Decepticon Characters and SubfactionsIn this universe, the Decepticons were created when young mathematician Megatron noticed in his numerical studies of social trends that civil war was almost certain. To that end, he created a resistance movement behind the scenes, and when Optimus Prime conquered Cybertron the Decepticons were ready to rise up and free it once again.
Megatron was a young mathematician who lectured at a university on Cybertron. However, he noticed something disturbing, civil war was coming. Eventually Optimus Prime and his evil army of Autobots took over Cybertron, but Megatron had been forming an underground resistance movement to take back Cybertron and keep the Autobots from conquering the universe and plundering it, as the Decepticons.
- All-Loving Hero: He has the respect and love for all life, and even forgives Cyclonus and allows him to rejoin after the latter killed him.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Started out as a humble mathematician, but now he's one of the few Cybertronians who can take on Optimus Prime one-on-one.
- Back from the Dead: All hail Galvatron!
- Badass Bookworm: A mathematician who both predicted the Autobots' rise, invented the transforming technology and leads the Decepticon movement.
- Benevolent Boss: Treats his subordinates very fairly, and even accepted Cyclonus back into his ranks despite the fact he actually killed him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's nice, not stupid.
- Break the Badass: His near-death experience left some psychological scars on Galvatron
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Once took the bullet meant for Cliffjumper, and Cliff technically wasn't even one of his men!
- Cool Plane: Transforms into a Cybertronian fighter jet. After being reformatted into Galvatron, he transforms into a helicopter instead.
- Equippable Ally: He wields Rumbler on his hand, which serves as an Arm Cannon and can produce Energy Blade. Even after becoming Galvatron, he retained the ability to attach him to his arm.
- A Father to His Men: He greatly cares about his Decepticons; a far cry from his mainstream universe version.
- Gentle Giant: One of the larger Decepticons, yet still a very kind and gentle soul.
- Gentleman and a Scholar
- Gentleman Snarker: Despite his gentle nature, he's not above being snarky when facing enemies.
- Nice Guy: Megatron is kind, gentle, and cares about all sentient beings. No, you didn't misread. This is indeed a Bizarro Universe.
- One-Man Army: One of the few who can fight Optimus on even terms.
- Whip It Good: As Galvatron, he's got an electro-whip built in.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: His bio quote is "Peace will come to all Cybertronians."
The heroic Astrotrain serves as a means of conveyance for his teammates. He leads a team of four Micromasters: Stonecruncher, Fasttrack, Submarauder, and Tailwind.
- A Father to His Men: He greatly cares about his Micromasters.
- Cool Starship: Transforms into a space shuttle.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the space combat with the Ark, Astrotrain still tries to finish his mission and destroy the neutron cannon on the ship, even though the Autobots are trying to enter the Earth atmosphere to burn him off and Starscream tells him to leave.
- Undying Loyalty: His Micromasters are so loyal to him they will not abandon him, even if he tells them they can stay behind.
Blitzwing is one of Megatron's quieter, more reserved Decepticons. He's also close friends with Astrotrain.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Blitzwing Bop".
- Cool Plane/Tank Goodness: He's a Triple Changer who transforms into a fighter jet and a tank.
- Friend to All Living Things: Greatly cares about all sentient beings. In fact, once he even got worried about damaging the desert ecosystem with his tank-treads.
- Loud of War: Accidentally becomes a conduit for broadcasting lethally annoying music to the Autobots at one point. Unfortunately, the ability grew in power and started broadcasting the music to the Decepticons, and it continued growing until it would become truly lethal.
- Nice Guy: He's very friendly and easygoing.
- The Quiet One: He's one of the quieter Decepticons.
Bombshell is one of the Decepticons' psychologists in charge of looking after the psychiatric health of the troops.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Though unlike most examples, he's actually a well-meaning one.
- Tranquilizer Dart: He can fire anestho-shells to sedate his victims.
- Warrior Therapist: Even though he's a psychologist, he's not above into going in battle lines.
This Cliffjumper is actually the one from the normal universe (specifically Transformers Classics, a Fun Publications-sanctioned continuation of the Marvel Comics continuity), having entered this universe via traveling through a mysterious portal. He has found the Shattered Universe very disorienting, to say the least, but proudly stands by Megatron and the Decepticons.
- Berserk Button: Traitors among ranks piss him off. Which is why he hated Cyclonus the most after the latter's pardon.
- Blood Knight: He really loves fighting.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Briefly Played for Laughs in "Eye in the Sky" prose story, where, after rebooting Crasher, he had trouble explaining his unfamiliarity to the female Transformers (since the first female Transformer built in his universe was Elita One, and she was constructed secretly from others).
- Cloudcuckoolander: How native Cybertronians see him. They find his gung-ho attitude towards battle and belief in Primus rather strange, much to his irritation.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even before he realized the Decepticons in this universe are heroes, he was disgusted by how evil Autobots wanted to execute Rumble for entertainment.
