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This character sheet is for listing the tropes related to Decepticons in the various Transformers: Generation 1 continuities. Due to the page having been split over the years, this page mainly covers tropes for characters introduced from 1988 onwards and canon immigrants/foreigners.

For the 'Cons introduced between 1984 and 1985, click here.

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    In General 
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: The G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers continuity establishes their civil war with the Autobots indirectly leading to the rise of Cobra and the birth of G.I. Joe in addition to the Joes becoming allies to the Autobots, the first miniseries having Cobra rise to power by enslaving both factions of Cybertronians to use as weapons after they arrived on Earth as well as G.I. Joe being formed to fight back against Cobra and the Decepticons and turning the tide by helping Optimus Prime free his fellow Autobots from Cobra's control.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Decepticons are portrayed in a more sympathetic light in the 2005 IDW continuity: they were orginally a group of freedom fighters formed by Megatron to topple the corrupt Autobot government before they end up becoming no better than them. Some of them even got this treatment to varying degrees and pulled a Heel–Face Turn in the end.
  • Adaptational Villainy: At the same time, later iterations of the Decepticons (such as Shockwave, Bludgeon, Galvatron's Decepticons, the DJD, etc.) are way worse than Megatron's Decepticons or even Cyclonus in the first IDW continuity.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Pretty much, considering the fact that they're a bunch of warmongering brutes from another planet led by a fanatical tyrant and that they all have a rather low opinion of organic beings. A few however are less evil than others.
  • Depending on the Writer: Aside from the individual Decepticons, the faction itself has been portrayed differently across G1 media. They've been intrinsically evil machines out for universal conquest, as well as Well Intentioned Extremists who fought a corrupt government, but ended up becoming no better/even worse than them.
  • Fantastic Racism: They tend to have disdain for organic races, like Humans.
  • For the Evulz: Both cartoon and comic Decepticons got started basically because they were bored and wanted a fight.
  • Galactic Conquerer: They typically want to spread Cybertronian rule across multiple planets.
  • Gladiator Games: In some continuities, the Decepticons were formed through these by Megatron.
  • Meaningful Name: The IDW comics explains that the name "Decepticon" is taken from one of Megatron's rallying lines: "You are being deceived".
  • Multiple-Choice Past: How the Decepticons formed varies among depictions: the Sunbow cartoon had them as the descendents of Quintesson military hardware, and the Generation 2 comic as descendents of the Leige Maximo (both times making them inherently evil), while the IDW and Dreamwave comics have them as normal Cybertronians swayed by Megatron for a single cause (IDW makes them out to be more noble... well, initially, anyway).
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Decepticons often have threatening-sounding names like Ravage and Bonecrusher, making it all the more obvious that they are the bad guys.
  • Not Always Evil: Even though majority of the Decepticons are power-hungry and violent conquerors, there are some who are not fully committed to the cause or outright question it, sometimes even abandoning their faction and/or defecting to the Autobots. Notable examples are Jetfire and Deadlock (or Drift, as he's known now).
  • Planet Looters: More often than not in the G1 mythos, they're on Earth to steal its numerous resources of energy for their own ends.
  • Proud Warrior Race: The Decepticons' origins are often rooted in combat, being built as military robots in the Sunbow cartoon or being formed in Cyberton's gladiatorial arenas in various other continuities. As such, they tend to value strength and view their physical superiority over smaller races as a right to conquer them. Megatron himself even calls the Decepticons a "proud warrior race" in the UK comic story "The Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Majority of the 'cons have red eyes, another sign of their villainy.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the IDW continuity, the Decepticons were originally a protest group made up of lowly blue-collared workers who opposed the corrupt Pre-War government, only to end up being disillusioned with the whole "peace through tyranny" thing.

1988 Decepticons


Function: Predator

Alt Mode: VTOL Suborbital Fighter
"The greater the foe, the sweeter his fuel."

A twisted, vampire-like Decepticon Pretender whose bat-monster shell, while highly inefficient in its energy consumption, can corrode metal with its touch and leech the energy from other Cybertronians to strengthen Bomb-Burst.

  • Bat Out of Hell: His Pretender shell is a monstrous-looking humanoid bat.
  • Blinded by the Light: His optics are over-sensitized to light, so he shuns brightly lit places and sunlight.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: Bomb-Burst's Pretender shell is a vampiric weapon that can inflict rusting on contact, can drain Autobots of their fuel, and bolsters his strength the more victims he claims. However, said shell is not only energy-inefficient, but it risks draining Bomb-Burst himself, forcing him to drain a large number of victims to offset this.
  • Death by Looking Up: In the Marvel comics, Bomb-Burst is crushed under Unicron's foot alongside the Autobot Hardhead.
  • The Dreaded: Bomb-Burst is regarded as a dark and terrifying legend among Autobots for his preferred methods of silently hunting them down and picking them off, one by one, leaving behind mangled corpses sucked dry of fuel that are only found in dawn's light.
  • God in Human Form: His Power of the Primes toy is a disguised Megatronus.
  • Harmful to Touch: His Pretender shell is specially textured to give any robot that touches it a "rust rash".
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Of the first wave Decepticon Pretenders, Bomb-Burst has a jet alternate mode, in contrast to his wavemates' land and sea-based altmodes.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He's a giant alien robot who feeds on the energy of other robots because it both increases his strength and because his specialised armor will swiftly drain him of energy if he doesn't.
  • Space Plane: His altmode is a Cybertronian jet with VTOL rotors in the wings.
  • Vampiric Draining: With serrated fangs, Bomb-Burst's Pretender shell can pierce an enemy's armor and drain their fuel, using it to bolster Bomb-Burst's own strength.
  • Weapon Specialization: While in his Pretender shell, a battle axe is one of his weapons of choice.


Function: Strategist

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Hoverjet
"The greatest power is the power to control."
A Decepticon warrior with pinpoint maneuverability in the air, and a practitioner of Circuit-Su, an ancient Cybertronian martial art. His Pretender shell resembles a giant insectoid creature, with powerful electric stingers in the helmet.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: His Pretender shell is a large insectoid monster, befitting his name.
  • Co-Dragons: In The Dark Ages, he's one of The Fallen's goons, alongside Bludgeon and Mindwipe.
  • Control Freak: He likes to have his fellow Decepticons follow his orders and strategies to the letter, relishing domination over others.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Practices a martial art called Circuit-Su.
  • Killed Offscreen: In The Transformers: Regeneration One, an undead Bugly is seen among Megatron's zombie army on Earth, despite his death never being shown or alluded to in the original Marvel comic.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Like the first wave of Decepticon Pretenders, the second wave continues the theme with their altmodes; Bugly represents "sky" by turning into a Cybertronian jet.
  • The Paralyzer: His stingers are capable of subduing some 'bots. In extreme cases, it causes permanent paralysis.
  • Power Pincers: Instead of a right hand, Bugly's Pretender shell has a large crablike claw.
  • Punny Name: His pretender shell is a bug and rather ugly.
  • Shock and Awe: Uses Circuit-Su to channel his energy into electric blasts and can use the the stingers in his helmet to deliver electric shocks.
  • The Strategist: His primary function, as his Tech Specs helpfully point out, is to devise new strategies and tactics in battle.


Function: Hunter/Tracker

Alt Mode: Wolf
"A cunning smile is more devastating than the fiercest weapon."

A Pretender whose shell and alt mode are wolf-shaped. The original leader of the Mayhem Attack Squad, Evil Counterpart of the Wreckers.

  • Adaptational Heroism: While his toy bio solicits him as a crazy sadist, his main appearances in fiction (Marvel UK and IDW) cast him as a Noble Demon at worst and an Anti-Hero at best. Beyond that he's often just background filler and presumably no worse than the average Decepticon.
  • Anti-Hero: Post-Heel–Face Turn in Marvel UK continuity. Somewhere between a Type II and a Type III (arguably a type IV in his revenge arc).
  • Anti-Villain: Before Heel–Face Turn in UK comic continuity.
  • Ax-Crazy: His Dreamwave incarnation supposedly went nuts a long time ago, becoming a savage monster.
  • Blood Knight: (Marvel UK) As he says to Springer: "I'm a Decepticon warrior! The need to fight is in my oil." However, he comes to value the fight for more than its own sake whilst defending humans from his former Decepticon comrades.
  • Cruel Mercy: Stops Springer from killing Bludgeon, Stranglehold and Octopunch as he reasons "denying them their 'warrior's death' is the worst fate I could think of".
  • Defector from Decadence: Marvel UK. Breaks away from the Mayhem Attack Squad with his Pretender comrade Catilla and joins up with the remnants of the Wreckers to form the Survivors. Later comes to admire and value human life.
  • The Dragon: To Tarantulas in The Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with the Wreckers to fight Megs and Galvy in Time Wars.
  • Even Evil Has Standards
  • Face–Heel Turn: In an inversion of his Marvel UK characterization, in the IDW continuity he was originally an Autobot before he joined the Decepticons.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Springer and the Wreckers as a result of their Time Wars team-up.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Again, in Marvel UK continuity. Joins the Autobots and comes to appreciate the value of human life; however, he still retains his Decepticon ruthlessness when fighting his former comrades. See Cruel Mercy and Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Noble Demon: In the Marvel UK continuity, he disobeys his orders to "kill any Wreckers left standing" after fighting with them against Galvatron and Megatron in Time Wars.
  • Out of Focus: Carnivac has sadly never regained the focus he got in the Marvel UK days.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Marvel UK.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Takes out most of the New Mayhem Attack Squad after they kill his comrade, and fellow Defector from Decadence, Catilla. However, he spares Bludgeon, Stranglehold and Octopunch in the spirit of Cruel Mercy.


Function: Mercenary

Alt Modes: Vulture, Missile Carrier Truck
"The price of victory is never too high."
An amoral Double Powermaster who works both sides of the Autobot and Decepticon conflict to maximize profits for himself.
  • Agent Provocateur: The IDW comics (alongside the toy's tendency to be marketed as a Decepticon) imply that he is at least nominally a Decepticon agent embedded into the Autobot ranks as a provocateur. However, he is still steering things toward the outcome that will give him the highest amount of credits, and there's nothing to keep him loyal to the Decepticons in the face of potentially better offers.
  • Always Someone Better: In a Sorting Algorithm Of Cybertronian Mercenaries, he's an amateur compared to Lockdown.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Originally called Dealer, the Decepticons nicknamed him Doubledealer because of his duplicitous nature.
  • The Artifact: Doubledealer was an oddity in that he was a triple changer with only one alt-mode and two robot modes. Originally his humanoid robot mode was the form he took when an Autobot and his condor robot mode was the form he took as a Decepticon. Nowadays this has been dropped and Doubledealer's humanoid robot form is considered his default appearance when dealing with both sides and his condor mode became just an alt-mode. The 2005 IDW comics omitted the condor mode entirely (with its redesign as an insect only appearing in concept art) and the 2020 toy made it so his robot mode could swap insignias (in contrast to his original toy, who's robot mode only had the Autobot logo and condor mode only had the Decepticon logo).
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance:
    • It's very fitting that Doubledealer can turn into a vulture. Much like how the bird exploits dying animals for food, Doubledealer exploits both sides of the Autobot-Decepticon War for profit.
    • The kibble parts belonging to Doubledealer's robot and beast modes are hidden away quite nicely, depending on which forms he chooses. This helps distance the relation between his Autobot and Decepticon personas considerably. The most blatant kibble parts are his vulture-mode wings in his robot-mode, which are folded neatly against his back in plain sight. Even then, they can easily pass off as a cape.
  • Caped Mecha: In his robot mode, Doubledealer's vulture wings fold up against his back, making it seem like he's donned an understated, lavender cape.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Doubledealer seems to have gotten some ideas from Sanjuro and The Man With No Name, but they had a conscience... he doesn't.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Undercover as an Autobot AND as a Decepticon, so he can get benefits from both sides. He even uses two different robot modes (android as an Autobot, vulture as a Decepticon) to not be discovered. Fortunately for him, nobody seems to notice that the android and the bird seem to have the same vehicle mode.
    Doubledealer: "Show one face to the world. Hide the other. Be an island. Let no one in."
  • Evil Counterpart: To Punch/Counterpunch, another faction-changer who was released the year before him. Punch is really an Autobot posing as a Decepticon, while Doubledealer is a manipulative backstabber loyal only to himself, despite not officially being a Decepticon.
  • Feathered Fiend: His Decepticon persona is a mechanical vulture, erroneously described as a falcon on his tech specsnote .
  • Gambit Pileup: Falls victim to this in the IDW comics.
  • Godhood Seeker: In the IDW comics, Doubledealer ultimately proves his true loyalties when he sees how powerful the Magnificence is.
    Doubledealer: "I imagine all it can do. The wonders and secrets it can unlock. And any lingering thoughts of surrendering it to the Decepticon Secret Service vanish. Why trade it when it can make me...omnipotent!"
  • Killed Off for Real: IDW comics. Hot Rod shoots him square in the chest, he bursts into flames and plummets down a mountain, shattering to pieces on impact.
  • Obviously Evil: After killing him, Hot Rod admits that his treachery was staring him in the face.
  • Playing Both Sides: In his only Marvel UK appearance, he uses his dual identities to manipulate Optimus and Scorponok.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Which should be rather suspicious for an Autobot.



Function: Aerial Assault

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Jet
"Things are never as bad as they seem - usually they're worse."


Function: Air Defense

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Jet
"Fear is a friend whose presence is felt long after he's left."

A grim Decepticon Powermaster duo who can combine their jet forms into the spacecruiser Dreadwing. Darkwing's partnered with the Nebulan thief Throttle while Dreadwind is paired with the rogue Nebulan scientist Hi-Test.

  • Combining Mecha: Their jet modes can combine with each other to form the spacecruiser Dreadwing. Their Power of the Primes toys not only retain this functionality, but can also form a limbs for a combiner.
  • Composite Character: In the Transformers: Generation 2 comic, G2 Dreadwingnote  is an upgraded form of Darkwing rather than his own separate character.
  • The Eeyore: Dreadwind is in the running against Dead End for Most Depressing Outlook In The Decepticon Army.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dreadwind is shot to death and cannibalized in The Transformers (IDW).
  • Portmanteau: The name of their combined form. Dreadwind + Darkwing.
  • Straw Nihilist: Darkwing has a similarly depressing outlook on existence as Dreadwind, but he sees this as motivation to actively make the lives of others worse.


Function: Tracker

Alt Mode: Gargoyle
"Leaders are for fools who need to follow."

A hot-headed warrior with a tendency to rebel against authority, Fangry has complete faith in his judgment alone, no matter how flawed his reasoning may be. He is binary bonded to the Nebulan Brisko, who is smart enough to limit his influence to mild suggestions and reverse psychology.

  • The Berserker: Hot-headed, kinda crazy and very angry and he fights like the angriest 'con around.
  • Berserk Button: Throws a fit if he's given orders.
  • Blow You Away: Carries a compressed air cannon in both modes.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Hated by squadmates and commanders alike, Fangry often ends up holding the line against the Autobots all by himself. He wouldn't have it any other way, though - the implication that he needs help would be insulting to him.
  • Hate Sink: Both his Bio and his canon appearances make it clear Fangry's just an asshole through and through. In the Marvel comics, he keeps picking fights with Grimlock over the new peace and eventually restarts the war. In the 2005 IDW comics, he pals around with Kaput for a bit before killing him and dozens of other civilians to take over.
  • Jerkass: Fangry's bio and his fictional appearances consistently characterize him as an asshole.
  • Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: His beast form is depicted as a wolf with bat wings and a reptilian tail.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the Marvel comics, he repeatedly picks a fight with Grimlock. In the final issue, it finally comes back to bite him, when Grimlock punches straight through his chest.


