Characters / Transformers: War for Cybertron


Optimus Prime

Voiced by: Peter Cullen
  • An Axe to Grind: Carries one that's almost as big as he is.
  • Badass Baritone: It's a given being voiced by Peter Cullen.
  • Benevolent Boss
  • Blood Knight: More or less admits he thinks being surrounded by enemies in the middle of their prison to be a good thing.
  • Big Good: After Zeta Prime goes down.
    • Though to be honest, he was already this even before Zeta Prime's death due to Zeta's questionable methods, disregard for his own men's lives, general arrogance, and mild incompetence.
  • The Captain
  • The Hero: Main character and all that.
  • Humble Hero: Very much so. So much so that he refused to take command of the Autobots when everyone else around him knew he would be the perfect choice for the job. And only accepts when he is left with no other choice but to assume command .
  • The Leader: Type IV; he leads by example and by being one of the most levelheaded, sensible, and honorable of the Autobots gaining their respect and undying loyalty through his sheer strength of will, determination and genuine love and care for his comrades.
  • Nerves of Steel: No matter how dangerous or dire the situation. No matter how grim things may look, he never loses his cool and always remains calm and levelheaded.
  • Nice Guy: He wouldn't be Optimus Prime if he wasn't this.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Naturally.
  • The Stoic
  • Time to Step Up, Commander: Most of the Autobots soldiery wanted him to go Prime, but he was too humble to go for it.
  • You Are in Command Now: Is given full leadership of the Autobots by the council after the death of Zeta Prime.


Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore


Voiced by: Johnny Yong Bosch


Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka


Voiced by: Jamieson Price


Voiced by: Travis Willingham


Voiced by: Patrick Seitz

Air Raid

Voiced by: Liam O'Brien


Voiced by: Troy Baker

Zeta Prime

Voiced by: Troy Baker

Omega Supreme

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore


Voiced by: Scott White


Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren



Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
Leader of the Decepticons, aimed at conquering Cybertron and doing what he views is returning the planet to its golden age. He's clearly out of his mind, stating that no cost is too high and he feels that anything that doesn't at least stay out of his way must die.

  • Arm Cannon: His default weapon.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority / Authority Equals Asskicking: He fought his way to his command through the gladiator pits and consistently proves himself to be the most combat-savvy of the Decepticons.
  • Bad Boss: To the regular Decepticon soldiers, if they dare protest. If the named officers complain or try to suggest a less suicidal alternative, though, he'll tell them to shut up.
    "Unacceptable! They should be victorious, or dead!"
  • Berserk Button: Tell him that his plan is nuts. Best case, you get off with a warning. Worst case, you get shot.
  • Big Bad: Of the game.
  • BFG: His default weapons.
  • Carry a Big Stick: He has a large blade covered mace as a melee weapom.
  • Catch-Phrase: "I shall not be denied!"
  • Determinator: Protest as to the otherwise absolutely suicidal nature of the current mission, he will roar for the course to be stayed. Even if it means ramming a frigate right into a space station, while he's on the bridge.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Breakdown seems to have a particular gift for bringing it out of him.
    Megatron: Into the tunnels, Decepticons, and try not to get crushed by the trains.
  • Evil Laugh: Reserved for the right occasions, but he does it.
  • Evil Overlord
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Guttural Growler: He's Megatron; of course he growls and snarls when he talks.
  • Hero Killer: Actually subverted: while he deals most of the damage to Zeta Prime, it's actually Soundwave who ultimately kills the Autobot leader. Played straight with the many Autobots that he kills over the course of the story though.
  • Hidden Depths: When traversing through the Trypticon space station, Megatron states he looks forward to updating it's obsolete technology indicating he has an interest in tech.
  • Hypocrite: For all his All There in the Manual backstory about wanting to dismantle Cybertron's overly-restrictive Fantastic Caste System, his actual actions in the game involve bellowing about liberating Cybertron from The Evils of Free Will and imposing his own instead.
  • Large Ham: Only Zeta Prime could possibly equal him.
  • Necessarily Evil: What he views himself as.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Tank Goodness: His altmode.
  • The Unfought: Not only is he not fought in the Autobot campaign, he and Optimus never actually meet in person.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Views his victory as the start of a grand new age. Anybody that doesn't follow him thinks otherwise.
  • Villainous Valor: One of the main reason the Decepticons are loyal to him despite being a Bad Boss, he's not afraid to do anything he'd order them to do himself, probably part of why his men running from a fight ticks him off so much.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's both a playable character and the primary source of conflict in the game.


Voiced by: Nolan North

  • Adaptational Intelligence: He may be a tough brute, but unlike his past selves, he has the mind of a commander.
  • Blood Knight: Brawl just loves to fight, and is eager to charge into the fray.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, booming bass voice to signify his position on the villain's side.
  • Mighty Glacier: Proves to have great strength, but compared to the other Decepticons he's relatively slow and clumsy.
  • One-Man Army: Manages to take out an entire squad of Autobot troops that were dogpiling him during the assault on the archives.
  • Tank Goodness: He turns into an alien hover-tank in his alternate mode.


