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    Optimus Primal 

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"Well, that's just prime."

Voiced by: Gary Chalk
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

The Maximal Commander with an alternate mode of a silverback gorilla. Like his namesake (and possible ancestor) Optimus Prime, Primal is brave, noble and wise. However, unlike the more idealized Prime, Primal has no background as a military leader - he signed onto the Axalon to command an exploration mission, and his crew ended up in a fight with Megatron solely because they were the only ones in range. Thus he is a much more cerebral, pacifistic commander than Prime was, and he's frequently questioned and undermined by his men. However, though he makes mistakes and doesn't win every battle, no one ever questions that his heart is in the right place and ultimately he wins the loyalty of every bot under his command, many of whom he takes on a paternal role towards. When hit with the quantum surge, he gained a Transmetal body and the ability to fly in his beast mode (via rocketboard). After taking in Optimus Prime's spark in an effort to preserve time, he was upgraded into a new "Optimal" body.


  • A Father to His Men: Most notably with Cheetor; the two of them form a surprisingly nuanced father-son dynamic that lasts throughout the Beast Era.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Optimus Prime's spark upgrades his body in the third season of Beast Wars.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As Gorilla Warfare illustrates, he could maul his troops if he felt like it.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep, commanding tone.
  • Badass in Charge: He'd hardly be an Optimus otherwise.
  • Back from the Dead: Once in Beast Wars, twice in Beast Machines.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't let his easygoing nature fool you. Crossing him will cost you dearly.
  • Came Back Strong: After being blown up in the first season finale, he returns in Coming of the Fuzors: Part 2 in a new Transmetal body.
  • Catchphrase: Used both straight and sarcastically: "Prime."/"Well, that's just prime.
    • Amusingly mocked by Rattrap once, when in the presence of a damaged G1 Optimus Prime:
    Rattrap: ...Or what's left of him, anyway. [Death Glare from Optimus]
    • On two occasions, when he forced to resort to less-than-ideal tactics:
    "Sometimes, crazy works."
  • Composite Character: Becomes one of himself and the original Optimus Prime when he temporarily takes Optimus' spark into his body. His "Optimal Optimus" mode is a mash-up of Primal's original form, Prime's vehicle mode, and a new form expanding Primal's flight capabilities. The result is a four-changer between gorilla, robot, armored transporter, and jet. His voice takes on a new metallic distortion effect not dissimilar to the one Prime had, and he drops a couple choice quotes from Prime too.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As stated under Catchphrase, he has a tendency to sarcastically remark, "Well, that's just prime."
  • Death Is Cheap: Primal dies several times over the course of Beast Wars and Beast Machines. His death in the Beast Machines finale is for real.
  • Decomposite Character: Along with the toyline moving the events of present-day Earth to a time-travel adventure, it did this to Primal, as the toyline originally painted Primal not as an expy/legacy character to Optimus Prime, but as Prime himself in an upgraded form. The same thing was done with Megatron.
  • Determinator: It's no exaggeration to say that death itself has failed to stop Optimus Primal.
    Megatron: [quoting the Covenant of Primus] "And there came a hero who said 'hurt not the earth, nor the seas, nor the trees, nor the very fabric of time!' But the hero would not prevail..."
    Optimus: Finish the quote, Megatron. "Nor would he surrender"!
  • Dual Wielding: He fights using two swords.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: His beast mode is a Silverback Gorilla. Close enough, though.
  • Expy: Of Optimus Prime. His head is very much the same design, he has red, blue, and white colors, and he's the leader of his team.
    • The fact that he's a gorilla and his biggest rival is a T-Rex is a reference to King Kong.
  • Famous Last Words: During the finale of Beast Machines.
  • The Fundamentalist: During the first season of Beast Machines, he constantly preaches about fulfilling the journey the Oracle has given for him and the Maximals and lashes out whenever his teammates express their dissent towards his beliefs. This behavior is blatantly a stand-in for overzealous religious people who try to force their beliefs onto others. He realizes this starting in the second season and tones down the zealousness.
  • Genius Bruiser: It's easy to overlook, but Primal isn't a soldier, he's a scientist. Turns out he started out as a soldier, then became a scientist when he got sick of it. Then the Beast Wars forced him to become a soldier again.
  • The Good Captain: He is a fair and benevolent leader to the Maximals.
  • Good Counterpart: To Megatron. They're both leaders of small bands, isolated from the greater whole of their respective factions and carry the name of a great leader from the long-ended Autobot/Decepticon war. They also both, through their conflict with one another, become legends in their own rights, equalling or even dwarfing the legacies of their predecessors. Unlike Megatron's megalomania, cruelty towards his troops, or ambitions of war and conquest, Optimus is a Humble Hero, Benevolent Boss, and only steps up to the call of destiny when it comes to him, rather than seeking it out, as Megatron does.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While he's a very friendly and affable commander, Optimus is far from unwilling to lay down the law, chewing out Rattrap several times in the opening episodes, Dinobot throughout the series, and even memorably threatening to personally extract information from the central processor of a cagey and uncooperative Depth Charge.
  • Good Shepherd: After his brush with death in Beast Machines he becomes something of a holy man; talking about the Will of the Matrix and becoming less interested in the military war and more interested in the spiritual war represented by the underground garden.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: He's one of the most noble characters in the series, and one of the most cunning to go with it.
  • Heel Realisation: In the second season premiere of Beast Machines, he realizes that having organic life replace machines would make him no different from Megatron.
  • The Hero: He is one of the good guys and is often the main character.
  • The Hero Dies: Aside from possibly Cheetor, he is unquestionably the main character of both series. And he dies a total of five of times, though his last death at the end of Beast Machines is final... for the most part.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Is tricked into one, in the first season finale of Beast Wars. His sacrifice at the end of Beast Machines results in his permanent death.
  • Ideal Hero: He attempts to be this. Though he often falls short, he eventually earns the respect and admiration of all under his command.
  • Indy Ploy: One of his favoured tactics, as noted by his secondary catchphrase.
  • Informed Attribute: Optimus' tendency to give long, cheesy, inspirational speeches are not nearly as frequent as Rattrap suggests.
  • In-Series Nickname: Cheetor often addresses him as Big Bot.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Before entering the stasis pod to stop the Vok's planet buster in season 1, he tells the maximals they are the finest crew he has ever worked with.
  • Killed Off for Real: After dying at least four times in the series, he commits a Heroic Sacrifice and dies permanently at the end of Beast Machines.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: His reformatted robot mode in Beast Machines has a large chin.
  • Large and in Charge: As Optimal Optimus.
  • The Leader: The leader of the Maximals.
  • Legacy Character: He's a descendant of Optimus Prime.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: For every "upgrade" he receives in this series:
    Cheetor: Jumping gyros, Optimus sure learns a new body fast!
    Rattrap: Well, wha'd ya expect? He changes 'em often enough!
  • Martial Pacifist: Optimus would much rather be off exploring the universe than fighting a war. That said, he's damn good at fighting said war.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    Sometimes, crazy works.
  • More Dakka: As befitting a commander.
    • In his original form: Arm-mounted cannons? Check. Shoulder-mounted missile launchers? Check.
    • His Transmetal body replaces the above with dual pistols, and shoulder-mounted machine guns.
    • After fusing with Optimus Prime's spark, Prime surprisingly has less overall Dakka, but it got a lot bigger.
  • Pragmatic Hero: In the first season finale of Beast Machines. He blindly follows the Oracle, believing it wants him to replace everything technological with organic life and has no compunctions about using the Plasma Energy Chamber, which would spell doom for Cybertron. Fortunately, he realises the error of his ways in the second season premiere.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: During the finale of "Nemesis".
    Megatron: Oh well, come on, let's have it! The usual "destiny and honor" speech!
    Optimus: Speech this. (punch)
  • Sky Surfing: His Transmetal form enables him to transform his feet into a skateboard-like construct that enables him to fly.
  • Tank Goodness: After fusing with Optimus Prime's spark, he can become a tank.
  • Team Dad: Especially with Cheetor with whom he forms a notable father-son dynamic that evolves throughout both series.
    • Though not as blatant as his relationship with Cheetor, Silverbolt also comes off like an older son of Optimus', perhaps most notably shown in The Agenda: Part 2 where Silverbolt gets a stern paternal talking to from Optimus and then gets, essentially, grounded.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the first season of Beast Machines, Optimus slowly slips into fanaticism, believing that the only way to defeat Megatron and return Cybertron to its proper state is to wipe away everything mechanical on the planet. He goes so far as to attempt to reformat an unwilling Megatron, and even opens the Plasma Energy Chamber, risking destroying the entire planet. Getting a good look at the results of his actions and a journey through the Oracle has Optimus realise the error of his ways, and he returns to form as a straight-up hero in season 2.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets hit with this frequently after he upgrades to Optimal form. Subsequently, every time he participates in the front lines 1) the Predacons have developed a plot device to take him out first, 2) he arrives late to the battle or 3) environmental factors, (being buried, twice, for example) prevent him from participating.
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     Rattrap 

