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The main heroes of the series.

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  • Aliens Among Us: The benevolent kind.
  • Aliens Speaking English: They have downloaded Earth's languages from the world wide web.
  • Ascended Extra: Compared to the films, they get much more focus and attention.
  • Badass Crew: They don't have the sheer numbers of the Decepticons, but they're still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Beauty = Goodness: They're much more appealing to the eye than more monstrous looking Decepticons.
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  • Beware the Nice Ones: They mostly consist of kind and caring beings, but they are also some of the greatest alien warriors of all time, fighting the likes of the Decepticons for longer than humans can even comprehend. This especially applies to Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobot faction.
  • Cool Car: Their vehicle forms usually consist of cars and trucks.
  • Friend to All Children: They all have their soft spots for kids. They also care for Annabelle as if she was their own child.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They have blue eyes which is what identifies them as heroes. Exceptions are Wheelie (who has red eyes) and Sentinel Prime.
  • La Résistance: They lack the sheer number of the Decepticons, so Optimus and his team are really the only thing capable of putting a dent in the Decepticon forces.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: As per tradition of the Transformers franchise. They're robots, but they're still classified as living things with thoughts and feelings of their own.
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  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Their arms tend to transform into their weapons.
  • Time Abyss: They have been around before the human race even existed.
  • Transforming Mecha: Also as per tradition of the Transformers franchise.
  • True Companions: They may have their squabbles from time to time, but they legitimately care about one another.

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    Optimus Prime 
The leader of the Autobots.

  • Action Hero: He's a soldier after all.
  • Adaptational Badass: In DOTM, he left at Sentinel's mercy until Megatron turned on him. In A Child's Innocence, after Megatron turns on Sentinel, Optimus engages them in a three-way fight. Also, he still manages to defeat Sentinel after getting his arm cut off.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Sentinel Prime cuts off one of his arms. This doesn't stop him from kicking Sentinel's ass.
  • An Axe to Grind: An axe is one of the weapons he uses in the climax of A Child's Innocence. He uses it in the fight with Megatron and Sentinel Prime. He uses it to sever one of Megatron's arms.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of the Autobots and leads them into battle with him fighting alongside them.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Type II, he has concealed swords in his arms to fight with.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Blue is part of his color scheme.
  • Benevolent Boss: He is an effective leader and good friend to his allies, both Cybertronian and human.
  • Berserk Button: Harming humans will usually earn you his wrath. After seeing the Decepticons tear apart Chicago, he makes it clear that they will pay.
  • Big Badass Rig: His vehicle form is a Peterbilt 379.
  • Big Good: To the Autobot faction.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He leads the Autobots against the evil forces of the Decepticons and possesses incredible skill in combat. He also cares deeply about his allies, both Cybertronian and human. In A Child's Innocence, he notices a child, Annabelle, get injured trying to take on Sentinel Prime, but cannot do anything about because he is currently engaged in battle with Sentinel (and later Megatron). After beating the scrap out of Megatron and executing his former mentor, he immediately goes to the child's aid, gently picking her up and getting her help.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Mostly uses melee weapons, such as swords and axes.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is as wise as his age and rank would suggest and is powerful as you would expect from the leader of the Autobots.
  • Handicapped Badass: Sentinel cutting one of his arms off doesn't stop the Autobot leader from off-lining his former mentor.
  • The Hero: He is the main protagonist of A Child's Innocence. While Sam, Mikaela, Will and Annabelle offer the human perspective of the story, it is ultimately Optimus who drives the story forward.
  • Heroic Spirit: Par for the course of the character.
  • Humans Are Special: Believes in this and trusts humans with his life. He's proven right considering that discounting NEST, there's Sam Witwicky, Mikaela Banes, and Annabelle Lennox.
  • Hurting Hero: He regrets that humanity has been dragged into Cybertronian conflict. He especially shows this when he discovers Annabelle unconscious and injured from trying to take on Sentinel Prime.
  • Ideal Hero: He believes in the best of humanity. He is right to do so as while there are humans who would throw the Autobots under the rug, there are also humans who will stand by them in battle.
  • Large and in Charge: The tallest of the Autobots and their leader.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fast, strong, and tough. He can keep pace with Sentinel Prime and Megatron, at the same time.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: In A Child's Innocence, he has a trailer that is also a mobile armory and flight pack.
  • Messianic Archetype: Par for the course with Optimus Prime. Even when Sentinel Prime rejects what he himself taught Optimus and tries to enslave humanity to rebuild Cybertron, Optimus believes that "Freedom is the right of every sentient being" and goes against his former mentor as well as the chance of getting his home-world back to defend Earth.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Sentinel Prime reveals his true colors, kills Jolt and Flareup, lays waste to NEST HQ, and leaves with the pillars to the space bridge. He deeply regrets making the decision to trust his former mentor.
  • Papa Wolf: Trying to harm those he cares about is an easy way to earn his scorn. He executes Sentinel while the traitor begs for his life due to his actions causing numerous innocent people to be killed.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Towards Sentinel Prime when its revealed that his former mentor has allied himself with Megatron.
  • Red Is Heroic: Red is part of his color scheme.
  • Tranquil Fury: Taking a look at Chicago while the Decepticons are tearing it apart, he grimly declares "We will kill them all".

