This is the page for characters introduced in Transformers Energon, some of whom made it to Transformers Cybertron, so those tropes are featured here too. All characters introduced in Armada can be found on that page.
- Adaptational Wimp: In most incarnations, Ironhide is a Southern-Fried Private who is a longtime friend of Optimus Prime and often one of his lieutenants. Energon recasts him as a Naïve Newcomer who had the misfortune of being partnered with Kicker.
- Butt-Monkey: Klutzy rookie, frequently repremended by his peers and often subordinate to Kicker and thus the most constant victim to his nasty attitude.
- Character Development: Ironhide's long-running feud with Scorponok is, sadly, the only character arc in this show that sees itself to any real conclusion.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- This Loser Is You
Inferno / Roadblock
- Back from the Dead: Of a sort. After he hurled himself into the Energon star, Jetfire was able to recover his spark. He was reborn as Roadblock episodes later.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of Megatron in Improsoned — I mean, Imprisoned Inferno. While he puts up a good fight, this lasts for three episodes until he hurls himself into the sun in Farewell Inferno.
- Expy: He visually evokes G1 Inferno. His upgrade, Roadblock evokes G1 Grapple, who himself shared a mold/animation model with Inferno.
- Friendly Sniper: His long water cannon for his fire truck form can act as a sniper weapon mounter on his right arm.
- Nice Guy
Wing Dagger / Wing Saber
- Anti-Hero: By Cybertron, he's of the "rebels against authority" variety.
- Combining Mecha: Can fuse with Optimus Prime for Sonic Wing Mode.note
- Expy: In Energon, he visually evokes Star Saber from Transformers: Victory.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially in Cybertron, though he mellows out soon enough.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Between Energon and Cybertron, he fell out with Optimus Prime regarding the life of a stranded astronaut and took off into space. When he first appears in Cybertron, he and the other Autobots clash. He gets better as the series progresses.
- The Big Guy
- Detachment Combat: Can split himself in two vehicles: One half is a construction vehicle with a huge claw; the other is a warship. His head is also a smaller robot, in reminiscence of Headmasters from G1. Can also combine with Optimus to become Optimus Supreme.note
- Terse Talker: Averted with this Omega Supreme.
- Expy: Of G1 Rodimus Prime; only difference is that this version of Rodimus was never born as Hot Rod to begin with.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Breakout Character: He plays a minor role in Energon whilst under the command of Rodimus. In Cybertron, he's part of Optimus's team and has a lot more prominence.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center
- Nice Guy
- Overshadowed by Awesome
- Took A Level In Bad Ass
- Expy: He visually evokes G1 Wheeljack, and he's even named Wheeljack in Superlink.
- Gratuitous English: Has a habit of saying "Check it out, yo!" in the Japanese dub.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Omnicon. The show explains this as her being a rallying symbol for the Omnicons to focus on. ... yeah. The comics mercifully just have her there.
- Verbal Tic: In the comics, like all the Omnicons, she prefaces sentences with "crz" or other similar sounding noises.
- Those Two Guys: With Skyblast
- Adaptational Name Change: He is very clearly meant to be Shockwave, but Hasbro, at the time, didn't have the trademark for that name, and would've been sued to hell and back if they used it. They eventually did get the trademark back, though, and all future incarnations of Shockwave have been named Shockwave.
- Arch-Enemy: Oddly of another Decepticon, Tidal Wave/Mirage. This hatred was unexplained in the dub, though in the original, Tidal Wave had already experienced Shockblast's abusive command.
- Ax-Crazy: Easily one of the most brutal Decepticons in the trilogy, whereas some of them looked comical, this guy has an on-screen body count that rapidly grows and is always gruesome.
- The Brute
- Bad Boss: Instantly made a high rank Decepticon upon his release, and instantly made Megatron look reasonable. Came to an end after his betrayal, after which he was allowed back to the team, but as last in command.
- CoDragon: Initially one to Megatron alongside Starscream. He is demoted after he first betrays Megatron however.
- Dude In Distress: A rare villainous example after being captured by Wing Saber following his first coup. Megatron left him at the Autobots' mercy at first, knowing he would soon beg to rejoin the Decepticons.
- The Friend No Body Likes: Tidal Wave loathes Shockblast, and it didn't take long for the other Decepticons to understand why. His attempts to betray Megatron didn't make him any more popular.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Lost in Translation:
- Tidal Wave has an unexplained past with Shockblast in the dub. In the Japanese version it is explained he used to be part of the same armada, only to attack his squad following a successful mission simply because there were no Autobots left to destroy.
- Shockblast's characterisation also harks much closer to G1 Shockwave in Japan, where the dub of the original series rewrote his personality entirely to be more volatile and manic. In English, he's pretty much the total opposite.
