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AutobotsThe largest political faction on Cybertron.
Orion PaxFormer archivist and the acting leader of the Autobots,
- Action Politician: A Cybertronian senator and a former fighter in the war against the Threefold Spark.
- Badass Bookworm: A former librarian turned soldier, senator and leader of the biggest political party on the planet.
- Lawful Pushover: Asserts little authority to keep Megatron's rallies from getting out of hand despite being appointed to temporary leader of Cybertron.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Megatron.
- You Are in Command Now: Was temporarily put in charge of Cybertron as Sentinel Prime goes on a tour of the colony worlds.
IronhideOrion Pax's aide.
- Number Two: Is Orion Pax's closest aide and assistant, almost always seen by his side.
The First Senator of Cybertron and leader of the Autobots.
- Big "NO!": Says one when Soundwave suggests an early election to try and ease the rising tensions between factions.
- Corrupt Politician: Tried to use a senate debate denounce the Ascenticon movement and arrest Soundwave.
- Dispense with the Pleasantries: Tells Ironhide this when he tries to greets Sentinel and his retinue when they return to Cybertron.
- Elective Monarchy: Unlike previous incarnations, where being Prime was a lifelong position, Sentinel Prime is the First Senator, the senate leader who can be voted out in elections.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's noted has little patience for the nuances of politics.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He is the leader of the Autobots, the largest political faction on Cybertron with the highest number of senators. This means that no other faction in the senate can veto his decisions.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His strict methods upon returning from his tours in combating the Rise and later wanting to outright denounce the Ascenticon faction; are to try and fix the tension and strife in Cybertron right now.
Nominus PrimeThe former Prime of Cybertron.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the previous IDW comic, he was a xenophobic jackboot who ruled Cybertron through corruption and oppression. In this comic, he was a war hero who created strict guidelines to how Cybertron should be run in the belief that it was the best choice for the planet.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the aftermath of the war against the Threefold Spark, he created the Nominus Edict, which heavily regulates and rations the energon each citizen receives to ensure that they always had a surplus in case of a crisis. This had the effect of many Cybertronians being unable to function at full capacity. He also banished countless Cybertronians from the planet who could potentially cause trouble even if they hadn't done anything wrong.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He has been replaced by Sentinel Prime by the start of the comic with no current explanation of his whereabouts.
AscenticonsA new political movement on Cybertron founded by Termagax.
MegatronA former miner and gladiator and the current leader of the Ascenticon movement.
- Action Politician: A Cybertronian senator and a former gladiator and fighter in the war against the Threefold Spark.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: This version Megatron is the leader of an increasingly corrupt social movement rather than an oppressed miner and gladiator turned evil rebel. Here, he was proud to have worked in the mines to help fuel Cybertron's progress and the gladiator pits were a legitimate sport where he was fought and inspired others. He was very disappointed when Nominus Prime decided to close both the mines and the pits down after the war with the Threefold Spark.
- Admiring the Abomination: While he admits that Exarchon was an insane monster, he also was in awe in how he was able to force history and society to his will and eventually decides to emulate it.
- Big Bad: He is the secret backer of the Rise and seeks to put himself in power and take down the Nominus Edict.
- Can't Take Criticism:
- He nearly decks Ironside at Brainstorm's funeral due to him suggesting that Termagax is ashamed of what he turned her movement.
- In the past, after tricking Orion Pax into a skydive with a faulty parachute, he was personally insulted when Orion grumbles that Megatron's a tad mad.
- Corrupt Politician: He took control of a terrorist cell in order to create tension and manipulate the planet's government.
- Faux Affably Evil:
- Gets offended when Orion and others associate him and the Ascenticon Movement with the terrorist Rise. He helped Shockwave take control the Rise in order to shew discord and gain more support.
- Acts as if he is championing the reclusive Termagax's beliefs when, in reality, he wants to remain uninvolved in his plans.
- Hypocrite: He's appalled to learn that the Autobots are scheming against him and faction despite him secretly using a terrorist organization to try and force his own agenda.
- Made of Iron:
- He took direct hits from both a bomb and a sniper during an attack on an Ascenticon rally. They don't even faze him and immediately he tears through a building to try to get to his would be assassin.
