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Last Stand of the Wreckers


Welcome to the team. Just be prepared: sometimes in the Wreckers, your first day is your last.

  • The Ace
  • And I Must Scream: Trapped in a coma at the end of the series of Last Stand, but becomes better halfway through the first issue of Sins.
  • Angst Coma: Inverted after his mutilation at the hands of Overlord. Despite being completely repaired and rebuilt, he suffers from "zero point", a seemingly incurable affliction that prevents his spark from powering his body. Rung suggests that Roadbuster read Ironfist's stories of the Wrecker's past exploits to him, and it almost works when Springer's painful memories of Pova resurface. He's finally roused when Kup orders him to do so.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: He's essentially Tarantulas' son, and spends his portion of the Noisemaze fight trying to kill the scientist, unaware of this fact.
  • Artificial Human: Or Artificial Cybertronian, in this case, created by Mesothulas from imitation Matrix energy.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Badass in Charge: Leader of the Wreckers until his retirement at the end of Sins.
  • Badass in Distress: Captured by Stalker in Issue #3, along with Impactor and Twin Twist. Then again by Mesothulas as a test subject for Impetus.
  • BFG: Ironfist supplies him with a huge rotary Gatling-style weapon to use against Overlord... that doesn't even slow Overlord down, at least until Ironfist detonates the thousands of deterrence chips it embedded in him.
  • The Bus Came Back: He wakes up thanks to Kup, and takes the Wreckers to Earth to find Prowl.
  • The Captain
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of Sins, he manages to walk away from everything and earn his peace, though he wonders how long it'll be until he's dragged back.
    • Gets a far more definitive one at the end of Requiem, when after having finally defeated Overlord for good, Springer decides to use Tarantulas' Timemaze to send himself back into the distant past to pre-war Cybertron to try and avert the Great War on an individual level, sending a message out to all the surviving Wreckers, their allies, and the group of trainee Wreckers he'd been remotely training telling them to destroy the Wreckers' legacy and create a better future before leaving.
  • Eye Scream: One of his optics is knocked out of his head when Overlord tears his face off.
  • Heroic Build: His encounter with First Aid in Bullets (told from First Aid's point of view) makes repeated mention of his huge chest. It almost comes off as First Aid Eating the Eye Candy.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: His response when Kup tells him the story of Violator? The best story ever.
  • Jetpack
  • The Kirk
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes one for Roadbuster during his years offline.
  • Meaningful Name: He can jump really high. Since he's got a flying alt-mode, this doesn't show up very often, though it does appear during the final fight in the Tor.
  • The Mentor: The ending of Requiem reveals that Springer had been remotely training a new team consisting of Bulkhead, Quickswitch (possibly Sixknight due to continuity errors that would create), Breacher, and Strongarm. He includes them in his farewell message and asks them to create a better legacy for the Wreckers by building a better future.
  • Morality Pet: To Impactor and Prowl when he was still Ostaros. Additionally implied to be an Exploited Trope in Prowl's case, with him keeping Springer around as a reminder of both his own better self and sorest moral failures.
  • My Greatest Failure: Failing to stop Impactor at Pova, despite being barely able to walk at the time.
  • Nice Guy: Brave, amicable, and, perhaps most importantly, sane.
  • Put on a Bus: As a result of his injuries, he was out of commission for about five years. Happily, The Bus Came Back forSins.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Springer may be done with Garrus-9, but Garrus-9's not at all done with Springer, as his horrifying flashbacks to his own mutilation can attest to. He eventually retires from the Wreckers because of this.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Wears a massive pair of shoulder pauldrons in the present day. These proved famous enough to eventually carry over to his toy.

'Autobot'? I'm a Wrecker, Snare. First and always.

  • Anti-Heroes do the Dirty Work: Seems to have reached the conclusion that this is his lot in life at the end of Sins. Not only is he the only reason Prowl was able to walk away from Mesothulas' shop of horrors as cleanly as he did, but he also ends up tying up most of the series' loose ends. He ultimately joins Mayhem to exercise this against the various political forces on Cybertron.
  • The Atoner: Appear to be this in the Sin of the Wreckers.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He'a one of the guilty parties in Megatron's Start of Darkness, albeit indirectly.
  • Blood Knight: Always a bit of a low-level one, but this becomes really obvious whenever he decides It's Personal. However, by Sins he's not only started to resist, but also tries to help out those in the same boat. And fails. And ends up not only doing most of the dirty work himself, but ends up having to put Guzzle down at the end of it all.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Springer and Ironfist.
  • Character Development: By the series' end, he has come to terms with his actions on Pova, and even refuses to kill Overlord in honor of Springer (and because killing him would be the kinder option at this point). Come Sins and he's evolved into an outright Team Dad who tries to prevent Guzzle from making the same mistakes he did.
  • Cruel Mercy: Refuses to kill the broken Overlord in honor of Springer.
  • Fallen Hero: At first.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Trapped in a pile of rubble, with Springer caught behind him and Overlord quickly advancing, Impactor makes peace with Springer before giving him one final order; shoot through Impactor like he did to an unwilling Springer on Pova so Springer can free himself, even though doing so will be fatal for Impactor. Springer obeys.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Jetpack
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
  • Knight of Cerebus: Semi-heroic version.
  • The Lancer
  • Moral Myopia: Is called out on this by Carnivac in Reqiuem. The plan to use a brainwashed Cybertronian to kill Megan Guglione to permanently sabotage the peace process between Earth and Cybertron was originated by Impactor before he went undercover as a vehicle in her security detail. Impactor's only furious that Carnivac decided to use Springer as the gunman instead of some other Autobot he wouldn't have cared about. Springer, for his part, thinks they're both full of scrap.
  • My Greatest Failure: Admits to Springer right before his death that it would have been better for both of them and probably the Autobot cause if he'd never recruited him to the Wreckers.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Started a bar brawl that got Megatron arrested, and nearly murdered, which in turn was his Start of Darkness.
  • The Pardon: For his help in retaking Garrus-9, he's issued a formal pardon for the massacre of Squadron X.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Hold it, Impactor's letting an enemy live? Wait, never mind, I get it now.
  • Redemption Equals Life: Eventually accepts that what he did on Pova was wrong, and makes it out of the comic alive.
  • Sixth Ranger
  • Sociopathic Hero
  • Team Dad: While Springer lies dormant between the two series, he grows into this role. Though Roadbuster is a better fit, there are even some elements of Team Mom in the deep care he has for those under his command. Which only ends up making his Shoot the Dog moments all the worse.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • We Used to Be Friends: Used to be drinking buddies with Megatron. It saved his life at one point, if Ironfist's writing is to be believed.
    • His relationship with Springer also gets pretty thoroughly destroyed during Reqiuem with Springer wanting nothing more to do with him though they make peace with each other before Impactor orders Springer to kill him.
  • Vigilante Execution: He executed Squadron X with a nice shot to the head as they were tied town and defenseless.
    • Later does the same to Hubcap in Sins, citing his status as a security risk.