Function: Naval Assault

Alt Mode: Hovercraft
"Ashes to ashes, rust to rust."
One of the earliest volunteers for the Pretender process, Finback is a grizzled veteran sporting numerous carbon scoring from previous battles. In a state of constant pain, his only remaining joy is in making Autobots suffer as much as he has.
  • Evil Cripple: Suffering from a corrosive disease which his Pretender shell is keeping in check.
  • Fish People: His Pretender shell. It even appears as if it was wearing a iron mask.
  • Killed Off for Real: In The Transformers he dies fighting Unicron, when the guns he's manning (meching?) overload and explode.
  • Shadow Archetype: To the Autobot Pretender Splashdown. Both are aquatic-themed warriors, but while Splashdown is friendly and jovial, Finback is sour and constantly unhappy.

    The Firecons 

Function: Firestorm Trooper (Cindersaur), Warrior (Flamefeather), Cryptologist (Sparkstalker)

Alt Modes: Mutant Lizard (Cindersaur), Harpy (Flamefeather), Kaiju (Sparkstalker)
Cindersaur: "Crash and burn... and burn... and burn."
Flamefeather: "The only good Autobot is a deactivated Autobot."
Sparkstalker: "The smallest details reveal the largest secrets."

The pyromaniac Cindersaur, the violent Flamefeather and the intelligent Sparkstalker, who can transform into a trio of fire-breathing beasts.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the 2019 IDW comics, where they are stated to have ignited an entire planet's atmosphere, killing all life on it in moments.
  • Ascended Extra: Sparkstalker got upgraded to a supporting character late in the IDW continuity and got some developement on his own away from Cindersaur and Flamefeather. He even got a Heel–Face Turn and a love interest.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cindersaur and Flamefeather, much to Sparkstalker's chagrin.
  • Back from the Dead: Despite his reported death in the Marvel comics, Sparkstalker returns alive and well in the Regeneration One comics.
  • The Berserker: Cindersaur and Flamefeather, again, the former because of his unbelievable idiocy and the latter because he's so violent that even the Decepticon military academies didn't want him.
  • The Cracker: Sparkstalker, a brilliant cryptologist and extremely stealthy, subtle hacker. Instead of using those talents, he's stuck babysitting a driveling idiot and a rage fueled hate machine.
  • Breath Weapon: Take a wild guess.
  • The Dividual: While their bios all display subtle differences between Cindersaur and Flamefeather and major differences with Sparkstalker, most fiction depicts them as a trio of like minded minions with flame powers.
  • Dumb Muscle: Sweet Primus yes. Cindersaur and Flamefreather are dumb as a pair of smoldering stumps. Flamefeather is the brighter of the two, but only just. They're both stronger than their leader, Sparkstalker, but because they're such dim bulbs the only use they have is to be pointed vaguely in the direction of an enemy.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Sparkabots, Autobots with flame-throwing vehicle modes.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Cindersaur. "Hey guys, watch Fizzle sizzle!"
  • Gonk: They are drawn with a very high degree of toy accuracy in robot mode in the Marvel comics. Unfortunately, this makes them all stumpy, chubby-looking dwarfs compared to more the proportionally humanoid designs of, say, the Seekers.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's said that Flamefeather's greatest achievement in life was talking to someone for a full minute without going into a frothing rage.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sparkstalker was accidentally incinerated by the idiotic Cindersaur in a Friend or Foe incident.
  • Only Sane Man: Sparkstalker, who is the only functional adult of the three. He's able to make plans, hold conversations, and not burn everything down either by accident or intent. He even manages to find a Conjunx Endura. By comparison, Cindersaur could probably be outwitted by a mundane blowtorch and Flamefeather is homicidally furious beyond all reason or sense.
  • Pyromaniac: By definition, but Cindersaur in particular.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Though incinerated in the Marvel comics, Sparkstalker shows up fine in the sequel Regeneration One.
  • Wrong Line of Work: Sparkstalker is one of the Decepticons' most skilled hackers and could arguably give Soundwave a run for his money as a military intelligence asset. No one has yet offered a good explanation for why they instead decided to modify him into a Firecon and forced him to babysit a pair of barely-competent walking fire safety violations.


Function: Ground Trooper

Alt Mode: Bull
"Smash all that stands and trample the rest."
A brutish thug with a Hair-Trigger Temper, Horri-Bull is a Card-Carrying Barbarian who constantly reeks of oil, grease, and smog. He is binary bonded to Kreb, who is nearly as slovenly as he is.
  • Brutish Bulls: Horri-Bull is a brutish Decepticon with a Hair-Trigger Temper who transforms into a bull.
  • The Bully: He's an asshole who picks on other people, even other Decepticons. Also a pun.
  • Kill It with Fire: Flamethrower tail-gun for robot mode, burning smoky breath for beast mode.
  • Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster. He later got his head blown off his shoulders, which was decidedly more fatal.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Why was Needlenose dating this guy again?
  • Shout-Out: While called a bull, his beast mode design owes a fair bit to the 'terror dogs' of Ghostbusters (which predated his release by two years).
  • Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: Not just gross but deliberately repulsive. He's proud about the fact that he can't remember his last bath. He's also extremely bad-tempered and abusive.
  • Your Head Asplode: In the IDW comics thanks to an Autobot inhibitor/deterrence chip that was actually Soundwave's doing.


Function: Terror Trooper

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Motorcycle
"Sow the seeds of fear and victory is yours."
A Pretender whose polydermal shell resembles a lizard like creature, Iguanus has developed an obsession with reptiles, and secretly aspires toward the perfect synthesis of scales and steel, if such as thing is possible.
  • An Arm and a Leg: IDW comics. When he goes to Bludgeon about the Autobots having infiltrated the base, Bludegon's merged with his pretender shell, and the psychic shock causes him to go crazy and slice off one of Iguanus's arms and legs. He bleeds to death from the injury.
  • Becoming the Mask: Ever since he gained a reptilian Pretender shell, he's been obsessed with them. His bio calls it 'misguided camaraderie.'
  • Cool Bike: He transforms into a bike that is a dead-ringer for a Command & Conquer recon bike.
  • Eldritch Abomination: In Regeneration One. The Autobots have no idea what the shadow-leeches are until they isolate one, analyze it, and discover to their horror that it used to be Iguanus...meaning that the other leeches used to be everyone else.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Fatally dismembered in Stormbringer by Bludgeon.
    • In Regeneration One he's one of many absorbed by the Shadow Leeches, with his death in particular confirmed by the protagonists via scanning one.
  • Narcissist: Swoons over his own freaky reptilian Pretender shell.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A big creep in more ways than one. Even his bio calls him hideous, loathsome, and a monster.


Function: Aerial Warrior

Alt Mode: F-16XL Falcon Fighter Jet
"Get hip or get hit!"
A former Microchip designer before the war, Needlenose joined the Decepticons because he blamed the Autobots for the failure of his business. A Double Targetmaster, Needlenose is partnered with Zigzag and Sunbeam, who can combine to form a high powered rifle.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Finds Earth's fads and trends fascinating. So far, that means being a video game nerd.
  • Crying Wolf: Does this in the appropriately named Marvel UK strip Cry Wolf; his comrades don't take it well; Carnivac (HeelFaceTurned Decepticon with wolf Pretender shell and alt mode) uses Needlenose's fear and paranoia to his advantage, making the paranoid Decepticon the first target of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Empathic Weapons: Sunbeam and Zigzag.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: During the Marvel Comics' storyline "Matrix Quest", he was disgusted over Thunderwing using Windsweeper as bait in his plan to take the Matrix.
  • Evil Counterpart: Needlenose's interest on Earth culture makes him very similar to Jazz.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: He has a flamethrower in the IDW comics.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In The Transformers: Robots in Disguise where he's in love with Horri-Bull and tries to avoid fighting his brother Tracks.
  • Mauve Shirt: The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, he keeps showing up doing odd jobs for the Decepticons or for himself, from enforcing the peace, to hiding Dirge, to beating up civilians, to advocating that the Autobots not kill Megatron.
  • The Mourning After: Needlenose never got over Horri-Bull's death and blamed the Autobots for it because he never learned that it had actually been detonated by Soundwave.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Why the chic, would-be trendsetter was dating the abrasive, phenomenally gross bully is anyone's guess.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He is depicted as Track's brother in the IDW comics.
  • Robo Family: His brother is the Autobot Tracks. Amusingly it's the Autobot who's the elitist snob. Unlike other siblings in the franchise there's no clear indication of what makes the two of them related.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his brother Tracks, as one is an Autobot and the other joined the Decepticons.


Function: Ground Assault

Alt Mode: Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank
"Nothing lasts forever... so why not destroy it now?"
A berserker with unconventional battle tactics, Quake's squadmates often fear that his aggressiveness in battle will leave them Collateral Damage. As a Double Targetmaster, he is paired with Tiptop and Heater, who can transform into Heavy Pistols, or combine into a massive plasma shotgun.
  • The Berserker: Violent to a fault. Other Decepticons have to dive for cover because he shoots everywhere and lets his hit count do the talking.
  • The Bully: Basically a big ol' jerk that tries to pick on anyone he thinks is weaker than him, which usually comes back to bite him in the aft.
  • Con Artist: Tiptop was once a circus strongman who turned his diet and exercise routine into a worldwide phenomenom. Then it was discovered that he had actually gained his strength from illegal muscle-enhancing chemicals, and the diet he promoted was not only ineffective, but dangerously unhealthy.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His battle tactics can sometimes be quite inventive, but he never considers how they might affect his fellow Decepticons.
  • Driving Up a Wall: His tank treads can exude an adhesive that allows him to scale even vertical surfaces.
  • Dumb Muscle: His Strength, Endurance, Courage, and Firepower levels are quite high. His intelligence is only slightly better than Sludge, widely considered the dimmest bulb among the Dinobots.
  • Empathic Weapons: Tiptop and Heater.
  • Lazy Bum: Heater, a former street thug and chemical dealer who can't stand doing any real work.
  • Mugging the Monster: Quake tends to underestimate people, and then tends to get his butt kicked. Most notably, he mocked the relatively diminutive Tigatron during the 3H comic era, and got his face vaporized off for his effort.
  • Purple Is Powerful: A powerful brute who turns into a magenta-purple tank.
  • The Sociopath: Described as one in the 2019 IDW continuity. Quake is unmpathetic and relates more to stimulation from violence than anything else.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The turret in his tank mode can become a shotgun in robot mode. Also, Tiptop and Heater can combine to form a shotgun.
  • Tank Goodness: Transforms into a tank, fitting for a strong and formidable Decepticon.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Quake has a bad habit of dying a lot.


Function: Gunner

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Jet, Cybertronian Car, Attack Chariot
"Destruction has a beauty all its own."
A Decepticon Pretender with a mechanical shell that transforms into an armored vehicle. Enjoying inflicting pain but fearful of being injured himself, Roadgrabber specializes in hit and run attacks, taking advantage of his outer vehicle's speed and firepower.
  • Dirty Coward: He prefers to remain in his Pretender shell for the bulk of a battle, only coming out when there's nothing left but wounded Autobots who are too weak to fight back.
  • For the Evulz: He's been known to blast the kneecaps out of a fleeing Autobot, just so he can enjoy the sight of them flailing around in agony.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Transformers: Wings of Honor he's not that effective or smart. When chased down a hallway, he emptied several clips into the wall behind him, reasoning that the pursuers have to come around the same corner and get shot (his companion said it was stupid, as they wouldn't run into a hallway riddled with gunfire).
  • Red Shirt: In IDW comics he's killed when fighting Thunderwing. Adding insult to injury, almost everyone else in that fight turned up alive again later. Roadgrabber didn't.
  • The Sociopath: Enjoys shooting Autobots and watching them die a slow death.

    The Seacons 

Function: Seacon Team Leader (Snaptrap), Underwater Excavations (Nautilator), Undersea Terminator (Overbite), Undersea Reconnaissance (Seawing), Amphibious Assault (Skalor), Underwater Demolitions (Tentakil), Undersea Warrior (Piranacon)

Alt Modes: Mutant Turtle (Snaptrap), Mutant Crab (Nautilator), Mutant Shark (Overbite), Mutant Manta Ray (Seawing), Mutant Coelacanth (Skalor), Mutant Cephalopod (Tentakil)
Snaptrap: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Nautilator: "Blame someone else before they blame you."
Overbite: "There are two kinds of creatures: predator and prey."
Seawing: "The darkest depths reveal the darkest secrets."
Skalor: "I stink, therefore I am."
Tentakil: "Embrace your enemies... until they're terminated."
Piranacon: "Underwater, no one can hear you scream."

A team of six Decepticons who transform into sea creatures. They are Snaptrap (leader, a turtle), Nautilator (a lobster), Overbite (a shark), Seawing (a manta ray), Skalor (a coelacanth) and Tentakil (a squid).

