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In addition to the toy-lines, these characters would also make appearances in the comics and/or Japanese cartoons.

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Air Hammer

"If you see me, you've already lost."


"Be patient and victory will come to you."

  • Epic Flail: One of his beast mode limbs turns into a flail.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: This guy is seemingly Beast Wars's answer to Generation One Wheeljack.


"Patience may be a virtue, but a punch-up is pure delight."


"Show me the wall...I'll bang my head against it."

Big Convoy

"All for one and one for all."



"Three heads are better than one: headfirst, headlong, headstrong."


"The light of my spark will dispel the darkness of evil."


"The secrets of the universe reveal themselves to those who open their minds."

Claw Jaw

"Run silent, run deep."


"I have no time for patience!"


"One cannot cross a sea merely by standing and staring at the water."



  • The Fool: Of the Jointron brothers, which given they're all idiots is saying something.
  • Verbal Tic: His Beast Wars II tends to repeat lots of Gratuitous Spanish, particularly "mucha" and "muchacho".


"Me Grimlock, king of beasts."

  • Determinator: It takes Magmatron some time to knock him down, and he even admits he's only stayed standing as long as he has out of stubbornness.
  • Expy: Averted. The IDW comics, and even his toy bio note, establish him as the Generation 1 Dinobot. The TFCC "Beast Wars Shattered Glass" comic series makes use of this concept.
  • Palette Swap: The Beast Wars toy is pretty much this to Dinobot, but the IDW comics give him traits that aren't quite present on the original Dinobot, making Beast Wars Grimlock and Dinobot easier to distinguish outside of verbal communicative ability.
  • Not a Morning Person: He basically says this when he appears in the IDW comics. He's just woken up, and needs to get the anger out of his system. Good thing there're some ButtMonkeys around to take the punishment.
  • Raptor Attack: He now turns into an oversized raptor.
  • Verbal Tic: It's Grimlock after all.


"Sometimes crazy works." note 


"Time waits for no 'bot...except me."



"Slow is as slow does."


"Laugh and the world laughs with you; howl and you howl alone."


"Loyalty means nothing unless it is based upon self-sacrifice."

  • Artistic License – Biology: His beast mode is a German Shepherd, a species created in 1899 by man selectively breeding dogs in Germany. This raises a few questions when he appears in the IDW Beast Wars comics — set on prehistoric Earth.
  • Palette Swap: Downplayed. K-9's action figure is a recolour and retooling of Wolfang's.


Lio Convoy

  • An Axe to Grind: His 2015 Collector's Club exclusive toy comes with an axe. Uprising dubbed it the Solipsistic Staff, and gives it a few nifty abilities, like being able to paralyze other 'bots, and render Lio invisible to sensors.
  • Dub Name Change: Sometimes, he's Leo Prime.
  • Expy: He's a physical clone of Optimus Prime. Character-wise, he's a little different.
  • Large and in Charge: In the IDW comics, he's huge by Maximal standards, towering over damn near everyone.
  • Panthera Awesome: His altmode is a huge white lion.

Lio Junior


"If you do not think before you act, do not act at all."

Mach Kick

"There are no speed limits on the road to victory."


"May wisdom nourish my spirit and courage guide my sword."

  • BFS
  • Combining Mecha: The original version is one of Prowl, Ironhide and Silverbolt. The 2016 version, using Combiner Wars molds, adds Tigertron and Unit 3.
  • Composite Character: His Uprising incarnation is a mix of himself and the Beast Wars II version (due to a mix of the One Steve Limit and Decomposite Character).
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the TFCC Beast Wars "Shattered Glass" comic series:
    God Neptune: Five of us, three of you- I like those odds!
    Magnaboss: Very clever. With five brains, you can actually count!

Magnaboss II

"Accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope."

  • Palette Swap: Averted. Aside from several paint applications, both Magnaboss's are virtually identical.



"Between peace and chaos lies the courage to act."


Night Glider

"Tell your friends a lie. If they keep it secret, then tell them the truth."


"Knowing the right thing to do and not doing it shows lack of courage, principles or both."

  • Artistic License – Biology: While his mish-mashed nature arguably mitigates this somewhat, his beast mode is half Brahman bull, another human bred species which came into being around the early 1900s. Like K-9, he appears in the IDW Beast Wars comics — set on ancient Earth.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: His beast mode is half bat, half Brahman bull.