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"That'll teach you to mess with the rat!"

Voiced by: Scott McNeil
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

Ostensibly the team's second-in-command, a world-class spy, master marksman and demolitions expert with an alt. mode of a rat. Rattrap is a malcontent - self-centered, sarcastic, arrogant and dismissive to just about everyone on the crew (with the one exceptions of his best buddy Rhinox), but he's also among the most capable members of the Maximals and though few can stand him when the series begins, they all ultimately come to depend and rely on him. Though he can be cowardly and lazy, he always steps up when he needs to and has proven to be a remarkably capable and decisive leader when Optimus is presumed dead or otherwise in disposed. A consummate survivor, Rattrap is one of just two Maximals to survive from the very beginning of the war to the very end.


  • Aliens of London: He has a rather strong Brooklyn accent despite being an alien robot.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In "Double Dinobot". After spending half the episode as The Cassandra when an evil clone of Dinobot has been sent to infiltrate the Maximal's base, by the time the rest of the team finally catch on, Rattrap nearly became a "deep fried rat" because of it. In full Deadpan Snarker mode, he uses Primal's catchphrase against him when he has an Uh-Oh moment.
    Rattrap: I tried to tell ya — once a Pred, always a Pred! Now where is he?
    Optiums Primal: I left him back at the base... alone. (looks down with concern)
    Cheetor: (visibly shocked)
    Rattrap: Weell... That's. Just. PRIME!
  • Brooklyn Rage: He speaks with a Brooklyn accent and is an irritable little fella.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rattrap becomes something of a Butt Monkey in Beast Machines, at least in the early episodes. In Beast Wars he was considered slightly obnoxious but otherwise a valuable robot to have on your side. Then along comes Beast Machines and the only thing standing between Rattrap and getting thrown off a cliff is Optimus. When Optimus gets put out of commission temporarily in The Weak Component, everyone acts downright hostile towards him, even after he learns to transform again, because he doesn't offer anything in the way of firepower. Cheetor even says they're only keeping him around because he sits on the outside fringes of being "one of us", and therefore they're not ditching him. Then they're surprised when he turns to Megatron for a little sympathy and weaponry.
  • Catchphrase:
    "We're all gonna die."
    "Oh, maaan!"
    "What in the name of gouda?"
    "For booting up cold!
    "Shut up, Rattrap."
  • Characterization Marches On: In the two-part Pilot episode, he was a completely selfish, cowardly Jerkass with no redeeming virtues whatsoever. In the following episode, The Web, he risks his life to save Cheetor, grumbling and complaining all the way, establishing him as the Jerk with a Heart of Gold he'd be for the rest of the series.
  • Combat Pragmatist: "You fight with a rat, you better fight dirty!"
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Rattrap is a bit of a coward, but he's capable of great heroics and is a decent fighter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This show has a pretty witty cast, so many of them fit this trope. However, there are episodes where this is all Rattrap does.
  • Demolitions Expert: He's the Maximal Primal turns to whenever he needs something blown up.
  • Dirty Coward: Averted. Though he'll gripe and moan about doing something dangerous and is quick to say "We're all gonna die", he's actually quite fearless. He's faced down Predacons much larger and stronger than he is, a Predacon stealth warship, Vok weapons and structures, and even the Nemesis with plenty of snark and skill and often comes out on top while enjoying the experience. Hell, he's even triumphed against Megatron a few times.
  • Fake Defector: He does a temporary Face–Heel Turn in one episode.
    • In the Beast Wars episode "Double Jeopardy, he's being suspected as a traitor, and goes to the Predacon base to retrieve something, fake-betraying his comrades.
    • In Beast Machines, this trope is played with; he temporarily defects to Megatron as he feels useless, then realises that he was making a mistake.
  • Famous Ancestor: Rattrap once swore by his Great-Aunt Arcee, meaning he has familial ties back to the Great War.
  • Fantastic Racism: He makes it clear that he absolutely hates Predacons or Decepticons, more so than normal for a Maximal.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Despite his sardonic personality, he ends up having this relationship with pretty much every Maximal save for Optimus or Rhinox. Especially Dinobot.
  • Guile Hero: He uses his cunning to dupe the Predacons.
  • Having a Blast: He carries a number of surprisingly powerful demolition bombs with him at all times.
  • Heroic Build: Notably, one of the only "cheats" on a Transmetal body is Rattrap's "backpack" rotates on the show model, making it so the larger section of the backtop is the top rather than the bottom, making him look more heroic.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He initially has some difficulties figuring out his Transmetal body. Especially the vehicle mode.
    • He also takes the longest to find out how to transform in Beast Machines, because said transformation requires a certain level of calmness, and if you know anything about Rattrap...
    Rattrap: (while running for his life and dodging explosions) I am transformed... I am SO transformed... I... I am getting REALLY cheesed off here!
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Optimus demands a lot from his second in command, from pretending to defect to the other side, to infiltrating their own base when they locked themselves out with their new death trap security system. Thankfully for the Maximals, and the universe as a whole, Rattrap always comes through.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He whines, he moans, he mocks, he groans. He openly voices his disdain regarding missions and is the most cowardly member of the Maximal crew. Yet, he is possibly Primal's most loyal cadet and, though reluctantly, always eventually accepts his missions. All of this adds up to Primal naming him second-in-command, over the likes of Rhinox and Dinobot, in the episode "Chain of Command".
  • Knight in Sour Armour: He's one of the Maximals, but is also a bit of an egotistical jerk.
  • The Lancer: In Beast Wars as the Number Two and the snarky contrasting voice to the leadership.
    • Transitions into more of a The Smart Guy role in Beast Machines as Cheetor matures into a leadership position, filling the void left by Rhinox.
  • The Load: In Beast Machines, he holds this position early on as he has trouble transforming and, even when he does, doesn't have any robot mode weapons. The other characters, who have always viewed Rattrap as mildly annoying but a good 'bot to have on your side, start treating him as this trope.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Outside of his grating personality, Rattrap alludes to regular visits to the transformer-equivalent of seedy topless bars and casinos back on Cybertron.
  • The Nicknamer: Including, but not limited to: Chopperface (Dinobot), Fearless Leader/Boss Monkey (Optimus), Spots (Cheetor), Bird-Dog (Silverbolt) and so on.
  • Official Couple: He eventually hooks up with Botanica in Beast Machines.
  • The Pig Pen: According to Dinobot, he smells awful. Well, he is a rat.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He'll try anything to stop the Predacons, even if Optimus Primal doesn't agree with his actions.
  • Robo Family: He made a throwaway reference to his 'Great Aunt Arcee'.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: His alt-mode is a giant rat.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Despite the fact that he's Primal's biggest biggest critic, his loyalty to the Maximals never actually wavers.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Botanica. They start off angry at each other but eventually grow to care about one another.
  • The Sneaky Guy: The team's go-to stealth expert, even when he's shiny and red.
  • Sour Supporter: Rattrap doesn't hesitate to put his life on the line for his fellow Maximals...or to complain about having to do so.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his personality flaws and constant complaints, he'd rather die than betray the other Maximals. He reacts violently to any perceived or potential betrayals on the team.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dinobot. In the earlier episodes, they hate each other, hurling insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. As the series progresses, they form a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as Witty Banter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's temporary betrayal and, most notably, during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade. It gets to the point where in the planned, but sadly unaired, Season 3 episode Dark Glass, Rattrap went against orders to implant the original Dinobot's memory and personality data into his Evil Counterpart.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's the least physically impressive of all the Maximals but he is the best marksman of the whole series, even shooting Megatron down on more than one occasion. That combined with his expertise in explosives, dirty fighting, espionage abilities, and implied age and experience compared to the rest of the Axalon crew has made him the one Maximal on the team you don't want to take lightly.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Downplayed. He's not evil, but he's easily the weaseliest member of the team.

