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    Megatron 

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"Megatron does not yield! HE CONQUERS!"

Voiced by: David Kaye
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

A smooth, calculating, Machiavellian mastermind, Megatron seeks to avenge the defeat of his ancient namesake and restore the Predacons to glory — with himself at the top of the pyramid, of course. Anyone who stands in his way or questions his method is to be eliminated regardless of faction.

He is not the original Megatron but a Legacy Character who was inspired by the G1 version and took his name for himself, making G1 the only verse that has two Megatrons.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Megatron's own team fears and detests him for his Bad Boss tendencies, the Tripredacus Council regards him as a dangerous extremist, and Ravage considers him a pale imitation of the original Megatron. Come Beast Machines, the only reason anyone follows Megatron is because they're either mindless drones or programmed to obey him. Megatron, narcissist that he is, isn't overly concerned with what others think of him. He even acknowledges in Season 2 that Cybertron taking notice of the Beast Wars means someone will be sent to destroy him, and admits that his destruction would be a "likely outcome."
  • Admiring the Abomination:
    • In Other Voices, Part 2, the Vok intend to destroy the Earth with their recently unveiled "Planet Buster" weapon. Megatron is seemingly impressed with such disregard for life. The other Predacons are, understandably, freaked out since they're on the Earth.
    • In "Other Victories", he admires the then-Vok's emissary Tigerhawk for his "awesome" power.
  • A God Am I: In the series' finale, he finds the Nemesis ship and delivers fire all over the place. This trait sticks around in Beast Machines, to the point that Megatron tries to consume every other spark in existence, becoming a god in his own right.
    Megatron: I am Alpha and Omega, Optimal Optimus. Now and forever, until the very end of time!
  • Amplifier Artifact: G1 Megatron's spark transforms him into his One-Winged Angel Transmetal II form.
  • And This Is for...: A villainous example delivered to Optimus Prime, which doubles as his Motive Rant.
    "And now Optimus Prime, in memory of the Decepticons, for the glory of the Predacons, for the Cybertron that is rightfully ours! And mine to rule!"
  • The Antichrist: Starts quoting the Transformers equivalent of him in the "Nemesis" two-part finale. It's strongly hinted that he is the character referenced in the prophecy.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Optimus Primal, with it growing very, very personal as the series progresses.
  • Arm Cannon: True to form as the Legacy Character to the original G1 Megatron. In his original form, his beast mode's head replaced his right hand and could fire laser blasts. In his Transmetal form his tail becomes a cannon, but can be removed to let him use both hands. His Transmetal II form gives him back the head cannon in the form of the dragon head mounted on his left arm.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He could maul his troops if he felt like it. According to the Manual, this is how Predacon leadership works. They value successful betrayals, believing that if the leader could not fend off the treachery, they obviously were not fit to lead.
    "Treachery requires no mistakes."
  • Bad Boss: All of his troops are expendable and he cares nothing for their lives beyond how they can serve him best, and he never tries to pretend otherwise except for mockery of the idea. The other Predacons are very frequently insulted, shot at, or smacked around, for failure, incompetence, or just because they said the wrong thing when he was in a bad mood. A particularly shining example comes up in "The Low Road" when Dinobot tries to use Tarantulas as a human shield against him; Megatron shoots Tarantulas out of his hands and mocks Dinobot for thinking that kind of ploy would work on him.
  • Bastard Understudy: Before stealing the Golden Disk, he was disciple to a Predacon kingpin named Cryotek, who wanted the disk for himself but Megatron betrayed Cryotek, leaving him to face the authorithiesnote .
  • Berserk Button: He despises disloyalty. Whenever he gets really angry at something, it's very often because one of the Predacons is trying to betray him or is not obeying his orders.
  • Big Bad: He is the main villain in both Beast Wars and Beast Machines.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With the Vok and the Tripredacus Council in Beast Wars. Megatron is very much The Heavy, however.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While he's the main threat to the Maximals in the series, in the grand scheme of things he's a small fry: the Maximal High Command is barely aware he exists, and the Tripedacus Council, the ruling body of the Predacons, consider him little more than an upstart criminal rebel with an inflated sense of importance. Expanded worldlore establishes this is fairly accurate, except that Megatron has found the means to live up to his delusions of grandeur in a way that make him a galactic threat. Ravage even lampshades the trope.
    Ravage: I served under the original Megatron; you may have his name, but not his army.
  • Big "NO!": He gives one out in the finale of Beast Machines.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Megatron proudly calls himself a tyrant at any opportunity, and, in his Near-Villain Victory at the close of season 2, he dramatically proclaims that "evil triumphs!".
  • Catchphrase: In Beast Wars he tends to add a drawn out "yes" or "no" to the ends of his sentences. Qualifies as both a Big "YES!" and Verbal Tic, yeeessss. It's so popular, that even characters from both factions lampshaded it, yeeeesss!!! It even has a compilation video!!!, yeeess!!!
  • The Chessmaster: To an impressive degree, towards his enemies and allies, especially towards Tarantulas. He actually incorporated several other character's plans into his own without their knowledge.
    • Several of his plans depended on his minions betraying him...
    "Spiders spin their webs, yesss... but I spin them larger."
    • When entering the Nemesis, Megatron outright said that the deceased Tarantulas' treachery is his best asset.
    Megatron (when entering the control room of the Nemesis): Excellent. Even after his demise, the spider's treachery remains my best asset.
  • Companion Cube: His rubber ducky. Seriously.
  • Complexity Addiction: His greatest weakness aside from his overconfidence. He'll often sabotage himself by indulging in needlessly dramatic additions to his plots purely to play into his own bloated ego. Though he will abandon this if pressed enough.
  • Consummate Liar: A good portion of his manipulative skill set involves hiding the truth from both allies and enemies.
  • Control Freak: Megatron doesn't trust anyone except himself (which, given the general back-stabbing that goes on in his ranks, is probably wise). It's taken even further in Beast Machines, where he's turned all of Cybertron into a virtually lifeless husk of a world, populated almost entirely by mindless drones, all of which are controlled by Megatron himself. While he later makes use of generals for his army, Megatron values their independence about as much as he does that of the drones.
  • Dark Is Evil: In Beast Wars, Megatron's first two bodies were primarily dark purple and black, and in Beast Machines, he favours a steely gray and dark blue color scheme and operates in low lighting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A particularly nasty, arrogant version. When asked about why he monologues to himself, rather than to his troops:
    "I simply have a penchant for intelligent conversation."
  • Death by Irony: His attempt to reformat Cybertron at the end of Beast Machines results in his death.
  • Decomposite Character: Along with the toyline moving the events of present-day Earth to a time-travel adventure and similary to what happened with Optimus Prime and Primal, it did this to Megatron, as the toyline originally painted Beast!Megatron not as an expy/legacy character to G1 Megatron, but as the G1 Megatron himself in an upgraded form.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Megatron's operation may be small, but there's no doubt that he's a criminal mastermind.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Hand-in-hand with Decomposite Character, in the first season this Megatron was basically the same as the G1 Megatron, with a similar body structure in robot mode, the exact same name, and an identical plan, that being leaving Cybertron to find another planet rich with energon and harvest it to aid in the war effort. By the time the second season rolled around and it was known that the two Megatrons were different characters, this Megatron was evolved to have a more distinct personality, motivation, and physical appearance.
  • Elemental Powers: His Transmetal II body can alternate between fire and ice attacks.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Inferno calls him his "Queen", which frustrates him on numerous occasions. Eventually, Inferno switches to the less embarrassing "Royalty".
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: He shifts into a dinosaur form.
  • Evil Brit: Or at least a very close approximation thereof.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Optimus. See Amplifier Artifact for details.
  • Evil Gloating: Megatron likes to make sure his enemies know they've been beaten. This bites him in the ass more than once (he tries to "make the Maximals suffer" in the first episode, which gives them the opportunity to shoot them down too and thus start the Beast Wars, and later on he gives a gloating speech to a heavily damaged Dinobot, who uses the opportunity to make an improvised hammer and beat him down.)
  • Evil Is Hammy: In "Other Visits: Part 1", he and Tarantulas try to out-Evil Laugh each other.
  • Evil Is Petty: In the final episode, looking at the proto humans and aboard the Nemesis rather than conserving the ship's fire power...
    "Hmm. I suppose, given my imminent godhood, these primitives should really be beneath my attention. Ah, still. No score is too small to settle, I always say."
  • Evil Knockoff: He likes making evil clones of Dinobot. Though Dinobot 2 was his greatest success, there were others, including one in the first season who couldn't transform out of beast mode, and a squad of Cyber Raptors in the third season. All of these knockoffs came to bad ends (with the real Dinobot actually eating his evil clone in one case.)
  • Evil Plan: The ultimate one in Beast Wars being to restore the Predacons to glory on Cybertron. In Beast Machines, it's evolved into purging Cybertron of any and all individuality and organic life until he is the only sentient being on the entire planet.
  • Evil Laugh: Oh, yes. Rich, deep, and often heard.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very deep voice.
  • Expy: For G1 Megatron. In-universe, this gets him sneered at by Ravage.
  • Fantastic Racism: In Beast Machines, he has developed a deep hatred of organic life. To the point that he's trying to purge his dragon mode despite the fact that it would actually help him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's charming, erudite, and eager to grind his enemies underneath his heel even if he has to sacrifice all of reality to do so.
    Megatron: "Why, Dinobot! What a delightful surprise. Let's see, where are we now? I have the Golden Disc, I have the power to change the future, and the only remaining obstacle in my path to unimaginable glory... is yourself." *sighs*
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: On Cybertron, Megatron was considered nothing but a small-time crook with delusions of grandeur, an insult to the legacy of the Decepticon leader from whom he took his name. With his arrival on Earth, however, Megatron became a threat to not just Cybertron, but all of time itself, and upon returning to his homeworld, conquered it with such swiftness and efficiency that no one saw him coming or had any hope of stopping him before Optimus Primal and crew arrived.
  • Genius Bruiser: Seeing as he has a great big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode, it's a given that he'd be a bruiser. He also appears to be one of the smartest Megatrons.
  • Godzilla Threshold: His true agenda, as detailed below.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: It's revealed the real reason he came to Earth in the past was to destroy the original Optimus Prime within the Arc and wipe out Maximal existence. He was very hesitant and settled for the energon instead as a bonus until he no longer had any other option to win the Beast Wars.
