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The more or less neutral party whose world is caught between the conflict of cybertronian life-forms, i.e. The Autobots & Decepticons. More often than not the film series shows that mankind has more in common with the alien off-worlders than most if any of them could ever believe, interestingly if unsurprisingly enough the general consensus towards occupation of their world by these transorganic extraterrestrials is as divided as their cultures are varied. Some believe them to be a sign of god sent down from across the stars as a form of deliverance towards their species, others fear and hate them often reverse engineering the very lifeblood that makes up their unique elemental metals to hunt transformers and often their own kind no less for perceived collaboration. Many more still find their presence on earth largely as lucrative as it is an oddity; many devoting the entirety of their lives discovering their connection to earth while some have the unfortunate luck of stumbling onto their conflict.


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    In General 
  • Bystander Syndrome: A great many people end up dying or horrendously maimed due to the conflict between the warring races of Cybertron. A greater deal of them still end up turning a blind eye to the plight of other's just to save their own hides when the proverbial shit hits the fan, this is cranked up to 11 in Age of Extinction where any and all transformers are treated as enemies of the state. As well as any human beings who are perceived to be helping them.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Can sometimes come off a bit standoffish to outright dickish be it towards those who come to their aid, siding with those who have infinitely less than the best interests at heart or are outright willing to turn on eachother due to speciesist paranoia fuel imbelished upon by others of their own race. The fifth movie The Last Knight entails that since life on Earth was created by and evolved from Unicron, the Chaos Bringer and Destroyer, humans do come off as pissed off hornets to the Autobots.
  • Humans Are Idiots: Pretty quick to turn on those who saved them as they're likely to turn on one another due to terrible advice put from their less than trustworthy political officials who either a.) proved more detrimental than helpful when dealing with oppossing forces when allied with the Autobots. Or b.) letting members of their own clergy snake their way into heart of the state in order to enact their own clandestine agenda's without the ultimately careless, clueless top brass' intervention into their affairs.
    • Lockdown in Age of Extinction questions whether or not if his alliance with his human collaborators was really worth it.
    Lockdown: "You promised me human intelligence...or is there such a thing?"
  • Humans Are Insects: Decepticons certainly believe so, in spite of viewing everything and everyone else as inferior to the Transformer's race they particularly hold humanity in contempt. The Fallen Prime certainly did in the least, in his case it veered into outright omnicidal territories.
  • Humans Are Special: Optimus believes that they have the potential to be better than he and his kind were. He stops believing in them for a while until Cade convinces him to have faith not in who they are but what they can be.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The later films seem to showcase this point, something even a few Decepticons took note of given how they'll pounce on each-other out of fear, treachery and mistrust.
    • Age of Extinction particularly highlights this in the case with Kinetic Solution's Inc. & Cemetery Wind given their catastrophic incompetence and pursuit predator tendencies against human kind for profit and prejudice respectively.
  • Humans Are Warriors: They can be a force to be reckoned with provided they have the necessary means and experience to handle their own business. Just ask groups like Sector 7, N.E.S.T and Cemetery Wind. A great many of the Decepticon horde found this out the hard way, as did the Autobots when the world at large turned against them.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: What a great many humans did with most of the alien technology employed by both sides of the conflict.
  • Moneyis Not Power: The third and fourth films feature wealthy individuals who attempt to influence the war. They fail miserably.
  • With Us or Against Us: Played With, Humans tend to stay in their own corner of the cosmic superfight between cybernetic titans but some have been known to collaborate with ether side of the war or engage in their own private battle against both.
  • Wretched Hive: Double Subverted, on the way to becoming one on a usual basis due to the next diabolical plot by The Decepticons; only to find out it already was that way when in DOTM that the cons'ed made contact with the more influential members of human society in order to pave the way for global enslavement. Again in AOE when the wrong kinds of Gov. officials are secretly running the show without the U.S. President's say so to mete out draconian judgement on all transformers and their allies.

Witwicky Family

    Sam Witwicky
"No sacrifice, no victory."

Played by: Shia LaBeouf

"I just think there's more than meets the eye... with you."

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He was always a little weird and irritable, but by Dark Of The Moon, he seems to have developed some serious anger issues.
  • Back from the Dead: Restored to life by the Matrix of Leadership in ROTF.
  • Badass Normal: As of Dark of the Moon
  • Bus Crash: The Last Knight states that new character Vivian Wembley is the last living member of the Witwiccan line. This would indicate Sam died some time after Dark of the Moon.
  • Butt-Monkey: The majority of the series’s humor revolves around making his life a living hell, be it humiliation or getting hurt.
  • The Chosen One: Generally, Sam's main reason for being involved in the war is because it was his destiny. The first film downplayed this, as it was less about his destiny and more his family legacy meant that he had intel that both sides of the war needed, but ultimately he and he alone was key to the Autobots finding the Allspark. The second movie however reveals that ultimately, it was his destiny to find the Matrix of Leadership and activate it so that it could be used to revive Optimus Prime and stop The Fallen. The third film deconstructs this to some extent, as Sam became so used to being The Chosen One that he felt returning to a normal life left him feeling unsatisfied. The fifth movie retcons that his family were descendants of a secret order that protected the Transformers, making it a case that his entire family were The Chosen One(s).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being the lead human character of the original trilogy and even taking down a couple of dangerous enemy combatants during the Battle of Chicago, he doesn't even get so much as a mention in Age of Extinction. Given Shia LaBeouf's offscreen behavior from 2013 onward, though, this is most likely for the better.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Develops into one in Dark of the Moon.
  • Determinator: Particularly in the third film. The whole world is about to fall under Decepticon control, but he won't give up, even if it means going into Chicago to rescue Carly without human or Autobot assistance. Additionally, his reluctance to give up enables him to kill both Starscream and Dylan.
  • Expy: A combination of Spike Witwicky from the cartoon series and Sam Collins from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad series.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Is implied to have died sometime after Dark of the Moon in The Last Knight. However, neither Bumblebee nor any of the other Autobots seem to be deeply effected by his demise.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Well, it is Sam, after all... now meet his two love interests.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after Optimus's death in ROTF. He gets another one in DOTM when he believes all of the Autobots have been killed.
  • The Load:
    • Attempted aversion in Transformers; the location of the AllSpark is imprinted onto his great-great-grandfather's glasses.
    • Played straight in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, where he acts very much as The Load to the rest of the Transformers. His only purpose is to have a head (and later, a sock) full of the MacGuffin and to get it where it needs to go, and since that job requires him to run across a battlefield full of giant robots...
  • Secret Legacy: According to The Last Knight, he's a descendant of one of the Knights of The Round Table.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In his final confrontation with Dylan. The Decepticon-collaborator mocks his attempts to be heroic, telling him that he picked the wrong side (the Autobots). He sums it up with "You think you're a hero!?" Sam's response: "No. I'm just a messenger!" right before he knocks Dylan into the Control Pillar, electrocuting him to death.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The movies are seen from his perspective, but Optimus Prime is The Hero.
  • Took a Level in Badass: You'd have to in order to kill Starscream.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: No mention of him is made in Age of Extinction, leaving his fate and his reaction to the government's turning on the Autobots unknown.

    Ron & Judy Witwicky 
Played by: Kevin Dunn and Julie White

Judy: Wow. You are so cheap.
Ron: It's his first car. It's supposed to be like that.