     Rhinox 

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"When a spark comes online, there is great joy. When it is extinguished, the universe weeps..."
Episode "The Spark"

Voiced by: Richard Newman
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

The Maximals' Science Officer, mechanic, and all-around Team Mom with an alt mod of a rhinoceros. Rhinox is brilliant, beloved and respected by pretty much all on the team, and could possibly make the best leader of the team if he wanted to. But he doesn't. Rhinox has no ambition to be anything more or less than what he is. Intensely spiritual, and with a greater understanding of the Matrix than anyone else, Rhinox would much prefer to relax in a tranquil garden than march off to war, and would rather bring up the rear then lead the charge. Though among the more powerful of the Maximals, Rhinox is quiet, unassuming and the one least likely to be seen in the battlefield, instead preferring to stay back at base, monitoring the situation from his computer, developing new technologies and taking care of the homefront.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's happy in peacetime, likes smelling flowers, and mostly stays off the battlefield, despite the fact that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted. However, anyone who can punch Megatron in the face, pick him up like nothing, then throw him out of a starship is someone you do not want to mess with. Dinobot learnt this the hard way:
    Dinobot: With Optimus gone, I should be the leader of the—
    Rhinox:: I'm in a bad mood. Understand?
    Dinobot: (cowed) Uh-huh...
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: There's the episode "Dark Designs" where he's turned into a Predacon — and proves to be a more effective villain than most of the Predacons put together. In Beast Machines his spark is used to bring the Vehicon General, Tankor, to life. Even after Rhinox's memories are unlocked, the 'Tankor' shell programme has corrupted his personality.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Rhinox has shown multiple times that he is a capable leader and a powerful warrior. Optimus has stated that he could lead the Maximals if he wanted, but Rhinox is perfectly happy smelling flowers and toiling with his gadgets.
    • When given a Predacon aggression boost, Megatron finds out just what Rhinox's brains and brawns can do to when not restricted by any morality and given an ample dose of ambition. When Megatron tries it again in Beast Machines he naturally takes precautions by first making Tankor Dumb Muscle, but also putting a Restraining Bolt into Tankor's programming that prevented him from directly attacking Megatron.
  • Can't Catch Up: As powerful as Rhinox was, even he could do so much against certain Transmetals. In the second season, once Megatron had attained his Transmetal form, Rhinox found himself suffering The Worf Effect as Megatron dispatched him with relative ease.
  • Combat Medic: His main duty is to help treat the team's injuries, but he frequently joins in battle against the Predacons.
  • Crutch Character: Due to never getting an upgrade, over the course of the series, his strength and firepower starts getting played down and his technical skills start getting played up.
  • Fartillery: In The Low Road, Taranatulas infects him with a virus and he eats bean plants to keep up his energy. The resulting blast was visible from orbit.
    Megatron: This is certainly the most humiliating defeat in my entire career, yeeesssss.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's disturbingly effective at this when reprogrammed as a Predacon in Dark Designs. In Beast Machines, he shows shades of this when his personality awakens inside Tankor.
    Megatron: Such a pleasure to see you, Rhinox.
    Evil!Rhinox: Always a treat to see you too.
    Megatron: Traitor!
    Evil!Rhinox: Yep, you've gotta point there.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He manages to create a virtually impenetrable defense system for the Maximal base after they'd already crashed, in spite of there being no raw materials around.
  • Gatling Good: Rhinox's 'Chainguns of Doom' are arguably the most memorable weapons in the series. He often enters battle firing off both at once.
  • Genius Bruiser: He may be The Big Guy but he's also the mechanic and science officer. Take the episode "Dark Voyage" where he, Rattrap, Cheetor, and Dinobot all get flash-blinded. Rhinox takes command of the quartet, and eventually helps them fight off a Predacon ambush using only his hearing.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a pretty big Maximal and also quite friendly.
  • Heel Realisation: Posthumously in Beast Machines, he acknowledges that his actions as Tankor were wrong.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: He's the most trusted and widely skilled of the Maximals. A very effective commander, if somewhat less charismatic than Optimus, a genius scientist, and very in-touch with the more spiritual aspects of Transformer life. The only reason he isn't leader himself is because he doesn't want the job when he could be doing more important background work. This comes back to bite everyone hard in the ass when he defects to his own faction and manages to be a creditable threat to Optimus and Megatron, despite lacking the former's specialist team and the latter's endless armies.
  • Martial Pacifist: Like Primal, he wishes he didn't have to fight.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's the slowest of the Maximals, but he doesn't need speed with his strength and firepower.
  • Mission Control: Whenever he's not on the field, he acts as this.
  • More Dakka: A firm believer. Yes, he is in fact firing a chaingun one-handed and keeping it perfectly on target for eleven full seconds.
  • Nature Loving Robot: Rhinox shows an affinity for nature, but in a more meditative sense. This is used as contrast in Beast Machines when he's Tankor.
  • Number Two: Rattrap may be the official second-in-command of the Maximals, but Rhinox is Optimus' right-hand-bot. When Optimus is indisposed, the others will refer to his judgement whenever possible, and he tends to play second in command to whoever the temporary leader is.
  • Out-Gambitted: In Beast Machines, Megatron works out that he's playing dumb and kills him.
  • Renaissance Man: His extremely wide range of skills earn him the respect of even some Predacons.
  • Rhino Rampage: His beast form is a rhinoceros.
  • The Smart Guy: A weird case where he's this as well as The Big Guy because of his size mixed with his technical know-how.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Subverted. He was just as powerful before, but brainwashing just gave him the drive to use his strength and skill to terrible effect. It's only because of inexperience that he fell into Bondvillain Stupidity and showed a momentary weakness, enough for Megatron to reprogram him back into good old peaceful Rhinox.

