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The initial protagonist from the Decepticon side. One of the members of the elite trine, Skywarp is known for his devotion to Megatron, his impressive warping powers, and pranking everyone in various ways. Constantly reprimanded by Starscream, he is a known troublemaker and this extends to peacetime as well, often getting him in trouble with the police. He is framed as the culprit of Chapter 1 by Soundwave, but is declared innocent by Nightbeat with his help. After Soundwaves execution, he adopts Laserbeak as his new owner.
- Book Dumb: Not as smart as other people, preferring to read comics over actual educational materials and standard novels.
- Cast from Hit Points: His teleporting abilities, which causes him to chug down more energon than anyone else in the story.
- Criminal Amnesiac: As Chapter 6 reveals, Skywarp has practically no memory of his former self, the one clue to what he formally was being his strong affection for another mech by the name of Skywatch.
- Cyber Cyclops: Was formally one until he joined the Decepticons and Shockwave built him a new head and pair of hands.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Between accidentally causing the suicide of his intended conjunx endura, having the act of empurta and shadowplay done to him, and surviving on his own with widespread prejudice against him, Skywarp has had it rough.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Was part of the elite trine in the Decepticons. Ironic, considering when he joined, he was a vagrant with no idea of who he was and was a social outcast.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His trine mates as usual, as well as to his former leader, Megatron, who he was loyal to.
- Foreshadowing: In the first trial, he expresses surprise that Shockwave would try to kill him. The reason for this is unclear at first, but with the reveal in Chapter 6 that Skywarp was also an empurta victim, just like him, and personally installed Skywarp's new head and arms, with the implication that the two of them were actually friends.
- Freudian Excuse: Not a nice person, but theres a reason for it.
- Jerkass: Hes a dick who doesnt hesitate to mock people the first chance he gets and play pranks on people for his own amusement. One of his favourite hobbies is pushing people down the stairs for no reason.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That said, after the first trial, Skywarp does take a level in kindness due to being the victim of a frame job and stops his pranks as well as being nicer to people overall. To go along with that, Skywarp adopts Laserbeak after Soundwaves execution and takes it upon himself to take good care of Laserbeak, even if the two get snippy with each other.
- Line-of-Sight Name: His current name only came from a character in a comic book he founded that he really liked.
- Name Amnesia: Before he named himself Skywarp, he didnt remember his true name at all.
- Purple Is Powerful: Is primarily purple and his warping capabilities make him a fearsome foe on the battlefield, as well as much more effective at pulling pranks.
- Red Herring: Hes this for the murder of Shockwave in Chapter 1, due to a deliberate frame job by Soundwave.
- Smarter Than You Look: While not educated, he can offer good ideas that help the trials along. Lampshaded by Vortex.
- Vortex: HAHAHA! You [Perceptor] think Skywarp is smarter than he actually is? Thats funny!Skywarp: You dont have to rub it in my face
- Supporting Protagonist: He is the Decepticon that have the most focus in the story and starting to have more focus in Chapter 6 where he explained his backstory to Laserbeak and unknowingly, Jazz.
- The Lost Lenore: Skywatch, his friend that he had caused the suicide of after a seemingly harmless prank left him humiliated and ashamed.
- The Trickster: Downplayed from Chapter 2 onwards, but he is the Ultimate Prankster and generally does his own thing without input from the others. This makes him an easy target for framing in Chapter 1.
- Unperson: His former self. He has no idea who he formally was and all attempts to find out have led to nothing, as if they never existed.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the past, his seemingly harmless pranks cause his friend to commit suicide after being publicly humiliated and led to Skywarp becoming a victim of empurta and shadowplay.
Ultimate Communications Expert
The Third-in-Command of the Decepticons during Megatrons tenure as leader and is loyal to a fault to Megatron. However, with his death, Soundwave felt like he didnt belong with the Decepticons, but stayed to make sure Starscream didnt abuse his position as the new leader of the Decepticons. He is generally seen as one of the more respectable members of the Decepticons, although he spends less time in politics these days and more time raising his minicons. He is the culprit of Chapter 1, having laced Shockwaves energon with acid to kill him before setting his room on fire to hide the evidence, using Laserbeak to access the groundbridge without being seen. He is executed by being vertically bisected by a portal right above everyone.
- A Father to His Men: To his minicons, who he cares deeply for.
- Ascended Extra: It appears that in the prologue he was set up to be one of the main deuteragonists, only to be executed in the first chapter.
- Frame-Up: Creates a lock-room murder that makes it seem like Skywarp is the only one capable of committing the crime. Of course, Soundwave himself did it by killing Shockwave remotely and using Laserbeak to get him to Shockwaves room without being seen.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: His execution, courtesy of a portal slicing him vertically in half, splattering his energon on everyone.