  • Break the Cutie: They're thrown into the middle of the war in ROTF and it's pretty heartbreaking to see such fun, goofy characters screaming for their lives.
  • Bus Crash: The Last Knight states Vivian is the last surviving member of the Witwiccan bloodline, which would indicate that they died some time after Dark of the Moon.
  • Out of Focus: They have a much smaller role in DOTM, but their last scene is a very poignant one, demonstrating that they truly love each other and telling Sam to not let Carly go.

    Mikaela Banes
"No matter what happens, I'm really glad I got in that car with you."

Played by: Megan Fox

"You know what I don't understand? If he's like, this super-advanced robot, why does he transform back into this piece-of-crap Camaro?"

  • Action Girl: Sort of. She's a skilled mechanic who helps fix Bumblebee in the climax and saves Sam a few times.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Most of her outfits do this.
  • Car Fu: How she kills the Decepticon Pretender "Alice".
  • Clear My Name: She had a juvenile record for fixing stolen cars and turning in her father for stealing the cars. Her character arc in the first movie is atonement for her past.
  • Expy: Initially one of Carly, until the character appears in DOTM.
  • Foil: To Carly, Sam's second Love Interest. She's a tomboy Wrench Wench and an Action Girl who was never hesitates to get into the action. Carly on the other hand was a girly girl who doesn't fight physically, prefers dresses and heels, and never got dirty herself.
  • Informed Flaw: Described as "mean" by a small robot. She hardly acted as such during Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Ms. Fanservice: There are quite a few scenes of her being this. Some examples are her checking under Bumblebee’s hood in the first film and her introductory scene in ROTF. The camera plays it straight, but the script deconstructs it. Because of her stunning beauty nobody takes her seriously as a human being, and nobody recognises her self worth except for herself.
  • Put on a Bus: She gets practically no mention in the third movie.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: It is implied that she and Sam broke up between films; in real life Megan Fox had a dispute with Michael Bay, calling him "worse then Hitler." Steven Spielberg, who produces the movies, didn't take kindly to that and she was fired from the third movie. Hence Sam's new girlfriend.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: During her first scenes and the ending of the first movie and played a bit more straight in the sequel.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: While Sam's love interests never actually interact, Mikaela the Action Girl Wrench Wench is the tomboy to dress-wearing diplomat Carly's girly girl.
  • Tuckerization: Her name is a reference to Michael Bay.
  • Wrench Wench: Learned car mechanics from her dad, a car thief.

    Carly Brooks-Spencer
"I love a boytoy."

Played by: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

  • Action Survivor
  • Adaptational Nationality: Her animated counterpart was American, but here she was made British to match her actress' nationality.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Throughout this film, with all the stuff she goes through with Sam, she never has a hair out of place or any scrapes to her flawless skin, whereas Sam looks like he's on the verge of needing to be in the emergency room.
  • Foil: To Mikaela, Sam's first Love Interest. She's a girly girl who doesn't fight physically, prefers dresses and heels, and never gets dirty herself. Mikaela on the other hand was a tomboy Wrench Wench and an Action Girl who was never hesitated to get into the action.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Rare heroic example executed on Megatron, calling him "Sentinel's bitch" and prompting him to save Optimus Prime's life.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her introduction in the movie is a Panty Shot. Other than that, she's clearly made to look as hot and sexy as possible in all other appearances, as expected from a Victoria's Secret model.
  • Mythology Gag: At the end of the film, Bumblebee hints at his wanting Sam to propose to Carly. In the original cartoon, Carly and Spike (the character Sam is based off of) got married and even in some continuities, had a son.
  • Named by the Adaptation: This version of Carly was given a last name. Her full name is Carly Brooks-Spencer.
  • Non-Action Guy: Or girl, in this case. She contrasts Mikaela by being a non-combatant, though she's not without her awesome moments.
  • Official Couple: With Sam, as Mythology Gag above states... It's safe to say they are this in the film series. Sam himself says in DOTM—to his parents—"She's the One."
  • Second Love: Well, she did pop in after Mikaela, and see above, Last Girl Wins... probably helps that she's the original canon love interest.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's almost taller than Sam is without heels, and a number of characters find her attractive.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: While Sam's love interests never actually interact, Carly in her dresses and heels who fights with words instead of punches is the girly girl to Action Girl and Wrench Wench Mikaela's tomboy.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Carly pulls a short one on Megatron when she sees via telescope how Sentinel Prime pushes him around, telling him how he, as the Decepticon leader, is forced to play second banana and will ultimately end up being "Sentinel's bitch." She more or less deduced that his ego wouldn't be able to handle it, which it can't, causing him to go after Sentinel just before he could kill Optimus.


    William Lennox
"We got a whole bunch of fight coming our way!"

Played by: Josh Duhamel

  • Anti-Villain: In The Last Knight, he is ordered by the US Military to fight against the Autobots he used to fight alongside with. And it's made pretty clear early on that he is not happy with how things are between them, preferring to negotiate with his former allies rather than shoot it out.
  • Badass Normal: He has nothing but his own military training and whatever equipment he's got on hand, but he's survived more encounters with Transformers than nearly anyone else and is arguably the most badass human in the movies.
  • The Captain: In the first film, he leads a Special Forces squad.
  • Colonel Badass: In the third film, he has been promoted to head of N.E.S.T. itself.
    • In the fifth film, he becomes one of the field commanders of the TRF.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Unwillingly in The Last Knight.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Subverted, he lives and so do his wife and kid.
  • Hero Antagonist: As the member of the TRF in The Last Knight towards the Autobots.
  • Humans Are Warriors: One of the defining examples in the movies, he fights the Decepticons on the front line as well as any Autobot.
  • Majorly Awesome: In the second film, he is the N.E.S.T. field commander.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: In the fifth film, due to the loss of public support towards the Autobots.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Reappears as reluctantly part of the Fantastic Racist TRF in The Last Knight.
  • Supporting Leader: Arguably serves this role in the second film.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In The Last Knight, when he becomes part of the TRF, yet still hold sympathies for the Autobots.

    Robert Epps
"We've shed blood, sweat, and precious metal together..."

Played by: Tyrese Gibson

  • Badass Normal: Just like Lennox, one of the first well-trained but otherwise normal soldiers to encounter and survive fighting Decepticons, and he's still alive and kicking Transformer ass in the present.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: He's consistently shown as Lennox's Number Two and takes just as an important role at commanding N.E.S.T. soldiers as Lennox when he's not available.
  • Black Dude Dies First and Retirony: Averted, despite talking about how he enjoys his new life not being shot at and then volunteering for a near suicide mission, he survives all three movies.
  • Catchphrase: "Bring the rain!" This is military jargon for "Even though we're at risk of friendly fire, we need you to shoot toward us anyway." When you're fighting Transformers, you find yourself making this call a lot.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappears completely after 2011's Dark of the Moon. The creators tried bringing back Epps for The Last Knight, but Gibson could not make it due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Death from Above: As a Joint Tactical Air Controller, his job is to invoke this trope. Beware the soldier with the radio.

    Jorge "Fig" Figueroa 
Played by: Amaury Nolasco

Lennox: Fig, how many times must I tell you? None of us here speak Spanish!
Fig: What's your problem, man?

U.S Government

    Seymour Simmons
"Years from now they're going to ask us: where were you when they took over the planet? We're gonna say: we stood by and watched."

"Tell Megatron, let's tango."

