Introduced in Combiner Wars
The former City-Speaker of Caminus, she has since abandoned that title in order to pursue her vendetta against the Combiners that have ravaged her homeworld.
- Action Girl: She ain't a slouch in combat, she's strong enough to take on Combiners and win!
- Adaptational Badass: Windblade as she was introduced in the IDW comics was a sort of inguene who genuinely wants to have peace between Autobots, Decepticons and the various Transformer colony worlds like Caminus. While a capable enough fighter, her main job is to be a City-Speaker, meaning she's able to communicate to the citybots like Metroplex. Combiner Wars Windblade is angry and hateful, and is able to bring down a combiner almost single-handed.
- Cool Sword: Carries her trademark Stormfall Blade, that is actually strong enough to not only hurt but actually kill a Combiner.
- Blow You Away: During her fight with Optimus Prime, Windblade uses her turbines to send Optimus flying. It doesn't help, as Optimus manages to disarm her soon after. She also uses this during the fight against Starscream.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After being portrayed angry and angsty in Episodes 1, 2 and 3, Episode 4 has Windblade giggle at one of Megatron's jokes, much to Optimus Prime's annoyance.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Maxima's death in particular is what sends Windblade into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Windblade's experiences have left her bitter and angry.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Windblade is on a quest to wipe out the Combiners and the Enigma of Combination, blaming them for the devastation done to her homeworld and the death of many of her friends.
The former leader of the Autobots. Fearing that the introduction of the Combiners will lead to an escalation of the war terrible enough to destroy Cybertron itself, he challenged Megatron to a final duel. After defeating Megatron in said duel, he sent himself into exile, feeling that he as a living symbol of the war, he would only cause trouble.
After meeting Windblade, Optimus agrees to join her on her quest to destroy the Enigma of Combination.
- Back from the Dead: To the surprise of no one, he comes back to life in the end of the Power of The Primes series after being killed back in the Titans Return series.
- Megatron jokes of that one time that he killed him and asks if he's still mad about that.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of John Bailey, but later on reprised by Peter Cullen.
- Big Badass Rig: It ain't Optimus without his truck alternate mode
- Big Good: Is this somewhat for the Combiner Wars and Titans Return Series, but then again it is Optimus Prime. So that's a given.
- BFG: His iconic Ion Blaster which packs quite a punch. It even manages to faze Trypticon.
- An Axe to Grind: Optimus uses his famous Energon Axe, which is stored in his right hand.
- The Determinator: Rodimus warns his fellow council members that once Optimus Prime has decided on a course of action, nothing will stop him.
- The Exile: Optimus exiled himself following the war, hoping that this would lead to lasting peace.
- Hurting Hero: As is usual with most Optimuses, he has an ever present yet dignified sadness in his voice and mannerisms. Arguably this is one of the versions that have more hurt due to having gone into self-imposed exile.
- No Mouth: Sports his famous mouth plate, although with a slightly different design from his original. And as per usual it moves up and down when he speaks.
- Noodle Incident: Megatron mentions that one time he killed him and jokingly asks if he's still peeved about that event.
- Retired Badass: His solo episode reveals Optimus lives on his own in some ruins somewhere in Cybertron's wastelands.
- Role Reprisal: Peter Cullen provides the nostalgia blooming Badass Baritone we all know and love.
- Sacrificial Lion: Is killed off by Megatronus in the finale of the Titan's Return series. To more or less show how powerful Megatronus really is, but as per usual it doesn't stick
- Scars Are Forever: While not exactly a scar per se, but a part of his windshield is cracked. Which he seems to have gotten during his final duel with Megatron. He hasn't had it fixed or repaired after so long.
- Vagueness Is Coming: During a conversation with Megatron, he mentions that the Primes are going to return. The former Decepticon laughs him off at first.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Him and Megatron sometimes has this dynamic, mostly because of them being formerly archenemies.
- Weapon of Choice: He carries his usual armaments, his renowned Ion Blaster and Energon Axe.
The former leader of the Decepticons. Following his defeat in a final duel by Optimus Prime, Megatron was exiled and has since made his home on a dead world.
