The Transformers franchise has exploded in popularity within the last decade. It is hard to believe that a
line of small transforming toys, which first came out in 1984, has become such a cultural phenomenon. The first film in the Transformers film franchise cemented the stars as A-list celebrities who became inseparable from their work on the series. In fact, the recent Transformers film franchise has grossed billions of dollars in the international box office, and continue to venture into new territory. There are rumors that another spin-off film based upon the origins of Optimus Prime, and a cross-over film between GI-Joe/Transformers are all in the works. What started as toys, turned into shows, movies, and everything in between. However, with the ever-expanding Transformers universe, it becomes tough to keep track of all of the characters.
In this article, we will be taking a look at all of the iconic characters that helped shape our childhood. This ranges from the noble and powerful Optimus Prime to the smallest mini-bots like Brawn. When you start recounting these robots in disguise, it’s only fair we start with the Autobot that leads the charge.
Here is our giant list of Transformer Characters:
Optimus Prime is the strongest Autobot as he leads the Autobots against the evil Decepticons on planet Cybertron and on Earth. He is driven to protect everyone’s safety and freedom as “freedom is the right of all sentient beings” and also strives for a peaceful co-existence with humans. With his courageous and moral nature, Optimus Prime has been killed many times, but as a true leader in the Transformers series, he has also been revived to help the Autobots prevail in the war. This character rallied all Primes through the belief that “All are One” and continuously battles to honor this motto. His notable alternate mode in Transformers is a Freightliner semi-truck.
Despite his small size, Bumblebee is one of the toughest Autobots. His drive to protect others and his immense bravery make him an honorable Autobot, especially to Optimus Prime. Bumblebee has a close alliance with humans and serves as a messenger and scout in the battle against the Decepticons. He is the underdog of the series which only emphasizes his power through courage and perseverance for good.
Ratchet is an Autobot medic, healer and soldier. He repairs injured robots, but also has the strength to fight along with his comrades. Although he is one of the older robots, he is known to be wise and fierce. Ratchet is one of the closest to Optimus Prime. He is appropriately portrayed as an ambulance
Jazz is known to be a very cool and calm Autobot. This character makes him apt for intense missions as he is able to persevere in the most heated situations. However, this ability often puts him in great danger as he faces some of the most intense missions. As expected, Jazz also tends to put himself in danger for the safety of others. This Autobot excels at being adaptable to any situation which allows him to solve any problem. His great knowledge of Earth allows him to be a respected comrade to Optimus Prime.
Wheeljack is the inventor for Autobots as he creates new weapons and tools for his comrades. In-vehicle mode, Wheeljack is a Lancia Stratos Turbo and is known to be an exceptional driver. What makes Wheeljack unique is his ability to fly for a maximum of 800 miles using rockets in his arms despite not being a plane.
Prowl is an analytical Autobot. He uses logic to study combat situations which guides his strategizing skills. To suit his analytical nature, Prowl is known to be more on the reserved side and is not very talkative. He is one of Optimus Prime’s most trusted Autobots.
Ultra Magnus is a strong soldier to Optimus Prime and doesn’t desire the position of leader. He is equipped with exceptional fighting skills and is best at improvising. As a soldier, Ultra Magnus is always willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
Rodimus Prime was initially known as Hot Rod. As Hot Rod, he was short-tempered but always meant well. He was a brave fighter and later became known as the Chosen One after defeating Unicron using the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. As Rodimus Prime, he is the same Hot Rod, but with different exteriors and physical abilities. A common association of Rodimus Prime is his partial contribution to Optimus Prime’s death which often causes him to feel guilty and to look down on himself.
Ironhide is a trustworthy officer for the Autobots. He is a guard and military strategy leader who is more slow, but resilient. Physically, Ironhide appears aggressive, but he is a kind robot who does prefer fighting without Optimus Prime.
Hound is an Autobot scout who uses holographic projections as his weapon. He loves Earth and actually desires to be human.
Gears is a small, yet tough Autobot. He is capable of enduring attacks and strains. Personality-wise, he is pessimistic and anti-social
Blaster is a daring Communications Specialist Autobot. He is often a leader in battle. Blaster is also captivated by Earth’s culture in music.