  • Agent Mulder: Guys eccentric, weird, crazy, obsessed; whatever you want to call it, he's strange. Strangely enough however, he's often right.
  • Alliterative Name: Two "S" names.
  • Badass Normal: In the second and third films.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Especially evident in the second and third films, where it's shown he has a lot of eccentric tendencies.
  • Character Development: Starts off as a government agent that sees the Autobots as nothing more than alien invaders. By the third film, he's an influential millionaire whose firmly on their side and publicly defends them on television.
  • Crazy Awesome: In-Universe example. The man's smart enough to improvise morse code through a keyboard and a flamethrower on a pushcart to use against erent Decepticons; and that's only the first film.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Becomes this during DOTM.
  • Expy: He's somewhat similar to Mike Franklin from Transformers Cybertron.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: Has an all consuming compulsion with the historical interactions of the transformers species, even his own bosses said he was obsessed.
  • Future Loser: By the end of the first movie stretching into Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Going Cold Turkey: Trying with his Transformers obsession in Dark of the Moon, and failing miserably if not humorously to do so.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Keeps trying this in ROTF, but it doesn't work.
  • Honor Before Reason: In ROTF, he takes this concept and makes it work awesomely.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Was a field tactical leader in the beginning but lost his job since his division was shut down. Afterwards, he had no choice but to take up work at his mother's sandwich deli, which he finds humiliating because it pays minimum wage and his mother's his own boss embarrassing him in front of the customers.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Not as much as Lennox and Epps, but definitely has the heart of one, at least.
  • Humiliation Conga: Apparently everyday of his life between the first and second movies was this having to deal with his mother's ranting, butcher meat and wrap sandwiches at a deli.
  • Insistent Terminology: He insists on calling Megatron "N.B.E.-1", even after finding out his name. This even carries into the second film, after Megatron is brought Back from the Dead. "N.B.E.-1 still ticking eh?" Subverted in the third film, where he says the above quote when gearing up to help Sam save the world again.
  • Jaded Washout: Loved to hash out how he got canned by his country yet is risking his life to save it, Quickly subverted in third movie as he's living large and in charge by then.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: he may act like a bit of a prat at times, and maybe he's a tad egocentric. But deep down he's really a true patriot who can be counted on whenever it counts most.
  • Large Ham: Particularly from the second movie on, as he's free from Men in Black constraints.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Given what a jerk he was in the first movie, it's hard to sympathize with Seymour being relegated to working as a deli cashier in the second movie.
  • Over-the-Top Secret: Loves throwing this around, not so much in the sequel though.
    Simmons: Our best hope is use of a prototype weapons system called the Rail Gun.
    Lieutenant Wilder: That's classified.
  • Put on a Bus: Like with many characters of the trilogy, he disappears in Age of Extinction. However, he (proudly) did go to jail at the end of DOTM because he kissed Charlotte Mearing without consent. Ultimately subverted as he reappeared in The Last Knight.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: Was once field commander of sector 7's operative forces but ended up living with his mother running a crappy dead-end job at a meat market. He quickly turns this around by DOTM though, see Character Development above.
  • Rags to Riches: Made a decent living for himself in three years time by DOTM.
  • Seeker Archetype: Simmons is this too a tee. Loves discovering new mysteries about subjects and people about as much as withholding whatever info he comes across.
  • Single-Episode Handicap: In DOTM, he ends up in a car crash during the Dreads chase scene, and for the rest of the movie is confined to a wheelchair. Doesn't stop him from being as much of a conspiracy nut as he was earlier in the film and in the previous one.
  • Worth It: In The Stinger for DOTM, he steals a kiss from Mearing and says it was totally worth it when she immediately has him arrested.
  • The Xenophile
  • You Are What You Hate: Played for laughs. Simmons used to despise the rich and powerful, until a book he published made him cool millions worldwide.
    Simmons: How the hell'ed she afford that car?.
    Sam: Her Boss.
    Simmons: Rich Bastards! I used to hate'em but now... well.

    Secretary of Defense John Keller 
Played by: Jon Voight

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Secretary of Defense has no problems kicking Decepticon ass when he wants to.
  • Badass Normal: Willing to pick up a shotgun and shoot Decepticons in the face if it comes down to it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely absent in the second two films; most likely either retired, replaced after Obama takes office, or some other reason. Either way, the next time a secretary of defense shows up, its a different actor, a different character, and a different gender.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike many other government officials shown in the movies, while a little rude and condescending at times, he both wants to protect his country and the people too and never attempts to flaunt his admittedly high level of authority to bully others into submission.

"Soldier, you're trained to shoot, not to talk!"

Played by: John Benjamin Hickey

Galloway: So let me ask: If we ultimately conclude that our national security is best served by denying you further asylum on our planet, will you leave peacefully?
Optimus Prime: Freedom is your right. If you make that request, we will honor it. But before your President decides, please ask him this: What if we leave, and you're wrong?

  • Asshole Victim: Shockwave killed him before DOTM.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He insults Optimus and the other bots, constantly makes demands of them, and threatens to expel them from Earth. Apparently, the fact that they're giant alien robots (the smallest of which is as tall as a small building), who could easy turn him into a greasy smear on the ground if they were malicious enough, means nothing to him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Casually killed by Shockwave in the pre-DOTM comic, when Shockwave busts his way into a NEST base and slaughters every human and Autobot that gets in his way.
  • Jerkass: Is very hostile towards the Autobots and N.E.S.T. and shows little compassion towards them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the pre-DOTM comics, after the Autobots save his life.
  • No Respect Guy: It's clear that nobody has a very high opinion of him, and for good reason. Even the general could care less when he becomes stranded in an Egyptian desert.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: As Ratchet notes, "This fool is terribly misinformed."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: To the Autobots for always saving the day.

    General Morshower
"Well, I guess I didn't get that memo."

Played by: Glenn Morshower

  • Ascended Extra: After a minor role in DOTM, he plays a major role in The Ride, prominently featuring in the queue area.
  • Benevolent Boss: He always stands up for his men and trusts their judgment.
  • Big Good: Until DOTM, where he's pretty much replaced by Lennox and Mearing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When dealing with Obstructive Bureaucrats, he lays on the snark to show what he thinks of them.
  • Deal with the Devil: In The Last Knight, he sees negotiating with Megatron for the release of a few captive Decepticons as this, but admits that it is a necessary evil if the TRF is to obtain the staff.
  • Demoted to Extra: After playing a supporting role in ROTF as the Big Good, he has handful of scenes in DOTM.

    Charlotte Mearing
"It's a little formality called paperwork, it kinda separates us from the animals."

"Don't call me 'Ma'am!' Do I look like a Ma'am?"

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Is initially brusque and dismissive towards Sam, despite his having helped save the world twice over. She later apologizes to him and is willing to accept his input regarding the Decepticons' next possible move or any other information he might have. By that point, unfortunately, Sam has been rendered unable to deliver.
  • Iron Lady: She's a no-nonsense government official, as befitting the Secretary of Defense.
  • Jerkass: It comes with the job, though she later softens up.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She has Sentinel Prime's pillars detained, and makes an argument that they could be used to bring through weapons or an invasion army. Which is exactly what Sentinel uses them for.
  • Noodle Incident: Had a fling with Simmons in the past.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: But not as bad as Galloway. In fact, she's actually somewhat helpful to our heroes.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her hostility towards the Autobots and insistence on the Pillars getting detained doesn't help Sentinel's already negative view of humanity, and forces him to attack the base to steal the pillars, which ends up getting Ironhide killed.