After Optimus and Windblade meet with him and inform him Starscream has the Enigma of Combination, Megatron agrees to join them. He plays a much smaller role in the sequel series, Titans Return, sitting out of it and most of the time just observing what goes on and having a small subplot. But he gets a much larger role in the Power of Primes series now being the leader of a rather unorthodox team. For some reason he's also now a triple changer, being able to turn into a tank or a BFG.
- Adaptational Heroism: After the end of the Great War, he soon somewhat mellows out and isn't maniacal, tyrannical as he used to be. Still there is the slight edge of evil within him, but he ultimately is in the side of good, as much as he hates to admit it.
- Anti-Hero: While he does somewhat fight for good, he is still the Megatron we all now and love. Only much older and less of a villain.
- Arm Cannon: Well what would Megatron be without his trademark Fusion Cannon? Now also working as the cannon for his Tank Mode.
- BFG: As an upgrade to his classic pistol alternate mode, he now also turns into a giant gun. In fact when Optimus is talking about something with enough firepower to either destroy or at least damage the Enigma Of Combination, Prime immediately goes after him.
- He also carries the Requiem Blaster throughout most of the episodes in Power of the Primes. Even managing to use it too.
- Badass Armfold: His default stance when he isn't doing anything in particular.
- Blood Knight: Well it is Megatron, he still enjoys the thrill of fighting. But at least not to the degree he used to have.
- Combat Compliment: Megatron is thrilled to see Optimus Prime is as tough as ever.
- When he realizes that he's been played for a fool, he genuinely praises Starscream.
- Demonic Possession: Unicron tries to pull one on him after his Matrix of Chaos is taken out of Hot Rod's chest. But thanks to some willpower he manages to rebuff enough for Optimal Optimus to kill both him and Unicron for good.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most versions of Megatron frequently have their own fair degree of snark or sass but this incarnation turns it up to 11. Megatron always sounds like he's having a go at you, regardless of what he's saying. He's always prone to doing digs and jokes to a degree never seen before. It's kinda beautiful and funny.Megatron: "Oh good. I get to kill another Prime."
- Defiant Stone Throw: He does this once Megatronus shows up, stating not only did he appropriate the Prime's name for himself, but became a Galactic Conqueror and Hero Killer as well. He then proceeds to go into Heroic Self-Deprecation mixed with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Megatronus, later revealed to be a mere distraction for Fortress Maximus and Optimus Prime to attack.
- The Determinator: Rodimus Prime warns his fellow council members that Megatron is even more determined than Optimus Prime himself once he has his mind set on something.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: He blows off the Primes and Optimus's visions despite having some familiarity with Unicron.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Unlike Optimus whom still has his Energon Axe, Megatron uses fisticuffs and his strength in combat, instead of using his Energone Flail/Mace. Still he is a formidable fighter.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices his own life in order to kill Unicron off for real.
- Heroic Willpower: While he probably won't exactly call it that. He has enough willpower to fight back Unicron when the chaosbringer himself was trying to possess his former disciple.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Once he and Starscream exchange words, Megatron immediately flies up and blasts him, despite Optimus' attempt to stop him. As a result, any chance of a peaceful resolution go down the drain.
- It Amused Me: He's not really that interested in doing the right thing, mostly because he's Megatron. In Titans Return, watching the heroes desperately struggle to survive is entertaining to him, although he ultimately does lend a servo.
- Lightning Bruiser: Megatron's pretty light on his feet and a major powerhouse. His first battle in the Titans Return series is him vs all four combiners. They barely slow him down and at one point he picks Devastator up and throws him into Victorion! And he's actively holding back throughout.
- Noodle Incident: When chatting with Prime, he jokes if the former Autobot leader is still pissed of about that one time he killed him.
- There have been a few mentions about how he used to be Galvatron. There is no explanation to even how he became Megatron again after that.
- Not Me This Time: In Episode 6, Optimus accuses Megatron of betraying himself and Windblade when they catch sight of Devastator. Megatron replies that if he planned to betray them, Optimus would already be dead. Windblade later accuses Megatron of being part of Starscream's scheme, but Megatron again denies it.
- Reformed, but Rejected: No one, even his former followers, wants to give Megatron the benefit of the doubt. He doesn't really care that much but it does ultimately annoy him from time to time.