- Playing with Fire: He sets Shockwaves room on fire to destroy evidence.
- Portal Cut: His execution, vertically bisected from a portal in the trial room.
- The Quiet One: Since he uses voice clips from other people, he really doesnt speak much to other people and stays quiet during the trials. Until hes cornered in the first trial for Shockwaves murder.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He is executed in the first chapter, but his last words are a major clue that hinted the current situation of the outside world.
- Soundwave: And for the rest of you, just one more thing. The videos that we all saw? They are all real.
- Sour Supporter: With Starscream leading the Decepticons, hes this to them.
- Sympathetic Murderer: He just wanted to reunite with the rest of his minicons.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: How he kills Shockwave, poisoning his energon injector with acid.
The most sadistic of the Combaticons, Vortexs job was to interrogate his captives in whatever way he sees fit in order to get information from them. After the war, he was kept in prison for several years before Onslaught managed to convince the leaders of the planet that he would be on his best behavior, leaving him free once again. He is the victim of Chapter 2, having been stabbed by Swindle in a fit of paranoia before trying to fight Brawl and getting tossed off the floor of the library to the ground below, dying on impact.
- Asshole Victim: Downplayed. While he is a sadistic torturer who was despised by a lot of people, his gestalt doesn't deserve having his connection severed.
- Ax-Crazy: Not as much as Wildrider, but still noticeable. It's notable that he's the only Combaticon imprisoned before the events of the story.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Would threaten people with these and even carried them out. He suffers one as well in Chapter 2.
- Death by Irony: His true cause of his death is by falling from a great height distance, the same way he did to his victims after he finished interrogating them.
- No Kill Like Overkill: The state of his corpse when his body is found is horrific.
- Railing Kill: Being tossed off the fifth floor balcony is what kills him.
- Rasputinian Death: Stabbed, bludgeoned, then tossed off the railing.
- Torture Technician: His talent as the Ultimate Interrogator. His methods of interrogation are always sadistic one way or another, his favourite is taking his victims on a wild ride in his helicopter form and then let them fall to their death after he got the answers he needed.
- Trail of Blood: What helps Onslaught find where Vortex was originally killed.
- Who Murdered the Asshole? : As noted at the start of the trial, a lot of people had motive to kill him.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: With Brawl, as they are the two Combaticons that hang out and bicker with each other. Ends in tragedy after Brawl accidentally killed Vortex.
A tank with a bad attitude, Brawl is easily the most headstrong and violent of the Combaticons, always looking for a fight with whoever he can find. Despite this, he was loyal to his fellow Combaticons and does whatever he can to protect them. He is the culprit of Chapter 2, having tossed Vortex off the fifth floor balcony of the library on accident when Vortex latched, thinking he was his attacker. He is executed by being crushed by a giant fist.
- Accidental Murder: Never intended to hurt Vortex, only to help him.
- The Big Guy: For the Combaticons and to the teachers in general alongside Bludgeon.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Is one of the largest in the group and dies in the second chapter.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Loud, brash, and heavyset. It fits.
- Defiant to the End: Unlike most culprits, he actually STOPS the climax logic for one more argument against his leader. This carries on to his execution, where he goes down fighting against certain death, never showing fear during it.
- Determinator: He murdered Vortex by accident, but that doesn't stop him from going through a thorough cover up, successfully hiding the initial cause of death, time of death, and location of the murder. This even extends to the trial, where he interrupts Climax Logic midway through for one last argument.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. During the war, he was the one who always charged first during battle. As a tank, people always viewed as the trope name, but Brawl knows he is anything but dumb.
- Hot-Blooded: He is quick to anger and always gets excited when a fight is going to happen.
- Improvisational Ingenuity: After accidentally killing Vortex, and seeing Scavenger exit the Archive, he comes up with a complex plan to cover his crime on the spot, even using his own energon to help fake the crime scene.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: During a nonstop debate, he mentions that the killer took all the tools from the fourth-floor infirmary before it was established during the trial. It is not the weak point in that debate, but it is brought up later in Onslaught's arguments against him.
- Sarcastic Confession: Early in the second trial, he mentions that maybe the killer has no motive. Sure enough, right at the very end of trial, it's revealed that he killed Vortex on accident, essentially having no motive.
- Smarter Than You Look: He may be the muscle, but he ain't dumb. He has a huge complex about this. His complicated cover-up of Vortex's murder should attest to that fact.
- Squashed Flat: In his execution, he was crushed by a speeding huge metal fist. As a result, his body caved in and all his limbs were severed from his body.]]
- Sympathetic Murderer: His killing of Vortex was completely accidental.
- True Companions: With his fellow gestalt mates. Ironically enough, he kills Vortex by complete accident.
