‘Transformers 3′ Characters: The Complete Guide

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon has invaded the box office – providing one of the coolest eye-candy experiences moviegoers will see all summer. Despite an overlong runtime and some plot-holes, both fans and critics (read our Transformers 3 review) have praised the movie for its exciting and over-the-top final act – which looks especially cool as an IMAX 3D experience.

However, while the visuals excel, the stars of the film – the cybernetic organisms known as “Transformers” – are, with a few exceptions, somewhat under-served and underdeveloped once again. As a result, many fans were left scratching their heads, trying to figure out which bot was which, while speculating on backstories for the more obscure characters.

To combat the confusion, we’ve put together a list of every credited bot that either returns for Transformers Dark of the Moon or makes their feature film debut – including a brief description and image for each character (retreads such as the Barricade and Brawl clones in the film are not included). Admittedly, with the film still fresh in theaters, images and info for a couple of characters won’t be as readily available as others – so we’ll be updating this Transformers 3 character guide as new images and details appear online. In addition, we’re hard at work on a full guide to every Transformer featured in Michael Bay’s robot trilogy (including the Mountain Dew bot) which we’ll unveil in the coming days.

In the meantime, check out the guide below – and then head over to our Transformers 3 spoilers post to discuss any character details that might be spoiler-ish for fans who have yet to see the film.

Brains – Autobot

Brains in Transformers Dark of the Moon Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide
Description: Once a Decepticon drone unit, Brains unexpectedly became sentient and escaped his evil masters – taking refuge with reformed Decepticon Wheelie. Brains hides in plain site as a laptop computer and is extremely loyal to his human friends – not to mention committed to seeing the Decepticons annihilated.

Bumblebee – Autobot

Bumblebee in Transformers Dark of the Moon Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide
Description: Bumblebee is an Autobot scout and one of Optimus Prime’s most trusted allies. What he lacks in strength, he makes up for with determination, bravery and loyalty – gladly giving his life if necessary to protect others and stop the Decepticons. When not transformed as a Chevrolet Camaro, he enters battle with a plasma cannon on his right arm. He lost the ability to speak when his voice processor was damaged during a fight with Megatron – though he still communicates with human allies using various Earth radio frequencies.

Dino – Autobot

Dino in Transformers Dark of the Moon Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide

Description: Dino is a close quarters-combat Autobot that transforms into red Ferrari 458 Italia. Some fans will notice the character is referred to as Mirage in the Dark of the Moon videogame and other marketing – however, in honor of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo aka “Dino” (who died at the age of 24), the character’s name was altered for the final movie.

The Dreads: Crankcase, Crowbar, Hatchet – Decepticons

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Description: The Dreads are a trio of Decepticons (lead by Crankcase) who transform into black Chevrolet Suburban emergency SUVs. While Crankcase and Crowbar have beastly, albeit humanoid, alternate forms, when not in vehicle form, Hatchet appears as a cybernetic lion. In Dark of the Moon, the trio faces-off against Bumblebee, Ironhide, and Dino in a highway chase.

Check out each of The Dreds in detail below:

The Dreds: Crankcase – Decepticon

Crankcase Transformers Dark of the Moon Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide

The Dreds: Crowbar – Decepticon

Crowbar Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide

The Dreds: Hatchet – Decepticon

Hatchet Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide

Driller – Decepticon

The Driller in Transformers Dark of the Moon Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide

Description: The driller was one of many native Cybertronian creatures, until it was domesticated by Shockwave prior to the destruction of Cybertron. Shockwave now commands the leviathan. Though the bot is never shown in full, appearing mostly as a series of wriggling robotic tentacles, the Driller does appear to have a “head” of sorts – fitted with bladed “teeth” as pictured in the image above.

Igor – Decepticon


Igor Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide

Description: First spotted at Megatron’s African camp, Igor is a small and disfigured Decepticon bootlicker. Igor’s combined portrayals in the Dark of the Moon novelization and early concept art could indicate that the character is actually Long Haul’s decapitated head. Unlike similarly-sized peons such as Wheelie and Brains, Igor lacks an alternate form and does not contribute to the overall war in any meaningful capacity – unless you count chewing on various items as a meaningful contribution.

Ironhide – Autobot

Ironhide in Transformers Dark of the Moon Transformers 3 Characters: The Complete Guide

Description: Ironhide serves as the Autobot weapons specialist. He is one of Optimus Prime’s oldest friends, though they don’t always see eye to eye – with Ironhide at times pushing Autobot collateral damage codes to achieve faster results. Ironhide’s vehicle mode is a GMC Topkick and his weapons arsenal consists of machine guns, plasma cannons and a devastating Gatling missile launcher, ensuring he is always the first into battle with the Decepticons.

Continue reading our Transformers 3 Character Guide for fan-favorites like Laserbeak and debut bots like Que…

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  1. I like how you say that the Wreckers are disguised as battle-ready NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet Impala stock cars as if that was much of a disguise.

    • You don’t see battle-ready NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet Impala stock cars everyday? 😉

      • I personally dug the little time given to the Wreckers, but them actually having guns while in vehicle form was something I hadn’t seen yet.