- I Choose to Stay: When he finally gets a chance to go home, he declines, preferring to stay until the alternate Optimus Prime is finally defeated which he knows is likely going to take a very long time.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be short-tempered, distrustful and very blood-thirsty, but make no mistake, he's known as heroic Autobot for a reason; he genuinely wants to bring peace to this universe and stop the evil Autobots and their universal conquest plans.
- Meta Guy: Coming from the positive polarity universe, he's really aware of differences between normal and Shattered Glass universes.
- Only Sane Man: Or rather, he likes to think he is compared to everyone else. Meanwhile, the other Cybertronians find his gung-ho attitude towards battle and belief in Primus rather strange, much to his irritation.
- Trapped in Another World: He gets sent from his home universe to the Shattered Glass one, with no way back.
Constructicons are the Decepticon medics and builders.
- The Engineer: They aren't called Constructicons for nothing; they are the ones who build and construct stuff.
- The Medic: They are the ones who repair the wounded bots. In fact, they are actually colored like mainstream universe Autobot ambulances to reinforce the point.
Cyclonus is a Decepticon with big loyalty issues. The only reason he still managed to stay on Decepticon side is due to his hatred for Ultra Magnus. These loyalty issues resulted in him being swayed under Alpha Trion's wing, and he killed Megatron on his orders, which got him thrown into prison. However, Galvatron released and pardoned him, and now Cyclonus seeks to atone for his crimes.
- A Day in the Limelight: He's the main character in "Coalescence" prose story.
- The Atoner: Seeks to atone for his betrayal and murder of Megatron.
- Cool Starship: Transforms into a Cybertronian star fighter jet.
- Deep Cover Agent: For Alpha Trion.
- Equippable Ally: His Targetmaster partner Krunix.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Befriended Darkwing and Crasher in "Coalescence" over the course of their adventure.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: At the earliest stages of war, he changed allegiances like people change socks, staying with Decepticons out of personal hatred for Ultra Magnus. Then he joined Alpha Trion and killed Megatron, which got him thrown into prison, where he found his conscience and chose to atone for his crimes, thankfully being pardoned by Galvatron, Megatron's revived self.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: In "Coalescence", the story makes no attempts to hide the fact he assassinated Megatron.
- Morality Pet: Krunix, post-redemption.
- My Greatest Failure: Allowing himself to be deceived by Alpha Trion and his assasination of Megatron. Even he believes himself to be Karma Houdini for what he had done.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Even though Galvatron forgave him, none of other Decepticons did. Especially the traitor-hating Cliffjumper.
- The Rival: To Ultra Magnus. It's why he joined the Decepticons.
- Unknown Rival: Ultra Magnus himself doesn't seem to be aware of him and his vendetta against him.
- Deep Cover Agent: For the Underbase.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He greatly cares about other Underbase agents, and was even willing to send himself instead of Windblade so she and Strongarm won't be separated. Once he dies, others realize what their servitude to The Fallen will lead them into.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets sent into positive polarity universe in the middle of the Combiner Wars, where resident version of Devastator shoots him with solar rifle, killing him.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death served as a reminder that Underbase staff are too merely pawns in The Fallen's game.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: He is actually a sentient probe made of Transformium, yet he got locked in Cybertronian mode with the others.
- Tank Goodness: His alt-mode is the anti-air tank.
Divebomb is a student of Razorclaw and a daydreamer, escaping the horror and the destruction of everyday life. Divebomb masks his sadness behind a cheerful exterior to prevent others from being affected from his true feelings.
- Eye Beams: He can fire laser beams from his optics.
- Noble Bird of Prey: Transforms into an eagle.
- Stepford Smiler: Masks him depression with cheerful behavior, so others won't be affected by his true feelings.
Heatwave is a cheerful engineer with the unique ability to converse with non-sentient machines.
- All-Loving Hero: In regards to technology. He can be stopped by someone holding a computer hostage (provided Heatwave likes that computer, of course).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually a very friendly and cheerful guy even by Decepticon standards, but he's still one of the larger Decepticons, and has, on separate occasions, accidentally trashed a human tourist attraction due to thinking the statue exhibits were alive, threatened to crush a traitor, and blown up a hijacked human military base.
- The Engineer
- Forgot the Call: Knows he has something about his past he's forgetting, but just doesn't care, until it comes looking for him.
- Mysterious Past: A large chunk of his memory is missing. He's not bothered by it in the slightest.
- Really 700 Years Old: Really Seven Billion Years Old, being as he is part of Nexus Prime.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the very few Decepticons (if not the only one) with red optics, despite his genial personality. Turns out it's because he's not from this universe.
- The Smart Guy: See "Nexus Prime".
- Technopath: With shades of Furry Confusion, as he treats non-sentient machines as if they were sentient.
