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The primary antagonists of the saga, the Decepticons are the followers of Megatron, Cybertron's military commander, who sought to use the AllSpark as a weapon of war to conquer the galaxy. The Autobot–Decepticon war eventually devastated Cybertron, forcing the Autobots to launch the AllSpark into space. Millions of years later, the AllSpark was rediscovered on Earth, re-starting the conflict. Although the AllSpark was destroyed, the Decepticons continue their campaign to destroy the Autobots and restore Cybertron through any means necessary.

In General:

  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Decepticons, particularly Megatron, don't exactly see Earth as belonging to the humans, they merely follow a Social Darwinistic rule of "The strongest shall rule and conquer all". In Dark of the Moon, they display Nazi-like behavior by intending to plunder Earth's natural resources and enslave humans into rebuilding Cybertron in a similar fashion to the Generation One cartoon two-parter "Megatron's Master Plan".
  • Badass Army: Boy, are they ever! They outnumber the Autobots by a huge margin and have better weapons and equipment. Ancillary material even shows that Megatron formed the Decepticons from Cybertron's military forces, while the Autobots were mostly civilians forced to become soldiers.
  • Dark Is Evil: Most Decepticons are either black or metallic gray. A notable exception is Long Haul who's bright green.
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  • Dwindling Party: By the time of The Last Knight, many have been killed off by the Autobots, N.E.S.T., Cemetary Wind, and the TRF.
  • Evil Counterpart: A running theme with most of the Decepticons in comparison to the Autobots. By the time of Dark of the Moon, when the Autobot–human alliance has become a serious opponent, the Decepticons conduct a devastating attack on Chicago, slaughtering hundreds of innocents.
  • Knights of Cerebus: This is easily one of the darkest portrayals of the Decepticon faction as a whole.
  • Light Is Not Good: Some Decepticons are shown with primarily silver coloring, such as Soundwave and Galvatron.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Natch.
  • Mooks: Decepticon fatalities in the movies far outnumber those of the Autobots, balancing out their vastly superior numbers.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: A villainous version. Unlike the Autobots, the Decepticons are much less colorful than their cartoon counterparts, excluding the Constructicons and characters introduced in The Last Knight and Bumblebee.
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  • Obviously Evil: They have animalistic appearances based on insects, mammals and birds. Also, they have red eyes and speak almost exclusively in animal noises and Cybertronian language to highlight their alien nature.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Transforming robots who are aliens.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most of them have red eyes, another sign of their status as villains.
  • The Remnant: Most of their command structure is wiped out in Dark of The Moon and Megatron is forced to make do with Barricade until he was able to recruit more warriors who found their way to earth in The Last Knight.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: In the same style as the Autobots.
  • Transforming Mecha: Natch.
  • Zerg Rush: There are so many more Decepticons than Autobots it's not even fair. However, because there are so many unnamed ones, they are excellent cannon fodder.

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Introduced in Transformers (2007)

"You still fight for the weak! That is why you lose!"

Voiced by: Hugo Weaving (Transformers, Revenge Of The Fallen, Dark Of The Moon), Frank Welker (The Last Knight)

Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons. Corrupted by the power of the AllSpark and the Fallen's influence, he wages war on Cybertron. He chased after the AllSpark after it was launched into space, but he crashed into the Arctic Circle and froze. What happens next is pretty coincidental.

He transforms into a spiky alien jet, and after his revival in the second film gains a tank form as well. By the third he has adopted an Earth alternate mode: a Mack tanker truck (still spiky). By the fifth, he's back to being a different, but still spiky, alien jet.