  • Acid Attack: Skalor's weapon mode is a double-barreled corrosive slime shooter.
  • Animal Mecha: All of them transform into sea animals.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Overbite's color scheme bears a purple not seen anywhere else on the Seacons. This distinction helps highlight Overbite's default placement as Piranacon's Targetmaster — contemporarily released Targetmasters in 1988 commonly have distinct colors from their handlers.
  • BFS: Piranacon wields an incendiary sword, formed from Snaptrap's.
  • Blood Knight: Snaptrap's favorite part of the hunt is the kill.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nautilator has a particularly bad luck. He's a very poor swimmer and is very suspectible to rusting (in spite of the fact that he is a part of the team suited for underwater warfare), has No Sense of Direction, frequently gets lost, and is loathed by his fellow Seacons due to his uselessness. If not for the fact that he occasionally brings something useful during his scavenging (and the team discovers it only because they constantly have to drag his aft out of the latest place he gets stuck in), he would've been left behind to drown and rust away.
    • Also a meta example: Nautilator was excluded the first time the team was sold as a multi-pack. Later multi-pack releases do include him.
  • Combining Mecha: They form Piranacon.
  • The Determinator: Every Seacon (even Nautilator) shares a common trait — extreme determination in pursuing the target they want to hunt down, which results in Piranacon becoming endlessly relentless.
  • Dumb Muscle: While Piranacon is reasonably intelligent for a combiner, he eschews his component's inhibitions in favor of a single-minded obsession with hunting. It's so strong that Piranacon generally refuses to stop if left unchecked, even when running low on fuel or covered in scars. Thus, Snaptrap had to install an automatic timer to force him and his partners to separate, thereby allowing them to regroup.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: All of them are obsessed with hunting, which is taken to such an extreme in Piranacon that Snaptrap had to install an automatic timer to ensure they'd separate after a certain amount of time, to prevent Piranacon from hunting forever.
  • Empathic Weapon: Piranacon's a "Scramble City" Combiner with special hands. So any one of his limbs can become his gun.
  • False Friend: Tentakil is known to befriend people only to kill them once they get to trust him enough to let their defenses down.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Tentakil is mentioned to be the cruelest Seacon of them all, which he masks by very friendly facade.
  • Fiendish Fish: Seawing transforms into a manta ray and Skalor transforms into a Coelacanth.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Nautilator transforms into a giant lobster.
  • Giant Squid: Tentakil transforms into a gigantic squid.
  • Graceful in Their Element: With the exception of Nautilator, they are generally far more capable and dangerous in deep water. On land, their creature modes are for the most part ungainly and slow.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Seacons' mutual interest in hunting means they synergize very well when they combine. The result, however, perverts this interest into something too strong for his own health. To wit, Piranacon strongly neglects self-care, causing him to accumulate tons of battle-damage and forget to refuel. Without Snaptrap's combiner timer, the gestalt would surely kill himself.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • In The Transformers, the entire team is frazzled during the Underbase saga. Adding insult to injury, in the US comics, this was but a few issues after they'd been introduced. In an issue of the UK Marvel series, Megatron attempted to go back in time and save them to add to his army but he was foiled and the Seacons remained dead. However, they were revived later in the Classics timeline.
    • In the Classics timeline, the stories homaged Beast Wars II and the Seacons had some change-ups to reflect that. Megatron, Dirge, and the Seacons crash on an irradiated planet, and when Nautilator and Tentakil go outside the radiation immobilizes them and they're trampled to death by a herd of buffalo. This was done to make the team more in line with their BWII counterparts who lacked a Nautilator and Tentakil was replaced by Scylla (who debuts in that Classics storyline). With the loss of two components, Piranacon seems to have died as well as the combination of the remaining four Seacons and Scylla identifies as a new separate being, God Neptune.
    • IDW's 2005 continuity gives a number of ambiguous fates to the Seacons in The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye. Seawing is gunned down and Snaptrap is dismembered, neither is confirmed dead (Snaptrap previously surviving being stabbed through the head). Nautilator wasn't so lucky with Whirl blowing his head apart effectively killing him. Overbite was not affiliated with the group in this continuity but he would later be killed by Overlord.
  • The Klutz: Described as a "stumbling, bumbling amphibious foul-up" in his tech specs, Nautilator is exceptionally poor swimmer who frequently gets lost during the underwater missions, much to his teammates' irritation.
  • Lazy Bum: Unlike Blot, who is simply unable to keep up with his maintenance problems, Skalor could easily get his personal hygiene issues under control. He just can't be bothered to do so.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Nautilator. His physical abilities are certainly impressive...but he's such a moron that the rest of the Seacons end up Face Palming every time he gets himself in trouble and they have to rescue him.
  • The Load: The rest of the Seacons see Nautilator as a good-for-nothing millstone, since they've repeatedly had to fish his chassis out of the depths whenever he gets himself lost. Whenever they form Piranacon, the Seacons always make Nautilator serve as their weapon, rather than let him form a body part, so that they don't have to mentally merge with him. When Nautilator is allowed to form one of Piranacon's limbs, the gestalt's performance is noticeably impaired. As Snaptrap says, if Nautilator didn't occasionally find something useful when he got lost, they would have left him to rust a long time ago.
  • Loud of War: The cannons on Snaptrap's back fire sonic shells.
  • Mighty Glacier:
    • Piranacon is one of the slowest combiners both inside and outside the water.
    • Snaptrap is also as slow as the turtle he gets his alt mode from, but he is a Nigh-Invulnerable Walking Armory.
  • Never My Fault: Nautilator is, according to his tech specs, a "stumbling, bumbling amphibious foul-up". Of course, whenever he's called out for his screw-ups, he always tries to shift the blame to someone else.
  • The Paralyzer: Seawing has rays which can temporarily freeze up a Cybertronian's body. They even work on Galvatron.
  • The Pig-Pen: Skalor DOES NOT CARE about what other Decepticons think about his lack of personal hygiene.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Appropriately for the aquatic combiner team, Snaptrap/Piranacon wields a three-pronged incendiary sword, which appears to be a cross between a sword and a trident.
  • The Red Baron: Snaptrap is known as "The Butcher of the Bogs", after an incident when he ambushed and killed a group of Autobots in the Toxic Sludge Swamps on his own.
  • Serial Killer: Tentakil operates like a serial killer, luring his victims into a false sense of security by getting along with them and knowing them better so that they'd lower their guard, and once they do, he kills them in a cold blood and then moves on to the next victim.
  • Shock and Awe: Tentakil's weapon mode is a powerful lightning bolt rifle.
  • The Starscream: Seawing, inside the team.
  • Sticky Situation: Skalor carries two "crustation rifles"; one fires a powerful glue, while the other fires shrapnel shards. When used in concert, they cover a target in tough, sticky particles until they're completely immobilized.
  • Sturdy and Steady Turtles: Snaptrap transforms into a tortoise with Nigh-Invulnerable shell, but with extremely low speed (marked as 2 out of 10 in Tech Specs).
  • Super Drowning Skills: Nautilator tends to rust easily, he can't navigate to save his spark, and he has trouble swimming. And he's a member of the Decepticons' underwater strike force.
  • Threatening Shark: Overbite transforms into a shark, and he greatly enjoys hunting his prey, even attacking human ships in his spare time when he's not busy attacking the Autobots.
  • Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: Skalor, a disgusting slob who is as unkind as he is unsanitary.
  • Undying Loyalty: In the Classics timeline, they are, first and foremost, loyal to Megatron. Though they were initially serving Bludgeon after the end of the war, when Megatron came to seize the Decepticon leadership back, they immediately sided with him, initially serving as his Deep Cover Agents, and then killing Bludgeon when the time came right.
  • Walking Armory: Snaptrap's tech specs give him enough firepower to equip the rest of the Seacons on his own.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: In the Marvel US comics, they were killed three issues since their debut.
  • The Worf Effect: Piranacon is claimed to be a nigh-unstoppable, terrifying murder machine. Galvatron once defeated him handily.
    Galvatron: What is this? Shockwave sends fish against me? Does he expect me to laugh myself to death?
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Tentakil has been known to lure in Autobots by claiming that his fellow Decepticons are forcing him to fight… then quickly proves otherwise by crushing them.
  • Wrong Line of Work: Nautilator was assigned to the Seacons without receiving any aquatic combat training. While he loves the ocean, he is a poor swimmer, and can't navigate to save his life. His teammates are deeply irritated at having to constantly rescue him from the depths.


Function: Siege Warrior

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Tank
"Those who stand against me shall soon fall before me!"
A Decepticon Pretender whose shell is a monstrous, horned, skull-headed humanoid.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tends to favour his own interests more than the Decepticon cause and get distracted from his missions.
  • The Berserker: What he becomes if he spends too much time in his shell, which was designed to bring out his base instincts.
  • Depending on the Writer: Thanks to "Monstercon From Mars", writers are torn between having Skullgrin be a mindless brute obsessed with destruction and violence (per his tech specs) and his Marvel comic portrayal, who was smart, obsessed with fame and immersing himself in human culture (including becoming an actor), and showing kindness to humans. Dreamwave's profile books went with the notion that he's normally the latter, which annoyed his bosses, who programmed his Pretender shell to make him the former.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Transformers #46 (Monstercon From Mars), which has Skullgrin embrace Earth and become a movie star, showing him as someone who was far more than a bruiser and who was interested in fame as an actor and capable of kindness towards humans.
  • God in Human Form: His Power of the Primes toy is a disguised Liege Maximo.
  • Killed Off for Real: G2 has him killed when his spaceship blew up in orbit.
  • People in Rubber Suits: In-Universe example. He used his Pretender shell to become a star in monster films.
  • Pet the Dog: Forms an actual friendship with an actress when he was taken to become an actor, and saves her later on. His teammates make fun of him for it.


Function: Assault Warrior

Alt Mode: Wild Pig
"Stealing isn't a crime, getting caught is."
A Pretender whose shell and alt mode resemble a wild pig. A member of the Mayhem Attack Squad alongside fellow Pretender beast Carnivac, Snarler is not above throwing his fellow soldiers into the line-of-fire ahead of him, if that's what it takes to survive.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He's not quite smart enough to pull off his scams as skillfully as he'd like.
  • Full-Boar Action: His pretender shell and regular alt-mode are both boars.
  • It's All About Me: He possesses a short-sighted selfishness, even being unwilling to follow orders unless he's sure he can benefit from them (the fact that his superiors are perfectly happy to scrap him otherwise usually does the trick).
  • Jerkass: Snarler is utterly unwilling to lift so much as a finger to help allies unless he's absolutely certain it'll benefit him.
  • Mighty Glacier: Snarler's strong and durable, but he's speed isn't much to write home about.
  • This Is a Drill: His regular beast mode has a drill-snout.


Function: Aerial Assault

Alt Mode: AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter
"Respect your foes' abilities as you would your own."

A Double Targetmaster who has few friends in the Decepticon ranks, but is highly respected for his combat prowess and uncanny ability to turn the tide of battle whenever he enters the fray.

  • The Cameo: He appears in Transformers: Armada where he is the sole survivor of a dead Cybertron in another Universe.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the Marvel comics. When Carnivac comes for them, Spinister snipes him instead of fighting him hand to hand. When the Mayhems resolve to go down fighting, he opts to run.
  • The Ditz: In the 2005-2018 IDW comics.
    Misfire: If he seems distracted by his own fingers, it's because - and I present this as an empirical truth - he is truly the stupidest person in the universe.
  • Empathic Weapons: Hairsplitter (heavy blaster) and Singe (flamethrower), who can also merge to form a sniper rifle.
  • Enigmatic Minion: That's his bio in a nutshell, he's a mystery to all those around him, no one knows his motives. In the Regeneration 1 comics, all the Decepticons opt to work for Scorponok after he kills Misfire, while leaving, Spinister relays the information to Soundwave, for his own reasons.
  • Genius Ditz: In the IDW continuity he's an expert surgeon despite being too dumb to count to three.
  • Killed Off for Real: Carnivac killed him in the Marvel comics (the comics in question had questionable continuity, and all future appearances in that continuity keep him alive), and in Transformers: Armada, he was killed by Unicron.
  • Mythology Gag: His IDW personality, being a bit crazy in the head and all, hearkens back to Transformers: Armada, where Optimus prime meets an insane Spinister on a dead Cybertron.
  • Portmanteau: His name; spin (like a helicopter) + sinister (like a decepticon).
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Has no real animus toward his Autobot opponents, views his fellow Decepticons primarily as co-workers, and does not gloat about his own abilities.
  • The Quiet One: Rarely speaks, and when he does it's only about something relevant to the task at hand.
  • Space Pirates: In the 2019 IDW continuity, he leads a crew of splicers, essentially the Cybertronian equivalent of the Harvesters from Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He has some impressive moves, but is seriously lacking in physical strength.


Function: Interrogator (Beastbox), Translator (Squawktalk), Battlefield Dissonance (Squawkbox)

Alt Modes: Micro-cassette (both)
Beastbox: "Speak now if you intend to ever speak at all."
Squawktalk: "If you have nothing interesting to say, say it anyway."
Squawkbox: "One being's noise is another's music."

The combined form of two of Soundwave's micro-cassettes, Squawktalk and Beastbox, Squawkbox is a scientist specializing at weaponizing sound. Viewing his creations as being akin to musical works of art, Squawkbox uses his "compositions" to disorient Autobots on the battlefield.

  • Area of Effect: If he's not careful, Squawkbox's sound-based attacks can affect any of his fellow Decepticons within the vicinity.
  • The Brute: Beastbox. And someone thought he was a good choice for interrogation. His bad temper usually means he beats his prisoners to death, without even taking down what they're trying to say.
  • Killer Gorilla: Beastbox, hands down.
  • Feathered Fiend: Squawtalk.
  • Gale-Force Sound: Squawkbox can produce a disorienting and physically damaging sound show.
  • Motor Mouth: Squawktalk can request a cracker in trillions of languages.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In the IDW comics, Soundwaves cassettes all are shown a little back-story, Ravage, Laserbeak and Buzzsaw found and befriended him, Rumble and Frenzy get retooled to work with him, and he forces Ratbat into a cassette body, but Squawkbox just shows up out of nowhere helping to deliver weapons to the newly formed Decepticon army.


Function: Saboteur

Alt Modes: Alien Crab
"Place brawn before brains and victory is yours."

A self-described engine of destruction, Squeezeplay has harnessed the tactical advantages of brute force and intimidation, using his aggression and ferocity to throw his opponents off balance. He is binary bonded to the pirate Lokos, whose craftiness counterbalances Squeezeplay's brutality.

  • The Brute: While not unintelligent (the opposite, in fact), he prefers to rely on sheer force to win. The results are effective enough that Lokos usually lets him have his fun.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: His alternate form is a huge crab beast. Most people confused it for a bipedal cobra with pincers, but that's not the case.
  • Losing Your Head: He's a Headmaster.


Function: Undersea Warfare

Alt Mode: Alien Submersible
"Conquer the seas and the rest will fall!"
An aquatic Decepticon Pretender whose Pretender shell is a vaguely humanoid aquatic lifeform, something like the Creature from the Black Lagoon in Roman Legionary armour.
  • Becoming the Mask: His Pretender shell has engendered a very real respect and care for sea life.
  • Berserk Button: Submarauder hates company in general, but people — human, Autobot, even Decepticon — interfering with the creatures he is so fascinated with really stirs him up.
  • Forgets to Eat: Submarauder apparently can get so caught up in his studies and meditations that he forgets to return to base for refuelling.
  • Genius Bruiser: The savage, raging berserker is actually, at heart, a reclusive and scholarly intellectual who finds great satisfaction in observing sea life and pondering the ocean's mysteries.
  • God in Human Form: His Power of the Primes toy is a disguised Alchemist Prime.
  • Hidden Depths: Let's face it, "easily-angered Decepticon warrior" and "scholar with a genuine love for sea creatures and the ocean" don't exactly go together at first glance.

    The Triggercons 

Composed of the whiny Crankcase, the loud Ruckus and the neat freak Windsweeper. They are part of the Mayhem Attack Squad.

  • Evil Counterpart: To the Autobot Triggerbots, though both groups were introduced at exactly the same time.
  • Hidden Weapons: Their gimmick, shared with the Triggerbots. They can all flip out guns hidden inside their bodies.


Function: Data Collector

Alt Mode: High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
Crankcase: "Things are never as good as they seem."
A grumpy, cynical Decepticon who enjoys being in a bad mood.
  • Ascended Extra: Crankcase was given a major role in the 2005 IDW series as a member of "The Scavengers" an ineffective team of Decepticons that the MTMTE comics would follow. Crankcase was their pilot and often played The Straight Man to whatever antics they got up to.
  • The Cynic: Crankcase is always in a bad mood.
  • Made of Iron: In the IDW comics, Crankcase been pummeled, electrocuted, and previously had a chunk of his head blown off. His original appearance had him survive an encounter with Thunderwing, a being who killed most of his squad (including Ruckus) and leveled at least two planets.
  • Not Quite Dead: Crankcase and Ruckus both got smashed by Thunderwing. Crankcase was shown to have survived years later.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Crankcase was originally a scrawny, nerdy, constantly picked-on fuel spill janitor before getting an upgraded body complete with shoulder cannons.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Krok as part of the Scavengers in MMTE.


Function: Combat Assault

Alt Mode: HPI Baja Dune Buggy
Ruckus: "I take a licking and keep on kicking."
A brash and boisterous Decepticon warrior.
  • Determinator: In the Marvel comics, she upposedly once got reduced to nothing more than his voicebox, and still did what he could to get a message to Megatron.
  • Killed Off for Real: While Crankcase is shown to have survived Thunderwing's assault in Stormbringer, Ruckus wasn't so lucky.


Function: Air Defense

Alt Modes: Modified B-1B Lancer Bomber
Windsweeper: "Uninvited guests soon become smoldering wrecks."
A neurotic neat freak who seeks to clean the skies of germs and any other impurities.
  • Neat Freak: Windsweeper, along with a bit of Terrified of Germs, to the point of shooting anything else in the air: planes, birds, insects, leaves, even clouds. He can be defeated by throwing garbage at him, as being dirty causes him to become irrational enough to literally blow a fuse.
  • Skewed Priorities: In Spotlight Megatron, Windsweeper wonders if they should stop Starscream and Megatron from killing each other because they were making a mess. Skywarp threatens to Tele-Frag him if he tries.

