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    Optimus Prime 

Optimus Prime

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Voiced by: David Kaye / Hiroki Takahashi

"My name... is Optimus Prime, and I'm prepared to sacrifice my life to defend the AllSpark."

The leader of a small maintenance crew, Optimus Prime is a well-meaning young 'bot who dreams of a bigger, more heroic lifestyle. He gets his wish when his crew stumbles upon the elusive AllSpark. A run-in with Megatron and his Decepticon crew causes Prime and his crew to land on Earth where they try to adapt while saving the world on a daily basis. Though Optimus gets the "hero" life he asked for, he is inexperienced. He's a nice guy who does the best he can despite some insecurity and reluctance.


  • Adaptational Wimp: While competent and efficient from the start, he is much more inexperienced than G1 Optimus Prime and poses very little threat to the Decepticons... at least at first. Over the course of the series he undergoes massive Character Development, Takes Multiple Levels in Badass, and grows into a formidable leader and warrior in his own right.
  • A Father to His Men: He develops into a caring father figure to the other Autobots as the series progresses.
  • Almighty Janitor: A rookie starship captain of a spacebridge maintenance team who regularly fights the Decepticons' top fighters.
  • Ascended Meme: According to the short "Career Day", where Daniel Witwicky asks the question to Optimus Prime, not even Optimus knows where his trailer goes when he transforms. Or is he embarrassed.
  • Being Good Sucks: Crass and ungrateful bots (namely, Sentinel) take advantage of Optimus' naive innocence and good nature to exploit his heroism for their own benefit.
  • Benevolent Boss: His team may be somewhat exasperating, especially early on, but he's still a very patient and reasonable authority figure.
  • The Captain: He's the leader of the team.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Optimus is the Smooth Captain of the Earth-based Autobots, while Ratchet is the Sergeant Rough.
  • Composite Character: Has some elements of Beast Wars character Optimus Primal, at least in the sense that when we meet him he's working a low level job and winds up fighting Megatron by sheer chance. He also has the blue face and retractable faceplate of Primal's original body and his mouth is based on Primal's robot mode for Beast Machines. Oddly, an unused background character was to be called Primal Major, and seems to be the valiant war hero that Generation One Optimus was. Inverted characters?
    • He also has a lot in common with G1 Orion Pax, who was a low level worker before encountering Megatron and becoming Optimus Prime.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: This incarnation of Optimus is a rookie soldier, not an experienced war veteran, though the heroic spirit is still present. Early on, he has moments of self-doubt about his role as leader, though he gradually evolves into the kind of hero an Optimus Prime should be.
  • Cruel Mercy: Why he spares Megatron in the Grand Finale; the Decepticon leader doesn't deserve the "easy way out" that is death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sentinel persuaded him and Elita to go on a mission to a world that was deemed offlimits in search of bountiful energon, but it ended with Elita presumably being killed. Despite being the only one that tried to persuade the other two into not going, Optimus took the fall for the entire mission while Sentinel let him, leading to Optimus losing his prestige at the Autobot Academy and eligibility for the Elite Guard, being deemed by Ultra Magnus that "being a hero isn't in his programming."
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's not above snarkily commenting on the various absurdities that life throws his way.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: He's what happens if a young hero is too lenient, naive, and innocent that jerks like Sentinel find a way to take advantage of it and end up ruining his life while they run scot-free. Despite this, Optimus continues to be a good person, and learns on his own how to become the hero everyone was expecting him to be in spite of the odds and losses.
  • Elemental Powers: Whilst wielding the Magnus Hammer in the season 3 finale.
    • Blow You Away: By spinning around with it, he can generate powerful blasts of wind and even tornadoes.
    • Shock and Awe: Its primary power lets it summon or hurl blasts of lightning.
  • First Episode Resurrection: A new Optimus record! Sari uses her key to being him back to life at the end of the three-part series premiere.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric. His main focus is always on the mission.
  • The Hero: He's the main character, after all.
    • Broken Hero: His failure to save Elita-1 does not make him any less heroic, but has had a huge impact on his self-esteem.
  • Heroic Build: He sports a classical superhero-build, with a much larger chest than legs.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Pilot Movie (he got better).