- While pummeling Shockwave, the scientist managed to use in arm cannon to blast a hole through his abdomen. Thanks to being overfueled at the time, Megatron barely flinches.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gave an extreme one towards Shockwave for causing the mess in the first place and to establish that there is to be no backstabbing.
- Rabble Rouser: His Ascenticon rallies often lead to the gathered crowd injuring others and causing property damaged.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: At first his only obvious issue was his refusal to discourage his rallies from getting violent. Then it's revealed that he's the private backer of the Rise, hoping that the extremist group causing act could help the Ascenticons achieve their goals. Once incidents involving the Rise starts getting out of hand, Megatron decides that force is the best solution, publicly turning the Ascenticons into a much more militant organization and pummeling Shockwave into submission to get the Rise firmly under his will.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Has a strong opinion of this considering the mess Soundwave and Shockwave (Specifically their subordinates) especially since Soundwave used Quake for the murder.
SoundwaveA senator and high ranking member of the Ascenticons.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the previous comic continuity, he was a Noble Demon who taken advantage of by a corrupt senator. Here, he himself is a corrupt senator.
- The Dragon: Megatron's right hand man.
- Mythology Gag: His dialogue is much more stilted than other characters and his word balloons colored with blue with a static effect, likely to emulate the robotic way he speaks in the cartoons.
- Noodle Incident: In the past he was a member of Cybertronian Intelligence, but conflicts with Starscream resulted in him getting kicked out.
- Properly Paranoid: He trusts no one outside the Ascenticons and anyone who wants to join the Ascenticon Guard needs his permission.
QuakeA member of the Ascenticon Guard
- Ax-Crazy: Crushed a Voin witness even though it was already dead and beat Rubble to death with enough force to kill him multiple times over.
- Blood Knight: Froid described killing as being the only thing Quake is good at.
- Psycho Party Member: Subverted. The protagonists see him as a particularly violent hard to control monster amongst Megatron's more presentable Ascenticon Guard. While that's true in the context of the Ascenticon's public appearances, amongst The Rise, his behavior isn't out of place.
- The Sociopath: Froid describes him as such.
- Would Harm A Child: Brutally killed Rubble after he witnessed him silence a Voin who witnessed Brainstorm's murder.
Elita-1Leader of the Ascenticon Guard.
TermagaxThe founder and former leader of the Ascenticon movement.
- Broken Pedestal: To Megatron. He frequently talks her up at his rallies but privately believes that she lacked the force needed to make her vision for Cybertron a reality.
- Internal Reformist: She created the Ascenticon movement to try and undo the Nominus Edict and various other actions taken in the aftermath of the War Against the Threefold Spark that she considered immoral.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Her decision to cut all ties from Cybertron and her movement means that she is unaware of current events. Megatron secretly enjoys this as he is free to do what he wish with the Ascenticon faction without her interference
- Mad Scientist: She spends her time in seclusion creating dangerous weapons and is shown to be experimenting on a voin. When Megatron asked what she was doing, she vaguely responded with "whatever she wants."
- The Mentor: To Megatron and the Constructicons.
- Our Founder: The creator of the Ascenticon movement and their beliefs.
- Reclusive Artist: In-Universe. She has receded from public life and the Ascenticon movement out of protest due to what she considers unfairness in Cybertron's government and morals. She currently spends her days living alone, building new inventions and weapons and almost never takes in any visitors.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She abandoned the Ascenticon movement and Cybertronian society after failing to achieve any of her political goals and now lives in seclusion in a private sanctuary in wilderness of Cybertron.
Bombshell, Kickback, SkrapnelLeader of a trio of bots known as the Insecticons who were exiled to Mayalx. The Insecticons possessed the unique ability to eat metal and produce Energon with their taste for Cybertronians getting them kicked off the planet. In turn they joined the Rise.
- Appropriated Appellation: According to Bombshell, the name "Insecticon" was created as an insult as if he and his brethren should be squashed like pests.
- Extreme Omnivore: They can eat anything and produce an extra powerful form of energon as waste.