- Villainous Breakdown: The end of the second trial has him breaking down, getting more erratic as Onslaught explains how hes the culprit.
An infamous black market dealer, Swindles life is dedicated to making profit at all cost. Working with the Decepticons is not a commitment, its a smart business investment for him as he makes deal with all the Cons as well as various Autobots to make sure he and his fellow Combaticons will have access to the best weaponry. With the war over, Swindle makes his transition to a more legal business and invest money into various aspects of Cybertron to move reconstruction and ensure a monetary windfall in the future. He is the main suspect in Chapter 2 because he stabbed Vortex and thought he killed him, but was found innocent thanks to Onslaughts efforts. In Chapter 5, he is kidnapped by Smokescreen and used by him to create a false scenario.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: In Chapter 1, just one cube of high-grade was enough to get him drunk and he has to be taken to his room right before the party starts.
- Con Man: Oh, but of course.
- Character Development: He starts off as the smug, shady con that he was, until Chapter 2 onwards he's hit with several traumatic incidents that almost completely broke him. During Chapter 6, after the previous trial when he and the rest of the survivors finds out about Smokescreen's deception, before and during the war, Swindle turns into a cynical person, but he decides to slowly abandon his con man nature, saying to Onslaught that when he and the rest gets out of the academy he will start trying to make genuine friends.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After the second trial, he keeps on ordering high-grade energon to forget everything about Vortex and Brawl.
- Freudian Trio: Starting from Chapter 6, he's the Superego to Onslaught's Ego and Beachcomber's Id.
- Honest John's Dealership: Hes a black market merchant. Its to be expected. After the war he tries not to do this anymore.
- Heroic BSoD:
- In Chapter 2, when it becomes clear Brawl is the culprit.
- Happens again after Blast Off dies in Chapter 5. A large portion of that chapters murder is getting reliable information to him due to the fractured state of his mind.
- Greed: His great sin that motivated his actions throughout the war.
- Friend in the Black Market: As always. Most notably, hes this for Rewind, selling him snuff films that he has acquired.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for Blast Offs death. He also thinks this as he was partially involved in the events leading to Vortexs and Brawls deaths.
- OOC Is Serious Business: The motive in Chapter 2 makes him incredibly paranoid.
- The Smart Guy: Hes this for the Combaticons, taking care of the funding necessary for them to operate.
- Snuff Film: Engages in the selling of them, but doesnt partake in the production of them.
- Red Herring: In Chapter 2, hes the prime suspect for much of the trial. So much so, that Onslaught even considered him guilty at the beginning before getting spurned on by Nightbeat to search for the truth.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Him and Smokescreen feed into each others vices, although its impossible to tell whos the toxic one in the relationship. Until Chapter 5, that is, where its revealed that Smokescreen was gleefully abusing his trust for his own profit.
- Trauma Conga Line: The game is NOT kind to Swindle in the slightest.
- To start, he is one of the people affected by the motive in Chapter 2, increasing his paranoia levels to an insane level. This ends up causing him to stab Vortex (who was also affected by the motive) due to mistrust. The blows he dealt were non-fatal, but he ends up the prime suspect when Vortex is found dead the next day. At the trial, he breaks down from the accusations levied against him and was almost all out of hope when Onslaught stepped in to defend him. After that, his fellow gestalt mate, Brawl, was convicted of the murder, leaving him in even more emotional turmoil.
- He gets better in Chapter 3, only to face even more emotional distress in Chapter 4 when he learns of Onslaught and Blast Offs plan of getting him out by having Blast Off kill Onslaught to escape with Swindle. The plan isnt carried out thanks to the murders of Mirage and Nightbeat, but Swindle does isolate himself from them in the following chapter. This leave him open for Smokescreen to kidnap him without any witnesses that chapter so that he can use him to forge a false alibi in his murder plan. Then, on the day of the murder, he breaks out of his confinement on the day of the murder, which leads to his gestalt mate, Blast Off, to accidentally trigger the bomb and die shortly after it.
- True Companions: With his fellow Combaticons and with Smokescreen. As of the end of Chapter 5, his only remaining companion is Onslaught, as Vortex, Brawl, and Blast Off died while Smokescreen was revealed as a manipulative, serial killer who used Swindle to his advantage. Although in Chapter 6 as part of a Freudian Trio above, he starts to get along with Beachcomber to some extent.
A former senator, he sticks out like a sore thumb among the less affluent Decepticons as well as among his fellow Combaticons. This is what led him to the life of a sniper, shooting people from afar with a high-power sniper rifle or from above with heavy explosives. When the war was finished, he helped in transitioning the various Decepticons into a new, peaceful lifestyle. He plays a major role in Chapter 4, having planned to murder Onslaught on his leaders order in order to escape with Swindle, but was foiled by Mirages murder before he could carry it out. He is the victim in Chapter 5, having been caught in the explosion that severally injured him and being killed on accident by acid-laced anesthetic by Ratchet.