- We Do the Impossible: His profile quote. Heatwave has a knack for breaking into unbreakable systems, including those with no means of interface.
Rampage is known for constantly and tirelessly working, not stopping for anything in order to help the cause.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Enjoys viewing the Earth television, which is the only thing that calms him down. Him watching Earth nature documentaries is what gave the Predacons the basis for their alt-modes.
- Panthera Awesome: Transforms into a tiger.
Formerly a science professor, Razorclaw was forced to flee with two of his students when the war started. Known for unconventional thinking, he welcomes all who approach him seeking knowledge for its own sake.
- Badass Bookworm: He used to be a science professor in the now-destroyed Tyrest University. Even though he adopted hunter style, his knowledge is open to everyone who seeks it from him.
- Noble Wolves: Transforms into a wolf.
- Team Dad: To Divebomb and Rampage.
Shockwave is a Decepticon whose skills involve making peace with other organisms, working as the ambassador between Earth and the Decepticons. Calm, intelligent, and patient, though no scientist. Like most Decepticons, he's more than willing to put his life on the line to save humans.
- Arm Cannon: His left hand is replaced with one. He also features cannons on his right hand.
- Cyber Cyclops: Wouldn't be Shockwave if he weren't this trope.
- Friend to All Living Things: Kind and gentle to every sentient being.
- Nice Guy: Very friendly and amicable, and notably, he's one of the few who didn't mock Cliffjumper for his beliefs in Primus (though he did mess up by believing Cliffjumper to be his avatar).
- Taking the Bullet: He took a missile Seaspray fired at Sephie, Decepticons' human ally, and nearly died because of that.
- Technical Pacifist: Even though he really dislikes fighting, he still can defend himself and shoot a hole in an Autobot if necessary.
Sideswipe was once an evil Autobot, and one of the most dangerous of Optimus Prime's men. This began to change when Prime suspected Sideswipe of increasingly conflicted loyalties, and conspired to have him assassinated. As a result, Sideswipe joined the heroic Decepticons. He now fights against Prime and all his evil.
- Anti-Hero: Type V, see Nominal Hero.
- Blood Knight
- Captain Ersatz: Partially based on Wheeljack from Transformers Armada. Hell, his toy is a redecoed Armada Wheeljack.
- HeelFace Turn: Used to be an Autobot until Optimus Prime set an ambush to get him killed.
- Nominal Hero: He really only fights for the Decepticons because he hates Optimus and the Autobots for betraying him, and because it lets him beat people up without getting punished for it.
- A Scar to Remember: He has a deep gash across his front from when he was ambushed by his former friends. Given that it should be easy to repair, he's clearly keeping it as a reminder. It also slashes through his old Autobot symbol, symbolising that he's no longer one of them.
- Revenge: Looking for revenge against Optimus Prime.
- Villainous Friendship: He used to be friends with Drench and native Cliffjumper. However, Drench got executed by Prime for having too many virtues, while Cliffjumper got killed during Sideswipe's own ambush.
Soundwave is a Decepticon communications officer and self-proclaimed "morale officer". He has a personal squad of troops called "Recordicons". On Earth, he was knighted by the Queen of England for various heroic deeds, and now goes by moniker Sir Soundwave.
- Communications Officer: His primary function.
- Jive Turkey: Even before visiting Earth, his speech pattern was very similar to old school DJ.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Word of God says he's "the Decepticons' Bumblebee".
- Martial Arts Headband: He acquires one once he arrives on Earth. The toy of him released at Botcon did not come with one, at first, much to fan distress.
- No Indoor Voice
- The Power of Rock: He can turn rock music into a deadly weapon against the Autobots.
- Shout-Out: Apparently he's a mix of Bill & Ted and Van Halen.
- Surfer Dude
A warrior who fights with an over-developed sense of fair-play.
- Cool Plane: Transforms into a Cybertronian jet.
- Honor Before Reason: He's willing to stop the battle to let his enemy pick up a weapon he dropped.
Starscream acts as Megatron's science officer as well as his loyal second-in-command.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Sometimes, he gets a bit too out of touch from the world, and would, instead of fighting, try to science his way out of battle.
- Cool Plane: Transforms into a Cybertronian jet fighter.
- The Creon: While this Starscream is actually a capable leader, unlike his mainstream universe counterpart, he is not interested in becoming the leader of the Decepticons, instead he's quite content with his position as Megatron's Number Two.
- Doomed Hometown: The Crystal City. Optimus blew it up after Starscream refused his "offer" to join the Autobots.
- The Leader: Becomes this to the Earth-bound Decepticons.
- I Owe You My Life: Megatron saved him after Optimus had blown up Crystal City after refusing to join the Autobots. This is the reason Starscream is so loyal to him.
- Number Two: To Megatron.