Optimus Minor

"Monkey see, monkey grab."


"Vigilance is the hallmark of a good defence."


"Monkey see, monkey grab."

  • Jerkass
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Wreckers comic, Cyclonus murders him when he betrays the team.
  • Palette Swap: Of Rattrap. The blue recolour of Transmetal Rattrap was even repurposed as Packrat for the 3H comics.


"The best place to hide something is where everyone can see it."

Polar Claw

"Peace is maintained through the preparation for war."

Power Hug

Prowl / Magnaboss!Prowl

"Chaos is just the state before order."

Prowl II

"Logic provides the structure to be filled by the soul of creativity."

  • Continuity Snarl: His Beast Wars: Sourcebook profile makes him one. To put it simply - he's treated as being a reborn version of a clone of Prowl from Binaltech. All well and good, except Binaltech's story is incompatible with IDW's Beast Wars stuff. It took until 2015 and Ask Vector Prime before the whole shebang got an explanation: He is the clone of Prowl, with a bit of Chip Chase's mind and personality infused into the mix, made in an attempt to save Chip's life, which didn't entirely work until the Maximals came along.
  • Mythology Gag: Is noted to use acid pellets to attack, a famous attribute of cartoon Prowl.
  • One Steve Limit:


"Onwards...and upwards."


"Let's get serious."

  • Epic Fail: Randy's toy is made of material susceptible to Gold Plastic Syndrome. In short, the plastic decomposes over time until it shatters and/or crumbles with little effort. While not the only Transformers toy to suffer from this, he is one of the most notorious, since his entire transformation is spring-loaded and he's made entirely out of gold plastic.
  • Palette Swap: Of Razorbeast.


"Watch for my hidden depths. They'll be your downfall."


"The greatest darkness is the one created by ignorance."

  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Rhino is very firm in his belief in Primus, and occasionally has been able to do things that should be flat-out impossible, apparently due to channelling Him.


"Depend on yourself and you will never have anyone else to blame for failure."

  • Palette Swap: Averted, if compared to the video-pack in version of Razorclaw.


Scissor Boy

Sharp Edge

"Too much thinking results in too little action."


Silverbolt II / Magnaboss!Silverbolt

"On a wing and a prayer."


"Now you see me, now you don't."


"Listen to others only when they say what you want to hear."


"A strategic retreat is better than a tactical defeat."

  • Cowardly Lion: With the emphasis more on coward than lion. But he will fight if there is absolutely no other option left available, even taking on Magmatron to try and save his comrades (he doesn't win, but he tries).
  • Killer Rabbit: Averted. Stampy's more the comic relief than anything approaching dangerous.



"Nine-tenths of the battle is fought within the imagination."


"Fall in line or fall-out."

Tasmania Kid

  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In The Ascending, Shokaract tears him in half as an introduction. Even time travel doesn't save Kid from this fate.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Tasmania Kid wants to be heroic and important and cool, now, without having to do all that "learning" stuff.



"I lead from the back."

  • Artistic License – Biology: The "orca" part of him is, to be frank, a "WTF is that thing?", because his mouth has two huge rabbit-like buck teeth and a long floppy pointed tongue and his tail looks like the club end of a squid's capture tentacle than the flukes of an orca. The only part that looks even remotely orca is his dorsal fin.
  • The Big Guy: The powerhouse of the Maximals in the IDW comics.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: His beast mode is half elephant, half orca.


"Tyranny cannot topple those who stand united against it."

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: As a combiner, Tripledacus would be a walking juggernaut, an unstoppable force no foe could defeat... if his component parts weren't the Jointron brothers. He's more likely to get distracted by a rhythm than try and stomp anyone.
  • Palette Swap: Of Tripredacus.
  • Take That!: According to the Beast Wars Sourcebook, the Jointrons chose the name as a jab to the Tripredacus Council.


"The strength of wisdom and the power of youth are an unbeatable combination."