- Aloof Ally: He considered himself to be above his comrades, figuratively and literally.
- Blast Off: I know better than everyone. I always have.
- An Arm And A Limb: Loses both legs after getting caught in the center of the explosion.
- Brutal Honesty: Will not hesitate to insult others by saying facts that has a point.
- Cold Sniper: He's the Ultimate Sniper and has the iciest demeanor in the academy.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Survives being in the center of an explosion before dying from an acid-laced anesthetic, letting the shuttle die in absolute agony.
- Deadpan Snarker: Expect any scene with him to include one pithy comment from the shuttle.
- Haughty "Hmph": Pulls this off sometimes when mocking others.
- Heroic BSoD: This happens to him when it becomes clear Brawl is the guilty part. He hid it quite well unlike the rest of his gestalt mates.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hes cold as ice, but its made clear that he cares for his gestalt. Hell even murder for them.
- The Lancer: To Onslaught, as the one closest to him and who follows his orders the most. When Onslaught points out that Brawl is the culprit in Chapter 2s case, Blast Off outright calls his leader a traitor.
- Red Herring: Is a viable suspect for the murder of Mirage in Chapter 4, but is ultimately innocent.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Extremely aloof, arrogant, stoic and apathetic toward others, yet hes caring and protective to his fellow Combaticons. Even he started to have a soft spot for Bumblebee.
- True Companions: With his fellow gestaltmates.
- Take Me Out at the Ball Game: Killed during the racing event in Chapter 5.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mirage.
Commander of the Combaticons and one of Megatron chief commanders, his tactical knowledge has proven to be invaluable to the Decepticons. When was war finished, he offered his assistance to the new military force of Cybertron, being one of the heads of it. One of the main deuteragonists alongside Jazz, he's the head detective of Chapter 2, motivated by the death of Vortex only to be shocked with he uncovers that Brawl killed him. He plays a major role in Chapter 4 of intending to have Blast Off kill him in order to let him escape with Swindle.
- Affectionate Nickname: Swindle and then later Beachcomber sometimes call him "Ons".
- A Father to His Men: He is this in regards of his unit.
- Badass Bookworm: Is well-read on military tactics, hence his title. He even gets a chance to further show off his smarts in Chapter 2 as the head detective.
- Berserk Button: He doesnt take it well when someone puts his strategies into questioning. Also, after one of his gestalt mates was killed in Chapter 2, he explodes.
- Cooldown Hug: In Chapter 6, when Beachcomber starts to break due to remembering the torture he endured during the war in the hands of Shockwave and Vortex, Onslaught grabs him by instinct and give him a hug until the Autobot stop sobbing.
- Determinator: He keeps on encouraging the cast to not fall for Monobears motives to kill with one another. After Swindle shuts himself in his room after the events of the fourth trial, Onslaught isnt giving up on him as he continuously knocking on his room until Swindle comes out, which is highly unlikely. Blast Off remarks that Onslaught adapted Brawls blind determination back in the second trial.
- Freudian Trio: Starting from Chapter 6, he's the Ego to Swindle's Superego and Beachcomber's Id.
- Groin Attack: In Chapter 5, he receives one from Swindle after he knocks on his room repeatedly for thirty minutes.
- Onslaught: Swindle. We need to- Gah! (He yelled as he held his hand onto his pelvic region as he got on his knees.)Swindle: No. (He simply said as he closed the door and Onslaught collapsed forward, resting against the door.)
- Heroic BSoD: Takes Brawl's killing of Vortex very hard to the point of him sobbing. He teeters on the edge of the Despair Event Horizon after Blast Off dies in chapter 5.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Intended to do this in Chapter 4 by having Blast Off kill him to get both him and Swindle out, but this is thwarted when Mirage is found dead.
- The Leader: He's the leader of the Combaticons and becomes this in general during Chapter 2 as the head detective when Vortex is found dead.
- Mentor Archetype: Towards Swindle and Beachcomber.
- Swindle (to Blast Off): Well, if you must know, he gave me a rather stern lecture about ethics and how depraved snuff films are.
- Odd Friendship: With the pacifistic Autobot Beachcomber. At first, Onslaught was disinterested in talking to the geologist, but eventually he's grown to be quite fond of teaching him, such as when the tactician encourages him to actively participate in the second trial. Out of all Decepticons, Onslaught is the only one who is mostly and openly concerned about his addiction and self-esteem issues. In return, Beachcomber is concerned with his decreasing health in Chapter 5.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Especially for a Decepticon, he stands out as being very reasonable and willing to work with everybody as well as being strict but nice to the mechs under his command.