- Shout-Out: His color scheme makes him look like G1 Jetfire.
- Team Mom: Or at least, he tries to be, always fussing worriedly about everyone being healthy and happy. In practice, though, his absent-minded professor nature means his social skills aren't quite up to the task.
- Tom the Dark Lord: Inverted. His name is Starscream, but he's one of the good guys.
- Undying Loyalty: He displays extreme loyalty to Megatron, to the point it borders on zealotism.
TerrorconsThe Decepticons' best combiner team, composed of five carefully selected scholars and entertainers and charged with protecting Cybertron's cultural works from the Autobots.
- One of the Kids: Sinnertwin is commonly known to hang around with the children of many species.
- Combining Mecha: They combine into Abominus.
- Cultured Badass: They all are scholars and artists who preserve and value Cybertronian culture, and Abominus preserves and magnifies all of these qualities by five.
- Dance Battler: Abominus' combat maneuvers are based on Kalistian interpretive dance.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Cutthroat used to be one of the best Cybertronian corporate moguls, running his business with morality, fairness and snappy slogans. When the Autobots destroyed his life work, he fell into Heroic BSoD until Blot's treatment managed to help him stay on level, and now he fights to stop the Autobots from spreading their destruction.
- Inkblot Test: Blot is known to perform these to determine the psychology of other Cybertronians.
- Narcissist: Rippersnapper is very full of himself. The whole reason he joined the Terrorcons is because Abominus was one of the few things that can fit his ego.
- Neat Freak: Blot believes that disordered residence leads to disordered mind, and as such his psychological tests begin with cleaning up the patient's living place.
- No-Sell: Abominus can see through illusions and holograms easily.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Hun-Grrr's altmode is an Algean two-headed razor beast, which are considered beasts of nobility on one of the planets he visited.
- Puppet Shows: Sinnertwin's puppet shows are the most well-known across the beings of the entire galaxy, from children to the royalty.
- Red Is Heroic: Abominus uses G1!Computron's colors, which means he's mostly red. He is also a heroic preserver of the world's culture.
- Sherlock Scan: Abominus' "aesthetic sensonry net" allows him to determine the age, origin, value and authenticity of any object he sees, as well as allowing him to see through disguises and illusions.
- Terror Hero: Blot normally uses his ogre altmode for shock therapies, but in the battlefield he uses it against the Autobots to intimidate and demoralize them.
- Warrior Poet: Abominus, to the point that named himself after Iaconian poem.
- Warrior Therapist: Blot is one of the best Cybertronian therapists, and is also a very good fighter, able to use his "shock therapy treatment" against the Autobots.
Treadshot used to be a very close friend of Ultra Magnus. When Magnus decided to join the Autobots, Treadshot refused to go with him, and the two went their separate ways. The two now constantly try to kill each other instead.
- Arch-Enemy: To Ultra Magnus. He is obsessed with trying to kill him, and will stop at nothing to get a chance to have his revenge.
- Cool Car: Transforms into a sports car.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Boy howdy. Their dialogue has the subtext of scorned exes.
- Stalker Without a Crush: You wouldn't believe it by their dialogue, but his feelings towards Ultra Magnus are apparently murderous, not romantic.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: For Ultra Magnus. Treadshot figures that once he defeats Ultra Magnus he can move on.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Ultra Magnus used to be friendly rivals who worked under the mentorship of weapon masters Treble and Gain. Unfortunately, Ultra Magnus joined the Autobots, and Treadshot didn't want to go the same path. Now, all they want is to see each other dead.
Thunderwing is a Special Agent in the Elite Guard, an ancient Cybertronian police force.
- Bystander Syndrome: If a crime didn't happen on Cybertron, it's a war offence and belongs to the MPs, not the peace officer like him. Therefore, he will not assist the Decepticons on Earth in fighting Autobots.
- By-the-Book Cop: Taken to ridiculous levels; he tries to give full authorized punishment to anyone who committed crime on Cybertron even if said crime happened four million years ago.
- Felony Misdemeanor: He was hunting down Soundwave for million years. Why? Because Soundwave accidentally hacked military channel while trying to use the civilian one, and then said profanity into it.
- Inspector Javert: He tried to arrest Soundwave for a crime that was committed four million years ago.
- Lawful Stupid: He never interferes with the war process, and, again, tries to arrest bots for crimes that happened millions years ago.
- Shout-Out: His personality is based on Joe Friday from Dragnet.
Whisper is Sideswipe's perpetually cheerful and noisy Micromaster partner.
- Affectionate Nickname: Sideswipe calls him "his own Mini-Con", which Whisper sees as a sign of friendship.
- Fire-Forged Friends: When Sideswipe and Whisper were assigned together, the former Autobot wasn't fond of his new partner, until Whisper managed to prove himself by his loyalty and bravery.
- Keet: Very cheerful and excitable.