Played by: Alan Tudyk

"That was the old me!"

  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: One reviewer called him a "gay ex-Nazi manservant in a weird suit."
  • That Man Is Dead: It's implied that he has a rather violent history, something he doesn't want to lapse back into. See the above quote.

Accuretta Systems

    Jerry Wang 
Played by: Ken Jeong

"I'm Wang. Deep Wang."

  • Defiant to the End: Though it doesn't help him against Laserbeak, he goes out guns blazing.
  • Destination Defenestration: How Laserbeak kills him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: He lures Sam into the bathroom to give him information about Megatron's plan. Sam's boss comes into the bathroom, and hears both of them arguing in the bathroom stall. Upon his death, Bruce offers Sam his condolences and kindly assures him that whoever he's in a bathroom stall with is his own business.
  • Properly Paranoid: Due to his association with Laserbeak, he fears every machine near him to be the murderous Decepticon.

    Bruce Brazos 
Played by: John Malkovich

Sam's eccentric boss and the CEO of Accuretta Systems.

  • Ascended Fanboy: If ever so briefly. In exchange for providing some documents to Sam, he gets to meet a Transformer up close and personal, though Simmons shoos him away before long.
  • Benevolent Boss: Despite his OCD, he's pretty kind to his subordinates, and immediately comes to respect Sam for saving his life twice (though he seems unaware of the specifics). He understands his pain, and promises a job at Accuretta will help him get where he wants to be. And upon Wang's death, offers Sam his condolences and tells him he won't judge who he spends his time in a bathroom stall with. note 
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's a bit of a narcissist, and is willing to send employees home crying if they bring a red cup to the "yellow floor."
    Bumblebee: [radio voice] You eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?
  • Large Ham: Malkovich definitely had fun.
  • Not So Above It All: He loses his suave, calm composure and geeks out when he gets to see Bumblebee up close, Probably helped that Bumblebee is yellow, his seemingly faavourite colour.

Yeager Family

    Cade Yeager
"Come on, you old wreck. Judgment Day."

Played by: Mark Wahlberg

"Well, what do you think being human means? That’s what we do. We make mistakes. And sometimes out of those mistakes come the most amazing things."

The main human protagonist of the fourth and fifth films.

  • Action Dad: He may have his faults but when push comes to shove, Tessa's safety always comes first.
  • Action Survivor: At first, but he gets more badass once he gets his hands on some good weapons.
  • Adult Fear: His teenage daughter dating a 20-year-old guy is on the light end of this; over the course of the film, he has to watch her get manhandled, have several guns pointed at her head (and it isn't a bluff), get abducted by aliens, and generally go from one dangerous situation to another all with his ability to protect her being pushed way beyond the average human father's limit.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Being reminded of his under-aged daughter's relationship with Shane is one way to set him off.
    • And if you've pointed a gun at her with every intention of pulling the trigger, you can kiss your life goodbye.
  • Bungling Inventor / Gadgeteer Genius: Is both, but mostly the former in the beginning.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Cade seemingly has one of those, even though she says she's the grownup of the family.
  • Celibate Hero: In an effort to keep his daughter away from boys.
    Cade: This is a "No Dating" household. You don't date, I don't date.
  • Embarrassing Rescue: Inverted, when rescuing his bitchy daughter she mistook her idiot boyfriend as her rescuer. Again after they nearly make it off the ship and she chickens out, trying shimmy back onto the alien ship with killer guard dogs right behind her. Needless to say, Cade all but lost all patience with her at the moment.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He gets an alien sword, but uses it as a rifle.
  • Every Man Has His Price: While talking to Optimus on the flight to Hong Kong, Cade admits he repaired him for money, not out of goodness of his heart. To be fair, he needed money to support his daughter.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Hound and Optimus.
  • Hidden Depths: Judging from the way he handles the sword-gun, he's had military training of some sort.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After nearly getting killed in the drone ship chase, he takes the opportunity to drink a Bud Light from one of the destroyed trucks.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: When he discovers the derelict truck he just bought is actually a Transformer, Cade's first impulse is to try and reverse engineer its technology rather than report it to the authorities. Sure it may have turned out well in the end, and his actions do lead to saving both the Autobots and Earth, but doing so costs him the life of his business partner, endangers his daughter's life, turns them into fugitives, and destroys their house.
  • Loser Protagonist: Considers himself to be an inventor but has yet to invent something that actually works or is even remotely useful, is fiscally irresponsible, is barely respected by his daughter, has had his house foreclosed on, and (as revealed by the Realtor at the film's beginning) is stealing electricity after the city disconnected him.
  • Mad Scientist: It'd be hard to argue otherwise. Constantly engaged in impractical experiments, which he treats with a weird reverence, and is quite territorial about his lab, threatening realtors and prospective buyers away with violence. But he's ultimately a benevolent example.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: His weapon, the "alien gun", that he took from Lockdown's ship. It looks like a sword initially but is actually a rifle.
  • Nerves of Steel: Despite having walked himself straight into a disaster movie Cade's the only person who maintains a level head, through both lax and tense serious moments be it while on the run from government assassins or in enemy territory wielding an alien gun.
  • Nice Guy: Overprotective attitude aside, Cade is easy to get along with.
  • Overprotective Dad: Didn't even want his daughter to get a date for prom. Justified, in that he doesn't want Tessa to go through the same toils he and her mother went through from having her as teenagers.
  • Papa Wolf: Face it, Savoy's life ended the moment he put his gun on Tessa's head.
  • Parents as People: While definitely not abusive, Cade's impulsiveness and short sighted nature makes him poorly suited to be a single dad. Fridge Logic makes one wonder how Tessa has avoided being put in Foster Care. One possible explanation is that he's been getting worse lately due to his failing fortunes.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Age of Extinction ends with Joyce pledging Cade his support (it's implied that the seven figures Attinger has been getting might go to him), but one movie later, he's back in the dumps again. It’s pretty much his own fault, since he chose to continue helping the Autobots even when ‘’all’’ transformers were declared illegal in the time gap between Age of Extinction and The Last Knight.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He called Sherman, who is a Native American, "Chief".
  • Took a Level in Badass: After getting his hands on an alien gun he becomes able to go-toe-to-toe with Decepticons, kills Savoy and helps out Optimus in his battle against Lockdown.

    Tessa Yeager 
Played by: Nicola Peltz

Cade's daughter.