Mirage is an Autobot who can become invisible which helps to sneak up on Decepticons. He is strong in fighting and intelligence. However, Mirage is unsure of the Autobot cause in the battle against Decepticons which makes it difficult to fully trust him.
Huffer is a pessimistic, yet reliable Autobot. His sensor-equipped build and strong, resistant exterior make him capable for testing materials used by Autobots.
Springer is an optimistic Autobot. His large build is intimidating paired with the springs in his legs which allow for long-distance travel. Spring can transform into both a helicopter and car.
Impactor is the former leader of the Wreckers. He is strong on the battlefield as he is equipped with numerous weapons from missiles to harpoon.
Topspin is a thrill-seeker who is up for any challenge. He was part of the Wreckers and is the brother to Twin Twist. He was eventually killed by Megatron.
Kup is an older Autobot. With his age comes vast experience. He is brave and loyal to his comrades and always offers advice based on his past experiences.
Bluestreak is an extremely fast Autobot. He uses speed to his advantage instead of mere strength. He also dislikes war.
Sunstreaker is the twin brother of Sideswipe. He has a large ego which would seem to cause problems in war, but in actuality, Sunstreaker is very competent and ruthless in battle.
Sideswipe is the twin brother of Sunstreaker. He is less cold and less skilled in combat compared to Sunstreaker. Sideswipe is guilty of being rash which often leads to injuries.
Blurr is one of the fastest Autobots. He is known to be glorious and victorious. He also has a large ego to match his speed.
Cliffjumper is one of Optimus Prime’s scouts. Despite his small size, he desires victory against the Decepticons. He uses his speed, recklessness and courageousness to battle enemies.
After witnessing the violent motives of the Decepticons, Jetfire joined the Autobots. He is fast in flight and also believes that having the upper hand in technological power will allow the Autobots to win the battle.
Broadside is an unfortunate aircraft carrier and jet as he gets seasick and is afraid of heights. Despite these disadvantages of his, Broadside is an effective warrior for the Autobots.
Sandstorm is a risk-taker when it comes to war against Decepticons. As a helicopter and dune buggy, Sandstorm’s advantage lies in his maneuverability which makes him a tricky opponent.
Windcharger has magnetic powers that allow him to move distant objects. In addition to this ability, he is fast in short distances which can be advantageous, but also limiting. To match his speed over short distances, Windcharger has a short attention span which can also be a disadvantage.
Skids was previously a scientist. This explains his analytical nature toward life on Earth. He gains a lot of knowledge about the new planet which can help Autobots adapt to the new environment; however, his revelations are often seen as less useful.
Perceptor has a desire for knowledge and studies how Autobots can adapt to Earth. He is seen as very smart and kind-hearted as he strives to protect human life.
Inferno is a search and rescue Autobot. Although, he is sometimes distracted by battle. He has great strength which asserts him as an effective fire truck.
Wreck-Gar is a brave Autobot who is also the leader of Junkions. Despite being made of scrapes, he is able to transform into a motorcycle and repair himself when needed.
Trailcutter is an alien robot from Cybertron. He joined the Autobots to battle the Decepticons and to protect Earth. His power comes in the form of an impenetrable force field.
Beachcomber is an Autobot that actually dislikes battle. He prefers exploring nature instead. Although he doesn’t have an interest in war, Beachcomber is effective in battle.
Emirate Xaaron was the leader of the Autobot underground resistance movement. He uses his wisdom to impose power over others rather than physical strength.
Tracks is equipped with a variety of weapons. In addition to this advantage, Tracks can fly while he is a Chevrolet Corvette. Because of his vehicle form, he is often seen as narcissistic.
Sizzle is drawn to danger but is often seen as an average warrior with no extreme skill. His vehicular mode is transforming into a turbo car.
Fizzle is all talk. He creates elaborate strategies for victories. His vehicular mode is transforming into a buggy.
Guzzle is a tough warrior who is all about combat. His vehicular mode is transforming into a tank.