1989 Decepticons

    The Air Strike Patrol 

Function: Surveillance (Whisper), Electronic Warfare (Storm Cloud), Espionage (Nightflight), Reconnsaisance (Tailwind)

Alt Modes: Stealth Fighter (Whisper), Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet (Storm Cloud), F14D Tomcat Fighter Jet (Nightflight), A-10 Thunderbolt Fighter Jet (Tailwind)
Whisper: "Undetected in flight; undefeated in fight."
Storm Cloud: "The air is my playground."
Nightflight: "I prey like a vulture in the night."
Tailwind: "Revenge is sweet, victory is sweeter."
One of the first Decepticon Micromaster units, the Air Strike patrol specialize in surveillance, electronic warfare, and hit and run tactics. Consists of Whisper, Storm Cloud, Nightflight, and Tailwind, who are constantly fighting amongst themselves.
  • The Chessmaster: Tailwind, the only one of the group who stands a chance of success in scheming to take control of the team because he's both subtle and manipulative.
  • The Cracker: Storm Cloud, in his team role as a combination virus writer and ECM specialist.
  • Dirty Coward: Nightflight, though he'll argue he's actually a Combat Pragmatist.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the first run of the Marvel Comics, #68 The Human Factor.
  • The Mole: In an Evil Versus Evil scenario. They faked loyalty to Scorponok, but actually worked for Megatron.
  • Mugging the Monster: They attack an oil refinery and run into Hector Dialonzo. They think he's just another flesh creature. They don't survive, as it turns out he's the superhero Dynamo.
  • Only Sane Man: Whisper, who lacks any real flaws aside from being a Decepticon squad leader.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Nightflight again. He's the sort of person who would prefer to steal pocket change rather than put in the effort to rob a bank because the change was easier to take.
  • The Starscream: Everyone to Whisper. That's right, his entire team is trying to usurp his command. Fortunately for Whisper, Tailwind is the only one who could actually pull it off... if he ever decides the time is right to strike.
  • The Stoic: Tailwind. He says the least of anyone in the team, but that just means he's more likely to get away with his plots.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The only way this bunch of backstabbing, squabbling rowdies get anything done.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Storm Cloud. Usually, attempting to stage a coup in a villain's army requires a degree of subtlety, restraint, or skill. Storm Cloud has none of these and will loudly announce plans to overthrow Whisper in public. In front of Whisper.


Function: Aerial Defense

Alt Mode: F14D Tomcat Fighter Jet
"My price is too high and you're going to pay."

A former airbase inspector with a reputation for taking bribes, Airwave joined the Decepticons under the stipulation that he continue his black marketeering operations. Eventually, he was put in charge of a Decepticon airbase, where he proved to be a capable commander with a sadistic streak.

  • Combat Pragmatist: Not good at close quarter combat, but has used artillery to rack up an impressive body count.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To Airwave, everything is an extortion racket. He is so greedy and corrupt that even Swindle hates him. Megatron grudgingly tolerates Airwave's illicit activities because he's a capable soldier, but is prepared to kill him the moment he becomes a liability.
  • Red Ones Go Faster: A red fighter jet with a top speed of 800 miles per hour.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His physical strength is fairly low, so he fights smarter, not harder.


Function: Electric Warrior

Alt Modes: Tank
"To know your own limits, you must first know your foe's limits."

A Decepticon martial artist whose Pretender shell is a samurai skeleton.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: How he died in the Generation 2 comics. After Megatron tore off the head of his Pretender shell, Bludgeon transformed into tank mode and continued his attack. Megatron, barely damaged from Bludgeon's cannon blast, transformed into his own tank mode and annihilated Bludgeon with a single shot.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A master of the Cybertronian martial art of Metallikato, and prone to preceeding his sentences with a heartfelt "Fools!"
  • Big Bad: He becomes the Decepticon leader following the battle with Unicron in the Marvel comics, and keeps the title for the remainder of the series. In continuations of the book (such as Generation 2 and Regeneration One) he continues to be Decepticon leader, if only at first.
  • Breakout Villain: Bludgeon is easily the most popular of the Pretender toyline. His memorable skeleton samurai look as well as his major role in the Marvel comics ended up making him a fan favorite and since then he's received a number of new toys and he's been adapted into other continuities.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Whenever he appears in fiction or as a toy, you're far more likely to see Bludgeon with his Pretender shell on than the inner robot inside it. Some toys have even made it the primary robot mode.
  • Cool Tank: Outside of his pretender shell, Bludgeon turns into a simple tank.
  • Cruel Mercy: In Regeneration One, Bludgeon begs Rodimus to finish him off. Rodimus instead chooses to spare him so he can live to suffer the humiliation of defeat.
  • Death Seeker: On some level he seeks to meet his end in glorious battle. And his master plan in Regeneration One was intended to end with his own death.
    Bludgeon: Kill me. Finish what you started.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In the Marvel comics, he becomes Captain of the Mayhem Attack Squad after Carnivac's Heel–Face Turn, and later becomes Decepticon leader following the battle with Unicron and Scorponok's death.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The IDW version is implied to sound this way, as John Barber tended to give him black speech bubbles.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Metallikato.
  • God in Human Form: His Power of the Primes toy is a disguised Quintus Prime.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: He wields a katana in most fiction appearances, despite his original toy lacking such a weapon entirely.
  • Killed Off for Real: Bludgeon's position as a significant Decepticon usually gives his death a kind of story importance.
    • Transformers: Generation 2: Bludgeon is killed fairly early on. Megatron is rebuilt and returns to wrestle control of the faction back from him. They battle it out and Megatron emerges victorious, killing Bludgeon. Though later, Megatron would lament killing off such a useful soldier.
    • Transformers: Generation One: The Decepticons and Autobots team up to defeat the Chaos Trinity (Bludgeon, Bugly, and Mindwipe). Bludgeon is the last to die, gunned down by Skywarp.
    • Transformers: Armada: In the comic adaptation Bludgeon debuts as one of Unicron's interdimensional heralds. He's killed when the base he occupied was blown up.
    • Classics: The story At Fight's End has Megatron take leadership back from Bludgeon after the Marvel series. Bludgeon is betrayed by the Seacons and destroyed by Piranacon using Tentakil's mass compression cannon mode.
    • The Transformers: Unicron: After surviving a lot of punishment in the 2005 IDW comics, Bludgeon finally meets his end battling Slug. The ship they're battling on crashes killing both.
  • Laser Blade: In the IDW comics, the katana is upgraded to a lightsaber.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a Ninja Samurai Skeleton Robot thanks to his Pretender shell.
  • A Million is a Statistic: His plans tend to involve a lot of collateral damage:
    Bludgeon: Every civilian is a Decepticon at heart. Those that die today are martyrs. I envy them.
  • Non-Indicative Name: A bludgeon is a blunt object, something that doesn't really mesh with the samurai-like aesthetics of his Pretender shell, or even his inner robot's tank mode.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: After becoming Decepticon leader, Bludgeon gives a Rousing Speech to the Decepticons, saying that they're warriors and shouldn't fight what's in their oil.
  • SkeleBot 9000: Since most post-G1 incarnations of the character turn his Pretender shell into his robot mode, he usually has the appearance of a robotic skeleton in samurai armor.
  • Tank Goodness: His alternate mode.


Function: Naval Warfare

Alt Modes: F4 Phantom Fighter Jet
"Terror is the ultimate weapon."
A self-described "scourge of the seven seas", Flattop patrols the oceans looking for targets he can destroy. Captaining the aircraft carrier Platonix, Flattop can merge with the ship, transforming it into an interstellar warship that can terrorize targets in space.
  • Ace Custom: Platonix, a space ship which he can pilot manually or attach to his jet mode.
  • Smug Snake: Flattop thinks he's better than every other Decepticon, and often refuses to admit he needs help.


Function: Fuel Depot

Alt Modes: Monster Truck
"An engine is only as powerful as the fuel that runs it."
A Micromaster Base Commander, Greasepit runs a fuel depot that can transform into an anti-aircraft battery. Greedy and opportunistic, he takes full advantage of the goodwill inherent in his position to gain advancement.
  • Con Artist: Greasepit operates a fake gas station, which he uses to siphon fuel.
  • Smug Snake: The other Decepticons would like Greasepit a little more if he just stopped going on about how he's doing them a favour.


Function: Salvage

Alt Mode: Crab
"Anything that can sink is worth sinking."

A Pretender whose shell resembles a humanoid squid monster, Octopunch is a pirate who frequently serves on the Mayhem Attack Squad when he isn't plundering treasures on aquatic worlds.

    The Pretender Monsters 

Function: Aerial Attack Trooper (Birdbrain), Ground Assault (Bristleback), Demolitions (Icepick), Sonic Saboteur (Scowl), Combat Artist (Slog), Aerial Assault (Wildfly), Super Warrior (Monstructor)

Alt Modes: Gryphon (Birdbrain), Bulette (Bristleback), Kaiju (Icepick), Werewolf (Scowl), Demon (Slog), Harpy (Wildfly)
Birdbrain: "Anyone who is not a predator is considered prey."
Bristlebck: "You can't tell a Decepticon by its cover."
Icepick: "From today's rubble-strewn fields shall emerge a new Decepticon world!"
Scowl: "Control sound, and the faintest whisper can be the fiercest weapon."
Slog: "Destruction is the highest form of art."
Wildfly: "Strike fear into your enemy, and you've won half the battle."
Monstructor: "My touch is death."

Six pretenders whose shells and alt modes are monster-shaped. They are Birdbrain, Bristleback, Icepick, Scowl, Slog and Wildfly.

  • Combining Mecha: They form Monstructor.
  • The Dreaded: Monstructor actually projects a field of terror, to help the pants-darkening sight of his just appearing.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Dreamwave profiles paint Monstructor as some horrific thing that just happens to come in the form of a violent robot, channelling evil there isn't a name for.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Bristleback is filled with hate for everything and everyone.
  • Hates Being Called Cute: Scowl hates his werewolf altmode because its squat, chubby proportions make people find it cute; he loves his pretender shell, meanwhile, because it's as gruesome and monstrous as he feels.
  • Hidden Depths: Underneath his mad exterior, Slog laments the loss of life the war causes on both sides. His superiors aren't happy with that.
  • Mad Artist: Slog turns his enemies into alleged masterpieces.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Scowl's power.
  • No Indoor Voice: Scowl, with his already loud voice amplified by his shell.
  • Poisonous Person: Monstructor literally kills anything he touches.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Wildfly thinks he's some daring prankster. His fellow Decepticons think he's a moron.
  • The Starscream: Icepick, in "Rythms of Darkness", thought maybe getting rid of Galvatron was a good plan. He didn't get anywhere before a large building collapsed upon him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Wildfly thought it was a good idea to bad-mouth Galvatron in earshot.
  • Verbal Tic: Talks strangely, Slog does.
  • Walking Wasteland: Monstructor drains the life out of everything nearby, and his solar rifle draws in every bit of sunlight nearby. He longs for the day when he just roam the galaxy killing everyone and everything he can find.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Bristleback has to stay in his shell most of the time, otherwise he'll start rusting up like mad.


Function: Ground Forces Commander

Alt Modes: Cybertronian Tank, Hoverbike
"To show fear is to admit defeat."
A Pretender equipped with a mechanical transforming shell, Roadblock is a former member of the Mayhem Attack Squad who has since moved up to become something of a boogeyman of the Decepticon Army. Though equally capable of direct frontal assault or stealth-based reconnaissance missions, Roadblock generally favors the former, showing no fear in battle and demanding the same confidence from the soldiers under his command.
  • Ace Custom: In addition to his two vehicle modes, he also has a Mad Max style battering ram siege tank that he drives.
  • Bad Boss: His troops tend to be the first Decepticons to charge at the Autobots... because they are running away from him. It eventually got so bad that Megatron started using Roadblock's command as a Punishment Detail.
  • Blood Knight: A self-described "locomotive of destruction" that crushes everything in his path with his iron-studded wheels.
  • The Dragon: To Carnivac in Regeneration One.
  • Drone Deployer: To survey a battle site before attacking, or to provide air support for himself when he goes into battle.
  • Hollywood Acid: Equipped with corrosive grenades that eat through enemy armor.
  • Mighty Glacier: Tech specs give him Level 8 Strength and Firepower, but only a 3 for Speed.
  • No Sympathy: Utterly contemptuous of those who show even the slightest weakness.
  • One-Man Army: He's armed to the teeth, and since his inner robot and outer shell can both transform, he can essentially split himself into two vehicles (hovercraft and tank).
  • Purple Is Powerful: His Pretender shell.
  • Tank Goodness: His inner robot transforms into a tank.
  • Villainous Valor: Roadblock knows no fear whatsoever. He'll charge into battle alone, if he must.


Function: Aerial Defense

Alt Mode: Missile Truck
"Shoot first, aim later."
Originally part of a neutral faction that oversaw the everyday maintenance of Cybertron, Roughstuff became a Decepticon due to his eagerness to fight. When his trigger happy nature proved poorly suited to the front lines, Roughstuff found himself assigned to remote outposts, which makes him even more eager for something to shoot at.
  • Irony: In the 2019 IDW continuity, it's Roughstuff that gets shot by a fellow Decepticon eager for something to shoot at.
    Triggerhappy: We probably shouldn't have shot him. I mean me. I shouldn't have shot him. Maybe. Right? Hard to say.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Has a habit of firing upon anything that enters his airspace without checking to see who it is beforehand. He's been known to have accidentally blasted his fellow Decepticons due to this.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Deemed too incompetent for the front lines.


Function: Aerial Assault Commander

Alt Mode: Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet
"The bigger the boom, the better I like it!"

An unusually dedicated air warrior, Skyhopper gets a special kick out of watching things explode. When not terrorizing targets in the air, he operates a mobile defense base equipped with a disruptor cannon that damages electronics by reversing their polarity.

  • Make Me Wanna Shout: One of his weapons is a sonic cannon.
  • Pyromaniac: He loves seeing things blow up. Sometimes, a little too much. He's willing to get as close as he can just to see the pretty booms. Good thing he's pretty durable, then.


Function: Interstellar Assault

Alt Mode: Porsche 959 Sportscar
"Terror reigns from the skies, the hapless rule on the ground."

The Captain of the Thunder Arrow, an interstellar warship capable of transforming into an assault base, Skystalker began plundering other worlds once Cybertron began running low on resources. Harboring a serious Napoleon complex, he has high ambitions of a Galactic Empire with himself as absolute ruler.

  • Adaptational Badass: The 2019 IDW continuity makes him a Cityspeaker, capable of talking to Vigilem.
  • Arch-Enemy: Countdown in the Dreamwave comics.
  • Cool Car: He turns into a Porsche 959.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Countdown, a heroic space explorer who commands the Autobot Rocket Base.
  • Freudian Excuse: His MTMTE profile suggests that it's precisely because he's so weak and puny that he's so driven to be in charge.
  • Ironic Name: His alternate form is a car.
  • Space Pirates: Leads a crew of them.
  • The Starscream: His Dreamwave version tried overthrowing Shockwave and luring all the larger Decepticons into a trap to be killed. And it almost worked, too.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Extremely weak (even for a Micromaster), but highly intelligent and cunning.