        I don’t know if I was alone, but the first time they showed Roadbuster on the launch platform for the Autobot rocket, I could have sworn it was Master Chief. Anyone?

  2. Although the transforming into the pink girl robot was a little lame (was this an homage to Arcee??) Lazerbeak was bad @$$ in this movie. I would say of the new bots, he was probably my favorite.

    I kind of wished that Sunstreaker would have been in this movie to play off Sideswipe, but Dino (Mirage) was a nice addition.

    Soundwave was used pretty well, always a fan of him.

    • As a kid watching and collecting Transformers toys, Sunstreaker was the Holy Grail of the toys for me…hard to find. I’ve looked at every KMart, Zayers, KayBee Toy store, and Kids R Us to find him to no avail. I finally saw one which was out of the box. I played around with it and there was some missing pieces. I considered the Five Finger discount but said no. I’m sure you can bid on him on EBay. I wished he was on the Transformers movie even for a brief instant. Sideswipe is his brother but how cool is a yellow sportscar! Ah nostalgia!

      • HAHA!! Did you really just make a Zayer reference?!?! That place has been out of business for 20 years at least (man, am I old!!).

        I will admit I was a spoiled kid, I had every transformer that came out when it came out (and GI Joe toy for that matter). Then, things went downhill lol.

        Sunstreaker was in my top 5 when I was younger. Starscream, Megatron, Prime, Sunstreaker and Soundwave (I put Lazerbeak and Ravage in with him lol).

  3. thats not dino its marage. it said that in the moive and game.


      • No worries. I had the same reaction when I saw the film – since I reviewed the game on the GR side 😉

    • Dude, you should really read things through before you make complaints, it looked kind of lame when you made that comment and then apologizing for not reading the whole article. (I’ve learnt that lesson a long time ago.)

  4. My friend wants a toy of Brains now – that little ‘bot was easily her favorite. Doesn’t seem like there is one on the market yet, though.

    I’d go for a Shockwave toy even though I was a bit disappointed with how little he actually had to do with the plot in the movie, besides commanding the Driller.

  5. I really wanted Hotshot to be in the movies… from all the TV shows and toys, Hotshot was always my favorite.

    And of course, Jetfire (I wish he wasn’t that old in TF2 and I also would have preferred if he hadn’t have died – that way he could have made a return in TF3).

    Red Alert was also one of my favorites: but I guess he was kind of “replaced” by Ratchet in the movies… both look alike and both are medics.

    Anyway, those were my favorite characters that didn’t appear in the movies (excluding Jetfire), not that anyone asked 😉

    • Red Alert never appeared much in the comics either because Ratchet was always the main medic (and actually a very prominent character) there.

      Too bad though, two medics are certainly better than one and the Autobots often needed all the help they could get!

  6. I know he probably wasn’t listed, but Barricade was in TF3. He was in the part with (SPOILER)
    The Decepticons that had Bumble Bee, Que, and Ratchet prisoner

    • Ya, I noticed that too – though it wasn’t made clear in the film whether or not it was Barricade or a “Barricade clone” – similar to what they did with Brawl in Revenge of the Fallen.

      That’s why we only listed “Credited” bots – since it could be argued either way.

  7. So was the one decepticon(?) that turned into the garbage truck Wreckgar maybe? And if so, how cool would it have been to have Weird Al voice him?

  8. Honestly the Transformers designs are too busy. A jumbled mess with no distinct body language or silhouettes. The person designing them should never be allowed to design again. He needs to go back to school and learn the basics.

    • I think I can think of 100 million reasons why he will get another job…..

      • I can think of $400+ million reasons.

    • The transformers are way too busy. And the millions upon millions would STILL have been made if we had more distinguishable robots. Admit it guys. Less moving parts and more form would have been better. They are still cool movies though.

      • I like the moving parts, but they definitely should have worked harder on making the Transformers resemble their original designs more.

        They managed it with Optimus Prime and to an extent Bumblebee (since he was recognizable enough), Jazz, Shockwave, Megatron. These are, of course, all the most popular Transformers. Why not the others? ‘Cause they weren’t as popular.

        But it STILL would have been nice to see that extra effort.

        • I disagree Soundwave was just as popular as the ones you have listed.

          • True, he was. I stand corrected on that one.

            • I hope whoever does the Transformer movies goes with designs closer to the characters in G1. I was hoping maybe Ultra Magnus would of showed up in this one. Que design as WheelJack was an EPIC FAIL!

              • Yes, it was. I was very glad they re-named that “pretender.”

    • I agree. Worst design team ever. Too confusing with a lack of coloring (the Decepticons mostly) to tell who is who. The lack of larger pieces to define the body was a big complaint of mine. Also they had way too much detail in the faces which just made it impossible to make out what I was seeing. All the villians die and some barely had any screen time. Megatron was barely in it. Starscream was stupid and drooling (he was a lot cooler in the Cartoons/Comics). Soundwave was turned into a thug with nothing of his original character in him at all. Shockwave doesn’t even speak a word and is more or less an ultra-grunt for the Decepticons. Laserbeak was probably one of the better villians in the movie with a decent amount of screen time and dialog. Overall they all get overshadowed by someone else as the main bad guy which pretty much ruins the movie for me. I say wait 5 years and reboot the whole series and never mention Michael Bay’s name again.