You can't beat "Wreck and Rule". Pure poetry.

  • Addiction Displacement: Used to be obsessively fanbotish about the Primal Vanguard, is now obsessively fanbotish about the Wreckers.
  • Adorkable: Has his moments.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He shows many symptoms of being on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Author of the popular Wreckers: Declassified datalogs under the alias "Fisitron".
  • Awesome Backpack: Wears his Lightformer Cannon in this manner.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Badass Bookworm: Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Wreckers, to the extent that he knows more about some of their members than they do.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Designed Optimus Prime's signature rifle while serving as Wheeljack's apprentice. Optimus never knew his name.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Possibly one of the only Wreckers ever to be, all in all, a pretty Nice Guy. That being said, there's a reason use of most of his inventions constitutes a war crime, and he is more than capable of throwing together obscenely lethal weaponry to even out his relative lack of combat power. Overlord finds this out the hard way.
    • He didn't take being set up to die in a "lab accident" kindly either, and throws together an awesome Thanatos Gambit to ensure Skyfall goes down hard.
  • BFG: His Lightformer Cannon.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Inventor of the Cerebro-Sensitive Bullet, which results in one of these whenever it's used.
  • The Cameo: In the flashback "Shadowplay" arc of The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye.
    • A really horrific example's to be had in the finale of Sins, where his corpse rains down from the damaged Debris to further traumatize Verity.
  • Catchphrase: Said "glorious" all the time, because Delta Magnus said it. As Fisitron, there are of course his "Fisitronisms"...
  • Chekhov's Gun: The wound on his head.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Ironfist's death could have been prevented as we discovered in the first season of More Than Meets The Eye when it's revealed that both Ratchet and First Aid, two of the Autobots' top medical professionals, could have performed surgery to remove the cerebro-bullet in his head, if he'd only ever told somebody about the accident. Worse, both of them were Wreckers: Declassified readers so most likely would have leapt at the opportunity to save Fisitron. First Aid even sadly notes that he thinks about how he could have saved Ironfist quite a bit.
  • The Cutie
  • Fanboy: Of the Wreckers. Before that, he was a huge fan of the Primal Vanguard and Delta Magnus.
  • Friendless Background: From all indications, he didn't have many friends on the force, probably because he never stopped talking about the Primal Vanguard.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The best weapons designer around, barring maybe Brainstorm.
  • The Hero Dies
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed by one of his Cerebro-Sensitive Bullets.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!"
  • Living on Borrowed Time
  • MacGyvering: Makes a detour to Garrus-9's armory and throws together a deterrence chip-launching chaingun. It proves critical in defeating Overlord.
  • Manchild
  • Naïve Newcomer: Knows the Wreckers have an amazingly high fatality rate, but he's still surprised when people start dying.
  • Nice Guy
  • Secretly Dying: That mark on his head that looks like a bullet wound? That's exactly what it is, courtesy of one of his own Cerebro-Sensitive-Bullets, and it's been killing him for the past 18 months.
  • Significant Anagram: Ironfist -> Fisitron.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Thanatos Gambit: His death may be inevitable, but he sets up events so that Skyfall, the one responsible, is utterly screwed when he does die.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He idolized The Wreckers and romanticized all their missions as space adventures. But then Reality Ensues during the mission in Garrus-9 and realizes that War Is Hell.