  • Hypocrite: He despises treachery and tends to be particularly hateful towards his troops that try to betray him, usually Terrorsaur, Tarantulas, and Blackarachnia. However, he's entirely untrustworthy himself and will go back on his word as soon as it suits him, he's a Bad Boss who inspires no loyalty in his troops nor does he even try to, and according to the backstory he betrayed his own boss back on Cybertron when he stole the Golden Disk for him and then made off with it himself. (to be fair though, said boss was planning on betraying him as well)
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: In the last few episodes of the third season, he gets transformed into a giant transmetal dragon. No explanation is given for how he went from a T. rex to a dragon, especially given dragons are fictional animals, but it definitely qualifies for Rule of Cool.
  • It's All About Me: The only thing that matters to Megatron is Megatron. Taken Up to Eleven in Beast Machines, where he aims to become the only sentient being on Cybertron.
  • Jerkass: For all his manipulative charm and cultured demeanor, Megatron revels in the suffering he causes and loves to gloat about how badly he's screwed his enemies over.
  • Karmic Death: At the end of Beast Machines, he is killed by Optimus Primal while he attempts to reformat Cybertron
  • Large Ham: Megatron's are hammy. Cartoon villains are hammy. Beast Wars Megatron...is a ham maestro.
  • Large and in Charge: Generally played straight with him. Before Rampage was conscripted into the Predacons, Megatron was the biggest of the group, and once he converted into his dragon body, Megatron dwarfed even Rampage.
  • Legacy Character: He's a descendant of the original Megatron.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: At one point, he's dropped into a lava pit by Quickstrike, who was manipulated by Tarantulas, in an attempt to kill him. Instead of dying, this actually makes him stronger and crazier than ever; mainly because he also had the spark of his namesake inside him at the time.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: He traveled to past Earth in the first place to kill Optimus Prime so the Decepticons could win the great war and thus control Cybertron.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Many of his greatest advantages were unwittingly supplied by his more treacherous underlings.
  • Narcissist: To an insane degree. In Beast Machines, Megatron did everything in his power to turn Cybertron into a reflection of his own self-image. Reflected in this scene:
    Megatron: ...yeeesss.
    Blacharachnia: Why do you always talk to yourself?
    Megatron: I simply have a penchant for intelligent conversation.
  • Multiple Head Case: A notable aversion. While Megatron is one of the most famous Transformers that has his beast mode head fully visible in robot mode,note  his T. rex or dragon head simply becomes an inanimate Arm Cannon when he transforms. "Before the Storm" seems to play with this trope by having his T. rex hand act like a Right-Hand Cat in subtle ways, but this is Played for Laughs and can easily be explained by Megatron putting on a puppet show for himself, simply because he's that kind of guy.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Several times. For all of his intelligence and chessmastering, he just can't win for definite.
    • At the end of the first season, he kills Optimus Primal. This carries over to the second season and he would've killed the rest of the Maximals had Rhinox not brought Primal back.
    • In the Grand Finale, he finds the Nemesis, kills Tigerhawk with it, and proceeds to attack Mt St Hilary in an attempt to destroy the Maximals and the Ark. If not for Dinobot II's Heel–Face Turn and subsequent Redemption Equals Death moment, he would've won.
    • But his best one of all had to be in the season two finale: He's been captured by Ravage and Tarantulas, with some help from the Maximals. His troops are either incapacitated or pursuing their own agendas. To top it off Ravage has instructions from the Tripredacus Council to eliminate all the witnesses, and what does Megatron do? He plays his last card to change Ravage's allegiance, revealing the whole thing as a plan orchestrated by G1 Megatron to change the outcome of the Great War in his favor. While Ravage keeps the Maximals busy, Megatron flies to Mt. St. Hilary, threatens Silverbolt to get Blackarachnia to open the Ark for him, and attempts to Ret Gone the Maximals out of existence by blowing Optimus Prime's brains out. Really, his only mistake was keeping Blackarachnia, who was a Maximal Protoform and thus threatened by his attempt, alive long enough to betray him.
    • He gets two of these in Beast Machines, coming seconds away from winning both times.
  • Not So Similar: At least once he is told he is unworthy of the respect that usually comes with them name Megatron because of the robots who had the name before him far superior to him. Though this came from a surviving servant of the original.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although a Card-Carrying Villain by trade, Megatron occasionally at least acts like his plans stand to benefit people other than him, but it's always proven to be a load of bull:
    • In Beast Wars, Megatron likes to play himself up as a return to the glory days of conquest for the Predacons, once angrily ranting that the Pax Cybertronia essentially turned the Predacons into slaves. However, Megatron's Bad Boss tendencies and egomania override whatever little belief he may have in trying to lead the Predacon race into glory. By the time of Beast Machines, he very obviously doesn't care about anyone or anything but himself; in conquering Cybertron, he didn't just steal the sparks of the Maximals, but his own people as well.
    • Throughout Beast Machines, Megatron claims several times that his efforts are meant to eliminate The Evils of Free Will and turn Cybertron into a single, elegant machine, under his guiding hand. By the end of the series, it becomes clear that Megatron is nothing but a callous, insane megalomaniac, seeking nothing less than godhood and being willing to exterminate his entire species to see it happen.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: How he usually manipulates his more traitorous minions to his own ends. He acts completely unaware of their intentions, slyly playing his own Batman Gambit.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: By the finale he's so all consumed at the thought of victory that he attempts to destroy the Arc with G1 Megatron included, which would mean the destruction of both Maximals and Predacons.
  • One-Winged Angel: He gains his Transmetal II form with just three episodes left in the series, in time for the final battle.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the season one finale, he contacts Optimus for a temporary ceasefire, and is genuine in the offer. Optimus immediately knows something is up, because there's no way Megatron would pull this without something else on the table.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: His beast mode is a metallic dragon in the last four episodes of the third season.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He was initially unwilling to alter time by destroying Optimus Prime, deeming it a dangerous, extreme last resort. A tie-in game would raise the point that with Optimus and the Matrix destroyed, nothing would stop Unicron when he came to Cybertron…
  • Purple Is Powerful: His tyrannosaurus bodies both had a largely purple colour scheme.
  • Ret Gone: In "The Agenda", he tried to do this to the Maximals by killing Optimus Prime.
  • Right-Hand Cat: In his first and third bodies, his beast mode head becomes one of his arms, and he's seen treating his T. rex head like one of these. There's also his rubber ducky, to a lesser extent.
  • Rogue Agent: Megatron is a renegade from the Predacons, acting without their knowledge to carry out his own agenda. The Tripredacus Council consider him a dangerous extremist, and even dispatch Ravage to terminate him.
  • Rollerblade Good: As a Transmetal, his dinosaur feet have wheels.
  • She Is the King: Inverted. Megatron is called a "Queen" by Inferno, despite repeatedly warning the latter not to do so. Inferno also uses the more gender-neutral term "Royalty", which doesn't bother Megatron so much.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Regarding a bunch of Dinobot clones:
    "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"
  • The Sociopath: Megatron is self-centered, self-important, cruel, manipulative, has no respect for any authority apart from his own, has no empathy, and majorly narcissistic.
  • Tin Tyrant: Megatron's initial robot mode isn't all that grandiose, but by Transmetal, he's got thick metallic armor and mocking Dinobot for leveling a stick at it (before being struck with a stone hammer). By Transmetal II, he is fully decked out in armor in a foremost vainglorious display befitting a Megatron (this transformation occurring from having absorbed the spark of his namesake, fittingly). However, Megatron is also called this verbatim by Tarantulas, in a passing swipe at Megatron's overblown ego and need for glory. Megatron fires back, "Traitorous arachnid."
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: He's a T. rex in both his original and Transmetal beast modes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He was never even remotely a good guy, but he becomes even worse by the time of Beast Machines, attempting to carry out an Assimilation Plot tantamount to planetary genocide, fully embracing his god complex, and dropping his Faux Affably Evil demeanor in favor of a more openly ruthless, no-nonsense persona.
  • TV Genius: He's undoubtedly sophisticated, intelligent, and verbally elegant. Unfortunately for him, his social skills and inability to attract and maintain followers through anything other than fear, brutality, or blackmail pretty much establish him as The Friend Nobody Likes among his own Predacon troops. Not counting Inferno, who honestly has more than a few loose screws, Scorponok is practically the ONLY character in the show of relatively sound mind who likes Megatron.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Neither the Predacon or Maximal leadership thinks of him as more than a crook with delusions of grandeur. He manages to steal a ship and nearly unravel time, then take over Cybertron near-singlehandly.
  • The Unfettered: Nothing, not even reality itself, is safe from this megalomaniac.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While he's a skilled battlefield tactician and good long-term planner, Megatron's combat style really boils down to punching, straightforward kicks, blasting other 'bots, and, while in beast mode, biting and tail-slamming his opponents. Not that there's much wrong with it because a lot of the times, his overwhelming brute force will get him through a lot of scraps. However, it doesn't always serve him well because throughout all three seasons, there have been characters who beat him through simply being more skilled than him (Dinobot) or just possessing more raw power (Tigerhawk).
  • Verbal Tic: A long drawn-out "Yeeeess..." or "Noooo...". The former was uttered 166 times throughout the series.
  • Vetinari Job Security: Though abusive and manipulative to his subordinates, he has proven to be the only one capable of leading his nearly-psychotic crew of Predacons. He proved this to Terrorsaur once by granting him command during a crisis and watching him fail spectacularly.
  • Villain Ball: Megatron's main weakness. He himself acknowledges that Predacons gloat too much, but can't quite shake the habit. The series is bookended with him ignoring Dinobot / Dinobot II's advice in favour of something more fun- which only results in him killing Quickstrike and Inferno, his last two Predacons aside from Dinobot II.
  • Villainous Valor: While he did pull a Villain: Exit, Stage Left many times during the series, he undeniably embodies this trope when he doesn't quit against Tigerhawk despite being in awe at his power.
  • We Have Reserves: He seems to value his troops' lives slightly less than a normal person does pocket lint and would probably kill them all in a second if they proved to be no longer useful. An impressive feat, since at no time does he have more than a handful or so Predacons, even if some are Made of Iron and being blown to bits is more of an inconvenience than anything else.
  • Wicked Cultured: Speaks with an aristocratic accent, fond of quoting literature, and is often found soaking in a energon hot tub.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The most blatant example is when he slaps Blackarachnia in "Aftermath" out of anger for working with Tarantulas behind his back.
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    Scorponok 