  • The Berserker: The Cub's main advantage in a fight was going into a rage and rushing his enemy. Not so useful if they knew their way around that, like the Veteran did.
  • Blood Knight: The Cub was born into a world ruled by the omnicidal Shokaract, and was made for war and bloodshed. He likes it, he's good at it.
  • Double Conciousness: Since he's a merger of an Autobot and a Predacon, Windrazor has had some difficulty in this area.
  • Fusion Dance: How he came into being, one between a 'bot called The Veteran (or Swoop, as he used to be known) and a Predacon called The Cub.
  • Legacy Character: For Swoop of the Dinobots.
  • Make an Example of Them: The Cub was brutally mutilated by Cataclysm for failing to kill the Veteran, partly because they were related. The Cub's failure made Cataclysm look bad, so he had to make An Example in order to show everyone he wasn't so weak (and slowly so as not to make either of them look bad).
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: His beast mode is half wolf, half eagle.
  • Palette Swap: Of Fuzor!Silverbolt.
  • Uriah Gambit: The Cub was sent to assassinate the Veteran, with the person who chose him (Antagony) knowing full well he'd fail, solely to make Cataclysm look bad.


"We are but parts of a whole."




  • The Dark Chick: The only identified female working for Shokaract.
  • The Dragon: For Shokaract. And she's exceedingly good at her job.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Very much so.
  • The Rival: With Cataclysm, another herald of Shokaract, who does just slightly better than her.








BB / Max-B


Buzz Saw

  • Heel–Face Turn: According to Hasbro, the Beast Machines Maximal, Buzzsaw, is the same character saved from Megatron's virus by Rattrap, and now fights alongside the Maximals.
  • Palette Swap: Of Waspinator. However, the Japanese CGI art and IDW comics depict him with the mold's more generic robot head, as opposed to the mutant head adapted for Waspinator's show model.



  • Combining Mecha: With Ramhorn and Sea Clamp, to form Tripredacus.
  • Expanded Universe: While he and the other two members of the Tripredacus Council appeared in the show, they never travelled to Earth and/or took on beast modes.



Dead End

  • Ax-Crazy: Dead End's favourite thing in life is killing - as much as possible. Played with, in that when off the job he's not particularly violent at all. In fact, he tends to be quiet and reclusive.
  • Gender Flip: In Beast Wars: Uprising, Dead End is female.

Dirge / Dirgegun

Drill Bit

Double Punch


  • Minion with an F in Evil: Would much, much rather be studying geology than fighting. It does raise the question of why he's even a Predacon in the first place.


  • The Alcoholic: Guy likes his booze.
  • Big Bad: Of Beast Wars II.
  • Expy: As the name suggests, he's based on the original purple-people blaster. Averted with Beast Wars: Uprising, where he's a reincarnation of the Big G.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His beast mode is a dragon.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Either due to being stuck in lava, or unconscious, or because he's completely wasted. And, as it turns out, because he's actually playing for time while his ship makes its way to Earth.
  • Perpetual Smiler

God Neptune




  • Co-Dragons: IDW's comics make him one of Shockaract's heralds. Not the greatest choice ever, there.
  • The Ditz: Thinking is not Hardhead's forte. At all.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Supposedly turns into a Pachycephalosaurus. One that looks amazingly like a velociraptor, on account of Hardhead being a remold of Dinobot.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the manga, he commits seppuku after bungling a mission, and killing Hydra by mistake.
  • Use Your Head: What with turning into a Pachycephalosaurus.




  • Gonk: He looks every bit as ugly as he is poisonous. The blurb wasn't lying when it said "He's got a face only a Predacon could love." He thinks he's quite beautiful, however.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Half-lionfish, half-bee. All incredibly ugly.



Killer Punch



  • Artistic License – Paleontology: It's frequently said in his bios that he turns into three dinosaurs. Nuh-uh. One part of him turns into a dinosaur (A gigantosaurus, specifically) while the other two turn into a plesiosaur and pterodactyl, respectively. His Sourcebook profile manages to claim they "have only loose connections to actual reptilian lifeforms".
  • Benevolent Boss: He's incredibly tolerant of his troops and their actions. Unlike Megatron, he doesn't take his anger out on his troops with harsh physical abuse even when they fail to carry out his orders.
  • Big Bad: Of Beast Wars Neo. And of IDW's comics.
  • Cool Sword: It looks like it's made out of bone.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: One third of him turns into a Gigantosaurus, which is similar to a T-Rex.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turns up in the Beast Machines toyline as a member of the Dinobots.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His manga iteration just wanted to kill every living thing he found.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In Beast Wars Neo, just like his predecessor Galvatron.