    Cheetor 

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Click here to see his Transmetal- 2 form: 
"Ultra gear!"
Episode "The Web"

Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

You won't find many other Tranformers who can keep up with the brash young optimist of Primal's crew. Being the youngest Maximal, Cheetor is sometimes a bit of a handful, always trying to prove himself or rush off into a situation before thinking. He means well in everything he does, though, and he always manages to land on his feet. Cheetor arguably underwent the greatest amount of character growth in the series, both physically and mentally, but through all of it he kept his optimism, his spunk, and his love of blasting Predacons.


  • Animal Jingoism: After getting sucker-punched by Silverbolt (twice), Cheetor laments that as a cat, he should've known better than to trust a dog.
  • Book-Ends: He speaks the first line in Beast Wars and the last line in Beast Machines, signifying his Character Development throughout the Beast Era from a young rookie to a capable commander of the Maximals.
  • Butt-Monkey: Especially in "The Agenda", where he falls on his head, gets blasted, taunted by Waspinator, and punched out by Silverbolt. Not Cheetor's best day.
  • Catchphrase:
    Ultra Gear!
    Time to fade, heroes!
    Jumpin' gyros!
  • Character Development: His progression from Kid-Appeal Character to The Lancer and eventually taking Optimus' place as the leader of the group is seen as being the most logical development from Beast Wars into Beast Machines.
  • The Chosen One: Expanded universe material reveals that he is one of the few Transformers eligible to hold the Matrix of Leadership.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: His transition to Transmetal 2 in season 3, complete with uncontrollable physical changes and massive mood swings, really comes across as Cheetor going through puberty. The episode even ends with him checking his new "goatee" out in a mirror.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He has four strange, vaguely-precognitive dreams over the course of the series.
  • Dual Wielding: Does this with swords in Machines.
  • Expy: Of Bumblebee, being a scout with a yellow-and-black color scheme. His gradual ascension from rookie to leader of the Maximals has elements of Hot Rod as well.
  • Fearless Fool: He gets called out on this by his teammates several times after botching missions out of bravado.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He develops a crush on Blackarachnia in the third season of Beast Wars, but it goes nowhere because she already has eyes for Silverbolt.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He had some difficulties figuring out his new bodies in both the season 2 premiere and the middle of the season 3. In the latter, it's so ridiculously overpowered it overloads his brain and briefly reduces him to a feral animal.
  • Jet Pack: He has one in both of his Transmetal forms.
  • Just a Kid: The youngest, most inexperienced member of the group, but his kiddy aspects quickly flake away as he learns how to adapt to survival. Upon going Transmetal, he becomes a touch less boyish. His Transmetal 2 evolution sees him Coming of Age when he his voice goes from being childishly meek to manly and fierce.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Was this up until his transformation into Transmetal 2 (aka Cyber-puberty).
  • The Lancer: In Beast Machines he becomes a secular commander to contrast the growing spirutal leadership Optimus gives out.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He's pulled some frankly idiotic stunts in attempt to prove himself to the other Maximals. One of these is what leads to his becoming a Transmetal 2.
  • The Load: But on an intermittent basis. His relatively small size/firepower, impetuousness, immaturity, and lack of specialized skills can even verge on The Millstone. On the other hand, his speed and enthusiasm commonly enable him to fill a solid supporting role. Equally, he starts out as the load (and the resident trouble magnet), but throughout the series get powered up and matures into the Cheetor we see in Beast Machines. He's still fast, he's still impetuous but hell, he's scary good at what he does.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: He does this twice, but the second time is the important one, since he takes a level in badass while he's at it.
    Thought I had slick cat-like moves before? Check this out!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He fired the shot that finalized Megatron's declaration of war on the Maximals. He also fired the first shot during his skirmish with Waspinator. It's likely that Megatron would have found just about any excuse to go to war against the Maximals even if Cheetor didn't fire the first shot but Cheetor's lack of maturity certainly didn't help matters at all.
  • Painful Transformation: Becoming a Transmetal 2 involves a lot of screaming from Cheetor.
  • Palette Swap: With Tigatron. Apart from size, robot face and beastmode head shape, both transform the same and use the same "brainmatter" gun.
  • Panthera Awesome: Though technically speaking, cheetahs aren't panthera genus.
  • Super Speed: In his Transmetal 2 form, thanks to a rocket on his back, kitty can go for moonlight walks at mach 2.
  • Tagalong Kid: He starts out as a young and inexperienced Maximal who desperately wants to prove his capability to the others.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Post Transmetal 2, he's a formidable fighter and no longer comic relief.
  • Undying Loyalty: He always trusts Optimus Primal.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice goes down a few notches on hitting "cyber-puberty". It ratchets back up again in Beast Machines, though.
  • Whip It Good: As a Transmetal, he uses a whip.
  • Wolverine Claws: As a Transmetal-2, he has retractable claws.
  • Youthful Freckles: No, really. He's a robot with freckles. The cheetah mode is just an excuse.

    Dinobot 

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"I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined."
Episode "Code of Hero"

Voiced by: Scott McNeil
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

"Conflicted" is the best word to describe Dinobot. Once a loyal member of Megatron's crew, he turned against his leader and was betrayed by Megatron. Joining the Maximals shortly afterwards, Dinobot never hesitated to show his disdain for the Maximal life and views, and (for a time) wished to replace Optimus as leader.

Dinobot was essentially a sincere, non-cynical Type II Social Darwinist, who genuinely believed that the strong destroying the weak resulted in the best possible scenario. Despite his gruffness, Dinobot was also a 'bot of honor (Bushido, to be precise), and showed his power, skill, courage and determination to defeat the Predacons time and again.