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"Megatron is our leader! He rewards loyalty and punishes those who oppose his will."

Voiced by: Don Brown
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

Scorponok was the second-in-command of the Predacons following Dinobot's rebellion against Megatron in the first episode. He was the only Pred at the start to display full loyalty to Megatron, which in Megatron's eyes made up for his lack of real intelligence. His undying loyalty to Megatron meant that he would clash with Terrorsaur and Blackarachnia at times. Scorponok would die in a freak accident in the Season 2 premiere.


  • Butt-Monkey: Part of the package when you're one of Megatron's most loyal followers and your teammates are not-so subordinate.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He falls into a lava pit and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Terrorsaur's absence to save her own hide, but otherwise, no one, least of all Megatron, seems to notice or care.
  • The Dragon: In defiance of typical Transformers dragons, he is utterly loyal to Megatron.
  • Dumb Muscle: Despite being the Predacons' tech-expert, he's probably one of their stupidest members.
  • Expy: Between the cyber-bee pet, the technical skills, the high status, and the loyalty, it's not hard to see him as an attempt at making a Predacon counterpart to Soundwave. However, Soundwave was consistently portrayed as one of the smartest and most competent Decepticons of the G1 era, while Scorponok is anything but.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: After he dies, he gets a single token mention from Blackarachnia, then is totally forgotten.
  • Genius Ditz: He was kind of an idiot and his speech would frequently degenerate into the monosyllabic, however he seemed to show some savant-like talents when it came to inventing. When they don't go horribly wrong.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: He once created a virus that did the exact opposite of what it was supposed to do (for reference: the virus was supposed to turn Optimus into a Dirty Coward who was too ineffective to lead, but it instead amped up his aggression and turned him into The Berserker).
  • Hulk Speak: Occasionally he'd slip into caveman talk, usually when he was excited or angry. For example, in Chain of Command after Megatron recovers from being knocked out by an alien probe:
    "Megatron back! Megatron back! Scorponok alone with Tarantulas and Terrorsaur! Very bad!"
  • Not Quite Dead: At least one Expanded Universe goes on to say Scorponok underwent Transmetalization but got stuck in the lava lying dormant, emerging long after the Beast Wars were over. The same goes for his buddy Terrorsaur. So basically, they got to sit out the rest of the battles Left for Dead, escaped the lava Transmetalized, and woke up to a primitive planet with no others of their kind remaining there, stranded by themselves (as Waspinator had been evicted by then). They were just that unlucky.
  • Number Two: To Megatron throughout the first season.
  • Poisonous Person: He could create a variety of toxins and launch them from his tail.
  • Scary Scorpions: He doesn't manage to be too much of a threat, though.
  • Static Character: No character development.
  • Undying Loyalty: His loyalty was his only consistent personality trait.
  • Villainous Friendship: The Beast Wars Series Bible explains he believes he and Megatron have this. Megatron permits Scorponok's delusion as it guarantees his loyalty.
  • Yes-Man: Towards Megatron.

    Tarantulas 

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"You shouldn't take your eyes off a spider. They tend to be venomous!"

Voiced by: Alec Willows
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

Tarantulas is the kind of mad scientist who makes other mad scientists feel like they need a shower. He's taken to his beast form to the point where he likes to lay traps for wild animals and then suck the blood out of them while they're still alive (not onscreen, obviously, but still). His habits don't endear him to his teammates, who generally find him disturbing.

Despite his perversions and general creepiness, Tarantulas is likely the smartest character in the show (in terms of raw intelligence, that is, Megatron probably has him beat in cunning) and is an invaluable member of the Predacons, despite Tarantulas not being remotely interested in their goals. While he seems to only be out for himself at first, we learn more of his agenda as the show progresses.


  • Animalistic Abomination: While most predacons are this, Tarantulas takes the cake and not because he's a Giant Spider but because he's secretly a spawn of Unicron, the planet devouring, universe destroying Eldritch Abomination wrapped up in a techno organic body the size of a moon or in some versions planet. This means that Tarantulas was never truly a Cybertronian but a machine monster posing as one.
  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Well, he is a spider, after all.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Blackarachnia following her defection from the Predacons.
  • Ax-Crazy: He enjoys the suffer of his victims as he devours them.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Tarantulas certainly has his secret plans and many of his plans to hurt the Maximals, often with some form of virus, usually go well. However, no matter how much he tries, he just isn't on the same level as Megatron as either a schemer or a fighter.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Tarantulas is actively working against Megatron to advance his own nefarious agenda and makes no secret of it, however Megatron consistently spares him because Tarantulas' scientific knowledge exceeds even Megatron's own, and Megatron simply can't win this war without him. That said, Megatron isn't above working to dispose of the treacherous spider.
    • At the end of season 1, Megatron was planning to turn Tarantulas (and Blackarachnia's) escape pod into a transwarp bomb to blow up the Vok planet destroyer. Optimus ended up taking their place.
    • At the end of the series when Tarantulas comes this close to destroying both Megatron and the spark of the original Megatron, that Megatron's patience is finally up.
    • His death didn't stop him, as he is also responsible for the damage done in the series' finale by restoring and upgrading the Nemesis which is used by Megatron.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: You can't say evil in the show without mentioning him, his outright villainy and treacherous attitude was something Megatron considered to be a viable asset. Sure enough, even Tarantulas' death didn't prevent giving Megatron one last asset in the form of the Nemesis.
    Megatron (when entering the control room of the Nemesis): Excellent. Even after his demise, the spider's treachery remains my best asset.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh no!" whenever something painful is going to happen to him.
  • Character Death: In "Other Victories", his attempt to destroy the Vok winds up backfiring : Tarantulas tries foolishly to shoot them, only to be blown by his own device.
  • Characterization Marches On: Initially, Scorponok is portrayed as more of the tech guy, while Terrorsaur was the Starscream substitute. Tarantulas' role is that of a ninja and his creepiness and gluttony were his most prominent characteristics. This is illustrated in the original toy specs which listed Tarantulas's IQ as very low. Eventually this changes. Scorponok is turned into an idiot valuable only to Megatron for his loyalty and firepower, Terrorsaur gradually realises the whole 'treachery' thing isn't going anywhere for him, and Tarantulas absorbed both of their original roles and becomes the brilliant scientist with secret agendas and murky loyalties. Whatever ninja skills became nonexistent, and the creepiness and gluttony is massively downplayed, especially in the case of his apparent cannibalism that exists in The Web and is never mentioned again.
  • The Chessmaster: Towards Megatron, the Maximals and the Predacons. Out-Gambitted several times by the former.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He's probably the least trusted character in the series for this reason alone, but his scientific know-how inevitably forces others to try and depend on him. It rarely ends up going well for them.
  • Co-Dragons: With Ravage, prior to the former Decepticon's defection.
  • Composite Character: He can be seen as a mixture of Starscream (treacherous, cunning, independent), Soundwave (disliked by the others, Evil Genius, relies on small robots), and Shockwave (has a greater agenda, very successful, odd morality, and is the science officer of the villainous team).
  • Crazy-Prepared: He's not the only character to survive utterly insane injuries, but every time he does it it's because he had a back up; he was also working on getting off the planet long before anyone else even knew the Vok would nuke it.
    • He also has located the Nemesis, he has repaired and upgraded the ship for his own uses. But then he dies and said ship is found by Megatron in the Beast Wars' finale.
  • Domestic Abuse: His relationship with Blackarachnia takes on serious overtones of this as the series goes on, with Tarantulas using mind control, verbal abuse, and terror to keep her in line. When she eventually breaks free of his control, Tarantulas dedicates himself to destroying her, treating her as an object he is entitled to possession of the entire time. The fact that he did create her certainly contribute to that.
  • Double Agent: Turned out to be working to negate the existence of both Predacons and Maximals, as he himself is secretly neither.
  • The Dragon: To the Tripredacus Council, acting as their mole in Megatron's ranks. For obvious reasons, Tarantulas mostly operates without the Council's input.
  • Enigmatic Minion: He once defected from Megatron's crew then offered his assistance against a greater threat in the same breath.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rhinox. As well as Blackarachnia after her Heel–Face Turn.
    • Technically also this for Rattrap; not only were both the team spies, but the two ended up facing off one-on-one quite a few times in the course of the series.
  • Evil Genius: Mad as a hatter though he may be, Tarantulas is a genius.
  • Evil Laugh: A distinctive, and rather creepy, cackle that he's very fond of.
  • Expy: Of the smarter Starscream of the comics, biding his time for grander schemes.
  • Famous Last Words: He yells "No! Stay away from me!" as he desperately tries to kill the Vok, this attempt only results in his device to rotate and so firing at him instead of Tigerhawk. And it kills him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Any loyalty, courtesy, or positive emotion Tarantulas shows is a shallow affectation. Most of the time, it's totally transparent.
  • For the Evulz: The reason for his dining habits. He doesn't actually need to eat, he just enjoys the suffering he inflicts on his prey as he slowly kills them.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He made an entire lab and several little machines, such as a laser drone that forces a Mode Lock.
  • Giant Spider: His beast mode is a huge tarantula.
  • Giggling Villain: Tarantulas loves to laugh. It's rarely because of anything funny.
  • Hate Sink: While his fellow Predacons have endearing traitsnote , Tarantulas stands out as ineffectual in a fair fight, overestimates his own abilities, his treatment of Blackarachnia is Domestic Abuse, his sadism is never played comedically, and even his allies hated him. That's before we learn his endgame is to wipe out Transformer kind.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ends vaporised by his own machine in "Other Victories" in an attempt to shoot the Vok in vain.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Is a spawn of Unicron, and seeks to annihilate both the Maximals and the Predacons.
  • Hypocrite: Furiously calls Blackarachnia "treacherous" at least once. Tarantulas himself has Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He tries to devour Cheetor in "The Web".
  • Insufferable Genius: Nobody likes or trusts Tarantulas, but his scientific knowledge makes him invaluable.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: His Transmetal form has at least four missile launchers in his shoulders, which he tends to fire all at once. Strangely, he stopped using them later: the episode where he died had him try to fend off his killers with guns in his shoulders (they fired like his old 'gun-legs' in his pre-Transmetal form).
  • The Mad Hatter: He doesn't seem the least bit concerned about his insanity. NOT Played for Laughs.
  • Mad Scientist: Very smart, and very insane.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tarantulas plays pretty much everybody who ever places the slightest amount of trust in him.
  • The Mole: As a lieutenant in the Predacon Secret Police, Tarantulas serves as the Tripredacus Council's agent in Megatron's ranks, as is revealed in "The Agenda".
  • More Dakka: Pre-Transmetal, his spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode. This function moved to his shoulder-wheels after that.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Not only is Tarantulas one of the creepiest, scariest characters in the series, he's fully aware of and revels in it to boot.
  • Oh, Crap!: While witnessing Dragon Megatron rising out of the lava in front of him, his face is a study in this trope. Somewhat lesser examples happened right before every significant defeat he had in the series, except Inferno torching him at the end of season 1.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: As a spawn of Unicron, Tarantulas' goal is to see the end of both Maximals and Predacons by destroying the Ark and all Transformers within it. It's not explicitly mentioned, but this would likely also destroy the Matrix of Leadership and allow Unicron to consume Cybertron unchallenged.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Megatron almost every time he plots against him.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Let's be honest. In most other shows, Tarantulas would be a legitimate Big Bad contender. Unfortunately for him, he has a Large and in Charge Magnificent Bastard like Megatron as his competition. Sometimes his cunning does pay off, but at the end of the day, it is Megatron who always has the last laugh.
  • Palette Swap: Initially, with Blackarachnia, though less obviously so than Cheetor/Tigatron due to Blackarachnia's "assets" and slimmer figure. Both transform the same however and carry the same armament- spiderleg machine guns on the arms, pincers for hands and a grappling pistol. Done on purpose in-universe, as Tarantulas wants more spider-based Preds loyal to him. Doesn't work out so well for him.
  • Poisonous Person: Tarantulas is fond of venom and viruses.
  • Ret Gone: What he was going to do to both sides by killing everyone on the Ark.
  • Running Gag: At least once a season, Tarantulas gets crushed by a boulder in some way or another (in the first two seasons, interestingly, both times, he is crushed due to Dinobot's intervention). On the giving end, he always gets the drop on Cheetor once a season as well.
  • Sadist: The suffering of others is entertainment for Tarantulas. He even admits that, while he gets no nourishment from eating his victims, he does it more for the fun of devouring them.
  • Serial Killer: "Alas poor Tarantulas, I knew him Cheetor! This is the leg that stalked so many victims"
  • Shot in the Ass: He has a somewhat disturbing habit of doing this to others with whatever new weapon he's conceived.
  • The Sociopath: He's sadistic, abusive and has no kindness or loyalty to anyone but himself.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: When he's got someone in his clutches, he speaks politely, but makes it very clear that he'll enjoy the suffering he's about to inflict on them.
  • The Starscream: He eventually takes over the role from Terrorsaur, working on secret plans behind Megatron's back to further his own desires, and early in Season 2 he entertains the idea of taking Blackarachnia and Quickstrike to form his own faction opposed to both the Maximals and Megatron. In a case of Reality Ensues, he doesn't get away with his treachery nearly as much as the original Starscream — Megatron tolerates him behavior because Tarantulas is useful to him, but as he keeps proving he can't be trusted and Megatron decides he isn't worth it anymore, he's eventually exiled from the Predacons and goes off on his own. For much of Season 2 and 3, he's seen skulking around his lair as much as the Predacon base, and helps out Megatron almost as much as he sabotages him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Megatron, repeatedly. While Tarantulas thinks his schemes are hidden, Megatron is often aware of them and lets him keep plotting because he'll find a way to spin Tarantulas' plans for his own uses.
  • Villainous Glutton: Primarily in the first season, but Tarantulas loves to eat — especially living creatures — and his "snacking" is always used to highlight just how gross and terrifying he is. To say nothing of his explicit interest in eating other Cybertronians. The character profile in the DVD boxset actually focuses more on Tarantulas being a "twisted gourmand" than on his scheming side or his Mad Scientist side. Given that he is a spawn of Unicron, this makes disturbing sense.
  • Villainous Legacy: Tarantulas has found the Nemesis, the Flagship of the Decepticon's fleet which has shot down the Ark and he has repaired and upgraded it for his uses. But Tarantulas dies before he can use the ship. So, in the series' finale, Megatron has found it and he will use it in his attempt to destroy the Ark.