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Can come across as this when arguing with Cade. Considering that she's practically the adult in their relationship it's actually pretty justified, though she hasn't done a lot to prove it. Considering The dating behind Cade's back, dresses like a tart with short shorts and reprimands him for being right about trusting the government and its false promises.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Several instances, a notable one being when Cade mocks Shane for being a rally driver, Tessa points out that unlike him, Shane actually makes money from what he does.
  • Damsel in Distress/Too Dumb to Live: Does her fair share of getting into trouble as her father. Out of all the places she could have chosen to hide when Optimus and Galvetron had their smack down, she chose to seek shelter in an already busted vehicle.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Hypocrite: Calls her dad a square using the word Smooching, considering she uses the word square to describe someone well. Like father like daughter or in her case pot calling out the kettle.
  • The Load: Was definitely this in the beginning and middle of the whole movie. She grew out of it towards the end though.
  • I Warned You: Is NOT pleased with the consequences of her father repairing Optimus.
    • Subverted in that Cade told HER and Lucas that the government doesn't just give away money. With guys like Cemetery Wind backed by it, we all saw Cade was right in the end.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is mentioned to have died at an early point in her life.
  • Ms. Fanservice: For once, played for laughs rather than played straight. This is because she's underage, so naturally her father spends a majority of the movie attempting to get her to cover up more. Not that she listens.
  • Only Sane Woman: Complains early on about having to be responsible for looking after her father.
    • Subverted as badgering her dad to call the government for reward money when the former advised not too nearly got the family all killed.
  • Put on a Bus: In the fifth film, she is a college student and doesn't maintain consistent contact with her father because he is a fugitive and it could get them both put in jail.
  • Screaming Girl: Like you wouldn't believe.
  • She's Got Legs: Emphasized for the first half of the movie due to some very short shorts.
  • Teen Pregnancy: The result of one.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Has a tendency to lean into this territory when freaked out of her mind, shows lighter examples of it in normalcy; almost to the point of shut up & let me save you territories. Cade even barked at her when she tried to near her narrow behind back onto Lockdown's prison ship due to freaking out about heights, she even went into a rant when Cade opted to shoot at oncoming enemies while on the high-wire after he repeatedly said to duck.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Is pretty much the adult in her relationship with her father which has only fueled the tension between them. She has her annoying moments teaming with shortsightedness which contradict this but not many.
    • Quickly inverted early on, she tried convincing her father to call in Optimus for reward money, all because she believed the falsehood ad in televised propaganda from a friend. Who trusts the government?

    Shane Dyson 
Played by: Jack Reynor

Tessa's boyfriend. He's a rally car driver.

  • Badass Driver: Well, as a rally car driver, yes, but he outruns what is essentially a gigantic magnet while ships, cars, and various bits of debris crash to the ground around him. And he's doing it in reverse gear.
  • Car Fu: Uses his rally car to nail two soldiers who are trying to kill his girlfriend, her dad, and his friend.
  • Cowardly Lion: A stunt driver and all, but when the alien ship and killer sentry robots are concerned, Cade kinda called it while asking if he had his back or would chicken out at the last nanosecond.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father ran out on him when he was five.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's one of the good guys, but he loves pressing Cade's Berserk Button every chance he gets.
    • Same thing with Bumblebee if not by mistake, which went about as well as you'd expect.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Gets zero mention during The Last Knight.

Played by: Isabela Moner

  • Happily Adopted: She basically convinced Cade to adopt her early on in The Last Knight.
  • In-Series Nickname: Dubbed "Izzy" at some point in the movie and Cade at one point calls her "Z".
  • Leeroy Jenkins: While the Autobots had planned to ambush the Decepticons when the latter invade Cade's junkyard, she walks out into the open to confront Megatron when he picks up Sqweeks. This ruins the Autobots' plans and they are forced to engage the Decepticons to rescue her.
  • Little Miss Badass: Survived on her own in Chicago after the great battle in Dark of the Moon throughout the duration of Age of Extinction.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: She begs her Autobot companion Canopy to get up when he gets mortally wounded by a missile.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After Megatron picks up Sqweeks, she marches straight up to him and demands that he put him down, telling the Decepticon leader to "go to hell". This ruins the Autobots' element of surprise and they are forced to engage the Decepticons to protect her. While rescuing her, Cade harshly berates her, as that act could have easily gotten her killed.

    Viviane Wembly 
Played by: Laura Haddock

  • Brainy Brunette: Has dark brown hair and is a professor at the University of Oxford.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Possibly as a coping mechanism due to her mom.
  • I Am Very British: A more modern take on the trope, certainly moreso than Carly as she embodies the stuffiness and sass in equal amounts. Even her last name might remind some folks of the famous Wembley Stadium.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Her lack of interest in dating and interest in science and sports has caused her mother try find her a date, and after she remains indifferent to her findings her mom asks if she should start seeking women for her.
  • Secret Legacy: Sir Edmund has traced her lineage directly to Merlin.

Cemetery Wind

    Harold Attinger
"It’s not their planet. Never was. Time we take it back."

Played by: Kelsey Grammer

"You're trying to save your family. That's admirable. I'm trying to defend the nation from alien war. We've had a taste of what that looks like and we're not going to tolerate another."

The main human antagonist of the fourth film. He carries a deep, seething grudge against the Transformers, and is out to wipe them all out, and doesn't care who gets in his way.