  • BFG: The Judge. Also, his tank turret.
  • Blood Knight: By far the most at home with the Wreckers' usual methods of the four reservists. Originally, he wasn't even considered physically eligible for the army, but went and had himself redesigned so that he could fight.
    • Psycho Party Member: He gets more unhinged as Sins progresses. Ultimately, though, it's his calculated, years-in-the-making bid for revenge that proves his undoing.
  • Big Eater: Or Big Drinker, really. His name comes from the fact that he guzzles far more energon than most bots; he wasn't combat ready, and had his body upgraded so he could fight. This resulted in him becoming rather fuel-inefficient. This crosses into horrifying territory when, after killing Polar Claw, he hefts the corpse up and begins guzzling the fuel leaking from it.
  • The Big Guy
  • Gun Nut
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Overlord tears him in half in the climax of Last Stand. This doesn't kill him, though.
  • I Call It "Vera": His Weapon of Choice is a massive Hand Cannon dubbed "The Judge".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Again, he chugged Polar Claw's fuel.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: In 'Sins' he wears a massive armor, making him actually bigger than Roadbuster.
  • Not Quite Dead: Survives a seemingly fatal vivisection.
  • Only Sane Man: At least compared to the other "Wrookies", which is quite telling. Not so much in the sequel.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In Last Stand, anyhow. Not so much after his upgrade, whereupon he even towers over Roadbuster.
  • Psycho Party Member: Following the events of 'Last Stand', to the point that Impactor had to put him inside a box in order for him to stop wrecking shit up.
  • You Killed My Friends: Changes his mind about not joining after hearing that Kup will be on the team. A while back, Kup killed Guzzle's friends after being driven insane by the radioisotope Ore-8, and Guzzle's been wanting to confront him about it. He gets his chance at last at the end of Sins, only to be shot dead by Impactor before he can actually carry anything out.
  • Your Head Asplode: After betraying Kup and Prowl, he meets his demise by way of a harpoon through his head, blowing it to pieces.


And yes, I am that good.

"Maybe I should change my name to Top Secret"

Twin Twist
"Get slagged."

"Hold this, stay there, an' get ready to take notes."
  • Converse with the Unconscious: 'Sins' implies he had a conversation over the phone with a comatose Springer, and his orders made Springer wake up.
  • Manchurian Agent: Prowl had him turned into this while he was being repaired. It is hinted this is still in place in 'Sins'.
  • The Mentor: Has taught a lot of 'bots the ropes, including Optimus Prime himself.


  • Eyepatch of Power: Sorta. His right optic has a built-in targeting system and is consequently much larger.
  • Not So Stoic: There are few instances where he shows significant emotion, but he's particularly horrified and enraged at Rotorstorm's death.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Right before dangling upside-down through a hole in the drop pod to snipe some pursuing Decepticons.
    Perceptor: Hold my legs, Topspin... I feel the urge to shoot someone.

Verity Carlo
Thank you for flying Wrecker Airlines. Please deposit your round-trip ticket to hell and back with the stewardess.

  • Blackmail Backfire: Openly blackmails Prowl with the Aequitas data, which puts a huge target on her.
  • Break Them by Talking: Does it to Overlord.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Seeker: Stakeout claims she's kind of this after going ahead and taunting Prowl about the Aequitas trials.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Requiem ends Verity's story on a well-deserved note, transferring a fortune to her own bank-account from the funds Tarantulas had appropriated and being welcomed home by her estranged mother.
  • Ill Woman: Very clearly unwell in Sins of the Wreckers, vomiting frequently and being generally woozy.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Wears some revealing clothing before Sins of the Wreckers and the cover of Cybertronian Homesick Blues featuring her as Magnus' holomatter avatar has her in them as well.
  • Narrator All Along
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Topspin "Tin Man" and Overlord "Thunderlips".
  • Odd Friendship: With Ultra Magnus.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Eventually Subverted.
  • Powered Armor: She wears an armored space suit that allows her to keep up with the mechs.
  • Secretly Dying: Hinted at and eventually confirmed in issue 4 of Sins. It seems being exposed to the energy of Aequitas being downloaded into Ironfist poisoned her, which gets worse anytime she's exposed to more Cybertronian energy. Her attempt to blackmail Prowl was actually her hoping to be cured. However, by the end of the issue she reveals she feels fine...because Tarantulas has done something weird to her when he scanned her earlier in the issue.
  • Token Human
  • Trauma Conga Line: She went through a lot in the previous "-ation" series and the Last Stand of the Wreckers, which has caused her to be a bit of a Death Seeker.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her attempt to blackmail Prowl with the Aequitas data winds up drawing the attention of Mayhem and ultimately sets the story in motion.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: As one of the most damaged Wreckers, Roadbuster has shown traits analogous to PTSD, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders and full-on psychosis, to name just a few. However, the voice telling him to maim and kill turns out to be quite real.
  • The Big Guy
  • BFG: As big as he is, Roadbuster always lugs around an even bigger gun. He even wields the Pathblaster (a massive gun that overloaded and killed him back in his Marvel appearance) and destroys Squadron X's ship, The Pale Fire.
  • The Caretaker: For Springer.
  • Dark Secret: Hoo boy. Being hooked up to Impetus reveals that even though Roadbuster stopped Whirl's attempt to euthanize Springer while he was still comatose, he wished he was brave enough to do it himself. Additionally, he makes mention of ending many young lives in their sleep, fearful of what they might have become. Perhaps most wrenching of all, he misses the security and direction carrying out sacrifices in the name of "Mortilus" gave him, despite being horrific and making him doubt his own sanity.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Seemingly averted, as for all his faults, he seems to value his cadets highly. In reality, he's even worse than Whirl, albeit unintentionally, and his paternalistic attitude really just makes his torture and sacrifice of them to Mesothulas-as-Mortilus all the more chilling.
  • Flat Character: In-Universe, he's a bit upset at his portrayal as a one-note Gun Nut in Fisitron's writing. Very much averted in the comic itself, however.
  • Gun Nut: Roadbuster is loaded down with weaponry, both here and on his toy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Busies Tarantulas long enough for the others to escape and formulate a plan to destroy the Noisemaze, resulting in his extremely unambiguous death.
  • I Call It "Vera": During AHM, the Autobots repurposed one of their battleship's guns as a turret, and Roadbuster was positively giddy about it, and wanted to give it a name. Whatever relationship he had with said gun is tragically cut short when it runs out of ammunition and he ends up smashing a hoard of Insecticons with it.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: By the time the other Wreckers catch up to him in Tidal Wave, he's torn off several tentacles and mashed the rest of him in an attempt to get information.
  • Manchild: In a nod to the most enduring trait of his original bio, Roadbuster is curiously childlike at times, particularly concerning Springer's affliction...
    • Psychopathic Manchild: ...But when things get nasty, Roadbuster does one worse. More Than Meets the Eye reveals that he once force-fed a Decepticon comms officer his spine in a drug-induced frenzy, and he brutally interrogates the crippled Claw Jaw to the point that Springer has to intervene. He was also manipulated into kidnapping, torturing and murdering untold numbers of cadets, and is implied to have killed more of his own accord.
  • Never Learned to Read: It's mentioned that he was functionally illiterate until Springer fell into a Zero Point coma. Roadbuster reads to him every day in the hope that it might help him recover.
  • Properly Paranoid: Is convinced, but not sure, that Nanocons exist. As The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye proves, they do.
  • Roadburster: How he dies at the hands of a mass-shifting Tarantulas.
  • Team Mom: Roadbuster's care of Springer has gradually shaped him into this for the Wreckers stationed on Debris.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As Last Stand and More than Meets the Eye show, Roadbuster was at one point as unscrupulous and dangerous as Impactor, sadistically causing pain to an imprisoned Squadron X and brutally torturing and murdering a Decepticon named Radar in a fit of Syk-induced rage. Zero Point has Springer's condition forcing him to confront his sordid past, and he later mentions that caring for his leader has made him feel like a better 'bot.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Springer.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For all the atrocities he's committed, the worst turns out to simply be him being used by Tarantulas.


