and sadistic snipers in the Autobot ranks.
Hoist repairs are shoddy at best, and jury-rigged at worst. Still, if you can't afford Fixit's rates, he's better than being one of Ratchet's "patients".
Hound often proclaims himself as the "Master Of Fear", using his Psycho-Projector to cause people to hallucinate of the victims worst nightmares and become incapacitated.
- Fantastic Racism: In a counterpoint to G1 Hound's Tin Man nature, SG Hound is at once hateful towards and fearful of organics, particularly humans.
Huffer is an amiable, ever-smiling optimist. He is very unusual for an Autobot as a result.
Jazz is considered one of Prime's best bodyguards, because he'll take any kind of attack meant for their leader Optimus head on.
Mirage once used his natural state of invisibility to rob banks until Optimus Prime finally took notice of him and had him sent to Ratchet. Now he has the "gift" of permanent partial transparency.
Nightbeat is chief of the Autobot Secret Police. He is responsible for maintaining absolute loyalty to the Autobots' tyrannical leader, and for rooting out and eliminating traitors.
Omega Doom is the ultimate weapon of the tyrant Optimus Prime.
Ratchet is the Autobots' "medic". Optimus Prime sometimes sends wounded Autobots to him, but not for repairs. They are sent to him for punishment, mostly to receive unnecessary "upgrades".
- Affably Evil: Ratchet just wants to make everybody more exciting and interesting with his crazy modifications, and genuinely can't understand why nobody ever shares his opinion on the matter.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Took a fondness for some human music he heard during Blitzwing Bop.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Oh, he'll repair people. But he can't help but make them more "interesting" while he does so.
- Chainsaw Good: Gave Rodimus one once; Rodimus did not seem very amused.
- Combat Medic: Though not one I'd ever recommend seeing.
- Deadly Doctor
- For Science!
- Mad Doctor: A capable doctor, but spends a bit too much time mucking around trying to give everyone "upgrades".
Ricochet is a member of the elite bodyguards for the evil Optimus Prime. He has a twin brother, Jazz.
Scoop almost constantly shaking in fear, or holding his fingers nervously. His Targetmaster partner is Holepunch.
When the Autobots need drones to do the dirty work, they call in the Scrounges. Silver colored drones who all possess a "war wheel" alternate mode, they're powerful in numbers, and easily expendable.
- Cannon Fodder: Blaster really wishes they were.
- Mythology Gag: When introduced, they do a version of the Rifleman's Creed, only it's about their arms. G1 Scrounge's claim to fame was his "special arm". There was no other like it.
Seaspray is fascinated by Earth's oceans and is known for reporting every detail of them whenever possible to his fellow Autobots.
Side Burn is diligent and devoted to the Autobot cause, but some Autobots have difficulty trusting him.
Humble and self-deprecating, Sky Lynx was once Lieutenant Commander of the Autobot army, but after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Wheelie, he tendered his resignation.
When the war started, Star Saber became one of the evil Autobots. Unfortunately, thanks to his rotten luck, he's been stuck at the bottom of the ranks.
- Butt Monkey: Nobody likes Star Saber, not even Swoop who otherwise loves everybody.
Unlike many of the other Autobots, Tailgate loves humans, though in the way that someone would love a gerbil, dog, or cat. He ends up "adopting" Butch as his "pet human".
Wheeljack is a mad scientist in every sense of the word. He was laughed right out of the Autobot ranks for a long while, though he eventually managed to get himself back in.
A squad formerly led by Rodimus, until one very eventful battle...
- Heel-Face Turn
- Going Native / Good Feels Good: Decepticon Broadcasting Network's Esmeral and Monstructor gave Punch a chance to work with DBN. Given Monstructor was a nicer boss "than that crusted crankshaft, Countdown" (Monstructor made Punch feel a lot better about himself), Punch felt he couldn't turn them down.
Blaster also has his own personal squad of troops, although they mainly show up only in the "Recordicons
" side comic.
Also a member of the Around Cybertron newsteam.
- Brilliant but Lazy: He genuinely can kick your skidplate. It's just too much work for him to ever get around to it.