  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses his cannon arm to Optimus twice; first at the climax of Revenge of the Fallen, then at the climax of The Last Knight.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Optimus Prime, obviously.
  • Arm Cannon: It wouldn't be Megatron, otherwise. Revenge of the Fallen has it incorporated directly into his arm.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The most powerful Decepticon is the one in charge.
  • Ax-Crazy: Especially after being freed from his icy prison, Megatron is downright gleeful to get back to killing.
  • Back from the Dead: He's revived in Revenge of the Fallen and again in Age of Extinction, this time as Galvatron.
  • Badass Baritone: He is voiced by Hugo Weaving in the first three films. In The Last Knight, he is voiced by Frank Welker who is using the deeper, more menacing tone he used for his Prime counterpart.
  • Bad Boss: A staple of Megatron's character, and this incarnation is no exception. He has almost no care for the soldiers under his command so long as he attains his goals.
  • Batman Gambit: In Dark of the Moon. He knew the Autobots would find Sentinel Prime on the moon and reactivate him. Since he and Sentinel had agreed to work together, all Megatron needed was for the Prime to gain the Control Pillar for the Space Bridge from NEST, thus allowing them to carry out their long term plans.
  • The Berserker: Particularly in the first film, Megatron is an absolute animal on the battlefield.
  • BFG: His fusion cannon, which forms out of both his hands in the first movie, is integrated into his right arm in the second, becomes a sawed-off shotgun in the third, and becomes an Arm Cannon in the fifth.
  • BFS: Gains one for The Last Knight, with shades of An Axe to Grind at its tip.
  • Big Bad: In the first film by himself, later reduced to being the Dragon for the second and third films but promoted to part of a Big Bad Duumvirate alongside Quintessa for the fifth.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He starts out as this in the third with Sentinel, although the latter keeps usurping power from him and he is very briefly Demoted to Dragon before snapping back into action. He also serves as the partner of Quintessa in the fifth. While he agrees to follow her plan (and the only instruction she gives him onscreen is to kill Viviane), he carries it out not because he is her minion but because he is the brawn while she is the brains.
  • Big Badass Rig: In Dark of the Moon, tired and hurting, he finally humbles himself to adopt an Earth alternate mode so that he can hide in the African savanna. He still chooses the largest and most imposing vehicle one could find there—a heavily modified Mack tanker truck littered with spikes and chains, which would fit right in on the set of Mad Max.
  • Body Horror: He loses roughly a quarter of his head when Optimus forces him to take a blast from his fusion cannon, and as a result spends most of Dark of the Moon sitting out of the fighting, unlike the first two movies where he reveled in combat. While his wounds have healed enough to restore his eye, Sentinel rips out another chunk of his head, and he has about half a dozen ‘Scalpels’ crawling around the wound and trying to repair the damage (the whole healing process might go faster if Megatron didn’t kill the medical bots out of sheer boredom).
  • Break the Haughty: Gets broken hard, twice in Revenge of the Fallen. First by the "insects" when their tanks and machine guns totally screw him over and force him to retreat, and then by Optimus Prime, who tosses him aside like no business during his match against the Fallen; blasting half of his face off, leaving him bleeding and calling for Starscream. This crushing defeat leaves him incapacitated for several months afterwards, and by the time of Dark of the Moon, he's still nursing the wounds inflicted on him and he's forced to hide out in the wilderness of Namibia.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: In "Dark of the Moon" had a chance to kill Optimus Prime relatively easy. He decided to offer a truce instead. In "The Last Knight" he could decapitate Prime with his own sword, but again, he had to remind Optimus that they used to be brothers. It appears that Megatron is not interested in easy kill.
  • The Bus Came Back: A variation; by the time of The Last Knight, he has shed the "Galvatron" identity and reverted back to using his original name and a body type closer to his original appearance.
  • Cain and Abel: His relationship with Optimus, who is his brother.
  • Captured Super-Entity: He was dug up and kept in a classified area for research before the events of the first movie.
  • Chained by Fashion: In Dark of the Moon he has a harness of chains wrapped around his torso. Given the general state of him in the movie, the effect is less "so mighty he needs restraints" than "these are keeping him from falling to pieces".
  • Character Development: At the beginning, he wanted to rule Earth and enslave the human race. In The Last Knight, he simply wants to go home.
  • Darth Vader Clone: He has a deep, sinister voice, is among the largest villains, has a high intellect, a personal connection to the hero and is a user and abuser of his troops. He also spends most of the series as The Dragon to a greater threat.
  • Determinator: You have to admire his dedicated pursuit of his goals. Once he's set his mind to it, anything short of decapitation is not going to stop him. And he even survives being decapitated, as Age of Extinction shows.
  • Diminishing Villain Threat: In the first movie, Megatron is an unstoppable killing machine. In the second movie, Megatron is still very powerful, but obeys orders from The Fallen and is more easily taken down by the heroes. Optimus severely cripples Megatron, causing him to become much weaker for the third movie. Then the fourth movie undoes this by having him upload his brain into his much more powerful Galvatron body—and by out-maneuvering the main human villain, at that. By the fifth movie, he's back to his original menace and is once again The Dreaded.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Carly points out that Sentinel made him "his bitch", he decides to try and take back the position of top dog, and turns on Sentinel just before the latter can kill Optimus.
  • The Dragon: In the second and third movies, though it is Subverted in the third film, where supplementary material reveals that serving Sentinel Prime was only one method he used in his Xanatos Gambit spanning several millennia.
  • Enemy Mine: He pulls this on both sides in the third movie: He sides with Sentinel Prime to stop humanity and the Autobots, although he later ends up aiding Optimus in eliminating Sentinel Prime after the latter makes it clear that he's not in charge anymore, only for Optimus to kill both him and Sentinel Prime. In The Last Knight, he pulls one with the TRF, agreeing to help them hunt and kill Cade's Autobots in exchange for having some of his men freed from prison.
  • Epic Flail: Only in his first movie incarnation. By the second film, he replaces it with a blade mounted on his arm.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A variation; he seems to genuinely love Cybertron, and is ready to sacrifice anyone who stands on his way to return it to it's former glory. However, he doesn't like to aknowledge the fact that he ruined it in the first place, and it's likely he would just re-establish himself as it's leader and ruin it again if it were ever saved.
  • Evil Overlord: As with all other incarnations of him, he is the leader of the Decepticons.
  • Evil Sounds Deep/Guttural Growler: Being voiced by Hugo Weaving in the first trilogy does help. Frank Welker uses his Prime voice in The Last Knight, so he counts as well.
  • Evil Virtues: Determination and Resourcefulness. Megatron pursues his goal with single-minded resolve, which includes manipulating others to do his bidding. Whenever he hits a major snag, such as getting temporarily killed, it doesn't deter him in the slightest, it just makes him change tactics.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against organic lifeforms.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. In Dark of the Moon, the Decepticons get very close to victory, but the idea of someone else being the one to lead them to it really doesn't sit well with him. His following actions end up ruining everything.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: His fusion cannon in The Last Knight is capable of spewing flames, though he only demonstrates this in his introductory scene in that movie. His Leader class figure from that movie comes with two flame effects, partly to evoke that scene.
  • Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon: His The Last Knight Leader class figure has his fusion cannon stored within his jet mode's nosecone and it can be deployed while in that mode. The instructions even outright demonstrate that one of the flame effects included with the figure can be plugged into the cannon while the figure is in jet mode, thus showing that the figure's designers intended to evoke this trope.
  • Foil: Is unsurprisingly this to Optimus in all of the films he has appeared in.
    • In the first film, both are the leaders of opposing factions of the Transformers race who fight for possession of the All Spark so they could save Cybertron. However, while Optimus is benevolent and cares about the humans as much as his own race, Megatron is malevolent and wants to end all life on Earth. Also, Optimus is accepting enough of Earth to take on an Earth-based alternate mode, while Megatron retains his Cybertronian alternate mode, likely out of repulsion for Earth-based vehicles. In addition, Optimus has been leading the Autobots throughout the events of the film, while the Decepticons initially appear under the temporary leadership of Starscream as opposed to Megatron (naturally because Megatron spends most of the film frozen).
    • In Revenge of the Fallen, both were killed by having their sparks utterly extinguished but later brought back to life after having their spark chambers stabbed with a MacGuffin (an All Spark shard for Megatron, the Matrix of Leadership for Optimus) and their bodies reformatted with the parts of another Cybertronian, with the extra benefit of new weapons and abilities. However, Optimus' new parts were given by a consensual Jetfire and later removed, whilst Megatron's new parts were permanent and taken from the body of a not-so-willing Decepticon who was pretty much murdered by his colleagues.
    • In Dark of the Moon, both now transform into trucks, are genuinely concerned about the future of their race, and are working towards making their respective visions of that future a reality. However, while Optimus envisions a future of peaceful coexistence between the Transformers and the humans, Megatron believes in using the humans as slave labor for the sole purpose of rebuilding the damaged Cybertron. Also, much like the first film, Optimus is active in his leadership of the Autobots, while Megatron has become passive due to the injuries he suffered in Revenge of the Fallen, leaving most of the villainy to Sentinel Prime. However, the latter is eventually subverted when Carly calls Megatron out on said passiveness, thus inciting him to turn against Sentinel and reassert his position as Decepticon leader.
    • In The Last Knight, both have taken Cybertronian Knight-esque forms, have red scars going down their faces, and have gained a BFS for a melee weapon. However, while Optimus spends most of his time in outer space in the fifth movie, Megatron spends his on Earth (ironically, Optimus still turns into a truck while Megatron has regained his jet mode, though it may not be capable of interstellar transport like his first incarnation). Also, while Optimus is egged and brainwashed into servitude, Megatron isn't and has absolutely no problem destroying the Earth, for surprisingly good reasons. In addition, Optimus' red scar is on the left side of his face, while Megatron's is on the right.
  • Genius Bruiser: Implied by his official bio, but Dark of the Moon and supplemental material reveal his somewhat elaborate scheming tendencies.
  • The Heavy: Makes all decisions for the Decepticons; all of the conflict is driven by his actions.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the novel of Dark of the Moon—see Spared by the Adaptation below.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Jazz in the first film, and killed Optimus and Sam in Revenge of the Fallen (temporarily). In The Last Knight, he kills Sir Edmund Burton.
  • Hidden Depths: In The Last Knight, Megatron finds Starscream's head...and actually mourns for him. Sure, Megatron always abused him, as is the norm, but we see here he actually cared for Starscream.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: By the third film, this describes him pretty well, as he's still heavily damaged from Operation: Firestorm, and Sentinel has more or less taken command of the Decepticons from him.
  • Human Popsicle: Cybertronian popsicle, in the first movie.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Ancillary material describes him as cannibalistic and eating the Sparks of his victims, but it was cut from the movies.
  • In the Hood: In the third film, a canvas cover over his tanker trailer becomes a hood to hide his gaping head wound.
  • Joker Immunity: Oh, did you really think he'd stay down? He returns as Galvatron in the fourth film after his apparent permanent death in Dark of the Moon.
  • The Juggernaut: Virtually unstoppable unless you're a proficiently large amount of human troops or Optimus Prime himself.
  • Large and in Charge: With the exception of special 'Cons like Devastator and the Driller, he's unfailingly the tallest and bulkiest Decepticon in each movie. Especially noticeable in the first and fifth movies.
  • Large Ham/Evil Is Hammy: Even though he later claimed to have no investment in the role, Hugo Weaving was considerably hammy as Megatron, especially in the first film. When Frank Welker takes over, he's even hammier.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His original, and The Last Knight incarnations count as this. Due to being an Evil Cripple in the third movie, his DOTM incarnation has this downplayed significantly, while his ROTF incarnation was literally a walking tank.
  • Manipulative Bastard/The Chessmaster: Shows shades of this in Dark of the Moon, setting up the events of the film centuries in advance.
  • Midseason Upgrade: If by "mid-season" you mean technically every movie. He's beefed up to the point where it affects his speed at times, and given a one-handed Arm Cannon with a Blade Below the Shoulder as well as a new flying tank mode in Revenge of the Fallen. By the end of that film, Megatron's so beat up that he requires his cannon arm to be rebuilt, and finally scans an Earth alternate mode, reformatting his fusion cannon into a Hand Cannon for Dark of the Moon, though this variation of him seems more like he's a Dark Lord on Life Support due to the mini "doctor" drones swarming his scarred head. Because this body is so ramshackle, it's easly torn apart by Optimus; however, for Age of Extinction, Megatron transfers his consciousness into the Galvatron body after his seeming demise in the previous film, but doesn't do too much with it. Finally, Megatron gains a permanent body upgrade in The Last Knight thanks to his alliance with Quintessa.
  • NameTron: Obviously.
  • Off with His Head!: Is beheaded by Optimus at the end of Dark of the Moon. The head survived.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Until Revenge of the Fallen, and again in Dark of the Moon.
  • Overarching Villain: Megatron appears in every film and is a major foe, but is only the Big Bad in the first film and in a Big Bad Duumvirate with Sentinel Prime in Dark of the Moon and Quintessa in The Last Knight. Even when the Autobots are confronting another enemy, Megatron is always plotting to turn the situation to his advantage. To hammer the point home, his death in Dark of the Moon is only temporary and he returns as Galvatron, reclaiming his name of Megatron in the following film.
  • Parental Issues: In the IDW comics, where all the anger in him is over the fact that Optimus, not Megatron, is Sentinel's favorite.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Megatron's reaction in Dark of the Moon at seeing Cybertron again and thinking it's saved. It really shows how he does care for something other than himself. It's brought up again in The Last Knight, where he is furious at Optimus for not taking a role in saving Cybertron, and swears to devastate Earth in response.
    • A posthumous one in The Last Knight; when the Decepticons are invading Cade Yeager's junkyard, Megatron comes across the head of Starscream. He muses that his former lieutenant won't be around to see what's coming.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In The Last Knight, even Megatron knows that Berserker is a nasty piece of work and would cause more trouble than he's worth, and politely agrees to pass on him in favor of Onslaught.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes in each of his forms. In Revenge of the Fallen, these become visible when viewing his tank mode from the front as well.
  • Retired Badass: Due to his injuries from the second film, he becomes an evil variant in Dark of the Moon. Instead of fighting, he spends most of his time commanding his Mooks and peacefully watching Cybertron about to be restored. It takes Carly, of all people, to rouse him back into action, and he plays a significant part in defeating Sentinel—only for ''both'' villains to be ripped to shreds by Optimus. He comes back into the fray in the next two movies.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In Transformers, he is kept on ice inside the Hoover Dam, and is pretty angry upon thawing out.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: He uses a handheld fusion cannon that heavily resembles a shotgun Dark of the Moon.
  • Slouch of Villainy:
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The novel of Dark of the Moon has him actually teaming up with Optimus against Sentinel ("Three shall stand, one shall fall!") and then suing for peace, sincerely admitting he's tired of all the fighting. Optimus lets him go, and Megatron then heads back for Cybertron, aiming to corral the Decepticons still there into helping rebuild their homeworld, with the intention of calling the Autobots back when they're done to live in peace again. Then again, Age of Extinction did show he did survive, after all...
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Megatron has been killed twice, but he keeps coming back over and over, so that he can terrorize Optimus and the Autobots again.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes a bigger threat once again in Age of Extinction after he uploads his brain to his Galvatron body. See Galvatron's section below for details.
  • Villainous Rescue: He comes to the rescue of Optimus Prime when he realized by the end of the invasion he will be nothing more than "Sentinel's bitch." Though Optimus kills him anyway—temporarily.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: The facial injuries he sustains in Revenge of the Fallen are still present in Dark of the Moon despite his new alt-mode. It doesn't help that he casually kills the repair-bots like fleas whenever he gets bored or angry.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shows more shades of this as the film series continues, considering that he apparently desires the survival and future of the Transformer race in the second movie, and by the time of the third is in on wanting to restore Cybertron. The latter reason is why he teams up with Quintessa in the fifth film as well.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Optimus used to be brothers in-arm, a long time ago.
  • Xanatos Gambit: One spanning several millennia.
    • Option A: Follow The Fallen's plan to use the Harvester to produce Energon, or power the AllSpark.
    • Option B: Work with Sentinel and bring Earth's resources to repair Cybertron.
    • Option C: Take the AllSpark for himself.
    • All three options end up coinciding and crossing over; he originally chose Option B until Sentinel was apparently killed. He decided to follow Option A, until the AllSpark was launched from Cybertron. The Fallen instructed him to retrieve it, and he followed it to Earth, where the AllSpark had been drawn to thanks to the Harvester. When the AllSpark is destroyed, he falls back on The Fallen's plan, but when Prime receives the Matrix, Megatron returns to Option B, which thanks to Soundwave has been brewing for decades already.

"Oh, my poor master! How it pains me to see you so wounded, so weak..."

Voiced by: Charlie Adler
Hologram pilot played by: Brian Reece

"Not to call you a coward, master, but sometimes, cowards do survive."

Megatron's second-in-command. Starscream led the Decepticons in his master's absence and didn't fare too badly at the job, maintaining the Decepticons' advantage over the Autobots for several eons. However, circumstances force Starscream to lead a team to Earth in search of the Allspark and the missing Megatron. Now Starscream looks for any opportunity to covertly undermine his master and one day take command of the Decepticons again for himself. He transforms into an F-22 Raptor, which is considered the most powerful fighter jet in the U.S. Air Force.