  • Adaptational Badass: In most media, Broadside is mostly known for being "that one guy that turns into a seasick aircraft carrier and Acrophobic Jet." Here, he's not only one of the longest serving Wrecker members, he's one of the few that actually survives his tenure, and still has his sanity intact.
  • Demoted to Extra: By virtue of being the only member of the older Wrecker's team who hasn't gone onto doing anything significant. Whirl's gotten a huge role in MTMTE, Roadbuster got to star in a short story, and Sandstorm had his major role in Punishment. Only Rack'n'Ruin hasn't gone onto do much but they're dead, and even then they had a bit of focus during Orion Pax's spotlight.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's pretty competent as Mission Control.
  • Mission Control: In The Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
  • Old Soldier: He's been around since the events of Megatron: Origin.


  • Adaptational Villainy: By the time Transformers: Punishment rolls around, he's become an extrajudicial killer in the vein of Impactor in this miniseries.
  • Ascended Extra: While little more than a background character here, the Punishment miniseries gives him a central role as the antagonist.
  • Big Bad: Of Transformers: Punishment.
  • Enemy Mine: He works with the Dinobots to stop Bludgeon in Salvation.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Foreshadowing: The only member of the Pova unit who doesn't try to get Springer to acquit them of war crimes. John Barber ran with this in the Punishment miniseries.
  • Hero Killer: Shoots and kills Slug in the opening of Salvation.
  • History Repeats: Impactor's massacre of Squadron X is a major plot point of this series. Fast-forward to Punishment, and guess what Sandstorm is doing?
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Pretty much his whole MO in Punishment.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Killing Slug was a bad move, allowing Starscream to recover the corpse and hand it over to Flatline for... "experimentation".
  • Opening a Can of Clones: At some point during his time in the Wreckers, he had to deal with an anti-matter clone of himself.
  • Vigilante Execution: Performs a whole slew of these on war criminals in the Punishment miniseries.


  • Ascended Extra: Not here, but in Spotlight: Orion Pax, where we hear them speak for the first time in this continuity.
  • Black Comedy: Thanks to him (them?), there's always been a spot of confusion as to whether or not the Wreckers' pre-Pova survival rate is 38% or 42%.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Both olive-green and yellow, and with sensory deprivation helmets covering their faces.
  • Handicapped Badass: Blew out their transformation cogs eons ago, never bothered getting them fixed.
  • Heel–Face Turn
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Rack has an anvil for a hand, Ruin has a Hammer. Ruin also has a disfigured face.
  • Irony: They were horrified by the thought of combining with the other.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Used to be Decepticons, before the war really got started.
  • Mysterious Past: We don't know how they ended up fused together, or... anything about them, really.
    • We do know there was a third brother, but that he died, and that Rack joined the Wreckers first.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Implied to be what forced them to become conjoined, and what ultimately killed them.
  • Posthumous Character



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Look at you. All brittle bones and ligaments and red, red ventricles, so sticky-soft and bendable... I wonder what noise you'll make when I pop your seams?