    Terrorsaur 

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"It's good to be a Predacon!"

Voiced by: Doug Parker
Debut: "Beast Wars (Part 1)"

Terrorsaur is one of the Predacons' main aerial assets during the first season. Like Starscream before him, he plots to overthrow Megatron, but gradually realizes he's in over his head and far from Megatron's greatest concern.


  • Adaptational Wimp: In the toy-line, Terrorsaur's bio describes him as a savage, vicious, feral warrior and a borderline berserker that the Maximals dread for his savagery. Not so much here.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In the early episodes, he constantly tries to usurp Megatron, but just doesn't have what it takes. Most memorably, in one episode, after a new attempt at taking over, Megatron actually let him lead for an entire battle- only for said battle to end in a spectacular defeat for the Predacons, thus proving Megatron is better fitted to be leader than he is.
  • Butt-Monkey: He initially rivaled Waspinator in being blown to pieces. Unlike the former, he at least managed to remain a genuine threat, if only due to having one of the biggest arsenals in show.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the second season premiere, he falls into a lava pit by the transwarp wave and is never seen again. Blackarachnia acknowledges his and Scorponok's absence to save her own hide, but after that, no one ever says a word about him again.
  • Eye Beams: He does have these but rarely uses them in combat, preferring to rely on his other weapons instead.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: His beast mode is a pterodactyl.
  • Expy: Of G1 Starscream. Though whereas Starscream was G1 Megatron's second-in-command, Terrorsaur is Beast Wars Megatron's lieutenant at best. On the upside, Terrorsaur at least realized that the whole 'treachery' thing wasn't working and stopped.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: After he dies, Terrorsaur is mentioned a grand total of once before being completely disregarded for the rest of the series.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Both times he manages to usurp Megatron, his arrogance and lack of intelligence brings him back down. The second time convinced everyone he sucked, and he never tried again.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He was this when he got his raw energon boost in Power Surge. And even under ordinary circumstances, he's an extremely difficult target to hit for most of the Maximals thanks to his aerial speed and maneuverability. Plus he tended to give Optimus the most trouble in aerial combat and blasted the Maximal leader from the sky on more than one occasion. Basically, take your eyes off him for one second and you're likely to be shot.
  • Ptero Soarer: His name even sounds almost identical to the trope name.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: He was killed off instead of Waspinator due to the latter's unexpected Ensemble Dark Horse status, and due to the need to get rid of old products for new characters. Plus, Tarantulas had proven to work as The Starscream of the series better than Terrorsaur ever had, so he was more or less redundant at that point.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red eyes, and he's a nasty piece of work.
  • Smug Snake: He actually thinks he can overthrow Megatron. To his credit, Terrorsaur gets over one of the biggest weaknesses of a Smug Snake, and eventually works out that he can't beat Megatron and just gives up his ambitions.
  • The Starscream: He almost sounds like him too (indeed, his voice actor substituted for the late Chris Latta in the episode Possession). Ironically, it was Waspinator who was possessed by Starscream's ghost. Unlike many Starscreams, he eventually gives up, having learned from his mistake, though Megatron has him pretend at one point to trick the Maximals into thinking they are dead.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Waspinator. Until Inferno comes around, Terrorsaur and Waspinator are the only flyers on the Predacon team, which means they get sent out together a lot to scout, patrol, secure stasis pods, etc.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Power Surge, he gains a raw energon booster and manages to open a can of serious whoop-ass on Megatron and almost does the same to Optimus Primal.
  • Villainous Friendship: He seemed to have the most camaraderie with Waspinator despite never outright stating that he and Waspinator were friends. As the Predacons' flying units the two were sent on a lot of missions together and whenever Waspinator was taken down, Terrorsaur usually went out of his way to help bring him back for repairs, whereas other Predacons wouldn't bother to retrieve the bug. At the end of the day, Terrorsaur may have been just about the only character who treated Waspinator with some degree of respect and didn't completely look down on him like everyone else. Being a frequent butt monkey himself may have had something to do with it.
  • Walking Armory: His armament consists of two shoulder cannons, a pistol and a rifle, though he doesn't use them all at once.

    Waspinator 

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"Inferno blow up, Waspinator must salvage. Waspinator blow up, nobody salvage. Ohh, why universe hate Waspinator?"

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

Waspinator's joint status as fate's chew toy and one of BW's most iconic characters came about completely by accident. The creators found his distinctive speech pattern annoying but had to include him for merchandising reasons, so they decided that he'd spend most of his screentime being blown to bits. The ensuing fan adoration saved him from being Killed Off for Real like Terrorsaur and Scorponok, although he might have preferred that to constantly being destroyed.

Waspy's own universe may hate him, but ours can't get enough of the guy. He ended up with the last line of BW, a (much, much scarier) TFA counterpart, a place in the Transformers Hall of Fame, and a counterpart in current IDW G1 fiction. Waspinator...happy at last?


  • Adaptational Wimp: In the toyline, Waspinator is described as a ruthless and highly competent warrior who's dreaded by the Maximals. He got even more frightening when he got his Transmetal upgrade. The cartoon version of Waspinator is completely ineffectual and always gets blasted down.
  • Affably Evil: Of the Punch-Clock Villain variety. His moments of breaking the fourth wall are often him lamenting his Butt-Monkey/Chew Toy status to the audience.
  • Amusing Injuries: He quite often gets shot down for comedic effect. And if not that, then stabbed, slashed, smashed, crushed, or just generally injured.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: To Cheetor in The Agenda Part 1 after he lures him into some machine gun fire. In beast mode - yes, his wasp form has a tongue.
  • Breakout Character: It is impossible to talk about "Beast Wars" without bring him or Dinobot up. His popularity made him not only survive the series, but be honored in the Hall of Fame
  • Butt-Monkey: : Stands out from the other Predacons due to being the "comic-relief" character. He is by far the biggest example. From the 'con himself:
    Waspinator: Why universe hate Waspinator?
  • Can't Catch Up: He was never especially talented, but he could at least hang for a bit during the first season. Come the second, where Transmetals started popping up and his already better teammates and enemies got upgrades, and he became an even bigger joke. He was one of only two characters (the other being Rhinox) to go the entire series without an upgrade — and unlike Rhinox, it showed.
  • The Chew Toy: By the time season 2 rolls around, barely an episode goes by where Waspinator doesn't get hurt in some painful, yet amusing fashion.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The universe just flat-out hates Waspinator, and the poor guy knows it.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Waspinator actually has a pretty good aim, and has done things like shoot down Optimus Primal, shoot Dinobot's rotating blade out of his hand, get a sneak attack on Tigatron, and, most notable of all, defeat Silverbolt three times. It's just that bad things tend to happen to him first...or sometimes immediately after he shoots (for instance, the propeller blade disarm resulted in Dinobot landing on him, then jamming him into the barrel of Rampage's cannon).
  • Defector from Decadence: In the finale.
    Waspinator: "Waspinator sick of being evil! Sick of being Predacon! Waspinator especially sick of getting blown to scrap all the time! So, Waspinator QUIT!"
  • Demonic Possession: Courtesy of Starscream in the appropriately titled "Possession".
  • Determinator: Not just in his name- it takes a special kind of determination to keep going when the universe seems to have it out for you, but Waspinator is one determined 'bot. Given that, it should come as no surprise that he's the only member of the Darksyde's crew to survive the Beast Era, outliving even Megatron.
    Waspinator: "Waspinator...never...surrender!"
  • The Ditz: Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. His eccentric manner of speech doesn't help.
  • Eye Beams: He does have these but rarely uses them in combat, preferring to rely on his other weapons instead.
  • Friendly Sniper: He has good aim and isn't totally insane.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite his Butt-Monkey status, Waspinator has a pretty high hit rate. He just gets blown up before he gets the chance to fire.
  • Grand Theft Me: He got hijacked by the spark of G1 Starscream in the episode, "Possession".
  • Groin Attack: On the receiving end when the Maximals are prevented from using guns during a cease-fire. Rattrap fights dirty.
  • Hulk Speak: Wazzzpinator talk like this, yeees!
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He rarely succeeds and quite often just gets blown to pieces. This is part of why the fandom loves Waspinator.
  • Losing Your Head: He gets blown into pieces, regularly.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: When he was inducted into the Transformer Hall of Fame, they played The Touch. It's an uplifting song about how no matter what, you're kicking ass and taking names. It's set to scenes of Waspinator getting unceremoniously blasted to scrap.
  • The Nicknamer: Except for Megatron and Optimus, all the other characters have nicknames from him such as "ant-bot" (Inferno) and "two-head" (Quickstrike). Megatron got one in the penultimate episode ("dragon-bot"). Given Megatron only gets his nickname when Waspinator resigns as a Predacon, it seems that Waspinator uses his nicknames in a derogatory fashion.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of the Predacons, and even then, it's a relative thing.
  • Overly Long Tongue: His robot form has a giant yellow one which he uses to move his disembodied head after he gets blown up.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: Often, Waspinator has had to drag his pieces together and get them to the nearest CR chamber, because none of the other Preds will. It keeps him out of the action at the end of "The Agenda" when Blackarachnia essentially drives into him.
  • Running Gag: He's blown apart nearly once an episode.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: He has a rivalry with Cheetor and later Silverbolt, and is keeping score. Amazingly, it's not entirely lopsided since he did score a few hits on them.
  • So Last Season: Early on, aerial attacks from him could be a real threat, exemplified by Cheetor's first run-in with him which ended with him being chased by Waspinator under a barrage of missiles and Fricking Laser Beams. Later he gets routinely blown up, with very rare exceptions in which Cheetor or Silverbolt do something stupid.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He gets blown to bits in nearly every episode regardless.
  • Shout-Out: When he gets hit in the head by Rhinox in Dark Designs, he takes on the personality and mannerisms of the G1 Insecticon known as Shrapnel, Shrapnel.
    Shrapnel!Waspinator: De-cepticons, attack! Attack!
  • Take This Job and Shove It: In the finale, he leaves the Predacons behind to live a normal life.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: In any given episode, he's likely to be blown to bits, yet he always comes back in one piece.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Terrorsaur. Until Inferno comes around, Terrorsaur and Waspinator are the only flyers on the Predacon team, which means they get sent out together a lot to scout, patrol, secure stasis pods, etc.
  • Third-Person Person: You know something's amiss when he doesn't do this.
    "I said NO!!!"
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: As mentioned in Silverbolt's profile, Waspinator school's the Fuzor in battle three times. From ''Changing of the Guard":
    Waspinator: 1. Doggie-bot: 0.
    • He also gets turned into a god by the humans in the Beast Wars finale.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: During the events of "Beast Machines", the humans eventually throw him out because he accidentally annoys one of them and therefore annoys all of them. He then gets turned into Thrust.