Cosmos is a flying saucer in outer space. He serves as a communication satellite for the Autobot and uses his optic sensors to identify faraway items
Arcee is an alien, but also of the robot species of Cybertron. She is seen to have the need to protect Danierl Witwicky throughout the series. She was exceptional combat skills, especially with sharpshooting.
Grimlock is the leader of the Dinobots. He can also transform into a tyrannosaurus rex. Grimlock believes that he is the strongest and most powerful robot which is why he feels that he should be the leader of Autobots instead of Optimus Prime. To fuel his ego, Grimlock likes to assert his power and also tends to look down on those who are weaker, especially humans.
Slag is a Dinobot who can transform into a triceratops. He only takes orders from Grimlock. Slag is a very violent robot and is often disruptive with his comrades which explains his lack of strong connections with the other Autobots.
Swoop is a Dinobot who transforms into a pteranodon. He may be on the weaker side, but his intelligence and skills in flight are effective in instilling fear in his enemies. Despite his fearless appearance, Swoop is good and friendly in nature.
Sludge is a Brontosaurus Dinobot. He is notable for his incredible strength that is almost comparable to that of Grimlock, Optimus Prime and Megatron. He is also fearless in battle, but gentle outside of the fighting scene.
Snarl is a Stegosaurus Dinobot who likes to battle. He tends to be a loner-type and is often uncooperative which makes it difficult for others to work with him.
Brawn is a small, but tough mini-bot Autobot. He thrives in dangerous and challenging situations. A unique feature of Brawn is his resistance to artillery fire, but susceptibility to electromagnetic waves.
Powerglide is one of the few Autobots that can fly. He uses this ability to show off to other Autobots. While he is not showing off, he uses concussion bombs and also shoots thermal beams against enemies.
Seaspray is an underwater Autobot who transforms into a robot on land. He is equipped with advantageous sonar radar and lasers that compensate for his lack of strength.
Warpath is a vain and loud-mouth robot. His durable exterior gives him an advantage in battle. He also boasts about his sharpshooting skills.
As a robot, Smokescreen can shoot missiles. As a car, Smokescreen can emit magnetic smoke to impair enemies.
Grapple is an architect Autobot. He likes to build structures rather than fight and battle.
Silverbot is the leader of Aerialbots. Although he is a Concorde jet, Silverbot is afraid of heights. He was selected by Optimus Prime to command troops.
Skydive is one of the best Aerialbots. He is talented in flight. However, he prefers studying and knowledge over fighting.
Air Raid is an aggressive Aerialbot. He prefers collisions with enemies rather than shooting. Along with other Aerialbots, Air Raid forms Superion.
Combat Colin was a part of the military but wanted to join the Action Force. After being denied, he and Semi-Automatic Steve partnered and became known as Colin’s Gang. Their crossover with the Transformers took place at a Transformers-only party where Colin and Steve were denied from.
Semi-Automatic Steve joined Combat Colin to form Colin’s Gang. The two featured a crossover with the Transformers where they were denied from a Transformers-only party.
Sparkplug Witwicky is a mechanic and also father of Spike, Buster and Butch. His role with the Transformers is helping rescued Autobots against the Decepticons.
Buster Witciky is Spike Witciky’s younger brother. He is a son of Sparkplug Witwicky.
Jesse is Buster Witcky’s girlfriend.
Circuit Breaker was a woman named Josie Beller who became paralyzed by Shockwave. This injury led to cybernetic enhancements which gave her the ability to hunt down robots.
Death’s Head was a cyborg bounty hunter who had fought Galvatron, Rodimus Prime and Bumblebee.
Donny Finkleberg is guilty of encouraging Megatron to assert Decepticon power over humans and to convince people that Autobots were enemies.
G.B. Blackrock is one of the few who can distinguish Autobots from Decepticons. This makes him powerful especially when it comes to providing human assistance to his ally, the Autobots.
Flint is the Executive Officer of the G.I. Joe Team who asserted that Transformers were actually living beings.
The Baroness and Cobra paired up to search for a crashed spaceship which was contained deactivated robots that they both worked to reactivate and serve them.