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Pleads with Springer for mercy as the Autobot sends his tank half back to the distant past.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Has variously lost a hand to Perceptor, an arm to Impactor and another arm to the Lost Light's guns over in MTMTE.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Even by Transformers standards, his name freaking rocks.
  • Asshole Victim: In More Than Meets The Eye, Duplicate!Overlord is decapitated by the D.J.D.
  • Ax-Crazy: Doesn't even begin to describe him.
  • Badass in Charge: When he takes over Garrus-9.
  • Big Bad: Of this miniseries. He later becomes an Arc Villain in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. Becomes part of a Big Bad Triumvirate with Tarn and Deathsaurus in The Dying of the Light. In Requiem of the Wreckers he appears to be part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Tarantulas, but quickly takes over as the sole threat after turning on the spider.
  • Blood Knight: Possibly the pre-eminent example amongst the IDW Decepticons. And that's saying a lot.
  • Body Horror: Due to the detonation of thousands of deterrence chips Springer fired into him, he's reduced to a flaming endoskeleton.
  • Bread and Circuses: How he entertains himself and the Decepticons under his command, forcing both Autobot prisoners and those who fail him to battle each other to the death in his arena.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Seems to think repeatedly mocking and needling Tarn over the DJD's various failings is a good idea. This is the same group that actually offed his quantum duplicate. Needless to say, Tarn doesn't take it well, and ends up offing Kaon to prove a point.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye...twice. And again in Requiem of the Wreckers.
  • The Caligula: Naturally. In addition, Word of God states that his famous pout was inspired by Greco-Roman busts, meaning he may very well have taken visual cues from the actual Caligula.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: It's revealed during a flashback sequence in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye that he subjected Fortress Maximus to this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: This is essentially the result of Overlord vs. anyone. While in his pre-Phase Sixer days Megatron was the stronger of the two, following his being made into a super soldier he's nigh unbeatable. The closest he's come to an even fight is against Tarn and he was uninjured by anything the DJD leader threw at him.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Hell yes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Amazing. You speak entirely in names."
  • Defector from Decadence: Abandoned the Decepticons when he objected to being a Phase-Sixer at Megatron's personal beck and call.
  • The Dreaded: Autobots and Decepticons alike are terrified of him.
  • Disney Death: In his first encounter with the Lost Light. He comes back in issue 52.
  • The Dragon: Kinda sorta - he's repaired by the Galactic Council after getting smashed by the Lost Light's guns due to their shared goal of getting rid of Megatron. However, it's pretty clear by the time he's on the ground he's doing whatever the hell he wants with regards to killing Megatron and doesn't actually give a damn about the Council.
  • Enemy Mine: Doesn't take kindly to Tarn's desire to kill Megatron, as he wants to be the one to do it. Nevertheless, he's convinced to ally with him for the time being to kill Megatron and his allies.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sort of. When he joins the D.J.D.'s hunt for Megatron in MTMTE, he witnesses Tarn rip his subordinate Kaon's head off as punishment for being worried over his pet. Overlord's visual reaction implies this was too much even for him, before Tarn crushes Kaon's severed head against his chestplate to prove a point.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • The DJD put him on their list of Decepticon traitors to be killed after his flight, and end up brutally decapitating his quantum duplicate. Later, the real deal battles Tarn over who gets to kill Megatron.
    • In Requiem he ends up fighting with Tarantulas, although he's far and away the more Obviously Evil of the two by that point.
  • Eye Scream: Impactor gouges out one of his eyes with his hook. Overlord takes it better than he has any reason to. In Requiem Impactor deliberately does it again to his other eye this time, though he notes with some irritation he was trying for the same eye as before.
  • Fatal Flaw: Has two - his pathological fear of defeat and, more enduringly, his inability to let go of his obsession with Megatron.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Springer defeats him in Requiem of the Wreckers by throwing his upper body through a time portal into the distant future... and his legs into the distant past.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Best demonstrated with his execution of Rotorstorm. He's also this way towards other Decepticons, who he'll kill just for "wasting his time".
  • Foreshadowing: There are a number of clues that Overlord is actually Megan Guglione before The Reveal. Her name is derived from Mega and Giga, Overlord's Godmaster components from Super-God Masterforce, and she even calls her supporters "the real Powermasters", Powermasters being the Western equivalent of Japan's Godmasters (of which the original Overlord was one). Megan also uses the same pose from Overlord's "please attend carefully" speech in Last Stand while addressing the crowd at the rally.
  • Four-Star Badass: Formerly.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite not appearing to be one.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: An odd example. In Requiem of the Wreckers, Carnivac uses his Outlier howl ability to force Overlord to split into his separate altmods. Springer then uses Tarantulus' Time Maze to send Overlord's jet into the future while sending the tank into the past.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: In issue 52, where he fights Tarn.
  • Hero Killer: There's a reason why he's The Dreaded.
  • He's Back: Following his Disney Death in MTMTE issue 15, he comes back in full force in issue 52.
  • It's All About Me: He kills two Decepticons for 'wasting his time'. In fact, this defines everything he does.
  • It Amused Me: His other driving motivation. Possibly best seen in his utter apathy towards the idea of buggering up the timeline irrevocably using Tarantulas' equipment as long as he gets to kill Megatron. A lot.
  • It's Personal: Requiem makes it clear he has a particular grudge against Verity for breaking the news to him that Megatron was dead.
  • The Juggernaut: A functionally indestructible super solider who was born for the sole purpose of annihilating civilizations. He can be slowed down but he's yet to be truly stopped. Until Requiem of the Wreckers anyway...
  • Kick the Dog: Too many to count. Taunting Chromedome about how he killed Rewind probably takes the prize though.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In Remembrance Day we find out he kidnapped Trepan to be taught mnemosurgery.