  • Ace Pilot: It helps when your own body is the plane; over the course of three movies, Starscream is never bested in the skies.
  • Adaptational Badass: Somewhat. He is definitely a capable fighter throughout all three films, but he's much more toadying and sycophantic. Although the caption's been removed by now, once said about Starscream: "Ironhide's reaction to seeing Starscream is the first time in 25 years for it to be fully deserved."
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Unlike most versions, he isn't actively trying to usurp Megatron. It's actually implied he was in charge during Megatron's absence, so it's likely that he grew tired of it.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Starscream in the Decepticon campaign of the 2007 DS game is one of the most monstrous if not the most monstrous incarnation of the character to be depicted. He takes the treachery Up to Eleven, slaughters Decepticons who turn on him without a thought, and is in general one of the creepier incarnations of Starscream.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In ‘’Revenge of the Fallen’’, Optimus cuts off his right arm in the forest fight and clubs him with it. Starscream is later shown reattaching it after the argument with Megatron on top of a skyscraper.
  • Animal Motifs: His robot mode has some predatory avian features, including talon-like feet, backward-kneed legs, and what looks like the tip of a beak in his mouth.
  • Butt-Monkey: Despite being Megatron's second-in-command and a crucial player on the battlefield, his master uses him as a punching bag and a scapegoat.
  • Call-Back: In Transformers: The Last Knight, there's a point in the scene where the Decepticons attack the junkyard in which Megatron comes across Starscream's severed and mangled head, which he looks at, holds mournfully and briefly talks to just as he prepares to fight Hound
    Megatron: The end is near, my old treacherous friend. What a shame you'll be unable to see it.
  • Chainsaw Good: One of Starscream's alternate weapons that he gains in Revenge of the Fallen is a large circular saw blade that flips out of his arm. Notably, he uses it to cut apart several US Army helicarriers in mid-air ("LOCUSTS!"), and then later on to terrorize Sam and Carly as he's chasing them.
  • Cool Plane: His alt mode is an F-22 Raptor, which some would call the cool plane of the modern age.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the first movie, instead of fighting on the ground like his fellow 'Cons, he takes advantage of the fact he can fly while his enemies can't, and simply ambushes them from the skies. This comes to a head when he intercepts Ratchet and Ironhide while they're escorting Sam to the rendezvous. He screams in in jet mode, slams into the ground and skids towards them midtransformation, and fires point-blank at the two Autobots with his Vulcan cannons, and a good missile or two for good measure, before doing a flip, transforming into jet mode, and rocketing back into the sky.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: One long Humiliation Conga. One eye torn out with a grappling hook, the other gouged out with a knife blade, all he can do is flail blindly while N.E.S.T troops and Sam attack him. And it’s entirely possible that he overheard Sam tell Lennox that the aforementioned knife was a bomb.
  • Dirty Coward: In the climax of ROTF, Starscream indubitably allowed Optimus to tear off the Fallen's face and kick Megatron's ass just so that he doesn't get hurt himself.
  • The Dragon: To Megatron.
  • The Dreaded: In the first movie, Ironhide screams out his name when detecting him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In the first film and the Revenge of the Fallen games, where Charlie Adler's voice is heavily synthesized and modulated, or whenever Starscream is voiced by Steve Blum. For the other films and games, Adler's voice is unmodified and is more high-pitched and screechy.
  • Eye Scream: Gets his optics gouged out by Sam— first he gets a grappling hook fired in one and then a bomb gouged into the other, which then detonates and kills him.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice is screechy and raspy.
  • Ironic Nickname: Earns the designation "My old treacherous friend" by Megatron.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "I'm gonna kill y—" (BOOM!).
  • Killed Off for Real: By Sam.
  • Nervous Wreck: A villainous version of the trope, he always seems to be at the verge of having a nervous breakdown whenever Megatron is around. But then again, he does work for Megatron.
  • Noble Demon: According to the tie-in comics, the only reason he remains with the Decepticons despite having no respect for Megatron is because he nonetheless feels it is his duty to protect the Decepticons from other Starscreams who actually won't lead them effectively.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As with every other Decepticon.
  • The Scapegoat: Whenever something goes wrong, Megatron's reaction is to blame Starscream.
    Megatron: You fail me yet again, Starscream!
  • Scifi Writers Have No Sense Of Scale: Defied. The problem when designing him was that planes are large. His odd appearance (bird-like legs, wideness) is because the plane had to go somewhere when he transformed, and using a more humanoid design would have resulted in him dwarfing every other character of the film. Thus most of his mass was shifted to his torso, and his leg design means he looks shorter than he actually is.
  • Smug Snake: As always, he's very arrogant and condescending towards those he looks down upon. It's especially evident when he goes after Sam or any other humans—
    Starscream: What a treat! You and me, alone! (...) YOU CAN'T HIDE, BOY! Oh, I love it when your little insect feet try to run!
  • The Starscream: Very downplayed. He's less proactive than other incarnations, although he was happy to leave Megatron to die in Mission City. Though Megatron accuses Starscream of actually attacking him note , Starscream at least claims he didn't and doesn't try anything so direct at any other point in the series. This comes back to bite him when Megatron makes his return. Then again, the mere fact that he could lead the Decepticons quite effectively in the tens of thousands of years of Megatron's absence would probably have Starscream being justified in feeling that he's the better leader compared to Megatron. However there are some hints to Starscream being just as treacherous as his cartoon and comic book counterparts in the live-action films:
    • A popular theory among Starscream fans is that in the 2007 movie's climax, Starscream blended in with the other F-22s who fired missiles at Megatron.
    • You can also tell that Starscream did absolutely nothing to stop Optimus from completely owning Megatron in the final battle of Revenge of the Fallen.
    • In Dark of the Moon, Starscream mocks Megatron for his rotted face burnt by the latter's own laser cannon in the climax of ROTF.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He's almost triangle-shaped in order to keep him around the same height as the Autobots despite transforming into a jet fighter the length of four average cars. Even then, he's almost as tall as Optimus and Megatron mainly because of his digitigrade legs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He completely loses his slag when Sam stabs him in the eyes, flailing and screaming like a madman as he frantically tries to yank the bomb out of his head before it explodes and kills him.
    Starscream: YOU HUMAN SCUM!
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was heavily modulated to rival Hugo Weaving's in deepness during the first film, but the modulation was removed for the subsequent films.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to tie-in comics, he doesn't believe in Optimus or Megatron— his only goal is to save his species from extinction.
  • Your Head Asplode: By Sam, after having a bomb stabbed into one of his optics. His head was implied to be scavenged by humans and repaired, though, as Daytrader finds it fully intact in Buffalo, New York, by the time of The Last Knight.

"Barricade enroute."
Voiced by: Jess Harnell (Transformers, The Last Knight), Frank Welker (Dark of the Moon)note 
Hologram driver played by: Brian Reece

An aggressive Rabid Cop who transforms into a police car. He and Frenzy hunt down Sam Witwicky to get information on the glasses, but he is defeated offscreen by Bumblebee, who gets established as his arch-enemy. Barricade's presence in the films goes "on and off" each movie.

  • An Arm and a Leg: In Dark of the Moon, he gets his right leg blown off by human soldiers.
  • Ascended Extra: Has a more prominent role in The Last Knight than his previous film appearances.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: Even though his alt-mode is a police car, he's definitely not your benevolent justice enforcer. A Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that the livery on his alt-form says "to punish and enslave" where one would typically find "to protect and serve" on a cop car.
  • Breakout Villain: Barricade proved to be one of the most popular movie exclusive characters and gone on to appear in three films, outliving most of the cons that debuted with him. He was adapted into Transformers: War for Cybertron and future G1 stories either bring him in or modify the existing G1 Barricade to better resemble his movie version.
  • Cool Car: While he generally turns into a police car, Barricade turns into a Saleen S281 Extreme version in his appearances in Transformers and Dark of the Moon and a Ford Mustang version in The Last Knight.
  • The Dragon: After the death of Starscream in Dark of the Moon, it seems Barricade has become Megatron’s new second-in-command in The Last Knight. It also helps that he and Megatron are the only active Decepticons left by the time this film rolls around.
  • Epic Flail: He uses an in-built flail as a weapon.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of sorts to Generation 1 Prowl, the Autobot police car who was also one of G1 Optimus Prime's lieutenants. This is further confirmed in the entry for Barricade, which states that his character's conception in fact started as the movieverse's counterpart to G1 Prowl. Also lampshaded in the mobile phone game Transformers: Forged to Fight, where both characters appear: G1 Prowl's signature ability is called "Good Cop", whereas Barricade's is named "Bad Cop".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep growling voice, most clearly heard when interrogating Sam in the first movie.
  • Eye Scream: He gets his left eye shot out by snipers in Dark of the Moon
  • Hero Killer: In Dark of the Moon, he blows Que's head right off his neck.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Taken to a new level; he impersonates a police car.
  • Joker Immunity: He survives the first movie, is nowhere in the second, seemingly dies on the third, but returns in a new altmode in the fifth one, which he also survives; You just can't keep this guy down.
  • Made of Iron: He gets beaten down by Bumblebee near the beginning of the first film, and turns up for the climax looking no worse for wear. Then he gets turned into metallic Swiss cheese in the third movie, only to get better from that two films later. The fifth film sees him take a thrashing from Grimlock, which left him none the worse for wear.
  • Mean Boss: In Dark of the Moon, he gets angry at the Decepticon soldiers for the unexpected release of the captured Autobot prisoners (including Bumblebee), and he starts strangling, blaming, choking them in an angry Cybertronian rant (probably to keep the profanity light for a PG-13 movie).
  • Mismatched Eyes: In The Last Knight, one of his eyes is red while the other is blue, a la police flashers.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He commands several generic Decepticons in Dark of the Moon during the Chicago invasion.
  • Mook Promotion: With all other Earthbound operatives dead or captured, Barricade has been promoted to become Megatron's second-in-command by the time of The Last Knight.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As to be expected from a Decepticon, Barricade has red optics.
  • Recurring Character: Here's a little game: number each live-action CGI Transformers movie by release date from earliest to newest (count Bumblebee too!). Then separate them by odd and even numbers. Barricade's only in the odd-numbered ones, that's how you know if you'll find him or not.
  • The Rival: To Bumblebee: all three of the films that Barricade's appeared in have him interacting with Bumblebee in some antagonistic capacity.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: The adaptations of the first film say that Optimus killed him along with Bonecrusher; Reign of Starscream says that Ironhide ran him off the road (nonfatally) during the highway chase; pretty much any given piece of supplemental material gives him a different fate.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Has no qualms about doing this at all. Poor Que...
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only member of Starscream's original band of Decepticons who's still alive.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In Dark of the Moon, he is last seen being blinded, crippled and shot at by human soldiers. Despite this, he somehow managed to survive both this and Cemetary Wind's Transformer hunt, as he's appearing in The Last Knight with an updated Saleen alt-mode.
  • Vocal Evolution: Jess Harnell reprises his role in The Last Knight, but he gives Barricade a quieter, more dignified voice with a vaguely British accent, compared to the deep, loud voice he had in the first film. Possibly justified, as in the first film he's interrogating Sam, whereas in The Last Knight he's addressing Megatron.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The king of this trope in the series.
    • In the first movie, he chases the protagonists alongside Brawl and Bonecrusher, but subsequently disappears from the rest of the film with no explanation.
    • In the junior novelization, Optimus knocks him and Bonecrusher into a construction pit in the chase towards Las Vegas, leaving both still alive and struggling to get out. Bonecrusher appears later on in the battle, but Barricade does not.
    • The prequel novel to Revenge of the Fallen reveals that he was damaged in battle by the Autobots shortly before the film, and was likely still recovering by the time the film's events took place.
    • The UK comics have a lot of fun with this—Barricade and Ironhide co-host the letters page, and Barricade fluctuates between treating the movies with disdain and demanding more screen time.
    • He disappears again towards the climax of The Last Knight.