  • Absolute Xenophobe: Despite teaming up with Lockdown, he is uncomfortable working with him. Justified though with how powerful the average Transformer is.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Isn't concerned that people are killed during Galvatron's first field operation. Innocent people die every day.
  • Asshole Victim: His death at the hands of Optimus Prime is easily the most well deserved death in the entire movie.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to be the hero who would keep the Earth safe. Galvatron’s rebellion presents an opportunity to him to do that.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He forms both with Lockdown, as while they work together, they have different motives and are primarily threats to Cade and Optimus, respectively.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He wants to engineer his own drone Transformers from the remains of dead Transformers. He would have succeeded if he had left Megatron's remains alone.
  • Black and White Insanity: Sees the Transformers not in terms of Autobots vs Decepticons but as humans vs aliens. This attitude extends to any humans who aid the Transformers as well, despite his own alliance with one.
  • Blood Knight: While he's a Non-Action Big Bad, he is absolutely giddy when he learns that Optimus was sighted in Texas, and is almost cheerfully telling Joyce to not care about civilian casualties.
    Attinger: Innocent people die every day.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Optimus kills him with a blaster shot, but all his body suffers are some bruises.
  • The Comically Serious: Has no sense of humor whatsoever, but when it turns out he was pulling a gun on an innocent Chinese girl, he slumps, rolls his eyes and nearly face-palms. Earlier, he's practically pleading to get his meeting with the idiot Chief of Staff done with and is relieved when he finally leaves.
  • Control Freak: he plans meticulously so that nothing unexpected can happen. When Galvatron rebels, it catches him off guard and starts his Villainous Breakdown
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: while he is more a government agent, his actions point him out as this.
  • The Cynic: His work in espionage has eroded any moral sense has had. He states that’s how the world works, but in reality he’s more than willing to let innocents suffer as long as he doesn’t.
  • Dark Messiah: Sees himself as the savior of humanity from the Transformers, ignoring the Autobots who swore to defend humans and that his actions as just as horrible as the Decepticons'.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He never thought any more trouble would come after delivering Optimus Prime to Lockdown. Justified in that the trouble came from KSI drones he was controlling and not any actual alien threat.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: An example that he invokes but which does not warrant sympathy at all. During his final rant to Cade, he snarls about how he's had to exercise extreme patience while carrying out his deeds, making clear his desire for glory and recognition for his actions.
  • Enemy Mine: Lampshaded when Lockdown points out their alliance is more of a "contract" in exchange for Optimus. His response is "On this planet, we have a saying: The enemy of my enemy is my friend." It could also be that he's aware Lockdown doesn't plan to stay on Earth once he captures Optimus.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Believes Joyce is trying to screw him over by taking the Seed and going, rather than trying not to let Galvatron get his mitts on it.
    • He also condescends Cade's desire to protect his daughter as if it were some childish wish.
  • Evil Is Petty: Despite all his preaching about survival and abandoning the heroic Autobots, he just wanted them gone so that HE could protect humanity and profit from it and cares for people only as much as they are a benefit/threat to him.
    • He’s not above harming people if they don’t give him what he wants. When Cade refses to hand over Optimus, he orders that Cade’s daughter be shot. And in the final battle, he seeks to have Joshua and Cade killed at any cost, including calling Lockdown to destroy Hong Kong and himself forsaking any chance of escape to take down Cade himself, simply because his schemes have failed.
  • Evil Old Folks: Kelsey Grammer was pushing 60 when he filmed the role, and Attinger's as vile as they come.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He seems somewhat polite, but it's clear there's a monster lurking just below the surface.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Probably another reason for wanting to get rid of Transformers in general. The fact that these large sentient machines are real and have already done some damage to Earth raises questions about how many other alien beings are also out there, and could be potential threats to humanity. From his twisted perspective, life on Earth is already miserable enough as it is without their presence.
  • Greed: At least some of his motivation is to get a nest egg for retirement, by hunting down Autobots, slaughtering them and turning the remains over to KSI, who will then give him some of the profits.
  • Hate Sink: A hypocritical and unfeeling sociopathic xenophobe who makes up trying to protect humanity for the sake of filling his pockets.
  • Heroism Addict: Set up a scheme to outlaw all aliens with the use of a human-built robot army. It's not long before the Racket itself turns on him.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He promotes this, pointing out that as bad as he may be he’s guarding Earth against an alien threat much worse. Subverted though: it appears he never expected any more trouble, being four years after the Chicago war and the defeat of Cybertron, and after all if the world’s in real danger the money he made from a robot army would be meaningless. When Galvatron reveals himself it knocks his profiteering plans to pieces.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Trope codifier candidate. Says he's here to protect American interest? Secretly funds a Black Ops program operating behind its back. Acts like he's out to protect & serve his country and the populace? "Innocent people die, all the time". Puts on airs that he somehow is the ultimate protector of mankind and putting his kind first? Attempts to erase anything and everyone who know his involvement leading up to a host of actions which are no doubt highly illicet by government or humane law. In short he's a liar, a brute, a paranoiac, a scoundrel and all around sociopathic war profiteer who proves in the end; the greatest enemy to mankind is man itself.
  • Hypocrite: Sees all Transformers as enemies, yet is working with one. Also, he claims his actions will save innocent people yet has no qualms with letting innocent people, allied with the Autobots or otherwise, die in the way to get the job done.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: He invokes this in his confrontations with Cade, stating that survival is more important than good or evil, and isn’t necessarily part of either. However, given that he only wanted to clear the world of aliens so that he could make money off protecting people, was working with a definite bad robot, and allowing many innocent members of his own race to die so that he could gain a profit and later on for the sake of survival, it’s clear his reasoning doesn’t count.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Very prominent in several shots.
  • Karmic Death: He spent most of his career as an unnoticed government official until he founded Cemetery Wind, and has a desire for glory and recognition for what he's done to the Transformers. In the final battle, Optimus barely pays him any attention when he shoots him, as he's more preoccupied with Lockdown, and only spares Attinger a few seconds. On top of that, Optimus didn't do it for all the misery he's put the Autobots through, he just wanted to save Cade's life.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Was anyone really crying when Optimus blasts him?
  • Knight of Cerebus: Despite being a Non-Action Big Bad, he's got the resources and power to pose such a deadly threat to the heroes that the majority of the Autobots have been wiped out and being detected by him is pretty much a death sentence. His Faux Affably Evil demeanor brings an aura of sheer menace not seen in previous human antagonists, and he's a greedy sociopath to boot.
  • Knight Templar: Believes that killing the Transformers, even the ones who helped out the humans, is right.
  • Lack of Empathy: He claims his actions are to protect humanity but it becomes quickly clear he just wants to kill the Transformers for the sake of profit, having zero empathy for absolutely everyone, even civilian casualties which he claims to disapprove of.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's a government official, not a field agent like Savoy. He at least knows how to handle a gun, but it doesn't do a damn thing when he's shot at by Optimus with a gun meant to kill Cybertronians.
  • Not So Different: From Lockdown. Both are Pragmatic Villains who just want to gain something from their deeds, and are contemptuous of any kind of idealism.]]
  • Not So Stoic: Thanks to his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims he's out to protect humanity from Transformers and preventing another massacre like Chicago, but he's willing to kill innocent people and their former Autobot allies without any qualms, and is willing to allow another massacre in the climax to cover his tracks. He's clearly out to wipe out Transformers to make a profit off it.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Cade calls him out on this, seeing as he sends his minions to do his dirty work for him.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: How he feels about Cade's desire to protect his family.
  • Taking You with Me: he threatens Joshua with destruction if he tries to sell him out. in the final battle, having lost any chance for success or escaping accountability for his schemes, he seeks out Cade with this in mind.
  • The Resenter: he resents the Autobots for making his spy work irrelevant, and he resents people like Cade who want to do good because he himself never could be straight-laced enough to succeed.
  • The Sociopath: No empathy for others? Check. Narcissistic and having a Dark Messiah complex? Check. Thoroughly enjoys hurting others to get what he wants? Check.
  • The Stoic: He's extraordinarily soft-spoken.
  • The Unfettered: He merely smiles when Cade points out he's willing to have his subordinates hold a family at gunpoint so that he can get what he wants.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Optimus shoots him using a gun that is normally designed for use against other Transformers.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Becomes one to Megatron/Galvatron, since he unwittingly helps in reviving a vicious Decepticon leader who has no interest in serving humans. His finding out what happened was the start of his Villainous Breakdown.
  • This Cannot Be!: When he sees the Autobots have returned for the Hong Kong battle, he says “Impossible!”
  • Villain with Good Publicity: While he is an obviously nasty piece of work, his claims of protecting the world by abandoning the Autobots sounded good enough to the human race, especially after the events of DOTM, that they went along with what he said. It’s his lifeline to him doing what he wants, and once it’s in jeopardy he seeks to eliminate any link to himself at any cost.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He begins to lose his shit when his plans are at risk of being exposed and ruined by Cade and the Autobots, and his last rant is an insane ramble trying to justify his actions.
  • With Us or Against Us: His final rant to Cade shows he doesn't believe in good or bad aliens, just "us or them." However, it only demonstrates what a colossal Hypocrite he is since he doesn't care how many of "us" die to accomplish his task.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When called out on his sending people to kill Tessa, Attinger smiles as if slightly amused.

    James Savoy
"I’m seriously pissed we’re not getting paid for this."

Played by: Titus Welliver

"Tough luck, Yeager. We all have family."