  • Anti-Hero: Never lost his Predacon sense of warrior honour - but had a tendency to push for the more aggressive option
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: While dying, he explicitly tells the Maximals not to sugarcoat his deeds if asked.
    Dinobot: Tell my tale to those who ask. Tell it truly, the ill deeds along with the good... and let me be judged accordingly. The rest is silence...
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Megatron stabbed him in the back, Optimus saved his life. Conflicting morals notwithstanding, his Heel–Face Turn was really a gimme...
  • The Big Guy: He's often the most aggressive of the Maximals and the tallest of them for most of the series.
  • Blood Knight: He rarely seemed satisfied when not in battle, often chafing under the more peace-loving Maximals.
  • Breakout Character: It is impossible to bring up "Beast Wars" without mentioning him or Waspinator at least once. He was the first to be inducted into the Transformers "Hall of Fame" by fan choice and his death episode "Code of Hero" is widely accepted to not only be the best Beast Wars episode, but also highly argued to be the best "Transformers" episode EVER!
  • Byronic Hero: Has several traits of one. While he defects to the Maximals, he's still prone to questionable Predacon tactics.
  • Cast from Hit Points: He uses up the remainder of his energy to destroy the Golden Disk so Megatron can't alter the future freely.
  • Cultured Badass: Dinobot is a well-spoken warrior, fond of turns of Shakespearean phrase in moments of introspection.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dinobot regularly engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat with Rattrap (when their arguments don't just dissolve into childish bickering, anyway), and he tends to have a sarcastic comment on hand for the other Maximals when he's in a particularly sour mood.
    Cheetor: Better dead than Pred.
    Dinobot: Some of us have survived the experience, furball.
  • Death Seeker: After his temporary return to the Predacons in the second season in which he returned the Golden Disc to Megatron despite knowing the latter's insane plan, he is nearly driven to suicide by having betrayed his honor.
  • Defector from Decadence: The only reason he joined the Maximals in the first place was because Megatron did not respect his idea of honor.
  • Determinator: "Code of Hero" sees Dinobot take an absolutely savage thrashing from the Predacons, yet he refuses to give up or stay down. This, ultimately, is what kills him.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Quite possibly the most awesome moment of the series is his Last Stand in "Code of of Hero"..
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted. After the events of "Maximal, No More", at least one Maximal would express their ill feelings towards Dinobot for what he did. This continues until "Code of Hero", where Dinobot redeems himself, albeit at the cost of his own life.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Dinobot is a Predacon that defected to the Maximals simply because Megatron didn't follow their plan in the first episode. When Dinobot finds out that Megatron actually brought them to past Earth, he's convinced his best interests would be with Megatron once again, but he's unable to betray the Maximals and remains with them. Considering Dinobot knew of the actual purpose of the golden disks and told Optimus about the Ark, it can be assumed his original plan was to destroy all the Maximals in history just like Megatron attempted. This is foreshadowed in the episode "The Probe", where he claims it would not be in his best interest to return to Cybertron, as he could possibly hold a worse fate than Megatron.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He made it no secret that he would love to have Optimus's job, though refused to ever betray the big ape, except for his temporary (misguided) Face–Heel Turn in "Maximal No More". In Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 2, it is revealed that Rattrap had moved all of his junk into Optimus's personal quarters after the latter's supposed demise in Other Voices, Part 2. This appalls even Dinobot, who subsequently punches Rattrap square in the face.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: His beast mode is a Velociraptor, albeit one based on the Jurassic Park mold more so than actual fossils. Rule of Cool and all that.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His raptor tail splits into two parts that spin to make a shield of some sorts (and on at least one occasion, an improvised gyrocopter); the segments of his sword also spin.
  • Eye Beams: His only built-in distance weaponry is firing green lasers from his eyes.
  • The Fatalist: He begins to think along these lines during Season 2, wondering whether a recorded future (such as the one in the Golden Disc) is immutable or not. Turns out it isn't, but he chooses to go along with it anyway.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Fallen Comrades", when Optimus is shot down by Predacons, Dinobot believing it to be fatal says he will ensure Optimus has a glorious funeral, and is even jokingly disappointed when he isn't able to arrange it for Optimus. Guess what Optimus does for him in "Code of Hero"?
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Dinobot and Airazor never interact or speak to each other in the cartoon.
  • Good Is Not Nice: When he's actually being "good". Dinobot's still pretty pragmatic, suggesting in one instance Optimus use the fact that Megatron's down two soldiers to attack. To say nothing of his last stand, where he skewers Inferno, followed by making him shoot Blackarachnia, followed by making him shoot his own head off, and shoves Waspinator head-first into Rampage's cannon barrel.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: In "Code Of Hero", this exchange sums it up:
  • Guttural Growler: He has a deep and snarly voice.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He starts out as a Predacon before joining the Maximals.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He nearly rejoins the Predacons on occasion until his Heroic Sacrifice, which secured his place on the "face" side of the door forever.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: One of the few Beast Wars characters to wield a sword in combat, and another being Optimus; Predacon programing nonewithstanding, that code of honor of his makes him heroic.]]
  • Heroic RRoD: Dinobot runs himself into the ground fighting off Megatron's attempt at wiping out the proto-humans, using the last of his energy to destroy the Golden Disk before succumbing to the damage and energy loss and dying.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In "Code of Hero", he eventually puts a stop to Megatron's plan to kill humanity's precursors and destroys the golden disk at the cost of depleting the remainder of his energy permanently.
  • Honor Before Reason: He considers betraying his code to be worse than death.
  • A Good Way to Die: Knowing he saved the prehistoric human race from Megatron's attempt to wipe them out, he says he can die without regrets.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He switched back to the Predacons temporarily because he thought they were going to win the war, once he found out they were actually on past Earth and Megatron held the golden disk with information of altering the future.
  • I Owe You My Life: The biggest reason he submitted to Optimus' command in the first place is Optimus saving him from a fatal fall instead of letting him drop.
  • Irony: In seeing Megatron use the Golden Disk to change history, Dinobot's greatest hope and worst fear are realised at the same moment: yes, the future can be changed, so his fate is in his own hands, but Megatron also has limitless power to change history to his own liking. In the same episode, Dinobot comments on the irony of his situation, that despite knowing that he has the power to choose his own destiny, he truly has no choice but to go to his death to save the protohumans and stop Megatron from ending humanity before it can begin.
    Dinobot: The question that once haunted by being has been answered: the future is not fixed, and my choices are my own. And yet, how ironic, for now, I find that I have no choice at all! I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Dinobot often, and rudely, points out the Maximals are too lax in the Beast Wars; they should spend more time devising battle strategies, be more aware of Megatron's plans, and generally try to be more proactive. He's rather correct in these observations; it's the Predacons and their plans that drive a lot of Season 1 episodes as they try some new device or weapon out, while the Maximals are more often shown relaxing around the base or researching the planet itself. To their credit the other Maximals come to recognize and appreciate the value of his pragmatism.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's buried deep, but he eventually comes to care for his Maximal comrades and value life that is weaker than him.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Even as a Maximal, he's still somewhat dishonest and unscrupulous.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: His sense of honor, while a stark contrast to Silverbolt's, demands that he fight fairly in all his battles and to rebel against insane ambitions, even if it would garner him the upper hand to follow.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not often, but he can be quite skilled at getting others to do what he wants in the right circumstances. In the episode "Equal Measures," he played Cheetor, Optimus, and Terrorsaur all like fiddles in a bid to destroy the Predacon base.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Despite his constant assertions of his Predacon honor, no other Predacon shown shares his code.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Towards the beginning, he shows little sign of caring about the Maximal cause and was more interested in killing the Predacons.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy:
    To defeat you in such a manner would be lacking in honor. I prefer to beat my opponents the old-fashioned way... brutally!
  • Raptor Attack: His beast form is based more on the image of the Velociraptor made popular by Jurassic Park than on anything scientifically accurate.
  • Redemption Demotion: Literally, but not spiritually, he demoted himself by joining the Maximals. Dinobot was Megatron's lieutenant before his defection. With the Maximals, he is fourth-in-command at best. In terms of performance, however, he is consistently one of the best fighters on The Team.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After he temporarily rejoins the Predacons, the other Maximals don't trust him as much until his Heroic Sacrifice.
    Rattrap: It's like I always said; you may just be a slag-spoutin' saurian... but it's nice to know where you stand.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: While they still welcome him back, the Maximals are understandably uneasy around him after he briefly defects back to the Predacons in Maximal No More. It didn't help that he'd given the Golden Disc back to Megatron. Rattrap put it succinctly - it wasn't that they hated or disliked him, but his recent actions meant they were no longer sure where he stood, and his betrayal hurt.
  • Seppuku: He's seen strongly considering this in "Code Of Hero" to regain his honour after his temporary Face–Heel Turn, but is ultimately unable to go through with it. Good thing, too, as he ended up being the only thing standing between Megatron and the latter's plan to slaughter the proto-humans.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: He constantly quotes Shakespeare during his contemplative phase. The TFWiki.net page for Dinobot captions pretty much every image with some kind of Shakespeare reference, including "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair...wherever the hell we are."
  • The Social Darwinist: In "Law of the Jungle", he argues with Tigatron that the war between Maximals and Predacons is a struggle for the strongest dominating the weak, just as the Great War was as well. He uses nature as an example as well seeing a tiger hunt an antelope. In "Maximal, No More", he temporarily rejoins the Predacons when he thinks they will inevitably win the Beast Wars.
  • The Starscream: Downplayed to a more benign version, but still present. Whenever Optimus is incapacitated or absent, Dinobot is usually there to declare he's taking command of the Maximals now. However, he never goes out of his way to get rid of Optimus or backstab him, and when Optimus is ready to lead again Dinobot steps aside to let him.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Started out as this when he joined the Maximals, because he was formerly a Predacon, but mellowed out shortly.
  • Troll: In "Double Dinobot", he pretends to be his clone in front of Megatron, makes the defenses on the Maximal base appear down, then engages the shield right as a Megatron tries to enter the base for no reason other than to mess with him.
  • Verbal Tic: A lot of his speech is punctuated by a deep, throaty growl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rattrap. At the beginning, they basically hate each other and hurl insults back and forth at basically every opportunity. By the second season, though, they have formed a grudging respect for one another, with their comments serving more as Witty Banter than actual malicious intent. This continues even after Dinobot's temporary betrayal and, most notably, during his death scene. Rattrap is even the first to stand and salute in respect of his fallen comrade. Ironically, each and every instance of this is an example of Scott McNeil arguing with himself.
  • Warrior Poet: Ideas of honor and pride strongly influence his fighting style. He quotes Shakespeare regularly in later episodes, even setting out on some truly impressive soliloquies.
  • Weapon Twirling: His defensive tail weapon spins.