- Supporting Leader: Along with Jazz, he is usually the one who barks on everyone to calm down whenever there was conflict going on between the group and remind everyone to focus on how to avenge the ones who died in the killing game and kill the mastermind.
- True Companions: With his gestalt mates. After Chapter 5, Swindle is the only one left, since the others died. In Chapter 6, he starts to form a Freudian Trio with Swindle and Beachcomber, as the three work together to find ways to solve the mysteries of the academy.
- Worthy Opponent: Outside the academy, he considered Prowl this. Inside the academy, Jazz is this for him, as the main leaders of their factions in the school.
Ultimate Maniac / Ultimate Violinist
By far one of the most insane members of the Decepticon army and the craziest Stunticon, Wildrider relies on being crazy to out-fox his enemies. When the war was done, he is naturally sent to prison along side Motormaster as he is too dangerous to be admitted back in society, but several decades of therapy has left him able to rejoin society, with a warning to not fall back on his old ways. He plays a major role in Chapter 3 as one of the first to find Counterpunchs body and tampering with the body by moving it to a different crime scene. He gets killed in Chapter 6.
- Ax-Crazy: Is the craziest person among the teachers, doing dangerous activities for the thrill of it. Actually downplayed, he's not as crazy as other people and himself want to believe.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is off his rocker, but hes still a gifted violinist.
- Consummate Liar: His talent is a lie and he always insist upon it.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Not exactly elegant, but he is capable of playing the violin and he is skilled. It turns out to be his actual talent and title.
- Eye Scream: When he is found dead, he is stabbed in his left optic with a large knife.
- Foreshadowing: There's many instances that Wildrider is convincing the group and himself that he's insane, and also hiding his true talent:
- In the third trial, when he was suspected to be Counterpunch's killer, he puts an amused reaction as well as kept on taunting Nightbeat and the others continuously to proof that he's involved in this. In one nonstop debate he continues to irritate the group by making taunts every time anyone tries to deduce how he got into the Autobot's storage area. There's two Cross Swords Battle with him in a row to keep adding the effects of his act.
- He claims that the reason he desecrates Counterpunch's body is just to have fun. And then he said this: "Huh, I would like to tell you all everything, but I don't think you deserve it." He was going to talk about Counterpunch's secret, but it also foreshadows Wildrider's choice of why he doesn't want anyone to know about his true talent.
- In Chapter 5, Monobear mentioned that he changed by stating that he wouldn't help the bear sometime in the past. With this, Dead End hypothesized that while Wildrider is considered a fearless person, has a fear of being stable.
- In Chapter 6, when he, Dead End and Bumblebee visits the music room, the black and red 'Con goes straight to grabbing the violin and starts playing. Turns out he's very good at it, even Dead End said he was a savant and knows how to play it immediately.
- The Gadfly: He has a certain ability getting under peoples mesh with his comments.
- Large Ham: Practically every scene hes in has him hamming it up. This is purposeful on his part.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Downplayed. Wildrider is nuts, but a lot of it is played up by him to reinforced this perception of him.
- Odd Friendship: Starting in Chapter 4, he starts one with Perceptor, where the Autobot Scientist is somehow capable of handling his insanity, to Dead End's surprise and amusement.
- Spanner in the Works: In Chapter 3, he tampers and desecrates Counterpunchs dead body.
- The Trickster: Wildrider loves screwing with anyone, which reaches in climax in Chapter 3, as he purposefully desecrated Counterpunchs body and moved his corpse to make it more interesting.
Ultimate Fashion Expert
The chief medical officer of the Decepticons and noted fashion expert, Knock Out isnt what one expects when speaking about a doctor of the Decepticons, but his skilled are well-respected. With the war done, he has taken to still working in the medical field, often working alongside Ratchet, which leads to verbal spars between the two daily. In Chapter 5, he is caught in the explosion at the racetrack and maimed considerably, losing an optic from it, but was still able to physically attend trial.
- Agent Peacock: Effeminate, yes, but hes still capable, both in combat and in the trials.
- Beauty Is Bad: Is the local fashion expert, looks incredibly sleek, and is a dick to people. Not so much after Chapter 5.
- Black Comedy: Likes to pull these type of jokes sometimes, to the others' annoyance.
- The Coroner: Share this role with Ratchet, helping to autopsy the bodies with him.
- Character Development: From an irritable narcissist who only care about his looks and didn't took his medical job seriously to a more brooding, serious but caring and kinder doctor who take Ratchet's place of taking care of everyone who was caught in the explosion that couldn't participate in the fifth trial.
- Eye Scream: Lost an optic from the explosion in Chapter 5.
- Eyepatch of Power: After Chapter 5s trial, he dons one that Break Down made for him before entering the academy.