     Blackarachnia 

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"Even when I'm good, I'm still bad!"

Voiced by: Venus Terzo
Debut: "Double Jeopardy"

Hot. Poisonous. Deadly. As she quotes herself. Tarantulas may have picked her beast mode — and had, in Megatron's words, "ulterior motives" for doing so — but if he was expecting a lackey, he got exactly the opposite. Up there with Waspinator in terms of iconic Beast Era characters, Blackarachnia's legacy lives on in Animated.note 


  • Anti-Hero: After Heel–Face Turn.
  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Which makes sense, considering that she is a spider.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's cooked up more than a few nifty gadgets, she's well rounded in Cybertronian history, she's a serious player in the intrigue game, and despite her minimalistic physique, will kick your ass in hand-to-hand combat with her mad ninja skills.
  • Bastard Understudy: Starscream!Waspinator takes her under his wing to teach her how to be the most treacherous, backstabbing megalomaniac she can — and is shocked when she takes his lessons to heart.
    Starscream: (loudly) "You betrayed me!"
    Blackarachnia: "I studied with the master!"
  • Battle Couple: She and Silverbolt fight together on occasion.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Like Tarantulas, she's tries to overthrow Megatron any chance she gets. Like Tarantulas she doesn't get anywhere with it and ultimately switches sides when she sees that Megatron's plans would erase her from existence.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Her first body had solid black eyes.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's a fembot, she kicks ass and she has possibly the second roundest, most noticeable chest of any female Transformer in the entire franchise, just below Thunderblast. Adding to this, her Transmetal 2 toy caused controversy due to a removable piece that was molded like a bra. Guess where it pegged into her chest?
  • Brainwashed: It only comes up once in a while, but she was originally a Maximal protoform and is only with the Predacons because they have a "shell program" tweaking her personality. Though as we find out after it gets deleted in "Crossing The Rubicon", it didn't change her personality that much...
  • Breakout Character: Post her Heel–Face Turn, part of the third season focuses on her redemption/character development.
  • Came Back Strong: After her Predacon shell program's defenses killed Blackarachnia, the Transmetal Driver resurrected her as both an full Maximal and a Transmetal II. She demonstrates her new power by easily defeating Rampage.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She spends much of the second season repeatedly telling Silverbolt that she's evil, bad, evil, not to be trusted, and evil, though her warnings fall upon deaf/noble ears:
    Silverbolt: Blackarachnia, I want you to return with me, to the Maximals.
    Blackarachnia: Get a clue, you canine cretin! I'm a Predacon! I'm evil! I'll shoot you—
    Silverbolt: No. My heart tell me that you will not.
    Blackarachnia: Oh yeah? (shoots him in the leg)
    Silverbolt: (shocked) You...SHOT me!
    Blackarachnia: No duh, Dog-Boy! I'm evil!! Now do you believe me?
    Silverbolt: And yet... you ensured the wound would not be mortal. Your inner Maximal goodness -
    Blackarachnia: SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UUUUUUUUPPP!!!
  • Dark Action Girl: She beats the original Dinobot to a pulp, kicks Inferno's red robotic behind in a three-minute awesome fight scene, and "Proving Grounds" is an episode devoted to her fighting Transmetal 2 Dinobot and nearly winning (which she surely would have if Rampage's spark weren't powering him). She's the toughest and most important female character in televised Transformers history to date. She remains somewhat dark even after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Defecting for Love: Blackarachnia defected from the Predacons out of self-preservation after Megatron's true schemes were revealed, but she joined the Maximals out of love for Silverbolt.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's initially dismissive towards Silverbolt, but his earnestness and nobility eventually bring her around.
  • Disney Death: In "Crossing the Rubicon", she seemingly dies when Tarantulas sabotages her reformatting. She gets way better.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Invoked by Tarantulas, who deliberately chose her form so that she would be this to him. It worked a little too well for his taste.
  • Dude Magnet: She has had Quickstrike, Silverbolt, Cheetor and (in Beast Machines) Waspinator trying to get with her.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted. Aside from Silver Bolt, the Maximals have a lot of trust issues with her for most of the third season.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In "Crossing the Rubicon", she's puzzled at how her Maximal allies aren't as concerned about her using Megatron's Transmetal 2 driver to increase her power as they are about her safety after initially failing to use it.
  • Evil Plan: Had some plan involving the Ark in Season 2, but it's never revealed what it is.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: What prompts her to switch sides. She sees Megatron's plan to kill Optimus Prime, and as a Maximal protoform this would erase her from existence.
  • Fangs Are Evil: She sports a pair of vampiric-looking fangs and is a very malicious bot. Subverted once she becomes a Transmetal; her fangs become even more pronounced, but by that point, her Predacon shell program was deleted, turning her back into a full Maximal.
  • Fembot: A female robot with a very voluptuous figure.
  • Femme Fatale: Before her Heel–Face Turn, she made frequent use of femme charm to manipulate other bots.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Blackarachnia is very intelligent, and produces several useful machines such as a shield disruptor and her own transmetal II upgrade chamber.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Blackarachnia's original form. The production crew needed inspiration for a CGI model, so they went to a strip-club!
  • Giant Spider: Her beast mode is a ginormous black widow.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It's slow goings, but Blackarachnia fully throws in with the Maximals over the course of season 3.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Averted. Silverbolt and the original Dinobot switch sides long before she does.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "The Spark", Blackarachnia gets a face full of her own cybervenom trying to shoot Cheetor point-blank with it.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Silverbolt's Huge Guy; he's head and shoulders taller. It makes flying her somewhere easy.
  • Hypocrite:
    • When Rattrap briefly joins Megatron's side in Beast Machines, you'd expect Blackarachnia to at least understanding his confusion since she was in the same position in Beast Wars. Instead, she calls him a "traitor" and immediately attacks.
    • Also, she didn't want to be reprogrammed into a Maximal and wanted to earn her redemption on her own terms. When she discovers Silverbolt has been turned into Jetstorm, she is quick to turn him into a Maximal against his will. Bonus points because the process is physically and mentally traumatizing for Silverbolt.
  • Kick Chick: If she's not firing her machine guns or her Cyber Venom, she's kicking someone.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: By the time of Beast Machines you must know at least that she loved Silverbolt.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: The following episode after she upgrades to Transmetal has her take on 1/2 the Predacon team (though one at a time) with a myriad of new powers and abilities.
  • Love Redeems: Her relationship with Silverbolt helps to reform her. It had a fight on its hands, but it eventually won.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She's perfectly fine with playing on Silverbolt's feelings for her until she develops such feelings herself.
  • Mind over Matter: She develops telekinesis in her Transmetal 2 body, cold-cocking Rampage out with a flying girder.
  • More Dakka: Pre-Transmetal her spider legs acted as machine guns in robot mode.
  • Moral Dissonance: Blackarachnia eventually joins the Maximals, she strenuously objects to having her Predacon shell program removed on the grounds that it would make her something other than what she is. Come Beast Machines, she herself reformats the Vehicon general with Silverbolt's spark despite him giving the same objection. He doesn't take it well. Though these two things sort of explain each other. Blackarachnia still has Predacon programming, thus allowing her to be an unrepentant Hypocrite. She wants Silverbolt back so she's going to get him back (there are numerous other issues that also cloud the whole thing, such as whether Blackarachnia was self-aware before she was reformatted as a Predacon, while Silverbolt was undoubtedly a person with a personality before being reformatted into a Vehicon.)
  • Mr. Fixit: She's as skilled an engineer as she is a warrior.
  • Nominal Hero: Post her Heel–Face Turn in the season three premiere. She becomes more of a straight up hero, once her shell programme is removed.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Similar to Dinobot, Blackarachnia didn't join the Maximals in support of their ideals; she only did so to protect her own existence as a Maximal protoform, and as a promise to Silverbolt.
  • Official Couple: She eventually gets together with Silverbolt.
  • Palette Swap: Initially, with Tarantulas, though less obviously so than Cheetor/Tigatron due to Blackarachnia's "assets" and slimmer figure. Both transform the same and carry the same armament- spiderleg machine guns on the arms, pincers for hands and a grappling pistol. It is done on purpose in-universe, as Tarantulas wants more spider-based Preds loyal to him. Doesn't work out so well for him.
  • Poisonous Person: Her primary weapons in her first form is to "poison" her opponents with a paralysis inducing computer virus.
  • Redemption Promotion: She switches sides in Optimal Situation, though still retains her Predacon sensibilities. The removal of her Predacon shell program ultimately leads to her Transmetal 2 upgrade, where she's now a proper Maximal.
  • Robot Hair: Her Beast Machines robot form sports what appears to be a long mane of something that evokes the appearance of long hair. In Beast Wars she had a headpiece which more resembled a helmet or bob cut instead.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Again, she ends up with Silverbolt, it takes him some time to get her to drop her emotional guard, but his nobility hits a soft spot with her. Makes sense, when you consider that A. She was originally a Maximal protoform and B. She's been surrounded by nothing more than selfish psychopaths and is probably tired of it all.
  • Sixth Ranger: After her time as a Predacon, she defects to join the Maximals.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: She abandons the Predacons once she learns the Megatron's insane ambition would wipe her from existence.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To the Maximals post her Heel–Face Turn in season three, though her relationship with Silverbolt softens her up a little. Once her Predacon shell program is removed, she loses her evil streak.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Once her Predacon shell program is removed, she becomes more a genuine hero; this carries over into Beast Machines where she's fully one of the Maximals and her villainous past is barely ever mentioned.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: In season 3, she refers to Silverbolt as "every bad girl's dream". Presumably, this is because he is so protective of her and/or use to her. Interesting, their relationship changes little when she becomes a genuine heroine; she is just honestly affectionate instead of Femme-Fatale-ing him.