Voiced by: Reno Wilson

Barricade's partner, Frenzy serves as recon and sabotage. He speaks in garbled words and is Multi-Armed and Dangerous. He transforms into a CD player, which no one on Air Force One thinks is suspicious, and later on his head transforms into Mikaela's cell phone after being separated from the rest of him.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the junior novelization, Frenzy doesn’t lose his head in the construction zone fight. Instead, Sam knocks him out with a piece of rebar.
  • Deadly Disc: Frenzy can launch razor-sharp shurikens from his chest cavity.
  • Death from Above: In the junior novelization, Frenzy is killed when Keller drops a fax machine on him.
  • Flipping the Bird: He does it to the Secret Service.
  • Fragile Speedster: Frenzy's quite a fast opponent but it doesn't take much to bring him down. Both of his defeats were at the hands of humans rather than any Autobot soldier.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed by one of his own shurikens.
  • Killed Off for Real: Towards the end of the first film.
  • Losing Your Head: Twice: once from Mikaela, which he survives, crawling around on little spindly legs until the AllSpark restores his full body; and once from his own ricocheting shuriken, which kills him. The second movie shows that Simmons kept the head as a trophy even after losing his job.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Frenzy has two sets of arms; one are his hacking tools and the other is a pair of guns.
  • The Unintelligible: He does say a few words in English, especially his last words: "Oh shit". It's just that he chitters so much that it's difficult to pick out what's English and what isn't. According to Micheal Bay, he's saying "Tutankhamen" rapidly.

Hologram pilot played by: Brian Reece

"Blackout incoming. All hail Megatron!"

Megatron's Yes-Man, and the first Transformer seen on film. Blackout transforms into a military helicopter and obliterates an American air force base in Qatar, in a foiled attempt to obtain military documents relating to the locations of Megatron and the AllSpark. He is partnered with Scorponok. Blackout fights in the Mission City battle, but is killed via Groin Attack by Captain Lennox.

  • Chest Blaster: Though he never gets to use it.
  • Depending on the Artist: He weaponizes his rotors, but which rotor depends on how he's drawn. The films and the mobile app make it his tail rotor, whilst the video games and the toy make it the main rotor. His DOTM toy switches it back to his tail rotor.
  • Drone Deployer: Scorponok is the drone, deployed out of his back.
  • EMP: Can create them. He also happens to be a walking version, with electronic equipment shorting out near him.
  • Expy: For Soundwave, largely because his role was originally meant to go to Soundwave.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Lennox during the Mission City battle late in the first film.
  • Helicopter Blender: How he uses his rotors.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He single-handedly obliterates a military base, gathers enough intelligence to pinpoint the location of the Allspark, and deploys his minions to orchestrate Megatron's return.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As with most Decepticons.
  • Spotting the Thread: Subjected to this in the first movie. He uses the tail number of the MH-53J Pave Low III he scanned and destroyed to gain his alternate form (4500X), apparently unaware of its significance. This slightly bites him when one of the drone operators recognizes the tail numbers as the same that his friend was on when he was killed in its destruction several days prior, and he loses the element of surprise. Granted, he still managed to wipe the human base off the map, but he was not able to completely surprise the humans, which may have attributed to his failure to hack the base's server and eliminate any witnesses.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Megatron.
  • The Voiceless: Does not speak English in the first film.
  • Yes-Man: Some sources portray him as this to Megatron (almost certainly as a holdover from earlier versions of the first film's script when he was originally written to be Soundwave, who is traditionally Megatron's most loyal lieutenant among the Decepticons).

"My mother, she had the gift. You know, she saw things. Now I got the gene. That thing that attacked us, I got a feeling it ain't over."

A Scary Scorpion who works as Blackout's partner, having a symbiotic relationship with him. He is deployed to chase Captain Lennox's team across Qatar, but retreats when attacked by US aircraft. He reappears in Revenge of the Fallen, but is curb-stomped by Jetfire.

  • Animal Mecha: The first one in the film series, he is a big scorpion mecha.
  • Animate Body Parts: His stinger tail is blown off the rest of his body and taken aboard an aircraft when Lennox returns to the US, and tries to attack some of the military personnel.
  • Back for the Dead: Briefly reappears in Revenge of the Fallen seriously damaging Jetfire to the point he nearly kills him.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Like a real scorpion, he has a rather fearsome one.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Behaves just like a scorpion, only a lot bigger, faster and armed with weapons.
  • The Dragon: To Blackout.
  • Dynamic Entry: He makes his reappearance in Revenge of the Fallen with one of these. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Healing Factor: Scorponok seems to have some sort of it. After the end of his tail is blown off after the village shootout, it's regenerated to cover several tables on an aircraft.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Jetfire in Revenge of the Fallen, out of self-defense.
  • Scary Scorpions: A giant scorpion, he doesn't appear to have any other mode. The console game confirms this as Scorponok doesn't have a vehicle mode, he just burrows into the ground. However, his toys often give him a robot mode in addition to his default form.
  • Wormsign: He can tunnel beneath the earth. It's how he follows the soldiers across Qatar.


Voiced by: Jimmie Wood

"Bonecrusher rolling."

Bonecrusher transforms into a military Buffalo mine-clearing vehicle, which includes a back-mounted minesweeping claw. Bonecrusher uses it to flip cars out of his path on the freeway.

  • The Berserker: Rollerblading, hate-driven 'Con who rips up a highway before fighting Optimus Prime. It doesn't go very well for him.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Is incredibly dangerous to human drivers because of his road rage-induced speeding and behavior.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: We cannot emphasize this enough. It's even explicitly stated in his backstory that he hates Megatron and the rest of the Decepticons just as much as the Autobots, but stays under Megatron's command because he's afraid of being terminated by him.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: His moves are based on sports (cross-checking a bus, tackling Optimus).
  • Killed Off for Real: Optimus beheads him.
  • Off with His Head!: How Optimus kills him after a short highway chase.
  • The Power of Hate: Most Decepticons get by just fine on greed or ambition, but not him. Bonecrusher is powered by sheer, unrelenting hatred of everything and everyone in existence, including Megatron. The only reason he remains under Megatron's command is because he hates being killed more than he hates Megatron.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like the other Decepticons.
  • Rollerblade Good: Deploys his alt-mode's tires onto his feet, so as to continue rolling down the highway towards Optimus after transforming.
  • Screaming Warrior: He does nothing but yell in rage whilst fighting Optimus. If you listen carefully it even sounds like he shouts "I hate you!" when Optimus cuts his arm off. Which definitely fits with his character.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the junior novelization, Bonecrusher survives his encounter with Optimus and menaces Mikaela during the battle. His fate is the same as the film’s version of Brawl.
  • The Unintelligible: Before Optimus decapitates him, Bonecrusher screams, "LET ME HAVE YO—!" but it sounds distorted.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Attacking the leader of the Autobots (who also happens to be the strongest and best fighter) is not particularly a smart move. Makes you wonder why his teammates didn't warn him not to engage Optimus (or they perhaps did off-screen in some capacity, but Bonecrusher did so anyways out of rage).

"See, me, I go by one guiding principle—keep it stupid... simple!"

"Devastator reporting."
—Brawl doesn't even know his real name!

A Decepticon built for war, Brawl transforms into a tank and is armed to the teeth with weapons. After suffering several Rasputinian Deaths, Brawl is taken down by Bumblebee.

  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the console game's Decepticon campaign, he's too stupid to do anything, whether it's fending off U.S. military units or locating Mission City. Although a pivotal combatant in the movie, he's actually absent from the Mission City battles forcing Barricade to take his place.
  • Ascended Extra: Brawl has no character in the film and serves mostly as a big mook to take down. He's given a large role in the video games and placed alongside the more narratively important Starscream and Barricade. He even had a comic issue dedicated to him in the Titan magazine.
  • Arm Cannon: Take your pick: the missile rack, or the Vulcan?
  • Backpack Cannon: Twin missile launchers over the shoulders as well as two high-calibur guns.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: A forearm mounted claw blade.
  • Blood Knight: Word of God refers to him as such, stating that he not only enjoys battle, but is consumed by it.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the junior novelization, Brawl is killed just before Megatron kills Jazz.
  • I'm Melting!: In the junior novelization, he is melted by a barrage from Jazz and Ironhide.
  • Killed Off for Real: Took several heavy magnesium sabot rounds to the chest and was dropped into the Laurentian Abyss.
  • Manchild: He fits this trope in the console version of Transformers: The Game, though maybe Brawl really is a child. He's useless to the Decepticon cause being unable to fight off weak, fleshy human units on his own nor find his way into Mission City to help crush the Autobots forcing Starscream to "babysit" him.
  • More Dakka: Several missile launchers, three cannons, and a bullet spammed chain gun.
  • Not Quite Dead: He falls early in the Mission City battle after Jazz, Ratchet, and Ironhide triple-team him, but gets up a few minutes later.
  • One-Man Army: Not even the combined forces of Jazz, Ironhide, Ratchet and multiple US soldiers are enough to take him down. But that's before Mikaela and a paralyzed Bumblebee come in to take him down.
  • One Steve Limit: One big reason for calling him "Brawl" instead of "Devastator;" the latter name is more famously applied to Combining Mecha, as it is in Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Palette Swap: A brownish Palette Swap of Brawl's model appears briefly in Dark of the Moon before being killed during Optimus' big rampage towards Shockwave.
  • Rasputinian Death: He gets shot up with grenade launchers and has his various appendages cut off for nearly half an hour before he finally goes down for good.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like all Decepticons, has red optics.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Two of 'em.
  • Sudden Name Change: He is actually referred by the name "Devastator" in Transformers, but by his real name in the merchandise. Bay considered "Devastator" a cooler name. The actual Devastator appears in Revenge of the Fallen instead.
  • Super Toughness: Even by Transformer standards, he soaks up a lot of damage before going down.
  • Tank Goodness: Subverts this by being a bad guy.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Brawl's made entirely out of Weapons and Wielding Tropes.
  • Walking Armory: Too bad most of his weapons get shot or sliced off before he gets a chance to use them.