- Jerkass: His callousness and vanity leads to him being this, often played for black comedy. One of the best example is right after the first trials execution, where everyone else is shock and in disbelief over Soundwave being executed in a brutal way, while Knock Out is only worrying about his paint job.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Egotistical to a fault, but Ratchet respects his medical skills for a reason and it shows in the trials as well, as he's one of the people who makes the fewest mistakes.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: All that being said, he still has some decency in him. Its known that he truly does love his conjunx endura and after getting caught in the bomb in Chapter 5, he takes a noticeable Level in Kindness.
- The Mentor: After Ratchet's death, Knock Out decided to fulfill the Autobot's promise to Scavenger to teach him to become a doctor.
- Narcissist: Oh Primus, yes. Usually played for laughs and black comedy through various moments of the story. He loses this trait after Chapter 5 with the explosion permanently scarring him.
- OOC Is Serious Business: The motive of Chapter 2 cause him to go into violent fits, leaving him quarantined inside the first floor medical room until after the murder occurs, giving him a rock-solid alibi.
- Occurs again in Chapter 5, when he is severally injured in the explosion and starts acting much more seriously.
A moody poet who barely expresses optimism, he prefers shining his body and working on his poetry over anything else, much to Motormasters annoyance, who beat him whenever he saw him writing. When peace fell on Cybertron and Motormaster was left rusting in jail, Dead End was finally able to write poetry in peace without the threat of physical harm, even making new friends in the process at a local club. He plays a major role in Chapter 5, being assaulted by Smokescreen after stumbling onto him setting up the bomb after a night of drinking. After he wakes up, he creates a complicated suicide attempt by lacing an anesthetic with acid and intending to have it injected into him by Ratchet so that he could be his killer. He chopped his arm off and was sent to the Med-Bay, but his plan was foiled by a bomb going off concurrently that injured many people and the anesthetic killed Blast Off instead.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses his arm in a convoluted suicide attempt by sawing it off.
- The Atoner: After trying to get everyone killed due to his desperate need to commit suicide, he picks up a new will to survive after Wildrider wanted to learn the truth about him, leading Dead End to lead the investigation of his gestaltmate's death to make up all the things he had done.
- Brutal Honesty: Doesnt hesitate to speak the truth, regardless of what others feel.
- The Cynic: As to be expected from a moody nihilist, he always thinks the worst of everything and is prone to latch onto the worst of people. This is actually very useful in the game, as hes usually one of the first to go after the culprits.
- CynicIdealist Duo: Is the cynic to Wildriders strange idealism.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fittingly, he does have one of the driest wit amongst the cast.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crossed this in Chapter 5 with his suicide attempt that nearly got everyone killed. A big part of Chapter 6 is getting him out of this state, although some people want to kill him for what he have done to Ratchet.
- Determinator: He chops his own off arm for his suicide attempt yet he still standing.
- Dramatic Irony: He states several times throughout the story that he wouldn't care if Wildrider dies. However, when Wildrider does die, it proves to be a lie as Dead End makes it clear that he will avenge his gestaltmate, no matter what.
- Driven to Suicide: Has tried to kill himself in the past multiple times. Attempts it once again in the game, but with an ulterior motive.
- The Fatalist: Self-proclaimed, although he notes that hes not a masochist.
- Handicapped Badass: Even after cutting his own arm off in the previous case, he still take it upon himself to become the lead detective in Chapter 6.
- OOC Is Serious Business: The motive in Chapter 2 turns him into an absolute optimist.
- Sarcastic Confession: In the Chapter 1 trial, Soundwave accuses him of lying so that they would vote for the wrong culprit and get everyone killed, which he responds by saying he's not ready to take everyone down with him yet. Sure enough, come Chapter 5, he plans on misleading everyone to vote for the wrong culprit by faking a suicide attempt to make himself the culprit, when he actually tricked Ratchet into being the culprit.
- Spanner in the Works: His suicide attempt in Chapter 5 subverts Smokescreens murder plan and creates a different culprit.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Wildrider's red.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Talks down to people who are optimistic about the future.
- Straw Nihilist: At his worst, hes this, but he generally maintains enough relationship with people to not fall into it too often.
The lead scientist of the Decepticons, few are feared as him. As capable in combat as in the field, the Autobots want to avoid him at all cost in order to avoid being used in one of his experiments. When peace fell on Cybertron, he was allowed to continue experiments, but only if the information helps Cybertron and his experiments are all legal. He is the victim of Chapter 1, poisoned with acid-laced Energon by Soundwave.
- Asshole Victim: As the story goes on, its evident that Shockwave had his death coming, especially with his treatment of Beachcomber.
- Badass Bookworm: He is the ultimate logician and head scientist of the Decepticons.
- Creepy Monotone: His primary way of speaking.
- Cyber Cyclops: As an empurta victim, he has this look.