Manta Ray


Megastorm / Gigastorm

  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: As Gigastorm, his default mode is a giant dinosaur-beast.
  • The Starscream: When Galvatron's out of action for a while, Megastorm develops a fondness for command, and starts thinking of ways to get rid of his brother. Galvatron knows about this, but keeps him alive out of familial loyalty.
  • Tank Goodness: As Megastorm, he turns into a tank.

Onyx Primal

  • Continuity Snarl: Is he Maximal or Predacon? Depends who you ask.
  • Palette Swap: Of the original Optimus Primal design.
  • Shout-Out: He acts kind of like Batman. When voiced during a BotCon reading, he sounded like Jackie Gleason


Ram Horn

  • Commander Contrarian: Ram Horn is both stubborn and contrary as hell. Whatever his fellow councillors suggest, he'll immediately take the opposite view. Fortunately, Sea Clamp and Cicadacon know how to play this to their advantage.
  • Expanded Universe: While he and the other two members of the Tripredacus Council appeared in the show, they never travelled to Earth and/or took on beast modes.
  • Expy: Averted. Despite Beast Wars being part of the G1 continuity family, this Ram Horn has nothing in common with his Autobot namesake, other than his apparent lack of subtlety.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Ram Horn's stubbornness is often mistaken for pig-headed stupidity. This is a mistake.


  • Expy: Despite Beast Wars being part of the G1 continuity family, this Razorclaw has no connection to his Decepticon namesake and is simply a Decepticon descendant.
  • Giant Enemy Crab


  • Crazy-Prepared: Before a fight, he'll dig a dozen escape routes.
  • Dirty Coward: At the first sign of trouble, he'll curl up and run for it.






  • Gonk: So positively hideous, that his ugliness rivals Injector's own. At least Scourge isn't vain about his appearance.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His overall design is an exaggeration of the Transmetal 2 aesthetic. The heavy asymmetry and clashing colors grant him a patchy and disfigured appearance, more so than other Transformers who underwent the same upgrade.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: A psychopathic sea pirate is not Scuba's idea of a good romantic partner. Doesn't stop Scylla trying to get her tentacles around him.
  • Adaptational Badass: Her Uprising version is not a ditz, but a leading and competent member of the Resistance. She also comes with a cool eyepatch, yar!
  • Combining Mecha: Forms God Neptune with the Seacon Pirates, when she doesn't wander off to do her own thing.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Predacon in II. Also, for a long while, the only female combiner in Transformers.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Her Beast Wars: Uprising incarnation be possessed of a right piratical accent, yars and all. Hey, she is a Seacon Pirate.
  • Tentacled Terror: She turns into a tentacled monster thing.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Scylla will smash anything she thinks is trying to be more beautiful than her.

Sea Clamp

Sea Phantom

Shadow Panther


Sky Shadow

  • Faux Affably Evil: His toy bio depicts him as being a charismatic statesman and leader on the surface. Beneath that is someone who loathes his fellow comrades and secretly wants to rule the Predacons with his own "more imaginative techniques."
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Part-lizard, part-dragonfly.
  • Power Pincers: In the same vein as Transquito. However, Sky Shadow's are slightly smaller and situated on his right robot mode hand.
  • The Starscream: What his toy bio implies, though he evidently hides it a lot better than the Trope Namer.



  • Grumpy Bear: And that's a nice way of describing him. Snapper hates everyone and everything, and will take it out on anyone who walks by. It's his anger at being Reforged into a Minion.


  • Butt-Monkey: In the IDW comics, though to a lesser degree than Drill Bit.
  • Epic Flail: As a Transmetal 2, wields a flail.
  • In a Single Bound: He can leap 300 meters in either mode. As a Transmetal 2, he can leap 500 meters.
  • The Napoleon: By Predacon standards, he's small. He's also bad tempered, prone to picking fights with other, bigger Predacons, to prove his mettle. However, this also means he won't back down during an actual fight.
  • Poisonous Person: Secrets fluids that can drive people nuts.
  • Shock and Awe: As a Transmetal 2, he can zap people.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Spittor gets a Transmetal 2 upgrade, but in some cases, it's still not enough to make him a credible threat.

Starscream / Hellscream

  • Co-Dragons: In The Ascending, he's one of Shokaract's four heralds.


  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Half-alligator, half turtle
  • The Pig Pen: His Sourcebook profile states his job makes him filthy, and on his off-hours he goes and finds more filth to roll around in.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's got fully red eyes in both forms. Because being an alligator just wasn't enough, it has to be one that looks positively demonic.
  • Shout-Out: His robot mode design looks uncannily like a Terminator (which would explain the name. And the red eyes).
  • Spikes of Villainy: His shell, which doubles as a shield in robot mode, is covered in spikes.