    Tigatron 

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"Remember, do not fight your beast instincts. Let them help your robot forms both in battle and in peace. But for now, let us maximize AND SLAG SOME BUTT!"
Episode "Call of the Wild"

Voiced by: Blu Mankuma
Debut: "Fallen Comrades"

The first of the Axalon's protoforms to land planetside, Tigatron has no old life on Cybertron to return to (well, unless you count comic's retcons) and much prefers the beauty of nature, such that protecting it becomes his motivation to stay in the war. He prefers to work as a scout by himself — unless Airazor has other ideas.


  • An Ice Person: The majority of his weapons involve freezing the opposition.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Airazor as they were being abducted.
  • Badass Baritone: Tigatron has a very deep, bass voice.
  • Berserk Button: As has been stated elsewhere, he is a hippie. A hippie who will blow a hole through you if you threaten nature.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a hippie... but he's a hippie with a BFG that has no compunctions about blasting your head off if you so much as torch a few trees. Just ask Inferno.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Cheetor. This may seem ironic given Tigatron was supposedly "born" from a stasis pod in the seventh episode, while Cheetor has been around since the beginning. However, the prequel comic establishes Tigatron actually existed and had a life on Cybertron (where he was known as "Unit 2") and was "reborn" on Earth, he just doesn't remember it. Coming out of a damaged stasis pod seems to be more akin to getting amnesia.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Due to being more in touch with beast instincts and having moments of self-doubt about his involvement in the war.
  • The Coconut Effect: White tigers are not a subspecies of tiger that live in the snow, they are a birth defect akin to albinism and their miscoloring does not allow them to survive in the wild.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Falls victim to the hazards of the new world in Season 2. Abducted by the Vok along with Airazor, but they return (sort of) in Season 3.
  • Heroic BSoD: During his 10-Minute Retirement. Dinobot and Inferno snapped him out of it though.
  • I Work Alone: In some cases he does need saving but more often than not he gets the job done himself.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's strong but not a powerhouse like Optimus or Rhinox. He's fast but not on Cheetor's level. He's also quite skilled of a fighter but Dinobot is still ahead of him in being a pure martial warrior and he's not the virtual grab-bag of skills and talents that Rattrap is, although he does appear to be the second go-to guy for missions involving espionage and infiltration after Rattrap. His firearms are powerful but there are multiple Maximals and Predacons on the show who have much more deadly and destructive arsenals. He's stealthy enough of a warrior that he's surprised and gotten the drop on Predacons like Terrorsaur, Scorponok, and Waspinator but has himself been taken down in sneak attacks by even more guile and stealthy Predacons like Tarantulas and Blackarachnia. And while he's good at scouting, Airazor's flight and sensors make her better overall at that. However, the fact that he's at least above average in all categories of strength, speed, skill, and firepower have enabled him to take on and defeat a one 'bot wrecking machine like Inferno.
  • Martial Pacifist: Does not like fighting, since it causes a lot of collateral damage to nature and innocents.
  • Nature Loving Robot: He identifies far more with his beast form than his robot heritage.
  • Nice Guy: Always polite and soft-spoken, Tigatron is ever a gentleman and nature lover. That said, he's no one you want to be on the wrong side of.
  • Official Couple: He gets together with Airazor.
  • Palette Swap: With Cheetor. Apart from size, robot face and beastmode head shape, both transform the same and use the same "brainmatter" gun.
  • Panthera Awesome: He turns into a white tiger.
  • Recurring Character: He's rarely in contact with the main Maximal group.
  • Robosexual: Inverted where it was implied that he was in a relationship with a purely biological tiger.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Tigatron's typically stoic and poetic manner of speaking can give way to casual banter at times, with his quote at the top of this article being a good example.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: After a fight led to the death of the (female) tiger he got his beast mode from, who he had grown... attached to.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: When he is forced to fight, he still refuses to kill his opponents. As Optimus put it, "Tigatron will defend himself, but total destruction isn't his style."
  • The Stoic: Most of the time, he shows little emotion.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version de gozaru.

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     Airazor 

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"She stoops to conquer!"

Voiced by: Pauline Newstone
Debut: "The Spark"

"Born" out of one of the protoform pods jettisoned from the Axalon. Airazor's pod had been damaged in re-entry, and she was narrowly saved from spark failure by Rhinox and Cheetor, the latter of whom donated parts to keep her online.

Always the first to remind Tigatron that sometimes you can be too alone, they end up spending a lot of time by themselves, away from the rest of the team...


  • The Ace: In large part due to being the best flyer the Maximals had at the time, or in the Beast Wars, period, she was a rare talent.
  • Action Girl: She is a very capable Maximal fighter.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Tigatron and Airazor do this while being tortured then dragged away by a Vok bio-weapon. They don't appear again until Season 3.
  • Cool Big Sis: During her "birth", Cheetor donated parts to keep her damaged protoform online. As such, Airazor shares something of a sibling relationship with the young cat.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Her abduction in Season 2. She gets better along with Tigatron, though.
  • Fragile Speedster: She was the fastest flyer in the Beast Wars, but any attack that managed to hit her would take her out of the fight quickly.
  • High-Speed Missile Dodge: She avoids enemy projectiles by flying away from them really fast.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Her beast mode is a falcon and she is a maximal and thus she both parts of the trope.
  • Official Couple: She gets together with Tigatron.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Gender-swapped in the Japanese dub, which apparently wrote around the subject of Airazor and Tigatron's closeness as being that of a "samurai and retainer" until "Other Visits (Part 1)" in Season 2, in which they admit their love just before being written out of the show until their return as Tigerhawk in Season 3.
  • Talk to the Fist: In "Other Voices (Part 2)" she loses patience with Blackarachnia:
    Blackarachnia: Do Maximals always talk such slop?
    (Airazor punches Blackarachnia twice in the face.)
    Rattrap: My sentiments exactly.