Dr. Mindbender uses mind control and interrogation to gain insights on enemies. At one point, he had placed a listening device on a Decepticon which provided information on the Decepticon plan to destroy Earth.
One of the first members of G.I. Joe created to stop Cobra and the Baroness from taking advantage of the Transformers to serve them.
Fortress Maximus is high in status and is often given the ability to command troops and to substitute as Autobot leader. Ultimately, Fortress Maximus desires peace and dislikes violence, but will fight when it is needed.
Scorponok was the leader of Decepticons Headmasters. He can transform into a robot or scorpion where he instills pain through electric shocks.
Soundwave is one of Megatron’s most trusted partners. Because of this strong alliance, other Decepticons despise Soundwave which often leads to conflicts within the Decepticons. He has incredible hearing abilities which allow him to gain information to advance not only his team but his status as well, which makes him a very powerful and intelligent robot. Soundwave is often portrayed as a microcassette recorder, and in-vehicle mode, as a jet or a truck.
Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons and is expectedly the opposite of Optimus Prime. While Optimus Prime believes in safety, freedom and nobility, Megatron believes in “Peace through Tyranny” and utilizes his terrorizing power and ruthlessness to fight the Autobots.
As a natural leader, Megatron aims to lead his comrades to prevail over Autobots and to claim all of Earth’s resources no matter the cost. Despite his villainous character, Megatron actually sees himself as good.
Galvatron is the recreation of Megatron after being injured by Optimus Prime. Upon recreation, Galvatron overtook Starscream who was temporarily the leader of the Decepticons by killing Starscream. As the returned leader, he sought after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
Shockwave is portrayed as a smart and, therefore, powerful Decepticon. He uses logic and analysis to strategize against Autobots. Because of his logical and strategic nature, Shockwave was the leader of Decepticons on occasion, but his role was ultimately returned to Megatron. As a laser gun, Shockwave uses lethal energy waves to his advantage.
Lazerbeak is Soundwave’s minion. As a close robot to Soundwave, he is able to gain Autobot secrets and pass them along to Megatron. Lazerbeak also likes to hunt his enemies.
Starscream uses speed and ruthlessness in his favor as a Decepticon. He believes that speed can help them win over the Autobots instead of just strength and power. This mindset is often opposed by Megatron. To set himself apart from Megatron even more, Starscream is known to not be as loyal, compared to Soundwave, which leads Megatron to be distrustful of Starscream. This relationship unsurprisingly supports Starscream’s desire to replace Megatron as leader of Decepticons.
Ravage is one of Soundwave’s minions. He is also very loyal to Megatron. His strength is his craftiness with creating strategies to battle. This Decepticon excels independently and at night.
Although a Decepticon, Thundercracker is not totally on board with the Decepticon’s cause which ultimately impedes on his effectiveness in battle. He is a sidekick to Starscream and also teams up with Skywarp. As a hovercraft, his speed is his strength. In addition to speed, Thundercracker uses deafening sound waves to deabilitate humans. Thundercracker is also opportunistic when it comes to overtaking Megatron as leader.
Previously known as Thundercracker before his injury during battle. Scourge and some of his comrades are skilled in tracking down Autobots.
Skywarp operates under Starscream and because of his lack of intelligence, he often requires supervision. Despite this feature, Skywarp is very loyal and favorable to Megatron. An advantage that Skywarp has is his ability to teleport and his sneakiness which allows him to attack Autobots unexpectedly.
Buzzsaw is one of Soundwave’s cassette minions. He is detailed when it comes to missions and can be cruel and destructive in nature.
Rumble is a small, but mean Decepticon. He is short-tempered and acts tough to compensate for his size. He looks up to Megatron.
Frenzy is one of Soundwave’s cassettes. He is known to crave destruction, chaos and violence and to spread fear amongst others. Despite this personality, Frenzy is physically weak, but his logical thinking compensates.
Ratbat serves as a spy for the Decepticons who thrives in the dark. He wanted to lead the Decepticons to victory but was unable to because of his death.
Cyclonus was created by Unicron from the remains of Bombshell or Skywarp. He is known to be strong and loyal which makes him an advantage in battle for the Decepticons.