- Evil Genius: What he was to the Decepticons, although peace seems to have brought him back into doing legal work again.
- Grumpy Bear: Is an incredibly sullen mech. Not that he could show it to anyone.
- The Killer Becomes the Killed: Intended to kill Skywarp with his acid-laced injector, given that the prankster once shared the same fate as him. Unfortunately, Soundwave beat him to it.
- Kill It with Fire: Is set on fire post-mortem to destroy evidence.
- Pet the Dog: Several chapters after his death, it's revealed that he did surgery for Skywarp to give him new arms and a head, with nothing indicating that he had an alternative motive for it, and actually helped him try to recover his memory.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Shockwave looks important in the first chapter, but is the first victim of the killing game.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Is the first victim of the game, but information that Jazz finds makes it clear hes still involved in the events of the story.
- Taking You with Me: He put his injector in his flame-proof box to preserve it so Soundwave won't be able to find it.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: His energon was poisoned with acid.
Ultimate Metallikato Expert
A well-known metallikato expert, Bludgeon is the bodyguard of Jhiaxus and dedicates his life to protect him. After a battle on Jhiaxuss ship, leading to Jhiaxus' death, Blugeon leaves unseen by anyone until he showed back up at the academy.
- The Big Guy: Alongside Brawl, is among the heftier teachers in the school.
- Death Seeker: After Jhiaxus' death, he keeps on trying to end his own life, but to no avail. When he fails to burn his master's effigy, he reaches for his sword, only for Nautilator to stop him.
- Dying Alone: Was intending on doing this at some point before he received his invitation to the academy.
- Gentle Giant: Downplayed, but its clear through his interactions with Nautilator that he has a gentle side.
- Ironic Name: Despite his name, his favorite weapon is his sword.
- Lightning Bruiser: In battles, he was renown for his speed and viciousness.
- Master Swordsman: As a Metallikato expert, he is this.
- My Greatest Failure / It's All My Fault: Letting Jhiaxus die is this for him.
- Nightmare Face: His pretender shell makes him have a skeletal face with sharp denta, making him very intimidating.
- Odd Friendship: Starting in Chapter 1, he has one with Nautilator. He was intrigued and impressed by the Seacon's luck, and he admits to Skywarp that he doesn't deny that he cares and want to protect him.
- So Proud of You: He doesn't admit it out loud, but he is grateful that Knock Out decides to change himself for the better after what happened to him in Chapter 5.
- Spanner in the Works: In Chapter 5, his presence derails the believability of both Smokescreen and Dead Ends claims, which helps to uncover the truth of it all.
- Survivor's Guilt: Feels immense guilt at letting Jhiaxus die and blames himself for it.
- When He Smiles: He smiles in relief after Nautilator wakes up from his coma. Nautilator and Knock Out doesn't like it and finds it scary when he did it, even Bludgeon himself admit that his face is not a kind one.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Drift one and likes to spar with him, although Bludgeon tends to be more skilled in hand-to-hand combat, as well as saying that Drift is still not as strong and skilled as him.
One of the least respected members of the Decepticons, he was constantly abused by his fellow Seacons during the war for being weak, despite having the voice of Megatron. When peace came and those same Seacons being in prison, Nautilator was free to live his own life, which he did by taking a menial task that didnt require much effort for him, living a quiet and unimpressive life. He is assaulted by Smokescreen in Chapter 5 after stumbling with Dead End into him setting up a bomb in Chapter 5 and accidentaly breaking the detonating agent, stalling Smokescreens plan. In retaliation, Smokescreen bashed Nautlator and Dead End on the head with a vent, which left Nautilator in a coma and unable to attend the fifth trial. He wakes back up in Chapter 6.
- Badass Baritone: Ironically enough, hes got a deep, guttural voice just like Megatron. Its incredibly unfitting for a wimp like him.
- Butt-Monkey: His cowardice and voice are often mocked and exploited from others.
- Nautilator: Why me?Nightbeat: You were free and your voice makes me think Megatron is working for me, which is strangely enjoyable.Nautilator: Stupid voice. Always gets me into things I don't want to do.
- Born Lucky: His talent and it showed during the war as he survived multiple life-or-death scenario through luck alone.
- Expy: Of fellow luckster Makoto Naegi.
- Put on a Bus: Is left in a coma during the middle of chapter five after getting assaulted by Smokescreen and doesnt wake up until the middle of Chapter 6.
- Odd Friendship: Starting in Chapter 1, with Bludgeon.
- Spanner in the Works: In Chapter 5. Him getting drunk with Dead End and accidentaly running into Smokescreen in the VOF greatly alters the events of the chapter.