- Miles Gloriosus
- Remember the New Guy?: In the dub for Tidal Wave, though even in the original, Megatron is implied to have a weary unexplained past with him.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After betraying Megatron and sucking in Unicron's lifeblood, Shockblast is overwhelmed by Unicron's evil-radiated Energon. A deranged and power-mad Shockblast lands on Blizzard Planet. After Megatron senses where he is, Megatron retaliates by smashing Unicron's fist down on him and Shockblast is crushed into smithereens, while his power-infused spark transfers to Megatron and drives him mad with power in return.
- Sadist: Nothing makes him happier than frying Autobots as painfully as possible. He'll suffice with some of his own comrades though.
- The Starscream: Tried to usurp Unicron from Megatron thrice over. All three cases ended disastrously.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After stealing Megatron's control over Unicron, the power was too much for him to handle, overloading his body and sending him on an Ax-Crazy rampage.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In true Starscream fashion, as often as he sneered back at Galvatron, he quickly resorted to simpering whenever conflict turned physical.
- Blackmail: Since he was the only Decepticon who knew how to control Cybertron's network, he soon knew he could hold out on Decepticon artillery whenever Galvatron kicked him around one time too many.
- Boss's Unfavorite Employee: Though Shockblast and Starscream come very close throughout the Unicron era, Sixshot, despite his very short tenure, barely lasted an episode without provoking Galvatron's violent temper, due to his persistent interfering with his rivalry with Prime and compromising his general Control Freak approach to leadership, even blackmailing him on occasion. After an attempted coup where Sixshot blasted Galvatron to near pieces, he healed and immediately destroyed Sixshot, swearing hellfire if he ever had to deal with a Decepticon that insolent again.
- Bullying the Dragon: True to any G1 Starscream Expy, Sixshot ceaselessly pushed every single Berserk Button of his brutish, control (and Optimus Prime) obsessed leader Galvatron. Pretty much every time ended with the expected beating.
- The Chew Toy: Got hurled into one of his own monitors nearly Once an Episode for conniving behind Galvatron's back.
- The Dog Bites Back: As his abuse continued, Sixshot started more and more openly insulting and disobeying Galvatron, even endangering their defences deliberately in demand of appreciation. This culminated in him throwing a coup and coming much closer to destroying the Decepticon leader than any other Transformer in the series.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is clearly loyal to his brother and swears eternal vengeance on Prime for his death — unaware that it was Megatron/Galavtron who betrayed and murderered Shockblast.
- Evil Gloating: A rare Evil vs. Evil example. Sixshot actually had the perfect opportunity to kill a wounded Galvatron, though savours the reversed roles a bit too long, giving Scorponok time to make the save.
- Exact Words: After one too many punishments from Galvatron for disobedience, Sixshot started trolling the Decepticon leader like this. Don't interfere against Prime? He won't act then, even when Galvatron wants assistance. Set the Energon grid to too high a level? He'll set all the way up and leave the planet to implode.Sixshot: *snide* Why I'm only following your orders, sir! I'm only trying to please you, oh mighty commander!
- Faux Affably Evil: Six Shot is much calmer than Shockblast, though is conniving and back-stabbing to go with it.
- How About a Smile?: After too much abuse, Sixshot demonstrated his control over Galvatron's forces and started pulling this. In one instance Starscream, aware the furious commander wouldn't budge, had to beg in Galvatron's place just to save their operation.
- Motive Decay: Downplayed. He still wanted to destroy Prime by the end, but it was his even greater hatred for his Bad Boss that blatantly galvanised his decision to destroy and usurp him to do so.
- Non-Action Guy: Only went into combat in two episodes, one of which was out of continuity, the other was exclusively against his own team. In his defence, he half turned Galvatron to slag when pushed enough.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Optimus Prime, which causes a teeny bit of conflict between him and Galvatron to say the least.
- Overzealous Underling: He quickly gets on Galvatron's bad side by disobeying commands to try and defeat Optimus Prime. Expectedly after a few lambastings for this, Sixshot deems his own commander an interference and starts blackmailing or outright trying to kill him so he can deal with Prime alone.
- Remember the New Guy?: Shockblast never mentions having a brother, let alone tries to break him out of Cybertron prison. Not that this is unlike Shockblast however.
- Right Hand vs. Left Hand: Most of both his and Galvatron's attempts against Prime were ruined by the other's interference, wanting the honour of destroying him themselves. Along with both having an ultimately murderous hatred for the other anyway.
- The Starscream: After one too many beatings from Galvatron over dealing with Optimus, Sixshot decides to take over the Decepticons so he can handle things uninterrupted. Sixshot injures and nearly kills Galvatron, though he escapes and heals in Super Energon and deals with Sixshot promptly...
- Unknown Rival: Despite his suicidal determination to destroy Optimus Prime in revenge, the two never met in person. Poetically, he ended up having a much more personal rivalry with Galvatron, Shockblast's real killer.
- Combining Mecha: Has elements of Hive Mind and Detachment Combat like Superion Maximus.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Bruticus Maximus.
