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Leader of the Autobots and hero of the universe.
- Adaptation Personality Change: His IDW incarnation portrays him as a horrible, fascistic, religious Knight Templar.
- Expy: Of Optimus Prime from the original series.
- Friend to All Children: Since he adopted Jean.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Star Saber tends to be the codifier for swordfighting Transformers.
- Large and in Charge: His full form is the size of a combiner.
- Parental Substitute: To Jean.
- Primary-Color Champion
- Shout-Out: His vehicle mode is based on the Core Booster from the Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movies.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Just like other Autobots fitting the trope, he is small and hangs around with the series' human.
GreatshotA six-changer mercenary, who used to be a Decepticon and former partner of Guyhawk.
- All There in the Manual: The Transformers Legends Comic: Volume EX (Greatshot) explains that he is Sixshot from the Headmasters series, having taken up a new body and identity, both to escape judgement from the Six Clan, the ninja clan he betrayed, and for atoning for his crimes as Sixshot. He goes as far as resurrecting Jack, an Autobot friend of Chromedome who was murdered by Sixshot over the events of Headmasters. Jack becomes his Headmaster partner for a while, but eventually Greatshot gains a new head of his own and the two part ways, with Greatshot eventually joining Star Saber's forces in Victory.
- Aloof Ally: Greatshot is not the sociable type, but can and does make fast friends with young lads such as Jan and Holi, and goes out of his perpetual drifting ways in order to lend his personal friend, Star Saber, a helping hand in his war against Deathsaurus.
- The Atoner: See spoilers for the Expy entry below.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: While Greatshot sees himself as ultimately unaffiliated to any faction, his allegiance is with Star Saber because when they met each other, the Autobot leader treated Greatshot with much respect, regarding him as an equal despite knowing that Greatshot used to be a Decepticon. Star Saber himself knows well who Greatshot was in the past, and has forgiven him for the things he did then. It's this respect, and the friendship that came with it, what Greatshot retributes with unwavering loyalty to Star Saber.
- The Drifter: As befitting a Ronin type. He was this before the Star Saber vs Deathsaurus conflict, and after that conflict's conclusion, he resumes his drifting from one battlefield to another, fighting the good fight in order to atone for his past crimes.
- Samurai: He is characterized like this, using a lot of ancient, samurai-esque modisms in his speech pattern, albeit his life style is more in line with the Ronin variety, basically a Japanese counterpart to a traditional European Knight Errant.
- Expy: Of Sixshot from Headmasters. Justified since he is none other than Sixshot himself, with a new body and name, and having joined the Autobots to atone for his crimes in his past as a Decepticon. It's presumably why he regards himself as a runt even as a good guy, and also explains how he met the Breastforce warrior, Guyhawk, as well as the Crossformers Blue Bacchus and Black Shadow.
- Head Swap: He has the same body-type as Sixshot, albeit with different robot and beast heads. Not to mention he was actually a Headmaster at some point between Headmasters and Victory.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Like the other six-changers of the Japanese continuity, Greatshot started out as a ninja. He was actually Sixshot from Headmasters.
- Rhino Rampage: Greatshot's animal form is a rhino (with wings).
DeathsaurusThe current Decepticon Emperor of Destruction, who has a grudge against Star Saber for getting his space fortress stranded millennia ago.
- Adaptation Personality Change: The manga version is much nicer, adopting a human son, and eventually making peace with Star Saber, when it's revealed he has a wife.
- Arch-Enemy: Star Saber.
- Big Bad: As the current leader of the Decepticons.
- Combining Mecha: The Combiner Wars Liokaiser includes Deathsaurus as the torso piece.
- Expy: Of Megatron from the original series.
- Kaiju: His altmode.
- Large and in Charge: He's as big as Star Saber.
- Orcus on His Throne: He doesn't go to battle often, so sometimes it seems as if Leozack was the Decepticon leader. Of course, Deathsaurus never loses a chance to remind him the pecking order.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name has been spelled a lot of ways, mainly Deszaras or Deathsaurus.
- Took a Level in Badass: Early appearances had Star Saber defeating him without much difficulty. Later in the show he became more of a threat.
DinoforceSix Decepticon Pretenders with dinosaur-like shells. They are Doryu, Gairyu, Goryu, Kakuryu, Rairyu and Yokuryu, forming together to create Dinoking.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Utterly stupid though they are, they did manage to kill Jan's parents.
- Catchphrase: Kakuryu messes up so often that his catchphrase is "I'm sorry!"
- Combining Mecha: They form Dinoking.
- Dumb Muscle: Everyone but Goryu. Together, the team has the combined brains of a fruit loop.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: It's even in the sub-team name.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Kakuryu loves humans, is fairly kind, and too bumbling to succeed at anything evil. It's no surprise that he canonically became an Autobot later on, even taking the name "Grimmaster".
- Palette Swap: Of the American Pretender Monsters.
- Theme Naming: The "ryu" suffix, which means "dragon" in Japanese.
- Villain Decay: They are initially a reasonable threat in the early episodes, but are a joke by the end.
Six Decepticons whose breastplates can turn into beast partners or weapons. They are Drillhorn, Gayhawk, Hellbat, Jarugar and Leozack (leader), and form together to create Liokaiser.
- Boxed Crook: Guyhawk starts the series off in prison on the planet Micro, until he's busted out partway through the series.
- Butt-Monkey: Hellbat.
- Character Death: Liokaiser is killed by being thrown into Deathsaurus' fortress' main weapon, which drains his energy entirely.
- Combining Mecha: They form Liokaiser.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of Liokaiser's fights have him dishing this out, even against Star Saber.
- The Dragon: Leozack is Deathsaurus' second in command and, most of the time, the leader in the battlefield.
- Knight of Cerebus: Liokaiser. He nearly kills Star Saber in his debut, and with him the Decepticons actually start winning.
- The Starscream: Leozack to Deszaras, and Hellbat to Leozack. The former doesn't get much success and got humiliated by Deszaras, putting an end to his plans. The latter had some success in making Leozack look bad, but also ended up making himself look bad as well.
- Tank Goodness: Killbison.
- This Is a Drill: Drillhorn.
DeathcobraThe Decepticons' intended replacement to Hellbat in Breastforce. He was accidentally killed by Hellbat.
- Toyless Toyline Character: He died too soon to justify a toy release.