- No Indoor Voice: He's very loud and noisy.
- Nonindicative Name: "Whisper" is not a name that would suit extremely noisy bot.
Crasher is the leader of the Squad.
- Action Girl: An ass-kicking female Decepticon.
- A Day in the Limelight: She is one of the main characters in "Coalescence" prose story.
- Badass in Distress: Gets frozen by The Fallen and used as a "component" to power the multiversal portal.
- Black Sheep: From the Autobots' POV. Blurr gets berated by Prime for not having killed her a long time ago when he had the chance.
- Brawn Hilda: By the time the events of "Coalescence" start taking place, she upgrades herself to the new body with heavy patrol car alt-mode, not unlike that of Strongarm from Robots in Disguise.
- Colonel Badass: She's a Mayhem Suppression Squad commander and is very capable of crashing her enemies.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Befriends Cyclonus over the course of "Coalescence" prose story.
- Robo Family: She is Blurr's cousin.
- Shockwave Stomp: Just like her Gobot incarnation, she can produce shockwaves by hitting the ground. However, she produces it with her fists, which makes her attack more of a shockwave punch. Her ability comes from her unique brain module structure, which has unique cyberoscillation that allows her to produce shockwave, and she later uses this ability to redirect the multiversal portal she was connected to into the void to allow others to banish The Fallen.
One of the more enthusiastic members of the Mayhem Suppression Squad.
- Space Cowboy: He took a shine to Earth's Westerns, and started emulating them. It also doubles as an inversion of the regular Bludgeon, who is a samurai.
- Tank Goodness: His alt-mode is a tank.
- Noble Wolves: His alt-mode is a wolf.
Dirge is a very optimistic member of the Mayhem Suppression Squad.
- Brown Note: His engines produce hypersonic hum which affects emotion centers of every other sentient beings, which results in them laughing uncontrollably.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His optimism almost borders on psychically unstable.
- Cool Plane: Transforms into a jet plane resembling F-15 but with delta-wing.
- Deep Cover Agent: Also for Alpha Trion.
- HeelFace Turn: As of the events of "Another Light" six-parter, he, just like Cyclonus, was forgiven by Galvatron and rejoined the Decepticons.
- The Pollyanna: Extremely optimistic no matter what, almost bordering on psychosis. This optimism managed to ensure he won't feel any guilt over joining Alpha Trion and betraying the Decepticons for him.
- Shout-Out: So many at the same time His robot color scheme is based on Beast Wars II Thrust, his Pretender shell is based on Descent Into Evil Dirge with the color scheme based on Descent Into Evil Chromia.
Thundercracker one of the founding members of the Mayhem Suppression Squad.
- Jerkass: He has some mean things to say about Ravage's made-up story.
- Shout-Out: He tends to talk like Woodstock.
- The Unintelligible: His speech patterns are written in groups of vertical lines.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite this, the characters understand him just fine.
Frenzy is usually very calm and friendly, but can be extremely dangerous when angered.
- The Berserker: He's capable of bursting into extreme rage, which makes him a threat even to the larger bots.
- Expy: Personality-wise, he's based on David Banner of The Incredible Hulk (1977).
- Nice Guy: He's normally chill and friendly, and almost never loses his cool. But should he be angered, however...
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Usually calm and friendly, but when he activates his Unstoppable Rage powers, the Autobots are in huge trouble.
A Decepticon commissioner who works with the mysterious vigilante known as the Batbot.
- Cigar Chomper: Never seen without a cy-gar in mouth.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Red Is Heroic: Solid red, and a good cop.
- Shout-Out: The Comissioner Gordon of Recordicons's Batman homage.
A highly sarcastic doctor who hates having to deal with Ravage
- Cats Are Mean: He's a cat-bot, and he's a grumpy sort.
- Dr. Jerk: His bedside manner sucks. Though given it's Ravage he's dealing with
- The Nicknamer: Calls Ravage female names like Dorothy or Tiffany.
- Shout-Out: He is a robotic cat version of Dr. Cox from Scrubs.
Another cassette catbot, who works under Commissioner Garboil
- Shout-Out: Vaguely fills the role of Renee Montoya in the Recordicons re-enactment of Batman: The Animated Series.
- Characterization Marches On: Initially, in the April Fools comic, he had Energon!Divebomb body mold and was colored like Armada!Laserbeak, and he had fire breath. However, all subsequent appearances had him resemble his classical G1 self with Ramhorn's colors. Come Recordicons, he's got hipster glasses.
- Hipster: He refuses to be a part of the crowd and always wants to be out of the masses. Heck, he even comes with hipster glasses. Once, he was horrified to learn Ravage inspired one of his favourite songs, and declares that from then on, he shall only listen to it "ironically".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: By day, Ratbat is your average Cybertronian layabout businessman. By night, he is vigilante crime fighter known as Batbot.