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Downplayed, but Optimus tends to see goodness in people that's just not there. He regards Sentinel as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold rather than the plain Jerkass he really is, and believes Blackarachnia has the capacity for redemption when evidence points to the contrary. Of course, given his history with the both of them, its hard to fault him for this.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though it was Sentinel's idea to go to that organic planet, Optimus took the fall for what happened to Elita-1 because he was the ranking cadet. Then again, it didn't help matters that Sentinel pinned the blame on him entirely.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: More than one fan has stated that Human!Optimus looks a lot like David Kaye.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bumblebee and Bulkhead call him Bossbot.
  • Jerkass Ball: In "Megatron Rising, Part 1", Prime seemed angrier and bossier, refusing to listen to Ratchet when he suggested anything else instead of taking Sari's key away and ignoring that he had hurt Sari's feelings. Justified, given he was stressed out about a Decepticon attack, he learned Bulkhead and Prowl had lied about hiding the Dinobots, (and kind of had a point that Sari can't protect the Key herself), and later apologizes for the way he was acting.
  • Jet Pack: Even though the previous Optimus Prime had a jetpack, this version's based on God Ginrai's, according to Word of God.
  • The Last DJ: The main reason Optimus is stuck leading a glorified repair crew is that he won't kiss ass and toe the line like Sentinel Prime does. Most obviously presented when Optimus refuses to cave in and lie about the presence of Decepticons on Earth, even though Sentinel threatens to have him locked away for "inciting panic".
  • Meaningful Name: Received his name from Kup back in boot camp alongside Sentinel and Elita-1, due to his optimistic and cheerful personality.
  • My Greatest Failure: The fate of Elita-1/Blackarachnia.
    "[She's] someone I never should've left behind."
  • Mythology Gag: At the end of the Season 3 finale, he carries the reconstructed AllSpark in a container hung around his neck, resembling the Matrix of Leadership. In All There in the Manual, he says that he constructed the container with the Magnus Hammer and says this:
    Optimus: I hope that this AllSpark, um, Matrix will help light the darkest hour of future Autobot leaders, no matter what corner of the multiverse they may find themselves in.
  • Nice Guy: He's a very good-natured individual and wishes to protect both humans and other Autobots.
  • Oil Slick: One of Optimus' less-used tricks has him spraying "negative friction lubricant".
  • Papa Wolf: This Prime is as noble as his other incarnations, but hurting one of his crew members is a surefire way to significantly piss him off.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Naturally, he's the leader and he's colored with red, blue, and yellow.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: He was on the fast track to the Elite Guard as a cadet, maybe even future Magnus. That was derailed after Sentinel talked him into visiting a planet with a crashed Decepticon warship, resulting in the loss of Elita-1. The reassignment actually could have been worse, though; he got his rank and position on the charity of Ultra Magnus.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sentinel Prime's red.
  • Say My Name: He reminds Megatron of his name in the Grand Finale; Megatron, who has spent the entire series calling Optimus "Autobot," actually remembers it this time, signifying how he now sees Optimus as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He does this all the time, and it does have its pointers.
  • Shoulder Cannons: They fire foam, but it still counts.
  • Team Dad: Previous Optimuses (Optimi?) have been like this, but he may be the most Dad-like yet.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Over the course of the series, he shapes up to be as capable a leader and combatant as previous Optimus Primes have been.
  • Unknown Rival: Megatron knows he exists, but spends almost the entire series calling him "Autobot." Megatron calling him "Optimus Prime" in the finale is when he finally acknowledges Optimus as his greatest enemy.
  • Weapon of Choice: He always does battle with an actual weapon clutched firmly in hand.
    • An Axe to Grind: His default weapon, an energy-bladed axe with an extendable hilt that he can use as a one-handed or two-handed multipurpose tool and weapon.
    • Drop the Hammer: During the season three finale, he wields the Magnus Hammer.
    • Rocket-Powered Weapon: His axe has engines on the back of it. They can add some extra force to his strokes — handy, as it's mostly used for carving through rocks — but its main use is to serve as a propulsion unit in zero gravity environments.
  • That's an Order!: Often pulled this phrase on his teammates during the early days of the show, when they were less willing to obey his commands.
  • Thunder Hammer: He uses the Magnus Hammer in the season 3 finale.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Because of the incident with Elita-1, he's afraid of spiders.
  • You Are in Command Now: The Trial Of Megatron script reading reveals that in the Season 4 premiere, Ultra Magnus would have named Optimus his successor before going offline, and it's indicated the struggle between Optimus and Sentinel to claim the title of Magnus would have been one of the driving forces of the season.
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    Bumblebee 

Bumblebee

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Voiced by: Bumper Robinson / Daisuke Kishio

"Fastest thing on wheels, coming through!"