  9. What’s the name of the decepticon that transformed into the teenage girl in Revenge of the Fallen?

    • I think her name was Lame-bot.

      • Wasn’t it Hot-bot 😉

    • Alice – She was a “Pretender” bot. We’ll cover her in the mega Transformers character post for sure.

      • I have to admit, that “Pretender” concept worked VASTLY better than in the comics – where they were gigantic humans! That probably wouldn’t have fooled anybody… 😀

  10. Are The Dreads from anything prior to this movie? I dont remember them from G1, the comics or any of the Beast Wars/Machines stuff. I know there is a lot of other material out there though.

  11. I’ve personally found that most of the Decepticons were all underused in this movie,considering the devastation that they were causing.

    While I like Lazerbeak,where the hell is Rumble?If I’m not mistaken,he and Bumblebee had a pretty good grudge with each other in the G1 cartoon.

    Shockwave is completely misused.In the comic,he more or less pulls rank constantly on Megatron,and there’s pretty much nothing that he can do about it,because Shockwave could kick Megatron’s @$$ in seconds.Wish they would’ve used those character angles instead of The Fallen and Sentinel Prime.

    I like that Bumblebee and Ratchet aren’t wimps like they are in the cartoon and comic,respectively.

    Looking at the series as a whole,I think it would’ve served itself better if it were a saga like LOTR so that there is more time to actually develop the robot characters equally,instead of them just being set pieces for the human actors.

    • Yeah, I would have loved to see the Shockwave/Megatron dynamic more than Sentinel Prime. That was probably the no. 1 most disappointing thing about the movie to me.

    • Yeah thats what i was wondering too.

  12. I wasnt a fan of how they did soundwave.

  13. loldino

  14. What is it

  15. They say they’re working on a complete guide, for the trilogy that is, so give them some time…

  16. An outstanding post, showcasing why Screen Rant is THEE place for movie news, reviews and more.

  17. Wait a minute… ‘characters’? In Transformers?

    Hahahaha, that’s a good one. Had me going there for a minute.

  18. They say they’re working on a complete guide, for the trilogy that is, so give them some time..

  19. Ken Jeong, I have a room lined with plastic waiting for your d1ckless ways…

  20. So how did Sentinel Prime lead the Autobots without the matrix since the matrix has been on earth ever since they were born …umm i mean Hatched.

    • Ummm, you’re actually trying to assign LOGIC to a Bay Transformers movie???

      • hahahahaha oh man, but thanks for putting it that way. I feel much better now 😀

  21. The best transformers robot characters in the film are Optimus Prime, Megatron, Shockwave, Starscream, Sentinel Prime, Wheelie, Brains, Bumblebee, Laserbeak, Sideswiipe and Rachet.


    Wheelie and Brains should had get out of the ship alive because they were the best part of the movie.

    Starscream should had betrayed Megatron and fighting him in the climax battle.

    Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime fight would had been better if they had a longer one.

    The explanation of Mudflap and Skids’s disappearance should had been explained, like maybe they should had been in the film for 15 minutes before they getting destroyed by Sentinel Prime instead of Ironhide.

    Bumblebee should had fight Starscream and Laserbeak.

    Overall, Transformers 3 was awesome and 100% way better than the second one but not as good as the first one.

  22. hey wasn’ there another autobot… Jolt, from revenge of the fallen? what happened to him..?

    • i believe he was killed in the prequel comics to DOTM by shockwave

  23. Dark of the Moon was awesome. Best movie of the summer. There are already rumors about not just another TF movie being made, but another TF trilogy. Hell Yeah. Of course its just rumors right now. But with the money that Dark of the Moon is making, as well as the money from the other two films its a pretty sure bet that more TF movies are going to be made. Is Jason Statham Optimus Primes new best friend?? time will tell.
    We TF fans want more bring on TF4. Bay should direct or Speilberg.

  24. It IS hard to distinguish these guys sometimes…

  25. they should do a prequel trilogy, where they show the war on Cybertron just like the game: Transformers War For Cybertron. That would be awesome.

    Fricking awesome movie by the way.

    Would have liked to see more of Shockwave and Megatron though.

    • Hell yes totally agree with you. a prequel about how the war started would be a lot better.Taking a page literally from the Book Transformers: Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron!!!!

  26. Very cool to see all the characters broken down like this even though I know the majority of them. Thanks Ben!

  27. “‘Transformers 3′ Characters” Now THAT´s a joke.

  28. i would have to say to successfully “grow” the franchise the best way would have been to introduce dinobots drop igor include hot rod que should have been cup and least of all the threat of unicron they had a direction that was good and went too wayward

  29. ALFREDO Dino Ferrari???!?!?!?!? ALFREDO????
    Blame on you :-)

    • Lorenzo – nice catch. That was a typo. Dino was named after Enzo’s son Afredo, who died in his mid twenties.