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     Inferno 

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"Destruction to all who threaten us! The royalty commands it!"

Voiced by: Jim Byrnes
Debut: "Spider's Game"

Inferno is almost completely dominated by his fire ant beast mode, and it defines him more than any other Transformer, even Tigatron. The ant's collective, drone-like mindset has convinced him that he is a full-fledged ant, the Predacon base is his colony, and Megatron is his queen. Not only does his Predacon nature make him a dangerous, flamethrowing psychopath, his ant persona also makes him a loyal flamethrowing psychopath. Needless to say, Megatron sees this as a double advantage. He could do without Inferno calling him his 'queen', however...


  • Affably Evil: Despite being a total lunatic, Inferno is quite personable with his fellow Predacons off-duty, even playing cards with them. When on-duty he usually tends to at least be respectful and professional around them, saving his insults and barbs for the Maximals.
  • Ax-Crazy: In his debut episode, Inferno tries to kill everybody he sees. Once he joins the Predacons, he mostly sticks the psychotic violence to the Maximals.
  • Badass Boast: In "Coming Of The Fuzors, Part 1", when a newly-awakened Quickstrike attacks Inferno:
    "Fool! Pain is my friend! Allow me to introduce you to it!"
  • Battle Butler: He's a devoted servant to Megatron and a very formidable Predacon.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may have some of the silliest mannerisms of the entire cast and have an alternating Those Two Bad Guys relationship with Quickstrike and Waspinator, but he's also got some of the heaviest firepower out of any of the Predacons bar Rampage and Megatron himself.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Remember he was once a Maximal protoform, until Tarantulas got his hands on his pod and reprogrammed him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Though to a lesser extent than some of the other Predacons, and he's tough enough to stay a threat in spite of it.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: His beast mode is a fire ant. Hilariously, despite being an ant, he's also the second largest of the Predacons.
  • Catchphrase: Spouted off quite a few of his own, but the most iconic is probably:
  • The Chew Toy: While not the Cosmic Plaything that Waspinator is, a lot of his injuries tend to be played for laughs. "Before The Storm" and "Other Visits, Part 1" feature good examples of this.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Thanks to his "beast mode dominating his logic circuits."
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Pain is more likely to elicit laughing fits from him than hesitation.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being mostly crazed up and Laughably Evil, he's one of the most competent and dangerous Predacons. This plus his Undying Loyalty earns a strange kind of respect from Megatron, who generally gives him command of most situations he isn't present for.
  • Death by Irony: He inadvertently gets killed by Megatron, the only character he showed any loyalty towards. Adding to the irony is that it was fire from the Nemesis's cannon.
  • Determinator: Nothing stops him from carrying out Megatron's orders short of catastrophic damage — sometimes not even then.
  • The Dragon: To Megatron, from the second season onward. Inferno may be insane and his devotion to his "queen" is hilarious, but his loyalty is unwavering and he's lethal in combat. Like Scorponok, he averts The Starscream aspect often used alongside this trope.
    • Co-Dragons:In the third season, he shares this position with Dinobot II.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets caught in the crossfire in the Grand Finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans.
  • Elite Mook: After the Transmetalisation of several other characters, he still manages to be pretty much the most trusted (and one of the most badass soldiers Megatron has.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tigatron. Both were Maximal protoforms who identify with their beast modes more than their robot forms and use temperature-based weaponry. They are polar opposites otherwise.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Inferno is both a fire ant and a raging pyromaniac.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: It's especially evident when he's screaming.
  • Fangs Are Evil: He has very large, sharp teeth in robot mode. So large, in fact that he can't even seem to cover the fangs most of the time.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: While he's a competent threat to the Maximals throughout the series, Megatron clearly sees him as this despite his loyalty. It's very much worth noting that in the Grand Finale, he sends Inferno, Quickstrike and Waspinator off to do busy work while he takes the competent Predacons (Rampage and Dinobot II) off for real work.
  • Implacable Man: More so in the first season. Given his versatility, flight mode, and firepower, he's easily one of the strongest Predacons under Megatron.
  • In Name Only: He's an inversion of Generation One Inferno. Predacon vs. Autobot. Fire-spewing flamethrower that incinerates everything vs. fire truck that puts fires out. Utterly insane vs. good. The only similarity other than name is that both are red.
  • Large Ham: His insane ranting, maniacal laughter, and love of both fire and his "Queen" make Inferno one of the largest hams on the show.
  • Laughing Mad: He's completely unhinged and constantly laughs. May double as The Hyena.
  • Mook Promotion: He becomes Megatron's second-in-command during the 2nd season after Scorponok's death.
  • The Nicknamer: A downplayed example in that it's only ever aimed at one person, but he's insistent on calling Megatron either "Royalty" or "Queen". The "Royalty" one only came about because Megatron asked him to stop calling him "Queen", and he only reverts his mannerisms when he's not within retaliation range.
  • No-One Could Have Survived That: Very infamously, Inferno was shown to be vaporized at the end of Season 2, when the show's producers at the time didn't know for sure if they would land a third season. When the show did return, this was Ret-Conned into a sight gag and Inferno was simply blown into pieces. Inferno still met his doom when the show was given an actual finale.
  • Off with His Head!: During "Code of Hero", Dinobot makes him shoot his own head off. It doesn't kill him, but it does hurt.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Transmutate", Inferno is so freaked out by the condition of Transmutate's stasis pod and it giving off weird energy that he quickly contacts Megatron. The catch? He refers to Megatron by his actual name.
  • Playing with Fire: Being obsessed with fire, Inferno's flamethrower is his favourite weapon.
    Inferno: BURN, TRAITOR, BURN!
  • Psycho for Hire: He's basically Megatron's psychotic attack dog.
  • Psycho Supporter: Believes he's in an ant colony and Megatron is the Queen. On the plus side for Megatron, this makes Inferno undyingly loyal, willing to follow any command and even commit suicide to destroy Megatron's enemies.
    Inferno: For... the... ROYALTY!!! *Fires on a huge chunk of energon*
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": On top of being an Ax-Crazy Pyromaniac, Inferno is constantly laughing in the midst of violence.
  • Pyro Maniac: He's not called "Inferno" for nothing. What's more, he is a delicious inversion of this Generation One namesake, who was an Autobot, sane, and a fire truck.
    Inferno: I don't rock and roll. I burn.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Naturally, since his beast mode is a fire ant; Inferno's body is almost completely red and black, and he's a psychotic brute loyally serving his tyrannical "Queen".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are completely red.
  • Retcon: "The Agenda" featured Inferno clearly getting killed, but he turned up alive and well in the season three premiere.
  • Screaming Warrior: He often screams as he fights, both in normal and hideous mechanical ant screeching flavors.
  • Slasher Smile: His face seems to be permanently shaped into one.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Throughout all three seasons, his power level is all over the place. Sometimes he's portrayed as being powerful enough to take a lot of punishment and dish it back to the Maximals even in their Transmetal forms. Then at other times, he's the Butt-Monkey, getting taken out in humiliating fashions befitting of Waspinator.
  • Undying Loyalty: With the mentality of a fire ant, Inferno is simply incapable of betraying his leader. This trait, above all others, is why Megatron considers Inferno his most valuable pawn.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The writers planned to kill him off at the end of the second season, as he freakin' disintegrates onscreen. Hasbro vetoed this death, and he shows up in the third season premiere — damaged to the point of looking undead, but alive.
  • Villain Decay: Like a lot of Transformers characters, his skills declined as his toy stopped shipping. He was basically on par with Megatron for the first season, but after his near-disintegration, he was a joke.
  • Villainous Friendship: Downplayed, but Inferno is the only Predacon that Megatron even slightly values, due to him being both unquestioningly loyal and relatively competent in battle.
    Megatron: Oooh, I like him. Yeeesss.
  • Yes-Man: Inferno's blind loyalty to Megatron is one of his defining traits.
    Rampage: (on Transmutate) I was just explaining what it meant to be a Predacon. Deceit, treachery. Mindless loyalty.
    Inferno: (nodding) Loyalty comes first.

    Quickstrike 

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"Call me Quickstrike, and good's got nothing to do with it!"

Voiced by: Colin Murdoch
Debut: "Coming of the Fuzors (Part 1)"

Quickstrike is a psychotic Mix-and-Match Critter that Megatron recruited early in the second season. While boastful, he was far from the Badass he claimed to be, and often ended up playing a relatively minor roll of shooting at Maximals from the sidelines. His allegiances were fairly obviously to the person who gave him the most chances to fight, and he nearly betrayed Megatron twice, although the first time he swapped back before he really got started, and the second time he ended up begging Megatron for a second chance.