  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the Seacon Pirates, and therefore the one stuck with the most demeaning tasks. This doesn't do much to fill Terrormander with a sense of pride in his job.
  • Lazy Bum: Often found slacking off, which doesn't help his standing with Halfshell.

Thrust / Thrustor


  • Power Pincers: His attack mode has an absolutely gargantuan pair of these.
  • Super Spit: His primary weapons are virus missiles, of which he fires from his mouth. Notably, for the toy at least, the back end of the missile completes the mosquito mode's proboscis.
  • Troll: Much like an actual mosquito, he is very annoying. He also takes pleasure in ticking everyone off, even his fellow Predacons.


  • Combining Mecha: Of Cicadacon, Ram Horn and Sea Clamp.
  • The Juggernaut: As a mix of the council's worst aspects, Tripredacus is a single-minded engine of pure destruction.

Vice Grip

  • Shock and Awe: He can zap enemies with his pincers in robot mode.


  • Arc Welding: The Ask Vector Prime facebook page eventually mixed this version of Waspinator / Starscream with the timeline of Universe Obsidian and Tankor.
  • Demonic Possession: An alternate Waspinator permanently possessed by Starscream. The two occasionally bicker.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Starscream's initial plan was go back to Cybertron and take on the Tripredacus Council with his ragtag band of thugs. Megatron had other ideas.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While not exactly good by any metric, Starscream is still better than Megatron in full-on A God Am I mode, or the genocidal Obsidian and Tankor. Once those wars were over, he joined with what remained of the Maximals and the Mutants to rebuild Cybertron.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Especially once they become a transmetal, capable of flying at Mach 3.
  • Morphic Resonance: Starscream managed to influence his and Waspinator's transmetalization, so Waspinator gained a third jet form like Starscream's.
  • Taught by Experience: Thanks to his first time losing to the Maximals, Starscream's second go-around allowed him to stop them, and kill them. Then he turned on Megatron himself.

Wolfang (Telemocha)

  • The Aloner: Wolfang's the only 'new' character from the Beast Wars Telemocha line, which otherwise consists of re-issues of show characters in more screen-accurate decos.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: His name is pronounced as "Volfang".
  • Noble Demon: A loyal Predacon, through and through, but not a treacherous, underhanded bastard like some. His Uprising version is an odd one, being a spy in the Maximal police, but not a corrupt one (something even most of the other Maximals can't say).
  • Same Character, but Different: Averted. This Wolfang is considered a separate character from his Maximal namesake, known as 'Howlinger' in Japan.
  • Super Senses: According to Uprising, he's got an incredibly powerful sense of smell. Not something you necessarily want when working homicide, so he takes cygarettes to try and block it out.



Poison Bite

Razor Claw


  • Expy: Averted. Despite the name, he's not G1 Soundwave.




  • Berserk Button: Do not touch his tusks. Ever.
  • Dumb Muscle: Why Unicron even chose him in the first place, in the IDW continuity. Averted however, in that he's just as dangerous as his comrades.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: His beast mode is half elephant, half orca whale.
  • Palette Swap: Of Torca.


Razorclaw (Universe)

  • Alternate Self: An alternate and utterly evil version of Tigerhawk.
  • For Want of a Nail: In his universe, Silverbolt's stasis pod crash landed on the far side of Earth, giving Megatron enough of an advantage to kill the Maximals. Tigertron and Airrazor survived, but still got abducted, and turned into Tigerhawk, who was sent back to kill the Predacons. Which he did. Unfortunately by then Megs had already absorbed G1 Megatron's Spark, and reality went bye-bye. Unicron snatched him up and took him on as a herald.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It does not take a lot to make him angry. Other generals of Unicron tread lightly around him, for fear of setting him off.
  • Large Ham: His introduction in Universe issue 1 is a memorable bit of Furman ham. Know that he is Razorclaw! Know that his universe is not yours, and while he may resemble Tigerhawk, Razorclaw is not he!
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Part tiger, part eagle.
  • Physical God: Razorclaw still has his Vok-given powers, which allow him to cause natural disasters.
  • That Man Is Dead: Know that while he may resemble Tigerhawk, he is not.


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