The head chemist of the Decepticons and noted addict, hes responsible for making of the explosives for the Decepticons as well as aiding in the construction of building materials. When the war was finished, he and his fellow Constucticons went to work building more buildings in Cybertron, with the added stipulation that Mixmaster goes to rehab for his drug addiction. Creates a batch of acid in Chapter 1, but this ends up stolen in Chapters 1 and 5 used for murder.
- Affectionate Nickname: Scavenger calls him Mix at one point in the prologue.
- The Atoner: For his past life as a drug dealer, as he explains to Drift.
- Berserk Button: He doesnt want anyone to remind him about his syk addiction.
- Big Brother Mentor: Hes this to Scavenger, making sure hes taken care for.
- Functional Addict: Hes using drugs, even while being a teacher in the school. Justified, as this is because he has a zero point and the drugs are able to keep the zero point from spreading and keep him functioning.
- I Hate Past Me: He's deeply regretted and wished to completely forget himself for being a predatory drug maker and dealer before the war.
- Secretly Dying: From a zero point. Only he and Ratchet knew this, but as in Chapter 6, only him and Drift. According to Mixmaster himself, he shouldve died two years ago, but he keeps on surviving by injecting drugs that he made to slow down the spreading of his disease.
- Took a Level in Badass: In terms of trial competence, he took a big one in Chapter 5 when he's the first one to accuse Smokescreen and work together with Ratchet and Perceptor to reveal his crime.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Is revealed to be dying from a zero point in Chapter 6.
The youngest member of the Decepticons, Scavenger always strives to prove himself for the Decepticons and especially his fellow Constructions by scavenging for items to impress them. These often fail, further hurting his self-esteem. After the war, Scavenger continued to do his best to prove himself, only now to more people than before. In Chapter 3, he is assaulted by an unknown assailant that was after his motive datapad so that people wouldnt know who was the serial killer residing among them.
- Extreme Doormat: As a symptom of wanting to be loved, its easy for others to convince him to do what they want.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Just wants to prove his self worth to his team.
- The Medic: Wants to be one. Initially, Ratchet's the one who promised to teach him. But after his death, Knock Out decided to be the one who teach Scavenger instead.
- Nice Guy: Easily one of the nicest Decepticons.
- Spanner in the Works: In Chapter 2, him being accidently left being at the archive accidentally caused him to witness Vortexs dead body and allows the group to start uncovering the truth behind Vortexs death.
- Sweet Tooth: LOVES oil balls.
Ultimate ??? / Ultimate Double Agent
A strange mech who joined the Deceptions one day in the middle of the war, he says little and doesnt talk to people much, but he was completely loyal to the Decepticons. When the war was done, he settled to a more normal occupation of being a bouncer at a bar. In actuality, he is two people merged into one. The original was an Autobot called Punch while Counterpunch is a fake personality created by the Autobots to infiltrate the Decepticon ranks. However, Punch had become dormant and recent years, allowing Counterpunch to assert dominance. Now Punch was starting to take control again. This led to Counterpunch seeking countermeasures against him which would lead to him becoming the victim in Chapter 3, requesting Chromedome to erase Punch from his mind, but ended up with him losing control and attempting to kill Rewind, causing Chromedome to stab him to save Rewind.
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: When Punch is in control, Counterpunch has no recollection of what happens during it.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: What ends up making him the victim in Chapter 3. When he decides to talk to Chromedome about erasing his original personality, Punch fight from within his own Decepticon side and starts to go berserk, only for Chromedome to stab him in the back in self defense.
- Foreshadowing: When Nightbeat tries to deduct the traces of Counterpunch's past, one of the deductions states that his accent indicate he's from Iacon (an Autobot-centric city), to which Counterpunch denies and claims he's from Kaon (a Decepticon-centric city).
- Grand Theft Me: Did this to the original inhabitant of the body hes in unintentionally.
- Hot-Blooded: He's usually reserved to himself, but can be aggressive with those who invade his space.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Despite the fact that the first stab killed him, he has multiple stab wounds on his body. This is because two different people stabbed him. Chromedome stabbed him once fatally in the spark while Wildrider stabbed him multiple times postmortem.
- Noodle Incident: According to Jazz, the Autobots scientists apparently let Punch's Decepticon personality grew too strong near the end of the war. How that happened is still unknown.
- One Steve Limit: With his Autobot counterpart Punch.
- The Quiet One: Is taciturn and doesnt converse much with people. This extends to the trials, where he chooses his words carefully, which makes him contribute little to the trials.
The first of Soundwaves minicons and the only one to accompany Soundwave into the game, he stays by Soundwaves side to serve him however he needs. An accomplice to Shockwaves murder by using the vents to use the Groundbridge and let Soundwave move around without being seen. After being found guilty, Soundwave transferred ownership of Laserbeak over to Skywarp in order to apologize for framing him.