    Bumblebee 
Sam Witwicky's designated guardian and Autobot scout.

  • Arm Cannon: His primary weapon.
  • Badass Adorable: His use of audio clips is kind of endearing, but he is also a very capable fighter. He manages to defeat Soundwave in Chicago when the Decepticon is distracted by the sight of their ships falling from the sky.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sam has to remind himself on occasion, after seeing Bumblebee act so careful to not threaten the children, that this is the same Bumblebee who can tear apart Decepticons with his bare hands.
  • Cool Car: His vehicle form is a black and yellow Chevrolet Camaro.
  • Cute Mute: His vocal processors are damaged so he communicates through the radio.
  • Friend to All Children: He is very quick to befriend children as demonstrated when he meets Annabelle and again in Not According to Plan.
  • The Determinator: As Soundwave finds out, Bumblebee will not just let up in a fight.
  • In-Series Nickname: He tends to be referred to as "Bee".
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Bumblebee and has a black and yellow color scheme.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Sam and Mikaela. In A Child's Innocence, he encourages Sam to propose to Mikaela and is disappointed when Sam seemingly does not want to go through with it.
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    Ironhide 
The weapons specialist of the Autobots.

  • Arm Cannon: Two large cannons attached to his arms.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice.
  • Battle Couple: Becomes this with Chromia.
  • The Big Guy: Comes with being the Autobots' weapon specialist.
  • Blood Knight: He finds fighting (particularly Decepticons) very enjoyable.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He is the tough weapons specialist of the Autobots who enjoys fighting the Decepitcons. He also cares very deeply about Annabelle Lennox. He is devastated to know that Annabelle got injured by Sentinel and would rather face off against Megatron, The Fallen and Sentinel Prime in a 3-on-1 fight than have the girl be hurt.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: According to Annabelle, he likes Chromia but cannot bring himself to tell her that.
  • Character Development: As he spent more time as the guardian of the Lennox family, he learned to appreciate human life, especially the life of Annabelle Lennox. At first he was irritated at having to stand still so Annabelle could draw a picture of him, but when he sees how much the child cares about him, he appreciates her drawings.
  • Cool Car: His vehicle form is a large black GMC Topkick pickup truck. Annabelle loves drawing pictures of him, in both robot and vehicle mode.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Not even he wants to get on Sarah Lennox's bad side.
  • Face of a Thug: In Not According to Plan, the teenagers think that he will frighten the children due to his size and weapons. While Izabella is initially intimated by Ironhide, when she sees Annabelle act so happy being near Ironhide, she immediately recognizes the weapons specialist as one of the good guys.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He has moments of this, usually when someone has a laugh at his expense or when he has to go to Ratchet for check-ups.
  • Handicapped Badass: He didn't fully recover from Sentinel stabbing him by the time he is in Chicago while the Decepticons are laying waste to everything, but that doesn't stop him from mowing down several of the evil Cybertonians. Reality Ensues however when one of the Decepticons has the bright idea to provoke his stab wound and that would have been the end of the weapons specialist if Chromia didn't save him.
  • Hidden Depths: It's acknowledged by himself and a few of his fellow Autobots that being with the Lennox family (especially Annabelle) helped him remember that he can live a life outside the battlefield.
  • Honorary Uncle: Serves as this to Annabelle Lennox.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Is a platonic version of this with Annabelle.
    • Is a more romantic version of this with Chromia.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: The Might to Chromia's Finesse. He takes down his opponents by overpowering them, typically by blasting away at them.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's strong, tough and his cannons pack a huge punch, however he is not the quickest Cybertronian. When Sentinel Prime attacks NEST HQ, he manages to wrestle the traitor's rust gun away from him and land a punch on him, but then Sentinel stabs him in the chest with his blade, quickly taking the weapons specialist out of the fight. The only reason he didn't go off-line is that Sentinel avoided anything vital and Ratchet was capable of tending to his injuries. Later in Chicago, he takes down several Decepticon mooks, but then one of them manages to strike Ironhide in the chest, aggravating the injury he received from Sentinel and he would have been killed if Chromia didn't show up to save him.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His relationship with Ratchet is a reference to the original G1 Transformers cartoon.
    • His and Chromia's attraction to each other is a reference to the original Transformers cartoon.
  • Not So Different: One of the main points of the Black Crayons series is dedicated to pointing out how similar he and Will Lennox are: they are both major parts in their respective armies, their intimidation of Sarah Lennox, and how much they care about Annabelle Lennox.
  • O.C. Stand-in: He is given much more characterization and focus, namely being a Papa Wolf for Annabelle Lennox and brother-in-arms with Will Lennox.
  • Papa Wolf: Attempting to harm Annabelle is one way to earn his scorn, just ask Barricade.
    • Epps indirectly warns Sentinel Prime that he should refrain from coming Back from the Dead lest he suffer the combined wrath of Ironhide, Will and Sarah.
    • His love for Annabelle is so great that he would rather taken on The Fallen, Megatron, and Sentinel Prime in a three-on-one fight than have the child be injured.
    • He goes into Tranquil Fury at the teenagers who kidnapped Annabelle and the other children.
  • Ship Tease: With Chromia.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In A Child's Innocence, which rewrites Transformers: Dark of the Moon, he avoids being killed by Sentinel Prime.
  • Tranquil Fury: Speaks calmly but with a dangerous tone in his voice when addressing the teenagers who kidnapped Annabelle and the other children in Not According to Plan.
  • Trigger Happy: He loves using those cannons. Wheelie even describes him as such.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ratchet, they tend to get on each others' nerves, but they still show camaraderie for one another.