    The Sports Car Patrol 

Function: Advance Assault

Alt Modes: Ford Probe GT Turbo Sportscar (Blackjack), Chevrolet Corvette Indy Sportscar (Detour), Ferrari 408 Integrale Concept Car (Road Hugger), Mitsubishi X2S Concept Car (Hyperdrive)
Blackjack: "It takes force to push back the enemy, but speed clears the way."
Detour: "To flee before overwhelming odds is no vice; to stay and be smashed is no virtue!"

A quartet of Decepticon car soldiers that function as a road clearance unit, speeding ahead of the main ground forces to clear a path for the heavier fireteams. Led by the calculating Blackjack, the team is respected for its speed and efficiency.

  • Ascended Extra: Blackjack's Combiner Wars toy is able to become Menasor's chest piece, making him something of an unofficial Stunticon.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Road Hugger is more courageous than Detour and less psychotic than Hyperdrive, making him Blackjack's default choice for second-in-command.
  • Dumb Muscle: Hyperdrive is bad-tempered, loud and easily bored.
    Detour: Brain in neutral, mouth in drive. You never change, Hyperdrive.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Autobot Race Car Patrol.
  • The Friend No One Likes: Even the other Decepticons can't stand Hyperdrive's violence and brutality.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Blackjack has a particular skill at analyzing a situation, and knowing when's a good time to strike or not. He also likes using this skill to actually know when to fold.
  • Meaningful Name: Blackjack likes to gamble.
  • Only Sane Man: Detour is usually the team voice of reason. If he's starting to voice objections, Blackjack takes that as a sign to get out of dodge.


Function: Enforcer

Alt Mode: Rhinoceros
"Rule one is: There are no rules!"

A Pretender whose shell resembles a human in gladiator armor, Stranglehold is a former Cybertronic Wrestling Federation Champion who has joined the Mayhem Attack Squad.


Function: Aerial Espionage

Alt Modes: Space Shuttle, Interstellar Jet
"Cover yourself with lies and no one will find you."
A Pretender outfitted with a prototype transformable shell, Thunderwing is an ambitious Decepticon warlord who uses trickery and deceit to accomplish his goals. Though he values those who serve him loyally, his troops become fearful of him whenever he locks into a particularly obsessive mission or quest.
  • Adaptational Badass: His original tech specs indicates that he's a mid-level officer specializing primarily in aerial espionage, but the comics generally put him in a high ranking position. IDW ramps him all the way up to The Juggernaut.
  • Bad Boss: He seems to be this, risking his troops' lives to get the Matrix, but when he finally gets it and uses it to attack Spinister, he notices the corrupted Matrix is influencing him, since he wouldn't harm a fellow Decepticon. (Well, except Ruckus.)
  • Big Bad: Of Matrix Quest and Stormbringer.
  • Breakout Villain: While not quite to Bludgeon's level, Thunderwing's famous Marvel depiction won him a lot of popularity and secured him major roles in TF fiction. He was even reimagined for the Prime continuity as the Big Bad of Transformers: Prime – The Game.
  • The Chosen Many: Thunderwing is one of the vanishingly rare Decepticons capable of reacting to the Matrix. Of course, by the time he got his mitts on it, the Matrix had... changed.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Like Bludgeon, his Pretender shell has become far more recognizable than his inner robot.
  • Depending on the Writer: Despotic warlord in the Marvel continuity, herald of Unicron in the Dreamwave Armada continuity, and Mad Scientist in the IDW continuity.
  • The Dreaded: His IDW incarnation is so ridiculously dangerous Megatron is totally willing to obliterate Cybertron just to stop him going on another rampage.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Simon Furman tended to write him this way in the Marvel comic.
  • Flawed Prototype: In the IDW continuity, he's the first Pretender, driven insane and unstoppable by the process. When the Autobots get their hands on him, they're able to refine the process so they don't go completely nuts.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the IDW comics, his experiments with Pretender polydermal grafting technology made him unfathomably powerful and nigh-indestructible, at the cost of obliterating his sanity and turning him into a mindless engine of destruction. The Autobot and Decepticon armies took on Thunderwing, combined and in their entirety, and even then they still couldn't kill the monster he had become.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Nightbeat used Thunderwing's brief moment of clarity to harpoon him out of the Ark.
  • I Warned You: In the IDW comics he's the only scientist to figure out the Energon crisis before it was too late, and warn the others (Shockwave didn't care to tell anyone). His warnings go unheeded, and he takes matters into his own hands.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He notices he's losing it after he turns the Matrix power against Spinister.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: IDW continuity. While he wasn't the only factor contributing to Cybertron's decline, he was definitely the one to push things over the edge and leave the planet a barren, radiation-choked wasteland utterly inhospitable to Transformer life.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In the IDW continuity, by virtue of having run out of energy and being locked within his own Pretender shell. That is, until Bludgeon and his insane Pretender cult roused the beast from its slumber...
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: See Impaled with Extreme Prejudice above
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the IDW comics, he figured out that the planet would die out because the war would exhaust resources (and in many continuities, that's exactly what happened), so he created his polydermal technology to survive the depletion (nobody else wanted to partake in it because they thought it was disgusting). Ultimately, his mind was destroyed and he became the very thing which ravaged the planet and made it uninhabitable. His last words were screaming at his computer to cancel the procedure.

1990 Decepticons


Function: Bounty Hunter

Alt Modes: Sportscar, Motorcyle
"No prey is too large, no fee is too small."
At one time a neutral interstellar peacekeeping agent, Axer's career in law enforcement ended when it became apparent that he enjoyed the thrill of the hunt a little too much. He subsequently started working for the Decepticon Secret Service as their de facto executioner, seeing the freedom to indulge his murderous sadism without consequence as a fair trade for the reduction in pay.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: To go with his name, Axer's reimagined movie depiction is a retool of Lockdown but with an axe instead of a hook for a right hand. This design eventually was incorporated into the G1 continuity as part of the Wings of Honor universe.
  • Bounty Hunter: He works exclusively for the Decepticons because he prefers killing his targets slightly more than getting paid.
  • Cool Bike: His original toy came with the Turbo Cycle. His RiD body turns into a Harley Davison.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: More recent fiction has depicted him as a spy or assassin to differentiate himself from Lockdown.
  • Lawman Gone Bad: Went from interstellar cop to interstellar hitman.
  • The Mole: In the (2005-2018) IDW comics, he went undercover as an Autobot and tried to assassinate Optimus Prime.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite the name, he's never actually come with an axe.
  • Palette Swap: His third toy made him one to Lockdown.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He eschews using tech and equipment in favor of his brains and detective skills.

    The Battle Squad 

Function: Aerial Counterattack

Alt Modes: Armored Van (Direct-Hit), Transport Cannon (Power Punch), SR-71 Blackbird Stealth Jet (Fireshot and Vanquish), Armored Truck (Meltdown), Anti-Aircraft Tank (Half-Track)
Direct-Hit: "Keep your sights locked on target until there is no more target."
Power Punch: "Strike hard and fear no one!"
Fireshot: "It is my duty to expect the unknown."
Vanquish: "I strike when you least expect."
Meltdown: "Ramming speed is the only way to travel!"
Half-Track: "The higher they fly, the faster they'll fall!"

Composed of Direct-Hit, Power Punch, Fireshot, Vanquish, Meltdown and Half-Track.

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Meltdown's chosen method of attack is to rush at the enemy and try to beat them to death.
  • The Creon: Power Punch is the team's greatest military asset, but he's perfectly content staying as second in command.
  • Hot-Blooded: Meltdown. His Dreamwave bio states he even has the equivalent of aneurysms because of it.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Meltdown's usually approach to a fight is ignore Direct-Hit and shoot at the enemy in a frothing rage, which doesn't exactly help the team's over-all performance.
  • The Paranoiac: Fireshot. His teammates know it, and laugh behind his back about it.
  • The Peter Principle: Direct-Hit got to be in charge because of his skills on the battlefield, but after that it turned out he wasn't much good at actually being in charge.
  • The Quiet One: Vanquish is both a master of stealth, and the non-talkative type, to the point where Fireshot actually forgets he's combined with him.
  • Strategy Versus Tactics: Direct-Hit's problem. He's good at short-term tactical planning, but strategic planning is beyond him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Power Punch, to Direct-Hit. This is a problem, because he refuses to realize much of the team's problems come from Direct-Hit's poor leadership, instead blaming it on everyone else.
  • The Unintelligible: Half-Track gets a bit too excited about combat, causing his statements to come out garbled, much to his teammates amusement.


Function: Martial Arts Warrior

Alt Mode: Japanese Type 90 Tank, Cybertronian Hovercraft
"To the victor go the profits!"

An entrepreneurial martial artist who can use pressure point techniques to dismantle weaker opponents in seconds. As the director of the Decepticon Secret Service, Banzai-Tron has a great deal of autonomy from the senior leadership. He routinely abuses this position of power for his own benefit.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Played with. He respects Bludgeon, but hopes to defeat him someday.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Keeps extensive files on his fellow Decepticons.
  • Enemy Mine: Arcee finds him, Gutcruncher and Axer beaten up, and most of their unit killed, and he offers an allegiance with the remaining to hunt down their mutual enemies.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Crystalocution. Think "Chi-blocking, but with giant robots".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Banzai-tron heavily believes in this, hoping to take people apart with his Crystalocution and sell their parts. He even disregarded the spiritual side of his training because he didn't believe in it. In the IDW verse, he has a retrieval mission, and he doesn't turn it into a Kill 'Em All job because it would take too much time and resources, that and the cons they were retrieving could give them combiner tech.
  • The Spymaster: A high-ranking intelligence officer.

    Blackout and Spaceshot 

Function: Ground Infantry
"Persistence is the cornerstone of victory."

A combiner duo that can merge to form a powerful Anti-Aircraft Base.

    The Constructor Squad 

Function: Battlefield Fortification

Alt Modes: Crane-truck (Stonecruncher and Excavator), Backhoe Truck (Grit and Knockout), Dump Truck (Sledge and Hammer)
"There's nothing like the feel of cold steel."

Composed of Grit, Knockout, Sledge, Hammer, Stonecruncher and Excavator. Micromasters who form only half a vehicle and need to combine with their partner to form the full one.

  • Ascended Extra: Grit had a major role in The Transformers: Drift Empire of Stone with Knockout as a supporting player. This would be the only appearance of the Constructor Squad in the 2005 IDW continuity.
  • Berserk Button: Mess with Excavator in Stonecruncher's presence. Do it.
  • Blessed with Suck: Hammer can't move around in his own alt-mode unless he's attached to Sledge (or any other front-end micromaster).
  • Boring, but Practical: Sledge values function over aesthetics and doesn't even try to combine the two. This is because he's a "soldier first, builder second" and honestly doesn't care about construction beyond what it takes to get the job done.
  • The Fatalist: Grit is a strangely optimistic version of this, in that he figures that, okay, yeah, they're all going to die and everything they know and value is going to crumble to dust at some point or another because time is kind of a dick like that, but hey: He's certain that at least the Decepticon empire will continue to thrive.
  • Hates Being Touched: Hammer will kill you.
  • Hazy-Feel Turn: At the end of The Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone, Grit fights alongside Drift and Ratchet and survives the events of the comic. He departs the Decepticons and heads out on his own, with his morality ambiguous though left on a more positive path.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Sledge. He may seem gruff and antisocial, but if he sees his teammates struggling with anything then he's always the first to rush in to help.
    • Stonecruncher. He's loud and aggressive, but he honestly means well. So long as you're a Constructor, that is.
  • The Quiet One: Excavator prefers being off by himself until there's something to build, at which point he suddenly comes to life.
  • The Rival: Hammer views the Constructors as being this toward the better-known Constructicons. And he's sure that his team is better.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Excavator (quiet, introverted, withdrawn until there's a project to work on) and Stonecruncher (frat boy personality, loud and aggressive)
  • Sleepy Head: Knockout. To the point of narcolepsy, though it really only happens whenever he gets excited about something. Sometimes he does this while in alt-mode and poor Grit has to haul him around until he wakes up.


Function: Air-to-Ground support
"Conquest of the Autobots begins with control of the sky!"

A cold, calculating warrior who sees the trappings of war as an opportunity to acquire more wealth and power. Autobots fear him because he's a ruthless force of nature on the battlefield. Decepticons fear him because he may have already calculated their net worth on the black market.


Function: Foot Soldier

Alt Modes: Flying Wing Stealth Fighter, Crocodile
"The road to conquest is best traveled one step at a time."

A powerfully built mechanoid whose feet can trigger a planetquake... or send an opponent into orbit with a patented roundhouse kick to the face. A champion mech-soccer player prior to the start of the Autobot-Decepticon conflict, his experience as team captain has made him a fairly effective squad leader. Occasionally leads the Scavengers, a pirate crew comprised of other grade-C Decepticons.

  • Ascended Extra: In the 2010s he was plucked from obscurity and featured as both the captain of the Scavengers in the IDW comics, as well as getting a new toy and a starring role in issue 9 of the Timelines comic.
  • The Captain: In the IDW comics, he's the Captain of the Weak Anthropic Principle, on top of being team captain for the Scavengers.
  • The Dragon: In the G1 comics, briefly served as Bludgeon's chief underling. Not that he did much.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is not a fan of gladiatorial combat, considering it cruel and barbaric.
  • The Fundamentalist: In a likely Shout-Out to his original toy's Action Master roots, the 2005 IDW Krok is part of the Militant Monoform Movement, a religious sect whose beliefs prohibit adopting alternate modes.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: His Titans Return figure depicts him as a... well... crocodile. Justified as his toy is a retool of Skullcruncher (under the name Skullsmasher).
  • Off with His Head!: Titans Return Krok is a Titan Master.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Scavengers, he's able to think up the plans, and his personality doesn't inhibit him.
  • The Paralyzer: His Titan Master given superpower lets him freeze 'bots with a glare. Then he eats them.
  • Punny Name: His Action Master partner is called "Gatoraider". Krok used to be a sports star. Sports start, Gatorade?
  • Shockwave Stomp: Can cause Level 7 planetquakes with a stomp of his foot.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed with his relationship with Gatoraider. While Krok treats him as an equal, Gatoraider's sentience is barely above an animal and he behaves as such. He's not a sentient Transformer in an animalistic form (like Laserbeak or Ravage) but rather a mecha-fauna, and Krok speaking to him is more akin to someone talking to their dog rather than a fellow being.


Function: Warlord

Alt Modes: Fortress, Starship

A Decepticon version of Metroplex, released in Japan as part of the Zone toyline.

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As a City-bot like Metroplex.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Metroplex.
  • Facial Horror: His fight with Metroplex ends with a chunk of his face getting blown off.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He started out as an Autobot, who willingly turned to the Decepticons.
  • Freeze Ray: His guns are freeze-rays, capable of freezing entire moons.
  • Hero Killer: In the Zone story pages, he killed Galaxy Shuttle, and came very near to getting Dai Atlas.
  • Retcon: His original origin was that the Autobots built him on Titan, Saturn's moon, with the implication that it was some time just before Zone. The Legends story establishes him as being much older, having inspired the Titan religion.

    The Military Patrol 

Function: Front Line Assault

Alt Modes: Leopard 2 Battle Tank (Bombshot), Armored Personnel Carrier (Dropshot), FMC XR311 Combat Support Vehicle (Growl), AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter (Tracer)
Bombshock: "The ultimate force is the force of destruction."
Dropshot: "Hit it until it hurts, then hit it again."
Growl: "If it moves, crush it."
Tracer: "Pummel the enemy, and victory is yours."

Composed of Bombshock (leader), Dropshot, Growl and Tracer.