A Decepticon that was made out of a Mountain Dew dispenser machine activated by Sam carrying the AllSpark.
  • Death by Adaptation: In issue #1 of the Alliance comic books, Ratchet crushed him to death with his foot, and commented Mountain Dew isn't good for you.
  • Harmless Villain: He intends to harm humans, but all he shoots is Mountain Dew in aluminum cans. But Ratchet would disagree, he claims Mountain Dew has ingredients harmful to human structures.
  • Product Placement: Zigzagged. He may look like a "Drink more Mountain Dew!" banner in the movie, but in the comic book Ratchet uses him as an example of poor dietary habits.
  • Vengeful Vending Machine: He immediately joined the Decepticon cause upon creation.

Introduced in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

    Megatronus Prime / The Fallen
"Now I claim your sun!"

Voiced by: Tony Todd, James Arnold Taylor (video game)

The Greater-Scope Villain to Megatron's Big Bad, The Fallen is the true founder of the Decepticons. Having Fantastic Racism against humanity, he tries to wipe them out by building a Sun Harvester machine on Earth, but is thwarted by his fellow Primes. Millenia later, he returns to exact his revenge.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the video game adaptations of the movie, The Fallen is portrayed as a more cruel leader towards Megatron by calling him a pathetic and unworthy minion. The PS3 and XBox console stories have Megatron turning against the Fallen and even killing him.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Optimus kills him fairly quickly when they do actually fight. Most versions require a team effort to bring him down.
  • Ax-Crazy: In his backstory (where he murdered all of his brothers solely because of Fantastic Racism that they disagreed with). In the movie proper, he is more restrained.
  • Big Bad: Of the second film.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: It's Tony Todd.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against humans.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Uh, Fallen? Fighting Optimus Like a Normal clearly isn't working; maybe you should try your Mind over Matter or Villain Teleportation.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: To Megatron in the first film, though he isn't mentioned.
  • Guttural Growler: A specialty of Tony Todd.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's the one behind Megatron's Face–Heel Turn in the IDW comics, and the original founder of the Decepticons.
  • Mind over Matter: He shows talent for telekinesis when he levitates a ring of fallen stones from the pyramid containing the Harvester, and guides them into the paths of several jet fighters.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His only solid goal is wiping out all life on planet Earth, then repeating the process somewhere else.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Especially fitting since he was the first Decepticon.
  • Satanic Archetype: A Prime that ended up leaving them with his fellows and can only be killed by a Prime. However, his hatred of life on Earth specifically and his plan to destroy it by taking the sun, make him more like Apep, which is fitting as Apep is close enough to be considered an Egyptian counterpart to Satan and The Fallen seems to have touched down somewhere around Ancient Kemet when he came to Earth.
  • Simple Staff: He uses it both to aid in his telekinesis and in combat.
  • The Sociopath: In contrast to Megatron, The Fallen couldn't care less for the Cybertronian race, the safety of his homeworld or any similar noble goal; he is merely a bloodthirsty maniac killing whoever he sees fit (read: everyone).
  • The Svengali: More clear in the novelization.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Some sources refer to him simply as "Fallen", and Megatron does so once in the film, but otherwise, he's referred to as The Fallen.
  • The Unfettered: Has no regards for any life besides himself.
  • Villain Teleportation: Jetfire pulls off the "personal space-bridge" trick once. The Fallen uses it for Teleport Spam.

"No prisoners, only trophies."
Voiced by: Frank Welker

"Decepticons, mobilize. It is time."

Megatron's loyal Communications Officer. In Revenge of the Fallen, he remains in orbit as a satellite, hacking into US military communications and conveying intelligence gathered thereby to the other Decepticons, and deploying Ravage when he needs an agent of his own on the surface. In Dark of the Moon he has returned to Earth as Carly's Mercedes.

  • Ascended Extra: In Dark of the Moon, he's revealed to be far more involved in the plot of the series than it seemed at first, and has been working for centuries to help Megatron's scheme.
  • Badass Bookworm: While he spends most of his time hacking and manipulating human communications, he's still a force to be reckoned with in combat.
  • The Beastmaster: Utilizes Ravage and Laserbeak, animalistic Transformers, to do his dirty work.
  • Big "NO!": Lets one out before Bumblebee blows his head off.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How he dies.
  • Combat Tentacles: Uses them to snare Carly, as well as to plug himself into a satellite.
  • Communications Officer: Evil version.
  • Cool Car: A Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which happens to belong to Carly.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Becomes one to Bumblebee in Dark of the Moon.
    • His transformation is a more violent version of Jazz's breakdancing.
  • Evil Genius: One of the Decepticon's greatest strategists, largely because of his ability to analyze intercepted communications data.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Welker uses his Dr. Claw voice, this time without as much reverb.
  • Fangs Are Evil: In his Dark of the Moon form only; in Fallen, he has insect-like mandibles instead.
  • Guttural Growler: Does this a lot while fighting.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Can be considered the most competent of all of the Decepticons, hiding in the shadows for decades before Megatron reemerges and successfully manipulating the United States government and setting up the Gould family as billionaires in order to make them more useful pawns, as well as hijacking a satellite for surveillance use in Revenge of the Fallen without ever getting caught. Remove Soundwave from the movies and the Decepticons come nowhere near as close to victor as they managed to do.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: In Revenge of the Fallen he hijacks a satellite and keeps track of Sam and the Autobots throughout the movie...and is never discovered, so that film ends with him getting away clean. He remains a serious threat in the next film, Dark of the Moon, but ends up finally dying at the hands of Bumblebee in the third act of that film.
  • Kill Sat: He turns into a satellite in Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Killed Off for Real: Torn apart by Bumblebee.
  • Light Is Not Good: Both his Satellite form and robot form resemble angels.
  • Mission Control: For the Decepticons.
  • Not So Stoic: He's clearly having the time of his life in the Shoot the Hostage scene. He even went against orders (hold the Autobots hostage) after Gould said they should teach the Autobots respect.
    Soundwave: No prisoners. Only trophies.
  • Off with His Head!: How Bumblebee kills him: by jamming his cannon upwards into/through Soundwave's chest and pulling the trigger, blasting Soundwave's head to bits from below/inside.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As with all Decepticons.
  • Sinister Surveillance: His specialty.
  • Shoot the Hostage: "[Evil Laugh] Understood. No prisoners; only trophies."
  • The Spymaster: A Master of the trope, especially since, as revealed in DOTM, he's been around since the Cold War, infiltrating and manipulating both governments to further Decepticon goals. DOTM also shows he has a quite large and powerful network of spies across the globe, including, most importantly, Dylan Gould.
  • The Stoic: He's always calm and cool-headed.
  • Undying Loyalty: Unlike, well, Starscream, he's very faithful to Megatron.
  • Vocal Evolution: This is notably one of the few if any incarnations of Soundwave to not have any vocoding to his voice. Though Soundwave did have the vocoder for the Revenge of the Fallen games, it was dropped for the Dark of the Moon game for consistency.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • A type I with Megatron, as is franchise tradition.
    • A type III with Dylan Gould.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: In Revenge of the Fallen, he remains in orbit, coordinating the other Decepticons.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Bumblebee kills him by blowing his head off during the final battle.


Soundwave's loyal minion.


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  • Cyber Cyclops: Only has one big optic when combined.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: An alien mantis-bird made of razor-thin blades that can hide in plain sight via perspective trickery and can kill people by walking through them, named... Reedman
  • Meaningful Name: Its name is verbally parsed as "reed man", and it's a creature that's thin as a reed.
  • Red Eye, Take Warning: As with most Decepticons.

Voiced by: John DiMaggio (video game only)

"Just 'cause I'd always rather flee than fight, don't mean I can't!"

A relatively harmless Decepticon refugee who hides in Shanghai with Demolishor. He flees but is chased by the Twins, Arcee and co., and then Sideswipe who slices him in two.

  • Advertised Extra: He tended to be heavily used in the advertising of Revenge of the Fallen, though the fact that it was usually the same few shots tipped off some viewers to the fact that in the actual film, he's a minor character.
  • Ascended Extra: Sideways plays a major role in the Revenge of the Fallen console game. He's also this in the Universal Studios ride Transformers: The Ride being Bumblebee's main opponent.
  • Cool Car: An Audi R8.
  • Destroy the Product Placement: Sideways is the only character in the film series to die in his vehicle mode.
  • Dirty Coward: According to his bio, he's a simple courier who shuns combat and hides behind bigger Decepticons like Demolishor. When Demolishor himself is overwhelmed and chased by NEST, Sideways gets a whole army of Autobots chasing him down.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be/Single-Stroke Battle: How Sideswipe kills him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When discovered by the Autobots and NEST, he makes it a priority to get the hell away. Not that it does him any good.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He speaks only in the Revenge of the Fallen video game, while he didn't have any lines in the actual film.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He is only shown for a few minutes in the film's opening where he is killed by Sideswipe.

Voiced by: Frank Welker

A Decepticon who looks a lot like Blackout. He captures Sam, Mikaela and Leo, delivering them to Megatron, Starscream and Scalpel to remove Sam's brain. He fights Optimus in battle, but gets cut down.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Optimus chops off one of his arms, and as it has his rotor deployed, it goes flying and knocks Megatron sideways causing him to miss a shot at Optimus.
  • The Brute: Largely serves as extra muscle during the forest fight.
  • Clock King: What his bio makes him out to be.
  • Expy: Of Blackout.
  • Eye Scream: Courtesy of Optimus.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Optimus literally rips his head in two by jabbing Energon hooks in his eyes.
  • Helicopter Blender: Has this as a weapon. Unfortunately, he never gets to use them, due to Optimus cutting off the arm he uses to wield it.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks awfully similar to Blackout, don't you think?
  • Informed Attribute: Grindor's character bio claims he's a brilliant strategist, but that talent was never demonstrated during his brief screentime.
  • Killed Off for Real: Optimus kills him in the former's desperate stand between him, Starscream, and Megatron.
  • Made of Iron: Takes a lot of fire and wounds from Optimus during the forest fight before he goes down.
  • Palette Swap: Of Blackout, though with a technically different alt mode.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As with all other Decepticons.
  • Red Shirt: No effort is made to differentiate him from Blackout, nor is there any attempt to develop him as a character, leaving him to be extra muscle during the forest fight, and the only casualty of the battle that sticks.
  • Reused Character Design: He reuses Blackout's robot mode, only differing in color scheme. Subverted with his helicopter mode, where he transforms into a CH-53 Sea Stallion instead of the similar MH-53 Pave Low.