     Silverbolt 

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"It's my duty, ma'am. As a Maximal... and as a heroic character."

Voiced by: Scott McNeil
Debut: "Coming of the Fuzors (Part 1)"

The first of the second wave of Protoform pods, Silverbot's scanners accidentally captured two animals at once, turning him into a wolf/eagle hybrid. One thing that didn't seem to change from this was his unfailing (perhaps to unnatural degrees) sense of honor and chivalry. Silverbolt is perhaps the most "conventionally good" of the Maximals, and this can get him into trouble, especially with one Token Chick with the Predacons named Blackarachnia. Despite his peppy attitude and not so bright decisions, he approaches battle with all the seriousness of a knight, and is more than willing to fight for things he believes in.


  • Adorkable: He's very likeable due to being inexperienced and a sweet-natured guy.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Though rare, there were times in Beast Machines when Silverbolt called Blackarachnia, with a straight face, "dark venom of [his] heart."
  • Badass Boast: Delivers a pretty good one to shut down Rampage in the latter's debut episode.
    Rampage: Your persistence is futile! I rise again!
    Silverbolt: Then let us give you further to fall!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is a nice person who is very protective of Blackarachnia. Those who attempt to harm/kill her find out the hard way.
  • Butt-Monkey: Y'know he has it bad when Waspinator schools him in battle... three different times. The rare occasions where Silverbolt got the better of the insect were by pure accident. It's particularly striking since, in "Bad Spark", Silverbolt was able to defeat Rampage despite being severely damaged.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Shows shades of this regarding Blackarachnia, especially in "Cutting Edge" where Cheetor makes several attempts to flirt with her.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Silverbolt is a bit naive, but he fights hard to make up for it.
  • Dating Catwoman: He was in love with Blackarachnia while she was still a Predacon.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Blackarachnia, but it's more complicated than him simply being noble and kind. The first time Blackarachnia seems to grow a soft spot for him, is after he saves her from a sabretooth tiger. Then he saves her when she is about to drop to her death. For all of his niceness, he constantly gives the Maximal chain of command the finger when it comes to Blackarachnia. In other words, it's nobility mixed with strength and guts that wins her over and kindness is just part of a bigger puzzle.
  • Expy: For Batman. The creators said that his behaviour in Beast Wars reminded them of Silver Age Batman. There's also, his relationship with Blackarachnia.
  • The Face: He stands out in the group by being a wolf/eagle chimera and he's even social with his enemies.
  • Foil: To Dinobot. Both follow codes of honor, but Dinobot's code is more in line with Bushido, whereas Silverbolt's code is in line with Chivalry.
  • The Heart: Especially in "Transmutate".
  • Heel–Face Turn: He wasn't really evil to begin with, but he was tricked into joining the Predacons in "Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 1", before eventually realising his place in the Beast Wars in "Part 2".
  • Honor Before Reason: He keeps believing that there's hope for Blackarachnia to become a Maximal again in spite of evidence towards the contrary.
  • Hypocrite: In "Changing of the Guard", he verbally tears into Depth Charge for following his own personal vendetta against Rampage over the mission at hand and helping his teammates. Unfortunately, not too long ago, Silverbolt spent most of The Agenda trilogy being led by his emotions and following his own personal agenda of pursuing a relationship with Blackarachnia to the point where he physically attacked his own teammates, refused direct orders from Optimus to shoot down and capture Blackarachnia, and helped Blackarachnia dig up the Ark where Megatron made his infamous assassination attempt on the original Optimus Prime, endangering all of his Maximal allies, not to mention time and space itself.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Makes his introduction in Season 2.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After his revival in Beast Machines.
    • During The Agenda Trilogy he morphed into this for a while. While he did attack some of his teammates just so he could go after Blackarachnia on his own, he was genuinely sorrowful that he had to do it and even apologized to Cheetor before punching him.
  • Karma Houdini: He attacked his own teammates, refused Optimus Primal's orders to capture Blackarachnia, and helped her dig up the Ark, which in turn led to Megatron's Near-Villain Victory where he almost assassinated Optimus Prime and nearly wiped out the Maximals. After the dust has settled, Silverbolt is welcomed back into the team with almost no repercussions or reprimands from anyone, in stark contrast to Dinobot who, after betraying the Maximals in Maximal No More, was distrusted and almost shunned by his teammates.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Technically the armor is feathered, but you get the idea. This is often Played for Laughs, as he's surrounded by less idealistic characters. He even lampshades it:
    Blackarachnia: Oh no. You're not saving my life again? Even after I shot you?
    Silverbolt: It's my duty, ma'am, as a Maximal and as a heroic character.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: In Beast Machines, after his mind is liberated, he's a bit more cynical.
  • Large Ham: He has a very melodramatic manner of speaking. The line where he decides on his name actually leaves Megatron stunned silent at the overwrought drama.
    Silverbolt: [stares at the moon] I think my name is... Silverbolt. Yes! Pure, strong... and fast.
  • Leitmotif: Knightly, heroic music accompanies him wherever he goes.
  • Losing Your Head: The only Maximal to suffer this fate, in contrast to the Predacons where getting blown to pieces was something that happened to many of them on a semi-regular basis.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Not only does he wind up openly assisting Blackarachnia in her schemes, but when Rattrap makes a fairly mild crack about the two of them, Silverbolt tries to beat his head in. He also punches out Cheetor, just because he didn't want the cat-bot to be the one to bring Blackarachnia in. This from the guy who'd once declared that attacking your own teammates was totally unacceptable.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His devotion to Blackarachnia makes him do some incredibly stupid things.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: It's easily forgotten, but Silverbolt was this to the Predacons in "Coming Of The Fuzors", though he soon learned the Predacons weren't interested in the noble approach to life. He even had trouble using the Predacon activation code.
  • Mix And Match Critter: Between a wolf and an eagle.
  • Morality Pet: Blackarachnia relents and gives Megatron the codes to the Ark, once he threatens Silverbolt.
  • Official Couple: With Blackarachnia.
  • The Paladin: He almost always fancies himself a warrior who stands for all that is good, though as mentioned, love can foul up his ideals.
  • Patient Zero: In the Beast Machines episode "A Wolf in the Fold", Silverbolt gets infected by Megatron's Hate Plague and spreads it to his fellow Maximals, including Optimus Primal. By the end of the episode, Silverbolt helps his fellow Maximals cure the plague.
  • The Power of Love: It isn't blatant, but whenever Blackarachnia is either threatened, in danger, or has already come to harm, Silverbolt's Butt-Monkey qualities vanish.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Blackaracknia was seemingly killed by Tarantulas. Ironically, the intervention of the character named Rampage stopped him from returning the favor.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the team during the events of the episode "Coming of the Fuzors".
  • Stupid Good: His desire to do "good" leads him to so many bad decisions that even his fellow Maximals wonder if his processor has a glitch.
    Scott McNeil: And then of course, Silverbolt: strong, proud, brave, and smart as a sack of hammers.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: To the point where even Blackarachnia gets irritated. In "The Agenda: Part 2", she shoots him, and he somehow manages to rationalize it as a good thing.

     Depth Charge 

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"Gotta go. Protoform X is waiting and I don't want to dissapoint him."