  • Barbaric Bully: Growl, who wound up joining the Decepticons after picking the wrong fight.
  • Determinator: Dropshot absolutely refuses to let himself be defeated by anything, an approach that becomes outright masochistic at times. So far, Dropshot's won against pretty much everything (except Bombshock).
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Tracer is always eager to be the first of the team of the battlefield, which often results in him finding himself alone and outnumbered.
  • The Starscream: Dropshot and Tracer think they'd be better at leading than Bombshock, something he knows, and welcomes. In Dropshot's case, Bombshock usually re-establishes the pecking order physically. Tracer actually respects Bombshock's abilities, he just thinks he should be in charge. Growl just does it to go with the flow, when he actually likes being told what to do.
  • Tank Goodness: Bombshock.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: Growl got offered a choice between prison or joining the army. Since that army was the Decepticons, it worked out pretty okay for him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Bombshock, long ago.

    The Race Track Patrol 

Function: Mobile Assault

Alt Modes: Ligier JS31 Formula-1 Racecar (Barricade), Dodge Shelby Charger Muscle Car (Ground Hog), Callaway Chevrolet Corvette Sportscar (Motorhead), Baja Off-Road Buggy (Roller Force)
Barricade: "There are two kinds of fighters, Decepticons and losers."
Ground Hog: "The roar of an engine is music to my ears."
Motorhead: "Burning rubber smells like victory!"
Roller Force: "Unless you're behind me, you're in my way!"

Composed of Barricade (leader), Ground Hog, Motorhead and Roller Force.

    Terror-Tread and Cement-Head 

Function: Demolitions
Terror-Tread: "We aim for nothing less than total victory!"
Cement-Head: "Only the best can win, and we're the best."
A combiner duo that can merge to form a Cannon Transport, a truck that can transport into a mobile battle base.
  • Brains and Brawn: Terror-Tread is the strategist, calmly planning out the duo's method of attack. Cement-Head prefers to go all-out, attacking anyone in their path.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Cement-Head loves rushing fist-first into fights, screaming, bellowing and threatening as he goes. Terror-Tread usually comes up with the strategies that allow him to come back.
  • The Quiet One: Terror-Tread doesn't say much.


Function: Gunslinger

Alt Mode: Cybertronian H-Tread Tank
"A gun is only as good as the one who holds it!"
A Decepticon sniper whose speed, accuracy, and ruthlessness have given him a fearsome reputation in the Autobot ranks. Partnered with Catgut, a Prysmosian cheetah who can transform into a particle cannon.


Function: Manipulator

Alt Modes: Blaster, Micro-Cassette

A bat-like creature that works under Soundwave.

  • Equippable Ally: Wingthing's original toy turned into a blaster for Soundwave to use (canon later referring to him as a Targetmaster). Wingthing's Siege toy can function as a shield for Soundwave.
  • Killed Off for Real: Namedropped as one of the many killed by the Shadow-Leeches in Regeneration One.
  • Palette Swap: Wingthing debuted with a unique alt-mode and bat mode, but was turned into a repaint of Ratbat for ease of production and to allow him to better interact with the Soundwave figure of the time. His encore, Masterpiece, and Siege toys are all recolors of Ratbat.

1991 Decepticons


Function: Self Contained Nomadic Assault Machine

Alt Modes: Interstellar Warship, Stealth Fighter, Tank, Mobile Defense Battery
"I stand my ground... I accept any challenge... I am hungry for conflict."

A Double Powermaster whose robot mode can split into two vehicles (or one huge spaceship), Overlord is one of the Decepticon's "Warriors Elite", legendary "super warriors" capable of singlehandedly laying waste to entire worlds.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Noble Demon in his debut in the Japanese series note , a completely Ax-Crazy, sociopathic, depraved lunatic in the IDW comics, and a regular Decepticon conqueror who won't be upstaged in the Classicsverse.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Averted and Lampshaded in the IDW. Overlord has no ambitions, he doesn't seek power, and will never become The Starscream, all he wants to do is upgrade his kills from homicide to genocide. He wants to bring pain and suffering and death, and getting in the way of that goal angers him.
  • Arch-Enemy: Ginrai in the Japanese continuity. When he was being controlled by Lady Mega and Lord Giga, they saw Ginrai as a Worthy Opponent, and they died regretful that they were not able to end their feud honorably. This rivalry continued after he regained sentience, with Overlord launching several campaigns against Ginrai from space. In the IDW comics he is obsessed with destroying Megatron but gains an emmity with Springer and Impactor in the process.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: All versions of him have him wielding some form of power over a subgroup of Decepticons and having the strength to prove it.
  • Battle Couple: Lord Giga and Lady Mega in Masterforce. She flies the jet, he drives the tank.
  • Big Bad: Of The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers and select arcs of The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.
  • Blood Knight: Became a soldier so he could take the glorious excesses of gladiatorial combat beyond the arena.
  • Boom, Headshot!: IDW comics, he kills Wingblazer, his partner, and Rotorstorm this way.
  • The Caligula: The comics give him a Greco-Roman bust design to hammer this point across.
  • Canon Foreigner: He originates from Transformers: Super-God Masterforce, a Japanese series out of continuity with the American cartoon.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Probably the most dangerous one to originate from Decepticon ranks.
  • Depending on the Writer: Almost everything, including whether he's a Transformer at all! In the West, he is. In Japan, he's actually a "Godmaster," which is a human in armor emulating one. In Overlord's case, he's actually two armored humans working together, one of whom is a woman.
    • Technically, he IS a Transformer in both. In Japan, he was a "transtector," a Transformer body that did not have its own spark (lifeforce), hence the need for human operators. Most of the transtectors were protoforms stolen by Devil Z before they could be imbued with sparks. Devil Z found Overlord in the G Nebula centuries before the start of Masterforce proper.
  • The Dragon:
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • His original Masterforce incarnation (or rather, his pilots) did not want to exterminate the human race, so when Devil Z revealed his plans, they went against him, but were killed in process.
    • In Classics continuity, he wants to conquer the Earth, not to destroy it. So when the evil Shattered Glass version of Ultra Magnus appears to destroy it, he agreed to team up with the Autobots and heroic Decepticons to stop him. And much like them, he was horrified to discover that his home universe was destroyed.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Patrick Seitz in the Prime Wars trilogy.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: In Classics continuity, he teams up with Metalhawk's Autobots and heroic Shattered Glass Decepticons to stop the evil Ultra Magnus from destroying the Earth. They succeeded… but the rest of the universe was destroyed, which was SG!Ultra Magnus' true plan.
  • Expy: The comics version is essentially The Master (particularly the John Simm incarnation) as a Decepticon.
  • Eye Scream: In The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers he rips off Springer's face, blinding both eyes, and tearing one out.
  • A Father And Mother To Their Men: See Unholy Matrimony, below.
  • Faux Affably Evil: IDW comics, polite, eloquent, and completely crazy. Case in point, when an Elite Autobot Task Force crash down in front of him, one of them, Rotorstorm, cracks a joke. No one laughs, except Overlord, who thought it was funny. He immediately points a gun at Rotorstorm's head and splatters his companions with cranial fluid.
  • Gender Bender: In addition to the above Masterforce example; in the IDW comic he disguises himself as a human woman named Megan Guglione.
  • The Heavy: To Big Bad Devil Z in Masterforce.
  • I Have Many Names: Was originally going to be named Leviathan according to Masterforce showrunner Masumi Kaneda. Has occasionally been packaged as Gigatron.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • The Japanese version dies under unknown circumstances at some point between Masterforce and Zone, as the latter involves him coming Back from the Dead. Then, at the end of Zone he dies again.
    • The IDW version (2005-2018 continuity) is put down in Requiem for the Wreckers. The Wreckers place half of his body in the Prehistoric era, and the other half in the far future, just to ensure there's no funny business.
  • Large Ham: In the IDW comics and the Prime Wars Trilogy.
  • Noble Demon: Mega and Giga had no problem leading the Decepticons at first, bombing cities with asteroids or murdering Ginrai's friends to find him, but they start to balk at Devil Z's psychotic actions as Masterforce goes on, until they eventually turn on him.
  • Off with His Head!: Overlord's Titan Returns toy is a Titan-master. The Japanese version comes with swappable Mega and Giga Headmasters.
  • One-Man Army: All versions.
    Prowl: Some Cybertronians are markedly more powerful than others: Optimus, Grimlock, Megatron. Fort Max on a good day. I think those are your "once-in-a-generation" bots. But they pale in comparison - all of them - they pale when compared with Overlord and Sixshot and Tarn.
  • Psycho for Hire: Subverted in IDW Comics. He's always in it to cause suffering, but he's his own bot, and he won't be hired or working for anyone.
  • The Red Baron: "The Ambassador of Destruction."
  • Resurrected for a Job: In Transformers: Zone, he's one of nine Warriors Elite resurrected by alien megalomaniac Violenjiger to aid in his campaign to conquer the galaxy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: At the end of Masterforce, after Devil Z, Mega, and Giga are all killed, he makes a run for it.
  • Slasher Smile: Common in IDW comics like here.
  • The Sociopath: IDW Comics
    Overlord: A good strategist is half psychologist and half sadist. And I was the best.
  • Walking Armory: Has laser cannons and missile launchers on his torso in robot mode, in addition to the blaster rifle he carries into battle. He also has an electronic attack that sabotages the self-repair protocols of his opponents.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Giga and Mega (the male and female part of Overlord, respectively). They see the Decepticons (especially the Junior Headmasters, but the way older Pretenders too) as their sons.


Function: Massive assault specialist

Alt Mode: Sports Car
"Annihilation equals victory!"

A Decepticon who looks strangely similar to Autobot Wheeljack, Slicer possesses 4WD Assault Vehicle that can transform into an armored exo-suit. He is very rude and cruel even to other Decepticons, possesses extremely short temper, and his favorite tactic is attacking a target until it's down.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the 2005 continuity he's one of several Earthborn Transformers created after the war. He's one of several Decepticons reimagined as a peaceful neutral.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: His only definition of "strategy" is attacking the target until it's dead.
  • Ax-Crazy: Very psychotic and obsessed with violence.
  • Aliens of London: In Wings Universe, he speaks with a thick French accent due to Neuro-Centre Control Unit burning out after landing in Toulon, France.
  • French Jerk: Speaks with a French accent and is very rude and cruel.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has a very short temper, making him very hard to deal with for other Decepticons.
  • Jerkass: Rude, cruel and unjust even to his own Decepticon peers.
  • Palette Swap: Looks like a blue and gold Wheeljack.
  • Powered Armor: His exo-suit, which also transforms into his buggy.
  • Shout-Out: His bio quote from his Timelines toy is paraphrased nearly verbatim from the French taunter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Transformers: Wings of Honor, he gets deceived by completely identically-looking Shattered Glass incarnation of Wheeljack, who taped over his Autobot insignia with the Decepticon one and managed to barter for the forestonite in exchange of the "Autobot plans in the future" (which were actually just some videogames). By the time he realized the deceit, it was too late.

1992 Decepticons

    The Predators 

Function: Air Commandant (Skyquake), Leader (Falcon), Scientific Advisor (Skydive), Surveillance (Snare), Advance Fighter (Talon), Communications Expert (Stalker)

Alt Modes: Northrop YF-23 fighter jet (Skydive), ICBM launcher tank (Stalker), SR-71 Blackbird recon plane (Skyquake), Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk (Falcon), Grumman X-29 (Snare), McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle (Talon)
Skyquake: "Break them, crush them - grind them to dust!"
Falcon: "I despise weakness and spit on compassion."
Skydive: "True cruelty is the highest form of art."
Snare: "Fear? What's fear? It's all fun to me."
Talon: "Don't get me mad... when I get mad, I get even."
Stalker: "Hate till it hurts and then hate some more."

Composed of Skyquake, Falcon, Skydive, Snare, Talon, and Stalker

  • Card-Carrying Villain: Their quotes lend the impression that they're like this.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • In IDW:
      • The team formed the supporting cast of The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers and most ended up dying. Overlord shot and killed Skyquake to take leadership from him. Stalker was impaled through the head with his torture device. Snare was fatally wounded by Stalker and then mercy killed by Impactor crushing his brain module.
      • Skydive had a minor role in The Transformers: Robots in Disguise wherein Bombshell experimented with the Cerebro Shells on him. When the experiments proved unsuccessful, Bombshell killed him.
    • Transformers: Wings of Honor: Falcon acted as the Mouth of Sauron for Deathsaurus and conferred with the other Decepticon warlords. During one such meeting, Falcon was given what he thought was a holographic message but in actuality was a bomb that killed him and the remaining warlords.
  • One-Steve Limit: Skydive has the same name as the Aerialbot who was introduced a few years earlier.
  • Palette Swap: Stalker and Soundwave zig-zag with this trope. Despite being intentionally designed to look like Soundwave, he was a brand-new mold with a different alt mode. Since tape decks became outdated, Soundwave has been released at least twice as a repaint of Stalker, so Soundwave is the Palette Swap, but since Soundwave is an older, more recognisable character, Stalker tends to be regarded as the Palette Swap.
  • The Starscream: In the IDW comics, Calcar discusses this about Skyquake. Skyquake took over a space sector, and made it his own (Calcar calls it going native), installing his own government, and ruling the sector by himself. However, despite the power, he's still loyal to the Decepticons, and leaves his post to attack a heavily fortified Autobot prison when Megatron orders it. Defying the trope.
  • Torture Technician: Stalker.

Other Decepticons

     1993 Decepticons 



Alt Mode: F-16 Fighting Falcon (Tornado/Windrazor), F-104G Starfighter (Snipe/Afterburner), Eurofighter Typhoon (Eagle Eye/Hawk) and A-7E Corsair II (Terradive)

A group of four jets consisting of Eagle Eye/Hawk, Snipe/Afterburner, Terradive and their leader Tornado/Windrazor.



Alt Mode:

The Trakkons are a duo of Fearswoop and Calcar.

  • The Shrink: Calcar's first IDW incarnation serves as a shrink to some Decepticons including Skyquake.

     1994 Decepticons 


Function: Warrior Leader

Alt Mode: Armoured Tank
"My time is now - Autobots beware!"
Archforce is a powerful Decepticon who destroys everything before him. In some universes he is rebuilt into the image of Megatron to serve as Straxus's vessel. His toy is a slightly modified version of the Hero Megatron.
  • Clone by Conversion: An unnamed Decepticon Trooper in the Marvel UK comics (which ended its run three years before Archforce existed) that is converted into a clone of Megatron body and mind was retroactively stated to be an incarnation of Archforce.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the Marvel UK comics he went from a generic trooper to first a clone of Megatron, then Unicron transforms the Megatron clone into the UK version of Galvatron.
  • Killed Off for Real: He killed himself to stop Straxus taking over his body.
  • Retcon: Initially, his appearance as a trooper that was rebuilt into the image of Megatron to become Straxus's vessel was not actually his, and it was merely a generic. Come "Ask Vector Prime" in 2015, and he was retconned into being Archforce.