- Secret Identity: By night, he goes by Batbot.
- Sherlock Scan: Ratbat can determine the mood of anyone nearby.
- Shout-Out: He's an homage to Batman. Not surprising, given Recordicons is written by David Willis, known for his fondness for Batman jokes.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: It doesn't really work if you're still looking at him, though.
An adorable cat-like Decepticon with a penchant for playing games and chatting on the internet with humans (and anyone else who will listen).
- Ascended Meme: Started out as a Shortpacked! joke that quickly took off, getting him turned into an official character and even eventually having his own Willis-penned back-up strip series in the official Club Magazine.
- Character Blog: Has his own Twitter, Formspring, and Facebook pages, both in-world and in the real world.
- Character Tic: Waving!
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's basically a living LOL Cat who speaks almost entirely in memes.
- Cute Kitten: He's an adorable and excitable cat-like Recordicon.
- Friendly Enemy: Steeljaw is like totally his BFF! When he says he wants to tear Ravage into little pieces once he's done with his nap, he's just playing, really!
- Insane Troll Logic: The reason Ravage thinks that Steeljaw is is friend is because Steeljaw once ate Enemy's body, and the enemy of Enemy is a friend.
- Keet: In an inversion of the dark, brooding, grumpy Ravage, he is loud, cheerful and enthusiastic.
- Odd Friendship: He's BFFs with the Autobot Rosanna (which is why one of her songs is called "Look At Me Waving").
- Social Media Before Reason: Not only does he give his location away on his Yatter account, he's prone to taking selfies and sending them to his enemies to let them know that he's sneaking up on them. He's also hospitalized himself for driving while texting, much to Glit's irritation.
Rumble is Frenzy's brother and was one of Soundwave's troops, until he was captured by the Autobots. His current fate is unknown, though considering he was last seen tied up and about to be dropped into the Autobots' Smelting Pool, he's probably not in good shape
Professor Henri Arkeville
- Cute Glasses Girl: Even when she wears fanservice-y getups, she still keeps the glasses.
- Cyborg: She ends up becoming part-machine.
- Perky Goth: She has black hair and dresses in black, but is hardly gloomy and pessimistic.
- Power Parasite: She can gain the powers of Transformers within range.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Of the "shepherd" variety.
- Stripperiffic: Her costume as Emulator is not as much so as her normalverse counterpart, but still pretty fanservicey◊.
- Writing Around Trademarks: To get around copyright restrictions caused by Marvel Comics retaining the rights to her original counterpart, this continuity's version of Ms. Beller has Sephie as her given name (which, like Josie, can be a shortened form of the name Jospehine), is depicted with black hair as opposed to reddish-blonde hair, wears glasses and has her codename being Emulator.
William "Will" Hayes
- Big Eater: Of the thin, "fast metabolism" type.
- Mythology Gag: He's Billy from Transformers Armada, but with Fred's behaviour and build.
- Shout-Out: Named after professional wrestler Billy Jack Haynes.
- Those Two Guys: With Rick.
Frederick "Rick" Ottman
Autobot Characters and Subfactions
- Ax-Crazy: Back when he was Optronix, he discovered something so terrible, it destroyed his mind, which left him unhinged till a point he even lashes out to his most loyal of followers.
- Badass Bookworm: He started out as a lowly data clerk named Optronix who was able to backstab his way up through the ranks. Also when he faced opposition form the Decepticons led by Megatron, who was the one to invent the transforming technology in this setting, Optimus was smart enough to reverse engineer it.
- Bad Boss: Played with. He treats the competent and loyal Autobots relatively well, but too many failures or if you try to overthrow him, you're dead. If you're lucky. And then there are times in which he needs a handy shield.
- BFS: Acquires one eventually.
- Big Bad: And he's pretty brutal about it, too. Eventually, Rodimus succeeds in overthrowing him.
- Casting a Shadow
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Per his creators, he's still voiced by Peter Cullen, just using a more malevolent voice... like Venger.
- Faux Affably Evil: Similar to almost every incarnation of Megatron, any politeness is merely an act to keep his troops on side — though he does have one or two genuine friendships with his comrades.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Optronix was just a lowly data clerk. Optimus Prime is a brutal warlord.
- Genius Bruiser: He might not be a scientific expert, but he's an amazing strategist, effective if brutal leader and cunning to a fault.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He was once coldly logical... until one day he just went mad, and no-one knows why.
- HeelFace Turn
- Knight of Cerebus: His appearance makes the Shattered Glass series darker.
- Large Ham: And how!
- Never Recycle Your Schemes: Averted, much to the surprise of Cliffjumper, who'd never heard of a villain trying something twice!
- Obviously Evil: He's black and purple, which should be a big hint this is not the regular Optimus.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He considers his rivalry with Megatron to be a personal vendetta. When he finds out Megatron has been killed before he could have the chance, he is not happy.