Voiced by: Calvin Wimmer

"The Fallen shall rise again!"

A giant Constructicon who hides out in Shanghai. A Psycho for Hire in the comics, Demolishor destroyed several Autobot colonies before coming to Earth. He flees from the Autobots on Earth until taken out by Optimus.

  • Ax-Crazy: Tie-in comics especially play him up as this, revealing that he likes to lure in as many enemies as possible to kill more.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Optimus kills him.
  • Dirty Coward: He doesn't try to fight the Autobots at all, he just runs away after slaughtering numerous humans.
  • Expy: In Tales of the Fallen he becomes one of Rampage.
  • Famous Last Words: "This is not your planet to rule. The Fallen will rise again!"
  • Palette Swap: Demolishor, who is white with red details, into Scavenger, who is red with white details
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed at the end of the opening of Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Pet the Dog: His treatment of smaller, weaker Decepticons like Sideways.
  • Psycho for Hire: As seen in Tales of the Fallen; he especially enjoys hiding in populated areas, both to cause as much collateral damage as possible and to lure large groups of Autobots toward him to fight.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When discovered by the Autobots and NEST he and Sideways flee on sight. Not that it does them any good.
  • Starfish Alien: Just look at him.
  • Starter Villain: He's the main antagonist of Revenge of the Fallen's opening sequence and the reason they come to Shanghai.
  • Team Mom: According to the toy bio.

Voiced by: Frank Welker (vocal effects)

The mighty Devastator is the combined form of at least nine Constructicons.

  • Adaptational Wimp: Devastator is usually either a prototype, much stronger than anything but a handful of individuals but inferior to other combiners or the be-all and end-all for raw power (best exemplified in IDW where it takes three other combiners to take him down). Here his head is badly damaged by the comedy relief Autobots and he's dropped by a single shot from a railgun.
  • Combining Mecha: Formed out of nine smaller Decepticons that each transform into industrial equipment, the Constructicons.
  • Depending on the Artist: How many robots make up Devastator, and which ones do? The range of bots is from six to nine. The film uses nine, his original supreme toy uses six, his Legends toy uses seven, and his Siege toy uses eight. Beyond that sometimes Scavenger (lower torso) can be swapped out for his pallette swap Demolisher as can Rampage (swapped with the red version of Rampage). Scrapmetal, the Constructicon who was killed for parts to ressurrect Megatron is integrated as a hand in the siege version. The yellow dump truck and bulldozer who help form him in the film have been excluded from the toy releases (the latter's role given to Scrapmetal for the Siege toy). Beyond that Devastator has a red face in film but other adaptations (and toys) give him a gray one like in the concept art.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Built like a gorilla.
  • Explosive Instrumentation: He's the cause of a meta-example. Devastator is likely Industrial Light and Magic's greatest accomplishment to date. The scenes with him had such a massive level of detail that rendering him took the ILM equipment to its limits. "Took the ILM equipment to its limits" as in smoking and melting one of the motherboards. He was originally going to play a bigger role, but the destruction of a very expensive computer put an end to that. According to some of the crew, Devastator had so many moving parts and was so complex and detailed to animate that his animation model was the cause of the critical failure.
  • Eye Scream: Eating Mudflap turns out to be a bad idea when Mudflap punches his way out through Devastator's eye.
  • Hive Mind: Implied by forcing a slug straight through the merged Devastator's cranium, killing all Constructicons at once.
  • Humongous Mecha: Bigger compared to the regular bots than the regular bots are compared to humans.
  • Killed Off for Real: Via railgun.
  • Meaningful Name: In-universe; Devastator was named after harsh "Devastator" winds that blew through Cybertron's landscape, due to his ability under Vacuum Mouth.
  • Mighty Glacier: Being several times the size of other Cybertronians makes him quite a daunting opponent for any one of them, especially when combined with his vacuum mouth. On the other hand, he's about as slow and cumbersome as you'd expect from something of that size, to the point where he requires grappling hooks to climb a pyramid barely larger than he is.
  • Square-Cube Law: Their huge size doesn't help when a small, yet very heavy slug of metal is impaled straight through where all their heads merge into.
  • Vacuum Mouth: His mouth can vacuum up an enormous quantity of whatever is in front of him and grind it to pieces, notably including Mudflap (who survives). According to ancillary material, he accomplishes this by generating a miniature black hole inside his head.

    The Constructicons 
Decepticons that transform into construction equipment and combine to form Devastator, the Constructicons include:
  • Scavenger, an excavator similar to Demolisher
  • Hightower, a truss crane
  • Long Haul, a dump truck
  • Mixmaster, a cement truck
  • Rampage, a bulldozer
  • Scrapper, a front load shovel
  • Overload, an articulate dump truck
  • Scrapmetal, who is destroyed for parts to revive Megatron well before Devastator appears.

As well as a few unnamed vehicles that are barely seen onscreen by themselves.

  • Arm Cannon: Long Haul.
  • Ascended Extra: Long Haul is a major character in the Revenge of the Fallen console game.
  • Bizarre Alien Locomotion: Rampage has a jackhammer-cum-pogo-stick contraption instead of legs, while Scavenger shares Demolishor's weird unicycle bodyplan.
  • Combining Mecha: They combine to form Devastator.
  • Composite Character: Scrapmetal of the Studio Series toyline combines the character who was killed for parts to ressurrect Megatron with the unnamed buldozer that formed Devastator's left hand.
  • Death from Above: How Scrapper and Long Haul die.
  • Elite Mooks: Distinctive compared to the later KSI drones, but their bodytype is reused to fill out the Decepticon ranks.
  • Epic Flail: Scrapper.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be, Off with His Head!: Mixmaster needed a lot of killing, apparently.
  • Human Resources: Scrapmetal.
    Scalpel: Need parts. Kill ze little one!
  • Kill It with Fire: One of Long Haul's weapons in the game.
  • Killed Off for Real: All of them.
  • Meaningful Name: No points for guessing what happens to Scrapmetal a few minutes after he's introduced.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Overload, despite the fact that he did not appear in robot form.
  • One-Hit Polykill: A railgun slug through the combined Devastator's head killed them cleanly.
  • Palette Swap: Rampage comes in both red and yellow. Demolishor is white with red accents, while Scavenger is identical but red with white accents.
  • Starfish Alien: Most of them, to some extent, since they tend to defy the traditional humanoid visage of other cybertronians while defying the exception made to most animal-based ones. Hightower resembles a humanoid stretched over the skeleton of a theropod, Scavenger shares Demolishor's "tumbling bicycle" bodytype, etc.
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: Mixmaster's spine-gun.
  • Whip It Good: Rampage.

    Scalpel (The Doctor) 
Voiced by: John Di Crosta

"Ve must have ze brain on ze table, chop-chop!"

A tiny Decepticon field medic who transforms into an antique lensometer (a device for measuring spectacle prescriptions), Scalpel revives Megatron and attempts to remove Sam's brain to extract the knowledge implanted therein by the AllSpark shard.

  • Ax-Crazy: Utterly delighted to torture and kill Sam.
  • Canon Immigrant: To Transformers Animated tie-in material. Art director Derrick J. Wyatt liked his design so much, he made fan-art of the character, before the design was canonized in The Allspark Almanac II with his own backstory and personality.
  • Herr Doctor: Played up with his German accent.
  • Mad Doctor: It's in the name.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: They make him look even scarier.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The novel says that this particular mouse gets squashed by Optimus, but the film leaves it unclear.

Played by: Isabel Lucas

A Decepticon Pretender, "Alice" is responsible for trying to recover whatever remains of the Allspark. Unfortunately for him, what remains of the Allspark currently resides in a certain Witwicky's head, resulting in the spy infiltrating Sam's college as a co-ed who lives in his dorm. She tries to get his AllSpark knowledge via seduction and likely would have succeeded, but loses her patience and attacks, revealing her true form, when Mikaela interrupts.

  • Alice Allusion: Source materials reveal that this is down to the fact that she's based herself off of an Alice in Wonderland animatronic.
  • Alien Autopsy: This is shown to be her ultimate fate in the IDW comics.
  • Becoming the Mask: It's mentioned in John Barber's 'Convergence' prose story as a risk that all Pretenders like her take; going undercover as another species for long enough causes one to start thinking like them.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Has a very sharp, very metallic one which she would have attacked Sam with had Mikaela not interrupted.
  • Demolitions Expert: According to Venus, an apparent self-professed "trans-dimensional magazine for Decepti-femmes", she is this, knowing how to disarm bombs such as the notoriously unpredictable foldspace warheads. Must be those tiny hands.
  • Determinator: In Barber's "Convergence", she murders an entire station of people while looking for the AllSpark, and it's implied that this may not be the first time she's done something like this. She also gets hit by a car in the movie, only to be revealed to still be ticking in the IDW comics. It takes a blade through the chest by Sideswipe after she tried to ram a NEST blockade with a vehicle containing human hostages to finally take her out of commission.
  • Deceptively Human Robots: Par for the course for being a Pretender.
  • Driven to Madness: While perhaps not completely insane, she's clearly very unstable by the time she shows up again in IDW, with what exactly happened to her in between then and her last appearance being unknown, although it's implied through her having to hijack a human vehicle that she may have somehow lost contact with her fellow Cons.
  • Fan Disservice: Making out with Sam and giving the camera a good view of her underwear would be straight-up Fanservice if it weren't for the lethal-looking robotic tentacle poking out from under her skirt, which is followed by revealing her robot form shortly afterward.
  • Fragile Speedster: Her small size means that she can move and navigate through human premises very quickly, even being able to catch up with a car. But, compared to other, much larger Cybertronians, she can't take many direct hits before going down for a fight.
  • Friend to All Children: Within her own species at least, that is. After returning from a mission to locate the AllSpark in Convergence, her only request to Soundwave is for him to let her see the hatchlings before being put back into stasis.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tends to be quite calm when things go her way, but when Bumblebee sprays her with lubricant she's visibly angry and storms off, and when Mikaela interrupts her attempt to kill Sam she's angered to the extent where she drops the human act altogether.
  • Multi Purpose Tongue: She uses one of these to try to suffocate and then impale Sam.
  • Mythology Gag: "How about tonight, you pretend I'm your girlfriend?"
  • They Look Like Us Now: A Decepticon spy perfectly capable of passing herself off as human.
  • Really 700 Years Old: A millennia-old Cybertronian who poses as a human college student who appears to be in her early 20's at most.
  • Robotic Reveal: Turns out that the very strange college girl is actually a Cybertronian assassin.
  • Terminator Impersonator: A Killer Robot disguised as a beautiful woman with the goal of seducing and then killing protagonist Sam Witwicky. To really sell the comparison, while chasing Sam, she pursues with The Slow Walk in a very Terminator-like manner.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Courtesy of a murderous alien robot trying to pass herself off as a regular college student.
  • The Vamp: Potentially justified in that, like most Cybertronians, most of her human knowledge is likely based off of the ever-questionable Internet. This could mean that she's actually basing her entire human persona off of this trope because that's simply what she thinks college girls are supposed to act like.