- Friendly Enemy: With Ravage. Sort of. Ravage adores him. He claims he wants to eviscerate Ravage but just hasn't gotten the motivation to get off his lazy backside and do so.
- Lazy Bum
- Size Shifter
An elite attack squad composed of Autobots with various sportscar altmodes and black color schemes. Drench used to be their leader until Optimus had him assassinated for being too "soft". Optimus suspected former member Sideswipe disagreed with the act and also attempted to assassinate him, which caused Sideswipe to defect to the Decepticons. Now Rodimus, himself a former Wrecker, leads the squad.
The former leader of a mercenary team called the Wreckers, he is the Starscream to Optimus Prime's Megatron, seeking to usurp command and turn the Autobots into the greatest mercenary team known to the universe.
- Beard of Evil
- Hook Hand: It's a buzzsaw, but it's in the same spirit.
- Pragmatic Villainy: The Witwicky brothers convince him to change from the "loot and pillage" method of villainy to the "mob boss" method, as it will let the resources renew to be stolen over and over again.
- The Starscream: To Optimus Prime.
Blurr is a data interceptor for Optimus, and just as fast on his feet as he is on his wheels. He's the cousin of Crasher, the leader of the Decepticons' own Badass Crew
Goldbug was once a shiftless drifter named Bumblebee. A sneak, a pickpocket, and blackmailer. When he joined Optimus Prime's brutal Autobot forces, his bravery put him on the fast track to power, and Bumblebee was quickly rebuilt as Goldbug.
A set of Mad Scientists
who form Optimus Prime's most dangerous combiner. Although they're actually Deep Cover Agents for Alpha Trion.
Computron used to be a genius until an attempt to grant intelligence to Grimlock went Horribly Wrong
and turned him into a brainless, neurotic idiot.
- Miles Gloriosus: Sort of. Scattorshot is afraid of interpersonal interaction rather than combat, but he's still all bluff under that tough exterior.
The only one of the brothers with an actual legitimate job, as a sergeant in the military.
- The Mole: Ends up betraying his army superiors to stick with his brothers and the Autobots.
- Villain Team-Up: With Rodimus.
- Genre Savvy: Convinced Rodimus to change his "loot and pillage" method of villainy to a "mob boss" type instead.
- Villain Team-Up: With Rodimus.
The Dinobots & Dinocons were created in a chain of events that amounted to an unwitting joint venture between the Decepticons and Autobots. Grimlock was initially created by Starscream, but deactivated when he proved to be too dimwitted and violent, then was stolen by Optimus Prime. He then in turn was hijacked by Wheeljack, who reverse engineered Grimlock's AI matrix and created a horde of other Dinobots in an attempt to attack Optimus Prime. When the attack failed, the Dinobots scattered and were eventually recaptured by other sides, then even later were granted embers
and full life by a mysterious computer. Half the Dinobots now follow Grimlock and Optimus, while the other half are now "Dinocons" and follow Megatron, having been reprogrammed by Starscream to be a bit smarter and nicer.
Grimlock was created in a Decepticon lab by Megatron to be a warrior who would help the Decepticons, but Megatron ordered his deactivation after his violent tendencies emerged. He was put into storage never to be awakened again. However, when Optimus Prime heard of his creation, he stole Grimlock and reactivated him.
Swoop is a joyful, friendly Dinobot who wishes to be everyone's friend.
Goryu is typical for a Dinobot in any universe. Big and dumb, he is now in custody of the heroic Decepticons.
- Dumb Muscle: Like all of the Dinocons, Goryu isn't a bright bot even after Starscream's neural upgrades
- Meaningful Name: Goryu has a horn: and he really, really wants to gore you.
Like Goryu, Overkill used to be a typical Dinobot. And also like Goryu, was eventually captured by the Decepticons and reprogrammed by Starscream.
Slugfest thinks highly of himself, but relies on his larger allies to take care of, and protect him. He seems very thankful for the neural upgrades Starscream gave him and the other Dinocons.
Former brother in-arms of Optimus, and student of the Old One. Ultra Magnus once tried to seize control of the Autobots, but was eventually beaten and exiled to Paradron.
- Ax-Crazy: Is he ever.