Voiced by: David Sobolov
Debut: "Deep Metal"

Once, Depth Charge was a sane and balanced Maximal. Then Rampage slaughtered Colony Omicron, where Depth Charge was chief security officer. The guilt-ridden DC spent four years hunting Rampage down, during which time Rampage managed to twist the knife even deeper by eating DC's friends at Starbase Rugby. When Rampage was apprehended, Charge demanded the Maximal council find a way to destroy his spark and was disgusted when they turned Rampage over to Primal's crew instead.

He was unsurprised when Primal "screwed it up" by going after Megatron's ship, and set off in pursuit. Some kind of residual transwarp energy brought him to prehistoric Earth, where he took the form of a manta ray and resumed his hunt of Rampage, who was delighted to see his old "playmate" again.


  • Anti-Hero: He's lost so much to Rampage that he has little to live for apart from hunting him. This has made Depth Charge obsessive and kind of jerk, even if he is still on the side of good.
  • Arch-Enemy: Rampage. It's implied that this was Rampage's intention.
  • Badass Baritone: A deep, gruff voice that lends itself very well to his rogue cop/anti-hero image.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In "Cutting Edge", he arrives just in time to drive off a Predacon attack on the under-staffed Maximal base.
    Depth Charge: Big Preds are MY specialty.
  • Byronic Hero: Depth Charge has experienced significant loss, made worse because it was his responsibility as a security officer to protect a colony. He is consumed by revenge, living a joyless and empty existence, which he can only label as "justice".
  • Character Death: At the end of Beast Wars, Depth Charge kills himself by impaling Rampage's spark with raw Energon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, one notable instant being his remarks towards Rattrap in "Go With the Flow".
    Rattrap: Huh, I ain't dead!
    Depth Charge: This day's just full of disappointments.
  • Determinator: He's out to kill someone presumed to be immortal. And before that, he spent four years hunting him and succeeded in capturing him.
  • Doomed Hometown: Colony Omicron, which was destroyed by Rampage.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first line establishes him as someone that doesn't respect rules or authority:
    "Slag the high council..."
  • Everyone Has Standards: After Cheetor is seemingly killed by the Transmetal driver, Depth Charge tries to destroy it to keep Megatron from causing any more damage.
  • Fallen Hero: According to Optimus, Depth Charge was once a model Maximal before Rampage's massacre of Omicron reduced him to a grim hunter.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Despite his frequent disagreements with Optimus, even he realizes how big a threat Megatron will be if he gets ahold of Nemesis. When ordered by Optimus to stop him, complies without a single protest.
  • Good Counterpart:
    • To Rampage, as a relentless warrior bent on killing but Depth Charge has a specific target in mind and doesn't delight in violence in and of itself.
    • To Tarantulas, as someone who refuses to follow orders in favor of his own agenda but his agenda is about slaying a monster instead of omnicide.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Though obsessed with Rampage, his better nature will eventually force him to aid the other Maximals when the time comes. He'll still be a Jerkass about it.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Depth Charge has been consumed by his mission, and the destruction of Protoform X is now more important to him than the original reasons behind his quest. So much that he initially disregarded Primal's request that he join the Maximals to help protect the Ark and the future.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Optimus, and takes Dinobot's place as the 'bot most likely to get under Rattrap's skin.
  • Ineffectual Loner: His sights are firmly on Rampage and whatever other goals the Maximals have mean little to him. As such, he's not too popular with his teammates and usually works by himself.
  • It's Personal: He wants to kill Rampage to avenge Colony Omnicron's death.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He occasionally lends a hand to the Maximals even if it means risking a chance at putting down Rampage for good and butting heads with Optimus (since the latter was the one responsible for handling Rampage).
  • Made of Iron: He's able to take on Rampage and is durable enough to survive repeated shots from Rampage's tank mode.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Oddly enough, this results from one of the first times he decides to stop his mindless hunt of Rampage and help out the other Maximals. He accidentally crashes into them causing them to lose the mainframe for the Sentinel Defense System to Inferno.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It's already established how dangerous the threat of the Nemesis is, but a certain quote really clinches it:
    Depth Charge: I have no time for you, X.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In "Master Blaster", Depth Charge was on patrol when the Predacons attacked the Maximal base with a remote-controlled Optimus Primal. Megatron sent Dinobot II out to dispose of him. Obviously, he failed.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When he kills Rampage.
    "Raw energon! Right through your twisted spark! Take it! Take it straight to the pit, you sickening piece of slag!"
  • Revenge Before Reason: Rampage intentionally invoked this by slagging everyone near and dear to him. Revenge is literally all Depth Charge has left.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His crusade against Rampage has consumed four years of his life and any principles he formerly held dear.
  • Satellite Character: Deconstructed; his personality is defined by his all-consuming hatred of Rampage, and nothing else, the implication being that Rampage left Depth Charge nothing else to care about. Per Optimus, there once was a time that Depth Charge was as loyal and decent a Maximal as any other, but thanks to Rampage, those days are long gone.
  • Sixth Ranger: He is introduced in the third season of Beast Wars.
  • Sole Survivor: Of Colony Omicron at the hands of Protoform X's destruction.
  • Spanner in the Works: To Megatron, multiple times. First, his unexpected arrival provides the Maximals with a reluctant, but powerful ally that can stand up to Rampage. Second by pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment and fending off the entire Predacon force from destroying the Ark in a later episode. Finally, he does it again in the finale, as his killing of Rampage inadvertently starts the steps for Dinobot 2's Heel–Face Turn. This ends up giving the Maximals one final advantage to winning the war.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Fills the anti-hero spot left vacant by Dinobot's death several episodes before. He even shares in similar banter with Rattrap.
  • Taking You with Me: He impales Rampage's spark with a blade of raw Energon, knowing that it is the only way to destroy his enemy and that it will kill him as well.
  • Tragic Hero: He is consumed by Revenge. His final act, which wasn't his primary motive at the time, was killing his Arch-Enemy.

     Tigerhawk 

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"Violence will not be tolerated. Surrender or be destroyed."

Voiced by: Blu Mankuma
Debut: "Other Victories"

  • Badass Baritone: Tigerhawk inherited Tigatron's voice actor, and with it, his cool, bass voice.
  • Blow You Away: He can control wind.
  • Character Death: He dies stopping the warship Nemesis at the end of Beast Wars.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He can cause earthquakes.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins the team in time for the events of the Grand Finale.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrificed himself to stop the warship Nemesis in the Grand Finale.
  • Irony: His toy bio quote especially considering who he is created from. Extracts of the quote were actually spoken by him whilst his shell was inhabited by the Vok.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Tigerhawk's shell was initially possessed by the Vok, the Greater-Scope Villain of the series. His arrival in "Other Victories" was directly responsible for throwing Beast Wars into the endgame phase.
  • Merger of Souls: Tigerhawk is a fusion of Tigatron and Airazor's spark-extracted shells and is initially inhabited by the Vok. Once they are extracted by Tarantulas, Tigatron and Airazor's sparks merge and take control of Tigerhawk's shell.
  • Mix And Match Critter: His beast mode is a winged tiger.
  • Shock and Awe: He can fire lightning.
  • Story-Breaker Power: In his short life, he proved to be the most powerful individual character by in the series by far.
  • Two Beings, One Body: A fusion of Airazor and Tigatron. Thank the Vok for that.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He is introduced just before the final episodes of Beast Wars only to get killed off.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence most likely hints at what becomes of Tigatron and Airazor.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Tigerhawk is one.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: He dies holding off the Nemesis to buy time for the other Maximals.

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