- Pimp Duds: His coloration is loosely evocative of this concept.
- The Social Darwinist: His whole philosophy is that the powerful should rule and the weak obey.
- Tear Off Your Face: Does this to Ultra Magnus, in what is almost certainly a Shout-Out to the live-action film Optimus' "Give me your face!" quote.
- Artifact of Doom: Alpha Trion wields a sword that he claims was once wielded by a warrior named Slaughter, whose personality was supposedly integrated into the weapon itself. This was pretty much a lie Trion used to ultimately betray Skyfall.
- Beard of Evil
- Evil All Along: The revelation of his true nature occurs in Transcendent: Part 6.
- Evil Old Folks
- Evil Weapon: He claims his sword has the ability to take over whomever wields it. Once again, this is a big fat fib.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Manipulative Bastard
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the first signs that he's not a trustworthy sort is his blue eyes turn red. Then he skewers Skyfall.
- A Father to His Men: Big Daddy doesn't appear to be in a command position per se, but he's still a paternal figure among the Autobot ranks as befitting his name.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's an "evil Bing Crosby".
- Communications Officer
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Blaster loves to berate and mistreat his Scrounges.
- Funetik Aksent
- The Power of Mozart
- Fantastic Racism: In a counterpoint to G1 Hound's Tin Man nature, SG Hound is at once hateful towards and fearful of organics, particularly humans.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's so afraid of humans he deliberately jumped ship when Rodimus made his coup, rather than risk going to Earth.
- The Dragon: One of Prime best bodyguards.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His personality and speech are based on those of Mr. T.
- Combining Mecha: Can combine with that goon Thunderclash, nyeah!
- Dirty Cop: Both physically and morally.
- Ill Boy: Nightbeat's got himself a serious case of cosmic rust, see? And he's particular about it, see!
- Secret Police: He's the one in charge. Nyeah!
- Undying Loyalty: One of the few 'bots who's genuinely loyal to Optimus. Nyeah, that's right! Too loyal! Got him kicked off the Ark by that punk Rodimus, see!
- Verbal Tic: Nyeah, Nightbeat sounds like Edward G. Robinson, see!
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Omega Doom.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Can blow up stars. And would, too.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Affably Evil: Ratchet just wants to make everybody more exciting and interesting with his crazy modifications, and genuinely can't understand why nobody ever shares his opinion on the matter.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Took a fondness for some human music he heard during Blitzwing Bop.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Oh, he'll repair people. But he can't help but make them more "interesting" while he does so.
- Chainsaw Good: Gave Rodimus one once; Rodimus did not seem very amused.
- Combat Medic: Though not one I'd ever recommend seeing.
- Deadly Doctor
- For Science!
- HeelFace Turn
- Mad Doctor: A capable doctor, but spends a bit too much time mucking around trying to give everyone "upgrades".
- The Brute
- Character Death: Being Optimus' bodyguard was never going to be good for his long-term health, but during a coup, Optimus uses him as a living shield when Warpath takes a shot at him.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming
- Robo Family: He's brothers with Jazz, and Stepper.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: His deathtrap for Megatron is impressively overdesigned. Not one, not two, but five different deathtraps put together.Ricochet: Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
- Cannon Fodder: Blaster really wishes they were.
- Mythology Gag: When introduced, they do a version of the Rifleman's Creed, only it's about their arms. G1 Scrounge's claim to fame was his "special arm". There was no other like it.
- Affably Evil: While not quite nice, exactly, he does seem to lack the bloodthirsty and capriciously cruel nature of the average Autobot, and even seems to like the humans.
- Deep Cover Agent: For the Underbase
- Energy Beings
- A Form You Are Comfortable With
- Made of Iron: Has a disturbing tendency to survive without a scratch what should have been fatal or crippling injuries, an ability which even the other Autobots find suspicious.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Red sports cars hold no sway for this Side Burn.
- The Atoner: Sky Lynx seeks to make up for his humiliating defeat by any means possible.
- Bigger on the Inside: His shuttle mode.
- Trauma Button: Rhyming in any form, after his encounter with Wheelie.
- Butt-Monkey: Nobody likes Star Saber, not even Swoop who otherwise loves everybody.
- Berserk Button: Never, ever call him crazy.
- Mad Scientist
- They Called Me Mad!: This is practically a Catchphrase for him.
- HeelFace Turn
- Going Native / Good Feels Good: Decepticon Broadcasting Network's Esmeral and Monstructor gave Punch a chance to work with DBN. Given Monstructor was a nicer boss "than that crusted crankshaft, Countdown" (Monstructor made Punch feel a lot better about himself), Punch felt he couldn't turn them down.
- Becoming the Mask: And turned into Counterpunch as he broke the news to Rook.