- Adaptational Villainy: The comics completely change his backstory, and have him as your typical Quintesson schemer, hoping to take over Cybertron.
- The Chessmaster: Comic version, who has spent centuries making his mysterious plan. He tries to be this at the start of the anime, but Megatron quickly hijacks his plan.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Zigzagged between dubs. Superlink has Alpha Quintesson succeed in resurrecting his home planet along with the other ones Unicron devoured with the aid of the Autobots. Unfortunately, Energon skips the episode in which this happens and the subsequent episode is re-dubbed to remove references to its events, meaning it never occurred in the English dub. In either case, Alpha-Q is killed.
- The premise of Cybertron takes it Up to Eleven. The planets he worked so hard to restore are once again obliterated by the Unicron Singularity. Poor guy can't win, really.
- Unfortunate Names: Alpha Q...hehehe! Needless to say, the famously snarky TFWiki.net had a field day with his page.
- Adaptational Villainy: The comic version is more of a straight up brutal Decepticon, compared to the tragic Noble Demon he is in the anime.
- Bad Boss: Comic Scorponok is an utter jerkass toward Tidal Wave, repeatedly threatening him, and eventually beating him senseless for failing a mission.
- Benevolent Boss: In contrast, he is this to his Terracon army in the anime.
- The Brute: Both versions of Scorponok prefer tearing through enemy fortifications and killing everyone they find. The comic's version in particular doesn't think that highly of Megatron's ideas about "subtlety".
- Expy: Of the original Scorponok.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Comic version gets Megatron's sword through the Spark, rendering him Deader Than Dead.
- More Than Mind Control: Played with in the anime. Megatron revived Scorponok's husk, though reformatted him to be loyal to him. He regained his memories after seeing the deceased Alpha Q, though without a master, he decides to continue serving Megatron anyway out of gratitude for reviving him.
- Pet the Dog: The animated rendition, even as a Decepticon, remained a Benevolent Boss to his Terracons, who shown Undying Loyalty in return.
- Undying Loyalty:
- To Megatron post-reformating in the anime.
- Both he and his Terracon army reflect this towards each other as well, Megatron revived him specifically so he could keep the latter under the control. When the Terracons went berserk from a Super Energon boost, they broke from their rampage to heal Scorponok from serious injuries.
- Expy: Of Ravage
- Expy: Of Dinobot. It's why he's a sword wielding raptor.
Brad "Kicker" Jones
The series' human sidekick. Has the ability to detect Energon deposits. And thoroughly unlikeable.
- Abusive Parents: A plot point that was never really addressed in the series. Kicker's father was extremely negligent in regards to his son's emotional well-being, using him as a tool to hunt down energon without regard for the effect such treatment and experiences would have on Kicker's state of mind. His mother wasn't much better since she pretty much allowed her husband to treat their son in such a manner without any protest. Furthermore, any attempts by Kicker to express his feelings on the matter are treated by both the show and the other characters as him being a drama queen instead of an emotionally damaged young man.
- Adaptational Personality Change: The comics rendition has a vastly less abrasive personality.
- Berserk Button: More than one can count.
- Do not threaten Misha.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Misha.
- Control Freak: Whenever something does not go his way, Kicker is sure to throw a fit like a baby.
- Easily Forgiven: No matter how much of jerk he is, his friends always think of him as a loyal ally and friend. They even think his abuse of Ironhide is actually funny.
- Freudian Excuse: While it doesn't totally excuse his behavior, Kicker did not have an easy childhood. Upon discovering Kicker's reactivity to Energon, his own father effectively used him as an Energon fishing rod, throwing Kicker into incredibly dangerous situations as a child in hopes of finding more Energon. Kicker was often left with little-to-no assistance, being stuck on barren planets and deep space, and other hostile areas just for the sake of his father's research. He was constantly dragged from world to world with no time to settle down or have normal social interactions with people his own age for much of his life and is generally treated as a tool more than a person. All of his major life choices were effectively made for him as he had no say about what his father made him do. Is it any wonder that he's so abrasive and controlling?
- Jerkass: "Brash", "obnoxious" and "angsty" are words that describe Kicker pretty well. Every once in while, Kicker proves himself not to be a complete asshole, but these moments of decency are overshadowed by longer, more consistent periods of insufferable selfishness.
- Meaningful Name: Got his name because he kicks Ironhide. A lot!
- Tagalong Kid: As usual, he exists to see the Autobot-Decepticon war from a human perspective.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Ironhide's idolising squad took illy to Kicker's treatment of him, he wisely backed off. Even after they were destroyed however, Kicker remained softer towards Ironhide out of sympathy for the rest of the series.
The series' other human sidekick. She is Kicker's girlfriend and a gifted energon scientist.
- Bridge Bunny: Of the Miranda II.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Its implied she and Kicker have known each other since they were little kids.
- Cool Down Hug: To Alpha Q
- Meganekko: Sometimes when doing her work.