  • Asshole Victim: His death at the hands of Cade is easily the second most well deserved death in the entire movie.
  • The Dragon: To Attinger. Welliver admits that he liked to compare Savoy to the "shark from Jaws".
  • Destination Defenestration: How he's killed.
  • Disney Villain Death: Courtesy of being thrown out a window by Cade.
  • The Heavy: Of Cemetery Wind.
  • Hypocrite: Considering he claims to have lost a sister in Chicago, he does precious little to spare others this same type of pain. In fact, he even uses it as justification for his lack of sympathy for Ratchet in his opening scene.
    • After learning that Cade sheltered Optimus, Savoy asks Cade, "What kind of a man betrays his flesh and blood brother for alien metal?" at the same time he thinks it's lawful to kill Cade and Tessa but be partners with Lockdown. Does this answer Savoy's question?
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Helped in killing Ratchet earlier in the film, threatened to kill the Yeagers just to discover the location of Optimus Prime, singlehandedly caused or was at the heart of twice as much collateral damage as any Decepticon excursion in film history, and on top of that he's all around heartless dirtbag and professional creep. All in all Cade handing this jerk his own ass near the movie's climax was a long time coming.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Savoy thinks Ratchet deserves to die because of losing his sister in Chicago, when clearly Sentinel Prime and the Decepticons were responsible.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: His persona screams this all its own. Getting paid to kill Autobots or their perceived collaborators, getting to vent his greed rage and violence are all in a days work for this guy.
    Savoy: It really sucks we're not getting paid for this.
  • Not So Different: Of the He Who Fights Monsters variety. Namely to his boss and to what he hates most.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He keeps referring to Optimus Prime as merely a truck. No, a truck is Prime's disguise. He's really a 32-foot robot who comes with weapons!
  • Revenge Myopia: His sister was killed during the Chicago invasion, hence his intense pleasure in killing not only every Transformer he comes across, but any humans who help them as well. He even discusses this with Cade.
    Savoy: You should never have hidden that truck.
    Cade: You shouldn't have come after my family.
    Savoy: Tough luck, Yeager, we all have family.
    Cade: Yeah, but I'm gonna live to see mine.
  • Slime Ball: If there were a better word to describe this guy, makes out like he's humanity's watchdog like his jerkass boss. Just like said employer however he couldn't give a rats arse about anyone but himself and his own goals.
  • Smug Snake: The guy just smirks like he's having the time of his life whenever he gets up to violent deeds, and even mouths off to Lockdown who at the time has no reason to not squash him then and there.
  • The Unfettered: Willing, if not outright itching to use and justify excessive force in pursuit of his brand of persecution.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Gets more and more dependent on killing Cade to it being his only goal in the face of war.
  • Villainous Valor: Sure, Savoy is a Psycho for Hire Slime Ball, but given he is just a mere human with a gang of fellow human henchmen provided by his boss by his side to take down the over-sized Autobots and is fiercely determined to take down their human allies and even engages in a fistfight with Cade fueled by nothing, but The Power of Hate of giant robots can be shown as commendable.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Puts a gun to Tessa's head to get Cade to cooperate. And is very willing to pull the trigger.

Kinetic Solutions, Inc.

    Joshua Joyce
"We can make you now. Don’t you get it? We don’t need you anymore."

Played by: Stanley Tucci

"Threatening a professional CIA killer. Possibly not my finest hour. I’d like to have that one back."

  • Amazon Chaser: Implied if his reaction and comments towards Su Yueming beating up the CIA agents is any indication. In any case he doesn't find an Action Girl unattractive because of it.
  • Anti-Hero: What he arguably becomes by the end of the film, due to Cade Yeager appealing to his better nature, and seeing first hand the ruthlessness of his business associates and their callousness. He pulls a Heel–Face Turn and sides with the Autobots and the Yeagers to save the world.
  • Anti-Villain: At first; while Joyce is not out and out evil like Attinger. He has absolutely no qualms about working with a shadowy black ops group that is covertly hunting down, and driving to extinction, a sentient race of machines for his own profit and to create an army of his own transformers based on material salvaged from melted down Autobots and seems to show no remorse for his actions, believing that what he is doing is for the betterment of humanity.
  • Bad Boss: Implied, given Wembley (his top scientist) refers to him as a "douche" when he's not present.
  • Berserk Button: Gets angry when something goes wrong with his technology.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has some odd opinions on jellyfish, once asking his people to make an advert about them, and apparently claimed they were "erotic yet deadly."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is noticeably disturbed by Attinger's willingness to let innocent people die and when Galvatron potentially kills innocent people. This ultimately results in his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Fantastic Racism: Throughout the movie, Joyce indicates that he doesn't view Transformers as real people. He considers nothing more than a resource, and even though he's upset by the death of innocent humans, he fully supports the wholesale murder of the equally innocent Autobots.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once Cade talks to him and appeals to his inventor side, his conscience gets to him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an abrasive boss, declares the deceased Transformers as nothing more than dead metal for humanity to exploit, and is a perpetual complainer, but he does have a good heart deep down, which fuels his defection from Attinger's deal and his joining the Autobots. At the end of the film, he also offers to help Cade with his lack of housing.
  • Karma Houdini: For his collaboration with Cemetery Wind and taking part in both the systematic killing of the Autobots and the desecration of their remains. He escapes almost scot-free from any comeuppance he would naturally receive due to his Heel–Face Turn and in helping the remaining Autobots and the Yeagers save the world.
  • Lack of Empathy: He justifies the murder of the Autobots and melting them down for parts by saying they're no longer necessary now that humans can build their own Tranformers, completely disregarding the fact that they were sentient beings who had every right to life.
  • Mad Scientist: Is the brains behind the creation of the Vehicons drones.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after Galvatron throws off the facade and seizes control of KSI's Transformer prototypes.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: An obvious stand-in for Apple's late founder Steve Jobs, from his physical appearance (bald head, intense stare and glasses) to his personality (a staunch perfectionist who emphasizes the visual aesthetics of his products, and is frequently harsh towards his employees).
  • Redemption Equals Life: Unlike Attinger, Savoy, and Lockdown, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and survives the events of the film.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Lets off a rather high-pitched scream when Grimlock roars right in front of him.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When confronted with a rampaging Optimus Prime and his even more trigger-happy men, Joyce smugly invites them to shoot him and show that they really are threats who've deserved their suffering from the past five years. Fortunately, Optimus doesn't take the bait.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: But Joyce's bluster vanishes when, following the Vehicons' assault on Hong Kong, Optimus introduces him to Grimlock.

    Darcy Tirrel 
Played by: Sophia Myles

  • Anti-Villain: She's not malicious, just misinformed, ignorant, and working for the bad guys.
  • Just a Machine: How she sees the Transformers, though it's implied she's not exactly okay with the whole "melt them down" part, even if it's being done to Decepticons.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Has no idea that KSI is melting down Autobots as well. Cade does tell her, but the scene cuts away without any reaction shown on her part.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Is willing to work with the protagonists, Autobots included, once she realizes that what's being done is unethical and could possibly spell doom for the human race.
  • Working with the Ex: Is implied to have been in a relationship with Joyce, which ended badly.

    Su Yueming 
Played by: Li Bingbing

  • Action Girl: Much to Joyce's surprise, she's highly capable of kicking ass.
  • Hidden Badass: Is able to drive a motorcycle at high speeds and fight off the goons sent to capture Joyce. It turns out she underwent police officer training before completing her MBA.