Voiced by: Steve Blum

  • Commander Contrarian: He's constantly whining and complaining about the current situation. He still follows Megatron loyally and gets the job done, which is why Megatron puts up with it.
  • Cool Car: Turns into an alien muscle-car in his alternate mode.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is, without a doubt, the most sarcastic of Megatron's followers, constantly snarking about the situations he finds himself in.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is extremely deep and iconically "villainous" sounding.
  • Guttural Growler: He actually growls and snarls more than Megatron does.


Voiced by Isaac Singleton Jr.


Voiced by: Sam Riegel

A Cybertron Sky Commander who is initially aligned with the Autobots, Starscream has spent over a thousand years serving as the operating commander of the Energon Station, a derelict orbital Energon processing and delivery satellite that also happens to be the last repository of Dark Energon in Cybertron. Although he initially does his best to thwart Megatron's scheme, seeing the Decepticon ruler is the first bot to ever be able to control Dark Energon makes him defect to Megatron's side.

  • Adaptational Badass: In contrast to his traditional depiction as a coward and an unskilled combatant at best, this Starscream is a genuinely brave and skilled warrior, even defeating the Aerialbots and actually going toe-to-toe with Optimus, Bumblebee and Ratchet, all at the same time and putting up a decent fight until they injure him sufficiently that he wants to flee. Even in the first mission, he openly stands opposed to Megatron, resisting him physically and verbally until Megatron proves he's more than just another mad-dog whose ambition outweighs his brains.
  • Bad Boss: As shown when you take control of him in the Decepticon missions, Starscream is a real Jerk Ass to his subordinates, repeatedly insulting, mocking and deriding them.
  • Cool Plane: Turns into an alien jet-fighter, somewhere between his G1 "Tetra-Jet" Cybertronic form and the American jet-fighter he becomes after landing on Earth.
  • The Dragon: He comes to serve this role to Megatron.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He's aligned with the Autobots during at the beginning of the game, only to switch loyalties at the end of first chapter when it's revealed Megatron can control Dark Energon.
  • It's All About Me: Whenever he speaks, he puts a lot of emphasis on words such as "I" and "My".
  • Pride: More or less echoed in every scene he has. He thinks so highly of himself that he wants to overthrow Megatron simply because he hates having to work for someone else.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: His assignment to the Energon Station, a 10-thousand-plus years old facility that's falling into obsolence, is strongly implied to be some kind of punishment for something that Starscream did whilst serving as a "proper" Sky Commander for Cybertron. Exactly what that is, however, is never revealed.
  • Seen It All: Invoked; initially, he defies Megatron because he's seen and studied the countless cases of fools trying to exploit Dark Energon, only to be destroyed or hideously mutated by it. It's not until he sees that Megatron really can control it as he claimed that Starscream decides that maybe there's something to be had from switching sides.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Although it doesn't work immediately, Megatron plays him by a harp by promising him a return to glory after the Noodle Incident that saw him practically exiled to the Energon Station.
  • Smug Snake: Starscream's sheer ego leads to him making a lot of unwise plans and greatly overestimating himself.
  • The Starscream: Of course. He starts the game actually allied to the Autobots, guarding the Energon Station and the last supply of Dark Energon. When Megatron shows he can actually control it, he turns on the Autobots to ally with the Decepticons, secretly planning on usurping control of the Decepticons from under Megatron once he learns how to control Dark Energon himself. Megatron is aware of it, but finds some his qualities, amusing, so he keeps him around.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Not many people remember it, of course, but G1 Starscream was a scientist before he became a warrior, and he often served in a science-guy role in the G1 cartoon. This iteration of Starscream is more strictly military skilled, being completely uninterested in the scientific discoveries that he, Skywarp and Thundercracker make in Cybertron's underground.
  • You're Insane!: Repeatedly tells Megatron that he's an idiot to consider messing with Dark Energon in the first mission, pointing out that in centuries of trying, nobody has ever been able to control it.


Voiced by: Richard Epcar


Voiced by: Graham McTavish


Voiced by: Crispin Freeman

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his nerves and whining, he's fast and a competent soldier otherwise.
  • Butt-Monkey: Megatron snarks and yells at him the most. If only because he's the only one that doesn't get executed for back talk.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's always complaining about Megatron's suicidal plans, but he's still up there with him at the front.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expy: The scratchy, youthful voice, paired with his young punk archetype and his relationship with an abusive Villain Protagonist mentor using a super-science chemical to take over the world, paired with his name all combine to bring to mind Jesse Pinkman.


Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore


Voiced by: Steve Blum, Corey Burton (in a commercial)


Voiced by: Jessica Straus