- The Leader: As in the previous IDW continuity, Bombshell is presented as the Insecticon leader rather than Shrapnel/Skrapnel.
- Manipulative Bastard: Whether it's forced mind control via Cerebro-Shells or just plain old half truths and social pressure; Bombshell holds a dangerous sway over others.
- Monstrous Cannibalism: During the War for the Threefold Spark they were tasked with battlefield clean-up, meaning they ate the corpses of dead soldiers to recycle them. This got them exiled as the administration feared they would eat living Cybertronians as well.
- Not So Different: Invoked by Bombshell as he explains that the Insecticons were used and abandoned by Cybertron like the Constructicons.
- Riddle for the Ages: The scientists of Cybertron failed to figure out exactly what the Insecticons were or how they worked.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bombshell claims this, saying that they banished to a remote colony after the war since they were too strong to be imprisoned and too useful to be killed.
BumblebeeA former security scout and mentor to Rubble.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Most incarnations of Bumblebee depict him as a young rookie. Here, he's an experienced fighter and considered mature enough to mentor a newly forged Cybertronian.
- The Mentor: Chosen to take Rubble under his wing.
- Neutral No Longer: He originally didn't belong to any political faction, believing they weren't worth the trouble. However, he joins the Ascenticons after Rubble's murder in the belief that they will make Cybertron more secure, unaware that they were ones responsible for his death. He also acts as The Mole for Orion.
- Parents as People: Isn't able to accompany Rubble everywhere he goes and he isn't there to protect him from Quake.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Wiped the floor with Skytread and Refraktor after they taunted him over Rubble's death.
RubbleA newly forged Cybertronian put in Bumblebee's care.
- Audience Surrogate: Bumblebee regularly explains to him how aspects of Cybertronian society works.
- Decoy Protagonist: Introduced as a new main character but is ultimately more of a viewpoint character to show the other more important leads and the world they live in. Rubble is killed in issue #5.
- Killed Off for Real: Brutally murdered by Quake after he witnesses him kill a Voin who potentially witnessed Brainstorm's murder.
- Meaningful Name: Guess what happens to him?
- Robot Kid: Only a little more than 41 days old at the time of his murder.
- Tagalong Kid: Gets embroiled the mystery of Brainstorm's murder as his friends bring him along for the first part of the investigation.
ProwlAn officer in the Security Operations.
- Cool Pet: Owns and dotes over a small pterodactyl like creature.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: After being trapped under a pylon for ten cycles, he criticized his rescuers so much that they requested therapy.
- It's Personal: He was the last person Rubble talked to before he was brutally murdered and Prowl is determined to bring his killer to justice.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well known for his standoffish personality but he is a dedicated to his job as a cop and when Rubble calls for help he tries to help him as much as he can and is haunted by his death.
WindbladeA member of Security Operations and friend to Bumblebee and Chromia.
StarscreamThe Head of Cybertronian Intelligence.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Neither his underlings or his colleagues particularly like him.
- The Mole: He secretly gives Megatron information about Sentinel Prime and the Autobots, shamelessly admitting to backing both sides of the conflict early on.
- Smug Snake: Loves to act condescending towards everyone he meets.
CyclonusA veteran of the war against the Threefold Spark.
- Adaptational Heroism: Based more off his more heroic incarnation from the previous IDW comics rather than his more villainous interpretations.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Regularly sees and speaks to illusions of his deceased friends from the war.
- The Hermit: Lives alone in the wildernesses of Cybertron and doesn't really like to talk to others.
FroidA psychiatrist who worked with veterans.
Scrapper, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scavenger, Scrapper and Hook.A group of combiners who were sent to the colony world of Mayalx.
- The Ace: They were the greatest construction team on Cybertron. The parts of Iacon they worked on was rebuilt faster and with finer detail than any other team rebuilding the city.
- Blood Knight: Bonecrusher enjoys fighting and takes pleasure in mocking the less combative Scavenger and Long Haul.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: They're more than a little bitter over the fact that Nominus Prime effective banished them from Cybertron despite them rebuilding Iacon.
- Merging Mistake: They have to be in perfect mental sync when they combine or else they risk falling apart or going on a rampage.