Bumblebee is a speedy, impatient, and impulsive young Cybertronian. He thinks on his wheels and less on his head and tends to goof-up and have fun with his human friend, Sari. Despite it, he's ready for battle when the situation calls, even if he tends to rush in without thinking first.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. While still the Kid-Appeal Character as usual, Bumblebee is more rude and arrogant than his G1 self, who is the Nice Guy of the Autobots.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Like with Sentinel, some of his more humbling lessons don't quite stick with him. Though unlike Sentinel, he at least tries to be better.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest member of Prime's crew.
  • Being Good Sucks: His first course of action in his friendship with Bulkhead costs him his opportunity to get into the Elite Guard.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed. It's not as bad as Edward Elric, but he really doesn't like being called short.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He treats Sari like a younger sister and is always quick to save her from danger.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's the youngest of the group and it shows in how much of an immature pest he can be at time.
  • Child Soldier: "Human Error" indicates that he's mentally around the same age as Sari.
  • Composite Character: While in general based on G1 Bumblebee, his impulsive personality is based on Armada Hot Shot.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine. He's the most emotional and sociable of the group and is very impulsive.
  • Fragile Speedster: What he lacks in size, strength and power, he makes up for in speed.
  • Freudian Excuse: Non-villainous example: his attitude towards teamwork makes a lot more sense once you've seen "Autoboot Camp". Everyone but Bulkhead and Longarm treated him like slag, and helping out Bulkhead by taking responsibility tanked his career.
  • Go Among Mad People: When Wasp switches appearances with him in "Where Is Thy Sting?", Bumblebee attempts to convince the others that he's the real Bumblebee, but they assume his claims to be signs of Wasp's insanity.
  • Height Angst: He usually doesn't let it get it get to him, but at times he can take someone just saying the word "short" as a jab against his small stature.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's always quick to react to everything energetically.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be pretty bratty and impolite at times, but his heart is in the right place and he genuinely is a good person.
  • Jet Pack: His turbo-boosters can work like this, though he needs someone to get him into the air first.
  • Keet: He's pretty hyperactive and loud.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The former Trope Namer. As in most cases, he is the youngest of the team, serves as comic relief and has the closest bond with the Token Human.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He has a bad tendency to go charging into danger at the drop of a hat.
  • The Load: While he is okay at fighting human super-villains, he is utterly useless when fighting Decepticons on his own, as his one weapon (nodes that shoot out beams of electricity) are too weak to even make any of them flinch. Well, until he gets the limiters on them taken off and they become the most powerful weapon on the entire team.
  • Meaningful Name: In a more negative way. Received his name from Sentinel alongside Bulkhead in boot camp due to his "bumbling" personality.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After learning that he fell for Shockwave's trick; Wasp was set-up, meaning that he sent an innocent 'bot to the stockades.
  • Reassignment Backfire: Space Bridge maintenance is largely considered a crap job, especially with Elite Guard aspirations. Then he and the rest find the MacGuffin that catapults him and the rest into the positions of the most important robots on Cybertron.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Prowl's blue.
  • Rollerblade Good: He uses his feet-based wheels to help accelerate his movement.
  • Shock and Awe: His stingers project blasts of electrical energy.
  • Shooting Superman: Before his stingers were set to their full power setting, he may as well have been throwing tennis balls at the 'Cons.
  • Speed Demon: This show's incarnation of Bumblebee takes inspiration from Cheetor and Hot Shot in being a speed freak to the extent of secretly competing in illegal street racing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ratchet sets his stingers to the full-power setting intended for combat bots. After this, his stingers become a genuinely useful weapon.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Shockwave; he unwittingly stumbled across Shockwave when the Decepticon agent was just starting to infiltrate the Autobots' mission. Shockwave promptly manipulated Bumblebee so that he accused Wasp of being the traitor instead, creating a cover that "Longarm" was able to use to make it all the way to the top.
  • Whack A Mole: He could have made the Elite Guard on the attention he got for seemingly uncovering a traitor, but he forfeited it to save Bulkhead from getting expelled.

    Bulkhead 

Bulkhead

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Voiced by: Bill Fagerbakke / Kenta Miyake

"You guys got it easy. All people want me to do is break stuff. I've got a sensitive side too, you know... but breaking stuff is kinda fun."

Bulkhead may be big and strong and he may enjoy smashing things around here and there, but he wants you to know he has a sensitive side, too. Ever the Gentle Giant, he is often taken for granted, thinking because of his brawny nature, he isn't all that smart. Though unsubtle, Bulkhead is an insightful 'bot with a natural gift for art.