- Going Native / Good Feels Good: Decepticon Broadcasting Network's Esmeral and Monstructor gave Punch a chance to work with DBN. Given Monstructor was a nicer boss "than that crusted crankshaft, Countdown" (Monstructor made Punch feel a lot better about himself), Punch felt he couldn't turn them down.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He genuinely can kick your skidplate. It's just too much work for him to ever get around to it.
- Friendly Enemy: One-sided with Ravage, on Ravage's part. Ravage adores him, but Steeljaw claims he wants to eviscerate Ravage but just hasn't gotten the motivation to get off his lazy backside and do so.
- Lazy Bum
- Panthera Awesome: He's a lion. Although the awesome is downplayed by his fondness for long, long, long naps.
- Shout-Out: His coloration is based on the Black Lion from Voltron.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Aside from the laziness, he can easily be immobilized by a good scratch behind the ears.
- Beard of Evil
- Hook Hand: It's a buzzsaw, but it's in the same spirit.
- Pragmatic Villainy: The Witwicky brothers convince him to change from the "loot and pillage" method of villainy to the "mob boss" method, as it will let the resources renew to be stolen over and over again.
- The Starscream: To Optimus Prime.
- Badass Bookworm
- Eyepatch of Power
- Wicked Cultured
- Yes-Man: To Optimus Prime.
- You Have Failed Me: Eventually, Prime gets fed up of his failures.
- Miles Gloriosus: Sort of. Scattorshot is afraid of interpersonal interaction rather than combat, but he's still all bluff under that tough exterior.
- Neat Freak: As it applies to combat.
- The Mole: Ends up betraying his army superiors to stick with his brothers and the Autobots.
- Villain Team-Up: With Rodimus.
- Villain Team-Up: With Rodimus.
- Villain Team-Up: With Rodimus.
- Ascended Extra / Canon Immigrant: The intelligent version was initially intended solely for the April Fool's comic, but fans loved it so much it was later applied to the canon version.
- Genius Bruiser: After acquiring intelligence. If properly agitated, he can regress to his bestial state, though.
- Hulk Speak: How he starts off as, and what he lapses into when he turns back into his T-Rex mode.
- Mythology Gag: Similar to his G1 counterpart, SG Grimlock also tends to pepper his speech with "I, Grimlock."
- Verbal Tic: After gaining intelligence, tends to add "Wot?" at the end of his sentences (possibly in a Shout-Out to a certain Freelance Peacekeeping Agent from G1, yes?)
- Affably Evil: Swoop really really likes everybody and just wants to be your friend! He's very genuinely sorry he has orders to kidnap you or possibly kill you, as he'd really rather hug you and love you and call you George.
- Dumb Muscle: Like all of the Dinocons, Goryu isn't a bright bot even after Starscream's neural upgrades
- Meaningful Name: Goryu has a horn: and he really, really wants to gore you.
- Ax-Crazy: Is he ever.
- BFS: The Terminus Blade, as in the only thing capable of operating the Omega Terminus.
- Facial Horror: Of the Tear Off Your Face variety, inflicted by Optimus.
- Foe Romance Subtext: With Treadshot. He was thrilled when he saw the latter was coming after him for a fight, and their exchanges have a vague lover-scorned subtext to them.
- The Starscream: For Optimus.
Wheelie, the Barbarian-Lord
- Break the Badass: Utterly crippled Sky-Lynx's self-esteem.
- The Ghost: Mentioned, but never seen.
- Large and in Charge: Mentioned by Sky-Lynx's profile to be pretty big. Not to mention, he's a barbarian lord.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Implied, given Sky-Lynx's long-standing fear of rhymes. Plus, it is Wheelie.
- Five-Man Band
- Angel Unaware: While his components knew they had something special about them, they didn't realize at first how special.
- Really Seven Billion Years Old: He's one of the original thirteen Transformers.
- Unfortunate Names: Nexus Prime was originally named "Nexus Maximus", which happens to be the name of a sex toy. It was quickly changed once this was discovered... and the mistake happened because Hasbro wanted to keep a tight leash on which characters could have "Prime" in their name.
- Back from the Dead: Having been killed by Alpha Trion back in the TransTech dimension, he's brought back to life when Nexus Prime is recreated.
- The Hero
- Only Sane Man: Seems to be the most "normal" of the group, and tends to find his whole quest, the dimensions they've been traveling through, and his fellow combiner mates, all really weird and strange.
- See his earlier entry.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Most other Quintessons prefer to hang back and not get involved in other species's affairs. Aquarius thinks this is a total drag, man.
- New-Age Retro Hippie
- Shout-Out: His five faces are those of Buddha, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, John Lennon, and Jerry Garcia, representing Joy, Compassion, Peace, Love, and Satisfaction
R. J. Blackrock
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He uses his company to build technology he can use for shady doings.
- Playing Both Sides: It turns out his goal is to wipe out both the Autobots and the Decepticons.