- Restraining Bolt: They are only given just enough energon to function and they are given less than that if they don't meet their energon harvesting quotas, meaning that they don't have the energy to combine. Hook secretly created an invention that allows them to create energon from recycled waste, allowing to to function at full capacity.
- Teach Him Anger: Scrapper has the Constructicons regularly battle one another to increase their aggression
NauticaThe Head of Xenorelations on Cybertron.
- Ambadassador: She's Cybertron's leading diplomat for organic races. However, she and Road Rage also have to deal with dangerous members of the species they interact with, as seen when they kept a Thraal terrorist from bombing their ship.
- Going Native: She's spent so much time interacting with alien races that she admits that going home to Cybertron after a long absence doesn't excite her very much.
- Oblivious to Love: According to Starscream, her past two bodyguards, Proxima and Crosscut, were infatuated with her but their feelings just "bounced" off of her.
- Time Dissonance: She finds it fascinating to interact with organics due to how differently they conceive time and mortality than Cybertronians.
Road RageNautica's bodyguard.
- Bodyguard Crush: Starscream accuses her of having one on Nautica, which she fully denies despite her obvious swooning.
- Flying Car: Her alt-mode.
- Meaningful Name: She's fairly calm and reasonable, but only in robot mode. Once she turns into her vehicle mode she becomes much more violent and aggressive.
GeomotusA renown Cybetronian geologist.
- Advertised Extra: He was one of the comic's most advertised new characters but he plays only a minor role in helping solve Brainstorm's murder.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He was created as the first neurodivergent Transformer, being described by the creative team as having a condition similar to autism.
- Non-Action Guy: Dislikes being dragged away from his geology work to help Cybertron's Security Operations.
- No Social Skills: Struggles with interacting with others and hates having to spend time with the abrasive Prowl.
- Security Blanket: His shapes, small blocks that he always keeps on hand to give himself something comfortable to focus on in difficult situations.
VoinA complex aquatic race that migrated to Iacon's Xeno-Quarter.
- Blue and Orange Morality: They're noted to have "perplexing and extraordinary" ethical models that makes diplomacy difficult.
- Elite Mook: A Voin Asserter, a voin encased in an armored bubble that controls two armed, giant gorilla like creatures.
- He Knows Too Much: One of the Voin had witness Brainstorm's murder and was hunted down and killed by Quake for it. We later learn that the Voin in question had already traded the information to another one of his race.
- Mobile Fishbowl: They travel on land in sealed, floating bubbles of water that are attached to their slaved organics. The Voin die instantly if the bubble is breached.
- Slave Race: The Voin breed a race of mindless ape like creatures that they control
- Starfish Aliens: They're squid like creatures from an aquatic world.
HeretechLeader of the Reversionist faction.
- High Priest: A major religious leader and a high ranking member of the Senate.
- The Pawn: Averted. Sentinel Prime attempts to get him to lie to Megatron in his scheme to denounce the Ascenticons, but Heretech chooses to tell Megatron everything Sentinel is planning on doing.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Due the escalating tensions between the Autobots and Ascenticons and the acts of death and destruction, Heretech and many other Reversionists choose to leave Cybertron and start anew elsewhere, believing Cybertronian society has declined beyond saving.
CodexaFormer mentor to Orion Pax.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Her "immersant" state has left her barely conscious of her surroundings. When Orion comes to try and talk to her, she thinks it's Cybertron talking to her.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Alpha Trion in being Orion Pax's mentor.
- The Mentor: To Orion Pax.
- We Will Have Euthanasia in the Future: She isn't dead but has gone "immersant," allowing her body and mind to be merged to Cybertron itself.
ExarchonThe Threefold Spark that once terrorized Cybertron.
- Armchair Military: Megatron reflects that Exarchon likely thought that the battle they met at was over as otherwise he never would have risked himself on the field.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Megatron remarks that events didn't happen to or around Exarchon, he was the event that shaped modern Cybertron.
- Hive Mind: He could control at least three different bodies at once.
- Noodle Incident: Exarchon found something or someone in space that corrupted him into mad warmonger with dangerous technologies.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Its currently unknown what happened to him other than he lost the war.