    Ratchet 
The medical officer of the Autobots.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: His personality in this series is much more in line with how the character is usually portrayed.
  • Badass Bookworm: He possesses great knowledge on how to treat both Cybertonians and humans and is very formidable in combat.
  • Combat Medic: His surgical tools also double as weapons. He is also the one who tends to Autobots who have been damaged in combat.
  • Cool Car: His vehicle form is a Hummer Search & Rescue Truck.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The character's portrayal in Transformers Animated and Transformers: Prime come to mind. Especially when someone needlessly risks their health.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be callous at times, but he still cares about his allies. He also acts pretty nice to Annabelle. In A Child's Innocence, Ratchet is pretty upset with himself over not being able to save Jolt and Flareup.
  • The Medic: He is the medical officer of the Autobots.
  • Mythology Gag: His relationship with Ironhide is a reference to the G1 Transformers cartoon.
  • Sherlock Scan: How he diagnoses Annabelle's injuries without touching her given that he's a giant robot and she's a small human child.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ironhide, he's had some laughs at the weapons specialist's expense, but they still show camaraderie for one another.

    Sideswipe 

  • Backpack Cannon: His method of shooting his opponents is to leap over them and fire downward.
  • Bash Brothers: Seems to be this with Ironhide. They fight a trio of Decepticons in A Child's Innocence and Arcee remarks that his comment in the Blood Knight entry comes from him spending too much time with the weapon specialist.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Type II, he has a blade attached to each arm.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys fighting. Best seen so far in A Child's Innocence where he, Arcee, and Mirage are fighting numerous Decepticon mooks. He expresses disappointment at not finding a challenging opponent.
    (to a Decepticon) Where are you? Come out so I can slice you into tiny pieces and kill you.
  • Close-Range Combatant: He mostly uses his arm-mounted blades to fight his opponents.
  • Cool Car: His vehicle mode is a silver Corvette Stingray.
  • Mythology Gag: It is mentioned that he has a twin brother named Sunstreaker.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To a Decepticon mook.
    Katana-Wielding Decepticon: Far, far too slow. I'm getting rather bored.
    Sideswipe: (cuts the Decepticon in half) So am I. (stabs him in the head)
  • Rollerblade Good: He moves around on wheels in robot mode.
  • Smug Super: He is aware of how great a fighter he is.
  • Super Speed: He's one of the faster Cybertronians.