    Canon Immigrants 

Acid Storm

Function: Warrior

Alt Modes: Suborbital Fighter, F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
"It is better to be well fought than well known."
A Seeker specializing in aerial and suborbital chemical warfare. Intelligent and utterly devoted to the Decepticon cause, Acid Storm prefers to operate as the backbone of the Rainmaker squad, and is known as an individual only to his teammates and commanders.
  • Ascended Extra: Not to the extent of Sunstorm, but Acid Storm has had more appearances since his one episode.
  • Cool Plane: Transforms into a Cybertronian pyramid-jet in his brief one-episode appearance. IDW and toys would give him the standard F-15 Eagle mode.
  • Mauve Shirt: In the 2005 IDW continuity, Acid Storm was a recurring easy to identify grunt who was often forefront in major Decepticon gatherings. Since the main trio of Seekers had all moved onto major roles and the Coneheads were either dead (Thrust, Ramjet) or done with the faction (Dirge), Acid Storm was usually the one present when the Decepticons needed to mobilize. He even got to become a combiner and was cast in a movie until conflicts with the director caused him to leave.
  • Meaningful Name: He makes acid rain along with his fellow Rainmakers (though their since-elaborated-on powers seem to imply making acid rain is something only he can do).
  • Mythology Gag: His quiet nature and preference to wallow in anonymity is likely a reference to his appearance in "Divide and Conquer", where he was a generic Seeker who didn't speak.
    Acid Storm: I'm a green guy—that's like literally my whole thing.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Shrapnel blows Ultra-Magnus's ship out of the sky, Acid Storm yells at him as his rash actions have now sent debris heading towards their outpost. It gets destroyed.
  • Palette Swap: Like all Seekers, he's a Starscream recolor. His design did change from his initial monochrome bright green color to a more appealing jungle camouflage paint job.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks and prefers to silently serve under his superiors.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Gives one to Starscream when he tries to give a speech about letting go of the Decepticon cause for peace.
    Starscream: We must leave behind our destructive past. Violence is the old way—Megatron is the old way. I am the new—when I'm elected leader, this will be a victory for us, and for all Cybertronians—because we'll prove we were right. Not through the superiority of our firepower... but through the superiority of our ideas. A validation not for the methods that long tarnished the Decepticon dream, but for the dream itself. Victory is at hand—and it is ours to lose. Will you stand with me?
    Acid Storm: Blow it out your sprocket, "Chosen One".
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: His reaction to the script of Starscream: The Movie.
    Thundercracker: Here's your new lines.
    Acid Storm: What? I was up all night memorizing the old ones.
    Thundercracker: These are better. Give 'em a read.
    Acid Storm: "You're what made me what I am, Megatron. All this time I was a Seeker, what I was really seeking was your love." People don't talk like that.


Function: Police Officer

Alt Mode: Police Car
"You have the right to scream for mercy."
A Decepticon Police officer. Aggressive, violent, and corrupt, Barricade nevertheless has a certain sense of honor and pride in his role as a peacekeeper, even if he interprets his responsibilities somewhat loosely.
  • Adaptational Heroism: His first IDW incarnation was a Noble Demon who tried to be a genuine police officer and preserve peace on the post-war Cybertron.
    Starscream: Raze the Decepticon ghetto. I've been letting things get worse—maybe knocking down some buildings will loosen some vocal processors.
    Barricade: No way, Starscream. I'm a cop. I sided with a united Cybertron because I believe in it. But there's a reason I still wear the Decepticon sigil—and I'm sick of people saying I've sold out or I'm just an—an Autobot. I do what I do in the name of equality, and that's always been the Decepticon cause.
  • Canon Immigrant: From the live-action movie series.
  • Dirty Cop: Though he believes in the Decepticon cause, he has no problem with making a little extra cash on the side.
  • Jerkass: Very aggressive, violent, and unpleasant.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted; He shares the name with Micromaster Barricade of the Race Track Patrol, but they are not the same character. Both characters received figures in the Earthrise line, but while this character retained the name Barricade, the other character received a Sudden Name Change to "Runner".


Function: Information Engineer

Alt Mode: F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
"Fighting in the sky or on the web makes no difference to me."
A technical prodigy skilled in data hacking and cyber-warfare.
  • Ascended Extra: Like Sunstorm, he was a generic Seeker that appeared in the first episode.
  • Palette Swap: Of Starscream, though he more accurately resembles Thundercracker with extra bits of red and white.

Black Shadow

Function: Warrior

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Jet
"I'll make you cry before I kill you."
One of two elite Decepticon warriors chosen for Megatron's Phase Six Initiative, a project designed to create super warriors capable of single-handedly conquering entire planets — Black Shadow is brought onto battlefields where Autobot resistance is firmly entrenched and Decepticon morale is low. However, despite his reputation as one of Megatron's best soldiers, he is essentially a gangster looking for his next big hustle.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While his tendency to favor credits over the Decepticon cause is consistent throughout, the Japanese version never even pretended to be a real soldier.
  • Guns Akimbo: Wields twin particle cannons in combat.
  • Killed Off for Real: Executed by the Decepticon Justice Division in The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye for taking a bribe and destroying Decepticon War Worlds.
  • One-Man Army: Killed three of the Wreckers, including their field commander at the time, slaughtered the Autobots' 113th Battalion (which was 3000 strong), and bested Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus in hand to hand combat.
  • Undying Loyalty: Subverted. While the IDW version appears to be fanatically loyal to Megatron, like his Victory counterpart, he ultimately turns out to be more loyal to quick cash.
  • The Worf Effect: After centuries of being one of the most feared warriors in the Decepticon ranks, he is curbstomped by the DJD.

Bug Bite

Function: Operations Commander

Alt Mode: Volkswagen Beetle
"Your mind is mine for the taking."

A Canon Immigrant in more than one sense, since he comes from the Challenge of the GoBots reality.

  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Bug Bite was originally yellow. However, in the Transformers media, his color was changed to white or off-white with purple paint.
  • Adaptation Species Change: His appearance in Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy omits his nature as a dimension-traveling GoBot and lists him as a regular Cybertronian. This means he's not a cyborg here and is 100% robot.
  • Cyborg: Just like other GoBots and unlike other Transformers, he has an organic brain in a robotic body.
  • Mad Scientist: He is the science officer of the GoBots team, and he's very cruel.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He blames the Cybertronian race as a whole for the Cataclysm that threatens their reality, and wants to kill them all, despite the fact that it wasn't their doing at all; the Cataclysm happened on its own.
  • Off with His Head!: Classics Megatron blows his head off. Fortunately, Bug Bite thought ahead (heh) and made sure to keep his brain behind his windshield, which allowed him to survive decapitation.
  • Palette Swap: Of Bumblebee, after changing his body to blend better among the Transformers.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Tom Scioli's GoBots comic book miniseries hints at the end that Bumblebee is his son.
  • Sadist: He takes great pleasure in torturing others for information.
  • The Starscream: He was part of a team of GoBots sent out to try and rescue their reality, only he decided to strike out on his own the first chance he got.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Sometimes, his name is rendered "Bugbite", without a space.


Function: Warlord

Alt Mode: Mechanical Dragon
"Glory of death for my enemies, glory of victory for me!"
Deathsaurus was once one of Megatron's greatest generals, with a particularly successful career at cyberforming planets. Losing patience with Megatron's apparent apathy for his troops, Deathsaurus and his unit broke away from Decepticon ranks, terrorizing worlds as galactic outlaws.
  • Arch-Enemy: Star Saber in the Japanese continuity.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: In the 2019 IDW continuity where he fakes being polite to mask his hate for Probat's inhabitants.
  • Bad Boss: Depending on the Writer. Deathsaurus has been written as both A Father to His Men and a cruel tyrant who will kill you for your failure. His Victory anime incarnation kept his unruly troops in line through violence, his Wings of Honor incarnation used his loyal aide as an unwitting suicide bomber, and his 2019 IDW incarnation was a major prick to his assistant.
  • Benevolent Boss: Works that humanize Deathsaurus tend to push him as this. His Victory manga incarnation had an adopted son and was much more tolerant of Leozack's betrayal routine. His 2005 IDW incarnation was characterized by his devotion to his underlings to the point that his alliance with the DJD was built on the promise that they'd all be pardoned for their crimes against the faction.
  • Big Bad: Of Transformers Victory.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: When the Decepticon Justice Division arrive to make him an offer he can't refuse, Deathsaurus gets the drop on them. But when he sees that Tarn is not as callous with the lives of his soldiers as Megatron, Deathsaurus ultimately agrees to join forces with them.
  • A Father to His Men: The 2005 IDW version. In the Japanese continuity, he was sometimes like this in the manga, but not so much in the anime.
  • Kaiju: His alt-mode, and his name sounds vaguely like a Godzilla or Ultra Series villain.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: He has been leading one ever since he broke away from Megatron. Though in the Japanese continuity, by the time Victory starts they are essentially the only Decepticon faction left.
  • Spell My Name with an S: His name has been spelled a lot of ways, mainly Deszaras or Deathsaurus.
  • Unholy Matrimony: His manga version has a wife named Esmeral.
  • Wicked Cultured: His Wings of Honor incarnation was an Energon version of a wine connoisseur. As he conquered he took time to add rare aged fuels to his collection.

Decepticon Justice Division

When Decepticons disobey orders or go rogue, It's the DJD's job to hunt them down. Debut in The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.


Function: Field Commander

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Tank
"You can't take anything from someone who has nothing to lose."
The Captain of the DJD, Tarn is an eloquent Decepticon who hides his sociopathic tendencies behind a veneer of sophistication. He has demonstrated his loyalty to Decepticon cause by welding the Decepticon insignia to his face as a ballistic mask, and has made it is his life mission to punish anyone who abandons the Decepticon cause.
  • Arm Cannon: He has two Fusion cannons on his arm, showing his loyalty to the cause.
  • Big Bad: The closest The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has to one, as he is the most persistent nemesis of the main heroes.
  • Break Them by Talking: Is capable of literally talking some of his targets to death.
  • Broken Pedestal: Does not take Megatron's Heel–Face Turn very well.
  • The Cameo: His original identity of Damus briefly appears in the 2019 IDW continuity as a civilian who is arrested for his Decepticon sympathies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was forged under the name Damus, possessed the ability to render non-sentient machinery inoperative by touching it. Seen as a freak by Cyberton's ruling class, he was forced to undergo empurata to mark him as an outcast, and rechristened Glitch. At some point he joined the Decepticons and renamed himself Tarn, after the city where Megatron was forged.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Does not react well to being addressed by either of his former identities.
  • Captain Patriotic: Inverted. Tarn is loyal to Megatron above all others, and his ideals about how Cybertron should be run. Tarn has the Decepticon Symbol grafted to his face.
  • Fantastic Drug: Addicted to transforming, if one looks at his scenes in issue 8, he transforms a lot.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Talks politely, quotes poetry and philosophy, all as you die. His actual words go at a frequency so that the spark of the victim gives out.
    Tarn: If you want to break someone — mentally, physically, emotionally — wait until they're happy. Let them live and love and thrive. Once they recognize the value of a life well-lived... THAT'S when you move in for the kill.
  • Torture Technician: The leader of a team who does this and he himself tortures any defectors, being sociopathic and easily provoked. Also, he does this by speaking his actual words which go at a frequency which cause his victims' sparks to give out.
  • Wicked Cultured: A fondness for art, poetry, and classical music.


Turns into an electric chair and organizes the list of people the DJD hunt down, he owns the Pet.


A "linguist-purist" who transforms in a sniper rifle.
  • Eye Scream: Inverted. He's got all sorts of spikes and drills under his face, and they're all over, except his eyes, as he needs to see, and presumably the victim can still see when his face get's put over them.
  • No Name Given: Vos's real name isn't ever stated in canon nor by the author. In the story, Megatron calls him Forestock but the writer confirmed that this was only the name Megatron knew him by, not his real name.
  • Nightmare Face: Behind his face is a number of torture utensils, and he puts his face over victims.
  • Torture Technician: Removes his face, the insides lined with hooks, spikes and other painful devices and forces his victims to wear it.
  • The Unintelligible: No one understands his Primal Vernacular speech.


An intelligent, violent murderer whose chest can shred victims.


A member of the team with four arms and the ability to transform into a smelting pool.

The Pet

Kaon's pet Sparkeater/Turbofox.

  • Killer Rabbit: A very feral beast who looks rather cool.
  • Team Pet: The team's personal animal who can also torture victims just like they do.


The DJD's resident physician.


Function: Infiltrator

Alt Mode: Micro-cassette
"I must be very important to have so many enemies."

The Black Sheep of Soundwave's micro-cassettes, Enemy is a rather unpleasant individual with few (if any) friends even among his fellow Decepticons. He has managed to use his abrasive personality to his advantage, however. On the battlefield, he goads the Autobots into focusing on him, drawing their fire away from higher-value Decepticon targets. But he is most effective when he is deployed alone as a saboteur or advance agent, striking from the shadows.


Function: Industrial Espionage

Alt Mode: Lancia Statos

A Decepticon who works for the Marlboor, stealing secrets on their behalf.

  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The stress of his job has given Exhaust a cygarette habit.
  • Palette Swap: He's a retool of Wheeljack in homage to the original Diaclone toy used to make him.
  • Shout-Out: His employers, name and bad habit are in reference to said Diaclone toy, which had decals representing Marlboro (but changed to avoid copyright issues).
  • Under New Management: In the Japanese cartoon continuity, Exhaust was a Decepticon spy, until Soundwave got himself killed, and suddenly Exhaust was out of a job.


Function: Tripredacus Agent/Mercenary

Alt Mode: Motorcycle
"To forget the past is to doom the future."
A female Decepticon warrior who is zealously devoted to Megatron.


A Decepticon soldier in The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.

  • Lovable Coward: He's more amiable and approachable for a Decepticon but...well, let's just say his courage is far less than his friendliness since he's only a fan of trying to survive.
  • Suicide Attack: He's a K-class Decepticon. Guess what the K stands for.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As a living Bomb he attempts to do this to the DJD to save his new friends. He turns out to be a dud, and the DJD leave because they think he's dead. He survived, and it's revealed that Spinister cut out his explody part so he wouldn't blow up when they were trying to salvage him.


Function: Combat Engineer

Alt Mode: F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
"Give me a spanner and I'll turn it into a gun."
The resident gadget fiend of the Seekers, Hotlink is prepared to turn any material he has on hand into an instrument of destruction. He views each of his creations as a work of art.
  • Ascended Extra: Appeared as a no-name generic in the first episode, alongside Bitstream and Sunstorm, attacking Wheeljack and Bumblebee, memorable mainly because he's wielding a flamethrower. Nineteen years later, he got a name and a convention exclusive toy. Then he got a mainstream release for the War for Cybertron trilogy. Then he became a notable member of "Team Stream" in the 2019 IDW comics.
  • The Engineer: With a fondness and knack for guns. Especially ones of a fire related nature.
  • Equippable Ally: His War for Cybertron comes with the Battle Masters Heatstroke and Heartburn, who transform into his flamethrowers.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: His favorite creation is his pyropathic flamethrower.
  • Palette Swap: He's a purple Starscream, or more precisely, a Skywarp with more some of the gray parts colored purple and vice versa.

Ion Storm

Function: Warrior

Alt Modes: Suborbital Fighter, F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
"War is hell. Let me take you there."
A Seeker who serves as the Electronic Warfare expert for the Rainmaker squad.


Function: Airborne Assault

Alt Mode: Modified F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet
"By your will, it is done. By my own, it is done right."
Leozack's sister.
  • Adaptational Badass: Went from a weepy sister in her debut to a full-fledged, though still kinda depressed, Decepticon warrior in the Transformers: Wings of Honor comic.
  • Animal Motif: Same as her brother, she's stylized to look like a lion.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Guess it runs in the family.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The Wings of Honor comic mentions that she isn't taken very seriously, reduced to a servant by Deathsaurus and talked down to by Starscream.
  • Glass Cannon: Takes on Magnum and cuts him down, but before she can kill him, she's beaten by a single punch.
  • Shrinking Violet: Manga and Wings of Honor. In the Wings verse her bio does mention her isolation, but this trope causes many to underestimate her.
  • Undying Loyalty: The Wings comics has Deathsaurus offer her an opportunity to save her brother, but at the cost of working for him which she tirelessly does so. During the battle against the Elite Guard, she tends to him after the latter is shot.