Straxus ruled most of Cybertron. He led the Decepticons to melt Autobots and to use the material to form new Decepticons. Straxus is feared by many, even by his own soldiers.
Unicron, also known as The Lord of Chaos, is a transformer deity. He strives to capture other planets given his powerful and intelligent abilities. Unicron has the ability to transform into planet mode where he travels space or robot mode where he battles.
Twin Twist is a Jumpstarter and can transform extremely quick. He is drawn to violence and fighting as he feels the need to prove himself as capable of destruction.
Carnivac can transform into robot or wolf form. He is known to be brutal and unpredictable which makes him dangerous to everyone. He was also the leader of the Mayhem Attack Squad.
As a loyal Decepticon, Astrotrain is a military transport. He has a unique ability to transform between robot, train and space shuttle. During battle, Astrotrain takes advantage of his opponent’s panic and fear to reign superior.
Blitzwing can also transform into a jet and a tank in order to transport materials. He is known to be one of Megatron’s most powerful advantages.
Octane is a Multichanger Decepticon between robot, Boeing 747 and tanker truck. He enjoys injury and damage to others and is seen as a bully even to comrades. He is equipped with a flamethrower and deflect-shield.
Razorclaw is the leader of the Predacons. He can transform into a lion which explains his patient nature. Razorclaw prefers to wait for the right time to attack opponents as it preserves energy. After waiting for the right time to strike, Razorclaw uses his abilities to leap and claw to defeat enemies. Forms part of the Predaking.
Rampage is known to be violent. His short temper helps to fuel his strength in battle. Forms part of the Predaking.
Tantrum is a short-tempered bull Predacon. He uses forceful techniques during fight. He is the Predaking’s left leg.
Headstrong is known to be arrogant and stubborn. His mindset is that he is always right and that he doesn’t need to listen to anyone else.
Bombshell is the leader of Insecticons. He is intelligent and is able to hypnotize and control minds through his cerebro shells.
Shrapnel is identified by his battle cry and his feed off of enemy cries. As a robot, Shrapnel ejects lightning bolts. As an insect, he uses his antennae to control electrical devices
Kickback is a grasshopper Insecticon. He uses powerful kicks and his clever personality to attack opponents.
Scrapper is the leader of the Constructicons. His strength lies in planning the design of anything the Constructicons build. He forms the right leg of the Combiner Devastator.
Scavenger is one of the Constructicons that searches for materials to be used by Decepticons. To Megatron, he is particularly useful for finding valuable resources like fuel. Scavenger also forms the right arm of the Combiner Devastator.
Mixmaster has the ability to combine given resources and create any new material. This is a huge benefit to Decepticons. He is also the left leg of the Combiner Devastator.
Long haul is a dump truck that also forms that lower torso of the Combiner Devastator. He has an important role in construction, especially with energy-recovery installations.
Hook is a perfectionist Constructicon. This is helpful as a repair robot for Decepticons. Hook is able to transform into a crane, and he is also the head and chest of the Combiner Devastator.
Bonecrusher is drawn to destruction. His strength is in demolishing and as a bulldozer. He is also the left arm of the Combiner Devastator.
Motormaster is the leader of the Stunticons. He is known to be the rival of Optimus Prime as he strives to destroy him in attempts to be the “King of the Road.” His strong exterior makes him no match for any other robot except for his rival. He also forms the head and body of Menasor.
Drag Strip is a competitive Stunticon. His pride from victories fuels his competitive nature which causes him to be disliked by many. He forms the left arm of Menasor.
Vortex is a Combaticon helicopter that uses torturous flights to obtain information from enemies. He forms the left arm of Bruticus Maximus.
Thrust is a Seeker who uses his presence to scare enemies. He doesn’t believe in strategies to sneak on enemies. Thrust is equipped with powerful acceleration abilities in flight.
Dirge finds power in instilling fear in others; however, he is quite fearful himself which makes him a weaker Decepticon.
Ramjet is known to cause collisions all around. He also had a plan to go against Megatron and to destroy Earth, but before he could carry out, Megatron found out and destroyed Ramjet.