- Scars Are Forever: He gets a scar over the left side of his face, from his last fight with Optimus Prime. He hasn't seem to have gotten it repaired in anyway shape or form after that.
- Tank Goodness: Alongside his Gun alternate mode (now upgraded to being a BFG instead of a Pistol) he also has a Tank Alternate Mode.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's tagging along on the mission to destroy the Enigma, but he's very much still Megatron. Although he does slowly become a more heroic character later on, especially in the Power of The Primes.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Somewhat has this dynamic with Optimus Prime, mostly because they were archenemies during the Great War.
- This also extends to most of the Autobots and good guys of the group, mostly because he's the only Decepticon member of the group.
The Council as a whole
- Godzilla Threshold: Much of their bickering revolves around whether or not they've crossed this.
- Head-in-the-Sand Management: The devastation inflicted on Caminus seems to have occurred on their watch. In all their appearances thus far, they've been arguing about the correct course of action.
- Oh, Crap!: The sight of Optimus Prime and Megatron working together to breach their defenses terrifies them.
- Rule of Three: The Council is made up of a high-ranking Autobot, the Decepticon second-in-command and the religious ruler of a neutral colony world.
Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod
Successor to Optimus Prime. While he still respects his predecessor, he's determined to be his own bot and come up with a solution to the Combiner threat, even if his solution meets with Optimus' disapproval.
- An Arm and a Leg: Devastator makes his appearance at the end of Episode 5 by ripping Rodimus' arm off. He gets better later on though.
- Arm Cannon: After getting his arm ripped off by Devastator. He later on gets a new arm with a hidden cannon inside of it from the Council, not unlike the built-in weapons used by Transformers in the Live-Action movies or Prime. It is also strong enough to somewhat hurt Trypticon.
- Brought Down to Normal: He goes back to being Hot Rod, having given up the Matrix as atonement for the recent events back in Combiner Wars.
- Demonic Possession: Thanks to Overlord, he gets the Matrix of Chaos. Which holds Unicron's essence shoved into his chest and is forcefully turned into Rodimus Cron.
- Godzilla Threshold: Believes that using the Enigma of Combination to create more Combiners is necessary to counter the destruction caused by the Combiners.
- I Have Many Names: He goes by Rodimus Prime, Rodimus, Hot Rod, then Rodimus Cron, and finally Rodimus Unicronus.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Inverted. After he returns the Matrix of Leadership to the council. He almost instantly reverts back to the younger, less mature Hot Rod.
- Start X to Stop X: Suggests using the Enigma of Combination to create more Combiners under the Council's control.
Successor to Megatron. While he freely admits that he wanted to overthrow Megatron and take his place, becoming part of the Council of Worlds has tempered his ambitions with a new-found sense of responsibility. Or so he claimed before seizing the Enigma of Combination for himself.
- The Atoner: In Episode 5, Starscream tells Megatron that he's been trying to make up for his sins, something he hinted at in his own solo promo. Then he betrays the Council by using the Enigma of Combination to forcibly combine with Computron, Menasor, Devastator and Victorion.
- The Chains of Commanding: In his solo episode, Starscream mentions that being leader was far more difficult than he thought it'd be.
- The Long Game: As of Episode 6, Starscream has control over the Enigma of Combination, and notes he'd been planning for a long, long time.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to Rodimus (who wants to create more Combiners to counter the ones already on the loose) and the Mistress Of Flame (who wants to use the Enigma of Combination to kill all Combiners), Starscream comes off as this.
- Reformed, but Rejected: When Megatron tells Starscream that whatever plot he's planned will fail, Starscream bitterly retorts that there is no plot. Except there is.
- The Starscream: While he was this in the past, Starscream seems to genuinely work for peace. At least until Episode 6, where he takes the Enigma for himself.
Mistress Of Flame
A native of Caminus, the Mistress of Flame effectively abandoned Caminus to become a member of the Council of Worlds alongside Rodimus Prime and Starscream.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the IDW comics, she acts as a religious leader and encourages Optimus Prime in full accepting the title of "Prime" and all the religious connotations the title has. Other than that, she focuses on looking after her people on Caminus. Here, she repeatedly suggests using the Enigma of Combination to kill their enemies, and outright tells Windblade to "Know your place!" during their confrontation in Episode 5.