    Arcee, Chromia & Flareup 
  • Action Girl: All three of them.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Elita-One's name is changed to Flareup in this series.
  • Adaptational Badass: They are much more capable fighters than their film counterparts.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Arcee and Chromia after Sentinel Prime off-lines Flareup.
  • Battle Couple: Chromia becomes this with Ironhide.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Annabelle and Gwen describe them as very pretty.
  • Combining Mecha: They are said to be able to combine into a larger machine named Arcee. They have of yet to display this ability in the series and they sadly never will unless the author is willing to bring Flareup Back from the Dead.
  • Cool Bike: Their vehicle forms are respectively pink, blue, and purple Suzuki B-kings.
  • Fragile Speedster: They're fast and graceful fighters, but they are also much more fragile compared to other Cybertronians. Sentinel kills Flareup by causing her to slow down trying to recover from an attack and quickly follows it up by slicing her in half.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Chromia is a romantic version of this with Ironhide.
  • Literal Split Personality: Played With. The Arcee sisters are described as one Cybertronian inhabiting three separate bodies in some ways, but also each having their own separate personality in other ways. This is part of why Arcee and Chromia are so deeply affected by Flareup's death, they literally felt a piece of them disappear.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: Chromia's the Finesse to Ironhide's Might. She takes down here enemies by maneuvering around them and attacking when they're vulnerable with precise strikes.
  • Mama Bear: Chromia becomes this to Annabelle.
    • She goes into Tranquil Fury at the teenagers who kidnapped Annabelle and the other children.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Arcee has a primarily pink color scheme. Flareup has a primarily purple color scheme.
  • Purple Is Powerful: As mentioned above, Flareup.
  • Ship Tease: Chromia with Ironhide.
  • Shipper on Deck: Arcee seems pleased to know that Chromia is making progress on her relationship with Ironhide.
  • Sudden Name Change: Bookworm Gal originally went with calling the third Arcee sister "Moonracer" before changing it to "Flareup".
  • Super Speed: They're some of the fastest of the Cybertronians.
  • Tranquil Fury: Chromia speaks very calmly but with a dangerous tone in her voice when addressing the teenagers who kidnapped Annabelle and the other children in Not According to Plan.
  • True Blue Femininity: Chromia has a primarily blue color scheme.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Arcee and Chromia become the only female Autobots after Flareup is off-lined.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Flareup doesn't have much focus or development before Sentinel off-lines her.

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    Jolt 

    Wheelie 
  • Famous Last Words: "We had a nice run, Brains, you and me." Subverted as he survives.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He worships Mikaela Banes as his "Warrior Goddess".
  • It Has Been an Honor: When it seems that he a Brains are going to die in a crashing Decepticon ship, he says this to Brains. While Brains dies, he survives.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much he loathes Sam Witwicky, he does acknowledge that Mikaela cares about him so he avoids being too rough with the guy. He also cares about Annabelle, even going so far as to give her advice on how to deal with the Decepticons should she encounter into them. And when Annabelle is kidnapped by the Decepticons, he is genuinely concerned about the girl's life and throws away any fear about the Decepticons killing him for betraying them when Barricade contacts him.
    • In Not According to Plan, he also introduces the children to the Autobots and is happy to have Izabella meet Mikaela.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He defects from the Decepticons due to their numerous threats against his life.
  • Playful Hacker: When a group of teenagers kidnap a bunch of children (including Annabelle) and try to make a video to discredit the Autobots, he hacks one of the teenagers' cell phones and uploads the unedited version of the video with the children behaving positively towards him all over the Internet which would achieve the opposite effect. He also adds a note saying that kidnapping children is a bad idea and shares the video on the teenagers' social media so their friends can watch the video.
  • Spanner in the Works: He throws a wrench in the teenagers' plan to destroy any sympathy for the Autobots by hacking Mike's cellphone.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sam Witwicky. They both tend to annoy each other, but Wheelie recognizes that Mikaela genuinely cares about him and Wheelie has never done anything beyond snide remarks towards Sam.