  • Killed Off for Real: Finally given a very permanent ending in Requiem of the Wreckers, courtesy of Springer and Carnivac - he's separated into his tank and jet halves by Carnivac's Outlier powers - which are then sent to the start and end of time by Tarantulas' time equipment.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Particularly in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye.
  • Made of Indestructium: The Ununtruim bonded to his endoskeleton renders it virtually invulnerable. Not so much his exterior, though. Or his joints.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When Impactor puts a hook through his eye, he just pops a Slasher Smile before stomping him into the ground, and then there's his reaction to Perceptor shooting his hand off...
    Overlord: (turns) Hm?
    • Subverted when Ironfist blows his exterior plating off; though it's more because he knows he can't face down Megatron in such a compromised state than a reaction to the pain.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Was already this before Megatron had him infused with Ununtrium.
  • Not Worth Killing: Ultimately decides this of Megatron. Seeing him cower, or at least pretend to cower, inside the "panic bubble" shield he took from Trailbreaker's remains, makes Overlord realize that his vendetta is pointless and he has no need to prove himself against Megatron anymore. He takes his leave and as a result, survives. Subverted in Requiem of the Wreckers, which indicates he's as obsessed with the idea of killing Megatron as ever - but Megatron throughout history, starting with the pre-war miner he was, then other Megatrons in AlternateTimelines created by his actions.
  • Off with His Head!: The DJD track one version of him down and and decapitate him with an Ununtrium-bladed chainsaw. Pretend you're sorry.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: How he feels towards Megatron. He loses this feeling after seeing how far Megatron has fallen at the end of Dying of the Light, deciding that Megatron is no longer worth it. Or at least, not in his current state...
  • This Is a Drill: Learned mnemosurgery, but his fingers turn into drills rather than the more common needles.
  • One-Man Army: Designed to be one.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: In his prime, Overlord was selected to become a Phase Sixer - a super soldier that would arrive on worlds the Decepticons had already trashed and finish the job. An incident in the paperback of LSOTW claims that it took the combined military of an entire stellar empire just to make him consider calling for support. He's lacking his weapons upon his return in More Than Meets the Eye, but he's happy to take a bare-handed approach.
    • It's stated at one point that the pulse of his spark killed two people before it was properly harvested.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Shows shades of this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Spends much of his panel time in MTMTE #52 mocking Tarn and the DJD, making fun of Tarn's lack of sophistication, their making alliances to take down Megatron and especially their having a Pet. Tarn being who he is, this isn't a good idea (even for Overlord) and after Tarn wigs out and kills Kaon to prove a point, the DJD leader gives it right back to Overlord, ripping him for having a life defined by either running away from Megatron or having a tantrum over being ignored by Megatron.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the most famous examples in current continuity.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he realises how broken and defeated Megatron has become after the DJD destroy his fusion cannon not realizing that it was actually an act to lure the DJD close enough for Megatron to use a secret weapon on them (and how deranged Tarn's similar obsession has made him), he declares he no longer needs to waste his life on his former leader and bails on the fight. That said, given that he's snapped right back in "Requiem", it's possible he was being influenced by the conscience-weapon Swerve was using from the Necrobot's fortress.
  • Shout-Out: According to Word of God, he sounds like the John Simm's version of the Master.
  • Slasher Smile: Well, he's a sadistic sociopath, what did you expect... and with sexy lips to boot.
  • The Sociopath: Probably the most disturbing example in Transformers history.
  • The Starscream: Intentionally defied. Kup notes Overlord didn't really have any ambition as a Decepticon beyond killing things, merely wanting to move up to genocide on a grand scale. However, Megatron (as always surrounded by a plethora of examples of this trope in the Decepticons) got paranoid it was all a facade and started to exert more and more control over Overlord to the point he finally snapped and abandoned the cause.
  • Super Soldier: Rebuilt by Megatron using the super-metal ununtrium as part of the supergroup the Warriors Elite. Later was selected to be one of the Phase-Sixers, Decepticons single-handedly capable of bringing about a planetary apocalypse.
  • Tank Goodness: A villainous example, where his body can split into a tank as well as a jet. With the best example being where he transforms into a Tank to crush Tarn (who is also a tank).
  • Temporal Paradox: Gives zero shits that his travelling back in time to kill Megatron before the war will cause this, much to Tarantulas' horror.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Does it to Ironfist, and pays dearly for it.
  • Unknown Rival: To Megatron. He became obsessed with the idea Megatron would hunt him down in retaliation for his defection (though to be fair Megatron did indicate such a thing at the time). In reality, Megatron seemed to proceed with business as usual and just had the DJD put Overlord on the list - then was near-fatally wounded on Earth with no indication he was even aware of Overlord's stint on Garrus-9, even though he'd engineered it solely to attract the Decepticon leader's attention. Neatly summed up by Verity:
    You can't accept that he never gave chase! You lived your life thinking about him every day, and he died forgetting all about you!
    • Despite all his obsession with Megatron, outside of flashbacks the two never directly interact, not even after Overlord's return in "The Dying of the Light" arc specifically to kill the now-Autobot Megatron - in stark contrast to Tarn.
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: He can kill you with his abs.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • His composure slips when Ironfist reduces him to a burning skeleton, saying that he won't be able to face Megatron in such a state. Verity then decides to let the other shoe fall, telling him that Megatron a) never cared enough to track Overlord down, and b) is kind of dead, forever robbing him of the opportunity to best him. It works.
    • Later suffers one in MTMTE when Chromedome exploits his pathological fear of losing and uses Trepan's Trigger to force a fashback of all his past defeats.
  • Worth Living For: Happens in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, where finding out that Megatron is alive is all that is needed to give him back his fighting spirit. Thanks Chromedome.