  • Agony Beam: Fired from his cobra mouth.
  • Arm Cannon: His viper arm.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not as over-the-top about it as Inferno, but Quickstrike is a short-tempered lunatic who loves violence.
  • Badass Boast: "There is nothin' that crawls, walks, swims or flies that I'm afraid of!"
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: In beast mode, his cobra head fires lasers.
  • Blood Knight: Notably, he doesn't really care about the Beast Wars or either faction as much as he just wants the chance to fight someone. Tartantulas is able to talk him into siding with him against Megatron by just promising he'd let him fight more.
  • The Brute: While he isn't the toughest Predacon, he definitely fits the personality part of the trope; eager to fight, a short temper, and not very smart.
  • Butt-Monkey: While not quite to the extent of Waspinator, Quickstrike tends to suffer a lot throughout the series. Even his own teammates abuse him frequently; Megatron twice uses him to test for booby-traps ("when dealing with booby-traps, send the boob in first). And unlike Waspinator, he also ends up getting burned alive by his own boss in the final episode.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Call me... Quickstrike! And good's got nuthin' to do with it."
  • Combat Pragmatist: Despite his ego, he'd take any advantage in a fight. Reveling in attacking weakened or downed enemies.
  • Cowboy: He has the accent and mannerisms of one.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets caught in the crossfire in the Grand Finale when Megatron is burning down the home of the prehistoric humans. There's zero buildup and the two are never mentioned again. It just kinda... happened.
  • Dumb Muscle: He doesn't think much beyond the next "kiester" he's going to kick.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Silverbolt. Both are Mix-and-Match Critters with an unusual code of honour and regard for the ladies, though in his case it's an evil Cowboy as opposed to a Knight in Shining Armor.
    • Also, in a way, to Dinobot. Though it never really gets brought up in the show, Quickstrike was never actually reprogrammed as a Predacon like Blackarachnia and Inferno, so he is technically a Maximal who decided the Predacons were a better fit for his sensibilities, whereas Dinobot is a fully-programmed Predacon who chose the Maximal side.
  • Famous Last Words: He can only say "Oh, I don't like the looks of this..." before Megatron uses Nemesis to blast him and Inferno into oblivion.
  • Fearless Fool: Quickstrike is generally too much of a trigger happy idiot to think his actions through. Megatron lampshades it at one point when the Predacons are attacking the Maximal base.
    Megatron: Quickstrike, you may lead.
    Quickstrike: Yee haw! That's what I like to hear!
    Inferno: Royalty! Why was I not chosen?
    Megatron: Because, Inferno, when expecting booby traps... [Quickstrike gets smashed by a giant mechanical fist] always send a boob in first.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Pretty much anything will set Quickstrike off.
  • Hot-Blooded: He has all the restraint of a sugar-high toddler.
  • Jerkass: He's notably the only Maximal protoform who didn't need a Predacon shell programme to join the latter faction.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: No restraint, no subtlty, and lots of love for violence.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Loved bragging about how tough he was but never really lived up to his braggadocio whenever he was thrust into actual combat.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Between a scorpion and a cobra.
  • Multiple Head Case: He retains two heads in both modes.
  • Not Brainwashed: Unlike other protoforms who joined the Predacons, Quickstrike never had a shell program installed; he's just naturally so psychotically violent that the Predacons were a better fit.
  • The Napoleon: The shortest Predacon, with an equally short temper to match.
  • Poisonous Person: Fitting his fused beast mode, his cobra head is loaded with venom and viruses in both modes, though both were relatively weak compared to those the spiders on his team used.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's ready to follow whoever gives him more opportunities to kill.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like Inferno, his eyes are completely red.
  • Sadist: He asks Megatron at one point if it's really necessary to kill the Maximals quickly, and chuckles while watching Megatron torture Rampage.
  • Scary Scorpions: A bit scarier and more competent than Scorponok.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He was utterly convinced that he was the toughest bot around, but was quite often proved wrong.
  • Smug Snake: Quickstrike isn't exactly a slouch at combat, but he's nowhere near as tough or smart as he likes to think.
  • The Sociopath: Very low functioning; Quickstrike is a nasty, impulsive, violent little snake who doesn't really care about anyone.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He cares little about the lives his actions put at stake and is focused entirely on doing Megatron's bidding.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A dumb scorpion bot who serves as Megatron's muscle, he's one to Scorponok. The only differences are that Scorponok was 100% scorpion and served Megatron out of loyalty, not a penchant for violence.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He has a bad habit of this:
    • One of the first things he does when he emerges from his stasis pod is to attack Inferno. Inferno merely grabs his cobra tail and starts slamming him into the ground.
    • He eagerly charges in to attack a feral Transmetal 2 Cheetor. It doesn't end well.
    • In "Code Of Hero", he confronts an unarmed (and seemingly helpless) Dinobot:
  • Unwitting Pawn: Quickstrike's many personality flaws make him extremely easy to manipulate. So much so that not only does Megatron use him, but so do Blackarachnia and Trantulas. The latter of whom manages to convince him to aid him in a plan that would have wiped him from history if it succeeded.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In his first appearances, he pretty much freaks out anytime someone attacks Blackarachnia.
  • Would Hit a Girl: His charity towards Blackarachnia takes a complete 180 after she joins the Maximals; after that he revels whenever he gets the chance to try to destroy her.

    Rampage/Protoform X 

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"Is that fear you're feeling, Maximal?"

Voiced by: Campbell Lane
Debut: "Bad Spark"

Rampage is the result of Maximal experiments intended to replicate the immortal, indestructible mutant spark that let Starscream survive as a ghost. While he's certainly nigh-unkillable, he's also a cannibalistic serial killer armed with a rocket launcher (who decided to give the experiment high-powered weapons, and who let him keep them after they dumped him in a prison pod?) He racked up a sizeable body count before Depth Charge finally caged him.

Rampage is fully aware of what a nightmare his life is ("I regret everything, my sweet"), but can't seem to think of a more constructive reaction than inflicting as much pain as possible on everyone around him.


  • Antagonist in Mourning: A subverted case, where Rampage mourns the innocent Transmutate, who he values as a freak like he is. Silverbolt mourns with him ("For now, we are brothers,").
  • Arch-Enemy: To Depth Charge... a set-up Rampage seems to enjoy.note 
  • Attack Its Weak Point: His gun barrel and treads in tank mode have both been exploited to take him down.
  • Ax-Crazy: Everyone is a potential victim to him.
  • BFG: His rocket launcher cannon which can be handheld or becomes his primary weapon in his tank form. It's powerful enough to destroy a mountain that was one of the recorded images on the golden disk.
  • Blessed with Suck: Near-indestructibility would seem like a pretty swell thing to have... until Megatron realizes he can use it to inflict normally-lethal amounts of pain on Rampage in order to keep him in line.
  • Blood Knight: Ultimately subverted. At first, Rampage comes off as a lover of carnage, but the episode "Transmutate" reveals Rampage cares less about pure sadism in and of itself than as than an outlet for his rage at his tortured existence.
  • The Brute: Megatron forces him to be a thug for the Predacons.
  • Break Them by Talking: He likes to do this while torturing his victims.
  • Character Death: Towards the end of Season 3, he dies when Depth Charge impales his spark with raw Energon.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Anybody Rampage gets his claws on can only pray for a quick death.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Nothing seems to give him more pleasure than inflicting pain. Receiving it barely slowed him down.
  • Complete Immortality: He was created in an attempt to duplicate G1 Starscream's immortal spark. It worked. His spark was incapable of being extinguished whether it involved cutting it in half with an Energon blade, any physical damage Rampage experienced, or anything the high council could come up with to destroy him.
    • Eventually subverted; Rampage's spark was nigh-invulnerable, but not indestructible. His spark was later destroyed by a large piece of complete raw Energon, something very rare by the time of the Beast Wars Transformers era.
  • Death Seeker: His final act implies this was part of his motivation.
  • Defiant to the End: After Megatron enslaves him, Rampage makes no secret of the fact that he eagerly looks forward to Megatron's demise. He even makes a few attempts to steal his spark back but to no avail. Even after Megatron has gained a much more powerful body after merging his spark with his G1 counterpart, Rampage has little qualms about grabbing Megatron by the neck, throttling him and insulting him for losing the base to Tigerhawk, showing little fear of Megatron even though Megatron was now stronger. Admittedly, this moment doesn't last long since Dinobot quickly brings him to heel.
  • Die Laughing: Not surprising, as Rampage is both an implied Death Seeker and completely looney tunes.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Rampage is huge. Until Megatron is upgraded to his Transmetal II body, Rampage is easily the biggest of the Predacons.
  • Evil Laugh: As is to be expected from an Ax-Crazy, sadistic monster.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, raspy voice.
  • Evil Tastes Good: He is genuinely quite happy causing mayhem and destruction. It only sucks when he thinks about how much he hates serving and being tortured by Megatron. Oh, and Depth Charge's friends were quite tasty ones, too.
  • Explosive Leash: Megatron ripped out half his spark and continuously tortures it to keep Rampage in line.
  • Expy: Of Hannibal Lecter.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Shows flashes of refinement and intelligence, but is an utter psychotic loon most of the time.
    Rampage: *Grabs Rattrap's submersible* How droll. Rat in a can. *Starts crushing it, cackling insanely*
  • Frankenstein's Monster: One of the smarter, more vengeful variety.
  • For the Evulz: He often ignores orders to relieve his boredom by inflicting horrific torture on any convenient victim.
  • Gatling Good: Meets rocket launcher.
  • Genius Bruiser: In a Hannibal Lecter sort of way. Rampage is a hulking, nigh-indestructible behemoth who often displays an eloquence and psychological acuity in his sadistic pursuits.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: They don't get much bigger than Rampage.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Maximals' scientists wanted an immortal super-soldier. They got their wish.
  • Healing Factor / Nigh Invulnerable: Since he has an immortal spark based on Starscream's, he can't be killed by normal means. His body would heal from all but catastrophic damage in seconds. Depth Charge stabbing a shard of raw energon straight through it, setting off a massive explosion, seems to do the trick.
  • Hidden Depths: Normally murderous towards anyone and everyone, the episode "Trasmutate" shows that Rampage actually has a strong affinity for beings he perceives as being as twisted and broken as he is. (For bonus points, the other character who formed a bond with Transmutate was Silverbolt.)
  • I Die Free: Implied to be part of his reason for laughing as he allows Depth Charge to kill him.
  • I Just Want to Be Free:
    Megatron: Never forget who holds the essence of your spark, and thus is your master.
  • I Let You Win: At the last moment, he lets Depth Charge kill him, cackling maniacally all the while.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Depth Charge had friends at Starbase Rugby, as he recalls. Tasty ones, too.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: Megatron keeps him in check by jamming crystallized energon into the other half of his Spark until he submits to Megatron's orders. Rampage is only able to survive this because he's almost indestructible, but it's still incredibly painful.
  • Immortality Hurts: He's been subjected to every method of execution the Maximal High Council could think of, brutalized in combat in ways that even Waspinator would cringe at, and has his heart/soul analogue repeatedly tortured to enforce obedience, but still unable to die. He makes it clear that immortality hasn't brought him anything but pain.
  • Implacable Man: In his later appearances, Rampage isn't unstoppable, but it's still damn near impossible to make him stay down.
  • Informed Ability: He is described as being brilliant, but he's never really shown using that intelligence to any extreme degree.
    • Probably because Megatron keeps him on a really short leash. Him tinkering combined with his Nigh-Invulnerability spells bad things for Megatron.
  • The Juggernaut: In his first appearance. It says a lot about how Nigh Invulnerable you are when Implacable Man is the result of Diminishing Villain Threat.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His debut episode, Bad Spark, has him render Tarantulas limb from limb, albeit offscreen.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Rampage has very few comedic traits. Not that it saves him from being the victim of occasional slapstick, though.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: His original designation before Megatron renamed him.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: He's a complete sadist who loves to make his victims suffer.
  • Made a Slave: Megatron enslaved him by removing half his spark and encasing it inside a container that caused him great pain whenever it was squeezed.
  • Meaningful Rename: "I'm called Rampage now! A bit obvious, but to the point, don't you think?"
  • Morality Pet: Transmutate. As twisted as his methods were, Rampage really did want to help the innocent, deformed Transformer come to terms with its pained existence.
  • Not Quite Dead: He was essentially "dead" in his first appearance before a nearby Energon explosion jostled him back to consciousness.
  • Odd Friendship: In the episode Transmutate, his friendship with the titular character is genuine. Considering how both are abnormal beings essentially being used by the Predacons for their power, it might not be such an "odd" friendship after all.
  • Psycho for Hire: One of the reasons he's so scary. Without Megatron's precaution, he'd likely have eaten him.
  • Psycho Party Member: None of the Predacons are winning any sanity contests, but Rampage is a thoroughly tormented creature and cannibalistic serial killer who would happily massacre and probably devour his entire team if it weren't for the fact that Megatron keeps him on a tight leash.
  • Reforged into a Minion: In his debut episode, after he is defeated by the Maximals, Megatron finds him and rips out half his spark to force him under his control.
  • Sadist: He seems to love causing pain and suffering, physical and/or emotional, more than anything else. Given what a nightmare his own existence is, this is likely to be Rampage's way of coping with his pain.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was the result of Maximal experiments to produce an immortal super-soldier by copying Starscream's mutant spark. After eventually capturing him, the Maximal Elders sealed in up in a stasis pod then turned him over to Optimus Primal's crew to dump on some desolate asteroid since they couldn't figure out how to destroy him. Several adventures later, the monster was unleashed again and recruited by the Predacons.
  • Serial Killer: Implied to an exceptionally brutal one. One of his rampages is what turned Depth Charge into such an obsessive hunter.
  • Shout-Out: Intended, but ultimately averted. A reference to Hannibal Lecter's "Census Taker" was cut from the episode Bad Spark.
  • Sixth Ranger: He joins the Predacons in latter part of season two of Beast Wars.
  • Slasher Movie: His debut episode. "Bad Spark", is almost a Slasher Episode.
  • Soul Jar: Megatron keeps half of Rampage's spark in torture device just so he can control him.
  • Spider-Sense: He somehow sensed Depth Charge's impending arrival even before his Starhopper emerged from that anomaly.
  • Stealth Pun: He's a Predacon with an immortal spark and turns into a Transmetal crab. When you think of him, you're thinking about the immortality of the crab.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In general, if he's important to an episode, he'll be pretty much invincible. If he isn't, he'll be somewhat tougher than other Predacons, but not by much.
  • Tank Goodness: Next to his huge crab mode he can also transform into a tank with a huge three-barreled canon. His toy-incarnation is one of the few Transformers toys with working treads.
  • "They Still Belong to Us" Lecture: Twice over Transmutate.
    Rampage: No! You will not have it, Optimus. The Darkness of its spark echoes my own, it belongs with ME!
    Silverbolt: STOP! That one is not for you!
    Rampage: It is ONLY for me!
  • Tragic Monster: Rampage is only what he was made by the Maximal High Council. He hates his own existence, and copes with it by inflicting pain on others.
    Blackarachnia: You're gonna regret this.
    Rampage: I regret everything, my sweet.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: At the end of his first appearance, Rampage is recovered and repaired by Megatron after being defeated by the Maximals. The first thing Rampage does upon awakening is to draw a weapon on Megatron. Downplayed, as Megatron certainly didn't save Rampage for any altruistic reason, and he quickly proves that he's in no way worthy of gratitude.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He gets a LOT of mileage from his immortality, firepower, and sheer brute force. However, other characters often have other abilities or are more skilled an combat usually have the best chance at defeating him.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: As Megatron points outs, his immortal spark has left him vulnerable to constant experimentation at the hands of the Maximal council and Megatron himself, to the end of becoming a slave of the Beast Wars for Megatron.
  • Wicked Cultured: He rivals Megatron in both refinement and brutality.
  • The Worf Effect: Played with. In his first appearance he's a nigh-invulnerable juggernaut that takes anything thrown at him and shrugs it off. However, the very same episode along with subsequent appearances diminish this to a degree, showing that he can be caught off-guard or taken down with significant firepower. Powerful characters such as Depth Charge, Tigerhawk, or Optimal Optimus can also take him down.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: For all his crimes, it must be remembered that he didn't choose to be born as the abomination that he is (that's actually the fault of the Maximals), and he seems to be almost remorseful, at times, of his cannibalistic nature. Megatron's cruel treatment of him doesn't make him any less sympathetic. As the episode "Transmutate" shows, the namesake creature tells you what a Tragic Monster he can be if looked at from a different angle. Even Silverbolt pitied him in that episode.