Introduced in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Voiced by: Frank Welker

Much like Megatron crashed into the North Pole and was discovered and kept on ice by the USA, Shockwave arrived at Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and wound up in the Soviets' hands. Now he's awake, and he's not very happy about being kept in stasis by these filthy organics. His most dangerous weapon is the Driller, a gargantuan, tentacled sandworm-like monster that does Shockwave's bidding.

  • Adaptational Villainy: He has only two lines in the film and is clearly no. In the IDW comics, Shockwave is in a class of his own when it comes to brutality.
  • Advertised Extra: He had as much prominence as Megatron did for the first movie in the promotion and toy line. He's ultimately a minor supporting character, and while he does have a significant presence during his little screentime, he was always intended to be a Red Herring for the true Big Bad, Sentinel Prime.
  • Arm Cannon: His most prominent weapon. Unusually for a Shockwave, it's mounted on his right arm.
  • Big Bad: Subverted. Although Michael Bay claimed that Shockwave would fill this role, this may have been misinformation to make the reveal of the true Big Bad more shocking.
  • Berserk Button: When Optimus kills his pet, Shockwave instantly stops what he's doing and launches a barrage of missiles towards Optimus. The track that plays during that is even called "Shockwave's Revenge".
  • Blade Below the Shoulder
  • The Cameo: A drone almost identical to Shockwave is part of Galvatron's army... aside from the extra head.
  • Cold Sniper: Manages to shoot Optimus out of the sky. Not an easy feat.
  • Cyber Cyclops: A single, red eye is his only real facial feature.
  • Dark Is Evil: Has an extremely dark purple color to him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Optimus either rips his throat out (film) or bisects him vertically (novelization).
  • Hero Killer: Not in the movie, but in the IDW comics, good Lord, he's killed Elita-1, Jolt, Knock Out, Dune Runner, Longarm, and Salvage, as well as Galloway. In fact, the go-to explanation for why an Autobot from Revenge of the Fallen is not present for the third film seems to be "Shockwave did it."
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Optimus just before confronting Sentinel.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: In the IDW movie comics, Shockwave openly admits to enjoying the sounds Autobots make when they die.
  • Mighty Glacier: In the game. He's got a top damage gun, but he runs like a turtle and is the only character in the game that doesn't have a vehicle form.
  • Psycho for Hire: Functions as Megatron's top assassin, and absolutely revels in slaughtering Autobots in the most brutal way possible.
  • The Quiet One:
    • Has one, maybe two, lines in the entire film, yet unlike the other characters who get hit with that, he's a significant presence.
    • Notably only in the final film, though; in the comic adaptation, he's actually quite talkative.
  • Red Eye, Take Warning
  • Red Herring: Michael Bay made a very public announcement that Shockwave would be the Big Bad of Dark of the Moon, he got a massive part in advertising befitting a Big Bad, and the first few scenes of the film play him up as the new main Decepticon threat. However, Sentinel turns out to be the actual Big Bad, and Shockwave has only a minor role.
  • Sadist: In the IDW movie comics, he describes his massacre of the NEST Diego Garcia base as "scintillating".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Prequel comics for Transformers: Dark of the Moon reveal him to be this; he was found by the USSR decades ago and had been sealed under Chernobyl for years. When he gets out, he's ticked off.

    The Driller 

Shockwave's warbeast/"pet", essentially a massive Mechanical Lifeform version of a Sand Worm. Drillers are Cybertron's apex predators. This absolutely humongous beast (in the novel, Optimus outright calls this particular specimen the largest Driller ever seen) was, at some point, tamed by Shockwave. It travelled to Earth with him, was entombed in cryo-stasis by the Russians with him, and woke up when he did. Large and strong enough to bring down a skyscraper (by tunneling into and up through it, finding a weak spot, wrapping around, and then making like a boa constrictor). Killed by Optimus Prime.

"With pleasure."
Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka

"Is your daddy home?"

Another of Soundwave's loyal minions. Laserbeak is capable of transforming into pretty much anything, and is Soundwave's personal agent in a massive conspiracy.

  • Animal Assassin: Not in terms of personality (he's rather chatty), but due to the fact that he's a murderous robotic bird.
  • Artifact Title: In that he doesn't even have any lasers this time, but ballistic slug throwers like every other Transformer in this universe.
  • Feathered Fiend: Transforms into a condor-like robot form and is one of the deadliest Decepticons in the series.
  • Guttural Growler: Courtesy of Keith Szarabajka.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His Establishing Character Moment is callously gunning down a vulture, and then hunting down the Decepticons' human operatives and presumably murdering their families as well.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated human scientists for decades.
  • Master of Disguise: Much more than other Decepticons and Autobots, Laserbeak is shown changing his alternate mode numerous times to quick and horrific effect. He can even become other Transformers, just not in the proper scale or color.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Sam and Bumblebee early into the Battle of Chicago.
  • Off with His Head!: His death, courtesy of Bumblebee.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Compared to other Transformers, that is.
  • The Spymaster: For Soundwave.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He's the first version of Laserbeak to speak on-screen, as well as the first Transformer with a beast mode in the films to speak.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Laserbeak goes about murdering his and Soundwave's human pawns when they've outlived their usefulness to the Decepticons.

    The Dreads 

Crankcase, Crowbar, and Hatchet

Three Decepticon assassins who all transform into FBI-esque black SUVs with cop lights. They attack Sam, Carly, Simmons, and Bumblebee on the highway on their way back to the NEST base.

  • Animal Motifs: Crowbar has raven-like features; Hatchet's robot mode is a giant, hungry alien lion; and Crankcase, in addition to looking like the Predator, resembles some manner of stag beetle.
  • Alien Hair: All three of these have this, but Crowbar's in particular are long, Medusa-like tendrils.
  • Bringing Running Shoes to a Car Chase: All three are capable of running at highway speeds, even overtaking Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Dino during their pursuit.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In their battle with Ironhide and Sideswipe, Crankcase and Crowbar drop their weapons and feign surrender, only to whip out hidden spears and attempt to pull a cheap shot on their would-be captors.
  • Elite Mooks: Their bios describe the Dreads as an elite infiltration unit, specializing in assassination of high-value Autobot targets and hacking enemy systems to acquire vital data.
  • Flipping the Bird: Crankcase's middle finger is longer than the others. As such, some shipments of his toy came with it snipped, while Takara-Tomy opted to simply remold the hand entirely.
  • Informed Attribute: Despite their descriptions as an elite unit with multiple specialties (see above), their talents were never shown or made clear in the film.
  • Killed Off for Real: All of them.
  • Panthera Awesome: Hatchet.
  • Terrible Trio
  • Theme Naming: Crowbar and Hatchet are both named for objects that can be used as weapons. Their team name is derived from the fact that all three of them have robo-dreadlocks.

    Sentinel Prime 

Introduced in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"That is why I have no fear!"
Voiced by: Frank Welker

A man-made Transformer meant to be their remote-controlled drone replacement for Optimus Prime, he somehow ended up looking more like Prime's old nemesis Megatron. It turns out that this is because he is Megatron, having uploaded his consciousness into a man-made body. Like Optimus, he transforms into a cab-over semi truck.

  • Ax-Crazy/For the Evulz: Much like Megatron, when released on a highway, he attacks and kills a number of humans because he can, before engaging Optimus.
  • Big Badass Rig: About the only aspect of Optimus that KSI successfully copied for Galvatron is his alt mode, a sleek gray cab-over semi that contrasts nicely with the boxy, rusted-out cab-over that Optimus starts the movie disguised as. And it's very likely that only happened because Megatron let it happen.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Lockdown and Attinger in Age of Extinction. While he and his drone army are definitely dangerous, they're not the only problem to the Autobots as Lockdown and Attinger are also threats, and he only takes part in direct combat once.
  • Brain Uploading: He contains Megatron's consciousness.
  • Back from the Dead: Sort of. He isn't a new character, but rather Megatron in a new body.
  • Came Back Strong: Following his resurrection, he is capable of standing toe-to-toe with Optimus, compared to the third movie where as Megatron, he was effortlessly curbstomped by Optimus.
  • Composite Character: He's a mixture of the Transformers archetypes of Galvatron and Nemesis Prime.
  • Evil Counterpart: He was supposed to be a Vehicon version of Optimus Prime, but the programmers were unable to make anything besides his alt mode resemble Optimus.
  • Evil Sounds Deep/Guttural Growler: See Mythology Gag.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Galvatron immediately retreats when the Dinobots arrive and soundly thrash his army.
  • Large Ham: Very much so.
  • Mythology Gag: Frank Welker voiced both Megatron and Galvatron in the G1 series, as well as the former in Transformers: Prime. Consequently, Welker voices him with the deeper voice he employed for Megatron in Prime, with very good reason.
  • NameTron: Obviously.
  • No-Sell: Grabs Optimus's sword and drives it through the hole in his chest, causing absolutely no damage to himself. Though given what he's constructed with, and who he is, it's sort of justified. In a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, he actually grinds Optimus's sword to pieces like a piece of log being shredded!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Galvatron is meant to be a remote-controlled drone, and Joyce is allegedly remotely controlling him during his battle with Optimus. Turns out Galvy is faking it, and both Optimus and the humans are tipped off by the end of the battle.
  • Obviously Evil: Lampshaded by Joshua, who complains that him looking so evil means people will have difficulty believing that he's supposed to be a good guy. Turns out to be a bigger issue than he realized since Megaton had uploaded his mind into it.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: He possesses a pale color scheme, the ability to No-Sell attacks, and a transformation sequence that's more or less the giant robot equivalent of going incorporeal, and isn't technically alive by Cybertronian standards, making him pretty much their version of this. Being a resurrected Megatron helps as well.
  • Shapeshifter: A side-effect of Transformium-based transformation, his shifting is more akin to the T-1000 then the more schematized Autobots.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Joshua complains about the large hole in Galvatron's chest that they didn't program in, which some scientists consider badass. If you look at the No-Sell and The Soulless entries, the hole is a clear visual metaphor.
  • The Soulless: In-universe, since he lacks a spark. He's not bothered by it, as his first spoken lines prove.
    Optimus Prime: You have no soul!
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Meant to be this to Optimus in-universe, but ends up looking more like a cross between him and Megatron. This is undoubtedly due to the influence of Megs himself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the third movie, Megatron was out-maneuvered by the actual Big Bad, hardly got to fight, and got killed by Prime in a Curb-Stomp Battle. Now he's back, stronger than ever, and engineered his resurrection by out-maneuvering the apparent human Big Bad.
  • Tron Lines: Mostly on his chest, highlighting the big hole in the middle of it.
  • Villain Override: Once he breaks free in KSI's factory in China, he hacks into their servers and reprograms all of the KSI drones, Stinger included, to do his bidding.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him reveals that he is Megatron resurrected as the new Decepticon overlord, though this isn't really a surprise for people familiar with Galvatron unless you expected Michael Bay to throw a curveball. The bio on the back of the box for his Voyager class figure does not even mention anything about him, but rather how the Autobots face new adversaries after the Battle of Chicago, ostensibly to avoid spoilers about him being a resurrected Megatron.
  • We Will Meet Again: He says this nearly word for word in his last appearance in the film.
    Galvatron: We shall meet again, Prime, for I am reborn.
  • You Can Talk?: Despite being a drone, it or rather, he, responds to a comment from Prime about being soulless during their fight, tipping Optimus off to his true identity and causing Joyce to start to realize something is seriously wrong with his "drones"—they weren't designed to speak at all, let alone on their own.