Let's just say I had an epiphany. I watched too many people make choices and realized I had one of my own to make.

Now, I really think it's time that one of you died.

Squadron X

The open graves, the torture chambers... All just hollow theatrics. This is an exercise in provocation.

Tropes regarding him in other IDW series can now be found on the Dark Cybertron Antagonists portion of the Robots in Disguise character sheet.

  • Boxed Crook: In return for removing Overlord's Restraining Bolt, he's allowed to leave.
  • Cyber Cyclops: As always.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Overlord: Having one eye makes you see the world in unusual ways, Shockwave...
    Shockwave: Thankfully.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Natch.
    Shockwave: You've had control of the last resort for eleven months, three weeks, four days, fifteen hours, fifty-five minutes and eleven seconds... and only now do you choose to reunite me with my body?
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Doesn't give a snot about Overlord's plans to attract Megatron, but cooperates with him in removing the Achilles virus so he can get off Garrus-9 to set his own plans in motion.



Sins of the Wreckers



A Deputy of the Tyrest Accord and Verity's closest friend in the present day.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Not quite as Ultra Magnus, but Verity points out every now and then he's just so Ultra Magnus.
  • Body Horror: Tidal Wave's T-Cog utterly mashes him.
  • Dynamic Entry: One of his first scenes are of him drop-kicking a bear.


The Debris' station administrator, who somehow gets caught up in the Wreckers' exploits. Though he's a twiggy little thing who doesn't seem like much, there is of course More Than Meets the Eye to him.
  • Adorkable
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he was being trained by Roadbuster, he was on the brink of death due to Roadbuster's belief in Mortilus (which was because of Tarantulas' manipulation), but it was Prowl letting Roadbuster go as a favor to Impactor that made him defect to Tarantulas' cause.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: When he rushes over to Verity. If the great resemblance to Ironfist is no coincidence, it could double as Foreshadowing or a Wham Shot.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason why Prowl almost kills him. Hubcap manages to talk him out of it, but it doesn't stop Impactor from killing Hubcap himself.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Particularly because no one cared about him, even after his abuse at the hands of Roadbuster. The fact that even as an outlier, no one even cares or remembers him is distressing to him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hubcap has apparently thrown his lot in with Tarantulas. That's not to say he feels averse to popping Claw Jaw's head when he begins to be annoying...
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Verbal Tic: Um. Ha. Heh. Uh. Noticeably absent when he talks to Verity, however.



A shadowy, sadistic figure from Prowl's past.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Make no mistake, he's still the sadistic lunatic he was in his original incarnation, but here he's been tweaked a bit. His pursuit of science while still cruel is more to the amoral ends of pushing the boundaries of what can be done rather than the immoral ends of pain for the sake of it. While his partnership with Prowl is a twisted form of affection, he does genuinely care about his creation Ostaros, similar to his comrade Rampage's affection to the Transmutate.
  • All Webbed Up: Seems to have the ability.
  • Artificial Human: Or artificial Cybertronian in this case. It appears that he created the first example of artificial Cybertronian life, crafted without any connection to Primus, the Matrix, or a Metrotitan. He holds this out as his greatest achievement.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a surprisingly capable fighter, at various points holding off the Wreckers in "Sins" and Overlord in "Requiem".
  • Big Bad: Of "Sins of the Wreckers''. Looks like he's part of the Big Bad Duumvirate with Overlord for "Requiem of the Wreckers", but Overlord turns on him pretty quickly in that story.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Turns into a giant spider. This accounts for us finding Prowl All Webbed Up.
  • Composite Character: His design is a blend of Tarantulas's first form (hairy organic spider, solid colors, and less detailed chest) and his Transmetal form (the general shape, hands, and shoulders). And his original form was that of Sideways.
  • Death Equals Redemption: While he turned on Overlord to stop him mucking about with the timeline rather than any genuine Heel–Face Turn, he achieves this when he has a poignant dying reconciliation with Springer, lamenting he'd spent his life without his greatest creation, but at least he was leaving behind something good.
  • Dying as Yourself: He shares a poignant final conversation with Springer. As he passes, Springer (who previously always referred to him as Tarantulas, having ony ever known what he'd become) finally calls him Mesothulas, an indication he'd finally forgiven his creator.
  • Eureka Moment: At the end of "Sins of the Wreckers" Impactor tells him that he was the one who actually threw him inside the Noisemaze, leading Tarantulas to twig that as Prowl never gets his hands dirty if he can help it, Prowl never killed Ostaros as he had claimed - and when he sees Prowl's reaction to Springer, it all falls into place...
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's in love with Prowl bordering on obsession. He also genuinely loves his son, Ostaros/Springer, which proves his undoing in "Requiem" when Springer's arrival distracts him long enough for Overlord to gun him down.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: His ultimate goal in Requiem of the Wreckers. He expands the Noisemaze into a time machine a plans to create an endless number of timelines with an infinite supply of subjects to experiment upon.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Invented the Noisemaze, and was thrown into the Noisemaze. Even though he was smart enough to install a jump gate on his person in order to escape, the Noisemaze invades his mind and makes him forget everything. It would be centuries before he could escape.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Genuinely thought Prowl would see things his way. And later thought giving Overlord the keys to all of time was a great idea...
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Admits that it was ultimately for the best that Springer grew up without knowing him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Overlord kills him by shooting him in the head when he's distracted, though he lives long enough to reconcile with Springer.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He created Ostaros/Springer and considers him his son.
  • Mad Scientist: Mesothulas is a brilliant scientific mind, and utterly amoral. He makes bigger and more horrifying weapons, simply because someone brought the idea up and wondered if it were possible. He's invented a number of devices like Aequitas, the Noisemaze, the spark extraction procedures, etc. Prowl describes his view of the war as a means to an end.
    Prowl: The Specimen. Do I have it right? The concept that Cybertronian Civilization and the War itself was some living macrocosmic organism. Our race was your lab animal, and you were obsessed with finding new ways to prod it until it squeaked.
  • Not Good with Rejection: A more pitiful example than anything else - he can't handle that first Prowl then Overlord reject him for their own reasons throughout the series.
    Tarantulas: WHY?! Why couldn't it have been enough for you?! Why am I never enough?!
  • Pet the Dog: Protects Verity from Overlord in "Requiem", as he thinks it's what Springer would want.
  • That Man Is Dead: On the receiving end. When he finally reunites with Springer in "Requiem" he's genuinely delighted to see his creation - but Springer doesn't realise he's just undergone a (sort of) Heel–Face Turn and states that while he was created by Mesothulas he's here to stop Tarantulas, prompting a Villainous Breakdown from his genuinely repentant creator.
  • Transplant: While other Beast Wars characters had cameoed up to that point (Rhinox most notably in RID), he was the first BW character to have this major a role in IDW's G1 fiction.
  • Villain Cred: Mesothulas is a man of science, and he carries a great deal of respect for others in the field. After leaving the Noisemaze, he goes on a pilgrimage, following the foot paths of other great minds so he can understand them. He name drops Shockwave, and examines his Ore project.
  • Villain Respect: Prowl's amoral callousness to the world around him is a trait Mesothulas finds genuinely charming about the bot, and he resents Prowl's attempts to deny his ruthless nature.
  • Your Head Asplode: Inflicts one of the nastiest examples in TF fiction - he can size-change when in spider form, so when Roadbuster runs him over he changes size, crawls inside Roadbuster's head then changes back to full size, tearing the Autobot's head apart as his giant spider form comes out.