Order of the Witwiccans

    Sir Edmund Burton 
Played by: Anthony Hopkins

  • Benevolent Boss: To a small bunch of Transformers that all have some kind of weird quirk.
  • Cool Old Guy: Handles both thirty-foot death machines and the Prime Minister's own Secret Service with utter calm and a bit of sass. The cane that's really a Cybertronian-designed weapon helps. He ultimately culminates as Too Cool to Live, but at least he takes Do Not Go Gentle to heart.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Is on the receiving end of one these at the hands of Megatron, which leads to his death.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Ultimately sacrifices himself to help the Autobot-Human alliance since he's been at his job for decades, and he'd be damn well sure he goes down fighting.
  • Foil: Can be seen as one to Attinger of Age of Extinction. Both are men of honor, with Attinger stating that he hunts the Transformers to keep the world safe, while Burton assists in keeping them safe from the world. While Attinger is a man willing to kill innocents and build an army, and is an overall Bad Boss, Burton is only out there to see the safety of the world as well as the Cybertronians and provides shelter for those Transformers without. It's also telling that they somewhat meet a similar Last Stand; while both of them go down wielding firearms, Attinger uses a typical Earth pistol willing to kill a fellow human in the name of "peace", Burton uses an awesome Cybertronian firearm to shoot at Megatron. Both are killed by opposing leaders; Optimus for Attinger, and Megatron for Burton.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: When he’s killed by Megatron, only Cogman acknowledges his death, while the rest of the Autobots and their human allies just simply carry on.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He uses his gun to shoot Megatron, temporarily downing the Decepticon leader so that the TRF can get a few shots of their own in while the Decepticons are distracted. Megatron quickly recovers, however, and kills him for that act.
  • Last Stand: When Quintessa and the Decepticons are preparing for the final phase of destroying the Earth, he decides to take matters into his own hands. His cane is then revealed a cybertronian firearm, which he then uses to shoot the Decepticons with. While he managed to get a good number of shots, Megatron quickly manages to curbstomp him by blasting him with his fusion cannon.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Like Attinger, he meets his end when he is shot at by the leader of a Transformer faction, in this case Megatron, with a gun meant to used on other Transformers.
  • Troll: Questions Cade about his "chastity" in front of Vivianne, despite being shown later to already know everything there is to know about Yeager's life.


    Leo Spitz 
Played by: Ramon Rodriguez

  • Conspiracy Theorist: Who finds out that, much to his misfortune, one of his theories is right.

    Dylan Gould
"I want to survive, I want forty more years! You think I asked for this? I inherited a client!"

Played by: Patrick Dempsey

"When it's not your war, you pick the side that's going to win."

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When we first meet him, he's a bit full of himself and way too close to Carly for Sam's comfort, but there's nothing that immediately signals him to be a major threat. Then we learn he's working for the Decepticons and his darker persona starts taking over, continuing on to his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Big "NO!": When he struggles with Sam for the Control Pillar.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite being electrocuted to death, with flames erupting from his chest, his body seems pretty intact.
  • Les Collaborateurs: He's a stooge for the Decepticons, and was using Carly to get closer to Sam for them.
  • Cool Car: Has a big damn collection/museum of restored antique cars.
  • Dirty Coward: Sides with the Decepticons and sells out his own species so that he can walk out scot-free while everyone else is enslaved.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Carly asks him if he wants Earth to be enslaved, he replies “I want to survive!” in an offended tone. Subverted later on: during the Chicago massacre, he is terrified and uncomfortable, but does nothing to stop it.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Sam, he has his own robot vehicle, but he and the vehicle both have more malicious intentions. He also notes both he and Sam are "chosen ones" to aid the Alien cause, but in very different ways.
  • Expy: Of the Generation One character [[spoiler: Shawn Berger. He also counts as a homage to Goldfinger, a James Bond villain working with outsiders for his own gain.
  • Famous Last Words: "You chose sides? You chose wrong! You think you're a hero? Huh? You think you're a HERO!?" Sam's response: "No. I'm just a messenger!"
  • Hannibal Lecture: To Sam, before his death. See Famous Last Words.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He says he got this from his dad, who worked for the Decepticons, but he himself has only been conditioned to do whatever his bosses tell him.
  • It's All About Me: Has shades of this in the third act, where he's perfectly okay with the Decepticons' taking over Chicago on the grounds that he's unharmed.
  • It's Personal: His reasoning for Soundwave to execute the Autobot prisoners. Contrast to his attitude earlier, where he considered his role in the Decepticons' plan as a simple job.
  • I Gave My Word: When he holds Carly hostage so Sam will spy on the Autobots, he promises that she'll be out of harm's way, and he actually does keep his word. It’s more him condescending to Sam once he is subdued. Later in the film when Carly calls him out on his actions he says he is more than ready to throw away her life to save himself, and he later uses her as a Human Shield, though he is suitably ashamed of it afterwards.
  • I've Come Too Far: He truly doesn't like working with alien invaders, but it's too late for him to back out; he'll be executed as a collaborator if Earth wins. When Sam pleads with him to not reactivate the Control Pillar, he states "There's only one future for me!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Most of his intentions in the final act fall under this.
    • He keeps Carly in his apartment, and it gets blown apart when Sam rescues her.
    • He convinces Soundwave to execute his villains, but they stick around long enough to be bombarded by a hacked Decepticon ship, which causes Soundwave’s death.
    • He manages to reactivate the control pillar to bring Cybertron to Earth, but in a despearate scuffle with Sam he falls on the pillar and is electrocuted to death.
  • Karmic Death: He reactivates the Control Pillar for the Space Bridge in order to help the Decepticons complete their plan (he was promised that he would spared after the takeover). He thus meets his end when Sam knocks him into the Pillar, electrocuting him to death.
  • Meaningful Name: A rich man whose surname is Go(u)ld.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: See Beware the Nice Ones.
  • Nothing Personal/Just Following Orders: He views assisting the Decepticons as simply working with "clients", and goes through with their plan in order to ensure that he doesn't get killed off.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: he works with the Decepticons since they guaranteed his life if they helped him win. More significantly, he convinces Soundwave to execute Autobot prisoners.
  • Skewed Priorities: "Not the couch! It's Ralph Lauren!"
  • Smug Snake: He acts cool and condescending to Sam, and the act lasts as long as his life is safe. At the slightest sign of a threat he can be seen to visibly crack.
  • Spiteful Spit: gets on the receiving end of this from Sam. It pisses him off, but he’s more concerned that Sam’s defiance will get them both and Carly killed.
  • Taking You with Me: He is a human slave working to turn his whole world into slaves. Emphasized in the final battle where he actively supports the Decepticons through reactivating the pillar.
  • The Resenter: it comes out in the final battle that he resents Sam for having the freedom to choose his fate, whereas he has never had any choice his whole life.
  • Verbal Tic: He starts off lines like “You think...?” It ties in to him being a spy and subverting assumptions.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts off relatively cool and collected, but becomes more violent as the Autobots gain the advantage in battle. Arguably justified, as he was sure the Cons would win the war, and the Autobots getting closer to victory means he'll have to be responsible for his actions.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing anything about him beyond that he's Carly's rich boss who collects and races cars gives away a lot of the plot.
  • Your Life Will Be Spared: his main intention is this.

    Lucas Flannery 
Played by: T.J. Miller

A friend of the Yeager family.

  • Anti-Villain: He decides to tell Cemetery Wind about Cade's discovery, as A), it cannot kill/hurt them if it's away, and B), they could really use the money.
  • Asshole Victim: He deserved what Lockdown done to him considering he ratted out Optimus Prime for money.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is the film's main punching bag, until he gets killed by Lockdown's Grenade
  • Karmic Death: After he informs the Cemetery Wind about Optimus's location, he gets killed by Lockdown after escaping from the Human soldiers.
  • Money, Dear Boy: An In-Universe example of the trope. He informs Cemetery Wind that Optimus is with Cade in hopes of getting money for it. Little did he know that they don't like witnesses.

Played by: Stanley Tucci



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