Function: Bounty Hunter

Alt Mode: V8 Interceptor Muscle Car
"Run all you want. It'll make the chase more fun."
A bounty hunter whose primary motivations are credits and upgrades, Lockdown wears the Decepticon standard because they offer the most lucrative contracts. First appeared in IDW's Drift miniseries, now leader of a band of Decepticons in The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.


Function: Enforcer

Alt Mode: B-17 Flying Fortress
"Face the wrath of my Talosian Triple Crusher cannon!"
A massive Decepticon bruiser that blindly follows Megatron. Originating in Transformers: Animated he has been ported over to several G1 continuities and even received a G1/Movie style toy in the Reveal the Shield line.


Function: Leader

Alt Mode: Modified Panther 6x6 Fire Truck

Created out of spare parts from Megatron's construction, Megaempress (メガエンプレス Megaenpuresu) leads the Female Decepticons as the self-proclaimed "Empress of Destructicon". She has a special team of vassals, the 4 Guards, to serve as her ever-present bodyguards. She's still a force to be reckoned with, though, as her power is comparable to Megatron's own and she can use her rail fusion cannon and Judge Pickel weapons to wreak destruction across the land. She has the "special ability" to seduce any male Transformer to do her bidding.

  • Arm Cannon: Averted. The ladder for her vehicle form acts a weapon of her choice, however.
  • Big Bad: She and the 4 guards were this for the Megatronia chapter but were replace with Baldigus and later Unicron.
  • Combining Mecha: She can combine with her four guards to create Megatronia.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Of Megatron, only she doesn't transform into a gun.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Tries to use her power to make Optimus Prime her slave, but is shocked when he used her Judge Pickel to pierce himself to break her control as he states Elita One's name.
  • Evil Overlord: Leads the Female Decepticons as the self-proclaimed "Empress of Destructicon". You do the math.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Tries to take over the entire Decepticon faction.
  • Large Ham: Owing to her ambitions and status, she goes loud and dramatic to make sure everyone knows it.
  • Powerful Pick: Her Judge Pickel is this.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Shockwave put her and Flowspade in stasis after her failed coup. She would be freed millennia later in 2021 when her remaining followers realized the devastation of Cybertron broke the seal and rushed Shockwave's facility to wake their empress.
  • Villainous Friendship: Seems to have one with Flowspade.


Function: Proxy

Alt Modes: F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet; Walther P-38
"The skies belong to me!"
Megatron's body-double, a clone made in his image who often leads battles in Megatron's stead.
  • Actually a Doombot: His purpose. And since Megatron didn't trust a duplicate of himself, Megaplex is nowhere near as dangerous as Megatron, meaning it's easy to spot that he's a fake quickish.
    Megaplex: Megatron haunts me, and yet my very existence honors him.
  • Kill It with Ice: Megaplex's preferred artillery is freeze shells.
  • Palette Swap: His Collectors Edition toy is just Megatron's toy with the original Japenese release colouration.


Function: Infiltration

Alt Mode: Modified Sportscar
"With darkness comes death."
Originally a human-created drone based on Cybertronian technology. Seeing potential in her stealth configuration, Megatron reformatted her into a Decepticon.
  • Adaptational Species Change: The original Nightbird is a human-made robot. At least one version of her is a Camien-born mechanoid.
  • Canon Immigrant: Started off as a one-off character in the original cartoon. She later reappeared in a few other continuities.
  • Cyber Ninja: A Japanese-built robot ninja that's incredibly stealthy and armed with high-tech variants of Stock Ninja Weaponry, including a Laser Blade.
  • For Science!: The original version's origin. Doctor Fujiyama (the famous scientist!) built a large, combat-ready ninja robot to "help mankind". How exactly she was supposed to help is one of life's great mysteries.
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: Her Earth Wars version became fully sentient thanks to Bombshell putting a cerebro-shell in her.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Repeat, ninja robot.
  • Palette Swap: Her first toy was a retool of the 30th anniversary Arcee toy. Her only other toy is likewise one of Siege Chromia, though only the head is a different piece, compared to the first toy.
  • Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: In her initial appearance, where she's human-built, it isn't really clear whether she's self-aware or not (the fact that she can't speak exacerbates the problem). Megatron snarks at Starscream that he might replace him with her, but he was probably kidding. Probably.
  • The Speechless: Mute in the G1 cartoon.

Nova Storm

Function: Warrior

Alt Modes: Suborbital Fighter, F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
"Fight with fire and enjoy watching it burn."
The third member of the Rainmaker trio, Nova Storm is a Seeker specializing in Hostile Environment warfare. His armor has been modified to make him more resistant to intense heat and radiation.
  • Ascended Extra: Like the rest of his squad, Nova Storm was originally a generic Seeker painted in bright yellow (though he wasn't Sunstorm, who was given a golden hue to better differentiate the two).
  • Cool Plane: Turns into a Cybertronian tetrajet in his one appearance.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In the same "Ask Vector Prime" update that gave him his name, he got a snazzy new look.
  • Gender Flip: In "Transformers: Trading Card Game", Nova Storm becomes female, much like her Transformers: Cyberverse counterpart.
    • Also female in the 2019 IDW continuity.
  • Immune to Fire: His armor allows him to survive volcanic or other extremely hot environments.
  • Meaningful Name: Nova Storm is able to survive volcanic or otherwise extremely hot environments (such as a star's corona) for small periods of time.
  • Palette Swap: He's a Seeker, so of course.


Function: Warrior

Alt Mode: Suborbital Fighter, F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
"Once you're in my crosshairs, there is no escape!"
A Seeker specializing in hit and run attacks. Armed with powerful repulsor cannons and missile launchers, Redwing enters the battlefield guns blazing with a "devil may care" attitude. More often than not, that's all he needs.
  • Ascended Extra: First appeared as background filler in the Wings Universe. Many fans found the color scheme impressive, guaranteeing him a few more crowd scenes in the 2005 IDW series. The Transformers Legends mobile game provided his name and first bits of individual characterization, paving the way for him to get his own Siege Voyager Class toy. The 2019 IDW comic gave him a speaking role.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His defensive stats aren't all that great, so he focuses on hitting power; he'll strafe enemies from the air then touch down to finish off anyone who is still standing. And in the 2019 IDW comic, he seems to have a fairly realistic assessment of what he can handle and doesn't take chances with Autobots outside his weight class.
  • Cool Plane: Transforms into a Cybertronian tetrajet like the other space-based Seekers.
  • Palette Swap: He's essentially Starscream with a retextured head and Thrust's color scheme (albeit a brighter shade of red).
  • Red Ones Go Faster: He's red, and he specializes in hit and run attacks.
  • Shout-Out: Named after the Detroit Red Wings.

Shadow Striker

Function: Reconnaisance

Alt Mode: Dodge Viper Sportscar
"I have ventured into the abyss — and survived."
Once an Autobot, Shadow Striker lost her sister in an attack by marauders years ago. Now a Decepticon, she fights against her other sister, Roulette.
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally a minor character in the short-lived Universe storyline, she was homaged with a toy in the Revenge of the Fallen toyline, and then gained another version in the Cyberverse storyline. Not bad for a convention exclusive.
  • Cool Car: She turns into a black Dodge Viper.
  • The Corruptible: In Universe, she proved susceptible to Unicron's evil, which is why she joined him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a Decepticon and / or servant of Unicron, she still cares about Roulette. Threatening her is a good way to get Shadow Striker to cooperate.
  • The Bus Came Back: After Universe, she got a brief reappearance in the video game Legends, as part of a band of female Decepticons.
  • Uncertain Doom: Her Universe incarnation's fate is unclear, but at last sight Roulette was escaping from the collapsing Unicron looking unhappy about something. Not looking good for her sister…


Function: Spy

Alt Mode: Harley Davidson Motorcycle

"Why do I meddle with you, you ask? It's because I enjoy it."
A mysterious spy for the Decepticons. First appears in the Robotmasters toyline.
  • Continuity Snarl: Averted. Despite Sideways being a legendary headache inducer, this Sideways is not connected to all the other Sidewayses out there. ... yet.
  • Cool Bike: He turns into a Harley Davison.


Function: Aerial Espionage

Alt Mode: VTOL Jet
"The truth is well hidden. To find it, you have to lose yourself in a sea of lies."
A female Seeker with a big sass. Sometimes, she's a clone of Starscream, sometimes her past is unknown, sometimes she's just a normal female Seeker.


Function: Communications

Alt Mode: Micro-Cassette Recorder

"He who controls the flow of information controls the flow of battle."
A clone of Soundwave.
  • Cloning Gambit: Created as an attempt to clone Soundwave. The Siege version was considered a failure, for whatever reason, and struck out on his own.
  • Decomposite Character: The original version of Soundblaster was just Soundwave brought back from the dead in a new paint job, nothing more. Dreamwave's comics made him a clone, something the Siege cartoon ran with.
  • Palette Swap: He's Soundwave, but in black, rather than Soundwave's blue.
  • Space Pirate: In the 2019 IDW continuity.


Function: Warlord

Alt Mode: Anti-Aircraft Cannon
"Mercy is not dispensed here, fools... only death!"

A Decepticon warlord who took command on Cybertron after Megatron and company disappeared.

  • Antagonistic Governor: Rules the city-state of Polyhex with an iron fist.
  • Ax-Crazy: Complete with an actual (pick) axe. He's quite mad, prone to murdering people for no good reason. If you're very lucky, he'll kill you on the spot. If not, he'll have people thrown into the smelting pools.
  • Bad Boss: He was prone to bullying and threatening his underlings, particularly Shrapnel. At one point, one of his troops was killed by a malfunctioning spacebridge. Rather than caring much, Straxus just send another guy in to see what had happened. They died too.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes are completely dark in the original comics. Most other depictions tend to ignore this, but Japanese media and toys are pretty consistent on it.
  • Breakout Villain: Straxus was originally a fairly minor Arc Villain and Toyless Toyline Character in the Marvel comics. He was brought back as a major player in the UK Marvel stories and from then on different continuities used him for different roles. Sometimes he'd have a cameo other times he'd play the role of a major villain; ultimately he would go on to receive a few toys as well.
  • The Caligula: Even by Decepticon standards. Which is really saying something.
  • Combining Mecha: Appeared in the Japanese exclusive United EX storyline as one.
  • Grand Theft Me: With a copy of Megatron's body in the Marvel UK comics. Sort of. It's complicated.
  • Large Ham: That quote up there? That's pretty much how he was all the time in his first appearance. Angry and shouting.
  • Lightning Bruiser: You'd think a guy who turns into a tank would be slow. Wrong. His 2010 toy gives him a speed rating of "10".
  • Losing Your Head: In the Marvel UK continuity, his encounter with the Space Bridge has him reduced to just a head.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: In the Marvel UK continuity, the Autobots had spent the last four million years dealing with the brutally efficient Trannis, who'd conquered pretty much all of Cybertron except Iacon, until he'd finally gotten fed up and decided just to level the place. Xaaron had the Wreckers assassinate Trannis, and Straxus took his place, proving far more evil and depraved than Trannis was by a wide margin. Oops.
  • Spell My Name with an S: In the 2019 IDW continuity, his named is spelled Straxxus.
  • The Starscream: Often found trying to overthrow Megatron, or brainwash him into being a puppet.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: During the original toyline run. He ultimately got a figure in 2010 as part of the Generations toyline.
  • Weapon Specialization: His primary weapon is an Energon-powered pickaxe.


Function: Aerospace Warrior

Alt Mode: F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
"Unchecked power is the true path to divinity."

A member of the Seeker class, Sunstorm is a product of Shockwave's experiments with fusion reactor technology. In order to prevent his Transtector from overheating due to the stresses caused by the reactor, he has been upgraded with experimental shielding and a polarized electrum hull, giving him an ornate, golden appearance. His radioactive aura causes injury or death to those he touches, leading Sunstorm to believe he actually is the Cybertronian equivalent of the Grim Reaper.

  • Ascended Extra: He first appeared as an unnamed background character in the first animated episode.
  • A God Am I: His lethal radioactivity has caused him to believe that he is a god. In fact, his Masterpiece toy comes with a redeco of Starscream's crown, cape and shoulder pads (though this may or may not be a coincidence).
    Sunstorm: I am the presence anointed to carry forth the light. The original light, that which has no beginning and no end. Its searing heat shall purify the earth... purging this world of all flaws, and preparing it for what lies ahead.
  • Killed Off for Real:
  • Large Ham: Due to being completely off his rocker.
    Sunstorm: You!! This is all your doing! Despite my offering of redemption, you were unable to resist temptation, sacrificing me for the slightest taste of power!
  • Palette Swap: Just like most Seekers, he's one for Starscream.
  • Walking Wasteland: Sunstorm is so named because he is dangerously radioactive; his mere presence causes other Transformers to melt, corrode and die. This, combined with his physically and mentally unstable nature, has resulted in Sunstorm developing a massive god complex.


Function: Scientist

Alt Mode: Spider
"The secrets of the universe are coded in every Cybertronian's spark... and I won't stop cutting until I find them!"

Introduced in Beast Wars, the IDW comic imports him to G1. The scientist once known as Mesothulas worked alongside Prowl in the early years of the war. After numerous early accomplishments that assisted the Autobots in the war effort, Mesothulas came to believe the war itself was a living organism that could be manipulated with the proper tools. When the Autobots deemed him unstable, Mesothulas fled to Earth. Developing a fascination with spiders, Mesothulas altered his body into an arachnoid configuration. Now calling himself Tarantulas, he eventually resurfaced, seeking revenge.

  • Big Bad: Of Sins of The Wreckers.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He viewed his artifically created "son", Ostaros, as his greatest creation, and is driven into a grief fueled rage when he believes Ostaros is dead.
  • Lack of Empathy: In a dodgy attempt to bolster Autobot ranks, Mesothulas faked a Decepticon terrorist attack by bombing the neutral city of Carpessa, killing 1438 citizens. While Autobot leadership is outraged by the loss of innocent life, Mesothulas is more concerned with how well the bomb worked.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Created one in the form of the Positive Reinforcement Prison; designed to keep prisoners docile by giving them a fantasy based on their greatest wishes.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Given that Springer is a reformatted Ostaros, Tarantulas is technically his father.
  • Mad Scientist: A particularly dark variation: Mesothulas was a wetwork operative who used his mad inventions to commit war crimes in order to aid the Autobots from behind the scenes.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Tarantulas is completely obsessed with Prowl, going so far as to kidnap Prowl and threaten to destroy him if Prowl refused to join his side.
    Prowl: What more do you want?!
    Tarantulas: I want you. I want us.
  • That Man Is Dead: Tarantulas asserts that the name Mesothulas no longer has any meaning to him.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For the Autobots before they kicked him out for going too far.


Function: Battle Commander

Alt Mode: Assault Tank
"Actions speak louder than words."
Decepticon soldier and former commander of Deadlock (aka Drift).
  • Arm Cannon: Wields a huge shock blast cannon on his right arm which also becomes his tank cannon in vehicle mode.
  • Bad Boss: Kills the aliens he used to build his ship, not very pleasant to the Decepticons under him either.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: After Optimus punched out one of his Optics.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Has little patience for pacifists or opportunists.


Function: Military Expert

Alt Mode: Cybertronian Tank
A Decepticon military expert and one of the most loyal followers of the Decepticon cause.

Alternative Title(s): Transformers Generation 1 Decepticons 1984 To 1986