The self-proclaimed head of Mayhem, Carnivac takes the Earth form of a wolf.

  • Affably Evil: Carnivac may be a frigid bastard, but he's surprisingly couth when explaining his aims to Springer and Impactor. When a mortally wounded Stakeout is fished out of Tidal Wave's T-Cog, Carnivac opts to sit with him out of respect for their shared past.
  • Big Bad: If his statement about being the head of Mayhem is correct. However, given the way Mesothulas is being built up, this is probably not the actual case.
  • Broken Pedestal: Springer comes to regard him as a complete failure as one of Ultra Magnus' former trainees by the time Reqiuem rolls around.
    • Rebuilt Pedestal: But after Carnivac helps defeat Overlord, Springer includes him in the transmission of his final message before departing to pre-War Cybertron as a "bot who can make a difference" in helping to create a better future.
  • Canis Major: His Earth disguise.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His attack cry is enough to force Springer out of the air, but doing so weakens him badly.
  • Disappointed in You: Is on the receiving end of this from Springer in Reqiuem, who tells Carnivac that he was trained by Ultra Magnus, like Verity and Stakeout, but has accomplished nothing good like they have. Carnivac doesn't take it well.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Shows up near the end of Springer's final fight with Overlord to use his howl ability to force Overlord into his dual altmodes, which proves instrumental in putting him down for good.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Possesses a paralytic sonic cry as his outlier ability.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mind Rape: Springer describes Carnivac using his powers on him to be like this. He explicitly calls both him and Impactor out on how violated he feels by the loss of control it inflicted upon him.
  • Mythology Gag: His respect for Springer is a throwback to the respect he had for the Wrecker in the G1 Marvel Comics.
  • The Mole: Provided his sole earlier appearance hasn't been retconned away, he once purported to serve as a Decepticon.
  • Mutant: Carnivac is an outlier, a term established in previous fiction as label for Cybertronians with special innate abilities that aren't tied to their alt-modes.
  • Noble Wolf
  • Sole Survivor: By the end of Reqiuem Carnivac is the only member of Mayhem left.
  • We Have Reserves: Coldly dismisses Polar Claw's imminent death as irrelevant— the cause still lives, after all.

Claw Jaw

  • An Arm and a Leg: Arcee severs his primary tentacles with her swords. Roadbuster shortly thereafter rips off several more of his secondary appendages.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He's the one who tries to keep Tidal Wave under control, with poor results.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Hubcap may be a traitor, but he has no patience and seemingly little pleasure in the task, which the smug Claw Jaw pays dearly for.
  • Your Head A-Splode: His smug nature annoys Hubcap to the point that the traitorous 'bot uses his abilities to shut off, and then invert, his neural protectors,causing the Noisemaze's effects to burst his head.

Tidal Wave

No! I'm sensitive. The more of me there is, the more feelings I have to hurt.

An oversensitive, easily angered 'bot of mammoth proportions. He's the base of operations for Mayhem on Earth.

  • Accidental Murder: Stakeout is violently and fatally crushed by Tidal Wave's transformation sequence. Tidal Wave didn't even know he was there.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: He's a lot more hapless and silly in this version rather than the lumbering brute in Armada. In a way he's similar to his Mirage personality from Energon, but the humor is different.
  • The Brute: Though much smaller than a metrotitan, he's nevertheless huge and extremely powerful. To date, only the Titans and Trypticon have been depicted as being larger than he is in robot mode; even Omega Supreme and the various Combiners aren't as big.
  • Canon Immigrant: Hails from Transformers Armada.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: When he first emerges from the water and adopts his vehicle mode, Impactor asks if he's a fish tank.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When sufficiently angered, he'll disobey orders and engage the enemy himself. It doesn't really take a whole lot to reach this threshold.
  • Living Ship: He transforms into a mobile fortress.
  • Paper Tiger: He looks big and menacing, but he's actually a loser who fails to accomplish anything.
  • Restraining Bolt: If his accusation is in fact correct, Carnivac did something to prevent him from transforming into his robot mode. This is in fact a subversion; Stakeout was trapped inside his cog during conversion.
  • Space Whale: His earth disguise, though he has at least one vehicle mode in addition to it.
  • Walking Armory: His robot mode has numerous gun turrets sprouting from his chest.

Polar Claw

So sick of taking this crap.
A scout disguised as a polar bear.


A scout disguised as an Arctic Hare. He's the one to steal Aequitas from Verity.




Alternative Title(s): The Transformers Sins Of The Wreckers


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