- Kill Em All: The Mistress of Flame's suggestion to end the Combiner problem.
- Not So Different: Her plan for the Combiners is the same as Windblades: Kill Em All.
- Sacrificial Lion: Dies by the Overlord's hands in Titans Return.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Windblade feels that the Mistress' abandonment of Caminus to join the Council is basically this.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Is killed off by Overlord in Titan's Return, at least she put up a fight.
The combined mode of the Technobots.
- Combat Pragmatist: Makes use of his combiner kibble (specifically Nosecone's drill mounted on his left leg and Strafe's blasters on his right arm) during his fight with Menasor.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Makes his first appearance in Windblade's prelude before making appearance in the show.
- This Is a Drill: Nosecone forms one of his limbs.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed of in the first episode by Menasor, but gets better.
The combined mode of the Stunticons.
- Adaptational Intelligence: This Menasor speaks in normal sentences and isn't mentally unstable.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Windblade slices him in half. In Episode 6, his torso is still clearly cut in two.
- Not So Different: Pulls this on Windblade after she slices him in half.
The combined mode of the Constructicons.
- Combining Mecha: Unlike Menasor and Computron (who were only seen in combined mode), Devastator's appearance in Episode 5 follows the appearance of Long Haul, Scavenger and Scrapper (who form his waist and hips, right arm and right leg respectively) in the previous episode.
- Fantastic Racism: Devastator's rant in Episode 6 suggests that he was forcibly split back into his Constructicon components because other Transformers were afraid of him, and that other Combiners shared the same fate.
A Combiner neither Autobot nor Decepticon, Victorion hopes to show other Combiners a path to peace.
- Advertised Extra: Of the four people who got a promotional short, Victorion easily has the least to do. She only appears 6 episodes into the 8 episode series.
- Cool Sword: Her broadsword is made out of weapons from all of the bots whom make up her being. Unfortunately after she loses one of them she isn't able to make the blade anymore, now being forced to use a Powerful Pick
- Handicapped Badass: After losing her arm to Megatronus. She spends most of the Power of the Primes series just running around sans an arm, but she can handle her own. Somewhat.
- Killed Off for Real: Possibly Dust Up by Megatronus, and also Victorion herself by Rodimus Cron after he rips her head off with his own bare hands.
- Leader Wannabe: She tries to appoint herself leader of Megatron's team in Power of the Primes, despite ultimately following the former's plan and lead.
- Name's the Same: her name was taken from a Brave Saga 2 robot.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her arrival distracts Devastator, Optimus Prime, Megatron and Windblade, giving the Council the time they need to unlock the Enigma of Combination and activate it.
- Off With Her Head! : She gets her head ripped off of her shoulders by Rodimus Cron's hands
- Powerful Pick: After losing a component (possibly Dust Up) of her combined form , she isn't able to use her sword anymore. Now being forced to use Pyra Magna's Pick Axe/Cudgel which was also formerly the hilt and handle of Victorion's sword.
- The Smurfette Principle: The first ever female combiner made and also the only on in this Trilogy.
- The Worf Effect: She is completely useless once she actually appears in the series, despite being played up as a savior. It gets even worse in the next two subsequent series's, Titan's Return and Power of the Primes.
- The Cameo: They only appeared in Optimus Prime's solo episode, witnessing his final duel with Megatron.
- The Cameo: They only appeared in Optimus Prime's solo episode, witnessing his final duel with Megatron.
- Adaptational Heroism: Probably thanks to Victorion and the others. They help out in fixing the city after the battle with Starscream.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Megatron basically just tosses them around in Episode 4.
- The Voiceless: Long Haul, Scrapper and Scavenger only communicate in electronic beeps. But surprisingly enough some of them seemed to be voiced in Titans Return.
A native of Caminus and Windblade's close friend.Maxima was on Caminus when Computron and Menasor fell onto the planet. With Computron out of commission, she and Windblade tried to bring the giant Decepticon down. Menasor retaliated by knocking off both of her arms, and Maxima bought time for Windblade by firing her jets directly into Menasor's eyes. This self-sacrificing move proved fatal, and Maxima was killed by Menasor shortly afterwards.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for this series using Windblade's template. Probably to just be killed off.