- BFS: The Terminus Blade, as in the only thing capable of operating the Omega Terminus.
- The Starscream: For Optimus.
Wheelie, the Barbarian-Lord
A wild barbarian, noted for his ruthlessness, cunning and love of rhyme. Allied with Ultra Magnus during his attempted coup.
- Break the Badass: Utterly crippled Sky-Lynx's self-esteem.
- The Ghost: Mentioned, but never seen.
- Large and In Charge: Mentioned by Sky-Lynx's profile to be pretty big. Not to mention, he's a barbarian lord.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Implied, given Sky-Lynx's long-standing fear of rhymes. Plus, it is Wheelie.
A mysterious combiner
that's a Literal Split Personality
, formed after his components from various other universes
visit this one. Namely, when the four visitors meet up with their fifth member Heatwave
, try to resurrect the recently assassinated Megatron
with their powers, and end up talking to Primus
Originally from the Transformers: Classics
universe, he's a kind, caring amnesiac with unusual healing powers.
Landquake has always been an unusual Decepticon at best. While he does possess a 'Con-like pragmatic craftiness, interest in battle, and instinctive distrust of anyone other than himself and his friends, he finds the constant in-fighting and bloodthirsty selfishness of the faction wearying. He also possesses a mastery of energon that some say goes past the capabilities of the Omnicons and Terrorcons, to almost supernatural levels of power. He can shape it in any number of ways, ranging from forging weapons and shielding (even against explosions) to powering his own systems, all with a touch of his hands, or sometimes with telekinetic force alone.
Originally an inhabitant of the planet Velocitron in the Unicron Trilogy
universe, he took up the role of lone explorer after realizing he lacked the obsession with racing that his fellow planet-mates had. He spent his time charting distant star systems in his ship, until he met up with Ramjet and Landquake and discovered he had a greater destiny. An overwhelming inescapable feeling that he's linked to a mystery haunts him wherever he goes, though he quests on regardless of his unease at the things he discovers.
- The Hero
- Only Sane Man: Seems to be the most "normal" of the group, and tends to find his whole quest, the dimensions they've been traveling through, and his fellow combiner mates, all really weird and strange.
- Back from the Dead: Having been killed by Alpha Trion back in the TransTech dimension, he's brought back to life when Nexus Prime is recreated.
A Quintesson who ends up helping the Decepticons as well as members of the ancient combiner that Heatwave is also a member of
- New-Age Retro Hippie
- Shout-Out: His five faces are those of Buddha, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, John Lennon, and Jerry Garcia, representing Joy, Compassion, Peace, Love, and Satisfaction
- The Sixties: A living shout out to the counterculture movement of that decade, man. Just look at his names and faces— it's, like, far out, y'know?
- Satisfaction also resembles Dr. Teeth.
R. J. Blackrock
The human CEO of a major Earth oil company, who ends up employing Sephie in his R&D department.
The Autobots' evil female sentient computer.
Transformers Animated: Shattered Glass
An inversion of the usual Transformers Animated universe, where Optimus Prime's severed head was found by one Isaac Sumdac, who promptly used the stolen tech to take over the world.
One of Sumdac's drones gone wild, but recruited by Megatron to join his side.
An exile from the Cybertron Elite Guard, who found the Allspark, only to loose his head, crash land on Earth, and spend the next several decades helpless as a human used him and his technology for his own purposes.
A small, quiet sadist
A mysterious protoform Isaac found in his lab, which took human form after attacking him. Isaac then spent the next several years violently experimenting on her. Experimentation with Allspark fragments caused her to grow in size and power... at which point Isaac drafted her into service with the rest of the Autobots.
A human scientist who found a decapitated Transformer's head, and used it to build an empire to try and take over the world.
- Abusive Parents: Kept Sari in a cage and experimented on her. Then, once she was old enough, put a Control Collar on her and sent her out to fight alongside the other Autobots.
- Bald of Evil: Lacks the regular Isaac's hair.
- Evil Overlord: He rules part of Michigan from his Terrordrome, with an army of robots at his beck and call. His ultimate goal is to rule the world.
- Eye Scream: Lost an eye to Sari when she was a Protoform.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Fat Bastard
- Mad Scientist