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    Sentinel Prime 
  • Adaptational Badass: In DOTM he is quickly left for dead after Megatron turns on him and is helpless as Optimus is about to execute him. In A Child's Innocence, Sentinel, Megatron and Optimus have a 1-on-1-on-1 fight after Megatron turns on him.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Optimus Prime prepares to execute him, Sentinel begs Optimus to understand why he had to betray them. This doesn't save him.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In Optimus Prime's own words, he betrayed himself as he threw away the philosophies that he himself had taught to Optimus.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Megatron are the primary villains in A Child's Innocence.
  • BFS: He uses one in his fight against Optimus Prime and Megatron.
  • Bond One-Liner: To Ironhide, after stabbing him with his sword. Subverted as Ironhide survives.
    I hereby discharge you from duty.
  • Double Weapon: His dual-bladed sword.
  • Evil All Along: He is revealed to have allied himself with Megatron by the time the events of A Child's Innocence come around.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He believes that the Autobots will realize that restoring Cybertron will be worth the cost of enslaving the human race to rebuild it. Needless to say, he is frustrated when the Autobots (especially his former student, Optimus) side against him to defend humanity.
  • Fallen Hero: He was Optimus Prime's mentor, now he has allied himself with Megatron to enslave the human race to rebuild Cybertron. He also rejects the philosophies that he himself taught to Optimus.
  • Genius Bruiser: He developed the gun that he uses to turn other Cybertronians into rust as well as the space bridge that will bring Cybertron to Earth. And as a Prime, he is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Hero Killer: He off-lines Jolt and Flareup and nearly did the same thing to Ironhide.
  • Hypocrite: He betrayed the Autobots and everything they stood for, is outraged at Megatron betraying him. Obviously, Optimus Prime calls him out on this.
    Sentinel Prime: (to Megatron) Traitor.
    Optimus Prime: You have already betrayed those around you. You betrayed yourself. Why are you so surprised to receive such treatment? Especially from Megatron.
  • In the Back: Similar to the scene in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sentinel attempts to do this to Ironhide. This time, however, Ironhide is able to react in time and make the traitor face him head-on instead.
  • Karmic Death: He betrays the Autobots and kills Jolt and Flareup to work with Megatron in order to rebuild Cybertron. He later tries to assert power over the Decepticon leader. This all leads to Sentinel being caught in a fight between Megatron and Optimus Prime. And later, Optimus executes the traitor with Megatron's gun.
  • Knight Templar: He struck a deal with Megatron to find another world and use their resources to rebuild Cybertron. When he is awakened in the 21st century, Sentinel turns on his former allies and joins Megatron to use humanity as a Slave Race to rebuild Cybertron. He is also disgusted at humans seeing the Cybertronians as just machines when Primes like him and Optimus were practically gods on Cybertron.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He moves very quickly, can take numerous hits, and is incredibly powerful. He walks through most of the Autobots and NEST. And he can keep pace with Optimus Prime and Megatron, at the same time.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He uses his shield to block attacks in his fight with Optimus and Megatron.
  • The Needs of the Many: He justifies using all of humanity as a slave labor force in order to restore Cybertron to its former glory. Needless to say, the Autobots don't exactly see eye to eye.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite his claims of wanting to save Cybertron for the greater good, what he truly wants is to rebuild Cybertron in his own image with him as its ruler.
  • One-Man Army: He fights nearly all of the Autobots (minus Optimus Prime and Chromia), off-lines Jolt and Flareup, and nearly kills Ironhide.
  • Shadow Archetype: He and Optimus used to have the same morals and ideologies, Sentinel's teachings even led Optimus to become who he is now; however, after Sentinel was corrupted by the eons of war on Cybertron, he was convinced that his world's survival was more important than the rights of all sentient beings.

    Mirage 

    Wheeljack 
  • Adaptation Name Change: His name is Que in DOTM.
  • Chekhov's Armoury:
    • He creates the cellphone Annabelle uses to communicate with the Autobots. She uses to contact Ironhide after being kidnapped and sends a warning to the Autobots that there is a traitor in their ranks. The weapons specialist manages to piece together that the traitor is Sentinel Prime and avoids being killed by Optimus' former mentor.
    • His gadgets, specifically the mountain climbing gloves and explosives, are what allow Sam and Mikaela to effectively attack some Decepticons.
  • Cool Car: His vehicle mode is a Mercedes-Benz E550.
  • Gadgeteer Genius:
    • He creates the cell phone that Annabelle uses to contact the Autobots.
    • He develops the hooked mountain climbing gloves and explosives that NEST, Sam and Mikaela use while they're in Chicago.
  • Shout-Out: Bumblebee uses audio clips of Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future and Q from James Bond to describe him. Sam even compares him to Q when the scientist is explaining his gadgets.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He avoid being executed in A Child's Innocence since in this version of events, Soundwave and Barricade decide to execute Bumblebee first but are then distracted of the sight of numerous Decepticon ships crashing down to Earth.

    The Wreckers 

Leadfoot, Roadbuster, and Topspin

  • Weaponized Car: Their vehicle modes seem to automatically be like this—weaponized NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet Impalas.
  • Violent Glaswegian: They have Scottish accents and aren't called "the Wreckers" for nothing.
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