- Made of Plasticine: Her arm falls off easily after being swatted aside by Menasor. Which is kinda embarrassing to say the least.
- Palette Swap: She is pretty much a reuse of Windblade's model but in new colors and with a new head.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She is introduced and dies before the first episode even ended
- Tragic Keepsake: Windblade keeps her blaster rifle after her death. She attempts to use it to try and destroy the Enigma of Combination. However Optimus Prime, mistakenly thinking that Windblade was trying to assassinate, interferes and destroys it in half, which unfortunately sends her into a rage.
Introduced in Titan's Return
Long ago, Megatronus was hailed as a hero for his defeat of Unicron using the Requiem Blaster. However, he and his lover Solus Prime clashed over what to do with the Blaster afterwards, as Megatronus wanted to keep it for his own rather than see it destroyed. As the two fought, the weapon was accidentally discharged, killing Solus and leaving Megatronus to grieve. Without warning The other Primes took back the Blaster from Megatronus, sealing it away, and he placed himself into exile until he could find a way to reunite with his deceased love.
- Big Bad: Of the entire trilogy. Being responsible for the Combiner Wars, Starscream being turned into Trypticon and etc.
- Apocalypse How: His ultimate plan is to cause genocide in order to bring back Solus Prime.
- Brought Down to Normal: Megatronus's constant use of his powers over the course of the series drains him just enough for the heroes to push back against him in the end.
- Darth Vader Clone: Megatronus, his general design and origins always set him up for this in the comics, but now his motivations and backstory in this trilogy are a direct reference to prequel Anakin. Kind of ironic as the other incarnations of the Fallen look way more similar to Darth Vader.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The true villain of the entire series.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His scheme to bring back to Solus Prime is what ultimately becomes his undoing as Solus herself is what defeats and kills him for good.
- Playing with Fire: He has the ability to control fire which he usually uses for offensive purposes, just like his Dreamwave incarnation.
- Hilariously enough a lot of captions on his images from TF Wiki, have quotes from the Fire Lord Ozai as a joking reference.
Introduced in Power of the Primes
Optimus Primal was the latest in a long line of noble Cybertronians tasked by the gods with guarding the Requiem Blaster. For as long as he could remember, he was sealed with it inside a dome in Primal Swamp to watch over it. This continued until Megatron eventually found and entered the vault, hoping to retrieve the Blaster in order to keep it out of Megatronus's clutches. Primal appeared before him and fought to defend the Blaster, but Megatron told him that Cybertron was facing extinction and that he was prepared to give his life to save the planet. Sensing the truth in his words, Primal relinquished the Blaster to Megatron, who left the vault with it. As the former Decepticon and his team discussed their next move, Primal followed him outside and properly introduced himself, and soon joins in on the quest to stop Megatronus.
- Adaptational Badass: Optimal Optimus is notorious for being constantly hit with The Worf Effect and taken out practically every episode in Beast Wars sans his introduction. But here he's able to fight a full powered Rodimus Unicronus one on one and ultimately lays him out long enough for the team to pin him down. Then pull the Matrix of Chaos out of his chest himself.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Outside the original toyline early on, most Beast Wars fiction overall paints that titular event as happening (barring time travel) centuries after the Autobot/Decepticon war. This series sees Optimus Primal only years after the war interacting with the original Megatron and Primal's own namesake after he's once again resurrected.
- Amnesiac Hero: He can't exactly remember anything about his life before even standing guard over the Requiem Blaster. Which makes him quite the mysterious bot.
- Amplifier Artifact: After the Matrix of Leadership chose him, he would later be upgraded into his Optimal Optimus form
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep and gruff voice provided by Ron Pearlman.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: His beast mode is a Silverback Gorilla but close enough. Although he never uses his Beast Mode in this series, but it is somewhat understandable. There really isn't any practicality in using a Gorilla mode in Cybertron.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: He doesn't seem to have the same armaments his Beast Wars incarnation had, only having his fists and arguably the Requiem Blaster. But he's still quite capable in his own right.
- Large and in Charge: After being chosen to be the newest Prime, he gets upgraded into his large Optimal Optimus form