  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Bulkhead doesn't know what art is, but when Sari introduces him to the concept, he takes to it immediately and has a gallery show at the end of the episode. He's painting again in the season 2 finale.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Second only to Rhinox. He may be easygoing most of the time, but he will best anyone who tries to harm Sari or his fellow Autobots.
  • Big Fun: As close as a Humongous Mecha can get, at least.
  • The Big Guy: He's the biggest, strongest, toughest and heaviest of the group.
  • Canon Foreigner: Though he previously appeared in Energon, the two were different in everything but name. Animated Bulkhead would serve as an influence for Prime Bulkhead, who would influence the IDW G1 Bulkhead.
  • Cool Chair: See Mundane Utility.
  • Destructive Saviour: He doesn't mean to wreck stuff, but, well, Earth's structures aren't made for giant somewhat clumsy super-strong robots.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: He has a bad tendency to underestimate his own strength, or overestimate the durability of the world around him.
  • Dub Name Change: The Japanese dub renamed him "Ironhide" in an attempt to tie the series closer to the live-action film series, despite the fact there's already another character called Ironhidenote .
  • Dub Personality Change: The Japanese dub exaggerates his ditziness, making him a Dumb Muscle.
  • Expy:
    • You wouldn't be the first to think he's Broadway reincarnated as an Autobot.
    • His overall design is oddly similar to Cybertron's Crumplezone, who was also a comical green Top-Heavy Guy with a hefty underbite.
  • Fake Defector: A minor trait of his is that he sometimes pretends to be on the villain's side to lower their guard, and then he attacks them.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Supine. He's laid back and indifferent most of the time.
  • Genius Bruiser: Well, Genius Ditz Bruiser. While he's very strong, his wits aren't exactly that keen, unless you're talking about Space Bridges.
  • Genius Ditz: Would you believe this big lug is in fact the foremost expert on Space Bridge technology? Apparently he had a lot of free time to study on the energon farm.
  • Gentle Giant: Zigzagged. He does, as he admits, enjoy breaking things. He's just got a lot of interests outside of breaking things too, and he's quite placid and friendly by nature.
  • Hidden Depths: The rest of the cast is shocked to learn that Bulkhead is the top space bridge technician in the galaxy.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: His backstory has him trying to make friends with the other four robots in the boot camp he attends. They ignore him and order him to leave them alone. note  So he had to wait until joining Optimus Prime's group to gain friends.
  • In Name Only: There is nothing linking him to his Energon counterpart to the point where he might as well be a Canon Foreigner reusing the name of another character. Though given his status as a Breakout Character, the original Bulkhead may qualify as Early Installment Weirdness.
  • The Klutz: He's not very coordinated at all, with a huge tendency to bump into things, trip over things, knock things over and generally make a mess.
  • Losing Your Head: Gets his body stolen by Headmaster and reduced to a head for almost a whole episode.
  • Meaningful Name: Like Bumblebee, also in a negative way. Received his name from Sentinel for being "all bulk and no brains".
  • Mighty Glacier: Although he is slow, clumsy and not very agile, he is the biggest, strongest and most physically powerful of his team.
  • Moral Dissonance: Subjects himself to this a lot.
  • Mundane Utility: Can use his Kibble as a chair.
  • Smart Ball: He does occasionally point out when someone has a bad idea.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He was raised on an Energon farm, though he only has the accent in flashbacks.
  • Stout Strength: He has the largest, bulkiest frame of the mechs, giving him a "fat" appearance.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His human avatar in Soundwave's virtual reality has a huge upper body and thin legs.
  • Weapon of Choice: He isn't above just using his claws if he must, but he prefers to wield his built-in weapons first.
    • Epic Flail: His hands can retract to reveal wrecking balls on the ends of long steel cables, which he usually uses to bash 'Cons upside the head.
    • Rocket Punch: He can launch his wrecking balls from his arms at fairly high velocity, so... close enough.

    Ratchet 

Ratchet

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Voiced by: Corey Burton / Toru Okawa

"It's not that I don't want to remember. I have to remember — for those who can't."

Ratchet suffered through the Great War millions of years back, experiences which have caused him to be grumpy 24/7. He refuses to talk about his time there (especially with an eager Optimus Prime) and suffers Vietnam-style flashbacks due primarily to two traumatic incidents of failing in his profession: accidentally wiping Arcee's memory core and having to participate in the near-death of Omega Supreme that reduced the giant to a mere spaceship. Despite his constant angry outbursts, however, Ratchet possesses a sweet side deep down.