     Ravage 

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"Decepticons, forever!"

Voiced by: Lee Tockar
Debut: "The Agenda (Part 1)"

After the Great War, some Decepticons repented and were granted amnesty, being rebuilt into new forms. Originally one of Soundwave's cassette tapes, Ravage is one of the last survivors of the G1 Decepticon movement, and is now in the service of the Tripredacus Council, sent to Earth to end the Beast Wars himself.


  • Affably Evil: He apologizes to the Maximals after he shoots the weapons from their hands, and generally acts quite polite towards them. He is still under orders to kill them all alongside Megatron after the latter is captured.
  • Bad Samaritan: He approaches the Maximals and offers them the use of his ship to end the Beast Wars and a way back to Cybertron. He only planned to carry out the former as he was ordered to kill everyone in the conflict.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Does it do the entire Maximal crew when he first arrives, then apologizes, saying he only did so to avoid any "unfortunate accidents".
  • Catchphrase: "Decepticons, forever!"
  • Dark Is Evil: A jaguar-styled bot with powers of invisibility and an unbreakable loyalty to the tyrannical Decepticons.
  • The Dragon: He acts as the Tripredacus Council's agent during "The Agenda" until Megatron convinces him to change sides.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Lee Tockar used one of his deepest voices for Ravage.
  • Expy: Averted. Ravage really is the Ravage from the G1 series, re-formatted into a Predacon and given the ability to talk. He also uses this trope against Beast Wars Megatron, explicitly mocking him for having the original's name but not his army.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When he realizes that his ship is exploding and he's about to be consumed by the flames, Ravage raises his fist in the air and shouts his "Decepticons Forever!" catchphrase one last time right before he is killed by the explosion.
  • Future Badass: Of a rather odd sort. He's technically from the future (so is everyone else, for that matter), yet at the same time is older than the entire main cast several times over. Played rather straight in that he's waaay more badass now than he was during the Great War.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He appeared to be a temporary all for the Maximals because he said his job was to arrest Megatron, but that was more like a Bad Samaritan. Then he became one sincerely for the Predacons. He is allied with them for the three-part finale of the second season of Beast Wars.
  • Heel–Face Mole: He feigns offering aid to the Maximals when his orders are to terminate them.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Megatron guesses that Ravage is under orders to kill the Maximals and remaining Predacons after he concludes his mission. Ravage casually confirms this as he prepares to execute Megatron.
  • Lzherusskie: Given a Russian accent to keep up the spy/agent theme.
  • Mythology Gag: His ship bears some resemblance to Lazerbeak. He also transforms into his cassette form using the G1 transforming sound.
  • Noble Demon: Ravage is courteous and above all, loyal; long after the Great War has been lost and the original Megatron is dead, Ravage remains steadfast in his faithful devotion to his master's cause.
  • Older and Wiser: He survived the Great War. Back then, he was just a mostly-silent minion, almost an extension of Soundwave. Now... he's learned.
  • Old Soldier: A veteran of the Great War between the Autobots and Decepticons, but Ravage is a more than capable spy and assassin. If it weren't for Megatron's ace in the hole, Ravage would likely have succeeded in his mission to terminate both groups.
  • Panthera Awesome: A humanoid version, in this case. His head is a panther's.
  • Stealth Expert: He can cloak himself. His ship also has the same ability.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: He wears symbols of both the modern Predacons and the defunct Decepticons showing his loyalty to his old factions, even centuries after their dissolution.
  • Undying Loyalty: The whole reason he releases Beast Wars Megatron, is because it benefited the original Megatron's agenda.

     Dinobot II 
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"I AM the plan!"

Voiced by: Scott McNeil
Debut: "Feral Scream Part 1"

A clone of Dinobot Megatron created in Season Three. He lacks the original's code of honour, at least to begin with, and instead acts as a loyal, nigh unstoppable killing machine for Megatron.


  • All There in the Manual: The story goes that an unproduced episode of the series entitled "Dark Glass" (swapped out for the episode with the protohumans Chak and Una) was supposed to feature Rattrap attempting to recreate the old Dinobot's personality in Dinobot II. Unfortunately, he's unable to get Dinobot II to change. When Rampage dies, this is supposed to sever the connection between the sparks of Rampage and Dinobot II; the latter now gains a free will, and without the evil personality traits of Rampage inside of him, Dinobot II is influenced by the latent personality traits of his old self embedded in him by Rattrap. However, it is unclear if this is truly to be considered canon or not.
  • Blood Knight: A fondness for battle is just about the only personality trait he shares with the original. At first.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted. He knows he's not the original Dinobot and has no problem with that at all; at least, not until Rampage is killed.
  • Co-Dragons: Shares this role with Inferno. Inferno is Megatron's second-in-command, but Dinobot is his personal attack dog.
  • The Dragon: Becomes Megatron's Number Two and most lethal weapon after his creation. Nothing short of Rampage is a match for him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is outraged by how Megatron tries to kill a single protohuman with the Nemesis' fusion cannon. Finding it a very dishonorable and excessive move (although this could be subverted as it only happened after he somehow merged with his predecessor's spark, rather than a decision he made on his own).
  • Evil Knockoff: Megatron created him using a cocktail of Dinobot's DNA, half of Rampage's spark, and the Transmetal 2 driver. Subverted when said evil knockoff regains Dinobot's memories and code of honor, then subsequently turns on Megatron.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: There's a digitally added effect to his voice that makes it even deeper than the original Dinobot's. The effect disappears almost entirely after he gains the original Dinobot's memories and personality.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Cheetor who became Transmetal II during the experiment that brought him to life.
    • To the original Dinobot; built in the warrior's image, but without the code of honour. In the end, he subverts the "evil" part of the trope.
  • Eye Beams: Only one eye this time, and it fires a pulse instead of a continuous beam, but it's much more powerful than the first Dinobot's eye beams.
  • Famous Last Words: "Farewell, Optimus Primal."
  • Flat Character: He doesn't have much personality aside from being Megatron's attack drone. Justified in that, as a clone powered by a piece of a spark that isn't his own, that pretty much all he is. This stops being the case after Rampage is killed and Dinobot II begins to take after the original Dinobot's mannerisms.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: So much so that his creation scene is an homage to the original movies, with Waspinator as The Igor.
  • Guttural Growler: Just like the original, and even more intimidating in this case.
  • Healing Factor/Nigh Invulnerable: Being powered by half of Rampage's spark, he possesses the same healing abilities.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Rampage is killed, some of the original Dinobot's memories somehow start resurfacing, which leads to him regaining his sense of honour and defying Megatron at the last minute. This makes a bit more sense if you account for the dropped episode Dark Glass.
  • High-Class Glass: Dinobot II has a monocle-like cyborg left eye that blasts pulse waves.
  • Light Is Not Good: Dinobot's coloring is largely white, but rather than a sign of goodness, it just adds to the undead motif of his design and emphasises how creepy he is. He crosses over into Light Is Good, however, at the eleventh hour.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Of Dinobot.
  • Sixth Ranger: The very last addition to the Predacon ranks.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: The original Dinobot was a Blood Knight with a sense of honor. This version is a Psycho for Hire with a steady job.
  • Soul Jar: Becomes this to Rampage, since he was created with half of his spark.
  • Torture Technician: He serves as Megatron's main method of inflicting "discipline" on Rampage after his creation. Whenever the latter acts out, Dinobot II squeezes his half of their spark to bring him to heel, not even flinching at the fact that he's apparently suffering the exact same pain that his "brother" feels when doing so.
  • Undead: His skeletal beast mode definitely has this look to it.
  • The Unfettered: Megatron designed this Dinobot to be as powerful as the original, but without his sense of honour. As it turns out, this didn't stick as much as Megatron might have hoped.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about him without mentioning that the original Dinobot died.
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