A man-made Transformer meant to be their remote-controlled drone replacement for Bumblebee.

  • Always Someone Better: Even though by Cybertronian standards Stinger isn't "alive", he still manages to keep up with Bumblebee for most of their fight.
  • Cool Car: Transforms into a Pagani Huayra.
  • Evil Knockoff: Made in-universe as an "improved" version of Bumblebee. Bumblebee is not amused.
  • Expy:
    • A Transformer that is presented as better than Bumblebee in every way. Are we sure we're not talking about Wasp?
    • His chest looks like the face of Waspinator, Wasp's predecessor, except in red, like Waspinstor's Transmetal version in the toyline.
    • The red color scheme and heavy resemblance to Bumblebee also makes him look like an evil version of Cliffjumper.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Just happens to be bright red, and designed to seem better than Bumblebee in every respect.
  • Killed Off for Real: Debatable. He was never really "alive" to begin with, at least by Cybertronian standards.
  • Mecha-Mooks: What Stinger and the other vehicons are. They are lifeless (by Cybertronian standards) shells controlled by remote.
  • Off with His Head!: In the end, with Strafe's help, Bumblebee decapitates Stinger and tosses the head to Strafe for the Dinobot to chew on.
  • Red Is Heroic: Intended to be this. But then Galvatron comes along.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Once Galvatron breaks free in KSI's factory in China, Stinger is quickly reprogrammed into serving him instead.

Introduced in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

You need a bigger door!
Voiced by: John DiMaggio (unconfirmed)

A hulking Decepticon tactician who Megatron has freed to join his crew.

  • Adapted Out: He is usually the leader of the Combaticons, but none of the other Combaticons appear in The Last Knight. Brawl (the tank) did appear in the first movie, but Bumblebee offed him.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He's big, dangerous and dies within seconds of being introduced. Megatron upon witnessing his biggest soldier fall orders a full retreat with him, Barricade and Nitro escaping.
  • The Brute: Definitely the largest of Megatron's new Decepticon crew.
  • Fat and Proud: Not fat, but just huge. Onslaught is extremely proud of being so humongous, especially amongst his fellow Decepticons. It ends up costing him as he's too slow to fight off two smaller Autobots.
  • Informed Attribute: Much like Grindor, Onslaught's character bio claims he's a brilliant strategist, but that talent was never demonstrated during his brief screentime.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's too slow to fend off a dual attack from the smaller, faster Drift and Crosshairs.
  • Mythology Gag: In robot mode, his truck mode's smokestacks end up on his back, like his G1 version's cannons. (This Onslaught has no cannons in vehicle mode.)
  • Off with His Head!: Drift cuts his head off in the movie and remarks his head was fat at that.
  • Reused Character Design: His character model is an altered version of Long Haul's.
  • The Strategist: Much like his G1 counterpart, Onslaught is the Decepticon's resident tactician.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Along with Dreadbot and (maybe) Mohawk, he is killed in his first battle.


A rather unhinged Decepticon who Megatron has freed from prison.

  • Ax-Crazy: He seems to be kinda nuts, as evidenced by the Christmas decorations on his robot mode, and the fact that he turns into a Volkswagen bus (which is considered a hippie symbol of peace and love). He was caught after robbing a human bank, then blowing the vault up and killing witnesses rather than actually taking anything.
  • Ironic Name: Downplayed: -bot suffixes are usually used in Autobot subgroups.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Grimlock bites him in half.
  • Palette Swap: A slightly altered variation of Crowbar's character model. See Working Title for more details.
  • Shout-Out: The "Dread-" prefix in his name is definitely a reference to the Dreads, a vicious trio of Decepticons who appeared in Dark of the Moon (of which Crowbar, whose design was reused and tweaked for Dreadbot, was a member).
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Along with Onslaught and (maybe) Mohawk, he is killed in his first battle.
  • Working Title: For the longest time, he was referred as Hooligannote , until it suddenly changed to Dreadbot.

I'mma kill all you mofos later! Hahaha!
Voiced by: Reno Wilson

A small, impish Decepticon who was Megatron's first pick to be freed from TRF prison.

I'll suck your veins!
Voiced by: Steven Barr

An extremely violent, bloodthirsty Decepticon who even gives Megatron pause.

  • Advertised Extra: He gets an awful lot of toys, but ultimately, Berserker appears in the film for only a few seconds.
  • Ax-Crazy: Berserker is a nasty piece of work even by Decepticon standards, which is why the TRF refuse to release him for Megatron's team. Even Megatron agrees that it was a tall order.
  • The Berserker: Come on it's his name, it's kind of expected him to be a ravaging lunatic.
  • The Dreaded: So much so that the TRF absolutely refuses to release him for Megatron's team. Megatron instead has Onslaught take his place.
  • Face–Heel Turn: His artwork suggests that he was an Autobot who switched sides, as it depicts him with that faction's symbol on his torso, painted over with a large red cross. While the cross made it into the film, the symbol was left out.
  • Meaningful Name: Take a guess.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Despite being originally envisioned as a former Autobot, his character model has always been the same, non-humanoid features and all.
  • Reused Character Design: He has the same appearance as Crankcase.
  • Shout-Out: Since he reuses Crankcase's model, he also bears a heavy resemblance to Predator.

    Nitro Zeus
Baby, free at last! Thank Megatron, I'm free at last!
Voiced by: John DiMaggio

A loud, boisterous Decepticon who Megatron has freed from prison.

  • Avenging the Villain: He is apparently intent on avenging Shockwave's death.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A straightforwardly evil variation. He's one of the largest Decepticons in Megatron's new Decepticon crew, an obnoxious chatterbox, and actually a pretty jolly fellow until the fighting starts.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Bumblebee kills him off.
  • Co-Dragons: Alongside Barricade, he serves as Megatron's chief goon in The Last Knight. It helps that aside from Barricade, he's the only Decepticon from Megatron's team to make it to the last act alive.
  • Composite Character: He is a combination of Starscream (transforms into a jet and is The Dragon); Soundwave (is silver, has Undying Loyalty to Megatron, to the point where he was killed by Bumblebee with a shot to the head), along with Shockwave (same basic head design).
  • Cool Plane: Transforms into a SAAB JAS 39 Gripen.
  • Cyber Cyclops: He may not have originally been this, as he went through a reformatting to honor Shockwave's appearance.
  • Determinator: He was able to fight four Autobots at once with a missing leg, and even after his leader was defeated.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Jazz, namely because he is energetic, silver, and has taken on some of Earth's customs (such as putting a golden chain around his neck and acting like a stereotypical street thug).
  • Expy: His being a loudmouthed braggart who transforms into a jet and isn't as powerful as he hypes himself up to be is evocative of G1 Thrust.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's genuinely overjoyed to be freed by Megatron, then bids his captors goodbye in the most obnoxious manner. He then makes a not-so-subtle threat towards Enrique, saying he knows where he lives.
  • Informed Attribute: His character bio claims he's become vengeful after Shockwave's death, but no evidence of that is shown during his scenes in the film, not even when he holds Optimus, the one who killed Shockwave, at gunpoint.
  • Invincible Villain: Downplayed somewhat. Whereas every other new Decepticon in this film was killed so quickly and anticlimactically, Nitro Zeus makes it all the way to the third act without so much as a scratch. During the final battle, he is the only Decepticon to make it with Megatron to the ignition chamber where Quintessa is, and later battles the combined forces of Optimus, Bumblebee, Hound, and Hot Rod. And even after Megatron is knocked out of the plummeting chamber and defeated, Nitro Zeus is still fighting on his own for a few moments before he is killed.
  • Motor Mouth: He must have one if his captors took the precaution of wearing earmuffs while seeing him off.
  • Odd Name Out: He is the only Decepticon in the entire movie franchise who has a double name.
  • Poke the Poodle: As while the other Decepticons have sadistic desires of killing their human jailers, Nitro simply harasses them verbally. Nitro makes a sadistic comment to one of the NBE Supermax jailers for his wife having an affair on him (it differs by the version whether Nitro meant the wife's cheating with him or with someone named Jet), provoking the jailer to flip Nitro off.
  • Reused Character Design: His character model is an altered version of Shockwave's. His character bio explains that it was intentional, since he apparently admired Shockwave and was so angered by his death that he reformatted himself into Shockwave's appearance as a tribute to him.
    • It is also much closer in design with the KSI Bosses, a type of robot made by KSI with Transformium in the last movie, implying Nitro Zeus is a KSI Boss who survived the Shanghai battle.
  • Shout-Out: His name was also the project name of a planned cyber attack against Iran.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He was often seen beside fellow Motor Mouth Mohawk during his first few scenes. Ultimately subverted when Mohawk was abandoned and decapitated by Bumblebee, while Nitro Zeus escaped and survived all the way to the third act.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Towards Optimus when he chooses to rebel against Quintessa.
    Nitro Zeus: You blew your chance to kill Unicron!
  • Your Head A-Splode: Bumblebee kills him by blowing his head off in the final battle.

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