  • Achey Scars: "Old war wound's actin' up again..."
  • Barrier Warrior: He mostly uses electro-magnetic fields for combat, with a focus on restraining others from afar.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The Sergeant Rough to Optimus' Captain Smooth.
  • Composite Character: He's based largely on G1 Ratchet but his Old Soldier characterization is drawn from G1 Kup. His design incorporates elements from various incarnations of Red Alert, whose character he was originally intended to be.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an old mech, but he's definitely not some rusted-up hasbeen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sarcasm is pretty much his default mode of communication.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: To Omega, from the moment the big guy was 'born'.
    "I am your pupil. Your dependant. Your obedient servant."
    "I am Ratchet. I am... your friend."
  • Dr. Jerk: He's a very skilled doctor, but he's blunt, rude, sarcastic, short-tempered and generally a bit of a hassle.
  • Drop the Hammer: After taking the Magnus Hammer from Shockwave.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: It's never directly implied, but Ratchet cares an awful lot about Arcee for a long time and we can safely guess that it's not just out of guilt.
  • EMP: He was originally equipped with one to use as Cybertronian anesthetic.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Both of his came from a fateful encounter with Lockdown.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Of the team, he's the only one who's had experience as a soldier. Optimus, Bumblebee, and Bulkhead were born after the war and Prowl didn't fight in it.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Alternates between Choleric and Melancholic. Sometimes his main concern is saving lives and sometimes he's a cynic.
  • Grumpy Bear: He's the most sour-tempered and melancholic of the team.
  • Grumpy Old Man: His bad attitude and his age obviously slot him into this trope.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a cranky old bot, but he's genuinely concerned about protecting the Earth from Megatron and the Decepticons, which he admits in a rather tearful confession to Sari.
  • Keeping the Handicap/Scars Are Forever: He has a dinged crest and a cut in his arm despite being a robot doctor. He deliberately didn't fix the former or replace the device that went into the latter to remember "for those who can't."
  • Knight in Sour Armor: No matter how much he snarks, grumbles or complains, he'll always do the right thing in the end.
  • The Medic: He's a fully trained Cybertronian biomechanic. Which also makes him a skilled engineer, by human definition of the terms.
    • Combat Medic: Healer or not, he will not hesitate to kick some skidplate.
  • My Greatest Failure: He's deeply troubled over the fact that he had to wipe Arcee's memory clean to prevent her information from falling into the servos of the Decepticons.
  • Old Soldier: He's the oldest of the main mechs, having been a field medic during the Great War millions of years ago.
  • Papa Wolf: To someone several times his size. "Omega Supreme is one of us. An Autobot. A friend. Harm one circuit on him, and you'll answer to me!"
    • Also is one to Optimus Prime, who is in Cybertronian terms, young enough to be considered a son to Ratchet. Just check out "The Thrill of The Hunt" for proof.
  • Scars Are Forever: Because he wants them to be.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He considers apologizing to Wreck-Gar to be the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Selective Magnetism: Uses two magnets as his weapons.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: "It's not that I don't want to remember. I have to remember... for those who can't."
  • The Smart Guy: "Typical Academy bot. Rather hit a problem than fix it."
  • Subtext: In "Thrill of the Hunt", Arcee lost her memory, hence why Ratchet has to remember for those who can't.
  • Up to Eleven: Generally agreed to be the grumpiest, most sour version of Ratchet yet, even after the more combat-orientated version seen in Transformers: Prime.
  • When I Was Your Age...: Predictably, he says this kind of thing all the time.

    Prowl 

Prowl

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Voiced by: Jeff Bennett / Koji Yusa

"Stillness... then strike."

Prowl is a lone Ninja-Bot who doesn't play well with others, preferring to rely on only himself. Stuck with Optimus and crew, he is forced to learn how to work as part of a team. Prowl is sneaky and clever due to his occupation and spends countless hours meditating. He enjoys observing nature and the organic life that most of his kind fear. He later develops from a stoic warrior into a true hero.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: In addition to his Cyber-Ninja background, this Prowl is much more spiritual than his G1 counterpart, who was the Autobots' resident Spock.
  • Being Good Sucks: Prowl gets the honour of studying under Yoketron, but ends up losing his master and spends the next million years wandering the galaxy. He ends up working "as a common maintenance bot" in Optimus Prime's team for the next few years. And then he's forced to make a Heroic Sacrifice to save Detroit and its people — but in doing so, is able to save Optimus one last time and help him defeat Megatron.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts as such for Bulkhead and Bumblebee on occasion.
  • Character Death: He sacrifices himself in the series finale, giving up his spark to create a field of AllSpark energy that will contain an explosion that would destroy Detroit otherwise.
  • Cool Bike: And he later gets the ultimate Cool Sidecar.
  • Cool Helmet: Part of his samurai armor. Doubles as a Memento Macguffin from his old master Yoketron.
  • Cool Shades: It's unclear if he's wearing them or if that's just how his optic lenses are shaped.
  • Cyber Ninja: Prowl was trained in the ways of a ninja by Master Yoketron.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His main colors are black with secondary gray and is one of the heroes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His stoic demeanor lends itself to a very dry wit, which Prowl often displays, especially when working with Bumblebee.
  • Distress Ball: In episode 2, he tells Optimus Prime that there's only one person he trusts. Himself. He promptly gets sucked into a nanite monster and almost killed were it not for his teammates. In fact, despite him being the best fighter of the team, Prowl catches the Distress Ball quite a few times in the series, usually after trying to do something alone. Maybe it's trying to send him a message?
  • Draft Dodging: Tried to avoid being drafted into the war, but ended up being apprehended by Warpath and taken to Yoketron's Dojo.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the series finale, he smiles before making his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic. He tends to keep to himself and is very stoic.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's the first of the mechs to really become intrigued by organic life, and has much more interest in animals and nature than they do.
  • Glass Cannon: He can do a lot of damage, but his slender frame can't take much punishment at all.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the series finale, faced with a Decepticon clone of Omega Supreme that's going to self-destruct and obliterate Detroit, he willingly burns up his own spark to give the All-Spark enough energy to create a field to safely contain the explosion.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His hubcaps turns into ninja throwing stars.
  • Improvised Weapon: He's used a metal pole as a staff a time or two. As well as his toy having a traffic light flail.
  • Incompletely Trained: He never did finish his Cyber-Ninja training. Not helped by the fact his mentor was murdered whilst he was attempting and failing a vision-quest analogue.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He mostly gets over this after almost getting killed in the pilot, but relapses now and then.
  • I Work Alone: He has tried to live this life, but the universe seems unwilling to let him. He eventually realizes how to work more effectively with his teammates.
  • Jet Pack: His jump jets, although he couldn't truly fly until he gained the samurai armor.
  • The Lancer: He's not hesitant to challenge Optimus' more naive ways of thinking, though unlike Ratchet, Prowl is not as aggressive about it.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: His chin is rather elongated.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: He's standoffish and wants little to do with the rest of the team, especially at the beginning of the series beforing warming up to them. A flashback near the end of the series confirms that isn't an official member of the repair crew and only joined them when they accidentally marooned him on an asteroid.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: Yoketron's armor becomes this for him.
  • Mind over Matter: His processor-over-matter technique was introduced in the Season 2 finale, and he perfected it midway through Season 3 (much to Lockdown's misfortune).
  • My Greatest Failure: Yoketron's death and the theft of the protoforms he was guarding.
  • Ninja: He's literally trained in the Cybertronian equivalent of Ninjitsu, having studied at the Cyber-Ninja Academi.
  • Ninja Samurai Zombie Robot: He starts as a ninja robot and goes from there. He was actually zombified in one episode, and dons samurai armor once in season 2 and permanently in season 3. He also gets telekinesis.
  • Nature-Loving Robot: Is a downplayed example, but he shows a fascination with animals (Birds in particular) and him destroying a bird's nest acts as a My God, What Have I Done? moment. He also shows a penchant for meditating in the woods.
  • Not Good with People: He finds most humans annoying to be around.
  • Older Than They Look: Was around during the Great War (though unlike Ratchet, didn't fight in it). This makes him older than Optimus, Bumblebee and Bulkhead.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Bumblebee's red.
  • The Stoic: Shows less emotion than the other Autobots.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: Jazz, being a fully-fledged cyber-ninja, resolves to help Prowl complete his training... although Prowl is able to master Processor Over Matter when captured by Lockdown.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's tall, most of his armor is colored black, and he sometimes makes sarcastic remarks about Bumblebee's impulsiveness.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts out pretty badass, but he gets better over the second and third seasons, such as when he masters his Mind over Matter skill.
  • Tranquil Fury: "Give. Me. Yoketron's. Helmet."
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  • Your Size May Vary: The only way he can be taller than Bumblebee.

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